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    Move afoot to upgrade SH-19 as 4-lane NH

    TNN | Oct 29, 2018, 01:00 IST

    BHAGALPUR: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is ready with a detailed project report (DPR) for upgrading the 75.4 km state road highway (SH-19) connecting Bhagalpur with Dumka into four-lane National Highway (NH) at an estimated expenditure of Rs 1,108 crore.

    The DPR has been submitted for approval to the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH), Government of India. The estimated cost includes construction of some bridges and conversion of culverts falling between the stretch.

    According to NH division officials in Bhagalpur, SH-19 has already been approved as NH by the MoRTH and the road will be assigned a number before the commencement of work. Once upgraded, it will facilitate traffic movement not only to Jharkhand but also to West Bengal and an easy connectivity between north and south Bihar. It will also ease the traffic congestion of Bhagalpur city besides facilitating better roadways to neighbouring states. “It will also help to promote tourism and ease transportation of coal, minerals, petroleum products and others to Bihar,” said NHAI sources.

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      Smart city work from December in Patna

      TNN | Updated: Oct 29, 2018, 08:18 IST

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      PATNA: Work on the first phase of smart city project may start from December this year after the finalization of tender process by Patna Smart City Limited, the special purpose vehicle to implement the Centre’s flagship scheme in the state capital, an official familiar with the project said.

      The first phase of the project, with a total plan outlay of Rs 419 crore, will involve several components, such as establishment of one stop utility centres (Jan Suvidha Kendras), open theatre at Gandhi Maidan, installation of CCTV cameras and solar panels on government buildings.

      “We have expedited the tendering process. Hopefully, the formalities will be completed by the end of November this year,” the official added.

      Patna was included in Centre’s ambitious smart city scheme in June last year. The project entails an expenditure of Rs 2,700 crore. Muzaffarpur, Biharsharif and Bhagalpur are other three towns in the state which will be developed under the smart city mission.

      Under the first phase of the project, altogether 3,000 CCTV cameras will be installed throughout the city with an estimated expenditure of Rs 254 crore. These cameras will be linked with the integrated command and control centre for round-the-clock security monitoring in the city.

      In a bid to boost electricity generation through solar power, solar panels will be installed on at least 36 government buildings in the city. A sum of Rs 25 crore will be spent on the project.

      One stop utility centres will be opened in all 75 wards to facilitate payment of electricity and telephone bills. People can also apply for ration and PAN cards at these centres.

      An open theatre will be opened at Gandhi Maidan on the lines of Drive-In Cinema in Ahmedabad to screen movies.

      The Patna smart city project also envisages developing model roads. Nala Road, Beerchand Patel Path, Mandiri road and Adalatganj road are proposed to be made model ones. These roads will be equipped with CCTV cameras, benches and street lights.

      The Centre had launched its flagship Smart City Mission in 2015. It envisages the development of 100 cities across the country for better urban governance. Union ministry of housing and urban affairs will implement the scheme in collaboration with state governments.

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        Bihar air pollution: Doctors advise people to wear masks

        Faryal Rumi | TNN | Updated: Oct 30, 2018, 11:54 IST

        PATNA: With the air quality in Patna being in the ‘poor’ category, doctors have advised the residents to use scarves, handkerchief and masks to protect themselves from dust pollution.

        The Air Quality Index (AQI) released by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Monday showed higher level of air pollution in major towns in Bihar. The AQI in Patna at 4pm was 236, which is categorized as ‘poor’, while Muzaffarpur and Gaya recorded 113 and 157 AQI respectively, which is in the ‘moderate’ category.

        ‘Poor’ category of AQI can lead to breathing discomfort on prolonged exposure and ‘moderate’ category can cause breathing discomfort with lungs, asthma and heart diseases.

