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    Natural water flow in Kanhan river stops completely

    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 11, 2019, 03:02 IST



    Nagpur: Upcoming summer will likely be tough for city’s drinking water supply. With problem of less water storage in Pench reservoirs not resolved, the natural water flow in Kanhan river has also stopped completely.

    Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) supplies drinking water to West, South-West, Central and parts of South Nagpur from Pench reservoirs. Remaining areas- East, North and parts of South Nagpur get water from Kanhan river.

    TOI on Wednesday reported storage in Pench reservoirs was less than actual requirement upto mid-June (monsoon arrival). NMC along with Mahagenco’s Koradi and Khaparkheda thermal power stations require water from Madhya Pradesh (MP) government’s Chaurai dam to meet the requirement upto monsoon.

    NMC began getting less water from Kanhan river from Tuesday onwards. As against total capacity of 240 million litres per day (MLD), the treatment plant at Kanhan is supplying only around 170 MLD from Tuesday. Private operator Orange City Water Pvt Ltd (OCW) on Tuesday said the river was having less water due to blockage at under-construction Kochchhi barrage upstream of the river.

    NMC officials including deputy engineer Dipak Chitnis visited Kochchhi barrage on Tuesday. They told TOI river was getting less water as natural flow in it had stopped totally. “Whatever water is coming in the river is from Khekranala dam released by the water resources department (WRD). Already, NMC has got around 3 million meter cube (MMC) from this dam. It will 3 MMC more from this dam. Then, water from Pench will need to be released,” the official said.

    As per the NMC, natural water flow in the river usually stops in March. Sometimes it happens in February end. This time it has happened in January due to less rains in MP from where the river originates.

    The official said NMC and WRD were requesting for release of water from Chaurai dam so Pench can release more water to feed Kanhan. “We have no other option as many areas will be affected in case of less supply from Kanhan,” he said.






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      Laxmi Nagar zone tops in garbage generation

      Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 11, 2019, 03:01 IST



      Nagpur: The residents of upscale neighbourhoods in South-West Nagpur, especially Laxmi Nagar zone, generate the highest amount of trash in the city, according to Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s solid waste management department data.

      According to the data, Dharampeth zone (having 48,369 properties) generates 95 metric tonne garbage per day, while Laxmi Nagar zone (73,427 properties) generates 150 metric tonne garbage daily. In fact, Laxmi Nagar zone witnessed an increase in garbage generation by 5 metric tonne since 2015 when it had generated 130 metric tonne per day.

      The data, compiled in 2018 calendar year, shows that 5,63,674 properties across the city generate approximately 12,42,000 kg garbage or 1,242 metric tonne per day. It also reveals that the average garbage generated by every household in Nagpur is 2.20 kilogram a day. Each household in Satranjipura zone (with 42,664 properties), which houses both commercial (vegetable markets) and residential properties, produces approximately 3 kg garbage per day, 130 MT in all.

      The data also revealed that waste generation in Gandhibagh zone with 55,305 properties is around 145 metric tonne/day. The data showed that waste generation in the city has increased from 1,083 MT per day in 2015 to 1,242 MT per day in 2018.

      In 2018, the total waste collected from households in Nagpur had 49.55% organic component, while 25% was dry waste and 9.11% was construction debris, the officer pointed out.

      “At a time when city’s population is being estimated at over 30 lakh and door-to-door garbage lifting is being done from 5.36 lakh properties, Nagpur is generating 4,53,330 metric tonne waste per year,” said a senior official from the department.

      Sources, however, pointed out that actual garbage generated in the city could be more as the NMC is yet to provide regular door-to-door waste collection service in several areas in North, East and South Nagpur.

      Environment expert and founder of city-based Green Vigil Foundation Kaustav Chatterjee said segregation of solid waste is the first step for scientifically treating waste.

      Segregated biodegradable waste, which is around half of the total waste being generated in Indian cities, may be subjected to composting. Recyclable waste like plastic, cardboard etc need to recycled. Inert waste may be used for scientific land filling, whereas the balance waste may be used to generate alternate source of energy like biogas or electricity, Chatterjee said.

      “In present situation, authorities need to rework the existing treatment plan. If we are successful in achieving 100% segregation, which is one of the objectives of Swachh Bharat Mission, then quantum of waste available for proposed ‘waste to energy plant’ based on mass burn technology might fall short to generate electricity as per agreed terms,” Chatterjee pointed out.







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        17 polluted Maha cities will have to prepare plans to combat air pollution

        Manka Behl | TNN | Jan 11, 2019, 03:23 IST



        Nagpur: With 17 cities, Maharashtra tops the union environment ministry’s list of 102 non-attainment cities in the country where pollution levels are not meeting the set standards.

