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    New escalator at Patna Junction to roll from June 30

    TNN | Jun 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: An escalator with ascending moving stairs will be made functional on platform number 1 of the Patna Junction on June 30. Three more escalators — two near the parcel office and one on platform number 10 — will be ready for use soon.

    Railway officials claimed that the escalators would help passengers, especially senior citizens and disabled people. An escalator on platform 10 has been functional since February, 2014.

    “Four lifts will also be installed at the station by the end of this year,” Danapur division’s public relations officer Sanjay Kumar Prasad said on Wednesday and added the railways had also sanctioned installation of 34 lifts at Samastipur, Darbhanga, Hajipur, Barauni and Muzaffarpur stations in the current fiscal.

    Frequent train passengers have hailed the new facilities. “The escalators will provide major relief to daily passengers, especially senior citizens. More such facilities should be introduced,” said 52-year-old Aalamveer Jamaal.

    College student Apoorv, who is a daily commuter, said, “One or two escalators are not enough. They should be installed on all platforms for the convenience of passengers.”

    The Patna Junction, one of the busiest railway stations in the country, witnesses an approximate footfall of around 1.5 lakh passengers daily. At least 75 trains also originate from here.





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      Power cuts irk Patnaites, but Pesu claims all’s well

      Anuja Shanker| TNN | Jun 21, 2018, 02:00 IST


      PATNA: With power outages becoming the norm, city residents have little option but to grin and bear the trouble. Areas like Boring Road, Sri Krishna Puri, Sri Krishna Nagar, Pataliputra Colony, Nehru Nagar, Nageshwar Colony and Machhua Toli, among others, have been grappling with power pangs for days now.

      Wednesday was no better with the erratic electricity supply getting on the nerves of Patnaites. “With the temperature hovering around 40-43°C, we are forced to stay indoors. To make matters worse, there are frequent power cuts that last from 25 minutes to an hour or two every day. Our genset runs out of fuel in no time,” rued Sonali Anand who lives in a plush Nageshwar Colony apartment.

      Tricenarian Prem Narayan of North Shastri Nagar, who has had “sleepless nights”, said there was no predictable pattern to the outages and their frequency was as high as four to five times daily. “At night, I spend a harrowing time dealing with my two-year-old who has to be fanned with a newspaper continuously,” he said and added he could not concentrate on his office work these days because of lack of sleep.

      The outages have also taken a toll on many people’s health in this scorching heat. Sexagenarian Gopal Saha, who was recently transferred to Patna from Guwahati, had to visit a physician on Tuesday. “My sleep cycle has been disrupted and so has been my morning schedule. I am not keeping well,” he said.

      There are some who have been experiencing short-duration interruptions in power supply. According to Anisabad resident Anil Kumar Singh, “Repeated spells of outages, which last for a couple of minutes, are likely to damage sensitive electronic appliances like airconditioners and refrigerators at home.”

      The electricity department’s hide-and-seek game has also triggered water woes. “On Monday, power supply was snapped for nearly two hours in the morning. As a result, taps ran dry and I had to fill four buckets with water from a nearby hand-pump before leaving for office,” said Rahul Kaushik of Nehru Nagar.

      Brushing it all off, Patna Electric Supply Undertaking’s general manager Dilip Kumar Singh claimed enough electricity was being generated to meet the quantum of demand. “Na load shedding hai, na breakdown… There may be cases of momentary tripping due to an increase in individual consumption,” Singh told TOI on Wednesday.

      He pointed out that the overall power demand in the city had surged owing to the heatwave conditions. “On Wednesday, power demand in Patna was 605MW as against around 500MW on normal weather days,” Singh said, adding 48 fuse call centres in the city were getting 500 to 700 complaints regarding power cuts daily and the supply was being restored within minutes.






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        9 real estate firms served notices for violation of RERA

        TNN | Jun 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

        PATNA: The Bihar Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) has issued notices to nine builders and promoters for not registering their 25 ongoing projects with the authority. The deadline for registration of ongoing projects expired on April 30 and it was extended to June 30 with late fine.

        Section 3 of RERA Act makes it mandatory for the promoters to register their ongoing or new real estate project (residential, commercial, plotted development/layout, villa or mixed development) with more than 8 units or above 500 square metres of land under RERA.

