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    Patna most unsafe city: Government’s survey

    TNN | Aug 14, 2018, 08:13 IST

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    NEW DELHI: Sagar in Madhya Pradesh is the safest city while Patna is the most unsafe among the 111 cities which have been ranked on “ease of living” parameters. Safety and security was one of the indicators for ranking of the cities, which was released on Monday.

    In this ranking, number of CCTV cameras installed in the city per unit of road length, number of recorded crimes per lakh population and the extent of crimes recorded against women were included as indicators to arrive at how safe the cities are. It also included crimes against children and the elderly per year. According to the report, Ranchi, Faridabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Vadodara and Varanasi ranked above 100 in the safety and security parameters. Interestingly, Delhi ended at 66 and all the cities in the NCR ranked badly. Even Pune and Greater Mumbai were ranked at 25 and 35 among all the cities covered under this category.
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      15-day drive to remove squatters

      TNN | Updated: Aug 17, 2018, 07:52 IST

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      PATNA: A fortnight-long anti-encroachment drive was launched amid heavy police deployment on Thursday to remove illegal structures from the roads and footpaths in the state capital.

      On Day 1, the drive was carried out on the stretches between Boring Canal Road to Rajapur Pul, Ashok Rajpath to Patna College, Hartali Mor to Pataliputra Mor, Patna City to bypass and Kankerbagh main road to bypass.

      Several teams were involved in the drive which led to the removal and demolition of around 90 illegal structures and realisation of Rs 79,000 as fine. FIRs were lodged against 30 squatters.

      Ten tractors and four vans loaded with sand and stone chips were also seized. Altogether 13 vehicles parked in no-parking zones were towed away by the traffic police.

      Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishor along with Patna IG Nayyar Hasnain Khan, DM Kumar Ravi and other officials inspected the progress of the drive on Boring Canal Road. The encroachment drive will continue till August 31, sources said.

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        Bihar awaits land for four-lane road

        Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Aug 18, 2018, 09:17 IST

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        PATNA: The state road construction department (RCD) is awaiting the railway ministry’s nod for transfer of its land near Danapur railway station for construction of a four-lane semi-elevated road between the proposed Bihta airbase and Danapur railway station.

        The 18.5km four-lane road is proposed to be developed to provide expressway connectivity to a civil enclave being developed at the airbase of the Indian Air Force at Bihta for commercial flight operations.

        While National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is proposed to construct the 13.5km elevated four-lane road from Bihta to Shivala, the remaining 5km stretch from Shivala to Danapur station will be constructed by the RCD. According to a senior RCD official, it is for the purpose of construction of the road from Shivala that the state government is seeking land from the railways.

        “Except near Danapur station, sufficient land is available for construction of four-lane road. The government has urged the railways to hand over its land inside the railway colony and to the north of Danapur station to the state,” the official said on Thursday.

        Earlier, CM Nitish Kumar, while speaking at an event here on Sunday in the presence of railway minister Piyush Goyal, had raised the demand for the same land. The CM had said the state government required land measuring 15m wide and 1.6km long in the railway colony located on the west of Danapur station and 20m wide and 350m long land on the north of the station for construction of Danapur-Bihta four-lane road.

        Sources said a detailed project report for construction of Shivala-Bihta stretch was being prepared by the NHAI. The elevated road is proposed to be developed with an estimated expenditure of Rs 1, 400 crore. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has targeted to start construction of first block of the proposed civil enclave at Bihta airbase in 2019. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 500 crore. The Patna district administration has acquired 108 acres of land near Bihta airbase for the purpose of construction of civil enclave. The land is likely to be handed over to the AAI soon.

        Apart from Danapur-Shivala-Bihta road, Bihta is set to get two more four-lane roads – Patna-Buxar NH-30 and Bihta-Sarmera SH-78.

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          HC summons DM, SSP over encroachments

          TNN | Aug 19, 2018, 02:00 IST

          PATNA: The Patna high court on Saturday expressed its annoyance over the massive roadside encroachments in several areas of the state capital and summoned the Patna DM, SSP, SP (traffic) and Patna municipal commissioner on Monday to apprise it of the action they intended to take for removing the squatters.

