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    Patna airport fails to satisfy flyers

    Faryal Rumi| TNN | May 23, 2018, 02:00 IST


    PATNA: Bumper passenger traffic and rapid growth of city Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport notwithstanding, the overall satisfaction of flyers has plunged over the last two consecutive quarters, the latest report based on Airports Service Quality (ASQ) survey said.

    The overall passenger satisfaction at Patna airport slipped by 0.04 points, from 4.55 points in October-December quarter in 2017 to 4.51 in January to March period this year, the survey conducted by the Airports Council International (ACI) said.

    ACI-ASQ survey is the only worldwide programme to survey passengers at airports on their day of travel. Every year, it measures passengers’ views on 33 key service parameters and identified services. The ACI, which is headquartered in Geneva, has been conducting these surveys for the past five years.

    Of the 33 parameters used for the rating, the Patna airport’s performance declined on 22, including parking facilities, waiting time in queues, the efficiency of the check-in staff, courtesy and helpfulness of the airline staff and waiting time at the security check area.

    The airport has, however, scored well in areas like flight information screens, waiting time at security inspection, ease of making connections with other flights, walking distance inside the terminal, courtesy and helpfulness of check-in staff and inspection staff, feeling of being safe and secure, thoroughness of security inspection, cleanliness of bathrooms and toilets and the overall ambience.

    The first quarter survey this year gave poor points to Patna airport in availability of bank or ATM facilities or money changers, internet access or Wi-Fi, speed of baggage delivery and ground transportation to and from the airport, among others.

    Patna airport officials said a temporary fabricated structure with a seating capacity of 300 passengers has been put up in front of the terminal building. The visitors’ area and security hold area inside the terminal building have the capacity to accommodate 600 people at a time.

    Birju Singh, a frequent flyer, said it becomes impossible to stand in waiting area or inside the terminal during day hours. “However, the passenger flow is good at morning and night hours. The airport really needs a new and big terminal to accommodate all the passengers at a time. To avoid hassle, I usually reach the airport 25-20 minutes earlier than the scheduled flight time,” said Singh, a resident of Boring Canal Road.

    Another passenger Danish Haque said, “I am happy that the airport has improved some basic facilities. With the installation of flight information screen, it is easy to know when the flights got delayed rather than running from pillar to post to inquire about that.”







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      PMC to install 375 submersible pumps in city

      TNN | May 24, 2018, 02:00 IST

      PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) board, in its meeting on Wednesday, approved installation of at least 375 submersible pumps in all 75 wards of the city. The meet was chaired by Patna mayor Sita Sahu.

      “In a bid to address the problem of water scarcity during the summer season, the PMC will install submersible pumps in all the wards at a cost of Rs 15 lakh. The installation work is expected to start soon,” said mayor Sita Sahu.

      It was also decided in the meeting that on every Monday and Thursday, PMC officials would submit ward-wise reports to municipal commissioner Keshav Ranjan Prasad regarding the progress of ongoing drainage cleaning work till June 15.

      Sahu said a new firm would be appointed for carrying out door-to-door garbage collection work in the next standing committee meeting.

      13 wards to get LED street lights soon:

      The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) will begin the work of replacing the existing sodium vapour street lights with energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) ones in 13 wards of Patna from May 26. A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) board on Wednesday.

      According to civic body officials, the survey for installation of approximately 50,000 LED street lights and poles has been conducted in wards 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 20, 25, 27, 37 and 38. Electric poles will also be installed on several streets as per the survey.

      Sahu said, “The installation of LED street lights on Bailey Road will also commence from May 26.”







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        High sand prices: Vendors warned

        Abhay Singh| TNN | May 24, 2018, 02:00 IST


        PATNA: The mines and geology department (MGD) on Wednesday maintained that the official rate of ‘yellow sand’ sold anywhere in the state is in the range of Rs3,200-4,100 per CFT and action would be taken against the vendors found charging more than that from consumers.

        The department also maintained that no royalty would be charged on the earth dug up for private use by people on a chunk of land. However, the royalty would continue to be charged on earth dug up for commercial use. The department maintained that the mineral prospecting work done in parts of the state has indicated that coal blocs were available in Bhagalpur district, besides platinum in Gaya, magnetite (iron ore) in Jamui and potash in Aurangabad districts.

