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    NMC to identify mosquito breeding spots at households

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has launched a month-long drive to spread awareness among the citizens about malaria, a vector-borne disease. The drive commenced from June 1 and each day will witness a programme till June 30.
    The NMC teams will visit households and identify mosquito breeding spots across the city during the drive. Also, diagnosis camps will be organized to identify people frequently suffering with fever.

    Rallies and exhibitions will be organized at 10 locations where dengue positive cases were reported in large numbers in last few years.

    Representatives of NGOs, educational institutions, Mahametro staff etc will be guided on various aspects related to vector-borne diseases.

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      Cracks, potholes appear on new cement roads too

      Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 3, 2018, 03:43 IST

      Nagpur: Like new cement concrete roads under phase-I, roads recently concretized under Rs324 crore— cement concrete road project phase-II have also started developing cracks and potholes, inviting some sharp reactions in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) circle as it is allegedly said the civic body, instead of taking action, is releasing payments without completion of works on 22 packages.

      This will aggravate people’s woes when the monsoon season picks up the momentum in the city.

      It is also allegedly said none of the NMC engineers can be seen inspecting the roads and monitoring the quality and speed of the works. “Even corporators’ complaints are being ignored. Engineers only clear the bills sitting at the offices,” corporators said.

      The NMC has so far released payments of Rs131.61 crore as against work order costs of Rs279.29 crore.

      NMC chief engineer Manoj Talewar did not respond to frequent TOI calls.

      A major problem being witnessed on new cement roads under phase-II is that the roads are undulated which did not crop on roads under phase-I. The surface layer of 500-meter stretch between Mangalmurti square and Subhash Nagar T-point is not levelled properly and it has also started developing cracks at several places and potholes in few spots. Surface layer too can be seen damaged to some extent in few locations.

      The stretch is a part of package-2 in which the civic body has released payment of Rs9.90 crore to the contractor— Abhi Engineering. Similar problems can be seen in other two roads of the same package— between Ambazari T-point and Mate square and RPTS road.

      Standing committee chairman and BJP corporator Virendra Kukreja, however, accepted few of the newly constructed cement roads were undulated. “Package no-22 is being executed in my ward no-1. Stretch between Itarsi RoB to Nara road T-point is undulated to a great extent. I have asked the officials concerned to engage VNIT and get the problems solved,” he said.

      A visit to other packages like RPTS road between Jerryl Lawns and Ajni square, RPTS road to Deekshabhoomi square, Alankar square to Bhole Petrol pump, Law College square to Ladies Club Lawn square also revealed horizontal and vertical cracks on many spots.

      Quality and laying of inter-locking tiles/paver blocks on these roads are also very poor resulting into creation of potholes. In many places, the blocks can be seen sunk into the ground. Quality of storm water drains and footpaths also questionable.

      Congress corporator Sanjay Mahakalkar said works going on in South Nagpur on six roads under two packages were also marred with shoddy quality of works and inordinate delay.

      BSP corporators Mohammed Jamal and Jitendra Godheshwar said the quality of works under two packages in North Nagpur were not up to the mark.

      Unfortunately, the NMC has now started the process to appoint Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) for improving and monitoring the quality of cement roads under phase-II when works on 20 packages underway of which few about to complete.

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        ‘Mining projects will profit few people and leave the locals with nothing’

        Abha Goradia| tnn | Jun 3, 2018, 17:38 IST

        Lalsu Noroti, a 38-year-old lawyer belonging to the Madia tribe, scripted a success story when he got elected to the Zilla Parishad last year. This he achieved as an independent candidate in Bhamragad in Gadchiroli district “without spending any money”. Having spoken at a UN programme in Geneva, where he was invited, and at places like Philippines, Mumbai among others, Noroti has become a voice for tribal rights. He has been active in the resistance movement against mining companies making inroads in Gadchiroli. Noroti has also been working to help tribals conserve their culture by means of sharing unheard stories on their Facebook page of ‘Humans of Gondwana’ and promoting minor forest produce.

        Excerpts from an interview with the tribal activist...

