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- Eviction drive resumes, Rs 6L fine realized TNN | Sep 25, 2018, 02:00 IST
PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials realized around Rs6 lakh fine as the district administration on Monday launched the second phase of anti-encroachment drive across the city. Illegal structures built on public land were razed to the ground.
The PMC officials and police conducted the drive at Mithapur, Antaghat, Bakarganj, Khetan Market, Khazanchi Road, B N College to NIT Mor, Bahadurpur Housing Colony, Bhootnath Road, Agamkuan, Gulzarbagh and Guru Govind Singh Road and removed illegal structures.
The first phase of anti-encroachment drive had started on August 16 and lasted till September 10. The second phase would last till October 4. However, the drive will be suspended on October 2 on account of Gandhi Jayanti.
In the New Capital Circle, the drive was conducted near Dayanand School at Mithapur and Antaghat. Altogether 50 structures built on government land were partly demolished.
In the Bankipore Circle, the drive was conducted near Patna Civil Court at Ashok Rajpath where 10 illegally built shops were removed. The chairs and tables kept by legal practitioners on the road outside the court were also removed.
In Kankerbagh Circle, the drive was conducted from Chiraiyatand ROB to Zero Mile. The authorities removed the tea stalls and huts built on the drainage. The Patna City Circle drive was conducted in Sitla Mandir area and under the Agamkuan ROB.
Total 547 permanent and 2,070 temporary illegal structures were demolished during the first phase of the anti-encroachment drive. FIRs were registered against 128 people while over Rs1 crore was realized from the squatters and those who had built illegal structures.
- Rs 12k crore investment proposals get govt nod since 2016: Minister TNN | Sep 25, 2018, 02:00 IST
PATNA: Industries minister Jai Kumar Singh on Monday said the state emerged as a favourable destination for industrial units and investors after the government unveiled its Industrial Investment Promotion Policy in 2016 to address the bottlenecks in the industrial development of the state.
“The State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) has approved investment proposals worth over Rs 12,000 crore since 2016. The state is now on the path of industrial development and the department of industries will address each and every obstacle in this regard,” the minister said while addressing a state level entrepreneurs’ summit at Adhiveshan Bhavan here.
More than 100 entrepreneurs, who have received first stage clearance by the industries department, were present at the summit. “The department has taken the initiative of providing clearances within 30 days to those interested in setting up their industrial units in the state,” Singh said.
Principal secretary (industries) S Siddharth said 880 investment proposals worth Rs 12,265.96 crore have so far been approved by SIPB.
Altogether 428 proposals have been received in food processing sector alone with a prospective investment of over Rs 2,000 crore. The manufacturing sector has received 97 proposals worth over Rs 364 crore.
Siddharth said according to the feedbacks received from the entrepreneurs, delay in getting bank loans, land hurdle and poor electricity supply are some of the issues which needed attention. “The single-window clearance system has been operational in the state since January 2018. Multiple clearances under this system save time and energy for prospective investors,” Siddharth added.
He said the industries department was in touch with the urban development department to amend the Bihar Agriculture Land (Conversion for Non Agriculture Purposes) Rules, 2011 which aims to allow small industries to set up their industrial units in the notified industrial areas in Patna.
- Cabinet clears metro rail corp, Bapu Tower TNN | Sep 26, 2018, 02:00 IST
PATNA: The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the constitution of Patna Metro Rail Corporation Limited (PMRCL) as special purpose vehicle (SPV) to oversee the construction of the proposed metro rail in the city and also authorized a capital of Rs2,000 crore for that.
The proposal to construct a six-storey ‘Bapu Tower’ in the Gardanibagh residential area was also approved to mark the conclusion of centenary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagrah and his 150th birth anniversary celebration due next year. The government also approved the renovation of Vikas Bhavan (or new secretariat) and Vishweshraiya Bhavan.
“The PMRCL has set the tempo for the construction of Patna Metro Rail,” cabinet secretariat department principal secretary Sanjay Kumar said, adding 24 items on the agenda got cabinet’s nod.
