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- New barrage on Kanhan to double water availability for city Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jul 21, 2018, 03:19 IST
Nagpur: Finally, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is all set to have its own water source. Idea is to develop a new barrage on Kanhan river. If the project materializes, the civic body will get double the water it draws from the river right now.
For NMC, water resources department (WRD) has entered into an agreement with central government’s WAPCOS Limited under city MP Nitin Gadkari’s Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
WRD sources told TOI, WAPCOS will submit a detailed project report (DPR) by December. “WRD conducted survey and prepared some designs. It found construction of new barrage on Kanhan river feasible. Process to get administrative approval for the project and then submission for funds will be started after receiving the DPR,” sources said.
Earlier, NMC was planning to rejuvenate the abandoned barrage on Kanhan river. Now, WRD has finalized a new barrage at NMC’s Kanhan water treatment plant (WTP) downstream of confluence with Kolar river.
At present, NMC is drawing 58 million metre cube (MMC) water from Kanhan river. After this project, NMC can get 109 MMC. The barrage’s storage capacity will be 65 MMC. It will bring down the difference between NMC’s requirement and allocation. As against demand of 269.7MMC, WRD had allocated 197.03 MMC from Totladoh (Pench) reservoir and Kanhan river.
An NMC official said the project will also save huge quantity of water. “Kanhan WTP is having capacity of 240 MLD. But we do not enough water from February to July. We release water from Totladoh into Kanhan river. We will not require to do that any more water after this project is operational,” he said.
One of the reasons behind decrease in water availability for NMC is construction of Chourai dam by Madhya Pradesh government on Pench river. The irrigation is also hit because of it. The state had sanctioned a special scheme of Rs 1,015 crore to minimize irrigation problems.
WRD official said tendering had been started for five of seven lift irrigation schemes (LIS) sanctioned under Rs 1,015 crore scheme and works are likely to begin from October.
On Friday, Gadkari held review meeting of irrigation projects in the state. He informed approval of Rs 13,651.61 crore for new projects and completion of ongoing projects of Vidarbha and Marathwada. Funds have been approved under Centre’s ‘Baliraja Jal Sanjeevani Yojana’. They will benefit 91 projects in 14 districts of which six are in Vidarbha, five in Marathwada and three in other parts of the state.
Gadkari also met CM Devendra Fadnavis and informed him of the pattern of allocation of the funds. The Centre will give 25% of funds and remaining 75% will be of the state but to be given by NABARD.
- Plastic fines, raids against the rules, say associations Manka Behl | tnn | Jul 21, 2018, 05:50 IST
Nagpur: Terming the raids against plastic as against the rules, many associations have directed the shopkeepers to not pay any fine. This comes on a day when the state intensified its drive against plastic, with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) joining the civic body in conducting raids, seizing banned goods and issuing fines.
On Friday, the board and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) conducted a joint raid in Itwari and Sitabuldi during which they collected a total fine of Rs 1.8 lakh. Apart from this, the officials seized 451 kilograms of plastic which is estimated to be worth Rs 61,790.
On the same evening, delegates of Vidarbha Industries Association, Vidarbha Plastic Industries Association, Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce, MIDC Industries Association, Nagpur Hotel Owners Association and others held a meeting during which they decided to form a five-member committee to legally challenge the action taken against shopkeepers.
According to them, the authorities are not complying to the rules and government resolutions. “The procedures followed during raids are completely illegal. As per the rules, the power of conviction lies only with the Judicial Magistrate First Class and the officials had no powers to forcefully impose fine. None of them came with the mandatory warrant for searching shops nor did they prepare a panchnama,” the delegates said.
Stating that rules are being interpreted with a sole aim of collecting hefty fines from traders, the associations said that small traders and shopkeepers are being penalized without providing any clarification. “Most of them don’t even have a daily turnover of Rs 5,000 but the officers have penalized them, irrespective of the relaxation given in the GRs to such shopkeepers. Its nothing but harassment as the officers forced them to get money by any mean,” they added.
Extending support to the shopkeepers, the delegates have asked them “not to fear the raids” and keep their shops open. “Legally, they have the right to refuse paying the fine until proven guilty,” members said.
- HC treats electric poles shifting case as a separate PIL Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Jul 21, 2018, 05:52 IST
Nagpur: After slamming Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for delaying the work for 17 years, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court is now treating electric poles shifting case as a separate public interest litigation (PIL). Now, citizens can hope for removal of poles in a time bound manner.
TOI on June 25 had reported the civic body’s failure to remove poles and transformers from 22 roads in last 17 years. Quoting TOI’s report, amicus curiae and senior counsel Shrirang Bhadarkar had moved an application seeking merger of the case with the PIL related to overhead electric lines and its threats.
HC had considered the application on June 27 and issued notices to NMC and MSEDCL. After going through replies of NMC and MSEDCL, judges DP Dharmadhikari and ZA Haq have said case will be treated as a separate PIL.