        MGD minister Vinod Kumar Singh and department’s principal secretary Atul Prasad, along with other senior officials, on Wednesday, gave an update on the achievements and activities of the department after the government took drastic steps last year to check illegal sand mining in 29 districts.

        The steps had led to scarcity of sand for most parts of the year and the sand price had increased to Rs9,000 per CFT. It put a brake on construction activities, resulting in general unemployment of labourers in the construction and mining sectors.

        “The official rate of yellow sand is in the range of Rs3,200-Rs 4,100 per CFT and the department will take action against those vendors found charging more,” Prasad said.

        He, however, said the sand price in UP is more, which results in its smuggling from the bordering districts of Bihar and scarcity in those areas. Prasad said the department is conducting a general survey of the actual situation to take the required follow-up action.

        Singh said the crackdown on illegal mining of yellow sand had yielded increased revenue to the department. The revenue returns during the 2017-18 fiscal has been Rs1,002.83 crore against the target of Rs1,350 crore. The revenue in 2016-17 was Rs994.10 crore and the target for 2018-19 has been fixed at Rs1,600 crore.

        The minister said the new sand mining and marketing system would stabilize, adding that hard wired GPS devices fixed to the vehicles would help in high-tech monitoring and surveillance of sand transportation.

        Prasad said the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon satellite mapping of the basin of the yellow sand-yielding rivers would be done every year to ascertain the quantum of sand deposited during the monsoon season.

        Since the vehicle transporting sand from the pit is issued the receipt of the quantity carried, the method gives an idea of the total sand mining done and also of the volume of the state’s sand reserve that would remain unsold, Prasad said.









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          Gaya civic body asked to desilt drains by June 10

          TNN | May 24, 2018, 01:00 IST


          GAYA: District magistrate Abhishek Singh has directed the civic body officials of Gaya, Tekari and Sherghati to get the main drains desilted before the onset of monsoon.

          Monsoon in Gaya normally arrives by June 15 and hence June 10 has been set as the deadline for completion of desilting and cleaning job.

          The DM also reviewed the sanitary condition of the district on Tuesday. The officials have also been directed to use JCB machines for desilting of major drains. In case, manual job was imperative, the sanitary staff has to be equipped with protective gears. A few years back, two sanitary staff of the Gaya Municipal Corporation got washed away in the process of removing a drain blockade.

          Rainy season in Gaya town is invariably marred by road blockades and protests against water logging in areas like Durga Bari, Haridas Chatterjee lane and Bari Road.

          Civic body officials have also been directed to get the silt immediately removed from the site. Due to a delay in silt removal from the worksite, it gets back to the drains due to rain and slope. Bottom Nala is the major problematic drain of the city.

          According to a press release issued by the district public relations officer, the DM has said that physical verification of the desilting or cleaning work will be done.








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            HC ‘no’ to bail plea of toilet scam accused

            PATNA: The Patna high court on Wednesday rejected the bail petition of Bihta block motivating coordinator Sanjay Kumar. Kumar is an accused in the Rs15 crore toilet scam that surfaced in Patna in November last year.

            Additional public prosecutor Ajay Mishra submitted during the hearing before the bench of Justice Prakash Chandra Jaiswal that public health engineering department (PHED) cashier Biteshwar Prasad Singh had handed over Rs38 lakh to Sanjay, but “Sanjay prepared a fake list of beneficiaries to show that the money for constructing toilets had been disbursed to them”.

            He said Biteshwar, in his confessional statement, told the police that he had paid money to Sanjay. “PHED executive engineer Vinay Kumar Sinha and NGO Adi Shakti Seva Sansthan’s president Suman Kumari had also connived with Sanjay,” he said.

            The FIR in connection with the scam was lodged with the Gandhi Maidan police station on November 2 last year for embezzlement of Rs15 crore of central government’s funds meant for toilet construction.

            The scam took place between May and June 23 last year and the entire scam amount was disbursed to different NGOs by Vinay and Biteshwar against the central government’s norms not to rope in NGOs for toilet construction.

            Patna police sources said 27 scam accused, including Vinay and Biteshwar, were behind bars and ten were still evading arrests while the high court had stayed the arrest of seven accused.