While the construction of Bapu Tower would entail an expenditure of Rs84.49 crore, its campus would be spread over 5 acres and the plinth area of the main building would be of 8,947 square metres. The building would have a museum with facilities for holding cultural and literary activities. The museum would also have exhibits related to the life and activities of Mahatma Gandhi.
The renovation of Vikas Bhavan would cost Rs61.46 crore. The proposal is to add one more floor to the main building, besides remodelling the layout by providing it with extra parking space.
Similarly, Vishweshraiya Bhavan would be remodelled at an expenditure of Rs61.62 crore. It would be provided with one more floor to the building of public health and engineering department, besides the main building with prefabricated additional floor and a facility for parking cars of officials in the basement.
The cabinet also cleared the proposal to facilitate graduate apprentice and diploma apprentice training to a batch of 56 candidates holding engineering graduate and diploma holders in the house building construction department. The other works departments would also facilitate such training in due course. It was being done on the overall policy enunciated by the Vyavharik Prashikshan Board (Eastern Region) of the central human resources department.
The cabinet sanctioned the proposal to authorize respective DMs to make ex gratia payment of Rs5 lakh to the elected representatives of the three-tier Panchayati Raj institutions and gram kutchehri if they got killed in a criminal incident or in a disaster or violence. No payment would be made to the any violence victim with criminal charges on him or her before.
The cabinet also cleared the proposal to draw Rs127.53 crore from the contingency fund to clear the salary and other dues of the 15 closed sugar mills.
- Patna varsity to make five villages ‘smart’ B K Mishra | TNN | Updated: Sep 28, 2018, 06:40 IST
PATNA: Patna University (PU) has adopted five villages to make them ‘smart’ by ensuring their all-round development. These villages in Patna district would get all the basic amenities required by the inhabitants of a modern village, said PU vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh.
Singh told this newspaper that the villages have been selected under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan UBA), a flagship programme launched by the Union HRD ministry for transfer of knowledge to enrich rural India. The selected villages are Dhibra (Jamsaut panchayat under Danapur block), Chhitnawan (Khashipur panchayat, Maner block), Dhaulpura (Marchi panchayat, Patna Sadar), Saim Chak (Chilbilli panchayat, Phulwari block) and Bahuwara (Chipura panchayat, Sampatchak block). The district administration has helped the university in identifying these villages for the development plan.
As per the plan, PU is expected to work closely with the district administration to provide customized technological solutions, undertake field studies, study the implementation of government schemes and facilitate their implementation according to the local needs. All the teachers, students, officials and non-teaching staff of the university and its colleges would be associated with this scheme for apprising them with the rural realities, he said.
PU NSS programme coordinator and UBA coordinator Atul Aditya Pandey said PU students and faculty members will carry out studies of living conditions in the adopted villages and assess the local problems and needs. They would work out the possibilities of leveraging the technological interventions and the need to improve the processes in implementation of various government schemes and prepare workable action plans for the selected villages. Such knowledge inputs would make their way into the development programmes in rural areas.
In this process, Pandey said, faculty and students would be reoriented and connected to the rural masses so that their learning and research works also become more relevant to the society.
- Parks in Patna: HC summons forest official TNN | Updated: Sep 28, 2018, 13:51 IST
Patna high court (File photo)
PATNA: The Patna high court has summoned the principal secretary (environment and forest) on Friday as the department has not replied to a show-cause notice regarding maintenance and beatification of the 70 parks which were earlier under the jurisdiction of Patna Municipal Corporation.
While hearing a contempt petition on Wednesday, a division bench of Justice Jyoti Saran and Justice Nilu Agrawal ordered the principal secretary to remain physically present before the court and explain why the department did not respond to the show-cause notice issued by it on August 29. Additional advocate general Durgesh Nandan said the notice was served to the department after the Patna Municipal Corporation informed the court through a counter affidavit on August 29 that the 70 parks, including a triangular park near road number one in Rajendra Nagar, had been handed over to the environment and forest department.
