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    US firm to be roped in for solid waste management

    TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: AG Dauters Waste Processing Private Limited, a US-based firm, has been shortlisted to develop an integrated solid waste management plant at Bairiya, Sampatchak in Patna.

    PMC chief engineer Suresh Tiwary said six waste transfer stations would come up in in all four circles – Kankerbagh, Patna City, Bankipore and New Capital. “The selected company will convert the solid waste into electricity, fuel and water,” Tiwary said. “According to the agreement, the US firm will generate 280 megawatt electricity per day and give 1% of profit to the PMC. Accordingly, 1,770 tonnes of solid waste will be processed per day,” said the chief engineer.

    Patna mayor Sita Sahu said the integrated solid waste management plant would be developed on 7 acres of land at Bariya with an estimated expenditure of Rs 2,000 crore. “The door-to-door garbage collection will restart from October 2. Altogether 4,000 PMC sanitation workers will be pressed into service to maintain cleanliness in the city,” she said, adding the civic body needed 700 temporary staff who will work as garbage collectors and drivers of twin garbage tippers.

    She said mechanised road sweeping machines, trash bins of 120 litre capacity for solid and wet garbage, 375 twin garbage tippers and other equipment have already been purchased to keep the city clean.







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      HC to civic body: Remove squatters before September 20

      TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 02:00 IST

      PATNA: The Patna high court on Thursday pulled up the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) for “partial” anti-encroachment drive in the city and asked it to remove all encroachments between Patna Junction and GPO roundabout before September 20.

      The division bench of Chief Justice M R Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar passed the order while hearing a public interest litigation filed by New Market Dukandar Kalyan Samiti, urging the court to stop the PMC from pulling down signboards attached with the walls of shops as they are not encroachments. However, the Chief Justice asked the counsel of the petitioner to read provisions of laws in which even a board displayed on road is considered as encroachment.

      The Samiti, through its counsel, also submitted a counter affidavit before the high court with photographs of the market area as annexure, claiming that PMC officials were not taking action against roadside vendors selling items on pushcarts.

      To this, the Chief Justice asked the PMC to explain as to why they have failed to remove the encroachers. The court asked the PMC to file a counter affidavit before September 20 when the case will be taken up for further hearing.





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        Remove every single encroachment between Patna junction and GPO: HC

        Debashish Karmakar | TNN | Sep 6, 2018, 17:57 IST




        PATNA: Irked with the partial action of Patna municipal corporation (PMC), the Patna high court on Thursday ordered its authorities to remove every single encroachment on road between Patna railway junction and GPO roundabout before September 20 at any cost.

        The division bench of chief justice MR Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by New Market Dukaandar Kalyan Samiti in which it has urged the court for stopping the PMC officials from pulling down sign boards as they are not encroachments on road.

        The shopkeepers had also prayed that they were running the shop in the area for at least two decades and their sign boards were along with the wall of their shops.

        However, the chief justice pointed out the samiti’s counsel to read provisions of laws against encroachment in which even a board projected on road is considered as an encroachment.

        The samiti, through it counsel, also submitted a counter affidavit before the high court with photographs of the market area as annexure, displaying that PMC officials were not taking action against road side encroachers selling items on push carts and stands to remove them even though they are eminently visible, but instead were going behind the shopkeepers for their sign boards. The chief justice asked the PMC the reason that why they have not removed the encroachers. He also made verbal remark that he has got to know that encroachment was resurfacing in several areas where PMC has taken up anti-encroachment drive.

        The court ordered the PMC to file a counter affidavit before September 20, on which next hearing on the issue would take place again.





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          Plastic bags to be banned soon in rural areas of Bihar too

          Debashish Karmakar

          Acting on directions of Patna high court, state government on Friday took decision to soon ban all types of plastic carry bags, irrespective of size and thickness in rural areas of Bihar too.
          | TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 21:54 IST


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          PATNA: Acting on the directions of the Patna high court, the state government on Friday took a decision to soon ban all types of plastic carry bags, irrespective of size and thickness in rural areas of Bihar too.

