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  • Razing of illegal structures on open, PU land to restart next week: NMC tells HC Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Aug 31, 2018, 03:47 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) would be restarting its demolition drive against illegal religious structures on the open/PU lands from next week. The civic body informed about its plans to the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Thursday, after which the hearing was adjourned for two weeks.

    A division bench comprising Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Murlidhar Giratkar directed the NMC and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) to raze all such structures located on roads and footpaths by Friday. The judges further asked both the agencies to submit a detailed affidavit listing out those who deposited the money and remaining ones along with their exact locations.

    Appearing for the NMC, senior counsel Chandrashekhar Kaptan and Sudhir Puranik informed that only 12 structures located on roads and footpaths are yet to be removed. They assured that civic body has restarted the demolition drive and it was demolishing five such structures per day and would complete the entire exercise by Friday.

    The duo informed that only 368 out of 1,800 total objectors had deposited the money with HC’s registry to prove their bona fides, as reported by TOI on Thursday. Of them, 251 deposited Rs50,000 with the HC’s registry till August 16, while 87 handed over Rs60,000 till August 21.

    Earlier, petitioner’s counsel Firdos Mirza pointed out that trustees had began reconstruction of those structures which were flattened by the civic agencies in areas like Sadar. The bench then asked the authorities to find out such places and submit the names and details in the court in the same affidavit.

    He further brought to fore that both agencies had assured to remove all illegal structures on roads and footpaths within four weeks, but yet to complete the exercise. He blamed the respondents for bypassing plans and projects submitted by them in HC under the pretext of non-verification of the objections received. The NMC counsels then reiterated that all such structures would be razed by Friday.

    NMC’s additional commissioner Ravindra Thahare submitted an affidavit when the hearing began in which he informed that out the total 252 unauthorized structures, 231 have already been flattened till Wednesday. The authorities have sought police protection for removing the remaining 12.

    The court was hearing a plea (WP No 6177/2006) by Dr Gajanan Zade and Manohar Khorgade, praying for removal of encroachments, including religious structures, pandals, stages, statues and others from roads, pavements and public utility places.

    In earlier hearing, HC had asked latecomers to deposit Rs60,000 for proving their bona fides and decided to donate the amount collected from all objectors to Government Shelter Homes for Children in Vidarbha. Thereafter, the NMC informed that since last hearing on August 2, it had received 860 more objections from those who constructed structures without requisite sanctioned plans and building permits.

    21 residents told to deposit Rs 2.10L

    Peeved over failure to submit sanctioned plan and building permit of a temple in Buty Layout in Laxmi Nagar, the high court asked all 21 residents of the society to pay Rs10,000 each to prove bona fides. The petition is filed by Siddha Ganesh Mandir, through manager Sunil Aloni and Buty Layout Plot Holders Association secretary Ravindra Chinchwadkar, through counsel Shantanu Pande. They contended that theirs is a private land on which the temple was built and the NMC had no role to play in it.

    When the HC enquired with the NIT counsel, he informed that the temple comes under open spaces and it can’t be termed as private land. The judges then asked all 21 petitioners to deposit Rs50,000 each with its registry and after requests reduced the amount to Rs10,000. The petitioners have already deposited Rs50,000 with the registry.

  • Slow cable laying work causing bottleneck at Nelson Square TNN | Aug 31, 2018, 03:56 IST

    After the ongoing flyover work, the slow paced cable laying work has been dealing a double-blow to the road users

    Nagpur: Residents and regular motorists using Mankapur Road, especially those crossing Nelson Square are unhappy over cable-laying work’s slow pace opposite to the Chitnavis Blocks.

    Already, the ongoing flyover work is causing major inconvenience to the motorists and the delay in cable laying work is creating bottlenecks not only on the road but also blocked the entire footpath near the construction site, said residents.

    “While motorists have difficulties traversing, the pedestrians are forced to walk in middle of the road, wading through the jams on the narrowed stretch,” said Neville Cassad a resident of the locality.

    Team TOI too visited the place on Thursday morning and found that as cable wire has been placed on footpath, pedestrians are using road, while motorists honk continuously to get a clear patch.

    Apart from the noise that ongoing flyover work generates, the incessant honking is the biggest source of noise pollution here. With traffic rules neither being followed, nor implemented, chaos on the roads has increased, was the general observation of the residents and shopkeepers there.

