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    PMC boss leads cleanliness drive

    TNN | Jul 16, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Wearing florescent vests and caps of sanitary workers, Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman and several other officials led a cleanliness drive in Ashok Rajpath area on Sunday under the ‘Mission to clean Patna’ campaign. Several NGO volunteers, college students and local residents accompanied them.

    The special cleanliness drive is aimed at sensitizing people and spreading awareness among them about sanitation. Several senior PMC officials could be seen wielding brooms and cleaning the main roads, lanes and footpath in the area. They also removed the illegal banners and posters.

    “We started from St Joseph’s Convent High School at 6am and cleaned various roads. The drive concluded at around 11am at Anta Ghat. Hundreds of people participated in the drive and cleaned the roads,” deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand told this newspaper.

    “Over 200 PMC sanitation workers were engaged in removing the heaps of garbage from roadside. Besides, three tripper trucks for loading garbage (hywa), two tractors and two small trucks were used during the drive. The workers also cleared the debris, accumulated waste and litter bins filled with trash,” he added.

    The civic body employees urged the residents to use two dustbins to segregate garbage. “Green coloured dustbins should be used to dispose of kitchen waste, wood and paper while blue dustbins should be used to dump glass, plastic, polythene and other metallic items,” they told the residents.

    Anand said access to sanitation is not an infrastructure problem, but it is related to behaviour and sociocultural aspect. “Influencing a change in behaviour of all residents is a challenge that has probably never been undertaken before. This can only be achieved through an intensive, time-bound intervention, spearheaded from the highest level and involving all sections of society and government alike.”







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      4 more escalators, 4 lifts at Patna Junction soon, says DRM

      Kumod Verma | TNN | Jul 16, 2018, 02:00 IST

      PATNA: The railways has approved four more escalators at Patna Junction as part of the comprehensive plan for its further improvement and upgradation. Two escalators are already functional on platform number 10 at Patna Junction.

      Danapur DRM Ranjan Prakash Thakur said one escalator would be installed on platform number 1 next week while the second one would be made functional before August 15. Two more escalators would be installed near the parcel office in November this year, he said.

      Besides, four lifts being installed on platform number 1 would be made functional by this year end. As part of the beautification drive at Patna Junction, the railways removed all the advertisement billboards from the main front facade of the station building and has started painting the main station building at both the Mahavir Temple and Karbigahiya ends, the DRM said, adding Patna Junction main entrance and other vacant space were adorned with Madhubani paintings.

      Thakur said the airconditioned waiting halls at Patna Junction were also being upgraded. A new airconditioned spacious waiting hall is being constructed near the parcel office on platform number 1. The platform sheds are also being extended while all drains have been covered to check overflowing rainwater, he said, adding foot overbridges (FOBs) at Patna Junction were widened to 20 feet for the passengers’ convenience.

      The DRM said all electric lights at Patna Junction have been replaced with LED lights while platform surface work would be completed by December-end. The railways would float a new tender on Monday for integrated cleaning scheme of Patna Junction premises. The railways, which was spending Rs8 crore on cleanliness for three years, would now spend Rs24 crore for a period of three years for integrated cleaning work. Besides, the railways has developed a ‘washable apron’ facility on each platform while 200 dustbins have been provided at Patna Junction to keep station premises clean, he said.







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        Government to prepare road map for airports’ development

        TNN | Jul 17, 2018, 02:00 IST

        PATNA: Union civil aviation ministry has asked the state government to prepare a road map entailing short, medium and long- term civil aviation operations in Bihar, Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria told TOI on Monday. Talks in this regard were held between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and state government officials in Delhi on July 9.

        Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha on Saturday claimed a comprehensive plan was being prepared for development of all airports and airstrips in Bihar and Darbhanga airport would be made functional at the earliest. Regional flights are proposed from Darbhanga to places like Delhi and Mumbai under the Centre’s Udan scheme.

        Jayant talked about such plans through his official Twitter handle. On Darbhanga airport, Jayant tweeted: “Please be assured that we are working to get Darbhanga airport ready as quickly as possible. I am personally reviewing the progress.”

