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    4-lane NH83: NHAI to finalize fresh tenders

    Abdul Qadir | TNN | Updated: Dec 5, 2019, 7:38 IST


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    GAYA: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is evaluating the second tender floated by the agency for four-laning of NH83 linking the state capital with the Grand Trunk Road near Dobhi. The re-tendering of the Rs 2015 crore project was necessitated following the sudden exit of the construction company that was allotted the work in 2014.

    IL&FS Engineering and Construction Limited abandoned the project more than a year back as the company, according to reports, ran deep in trouble. According to Road construction Department principal secretary Amrit Lal Meena, the NHAI was evaluating fresh tenders invited for the execution of the delayed project and the agency was likely to finalize the tenders soon.

    Work would begin once the second tender process gets finalized, said Meena. The top RCD official did not give any time frame for the resumption of the four-laning work.
    According to NHAI sources, the project has been split into three parts for faster execution.

    On Tuesday, the bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice AK upadhyay of the Patna high court, while hearing a PIL filed for getting the road constructed and better connectivity between Gaya and the state capital, summoned several top officials of the state, including the principal secretaries of transport and water resources departments, Gaya DM and Gaya Municipal Corporation over the delay in road construction and vandalisation of Falgu river. The officials have to appear before the court on December 10, 2019.

    The NHAI, on April 24, 2014, had awarded the contract to IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Limited for executing the four-laning project of NH83. Less than 20% of the work was done when the construction company backed off. The NHAI had fixed April 9, 2018 as the deadline for completion of the work.

    Besides four-laning of the 127km stretch between Dobhi and Patna, the company was to construct 11 major bridges, 17 minor bridges, 3 service roads, 3 road overbridges and 218 culverts. Japan International Cooperation Agency is funding the project.

    As per a Delhi datelined story published in this newspaper on May 13 this year, several NHAI projects were being shelved on account of severe resource crunch. The report further said that in the current financial year, the NHAI proposes to take up work for only 4kms in Bihar. The Dobhi-Patna road is 127km-long.









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      Bihar approves Rs 120 crore to build homes for 33 lakh poor families

      Rural development and housing department’s principal secretary Arvind Choudhary said 32.86 lakh housing units would be constructed under the CM Gramin Awas Yojana for the poor families.TNN | January 15, 2020, 15:00 IST

      PATNA: The state cabinet on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 120 crore for housing facility to around 33 lakh poor families, who had not been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana of the central government.

      Briefing media after the cabinet meeting, rural development and housing department’s principal secretary Arvind Choudhary said 32.86 lakh housing units would be constructed under the CM Gramin Awas Yojana for the poor families. He said the houses will be built in phases depending on the availability of funds.

      The cabinet also approved the proposal to provide pucca houses to the SC/ST and Extremely Backward Classes (EBC) families affected by Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district. Five blocks of Muzaffarpur — Kanti, Minapur, Aurai, Musahari and Bochaha — were identified as worst hit by AES last year. A total of 164 children below the age of 15 years had died during treatment at the SKMCH and Kejriwal Matri Sadan in Muzaffarpur in 2019.

      The cabinet also cleared the health department’s proposal to upgrade the Purnia Medical College and Hospital from 300-bed to 500-bed facility. A sum of Rs87.78 crore was sanctioned for the that.

      Principal secretary of health department Sanjay Kumar said the cabinet gave administrative approval of Rs78.50 crore for setting up advance molecular microbiology and molecular genomics lab at the IGIMS, Patna.

      In yet another important decision, the cabinet sanctioned Rs329 crore for setting up schools up to Class IX in every panchayat. Additional 2750 classes in altogether 2950 primary schools in the panchayats, which were upgraded to middle schools, were required to meet the demand.

      The cabinet also sanctioned Rs45.67 crore for renovation of altogether 7,319 wells in rural areas under Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali scheme of the state government. In the first phase, the renovation of 1068 wells will be completed. A total of 14 proposals were approved at the meeting chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar.











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        Bihar RERA suspends hearing of cases till March 31

        RERA issued a statement in this regard on Monday, stating that there will be no hearing of cases from March 16 to 31.
        PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Bihar, and Bihar State Women Commission (BSWC) have suspended hearing of cases till March 31 as a preventive measure in light of global outbreak of Covid-19 virus.

