One of the fastest growing Tier III cities in India -Future IT and Aviation city - Companies like Boeing, Satyam computers, HCL, Dell, Hexaware, DLF, Ascendas etc. has already finalized their projects. Adjacent to IT SEZ(Wardha Road – NH7) is Proposed International Cargo HUB(MIHAN – Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur, ( ), which is first and only such kind of project in the country being developed in Nagpur by a joint venture between Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) and the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Second Capital and third big city in Maharashtra. Nearby is the new VCA cricket stadium.
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  • Village flooded, but PAPs cry for water at new site Shishir Arya and Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 03:04 IST

    Weltur-Botli (Nagpur district): The seemingly large homes built on planned layouts give an impression that the oustees’ claims of poor facilities are exaggerated, but only till one takes a look inside.

    The areas where project affected persons (PAPs) of Gosikhurd dam have been rehabilitated are supposed to have eighteen civic amenities, ranging from school, community hall to even a green gym. The site at Weltur-Botli in Kuhi Tehsil was prepared in 2005 to settle oustees from Pimpri-Munje — a village less than 10km away. More than a decade later, the residents say there are no water connections. There are no internal tarred roads, schools, street lights, or any scope of gainful employment, leaving the PAPs only worse off than before.

    TOI visited Pimpri-Munje on Tuesday, finding the village has turned into an island due to rising dam waters. Around 30 families have shifted to the resettlement site, 2-3 years ago. The rest are reluctant to move, even as rising water level of the dam has left the village partially marooned. They say the facilities at the new location are no better.

    “There is no water at all though a storage tank has been built,” said Moreshwar Bhoyar, who shifted in 2016. “You will find water drums in front of each house. As there are no running taps in the homes, each one has to store enough water,” added Prabhakar Ramteke.

    “The overhead tank here has remained dry since the day we shifted. Many fetch water in bullock carts from nearby areas,” said a woman.

    The entire village depends on a single handpump. Lack of water has also made sanitation and hygiene situation poor. An old couple has taken shelter in the community hall after a family discord. “They have to depend on neighbours for even basic sanitation ” she said.

    The acquisition has left 30-year-old Yogesh Barsagade homeless. A landless farmworker, he was living at the original Pimpri Munje village, where he shifted after losing his parents at a young age. With no house or land of his own, he didn’t get any compensation from the government. He has now made an encroached plot his home, living in a makeshift hut with his family, which includes two kids.

    Most of the families have exhausted the compensation received for their farmland and other assets in just building a new home in the resettlement area. Once farm owners, they are now reduced to farm hands.

    The over 70-year-old Kothirao Ramteke said he got Rs5 lakh as compensation but ended up spending Rs9 lakh in building a new house. The old couple depends on what their sons earning in Nagpur send. Even their earnings are not much, as one is a security guard and the other a care-taker in a hospital, said Ramteke.

    Each one TOI met had spent the compensation package in building a house. “It’s not that we have blown up the entire money in building large homes. They may appear big from outside, but just take a look from within,” said Bhaurau Ramteke, showing a two-room home. The space is too less for large families, he added.

    Under the compensation package, the oustees have been allotted plots of land according to their earlier dwellings, on which they are supposed to build a house at their own cost. The officials said they are expected to use the compensation received in lieu of their old house to build a new one. The oustees said this was not enough, and they had to spend more.

    The oustees complained of not having power connection too. A senior officer of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) said they were supposed to take power connections on their own. “They were offered connection at concessional rates of just Rs200, but none of them opted for it, as they’ve habit of stealing power over the years in their villages. Despite repeated reminders, the locals have not taken connections,” he said.

    The oustees admitted that they were depending on illegal connections.

