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    NMC to conduct fresh survey for Old Bhandara Road widening

    Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | May 18, 2018, 03:17 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation is set to conduct fresh survey of properties to be affected due to widening of 3.28km stretch of Old Bhandara Road from Mayo Hospital to Sunil Hotel T-point. The city survey department will carry out measurement of the properties on the stretch.

    The much-delayed project has been revived following assurance from Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari to fund the road widening cost.

    A senior official from city survey division number 1 told TOI that the civic body will pay Rs29.46 lakh to the city survey department for the job. The city survey officials would measure area of every property to be affected due to the work.

    “The land plan schedule will include identification of road width, survey number and survey plot number of commercial and residential properties along the road,” the official said, adding that as per city survey records, the road stretch passes through 5 to 6 city survey sheets.

    After this, the extent of area that needs to be acquired and property analysis will be done and meetings with property owners will be held, said a senior official from NMC’s development plan road department.

    Old Bhandara Road connects Central Nagpur to other areas within the city and provides a gateway to the Ring Road. Currently, the road width is 20 feet which is not enough for a hassle-free traffic movement. At some places, encroachments have reduced the road width to just 4 metres while at other places the width is 14-15 metres.

    On July 17, 2017, the high court had ordered the NMC to widen the road within three months. The NMC conducted a survey and also initiated land acquisition process to widen the road to 60 feet.

    In the land identification process, it was found that around 444 houses will be affected due to road widening. A suggestion was made to provide transfer of development rights (TDR) and extra floor space index (FSI) to the affected property owners but no decision was taken on the same. “Because of the civic body’s laid-back attitude, the HC order was never executed,” the NMC officer said.

    As the city survey department is authorized to conduct measurements of properties, the civic body has approached the department, the officer said.

    “In the final stage, the NMC will acquire the land needed for road widening by offering TDR, FSI or monetary compensation to the affected property owners,” he said. To a query, the officer admitted this will increase the project’s cost to over Rs1,000 crore.








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      150 industrial units shut down in MIDC last yr: RTI

      Vaibhav Ganjapure| TNN | May 18, 2018, 03:18 IST
      Nagpur: Even as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and union minister Nitin Gadkari are making efforts to promote the city as an investment destination and are wooing the investors, the existing industries are in dire straits and are facing closure.

      An RTI query disclosed that about 147 industries in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) closed down between January 1 last year and March 31 this year. “The global slowdown coupled with demonetisation had already broken their back while GST implementation was the last nail in their coffin,” said MIDC Industries Association (MIA) President Chandra Mohan Randheer.

      The reply given by MIDC officials to RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar’s queries mentioned that about 1,370 units are under its jurisdiction, of which 1,152 are running. The office at Civil Lines had issued notices to 40 units that were shut down while cases are underway against two of them. They, however, failed to inform about proposals for opening new units in the MIDC stating that those were allotted lands based on tendering process.

      The officials further informed that the corporation earned a revenue of Rs5.73 crore from the units in period of one year and three months. Currently, an area of 745.83 hectares is under its jurisdiction. It has been divided into 1,673 plots, of which 44 are vacant and open for new industries. It provides roads, water, power and other facilities to the industrial units.

      “Due to closure of such big number of industries, not only the government’s revenue has been affected, but it also led to loss of employment of hundreds of industries. Even the ancillary units are dependent on these industries suffers adversely,” Randheer lamented.

      He added that the majority of industries in MIDC came under small-scale category and sudden changes like demonetisation and GST severely impacted them. “About 60,000 workers work in over thousand units here. It’s high time the government needs to take proactive steps to prevent other units from closing their shutters,” he said.

      (With inputs from Subodh Wasnik)







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        Neeri to help treat biomedical waste at GMCH, SSH

        Snehlata Shrivastav| tnn | May 18, 2018, 05:42 IST
        Nagpur: The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), and Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) will soon be setting up Effluent Treatment Plants (ETP) and Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) to minimize pollution caused due to bio-medical waste.

