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    14 vending zones identified in Patna

    Faryal Rumi | TNN | Aug 29, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday identified 14 locations in the city to set up vending zones in the first phase. The spots, which have been identified on the basis of population of vendors and availability of space, cover all PMC circles. The move is expected to provide business security to street vendors and ensure creation of authentic hawking zones in urban areas.

    The proposed vending zones will have concrete pavements and other facilities, such as parking space, dustbins, benches, drinking water, public toilets and lightings. The registered vendors will be given clean spaces for selling their products. The PMC will also sensitize the vendors to maintain cleanliness in and around the vending zones.

    The identified spots are Kali Mandir to petrol pump at Bans Ghat, sump house to FBB showroom on Boring Canal Road, Punaichak Devisthan Mandir, Anugrah Narayan College to Panitanki on Boring Road, Daroga Rai Path near Hartali Mor, Boring Road Chouraha, Bind Toli, vacant spots below Begumpur flyover in Patna City, the area near Kankerbagh power sub-station, housing board land at Bahadurpur and Anta Ghat. The three locations at Rajendra Nagar are Vaishali roundabout to McDowell roundabout, McDowell roundabout to Premchandra roundabout and under Rajendra Nagar bridge.

    Deputy commissioner of PMC Vishal Anand said the civic body would select the firm to develop vending zones once the proposal is approved by the state cabinet. “Two vending zones will be two-storey,” Anand added.

    Additional municipal commissioner Devendra Prasad Tiwari said the vendors would be allowed to carry out their businesses only in the vending zones. “Illegal vendors will be shifted from the roads and footpaths to the vending zones soon. Only vendors with ID cards will be allowed to work there,” he said, adding the vending zones would fulfil the long-standing demand of the street vendors to ensure their proper rehabilitation.

    “The PMC had earlier sent the detailed project reports (DPRs) of three vending zones to the urban development and housing department for its approval. The department, however, suggested certain changes in the DPRs. We are in the process to send revised DPRs to the department soon,” Tiwari added.

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      HC slams Kaimur officials over forest land encroachments

      Debashish Karmakar | TNN | Aug 29, 2018, 02:00 IST

      PATNA: The Patna high court on Tuesday asked the district administration and divisional forest officer (DFO) of Kaimur to remove massive encroachments on 135 acres of forest land of Kaimur wildlife sanctuary.

      The division bench of Chief Justice M R Shah and Justice Ravi Ranjan passed the order while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Vikash Chandra alias Guddu Baba, urging the court to direct the authorities concerned to remove encroachments from forest land in Kaimur and Nalanda.

      “How did you allow encroachments in such an important forest area which falls under the reserved forest category? Bihar has only one such area and you allowed encroachment there,” the Chief Justice remarked.

      Advocate general Lalit Kishore informed the court that Kaimur wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 1,134 square kilometres. “The administration has already removed encroachments from 270 acres of land. Notices have been served on encroachers to vacate the remaining land soon,” he told the court.

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        ‘Remove encroachments from Exhibition Road by August 30’

        TNN | Aug 29, 2018, 02:00 IST

        PATNA: Divisional commissioner Anand Kishor on Tuesday asked the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to prepare an action plan for expansion of the road on the western and eastern flanks of Exhibition Road. Kishor also called for construction of a pavement of 1.5 metre width on the western side of Exhibition Road.

        While inspecting the multi-department drive against encroachments and illegal parking from Beena Cinema to Exhibition Road, Kishor asked the executive engineer of PMC’s New Capital circle, Umesh Kumar, to measure the road after removing encroachments.

        Kishor asked the officials of Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited to demolish the illegal houses, grills and other structures under the flyover on Exhibition Road by August 30. “The space under the flyover will be developed as a parking zone for two-wheelers and four-wheelers. Around 100 vehicles can be parked there at a time,” he said.

        The PMC officials engaged in anti-encroachment drive seized several machines and vehicles laden with construction materials and electronic gadgets from Exhibition Road. Similar drives were also conducted at Dak Bungalow roundabout, Rajendra Nagar, Mithapur bus stand, Dinkar Chowk roundabout, Hathwa Market, Machchuatoli and Bal Leela Gurdwara in Patna City.

