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  • Re : Nagpur Best place for Real Estate Investment

    Zero revenue for MahaMetro against expected Rs5,000 crore from extra FSI

    Ashish Roy| TNN | Updated: Mar 6, 2018, 09:12 IST
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    NAGPUR: Premium on extra floor to space index (FSI) was estimated to generate Rs5,000 crore for MahaMetro and enable it to pay off foreign loans. However, the FSI hike in an area up to 500 metres of Metro corridor has failed to bring in a single penny for the agency even after eight months.

    The state urban development ministry, headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, had taken two years in increasing the FSI in Metro corridor area under transit oriented development (TOD) policy. The ministry is equally apathetic about amending the policy. Builders’ organizations have termed the policy impractical and demanded certain changes. Fadnavis had assured to bring in some changes, but nothing has been done so far.

    The response to TOD policy has been poor and even those property owners who sought extra FSI are yet to get the nod. Pramod Gawande, assistant director of town planning (ADTP) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), said that his office had received only four to five proposals under TOD policy. “However, there were some issues in all the proposals regarding the plot size or road width. We sent the proposals to urban development ministry for guidance, but are yet to receive any response so far,” he told TOI. A senior official of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) said that no proposal for extra FSI had been received by the Trust.

    Realizing that TOD policy had several flaws, Credai’s Nagpur unit had submitted several memorandums to urban development ministry seeking amendments. The Mantralaya officials have been issuing hollow assurances so far.

    A Credai office-bearer said there were very few big plots in the Metro corridor area and if existing TOD norms were followed, extra FSI could not be consumed. “The officials should have taken the average plot size into account before fixing the norms,” he added.

    According to him, the side margin for plots below 1,000 square metres area was too much. “We suggested that principal development control rules (DCR) be made applicable to such cases. The officials refused but they are evolving a workable formula,” he added.

    The front margin for plots on wide roads is too much and Credai wants it to be capped at 12 metres. The builders want to enclose the balconies but the ministry is not ready and is finding an alternate solution. The builders say that if enclosure was not possible then extra FSI should be given to them in lieu of balconies. Another demand is that basement side ramps be accommodated in side margins.










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      NMC shifts 147 homeless to night shelters

      Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Mar 7, 2018, 03:37 IST
      Nagpur: Nagpur Municipal Corporation in association with police department and three NGOs has started to shift homeless people in city to night shelters constructed and operated by the civic body. In the last seven days, 147 homeless were shifted to five night shelters.

      NMC’s social welfare department, police’s economic cell and cyber crime branch and NGOs— Sanskruti, Sahara and Sahyadri— launched a week-long special drive between February 28 and March 6. Deputy municipal commissioner Ranjana Lade and DCP Shweta Khedkar also visited various parts of the city during the night drive.

      Lade told TOI, target was to shift all 307 homeless to NMC’s night shelters. “Survey revealed there are 307 homeless in the city. Accordingly, NMC had constructed night shelters having 220 beds at five locations. Process to construct more night shelters is going on. We saw the homeless do not come to night shelters on their own. Therefore, special drive was launched in which a team of NMC, police and NGOs made rounds of the city between 10.30pm and 1.30am,” she said.

      Lade said NGOs would continue the drive. “We have provided beds, food, clothes, washrooms and other amenities at night shelters. Regular health check up of these people is being conducted. NGOs are doing counselling of these people so they can go out to earn and return to night shelters during night daily on their own. Skills training will be given to the people so they can earn good and start to live in rented houses,” she said.

      The state government had issued a circular on July 11, 2011, directing all civic bodies to provide one night shelter per one lakh population. Then, the formula was revised and directives were given to construct night shelters as per population of homeless. Accordingly, 10 night shelters were constructed between 2012 and 2014 but they got no response. Hence, the drive to search and bring the homeless to night shelters was started.

      Under the central government’s Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), the night shelters are being operated at Sitabuldi (40 beds), below railway station flyover (30), Dipti Signal (30), Indora (20) and Hansapuri (100).







