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    Delay in Saran bridge repair irks commuters

    H K Verma| TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 02:00 IST
    CHHAPRA: Commuters travelling from Chhapra to Patna are a harassed lot due to the unusual delay in repairing of one of the oldest bridge known as Patti pul over river Mahi connecting Dighwara and Shitalpur in Saran district on NH- 19.

    Movement of heavy vehicles, including trucks and buses have been banned on the bridge with effect from January 21, and movement of small vehicles including cars has also been stopped from last Friday causing huge harassment to the commuters.

    Trucks and buses now take the Shitalpur-Parsa-Bheldi route to come to Chhapra from Patna and vice- versa, while small vehicles too are forced to take another diversion.

    “Most of the traders now prefer to make purchases at Chhapra by paying more money owing to restrictions on vehicular movement on Patti Pul,” said a Dighwara resident Amit Kumar.

    This is not for the first time that traffic on this bridge has been suspended for safety reasons. Traffic on the bridge was suspended for repairing around a decade ago as well. Moreover, construction of an alternative bridge parallel to the existing bridge was also taken up and some pillars were also erected. But the work was left midway.

    “Construction of another bridge is in progress with the four-laning of NH-19, which will take minimum six months time to complete,” said the project head of Madhucon Construction Company, Md Shabri. Saran DM Subrat Kumar Sen has also asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials to complete the bypass road near NH-19 latest by the end of this month.

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      Mines dept hand in glove with sand mafia: Rohtas SP

      Alok Chamaria| TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 02:00 IST

      SASARAM: Making a scathing attack on the state mines and geology department, Rohtas SP Satyaveer Singh on Tuesday said that checkposts set up by the state government to check illegal sand mining have turned into extortion points and are being manned by the mafia.

      “An FIR has been lodged against the district mining officer and six others after a private party was found manning a checkpost near the sand mining ghat, which indicates the involvement of the officer in illegal mining. The FIR was lodged on the written statement of Dalmia police station SHO Dhiraj Kumar,” said the SP.

      No officer of the mines department has ever turned up in any police station in the district to lodge an FIR after overloaded sand-laden heavy vehicles are seized despite repeated requests. Finding no other option, police here are forced to lodge FIRs, added the SP.

      “I have also apprised the Rohtas DM about the irregularities and I will soon shoot a letter to the state government about the nexus prevailing here between the mafia and the department concerned. Moreover, unabated illegal mining is also creating hurdles for the district police in discharging its preliminary duty of maintaining law and order,” added Singh.

      Sources added that attacks on policemen by mafia to release their seized vehicles have become a routine affair in the district.

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        No new targets to Bihar, as it fails in PMAY mission

        The Centre is aiming at completing its target of 1 crore rural houses under the scheme by December 31, three months ahead of the March 31 deadlineAman Sharma | ET Bureau | June 14, 2018, 13:30 IST

        The Centre had warned the Nitish Kumar government that Bihar won’t be given targets under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) for 2018-19, given its failure to achieve the modest target it had itself committed to do by March 31 this year.

        The Centre is aiming at completing its target of 1 crore rural houses under the scheme by December 31, three months ahead of the March 31 deadline. But there is a growing realisation that Bihar may derail the target as it hasn’t completed even 3% of its target. Bihar is to build 11.76 lakh houses, but it has built just 32,530 rural houses so far.

        Bihar has impressed upon the Centre that a massive shortage of sand in the state due to an unprecedented crackdown on its illegal mining led to the shortage of the raw material. “We have directed officials to ensure uninterrupted supply of sand,” a senior Bihar official told ET. To meet the target, the state will now have to build 1.22 lakh houses every month till December.

        At the last empowered committee meeting on the scheme in March, minutes of which were recently circulated to all states, the Centre pointed out to Bihar that as on April 2, 2018, the state had completed only 11,561 houses against a cumulative target of 11.76 lakh houses, four lakh of which had to be constructed by March 2018. “The state had committed to finish construction of at least 25,000 houses by March 2018,” the Centre told Bihar, pointing out how it had failed even its own modest promise. “The joint secretary (rural housing) indicated the slow progress of the state in implementing PMAY-G. The JS informed the state that considering their poor performance, targets for 2018-19 may not be provided to them,” the minutes mention.

        At that meeting, Bihar had committed to complete 50,000 houses by April 12, but has missed that target too. As per the minutes, Bihar reasoned that it wanted to “surrender” the target of 2.46 lakh houses due to non-availability of SC/ST beneficiaries to whom such houses are to be allotted, and wanted such houses to be “reallocated” to other categories of people. The Centre is still to take a call on that. Nearly 8 lakh houses are under construction in Bihar, with the first or second instalment of the subsidy being released to the beneficiaries — the focus now is on speedy construction in Bihar.

        The other state with a big task under the scheme, Uttar Pradesh, has already completed construction of 8.2 lakh houses against its total target of 9.7 lakh houses.


