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    RERA slaps Rs10 lakh fine on erring firm

    Faryal Rumi | TNN | Nov 24, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA)-Bihar has imposed a penalty of Rs 10 lakh on Eastern Estate Construction and Developers Pvt Ltd for advertising its projects on its official website without registering them with the Authority. The firm has been charged with violating the provisions of Section 3 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016.

    After hearing the arguments and scrutinising the documents and financial annual audit report of the company, the two-member RERA-Bihar bench comprising Rajiva Bhushan Sinha and Subodh Kumar Sinha concluded that the company has been booking and receiving the payments against the duplex, simplex or economy-type bungalows and apartments in their ongoing project Techno City-Bihta in violation of the Section 3 of the RERA Act.

    The action was initiated under Section 59 (1) of the RERA Act, which states that if any promoter contravenes the provisions of Section 3, s/he shall be liable to a penalty which may extend up to 10% of the estimated cost of the real estate project.

    The Authority had earlier issued notices to the managing director of the company, Sanjeev Kumar, in May this year for non-registration of their two projects – Techno City and Sone Green Valley-Bihta. In reply, Sanjeev had stated that the first project, Techno City, had commenced prior to the inception of RERA and the construction work was stopped after the RERA came into force on May 1 last year.

    Sanjeev had also justified that his second project, Sone Green Valley, was abandoned in 2012, but he forgot to remove the advertisement of the projects from the company’s official website. A RERA-Bihar official on Friday said the company removed the advertisement from its official website in August and filed online application for the Techno City project on October 1 along with the required documents.

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      DMs asked to curb air pollution

      Piyush Tripathi | TNN | Updated: Nov 25, 2018, 07:27 IST

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      PATNA: Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) on Saturday asked district magistrates (DMs) of Patna, Muzaffarpur and Gaya to initiate measures to curb air pollution in the wake of worsening air quality in the three cities. The DMs of other 35 districts of the state have also been asked to take measures to lower air pollution.

      TOI has been carrying a series of reports over the past few days, highlighting high air quality index (AQI) at three of the country’s worst polluted cities – Patna, Muzaffarpur and Gaya.

      “You (district magistrates) are directed to implement city-specific action plan for prevention and control of air pollution and hold monthly review meetings and submit compliance report regarding the same. You are also directed to sensitize the general public regarding harmful effects of air pollution and elicit their support to control it,” BSPCB chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh wrote in his letter to the DMs.

      The action plan for curbing air pollution in Patna was released by the BSPCB in May. It talks about measures to be executed by different departments and agencies of the state government within specific deadlines, including phasing out vehicles more than 15-year-old, introduction of clean fuel, such as compressed natural gas (CNG), and ban on registration of diesel-driven autorickshaws.

      At 423, the AQI of Patna was highest in the country on November 21. It dropped to 370 on November 22 but again surged to 373 on November 23. The AQI, however, plunged to 347 on Saturday.

      The BSPCB has asked the DMs to prevent burning of dry waste, ensure regular check of pollution under control and fitness certificates, stop farmers from burning fodder and other farm produces and sprinkle water on roads.

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        Cover all open manholes by Dec 30, Nitish tells officials

        Madan Kumar | TNN | Nov 25, 2018, 02:30 IST

        PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday reviewed the ongoing operation to search the 10-year-old boy who fell into an open drain near Mohanpur sump house in the state capital on November 17, and asked the officials to take steps to prevent recurrence of such a tragic incident.

        The CM held the review meeting with the officials of urban development and housing department (UDHD), Patna district administration and Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and inquired about every details of the operation which continued on the eighth day on Saturday.

        The CM told the PMC and district officials to cover all the open manholes in the state capital by December 30 and take effective steps to free the city roads of stray animals.

        PMC commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman earlier informed the CM that around 1,000 of the of 29,000 manholes in the state capital were open. He assured the CM they would be covered by December 30.

        Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi suggested that the state government should formulate a policy for ensuring proper covering and cleanliness of the manholes.

        Nitish said various kinds of accident were occurring due to the movement of stray animals. He asked Patna DM Kumar Ravi to take effective steps to keep all stray animals in the gaushala. “If needed, increase the capacity of gaushala and the number of its employees. Also, impose fine on the owners of stray animals,” the CM told the Patna DM.

        Nitish further asked the UDHD officials to make similar arrangements of catching stray animals in other cities after improving the arrangement in the PMC area. UDHD minister Suresh Kumar Sharma also attended the meeting.

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          Bihta to be developed like Gurugram, says deputy CM Sushil Modi

          TNN | Updated: Nov 25, 2018, 07:20 IST

          Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi (File photo)

          PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday said Bihta would be developed on the lines of Gurugram and the township will have eight-lane roads and an airport among other world-class facilities. Addressing a function to lay foundation stone of an incubation centre at IIT-Patna, Modi said the centre would give space to startups associated with electronic system design, manufacturing and medical electronics.

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            37 villages to be part of Biharsharif Smart City project

            Farrukh Nadim | TNN | Updated: Nov 26, 2018, 07:25 IST

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            BIHARSHARIF: The population of Biharsharif municipal area is likely to cross 3,85,000 from 2,97,295 in the next two years as the Biharsharif Smart City Board (BSCB) in a meeting chaired by Robert L Chengthu, the central zone commissioner-cum-BSCB chairman on Monday proposed to include 37 revenue villages around Biharsharif municipal area to be developed under the project.

            Biharsharif municipal commissioner Saurabh Jorrwal said, “Altogether, 19 revenue villages of Biharsharif block, nine of Rahui and seven of Noorsaraiblocks have been proposed to be included in the Biharsharif municipal area and developed under the Rs 1,517 crore Biharsharif Smart City project, which got the Centre's nod in January.”

            "If things go according to plan, the area of Biharsharif municipal corporation will also go up to 78.56 square km from the present area of 20.32 square km," said Jorrwal.

            The municipal commissioner added that the Biharsharif Development Authority (BDA) has been asked to conduct a survey and submit its report in an year under the supervision of Biharsharif SDM Janardhan Prasad Aggrawal.

            Besides these, the income of Biharsharif municipal corporation from property taxes will also substantially increase as 15,000 households would be added to the existing 48,641 households. The commissioner said a master plan is being prepared in this regard.

            Biharsharif mayor Veena Kumari said, “The Centre and the state governments have already released funds of over 100 crore and work will be visible from early next year. Altogether 46 projects worth over 350 crore including developement of three bus stands, refurbishment of government buildings, roads, drainage and other infrastructure developmental projects are targeted to be completed in the next five years under the smart city project.”


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              PMC begins covering Patna’s open manholes

              TNN | Updated: Nov 27, 2018, 15:02 IST

              An open manhole of drainage on Buddha Colony road in Patna on Monday

              PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday started covering open manholes, two days after chief minister (CM) Nitish Kumar instructed officials to do so by December 30.

              The directive was issued in light of the disappearance of 10-year-old Deepak after he fell into a drainage pit adjacent to a sump house in Punaichak locality on November 17. A joint team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force failed to locate the child dead or alive even after eight days of rigorous search operations.

              According to sources, of the 30,000 manholes in the city, at least 1,000 are lying open and posing danger to the lives of common people, especially children. Open manholes have claimed several lives in the past. Besides, Deepak three other people, including two minors, have died after falling into open manholes in the city this year.

              PMC deputy commissioner Vishal Anand said, “We have started covering open manholes and expect to complete the task by December 30.”

              Asked which circle had the highest number of open manholes, Anand told this reporter, “All six circles have more or less equal number of open manholes. The civic body will address all complaints regarding open manholes in the city.”

