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    Energy from solid waste: PMC inks pact

    TNN | Oct 2, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s ambitious waste-to-energy project is likely to become functional in a year or so with the civic body on Monday inking an agreement with the AG Dauters Waste Processing Private Ltd to execute the project. The proposed facility will turn the city’s waste into electricity and fuel.

    As per the agreement between the PMC and the AG Dauters, which has been assigned the task to execute the project, the solid waste processing facility will be set up at Ramchak Bairia on the outskirts of Patna, for which a five-acre plot has been earmarked.

    Speaking on the occasion, PMC commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman said the Delhi-based firm would spend Rs 3,200 crore to set up a 280MW plant, which would become operational in 12 months from now.

    In a first in Bihar, Suman said, the state government will earn by selling off the city’s solid waste. The waste will be sold to the plant at Rs 770 per metric tonne, he said.

    According to Suman, over 700 metric tonne waste is generated in Patna every day. Besides, a large quantity of waste is already accumulated at Ramchak Bairia. It is called “legacy waste”.

    “The AG Dauters will buy the accumulated as well as generated waste... The state will earn an estimated Rs 20 crore per year by selling the city’s waste,” Kumar said, adding several national and international companies participated in the competitive bidding process held for the purpose in June this year.

    AG Dauters’s MD Ajay Girotra said it would be the second largest waste-processing plant in the world after a similar plant in Delhi. “The 560MW facility in Delhi is also being set up by our company,” Girotra said.

    Maintaining that the Ramchak plant would also help in reducing land, groundwater, air and soil pollution, Girotra said the facility would use 700 metric tonnes of solid waste to generate 280MW power per hour as well as 2 lakh litres of diesel and water. The diesel and water will be used for commercial purposes. “We will also use the 500 metric tonnes of legacy waste to generate additional 120MW,” he said.

    Explaining the plant’s technology, Girotra said the plant will heat the solid waste at a temperature of 6,000 to 14,000 degree Celsius to break it into molecules. With the help of additives, the molecules will be used to generate electricity, diesel and water. “No unwanted residue will be left in the process,” Girotra said.

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      Patna metro rail: Equal mix of underground & elevated tracks

      Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Oct 3, 2018, 02:00 IST

      PATNA: The proposed Patna metro rail will have almost equal length of elevated and underground stretches in the two corridors covering 31km across the city.

      Officials in state urban development and housing department (UDHD), the nodal agency for the project, said majority of the stretch on Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Mithapur corridor will be underground, while the Patna Junction-Ashok Rajpath-Zero Mile-proposed ISBT track will be mostly elevated.

      Special secretary (UDHD) Sanjay Dayal said 12 stations each along with two depots on both routes are proposed. The depots are proposed at the upcoming ISBT and Etwarpur near Mithapur. He said land acquisition is unlikely to be a major hurdle as the tracks would run along the median of the existing roads. “Large piece of land will be required only for the two depots,” Dayal told TOI on Tuesday.

      When asked about the construction cost, he said: “The cost of an underground track comes to around Rs480 crore per kilometre while it is around Rs240 crore per kilometre for an elevated alignment. However, majority of the stretch on Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Mithapur corridor has been proposed to be underground owing to Rupaspur railway overbridge (RoB) and Jagdeopath-Sheikhpura Mor flyover, among other issues.”

      The ambitious project seems to be inching towards reality as the state government has expedited the process of completing different steps before sending its final detailed project report (DPR) to the Centre.

      While the state cabinet gave its nod to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) christened Patna Metro Rail Corporation last week, UDHD officials said the DPR has also been approved by the Public Finance Committee. “The final note on the DPR has been prepared and is likely to be tabled in the next state cabinet meeting. Accordingly, we hope to send the approved DPR to the Centre within a fortnight,” a senior UDHD official said.

      The estimated cost of the project has been pegged at Rs17,800 crore. The Centre as well as state governments would contribute 20% of the project cost, while the remaining 60% would be met from financial aid. “The target is to complete the project and make metro rail functional in five years from commencement of works,” Dayal said.

