Will Bihar be the preferred real estate destination ever?


The real estate in Bihar has lately given some hope of resurgence. People are becoming more aware of their rights (the latest demonstration was their use of voting powers to call for a change of power) and wants to be a part of the developmental boom as in the rest of India. An 'Investment commision' has been formed which will look into facilitating Bihar's development and to promoting it as an investment destination'.

The state is under a process of image building for an investor-friendly state. It promises certain advantages over already developed states in terms of cheap real estate prices, limited labour-related issues and a large educated manpower at nearly one-third the cost compared to Tier I and II cities. However, Bihar is still to go miles before it does some significant improvement in infrastructure, socio-economic backwardness, and law and order.

Will the interests shown by so many of biggies like Tata Group, MaxHealthCare and ICICI translate into actual investment in Bihar?
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  • Penalty on discoms for load shedding from financial year 2019
    Union minister of state for power and renewable energy (independent charge) R K Singh
    PATNA: Union minister of state for power and renewable energy (independent charge) R K Singh said on Tuesday power distribution companies (discoms) would have to pay penalty for load shedding in any area from the next financial year.

    Singh said the discoms would also have to bear the financial burden arising from the aggregate transmission and commercial (AT & C) losses beyond the base mark of 15%.

    “The twin proposals have been included in the Centre’s draft power policy that would be put in public domain for inviting suggestions from the public. The final policy will be effective from the next financial year,” Singh said.

    Elaborating on the proposals, Singh said the quantum of penalty to be levied on account of load shedding would be decided by the power regulatory authority of the state concerned.

    Similarly, it has been a practice that discoms account for the AT & C losses in claiming reimbursements from the government for the services they render while transmitting power. Once the new power policy becomes effective, however, the discoms would not be reimbursed for the AT & C losses beyond the base mark of 15%.

    Singh was talking about the achievements made by his ministry in the last 48 months while talking to media persons from seven state capitals — Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Guwahati, Jaipur and Bhopal — through videoconferencing.

    The four years of Narendra Modi government are being celebrated under the peg ‘48 years of the past Congress rule versus 48 months of the rule of PM Modi’. “The hallmark of the Modi dispensation is that the ministries set target to be achieved within a time frame, which was not the case in the past,” Singh said.

    In the backdrop of rising prices of petrol and diesel, he said relieving the burden of farmers in the country, including Bihar, who use diesel for running pumping sets for irrigation purposes, was on the high-priority list of PM Modi. Accordingly, his ministry has introduced the Kusum scheme under which farmers will have the option to install solar pump sets.


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  • CM: Grievance redressal Act helped people save Rs 3,600 crore TNN | Jun 6, 2018, 02:00 IST


    PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said people saved roughly Rs3,600 crore in the last two years after implementation of the Bihar Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act.

    Addressing a function here, the CM said more than 18 crore people in the state had been provided services of different sorts under the Act since its implementation on June 5, 2016. “Before the Act, people had to spend from their pockets in government offices to get caste or residence certificate or for other works. If an average Rs200 was spent for any certificate/service, the people in the state roughly saved Rs3,600 crore so far,” Nitish explained.

    Earlier, while inaugurating a function to mark the completion of two years of the Act, the CM highlighted its other finer points and said earlier people had to make several rounds of block, subdivision and district offices for issuance of caste certificate, income certificate, birth certificate, domicile certificate and character certificate, etc. “Now, they easily get such services within specific period after enforcement of the Act,” he said.

    Accompanied by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and chief secretary Dipak Kumar, the CM also flagged off some ‘Jan Samadhan raths’ to make more people aware about the provisions of the Act. He also inaugurated a ‘photo exhibition’ based on the success stories of the Act.







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  • Taiwan sees biz potential in Bihar TNN | Jun 6, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Members of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) met some state entrepreneurs here on Tuesday to inform them about various Taiwanese equipment, service solutions and products.