  • Do what you want: Civic wrongdoers have no fear of NMC Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 03:17 IST

    Nagpur: Wrongdoers are apparently no longer afraid of action by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), which is a mini government of the city. NMC seals properties for non-payment of property tax, the defaulter removes the seal immediately. Power officials try to disconnect supply of buildings on fire department’s orders but are unable to do so. Hawkers return to their spot soon after NMC squad leaves. This is an alarming sign and indicates collapse of civic governance.

    Another problem is that many times corporators support the wrongdoers instead of NMC. They are more bothered about their vote bank than proper functioning of civic administration. The husband of a corporator assaulted a member of NMC’s nuisance detection squad for taking action against a builder. The standing committee chairman also tried to create obstructions in working of this squad.

    Activists and other citizens have mostly blamed NMC officials for the situation. They feel that if the civic officials are determined they can enforce the law but the will is lacking.

    Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi admitted that citizens had no fear of NMC. “This is the reason why they have not paid property and water tax worth crores. The new municipal commissioner is very strict and I am confident that there will be action against wrongdoers in the coming days. Our officials should lodge police complaints against citizens who do not follow the law,” he said.

    Pramod Pande, president Jan Manch, said that NMC should take strict action on those who violate civic laws. “If they can raze illegal shrines why can’t they take action against tax defaulters? I am certain that there is a nexus between the officials and big players. They take action only for public consumption. Naivedhyam Hall owes Rs1.14 crore property tax but no action has been taken,” he added.

    Activist Dinesh Naidu said that NMC should strengthen its squad and include private security personnel. “If necessary they should take help of police. When Central Mall staffers removed the seal, NMC should have immediately lodged a police complaint. The police should also support civic administration,” he added. Turning to corporators he said that they mostly went against their own body. “Such corporators should be disqualified,” he further said.

    Tejinder Singh Renu, secretary of Vidarbha Taxpayers Association, feels that NMC should be given more powers by strengthening the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act. “Civic officials should seek powers from Mantralaya for taking more stringent action. However, NMC should have a practical attitude towards non-compliance of norms. For example it wants old buildings to meet the provisions of Fire Safety Act, 2006. This is just not possible and the municipal commissioner should realize this,” he said. On corporators he said that as they were public representatives they were bound to support their voters whether right or wrong.

    Lawyer Shrirang Bhandarkar blamed the NMC terming it as lawlessness. “They should take help of police. Officials who fail should be taken to task. There is nexus between officials and the wrongdoers,” he said.

    Tanaji Wanve, leader of opposition in NMC, blamed the officials for failing to enforce the law. “When NMC is in a bad financial condition how can officers be lax in recovering taxes,” he said.

  • Sadar flyover, Khapri ROB to be complete by March 2019: NHAI Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 03:42 IST

    According to project director Abhijit Jichkar,

    Nagpur: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has expressed confidence that it will be able to meet the deadline for completion of Sadar flyover and new Khapri railway overbridge (ROB). According to project director Abhijit Jichkar, the two structures will be ready by next March 2019 and there might be a delay of a month or two at the most.

    Jichkar however, made it clear that the Automotive Square to Kanhan six-lane road will not be completed on time. “The railway underbridge (RUB) at Uppalwadi, which is a part of the project, has run into problems and we can’t say when the work will be completed,” he told TOI.

    According to Jichkar work on Sadar flyover was about 50% complete. “There are no problems with the project and it will be completed by March,” he said.

    However, work on new Khapri ROB is only 30% complete. “The contractor had completed the shuttering of a minor bridge, which is a part of the structure. However, it was washed away during the heavy rains in July. This has delayed the project by one month. However, we will still complete it on time,” said Jichkar.

    The official said that the figure of 30% was misleading. “This is based on the payment made to the contractor. He has completed the reinforced earth (RE) wall panels of the two approaches of the ROB. However, we will pay him only when he installs them,” said the project director.

    According to the official, work on the ROB was held up due to permission from railways. “Now we have the approval and work will pick up speed after rains,” he said.

