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    Patna Junction gets Rs 5 crore for fresh look

    Kumod Verma | TNN | Sep 14, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Railway Board has sanctioned Rs5 crore to give a fresh look to the Patna Junction main building with Buddhism design and structure by December end.

    Talking to this reporter on Wednesday, Danapur divisional railway manager (DRM) Ranjan Prakash Thakur said National Institute of Technology Patna (NIT-P) was asked to design the new structure. He said the NIT-P experts have selected the Buddhism design with ‘peace through strength’ as its theme. However, the new design is a mixed look of the Buddhist temples in Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Vaishali and Pawapuri, he said, adding that one common wall would be constructed from the SBI ATM end to the east of the parcel office building from the Mahavir temple side.

    Besides, the railways has planned computerized LED lighting arrangements at Patna Junction during evening hours. This new lighting arrangements will be the first of its kind for Patna Junction from where more than one lakh passengers travel through this station every day. “The railways has already adorned the platform walls of Patna Junction with Madhubani paintings. Thus, Patna Junction will give a mixed look of Buddhism design and Madhubani paintings,” he said. Similarly, the railways is also giving a new touch to the station building at Dumraon. The new look is based on the lifetime achievements of shehnai wizard and Bharat Ratna awardee Bismillah Khan, who was born in this small town on March 21, 1916. The railways would adorn the Dumraon station walls with Bismillah’s portraits,” the DRM said.

    Trains short terminated: The railways has decided to short terminate Saharsa-Amritsar Jansewa Express (15209/15210) and Darbhanga-Amritsar Jannayak Express (15211/15212) at Jallandhar City due to the construction work going on at Amritsar station under Ferozpur division till September 30, sources said.

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      Firm to generate power from solid waste in Patna

      Faryal Rumi | TNN | Updated: Sep 14, 2018, 07:35 IST

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      PATNA: The empowered standing committee of Patna Municipal Corporation(PMC) on Thursday approved a proposal to hire a Delhi-based firm to set up a solid waste management plant at Ramachak Bairiya on Patna-Gaya road. The company, AG Dauters Waste Processing Private Limited, will set up an integrated plant based on German technology to process the solid waste generated in the city and produce energy, biodiesel and water as well.

      Patna mayor Sita Sahu, who chaired the meeting of the empowered standing committee, said door-to-door waste collection would also resume from October 2. “The ward councillors will make announcements in their respective wards about the door-to-door waste collection,” she said.

      The Delhi-based company’s managing director, Ajay Girotra, had told this newspaper on Tuesday that the plant would be set up with an expenditure of Rs 3,200 crore. “Our engineers will prepare a detailed report project of the plant. The company will collect garbage from the transplant centres in the city free of cost. As per the plan, almost 700 metric tonnes of fresh garbage and 300 metric tonnes of stale garbage will be collected and processed daily,” he said.

      “The plant will generate electricity, water and biodiesel per day. Solid waste contains 40-50% moisture, which is extracted and converted into oxygen and hydrogen. Fresh water is produced by mixing the molecules of oxygen and hydrogen. After removing moisture, the solid waste is processed through plasma gasification system to produce gas. Biodiesel is produced after mixing additives with the gas,” Girotra explained.

      “The DPR will be prepared by the German engineers as soon as the company signs concession agreement deal with the PMC. It will take 12-15 months to set up the plant once the DPR is ready. The company has also agreed to pay 1% of the profit to PMC,” Girotra said.

      “Only 70 persons are required at the proposed plant to operate the machines as everything will be done through computerized machines,” Girotra said.

      Civic body to hire consultants: The empowered standing committee of PMC on Thursday gave its nod to a proposal regarding appointment of project management consultants for implementation of different projects. “The PMC will rope in 20 consultants from a private firm on contract basis,” mayor Sita Sahu said.

      The committee also approved a proposal regarding lifelong pension to PMC workers from next month. “Earlier, the PMC workers used to get family pension up to five years. They will now get lifelong pension. Pension for lifetime will be availed only by such workers who will retire from next month onwards,” the mayor added.

      The meeting was attended by PMC commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman, deputy commissioner Vishal Anand, deputy mayor Vinay Kumar Pappu and other members of the empowered standing committee.

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        Govt tells RITES to submit metro rail DPR by September 20

        TNN | Sep 15, 2018, 02:00 IST

        PATNA: State urban development and housing department (UDHD) has asked the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), an executing agency of the Indian Railways, to submit the final detailed project report (DPR) for Patna metro rail project by September 20.

