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    7k get electricity through camps

    PATNA: State energy department is holding camps in villages across Bihar to ensure 100% household electrification before the December deadline this year under PM’s Saubhagya Yojana.

    Officials said around 7,000 households have been provided electricity connections in the state through camps since March. “A survey is conducted using Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data to identify new and the existing consumers who need restoration of their connections. Those households that are not covered in SECC data will also be provided electricity connections under Saubhagya Yojana,” said superintending engineer (electric supply circle, Patna) Dilip Kumar.

    “After a weeklong survey, three-day camps are set up in the villages to complete requisite documentation on-the-spot to expedite electricity connections free of cost. Our junior electrical engineers (JEEs) visit the households to monitor and supervise the work progress. The data of new consumers is uploaded to Saubhagya portal within 24 hours of the consumer registration,” he said.

    Kumar said transformers, meters and wires are also provided under the scheme and the entire process is done within two days. The first bill is generated after a cycle of 45 days. “We have engaged a company to collect first bill directly from the consumer’s house,” Kumar said. He said the connections are free for below poverty line (BPL) families. For above poverty line (APL) family in rural areas, a token money of Rs500 is charged.

    “Seven camps have been held since March and we have served first bills to around 3,000 of the 7,000 new consumers,” he added.

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      All LHB coaches to be fitted with bio toilets soon

      PATNA: The East Central Railway (ECR) has launched a drive in all its five divisions – Danapur, Mughalsarai, Dhanbad, Sonepur and Samastipur – to inform passengers the ways to use bio toilets.
      ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said the drive would continue till June 24. “Railway officials and staff are holding awareness drives at all the major stations under ECR from where mail and express trains originate. They are urging passengers not to throw plastic bags or any other unwanted materials in the bio toilet commodes,” Kumar said.

      He added the railways has decided to convert the existing toilets into bio toilets under the Centre’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ to maintain cleanliness on rail tracks. “The ECR has so far fitted about 360 coaches of long distance trains with bio toilets. Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 4 crore to ECR to retrofit bio toilets in the passenger coaches,” he said.

      The CPRO said the Danapur division had fitted bio toilets in 25 coaches during the 2015-2016 fiscal. “The number has increased to 60 coaches in the division now. Bio toilets keep cockroaches and flies at bay,” he said.

      Under the new development plan of railways, all Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches are fitted with bio toilets. The rail coach factory at Kapurthala is manufacturing LHB coaches fitted with bio toilets. “Railways has decided to convert all conventional toilets into bio toilets in a phased manner. It has set a target of installing bio toilets in 2,500 coaches in the current fiscal,” Kumar said.

      A Board official told this newspaper on Thursday all trains being operated by the Indian Railways will have eco-friendly bio toilets soon. “In bio toilets, an anaerobic bacterium converts human waste into water and gases (methane and carbon dioxide). Railways has provided bio toilets on trial basis in Gwalior-Varanasi Bundelkhand Express, Jammu Tawi-Indore Malwa Express, Chennai-Guwahati Egmore Express, Nizamuddin-Indore Intercity Express, Indore-Gwalior Express, Mumbai-Varanasi Mahanagri Express, Lucknow-Mumbai Pushpak Express and Kochuveli-Bangalore Express,” he added.

      The Board official added the railways is facing the problem of environmental degradation and corrosion of tracks due to spread of human excreta on open tracks. “Corrosion costs railways more than Rs 350 crore every year. Railways has, thus, set up a core committee to complete fitting bio toilets in all conventional coaches by 2020,” he said.


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        Nitish Kumar approves rural work projects worth Rs 4,169 crore


        CM Nitish Kumar
        PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday inaugurated, approved and laid foundation stones for various projects of the rural works departmentworth over Rs 4,169 crore at Samvad Bhavan here.

        To begin with, the CM laid foundation stones for projects worth over 1,959 crore through which 2,096 roads and 45 bridges will be constructed across the state.

        The CM also approved commencement of work for 1,160 road and 28 bridge projects worth over Rs 1,113 crore. In addition, the CM inaugurated 853 roads and 60 bridges built with an expenditure of over Rs 1,097 crore.

        Speaking on the occasion, Nitish said the state government has identified 4,000 tolas with population of 250 persons or above for construction of roads under the Tola Sampark Nishchay Yojana in the first phase.
        “The state government has taken Rs 2,800 crore off-budget loan from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development at 10% interest rate to connect tolas and villages with roads,” he said.

