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- Metro trial run on Hingna route by June next year tnn | Jul 4, 2018, 03:45 IST
Mahametro managing director Brijesh Dixit performs puja of construction works, on Tuesday
Nagpur: MahaMetro Nagpur’s Hingna route will be ready for trial run by June next year, according to managing director Brijesh Dixit. Reach-3, the section under which Hingna route comes, will have an added attraction for commuters and tourists with an almost 1km long viewing gallery facing Ambazari lake.
The gallery between Ambazari and Subhash Nagar stations will be covered by glass from both sides. All the stations on Reach-3 will be designed in line with ‘aqua’ theme and Metro officials believe the viewing gallery will be a major attraction for tourists.
Interacting with media during a ceremonial work launch event on Tuesday, Dixit said Subhash Nagar station will be completed within six months after which process for the trial run will be initiated.
At Subhash Nagar station site, system work will commence at telecom equipment room, signalling equipment room, UPS battery room, ancillary sub-station and UG water tank and pump room. Similar work would also commence at telecom equipment room, signalling equipment room, UPS battery room and UG water tank and pump room at Lokmanya Nagar station.
Metro has also successfully tested movement of Buland — the shunter engine — for the first time on an elevated section of the north-south corridor. With Buland moving successfully on elevated track, it becomes clear that the trains can run smoothly in that portion as well. The shunter engine was tested on the elevated track from Airport South to Airport Metro Station and travelled a distance of around 1.5km. Metro will soon test other sections of elevated tracks near Airport T-Point and further, in the coming days. Buland’s testing has signalled completion of track work between Airport South and Airport Metro stations in Reach-I.
The shunter engine is normally used for maintenance purpose and was initially tested in the priority section between Khapri and Airport South Metro stations. The testing of Buland and subsequent granting of certificate by the commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) paved the way for the launch of `Joyride’ in that segment.
REACH — 3 details (Hingna route)
Total stations: 10
Last station: Lokmanya Nagar
- Dream of planting 50 crore saplings in sight: CM tnn | Jul 4, 2018, 03:47 IST
Artistes perform during ‘Vruksh Dindi’ show, organized by Green Earth Organization, at Deshpande Hall, Civil Lines, on Tuesday
Nagpur: Nobody took the state government seriously when it announced in 2015 plans to plant 50 crore saplings, but today, the dream looks a certainty with the way the plantations are taking place, said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Tuesday.
Speaking at the concluding function of ‘Vruksh Dindi’, conducted by Green Earth Organization at Vasantrao Deshpande Hall, Fadnavis said, “11 crore trees have so far been planted to make Maharashtra the greenest state. The saplings are geo-tracked with the aid of satellites which gives real time information about their growth. We also plan to release a half-yearly progress video of the saplings on social media.”
Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar attended the programme.
With a vow of planting 13 crore trees by the end of this year, Green Earth Organization carried out a weeklong mass plantation drive, that began on June 28.
Green Earth Organization, headed by MLA Snil Sule, is a pioneer establishment that has been holding mass tree plantation drives all over Vidarbha since 2016. It has successfully planted over 14 crore saplings in Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Gondia districts till date. In the process, it created five records and found a place in the Limca Book.
Addressing the gathering, Sule said, “Over 5 crore saplings were planted since the start of this year. We aim to take this figure to 13 crore. Not only just planting trees, nourishing them is equally important so that they grow strong. For this, we need citizens to act with a sense of responsibility and help save trees.”
The saplings that the organization has planted under ‘Vruksh Dind’ are being looked after by villagers. Nearly 85% of saplings have survived and are growing fast, said Sule.
The 45-minute ceremony, that got delayed by over two hours, talked about the birth of the foundation and how it has grown over the years.
Performing artistes from Asar Foundation, Wardha, highlighted the various benefits of tree plantation before the start of the programme. The event ended with the audience pledging to plant and protect more trees in their vicinity and at empty spots.
- New advanced system to reduce farm power failures Ashish Roy| tnn | Jul 4, 2018, 05:08 IST
Nagpur: In order to reduce extremely high number of complaints of farm transformer breakdowns, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) has decided to go in for an advanced system — high voltage distribution system (HVDS). The are a number of advantages of this system — lesser number of breakdowns, lower chances of electrocution and lower distribution losses.