        “Whenever we spot an advertisement violating the RERA Act and state RERA rules, action is initiated against such erring builders and promoter,” RERA (Bihar) chairman Afzal Amanullah told this newspaper on Wednesday.

        The companies who got notices include the projects of Ashirvad Engicon Real Estate Pvt Ltd, Patligram Builders Pvt Ltd, Grih Vatika Homes Pvt Ltd, Aastik Buildcon Pvt Ltd, Kamini Dream House Pvt Ltd, Magadh Housing, Sarvodya Group of Companies, Awani Builders and Simanchal Infratech Pvt Ltd.

        RERA (Bihar) member Rajiva Bhushan Sinha said: “Many builders are not registered with the state RERA. We have issued notices to companies on the basis of complaints received from the buyers against unregistered incomplete projects.”

        RERA (Bihar) has sent over 130 show-cause notices to various real estate developers in the last three months for advertising their projects without registration. Around 410 builders have applied for registration and 60 got RERA number.

        “June 30 is the last deadline to register their ongoing projects with late fee of Rs3 lakh or 300% of registration amount, whichever is higher, failing which the builders would be blacklisted,” said Sinha.








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          Min: Movement of sand tractors on J P Setu soon

          TNN | Jun 22, 2018, 02:00 IST

          PATNA: State transport minister Santosh Kumar Nirala on Wednesday said the movement of tractors carrying sand would soon be allowed on the Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge or J P Setu. The decision has been taken to resolve the issue of transportation of sand and other construction materials between north and south Bihar across the Ganga.

          Addressing a group of traders at a conference organized at the Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) on Wednesday, the minister said, “The state road construction department (RCD) is responsible for regulating the movement of vehicles plying over the J P Setu. We will discuss this issue with chief minister Nitish Kumar and RCD minister Nand Kishore Yadav for the ease of traders who are facing losses due to the restriction on vehicular movement on the bridge.”Besides, the movement of buses from Bihar to Delhi and Nepal will also begin soon. “The transport department has witnessed an increment in its annual income from Rs 200 crore in 2006 to Rs 1,800 crore in 2017-18,” Nirala said.

          Meanwhile, BCCI president P K Agarwal raised various issues faced by traders during the conference. “There is a lot that the transport department needs to focus on. Almost every tractor across the state is without an indicator. This is one of the major reasons for road accidents. Sleeper seats should be provided in luxury buses for ensuring a comfortable journey.”

          Speaking on the occasion, transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal claimed efforts were being made to increase the number of mobile app-based radio taxi operators.

          “The transport department is planning to set up two driving schools in each district. The Union government will give 50% subsidy on the cost of setting up a driving institute which requires approximately two acres of land. The land can either belong to the agency or be taken on lease. It can also be located outside the town area,” the transport secretary said.








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            HC seeks info on disposal of hospital biomedical waste

            Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Jun 22, 2018, 01:00 IST

            PATNA: The Patna high court on Thursday directed the Bihar State Pollution Control Board to reply whether or not the biomedical waste generated in the hospitals and medical institutes across the state was disposed of in accordance with prescribed norms.

            A division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad directed the pollution body to file a counter affidavit on the issue within four weeks.

            The order was passed on a PIL filed by Vikash Chandra alias Guddu Baba who alleged the biomedical waste was either being dumped or burned in open, which is hazardous for humans and environment.

            Chandra’s PIL has urged the court to direct the authorities concerned to ensure proper disposal of the biomedical waste.

            In a counter affidavit earlier, the pollution control board had replied to the court that the biomedical waste was being disposed of as per the prescribed norms. Chandra in his rejoinder to the pollution board’s counter affidavit attached photographs of several places across Patna, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur and Gaya where the biomedical waste was either being dumped along with garbage or being burned in open.

            Chandra also apprised the court that the state health department had entered into an agreement with three private firms running three incinerators in Patna, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur for disposing of the biomedical waste generated across Bihar. However, he said, the authorities were yet to disclose the disposal capacity of the incinerators and the volume of biomedical waste generated across the state.

            Encroachments: The division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad, while hearing another PIL filed by advocate Y Madhavi, on Thursday directed advocate general Lalit Kishore to clarify within four weeks which department was responsible for removal of encroachments under the overbridges in Patna.

            Madhavi’s PIL has sought a court directive to the authorities concerned to remove the squatters. However, the Patna Municipal Corporation and the Bihar State Road Development Corporation have submitted before the court that it was not under their jurisdiction to remove the encroachments under the overbridges.