The original writ petition in this regard had sought removal of encroachments from the Rajendra Nagar park and ban on its use for garbage dumping. The court had ordered removal of encroachments and ban on dumping of garbage, but the authorities failed to comply with the order following which a contempt petition was filed.
- Flight operations from Darbhanga from mid-2019, AAI at work
PATNA: Flight operations from Darbhanga are now likely to start from mid-2019. Regional flight operations under the UDAN scheme of Union civil aviation ministry were initially slated to commence from the Darbhanga airstrip from August this year. It was put off to January next. The project had hit a roadblock owing to non-availability of bidders for re-carpeting the runway at the airstrip.
According to Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria, the contract for the runway work has now been awarded to a firm. “We are now waiting for a work permission from the ministry of defence. Our engineers say the runway along with other infrastructure will be ready by mid-2019,” he said on Thursday.
The Darbhanga airstrip is owned by the 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, is required to be provided for commercial flight operations.
Asked about the need for re-carpeting the runway, Lahauria said, “The Director General of Civil Aviation has set different standards for runways for civil commercial operations. IAF pilots flying Boeing 737 and Embraer planes are trained to fly and land on IAF runways like the ones at Darbanga and Bihta with bare minimum navigational aids. But additional specifications are required for commercial flight operations from the same airstrips.”
Low-cost airlines Spicejet was in January this year given the nod to operate flights from Darbhanga to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai under the Centre’s ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’, or UDAN, scheme.
Lahauria said the commencement of commercial flight operations from Darbhanga would reduce the passenger load on the Patna airport as people from north Bihar would opt to fly from Darbhanga.
he Airports Authority of India is also at work to complete other works required for commencing flight operations from Darbhanga. According to officials, the contracts for several engineering jobs like construction of approach road, installation of precision approach path indicator and conveyor belts have been awarded. “The contract for work on the terminal building will be awarded within two weeks,” Patna airport had tweeted on September 22.
Sources said the runway at Darbhanga is 8,000ft long, on which aircraft like Airbus A-320, extensively used by domestic carriers, can easily operate.
- Plea for hotel near airport
PATNA: A day after the central government sanctioned Rs 1216.9 crore for development of a new terminal building at Patna’s Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport, airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria on Thursday mooted a proposal for a budget hotel near the airport.
Lahauria also said the minimum visibility criterion required for operation of flights from the city airport is likely to reduce to 1000m from the existing 1200m with the installation of additional approach lights ahead of the runway.
Speaking at a seminar on ‘Tourism sector in Bihar: Opportunities’, organised by the Bihar Industries Association (BIA) on the occasion of World Tourism Day, Lahauria suggested the BIA to prepare a proposal for a budget hotel on the vacant land on the eastern side of airport for tourists and stranded flyers.
“The state government should consider this proposal because it will be in the interest of tourists. The government can manage the hotel or run it on public-private partnership basis,” Lahauria said.
The airport director said the installation of additional approach lights would reduce the visibility requirement for flight operations by 200m. One light will be installed at the divider of the Peer Ali Path and the other inside the Patna zoo before the onset of winter.
These lights will reduce the number of flights diverted due to poor visibility by up to 50%. Last winter, several flights were either cancelled or returned due to poor visibility, said Lahauria.
The state government has already given its approval to the Airports Authority of India to extend the length of approach lights up to 720m. “We got the approval at a meeting held between the chief secretary and Union civil aviation secretary in August. We are extending the approach lights up to 420m for now, and it will be further extended to 720 metres later,” Lahuaria said.
He also suggested the BIA officials to write to the state tourism department to upgrade and furnish the tourism office located near the airport. “In big cities or in foreign countries, tourism officers guide the tourists and distribute pamphlets. In Patna, however, nobody even knows where the tourist office is located,” Lahauria said.
