Farmers gear up to sow crops in acquired land

JAIPUR: With monsoon approaching and farmers gearing up to sow the next crop, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has a big challenge ahead to take possession of remaining acquired land for the ring road project.

As the clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the project, even those farmers who had surrendered their lands are preparing to sow groundnut and bajra after rain this monsoon.

Kisan Lal Chaudhary, a farmer of Chimanpura village, whose 40 bigha has been acquired, says, "We are prepared to sow the next crop. We have ploughed the fields, purchased seeds and dumped cow dung (manure) in our fields. "

A JDA official claimed that so far they have taken possession of 55% of land that is required for the project. However, the remaining farmers who have surrendered their land continue to hold possession and sow crops as the deadlock between them and the government in connection with returning of excess land continues.

Also, the farmers who have taken allotment letters are planning to sow the crop and in such circumstances the process of taking possession can be delayed by another four months. Meanwhile, a JDA official said: "We will not allow the farmers to sow the crops this time. And if required, we will take stringent action against them."

Badri Prasad, president, Ring Road Sangharsh Samiti, said, "There are 1,500 farmers and their 10,000 family members will be affected by the project. Entire land of every third farmer is being taken for this project. If he surrenders his land, there is no indemnity what they will do till the project is completed. So many farmers cannot be put at risk as uncertainty prevails."

Farmers gear up to sow crops in acquired land - The Times of India
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  • Rajasthan govt to ensure cheaper houses for economically weak

    JAIPUR: Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has launched a new scheme of the Rajasthan housing board that will provide 20 percent cheaper homes to people from lower income groups (LIG) and economically weaker sections (EWS).

    The new scheme is part of the 'Rajasthan Housing for All' project under which a need for 10 lakh houses has been estimated in the state by 2022. Eighty-five per cent of these houses would be needed by the LIG and EWS category people. The government has, therefore, decided to build cheaper houses, which will come in four models.

    As per the scheme, 10 percent of the land in government and private housing schemes would be reserved for building houses for LIG and EWS people. In townships, the developers will have to reserve 7 percent land for LIG/EWS. In return, the government will give relaxation in floor-area-ratio (FAR) conditions to the private builders.

    The Rajasthan housing board, however, will now reserve 50 percent land for LIG/EWS. The Jaipur Development Authority and UITs in cities will have to reserve 25 percent land for the purpose.

    Rajasthan govt to ensure cheaper houses for economically weak - The Times of India
  • India Infoline invests Rs 78 crore in housing project at Jaipur

    NEW DELHI: India Infoline has invested Rs 78 crore in a housing project, developed by Urbana group, at Jaipur.

    The deal was advised by the Mumbai-based investment banking firm Ashika Capital.

    "Jaipur-based project Urbana Jewels, promoted by Urbana group, has raised Rs 78 crore from India Infoline Ltd( IIFL) to complete pending construction," Ashika CapitalBSE 2.48 % said in a statement.

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  • Second proposal for smart city includes basic amenities in Ajmer

    AJMER: This is for the second time in less than a year that authorities are preparing a plan for making Ajmer a smart city.

    The Municipal Corporation of Ajmer is ready with a tentative list of issues like sewerage system, roads, parking and cleanliness which it has to address.

    The city was overjoyed in September last year when prime minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama had signed a joint declaration stating that both the nations would develop three cities, including Ajmer, as smart cities.

    When the draft was sought, Ajmer was quick to send it to the Centre, and but later on, it was revealed that draft was prepared with the help of internet.

    Even during a conference organised by the US Indo Business Council at Pushkar in May, the US companies had showed less interest in the smart city project.

    But recently, following the announcement of central government to make Ajmer a smart city, the municipal corporation sought suggestions from locals regarding their demands. People primarily raised the issues of cleanliness, sewerage system, poor parking and bad roads.

    According to officials, the proposal focuses on the requirement of a sewerage system in the city and a budget for good roads and parking systems.

    The main civic issue in the city is of cleanliness, especially at places like Anasagar Lake. The proposal also talks about a walkway around the lake.

    People also demanded toilets and garbage dumping spots.

    The main demand is for a proper solid waste mechanism. Currently, the garbage is dumped on Nasirabad Road.

    Another important requirement enlisted in the proposal is of a ring road with flyovers at Jhonsganj, Topdara and Naka Madar. A budget is required for building footpaths and parking places near the railway station.

    The proposal for smart city which has to be submitted by the corporation excludes anything like Wi-Fi or fibre roads in the city. There is also no internet project.

