Will Bihar be the preferred real estate destination ever?

The real estate in Bihar has lately given some hope of resurgence. People are becoming more aware of their rights (the latest demonstration was their use of voting powers to call for a change of power) and wants to be a part of the developmental boom as in the rest of India. An 'Investment commision' has been formed which will look into facilitating Bihar's development and to promoting it as an investment destination'.

The state is under a process of image building for an investor-friendly state. It promises certain advantages over already developed states in terms of cheap real estate prices, limited labour-related issues and a large educated manpower at nearly one-third the cost compared to Tier I and II cities. However, Bihar is still to go miles before it does some significant improvement in infrastructure, socio-economic backwardness, and law and order.

Will the interests shown by so many of biggies like Tata Group, MaxHealthCare and ICICI translate into actual investment in Bihar?
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  • Real estate firm slapped Rs 10 lakh fine Faryal Rumi | TNN | Updated: Dec 19, 2018, 08:11 IST

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    PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Bihar on Monday imposed Rs10 lakh fine on a real estate company for promoting its housing project without registering it with the regulatory body. The company has to pay the fine within 60 days of the order date for violating the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016.

    RERA Bihar bench of Rajiva Bhushan Sinha and Subodh Kumar Sinha took suo motu cognizance of the alleged irregularities by Patna-based Creastate Infrahomes Private Limited, Anisabad. They said the 1% penalty was imposed only on its Creastate Silicon City project, which has an estimated cost of about Rs10 crore.

    The authorities also directed the company’s director to apply for registration of their ongoing projects with RERA within 30 days of the order.

    The RERA also issued notices to the company in July for non-compliance of Section 3 of the Act by not registering its two projects — Creastate Green City and Creastate Silicon City. The notices stated that the company continuously advertised their projects and made bookings.

    In response to the notices, the company claimed the Creastate Green City was not its project and the documentation process of another one was still underway. When the RERA members pointed out that both the projects were advertised on its official website and social media, the company failed to give any convincing response. The RERA judgment stated that the company had given false information to the authorities in its replies during hearing. It further stated that the company violated Section 3 of the RERA Act by advertising the project and making bookings against the plots of land without registering the project with the authority.

    The RERA Bihar recently asked the builders, promoters and developers who have registered their projects and applied for the registration to submit the financial statements of 2017-18 projects duly audited by a chartered accountant. The authority directed the real estate promoters, developers and builders to submit their financial statements by December 31.


  • Over 40 erring builders get Bihar RERA notices
    ​​​The projects under scanner are being executed at Patna, Muzaffarpur, Bhojpur, Gaya and Danapur. TNN | December 21, 2018, 13:30 IST

    PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA)-Bihar on Thursday issued notices to 41 builders and developers for advertising and promoting their projects without registering them with the authority.

    The projects under scanner are being executed at Patna, Muzaffarpur, Bhojpur, Gaya and Danapur.

    The notices were issued to the builders for not complying with Section 3 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, which makes it mandatory for them to register their projects with RERA-Bihar before advertising them, entering into an agreement with customers and accepting advance money from them.

    RERA-Bihar member Rajiva Bhushan Sinha said while several builders only completed half of the registration process, the others failed to submit the hard copies of the required documents but kept booking flats and taking advance money from the buyers.

    “The promoters had advertised, marketed, booked and sold plot, land, apartment or building to buyers without getting them registered with the authority. We are rounding all the violators for the sake of the buyers,” Sinha said.

    He added, “The authority has sought replies from the erring builders on or before January 3. If the reply is found unsatisfactory, action will be taken against the builders.”


  • PMC boss: Use app to raise civic issues Faryal Rumi | TNN | Updated: Dec 22, 2018, 07:41 IST

    Anupam Kumar Suman

    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has assured the residents to resolve any civic issue within 24 hours by posting their complaints on its ‘City of Patna’ mobile app, which has been integrated with the ‘Swachh Survekshan’ app of the ministry of housing and urban affairs.

    PMC commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman on Friday said the residents could click a picture related to civic issues, like defunct street lights, garbage, drainage and open manholes, and post it on the ‘City of Patna’ app.

    “Our combat team forwards the complaint to the city manager, executive officers and sanitary inspector of the area concerned to take corrective action. While the residents will get a reference number on their mobile phone numbers within two hours, we have set a target of 24 hours to resolve most of the complaints made through the app,” Suman said.