    The Automotive Square-Kanhan road has got entangled in a public interest litigation (PIL) in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court. “We are building a 26 metre wide road because at some places only this much right of way (ROW) is available. At other places it is 36m and 45m but we can’t go in for land acquisition because it is not a part of national highway anymore,” Jichkar said.

    The RUB has got delayed because a 1,200 metre diameter water pipeline lies on the spot. It has to be shifted and this will take time.

  • Land scam: Police arrest mastermind, get 5-day PCR tnn | Sep 7, 2018, 05:01 IST

    Yavatmal: SIT sleuths led by Police Inspector Ashish Betal of Yavatmal City police station have succeeded in nabbing the absconding mastermind Rakesh Yadhav of the multi-crore land scam, on Wednesday, from Pandharkawda. Police produced Rakesh before the court and obtained his PCR for five days.

    SIT chief Piyush Jagtap said they received a tip off about Rakhesh’s arrival in Pandharkawda, and his plans to visit Adilabad in Telangana to stay with his sister. “We sent our men to Pandharkawda and arrested him before he moved out of the state,” Jagtap said.

    “There are seven criminal offences registered in various police stations regarding the land scam, and 12 persons, including Rakhesh, have been arrested so far,” Jagtap said, adding that Mangesh Panhalkar, who is a close associate of Rakhesh, was arrested earlier, and they had received vital clues from Mangesh about Rakhesh during interrogation.

    The duo (Rakhesh and Mangesh) had fabricated records of original owners of the land lying unattended in the city and its periphery. They then executed sale deeds in bogus names with the help of officials in the district sub registrar office. The fraudsters had then mortgaged the land or plots to banks and obtained crores of rupees as loan. The loan was many fold higher than the market rate of the plot/land.

    A stamp vendor was earlier arrested and his laptop seized by the SIT. They also sealed a Xerox centre near the SP office in this connection.

    Local residents believe the arrested duo would definitely spill the beans, if the cops are serious, and implicate a number of political bigwigs and bank officials.

  • Pune Metro coaches may be made in Butibori Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 03:16 IST

    Nagpur: In order to promote manufacturing in Nagpur, MahaMetro wants to make 75% of coaches to be used for Pune Metro in its proposed Butibori plant. This condition has been incorporated in the tender for purchase of these coaches.

    A source in MahaMetro said that the pre-bid meeting for the tender would be held on September 10. “We will know whether manufacturers are ready to accept our condition after the meeting. Six major companies — Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens, Titagarh, Kaff and China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) — will participate in it,” he added.

    He further said that Alstom and Bombardier already have their plants in India. Another company Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) also makes Metro coaches. “However, other companies may be interested in setting up a plant in the country,” he added.

    Central government has made it mandatory for Metro coach suppliers to make 75% of rolling stock in India. “We have gone a step further and asked the supplier to make coaches in our plant,” said the source.

    MahaMetro is simultaneously going ahead with setting up of the Butibori plant. The detailed project report (DPR) will be available by the end of the month. “We have two options for setting up the plant. First and preferable one is that we form a joint venture with a coach manufacturer. If we don’t get any response then we will set up the plant on our own. Our supplier can then use our facility. We will need funds from central government in both cases,” said the source.

    The investment needed for the plant is Rs300 crore and MahaMetro plans to spend this amount in phases. “Initially, we will set up facilities for coach testing and last stage assembly work. We will lay the track and erect overhead electric line for connecting the plant to the Metro line. However, our aim is to make 100 coaches a year,” said the official.

    The expansion of the factory depends upon getting orders for coaches from other Metros in the country. “We will talk to central and state governments and other Metro agencies in this regard. If we are able to assure business to our partner then many companies will come forward,” he said.
  • Repair potholes, standing panel tells Metro, NHAI Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 02:05 IST

    ROAD BETWEEN CHHAONI SQURE TO POONAM CHEMBER ! The roads witnessing works due to flyover Chhaoni to Poonam Chember in Nagpur

    Nagpur: Following widespread criticism over pothole-ridden roads in the city, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja directed MahaMetro and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to repair potholes on roads where they are executing projects. He also said that action would be taken against MSEDCL and SNDL if the agencies do not repair trenches before Ganpathi festival.

