Will Bihar be the preferred real estate destination ever?

The real estate in Bihar has lately given some hope of resurgence. People are becoming more aware of their rights (the latest demonstration was their use of voting powers to call for a change of power) and wants to be a part of the developmental boom as in the rest of India. An 'Investment commision' has been formed which will look into facilitating Bihar's development and to promoting it as an investment destination'.

The state is under a process of image building for an investor-friendly state. It promises certain advantages over already developed states in terms of cheap real estate prices, limited labour-related issues and a large educated manpower at nearly one-third the cost compared to Tier I and II cities. However, Bihar is still to go miles before it does some significant improvement in infrastructure, socio-economic backwardness, and law and order.

Will the interests shown by so many of biggies like Tata Group, MaxHealthCare and ICICI translate into actual investment in Bihar?
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  • Gaya DM orders crackdown against illegal sand miners Confirming the DM’s directive, district mining officer Manoj Ambastha said the department was aware of the illegal activities of sand mining in Barachatti police station area and quarrying in prohibited Bhalua riverTNN | March 15, 2018, 13:30 IST

    GAYA: Taking note of the ongoing illegal sand mining operations in Barachatti police station area of the district, district magistrate Abhishek Singh has directed the mining department officials to launch a crackdown against sand mafia.

    Confirming the DM’s directive, district mining officer Manoj Ambastha said the department was aware of the illegal activities of sand mining in Barachatti police station area and quarrying in prohibited Bhalua river. Ambastha said that two vehicles laden with illegally mined sand were seized on Tuesday. Claiming that the department has never been lax in reining in the culprits, the official said raids were conducted and eight trucks and one tractor loaded with sand were seized in the recent past.

    Asked about reports that the local police was hand- in-glove with the sand mafia, Ambastha said he cannot say anything in this matter. “Many officers including the area DSP have been very cooperative. The department works in coordination with the police,” he added.

    Sources said that vehicles clandestinely carrying sand are invariably overloaded. These overloaded trucks also cause considerable damage to roads. Earlier, SSP Garima Malik said if involvement of the local police in illegal sand mining comes to light, punishment would be meted out to the wrong doing cop.


  • Demolition notice: Foreign monasteries still to reply Abdul Qadir| TNN | Mar 16, 2018, 01:00 IST
    GAYA: None of the 15 foreign monasteries in Bodh Gaya, which were served demolition notices by Bodh Gaya Nagar Panchayat in the last week of February for violation of building bylaws and several other norms, has given any reply even after the expiry of a weeklong response time.

    Bodh Gaya Nagar Panchayat executive officer Sushil Kumar said notices were issued to 23 foreign monasteries based in Bodh Gaya. “We have received response from eight of the notice recipients. The remaining 15 monasteries have so far maintained silence on the issue,” Kumar said.

    Asked about follow up actions, the executive officer said the response of the monasteries was being observed. “Some monasteries like Mahabodhi Society were very old and came into existence much before the implementation of building laws. These monasteries will be spared demolition or other penal action,” said Kumar.

    He added that three options are available with the monastery managers with respect to the demolition notices. “They can either get the buildings regularised by paying a penalty of Rs 2000 per square meter or voluntarily demolish the illegal constructions. In the last case, the government will intervene to enforce the building laws. Nonetheless, it is a sensitive issue as it involves foreign relations,” Kumar said.

    The official, however, added that no concrete evidence of monasteries indulging in commercial activities has so far surfaced. “Action cannot be taken if monasteries offer accommodation to visitors on the basis of voluntary donation and no fixed room tariff,” he said.

    Violation of Foreigners Act makes it mandatory for accommodation providers including hotels, guest houses and monasteries to furnish personal details of the foreigners staying in their facility and the information has to be submitted online through Form C.

    “Some instances of violation have come to light and police case has been instituted against the violators. The information regarding name, nationality, passport number, Visa details, purpose of visit and likely duration of stay of foreign visitors is to be provided to the SSP,” Kumar said.


