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- Property expo in Nashik to showcase over 100 residential projects The exhibition will be held at Hotel Green View. The municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna and city mayor Ashok Murtadak will be inaugurating the exhibition.Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 29, 2016, 12.00 PM IST
NASHIK: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai) and its youth wing will on Friday organize 'Punji 2016', a three-day property exhibition where around 100 residential projects with close to 2,500 flats will be showcased.
The exhibition will be held at Hotel Green View. The municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna and city mayor Ashok Murtadak will be inaugurating the exhibition.
Sunil Kotwal, president, CREDAI said, "The real estate developers and builders across various locations in the city will come together in this exhibition. We want to help the consumers buy their property and make a choice of their dream house at the locations they want to. Through our initiative, these buyers will be able to know the property price across the city. There are around 20 builders with over 100 property projects. There will be around 2,500 flats that will be showcased at the property exhibition."
He added, "There has been a dip in the pricing of property prices. In the past two-three years properties are available at moderate rates to the property buyers. This will be the best opportunity to book or buy their homes at the earliest."
Apart from builders, financial institutions and banks are also participating at the expo so that consumers would be able to get information pertaining to homes loans and interest rates at the same platform.
The initiative undertaken by CREDIA is a unique one keeping in mind the needs of government officials and the commencement of festive season. Visitors can select from various property options like one, two and three BHK, plots, farm house lands, shops, offices and agricultural land.
The builders participating in the exhibition include Anmol Nayantara, Ashoka Buildcon, Bagad Properties, DJ Builders, Karda Constructions, MadhoorBuildwell, Nandan Developers, Paranjape Schemes and others.
Mumbai and Pune have already crossed a saturation levels and there is no scope for the further growth. As a result, there is no alternative to Nashik as the growth is concerned. Property prices are low as compared to Mumbai and Pune.
Nashik has emerged as major industrial as well as property destinations not in the state but across the country. It is blessed with good climate, abundant water, on equidistance from Mumbai and Pune which are the salient features of Nashik.
- Empress Mall violations: HC notice to Nagpur civic body Besides NMC, its assistant director of Town Planning, KSL and Industries Limited, chief secretary of State Urban Development Department, and PVR Cinemas director, are other respondents in the case.TNN | October 27, 2016, 14:00 IST
NAGPUR: Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Wednesday, issued notice to NMC and its other departments on their failure to take action against owners of Empress Mall in which there are large-scale violations of fire safety regulations and other norms.
Besides NMC, its assistant director of Town Planning, KSL and Industries Limited, chief secretary of State Urban Development Department, and PVR Cinemas director, are other respondents in the case. All of them were told to file reply before November 16.
The PIL, filed by social workers Chandu Lade and Rakesh Naidu, through counsels Anirudha Deo and Vivek Bharadwaj, also raised other issues like illegal construction in the mall, pending water bills of Rs 28 crore, property tax dues worth Rs 14 crore, and entertainment tax. The petitioners also highlighted non-compliance of norms of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Central Ground Water Board, Bombay Shop and Establishment Act, Labour Act, and Provident Fund rules. The duo claimed that NMC failed to act on its own notice to the mall owners of vacating all its establishments, as it was unsafe with regards to fire safety.
The petitioners’ prayed for declaration of Empress Mall illegal and demanded its demolition as per the law. They also called for immediate penal action against KSL Industries and PVR Cinemas for failure to follow public safety measures. They pressed for action against NMC officials for neglecting their duties and thus comprising with public safety.
- 70 owe property tax worth Rs 23.72 crore to Nagpur civic body The biggest defaulter with Rs5.63 crores is NIT and N Kumar Projects And Infrastructure Pvt Ltd which are jointly executing the mall project on North Ambazari Road. The NMC is yet to updated a full list of defaulters.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | November 20, 2016, 09:09 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation has prepared a list of 70 property tax defaulters who individually owe more than Rs 10 lakhs, including arrears. Topping the list are educational institutions, the Nagpur Improvement Trust, KSL Group and N Kumar Constructions.
