One of the fastest growing Tier III cities in India -Future IT and Aviation city - Companies like Boeing, Satyam computers, HCL, Dell, Hexaware, DLF, Ascendas etc. has already finalized their projects. Adjacent to IT SEZ(Wardha Road – NH7) is Proposed International Cargo HUB(MIHAN – Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur, ( ), which is first and only such kind of project in the country being developed in Nagpur by a joint venture between Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) and the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Second Capital and third big city in Maharashtra. Nearby is the new VCA cricket stadium.
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  • Smart City Board nod to integratecity bus service with Metro Rail Proshun Chakraborty| tnn | Apr 15, 2018, 05:08 IST

    Nagpur: The Smart City board has decided on integration of city buses and Metro Rail. Now, NMC general body will pass a resolution to handover city bus service and subsequently, government will direct Maha Metro to take over the service.

    Confirming this, a senior Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) official told TOI that a board meeting was convened today to discuss on 20 various proposals. “The board has given nod to all the proposals including the integration of city buses with Metro Rail,” he said. The board has submitted a study conducted by the Smart City’s special purpose vehicle NSSCDCL that had suggested integration of Metro rail and city bus services.

    The board members unanimously gave nods to the findings of the study that a single authority for the two services as best solution for sustainable public transport in the city.

    TOI was the first to report about NSSCDCL’s plan to merge city bus with Metro rail on December 19, 2017. In order to have sustainable public transport in the city, NSSCDCL had on December 18, 2017 directed Smart City’s project management consultant — UK-based Grant Thornton India — to conduct a study on this.

    Now, the board will table the proposal before the general body of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation for its nod. Sources in the NMC said the civic body should hand over the city bus operation to Metro as they can manage the service well. Presently, the civic body is facing crisis to even pay operators’ bill on time. It also affected smooth operation of city buses, said the sources. Even in last one year, the civic body’s casual approach has led to stir of city buses on many occasions.

    However, MahaMetro is not ready to take over the loss-making city bus service at this stage. Recently, in a statement to TOI, MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit ruled out of taking over the charge of city bus service from the NMC. According to him, the ideal time for taking over the service would have been after completion of the phase II of Nagpur Metro.

  • Akola river cleaned, set for facelift after 92-day hard work Manka Behl| TNN | Apr 15, 2018, 03:55 IST

    Nagpur: The ‘Clean Morna River’ campaign, a citizen’s initiative that began three months ago, will culminate in Akola on Sunday. Almost seven out of eight kilometre stretch has already been made free of solid waste and weeds, and remaining one kilometre patch of the heritage river, which had been rotting for the last over 50 years, will be cleaned of the garbage on Sunday.

    The first-of-its kind campaign started on January 13 when more than 6,000 people of Akola and nearby places took the pledge of reviving the river. “Magnetically attracted” to the initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the effort on his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme. Till now, around 35,000 people, including senior citizens, housewives, NGOs, schoolchildren, youngsters and professionals from various fields, have been a part of the campaign.

    Around 5,000 people are expected to turn up on Sunday to witness the community reaping the benefit of their hard work. “This will be the last day of public participation. After this, work of riverfront development will continue from May onwards,” Akola district collector Astik Kumar Pandey, the torchbearer of the campaign, said.

    As part of the development plan, over 10 ghats will be constructed on the lines of Sabarmati riverfront project. Apart from this, two gardens, walking path, restaurants and a chaupati will also be made. “Till now, we have received donations of Rs20 lakh. We also plan to install LED street lights alongside the river,” Pandey said.

    To ensure continuous cleaning of the lake, the authorities have prepared a special garbage cleaning boat. “We have modified an old paddle boat, a JCB and a crane. As water weeds have a tendency to grow again, we will use these machine for cleaning the lake regularly,” Pandey said.

    At the eight major drains which were polluting the river, solid waste is being trapped. To further ensure that only clean water enters Morna, the administration will be using the phytorid wastewater treatment plant which is the patented technology of Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri). Another technology called ‘bio-sanitiser’ will also be used.

    The district administration is also aiming at finding a place in the Golden Book of World Records. “We are applying for three categories — maximum number of citizens’ participation on a single day, women’s participation and overall citizens’ participation in large numbers,” sub-divisional officer Sanjay Khadse, who is also the project’s nodal officer, said.

