Will Bihar be the preferred real estate destination ever?

The real estate in Bihar has lately given some hope of resurgence. People are becoming more aware of their rights (the latest demonstration was their use of voting powers to call for a change of power) and wants to be a part of the developmental boom as in the rest of India. An 'Investment commision' has been formed which will look into facilitating Bihar's development and to promoting it as an investment destination'.

The state is under a process of image building for an investor-friendly state. It promises certain advantages over already developed states in terms of cheap real estate prices, limited labour-related issues and a large educated manpower at nearly one-third the cost compared to Tier I and II cities. However, Bihar is still to go miles before it does some significant improvement in infrastructure, socio-economic backwardness, and law and order.

Will the interests shown by so many of biggies like Tata Group, MaxHealthCare and ICICI translate into actual investment in Bihar?
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  • Air traffic at Patna airport up 42% in 2 months
    Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Jul 11, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Passenger traffic from the Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport in Patna witnessed 42% growth in the peak summer months (April and May) compared to the same period last year.

    The Airports Authority of India (AAI) recently released a report on air traffic growth of different airports according to which the Patna airport handled 6,67,792 passengers during April-May this year. The corresponding figure stood at 4,70,234 during the same period last year. In terms of monthly passenger movement, the airport handled 3,36,053 passengers in May this year, which was 2,49,894 in the same month last year.

    Travel agencies in the city corroborated the claims of increased passenger traffic from the Patna airport this summer. They claimed popular tour destinations included hill stations like Shimla, Darjeeling, Nainital, Sikkim and Ooty, among others. Besides, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia topped the chart of vacation destinations on foreign shores this time.

    “The booking for tour packages with air tickets was definitely higher this summer compared to last year. The trend is likely to continue owing to more airlines and increased number of flights from the city airport. If someone books an AC-3 tier ticket in the Patna-Delhi Rajdhani Express, it costs around Rs 2,800 while a ticket in a Patna-Delhi flight is for Rs 3,000-3,500 even 10 days before the flight. Air travel is no more a luxury,” Raman Jha, the manager of a city-based travel agency, told TOI.

    Airlines claimed that the actual growth could have been much higher, had the airport capacity in Patna been expanded. “More and more people are switching over from AC train compartments to flights. There is a need for adding more flights on different sectors. However, we are not able to do so as hardly any slots are left in the day hours and the passengers’ footfall is not very encouraging in night hours,” said an executive of a private airlines, wishing anonymity.

    Senior officials at the airport claimed that the average daily footfall at the terminal building stands at around 7,000 passengers lately, whereas the total seating capacity of the passenger holding area is not more than 1,000. It is in acknowledgement of the paucity of space in the terminal building that the state government and the AAI are working on a proposal for its expansion.

    Last month the AAI shortlisted Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) for development of a new terminal building at the Patna airport.

    As per a design of the airport expansion work, the terminal building will be developed over an area of 57,000 square metres against its existing expanse over 7,200 square metres. The expanded terminal building will be a two-storey structure equipped with six aerobridges and apron area to allow parking of 14 aircraft at any given point of time against the existing parking capacity of four aircraft.

  • Civic body begins fresh eviction drive
    TNN | Jul 11, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday launched a drive against illegal hoardings and encroachments on footpaths in its three circles – New Capital, Bankipore and Kankerbagh. Policemen removed illegal hoardings, banners and posters in different localities under the three circles in presence of local ward councillors. Footpaths were also cleared of illegal encroachments.

    PMC deputy Commissioner Vishal Anand said the drive would continue till all the hoardings and illegal shops were removed from public land. “Encroachments include temporary sheds and roadside stalls. Two vehicles carrying construction materials were confiscated 400 hoardings removed on the first day,” he added.

    The PMC official said the drive had been initiated on the instruction of PMC commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman.

