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    Four-laning of Nagpur-Umred, Saoner-Gondkhairi roads soon

    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Mar 25, 2019, 04:28 IST

    Nagpur: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to widen Nagpur to Umrer and Gondkhairi to Kamleshwar to Dhapewada to Saoner national highways from existing single-lane to four-lane soon. The NHAI has completed tendering process and finalized companies for executing the two road projects.

    NHAI official told TOI that the two projects with length of 70km will cost Rs900 crore and will not have toll tax as they are being executed on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model. “Central government’s ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) has sanctioned funds for the two projects. A deadline of two years has been finalized for both the projects,” he said.

    NHAI official added that the letter of acceptance (LOA) has been issued in both the projects. “DP Jain and Co Infrastructure Private Ltd will execute Nagpur to Umred four-laning with a length of 41km and cost of Rs420 crore. Dilip Buildcon obtained Gondkhairi to Kamleshwar to Dhapewada to Saoner four-laning project of 28.87km and cost of Rs480.06 crore,” he said.

    Nagpur to Umred stretch is a part of national highway 353 which ends at Armori in Gadchiroli district. The road sees heavy traffic. The four-laning of this stretch will come as a huge relief for people going from Nagpur to Umrer and vice versa. Also, tourists going to two tiger reserves — Umred-Karhandla and Tadoba — will also benefit. The project will also bring some relief for those going to Nagbhid, Brahmapuri in Chandrapur district and Gadchiroli district respectively.

    The NHAI has proposed to also widen stretch from Umred to Nagbhid to Brahmapuri to Armori to four-lane.

    The stretch from Gondkhairi to Kamleshwar to Dhapewada to Saoner is a part of national highway 547 which connects Nagpur district with Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh. The stretch also links with national highway from Saoner to Ramtek to Bhandara.

    The roads from Saoner to Ramtek to Bhandara and Mansar to Tumsar to Tiroda are also being widened and tarred. The NHAI has also proposed to widen Nagpur to Kalmeshwar to Katol road to four-lane. This road also sees heavy traffic. But the proposal is pending as land acquisition has not been completed yet. The collector office is still acquiring land for widening this stretch.









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      No relief in SC for Nagpur's Bezonbagh buildings

      The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on February 26 had ordered demolition of unauthorized constructions on 54,437.19 sq m land in the layout. Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | March 26, 2019, 16:00 IST





      NAGPUR: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the special leave to appeal filed by Bezonbagh Sangharsh Samiti. Thus, all unauthorized constructions on lands reserved for various public purposes in Bezonbagh layout will be demolished.

      The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on February 26 had ordered demolition of unauthorized constructions on 54,437.19 sq m land in the layout. Bezonbagh Sangharsh Samiti filed the petition in apex court against the HC’s order on March 13.

      Bench of chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and justice Deepak Gupta said, “We have heard the learnt counsel for the petitioner and perused the relevant material. We are not inclined to interfere with the impugned order. The special leave petition is accordingly dismissed. Pending applications, if any, stand disposed of,” they said.

      As per HC orders, first the district administration will have to demolish 20 unauthorized constructions, which are residential buildings. Later, the district administration has to remove another 371 unauthorized constructions. Then, the district administration will have to hand over possession of the land toNagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

      As per information available from district administration, Bezonbagh Societyhad lease of 80.9 acre nazul land from the district administration. The society got approved layout with 722 plots from NMC. The society was supposed to hand over open space and public utility (PU) land to NMC. But the society allegedly created 448 unauthorized plots and sold them.

      The lease of entire land lapsed in 2002. The district administration refused to renew lease till open space and PU land was vacated and handed over to NMC. All this led to petitions in the HC, which were being heard for last eight years.









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        Neeri offers to clean Futala, Naik lakes

        TNN | Mar 28, 2019, 11:27 IST

        NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation is set to take the help of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) to clean city’s Futala and Naik lakes.

        Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar said Neeri has come up with a proposal to clean both the lakes and has sought Rs1-1.50 crore for each lakes’ rejuvenation.

        “Before starting to treat water of both the lakes, Neeri will first identify the source of pollution,” Bangar said, adding that Futala lake rejuvenation work would be taken up the in the first phase.

        As per Neeri proposal, it will use a combination of different technologies including its patented ones, to rejuvenate the two lakes. The focus would be on capture and treatment of sewage water before releasing it in the water bodies. During the treatment, levels of chemical oxygen demand, biochemical oxygen demand and other key parameters will be brought below permissible standards. The NMC is yet to take any final decision.

        The NMC will also be getting five remote sensor-based technology showcased at a start-up event held in Mumbai. The state government has assured to provide the financial help to get the technology that will rid the lakes of floating wastes.







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          ‘Regulatory body must for wastewater recycling’

          TNN | Updated: Mar 29, 2019, 12:58 IST


          Ramesh Daryapurkar delivered Dr PR Bhave memorial lecture on ‘Learnings from errors and omissions in wastewate... Read More

          NAGPUR: For companies involved in wastewater management recycling today, there are no certifications or a control board. There is a need for such a control authority that can decide the level of expertise to handle all the equipment and process, said Ramesh Daryapurkar, CEO of Lars Enviro Pvt Ltd Company.

          “These equipment need a certain expertise at each level of functioning and one not familiar with equipment can cause damage, sometimes permanent,” he added.

          Daryapurkar was speaking at the seventh edition of Dr PR Bhave memorial lecture on ‘Learnings from errors and omissions in wastewater recycling’ at Indian Water Works Association, Shankar Nagar, on Thursday.

          Daryapurkar highlighted various deficiencies observed in the design, execution and operation and maintenance of effluent treatment plants (ETPs). He also spoke about the do’s and don’ts for effective performance of these plants.

          “While maintaining open tanks where wastewater is collected, proper design has to be followed. Rungs should be closer to the opening of the manhole. Similarly, the surface should be protected with a material as advised by an expert. Putty should not be used,” said Daryapurkar, while explaining simple steps to avoid faulty functioning during design of a plant.

          Present on the occasion were chairman VA Mhaisalkar, vice-chairman Pawan Labhasetwar and secretary ON Mukherjee









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            ‘Crater’ Nag roads belie NMC claim of 11,000 pothole repairs

            Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Mar 29, 2019, 14:07 IST

            Though the NMC officials claim to have filled about 80% potholes in the city, the situation is worse than prev... Read More

            NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) claims to have repaired 10,838 potholes in the current fiscal, but one look at the city roads simply belie these claims.
            TOI found many busy roads, especially Great Nag Road, Pardi Road and even internal roads in several parts, in a bad shape.

            According to data compiled by NMC’s hotmix department, highest number of potholes (1,787) were repaired in Laxmi Nagar zone. The roads in Mangalwari (1,607) and Ashi Nagar (1,302) zones too have most troubled spots. During a survey of city roads, at many places TOI found that the NMC has filled the potholes but road surface has been left uneven. This obviously poses risk to motorists --- especially two-wheeler riders.

            A classic case of potholed road is the patch on Great Nag Road between Baidyanath Square and Mokshadham. This road has not been repaired for last many years as NMC plans to concretize it. Though the work has started, it is progressing at a snail’s pace leaving commuters to suffer.

            “On Tuesday night, a biker met with an accident after he lost balance while crossing the pothole-ridden patch,” pointed out Prakash Shirbhate, a shopkeeper. “This is one of the busiest roads but the maintenance is very poor,” said Manoj Bhalerao, a resident of Imambada.

            Though the NMC officials claim to have filled about 80% potholes in the city, the situation is worse than previous years and even corporators are getting complaints from all corners of the city. “The road condition in North Nagpur is very grim,” said Congress corporator Manoj Sangole.