    The app was launched on October 2 this year. Suman said around 10,000 residents had registered on the app over the last two months. “We have successfully redressed around 90% of the grievances received through the app,” Suman said.

    “Our primary goal is to reach out to the people and solve their civic problems besides improving the city ranks in the Swachh Survekshan,” he said.

    “Although PMC has shortage of employees, we still have good resources, including machineries and equipment. The PMC will ensure that there is no laxity on the part of the officials concerned to monitor and get the problems resolved within the specified time,” Suman said.

    Speaking on the door-to-door garbage collection issue, the municipal commissioner said: “The sanitation workers have been asked to prepare a register in which residents can give remarks, mobile numbers and mark their attendance. On the basis of the register, we will know how many households have been covered under the door-to-door garbage collection. The attendance registers are to be submitted by the executive officers concerned by December-end.”


  • Violation of plastic ban to attract penalty from today TNN | Updated: Dec 23, 2018, 07:32 IST

    The task force will visit the markets and other areas to monitor the implementation of the ban

    PATNA: Those violating plastic ban in urban areas of the state will have to pay penalty from Sunday.

    The state government had banned use of plastic carry bags in urban areas of the state on December 14. Penalties for violation of plastic ban will be imposed as per the Bihar Plastic Waste Management Bylaws, 2018, framed by the state urban development and housing department. Violation of the ban will attract penalties ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500 in case of households and Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 in case of those littering public places, such as parks and commercial hubs, with plastic bags.

    The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and police have decided to launch a drive in the city against violation of plastic ban. Those paying penalty for violating the ban will be given receipt of the amount realised from them. The PMC has constituted a special task force to penalize erring vendors and residents. Members of the task force will raid different markets and seize the existing stock of plastic carry bags apart from slapping on-spot penalties on the violators.

    “The task force will visit the markets and other areas to monitor the implementation of the ban,” PMC deputy commissioner Vishal Anand told this newspaper on Saturday.

    He added, “Adequate time was given to different stakeholders to switch over to other eco-friendly alternatives. The penalty system will act as a deterrent and discourage people from using plastic carry bags.”

    Patna DM Kumar Ravi said all sub-divisional officers and SHOs of different police stations have been asked to ensure proper implementation of the ban. “They will provide every possible support to PMC officials in punishing the violators,” the DM added.

    Many restaurants, food stalls and shopping centres in the city have already started using eco-friendly alternatives, such as cloth, jute and paper bags. Several malls have begun offering cloth bags to their customers. Eateries are also providing eco-friendly bags to people free of cost.

    Jamun Singh, a vegetable vendor at Anta Ghat, said, “We have pledged to shun plastic carry bags. However, the authorities concerned should allow us to exhaust our existing stock before we switch over to other alternatives.”

    Another vegetable vendor, Vikas Kumar, said customers should also start carrying cloth bags while leaving home for markets.

    By- S M Shahbaz

  • 60% cases related to land disputes: DGP TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 01:00 IST

    MUZAFFARPUR: Director general of police (DGP) KS Dwivedi on Thursday said that land disputes are the reason behind 60% cases of murder and other crimes in the state.

    Dwivedi, who was in Muzaffarpur to attend a divisional-level review meeting of the law and order situation in Tirhut division said, “Land disputes have emerged as a major hurdle before the police in maintaining law and order.”

    “Such disputes are not only creating problems for the police, but also leading to murders of innocent people. I have attended many meetings with our department’s officials and found that 60% cases of murders are the fallout of land disputes. Hence I have asked the officials to devise a plan to contain such cases,” the DGP said.

    He attributed the shortage of human resource as another hurdle in maintaining law and order. “We have analysed the situation and found that lack of skilled policemen is another big hurdle in our way. But, this can be resolved by the first quarter of next year as the process to recruit new batch of sub-inspector level officials and jawans is almost complete. It could have been done almost six months ago, but some legal constraints came before us. A fleet of 1,717 SI is ready to be inducted in the state police force,” he said, adding that the department is facing 37% shortage of man power at every level.

    Expressing his concern over poor building facilities for police stations, the DGP said the police department has its own buildings only for 670 police stations out of 1,075. “We are trying to provide buildings to rest of the police stations. This will be completed within a year as search is on to shift them after getting land,” said the DGP.

    Rejecting the claim of rise in crime by a certain section of the media, the DGP said that the crime graph has witnessed a downward trend. Though some incidents of murder and loot have drawn the attention of the media, the graph has declined in the last four months.


