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    NMC set to begin developmental work at Kasturchand Park

    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Feb 5, 2019, 11:44 IST

    Standing committee will decide on proposal to issue work order in a meeting today

    NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is set to execute developmental works at Kasturchand Park (KP). Works worth Rs 4.52 crore will be undertaken at the Grade I heritage open space for providing basic amenities to the sportsperson, morning walkers and visitors.

    NMC’s projects department has tabled a proposal before the standing committee to issue work order to MD Constructions. The committee will decide on the proposal on Tuesday. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved Rs 5 crore for the purpose a year ago.

    NMC has planned to strengthen KP’s compound wall. Iron grills will be erected upon the wall to increase height. Three main gates will be redeveloped. Public toilets will be constructed at two locations— towards 118 Battalion and Shri Mohini Complex square. Parking for four-wheelers and two-wheelers will be developed in a proper manner. Streetlights and tracklights will be put up. Storm water drain network will also be laid to prevent water logging and damage to the playground.

    Already, Solar Industries has started works worth Rs 2.50 crore under its corporate social responsibility (CSR). The company is constructing walking and cycling tracks of 10 feet width and length of over 1km and plantation.

    The standing committee will also discuss the proposal to appoint a consortium of Vestien Global Work Places Services Pvt Ltd and Venkateshwara Habitat as sales management agency for London Street project. The company will be paid 1.24% of total revenue.

    Another proposal is to increase payment of architect Ashoka Mokha for Suresh Bhat auditorium project. The cost of the project increased from Rs 33.59 crore to Rs 84.99 crore, so Mokha’s fees also increased from Rs 78.32 lakh to Rs 1.57 crore. A proposal to appoint New Look Furniture for modular furniture works of Rs 89.35 lakh for Smart City office on 7th floor of NMC’s new administration building will also come up for discussion in the standing committee meeting.

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      NIT begins razing 33 shops for Sitabuldi mall completion

      Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Feb 6, 2019, 06:39 IST

      Some shopkeepers met NIT chairman Sheetal Teli-Ugale and requested time to remove their goods and were granted three days

      NAGPUR: Having received the green signal from the Supreme Court, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) on Tuesday started demolishing part of 33 shops on the right side of Sitabuldi market to allow completion of Glocal Square Mall, now renamed as World Trade Centre Nagpur. The civic agency later suspended demolition and gave three days to the shopkeepers to vacate the premises.

      NIT team with a posse of 210 police personnel started demolition of four shops in the morning. Other shopkeepers then started to vacate their goods. In the afternoon, some shopkeepers met NIT chairman Sheetal Teli-Ugale and requested time to remove their goods. Ugale gave them three days.

      There was tension for some time when demolition had commenced. However, police brought the situation under control. The NIT team comprising executive engineer PP Dhankar, divisional officer Pankaj Ambhorkar, and enforcement officer Manohar Patil returned after extension was given by Ugale. NIT officials told TOI that part of shops marked for demolition will be razed on February 9 even if shopkeepers fail to move out.

      NIT officials said 8m area at the rear will be demolished while shopkeepers can keep doing business in remaining 12 meters towards Sitabuldi market road. All shopkeepers will be given shops in the mall on completion, and the shops demolished completely.

      Out of 148 shopkeepers 130 support the project, and 18 were in opposition, and approached the high court. The HC order in favour of opposers was challenged by NIT, mall developer Pune-based Goel Ganga Infrastructure, and shopkeepers of Abhyankar Road. The Apex Court ruled in favour of the project on January 22.

      The developer is constructing the mall approved by the NIT under its Abhyankar Road Widening and Buty Mahal Street Scheme since 2014. The mall is spread over 6.5 acre and will cost over Rs500 crore at completion in 2020. It has basement parking, mezzanine, lower ground floor, ground floor and five floors. Some 3,000 shops including 981 mini-shops for hawkers and 10-screen multiplex are coming up in the mall. It will have parking for 1,500 four-wheelers, and 2,000 two-wheelers and bicycles each.

