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    Civic body yet not ready to combat monsoon blues

    TNN | May 31, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Even as the onset of southwest monsoon in Bihar is a fortnight away, a humble bout of showers in Patna exposed the ill- preparedness of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to tackle the waterlogging menace. While several streets were seen water- logged, others had ditches and muddy potholes.

    PMC sources say only 60% of the monsoon preparedness works, including cleaning of drainage and manholes, have been completed. This means the remaining 40% of the works has to be completed in the next 10 days, else the residents would be forced to face the infamous waterlogging scenario in monsoon.

    “The pre-monsoon work is underway in different localities of the city. Most of the works related to desilting of canal is done. work is underway on a project entailing an estimated outlay of Rs175 crore and likely to be finished by June-end,” Patna mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Tuesday.

    Admitting the delay in pre-monsoon preparedness, Sahu said, “The initial deadline was June 15, but the PMC decided to extend it till June 30. However, around 60% of the work is completed.”

    She said weekly inspection would be held and a final review of the work would be done before the deadline.

    Complaining about the accumulation of water on streets, city resident Ashish Jain rued the uneven and dug-up roads. “The chances of accidents increase on waterlogged roads. It’s the story of every year when commuters have to suffer from water stagnation on roads during monsoon. No prompt actions are taken by authorities even after facing the same every year. All the big claims and plans of PMC are exposed as soon as the monsoon arrives.”

    Apart from waterlogging, another problem that pedestrians have to suffer from is the mixing of rainwater with sewage water, which causes serious sanitation issues. One spell of rain and these roads become slushy. It becomes difficult to even walk,” said Shaivya Shukla, a resident of Boring Road area.








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      Complete drainage clearance work by June 30, deputy CM tells officials

      Abhay Singh| TNN | May 31, 2018, 02:00 IST


      PATNA: Given the normal monsoon prediction for the year, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday directed the urban development department officials to ensure that all the sump houses in Patna were repaired before the monsoon gets into full fury by June 30.

      Modi, who reviewed the activities of the department on its preparedness to face the challenge of waterlogging in different parts of the city, also asked the officials concerned to complete the work regarding drainage of water and sewerage clearance by June 30.

      As to readying up the sump houses for the heavy monsoon rain, Modi told the officials to store in advance diesel, spare parts, additional pumpsets and other essentials required for the machines to drain out excess water from the waterlogged areas.

      Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCO) officials said the drainage work had been undertaken at 54 points whether waterlogging was reported last year. They include 27 in the New Capital Circle, nine in Bankipore circle, 13 in Kankarbagh and five in Patna City circle.

      Among the elected representatives and officials who participated in the review meet were MLAs Arun Kumar Sinha, Nitin Navin and Sanjeev Kumar Chaurasia, urban development department principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad, BUIDCO general manager Amarendra Kumar Singh and Patna deputy mayor Vinay Kumar Pappu.








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        Lalu family plots in Patna are money laundering assets: PMLA authority

        The central probe agency had provisionally attached the plots measuring about 3-acres, located in Danapur near Bihar's capital Patna, in December last year under the PMLAPTI | June 01, 2018, 07:54 IST

        NEW DELHI: A designated PMLAauthority has held that 11 land plots worth Rs 44.75 crore, attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the name of a firm linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad's family, are money laundering assets and ordered that their attachment should continue.

        The central probe agency had provisionally attached the plots measuring about 3-acres, located in Danapur near Bihar's capital Patna, in December last year under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), in connection with the IRCTC hotel allotment case.

        "Considering the material (filed) in the original complaint (by the ED).. I find that the immovable properties provisionally attached are involved in money laundering.

        "I, therefore, hereby confirm the attachment of the property...and order that the said attachment shall continue during investigation for a period not exceeding ninety days or the pendency of the proceedings relating to any offence under the PMLA before a court and become final after an order of confiscation is passed by the special court," a recent order issued by Member (Law) of the Adjudicating Authority of the PMLA, Tushar V Shah, said.

        The ED will now seize the properties, bearing a market value of Rs 44.75 crore, and put up its sign board on these plots, agency sources said.