    Ajmer is world famous for its shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti and Brahma Temple in Pushkar, and therefore, the focus of the administration is to ensure clean and healthy environment in the city.

    Second proposal for smart city includes basic amenities in Ajmer - The Times of India
  • NGT tells govt to set up GIS cell

    JODHPUR: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Central Zone, while terming the reliance on physical verification and data submission about forest and green cover by officials related to the forest and green cover as 'impractical', has asked the state government to seriously consider setting up a geo information system (GIS) cell for monitoring of roads/depletion of forests and green cover in the state.While hearing a petition moved by environmentalist Babulal Jaju, the bench of the NGT headed by justice Dalip Singh said this while referring to incongruity between the data and the reality.

    In his petition, Jaju had pointed towards the negligence in carrying out avenue plantation along the highway projects (new/widening). Referring to the need for translocation of trees/plants along the road projects, the bench also directed the government to establish a specialised cell under the forest department with all expertise required to undertake the tree/plant translocation in the current financial year itself.

    While seeking reply from the government on next hearing on November 16, the bench said, "We would expect proper infrastructure in place for translocation of trees, which have taken years to grow and benefit the environment."

    When the Indian Road Congress drew the attention of the bend towards the non-availability of land along the roads for avenue plantation, the bench said that as there are provisions for acquiring land for expansion of road or road shoulders, the same can be done for arranging land for plantation.

    "Similar provisions need to be incorporated for the avenue plantation and road side forestry so that there is neither the land issue nor any delay in carrying out plantation work," the bench said.

    The bench further said, "This is also essential because during the road construction work, the contractor or agency concerned has all infrastructure, resources and facilities available right on the spot, which can be employed to ensure sustainable growth and protection of the trees and the progress of plantation can be easily monitored by the authorities, agencies or contractors.

    Before this, the bench also took into account an order dated October 1 of the state government furnishing seven guidelines in pursuance of the previous hearing on August 26, comprising timing, cost, variety and size of the plants, their availability at the government nurseries, protection of the plants (tree guards/fencing) and a regular monitoring mechanism to ensure 100% survival of the plants.

    NGT tells govt to set up GIS cell - The Times of India
  • Rajasthan signs 14 MoUs to bring in Rs 9,273 crore investment into housing in the state

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  • Govt mulls new 3-hour Jaipur-Delhi road route

    KOTPUTLI: The central government is contemplating a new road route to connect Jaipur and New Delhi. Coming at a cost of Rs 32,000 crore, a feasibility study has already been conducted for this green-field expressway, said Union minister for surface transport Nitin Gadkari here on Thursday.

    The stretch will be from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi to Daulatpura in Rajasthan's Ganganagar district. "We are considering the possibilities of building this expressway," said Gadkari, who was on a day-long visit to Rajasthan on Thursday to inaugurate several projects. He, along with chief minister Vasundhara Raje, interacted with the media at Kotputli and later flew to Kota and Jhalawar to inaugurate some projects. The expressway will require about 2,800 hectares of land. For compensation amount has been pegged at Rs 18,000 crore.

    In another big announcement, Gadkari promised that the six-lane work on the Jaipur-Gurgaon stretch on National Highway 8 would be completed by December. The minister inspected the stretch travelling on it from New Delhi to Kotputli.

    "Out of 57 structures on the 225-km long stretch, 50 have been commissioned. Four would be opened to commuters in December, while the remaining will take three to four months more," Gadkari said.

    The minister said that Jaipur-Gurgaon highway is a lifeline and travel time on it would be reduced from eight to three hours. "This project is under constant monitoring and is being reviewed by the PMO also.Earlier, there were a lot of issues but everything is working out now. I am told that a consortium of 14 banks has agreed to release the additional loan that was asked for by the developer. I am hopeful that by March 2016 the travel time would come down to three hours," he said.

    Besides, more bypasses at Manesar, Dharuhera, Behror, Kotputli, Pawta and Shahpura will be constructed. The cost of these is expected to be around Rs 1,000 crore. If the developers do not find the project feasible, the central government will provide financial assistance, he said. Gadkari also said the highway would be developed into a `green corridor', with the central government providing grants for saplings and trees and the Haryana and Rajasthan governments assisting in planting them.

    Govt mulls new 3-hour Jaipur-Delhi road route - The Times of India
  • Metro project: Rajasthan hopes for early funds from Centre

    JAIPUR: After the visit of Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu, the state government is expecting financial assistance from Centre soon for the Jaipur Metro Phase-I project.