    TAITRA south Asia division project manager Chris Lin said the council works as a mediator in providing business prospects to manufacturers and sellers. “The council teaches them specific need adaptability when it comes to their products. Taiwan is a world leader in manufacturing automotive parts, computer chips, security cameras, food processing and packaging items. We want to explore the feasibility of these products in the Indian market,” Lin said.

    He added TAITRA works in food processing, agriculture equipment, telecommunication, fisheries equipment, electronics and security devices, petrochemicals, textiles, plastic and chemicals.

    TAITRA is focusing on exploring the food processing and packaging sector in Bihar and Jharkhand. “We have a similar climate in Taiwan where we grow mango. We produce pulp out of the fruit and manufacture a variety of products from that,” an official of the council said.






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  • Students call for plastic-free society TNN | Updated: Jun 6, 2018, 14:49 IST
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    PATNA: The World Environment Day was celebrated amid several programmes across the state on Tuesday.

    More than 400 students participated on the eighth day of the ongoing campaign of Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) to remove plastic waste from riverbanks here. Students from Patna Central School, NCC cadets and student volunteers from Tarumitra cleaned Gandhi ghat on the occasion. Around 100 NCC cadets took part in a cycle rally on Ashok Rajpath here to call for environment protection.

    The BSPCB also organised a quiz competition on environment-based themes at Adhivesan Bhavan here. The winners of the competition will be awarded on Wednesday by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and state assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary.

    Addressing a seminar, vice-chancellor of Nalanda Open University Prof R K Sinhasaid use of plastic bags should be strictly banned in the state and elsewhere in the country.

    In Bagaha, the Environment Conservation Manch organised a meeting to discuss the deteriorating pollution level. Valmikinagar MLA Rinku Singh and Bagaha SDM Ghanshyam Meena took an oath to work towards cleaning the environment. Green saplings were also planted on the occasion.

    Saran commissioner A K Sinha, who attended a function to mark the day, said attempts were being made to develop green zones in the region.













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  • No check on use of plastic at zoo TNN | Jun 7, 2018, 02:00 IST


    PATNA: Despite ban on its use, plastic bottles were seen being sold at the eateries in Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park (Patna zoo) and Rajdhani Vatika (Eco Park) on Wednesday. The authorities had announced ban on use of plastic materials at these two places and in other city parks from the World Environment Day on Tuesday.

    Visitors at both the places feigned ignorance about the ban on plastic products though the authorities had claimed to advertise it through posters on the premises. “We have not been informed about the ban. Neither our bags nor goods were checked by the security guards,” said one of the visitors at Patna zoo.

    At Eco Park, people were seen taking polybags inside the park. Plastic materials were also seen strewn all around the place. Bottles and utensils among other materials made of plastic were being used at the canteen. Lassi was being sold in plastic packets at the Sudha Dairy outlet. A sales person said he was unaware of plastic ban.

    The youngsters were also not aware of any such ban. “We are not aware of it. Nonetheless, the awareness about ill-effects of plastic should start from home and children and other people should be asked to avoid using plastic bags,” one of the youngsters at the park said.

    The usage of dustbins is also not that prevalent. A visitor, when asked about it, said more dustbins should be there everywhere in the park so that they need not walk long distances in the searing heat to use one. Some of the dustbins were overflowing with garbage.









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  • Arvind cautions against poor tax revenue of local bodies Abhay Singh| TNN | Jun 7, 2018, 03:52 IST

    Patna: “Though the introduction of goods and services tax (GST) regime has led to indirect tax buoyancy, the country will head towards ‘low equilibrium trap’ unless tier-III urban and rural local bodies raise taxes by delivering better public services,” India’s Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian said on Wednesday.

    Delivering a lecture on ‘An analytical Framework for Fiscal Federalism in India’, organised by the Centre for Economic Policy and Public Finance of Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) in Patna, Subramanian said for ‘good equilibrium’ to occur, the state governments and decentralised tier-III local bodies would have also to raise taxes to sustain their performance.

