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    Minister: 4-lane bridge over Ganga soon

    H K Verma| TNN | Updated: Jun 9, 2018, 07:32 IST
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    CHHAPRA: State roadconstruction department minister Nand Kishore Yadav on Thursday said a four-lane bridgewould soon be constructed over the Ganga between Chhapraand Patna. He also announced that work on much-talked-about double-decker flyover at Chhapra will start this month. The proposed bridge over the Ganga will connect Dighwara and Danapur.

    Addressing a gathering at Sripal Basant under Garkha block as part of the BJP’s ‘Mahasampark Abhiyan’ on completion of four years of NDA government at the Centre, the minister said the two projects would prove beneficial for the people in the district. “The double-decker flyover will ease the problem of frequent traffic jam in Chhapra town,” the minister said.

    On the request of the locals, the minister announced that the width of the proposed Garkha-Manpur road will be increased from five to seven metres.

    The minister highlighted several welfare schemes launched by the Union government. “Around 38 lakh underprivileged people have benefitted from the cooking gas connection scheme launched by the Centre. Steps are being taken to extend this scheme to 8 crore more people,” the minister said.

    “The country cannot develop if villages are ignored. Keeping this in mind, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre has electrified more than 18,000 villages across the country in less than 1,000 days,” he said.













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      Green fashion show wows all

      TNN | Jun 9, 2018, 13:57 IST

      A fashion show held recently at Rotary Bhawan in the city managed to wow all those in the jam-packed hall with glamorous ramp walks and its focus on conservation of the environment. “The show had all the necessary ingredients to entertain the audience while delivering an important message,” said Nina Agarwal, the show’s organizer. The jazzy décor and music complemented the models, as they sashayed down the runway carrying placards with messages stressing conservation of the environment.









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        Basic amenities for disabled people: Government to survey buildings

        Sandali Sinha| TNN | Jun 10, 2018, 02:00 IST

        PATNA: The social welfare department would survey around 400 buildings across the state over the next one year to assess whether they are accessible to people with disabilities.

        A team of architectural engineers at a training programme on Saturday briefed around 50 officials who would conduct the survey of government as well as private buildings, including railway stations, hotels and malls. Officials told the participants that Bihar ranked third in the country in terms of people with disabilities.

        This programme was to train the nodal officers to assess the comfort level for 21 types of disabled people in buildings across the state.

        A checklist of the necessary features required for the buildings, including ramp and other equipment, will be circulated among the surveying officers.

        Social welfare department principal secretary Atul Prasad talked about various architectural barriers in the buildings faced by persons with disabilities. “Though ramps have been made in some buildings, they are not as per the required specifications. Adoption of appropriate technologies is the most important thing people have to be sensitized about,” he said and added that informatory signboards should also be put up at the buildings to make people aware about different features for smooth movement of persons with disabilities. “The auditors will also check that various amenities like washroom at railway stations are made as per the requirements of disabled people,” Prasad said.

        Engineers present in the training programme made presentations on a number of topics, including construction of ramps on bus stops and in commercial complexes. The engineers briefed the officers on suitable provisions for drinking water, counters at bus stands, railways stations and airports and vending machines for persons with disabilities.








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          Govt-traders’ meet to end polybag use

          TNN | Jun 10, 2018, 02:00 IST
          PATNA: Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) officials will soon meet city traders to persuade them to shun polybags and use cloth and jute bags instead to make deliveries to buyers.

          “The meeting is part of our campaign against use of polythene bags in Patna... We are preparing a list of the traders to be invited to the meeting which is likely to held in the third week of this month and chaired by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi,” a pollution board official told this reporter on Saturday.

          Manufacture and distribution of plastic bags thinner than 50 microns has been banned in Patna since October 2013 by the Patna Municipal Corporation in pursuant to the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011. These rules were notified by the Union ministry of environment and forests on February 7, 2011.

          The rules include ban on manufacture and use of plastic — recyclable or non-recyclable — thinner than 50 microns and carry bags made of recycled plastic or compostable plastic for storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging food stuff. Another provision says no carry bag should be made available free of cost to consumers by retailers.

          Most of these rules, however, have virtually remained on paper in Patna. Sources said regular supply of plastic bags from other districts to Patna is a major reason for its easy availability in the state capital.

          BSPCB chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh said on Saturday that behavioural changes were a must for effective implementation of ban on plastic. “This problem cannot be resolved without active public participation. It cannot be checked by the law alone,” he said, explaining why the pollution board decided to seek the help of city traders in eradicating this environmental menace.

