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    Illegal structures on roads: HC seeks chief secy’s reply

    Vaibhav Ganjapure| tnn | Jun 8, 2018, 04:16 IST

    Nagpur: Expressing disappointment over Maharashtra government’s failure in removing illegal religious structures on roads, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court asked chief secretary to file an affidavit on steps taken in this regard.

    A division bench comprising Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Zaka Haq also granted last chance to Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to make a definite statement on removal of such structures which have mushroomed in the city in the last few years. The HC asked the civic agencies to file comprehensive reply before June 20.

    The court was hearing a plea by Dr Gajanan Zade and Manohar Khorgade, through counsel Firdos Mirza, praying for removal of religious structures, pandals, stages, statues and others from roads, pavements and public utility places.

    “We’ve taken note of orders passed by the Supreme Court in this regard. It’s not in dispute that period of six months stipulated earlier by the government had expired. At Bombay, in PIL (No.104/2010) lastly, time was extended by six months in 2016. Petitioners’ submit that religious structures have still not been removed and it’s not clear that exercise of categorizing them in Category A, B and C is over or not,” the judges said. They also pointed out that the government on May 5, 2011 constituted a committee at the state level with chief secretary as its chairman and hence he should file a reply.

    Quoting a debate on television, the judges pointed out that a grievance was being made about use of public money for erecting statues and monuments. It was also pointed out during the debate that for hospitals or schools, government is not making land available. However, huge amounts are being allocated for statues and monuments. “Hence, we want to find out whether there is any law or policy which regulates the issue of erection of statues or monuments,” they said.

    Citing various Supreme Court rulings, the petitioners pointed out that the apex court had directed chief secretaries of all states to remove encroachments at public places and government land. Citing Bombay Police Act where the cops can take cognisable action against encroachments like pandals for religious festivities, the petitioners claimed the police are doing nothing. Additionally, the NMC Act empowers the civic body to remove encroachments, but it is also ignoring the issue, they said.








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      Relocation of rly facilities delays Ajni multi-modal hub

      Ashish Roy| tnn | Jun 8, 2018, 06:20 IST

      Nagpur: The detailed project report (DPR) for multi-modal passenger hub in Ajni is ready but National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to defer its submission due to a demand raised by Central Railway (CR).

      NHAI will build an integrated bus, rail and Metro station in Ajni. As Nagpur Metro will link the city airport to the station, it will have air connectivity in effect.

      NHAI has to acquire 75 acre land belonging to CR in Ajni. CR has some essential facilities on this land and they have to be relocated. CR has asked NHAI to suggest a plan for their relocation. The highway agency is therefore conducting a survey of entire railway land in Ajni to find suitable locations. Divisional commissioner Anoop Kumar is coordinating the work.

      “We will not submit the DPR to the Central government until CR gives a green signal to the relocation plan prepared by our consultant,” a NHAI official told TOI.

      The cost of the project, known as inter-modal station (IMS), is around Rs1,600 crore, and it will be spread over 445 acres. The pre-feasibility study done in early 2017 had found the project to be viable.

      IMS is being constructed only in two cities of the country — Nagpur and Varanasi. The Orange City has been chosen due to Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari while Varanasi is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency.

      Nagpur IMS is being built with an eye on future. NHAI envisages that 3.5 lakh people will use the facility by 2050.

      Ajni railway station would be modernized, a bus terminal having 400 bays would be constructed and Mahametro’s Congress Nagar station would be integrated into the structure.

      A huge multi-level underground parking with a capacity of 3,600 cars will be built. A large number of spacious waiting rooms will be constructed. A private party will build hotels (budget as well as high-end), commercial complexes, food court etc at the station.

      NHAI plans to acquire land belonging to Ajni railway colony, medical staff colony and Central Jail for the project. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) with representation of NHAI, ministry of railways, Mahametro, state government entities like PWD, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and Nagpur’s civic bodies will be formed for executing the project. While the private partner will invest Rs450 crore, the SPV will avail a loan of around Rs1,100 crore from World Bank for the project.