An official in MSEDCL said that farm pump transformers were supplied power through long low tension (LT) lines. “With LT lines, low voltage and frequent breakdowns are a frequent problem. In addition, there is problem of hooking,” he said.
In December 2017, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule had directed MSEDCL to go in for HVDS. The formalities have been completed and tenders have been floated for installation of HVDS.
MSEDCL plans to provide power to 2.24 lakh farmers, who had submitted applications for connections by March 2018, through HVDS. The government has sanctioned about Rs5,000 crore for this. Of this, about Rs4,500 crore is for HVDS and about Rs500 crore for 226 new substations. Of the Rs5,000 crore, Rs2,250 crore has been sanctioned from Vidarbha Marathwada Special Package and rest will be market borrowing.
Elaborating on the advantages of HVDS, the official said, “The quantum of current flowing in the HVDS feeder will be 25 times less than ordinary feeders. This will ensure lower distribution loss and longevity of transformers. The farmers will get good quality and uninterrupted power supply.”
“The number of electrocutions will reduce sharply as HVDS has circuit breakers at substations. If the cable snaps, the power supply automatically switches off,” said the official.
It is not possible to draw power through hooking from HVDS. The official said, “Under HVDS, we will install transformers near wells of a farmer so that there is no need for LT system. The transformer capacity will depend on the power rating of the farm pump it has to supply.”
The electricity meter will be installed on the transformer so that the reading is perfect and energy audit is easier.
- Nagpur development body issues notices to 29 unauthorized layouts TOI had on May 12 reported that 1,328 unauthorized buildings including resorts, water parks, open garden restaurants etc received notices in Metro regionAnjaya Anparthi | TNN | July 04, 2018, 17:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) has issued notices to 29 unauthorized layouts that have come up without any sanctions in Metro Region. Notices have also been issued to another 140 unauthorized buildings, taking the total to 1,468 from earlier count of 1,328 such structures.
TOI had on May 12 reported that 1,328 unauthorized buildings including resorts, water parks, open garden restaurants etc received notices in Metro region. Taking note of TOI’s report, leader of opposition in legislative assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, deputy leader Vijay Wadettiwar, and other Congress MLAs submitted LAQ for monsoon session slated to begin in the city from Wednesday.
NMRDA official told TOI the 29 unauthorized layouts comprise hundreds of plots and are situated across the Metro region. “Some 18 unauthorized layouts were identified in East division in Kamptee tehsil. Similarly, six unauthorized layouts were found in West division in Nagpur (rural), Kalmeshwar and Hingna tehsils, one in North division in Kamptee tehsil, and four in South division in Nagpur (rural) and Kamptee tehsils. Directives have been issued not to sell any plots in these unauthorized layouts,” he said.
The official added a decision on whether to regularize these unauthorized layouts will be taken on receiving applications from the owners. “Layouts in residential zone will be regularized. Residential usage is allowed within 750 meters from gaothan area for villages with population of less than 5,000, and 1km in case population more than 5,000,” he said.
As per NMRDA data, applications from owners of 310 of total 1,468 unauthorized buildings have been received for regularization under the state government’s special scheme. “Action will be taken against remaining unauthorized buildings in case they do not apply for regularization,” NMRDA officials said.
At present, NMRDA is searching for only unauthorized residential flat schemes and commercial complexes or ventures. Probably from next year, NMRDA will cover all types of unauthorized constructions.
Still, NMRDA has received applications for regularization of 3,895 unauthorized residential buildings as the government’s special scheme will end on October 31.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) fire and emergency services department has also started to serve notices to 1,468 unauthorized buildings.
- National Green Tribunal asks PWD to give Rs1.5 crore to rectify damage to Dhamapur lake
Manka Behl | TNN | Updated: Jul 5, 2018, 10:02 IST
NAGPUR: The Pune bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the state Public Works Department (PWD) to shell out Rs1.5 crore for mitigation measures that will be undertaken to rectify the damage caused by a skywalk to the over 400-year-old Dhamapur lake, one of the states biggest wetlands, situated in Sindhudurg district.
The green courts decision comes following an environment interest litigation (EIL) filed by Sindhudurg residents Omkar Keni and Dr Harishchandra Natu who highlighted how the lakes ecology and biodiversity were in danger due to construction of a 2.5 kilometres long skywalk and use of diesel boat. The petition was filed through counsel Asim Sarode.
