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Old August 14th, 2006, 04:35 AM   #1
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Bihar - Projects and Development

Bihar Project Update.

With Nitish Kumar at the helm, let us hope Bihar will get back on the road to progress.
Please share your thoughts here, whenever you find some thing positive about Bihar.
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http://www.business-standard.com/eco...eft=1&leftnm=3
Highway authority lines up Rs 6495 cr for Bihar roads

Our Economy Bureau / New Delhi August 11, 2006

The National Highway Development Authority proposes to four-lane 890 km of highway in Bihar at a cost of Rs 6,495 crore on either a build-operate-transfer (BOT) or annuity basis.

This was communicated to a delegation of MPs and central ministers from Bihar who met T R Baalu, Union minister for shipping and road transport, here on Thursday.

The leaders from Bihar were told that of 206 km of the Golden Quadrilateral project falling in Bihar, 190 km was completed on July 31 this year.

The remaining 16 km is expected to be completed by the year-end.

It was also brought out that four contract packages have already been awarded for the stretches of the 160 km of East-West Corridor. The total cost of this project would be Rs 1,251 crore.
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Bihar - major Industries:

Agriculture
Bihar state depends 90% on agriculture. The land is most fertile and produces several types of agriculture products such as : rice, wheat, maize, joe, gram, oilseeds, sugarcane, jute etc.

Several rivers such as Ganga, Saryu, Gandak, Bagmati, Kamla, Khosi etc. emerging from Himalayas mountain flow through the Bihar planes and makes them fertile. Some cannels such as Triveni, Khosi, Kamla, cannel from canada Dam, cannel from Gandak Dam, etc. helps in irrigation.
Industries based on agricultural products have enough scope i.e., sugar mills, jute mills, edible oil mills, spices and agro based industries have a good potential.

Bihar is mainly agricultural products producing state. The main large and small scale agro based industries are :

Rice Mills : Rice mills in Bauxer karbisganch in Purnia District, Araria etc.
Sugar Mills : Sugar mills located at Banmankhi in Purnia District, Bauxer, Madora in Saran District, Samastipur and Bihata in Patna District.
Edible Oil Mills : Edible oils from oil seeds are located at Araria, Banmankhi in Purnia District, Bauxer, Lakhisarai at Munger district. Top
Power
Bihar state have enough source of power from hydro electricity and thermal electricity plants as Kateya Hydro electricity power plant on Khoshi river dam, Suvarn Rekha hydro electricity project on Suvarn river etc. Top

Oil Refinery
Barauni refinery is one of the country's biggest oil refinery's at Barauni in Bihar State. The refinery is managed and controlled by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.(IOC). Barauni Refinery was built in collaboration with Soviet Union at a cost of Rs. 49.40 crore and went on stream in July 1964. By November 1967, the initial capacity was expanded from 2 MMTPA (million metric ton per day) to 3 MMTPA. The present capacity of the refinery is 4.20 MMTPA.
The Barauni refinery of IOC is now poised for growth. With encouragement from Union Government and the IOC management, the refinery authorities worked out a scheme to modernize and expand the refinery by the end of 2000. A scheme of Rs. 2000 crore was planned to expand the capacity of the refinery upto 6 million tones per annum. In this expansion scheme the construction of Barauni-Haldia crude pipeline was completed. All the imported crude will be available to the Barauni refinery through the Haldia-Barauni crude pipeline. Top

Textiles
Bihar is the country's second state after West Bengal in Jute production and Jute textiles. Due to availability of raw jute, cheap labour, sufficient power, water and transportation in Northern part of Bihar, some Jute mills are located in this region. Jute mills are located in Karbisganj in Purnia district, Katibar, Muktapur in Samstipur district. Top

Engineering Industries
Engineering Industries are located at Dumaro in Bhojpur District, Madora in Saran District, Mokama in Patna District, Muktapur in Samastipur District (cycle factory), Mujaffarpur, Phoolwari sarif in Patna District (cycle factory), Fatuha in Patna Districts (scooter factory), Bihar Sarif in Nalanda District (cycle tyre). Railways carriages and goods factories are located at Derionson in Rohtas District, Jamalpur in Munger District, Mokama in Patna District.

Tobacco
Bihar is country's sixth largest tobacco producing state. Availability of kendu leaves and cheap labour, Biri manufacturing industries are located at Bihar Sarif in Nalanda District, Janjha in Munger District etc.

