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    Union law minister announces Rs 3 cr for Patna HC and civil court infrastructure development

    Debashish Karmakar| TNN | May 18, 2018, 21:29 IST

    PATNA: Union minister for law and justice Ravi Shankar Prasadon Friday announced Rs 3 crore for developing various infrastructures at Patna high court and Patna civil court on the occasion of centenary celebration of high court’s Advocates’ association.

    While speaking on the occasion at Bapu Sabhagar in the city, Prasad announced 50 lakh for association to develop library and infrastructure at high court.

    He also announced Rs 25 lakh each for upgrading the libraries of Barristers’ Association and Lawyers’ Association.

    “Central government would also provide Rs 1.5 crore for constructing modern building for high court lawyers. Chief Justice would have to identity land for it. The amount has been sanctioned,” Prasad said.

    He also announced Rs 25 lakh each for building an ultra-modern information centre on high court premises and for Patna civil court’s district bar association.

    Prasad said young lawyers should put all efforts to help poor who are fighting to seek justice.

    Chief guest governor Satya Pal Malik also reiterated Prasad’s word saying advocates should help poor for country’s betterment. “In Bihar, liquor smugglers are getting bail but a poor driver caught transporting consignment, remains behind bars,” he said and pulled up advocates for taking dates after dates in litigation.

    “Here, people die but don’t get justice. Jails are filled with poor. The judges and lawyer should think on this issue for nation’s welfare,” Malik said. Patna high court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon said citizen have immense faith on judiciary and they must be delivered timely justice.

    Additional solicitor general SD Sanjay said judiciary earlier was neither criticised nor discussed but time has come that in every nook and corner, people are discussing about it. “Young advocates after completing five years course think they know everything which is wrong. They need gurus for better future and society,” he said.

    Supreme Court's Justice Navin Sinha on a serious note urged association’s president Yogesh Chandra Verma to initiate training programmes for budding lawyers. “The order sheet writing style, preparing office notes and registry of Patna high court is best across country,” he said.

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      Students roped in to remove plastic waste from Ganga ghats

      TNN | May 19, 2018, 02:00 IST
      PATNA: The Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) has roped in school and college students to remove plastic waste from eight Ganga ghats in the city in the run up to the World Environment Day on June 5. The United Nations (UN) has made ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ the theme for this year’s World Environment Day.

      Students from seven institutions – St Paul’s High School, Army Public School, D A V BSEB Colony, Patna Women’s College, Government Women’s College (Gulzarbagh), Patna Central School and Tarumitra – have been roped in by the BSPCB to clean Digha ghat, Pipapul ghat at Danapur, Gaighat, Collectorate ghat, Krishna ghat, Pathri ghat, Kali ghat and Gandhi ghat on separate days. The students will be awarded a ‘certificate of participation’ by BSPCB and the ministry of environment and forests on the final day of the programme on June 5.

      Altogether 250 students of Army Public School participated in the plastic cleaning mission on the second day of the drive on Friday. Students from senior classes cleaned Pipapul ghat from 7.30am to 10am. Students, who were provided gloves and t-shirts by the BSPCB, picked up plastic waste from the ghats, which were then loaded on the dumpers provided by the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC).

      “We have roped in schoolchildren for the job as they are more receptive towards behavioural change that is necessary to eliminate the use of plastic,” BSPCB chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh said.

      Tarumitra, Patna, has been running a similar initiative where volunteers are motivated to create something useful out of plastic waste. “We are working on building a cottage out of plastic where the bricks are pet bottles filled with plastic wrappers” Tarumitra campaign coordinator Devopriya Dutta said.

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        Gaya administration bid to curb air pollution

        TNN | May 19, 2018, 01:00 IST
        GAYA: Alarmed by the recent World Health Organization (WHO) report ticking off Gaya as the fourth most polluted city in the world, district magistrate Abhishek Singh has written to the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) to get a detailed study conducted to identify the causes of the high air pollution level in the otherwise non-industrial township.

        The BSPCB has also been requested to recommend measures to effectively control the rising pollution menace. Tourism experts claimed that the WHO report is likely to discourage foreign tourists, particularly Europeans and Americans who are quite health conscious to visit Gaya.

        The DM also said that some immediate measures are being taken to curb air- pollution including covering vehicles carrying construction material and sprinkling water at construction sites among others. “Suspended particles from construction sites and vehicles carrying construction material may cause asthma,” Singh said.

        “Conceding that those engaged in construction activity in the town do not follow environment-friendly norms,” the DM said and added that the Gaya Municipal Corporation officials have been directed to implement the rules strictly and tighten the noose of erring builders.

        As per norms, construction material including sand, stone chips and cement are required to be kept under cover but most people keep them open on the streets.

        Construction sites too are required to be covered to prevent spread of dust and other hazardous particles that pollute the air.