            Sugat Nagar Boudh Vihar to Kabir Nagar Chowk, Guru Nanak ******** College Road, Kamgar Nagar Chowk to Ring Road, Uppalwadi industrial area road, Mhada Colony to Tegiya Colony road, WCL road to name a few — are full of potholes, said Sangole.

            The story is no different in Central Nagpur. The patch from Lalganj to Khairipura is riddled with potholes. Though hotmix department has repaired many potholes, still this patch represents a sorry state of affairs of the municipal corporation, claimed independent corporator Abha Pande. She said the roads in Shanti Nagar too are full of ‘death traps’.

            Apart from potholes, many busy roads like Rabindranath Tagore stretch in Civil Lines, stretch from Akashwani Square to old VCA stadium are posing risk to motorists due to rough stretch.

            Motorists demanded that everyone engaged with the construction of city roads, i.e. contractors, supervisors, engineers should be held responsible for quality of construction and maintenance of roads. According to them, there should be action for negligence causing death or serious injury to motorists.

            A senior official from hotmix department said repairing of potholes is a continuous work and on receipt of complaints, many potholes have been repaired.









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              Waste to energy project on, to be commissioned by Jan 2020: Co

              Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Mar 30, 2019, 04:21 IST

              Nagpur: Though it is reportedly facing a financial crisis, Essel Infraprojects Private Ltd has assured the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that it would begin work on the waste-to-energy project within a month and commission it by January 2020. The company has secured a loan for the project from Power Finance Corporation Limited.

              For this project, the NMC had executed an agreement with Nagpur Solid Waste Processing and Management Private Ltd (NSWPMPL) — a joint venture of Essel Infra and Japan-based Hitachi Zosan India Private Ltd — on May 4, 2017. As per the agreement, the company was supposed to commission the plant within two years.

              The company has not started any work at the proposed site at Bhandewadi dumping yard. For the last couple of months, the company has been in the news for being in a financial crisis.

              Also, the NMC is dumping around 1,200 tonne of garbage which are going untreated. Some NMC officials felt that Essel may not be able to execute the project.

              Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar held a meeting with project director Jeewan Sonwane a couple of days ago. “We did not receive any information about Essel backing out from the project. We directed the company to begin work at the site within 15 days,” said Bangar.

              Sonwane, who is a retired municipal commissioner, told TOI that he too heard about the company’s financial crisis through media reports. “This project has no problems. We require 14 types of permission for starting the work and all took time for processing. Now everything is in place. We have ordered machineries from Hitachi and should receive them in the next two months. The trial run of the plant will start from January 2020,” he said.

              According to Sonwane, the waste to energy project will be only the third in the country. “It will be Essel’s second project with the first being in Jabalpur,” he said.

              Jindal Urban Infrastructure Ltd has a similar plant at Okhla in New Delhi.

              Following a delay, the NMC Pench Project Cell has proposed that a penalty of Rs1 crore be levied on Essel. It is yet to be approved by NMC’s top officials.

              Sonwane said the company should not be penalized as the deadline of two years started from November when Essel managed to seal the financial deal. “The NMC has misinterpreted the deadline. We are targeting to commission the project before the deadline lapses,” he said.

              An NMC official said the deadline of two years ended in November 2017. “As per the agreement, the company was to complete the project within two years from handing over land. We handed over six acres in August 2017 and another four acres in November 2017. Action will be taken on the company in case work doesn’t begin as per the deadline fixed,” he said.

              Under the project, Essel Infra has to set up a plant to generate 11.5MW power from 800 tonnes of garbage every day. The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission had approved a tariff of Rs7 per unit. The NMC, Essel Infra and MSEDCL had executed a tripartite agreement under which power generated from the plant will be procured by MSEDCL at the rate of Rs7 per unit round the clock.










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                Swachh ranking: Sanitary workers told to clean 50m extra stretch

                Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Mar 30, 2019, 04:20 IST

                Nagpur: To improve its Swachh Bharat Survekshan ranking next year, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to increase the area to be cleaned by sanitary workers by almost 50 metres from the new financial year.