        The two projects will be implemented with help from the National Environment Engineering Research Institute (Neeri). The ETP plant will deal with all the blood and liquid waste that is generated from the eight operation theatres in GMCH and four in SSH.

        “Neeri is an expert in ETP development, and hence GMCH is taking help from the institute in setting up the ETP at both hospitals. All the liquid waste generated from the hospitals will also be released in the drains only after treating it as per Neeri guidelines. Neeri would be spending Rs5 lakh on the project,” said Dr Abhimanyu Niswade, the GMCH dean.

        State minister for medical education Ravindra Chavan had visited GMCH as well as Indira Government Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) to assess the disposal of biomedical waste in the two college hospitals on the directives of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has been keenly following the issue. Hence, GMCH administration has taken up the job of pollution management very seriously.

        There is a system for biomedical waste disposal, like body parts and tissues removed during surgery. But there is no system to deal with liquid waste, which generates a lot of microbial activity in sewage and causes smell all around. The ETP plant will help manage bacterial activity and prevent the foul odour.








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          Cong factions want NMC to solve water problems

          tnn | May 18, 2018, 05:44 IST
          Nagpur: Factional feud within the city Congress came to fore on Thursday when the two groups — one led by former mayor Vikas Thakre and the other by leader of opposition in NMC Tanaji Wanve — reached the NMC headquarters to raise civic complaints.

          Thakre stormed the office of municipal commissioner Virendra Singh over poor water supply, while Wanve led the party workers to meet deputy mayor Deepraj Pardikar.

          Shouting slogans, the party demanded NMC to sort out irregular and contaminated water supply issues, complete assessment of property tax, installation of LED lights, replacement of old and defective wires as well as poles with new ones, speedy completion of cement roads etc.

          Thakre said, “There are a few companies and organizations who are eating up the public’s wealth thereby indulging in corrupt practices, which is why there should be an enquiry into their affairs. The citizens need to be saved from this menace.”

          He said that NMC has allotted huge amounts of money to underserving companies for various projects. “OCW, which supplies water to the entire city, had promised uninterrupted supply and a water tanker-free city. None of these is being taken care of and instead, we witness water shortage and deployment of an increased number of tankers,” Thakre said.

          “Kanak Resources, the company that lifts door-to-door garbage in the city also consumes loads of money from citizens’ pockets. They many times weigh sand instead of garbage,” he said.

          “Cybertech Company too loots taxpayers in the name of working for property survey. Kanak and Cybertech have been wrongly allotted Rs 2,525 crore and Rs 55 crore respectively,” he said. Thakre appealed to the NMC to take charge of these jobs and bring everything under control.

          The committee has submitted a memorandum of their demands to Singh and he assured to look into them. “The commissioner said that he is new in the office and has asked for a month to understand the scenario and put forth solutions. Therefore, we have decided to return after a month,” said Thakre.

          The Wanve-led 15-corporator delegation met Pardikar and raised the water crisis across the city. No senior corporators were seen in his camp, while Thakre’s demonstration was joined by senior corporators Sandip Sahare, Manoj Sangole and Vishal Muttemwar.

          The party said it will take to streets if its demands are not fulfilled soon.








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            NMC terminates LED street lights contract

            tnn | May 19, 2018, 05:42 IST
            Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) standing committee on Friday terminated work order issued to JK Solutions Inc for replacing sodium vapour street lights with LED street lights.

            As per a compromise formula, neither the civic body nor the private company will go for legal battle and claim liquidated damages and compensation. Standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja and his members approved the termination proposal submitted by the electric department. The civic body will have to pay Rs 10.15 crore to the company for its services.

            As per NMC’s data, the private company was supposed to replace 26,712 street lights with LED street lights, strengthen infrastructure followed by operation and maintenance within 18 months from work order dated May 17, 2014. The company replaced only 565 street lights and executed some strengthening works. The NMC and the company blamed each other for project’s failure and claimed damages. NMC had engaged eight private companies in January 2016 to continue the work and it’s going on since then.