  • Bihar govt asks DMs to include left out families in PMAY In the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) of 2011, 65.68 lakh families had been enlisted for the then Indira Awas Yojana (now PMAY), but the Centre said it could support the housing scheme only for 39.76 lakh familiesTNN | March 16, 2018, 15:30 IST

    PATNA: State rural development department (RDD) minister Shrawan Kumar said in the state assembly on Thursday that all the DMs concerned have been asked to prepare the list of families which have been left out of the Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY), so that their claims under rural housing programme could be taken up with the Centre.

    In the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) of 2011, 65.68 lakh families had been enlisted for the then Indira Awas Yojana (now PMAY), but the Centre said it could support the housing scheme only for 39.76 lakh families.

    While the list of 39.76 lakh families have been endorsed by the Gram Sabhas and their houses are being constructed under PMAY, the state government will plead with the Centre that the housing claims of the remaining families are also taken up.

    The RDD minister was giving the government’s reply to the House debate on his department’s budgetary demand of Rs 15,471.04 crore for 2018-19. The House passed the budget, even as the opposition members from RJD, Congress and CPI (ML) staged a walkout.

    Earlier, rural works minister Shailesh Kumar, while presenting his department’s budget, said the state government’s target is to give road connectivity to all the human habitations in the state by 2020. His department’s budgetary demand for 2018-19 was Rs 10,508.54 crore.

    Meanwhile, minister for revenue and land reforms Ram Narain Mandal said in the state assembly in the pre-lunch session that the ‘tapu’ (diara land of rivers like Ganga, Kosi and Gandak) are government land and the ‘ryots’ or any private person cannot lay claim of ownership on them.

    Giving the government’s reply to the short notice question of BJP member Mithilesh Tiwary and supplementary questions of other members, including Prahlad Yadav of the RJD, the minister said the government was in the process surveying diara land. “The rules are being framed in the light of the existing laws and ruling of the courts, including that of the apex court,” the minister added.


  • ED attaches property worth Rs 68 lakh of Maoist Pradyuman's family Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Mar 19, 2018, 20:38 IST PATNA: In yet another step to crack down on the financial sources of Maoists in Bihar, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday attached property estimated to be of worth around Rs 68 lakh owned by family members of notorious Maoist leaders Pradyuman Sharma and his brother Pramod Sharma in Rustampur village under Hulasganj police station area in Jehanabad district.

    Pradyuman, wanted in 51 Maoists cases, carries a reward of Rs 50,000 declared by Bihar government and is in-charge of CPI (Maoist) special area committee (SAC). His brother Pramod Sharma is also a dreaded Maoist.

    ED sources said six plots worth at least Rs 26.62 lakh owned by Pramod’s wife Shanti Devi were attached.

    “In addition to this, another plot of worth around Rs 3.89 lakh in the name on Pramod’s two sons Barun Kumar and Tarun Kumar and one more plot in the name of Pramod worth Rs 1.17 lakh was also attached,” ED sources said.

    Apart from the plot, a house worth Rs 35.47 lakh, a sport bike registered in the name of Barun which was purchased paying cash and several bank accounts in the name of Pramod, Shanti and Barun were also attached by ED officials on Monday.

    This is the second major crackdown against Maoist leaders in Bihar. Earlier in February, ED had attached property worth at least Rs 86 lakh of Sandeep Yadav.

    Sandeep is wanted in 88 Maoist cases and carries a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head declared by Bihar goverment. He is in-charge of Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJ-SAC). His brother Dhanik Lal Mandal is also a Maoists. Both Pradyuman and Sandeep are evading arrest.

    ED sources said that investigation against properties amassed by one more dreaded Maoist Musafir Sahni, who was arrested from Muzaffarpur from May 11 last year, was going on.

