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Patna gets go ahead for its metro

    Patna traffic chaos: Metro is the remedy? Patna: Bihar Urban Development Minister Samrat Choudhary on Tuesday gave the green signal to the much awaited Patna metro train project. Anyone who has travelled in the Delhi or Kolkata metro is well aware of what a metro facility means – apart from serving a very practical need it also raises the levels of hygiene, civility and regard for shared spaces that India otherwise lacks. The contrast between the cleanliness levels of metros and railway or bus stations in India is sufficiently telling. “We have decided to go ahead with the... 

Bihar gets 68.95 lakh tourists till august, 2013: domestic tourists dominate

  Deedarganj Yakshini: Patna Museum Patna: according to reports, of the total number of 68.95 lakh tourists visiting Bihar in the first eight months of this year, 64.95 lakh comprised domestic tourists, while the number of foreign tourists stood at four lakh, the Principal Secretary (Tourism) B Pradhan stated to reporters. Bihar had received 22.5 lakh tourists last year which more than double the number of footfalls in 2007, he said. In order to woo domestic and foreign tourists, the tourism department has launched a massive publicity campaign about development of infrastructures, the Buddhist,... 

Bihar to repair roads in hurry: to get 76 quick-fix ‘ambulances’ for road repair!

    Scars to fill: with ambulances Patna: Bihar is all set to introduce a novel concept – ambulances to fix its roads. The first of these unique vehicles will hit the roads on January 14. During its first term between 2005-10, the Nitish Kumar government was synonymous with improving the law and order situation, better health facilities and above all – good roads. But many roads in the state have now fallen into disrepair – important highways like the ones connecting Patna to Aurangabad – are full of potholes. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is now in-charge... 

More star hotels for Bihar: number of foreign travellers rising by 10% each year

    Needed: good places to stay! Patna: Given the increasing foreign tourist inflow in Bihar, the state government has now decided to put major emphasis on the construction of star hotels. It has also decided to upgrade six of its own hotels into star category. “The influx of tourists in the state in on rise,” Mihir Kumar Singh, Tourism Secretary of the state government, told Business Standard, “we received more than 1.1 million foreign and 22 million domestic tourists last year. This year, the number will be more. However, we still lack star category hotels in the... 

Patna to be connected with 4-lane roads from east, west, north and south!

  Roads to Patna: east, west, north, south! Patna: according to the latest reports, Patna is now to be connected from all sides north, south, east and west – with four-lane roads. Work on such roads in all directions has been set in motion. While tender for one such road is likely to be floated soon, tenders for other projects have already been awarded. Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav said on Tuesday that in the next three years there would be a network of four-lane roads all around the state capital. The first four-lane road is likely to be completed in 2014, he added. On... 

50% subsidy for dhabas in Bihar; boost to tourism, and business along the highways!

50% subsidy for dhabas in Bihar; boost to tourism, and business along the highways!   Dhabas: fun for the traveller! Patna: it would seem that the Bihar government is learning its lessons in encouraging entrepreneurs, industries and businesses in Bihar. Instead of invariably wooing big players, the government has now begun to give due attention to the smaller ones with the awareness that numerous small beginnings are more worthwhile and at any rate more feasible in Bihar at this point. The power situation, the scarcity of land and other infrastructural issues certainly put obstacles in front... 

Bihar Tourism expects 30% jump in domestic tourism this year!

Bihar Tourism expects 30% jump in domestic tourism this year!   Patna-Ranchi by Mercedes! Guwahati: informal reports mention that if you approach the Bihar Tourism counter at the Patna Railway station for information, they may not even offer you a brochure, and may not have more than a copy available! But the Bihar government has claimed it is expecting a 30 per cent jump in domestic tourist arrival in the state this year. This may indeed turn out to be true since with increased security and better roads, the tourist may get all his research done with no help from Bihar Tourism! To give an... 

Now a Mercedes Benz bus service: Patna-Tata-Ranchi-Gaya!

Now a Mercedes Benz bus service: Patna-Tata-Ranchi-Gaya!   Mercedes: between Bihar-Jharkhand! Patna: now bus rides between Bihar and Jharkhand will compare with the smoothest and best of experiences had travelling between myriads of routes between Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad-Bangalore-Chennai and further down south. According to reports, a Mercedes Benz luxury bus service between Bihar and Jharkhand with GPRS, TV and WI FI facilities will begin from December 12. The buses each cost Rs 1.20 crore and would run between Patna and Tata, Ranchi and Gaya. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar rode one of... 

Soon 105 buses to ply on 30 routes between Bihar and Uttar Pradesh

Soon 105 buses to ply on 30 routes between Bihar and Uttar Pradesh In a jiffy: from Patna to... Patna: after a long wait, the Uttar Pradesh government has finally permitted the running of buses along 30 routes between Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The Bihar State Road Transport Corporation will soon start services on these routes in the PPP mode. BSRTC will begin its services with 105 buses that will include 12 Volvos, 25 AC buses and the rest will be semi-deluxe. If things go as planned, the service will start by the next month. Some months ago when the Bihar government sent a proposal to the UP government... 

Engineering vs environment: now a debate over what to do with Gandhi Bridge, Patna

Engineering vs environment: now a debate over what to do with Gandhi Bridge, Patna Gandhi Setu: cause for debate! Patna: according to reports, the Gandhi Setu in Patna is now a subject of debate among the engineering experts. The National Highways Authority of India [NHAI] took the decision recently to assume the responsibility for its rehabilitation only last fortnight when Union ministry of road transport and highways secretary A K Upadhyaya visited Patna. . Soon after the visit, an NHAI expert team visited Patna to take a close look at the condition of 29-year-old bridge and work out a plan... 
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