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    Patna metro rail DPR to be ready by June 30

    TNN | Jun 18, 2018, 09:31 IST


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    PATNA: The state urban development and housing department (UDHD) has given another 15 days to the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), an executing agency of the Indian Railway, to finalise the detailed project report (DPR) for Patna metro rail.

    UDHD officials said on Friday the DPR, earlier scheduled to be submitted to the department by June 15, would now be submitted by June 30. After the state government's approval, it will be submitted to the Union ministry of urban development for final approval.

    The officials said the work on the project was targeted to start by the end of this year. It will take at least three years for completion of the first phase. Sources said the DPR deadline was extended to facilitate inclusion of a couple of ongoing infrastructure projects in the city. "For instance, we have asked RITES to incorporate Lohia Path Chakra project on Bailey Road so that the DPR does not need to be revised later," a UDHD official said. According to him, several meetings on preliminary DPR have already been held. State UDHD minister Suresh Kumar Sharma also met Union minister of state with independent charge in the ministry of urban development Hardeep Singh Puri on June 7. Puri is learned to have assured Sharma that the Centre would give its approval to the DPR at the earliest.

    The UDHD official said the estimated outlay for the metro rail project was pegged at Rs 17,000 crore. "The Centre as well as state government will contribute 20% each of the project cost, while the remaining 60% will be procured from financial agencies at low interest rate," the official said.








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      Door-to-door trash collection begins

      TNN | Jun 19, 2018, 02:00 IST


      PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started door-to-door garbage collection in five wards of the city under its pilot project, ‘Chalant Kachra Sangrah’ (Mobile garbage collection scheme), from Monday.

      After failing to implement the door-to-door garbage collection scheme, the PMC ended the contract of Patna-based firm Nishka Security and Intelligence Services and Delhi-based People's Association for Total Help and Youth Applause on May 18.

      Under the mobile garbage collection scheme, which was approved by the empowered standing committee of the civic body on June 11, PMC sanitation workers have been engaged for garbage collection across the city. The move is expected to stabilize the garbage collection mechanism in the city.

      “The concept is the same, but instead of relying on outsourced workers, the civic body will engage its own staff for garbage collection. At present, there are 4,000 sanitation workers in the PMC. With the help of a sound system, they will ask the locals to dump garbage as soon as they reach the wards allotted to them,” deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said. The executive officers of the PMC’s four circle offices in Patna will submit a report on the manpower required for trash collection. A decision in this regard will be taken based on the report.

      “The door-to-door garbage collection scheme has been implemented in five wards. Soon, we will try to cover the rest of the wards,” Anand said.









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        PMC drive to remove drain hurdles

        TNN | Jun 19, 2018, 02:00 IST

        PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has launched a special eviction drive to remove all the structures that have come up on active stormwater drains in the city.

        Sources said areas such as Ashok Rajpath, Beur Mor and Sipara had already been covered under this special anti-encroachment drive.

        “Encroachment is a major reason for waterlogging during the monsoon,” deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said on Monday. According to him, the eviction drive began on June 15 with a target to remove all encroachments from the stormwater drains in the city by the end of this month.

        PMC’s Bankipore circle executive officer and additional municipal commissioner Abdul Hamid said the drive in his circle began from St Joseph’s Convent High School vicinity and covered areas near Patna College, Arvind Hospital to Biscoman roundabout.

        “More than 20 structures identified as encroachments or obstructions have been demolished in the last three days in areas including Beur Mor and Sipara,” New Capital circle executive officer Shailesh Kumar said.

        Kankerbagh circle executive officer Vishal Upadhyaya said most of the areas under his jurisdiction had been cleared. “Over 50 encroachments have been removed. On Monday, the drive was launched in the area from Vaishali roundabout to Congress Maidan road,” he said and added hoardings and banners at various locations were also being removed.








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          Rs 13 crore car park unused as squatters block way

          TNN | Jun 19, 2018, 02:00 IST

          PATNA: Five years after it was readied for use and two years after it was inaugurated by CM Nitish Kumar, the multilevel parking facility, developed at a cost of Rs 13.58 crore in front of the Patna railway station, wears a deserted look these days.

          While motorists avoid using the complex as its approach roads remain congested due to encroachments, only autos can be seen parked on the ground floor of the four-floor structure with a capacity to accommodate at least 480 four-wheelers.

          Asked about the poor utilisation, parking complex head Ayaaz Ahmed conceded the encroachments on the approach roads made it difficult for motorists to enter and exit the parking lot. “We have written to the Patna DM and the transport department authorities, seeking their intervention to solve the problem,” he said.

          Parking complex cashier Rohit recalled quite many vehicles used to come for parking soon after the complex was inaugurated. The numbers started dwindling soon and now there are few takers for the parking facility, he said.

          Patna DM Kumar Ravi on Monday told this reporter the district administration was seized of the issue. “We will remove the encroachments on the approach roads to the parking facility during our ongoing anti-encroachment drive,” he said, adding traffic policemen would be tasked with ensuring that the approach roads remained encroachment free for smooth passage of vehicles.