Information Technology
Information Technology is not new to the State. Activities of computerisation already started in early 90's. Till date most of the computerisation activities are being carried out by National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Information Technology, Govt. of India. Initially District Informatics Centre were established to support activities in Districts for monitoring of schemes. In addition various departments at Headquarter level have been computerized to support day-to-day decision making process. Government has taken all steps to promote IT culture through its e-governance project. Most of the departments are likely to be computerised. Initially public Interface departments such as Treasury, Commercial Taxes, G.P.F, Municipal Taxes, Land Registry, Land Records etc. are being computerized.
State government is also keen to promote IT culture through out State in order to benefit the mass through this technology. Some of the major computerization activities carried out by the State government with the technical support from National Informatics Centre, Bihar State Unit,Patna include :
Transport Computerisation
Treasury Computerisation
Finance Computerisation
GPF Computerisation
Commercial Tax Computerization
Besides all these, National Informatics Centre, Bihar State Unit has successfully computerised the elementary education under HRD Department. Created an MIS of 2 lacs of school teachers including Primary and Middle. Completed the 6th All India Census in the record time. There are many other state Govt. projects such as Land Records, Health, Commercial Tax, Science & Technology, Bihar State Electricity Board etc. as well as central Govt. Projects such as Central Excise, ROC, Provident Fund Organisation etc. which as been accepted, maintained and computerisation plan are initiated.

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Economic Infrastructure:

Roads
The State is serviced by 2318 Kms. of National Highways, 4192 Kms. of State highways, 12,579 Kms. of district roads and over 69000 Kms. of other roads. South Bihar has extensive network of roads linking major industrial locations in the state. The state would also encourage private sector involvement in maintenance of roads and bridges.

Railways
The State has extensive and well developed railway system providing vital links to mining industry and tourism with important cities and ports in the country. The total rail length is in excess of 5400 Kms. Top

Airports
Patna International Airport is directly connected with Kathmandu (Nepal), New Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Lucknow, Varanasi & Ranchi. Air services are provided by Indian Airlines, Sahara Airlines and Royal Nepal Airlines. 39 district Head Quarters have air strips/aerodromes.
Small Air taxi/charter services are available at Patna and Jamshedpur.

Inland Water Transport
Bihar is traversed by several rivers. Some of the major rivers are the Ganges, Ghaghra, Gandak, Kosi, Damodar, Sone and Swarnarekha. Total length of rivers in Bihar is 4,414 Kms. Navigable length of rivers is 1,325 Kms.
Farakka to Buxar in the river Ganges has been declared as National Water Ways No.1. It is presently operative from Haldia to Patna. This provides access to Calcutta Seaport (417Kms) and Haldia (517Kms).

Financial
Bihar State Financial Corporation (BSFC) is the main state level institution providing term lending facilities to industrial entrepreneurs. Banks have also shown increasing interest in term lending to industrial units.

Power
Total installed capacity of the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Tenughat Thermal Power Corporation (TTPC) and Bihar State Hydro Electric Corporation (BSHEC) in Bihar is 4470 M.W. The installed Thermal and are 4120 M.W. and Hydel capacities 350 M.W. respectively.

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Patna Highrise:

Biscomaun Tower 18 Floors.

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Old August 14th, 2006, 05:48 AM   #5
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Nitish Announces Rs. 500 Crore Economic Package for Nalanda
Patna: August 13, 2006 ***************

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Saturday, announced an economic package of Rs. 500 crore for his home district of Nalanda involving schemes to build and repair new and old roads, better health care system, improved drinking water facility and a high-tech computer center to promote the importance of information and technology in the district.

Kumar, on August 14, will lay foundation stones of various developmental project including the building of Nalanda Uddhan College, the Rs. 200+ crore rural electrification scheme, and setting up of a training center for farmers, officials said.

Other developmental projects include a Rs. 130 crore milk powder processing plant, Rs. 116 lakh road construction at Ekangarsarai, a bridge at Panchane river, and a power sub-station at Silao.

Meanwhile, a Japanese delegate is scheduled to visit Nalanda district on August 17 to study investment potential in the tourism sector.
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Big biz eyes Bihar in big way
[ 12 Apr, 2006 0210hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
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PATNA: Good times appear to be in store for Bihar, finally. Some of the country's top trading and financial institutions have expressed their eagerness to give Bihar a try.