    As reported by TOI earlier, the success of Akola’s ‘Clean Morna River’ campaign has prodded the state government to take up rejuvenation of rivers. In its fourth budget presented in the assembly last month, the state government has allotted Rs27 crore for cleaning and beautification of the state’s water resources.

  • MWRRA to decide city’s water quota today tnn | Apr 17, 2018, 05:57 IST
    Nagpur: The Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) will decide the raw drinking water allocation of the city during a hearing at Mumbai on Tuesday.

    As reported by TOI on April 7, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is likely to get allocation of 50% of the required quantum of water.

    Former Shiv Sena MLA from Ramtek and advocate Ashish Jaiswal had filed a petition challenging the water resources department’s (WRD) reservation to municipal bodies, including the NMC and industries, and irrigation from Totladoh (Pench) irrigation reservoir.

    Hearing the petition, MWRRA had directed the WRD to re-calculate water eligibility and reservation of the NMC in the hearing held on March 15. Accordingly, the WRD in consultation with the NMC has calculated the quota of the NMC and submitted it to MWRRA on April 10.

  • Second and final inspection of Metro over Ashish Roy| tnn | Apr 17, 2018, 05:51 IST
    Nagpur: The second and final inspection of at grade section of Nagpur Metro project was done by commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) on Monday.

    The inspection, which went on for the entire day, was conducted by a two-member team comprising commissioner Arvind Kumar Jain and deputy commissioner E Srinivasan.

    The team started inspection from Airport South Metro station and checked all the facilities provided there. They first inspected the ticketing system followed by station control room, auxiliary sub-station room and other facilities.

    The team members held a detailed discussion with officials and employees posted at the station about the facilities. They also checked the telecom and signaling system, evacuation system and rescue machinery in case of any emergency and the alarm system. The surveillance system was also checked.

    The team conducted similar inspections at Khapri and New Airport stations. It checked the track and traction system between the three stations. The officials moved on a railway trolley to check the tracks. Then, the team visited Mihan car depot to check the wagons.

    Jain asked MahaMetro officials to submit a compliance report on some questions. The notes of the inspection would be written on Tuesday and the certificate may be issued on Wednesday. This would eventually pave the way for starting joy rides of Napur Metro from Khapri to Airport station.

  • Nagpur: City survey effects over 13,000 mutations automatically after sale deeds Data released by the district administration shows 27,273 sale deeds were executed between January 16, 2017, and April 11, 2018, in the cityAnjaya Anparthi | TNN | April 18, 2018, 14:00 IST

    NAGPUR: In the first such move in the state, 13,532 mutations were done in city survey records automatically after execution of sale deeds in the city in last 15 months. The mutations have been done without demanding applications from the new property owners.

    One of collector Sachin Kurve’s innovative initiatives, the move was implemented by the district administration from January 16, 2017. Data released by the district administration shows 27,273 sale deeds were executed between January 16, 2017, and April 11, 2018, in the city. Of these, 3,396 were done at city survey office-I, 13,391 with city survey office-II, and 10,458 with city survey office-III.

    The offices of the sub-registrars sent the data of sale deeds to the city survey office once every three days in these 15 months. Accordingly, the city survey offices issued notices and got the mutations done in 13,532 cases, marking overall success rate of 49.62%. Highest percentage of mutations at 67.86% were done at city survey office-III, followed by 47.52% at city survey office-I, and 35.86% at city survey office-II.

    Earlier, the system required an application by the new property owner to the city survey offices for effecting mutation, along with copy of sale deed. The city survey offices used to force citizens to run pillar to post for years to get the mutations done. Citizens also used to fall prey to touts to get their mutations.

    Kurve, in association with superintendent of land records Suryakant More, introduced the new system as per provisions in section 154 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Act 1966.

    Kurve said figure of automatic mutations might be over 60%. “I made it mandatory for city survey offices to send shortcomings and other hurdles in effecting mutations to the owners of the properties through Speed Post and SMS. Some mutations were also done after getting required documents or clarifications. The percentage is less in city survey-I as it covers traditional area of mouza Nagpur, where more verification is needed. Similarly, percentage at city survey office-II is also less as it covers all Gunthewari layouts, where there are various types of disputes. Overall, the new system has worked well, and brought huge relief to citizens,” he said.