    The orders were given after a meeting between Kukreja and officials of all government departments — MahaMetro, NHAI, state’s public works department, MSEDCL, SNDL, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and others held on Friday.

    Recently, TOI ran a series of stories on potholes across the city, especially on stretches where MahaMetro and NHAI are undertaking work.

    Kukreja said that MahaMetro and NHAI have promised to carry out repairs immediately. “It is the responsibility of all government agencies to ensure safe roads. The condition of roads in the Metro corridor and at NHAI projects like Sadar and Pardi flyovers is very bad,” he said.

    Kukreja added that NMC engineers from all ten zones would prepare a list of pothole-ridden roads and coordinate with respective government agencies. “A committee will be constituted in all zones to monitor the works. I will review the committees’ reports every 15 days,” he said.

    Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s personal assistant Sudhir Deulgaonkar was also present at the meeting. “Deulgaonkar told the officials about a notification under which the government will give funds to shift electric poles and also for other infrastructure works. Kukreja directed the NMC, MSEDCL and SNDL to prepare a list and seek money from the government to do so,” an NMC sources said.

    Kukreja also directed the NMC to develop a road from Ring Road to the under-construction Symbiosis University at Wathoda. “I also directed the NMC to submit a proposal to the Central Railway seeking lease of land for construction of a new road connecting Wanjari Nagar water tank and Ajni,” he said.

    MLAs Sudhakar Kohle and Krishna Khopde raised issues about the roads in their constituencies while Deulgaonkar directed the NMC officials to ensure procurement of ambulances and funeral hearse vans immediately as Gadkari had released money for the same.

  • ‘Should corporator sleep on road to stop garbage dumping?’ Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 04:15 IST

    Nagpur: After the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court put the onus of prevention of garbage dumping and rising dengue cases in their respective wards on corporators, an audio clip of a conversation purportedly between a resident of Gopal Nagar Sachin Lonkar and BJP leader Shalik Kadu, who is husband of corporator from ward no-37 in South-West constituency, Sonali Kadu, has gone viral on social media with a title “How a corporator speaks with a citizen”.

    Similar to the foot-in-mouth “peeing” statement by NCP leader Ajit Pawar, Shalik is heard saying in the clip, “Should corporator sleep on the street to prevent dumping of garbage. Have people elected us as corporator for clearing the garbage.”

    TOI is in possession of the audio clip. The conversation between Shalik and Lonkar ends up with heated arguments and abusive language.

    Interestingly, Shalik looks after all works related to the ward on behalf of his corporator-wife Sonali, several residents told TOI.

    It all started with Lonkar recording a video of garbage lying in front of his residence and a woman and girl using scarf to escape from the stench and posting it on Facebook, on August 20, with a caption, “This is the condition in ward no-37 in CM’s constituency. Dilip Dive, Pramod Tabhane and Kadu madam are corporators of this ward.” Lonkar did not mention the name of fourth corporator from the ward Nanda Jichkar, the mayor.

    Lonkar said Shalik called him introducing himself as Deshmukh and started inquiring about posting of the video on the Facebook. “I suspected something fishy and disconnected the call. I checked the number on Truecaller app and came to know that the caller was Shalik. I called back and questioned Shalik as to why he had to impersonate. This baffled Shalik who started talking arrogantly,” he said.

    During the conversation, Shalik can be heard questioning Lonkar about what he was doing to prevent dumping of garbage in front of his house. In reply, Lonkar says garbage is dumped everyday in night so he was helpless. To this, Shalik is heard saying, “Should corporator come and sleep (on road) to prevent it.”