        There are 21 airfields in Bihar out of which three at Bihta, Purnia and Darbhanga are under the Indian Air Force control. Nine others, including at Jehanabad and Ara, are in the category of ‘kachcha and abandoned’ airfields. The others are under the category of metalled runways having reinforced cement concrete-made airstrips.

        AAI is working on a plan for the development of a new terminal building at Darbhanga. AAI officials said the proposed terminal building would be temporary and mostly pre-fabricated structure. A civil enclave or terminal building along with ATC (air traffic control) tower, parking apron and cargo among other facilities are required at Darbhanga for commercial flight operations.

        Earlier, low cost airline SpiceJet was awarded a letter in January to operate flights from Darbhanga to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai under the Udan scheme.

        Ude desh ka aam nagrik (Udan) scheme is to connect unserved and underserved airports with fare cap at Rs2,500 for one-hour flight. Officials in civil aviation directorate said the airstrips at Bhagalpur, Kishanganj, Birpur, Valmiki Nagar, Rajgir and Gopalganj are also proposed to be developed under the Udan scheme.








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          PMC: Drainage cleaning work to be over by July 30

          TNN | Jul 17, 2018, 02:00 IST
          PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) in collaboration with the Bihar Rajya Jal Parishad (BRJP) issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) on Sunday for tackling the waterlogging problem in the city. PMC officials have claimed that the work will wind up before July 30.

          “PMC and BRJP workers have started winding up the de-silting work of the major drainage channels and other small drains. The sludge from drains will also be disposed of within the first 12 hours to ensure that it does not flow back to the drains or cause trouble to commuters. Various flood spots have been identified by the civic body and the process of procuring motor machines initiated,” mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Monday.

          The municipal body has also started working in low-lying areas like Kankerbagh, Pataliputra Colony, Patna Junction area, Old Bypass Road, Govind Mitra Road, Chiraiyatand Road, Janki Road, Mandiri area, Nageshwar Colony and Rajendra Nagar area as they are flood prone.

          Deliberating on the joint orders of the PMC and the BRJP, deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said, “The proposed SOP will ensure speedy completion of the monsoon preparedness work, including drainage cleaning. Feedback from the local residents will also be taken. Drainage cleaning will be considered complete only after it has been approved by the administration and the locals.”

          An SOP is released every year if the drainage cleaning work is not completed in time. “De-silting work of the drains in Saidpur, Mandiri and Serpentine Road is going on. Besides, 10 drains in Bakerganj area, more than 120 small and big drains along with 150 manholes are being cleaned with the help of two sewer suction machines,” Anand said and added more than 200 PMC and BRJP workers had been deployed for the purpose at different location in the city.







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            Birchand Patel Path: Redevelopment, beautification on the cards

            TNN | Jul 17, 2018, 02:00 IST

            PATNA: Birchand Patel Marg will soon be developed as a model road under the area-based development plan of the Patna smart city project. The Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL) has initiated the bidding process for the purpose.

            “The redevelopment plan, being executed in coordination with the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), will focus on beautification, landscaping, junction improvement and better infrastructure. The total length of model road will be 1.27km and its width will be 42 metres. The total capital cost of the project is Rs 31.25 crore,” an e-procurement coordinator for the PSCL project told this newspaper on Monday.

            The model road will have street furniture, smart poles, smart bus stops, dedicated track for cycles and footpaths.

            “There will be median strips on the 1.27km road stretch and permanent traffic bollards to control and streamline unorganized vehicular movement. Besides, various underground utilities will be developed and information signage installed. There will be surveillance cameras, Wi-Fi hotspots and pollution sensors as well,” the official said.

            The stipulated deadline for the bidding process is August 8. According to the official, “The PSCL managing director and the Patna municipal commissioner will hold a pre-bid meeting at the civic body’s office to discuss the work plan on July 26.”