          Earlier, the state government had uploaded draft notification banning manufacture, import, store transport, sale and use of every type of plastic carry bags only in urban areas of the state on the website of Bihar State Pollution Control Board on August 12 but the high court had directed authorities to extend the ban in rural areas too on August 27.

          Chief secretary Deepak Kumar held a meeting on Friday in which the decision was taken.

          “We have decided that draft notification for banning plastic bags in rural areas would be uploaded in public domain within the next few days. On the basis of the notification, views would be invited before finally banning plastic carry bags across rural areas too,” he said while talking to TOI over phone.

          According to the notification for ban in urban area, it would be effective in all municipal corporations, municipal councils and nagar panchayats in Bihar. The ban would be on all types of plastic carry bags irrespective of size and thickness.

          “The decision was taken in light of high court’s direction which had directed state government to ban plastic carry bags in rural areas as well,” chief secretary said.

          “While the 30 days’ time frame of draft notification for ban in urban area would end on September 12, a similar notification indicating ban in rural areas too would be uploaded within next few days,” he said. The issue of banning plastic carry bags arose during hearing in high court after it took suo-motu cognizance over a news report of a Hindi vernacular published on June 23 this year highlighting pollution of Lotus pond inside sacred Mahabodhi Temple due to plastic bags brought by visitors.

          Gaya district magistrate had submitted an action plan to ban plastics inside the temple. Following the plan, the high court had asked government that why plastic bags can’t be banned across state.








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            Eviction drive along Digha rail line from Sept 11

            TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 02:00 IST

            PATNA: The district administration would launch anti-encroachment drive along the R-Block-Digha rail line from September 11 to 17, Patna divisional commissioner Robert L Chongthu said on Friday. He asked the Patna Sadar circle officer to make public announcement in advance so that people should vacate the encroached land before September 9.

            At a meeting with the officials concerned, Chongthu asked the police officers to constitute four teams for the drive. “Each team will comprise the officials of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), traffic police and 50 police personnel and 25 women constables. Bihar State Road Development Corporation will provide JCB machines and the PMC 16 tractors to lift the debris,” he said.

            The 6.7km-long rail line is spread over 71.25 acre land. “Of the total, 8 acre land is encroached. The state government has bought the land from the railways for the proposed four-lane road from R-Block to Digha,” he said.

            The state government paid Rs220 crore to the railways for that land to construct a 6km-long four-lane road. The work is likely to commence in January next year.

            Chongthu has divided the entire stretch into five zones — R-Block to Hartali Mor to Pani Tanki crossing to Rajiv Nagar crossing to Digha crossing. “Those who do not move out of the encroached land will have to face the consequences. Their articles will be seized besides removing the hutments. They will also be fined and an FIR will be lodged against them,” he said.







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              Dam water poses flood threat to Patna

              Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Sep 9, 2018, 08:12 IST


              A view of flood affected near Kurji Ghat in Patna.

              PATNA: Patna and its neighbouring areas are facing flood threat following discharge of 3.5 lakh cusecs of water from Bansagar dam in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. The Ganga, however, showed a receding trend at Gandhi ghat and Digha ghat here on Saturday.

              Water discharged from Bansagar, a reservoir in the Sone in Madhya Pradesh, reaches Indrapuri barrage in Rohtas district before falling into the Ganga near Maner in rural Patna.

              Senior officials at Dehri circle of water resources department said the impact of fresh discharge of water from Bansagar dam would be felt after 48 hours. “The water level in the Ganga in Patna and further downstream may rise due to fresh discharge from Bansagar dam,” said a senior engineer at Sone barrage circle in Dehri.

              He added the discharge of water from Bansagar may increase up to 7.5 lakh cusecs. However, the fresh discharge, if required, will be made only after 48 hours.