In October last year, NGT had issued notices various government agencies. During a recent hearing of the case, NGT bench members justice SP Wangdi and Nagin Nanda observed that the entire work was undertaken in violation of environmental laws.
Considering the severe damage caused by the project to the environment, ecology and bio-diversity and huge amount of public money which was spent in absence of environmental clearance of the project, PWD is directed to deposit Rs1.5 crores with the state biodiversity board, the court ordered.
It further stated that the amount should be used to implement mitigation measures for reversing the adverse impact on the lake. NGT has given PWD a period of 15 days to comply with the order and submit a report for the same.
In the EIL, the petitioners also prayed for preparing a brief documentation to notify Dhamapur lake as a wetland. As reported by TOI recently, a committee was formed by the district administration for carrying out brief documentation of 64 wetlands in Sindhudurg.
Dhamapur is the states first wetland which has been documented on the first-of-its kind in-house mobile application developed by the state environment department. During a spot inspection of Dhamapur, the committee reported fresh violations including excavation of land and tree felling in the high flood risk area, which as per the high courts order is a protected area.
The documentation further stated that the wetland, whose area is 61.44 hectares, is facing various threats. There is excess withdrawal of water from the lake due to mismanagement. Construction of a skywalk and diesel boating should be prohibited, it said.
- NGT directs PWD to deposit Rs1.5 crores with state biodiversity board
- Money to be used for mitigation measures
- EIL states Dhamapur lakes ecology damaged due to construction of skywalk and use of diesel boat
- Slums along Nag River causing pollution: Nagpur Municipal Corporation
Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Updated: Jul 5, 2018, 10:43 IST
Slums along Nag River causing pollution
NAGPUR: As many as 31 slums along Nag River are the major contributors to pollution in the water body, admitted Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in its action plan to prevent solid waste dumping in the river.
Nag River flows for 17.1km through the city before meting with the Pili river in the east. As per a survey conducted recently, solid waste is being dumped into the river by these 31 settlements due to lack of door-to-door garbage collection and absence of dustbins. NMC has decided to install CCTV cameras along Nag River and penalize people caught dumping solid waste in the river.
Based on the study, the NMC has prepared a one-year time-bound programme which is all set to start from this month to prevent pollution in the river, said a senior official from the health department (sanitation). If the action plan is implemented effectively, it will help the NMC to start the riverfront development programme.
The study also noted that piled up garbage is dumped on the banks and wastewater and industrial effluent too are being directly discharged into the river. The river, which is heavily impacted by urban residues, is acting as a drainage system for the city.
These issues were raised earlier too during the ‘My City My River’ campaign conducted by The Times Of India and Maharashtra Times in 2013. The campaign had prompted NMC to start a drive to clean the river.
Waste water from toilets in the slums and other layouts, stormwater drains and sewage are also discharged directly into the river without prior treatment, the study added. Open defecation happens along the river bank which is encroached at many places.
The action plan includes designing and distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material, holding meetings to educate residents, providing big waste collection bins, deploying pushcarts for door-to-door collections, using social media and organizing street plays in river cleanliness.
All these initiatives will be held till December 2018. From January 2019, the NMC will start imposing fine on offenders, said the official.
- 4 open plots attached to recover tax dues
TNN | Jul 5, 2018, 20:12 IST
Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s property tax department on Wednesday attached 11 open plots under Dharampeth zone to recover tax dues of over Rs8.31 lakh.
Assistant municipal commissioner Mahesh Morone said of the 11 open plots attached, seven are in Dabha and owned by Gruha Nirman Sanstha. The property owners have defaulted property tax to the tune of over Rs 3.75 lakh.
Four open lands were attached in Mahadev Gruha Nirman Sahkari Sanstha in Hazaripahad for defaulting tax of over Rs5.56 lakh.
The NMC is focusing on improving its revenue from property tax as the standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja has set a target of Rs509.51 crore in his budget for 2018-2019.
Last year, the civic body had recovered only Rs196.67 crore against the target of Rs364 crore.
