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    High air pollution in Patna, cardiac ailments’ risk up

    PATNA: High air pollution in the state capital is posing a threat of not only respiratory trouble among the city residents but may also spawn cardiac problems. It is also likely to increase mortality rate among heart disease patients.

    According to the data given by Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB), the air pollution situation in the city is really disturbing. The standard annual mean Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) of up to 60 microgram per cubic meter is not harmful, but the RSPM mean is almost triple that level now in Patna.

    The board's data reveals that the annual average of RSPM recorded in the year 2006-2007 was 117. The figure touched 122 in 2007-2008 and in the year 2011-2012, RSPM rate grew to 167 microgram per cubic meter. BSPCB's study on health hazard of air pollution also revealed that with long exposure to RSPM, a person may develop diseases like bronchitis and pulmonary emphysema and thus, consequently, Cor Pulmonale.

    A recent study correlating cardiac deaths and air pollution by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the largest study of its kind, found that an increase in the volume of PM2.5 particles by 10 micrometer per cubic meter of air raises the death rate among heart patients by 20%.

    Another recently released World Health Organization-endorsed data on Global Diseases Burden said that 6.2 lakh Indians died due to air pollution every year. According to cardiologist Brian Pinto from Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai, smoking increases the risk for heart diseases, but air pollution can prove to be a bigger threat.

    Patna's noted heart surgeon Dr Ajit Pradhan endorsed this view. He said smokers develop a disease called Cor Pulmonale, and those in constant exposure to dust particles too may develop the disease. Cor Pulmonale is enlargement of the right ventricle of the heart as a response to increased resistance or high blood pressure in the lungs, said Pradhan.

    Where the left ventricle (chamber) of the heart pumps blood throughout the body, the right ventricle pumps blood to the lungs where it is oxygenated and returned to the left heart for distribution. In normal circumstances, the right heart pumps blood into the lungs without any resistance. However, when a person suffers from chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) caused due to accumulation of pollutants in the lungs, the small blood vessels become very stiff and rigid. As time passes, the right ventricle becomes too weak to push blood in the lungs and eventually fails, said Dr Pradhan, explaining the interdependence between pollution, lung disorder and Cor Pulmonale.

    A cardiologist of the Jeevak Heart Hospital, Dr Alok Kumar told TOI around 10 to 20% patients he attended suffered from COPD.

    ​High air pollution in Patna, cardiac ailments’ risk up - The Times of India
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      Groundwater in 18 districts contaminated

      PATNA: The problem of groundwater contamination in 18 out of the 38 districts has reached alarming proportions since arsenic in groundwater was first reported in June 2002 in Semaria Ojha Patti village under Shahpur police station area in Bhojpur district.

      Groundwater experts say that test of soil sediments in the plains of the Ganga has revealed presence of arsenic in high concentration. This arsenic continuously seeps into the aquifers, contaminating the groundwater. Testing of groundwater in all these districts reveals concentrations of arsenic that is way above the maximum limit of 10 parts per billion (ppb) as recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO).

      Water and environment management head of A N College, Patna, A K Ghosh, who has tested water samples of more than 36,000 hand pumps and tube wells used both for drinking and irrigational purposes and found 30% of them having higher concentration of arsenic, says the maximum concentration of arsenic has been observed at Pandey Tola, Bhojpur (1861 ppb), Maner, Patna (724 ppb), Bhagalpur (608 ppb) and Bidupur, Vaishali (360 ppb).

      The districts affected by arsenic poisoning include Begusarai, Bhagalpur, Bhojpur, Buxar, Darbhanga, Katihar, Khagaria, Lakhisarai, Munger, Patna, Samastipur, Saran, Vaishali, Supaul, West Champaran, Kishanganj, Purnia and Madhubani. Though the groundwater in Patna town is still free of arsenic, contamination has been detected in its suburbs like Danapur in the west and Fatuha in the east.

      Ghosh says that arsenic has not only contaminated the groundwater but has also entered into the food chain. Recent test of samples of rice, maize and sugarcane collected from Bhagalpur and Bhojpur districts has revealed higher concentration of arsenic. While the rice of Bhojpur region showed the presence of 36 micrograms/gram arsenic, the sugarcane juice of Bhagalpur was found having 22 ppb of arsenic. This is, indeed, a very dangerous symptom, he added.

      The Central Ground Water Board scientists say that people who have been consuming arsenic contaminated water for the last several years are now suffering from various skin ailments, including cancer. Though the government has, of late, initiated some steps for mitigating the arsenic problem by installing filters at community level, they are not being properly maintained. Such filters stop working after some time as they are not regularly cleaned. Moreover, the sludge generated by these filters is not disposed of properly, enhancing the dangers of groundwater contamination.