    The government will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the joint venture. An official said the JMRC is looking at getting some financial assistance from the Central government in the form of equity for the Metro Phase I (B). As part of the joint venture, the Centre is expected to fund 20% of the project in the form of equity. "The Central government will provide Rs 627 crore in the form of equity. As per the norms, the Centre will have a 20% stake in the project," said a JMRC official.

    A senior official said, "The total project cost for phase-I is Rs 3,149 crore. The previous state government had sanctioned Rs 1,802 crore. Recently, the BJP-led government too sanctioned Rs 500 crore for the same and even the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has sanctioned a loan of Rs 969 crore. The central assistance will be useful for operations and maintenance." Sources said that during the meeting with Naidu, Raje had requested for a greater control for the state government in Jaipur Metro project.

    Raje pointed out that while the Centre intends to get 50% share in capital and wants to appoint its chairman in Metro projects of the states, the share of the Centre is limited to only 20% of the total cost of the Metro project. She demanded removal of this disparity and suggested that the Centre should either provide 20% of its share as a subsidy or demand only 20% share in capital of Metro project. The chief minister had raised this demand earlier too during the meeting of state finance ministers in New Delhi.

    An official said that if assistance is provided by the Centre, it would reduce a huge financial burden from the JMRC. Wilbur Smith, an international firm which conducted the ridership survey, estimated 1,21,000 commuters per day till March 31, 2018.

    Sources said, "Even if the JMRC receives 60% ridership in year 2015-2016, the annual losses for operations will be Rs 29 crore. At 20%, it will have to bear losses to the tune of Rs 50 crore. The JMRC is expecting nearly Rs 5 crore annual loss in operations."

    As per the JMRC assessment, the project is starting at an annual operational loss of Rs 41 crore for the next 10 years. The loss is calculated at 60% of the ridership. The amount will increase to Rs 71 crore a year if the loss is calculated at 20% ridership.

    Metro project: Rajasthan hopes for early funds from Centre - The Times of India
  • JDA's excess land acquisition irks farmers

    JAIPUR: The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has committed a major error in acquisition of land for the ring road project, giving a double blow to the affected farmers. As against the declaration that a 360 meter wide stretch of land would be acquired along the 47-km-long proposed road, the civic body has acquired excess land up to 50 meter in width, at many places.

    The 'goof-up' came to light when construction for the project started recently. As the road construction commenced and the project started taking shape on the ground, the affected farmers learnt that their acquired land stood not just up to 135 meters on either side of the proposed 90 meter ring road, but extended up to 50 meter deeper into their remaining agricultural fields.

    Surprisingly, the JDA officials admit that they have erroneously acquired "additional" land at some places, but are unwilling to rectify the mistake. JDA zone commissioner, Raj Kumar Singh, says, "At few places, issues of additional land acquisition have come up. But we have given complete compensations to all the farmers and so the acquired land will continue to remain with the JDA."

    The JDA authorities' response has left the farmers of Khatwada village in Sanganear Tehsil agitated. "This atrocity of the JDA not only makes us lose invaluable land but also throws us away from the ring road's development corridors that could have yielded us some economic benefits for sustenance," said Rajendra Pareek, one of the affected farmers. "This is unscrupulous acquisition," he added.

    The proposed ring road is just 90 meter wide, but the JDA has acquired a land strip 360 meters in width along the entire 47 km length of the project. The plan is to develop 135 meter wide 'development corridor' on both sides of the 90 meter wide ring road.

    At many places, along the 47 km stretch, however, the JDA has allegedly acquired agricultural land even in excess of the 360 meter width. The 25% developed land along the corridors that the farmers were promised in compensation, has been subsequently been pushed 50 meter away from the corridor.

    The farmers, who surrendered their agricultural lands for the project long back in 2007, now feel duped. They have not only lost their source of livelihood, but have also lost the economic benefits that would have accrued to them by being at the edge of the 135 meter 'development corridor' of the ring road.

    "There is a provision of 'de-acquiring' the land that has been acquired in excess. As our farm lands are situated near the city, their rates have increased. The JDA cannot acquire excess land without showing the purpose. We will approach the court if our plea is unheard," said a local farmer.

    So far only the Kathwada village farmers have learnt about the excess acquisition as the construction work has covered only up to 1 km of the 47 km long road. As the project work progresses, the excess acquisitions might come to light at other places too.

    The JDA has acquired nearly 1600 heactre land for the project. Of this, 423 hectare land will be utilized to construct the 'development corridors'.

    JDA's excess land acquisition irks farmers - The Times of India
  • RHB workers protest land allotment at cheaper rate

    JAIPUR: Fresh troubles are emerging in front of the state government as its own employees have started a protest against the decision of allotting the land at cheaper rate to the participants of the ambitious Resurgent Rajasthan Summit.

    Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) workers' association allege that land, which will be given on public-private partnership (PPP) model to develop the convention centre in Mansarovar, the state government will be allotting it at a much cheaper rate resulting in loss of revenue. O P Poonia, RHB, union president, said, "The worth of the land that will be provided to participants is about Rs 350 crore. It will be provided at a much cheaper price. The finance department also recently raised objection on the state government's move."

    Recently, the RHB has decided to construct the convention centre of international standard on public-private partnership model at VT Road, along with its residential scheme. The capacity of this centre will be 5,500 people. It will also have an auditorium with a capacity of 1,500 people. Other than this, it will have two seminar halls, four meeting rooms, and a board room and a VIP lounge, both having a capacity of 30 people.

    In the same premises, RHB will also develop 200 rooms, which will match the standards of a four-star hotel. It is also proposed to develop a mechanical parking to accomodate 1,200 cars. An official said, "The work will be awarded to the company that will provide highest premium to RHB per year. It has been decided that RHB will charge Rs 5 crore per annum from the company as premium. The awarded firm will have to construct the centre in two-and-a-half years. Post construction, the firm will be responsible for its maintenance for the next 30 years."

    The union also alleged that the RHB land has been transferred to Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). The JMC has incorporated these plots in the land bank, which will be presented to the participants. "The move is not justified as RHB land will be sold by JMC at cheaper rates. This will lead to depletion of RHB land bank."

    RHB workers protest land allotment at cheaper rate - The Times of India
  • Ring Road: Jaipur Development Authority in no mood to de-acquire farmers' excess land

    JAIPUR: After acquiring excess land for the Ring Road project, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) is no mood to de-acquire the extra land.

    As the road construction commenced and the project started taking shape on ground, the affected farmers learnt that their acquired land stood not just up to 135 metres on either side of the proposed 90 metre Ring Road, but extended up to extra 50 metre into their remaining agricultural fields.

    However, officials claim the compensation of land has already been given to the farmers and they will not de-acquire the extra land. The farmers claimed they were willing to return compensation if the JDA de-acquires their land. Rajendra Pareek, one of the affected farmers whose 3,400 square metre extra land has been acquired by JDA, says, "We had peacefully surrendered our land before. We are willing to return the compensation, which was at the rate of Rs 4,200 for one square metre land as fixed by the JDA. However, JDA has forcefully taken possession of excess land and no option has been provided to the farmers."

    The (JDA) has committed a major error in acquisition of land for the Ring Road project, giving a double blow to the affected farmers.

    As against the declaration that a 360 metre wide stretch of land would be acquired along the 47-km-long proposed road, the civic body has acquired excess land up to 50 metre in width, at many places. The proposed Ring Road is just 90 metre wide, but the JDA has acquired a land strip 360 metres in width along the entire 47 km length of the project. The plan is to develop 135 metre wide 'development corridor' on both sides of the 90 metre wide Ring Road.

    At many places, along the 47 km stretch, however, the JDA has allegedly acquired agricultural land even in excess of the 360 metre width.

    Ring Road: Jaipur Development Authority in no mood to de-acquire farmers' excess land - The Times of India
  • JDA to reinvite applications for housing scheme

    JAIPUR: The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) will once again invite applications for lower income group (LIG), economic weaker section (EWS) and middle income group (A) plots.

    After finding irregularities in application forms, invited to allot 621 flats, the JDA had decided to cancel the housing scheme. The JDA has re-launched the scheme and invited online applications from November 4 to 18.

    The JDA will upload the list of all the allottees who have applied for the scheme. A committee has also been established which will verify the documents of the allottes on December 9.

    After verifying the documents, the committee will release its list on December 11 and a lottery of these houses will be drawn on December 16.

    Earlier, the JDA had cancelled the scheme as many brokers had filled more than 100 applications for the same. According to the official, a committee was established to probe the matter. It has recommended to cancel the scheme.

    A senior JDA official said, "The JDA will also file an FIR against the brokers who have filed more than one application form in the scheme. Similarly, many JDA workers are also involved in corruption. A disciplinarily action will be taken against them."

    JDA to reinvite applications for housing scheme - The Times of India
  • JDA seeks public opinion on 4G towers

    JAIPUR: The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has invited public opinion before giving nod to the installation of 4G ground-based masts towers (GBM) in the city.