        The UDHD has also sent a final proposal for formation of Patna Metro Rail Corporation, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for executing metro rail project in the city, to the Centre. Sources said it is only after the formation of the corporation or authority that the final DPR for metro rail project would be tabled before the Centre.

        It has also been decided that the Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur alignment be shifted north of the central alignment of Bailey Road between Hanuman Mandir and Patna high court. This will avoid overlapping of the metro rail tracks with the underpasses proposed under Lohia Path chakra project, which envisages construction of four underpasses on Bailey Road between Lalit Bhawan and high court.

        Deliberations on the “much-delayed” metro rail project were held at a review meeting on Thursday, which was chaired by UDHD minister Suresh Kumar Sharma. The minister said the foundation stone of metro rail project would be laid in November.

        Senior UDHD officials said following submission of the final DPR by RITES, it would be sent to the Public Finance Committee (PFC) chaired by development commissioner.

        “After PFC’s nod, the DPR will be tabled before the state cabinet. It will finally be sent to the Centre for its approval,” said Sanjay Dayal, special secretary in UDHD. The state cabinet headed by CM Nitish Kumar had given its nod to the preliminary DPR for metro rail project on February 9 last year. However, the DPR had to be revised after the Centre came up with a new metro policy.

        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.

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          Refund Rs 33 lakh to flat buyer, builder told

          Faryal Rumi | TNN | Updated: Sep 15, 2018, 08:00 IST

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          PATNA: The Bihar Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) on Friday asked a city-based builder to refund the Rs33.01 lakh to a buyer in three instalments within two months for not completing the apartment flat within the time frame promised. The builder has been asked to pay the interest at the rate of marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR) of State Bank of India.

          The bench of RERA Bihar members Rajiva Bhushan Sinha and Subodh Kumar passed the order on a complaint lodged by Kundan Kumar and Jyoti Kumari on May 15 against the managing director of Nesh India Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. The complainants stated they had booked a flat in AG Enclave at Khagaul on August 24, 2016 and paid Rs30.01 lakh after signing the agreement with the builder.

          The complainants further stated that at the time of booking, the super structure of the block was complete and almost 90% brick partition work of the flat was done. For the plaster inside the flat, they paid Rs3 lakh on April 2, 2017 as per schedule-C of the agreement. They had to pay Rs8 lakh by July the same year as the flat was to complete by then.

          The complainants said they wrote a letter to the builder in June and another in August 2017 making it clear that further payment would be withheld before completing the flat. The builder wrote a letter on September 4, 2017 asking for full payment with GST before September 20, 2017. Later, in February this year, the builder asked for full payment within 15 days failing which they would cancel the booking and forfeit the advance amount paid without any further notice to the buyer.

          According to the complaint, when the complainants met the company’s managing director in March and asked to complete the flat or return the amount paid by them with 11% interest as per the Clause 12 of the agreement, he refused to refund the money.

          “The RERA is to safeguard the interest of the buyers,” Rajiva said.

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            Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sushil Modi take on broom as part of swachhata campaign

            PTI | Updated: Sep 16, 2018, 08:45 IST

            Bihar Dy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi clean the garbage during function of 'Swachhta hi Seva' in Patna Saturday.

            PATNA: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday shoveled away heaps of garbage at separate places as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modis Swachhata hi seva campaign.

            Prasad, who was flanked by a number of BJP leaders including local MLA Nitin Nabin and city Mayor Sita Sahu, took part in Shram Daan at Mithapur locality where they picked up mounds of trash from the roadside and dumped these into a garbage bin nearby.

            The Union minister, who is also a resident of the city, was joined by locals who got inspired by the drive. He later made them take a pledge for cleanliness.

            Prasad later also tweeted pictures of his participation in the Shramdaan which took place across the country with the Prime Minister himself leading from the front in the national campaign.

            Sushil Kumar Modi took part in a similar drive in Musallahpur Haat, a crowded part of the old city area, where he wielded the shovel wearing a mask and gloves. He also tweeted pictures of himself, flanked by party leaders and local citizens, listening with rapt attention to the Prime Ministers public interaction via video conferencing earlier in the day.

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              Door-to-door trash collection from October

              Faryal Rumi | TNN | Sep 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) is preparing a draft action plan to carry out door-to-door waste collection in the city, which is likely to begin from Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. Residents can dispose of their garbage by paying just Rs 30 per month.