Together, the defaulters have not paid Rs23.72 crores. With this amount, the remaining part of the Suresh Bhat auditorioum, which has a total budget of over Rs 65 crores, can be completed.
The biggest defaulter with R s5.63 crores is NIT and N Kumar Projects And Infrastructure Pvt Ltd which are jointly executing the mall project on North Ambazari Road. The NMC is yet to updated a full list of defaulters.
The NMC’s assistant municipal commissioners of all the 10 zones have been directed by additional commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare to target the big defaulters and recover the money. Tax inspectors have been authorized to issue warrants and notices to defaulters.
“If the dues are not paid, action can be taken against the defaulter under the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act,” said sources. The properties — both moveable and immoveable — can be seized, he added.
“We have a target of collecting Rs 310 crore as property tax this year. In order to do that we need complete cooperation from the tax payers,” said a senior tax inspector.
Sources, however, claimed the NMC is reportedly going slow to recover the dues from big defaulters. Meanwhile, individual defaulters are making queuing up outside zonal offices to pay their dues with old currency as the government has permitted their usage up to November 24.
The NMC has recovered around Rs 14 crores in the last six days under the head of property tax.
The most defaulters — 43 — fall under the non-residential unit category. The next is 17 in the residential-cum-commercial user category, followed by 6 in open plots and 4 in only residential units.
“N Kumar Projects and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and NIT have not paid taxes since 2013,” said a senior official from NMC’s property tax department.
Among educational institutions, the Lokmanya Tilak Jankalyan Shikshan Sanstha is the top defaulter with an outstanding amount of over Rs1 crore. It has not paid property tax since 2004. The sanstha is headed by former state minister Satish Chaturvedi.
The Sanstha is followed by the Asha Education Society which has not paid up Rs 36.90 crores since 2009.
The NIT and its lease holder Director of Bureau Of Indian Standards too have defaulted property tax since 2002 and their dues have touched Rs 58.63 lakh.
- Nagpur: Anandam’s 168 flats ‘unauthorised’ The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board’s (MPCB) high-level committee has observed 28 floors lack environment clearance and MPCB’s consent to establish.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | December 05, 2016, 13:01 IST
NAGPUR: City’s biggest housing scheme — Anandam Project’s 28 floors comprising 168 flats have allegedly turned out to be unauthorized. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board’s (MPCB) high-level committee has observed 28 floors lack environment clearance and MPCB’s consent to establish. Accordingly, a notice has been slapped on developer Goldbricks Infrastructure Private Ltdwarning to prosecute and scrap water and power supply to the project. However, Goldbricks denied any violations.
The MPCB committee’s findings also expose the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) violations done in bid to favour the developer.
The MPCB, on August 11, had constituted a committee comprising five members — assistant secretary (technical) PK Mirashe, regional officer (head office) NN Gaurav, law officer Netra Chaphekar, all from Mumbai, regional officer NS Lohalkar and sub regional officer Hema Deshpande, two from city. The committee was asked to inspect Anandam for verifying if any violations and also allegations made by one of the flat purchasers Avinash Chaurasia. The committee met with unexpected opposition from project land owner during joint inspection with the NMC officials on September 14. Later, the committee with NMC and Goldbricks officials inspected the project on September 29 and also held two meetings.
RTI activist TH Naidu has obtained copy of committee’s report and other relevant documents under the RTI Act. As per the report, the environment clearance sanctioned by the state’s environment department was for S+11 floors for Tower-A and S+15 floors for A-1, B and C. Developer constructed Basement+S+19 floors in Towers- A, A-1, B and C.
The report also mentioned developer constructed E and F blocks with Basement+S+19 floors and no mention about these two blocks in the environment clearance. Though a violation but not technically as developer got sanctioned 17 Towers and constructed only six.
Each floor comprises of six flats so 168 are against environment clearance and MPCB consent.
“NMC cannot sanction building plan without ensuring environment clearance and MPCB consent. Still NMC sanctioned revised building plan of Anandam despite no amendment in environment clearance and MPCB consent,” Naidu told TOI.