      Experts said the target is quite achievable as the first phase of Jaipur metro rail was completed in four years and one month.

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        Give waste to garbage collectors or pay Rs 5,000

        TNN | Updated: Oct 4, 2018, 06:03 IST

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        PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) will soon impose penalty on residents if they do not give their household waste to the garbage collectorsunder the door-to-door waste collection system launched by CM Nitish Kumaron Monday.

        PMC officials said the erring households would be issued spot challans of Rs 5,000. “The exercise is aimed at imbibing a sense of responsibility among citizens towards sanitation and hygiene in their areas,” a senior PMC official said.

        Deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said the penalty system would be introduced once all the 75 wards are covered under the door-to-door waste collection scheme. “Those who refuse to hand over waste to garbage collectorswill be treated as defaulters and fined Rs 5,000,” Anand said, adding the penalty will be imposed on the defaulters under the solid waste management rules.

        “Under the Centre’s Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, it is the responsibility of the citizens to hand over garbage to the workers of the civic body. Otherwise, they are liable to pay penalty. The state government will also notify its own solid waste management rules. The draft proposal in this regard has the provision of penalty, which will be introduced in the door-to-door garbage collection programme,” Anand said.

        According to a PMC official, the civic body will set up a monitoring team each in every ward to ensure proper execution of the door-to-door garbage collection programme. “The monitoring teams will identify defaulters,” he added.

        Under the new system, each ward has been divided into five sectors. The garbage collectors will visit 500 to 1,000 houses in each ward with auto tippers and tricycles.

        The civic body will also launch a theme song on cleanliness which will be played by garbage collectors. “The song will help the people know that garbage collectoors have arrived in their locality,” Anand said.

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          Homeless to get Rs 60k for land to build home: CM

          Abhay Singh | TNN | Oct 5, 2018, 02:00 IST

          PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced payment of Rs 60,000 each as assistance to homeless people to purchase land so that houses could be built for them under PM Awas Yojana (PMAY) at a cost of Rs 1.2 lakh.

          The CM said registration fee would not be charged on the purchase of land under the new scheme called CM homestead land assistance scheme, which is aligned with the CM Gramin Awas Yojana.

          The CM recalled he had announced the homestead land scheme and the CM Gram Awas Yojana in his Independence Day speech at Gandhi Maidan this year. The rural development department has already started implementing the two schemes, he said at a function held on the premises of Samvad.

          Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and rural development department (RDD) minister Shrawan Kumar, along with senior officials of the department, were also present on the occasion.

          The CM said the list of beneficiaries of homestead land assistance scheme had been prepared on the basis of the socio- economic caste census done in the state. It will benefit people belonging to the scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and extremely backward caste sections, he added.

          He said work had also started under the Gram Parivahan Yojana under which five persons of a block would be given Rs 2 lakh, including Rs 1 lakh as subsidy, to purchase vehicles to carry passengers between the block headquarters and their villages.

          The CM said several other schemes meant for the poor and the deprived sections would be announced as part of the celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which would continue till next year.

          He said three of the seven resolves of the government were already under implementation. While 35% reservation to women in police forces and other government jobs had been started in February 2016, the two schemes meant for youths of the state were also under implementation.

          As for the remaining four resolves of the government, the CM said every household would have toilet by next year under Lohia Swachhta Scheme. Similarly, every household will have power connection by the end of this year. The work on the supply of piped drinking water has been going on briskly, while the plans were under execution to provide pucca street and drainage in every village.

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            Anti-encroachment drive in Chhapra

            H K Verma | TNN | Oct 5, 2018, 01:00 IST

            CHHAPRA: The Saran district administration has launched a drive to remove encroachments from Chhapra roads to ease the problem of frequent traffic snarls in town areas.

            The campaign was taken up on the eastern side of the civil court from Salempur roundabout to Sahebganj, in which more than 50 illegal structures were removed by the police and civic body officials. Sadar block circle officer Pankaj Kumar said, “Before launching the drive, the shopkeepers, who have encroached the roads, were duly informed. Those who failed to comply with our directive had to face the consequences. The purpose of the drive is to free the roads from illegal occupancy, clean the drains and make the town look beautiful.”

