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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  • ‘Bridge parallel to Rajendra Setu to be ready in 3 years’ Abhay Singh| TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 14:08 IST
    Railway and coal minister Piyush Goyal

    PATNA: The proposed double-track rail bridge parallel to the existing Rajendra Setu on the Mokama-Barauni section across the Ganga would be completed in three years, railway and coal minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday.

    “The work on a part of the project, like the earth work for the construction of the alignment section, has already started. The contract for the construction of the bridge had been allotted to Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON), but some complaints were made about the allotment. The bridge construction will start once the matter is resolved,” Goyal said.

    He also said Bihar has three railway bridges across the Ganga — Rajendra Setu at Mokama, railway bridge between Digha and Pahleja and the one at Munger. Besides, one more railway bridge has been proposed at Bhagalpur.

    Addressing the media through videoconference from Delhi, Goyal released a booklet on the achievements of the railway and the coal ministries in the last four years of the Narendra Modi government. He also launched Rail Madad and Menu on Rails.

    “The Rail Madad is aimed at integrating the complaints made by passengers through other IT devices with regard to services to bring them under one platform. The aim is to reduce response time in addressing the complaints,” Goyal said.

    Later, the railway officials gave the details of the proposed two major projects. The first is the doubling of railway track on the Digha-Pahleja section at an investment of Rs251 crore and the work would be completed by December 2019.

    The other project is the proposed 24km-long rail-cum-road bridge between Vikramshila railway station near Pirpainty south of the Ganga and Kataria railway station near Naugachhia railway station north of the river with an expenditure of Rs4,379.01 crore.

    The detailed project report (DPR) is being prepared, the officials said. Work related to land acquisition would start after the DPR, they added. Otherwise, Goyal insisted that the Modi government has taken a policy decision to execute only those projects for which the required land is easily available. Referring to the achievements made by the coal ministry, Goyal said the increase in the general demand for power had also led to augmentation of the production of coal from 462 million tonnes in 2014-15 to 567 million tonnes in 2017-18.
    As the thermal power plants were the biggest consumers of coal in the country, it has also increased coal transportation by the railways, with coal accounting for around 48% of the total freight, he added.

  • PMLA case: ED attaches Lalu family’s 3-acre plot

    Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 06:56 IST
    The site of the proposed mall

    PATNA: An Enforcement Directorate (ED) team on Tuesday attached the three-acre plot of land allegedly belonging to former CM Lalu Prasad’s family on the outskirts of Patna in connection with a money laundering case.

    According to sources, the land is owned by LARA Projects LLP, which is allegedly of Lalu’s wife and former CM Rabri Devi and their son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Pratap Yadav. The LARA Projects LLP was earlier known as Delight Marketing Company Private Limited, which was owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of Lalu’s close aide and RJD MP Premchand Gupta.

    A multi-storey mall, claimed to be Bihar’s biggest mall, was being developed by Meridian Construction Private Limited, owned by Lalu’s another aide and MLA Abu Dozana, on the land. However, the construction work was stayed by the Union environment ministry in May last year for violation of environmental norms.

    According to a document pasted on the site by ED, the plot was provisionally attached on December 9, 2017 on orders of ED’s deputy director of Delhi zone office (I). The attachment was confirmed by the adjudicating authority on May 28 this year. According to an FIR lodged by CBI on July 5 last year, the land worth Rs 1.47 crore on documents was owned by hoteliers Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, who had sold it to Sarla’s firm on February 25, 2005 against tender for running two hotels of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at Ranchi and Puri. At that time, Lalu was the railway minister.

    Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi, Sarla, Kochhars and retired IRCTC MD P K Goel were named as accused in the FIR. It was on the basis of this CBI case that the ED lodged an enforcement case information report against Lalu, Tejashwi and others and initiated investigation for money laundering in July last year.


    ED attaches 3 acre land of Lalu's family in money laundering case

    Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 23:03 IST

      The land is owned by LARA Projects LLP which is of Lalu’s wife and former CM Rabri Devi and her younger son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Pratap Yadav.
      According to a document pasted on the site by ED, plot was provisionally attached on December 9, 2017, on orders of ED’s deputy director of Delhi zone office (I).

      The ED also erected a board at site giving details of the attached plot.