              The daily flood bulletin issued by Central Water Commission (CWC) on Saturday stated that the Ganga was flowing 85cm above the danger level at Gandhi ghat, showing a decline of 3cm over the last 24 hours. The CWC bulletin further stated that the water level at Gandhi ghat may fall further by 13cm by 8am on Sunday.

              Similarly, the Ganga was flowing 19cm above the danger level at Digha ghat, showing a decline of 6cm in the last 24 hours. The CWC bulletin said the water level at Digha ghat would fall further by 14cm on Sunday.

              At Hathidah, however, the Ganga showed a rising trend as the water level increased from 51cm above the danger level on Friday to 67cm above danger level on Saturday. The CWC bulletin stated that the water level at Hathidah would rise by another 4cm over the next 24 hours.

              Meanwhile, the swollen Ganga has snapped road connectivity in around nine panchayats in the riverine areas of Maner and Danapur. Riverine and low-lying areas located close to the riverbank in Vaishali, Begusarai, Lakhisarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur and Katihar districts have also been affected by floodwaters.






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                3,000 defunct tubewells: HC summons dept boss

                TNN | Sep 12, 2018, 02:00 IST

                PATNA: The Patna high court on Tuesday summoned the minor irrigation department’s principal secretary on September 18 to explain when the department would repair the 3,000 and odd tubewells that have been lying non-functional for several years.

                A division bench of Chief Justice M R Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar issued the summons while hearing a PIL filed by Vikash Chandra alias Guddu Baba in this connection.

                The PIL, filed in April 2015, has sought the court’s directive to the authorities concerned to make all these tubewells functional.

                According to the data submitted before the court by the department, the state has 10,242 tubewells across its 38 districts. Of these, 1,050 tubewells have been abandoned while the remaining are workable.

                Of these workable tubewells, 4,354 were non-functional. The department made 1,044 of them functional after the PIL was filed.

                On Tuesday, the department officials told the court that many tubewells could not be made functional before 2021. This infuriated the court as the department’s counter affidavit says that more than 1,500 tubewells are scheduled to be made functional in the financial year 2018-2019.

                The court said it was left with no other option but to call the highest official of the department. It said the principal secretary must file a counter affidavit giving details of the locations of the non-functional tubewells and a deadline by which they would be repaired.








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                  HC to PMC: Don’t take orders for granted

                  TNN | Sep 12, 2018, 02:00 IST

                  PATNA: The Patna high court on Tuesday rapped the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) authorities for their ‘callous’ behaviour and not complying with its repeated orders to submit details of fire safety features at every cinema hall in Patna. The court warned the authorities not to take its direction for granted.

                  The division bench of Chief Justice M R Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar ordered the PMC authorities to submit a detailed counter affidavit over fire safety measures available at all the cinema halls in Patna and whether they were following the related norms or not.

                  The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Rakesh Kumar Singh, who has urged the court to direct the authorities concerned to ensure the required fire safety features in all the cinema halls across Bihar. He has also urged the court to direct the officials concerned to inspect the safety features at the halls and if fire tenders could easily reach the spot or not.

                  “Don’t take high court’s direction for granted. You are bound to do it (visit every hall). Don’t you get time to visit one hall? What if tomorrow something tragic happens? Citizens’ life is at risk,” the court told counsel Prasoon Sinha who was representing the PMC before the court. Counsel Ajit Kumar Ojha and Pranjal Kumar represented the petitioners.

                  Terming the failure to submit inspection report as unfortunate, the court ordered the PMC to inspect every cinema hall in Patna and submit a report before September 18 with details of fire safety features and their functioning.

                  The high court, in its order on August 14, had directed the Patna district magistrate (DM) and PMC commissioner to submit a detailed report on the issue. They had also been directed to tell what type of fire safety features were provided by the cinema hall owners and whether they were functioning or not.

                  The court had directed the DM and the PMC commissioner to prepare a report after visiting each and every hall. However, the said report was not submitted even on Tuesday.