              The PMC has 72 wards under it and all the 72 ward councillors have been asked to prepare a chart dividing their respective ward into five parts for garbage collection. The details in the chart will include the number of households.

              According to Mayor Sita Sahu, some of the equipment and vehicles purchased from the central government’s e-marketplace for the purpose have arrived. “For now, we will charge only Re 1 a day for garbage collection,” she told this reporter on Thursday.

              Earlier, the PMC had hired a private firm for trash collection work. It used to charge Rs 60/month from every household.

              Sahu said the PMC would recruit around 750 people on contract to carry out the garbage collection work. “We have 4,000 sanitation workers who have been assigned the task to sweep the lanes and streets in all the wards,” she said.

              Deputy Mayor Vinay Kumar Pappu said each ward would be allotted five twin-garbage tippers along with a driver and a garbage collector each for deployment in each one of the five parts of the ward.

              “The ward councillors and workers are already making public announcements about the door-to-door waste collection. The twin-garbage tippers will collect the trash from homes and unload the same at the nearest of the two secondary dumping points at Agamkuan and near the stadium at Gardanibagh. From there, the garbage will be transported to the Ramachak Bairiya dumping point on the Patna-Gaya road,” Pappu said.

              The city civic body has also submitted a proposal to the state government to impose fine on the people who throw garbage on the roads and in the lanes. “For the first-time offender, we have proposed a fine the amount of which will be decided after the proposal is approved by the government,” Pappu said and added the proposal also talked about legal action under the Municipal Act against the repeat offenders.


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                RERA deadline extended again

                Faryal Rumi | TNN | Sep 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

                PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) of Bihar on Wednesday decided to extend the date of ongoing real estate projects registration with fine till October 31.

                The builders have been asked to register their residential projects (up to 1000 square metres) with RERA along with a late fee of Rs4 lakh or 4 times the registration amount, whichever is higher. The late registration fee for all other residential, mixed and commercial projects will be extended to Rs5 lakh or 5 times the registration fees, whichever is higher, from October 1. The earlier deadline for registration was September 30.

                This is the seventh deadline extension given under Section 59(1) of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016.

                According to the RERA Bihar order, the decision was taken in view of government notification amending the Registration Act, 1908, making registration with RERA Bihar compulsory for any document related to transfer of property in any real estate project in state.

                Under Section 3 of the RERA Act, 2016, the promoters have to register their projects (residential as well as commercial) with the regulatory authority before booking, selling or offering apartment, plot or building for sale.

                RERA Bihar member Rajiva Bhushan Sinha said failure to register the purchase agreement of a property could put one at a huge risk as he wouldn’t be able to mortgage or sell the property.

                He said the ongoing projects, whether commercial, mixed and residential, should be registered with the authority if they are built on a plot of land exceeding 500 square metres or exceeds 8 apartments. “The real estate projects completed after the RERA Act came into force also need to be registered,” he said.


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                  City to get 400 modular, 100 e-toilets by Dec-end

                  Faryal Rumi | TNN | Sep 23, 2018, 02:00 IST

                  PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has selected two private agencies to install 400 modular toilets and 100 e-toilets across the city by the end of December this year as part of the Centre’s ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’.

                  Initially, these toilets will be installed at strategic locations, such as Frazer Road, Beerchand Patel Marg, near Gandhi Maidan, Bailey Road, Boring Road, Kankerbagh, Eco Park, Station Road, Patna airport and Exhibition Road. There will be separate toilets for men and women.

                  The first modular toilet was set up on Magadh Mahila College campus on Friday while the first e-toilet, which is being constructed on the high court premises, is likely to be ready in a week. Modular toilets will be installed near gate number 1 of Patna zoo and also near gate number 1 of Eco Park by next week.

                  PMC deputy commissioner Vishal Anand said such toilets would improve public amenities in the city and help the civic body in maintaining sanitation and hygiene. “Private firms will design, install and maintain the toilets at different locations in the city as part of their corporate social responsibilities. One toilet will have two units — one for men and another for women. Although the locations are not yet finalized, parks, theatres and supermarkets will be preferred,” Anand added.

                  The PMC has asked the private firms to complete the project within three months. “It takes 2-3 days to install a modular toilet. The installation of an e-toilet, on the other hand, takes almost a week,” Anand said.

                  The private firms have contributed Rs 25 crore for installation of modular and e-toilets. While the cost of constructing a modular toilet is around Rs 5 lakh, an e-toilet is constructed with an expenditure of Rs 10 lakh.

