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  • #11

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    All Roads lead away from Bihar..

    i wonder what makes investors to look into bihar.... no proper roads ... no managment, sewage and drainage system work by its own...

    The govt. must first put things in place before fascinating the big investors into the state...

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    • #12

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      no the thigs are changing..but you will have to go to Bihar to feel the change..

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      • #13

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        Bihar through new vision....

        There need to be a change in perspective required for obvious... People outside bihar dont know about bihar... they only know about the spontaneous hillarious comment making CM and the gunda raaj but what they ignore is the amount of potential bihar has... and this is what the investors are visioning...

        I think the investors are very foresighting their profit by making investments in Bihar... their investment will entail in sure realty boom in bihar.... you can take my words for granted... east or west bihar is the best...

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        • #14

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          The real estate market in Patna (Bijhar) is likely to be streamlined in the coming days. For the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to categorise the city builders. The PMC board recently approved a proposal according to which the builders will be placed in three categories -- "A", "B" and "C".

          While the newcomers would be placed in category "C", those having some experience would be placed in the first two categories. Earlier, the Patna Regional Development Authority (PRDA) was the agency responsible for regulating this sector. Now the power of PRDA has been entrusted with the PMC.

          Builders of the first two categories would have to keep architects and structural engineers on their payroll. Earlier, there were no such bindings on builders and majority of them were taking the services of experts on ad hoc basis. New players having an engineering background would be given preference while putting their name in the last category of builders.

          Apart from technical expertise, the city builders would also have to cough up empanelment fee to get themselves recognised as empanelled builders. While the said fee for category "A" builder will be Rs 2 lakh, builders of placed in categories "B" and "C" will have to pay fee amounting to Rs one lakh and Rs 50,000 respectively.

          "The step has been taken with a view to ensuring the presence of quality builders in the real estate market," said PMC commissioner Rana Awadhesh.

          He said that PMC would soon launch a drive to empanel city builders in different categories. "A meeting with builders' association will soon be held for this purpose," Awadhesh added.

          Reacting to PMC's decision, co-ordinator of the Bihar chapter of the Builders Association of India (BAI) Narendra Kumar said, "Step to categorise the city builders is a good one, but the fee fixed for their empanelment is too high." He said that BAI would raise this point whenever PMC convenes a meeting in this regard.

          Kumar also said that while taking steps for regularising the real estate market, the government should also look into their problems so that serious players could work in a hassle-free environment. "Fixing a time limit for approval of building maps and fixing responsibilities in case of delay in their approval without any valid reason are some of the points which should immediately be looked into if the government is really serious about regularising this market," he added.

          TOI (Nov 9, 2007)

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          • #15

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            In name of Dalits, a land racket in Nitish’s Bihar

            Araria, Bihar: If the government had bought bicycles to give them to schoolgirls, you would have had a bicycle scam in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar famously said, explaining why he gave bicycle vouchers to families. But when it came to giving land to landless Mahadalit families — the poorest and most marginalised of Dalits — the government forgot this wisdom.

            Result: Allegedly acting in concert, government officials and brokers ganged up to buy land dirt cheap from villagers and then, within days, sold it to the government at four to five times that price. That land was then distributed under the Mahadalit Vikas Yojana.

            This scheme was launched in 2009-10 to give 3-decimal (or 1,306.8 sq ft) plots to landless Mahadalit families to build a home under Indira Awas Yojana. (A decimal is one-hundredth of an acre.)

            The Nitish Kumar government identified 2.18 lakh families across the state as beneficiaries under the scheme. Until last September — up to when figures are available — 1.53 lakh (just over 70 per cent) families were given plots. Under the scheme, the government must first try to secure gairmajura land (government land under illegal possession of individuals) and, if that isn’t available, it can buy residential land at a “ceiling price” of not more than Rs 20,000 for three decimals (or Rs 6,666 per decimal).