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                    Bihar to up green cover to 17% by 2022

                    TNN | Sep 12, 2018, 02:00 IST

                    PATNA: The Bihar environment and forest department has targeted to up the state’s green cover to 17% by 2022. For the purpose, the department has embarked on a tree plantation drive in forest areas and along the highways, canals and rivers.

                    Disclosing this at a press conference in Patna on Monday, principal secretary (environment and forest) Tripurari Sharan Singh said 15% green cover had been targeted by 2017 under an agriculture road map.

                    “It was a challenging job to expand the green cover from 9.79% in 2012 to 15%. The department had fixed a target of planting 23.95 crore saplings during 2012-17, against which 18.47 crore saplings were planted on government lands and raiyat land of farmers,” he said.

                    Singh said under the agriculture road map 2017-22, the department was assigned the task to expand the green cover further by 2% outside the forest areas.

                    “Certain tree plantation schemes have been launched under the Krishi Vaniki Yojana,” Sharan said and added the central government’s Bamboo Development Mission, currently under the agriculture department, would be given to the environment and forest department.






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                      Stray dogs, rash drivers frighten residents of North Sri Krishna Puri

                      TNN | Updated: Sep 11, 2018, 07:23 IST



                      Cars parked on A N Path near Boring Road in Patna on Monday

                      PATNA: Residents of North S K Puri off Boring Road are sore over poor civic amenities as well as traffic snarls in their narrow bylanes, including Anugrah Narayan Path, Late Laxmi Narayan Path and Vivekanand Marg.

                      Known as a posh area, the localities had earlier single or double-floor dwellings. In recent years, however, many residents gave their properties to realtors who dismantled the houses and built multi-floor apartments on their lands.

                      State Environment Impact Assessment Authority chairman B N Jha of A N Path said the biggest problem of the area was frequent snarls. “There has been an astronomical surge in the number of vehicles due to the rise in the number of apartments,” he said on Sunday.

                      The 64-year-old also complained against opening of private schools in the bylanes. The school vans as well as the private vehicles coming to drop and fetch students add to the jam. “The road in our lane was redeveloped last year... Now even autos plying on the Pataliputra-Boring Road stretch take a turn from Alpana Market and rashly use our road so as to skip the traffic lights at Pani Tanki Mor,” Jha fumed and added it had become quite unsafe for the elderly and children to come out in the lane alone.

                      The sexagenarian pleaded for one-way traffic arrangement immediately before and after school hours and deployment of traffic policemen to regulate movement of vehicles, especially public transport vehicles.

                      State energy department’s retired engineer R N Mishra echoed Jha’s views. “Senior citizens are scared to come out on the streets due to the fear of being hit by speeding vehicles. It is a residential area and these many vehicles should not be allowed in,” said the 74-year-old resident of Mahesh Nagar.

                      Mishra said footpaths should be constructed at least on one of the flanks for safe movement of pedestrians. Also, he demanded installation of street lights in the area.

                      Vandana Roy of A N Path complained against stray dogs and lack of door- to-door garbage collection facility. “We can’t go for morning walk or evening stroll for fear of being bitten by the stray canines. Since the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) does not carry out door- to- door waste collection in the area, we have hired a private agency for Rs 100 per house per month for the purpose,” the 45-year-old said and added the roads were not even swept.

                      International School (CBSE) vice-principal Vandana Singh underlined the need for regular anti-mosquito fogging in the area.

                      PMC officials, on the other hand, assured that steps were being taken for redressal of the grievances of the residents. “We recently placed orders for machinery worth Rs 100 crore for carrying out various civic works. Door- to-door waste collection work will start from October,” PMC deputy commissioner Vishal Anand told TOI. He also said the civic body recently entered into an agreement with EESL Ltd for installation of LED street lights and that 30,000 of the 75,000 such lights had already been installed in different parts of the city.

                      SP (Traffic) P N Mishra said they did not have any specific plan for regulating vehicular movement on any particular road. “But we are at work to draw such a plan for the entire city so as to rid the city of snarls,” he said.









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