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    Gandhibagh zone goes in for auction, defaulters clear dues

    TNN | Mar 3, 2019, 04:56 IST

    Nagpur: The Gandhibagh zone of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Saturday recovered Rs4,50,082 property tax outstanding dues from 11 defaulters. The property owners turned up to clear their dues only after the NMC has issued auction notices against their properties situated in Ward number 30 of Gandhibagh zone.

    The NMC, however, took possession of Rukhmabai Khaparde’s property, who had Rs1.85 lakh as outstanding tax, property of ground plus one storey building in Ward number 32. Following non-payment of tax, the zone office invited bidders for the auction. “As no bidder came forward, the zone officer took possession of the premises in the name of NMC commissioner by declaring the property purchased for a token Re1,” said a senior official from the zone.










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      Relief all around as flyover ramp is shifted

      Abhishek Choudhari | TNN | Mar 3, 2019, 09:45 IST

      NAGPUR: The decision of MahaMetro to shift the flyover ramp to LIC Square has been welcomed by those who have shops, residences, schools and religious structures between Gaddigodam square and SFS church gate. The original plan had the flyover ramp near SFS church gate which was opposed strongly by many people living in vicinity. A delegation led by Nagpur Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation (NRCDC) had also met the authorities.

      Father Patrick, who led the delegation that met Union minister Nitin Gadkari, said, “We are very happy that the Nagpur MP kept his word. During our meeting itself he had said that residents should not worry and he will solve the problem. Gadkari's positive response gave us confidence and now that he has followed through on the promise, we are extremely grateful.”

      Father Patrick stressed that residents near SFS Church and Gaddigodam are not opposed to development. “In fact we welcome it. It's an honour that Nagpur is developing so fast. The only concern was the safety of about thousands of school kids. We only opposed the ramp location and not the flyover,” he said.

      Fr Prashant, principal of SFS High School, is the most relieved person because the ramp would have affected traffic movement for his 3,000 students. “I am very happy to hear this news and thankful to Gadkari and MahaMetro,” he said.

      Deva Usre, former corporator of Gaddigodam, also heaved a sigh of relief as many shops in his neighbourhood would have been affected. “People’s wish has been respected. This is how democracy should work. Put people first, projects second,” he said.

      Abhay Vairagade owns a commercial establishment near the SFS gate and said shifting of flyover has actually saved jobs. “If the building had to demolished or shifted it would have led to many families being affected,” he said.










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        Freehold policy to cover NMC, NIT leasehold plots too

        Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Mar 6, 2019, 13:08 IST


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        NAGPUR: The state government has allowed freehold (occupant class-I) policy also for leasehold plots of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). The policy will come into effect after approval of the state’s urban development department, NMC and the NIT.

        The state cabinet on February 12 had approved freehold policy for nazul plots at a premium of 5% for residential and 10% for commercial and industrial use. To implement the policy, the state’s revenue and forest department had issued a notification on March 2.

        The policy is applicable for 11 districts of Vidarbha. Citizens, who have been granted lease of nazul plots through auction or by paying ready reckoner value from the collector’s office, can submit an application with the respective collectorate and avail the benefit.

        There are over 25,000 nazul plots in Vidarbha of which around 11,000 fall in posh city localities like Dhantoli, Ramdaspeth, Kachipura, Gadga, Dharampeth, Shivaji Nagar, Indora, Jaripatka etc. Flat schemes, commercial complexes, hospitals, individual houses etc have come up on these plots.

        As per terms and conditions prescribed in the notification, the leaseholders will have to first regularize violations, if any, including sale deeds without permission, change in user, division of plots etc. They will also have to clear dues of ground rent. Without clearing all these issues, the leaseholders cannot avail the benefit.

        The policy will, however, not be applicable for nazul lands which were leased out to trusts, sports, cultural and educational bodies at a nominal rate.

        The notification says, “Urban development department should carry out necessary process to make applicable the freehold policy for nazul plots leased out by the NMC and NIT also.” An official from the collector’s office said, “It is clear from the notification that the government has made freehold policy applicable for NMC and NIT leasehold plots too.”

        There are over 60,000 NIT leasehold plots and flats across the city. The leaseholders had received the plots by paying ready reckoner value. Yet, they did not get freehold and have been paying ground rent of 2% every year.

        Similarly, there are over 5,000 NMC leasehold plots of which most are in Congress Nagar.

