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    Civic bodies’ demand pushes up Metro Phase I, II land cost

    Ashish Roy| TNN | Jun 7, 2018, 04:17 IST

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    Nagpur: With government and civic agencies demanding market rate for their land, the cost of both Phase I and Phase II of Nagpur Metro has gone up. The cost of land acquisition for Phase I has increased by Rs 900 crore up to Rs 1,500 crore while Phase II cost has gone up from Rs 8,650 crore to about Rs 10,500 crore.

    MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit will meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis soon and urge him to provide government and civic lands for free at least for Phase I. MahaMetro’s consultant RITES has submitted the draft detailed project report (DPR) of Phase II and has pegged the cost at Rs 10,500 crore at 2018 prices.

    Phase II will have five stretches having total length of 48.3 km and 35 stations. The first stretch is from Automotive Square to Kanhan River having length of 13 km and 12 stations. The second one is from Lokmanya Nagar to Hingna. Its length is 6.7 km with seven stations. The third one will connect Wasudeo Nagar to Dattawadi. It will be of 4.5 kms and have three stations. The Prajapati Nagar to Transport Nagar stretch’s length is 5.6 km with three stations. The longest stretch is from Mihan to Butibori MIDC ESR having a length of 18.5 km and 10 stations.

    The estimated daily ridership from Kanhan River to Butibori MIDC is 2.61 lakh in 2024, three lakh in 2031 and 3.73 lakh in 2041. The ridership of Transport Nagar to Hingna line is 2.58 lakh in 2024, 2.98 lakh in 2031 and 3.62 lakh in 2041. The figure for Wasudeo Nagar to Dattawadi spur is 30,000 in 2024, 35,000 in 2031 and 39,000 in 2041.

    Parking space will be provided at nine Phase II stations. They are Kanhan River, Hingna Mount View, Hingna, Dattawadi, Pardi, Transport Nagar, Ashokvan and Butibori MIDC ESR. As per the DPR, the number of additional rakes required after Phase II becomes operational is 18 in 2024, 21 in 2031 and 28 in 2041.

    Land acquisition cost for Phase I has become a problem for MahaMetro. Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari had directed MahaMetro to develop Cotton Market and built an amusement park on Krazy Castle land. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) wants Rs 148 crore for Cotton Market land while Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) wants MahaMetro to pay compensation to Haldiram Foods for acquiring Krazy Castle land. Haldiram has demanded a compensation of Rs 162 crore although the final figure will be decided by the divisional commissioner. In addition, cost of private land has also gone up due to amended land acquisition policy of central and state governments.

    MahaMetro has saved Rs 600 crore by reducing the project cost. It plans to expand Phase I and set up a Metro coach assembly factory in Butibori using this money. However, the increase in land cost threatens to upset these plans.









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      Win small battles now, avoid Water War in future

      TNN | Jun 7, 2018, 04:33 IST Standing from left: Shirish Tare, Salil Jog, Prashant Sarode and Vitthal Mate. Sitting from left: Ujwala Chakr... Read More


      Nagpur: There have been talks of water crisis following the below normal rainfall in the city last year. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) water works in-charge Pradip Rajgire, admitted that some pockets, especially outer areas of the city, did face problem in summer. “This happens when the level in Kanhan river, one of the drinking water sources for the city, goes down. This year, share from Pench reservoir was also reduced. The state government has now assured that there will be no water cut,” he said.

      Hasn’t the issue given a glimpse of things to come? “Yes,” said Rajgire and added that there could be a problem in the next five years. “The water collection and distribution infrastructure needs to be improved,” he said.

      Sanjay Bangale, chairman of NMC projects consultative committee, informed there was no water scarcity in main city areas. “Compared to some areas that get 24 hours water, those on the outskirts get supply for 1 to 8 hours. NMC is replacing old pipelines and it will be completed by 2020. New overhead water tanks are being built. So, the city will be ready for any crisis,” he said.

      Water leakages during distribution — in Nagpur they are as high as 40% — is a major concern. On this, Rajgire said up to 15% losses in distribution were acceptable. “Issues like illegal connections and low billing need to be addressed,” he said.

