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    Pond pollution: DM summoned

    TNN | Jun 28, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Patna high court on Wednesday summoned the Gaya DM in connection with the pollution in the ‘Lotus’ pond located inside the revered Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya.

    The summons was issued by a division bench of Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice S Kumar who took suo motu cognizance of a news report published in this regard in a Hindi newspaper.

    The bench ordered the DM to remain present for hearing on the issue on July 9. It also said the matter be placed before Chief Justice Rajendra Menon to decide on its further hearing by an appropriate bench.

    The news report said the pond inside the temple, which is a World Heritage Site, was polluted and its water contaminated with garbage, polythene bags and other plastic items. Visitors bring feed for fishes in plastic bags and throw the empty bags into the pond after feeding the fishes, the news report said and added no steps were taken to clean the pond.

    The court has directed the DM to come with a scheme for resolving the issue. The DM, incidentally, is the ex-officio chairman of the temple committee responsible for the upkeep of the temple.

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      Firm selected for widening Punaichak-Rukanpura road

      Piyush Tripathi| TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 02:00 IST

      PATNA: The state road construction department (RCD) on Friday approved the selection of a firm for widening the 13.247km road from Punaichak to Rukanpura via Samanpura, which runs broadly parallel to Bailey Road.

      RCD officials said the road will originate from Indira Bhawan at Punaichak. After passing through Rajvanshi Nagar, SBI road, BSEB office, Deep Narayan Cooperative Institute and AG Colony, it will branch out into two parts to end at Ashiana-Digha Road and Bailey Road.

      RCD minister Nand Kishor Yadav said in a statement the firm was approved by a department tender committee. “A sum of Rs 66.54 crore will be spent on widening the road as well as construction of footpath and drains, pruning of trees and development of other utilities on the stretch,” he said.

      “This road will east the vehicular traffic between Dak Bungalow crossing and Saguna Mor as it will be an alternative for Bailey Road,” Yadav said.

      The minister said an agreement would be signed between the firm and the RCD next week. “The entire work will be completed in 21 months,” he said.

      Residents have hailed the move to widen the road. “Bailey Road being one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, several stretches, specially near the zoo, Raj Bazar and Rukanpura, are at times clogged. An alternative road with amenities will not only reduce the load on Bailey Road but also provide connectivity to many colonies,” said Sameer Shamshad of Samanpura.

      The RCD is also working on Lohia Path Chakra, which consists of several underpasses, overpasses and U-turns between Vidyut Bhawan and Lalit Bhawan, to ease vehicular traffic on Bailey Road. It is slated to be completed by 2019.

      Besides, funds to the tune of Rs 18.42 crore have been sanctioned for road construction and related works in Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and Purnia.

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        Rs 65 crore OK’d for devpt of infra at Pataliputra Junction

        Kumod Verma| TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 02:00 IST

        PATNA: The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 65.65 crore for infrastructure development at newly built Pataliputra Junction in the 2018-2019 fiscal.

        The 15 items to be developed under the sanctioned development project include the creation of an additional island platform at a cost of Rs 5 crore. Pataliputra Junction has at present three platforms.

        Danapur divisional railway manager (DRM) Ranjan Prakash Thakur told this correspondent on Friday the island platform would have the provision for arrival as well as departure of passenger trains from both ends as it would be positioned between two tracks. The island platform is to be built as part of the track-doubling work between Pataliputra Junction and Pahleja Ghat, he said.

        Another item is a Rs 17.17-crore coach complex near Pataliputra Junction, on which work is on. “Also, a dedicated line will be laid at a cost of Rs 12.5 crore between Pataliputra Junction and Jalalpur, where the coach complex is coming up. Two stabling lines for the empty rakes and a separate shunting line are also being laid for movement of train rakes,” Thakur said and added once the Jalalpur coach complex was readied, empty rakes would be maintained at this complex instead of being sent to Danapur station for maintenance.

        The railways will also construct another floor over the single-storey building at Pataliputra Junction with all amenities for passengers at an estimated cost of Rs 2.62 crore. “Funds to the tune of Rs 11.9 crore have been sanctioned for construction of a boundary wall at Pataliputra station,” the DRM said, adding a water hydrant point was being provided at platform number 2 at a cost of Rs 63 lakh for supplying water to the coaches and cleaning the platform.

        A new 20ft wide foot overbridge will be built at the station at a cost of Rs 2.49 crore, linking platform numbers 1, 2 and 3 for the convenience of passengers. The existing foot overbridge is being extended to the other end of platform number 3, the DRM said.

        The Pataliputra station building will also be given a facelift at a cost of Rs 2.47 crore. “The platform surface, circulating area and the station superintendent’s room will be given a new look, while a washable apron will be built on platform number 2,” Thakur said.

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          460 realtors in state apply for registration with RERA

          Faryal Rumi| TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 02:00 IST
          PATNA: With only a day left for the registration of ongoing project in the state till June 30, Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Bihar, received around 460 applications till Friday for project registration from builders under Real Estate (Regulation and Development) and ten applications from real estate agents.