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        NMC gave nod to fell over 1,800 trees in 6 months

        Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Feb 6, 2019, 06:48 IST

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        NAGPUR: Even after concerns were expressed by the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, civic officials granted permission to fell over 1,800 trees in the city over the last six months. In an affidavit filed in HC on Tuesday, Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) garden superintendent Amol Chorpagar informed that permission was given to 32 organizations, including MaharashtraMetro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) and Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT).

        NMC, however, also asked all of them to plant five trees in lieu of one felled, and also collected Rs1.07 crore from them in the form of deposits.

        The affidavit was submitted as per HC’s directives while hearing a suo motu PIL regarding proposed felling of big banyan tree near popular Ghate Dugdha Mandir restaurant at Ambazari T-point, where Kalyani Deshpande was appointed amicus curiae. Later, Sunil Mishra, former chairman of Nagpur University’s Mass Communication Board, filed an intervention, contending that due to concretization of roads, any scope of trees plantation has virtually ended.

        Chorpagar’s affidavit, filed on NMC commissioner Abhijit Bangar’s behalf, informed that after HC directives it had issued a circular on November 17 to ensure preservation of trees during road concretization. Its chief engineer issued notices to all executive engineers to scrupulously follow the circular for previously constructed cement roads as well.

        The affidavit filed through counsel Gemini Kasat informed that the corporation granted permission to fell 1,838 trees for various works. Among them, MMRCL would be cutting highest number of trees, 493, along the four Metro routes. It’s followed by Government Ayurvedic College and Hospital (GACH) on Umred Road, which sought permission to clear 206 trees from its campus. Even Tukadoji Regional Cancer Hospital at Manewada applied to fell 194 trees for its proposed buildings.

        Earlier, Mishra contended that the trees have become prone to termite attacks and more number of them are dying a slow death. Both these aspects were neglected by the civic body, he contended.

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          Nagpur: Despite HC status quo, work goes on at Bhamti flat scheme

          Sanjay Nakhate, an office-bearer in the society and petitioner along with the society in the case, video recorded the ongoing construction work at the flat scheme on Wednesday. Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | February 07, 2019, 14:00 IST

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          NAGPUR: Claiming contempt of court by Prayag Developers, the Process Server Cooperative Housing Society, an association of the residents of Swawlambi Nagar, mouza Bhamti, has cited ongoing construction activities by the builder despite the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court ordering a status quo.

          Sanjay Nakhate, an office-bearer in the society and petitioner along with the society in the case, video recorded the ongoing construction work at the flat scheme on Wednesday. “We will bring it to the notice of the HC. We will also inform the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials about the construction activities on Thursday,” he said.

          The petitioners’ advocate M Anilkumar Shankarlal said it was a clear case of contempt of the HC. “HC judges (RK Deshpande and Vinay Joshi) on February 1 had directed the parties to maintain status quo. Copy of the order was served to the respondents by February 4. It was mandatory on part of the respondents to stop construction work at the site till further orders,” he said.

          The high court has fixed next hearing in the writ petition on March 29.

          TOI visited the site and found that work on the fourth floor of the under-construction flat scheme was going on.

          Shashank Pande of Prayag Developers said he was out of the city and will comment only after consulting his lawyer. He did not call back for his comments. NMC’s assistant director of town planning Pramod Gawande did not respond to TOI’s call and message.

          The NMC had sanctioned building plan of the flat scheme on December 2, 2015. The society and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had claimed the land was public utility (PU) land, owned by the NIT and reserved for a veterinary hospital in city’s development plan.

          In 2016, the civic chief had stayed construction of the flat scheme. Despite the stay, the builder had continued with the construction. Taking cognisance of this and other issues, the civic chief had cancelled the building plan on December 30, 2016.

          The NMC’s town planning department again sanctioned the flat scheme’s building plan on May 29, 2018. Following this, the society and Nakhate had challenged it in the HC.