    Shailesh Kumar, executive officer of New Capital circle, said the drive started from Kulharia Complex on Ashok Rajpath. “A sum of Rs 8,000 was realised as fine from shop owners for keeping their goods, including generator sets, on footpaths,” said Virendra Tarun, executive officer of Bankipore circle, adding the stretch from St Joseph’s Convent High School to Patna Science College was covered on the first day.

    “Over 24 hoardings were removed, especially the ones from near educational institutions,” Tarun added.

    Kankerbagh circle collected Rs 30,500 as fine from local shops covering the stretch from Colony Mor to Rajendra Nagar railway overbridge. Two big vehicles loaded with construction materials were confiscated and over 200 illegal hoardings removed.

    The drive will be launched in Patna City circle on Wednesday and continue till the next 15 days, said Ajay Thakur, executive officer of the circle.

  • Patna divided into 39 sectors to ease traffic
    TNN | Updated: Jul 11, 2018, 06:33 IST

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    PATNA: The traffic police has divided the city into 39 sectors for effective regulation of traffic and prevention of road accidents. Each sector will have a separate team of traffic constables and personnel from Bihar Military Police (BMP), who will manage the congestion issue on a trial basis at least for the next 15 days.

    Patna traffic SP Prakash Nath Mishra said additional police personnel have been sought to decongest various choke points in the city. “We have divided Patna into 39 sectors and each sector will cover around 5-6 areas. For instance, Dak Bungalow sector will cover five areas – Dak Bungalow crossing, Bandar Bagicha, radio station (Fraser Road), Income-Tax roundabout and Patna high court,” Mishra added.

    He said each sector would be monitored by an eight-member team of sector incharge, traffic constables, women constables and police personnel from BMP.

    “This is for the first time that the BMP is being engaged in traffic management in the city due to limited number of traffic constables and increasing offences on road. We have distributed 21 motorcycles among the teams working in 39 sectors,” Mishra said.

    He added, “We are trying our best to deploy traffic constables on various road stretches and intersections. The objective is to regulate traffic effectively, prevent road accidents, and eliminate illegal parking.”

    “Each sector incharge will submit a report at the end of the trial period. The number of deployed constables will be increased or decreased based on the requirement. We will also increase the number of sectors, if necessary,” the traffic SP said.

  • 30 buildings identified for 3D wall paintings: Kishor
    Faryal Rumi | TNN | Jul 12, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Around 50 government and private buildings in the city will soon be adorned with three-dimensional (3D) paintings under the area-based development (ABD) of Patna Smart City project.

    Thirty such buildings have been identified for the 3D wall paintings, Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishor told media persons on Wednesday. He said the proposal has been sent to the building owners for their consent. “The project is aimed at providing a unique virtual experience for the Patnaites. Some life-size paintings on social issues or carrying some messages will communicate with the audience. The designs will be worked out by a private agency, which will be hired after bidding process. The paintings will be created using high quality exterior colours,” he said.

    The locations selected for 3D wall paintings would be Fraser Road, Beer Chand Patel Marg, Exhibition Road, Gandhi Maidan and Budh Marg, among others.

    Kishor said with an aim to beautify the city, it was also decided in a meeting of board members of the Patna Smart City Limited that 50ft-high iconic sculptures would be installed at prime locations in Patna. “Like in Madrid, there are number of sculptures to attract people. Interactive sculptures will also be installed near roundabouts and parks,” said Kishor, who is the chairman of Patna Smart City Limited.

    “The sculptures will not be made out of waste materials,” he said. “The parking space and city parks will also get a boost with modern sculptures like comb-shape parking space, hand-shaped chairs, Medulla hair and hollow trees with a message in parks to attract students,” he said.

    Kishor said the work on iconic sculptures and 3D wall paintings on buildings will begin by September and the work is targeted to be completed by March 2019.