    East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde said Kurve’s initiative for mutations was a role model for the entire state. “Kurve started city survey counters at SETU, and ended the mess existing for decades at city survey offices. This was followed by the mutation initiative, where people do not require to face touts and harassment by city survey offices,” he said.

    Khopde added Kurve was the most successful collector of the district. “Citizens, especially students, used to face serious problems in obtaining various certificates at SETU. Kurve introduced a system where students get their certificates at homes through Speed Post,” he said.

  • Murky tap water in Rameshwari, Bhagwan Nagar

    Abha Goradia| TNN | Apr 19, 2018, 04:02 IST

    Nagpur: In August last year, over 25 cases of jaundice were reported from Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) Dhantoli zone comprising Bhagwan Nagar, Bank Colony and Naik Nagar. On Tuesday night, residents of Rameshwari and Bhagwan Nagar recounted the health scare after receiving odorous and pale drinking water in their taps.

    According to corporator Manoj Gawande, several residents were forced to buy drinking water cans on Wednesday. “The problem is at the treatment plant. All houses in the area supplied by Omkar Nagar tank have received contaminated water, which can cause serious health issues,” he said.

    Mukund Malwe, a resident of Bhagwan Nagar, said, “We’ve been forced to buy water cans. We are a family of 10 and buying cans is expensive. We have been facing the issue since Tuesday, and hope the matter is resolved at the earliest.”

    Atul Bhange, resident of Rameshwari, said that while the water looked pale yellow on Tuesday night, it was fine on Wednesday. “However, there was a persistent odour. I have six members in my family and there are nearly 15 families in our society, all of whom have been forced to buy drinking water. We have collectively complained to the corporator and have been assured some action in this regard,” he said.

    Raju Shrivastav, who lives in Vasant Nagar, said his area also received polluted water on Wednesday morning. “While we were lucky to have stored water, we were forced to use water of boring well for some time, until we were finally able to buy water cans,” he said.

    Secretary of Congress city committee Manish Chandekar said that if the matter remains unsolved, they would approach the mayor for a solution.

    NMC executive engineer Sanjay Gaikwad said he was unaware about the issue as he had not received any complaint. He said that officials will look into the matter. OCW officer in charge Raju Pawar said that the water supply is done at 7pm everyday and he would personally inspect the area on Thursday evening.

  • Metro gets safety nod, joyrides to begin this week Manka Behl| TNN | Updated: Apr 19, 2018, 07:32 IST

    NAGPUR: By the end of this week, citizens can expect to enjoy a joyride on the Nagpur Metro as MahaMetro has finally got the green light from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). After its trial run on September 30, 2017, the safety certification for Nagpur Metro got entangled in red tape for over six months.

    After carrying out a safety inspection of metro’s at grade section, CMRS has awarded a safety certificate to the 5-km at grade (ground level) stretch from Mihan depot to airport south station. CMRS is an agency under ministry of civil aviation that certifies all safety aspects of a Metro rail project.

    MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit said the first opportunity to ride in metro will be given to senior citizens, physically challenged and the underprivileged. According to officials, state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is expected to formally inaugurate the metro at month’s end. Post that, free joyrides will be provided to citizens but on invitation.

    Dixit further informed commercial operations of Reach 1 (Sitabuldi to Mihan) will start from March 2019. “We will try to complete the entire Metro project by December 2019,” he said. Almost 80% of the civil work for Reach 1 having seven stations has been completed.

    Apart from this, stretch from Lokmanya Nagar to Subhash Nagar of Reach 3 is expected to be commissioned by December 2018. The remaining stretch from Subhash Nagar to Jhansi Rani square will be commissioned by June 2019.

    As already reported, the speed of Metro on at grade section will be restricted to 25 kilometres per hour (kmph) due to lack of requisite signalling systems. However, Dixit informed it will be increased to 40 kmph in three months. MahaMetro has got an in-principle clearance for the same and will send papers to Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) for approval. “After installing communications-based train control (CBTC) system, the limit will go up to 80-85 kmph,” said an official. Average speed of Metro Rails in the nation is 80 kmph.