      Builder Santdas Chawla claimed he always tried to promote conservation methods like rainwater harvesting (RWH) through his schemes but in general, people were ignorant. “We have become selfish. Since the city is getting good water supply now, people are least bothered about its conservation,” he said.

      Giving example of the poor response from residents to his water conservation efforts, schoolteacher Vitthal Mate said, “Before Holi, we held a workshop for kids to educate them about celebrating the festival without water. These 15-20 kids did what they were told but adults at their home presented a bad example by splashing huge amount of water.” Sadly, he added, it is the educated class that is opposing RWH.

      Salil Jog of Jog Caterers touched upon financial viability of RWH systems. “The recovery period for investment could be up to 10 years even for commercial establishments. In case of restaurants, most are operated from rented places, so owners feel RWH system is a waste of money. For domestic purpose, the recovery period will be much more. So, one has to go for it considering it as a social cause,” said Jog.

      Architect Ujwala Chakradeo, who is also promoting RWH, said, “Apart from creating awareness, authorities should also make people practise water conservation by having proper system and policies in place. For example, paver blocks shouldn’t be used everywhere as they prevent percolation of water.”

      Retired forest official ND Choudhari, who has promoted water conservation in rural pockets, was of the opinion that by building concrete roads everywhere, we will be preventing percolation of rainwater, which will ultimately go down the drain. “To make matters worse, sources of old water bodies have been closed. Sonegaon lake is best example of this. Apart from closing its water sources, it’s catchment area has been built over,” he said.

      Mate said in outer areas under gram panchayats, there was no check on erratic water use. “Tanks are overflowing and when the guilty are questioned, they take an aggressive stand,” he said.

      Shirish Tare, NMC’s water works deputy engineer, questioned the water allocation to the city. “Ideally, the city only needs 500 MLD (million litres per day) but is getting 700 MLD. Citizens can minimize use with simple methods like using low-use flushes,” he said.

      Pointing out towards water wastage in city, builder Prashant Sarode said many people used drinking water for washing cars. “The more it is available, the more it will be wasted. In Akola, people value water because it is supplied only once in seven days,” he said and added, water was being wasted here because we lacked proper policies and management.

      When pointed out water charges should be increased with consumption to prevent wastage, Rajgire claimed as per the new GR, the rates go up exponentially with increase in units consumed.

      Chakradeo added commercial kitchens and hospitals should go for recycling. Even for residential areas, there should be separate collection points for used water that can be recycled. “Though RWH is compulsory for plots over 3,000 sq ft, it is only on paper,” she said.

      When Bangale pointed out that NMC had powers to fine builders and plot owners for not implementing RWH, Chakradeo said let’s also honour people who had actually implemented the techniques to create awareness. Bangale added illegal connections in slum areas are being disconnected and public taps are being removed. Sarode said collection pits should be constructed every 100 feet along stormwater drainage network to recharge groundwater.

      In conclusion, Mate said government schemes will be of no use unless people participated in it. “Political parties should also reach out to people for this,” he said.










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        ‘Rainwater harvesting can address water needs greatly’

        TNN | Jun 7, 2018, 04:37 IST

        Q. What are the various ways of conserving water?

        A. Any scientific approach is dependent on 4 Rs ie. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and Reclaim (Recovery). Since there are limited sources of fresh and potable water, measures like community level gardening through drip system or sprinklers, collecting wash water for toilet flushing can conserve water to some extent. In cities treating wastewater for recycle and reuse for non-potable purpose including gardening, toilet flushing, pavements washings etc can also save water. Rainwater harvesting in fact is one solution that can do wonder at community levels. Flat schemes as well as individual harvesting can meet substantial water needs including for potable purpose after practising minimal domestic level purification.

        Other case-specific approaches could be (I) efficient storm water collection through drainage network in lakes and reservoirs; (II) groundwater recharging and creating artificial water bodies in water scarce and subsurface hard strata areas respectively.

        Q. Has Neeri done any study on water conservation for city?

        A. Yes, it has demonstrated and implemented decentralized sewage treatment systems for recycle and reuse of treated sewage at Ordnance Factory Ambajhari Nagpur, NIT’s Dayanand Park, Jaripatka, MOIL Staff colony Gumgaon and others.