      The state government has also started supplying Ganga water (after treatment) to the residents of Bhojpur district. Water of the Ganga, surprisingly, does not contain arsenic above the desired level. Such system of fresh water supply from the river is also being implemented in Vaishali and Buxar, they say.

      ​Groundwater in 18 districts contaminated - The Times of India
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      • #33


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        ‘Metro rail feasible along Ganga, Bailey Road’

        PATNA: Some technical experts of railways have welcomed the move of the state government to introduce metro or mono rail services in the city to cater to the needs of common people.

        They even suggested the best possible routes for metro along the Ganga between Danapur and Fatuha, a distance of about 30km or all along the Bailey Road, from Gandhi Maidan to Dak Bungalow and then Dak Bungalow to Saguna Mor and Kurji Mor via Boring Road.

        According to them, underground (tunnel) metro in Patna is not feasible keeping in view the geography of the city. However, it is feasible in Patna on these routes on the pattern of Delhi, they said, adding this ambitious project will cost the government about Rs 300 to Rs 400 crore for 30km stretch.

        Though the cost of metro rail on surface is likely to be about Rs10 crore to Rs 12 crore per km, the underground metro will cost about Rs 200 to Rs 250 crore per km as specially-designed imported airconditioned compressed coaches would be required.

        Thus, it will be better if both the railways and the state government make a joint venture to turn this dream project into a reality for Patnaites, they added. Former chief engineer of railways, G N Sahay, sounds optimistic about the feasibility of metro or mono rail on the Ganga corridor or Bailey Road.

        He, however, says that the state government must find an alternative mode of communication on the busiest Ashok Rajpath where Patna University, Patna Medical College and Hospital, civil court, private nursing homes and several other important institutions are located.

        While metro on the surface is not feasible on this road, the government could think of providing metro rail services all along the bank of Ganga, he said. Sahay admitted that the concept of metro rail has changed a lot at global level.

        ‘Metro rail feasible along Ganga, Bailey Road’ - The Times of India
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          Why Taj Mahals not coming up now: CM

          PATNA: Why structures like Taj Mahal are not coming up these days?" asked chief minister Nitish Kumar while suggesting to building engineers to construct strong, stunningly attractive and earthquake-resistant buildings.

          Kumar was addressing the inaugural assembly of the midterm session of Indian Building Congress at S K Memorial Hall in the city on Friday. Over 500 building engineers, architects and realtors from across the country are attending the three-day meet, the first in Bihar.

          "The government's signature buildings should be strong and stunningly attractive. Have you ever thought why Taj Mahal is still worth watching? The government's major structures should be beautiful enough to make people look at them and get photographed in front of the building," Kumar, himself an engineer, said amid applause.

          He also emphasized that all buildings, government or private, should be earthquake resistant. "When an earthquake hit Bhuj in Gujarat, I was the Union agriculture minister and the disaster management department was then a part of the agriculture ministry. At that time, experts told me if a quake of similar intensity hit Patna, the toll will be around 5 lakh. Since then I have been advocating for quake-resistant buildings in Bihar," Kumar said and added as the chief minister, he had been ensuring that all major buildings of the government were quake resistant.

          The CM also said India should learn from Japan how to minimize damages in case of quakes. "Now, quakes hit Japan frequently, but damages are nominal because that country has quake-resistant structures," he said.

          Earlier, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi asked the building engineers to construct government's major structures in such a way that they should be known as 'signature buildings' of the city. Referring to the Parliament building and India Gate, Modi asked why such 'signature buildings' were not being constructed these days.

          Modi, also the commercial taxes minister, told the engineers Bihar recorded 219% and 237% growth in collection of taxes on the sale of cement and iron bar respectively in 2012-13 compared to 2008-09. "It shows massive growth of building sector in Bihar," he said.

          Why Taj Mahals not coming up now: CM - The Times of India
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          • #35


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            HC orders park in Anisabad colony

            PATNA: A single bench of the Patna high court presided by Justice Shailesh Kumar Sinha on Friday directed the urban development department to construct a park at Police Colony in Anisabad area of the state capital within four months.

            The order was passed during hearing of a writ petition of Dayashankar Singh and others who submitted that in 2010, the state urban development department had sanctioned Rs 70 lakh to the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCO) for development/construction of park on a 68-kattha park plot in the Police Colony, but the park was not built.