    “If the governments show accountability and deliver services, people also show willingness to pay taxes,” Subramanian said and added tier-III bodies generally hesitated to raise tax revenues because “the closer the government is to the people, the more unwilling it is to raise taxes”. According to him, however, tier-II governments – or state governments – have impeded the growth of tier-III bodies.

    The eminent economist praised the double-digit growth rate of Bihar during the last 10 years. It should be continued for the next 15 years for the state to catch up with the developed states, he said.

    To escape from the ‘low equilibrium trap’, Subramanian suggested recourse to three R’s --- Redistribution of Resources, Risk Sharing and Rewards and incentives for high performance of local bodies. He said the recommendations of the XV FC headed by N K Singh were being greatly awaited as they would be the first FC recommendations in the new situation created by the GST regime.

    He favoured special allocation for “shocks like drought and flood” and incentives like matching grant for high-performing urban and rural local bodies.

    Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi also spoke at the event attended by economists and bureaucrats as well as representatives of Bihar Industries Association and Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries. ADRI member- secretary Shaibal Gupta welcomed the guests, and its economist P P Ghosh gave the vote of thanks.

    The deputy CM said Bihar’s share in the central pool of taxes, as recommended by the XIV Finance Commission (FC), had increased to 42% from 32% under the XIII FC. The allocation for urban and rural bodies also increased five-fold from Rs 5,000 crore under the XIII FC to Rs 25,000 crore under XIV FC. He gave a detailed account of the “historical reasons” for Bihar’s backwardness.








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  • Penalty on discoms for load shedding from financial year 2019 Abhay Singh| TNN | Updated: Jun 6, 2018, 14:41 IST

    Union minister of state for power and renewable energy (independent charge) R K Singh

    PATNA: Union minister of state for power and renewable energy (independent charge) R K Singh said on Tuesday power distribution companies (discoms) would have to pay penalty for load shedding in any area from the next financial year.

    Singh said the discoms would also have to bear the financial burden arising from the aggregate transmission and commercial (AT & C) losses beyond the base mark of 15%.

    “The twin proposals have been included in the Centre’s draft power policy that would be put in public domain for inviting suggestions from the public. The final policy will be effective from the next financial year,” Singh said.

    Elaborating on the proposals, Singh said the quantum of penalty to be levied on account of load shedding would be decided by the power regulatory authority of the state concerned.

    Similarly, it has been a practice that discoms account for the AT & C losses in claiming reimbursements from the government for the services they render while transmitting power. Once the new power policy becomes effective, however, the discoms would not be reimbursed for the AT & C losses beyond the base mark of 15%.

    Singh was talking about the achievements made by his ministry in the last 48 months while talking to media persons from seven state capitals — Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Guwahati, Jaipur and Bhopal — through videoconferencing. The four years of Narendra Modi government are being celebrated under the peg ‘48 years of the past Congress rule versus 48 months of the rule of PM Modi’. “The hallmark of the Modi dispensation is that the ministries set target to be achieved within a time frame, which was not the case in the past,” Singh said.
    In the backdrop of rising prices of petrol and diesel, he said relieving the burden of farmers in the country, including Bihar, who use diesel for running pumping sets for irrigation purposes, was on the high-priority list of PM Modi. Accordingly, his ministry has introduced the Kusum scheme under which farmers will have the option to install solar pump sets.








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  • RJD leader Dina murdered for 25 kattha land: Patna SSP Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Jun 6, 2018, 19:56 IST



    PATNA: Patna police SSP Manu Maharaaj on Wednesday said that slain RJD leader Dina Gopealias Dina Yadav (52) was gunned down due to dispute over a land plot of around 25 kattha located at Harnichak under Gardanibagh police station area in Patna whose market price is above Rs 25 crore.

