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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  • Day 4: Drive on to remove illegal squatters in city Ayesha Hassan | TNN | Aug 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The administration removed illegal squatters from Boring Canal Road (west), Kankarbagh road, Rajendra Nagar overbridge area, Uma Cinema area and the approach road of Gandhi Setu on the fourth day of its an anti-encroachment drive, on Monday.

    The drive, an attempt to de-congest the city roads for smooth flow of traffic, will continue till August 31.

    On Day 4 of the drive, Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishore carried out inspections in the Boring Canal Road and Bankipore areas. “The drive will cover all the urban areas in they city. The main purpose is to free the major roads of all obstructions,” Kishore said.

    The administration is also planning to create parking zones in the city once the anti-encroachment drive is over. “We have asked the SP (traffic) to identify the areas where parking zones can be created,” Kishore said.

    According to sources, an anti-encroachment team has also been formed to review the impact of the drive after the removal of encroachments.

    At least 13 encroachers were removed from the Patna City circle on the third day of the drive on Sunday. The administration collected Rs 70,900 as fine from the Patna City areas.

    As per the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014, street vendors have to be given an alternative before their eviction from their place of livelihood. Twelve vending zones have been proposed by the Patna Municipal Corporation in the state capital.


  • 26 parks to be developed in different parts of city TNN | Aug 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The state environment and forest department will develop 26 parks in different areas of the city, divisional forest officer Hemant Patil said on Monday.

    He said the 26 parks under various other government departments were transferred to the park division in July. Patna has altogether 70 parks, out of which 44 had already been acquired by the park division. The 26 parks would be developed in Kankarbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Bahadurpur, Patna City, Sheikpura, Shastri Nagar, Anisabad and Ashiana Nagar.

    “At present, we are trying to make 26 parks usable and clean for walking. The parks would be developed as per the requirement of the population settled in these areas,” Patil said. For smaller parks, the park division plans to install at least one water purifier, a small toilet and a small play area for children with a minimum of 2-3 playing equipment such as see-saw.

    “We will also develop a gym or a children play area in bigger parks with a large population living around. These parks will also have 2-3 safe drinking water points,” Patil said. Trees and shrubs along with grass would be planted in all the parks.

    The division also plans to have bigger toilets in larger parks. “As parks are supposed to have independent entities and have their own water supply, we will also bore tubewells in different parks,” he added.

    The Patna park division is also developing a detailed project report (DPR) of 15 parks located in Kankarbagh and Rajendra Nagar for open gyms and separate children parks. “Once the DPR gets the environment and forest department’s nod, work on these 15 parks would begin after monsoon,” a source in the department said.


  • Mandiri area to get 2-lane ‘smart’ road TNN | Aug 22, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL) has started the process of selecting the agency for construction of a two-lane road over Mandiri Nala in collaboration with Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC).

    Mandiri Nala is the main city drainage line connecting the government administrative areas with the housing areas of the city. It originates from R-Block and continues up to Bans Ghat.

    “The proposed road will be equipped with dedicated vending zones, footpaths, parking facilities, open and green spaces, cycle tracks, zebra crossing, rumble strips, stop signs, advanced direction signs and directional arrows. The estimated cost of project is around Rs 65 crore, including development of 1.2km stretch of Mandiri Nala,” PSCL project coordinator Ashok Kumar told this newspaper on Tuesday.

    Kumar added a two-lane road with a proposed carriageway of 5.5m each and a median of 0.5m would be constructed over the drain. “The roads on the left and right hand sides of the drain will also be developed on the principles of urban smart roads design. The drain carries discharges of ward numbers 21, 24, 25, 26 and 27. Due to heavy solid waste deposition, it has been choked. Considering the deteriorating condition, a box drain will be constructed as per the calculated capacity of the drain,” Kumar said.

    Elaborating about the project, Kumar said, “The aim is to redevelop Mandiri Nala with all essential features of a smart urban street. The work will include cleaning of the existing drain, installation of road accessories, LED streetlights, street furniture such as benches, bollards and dustbins, landscaping, shifting of the existing electrical works and traffic diversion.”

    Kumar added the development of Mandiri Nala would also involve removal of encroachments and rehabilitation of drain. “The proposed two-lane road will provide better connectivity to people and improve health and hygiene conditions in the area,” he said.

