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    MSEDCL fails to reduce distribution losses over 7 years

    Ashish Roy| tnn | Jun 22, 2018, 03:30 IST




    Nagpur: MSEDCL has miserably failed to reduce distribution losses in the past seven years. The cash-strapped discom claims to have reduced losses by 3.4%. But even this figure is misleading, because since 2014-15 MSEDCL has started excluding losses from farm pump feeders from the total figure. There had also been allegations that MSEDCL was inflating consumption of farmers to artificially reduce losses.

    On the other hand, hard work by officials of Nagpur and Wardha districts has paid off, and Nagpur zone comprising the two districts has the lowest distribution losses in the state. MSEDCL data shows the loss of Nagpur zone is 7.04% for 2017-18, against the state average of 14.16%. However, the losses in SNDL area are higher than state average at 14.53%. A MSEDCL official said Pune zone had the second lowest losses at 8.65% while Nanded zone had the highest losses at 24.58% followed by Jalgaon at 22.40%.

    Data of past years shows that distribution losses in the state were 17.28% in 2010-11. This reduced to 14% in 2013-14. However, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) asked MSEDCL to exclude agricultural feeders, due to which the losses climbed to 16.37% in 2014-15, proving the power experts right. They climbed even higher to 17.37% in 2015-16 before reducing to 13.87% in 2017-18.

    MSEDCL has a long way to go before its losses reach a satisfactory figure. There are two types of distribution losses — commercial and technical. For reducing commercial losses, MSEDCL will have to crack down on theft in high loss zones like Nanded and Jalgaon. A lot of investment is needed to reduce technical losses.

    A senior official said that the ratio of length of high tension (HT) network to low tension (LT) network was 1:1.6 in the state. “Ideally, it should be 1:1. In Gujarat, the ratio is 1:0.7. Sanjeev Kumar, chairman-cum-managing director (CMD), has told us that a scheme would be launched to increase the HT network from August,” he added.

    “Currently, a transformer caters to between 50 to 250 consumers. We now plan to connect a transformer to maximum 25 consumers. This will reduce low tension (LT) network,” he added.

    The official further said that the company was grateful to union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule as they never interfered in anti-power theft drives. “Many energy and chief ministers in the past did not let us touch their voters,” he added.

    Commenting on high loss levels, a SNDL spokesperson said that the figure was high due to a few pockets. “Hooking is rampant in these areas and no matter how many times we remove hooks, the residents again go for it. Plus, there are some 4,500 electromechanical meters, whose owners are not allowing us to change them. They use violence if our staff tries to change the meter. Many such consumers are government servants. Police department rarely provides us protection,” he further said.







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      NMC to appoint 3 consultants for e-governance

      tnn | Jun 22, 2018, 03:32 IST

      Nagpur: Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to appoint a team of consultants to manage its e-governance system. The total salary of the team comprising three members will be Rs8 lakh. As the team would have to travel to other cities, the members will have to be paid travel allowance (TA), lodging and boarding charges, etc.

      The proposal by e-governance department will be tabled before the standing committee meeting on June 25.

      The project management unit (PMU) will comprise one principal consultant, senior consultant and consultant each. As per state government directives, these consultants will have to be hired from six agencies: Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Grant Thornton, PwC, KPMG and Wipro.

      The consultants would be appointed for two years. Their scope of work will be sent to state government for approval.

      E-governance was started under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in 2007. The software was ready in 2010 and as per the contract, the solution provider was to provide support up to 2016. After this, the work was handed over to NMC's e-governance department. However, as the department does not have enough staff and the employees are not properly trained in handling the software, NMC has decided to seek outside help.










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        Rehabilitate families partially affected by Gosi, VIDC told

        Ashish Roy| tnn | Updated: Jun 22, 2018, 11:49 IST
        NAGPUR: Guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has ordered Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) to rehabilitate the partially affected persons of Gosikhurd irrigation project, with their consent. Houses of some 2,370 families, located near the reservoir, are at the risk of getting submerged during heavy rains. A proposal in this regard will be sent to state government for funds.

        In his directive, Bawankule said that these families should be given alternate land for building a new house and compensation for their existing houses. “These plots should be given near their existing villages. VIDC must provide them water, power supply and other basic amenities,” the minister said adding that the partially affected families living in Nagpur and Bhandara districts would have to be rehabilitated sooner or later.

        The partially affected families who are farmers will be given a plot measuring 1,800 square feet while the non-farmers will be given a 1,500 square feet plot. VIDC has been asked to calculate the land needed for rehabilitation.