            The standing committee also approved the proposal to construct compound wall at Bhandewadi dumping yard at the cost of Rs 44.22 lakh. Proposal to continue ‘Janashree’ insurance and scholarship to NMC students was returned to the education department for revision.

            The committee has finalized nominal rate of Rs 300 and an advance of Rs 2,000 for renting dead body cold box. Former mayor Pravin Datke had sponsored two boxes from his corporator fund.










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              After 10 years of matches, VCA applies for Jamtha OC

              Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | May 19, 2018, 03:47 IST

              Nagpur: The Vidarbha Cricket Association’s (VCA) Jamtha cricket stadium has been in use for national and international matches, along with a club house for recreational or commercial purpose, for last 10 years. It is only now that the VCA has sought an occupancy certificate, which is mandatory before bringing into use any construction.

              VCA submitted the application seeking occupancy certificate to Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) on March 20. NMRDA is yet to take any decision on the application.

              NMRDA sources told TOI the VCA application will be kept pending for some queries. “A letter seeking replies to queries, and some more documents, will be sent to VCA soon,” sources said.

              TOI spoke to officials of NMRDA, and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), and two famous architects, all of whom said occupancy certificate is mandatory for bringing any structure into use, as per the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act.

              Activists TH Naidu and Prashant Pawar, also president of Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, have raised a question on lack of action by NMRDA and police department against VCA for years. “VCA itself has now proved that the stadium lacks occupancy certificate. We have been complaining about this for last two years. NMRDA initiated action against some residential structures, but kept mum whenever we raised issue of Jamtha stadium. Collector office and police department have even given permission to host matches for last 10 years,” they said.

              VCA’s application says occupancy and completion certificate were sought by way of abundant precaution, to avoid further inconvenience during international matches. “In the recent past, and more particularly during international matches, the issue regarding occupancy and completion certificate crops up every time,” VCA said.

              VCA, in the letter undersigned by CEO Farooq Dastur, also said they ‘did not require occupancy certificate’. “Construction of the stadium was undertaken and completed in 2008. Plans for construction were dully approved by the town planning department on July 7, 2007, and further sanctioned by the collector. All necessary clearances were also obtained. As per the collector’s non-agriculture (NA) order dated October 6, 2005, the premises was to be used for the purpose for which sanction was granted i.e. cricket stadium and club house. As per our understanding, and even in view of the communication dated October 6, 2005, addressed by the collector, there was no need of obtaining a completion certificate as the premises were to be used as per the sanctioned plans and for the purpose for which the sanction was granted. The only condition was that after completion of the construction, intimation of the same was to be given to the Gram Panchayat, which was duly given,” VCA said.

              Earlier, the stadium had no fire prevention and safety systems. TOI had exposed the brazen violation in October 2013, following which VCA installed the system and also obtained permissions from Maharashtra Fire Services on October 10, 2015.

              Quoting RTI information, TOI had on January 6, 2016, highlighted the fact that the stadium’s building plan was not sanctioned by collector, and just recommended for sanction by the state’s town planning department. Activists, including advocate Ankita Shah and Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, had time and again alleged that the stadium lacked occupancy certificate, environment clearance, and MPCB consent to operate.

              DCP (crime branch) and Hingna police had directed VCA to ensure various types of clearances, including occupancy certificate, before hosting matches last year.










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                NIT rider for letting Metro use Krazy Castle land

                Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | May 19, 2018, 03:04 IST
                Nagpur: Though it is likely to get possession of entire Krazy Castle land on June 1, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) will require change in land reservation from existing ‘park’ to ‘commercial’ for beginning construction of amusement park-cum-food plaza.

                The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has asked the MahaMetro to consult the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for user change, which is a lengthy process and is likely to take months.