      PATNA: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached three acre land belonging to former CM Lalu Prasad’s family located at Phulwarisharif in Patna on Tuesday in a money laundering case arising out of railway tender scam.

      According to a document pasted on the site by ED, plot was provisionally attached on December 9, 2017, on orders of ED’s deputy director of Delhi zone office (I). The attachment was confirmed by adjudicating authority on May 28 this year.

      The ED also erected a board at site giving details of the attached plot.

      The land is owned by LARA Projects LLP which is of Lalu’s wife and former CM Rabri Devi and her younger son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Pratap Yadav. The LARA Projects LLP was erstwhile known as Delight Marketing Company Private Limited (DMCL) which was owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of Lalu’s close aid and RJD Rajya Sabha MP Premchand Gupta.

      Bihar’s biggest mall was being developed on the plot by Meridian Construction Private Limited, owned by Lalu’s another close aid and MLA Abu Dozana. However, mall’s construction was stayed by late union minister (environment, forest and climate change) Anil Dave in May last year for violation of norms.

      According to CBI FIR lodged on July 5 last year in the case, the land worth Rs 1.47 crores on documents, was owned by hoteliers Vijay Kochhar and Vinay Kochhar, who had sold it to Sarla firm’s on February 25, 2005, against tender for running BNR hotel of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at Ranch and Puri.

      At that time Lalu was the union railway minister and tendering process were rigged to make Kochhar brother’s firm Sujata Hotels Private Limited eligible for bidding of two hotel. Kochhar brothers submitted bid on November 15, 2006 and won it. It was between 2010 and 2014, the DMLC was transferred by Lalu family when the plot’s circle rate was Rs 32.5 crore and market rate was Rs 94 crores.

      Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi, Sarla, the Kochhar brothers, LARA Projects LLP, retired MD (IRCTC) PK Goel and other unknowns were named accused in the CBI FIR. It was on basis of this CBI case, ED lodged enforcement case information report (ECIR) against Lalu, Tejaswhi and other and initiated investigation for money laundering on July 27 last year.

  • 200 more zebra crossings soon TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Keeping in mind safety of pedestrians, the state transport department has decided to increase the number of zebra crossings in the city from the existing 200 to 400.

    “The transport department will conduct a survey to identify the stretches where zebra crossings, speed breakers, road dividers and signposts are required. The zebra crossings will be repainted once in two months,” state transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal told this newspaper on Tuesday.

    Agarwal said pedestrians should also be cautious while using zebra crossings. “They should keep a watch on vehicles on both sides of the road before using the zebra crossing. Often, pedestrians risk their lives by crossing the road from any end.”

    Patna traffic SP P N Mishra said there should be more than 400 zebra crossings in the city. “Currently, there are only 200 zebra crossings on city roads. At least 70 of them need immediate repainting. Zebra crossings should also be set up on NHs, bypasses and in accident-prone zones,” Mishra said, adding a zebra crossing should be at least three-metre wide. “Around 10 metres of stretch on both ends of the crossing should be declared no-parking zone,” he said.

    Mishra said hundreds of people were being penalised in the city every day for not stopping their vehicles before zebra crossings.

    Neeti Krishna, a pedestrian spotted at Dak Bungalow crossing, said the existing zebra crossings should be repainted immediately.

  • LED street lights in 5 wards by Eid: Mayor TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has set June 15 deadline to install energy-efficient LED street lights in at least five wards of the city.

    “The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), which is engaged for installing LED street lights in the city, has started the work in five wards on Tuesday. We have the target to install 500 LED street lights in five wards by Eid, which is expected on June 15 or 16. Besides, LED lights installation in the entire city is likely to be completed by December-end,” Patna mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Tuesday.

    PMC’s executive engineer Satyendra Kumar, who is looking after the street light installation works, said, “Ward number 5, 40, 50, 52 and 64 have been marked for the installation of LED lights before June 15. Once these wards are covered, work in the other 70 wards will start from June 22.”

    He said 75,000 LED street lights would be required for the entire city. “We have a stock of 1 lakh lights,” he said.

