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  • MIDC land scam: HC blasts police commissioner, Maharashtra govt for not replying to its notices HC’s observations came while hearing a PIL (No 123/2017) by two social workers — Pankaj Thakre and Shivaji Barewar — through counsel Shreerang Bhandarkar, alleging misuse of power by DardaVaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Updated: June 25, 2018, 07:34 IST

    NAGPUR: Expressing deep anguish over failure of respondents, including State Department of Industries secretary, MIDC officials and city police commissioner to reply to its notices even after six months, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court granted them last chance to complete formalities in three weeks. The bench also pulled up Lokmat Newspapers Pvt Ltd (LNPL) and its chairman Vijay Jawaharlal Darda for not showing promptness in filing a reply to its notices.

    “At least at this juncture, we find ourselves at a loss as to why in PIL of this nature the respondents — Nos. 1 (Secretary), 2 (MIDC CEO), 3 (MIDC area manager in city) and 10 (CP of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) -- have avoided to file their replies though a period of more than six months has expired,” a division bench comprising Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Zaka Haq said.

    “Similarly, respondent Nos. 4 (Lokmat) and 5 (Darda) against whom allegations are made have also not shown promptness to file reply. The respondent No. 9 (Butibori Gram Panchayat Sarpanch), though served with notice has chosen not to appear,” the bench stated.

    HC’s observations came while hearing a PIL (No 123/2017) by two social workers — Pankaj Thakre and Shivaji Barewar — through counsel Shreerang Bhandarkar, alleging misuse of power by Darda for acquiring a big land at MIDC Butibori for setting up industry but diverting it for other purposes. They claimed respondents illegally diverted 40,000 square metres commercial land for other purposes and thus caused huge losses to the exchequer due to inaction by authorities.

    The judges also agreed with Bhandarkar’s contention that the respondents, including Media World Enterprises partners — Rachna Darda and Sheetal Jain, Jain Saheli Mandal president Assu Rajendra Darda, and Niyojit Lokmat Karmachari Gruh Nirman Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit at Turakmani in Butibori— were avoiding service of HC notice.

    “The petitioner to complete service through e-mail/Hamdast to Media World, Jain Mandal and Lokmat Karmachari Sanstha and they should also file their reply without fail. If the reply is not received, the court may proceed further in default thereof,” the judges warned before adjourning the hearing till July 11.

    The petitioners having homes in Butibori, cited information obtained under RTI Act to press their claims made against Darda and his family members. The former MP received Plot No. B-192 at Butibori MIDC industrial estate on February 26, 2001, in LNPL’s name for newspaper printing. However, he transferred it in name of Lokmat Media Limited on October 12, 2011.

    According to them, since newspaper printing press is an “industrial” process”, no plot from commercial zone could be allotted for it. However, on Darda’s insistence, MIDC allotted plot from commercial zone and at commercial rates suffering a financial loss.

    Thereafter, Darda allegedly used his influence to allocate another plot, No. B-208 of 1800 square metres, in name of Veena Infosys on March 28, 2001. One more plot (No. B-207) was purchased by him. The Lokmat group then applied for amalgamating three plots together for setting up newspaper press.








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  • Delay in land acquisition hits Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway Sharad Vyas
    MUMBAI, JUNE 25, 2018 00:00 IST
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  • Day 3 of Maha plastic ban: 28 traders fined Rs 1.53L, 450kg products seized tnn | Jun 26, 2018, 03:56 IST

    Nagpur: On Day 3 of the drive against plastic ban on Monday, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) penalized 28 traders and recovered a fine of Rs1.53 lakh from them. The civic body also seized 450.125kg plastic and other banned products.

    “The drive saw no protest. Many shopkeepers, however, downed their shutters after spotting the squad,” said Dr Pradip Dasarwar, NMC’s health officer (sanitation).

    The special force comprising NMC health officials and nuisance detection squad succeeded in imposing fine of Rs5,000 each against two traders in Laxmi Nagar zone.