        Many families have been relocated but their farms still lie near the submerge area. If such farmers want to sell their farms then government is ready. However, they will not get compensation as per Rehabilitation Act but will be only given market rate as per ready reckoner as government does not need this land.








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          Affordable houses in green belt too

          Ashish Roy| tnn | Jun 22, 2018, 19:45 IST
          Nagpur: In order to make more land available for affordable housing under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) has decided to implement this scheme in green belt and no development zones too.

          The houses will be built with private participation and the schemes will get a floor to space index (FSI) of 1. The private land owner can construct houses on his own. The developer should apply for this scheme to NMRDA, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) or state government.

          Earlier, under this scheme, cost of 50% houses was decided on the basis of MHADA’s prevalent rates. The developer will be allowed to fix the cost of remaining 50% as per his wish. Now the cost of subsidized houses will be decided on the basis of market rate or the cost submitted by the developer, whichever is less.

          As per government norms, the owners belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) and low income group (LIG) will be given 50% concession in survey charges. They will be charged only Rs1,000 as stamp duty for the first transaction. The developers will get a FSI of 5 for lands not situated in green belt and no development zones.









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            HC takes suo motu cognisance of TOI report on LED lamps

            Vaibhav Ganjapure| TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 03:38 IST


            Nagpur: A day after a lawyer moved to the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court demanding probe into alleged LED lamps scam in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) exposed by TOI, the HC itself took a suo motu cognisance of the newspaper’s report and directed its registry to treat it as Public Interest litigation (PIL).

            On Friday, Justice Zaka Haq while citing TOI’s report on Thursday titled — ‘LED lamps cost Rs3,400 in market, NMC pays Rs9,900’, appointed lawyer Amruta Gupta as an amicus curiae and asked her to draft the comprehensive petition on which hearing would be conducted.

            On Thursday, lawyer Abhiyan Barahate filed a PIL through lawyer Shashibhushan Wahane on the same subjects, praying for directives to respondents to place all relevant records regarding the procedure before the court.

            NMC commissioner, city mayor Nanda Jichkar, NMC’s Purchasing and Standing committees chairmen, and its executive engineer with Electricity Department, Sanjay Jaiswal among others, are made respondents in Barahate’s PIL.

            Quoting TOI news item, the petitioner accused the civic body of purchasing inferior product which is much cheaper than international quality products available in markets. Corporator Sandeep Sahare, who had filed an RTI in this regard, was also added as the respondents.

            The court may club both PILs and conduct single hearing, since the subject is same, as per the lawyers.







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              Non-cooperative cops stall razing of Bharat Nagar temple

              Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 03:36 IST

              Nagpur: Ambazari police stood in the way of demolition of religious structure on public road in Bharat Nagar on Friday. Dharampeth zone anti-encroachment squad was ready to remove an illegal Kali Mata temple built in the middle of the road connecting the locality with Amravati road.

              Police inspector from Ambazari police station Prasad Sanas said temple was not in the demolition list of the zone. He, however, was quick to point out that residents of the locality agreed to the demolition and that NMC could demolish the temple after they shift the idol. He said tomorrow the zone could demolish the temple.

              Senior officials from the zone said the temple blocked direct access to Amravati road from Bharat Nagar.

              After the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court flayed NMC for its inaction in removing illegal religious structures, the civic body’s demolition squads launched action in Laxmi Nagar, Dharampeth and Human Nagar zones and removed 15 structures from roads and footpaths across the city under police protection.

              Municipal commissioner Virendra Singh and additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare too remained on their toes since early morning.

              During the demolition drive, Hanuman Nagar zone did an exemplary job. Soon after it razed a mazar from middle of Umred road, it asphalted the stretch. Kumbhare was present when the assistant municipal commissioner Raju Bhivgade and his team were demolishing ‘Ghode Ki Mazar’ on Umred road. Kumbhare directed the public works department to asphalt the road immediately after removal of structure.

              These religious structures on roads were a hindrance to movement of traffic. A total of nine structures were removed in Laxmi Nagar zone and Hanuman Nagar zones, while six were removed in Dharampeth zone. The drive started at 10am. The idols were removed from the structures following all rituals by priests after which the structures were demolished.

              Around 100 NMC employees, all four zonal officers, and hundreds of police personnel, four excavators, four NMC tippers were in the drive.

              On Saturday, the demolition drive will be carried out in Nehru Nagar, Gandhibagh and Lakadganj and on June 24 (Sunday) it will continue in Ashi Nagar, Mangalwari and Laxmi Nagar zones.









