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    Civic bodies rue lack of manpower

    Ayesha Hassan| TNN | May 21, 2018, 02:00 IST


    PATNA: Mayors and deputy mayors of various municipal corporations in the state met CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday and expressed concern over slashing of posts in the civic bodies. They urged the CM to restore the posts at the earliest. “The standing committees of civic bodies should be given the power to appoint magistrates and police personnel for stopping illegal construction work and removing encroachments,” they said.

    The delegation urged the CM to ensure that the mayors and deputy mayors get three security guards each. “Mayors and deputy mayors should be consulted before appointments in municipal corporations,” they said.

    “Funds meant for a particular scheme go to a particular department handling the project. Thus, the funds for the sub-projects under the scheme, that is to be handled by the municipal corporation. This should be stopped,” Patna mayor Sita Sahu said.

    Gaya deputy mayor Mohan Srivastava said if their demands are not fulfilled, they will move the high court. “The number of tax collectors at Gaya Municipal Corporation has been reduced from 34 to just two. It has become difficult to run the civic body due to lack of manpower,” Srivastava added.

    The mayors and deputy mayors will meet urban development and housing department minister Suresh Kumar Sharma and principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad on Monday in support of their demands.







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      Interim terminal building at Darbhanga soon

      Piyush Tripathi| TNN | May 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

      PATNA: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has initiated bidding process to rope in a firm for construction of new terminal building at Darbhanga airstrip. Regional flights are proposed to be launched from Darbhanga to places like Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru under Udan (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme of Union civil aviation ministry.

      AAI officials said the proposed terminal building would be a temporary and mostly pre-fabricated structure. “It will be an interim terminal building comprising porta cabin arrival and departure areas, security hold area, VIP lounges with the provision of toilet blocks in each lounge and allied facilities. The terminal building would be fitted with LED Ligthts, airconditioners and fire alarm system among other utilities,” Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria said.

      The terminal building would be made ready in six months utilizing funds to the tune of Rs9.67crore, he added.

      Earlier, low cost airlines SpiceJet was awarded a letter to operate flights from Darbhanga to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai in January under Udan scheme under which fares are capped at Rs2,500 for one-hour flights. The scheme is to connect unserved and underserved airports in the country.

      Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha had said on February 12 in Patna that flights would start operating from Darbhanga airbase within the next six months. The Darbhanga airstrip is owned by Indian Air Force (IAF) and a civil enclave or terminal building along with ATC (air traffic control) tower, parking apron and cargo among other facilities are required to be provided for commencement of commercial flight operations.

      Sources said the runway at Darbhanga is at least 8,000 feet long in which aircraft like A-320, extensively used by domestic carriers, can easily operate. “We had demanded 50 acre land from state government to develop a permanent terminal building. But only 5-6 acre land is being provided as of now. Accordingly, interim terminal building is being developed for the time being,” Lahauria said.

      Incidentally, the state government is keen to commence commercial flight operations from Darbhanga as well as Purnia airstrips, both controlled by IAF. Sources said the state government is already acquiring 50 acre land at Purnia for civil enclave and other facilities with funds to the tune of Rs 21crore.

      There are 21 airfields in Bihar out of Bihta, Purnia and Darbhanga are controlled by the IAF. Nine others are in the category of ‘kachha and abandoned’ airfields, including at Jehanabad and Ara. The remaining are under the category of metalled runways having airstrips made of reinforced cement concrete (RCC).

      Officials in civil aviation directorate said airstrips at Bhagalpur, Kishanganj, Birpur, Valmiki Nagar, Rajgir and Gopalganj are also proposed to be developed under Udan scheme.










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        ‘Provide details on RERA website’

        Faryal Rumi| TNN | May 21, 2018, 02:00 IST
        PATNA: With a view to safeguard property buyers from fraudulent real estate developers, Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Bihar, has asked promoters and developers to provide the requisite information on its official website by May 31.