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            Plastic ban only on paper as bags still freely available

            Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Feb 10, 2019, 08:15 IST

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            NAGPUR: Seven months after the state government prohibited use of plastic bags, it is freely available across the city.

            The state government had banned all plastic products, including polythene carry bags, from June 23, 2018, and asked the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board(MPCB) and the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) along with nine other government offices to strictly enforce the rule in the city.

            In an apparent lackadaisical attitude towards the government instructions, the MPCB and NMC completely failed to regulate the use of plastic not only in the city but also near its own office premises.

            The ban on plastic in Nagpur is limited to manufacture of polythene carry bags that are openly available in city’s markets. TOI visited many market areas and found that the banned products are easily available. Except retail chains like Big Bazaar, Purushottam Super Bazaar and some others, TOI came across many roadside vendors and some grocery shops or those selling vegetables, fruit and other products using plastic bags. The big retail chains offer paper and cloth bags.

            The bags are openly available in shops in Gandhibagh, Mahal and other areas in the city. The actions against shops keeping banned products is very dismal in both Gandhibagh and Satranjipura zones jurisdictions.

            TOI tried to speak to a few vendors selling flowers, fruits in banned bags and also those buying these products but they refused to speak. Spotting this reporter, some shopkeepers even hid the banned product.

            In the initial months, the NMC’s nuisance detection squad and zonal team of NMC’s health (sanitation) department had extensively carried out raids at local shops, including wholesale dealers of plastic products in Itwari, Mahal, Cotton Market and Dharampeth areas.

            Between June 23 and February 7, the NMC’s nuisance detections squad and sanitary inspectors from all 10 zones checked 22,791 shops and issued challans to 614 shopkeepers for keeping the banned product. The NMC has also imposed a fine of Rs30,37,800 on them by seizing over 9,494kg of banned plastic products mostly carry bags, revealed data compiled by NMC’s health (sanitation) department.

            The NMC’s drive seems to have lost its sheen as even carry bags below 50 microns are easily available in the market.

            The state government has empowered 11 government departments like MPCB, district collectorate, police, forest department etc to implement the ban but only the NMC is initiating action due to which use of plastic continues unabated in the city.

            Even NMC’s health (sanitation) department was not extending support to enforce the ban, said sources. Apart from four civic cops, the NMC was supposed to spare eight of its workforce in every zone. “But now, only four civic cops are active in every zone,” admitted a senior official from the NMC’s sanitation department.

            According to the officer, the health (sanitation) department, assigned for the job, has many other responsibilities like sanitation, cleanliness etc. “It is very difficult without the support of citizens and other government agencies to implement the ban,” he said. Despite repeated attempts, MPCB officials were not available for comment.

            Vidarbha Plastic Industries Association vice-president Harish Mantri claimed that plastic manufacturers in the district had completely stopped production of banned items. When asked about the large-scale presence and use of plastic carry bags, he said they must have been sourced from neighbouring states where the ban is not in force.


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              NGT seeks report on road works near TATR

              Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Feb 11, 2019, 05:26 IST

              National Green Tribunal

              NAGPUR: Even as the principal bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) at Delhi has taken a serious note about road upgradation projects in eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) cutting corridors, road expansion in crucial patches continues unabated sans any mitigation measures.

              Sequel to TOI report on road projects cutting TATR corridors, the NGT has already sought a report by February 28. The next date of hearing is slated for March 28. However, road expansion by PWD continues despite NGT orders.

              The PWD is widening roads in dense forest patches between Chandrapur-Pombhurna through Junona-Asegaon-Gilbili-Satara-Kelzar-Dongarhaldi villages, where traffic is thin. These roads pass through tiger bearing FDCM’s West Chanda, Chandrapur and Central Chanda forest divisions and connect Kanhargaon. PWD executive engineer MM Jaiswal did not respond to TOI calls.

              Of the above road patches, Junona-Asegaon-Gibili have been expanded without any mitigation measures. Now, Asegaon-Satara road is being expanded. The most crucial patch between Satara-Kelzar, which passes through inviolate forest area and was never expanded in last 30 years, is also being upgraded.