        The government on March 2 issued another notification reducing unearned income for regularization of violations of nazul plots. In case of sale deeds without permission, change in user, division of plots etc, the leaseholders were supposed to pay 10-25% of ready reckoner value for regularization. Now, unearned income has been reduced to 2.5% to 5%.






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          City loses yet another land reserved for playground

          Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Mar 8, 2019, 12:09 IST

          NAGPUR: City has lost yet another sprawling land reserved for playground. In the latest case, state government has deleted reservation of playground and replaced it with residential and educational purpose on two parcels of land situated at mouza Ajni.

          The state’s urban development department on February 22 issued a notification making amendments in the city’s development plan.

          As per the notification, land bearing khasra nos 36 and 37 in mouza Ajni was reserved for playground in development plan. The Nagpur Improvement Trust(NIT) had approved 22 plots on the land with khasra no. 36 in 1964. Though not clear in the notification, land with khasra no. 37 comprises an educational institution.

          Reservation on the land with khasra no.36 has been changed to residential and khasra no. 37 to public, semi-public (educational).

          The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) general body had taken a decision to this effect in a meeting held on July 20, 2016 and submitted it to the government for final approval.

          Now, the residential buildings on 22 plots and educational institution will be regularized.

          The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court had imposed a stay on deletion of reservations of playgrounds in the development plan, regularization of unauthorized constructions cropped up on playgrounds and also its utilization for any other purposes. The stay was granted in three cases.

          A few days ago, the HC had passed strictures on government as well as NMC, NIT for regularizing structures on playgrounds as well as public utility (PU) lands.

          On January 8, the state cabinet had approved conversion of reservation of playground to residential on land situated at Friends Colony in mouza Borgaon.

          The NMC general body on January 29 took a decision to regularize 17 residential buildings constructed on land reserved for playground in Deo Nagar Co-operative Housing Society, mouza Ajni. A resolution was also passed to regularize all structures that have cropped up on playgrounds, open spaces and PU lands across the city.












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            Nagpur civic body slaps Rs 7 crore property tax notice on RTO's building

            Now, the NMC’s tax department has asked the RTO (Nagpur rural), Teka Naka, to clear the dues before March 31 this year.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | March 08, 2019, 16:00 IST





            NAGPUR: Even though the rural RTO is yet to occupy its office in the new under construction ground plus three-stories building worth Rs15 crore, it has already defaulted property tax of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to the tune of Rs7 crore.

            Now, the NMC’s tax department has asked the RTO (Nagpur rural), Teka Naka, to clear the dues before March 31 this year.

            Confirming this, a senior official from NMC’s tax department said the department has calculated the outstanding property tax of the RTO since 2012.

            While RTO Shripad Wadekar was not available for comment, a senior official from his office said the department has already approached the transport commissioner’s office in Mumbai for making financial provision to clear the tax dues.

            The officer expressed concern over tardy progress of the new premises. He pointed out that with no faults of theirs, it is being forced to pay property tax of two premises the existing Lalgodam office and of the new under construction building.

            At present, the rural RTO is operating from Food Corporation of India (FCI) godown in Teka Naka area on a monthly rent of Rs25,000. The office was shifted to FCI godown in 2008.

            So far the transport department has paid over Rs40 lakh as rent to the FCI. Besides this, the transport department is also paying Rs70,000 property tax per annum of the said premises.

            Sources said, after much delay, in 2014 the government sanctioned the proposal to construct own building for rural RTO.

            The project cost has already gone up from Rs5.13 crore to Rs15 crore now. The deadline for completing the three-storey building was October 2015 but it is still not completed.

            The building is almost ready only electrification and installation of escalator works are pending.

            Rural RTO office, which is also a regional head office in Vidarbha, not only caters to motorists of 13 tehsil places of the district including Hingna, Saoner, Parsheoni, Mouda, Ramtek, Umred, Bhiwapur, Katol and Butibori, but also covers Gondia, Bhandara, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli districts.

            People visiting the office face a lot of problems. Right from proper counters to basic facilities like lavatories and drinking water, the current premises of FCI godown lacks all these infrastructures.










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              Maharasthra pushes for green energy on spinning mills’ surplus land

              Shishir Arya, Chaitanya Deshpande | TNN | Updated: Mar 9, 2019, 11:40 IST


              NAGPUR: The state government is seeing surplus land available with spinning cooperatives spread throughout Maharasthra as a potential source for developing renewable energy plants.