            Prior to this, National Green Tribunal (NGT) had also directed Saran district magistrate to get the main drain of the town—Kanua Nala—free from encroachment and had expressed concern for delay in execution of the orders. In 2015, an NGO ‘Veteran Forum for Transparency in Public Life’, had submitted its prayer before the NGT to get Khanua Nala free from encroachment. Activists of the Forum have now expressed hope that the nala will be free from encroachments and residents will get reprieve from waterlogging and other associated problems.

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              Eviction drive after Navaratra

              TNN | Oct 6, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: Patna divisional commissioner Robert L Chongthu on Friday asked the officials concerned to resume the multi-department anti-encroachment drive in the city after Navaratra. He said the administration has constituted four teams to conduct the drive in four circles – New Capital, Patna City, Kankerbagh and Bankipore – from October 22 to 27.

              “The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) should earmark vending zones in areas like Boring Road, Kadamkuan, Station Road, Bailey Road and Rajapur Pul for rehabilitation of the evicted vendors. However, vending zones will not be allowed within the 50-metre radius from schools in these localities,” Chongthu added.

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                HC dismisses plea, Tejashwi will have to vacate bungalow

                Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Oct 7, 2018, 07:29 IST

                Tejashwi Prasad Yadav

                PATNA: Leader of opposition in state assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav may have to vacate the 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow here as the Patna high court on Saturday quashed a writ petition filed by him challenging an order of Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in the state which had asked him to vacate the premises.

                The 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow was allotted to RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s younger son Tejashwi when he was the deputy chief minister in Grand Alliance (GA) government of JD (U), RJD and Congress. After the collapse of the GA government in July last year, Tejashwi was asked to vacate the bungalow as it was allotted to present deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi.

                Modi was allotted 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow based on a notification issued by the state government on August 29 last year for allotment of government bungalows to 15 ministers in the newly-formed NDA government.

                Tejashwi was, in turn, allotted Modi’s 1, Polo Road bungalow. He, however, urged the state government to allow him to retain the 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow. Tejashwi wrote a letter to building construction department minister Maheshwar Hazari and chief minister’s secretariat on August 31 last year, citing the exception given to Modi to retain 1, Polo Road bungalow in 2013 when the Bihar CM ended his 17-year-old alliance with the BJP.

                The state government, however, turned down his request with minister Hazari stating that 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow was officially earmarked for deputy CM and 1, Polo Road for the leader of opposition.

                Tejashwi later moved Patna HC challenging the state government’s order. The court of Justice Jyoti Saran, however, quashed his writ petition on Thursday. Tejashwi’s counsel Abhinav Srivastva said they pleaded before the court that the building allotment committee of state government, responsible for allotment of government bungalows, never made recommendation for shifting Tejashwi from 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow to 1, Polo Road. “I will make further comment on the issue after going through the high court’s order,” Srivastava added.

                According to sources in building construction department, former state ministers are allowed maximum one-month time to vacate the bungalows. However, in Tejashwi’s case, the matter has been lingering for over a year now.

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                  Realtor shot at in Muzaffarpur village

                  TNN | Oct 7, 2018, 01:00 IST

                  MUZAFFARPUR: Unidentified criminals shot at and injured an RJD functionary near his Vasudeo Chhapra village under the Meenapur police station area, 40km from Muzaffarpur town, on Saturday morning.

                  Dinesh Sah, who is also a realtor, was rushed to Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), where doctors operated the bullet out of his body.

                  Police said the incident took place around 5am when Sah, a block-level secretary of RJD, was on his usual morning walk along Muzaffarpur-Sheohar road.

                  Muzaffarpur SSP Manoj Kumar said the assailants were riding two motorbikes. “They fired at him from close range. One bullet hit him in head, and he fell down. Passersby informed police,” he said.

                  The reason for the attack was yet to be ascertained. The SSP, however, did not rule out the possibility of business rivalry leading to the crime. “We will know once we record his statement after he regains consciousness,” the SSP said.

