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Bihar does GIS mapping of its major towns to document properties

Bihar does GIS mapping of its major towns to document properties   The GIS mapping system Patna: according to reports, the state urban development department of the Bihar government is now carrying out geographic information system (GIS) mapping in towns and cities of Bihar.  The move will enable urban local bodies to document the properties in a digitized data bank, leading of course to greater tax collection for the civic bodies. But the benefits to the citizens from this should also be obvious in the context of legal disputes. The main question here however is how the civic bodies are... 

Patna to have 40 km Ganga driveway: from Digha to Fatuha

Patna to have 40 km Ganga driveway: from Digha to Fatuha   Ganga: making way for driveway Patna/New Delhi: according to the latest reports, the finance ministry and Planning Commission have cleared Patna’s 40 km Ganga driveway project, which will cost 2,400 crore. As part of the first phase, the Ganga driveway will cover a 21 km distance from Digha to Didarganj, and the second phase will take the driveway as far as Fatua, a distance of 18 km from Didarganj. The project was forms an integral part of the vision 2021 document for the state and is expected to get environmental clearances... 

Focus Urban Bihar: Nitish does some plain talking!

Focus Urban Bihar: Nitish does some plain talking!   Patna: a little order, mostly chaos! Patna: according to reports, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday made some frank admissions about the quality of urban life in Bihar and the state of the Bihar towns. Not mincing words, he pointed out the two outstanding issues of urbanism in Bihar – that of unplanned and unregulated growth in the towns, specifically Patna. Second, he rued the fact that everyone in Bihar wants to own a house in Patna or has to rush to Patna for the smallest of jobs. Nitish gave the example of Uttar Pradesh which has... 

Motihari, despite the small town tag to have 3 shopping malls: you can now say ‘WOW’!

Motihari, despite the small town tag to have 3 shopping malls: you can now say ‘WOW’!   Dwarika City Center: Shopping Mall cum Entertainment hub, Muzaffarpur Motihari: everyone has noticed in recent past – the sleepy little towns of Bihar are not sleepy anymore and even the village bazaars and Kasbahs in Bihar show signs of the urban rate race. Typically now, on an early morning in a village Bihar you now see rows of commuters on bicycles, motorbikes and autos rushing to work in nearby town offices and shops. And to top all such changes, shopping mall culture has now hit small town Bihar... 

Future Patna: Highlights of building regulations in the master plan for Patna

Future Patna: Highlights of building regulations in the master plan for Patna   Patna: an aerial view! Patna: according to latest reports in the press, the new master plan for Patna Metropolitan Region [PMR] is going to ensure that further growth in the region sticks to the development control regulations [DCR], 2031. The purpose of the DCR will be to provide a framework for construction in different areas. The rules and regulations will depend on the three main factors – size of the plot, width of road, and prescribed zoning regulations. The main features and the building requirements... 

Chhapra takes a lifestyle plunge: into the world of apartment culture

Chhapra takes a lifestyle plunge: into the world of apartment culture Chhapra: now wants to be like Patna, Delhi! Chhapra: according to the latest reports in the Hindi press, now the town of Chhapra has decided to take to apartment style of living. The initiative has been taken up by the Eden group whose founder Sachidanand Rai recently had the bhoomi poojan ceremony performed in the Katahari Bag locality. The group founder used the occasion to make a list of impressive announcements. The company will make a start with two six-storied buildings with 48 flats each that will have 2-3 rooms. The flats... 

Bihar’s Town and Country Planning Act and urban schemes being formulated at CEPT, Ahmedabad

Bihar’s Town and Country Planning Act and urban schemes being formulated at CEPT, Ahmedabad CEPT: Ahmedabad Ahmedabad: according to reports in the Ahmedabad press, a detailed plan for urban development in Bihar is being formulated at the Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad. Faced with the assignment of preparing town planning schemes for the city of Patna, the experts at CEPT discovered, according to Utpal Sharma, dean, faculty of planning and public policy and arts & humanities at CEPT, that ‘there is no town planning act in Bihar which we could refer to.... 

Infosys planning to start a software development centre in Bihar

Infosys planning to start a software development centre in Bihar Infosys: now in Bihar? Patna: according to the latest reports, the IT giant Infosys is planning plans to set up a software development centre in Bihar. Infosys officials recently approached the state government exploring the possibility of acquiring land to set up its centre. The government is considering providing land for Infosys at Bihta near Patna. Official sources stated that the talks were it was still in an early stage and a decision will be taken by the end of March or April. The government has decided to develop an IT park... 

Everyone wants Patna airport: who will get it?

Everyone wants Patna airport: who will get it? Patna airport: the runway is too small! Patna: when Bihardays conducted a poll on the ideal location for the Patna airport, our readers did not simply participate in heavy numbers, we also had a flood of comments and mails, arguing in favour of specific sites. We did not respond to most of these since every likely site mentioned in our poll has some good arguments going for it, and not a single mail came up with an ‘absurd’ suggestion. As we are all aware, as Bihar takes rapid steps towards development, the real estate mindset will continue to... 

Tum daal daal, hum paat paat’ : encroachment as sport coming to an end?

‘Tum daal daal, hum paat paat’ : encroachment as sport coming to an end? Want an orange: straight off the road? Patna: anyone who has ever bothered to closely watch an anti-encroachment move in Patna and other towns of Bihar, would in all likelihood come back hugely entertained, before feeling disgusted. This is how it goes – early in the morning as the carts and semi-permanent shops start their brisk business, a large number of cops land up and begin to dismantle and push the encroachers away – this is when you notice how wide the roads actually are. This process of balding of... 
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