  • Bihar government unable to give more land for Bihta airbase runway Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Aug 23, 2018, 07:13 IST

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    PATNA: Jumbo jets like Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 may not operate from Bihtaairbase under the proposed commercial civil operations owing to constraints in land availability for extension of its runway. Thus, only aircraft such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, which are already operating from Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport here, will operate from Bihta airbase as well.

    The state government has asked the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to install additional approach lights, instead of extending the Bihta runway for which AAI has sought 152 acre land. Sources said the existing runway length at Bihta is 9,000ft, but AAI officials said at least 11,000ft of runway length is required for operation of jumbo jets, which can accommodate 400 to more than 600 passengers.

    The AAI had sought 156 acre land apart from the 108 acre, which the state government is to transfer for the development of a civil enclave at the airbase.

    “There is a burial ground on the north of the runway where the additional land is located. Thus, it would be difficult for the state government to acquire the land in that direction. Accordingly, the state government has asked the AAI to install additional approach lights in the aircraft approach funnel beyond the boundary wall of the airbase to do away with the requirement of land acquisition,” said Captain Deepak Kumar Singh, director (operation) and chief pilot, state directorate of civil aviation.

    Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria said AAI was exploring the feasibility of installing approach lights at the Bihta airbase. “There are no approach lights beyond the Bihta airbase runway. We are looking into the feasibility of installing approach lights up to the stretch of 900 metres, so that it could support the functioning of Instrument Landing System of Category-1,” Lahauria said.

    The ILS helps pilots at the time of landing as far as identifying the position of the runway at which the touchdown has to be made.

    Patna airport too has an ILS of Category-1, which is termed as CAT-I ILS. If Bihar government can''t provide land for full-size runway of 11000 ft. at Bihta, why this drama was started by Nitish govt.t... Read MoreWhen it comes to Muslims appeasement, Nitish is at par with Mamta. If Bihar government can''t provide land for full-size runway of 11000 ft. at Bihta, why this drama was started by Nitish govt.to have full size airport at Bihta three years ago.
    Same is the status of smart city projects. Mark my words. None of the cities of Bihar is going to smart no matter how much money you pour down the drain in 4 ft wide paths.Vijay Kumar
    Lahauria said if the runway length at Bihta is extended to 11,000ft, then ILS of category-2 (CAT-II) would be installed. CAT-II ILS allows flight operations even when visibility is as low as 350 metres. He said the 11,000ft-long runway would also have allowed operations of jumbo jets. He, however, said the installation of approach lights on the required stretch (900m) would prevent application of load penalty factor as is faced at the Patna airport due to its short runway length (7,000ft).

    Under load penalty norms, operators are required to reduce the weight of aircraft by leaving some seats vacant or offload cargo items, so that necessary engine thrust is available for smooth take-off when the temperature is high, usually 40 degrees C or above.


  • 34 shops warned against illegal parking Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2018, 07:42 IST

    Illegally parked two-wheelers in front of planetarium in Patna on Friday

    PATNA: The district administration on Friday issued notices to 34 commercial establishments for parking their vehicles on the main roads of the city. They have been asked to make alternative arrangements for vehicular parking.

    “Acting upon directives from Patna divisional commissioner, subdivisional officers of Patna Sadar and Patna City have identified a number of commercial establishments, which allow parking of their vehicles on main roads. This leads to inconvenience to common people and commuters. Besides, several shops have extended their establishments in front of them, leading to encroachment of road to be used for vehicular movement,” Patna DM Kumar Ravi said.

    Those served notices include shops in front of planetarium, several timbers, marble traders and other establishments in Patna Sadar and Patna City areas. Seven shops opposite Alok Petrol Pump have also been served notices.

    The district administration, along with Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), is already conducting anti-encroachment drive in the city in adherence to the Patna high court directive. The eviction drive has been conducted over a week on Boring Canal Road, Boring Road, Nala Road, Raja Bazar, Kankarbagh Main road and east side of Zero Mile (Bypass).

    Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials said 13 places had been earmarked for vending zones.

  • Registration with RERA must for real estate firms TNN | Aug 25, 2018, 06:53 IST

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    PATNA: The real estate firms in the state would have to register themselves with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority of India (RERA), failing which the flats they sell would not be registered with the registration office, the state cabinet decided on Friday.

