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    Civic chief orders removal of footpath encroachments

    TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 20:32 IST

    Nagpur: Municipal commissioner Virendra Singh, who recently inspected the road between Aath Rasta Chowk and Orange City Hospital Road under Laxmi Nagar zone, expressed concern over hurdles faced by pedestrians on footpaths. “All types of encroachments should be removed urgently,” he told the officials.

    The encroachments included extension of entry gates of residential premises, constructions over footpaths, and stalls by vegetable and fruit vendors. Accompanied by additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare, Singh directed the zone officials to remove all encroachments. This patch is also a part of Smart Street.

    Later, Singh moved towards Police Training Centre Road and expressed anguish after he found illegal extensions made by shops over footpaths on the stretch. He directed the zone’s assistant municipal commissioner to not only raze the illegal constructions but also inspect the zone’s areas every morning to ensure no encroachments are done over footpaths.

    He also stated that assistant commissioners of all 10 zones should ensure footpaths are free from encroachments.







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      Social worker files PIL in HC against sand ghats auction

      TNN | Jun 24, 2018, 02:23 IST

      Nagpur: A social worker has approached the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court challenging sand ghats auction in districts like Gondia, Bhandara, Wardha, Gadchiroli, besides Nagpur.

      Terming the move as illegal and brazen violation of ‘Sustainable Sand Mining Management Guidelines’, petitioner Krishna Kumar Agrawal, a resident of Tejab Mill, Kanhan, prayed for quashing and setting aside the tender notices issued for auctioning sand ghats at these places.

      A division bench comprising Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Zaka Haq on Wednesday issued notices to ministry of environment, forest and climactic change (MOEFCC) and state revenue secretary, asking them to file reply within two weeks.

      State forest secretary, Nagpur divisional commissioner, collectors of Gondia, Bhandara, Wardha, Gadchiroli and Nagpur, District Environment Impact Assessment Authority (DEIAA) and Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) have also been made respondents in the PIL.

      The petitioner, through counsel Shreerang Bhandarkar, contended that auctioning of sand ghats without following rules is illegal and would cause massive damage to environment. He prayed for directives to the respondents for framing a policy to curb waste generated after using the final product — sand. He also demanded that the respondents should follow the ‘Sand Mining Framework 2018’ brought into effect by the Union ministry of mines in its entirety.

      The petitioner has been raising voice against the loss of public revenue due to the illegal sand lifting from the ghats by the mafia. As sand being a most important construction material, it’s usually seen that it’s illegally lifted from the riverbed, he argued.

      (With inputs from Tejas Mundhada)






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        Nagpur slips to 55 among 100 cities in Swachh rankings

        Anjaya Anparthi| tnn | Jun 24, 2018, 03:06 IST

        Nagpur: Though touted as one of the country’s five greenest cities, Nagpur slipped to 55 among 100 cities with one lakh plus population in Central government’s Swachh Survekshan this year.

        In 2016, the city was ranked 20th among 73 cities with a population of over 10 lakh and in 2017, it stood 137th among 434 cities. The city has clearly slipped as compared to its performance in last two rankings.

        Among 100 cities with less than 1 lakh population, Katol in Nagpur district is placed 5th nationally with a score of 3,041 out of 4,000, in the rankings released by the ministry of housing and urban affairs on Saturday.

        On a positive note, Nagpur has been adjudged best in the country in ‘Innovation and Best Practices’ category. The NMC also received the award for Smart Watches project titled ‘Soft Asset Geo-Fencing and Tracking for NMC employees’.

        Union minister of state (independent charge) Hardeep Singh Puri presented the award to officiating mayor of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Deepraj Pardikar, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh, former municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal and deputy municipal commissioner Jayant Dandegaonkar at a programme held at Indore on Saturday. PM Narendra Modi was chief guest at the programme.

        Fifty-eight cities from Maharashtra – including five from Vidarbha – were among the 100 participating cities with less than 1 lakh population. Katol is ranked 3rd in the state after Panchgani and Shirdi.