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                MIDC land scam: HC blasts Darda, CP and govt for not replying to its notices

                Vaibhav Ganjapure| TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 00:05 IST


                Nagpur: Expressing deep anguish over failure of respondents, including State Department of Industries secretary, MIDC officials and city police commissioner to reply to its notices even after six months, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court granted them last chance to complete formalities in three weeks. The bench also pulled up Lokmat Newspapers Pvt Ltd (LNPL) and its chairman Vijay Jawaharlal Darda for not showing promptness in filing a reply to its notices.

                “At least at this juncture, we find ourselves at a loss as to why in PIL of this nature the respondents — Nos. 1 (Secretary), 2 (MIDC CEO), 3 (MIDC area manager in city) and 10 (CP of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) -- have avoided to file their replies though a period of more than six months has expired,” a division bench comprising Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Zaka Haq said.

                “Similarly, respondent Nos. 4 (Lokmat) and 5 (Darda) against whom allegations are made have also not shown promptness to file reply. The respondent No. 9 (Butibori Gram Panchayat Sarpanch), though served with notice has chosen not to appear,” the bench stated.

                HC’s observations came while hearing a PIL (No 123/2017) by two social workers — Pankaj Thakre and Shivaji Barewar — through counsel Shreerang Bhandarkar, alleging misuse of power by Darda for acquiring a big land at MIDC Butibori for setting up industry but diverting it for other purposes. They claimed respondents illegally diverted 40,000 square metres commercial land for other purposes and thus caused huge losses to the exchequer due to inaction by authorities.

                The judges also agreed with Bhandarkar’s contention that the respondents, including Media World Enterprises partners — Rachna Darda and Sheetal Jain, Jain Saheli Mandal president Assu Rajendra Darda, and Niyojit Lokmat Karmachari Gruh Nirman Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit at Turakmani in Butibori— were avoiding service of HC notice.

                The petitioner to complete service through e-mail/Hamdast to Media World, Jain Mandal and Lokmat Karmachari Sanstha and they should also file their reply without fail. If the reply is not received, the court may proceed further in default thereof,” the judges warned before adjourning the hearing till July 11.

                The petitioners having homes in Butibori, cited information obtained under RTI Act to press their claims made against Darda and his family members. The former MP received Plot No. B-192 at Butibori MIDC industrial estate on February 26, 2001, in LNPL’s name for newspaper printing. However, he transferred it in name of Lokmat Media Limited on October 12, 2011.

                According to them, since newspaper printing press is an “industrial” process”, no plot from commercial zone could be allotted for it. However, on Darda’s insistence, MIDC allotted plot from commercial zone and at commercial rates suffering a financial loss.

                Thereafter, Darda allegedly used his influence to allocate another plot, No. B-208 of 1800 square metres, in name of Veena Infosys on March 28, 2001. One more plot (No. B-207) was purchased by him. The Lokmat group then applied for amalgamating three plots together for setting up newspaper press.










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                  Plastic ban: NMC to fine producers, shopkeepers and users from today

                  Proshun Chakraborty| tnn | Jun 23, 2018, 03:51 IST
                  Nagpur: Be ready to cough up a fine of up to Rs5,000 if seen carrying plastic bags or accepting one from a vendor as Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) ban comes into effect from today.

                  Apart from plastic carry bags, NMC will also act against shops with plastic cutlery like plates, spoons, secondary packaging, thermacol and flex boards, said additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare.

                  Following the end of deadline on Friday, the NMC has chalked out an action for implementing the ban. Kumbhare convened a meeting with civic administration, comprising assistant municipal commissioners, health department officials and civic cops of nuisance detection squad for the same.

                  “A 120-member squad has been formed to enforce the ban effectively. The squad will monitor commercial areas, shops and even malls across the city,” said Kumbhare. Each zone will have a 12-member team headed by assistant municipal commissioner and comprising two health officers, four sanitary inspectors and two civic cops. These inspectors are authorized to fine citizens and vendors.

                  “The additional municipal commissioner has directed all assistant municipal commissioners of 10 zones and health department officials to crack down on manufacturers and wholesalers of banned plastic products. They will be targeted first followed by vendors and end users,” said health officer (sanitation) Dr Pradip Dasarwar.

                  The state government had on March 23 issued a notification banning the use of plastic bags and other one-time use plastic materials, but gave citizens three months to switch to environment-friendly alternatives.