- NMC plastic ban drive losing steam
TNN | Jul 5, 2018, 21:05 IST
Nagpur: It seems the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is going soft on people using banned plastic products. On Thursday, the flying squad of the NMC found only two persons using banned products and a penalty of Rs5,000 each were recovered from them.
Both the cases were reported in Gandhibagh zone, confirmed an official from NMC’s solid waste management department. The officer, however, said the drive has lost momentum due to ongoing monsoon session of state legislature.
According to statistics, the civic body had penalized 150 traders between June 23 and June 30 and recovered a fine of Rs6.84 lakh, while in the first four days of July, the flying squad fined 31 traders and recovered Rs1.55 lakh.
- NMC finalizes Kelibag road’s alignment, Gujars to file review petition in SC
Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jul 6, 2018, 03:00 IST
Nagpur: After the four-year-long battle between shopkeepers and the state government ended on April 17, 2018, with Supreme Court dismissing the shopkeepers’ petition, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in associaiton with the city survey department has rolled up its sleeves to finalize the proposed widening of Kelibag road at Mahal, central Nagpur. The civic body has already finalized alignment of the road which will affect 157 properties, including 300-year-old Gujar Wada.
Now, Gujars, calling Gujar Wada crucial for the city’s history, are contemplating to file review petition in the apex court.
According to a notification issued by the state government on November 12, 2014, the NMC will widen the road from existing 15 meter to 24 meter from Gandhi Putla square on Central Avenue to CP and Berar College. Following the notification, shopkeepers of the area filed a petition in the high court which was dismissed on October 18, 2016, leading them to move Supreme Court. The apex court too dismissed their petition on April 17, 2018.
Former mayor and Mahal corporator Praveen Datke told TOI now the NMC will submit a list of project-affected-persons (PAPs) with the district administration for acquisition of properties. “The NMC will also issue notices to the PAPs asking them to explain the mode of compensation they will like to receive. At the same time, process for inviting tender will also be kicked off for the appointment of private company for widening and concretization of the road,” he said.
As per the NMC’s data, part of wadas of two Royal families— Gujar and Sangram Singh Bhonsle— will be affected most in the project.
Harsh Dhanwate from Gujar family told TOI that the finalized alignment would completely destroy the historical Gujar Wada. “Existing alignment of Kelibag road was given by our family. Due to the road, our wada splitted into two parts and are now situated on two sides of the road. Main wada where my aunty— Pratibha Mane— is residing will be affected to a great extent. The structure is over 300-year-old and have its own significance in the city’s history. Moreover, the structure is based on ancient style of construction which can cave in totally if a part of it is demolished. I have gone to many foreign countries where ancient and historical structures are incorporated in development activities and not demolished in the name of development works. That’s why we are planning to file review petition in the SC,” he said.
Dhanwate further said his family is not against widening of the road. “We have given our properties at six locations for various development works. We are ready to give portion of open space for widening of the road,” he said.
Gujar Wada is situated where the road takes turn. Therefore, major portion of the wada needs to be demolished for road and also its tangent.
NMC sources told TOI Sangram Singh Bhonsle has given his consent to give part of his wada. “Compound wall and open space in front of the wada will go in the project,” sources said.
City MP and Union minister Nitin Gadkari is one of the PAPs. The NMC official said meagre 110 sq.ft of Gadkari’s plot will also be acquired for the project.
The NMC sources said Gadkari delayed construction of new house as he was waiting for finalization of the alignment. Gadkari had demolished the old house totally few months ago.
The ancient Murlidhar temple has been saved as it is not coming in the final alignment. The NMC official said Kalbhairav and Mahalaxmi temples will also require to be demolished.
The NMC has already demolished part of its zone office building for the project.
- Bogus construction workers being registered?
Ashish Roy | TNN | Jul 6, 2018, 03:42 IST
Nagpur: Activist Anil Chauhan of Samata Manch has alleged that Maharashtra Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (MBOCWWB) was registering bogus construction workers. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, he said the number of registered construction workers in the district was over 53,000, which was very high.
Chauhan said officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) were issuing certificates to construction workers on the basis of letters issued by BJP corporators. “Many of the forms are incomplete or wrongly filled. Yet they have been accepted by the officers,” he added.