    The squad in Dharampeth zone seized 70kg banned products from three traders and imposed a fine of Rs11,000. In Lakadganj zone, the squad seized over 78kg plastic products and collected Rs15,000 fine. Similarly, in Gandhibagh zone, Rs10,000 fine was recovered from three traders after seizing 47.5kg plastic products.

    The Mangalwari zone witnessed a rare incident after a vigilant citizen from Bezonbagh T A Ramteke walked and deposited two bags full of plastic carry bags.

    Municipal commissioner Virendra Singh said the civic body has set up collection centres in all 10 zones. Besides, the civic body will soon release zone-level helpline numbers for the citizens, he said.

    Many traders were fined while they were visiting zonal offices to submit banned products. To this, the civic chief said if any citizens or traders call these centres that they will be coming to deposit banned products, no action will be initiated against them.

    He, however, clarified that the garbage collectors will not lift bulk plastics while collecting door-to-door garbage as it will go directly to the Bhandewadi dumping yard and it will defeat the purpose of banning plastic products.

    He appealed to citizens to stop using plastic bags and other banned products. “If they cooperate, the NMC not need to take any action,” he said.













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  • Behave or face action, civic chief tells citizens Anjaya Anparthi| tnn | Jun 26, 2018, 03:52 IST

    Nagpur: Municipal commissioner Virendra Singh on Monday urged citizens to behave responsibly and take responsibility of the city, or face stringent action.

    At a press conference, he urged encroachers to demolish all illegal constructions before the civic body’s action. “In my 50 days here, I found seven problems. All of them can be resolved if citizens realize their responsibilities. This will save Nagpur Municipal Corporation effort, prevent action against citizens, and make the city clean and smart. FIRs will be initiated against repeat offenders,” he said.

    Encroachments on footpaths would be his first target. “We want citizens to get footpaths to walk without any hindrance. Shopkeepers should immediately remove all encroachments,” he said. Singh also gave commercial encroachments time till July 31 before Nagpur Municipal Corporation begins demolishing them.

    Singh also said residential encroachments would be demolished after November 30, as action cannot be taken in monsoon, up to October 30. He also put on notice encroachments in visitors’ parking areas in residential and commercial buildings, with action to begin immediately.

    Singh also requested government departments to take care of encroachments in and around their premises. The civic chief is also taking aim at unauthorized advertisements and defacement of properties. “Indore, ranked first under Swachh Survekshan for two consecutive years, does not have such advertisements on walls,” he said.

    He also asked citizens to avoid dumping garbage in open spaces and open plots. “We all are cleaning Futala lake every morning for last two months. But roads and open spaces near the lake have garbage lying around by evening. Give household waste to NMC workers and, if outside, throw waste in bins,” he said.

    Singh also promised that NMC’s level of services will be improved. “We will begin correcting footpaths, increase number of waste bins, extend anti-encroachment to evenings etc. Only 2% citizens have downloaded Swachhata App.









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  • HC refuses to stay Durga temple demolition Vaibhav Ganjapure| TNN | Jun 26, 2018, 03:06 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Monday refused to stay demolition of a Durga Devi temple adjacent to RBI quarters on Amravati Road by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

    A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Zaka Haq, however, asked NMC counsel Sudhir Puranik to file a detailed reply on petitioner’s contention that the temple was inadvertently included in the list of illegal structures.

    The Durga Mata Trust had rushed to the HC through counsel MK Kulkarni after civic body’s anti-encroachment squad started razing the temple. Kulkarni claimed that the trust was a registered body and dignitaries like Dr Shrikant Jichkar, former mayor Himmatrao Saraikar, former HC judges and others were regular visitors to the temple.

    Stressing that the temple was not an encroachment, he added that it was built seven decades ago when the entire area was an agriculture land. After road widening, the temple came in the midst of the road, he said.

    Kulkarni added that after receiving NMC’s notice, the trust had applied for grant of alternate land to shift the temple. “The civic officials told the trust to contact divisional commissioner, who in turn directed the collector to explore land adjacent to Dadadham near Ambazari police station. But no decision has been taken on the proposal so far,” Kulkarni said.