        Accordingly, doctors and medical experts in the city have advised people to cover their nose while travelling. PMCH medical superintendent Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said, “The prevailing weather condition and degrading air quality can affect the respiratory system, heart and can stimulate bronchiolitis. Joggers should avoid going out in the morning in such condition, but if they want, they should put up a mask on their faces.”

        Dr Ranjan said the present environment is more dangerous for school kids as they breathe in more air per kilogram of their body weight than adults.

        Physician Dr Rajesh Sinha said masks have been become imperative, especially for morning walkers and school and college-goers. “The surgical and simple air purifier masks are partially helpful and definitely lower the impact of pollutants. The sub-micron masks do not allow the dust particles to reach the lungs,” he said, and advised the residents to drink boiled water for healthy immune system.

        Ashutosh Pandey (32) of Krishnapuri said he stopped jogging as he was feeling uneasy with all the smog. “Last week, I realized that I got slow and easily tired. I will continue my exercise as soon as I got the sub-micron filters,” he said.

        Sathish Suman said walking in Gandhi Maidan has become difficult due to dust particles and smog. “Rather than feeling healthy, I’ll get sick in this condition. It has become impossible to walk without a mask in dust,” said Suman of Bank Road.

        Several college-goers and parents of school kids are also taking precautions. Mouni of Kurji, whose daughter studies in Notre Dame Academy, said she covers her daughter’s face while dropping her to school. “Due to construction works around school premises, I put a mask over her face. She recently recovered from cold and I’m taking all the precautions to keep her healthy,” she said.

        A shopkeeper near Patna Market said the demand for even of simple mask has increased in the last one week. “We also stocked up surgical masks and anti-pollution masks. The masks range between Rs50 and Rs450,” he said.

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          Conserve purity of Ganga: Mountaineer

          TNN | Oct 31, 2018, 02:00 IST

          PATNA: Students of Litera Valley School on Tuesday interacted with mountaineer Bachendri Pal, the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

          Pal visited the school under ‘Mission Gange’, a rafting expedition organised by National Mission for Clean Ganga and Tata Adventures Sports Foundation. She spoke about the importance of leadership and asked students to encourage others to reach greater heights.

          “There is an Everest in every life and the only tools we need to reach the summit are discipline, focus and determination,” she said. Pal also stressed on the need to conserve the purity and sanctity of the Ganga, which, according to her, gets polluted as it flows through the plain.

          Sainik School: Sainik School-Nalanda principal Colonel M E Hussain on Tuesday felicitated the students of Class X who did well in 2017-18 board exam. The school principal had received the merit certificate from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for good performance of its students in Class X board examination.

          According to CBSE, the performance of Class X students of Sainik School-Nalanda was better than other Army schools in the country. The certificate was handed over to the school principal by Union minister of state for defence Subhash Ramrao Bhamre.

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            CII, realtors’ body seek RERA’s help

            TNN | Nov 1, 2018, 02:00 IST

            PATNA: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Builders Association of India (BAI) and Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) have sought Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) help for registration of old projects, which were completed before the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 was implemented. The RERA Act came into force on May 1, 2017.

            CREDAI Bihar president Narendra Kumar told this newspaper on Tuesday there was no concept of occupancy certificate in Bihar and 99% of the builders, promoters and developers don’t have the completion certificate in state.

            “It’s a serious problem for builders as the registration office asks for completion certificate,” he said, adding the builders of ongoing projects or the projects completed after the RERA Act came into force was registered as per the rules.

            “We seek the help from RERA Bihar for some alternate measures to solve this problem,” he said.

            The RERA (Bihar) officials concerned have submitted a suggestion to the principal secretary of state prohibition and registration department to register the flats and commercial buildings, which had been completed long before the RERA Act came into force, on the basis of affidavit.

            Subodh Kumar Sinha, a member of RERA Bihar, said submitting an affidavit was just a suggestion to resolve the issue as the final decision would be taken by the state government.