        Q. How easy or difficult it is to do rainwater harvesting at individual level?

        A. Municipal Councils, corporations should create awareness in common people about installation of rainwater harvesting system. It is very easy to install rainwater harvesting system, and requires combination of PVC/LDPE piping with some filter media. Urban Development Department Govt of Maharashtra has issued notification and guidelines for implementation of RWH system. Awareness among common people will immensely help in implementing RWH system at community level.

        Q. Should treated sewage water be utilized for gardening and car washing etc? How NMC should take up this?

        A: Treated sewage can be utilized for gardening, green belt development after essentially doing treatment and disinfection. However, uses such as car washing should be discouraged and practised only after ensuring complete removal of microbial contamination and organic matter. Municipal corporations can begin this on a small scale by tapping small drains and putting up decentralized STPs.

        Q. Is it possible to practically collect and use storm water? A. Yes, municipal corporations can do RWH through efficient storm water collection and divert water into city’s lakes and reservoirs.

        (Girish R Pophali is Principal Scientist, Waste Water Treatment Division, CSIR-NEERI)









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          HC blasts MSEDCL, SNDL over power to illegal structures

          Vaibhav Ganjapure| tnn | Jun 7, 2018, 05:57 IST


          Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court on Wednesday passed several strictures on MSEDCL and SNDL for granting power connections to unauthorized constructions, despite specific directives against the practice. It asked top officials of both the entities to file an affidavit within two weeks on taking up responsibility if any untoward incident happened.

          The stringent directives came while hearing of a suo motu PIL based on TOI reports on deaths of 11-year old twins Priyansh and Piyush Dhar and five-year-old Umesh Pande due to electrocution from HT wires in June last year. The strictures came after amicus curiae Shreerang Bhandarkar pointed out contents from special panel’s interim report where it had identified about 122 illegal structures where electric connections were provided from August 31 last year. The concerned officials from MSEDCL and SNDL were told to remain present during next hearing scheduled after two weeks.

          The HC also asked state government to make alternate arrangements for special panel members before asking them to vacate the cottage No. 28 allotted to them for their day-to-day work. The members were asked to vacate the cottage to accommodate legislative members coming for monsoon session starting from July 4. The HC made it clear that panel members shouldn’t be shifted if alternate location is not found.

          The panel’s report indicted civic agencies for ignoring hundreds of unauthorized constructions that have mushroomed near high tension (HT) lines while brazenly flouting the construction (DCR) norms. While three agencies put together had identified 70 structures, the committee could further identify 52 on its own. The report also stated that some structures which prima facie appeared at high risk, were neglected and these agencies should be held accountable for ignorance.









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            Actual work of Smart Road begins in Ashok Stambh

            Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Jun 7, 2018, 19:00 IST

            NAGPUR: The much-awaited work of Smart Road began after some initial hiccups on Thursday. The construction work of this1.1 km road from Ashok Stambh to Modak Point, being developed at a cost of 17.50 crore was to kick off last week.

            On Wednesday notice boards were put up on the road for citizens to understand about the traffic diversions. Bollards were placed few days back on one side of the road to make it two-way so that work can start on the other side.

            This busy road houses the district collector’s office, the district court, education institutes and central bus stand hence there is traffic-related issues with traffic moving slower than usual. “The construction got delayed as we wanted security to man the traffic. There are many diversions and people should know about it. Now, boards are put up and things have been streamlined. We started digging the road on one side – the side by the collector’s office,” said an NMC official.

            The project includes smart signal, CCTV, smart lighting, Wifi, cycle track on both sides of the road, pedestrian crossing, junction development, smart pole, seating arrangement for senior citizens on the walkways, kiosks providing information on important places of the city, underground electric cables etc. The entire road will be concrete.





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              HC slams forest dept for promoting ‘VIP culture’ in Tadoba

              Vijay Pinjarkar| TNN | Jun 7, 2018, 16:46 IST

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              Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday slammed the forest department for allegedly promoting VIP culture for safaris in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).
              The division bench of justices BP Dharmadhikari and ZA Haq directed PCCF (wildlife) to file an affidavit detailing ‘VIP entries’ permitted by TATR last year.

              The court issued the directives while hearing a PIL by wildlife activist Avinash Prabhune who alleged excessive tourism in TATR. The PIL was filed based on a series of TOI reports.