    Furthermore, despite the delay, neither the NMC nor the traffic police has not taken action against the firm, asking them to complete the work early.

    “The work for underground wires started almost four months ago. The labourers are not seen working at the spot daily and since couple of days none of them has turned up to work at the busy square,” said a shopkeeper requesting anonymity.

    “The stretch parallel to the footpath has been encroached due to stocked cables, forcing pedestrians to walk in the middle of the road. Furthermore, visitors to the nearby hotels and offices do not bother about the traffic movement and park their vehicles on the road, adding up to the problem,” Shashin Chokse, a motorist, pointed out.

    The situation has been not been regularly attended by the contractor or NMC officials, Chokse claimed. Even the traffic control lies unattended.

    “What if there are medical emergencies? And, even school students, who cross the road daily, could be a victim of accident on this half-worked stretch. The concerned agency should look into the issue and get the work done immediately so that the citizens do not suffer,” he said.

    Deputy municipal commissioner Raj Tilak Roushan assured to remove the cables at the earliest and by Wednesday evening they were removed.
  • 14 plans uploaded, none okayed on civic body’s BPMS in 35 days tnn | Aug 31, 2018, 05:50 IST

    Nagpur: All is not well with the month-old Building Plan Management System (BPMS) rolled out by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on July 25. Some 35 days after launch, technical glitches and faulty implementation have left architects and engineers unable to upload plans to the system. NMC’s revenue collection is also suffering as a result, with only scrutiny fees of Rs16,103 collected in 35 days.

    NMC could generate a lot more revenue from additional FSI, premium for staircases, loading of TDR (transferable development right) on balconies, and side and rear margin relaxation, apart from building plan sanction if BPMS runs on track. As opposed to 40-50 plans getting sanction manually every month earlier, not even a single plan has been sanctioned in BPMS, and only 14 plans have been uploaded till date.

    “BPMS only supports 3D version of AutoCAD (a drafting tool) even when uploading 2D files, whereas most architects use either 2D versions or other cheaper drafting tools. This is a major pain for us in uploading plans and is causing hindrance,” said chairman of Nagpur chapter of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) Paramjeet Singh Ahuja.

    A committee member of IIA Parikshit Choudhari said, “We are facing so many technical glitches in downloading basic software and require help, but shortage of manpower at NMC means we are unable to learn the mechanism. It is not possible for architects from Wardha and Yavatmal to come down every time. NMC needs to organize a mass training drive for architects to handle the portal.”

    Another architect Harish Chandani said, “There are no provisions for government’s TOD policy and uploading various no objection certificates in the system till date. Also, their drafting tool is quite tedious to work with, and one plan takes days to get completed. Relaxation powers mentioned in the system are also very limited, and we ultimately have to visit NMC every time, so what’s the whole point of BPMS.”

    It was earlier reported by TOI that various no objection certificates (NOC) from fire department have to be acquired manually before uploading the plans. “Acquiring NOC before submission only worsens our problems, since the plan we submit might be rejected for trivial reasons,” he added.

    NMC section engineer Shrikant Deshpande said, “We are looking into the glitches and they will be resolved soon. We have submitted a request to Maharashtra IT cell (MahaIT) to employ more officials for this, and hopefully there will be more assistance to architects sooner than later.”

    “Talks are underway to make this system more user friendly and accommodate more drafting tools. With the release of new versions, hopefully these issues will be resolved,” said assistant director of town planning Pramod Gawande.
  • Ambazari lake, 3 other spots finalized for seaplane project Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 03:11 IST

    A trial was conducted between Ambazari lake and Khindsi dam on November 15, 2014. Khindsi and Koradi lakes do ... Read More

    Nagpur: The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB), in association with the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), has finalized four locations for sea plane project proposed four years ago. City will be the nodal centre and the projects will come up at Ambazari lake, Tadoba in Irai dam, Pench Tiger Reserve and Paras barrage in Akola district.

    MMB chief executive officer Vikram Kumar has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and submitted it to NIT chairman Ashwin Mudgal. The NIT board of trustees is likely to approve it in the meeting on Tuesday. Later, Mudgal will sign the MoU for its final implementation.

    Suggested by city MP and Union minister Nitin Gadkari, the project was proposed at eight locations — Ambazari lake, Tadoba, Pench, Shegaon pilgrimage, Koradi temple, Sironcha in Gadchiroli district, Nagzira Tiger Reserve and Navegaon National Park.

