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    ‘PLASTIC BAN: Impractical, Selective, Unresearched’

    Manka Behl| TNN | Jul 1, 2018, 20:10 IST Representative Image

    Will the state’s plastic banchoke its most flourishing industries? Those in the business estimate that the industry stands to lose “nearly Rs25-30,000 crores annually” which will result in reduced taxes for the government. In Vidarbha itself, livelihoods of approximately 5 lakh families are expected to get affected. To present the other picture of the plastic ban, TOI spoke to Ajay Agrawal (AA), Manish Jain (MJ) and Rajesh Batwani (RB), executive members of the Vidarbha Plastic Industries Association who feel that the “impulsive” ban will prove to be futile as a large percentage of non-recyclable items are exempted. While Agrawal represented the plastic packaging sector, Jain is from the non-woven bags and Batwani is from the disposable items.

    Excerpts from the interview...

    Q. Is the ban fair to all industries?

    MJ: What was supposed to be a blanket ban has turned very selective. There is a clear discrimination as the state government seems to be favouring the big players.

    AA: If top fast-moving consumer goods companies pack grains or pulses in plastic, it is exempted. But if a general provision store gives you rice or dal in plastic, it can be fined. Popular brands of chips, papad and crackers can use plastic packaging but women who are involved in papad and cracker-making cottage industries are being slapped fines for using plastic as a packaging material.

    Q. How many livelihoods are expected to get affected by the ban?

    MJ: In Vidarbha, at least 5 lakh families will suffer miserably due to the ban.

    AA: Incomes of both, the small-scale traders and many labourers, have been hit hard in the last few days since the ban came into effect. While we can still think about setting-up alternate businesses, the daily wagers have no other source of income.

    MJ: In Maharashtra, the annual turnover of plastic sector is around Rs25-30,000 crores. The government is not realizing that the state’s economy can get paralysed by an impulsive decision. How can you give us three months to shut down an industry which is running since ages? I have taken a huge loan for setting up a unit. This ban will the loans into non-performing assets (NPA).

    Q. Recently, the state environment minister Ramdas Kadam had stated that the plastic ban decision was not taken overnight like demonetization. Do you think the decision was well thought out?

    RB: The decision was not carefully researched at all. In our industry, many plastic manufacturers are not registered with the government. So, when the government was scrutinizing the available database while planning the ban, it probably did not consider the huge plastic small and medium enterprises (SME) sector.

    AA: The fact that every other day, government is giving relaxation to new products shows that the blanket ban was a completely impractical target. Since the announcement of the ban, state is realizing how it is impossible to do without packaged drinking water, milk pouches, retail packing and keeps exempting them.

    MJ: The government failed miserably in creating mass awareness about plastic waste management and thus took a short cut by imposing a statewide ban. ‘If you can’t manage it, get rid of it’ was a very irrational approach.

    Q. Do you think the ban will be successful?

    MJ: The ban can’t be successful as many non-recyclable products have been exempted. Today more than 80% of the plastic waste which is lying around in dumping grounds consists of non-recyclable items like shampoo and soap packets, tobacco pouches. These are the plastic items which don’t go for recycling, the rag pickers don’t even touch them. But they are not included in the ban.

    RB: 70% of the total recyclable plastic waste gets recycled. The waste menace was due to non-recyclable plastic — a large part of which is now exempted. In this case, the ban will prove to be a completely futile exercise.

    AA: It’s been years since the government banned carry bags below 50 microns despite which it has been used openly and widely in the region. When the government failed in implementing this, it is next to impossible to achieve a much bigger target. The municipal corporations don’t have enough manpower.

    Q. Do you feel this ban was more of a Mumbai-centric decision?

    AA: That’s what it seems. The initial reason behind the ban was large quantities of plastic waste littered at Mumbai beaches or choked nullahs leading to floods. Plastic manufacturers had suggested to declare beaches and other tourist spots as no-plastic zones. That would have solved the problem to a great extent.