  • Rs 186.42 crore for new collectorate building in Patna TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2018, 07:31 IST
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    PATNA: The state cabinet on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 186.42 crore for the construction of a new multistorey (G+4) Patna collectorate building on its existing premises near Gandhi Maidan. The dome-shaped building would come up in 3.5 lakh square feet area.

    Sources said the process is already underway to shift the district administration offices from the old building to Hindi Bhavan, Executive Awas near Chhajjubagh, Youth Hostel and the social welfare department building near the RBI office. The offices will function from the alternative locations till the new building is constructed.

    The cabinet approved total 39 proposals, including for funds to the tune of Rs 31 crore for Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna as grant towards its corpus fund for fiscal 2017-18.

    The state energy department’s proposal of one-time settlement scheme for Bhagalpur weavers was also cleared. The government sanctioned posts for cybercrime units at forensic science laboratory in Patna besides regional forensic science laboratory at Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur. The proposal to create a post of ADG in economic offences unit of Bihar police was also approved.

    In yet another decision, the cabinet cleared the health department’s proposal for utilizing the services of ‘Mamta’ workers, who are appointed on contract in maternity wards of government hospitals to take care of newborns and their mothers.

  • ‘Patna sixth most polluted city in world’ TNN | Updated: Mar 22, 2018, 14:54 IST PATNA: Believe it or not, but Patna is the sixth most polluted city in the world.

    According to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report, Gwalior, Allahabad, Raipur and Patna from India are among the 10 worst cities in 67 countries in terms of air pollution, said Patna University(PU) geology teacher and JD(U) MLC Ranbir Nandan at a national seminar on ‘Environmental challenges: Monitoring, assessment and remediation’ at Patna Science College on Wednesday. The two-day seminar has been organized by PU zoology department in collaboration with the Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED), Patna.

    Nandan said the WHO survey found 11 cities in India among the 20 worst polluted in the world. “Average life expectancy of people in our country is likely to decrease at least by 15 months because of the ever-increasing air pollution from industrial effluents, greenhouse gases and vehicular emissions. By 2040, about nine lakh premature deaths are likely in the country due to drastic rise in air pollution,” he said and added that the green cover in Bihar, however, had increased from 9 to 15% in the last 17 years due to some bold state government initiatives.

    PU vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh said the increasing human intervention in the natural processes was creating all the problems. “The pace of climate change has accelerated in recent times due to human activities. It involves all three dimensions — economic, environmental and social — of sustainable development. We must have a long-term perspective on how our actions today will affect our children tomorrow. As much as 64 square km of land area on the earth is turning into an urban landscape per day,” he said.

    The VC said indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources by the ever-increasing population is likely to result in a major catastrophe. The world’s population in 1650 was only 50 crore, which increased to 250 crore in 1950. But, in the last 67 years, the population has increased to 730 crore. About 50 to 60 organic species are being lost every day due to environmental degradation, he added.

    Nalanda Open University VC Rabindra Kumar Sinha observed that the ancestors were more concerned about environmental protection. Emperor Asoka had ruled that husk containing insects must not be burned. He said developing countries like India will suffer the most from environmental changes.

    PU pro-VC Dolly Sinha, Jadavpur University School of Environmental Sciences director Tarit Roychowdhary, PU science faculty dean Radha Kant Prasad, PU zoology department head Pashupati Nath, organizing secretaries D K Paul and P K Khan also addressed the seminar on its first day.


  • Revised mobility plan for metro rail likely by April 17 Piyush Tripathi| TNN | Updated: Apr 7, 2018, 07:30 IST
    Stakeholders at a consultation meeting in Patna on Friday.

    PATNA: The revised comprehensive mobility plan — an important document envisaging guidelines for setting up metro rail and other modes of rapid transit — for Patna is likely to be finalized by April 17.

    “The final proposal for Patna metro rail will be submitted to the Centre for clearance in April and work will begin this year itself,” state urban development and housing department (UDHD) minister Suresh Sharma told the state Assembly on March 13.