          A division bench of Chief Justice M R Shah and Justice Ravi Ranjan passed the order while hearing three different PILs filed by the Zila Footpath Dukandar Sangh, Krishna Kumar Singh and Vikas Chandra alias Guddu Baba.

          The petitioners have also demanded marking of vending zones across the state capital, from where roadside vendors can run their businesses.

          Chandra has through his PIL specifically drawn the court’s attention towards the encroachments at Hathua Market and surrounding areas, from Patna junction to GPO roundabout, from Gandhi Maidan to PMCH and around Loyla High School in Pataliputra Colony. The PIL has said these encroachments take a toll on the students, patients and passengers passing through these areas.

          The state government, during the hearing on Saturday, informed the court that vending zones were being marked in the state capital and action was being taken for removal of encroachments. The court, however, was not satisfied.

          Illegal cattle trade: The division bench, while hearing another PIL filed by Gau Gyan Foundation, directed the state government to file a counter affidavit within four weeks on the action taken to curb illegal trade of cattle, especially camel, from Purnia and neighbouring districts to West Bengal.

          The Foundation, through its PIL, has sought court orders to the authorities concerned for creating checkposts on the roads leading to West Bengal to curb the cattle trade which intensifies before Bakrid. The court has also been apprised of the representations given to the Madhubani DM about the alleged illegal slaughtering of cattle in the district.

          AIIMS-Patna appointments: The central government was on Saturday granted eight days’ time by the division bench to file a counter affidavit on the action taken against officials in connection with irregularities in the appointments made at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Patna.

          The court passed the order while hearing a PIL filed by Janahit Abhiyan which was represented by counsel Talib Mustafa.

          The PIL has sought action on the basis of the reports of Ashok Parmar and Vikash Arya committees, formed by the Union ministry of health and family welfare. The two committees are learned to have found that rules were violated while making appointments against various posts between 2011 and 2014. The matter will come up for hearing again on August 28.

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            RERA freezes bank accounts of realtor

            Faryal Rumi | TNN | Aug 19, 2018, 02:00 IST

            PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) of Bihar on Saturday ordered freezing of the bank accounts of a Patna-based real estate company for allegedly making misleading statements in its replies to show-causes notices for not registering an ongoing project.

            The Authority has also barred the company from booking any plot, house or bungalow in the project at Shivala Mor on Danapur-Bihta road. The action was initiated by RERA-Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah under Section 36 (power to issue interim orders) of the RERA Act.

            Amanullah said the Patna Green Housing Private Limited took tens of lakhs of money from buyers for construction on its ‘Metro Green City’ project at Shivala Mor since July 2017. He said an investigating team would inquire into the affairs of the company, including financial irregularities.

            RERA-Bihar member Rajiva Bhushan Sinha told this reporter that the promoter had been advertising its project without getting it registered with the Authority in flagrant violation of the RERA Act. The promoter has also not prepared its balance sheet or profit and loss account since creation of the company three years ago, Sinha said. “Many people have invested their money in this project which has not taken off so far,” Sinha said and added the company’s bank accounts were frozen to protect the interests of the investors.

            It is for the first time that the Bihar-RERA has virtually blacklisted a company since the RERA Act came into force in the state in May 2017. So far, it had issued show-cause notices to more than 200 builders for not complying with the provision to get projects registered before issuing advertisements about them and accepting advance money from buyers.

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              ‘Eviction drive for four-lane Digha to R-Block road soon’

              TNN | Aug 20, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: State transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, who is also managing director of Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDCL), on Sunday said work for removing track from the 11.59km stretch of Digha-R-Block railway line will commence from December 1. He, however, said the anti-encroachment drive would start only in the last week of August.

              “Four-laning of Digha-R Block railway line for better connectivity with city’s north-west side has gained momentum after the formal handover of land to the state government on August 12. The railway authorities will start removing the rail line from December 1, as it requires less amount of time. We have received confirmation from the district administration with regards to eviction drive from August-end. Engineers of the department are working to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) regarding overall structure and cost of the four-lane road project. However, it has been decided that the construction work will commence from January next year,” Agarwal told this newspaper on Sunday.