Papers provided by Chauhan show that construction worker Jiyalal Prajapati was issued a certificate by KS Chauhan, deputy engineer of NMC’s Mangalwari zone. Also, the certificate is not in the correct format. Jiyalal’s employer is Rajendra Prajapati. Rajendra has signed in the employer’s column as well as in the employee’s column. Moreover, according to the letter issued by BJP corporator Sangita Girhe, Jiyalal stays in the house of Rajendra.
Another certificate obtained by Chauhan has the name of the employer missing. The certificate is in the name of Asha Kamble. This too has been issued by KS Chauhan.
Chauhan alleged that Board chairman Omprakash ‘Munna’ Yadav was registering bogus workers to embezzle benefits meant for them. “The state government has sanctioned Rs2,600 crore for the Board, which is a huge amount,” he said.
Trashing these allegations, Yadav said that the money meant for construction workers was deposited directly in the beneficiaries’ account, and hence there was no scope of embezzlement.
“There are 50 lakh construction workers in the state. When I took over only 2.5 lakh were registered. We have increased this number to 9.76 lakh and the exercise is going on. The Board does not have adequate staff for this mammoth exercise. We have taken workers on short term contract. Due to the magnitude of the task, some mistakes are bound to happen,” he added.
- Fees of 24X7 water project consultant may go up by Rs4.8cr
TNN | Jul 6, 2018, 03:45 IST
Nagpur: The delay in completing 24X7 water supply project is burdening the already cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Apart from cost escalation of various works under the project, the charges of project management consultant might also increase.
The water works department has proposed to increase the fees of 24X7 water supply project consultant DRA Consultants from Rs11.73 crore to Rs16.62 crore, an increase of Rs4.89 crore. The proposal will be tabled before the standing committee meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on July 9.
Several issues are on the standing committee meeting agenda. Deepstambh Charitable Trust has sought two unused NMC shops in Subhash Nagar. These shops are not finding any tenants and hence NMC is incurring loss of revenue.
The old NMC substation is to be shifted to the new substation for increasing its capacity. A proposal will come before the committee for sanctioning the tender of Sadhna Electric Works, which is 1.2% above the estimate, for installing street lights in Laxmi Nagar zone.
Another proposal is related to construction of a cement road from New ST Stand to backside of Hotel Rahul in Ganeshpeth. Contractor RS Naidu has quoted 11.3% above the estimate for the work.
- Solar fencing working wonders around Tadoba
Vijay Pinjarkar | tnn | Jul 6, 2018, 05:51 IST
Nagpur: The solar fencing project being implemented in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) buffer is working wonders and turning out to be a model for farmers, striving to save their crops from wild animals.
TATR being a breeding ground for wild animals, these electric fences installed by farmers many times prove to be a death knell for big cats who prey on herbivores moving in the farms in the landscape. In 2016-17, six tigers died of electrocution in Nagpur and Chandrapur districts alone. There is no record of large number of herbivores dying due to flow of current.
Perturbed by huge crop damage cases, the solar fencing project was taken up on a pilot basis for 9 farmers near Tadoba in 2013-14. “Buoyed by the success, the number of beneficiaries has swelled in the last 4 years and has now touched 2,065,” claimed GP Narwane, deputy conservator of forest (buffer), TATR.
One unit of solar fencing consisting of battery, panel, energizer and wires costs Rs12,000-13,000. Of this, Rs10,000 is funded by Tadoba Tiger Conservation Foundation (TCF) and Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Yojana. Till now, Rs1.50 crore has been given to beneficiaries. This yearm 563 farmers have enrolled for solar fencing.
“Social life has changed for us after solar fencing. We no more go for night patrolling in farms called as ‘jagli’ in local parlance. While returning after daylong field work, the fence takes care during night when wild boars ravage the farms. The DC current flowing from the fence gives a jolt to the animals for a nano second and they run away,” said Mahadeo Kodape and Abhiman Kodape from Agarzari on Tadoba Road.
“Four years ago, wild boars and nilgais plundered 75% of my paddy yield, but after solar fencing, I’m getting almost 100% returns. I used to sow single crop but now I grow vegetables, gram, tur, and even wheat. My income has also grown from a paltry Rs20,000 to Rs3 lakh annually,” said Namdeorao Shende (29) of Adegaon.
Shende’s success story was also appreciated by principal secretary (forest) Vikas Kharge, who had personally visited the farm two years ago.