          Ghosh said the government was committed to ending the use of plastic bags. “We will take all the required measures one after another,” he said and added the BSPCB expected perceptible results of its efforts within the next six months or so.

          Use of plastic products have also been banned in the city’s Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Rajdhani Vatika and other parks maintained by the state environment and forests department since June 5 this year. An announcement in this regard was made by deputy CM Modi during an official event organised to mark the World Environment Day on June 5.








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            Land dispute: 2 girls burned alive

            Faryal Rumi| TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 06:35 IST

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            PATNA: Two minor girls were burned alive at Gordaha under the Azamnagar police stationarea in Katihar district on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday over an alleged land dispute.

            Panjam Das (40), the victims’ father, told the police that some miscreants poured petrol and set their home on fire at around 1.30am when he and his wife Manjula Devi (35) were sleeping with their two daughters. “We woke up and tried to douse the fire, but in vain. I saved my wife, who is physically challenged, but couldn’t save my daughters,” he told the police.

            The deceased were identified as Preeti Kumari (3) and Kiran Kumari (one-and-a-half years old). Their charred bodies were sent to the Sadar Hospital for post mortem. Panjam’s brother-in-law, who lives in the neighbourhood, took the couple to a nearby primary health centre. Later, they were shifted to Sadar Hospital.

            “Both are critical with more than 60% burn injury. On Panjam’s statement, the police arrested Abdul Rahman (35) and his wife Mokeem Akhtari (32) for their alleged involvement in setting the victims’ house ablaze,” Katihar SP Vikash Kumar told this newspaper over the phone on Monday. He said the police were informed about the incident around 3am. According to police sources, Abdul bought from Badri Thakur’s sister the land where Panjam and his family live in a small asbestos-roof house. “Panjam runs a small tea stall at his home to support his family. Sources said Abdul and his men had allegedly threatened Panjam to vacate the land or else his house would be burned down,” the SP said.


            “Badri and his brothers had a dispute with their sister over the piece of land. According to sources, Badri had asked Panjam to encroach the land in order to prevent Abdul from taking it over. So, the Panjam’s family left home in Nagaar village under the Azamnagar police station area and started living on this piece of land,” SP said and added: “The suspects have been arrested and police are investigating the matter from all angles.”










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              ‘All houses in Munger to be electrified in 2-3 days’

              TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 14:10 IST


              PATNA: Energy department principal secretary-cum-CMD of Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) Pratyaya Amrit on Monday said Munger would become the first district in the state to have electricity connection in all houses within the next two or three days.

              “All houses in Nalanda, Bhojpur, Supaul and Gopalganj districts will also have electricity connection by the end of June under the ‘Har Ghar Bijli Lagatar’ scheme of the state government,” Amrit said. The energy department has set the deadline of December this year for providing electricity connection to all households in the state. However, Amrit said the BSPHCL has targeted to achieve the 100% household electrification target in the state two months before the expiry of the deadline.

              “To achieve such an ambitious target, we need to work with a proper strategy. With monsoons approaching, work in most of the districts will be hampered due to rainfall and possible floods. Hence, we are in the process of covering most districts by June-end. The districts with priority are Nalanda, Bhojpur, Sheikhpura, Gopalganj, Purnia, Kishanganj and Supaul,” Amrit said.

              He added in Munger, the target was to provide electricity connection to 9,960 households and just 156 of them are left to be covered. “These 156 households will be covered within the next two or three days,” Amrit claimed. “In Nalanda, 12,000 houses are yet to get electricity connection and the number stands at 25,000 in Bhojpur, 4,000 in Sheikhpura and 2,000 in Gopalganj,” he said.

              “Ensuring adequate village infrastructure, that includes availability of electricity poles for laying overhead low tension wires and distribution transformers, is one of the major factors for implementation of the household electrification scheme. Once villages have proper infrastructure, it becomes easy for us to provide electricity connections to every habitation and then to every household,” he added.








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                ‘Bridge parallel to Rajendra Setu to be ready in 3 years’

                Abhay Singh| TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 14:08 IST
                Railway and coal minister Piyush Goyal

                PATNA: The proposed double-track rail bridge parallel to the existing Rajendra Setu on the Mokama-Barauni section across the Ganga would be completed in three years, railway and coal minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday.

                “The work on a part of the project, like the earth work for the construction of the alignment section, has already started. The contract for the construction of the bridge had been allotted to Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON), but some complaints were made about the allotment. The bridge construction will start once the matter is resolved,” Goyal said.