    Q. Maharashtra is the first state to have imposed such a ban. Do you think plastic is not a problem in other states?

    MJ: Plastic is not the problem, its littering is. The Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules came into place in 2011. Before this, Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rules were in existence. Plastic became a menace because these rules remained only on paper.

    RB: In Nagpur, the civic body had roped in a private agency in 2008. It was the failure of this agency and the municipal corporation that plastic waste could not be managed. But today, we are suffering. A common man is being harassed if he is found with a small plastic item.

    Q. Instead of a complete ban, what do you think the government should have done to tackle the plastic peril?

    RB: We were and still are in complete support of the extended producer responsibility (EPR). We have started establishing plastic collection centres all over the state. The government should have held discussions with the manufacturers to find a way for ensuring maximum recycling.

    AA: Rather than spending crores on advertising about the ban, the state should have invested in a hi-tech recycling plant like the one installed in Indore.

    MJ: Look at states like Sikkim. They have only put a restriction on carry bags less than 50 microns but still are managing plastic waste very scientifically and systematically.











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      Be ready to buy flat in Lahore: Indresh Kumar

      Shishir Arya| TNN | Jul 1, 2018, 23:38 IST

      NAGPUR: RSS executive committee member and Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) patron Indresh Kumar said the BJP broke ties with PDP in Jammu & Kashmir after all its objectives for the state, including surgical strikes, were fulfilled. He was addressing over 100-strong audience at the Hedgewar Blood Bank in city on Saturday.

      He also said the day may not be far when Indians will be able to buy properties in Pakistan. “Soon you may get a chance to buy a flat in Mianwali, Lahore or Rawalpindi. Better keep some money aside now. Don’t regret if you miss the opportunity later,” he said, adding the Indian Army is ready for a Mahabharata.

      Some goals were fixed for J & K that were attained after which BJP made a sacrifice and the alliance was broken, he said. Though BJP leaders have been reported saying that the tie was broken as it was untenable.

      “As much as 250 key terrorists were eliminated, the NIA and IB had brought down the terror-funding network completely. “The state government’s help was needed to implement the surgical strikes which also happened. Pakistan was taught a lesson that the Army can even reach Lahore at will. After all that happened, the alliance with PDP was broken,” said Kumar.

      The Army is waiting to do its job. Now, it is for Pakistan to choose between a political or military solution,” he said.

      In an apparent attempt to get Dalits’ attention, Kumar said both Dr Ambedkar and Dr Hedgewar have worked for ending discrimination. In coming days, the ideals spread from Deekshabhoomi and Smruti Mandir will guide the entire nation, he said.

      The RSS executive committee member said Mahatma Gandhi could have prevented the partition. “Had Bapu stuck to his stance of not dividing he country, no leader of that time would have dared to counter him. This would have prevented forcible conversion of lakhs or breaking of temples when the country was split,” he said

      Vehemently defending the Modi government, the MRM patron said the change has begun after 2014. “Why should a government, which wants to bring a change, not be given another 20 years to serve the country. It is better than bringing the corrupt to power again and again. In the last four years not a single scam has been heard of. Do you want a scam-ridden regime again,” he said.

      ‘Offer blood on concessional rate’

      Indresh Kumar urged the Hedgewar Blood Bank to offer blood at a concessional rate if the requests were routed from Deekshabhoomi, Anujman Trust or coming from Maoist-hit areas. “I visited the blood bank, and the management agreed to implement the suggestion,” he said. The blood bank at Gokupleth is among the establishments run by the RSS.









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        Of 181 plantations, only 60 successful 3 yrs later: Report

        Vijay Pinjarkar| TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 03:26 IST

        Nagpur: Even as the BJP-Shiv Sena government is going gaga over 50 crore plantation drive in the state under ‘Green Maharashtra’ mission, the forest department’s review of its three-year-old plantations has exposed many failures, with only 60 of the 181 plantation sites evaluated declared successful.

