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    34 shops warned against illegal parking

    Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2018, 07:42 IST

    Illegally parked two-wheelers in front of planetarium in Patna on Friday

    PATNA: The district administration on Friday issued notices to 34 commercial establishments for parking their vehicles on the main roads of the city. They have been asked to make alternative arrangements for vehicular parking.

    “Acting upon directives from Patna divisional commissioner, subdivisional officers of Patna Sadar and Patna City have identified a number of commercial establishments, which allow parking of their vehicles on main roads. This leads to inconvenience to common people and commuters. Besides, several shops have extended their establishments in front of them, leading to encroachment of road to be used for vehicular movement,” Patna DM Kumar Ravi said.

    Those served notices include shops in front of planetarium, several timbers, marble traders and other establishments in Patna Sadar and Patna City areas. Seven shops opposite Alok Petrol Pump have also been served notices.

    The district administration, along with Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), is already conducting anti-encroachment drive in the city in adherence to the Patna high court directive. The eviction drive has been conducted over a week on Boring Canal Road, Boring Road, Nala Road, Raja Bazar, Kankarbagh Main road and east side of Zero Mile (Bypass).

    Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials said 13 places had been earmarked for vending zones.

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      Registration with RERA must for real estate firms

      TNN | Aug 25, 2018, 06:53 IST

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      PATNA: The real estate firms in the state would have to register themselves with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority of India (RERA), failing which the flats they sell would not be registered with the registration office, the state cabinet decided on Friday.

      Principal secretary, cabinet secretariat department, Arun Kumar Singh said relevant changes in the Bihar Registration (amendment) Rules 2018 would be made to comply with this decision. RERA (Bihar) had moved the proposal in this regard, he said. The changes made in the rules would be effective from the day the prohibition, excise and registration department adopts a resolution on it, Singh said, adding that the changes made would make the system transparent and also protect the rights of persons who purchase flats or land for apartments.

      The cabinet gave its nod to include under the Bihar Public Services Rights Act (BPSRA) 2011 the Mukhyamantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana and the complete immunization programme of the newborn girls. They would be included as new services put under BPSRA. The services asked by the beneficiaries would be provided in 21 working days, while the clearance of the first and second appeal each would be done in 15 days.

      The cabinet approved Rs11.50 crore for strengthening the judicial system. It also sanctioned Rs6 crore for judicial capacity building by giving training to the investigating officers posted at various police stations, besides supplying them with books to assist them in the probe.

      The health department’s proposal was also cleared to create 123 posts for manning the trauma centre at Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan Super Speciality Hospital at Rajbanshinagar (Patna). The approval was also given to provide the required manpower and infrastructural facility at MJK Sadar Hospital at Bettiah (West Champaran) and integrate it with the proposed medical college there.

      For the establishment of agriculture offices at the panchayat level, the cabinet earmarked Rs42.21 crore to meet the establishment costs during 2018-19. Total 36 proposals were submitted and the cabinet approved 32 of them.

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        Lack of staff hits RERA work

        Faryal Rumi | TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2018, 07:20 IST

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        PATNA: Registration of real estate projects and real estate agents is going on at a snail’s pace in the state. It has been five months since the full-fledged Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) came into effect in the state, but only 140 ongoing projects and 10 real estate agents have so far procured licences under Section 3 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016.

        According to RERA-Bihar officials, around 626 builders and promoters have applied for registration of their ongoing projects since April.

        Rajiva Bhushan Sinha, a RERA-Bihar member, said the main reason behind slow processing of real estate projects was shortage of manpower. “Shortage of staff at RERA-Bihar has led to delay in scrutiny of application forms submitted by the builders and promoters. RERA-Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah has written several times to the urban development and housing department to recruit of more staff for office work, but to no avail,” he said.

        Amanullah said the Authority had submitted the last proposal to the state government for staff recruitment in April. “I hope that the proposal will be approved in the next state cabinet meeting,” he said.

        Amanullah added the most time-taking job is scrutiny of application forms which are full of discrepancies. “The builders and promoters are providing wrong details regarding finance, type of project and commencement of the project. Some of them have submitted incomplete and fake documents. RERA-Bihar is functioning with just seven staff, including two members. In most cases, the staff visit the construction sites to verify the authenticity of information,” he said.