  • Chhapra to get Bihar’s first double-decker flyover
    H K Verma | TNN | Updated: Jul 12, 2018, 07:25 IST

    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar at Chhapra on Wednesday

    CHHAPRA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar laid the foundation stone of the state’s first and country’s longest double-decker flyover at Chhapra in Saran district on Wednesday. The government has set June 2022 deadline to complete the 3.5km-long flyover from Gandhi Chowk to Nagarpalika Chowk at the cost of Rs411 crore. The 1.8km-long double-decker flyover in Mumbai is the longest so far in the country.

    The CM also dedicated to the people the 64km-long state highway (SH-90) from national highway-101 at Mohammadpur in Gopalganj district to Bazar Samiti on NH-19 at Chhapra. The road, which cost Rs504.99 crore, will provide alternate connectivity to Uttar Pradesh through national highways 28, 19 and 102.

    Speaking on the occasion, Nitish allayed the people’s apprehensions that the flyover would obstruct traffic below it. “Rather, the movement of vehicles as well as pedestrians below the flyover will be facilitated,” he said. Earlier a documentary film was screened about the flyover. The CM said in light of the growing population and increase in vehicles, construction of elevated roads was the only alternative for smooth traffic movement. He also said Bihar had the maximum sale of motorbikes.

    Nitish said frequent traffic disruptions at Chhapra forced the government to think of constructing a double-decker flyover in the town. Road construction department minister Nand kishore Yadav presided over the function organized on the police lines ground.

    Reiterating his commitment to ‘development with justice’, Nitish said his government started constructing state highways on the pattern of national highways with the provision of their maintenance for five years by the construction company concerned. He said the state government was committed to providing cemented roads, drains, tap water and electricity connection to all households in the villages and ‘tolas’.

    Praising the role of state health minister Mangal Pandey, who was also present, Nitish said the opening of 21 government medical colleges and hospitals with super speciality facilities, including a medical college at Chhapra, were on the cards. He said the state government would not wait for funds from the Centre, but take loan and start the work. “There will not be any compromise over development with justice,” he said.

    The CM also underlined different schemes launched for girls’ development, including payment after passing different examinations, provision of sanitary napkins and ban on liquor. He admitted that some of the government employees were among those who consumed liquor despite ban in Bihar and appealed to the people to cooperate him in bringing the social reforms he had initiated in the state.

    Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Saran MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Maharajganj MP Janardan Singh Sigriwal, health minister Mangal Pandey, principal secretary (RCD) Amrit Lal Meena, Jitendra Srivastava, Janak Ram (MP), local MLA Dr C N Gupta and several others also addressed the meeting on the occasion.

  • Illegal sand mining causing air pollution in Gaya, say experts
    TNN | Updated: Jul 13, 2018, 08:55 IST

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    GAYA: Stakeholders and domain experts deliberated on the issue of rising level of air pollution in Gaya at a workshop organised in Bodh Gaya by the Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED), a Delhi-based NGO.

    Incidentally, Gaya was listed as the fourth most polluted city in the world as per recent WHO report.

    Participating in the discussion, Rai Madan Kishore, retd special secretary in state government said instead of clamouring for new laws, focus should be on strict implementation of existing laws to curb pollution.

    “The greatest contributor to air pollution in Gaya are suspended dust particles released by unregulated building construction activities and sand mining. Use of coal by local dhabas and smoke-emitting diesel- driven three wheelers also make major contribution to city's air pollution,” Kishore said.

    CEED Programme officer Ankita Jyoti, quoted study reports suggesting spurt in chest diseases and pollution related deaths. “Till about 30 years back, 90% of cancer patients were smokers. The percentage of smokers among cancer patients has now come down to about 50% and non- smokers inhaling highly polluted air develop cancer,” said the study.

    Munger University VC Ranjit Verma, while questioning the credibility of recent WHO report, demanded installation of more pollution monitoring units in Gaya for proper assessment of air quality. “The present monitoring station was installed at a point, which apparently was the most polluted part of the city and generalisation about the whole town should not be made on the basis of single point data,” said Verma.