        Among 100 cities with a population of over 1 lakh, 28 were from the state. Nagpur is at 10th position among cities in state (and second after Wardha among four participating cities in Vidarbha). Nagpur scored only 2,835 out of 4,000 marks; 639 out of 1,400 marks under service level progress category; 1,165 out of 1,200 marks under direct observation category and 1,031 out of 1,400 marks under citizen feedback and Swachhata App category.

        Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi said every effort will be taken to improve the rankings next year. “I would like to congratulate the city for getting the award. We will identify the issues that resulted into low ranking and resolve all of them,” he said.

        Leena Budhe of NGO Centre for Sustainable Development said NMC’s improper management was proving costly for the city. “City managed to achieve open defecation free city status last year. NMC miserably failed to implement garbage segregation project and execution of waste to energy plant. On the one hand we are planning disposal of garbage at source itself and on other hand we are setting up waste to energy plant at Bhandewadi dumping yard,” she said.

        The NMC had appointed NGO All India Institute of Local Self-government to improve the rankings.









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          Day 1 of plastic ban: 34 sellers penalized

          Proshun Chakraborty and Sarfaraz Ahmed| TNN | Jun 24, 2018, 03:06 IST



          Nagpur: On Day One of plastic ban, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) nuisance detection squad started its crackdown with sellers. Most of them kept their shops closed fearing action, yet couldn’t evade it as 34 cases were registered till Saturday evening.

          The squad recovered 538kg of single-use plastic items and levied a fine of Rs1.55lakh. The drive will resume on Monday.

          No citizen was penalized as the officials decided to check the supply of plastic first. Most offenders were fined Rs5,000 each but the amount was slashed by half for poor vendors, while others were let off with warnings. Notices were pasted outside shops, whose owners fled after seeing the squad.

          Shyam Karan Chandani, owner of Manoj Traders at Khamla, became the first offender from the city to be slapped with charges under the Maharashtra Plastic Carry Bags Rules 2016, besides Section 353 of the IPC for obstructing the squad from seizing plastic material from his shop. Chandani is now absconding.

          The incident kept the squad and Laxmi Nagar zone officials occupied throughout the day. The officials couldn’t implement the ban in their jurisdiction and stayed put at Pratap Nagar police station.

          The remaining nine zones went full steam after wholesalers and retailers of plastic items like plates, cups, glasses, spoons as well as thermacol plates.

          Ashi Nagar zone penalized a caterer serving food in a marriage being solemnized at Gujjar Lawn and another at Jaiswal Restaurant near Kamal Chowk. The drive was led by zonal officer Ashique Bansod.

          There were sporadic resistance to the squad but the shopkeepers couldn’t do much to prevent officials from seizing the stock.

          Virsen Tambe, in-charge of the squad, said 40 of his men along with teams from each zone spread out in the city since morning.

          Dharampeth zone recorded the highest seizure with 150kg of plastic, followed by Gandhibagh at 136kg. The lowest of 6.2kg was seized by Satranjipura zone in one case.

          On the other hand, the offenders blamed the government and the civic body for leaving them in a spot as there was no clarity on disposal of surplus stock.

          Mahatme Phule Market Association, having 270 shops under it, demanded that the government must come clean on loss of employment arising from the ban. The association welcomed the move but appealed to the government to allow one more month to dispose of the stock.

          The association pegged a loss of Rs20lakh at Cotton Market for Saturday.

          Wholesalers and shopkeepers said the NMC should first act against manufacturers. “NMC didn’t inform us where to dispose the stock. They should have organized pick up facility. We didn’t get a copy of the GR either. Traders were aware of the ban but couldn’t exhaust the stock,” said Manoj Paraswani, secretary of Mahatme Phule Market Association.

          He said it’s a big industry and there looks no option. “It will create unemployment for many, so the government must have a plan to rehabilitate them as well,” he said.