    The MMB will develop all required infrastructure from its funds or grants from the central/state government. The NIT will make available land and permissions. The MMB will appoint a private operator for operation and maintenance.

    The NIT will be the monitoring agency and also pay viability gap fund, estimated at Rs3.65 crore per annum, in case of any loss.

    A Mumbai-based company MEHR had conducted a trial for the project between Ambazari lake and Khindsi dam near Ramtek on November 15, 2014. In the four finalized locations, there is no mention of Khindsi and Koradi lakes.

    The NIT board will also take decision on exemption of ground rent for slum-dwellers without any approval from the state government. Earlier, it was felt that the government’s approval was required for giving exemption to slum dwellers from paying ground rent of 2% every year. Now, the civic agency has reportedly found provisions for passing on the benefits to slum-dwellers on its own.

    Another proposal before the NIT board is to fix charges for no objection certificate (NOC) for amalgamation or division of plots under Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits. Also, the board will take decision on granting transferable development rights or compensation for acquiring 1.02 hectare land worth Rs41 crore reserved for Housing For Dishoused at mouza Somalwada. Following NIT’s failure to acquire the land, the owner had served purchase notice.

  • Bad roads have city’s puncture repair business booming TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 03:32 IST

    Nagpur: Potholes are a menace for drivers but they have brought a smile on the faces of city’s puncture repair shopkeepers. According to them, some punctures are caused by normal road debris, especially nails, but there also has been an increase in business due to potholes.

    “Because of the rain and substandard road works, the potholes have been more troublesome now than in past years for motorists,” said Rupesh Dongre, a puncture repair shop owner on Amravati road. To repair a puncutre, they charg about Rs50 for two-wheeler tyres and Rs80-Rs125 for car tyres.

    “This is the worst I have ever seen. We are having people coming in on daily basis because of potholes,” Dongre claimed. According to him, he was seeing 22 to 30 damaged tires a day. “In many cases, we repair a punctured tyre, motorists go out, hit a pothole and are back here. We are busy all the time, we are just busier now because monsoon is yet to end and things will remain bad,” he added.

    Usually, monsoon is slow month for them but this year monsoon and potholes did make a difference. Kunjbihari Patel, who owns puncture repair shop in front of Hislop College in Civil Lines, said his business had increased manifold. In the past, he would see just a few vehicles with pothole damage during monsoon season, but this year he has been having at least 10 to 15 each day and is earning over Rs1,000 per day.

    Particularly vulnerable are people driving with with low pressure in tyres. The damage to tyre is much more and chance of puncture higher when one drives over potholes with low pressure, he explained.

    Past monsoons have been relatively mild, but this season rains have been better and bad roads due to various factors have led to more business for a puncture shop owner on Rabindranath Tagore Marg in Civil Lines.

    “Just like any business, we are here to take care of problems. It serves our business but we are not particularly happy to have it that way,” said owner Rakesh Sahare, puncture shop owner near Institute of Science. “Drivers can prevent costly damage with careful driving and maintaining correct tyre pressure,” he said.

  • NIT, NMC raze 7 religious structures TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 03:48 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Improvement Trust and Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Friday demolished seven illegal religious structures in their separate actions in different parts of the city.

    Armed with excavators and police protection, the NIT’s anti-encroachment team first demolished a durgah of Baba Tajuddin beneath Pachpaoli railway over bridge and then razed Shitla Mata Mandir in Swami Nagar, Khatikpura, Nag Mandir and Nav Durga temple in Jamdar Wadi Binaki. It also succeeded in demolishing Nag temple in Anand Nagar Binaki. The demolition action led by executive engineer Rajesh Meghrajani was carried out from 11am to 8pm.

    Similarly, the NMC’s enforcement department razed three temples all situated in Lakadganj zone and they included Durga temple in Satnami Nagar, Sharda Mata mandir near Kapse Chowk and Hanuman Mandir in old Bagadganj.

  • NMC claims 5,567 potholes filled; roads still riddled TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 03:53 IST

    Nagpur: Even though the Nagpur Municipal Corporation claims to have repaired 5,567 potholed roads, the actual conditions present a different picture. Poor road conditions, that is already posing risk to motorists, may damage idols, particularly bigger ones, during transportation in the ensuing Ganesh Utsav.