        Q. What made it possible for you to become a lawyer? Why did you not pursue it?

        A. My father died when I was young and my mother married a second time to someone else in another state. We were left to do odd jobs to make a living. One day, people left me outside Dr Parkash Amte’s ashram in Hemalkasa. Soon, I started excelling in studies and achieving ranks. From here on, I was sent to Anandwan for further studies. During my first year of graduation, Baba (Amte) asked his friend to take me to Pune for higher education. I graduated in Marathi from Fergusson College, then pursued MA in journalism and also studied Law at Indian Law Society, Pune. I started engaging actively in social work and worked with NGOs. Whichever government may be in power, we were warned from raising our voice against the authority or for speaking about our rights. I soon understood that politics is a platform, you may criticize it but only politicians have the power to bring change. Therefore I did to contest elections. Each household, on my behalf, then collected Rs10 and a handful of rice, apart from taking their bikes and hosting a rally.

        Q. What issues did you highlight when invited to United Nations in Geneva?

        A. I was invited to the UN as a fellow for their Indigenous Fellowship Programme in Geneva. I’m the only one among UN’s 20 Fellows who comes from a tribal background and actively working with the community. Here, I got the opportunity to put forth the issue of deteriorating culture of tribals, and the mining projects. The government is breaking its own rules. Those who are protesting the mining projects are being termed as Maoists and trumped up charges are foisted on them. The Maoists are also protesting these projects but we are trying to fight constitutionally. The government is trying to throttle this endeavour. The lives of tribals are fully dependent on jungle. They don’t worship Gods; they worship nature, mountains, trees and rivers. Presently, the Madia population is stagnant, but if disturbed, the community will vanish.

        Q. Why are tribals protesting against mining projects in the region?

        A. The jungles that fall in adivasi belt come under the fifth schedule area, which according to Andhra Pradesh’s Samta Judgement, the government can’t sell. However, in Gadchiroli, more than 25 companies have proposed mining projects, some of whom have already begun work, like the ones in Surjagarh. According to PESA (Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas act), the gram sabha needs to be consulted in matters related to forests. However, several contracts were given consent by manipulating laws and deliberately keeping the locals at bay. The environmental public hearing for Surjagarh was held in Allapalli, without informing the locals. When the gram sabha of the area came to know, people resisted the action. The mining site in Surjagarh has been a pilgrim place for adivasis since years.

        Q. How are mining companies unfavourable for tribals?

        A. The government has allowed mining in Surjagarh by giving it on lease for Rs42 crores. However, the selling of bamboo and tendu leaves have alone fetched tribals Rs60 crore for one year. Mining projects will profit few people and leave the locals with nothing. We have been told that mining projects will bring 175 jobs but the same jungle takes care of lakhs of people. The jungle provides them with leaves, medicines, bamboo and other things for daily sustenance. No person in this area is qualified to be a mining engineer and get employment in these projects and only outsiders will be hired to fill these jobs. It has only led to destruction of their culture, their jungle and has left nothing.

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          SECR plants 16 lakh saplings, installs 2,281 bio-toilets

          Vijay Pinjarkar| TNN | Updated: Jun 4, 2018, 07:43 IST
          In Bilaspur and Durg coaching depots, SECR has installed recycling water plants with a capacity to treat 50,000 litres daily

          NAGPUR: In its efforts to go green, the South East Central Railway (SECR) has planted over 16 lakh saplings in the last three years.
          In 2015-16, 2.73 lakh saplings were planted followed by 9.34 lakh in 2016-17 and 4 lakh in 2017-18 financial years.

          “We have an ambitious plan to plant 10 lakh seedlings in the current year in all three — Nagpur, Raipur and Bilaspur — divisions,” said SECR’s official spokesperson, Bilaspur.

          In another initiative towards environment conservation, the official said till May end, SECR installed 2,281 bio-toilets in 610 coaches. To save on energy bills, SECR has drawn massive plan to replace existing bulbs and lights with LED lights, besides taking to solar energy.

          “Till now, we have installed 848 KV solar units at various stations and buildings to save electricity. Moreover, LED lights have been fitted at 260 railway stations. This has led to saving of Rs1.18 crore towards power bills annually,” he said.

          The official said SECR is also taking big steps to utilize waste water by recycling it and take to rainwater harvesting systems in a big way. As per the policy decision, SECR is installing rainwater harvesting systems on buildings over 200 square metres.