    Principal secretary, cabinet secretariat department, Arun Kumar Singh said relevant changes in the Bihar Registration (amendment) Rules 2018 would be made to comply with this decision. RERA (Bihar) had moved the proposal in this regard, he said. The changes made in the rules would be effective from the day the prohibition, excise and registration department adopts a resolution on it, Singh said, adding that the changes made would make the system transparent and also protect the rights of persons who purchase flats or land for apartments.

    The cabinet gave its nod to include under the Bihar Public Services Rights Act (BPSRA) 2011 the Mukhyamantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana and the complete immunization programme of the newborn girls. They would be included as new services put under BPSRA. The services asked by the beneficiaries would be provided in 21 working days, while the clearance of the first and second appeal each would be done in 15 days.

    The cabinet approved Rs11.50 crore for strengthening the judicial system. It also sanctioned Rs6 crore for judicial capacity building by giving training to the investigating officers posted at various police stations, besides supplying them with books to assist them in the probe.

    The health department’s proposal was also cleared to create 123 posts for manning the trauma centre at Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan Super Speciality Hospital at Rajbanshinagar (Patna). The approval was also given to provide the required manpower and infrastructural facility at MJK Sadar Hospital at Bettiah (West Champaran) and integrate it with the proposed medical college there.

    For the establishment of agriculture offices at the panchayat level, the cabinet earmarked Rs42.21 crore to meet the establishment costs during 2018-19. Total 36 proposals were submitted and the cabinet approved 32 of them.

  • Lack of staff hits RERA work

    Faryal Rumi | TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2018, 07:20 IST

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    PATNA: Registration of real estate projects and real estate agents is going on at a snail’s pace in the state. It has been five months since the full-fledged Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) came into effect in the state, but only 140 ongoing projects and 10 real estate agents have so far procured licences under Section 3 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016.

    According to RERA-Bihar officials, around 626 builders and promoters have applied for registration of their ongoing projects since April.

    Rajiva Bhushan Sinha, a RERA-Bihar member, said the main reason behind slow processing of real estate projects was shortage of manpower. “Shortage of staff at RERA-Bihar has led to delay in scrutiny of application forms submitted by the builders and promoters. RERA-Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah has written several times to the urban development and housing department to recruit of more staff for office work, but to no avail,” he said.

    Amanullah said the Authority had submitted the last proposal to the state government for staff recruitment in April. “I hope that the proposal will be approved in the next state cabinet meeting,” he said.

    Amanullah added the most time-taking job is scrutiny of application forms which are full of discrepancies. “The builders and promoters are providing wrong details regarding finance, type of project and commencement of the project. Some of them have submitted incomplete and fake documents. RERA-Bihar is functioning with just seven staff, including two members. In most cases, the staff visit the construction sites to verify the authenticity of information,” he said.

    “Many builders and promoters apply for new projects. However, upon physical verification of their projects, it is found that the projects are half-done and the builders are already getting income from them,” Amanullah added.

    RERA-Bihar is also planning to develop its website and rope in a private company to build a database of ongoing projects in the state. The Authority has started collecting information from urban local bodies and development authorities about the ongoing real estate projects under their respective jurisdictions.

  • Illegal parking: 97 vehicles fined in Patna TNN | Updated: Aug 26, 2018, 07:38 IST

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    PATNA: The district administration along with traffic police towed away 29 illegally parked vehicles from different localities, including Fraser Road, Boring Road, Bailey Road, Ashok Rajpath and Dak Bungalow on Saturday. The drive was carried out under the supervision of Patna DM Kumar Ravi and divisional commissioner Anand Kishor.

    Total 97 people were made to pay fine between Rs600 and Rs1,200 for parking vehicles in ‘no-parking zone’. A total of Rs57,000 was collected as fine from the vehicle owners.

    The DM said the drive would continue to help in smooth traffic movement. “Stern action against illegally parked vehicles would solve half the city’s congestion problems,” said Ravi.

    Meanwhile, the encroachers and small shops under the Rajendra Nagar overbridge were removed by the Patna Municipal Corporation officials under the supervision of Kishor.

    The anti-encroachment drive was conducted at Rajendra Nagar, Kumhrar to Dhunki Mor, Dak Bungalow to Station Road and NH-30 (Bypass). A total of Rs2.89 lakh was realized a fine from the encroachers.

  • Forest land encroachment: Patna HC summons DM, SP and DFO of Nalanda, Kaimur Debashish Karmakar | TNN | Aug 25, 2018, 21:22 IST

    PATNA: The Patna high court on Saturday summoned the district magistrates (DM), superintendents of police (SP) and divisional forest officers (DFO) of Nalanda and Kaimur over massive encroachment of forest land in both districts.

