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    50-year-old tree falls, Metro plans to transplant it

    Manka Behl| TNN | Jun 14, 2018, 02:52 IST Tree fell due to damaged root during metro rail cable work at Aakashwani Square in Nagpur on Wednesday June 13th 2018

    Nagpur: In a close call on Tuesday, a huge 50 year-old Neem tree fell at the busy Akashwani Square putting lives of motorists and passers-by at risk. Environment activists alleged that the incident took place due to negligence while laying cable for Metro’s sub-station. Mahametro will now be transplanting the tree.

    As per the officials of the Metro agency, the work of laying electric cable was being carried out opposite the district court. The cable was being laid from Mahatransco 132 KV sub-station at Mankapur to Mahametro’s radial sub-station (RSS) at Jhansi Rani Square.

    While digging the trench, a JCB cut-off roots of the tree from both sides, said members of NGO Green Vigil Foundation. TOI visited the spot on Wednesday and found that the entire tree was uprooted, damaging a nearby compound wall. It was evident that the roots were damaged during the excavation work as remaining part of it was visible beneath pavement on both sides.

    “Roots of trees which were in the middle of the trench were damaged. This Neem tree was quite big and lost balance during winds,” said Kaustav Chatterjee, founder of Green Vigil.

    According to a nearby kiosk owner Ashok Prajapati, the tree collapsed on Tuesday morning. “The trench was dug few weeks back and roots of few other trees were also damaged,” he said. Workers at the site said that roots got cut by the JCB.

    Pointing out that the incident could have caused casualties, Chatterjee said that in such cases the trench should be diverted. “While laying out cables, it is not necessary to maintain a straight line. If there are trees in between, the trench can go around them without damaging the roots,” he added.

    Assuring to save other trees from such damage, Mahametro officials said that the Neem tree will be transplanted in the agency’s plantation site near Ambazari Lake which is called ‘Little Wood’. “Though for safety reasons a large portion of the tree’s upper part was cut by the civic body, we will still try to transplant it by making a root ball. The tree’s trunk and some parts of the roots are still in place,” they added.

    If done, this will be Mahametro’s second transplantation. In December last year, the horticulture department of Mahametro transplanted 15 trees of different species at a newly built residential society in Mihan.









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      HC stays govt’s move to dissolve NIT

      Vaibhav Ganjapure| TNN | Jun 14, 2018, 02:55 IST


      Nagpur: In a setback to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ plans to dissolve the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted an interim stay on the Maharashtra government’s move.

      Vaidnyanik Vikas Yuwak Aghadi president Satyavrat Dutta, through counsel Shreerang Bhandarkar, challenged cabinet’s decision of December 27, 2016, where it principally agreed to dissolve NIT from December 31, last year, but it was marred by delays on one or other counts till date. The ministers also approved transfer of its powers and responsibilities to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA). The civic body was set-up under the NIT Act, 1936. The petitioner prayed for quashing or staying cabinet’s 2017 decision.

      A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Zaka Haq issued notices to the State Urban development Department and other respondents, asking them to reply within two weeks. NMC commissioner, NIT chairman and NMRDA managing director are other respondents in the PIL.

      Claiming cabinet’s move a “politically motivated” decision, the petitioner said in NIT’s absence even the planning authority like NMRDA wouldn’t be in a position to directly take up the developmental schemes and works in the metro region to ensure planned urbanization of the metropolitan region. The move is against the public interest and would also hamper city’s pace of growth drastically, he contended.

      Terming government’s decision as “ambiguous”, Dutta pointed out that seven schemes started by NIT are still incomplete and future of its employees would be in jeopardy due to its dissolution. “The applicability of NIT Act is extended to the whole metro region. Thus, it can be safely said that the NIT is now in a position to take improvement schemes even outside city limits over t metropolitan region,” he said.

      He further pointed out that the bodies like Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) are continuing to exist and therefore, there is no violation of Article 243-ZD and 243-ZE of the Constitution of India.

      Explaining the NIT’s role in city’s development, he said it was set up to control the city’s future expansion by implementing different types of schemes to the metro region so that these areas can be developed in a planned manner and there is no unplanned development.

      (With inputs from Vaidehi Kolhe)







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        No. of flood-prone areas rise due to haphazard infra works

        Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Jun 14, 2018, 03:00 IST

        Nagpur: Due to several ongoing infrastructure works and haphazard planning, more areas in the city face the threat of flooding this year, reveals a survey by Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s fire and emergency services department. The department has identified 70 such localities that are prone to inundation during monsoon.