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        Tax defaulters: 491; properties auctioned: 0

        Proshun Chakraborty| tnn | Mar 7, 2018, 05:38 IST
        Nagpur: The civic body’s Dhantoli zone, under which many medical institutions, tony colonies and houses of prominent citizens fall, is indifferent towards recovering property tax dues.

        The zone has identified 491 defaulters and executed warrants for recovery, yet not a single property has been auctioned even as the owners failed to pay attention to reminders.

        Overall, the effort of all the 10 zones is not satisfactory. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has identified 1.98 lakh defaulters, who have not paid property tax to the tune of over Rs 266 crore. Against 8,592 tax defaulters who were issued warrants to pay outstanding dues, these zones have attached 3,460 properties. Of these, the zones have carried out auctions of only 209 properties, which is only 2.42%, reveals a data compiled by NMC’s tax department.

        “NMC has informed the registrar office about these properties, and asked them not to allow their sale,” said a senior official from the tax department.

        Despite amnesty schemes, under which 90% interest and penalty was waived off on outstanding property tax, NMC has not made much headway in recovering dues.

        According to the data, Laxmi Nagar zone has executed highest number of warrants — 2,250 — to tax defaulters, but has auctioned only 3 properties.

        The performance of Dharampeth zone is no good either. Against execution of 526 warrants, the zone has so far auctioned only 18 properties, while Hanuman Nagar zone has executed 868 warrants and auctioned 55 properties.

        Sources wondered how the Dhantoli zone that has already attached six properties could not auction even a single one when the dues are Rs19.05 crore.

        The target was set at Rs 564.63 crore, but the 10 zonal commissioners have achieved only 22.85 % (Rs 129.04 crore) from April 2017 to February 3. The property tax department is the key revenue gainer for the NMC and the failure to meet the tax targets would directly impact all development works in the city.







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          With no hike in taxes, NMC’s financial struggle to continue

          Anjaya Anparthi and Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Mar 10, 2018, 03:13 IST
          Nagpur: Municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal on Friday presented the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) budget of Rs2,048.53 crore for 2018-19. He also presented the revised budget of Rs1,997.33 crore for the current fiscal (2017-18) — a cut of 12.08% in the Rs2,271.97 crore presented by the standing committee last year.

          The civic chief has kept all taxes untouched. It means there will be no additional burden on the common man. But Mudgal has failed to come up with new revenue sources which means the civic body will remain cash strapped.

          Mudgal’s budget, which appeared quite realistic, will come into effect from April 1. Standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja will present his budget, probably in May or later, that will supersede Mudgal’s budget.

          Normally, the standing committee chairman’s budget is the same as the one presented by the civic chief but includes some new projects and a hike in the revenue and expenditure.

          Stressing the need for a financial discipline, Mudgal emphasized on the completion of ongoing and proposed projects, increase in revenue from available sources and reducing high expenditure. He announced a few new projects like the installation of 100 water ATMs, a commercial/hawker complex and parking plaza at Kadbi Chowk, Itwari.

          As per Mudgal’s budget, the NMC will earn a revenue of Rs2,048.53 crore in the next 12 months, which is Rs223.44 crore less than that projected by the standing committee last year. In comparison to the current fiscal, it is a hike of just Rs51.20 crore.

          “The revenue up to February end was Rs1,355 crore. Another Rs642.33 crore, which includes grants from the state government, is expected in the next 22 days, taking the total to Rs1,997.33 crore,” said Mudgal.

          The civic chief added that revenue targets from property tax and other heads could not be met this fiscal. “We need to chalk out a time-bound programme to achieve targets set from available revenue sources in the next fiscal,” said Mudgal.

          Despite being a local self governing body, the NMC will continue to depend majorly on the central and state government. 56.61% of the revenue will come from government grants (Rs1,009.72 crore) and loan (Rs150 crore). Also, 53% revenue will be spent on establishment, administrative expenses, repayment of loans, operation and maintenance etc leaving 47% for developmental works and projects.