    Lonkar is heard saying it was the responsibility of the corporator to guide the people and also ensure removal of garbage as people have voted for him. Shalik is then questioning whether people have elected corporators for clearing the garbage.

    In the conversation, Shalik suggested Lonkar to gather 10 people and ensure garbage is not dumped there.

    Later, Shalik tried to “politely” tell Lonkar that people dump garbage and he had ensured its removal in the past. When Lonkar denied any such action, Shalik used an abusive word. Objecting to the use of abusive language, Lonkar said he along with residents will come and throw garbage in front of his residence. In reply, Shalik said none can dare to throw garbage in front of his residence.

    Lonkar told TOI that his family comprising small kids and also nearby residents were facing problem due to garbage dumping. “It is the responsibility of corporator but he is threatening and abusing me for posting video on social media. I sent the audio clip to my friends to show what the HC says and how a corporator behaves with citizens,” he said.

    Shalik blamed Lonkar for the heated arguments. “I am trying to ensure cleanliness in my ward. People’s cooperation is also must to keep the area clean. I got the roads asphalted, planted trees etc in the area where Lonkar is a resident,” he said.

    Corporator Sonali says, “The claim by Lonkar was wrong as garbage would have piled up if we had not cleared it regularly. He posted the video on Facebook so as to highlight the area in which he resides. Let him do what he wants to.”

  • City in EU funded pilot project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 04:20 IST

    Nagpur: The city is one of the three in the country to be selected for a European Union (EU) funded ‘Mobilize Your City’ (MYC) project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to urban transport. The other two cities for the MYC pilot are Ahmedabad and Kochi.

    India and France signed the MYC implementation agreement in New Delhi on Thursday in the presence of minister of state for housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) Hardeep Singh Puri and Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India. It was signed by Mukund Kumar Sinha, OSD, ex officio joint secretary, while regional director, Agence Française de Développement (AfD), Nicolas Fornage, signed on behalf of AfD.

    MYC is part of an international initiative which is supported by the French and the German governments and was launched at 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December, 2015. Based on a proposal made by AfD, the European Union has agreed to provide Euro 3.5 million for technical assistance in the project.

    MYC aims at implementing urban mobility plans at local level and to help India to improve its sustainable transport policy.

  • Adani power plant gets 142ha more forest land Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 04:49 IST

    Nagpur: The state government on Friday finally gave a green signal to divert 141.99 hectares forest land near Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) for country’s third largest power plant Adani Power Maharashtra Limited (APML) in Tiroda in Gondia district.

    The said land in Kachewani and Mendipur villages is equivalent to roughly 103 football fields and is barely 8-9km from Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR). Of the 141.99 hectares, 24.06 hectares is protected forest (PF) and 117.93 hectares is zudpi jungle.

    Though this forest is adjoining the existing 3300MW power plant, it acts as cushion for wild animals dispersing from Nagzira and its buffer zone. The forest survey report too mentions presence of animals like hyena, deer, chitals and wild boars in the diverted area. Over 1,500 trees will have to be felled, it is estimated.

    According to official letter issued by the state forest ministry, the land has been diverted under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, for ash utilization, promotion and research park of the power major.

    Environmentalist Pushp Jain says developing an ash park is a non-site specific activity. “There is a thumb rule that forest land should not be diverted for any non-site specific activity,” he said.

    The original proposal was submitted to state’s APPCF & nodal officer on October 6, 2016. Within two years, APML managed to get the forest land from all agencies. This is the second biggest forest land diversion proposal in favour of APML.

    In 2014, 164 hectares prime forest land in Garada was diverted for expansion of power plant. Out of this 164 hectare, in an exceptional case, 15 hectares was allotted for railway siding. The remaining 149 hectares land meant for expansion was given in 2016 even though expansion was already completed in 2015. However, instead of using the 164 hectares land for expansion, hi-tech ash dyke has been built on forest land for dumping ash without mandatory environmental clearance.