            “According to Section 16 of Bihar’s Building Bylaws, there is a provision for completion certificate for which the owner or empanelled architect concerned or engineer or structural engineer has to submit notice of completion in form XII to the authority, which states that building has been completed in all respect as per approved plan and provision of the bylaws with supporting documents. This process can also help the builders,” he said.

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              Nitish to declare 100% household electrification in Bihar on Nov 1

              Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Oct 31, 2018, 08:00 IST

              PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar will officially announce 100% household electrification in the state on November 1.

              The Centre had on October 25 declared that Bihar government achieved 100% household electrification under Saubhagya scheme by providing meter-based electricity connection to 32.49 lakh households in rural areas. The number of houses under the scheme increased to 32,52,422 on Tuesday. The official website of Saubhgya scheme showed 1,39,66,503 houses in rural as well as urban areas in the state having been electrified.

              According to officials in energy department, the state government is now eligible for incentives and award from the Union ministry of power for achieving 100% household electrification before the stipulated deadline.

              Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while launching ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’ or Saubhagya scheme on September 25 last year, had set the target for completing the electrification process across the country by December this year. Bihar government, which had already been working on its parent scheme ‘Mukhya Mantri Vidyut Sambandh Yojna’ or ‘Har Ghar Bijli’ since November last year, had initially set December 2018 target for providing meter-based electricity connection to all houses.

              However, the state government claimed to have achieved the target under the scheme two months ahead of its stipulated deadline. Officials said the state government is now eligible for an award of Rs 100 crore from the Centre, which may be used for electrical infrastructure improvement work.

              Besides, the power distribution companies in the state are eligible to get Rs 50 lakh for distribution among its employees. The nature of distribution of the award amount among the employees will be decided by the principal secretary of energy department.

              “We have sent communication to the Centre regarding the status of household electrification scheme and our eligibility for different awards and incentives for completing the work ahead of the deadline. We will also get a rebate of 15% in the share of the state in household electrification scheme,” a senior official in energy department told TOI wishing anonymity. The Saubhagya scheme stipulates that the Centre and state will share the electricity installation charges to every household in the ratio of 60:40. “Of the 40% share of the state government, it contributes 10% and the remaining 30% is raised through external loan. However, the scheme has a stipulation that 15% of the loan amount will be borne by the Centre and it will be treated as grant if the state meets the target before deadline,” the energy department official said.

              The Bihar State Power Holding Company will also be celebrating its foundation day on November 1.

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                ‘Moderate’ air quality in Muzaffarpur

                TNN | Updated: Nov 2, 2018, 08:34 IST

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                MUZAFFARPUR: The air quality index (AQI) in Muzaffarpur, released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), was recorded at 183 on Thursday, putting it into “moderate” category. The drop in AQI level before Diwali has sent alarm bells ringing in the office of the district magistrate.

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                According to the CPCB, moderate category of AQI can lead to breathing discomfort among people with lung, heart and asthma diseases.

                The Muzaffarpur district administration has claimed that it has taken several initiatives to reduce pollution level prior to Diwali. DM Md Sohail said an anti-pollution awareness programme would be launched in the district soon.

                “We will urge people not to use firecrackers, which emit highly polluting substances in the air,” said the DM, adding the district administration would take necessary steps to curb air pollution.


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                  Patna chokes as air quality continues to deteriorate

                  TNN | Nov 2, 2018, 02:00 IST

                  PATNA: Air quality in city has continued to deteriorate prior to Diwali as the air quality index (AQI) level measured by Central Pollution Control Board soared to 282 on Thursday, which is considered “poor”.

                  PM 2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns) was the dominant pollutant, which was measured at 143.34 micrograms per cubic meter, much higher than the prescribed limit of 60 microgram/cubic meter.

                  PM 2.5 is made of dust, harmful pollutants arising out of vehicular emissions. These pollutants cause serious respiratory and lung problems. According to State of Global Air Report released in 2017 by US-based Global Burden of Disease Project, the extreme level of PM 2.5 (above 75 micograms per cubic meter) causes heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and respiratory infections.