        As per provisions of Evaluation Code 1969, evaluation is done every year by a separate wing of the forest department for third and tenth year of plantation works under various schemes. The evaluation wing last year carried out random assessment of 2014 rain plantations (3-year-old) regarding survival, quality of operations, deficiencies and expenditure among other issues. The report was released a few days ago.

        As per the report, of 1,584 plantations in 35,673 hectares, 181 plantation sites on 4,172 hectare were evaluated. Out of 181 sites, shockingly, only 18 sites have survival percentage over 66%, while 95 sites have survival below 40%, and 68 sites showed survival rate between 41-65%.

        It is surprising that in the third year itself 53% of the sites have survival below 40%. Out of this, 21 sites have survival below 10% and 32 between 11-24%.

        HS Hooda, CCF (evaluation) did not respond to TOI calls.

        “The extent of works and intensity of supervision declines substantially from third year after planting, and hence all these plantations face high risk of failure,” the report states. This also indicates that failure threat looms over 95 sites (52%) plantations with less than 40% survival currently.

        There is no let up in poor plantation works by the department. TOI had reported a previous evaluation report, which showed 76% plantations had survival below 10% in the tenth year.

        In the present case, out of 181 plantations, teak was planted at 12 sites but all failed. The main reason of failure and poor growth of these plantations is unsuitable site selection, poor silvicultural operations, protection and supervision.

        Out of 181 sites, bamboo was planted on 21 sites but only four sites are successful. The main reasons for failure and poor growth, the report states, was improper site selection, fire and grazing, poor silvicultural operations, and inadequate supervision at all levels, especially after end of first year.

        The report states that the expenditure for 51 successful sites was Rs8.81 crore; 61 partially successful sites cost Rs10.44 crore, and 39 failed sites had cost Rs5.16 crore. On an average, expenditure per site comes to Rs16.17 lakh.

        “Despite spending huge sums expected results are not achieved. This serious situation needs to be addressed,” admitted forest officials.

        There is marked difference between survival per cent calculated by evaluation teams and those reported by territorial divisions. The reported survival count should be cross checked intermittently to identify highly exaggerated figures, says the report.

        The report has also recommended strict action by CCFs against erring staff in case of serious issues pointed out in the report.









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          42 lakh seedlings planted on day 1 of plantation drive

          Vijay Pinjarkar| TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 03:27 IST Barring Sudhakar Deshmukh, no MLC or MLA attended plantation programme inaugurated by Chandrashekhar Bawankule

          Nagpur: Despite forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar sensitizing MPs, MLAs, and MLCs about the importance of 13 crore plantations, the leaders kept away from the official event that kicked off from Gorewada on July 1.

          Barring West Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, who arrived at the end of the programme, no MLC or MLA from Nagpur city and district attended the plantation programme inaugurated by guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.

          On day one, till filing of the report, 42 lakh saplings had been planted in the state. Marathwada and Western Maharashtra were leading in the plantation activity.

          The forest department invitation had mentioned names of at least 20 dignitaries, including Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari, but none attended the programme. Those present included forest officials, employees, schoolchildren and families.

          “This indicates politicians lack seriousness about saving environment and climate change issues. The negligence by MLAs comes despite state government allowing them to spend Rs25 lakh on plantations in their district,” said Shrikant Deshpande of Nature Conservation Association (NCA).

          Bawankule said, in a bid to encourage plantations, Mahagenco plans to rope in women self-help groups (SHGs) to protect its plantations. “On the basis of polluter pays principle, the power generation company will plant seedlings on 10 acre land. Around 200 women from SHGs will get employment to protect and conserve these saplings for five years, for which they will get Rs5,000 per month. The saplings will be planted on 1,000 acre land in the district,” said Bawankule.

          The minister also proposed development of green belts in all tehsils of the district. Each green belt will be developed in an area of 10 acre. To encourage students, the state government is contemplating to link plantations by giving additional marks to students. Bawankule said education minister Vinod Tawde is working on the plan.

          Earlier, addressing the gathering, PCCF (production & management) SH Patil said, “To ensure the success of the drive, 26 crore saplings have been produced. I’m confident that the target will be achieved well in time.”