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        State to sanction Rs4 crore for Morna river development

        Manka Behl| TNN | Jun 9, 2018, 02:38 IST


        Nagpur: State forest and finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has agreed to sanction Rs4 crore for the development of Morna river.

        Akola district collector Astik Kumar Pandey, who initiated the river cleaning campaign, confirmed the news to TOI. As reported by TOI earlier, the district administration was preparing a detailed project report (DPR) of Morna river.

        The DPR was recently presented to Mungantiwar. “After suggesting some modifications, the minister agreed to sanction Rs4 crore for the first phase of the development project,” said Pandey. The DPR has been submitted to the state environment department.

        The funds will be used to save water for the summer season when Akola often faces acute water shortage. Pandey informed that two water storage structures will be built at the starting and ending points of the river. “Water will be conserved without obstructing the natural flow of river and without disturbing the water budget. The stored water will be very useful during summer months,” he added.

        The total estimated budget of this technique is around Rs20 crore. The administration also plans to approach a central government agency for funds.

        The DPR also includes cleaning of the river. As reported by TOI earlier, many major and minor drains meet Morna at different points. As a pilot experiment, to ensure that only clean water enters Morna, the administration set-up phytorid wastewater treatment plant at one of the major drains. Phytorid is the patented technology of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute’s (Neeri) and uses specific plants to absorb nutrients directly from waste water.

        Apart from this, the administration is using bio-sanitizers for cleaning the waste water that enters the river. “We have installed biosanitizers at 9-10 spots and are getting positive results,” said sub-divisional officer of Akola Sanjay Khadse.

        He added that the work of constructing ghats and installing LED street lights alongside the river is under progress. The administration plans to develop Morna on the lines of Sabarmati riverfront project.

        The 92-day-long ‘Clean Morna River’ campaign, a citizens’ initiative that began on January 13 in Akola, was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Over 35,000 people, including senior citizens, housewives, NGOs, schoolchildren, youngsters and professionals from various fields, have been a part of the campaign.

        On Friday, state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis shared a latest picture of the river on Twitter, stating that the river was full of clean water after the first showers.







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          MahaMetro to prepare DPR for coach plant

          Ashish Roy| TNN | Updated: Jun 9, 2018, 08:11 IST
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          NAGPUR: The board of MahaMetro has cleared proposal to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for coach assembly plant in Butibori. MahaMetro has pegged the cost of the plant at Rs350 crore but the actual figure will be known after the DPR is ready. The board meeting was held in Chennai on Thursday.

          MahaMetro plans to assemble broad gauge as well as standard gauge coaches. The broad gauge coaches will be for Metro trains to Wardha, Bhandara, Katol and Ramtek while standard gauge coaches will be for Pune Metro. If MahaMetro gets orders from other Metros then it will set up a full scale coach manufacturing facility involving an investment of hundreds of crores and providing employment to thousands of people.

          MahaMetro has set a target of completing the assembly plant within one year so that it does not have to buy coaches for Pune Metro. China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) will, however, supply coaches to Nagpur Metro.

          The Metro agency wants central and state governments to invest in the project. It will also rope in a private partner for chipping in with funds and running the plant. MahaMetro will only have a supervisory role.







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            HC summons div comm over Bezonbagh encroachments

            Vaibhav Ganjapure| TNN | Jun 9, 2018, 03:15 IST Representative Image

            NAGPUR: Irked over Divisional Commissioner Anoop KumarShrivastav’s failure to remove encroachments at Bezonbagh, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday summoned him on June 28.

            Expressing anguish for ignoring HC’s repeated directives, the HC issued him contempt notice clarifying that it would frame charges against him during the next hearing.

            A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Zaka Haq further informed the petitioner that they would hear the criminal contempt plea against the commissioner for making false statements if it is filed.

            The crackdown came while hearing a contempt plea by Madhukar Patil through counsel Firdos Mirza alleging commissioner’s inaction for not handing over open plots in Bezonbagh to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) despite court’s clear orders in a related petition (WP No 1515/2008) filed by Atmaram Ukey against the Maharashtra government.