                  S N Jaiswal, pollution analyst at Bihar State Pollution Control Board, said: “The dust emanating from roads and construction activities, vehicular emissions and burning of waste are responsible for alarming levels of PM 2.5 in Patna. It remained the dominant pollutant in Gaya and Muzaffarpur also. It may cause serious health problems to senior citizens and minors.”

                  Ankita, senior programme officer at Centre for Environment and Energy Development, said, “Given the levels of PM 2.5, Patna, Muzaffarpur and Gaya are comparable to other major polluting cities, such as New Delhi, Noida and Gurugram. The combat against toxic air not only needs effective government policies, but also citizens’ participation”.

                  Vikram Singh, a resident of Alamganj in Patna City, said, “Roads in our locality are prone to traffic jams, which lead to sore eyes and throat. We get some relief by using sunglasses and masks”.


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                    Replace all old electric wires by December 2019: Nitish Kumar

                    Madan Kumar | TNN | Updated: Nov 2, 2018, 07:39 IST

                    PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar on Thursday asked the energy department to complete the work of providing dedicated agriculture feeders in all 38 districts by December-end in 2019.

                    Speaking at a function to mark the 6th foundation day of Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) and its four allied companies here, Nitishalso asked the power distribution companies — NBPDCL and SBPDCL — to replace all old electric wires across the state by December 2019.

                    The CM said the incidents of people getting killed due to snapping of old electric wires were man-made disaster and the energy department should pay special attention to removing the rickety wires at the earliest.

                    “There will be no dearth of funds and other resources required for the two works,” CM told energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav and department’s principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit.

                    “Altogether 296 new power substations will be set up across the state to supply electricity to 1,312 dedicated agriculture feeders for providing power directly to the fields. It will reduce production cost of farmers who depend on diesel pump sets to irrigate their fields,” an energy department official told TOI on Thursday.

                    Nitish also asked officials to improve billing system to provide more relief to the consumers. “Once you update your billing system, the rate of payment by consumers will improve. It will ultimately reduce losses up to 15% from existing 25%,” Nitish said.

                    He also announced construction of a new building on the Vidyut Bhavan premises at the cost of Rs85 crore. He also said a new auditorium would be built in the electricity board colony at Shastrinagar.

                    The CM thanked the officials and engineers of the BSPHCL and its allied companies for accomplishing the task of providing electricity connection to each households across the state two months before the deadline. The CM had earlier fixed December 31, 2018 deadline for providing electricity connection to each household. But the BSPHCL completed the task by October 25. He said with the electrification of all households, the ‘ghost of darkness’ has fled away from each village.


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                      Notice to confiscate Brajesh’s properties

                      TNN | Nov 3, 2018, 01:00 IST

                      MUZAFFARPUR: The district administration may confiscate the properties of Brajesh Thakur and six other members of his NGO Seva Sankalp Ewam Vikas Samiti. They are accused in the infamous Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case. Thakur is in jail and has been shifted to Patiala from Bhagalpur on the Supreme Court’s order.

                      Notices have been served on the directive of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

                      Notices were pasted on Thursday at the shelter home building and the adjacent residential house of Asha Thakur, wife of Brajesh. The notices have also been served and pasted on the houses of six other members of the NGO, which used to run the shelter home where 36 girls were allegedly sexually abused.

                      Musahari circle officer Nagendra Prasad directed the owner of the buildings to submit details and other legal documents within seven days from serving of the notices. “If you fail to report within stipulated time, all your movable and immovable properties will be confiscated,” the notices read.

                      Manorama Devi, mother of Thakur and owner of the shelter home building, has requested Muzaffarpur DM to give one month time to furnish the required papers. “Most documents have been kept in haphazard way, as the investigation agencies had searched every corner of the house. It will take some time following which the papers would be produced before the officials concerned,” she said.


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