        “Many builders and promoters apply for new projects. However, upon physical verification of their projects, it is found that the projects are half-done and the builders are already getting income from them,” Amanullah added.

        RERA-Bihar is also planning to develop its website and rope in a private company to build a database of ongoing projects in the state. The Authority has started collecting information from urban local bodies and development authorities about the ongoing real estate projects under their respective jurisdictions.

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          Illegal parking: 97 vehicles fined in Patna

          TNN | Updated: Aug 26, 2018, 07:38 IST

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          PATNA: The district administration along with traffic police towed away 29 illegally parked vehicles from different localities, including Fraser Road, Boring Road, Bailey Road, Ashok Rajpath and Dak Bungalow on Saturday. The drive was carried out under the supervision of Patna DM Kumar Ravi and divisional commissioner Anand Kishor.

          Total 97 people were made to pay fine between Rs600 and Rs1,200 for parking vehicles in ‘no-parking zone’. A total of Rs57,000 was collected as fine from the vehicle owners.

          The DM said the drive would continue to help in smooth traffic movement. “Stern action against illegally parked vehicles would solve half the city’s congestion problems,” said Ravi.

          Meanwhile, the encroachers and small shops under the Rajendra Nagar overbridge were removed by the Patna Municipal Corporation officials under the supervision of Kishor.

          The anti-encroachment drive was conducted at Rajendra Nagar, Kumhrar to Dhunki Mor, Dak Bungalow to Station Road and NH-30 (Bypass). A total of Rs2.89 lakh was realized a fine from the encroachers.

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            Forest land encroachment: Patna HC summons DM, SP and DFO of Nalanda, Kaimur

            Debashish Karmakar | TNN | Aug 25, 2018, 21:22 IST

            PATNA: The Patna high court on Saturday summoned the district magistrates (DM), superintendents of police (SP) and divisional forest officers (DFO) of Nalanda and Kaimur over massive encroachment of forest land in both districts.

            The division bench of chief justice MR Shah and justice Ravi Ranjan was hearing a PIL filed by Vikash Chandra alias Guddu Baba in which he had alleged that large chunk of forest lands have been encroached in several districts of Bihar including Nalanda and Kaimur urging the court that it direct the concerned authorities that all these encroachments be removed.

            During the hearing, a letter of Nalanda DFO, procured through RTI, was brought in notice of the court by the petitioner in which the officer had expressed inability to remove encroachment from around 1.3 acre of forest land in the district as strong resistance by the encroachers made it impossible to remove and lead to law and order situation.

            “State (government) can’t say that there will be problem of law and order. It the state’s responsibility to maintain the rule of law,” the court, irked with the letter, made a verbal remark.

            The high court ordered that all the concerned official must physically remain present before the court during next hearing on the issue on Tuesday.

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              PMC: Door-to-door trash collection from September-end

              Faryal Rumi | TNN | Aug 26, 2018, 07:35 IST

              A PMC Worker lifts garbage in Patna on Saturday

              PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to reintroduce door-to-door waste collection in all its 75 wards from September-end in more effective manner.

              The PMC has placed an order for 375 twin garbage tippers, 2000 twin bins mounted (120 litre capacity), 750 RC bins and 10 self-propelled or vacuum sweeping machines, which will be delivered by the second week of September.

              Officials said the PMC has initiated the process to recruit manpower from a private agency on contract basis for trash collection. “We need 700 temporary employees for wheeling the twin garbage tippers and garbage collector. Each vehicle needs one garbage collector and a driver. The PMC has divided each ward into five sections and allot one twin garbage to each section,” said the official.

              Patna mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Saturday that the councillors would advertise about the door-to-door waste collection in their respective wards from September by using megaphones and loudspeakers. “They will also fixed a time in morning hours for the garbage collection through twin garbage tipper, in which the solid and wet trash will be loaded separately by the garbage collector,” she said.

              This time, the garbage collectors will not blow whistles, rather they will play Swachhta song to wake up the residents. The PMC has taken several measures to make the city clean and improve the ranking in Swachh Survekshan.

              The PMC would also develop ‘garbage transplant centres’ at six locations to unload the waste. “The centre will work as a restore point for the garbage to be dumped later at Bairiya in Sampatchak, where the solid waste management plant will be set up,” said Sahu.