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          Normal life hit as roads dug for sewerage work

          Kumod Verma| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 02:00 IST

          PATNA: Residents of Mitra Mandal Colony and adjacent Anisabad areas are facing much hardship these days as the roads have been dug for sewerage work.

          According to sources, the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd ( Buidco) has tasked the Larsen and Toubro to complete the project for the entire city.

          Giving vent to their ire, R K Sinha and A K Singh said the road had been dug waist deep to lay pipes. Though more than a fortnight has elapsed, the work remains incomplete. “We cannot take out our vehicles,’ Singh said and added even newspaper hawkers and milkmen were avoiding visiting the locality.

          The rain and storm that lashed the city on Tuesday added to the woes of the residents. Mud and slush all around made it difficult for even pedestrians to walk freely in the locality. “The execution of the work was stopped midway for a few days... The delay has made our life miserable,” said another resident Arun Kumar.

          Yet another resident said he tried to take out his vehicle on Tuesday due to a medical emergency in the family, but the vehicle got stuck in the pothole and mud. “The patient could be taken to the doctor after we made an alternative arrangement,” he said.

          Elderly citizens dependent on regular medical check-ups are the worst sufferers. School-going children, collegians and office-goers are also ruing their lot. “The executing agency must complete the work immediately,” said a housewife.

          When contacted, Buidco chief general manager Madan Mohan Kumar told this reporter on Wednesday he would look into the matter. “The entire project for the city is to be completed by June 2020,” he said.

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            Several street lights on city flyover go kaput

            Sandali Sinha| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 02:00 IST

            PATNA: The state’s longest 2.9-km flyover from Jagdeo Path Mor to Sheikhpura Mor is unsafe for motorists because a number of street lights installed there have gone defunct.

            “After sunset, almost half of the flyover towards Jagdeo Path-end is shrouded in darkness. If the defunct street lights are not replaced soon, it will pose a threat to the lives of motorists during monsoon,” said Nimesh Anand, a resident of Ashiana Nagar.

            With car drivers using high beam headlights due to lack of street lights, vehicles coming from the opposite direction face problem. Bicycle riders are more prone to accidents.

            The absence of closed-circuit television cameras and irregular patrolling by police has made the flyover, inaugurated by CM Nitish Kumar in July 2015, dangerous from security point of view as well.

            Motorists, especially women drivers, feel that absence of street lights can lead to criminal activities, such as robbery and snatching, on the flyover.

            Nawal Kumar, a commuter, said solar energy should be used to lighten up the important flyover. “The authorities concerned should pay attention to the problem soon,” he added.

            A senior official of Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL), the agency which constructed the bridge, said the repair of the street lights was being delayed due to dispute in awarding parking rights underneath the flyover.

            “The maintenance of street lights on the flyover is the job of the same agency which would be awarded the right for collecting parking charges underneath the flyover. However, there is some dispute with the Patna Municipal Corporation on allotment of parking rights. We expect that the issue will be resolved within a fortnight after which the defunct street lights will either be repaired or replaced,” said a senior BRPNNL engineer.


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              City gets air connectivity to Allahabad

              Faryal Rumi| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 02:00 IST
              PATNA: Jet Airways on Thursday commenced operation of a flight on the Patna-Allahabad route.

              The flight involving a short-haul ATR-72 airliner has been launched under the UDAN-RCS, or Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik regional connectivity scheme, of the Union civil aviation ministry.

              The Allahabad-Patna-Allahabad flight (9W-3557) landed at the city’s Jayaprakash Narayan International aiport at 8.52am and took off for Allahabad at 10.10am. As many as 50 flyers were booked from Allahabad in the aircraft which could seat 72-78 passengers. However, only 19 flyers boarded the flight on its return journey.

              The flight will operate thrice a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and takes one hour and 35 minutes for its one-way journey. “Shreya Saurav and her daughter Shanaya Saurav were the first to receive boarding pass for the Patna-Allahabad flight,” Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria said.

              With this, the number of pairs of flights operating from Patna has gone up to 43. Patna has now direct flights to 11 cities, including Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Ranchi and Varanasi besides Allahabad.

              A direct flight of IndiGo between Patna and Indore is also likely to be introduced from July.


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                Piped gas to home: Pipes unloaded in Patna

                TNN | Updated: Jun 15, 2018, 07:32 IST

                Workers lay gas pipeline in Patna.

                PATNA: Work is on in full swing for laying a pipeline to supply piped natural gas (PNG) to households in Patna as part of the Centre’s ambitious Jagdishpur–Haldia and Bokaro–Dhamra Pipeline project.

                With the deadline for commissioning the project in the city being October this year, 100-odd workers under the supervision of a team of experts are working 24X7 at different locations, including Gandhi Maidan area, Fraser Road and Bailey Road to lay the pipes. The pipeline across the city will be of approximately 25km to cover 1200 houses in the first phase. Gandhi Maidan is the zero point from where the work was initiated.

                Two private firms have provided the manpower to execute the work in Patna. One of them is Aquatech Engineers Private Limited.