          CCF (budget) Kalyan Kumar said drones are being pushed into service to monitor the plantations at select sites and area of plantations covered. “The saplings will be monitored by drones in October and later in May,” Kumar said.







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            NMC starts tulsi garden at Jaripatka in plantation drive

            Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 03:45 IST Mayor Nanda Jichkar inaugurated NMC’s mass tree plantation drive by planting saplings in the premises of All S... Read More

            Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started to develop a tulsi garden adjacent to badminton hall at Dayanand Park in Jaripatka. This is part of the civic body’s mass tree plantation drive that kicked-off from Sunday.

            NMC standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja planted tulsi saplings at the proposed garden on Sunday. Total 100 saplings of different varieties of tulsi were planted. More tulsi plants will be planted in the coming days. Some 150 other species of plants were also planted across Dayanand Park.

            Mayor Nanda Jichkar inaugurated NMC’s mass tree plantation drive by planting saplings in the premises of All Saints Cathedral Church, Civil Lines. Municipal commissioner Virendra Singh, additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare and other office bearers and officials were present. Activists of NGO Green Vigil Foundation were also present.

            Jichkar and Singh urged each citizen to plant at least one plant to make the city green and clean.

            NMC garden superintendent Amol Chaurpagar told TOI 50,000 plants will be planted in all 38 wards under the drive. “Already we have planted 7,500 plants to mark World Environment Day on June 5. Some 1,463 plants were planted on Sunday. The remaining will be planted in coming days at gardens, AMRUT gardens, open spaces, premises of NMC, and government departments and on roads. All plants will be two to four feet in height. We will also ensure good survival rate this year,” he said.

            NMC has created a special stretch along Pora river at Sahakar Nagar and planted a lot of plants. NMC has also barricaded the entire stretch to prevent destruction of plants by cattle.

            NMC has started the drive since 2012 when MLC Anil Sole was mayor. Since then, the civic body is also holding various activities to spread awareness about conservation of trees and benefits of tree plantation.







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              ‘Gadkari assured to stop demolition of shrines not on roads’

              Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 03:46 IST

              Nagpur: City MP and union minister Nitin Gadkari has reportedly assured people of East Nagpur to stop demolition of unauthorized religious structures on playgrounds, public utility (PU) lands and open spaces in layouts. It is also learnt that the BJP is planning to file a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) to save religious structures not on roads or streets.

              A large number of people from East Nagpur took out a bike rally from Satnami Nagar to Gadkari’s residence at Gokulpeth on Sunday morning. The rally was led by BJP leaders from East Nagpur — Hitesh Joshi, Chandan Goswami, Mahendra Raut, Pravin Zilpe and Manisha Dhawade. All explained to Gadkari the tension among all religions over the demolition drive.

              Goswami told TOI Gadkari assured them he will direct Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and collector office to stop demolition of religious structures that are not obstructing traffic or causing problems to citizens. “We have no issue if structures causing problems to citizens are demolished. Religious structures on open spaces are being demolished, which is totally wrong. Proposals to regularize the structures are pending at various levels,” he said.

              Joshi said Gadkari also assured to direct NMC to challenge the HC orders in the SC. “Ram Mandir at Minimata Nagar was standing for years now, that too on PU land. It was a famous pilgrimage spot for hundreds of people. The temple was demolished a couple of days ago,” he said.

              BJP sources told TOI the saffron party was also planning to approach the Apex Court to halt the ongoing drive.

              Gadkari also asked associations running the religious structures to also file petitions in the SC. “Action is being taken as per orders of the HC. The central or state government did not give any such directives,” he reportedly said.

              Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has decided to gherao mayor Nanda Jichkar at Town Hall, Mahal, where the NMC general body is slated to meet from 11am onwards on Monday. Sena leader Bandu Talwekar said nine of 13 temples in ward no. 3 have received notices for demolition.





