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    NMRDA puts on notice 1,328 unauthorized buildings in Metro Region

    Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | May 12, 2018, 02:00 IST


    Nagpur: The Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) has declared 1,328 buildings in Metro Region as unauthorized. This number is likely to go up manifold as the drive to identify such structures is yet to cover many parts of the Metro Region.

    NMRDA has received around 2,000 applications for regularization of buildings and plots following launch of a special scheme by the state government to regularize unauthorized structures and plots. These applications are said to be apart from the 1,328 structures that were declared unauthorized. Majority of the structures are close to the city. All these hint at rampant unauthorized constructions around the city, ignored for years by the district administration, which was the authority before NMRDA was set up.

    The NMRDA’s list of 1,328 unauthorized constructions includes 115 industrial structures, 75 educational institutions, 65 multi-storey commercial complexes, 52 restaurants, and 884 residential buildings. All have been issued notice under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act in last five months. These buildings do not have sanctioned building plans or NOC, nor have they complied with norms of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) fire and emergency services department.

    Through the notice, NMRDA has directed owners of the structures to get regularized or demolish the unauthorized constructions within one month. Many of the owners have not even replied to the notices.

    Taking serious cognisance, NMRDA has sent a letter to the fire department asking it to initiate action against 22 educational institutions and 19 godowns under phase-I.

    NMRDA officials told TOI the unauthorized constructions have the best chance to get regularized under the government’s current scheme. “The government had launched the scheme in October last year, where various types of relaxations have been given to unauthorized constructions. NMRDA has extended the deadline to avail the scheme till October 4. Normal rules will be applicable once the scheme lapses,” he said.

    The official added residential buildings outside gaothan limits of 719 villages will be penalized after action against big structures, especially industrial and commercial. “Structures that came up in no development zone and reservation lands will not be regularized.”

    However, the NMRDA’s action against unauthorized constructions even before commencing development works in Metro Region is likely to invite criticism.

    Convener of Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, Prashant Pawar, said NMRDA had planned to implement Metro Region development plan on the basis of money recovered from common man, especially villagers. “NMRDA’s responsibility was to develop infrastructure in Metro Region. Not a single work has been started in Metro Region, but NMRDA did not waste any time in initiating action against the public. Now, citizens will be forced to run pillar to post and pay hefty fines to save their structures. The same happened in Gunthewari Layouts in the city, where Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) did not execute development works but forced people to pay to save their houses,” he said.








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      Kelibagh Rd shopkeepers want money, not TDR

      Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | May 13, 2018, 03:17 IST
      GANDHIBAGH ZONE OFFICE OF NMC ON KELIBAGH ROAD MAHAL

      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.









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        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)











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          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.









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            Metro phase II DPR delayed by 2 months

            Ashish Roy| TNN | May 14, 2018, 03:51 IST
            WAIT CONTINUES

            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.








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              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.








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                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.










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                  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.









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                    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.








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                      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.









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