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  • Kelibagh Rd shopkeepers want money, not TDR Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | May 13, 2018, 03:17 IST

    Nagpur: Widening of Kelibagh Road, the vital link connecting Central Nagpur with South Nagpur and Bhandara Road in Mahal, is entangled in administrative hassles with shopkeepers and affected residents demanding monetary compensation.

    The main market of Mahal is situated on both sides of Kelibagh Road. Due to its narrow width, traffic congestion has compounded. On March 29, 2008, the general body of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) approved widening of Kelibagh Road from Central Avenue passing through Badkas Square, and police station and ending at CP & Berar College.

    As per the requirement, NMC will acquire around 1455.82 sqm land for widening the 1.5km patch from 15m to 24m. Apart from individual property owners, many affected portions of the land are owned by NMC, state government and Matru Seva Sangh Hospital.

    Though NMC has already issued demolition notices to 157 shopkeepers and 50 residential property owners, it has to provide compensation to the affected people.

    As part of the land acquisition rules, NMC has started interacting with them. “We have offered either TDR or FSI as compensation to the land owners,” said a senior official from NMC. But, they want monetary compensation.

    NMC is supposed to widen and concretize the road either under Phase-II or Phase-III projects. To acquire the land, NMC will have to provide twice the market rate (as per ready reckoner rates) as monetary compensation to the affected people. Accordingly, the financial burden of the civic body will rise by almost Rs100 crore, the official said.

    Hence, NMC is keen to acquire land by issuing Transferable Development Rights (TDR) certificates instead of providing compensation based on market rates.

    Shopkeepers have refused the NMC’s offer. They said TDR is worthless and are dead set against handing over their land for anything less than monetary compensation. “We are not against road widening. All we want is compensation. We don’t want TDR,” they said.

    Officials from Gandhibagh zone said so far, the office has received around 70 letters from affected shopkeepers and residents. “All of them are demanding monetary compensation,” he said.

    Moreshwar Phalnikar, a shop owner, said, “The road is wide enough to handle day-to-day traffic. But it’s narrowed due to illegal vendors. Instead of widening, there are also other options. Though it’s a no-hawking zone, vendors can still be spotted occupying a huge portion of the road. NMC should ensure no hawkers there, while the traffic police should declare the road one-way. If these two measures are taken, there is no need to widen the road.”

    “We are suffering a lot. People are also affected as they get stuck in traffic jams for hours due to bottlenecks,” he added.

    The officer, however, said the civic body has already started razing its six properties, including a portion of the Gandhibagh zone premises.

  • Facing submergence threat, Awarmara villagers move HC for rehab Vaibhav Ganjapure| TNN | May 13, 2018, 03:18 IST
    Nagpur: A villager, on behalf of 56 families from the little-known Awarmara village in Kuhi tehsil of Nagpur district, has knocked the judiciary’s doors for immediate rehabilitation of the entire village as it is facing the serious threat of submergence due to rising waters of the Gosikhurd dam project.

    A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Upadhye issued notices to the Union ministry of water resources and river development and State Water Resources Department (WRD) asking them to reply by June 13. Nagpur collector and executive engineer of Gosikhurd project are other respondents in the PIL filed by Kawadu Wanjari, a farmer, through counsel Prakash Randive.

    The remote village is surrounded by water bodies from three sides — Kanhan river is in the east and north while a big canal flows on the southern side. Over a thousand inhabitants faced the threat of submergence in case any wall of the dam breaks or during heavy rains. The children need to travel over 40 kms to Navegaon to attend school and it is the same for villagers wanting medical help.

    A majority of farmers travel on boats to go to their farms and they find it difficult to carry equipment, fertilizers and other heavy machinery every day. They also faced several health problems due to stagnant dam water which has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

    The polluted water has also percolated into septic tanks and, worsened the sanitation condition and made the toilets non-usable. To add to the woes, even the well from where they used to fetch drinking after, has become contaminated due to the dam water and its level has also increased.

    After villagers complained, Kuhi tehsildar and the Umred sub-divisional officer (SDO) visited the village on June 2, 2016. Both officials concluded in their report that the dam walls would pose danger to the village in case of a breakdown. Also, on account of heavy rainfall the rise in water levels can cost severe losses to economy and lives of the inhabitants.