        The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which was launched by the ministry on Thursday, states that these cities have to mandatorily submit city-specific action plans to combat air pollution. As per the programme, these plans should be dynamic and evolve based on the available scientific evidence, including source apportionment studies.

        Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data reveals that nitrogen dioxide levels were dangerously high in three districts of the state — Pune, Badlapur and Ulhasnagar. In Vidarbha, Nagpur, Akola, Amravati and Chandrapur are the most polluting cities.

        In August last year, TOI reported that despite having the highest number of polluted cities, the state had no mitigation plan in place even for a single city. Details obtained by Greenpeace India under Right to Information (RTI) had revealed that action plans for all 17 cities were ‘missing’. CPCB had directed these cities to submit their plans before August last year.

        The board’s records show that though seven cities had submitted their plans, they were rejected and asked to revise and re-submit. These cities include Mumbai, Pune, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalna, Kolhapur and Latur.

        BOX: 17 most polluted cities:

        Akola, Amravati, Aurangabad, Badlapur, Chandrapur, Jalgaon, Jalna, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Sangli, Solapur and Ulhasnagar.








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          NMC orders structural audit of singed building

          Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 11, 2019, 03:52 IST


          Until the audit is done, the NMC will not allow any construction activity in the building

          Nagpur: The disaster management cell of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has approached Mangalwari zone to conduct structural audit of the under-construction multi-storey hospital on Kingsway where a massive fire broke out on Wednesday.

          Chief fire officer Rajendra Uchake told TOI, “Structure of the building has been damaged due to extreme heat following the fire. As it being a multi-storey building slated to house a hospital and an auditorium, concrete strength needs to be assessed by a structural engineer. Therefore, the zone’s assistant municipal commissioner Harish Raut has been asked to start the structural audit process.”

          Sources said neither the NMC’s head office nor the zone has any structural engineer and hence, Raut may approach an expert through empanelled engineers. “Until the audit is done, the NMC will not allow any construction activity in the building,” a senior official in NMC’s town planning department said.

          On Thursday, when TOI visited the site, a senior representative of the construction company said entry to the building has been restricted following fire department’s instructions. To a query, the representative said the fire might have been triggered during wielding work going on to fix chairs in the auditorium. Due to spatter from the wielding work, foam cushions might have caught fire, thus the mishap, he pointed out.

          On the other hand, NMC’s fire department claimed that safety norms were violated at the construction site. Sources pointed out that water-based firefighting and portable extinguishers should have been there as several labourers were engaged for the construction. This violation comes under occupational hazard, sources pointed out. “Had these systems were in place, the fire could have been controlled early,” sources said.

          TOI had reported on Thursday that the complex had no sanction for its revised building plan from the town planning department or NOC from fire and emergency services department.

          As fire and emergency services department has no authority to investigate, a team from Sadar police station has started investigation to find out the exact cause of fire.

          Uchake clarified that his department won’t investigate to find out exact cause of the fire and clarified that city police department, which has forensic experts, will probe the case. Senior police inspector Sunil Bonde said Sadar police have already started investigation.

          Meanwhile, two patients who were brought to Care Hospital in serious condition continue to be critical, said a hospital source.









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            Metro, NMC holding talks for common mobility card

            Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 12, 2019, 10:06 IST

            NAGPUR: MahaMetro and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) are holding talks for a common mobility card — automatic fare collection (AFC) card — for the city. This will enable commuters to pay for tickets of Metro, its feeder buses and city buses using the same card. The two agencies have already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for this purpose.

            A source in MahaMetro said technical aspects of the deal had been finalized. “Now, we are discussing ways to enable NMC’s bus operators to get the money when a person uses the AFC card,” he added.

            MahaMetro has tied up with State Bank of India (SBI) for the card. This will save the Metro agency Rs 280 crore over a 10-year period and also it will get a royalty of Rs 30 crore. MahaMetro plans to enable commuters to use the card to pay for autorickshaws and taxis also. However, this will not happen initially. The card also can’t be used as a debit-cum-ATM card in the beginning.

            The source further said that commuters who want to use the card will have to buy it. “The price will be affordable as we want maximum number of people to use it. The AFC will be available at our stations and SBI branches. We are also considering an option of roping in a third agency for selling the card,” he added.

            The official said, “The card can’t be used as a debit card until National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) develops a platform for it. NPCI is the agency that monitors bank-to-bank transactions and provides software for the same.”

            According to mass transit system experts, a common mobility card is essential for making people use public transport. “A commuter can’t be expected to buy separate tickets for different modes of mass transport. Our AFC card is the ideal solution,” the official said.