    The division bench of chief justice MR Shah and justice Ravi Ranjan was hearing a PIL filed by Vikash Chandra alias Guddu Baba in which he had alleged that large chunk of forest lands have been encroached in several districts of Bihar including Nalanda and Kaimur urging the court that it direct the concerned authorities that all these encroachments be removed.

    During the hearing, a letter of Nalanda DFO, procured through RTI, was brought in notice of the court by the petitioner in which the officer had expressed inability to remove encroachment from around 1.3 acre of forest land in the district as strong resistance by the encroachers made it impossible to remove and lead to law and order situation.

    “State (government) can’t say that there will be problem of law and order. It the state’s responsibility to maintain the rule of law,” the court, irked with the letter, made a verbal remark.

    The high court ordered that all the concerned official must physically remain present before the court during next hearing on the issue on Tuesday.

  • PMC: Door-to-door trash collection from September-end Faryal Rumi | TNN | Aug 26, 2018, 07:35 IST

    A PMC Worker lifts garbage in Patna on Saturday

    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to reintroduce door-to-door waste collection in all its 75 wards from September-end in more effective manner.

    The PMC has placed an order for 375 twin garbage tippers, 2000 twin bins mounted (120 litre capacity), 750 RC bins and 10 self-propelled or vacuum sweeping machines, which will be delivered by the second week of September.

    Officials said the PMC has initiated the process to recruit manpower from a private agency on contract basis for trash collection. “We need 700 temporary employees for wheeling the twin garbage tippers and garbage collector. Each vehicle needs one garbage collector and a driver. The PMC has divided each ward into five sections and allot one twin garbage to each section,” said the official.

    Patna mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Saturday that the councillors would advertise about the door-to-door waste collection in their respective wards from September by using megaphones and loudspeakers. “They will also fixed a time in morning hours for the garbage collection through twin garbage tipper, in which the solid and wet trash will be loaded separately by the garbage collector,” she said.

    This time, the garbage collectors will not blow whistles, rather they will play Swachhta song to wake up the residents. The PMC has taken several measures to make the city clean and improve the ranking in Swachh Survekshan.

    The PMC would also develop ‘garbage transplant centres’ at six locations to unload the waste. “The centre will work as a restore point for the garbage to be dumped later at Bairiya in Sampatchak, where the solid waste management plant will be set up,” said Sahu.

    Earlier, the door-to-door waste collection was launched in April 2017 and the PMC hired two companies for the task in three circles. But they failed to serve the purpose. The PMC is to use automatic vacuum sweeping machines on all major roads of the city from September. “It will work in morning and evening. The narrow streets and lanes will be manually cleaned by the sanitation workers,” said the mayor. The PMC has 4,000 sanitation workers.
    The PMC would install 2,000 twin bins mounted (120 litre capacity) at different spots across Patna. The twin bins will have different colour code for solid and wet waste. Large bin will also be placed at 750 locations for public use.


  • Nitish calls upon people to protect trees Madan Kumar | TNN | Aug 27, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday called upon the people to take a pledge to protect trees across the state. He was speaking after tying a ‘rakhi’ to a tree at Rajdhani Vatika (Eco Park) in the state capital on the occasion of Rakshabandhan.

    “Like women wish for a long life of their brothers by tying ‘rakhi’ on their hands, people should wish for the long life of trees by tying rakhi to them,” the CM said.

    Attending the environment and forest department’s ‘Bihar Vriksha Suraksha Diwas’ programme, Nitish said each person should tie ‘rakhi’ to at least one tree and take a pledge to protect maximum trees around them. He also planted a sapling at the Rajdhani Vatika on the occasion.

    Speaking at the event, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said the practice of tying ‘rakhi’ to trees on Rakshabandhan started in 2012 and now it has become a new trend in the state. He said the state government has planned to include the word ‘climate change’ in the name of its environment and forest department. The department would soon be rechristened as ‘environment, forest and climate change’, said Modi, who is also the environment and forest minister.

    The deputy CM also said the country’s first dolphin research centre would soon be set up in Patna University at a cost of Rs19 crore. “The project had been pending for the last six years. Hurdles related to transfer of land has now been cleared and the university syndicate has also approved the proposal. The centre will be set up soon,” Modi said.