A select group of the country's top industrialists recently participated in a FICCI-sponsored meet — "Bihar Investment Promotion Campaign Programme" — in New Delhi.

In an interaction with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, they discussed wide-ranging proposals to invest in different sectors, including the hospitality industry.

The industry bigwigs who met Nitish Kumar included Bharti Telecom (Airtel) Jt MD Rajan Bharti Mittal, hotelier Lalit Suri, Xpro chairman Siddharth Birla, Bata chairman P M Sinha and Apollo Tyres CMD Onkar S Kanwar.

Bihar's resident commissioner in Delhi C K Mishra told TOI on Monday that Indian Leasing Finance Services (ILFS) was preparing a project report for setting up a textile park in Bihar.

"Several top industrial houses, including the Birlas, have shown keen interest in the textile park project which would be a one-stop mega manufacturing centre for export items — from thread to garments," Mishra said.

"Similarly, hotelier Lalit Suri has also evinced keen interest in setting up star hotels in the Buddhist circuit, including Patna."

Some of the investors discussed the idea of town planning such as setting up projects like Greater Patna. Several others, including Fortis, expressed their desire to build and operate state-of-art hospitals in the state, said the resident commissioner.

Over a dozen prospective investors have so far submitted concrete project reports to invest in various sectors like real estate, energy, health, food processing, entertainment, roads and educational institutions. They are interested in getting land in prime locations for their projects.

Noted filmmaker Prakash Jha has already taken lead — as a facilitator — by getting Manmohan Shetty's Adlabs agree to set up a series of shopping malls-cum-multiplexes in Patna and other cities in the state.

CM Nitish Kumar is likely to lay the foundation stone of the first such project adjacent to the industrial estate at Pataliputra Colony in the state capital on April 27.
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http://www.newkerala.com/news4.php?a...llnews&id=5025
Nitish Kumar to make Bihar a developed state by 2015
Patna, Aug 10: Within a few days of a report being released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner’s office that Bihar is lagging far behind the rest of the country in terms of urbanisation, State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has resolved to make Bihar a developed state by 2015.

The official report states Bihar would hardly see any change in urbanisation levels over the next two decades, if current trends are to continue.

It clearly indicates that Bihar will remain at its low 10.5 percent urbanisation level all the way for the next ten years, and then move up only slightly to 11.6 percent by 2026. It may be recalled that the report has come six months after Nitish Kumar said that Bihar would change for the better in the next two years.

Kumar, however, says that Bihar will be able to attain the status of a developed state five years ahead of India, i.e. by 2015. Efforts are being made to make India a developed nation by 2020.

The Registrar General and Census Commissioner’s office report says that large areas of the country will become urban by 2026.

He (Nitish Kumar) claims that there is a marked improvement in the law and order situation in Bihar. --- ANI
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Rs 1000 Crore factory in Chapra in Bihar

http://www.business-standard.com/eco...eft=1&leftnm=3
Railways for unigauge policy to cut losses

The railways suffer an annual loss of around Rs 3,200 crore on its metre gauge and narrow gauge lines. This has now forced the ministry to take up a review of these lines to find a solution to the problem.

Apparently, the ministry is of the view that these lines should be converted to broad gauge instead of investing in renewing the tracks. According to a ministry official, metre and narrow gauge lines lose Rs 700 crore in the freight segment and Rs 2,500 crore in the passenger segment.

“The narrow and metre gauges are bleeding the railways dry,” the official said. According to the official, turnaround time on broad gauge lines was 4.75 days while in the metre and narrow gauge it was 14 days. Power consumption per 1,000 gross tonne kilometre too was way higher for trains using metre and narrow gauge lines.

According to the official, the losses due to metre and broad gauge lines was particularly high among five zones. The railways had converted loss-making lines such as Jaipur-Agra and Chittorgarh-Udaipur into broad gauge and found the experiment successful.

The ministry's assessment is that by converting these lines into broad-gauge they can reduce losses to around Rs 1,600 crore. Meanwhile, the railways has also decided to start a factory each in Chapra in Bihar and Rae Bareili in Uttar Pradesh.
The new units, which will cost the ministry Rs 1,000 crore each, are expected to start operating in three years. The factory that is proposed to be built at Rai Bareili will manufacture coaches for the railways.