          RERA Act was passed in March 2016 to protect the interests of consumers and became operational from May 2017 in India, except Jammu and Kashmir.

          RERA Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah said 75 builders out of the 460 have got RERA numbers till date. “However, we received very few applications from real estate agents. Since there is no penalty for them, they didn’t bother to register with RERA,” he said and added: “Soon, state RERA would impose penalties under Section 62 (penalty for non-registration and contravention under Section 9 and 10, Section 65 (penalty for failure to comply with orders of Authority by real estate agent) and Section 66 (penalty for failure to comply with orders of appellate by real estate agent).”

          In the last three months, RERA Bihar sent over 130 show-cause notices to various real estate developers for non-compliance and advertising their projects without registration.

          RERA member Rajiva Bhushan Sinha said, “A tender was recently floated by RERA to hire a private agency to conduct survey of unregistered ongoing projects in urban and rural areas in state. After identifying the violators, RERA will blacklist those builders.”

          In the first phase of the survey, districts like Patna, Bhojpur, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Purnia, Vaishali, Rohtas, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Gaya, Samastipur, Saran, Nalanda, Begusarai and Munger will be covered.

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            Chief secretary reviews flood preparations

            TNN | Updated: Jun 30, 2018, 16:28 IST Representative image

            SAHARSA: Chief secretary Deepak Kumar visited the eastern Kosi embankment for reviewing the flood safety works going on in Saharsa, Madhepura and Supaul districts on Thursday.

            After surveying the various vulnerable points on the embankment, the chief secretary directed the engineers and officials concerned to keep round-the-clock vigil during the rainy season. He also directed the officials to make adequate arrangements for flood protection in all the three districts.

            All officials of Saharsa, Madhepura and Supaul district administrations were also asked to be present at the headquarters every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Rest of the working days they will inspect various other schemes, addressing people’s grievances and resolving their issues.

            Kumar also visited the Mahadalit tola of Shahpur village under Nawhatta block where he inspected the ‘pakki street drainage’ scheme and informed the people about the various public welfare measures being executed by the state government.

            The chief secretary also inquired about the flood preparations and discussed the problems faced by each district while implementing flood safety schemes. He was accompanied by disaster management department principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit, chief engineer, water resources department, Saharsa DM and SP along with other senior officials.


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              Roadside eviction drive in Patna to continue till July 14

              TNN | Jul 1, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: Hundreds of miscellaneous items have been seized and temporary structures encroaching upon Ashok Rajpath, Anta Ghat, Boring Canal Road, Sudarshan Path and many such areas removed during the anti-encroachment drive launched on June 15, the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) claimed on Saturday. The drive will continue till July 14.

              “More than 100 illegal hoardings and banners have been removed from Tripolia, Sudarshan Path, Sabzibagh, Alambagh Chowki in Gaighat and Begumpura areas. After conducting the eviction drive, we write a letter to the respective police station about the details of anti-encroachment drive. Police stations are supposed to deploy constables to prevent the return of encroachers,” PMC’s Patna City executive officer (EO) Ajay Kumar told this newspaper.

              New Capital Circle’s EO Shailesh Kumar said, “Encroachments have been removed from Beur Mor area, Boring Canal Road, Anta Ghat and from GPO roundabout to Patna Junction. We will continue the drive till the footpaths are cleared for the pedestrians. We have demolished around 40 temporary structures from roadsides till date.”

              Bankipore Circle EO Abdul Hamid said, “Illegal hoardings, unauthorized shop extensions, 10 sewing machines were confiscated from various areas, including Ashok Rajpath, Nala Road and Arya Kumar Road. Two tractors, one truck and a bulldozer razed more than 80 illegal structures in 12 wards of the circle.”

              Likewise, in Kankerbagh, PMC officials have cleared various locations that were illegally occupied for parking in Rajendra Nagar area. “More than 150 encroachers from several areas under Kankerbagh Circle, including Chirayatand bridge, New Bypass and Saidpur areas, have been evicted,” said Vijaya Kumar Upadhyaya, EO of Kankerbagh Circle.


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                Only 90% drains cleaned as PMC’s deadline expires

                TNN | Updated: Jul 1, 2018, 07:22 IST Representative image

                PATNA: The herculean task of unclogging the drains before June 30 deadline set by Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) could not be completed. The civic body admitted that only 90% of the work was done till Saturday.

                “As per the data available with us, around 90% of the drainage cleaning work in the 75 wards is completed. But we can assure less waterlogging this year,” said Patna mayor Sita Sahu.

                PMC’s Bankipore Circle executive officer (EO) Abdul Hamid said, “We completed the drainage cleaning work before June 30. More than 20 small and big drains along with 150 manholes were cleaned. Desiltation work in Saidpur main drain area, three drains in Rajendra Nagar area, ten in Bakarganj area and small drains in Bari Path area have been unclogged. We have carried out monsoon preparedness work in detail for the first time in our wards.”