- Plastic bags to be banned in Bihar from Oct 25 : State govt to HC PTI | Oct 1, 2018, 20:47 IST
PATNA: Plastic bags will be completely banned in urban areas of Bihar from October 25 and in rural areas from November 25 this year, the state government informed the Patna high court Monday.
Advocate general Lalit Kishore, who appeared for the state government, informed an HC bench that "there will be complete ban on use of plastic bags in any form from October 25 in urban areas, while it will be banned in rural areas from November 25 across the state."
The bench of chief justice M R Shah and justice Ashutosh Kumar was hearing a PIL for banning the use of plastic or polythene bags.
Kishore made it clear that all types of plastic bags, irrespective of their thickness, would be banned in the state from the mentioned dates.
The court had taken note of a news report in a Hindi daily on June 23 on the pollution in a pond located on the premises of sacred Mahabodhi temple in Gaya. It had asked the state government to make a law for banning the use of plastic bags along with a provision for penalty for its violators. The government had in the middle of September come out with a draft notification for a blanket ban on the manufacture, sale and use of plastic after seeking objections and suggestions from people, various organisations, institutions and stakeholders.
- ECR GM launches cleanliness drive Kumod Verma | TNN | Oct 2, 2018, 02:00 IST
PATNA: East Central Railway (ECR) GM L C Trivedi on Monday launched a fortnight-long cleanliness drive under ‘Swachchata Hi Seva’ programme at all the big and small stations under the ECR as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150 birth anniversary.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the event, Trivedi said railways has taken various steps to keep coaches and stations clean. “Railways has launched ‘Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat’ mission as directed by PM Narendra Modi and railway minister Piyush Goel. Under this mission, railways has urged several NGOs and charitable organizations of Bihar to cooperate in keeping station premises clean during the drive,” he said.
Trivedi said a ‘Swachchmap app’ was already launched to keep a tab on cleanliness on trains and platforms. “About 123 passenger trains originating from stations under ECR have bio-toilet facility,” he said.
Highlighting the achievements of ECR till August in 2018-2019 fiscal, he mentioned the installation of plastic bottle crusher machine at Patna Junction to keep tracks and platforms free from waste materials. “ECR also made a record earning of Rs7,370 crore till August from all segments, including Rs6,053 crore from freight loading,” Trivedi said.
Similarly, the punctuality rate of mail and express trains improved up to 75% while passenger reservation system (PRS) counters were made functional at 21 stations on Sunday. Railways has also introduced unreserved ticket system (UTS) facility on mobile phones to cater to the needs of people, the GM said.
Railways has also taken up track doubling work on several routes in the current fiscal, Trivedi said.
- Energy from solid waste: PMC inks pact TNN | Oct 2, 2018, 02:00 IST
PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s ambitious waste-to-energy project is likely to become functional in a year or so with the civic body on Monday inking an agreement with the AG Dauters Waste Processing Private Ltd to execute the project. The proposed facility will turn the city’s waste into electricity and fuel.
As per the agreement between the PMC and the AG Dauters, which has been assigned the task to execute the project, the solid waste processing facility will be set up at Ramchak Bairia on the outskirts of Patna, for which a five-acre plot has been earmarked.
Speaking on the occasion, PMC commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman said the Delhi-based firm would spend Rs 3,200 crore to set up a 280MW plant, which would become operational in 12 months from now.
In a first in Bihar, Suman said, the state government will earn by selling off the city’s solid waste. The waste will be sold to the plant at Rs 770 per metric tonne, he said.
According to Suman, over 700 metric tonne waste is generated in Patna every day. Besides, a large quantity of waste is already accumulated at Ramchak Bairia. It is called “legacy waste”.
“The AG Dauters will buy the accumulated as well as generated waste... The state will earn an estimated Rs 20 crore per year by selling the city’s waste,” Kumar said, adding several national and international companies participated in the competitive bidding process held for the purpose in June this year.