          Sagar Godani, a shopkeeper from Cotton Market, said he tried reaching Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) since morning without luck. “I wanted to know where to dispose of these items, but no one answered the calls and there was no helpline,” Godani said.








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            Plastic ban threatens livelihood of many, leaves them in despair

            Sarfaraz Ahmed| tnn | Jun 24, 2018, 05:20 IST

            Nagpur: Dhrupatabai Gedam (83) and Dhanraj Wahane, a 38-year-old afflicted with polio, are among scores of unskilled people facing a bleak future following the plastic ban. Both have been selling plastic plates, spoons, cups and glasses at Laxmi Bhuvan Square for a frugal livelihood, ever since these products came in use.

            Before plastic made entry into their lives, Gedam and Wahane used to sell pattals (leaf plates) and banana leaves which are used during festival and other auspicious occasions by different communities. Over the years, the convenience, quick delivery, profits and customer choice made them add plastic products to their small business.

            On Saturday afternoon when TOI did a random survey of markets, the two threw up the disheartening side of the ban which is now threatening their livelihood as well as that many others like them. While Wahane is physically unfit, Gedam can’t think of any alternate employment at this age.

            Gedam was in a state of despair and shock to learn that she can’t sell plastic any more. Given her age, the NMC’s nuisance squad showed leniency and didn’t impose any fine on her. “I grabbed their feet, begging not to issue a challan. I had only Rs 10 which I would need to buy bus ticket to return home in the evening,” said Gedam, a resident of Kharabi.

            However, the officials took away the cartons containing thermacol plates, cups and glasses, which Gedam said were worth Rs 1,200. “ I assured them that I would return these to the wholesaler, but they didn’t heed my request,” she said.

            She had been earning Rs 200 per day with the help of plastic products. “I am the sole bread winner at home while my husband, son and his wife are unemployed,” she said.

            Asked how would she make up for the loss of income, the octogenarian, having lost an eye to paralysis, said, “I don’t know. I can’t do anything else. Pattals are not much in demand and profit margins are low,” she said.

            Wahane, Gedam’s neighbour, said they become ‘victims’ of the crackdown by chance as the officials had come for ‘Agrawal Disposals’, who had kept his shop closed in view of the ban.

            “I suffered a loss of Rs600. I don’t know if switching to leaf plates would help us sustain our families. These items come from Andhra Pradesh and are costly too. With one plastic item, there was a guarantee of selling at least three to four more products which increased our income,” he said.

            Wahane said he and other vendors at Gokulpeth market were confused about the nature of plastic ban. “We were told that only carry bags would be banned. But it isn’t so,” he said.







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              No building plan sanction for Jamtha stadium

              Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 24, 2018, 03:07 IST

              Nagpur: In an affidavit submitted by the collector’s office to the state information commission (SIC) on June 20, it has said that the Vidarbha Cricket Association’s (VCA) stadium at Jamtha did not have a building plan sanction. A farmers’ organization has now demanded that the stadium be declared “unauthorized” and “demolished’. Also, it has sought action against officials of different government departments which gave permission to the association to hold matches for the last 10 years.

              President of Jai Jawan Jai Kisan along with RTI activist TH Naidu, Vijaykumar Shinde and others held a press conference on Saturday and distributed copies of the affidavit.

              On behalf of collector Ashwin Mudgal, the public information officer from his office Kamlesh Shendre had submitted the affidavit. “I have thoroughly verified the records and found this office did not gave any sanction to the building plan of VCA Jamtha stadium,” he has stated.

              TOI, on January 6, 2016, had reported that the stadium and the club house were unauthorized as they did not have building plan sanction, occupancy certificate, environment clearance and consent to establish and operate of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). Naidu had submitted an RTI application seeking sanctioned building plan of the stadium from the collector’s office on January 12, 2016.