            Renovation of Adalatganj pond soon:

            The Adalatganj pond near Birchand Patel Marg will also be redeveloped under the slum-free area based development (ABD) plan of the smart city project. Recreational activities like boating have been planned under this project. The pond will be surrounded with street lights, colourful musical fountains and green plants. An open cafeteria will be opened and a separate parking lot provided.

            “Adalatganj lake area will be redeveloped at a cost of Rs 17 crore. This will involve relocation and redevelopment of Adalatganj under Janshakti press slums which is around 6.54 acres. This is inter-related to the redevelopment work of Kamla Nehru Nagar, which is also a part of the ABD model of smart city project,” the PSCL coordinator told this newspaper.







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              ‘State ideal for 2nd green revolution’

              TNN | Jul 17, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said Bihar, with abundant water resources, fertile land and hard working farmers, is the ideal place for the success of second green revolution.
              Replying to the farmers at a programme at Chaura in Khusrupur block (near Patna), Malik said in its third agricultural road map for 2017-22, the state government has provided for input grants to encourage organic farming and establishment of organic corridor in the state. Schemes to make the state self-dependent in milk, fish and eggs and to enhance the green cover up to 17% would certainly accelerate the pace of agricultural development in the state.

              Malik further said the central government had taken several measures aimed at improving the condition of farmers. The Centre has provided great relief to the farmers by increasing the minimum support price of 14 crops, including that of paddy. The decision to increase the minimum support price of kharif crops in 2018-19 at least by one-and-a-half times is also a praiseworthy step, he said.

              The governor said the country’s agriculture sector had been facing several challenges and the most important was the lack of scientific knowledge and technological applications among the farmers. He called upon the policymakers and agricultural scientists to make all efforts for economic empowerment of the farmers so that they could compete with international bidders in the age of globalization and liberalization.

              Malik, who is also the chancellor of state universities, said efforts for agricultural development in the state would get a fillip if the farmers were educated and able to understand the techniques of modern scientific farming. Efforts were being made to raise the standards of primary and secondary education. Qualified teachers selected on the basis of state-level combined BEd entrance test on Sunday would go a long way in raising the education standards in the state, the governor added.

              Bihar Veterinary University vice-chancellor Rameshwar Singh, legislator Ranvijay Singh and Bihar Jat Sabha president Shiv Pratap Singh also attended the meeting.







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                Airport issues worry Shotgun

                Faryal Rumi | TNN | Jul 18, 2018, 02:00 IST

                PATNA: Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha on Tuesday underlined the need to complete the ongoing extension work at Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport before the winter season.

                “Several flights get delayed due to fog in the winter season. The Airports Authority of India should arrange temporary structures for flyers to reduce the congestion in the arrival and departure areas,” Sinha said at a meeting of the airport advisory committee of which he is the chairman.

                The meet discussed in detail the status of the ongoing works for extension of the airport terminal building. Airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria made a PowerPoint presentation at the meet.




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                  Bid to install solar grid on govt buildings

                  TNN | Jul 18, 2018, 02:00 IST

                  PATNA: The Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL), under the smart city mission, has started the bidding process to rope in firms for installing solar grid on 42 government buildings in Patna under the ‘grid connected rooftop solar (PV) system’.

                  These buildings include Bankipur Girls High School, Bihar School Examination Board, Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir, Biscomaun Bhavan, Bihar Rajya Jal Parishad, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Bankipur Bus Stand, Chamber Of Commerce and City SP Office near Gandhi Maidan, divisional commissioner office, DM residence, DM office, fire brigade office, Gandhi Museum, GPO Patna, Planetarium, Bihar Rajya Khadi Gram Udyog Board, LIC office on Exhibition Road, Sinha Library, Akashwani and Patna Museum.

                  Besides, the overall current demand for power in these 42 buildings is approximately 42MW and each building would be able to generate 15.75% of the total required potential renewable energy, which is around 6.6MW.