            The government has so far purchased land for 29,920 families, and will purchase land for another 27,603. Total cost: Rs 115 crore.

            An investigation by The Indian Express in Araria — one of the top five districts in the number of beneficiaries — has revealed that plots given to at least 300 of these families were purchased at low prices from villagers who were largely unaware of the scheme, and then sold to the government at the ceiling price.

            At the centre of the alleged nexus is the circle officer of Araria’s Raniganj block, Ramvilas Jha, who is in charge of the scheme’s implementation in the district. His cousin is married to Umesh Mishra, who runs a brick kiln and is a member of the Raniganj panchayat. Two of Mishra’s employees in the kiln are also brokers who bought land from poor villagers and sold it to the government.

            One of these men is Anil Panjiyar, a resident of Barbanna village employed by Mishra at a monthly salary of Rs 3,000. Records with The Indian Express show that on August 24, 2010, Panjiyar purchased 2.64 acres (264 decimals) in Kajra from Shahidi Khatoon and Shaquiba Khatoon of Rampur village for Rs 3.83 lakh ( Rs 1,450 per decimal).

            “He told us this was the best price he could offer given that the land was near a stream,” said Shahidi Khatoon, a 32-year-old housewife. “We were desperate, we had loans from moneylenders, so we sold our land.”

            Shahidi’s husband Mohammed Fayaz has four bigha of land which supports their family of six. They live in a tiny mud hut with a thatched roof, which stands in an open field. They have no money for a fence around the dwelling.

            Barely 11 days after buying Shahidi’s land, Panjiyar, as per records, sold it to the government, represented by Jha, for Rs 17,60,000 ( Rs 6,666 per decimal, the government’s ceiling) — a premium of nearly 360%. This land was then distributed to 88 families on September 1 on condition that they could neither sell nor transfer it.

            “I was cheated,” Shahidi said. “The circle officer used his relationship to get Panjiyar to buy land from us. They never told us that the government had fixed Rs 20,000 for 3 decimals. Had we known this, we would never have agreed to sell the land so cheap. The land’s real price (Rs 17.6 lakh) would have come to us.”

            Shahidi’s sister, Rahmati Khatoon, was wiser. She sold her 111-decimal plot on April 1, 2011 directly to the government at the ceiling price. But Rahmati is stuck as well — she has not been paid so far, and she alleged that Jha has been asking for a “bribe” to release her money.

            Another of Mishra’s employees, Mohammed Khurshid, struck a similar deal. Official records obtained by The Indian Express show that Khurshid got one Arun Thakur and his brother Tarun Thakur, poor farmers of Barbanna, to sell their 3.56 acres (356 decimal) at Bistoria on September 11, 2011, for Rs 4.90 lakh ( Rs 1,376 per decimal).

            With this money, the brothers bought a small jewellery shop in Raniganj town, from which they make about Rs 10,000 every month.

            Less than 40 days after being the Thakurs’ land, Khurshid sold it to the government (through Jha) for redistribution to Mahadalit families for Rs 23.73 lakh ( Rs 20,000 per three decimals).

            The land registration papers establish the nexus: Panjiyar signed as a witness just below Khurshid’s signature.

            In all, Raniganj block — under Jha — distributed land to 852 Mahadalit families for Rs 1.7 crore.

            When contacted, Jha claimed the government had purchased land “directly from farmers”. But when confronted with Khatoon’s and Thakur’s records, he declined to comment. Asked about buying land from brokers who are on his brother-in-law’s payroll, Jha refused to comment.

            Jha’s brother-in-law Umesh Mishra and his employees Panjiyar and Khurshid did not respond to several phone calls.

            Pradeep Kumar Singh, the BJP MP from Araria, said: “The government must follow up the Kajra and Bistoria cases and expose the guilty. There is no question of sparing those who are making money through the NDA government’s showpiece scheme.”