              He added, “A concrete plan is being made for avoiding conflicts in future. For this, we are working in collaboration with state urban development department that will look after the drainage and sewage treatment plants to be constructed on this stretch. As per the recent discussions, there will be flyovers at Hartali Mor and Rajiv Nagar for which we have also talked to urban development and housing department for avoiding clashes that may surface in future due to metro rail project.”

              Disclosing other details of the project, Agarwal said, “Around eight acres of land has been encroached by people, who have made huts and other temporary structures there. Our primary focus is to evict the squatters from the land. The district administration has already issued notices to the encroachers to vacate the land. As per the survey, there are 15 temples, 500 permanent hutments and some temporary encroachments that are to be removed. While 11 big temples will be relocated, the remaining four will be demolished. A separate anti-encroachment task force will be engaged for evicting the encroachers from the designated land.”

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                Day 4: Drive on to remove illegal squatters in city

                Ayesha Hassan | TNN | Aug 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

                PATNA: The administration removed illegal squatters from Boring Canal Road (west), Kankarbagh road, Rajendra Nagar overbridge area, Uma Cinema area and the approach road of Gandhi Setu on the fourth day of its an anti-encroachment drive, on Monday.

                The drive, an attempt to de-congest the city roads for smooth flow of traffic, will continue till August 31.

                On Day 4 of the drive, Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishore carried out inspections in the Boring Canal Road and Bankipore areas. “The drive will cover all the urban areas in they city. The main purpose is to free the major roads of all obstructions,” Kishore said.

                The administration is also planning to create parking zones in the city once the anti-encroachment drive is over. “We have asked the SP (traffic) to identify the areas where parking zones can be created,” Kishore said.

                According to sources, an anti-encroachment team has also been formed to review the impact of the drive after the removal of encroachments.

                At least 13 encroachers were removed from the Patna City circle on the third day of the drive on Sunday. The administration collected Rs 70,900 as fine from the Patna City areas.

                As per the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014, street vendors have to be given an alternative before their eviction from their place of livelihood. Twelve vending zones have been proposed by the Patna Municipal Corporation in the state capital.


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                  26 parks to be developed in different parts of city

                  TNN | Aug 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

                  PATNA: The state environment and forest department will develop 26 parks in different areas of the city, divisional forest officer Hemant Patil said on Monday.

                  He said the 26 parks under various other government departments were transferred to the park division in July. Patna has altogether 70 parks, out of which 44 had already been acquired by the park division. The 26 parks would be developed in Kankarbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Bahadurpur, Patna City, Sheikpura, Shastri Nagar, Anisabad and Ashiana Nagar.

                  “At present, we are trying to make 26 parks usable and clean for walking. The parks would be developed as per the requirement of the population settled in these areas,” Patil said. For smaller parks, the park division plans to install at least one water purifier, a small toilet and a small play area for children with a minimum of 2-3 playing equipment such as see-saw.

                  “We will also develop a gym or a children play area in bigger parks with a large population living around. These parks will also have 2-3 safe drinking water points,” Patil said. Trees and shrubs along with grass would be planted in all the parks.

                  The division also plans to have bigger toilets in larger parks. “As parks are supposed to have independent entities and have their own water supply, we will also bore tubewells in different parks,” he added.

                  The Patna park division is also developing a detailed project report (DPR) of 15 parks located in Kankarbagh and Rajendra Nagar for open gyms and separate children parks. “Once the DPR gets the environment and forest department’s nod, work on these 15 parks would begin after monsoon,” a source in the department said.


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                    Mandiri area to get 2-lane ‘smart’ road

                    TNN | Aug 22, 2018, 02:00 IST

                    PATNA: Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL) has started the process of selecting the agency for construction of a two-lane road over Mandiri Nala in collaboration with Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC).

                    Mandiri Nala is the main city drainage line connecting the government administrative areas with the housing areas of the city. It originates from R-Block and continues up to Bans Ghat.