        “As per lease conditions, those engaged in mining or quarrying activities have to undertake adequate plantation and ensure regular water sprinkling. Violators of the lease conditions would be punished,” said the district magistrate.

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          Centre’s nod to metro rail project likely in July

          PATNA: The Centre’s nod to the much-awaited Patna metro rail project is expected by July end. The state government is to hand over the detailed project report (DPR) to the Union urban development ministry by June 15 for its approval, state urban development and housing minister Suresh Kumar Sharma told this newspaper on Friday.

          He said a north-south corridor from Patna Junction to proposed interstate bus terminal (ISBT) at Ramachak Bairiya through NIT-Patna and Rajendra Nagar Terminal is being given priority.

          A meeting is also slated between senior UDHD and ministry of housing and urban affairs officials in New Delhi on May 21. State UDHD principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad said the department would present the report on comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) and alternative analysis for metro rail project, which has been prepared by NIT-Patna.

          “Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) is preparing the DPR on the basis of CMP and alternative analysis and the Centre’s new guidelines,” Chaitanya said.

          “It is expected that work on the project will start in this financial year itself. The 6km-long north-south corridor in the first phase will start functioning by the end of 2019,” the minister said.

          “The north-south corridor will mostly run on an elevated stretch while a part of it will be made underground. As running the metro line underground escalates the project cost, it is thought wise to run major parts of the metro corridor on elevated structure. In the second phase, the work will begin on east-west corridor from Mithapur Bus Stand to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Patna Junction, covering a distance of 14.5km,” Sharma said.

          Sanjeev Sinha, professor of civil engineering and dean (planning and development) at NIT-P said, “We submitted the CMP and alternative analysis on April 18. It was prepared on the assessment of traffic load on various routes, including Kankarbagh, Bailey Road, Boring Canal Road Ashok Rajpath, Rajendra Nagar, Old and New Bypass roads and Mithapur. A few other areas are likely to be proposed for setting up of four metro rail corridors. The traffic on these potential routes is likely to increase manifold by 2041. We are also conducting a micro-level survey on other routes which cater to less than 15,000 passengers per day,” said Sinha, adding it would take minimum 4-5 years to complete the project. The estimated cost of the project is Rs17,000 crore, he said.


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            Maintain status quo on Tejashwi bungalow: HC

            Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Updated: May 19, 2018, 12:50 IST Tejashwi Prasad Yadav

            PATNA: The Patna high court on Friday ordered the state government to maintain status quo on the 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow allotted to leader of opposition in the state Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav when he was the deputy chief minister in the grand alliance government.

            The state building construction department (BCD) had asked Tejashwi to vacate the bungalow after the grand alliance government in the state fell in July last year. Tejashwi had moved the high court on April 30 this year after the BCD asked him to hand over the possession of the bungalow.

            Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh, while hearing the matter, also directed that the case be put before another bench after the summer vacation.

            Tejashwi’s counsel Abhinav Srivastava and Raushan Kumar said the bungalow is of category-E and allotted to ministers according to rules and regulations. Abhinav said the position of leader of opposition is equivalent to the rank of a minister and the state government was forcibly trying to vacate it.

            BCD sources said after the formation of the new government on July 27 last year, the bungalow was earmarked for use by the one who would hold the post of deputy CM, while the 1, Polo Road bungalow was earmarked for the leader of opposition. At present, deputy CM Sushil Kumar resides at 1, Polo Road. “According to department’s order, Tejashwi and Modi need to interchange their bungalows,” sources said.

            HC seeks DM’s reply on PU hostels issue: The division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad on Friday ordered the Patna district magistrate and Patna University (PU) administration to file counter affidavits about action taken so far to free Saidpur, Minto and Iqbal hostels from illegal occupants and recovery of explosives in these hostels on several occasions. The court was hearing a PIL, which was originally a written complaint by Vikash Chandra alias Guddu Baba, on the basis of a news report published on August 1, 2016 about the recovery of explosives from Saidpur hostel. The high court had turned it into a PIL. Explosives were also recovered from Minto and Iqbal hostels in May last year and on January 17 this year respectively.

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              15 buses from Gandhi Maidan to AIIMS-Patna from today

              Ayesha Hassan| TNN | Updated: May 19, 2018, 07:56 IST
              A woman passenger avails e-ticket facility in a bus in Patna on Friday.

              PATNA: State transport minister Santosh Kumar Nirala will flag off 15 new non-AC buses on Saturday on Gandhi Maidan-All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Patna route. The buses, to ply on 10-minute intervals, will start from Kargil Chowk and pass through Dak Bungalow roundabout, Patna Junction R-Block, Old Secretariat, Chitkohra, Anisabad, Khoja Imli, Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, Phulwarisharif Chowk, Walmi to AIIMS-Patna. The service is from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

              The 15 buses are in addition to the 25 buses started recently on the Gandhi Maidan-Danapur route. As per the department source, around 1.5 lakh passengers have travelled on the route since the service was launched last fortnight.