          Mudgal did not budget for revenue from entertainment tax and professional tax stating it will be worked out when the state will approve the proposals. He also did not mention about taking over NIT’s areas as proposed by the state.

          The civic chief said the actual works to transform the city into a Smart City will begin from next fiscal. “The Rs520 crore Smart and Safe City project in which CCTVs are being installed is nearing completion. The area-based development project proposed in East Nagpur will start soon with the construction of affordable housing and road works. Provision of funds have been made for projects under AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission, Prime Minister Awas Yojana etc,” he said.

          Mudgal proposed to give assistance of Rs151 crore to NESL, the special purpose vehicle operating and maintaining water works. Water works will incur a loss of Rs60.53 crore.

          Also, he has proposed to give grants of Rs100 crore for the city transport committee for operation and maintenance of buses. It effectively means both the departments will not be earning any revenue.

          For the first time, the civic chief has proposed to give cash to the Metro Rail project. “NMC is supposed to contribute 5% (Rs434 crore) in the project. The total amount, excluding Rs73 crore, will be adjusted as against land allotted to Mahametro. Rs35 crore will be disbursed in 2018-19 and the remaining in 2019-20,” said Mudgal.

          Mudgal’s budget a has meagre allocation of Rs1.83 crore funds for the welfare and development of women. For sports, the allocation is Rs3.82 crore. Time and again the state government has pointed out that it is too less.

          For road safety, Mudgal has proposed to repair dividers, footpaths, signage and implementation of the integrated junction/squares road development project. He also proposed to add 31 women-special buses, 25 bio-gas and 70 electric-run buses in the existing fleet, taking the total number of city buses to 567 from 487. Mudgal also wants to link city buses’ ticketing system to the Metro Rail’s common mobility card.

          Mudgal also proposed the implementation of the Rs300 crore cement concrete road project phase-III and completion of Rs324 crore phase-II and Rs123 crore- phase-I.

          Mudgal said NMC will modernize health/medical facilities in association with Tata Trust. “Centralized pathology will be developed at Sadar and warehouse at Mahal. 26 urban health centres will be developed of which 8 in phase-I, 10 in phase-II and remaining in phase-III,” he said.








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          • Re : Nagpur Best place for Real Estate Investment

            Metro has acquired 68% private land so far

            Ashish Roy| tnn | Mar 10, 2018, 03:10 IST
            Nagpur: Even though work has started on all four reaches of Nagpur Metro, MahaMetro has acquired about 92% the land it needs so far. The agency spokesperson described the figure as satisfactory and said the acquisition process was going ahead smoothly. The land acquisition for Sitabuldi-Automotive Square stretch is the slowest.

            While most of the land MahaMetro needs already belonged to government, a tiny part was from private owners. It has acquired 68% of private land required so far. Acquisition of private lands started quite late as the agency did not need them in initial stages. It needs to acquire 20,850 square metres private land of which 6,630 sq m remains.

            Category wise Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) land is at the bottom of the table. MahaMetro has acquired only 57% Trust land. The percentage is low because the Metro agency has not been able to get possession of 6 acre Krazy Castle land near Ambazari lake. The amusement park owner Haldiram Foods is demanding Rs 162 crore from NIT as compensation. Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently directed NIT to hand over entire land to MahaMetro and asked the latter to build a commercial complex in which Haldiram is to be given commercial space free of cost as compensation.

            MahaMetro has to acquire 33,560 sq m NIT land of which 14,330 sq m remains.

            All the land required for Nagpur Metro from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Mihan India Limited (MIL), Central Railway and South-Eastern Central Railway (SECR) has been acquired. Visvesvarya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) have given in principle approval for handing over their lands but possession is yet to be received.

            National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has also agreed to hand over its land but a Durga temple is located on it. MahaMetro will have go in for unpopular step of shifting it.

            The largest amount of land required belongs to Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) - 4.34 lakh sq m. Some 94% of this land is in MahaMetro’s possession and about 25,000 sq m remains to be acquired. Next comes state government with 3.37 lakh sq m. About 95% of this land has been acquired.