    TOI found many roads in a bad condition — especially Great Nag road, Kamptee Road, Ring Road, Lal Godam Road and Bhandara Road — from where Major Ganpati processions are taken out. Even internal roads are in bad shape.

    According to NMC’s hotmix department, highest numbers of potholes were repaired in Ashi Nagar zone (984 potholes). The roads in Mangalwari and Nehru Nagar zones too have most troubled roads. Here, the department claimed to have repaired 777 potholes each. At many places, NMC has filled the potholes but the work has left the road surface uneven.

    A classic case of potholed road is Khamla vegetable market road in south-west Nagpur. “This road has not been repaired since last couple of years as NMC plans to concretize it. On Wednesday night, a man met with an accident after he lost balance of his bike while crossing the pothole ridden patch. This is just a small patch but the maintenance is very poor,” said Ram Mohan Singh, a resident of Khamla.

    Similar is the story of central Nagpur. The road patch from Itwari railway station to Mudliyar Chowk is full of potholes. This patch has around 50 potholes, claimed independent corporator Abha Pande. She said the roads in Maskasath, Mirchi Bazaar, Raut Chowk to Dalapura, Kumbhalpura Chowk to Bauli Vihir are too full of ‘death traps’.

    Even the ruling party corporators are getting complaints from all corners of the city regarding potholed roads. Senior BJP corporator Narendra Borkar said potholes either side of the central avenue patch between Chapru Nagar to Gomti Hotel Chowk is full of potholes.

    Apart from potholes, many busy roads like Amravati road patch from Patrakar Sahniwas T-point to Futala Lake T-point, Rabindranath Tagore stretch in Civil Lines, Seminary Hills patch are posing risk to motorists due to loose bitumen. Heavy dust has added to the woes for motorists travelling on these roads. “With no sweeping taken up by the NMC sanitation department, the motorists are giving a tough time for the motorists,” said Manoj Shende a resident of Tilak Nagar.

    Sanjeevani Tidke, a motorist, pointed out: “Everyone engaged with construction of city roads, i.e. contractors, supervisors, engineers should be held responsible for quality of construction and maintenance of roads. There should be action for negligence causing death or serious injury to motorists.” Though the NMC officials claim to have filled about 80% potholes in city, the situation is worse than previous years and even the corporators are getting complaints from all corners of the city.
    A senior official from hotmix department said that repairing of potholes is a continuous work. Following complaints, many potholes have been repaired. He further justified stating accumulation of water on the road, use of poor quality material and overloading of vehicles were major factors behind the poor condition of city roads.

  • Century-old tree brought back to life Manka Behl | TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 04:20 IST

    The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday had issued directions to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NM... Read More

    Nagpur: After lying uprooted for over 10 days, the 100-year-old uprooted pipal tree at Tekdi Ganesh temple was brought back to life on Friday.

    The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued directions to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and temple authorities to rejuvenate the tree in its original condition.

    The tree’s rejuvenation was carried out by experts. “Its root system was completely damaged and decayed due to continuous percolation of water. Also, due to presence of basalt rock, the roots could not penetrate deep and the growth was superficial,” said Dilip Chinchmalatpure, botanist and biodiversity consultant.

    To revive the tree, various treatments were given. “We used a mixture of insecticide, fungicide and root hormones generator. Before re-planting it, we filled a good quantity of soil consisting of vermicompost,” said Chinchmalatpure.

    Apart from this, three branches of the trees were also pruned. The tree was finally replanted using crane, chain pulley and hydraulic jack. “We ensured that the alignment of the tree is maintained so that it doesn’t fall again,” the expert said.

    To ensure further stability, the tree has been tied with six ropes in all directions. Experts plan to keep it tied for about an year.

    As reported by TOI earlier, HC had acted on a letter written by devotees Girdhar Sharma and others, which highlighted that the contractor engaged in renovation of the temple had deliberately cut the roots of the tree to weaken it.

  • Delayed NHAI projects worsen traffic woes Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 2, 2018, 03:28 IST

    Nagpur: Inordinate delay in completion of roads and flyovers projects by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has prolonged the problem of bad roads and traffic congestion in and around the city. Five NHAI projects are not even 50% complete though works have been going on for over two years. The deadlines are fast approaching but looking at the slow pace of works the situation is not likely to improve for at least a year.