  • Patna metro project: Central team to submit report today Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: A two-member team from the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT), under the purview of the Union ministry of urban development, conducted ground survey of two corridors and their alignment proposed under the Patna metro rail project, on Thursday.

    The IUT team, led by transport expert Sonia Sarkar, held a meeting with state urban development and housing department (UDHD) officials as well to deliberate on the different aspects of the project, including the alignment and costing methodology, among others.

    UDHD sources claimed the IUT team started the survey from Danapur in western Patna at 8am and covered the east-west corridor first which is proposed to pass through Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur bus stand route, covering a distance of 14.5km.

    The team later went through the north-south corridor which will run from the Patna Junction to the proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya Road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar Terminal, covering a total distance of 16.5km.

    According to UDHD officials, the IUT team also visited the locations of the proposed metro stations and depots and clicked photographs. As per the detailed project report for the Patna metro rail project submitted to the Union urban development ministry in October this year, there will be 12 stations in both corridors. The DPR also stipulates that the east-west corridor will be mostly underground, while the other one will be mostly elevated.

    During the meeting with UDHD officials, the IUT team reportedly asked them why the east-west corridor would mostly be underground. “Underground tracks will be constructed because there are a number of flyovers and railway overbridges in the east-west corridor,” said an official, wishing anonymity.

    Incidentally, the cost of constructing underground metro rail corridor is around Rs 400 crore per kilometre, while that of elevated corridor is around Rs 200- 250 crore per kilometre.

    Nonetheless, the IUT team informed the UDHD officials that they would submit their report to the Union urban development ministry on Friday. “The IUT team seemed satisfied with our replies and we expect a positive report from them,” the UDHD official said.

    After the Patna metro rail project gets a nod from the IUT team, it will be sent to the Public Investment Board, following which it will be tabled before the Union cabinet for final approval.


  • Bihar RERA displays names of five realtors with highest number of complaints
    The RERA website mentions Agrani Group of Companies with maximum number of complaints from buyers (51) besides Bhootesh Construction Pvt Ltd, Utkarsh Infraconstruction Pvt Ltd, Nesh India Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and Brahm Engineer and Developers.Faryal Rumi | TNN | December 29, 2018, 13:00 IST

    PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Bihar has displayed on its official website the names of top five promoters and builders with higher number of complaints against them. It has been done under RERA’s ‘name and shame’ initiative.

    The RERA website mentions Agrani Group of Companies with maximum number of complaints from buyers (51) besides Bhootesh Construction Pvt Ltd, Utkarsh Infraconstruction Pvt Ltd, Nesh India Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and Brahm Engineer and Developers. More than 300 complaints have been registered with the RERA Bihar since April this year.

    RERA Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah told this newspaper on Friday that some of the complaints are related to not fulfilling the terms of agreement and delay in projects.

    “We are not blacklisting any company because several home buyers have invested their money in their projects. We are only trying to pressurise them to do the business in a fair manner,” Amanullah said, adding several cases had been sorted out in the past.

    “The five companies listed under ‘name and shame’ are handling more than 30 projects in the state, but working only on 3-4 such projects. After the authority took suo motu cognisance against them, some of them have applied for registration. There are still some prominent builders, who have not registered their projects with us,” he said.

    RERA Bihar has extended the period of registration with the existing fine till January 31. In a meeting held on Friday, it was decided to levy a penalty of Rs10 lakh or 10% of the cost of the project if the companies failed to register their ongoing projects.

    This is the eighth deadline extension given under Section 59(1) of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016.


  • Rehabilitation plan of landlosers for Jewar airport ready
    The R&R report basically details about the value of household assets and properties. This also includes the value of standing crops, cattle, cattle shed, house, shops, etc.Shafaque Alam | TNN | December 29, 2018, 14:00 IST

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    GREATER NOIDA: The district administration has published the rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) report on land acquisition for Jewar airport. Notices for land acquisition will be issued to farmers once the state government approves the report, officials said.

    The R&R report basically details about the value of household assets and properties. This also includes the value of standing crops, cattle, cattle shed, house, shops, etc.

    Balram Singh, ADM (land acquisition), Gautam Budh Nagar, said, “The administration will send the report to state government within a week. The government will review it and give a final nod. The farm owners will be given one month to share feedback/grievances before the acquisition process starts.”

    The district administration has prepared the report after conducting door-to-door survey of 5,926 land owners in the area.

    The final compensation constitutes farming land’s compensation and the value of assets. The government has already decided the farming land’s acquisition price at Rs 2,300 per square metre.