    He said the environment and forest department and the rural development department had so far planted 83 and 33 lakh saplings, respectively, during the 10-day ‘Van Mahotsava’ from August 1 this year, against the cumulative target of 1.5 crore saplings. “The rest 34 lakh saplings would be planted by August 31,” Modi said.

    Schoolchildren and visitors also planted saplings on the occasion. State’s energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav, education minister Krishnanandan Prasad Verma and health minister Mangal Pandey also were present at the event.

  • No bidder for recarpeting of Darbhanga airport runway Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Aug 27, 2018, 06:57 IST

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    PATNA: Even as neighbouring Jharkhand got Bokaro airport functional on Saturday under the Udan scheme of Union civil aviation ministry, Bihar will have to wait a little longer for getting Darbhanga airstrip operational under the same scheme.

    Sources in the civil aviation ministry said the project hit a roadblock owing to non-availability of bidders for re-carpeting of the runway at Darbhanga. Consequently, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials said flights operation from Darbhanga, which was to commence from January next year, will be delayed.

    Earlier in January this year, SpiceJet was given a letter of award to operate flights from Darbhanga to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) seeks to connect unserved and under-served airports with fares capped at Rs2,500 for one-hour flights.

    “No bidder is ready to complete the re-carpeting work at Darbhanga airport in such short span of time. This work will require around nine months to be completed,” a senior AAI official at Patna airport said and added that the contract for various other works required for operating commercial flights had been awarded.

    “Tenders for the construction of approach road, installation of PAPI and conveyor belts have been awarded. Construction work will be initiated to ensure smoother connectivity to and from the terminal building and dispersal area,” AAI had tweeted on August 18.

    Sources said the Darbhanga runway is at least 8,000 feet long and aircraft like Airbus A-320 can easily operate from there. The Darbhanga airstrip is owned by India Air Force (IAF) and a civil enclave or terminal building along with ATC (air traffic control) tower, parking apron and cargo among other facilities are required to be provided for commencement of commercial flight operations.

    On August 18, Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha had also claimed that he was personally monitoring the development of Darbhanga airstrip.

  • Patna HC directs Bihar to ban plastic bags IANS | Aug 27, 2018, 19:39 IST

    PATNA: The Patna high court on Monday directed the Bihar government to impose a ban on the usage of plastic bags.

    A bench comprising Patna high court chief justice MR Shah asked the state government to make a law on the ban and to use the media to create awareness.

    It slated the next hearing for September 24.

    Last week, a draft notification was circulated for a blanket ban on the manufacture, import, storage, transport, sale and use of plastic after seeking objections and suggestions from civilians, institutions and stakeholders. According to the notification, the plastic bags are non-biodegradable, produce toxic gases on burning, cause blocking of sewers and drains, reduce soil fertility and pose a threat to the life of cattle.
    No one will sell, store, distribute or use any kind of plastic bag for storing or dispensing edible or non-edible goods in the jurisdiction of all municipal corporations, municipal councils and nagar panchayats, it added.

    Frame law to ban plastic: HC to Bihar Debashish Karmakar | TNN | Updated: Aug 28, 2018, 06:28 IST

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    PATNA: The Patna high court has directed the Bihar government to formulate a law to ban the use of plastic bags across the state.

    A division bench of Chief Justice M R Shah and Justice Ravi Ranjan on Monday told the state government to come up with a law along with a provision of penalty for sellers and users of plastic bags irrespective of their size and thickness. The court also directed the authorities to implement the Centre’s rule on plastic waste management.

    The court passed the order after taking suo motu cognizance of a news report in a Hindi daily on June 23 on the pollution of Lotus pond located on the premises of sacred Mahabodhi Temple in Gaya.

    The Gaya DM, during the course of hearing, had submitted an action plan for barring the visitors to the temple from carrying plastics inside the temple. Taking a cue, the court had then asked the state government why couldn’t it enforce a similar ban across the state.

    On Monday, advocate general Lalit Kishore apprised the court that a draft notification for ban on plastic bags in the state’s urban areas had already been put in public domain and it would come into force once its 30-day period ended on September 12. “Is plastic not affecting the rural areas?” the court asked.

    When principal secretary (forests and environment) Tripurari Sharan told the court that plastic bag traders needed time to shift to another business, the court remarked he was worrying about the livelihood of traders while plastic adversely affected every household and animals.