Bhandarkar told TOI, HC directed the NMC to submit details of provision of funds made while planning or executing IRDP project due to which electric poles and transformers had come on main carriageway.
“NMC informed HC that works were completed on 19 roads at a cost of Rs 50 crore. NMC added Rs 50 crore more required for completing the remaining work. NMC cited funds’ constraint behind delay that was not acceptable. MSEDCL stated it was having funds for the work,” he said.
NMC’s budget is over Rs 2,200 crore per year. NMC’s claim of lacking funds for safety on roads that too for 17 years was always suspect. Also, MSEDCL had always showed readiness to contribute 50% of cost.
- Architects peeved with online bldg plan tnn | Jul 21, 2018, 05:54 IST
Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to roll out online system ‘Building Plan Management System’ (BPMS), which will ease out the strenuous process of building plan sanctioning.
The sanctioning process, which earlier took months to complete, will be done within 30 days after the NMC launches the portal on July 25. The NMC will probably become the first municipal corporation in the state to launch it under the the central government’s Ease of Doing Business.
During the informative workshop organized by the NMC on Friday, the process was demonstrated live and attended by more than 50 architects and civil engineers, who did not look impressed with the new system.
Under BPMS, a registered architect, civil engineer or structural engineer can register on the portal. They will be provided a digital certificate, mandatory for further process. According to the NMC, this registration process that includes document verification at two levels will be completed within 48 hours. The sanctioning process includes uploading documents and building plan through their TP-client drafting tool.
“Due to digitalization, the time consumed to get building permission will decrease manifolds and will be beneficial to the people,” said Virendra Kukreja, standing committee chairman.
“This shift from manual to online will lead to extracting maximum results with minimum manpower. There is a pressure on us to allot sanction within the time frame of 30 days, a process which used to take minimum 60 days earlier,” Shrikant Deshpande, sectional engineer at NMC, told TOI.
The architects, however, believe that MahaIT (MIT) should ease the software. “The elaborative and exhaustive process of uploading building plans will just increase laborious work as the software is not user-friendly. We want the process of uploading plans to get simplified. They are repeating the same mistakes done with AutoDCR earlier,” said Bhushan Kotwal, an architect.
“The under hand dealings will definitely stop and our clients’ money will be saved, but the architects will suffer. We will have to train our staff to cope with the tedious process and that implies a waste of time and resources,” said Ajay Verma, another architect. The NMC has begun registrations for professionals. It cannot be undertaken by a common man.
The state urban development department has developed BPMS. It is making available BPMS for all urban local bodies in a phased manner. The system has been already implemented in around 240 municipal councils in the state.
- NMC, German city Karlsruhe sign agreement for Smart City projects Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jul 21, 2018, 21:24 IST
Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Karlsruhe, a city in Germany, have executed an agreement for proposed projects under Smart CityMission. Known for speedy and sustainable development, Karlsruhe will share its ideas and concepts with the civic body for planning and executing the projects.
Deputy mayor Deepraj Pardikar, BSP group leader Mohammed Jamal, executive engineer (projects) Naresh Borkar and general manager of Smart City SPV Rajesh Dupare toured Karlsruhe and completed the agreement formalities between July 11 and 18.
The agreement is part of the Central government’s International Urban Co-operation India Project.
At Karlsruhe, Borkar and Dupare gave presentation about the NMC’s proposed projects.
Smart City SPV Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL), headed by additional chief secretary to CM Praveen Pardeshi and CEO Ramanath Sonawane, has started the process to develop pilot project of Smart City at Pardi, Punapur, Bharatwada and Bhandewadi in East Nagpur.
Rs520 crore Smart and Safe City project is nearing completion. Total cost of the project is Rs 3,580 crore, excluding Smart and Safe City project.
- ‘Replace plastic with trendy cloth bags’ tnn | Jul 22, 2018, 03:10 IST
The cloth bag contest was held on Friday
Nagpur: DreamZone School of Creative Studies had organized a cloth bag decoration and painting competition to create awareness about its use at Glocal Square on Friday.
The event was held in association with Swacch Association, Equicity, Centre for Sustainable Development, Paryavaran Prerna Vidarbha and Glocal Ganga Group. Pushpa Gadre of Apanga Seva Niketan, Vijay Limaye, founder of Eco Friendly Living Foundation and artist Sadhana Paliwal were the guests.
Anasuya Kale Chhabrani, a member of Swacch Association, said, “We want to make people, especially the teens, realize that cloth bags can also be trendy and smart.” In comparison to cities like Pune, Mumbai and Delhi, there is a lack of awareness and usage of cloth bags in Nagpur, she added.
As many as 15 participants of different age groups were provided with cloth bags which they painted and decorated. A couple of them showed brilliant stitching skills by using colourful threads to make patterns on the bags.