    A stakeholders’ consultation meet to seek feedback on the draft plan was held at NIT-Patna on Friday. NIT-P is to prepare the revised mobility plan and an alternative analysis in accordance with the new metro policy of the Centre. A preliminary detailed project report for proposed metro rail in Patna was approved by the state cabinet on February 9 last year, but it was required to be revised after the Centre’s new policy. Accordingly, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for preparing the plan and alternative analysis was signed between UDHD and NIT-Patna in December last year and the institute started surveys and related works in February.

    “Sixty surveyors are involved in the survey of 4,000 households in the city. The Centre’s guidelines also necessitate feedback from stakeholders and the Friday meeting was held in this regard. Patna mayor Sita Sahu and officials from various departments shared their views on the mobility plan and proposals of metro rail corridors in the city,” said Sanjeev Sinha, professor of civil engineering and dean (planning and development) at NIT-P.

    He said a preliminary draft comprehensive mobility plan was submitted with the UDHD on Wednesday. “As per the assessment of traffic load on various routes in the city, Bailey Road, Ashok Rajpath, old bypass road, new bypass road, Boring Canalroad and Mithapur among few other areas are likely to be proposed for setting up metro rail corridors,” Sinha said. Senior UDHD officials said actual construction works would not start before the end of this year, even if the Centre approved the project in a few months.
    The initial metro rail proposal had talked about two corridors in the first phase covering a total distance of 31km. It proposed the first east-west corridor from Mithapur Bus Stand to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Patna Junction, covering a distance of 14.5km. The second one, a north- south corridor, was proposed from Patna Junction to the proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya Road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar Terminal, covering a distance of 16.5km.

  • Property dealer killed at Khagaul TNN | Updated: Apr 10, 2018, 10:13 IST
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    PATNA: Two unidentified criminals on a bike shot at property dealer Manoj Mahto (42) near Rampur Garikhana Mor under the Khagaul police station area on the outskirts of Patna late Monday evening.

    Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj said his family members have named a few suspects with whom Manoj had a dispute over a plot of land at Hardaspur Bigha in Rupaspurarea. He said Manoj was alone in his SUV.

    Danapur SDPO Rajesh Kumar said Manoj was returning to his Dalluchak residence near Rampur Garikhana Mor when the criminal riding pillion opened fire at his SUV which had slowed down near the turning. Manoj was taken to three hospitals but succumbed to the gunshot injury after battling for three hours. “Two armed bike-borne criminals came from the front and shot at him from the side of the SUV. Manoj who was on the wheels,” the SDPO said.
    Sources said the deceased was associated with a political party. However, the SDPO did not confirm it.

  • RERA issues notices to 14 realtors in state Faryal Rumi| TNN | Apr 26, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Bihar, has served show-cause notices to 14 realtors in the state, one from Delhi and two from West Bengal for advertising their project without getting registered under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), 2016.

    As per the notification for formation of RERA Bihar, which came into effect on April 2 this year, the developers are required to get permanent authorization before advertising projects or entering into an agreement with customers and accepting money in advance from them. The deadline for the builders to get their ongoing and new projects registered under RERA Act 2016 is April 30.

    RERA Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah said the developers and promoters have violated Section 3(1) of the RERA Act 2016 by advertising their new and existing projects between January and March without registering these under the Act.

    The companies who got notices include Chitra Residency, Satyamev Developcon Pvt Ltd, Sona Pro-developers, Bhawani Group, Phenomenal Projects Pvt Ltd, Patna Green Housing Pvt Ltd, Virat Homes Infra Pvt Ltd, Aashirwad Engicon Real Estate Pvt Ltd, R P Enclave, Real Green Homes Pvt Ltd, Apna Ashiana Homes Pvt Ltd, Asthal Properties Pvt Ltd, Gita Vihar Developers, Ecosmart Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, Delcon Homes Pvt Ltd and Virat Homes Infra Pvt Ltd.