            “Last week on different dates, Shanti BH Training Centre’s president Arun Kumar, Paliganj block motivating coordinator Bunti Kumar and Suman’s brother Ajay Kumar surrendered before special vigilance court in Patna while PHED data operator Tarkeshwar Prasad’s father Ramlochan Prasad was arrested from Khagaul,” sources said.

            They said Tarkeshwar had transferred Rs5 lakh of the scam amount into his father’s bank account. “Tarkeshwar is also behind bars,” sources said, adding 22 accused had been chargesheeted till now in the case.

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              Nitish Kumar lays stone of Rs 880 crore schemes

              PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday laid foundation of four schemes worth Rs880 crore of water resources department through remote control from an official function held at the higher secondary school, Saraigah, in Supaul district.

              The schemes are meant for flood protection works in Supaul, Madhepura, Saharsa, Darbhanga and Madhubani districts.

              Addressing a public meeting after laying the foundation stones, the CM said he had been informed by the water resources department that these schemes would benefit a population of around 1 crore in the five districts and ensure protection from floods in nearly 10 lakh hectares. The CM said the new projects would benefit people in many assembly constituencies.

              Nitish said works related to strengthening and raising the heights of embankments, strengthening of Kosi canals and repair of roads on the embankments and canals would be undertaken under these schemes. He hoped that all the four schemes would be completed within the stipulated period.

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                Action will be taken against vendors charging high sand prices: Bihar govt

                The department also maintained that no royalty would be charged on the earth dug up for private use by people on a chunk of landAbhay Singh | TNN | May 24, 2018, 16:00 IST


                PATNA: The mines and geology department (MGD) on Wednesday maintained that the official rate of ‘yellow sand’ sold anywhere in the state is in the range of Rs3,200-4,100 per CFTand action would be taken against the vendors found charging more than that from consumers.

                The department also maintained that no royalty would be charged on the earth dug up for private use by people on a chunk of land. However, the royalty would continue to be charged on earth dug up for commercial use. The department maintained that the mineral prospecting work done in parts of the state has indicated that coal blocs were available in Bhagalpur district, besides platinum in Gaya, magnetite (iron ore) in Jamui and potash in Aurangabad districts.

                MGD minister Vinod Kumar Singh and department’s principal secretary Atul Prasad, along with other senior officials, on Wednesday, gave an update on the achievements and activities of the department after the government took drastic steps last year to check illegal sand mining in 29 districts.

                The steps had led to scarcity of sand for most parts of the year and the sand price had increased to Rs9,000 per CFT. It put a brake on construction activities, resulting in general unemployment of labourers in the construction and mining sectors.

                “The official rate of yellow sand is in the range of Rs3,200-Rs 4,100 per CFT and the department will take action against those vendors found charging more,” Prasad said.

                He, however, said the sand price in UP is more, which results in its smuggling from the bordering districts of Bihar and scarcity in those areas. Prasad said the department is conducting a general survey of the actual situation to take the required follow-up action.

                Singh said the crackdown on illegal mining of yellow sand had yielded increased revenue to the department. The revenue returns during the 2017-18 fiscal has been Rs1,002.83 crore against the target of Rs1,350 crore. The revenue in 2016-17 was Rs994.10 crore and the target for 2018-19 has been fixed at Rs1,600 crore.

                The minister said the new sand mining and marketing system would stabilize, adding that hard wired GPS devices fixed to the vehicles would help in high-tech monitoring and surveillance of sand transportation.

                Prasad said the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon satellite mapping of the basin of the yellow sand-yielding rivers would be done every year to ascertain the quantum of sand deposited during the monsoon season.

                Since the vehicle transporting sand from the pit is issued the receipt of the quantity carried, the method gives an idea of the total sand mining done and also of the volume of the state’s sand reserve that would remain unsold, Prasad said.









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                  Over 1.05 lakh saplings to be planted in July: Govt

                  Faryal Rumi| TNN | May 25, 2018, 02:00 IST
                  PATNA: The state environment and forest department will plant over 1.05 lakh saplings in Patna district from July 20 to 31.