Artist Nana Misal, Chhavi from self-help group and Radha Sanghi, owner of Purushottam Bazaar, a store which has been using paper bags for three years now, were the judges of the competition.
Gadre, who has been promoting cloth bags for the past 13 years, said people have started realizing the dangerous repercussions of using plastic bags and are slowly shifting to cloth and paper bags.
The participants were judged on the basis of their neatness, innovativeness and creativity. Keeping the spirit of eco-friendliness alive, top three winners of the competitions were awarded a clay water dispenser, an earthen kulhad and bamboo trees respectively. Cash prizes for top innovative designs were also given.
In the design and concept category, Divyani Dhanwani, Dolly Atha and Payal Gumber won the first, second and third prize respectively. In the painting category, Pranita Lakhe was the winner while Moushmi Mitra and Nikita Ghosh were the runner-up. The youngest participant in the competition was one-and-a-half years old Haura Sadikot. The innovative design prizes went to Roshni Mendhe and Sadhana Paliwal.
(Reporting by Ritika Gupta)
- UDD mum, but NMC makes move in Sonegaon lake TDR Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Jul 22, 2018, 03:43 IST
Nagpur: Despite getting deadline of May 2 from the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, the state’s urban development department (UDD) has failed to submit its say on the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) process to change reservation of Sonegaon lake from water body to a project.
Meanwhile, the civic body has resumed the process of changing reservation for granting transfer of developmental rights (TDR) to the owners of the lake for its acquisition.
Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by activists Prashant Pawar and TH Naidu, the HC had directed the UDD to give an hearing to the petitioners and the NMC to decide whether reservation of the lake should be changed and TDR can be granted for a water body.
Petitioners’ advocate A Kesari confirmed that UDD is yet to submit any report to the HC.
In December last year, the activists and citizens had submitted their suggestions and objections on the NMC’s plan to change the reservation and grant TDR to the owners of the lake. The NMC town planning department has sent letters to the activists and citizens a couple of days ago, asking them to remain present for a hearing on July 24 and 25.
The NMC had stopped the process after the HC imposed stay on it. Naidu told TOI that NMC’s decision to resume the process has raised serious suspicion. “On one hand the UDD is not complying with the HC’s orders and on the other hand the civic body is resuming the process despite HC’s stay.
“Instead of giving compensation, the NMC is keen to give TDR to owners of the 16.42 hectares lake. Actually, NMC’s vested interest has delayed the lake acquisition process. The NMC had spent Rs3.24 crore for its rejuvenation and Rs18.25 crore have been approved for it. However, the NMC says its doesn’t have money to acquire the lake, raising a big question. It is learnt, the compensation amount will be less so the NMC is trying its best to grant TDR,” he said.
Assistant director of town planning Pramod Gawande said NMC will not submit its report to the UDD till the HC’s decision. “We are just completing the process which is not a contempt of HC’s orders,” he said.
- ‘New building plan mgmt system full of loopholes’ TNN | Jul 22, 2018, 04:10 IST
Nagpur: Even after promising a fully online building sanctioning process with minimum human intervention that promises faster results, there are a lot of loopholes creeping in in the Building Plan Management System (BPMS) which is set to be launched on July 25.
An initiative under the central government’s ‘Ease of doing business’, the objective of BPMS is to limit or completely skip ‘table to table process’ and digitalize it. But architects and civil engineers will still have to obtain many no objection certificates (NOCs) for getting the plans sanctioned.
For instance, the mandatory NOC from the fire department has to be acquired manually after submitting the layout plan. Similar is the case with the town planning office as there is no provision to procure it online with the sanctioned certificate.
According to civil engineers and architects, this is a major flaw that beats the purpose of going digital. “The already lengthy process of acquiring NOCs will get more tedious due to the added workload of uploading building plans. It would help if that process was also skipped or digitalized,” said Dewang Kothari, a consulting civil engineer.
“Fire NOC is an integral part of the sanctioning process and half-online half-offline system will cause confusion and consume time,” said Anil Nair, president of Credai. In case of uploading and linking Aadhaar card of all the owners and getting OTPs will be a Herculean task and will pose a major hindrance, especially when multiple owners will be concerned, he added.
Architect Swapnil Varambhe said, “Uploading voluminous ownership documents and sale deeds will result into wastage of time and resources. We make drawings in the format which can be interpreted, but the system asks to redraw it. Even after uploading documents and plans, it is subject to approval from the chief engineer. This is not ease of doing business. Rather, it will make the process more complicated.”
Standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja said, “Architects and civil engineers can notify us if the builder is not cooperating and the building is according to the sanctioned plan and vice versa. We have the authority to cancel the registration of architects submitting plans not adhering to DCR guidelines.”
Mayor Nanda Jichkar, deputy mayor Deepraj Pardikar and leader of the opposition Tanaji Wanve were present at the workshop organized by Nagpur Municipal Corporation.