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                NMC to use seized plastic for pothole repairs, asphalting roads

                Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 04:54 IST


                Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to use seized plastic products to repair potholes and asphalt roads. As mixing 8% plastic in bitumen is permissible, the civic body will first use the seized quantity in its hot mix plant and later give it to others, may be Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) or the state’s public works department (PWD), if it has leftover stock.

                In last nine days, NMC has seized 2,594kg plastic stock and Rs7.3 lakh fine from distributors, retailers, vendors and shopkeepers.

                Two years ago, Union minister Nitin Gadkari had allowed mixing 8% plastic in bitumen, following which National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and PWD started using plastic waste to resurface the roads.

                An NMC official said that the civic body would adopt various other scientific methods to dispose off plastic if it gets more plastic than what is required at the hot mix plants.

                On June 30, TOI had reported that NMC had signed an MoU with Parle Agro Private Limited to recycle PET bottles by installing reverse vending machines at malls. The machines would display videos on plastic pollution and its effects on environment.

                Meanwhile, the Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) has expressed dissatisfaction over the state government’s four amendments related to the plastic ban.

                CAMIT president Dipen Agrawal said the government’s amendments would be welcomed if packaging of perishable and non-perishable products is exempted. “Despite assurance by CM Devendra Fadnavis, the notification mentions only exemption to kirana stores. Plastic is required for packaging in other trades like automobiles, vegetables, fruits, food etc.”

                “All parts of automobiles are packed in plastic and transported in cartons. It is essential to prevent damage. We are hopeful that the CM will soon issue another notification,” he said.

                A delegation of CAMIT, led by Agrawal, had met CM Fadnavis on June 25 at Mumbai and explained in detail the problems being faced by traders due to the plastic ban. CAMIT has no issues with the remaining three amendments.






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                  Co disposing off garbage treatment plant clandestinely

                  Anjaya Anparthi| TNN | Jul 3, 2018, 16:49 IST


                  Nagpur: BJP corporator Dharampal Meshram has charged Hanjer Biotech Energies Private Limited of selling and shifting their garbage treatment plant machinery worth Rs27 crore from Bhandewadi dumping yard. He alleged that employees of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation were hand in glove with the company which was appointed to treat the city garbage. Meshram made the charges during the general body meeting on Monday.

                  Hanjer had reportedly completely shut down the plant in March. The 1,100 tonne garbage that was being generated from the city was not being treated for the last four months. The company was to continue garbage treatment for two or more years till the proposed waste to energy project was to be commissioned at the dumping yard.

                  Saying that the case is very serious, mayor Nanda Jichkar directed municipal commissioner Virendra Singh to conduct an inquiry and initiate action against Hanjer and the employees. She also directed Singh to register an FIR against Hanjer.

                  Meshram said Hanjer has already sold a part of the plant worth Rs3 crore few months ago. “The company was to run the plant for 12 years from 2009 and hand it over to the NMC in working condition. It is a major loss for the NMC,” he said.

                  According to the corporator, NMC lodged a complaint with Nandanvan police station on March 16 alleging scrap was stolen from the plant. “NMC’s security personnel are posted at the dumping yard entrance and nothing can be moved out without their notice. It proves the NMC employees are in nexus with Hanjer,” he said.

                  In case of violations in the contract, the NMC was to get the plant from the date of termination. As reported by TOI, the NMC had issued a termination notice to Hanjer on April 21.

                  As against the agreed amount of treating 600 tonnes per day, Hanjer used to treat only 200 tonnes and 900 tonnes of the remaining 1,100 tonnes raised every day was lying untreated. With the proposed waste to energy plant expected to take two or more years for start, more garbage would have been left not treated.

                  In another decision, the general body approved BJP corporator Narendra Borkar’s demand for reducing the buffer zone from the existing 500 metres to 200 metres. Many unauthorized houses are expected to be regularized due to this.





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                    Airport bidders want to exploit surplus land after two years

                    Shishir Arya| tnn | Jul 3, 2018, 17:26 IST

                    Nagpur: The project monitoring and inspection committee (PMIC) overseeing privatization of Nagpur airport will meet on July 4.