    Conceding that air pollution offered a real threat for Gayaites, Prof Verma who taught chemistry to PG students in Magadh University before being appointed as Munger University VC said that non-medical use of plaster of paris should be discouraged. “As on date plaster of paris was indiscriminately used for wall smoothing and other decorative purposes,” said Verma.

    Central Bihar Chamber of Commerce president Kaushalendra Pratap said water retention in Falgu river bed was a must to prevent upward movement of Falgu sand dust that significantly added to Gaya's air pollution. “The business body has already presented a nine point charter of demands to control air pollution,” said Kaushalendra.

  • PMC to identify vacant land for vending zones
    TNN | Jul 13, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) will soon identify vacant areas in the state capital for the formation of new vending zones. A decision to this effect was taken in the first meeting of the newly formed town vending committee of the civic body on Tuesday.

    “Circle officers have been asked to identify the vacant areas for vending zones. A new survey will soon be conducted in this connection in the city,” deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand told this newspaper on Wednesday.

    Elaborating on the proposed vending zones, mayor Sita Sahu said, “They will have concrete pavements, parking spaces, dustbins, benches and proper lights. The registered vendors will be given clean spaces for selling their wares and sensitized for maintaining cleanliness in the surrounding.”

    The committee also decided that a sympathetic approach will be taken towards all the vendors. Anand said, “Following the norms of Clean Action Plan introduced by the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB), vendors will be advised to use LPG stoves instead of the coal-based ‘chullah’ for making food as it is harmful for the environment. We will also encourage sanitation habits among street vendors to support PMC’s mission of Clean Patna.”

    According to Anand, lack of valid identification proof is one of the major reasons for hampering the livelihood of hawkers. “GPS-based identity cards will prevent eviction of vendors from their designated places,” he said.

    Deliberating on the structure of the town vending committee, Anand said, “The committee, which works under the chairmanship of the municipal commissioner, comprises of representatives of National Association of Street Vendors of India, vendor groups, officers from the city traffic police and executive officers of all the four circles in Patna. It will monitor implementation of the street vending policy in the city.”

    The committee also comprises of traffic constables as the number of vendors in the market areas across the city has increased which is a cause of frequent obstruction in vehicular movement.


  • Govt begins groundwork for construction of 4-lane road
    TNN | Jul 13, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: State road construction department has started the groundwork for development of a four-lane road between on R-Block and Digha. Officials on Thursday said drone survey and measurement of the rail line had been completed and DPR would be submitted soon.

    State transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, who is also the new managing director of Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDCL), said BSRDCL would release an amount of Rs 221 crore to railway authorities on Friday. “Once the land is transferred to the state government, the district administration will conduct anti-encroachment drives on the land. The administration has already issued notices to the encroachers, asking them to vacate the land,” Agarwal said.

    “The measurement of this 6km-long stretch has been completed. After the land transfer formalities, we will submit final detailed project report (DPR) and preliminary feasibility report on Saturday,” he said.

    Agarwal added, “The stretch will have streetlights, trees on both sides of the road, underpasses and four-lane road, making it a green belt. The four-lane road will have median strips or central reservation to separate opposing lanes of traffic along with a road divided in the middle.”

    On feasibility report of the project, a senior BSRDCL official said, “We have initially decided to come up with a four-lane road. However, there are chances of construction of a six-lane road after the final discussion on the proposed DPR. An express highway will be constructed to decongest the vehicular rush. There will be an underpass and around three small bridges. The number of bridges and underpasses can be increased and decreased after the final submission of the DPR.”

    The official added, “After the submission of DPR, railway authorities will start removing the railway track from the entire stretch. The removal of track will take long time and we cannot start the construction work before it is completely taken off. The construction work is expected to start by December-end.”