              “This expansion will affect last remaining unbreakable linkages between TATR-Kanhargaon. Besides, the upgraded roads will be mostly used by sand mafia who operate through this road,” feared wildlife lover Nikhil Tambekar, who monitors road kills in Chandrapur.

              Chandrapur chief conservator of forests (CCF) SV Ramarao said, “The above roads are not included in the six projects, which are being surveyed by separate committees headed by assistant conservators (ACFs), PWD officials and NGOs, to suggest mitigation measures as per NGT direction.”

              “During a meeting on January 25, we had asked the PWD about the number of road projects coming up in TATR landscape but the road expansion between crucial Pombhurna-Dongarhaldi-Kelzar were not part of it. We talked about six projects only where mitigation will be proposed. These include Bampewada-Chimur, Chandrapur-Mul, Chandrapur-Ashti, Navargaon-Ashti, Chimur-Warora, and Gadchiroli-Mul,” said Ramarao.

              “TATR is itself not enough to sustain the growing tiger population. Hence, corridors are important. A great part of these corridors lie outside Tadoba and such small roads should not be expanded for securing survival of key tiger populations and the ecosystem,” said Debi Goenka, executive director of Conservation Action Trust (CAT), Mumbai.

              Green Planet Society chief Suresh Chopne demanded to include dense forest patches between Pombhurna-Dongarhaldi in the mitigation plan. “There is recorded scientific evidence of tigers dispersing from Tadoba to Kanhargaon and further from these jungle areas,” said Chopne.

              The NTCA, on November 28, 2018, had asked chief wildlife wardens to assert Section 38 (O) (1) (b) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which says, “Evaluate and assess various aspects of sustainable ecology and disallow any ecologically unsustainable use such as mining, industry and other projects within the tiger reserve.”

              Secondly, the NTCA said, section 38 (O) (1) (g) of the WPA asks to ensure that tiger reserves and areas linking one protected area or tiger reserve with another protected area or tiger reserve are not diverted for ecologically unsustainable uses, except in public interest, and with the approval of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) and on the advice of the NTCA. “The chief wildlife warden should stress on these laws to save corridors,” said Chopne.

              Prakash Kamde of Social Action for Rural Development (SARD) said, “Widening taluka-level roads can be understood but internal roads where there are small villages and no traffic should be just repaired and not expanded.”

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                NMC de-chokes 3,600 trees along cement roads

                Manka Behl | TNN | Feb 11, 2019, 05:25 IST

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                NAGPUR: Taking efforts to save the city’s depleting green cover, the civic body is now focusing on protecting age-old trees, a lot of which are on the verge of keeling over due to choking.

                TOI has been repeatedly reporting how the ‘mindless’ concretization of roads by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has resulted in complete choking of many trees in East and West High Court roads, as the mandatory space around tree trunks was not left.

                According to the latest figures of the civic body’s garden department, NMC has de-choked about 3,600 fully-grown trees along roads which were concretized under phase I and II of cement concrete road project. The de-choking exercise was carried out in the last two-three months on the directives of NMC chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar.

                Sudhir Mate, adviser to NMC’s garden department, informed that a proposal is also being moved to de-choke trees alongside tar roads and pavements which do not come under the concretization project. “Apart from this, we will also be focusing on saving trees inside the premises of government offices,” he said.

                Four years back, TOI had done a spot inspection and found that 99% of trees, believed to be planted during British era inside government offices in Civil Lines, were choked off on all four sides by concrete, tiling and litter.

                Recently, NMC chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar had issued a circular stating that the civic body will plant and maintain trees along roads proposed to be concretized under phase-III of the project. “The contractor has to plant trees at every six meters and ensure its maintenance till the contract period. Plantations must be carried out simultaneously with concretization work,” said Mate.

                Apart from this, the contractor will also be responsible for preparing appropriate surface for median plantations. “We have also directed them to use water sprinklers regularly for removing dust particles settled on leaves. This is being done to ensure that the photosynthesis process is not obstructed,” added Mate.