                  The design and construction of modular toilets are very flexible. These toilets are made of stainless steel.

                  The e-toilets flush the floor automatically and ensure zero or no contamination by organisms that cause urinary tract infection.

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                    Patna Municipal Corporation sets up 6 vending zones

                    Faryal Rumi | TNN | Updated: Sep 22, 2018, 14:17 IST

                    One of the vending zones near Rajapur Pul in Patna

                    PATNA: Two permanent and four temporary vending zones, set up by the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), have started functioning in the city. The permanent vending zones have come up at Rajapur Pul near Boring Canal Road and at Bind Toli, Sheikhpura, thereby giving space to local vendors to sell their products.

                    Additional municipal commissioner Devendra Prasad Tiwari said the temporary vending zones at Kadam Kuan, Boring Canal Road, near J D Women’s College and near Patna GPO on Budh Marg would be utilised by vendors till permanent vending areas are developed for them. “We have put up the PMC board and started utilising these areas as temporary vending zones to prevent encroachments,” he added.

                    The PMC official said few vendors have already shifted to the permanent and temporary vending zones. “Around 1,000 sellers have applied for the vendor ID through Town Vendor Committee. They will receive the permit by September 24,” Tiwari said.

                    Patna mayor Sita Sahu said work on development of vending zones would start soon. “The street vendors will be provided space to sell their products. This will not only provide business security to the vendors, but also ease traffic in the city,” she said. According to PMC, the other identified locations for vending zones are Punaichak Devisthan Mandir, the stretch between Anugrah Narayan College and Panitanki on Boring Road, Daroga Rai Path near Hartali Mor, 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.

                    The proposed vending zones will have drinking water facilities, street lights, concrete pavements, parking space, dustbins and seating arrangements for people.


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                      Plastic ban: Paper bags back in markets

                      B K Mishra | TNN | Updated: Sep 24, 2018, 02:20 IST

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                      PATNA: Thanks to the state government’s move to ban polythene carry bags anytime this month, thongas (paper bags) of different shapes and sizes have resurfaced in the city markets after a gap of nearly four decades. Most general stores and vegetable vendors have already started keeping thongas and discouraging the use of polythene ba gs.Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh told this newspaper on Sunday that the state government is to ban polythene in both urban and rural areas. Earlier, the government had planned plastic ban in urban areas only, but on the Patna high court’s directive, a draft for ban in rural areas has also been prepared. Besides, a draft for penalty for violators is also ready.

                      Both these drafts would be placed before the high court on Monday and if it is okayed, the same would be placed before the cabinet for its approval, Ghosh said.

                      Old-timers recall that up to 1970s, kirana shops would put tea, flour, masala powders and other commodities into paper bags fashioned out of old newspapers. Moreover, people also used to visit the markets with their own bags made of cloth and jute. But, the advent of polythene carry bags gradually eliminated the use of cloth or jute bags and people made it a habit to go to the markets without any carry bag. Even commodities weighing 10 to 15kg were easily packed in polythene bags, said Ram Nandan Prasad, a retired government servant of Chiraiyatand locality.

                      The people then hardly visualized the worldwide menace likely to be caused by the rampant use of polythene and plastic in our daily lives. The indiscriminate use of undegradable plastic bottles and polythene carry bags has endangered the very survival of all living creatures and, hence, its use is being banned all over the world. Several states, including neighbouring Jharkhand, have already banned it and steps are underway to ban its use in Bihar, too.

                      Talking about the alternative to polythene bags for small vendors and shopkeepers, Ghosh said the BSPCB is propagating the use of bags made of cloth, jute and even biodegradable polythene as alternatives. They may be a bit costlier, but they are eco-friendly. Moreover, the use of jute bags may be popularized in Bihar which is rich in its cultivation. This will greatly benefit the jute growers as well as the entrepreneurs engaged in manufacturing bags, said Ghosh.

                      However, some environmentalists expressed concern over the use of paper bags. They maintain that it takes four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag, as compared to plastic, and the raw materials have to come from trees, a natural resource that is otherwise carbon-fixing. Making paper bags not only adds waste to the world, it kills one of our greatest tools for fighting pollution. Paper bags generate 70% more air pollutants than plastic and they generate 50 times more water pollutants, they said.

                      The best thing would be to carry our own bags made of cloth or jute for shopping for keeping our environment safe and clean, they added.


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