            MahaMetro has paid Rs 61 crore compensation to land owners so far while Rs 1,222 crore remains to be paid. Most of the unpaid amount will be book adjusted as share of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), NIT and state and central governments in the project.








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              ‘Civic chief must tap resources to increase revenue’

              tnn | Mar 11, 2018, 17:58 IST
              Nagpur: The 12.8% cut in the budget presented by former standing committee chairman Sandip Jadhav has evoked sharp reactions across party lines including the ruling BJP.

              In his revised budget presentation for 2017-18, municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal on Friday cut the estimates from Rs 2,271.97 crore to Rs 1,997.33 crore. This revision would hit development works in the city, claimed corporators.

              According to Congress corporators, exaggeration of NMC’s budget is affecting city’s development. “Now, works to the tune of over Rs 274 crore, proposed during Jadhav’s tenure, will spill over to next chairman’s budget,” said corporator Sandeep Sahare. He pointed out that it had become a bad practice of the NMC standing panel to present impractical budgets. “If one goes through the last seven years budgets, the city has witnessed no development,” he said.

              “Many projects, that are not feasible in Nagpur, have been included in the budget. Also, money has been spent on projects that have no relevance for the city,” he said. Sahare added that the city is riddled with choked gutters, damaged street lights, filthy streets and vegetable markets that stink like garbage dumps.

              Standing committee member and Congress corporator Manoj Sangole welcomed Mudgal’s budget stating that despite the financial crisis, he has presented a realistic budget for 2018-19. He also stressed upon the need to improve the civic body’s revenue. The civic chief should ensure that his team helps the NMC to fulfil his budget commitments.

              Sangole added that more funds must be allotted to zones. “Corporators know about civic problems and they spend the ward funds to solve petty problems. Developmental works can be executed in wards only if zone funds are increased,” he pointed out. Sangole also called upon the municipal commissioner to allocate Rs 10 crore for emergency works.

              Standing committee member Sunil Hiranwar (BJP) blamed the civic administration for failing to meet the revenue target set by the panel’s chairman. Hiranwar stated that if the administration had put in efforts, the revenue target of Rs 2,271 crore could have been achieved. “The civic body can generate more than Rs 500 crore alone from properties” said Hiranwar.

              He also cited the examples of unassessed properties and called for bringing them under the ambit of property tax to shore up NMC’s revenue.

              Another panel member Mangala Khekare (BJP) welcomed the budget, but said that the civic administration needs to improve revenue generation, especially from the property tax department.

              Standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja welcomed the revised budget and called for focussing on increasing the civic body’s revenue. According to Kukreja, the town planning department can earn Rs 250 crore, while market department can contribute Rs 40 crore. Kukreja added that he would put in efforts, with tax committee chairman Sandip Jadhav, to boost revenue from tax collection.






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                Kidney failures in Maharashtra village due to contaminated water?

                Shishir Arya and TO Abraham| TNN | Updated: Mar 12, 2018, 11:31 IST HIGHLIGHTS

                • The water from the village will be tested at the state govt lab in Pune for presence of heavy metals.
                • Many govt officials swooped down on the village after the death of 14 villagers due to kidney ailments.
                • Miffed over the row, Yavatmal guardian minister Madan Yerawar said kidney problems can also happen due to ageing and hypertension.




                ASOLA (YAVATMAL): The health department has finally acted upon and collected water samples from Asola village, where kidney failures are reported to be endemic.

                The water will be tested at the state government lab in Pune for presence of heavy metals like arsenic, lead, mercury or chromium, which can lead to kidney ailments. A blanket health check-up is also being planned at Asola as well as nearby villages.

                Many government officials swooped down on the village, days after the TOI first reported on March 9 the death of 14 villagers due to kidney ailments. Yavatmal guardian minister Madan Yerawar too reached on Sunday. A miffed Yerawar first summoned Ajay Rathore, a lab technician living in Asola, who first raised the alarm.

                Last week, Rathore had filed a complaint with the district collector that 14 people died due to kidney failure over the last five-six years at Asola. This had set the official machinery rolling.