The MPCB committee also observed JVS (grab) samples show exceeding limits of parameters as per consented standards. Taking serious cognisance of construction of additional floors neglecting mandatory permission and also exceeding limits, Lohalkar issued the notice dated November 24 to Goldbricks warning of prosecution and scrapping power and water supply.
MPCB official said necessary action will be initiated after receiving the reply from the developer.
Chief manager of Goldbricks Pratik Saraogi said the department on May 13, 2014 has given clean chit to Anandam. “Copy of letter is also available with the MPCB. We failed to understand the reason for pointing out all these flaws by MPCB,” he said.
- Construction norms near Nagpur's Sitabuldi Fort relaxed Earlier, restrictions were up to 100 m from the Fort. A few private property owners such as Hislop College will benefit to a great extent by the move.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | December 06, 2016, 16:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Ministry of Defence has relaxed restrictions on constructions around Sitabuldi Fort in front of Kasturchand Park. The owners of government and private properties will not require no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the ministry for construction activities beyond 10 m from the fort’s compound wall.
Earlier, restrictions were up to 100 m from the Fort. A few private property owners such as Hislop College will benefit to a great extent by the move.
The state urban development department issued a notification on November 7 implementing the amendment made by the ministry on October 21. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has received a copy of the notification, along with the ministry’s circular a couple of days ago.
“Security restrictions with respect of defence establishments/installations located at 193 stations shall apply up to 10m from the outer wall to maintain a clear line of sight for effective surveillance. Any construction or repair activity within such restricted zone will require prior NOC from the local military authority (LMA)/defence establishments,” the ministry’s circular stated.
The list of 193 establishments/instalments includes Sitabuldi Fort.
A very few properties are situated within 100m from the fort. BSNL office is immediately adjacent to the gate followed by Hislop College land.
Hislop College owns over 1.5 acres near the fort in front of Kasturchand Park. “Hislop College premises in Civil Lines is running out of space. We had proposed extension of college in the land available in front of KP. But we were unable to even think of new construction on the land because of restrictions. It will be very beneficial for the college and students,” said one of the office-bearers of Hislop College.
The college principal’s bungalow and some servants’ quarters are situated on the land. A major portion of the land is vacant and lying abandoned since long.
The government departments owing land in nearby localities can also go for development.
An NMC official said the process to get NOC from the ministry was lengthy. “The Defence Ministry has started to think of development of cities and towns. The NMC was given permission for construction of water reservoir inside Sitabuldi Fort after a long time. Restrictions for citizens to visit Sitabuldi Fort should also be relaxed. Citizens and tourists from other places can get to know about the fort that is famous for the battle of 1817,” the official said.
The fort is among 13 defence establishments/institutions in the state where new norms will be applicable.
- Nagpur civic body gets 46-yr-old property tax dues after demonetisation The central government had permitted civic bodies to accept demonetised notes for taxes from November 10.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | December 12, 2016, 12:30 IST
NAGPUR: Over 5,000 people preferred to pay off their arrears of property tax to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) rather than exchanging demonetised notes of Rs1,000 and Rs500 at banks or post offices. Eight taxpayers paid tax pending on their properties for the last 46 years! Though some may have disposed off unaccounted money in paying property tax, the additional revenue will help the cash-strapped civic body settle some dues of development projects.
The central government had permitted civic bodies to accept demonetised notes for taxes from November 10. NMC was paid property tax totalling to Rs31.40 crore between November 10 and December 4, of which 70% or Rs22 crore was accounted for by arrears. Similarly, arrears of Rs3 crore were paid off for local body tax (LBT) and market rent.
NMC data shows that around 65,000 taxpayers paid property tax totalling to Rs31.40 crore between November 10 and December 4. Though the amount was very less, one Hirabai Giri of Lakadganj Zone paid Rs13,000, which included Rs12,416 arrears dating back to 1970-71, and Rs584 current demand.
Another taxpayer Arjun Yadav from Dhantoli Zone paid Rs66,000, which included arrears of Rs63,811 and Rs2,189 current demand. The arrears had been pending since 1985-86. Similarly, Pushpa Narwani from Mangalwari Zone paid Rs64,025, including arrears Rs59,473 1986-87 and Rs4,552 current demand.