    The residents took up the issue with guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and also approached chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. However, after failing to get any response from either they approached the HC. As of date, 99 villages affected by the Gosikhurd dam have been rehabilitated and provided with civic amenities as per Section 10 of the Maharashtra Project Affected Persons Rehabilitation Act, 1999, they contended.

    The aggrieved petitioners prayed for immediate steps to rehabilitate the whole village to a convenient place and provide all basic civic amenities. They demanded directives to the respondents to enquire about losses caused to them regarding their properties and agriculture fields and provide them with adequate compensation. They also want a district level committee to be set up that would include health experts who would take cognisance of all the geographical and health problems they were facing.

    (With inputs from Subodh Wasnik)

  • Greens oppose move to ease eco norms for builders Vijay Pinjarkar| TNN | May 13, 2018, 03:18 IST

    Nagpur: With BJP government at the Centre planning to issue final notification exempting building and construction projects up to 50,000 sqmtrs from environment clearance (EC) requirement, NGOs have opposed the move. They have moved the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) saying it will benefit builders under the garb of providing housing to urban poor.

    MoEFCC issued a draft notification on March 13, 2018, to ease norms for building and construction projects. The ministry sought comments from people in 60 days before issuing final rules. The notification proposes to amend the EIA Notification, 2006, by increasing the exemption threshold from 20,000 sqmtrs (2.15 lakh sqft) to 50,000 sqmtrs (5.38 lakh sqft), which means projects less than that will not require any prior EC.

    MoEFCC had sought comments from people and NGOs before making it final. The last date to submit comments is May 12. EIA Resource & Response Centre (ERC), a body analyzing impact of development activities on environment, in its submission demanded that the notification be withdrawn.

    “The new norm will pave way for big projects of builders.. under the garb of providing housing to urban poor by 2022 as proposed by the government,” said Pushp Jain, chief analyst of ERC. He added it was beyond the scope of parent legislation and violated several judicial orders. “Repeated attempts were made by real estate lobby to take building and construction activity out of purview of EC process,” he said.

    Once final, such projects will have to comply with prescribed environmental conditions through a ‘self declaration form’ while applying for building and construction permission from local authority.

    Jain said according to ministry of urban development (MoUD) specification size of a dwelling unit for urban poor is 27-30 sqmtrs. The built-up area of less than 20,000 sqmt was already out of the purview of the EIA Notification and therefore an approximate number of 700 dwelling units could have been made within the limit of 20,000 sqmt itself at a particular site. “Therefore, increasing exemption limit to 50,000 sqmtrs for providing housing to urban poor was not needed,” Jain said.

    ERC also questioned how removal of EC will improve environment through greater objectivity and transparency, as mentioned in the draft. “There are about two dozen other statutory approvals required from various state and central agencies for commencement of construction. Why is there problem with EC alone,” asks Jain.

    Analyst Kankana Das of Legal Initiative for Forest & Environment (LIFE), Delhi, says local authorities have been asked to monitor compliance of environmental conditions but local bodies do not have the expertise. “This draft, if implemented, will only benefit the builders, as they will get unrestricted leverage to capture land and water bodies to convert them into concrete buildings,” Das submitted.

    Further, she said, violations by any proponent which were earlier punishable under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, will not remain effective any more, if the draft was notified.

    Das said it was clear that local authorities or urban local bodies (ULBs) were governed by specific statutes. The draft notification is silent on issue of “control and supervision” of the ministry over ULBs.

    Jain submitted that National Green Tribunal (NGT), Delhi, on December 8, 2017, had ruled that the laudable objective of “housing for all” should not be used to perpetuate commercial profitability and business concerns. “The present draft seeks to achieve the same purpose to perpetuate all commercial projects,” he said.

  • Metro phase II DPR delayed by 2 months Ashish Roy| TNN | May 14, 2018, 03:51 IST

    Nagpur: MahaMetro may be sticking to its schedule, but other agencies associated with it are not. Its consultant RITES, which is preparing the detailed project report (DPR) for phase II of Nagpur Metro, has told MahaMetro that the report will be ready by June-end. The report was supposed to be ready by April-end.