        RERA issued a statement in this regard on Monday, stating that there will be no hearing of cases from March 16 to 31. All hearings scheduled for this period will stand cancelled. Besides, there will be limited public dealing at RERA office in Shastri Nagar during this period.

        RERA has also advised to general people not to visit its office unless it is urgently required. RERA also published its telephone numbers 0612-2291014 and 0612-2291015 over which information could be gathered. Its chairman could be contacted on 0612-2291013.

        The statement further reads that separate staff will be available to note down public queries and information from 11:30am to 4:00pm on all working days.

        Meanwhile, BSWC chairperson Dilmani Mishra said the decision to stop hearing of cases in the commission office has been taken to prevent mass gathering. “However, we will take up important issues and will continue field visits whenever required,” Mishra said.

        Information related to next hearing could be availed from their website www.mahilaayogbihar.in.













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          Societies must watch people coming from abroad: Afzal Amanullah, Bihar RERA

          Nodal officer for Covid-19 in Bihar, Dr Ragini Mishra, said people who have returned from other countries have already been asked to register for home isolation by calling on ‘104’.
          PATNA: Housing societies should keep strict vigil on people coming from abroad, especially countries affected by Covid-19, and ask them to confine themselves in their rooms for two weeks, RERA (Bihar) chairman Afzal Amanullah said.

          “Apartment owners association and security guards should be proactive to find out cases where people try to hide their recent travel history. Even family, friends and neighbours should come forth in identifying such people and report it to the authorities,” he said.

          Nodal officer for Covid-19 in Bihar, Dr Ragini Mishra, said people who have returned from other countries have already been asked to register for home isolation by calling on ‘104’. “All those returning from abroad have been told to stay in home isolation for 14-days and update us about their condition on a daily basis,” she said.

          Asked what to do if anyone violates the norms, Mishra said action can be taken against such people under the Bihar Epidemic Diseases, Covid-19 Regulation 2020. “Anybody who comes across people having arrived from abroad and roaming around before completing the 14-days quarantine period can file a complaint against them,” she said.

          Rakesh Shrivastava, secretary of a residential society on Digha-Danapur Canal Road, said a resident who returned from Saudi Arabia was spotted roaming around. “Even though he completed his 14-day quarantine in Delhi, we have asked him to stay indoors for another 14 days. Besides, proper sanitization of all the buildings in the society has been done. Elevators, stairs and corridors were also cleaned,” he said.

          Rajesh Mishra of Ramnagari Mor said no precautionary measure has been taken by his society’s committee members. “A student returned from China in February but no instructions were given to her by the society,” he said.

          Realtors, on the other hand, advised the management committees to keep a check on people coming back from abroad. Sachin Chandra, president of Bihar chapter of Builders’ Association of India (BAI), said the management committees need to be extra conscious in the wake of the global Covid-19 outbreak.

          Patna civil surgeon Raj Kishore Choudhary said thousands of people were reaching home. “It is not possible to keep a check on everybody. As a citizen, it is the duty of everyone to stay in isolation for 14 days and report us in case they get any symptoms,” he said.


















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            Patna civic body registers 94% fall in property tax collection

            Patna mayor Sita Sahu said on Wednesday that the revenue collection would improve only after the situation gets better.

            PATNA: There was almost 94.6% decline in property tax collection in the first week of the new fiscal year 2020-21, as the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) earned only Rs1.6 lakh compared to Rs30 lakh during the same period in last fiscal year. PMC officials attributed it to the lockdown in view of coronavirus outbreak.

            Patna mayor Sita Sahu said on Wednesday that the revenue collection would improve only after the situation gets better. “The property tax collection was never this low. The PMC is giving 5% rebate to property owners, if they pay the tax before May 31. There will be no discount between June and August. If the taxpayers pay after September, they will be charged late fine as well,” she said.

            The municipal body has been sending messages to the property owners of all categories to pay taxes.

            PMC public relations officer (PRO) Harshita said the private firm -- ‘Sparrow’ — roped in for revenue collection has been sending bulk messages to property owners on their registered mobile phone numbers, to pay the property tax online through www.pmcbihar.gov.in.

            An official in the finance wing of PMC said physical copy of the property bills could not be dispatched to the owners in April due to the lockdown.