            On December 19, 2008, the HC had directed commissioner to hand over available open space to the corporation after removal of encroachment, as expeditiously as possible, and in any case before January 31, 2009. It also directed him to conduct a survey on encroachments and submit a report along with recommendations to the additional chief secretary of state revenue and forest department.

            A year later on December 9, 2009, the court even censured the commissioner over his inaction while tersely observing that the time sought by him “was just an excuse to delay implementation of its directives”. On November 28, 2011, Ukey filed an application seeking directives to handover open plots which are not used as dwelling houses to the NMC commissioner.

            On May 6, 2016, the HC again directed the commissioner to hand over possession of plots as mentioned in 2011 order. He instead filed an application for modification of that order which was rejected by the court on June 24 in same year. Aggrieved by Kumar’ delaying tactics, Patil knocked judiciary's doors demanding directives to him to implement court’s orders.

            The Empress Mills land was originally allotted to Bezonbagh Sanstha. As per the sanctioned map and plan, the entire layout comprised four big plots admeasuring 80.09 acres. In all the layouts, plots for public utility were reserved. A multi-storied building for the economical backward classes was also planned. However, after some time, illegal constructions started cropping up on the public-utility land, established by influential persons and politicians.









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              Finish 24X7 project by Sept, water operator told

              Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Jun 9, 2018, 02:36 IST


              Nagpur: In a major jolt to NMC water supply operator OCW, the board of Nagpur Environment Services Ltd (NESL) rejected its plan to complete the 24X7 water supply project by May 2019 and asked it to do so by September 2018.

              Following an OCW proposal, the water works department submitted a request on revision of plan for completion of 24X7 water supply work. “Instead, the vice-chairman-cum-managing director of the board Virendra Singh, who is also municipal commissioner of the NMC, directed the company to expedite the work in Hanuman Nagar, Ashi Nagar and Nehru Nagar zones,” said water works committee chairman and NESL director Pintu Zalke.

              In the meeting, the civic chief also directed OCW to restore dug up roads within 20 days. Mayor Nanda Jichkar, who is chairperson of the NESL, ruling party leader Sandip Joshi and leader of opposition Tanaji Wanve (who are directors) were also present.

              To ensure 24X7 water supply, OCW was supposed to lay household service connections at 3,20,211 houses and water network of 676km. However, it could only complete 1.69 lakh household connections and 600km water pipeline network.

              The approved project cost is Rs387.86 crore. Already, the cost has increased to Rs566.09 crore due to the delay. The meet also decided to release payment to OCW in accordance with work progress.

              The meeting, however, gave nod to NESL’s proposal to recover water tax arrears through property tax department. The proposal was cleared on condition that the property tax department will get 10% of the recovered arrears. Currently, arrears towards water consumers is around Rs180 crore including Rs91.54 crore from 11,421 disconnected consumers and Rs93.59 crore from 1,76,035 consumers.

              Zalke said water works department had no power to recover water bill arrears and can only disconnect defaulters’ water supply, whereas tax department has power to auction even properties of defaulters. So the decision has been taken to recover of arrears of water charges through the tax department, he said.

              The board was in favour of waiving delay payment charges of water consumers from slums. According to data, the outstanding from slum-dwellers is around Rs16 crore. The board also okayed a proposal to set up water dispensers in city. Water will be provided at a rate of 2 paise per litre, said Zalke.

              The board also cleared a proposal to install 14,000 new meters in houses from where meters were stolen. The consumers will have to shell out Rs800, while OCW will share an equal amount, said Zalke. It also okayed shifting of pipeline at Khairpura proposed railway underbridge site at a cost of Rs1.38 crore.












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                Special committee reports fresh violations at Dhamapur Lake

                Manka Behl| TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 22:17 IST


                Nagpur: In another threat to Dhamapur, the state's biggest man-made lake, fresh violations in high flood risk area have been reported. On Thursday, a panchnama was filed after a spot inspection was carried out by a team of officials.

                TOI has been reporting how the 500-year-old Dhamapur, an identified wetland in Sindhudurg district, is facing threats from construction and other activities. On the recommendations of civil society groups which have been fighting to protect the wetlands, the district administration had formed a first-of-its-kind committee for brief documentation of wetlands.