        The information to be put include the number of projects in which bookings of flats or plots of land have been made, number of bookings made in each project not launched yet or delayed by more than three years and the amount of payments or advances received in each such project.

        RERA officials said the notice was issued on May 18 following receipt of complaints against a few real estate firms for providing incorrect information about their ongoing projects, taking money in advance and not completing the projects even after five years. Sources said RERA (Bihar) has received applications for total 364 projects, out of which 29 have been registered so far.

        “We have received a number of complaints against some builders that they have been handling dozens of projects at a time while none have been completed even after 3-5 years, though significant sums had been collected by them, causing huge discomfort and anxiety among the consumers. In terms of section 35 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 and section 24 of the Bihar Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Rules, 2017, all promoters and developers in Bihar are directed to furnish the requisite information to safeguard the interest of the customers,” RERA (Bihar) chairman Afzal Amanullah said.

        Section 24 of RERA Rules 2017 states that promoter, allottee and real estate agent should furnish in writing such information or explanation or produce such documents within reasonable time, as it may deem necessary.

        “The RERA was introduced with an aim to bring more transparency in the existing system and protect the interest of home buyers. The new system will eradicate non-serious developers from the market,” said Amanullah, adding as majority of developers have registered their ongoing projects in the state with RERA in urban areas, the residents can heave a sigh of relief.










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          Heavy vehicles will not ply on Gandhi setu from today

          Piyush Tripathi| TNN | May 21, 2018, 03:44 IST

          Patna: Movement of heavy vehicles on the dilapidated Mahatma Gandhi Setu will be prohibited from Monday. Buses will, however, be allowed to ply on the bridge, which is undergoing rehabilitation.

          “Trucks carrying sand and stone aggregates and other heavy vehicles having more than 12 wheels will not be allowed to ply on the bridge from Monday,” Patna DM Kumar Ravi told TOI on Sunday. Such vehicles – mostly trucks and tractors – will now use either the newly constructed Ara-Chhapra bridge or the Rajendra Setu at Mokama.

          Patna traffic SP P N Mishra said posters and banners would be put up at different places on the approach roads leading to Gandhi setu to inform commuters about the restrictions.

          The decision to prohibit heavy vehicles on the bridge has been taken following a recent meeting convened by chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh. Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj and SPs of Vaishali, Saran and Bhojpur districts had also attended t he meeting.

          Road construction minister Nand Kishor Yadav said agencies looking after the rehabilitation of the 35-year-old bridge had recommended restriction of movement of heavy vehicles on it.

          “As vehicles from both sides are using the eastern flank since commencement of rehabilitation work on the bridge in February last year, gaps between different spans on that flank have widened. Accordingly, it had been recommended that heavy vehicles should not be allowed to ply on the bridge until the completion of the rehabilitation work,” the minister added.

          While heavy vehicles have been barred from using the bridge, private vehicles and auto-rickshaws can use the pontoon bridge underneath the Setu even at night. “Round-the-clock vehicular movement on the pontoon bridge has already started. Lights have been installed underneath the Setu for this purpose,” the Patna DM said.






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            ‘Railway minister assures transfer of Digha rail line land to state’

            TNN | Updated: May 21, 2018, 07:04 IST

            PATNA: Railway minister Piyush Goyal has assured Bihar’s deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi to complete the formalities soon for the transfer of Digha-Patna rail line land to the state government for construction of a four-lane road on it.

            In a press release on Sunday, Modi said he met Goyal in New Delhi on Saturday and requested him to transfer the land to state government. The issue has been pending since 2009. Modi said the rail track is 150 years old and exists on 71.25 acre land.

            The strip of land is almost 40 metres wide on which a passenger train is plied twice per day despite the fact that the railways suffers huge financial losses every year. According to records submitted before the Patna high court in an ongoing PIL for a four-lane road on the land, railways coughs up Rs6.07 lakh monthly on maintenance of the track while earns Rs7,800 only per month. Only 47 tickets are sold daily and at least Rs72 lakh is spent by railways on this track annually.