          ‘Till now the system has been installed at 225 buildings across SECR. This includes 67 in Nagpur, 61 in Raipur and 97 in Bilaspur, Besides, all the newly constructed buildings will mandatorily have rainwater harvesting system,” the spokesperson said.

          Apart from this, the official, said in Bilaspur and Durg coaching depots, SECR has installed recycling water plants with a capacity to treat 50,000 litres daily. This water is being utilized to water plants wash coaches. On an average water recycling plants are helping save 60-75,000 litres of water per day. Such plants are coming up at three places including Gondia under Nagpur division.

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            Poor State-ment: Plastic Rules Which Remained On Paper

            Manka Behl| TNN | Updated: Jun 5, 2018, 06:12 IST In 2011, the Union environment ministry formed rules for a framework on regulation of plastic waste.

            NAGPUR:Here’s the not-so-good news on World Environment Day – over 50% states of the country failed in acting on plastic waste management between 2011-16. During the same period, over 80% of the states did not constitute the mandatory state level advisory (SLA) body which was to monitor the implementation on plastic waste norms. That, only 4 states chose to submit the plastic waste data consistently reflects the lack of seriousness by majority of them in not adhering to norms.

            To know the dirty picture of the plastic plague in the country, TOI analysed the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) annual reports on implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules from 2011 to 2016.

            The first report was published in June 2012 after the states submitted data on implementation of rules. According to the CPCB, which is a statutory organization under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), the performance of states was “not satisfactory”. The board directed all the municipalities to submit their annual report by August 31 every year.

            As per the rules formulated by the MoEFCC, it was mandatory to constitute the SLA body for monitoring strict implementation of the rules. The ministry’s notification stated that secretary of the state’s urban development department will chair the body, the other members of which will include an expert each from state’s environment department, pollution control board or committee, urban local body, non-governmental organization, industry and academic institution.

            “The body shall meet at least once in a year and may invite experts too,” the ministry stated.

            In the first year (2011-12), only two out of 34 states and union territories formed the body. Not a single state presented recommendations of the body for managing plastic waste. States like Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tripura assured that the body is being formulated.

            However, a year later, among the non-compliants only MP formed the body (as mentioned in the 2012-13 annual report). The total number of states which constituted the body was 8, which means hardly 23% of them adhered to the rule. Once again, none of the states submitted the body’s recommendations.

            The report of 2013-14 shows that only 1 out of the 5 states which formed the body submitted recommendations. In 2014-15, the number of states submitting recommendations increased to 5 but then dropped to 3 in 2015-16. “When recommendations on tackling plastic waste for many states were not available, implementing them on ground remains a far-off dream. The information regarding formation of a special body and its recommendations should have been made available for all states on a public domain,” said Sunil Dahiya, campaigner at environmental group Greenpeace India.

            In a bigger shocker, majority of the states failed in submitting a concrete action on plastic waste management. In these 7 years, there wasn’t a single year in which even half the number states informed the board about its action plans. “The information related to plastic waste management is not available,” CPCB observed for most of the states.

            The number of states which submitted their action plan in 2011-12 was 11 while in the next year’s report it was 9. Fourteen states submitted their plans in the annual reports of 2013-14 and 2014-15 and 13 in the 2015-16 report.

            The laxity of states in implementing rules is reflected in the comprehensive data regarding annual estimated plastic waste generation of different states. TOI summed up the figures and found that Maharashtra was the highest generator of plastic waste — 10.68 lakh tonne between 2011-16. Even though Gujarat provided number for four years only, it still was the second highest generator of plastic waste — 10.38 lakh tonne.

            MP, whose population is more than Gujarat by over a crore, generated around 1.21 lakh tonne of waste in 5 years. The data further shows that the annual generation of plastic waste witnessed an increase over the years. In few states like Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura, the amount of plastic waste saw a reduction.

            Apart from Andhra, Jharkhand, MP and Goa, no other state submitted a consistent data regarding estimated annual plastic waste generation. “In absence of such data, how are states going to get rid of plastic pollution? You can’t solve the problem by imposing a blanket ban on use of plastic. The waste management rules are good enough and if implemented in true sense, they can curb the plastic menace,” said Kaustav Chatterjee, founder of city NGO Green Vigil.