    A source in MahaMetro said RITES would submit the draft this month. “We will suggest some modifications, if any, and then our consultant will submit the final report in June end,” he added.

    MahaMetro will send the DPR to state urban development ministry for approval. The ministry will go through it and send it to the state cabinet. After the cabinet approves it, the report will be forwarded to Niti Ayog. After Ayog members are satisfied with the report, it will be sent to the Union cabinet. Phase II will be considered approved only after the Union cabinet clears it.

    It is imperative that the DPR is put up before the Union cabinet before 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Phase II stands a good chance of getting cleared as long as Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari is a part of the central government. If BJP does not come to power in 2019, then Gadkari or his successor will find it difficult to get special status for Nagpur.

    The second phase will cover a stretch of 48 kilometres, which will cost Rs10,860 crore at today’s prices. It will have five routes, with a total of 34 stations. Most of it will be elevated.

    The first corridor will be from Automotive Square to Kanhan. It will be 13km stretch with 13 stations. The corridor will cater to Khasara village, Lekha Nagar (Kamptee), Kamptee Town and Dragon Palace Temple.

    The second corridor will connect Khapri to Butibori MIDC. It will be 19km long and will have 9 stations. The catchment area is Jamtha, Dongargaon, Mohgaon, Butibori village, MHADA Colony and Indorama Colony.

    The third one is extension of route from Lokmanya Nagar to Hingna Tehsil Office. It is 6km long with six stations and will pass through Nildoh, Gajanan Nagar, Rajiv Nagar, Lakshmi Nagar, Raipur and Hingna village. The fourth is extension from Prajapati Nagar to Transport Nagar. It is 4km long and has 4 stations.

    The fifth is a spur from Vasudeo Nagar to Dattawadi. It will be about 5km long with two stations. Its catchment area is Raisoni College, Hingna MIDC, and Dattawadi.

  • No regular water supply in Yavatmal till July end: Minister TNN | May 14, 2018, 03:04 IST
    Yavatmal: District guardian minister Madan Yerawar admitted in an emergency meeting that regular water supply would not be possible in Yavatmal till July end, urging officials to plan accordingly to combat the prevailing drinking water shortage. A meeting was held in the district collector’s office on Sunday and was chaired by Yerawar himself.

    Some important decisions taken in the meeting include keeping water filling point in MIDC-based water treatment plant open for 24 hours for tankers to fill water, a time table be prepared for tankers to fill water from the point, appointment of plumbers and deputing cops to monitor tankers, chief officer should immediately demand additional tankers from district collector, start a helpline at the MC office and revive the defunct helpline of district collectorate, publish tanker numbers and mobile phone numbers of the tanker drivers and the wards allotted to them, prepare a roster for the tankers and set up a special squad to oversee regular water supply by the tankers, water supply to slum areas.

    The minister has promised to address any difficulty that may arise in the coming days. He has warned the tanker drivers of action if they are found in any ward other than the allotted ones.

    He has also instructed the SDO to call meeting of concerned representatives of peripheral villages like Kinhi, Bhosa and Dolamba where there are water sources and finalize schemes to fetch water from those sources to cater to the needs of the citizens.

    Residents of Yavatmal had been put through untold miseries arising out of non supply of drinking water and damaged roads that had been lying unattended for several weeks. The question of Bembla water too took a back foot as residents would have to fetch water from 25-30 km distance which would be impossible.

    The meeting was attended by divisional commissioner Piyush Singh, district collector Chandraakant Jaju, ZP CEO Jalaj Sharma, RDC Narendra Fulzele, executive engineer of MJP Ajay Bele, SDO of Yavatmal Swapnil Tangade, MC chief officer Anil Adhagale, executive engineer of MSEDCL Chitale, heads of various departments and officials from MIDC. However, deputy district guardian minister Sanjay Rathod was absent.

  • NMC delaying waste-to-energy project to please CM Ashish Roy| TNN | May 14, 2018, 03:48 IST

    Nagpur: The much-delayed waste-to-energy project of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will be delayed further as the civic agency is waiting for chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to perform bhoomipujan.