            The transfer of land had hit a roadblock after the state government recently conducted a survey on the high court’s order and estimated the piece of land to be worth Rs221 crore while railways, in an earlier survey, had fixed Rs896.29 crore as its price. Records submitted in the HC indicate that railway officials were ready to transfer the land, but not before payment of the price evaluated by them.

            However, state government said the land being a long strip can neither be used for commercial nor residential purposes.

            Modi said if the road comes up on the said strip of land in near future, the distance between Digha and R-Block would come down by almost two kilometres. He said commuters would save lots of time and residents of Serpentine Road, Boring Canal Road, Shivpuri, Rajeev Nagar and some other localities would avail easy transportation to Digha and R-Block. He said once this road is built, pressure on Bailey Road would also decrease.









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              Big vehicles banned on Mahatma Gandhi Setu

              TNN | Updated: May 22, 2018, 06:31 IST
              The movement of heavy vehicles on Mahatma Gandhi Setu was banned from Monday. (File photo)

              PATNA: The movement of heavy vehicles on Mahatma Gandhi Setu was banned from Monday. All trucks and tractors carrying sand and stone aggregates were diverted from zero mile to either Rajendra Setu at Mokama or Ara-Chhapra bridge.

              “In pursuance of a letter issued by the Patna DM’s office on Sunday, heavy trucks carrying sand, stone aggregates and other material have been prohibited on Gandhi setu from Monday,” an order issued by Patna traffic SP PN Mishra stated.

              The order further stated that even tractors and medium-weight vehicles would remain prohibited on the bridge from 8 to 11am and 5 to 8pm. Gas and milk tankers would be allowed to ply on the dilapidated bridge from 11pm till 5am. The pontoon bridge parallel to Gandhi setu would remain open round-the-clock for vehicular movement.

              Heavy vehicles are already not allowed on the JP Setu rail-cum-road bridge connecting Digha to Sonepur across the Ganga.

              All such orders have been issued in pursuance of the decisions taken in a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh on May 14. It was decided in the meeting to lower vehicular load on Gandhi setu, which has been undergoing rehabilitation since February last as the gap between different spans on its eastern flank was found to have widened.







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                Foot overbridges, escalators at 10 junctions

                TNN | May 22, 2018, 02:00 IST


                PATNA: Patna divisional commissioner and Patna Smart City Limited chairman Anand Kishore on Monday inspected the Income Tax roundabout, Dak Bungalow square, Gandhi Maidan intersection near St Xavier’s School and Kargil Chowk for the purpose of construction of foot overbridges under the first phase of Smart City project.

                Kishore said 10 prominent junctions of the city would have foot overbridges. “The IT roundabout, Dak Bungalow square and Kargil Chowk will also have escalators,” he said.

                Kishore directed officials to work on the Dak Bungalow crossing beautification, including installation of a fountain and modernisation of footpaths.

                Prioritising the needs of schoolchildren, Kishore said, “There will be only one foot overbridge at St Xavier’s School that will rise from the school gate and fall on road’s opposite side. The interiors of the overbridge will comprise of themes for children.”

                Kishore said Kargil Chowk would undergo maximum changes, including beautification work and re-designing of the small park near the square. There will be six foot overbridges and six escalators at this location.








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                  15 more parks to get open gym, kids’ zone

                  Ayesha Hassan| TNN | May 22, 2018, 02:00 IST


                  PATNA: Fifteen parks located in Kankerbagh and Rajendra Nagar localities will soon get open gyms and separate children zones.

                  “We are in the process of developing a detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed open gyms and children zones in 15 parks. Construction work is likely to begin in October after the monsoon season ends,” Patna’s divisional forest officer Hemant Patil said on Monday and added the proposed facilities would be ready by next year.

                  As of now, no entry fee has been finalized. “The 15 parks are located in residential areas. Asking for entry fees does not seem feasible,” Patil told this reporter.