                  Other buildings include LIC office on Fraser Road, New Police Lines, New Patna Club, Magadh Mahila College, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Dakbungalow, Red Cross, Srikrishna Science Centre, Pataliputra Co-operative Bank, Youth Hostel, Bihar Grih Raksha House (NDRF), Telegraph Recreation Club, Officers Hostel, Mahalekhakar Bhavan, Kotwali police station, Kedar Bhavan (Bihar state office), Engineers Club, Electricity Board office, Doordarshan Kendra, Bihar Rajya Police Parivahan Mukhyayalaya, Bihar Pashu Chikitsa Sangh Bhavan and Maurya Lok Complex.

                  “The generated solar power will be prioritized for internal consumption first. Any excess power can be exported. The solar power tariff is not under the PSCL purview. Decisions of appropriate authority like power distribution companies and state regulator may be followed,” said one of the PSCL executives.

                  He said the estimated outlay for the project is around Rs99.92crore. Officials said the bidders would be finalized by the first week of August. The selected firms will work on the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, storage, civil work, erection, testing and commissioning of the grid connecting the rooftop solar PV project. The work will also include comprehensive maintenance of the project for a period of five years.





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                    Minister: Survey for solar energy generation soon

                    TNN | Jul 18, 2018, 02:00 IST

                    PATNA: State energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav on Tuesday said a survey would soon be conducted for generating solar energy in flood-prone areas of Bihar and assessing future possibilities.

                    Speaking at a conference on ‘Accelerating Rural Development through Enhancing Energy Access’ organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with Jeevika on Tuesday, the energy minister said the perception of people towards renewable resources needed to be changed.

                    “Our future depends on green energy. The state education and energy departments and rural development committees should work together to set up systems to harness solar energy. Bihar has high potential for non-conventional energy and setting up solar panels on government schools’ rooftop will change the scenario,” he said.

                    According to TERI’s director general Ajay Mathur, “The TERI-Jeevika project demonstrates a strong decentralized model which brings together the state government agencies, local communities and the private sector to plug the energy gap that exists even in grid-connected villages.”

                    Mathur pointed out that the Centre’s Saubhagya scheme aimed at providing electricity to all households. “Under its Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) campaign, TERI in partnership with Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS), has benefited over 50,000 households across Bihar by providing access to solar home lighting systems and clean cook stoves,” Mathur said and added the programme’s beneficiaries were in Gaya, Khagaria, Madhubani, Purnia and West Champaran districts.








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                      RERA seeks list of projects approved by govt in 5 years

                      Faryal Rumi | TNN | Jul 18, 2018, 02:00 IST

                      PATNA: Bihar Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) has asked the state urban development and housing department (UDHD) to provide the list of ongoing and incomplete projects approved in the last five years by competent authorities (PMAA, PRDA, PMC and municipalities).

                      RERA Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah wrote a letter to UDHD principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad on Monday to get the access to the e-municipality software of the department as only limited number of projects in the state had been registered with RERA.

                      “No builders and promoters of real estate projects from 25 out of the 38 districts have applied for registration with the authority. It is, therefore, necessary to take effective action to get all the ongoing real estate projects in the state registered under Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016,” he wrote.

                      Amanullah told this newspaper on Tuesday that RERA Bihar has sought the list of ongoing real estate projects in an area exceeding 500 square metres or having more than eight flats in apartments. “We have also sought the address of builders and promoters, their contact numbers, date of approval and sanction of plans by the competent authority. We have asked UDHD to provide district-wise list to take immediate action against unscrupulous developers,” he said.

                      Amanullah said all the builders have to register their projects under Section 3 of the RERA Act 2016. The builders have been asked to register their projects with RERA by July 31 with a late fee of Rs4 lakh or 400% of the registration fee, whichever is higher. The time window for registration of ongoing projects expired on April 30 and it was extended till July 31 with late fine.

                      RERA Bihar member Rajiva Bhushan Sinha said 95% of the applications for registering projects had been received from Patna district alone. “The other districts from where applications have been received include Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Ara, Vaishali, Purnia, Katihar and Begusarai. RERA has received 525 applications till date and 95 of them have received RERA number. Only 11 brokers have applied for registration so far,” he said.

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






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