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    Take up disaster management training, citizens urged

    TNN | Updated: May 25, 2018, 05:23 IST


    NAGPUR: The Directorate General Fire Service, civil defence and home guards, New Delhi organized the 39th standing fire advisory council meeting at Raj Nagar Campus of National Fire Service College on Thursday. The meeting was inaugurated by Lt Gen (retd) NC Marwah while IPS (retd) Prakash Mishra and Rajni Sibal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, were the chief guest at the event.

    The number of delegates having vast experience in practical life put forward their recommendations to enhance the quality of fire services in India, strengthen the system and also suggest revisions in the policies during the course of the meeting, informed Marwah while speaking to TOI.

    This year, the major focus of the council will be on proper implementation of national building code 2016, which serves as an instrument providing guidelines for regulating the building construction activities. Marwah said, “Although this is applicable for all constructions but there are many cases where people don’t follow the code. At least public works departments like hospital and schools must adhere to it to deal with emergency situations like floods, earthquake and fire hazards.”

    Marwah was of the view that state government should encourage and fund the modernization of fire safety techniques as it is the need of the hour while centre should support it. The meeting will also emphasize on the human resources development and training part along with other aspects.

    Marwah urged that citizens should take up at least basic disaster management training so that they become well acquainted with the methods. He said, “At the time of emergency, the fire department is contacted and they coordinate with district disaster management cell before taking any action. The situation may aggravate till the time the workforce is deployed, but if citizens have knowledge about the basic training, they can act as volunteers and prevent the damage to a great extent.”

    The prime motto is to increase the level of preparedness among the general public to avoid loss of life and property. The university grant commission (UGC) has also directed all universities across the country to consider compulsory courses on disaster management which will help students learn about bomb threats, explosions, terrorist incidents and other alarming situations.

    The expert authorities also discussed about the measure to be taken to avoid fire especially during the heatwave. GS Saini, Director, National Civil Defence College added, “Personal safety of volunteers and fire fighters and their uniforms will also be taken into account and there maybe some improvement in this regard.”








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      MSEDCL’s maintenance shutdowns only on Wednesday

      Ashish Roy| TNN | Updated: May 25, 2018, 05:20 IST
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      NAGPUR: MSEDCL has decided to undertake maintenance shutdowns only on Wednesday from now on. It has asked agencies like MahaMetro to do excavation work only during these shutdowns.

      TOI in its edition dated May 22 had highlighted the problems caused to citizens due to power shutdowns on almost every day of the week.

      MSEDCL earlier used to undertake planned shutdowns only on Wednesday. They lasted from 7am to 4pm even though the actual shutdown hours were usually less. Some days ago, the state run power company decided to restrict the shutdowns till 11am in view of high temperatures during the day. Simultaneously it decided to go for shutdown on almost every day of the week.

      TOI in its report had pointed out that its franchisee SNDL was also restricting shutdowns till 11am and undertaking its maintenance work only on Wednesday.

      A MSEDCL official said that shutdowns on multiple days of the week were required as many times maintenance work could not be completed by 11am. “In view of the public opinion, we will complete our work between 7am and 11am on Wednesday,” he said.

      Navin Uttam, a resident of Dhantoli, welcomed the development. “You are mentally prepared for shutdowns on Wednesday as this has been taking place since years. However, shutdowns on other days throw life out of gear. I am happy over MSEDCL’s decision to not go for shutdowns on other days of the week,” he said.

      Amit Parlewar, a resident of Bajaj Nagar, said that MSEDCL should take some steps to stop trippings. “It is good that shutdowns would be restricted to Wednesdays but the maintenance work should be done properly. Even though the duration is not much but breakdowns during the afternoon cause great inconvenience. I have young kids and they suffer a lot when there is no electricity. Inverters and generators are too costly and I can’t afford them,” he said.

      Shachi Mukherjee, a resident of Madhav Nagar, demanded that there should be no shutdowns. “We had stayed in Mumbai for five years. There are no shutdowns there. Why should consumers of Nagpur suffer? After all we are paying our bills honestly,” she said.









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        Akola sand mining auction challenged, NGT issues notices

        Vijay Pinjarkar| TNN | May 25, 2018, 03:00 IST

        Nagpur: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Principal Bench, Delhi, has admitted petition challenging auctioning of 58 sand ghats in Akola district against environment clearance that was given without following MoEFCC guidelines.

        The petition has been filed by environment lawyer Manish Jeswani from Akot, who had filed a complaint against rampant illegal sand mining in the district but no cognisance was taken.