    The SSP said that the facts surfaced after a police team nabbed notorious criminal Vikash Singh (48) from Kokar under Sadar police station area at Ranchi in Jharkhand on Tuesday. Vikash is the first suspect to be arrested in the murder case which took place more than 20 days back. He was brought to Patna on Wednesday on a transit remand.

    "Vikash had supplied an AK-47 assault rifle and a US manufactured pistol to one another Dina Yadav of Karorichak under Phulwarisharif police station area for killing the RJD leader," the SSP said.

    Dina, also a former councillor of ward number 10 was gunned down in front of his residence near Manikchand Talab in Bangali Tola under Gardanibagh police station area in Patna on May 12.

    His wife Amravati Devi was also a former deputy mayor of Patna municipal corporation (PMC). Two relatives of Dina had also received gunshot injuries in the shootout which took place at around 4.30am when they all had returned from marriage in Beur locality. Seven empty cartridges including six of AK-47 were recovered from spot.

    Maharaaj said Dina of Karorichak had paid more than Rs 30 lakh to another criminal Bhola Rai of Parsa Bazar for neutralizing the RJD leader due to the land dispute.

    "It was Bhola and his few other associates who had reached the spot in a black car and shot dead Dina using the AK-47 and pistols supplied to him by Vikash," he said adding Vikash had complete knowledge of the conspiracy to kill the RJD leader.

    "Dina of Karorichak, Bhola and rest other were still evading arrest but would be nabbed soon," the SSP said.

    Police sources said around Rs 8 lakh was charged from Bhola to rent him the assault rifle for killing Dina.

    "A JD(U) leader belonging from minority community was next target of Vikash before which he got nabbed," sources said.

    Police said that Dina is accused in at least 32 murder and extortion cases lodged with different police stations in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. "He is also wanted by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a murder case of two businessmen in Kolkata in 2014," police said adding Vikash was lodged in Beur central jail from 2003 to 2010.









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  • Five new buildings to come up on NU campus soon: VC TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 02:00 IST


    PATNA: Nalanda University (NU) vice-chancellor Sunaina Singh on Thursday said work on construction of five new buildings on the main campus of the university would complete by the end of this year.

    Addressing media persons at Rajgir, Singh said, “The administrative wing of the university will move to the new building by the end of this year and the four other buildings will also be ready for occupation by this time.”

    She added altogether 17 buildings are being constructed to accommodate the academic wings and international centre. “It will enable commencement of classes from the main campus,” she added. Currently, the university is functioning from an interim campus at Rajgir.

    The new campus will have an underground natural gas pipeline as part of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project.

    Elaborating on academic activities of the university, Singh said school of languages and literature/humanities would start functioning from the current academic year. “The school will offer diploma courses in Korean, Sanskrit and Japanese languages. Certificate and short term courses in language and literature will also be offered from the current academic session,” she said. The VC added the university will introduce cafeteria model for educational excellence. “The cafeteria model will give an opportunity to students to pick courses from other schools in the university. The idea is to diversify the knowledge base of students and provide a unique dimension to their skill,” Singh added.
    Speaking on administrative reforms in NU, the VC said, “Setting up a file tracking system and an internal audit mechanism has ensured transparency. We are also planning to set up a cultural centre as Rajgir has minimal entertainment avenues. The centre will provide a platform to the students and the staff to express themselves through art.”







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  • Minister: 4-lane bridge over Ganga soon H K Verma| TNN | Updated: Jun 9, 2018, 07:32 IST
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    CHHAPRA: State roadconstruction department minister Nand Kishore Yadav on Thursday said a four-lane bridgewould soon be constructed over the Ganga between Chhapraand Patna. He also announced that work on much-talked-about double-decker flyover at Chhapra will start this month. The proposed bridge over the Ganga will connect Dighwara and Danapur.