        Quoting the 2011 census, Kumar said 89% of population in state lives in rural areas and 76% are dependent on agriculture. “Better roads in tolas and villages will provide connectivity to farmers and help them sell their produces,” he said.

        The CM asked the officials concerned to ensure maintenance of roads after their construction. “The engineers should ensure that load bearing capacity of roads is such that tractors and buses ply on them. It has been observed that farmers buy tractors and other heavy vehicles after construction of roads,” he added.

        The CM asked the rural works department to plant saplings along the newly constructed roads and ensure their proper maintenance. “It is wrong on the part of the rural works department to blame the forest department for lack of maintenance of trees along the roads. There should be better coordination between the two departments,” the CM said. He stressed on use of new technology to bring down construction cost.

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          Ganga riverfront project delayed by 6 months, again


          The project involves development of 6.6km-long walkway along 20 ghats in the city.
          PATNA: The World Bank-funded Ganga riverfront development project has been delayed for the second time. The initial deadline for this dream project of CM Nitish Kumar was June 2016, which was revised to June this year and, if officials are to be believed, the deadline to complete the project will be extended by another six months. The project cost is also likely to be revised.
          Senior officials of Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (Buidco), the agency of state urban development and housing department which is executing the project, said the project would be completed by the end of this year.

          The riverfront project entails development of 6.6km-long and 15ft-wide walkway along 20 ghats in the city which will have amenities like decorative street lamps, public lavatories, 500 seating benches and green cover. The CM had laid the foundation for the project on February 12, 2014.
          “The beautification work at 16 ghats, including upgradation of roads, construction of toilets, changing rooms, water kiosks and installation of benches and street lights, has already been completed. The audio-visual theatre near Gandhi Ghat has also been constructed,” a senior Buidco official associated with the project said.

          He added, “Of the 6.6km of promenade along 20 ghats, only the stretch of around 500 metres is left to be covered. We are aiming to complete this stretch by the end of June. Work to construct 4.7km long promenade on land and 250-metre-long elevated bridge has also been completed. More than 60% of the work for construction of a crematorium building between Collectorate Ghat and Raja Ghathas been completed. The remaining work will be completed within the next two months. Work on Alamganj Ghat, Pathri Ghat, Chaudhary Tola Ghat and Loharwa Ghat is currently underway. Also, some changes will be made in the proposed plan to make slight diversion in the passage of water near B N College Ghat.”

          Citing reasons for delay in the project, the official said, “We usually stop the work during monsoon due to flood threat. Land acquisition is another big hurdle. However, required land has been acquired for the project.” He added the original expenditure of the project, which was pegged at Rs 254 crore, would be revised.

          The project is divided into four precincts. The first precinct covers riverfront between Collectorate Ghat and Mahendru Ghat, the second between Mishri ghat and Patna College ghat, the third between Gandhi Ghat and Rani Ghat and the fourth between Bhadra Ghat and Nauzar Ghat.

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            Patna Junction flunks cleanliness test

            Faryal Rumi| TNN | Updated: May 29, 2018, 08:07 IST None of the railway stations of Bihar, falling under the East Central Railway (ECR) zone, figures on the list ... Read More

            PATNA: A recent cleanliness survey, conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI) on behalf of the railways, has placed the Patna Junction at the 91st position, out of 407 major stations. This includes 75 busiest stations in India that have been ranked in A-1 category (stations with over Rs 60 crore in annual earnings) and 332 stations that are part of category A (earnings between Rs 8 crore and Rs 60 crore). Only six stations in Bihar, including Patna, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Chhapra, Bhagalpur and Darbhanga, fall under the A-1 category.

            None of the railway stations of Bihar, falling under the East Central Railway (ECR) zone, figures on the list of top 20 cleanest stations of the country. In fact, the Sagauli (405), Madhubani (406) and Jogbani (407) stations — all in Bihar — are said to be the dirtiest.

            Out of 1000, the overall score of the Patna Junction is 719. Under the ECR zone, it has bagged the third spot after the Mughalsarai and Hajipur stations.

            According to sources, the survey is done on the basis of parameters like cleanliness in waiting rooms and parking lots, main entry area and on platforms, direct observation done by QCI accessors, feedback from passengers, clean toilets, tracks as well as dustbins.

            As per the survey report, the Patna Junction has scored 35.29% (out of 100) in parking area category, 57.39% in availability of cleaning staff, 65.07% in cleanliness in main entry area, 75.28% in cleanliness of waiting rooms and 96.3% in cleanliness of main platform category.