              On Friday a government resolution (GR) was issued which called for setting up a green energy cell in the textile department, under the ministry of cooperatives.

              According to estimates drawn by the department, all 59 spinning cooperatives in the state can set up green energy plants with a total capacity of 321.71MW. The estimates have been drawn by taking into account land available with the cooperatives and their current electricity consumption.

              If all the cooperatives instal a power plant, the subsidy outflow from the state’s side comes at Rs300 crore. Spinning mills too are keen to sell their land to get much-needed cash for revival.

              The green cell to be based in the city will be headed by director, textiles. It would examine proposals by spinning mills for setting up power plants and forward the cases for subsidy entitlement from state government side.

              The cooperative spinning mills are sitting on huge unused land. A policy is being worked to allow the cooperatives to sell off the excess land if they give an undertaking to set up a green energy plant on the remaining area. There are 59 spinning cooperatives in the state and the surplus land with these stands at over 1,200 acre in all. In Vidarbha, there are close to a dozen cooperatives having excess land to the tune of 177 acre.

              The cooperatives had purchased huge tracts of land at the time of formation, even though not more than 15 acre of area is required for a spinning mill. Now, as majority of the mills are in losses, the management is keen to sell off the land for modernization.

              The state government, as a majority shareholder in the cooperatives, is planning to put in a condition that part of the proceeds of sale of land should be invested in renewable energy plant. Even this is being pushed as a modernization initiative. As one-time investment, the move would ultimately save considerably on the power cost, said a source.

              During a recent exercise, data related to power consumed by the cooperatives, land in use and surplus area available was collected. While calculating the surplus land, the area required for setting up the power plant was set aside. Even the space available for rooftop plants has been calculated.

              It was found during the excise that spinning mills consume power ranging from 50,000 units to even three crore units in a given year. This can be replaced with green energy plants with a capacity from 1MW to 23MW.

              Meanwhile, the GR issued on Friday says the cooperatives will get technical help from IITs, IIMs, SASMIRA, WRA, CITRA and other reputed organizations to set up the power plants. The renewable development cell constituted under the chairmanship of director, textile, will meet once in a month to examine the proposals. The cell may invite experts in the field of solar and wind energy for their opinion. The committee will present the proposals passed in this meeting to the state government.

              The five-member committee has director (sericulture), managing director of Handloom Corporation, a representative from MEDA and representative from Wool Research Institute as members.











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                Air pollution can cause Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases: Experts

                Manka Behl | TNN | Mar 9, 2019, 12:01 IST

                India’s first-of-its-kind dialogue series on ‘Clean Air: Healthy Cities’ was held by global organization Clean... Read More

                NAGPUR: Not just respiratory diseases, the rising air pollution is responsible for many severe health ailments like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases too.

                The revelation took place during the country’s first-of-its-kind dialogue series on ‘Clean Air: Healthy Cities’, which was held by global organization Clean Air Asia in the city on Friday. The discussions at the event, which saw national as well as local experts including doctors, scientists, civic authorities and environmentalists participating, aimed at highlighting a road map for tackling health crisis emerging due to pollution.

                Stating that its menace was not restricted to lungs, former assistant director of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute Dr Manas Ranjan Ray stated that air pollution is causing various mental health problems. “After being deposited in the lungs, the inhaled pollutants can enter the bloodstream and attack the brain, which consumes almost 50% of the oxygen we breathe. This can lead to depression, anxiety, dementia and other neurological diseases,” he said.

                Diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are on a rise due to pollution, stated city pulmonologist Dr Sameer Arbat. “Enough evidences suggest that pollution is also leading to various heart-related diseases,” he said.

                Presenting latest data from Chandrapur, one of the country’s most toxic city, environment activist Yogesh Dudhpachare said that out of 5,540 deaths (2016-17), 1.046 were caused due to respiratory diseases. “Residents of Chandrapur have been suffering miserably due to pollution from last 15 years. The action plans to combat air pollution are not being implemented at the government level,” said Suresh Chopane, founder of NGO Green Planet Society.

                He added that the ambient air quality monitoring stations are not installed at the right places, considering the wind direction.

                Another critical issue that triggered a debate was the new coal-fired units coming up at Koradi Thermal Power Station (KTPS) and its effect on public health. TOI recently reported that the state cabinet cleared Mahagenco’s proposal to set-up two 660 megawatt units at KTPS. Questioning the move, members of Green Vigil Foundation stated that the project will add to the already-high emission levels of the city.