        Interestingly, the NMC’s administrative building is no exception. On Wednesday, Team TOI found waterlogging in the car parking area of the administrative building. Sources said with no proper drainage facility, water can be found accumulated in the basement even if it rains moderately.

        In 2018, the fire department has identified flood prone spots and roads using inputs from the city and traffic police. Due to ongoing cement road works and the increased height of the roads, the number of localities in the list of low-lying areas has increased by over a dozen, the study shows. The new areas included in the list of flood prone are Shankar Nagar Square, Ujwal Nagar, Alankar Talkies, Sevadal Nagar, Raj Nagar, Ashok Chowk and Medical Square.

        Most spots identified are either situated in slum areas or congested parts of the city, while some parts are close to Nag or Pili rivers, the study stated.

        According to the study, the highest number of low-lying areas has been identified under the jurisdiction of Narendra Nagar fire station. Here, the fire department identified 22 flood prone areas and they included Ladikar Layout, Trimurti Nagar, Shanti Niketan Colony, Shatabdi Chowk (Manewada Ring road) and a few parts of Laxmi Nagar near Aath Rasta Chowk. It is followed by Ganjipeth and Sugat Nagar fire stations with 14 each flood prone spots.

        TOI visited many low-lying areas and during interaction with the citizens and shopkeepers found that negligence in drain management, blockage of inlets and encroachment are some of the reasons for flooding.

        “As many such areas, including some of the flood prone spots, have no drainage facilities, there is a need for revised mapping to understand existing challenges,” a senior official from NMC’s public works department admitted.

        Many low-lying areas in Narendra Nagar and Sugat Nagar have no stormwater drains, the official said.

        “Blockage of secondary drains, bad planning of layouts and construction has resulted in rainwater from several upstream localities flooding low-lying areas. Shankar Nagar is one such example. Also, there is more flow of rainwater into drains owing to increased concretization, but the carrying capacity of the drains has remained the same over the years,” said a health department official.

        “With fund crunch dogging its civic infrastructure projects, the NMC has been in a scramble to identify funding sources to complete missing links of stormwater drains in various parts of the city,” the senior PWD official added.








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          NMC to auction N Kumar’s properties for tax recovery

          Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 14, 2018, 02:58 IST

          Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to identify and auction properties of builder N Kumar for recovering property tax arrears of Rs36.09 crore on Inox Mall, situated in Wardhaman Nagar of East Nagpur. Similar action is also likely on Kumar’s Poonam Mall situated at Alankar Talkies Square in West Nagpur as it owes arrears of Rs9.89 crore.

          The NMC had auctioned 200 properties since November last year to recover tax dues on them. However, in case of Inox Mall the civic body will be looking for N Kumar’s other properties to be auctioned as the land on which the mall stands is owned by the NIT. The NMC’s Lakadganj Zone had proposed to auction the mall but the head office changed the module.

          NMC official told TOI, “Inox Mall cannot be auctioned as the land is owned by Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). Kumar’s Indo Pacific Infrastructure Private Ltd is a BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer) operator of the mall. After NIT’s abolition, the property will come to the NMC. Therefore, decision has been taken to identify other properties of Kumar and auction them for recovery of tax.”

          NMC official added that Kumar stopped paying property tax of the mall since the tax revision in 2013.

          “NMC had started to levy property tax on the mall in 2006. The tax was assessed as owner occupancy property after Kumar claimed he was business partner in all establishments situated in the mall. Tax was levied as per owner occupancy till 2013,” the official said.

          The NMC conducted an investigation into all malls to check whether property tax was recovered as per tenant or owner occupancy. Tax in tenant occupancy is very high compared to owner occupancy. Mall’s tax was revised to tenant occupancy in 2013. “The state’s auditor general, in 2015, raised objection for not levying tax as per tenant occupancy from 2006 onwards. Then, the NMC levied difference amount on the mall from 2006 to 2013. Kumar objected to the revision in tax. The NMC rejected his objection in March 2017. Yet, Kumar has not paid the tax,” the official said.

          Similarly, Kumar reportedly has not paid property tax of Poonam Mall situated at Alankar Square since its opening in October 2013. The NMC had assessed property tax as per tenant occupancy. Kumar raised an objection that was settled in February this year.