According to the official, the railways will need a large number of coaches and locomotives in the coming five years, which the existing units will not be able to provide.
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CNN/IBN Nationwide Poll Declares Nitish at the Best CM
Patna: August 14, 2006

Just days after a very flattering letter from the Central Road Transport and Highway Minister T. R. Balu praising the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for doing an outstanding job, a sense of jubilation swept through the members of Janata Dal (U) after a special poll conducted by CNN/IBN placed Nitish Kumar as the number one Chief Minister in the entire nation.

"This is a matter of great pride for our party and for the entire state," party general secretary Upendra Kushwaha said on Sunday. "In nine months, Nitish Kumar has shown the nation that his heart is in the development of Bihar. With his sheer doggedness and single-minded focus on issues concerning the state, he has earned the respect from people from all quarters," he said.

"It would not be an exaggeration to say that soon Bihar will become the number one state in the country," the JD-U leader said.

"Bihar, under the previous regime, was known for all the wrong reasons including high crime rate and backwardness in economic areas. Now people from other states are looking at Bihar with a new-found respect and Biharis are finally being recognized for their talent and hard work," JD-U legislator Lalan Paswan said adding the credit largely goes to the Chief Minister who is determined to extricate Bihar from its previous morass left by the 15-year old Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) regime.

The CNN IBN-The Hindu ‘State of the Nation poll’ was conducted by the Center for Studies of Developing Societies (CSDS) in 19 states with a participation of over 14,000 people including many in rural India.

While Nitish Kumar was voted in as the most preferred Chief Minister (CM) of an Indian state, Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik was ranked second, followed by West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Tamil Nadu CM K. Karunanidhi, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, Andhra CM R. Reddy, and Kerala CM V. S. Achuthanandan.
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Patna Girl Wins British Open Deaf Tennis Championship
Patna: August 13, 2006

Shilpi Jaisawal, a teenager from Patna, became the first Indian ever to win the British Open Tennis Tournament for Deaf, by beating her Swedish rival Fatima Tebibel in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) in Nottingham, England, on Saturday.

Besides being a Bihari, 17-year old Shilpi, the daughter of Shishil and Preeti Jaiswal, suffers from permanent hearing loss and is not only the first Indian ever to win this tournament, is also the first Indian ever to participate in this tournament, her coach Kunal Aikat said.

Shishil and Preeti Jaiswal, the proud parents of Shilpi, said their daughter had picked up tennis at the tender age of five and has successively participated in various state and national level tournaments with much success including winning the All India Ranking Super Series at Delhi and Jamshedpur involving teens with normal hearing capabilities.

She has been ranked number one in the East Zone (Juniors) and has represented India in the under-18 tournament at the International Tennis Federation.
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Patna Highrise:

Biscomaun Tower 18 Floors.

I didnt even know they had those in Bihar. How tall is it?
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I didnt even know they had those in Bihar. How tall is it?
looks like 72.0 m 18 floor tallest in Patna.
known as Bihar State Co-operative Marketing Union (BISCOMAUN) Tower.
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State govt generates 10% more income
[ 12 Aug, 2006 0226hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

PATNA: State government has generated an income which is 14.77 per cent of the budget estimates during first quarter of the current fiscal which is 10 per cent more than the income during the first quarter of the last fiscal.

This was announced by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi while replying to the debate on first supplementary budget and related Appropriation Bill 2006 in Bihar Legislative Council on Friday. The expenditure report was also tabled in the state assembly the same day.

Pointing out that the Plan expenditure for development was 354 per cent more than the last fiscal, Modi said during current year the Plan expenditure during the first quarter was of Rs 1338.10 crore as compared to Rs 294.60 crore during the corresponding period in last fiscal.

This is 16.33 per cent of the budget estimates, he said. Non-plan expenditure during first quarter of the current fiscal was 20 per cent more than the expenditure in the first quarter of the last financial year.
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just curious...
are there any forumers from Bihar watching this thread?
your participation/contribution to this thread is most welcome!
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Chanakaya National Law University inaugurated in Patna

Patna, Aug 15: The Chanakaya National Law University was on Tuesday inaugurated at a function here attended by Bihar Governor R S Gavai and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The university, the first major institution created during the tenure of the eight-month-old NDA government, was an answer to those who claimed that nothing positive was possible in Bihar, Kumar said.