              Naidu said as the collector was not giving proper information, he filed an appeal with the SIC. “The hearings went on for two years. The SIC finally asked the collector on November 16, 2017 to file an affidavit on the sanction. The SIC also directed the collector to register an FIR if the file related to the stadium was missing from its records. The collector has now said there is no sanction,” he said.

              Pawar said action should be taken against the officials of the collector’s office, police department, Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority for giving permissions to hold matches at the stadium. “We lodged a complaint with NMRDA, police department and MPCB in February 2016 demanding action against the stadium. None of the departments took cognisance of the complaints. The collector even collected entertainment duty from the VCA,” he said.

              Current ICC president Shashank Manohar, who is a former VCA president, had told TOI in 2016 that the stadium was constructed and brought into use after all permissions were in place. VCA had time and again stated the state’s town planning department had sanctioned the stadium’s building plan. Messages sent to current VCA president Anand Jaiswal went unanswered.

              Pawar said the collector’s office was the sanctioning authority and not the town planning department. “As per an RTI from the collector’s office, the town planning department has powers only to scrutinize the plan and make recommendations. The collector is the sanctioning authority,” he said.

              Pawar said NMRDA should declare the stadium as “unauthorized” and issue it a notice under the MRTP Act. “NMRDA should seal the stadium to prevent VCA from holding any more matches. If the VCA doesn’t get the building plan sanctioned, the stadium should be demolished,” he said.

              He added that while the NMRDA is issuing notices to hundreds of poor farmers “declaring their houses as unauthorized and also demolishing the structures or recovering lakhs for regularization in metro region”, it is not taking any action “in the case of VCA”.

              Earlier, after TOI reports, the VCA had installed a fire system at the stadium and obtained fire NOC and compliance certificates. Two months ago, the VCA applied for an occupancy certificate which was recently put on hold by the NMRDA for lack of documents.









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                17 years on, NMC yet to remove poles from 22 roads

                Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 25, 2018, 03:07 IST

                Nagpur: Seventeen years after city roads were widened under IRDP (Integrated Roads Development Programme), Nagpur Municipal Corporation is yet to remove electric poles and transformers from 22 roads across the city. The civic body could complete work on 25 roads. It is also a contempt of highcourt as it had set the deadline as April 30, 2012, for finishing the work.

                The delay has come to fore from NMC electrical department’s proposal before the general body seeking permission to avail financial assistance of Rs 7.50 crore and loan of Rs 17.50 crore from Maharashtra Urban Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (MUINFRA) for completing the remaining work. As per the proposal, the state government will deduct the loan repayment amount from GST grant given to NMC every month in case the latter failed to repay it.

                NMC needs Rs 50 crore for laying underground electric network followed by removing the poles and transformers from 22 roads. NMC and MSEDCL will contribute Rs 25 crore each for this. As NMC is financially strapped, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis got approved financial assistance of Rs 7.50 crore from MUINFRA to NMC. MUINFRA will give remaining amount of Rs 17.50 crore as low-interest loan.

                NMC had widened 47 roads under IRDP in 2001. The electric poles and transformers adjacent to these roads were not removed while widening the roads. Thus, the power infrastructure came on carriageway causing obstacle to traffic and accidents.

                In 2004, NGO Janmanch filed a petition in the HC asking for directives to NMC for freeing the roads from electric poles and transformers. On November 21, 2005, HC set deadline of April 30, 2012 for NMC to complete the work.

                As per NMC’s data, 15 private contractors were roped in to execute the work on 27 roads at a cost of Rs 50 crore. As of today, work on 25 roads has been completed while it is still pending on two roads. MSEDCL had given its share of Rs 25 crore for the work on 27 roads.

                NMC official told TOI, the work got delayed due as government did not permit the NMC to raise loan. “NMC is facing a financial crisis. Therefore, works were executed as and when funds were available,” he said.

                President of Janmanch Anil Killor said NMC has been in contempt of the court all these years. “Electric poles and transformers on newly concretized roads have also not been removed. It is a sheer negligence on part of NMC,” he said.