                    Mihan India Limited (MIL), the current operator, is expected to put forth a proposal to allow the private partner to go ahead with infrastructure development on the city side, two years after taking over the airport. The present conditions in the concession agreement permit the private player to carry out city side development only six years after take over.

                    City side development relates to commercial real estate on the land beyond the present airport premises. MIL has over 1,500 acre under its possession, out of which 247 acre are out of the airport limits towards Chinchbhuwan locality. This will be offered to private players for commercial real estate development.

                    The idea behind having a six-year gap was to ensure that the private partner initially focuses on airport development rather than deploying resources in building real estate like hotels or convention centres outside. However, during pre-bid meetings, the private parties shortlisted to bid for the airport insisted that period be cut short, said sources.

                    The proposal will have to be put forth before the PMIC for approval, said a source. The PMIC is a committee of the state government headed by the chief secretary.

                    An earlier proposal to increase the timeline for developing the airport terminal building and construct a second runway had been turned down by the PMIC. Instead of the original condition, which called for expansion of terminal building and constructing a second runway in four years, the private players wanted the deadline to be extended to eight years, said a source. This was turned down by PMIC.

                    There are plans to get investment of over Rs1,400 crore from the private player. Five companies — GVK, GMR, Essel Infra, PNC Infra, and Tatas, have been shortlisted to place financial bids for the airport. Earlier it was planned to invite the bids by middle of June, which has been extended by two months as the companies sought more time to assess the airport deal.

                    At present, the airport is run by MIL, a joint venture between state government’s Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), and Airports Authority of India (AAI). There are plans to offload 74% stake in MIL to the private player, who will develop the airport.





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                      Impure water supply to Mohan Nagar continues

                      Proshun Chakraborty| tnn | Jul 3, 2018, 17:26 IST

                      Nagpur: Despite Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) claiming to have fixed the water contamination problem, about 50 more cases of jaundice and other waterborne diseases were reported from Mohan Nagar, Khalasi Line and Gaddigodam on Sunday. The number of people diagnosed with jaundice in the area might have crossed the 200 mark.

                      “Till Monday, the NMC did not take any corrective measures to stop supply of contaminated water to the affected areas,” said Dinesh Naidu, a Mohan Nagar resident.

                      “The NMC supplies water twice a day, from around 7am to 9am, and 5pm to 7pm. We get contaminated water for at least the first 10 minutes to half an hour, which serves no purpose,” he said. Four members of the Naidu family have also contracted jaundice.

                      “Cases of waterborne diseases are rising as we are not aware about the supply of contaminated water,” said Harish Dorsatwar, another Mohan Nagar resident. He said that tap water is turbid and has a foul odour. Dorsatwar’s wife Meena is bed-ridden for the last couple of days due to jaundice.

                      Residents told TOI that the quality of water was so bad on Sunday that they were not able to use it. Health officials sprinkled bleaching powder in the water but it was of no use. The residents were forced to flush the water into the drain.

                      At several places, sewer and water lines run parallel to and cross each other. Encroachment upon Shakti nullah is also hindering NMC’s cleanliness drive, sources said.

                      “The NMC officials are not equipped to handle the recent contamination problem, and did not follow the procedure that is mandated in such cases,” said a retired NMC health officer on condition of anonymity.

                      “For instance, water supply through pipelines should have stopped immediately after the first reports of water contamination were received from these areas, and water should have been supplied through tankers. But no such precautionary measures were taken,” the retired officer said.

                      Meanwhile, Orange City Water (OCW) has started disconnecting double lines in Mohan Nagar. An OCW official said that the complaints about contaminated water would stop after the work is completed. The OCW is also flushing pipelines and repairing leakages, he added.

                      PROBLEMS GALORE

                      * Shakti nullah choked

                      * Pipelines, Shakti nullah run parallel to each other

                      * NMC unable to take corrective measures due to encroachments on Shakti nullah

                      * Stinking, contaminated water running from taps since months

                      * Jaundice cases continue to rise







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