    A spokesperson for Adani plant said the 149 hectare forest land was diverted long back and ash pond was one of the proposed use. “APML has been making best efforts to fully utilize ash. The 142 hectares forest land recently diverted is against the specific proposal of ash utilization promotion and research park. It has gone through due process and scrutiny,” the spokesperson said.

    A senior ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) official said, “If the forest land is not being used for the requisite purpose, it implies criminal breach of trust and violation of FCA. In such case, the project proponent has to again approach the MoEFCC to seek change of purpose for land.”

    Nodal officer G Saiprakash said, “To verify whether the land is used for specific purpose or not is the job of chief conservator (CCF) and deputy conservator through the regional MoEFCC office at Nagpur. The violations also need to be checked by the MPCB.”

    On fresh 141.99 hectares forest land diversion, Gondia deputy conservator (DyCF) S Yuvraj said, “I had received the proposal about APML setting up a utilization project and research with Tropical Forest Research Institute (TFRI), Jabalpur, as a partner.”

    On the misuse of earlier allotted 164 hectares, Yuvraj said, “After TOI report in February, I visited Adani plant but I could not check violations properly. Now I will visit again to find out.”

    MPCB regional officer Rahul Wankhede said, “Yes, there are violation of norms by building ash bunds on forest land. We have issued notices to APML and wrote to the top bosses to seize its bank guarantee.”

    Conservationist Prafulla Bhamburkar said, “Fresh forest land diversion will reduce space for wildlife and cause huge pollution making life miserable for villagers.”
  • Mastermind of Ytl land scam held tnn | Sep 8, 2018, 05:57 IST

    Yavatmal: The SIT sleuths, led by PI Ashish Betal of Yavatmal police station, on Wednesday arrested Rakesh Yadav, the mastermind of the multicrore land scam from Pandharkawda. Police produced Rakesh before the court on Thursday and obtained his PCR for five days.

    SIT chief Piyush Jagtap said they have received a tip-off about the arrival of Yadav in Pandharkawda. He was on his way to Adilabad in neighbouring Telangana for taking shelter with his sister there.

    “We sent our men to Pandharkawda and arrested him before he moved out of the state,” Jagtap said.

    “Seven criminal offences have been registered in various police stations regarding the case. Twelve persons, including Rakhesh, have been arrested so far,” Jagtap said, adding that Mangesh Panhalkar, a close associate of Yadav, was arrested earlier and gave clues about Yadav during interrogation.

    Yadav and Panhalkar had fabricated records of the original owners of land lying unattended in the city and its periphery. Thereafter, they executed sale deeds in bogus names with the help of officials in the district sub-registrar office.

    Earlier, the SIT team had arrested a stamp vendor and seized his laptop. The team also sealed a xerox centre near the SP office in this connection.
  • Nagpur in EU funded pilot project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 10:43 IST

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    NAGPUR: The city is one of the three in the country to be selected for a European Union (EU) funded ‘Mobilize Your City’ (MYC) project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to urban transport. The other two cities for the MYC pilot are Ahmedabad and Kochi.

    India and France signed the MYC implementation agreement in New Delhi on Thursday in the presence of minister of state for housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) Hardeep Singh Puri and Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India. It was signed by Mukund Kumar Sinha, OSD, ex officio joint secretary, while regional director, Agence Française de Développement (AfD), Nicolas Fornage, signed on behalf of AfD.

    MYC is part of an international initiative which is supported by the French and the German governments and was launched at 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December, 2015. Based on a proposal made by AfD, the European Union has agreed to provide Euro 3.5 million for technical assistance in the project.

    MYC aims at implementing urban mobility plans at local level and to help India to improve its sustainable transport policy.

  • Several hurdles in way of Station Road widening Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 9, 2018, 03:01 IST

    Nagpur: Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari may want to prevent traffic congestion at Jaistambh Square but the job is easier said than done. There are several hurdles in way of the execution of the project.