    City MP and union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari Gadkari had sanctioned these projects — flyovers at Sadar, Pardi, completion of Outer Ring Road, widening and concretization of Kamptee-Kanhan road and widening of railway over bridge (ROB) at Chinchbhuvan — between 2014 and 2016.

    Bhoomipuja for Pardi flyover was performed on August 21, 2014. Private operator was appointed in November 2015 but work started in April 2016. Only 21% work is completed as of now.

    TOI visited the project’s sites and found that not a single stretch is completed. The project covers Bhandara Road, Inner Ring Road, Old Bhandara Road and Central Avenue, all busy routes, in East Nagpur. The NHAI was also supposed to concretize roads under the flyover. The roads are in a sorry state, full of potholes and bad surface layer.

    Advocate Ankita Shah told TOI that accidents have become commonplace on these roads. “Traffic congestion is another major issue and vehicles are being badly damaged. Nobody knows when the work will be completed,” she said.

    The bhoomipuja for the flyover coming up on Residency Road in Sadar and Chhaoni was performed in 2016 but only 41% work has been done so far. The inordinate delay has badly damaged the road. A resident of Byramji Town Jasmeet Parmar said the project has turned into a nightmare for citizens. “Development is welcome and we are ready to adjust but for how many years?” she said.

    Parmar added the road has become non-motorable and there is loose gravel all around. “Half of the road is covered for the work which, we fear, may go on another two or more years,” she said.

    The Outer Ring Road project is around 40% complete. It is learnt, trucks are turning turtle on the incomplete stretches. Some of the petty contractors told TOI that works have come to a standstill halt since last many days due to delay in payment by the contractor.

    Only 43% work has been done under Kamptee-Kanhan road widening project since two and a half years. Though Chinchbhuvan ROB widening work is going at a very slow pace with the project only 19% complete, it has not affected regular traffic due to the adjacent existing bridge.

    According to NHAI officials, works have been delayed due to various reasons. “It’s very difficult to execute the projects in city limits due to round-the-clock traffic. Also, there are issues of shifting utilities, clearance from traffic department and delay in government funds,” they said.

  • Corporators go silent, NMC resumes demolition drive Anjaya Anparthi and Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Sep 2, 2018, 03:18 IST

    Nagpur: Following the high court’s fresh orders and an inquiry into complaint of activists, corporators, especially from the ruling party — BJP, have stopped protesting against the drive to demolish illegal religious structures in the city. As a result, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) resumed the demolition drive under their respective jurisdictions. The civic body on Saturday demolished nine illegal religious structures cropped up on the roads and footpaths.

    With this, the NMC and the NIT claimed to have demolished 256 and 193 illegal religious structures, respectively, as on Saturday, leading to the number of demolitions to 449.

    The NMC official said only one temple on the road was remaining for demolition and would be cleared on Monday or Tuesday. “There were 252 illegal shrines on roads and footpaths under our jurisdiction,” he said.

    The NIT official said eight illegal shrines on roads and footpaths were pending for demolition. “We resumed the drive from Monday and demolished around 12 illegal religious structures,” he said.

    The NMC Laxmi Nagar Zone, which had to return on July 30 due to strong protest by BJP corporators and local residents, managed to demolish Gurudeo Dutt Mandir at Trimurti Nagar. The demolition team was led by assistant commissioner Suwarna Dakhane and deputy engineer R V Mule.

    The local residents, learning about the drive, went to ruling party leader Sandip Joshi’s house for help but he reportedly suggested them to cooperate with the civic body and rebuild the temple after getting appropriate land.

    The devotees, then, performed aarti and removed the idol and other materials from the temple. The NMC team demolished the entire structure and cleared the debris.

    The residents were very upset over the demolition. “The temple was very famous among all people from the area. Even CM Devendra Fadnavis had assured expansion of the temple as well as construction of a community hall when performed puja here. Even, we deposited Rs50,000 in the high court hoping to save the temple but that went in vain. Nobody came to the rescue of the temple,” they said.

    Similarly, the NMC Dhantoli zone led by Smita Kale and estate officer R S Bute succeeded in the demolition of a temple at Timber Market. There also the team had to return without action on July 31.

    The NMC Laxmi Nagar zone demolished three more illegal shrines on South Ambazari road. Ladkadganj team led by assistant commissioner Subhashchandra Jaidev razed three while Dhantoli zone demolished one more shrine.