                The committee, which has around 40 members all experts in different fields, is carrying out brief documentation of 64 wetlands in Sindhudurg.

                Recently, during a spot inspection of Dhamapur, the committee noticed excavation of land and tree felling for a construction in the high flood risk area. “As per the high court’s order, it is a protected area. Even though the land is of private ownership, construction is not allowed as per the wetland rules,” said Sachin Desai, one of the committee members.

                The other members of the committe include educationist Sushma Keni, agriculturist Sandeep Rane, architect Ajit Parab, wildlife conservator Malhar Indulkar and others.

                The committee members immediately reported the violations to the district collector. “During the last 4-5 days, someone is excavating soil from the high flood line area of the lake for doing some construction. The boundary wall is already constructed and 2 teevar trees are already cut. Please save Dhamapur lake,” the complaint stated.

                Acting on it, the collector issued an urgent order to the tehsildar of Malvan, directing him to visit the violation site and report the details. Stating that officials of the concerned department should also accompany the tehsildar, the collector said that the report should be submitted before 4pm on June 7.

                However as per a complaint made by committee members to the state chief secretary, the tehsildar did not visit the spot personally and instead delegated the work to a talathi of Dhamapur. “A talathi does not have powers to lodge a first information report,” committee members wrote.

                Following this, a team comprising of circle officer, a forest official from the mangrove cell and others visited the spot and conducted a panchnama. An official from the tehsildar office told TOI that the report will be submitted in a day or two.

                Stating that no further damage should be caused to the ecosystem of Dhamapur lake, the committee members have demanded strict action against the violator. Member of the wetland grievance redressal committee Stalin D said that the violations reported by the committee should be taken seriously. “Setting-up a committee to document details of wetlands is a welcome step; at least the violations are coming on record for the first time. Those damaging environment have no fear of law,” he added.







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                  MahaRera detected 50 violations in city projects

                  TNN | Jun 10, 2018, 02:08 IST
                  The Maharera and CREDAI Nagpur Metro workshop was held at a city hotel in Ramdaspeth on Saturday

                  Nagpur: Ever since registrations under Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Rera) began in May 1 last year, Nagpur MahaRera has detected close to 50 violations in ongoing projects in the city and necessary action has been taken against the erring realtors. The drive is still underway, said Girish Joshi, deputy secretary of Vidarbha region of MahaRera, on Saturday.

                  Joshi was speaking at a daylong symposium organized jointly by Nagpur MahaRera and Credai Nagpur Metro at a city hotel.

                  The symposium consisted of a workshop on ‘Compliance activities for registered projects under Rera’ which was conducted after the general body meeting of Credai members. It also provided an insight into the rules and criterion for Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana, apart from live demonstration of online registration process of Rera on the website.

                  Addressing the gathering of aggrieved audience of almost 250 real estate promoters and owners, BR Hadadre, technical head of MahaRera from Mumbai, said, “Maharashtra has been the leading state in terms of registrations since Rera came into force last year. Over 17,000 projects have been registered till date. Vidarbha alone has more than 850 registrations with Nagpur leading with approximately 400 registered projects. If used by realtors and customers to its full strength, Rera will bridge the gap between them and bring transparency in the system.”

                  Hadadre said, “We have found some lacunae in the Act and submitted quite a few amendments to the central government. However, discrepancies about registration on the Rera website will hopefully get solved after the workshop.”

                  Aarti Harbhajanka, associate director of KPMG group from Mumbai, gave a live demonstration on the process of registering a project and update its progress on the Rera website. “A promoter or owner should update the progress of their projects every 90 days failing which penal action can be taken. It also needs to be extended if the occupancy certificate for the project from the authorities has not been received. Rera has a provision of extending registration by paying 20% of the initial amount for a maximum period of one year,” said Harbhajanka.









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                    MIDC to focus on procedural reforms

                    TNN | Jun 10, 2018, 02:09 IST


                    Nagpur: Priority will be accorded to growth of electronic clusters as it is a booming industry and policy decisions taken on sick units and giving space for solar power generation plant, said Abhishek Krishna, joint chief executive officer of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), on Saturday.