          The official also said NMC levied property tax on the two malls as per tenant occupancy after obtaining documents and information filed by Kumar with income tax department. “Kumar has shown occupants of the two malls as tenants and also reported rental income,” he said.

          Kumar said he did not get any notice for auction of his properties. “I had submitted objections on the property tax of the two malls and both the cases are pending,” he said.








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            Now, NMC prior nod must before digging up roads

            Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 14, 2018, 03:40 IST

            Nagpur: Taking serious cognizance of bad quality of restoration of trenches across city roads, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh has made it mandatory for all agencies, be it Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) contractors or other government departments, to seek permission and pay security deposit for digging on the roads. The civic chief also directed NMC officials to forfeit deposits and restore trenches if work done by them was not up to the mark.

            Singh, in a meeting held on Wednesday, also decided to hold review meeting with all agencies— MahaMetro, MSEDCL, NHAI, state PWD etc— on second Tuesday of every month for proper co-ordination in execution of works and restoration.

            Now, NMC’s contractors like Orange City Water Pvt Ltd that is executing 24x7 water supply project, L&T that is doing Smart and Safe City project, agencies executing LED streetlight project, MSEDCL and other government agencies will also be required to take permission and pay security deposit.

            TOI had reported about inordinate delay in completion of roads under cement concrete road project Phase-I and II, open manholes on newly concretized roads and poorly restored trenches turning into potholes.

            Corporators and office bearers including ruling party leader Sandip Joshi have pointed out many spots where agencies did not restore the trenches properly resulting in death traps forming, especially during rains.

            Singh also reviewed cement road projects and directed the officials to ensure display of boards highlighting project’s name, cost, department, starting and completion dates at all sites. He also asked officials to solve water logging problems at all under construction sites.

            “Department concerned should issue notification and put up display boards at the sites where traffic is to be diverted. Map of diversion should be highlighted properly. These steps are necessary to prevent mishaps and inconvenience to citizens,” he said.

            He also directed officials to install reflectors on all dividers at proper distance. He also asked the officials to erect signages of same size and colour across the city.










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              Scania to shut city’s green bus service in two months

              Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 03:30 IST



              Nagpur: In a setback to government efforts to cut down air pollution and also help sugarcane growers at the same time, Swedish bus maker Scania Commercial Vehicles has reportedly decided to shut down India’s first and only eco-friendly ethanol-run bus project. Its operator SST Sustainable Transport Solutions, a fully owned subsidiary of Scania, served notice of termination of service on Thursday to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

              CEO of SST Torbjorn Glad in the notice stated company would withdraw its ethanol-run buses and close down its depot from midnight of August 12.

              The Volkswagen-owned company has blamed non-fulfilment of contract obligations by the civic body for its decision to discontinue the 19-month-old project of running 55 ethanol-run and 25 bio-gas buses. Scania did not reply to TOI’s four-point questionnaire mailed to it.

              As reported by TOI on June 5, Scania has already shut down its plant making ethanol-run buses and bus bodies in Karnataka and also pilot project comprising two ethanol-run and one bio-gas buses in Goa. It has also held back ecofriendly city bus project in Thane.

              Scania has demanded Rs 19.73 crore from NMC that includes Rs 9.77 crore pending bills, Rs 7.50 bank guarantee, Rs 1.50 crore liquidated damages and Rs 0.96 crore for hiring workshop. In the notice, Scania has mentioned it would withdraw 25 ethanol-run buses from service with effect from August 12. Clearly, Scania will not be bringing in remaining 30 ethanol-run and proposed 25 bio-gas buses.

              Scania notice stated it was understood there was no chance of fulfillment of conditions prescribed in the agreement by NMC. "NMC is requested to arrange alternative modes of transport as from August 12. Company will not be responsible to provide green buses operations anymore and shall withdraw all its buses provided by it under the agreement with effect from termination date," the company said.

              The company requested NMC's cooperation in smooth transition for termination of the project. It has also asked for help in safeguarding the operating assets and further to desist from any chance of sabotage or any unwarranted chance of uncertainty in protecting underlying assets under the project.

              Though the project was launched in November 2016, Scania in association with the NMC and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways headed by city MP Nitin Gadkari had launched the pilot with one ethanol-run bus in August 2014. Five more buses were added in November 2016 and 19 only in January this year.

              As it is considered dream project of Gadkari, NMC is in a dilemma after receiving the notice. It is likely NMC office bearers and officials will try to convince Scania to continue the project. As an immediate step, NMC's transport department will reply to the notice.