  • ‘Flat & plot owners must come forward to lodge complaints under RERA Act’ Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Sep 2, 2018, 03:25 IST

    Ever since Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) was implemented in Maharashtra on May 1 last year, it evoked a mixed response from citizens even though the builder lobby is unhappy with it. Termed as a revolutionary enactment, the legislation aims to protect buyers interests, particularly in the backdrop of high profile cases like of real estate giants Jaypee and Amrapalli groups, where Supreme Court had to come forward to rescue thousands of aggrieved flat owners who were allegedly duped by them. Analysts believe if RERA would have been implemented since it was conceptualized, harried investors would have been saved from such hassles.

    Nonetheless, Maharashtra is on the forefront in number of registration by the builders. For MahaRERA’s Nagpur division, the government has appointed Girish Joshi as deputy secretary and office head from June last year. He was roped in on the basis on his vast experience of working as a deputy collector in city. He was responsible for conceptualizing and implementing 7X12 extracts ATMs across tehsil office where one can get entire information about his land, at a click.

    In a tête-à-tête with TOI, he explains how the MahaRERA could help the flat/plot owners from getting defrauded, how their precious money is safe and how builders could be sent behind bars, if they failed to deliver what they promised. Excerpts from an interview...

    Q. What is RERA is all about?

    A. The revolutionary enactment made it mandatory for all commercial and residential real estate projects to register with the MahaRERA authority on website. However, it would only be applicable to those over 500 sq metres of land or at least having eight flats in the apartment. It was introduced with the sole aim of protecting buyers’ interests and bringing total transparency in project marking and its implementation. Everything would be available on the MahaRERA website, right from the project details to its progress to its completion date. If the builder failed to finish it off before the deadline, he could be penalized and even could be sent to jail for three years. Significantly, it has organized the entire real estate sector which was highly unorganized for all these years and was subsequently neglected.

    Q. How is it beneficial for flat/plot buyers?

    A. In many ways than one. Since all the builders have to upload entire information on our website, the buyers could get it at their finger tips. Even completion date is mentioned there. Any single deviation in specification could invite trouble for the builder. Right from clearing the title to sanctioning of the maps, everything is closely scrutinized by the MahaRERA authorities and occupancy certificate (OC) is made must for all buildings. The builders also need to upload audit report about their projects on the website and maintain a common account of money paid by the buyers. The amount could be withdrawn only through signatures of certified engineer, architect and a chartered accountant, whose registrations are to be made with MahaRERA. Moreover, there would be defect liability of five years on the builders, which means they would be held responsible if cracks developed in the new construction due to the use of inferior quality material or other defects. Importantly, it ended the syndicate of huge black money involved in dealings. Earlier, the builders used to demand 50% amount in black to avoid taxes, but now, they can’t do it. It’s precisely the reason, the real estate prices, which were highly inflated, have dropped drastically or I would term it as correction. For any future transaction, the buyers must refer to MahaRERA website and check details about credibility of all projects.

    Q. How can buyers lodge complaint against builders?

    A. Basically, there are three ways to register their complaints. The first is by filling up of Form A for complaining to the MahaRERA authority. Second, through filling up of Form B by the way of application to the adjudicating officer and third, through Form C by making an appeal to the appellate tribunal in Mumbai, where recently retired high court judge Indu Jain would be joining shortly. Unlike other courts, these semi-judicial bodies have to decide the cases within a deadline of three months from the date of registration. If this Act was in existence about two decades back, the problems like 572 and 114 unauthorized layouts in the city would have never take place. The MahaRERA certificate is just like an ISI mark of Hallmark, which guaranteed the product quality for the customers.

    Q. How many complaints have been received so far and has anyone been punished?

    A. In about a year, since it was implemented, about 3,717 complaints were received by the authority across Maharashtra and of them, 2,164 were disposed in quick time. Many builders were punished and prominent among them is Piramal Realty which was slapped with Rs50 lakh fine. Like arbitration, even conciliation facility was made available to the both builders and buyers who want to negotiate rather than fighting a legal battle. A judges body comprising a member from Grahak Manch and builders representative from organizations Credai try to settle the dispute between two parties. In a year, they manage to resolve 93 cases out of 349, who applied for this forum. We’ve also recovered Rs52 lakh from the builders, who failed to complete registrations on with MahaRERA website before the last date. Unfortunately, many flat/plot owners don’t come forward to lodge complaints, apprehending backlash from the builders and also under misconception of fighting a lengthy legal battle.