              As per the petitioner, the foresters have failed to protect and conserve the forest, and have allegedly misused their power to allow ‘excessive tourism’ in TATR.

              The petitioner also challenged the circular on entry rules which fixed an entry fee of Rs8,000 per trip if booked before 120 days. The petitioner said that the forest department is exorbitantly charging the common man while allowing VIPs free visits to the park.

              Petitioner’s counsel Tushar Mandlekar said that though only 12 vehicles are allowed in TATR under ‘VIP quota’, papers show that the then field director permitted many vehicles in TATR between April-December 2015 (3,759 vehicles entered the park against permissible 1,248).

              He also said that 322 vehicles were permitted in TATR in seven days from October 31, 2016 to November 6, 2016 by the field director against the sanctioned 84 as stated in the affidavit. Hence, misuse of powers in VIP quota by officials is on the record.

              The HC asked the forest department counsel why VIP quota is need in the country when such practice did not exist in foreign countries. As per the forest department counsel Chotu Uikey, the field director has to permit foreigners, ministers and politicians to TATR. According to the petitioner, there is a rampant misuse of power in the forest department and VIPs are permitted in the park in violation of norms. The petitioner has submitted all details in PIL and a rejoinder exposing violation of guidelines issued by NTCA October 15, 2012 under Section 38 (O) of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 issued on the direction of the Supreme Court.

              The petitioner has also prayed for quashing fee of Rs8,000 per jungle safari and demanded complete ban on VIP entries in TATR in larger interest of wildlife.




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                Nearly 2,100 traffic violators being booked every day in city

                Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 02:05 IST


                Nagpur: It seems that Nagpurians are not ready to be disciplined drivers. Traffic police data shows that 2,060 cases of traffic violations are being reported every day on an average. This includes 1,393 violations captured by CCTV cameras and about 667 cases registered manually by traffic cops. The closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras are proving to be more effective in spotting violations than expected by the traffic police.

                Till June 5, as many as 97,515 cases were registered with the help of over 3,800 CCTV cameras installed at 700 locations to keep a hawk’s eye on the city streets to detect violations and generate e-challans.

                Deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Chaitanya S, said the traffic police started monitoring live footage provided by the city’s extensive CCTV camera network from March 29. The traffic police also took snapshots of violators by taking screenshots from the live footages. At present, the traffic police are focusing on 66 locations and most of them are major junctions.

                Cameras rotate in various angles every 20 seconds. These cameras also help the people sitting in the control room to zoom in and out and set an angle manually.

                The traffic police staff sitting in the control room prepare the e-challans which contain the description and picture of the vehicle captured during the traffic rule violation.

                Of the CCTV camera cases registered, highest number of offenders were booked from zone-3 that covers areas like central Nagpur. Here, with the help of CCTV cameras, the traffic police generated 27,935 challans. Besides this, the traffic police manually booked 29,762 violators.

                At zone-2 that comprises west and parts of south-west Nagpur, the traffic police registered 22,830 violations with the help of CCTV cameras, according to the statistics recorded till June 5.

                To a query, another senior traffic cop said: “It is at an initial stage and a few areas need to be worked upon. For example, fine collection needs to be more effective. However, the system is working and people should cooperate and pay fine on time.”

                With increasing number of vehicles plying on the roads, the new system will serve as the third eye of the traffic police, said the senior cop.

                Besides this, the traffic police are also entertaining complaints through social media groups. Citizens can post complaints and send photos and videos of traffic violation on WhatsApp number 9011387100 and Twitter handle @trafficngp.






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                  NMC ignoring ‘illegal’ house despite complaints since ’95

                  Ashish Roy| TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 02:15 IST


                  Nagpur: Recently, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) razed a marriage hall on Manewada Road which was constructed in a residential area. However, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), its parallel agency, is not razing an unauthorized house since 1995, though several complaints have been lodged in this regard.

                  Mansur Sharif, who resides near Nawabpura Masjid, has been running from pillar to post to get the unauthorized construction of his neighbour Ghanshyam Nakade razed for the last 23 years.

                  Nakade had submitted his building plan to NMC in 1995 but it was rejected by deputy municipal commissioner. He then appealed before the municipal commissioner but did not succeed. NMC officials should have immediately served him a show cause notice asking him to demolish the structure but they did not do so. Nakade’s illegal house stands even today.