  • 500 fine for violation of plastic ban Abdul Qadir | TNN | Jul 14, 2018, 01:00 IST

    GAYA: The Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) will impose a penalty of Rs 500 on persons found violating the ban on use of plastic material and fish feed on the temple premises. The penal notification has been issued by Gaya district magistrate- cum- BTMC ex officio chairman Abhishek Singh.

    Earlier, on July 9, the DM informed a bench of Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice S Kumar of Patna high court that use of plastic products has been banned.

    Officials claimed that the penalty amount will be deposited in the shrine account. Use of footwear inside the shrine is already banned and it carries a penalty of Rs 50. The ban order has also been communicated to all temple heads, monastery heads, other religious institutions, local hotel association and tour operators in Bodh Gaya.

    According to sources, most plastic products taken inside the shrine find their way to the Muclinda Sarovar, a sacred pond where Buddha is said to have engaged in continuous meditation for one week prior to his enlightenment. As per the belief of Buddha followers, there were torrential rains during Buddha's meditation and a big snake named Mucalinda spread its fang to protect Buddha.

    Many visitors to the shrine buy rice products and bread to feed the fishes in the sarovar. Rice products, breads and biscuits are packed in plastic bags and after feeding the fish, the bags are generally thrown in the pond. The feeds too cause pollution in the now decaying pond. The Gaya DM informed the court that about 3 lakh devotees and tourists visit the shrine every year.

    Sources claimed that the Patna HC bench has also issued notice to the chief secretary, urban development department principal secretary and Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) chairman to remain personally present in the court on July 23, when the court will consider imposition of statewide ban on use of all plastic products, single use as well as recyclable.

  • PMC boss leads cleanliness drive TNN | Jul 16, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Wearing florescent vests and caps of sanitary workers, Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman and several other officials led a cleanliness drive in Ashok Rajpath area on Sunday under the ‘Mission to clean Patna’ campaign. Several NGO volunteers, college students and local residents accompanied them.

    The special cleanliness drive is aimed at sensitizing people and spreading awareness among them about sanitation. Several senior PMC officials could be seen wielding brooms and cleaning the main roads, lanes and footpath in the area. They also removed the illegal banners and posters.

    “We started from St Joseph’s Convent High School at 6am and cleaned various roads. The drive concluded at around 11am at Anta Ghat. Hundreds of people participated in the drive and cleaned the roads,” deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand told this newspaper.

    “Over 200 PMC sanitation workers were engaged in removing the heaps of garbage from roadside. Besides, three tripper trucks for loading garbage (hywa), two tractors and two small trucks were used during the drive. The workers also cleared the debris, accumulated waste and litter bins filled with trash,” he added.

    The civic body employees urged the residents to use two dustbins to segregate garbage. “Green coloured dustbins should be used to dispose of kitchen waste, wood and paper while blue dustbins should be used to dump glass, plastic, polythene and other metallic items,” they told the residents.

    Anand said access to sanitation is not an infrastructure problem, but it is related to behaviour and sociocultural aspect. “Influencing a change in behaviour of all residents is a challenge that has probably never been undertaken before. This can only be achieved through an intensive, time-bound intervention, spearheaded from the highest level and involving all sections of society and government alike.”

  • 4 more escalators, 4 lifts at Patna Junction soon, says DRM Kumod Verma | TNN | Jul 16, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The railways has approved four more escalators at Patna Junction as part of the comprehensive plan for its further improvement and upgradation. Two escalators are already functional on platform number 10 at Patna Junction.

    Danapur DRM Ranjan Prakash Thakur said one escalator would be installed on platform number 1 next week while the second one would be made functional before August 15. Two more escalators would be installed near the parcel office in November this year, he said.

    Besides, four lifts being installed on platform number 1 would be made functional by this year end. As part of the beautification drive at Patna Junction, the railways removed all the advertisement billboards from the main front facade of the station building and has started painting the main station building at both the Mahavir Temple and Karbigahiya ends, the DRM said, adding Patna Junction main entrance and other vacant space were adorned with Madhubani paintings.

