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    Many illegalities in construction of Empress Mall, Nagpur civic body admits in HC

    A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Upadhye on Wednesday, asked the civic body to reply on why it hadn’t recovered groundwater rent since last three years from the KSL Industries running the mallVaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | April 13, 2018, 15:00 IST

    NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) admitted before the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court that it had found many illegalities and discrepancies in the construction of Empress Mall, including that of fire safety and unauthorized construction.

    A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Upadhye on Wednesday, asked the civic body to reply on why it hadn’t recovered groundwater rent since last three years from the KSL Industries running the mall, after its water supply was disconnected in 2014 for failure to submit arrears in crores.

    The court was hearing a PIL by social workers Chandu Lade and Rakesh Naidu alleging that the Empress Mall promoters had failed to comply with norms of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Central Ground Water Board, Bombay Shop and Establishment Act, labour Act, and Provident Fund rules. They accused the NMC of failure to act on its own notice to the mall owners of vacating all its establishments, as it was unsafe with regards to fire safety. They prayed for declaring the Empress Mall, as illegal and its demolition as per the law. They pointed out that the promoters failed to pay pending water bills of Rs28 crore, property tax of Rs14 crore, and entertainment tax.

    Earlier, the affidavit by NMC additional deputy commissioner Rajesh Mohite through counsel Jemini Kasat informed that they had conducted an inspection of entire structure on January 28 and noticed many discrepancies regarding the maintenance of fire safety installations and other contraventions. Accordingly, the notices were issued to KSL Industries under Section 6 of the ‘Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006’, on February 1. In reply, the respondents informed that they had partially complied with some discrepancies.

    Another joint inspection of the property was undertaken by Fire Department and the Building Engineer of Dhantoli Zone from February 28 and March 3, where structural deviations, unauthorized construction and inadequacies of fire safety measures were found. Accordingly, a notice was served to KSL Industries on why its license should not be cancelled/suspended.

    Later, the corporation removed a portion of unauthorized construction after serving a notice to the respondents under Sections 53 and 54 of the MRTP Act.

    Prior to this, the promoter had submitted a revised building plan in 2016 which was rejected by the NMC. It was then challenged before the state government, which then allowed the KSL Industries to resubmit corrected plan in January last year. Both these actions were challenged before the HC, which then restrained the NMC from demolishing any part of the Empress Mall, till further orders.

    Kasat informed that the KSL’s revised plan was not as per the DCR and was rejected. Thereafter, NMC reinspected the mall on March 5 and again found unauthorized and illegal construction. Accordingly, a fresh notice was issued to them under the MRTP Act while granting them time of five weeks to reply.

    TOI regularly highlighted illegal constructions carried out by the developers and how NMC was reluctant to take action even after former assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Mahadev Gawde exposed the irregularities.

    (With inputs from Subodh Wasnik)

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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.

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        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.

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          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.

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            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.

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              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.

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                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.

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                  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.


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                    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.


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                      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.

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