            Not many are seeing it as a showpiece, though. Corruption isn’t the only problem with the scheme; many of the beneficiaires have got their plots but are stranded — with neither access roads nor a house.





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            • #16

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              Paswan for probe into land racket

              Patna: LJP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday demanded a high-level probe into corruption and discrepancies in land allotments to 1.53 lakh Mahadalits — a conglomerate of 21 Scheduled Castes.

              Reacting to reports in The Indian Express, he said: “We are startled to know how circle officers and middlemen had used government ceiling price to engage in systematic loot from state exchequer. This has taken place because of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s blind faith in his bureaucrats at the expense of public representatives.”

              Paswan said it would be only fair to review all allotments by a neutral agency as there had been reports of government giving away ponds, low-lying areas, lands adjacent to rivers to Dalit families under Mahadalit Vikas Yojana.

              He said the media, “otherwise gloating over Nitish’s achievements”, had come out with its findings now to showcase real face of Bihar as opposed to a clean image.

              Paswan said he would take the fight among SC families through his upcoming trips to tell them how the state government had been befooling them.




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              • #17

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                Satellite imaging of state’s seven towns completed

                PATNA: The Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping of the actual position of physical resources in seven of the 29 major and minor cities and towns in the state having municipal corporations and municipalities, undertaken through satellite imaging system, has been completed. The towns so covered are Patna, Danapur, Khagaul, Phulwarisharif, Bodh Gaya, Purnia and Katihar.

                It was revealed at the review of the three-phase urban renewal programme under implementation in 29 major and minor towns of the state with support from Department for International Development (DFID), UK. Urban development minister Prem Kumar reviewed the status of various activities undertaken with support from DFID.

                The first phase of the programme includes GIS mapping and satellite imagery. It gives boundary of municipalities and municipal corporations, state of various wards, boundary of colonies, area of the tax zone, drainage network, sewerage network, water supply network, hydrants, roads, lanes and their classifications, railway line, river, high-tension power network, transformer, water towers, cellphone towers, water pumping stations, sewerage pumping stations, waste collection points, fire tender stations, building footprints, advertisement boards (hoardings), street lights, public taps, wells, ponds, and slums, among others.

                The second phase of the urban renewal programme involves survey of land and property (buildings) to assess the actual tax to be charged on the property owned. For every holding, a holding plate has to be provided. During the third phase, specially developed software would be installed to have information on all the available resources and properties mapped. The first and second phase activities are being conducted under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The GIS data had been prepared with respect to Danapur, Khagaul, Phulwarisharif and Bodh Gaya. In case of Patna, the survey of the property available is going on.

                Similarly, the first phase of work has been completed in Purnia and Katihar towns, and tenders have been invited for the second phase of work. In 10 other towns - Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Motihari, Bettiah, Sitamarhi, Bhagalpur, Munger, Jamalpur, Kishanganj and Saharsa - the first phase of work is going on. Tenders have been invited for the start of first phase of work in 12 remaining towns - Gaya, Biharsharif, Aurangabad, Nawada, Sasaram, Dehri, Hajipur, Chhapra, Siwan, Begusarai, Ara and Rajgir.





                Satellite imaging of state’s seven towns completed - The Times of India
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                • #18

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                  Deogarh land scam: CBI raids 52 places in Jharkhand, Bihar

                  Dhanbad/Deogarh: The CBI today conducted simultaneous raids at 52 places in Jharkhand and Bihar in connection with the approximately Rs 1000 crore land scam detected in Deogarh district last year, sources in the investigating agency said.

                  The raids were being carried out in Patna and in Jharkhand's Dhanbad, Dumka, Sahibganj, Latehar, Deogarh in the premises of former and current officials, who have had been posted in Jharkhand's Deogarh district registry and circle offices, besides middle men, the sources said.

                  The CBI took over the investigations after initial probe by the Jharkhand Vigilance Bureau.