                  According to sources, Patna has altogether 70 parks. The newly created Patna park division, which is responsible for development of parks along with the beautification and landscaping of roads in the New Capital area, has acquired 44 parks for maintenance. It will take over the remaining 26 parks by next month.

                  “Earlier, the parks were under various departments that were unable to carry out proper maintenance of the park as per standard operating procedures as they had little knowledge of horticulture or forestry. Besides, there was no availability of drinking water facilities and lights,” Patil said, adding proper water supply would be ensured in the parks.

                  Patna district magistrate Kumar Ravi had recently directed the divisional forest officer to conduct plantation drives in all the parks while DSP (law and order) was asked to remove encroachments from city parks.








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                    Civic body’s board to meet tomorrow

                    TNN | May 22, 2018, 02:00 IST

                    PATNA: The residents of state capital are likely to face inconvenience over the next couple of months following the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) decision recently to suspend the contract of two agencies which had been entrusted with the task of door-to-door garbage collection in the city.

                    Sources said PMC seems undecided whether to get door-to-door garbage collection done by its own sanitation staff or outsource the work till a new firm is finalized. “PMC has 4,000 sanitation workers, including permanent and daily wagers. As of now, 100 sanitation workers are collecting garbage from five wards across the city. We are yet to decide whether the PMC sanitation workers should collect garbage or the work be outsourced,” Patna mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Sunday.

                    She, however, said the work would most likely be outsourced. Working on public-private partnership (PPP) mode, Nishka Security and Intelligence Services and Patheya People’s Association for Total Help and Youth Applause were engaged for garbage collection across the city in 2017. However, PMC’s standing committee on Saturday suspended their contract on charges of irregularities in discharging their duties, she said.

                    Deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said, “The companies failed to perform the assigned duties properly. We discovered that the companies were covering only about 30% houses under door-to-door garbage collection despite taking over the charge of waste management a year ago. We were getting complaints from the residents about irregular garbage collection and improper disposal of waste.”

                    Anand said for carrying out work in a systematic manner, PMC would ensure that the next company to be hired should carry out garbage collection in an ideal manner. “It will take two to three months to complete the process of hiring a new firm. However, major decisions regarding the establishment of alternate solutions for this would be taken by the PMC board in its meeting on May 23,” he said.

                    Residents on the other hand cited unawareness about door-to-door garbage collection. “We have always been giving our garbage to private sweepers because the PMC’s garbage collectors were not regular. Neither PMC ever ensured that the authorized collectors are collecting garbage from locals or not. Meanwhile, private sweepers clean the streets and collect the garbage daily without a gap,” said Archisha Patki of Boring Canal Road area.









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                      Foot overbridges, escalators at 10 junctions

                      TNN | Updated: May 22, 2018, 13:11 IST
                      Patna divisional commissioner cum chairman Patna Smart City Ltd. Anand Kishore the Income Tax roundabout, Dak... Read More

                      PATNA: Patna divisional commissioner and Patna Smart City Limited chairman Anand Kishore on Monday inspected the Income Tax roundabout, Dak Bungalow square, Gandhi Maidan intersection near St Xavier’s School and Kargil Chowk for the purpose of construction of foot overbridgesunder the first phase of Smart City project.

                      Kishore said 10 prominent junctions of the city would have foot overbridges. “The IT roundabout, Dak Bungalow square and Kargil Chowk will also have escalators,” he said.

                      Kishore directed officials to work on the Dak Bungalow crossing beautification, including installation of a fountain and modernisation of footpaths. Prioritising the needs of schoolchildren, Kishore said, “There will be only one foot overbridge at St Xavier’s School that will rise from the school gate and fall on road’s opposite side. The interiors of the overbridge will comprise of themes for children.”

                      Kishore said Kargil Chowk would undergo maximum changes, including beautification work and re-designing of the small park near the square. There will be six foot overbridges and six escalators at this location.










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