    The NMC’s demolition drive against illegal religious structures started only after the civic body was slammed by the HC for failure to do so for years, despite repeated directives. The HC summoned top civic officials and warned them of contempt notice if they failed to remove the structures which were mushrooming all over the city.









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  • AMRUT water project cost up by 47cr even before execution Anjaya Anparthi| tnn | Jun 26, 2018, 17:55 IST

    Nagpur: In a major loss of public money, the project cost of water supply project sanctioned for unauthorized layouts under the central government’s Atal Mission For Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) has increased by Rs47.09 crore even before execution. Inordinate delay in execution of the project by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has led to the cost escalation.

    The state’s urban development department on Monday issued a notification approving the project’s revised cost of Rs273.78 crore. On October 29, 2016, the government had approved the project at the cost of Rs226.69 crore.

    As per the notification, the project’s cost was finalized as per common schedule of rates (CSR) of 2015-16. Twenty months have passed since the initial approval and CSR has increased to a great extent during this period. The government revised the cost as per CSR of current fiscal 2018-19.

    NMC official told TOI project has been delayed due to low response to the first tendering process followed by very high bidding the second time. “Later, confusion prevailed whether the NMC or the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) will execute the project. Guardian minister Chandrashekar Bawankule was stressing execution of the project by MJP,” he said.

    NMC official added the project can be executed now after cost revision.

    As per revised cost, NMC’s share will be Rs136.98 crore (50%), central government Rs91.25 crore (33.33%) and state government Rs45.64 crore (16.67%).

    Under the project, water pipeline network of 58.71km will be laid in unauthorized layouts on city’s outskirts. Elevated water reservoirs (overhead water tanks) with storage capacity of 10-27.5 lakh litres will be constructed at 42 locations and ground level service reservoir at one location. Internal water distribution network of 377.84km will also be laid.

    Currently, households in unauthorized layouts are supplied water through tankers while some areas are dependent on bore-wells. The civic body is aiming to make city water tanker free on completion of the project.

    Mhada gets Sutgirni’s 20.20 acre land

    The state government has decided to allot 20.20 acres land of Umrer road-based Sutgirni to Mhada at ready reckoner value. The state’s cooperative, marketing and textile department issued a notification on Monday approving transfer of land to Mhada.

    As per the notification, the Sutgirni was abandoned in 2013. Nagpur Winkar Sahakari Sutgirni Maryadit came into existence in June 1962. The society was allotted land for the textile mill. The society went into liquidation in June 1996. The period of liquidation was terminated in May 2011. The society was de-registered in June 2013. Since then, the land and assets of the society were under the monitoring of regional deputy director of textile department.

    Though not confirmed, Mhada is likely to develop commercial and residential buildings on the land.






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  • Day 3 of Maha plastic ban: 28 traders fined Rs 1.53L, 450kg products seized TNN | Updated: Jun 26, 2018, 14:40 IST Representative image

    NAGPUR: On Day 3 of the drive against plastic ban on Monday, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) penalized 28 traders and recovered a fine of Rs1.53 lakh from them. The civic body also seized 450.125kg plastic and other banned products.

    “The drive saw no protest. Many shopkeepers, however, downed their shutters after spotting the squad,” said Dr Pradip Dasarwar, NMC’s health officer (sanitation).

    The special force comprising NMC health officials and nuisance detection squad succeeded in imposing fine of Rs5,000 each against two traders in Laxmi Nagar zone.

    The squad in Dharampeth zone seized 70kg banned products from three traders and imposed a fine of Rs11,000. In Lakadganj zone, the squad seized over 78kg plastic products and collected Rs15,000 fine. Similarly, in Gandhibagh zone, Rs10,000 fine was recovered from three traders after seizing 47.5kg plastic products.

    The Mangalwari zone witnessed a rare incident after a vigilant citizen from Bezonbagh T A Ramteke walked and deposited two bags full of plastic carry bags.