    The concessionaire Nagpur Solid Waste Processing and Management Pvt Ltd (NSWPMPL) is unable to start construction of the waste-to-energy plant as the NMC is yet to give the green signal.

    A source in the NMC said that general body of the civic body had passed a resolution to hand over required land to the concessionaire way back in July 2017. The administration endorsed this proposal in November 2017. Now all formalities have been completed and the NMC is only waiting for CM’s presence for the function.

    The source further said that NMC had sought Fadnavis’s time on April 29, when he was in the city for the whole day. However, it could not get CM’s time for some reason.

    NMC executive engineer Aniruddha Chauganjkar denied that there was any delay in the project. “Work on segregation of garbage has already started,” he said. He, however, parried queries on construction of the plant merely saying that the concessionaire had been given two years to complete the plant.

    The contract was awarded to NSWPMPL, a joint venture of Essel Infraprojects Limited and Hitachi Zosan India Private Ltd. The plant will process 800 tonne of waste every day. The generation capacity of the plant is 11.5 MW. The approved project cost is Rs 207 crore. NMC will give Rs 70 crore to NSWPMPL as viability gap funding (VGF) for execution under Swachh Bharat Mission. The civic agency will pay tipping charges of Rs 225 per tonne, which will increase by 4.5% every year.

    The concession period is 15 years out of which two years is for construction and 13 years is the tariff period — when NSWPMPL will sell power to state discom MSEDCL at the rate of Rs 7 per unit.

    NSWPMPL will also operate existing landfill site and develop two more, including their operation and maintenance for 15 years. This will ensure mitigation of fire incidents, foul smell, pollution in groundwater and air.

  • NMC’s new HQ lacks occupancy certificate too Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | May 15, 2018, 02:43 IST

    Nagpur: Two days after TOI exposed how Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) new administrative building lacks fire safety measures, more violations have come to fore at the complex. The civic body, which had started shifting various offices to the new, seven-storey headquarters, is yet to get the mandatory occupancy certificate too.

    Recently, NMC’s fire and emergency services department had inspected the Chhatrapati Shivaji administrative building, and found that fire safety norms have gone for a toss.

    Sources said the building construction was started in 2003, and the office of executive engineer had obtained no-objection certificates from the fire and emergency services department along with sanction of the map.

    When the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measure Act (MFPLSMA), 2006, came into force, the then municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta had asked architect Virendra Khare to ensure the building too follows the new rules and regulations. Subsequently, two emergency staircases had been constructed.

    In January 2009, architect Khare submitted a letter to the civic body about completion of the building’s construction, sources in NMC’s town planning department said.

    In 2013, the then civic chief Shyam Wardhane had shifted his office, along with a few other officials, to the ground floor. At that time, the civic body had obtained part occupancy and part fire compliance certificates.

    The part occupancy certificate clearly mentioned that it was issued only for ground floor. The department had also mentioned that the applicant — NMC’s executive engineer — should take full occupancy certificate after completion of work at the new building.

    While obtaining the part occupancy certificate, the EE had also submitted an indemnity bond that it would procure OC for entire building later. Despite this, NMC has shifted many of its offices without even applying for occupancy certificate for the entire building.

    Sources said occupancy certificate is crucial as it is issued only after structural examination by engineers, which would ensure safety of the structure and also occupants. “Besides, the builder has to comply with all fire safety norms,” said sources.

    It is the duty of the town planning department to issue the certificate after compliance of fire safety norms. In this case, TP department and fire department have not issued occupancy and compliance certificates respectively.

    On May 9, under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measure Act (MFPLSMA), 2006, chief fire officer Rajendra Uchake had served three-hour notice to NMC executive engineer Sanjay Jaiswal, and inspected the administrative building. During inspection, the department pointed out various flaws in firefighting systems installed in the building.

    A senior official from the civic body said the process to procure occupancy certificate is underway.

  • Unauthorized rooms in parking razed Anjaya Anparthi| tnn | Updated: May 15, 2018, 00:29 IST
    The NMC enforcement department team demolished structures in around 220 sq.ft area

    Nagpur: After a delay of over four years, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has demolished unauthorizedrooms constructed in parkingarea of a flat scheme at Maskasath under Satranjipura Zone in East Nagpur on Monday.