        The land pieces are in the name of Ms Delight Marketing Co Pvt Ltd, now Lara Projects LLP, whose managing partner is Lalu's wife Rabri Devi, partners are his son Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, and Ms Meridian Construction India Limited promoted by Abu Dojana, an MLA of the former Bihar Chief Minister's party-- the Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD).

        When the ED attached these assets last year, a shopping mall was supposed to come up on these plots. It also had recorded the statements of Rabri Devi, Tejashwi, the former deputy chief minister of Bihar, and others in the case.

        In July last year, the agency registered a case against Lalu Prasad, his family members and others under the provisions of the PMLA.

        Before this, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a criminal first information report and conducted multiple searches on the properties of Lalu Prasad and others.

        The CBI FIR alleged that Lalu Prasad, during his tenure as the railway minister in UPA-I, handed over the maintenance of two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation hotels to a company in 2004 after receiving a bribe in the form of a prime land in Patna through a 'benami' company owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former Union minister and an RJD MP.

        The ED registered its criminal case based on this CBI FIR.

        Others named in the CBI FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels), Delight Marketing company and the then IRCTC managing director P K Goel.

        The CBI FIR was registered on July 5 in connection with favours allegedly extended to Sujata Hotels in awarding a contract for the upkeep of the hotels in Ranchi and Puri and receiving premium land as "quid pro quo".

        The accused can appeal against this order, issued by the authority, before the Appellate Tribunal of the Act.









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          Pollution body’s closure order to 175 units in Bihar

          TNN | Updated: Jun 2, 2018, 07:05 IST
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          PATNA: The Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) has issued closure orders to 175 industrial units across the state for violating environmental and pollution norms.

          Of these 175 industrial units, 71 are situated in Patna, 39 in Madhubani, 23 in Muzaffarpur, 21 in East Champaran, 16 in West Champaran, three in Saran and one each in Siwan and Vaishali districts. Apart from this, ‘proposed direction notice’ has been issued against 41 brick kilns in the state.

          Notices have also been issued against hospitals, pathology laboratories and nursing homes across the state. “An inspection was conducted across the state to identify the hospitals that have not installed effluent-treatment plants (ETPs) to dispose of their liquid waste in an environmental-friendly manner. Many hospitals were having such plants, but not operating them on regular basis,” said BSPCB PRO Birendra Kumar.

          Under Section 33A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, as many as 14 hospitals, including Arohi Hospital in Sheikhpura (Patna), Satyam Hospital in Shiekhpura, Popular Nursing Home on Ashok Rajpath, New Max Care Hospital in Rajabazar and Gatewell Hospital in Rajabazar, were identified as the units discharging harmful effluents continuously. A ‘proposed closure direction’ was issued against such units, Kumar said.

          Under the same Act, notices have also been issued against hotels and banquet halls for not regulating the generated waste properly. Besides, ‘closure directions’ have been given to seven rice mills.










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            Deadline for registration of projects with Bihar RERA extended till June 30

            The builders have been asked to register their projects with RERA by the stipulated time period along with a late fee of Rs 3 lakh or 300% of the registration amountFaryal Rumi | TNN | June 02, 2018, 12:00 IST

            PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Bihar has extended the deadline for registration of ongoing projects under Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 till June 30 this year. The builders have been asked to register their projects with RERA by the stipulated time period along with a late fee of Rs 3 lakh or 300% of the registration amount. The earlier deadline for registration of real estate projects was May 31.

            If sources are to be believed, more than 1,500 real estate projects across the state are yet to be registered.

            Rajiva Bhushan Sinha, a RERA member, told this newspaper on Friday that people should desist from investing in the unregistered projects. “Under Section 3 of the RERA Act, 2016, the promoters have to register their projects (residential as well as commercial) with the regulatory authority before booking, selling or offering apartment, plot or building for sale. In case a project is to be promoted in phases, each phase shall be considered as a standalone project and the promoter shall obtain registration for each phase,” he added.

            “If the builders fail to register their projects by the new deadline of June 30, they will be penalised under Section 59 of the Act that invites penalty of up to 10% of the estimated cost of the project or imprisonment for three years,” Sinha added.