            “The main problem at the Patna Junction is the parking of vehicles as the area is congested and the daily passenger flow is very high. Even if we deploy cleanliness workers, they cannot clean the area properly due to the large number of vehicles parked near the entrance and portico of the station,” ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar on Monday said and added the station had fared well in other categories.

            Passengers’ feedback was taken on ten parameters — cleanliness of platforms, toilets, waiting rooms, drinking water booths, availability of dustbins, pest and rodents and foul smell at station, among others. The Patna station got 97.33% in availability of dustbins, 82.27% in drinking water booths, 83.33% in pests and rodents free platforms and 62.44% in cleanliness of toilets.

            Boring Road resident Anamika Sinha said, “The station platform and waiting areas have improved, but the area outside is a mess. It is impossible to park vehicles on the station premises.”









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              Poor air quality causes premature deaths: Report

              TNN & AGENCIES | May 29, 2018, 02:00 IST
              PATNA: Worsening air quality in Patna, Gaya and Muzaffarpur is one of the reasons behind high premature mortality in these cities, a report said on Monday.

              The Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED), an NGO, in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, released the findings titled ‘Know what you breathe’ here on Monday. The study was conducted in seven cities of Uttar Pradesh (Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi and Gorakhpur), three cities of Bihar (Patna, Gaya and Muzaffarpur) and Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. Among them, Kanpur stands at the first position followed by Lucknow and Patna, where highest number of premature deaths per year due to the chronic exposure to air pollution were recorded.

              “An estimated 290-300 deaths per lakh population took place annually in Patna, Muzaffarpur and Gaya due to pulmonary and heart diseases, strokes, lung cancer and acute lower respiratory infections,” the report said.

              The report studied the annual mean PM2.5 concentration in 11 cities of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand using satellite data of the past 17 years, which estimate premature mortality of 4,082 persons per year in the three cities of Bihar. PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) with diameter less than 2.5 micrometers.

              The study collated the air quality data with deaths due to air pollution-related diseases.

              The report’s data and findings related to the Bihar cities were released on Monday, underlining the urgency to take stringent steps to curb air pollution.

              Senior program officer (CEED) Ankita Jyoti said, “The researchers of IIT-Delhi studied annual mean PM2.5 concentration for 11 north Indian cities using the satellite data of past 17 years. As many as 8 cities out 11 have already been listed in the global air quality assessment report of the World Health Organisation (WHO) titled ‘Global Ambient Air Quality Database (2018)’. The report studied PM 2.5 concentration recorded through satellite.”

              With specific findings related to the sources of pollution and aerosol composition, the study indicated a higher percentage of sulphates, organic carbons, and black carbon, which are emitted primarily by anthropogenic sources.

              Elaborating on the methodology of research, Ankita said, “There is no such cause-specific mortality data available so another viable method called ‘global burden of diseases’ have been adopted to deduce indicative data for the mortality rate. We have taken district-wise mortality data available with the state health department. From there, we took the number of deaths caused by the five diseases and divided them by the probable factors responsible for these diseases.”

              CEED programme director Abhishek Pratap said: “Air pollution does not discriminate between the rich and the poor, but the poorest and the most marginalized sections bear the brunt of the health burden the most. The report is a grim reminder of the fact that air pollution is a public health crisis impacting the present as well as the future generations.”

              He emphasized that to prevent air pollution from causing more premature mortality, the government needed to put it high on its priority list. The announcement of preparation of an Air Action Plan for Patna is a welcome step, he said.

              Speaking on the action required for improved air quality, report author and associate professor Sagnik Dey of the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT-Delhi, said a critical factor in air quality management plan is to set targets in short, medium and long terms of meeting air quality standards, along with a detailed implementation plan.

              To improve the air quality in the region, we need to transit towards cleaner fuel for cooking on a priority basis, Dey said.









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                State police headquarters to shift to new building in 2 months

                Debashish Karmakar| TNN | May 29, 2018, 02:00 IST
                PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday inspected the state-of-the-art Bihar Police Bhawan, which is expected to be handed over to the police department within the next two months. The building would house the state police headquarters.

                The main building is constructed on ‘base isolation technology’ with 308 lead rubber bearings (LRB) imported from the US, allowing 312mm lateral movement of the building during earthquake. It is claimed to be the fifth such building in India.