                “So it’s you who said that people have died of kidney failure. Please tell the cause as well,” Yerawar said to Rathore. “Do you know kidney problems can happen due to ageing, hypertension and even diabetes? You claim the water is contaminated here. I know the entire area thoroughly, why are there no deaths in neighbouring villages,” asked the minister.

                Rathore says his suspicion was aroused when tests at his lab at Ner, 12km from Asola, showed high creatinine serum levels in six people in September. In February, one person died of kidney failure. “I began inquiring and found 20 others were patients at Yavatmal or Amravati hospitals for kidney ailments. On March 8, I held a blood test camp. Out of 172 persons tested, high creatinine was found in 61,” he said.

                Rathore then reported the matter to the district collector. The administration, however, is not convinced. “We don’t want things to be blown out of proportion. These may be due to normal deterioration of kidneys,” said Yerawar. Rathore’s list has a 20-year-old as well as some in their 40s.

                Rathore and other villagers are insisting water should be treated before it is supplied to the village. The government, on the other hand, wants to ascertain whether the kidney failures were due to water or other causes. Some other theories are also doing the rounds.
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                The villagers have told the minister that shopkeepers sell medicines without prescription to give relief from pain. The minister ordered sealing of all such shops immediately.

                Soon after Rathore’s complaint, even the Sawangi Meghe Hospital and Medical College had waded in. Villagers say 34 persons were taken to the hospital in neighbouring Wardha. No tests were done, but the cases were judged on symptomatic basis. Out of them five returned, for lack of space in the hospital. The health department also tested blood samples of 14 people identified by Rathore. The report says creatinine was only marginally high in one of them, said a medical official. The government medical team also countered Rathore’s report on the 172 persons tested by him. “Out of 61, only 12 have high creatinine levels, which means above 2,” said a government doctor. Other tests are needed to confirm that, the doctor said.

                The doctors said out of the 14 deaths, the cause is known only in the last case. There is no record for the others.







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                  350 houses, shops face demolition in Katol road widening project

                  TNN | Mar 12, 2018, 02:25 IST
                  Nagpur: Over 350 residential buildings and shops situated at Gittikhadan, Hazaripahad, Friends Colony, Vayusena Nagar, KT Nagar, Narmada Colony and Vrindavan Colony in West Nagpur are facing the threat of demolition due to widening and concreting of Katol Road.

                  BJP West Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh and Gittikhadan-Borgaon-Friends Colony Shopkeepers Association have decided to oppose the project proposed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

                  Deshmukh told TOI they will request union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari to direct the NHAI for only concreting the road instead of widening.

                  “Gadkari has organized meeting in this regard on March 17. NHAI has proposed to widen and concretize road from Vidyut Bhavan/MSEB Square up to Katol. The stretch from MSEB Square to Ring Road is in city limits. At present, the road’s width is 30-35m. NHAI proposed to widen it to 45m and will require 10-15m on both sides of the road. Over 350 houses and shops are situated in this area. NHAI should drop the widening plan,” he said.

                  Deshmukh said NHAI restricted itself to 30m in some stretch beyond New Katol check post that falls outside city limit but the proposed 45m is within the city limit. “Land on some stretch beyond New Katol check post belongs to Forest department and under Gorewada forest project. Therefore, NHAI is not going to widen that stretch. If forest is important, then why not residential buildings and shops,” he said.

                  Rajesh Lanjewar, treasure of Gittikhadan-Borgaon-Friends Colony Shopkeepers Association, in a press conference on Saturday, said over 350 families will become homeless and jobless due to the project. “The road was widened in 2003. Many had faced huge losses and have managed to establish themselves in these 15 years. Any project should be for welfare and development of the people and not for vanishing them,” he said.

                  Lanjewar added that the famous Hanuman temple, Old Satyanarayana temple and Buddha Vihar situated on the road will require to be razed for the project.

                  “Majority of the areas in West Nagpur are dependent on shops situated on this road. Public will also face serious inconvenience. We hope Gadkari and Deshmukh will save over 350 families from destruction,” he said.