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              NMC own department violates norms, digs up cement road

              Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Updated: Jun 5, 2018, 07:03 IST
              NAGPUR: Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) own electrical department violated the civic body’s norms and dug up a portion of concretized West High Court Road causing it permanent damage.

              The road was dug up at Tatya Tope Nagar. As per NMC’s norms, cement roads cannot be dug up or trenched. NMC refuses permission to all government or private agency to dig up cement roads for any reason.

              According to Tatya Tope Nagar residents, the electrical department’s contractor executing LED streetlights project reportedly dug up the cement road from one end to road-divider for replacing old electrical cable with new one on Saturday. A drilling machine was engaged to cut the cement road.

              The stretch between Khamla square and Laxmi Nagar square was concretized when present city MP and Union minister Nitin Gadkari was Maharashtra PWD minister in 1999. Apart from minor potholes in some parts, the road is in good condition till date.

              Though the contractor had restored the trench the same day, by Monday, the concrete used to cover it began to come off. The restoration was not done properly resulting in inconvenience to vehicles.

              NMC’s hot mix department that gives permission to dig across the city has no intimation about destruction to cement road. An official from the department told TOI digging or trenching cement road was not permissible. NMC Laxmi Nagar zone office was also not having any information about the work. “We will find out the agency that trenched the road and take action,” said an official from the zone.

              TOI came to know that electrical department had executed the work after contacting various departments. An official from electrical department said contractor will be directed to restore the trench properly. “There was no duct below the road in that particular stretch so trenching was required,” he said.

              Chances of more destruction to cement roads cannot be ruled out. Experts say the trench was likely to grow as this particular stretch of WHC road carries huge traffic.


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                Neeri, Cine Mantage use films to spread message of environment conservation

                Barkha Mathur| TNN | Updated: Jun 5, 2018, 06:39 IST Representative image

                NAGPUR: On the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, CSIR-Neeri in collaboration with Cine Montage has organized an environmental film festival at the NEERI auditorium. The festival began on Monday with the screening of two films, a documentary ‘If a tree falls’ and ‘Himalaya’. ‘If a tree falls’ is a documentary which investigates the darker side of fight for environment by a radical group Earth Liberation Front and the extreme lengths to which it has gone against deforestations. ‘Himalaya’ showcases the extreme environment of the mountains and the magnificent contrast with humanity and Tibetan culture.

                Neeri takes up various projects to mark World Environment Day and has been looking at various mediums to convey the message of environmental protection. “We have to employ different genres to address various sets of people. Cinema is a powerful medium and has tremendous reach so we have selected four films which address the wide spectrum of environmental issues,” Rakesh Kumar, director of NEERI told TOI. Saying that environment has also become a powerful theme for filmmakers, Kumar added, “People are now realizing that business sustainability depends upon environmental sustainability too. These films reflect this sentiment and so people are increasingly connecting with them.”

                World Environmental Day has gained importance in the UN’s calendar for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for protection of environment feels Ram Tayade, president Cine Montage. “Since it was founded in 1974, this day has grown in importance to become a global platform for public outreach,” he says. “After a lot of deliberation and thought, Cine Montage selected these four films for NEERI. The films, of which two are documentaries, address various issues which touch our daily lives,” he said.

                The two other films to be screened on June 6 are ‘Planet Ocean’ which captures the greatest mysteries of this planet through the lens of international underwater cinematographers while ‘Even the Rain’ speaks about the sufferings which emerge from privatization of water supply.

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                  Telangana to plan mitigation for Chanaka, Ambedkar barrages

                  Vijay Pinjarkar| TNN | Updated: Jun 5, 2018, 05:41 IST

                  NAGPUR: The state-level committee on Monday put on record the series of violations by Telangana irrigation department in construction of Chanaka-Korta, and BR Ambedkar barrages near Tipeshwar (Yavatmal), and Chaprala (Gadchiroli) wildlife sanctuaries respectively. The Telangana irrigation department did not submit the projects plans as directed, which are required to plan the mitigation measures, though it agreed to do both at the next meeting.