    EESL regional manager Rakesh Pratap said the company would install 100 LED lights in each ward. These are areas dominated by minority communities. Ward number 5 covers Pataliputra Colony area, 40 is Saidpur locality, 50 is Gandhi Ghat area, 52 Gai Ghat and 64 is Patna Ghat area, he said. “We had completed the survey earlier on June 5, but the work was delayed due to the unavailability of some important required materials,” he said and added, “The LED lights, after replacing the old conventional street lights, will save around 50% of the electricity. Moreover, LEDs have a longer lifespan and are easier to maintain. EESL is procuring the LED lights through global tenders. For the first seven years after the installation, the EESL will pay the electricity bill. We have also promised to look after the maintenance work of these lights for these seven years. Later on, the bill will be paid by the state electricity distribution companies.”

    Anupam assumes office in PMC:

    Anupam Kumar Suman, an IRS officer of 2004 batch, assumed charge as the commissioner of Patna Municipal Commission (PMC) on Tuesday. “I have to focus on civic issues and work as efficiently as my predecessors. I will try my best to meet the expectations of all PMC staff members,” Anupam said. PMC officials gave farewell to the outgoing municipal commissioner Keshav Ranjan Prasad.


  • Delay in Saran bridge repair irks commuters H K Verma| TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 02:00 IST
    CHHAPRA: Commuters travelling from Chhapra to Patna are a harassed lot due to the unusual delay in repairing of one of the oldest bridge known as Patti pul over river Mahi connecting Dighwara and Shitalpur in Saran district on NH- 19.

    Movement of heavy vehicles, including trucks and buses have been banned on the bridge with effect from January 21, and movement of small vehicles including cars has also been stopped from last Friday causing huge harassment to the commuters.

    Trucks and buses now take the Shitalpur-Parsa-Bheldi route to come to Chhapra from Patna and vice- versa, while small vehicles too are forced to take another diversion.

    “Most of the traders now prefer to make purchases at Chhapra by paying more money owing to restrictions on vehicular movement on Patti Pul,” said a Dighwara resident Amit Kumar.

    This is not for the first time that traffic on this bridge has been suspended for safety reasons. Traffic on the bridge was suspended for repairing around a decade ago as well. Moreover, construction of an alternative bridge parallel to the existing bridge was also taken up and some pillars were also erected. But the work was left midway.

    “Construction of another bridge is in progress with the four-laning of NH-19, which will take minimum six months time to complete,” said the project head of Madhucon Construction Company, Md Shabri. Saran DM Subrat Kumar Sen has also asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials to complete the bypass road near NH-19 latest by the end of this month.


  • Mines dept hand in glove with sand mafia: Rohtas SP Alok Chamaria| TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 02:00 IST

    SASARAM: Making a scathing attack on the state mines and geology department, Rohtas SP Satyaveer Singh on Tuesday said that checkposts set up by the state government to check illegal sand mining have turned into extortion points and are being manned by the mafia.

    “An FIR has been lodged against the district mining officer and six others after a private party was found manning a checkpost near the sand mining ghat, which indicates the involvement of the officer in illegal mining. The FIR was lodged on the written statement of Dalmia police station SHO Dhiraj Kumar,” said the SP.

    No officer of the mines department has ever turned up in any police station in the district to lodge an FIR after overloaded sand-laden heavy vehicles are seized despite repeated requests. Finding no other option, police here are forced to lodge FIRs, added the SP.

    “I have also apprised the Rohtas DM about the irregularities and I will soon shoot a letter to the state government about the nexus prevailing here between the mafia and the department concerned. Moreover, unabated illegal mining is also creating hurdles for the district police in discharging its preliminary duty of maintaining law and order,” added Singh.

    Sources added that attacks on policemen by mafia to release their seized vehicles have become a routine affair in the district.


  • No new targets to Bihar, as it fails in PMAY mission

    The Centre is aiming at completing its target of 1 crore rural houses under the scheme by December 31, three months ahead of the March 31 deadlineAman Sharma | ET Bureau | June 14, 2018, 13:30 IST

    The Centre had warned the Nitish Kumar government that Bihar won’t be given targets under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) for 2018-19, given its failure to achieve the modest target it had itself committed to do by March 31 this year.

    The Centre is aiming at completing its target of 1 crore rural houses under the scheme by December 31, three months ahead of the March 31 deadline. But there is a growing realisation that Bihar may derail the target as it hasn’t completed even 3% of its target. Bihar is to build 11.76 lakh houses, but it has built just 32,530 rural houses so far.