    Thakur said the airconditioned waiting halls at Patna Junction were also being upgraded. A new airconditioned spacious waiting hall is being constructed near the parcel office on platform number 1. The platform sheds are also being extended while all drains have been covered to check overflowing rainwater, he said, adding foot overbridges (FOBs) at Patna Junction were widened to 20 feet for the passengers’ convenience.

    The DRM said all electric lights at Patna Junction have been replaced with LED lights while platform surface work would be completed by December-end. The railways would float a new tender on Monday for integrated cleaning scheme of Patna Junction premises. The railways, which was spending Rs8 crore on cleanliness for three years, would now spend Rs24 crore for a period of three years for integrated cleaning work. Besides, the railways has developed a ‘washable apron’ facility on each platform while 200 dustbins have been provided at Patna Junction to keep station premises clean, he said.

  • Government to prepare road map for airports’ development TNN | Jul 17, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Union civil aviation ministry has asked the state government to prepare a road map entailing short, medium and long- term civil aviation operations in Bihar, Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria told TOI on Monday. Talks in this regard were held between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and state government officials in Delhi on July 9.

    Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha on Saturday claimed a comprehensive plan was being prepared for development of all airports and airstrips in Bihar and Darbhanga airport would be made functional at the earliest. Regional flights are proposed from Darbhanga to places like Delhi and Mumbai under the Centre’s Udan scheme.

    Jayant talked about such plans through his official Twitter handle. On Darbhanga airport, Jayant tweeted: “Please be assured that we are working to get Darbhanga airport ready as quickly as possible. I am personally reviewing the progress.”

    There are 21 airfields in Bihar out of which three at Bihta, Purnia and Darbhanga are under the Indian Air Force control. Nine others, including at Jehanabad and Ara, are in the category of ‘kachcha and abandoned’ airfields. The others are under the category of metalled runways having reinforced cement concrete-made airstrips.

    AAI is working on a plan for the development of a new terminal building at Darbhanga. AAI officials said the proposed terminal building would be temporary and mostly pre-fabricated structure. A civil enclave or terminal building along with ATC (air traffic control) tower, parking apron and cargo among other facilities are required at Darbhanga for commercial flight operations.

    Earlier, low cost airline SpiceJet was awarded a letter in January to operate flights from Darbhanga to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai under the Udan scheme.

    Ude desh ka aam nagrik (Udan) scheme is to connect unserved and underserved airports with fare cap at Rs2,500 for one-hour flight. Officials in civil aviation directorate said the airstrips at Bhagalpur, Kishanganj, Birpur, Valmiki Nagar, Rajgir and Gopalganj are also proposed to be developed under the Udan scheme.

  • PMC: Drainage cleaning work to be over by July 30 TNN | Jul 17, 2018, 02:00 IST
    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) in collaboration with the Bihar Rajya Jal Parishad (BRJP) issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) on Sunday for tackling the waterlogging problem in the city. PMC officials have claimed that the work will wind up before July 30.

    “PMC and BRJP workers have started winding up the de-silting work of the major drainage channels and other small drains. The sludge from drains will also be disposed of within the first 12 hours to ensure that it does not flow back to the drains or cause trouble to commuters. Various flood spots have been identified by the civic body and the process of procuring motor machines initiated,” mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Monday.

    The municipal body has also started working in low-lying areas like Kankerbagh, Pataliputra Colony, Patna Junction area, Old Bypass Road, Govind Mitra Road, Chiraiyatand Road, Janki Road, Mandiri area, Nageshwar Colony and Rajendra Nagar area as they are flood prone.

    Deliberating on the joint orders of the PMC and the BRJP, deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said, “The proposed SOP will ensure speedy completion of the monsoon preparedness work, including drainage cleaning. Feedback from the local residents will also be taken. Drainage cleaning will be considered complete only after it has been approved by the administration and the locals.”