                The NIT in its letter dated May 4 also informed the MahaMetro that the cost of the land will increase to Rs85.92 crore if user changed to commercial. “The 6.47 acres land is reserved for a park in city’s development plan (DP). MahaMetro will have to pay Rs57.28 crore or adjust NIT’s share if land cost is calculated under park category. Ready reckoner value of commercial land is more than that of park,” the NIT said.

                Besides NIT, the MahaMetro will also have to pay to Haldiram Foods International Ltd which holds the land’s lease till 2021.

                The MahaMetro has planned to demolish Krazy Castle and construct Metro rail corridor, station, parking along with amusement park, food plaza and other types of commercial ventures. Commercial activities and creating third party interest on the property are not permissible in case reservation is for park.

                For change in reservation, the NMC will have to give MahaMetro NOC that it will not require the land. The NMC general body will have to give its consent, followed by inviting suggestions and objections on its plan and later hold a hearing. Proposal will be submitted to the state government for change in reservation in the city’s DP. Also, the NMC will have to adjust the reservation of park at another place.

                This also raises a question on NIT’s permission to Haldiram Foods for renting out some portion of Krazy Castle for marriage and other types of private functions.

                It is also learnt that the NIT is upset as the MahaMetro refused to pay 2% ground rent annually for the land.

                Also, the NIT has demanded the MahaMetro to pay premium of Rs1.93 crore that was supposed to come from Haldiram Foods till 2021. The MahaMetro has also reportedly rejected this demand.










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                  PWD illegally letting out Deshpande Hall parking slot

                  Ashish Roy| TNN | May 19, 2018, 03:34 IST


                  Nagpur: Government agencies are expected to observe rules framed by other state departments. However, this is not the case with division No. 1 of the state’s public works department (PWD).

                  The officials are brazenly violating rules of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) by letting out parking slot of Vasantrao Deshpande Hall in Civil Lines for holding exhibitions.

                  When this fact was pointed out to Mahesh Morone, assistant commissioner of NMC’s Dharampeth zone, he said he would issue a notice to PWD officials.

                  As per NMC rules, a land or building can be used only for the purpose mentioned in the building plan and city development plan. If a building in a residential area is used for commercial purpose then it is illegal. In this case, the PWD is using the land meant for parking for commercial purpose.

                  This is not only violation of law but creates traffic congestion on the road in front of Deshpande Hall. Many times functions are held in the auditorium when an exhibition is going on in the parking lot. As a result, people don’t get space to park their vehicles inside the hall premises and park them on the road.

                  JH Bhanuse, executive engineer of division No. 1, who permits these exhibitions, sees nothing wrong in letting out the parking area. “The hall is not used for days together. We are only increasing government’s revenue. The money goes to the department’s account,” he said.

                  According to Bhanuse, traffic congestion is created when exhibitions are held in the adjoining South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC). “The centre does not have parking space for vehicles. Many times over 2,000 people visit the exhibitions in a day. They park their vehicles in Deshpande Hall and MLA Hostel and when there is no space left, the visitors park them on the road. We do not let out the entire parking area but only a part of it. People who visit the exhibitions park their vehicles in the vacant space,” he said.

                  PWD’s division No. 1 has been in the news mostly for wrong reasons. In the past, TOI has highlighted how crores were wasted on preparations for winter session of the state legislature. Earlier, 24 engineers were suspended for poor quality renovation work.









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                    40 trucks, JCBs caught excavating sand illegally at Babhulgaon

                    TNN | May 19, 2018, 03:02 IST
                    Yavatmal: In the wee hours of Thursday, the Sub Divisional Officer of Pusad and his team launched a surprise raid at two sand dunes in Babhulgaon tehsil of Yavatmal district, on the directions of the collector, and seized vehicles and sand worth crores.

                    Yavatmal collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh has ordered raids on sand dunes across the district. He specifically deputed Pusad SDO Nitinkumar Hingole to conduct a raid in Babhulgaon tehsil, despite the areas coming under the jurisdiction of SDO Yavatmal Swapnil Tangade and the Babhulgaon tehsildar.