                NMC’s budget is over Rs 2,200 crore per year. Its claim of not having Rs 50 crore for crucial work of shifting poles and transformers for 17 years is questionable.












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                  Paper bags, steel utensils replace plastic, restaurants worst hit by ban

                  Sarfaraz Ahmed| TNN | Jun 25, 2018, 03:08 IST

                  Nagpur: The single-use plastic ban implemented by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) from Saturday had a strong impact across the society on Sunday too, changing the way business is done at big restaurants, food chains, small vendors, shopkeepers, meat sellers and weekly markets.

                  Takeaways at city’s popular restaurants were badly affected due to inability of restaurants to immediately find alternatives to providing liquids. Well-known sweet and namkeen chains too stopped providing plastic bags. The ban resulted in 20 to 25% loss in business, said some. On the other hand, representatives of food aggregators were unaware of the ban, and had been catering to orders in plastic containers.

                  Unlike the first day, the civic body continued the drive on the holiday, though with milder intensity, seizing 25.7kg of plastic items, and imposing a fine of Rs8,800. The banned products were recovered from five zones while the fine came from Hanuman Nagar.

                  The senior manager at a popular South Indian eatery at Sadar said they have stopped 90% takeaways, “Business is down by about 25 % in two days. Biodegradable bags have been ordered, and they will come soon. There seems to be no solution for liquids, and we would be discontinuing their parcels. From Monday, we would also suspend orders from food aggregators. We can’t argue with their customers,” he said.

                  A popular non-veg restaurant on Katol Road switched to supplying biryani in silver foil boxes. “People are getting containers. Some are being turned away if we are short of boxes. We are facing problem in buying those boxes too as they are in high demand,” he said.

                  On the other hand, citizens, shopkeepers and vendors seemed to have accepted the ban, fearing harsh penalties, and made alternative arrangements for routine items. People carried vessels for buying mutton, loose milk and other liquid items, and big cloth bags for groceries, vegetables and fruits. Shopkeepers provided cloth bags and charged Rs5 from customers at many places.

                  “Who would take the risk of coughing up Rs5,000,” a fruit seller at Gokulpeth said.

                  At the weekly vegetable market in Borgaon, vendors adhered to the new rules to avoid action. “NMC officials may be around in plain clothes,” a vendor said.

                  A mutton seller at Sadar said people came with steel containers, and those who didn’t bring anything were given the meat in paper.

                  NMC health officer (sanitation) Pradip Dasarwar said though it was a holiday, yet teams with five to six health inspectors in uniform and nuisance detection squad members were deployed in each zone.

                  Asked what the NMC would be doing with the seized material, Dasarwar said it will be decided later. “Right now, plastic items are being kept at zone offices. Later, we will discuss about disposal with Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and act accordingly. The focus is on cutting the supply by checking plastic sellers. In a couple of days, we would take action against local shops providing plastic bags to customers for carrying goods, eatables etc,” he said.

                  Citizens would face action in the third phase of the anti-plastic bag drive, the health officer said.












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                    Citizens to get all govt services at 100 Smart Kiosks soon

                    Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jun 25, 2018, 03:10 IST

                    Nagpur: After a delay of over a year, the Smart City project has finally received the 100 Smart Kiosks, also known as touch points, which will be installed across the city soon. Citizens will get access to all types of services linked to central and state governments, civic body and other government departments at the kiosks, in the first-of-its-kind project in the state.

                    The Smart Kiosks are part of the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ ambitious Rs520 crore Smart and Safe City Project being implemented by the special purpose vehicle — Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL). The project’s private operator L&T Construction’s Smart World and Communications Business Unit was supposed to install the kiosks at 100 locations by April 2017. However, the project was delayed to a great extent.

                    An official from NSSCDCL told TOI Smart Kiosks have been installed at 20 locations, including two at NMC head office. “Majority of the kiosks will be installed at NMC offices, hospitals and government departments. Plan is to install some at malls. The kiosks cannot be installed at market places as they require safe locations,” he said.