        Kishor said special flying squads would be deployed in major areas of the city to prevent squatters from re-encroaching the roads and footpaths. The anti-encroachment drive, which started on August 16, will continue till September 5.

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          Metro rail: State to send DPR to Centre next month

          Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Aug 30, 2018, 02:00 IST

          PATNA: The urban development and housing department (UDHD) has targeted to send the final detailed project report (DPR) for Patna metro rail project to the Centre in September.

          The UDHD, which had earlier planned to submit the DPR by July 31, extended the deadline in light of Lohia Path Chakra project, which envisages construction of four underpasses on the stretch of Bailey Road between Lalit Bhawan and Patna high court.

          As Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur alignment is proposed to pass through Bailey Road, consultants of RITES, the agency preparing DPR for metro rail project and those of Lohia Path Chakra project, were asked to study each other’s project to make necessary changes in the metro rail alignment.

          “We are planning to shift the proposed metro rail tracks slightly north of the central alignment of Bailey Road between Hanuman Mandir and HC. This will avoid overlapping of the metro tracks with the underpasses proposed under Lohia Path chakra project as the Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur alignment is proposed to be underground,” said Sanjay Dayal, special secretary in urban development and housing department, the nodal agency of the metro rail project.

          Dayal added the DPR was almost finalized after making necessary changes in the wake of the new metro rail policy of the Centre. A preliminary DPR for metro rail project was approved by the state cabinet on February 9 last year, but it was required to be revised after the Centre came up with a new metro policy.

          The revised comprehensive mobility plan – a document envisaging guidelines for setting up other modes of rapid transit – for Patna has also been prepared by National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna and it forms a part of the revised DPR for the project.

          The metro rail proposal envisages two corridors in the first phase, covering a total distance of 31km. The first corridor will be developed on Saguna Mor-Bailey Road- Patna Junction-Mithapur bus stand route, covering a distance of 14.5km from the east to west. The second corridor will be a north-south corridor, which will run from Patna Junction to proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya Road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar Terminal, covering a distance of 16.5km.

          Dayal said the estimated expenditure for the metro rail project has been pegged at Rs 20,000 crore. According to sources, the Centre and state governments will contribute 20% of the project cost and the remaining 60% will be met by taking aid from financial agencies at a low interest rate.

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            Cops asked to keep watch on builders

            Faryal Rumi | TNN | Aug 31, 2018, 02:00 IST

            PATNA: Real Estate Regulatory Authority-Bihar (RERA) chairman Afzal Amanullah has asked the SHOs of different police stations across the state to ensure that information like RERA number, project name, name of the company and date of commencement of the project are displayed on notice boards at the construction sites under their respective jurisdictions.

            Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Amanullah said the Authority was taking all necessary action to safeguard the interest of the real estate buyers. “The list of such constructions along with the builders’ names should be forwarded to the Authority quarterly by the police officers,” he said.

            Amanullah announced that a transparent and robust grievance redressal portal will soon be established for hearing the grievances of the real estate buyers in time-bound period.

            “The state government is planning to create a single window system for ensuring timely approvals and clearances of real estate projects. All the projects sanctioning authorities, including registration department, PRDA and municipalities will have to give the completion certificates after due verification and within a period of three months after completion of real estate projects, as prescribed under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016,” Amanullah said.

            RERA Bihar member Rajiva Bhushan Sinha said the state government should ensure that unscrupulous promoters and developers of real estate projects are arrested for criminal offences like cheque bounce, unauthorized and forced occupation of land and wrong information.

            “During the scrutiny and physical verification at construction sites, the Authority found out that around 12 builders provided wrong information about their real estate projects. In application form, they showed the projects as new. However, the projects were found to be ongoing ones,” Sinha said, adding many builders have given incomplete information about their projects.

            The RERA Bihar has received 631 applications for registration of real estate projects since April this year. Of them, 151 projects have got the RERA registration number while 32 applications were received by the brokers and agents.

            Another member of RERA Bihar, Subodh Kumar Sinha, said the websites of real estate developers would now be monitored by the economic offences wing of the police. “This will prevent builders from duping buyers by misinterpreting facts and promising utopian facilities,” he added.