          Sources said the semi-automated parking complex was constructed by the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation. The construction work was completed in early 2013. However, it could not be opened immediately for public use owing to certain issues, including absence of proper approach roads and non-finalisation of parking charges.

          The work on the development of its approach roads started in August-September 2015. The parking facility was finally inaugurated by CM Kumar in February 2016.

          The complex has a lateral slope entry and circular ramps for exit. The entry is from the western side through the lane adjacent to erstwhile Pearl Cinema on Buddh Marg. The exit leads to the station road just in front of Mahavir Mandir.

          Each floor has urinals and toilets and a terrace garden near the peripheral boundary.









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            Soon, vertical gardens to be developed on flyover pillars

            Sandali Sinha| TNN | Jun 19, 2018, 02:00 IST


            PATNA: The Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL) will soon develop vertical gardens on the pillars of all flyovers in the city. A beginning in this regard has been made with the development of a vertical garden on pillar number 89 of the Jagdeopath-Sheikhpura Mor flyover.

            “At least 2,000 varieties of plants, including haze, snake plants, dracaena mahatma, jasmine and song of India, were used in the vertical garden developed on a trial basis on pillar number 89. While the plants were procured from Kolkata, the pots were brought from Pune,” BRPNNL engineer Sunil Kumar told this newspaper.

            Vertical gardens are quite common in metropolitan cities like New Delhi and Bengaluru. They absorb carbon dioxide from the environment, clean the polluted air and act as a natural sound proofing barrier.

            Plans are afoot to develop vertical gardens on Station Road and Exhibition Road flyovers. “We will issue expression of interest (EoI) for inviting firms interested in developing vertical gardens on all the pillars of the Jagdedopath-Sheikhpura Mor flyover,” Sunil said.

            Patna was marked the fifth most polluted city in the world in terms of PM 2.5 concentration, according to a global air pollution database released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in May this year. PM 2.5 is the level of ultra-fine particles of less than 2.5 microns which invade human lungs and cause serious health problems, including cancer.

            According to experts, walls on which vertical gardens are erected show a drop of 1-2 degrees, proving that the measure is an effective way of combating temperature.










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              Municipal body bid to better work culture, civic amenities

              TNN | Jun 20, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has launched a ‘Project Phoenix’ to resolve the civic issues faced by residents of the state capital.

              According to deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand, municipal commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman has as part of the project prioritised certain civic issues that need to be addressed urgently.

              “Maintaining civic facilities is a challenge in the city which has been growing haphazardly of sorts. We took up projects to tackle certain issues, but they cropped up again,” Anand told this reporter on Tuesday and added the new project envisages completion of all the projects within a deadline.

              In this regard, he said, a weekly meeting of executive officers of all the four circle offices and ward councillors would be held for discussing the progress of the work and other related issues. The project also aims to renovate the PMC headquarters. It will have separate public service counters to deal with issues directly concerning people.

              The civic body has also decided to introduce Aadhaar-based biometric attendance for its staff members as well as workers.

              “We regularly receive complaints about absence or irregularities of sanitation workers... With the biometric system in place, 100% transparency will be ensured,” Anand said and added the installation work of biometric machines would start by the end of this month.

              Besides, the project underlines completion of drainage cleaning work, creation of IT-based ‘Combat Cell’ for crowdsourcing of solid waste management and drainage monitoring, removal of unauthorised posters and banners, green plantation on the roadside to curb pollution, installation of street lights in all the wards, anti-encroachment drives to remove unauthorised constructions and obstructions, creation of specific vending zones and removal of dangerously low overhead cables.







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                Buy LED fans from energy department counters

                TNN | Updated: Jun 20, 2018, 11:09 IST


                PATNA: The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has started distribution of energy-efficient Ujala (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) ceiling fans from the billing counters of North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited, South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) and Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (PESU).

                An energy department official said fresh stock of cheap and energy-efficient fans reached Patna on Sunday. R Lakshmanan, managing director of SBPDCL, said the price of Ujala ceiling fans was less than market price of other fans in the same category. “The price of Ujala fans is Rs 1,100, while the fans of same category available in the market are sold at around Rs 2,000 per piece. The Ujala fans consume 50W of electricity comparing to 60W consumed by other fans,” he said, adding people need to furnish electricity bill, identity card and address proof to purchase these fans from the counters.

                Apart from energy-efficient fans, the sales of LED bulbs and tube lights have also increased. Consumers can purchase energy-saving bulbs and tube lights from the same centres of energy department. The market price of LED bulbs is Rs 150 and the tube lights cost Rs 450. However, the prices of Ujala LED bulbs and tube lights are Rs 70 and Rs 220, respectively.

                “So far, 1.81 crore Ujala bulbs and 1.3 lakh units of LED tube lights have been sold by the energy department,” Lakshmanan said. Residents too are looking forward to buying the energy-efficient bulbs, tube lights and fans. Vidya Jha, a state government employee, said, “I have witnessed sharp plunge in my monthly electricity bill as the energy consumption of these LED appliances is comparatively less.”

