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, (www.madcindia.org ), 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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  • HC’s new annexe building to be an architectural marvel Vaibhav Ganjapure | tnn | Sep 12, 2018, 03:48 IST

    Nagpur: Lawyers practising at the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court have a reason to cheer. The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has readied the design for new state-of-the-art annexe building that would provide additional space for lawyers. The complex would be modelled on existing HC building and would be an architecture marvel.

    According to lawyers working on the project, the new buildings would come up on a piece of land behind PWD chief engineer’s bungalow, which was allotted for the purpose by HC orders. To be built at the cost of Rs155 crore, there would be two independent wings connected at the top. The first wing would be reserved for lawyers while second would house court’s administrative offices.

    With an eye on future, the new building would have sufficient space to accommodate 250 lawyers and parking for an equal number of vehicles. The twin towers would be eight floors high with bottom two floors reserved for parking. A subway over 100 feet wide would connect the annexe building with main HC structure for uninterrupted access without disturbing traffic on the road above. It would have sufficient space for passing of four wheelers. Battery-operated vehicles would ferry people to and fro the main HC building.

    The complex would also have an auditorium for about 500-600 persons. “It would be double the size of existing one in old HC building,” lawyers said.

    The lawyers would get a host of facilities that were impossible to provide in old building. It would also address the existing parking woes. “They would get big 200 sq ft chambers with facilities like Wi-Fi, telephone, printers. The chambers would be big enough for setting up offices so lawyers can meet clients there itself and not carry their work home,” they said

    The buildings would also have canteen, recreational area and a reception counter. “It would be a green building with solar panels on top and also be Vastu compliant. It is most ambitious project of HCBA till date. Our aim is to make it best building among all courts in entire country,” the lawyers said.

    #Specifications:

    Towers — two (one for Admin and one for Lawyers)

    Floors — 8 (Both towers)

    Parking — 1st two floors

    Total cost — Rs155 crore

    HCBA’s share — Rs40 crore

    Location — Behind PWD chief engr’s bungalow, Civil Lines

    #Common facilities:

    * Auditorium for 500-600 persons

    * Seven lifts, one for handicapped

    * Library on each floor

    * Recreation centre & canteen

    * Battery operated shuttles to and fro main building

    # What lawyers will get:

    * Spacious 200 sq ft chambers for everyone

    * Facilities like telephone, computers & printers

    * Sufficient space for interaction with clients

    * Entire furniture including table & chairs

    # Salient features:

    * Sandstone cladding from outside

    * Patterned on old high court building

    * Wide subway link to main building

    * Adhering to green building norms

    * Parking for about 250 cars in 1st two floors

    * Office and equipment to be provided on lease

    * Money to be refunded back after end of lease

    # Lawyers sitting arrangements in old building:

    * Old — 600

    * Recently Added — 200

    * Total — 800

    * Waiting — 200

    * Registered with HCBA — 3,500







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  • We too responsible for city’s sanitation debacle, admits BJP corporator Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 12, 2018, 03:35 IST

    Nagpur: BJP corporator Manoj Chafle, who is also the chairman of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) health consultative committee has admitted that the ruling party was equally responsible, along with the administration and citizens, for increase in garbage-related problems and city’s debacle in sanitation ranking.

    During a press conference, when TOI asked Chafle on whether the NMC has planned mass awareness programmes to control dengue and scrub typhus, the corporator had no reply. “People are responsible for rise in dengue. The need is to take stringent action against the people in whose houses mosquito larvae is found. The NMC administration too is responsible,” Chafle said.

    When asked about his directives for registering FIR against people, Chafle said the NMC doesn’t have such powers and will consult the state government. He also did not comment on mosquito larvae found in houses of three corporators last month.

    Chafle, along with Dr Uday Gupte, Dr Vaidehi Marathe and office bearers of Maheshwari Panchayat, announced the opening of nation’s first Diabetes Reversal Centre at Maher Nursing Home in Dharampeth on September 14. They said the centre will be inaugurated at a symposium of Dr Jagannath Dixit, an expert of effortless weight loss and diabetes prevention, at Suresh Bhat hall.

    The BJP corporator further said that Indore had learnt practices of solid waste management from the NMC in 2015 but now the scenario is totally opposite as the city is lagging far behind the MP city.

    Chafle said mosquito breeding was a result of sudden changes in climate. “We have ensured fogging across the city once and will continue it. Inspection and necessary steps to control dengue is on. Scrub typhus is under control,” he said.

    NMC health officer (medical) Dr Anil Chiwane said directives were issued to all NMC-run health centres and posts to provide primary health care for patients of dengue and scrub typhus. “NMC centres are capable to treat scrub typhus,” he said.

    Chiwane said only two of 16 patients who died of scrub typhus in the city belonged to city and others from neighbouring districts and states.

    Marathe said Diabetes Reversal Centre will be opened between 8am and 11am and free of cost for all. “Dr Gupte will guide the patients at the centre. “Opening of the centre and also symposium was organized to mark birth anniversary of former minister Dr Shrikant Jichkar who was pioneer of effortless weight loss and diabetes prevention,” she said.