NMC sources also told TOI that some arrears running into lakhs were also paid in old currency notes. “Payments were accounted according to each zone, so it is difficult to verify details of 65,000 payments. The process to identify the highest amount in arrears paid is underway. Some 70% of the revenue recovered in these 25 days was arrears,” sources said.
Normally, the civic body gets property tax of around Rs75 lakh per day. In these 25 days, the average tax amount received was Rs1.25 crore.
Similarly, NMC got revenue of Rs3.29 crore from LBT in these 25 days, of which around 70% was arrears. From market department, revenue collected was Rs1.28 crore, of which arrears made up 70%.
However, this development has shocked NMC officials. “Arrears of property tax are usually more than current demand every year. NMC provides services like roads, street light, sewage and solid waste disposal etc from revenue earned from property and other taxes. NMC does not take action against residential properties for long pending arrears. It shows some people are able to pay taxes but are not paying intentionally,” a senior NMC official said.
With additional revenue of Rs25 crore coming in just 25 days, NMC has paid long pending Rs10 crore for Suresh Bhat auditorium, work on which had been abandoned for some time following the financial crisis. Also, pending bills of diesel for vehicles, power bills and private contractors were also paid.
- HC allows 2 property owners to ask for their land back from MADC Alternatively, the petitioners were granted liberty to inform the respondents that they do not intend to submit representation, and if it was made, they will be entitled to compensation for their lands acquired pursuant to the notifications.Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | May 09, 2017, 10:30 IST
NAGPUR: Granting partial relief to two petitioners, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has allowed them to stake a claim in their properties acquired by Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) for the Mihan project.
“The petitioners will be at liberty to make representation to authorities under Section 48(1) of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, for release of their lands acquired pursuant to the notifications,” a division bench comprising justices Prasanna Varale and Zaka Haq held.
Alternatively, the petitioners were granted liberty to inform the respondents that they do not intend to submit representation, and if it was made, they will be entitled to compensation for their lands acquired pursuant to the notifications.
“The compensation to be determined by considering date on which the possession of lands in question was taken. If petitioners choose to file representation, and it was rejected, they will be entitled for compensation determined by considering the date on which possession is taken,” the judges said.
The petitioners — Suretech Hospitals and Vighnaharta Builders and Developers — had approached the judiciary after Nagpur divisional commissioner issued notices to them that the 59.50 hectare was likely to be required for public purpose on May 30, 2007. They were notified that the land was required urgently, and they would have to transfer the land to MADC at the earliest.
Suretech challenged this through senior counsel KH Deshpande and Akshay Sudame while Vighnaharta moved the court through senior counsel Avinash Gordey and CV Kale.
Both parties contended that the acquisition was made by imposing an urgency clause, while the authorities were unable to present proof of any urgent activities. They added that such order of acquisition of land should be issued by the state government and not by the commissioner, who is not competent authority to issue the notification.
The land in question was acquired for project affected persons (PAPs) and therefore, the acquisition should have been made by following provisions of the Maharashtra Project Affected Persons Rehabilitation Act, 1999, they claimed.
The judges noted that the respondents couldn’t explain as to why an urgency clause was imposed and since the acquisition was made for cause other than purpose, the petitioners were at liberty to make representation to authorities for release of their lands.
(With inputs from Mayank Gurnani)
- Nagpur farmer, builder booked for Rs 51.55 lakh fraud After investigating the case for a month, MIDC police registered an offence of fraud on the complaint of one of the bank managers on Thursday.TNN | May 20, 2017, 12:00 IST
NAGPUR: A farmer and a city builder fraudulently procured a loan of Rs51.55 lakh from three banks by producing false registry papers of plots located at Mauza Wathoda some months back. After investigating the case for a month, MIDC police registered an offence of fraud on the complaint of one of the bank managers on Thursday. However, no arrests have been made so far.