              Chandmari Road resident Manoj Kumar claimed, “The civic body workers did not cover open manholes to flush out excess water during the rainy season. They pose serious threat to people’s lives.”

              S P Verma Road resident Quamar Alam said, “The civic body should also barricade all open drains in the city.”


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                Minister pleads for joint bid to curb air pollution

                Anuja Shanker | TNN | Nov 28, 2018, 02:00 IST

                PATNA: State health minister Mangal Pandey has pleaded for collaborated efforts by different government departments to take preventive and corrective measures to curb air pollution.

                Addressing a ‘Doctors’ Dialogue’ jointly organized by the Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Patna (AIIMS-P) at a city hotel on Tuesday, the minister did not deny that the government and different NGOs had not been able to do the required level of work to curb pollution.

                “Forests, transport, road construction, education and health department officials as well as representatives of different NGOs should sit together and hold deliberations on ways to control pollution,” Pandey said.

                Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB)’s chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh, who was the guest of honour at the event, claimed, “Three more air pollution monitoring stations will be set up at random locations near hospitals, academic institutions and industrial areas in the next three-four months. For now, the BSPCB and the Asian Development Research Institute have installed seven low-cost monitors in the city.”

                At present, there is only one continuous ambient air quality monitoring station near the Indira Gandhi Planetarium.

                Ghosh also urged the doctors to conduct studies on air pollution and monitor its impact on people’s health on a regular basis.

                CEED’s chief executive officer Ramapati Kumar brought to light the need to adopt a collaborative approach to deal with the impact of pollution on people’s health. “There is lack of relevant data on the impact of pollution on health in the public domain. Our aim is to compile scattered information, which is available in plenty, and help the government frame an air pollution control policy,” he said.

                A panel of experts, including medical practitioners and academics, discussed the hazards of air pollution on health and recommended ways to deal with them.

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                  PMC expects Patna to rank better in cleanliness survey

                  TNN | Nov 28, 2018, 02:00 IST

                  PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has rolled up its sleeves for Swachh Survekshan 2019 as the fourth edition of national cleanliness survey will focus more on making cities garbage and open defecation free.

                  Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA) has been conducting this survey since 2016 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet initiative Swachh Bharat to rank cities across the country on different parameters of sanitation and urban planning and management.

                  PMC has identified areas which require immediate action in accordance with the weightage system kept in the national annual urban cleanliness survey. Officials said they would leave no stone unturned to ensure better rankings for Patna in 2019.

                  PMC deputy commissioner Vishal Anand said, “Our hopes are high this time as we have covered 60% of the households under the door-to-door garbage collection programme. The waste collection system has been strengthened and more public toilets have been constructed. We have also declared 38 out of the 75 wards in the city as open defecation free and await certification.”

                  Sudhanshu Shekhar, a resident of S K Puri, said, “There is some improvement in waste collection. Large dustbins have been removed from the roads. So, we hope Patna will perform better in the survey this time.”

                  Sources said a MOHUA team will visit Patna in January to assess the performance of the city on the basis of cleanliness from January to December this year.

                  The annual survey will be conducted in cities across the country from January 4 to 31 next year. The survey questionnaire will contain 5,000 marks, instead of 4000 in 2018.

                  The team will assess cleanliness levels in Patna and other cities of Bihar on four broad parameters, each containing weightage of 25%. The parameters are direct observation, citizen feedback, third party certification and service level progress (achievements in waste collection and disposal).

                  In 2018, Patna was ranked 309 among the 500 cities with a total score of 1644.92 out of 4000. The state capital had a rank of 262 among 434 cities in 2017. Gaya, Biharsharif, Darbhanga and Siwan were the other cities in the state which participated and ranked in the last year’s survey.