    Bihar has impressed upon the Centre that a massive shortage of sand in the state due to an unprecedented crackdown on its illegal mining led to the shortage of the raw material. “We have directed officials to ensure uninterrupted supply of sand,” a senior Bihar official told ET. To meet the target, the state will now have to build 1.22 lakh houses every month till December.

    At the last empowered committee meeting on the scheme in March, minutes of which were recently circulated to all states, the Centre pointed out to Bihar that as on April 2, 2018, the state had completed only 11,561 houses against a cumulative target of 11.76 lakh houses, four lakh of which had to be constructed by March 2018. “The state had committed to finish construction of at least 25,000 houses by March 2018,” the Centre told Bihar, pointing out how it had failed even its own modest promise. “The joint secretary (rural housing) indicated the slow progress of the state in implementing PMAY-G. The JS informed the state that considering their poor performance, targets for 2018-19 may not be provided to them,” the minutes mention.

    At that meeting, Bihar had committed to complete 50,000 houses by April 12, but has missed that target too. As per the minutes, Bihar reasoned that it wanted to “surrender” the target of 2.46 lakh houses due to non-availability of SC/ST beneficiaries to whom such houses are to be allotted, and wanted such houses to be “reallocated” to other categories of people. The Centre is still to take a call on that. Nearly 8 lakh houses are under construction in Bihar, with the first or second instalment of the subsidy being released to the beneficiaries — the focus now is on speedy construction in Bihar.

    The other state with a big task under the scheme, Uttar Pradesh, has already completed construction of 8.2 lakh houses against its total target of 9.7 lakh houses.


  • Normal life hit as roads dug for sewerage work Kumod Verma| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Residents of Mitra Mandal Colony and adjacent Anisabad areas are facing much hardship these days as the roads have been dug for sewerage work.

    According to sources, the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd ( Buidco) has tasked the Larsen and Toubro to complete the project for the entire city.

    Giving vent to their ire, R K Sinha and A K Singh said the road had been dug waist deep to lay pipes. Though more than a fortnight has elapsed, the work remains incomplete. “We cannot take out our vehicles,’ Singh said and added even newspaper hawkers and milkmen were avoiding visiting the locality.

    The rain and storm that lashed the city on Tuesday added to the woes of the residents. Mud and slush all around made it difficult for even pedestrians to walk freely in the locality. “The execution of the work was stopped midway for a few days... The delay has made our life miserable,” said another resident Arun Kumar.

    Yet another resident said he tried to take out his vehicle on Tuesday due to a medical emergency in the family, but the vehicle got stuck in the pothole and mud. “The patient could be taken to the doctor after we made an alternative arrangement,” he said.

    Elderly citizens dependent on regular medical check-ups are the worst sufferers. School-going children, collegians and office-goers are also ruing their lot. “The executing agency must complete the work immediately,” said a housewife.

    When contacted, Buidco chief general manager Madan Mohan Kumar told this reporter on Wednesday he would look into the matter. “The entire project for the city is to be completed by June 2020,” he said.

  • Several street lights on city flyover go kaput Sandali Sinha| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The state’s longest 2.9-km flyover from Jagdeo Path Mor to Sheikhpura Mor is unsafe for motorists because a number of street lights installed there have gone defunct.

    “After sunset, almost half of the flyover towards Jagdeo Path-end is shrouded in darkness. If the defunct street lights are not replaced soon, it will pose a threat to the lives of motorists during monsoon,” said Nimesh Anand, a resident of Ashiana Nagar.

    With car drivers using high beam headlights due to lack of street lights, vehicles coming from the opposite direction face problem. Bicycle riders are more prone to accidents.

    The absence of closed-circuit television cameras and irregular patrolling by police has made the flyover, inaugurated by CM Nitish Kumar in July 2015, dangerous from security point of view as well.

    Motorists, especially women drivers, feel that absence of street lights can lead to criminal activities, such as robbery and snatching, on the flyover.

    Nawal Kumar, a commuter, said solar energy should be used to lighten up the important flyover. “The authorities concerned should pay attention to the problem soon,” he added.

    A senior official of Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL), the agency which constructed the bridge, said the repair of the street lights was being delayed due to dispute in awarding parking rights underneath the flyover.