The fraudsters, identified as Shreedhar Takmode, a farmer from Lakhni tehsil in Bhandara district, and builder Tulshiram Barapatre, resident of Somalwada, prepared duplicate land registry records to procure half crore loan from three banks; Vidarbha Kokan Gramin Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, and Punjab & Sind Bank, all located in the city.
Cops said Takmode, who wanted to buy the land, had prepared duplicate agreement papers and procured a loan Rs15.75 lakh from Vidarbha Kokan Gramin bank. Later, he prepared false registry papers of the land and mortgaged it to Indian Overseas Bank, which sanctioned him loan of Rs16.80 lakh.
Takmode later sold the mortgaged land to his aide Barapatre and the registry papers were produced before Punjab & Sindh Bank, which approved a loan of Rs19 lakh. Takmode deposited a substantial amount in Barapatre’s account, added the cops. Santosh Deshpande, manager in Vidarbha Kokan Gramin Bank, approached the cops and lodged the complaint.
However, the reason for procuring loans from different banks is yet to be ascertained. Cops said the latter two banks have already produced the original registry papers. Cops would also investigate, apart from these three banks, whether any other bank was cheated.
- Nagpur Metro will be extended up to Kanhan: Nitin Gadkari The major works to be executed by NHAI include four lane cement road from Automotive Square to Kanhan, a railway overbridge (RoB) to link the Dragon Palace Temple, etcTNN | Updated: May 22, 2017, 10:58 IST
NAGPUR: Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday reiterated that the Nagpur Metro would be extended up to Kanhan. He was addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of Rs2,700 crore works in Kamptee area. Works worth Rs1,528 crore would be done by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Rs869 crore by state public works department (PWD) and remaining Rs307 crore by local government.
The major works to be executed by NHAI include four lane cement road from Automotive Square to Kanhan, a railway overbridge (RoB) to link the Dragon Palace Temple, etc. PWD would construct a road linking Dahegaon with Kuhi passing through Kamptee.
The minister promised that he would ask Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC’s) waste to energy operator to lift garbage from Kamptee town. “However, the Kamptee Municipal Council will have to collect garbage from the town and deposit it at seven or eight places from where the operator can lift it,” he told the gathering.
Gadkari further said that Tata Group had promised to donate an electric bus of cost to Nagpur. “We will donate it to a non-governmental organization (NGO), which will operate it free of charge for physically handicapped persons,” he added.
The minister said that NMC and Nagpur Improve Trust (NIT) would soon start making cheap houses for poor. “We will make 50,000 such houses. The cost of such houses will be around Rs3 lakh. Only those who don’t have a house will be entitled to get such a house,” he added.
Guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said that overhead power cables would soon be a thing of past in Kamptee town. “MSEDCL will lay all underground cables to replace the overhead ones,” he added.
Former minister Sulekha Kumbhare, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane and NHAI chief engineer Vinay Deshpande also expressed their views on the occasion. A large of prominent citizens of Kamptee were present in the function.
- Nagpur civic body to appeal to Maha govt to make NOC mandatory for residential land sale This is to ensure that taxes have been paid by land developers and builders properlyTNN | May 31, 2017, 12:30 IST
NAGPUR: The Tax Consultative Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will appeal to the state government to make ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) mandatory while making a sale deed of a residential land. This is to ensure that taxes have been paid by land developers and builders properly.
This was decided during a meeting chaired by committee chairman Avinash Thakre, at NMC headquarters, on Monday. According to Thakre, till now, builders and land developers have been paying taxes as per rates set 20 years ago.
Thakre informed that the NMC received 765 cheques amounting to Rs3.05 lakh crores between March 17 and 31 which were dishonoured. Of this amount NMC managed to recover Rs1.16 lakh crores with fine. Another Rs1.86 lakh crores remains to be recovered.
- Did Urban Land Ceiling department illegally approve flat scheme in Nagpur? The hospital land was reportedly owned by Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). Nalini Bute, through Prayag Developers and Builders, had taken the sanction claiming ownership of the land.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | June 03, 2017, 14:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Swawlambi Nagar flat scheme has been hit by yet another taint. The Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) department in the collectorate allegedly notified the land on which the flat scheme is coming up as ‘retainable land’ in lieu of land that did not exist at all.