    Customers in city can refer MahaRERA website — or contact on — 2558300. The MahaRERA is located at First floor, Administrative Block No 1, near Udyog Bhavan, Civil Lines, Nagpur

  • Chemical discharge in nullah flowing into Irai river Mazhar Ali | tnn | Sep 2, 2018, 14:19 IST

    MPCB is set to issue notices to Multi Organics Ltd and Rasbihari Jinning, which have been identified as the source of pollution

    CHANDRAPUR: Two industries in MIDC Chandrapur have been found to be discharging large-scale effluents into Datala nullah which meets the Irai river, a drinking water source for Chandrapur city and half-a-dozen surrounding villages. Spot inspection by MPCB team has revealed that the chemical effluents flushed into nullah have high PH of 9 and 10. Many fishes in its waters have been found dead.

    MPCB is set to issue notices to Multi Organics Ltd and Rasbihari Jinning, which have been identified as the source of pollution, on Monday, said board officials.

    The inspection was carried out following a complaint filed by Rajesh Bele, president of Sanjeewani Paryavaran Samajik Sanstha, on Friday. MPCB sub-regional officer Pratap Jagtap took samples of reddish-black colour chemical discharge flowing into upper and lower side of the nullah.

    The report — a copy is in possession of TOI — states that chemical is seeping from a waste dump at the nullah bank. On examination, the waste dump was found to be a mix of blackish ash and large-scale industrial waste. Officials suspect that the dump comprises of hazardous chemicals. Samples of dead fishes too have been collected for examination.

    Officials of Multi Organics have been told to immediately stop the flow of chemical discharge into the nullah and remove the waste dump. Rasbihari Jinning too has been directed to remove its blackish solid waste dumped on the nullah bank.

    Complainant Rajesh Bele blamed Multi Organics for major hazardous pollution and claimed to have sent a letter to chief minister demanding criminal action against the industry. Multi Organics has, however, maintained that the waste dump is quite old and affluent is now flowing into nullah along with rainwater.

  • Delay in clearing ROB designs to hit Metro schedule Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 3, 2018, 03:47 IST

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    Nagpur: MahaMetro may be trying its best to complete Nagpur Metro project on time but it is not getting cooperation of other agencies. One example is that of Central Railway (CR), which is yet to clear designs of two railway overbridges (ROBs) of Nagpur Metro even after over six months. The two ROBs are in Gaddigodam and near Anand Talkies.

    According to a MahaMetro source, the two ROBs were cleared by CR’s divisional railway manager (DRM), Nagpur, on Friday. Now the designs will go to Mumbai for approval of CR’s chief bridge engineer and principal chief engineer. Then they will be submitted to Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) for approval. This will take another two to three weeks.

    CR spokesperson SG Rao said there was no delay in approving the design. “We went into details before clearing the two ROBs. The designs will be cleared in two to three days,” he added.

    MahaMetro officials do not buy this claim. “The design needed approval of seven to eight officials. Our officers had to virtually move the file from one desk to another, otherwise it would not have reached DRM’s table even now. It is not our job to facilitate internal movement of files within CR. However, we were forced to do it to prevent further delay,” said an official.

    Gaddigodam ROB is a part of reach II — the stretch from Sitabuldi to Automotive Square. The Anand Talkies ROB is located on Reach IV that connects Sitabuldi to Prajapati Nagar.

    The hold-up in approving the ROBs is bound to delay Nagpur Metro project. MahaMetro has set a deadline of December 2019 but it is difficult to meet it.

    Earlier, Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) and CMRS had taken their own time in clearing commercial operation for Nagpur Metro’s at grade stretch. MahaMetro held the trial run on September 30, 2017. However, it got permission for commercial operations only in April this year. Officials of RDSO and CMRS had cancelled several visits due to various reasons.

    This lax attitude of RDSO and CMRS has made it clear the entire Nagpur Metro will not begin commercial operation before mid-2020.