            As of now, RERA-Bihar has served 100 notices on builders and developers in the state for not complying with the provisions of the Act or giving incorrect information in their applications for registration. The notices, issued under Section 59 of the RERA Act, sought to know from builders as to why action should not be taken against them for violating the provisions of Section 3 of RERA Act.

            Only 40 projects have so far been registered with the RERA while 150 builders, who had applied for registration, have been asked to provide additional documents and information.









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              Swelling Gandak poses threat to West Champaran, Kushinagar districts


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              BAGAHA/PATNA: With monsoonround the corner, a large part of Khushinagar district in Uttar Pradesh and four blocks of West Champaran district including Piparasi, Madhubani, Bhitaha and Thakaraha situated along the right flank of the 35km stretch of Piparasi-Pipra embankment along Bihar-Uttar Pradesh border are facing flood threat.
              Senior engineers at Valmikinagar divisional office of water resources department said the water level at Gandak barrage in Valmikinagar has surged from 8000 cusec on Wednesday to 27,000 cusec on Friday.

              Bagaha SDM Ghanshyam Meena said, “I recently inspected the 35km long stretch and identified various issues resulting in weakening of the embankment, including rat holes and high water pressure at some points. It has also come to our knowledge that there were no boulder stocks at vulnerable points across the stretch. Only sand bags with flood-safety bags were seen on vulnerable points, which are not enough to combat flood and erosion. Rats have carved out huge holes resulting in weakening of embankment that needs to be fixed urgently to avoid crumbling of the bundh at several places.”

              He added, “Two days ago, a detailed report highlighting areas requiring repair work was forwarded to West Champaran district magistrate. After going through the report, the DM issued directives to immediately execute the work.”

              Talking about the rescue and relief measures to be taken in case of exigency, Meena said, “The Gandak river is swelling and flowing with fury around 10 feet from the embankment at several places. The BDO of these blocks have been directed to keep adequate stock of foodgrains and motor boats. The health department too has been asked to stock all essential medicines to meet any emergency.”

              “The DM will also inspect the area on Monday. The team of engineers deployed to carry out the repair work on the embankment have claimed that the work will be over in seven-days, starting from June 16,” informed Meena.

              Sources also claimed that water resources minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh is likely to visit Gandak embankment and Gandak barrage soon to review the preparations.

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                Work on 48 road, bridge projects in progress: Minister


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                PATNA: Road constructiondepartment (RCD) minister Nand Kishore Yadav on Friday said work on 48 of 82 major road and bridge projects as part of Centre’s special package for Bihar is in progress. Work on remaining 34 schemes, he said, would begin by the end of the current fiscal.

                “The projects, aimed at improving road communication and giving a big boost to economic activities in the state, especially in north and south Bihar, will be completed in the next four years,” Yadav said while elaborating on various road, bridge and flyover projects initiated in the state in the last four years with the funds provided by the Centre.

                The minister said apart from the special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore announced by the then prime ministerial candidate of BJP Narendra Modi prior to the Lok Sabha elections in 2015, another chunk of Rs 54,700 crore had been allotted for the improvement of NH network in the state.

                The mega bridge projects include construction of six new bridges over the Ganga, like the Buxar-Baliabridge, Digha-Sonepur four-lane bridge, four-lane bridge parallel to the existing Mahatma Gandhi Setu, bridge near Mokama and the four-lane bridge parallel to Vikramshila bridge near Bhagalpur.

                “Overall, there will be 16 bridges over the Ganga after four years. Work on two mega bridges each over the Kosi and the Sone rivers has also been taken up,” he added.

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                  GAIL: Piped cooking gas supply from October


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                  PATNA: Patna resident will get piped cooking gas supply from October this year under the first phase of Jagdishpur–Haldia & Bokaro–Dhamra Pipeline project, popularly known
                  as Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana.
                  Of the proposed 490km Allahabad-Barauni-Patna pipeline, work has been completed on 410km. The remaining work will be completed by October this year.

                  Giving this information at the eighth roadshow for 9th city gas distribution (CGD) bidding round organized by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board(PNGRB) in Patna on Friday, Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) executive director Partha Jana said, “Around 80km of pipeline-laying work on the stretch between Varanasi and Dhobhi in Gaya district is left. A target of one km is being achieved daily and we hope we will complete it by October. Besides, the city gas pipeline-laying work in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Varanasi has been completed and currently the work to connect the main pipelines with the city gas stations is underway.”