                  “Citizens were given a chance to adjust to cloth and paper bags though we fined vendors and shopkeepers using plastic bags below 50 microns during this period. Now, we’ll strictly impose the ban,” Dr Dasarwar said.

                  The officials, however, will have to carry identity cards issued by NMC during inspections.

                  Green activist and founder of Green Vigil Foundation Kaustav Chatterjee said that two years ago, the administration failed to implement the ban on plastic carry bags less than 50 microns. “This is a blanket ban on a larger scale. Hence, now much more homework needs to be done,” he said.

                  He added that the ban would be very difficult to implement because the government notification was ambiguous about banned items and implementation process, and there were no cheap alternatives available in the market.

                  “The ban can be successfully implemented only when all stake holders, including citizens and public representatives, support it,” added Chatterjee.










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                    Soil bureau joins state govt to implement ‘Neeranchal’

                    Manka Behl| TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 03:43 IST

                    Nagpur: The state government has joined hands with Nagpur-based ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP) to implement ‘Neeranchal’, the World Bank-assisted national project on integrated watershed management. It will be implemented in two districts of the state — Amravati and Ahmednagar.

                    According to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the state government’s Vasundhara Watershed Development Agency (VWDA) and the bureau, five watersheds will be developed in each district. “The area of a watershed will be around 5,000 hectares,” said Surendra Kumar Singh, director of NBSS&LUP.

                    In 2015, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval to implement Neeranchal in nine states — Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana. In every state, two districts were identified for the project’s implementation.

                    The programme, which is a part of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana, aims at reducing surface run-off of rainwater, increasing groundwater recharge and better availability of water in rain-fed areas to increase agriculture productivity.

                    As a knowledge partner, the bureau plans to demonstrate an effective watershed management based on scientific technology. Apart from undertaking land resource inventory and resource-based land use planning, the bureau will also provide solutions for salinization, ravines (a form of soil erosion) and mine-affected soil.

                    “The first step will be scientific collection of data using high resolution remote sensing, digital elevation model, geographic information system (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) to determine slope length and direction, water harvesting potential, run-off, sediment loss and other geographical factors. Based on this, we will select the sites for developing water harvesting structures,” said Singh.

                    Once the structure is ready, rainwater will be harvested to ensure that farmers do not face water shortage during dry spells, said bureau’s principal scientist NG Patil, who is the project’s nodal officer. The bureau will also prepare a soil conservation programme for the two districts. “We are aiming to avoid siltation and enhance crop productivity,” he said.

                    The bureau will also provide advisory on crop suitability depending on the type of soil. “The conservation plan will include identifying whether land is suitable for BT cotton or not, fertilizer management, irrigation techniques and other components,” said Singh.

                    The Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Dr Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola and Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applicatons Centre, Nagpur, are the implementing partners of the project.









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                      New road behind Mor Bhavan opens only for bus operations

                      Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 04:54 IST

                      Nagpur: After a delay of 17months, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has brought the newly constructed road behind Mor Bhavan into use. The road will be exclusively utilized for operation of city buses. General traffic will not be allowed until new city bus terminal building is ready.

                      Chairman of city transport committee Bunty Kukade flagged off city buses from the new road on Friday. City transport manager Shivaji Jagtap and other officials were present.

                      The new 354-metre road connects North Ambazari road at Matru Sewa Sangh with Amravati road at Mure Memorial Hospital. Kukade told TOI eight bus stops will be built on the new road. “All buses starting from Amravati Road between Variety square and Maharajbagh Zoo will operate from new road. Buses starting from Dhiran Kanya Vidyalaya will also start from the new road. The buses starting from Mor Bhavan will continue as it is. This will prevent traffic congestion on Amravati road and Sitabuldi between Jhansi Rani square and Variety square,” he said.

                      Kukade added road will be opened for general traffic once new city bus terminal was built on the new road. “NMC got possession of the land from PDKV. The land will be levelled before terminal is built. Till then it will be utilized for parking of buses,” he said.

                      Executive engineer Satish Neral said Mor Bhavan terminal will be linked with the newly opened road. “This will help proper movement of buses going in and out of Mor Bhavan and new city bus terminal,” he said.

                      At present, there is no connectivity between Mor Bhavan and new road which was the main plan behind the project. Also, a few works on the new road are also pending. There are also no streetlights on the road at present. The work to erect streetlights is going on. Final touches to footpath and storm water drains are also being given.

                      The road’s approach towards North Ambazari road is blocked right now. MahaMetro is doing some works at the spot. Kukade asked the MahaMetro officials to clear the approach before monsoon session of the state legislature begins in city.









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