    Within seven days, the residents, organizations and people concerned can submit their objections and opinion at JDA secretary's office. An official informed, "A company has sought permission from JDA to install GBM towers at 22 places. The authority will issue permission to it for installing the towers if the objections are not received in stipulated time of a week after the release of information. The detailed information related to the initiative has been made available on the authority's official website"

    Recently, Urban Development and Housing (UDH) issued a circular to allow telecom service and infrastructure providers to install the ground based mast (GBM) at desired locations across the state.

    However, as per the circular dated, September 15, GBM will not be installed within the premises or anything less than 15 meters from the boundary of schools, hospital, sports grounds or within 500 meter radius of jail campus. Moreover, width of road should be minimum 30 feet on which GBMs will be installed. "The provisions mentioned in the order are almost similar. The circular has been issued to allow all license holders. At present there is only one telecom company, which has the license," an official informed.

    Other than this, the company shall obtain necessary permission for laying optical fiber cable network under the roads and even above, and installation of GBM in the cities from the concerned urban local bodies, as the case may be prescribed from time to time.

    Also, in the Walled City area or in the areas of heritage importance, the poles/mast shall be so designed as to maintain the heritage character of the city, which shall need a separate approval by a local authority, reads the circular.Before carrying out the project, the company has to assure the government about the trenchless technology being used by them for laying the cable. The company also has to prepare a detailed plan for implementation, and submit it to the concerned civic body. The NOC of authorities including the traffic police shall also be obtained.

    JDA seeks public opinion on 4G towers - The Times of India
  • Reviews pour in for Udaipur's smart city plan

    UDAIPUR: Udaipur's fate in the first 20 smart cities would be known later, however, the best part so far is the overwhelming response of the people who are coming out with their suggestions in making the best proposal for the city of lakes.

    On the basis of offline and online suggestions from the citizens, the district administration along with its consultants prepared a Draft Smart City Proposal which encompasses different aspirations and dreams for Udaipur. This draft has been uploaded on the government website seeking public participation to make it to the final Smart City Proposal.

    In the draft, `Eternal Udaipur: World's favorite lakeside heritage city' has been taken as vision statement. Around 1,200 review suggestions were received on the very first day on Friday.

    Reviews pour in for Udaipur's smart city plan - The Times of India
  • Pushkar to have a master plan of development

    JAIPUR: The state government has decided to prepare a Master Plan for developing the famous pilgrimage town of Pushkar. Also known as the temple town, the ancient habitation attracts large number of international tourists all the year round. Its annual cattle fair—which is currently going on—is a big hit among the international backpackers.

    State's devsthan minister Amraram Chaudhary and Rajasthan Heritage Conservation and Development Authority chairman Onkar Singh Lakhawat toured the town and its surrounding villages with a team of government officials and locals early this week. In a meeting held after an informal survey, the officials were directed to prepare a draft master plan of Pushkar once the cattle fair gets over on November 27.

    It has been decided to prepare a comprehensive plan to include the main town of Pushkar, the nearby Buda-Pushkar and surrounding villages to develop the place as a tourist spot while maintaining its religious sanctity. Among the suggestions that came from the locals was a demand for banning sale of meat and liquor completely around Pushkar.

    The government has been asked to ensure unobstructed flow of rainwater to the Pushkar Sarovar (lake) by keeping the region's natural waterways encroachment free. The temple town is situated around the lake in the Aravalli—the world's oldest mountain range—passing through Ajmer. The place with its ancient lake and the only Brahma temple in India is a major pilgrimage center of Hindus.

    Pushkar to have a master plan of development - The Times of India
  • Online project to monitor polluting industries in Rajasthan

    JAIPUR: To keep a check on polluting industries in the state, the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) will soon introduce an online monitoring system.

    With this, the department can keep an eye on the pollution caused by 17 types of industries. An official informed, "The board has prepared an online monitoring for real time data acquisition, assimilation and comprehensive monitoring of emission, effluent quality and ambient air of highly polluting industries, which will be launched soon."

    The project was developed after receiving instruction from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Official further informed, the system will be installed at the outlet of effluent treatment plants of 17 category industries and in CETPs for the measurement of various parameters (industry/sector specific parameter) like flow, pH, chemical oxygen demand, biochemical oxygen demand etc as per the guidelines provided.

    "Under section 18(1) b of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and section 18(1) b of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 , the CPCB has directed the RSPCB to issue direction to 17 categories of highly polluting industries that requires installation of online analysers for monitoring the emission and/or effluent quality."

    Now, the RSPCB has geared up to develop a software that would be installed by the industries to show real time data acquisition and assimilation of emission and effluent quality systems.

    Online project to monitor polluting industries in Rajasthan - The Times of India