                He also said Bihar has three railway bridges across the Ganga — Rajendra Setu at Mokama, railway bridge between Digha and Pahleja and the one at Munger. Besides, one more railway bridge has been proposed at Bhagalpur.

                Addressing the media through videoconference from Delhi, Goyal released a booklet on the achievements of the railway and the coal ministries in the last four years of the Narendra Modi government. He also launched Rail Madad and Menu on Rails.

                “The Rail Madad is aimed at integrating the complaints made by passengers through other IT devices with regard to services to bring them under one platform. The aim is to reduce response time in addressing the complaints,” Goyal said.

                Later, the railway officials gave the details of the proposed two major projects. The first is the doubling of railway track on the Digha-Pahleja section at an investment of Rs251 crore and the work would be completed by December 2019.

                The other project is the proposed 24km-long rail-cum-road bridge between Vikramshila railway station near Pirpainty south of the Ganga and Kataria railway station near Naugachhia railway station north of the river with an expenditure of Rs4,379.01 crore.

                The detailed project report (DPR) is being prepared, the officials said. Work related to land acquisition would start after the DPR, they added. Otherwise, Goyal insisted that the Modi government has taken a policy decision to execute only those projects for which the required land is easily available. Referring to the achievements made by the coal ministry, Goyal said the increase in the general demand for power had also led to augmentation of the production of coal from 462 million tonnes in 2014-15 to 567 million tonnes in 2017-18.

                As the thermal power plants were the biggest consumers of coal in the country, it has also increased coal transportation by the railways, with coal accounting for around 48% of the total freight, he added.







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                  PMLA case: ED attaches Lalu family’s 3-acre plot

                  Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 06:56 IST
                  The site of the proposed mall



                  PATNA: An Enforcement Directorate (ED) team on Tuesday attached the three-acre plot of land allegedly belonging to former CM Lalu Prasad’s family on the outskirts of Patna in connection with a money laundering case.

                  According to sources, the land is owned by LARA Projects LLP, which is allegedly of Lalu’s wife and former CM Rabri Devi and their son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Pratap Yadav. The LARA Projects LLP was earlier known as Delight Marketing Company Private Limited, which was owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of Lalu’s close aide and RJD MP Premchand Gupta.

                  A multi-storey mall, claimed to be Bihar’s biggest mall, was being developed by Meridian Construction Private Limited, owned by Lalu’s another aide and MLA Abu Dozana, on the land. However, the construction work was stayed by the Union environment ministry in May last year for violation of environmental norms.

                  According to a document pasted on the site by ED, the plot was provisionally attached on December 9, 2017 on orders of ED’s deputy director of Delhi zone office (I). The attachment was confirmed by the adjudicating authority on May 28 this year. According to an FIR lodged by CBI on July 5 last year, the land worth Rs 1.47 crore on documents was owned by hoteliers Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, who had sold it to Sarla’s firm on February 25, 2005 against tender for running two hotels of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at Ranchi and Puri. At that time, Lalu was the railway minister.


                  Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi, Sarla, Kochhars and retired IRCTC MD P K Goel were named as accused in the FIR. It was on the basis of this CBI case that the ED lodged an enforcement case information report against Lalu, Tejashwi and others and initiated investigation for money laundering in July last year.






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                  ED attaches 3 acre land of Lalu's family in money laundering case

                  Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 23:03 IST
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                  • The land is owned by LARA Projects LLP which is of Lalu’s wife and former CM Rabri Devi and her younger son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Pratap Yadav.
                  • According to a document pasted on the site by ED, plot was provisionally attached on December 9, 2017, on orders of ED’s deputy director of Delhi zone office (I).
                  The ED also erected a board at site giving details of the attached plot.

                  PATNA: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached three acre land belonging to former CM Lalu Prasad’s family located at Phulwarisharif in Patna on Tuesday in a money laundering case arising out of railway tender scam.

                  According to a document pasted on the site by ED, plot was provisionally attached on December 9, 2017, on orders of ED’s deputy director of Delhi zone office (I). The attachment was confirmed by adjudicating authority on May 28 this year.

                  The ED also erected a board at site giving details of the attached plot.

                  The land is owned by LARA Projects LLP which is of Lalu’s wife and former CM Rabri Devi and her younger son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Pratap Yadav. The LARA Projects LLP was erstwhile known as Delight Marketing Company Private Limited (DMCL) which was owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of Lalu’s close aid and RJD Rajya Sabha MP Premchand Gupta.