    Municipal commissioner Virendra Singh said the civic body has set up collection centres in all 10 zones. Besides, the civic body will soon release zone-level helpline numbers for the citizens, he said.

    Many traders were fined while they were visiting zonal offices to submit banned products. To this, the civic chief said if any citizens or traders call these centres that they will be coming to deposit banned products, no action will be initiated against them.

    He, however, clarified that the garbage collectors will not lift bulk plastics while collecting door-to-door garbage as it will go directly to the Bhandewadi dumping yard and it will defeat the purpose of banning plastic products.

    He appealed to citizens to stop using plastic bags and other banned products. “If they cooperate, the NMC not need to take any action,” he said.







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  • NMC preps up for next Swachh Survekshan rankings

    Anjaya Anparthi| tnn | Jun 27, 2018, 00:29 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started preparations for next year’s Swachh Survekshan rankings from Tuesday. Target has been finalized to top the rankings.

    In the rankings announced two days ago, the city had stood at 55 of total 100 cities with population of over 1 lakh.

    Municipal commissioner Virendra Singh held meeting with the officials of the NMC and Swachh Ambassadors. Additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare, deputy municipal commissioner Jayant Dandegaonkar and other officials were present.

    Dandegaonkar informed all about deadlines of various parameters and aspects of the next year’s rankings. He said last date for downloading Swachhata App was June 30.

    Singh urged the Swachh Ambassadors and officials to encourage the citizens to download and start using the App.

    Swachh Ambassadors— Dr Chandrashekar Meshram, RJ Nikita and Kaustubh Chateerjee suggested few measures for scoring well in the rankings. NMC officials suggested sweeping and lifting of garbage from market places even during nights, installation of sensors in all garbage bins, levy of cess on those generating garbage in bulk quantity etc.

    Review of works under Swachh Bharat Mission will be taken once in every 15 days. Also, a meeting with the NMC officials and Swachh Ambassadors will be hold once in every month.










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  • Ambiguity prevails even as retailers ask for substitutes for repackaging Barkha Mathur| TNN | Jun 27, 2018, 02:01 IST Plastic bags used after banned state-widesteep fines ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 will be imposed on tho... Read More

    Nagpur: With 80% of the material being repacked in plastic bags in grocery retail stores, ambiguity and lack of information about what has been banned and what is to be used prevailed in most of the super markets in the city.

    “The government has brought the ban without putting in place any substitutes,” says Ravi Agarwal, partner, Purushottam Super Bazaar. “We are planning to pack all grains, lentils, pulses and spices in 50+ micron bags but there too we do not know if it’s allowed or banned,” he says.

    Blasting the government for exempting FMCG companies from the ban, Agarwal says, “Oil pouches, biscuits, soaps, salt and many other branded items are packed in plastic which is less than 50 microns but they are not in the ambit. Why should there be this disparity?”

    Though the implementation of the ban is being welcomed by one and all, yet the grocery stores are among the worst hit by it. The fact that the government has not been able to suggest any substitutes even three months after bringing the ban has made matters worse.

    “We are willing to use whatever is offered as a substitute,” says Avinash Magdum, manager at Purti Super Bazaar. “We started repacking grains and similar items in 50 micron bags last week onwards but it is proving difficult as they are thick. Instead of carry bags, we are giving cloth bags to customers. But if there is no clarity on this issue then we will be forced to become like ordinary kirana stores and keep grains etc in drums and jute sacks,” he says.

    But 50 micron bags are not tough enough to hold the weight of 5kg of rice or sugar, says Vishal Kinkar, store manager at Food Bazaar, Ramdaspeth. “We have to split it in two kg packs,” he says and adds that his store has stopped procuring items made by local manufacturers. “Items like papads, snacks and laddus etc which are produced by small enterprises and packed in less than 50 microns plastic bags are not being sold here and we have informed them to use alternative packaging.”

    Not only the retailers but law enforcement authorities also are unclear about the rules. “So far, the inspections are being done for disposable items only and there is no clarity about repackaging material,” says Vivek Thakkar of Punit Super Bazaar.