    The project includes construction of a flyover on Kingsway, demolishing the existing Station Road flyover and replacing it by a six-lane road and constructing a two-lane railway underbridge (RUB) adjacent to the existing one near Shani Mandir. Gadkari has entrusted the project to MahaMetro.

    A source in MahaMetro said that one of the biggest problems was the rehabilitation of 170 shopkeepers, who have their establishments under the existing flyover. “They have to provided shops near the railway station. There is very little space available for that. The only way to do this is by razing the Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (MPSRTC) office. But for that Madhya Pradesh government will have to agree to hand over the building. A multi-storied building will have to be constructed in its place,” he added.

    Public works department (PWD), which is preparing the estimate for the project, has decided not to include the cost of demolishing the existing flyover in it. This means that the bill will have to be footed by the cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The actual project will be executed using Central Road Fund (CRF).

    Defence and railway land will have to be acquired for constructing the Kingsway flyover and widening the Station Road. “Acquiring defence land entails lots of formalities and it takes time. We will construct a four-lane road and then widen it when the land is available,” said the source.

    Meanwhile, MahaMetro has chalked out a plan of action for executing the project. “First, NMC will have to rehabilitate the shopkeepers. Then we will dismantle the flyover. Next comes constructing the Station Road. We will then construct the RUB and last is construction of Kingsway flyover,” he said.

    The land acquisition will have to be done by either PWD or NMC, whichever is the main agency for the project. MahaMetro will work as a contractor. The estimate for the project is expected to be ready in seven to ten days.
  • Scrutiny panel move by civic chief irks BJP legislators too Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 10, 2018, 03:13 IST

    Nagpur: Even as corporators of the ruling BJP in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) are up in arms against municipal commissioner Virendra Singh’s move aimed at judicious utilization of funds, action against unauthorized constructions and illegal religious structures, party legislators too have questioned the civic chief’s decision to set up a new committee for scrutiny of works before and after the tendering process.

    Singh, on August 27, formed a seven-member committee comprising additional municipal commissioner, deputy municipal commissioner, chief accounts and finance officer, chief audit officer, legal adviser, chief of IT, PRO and heads of respective departments to scrutinize works. The committee was authorized to verify the necessity of the works to be carried out, technical aspects etc after clearance from the standing committee and civic chief. The committee was also given powers to consult successful bidder and to negotiate rates and monitor execution.

    Irked over this, East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde told TOI that the committee would further delay execution of works. “It (the committee) will prove to be detrimental to the interest of the NMC and public,” he said. “This committee should not have power to scrutinize the works proposed by legislators. Majority of the officers in the committee clear works before tabling them before the standing committee or civic chief,” he said.

    South Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Kohle said it would be infringement of the rights of the legislators if the committee does scrutiny of the works proposed by them. “NMC is an agency that is supposed to only execute the works proposed by us. Funds are given by the state government. Therefore, interference will not be tolerated,” he said.

    Central Nagpur MLA Vikas Kumbhare said NMC utilizing legislators’ funds for its own works in itself is a major violation. “Works proposed by us are delayed to a great extent. We have received complaints regarding payments to contractors being put on hold. There is no reason to withhold payments when we have already made provision for the same and government releasing the funds. Also, the civic chief is not paying any heed to complaints lodged by us. One such example is the worse condition of the road connecting Mominpura with Golibar Square. I had written several letters asking for repairs of the road but nothing happened,” he said.

  • Kohle pulls up NMC office bearers over civic problems Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 10, 2018, 03:42 IST

    Nagpur: BJP is reportedly upset with its office bearers running Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) over rise in civic problems. Party’s city president and MLA Sudhakar Kohle has reportedly hauled up the NMC office bearers and directed them to meet citizens and solve problems raised by them and party workers.