                  “Under the urban plantation scheme, around 19,000 saplings will be planted in eastern Patna, 16,000 in western Patna, 23,500 in Masuarhi, 37,000 in Barh and 7,100 in Danapur,” Bihar Forestry Development Corporation Limited’s (BFDCL) managing director S S Chaudhary said on Thursday.

                  The department has identified places for the plantation drive on three parameters — level of pollution, vehicular movement and availability of space. Chaudhary claimed, “Saplings will be planted on both sides of the road as well as on the median strip from Saguna Mor to Danapur, Beerchand Patel Marg, Circular Road, Bailey Road, Chitkohra Mor, Patna-Digha Road, Phulwarisharif, Gola Road and Bihta Road, among others.”

                  Localities on the plantation map are Shastri Nagar, Rajbanshi Nagar, Pataliputra Colony, Rajiv Nagar Colony, Gardanibagh, Ashiana Nagar, Sri Krishnapuri, Kankerbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Ashok Nagar and MIG Colony.

                  Patna divisional forest officer Sunil Kumar Sinha told this newspaper that saplings of timber, ornamental plants, ‘peepal’, ‘neem’, ‘gular’, pakar, ‘khair’, gulmohar and banyan would be planted on both sides of the road and on the banks of the Ganga.

                  According to a global air pollution database recently released by the World Health Organisation, Patna was ranked the fifth most polluted city in the world. Forest department officials claimed that special emphasis was being given on planting saplings and growing more and more trees in urban areas in order to curb pollution.

                  The forest department will also encourage school students and collegians to plant saplings.









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                    Arsenic, fluoride-free wards by March ’19, says minister

                    Abhay Singh| TNN | Updated: May 25, 2018, 12:33 IST State PHED minister Vinod Narayan Jha

                    PATNA: The public health and engineering department (PHED) has said all the 5,635 wards of the 896 panchayats, where drinking water has been found to be affected by arsenic or fluoride poisoning, will be freed from the contaminations by March 31 next year.

                    State PHED minister Vinod Narayan Jha said the department has initiated the process like preparation of detailed project reports, inviting tenders and selection of agencies to execute the schemes for the purpose. The process has been completed in most cases and the work orders are being issued to start the work.

                    He said the PHED has been asked to provide arsenic, fluoride and iron-free drinking water in these panchayats. The project is part of the government’s ‘Seven Resolves’ programme.

                    Although there are 20,737 wards of 1,513 panchayats in the districts of Purnia and Kosi divisions, where drinking water has iron content beyond the permissible limits, the scheme to provide iron-free water in these wards will be implemented in a phased manner and completed in the next three years, the minister said.

                    PHED secretary Vinay Kumar said the number of identified panchayat wards, where drinking water is affected by arsenic poisoning, is 2,556 spread over 315 panchayats. They are located in the districts which lie on both sides of the Ganga from Buxar in the west to Kahalgaon in the east, he said.

                    Kumar also said that the drinking water used in 3,079 wards of 581 panchayats is affected by fluoride toxicity. They are in the southern hilly terrain of the state starting from the Kaimur hills in old Shahabad district and extending to the hilly areas of Jamalpur and Kahalgaon in Bihar and Sahebganj in Jharkhand.

                    Referring to the features of the schemes designed to provide arsenic, fluoride and iron-free drinking water, Kumar said the capacity of the equipment being installed for the purpose is 30 years, and the executing agencies would be tasked with their maintenance for five years.

                    “A new policy is being formulated to ensure the maintenance of equipment beyond five years,” Kumar said, adding the cost of the scheme for every panchayat would be in the range of Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2 crore.







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                      Nitish releases booklet on public grievance redressal system

                      PTI | Updated: May 24, 2018, 20:01 IST
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                      PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has released a booklet chronicling the success of the public grievance redressal system in a remote district of the state, an official release said in Patna.

                      Titled '100 saphal lok shikayat nivaran', the booklet was prepared by the district office for public grievance redressal, West Champaran and released on Wednesday, it said.

                      The Bihar Right to Public Grievance Redressal has come into force in 2015 and its efficacy in solving problems faced by the common people has been elucidated in the booklet, the release said.

                      Kumar, who reached Bettiah - the district headquarters - yesterday paid a visit to an outpost of Sashastra Seema Bal's 44th battalion and interacted with local elected representatives.







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