    “The maintenance of street lights on the flyover is the job of the same agency which would be awarded the right for collecting parking charges underneath the flyover. However, there is some dispute with the Patna Municipal Corporation on allotment of parking rights. We expect that the issue will be resolved within a fortnight after which the defunct street lights will either be repaired or replaced,” said a senior BRPNNL engineer.


  • City gets air connectivity to Allahabad Faryal Rumi| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 02:00 IST
    PATNA: Jet Airways on Thursday commenced operation of a flight on the Patna-Allahabad route.

    The flight involving a short-haul ATR-72 airliner has been launched under the UDAN-RCS, or Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik regional connectivity scheme, of the Union civil aviation ministry.

    The Allahabad-Patna-Allahabad flight (9W-3557) landed at the city’s Jayaprakash Narayan International aiport at 8.52am and took off for Allahabad at 10.10am. As many as 50 flyers were booked from Allahabad in the aircraft which could seat 72-78 passengers. However, only 19 flyers boarded the flight on its return journey.

    The flight will operate thrice a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and takes one hour and 35 minutes for its one-way journey. “Shreya Saurav and her daughter Shanaya Saurav were the first to receive boarding pass for the Patna-Allahabad flight,” Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria said.

    With this, the number of pairs of flights operating from Patna has gone up to 43. Patna has now direct flights to 11 cities, including Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Ranchi and Varanasi besides Allahabad.

    A direct flight of IndiGo between Patna and Indore is also likely to be introduced from July.


  • Piped gas to home: Pipes unloaded in Patna TNN | Updated: Jun 15, 2018, 07:32 IST

    Workers lay gas pipeline in Patna.

    PATNA: Work is on in full swing for laying a pipeline to supply piped natural gas (PNG) to households in Patna as part of the Centre’s ambitious Jagdishpur–Haldia and Bokaro–Dhamra Pipeline project.

    With the deadline for commissioning the project in the city being October this year, 100-odd workers under the supervision of a team of experts are working 24X7 at different locations, including Gandhi Maidan area, Fraser Road and Bailey Road to lay the pipes. The pipeline across the city will be of approximately 25km to cover 1200 houses in the first phase. Gandhi Maidan is the zero point from where the work was initiated.

    Two private firms have provided the manpower to execute the work in Patna. One of them is Aquatech Engineers Private Limited.

    Aquatech’s senior executive Arvind Kumar said on Thursday the work was currently underway on the road stretches between Gandhi Maidan and Jagdeo Path (around 3km), Gaighat and Gurdwara Pahila Bara (around 5km), Gaighat and Zero Mile near Transport Nagar (around 3km), Kankerbagh and Kumhrar (around 3km) and Zero Mile and Nagla (around 3km).

    Another firm is working on the 8km stretch from Saguna Mor to the Patna zoo.

    Bundles of pipes for the purpose have been unloaded off the roads in the city. “The pipes have been unloaded after inspection by the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) officials and with permission from the state transport department, road construction department, energy department and building construction department,” Kumar explained.

    Work on stripping and welding these pipes — each 12 metres long — has also begun. “We have expedited the work in view of the coming monsoon,” Kumar said and added they would start laying the pipes under the ground within a week.

    The pipes will be laid by two methods: by digging the roads or by horizontal directional drilling (HDD). “We will adopt the HDD method for most of the road stretches in Patna except a small portion of road near the Bihar Museum on Bailey Road,” Kumar said.

    HDD is a method of installing underground pipes or cables along a prescribed path by using a surface-launched drilling rig with minimal impact on the surrounding area. The method ensures minimum inconvenience to commuters, according to Kumar.

    The material for the project is being provided by the GAIL. Officials from GAIL and Metallurgical and Engineering Consultants (India) Limited inspect the progress of work on regular basis.

  • Decks cleared for e-way on Digha rail line in city TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 02:00 IST Illustration for representational purpose.

    PATNA: Decks have been cleared for the construction of an expressway on the six kilometres long and 30 feet wide stretch of the railway line between Digha and R-Block in Patna as the ministry of railways on Thursday approved the handing over of the land to the state government.

    The railways had earlier asked for Rs 896 crore from the state government, claiming it to be the market value of the 71-acre land on the stretch. On the Patna high court order, a re-evaluation committee was formed which evaluated the land to be worth Rs 221.79 crore. The ministry for railways has agreed to accept this amount as the price of the land.