            BUIDCO submitted in an affidavit that a tender was floated in 2010 for development of the park but only one bid was received, as a result of which the tender was not awarded. This year, a new tender was floated, which was awarded to M K Construction.

            Order to chief secretary: The high court on Friday directed the chief secretary to inquire into running of a hot mix plant, which is causing pollution, near Motihari railway station in East Champaran district despite the court's order restraining the road construction department from operating the plant without clearance of the Bihar State Pollution Control Board.

            A division bench comprising Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Shivaji Pandey also directed the chief secretary to file the inquiry report before the court. The court passed the order on a PIL of Vijay Chaudhary.

            HC orders park in Anisabad colony - The Times of India
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            • #36


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              HC bans highrises on narrow roads

              PATNA: Taking serious note of the flawed urban landscape, the Patna high court on Friday directed the state government and Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to stop construction of more than 11-metre-high multistorey buildings on less than 20-feet-wide roads and 15-metre-high buildings on less than 40-feet-wide roads under the Patna municipal area.

              A division bench comprising Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Shivaji Pandey also expressed its displeasure over the commercial use of residential buildings. The judges said the principal secretary (urban development department), PMC commissioner and Patna DM would be answerable for any non-compliance with the court order.

              The order was passed on a PIL filed by Narendra Mishra, challenging the PMC authorities concerned who allowed construction of a 16.4-metre-high multistorey building on the 11-feet-wide Raiji Ki Gali in East Boring Canal Road locality of the state capital.

              The court passed a general order on the PIL for future construction of any multistorey building and pulled up the PMC authorities for allowing uncontrolled construction of such buildings in Patna town. "This would cause many civic problems," the judges said and asked the PMC how the architects were allowed to design plans for the multistorey buildings having height more than the prescribed norms.

              Restraining any such construction in future, the division bench also sought details of the PMC hierarchy so that the court could fix the responsibilities of its staff and engineers for any error committed by them.

              Petitioner's counsel Suresh Prasad Singh submitted that the authorities and engineers of the PMC had flouted the norms and the builder concerned even encroached a part of the adjacent space which falls under the Master Plan of Patna for construction of a 60-feet-wide road.

              The court stayed further construction of the aforesaid multistorey building at Raiji ki Gali here.

              HC bans highrises on narrow roads - The Times of India
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              • #37


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                Cabinet OKs draft rules for illegal religious structures

                PATNA: The state cabinet on Thursday approved the draft proposal of 'Bihar Unauthorized Religious Structure and Constructing Survey and Its Regularization, Relocation and Removal Rules, 2013' suggesting that unauthorized religious structures obstructing roads and public places may be demolished. But any such illegal religious structure more than 30 years old would not be demolished, it clarified.

                The rules have been drafted in the light of the Supreme Court directive that all illegal structures, including places of worship, should be demolished. The Centre and states recently reached a consensus that no place of worship would be constructed in public spaces.

                Briefing newsmen, cabinet secretariat department secretary Brajesh Mehrotra said the government would conduct state-level survey of such illegal religious structures. He also said the government would act cautiously while dealing with religious structures obstructing roads and public places. It would ask the district administration concerned to take appropriate steps on case basis.

                If need be, such structure can be relocated with the cooperation of the local residents. In case of tension, the matter would be settled through the intervention of the district administration concerned. If it is not possible, the administration would refer it to the state home department, he said.

                The cabinet also approved Rs400 crore for the construction of a state-of-art 'Bihar museum' on Bailey Road. The state government has signed an MoU with the Lords Cultural Resources as a master plan consultant for its design, content coordination and project implementation, Mehrotra said.

                The cabinet also approved Rs992 crore to be spent in five years for the establishment of an agriculture college, horticulture research centre and an integrated unit of agriculture livestock, fisheries and advanced centre on sericulture at Kishanganj. For the infrastructure development, the cabinet gave its nod to additional Rs562.50 crore to be spent from 2013-14 to 2016-17 financial year.

                Cabinet OKs draft rules for illegal religious structures - The Times of India
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                • #38


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                  Industrial corridor covering Bihar gets Prime Minister's go-ahead

                  PATNA: There is some good news for Bihar. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday approved the commencement of preparatory work on Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC), which will cover Bihar, among other states.

                  The ADKIC will cover the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. This is one of the most densely populated regions in the world and houses about 40% of India's population. According to a government press release, this is a region which needs a major push for industrialization and job creation, and the ADKIC will act as a catalyst for this growth. The corridor will cover the cities of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ambala, Saharanpur, Delhi, Roorkee, Moradabad, Bareilly, Aligarh, Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Hazaribag, Dhanbad, Asansol, Durgapur and Kolkata.