    Addressing a gathering at Sripal Basant under Garkha block as part of the BJP’s ‘Mahasampark Abhiyan’ on completion of four years of NDA government at the Centre, the minister said the two projects would prove beneficial for the people in the district. “The double-decker flyover will ease the problem of frequent traffic jam in Chhapra town,” the minister said.

    On the request of the locals, the minister announced that the width of the proposed Garkha-Manpur road will be increased from five to seven metres.

    The minister highlighted several welfare schemes launched by the Union government. “Around 38 lakh underprivileged people have benefitted from the cooking gas connection scheme launched by the Centre. Steps are being taken to extend this scheme to 8 crore more people,” the minister said.

    “The country cannot develop if villages are ignored. Keeping this in mind, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre has electrified more than 18,000 villages across the country in less than 1,000 days,” he said.













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  • Green fashion show wows all TNN | Jun 9, 2018, 13:57 IST

    A fashion show held recently at Rotary Bhawan in the city managed to wow all those in the jam-packed hall with glamorous ramp walks and its focus on conservation of the environment. “The show had all the necessary ingredients to entertain the audience while delivering an important message,” said Nina Agarwal, the show’s organizer. The jazzy décor and music complemented the models, as they sashayed down the runway carrying placards with messages stressing conservation of the environment.









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  • Basic amenities for disabled people: Government to survey buildings Sandali Sinha| TNN | Jun 10, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The social welfare department would survey around 400 buildings across the state over the next one year to assess whether they are accessible to people with disabilities.

    A team of architectural engineers at a training programme on Saturday briefed around 50 officials who would conduct the survey of government as well as private buildings, including railway stations, hotels and malls. Officials told the participants that Bihar ranked third in the country in terms of people with disabilities.

    This programme was to train the nodal officers to assess the comfort level for 21 types of disabled people in buildings across the state.

    A checklist of the necessary features required for the buildings, including ramp and other equipment, will be circulated among the surveying officers.

    Social welfare department principal secretary Atul Prasad talked about various architectural barriers in the buildings faced by persons with disabilities. “Though ramps have been made in some buildings, they are not as per the required specifications. Adoption of appropriate technologies is the most important thing people have to be sensitized about,” he said and added that informatory signboards should also be put up at the buildings to make people aware about different features for smooth movement of persons with disabilities. “The auditors will also check that various amenities like washroom at railway stations are made as per the requirements of disabled people,” Prasad said.

    Engineers present in the training programme made presentations on a number of topics, including construction of ramps on bus stops and in commercial complexes. The engineers briefed the officers on suitable provisions for drinking water, counters at bus stands, railways stations and airports and vending machines for persons with disabilities.








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  • Govt-traders’ meet to end polybag use TNN | Jun 10, 2018, 02:00 IST
    PATNA: Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) officials will soon meet city traders to persuade them to shun polybags and use cloth and jute bags instead to make deliveries to buyers.

    “The meeting is part of our campaign against use of polythene bags in Patna... We are preparing a list of the traders to be invited to the meeting which is likely to held in the third week of this month and chaired by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi,” a pollution board official told this reporter on Saturday.

    Manufacture and distribution of plastic bags thinner than 50 microns has been banned in Patna since October 2013 by the Patna Municipal Corporation in pursuant to the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011. These rules were notified by the Union ministry of environment and forests on February 7, 2011.

    The rules include ban on manufacture and use of plastic — recyclable or non-recyclable — thinner than 50 microns and carry bags made of recycled plastic or compostable plastic for storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging food stuff. Another provision says no carry bag should be made available free of cost to consumers by retailers.

    Most of these rules, however, have virtually remained on paper in Patna. Sources said regular supply of plastic bags from other districts to Patna is a major reason for its easy availability in the state capital.

    BSPCB chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh said on Saturday that behavioural changes were a must for effective implementation of ban on plastic. “This problem cannot be resolved without active public participation. It cannot be checked by the law alone,” he said, explaining why the pollution board decided to seek the help of city traders in eradicating this environmental menace.