                  Sharif continued to lodge complaints with NMC and state’s urban development department (UDD). The assistant director of town planning, NMC, in his letter to UDD, stated that Nakade had constructed the house without taking permission of the civic body.

                  Nakade was issued a notice in September 2004 over the illegal construction. The house owner then submitted an amended building plan in February 2010 but it was rejected by NMC. The grounds were: The dimensions of the house and that mentioned in the map were different, the floor to space index (FSI) was more than permissible and the owner had not left margins on all side as required by development control rules (DCR).

                  In the meantime, Sharif had filed a petition in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court. The HC in July 2015 directed NMC to investigate the matter and take appropriate action. However, NMC ignored this directive and spared Nakade.

                  Sharif has again written to assistant commissioner of Lakadganj zone, urging him to raze Nakade’s house. Two weeks have passed but no action has been taken. Repeated calls to assistant commissioner Subhashchandra Jaideo went unanswered.









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                    NESL wants property tax dept to recover water bill arrears

                    Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 03:17 IST

                    Nagpur: The water works department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to recover arrears of water bills, which have crossed Rs180 crore. Now, the Nagpur Environment Services Limited (NESL), a special purpose vehicle formed to implement 24X7 water supply project of NMC, wants the property taxdepartment to recover the arrears. The proposal will be tabled at the meeting of NESL board of directors on Friday.

                    Following failure to recover Rs91.54 crore, the civic body has disconnected water supply of 1,14,21 consumers. The board will also discuss a proposal for recovery of arrears of disconnected consumers and also a plan to charge groundwater rent from them.

                    Discussion will also be held on revised plan submitted by Orange City Water Private Limited — the firm entrusted to implement 24X7 water supply project — for completion of round the clock water supply work up to May 2019 and bringing 60% consumers under 24X7 water supply scheme up to December 2018.

                    The NESL has also submitted a proposal on creating infrastructure in unauthorized areas where NMC is supplying water through tankers. The NMC is spending crores on payments to 342 tankers that are making over 2,400 trips daily.

                    Other proposals include Rs1.38 crore for shifting of pipeline at Khairpura proposed railway underbridge, installation of new meters against stolen meters, approval to rope in a private firm to monitor non-network tanker with the help of GPRS system and preparing policy regarding billing category for water supply to dispensers proposed to be installed in NMC limits.







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                      Metro plans scooters on rent at its stations

                      Ashish Roy| TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 03:18 IST

                      Nagpur: MahaMetro has decided to provide scooters on rent at its stations for last mile connectivity to its users. It will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Bengaluru-based company for this service. The system is a hit in Bengaluru where some stations have a demand for 5,000 scooters and motorbikes.

                      A source in MahaMetro said that feeder buses would not depart from the station soon after the arrival of the train. “Buses will wait for some passengers so that it is at least half full. Those who don’t want to wait can use the scooters on rent service,” he added. MahaMetro also reckons that very few people will prefer to use bicycles for reaching their destinations in Nagpur, which has a warm weather all year round.

                      The rent for the scooters will have to be paid through automatic fare collection (AFC) cards. “When the rent is paid, the user will get a one time password (OTP) on his mobile. When this OTP is entered in the scooter’s keyboard it will get unlocked. There will be no keys for the scooters. After reaching the destination, the scooter will have to be locked by an OTP,” said the official.

                      The rent for a scooter in Bengaluru is Rs5 per kilometre plus 25 paise per minute idling charges. MahaMetro will try to reduce the rates for Nagpur.

                      The official said the Metro agency plans to provide at least 30 scooters at every Metro station. “The number will be higher in stations which have ample parking space. In other places we will have to acquire land for parking these bikes at the stations. We will take up the issue with the state government after the MoU is signed,” he said. “We will also hold talks with big apartment schemes for parking of these rented scooters,” he added.

                      The Bengaluru-based company is also holding talks with other Metro agencies for providing this service.

                      Commenting on feeder buses, the official said that the tender would be floated when Sitabuldi to Airport South section is nearing completion. “We will start commercial operations of Nagpur Metro on this stretch. So feeder buses will be required then,” he added.







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