                  Speaking on the occasion, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said the state government was expediting its bit of work for achieving the PM’s dream of providing natural gas through pipelines across the eastern and north-eastern parts of country by the year 2020. “We will make it mandatory for all upcoming multi-storey buildings to have gas pipelines,” he said.

                  GAIL’s chief manager (corporate communications) Jyoti Kumar said a city gas station would come up at Phulwarisharif to monitor and regulate the pressure of gas. Pipeline-laying work has been completed in several city areas, including Jagdeo Path, BIT-Mesra (Patna campus) and Saguna Mor, he said.

                  The 9th CGD bidding round invited investors for working in 86 geographical areas (GAs) spread over 22 states, including six Bihar districts — Aurangabad, Kaimur, Rohtas, Begusarai, Gaya and Nalanda. The bid submissions will be completed by July 10 and the final authorisation of GAs would be done by October this year, said PNGRB chairperson D K Sarraf.

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                    Fake cement firm unearthed, owner arrested


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                    PATNA: The Patna police on Friday unearthed a spurious cement manufacturing factory in Lanka Kachuara village under the Gaurichak police station area.

                    Gaurichak police station SHO Sanjay Kumar said the factory was located in a secluded area. Factory owner Manish Kumar (34) was arrested.

                    “More than 5,000 bags of poor quality cement, 2,000 bags of expired cement and at least 2,000 empty cement bags besides two tractors and several machines were seized from the factory,” the SHO said, adding new bags of at least five cement brands were also found in the factory.

                    “Manish used to procure cement and let it solidify in the bag. He would later crush it and mix it with new cement and other materials and sell it,” the SHO said.

                    He said Manish told police he had links with certain contractors in Patna and other districts to whom he used to supply spurious cement at lower than market prices. “Manish had been running the factory for at least three years. He used to shift the factory to different locations to evade detection,” the SHO said, adding further investigations were on.

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                      ‘No-parking zones’ to be announced in a fortnight

                      TNN | Jun 3, 2018, 02:00 IST


                      PATNA: The Patna traffic police will declare several locations in the city as no-parking zones within a fortnight.

                      “The idea is to streamline afresh vehicular parking following suspension of the services of a private agency which was engaged in towing away vehicles from no-parking zones,” Patna SP (traffic) P N Mishra said on Saturday.

                      According to him, a survey is being conducted to identify the no-parking zones. Also, vehicular parking will be prohibited in the 50-metre perimeter of major roundabouts in the city.

                      “The survey will be completed in seven to 10 days following which a formal announcement about the no-parking zones will be made. Vehicles found parked at those spots will be fined Rs 100 for parking in a prohibited area and another Rs 500 for violating the government order in this regard,” Mishra said.

                      The violators unwilling to pay the fine will be issued a red- colour ‘challan’ along with copy of an identification proof to trace them. Three towing vehicles will also be on the move to remove the vehicles parked in no-parking zones, the SP (traffic) said.

                      He said the roundabouts around which parking would not be allowed would include the Dak Bungalow crossing, I-T roundabout and R-Block. “This is being implemented in pursuance of a recent order of the state DGP,” Mishra said.

                      Meanwhile, haphazardly parked vehicles and the resultant traffic snarls continue to adversely affect traffic flow on the streets of Patna. Most parts of the city, including the narrow lanes in and around Boring Road, Raja Bazar, Exhibition Road, Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan, Patna Junction, Fraser Road and Kankerbagh areas, lack adequate parking spaces.

                      “There are few parking zones in the city... I am forced to park my vehicle on the roadside even though I know it creates hardship for others,” said Ram Surat who runs a shop at Raja Bazar.

                      Shivam Dwivedi, who rides a bike, regretted that lack of parking lots was an age-old issue neglected by the authorities.

                      Manoranjan Singh, another commuter TOI met near Gandhi Maidan, said, “I am ready to pay for parking my vehicle, but rarely do I find a parking lot in the city.”

                      SP (traffic) Mishra, meanwhile, said commercial establishments in the city were also being asked to prevent irregular vehicular parking in front of their establishments.








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