    Ghosh said the government was committed to ending the use of plastic bags. “We will take all the required measures one after another,” he said and added the BSPCB expected perceptible results of its efforts within the next six months or so.

    Use of plastic products have also been banned in the city’s Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Rajdhani Vatika and other parks maintained by the state environment and forests department since June 5 this year. An announcement in this regard was made by deputy CM Modi during an official event organised to mark the World Environment Day on June 5.








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  • Land dispute: 2 girls burned alive

    Faryal Rumi| TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 06:35 IST

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    PATNA: Two minor girls were burned alive at Gordaha under the Azamnagar police stationarea in Katihar district on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday over an alleged land dispute.

    Panjam Das (40), the victims’ father, told the police that some miscreants poured petrol and set their home on fire at around 1.30am when he and his wife Manjula Devi (35) were sleeping with their two daughters. “We woke up and tried to douse the fire, but in vain. I saved my wife, who is physically challenged, but couldn’t save my daughters,” he told the police.

    The deceased were identified as Preeti Kumari (3) and Kiran Kumari (one-and-a-half years old). Their charred bodies were sent to the Sadar Hospital for post mortem. Panjam’s brother-in-law, who lives in the neighbourhood, took the couple to a nearby primary health centre. Later, they were shifted to Sadar Hospital.

    “Both are critical with more than 60% burn injury. On Panjam’s statement, the police arrested Abdul Rahman (35) and his wife Mokeem Akhtari (32) for their alleged involvement in setting the victims’ house ablaze,” Katihar SP Vikash Kumar told this newspaper over the phone on Monday. He said the police were informed about the incident around 3am. According to police sources, Abdul bought from Badri Thakur’s sister the land where Panjam and his family live in a small asbestos-roof house. “Panjam runs a small tea stall at his home to support his family. Sources said Abdul and his men had allegedly threatened Panjam to vacate the land or else his house would be burned down,” the SP said.


    “Badri and his brothers had a dispute with their sister over the piece of land. According to sources, Badri had asked Panjam to encroach the land in order to prevent Abdul from taking it over. So, the Panjam’s family left home in Nagaar village under the Azamnagar police station area and started living on this piece of land,” SP said and added: “The suspects have been arrested and police are investigating the matter from all angles.”










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  • ‘All houses in Munger to be electrified in 2-3 days’ TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 14:10 IST


    PATNA: Energy department principal secretary-cum-CMD of Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) Pratyaya Amrit on Monday said Munger would become the first district in the state to have electricity connection in all houses within the next two or three days.

    “All houses in Nalanda, Bhojpur, Supaul and Gopalganj districts will also have electricity connection by the end of June under the ‘Har Ghar Bijli Lagatar’ scheme of the state government,” Amrit said. The energy department has set the deadline of December this year for providing electricity connection to all households in the state. However, Amrit said the BSPHCL has targeted to achieve the 100% household electrification target in the state two months before the expiry of the deadline.

    “To achieve such an ambitious target, we need to work with a proper strategy. With monsoons approaching, work in most of the districts will be hampered due to rainfall and possible floods. Hence, we are in the process of covering most districts by June-end. The districts with priority are Nalanda, Bhojpur, Sheikhpura, Gopalganj, Purnia, Kishanganj and Supaul,” Amrit said.

    He added in Munger, the target was to provide electricity connection to 9,960 households and just 156 of them are left to be covered. “These 156 households will be covered within the next two or three days,” Amrit claimed. “In Nalanda, 12,000 houses are yet to get electricity connection and the number stands at 25,000 in Bhojpur, 4,000 in Sheikhpura and 2,000 in Gopalganj,” he said.

    “Ensuring adequate village infrastructure, that includes availability of electricity poles for laying overhead low tension wires and distribution transformers, is one of the major factors for implementation of the household electrification scheme. Once villages have proper infrastructure, it becomes easy for us to provide electricity connections to every habitation and then to every household,” he added.








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