                KV George, senior scientist at the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, explained the effects of pollution generated from thermal power sector. “During post monsoon and winters, the wind from Koradi and Khaparkheda power stations is flowing pre-dominantly towards Nagpur while in summers, its direction is towards Kamptee. To assess the pollution, air quality monitoring stations should be set-up in Kamptee during summers and in the main city during winters,” he said.

                The consultation concluded with recognizing a need to consider public health as a key factor when framing policies related to air quality improvement. “It is crucial to discuss health implications as central topic when we talk about air pollution. It is the link which will motivate people to rise up for their right to clean air as well as will help institutions and organizations be more aggressive in taking appropriate actions,” said Prarthana Borah, India director of Clean Air Asia.









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                  11,000 people ride metro on first day

                  Ashish Roy | TNN | Updated: Mar 9, 2019, 12:08 IST



                  NAGPUR: There was a mad rush for riding the Metro on the first day of operation on the Sitabuldi to Khapri stretch. Approximately around 11,000 citizens enjoyed the free ride in seven to and fro trips. Metro officials expect the rush to continue for some more days as the fare is very nominal.

                  The first train departed from Sitabuldi at 8am as scheduled. There was a decent crowd at the interchange station but most people could get a seat. Nobody boarded the train at Airport station but there were some passengers at Airport South.

                  One hundred schoolchildren and some other citizens got inside the train at Khapri station. The journey from Khapri to Sitabuldi had around 400 passengers.

                  Nagpurians crowded the 9.30am train from Sitabuldi. According to Metro officials the number swelled to over 650. There was even more rush for the 11am train.

                  MahaMetro had planned a Women’s Day special only for women at 5pm. Mayor Nanda Jichkar had been invited to enjoy a ride. All senior IAS and IPS officers too had been invited. Jichkar turned up but most others did not as it was during office hours.

                  However, many passengers who had boarded the train from Khapri refused to get down at Sitabuldi. Metro officials repeatedly announced that the train had been cancelled. Some of the passengers believed the announcement and got down. However, the majority refused to alight. Then the officials announced that the train was going only up to Airport South. This too did not have the desired effect.

                  Finally, senior Metro officials asked the male passengers to occupy half of the first carriage and reserved the remaining space for women. The train finally departed at 5.45pm, some 45 minutes late. This delayed the evening train operations by 45 minutes.

                  A Metro official admitted that the agency had not expected large number of people the train from Khapri.

                  “We were expecting that most people would get in at Sitabuldi and come back after enjoying a to and fro ride,” he said.

                  Many male passengers had turned up at Sitabuldi to board the 5pm train. They were angry at being refused entry. They slammed the Metro officials for not informing them beforehand.

                  MahaMetro is fully geared for ticketed rides. Friday evening witnessed even more crowd as Metro was as packed as Mumbai locals. Because of the rush, many could not board the Metro and had to return disappointed.

                  MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit said, “Every ticket purchased by passengers will be accounted for as the system is computerized. There is no possibility of misappropriation of cash.”

                  The agency has purchased cash chests for all stations and the fare money will be stored in them. “When the shift changes the person leaving will count the cash in presence of the one joining. It will be entered into a register. We have an agreement with SBI. It will collect cash on Monday morning from all our stations,” said the MD.

                  As QR code tickets are being used for the first time in the city people may have problems in using them. Dixit assured that the station staff will help passengers if they are unable to properly place the ticket on the gate sensor.











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                    A guaranteed recipe for environmental catastrophe

                    TNN | Updated: Mar 9, 2019, 12:17 IST


                    The nightmare scenario imagined by the poet may come alive much sooner than we had anticipated. Millennials, in their headlong pursuit of unplanned and self-defeating urbanization, are on a kamikaze mission to severe their umbilical cord with the mother planet.

                    Destruction of the ozone layer, uncontrolled deforestation, indiscriminate developmental projects, drying up of water bodies and pollution of the very air we breathe, are making earth's doomsday clock tick-tock ominously louder than ever before in our short history.

                    Nagpur, which is my hometown, always used to remind me of a low-profile, sweet and yet bubbly and confident teenager. Abruptly this wannabe youngster has decided on an image makeover by aping the swish set in its class. In its pathetic efforts to turn into an overnight sensation, Nagpur is flexing fake muscles and obscuring its natural beauty under tons of garish make-up!