    What is also creating a certain level of bewilderment is that many items like breads, snacks and frozen foods are exempt as it is manufacturer level packaging. “What is the motto of the ban? If it is against the use of plastic then there should be no differentiation,” Thakkar says.

    “We are consulting with other super markets about alternatives which can be used,” says Samiksha, manager at Poonam Super Bazaar. “As of now we have removed all repackaged items from the shelves and have asked customers to send us a list of items which we are packing in paper bags,” she says.








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  • Plastic bag traders shut shop to escape action Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Jun 27, 2018, 03:12 IST

    Nagpur: Nearly 20 shopkeepers at Itwari kept their shops closed on Tuesday, allegedly after being alerted about checks by civic inspectors for sale and use of plastic bags and other banned items. On the fourth day, Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) special squad seized 145kg of banned plastic products, mainly plastic carry bags, and recovered Rs1.37 lakh fine from 33 traders across the city.

    A senior official from NMC’s health department (sanitation) said there are many wholesale dealers of banned plastic products at Itwari in Satranjipura zone of NMC. On Tuesday morning, special team of the zone office comprising zonal officer (health), sanitary inspectors and NDS decided to target only wholesale dealers of Itwari market, as the drive would curb supply of banned products across city markets.

    However, the team returned empty-handed as the dealers from this part of the city might have got a tip off that inspectors would be carrying out surprise checks and, hence, they kept their shops shut.

    However, Satranjipura zone has issued notices to 11 shops in Maskasath, Shahid Chowk, Jagnath Budhwari etc for keeping banned plastic products.

    Similarly, plastic products dealers from Nehru Nagar zone too shut their shops to evade action. However, in Hanuman Nagar, the squad raided a super bazaar and imposed a fine of Rs5,000 after they found many food grains packed in banned plastic carry bags.

    On day 4, Laxmi Nagar zone recovered Rs31,000 fine from eight dealers. Similarly, Dharampeth zone recovered Rs10,000 from two dealers, Hanuman Nagar Rs20,000 (five dealers), Dhantoli Rs35,500 (9 dealers), Gandhibagh Rs10,000 (two dealers) and Ashi Nagar Rs25,000 (five dealers).






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  • Pipeline under new road: Show cause to NMC engineers over lack of coordination Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Jun 27, 2018, 03:59 IST

    Nagpur: NMC standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja on Monday asked the civic administration to issue a show cause notice to executive engineers of public works and water works departments Anirudh Chauganjkar and PS Rajgirhe for submitting a proposal to lay pipeline under a newly laid cement road in Jaripatka.

    Kukreja told media persons the action was taken following a proposal of water works department to lay a 300mm pipeline from Ginger Mall Square to Barakholi Square. As per the proposal, the cement road constructed under cement road phase-II project was laid over a water pipeline. Now, department wants to lay a new pipeline under the paver blocks and has submitted a proposal of Rs34.77 lakh for it.

    Kukreja expressed concern over lack of coordination between various departments and asked the civic administration to issue show cause notices. The standing committee, however, has passed the proposal, he said.

    The panel also gave nod to the proposal by e-governance department to appoint three consultants — one principal consultant, senior consultant and consultant. “As per state government directives, these consultants will have to be hired from six agencies: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, PwC, KPMG and Wipro,” said Kukreja.

    According to the standing panel chief, appointments of consultants will help the NMC to strengthen its e-governance system. However, the annual expenditure of the civic body will increase by Rs96.12 lakh per annum.

    “Department does not have enough staff and the employees are not properly trained in handling the software, so NMC has decided to seek outside help,” he said.

    Following objection raised by BSP corporator against a road contractor Rajdhani Infra Project about not having requisite hotmix plant, the standing panel chief has asked the technical engineer to inspect its plant and submit the report within seven days. Kukreja said if the firm has the requisite facility, it will be awarded work to asphalt seven roads with chief minister’s special fund for his South-West constituency. The panel gave nod to four other projects to be carried out with the special fund.