During TOI’s visit to the villages, many farmers claimed that after installation of solar fencing, crop damage cases have almost come to a halt. “Three years ago, I installed solar fencing after which my paddy yield has increased from 15 gunny sacks to 25 now. I sell the surplus yield and earn income now,” said Shankar Kodape, who owns 3-acre land in Agarzari.
The farmers in Pahami, Dewada, Zari, Junona and Sitarampeth in the vicinity of Tadoba had the same success story.
“The best part about the solar fencing is that farmers install it between October and January when the crop stands tall and is ready for harvesting. The same fence is removed and reused. This also doesn’t block path of animals and humans. Hence, it is a win-win situation where both farmers and wildlife stand to gain,” says Bandu Dhotre, president of Eco-Pro, Chandrapur, which is liaising with the forest department and farmers.
Dhotre had also launched an agitation to pursue forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on the issue after spate of wild animal and tiger deaths due to electrocution. He informed that the model is being studied by neighbouring Telangana and NGOs like Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) for its implementation elsewhere.
On the quality of the unit, Agarzari round officer KV Dhankute says, “There is complete transparency. We allow the farmers to go for the best within the permissible package. Only after verifying the quality of the product, money is released.”
Narwane said in the last 4-5 years, the unit has undergone many improvements. “The first the unit was operated manually but now agencies supplying the units are upgrading it. Now, the system has been automated and hence, our cost too has gone up to Rs10,750 from Rs10,000. We also plan to introduce community borewell concept for farmers so that they can sow second crop due to water availability,” he added.
How the project progressed
In 2011-12, community solar fencing was introduced for 3km to handle severe man-animal conflict
The project failed as entire village farms were fenced causing problems to domestic animals and people
In 2013-14, individual farm fencing was launched. After one-year, it turned out to be big success
Till now, 2,065 farmers have benefited. No crop damage cases in solar villages
Social life has changed as farmers stopped ‘jagli’ in farms
Rs10,000 paid by Tadoba foundation and expenses for wires shared by farmers
- Bawankules orders ignored by NMC
Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jul 7, 2018, 05:41 IST
Nagpur: It seems guardian minister Chandrashekar Bawankule and office bearers of BJP-ruled Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) are engaged in a cold war.
Ignoring Bawankules directives, NMC has chosen WAPCOS Limited, a public sector enterprise of Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation under Union minister Nitin Gadkari, for the Rs280.18 crore water supply project sanctioned under the central governments Atal Mission For Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut).
The project, which aims to free the city from water tankers, is already late by 21 months and may be delayed further. The civic body needs state governments nod, which is likely to get delayed, for executing the project through WAPCOS. The NMC will have to seek the states approval for revised project cost.
The state had sanctioned Rs227.79 crore for the scheme on October 28, 2016. But, the NMC didnt get response from private companies for the project. About six months ago, Bawankule had suggested NMC to hand over the project to the state-run Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), which would not require tendering process.
However, NMC kept Bawankules suggestion on hold and submitted a proposal to the state seeking revision in the project cost from Rs227.79 crore to Rs273.78 crore. The state had approved the revised cost on June 25.
On June 29, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh met WAPCOS officials and finalized 3% consultancy charges to be paid to the company. The projects cost has escalated again to Rs280.18 crore after adding consultancy charges and requires the states nod.
Despite repeated attempts, Bawankule did not respond to TOIs calls and messages.One of the NMC office bearers said that WAPCOS was finalized as it is known to ensure quality work and complete the project in time. MJP delays projects. WAPCOS is a centre-owned company and project can be executed soon as lengthy processes are not involved, he said.
The NMC will submit the revised project cost and WAPCOS appointment proposal to the state government after it gets the nod of the standing committee. The proposal is one of 12 proposals on the standing committees agenda for the meeting to be held on July 9.