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              Soon, drive against stray animals around airport

              Faryal Rumi| TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishor on Friday directed the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to launch special drive to catch stray animals in the vicinity of Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport here.

              The decision was taken in a meeting of airport environment management committee chaired by Kishor in the capacity of its ex- officio chairman. The instruction was given after a stray fox was found near the tarmac area at the airport.

              Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials present in the meeting were also asked to submit a report to the divisional commissioner’s office on the measures to control the growing menace of stray animals in and around the airport.

              The PMC has also been directed to place 20 garbage bins at airport to prevent dumping of waste in the open. Garbage and meat shops around the airport attract birds, which at times lead to bird-hit incidents. Two aircraft were hit by birds soon after landing at the airport on Saturday last.

              A committee of three members under deputy PMC commissioner Vishal Anand will also be constituted to monitor waste disposal in the airport area.

              Pointing out the common causes of bird population around Patna airport, Kishor said: “Random checking of waste disposal will be done by PMC sanitary inspectors. The PMC also needs to check the open drains near the airport and immediately cover the open chambers.”

              He asked the AAI officials to regularly trim the grasses and remove objects that could attract birds. “Four cages should be placed at various places to trap foxes and stray animals,” Kishor said.

              He also proposed a 60 to 70 metres high fencing around the airport to prevent stray animals from getting inside the premises.

              “Patna airport already has 10 bird chasers, two six-shot launchers and seven zone guns to control the bird menace. The AEMC should involve the airlines in preparation of a schedule or a chart on how many times six-shot launchers and zone guns should be used, so that, they won’t find any obstacles while landing or take-off of flights,” said Kishor.

              Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria, PMC commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman, district magistrate Kumar Ravi, Patna SP Amarkesh D and city traffic SP P N Mishra were present at the meeting.





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                HC asks state to submit ATR on encroachments

                TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 02:00 IST
                PATNA: The Patna high court on Friday expressed its displeasure and sought action taken report from the state government within a week on removal of encroachments from footpaths and roads of the city to ease traffic.

                The division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad, while hearing a PIL filed by advocate Shashi Bhushan Kumar through Public Interest Litigation Forum, remarked that nothing was available on record even after two months of the court’s order for removing encroachments.

                On April 9, the court had directed different stakeholders of the state government to proceed with the action plan as indicated in a counter affidavit submitted by Patna traffic police and submit a report on its implementation. Following the court order on March 12, the action plan was prepared at a meeting presided over by PMC commissioner on April 4.

                The petitioner had sought court order to the authorities concerned to take action against the vehicles found picking up and unloading passengers in the middle of the road. The petitioner had mentioned Chiraiyatand and Mithapur flyover as being used as a stand for buses and rickshaws and parking of by commercial vehicles on both sides of the road near Patna Junction. He had also highlighted encroachment at Fraser Road, Exhibition Road, Bari Path, Kankarbagh, Rajendra Nagar and Nala Road by the Patna Municipal Corporation by keeping dustbins. Parking of pushcarts and vehicles on roadsides and keeping unused vehicles under city flyovers were the other problems he had mentioned before the court. The petitioner stated that traffic congestion resulted in harrowing time for children retuning from schools and patients coming to Patna from other districts by ambulance.

                In the counter affidavit by traffic police, it was accepted that issues highlighted in the PIL were genuine and PMC and district administration needed joint action to remove encroachments. It was also proposed that traffic and local police would remain vigilant and act against roadside encroachments for easy traffic flow.







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                  RERA appoints retired judge to hear complaints of buyers

                  TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 02:00 IST


                  PATNA: Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Bihar has appointed retired district judge Ved Prakash as the adjudicating officer for listening to complaints and dispute of buyers under Section 71 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016. Prakash will take charge on July 19.

                  He will hear and resolve the complaints under Sections 12, 13, 18 and 19. Bihar RERA rules mandate that complaints must be disposed of within 60 days.

                  RERA Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah told this newspaper on Friday that a bench of two RERA members — Rajiva Bhushan Sinha and Subodh Kumar Sinha — will hear out the complaints initially and in some cases the chairman himself hear out the complaints. “The RERA court will give a fair chance to both the complainant and the respondents. Final judgement is passed after a proper scrutiny of the matter,” he said.

                  RERA Bihar is also to rope in a private firm to conduct a survey and identify the unregistered ongoing projects in the state.