                  Time schedule for waste collection:

                  PMC has revised the time schedule for door-to-door garbage collection in the city — in residential areas from 7am to 2pm and from commercial establishments between 8pm and 10pm. It has also drafted a standard operating procedure (SOP) to bring transparency and accountability in doorstep garbage collection programme. As per the SOP, the city managers will monitor the garbage collection while sanitation inspectors will keep a vigil on the attendance of drivers and sanitation workers. PMC deputy commissioner Vishal Anand said, “The SOP will lead to better monitoring of garbage collection. It will also instill confidence and a sense of responsibility among officials engaged in sanitation work.”

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                    New Patna-Rajgir road to half travel time: CM Nitish Kumar

                    Madan Kumar | TNN | Updated: Dec 2, 2018, 07:15 IST

                    Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (File photo)

                    PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday asked road construction department (RCD) officials to build a wide road that will help passengers reach Rajgir, which is fast coming up as a major tourist centre, from Patna airport in 75 minutes.

                    The proposed 10-metre wide road will connect Rajgir with Karaunta in Patna district and shorten the distance and travel time between them. At the moment, the average travel time between the state capital and Rajgir is about two-and-a-half hours. Nitish gave the instructions to the RCD officials while inspecting road projects in Patna and Nalanda districts. He said the the RCD should use latest technology to build the road that will pass through places such as Telmar, Soradih, Noorsarai and Silao.

                    During his nearly six-hour tour, Nitish interacted with villagers living along the route and discussed the quality of road construction work. He also met officials and engineers engaged in road construction to know about their problems and the time they might require to finish the proposed road.

                    “The proposed road will link many villages and make a journy from Patna to Rajgir smooth and troble-free,” an RCD official said after the CM’s visit.

                    Nitish asked the RCD to complete work on the Bihta-Sarmera state highway (SH-78) near Dumri village as fast as possible. He announced that the stretch between Demri and Sarmera would be ready by May next year.

                    Nitish, who also inspected the construction of National Highway-30A near Daniyawan village, asked the RCD officials to link the NH flyover at Daniyawan with the Daniyawan-Hilsa-Islampur state highway (SH-04).

                    He suggested that NH officials construct elevated roads at Biharsharif, Harnaut, Mora Talab and Dhamauli while transforming NH-31 into a four-lane highways. He also said bypass roads should be built at Giriyak and Vena on NH-31 in Nalanda district. After reviewing the progress of work on the Barh-Harnaut-Fatuha national highway, Nitish said almost 75% of the project had been completed. He instructed district magistrates Kumar Ravi (Patna) and Thyagrajan S M (Nalanda) to look into the problems of land acquisition that have affected the project at five places.

                    RCD principal secretary Amrit Lal Meena, rural works secretary Vinay Kumar and transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agrawal accompanied Nitish during the inspection of the road projects.

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                      City to get plastic waste processing unit soon

                      TNN | Dec 3, 2018, 02:00 IST

                      PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has initiated fresh bidding process to rope in a firm for developing a plastic waste processing unit in the city.

                      PMC deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said there was no system for treatment of plastic waste in the city at present. “Plastic waste is generally dumped at a solid waste landfill site at Ramachak-Bairiya village on Patna-Gaya road. Once the plastic waste processing unit starts functioning, the rural works department can use the plastic waste in construction of roads in rural areas. The plastic bags will be turned into granules and mixed with coal tar to build roads,” Anand said.

                      Bihar State Pollution Control Board chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh has also hailed the initiative of the PMC. “People generally burn plastic waste, which releases toxic fumes, such as furans and dioxins. These toxic fumes can cause respiratory and other ailments among people,” Ghosh said.

                      He said the BSPCB would strictly implement the ban on plastic bags in urban areas of the state from December 15. “Anybody caught using or selling plastic bags will have to pay penalty,” Ghosh said.

                      People have also hailed the move of the civic body to develop plastic waste treatment facility. Kaushal Kishore, a resident of Kankerbaghm said, “Kankerbagh is one of the most polluted localities in the city. Proper treatment of plastic waste will go a long way in reducing pollution.”


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