    The NMC in a press release said Tarmal Builders and Contractor was not removing the unauthorized constructions despite notices served since 2013. First notice was served under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act on November 19, 2013 followed by few more.

    The NMC enforcement department team demolished structures in around 220 sq.ft area.

    The enforcement department also carried out anti-encroachment drive near Daga hospital, between Mitha Neem dargah and Maharajbagh road, Nagpur University Building and Vasant Nagar slum, Manish Nagar and Beltarodi.

  • 8,000m3 silt removed from three rivers in 7days Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Updated: May 15, 2018, 00:26 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has removed 8,000 cubic meter silt from city’s three rivers— Nag, Pili and Pora— in last seven days as part of its rivers cleaning drive. Stretch of 2,844 meter of three rivers have been cleaned up.

    The NMC has launched its 5th edition of rivers cleaning on May 7. Total 15 proclanes have been engaged to remove silt from the three rivers along with channelising the banks, correcting the slopes of riverbed etc. Also, sanitary workers have been engaged wherever required.

    As a social cause, state’s public works department, water resources department, Orange City Water Private Ltd, MahaMetro along with industries association are contributing by means of machines or financial assistance for the drive.

    During the last year’s drive, the civic body had removed 1.33 lakh tonne silt from the three rivers and disposed off it safely.

    After TOI-MT’s Save Nag River-My City My River campaign in 2013, the then mayor Sole had launched the rivers cleaning drive. Since then, the NMC has made the drive as its annual affair in pre-monsoon days. Excluding one year, the drive is continued since 2013.

  • Landslides can be stabilized: Expert tnn | May 15, 2018, 03:09 IST
    N Kutumba Rao opens thin-section preparation lab during the national workshop, on Monday

    Nagpur: Keeping in mind the increased cases of landslides and with a goal to mitigate its effects, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Gondwana Geological Society, Nagpur (GGS) jointly organized a daylong national workshop on ‘Recent trends in engineering geology and landslide studies’ at Auden Hall, GSI, on Monday.

    N Kutumba Rao, director general, GSI, IB Chibber, retired director, GSI, S Natesan, additional director general, GSI, central region, AK Chatterjee, vice-president, GGS, Nagpur, A Thiruvengadam, additional director general, policy support system, GSI and Milind Dhakate, director (G), GSI, central region, were the dignitaries who inaugurated the workshop.

    Rao also inaugurated a semi-automatic thin-section preparation lab during the event.

    Speaking at the function, Chibber, an expert in engineering geology, said, “Engineering geology is a vast field which holds its importance right from something as basic as building homes and hence experts in this field are necessary.”

    “Slides can happen anywhere and sadly cannot be eliminated but can be treated, managed and stabilized for which detailed and well-planned study is needed,” Chibber said. He mentioned the importance of proper analysis on slide-ridden areas by competent people and of proper documentation. He expressed high expectations from the younger tech-savvy generation in the field of geology in years to come.

    Thiruvengadam and Chatterjee expressed concern regarding less experts in engineering geology due to frequent transfers of geologists from one domain to another. Rao encouraged the geologist community to unite and work towards their common mission. “Rather than charging for consultation, we must extend our services to earn our pride back,” he said.

    Further, two technical sessions took place wherein eminent geologists and geoscientists from around the nation such as K Jayabalan, deputy director general, GSI, central headquarters, Sanjiv Kumar, PK Gajbhiye, B Ajaya Kumar, MS Bodas and CD Singh detailed the delegates on subjects such as ‘Tackling adverse geological features during construction stage’, ‘Role of engineering geologist in nation building’, ‘Landslides in Maharashtra’, ‘An approach for landslide risk estimation on a macro scale’ and other. Every presentation and deliberation was supported with relatable case studies making the explanations easier to grasp.

  • Water problems continue, but no special GB meet yet Anjaya Anparthi| tnn | May 15, 2018, 05:51 IST
    Nagpur: The BJP-led ruling alliance at the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has failed to keep its promise of holding special meeting of the general body to solve the issue of contaminated drinking water supply. Water crisis also continues to plague the city.