                  Rajiva said there were more than 1000 ongoing unregistered projects as only 415 had applied for registration so far. “The survey will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will cover Patna, Bhojpur, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Purnia, Vaishali, Rohtas, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Gaya, Samastipur, Saran, Nalanda, Begusarai and Munger districts. The remaining districts will be covered in the second phase,” he said.

                  “The survey team is also required to approach the local authorities like municipal corporations, nagar nigams, nagar parishads and panchayats to find out the details of builders and promoters who have got their maps of real estate projects approved by the local authorities in the last five years along with location of the projects. Then these will be linked with physical progress of the project to determine whether it requires registration,” Rajiva said.







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                    Work on smart city plan to be visible from October: Patna mayor

                    TNN | Updated: Jun 23, 2018, 07:22 IST
                    Patna mayor Sita Sahu

                    PATNA: Eighteen of the 75 wards of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) have been declared open defecation free in the last one year, said Patnamayor Sita Sahu while presenting the annual report card of the civic body on Friday.

                    Sahu, who completed one year in office as mayor on June 19, said the PMC proposed several proactive schemes in the past one year to improve the overall condition of the city, but least of them were implemented properly. “I am yet not satisfied with my work. There is a lot I am focusing on. There are several schemes we are now prioritizing to work on and one of them is smart city plan. We are working in full swing for the implementation of smart city plan and the work will be visible on the ground from October,” she said.

                    Deliberating on prioritized agendas of PMC, Sahu said, “Our main focus is to complete the drainage cleaning work and to establish an IT based combat cell for crowdsourcing of solid waste management. We are also working hard to procure sweeping machines to ensure cleanliness in the city. Moreover, PMC will now have a biometric system of attendance to maintain 100% transparency. Its installation work will start by this month-end.”

                    She said the PMC was working according to the population and requirements to make each ward in the city an ideal ward. “During this one year, I have worked a lot for improving sanitation and cleanliness in the city. As soon as I joined the office, three sanitation workers in each ward were increased. To overcome the waterlogging issue, we outsourced desilting machines for drainage cleaning work. The installation work of LED street lights is underway and is targeted to get over by December this year. Soon, we will also forward a proposal for constructing modular toilets in the city,” the report card stated.




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                      Hyderabad firm shortlisted to develop new terminal building at Patna airport

                      Piyush Tripathi| TNN | Updated: Jun 24, 2018, 07:16 IST Illustration of airport front view with garden

                      PATNA: Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd has been shortlisted to be assigned the project to develop a new terminal building at the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport in Patna.

                      Airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria told TOI on Saturday the contract for the project was likely to be awarded to the firm by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) headquarters soon. The work will commence in two months.

                      “The new terminal building is targeted to be readied in two years at a cost of Rs 550 crore. The total outlay for the entire airport expansion work has been pegged at around Rs 1,150 crore,” Lahauria said.

                      As per the design, the terminal building will be developed over an area of 57,000 square metre against its existing expanse of over 7,200 square metre. The new terminal building will be a two-storey structure equipped with six aerobridges and an apron area to facilitate parking of 14 aircraft at a time against the existing parking capacity of four aircraft.

                      Flyers will reach the departure hall of the terminal building located on the first floor through a six-lane elevated approach road originating from Peer Ali Marg, known as the airport toad. A similar six-lane approach road will be rolled out underneath the departure carriageway from the arrival hall to the airport road.

                      The airport extension work will start with the construction of temporary entry and exit roads and a six- to seven-floor residential complex for AAI staff in the airport colony. The existing residential houses in the airport colony will be demolished to make space for the airport expansion work, Lahauria said.

                      He said the India Meteorological Department’s office would be shifted to a new building near the existing exit of the airport premises.

                      Meanwhile, deliberations were also held on the extension of the airport runway at a meeting held earlier this week between chief secretary Deepak Kumar and airport director Lahauria. The chief secretary is learned to have inquired about the possibility of extension of the runway towards the Patna zoo. Sources said it was possible only if Peer Ali Marg was made underground.

                      Lahauria, however, said the chief secretary did not issue any directive on the issue of the runway extension.

                      The AAI has been for quite some time demanding 7.5 acres of land on the airport’s western side and 45 acres of land on eastern side from the state government for extension of the runway as well as development of facilities like isolation bays for grounded flights.






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