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    Work on new collectorate building to start in August: DM

    Faryal Rumi| TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The construction work of the new multistorey (B+G+5) collectorate building on its existing premises is likely to start in August. DM Kumar Ravi said its detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared and the bidding process to select the firm for construction would be initiated in the next 15 days.

    “The building will be constructed in 3.5 lakh square feet area. Its design is inspired by the design of the 200-year-old existing building, which is the example of the Dutch and British architecture. A Delhi-based architect company remodelled the same design,” Ravi told this newspaper on Saturday.

    The state government sanctioned Rs186.42 crore in March for the new building. “Several offices have been temporarily shifted to Hindi Bhawan at Chajjubagh. Some offices have also been shifted to Transit Hostel near Income Tax roundabout and social welfare department office near Subhas Park at Chajjubagh,” he said, adding the DM office would also shift to Hindi Bhawan once the tender for the new building was finalized.

    The new building would be divided into three parts with the DM office on the top floor of the central one. One side of the building would have offices for SDO and district development commissioner (DDC) while the district board office, vendors shop, canteen and space for bank would be on the other side.

    Around 39-odd state government offices would run from the new building with three conference halls having the seating capacity for 200, 80 and 40 persons, respectively.

    The DM said the integrated building would be environment friendly. “There will be four gardens spread over an area of 3484 sq mt, including the one on its front side,” he said and added: “The building will have rainwater harvesting system and a modern solar power plant on its rooftop. It will also be equipped with fire alarm system and 225 CCTV cameras inside and outside the building. There will be enough parking space for up to 455 vehicles, including 205 in open parking space and 240 in the basement. The building will be earthquake-resistant, of course.”








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      PMC move to repair neglected Patna roads

      TNN | Jul 3, 2018, 10:32 IST A view of damaged road at Langartoti in Patna on Monday

      PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has embarked on a project to restore the city roads that have been lying neglected for long after being dug up.

      "The stretches that are owned by the civic body will be repaired and resurfaced under our 'Project Phoenix'. We wanted early repairs in view of the rains, but it was delayed due to the non-completion of survey work," Mayor Sita Sahu told this reporter on Monday.

      The executive engineers of all the four circles had been asked to conduct a survey of the affected roads in their respective circles. These survey reports were on Monday reviewed by the municipal commissioner at a meeting with the executive engineers.

      According to Sahu, the repair work has already begun on certain stretches under the Bankipore circle. "We will utilize the improvement funds allocated for each ward for this project," she said and added the repairs would start in all the other circles before the end of this month.

      PMC's New Capital circle executive engineer Avinash Singh said the affected road stretches under his circle in Boring Road, Rajiv Nagar and Khajpura areas, among others, had been marked. "We are planning to outsource part of the work to expedite the execution which will gain momentum after the monsoon ends," he said.

      Bankipore circle's executive officer Abdul Hamid said the affected areas in his circle included internal lanes of Bakerganj and Saidpur and certain stretches near Gandhi Ghat.

      Patna City circle officer Ajay Kumar said congested and small lanes of localities such as Sabzibagh, Gai Ghat and Malgodam areas would be repaired on a priority basis.










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        Work on R-Block-Digha road to begin from January

        Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Jul 4, 2018, 02:00 IST

        PATNA: The state government on Tuesday told the Patna high court that construction work on four-lane road on the existing R-Block-Digha rail line would commence in January next year.

        The division bench of Justices Ravi Ranjan and S Kumar gave eight weeks’ time to principal secretary (road construction department) Amrit Lal Meena and Patna DM Kumar Ravi to file counter affidavits on the progress made in the matter. Meena, Ravi and SSP (incharge) D Amarkesh were present in the court.

        The court in August last year took suo motu cognizance of a train being run by the railways on this section without almost no passenger. The train caused traffic snarls on Bailey Road and other crossings in the city.

        Recently, the railways agreed to transfer the 71.25 acre land to the state government for Rs221 crore to construct a 4-lane road on the existing tracks. The authorities on Tuesday assured the court to take all necessary steps to get rid of encroachments from both sides of the existing railway tracks. They also submitted that the encroachments would be removed and the 11 temples on the encroached land would be relocated.

        The court instructed the district administration to fence the stretch of land with barbed wires once the encroachments were removed.

        Advocate general Lalit Kishore submitted that the detailed project report (DPR) of the proposed road was being prepared and the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with railways would be signed very soon for transferring the land to the state government.

        According to a counter affidavit submitted by the railways, the rail line was constructed during British period for transportation of goods from ships reaching the Ganga banks. However, the rail line was not used for several decades and a passenger train was started only on July 11, 2004.

        Meanwhile, East Central Railway (ECR) chief public relation officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar told TOI over the phone that the train service would be stopped once the government paid the money for land.