    Once approved, the ADM said, the administration will serve notices on farm owners for land acquisition.

    The district administration has also identified land on Jewar-Tappal road for rehabilitation of farmer owners. However, local farmers demanded that they be rehabilitated in adjacent Dudhera village on Kishorepur-Jewar road.

    “We want to be relocated to the nearest place so that we can get urban facilities after the project is developed,” said Ajay Pratap Singh, president of Jewar Airport Kisan Sangharsh Samiti.


  • Patna HC slaps Rs 2 lakh cost on state in Madhubani land ceiling case Debashish Karmakar | TNN | Jan 3, 2019, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Patna high court on Wednesday slapped a cost of Rs2 lakh on the state government for not filing even a single affidavit in a case of land ceiling in Madhubani district. The case has been pending for hearing since 2004.

    The bench of Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh also directed to Madhubani DM to file a counter affidavit in the case and deposit the cost within two weeks’ time.

    The matter dated back to February 8, 1983 when the bench of Justice BP Jha had quashed a Madhubani district administration’s decision to issue receipts to 27 petitioners against more than 27 bigha land at Khutauna village under BiharTenancy Act, 1956. The high court had quashed the order on the basis of procedural lapses in the issuance of receipts.

    The land was originally owned by one Ainul Haq. The bench then had directed the Madhubani administration to constitute a board to decide afresh on giving receipts to the petitioners on merits against the plots under the Act.

    However, neither a board was formed nor the matter got disposed of following which the 27 petitioners moved the high court again on April 21, 2004 and filed a writ petition urging the court that the concerned authorities of the state government be directed to decide the case, which was remitted back to them by the high court in 1983.

    Petitioners’ counsel Yogendra Kumar said hardly a couple of hearings took place in the case as none from the side of the land owner appeared before the court.

    “It was once taken up by the bench of Justice Birendra Prasad Verma on July 26, 2016, but he refused to hear the matter as I was his junior in the past. Since then, the matter was pending for hearing again,” he said.

    Kumar said the petitioners, since the matter was remitted back to Madhubani district administration, had run from pillar to post but the authorities said they were unable to trace the land records as the matter was very old. He said the cost would be deposited to legal services authority for welfare of juveniles.


  • Rs 23 crore OK’d for roads in 2 districts TNN | Jan 3, 2019, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The state road construction department (RCD) on Wednesday approved funds to the tune of Rs 23.53 crore for the construction and renovation of several roads in Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts.

    In a meeting of the RCD’s tender committee on Wednesday, Rs 13.78 crore was approved for two projects in Gaya and Rs 9.75 crore for the execution of a road project in Muzaffarpur.

    RCD minister Nand Kishor Yadav said, “Keeping in mind the historic importance of Bodh Gaya, the tender committee has allocated Rs 5.2 crore for the construction of two 4.4km-long link roads connecting Tergar Monastery to Maharani Hotel and Hotel Bodh Gaya to Maharani petrol pump.

    The department has also approved Rs 8.58 crore for the construction and strengthening of a 6.97km-long road, passing through Naxal-hit Lutua village in Bankey Bazar block of Gaya district.

    In Muzaffarpur, a 9.5km road, connecting Shiho Chowk and Hariyarpur Chowk, will be strengthened and converted into a 5.5m intermediate lane at a cost of Rs 9.75 crore.

    The RCD minister instructed the officials to complete the projects within the stipulated time frame and ensure quality work. “All the projects will be completed within six to eighteen months,” he said.


  • Work for installation of 20,000 more LED lights to resume TNN | Jan 3, 2019, 02:00 IST
    PATNA: The work to install energy-efficient LED lights in the city will resume in a fortnight. Around 20,000 such lights are still to be installed in the state capital over the next couple of months.

    Senior Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials said Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an energy service company of the government of India responsible for installing LED lights in the city, had put the work on hold for the past one month over some issue.

    “Around 55,000 LED lights were installed last year against the target of 75,000 across the city. This included replacement of defunct sodium-vapor lights in the first phase. EESL had put the work on hold due to some internal issue. It is likely to resume the installation work in 15 days,” PMC’s deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand told this newspaper on Tuesday.

    He said the second phase work will commence after completion of the first one. “The phase-2 work will include installation of LED lights at electric poles on the branch roads. The project is likely to be completed in the next three months,” he said.

    The PMC has also taken up works for installation of LED street lights for Prakashotsava celebrations. “We will also install LED street lights in Patna City and Bypass road areas where a large number of pilgrims would visit for the 352nd birth anniversary celebrations of 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh,” Vishal said.