            Meanwhile, the civic body has fallen short of its property tax collection during 2019- 20 fiscal by 45.18%, racking up only Rs60.3 crore against the target of Rs110 core.

            Sahu said in 2018-19, PMC had collected around Rs82 crore against the target of Rs110 crore. “We are expecting to collect Rs20 crore more as the dates for the tax collection has been extended till May for fiscal year 2019-20,” Sahu said.

            Revenue collection of PMC

            Property tax in 2019-20: Rs60.3 crore

            Target for 2019-20: Rs110 crore

            Property tax collected in first week of April in 2019- 20: Rs30 lakh

            Property tax collected in first week of April in 2020-21: Rs1.6 lakh

            Dip in collection: 94.6%












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              Construction work resumes at Patna airport after a month

              An airport official said nearly 51% work on cargo complex, technical block, fire station, air traffic control tower and multi-level car parking has been completed so far.
              PATNA: Work on development of a new terminal building at Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport here resumed after nearly a month on Wednesday amid the Covid-19 scare. Officials said the workers were maintaining social distancing norms and taking all precautionary steps while carrying out the work.

              An airport official said nearly 51% work on cargo complex, technical block, fire station, air traffic control tower and multi-level car parking has been completed so far. These auxiliary buildings are likely to become operational by March 2021. Two floors of G+5 multi-level car parking are also complete.

              Apart from the new terminal building, work has also resumed on the extended areas of the existing terminal building, which will have security hold area, check-in counters, X-ray baggage machines, frisking booths, shopping outlets, retail segments and lounge facility.

              Patna airport director Bhupesh C H Negi said the construction companies have been asked to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) based on guidelines issued by the Union ministry of home affairs.

              “The workers and engineers have been provided masks, gloves, plastic cover and hand sanitizers. Other precautionary measures like disinfecting the airport premises and thermal screening of employees have also been taken,” he said.

              According to the Centre’s SOP for construction work, the airport management is required to provide transportation, accommodation and medical facilities to the workers.

              “The project may get delayed by few months due to shortage of workers, days lost due to lockdown and slow pace of work on account of social distancing. There might also be some issues in procuring the materials and equipment for the construction work,” another Patna airport official said.

              The Airports Authority of India (AAI), Patna has set the target of completing the construction the two-storey terminal building by October 22. The Centre has already allocated Rs 1,216 crore for the construction of the new terminal which will have the departure lounge on the first floor and arrival area on the ground floor.















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                About 800 construction workers sent home to Bihar from Delhi

                The remaining workers, some of whom belong to Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, are expected to be sent to their home states in the coming week, he said.
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                  Landlords, tenants continue to spar over payment of rent in Patna

                  Abhay Nandan, secretary of Pataliputra Vikas Manch, said several complaints have been received regarding fight between landlords and tenants over delay in payment of rent.
                  PATNA: The financial crisis caused by coronavirus-induced lockdown has led to strenuous relations between tenants and landlords in many private houses and housing societies in the city as the tenants are finding it difficult to pay rent on time.

                  Abhay Nandan, secretary of Pataliputra Vikas Manch, said several complaints have been received regarding fight between landlords and tenants over delay in payment of rent. “Many people depend on rent to run their families. However, tenants are unable to pay rent on time to their landlords under the present circumstances,” he added.

                  Nandan, who has also rented his flat, said, “I didn’t ask for rent till the time economic activities were restricted. But there are some people who are not paying rent despite getting salaries,” he said.

                  Meanwhile, some people have offered relaxations to their tenants as far as rent is concerned by deferring payment schedule. A K Jha, who owns flats in an apartment near R P S Mor, said since his tenants could not pay rent for March and April, he has allowed them to pay the rent for May as well at a later date.

                  Tenants, on the other hand, have blamed job losses and pay cuts for delayed payments. “How can I pay the rent when I do not have money to even buy food? The pandemic has affected everyone,” said Anup Verma, who lives in a rented accommodation at Kankarbagh.

                  Patna City resident Akash said his landlord pressured him to pay rent even after knowing that he is not getting salary.

                  Ramesh Kumar, peon in a private office on Exhibition Road, said the office has been shut since March. “My salary has been reduced to half. It has become very difficult for me to pay the rent,” he said.