AG Dauters’s MD Ajay Girotra said it would be the second largest waste-processing plant in the world after a similar plant in Delhi. “The 560MW facility in Delhi is also being set up by our company,” Girotra said.
Maintaining that the Ramchak plant would also help in reducing land, groundwater, air and soil pollution, Girotra said the facility would use 700 metric tonnes of solid waste to generate 280MW power per hour as well as 2 lakh litres of diesel and water. The diesel and water will be used for commercial purposes. “We will also use the 500 metric tonnes of legacy waste to generate additional 120MW,” he said.
Explaining the plant’s technology, Girotra said the plant will heat the solid waste at a temperature of 6,000 to 14,000 degree Celsius to break it into molecules. With the help of additives, the molecules will be used to generate electricity, diesel and water. “No unwanted residue will be left in the process,” Girotra said.
- Patna metro rail: Equal mix of underground & elevated tracks Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Oct 3, 2018, 02:00 IST
PATNA: The proposed Patna metro rail will have almost equal length of elevated and underground stretches in the two corridors covering 31km across the city.
Officials in state urban development and housing department (UDHD), the nodal agency for the project, said majority of the stretch on Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Mithapur corridor will be underground, while the Patna Junction-Ashok Rajpath-Zero Mile-proposed ISBT track will be mostly elevated.
Special secretary (UDHD) Sanjay Dayal said 12 stations each along with two depots on both routes are proposed. The depots are proposed at the upcoming ISBT and Etwarpur near Mithapur. He said land acquisition is unlikely to be a major hurdle as the tracks would run along the median of the existing roads. “Large piece of land will be required only for the two depots,” Dayal told TOI on Tuesday.
When asked about the construction cost, he said: “The cost of an underground track comes to around Rs480 crore per kilometre while it is around Rs240 crore per kilometre for an elevated alignment. However, majority of the stretch on Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Mithapur corridor has been proposed to be underground owing to Rupaspur railway overbridge (RoB) and Jagdeopath-Sheikhpura Mor flyover, among other issues.”
The ambitious project seems to be inching towards reality as the state government has expedited the process of completing different steps before sending its final detailed project report (DPR) to the Centre.
While the state cabinet gave its nod to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) christened Patna Metro Rail Corporation last week, UDHD officials said the DPR has also been approved by the Public Finance Committee. “The final note on the DPR has been prepared and is likely to be tabled in the next state cabinet meeting. Accordingly, we hope to send the approved DPR to the Centre within a fortnight,” a senior UDHD official said.
The estimated cost of the project has been pegged at Rs17,800 crore. The Centre as well as state governments would contribute 20% of the project cost, while the remaining 60% would be met from financial aid. “The target is to complete the project and make metro rail functional in five years from commencement of works,” Dayal said.
Experts said the target is quite achievable as the first phase of Jaipur metro rail was completed in four years and one month.
- Give waste to garbage collectors or pay Rs 5,000 TNN | Updated: Oct 4, 2018, 06:03 IST
PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) will soon impose penalty on residents if they do not give their household waste to the garbage collectorsunder the door-to-door waste collection system launched by CM Nitish Kumaron Monday.
PMC officials said the erring households would be issued spot challans of Rs 5,000. “The exercise is aimed at imbibing a sense of responsibility among citizens towards sanitation and hygiene in their areas,” a senior PMC official said.
Deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said the penalty system would be introduced once all the 75 wards are covered under the door-to-door waste collection scheme. “Those who refuse to hand over waste to garbage collectorswill be treated as defaulters and fined Rs 5,000,” Anand said, adding the penalty will be imposed on the defaulters under the solid waste management rules.
“Under the Centre’s Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, it is the responsibility of the citizens to hand over garbage to the workers of the civic body. Otherwise, they are liable to pay penalty. The state government will also notify its own solid waste management rules. The draft proposal in this regard has the provision of penalty, which will be introduced in the door-to-door garbage collection programme,” Anand said.
According to a PMC official, the civic body will set up a monitoring team each in every ward to ensure proper execution of the door-to-door garbage collection programme. “The monitoring teams will identify defaulters,” he added.