            MahaMetro will face a more difficult task when it tries to enable people to pay for autorickshaws and taxis using the card. “While most taxis in Nagpur are run by big companies, the autorickshaws are plied by individuals. We will have to bring them together on a same platform,” said the official.






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              NMC competing for (a)Swachh Survekshan?

              Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 12, 2019, 10:10 IST


              Not only in residential localities, piles of garbage can be sighted alongside major roads like Amravati, Centr... Read More

              NAGPUR: To improve its ranking in Swachh Bharat survey 2019, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decked up city’s markets with welcome gates, hoardings and gas balloons to create awareness. However, the NMC has failed to ensure cleanliness in many areas. Some Nagpurians said the NMC’s intent and actions are a complete mismatch.

              A case in point is Gokulpeth vegetable market. Here the NMC has erected a welcome gate, but entry inside the market exposes the tall claims of garbage-free city.

              A senior official from the sanitation department said sanitary inspectors of all 10 zones were directed to spread awareness among shopkeepers and vendors to keep the surroundings clean and free of garbage, ensure proper sanitation and maintain high standards of hygiene in the vicinity.

              Sources claimed that NMC’s efforts to keep city clean during Swachh Bharat survey is a nothing but an eyewash. Actually, the exercise to keep city clean, launched just before the survey, should have been an ongoing process. “One cannot clean the city or lift the huge piles of trash overnight,” sources said.

              A spot visit to many localities in North, East and even Central Nagpur exposed poor preparation by the NMC as garbage was lying unattended in areas like Shanti Nagar, Tulsi Nagar, Mhada Colony in Nari, Yashodhara Nagar etc.

              In North Nagpur, TOI visited the Ring Road and found that most areas along the road witnessed unabashed littering and disposal of garbage, thus raising a question mark over hygiene and sanitation in that area. Residents too rued the situation of garbage disposal in the city. “The civic body is good only for making plans and proposals. Our repeated requests have fallen on deaf ears,” said Nirmala Tidke, a resident of Yashodhara Nagar.

              Senior Congress corporator from North Nagpur Manoj Sangole blamed NMC for the mess. He said that there were several places where sanitary workers hardly visit and cited Mhada quarters (1,292 quarters) in Nari, Takshashila Nagar, Raj Gruh Nagar etc where sanitary workers and even garbage lifting vehicles visited once in three days. “With erratic service of garbage lifting, citizens of this part are left with no option but to throw garbage in the open or by the roadside,” he said.

              Sangole said that though he had reminded NMC officials about the issue a number of times, nothing was done. Recently, he has submitted a written complaint to the authorities to improve door-to-door service of Kanak Resources and provide sanitary workers in many uncovered areas of North Nagpur.

              Vishal Sharma, a resident of Shanti Nagar, pointed out unreliable service of NMC’s sanitary workers. “Roads are not cleaned for weeks and even garbage lifting is not regular, thus forcing citizens to dump garbage in nullah,” he said.

              Not only in residential localities, piles of garbage can be sighted alongside major roads like Amravati, Central Avenue, Wardha road etc.

              Even areas outside different state and central government offices too have turned into a nuisance due to piling of garbage.







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                MahaMetro needs almost Rs 2,700 crore next financial year

                Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 12, 2019, 10:12 IST

                NAGPUR: MahaMetro needs a huge amount of funds in 2019-20 to complete Nagpur Metro on time. The requirement is Rs 2,696 crore, which is the highest ever so far. The share of the state government is Rs850 crore. However, the state has never provided more than Rs 300 crore in a financial year for the project.

                A source in MahaMetro said the state government’s share in the project has increased because the Metro agency had sought the money owed by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) from it. NMC owes Rs 70 crore while the NIT has not paid about Rs 85 crore.

                State government and the Centre both have 20% share in the project. However, Centre’s contribution always far exceeds that of the state’s every year. In 2018-19, only Rs 175 crore had been sanctioned for Nagpur Metro in the state budget. Later, some more funds were sanctioned in winter session of the state legislature through supplementary grants.

                Out of its contribution of Rs 1,736 crore, the state has provided Rs 679 crore so far, apart from land costing around Rs200 crore. The year-wise disbursement is: 2015-16 Rs 84.45 crore, 2016-17 Rs 137 crore, 2017-18 Rs 213 crore and 2018-19 Rs 175 crore. It has further released Rs70 crore recently.

                MahaMetro needs Rs 1,817 crore from the Centre next fiscal. It had sanctioned Rs 1,807 crore this fiscal. A part of the amount is yet to reach MahaMetro.