              Earlier, the door-to-door waste collection was launched in April 2017 and the PMC hired two companies for the task in three circles. But they failed to serve the purpose. The PMC is to use automatic vacuum sweeping machines on all major roads of the city from September. “It will work in morning and evening. The narrow streets and lanes will be manually cleaned by the sanitation workers,” said the mayor. The PMC has 4,000 sanitation workers.

              The PMC would install 2,000 twin bins mounted (120 litre capacity) at different spots across Patna. The twin bins will have different colour code for solid and wet waste. Large bin will also be placed at 750 locations for public use.


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                Nitish calls upon people to protect trees

                Madan Kumar | TNN | Aug 27, 2018, 02:00 IST

                PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday called upon the people to take a pledge to protect trees across the state. He was speaking after tying a ‘rakhi’ to a tree at Rajdhani Vatika (Eco Park) in the state capital on the occasion of Rakshabandhan.

                “Like women wish for a long life of their brothers by tying ‘rakhi’ on their hands, people should wish for the long life of trees by tying rakhi to them,” the CM said.

                Attending the environment and forest department’s ‘Bihar Vriksha Suraksha Diwas’ programme, Nitish said each person should tie ‘rakhi’ to at least one tree and take a pledge to protect maximum trees around them. He also planted a sapling at the Rajdhani Vatika on the occasion.

                Speaking at the event, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said the practice of tying ‘rakhi’ to trees on Rakshabandhan started in 2012 and now it has become a new trend in the state. He said the state government has planned to include the word ‘climate change’ in the name of its environment and forest department. The department would soon be rechristened as ‘environment, forest and climate change’, said Modi, who is also the environment and forest minister.

                The deputy CM also said the country’s first dolphin research centre would soon be set up in Patna University at a cost of Rs19 crore. “The project had been pending for the last six years. Hurdles related to transfer of land has now been cleared and the university syndicate has also approved the proposal. The centre will be set up soon,” Modi said.

                He said the environment and forest department and the rural development department had so far planted 83 and 33 lakh saplings, respectively, during the 10-day ‘Van Mahotsava’ from August 1 this year, against the cumulative target of 1.5 crore saplings. “The rest 34 lakh saplings would be planted by August 31,” Modi said.

                Schoolchildren and visitors also planted saplings on the occasion. State’s energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav, education minister Krishnanandan Prasad Verma and health minister Mangal Pandey also were present at the event.

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                  No bidder for recarpeting of Darbhanga airport runway

                  Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Aug 27, 2018, 06:57 IST

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                  PATNA: Even as neighbouring Jharkhand got Bokaro airport functional on Saturday under the Udan scheme of Union civil aviation ministry, Bihar will have to wait a little longer for getting Darbhanga airstrip operational under the same scheme.

                  Sources in the civil aviation ministry said the project hit a roadblock owing to non-availability of bidders for re-carpeting of the runway at Darbhanga. Consequently, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials said flights operation from Darbhanga, which was to commence from January next year, will be delayed.

                  Earlier in January this year, SpiceJet was given a letter of award to operate flights from Darbhanga to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) seeks to connect unserved and under-served airports with fares capped at Rs2,500 for one-hour flights.

                  “No bidder is ready to complete the re-carpeting work at Darbhanga airport in such short span of time. This work will require around nine months to be completed,” a senior AAI official at Patna airport said and added that the contract for various other works required for operating commercial flights had been awarded.

                  “Tenders for the construction of approach road, installation of PAPI and conveyor belts have been awarded. Construction work will be initiated to ensure smoother connectivity to and from the terminal building and dispersal area,” AAI had tweeted on August 18.

                  Sources said the Darbhanga runway is at least 8,000 feet long and aircraft like Airbus A-320 can easily operate from there. The Darbhanga airstrip is owned by India Air Force (IAF) and a civil enclave or terminal building along with ATC (air traffic control) tower, parking apron and cargo among other facilities are required to be provided for commencement of commercial flight operations.

                  On August 18, Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha had also claimed that he was personally monitoring the development of Darbhanga airstrip.

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                    Patna HC directs Bihar to ban plastic bags

                    IANS | Aug 27, 2018, 19:39 IST

                    PATNA: The Patna high court on Monday directed the Bihar government to impose a ban on the usage of plastic bags.

                    A bench comprising Patna high court chief justice MR Shah asked the state government to make a law on the ban and to use the media to create awareness.

                    It slated the next hearing for September 24.