                    The cityscape is now mutilated by an ugly spider web of flyovers, Metro pillars and tracks which are destroying its aesthetics (apparently, our decision makers have never heard of underground subways nor Metros); eco-hazardous concrete roads, lanes and even bylanes (spare a thought for the depleting groundwater); and the massacre, authorized or otherwise, of thousands of evergreens!

                    The consequences of this myopic pursuit of electoral optics have been swift and brutal. All the water reservoirs are already drying up (less than 10% left and summer yet to set in). While the Kanhan river is now little more than a wide expanse of sand; among the lakes, the Futala is slowly being reduced to a tasteless eyesore and noises are being made about the Ambazari having outlived its utility!

                    Open spaces are being grabbed with impunity and handed over to dubious projects which do nothing but consume enormous resources and fill anonymous pockets. Cases of respiratory diseases have increased manifold — especially among the maximum-risk category, our inheritors, our ill-fated children.

                    Unbridled ambition, rapacious greed and ad hocism in planning is a guaranteed recipe of environmental catastrophe. The proposed Bharat Nagar road is a perfect case in point. Hundreds of trees have been condemned to death just to build a road which is entirely redundant and, moreover, which could have been easily planned along an alternative route. In fact, had the brave residents not resisted and the High Court not intervened, the outrageous felling would have been well under way by now.

                    Let this act of citizen pushback not be read as an act of defiance nor disobedience. Let it be seen as a clarion call of entreaty to our city fathers — forget votebank politics for once, remember who you used to be before you were empowered, work not to win headlines but hearts, save the Bharat Nagar forestland, save this once beautiful city of ours (now a dismal 58th in the cleanliness rankings), save us, save yourselves, save humanity!

                    (The writer is associate professor & director PG English, Hislop College)











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                      Widening Ravi Nagar roads will be cost-saving and alternative routes too: Expert

                      Manka Behl | tnn | Mar 12, 2019, 05:34 IST



                      Does the city need a 500-meter-long road in a lush green residential area which witnesses sparse traffic? More so when ample alternate options are available?

                      Ever since the public movement against the road started, these questions have been on everyone’s mind. While initially the need of this road was justified as the stretch along Futala lake “was to be closed for redevelopment”, the reason no longer remains valid with MahaMetro changing its mind.

                      As per the revised plan, MahaMetro has dropped the idea of constructing a road tunnel at Futala stretch and clarified that the stretch will not be closed during construction.

                      When hundreds of age-old trees and rich biodiversity is at stake, is the road called for?

                      To get an objective perspective on the issue, TOI visited the spot along with Anil Bobde, retired assistant commissioner of police (traffic). Agreeing with the public opinion that the road is not needed, the traffic expert stated the decision of constructing it was not “need-based” but “political stubbornness”.

                      The descending road connecting Nagpur University campus square to Futala lake offers best connectivity to the motorists coming from Amravati Road side. “If the authorities are foreseeing heavy traffic flow in near future, they can widen and develop this road. Another option is to widen the road which connects Ravi Nagar Square to the government quarters. This will be a money-saving exercise too,” said Bobde.

                      He further analysed the after-effects of road construction. “Mahametro has assured to design the road in a manner which will save big trees, which clearly means that rather than being a complete straight stretch, it would be in a zigzag shape. This will make the route very accident-prone,” he said.

                      The expert also clarified that just because the road is in the city’s development plan (DP) of 2001, it is not mandatory to make it. “There are numerous such DP roads which remain unconstructed in the city. Besides, there are provisions with which the plan can be revised,” said Bobde.

                      Stating that the project will squander public money as well as biodiversity, the former cop said that the road will also be an invitation for criminal activities. “It will give an open access to anti-social elements inside a dense forest area. Moreover, it will also damage the leftover biodiversity as it happened earlier in areas like Deolapar and Totladoh. After roads were constructed, the wildlife in surrounding areas got disturbed and started dispersing,” said Bobde.

                      Agreeing with him, honorary wildlife warden of Nagpur Jaydeep Das said, “Residents of Bharat Nagar or people coming from Amravati Road can travel a few hundred meters extra till Ravi Nagar and then take the road towards Telangkhedi. Apart from this, there are enough routes available for motorists coming from other directions.”









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