    Kohle held a meeting with Mayor Nanda Jichkar, deputy mayor Deepraj Pardikar, ruling party leader Sandip Joshi, standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja, chairpersons of consultative committees and zones at BJP office on Saturday.

    Kohle told TOI the communication gap between NMC office bearers and citizens and party activists seems to have widened. “Complaints about sanitation have increased. Dengue cases are on the rise. Problems related to drinking water supply are not ending. Non-functioning street lights are causing various problems. People expect these facilities. Going to NMC and looking after its affairs is not enough. Office bearers should meet people and party activists and resolve complaints raised by them,” he said.

    Kohle said day-to-day monitoring of works can help check problems. “Office bearers and corporators should monitor the sanitary workers daily. This would prevent piling up of garbage in localities. The same goes for every work,” he said.

    Last week, Kohle held a meeting with NMC officials to review the problems related to his constituency.

    Congress city president Vikas Thakre said it was a certificate issued by BJP itself to its own office bearers that they are unable to run NMC and the city. “Condition of roads has gone worse. Every hospital is jampacked with patients. There is no control over quality of cement road and other works. All areas are getting contaminated drinking water supply. Only private companies and contractors are happy with NMC’s working,” he said.

    BJP sources said Kohle directed the office bearers to start ward and zone-wise meetings. “Kohle said none of the office bearers except chairman of tax consultative committee Sandip Jadhav was holding review meetings or going to all zones.”

  • Properties under Court of Wards cannot be sold: Court Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 11, 2018, 03:32 IST

    Nagpur: The district court has ruled that properties under Court of Wards, falling under the collector, cannot be sold. With this order, a cooperative society — Nagpur Beghar Mitra Gruha Nirman Society — has lost sprawling 2.12 hectare land that it reportedly bought from Bhonsale family members. The land is open and worth crores.

    Joint civil judge, senior division, RS Salgaonkar, passed the order on April 24 while deciding in a petition filed by Rani Annapurna Devi against Court of Wards.

    “Superintendence of Court of Wards exists over the entire estate of Senior Bhonsale even today. Sale deeds in favour of the society have been executed in contravention of bar under Section 31 of the Central Province Court of Wards Act, 1899. Hence, the sale deeds are not binding on the ‘government wards’ or the estate. The society is not having any right over this property. The sale deed in favour of the society is a hollow document which creates false picture of ownership without title being transferred to it,” the court said.

    As per information available in the order, the Court of Wards had given permission to members of Bhonsale family to sell out some lands for paying long pending dues of the government. Accordingly, the court had approved it on September 2, 2014.

    The society came to know about availability of land — khasra no. 97 in mouza Khamla (0.51 hectare) and khasra no. 89 in mouza Somalwada (1.61 hectare) — in the market for sale. Claiming its ownership on these lands, the society had filed an application in the court on January 2, 2017. The society had claimed to have purchased 0.51 hectare land on December 2, 2004 from Raje Laxmansingh Fatesingh Bhonsale and others and 1.61 hectare land from Raghujirao Ajitsingh Bhonsale, Mudhoji and others on January 21, 2006.

    The court continued its order giving permission to sell the lands including these two. “This court is ensuring that the dues of the state exchequer are recovered. Rather, the properties left after clearing the dues can be given in possession of parties (Bhonsales) during the partition. The applications of the society are not allowed. As a consequence, the society to pay costs of this application,” the court ordered.

    One of the oldest cases

    The petition filed by Rani Annapurna Devi against Court of Wards is one of the oldest in the district court. It was filed in 1961 and pending till date. Person of Government Wards and entire properties of Senior Bhonsale Estate were given under the superintendence of Court of Wards by British government in 1925 under the Central Province of Court of Wards Act, 1899. The case came up before the court for partition of properties among the members of Bhonsale family. The dispute between the Royal family members came to an end through a compromise pursis dated July 22, 2012. But the court is considering recovery of government dues — income tax and wealth tax.