    An SOP is released every year if the drainage cleaning work is not completed in time. “De-silting work of the drains in Saidpur, Mandiri and Serpentine Road is going on. Besides, 10 drains in Bakerganj area, more than 120 small and big drains along with 150 manholes are being cleaned with the help of two sewer suction machines,” Anand said and added more than 200 PMC and BRJP workers had been deployed for the purpose at different location in the city.

  • Birchand Patel Path: Redevelopment, beautification on the cards TNN | Jul 17, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Birchand Patel Marg will soon be developed as a model road under the area-based development plan of the Patna smart city project. The Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL) has initiated the bidding process for the purpose.

    “The redevelopment plan, being executed in coordination with the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), will focus on beautification, landscaping, junction improvement and better infrastructure. The total length of model road will be 1.27km and its width will be 42 metres. The total capital cost of the project is Rs 31.25 crore,” an e-procurement coordinator for the PSCL project told this newspaper on Monday.

    The model road will have street furniture, smart poles, smart bus stops, dedicated track for cycles and footpaths.

    “There will be median strips on the 1.27km road stretch and permanent traffic bollards to control and streamline unorganized vehicular movement. Besides, various underground utilities will be developed and information signage installed. There will be surveillance cameras, Wi-Fi hotspots and pollution sensors as well,” the official said.

    The stipulated deadline for the bidding process is August 8. According to the official, “The PSCL managing director and the Patna municipal commissioner will hold a pre-bid meeting at the civic body’s office to discuss the work plan on July 26.”

    Renovation of Adalatganj pond soon:

    The Adalatganj pond near Birchand Patel Marg will also be redeveloped under the slum-free area based development (ABD) plan of the smart city project. Recreational activities like boating have been planned under this project. The pond will be surrounded with street lights, colourful musical fountains and green plants. An open cafeteria will be opened and a separate parking lot provided.

    “Adalatganj lake area will be redeveloped at a cost of Rs 17 crore. This will involve relocation and redevelopment of Adalatganj under Janshakti press slums which is around 6.54 acres. This is inter-related to the redevelopment work of Kamla Nehru Nagar, which is also a part of the ABD model of smart city project,” the PSCL coordinator told this newspaper.


  • ‘State ideal for 2nd green revolution’ TNN | Jul 17, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said Bihar, with abundant water resources, fertile land and hard working farmers, is the ideal place for the success of second green revolution.
    Replying to the farmers at a programme at Chaura in Khusrupur block (near Patna), Malik said in its third agricultural road map for 2017-22, the state government has provided for input grants to encourage organic farming and establishment of organic corridor in the state. Schemes to make the state self-dependent in milk, fish and eggs and to enhance the green cover up to 17% would certainly accelerate the pace of agricultural development in the state.

    Malik further said the central government had taken several measures aimed at improving the condition of farmers. The Centre has provided great relief to the farmers by increasing the minimum support price of 14 crops, including that of paddy. The decision to increase the minimum support price of kharif crops in 2018-19 at least by one-and-a-half times is also a praiseworthy step, he said.

    The governor said the country’s agriculture sector had been facing several challenges and the most important was the lack of scientific knowledge and technological applications among the farmers. He called upon the policymakers and agricultural scientists to make all efforts for economic empowerment of the farmers so that they could compete with international bidders in the age of globalization and liberalization.

    Malik, who is also the chancellor of state universities, said efforts for agricultural development in the state would get a fillip if the farmers were educated and able to understand the techniques of modern scientific farming. Efforts were being made to raise the standards of primary and secondary education. Qualified teachers selected on the basis of state-level combined BEd entrance test on Sunday would go a long way in raising the education standards in the state, the governor added.

    Bihar Veterinary University vice-chancellor Rameshwar Singh, legislator Ranvijay Singh and Bihar Jat Sabha president Shiv Pratap Singh also attended the meeting.