    The RERA Bihar also issued separate letters to RERA Delhi and RERA West Bengal and asked them to take action against one Delhi-based project — Delhi Housing Society — and two West Bengal projects — PS Group and Vinayak — for violating Section 3 of the RERA Act 2016.

    Amanullah told this newspaper over the phone from Delhi on Wednesday that all three promoters have advertised their projects in Bihar without any registration. “I have asked Delhi RERA and West Bengal RERA to take action against them for violating the Act. We can’t take action against them as it is not under our jurisdiction,” he said.

    RERA (Bihar) member Rajiv Bhushan Sinha said, “These developers are trying to approach the consumers in Bihar and we are trying to protect them. Anywhere in India (except J&K), nobody can advertise without giving the RERA number. These advertisements didn’t carry RERA number. So, we took up the matter with the RERA West Bengal and RERA Delhi to issue notices to them for violating the Act.”

    The Act makes it mandatory for the promoters to register their ongoing or new real estate project (residential, commercial, plotted development/layout, villa or mixed development) with more than 8 units or above 500sqmt of land area under RERA.

    The RERA Bihar has been established under Section 22(1) of the RERA Act. At present, 12 projects have got registered under the Act and 150 have applied for registration.


  • I-T dept attaches Tej Pratap's property under Benami property act The I-T had earlier charged four members of Lalu Yadav's family with owning benami property under a tough law that attracts seven years in prison and a hefty fine for those found guiltyANI | April 27, 2018, 15:30 IST

    PATNA: Under the provision of Benami Property Transaction Act, the Income Tax (I-T) department on Friday attached 7,105 square feet of land in Patna's Sheikhpura district, registered in the name of a factory belonging to Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Yadav.

    The I-T had earlier charged four members of Lalu Yadav's family with owning benami property under a tough law that attracts seven years in prison and a hefty fine for those found guilty.

    The people involved in this scam are Lalu's son and former Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, wife Rabri Devi and daughter Misa Bharti along with her husband Shailesh.

    Earlier in January, the I-T department stepped up actions under Benami Act, which provides provisional attachment and subsequent confiscation of benami properties, whether movable or immovable.

  • Bihar RERA plans survey of building projects Not a single developer or promoter from 30 of the state’s 38 districts has registered any project with the AuthorityTNN | May 05, 2018, 12:00 IST

    PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA)-Bihar will take the help of DMs and state urban development and housing department in conducting a survey to get the exact data on the ongoing building construction projects.

    “The purpose is to identify the builders who have not applied for registration of their projects with the Authority,” RERA-Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah said at a press conference on Friday.

    Registration of new and ongoing projects with the Authority is mandatory under the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016, and the deadline for it in Bihar was April 30. “Though there’s no mechanism to know the number of construction projects underway in Bihar, it is estimated there are more than a thousand of them,” Amanullah said and added only 345 builders had, however, applied for registration with the Authority so far.
    Not a single developer or promoter from 30 of the state’s 38 districts has registered any project with the Authority. Almost 90% of the applications received till April 30 are from Patna alone, while the rest are from Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Purnia, Gaya and Begusarai, among others, Amanullah said.

    Of the 345 applications received online till April 30, hard copies of required documents were received for only 181 of them. While 15 projects have been registered, queries have been issued in connection with 40 other projects.

    The RERA-Bihar has also decided to penalise the developers and promoters for delayed registration. “In order to safeguard the interests of consumers, we have decided to impose a fine of Rs 1 lakh or 100% of the registration fee of the project, whichever is higher, on the projects being registered after April 30,” RERA-Bihar member Rajiva Bhushan Sinha said.

    According to another member, Subodh Kumar Sinha, even those applicants who filed applications online till April 30 but do not submit the hard copies of the required documents till May 11, will have to pay a penalty of Rs 1 lakh or 100% of the registration fee.


  • Plan afoot to develop green zone from Collectorate to Bans Ghat Ayesha Hassan| TNN | Updated: May 10, 2018, 11:44 IST
    Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishor at Bans Ghat on Wednesday.