                  Meanwhile, many elderly people, who meet their monthly expenditure through rents, are also going through trying times. Pataliputra Colony resident A M Prasad (79) said one of his tenants left the house without giving any notice. “This is not the time to blame others as all of us are going through the crisis. Hence, people should cooperate and help each other,” he said.

                  Gaya trader commits suicide: A shopkeeper allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in the Pachhatti locality of Bodh Gaya town on Thursday. Gaya SSP Rajiv Mishra said preliminary investigations revealed that the shopkeeper was being pressured by his landlord to either pay rent or vacate his house. “We have begun an investigation into the case,” the SSP added.













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                    Stagnation grips real estate sector in Patna

                    Builders, real estate agents and construction companies are facing the dual challenge of dipping demand and rising costs.
                    PATNA: With the Covid-19 pandemic taking a huge toll on the real estate sector in the state capital, homebuyers are a disappointed lot. As construction activities have come to a grinding halt and several households are facing severe financial crunch, the demand for commercial and residential properties has also taken a dip.

                    Kankarbagh resident, Apurva Shreya, who had almost finalized a 2-BHK flat near Gola Road in February, has decided to postpone the purchase. “Many people have been laid off at my workplace and my job is also at stake. Hence, buying a flat is not my priority right now,” she told this newspaper.

                    Others like Hemant Kumar have cancelled their purchase agreement even after making the down payment. The Rajendra Nagar resident took the step after suffering huge losses in his garment business. He said, “I have not earned a penny during the last five months because my shop was shut during the lockdown. Since I was not in a position to pay back the loan, I decided to cancel the agreement.”

                    Meanwhile, builders, real estate agents and construction companies are facing the dual challenge of dipping demand and rising costs.

                    Former all-India president of the Builders’ Association of India, Sachin Chandra, claimed that the average annual growth of the real estate sector in Bihar, which was around 9% last year, was likely to dip by the end of 2020. He also said property prices would shoot up in the coming months.

                    “Because of a fall in demand, builders have halted several ongoing construction projects and deferred the launch of new ones. This is likely to create a supply shortage in the future and push property prices up,” Sachin said.

                    Real estate consultant, Ajay Kumar, pointed out that over 50 of his clients’ properties had been lying vacant since February. “The real estate sector was already performing poorly due to demonetization in 2016. After Covid-19, the rates of several plots have come down considerably,” he added.

                    A builder from Kankarbagh, Ran Kaushal Singh, complained about the increasing number of unsold residential units due to stagnancy in the market. He said, “At present, four of my residential units on Gola Road and 16 in Kankarbagh are lying vacant. Although they were constructed in January, I have not been able to find a single buyer.”














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                      CCTV cameras compulsory for all apartments in Patna by March 31

                      Agarwal asked the police stations of Patna to provide the list of the highrise apartments having residential flats in their areas to the Patna Municipal Corporation.
                      PATNA: All residential apartments, business complexes, hospitals and banks situated in Patna, Nalanda, Bhojpur, Buxar, Kaimur and Rohtas districts under Patna division will now have to ensure installation of CCTV cameras latest by March 31. The decision has been taken as a necessary measure to check crime.

                      Those CCTV cameras already installed but not working have to be made functional by that time, divisional commissioner Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said after the divisional security review committee meeting attended by IG (Patna) Sanjay Singh, the DMs, SPs, traffic SPs, municipal commissioners and other officials here on Monday.

                      Agarwal asked the police stations of Patna to provide the list of the highrise apartments having residential flats in their areas to the Patna Municipal Corporation. “CCTV cameras act as watching eyes and a deterrent to crime,” said Agarwal.

                      He said life in urban areas was changing fast and about 2,000 apartments having around 50,000 flats with 3 lakh residents have come up in Patna and Danapur areas in the recent years.

                      Similar was the situation with the five other districts where urban areas were expanding fast and highrise apartments had been coming up.

                      While some have functional CCTV cameras, others either lacked one or had them lying defunct. Now, the societies concerned would be made accountable for the proper working of these camera eyes.

                      However, there was no list of these apartments. Agarwal said direction was also issued to ensure mention of CCTV camera points while passing the construction map for apartments and commercial complexes in future.

                      The maps should show the camera points at the main entry, stairs, lift, parking, every floor and the outer location from the gate.

                      He said the CCTV cameras helped much in the identification of suspected persons entering those premises.












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