                    The Pusad team raided two sand dunes, namely, Watkhed — I and Watkhed — II and they were taken aback to notice a large quantity of sand was being smuggled out from the dunes illegally by the mafia. The team seized 42 vehicles, which includes 3 tracer boats, one JCB and 38 trucks, along with 100 cubic metres sand from Watkhed — I. The contactor of the sand dune here is one Mahendra Wamanrao Tarhekar of Amravati.

                    The cops have also seized six vehicles; 4 tracer boats, one poclain machine, and one tractor, and 150 cubic metres sand from Watkhed-II. The sand dune contractor is one Gajanan Kashinath Khode of Amravati.

                    According to Nitin Hingole, six trucks and one tractor managed to flee from the site, and the remaining vehicles have been seized by the Babhulgaon tehsildar.

                    SP M Rajkumar has confirmed the action by the SDO and said that Babhulgaon police have registered two separate criminal offences under various sections of IPC, Environment Protection Act and Maharashtra Land Revenue Code against the sand mafia after receiving a complaint from the tehsildar of Babhulgaon on Friday.










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                      A dump yard sans boundaries

                      Manka Behl| tnn | Updated: May 18, 2018, 13:39 IST


                      Bhandewadi presents a small picture of the extensive problem in the country where almost 91% of the collected waste is dumped in open lands (as per some literatures). Over the years, the garbage started pouring out of the scientific landfill and slowly neighboured closer to those who generated it.

                      The biggest breach, that saw the beginning of all the problems at Bhandewadi, was unscientific dumping of city’s municipal solid waste. Recalls an official from the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), “Earlier, all the waste would be dumped inside the scientific landfill. The mess began when a massive fire destroyed the plastic and recycling unit and a part of the segregation unit of private agency M/s Hanjer Biotech Energies.”

                      The fire took place on February 14, 2012. After some months, the plant resumed its operation and started treating 200 out of the 900 metric tonne of waste that would be generated daily at that time. “In absence of a proper treatment, the trash started piling up,” adds the official.

                      When every inch of the “around 50-55 acre” land having the scientific landfill got covered in heaps of waste, the civic body conveniently shifted dumping to a nearby land. “Earlier, only construction and debris waste would be stored at this 50-acre land. NMC’s slaughterhouse was also operating at the same place,” says an official.

                      Today, the land is drowning in unsegregated garbage which is frequently on fire. It is not known whether NMC obtained authorization from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to dump garbage here. However, as per the environment ministry’s norms, open dumping is illegal. The Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, clearly state that the municipal solid waste should only go to a scientific landfill.

                      Due to the under-performance of plant and over-burdening of landfill site, the waste started spreading out haphazardly. “This was the crux of the problem. A large part of the waste, which was not being treated, was dumped in the surrounding areas. With this, the buffer zone which should be mandatorily maintained around the site, started reducing in area. At present, there is zero buffer zone at some places while at others, houses are 50, 100 or some more meters away from the garbage heaps,” says Kaustav Chatterjee, founder of NGO Green Vigil.

                      According to residents, the problem of air pollution and contamination of groundwater increased as the garbage edged closer to their houses. “There have been incidences when burning polythene bags have flown into our houses,” they say.

                      The problems would have never happened if NMC had implemented segregation at source says Right to Information (RTI) activist Ankita Shah. Documents available with her reveal that MPCB had many-a-time pulled up NMC for unscientific waste dumping.

                      “The board officials visited the site and found that huge quantity of waste is dumped on open land in unscientific and unhygienic manner,” states a prosecution notice which was issued by the board to mayor and NMC commissioner on September 6, 2014.

                      On January 13, 2017, MPCB chairman Satish Gavai issued directions to municipal commissioner. “The National Green Tribunal has directed all authorities to take note of the fact that rules recognize only a landfill site and not dumping site,” the letter stated.









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