    The Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) will be conducting a noise pollution study to assess mitigation measures. “It will first be carried out at Central Avenue which has many old buildings. Experts will check if the noise from running Metro can cause any structural damage,” said officials. Dixit said Nagpur Metro stations were being built as per international standards. “They will have a panic button which distressed passengers can press to contact the metro staff. The trains will also have similar buttons to stop it,” he said.
    Dixit added the stations would have 100% CCTV coverage and special facilities like wheelchairs and ramps for senior citizens and the physically challenged. Recently, the Indian Green Building Council awarded platinum certificates to three stations of Khapri, new airport and airport south for facilities like rain water harvesting, use of natural material, less pollution, solar energy and landscaping.

  • Cannot stop contaminated drinking water supply: NMC Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Apr 21, 2018, 03:10 IST

    Nagpur: Despite spending thousands of crores on improving drinking water infrastructure, and execution of 24X7 water supply project, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has said it cannot eradicate the problem of contaminated water supply. This shocking statement came from ruling party leader Sandip Joshi, who blamed 70% old network, congested residential localities, and encroachments, for this problem.

    The NMC general body meeting on Friday witnessed an outcry by corporators of all political parties over the water crisis, contamination, low pressure, leakages, revenue losses along with failures of private operator Orange City Water Private Limited (OCW) in operation and maintenance of water works in last six years.

    Replying to a TOI query at a press conference after the meeting, Joshi said there was no plan to replace 70% of the old water network to put an end to contaminated drinking water supply. “Some 30% network is being replaced under 24X7 water supply project. Water contamination cannot be prevented unless we replace the entire network. Sewage lines are situated near the water network. Residential buildings are situated on water network in congested areas, especially in Central Nagpur. Replacing the network will require huge funds. We are temporarily solving the problems wherever possible,” he said.

    Joshi added NMC should take action against OCW for its failure on all fronts. “NMC officials are responsible for entire water supply, but unfortunately, they are seen passing the buck to OCW. The administration should reply to all complaints raised by corporators within a week. Also, problems should be solved within 20 days. Special meeting of general body will be organized to discuss water crisis in May. Action taken report should be presented in the meeting,” he said.

    This was the sixth consecutive year since OCW was roped in that the general body meeting is witnessing complaints from corporators about water crisis, contamination etc at the beginning of summer.

    BJP corporator Satish Holey went on to say mayor Nanda Jichkar (who hails from BJP itself) has no control over the administration. “Areas in my ward get water supply from four tanks. Water is coming to the tanks in sufficient quantity. But citizens are not getting water supply for last two or more months. NMC officials are sitting pretty despite series of complaints. It seems water meant for my ward is being diverted to an influential leader’s ward,” he said, indirectly attacking his own party’s corporator and former mayor Pravin Datke.

    Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe said NMC was shielding OCW despite failures in supplying safe and sufficient water. “OCW was supposed to identify critical zone points to tackle water crisis and contamination, but nothing has happened. Technical audit is also awaited,” he said.

    Independent corporator Abha Pande and BSP corporator Jitendra Ghodeshwar slammed NMC office bearers for claiming there would no water shortage in summer just a couple of days ago.

    Leader of opposition Tanaji Wanve and Congress corporator Ramesh Punekar presented a bottle of contaminated water to Jichkar during the meeting.

    Congress corporator Julfekar Bhutto said some residents in his ward in Central Nagpur have died due to waterborne diseases in last one month.

    BJP corporators Pravin Bhisikar, Roopa Rai, Divya Dhurde, Jagdish Gwalbanshi, Shraddha Pathak and few more, along with some opposition corporators like Ujjwala Bankar, Purushottam Hazare, Mohammed Jamal and others, alleged that OCW did not pay heed to complaints by corporators and citizens.

    NMC executive engineer Sanjay Gaikwad tried to defend the administration but was slammed by corporators.

  • NMC seeks 50% revenue to let Metro use its land Anjaya Anparthi| tnn | Apr 21, 2018, 05:44 IST
    Nagpur: In some worry for Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro), Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has laid down three pre-conditions to hand over its land for Metro Rail’s commercial projects — adjustment of land value in its share of 5% of project cost, sharing 50% revenue with it, and rehabilitation of its lease holders free of cost in the proposed projects.

    The NMC general body in a meeting on Friday passed the resolution to hand over sprawling land measuring 70,424.64 sq m covering Mahatma Phule Market bhavan, vegetable market at Cotton Market, a school, octroi check post, khoa, paan and santra markets, and private bus stand between Cotton Market Square and Central Avenue (CA), along with 6,289.90 sq m land covering Gol Bazaar at Gaddigodam, and 2,000 sq m land reserved for parking behind Zero Mile to MahaMetro.

    Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi and standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja said NMC will adjust value of the lands as per latest ready reckoner value in its 5% share of Metro cost. “There will be an escrow account in which MahaMetro will have to deposit 50% of the revenue earned from these lands. The land will be handed over only after temporary rehabilitation of NMC’s lease holders, followed by their permanent rehabilitation in the proposed projects. NMC had already given its land for the project. MahaMetro will have to deposit the value of these lands in case the value goes over NMC’s 5% share,” they said.

    Joshi said proposal to demolish the flyover in front of the railway station and rehabilitate shopkeepers below the flyover in proposed project of MahaMetro towards east of Railway station will be tabled in the next meeting.

    Congress corporators Praful Gudadhe and Tanaji Wanve took objection to handing over lands to MahaMetro before changing reservation. “NMC acquired the land behind Zero Mile by giving TDR for parking. It will also be an injustice towards the land owners. Similarly, there are various types of reservations on the other two lands. NMC cannot take a decision to hand over lands for Metro Rail project before changing reservations. The same issues will be applicable in other cases in coming days, if NMC takes such a decision,” they alerted NMC.

    NMC’s conditions have raised a doubt whether MahaMetro is avoiding some projects for feasibility of Metro Rail project. MahaMetro will also have to spend on the project development.

    MahaMetro MD Brijesh Dixit said the three conditions will have no impact on the projects. “Three lands have been given by NMC for corridor and stations. Condition of adjustment of land value in NMC’s share, and incorporation of lease holders in the project are fine. We will examine condition of sharing 50% revenue with NMC. But we thank NMC for the decision, and will work jointly with the civic body to develop the projects,” he said.

    NMC also imposed a condition on MahaMetro to name the project on the land of Cotton Market after Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. Other conditions include exclusion of Shaheed Maidan and school building from the project between Cotton Market Square and CA.

  • Flyover builder booked for damaging water pipeline tnn | Apr 24, 2018, 05:36 IST
    Nagpur: Thousands of residents in Mangalwari zone received limited water on Monday after a pipeline was damaged by private firm KCC Buildcon Pvt Ltd, which is engaged in constructing the Y-shaped flyover.

    The private firm damaged the underground pipeline near Governor’s House in Sadar early on Monday morning, resulting in emergency shutdown and no water supply in many areas. This was not the first time the private firm had damaged the water pipeline. On January 27, the firm had damaged an underground pipeline near Achhraj Towers Square, Sadar.

    NMC records show KCC Buildcon Pvt Ltd had damaged NMC-OCW pipelines of 150mm to 300mm diameter at various locations 28 times on different days. Due to such damage almost 25 million litres potable water was wasted, sources in NMC’s water works department said.

    After Monday’s incident, OCW lodged an FIR against KCC Ltd at Sadar police station under section 427 of IPC for damaging the pipeline.

    In last some days, cases of receiving muddy water are also occurring from these areas, head of Mangalwari zone informed.

  • NMC to start razing shops from today tnn | Apr 24, 2018, 05:37 IST
    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is set to start demolition of 157 shops on Kelibagh Road in Mahal for widening the 1.5km road patch.

    Additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare said the civic body will start razing the structures from April 24.

    NMC is widening the existing 15m road passing from Central Avenue, Badkas Chowk, Kotwali Police Station Chowk to CP and Berar Chowk, to 24 metres. According to a survey carried out by NMC, around 1455.82 sq m land will be required for widening the road patch.

    “All hurdles in widening of Kelibagh Road were cleared after the Supreme Court recently rejected three special leave petitions filed by the shopkeepers,” he said.

    The petitioners had challenged Nagpur bench of Bombay high court’s orders of October 18, 2016, rejecting their four pleas for stopping road widening work. The petitioners had challenged the state government’s notification of November 12, 2014, under MRTP Act, 1966, that allowed NMC to widen the road from 15 to 24m, with a view to reduce congestion.

    Meanwhile, the anti-encroachment squad of NMC led by assistant municipal commissioner Ashok Patil razed 13 illegal structures constructed alongside the compound wall of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital. Following resistance from the encroachers, NMC carried out the drive with the help of police.