                Out of the four stretches of Nagpur Metro, two — Sitabuldi-Khapri (Reach 1) and Sitabuldi-Hingna Road (Reach 3) are nearing completion. The Sitabuldi-Prajapati Nagar (near Wardhaman Nagar) and Sitabuldi-Automotive Square stretches are nowhere near completion and need lot of funds.

                The source said that with Nagpur MLA Devendra Fadnavis at the helm of the state, funds should not be a problem. “However, if the state doesn’t agree to provide us NMC and NIT’s share, the project will get delayed,” he added.







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                  Cities will continue to choke even after 30% reduction in air pollution

                  Manka Behl | TNN | Jan 12, 2019, 13:13 IST

                  Nagpur: Even if the country achieves air quality goals set by the government in the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), cities with the most dangerous air will continue to choke on pollution levels two-to-three times more than the safe limit, reveals analysis of the existing data. To achieve the desired target, the regional action plans will need to be on the lines of what China did in Beijing to bring down pollution levels by 35% in five years.

                  Under NCAP, which was released by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) on Thursday, the Centre aims to reduce air pollution by 20-30% in the next five years, taking 2017 as the base year. Yet, calculations of major polluting cities in India show that both particulate matter (PM) 10 and 2.5 will be more than the permissible limit set by the ministry and as much as eight times worse than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) safe limit.

                  As per the 2017 data of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the PM10 annual average of nine monitoring stations in Delhi was around 241 micrograms per cubic meters (mpcm). Assuming a 30% decline, the PM10 level will come down to almost 169 mpcm. This is nearly three times more than the government’s and eight times more than WHO’s set limit.

                  Mumbai was recently ranked as world’s fourth most polluted megacity by WHO with its air quality being worse than Beijing. In 2017, the city recorded an annual PM10 average of 116.5 mpcm at eight stations. Even after a 30% decline in this figure, the pollutant’s level will still be almost 1.5 and 4 times more than the ministry and WHO’s standards, respectively.

                  A 30% cutback in Varanasi’s PM10 levels would still keep its level three times more than the country’s safe limit. Similarly, Lucknow’s PM10 levels will be almost three times, Kolkata’s two times and Khurja’s 2.5 times more than the limit.

                  The aftermath for PM2.5 is equally smoggy. After falling by 30%, its level in Delhi will be 71 mpcm – almost double the ministry’s set limit and seven times more than WHO’s. In Agra and Lucknow, the reduction will result in levels being almost double while that of Varansi and Khurja’s three times more than government standards.

                  Data from Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center shows that between 2013-18, the city reduced its PM10 levels by nearly 30% and that of PM2.5 by almost 43%. Some reports state that between 2013-17, PM2.5 concentration in Beijing dropped from 90 to 58 mpcm, against the set target of 60. PM10 levels during the same period fell by 22.7%, more than double of the government’s 10% target.

                  Experts feel that to emulate Beijing’s actions in fulfilling the target, India will have to strengthen NCAP. “In China, strong emission standards for power plants and industries, reduced coal consumption and strengthened enforcement of regulation achieved nearly 30% reduction in PM2.5 levels in just four years. Key learnings for India include addressing pollution on regional level, investment in clean energy solutions and reducing emissions from all crucial emitting sectors,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, lead analyst at Greenpeace Global Air Pollution Unit.

                  Reports further show that while coal consumption in China doubled in a decade before 2013, it declined to 3.8 billion tonnes (BT) in 2017 from 4.2 BT. In India, coal consumption rose from 447.8 metric tonne (MT) in 2012-13 to 605.9 MT in 2017-18.

                  In China, where around 70% of coal use is for power generating and industrial boilers, elimination of coal-fired boilers made a significant impact on emissions, states a report. “From 2013-17, Beijing eliminated and retrofitted coal-fired boilers of total capacity 39,000 tonne per hour, reducing coal use by nearly 9 million tons,” it adds.

                  India draws nearly 79% of its power needs from coal. “As NCAP mentions phasing out old coal plants, we hope that decisions like building coal plants in polluted geographies like Khurja will be taken back,” said Sunil Dahiya, senior campaigner at Greenpeace India.

                  Another key element present in Beijing’s action plan but missing in NCAP is “severe punishments for violations” which included imprisonment. “To be an effective implementable plan, NCAP should have strong legal backing, sector-wise targets and specific targets for cities,” said Dahiya.