                  Sources said the nine-member committee of officials, experts and NGOs met on Monday. Chief engineer K Bhagwanth Rao of Telangana irrigation department had been asked by the State Wildlife Board (SWBL) members Kishor Rithe and Anish Andheria to come with detailed canal plans and its lengths for both projects, so mitigation measures could be suggested. Rithe even suggested having pipes instead of open canals.

                  However, sources said Telangana officials could not submit data on canals on Monday. “Hence, it was decided to meet again. As a section of officials and members have already visited Chanaka, a site visit to Pranhita project near Chaprala has been planned on June 13. The project is just 232 metres away from the sanctuary,” said Uday Patel, member and honorary warden of Gadchiroli.

                  On Monday, the Telangana officials decided to correct their mistake by coming back with canal plans and measures to be taken thereon. The SBWL has already cleared the two projects with a condition that user agency should deposit 2% of the project cost for developing habitat and protection works in the sanctuaries.

                  For BR Ambedkar project, Telangana officials refused to agree to one of the conditions, to relocate Prashant Dham temple from inside Chaprala. The temple is a huge source of disturbance due to influx of visitors for various events.

                  As reported by TOI, work on both projects started even before Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) was done. Even though the projects fall within 10km of the protected areas, no clearance from the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has been sought. The work on Rs400 crore Chanaka project is 50% complete and Rs235 crore have already been spent.

                  As per the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, EIA is mandatory. MoEFCC’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”. However, no EIA has been done for both projects.

                  The Rs400 crore Chanaka-Korata (Rudha) project on Painganga river, which stands to mostly benefit Telangana, is 3.5km from the boundary of Tipeshwar sanctuary, while BR Ambedkar project in Asifabad (Telangana) is located 1.5km upstream at the confluence of Wardha and Wainganga rivers, near Chamorshi district of Gadchiroli. The total length of the barrage is 6,450 metres.

                  The BR Ambedkar project plans to irrigate 2 lakh acres of land in Komarabheem-Asifabad and Mancherial districts. Similarly, Chanaka will bring about 5,444 hectare land of Telangana and 1,210 hectare of Maharashtra under irrigation, and will facilitate drinking water to 14 villages with a population of 17,340.


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                    ‘Crores spent without knowing quantity and composition of waste’

                    Manka Behl| TNN | Updated: Jun 5, 2018, 06:02 IST Stressing the need for adopting a decentralized waste management, Sunita Narain suggests ways to clean-up the waste

                    NAGPUR:Though Indian cities are spending millions on incentivising waste minimization, they are not aware of the quantity of waste each is generating. According to leading Indian environmentalist Sunita Narain, the country is in a “messy” state because technology to be implemented is decided before looking into the composition of the waste.

                    In an exclusive interview with TOI, Narain, who is also the director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), tells how we need to deep dive into real-time data rather than “aping the west”. Stressing the need for adopting a decentralized waste management, Narain suggests ways to clean-up one of the largest waste generator countries. Excerpts from the interview:

                    It’s almost 18 years since solid waste management rules have been in place. Yet, they remain unimplemented in many cities where garbage heaps are only piling up. The Supreme Court recently observed that “India will go down under garbage one day”. Who is to be blamed for this mess?

                    We are to be blamed for this. Waste is a problem in our country because everyone thinks it is someone else’s job. Also, there is clearly a lack of administrative will to do this job. Cleanliness is not just sweeping cities, it is about having an end-to-end mechanism to process, reuse and recycle waste. Only this can change the present scenario.

                    Having worked in this area for years, do you think solid waste management in India has witnessed any evolution?

                    The last few years have seen a paradigm shift in waste management, with the major focus being towards segregation at source and processing. While the principles of solid waste management are being better understood and more discussed, the attention of civic officials towards collection of segregated waste and its transportation, treatment/processing, recycling and safe disposal is still in a nascent stage. Consumer behaviour patterns in Indian cities have also not adapted to facilitate the process of waste management by segregating biodegradable waste from others at the source.

                    Have national missions managed to bring down the garbage?

                    Solid Waste Management Rules (2016) provide a reasonable framework to address the multiple challenges of municipal solid waste management in India. Strategic direction and funding by the central government through missions such as AMRUT, Smart Cities and Swachh Bharat have also created an environment in which there is a focus on this problem. But it is not adequate. It is extremely important to translate the vision from the rules and missions into an operational integrated strategy of solid waste management.