                  Other office bearers of the association, including president Mahesh Khandelwal, secretary Suresh Girhe, vice-president Dilip Khorgade, were present during the press conference.









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                    NMC to start bicycle sharing project

                    Proshun Chakraborty| tnn | Updated: Mar 13, 2018, 08:34 IST
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                    NAGPUR: With a view to promote non-motorized transport, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is all set to start bicycle sharing project.

                    The NMC’s traffic department has submitted a proposal before the general body meeting, to held on March 20, for its nod to invite expression of interest for appointing an operator to run the project. The operator will be responsible for purchase of the bicycles and its maintenance. The bicycles will be used under self-start dockless cycle transport scheme.

                    As per the proposal, the operator will solely be liable for all the expenses, repairs and its usage. NMC can appoint more than one operator for the scheme. Operators will also be responsible for insuring the cycles. The safety and protection issues will handled by the city police, the proposal stated.

                    Another proposal has been submitted by the NMC’s public works department over National Highways Authority of India proposal to handover four patches for repair and maintenance after cement concretization of these patches including Zero Mile to Automotive Square, Zero Mile to Khapri ROB, Hotel Pride to Ajni Chowk and Kadbi Chowk to Automotive Chowk get completed.

                    After nod from the standing committee, malaria and filaria department has submitted the proposal to allow it to levy fine on the citizens if it finds stagnant water in the surroundings and mosquitoes breeding there. The proposal to impose between Rs100 and Rs500 fine will also be tabled before the general body. With a view to control larva breeding, the department has prepared a by-law to penalize repeat offenders.






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                      Water consumers to get 1% rebate if bills paid within 7 days

                      Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Updated: Mar 12, 2018, 12:27 IST
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                      NAGPUR: The state government has approved various amendments in Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) water by-laws. Consumers will now get rebate of 1% if they pay their bills within seven days. NMC is also now authorized to launch criminal prosecution against illegal water connections, if they are not regularized in six months.

                      NMC had approved amendments in water bylaws and submitted them to the government for approval over a year ago. The state’s urban development department has approved the amendments on February 15. Accordingly, municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgalhas implemented the amendments with effect from February 17.

                      NMC official from water works department told TOI consumers will begin to get rebate of 1% from water billing cycle of March 1 to May 31. “Consumers will be given minimum rebate of Rs10 in case rebate amount is below Rs10.”

                      There are provisions in the water bylaws to levy penalty of 2% per month for delay in paying water bills. Also, NMC had conducted a special drive to recover arrears and offered various incentives to defaulters. Considering these two steps, ruling party leader Sandip Joshi had in 2014 proposed providing a rebate to consumers who pay their bills regularly. Joshi was chairman of water works consultative committee at that time. Initially, the proposal was to provide rebate of 5-10% but this was lowered due to fear of high losses for the civic body if rebate was 2% or more.

                      To regularize illegal water connections, NMC has for the first time got powers to initiate criminal prosecution. There were around a lakh illegal water connections, of which less than 40,000 have been regularized despite giving benefits like no levy of regularization charges, no cost for new water meter and connection in last two years.

                      Joshi told TOI that NMC will now take action under new provisions if illegal water consumers still do not regularize their connections. “We have been requesting people to regularize their illegal water connections. A special regularization drive will be launched, and then action will be launched,” he said.

                      Also, NMC has got powers to levy penalty of Rs50-200 on water consumers for violations of Water Bylaws. In case violators repeat the violations a second time, provisions have been made for penalty on daily basis — Rs5-50 per day — from date of confirming the violation.

                      People residing in slums too have much to cheer as maximum water consumption criteria has been increased. Earlier, NMC used to charge Rs35 for consumption up to 10 units for non-concrete houses, and Rs60 for 12 units for concrete houses. The rates as per water tariff were levied if consumption was above 10-12 units. This level has been increased to 15 for non-concrete houses and 20 for concrete house. Also, regularization charges along with charges for new water meter and connection will not be levied to slum-dwellers till completion of 24X7 water supply scheme.







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