                At present, the NMC has 6,732 sanitary workers, who have to cover almost 3,465.84km of roads across the city. The NMC had also demarcated beats for every sanitary worker. The beats include a length of 500m for commercial areas, 700m for major roads and 900m for internal lanes.

                “With the increase in city limits after inclusion of Hudkeshwar and Narsala areas into corporation limits, the necessity of additional manpower of sanitary workers was felt. But with the current financial condition, the civic body is not in a position to appoint more sanitary workers,” said a senior officer from sanitation department.

                According to the officer, in 2008, the NMC formed beats to be covered by sanitary workers. “For commercial areas, we demarcated 500m each for one sanitary worker, 700m in residential area and 900m for main roads,” he said.

                The officer said as there is hardly any garbage being dumped on main roads, the beat length is bigger. The roads in commercial area witness more garbage and filth, so the road length is lesser.

                The sanitation department has been asked to reshuffle the workers of every zone. This decision has been taken to reduce absenteeism and malpractice, he said.

                Recently, TOI had highlighted that even after introducing GPS-enabled wrist watches to curb irregularities in attendance and improvement in the city’s sanitation service, over 35% sanitary workers remain absent. Even BJP corporator Bunty Kukde had exposed irregularities in sanitary workers’ attendance in his constituency in Nehru Nagar zone, after he found six GPS-enabled watches dumped outside Wathoda crematorium.

                The NMC will also install display boards having information about designated sanitary inspector along with length of beats and mobile number. The citizens can also lodge complaints pertaining to sweeping and choking to the inspector directly.

                “These decisions were taken in a meeting convened by additional municipal commissioner Ram Joshi. All these new initiatives will be implemented from next financial year,” said NMC’s health officer Dr Sunil Kamble.










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                  PWD tender leaves Ring Road Project’s phase-II too in a muddle

                  Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Mar 30, 2019, 04:45 IST



                  Nagpur: Just like phase-I, the fate of phase-II of Inner Ring Road Widening and Concretization Project is also hanging in a balance. The state’s Public Works Department (PWD) has allotted phase-II to a consortium of two Mumbai-based companies for a figure 21.51% below estimated cost. And, one of the two companies is among the three executing works of phase-I for the controversial Mumbai-based RPS Infraprojects Private Ltd.

                  Phase-I was also issued to RPS at 21.50% below estimated price. The phase-I is already badly hit by shoddy quality of works and inordinate delays.

                  PWD issued work order to joint venture of Saket Infraprojects Private Ltd, and Shah & Parikh on March 10. As against estimated price of Rs163.45 crore, PWD issued work order for Rs128.28 crore.

                  A PWD official told TOI additional performance security has been taken from the contractor since it obtained the work at lower rate. “Saket Infraprojects is working in phase-I and has its own mine, machinery and manpower on Inner Ring Road. It seems the company took the work at lower rate due to this factor. It will also help start the works sooner as any other contractor would have required six months to make all these arrangements. We will ensure work is completed within time period and with satisfactory quality,” he said.

                  Shiv Sena leader Nitin Tiwari said none of the contractors can ensure good quality work at 22% below estimated cost. “PWD prepares the estimate as per common schedule of rates. Therefore, work under phase-II will also be of shoddy quality. Everyone knows inferior quality of works done in phase-I. Potholes and cracks are common on the roads. Surface layer of concrete road is coming off. Works on inter-locking tiles, road-divider etc are in bad condition. Taking lessons from phase-I, PWD officials should have avoided giving work at such low rate,” he said.

                  TOI has highlighted shoddy quality of works many times. PWD engineers and Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) have also pointed out inferior works. Even South Nagpur MLA and city BJP president Sudhakar Kohle had condemned bad quality work.