        The NGT principle bench presided over by chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim, judicial member SP Wangdi and expert member Nagin Nanda took serious note of the matter and directed respondents — MoEFCC, state government, Akola district collector and mining officer and others to file a reply till next date.

        TOI on May 4 had reported that in March, 34 sand ghats were e-auctioned for a royalty of Rs4.85 crore without district survey report (DSR), which is an important initial step before permitting sand mining and granting environment clearance (EC). However, permits to extract sand through e-auction were granted on March 5, without preparing the mandatory DSR.

        Sand extraction was allowed without following MoEFCC’s Sustainable Sand Mining Management Guidelines, 2016 of MoEFCC. Jeswani’s petition states that sand mining activity is adversely affecting overall ecology of the area and thus there is substantial question relating to environment, wherein community at large is affected by its consequences, which needs to be decided by the NGT.

        “Rampant illegal sand mining in Purna, Morna, Katepurna, Maan, Mahesh, Wan and various other riverbeds in Akola district is affecting integrity of river system and flood plains,” the petitioner alleged.

        Though river mining is permitted, it needs to be carried out with certain checks and balances for protection of environment. Such safeguards and checks are provided in terms of Environment Impact Notification (EIA) issued on August 14, 2006 and amended on January 15, 2016 by issuing guidelines.

        Jeswani says these sustainable sand mining guidelines require preparation of a DSR before formulating a mining policy. These guidelines emphasize detail procedure to be followed for purpose of identification of areas of aggradation and deposition where mining can be allowed and identification of areas of erosion and proximity to infrastructural structures and installation where mining should be prohibited.

        The DSR is to be prepared in the district based on direct and indirect benefits of the mining and identification of the potential threats to the riverbeds in the district. DSR provides environmentally safe depth of mining and safeguards of banks by prescribing safe distance from banks.

        Jeswani says preparation of DSR has to be done by a sub-divisional committee which should visit each site and make recommendations. The committee consists of SDO and officers from irrigation, geology, mining, forest departments and state pollution control board.

        Jeswani says DSR is to be prepared every 5 years by District Environment Impact Assessment Authority (DEIAA) for granting EC below 5 hectare.

        “The DSR draft is required to be kept in public domain in collectorate inviting comments in 21 days. After considering comments, DSR is to be published in district website. No EC can be granted without DSR,” says Jeswani

        In Akola, as no DSR has been prepared since 2016, there is no data on pollution caused to rivers amount of sand extracted in last three years. Sand is being permitted in violation of MoEFCC guidelines.







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          Environment impact ignored for barrage project near Tipeshwar

          Vijay Pinjarkar| TNN | May 25, 2018, 02:58 IST


          Nagpur: The Channaka-Korta barrage, an inter-state irrigation project between Telangana and Maharashtra being constructed on Painganga River, is a classic case of how environment rules are tossed to the wind. With 50% work on the project completed, shockingly, no environment impact assessment (EIA) has been done by the Telangana irrigation department.

          As per the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, EIA is mandatory. Environment ministry’s notification of 2006 and 2009 says, “purpose of EIA is to identify and evaluate the potential impacts (beneficial & adverse) of projects on the environmental system.”

          “EIA is an useful aid for decision-making based on understanding of the environment implications, including social, cultural and aesthetic concerns which could be integrated with the analysis of the project costs and benefits,” says EIA analyst Pushp Jain, Delhi.

          Jain adds this exercise should be undertaken early enough in the planning stage for selection of environmentally compatible sites, process technologies and such other environmental safeguards.

          Sources said the fact that the project was implemented without an EIA came to light when a three-member team of officials and a NGO from Pandharkawda visited the barrage site at Channaka two days ago.

          On the contrary, superintending engineer Mohammed Amjad Hussain said, “As per EIA norms, we took a public hearing at Pimpalkhuti on Thursday. This was the first public hearing since commencement of the construction work in April 2016. No public hearing has been held on Maharashtra side.”

          Hussain adds though EIA was not done before starting the work, currently the project is being expedited for drinking water purpose only. Of the total cost of Rs400 crore, Rs235 crore have been spent till now.

          On why EIA was not done, executive engineer K Ravinder says, “As the project will benefit land under 25,000 hectares, there was no need of EIA. Only mechanical work is being done and not civil works. Still many works like canals are remaining.”