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                NMC chops off felled tree supposed to be transplanted

                Manka Behl| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 03:33 IST


                Nagpur: The old tree near Akashwani square that fell on Wednesday and was supposed to be transplanted by Mahametro was found on Thursday completely chopped up. Timber around 3,000 kilograms was allegedly taken away after cutting it.

                As reported by TOI, the huge Neem tree fell due to negligence while laying cable for Metro’s substation at Jhansi Rani Square. Following an outcry by greens, Mahametro on late Wednesday evening assured it would transplant the tree at its Little Woods plantation site near Ambazari lake.
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                On Thursday morning when members of NGO Green Vigil Foundation reached the spot they saw the uprooted tree chopped into pieces. On enquiring, they found that the tree was chopped by the contractor of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) garden department. While Metro officials claimed they had informed the civic officials about their plan, the latter denied it. “We were not alerted by the Metro officials. Chopping an uprooted tree is a routine procedure,” said NMC’s garden superintendent Amol Chorpagar.

                Blaming both the bodies for lack of coordination, Green Vigil members on Thursday filed a complaint with Mahametro managing director Brijesh Dixit. “The tree was cut into halves on the very first day of uprooting and the trunk with small branches were lying for 48 hours on the road. MahaMetro did not take any action towards transplantation of the tree then,” they wrote in the complaint.

                Instead of hurrying to get rid of the tree, the garden department should have thought of ways to preserve it, members said. “In such cases, trees can be saved using better techniques. Cutting them and making money by selling off the timber is not right,” the NGO said.

                In another case, a Neem tree felled inside Zilla Parishad premises on Thursday due to choking. “The tree’s base was completely choked with concrete. There are many other trees that are completely choked and at risk of falling. This is a threat for people in the vicinity,” Green Vigil said.









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                  8-acre parking on PDKV land to ease Dhantoli, Ramdaspeth congestion

                  Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 03:43 IST


                  Nagpur: Soon parking problem of Dhantoli and Ramdaspeth will be solved. Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi on Thursday asked the standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja to make a provision of Rs5 crore to develop parking place on PDKV land near Rahate Colony T-point on Wardha Road.

                  While speaking on NMC budget in the general body, Joshi said the agriculture university had given an in-principle nod to provide nine out of 18 acre lands it has on Wardha Road on a condition that no construction will be allowed on it. This ground will provide space for 800 four-wheelers and 1,800 two-wheelers. The House unanimously welcomed the move.

                  NMC House passed the Rs2,946 crore budget on Thursday. The annual budget presented by standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja was passed without many modifications, even as a fractured opposition led by the Congress termed it ‘biased, unrealistic and anti-poor’.

                  Kukreja’s budget will come into effect from April 1 with minor changes. Mayor Nanda Jichkar allowed speeches of 28 corporators during the daylong discussions on budget. A few opposition corporators, including of BSP and Congress, supported the budget.

                  Most speeches lacked sting or adequate study and several corporators simply complained the budget ignored works in their wards. Some corporators also alleged that maximum allocations were made in BJP-controlled wards.

                  Leader of opposition Tanaji Wanve said, “Kukreja presented a biased, unrealistic and anti-poor budget. Municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal presented Rs2,048.53 crore budget. Kukreja inflated it by almost Rs900 crore.” He also alleged that Kukreja ignored suggestions of corporators and standing committee members.

                  Senior corporator Abha Pande said despite financial crisis, NMC was implementing loss-making projects like running ethanol buses and water supply project through Orange City Water. NMC is not only paying for raw water but also Rs74 crore per annum electric bills of the private company. She pointed out the Rs145 crore opening balance shown was misleading as it was special grant from state government.

                  Terming the special focus to North Nagpur an eyewash, Congress corporator Manoj Sangole said no new projects had been announced. He also demanded an audit of ward funds. Praful Gudadhe (Congress) said in 2014, big projects were promised by BJP and union minister Nitin Gadkari like boats would be sailing in Nag Nadi but the river remains polluted as ever. He said implementing these projects through private operators was privatization. He also slammed the civic body for giving GPS based wrist watches to Class IV sanitary workers. Instead they should have been given for civic officials who are misusing even NMC vehicles for personal works, he said. He demanded Kukreja to ensure NMC got Rs1,000 crore grants under GST instead of Rs600 crore per annum.