                New Capital Circle EO Shailesh Kumar said, “Most of the drainage cleaning work is completed. The desilting work in all the big drains such as Mandiri and Serpentine Nala has also been completed and a report stating the progress of the work will be submitted to the municipal commissioner next week. We are also taking other preventive measures to tackle waterlogging during rainy season.”

                Patna City Circle EO Ajay Kumar said, “We would have finished the work if there were sufficient number of labourers. The work will continue. However, we have paced up the work to clean up every single drain.”


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                  Four die of asphyxiation in septic tank

                  TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 01:00 IST
                  SAHARSA: Four construction workers died due to asphyxiation after they entered a septic tank on Sunday morning. Another worker who fell unconscious is critical and is undergoing treatment at Saharsa sadar hospital.

                  The incident happened at Sonbarsa Raj under Sonbarsa police station area, said Simri Bhaktiarpur sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Mridula Kumari.

                  According to eyewitness accounts, the workers had entered a septic tank to remove the scaffolding, constructed in the house of a resident of Sonbarsa Raj, Md Raju Alam. One of the workers climbed down the ladder to reach the bottom of the tank to open the centering. When he did not come back after 15-20 minutes, another worker went down and he too did not come back. In a similar fashion two other daily wage earners who had gone down to check what had happened to other workers were stucked up and died of suffocation.

                  According to village sources, later a village youth working in Sonbarsa Raj additional primary health centre wearing a gas mask went entered the tank and pulled out the bodies of four workers. They were rushed to the Sonbarsa Raj hospital where they were declared dead.

                  “The workers died of suffocation as the septic tank was filled with carbon dioxide gas,” said a doctor at Sonbarsa PHC Kumar Vivekanand.

                  The deceased were identified as Manoj Kumar (26), Rakesh Biswas (28), Sujit Kumar (20) and Mukesh Kumar (22), said police.

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                    Wide-body planes can’t operate from Gaya airport

                    Abdul Qadir| TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 01:00 IST

                    GAYA: Even though airlines across the world are phasing out narrow-body aircraft to replace them with double-aisle planes with higher passenger capacity, operation of these bigger planes for flyers to and from Gaya remains a dream.

                    The Gaya airport runway is 2,286 meters long and 45 metres wide. According to aviation experts, the runway needs to be at least 500 metres lengthier and 15 metres wider if it is to accommodate the wide-body planes.

                    Though the Gaya airport spread over an area of 950 acres is nearly four times bigger than the Patna airport, which is spread over about 250 acres, the Gaya airport needs another 100 acres for runway expansion, according to sources.

                    The sources said the land issue was hanging fire for nearly two decades. For nearly one decade, the state government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) were engaged in a tug-of-war of sorts over the land price issue. Whereas the AAI wanted free land, the state government insisted on payment-based land acquisition.

                    Finally, the AAI yielded ground and deposited Rs 11 crore in the treasury for land acquisition purposes. But on account of the insistence of land owners for compensation at exorbitant rates and jobs, the issue could not be resolved.

                    Asked about the status of land acquisition for the extension of runway at Gaya airport, Gaya DM Abhishek Singh said the issue of compensation rate was pending before the Patna high court.

                    Moreover, the Gaya airport apron also needs expansion. As of now, there are only three bays available. Two bays are linked with aerobridge while the third is a conventional one.

                    According to Gaya airport director Dilip Kumar, the AAI has so far got only 23 acres as against the requirement of 100 acres. In the absence of permission to relocate part of NH-83, this land too cannot be put to proper use, said the director.

                    A proposal to construct a subway in place of the highway relocation has also not found favour with National Highways Authority of India, the sources said.

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                      Sapling plantation from today

                      TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 02:00 IST

                      PATNA: State environment and forest department has targeted to plant at least one crore saplings across the state during the monthlong sapling plantation drive from Monday to mark Van Mahotsav.

                      Conservator of forest-cum-additional secretary Lalan Prasad Singh said the target was increase the green cover across the state. “The saplings chosen for this initiative include neem, gulmohar, jamun and bel. More than 40% of the saplings have been allocated for plantation on community land, such as roads and railway lines. The remaining saplings will be planted with the help of the district magistrates. Farmers will also be encouraged to plant saplings on agricultural land. Officials of all 38 districts have been asked to identify the spots where saplings can be planted,” Singh said.

                      He added planting saplings in urban areas was a challenge due to lack of vacant space. “More number of saplings will be planted in the forest areas, villages and on the outskirts of cities,” he added.

                      “The biggest difficulty for the forest department is the high mortality rate of the plants. More than 50% saplings die due to pollution, grazing, intense heat and neglect. To overcome this problem, we are working on modern planting techniques,” Singh said.

                      A senior forest official said private and government schools would also be involved in the plantation drive. “Students will be asked to plant saplings on school campuses and take pledge to take care of them,” the official added.


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