    Rajendra Nagar resident Kaushal Jha welcomed the initiative. “It will help those who travel late night. LED lights enhance visibility, which is important, especially in winter, as the sun sets down early.”

    Anand also explained about the functioning of field officers to act on the complaints received from the residents regarding LED lights. “Repair teams are always ready to rectify the fault immediately,” he said.


  • Patna’s air worst in country on first 2 days of New Year Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Jan 3, 2019, 03:50 IST

    Patna: The New Year has brought even more toxic air for the residents of the state capital as the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Patna was recorded the highest in the country on the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

    The city AQI on Wednesday stood at 468, which was higher than Delhi-NCR and all the 72 cities assessed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

    The Patna AQI surged from 414 on December 30 to 427 on December 31 and further to 454 on January 1 and 468 on Wednesday.

    Patna apart, even Muzaffarpur was more polluted than Delhi as the corresponding AQI stood at 449 compared to 430 in the national capital. Gaya was also almost equally polluted as Delhi with an AQI at 428.

    All three major towns of state — Patna, Muzaffarpur and Gaya — were under “severe” AQI category, which can affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing diseases.

    The AQI is an assessment of the air quality taking into account eight pollutants: PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 10 micron), PM10 (particulate matter less than 10 micron), nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, ammonia and lead. The AQI of Patna has been on the higher side on most days during this winter season.

    PM2.5 has been found to be the biggest contributor to high AQI in Patna. The average level of PM2.5 in the Patna air on Monday was around 470 micrograms per cubic metre, over four times the corresponding daily permissible limit of 100 micrograms per cubic metre.

    Bihar State Pollution Control Board’s chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh said the comparatively higher level of PM 2.5 — particulate matter less than 2.5 micron, which invade human lungs and can cause cancer — is almost inevitable for cities like Patna and Muzaffarpur due to their geological conditions.

    “Patna and Muzaffarpur have alluvial soil, which aggravates the problem of suspended particulate matter scattered in the lower level of atmosphere. Besides, both cities have higher number of vehicles as compared to the population density. Thus, factors like alluvial soil, vehicular emission and uncovered construction activities lead to higher level of PM 2.5, which in turn leads to surge in the AQI level,” Ghosh said.

    Health experts say cases of ailments caused by air pollutants such as particulate matters are on the rise in the state capital. “The continuous inhaling of particulate matter is leading to rise in health ailments, including lungs infection and inflammation, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, allergy and lack of sound sleep. Kids are more prone to such diseases,” physician Diwakar Tejashwi said.


  • Gaya-Patna road full of potholes, rough patches Abdul Qadir

    It is a double blow for Gaya-Patna road users. The construction company engaged to do the four-laning job of the all important road abandoned work with more than 80% undone work,

    | TNN | Updated: Jan 10, 2019, 07:56 IST

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    GAYA: It is a double blow for Gaya-Patna road users. The construction company engaged to do the four-laning job of the all important road abandoned work with more than 80% undone work, the existing road linking the divisional headquarters with the state capital is dotted with big pot holes.

    “Road users have to leave the NH-83 near Masaurhi as the state highway via Dhanarua is in a much better condition as compared to the NH,” says Danish, a driver regularly motoring the Gaya-Patna road.

    As against the goal to cover the distance between Gaya airport and Patna in 100 minutes, once the four-laning was done, the distance is being covered in not less than four hours, said the driver. In case of jams, the journey time may even exceed four hours. “More importantly, the jerks all along the way pose additional health hazard, more so to people having spine and back pain issues,” says a regular commuter on the Gaya-Patna road, Prof Arun Kumar Prasad.

    Conceding that the Gaya-Patna road is really in a bad shape, road construction department principal secretary Amrit Lal Meena said, “The NHAI has prepared the repair plan. The 62 km stretch between Gaya and Patna would soon be repaired,” said Meena.

    According to sources in the road construction department, the existing road, for nearly five years got neglected on account of the slow moving four-laning work. The four- laning job, which formally started in 2014 was scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2018. Following the exit of the construction company, the work is now being split into three parts and fresh tenders will be invited. As the job requires global tender, it is going to be a long drawn process and nobody knows when the job will be done.

    “The present condition of the road reminds Gayaites of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dig on road condition in Bihar in the Lalu-Rabri regime,” says Congress leader Balram Sharma. While inaugurating the first Bodh Mahotsav in 1998, Vajpayee had said that Bihar scooterists had to ensure every moment that their pillion riding wives do not drop down.