                    Most of the Indian cities are being buried under garbage. Can the government afford to allocate hefty funds for financing solid waste management in all of them?

                    Our cities are spending crores of rupees in establishing systems that incentivise collection and disposal of waste with little or minimal processing. This is the biggest blunder as the shift should be towards ensuring segregation and processing at source. This way, we can not only reduce our dependence on landfill sites by 70-80% but also look at waste as a resource.

                    For tackling waste, should we go for an indigenous technology or follow what other countries are doing?

                    Rather than aping the west, we need to re-look and reinvent our waste management plans and the starting point should be a deep dive into real-time data. Till date, cities do not have figures on how much waste they are generating. Their data is obsolete and redundant. We need to survey it again and come up with a proper inventory on how much a city generates. After this, we need to re-look the city-wise waste composition — quantity of biodegradable, dry, recyclable, non-recyclable and inert waste. Only then we can decide a technology. The problem now is that we decide a technology and spend crores before we look into what goes into the waste.

                    Which are the cities that have managed to treat their waste in the best possible scientific manner?

                    Alappuzha in Kerala is implementing a 100 % decentralized model where residents segregate at source, wet waste is treated at source and dry waste goes for recycling. The municipality has drastically reduced its budget on solid waste management — it does not spends millions in collection and transportation. Instead, it has invested in creating awareness and provision of subsidies on in situ technologies. Some other cities include Mysuru, Panjim, Vengurla and Panchgani too are doing it.

                    Are there different solutions for different cities or a one-stop solution for the entire country?

                    Smaller cities definitely have the option of going in for decentralized technologies but bigger cities need to re-look into their existing systems and modify it — from collection to dumping to processing. For instance, Delhi, which generates a gargantuan 10,500 TPD of waste per day, dumps 40-50% of it in the three dumpsites. The city has 1,700 dhalaos (secondary transfer stations) and these can be redesigned into processing centres. Our cities need hybrid solutions.

                    Various petitions were filed in different courts on solid waste and there are many stringent orders. But the situation remains unchanged.

                    Judgements are passed, rules are made, but nothing happens on the ground because monitoring is lax.

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                      Repair potholes, ensure people don’t suffer: Mayor to NMC

                      NAGPUR: With only a few days left for the onset of monsoon, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is racing against time to complete resurfacing and repairs of roads. The official date for the onset of monsoon is between June 7 and June 10. Year after year, the civic body has been at the receiving end for the numerous potholes that develop on Nagpur roads following heavy rainfall.

                      Mayor Nanda Jichkar directed the civic administration that Nagpurians should not face any inconvenience due to pothole-ridden roads. Though no deadline has been set for this, the hotmix department has been instructed to complete all repairs at the earliest.

                      Jichkar has also instructed the department to look after those roads from where complaints come every monsoon and handle it on priority. Earlier this year, ward officials were told to submit list of roads under their jurisdiction that needed repairs on priority.

                      The hotmix department had claimed to have repaired 9,434 potholes across the city roads in the last fiscal. The highest number of potholes — 2,398 — were repaired in Laxmi Nagar zone, where the roads are considered to be always better compared to other zones. It was followed by Dharampeth zone with 1,439 pothole repairs in 2017-18. Similarly, potholes in Hanuman Nagar zone (734), Dhantoli (890), Nehru Nagar (942), Gandhibagh (633), Satranjipura (326), Lakadganj (628), Ashi Nagar (581) and Mangalwari (863) were repaired.

                      Apart from pothole-free roads, Jichkar has also instructed to set up control rooms at zone-levels and asked the administration to prepare a list of dilapidated buildings.

                      Meanwhile, Vidarbha Taxpayers Association secretary Tejinder Singh Renu has urged the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to ensure roads maintained by them remain pothole-free.

                      “With heavy rains sure to lash our city within a week; it's extremely important to repair side roads at places where work is in progress for flyovers like Sadar Flyover and Bhandara Road, etc. As the roads are dry now, repairs are quite easily possible and such repairs done now will last longer too,” he pointed out in a letter to the NHAI regional officer M Chandrashekhar. Once monsoon sets its feet on Nagpur, these side roads will become extremely dangerous for two-wheeler riders, he stated.

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