Under the new system, each ward has been divided into five sectors. The garbage collectors will visit 500 to 1,000 houses in each ward with auto tippers and tricycles.
The civic body will also launch a theme song on cleanliness which will be played by garbage collectors. “The song will help the people know that garbage collectoors have arrived in their locality,” Anand said.
- Homeless to get Rs 60k for land to build home: CM Abhay Singh | TNN | Oct 5, 2018, 02:00 IST
PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced payment of Rs 60,000 each as assistance to homeless people to purchase land so that houses could be built for them under PM Awas Yojana (PMAY) at a cost of Rs 1.2 lakh.
The CM said registration fee would not be charged on the purchase of land under the new scheme called CM homestead land assistance scheme, which is aligned with the CM Gramin Awas Yojana.
The CM recalled he had announced the homestead land scheme and the CM Gram Awas Yojana in his Independence Day speech at Gandhi Maidan this year. The rural development department has already started implementing the two schemes, he said at a function held on the premises of Samvad.
Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and rural development department (RDD) minister Shrawan Kumar, along with senior officials of the department, were also present on the occasion.
The CM said the list of beneficiaries of homestead land assistance scheme had been prepared on the basis of the socio- economic caste census done in the state. It will benefit people belonging to the scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and extremely backward caste sections, he added.
He said work had also started under the Gram Parivahan Yojana under which five persons of a block would be given Rs 2 lakh, including Rs 1 lakh as subsidy, to purchase vehicles to carry passengers between the block headquarters and their villages.
The CM said several other schemes meant for the poor and the deprived sections would be announced as part of the celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which would continue till next year.
He said three of the seven resolves of the government were already under implementation. While 35% reservation to women in police forces and other government jobs had been started in February 2016, the two schemes meant for youths of the state were also under implementation.
As for the remaining four resolves of the government, the CM said every household would have toilet by next year under Lohia Swachhta Scheme. Similarly, every household will have power connection by the end of this year. The work on the supply of piped drinking water has been going on briskly, while the plans were under execution to provide pucca street and drainage in every village.
- Anti-encroachment drive in Chhapra H K Verma | TNN | Oct 5, 2018, 01:00 IST
CHHAPRA: The Saran district administration has launched a drive to remove encroachments from Chhapra roads to ease the problem of frequent traffic snarls in town areas.
The campaign was taken up on the eastern side of the civil court from Salempur roundabout to Sahebganj, in which more than 50 illegal structures were removed by the police and civic body officials. Sadar block circle officer Pankaj Kumar said, “Before launching the drive, the shopkeepers, who have encroached the roads, were duly informed. Those who failed to comply with our directive had to face the consequences. The purpose of the drive is to free the roads from illegal occupancy, clean the drains and make the town look beautiful.”
Prior to this, National Green Tribunal (NGT) had also directed Saran district magistrate to get the main drain of the town—Kanua Nala—free from encroachment and had expressed concern for delay in execution of the orders. In 2015, an NGO ‘Veteran Forum for Transparency in Public Life’, had submitted its prayer before the NGT to get Khanua Nala free from encroachment. Activists of the Forum have now expressed hope that the nala will be free from encroachments and residents will get reprieve from waterlogging and other associated problems.
- Eviction drive after Navaratra TNN | Oct 6, 2018, 02:00 IST
PATNA: Patna divisional commissioner Robert L Chongthu on Friday asked the officials concerned to resume the multi-department anti-encroachment drive in the city after Navaratra. He said the administration has constituted four teams to conduct the drive in four circles – New Capital, Patna City, Kankerbagh and Bankipore – from October 22 to 27.
“The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) should earmark vending zones in areas like Boring Road, Kadamkuan, Station Road, Bailey Road and Rajapur Pul for rehabilitation of the evicted vendors. However, vending zones will not be allowed within the 50-metre radius from schools in these localities,” Chongthu added.