                  TOP POLLUTING CITIES

                  PM 10

                  City-------2017 AA---------RA ------ >PL

                  Delhi-------- 240.44----------------------------- 168.30------------------------- 3 times

                  Mumbai---- 116.5-------------------------------- 82------------------------------- 1.5 times

                  Varanasi-----243.8-------------------------------171------------------------------- 3 times

                  Lucknow---- 246--------------------------------- 172.2----------------------------- 3 times

                  Kolkata----- 119.57------------------------------ 83.7------------------------------- 1.5 times

                  (PM 10 values are in micrograms per cubic meters; AA: annual average; RA: Avg after 30% reduction; >PL: more than permissible limit)

                  IN BEIJING’S STEPS: WHAT INDIA NEEDS

                  - Stricter emission standards and punishments for violations

                  - Sector-wise targets for emission reduction

                  - Shutting down outdated coal-fired units

                  - Replacing coal with clean energy

                  - Specific targets to reduce coal consumption in power sector

                  - Achieving ultra-low emissions in existing thermal power plants

                  - Clear accountability










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                    NMC top officials begin surprise checks for Swachh Survekshan preparations

                    Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Jan 12, 2019, 22:43 IST


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                    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) top officials including commissioner Abhijit Bangar has started surprise checks to inspect preparations for Swachh Survekshan slated later this month. Three teams have been formed for the surprise checks.

                    Bangar and additional municipal commissioner Ram Joshi are in one team. Additional municipal commissioners Ravindra Thakre and Aziz Sheikh are in second while deputy municipal commissioners Rajesh Mohite and Nitin Khapadnis are in the third team. Three teams have started to inspect various locations of the city from Saturday and will continue between 7am and 10am till Swachh Survekshan.

                    On Saturday, team comprising Bangar inspected Ambazari, Futala, Sonegaon and Sakkardara Lakes. Bangar directed the health department employees to clear garbage lying at the water bodies. The other two teams inspected bus stand, markets and other places.

                    Those found guilty of dereliction of duty will be suitably penalized, warned Bangar. Bangar will also take action against employees not wearing GPS-based wrist watches.

                    The city was ranked a poor 55 among 100 cities with population over 1 lakh in the Swachh Survekshan rankings in last year. In 2016, the city had attained 20th rank out of 73 cities with population of over 10 lakh. In 2017, the city stood at 137 among 434 cities.








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                      NMC plans water audit to reduce high losses

                      Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 13, 2019, 03:19 IST


                      A Honeybee having water from a tap, which is very rusted with hard water, at Patamata of Vijayawada on Wednesday. pic: Mahesh G.

                      Nagpur: With problems of raw drinking water increasing in Pench reservoirs and Kanhan river, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has planned to do water audit in entire city to bring down the water losses from existing over 50% to 15%.

                      The loss can be gauged from the fact that out of 670 million litres per day (MLD) average water supply in the city, the billing is done on 325 MLD for a loss of 345 MLD which is 51.5%. This means the quantum of water lost is enough to cater to the needs of one more city. The NMC’s total treatment and supply capacity is 760 MLD.

                      An official from NMC water works department told TOI that a private agency would soon be appointed for conducting the water audit. “The private agency will be given six or eight months time to conduct the survey and identify reasons of the water losses. The survey will cover elevated service reservoirs (overhead water tanks), pipelines of main network, those laid in layouts and also up to households,” he said.

                      The official further said out of 3,200km water pipeline network in the city, the NMC is replacing 676.10km of pipeline under 24X7 water supply project. “In fact, there is a need to inspect remaining network of 2,523.90km and replace it. But it will cost around Rs1,100 crore which will be very costly. So, it will be better to identify pockets where the losses are very high,” he said.

                      The official also said the NMC will prepare a plan for executing works on the basis of water audit. “As per the directives of the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA), the NMC need to do water audit. It is mandatory for the civic body to do water audit once in every five years,” he said.

                      While allotting raw drinking water to the NMC, the MWRRA considers water losses at 15% despite it is over 50%, as per the NMC data. This results into reduction in quantum of raw drinking water. Even, the MWRRA is planning to reduce target of water losses to 12% in next three years.

                      The civic body had conducted water audit in 2004-05. On the basis of the audit, the NMC had planned works of over Rs800 crore under the central government’s JNNURM and included 24X7 water supply project. The NMC also roped in private operator, Orange City Water Private Limited (OCW), in its project. But unfortunately, all these works failed to reduce down the losses. Now, the NMC has realized more works are required to bring down the losses.

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                      WATER WOES

                      *NMC has started to face problem of less storage of raw drinking water in Pench reservoirs and Kanhan river

                      *Problem is likely to worse with every passing year

                      *Water losses are at over 50%

                      *Reduction in water losses can solve the problem to some extent

                      *Therefore, NMC planned to do water audit

                      *Sources of water losses will be identified and works will be executed accordingly








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