                Aquatech’s senior executive Arvind Kumar said on Thursday the work was currently underway on the road stretches between Gandhi Maidan and Jagdeo Path (around 3km), Gaighat and Gurdwara Pahila Bara (around 5km), Gaighat and Zero Mile near Transport Nagar (around 3km), Kankerbagh and Kumhrar (around 3km) and Zero Mile and Nagla (around 3km).

                Another firm is working on the 8km stretch from Saguna Mor to the Patna zoo.

                Bundles of pipes for the purpose have been unloaded off the roads in the city. “The pipes have been unloaded after inspection by the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) officials and with permission from the state transport department, road construction department, energy department and building construction department,” Kumar explained.

                Work on stripping and welding these pipes — each 12 metres long — has also begun. “We have expedited the work in view of the coming monsoon,” Kumar said and added they would start laying the pipes under the ground within a week.

                The pipes will be laid by two methods: by digging the roads or by horizontal directional drilling (HDD). “We will adopt the HDD method for most of the road stretches in Patna except a small portion of road near the Bihar Museum on Bailey Road,” Kumar said.

                HDD is a method of installing underground pipes or cables along a prescribed path by using a surface-launched drilling rig with minimal impact on the surrounding area. The method ensures minimum inconvenience to commuters, according to Kumar.

                The material for the project is being provided by the GAIL. Officials from GAIL and Metallurgical and Engineering Consultants (India) Limited inspect the progress of work on regular basis.

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                  Decks cleared for e-way on Digha rail line in city

                  TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 02:00 IST Illustration for representational purpose.

                  PATNA: Decks have been cleared for the construction of an expressway on the six kilometres long and 30 feet wide stretch of the railway line between Digha and R-Block in Patna as the ministry of railways on Thursday approved the handing over of the land to the state government.

                  The railways had earlier asked for Rs 896 crore from the state government, claiming it to be the market value of the 71-acre land on the stretch. On the Patna high court order, a re-evaluation committee was formed which evaluated the land to be worth Rs 221.79 crore. The ministry for railways has agreed to accept this amount as the price of the land.

                  The court had passed the order in response to a public interest litigation that pleaded for the transfer of this land to the state government.

                  The railway line was constructed around 150 years ago for the transportation of leather items to the Bata factory at Digha and its footwear products to different destinations.

                  The railway ministry’s approval has come after CM Nitish Kumar met railway minister Piyush Goyal in Delhi recently and apprised him of the benefits to the people of Patna if the land was transferred for an expressway to come up on it.

                  Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said on Thursday he also met Goyal twice in the last one month, including on Wednesday, on the issue.

                  According to Modi, the expressway, once it is completed, will reduce the distance between Digha and R-Block by two kilometres.


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                    Mining inspector attacked by quarry mafia in Sheikhpura

                    TNN | Updated: Jun 16, 2018, 08:06 IST Representative Image

                    BIHARSHARIF: Sheikhpura district mining inspector Sunil Kumar Chowdhry had a narrow escape on Friday when criminals engaged in illegal stone mining attacked his car with stones near Kare village in Sheikhpura sadar.

                    Chowdhry told reporters that nearly 15 to 20 persons attacked him near stone quarry number 7 at Kare with stones, when he reached there on getting information that some criminals were illegally loading stone chips on tractors. He said though he escaped unhurt his vehicle was badly damaged.

                    Sheikhpura sadar police station SHO Navin Kumar said the criminals escaped with the stone chips before police could reach there. He said an FIR against Dani Yadav, Sunil Yadav, Gautam Sao and others was lodged and raids are on to arrest them.

                    An employee of the quarry, on the condition of anonymity said that stone mafia has police patronage as most of the time they reach the spot after criminals escape.

                    Criminals engaged in illegal quarrying in Sheikhpura district have attacked and injured several officials in the past as well. They had even made an attempt on the life of the then Sheikhpura SP Ram Babu in 2016.


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                      Installation of LED lights in five wards by today

                      TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 02:00 IST

                      PATNA: Only 70% of the targeted LED street lights could be installed in the five wards till Thursday. Patna mayor Sita Sahu on June 12 had set June 15 deadline to complete the installation work in ward number 5, 40, 50, 52 and 64 before Eid, that is on Saturday.

                      “We expect the target of installing 100 street lights in each ward will be achieved before Saturday evening. More than 50 workers and technicians are engaged in the installation work,” Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s executive engineer Satyendra Kumar, who is looking after the work, told this newspaper on Friday.

                      Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is engaged for installing LED street lights in the city. Its regional manager Rakesh Pratap said, “It takes around 30-40 minutes to install one LED street light. The five wards are densely populated, including areas like Ashiana, Pathar Ki Masjid, Sabzibagh, Alambagh Chowki near Gaighat and Begampur in Patna City. So, due to congested lanes and tangled bundles of wires dangling overhead on electricity poles, it takes around 2-3 hours to install one street light. However, we are working in full swing to achieve the target.”

                      He said around 70% of the work is completed. “The workers are working for more than 12 hours daily to achieve the target before Eid, although our target was to complete it before Friday noon,” he said.


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