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          Chief secretary OKs metro rail’s DPR

          Faryal Rumi| TNN | Jul 4, 2018, 02:00 IST

          PATNA: State chief secretary Deepak Kumar on Tuesday approved the proposed Patna Metro Rail’s revised detailed project report (DPR) for putting it up before the state cabinet.
          Urban development and housing department (UDHD)’s principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad said the revised estimated cost of the project would be Rs 19,500 crore, including land acquisition cost.

          The revised DPR was prepared by the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) as per the Centre’s new Metro Rail policy. The National Institute of Technology-Patna prepared the comprehensive mobility plan as well as the alternative analysis report for the project.

          UDHD minister Suresh Kumar Sharma said once the DPR got the state cabinet nod, it would be submitted to the central government for approval. He hoped the work on the project would commence in 2018-19.

          As per the revised DPR, the work will begin on the 14km north-south corridor in the first phase, covering the stretch from Patna Junction to Ramachak inter-state bus terminus via Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar.

          The work on the east-west corridor will begin in the second phase soon after the foundation for the first phase will be laid. The 17km east-west corridor covers the stretch from Mithapur bus stand to Danapur via Bailey Road and Patna Junction.

          UDHD special secretary Sanjay Dayal said the north-south corridor line would run on an elevated stretch, while the plan was to make it partly underground from Rajendra Nagar to PMCH. The east-west corridor will be elevated from Danapur to RPS Mor and an underground line will be developed from Saguna Mor to Patna Junction, he said.









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            12 vending zones in city soon: PMC

            TNN | Jul 4, 2018, 02:00 IST

            PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to set up 12 vending zones in different localities of the city. The move is aimed at de-congesting the city roads and providing business security to street vendors.

            Sources said once these vending zones were created and vendors settled in them, the civic body might look for creation of more such zones. The PMC last month hired a private agency to conduct a survey and prepare a list of vendors across the city.

            “The vendors listed under the survey will be shifted to the 12 vending zones,” Mayor Sita Sahu told this reporter on Tuesday.

            Sahu said one of the major concerns was the ever-increasing number of vendors. “The distribution of vending zones will not be made on the basis of wards or circles... There will be limited number of vending zones,” she said.

            The Mayor said the bidding process had been initiated for roping in firms for the construction of vending zones. “The proposed vending zones will have concrete pavements, parking space, dustbins, benches and proper lights. The registered vendors will be given clean spaces for selling their wares. They will also be sensitized for maintaining cleanliness in the surrounding,” she said.

            Asked about the encroachments by vendors in areas like Kankerbagh, Kankerbagh circle executive officer Vijay Kumar Upadhyaya said encroachment drives were undertaken from time to time, but the vendors returned after a few days.

            “The PMC at its last board meeting decided that one of the 12 proposed vending zones would be created opposite the electricity office in Kankerbagh,” said Upadhyaya.









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              Technical cell to execute devpt projects in towns

              Faryal Rumi| TNN | Jul 4, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: The state urban development and housing department (UDHD) will soon set up a separate integrated technical cell to look after the development projects of local bodies. The step has been taken to tackle the shortage of engineers in urban local bodies (ULBs).

              The cell will have 577 posts, including those of chief engineers and junior engineers. UDHD minister Suresh Kumar Sharma said the cell would be set up at state level with its branches in divisions and ULBs.

              “The cell will provide strategic coordination and support to local bodies and execute various projects in towns. With the incorporation of technical cell, the department will have optimum number of experts to handle various projects,” Sharma told this newspaper on Tuesday, adding the cell would start functioning from August this year.

              Sources said the decision to establish the technical cell got the state government’s nod in May this year in view of different development projects being undertaken in towns.

              “We engage engineers of other departments to execute development projects in different towns. In doing so, many of our projects get delayed,” he said.

              Meanwhile, the UDHD is also planning to form a flying squad at the state level to act against those violating municipal norms. “The flying squad team will also redress the grievances of citizens,” principal secretary of the department Chaitanya Prasad said, adding the activities of the technical cell will also be monitored by the flying squad.










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                PMC to launch website on Saturday

                TNN | Jul 5, 2018, 02:00 IST

                PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) will launch its new citizen-centric website this Saturday.

                “We are replacing the old website with a new one which will be more informative and give regular updates about the projects being taken up by the civic body. The IT coordination cell of the PMC, which will be active 24X7, will upload the status of all the developmental works to the website,” Patna mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Wednesday.

                According to the mayor, it was realized that most complaints regarding routine civic issues like waste collection and waterlogging in different areas were not being acknowledged well.

                “Now, once a complaint is registered on the website, a number will be generated to help people keep track of the problem. A message will also be sent to the official concerned till the issue is resolved. People can pay their sanitation charges or building permission fee online and also apply for no-objection certificate,” Sahu said and added the new website would efficiently address the problems of the local people.