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  • Dry spell delays sowing, reservoirs’ storage dips Ramu Bhagwat| TNN | Jun 27, 2018, 04:10 IST

    Nagpur: For the second consecutive year, reservoirs of major dams in eastern Vidarbha’s Nagpur division have been witnessing an alarmingly low level of storage. Monsoon did arrive on time this year, but a dry spell of over two weeks after the initial rains have hardly added to the water levels in dams.

    Sources in the agriculture department in Amravati and Nagpur divisions admitted that sowing operations were delayed as farmers were waiting for good rains.

    Official figures released by the water resources department on Monday showed that in 18 large dams in Nagpur division, the water level was at 12.52%. The first month of monsoon season is nearing its end.

    The only consolation was that the situation at this time last year was worse with water level much lower at 10%. The 18 large dams in this part of Vidarbha have a combined storing capacity of 2,964 million cube metres (MCM), but currently have only 371 MCM water. On the same day last year, the storage was much lower at 291 MCM.

    The storage reading on the same date in 2016 was 617 MCM, which was a new low compared to around 1,000 MCM in three preceding years. So, the relatively low storage levels of dams in the last three years in June’s last week indicate a major shift in monsoon pattern. Experts say it could be a direct fallout of climate change phenomenon.

    This year, the Met department has been careful in its warning and had also issued an advisory that farmers should start Kharif sowing only by June end after regular spell of rains. Most farmers in the region seem to have heeded the advice. But in the last one week, districts like Yavatmal in the cotton belt, which received scattered rainfall, saw sowing operations picking up.

    However, in Amravati division, except Yavatmal district where around 40-45% sowing was completed, less than 30% farmers took up sowing in the other four districts. They have preferred to wait and watch.

    In Nagpur division, sowing data of only Nagpur district was available on Tuesday. Only 36% sowing work was completed in the district, an official said.










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  • NMC restrains Scania from taking away Green Buses Anjaya Anparthi| tnn | Jun 27, 2018, 04:14 IST THE GREEN BUS

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided not to allow Swedish bus maker Scania Commercial Vehicles India Private Limited to take back the ethanol-run green buses, whether registered or non-registered, till city MP and union minister Nitin Gadkaridecides on the termination notice served by the company. The civic body had stopped Scania from transporting away three of its unregistered Green Buses a couple of days ago.

    TOI had, on June 15, reported about Scania serving termination notice to the civic body and intimating its plan to withdraw 25 Green Buses from operations from midnight of August 12.

    Under Green City Bus Project, Scania was supposed to run 55 ethanol buses from March 1, 2017. However, Scania is operating only 25 buses, and remaining 30 buses are reportedly parked at Gondkhairi on the city’s outskirts. These 30 buses are unregistered.

    NMC sources told TOI Scania was all set to transport three Green Buses to some other place from Gondkhairi a couple of days ago. “NMC office bearers and officials came to know about the decision and held up the buses. Scania was planning to shift all 30 unregistered buses to some place in phased manner,” the sources said.

    One of the NMC office bearers said Gadkari will take a final decision. “NMC office bearers will meet Gadkari whenever he is in the city next. Gadkari is on foreign tour, so decision has been delayed. Further course of action will be decided only after a decision is taken in consultation with Gadkari,” he said.

    In reply to Scania’s termination notice, the NMC transport department has sent three letters to the Green Bus operator, stating that the decision to withdraw Green Buses from operations with effect from August 12 was unjustified. “We have pointed out to Scania in the first letter that it has to give 60 days notice for termination of agreement. Scania served notice on June 14 and intimated it will withdraw buses from August 12,” said an NMC official.

    The official added NMC assured to release pending dues of Scania without GST. “In second letter, we asked Scania to submit bills excluding GST. We have time and again intimated Scania that GST was not applicable to the project. Still, Scania has continued to raise bills with GST,” the official said.

    The city transport department’s third letter asked Scania to submit details of shares and other aspects of special purpose vehicle — SST Sustainable Transport Solutions India Private Ltd formed to operate Green Bus project. The department has raised the queries after a TOI report on June 17 said Scania did not give shares to its two partners — Pune-based Travel Time and Swedfund in the SPV.