                    Last week, a draft notification was circulated for a blanket ban on the manufacture, import, storage, transport, sale and use of plastic after seeking objections and suggestions from civilians, institutions and stakeholders. According to the notification, the plastic bags are non-biodegradable, produce toxic gases on burning, cause blocking of sewers and drains, reduce soil fertility and pose a threat to the life of cattle.

                    No one will sell, store, distribute or use any kind of plastic bag for storing or dispensing edible or non-edible goods in the jurisdiction of all municipal corporations, municipal councils and nagar panchayats, it added.

                    Frame law to ban plastic: HC to Bihar

                    Debashish Karmakar | TNN | Updated: Aug 28, 2018, 06:28 IST

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                    PATNA: The Patna high court has directed the Bihar government to formulate a law to ban the use of plastic bags across the state.

                    A division bench of Chief Justice M R Shah and Justice Ravi Ranjan on Monday told the state government to come up with a law along with a provision of penalty for sellers and users of plastic bags irrespective of their size and thickness. The court also directed the authorities to implement the Centre’s rule on plastic waste management.

                    The court passed the order after taking suo motu cognizance of a news report in a Hindi daily on June 23 on the pollution of Lotus pond located on the premises of sacred Mahabodhi Temple in Gaya.

                    The Gaya DM, during the course of hearing, had submitted an action plan for barring the visitors to the temple from carrying plastics inside the temple. Taking a cue, the court had then asked the state government why couldn’t it enforce a similar ban across the state.

                    On Monday, advocate general Lalit Kishore apprised the court that a draft notification for ban on plastic bags in the state’s urban areas had already been put in public domain and it would come into force once its 30-day period ended on September 12. “Is plastic not affecting the rural areas?” the court asked.

                    When principal secretary (forests and environment) Tripurari Sharan told the court that plastic bag traders needed time to shift to another business, the court remarked he was worrying about the livelihood of traders while plastic adversely affected every household and animals.

                    “Do you want our cows to eat plastic and give milk. We call them our mother and we have responsibilities towards them too,” the court remarked.


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                      Many railway stations to get new foot bridges soon

                      Kumod Verma | TNN | Aug 28, 2018, 06:22 IST

                      The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 1.17 crore to the Danapur division of East Central Railway

                      PATNA: The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 1.17 crore to the Danapur division of East Central Railway (ECR) for carrying out projects related to passenger amenities at different stations in the ongoing financial year 2018-2019.

                      Talking to TOI on Monday, Danapur divisional railway manager (DRM) Ranjan Prakash Thakur said work had already been started to improve passenger amenities at different stations in the division. They will be completed within the stipulated time, he said.

                      The projects include replacement of a 2.44-metre wide foot over bridge (FOB) with a 6.1-metre wide FOB at Bihta station at an estimated cost of Rs 3.78 lakh. Also, additional FOBs are being constructed at Barh, Hathidah and Fatuha stations at total cost of Rs 4.66 lakh.

                      Besides, work has been initaited to provide sheds at the platforms at Makhdumpur and Tehta stations on the Patna-Gaya section of the division. The circulating areas of these two stations are also being surfaced, the DRM said.

                      The sanctioned funds include Rs 4.67 lakh for Ara station. The money will be used to complete the circulating area at the station and give a new look to the facade of the station building. Ara station will also get a a two-bay platform shed and a three-metre wide new FOB, according to the DRM.

                      In view of the rising importance of Sakaldiha station on the Patna-Mughalsarai route due to sudden flow of passengers, the railways has decided to build a 10-ft wide FOB at Sakaldiha at a cost of Rs 3.02 lakh. A new 20-ft wide FOB is also being constructed at Jhajha at an estimated cost of Rs 4.25 lakh, the DRM said and added new FOBs were coming up at Jehanabad and Taregna stations as well.

                      Danapur station will also get a new FOB that will connect platform numbers 2, 3 , 4 , 5 and 6. A three-metre wide FOB each is being built at Twinniganj, Kulharia, Karisath and Bhadaura stations, the DRM said, adding sheds would be provided at the platforms of at least 18 halts on the Patna-Gaya route.

                      The existing FOBs at Jamui and Bakhtiarpur stations will be replaced with 20-ft wide FOBs. A three-ft wide FOB will be built at Bansipur and Mankhata stations, the DRM said.

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