                Stating that the de-choking work carried out by NMC was ‘satisfactory’, green activist Shrikant Deshpande said, “The situation is much better than what it was a few years back. In phase III and IV, NMC is leaving sufficient spaces for plantation.”

                The activist added that NMC still can plant trees at roads which are already concretized. “The chief engineer has directed to remove interlocking tiles and plant trees wherever there is scope,” he said.

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                  Most major works incomplete, yet MahaMetro sure of meeting deadline

                  TNN | Updated: Feb 13, 2019, 08:06 IST

                  Track laying work under progress at a frenetic pace for the trial run likely on February 26.

                  NAGPUR: Even though MahaMetro is yet to complete major works, officials are confident of meeting the February 26 target and that Nagpur Metro’s trial run will be done from Khapri station to Zero Mile station instead of Sitabuldi station.

                  “With the pace of work, we have decided to extend the trial run by 500m from earlier plan to run the Metro up to 13km stretch till Sitabuldi station,” said Mahesh Kumar, MahaMetro’s director (project).

                  Sitabuldi station under construction.

                  During a media visit to Sitabuldi station near Munje Chowk, a junction which would be change over for Reach One-Two (North-South corridor) and Reach Three-Four (East-West corridor) on Tuesday, Kumar claimed that the laying of tracks of Reach One from Khapri Station to Zero Mile will be completed by February 22.

                  The trial run will begin from Khapri to Ajni, to Congress Nagar and finally to Sitabuldi. Once cleared, the Metro will start its operations from Khapri to Zero Mile covering the 13.5km distance. “So a series of oscillation trial runs will begin on Wednesday under the supervision of a team of Research Design Standards Organisation (RDSO). The first trial run will commence between Khapri station and Neeri station,” Kumar said and added that once the trials are clear and receive a go ahead from all the concerned departments, the Metro will start serving the citizens probably by month end.

                  Covering 2.5 lakh square feet, the Sitabuldi station would have four entries and exits from different nearby locations — Munje Chowk, Netaji Market, land adjoining Fortune Mall and near Yeshwant Stadium. Of these entries, one entry of the under construction station from Tulsi School side would be made operational by February 26, he said.

                  About the facilities for commuters, Kumar said this entrance will have steps, a lift and an escalator. To a query, Kumar admitted at least five to six months more would be required to complete the Sitabuldi metro station.

                  The Sitabuldi station will be five storeys station, he said. Of these floors, two would be dedicated for two metro corridors. First floor of the station will have commercial outlets while the fifth and the roof top with crown atop will have restaurants. He said the construction of remaining three floors will be a challenging task as it will be carrying out while the Metro will be running beneath it.

                  The works of laying tracks and overhead electric lines are in full swing at Sitabuldi station.

                  According to Kumar, “Completing the work at Sitabuldi station was the biggest challenge before us due to heavy vehicular traffic movement. Bringing in raw materials, moving heavy machinery and carrying out the work was really a big challenge. With approximately 350 workforce at the station, we have finished most work and even the launch of girder of Reach One corridor over Gowari flyover at Variety Square will be completed by February 28, even though we have sought permission for 15 days.”

                  Citing an example, he claimed that MahaMetro has laid 6,500m track in January alone. For Reach One’s 26,000m track and Reach Three’s 12,000m, the concrete track works of admeasuring 24,000m and 9,000m have been completed, he said, adding the remaining work of 2,000m and 3,000m will be finished by a week’s time.


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                    Nagpur: HC orders director of Maharaja Developers to deposit Rs 2.10 crore

                    A single-judge bench comprising Justice Murlidhar Giratkar clarified that since allegations against Dangre involved crores of financial transactions, he should deposit the required amount. Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | February 16, 2019, 10:00 IST

                    NAGPUR: Continuing its tough stand against high profile petitioners seeking anticipatory bails, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Friday, directed Vijay Dangre, director of Maharaja developers, to deposit Rs2.10 crore with the registry.