                Shashi Kant Tiwary, who also uses energy-efficient LED bulbs and tube lights, echoed Jha’s tone.








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                  Civil enclave land wall work to begin next week

                  Faryal Rumi| TNN | Jun 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

                  PATNA: Work on the construction of a boundary wall around the 126 acres of land near the Bihta airbase, where a civil enclave is to be developed for commercial flight operations, is likely to begin next week.

                  Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials said on Wednesday the bidding process for selection of a firm to construct the boundary wall would be completed by June 23. The work is expected to begin by June 26.

                  Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport-Patna director Rajender Singh Lahauria told this reporter on Wednesday the state government has asked the state building construction corporation to execute the work.

                  The cabinet headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar had on November 15 last year sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs 260.74 crore for acquisition of land near the Bihta airbase.

                  Of the 126 acres of land, 108 acres will be utilised for development of a civil enclave and the remaining 18 acres for development of amenities, including a VIP lounge, a hotel and a hangar. The AAI has targeted to ready the first block of the civil enclave by mid-2019 at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore.

                  “The Indian Air Force may hand over 7.5 acres of land, adjacent to the acquired 126 acres, to the state government for development of a terminal building. In return, the IAF wants a plot of land adjacent to their runway,” Lahauria said, adding the exchange of land was not finalised yet because the defence ministry was yet to take a decision on it.

                  Meanwhile, Lahauria said, the work for extension of Patna airport will begin by July-end. “In the first phase, the entry and exit routes to the airport terminal will be constructed. It will be followed by construction of a colony and shifting of the IMD office temporarily to a building in the residential area on the airport prremises,” he said, adding the work on the new terminal building was expected to begin within three months.

                  A meeting in this regard was held between chief secretary Deepak Kumar and airport director Lahauria on Tuesday.











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                    100% household electrification in 8 districts soon

                    TNN | Jun 21, 2018, 02:00 IST


                    PATNA: All households in Munger, Sheikhpura and Kishanganj districts have been provided with electricity connection under Har Ghar Bijli Lagatar scheme of the state government. The Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) is now set to cover every household in Nalanda, Bhojpur, Gopalganj, Supaul and Purnia districts under the scheme in the next ten days, energy department’s principal secretary-cum-chief managing director of BSPHCL Pratyaya Amrit said on Wednesday.

                    “We are focusing on the last phase of providing electricity connection to all households in the state by December. This phase is also broken into specific milestones and the first has eight districts, including Munger, Sheikhpura, Nalanda and Bhojpur of South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) and Gopalganj, Purnia, Kishanganj and Supaul of North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (NBPDCL) to be provided with 100% electrification by June-end. Munger has already become the first district to receive 100% electricity connections,” Pratyaya Amrit told this newspaper.

                    SBPDCL managing director R Lakshmanan said, “The overall target in the eight selected districts was to provide electricity connections to around 28 lakh households. In Nalanda, the expected connections were around 42,379, out of which 30,432 have been completed. Similarly, in Bhojpur and Gopalganj, out of 62,341 and 46,122, only around 15,000 and 4,000 connections are left, respectively. Various proactive measures are also being taken up to reach the remaining households.”

                    Lakshmanan further said, “The first phase target to electrify each and every revenue village (39,073) of Bihar by the end of 2017 was achieved well in time. The next phase target to provide electricity to all the tolas (1,06,249) of Bihar by April was again achieved. Now, the last leg of household electrification is being done and weekly camps are being organized at panchayat level to facilitate connections the same day. More than 6 lakh connections have been released in April and May in the state under this mode.”

                    One of the seven resolutions of chief minister Nitish Kumar is Mukhya Mantri Vidyut Sambandh Nishchay Yojana-Har Ghar Bijli Lagatar to provide electricity connections to all APL households in the state by December this year.



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                      MoU for rail line land transfer on June 30

                      TNN | Jun 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

                      PATNA: Only days after the railway ministry’s nod for transfer of its Digha-Patna line land, the Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDCL) has initiated the bidding process for roping in firms to prepare a feasibility report for the construction of a six-lane road on the 6-km, 150- year-old track which has altogether 30 metres of land in width on its sides.

                      State road construction department minister Nand Kishore Yadav said on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed between the BSRDCL and railway authorities on June 30 regarding the transfer of land. “Before that, we will clear the compensation amount of Rs 221 crore for the railways,” he said.

                      The minister said a drone survey of the site was conducted a few days ago. Most of the land is encroached. “After the MoU is signed, the district administration will launch a drive for the eviction of squatters, after which the construction work will commence,” he said and added the railway authorities had been asked to remove the track by June 30.

                      BSRDCL chief general manager Chandra Shekhar said once the feasibility report and project report were prepared by mid-July, work would begin on the design and structure. “The proposed road will not only provide seamless connectivity between north and south Patna but will also reduce the distance between R-Block and Digha by at least 2km,” he said.








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