TOI had, on December 19 last year, highlighted that Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) town planning department sanctioned basement+11 floor flat scheme on 16,140 sq ft land reserved for a veterinary hospital. The hospital land was reportedly owned by Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). Nalini Bute, through Prayag Developers and Builders, had taken the sanction claiming ownership of the land.
After the TOI report, activist Ankita Shah had lodged a complaint with the civic chief, demanding cancellation of building plan sanction, and action against the town planning department engineers. The civic chief had cancelled the building plan sanction on December 29.
Bute and Prayag Developers challenged the civic chief’s order through a writ petition before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. Justice BR Gavai and AS Chandurkar passed an order in the case on April 24.
The statements made by advocates for the respondents — NIT, Process Server Cooperative Housing Society, and Amit and Lalita Salampuriya — during the proceedings said NIT had acquired the land under Bhamti Parsodi Improvement Scheme on May 13, 1981, and also relevant entries taken in 7/12 extracts. The land was also reserved for a veterinary hospital.
AV Khare, counsel for the society, said, “Petitioners (Bute) in collusion with ULC authorities have obtained the order dated January 21, 1999, for changing the retainable land and shifted the retainable land to the land reserved for veterinary hospital. The record shows that subordinate authorities of ULC department, like the tehsildar who inspected the spot, said no land could be declared as retainable, and request of the petitioners could not be accepted. However, the competent authority, i.e. the additional collector overlooked the notings of the subordinate authorities and succumbed to the request of the petitioners, and accepted the request.”
The HC order mentions that advocates of the respondents had alleged wrongdoings by ULC department. The order highlights the contention of senior counsel MG Bhangde, challenging the bindingness of the order passed by the additional collector under ULC proceedings, since the decision was obtained by fraud and suppression of facts.
However, the high court said this is a question of fact and law, which will require evidence to be presented by both parties. So, the high court refrained from going into the question of fact, and left it open to be decided in appropriate proceedings later.
An NIT engineer told TOI that all parties in the case have been given liberty to apply to the civic chief for passing appropriate order, if measurement of land is complete. “The HC has given status quo of eight weeks so NIT will take next steps after lapse or decision on status quo.”
ULC dept in dock
* Allotted 112 ULC lands in improper and illegal manner to various institutions, which were cancelled on recommendation of justice RK Batta commission
* 952 Talegaon Dabhade schemes were approved in the city on ULC surplus lands between 1992 and 2007; but negligence and nexus with developers led to completion of only 17 schemes
* 1,79.21 hectare land acquired under ULC Act but only 870.15 hectare taken into possession and given to revenue department
* Fraud NOCs given for development of layouts and construction of buildings
- Armor colony builder misled us: Nagpur civic body The builder has not got an occupancy certificate for the township. Experts blame NMC too for not doing spot inspection of the township.Manka Behl | TNN | June 05, 2017, 11:00 IST
NAGPUR: While the residents of Sugat Nagar accused the civic body for sanctioning a township under a 33kv high tension cable, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has put the blame on the builder for misleading them. The builder has not got an occupancy certificate for the township. Experts blame NMC too for not doing spot inspection of the township.
The high voltage line, which passes right above the houses in Sugat Nagar and Khushi Nagar, has taken away lives of at least two people and caused severe injuries to many.
According to NMC’s assistant town planning director Supriya Thool, the plan submitted by the builder for Armor Township in Sugat Nagar, showed high tension line to be along the road and not passing above the houses. “While constructing the township, the builder must have built houses at places which he did not show in the map,” she said.
Thool added that the plan was given a tentative approval in 2005 and a final one in 2015. Residents, however, had got possession in 2005.
Builder of Armor Township Anand Khobragade admitted that he does not have an occupancy certificate. “We have all the documents related to sanction from the civic authorities. While taking a sanction, we could not take an occupancy certificate as some of our blocks were still under construction,” he said.