                  Activist Suraj Lolage said an inquiry should be conducted into the entire project. “Saket Infraprojects was one of the three unauthorized petty contractors of RPS in phase-I. An engineer from PWD, and I, had exposed RPS executing works through petty contractors. PWD should have denied work of phase-II citing bad quality of works by Saket Infraprojects in phase-I,” he said.

                  PWD had awarded the work to RPS on September 24, 2015, and it was supposed to be completed within two years. As of now, less than 70% works have been completed.

                  Only silver lining in phase-II is defect liability period of 10 years as against 5 years in phase-I.

                  Phase-II can be a role model for prestressed precast concrete pavement (PPCP) technology. PWD has made it mandatory in phase-II to concretize stretch of 2km between Hingna T-point and Hingna MIDC square using PPCP technology. On pilot basis, PWD had concretized a small stretch of Inner Ring Road at Dabha using this technology, which was the first in the country.











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                    Notice to govt over proposed Bharat Ngr rd

                    tnn | Mar 30, 2019, 05:54 IST

                    Nagpur: Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Friday, issued notices to chief secretary and other respondents while hearing a suo motu PIL challenging construction of a temporary road from Bharat Nagar to Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran’s (MJP) office near Telangkhedi Hanuman Temple.

                    The respondents, including Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and MahaMetro, were asked to file reply by April 18. During first hearing on February 28, the HC had stayed respondents’ plan to lay the road by felling trees.

                    The directives came while hearing a suo motu PIL (No 148/2018) based on letter by environmental activist Jaydeep Das, where Kartik Shukul was appointed as amicus. Dass had cited TOI reports highlighting the plans to construct a temporary road, which would pass through a lush green patch on the Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth’s (PDKV) land, but involves unnecessary felling of over 500 fully grown trees. The decision was taken as regular road would be closed or about a year would be closed for traffic to pave way for the construction of amphitheatre on the bank of Futala Lake.

                    (With inputs from Samidha Raut & Akash Jamthe)









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                      MahaMetro yet to pay for land in Mihan: RTI

                      Shishir Arya | TNN | Updated: Apr 2, 2019, 13:17 IST

                      A MahaMetro spokesperson confirmed that the amount was pending but said payment was to be done through book adjustment

                      NAGPUR: Amid hopes of economic growth tied with Mihan project, 21 of the 112 investors allotted land in the area have not paid up their dues. A response to a RTI query by activist Abhay Kolarkar revealed Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) developing the project has to collect over Rs252 crore from entities allotted land in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and non-SEZ parts of Mihan.

                      The biggest amount is owed by MahaMetro (erstwhile Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation) which was allotted 92 acres. MADC is yet to receive Rs91 crore towards land cost from MahaMetro.

                      MahaMetro has been allotted land in non-SEZ area for setting up a station and a township. Officials in MADC said the land was allotted two years ago and no amount has been paid to MADC since.

                      A MahaMetro spokesperson confirmed that the amount was pending but said payment was to be done through book adjustment. The state government has to pay the amount into MADC’s account, said the officer. Once the book adjustment is done, the amount would be available in MADC’s overall kitty, said a source.

                      Other entities whose funds are pending in the non-SEZ area have been allotted land in the range of 1 to 2 acres. There 36 investors in non-SEZ area of which five have not paid the dues towards land cost. The total pending dues from allottees in non-SEZ area stands at Rs97 crore, says the RTI reply.

                      Patanjali Group is the biggest investor in the non-SEZ part. The company, however, has cleared all dues and its unit is under construction.

                      There are 76 investors in the SEZ area which is the core of the Mihan project. Of these, 16 have not paid up their dues, amounting to Rs155 crore. A source in the MADC said that land has only been allotted land to them on paper. They haven’t take physical possession yet. The final transfer would only happen after the entire amount is paid.

                      There are many cases where the payment has been due since over a year. MADC may soon take a decision on withdrawing the allotment of these. There are also close to 40 investors in the SEZ who have not started their project so far even though most of them have paid for the land.







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