    “Do you want our cows to eat plastic and give milk. We call them our mother and we have responsibilities towards them too,” the court remarked.


  • Many railway stations to get new foot bridges soon Kumod Verma | TNN | Aug 28, 2018, 06:22 IST

    The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 1.17 crore to the Danapur division of East Central Railway

    PATNA: The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 1.17 crore to the Danapur division of East Central Railway (ECR) for carrying out projects related to passenger amenities at different stations in the ongoing financial year 2018-2019.

    Talking to TOI on Monday, Danapur divisional railway manager (DRM) Ranjan Prakash Thakur said work had already been started to improve passenger amenities at different stations in the division. They will be completed within the stipulated time, he said.

    The projects include replacement of a 2.44-metre wide foot over bridge (FOB) with a 6.1-metre wide FOB at Bihta station at an estimated cost of Rs 3.78 lakh. Also, additional FOBs are being constructed at Barh, Hathidah and Fatuha stations at total cost of Rs 4.66 lakh.

    Besides, work has been initaited to provide sheds at the platforms at Makhdumpur and Tehta stations on the Patna-Gaya section of the division. The circulating areas of these two stations are also being surfaced, the DRM said.

    The sanctioned funds include Rs 4.67 lakh for Ara station. The money will be used to complete the circulating area at the station and give a new look to the facade of the station building. Ara station will also get a a two-bay platform shed and a three-metre wide new FOB, according to the DRM.

    In view of the rising importance of Sakaldiha station on the Patna-Mughalsarai route due to sudden flow of passengers, the railways has decided to build a 10-ft wide FOB at Sakaldiha at a cost of Rs 3.02 lakh. A new 20-ft wide FOB is also being constructed at Jhajha at an estimated cost of Rs 4.25 lakh, the DRM said and added new FOBs were coming up at Jehanabad and Taregna stations as well.

    Danapur station will also get a new FOB that will connect platform numbers 2, 3 , 4 , 5 and 6. A three-metre wide FOB each is being built at Twinniganj, Kulharia, Karisath and Bhadaura stations, the DRM said, adding sheds would be provided at the platforms of at least 18 halts on the Patna-Gaya route.

    The existing FOBs at Jamui and Bakhtiarpur stations will be replaced with 20-ft wide FOBs. A three-ft wide FOB will be built at Bansipur and Mankhata stations, the DRM said.

  • 14 vending zones identified in Patna Faryal Rumi | TNN | Aug 29, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday identified 14 locations in the city to set up vending zones in the first phase. The spots, which have been identified on the basis of population of vendors and availability of space, cover all PMC circles. The move is expected to provide business security to street vendors and ensure creation of authentic hawking zones in urban areas.

    The proposed vending zones will have concrete pavements and other facilities, such as parking space, dustbins, benches, drinking water, public toilets and lightings. The registered vendors will be given clean spaces for selling their products. The PMC will also sensitize the vendors to maintain cleanliness in and around the vending zones.

    The identified spots are Kali Mandir to petrol pump at Bans Ghat, sump house to FBB showroom on Boring Canal Road, Punaichak Devisthan Mandir, Anugrah Narayan College to Panitanki on Boring Road, Daroga Rai Path near Hartali Mor, Boring Road Chouraha, Bind Toli, vacant spots below Begumpur flyover in Patna City, the area near Kankerbagh power sub-station, housing board land at Bahadurpur and Anta Ghat. The three locations at Rajendra Nagar are Vaishali roundabout to McDowell roundabout, McDowell roundabout to Premchandra roundabout and under Rajendra Nagar bridge.

    Deputy commissioner of PMC Vishal Anand said the civic body would select the firm to develop vending zones once the proposal is approved by the state cabinet. “Two vending zones will be two-storey,” Anand added.

    Additional municipal commissioner Devendra Prasad Tiwari said the vendors would be allowed to carry out their businesses only in the vending zones. “Illegal vendors will be shifted from the roads and footpaths to the vending zones soon. Only vendors with ID cards will be allowed to work there,” he said, adding the vending zones would fulfil the long-standing demand of the street vendors to ensure their proper rehabilitation.

    “The PMC had earlier sent the detailed project reports (DPRs) of three vending zones to the urban development and housing department for its approval. The department, however, suggested certain changes in the DPRs. We are in the process to send revised DPRs to the department soon,” Tiwari added.