The residents had claimed that the builder had given them an assurance about the line getting decommissioned and getting laid underground. Khobragade, however, denied giving any such commitment. “It is not in the builder’s hands to lay a high tension wire underground. The process has to be carried out by the power distributor agency,” he said.
Experts feel both NMC and the builder are at fault for putting the lives of people at risk. “As per Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, it is the duty of civic body to check the construction time-to-time. It is not permitted to construct houses below a high tension wire,” said a builder requesting anonymity.
He added that the builder too should have revised the sanctioned plan if he was making any changes in the construction.
Thousands of people are staying in a death trap with a 33 KV lines passing right above their houses in areas like Sugat Nagar and Khushi Nagar. In the last few years, two people have lost their lives and many got severely injured after getting electrocuted. On Wednesday, twin brothers got electrocuted and are being treated in a private hospital where they are "critical".
An electrical inspector, who conducted a spot inspection of the area on Friday, is expected to submit its report to SNDL in a day or two.
- Over 50 building basements are flood-prone in Nagpur: Fire dept Almost every monsoon, Gedam’s house in Shanti Niketan Colony, Narendra Nagar, gets flooded. Despite NMC’s usual rhetoric that it is ‘geared up for the rainy season’, this part of the city is gets waterlogged every monsoon.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | June 09, 2017, 18:00 IST
NAGPUR: Though most Nagpurians have been eagerly awaiting rains, there are people like Mahesh Gedam and his family, who dread the onset of monsoon. Almost every monsoon, Gedam's house in Shanti Niketan Colony, Narendra Nagar, gets flooded. Despite NMC's usual rhetoric that it is 'geared up for the rainy season', this part of the city is gets waterlogged every monsoon.
The situation is similar in many other localities including Geeta Nagar, Mohan Nagar, Gaddigodam and around 75 low-lying areas, which the NMC's fire and emergency services department have declared flood-prone.
At a review meeting held on Tuesday, NMC fire and emergency services department's regional disaster management cell identified 59 buildings and high-rise apartments as 'pockets of worries' whose basements may witness inundation. But, this year, the department is especially worried because the increased height of the newly constructed cement roads in the city may worsen the waterlogging problem in homes.
"Rescue teams will keep a vigil in these areas. The department has issued warning to the residents to remain alert during rains," said chief fire officer Rajendra Uchake. The department has also clarified that it won't drain water from basements of their buildings and they will have to make their own arrangements to do so.
Civic experts attribute the flooding to improper planning and lack of stormwater drain network in such areas and dumping of garbage that blocks stormwater drains.
An official admitted that a large part of the secondary stormwater drain network did not have any service road or space by the side of the drain. Hanuman Nagar in Jaripatka area one is among them.
Even though the NMC's health department has claimed to have completed desilting of nullahs, little has been done to improve drainage from localities to these nullahs, residents allege. This has become an annual exercise where huge sums of money go down the drain in the name of monsoon preparedness.
On Wednesday, mayor Nanda Jichkar and ruling party leader Sandip Joshi reviewed NMC's preparedness to tackle monsoon. Joshi has asked officials to submit the status of stormwater drains' cleanliness with their signatures that they had inspected or monitored the drive.
Municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal has tasked various departments with handling different types of emergency situations. Garden and fire department will handle the calls of felled trees; public works and fire departments will respond to water accumulation calls; electric and fire departments will attend to problems related with street lights and electric poles; and health, fire, public works, hot mix departments and mechanical division will attend the house collapse incidents.
A control room has also been set up from June 1 to deal with monsoon related emergencies and will continue to function till September 30.
- Over 41,000 new properties in Nagpur civic body's tax ambit After surveying 1.51 lakh properties in seven zones, NMC has detected 41,881 new properties to increase its property tax revenue.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | June 09, 2017, 12:00 IST
NAGPUR: Finally, the Geographical Information System (GIS) based survey of properties being carried out by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started bearing fruit. After surveying 1.51 lakh properties in seven zones, NMC has detected 41,881 new properties to increase its property tax revenue.
“The assessment of new properties will increase NMC’s revenue by almost Rs 6 crore a year,” said a senior officer of NMC’s property tax department.