                  This is second incident of a politician being attacked in Muzaffarpur within a fortnight. Former Muzaffarpur mayor Samir Kumar and his driver were shot dead in Muzaffarpur town on September 24.

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                    Rooftop solar panels on govt buildings from November

                    TNN | Oct 8, 2018, 02:00 IST

                    PATNA: The state has selected an agency to install solar panels on the rooftops of government buildings from November this year.

                    Under the grid connected rooftop scheme, the Centre and state equally share the burden of subsidy for installing rooftop solar panels by individual households, organizations and government buildings. Bihar Renewable Energy Agency (BREDA) is the nodal agency for implementing the project in the state.

                    “The selection procedure for hiring an agency to undertake the installation work in government offices has been completed. We hope the work will start next month,”said a BREDA official familiar with the project. “We had received applications from offices under state government with a combined demand of 40MW of power through installing rooftop solar panels on government offices,” he said.

                    Under the scheme, the individual households would get half the cost as subsidy to be equally shared by the Centre and the state. A total Rs75,000 is required for installing 1kW capacity rooftop solar panel by an individual.

                    Government buildings and social sector organizations are entitled to a subsidy of 25% of the cost incurred on the project. While commercial or industrial units would not be entitled for any subsidy.

                    Ashwini Ashok, solar power analyst at Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED), said, “Patna can generate around 300MW solar power by using roof space. The residential buildings account for 80% of the city’s solar potential. The installation of rooftop solar panels at hospitals and offices under state government can generate huge amount of power. It will also contribute towards greater reliance on greener energy sources rather than traditional coal-based electricity.”

                    Bihar government in May last year had approved the Bihar Policy for Promotion of New and Renewable Energy Sources 2017 to build a capacity to generate 2,969MW solar power, 244MW biofuel energy and 220MW hydel power in the state by 2022.

                    The official said the state government has already earmarked Rs241 crore for this project and the Centre would release funds after the project is sanctioned.

                    “After the rooftop solar panels installation on government buildings, which is likely to take four months, the power distribution companies will install two-way electricity meters for solar facilities in their areas concerned to connect them with the local grid,” the official said.

                    Grid connectivity will ensure that surplus solar power generated is fed to the power grid and the consumer can sell surplus solar power to the grid on current tariffs. He also said the two-way meter allows two-way flow of electricity — from distribution company to consumer and vice versa. The meter will supply unused power generated from rooftop solar panels to power distribution companies. It will also ensure that power from the distribution company is supplied to the consumer only if the daily quota of power generated by the rooftop plant is consumed.

                    “As far as the individual household is concern, we have received applications with a combined demand of 20MW power,” the official said.

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                      Bhagalpur civic body gears up for smart & clean city

                      TNN | Oct 11, 2018, 01:00 IST

                      BHAGALPUR: With the commencement of Navratra, the Bhagalpur Municipal Corporation (BMC) has geared up its machinery for cleaning the city areas.

                      A meeting was held on the BMC premises on Tuesday for preparing the roster of the cleaning staff and their supervisors. Steps are also being taken to collect garbage from every household besides creating awareness about keeping the streets clean. Residents have been urged to deposit garbage in the bins.

                      The civic body has also launched awareness campaigns to make people aware about the restrictions on use of polythene as it is one of the biggest source of choking drains and litter that causes pollution. The Patna high court had recently directed the state government to impose a ban on polythene and plastic bags. Subsequently, the state government informed the court that it will ban polythene and plastic bags from October 25 in urban areas and from November 24 in rural areas. Deputy mayor Rajesh Verma said efforts are being made to keep the city clean not only during the festivals but also throughout the year. “Fine and legal action against individuals or households will be taken if one is found to throw garbage on the streets,” added Verma saying inventory of the garbage bins that has been put up in the municipal wards is being prepared and if necessary more bins would be fixed.

                      Meanwhile, mayor Seema Saha has urged the BMC commissioner to expedite fixing of street lights (LED bulbs) on the poles in view of the Durga Puja besides forthcoming festivals like Diwali and Chhath.

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