                    L&T will also operate and maintain the kiosks with high speed internet connectivity for five years. Municipal commissioner Virendra Singh has directed NSSCDCL and L&T to modify outer look of the kiosks. “Wings will be attached to the kiosks on two sides. A display board will be installed atop the kiosks. Also, method to operate the kiosks will also be displayed,” NMC official added.

                    Earlier, the plan was to install 200 kiosks but the number was reduced to 100. Also, the kiosks were supposed to have cash withdrawal and deposit facility, but this plan was modified due to the government’s cashless initiatives, and also problems of maintenance and security.

                    The kiosks will accept all types of cards and generate receipts. All government websites like Aaple Sarkar, MSEDCL, NMC, central government etc will be available through the kiosks.

                    In a minor setback to the project, commissioner of police K Venkatesh has reportedly denied permission to install the kiosks at 30 police stations, eight DCP offices, police headquarters and CP office. He told TOI the kiosks should be installed at locations where people come to seek government services and also have large footfall, instead of at police establishments. “Only people related to cases come to the police establishments. So the kiosks here will not be beneficial,” he said.

                    Now, the SPV, in association with NMC, is searching for other locations instead of the 40 police establishments.

                    The entire project covers 3,841 CCTVs at 700 locations, 1,200km optical fibre cable, 10 mobile surveillance vehicles (MVS), 10 drones, smart solutions in 239 city buses, public announcement systems at 50 locations, Wi-Fi access points at 790 locations, Smart Strip on WHC Road between Khamla Square and Japanese Garden Square etc is also nearing completion after a delay of one year.












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                      NGOs from region join hands to save Melghat from rly line

                      Vijay Pinjarkar| TNN | Jun 25, 2018, 03:11 IST


                      Nagpur: At least 31 NGOs working in the wildlife conservation field along with like-minded individuals joined hands on Sunday to wage a battle against expansion of railway line through Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR).

                      A meeting of the NGOs and their representatives from Akola, Telhara, Yavatmal, Amravati, Nagpur and Washim was held at Akot to save Melghat as many villagers are angry over the fact that they are being left out by upgrading the line through MTR.

                      As a strategy, the NGOs first plan to launch a signature drive to make people, who are being left out, aware about the project. “We will also meet public representatives of all parties to support the cause of Melghat. Rallies will also be organized,” said wildlife and environment lawyer Manish Jeswani.

                      Amravati honorary wildlife warden Vishal Bansod, who launched an online petition on the issue, said a signature drive in villages which will not benefit from line going through MTR will be launched.

                      Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board (MSBB) Jayant Wadatkar said, “It seems to be a myopic vision of BJP government to upgrade the line through reserve. It will not solve the purpose of development as many other villages that need to be connected will be left out. In future, there will be restrictions on boosting railway infrastructure.”

                      Wildlife lover Udayan Patil said, “For long term conservation of tigers, the railway line should be realigned outside the reserve. The existing meter gauge track has already fragmented the vital critical tiger habitat (CTH). The impact in the form of disturbance and biotic pressure has been somewhat less due to closure of trains. Besides, MTR has already relocated 5 out of 6 villages from the area adjoining the current MG track.”

                      Amol Sawant of Satpuda Foundation said, “The increased frequency of trains may lead to greater probability of getting hit by trains which in turn may force the animals to abandon the forest adjoining the train track. This may lead to inbreeding depression and creation of genetic islands in the long run.” Suresh Chopne, president of Green Planet Society & member of the MoEFCC’s regional environment committee (REC), has said that it is wrong to say that railways will not need forest clearance for upgradation of line.

                      “Railways will need to change alignment which will involve culverts, tunnels and bridges. All this will lead to felling of hundreds of trees. Besides, alternative route should be taken in view of climate change, environment and wildlife habitat loss,” said Chopane.










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