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              ‘Gaya anti-encroachment drive to continue even after Pitrapaksha’

              Abdul Qadir | TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 01:00 IST

              GAYA: The anti-encroachment drive at Gaya launched ahead of Pitrapaksha Mela, will continue in the days to come and temporary as well as permanent encroachments from the main roads of the city are being removed.

              “Launched on August 25, the drive will continue. A permanent anti-encroachment cell has also been created to deal with encroachment related issues,” says Gaya sadar SDO Suraj Kumar Sinha.

              Listing the achievements of the last six days, the SDO said about 500 temporary and 30 permanent encroachments have been removed. About 100 partially built structures have also been demolished from public land. Pay loaders and JCB machines have been pressed into service for quick demolition and debris removal.

              In the first phase, the anti-encroachment drive began in areas where important vedis (altars) for ritual salvation are located. Vishnupad temple area, the most important ritual site too has been covered. The areas from where temporary as well as permanent encroachments have been removed include Ghughari Tand, Chand Chauraha and Narain Chuan among others.

              The areas from where encroachments would be removed in the days to come include GB Road, KP Road, Swarajpuri Road, Dighi Mor and Station road.

              According to activist Brajnandan Pathak, “Encroachment removal has become an annual ritual undertaken every year before the start of Pitrapaksh Mela and encroachments reappear with greater vengeance once the event was over.”

              “Things will not be the same this year,” said district magistrate Abhishek Singh. Asked how he will ensure that the encroachers do not stage a comeback, the DM said that two special measures have been introduced to prevent recurrence of encroachment at the same point.

              “The SHO concerned is being given details about the encroachment removed everyday and it will be the personal responsibility of the SHOs to ensure that the same place is not re-encroached. Besides, the Gaya Municipal Corporation has been asked to mark the area from where the encroachment has been removed.” the DM said.

              According to Reeta Ambastha, a resident of the Ghugadi Tand area of the town, “Anti-encroachment 2018 is the most effective drive undertaken in recent years.” She hoped that the tempo is maintained in the days to come.

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                Mahabodhi shrine area development work outsourced to BRPNNL

                Abdul Qadir | TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 01:00 IST

                GAYA: The development work of the Mahabodhi temple and the adjoining areas has now been outsourced and the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) has handed over development programmes to Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL).

                District magistrate-cum-committee chairman Abhishek Singh signed an MOU with the BRPNNL for undertaking the development projects. BRPNNL managing director Umesh Kumar signed the documents on behalf of the corporation.

                Executing development projects in and around the shrine is a tricky job as agencies like Unesco and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have to be taken on board. At the time of notifying Mahabodhi Mahavihara as a world heritage site in June 2002, the Unesco issued a set of guidelines on the maintenance and conservation of the shrine.

                As per the guidelines, no new construction or repair work has to be undertaken in an area of half-km radius from the shrine outer walls. The world cultural body even favoured relocation of all non-religious structures from the area to make it serene and in sync with its status as the abode of peace.

                The world cultural body also wanted the height of buildings to be fixed at three meters within a radius of one km from the shrine and 10 meters in the area falling between 1-2 km from the shrine’s outer wall.

                A second MoU has been signed with the ‘Happy Hands Project’. As per the terms and conditions of the second MoU, the agency will collect all flowers offered in the shrine. Such flowers will be processed and subsequently used for making organic dye to be used by the khadi and the handloom sector. Besides flowers offered at the shrine, the flowers used for shrine decoration will also be collected and processed for dye making. Output of such flowers was significantly high in the tourist season when several Buddhist organisations hold peace congregations and prayers. According to a rough estimate, on an average 50 kg of flower is offered everyday at the shrine.

                The development work, according to sources, has been entrusted to the BRPNNL for two reasons. First the shrine committee does not have the expertise required for the purpose. Secondly and more importantly, the committee will concentrate on shrine maintenance and fund management in a more effective manner.


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                  Expressway project awaits Centre’s nod

                  TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 02:00 IST

                  PATNA: The state government has once again urged the Centre to extend Delhi-Lucknow Expressway up to Patna. Deliberations in this regard were held between CM Nitish Kumar and Union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Wednesday.

                  The proposed road will be part of the Purvanchal Expressway, which is providing connectivity from Delhi to Lucknow through Delhi-Agra and Agra-Lucknow Expressway. The Agra-Lucknow Expressway is proposed to be extended to Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.