  • Three years on, property taxpayers in Nagpur yet to get base rate's refund NMC had launched base rate system to replace rent chart in 2010-11, without obtaining required permissionsAnjaya Anparthi | TNN | April 24, 2018, 15:00 IST

    NAGPUR: Three years on, property taxpayers are yet to get the refund owed to them after Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) brief experiment with the base rate system. NMC’s property tax department is violating a decision by the general body to refund excess tax recovered under the base rate system.

    NMC had launched base rate system to replace rent chart in 2010-11, without obtaining required permissions. Property tax of around 1.50 lakh properties was revised to base rate for three years — 2008-09 to 2010-11. The taxpayers had to pay 3-5 times more for 2010-11 under the system, and also the difference amount for two years — 2008-09 and 2009-10.

    The state government imposed a stay on base rate and directed NMC to continue with rent chart in 2011-12. The government totally abolished the base rate, and suggested NMC should introduce ready reckoner based system.

    Accordingly, NMC general body passed a resolution in 2015 directing the property tax department to refund excess tax collected from around 1.50 lakh taxpayers. The department was supposed to adjust the excess amount in next financial years’ property tax.

    It has come to fore that the department did not adjust the excess tax in next financial years’ tax for many of the 1.50 lakh taxpayers. A resident of Cosmos Town, Jaitala Road, lodged a complaint with NMC Laxmi Nagar Zone, demanding adjustment of the excess amount towards tax of 2017-18, 2018-19 and next fiscal.

    He was supposed to get refund of Rs 6,201. His tax was Rs 934 and department had recovered Rs 7,135 under base rate system. The department was supposed to adjust the excess amount with tax of six fiscals beginning 2015-16.

    NMC sources told TOI the same has happened with many of the 1.50 lakh taxpayers. “The department was supposed to adjust the excess amount automatically. But the department extended the benefit to only select taxpayers,” sources said.

    Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi told TOI it was very unfortunate to learn about the department’s negligence. He assured to look into the case.

    Leader of opposition Tanaji Wanve said NMC was interested only in looting people and not extending them benefits and relief. “NMC is ready to hike taxes but never interested in paying refund to citizens,” he said.

    Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe said BJP-led ruling party has miserably failed to ensure implementation of general body decisions. “A BJP corporators made a statement in general body that mayor Nanda Jichkar had no control over the administration. There are many such decisions that were not implemented,” he said.

    An official from the property tax department said it seems to be a lapse on the part of staffers sitting at the zone-level. “Directives were given to zone offices to adjust the excess amount. I will verify all the cases,” he said.

    This is the second such case in last three years. TOI had, on March 28, highlighted that the department did not adjust excess amount collected under ready reckoner-rent chart tax system despite the general body’s decision.

  • Kelibagh Road widening work hits a roadblock again Proshun Chakraborty| tnn | Apr 25, 2018, 05:15 IST

    Nagpur: Traffic snarls on Kelibagh Road will continue even after the Supreme Court’s rejection of three special leave petitions filed by over 200 shopkeepers against road widening from existing 15m to 24m.

    The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is yet to decide on the compensation for shopkeepers affected due to the work. Confirming this, a senior NMC officer told TOI that to begin with, the civic body has decided to raze its six properties including the Gandhibagh zone premises.

    He said the NMC could not start demolishing private properties as it is yet to finalize the compensation part for the affected people.

    This road is the lifeline of Central Nagpur and connects with South Nagpur and Bhandara Road. Besides, the main market of Mahal is situated on both sides of the road. Due to its narrow width, this patch has become infamous for frequent congestion.

    Former mayor Pravin Datke, who is a corporator from the area, too has been pursuing the proposal since 2007.

    The general body had approved widening of Kelibagh Road from Central Avenue and passing through Badkas Square, Kotwali police station and ending at CP and Berar College, on March 29, 2008.

    Following a request from NMC, the Maharashtra government issued a notification only on November 12, 2014, under MRTP Act, 1966, allowing it to widen the road from 15 to 24m, with a view to reduce congestion.

    A private agency has demarcated the road. As per the agency report, NMC will acquire around 1455.82 sq m land for widening the 1.5km patch. Apart from individual property owners, many affected portions of the land are owned by NMC, state government and Matru Seva Sangh Hospital.

    Besides, a portion of a mosque and a temple will also be razed. NMC has also received a no-objection certificate from the hospital for demolition.