With the city expanding, new residential areas are coming up in all directions. Old bungalows are giving way to multi-storied apartments. Surprisingly, the number of property tax payers hasn’t risen much. This is due to NMC’s failure to effectively implement the tax assessment process. As per conservative estimates, around a lakh properties are yet to be assessed, sources revealed. Besides, many older properties have not been re-assessed and continue to pay a paltry tax.
Until last year, NMC was slow to detect new taxable properties. Sources said in the four financial years from 2012-13 to 2015-16, NMC recorded an increase of 51,494 properties, including both residential and commercial. As per NMC records, the city has 5,85,660 taxable properties, including 5,13,835 residential and 71,825 non-residential (or commercial) units.
To address the untaxed properties, the civic body had started a GIS-based survey of properties. So far, the GIS survey has been carried out in only seven zones. In Ashi Nagar zone, the NMC detected as many as 27,342 new properties. It was followed by Nehru Nagar zone with 6,250 new properties, Hanuman Nagar zone and Mangalwari zone with 3,979 and 3,220 new properties respectively.
NMC officers said it is just a tip of the iceberg as they have completed survey of only 1,51,691 properties in the city and over 4.5 lakh are yet to be covered.
Sources suggested NMC should target the suburbs as there are lakhs of unassessed properties. The civic body should bring those properties under tax ambit and improve revenue collection, sources said, adding that NMC has the potential to generate Rs500 crore from property tax department only.
Meanwhile, a senior officer admitted that NMC has not yet started generating property tax invoices and this may be delayed further. He pointed out that the delay is due to implementation of annual letting value and calculation of all properties as per ALV. He said that before issuing invoices the department will give 21 days for property owners to submit suggestions and objections. So, the civic body may start issuing final invoices by July-end, he said.
- Fly ash bricks to be mandatory in all constructions in Nagpur Managing director of Mahagams Shyam Wardhane told the policy has been implemented as per directives of the central governmentAnjaya Anparthi | TNN | June 15, 2017, 18:00 IST
NAGPUR: Fly ash bricks will soon be made mandatory for all constructions, be it individual houses, residential flat schemes or commercial complexes, across the city and district. All civic bodies, including Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), will include this condition while giving permission to building plans. Fly ash use will also be made mandatory in cement roads, as per the new Fly Ash Utilization Policy by the state government.
The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) has implemented the policy and its subsidiary Mahagenco Ash Management Services Ltd (Mahagams) is ensuring effective implementation of the policy.
Managing director of Mahagams Shyam Wardhane told the policy has been implemented as per directives of the central government. "Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and energy minister Chandrashekar Bawankule are pursuing effective implementation of the policy. Mahagams and NMC have executed a MoU for utilization of fly ash. Similar MoUs will be done with NIT and municipal councils in the district," he said.
NMC additional municipal commissioner Ramnath Sonawane said town planning department will begin to make use of fly ash bricks mandatory while giving building plan permissions soon. "NMC will also utilize fly ash in all cement concrete road works."
Wardhane said an industrial cluster for manufacturing fly ash based materials - bricks, blocks, pavers etc - will be developed at Koradi Thermal Power Station (KTPS) land within a month. "Mahagams is taking the initiative to ensure availability of fly ash-based materials, if the civic bodies make its utilization mandatory in constructions. Mahagams has already received proposals from over 400 brick manufacturers to set up units to use fly ash. One of the manufacturers is ready to produce over 2 lakh bricks every day. Manufacturers will be given land free of cost, and concessions in all required resources like water, power, taxes etc," he said.
Wardhane added fly ash-based bricks will be cheaper and better quality as compared to soil-based bricks. "Fly ash-based bricks are erosion-free, have better thermostatic value, and require less coal/fuel while baking."
He also said up to 30% fly ash can be utilized in cement concrete roads. "This can bring down costs and also improve quality. Fly ash in cement concrete roads prevents cracks. Fly ash will also be utilized in all housing schemes to come up under Housing For All Project, and all roads to be constructed under Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana," he said.