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  • Dry spell delays sowing, reservoirs’ storage dips Ramu Bhagwat| TNN | Updated: Jun 27, 2018, 15:38 IST

    NAGPUR : For the second consecutive year, reservoirs of major dams in eastern Vidarbha’s Nagpur division have been witnessing an alarmingly low level of storage. Monsoon did arrive on time this year, but a dry spell of over two weeks after the initial rains have hardly added to the water levels in dams.

    Sources in the agriculture department in Amravati and Nagpur divisions admitted that sowing operations were delayed as farmers were waiting for good rains.

    Official figures released by the water resources department on Monday showed that in 18 large dams in Nagpur division, the water level was at 12.52%. The first month of monsoon season is nearing its end.

    The only consolation was that the situation at this time last year was worse with water level much lower at 10%. The 18 large dams in this part of Vidarbha have a combined storing capacity of 2,964 million cube metres (MCM), but currently have only 371 MCM water. On the same day last year, the storage was much lower at 291 MCM.

    The storage reading on the same date in 2016 was 617 MCM, which was a new low compared to around 1,000 MCM in three preceding years. So, the relatively low storage levels of dams in the last three years in June’s last week indicate a major shift in monsoon pattern. Experts say it could be a direct fallout of climate change phenomenon.

    This year, the Met department has been careful in its warning and had also issued an advisory that farmers should start Kharif sowing only by June end after regular spell of rains. Most farmers in the region seem to have heeded the advice. But in the last one week, districts like Yavatmal in the cotton belt, which received scattered rainfall, saw sowing operations picking up.

    However, in Amravati division, except Yavatmal district where around 40-45% sowing was completed, less than 30% farmers took up sowing in the other four districts. They have preferred to wait and watch.

    In Nagpur division, sowing data of only Nagpur district was available on Tuesday. Only 36% sowing work was completed in the district, an official said.








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  • VIDC missed irri deadlines, NGO complains to HC Vaibhav Ganjapure| TNN | Jun 28, 2018, 04:10 IST Farmers hit hard

    Nagpur: An NGO has moved Nagpur bench of Bombay high court accusing the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) of failure to complete about 45 irrigation projects within deadline in the region, thus depriving over 30 lakh farmers of facilities.

    A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Zaka Haq on Wednesday, issued noticed to respondents, including Union Urban development Department (UDD) secretary, asking them to reply within four weeks. Secretaries of state’s UDD, General Administrative Department (GAD), Forest Department and Irrigation Department, besides VIDC’s executive officer here, are made other respondents in the PIL (No 82/2018).

    Petitioner — Loknayak Bapuji Ane Smarak Samiti (LBASS) — through counsel Bharti Dabhadkar — cited its old PIL (No 83/2012) in irrigation scam regarding incomplete irrigation projects that led to spate of farmers suicides in Vidarbha, over the years. The HC had disposed of the plea on December 12, 2014, after the VIDC assured to complete all projects within new deadline. It was granted liberty to approach again.

    The petitioner pointed out that it was a part of ‘Sinchan Shodh Yatra’ along with social workers where they visited about 16 out of 45 projects and found them incomplete, even after new deadline. According to it, not even 10% work is completed in all these projects. The NGO blamed VIDC for failure to complete even a single project in Vidarbha, which would have brought over 10 lakh hectare under the irrigation and saved poor farmers from taking extreme steps due to crop failure and mounting debts.

    LBASS further stated that in some cases the dams were completed, but failure of VIDC to construct canals, sub-canals and distributaries led to water not reaching the farmers. The insufficient facilities have also resulted in huge economic losses for the farmers, with them losing crores every year and over four lakh people being denied employment opportunities.

    The petitioner discovered that around 53 of the projects are forest affected, and are awaiting clearance from the union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climactic Change (MOEFCC), which led to huge escalation in costs.

    (With inputs from Ritika Gupta)









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