    The court had passed the order in response to a public interest litigation that pleaded for the transfer of this land to the state government.

    The railway line was constructed around 150 years ago for the transportation of leather items to the Bata factory at Digha and its footwear products to different destinations.

    The railway ministry’s approval has come after CM Nitish Kumar met railway minister Piyush Goyal in Delhi recently and apprised him of the benefits to the people of Patna if the land was transferred for an expressway to come up on it.

    Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said on Thursday he also met Goyal twice in the last one month, including on Wednesday, on the issue.

    According to Modi, the expressway, once it is completed, will reduce the distance between Digha and R-Block by two kilometres.


  • Mining inspector attacked by quarry mafia in Sheikhpura TNN | Updated: Jun 16, 2018, 08:06 IST Representative Image

    BIHARSHARIF: Sheikhpura district mining inspector Sunil Kumar Chowdhry had a narrow escape on Friday when criminals engaged in illegal stone mining attacked his car with stones near Kare village in Sheikhpura sadar.

    Chowdhry told reporters that nearly 15 to 20 persons attacked him near stone quarry number 7 at Kare with stones, when he reached there on getting information that some criminals were illegally loading stone chips on tractors. He said though he escaped unhurt his vehicle was badly damaged.

    Sheikhpura sadar police station SHO Navin Kumar said the criminals escaped with the stone chips before police could reach there. He said an FIR against Dani Yadav, Sunil Yadav, Gautam Sao and others was lodged and raids are on to arrest them.

    An employee of the quarry, on the condition of anonymity said that stone mafia has police patronage as most of the time they reach the spot after criminals escape.

    Criminals engaged in illegal quarrying in Sheikhpura district have attacked and injured several officials in the past as well. They had even made an attempt on the life of the then Sheikhpura SP Ram Babu in 2016.


  • Installation of LED lights in five wards by today TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Only 70% of the targeted LED street lights could be installed in the five wards till Thursday. Patna mayor Sita Sahu on June 12 had set June 15 deadline to complete the installation work in ward number 5, 40, 50, 52 and 64 before Eid, that is on Saturday.

    “We expect the target of installing 100 street lights in each ward will be achieved before Saturday evening. More than 50 workers and technicians are engaged in the installation work,” Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s executive engineer Satyendra Kumar, who is looking after the work, told this newspaper on Friday.

    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is engaged for installing LED street lights in the city. Its regional manager Rakesh Pratap said, “It takes around 30-40 minutes to install one LED street light. The five wards are densely populated, including areas like Ashiana, Pathar Ki Masjid, Sabzibagh, Alambagh Chowki near Gaighat and Begampur in Patna City. So, due to congested lanes and tangled bundles of wires dangling overhead on electricity poles, it takes around 2-3 hours to install one street light. However, we are working in full swing to achieve the target.”

    He said around 70% of the work is completed. “The workers are working for more than 12 hours daily to achieve the target before Eid, although our target was to complete it before Friday noon,” he said.


  • Patna metro rail DPR to be ready by June 30 TNN | Jun 18, 2018, 09:31 IST

    Representative image

    PATNA: The state urban development and housing department (UDHD) has given another 15 days to the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), an executing agency of the Indian Railway, to finalise the detailed project report (DPR) for Patna metro rail.

    UDHD officials said on Friday the DPR, earlier scheduled to be submitted to the department by June 15, would now be submitted by June 30. After the state government's approval, it will be submitted to the Union ministry of urban development for final approval.

    The officials said the work on the project was targeted to start by the end of this year. It will take at least three years for completion of the first phase. Sources said the DPR deadline was extended to facilitate inclusion of a couple of ongoing infrastructure projects in the city. "For instance, we have asked RITES to incorporate Lohia Path Chakra project on Bailey Road so that the DPR does not need to be revised later," a UDHD official said. According to him, several meetings on preliminary DPR have already been held. State UDHD minister Suresh Kumar Sharma also met Union minister of state with independent charge in the ministry of urban development Hardeep Singh Puri on June 7. Puri is learned to have assured Sharma that the Centre would give its approval to the DPR at the earliest.
    The UDHD official said the estimated outlay for the metro rail project was pegged at Rs 17,000 crore. "The Centre as well as state government will contribute 20% each of the project cost, while the remaining 60% will be procured from financial agencies at low interest rate," the official said.