                The campus is spread in 6.7 acre area having the main building divided into five wings, a dormitory and transit building with parking and eight flats each. Another building on the campus will have an auditorium, a convention hall and a badminton court. Around 300 four-wheelers can be parked in the main building parking at a time.

                The CM inspected wing-III, which will house state emergency operation centre for action during any emergency or disaster.

                Nitish also visited the helipad on the top of the main building, which also has a CM’s office, which will act as the command centre during emergency.

                Building construction department’s (BCD) executive engineer Rambabu Prasad told TOI that IIT Delhi experts had simulated the earth crust’s movement during 1934 earthquake (8.4 on Richter scale) for strengthening the building’s design. “The 1934 earthquake has been the most powerful in Bihar so far. That’s why it was taken into consideration while constructing the building. Bihar is in seismic zone-IV, which can have earthquake of 7 to 7.5 on Richter scale,” Prasad said while explaining the technical details to the CM during inspection. He said the building would be handed over to department within two months.

                The CM also inspected the LRBs installed in the building’s base and asked officials about toilets and restrooms for police personnel in the building.

                The building construction had started on September 29, 2014 and was scheduled to be completed in 24 months. It’s estimated cost is around Rs335 crore.

                BCD minister Maheshwar Hazari, chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, principal secretary (home) Amir Subhani, disaster management department principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit, DGP K S Dwivedi, ADG (special branch) J S Gangwar and other senior officials accompanied the CM during the inspection.










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                  French firm hired for revival of HFCL plant

                  PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday said the Centre has hired a French company to revive the Barauni-based Hindustan Fertiliser Corporation Limited (HFCL). After its revival, the plant will produce neem coated urea.
                  Modi said the revival of the HFCL plant and production of fertiliser would entail an expenditure of Rs 7,000 crore. While the main plant is likely to be revived by January 2021, the production of neem coated urea by Hindustan Urvarak Rasayan Limited (HURL) will start from May 2021, he added.

                  HURL managing director A K Gupta called on Modi on Tuesday to discuss the current situation at HFCL. The plant will produce 3,850 tonnes of neem coated urea per day and fulfil the needs of farmers in Bihar and Jharkhand, Gupta told the deputy CM.

                  When the Gas Authority of India Limited (HAIL) took up the Haldia-Jagdishpur natural gas pipeline project, it was felt that the three closed HFCL plants at Sindri, Barauni and Gorapkhpur should be revived to ensure bulk consumption of natural gas. Modi said the revived Barauni HFCL would create 1,500 direct jobs and 18,000 indirect employment opportunities. He assured Gupta of full cooperation from the state government.


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                    Stagnant water removed from NMCH


                    NMCH near Agamkuan in Patna (File photo)
                    PATNA: Following accumulation of water for six days, swab culture tests were conducted on the walls and equipment of the operation theatre (OT) of surgery department at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital(NMCH) on Tuesday.

                    “A water pipe had burst six days back, flooding the ground floor of the OT. The water has been cleared now,” OT in charge Dr Ashok Kumar said.

                    “Since stagnant water causes infections, work to disinfect the area has already started. The reports of the swab tests will come on Wednesday. It will make it clear whether microorganisms have developed in the area or not. The OT gets flooded every monsoon and the water is pumped out through pipes,” Dr Kumar said.

                    NMCH deputy superintendent Dr Gopal Krishna said the medicine ward and administrative offices of the hospital get waterlogged in the monsoon. “We generally open the sump houses and pump out the water in a day or two. The area is low lying and there is water all around,” Dr Krishna said. He added once the NMCH is upgraded to a 2,500-bed hospital, the situation will improve.

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                      Pave way for runway expansion: Patna DM


                      Patna DM Kumar Ravi
                      PATNA: Patna DM Kumar Ravi on Tuesday asked the Bihta circle officer to issue notices for removal of constructions within the 100-metre radius of Bihta airbase from where commercial flight operations are scheduled to commence soon.

                      A survey will be conducted by the Bihta circle officer, officials of the airbase and Bihta station house officer to estimate the total number of constructions in the area. The DM also asked the Danapur SDO and Bihta circle officer to look into the issue of land acquisition for the extension of the airbase’s runway.

                      Officials said the length of the existing runway at Bihta airbase was 9,000ft and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had proposed to extend it further so as to operate commercial flights from there. A 11,000ft-runway is suitable for installation of Instrument Landing System of Category-II (CAT-II ILS), which allows flight operations even when visibility is as low as 350m.

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