          However, Yavatmal honorary wildlife warden Ramzan Virani said, “MoEFCC had granted permission for pre-construction activities with certain conditions. It says that construction can only be done after EIA. Hence, the work that has been done is illegal.”

          A formal inter-state agreement between two chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and K Chandrasekhar Rao was signed in August 2016. The barrage work has been put on fast-track and January 2019 has been set as the deadline to complete the project.

          Even as EIA was not done, the project, which falls within 3.5km from the boundary of Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary and is in the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), was approved by the state wildlife board (SWBL) headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

          When asked, AK Misra, PCCF (wildlife) & member-secretary of SWBL, said, “EIA is not in the purview of wildlife board. The project was approved subject to conditions and a panel has also been constituted to suggest wildlife mitigation measures.”

          Misra added the project was approved with the condition that user agency would deposit 2% of the project cost with Pench Tiger Conservation Foundation for habitat development, protection and conservation of wildlife in Tipeshwar.









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            NMC dy engr suspended for inaction against unauthorized building

            Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | May 26, 2018, 03:04 IST


            Nagpur: Municipal commissioner Virendra Singh has suspended deputy engineer Anil Kadu for not taking action against an unauthorized building for last many months. This takes the number of employees suspended in the last three days to six.

            Singh approved suspension of Kadu, who was working with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Ashi Nagar Zone, on Friday.

            NMC officials told TOI Kadu did not take action against the unauthorized construction even after receiving show cause notice last month. “A resident of Lashkaribagh has various violations in his building. Ashi Nagar zone office issued notice to the building under MRTP Act. But Kadu neglected action even after issuing notice. Inquiry was conducted against Kadu in which he was proved guilty,” he said.

            Singh had assumed charge of municipal commissioner on May 4. During a surprise visit on May 23, Singh had found five employees arriving late at Dhantoli and Dharampeth zones. He had suspended the employees immediately.

            NMC official, police attacked

            On Friday afternoon, assistant commissioner Ashok Patil, PSI Rajesh Gadekar, constables Dyaneshwar Kothe, Maya Pillewar and JCB operator Ajju Shola were attacked by slum dwellers at Lakadganj being removed by NMC enforcement department team.

            Over 100 shanties had cropped up on NMC land in the name of Kadba Talas zopadpatti. The civic body had proposed to construct citizen facility centre on the land. Therefore, the enforcement department team went and razed all shanties between 11am and 3pm. When the team was about to return, some 10 people pelted stones at the team.

            Patil sustained injuries on the head and leg, and was admitted at Mayo Hospital for some time. Other four sustained minor injuries.

            Lakadganj police have registered offences against three persons under relevant sections of IPC. NMC officials said police department did not give enough staff despite the area being very sensitive.






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              Panel to revise water quota for Maha, MP from Totladoh dam

              Anjaya Anparthi| tnn | May 26, 2018, 05:56 IST


              Nagpur: The central water commission (CWC) has constituted a five-member committee to revise the quota of raw water to the Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh (MP) from Totladoh (Pench) irrigation reservoir. In case of any revision, the city along with irrigation will get more raw water from the dam.

              The CWC has sent a letter to the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) on Friday informing the latter about the committee. Chief engineer (HSO) of CWC, New Delhi, will be chairman of the committee while representative of water resources departments (WRD) of Maharashtra, MP, director (hydrology) and director (M&A) of CWC will be the members. The committee has been directed to study and submit report within three months.

              The committee has been asked to study exact storage capacity of the dam, actual storage in the past few years, hydraulogical data etc of the dam. It will also recommend water allocation from the dam to Maharashtra and MP.

              The CWC’s move is seen as a big achievement of VIDC’s efforts. VIDC had told Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and guardian minister Chandrashekar Bawankule about the need to revise the 1964 quota allotted to the state and MP. The two also got Union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari into the picture.

              The dam’s storage capacity is 1,964 million meter cube (MMC) — 60 thousand million cubic feet (TMC). MP’s quota is 991.09 mmc (35 TMC) and state’s 707.92 mmc (25 TMC).

              Due to climatic conditions, the average actual storage (yield) was 1,197.80 MMC (42.30 TMC) of which 698.58 mmc (24.67 TMC) was MP’s share and 498.94 mmc (17.62 TMC) of the state which was utilizing the entire water available in the dam up to last year. The MP Government had constructed Chaurai dam on Pench river last year. Since then, the utilization of water from the dam is being done as per quota decided in 1964.