                  Sandip Sahare (Congress) said the ruling party had funds for statues but not for library. Dayashankar Tiwari (BJP) said, “The budget is visionary and will transform Nagpur.”









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                    MahaMetro to plant another 6,000 trees in Ambazari catchment

                    Manka Behl| TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 02:51 IST

                    Nagpur: In another green initiative, Mahametro will be planting 6,000 trees near the catchment area of Ambazari lake. This site will be called ‘Little Wood 2’.

                    TOI had recently reported that the over 5,000 trees planted by MahaMetro behind Vasudev Nagar (in Ambazari lake catchment) were growing fast. Called Little Wood, plantations are done on a 30-hectare piece of land and 38 variety of trees, suitable for Nagpur’s hot climate, have been planted.

                    Now, the agency plans to carry out second stage of massive plantation on a nearby land. “We have proposed to do plantations on around 100 acres of land,” MahaMetro officials said. The agency has also invited tenders for the work. Estimated cost of the project is Rs78.76 lakh. As per tender conditions, the time to complete all plantations will be three months. The selected agency will have to maintain the plantations for nine months.

                    The online submission of tenders is open till June 21. It will be opened the same day at 4.30pm at Metro House, Civil Lines. According to MahaMetro, similar species will be planted at the new site. “Group plantations will be the same as Little Wood but we will try different combination of species, which will be selected keeping in mind the geographical and climatic conditions of the area. Our aim will be to ensure highest survival rate,” said a senior official.

                    He added the process of taking the land from forest department was underway and would be completed soon. Apart from plantations, a nature track for morning walkers will be developed at Little Wood 2. “We will put up boards displaying information about different species of trees and birds,” the official said.

                    Flowering trees like Gulmohar, Amaltas, Tab Roses, Mahogany and others are growing at the existing plantation site where 31 bird species like great cormorant, open billed stork, spotted owlet, egrets, lesser whistling duck and, in this season, even peacock can be spotted.

                    MahaMetro will fell 350 trees for constructing the mass transport system. As per Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) norms, it was supposed to plant 1,750 trees as compensation but will end up planting over 11,000.








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                      NMC will continue green bus project, say office-bearers

                      Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 02:53 IST


                      Nagpur: Despite Scania threatening to pull out, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) office bearers are determined to continue the green bus project on their own in city. They will meet union minister Nitin Gadkari and decide on the way to continue the project and also fate of green bus operator Scania.

                      TOI on Friday had reported Scania has served notice of termination to the civic body and announced it will withdraw 25 ethanol-run buses from the city from midnight of August 12. TOI had also reported Scania shut down its ethanol-run and premium bus body building unit in Karnataka and ecofriendly bus project of Goa.

                      Former mayor and BJP corporator Pravin Datke had made efforts to launch the project during his tenure as mayor. Datke told TOI all efforts will be made to continue the project with any other interested company. “We wanted ecofriendly bus project so launched it under the guidance of Gadkari. We have nothing to do with Scania. We will also launch biogas and electric run buses under Gadkari's guidance," he said.

                      Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi said it was very unfortunate that Scania was pulling out. "It should have not taken such a decision. We will identify reasons behind it. We will meet Gadkari and decide how to take the project forward," he said.

                      Chairman of city transport committee Bunty Kukade said Scania did the same in Goa and Thane. "Scania is taking the projects and leaving them midway. NMC has tried its best to give all facilities to Scania. We launched the project under Gadkari's leadership to provide AC and pollution-free buses to citizens,” he said. However, the service is deep in the red with buses running mostly empty.

                      Kukde said Scania had no interest in increasing the number of passengers though it was its responsibility. “Scania increased fleet of buses to 25 only after several reminders and ultimatum. It did not comply with NMC's agreement. We had many times suggested Scania to display fares of Green Bus and Red Bus on all buses so the passengers should know there was not much difference. Scania did not do so," he said.

                      Kukade also said notice should have been given to city transport committee but it was sent to the department. "We will meet Scania officials and resolve the issues," he said. An official from city transport department said a reply to Scania will be sent in a couple of days. "Points raised by Scania in the notice of termination were not at all true. We will talk to them and chalk out further way if Scania is not positive about the project," he said.

                      Scania being world’s only ethanol-run bus maker, it might be difficult for NMC to run them on its own. It can, however, deploy biogas and electric-run buses through other companies.









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