  • Pollution board issues notices to 13 realtors in Patna
    As per a statement issued by the BSPCB, notices have been served under the provisions of the Environment Protection Act, 1986.Piyush Tripathi | TNN | January 12, 2019, 14:00 IST

    PATNA: The Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) on Friday issued notices to 13 realtors in Patna for violation of environment-friendly construction norms. The firms or apartments have been asked to furnish a compliance report in 21 days, following which legal action may be initiated.

    As per a statement issued by the BSPCB, notices have been served under the provisions of the Environment Protection Act, 1986. It has cited higher level of air pollution in the city caused by construction activities as the reason behind serving the notices.

    “Despite directives being issued through newspapers, a number of real estate firms are undertaking construction activities without putting green cover or mesh on the sites. This, in turn, is leading to rise in the level of suspended particulate matter in the air with every passing day. Accordingly, the BSPCB has started a survey of apartments that are under construction and served notices to 13 firms or buildings, at present,” BSPCB chairperson Ashok Kumar Ghosh told TOI on Friday.

    The 13 notices have been served based on a survey in two days and more notices will be issued in the coming weeks based on surveys in other parts of the city. The survey began from neighbourhoods in western parts of the state capital, including Ashiana Nagar, Khagaul and Saguna Mor.

    “We are also keeping a vigil on adherence to environmental norms in construction projects of the government, including roads and flyovers. Agencies violating the norms will also be served notices,” Ghosh said.

    The BSPCB chairman claimed that particulate matter emitted from construction sites contribute roughly 20% of the total air pollution in the city.

    The level of suspended particulate matter or PM 2.5 — particulate matter less than 2.5 microns — in Patna is apparently recorded twice or thrice of the national prescribed level on most days in the year. The high level of PM 2.5, in turn, leads to higher Air Quality Index (AQI).

    The AQI, which is an assessment of the air quality taking into account eight pollutants — PM2.5, PM10 (particulate matter less than 10 micron), nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, ammonia and lead — worsens in the winter season.

    The AQI of Patna has crossed the 400-mark on many days this winter season as well and even topped the AQI chart in the country.

    An action plan for control of air pollution in Patna released by the BSPCB in May last also identified construction activities, road dust and vehicular emission among other factors, as major sources of pollution in the state capital.


  • Waste segregation still a distant dream Sheezan Nezami | TNN | Updated: Jan 14, 2019, 07:02 IST

    Patna Municipal Corporation dustbins lie unused on road at Lalji Tola in Patna.

    PATNA: Though auto tippers used by Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) for waste collection have two bins – green for wet waste and blue for dry waste – people are ending up disposing of waste in one bin.

    The PMC had organised a workshop to mark the World Environment Day on June 5, 2017, informing people about the two forms of waste and how to dispose them of. However, the exercise proved fruitless as most residents of the city still use common dustbin.

    “I do not have knowledge about the PMC using two dustbins of two different colours. Though PMC people come every day to collect waste, they never told me about segregation of waste. I keep all the wastes in one dustbin and dispose them of in PMC’s bin,” said Mehndi Nagar resident Rumi.

    PMC deputy commissioner Vishal Anand said the civic body was trying its best inculcate in residents the habit of segregating garbage. “Our first priority was implementation of door-to-door garbage collection facility throughout the city and we succeeded in it. The focus will now be on waste segregation,” Anand added.

    Retired government employee Chandreshwar Kumar said the civic body should carry out a series of campaigns to create awareness among people about waste segregation. “Ward councillors should hold meetings with people, informing them about solid waste management norms,” he added. The PMC has planned to set up a solid waste management plant at Ramachak Bariya, where the waste collected from city is disposed of. It has also roped in a Delhi-based private firm to set up an integrated plant for the production of energy from the collected wet waste. Though recyclable waste was to be reused, all types of waste are still being thrown at Ramachak Barriya without segregation.

    Under Swachh Bharat Mission, cities were asked in 2017 to ensure 100% waste segregation at the source itself within one year. However, according to August 2018 data, only 43% of total wards in the country are segregating waste at their source. The trend also shows that most cities, which made it to the top in Swachh Survey ranking, had proper solid waste management with segregation of waste at initial point as points are given on these parameters. Patna ranked 312 out of 485 cities surveyed last year and in 2017 it ranked 262 out of 434 cities.