                    Addressing a review meeting at VIA Hall, Krishna assured entrepreneurs that efforts will be made to solve the problems they faced. He said MIDC will focus on undertaking procedural reforms for better functioning.

                    The issue of fire safety norms was raised following which representatives of the industry recommended that a self-certification mechanism for low hazardous industries be developed. To this, Krishna said online information about fire safety norms will be given.

                    The issue of plight of investors due to glitches in AutoDCR, a scrutiny and approval system for building plans, was highlighted and recommendations were made to make the helpline more efficient. Officials representing different units also complained that there was a communication gap as they were not being informed about various reforms in procedures. Krishna said plans are afoot to shift AutoDCR software from a server to a cloud for making it more user-friendly.

                    Questions were raised about the absence of sewage lines in MIDC-controlled areas which went against the spirit of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It was also stated that around 70% of the waste is plastic which can be an excellent source of revenue.

                    Krishna told industrialists that many eco-friendly methods can be used with the development in technology. Replying to a question on auction of plots by MIDC and giving priority to emerging entrepreneurs for business expansion, Krishna said e-auction aimed at a transparent mechanism cannot be relaxed.

                    It was suggested that the provision for approval of technical adviser should be removed as it causes delays. However, Krishna said such approvals are necessary as inspection procedure requires an expert’s opinion, especially when it comes to IT parks. This provision could be relaxed for other industrial units, he said.

                    (Reporting by Samruddhi Chiplunkar)









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                      Cracks on outer ring road even before start of regular traffic

                      Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 10, 2018, 03:26 IST

                      Nagpur: Cracks as well as potholes have started developing on few newly concretized stretches of outer ring road (ORR) even before the formal start of the road for regular traffic, raising questions on quality of works.

                      A visit to ORR stretch between Amravati road and Wardha road revealed cracks in large numbers in a couple of locations on few concretized stretches. In other sites, the cracks are wide and from one side of the road to the other. Small sized potholes can also be seen at some locations. None of the concretized stretch is opened for traffic as of now.

                      Confirming the cracks, NHAI project director N L Yeotkar said private companies are bound to replace all defective panels that too for 20 years. “Project is being executed under the NHAI’s hybrid annuity model (HAM) in which the contractors are supposed to take care of the projects for 20 years. Our site officials are always on the project. We will monitor the cracks. Repairing will be done if cracks do not widen beyond 1-2cm but if it is above 2cm in width, the entire panel will be replaced. There are many such provisions in the contract to get the faulty works rectified,” he said.

                      The project, sanctioned by Union minister Nitin Gadkari, to complete ORR at the cost of Rs1,170 crore has also got delayed to a great extent.

                      As per information obtained by activist Suraj Lolge under RTI Act, the NHAI awarded package-I of Rs531 crore to MEP Nagpur Ring Road 1 Private Ltd and package-II of Rs639 crore to MEP Sanjose Nagpur Ring Road 2 Private Ltd on March 31, 2016. The two concessionaires then appointed MEP Infrastructure Developers Private Ltd for executing the works. The deadline of two packages was 30 months.

                      Yeotkar said 40% works of package-I and 38% works in package-II have been completed.

                      With just four months remaining for the deadline, the chances of completing remaining works of the two packages seem to be a daunting task for the contractors. Delay in works mean inconvenience for the traffic and chances of escalation in the project cost also.

                      Under package-I, the company is nearing completion of ORR widening between Wardha road and Amravati road from existing two-lane to four-lane. The company has also started concretization of stretches between Amravati road and Wardha road and construction of ORR between Amravati road and Katol road.

                      Under package-II, the private company is constructing bridges, railway over bridges and construction of road. The concretization works are yet to begin.

                      The state public works department’s (PWD) Inner Road Cement Concrete Project of Rs300 crore and the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) cement concrete road project phase-I of Rs123 crore and phase-II of Rs324 crore have been also hit due to cracks and inferior quality of works.









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