    PATNA: The stretch from Bans Ghat to Collectorate will be developed as riparian wetland area under the Patna Smart City project. A part of the proposed ‘Riparian Wetland and Riverfront Development Project’, it is preliminarily estimated to cost Rs23 crore.

    “The survey of the area has been conducted by Spanish firm Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria SL, the management consultant for the Smart City project. After today’s inspection, a detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared before floating tenders for the project,” divisional commissioner Anand Kishor said after visiting Bans Ghat on Wednesday.

    A riparian wetland area has certain characteristics, including purifying water by filtering sediments, risk reduction by flood damage, reduction in erosion, a diversity of animal and plant life with space for people to relax.

    This stretch along the Ganga bank will be developed as a wetland and green zone with various components like urban parks, wet meadows, public ghats, upper and lower promenade (a path especially constructed next to a sea for walking), urban plaza and mood walks (a concept to harness nature’s healing power). “The promenade will have different rows with a variety of different shrubs, trees and herbs. The ecosystem of the riverfront will be developed in such a way that it coexists with the surrounding,” Kishor added.

    Other components such as public viewing platforms, cafeterias and touring spaces would also be developed under the project. Buddha Ghat, Taar Ghat, Sipahi Ghat and Bhagwa Ghat between west part of the Collectorate Ghat and Bans Ghat would also be developed. The riverfront would be connected to Ashok Rajpath at Buddha Ghat near A N Sinha Institute, near Sabhyata Dwar and Collectorate Ghat. An upper and lower walkway would be developed. The upper walkway would be open in all seasons, but the public would use the lower walkway only when the river water recedes.

    It would be integrated with the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation(BUIDCo)’s riverfront development project.

    Talking about the BUIDCo riverfront project, Kishor said: “BUIDCo project will be completed in the next 6 to 8 months. It has the provisions to develop ghats.” The BUIDCo riverfront project entails development of a walkway along 16 ghats in Patna with public amenities. Chief minister Nitish Kumar had laid the foundation of the project in 2014.

    Officials present during the inspection on Wednesday said encroachments on the river bank would have to be removed. “The stretch from Bankipore Girl’s High School to Samrat Ashoka Convention Kendra is free from encroachment. But the area from the convention centre to Collectorate Ghat is encroached,” an official said. As per the survey conducted by Eptisa, there are a total of 137 temporary squatters on the proposed stretch.


  • RERA violation: 40 fresh notices issued to builders PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Bihar, on Monday issued notices to at least 40 ongoing real estate projects for advertising without registering under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), 2016. The deadline for the registration in state was April 30.
    The notification mandates that builders should get permanent approval before advertising projects, entering into an agreement with customers and accepting advance money from them.

    A RERA (Bihar) official told this newspaper that the notices were served on the builders and promoters following complaints by customers. “There are few builders who duped the customers and are working on more than 20 projects at a time without registering them with RERA. RERA members will decide the quantum of fine to be imposed on them,” he said.

    The company which got notices include Ghar Lakshmi Buildcon Pvt Ltd, Grihaarambh Developers (P) Limited, Anand Ustav Homes Pvt Ltd, Lavisa & Associates, Shital Buildtech Pvt Ltd, Prop Infra Biz Pvt Ltd, Ramadan Constructions, Nesh India Infrastructure (P) Ltd, Jescon Enterbuild Ltd, Braham Engineers and Developers Pvt Ltd, Gen EX Home Infra Pvt Ltd, Pahi Constructions Pvt Ltd, Eastern Estate Construction and Developers Pvt Ltd, Geetanjali Real Tech Pvt Ltd and Technoculture Building Center Pvt Ltd (Vastu Vihar) for their projects in different parts of Bihar.

    “Technoculture has more than 30 projects in different parts of Bihar, but applied only for three ongoing projects and failed to provide the necessary documents for even those projects,” he said.