                  The vigilance bureau had been entrusted with the investigation last year on a report by the then Deogarh Deputy Commissioner that 826 acre land was sold using fraud papers worth approximately Rs 1000 crore in Madhupur, Mohanpur and Deogarh areas in Deoghar district, the sources said.

                  The entire land was protected under Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act, which protects tribal land, and was marked non-saleable.

                  Days before the vigilance probe, crucial papers stored in the control room at the district treasury office were gutted in a fire, the sources said.

                  The vigilance bureau had arrested three persons soon after the detection of the scam last year.




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                  • #19

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                    Families ‘exchange’ land, papers show ‘sale’, officials pocket money

                    Atri, Gaya: In perhaps the most blatant violation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s flagship Mahadalit Vikas Yojana, officials in Atri block pocketed the amount allotted under the scheme to buy plots, for distribution to landless Mahadalit families, by simply choosing families that already owned land, and then showing a “purchase” through an “exchange” of plots.

                    With the government setting aside Rs 20,000 for each three-decimal plot to be given to landless Mahadalit families, and most of the 70 beneficiaries picked in Bansi Bigaha village already land owners, the racket is believed to be worth Rs 14 lakh. While Bansi Bigaha earlier fell under the Atri block, it now falls under Mohda block.

                    The Mahadalit Vikas Yojana was started by the Bihar government in 2009-10. Under the scheme, three decimals or 1,306.08 sq ft of land was to be given to each of the 2.18 lakh landless families belonging to 21 Scheduled Castes identified as Mahadalit in the state. Following a series of reports by The Indian Express last month on how officials had exploited the scheme for own benefit, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered fresh survey for the entire state to prepare a new list of landless Mahadalits. Raniganj (Araria) Circle Officer Ramvilas Jha was earlier suspended while allotments made in Islampur block administration were suspended.

                    Documents with The Indian Express show that in the case of Atri block, then circle officer Prabhat Kumar Jha — who is now the district land acquisition officer at Gaya — impressed upon 10 land-owning Scheduled Caste village farmers to “sell” their plots at the government ceiling of Rs 20,000 for three decimals. Measuring 210 decimals in all, the plots were registered in August 2010.

                    However, in reality, the land deeds exchanged hands within the 10 families. The villagers, who claim not to have received any money despite government records showing “purchase”, were reportedly convinced by officials and middlemen to agree to the exchange on the promise of getting half the money as well as Indira Awas Yojana benefits.

                    Mohda Circle Office papers show that the villagers swapped and cross-swapped plots in such a way that it does not look like exchange of land for land.

                    Then Circle Officer Prabhat Kumar Jha, however, claimed “every payment was made through cheques”. Asked how land was distributed among “land owners” in the first place, Jha said: “It is a matter of great surprise and I need to check records.” Admitting “huge embarrassment”, he added: “I have gone by the survey list of landless Mahadalits to allot land. I also remember having made payment to all land owners.”

                    Villagers, however, denied this. They said that while cheques of Rs 20,000 had been shown to them, the money never came into their accounts. They were taken to a bank and made to put thumb impression on some papers, they claimed. The villagers also alleged that the government had not handed over papers to any of the 70 beneficiaries.

                    Mohda CO Yogesh Mishra admitted being aware of the “discrepancies”. “I have prepared a report as well,” he said. On why allotments had not been cancelled even after three years of the racket having surfaced, Mishra said: “Appropriate action will be taken soon.”

                    Some examples of Bansi Bigaha village’s land swap:

                    * Basanti Devi: Wife of the late Ranjan Manjhi, she is shown on paper to have sold 24 decimals to the government. The land was allotted to eight fellow villagers, among them Ajay and Nande Manji, sons of fellow villager Chandsur Manjhi, who had also “sold” 12 decimals to the government. One of the beneficiaries to have received Chandsur’s land was Ramphal Manjhi, the son of Basanti Devi. Interestingly, Ramphal is the government-appointed ‘Vikas Mitra’, whose job is to coordinate with the government and point out irregularities in any scheme meant for Mahadalits. Another of Basanti’s sons, Subodh Manjhi, was among beneficiaries on another plot.