    During the last general body meeting on April 20, corporators from all political parties, including BJP, raised the issue of contaminated water supply and crisis. Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi assured on the floor of the House to hold a special meeting to resolve the issue in May. Mayor Nanda Jichkar also assured the corporators raising the issue. But the special meeting has not been organized yet.

    Every month, regular meeting is organized on or before 20th. For holding the meeting, the agenda has to be issued seven days before. The date for issuing the agenda also passed away.

    Jichkar did not respond to TOI’s call.

    Opposition leader Tanaji Wanve said BJP was not at all serious about any problems of the city and is enjoying power. “Citizens are facing severe problems due to contaminated water supply and crisis for the last two months. The summer will come to an end next month. The ruling party should have taken the issues seriously this month itself,” he said.

    Wanve said the office-bearers neglected holding the meeting despite being reminded time and again since the beginning of the month. “There will be no meaning of directives issued in the general body if the meeting is held in the last week of May. Around 15 days are required to prepare minutes of the meeting and send them for implementation. Till then, the monsoon will arrive,” he said.

    Senior BJP corporator Satish Holey said water crisis has continued in his ward. “I pursued the problems with NMC and OCW officials after last month’s general body meeting. I had to suggest measures to solve the problems. Some issues were sorted out but a few remained as it is,” he said.

    Last month, Holey had said that Jichkar had no control over the administration.

  • Garbage dumping yard has dumped all waste disposal rules

    From 1999 to 2016, the solid waste generation of Nagpur increased 2.5 times, states a report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). In the second capital of the state which is the highest generator of solid waste in the country, the heaps of garbage kept increasing but the rules to manage them remained only on papers.

    Whether related to quality of air, groundwater, maintaining scientific landfill site or treating waste — many major rules are not being implemented at Bhandewadi dumping ground by the concerned agencies.

    On May 11, TOI reported on the groundwater contamination in the area. Following complaints of various health problems among residents, TOI took samples from a few borewells and got them tested at an environment ministry-accredited lab. The results revealed that the groundwater, which is being consumed by thousands of residents, is highly unsafe for drinking.

    To avoid such contamination of groundwater, the environment ministry had formulated stringent norms. According to the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, which were laid down by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), the municipal solid waste should be dumped only at the sanitary landfill site.

    “Waste for land filling shall be compacted in thin layers using heavy compactors to achieve high density of the waste. Non-permeable lining system at the base and walls of waste disposal area is a must. For sites receiving mixed waste or waste having contamination of hazardous materials, a liner of composite barrier of 1.5mm thick high density polyethylene (HDPE) geo-membrane or geo-synthetic liners will be used,” the rules state.

    Such measures can be taken at landfill sites. Bhandewadi’s landfill site ran out of its capacity many years back and since then over 100 crore kilograms of garbage has been illegally dumped at the large portions of land surrounding the landfill site.

    “Landfill sites are specially designed with landfill liners so that leachate from solid waste is restricted and doesn't reach the groundwater. Whereas, at Bhandewadi, the waste is being dumped on any available ground and thus leachate is percolating down and polluting the groundwater,” says Kaustav Chatterjee, founder of NGO Green Vigil.

    The rules further state that usage of groundwater in and around landfill sites for any purpose including drinking and irrigation will be considered only after ensuring its quality. Desirable limits for all the parameters have also been mentioned. However in the test reports, some parameters exceeded the desired limit.

    While the rules clearly state that leachate generated from the solid waste will not be released into open environment, a recent visit to Taj Nagar (Bidgaon) revealed that leachate from the dumping site was flowing through the residential area and was hardly a few meters away from a well.

    Other rules relating to bio-medical waste, hazardous waste and e-waste management are also not being implemented at the site. To control air pollution, the rules state that a landfill gas control system including gas collection system should be installed at landfill site to minimize odour and prevent off-site migration of gases.

    “Ambient air quality at the landfill site and at the vicinity shall be regularly monitored,” they say. However according to the residents, no mitigation measures were taken. “Since over five years, we are inhaling toxic air which has a foul odour,” they say.