    RERA (Bihar) member Rajiva Bhushan Sinha said people may take note that the promoters and developers of these projects are not authorized to sell any space in the project under Section 3 of RERA Act, 2016 as all promoters ought to have got registered their projects on or before April 30.

    “Those promoters and developers who have failed to register their respective ongoing projects have to do the same on or before May 31 with a fine of Rs1 lakh or 100 per cent penalty of the applicable registration amount,” said Sinha.

    Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/rera-violation-40-fresh-notices-issued-to-builders/articleshow/64068760.cms
  • ‘Ganga driveway project to be completed by June 2020’ PATNA: State road construction department (RCD) minister Nand Kishor Yadav on Tuesday launched the second phase of Ganga Path project, commonly known as Ganga driveway project. The second phase envisages construction of an expressway on the banks of the Ganga from Dulli Ghat to Didarganj near Patna-Bakhtiyarpur NH-30.

    The project, initiated in 2013, has been delayed by around three years mainly due to land acquisition hurdles. It is now supposed to be completed by June 2020 instead of September 2017. Senior RCD officials said around 20% of the work had already been completed.

    “Several issues have led to delay in execution of the Ganga Path project. However, it will complete by June 2020. The project, once completed, will not only ease traffic problem in the city, but also reduce congestion on the national highway,” the minister said.

    CM Nitish Kumar had laid the foundation stone for the much-ambitious project at Digha ghat (near Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge) on October 11, 2013. The project is being executed by Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDCL), an executing agency of RCD.

    BSRDCL chief general manager Chandra Shekhar said, “A team of 45 engineers has been engaged for the mega project, which will come up on 115 acres of land on the banks of the Ganga. From Digha to Golghar, the expressway is proposed to be constructed on embankment. The stretch from Golghar to Nurudeen Ghat in Patna City and from Gop Ghat to old NH-30 will be elevated one. The elevated structure will cover a stretch of around 11km out of the total distance of 20.5km for the project.”

    He said foot overbridges would also be constructed under the Ganga driveway project at Digha, Kurji, Rajapur Pul, Magadh Mahila College, Gai Ghat, Khajekalan ghat, Kangan ghat and Patna ghat. “There will also be a foot underpass passage connecting 13 places between Digha ghat and Dharmashala,”

    Meanwhile, RCD minister Nand Kishor Yadav said project would be expanded to cover Danapur and Sherpur in Maner. “It will also be connected to Ring Road and Gandhi Setu,” he added.

    Chandra Shekhar said, “It was initially planned that the expressway project would be 21.5km-long, connecting Digha to Didarganj. The estimated expenditure for the project was Rs 3,160 crore. However, the project was reviewed by a team of experts from IIT-Roorkee after the Ganga changed its course. As per recommendations of the IIT-Roorkee team, the total length of the project is now 20.5km.”

    Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/ganga-driveway-project-to-be-completed-by-june-2020/articleshow/64084202.cms

  • Eviction drive on city bypass begins today

    TNN | May 11, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: A three-day special anti-encroachment drive will be carried out from Mahatma Gandhi Setu to Zero Mile on bypass road from Friday. The decision was taken by district magistrate Kumar Ravi, who held a meeting with SSP Manu Maharaaj, traffic SP P N Mishra, Patna City SDO Rajesh Roshan, motor vehicle inspectors and officials of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC).

    The DM said all the illegal temporary structures would be removed and the errant people fined between Rs 500 and Rs 10,000. “The PMC officials of Kankerbagh and Patna City circles will confiscate overloaded trucks and trucks under Section 194 of the Motor Vehicles Act,” he added.

    The DM directed the PMC officials to take stern action against the illegal encroachers. “Several illegal hotels, dhabas, garages, godowns and other illegal structures have come up on bypass road, obstructing vehicular movement,” Ravi said, adding police constables will be deployed near schools on bypass road.

    The DM said the anti-encroachment drive will be carried out in presence of local police constables.