                    * Sudam Devi: Wife of Sriram Manjhi, she “sold” 21 decimals to the government. Her four sons — Shaukin Manjhi, Lalan Manjhi, Awdhesh Manjhi and Manoj Manjhi — got three decimals each as “beneficiaries” of land sold to the government by fellow villager Feku Manjhi. Feku’s own son Nagina Manjhi was one of the beneficiaries on plot sold by Sudam Devi. Said Sudam Devi’s son Shaukin Manjhi: “We were fooled by the Circle Officer on the promise of getting a share in land price and Indira Awas fund. We ended up exchanging plots, letting the CO and middlemen loot government money for land purchase.”

                    * Jethu Manjhi: “Sold” 12 decimals to the government, with two of the beneficiaries being his own brothers, Baisakhi Manjhi and Baburam Manjhi.

                    * Sudam Devi: Wife of the late Musafir Manjhi, she sold 12 decimals to the government. Devi’s daughters-in-law, Matiya Devi, Srimati Devi and Rina Devi, and grandson Lavkush Manjhi got three decimals each from the plot of another villager. “We are illiterate people. We were told Indira Awas money would be given. We went to registry office and put thumb impression on papers we were asked to,” Sudam Devi told The Express.












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                    • #20

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                      Bihar State Industrial Development Corporation land encroached in Jharkhand

                      PATNA: The 18.71 acres land of Bihar State Industrial Development Corporation (BSIDC), which is worth 21.32 crore, has been encroached in Jharkhand's two towns - Ranchi and Sindri - as the sick corporation failed to make adequate arrangements for safeguarding its property.

                      The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its latest report tabled in Bihar assembly this week, has revealed that the BSIDC land on the sprawling premises of the High Tension Insulator Factory (HTIF) at Namkum in Ranchi and the Bihar State Super-Phosphate Factory at Sindri in Dhanbad district have been encroached by different government bodies and former employees of the two factories as the BSIDC failed to make proper arrangements for security of its immovable property, which includes land and buildings.

                      While the 18.21 acres of land at HTIF, Ranchi, worth 20.32 crore, has been encroached, the 0.5 acre plot worth 1 crore at Sindri is grabbed.

                      According to the CAG report, the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) constructed a grid substation on 11.39 acres of the BSIDC land (on HTIF campus) valued 13 crore (at current market price) without any payment to the corporation and also without entering into any formal agreement for either sale, lease or transfer of the land. However, the Jharkhand high court intervened in the matter and directed the JSEB in March 2005 to approach the BSIDC for taking the said land on lease. But the JSEB neither paid any amount to the corporation nor approached it for any agreement for the land, the report said.

                      Similarly, 40,000 sq feet (0.92 acres) of the land at the HTIF has been encroached either by the ex-employees, families of ex-employees or outsiders for 15 years or more. The BSIDC, however, failed to take any effective step to get its land vacated. Thus, the land valued at 1.63 crore is still under encroachment, the report said.

                      Moreover, a hospital has been constructed by the Employees State Insurance Corporation on 5.9 acres land worth 5.69 crore (at current market price) on the HTIF premises, without any payment to the BSIDC and without entering into any formal agreement with it, the CAG report said.

                      At the Sindri factory, 0.5 acre of residential area valued at 1 crore has been grabbed by the ex-employees/outsiders since the year 2000. The BSIDC didn't take any effective step to get the residential land vacated, the CAG said.

                      The BSIDC was incorporated as a government company on November 5, 1960, with the objective to promote, establish and execute medium and large industries. "The corporation has become non-functional since 1991-92 due to financial crisis and redundant technology," the report said.










                      Bihar State Industrial Development Corporation land encroached in Jharkhand - The Times of India
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