                  “The survey for extension of Delhi-Lucknow Expressway is being done by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). While a proposal is already in the pipeline for extending the expressway from Lucknow to Ghazipur, the Bihar government has requested the Centre to extend it further to Buxar. As works are already underway for construction of a four-lane road between Patna and Buxar, Patna will ultimately have expressway connectivity up to Delhi,” state road construction minister Nand Kishor Yadav, who also attended Wednesday’s meeting in New Delhi, told TOI on Friday.

                  The minister said the state government was expecting commencement of work on several road and bridge projects in Bihar following an approval from Gadkari to reduce the land acquisition requirement from 90% to 70%.

                  A meeting in this regard will be held in New Delhi on September 8 between officials of the state government and the Centre.

                  “The contractor has been selected for several NHAI projects, but the appointment dates are not being issued as 90% of land has not been acquired yet. CM Nitish has requested Gadkari to reduce the condition of minimum 90% land acquisition requirement to 70%, which was agreed upon by the latter. Accordingly, deliberations will be held project-wise in a meeting of officials from the Centre and state on September 8,” Nand Kishor said.

                  The road construction minister added that a decision was also taken to commence work on a four-lane bridge parallel to Mahatma Gandhi Setu, which is part of the Ring Road project for Patna before the commencement of construction of road sections of the project.

                  “The four-lane bridge parallel to Gandhi Setu has already been sanctioned by the Project Investment Board and the proposal is now awaiting the nod of central cabinet. The bridge will be constructed first as land requirement is not an issue for it,” Yadav said.

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                    Administration collects Rs 78 lakh fine

                    Faryal Rumi | TNN | Sep 6, 2018, 02:00 IST

                    PATNA: As part of the multi-department drive against encroachments and illegal parking in Patna, the district administration has collected Rs 23 lakh from vehicle drivers and Rs 55 lakh from encroachers on footpaths and roads between August 16 and September 5.

                    According to officials, at least 1,675 hutments were removed, 425 extended shops demolished and FIRs lodged against 125 encroachers during the eviction drive.

                    “We have extended the drive till September 10 as few areas like Bailey Road, Kankerbagh and Digha have not been covered. Officials of the road construction department have been asked to increase the width of Exhibition Road, Fraser Road, Arya Kumar Road, Bari Path, Rajendra Path to Lohanipur, Kankerbagh main road, Boring Canal Road, Rajbanshi Nagar, Shiekhpura Mor and Mithapur bus stand road, among others, from 3m to 5m,” said Patna DM Kumar Ravi.

                    On Wednesday, the eviction drive was carried out at Digha, Patna Sahib Gurdwara, Bypass Road and Shahganj.

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                      Mokama six-lane bridge work to commence soon

                      TNN | Sep 6, 2018, 02:00 IST

                      PATNA: State road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav on Wednesday said work on the six-lane bridge over the Ganga at Mokama would start soon as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had already assigned the date to the contractor roped in for the project.

                      Welspun Enterprises Ltd (WEL) was assigned to start work on August 30 to construct the 1.86km-long bridge between Aunta Ghat at Mokama and Simaria over a period of three years utilizing funds to the tune of Rs1,161 crore.

                      Yadav said the foundation stone of the bridge was laid by PM Narendra Modi in July 2017. “The bridge will start from the junction of NH-31 and 80 and will join the Simaria-Khagaria four-lane road before Barauni thermal power plant. This bridge will significantly reduce the travel time between Patna and Purnia,” he said.

                      Sources said the bridge would be the first in Bihar to be built using hybrid technology. RCD sources said though the firm was selected more than a year ago, the work could not commence owing to the stipulation of NHAI mandating minimum 90% of land acquisition before assigning the date for commissioning the project.

                      “Deliberations on the project were held in the meeting between CM Nitish Kumar and Union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi on August 29. Accordingly, the date for commissioning of the project has been issued following consultation with NHAI,” Nand Kishore told TOI on Wednesday.

                      The minister also said the state government was expecting the commencement of works on a number of big road and bridge projects in Bihar following an approval from Gadkari to reduce the land acquisition requirement from 90% to 70%. It was also decided that another meeting between the state and central government officials would be held on September 8 at New Delhi to discuss various other projects, which are stuck due to stipulation of 90% land requirement.

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