                    “The proposed road will be equipped with dedicated vending zones, footpaths, parking facilities, open and green spaces, cycle tracks, zebra crossing, rumble strips, stop signs, advanced direction signs and directional arrows. The estimated cost of project is around Rs 65 crore, including development of 1.2km stretch of Mandiri Nala,” PSCL project coordinator Ashok Kumar told this newspaper on Tuesday.

                    Kumar added a two-lane road with a proposed carriageway of 5.5m each and a median of 0.5m would be constructed over the drain. “The roads on the left and right hand sides of the drain will also be developed on the principles of urban smart roads design. The drain carries discharges of ward numbers 21, 24, 25, 26 and 27. Due to heavy solid waste deposition, it has been choked. Considering the deteriorating condition, a box drain will be constructed as per the calculated capacity of the drain,” Kumar said.

                    Elaborating about the project, Kumar said, “The aim is to redevelop Mandiri Nala with all essential features of a smart urban street. The work will include cleaning of the existing drain, installation of road accessories, LED streetlights, street furniture such as benches, bollards and dustbins, landscaping, shifting of the existing electrical works and traffic diversion.”

                    Kumar added the development of Mandiri Nala would also involve removal of encroachments and rehabilitation of drain. “The proposed two-lane road will provide better connectivity to people and improve health and hygiene conditions in the area,” he said.

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                      Bihar government unable to give more land for Bihta airbase runway

                      Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Aug 23, 2018, 07:13 IST

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                      PATNA: Jumbo jets like Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 may not operate from Bihtaairbase under the proposed commercial civil operations owing to constraints in land availability for extension of its runway. Thus, only aircraft such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, which are already operating from Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport here, will operate from Bihta airbase as well.

                      The state government has asked the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to install additional approach lights, instead of extending the Bihta runway for which AAI has sought 152 acre land. Sources said the existing runway length at Bihta is 9,000ft, but AAI officials said at least 11,000ft of runway length is required for operation of jumbo jets, which can accommodate 400 to more than 600 passengers.

                      The AAI had sought 156 acre land apart from the 108 acre, which the state government is to transfer for the development of a civil enclave at the airbase.

                      “There is a burial ground on the north of the runway where the additional land is located. Thus, it would be difficult for the state government to acquire the land in that direction. Accordingly, the state government has asked the AAI to install additional approach lights in the aircraft approach funnel beyond the boundary wall of the airbase to do away with the requirement of land acquisition,” said Captain Deepak Kumar Singh, director (operation) and chief pilot, state directorate of civil aviation.

                      Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria said AAI was exploring the feasibility of installing approach lights at the Bihta airbase. “There are no approach lights beyond the Bihta airbase runway. We are looking into the feasibility of installing approach lights up to the stretch of 900 metres, so that it could support the functioning of Instrument Landing System of Category-1,” Lahauria said.

                      The ILS helps pilots at the time of landing as far as identifying the position of the runway at which the touchdown has to be made.

                      Patna airport too has an ILS of Category-1, which is termed as CAT-I ILS. If Bihar government can''t provide land for full-size runway of 11000 ft. at Bihta, why this drama was started by Nitish govt.t... Read MoreWhen it comes to Muslims appeasement, Nitish is at par with Mamta.

                      If Bihar government can''t provide land for full-size runway of 11000 ft. at Bihta, why this drama was started by Nitish have full size airport at Bihta three years ago.
                      Same is the status of smart city projects. Mark my words. None of the cities of Bihar is going to smart no matter how much money you pour down the drain in 4 ft wide paths.Vijay Kumar
                      Lahauria said if the runway length at Bihta is extended to 11,000ft, then ILS of category-2 (CAT-II) would be installed. CAT-II ILS allows flight operations even when visibility is as low as 350 metres. He said the 11,000ft-long runway would also have allowed operations of jumbo jets. He, however, said the installation of approach lights on the required stretch (900m) would prevent application of load penalty factor as is faced at the Patna airport due to its short runway length (7,000ft).

                      Under load penalty norms, operators are required to reduce the weight of aircraft by leaving some seats vacant or offload cargo items, so that necessary engine thrust is available for smooth take-off when the temperature is high, usually 40 degrees C or above.


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