    Most importantly, the rules stress that only the non-usable, non-recyclable, non-biodegradable, non-combustible and non-reactive inert waste should go to the sanitary landfill site. However the garbage dumped at Bhandewadi has all types of waste.

    “If the agencies which were awarded the job of treating waste had done it scientifically, Bhandewadi would have hardly 40% of the present quantity of waste. Segregation of waste should have been implemented long back. As the waste is lying without any treatment, the incidents of fires are increasing leading to huge air pollution and threat to human lives,” added Chatterjee.

    Breaches at Bhandewadi
    - Municipal solid waste should be dumped only at the sanitary landfill site
    - Only segregated and non-recyclable waste should go to the landfill

    - Ambient air quality at the landfill site and at the vicinity should be regularly monitored
    - Usage of groundwater in and around landfill sites for any purpose should be considered only after ensuring its quality
    - To avoid groundwater contamination, landfill site should have good quality liners
    - Provisions for management of leachates including its collection and treatment should be made


  • Consumer court issues arrest warrant against Nagpur's Gruhlaxmi Construction A division bench comprising judicial member BA Shaikh and member JD Yengal also imposed cost of Rs15,000 on Gruhlaxmi Construction and Land Developers’ proprietor Suresh BurrewarVaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | May 15, 2018, 16:00 IST

    NAGPUR: After a city builder failed to appear before the Nagpur circuit bench of State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, a bailable warrant was issued against him, with directives to the cops, through the police commissioner, to arrest and produce him on June 12.

    A division bench comprising judicial member BA Shaikh and member JD Yengal also imposed cost of Rs15,000 on Gruhlaxmi Construction and Land Developers’ proprietor Suresh Burrewar, for repeated failure to comply with its directives passed last year. His property was also directed to be seized.

    The commission’s crackdown came while hearing complaints by Paresh Kukudkar, Milind Karmarkar and Gattu Chakravarthy, who had applied for residential units in the proposed Gruhlaxmi Towers project of Burrewar in Beltarodi region of city.

    The three complainants entered into different agreements with the builder for booking flats. While Karmarkar paid Rs2.75 lakh, Kukudkar and Chakravarthy paid Rs4 lakh each towards first instalment in 2011.

    As per the pact, payments were to be made in stages with the progress in construction. However, the builder failed to start construction for three years, after which the complainants, through counsel Arvind Waghmare, issued legal notice to him on October 20, 2014. When he failed to respond, they approached the forum, praying for Rs5 lakh compensation and Rs2 lakh for harassment along with Rs25,000 cash to each of them towards physical and mental harassment.

    The forum issued two notices to the builder, but they weren’t served at its address on Central Avenue. It then permitted the complainants to publish a public notice in the newspaper. After the developer failed to respond, the forum decided to proceed ex-parte against him on December 13, 2016, and slapped cost of Rs18.30 lakh for failure to construct the flat scheme. The firm was also told to pay Rs1.10 lakh more to each of the complainants for physical and mental harassment along with litigation costs.

    Additionally, the builder was also told to either provide flat to three complainants or refund their Rs10.75 lakh with 15% interest per annum. It was reported by TOI in its June 19 edition last year. However, Burrewar failed to comply with the court’s directives, which led to issuance of bailable warrant and orders to seize his properties.

    (With inputs from Subodh Wasnik)

  • Illegal constructions razed to clear way for Pardi flyover

    TNN | May 16, 2018, 04:07 IST

    The illegal structures were a major obstruction to the construction of the flyover

    Nagpur: The work of flyover on Pardi Road will gain momentum after National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), along with Nagpur Improvement Trust, and Nagpur Municipal Corporation removed encroachments on Tuesday.

    The illegal structures were a major obstruction to the construction of the flyover, and needed to be demolished. In the process, the houses of Ganesh Mankar and 11 other individuals were razed. The houses belonged to Anand Kalash, Sushilabai Gerodia, Dillip Lalwani, Rashmi Chavre and others. To ensure peaceful anti-encroachment drive, 80 police personnel were deployed during the daylong drive.