              It came as a big setback for the district as allocation to the NMC, thermal power stations of Mahagenco at Koradi and Khaparkheda and irrigation reduced to a great extent. As against the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) demand of 197.90 MMC, the allotted quantum was 139.03 MMC. Any increase in quota will mean rise in allocation to the city as well as others who are drawing water from the dam.

              Surprisingly, a majority of catchment area of the dam is in the state but a higher quota was allotted to MP 54 years ago. This is seen one of the major reasons behind chances of rise in the state’s quota.







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                NU’s indoor stadium to come up at Amravati Road campus

                Vaibhav Ganjapure| TNN | Updated: May 26, 2018, 05:20 IST

                NAGPUR: Nearly five years after it was first proposed, Nagpur University’s ambitious plan for its own indoor sports stadium is going to become a reality soon. NU officials plan to perform the bhoomipuja in June last week and start work as early as possible.

                The multipurpose complex, which will be funded by the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, would be coming up at the University Campus on Amravati Road, instead of its old location adjacent to Subhedar Hall.

                “Though the union ministry had allocated Rs6 crore for the project in 2013-14, it couldn’t materialize due to some or the other problems. Now, all hurdles have been cleared and we would soon start work,” registrar Puran Meshram told TOI, adding that it wouldn’t be big like Mankapur stadium, but would still accommodate 2,000 spectators.

                He pointed out that the government had released Rs1.80 crore in March 2016, which was still lying with NU. “Recently, we’ve transferred the funds to Public Works Department (PWD) for preparing design and calculating the cost of the project. The expenditure is expected to touch Rs10 crore due to inflation and GST, over the years. NU would contribute remaining funds for the project,” he said.

                The registrar said even the bhoomipuja of the synthetic track, which is coming up at the ground in front of Subhedar Hall, would be performed at the same time in June. Both projects received a boost after vice chancellor SP Kane convened a meeting in this regard in April last year, which was attended by former physical education director Dhananjay Welukar and acting director Kalpana Jadhav, apart from Meshram.

                “Earlier, the stadium was planned on the land adjacent to Subhedar Hall, But the area has a lot of trees, so we decided to shift the venue to the campus, where ample open space was available for it,” Jadhav said, adding that initially construction is planned for two floors.

                NU engineer Dattatray Harde said the new multipurpose stadium would offer state-of-art facilities, and make it the second such facility in the university after Subhedar Hall. “Of course, it would be much bigger in size, and would give fillip to sporting activities in NU. The complex would come up near ******** Department, which would offer frontage of Amravati Road. If a separate gate is given to it, it would have direct entry from the front, which would be convenient to those coming regularly,” he told TOI.








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                  Collector not acting against 12 bodies despite confirmed violations

                  Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | May 26, 2018, 04:03 IST

                  Nagpur: The collectorate has not taken action against 12 associations, clubs, or institutions for last eight months, despite confirmed violations of nazul plot leases. Now, Nagpur bench of Bombay high court will decide the course of action on the basis of a report to be submitted by a three-member committee headed by amicus curiae and senior counsel Shrirang Bhandarkar on June 7.

                  In the HC’s suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) related to violations by nazul plot holders, the then collector Sachin Kurve had submitted an affidavit confirming violation of terms by 12 out of 113 nazul plot holders, on September 26, 2017. Kurve had said the 12 associations, clubs, or institutions were utilizing nazul plots for commercial purposes, even though the lease was for sports, social, or educational purposes.

                  RTI activist TH Naidu told TOI the collectorate should have taken action immediately after it admitted violations by the lease holders. “All 12 institutions are famous and their locations are known to all. Unfortunately, the collectorate was turning a blind eye towards the violations for years. The collectorate was supposed to take back possession of the plots, in case of continuing violations. At least, the collectorate should have taken action after its own confirmation of the violations before the HC,” he said.

                  Bhandarkar said the committee will submit its report to the HC on or before June 6. “It was expected the collectorate would take action. Now, violations are on the court’s records, so none of the violators can be saved. The committee will suggest the money to be recovered from these violators along with nature of action. The HC will take final decision,” he said.

                  An official from the collectorate said action will be taken as per the HC’s orders. When asked why no action was taken in eight months, the official said the case was sub-judice.

                  The other two members of the committee are chartered accountant Surendra Durugkar, and a representative of the collectorate office.

                  Naidu also said the HC needs to act against officials neglecting action for years. “We need to verify the collector office’s report on remaining 101 nazul plots’ holders. The report stated there were no violations by 101 lease holders,” he said.