              “E-tickets can be availed in the buses itself. The tickets are in the range of Rs5 to Rs15. Women, senior citizens, disabled people and transgenders have 50% seats reserved for them in the buses with 32 seats. CCTV cameras and global positioning systems (GPS) are installed in the buses,” transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said on Friday.

              Agarwal said bus queue shelters would be developed on the Phulwarisharif route for the convenience of commuters. “Seven to eight more bus queue shelters have to be developed on this route. This new service will provide better connectivity between the busy areas of the city and AIIMS. Earlier, a person had to pay around Rs30-Rs40 for other means of public transport to reach Phulwarisharif from Gandhi Maidan and the journey took more than two hours time. Now, it will take a little over one hour to reach Phulwarisharif,” Agarwal said.

              Talking about encroachments on bus shelters, Agarwal said these had been removed at a few places recently with the help of district administration. “We have also requested the district administration to monitor the shelters and ensure that there is no encroachment there,” he added. Cash prize for drivers

              Every month, three bus drivers and conductors of the buses plying on these routes would be given a cash reward by the transport department based on their performance. The present initiative is an effort to promote good service protocol by transport service providers.


              Buses between Rajendra Nagar and Patna Sahib in a month

              TNN | May 20, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: After state transport minister Santosh Kumar Nirala flagged off 15 non-AC buses on Gandhi Maidan-All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Patna route on Saturday, transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal announced that the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation will introduce similar bus service on Rajendra Nagar-Patna Sahib route within a month. Buses on this route will ply at an interval of 15 minutes. The BSRTC had earlier launched 25 non-AC buses on Gandhi Maidan-Danapur route.

              “We are conducting a survey to identify the stoppages on the new route and finalise the fares,” Agarwal said.

              The transport department will also introduce a phone number to seek feedback from bus passengers. “A senior official will be assigned with the task of monitoring the feedbacks,” Agarwal said.

              The buses launched on Saturday will start from Kargil Chowk and pass through Dak Bungalow roundabout, Patna Junction R-Block, Old Secretariat, Chitkohra, Anisabad, Khoja Imli, Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, Phulwarisharif Chowk and Walmi before reaching AIIMS-Patna.

              Three bus drivers and conductors also received monetary awards for their commendable services.

              Meanwhile, Union minister of state for health and family welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey has thanked CM Nitish Kumar and transport minister Santosh Kumar Nirala for starting the bus service on Gandhi Maidan-AIIMS-Patna route. “Providing cheap public transport facilities to poor patients visiting AIIMS-Patna was the need of the hour,” Choubey said in a statement. He requested the state government to introduce similar bus services in far-flung areas as well.


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                PMC sets June 15 deadline for cleaning drains

                TNN | May 20, 2018, 02:00 IST

                PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s empowered standing committee on Saturday formed 75 teams to monitor the ward-wise progress of ongoing drainage-cleaning work in the city.

                “These teams of officials will submit a report every week to the municipal commissioner. About 40-45% of drainage cleaning work is already over. The rest of the work is targeted to be completed by June 15,” Mayor Sita Sahu said on Saturday.

                She said strict instructions had been given to the officers concerned for removing the silt within next three days. After three days, a team under the supervision of municipal commissioner and deputy municipal commissioner will inspect the sites. The officers will also see to it that the silt taken out of the drainage channels is removed from the roadsides within 48 hours.

                Meanwhile, Sahu said, the contract with the agency engaged for door-to-door garbage collection work has been suspended for its failure to perform the task properly. A new agency will be hired soon for the purpose, she said.

                “We have also issued an ultimatum to the Energy Efficiency Services Limited, asking it to complete the installation of LED street lights across the city in seven days. The work is already delayed by two months,” the Mayor said and added if the organization failed to complete the work in time, a new company would be hired for the job.

                The PMC is also planning to organise nutrition camps in the 75 wards of the city. However, details are yet to be worked out.

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                  20 lakh prepaid smart electricity meters to be installed in Bihar

                  TNN | Updated: May 20, 2018, 07:35 IST Representative image

                  PATNA: Work on installation of 20 lakh prepaid smart electricity meters in urban areas of the state, including Patna, Ara, Aurangabad and Bhagalpur, is set to commence from September.

                  These 20 lakh meters will cover both high tension and low tension power consumers. A senior energy department official said installation of smart meters would ensure convenience of consumers and control power thefts.

                  “The state energy department has initiated bidding process in association with Energy Efficiency Services Limited for procurement of 20 lakh smart prepaid meters for the state. The installation work will start in September. In the first phase, around 20 lakh meters will be installed in all the urban areas of the state,” R Lakshmanan, managing director of South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited said.