  • ‘Industries should switch over to solar energy for better’ tnn | Sep 3, 2018, 04:38 IST

    Abhyankar Bhushan addresses the gathering at VIA Auditorium, Udyog Bhavan, Civil Lines, on Saturday

    Nagpur: Maharashtra, and Vidarbha region in particular, witnesses almost 300 sunny days per year with almost six hours of peak electricity generation. This untapped potential should therefore be encashed, said Abhyankar Bhushan, manager of Panasonic Solar Plant, on Saturday.

    He was speaking at a techo-commercial meet organized by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) and Panasonic to create awareness about the benefits of solar rooftop systems and help industries of the region know its how and about.

    Bhushan said that by 2020, Maharashtra will generate close to 20 giga watts of energy through solar rooftops. “These systems are going to be a one-stop solution to all load-shedding and electricity problems faced by the industrialists today. This is a one-time investment and you can procure its worth in merely five to six years from installation, which is a good return on investment. The added advantage are that you don’t need to allot special place for it,” he said.

    Since the solar radiation falls directly on these panels, it decreases heat inside a building. Aside from other obvious advantages, industries can also acquire green building certification on the basis of solar panel installation, Bhushan added.

    Apprising about the factors to be kept in mind while installing the system, he said, “Customers should not get blindsided with its cost as a higher price does not guarantee a better product. Instead, you should look for a panel that has been successfully running in the market for at least 15 years.”

    He said, “Solar module is the main component in a rooftop system. So customers should make sure that their product hosts the best quality module.”

    Bhushan also busted many myths and misconceptions about the system. “Solar panels work at a maximum of 19% efficiency and there is a misconception that with higher weather temperature, electricity generation is more. In reality, various components inside these systems might get destroyed in extreme temperatures, resulting into lesser electricity generation. Plus, the panels come with a yearly degrading factor which meant their quality is sure to degrade over a period of time.”

    Also present at the meet was director of MSEB and vice-president RB Goenka and secretary Suhas Buddhe. The programme was conducted by Girdhari Mantri.

  • Kamptee-Kanhan Rd not under us, says NHAI after 50% work Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 4, 2018, 03:12 IST

    Nagpur: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) through a private agency — KCC Buildcon — is concretizing Kamptee-Kanhan Highway for the last 18 months at an estimated cost of Rs254 crore, and has already completed over 50% works. Now, NHAI has stated, before the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, that the road does not come under its jurisdiction. The petitioners in the PIL have claimed that the contract between NHAI and KCC Buildcon is illegal, and liable to be set aside, if NHAI does not have authority over the road.

    Justice BP Dharmadhikari and MG Giratkar heard the PIL filed by Chandrabhan Singh, Anand Naidu, Rajesh Hood and Habib Mirza, residents of Kanhan, through advocate Shreerang Bhandarkar on Monday. The HC has fixed the case for final order on September 7.

    On Monday, Bhandarkar filed reply to NHAI affidavit filed before the HC a few days ago. The NHAI affidavit requested the HC to allow it to complete the project, or direct the state government, the authority for the road, to execute the project.

    “NHAI could have executed the project through the state government’s national highway PWD from the inception. NHAI is misleading this court at this stage. Hence, the petitioner herein urges the court to reject NHAI’s prayer clause, and further impose heavy cost on it,” Bhandarkar said.

    He also said NHAI was misleading the court by not providing correct width of the road. As per the petitioners, the right of way on the road was 50 meter in width. But NHAI was executing works without any firm alignment, with the width varying from the city to Outer Ring Road. They alleged NHAI was doing this to protect some encroachers.

    However, NHAI information says 26 meter width has been considered for the works. Also, NHAI is widening the railway under bridge (RuB) at Uppalwadi, and reconstructing some bridges under the project.

    “NHAI had constructed bypass to city and also Kamptee-Kanhan. Since then, the Kamptee-Kanhan Road is no longer a national highway, and came under the state’s jurisdiction. Also, state is constructing bridge over Kanhan river on the road. NHAI took up the project on the request of the state representatives, and funds provided by the centre. Land has to be acquired in case road width has to be keep as per right of way,” an NHAI official said.

    Bhandarkar said NHAI has also violated HC orders. “HC on July 18 imposed stay on works. However, NHAI’s contractor continued the works. We pointed this out to HC with photographs on August 7. Then, NHAI said directives were given to the contractor to stop the works,” he said.

    Also in July, Kamptee cantonment board had stopped works on a stretch it claimed was owned by it. The ministry of defence is yet to resolve this dispute.