                  As per the collector’s report, 12 associations/clubs/institutions that violating the norms are United For Church Hislop College, Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sangh, Charkha Sangh Public Trust Ansari Secretary, Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA), Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Jawahar Vidyarthi Gruh, Officers’ Club Civil Lines, Ladies Club, CP Club, Bhagini Mandal and Andhra Association.









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                    Chanda NGO to clean, upkeep 21 ASI monuments

                    Mazhar Ali| TNN | May 26, 2018, 03:19 IST

                    Chandrapur: Non-governmental organization (NGO) Eco-Pro has adopted 21 protected monuments and sites under Archeological Survey of India (ASI) for cleanliness and upkeep. The organization will now shoulder the responsibility of keeping three forts and one-and-a-half dozen temples, tombs and other heritage sites clean and building a heritage-friendly environment through awareness campaigns.

                    ASI superintendent Archeologist Israel Hashmi and Eco-Pro president Bandu Dhore have signed a first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding (MoU) under ASI’s ‘Adopt a Monument’ project and Union government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Hashmi told TOI that under the agreement, which was signed at ASI’s regional office in Nagpur, Eco-Pro will look after cleanliness of all the adopted monuments.

                    “Eco-PRO will also work with ASI to help communities become actively involved in conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and cultural heritage sites,” said Hashmi.

                    Dhotre said, “This will serve in building heritage-friendly atmosphere among local communities and develop educational and recreational activities to encourage greater interpretation and understanding of the monuments.”

                    Eco-Pro has been working for cleaning and conservation of Chanda fort since over a year. Dhotre informed that locals have already started activities like morning walk and yoga at the fort.

                    The MoU was signed in presence of regional director of ASI M Nanmbirajan, FDCM chairman, Chandansingh Chandel, municipal president of Ballarpur Harish Sharma and others.

                    Amenities at Ballarshah fort

                    Ballarpur Municipal Council (BMC) has entered into an agreement with ASI for building tourism amenities at Ballarshah fort like landscaping and garden on open space, benches, approach road etc.








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                      MSEDCL’s 5% load goes solar, more in pipeline

                      Ashish Roy| NN | May 26, 2018, 03:00 IST


                      Nagpur: Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s go green drive is bearing fruits as 1,000MW load has gone solar in last two years. The peak summer load of MSEDCL this year was around 20,000MW, which means that 5% load has switched over to solar. The schemes are being implemented through Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) and the state discom.

                      This is in addition to solar power plants being set up by Mahagenco, MSEDCL and private parties. MSEDCL buys 850MW solar power and will purchase another 2,000MW from this fiscal.

                      A source in MEDA said that solar projects were going ahead in full steam and more MSEDCL load would go solar this fiscal. “We have floated tenders for supplying solar power to agricultural feeders whose total load is 250MW. In addition several rural water supply schemes, government buildings, schools, households in remote villages, farm pumps will go solar,” he added.

                      Bawankule has set a target of converting the entire agricultural load of 7,500MW into solar by 2025. This will ensure that farmers get power during the day. The tariff for industrial and commercial consumers will go down when farmers will no longer get subsidized MSEDCL power.

                      The MEDA official said that conventional load was being converted to solar through six central and state government schemes. “These include grid connected roof top scheme, chief minister agricultural solar feeder scheme, rural water works solar scheme, installing solar panels atop government buildings, schools, anganwadis, public health centres (PHCs), Atal Krishi Saur Yojana and Saubhagya Yojana,” he added.

                      Under the rooftop scheme, large number of industries, commercial establishments and residences have gone solar bearing the cost of panels themselves. The agricultural feeders are being converted to solar through MEDA and MSEDCL grants. Same is the case with rural water works solar schemes. District planning committee (DPC) and government departments are providing money for installing panels atop schools, government offices, etc. Central government is providing funds for installing solar agricultural pumps and supplying solar power to remote rural households.

                      Bawankule has sanctioned Rs2 crore to MEDA for each district. In addition, the agency seeks funds from DPC. In Nagpur district, Rs10 crore have been sanctioned and a cluster of 30 villages will go solar. Bhandara district will go entirely solar on a pilot basis.

                      Two years ago, MEDA had only one office in Pune. Bawankule started 10 field offices including one at Nagpur and since then solar power growth has been phenomenal.

                      In Nagpur, Central Museum is supplied with solar power. MEDA is installing 200kW panels atop Nagpur bench of Bombay high court. Tenders have been floated for many government buildings in Bhandara and Wardha districts too.







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