                  Bihar’s biggest mall was being developed on the plot by Meridian Construction Private Limited, owned by Lalu’s another close aid and MLA Abu Dozana. However, mall’s construction was stayed by late union minister (environment, forest and climate change) Anil Dave in May last year for violation of norms.

                  According to CBI FIR lodged on July 5 last year in the case, the land worth Rs 1.47 crores on documents, was owned by hoteliers Vijay Kochhar and Vinay Kochhar, who had sold it to Sarla firm’s on February 25, 2005, against tender for running BNR hotel of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at Ranch and Puri.

                  At that time Lalu was the union railway minister and tendering process were rigged to make Kochhar brother’s firm Sujata Hotels Private Limited eligible for bidding of two hotel. Kochhar brothers submitted bid on November 15, 2006 and won it. It was between 2010 and 2014, the DMLC was transferred by Lalu family when the plot’s circle rate was Rs 32.5 crore and market rate was Rs 94 crores.


                  Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi, Sarla, the Kochhar brothers, LARA Projects LLP, retired MD (IRCTC) PK Goel and other unknowns were named accused in the CBI FIR. It was on basis of this CBI case, ED lodged enforcement case information report (ECIR) against Lalu, Tejaswhi and other and initiated investigation for money laundering on July 27 last year.




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                    200 more zebra crossings soon

                    TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 02:00 IST


                    PATNA: Keeping in mind safety of pedestrians, the state transport department has decided to increase the number of zebra crossings in the city from the existing 200 to 400.

                    “The transport department will conduct a survey to identify the stretches where zebra crossings, speed breakers, road dividers and signposts are required. The zebra crossings will be repainted once in two months,” state transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal told this newspaper on Tuesday.

                    Agarwal said pedestrians should also be cautious while using zebra crossings. “They should keep a watch on vehicles on both sides of the road before using the zebra crossing. Often, pedestrians risk their lives by crossing the road from any end.”

                    Patna traffic SP P N Mishra said there should be more than 400 zebra crossings in the city. “Currently, there are only 200 zebra crossings on city roads. At least 70 of them need immediate repainting. Zebra crossings should also be set up on NHs, bypasses and in accident-prone zones,” Mishra said, adding a zebra crossing should be at least three-metre wide. “Around 10 metres of stretch on both ends of the crossing should be declared no-parking zone,” he said.

                    Mishra said hundreds of people were being penalised in the city every day for not stopping their vehicles before zebra crossings.

                    Neeti Krishna, a pedestrian spotted at Dak Bungalow crossing, said the existing zebra crossings should be repainted immediately.










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                      LED street lights in 5 wards by Eid: Mayor

                      TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 02:00 IST

                      PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has set June 15 deadline to install energy-efficient LED street lights in at least five wards of the city.

                      “The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), which is engaged for installing LED street lights in the city, has started the work in five wards on Tuesday. We have the target to install 500 LED street lights in five wards by Eid, which is expected on June 15 or 16. Besides, LED lights installation in the entire city is likely to be completed by December-end,” Patna mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Tuesday.

                      PMC’s executive engineer Satyendra Kumar, who is looking after the street light installation works, said, “Ward number 5, 40, 50, 52 and 64 have been marked for the installation of LED lights before June 15. Once these wards are covered, work in the other 70 wards will start from June 22.”

                      He said 75,000 LED street lights would be required for the entire city. “We have a stock of 1 lakh lights,” he said.

                      EESL regional manager Rakesh Pratap said the company would install 100 LED lights in each ward. These are areas dominated by minority communities. Ward number 5 covers Pataliputra Colony area, 40 is Saidpur locality, 50 is Gandhi Ghat area, 52 Gai Ghat and 64 is Patna Ghat area, he said. “We had completed the survey earlier on June 5, but the work was delayed due to the unavailability of some important required materials,” he said and added, “The LED lights, after replacing the old conventional street lights, will save around 50% of the electricity. Moreover, LEDs have a longer lifespan and are easier to maintain. EESL is procuring the LED lights through global tenders. For the first seven years after the installation, the EESL will pay the electricity bill. We have also promised to look after the maintenance work of these lights for these seven years. Later on, the bill will be paid by the state electricity distribution companies.”

                      Anupam assumes office in PMC:

                      Anupam Kumar Suman, an IRS officer of 2004 batch, assumed charge as the commissioner of Patna Municipal Commission (PMC) on Tuesday. “I have to focus on civic issues and work as efficiently as my predecessors. I will try my best to meet the expectations of all PMC staff members,” Anupam said. PMC officials gave farewell to the outgoing municipal commissioner Keshav Ranjan Prasad.










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