The establishment of the law university, the ninth institution of its kind in the country, in a short period of three months was a pointer to "our commitment to make Bihar stand in the front row of the developed states".
Gavai expressed the hope that the institution would produce sharp brains like the legendary Chanakaya.

The Chief Justice of the Patna High Court and Chancellor of the University, J N Bhatt, hoped the institution would gain the status of a centre of excellence in the country.

Former Union Minister and eminent lawyer Ravishankar Prasad, Advocate General P K Shahi and a host of judges of the high court were present on the occasion.
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Investment proposals worth Rs 7,000 crore received: Nitish

BIHARSHARIF: The Bihar Chief Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar claimed that the effort of his Government to prepare a conducive ground for inviting investment was bearing results investment proposals worth Rs 7,000 crore had been received so far in different fie lds.

"The Government will soon grant its approval to these investment proposals", Mr Kumar said while addressing a series of public meetings in his home district Nalanda after laying foundations of 45 different schemes at an estimated cost of Rs 650 crore.

He said there had been no dearth of fund with the Government for carrying developmental works and in the case of shortage the Government would raise loan.

"The days are not far when instead of people from Bihar going outside in search of livelihood, those from outside will come to our land in search of work", Mr Kumar said. - PTI
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just curious...
are there any forumers from Bihar watching this thread?
your participation/contribution to this thread is most welcome!
I am from Bihar although I have never lived in Bihar. And yes, am watching this space. Good job!
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I'm in on the Bihar thread. Will definitely try to spend more time here.

Heres an article from BusinessWeek.

An Awakening In Bihar

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Every April, some 230,000 Indian youths sharpen their pencils and sit for the intensely competitive entrance exam to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

After the grueling six-hour test, only 5,000 students are offered a place in the IITs. Most come from middle-class backgrounds and prepare for the exams through private coaching. But in the past few years, a small group of desperately poor, talented students have made it into the IITs, thanks to the Ramanujan School of Mathematics.

The school, named after a famous Indian mathematician, is even more intense than the IITs themselves. Located in Patna, the capital of Bihar, one of India's least developed states, the Ramanujan School trains just 30 students a year to take the IIT exam. Anand Kumar, 33, a local mathematician, and Abhayanand, 52, Patna's deputy director general of police and a lover of physics, founded the school in 2003.

They scoured Bihar's least privileged communities for 30 bright students to coach for the exam, providing free lessons and housing. They call their group the Super 30. "Intelligence is not birth-specific," says Abhayanand. In the first year, 16 of the group made it into the IITs. The next year, 22 made it. "This year," Kumar says confidently, "all 30 will get into the IITs."

Santosh Kumar, 19 (no relation to Anand Kumar), is one of this year's Super 30, and his story is typical of his classmates. He's from Dumari, a village in the Bihata district, about 22 miles from Patna. Nearly all the village's 3,000 residents scratch out meager livings as farmers. Santosh's sister and three brothers studied up to 10th grade but then returned to the fields. "Studying further required money, so that was that," he says.

For seven months, Santosh studied every morning for four hours, then sat down for a three-hour test in math, physics, and chemistry, and after a break studied three more hours. From six to nine in the evening, he attended a class in the same subjects and prepared for the next day's test until 2 a.m. His work paid off last spring, when he won a coveted seat at the IIT in Kharagpur, near Calcutta. (He ranked 3,537 out of the 5,000 students chosen.) Santosh now aims to earn a doctorate in chemistry and become an inventor. His hero is Abdul Kalam, India's current President and father of the nation's missile program. Just as important, Santosh is on track to be the first person from Dumari to graduate from university, making him a hero in the eyes of his village.
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x-posting from indiansunite's post from road's thread..

Ranchi ring road to ease snarls

Construction of a ring road in Ranchi, Jharkhand, is set to take off soon after the monsoon. The ring road is expected to ease traffic snarls in the city.
The Jharkhand government will also take up road construction work connecting the outskirts of Ranchi i.e. Kathi Tand (near Ratu on Ranchi-Daltonganj highway) and Karma (on Ranchi-Ramgarh road). This will help reduce heavy traffic on both the streets, as buses and trucks plying on Ranchi-Daltonganj, Ranchi-Gumla and Ranchi-Ramgarh routes will not enter the city.
The 23-km stretch of the ring road will pass through Kanke. The government will spend Rs 135 crore on the project. Tenders for the project have been invited and technical bids will be opened shortly.
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