                  To start the preparatory work for this industrial corridor, Prime Minister has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) which includes secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), and chairman, Railway Board. The IMG will examine the feasibility of setting up the ADKIC along with the structural and financing arrangements that would be required to operationalize it at the earliest. The IMG will give its report within a month.

                  The PM's approval, says the government release, has been given to give a boost to industrial development in the densely-populated states of northern India. The ADKIC, which is patterned on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) which uses the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor as the backbone, will make use of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor as the backbone.

                  The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor extends from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni near Kolkata. Therefore, the ADKIC will be structured around the Eastern DFC. It will also leverage the Inland Waterway System being developed along National Waterway 1, which extends from Allahabad to Haldia.

                  Industrial corridor covering Bihar gets Prime Minister's go-ahead - The Times of India
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                  • #39


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                    BJP-JD(U) split hits sentiment in realty sector in Bihar

                    PATNA: The Sunday split in NDA hit the market sentiments, particularly in the real estate sector. But, the prices of available unoccupied flats in multistoreyed apartments in Patna and other cities are not expected to plummet.

                    As of now, the building construction sector in Bihar has adopted a 'wait and watch' stance, reconciled as they are with the investment they have made so far. The pressure on them is to find the need-based buyers to sell the unoccupied flats. It is because the brute majority CM Nitish Kumar enjoyed as the NDA government would only have a wafer thin majority. Private investment in the realty sector is unlikely to get reactivated before the 2014 parliamentary elections.

                    The market fears that the new government would be subject to various pulls and pressures and populism, which would act as constraints on CM in taking bold decisions. Incidentally, their 'faith in Nitish's skill and his capability to steer the government and also manoeuvre it of arresting situations' was still intact.

                    "The change to a new government having very thin majority in the House has adversely affected the market sentiments in the realty sector. Investment in all other sectors, including industry, would be hit in general, but the realty sector is the first to experience it. The scope of long-term investment has been affected. Both the local and outside investors would now wait," said Narendra Kumar, director of a building construction company and president of Bihar chapter of Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association (CREDA).

                    Similar was the sentiment in the industry circles. "The economy of the state would be affected, as any new investment would not be forthcoming. I have been in touch with prospective investors based in Mumbai and elsewhere for the last four days. The outsiders have adopted wait and watch policy. We hope law and order situation does not deteriorate," said Bihar Industries Association (BIA) president K P S Keshri.

                    Keshri also said that the realty sector would be hit the most, but construction business dependent on public investment in roads, buildings, bridges and housing board's new plan to build thousands of housing facility would continue to sustain.

                    "The Centre's new taxation policy, in force from June 1, has affected realty sector in the country. But in Bihar, the 'circle rate' or minimum value rate (MVR) of urban land has been increasing for the last six years. It has increased property price. But Bihar has need-based buyers. The prices, therefore, will not fall," Keshri added.

                    BJP-JD(U) split hits sentiment in realty sector in Bihar - The Economic Times
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                      Bihar govt to develop infra projects

                      PATNA: The state capital is all set to get a facelift with several signature buildings coming up in the next couple of years.

                      With a plan size of over Rs 78 crore for the financial year 2013-14, the state building construction department (BCD) is set to develop infrastructure projects including Bihar Museum, International Convention Centre and MLA/MLC flats, expansion of secretariat, police headquarters building and employment exchange among others.

                      At a press conference addressed by BCD principal secretary Chanchal Kumar, upcoming projects of the department were outlined as well as the work completed last year was highlighted by the officials. "Despite shortage of engineers, we have been able to do more work than earlier and nearly 93% of the annual plan size was spent last year," said Kumar.

                      According to Kumar, "While construction of new buildings is easy, demolishing old ones and relocating their inhabitants till the time a new building is built is very difficult. Much of our logistics goes into that."

                      In fact, the department is now paying attention to landscaping, a feature absent in many of its earlier constructions. "Landscaping is an integral part of our new designs and we are also planning to add it to the old buildings," said Kumar, adding, "BCD will take construction work of other departments, only if the land allotment is clear."

                      With the e-awaas yojana, the details of officials who occupy the flats or are in waitlist would be available online, making the system transparent, claimed Kumar, adding, "A new maintenance policy that would have a standard operating protocol to regularly check buildings in also underway."

                      In connection with the works of Bihar State Building Construction Corporation Limited (BSBCCL), Kumar said, "Now that BSBCCL is showing net profit in the balance sheets, we plan to do several charitable works under corporate social responsibility with the profits."

                      Bihar govt to develop infra projects - The Times of India
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