                  He added the total cost of the project was estimated at Rs 800 crore. “The expenses will be borne by the state government as well as the Centre. The target for completion of installation work in the first phase is February 2020. As many as 6,000 smart prepaid electricity meters have already been installed in government establishments and residences. Besides, around 10,000 smart electricity meters have been installed in Gaya and Hajipur under a pilot project. However, the smart meters installed in Gaya and Hajipur are older versions in terms of technology,” Lakshmanan said.

                  Explaining the functioning of smart meters, Lakshmanan said, “Prepaid meters can be recharged in advance with a sum as small as Rs 50. The consumer can recharge their meters online through mobile phones at any given point of time. However, for those who are not comfortable with online method, counters will be available in the offices of energy department for recharging their smart meters beforehand.”

                  “A smart meter records consumption of electric energy in intervals of one hour or less and communicates this data to the utility company. This allows utility companies to introduce price differentiation based on the season and the time of day. This encourages consumers to change their energy consumption pattern.”

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                    Rail minister assures quick transfer of Digha-Patna rail line land to Bihar

                    Debashish Karmakar| TNN | May 20, 2018, 22:05 IST

                    PATNA: Hopes have increased for a four-lane road connection north and south Patna after union railway minister Piyush Goyal in a meeting with Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, had assured for quick completion of formalities for the transfer of land on which the present Digha-Patna rail line exits.

                    Modi in a press release on Sunday said he met Goyal in New Delhi on Saturday and requested him to transfer the land to state government. The issue of transfer of land between Indian Railways and state government is pending since 2009.

                    Modi said the rail section of rail track is 150 years old and exits on a 71.25 acre land.

                    The strip of land is almost 40 meters wide on which twice a passenger train is plied by the Indian Railways (IR) even after suffering huge yearly financial loss. According to records submitted before Patna high court in connection with an ongoing PIL over construction of a four lane road on the land, IR coughs-up Rs 6.07 lakh monthly for maintaining the track while it monthly earns mere Rs 7,800. Only 47 tickets are sold daily and at least Rs 72 lakh is expended by IR annually.

                    The transfer of land had hit a roadblock after state government recently conducted a survey on high court’s order and estimated the piece of land to be of worth Rs 221 crore while IR, in an earlier survey, had fixed Rs 896.29 crore price. Records submitted in the court indicates IR officials were ready to transfer the land but not before payment of price evaluated by them. However, state government had said the land, being a long strip, can neither be used for commercial nor residential purpose.

                    Deputy CM Modi, said if the road comes up in near future, the distance between Digha and R-block would come down by almost two kilometres. He said commuters would save a lot of time and residents of Serpentine Road, Boring Canal Road, Shivpuri, Rajeev Nagar locality and some other localities would avail easy transportation to Digha and R-block. He said pressure on the Bailey Road would also decrease.

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                      Motihari residents to plant 51k champa saplings on June 5

                      Chandra Bhushan Pandey| TNN | May 21, 2018, 01:00 IST

                      MOTIHARI: Motihari residents will plant 51,000 saplings of champa on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5 in a bid to make the event a grand one and also get a place in the Limca Book of Records.

                      KBC’s fifth season winner Sushil Kumar, whose hometown is Motihari and has launched a drive to plant champa saplings across the district said, “A team of Limca Book of Records will be visiting Motihari on June 5. “The team will go through the entire process, find out the motive behind the expedition and they will take at least 12 weeks to announce the final result.”

                      Sources said all the nurseries in East Champaran district have exhausted their stock of champa saplings as around 15,000 saplings have already been planted here over the past two months. Nursery owners said that fresh saplings are being brought from Kolkata, Chandigarh and Kanpur at the rate Rs 40 each.

                      “People are visiting nurseries every day to purchase champa saplings,” said a nursery owner Nur Mohammad here. The popular belief among Champaran's residents is that Champaran derives its name from the white flower champa the Botanical name of which is Magnolia Champaca, as this area used to be ‘aranya’ (forest) of champa trees.

                      Sushil said that he has also appealed to the district administration to plant this flower on the banks of canals and both sides of state and national highways in the district.

                      “There is a record of six crore plants of various species planted in a day, but our move is to plant 51,000 saplings of a single species to make it to the Limca Book of Records,” said Sushil adding, “As many as 23,000 champa saplings will be planted on June 5 in 48 wards of the Nagar Parishad.”

                      Meanwhile, head of the department of botany, MS College, Ratnesh Anand said, “Champa is not only used widely for offering puja but it has immense medicinal values.”

                      East Champaran DM Raman Kumar said the involvment of common people in this event will certainly yield positive results and help to popularize the champa flower. “We are contemplating to plant mangolia under various government schemes in the district,” said the DM.

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