Works: 58.71km water pipeline network to be laid in unauthorized layouts on the citys outskirts. Elevated water reservoirs (overhead water tanks) with 10-27.5 lakh litre storage capacity to be constructed at 42 locations and ground level service reservoir at one location. Internal water distribution network of 377.84km will also be laid
Cost sharing: As per the Rs273.78 crore revised project cost, NMCs to contribute Rs136.98 crore (50%), central government Rs91.25 crore (33.33%) and state government Rs45.64 crore (16.67%)
Tanker-Free City: NMC is executing 24X7 water supply project and has completed various water infrastructure development projects under the central governments JNNURM scheme. These projects aim to free the city from water tanker and provide 24X7 water supply. These projects did not cover unauthorized layouts and areas on the citys outskirts. Rs280.18 crore project sanctioned under Amrut to cover these areas
- HC asks VIDC for status report of irri projects
Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Jul 7, 2018, 04:25 IST
Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday asked the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) to submit a status report on all pending projects coming under its jurisdiction. The court asked the VIDC to complete formalities by July 12.
The directives came while hearing two PILs related to multi-crore irrigation scam filed by NGO Janmanch and social worker Atul Jagtap.
Earlier, petitioners pointed out that VIDC had failed to submit progress made in over 45 irrigation projects, after the PILs were filed in 2012. They claimed that hardly any efforts were made to complete the projects like Gosikhurd, which led to multiple escalation in their construction costs.
Petitioner stated that all these projects were inordinately delayed and later their expenditure was revised repeatedly, in collusion with the VIDC officials, with a view to benefit the contractors.
Earlier on June 27, another NGO — Loknayak Bapuji Ane Smarak Samiti (LBASS) — moved the HC accusing the VIDC of failure to complete about 45 irrigation projects in the region within deadline, thus depriving over 30 lakh farmers of irrigation facilities.
The NGO 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 hectares 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 dams were completed, but failure of VIDC to construct canals, sub-canals and distributaries led to water not reaching farmers.
- Areas go without power due to emergency shutdowns
Ashish Roy | TNN | Jul 7, 2018, 03:48 IST
Nagpur: Several areas in the city had to go without power when SNDL and MSEDCL undertook emergency shutdowns in view of transformers and distribution points (DPs) getting submerged. Supply was restored when water level receded. In some cases trees fell down on power lines causing breakdowns. Such faults took hours to repair.
Both the companies claimed that their staffers worked hard to maintain the power system even during heavy rainfall. Power supply was restored to affected areas as soon as it was safe, they claimed.
SNDL spokesperson claimed that the franchisee teams ensured that more than 95% of the area under it got uninterrupted power supply. “However, to ensure that there is no extended damage to infrastructure or any threat to life of citizens, hand-trip was taken on 11 KV Jankinagar, Dighori, Mahalaxmi, Friends Colony, MECL, Ravi Nagar, Dinshaw, PWS, Yashodhara and Kamptee Road (from Uppalwadi) and 33 KV Nara Ambedkar feeders. Shutdown was also taken on five transformers on Narendra Nagar feeder and five transformers on 11 KV Tajbagh feeder (from Besa),” he said.
The spokesperson further said that 21 transformers located in Navkanya Nagar, Vinayak Nagar, Akash Nagar, Chikhli Layout, Tajshree Apartment, Vandevi Zopadpatti, Shirke Nagar, Gandhi Layout, Mahesh Nagar, etc were shutdown for safety.
“Supply was normalized within one hour of taking a shutdown on an average. Most of the locations which had to face emergency shutdown were those where water had risen very high and had reached even up to the installed electrical equipments,” he added.
There were some areas which had to go without power for hours. “A tree got uprooted near Gandhibagh Garden and fell on the Wholesale Market feeder at around 12 noon and caused disruption at the market, Gandhibag police station and police quarters. Supply could be restored at around 6pm after installation of a new 11 KV conductor,” he said.
The call centre of SNDL remained busy with more than 600 calls recorded for no-power complaints. “Most of them were resolved when supply to major 11 KV feeders was restored,” he further said.
In MSEDCL area an old tree got uprooted near Bhonda Mahadeo Temple, Sitabuldi affecting power supply to Tekdi Lines and Mahajan Market. A feeder emanating from Trimurti Nagar substation developed a fault forcing over 5,000 consumers to go without power. Several residents of flat schemes in Ramdaspeth, Dharampeth, Congress Nagar, Shankar Nagar, Amravati Road, etc called up the company offices and informed that water had entered their basement where transformers were located. They asked supply to be turned off as a precautionary measure.
“MSEDCL sent SMSes to its consumers regarding emergency shutdowns at 12 noon,” a discom spokesperson said.