                However, there are some technical hitches that are being faced at the moment, according to the mayor. “A final meeting will be held on July 6 before the launch of the website to discuss other formalities,” she said.










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                  Traffic police declare 82 no-parking zones in Patna

                  TNN | Updated: Jul 5, 2018, 08:40 IST

                  No Parking zone at IT roundabout in Patna on Wednesday


                  PATNA: The Patna traffic police has declared 82 no-parking zones since July 2 on pilot basis. After one month of its successful implementation, more spaces will be declared as no-parking zones.

                  Few of the no-parking zones include Mithapur bus stand, Mithapur sabzi mandi, GPO roundabout, income-tax roundabout, near Hotel Maurya, Dak Bungalow crossing, Kargil Chowk, Children’s Park (Gandhi Maidan), St Xavier’s School, Dinkar roundabout, Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir, near residential area of the Patna high court, Exhibition Road crossing, Rajapur Pul, Kurji Mor, at 2-3 spots on Boring Canal Road, Swami Nandan roundabout, Hartali Mor, Dhanki Mor roundabout at Kankerbagh, Jagdeo Path, Sheikhpura Mor, Hartali Mor, Lalit Bhavan bus stop and Punaichak crossing on Bailey Road.

                  The traffic police will also impose congestion charges on the vehicles found parked in the no-parking zones for obstructing vehicular movement. “Illegal parking is one of the major challenges for the traffic cops. The owners of commercial establishments have made inadequate off-street parking spaces, leading to congestion on the road. We will charge Rs600 as fine from both the four-wheelers as well as two-wheelers for parking their vehicles in the no-parking zones. Initially, we have charted out 82 busiest locations where illegal parking is witnessed the most,” traffic SP Prakash Nath Mishra told this newspaper on Wednesday.

                  Clarifying that the implementation of the pilot project is for one month, Mishra said, “On the divisional commissioner’s directive, we conducted a monthlong survey to identify no-parking zones across the city. Following the implementation of parking restrictions in July, the divisional commissioner will make some changes in the number of spots by either increasing the number or changing the locations.”

                  He said the residents could also raise their grievances and make suggestions which would be considered during the review meeting at the end of July. “However, we have also discussed the issue of availability of less parking spaces with higher authorities,” Mishra said.












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                    HC: Why do encroachments resurface

                    TNN | Jul 6, 2018, 02:00 IST

                    PATNA: Annoyed by resurfacing of encroachments within hours of anti-encroachment drives in the city, the Patna high court on Thursday asked the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) commissioner and Patna police to file counter affidavits within a week, listing harshest possible measures which could be taken against the errant roadside vendors.

                    A division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad of Patna high court passed the order while hearing a PIL filed by Public Interest Litigation Forum. The forum was represented by advocate Shashi Bhushan Kumar in the court.

                    “From the replies filed by the state government, it is evident that authorities concerned are initiating measures to remove roadside encroachments in the city. However, it is a matter of deep concern that the encroachments resurface within hours of anti-encroachment drives,” the court observed.

                    “The PMC commissioner and police should apprise the court about the maximum fine that could be imposed on the encroachers. The authorities concerned should also inform the court if there is any provision to initiate criminal proceedings against the encroachers and if the items used by them for encroachments could be seized under the provisions of the law,” the court said.








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                      Realtors to build 25,000 affordable houses by 2022

                      Faryal Rumi | TNN | Jul 6, 2018, 02:00 IST

                      PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday invited the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), the apex body of private real estate developers representing over 12,000 members across India, to work for the development of real estate sector in Bihar and assured the state government’s full support to it.

                      Addressing a meeting of CREDAI’s executive committee and governing council in Patna on Thursday, SuMo said Bihar has witnessed tremendous development in past 12 years under the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in almost all sectors, including road, infrastructure, power supply and credit schemes.

                      “Not a single habitation in the state is without electrification now. The electricity is supplied 24 hours a day in Patna; 22 hours a day in other urban areas and 18 hours a day in rural areas,” Modi said.

                      In his speech, state urban development and housing department minister Suresh Kumar Sharma said his department would provide all possible support to the CREDAI if it came with good ideas and proposal. “The state government has set a target to provide affordable housing to the urban poor by 2022,” he said.

                      CREDAI’s national president Jaxay Shah announced they would build 25,000 affordable housing units in Bihar to help the central government achieve its mission of ‘Housing for all by 2022’.

                      He also demanded reduction in circle rate in Bihar by at least 25% to aid the growth of real estate sector. “The current circle rate in many areas exceeds market rates,” Shah said and also listed certain other challenges facing the real estate sector in the state.

                      Labor and resources minister Vijay Kumar Sinha, UDHD principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad and CREDAI national chairman Getamber Anand and Bihar president Narendra Kumar as well as 100-odd developers from various parts of the country attended the meeting.







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