                    A single-judge bench comprising Justice Murlidhar Giratkar clarified that since allegations against Dangre involved crores of financial transactions, he should deposit the required amount. The petitioner was granted two days to reply or else, the HC would pass appropriate orders.

                    On October 15 last year, the HC had asked Nirmal Nagari Sahakari Pat Sansthachairman Pramod Manmode to deposit Rs6 crore along with the passport, in connection with the similar complaint filed in one of his projects — Nirmal Nagari.

                    The Sakkardara cops had booked Dangre under Sections 420, 504 and 506B of IPC and also for allegedly threatening the complainant Ramuji Wankhede. Earlier on Tuesday, the Maharashtra government, strongly opposed granting of anticipatory bail plea to the builder contending that there is every chance that he may influence the witnesses and complainant as well.

                    The builder was booked for defrauding complainant to the tune of Rs44.25 lakh by selling them the government land, claiming it as his own. He was accused of duping many such gullible customers by taking advance from them towards selling of plots and then failing to give possession, from February 2006 till last year. He allegedly forged the documents of sanction plan and property of the government land and sold them off in lieu of huge amount to the buyers.

                    The accused then moved sessions court for anticipatory bail, which was rejected. He then challenged the verdict in higher judiciary. In last hearing, the HC issued notice to the government while seeking explanation.

                    (With inputs from Akash Jamthe)

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                      Rs1,000 cr solar project to power 1.30L street lights, NMC buildings

                      Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Feb 19, 2019, 03:10 IST

                      Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is all set to execute a Rs1,000 crore solar project to power 1.30 lakh street lights, buildings and some parts of water and sewage treatment plants, followed by operation and maintenance for 20 years. There will be no additional financial burden on NMC, instead it will save over Rs500 crore. NMC will become the country’s first to do so if the project materializes.

                      NMC electrical department has shortlisted three companies — Chennai-based Broil Solar Energy, Raipur-based Shanti GD Ispat and Power, and city-based Rohit Steel — for executing the project. The standing committee will take a decision on issuing work orders to the companies in the meeting on February 21.

                      The companies will develop solar infrastructure worth over Rs300 crore at their own cost within eight months. The companies will operate and maintain the systems for 20 years. NMC will pay Rs945.34 crore to the companies over 20 years.

                      Shanti will be given Laxmi Nagar, Hanuman Nagar, Nehru Nagar and Gandhibagh zones, while Rohit Steel will get Dharampeth, Dhantoli and Lakadganj zones, and Broil Solar will operate the equipment at Satranjipura, Ashi Nagar and Mangalwari zones.

                      A NMC official told TOI they will save over Rs500 crore from the project. “NMC’s power bill is around Rs110 crore per year. Around 60% of power consumption will be converted into solar. Thus, NMC will pay the companies for 20 years from its savings. And, NMC will save over Rs500 crore. Also, NMC will get entire infrastructure free of cost from the companies after 20 years,” he said.

                      NMC will convert 1.30 lakh street lights having consumption of 10MW into solar. Similarly, civic body will convert all its buildings, including administrative offices, hospitals, community halls, libraries etc, consuming 2MW into solar.

                      Around 30MW consumption of water and sewage treatment plants will be converted into solar. The official said it is not possible to convert entire consumption of plants into solar as they have huge consumption. “Also, there will be problem of space for installing solar panels on such large scale plants,” he said.

                      NMC will make use of the state government’s net metering and open access projects, as street lights run at night while the plants operate 24 hours.

                      Highlight of the project will be the unique infrastructure for converting street lights into solar. The height of street lights is around 8-10 meter. A base of iron rods will be created between every two street light poles. Solar panels will be installed on this base, at the height of the lights. Thus, solar panels will be visible along all roads across the city.

                      The NMC is already operating its Suresh Bhat auditorium, main administrative building, and four zone offices on solar power. Also, NMC had distributed 3,450 solar water heaters with capacity of 125 litres per day each at 50% subsidy to the people.

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