    Though NMC has already issued demolition notices to 157 shopkeepers, it has to provide compensation to the affected people. NMC has started interacting with them. “We will offer either TDR or FSI as compensation to the land owners,” the officer said.

    “To begin with, we have decided to start demolition of our properties,” said the officer. A direction in this regard has already been issued to the enforcement department led by assistant municipal commissioner Ashok Patil.

    Meanwhile, district collector Ashwin Mudgal, who is also holding additional charge as municipal commissioner, additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare, along with senior civic officials and Nazul department accompanied by Datke on Tuesday visited the road. Later, Mudgal directed to speed up the demolition work.

  • All slum dwellers to get pattas in a year: CM Ashish Roy| TNN | Apr 30, 2018, 02:45 IST
    CM Fadnavis made the announcement at NIT’s ownership document distribution function for residents of slums

    Nagpur: With parliamentary elections a year away, the BJP leaders have swung into an election mode. They are busy pleasing slum dwellers, who form a large chunk of voters in the city.

    Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and union transport minister Nitin Gadkari are wooing the slum dwellers by distributing them pattas (ownership documents). They had announced this before the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) elections in February 2017. Since then, the Nagpur Improvemen Trust (NIT) has conducted surveys on its lands where slums have cropped up. Those having proof of residency prior to the year 2000 are being given pattas.

    Fadnavis, on Sunday, announced that all slum dwellers of the city would get pattas (ownership documents) within a year. “Our decision will benefit one lakh families of Nagpur,” he said while addressing NIT’s ownership document distribution function for residents of Kasturba Nagar and Indira Nagar slums.

    He further said that all the slum dwellers living on NIT land would get pattas within four months. “This will be followed by documents for those living on Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and nazul lands,” he added.

    The CM said that as per survey done by NIT, 428 houses have been given registration number in Indira Nagar. “Of these, 69 houses are on land reserved for playground, 97 houses are located in another khasra and 262 houses are eligible for pattas,” he added.

    In Kasturba Nagar, 100 houses have been given registration number. “We have received 11 applications while 89 slum dwellers have submitted the necessary documents. In this area, 48 houses are eligible for pattas. The remaining 48 residents have not submitted proof of pre-2000 residence. When they submit the same they will become eligible for pattas,” the CM further said.

    Praising the BJP government, Fadnavis said that the Congress-NCP government had only given assurance about pattas before every election. “We have actually delivered on the promise. We believe in upliftment of all sections of society. Poor people should get their rights,” he added.

    Gadkari said that slum dwellers of north Nagpur had been demanding pattas since years but in vain. “CM Fadnavis has fulfilled their dream by issuing the necessary order. Soon all slum dwellers of Nagpur would become legal owners of their houses,” he added.

    Nagpur North MLA Dr Milind Mane said that the area had been neglected by the government for years. “It is for the first time that a government is doing something for the residents. I thank Fadnavis for this,” he added.
  • 60 senior citizens felicitated for development of Old Subhedar Layout TNN | Updated: May 1, 2018, 14:07 IST Students of the academy presented various spiritual and classical songs during the programme held on Sunday

    NAGPUR: Nagrik Samiti, Old Subhedar Layout Extension, and Sargam Sangeet Academy jointly organized a musical festival on Marathi songs with the theme ‘Sargam Maharashtrachi’ at the samiti’s ground on Sunday. Around 60 senior citizens were also felicitated on the occasion for their contribution towards the development of the Old Subhedar Layout Society in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, union minister Nitin Gadkari and mayor Nanda Jichkar.

    Keeping in mind the Maharashtra Day on May 1, the event was held to celebrate the rich culture and tradition of the region. The students of the academy started the show with Shiv Mahima followed by some soul stirring and spiritual classical songs and mesmerized hundreds of attendees with their vocal skills.

    The senior citizens who have been living in the area for more than three decades now, have put in efforts to create an educational, spiritual and cultural atmosphere with prime motto of healthy community building.

    Gadkari appreciated their perseverance and said that they have set a benchmark for other societies of city. He said that he will support the nagrik samiti if they bring about transformations benefiting residents of all age groups.

    Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, who stays in the same locality, was an integral part of the function and to the delight of the samiti members he guaranteed funds for developmental projects.

    Lawyer Atul Pathak, a member of the samiti, said, “The samiti plans to start green parks, walking tracks and green gym in the ground.”