    Similarly, NMC’s enforcement squad removed illegal constructions in Dighori Square under Nehru Nagar zone. A similar action was carried out in Mahal area. Two truckloads of construction material dumped on footpaths were confiscated. These drives were conducted by assistant municipal commissioner Ashok Patil and enforcement inspector Sanjay Kamble.

  • German study questioned NMC’s over Rs 100 cr bio-mining plan Manka Behl| TNN | May 16, 2018, 04:03 IST

    The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has taken up bio-mining project as a remedial measure to clean up the waste lying at Bhandewadi. The civic body, which will be spending over Rs100 crore, has awarded the contract for it to a Chandrapur-based private agency. However, the reliability of the process is itself under a cloud.

    A feasibility study conducted by German experts on the city’s waste management last year had categorically questioned the efficacy of the process. “The technology faces challenges because of incidences of huge fire and odour issues,” it stated.

    The study was a part of the ‘Urban Nexus project’ financed by the German Federal ministry of economic cooperation and development. In India, two cities were selected for the project — Nagpur and Rajkot. NMC and the German agency had agreed to study the solid waste management problem in detail and come up with an economically feasible solution.

    The study estimated that more than 18,00,000 metric tonne of unsegregated waste, which is equivalent to 180 crore kilograms, has been dumped at the site since its inception in 1966. “The dump site is subject to frequent fires and has been causing air pollution, odour nuisance and has an adverse impact on the nearby residents. This has raised questions about the operations of the dump site,” the study stated.

    It added that the lack of market for compost and soil derived from the process has affected the bio-mining project. Earlier, TOI had reported that as per experts, segregating the waste is must for bio-mining.

    TOI had recently collected water samples from nearby areas and got them tested at a private laboratory. Results showed that the groundwater was highly contaminated. The German study had also warned of the risk of leachate percolation.

    Citing that the percentage of organic waste and moisture content in the city’s waste is very high, the study pointed out that incineration-based processes are unviable at Bhandewadi. It also ruled out the process of biomethanation in which organic material is converted to biogas under anaerobic conditions. “It is a highly sensitive technology and cannot be suggested for processing the waste in Nagpur. The technology can be used only for segregated waste,” the study stated.

    Recommending a mechanical-biological treatment for the city’s municipal solid waste, the study had proposed implementation of Maximum Yield Technology (MYT) which extracts raw material and energy content from the waste. The study also highlighted the various steps involved in the technology which included mechanical pre-treatment, biological step, biological drying, mechanical material separation, discharged air treatment and water treatment (see infographics).

    As per the recommendations, treating 800 tonnes of waste using the MYT technology would have generated 8.36 megawatt of energy and 213 tonnes per day of refuse derived fuel (RDF).

    The experts who conducted the study had also identified cement plants where the generated RDF could have been used.

    NMC officials said that the German agencies had initially proposed to implement the technology in Nagpur but there was “no follow-up from their end”. “It is not known what why the NMC did not pursue the matter and instead chose to go in for bio-mining,” said sources in the civic body.

    Study | Was a part of the Urban Nexus project financed by the German Federal ministry of economic cooperation and development

    Published | July 2017

    Aim | To find a feasible solution to tackle the problem of solid waste management

    Observations |

    - Segregation of waste at source is not practised by the generators

    - Dump site at poses various risks to human health due to fire, leachate percolation and air pollution

    - More than 18 lakh metric tonne (180 crore kgs) of unsegregated waste lying at Bhandewadi

    - Detailed analysis of weighbridge data revealed that average daily collection of waste is 1,119 tonnes per day

    - Bio-mining faces challenges because of incidences of huge fire and odour issues

    Suggestions |

    - Implementation of Maximum Yield Technology

    - It extracts raw material and energy content from the waste

    MYT | Steps involved

    - Mechanical pre-treatment: Breaks down the waste in different sizes depending on the material

    - Biological step: Addition of process water to ensure uniform consistency

    - Biological Drying: Drying waste in an energy-efficient and economical way

    - Mechanical material separation: Breaking down dry, very homogenous and free-flowing material into various sub-fractions

    - Discharged air treatment: Polluted discharged air is captured and recycled again

    - Water treatment: Sending process water to waste water treatment plant