    Dr Gupte added over 40,000 people of 37 cities were connected with effortless weight loss and diabetes prevention project.









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  • HC stays allotment of all PU land, open spaces Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Sep 13, 2018, 03:11 IST

    Nagpur: In a setback to Maharashtra government and civic agencies, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday granted interim stay on all allotments on city’s public utility (PU) lands and open spaces. The move comes after the petitioner submitted TOI’s new report on Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) allotting spaces for 30 booths to sell milk, ice cream and bakery products across the city, in violation of earlier HC orders.

    NIT had planned to provide these spaces on lease at a nominal rate of just Re 1 per year for 30 years, which petitioner Ajay Tiwari challenged through counsel M Anil Kumar.

    A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Murlidhar Giratkar have granted four weeks to respondents, including NIT, to respond. State Urban Development Department (UDD), Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Metro Regional Development Authority (NMRDA) are the other respondents in the PIL, and were also asked to reply on various points in the same time.

    TOI had reported on Wednesday that UDD issued a notification granting approval to NIT’s proposal to lease out spaces in PU lands and open spaces. The NIT chairman was told to verify whether the use of PU land was permissible in the development control regulations (DCR), and also earlier HC orders. However, as per NIT officials, advance possession of these 30 spaces had already given to set up the booths over the last six months.

    According to the petitioner, the allotment was done even before the state government gave its approval, and the move was in contempt of HC directives of July 11.

    In the earlier hearings, the HC has stayed any move to regularize any structure on open land or public amenity. It came after the petitioner pointed out that instead of curbing illegal layouts and developments, the civic agencies and state are legalizing them at the cost of general public, since 1987, in the guise of policy decisions. Initially, there were only 572 unauthorized layouts, which in due course were raised to 1,900, and now their approximate number is more than 4,500.

    The petitioner challenged Maharashtra Gunthewari Developments (Regularization, Upgradation and Control) Act, 2001, and Maharashtra Town Planning (Compounded Structures) Rules, 2017. Citing TOI reports of July 9, he pointed out that all such unauthorized layouts on open plots were bring considered for regularization.

    He contended that open land earmarked accordingly, or for public amenity, as per the provisions of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1966 is reduced at the cost of general public who paid for it. The HC had issued notices to advocate general and other respondents in the last hearing.











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  • Cidco to construct 407m skywalk at Chikhaldara Barkha Mathur | TNN | Sep 13, 2018, 03:14 IST


    To be built by Cidco, the 407-meter bridge with a width of 2.35 meter will connect Hurricane Point and Goreghat Point

    Nagpur: In an initiative that promises to give a tourism boost to the only hill station in Vidarbha, Cidco is coming up with a project to construct a rope suspension bridge (skywalk) at Chikhaldara.

    The 407-meter bridge with a width of 2.35 meter will connect Hurricane Point and Goreghat Point. “It is the first single suspension bridge to be constructed in the state, and the third of its kind in the world,” informed Devendra Jamnikar, executive engineer and in-charge of the project for Cidco. “We selected this location as the depth between these two points is good. Though the wind speed here is around 160 kmph, we will be constructing the skywalk to withstand wind speeds of up to 190 kmph,” he says.

    The skywalk will have a glass flooring, “Formed by three layers of St Gobain glass of 12mm thickness, the floor will bear the weight of around 500 people at a time,” says Jamnikar. Designed by an Indore-based firm, KC Pathak & Associates, it will be built at a cost of Rs37.98 crore.

    “The tendering process of the work will be initiated soon, once we obtain the forest clearance,” Jamnikar informs. The project will require diversion of 0.872HA of forest land. “We have applied for the clearance on August 2, and the process takes around six months. Construction work will start after the clearance is obtained and will be completed in about 18 months,” he adds.

    In 2016, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved a Rs500 crore development plan for Chikhaldara to tap its potential by creating basic tourism infrastructure. The hill station, which is popular in Vidarbha for its picturesque landscapes, is also now known for its strawberry and coffee plantations. “Cidco is also constructing a 1.5km cable ropeway from Energy Point to Malviya Point, and is also constructing approach roads to all the points,” Jamnikar said.









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  • NMC demolishes illegal construction at Milton Mall tnn | Sep 13, 2018, 03:21 IST



    Nagpur: The anti-encroachment squad of Dharampeth Zone, led by assistant municipal commissioner Mahesh Morone, on Wednesday started demolition of unauthorized construction of Milton Mall situated at Laxmi Bhuvan Square.

    The demolition notice under Section 53 of MRTP Act was issued way back in 2011 and after completion of the notice period, a portion of slab was demolished with the help of slab cutter and concrete breaker. The owner of the mall preferred to appeal against the notice in the district court which was finally dismissed. Total area of unauthorized construction was 350 square metres which included projected enclosed balconies on all sides.

    On Wednesday, the zone officials started demolition of the slab of 5th floor. It also demolished a toilet constructed on the terrace. “The owner has expressed readiness to remove the remaining unauthorized construction and accordingly seven days’ time has been given as per his request. But if any progress of demolition by the owner is not seen, the team of Dharampeth Zone will start action without any delay,” said Morone.

    A notice under Section 267A of the MMC Act is also being issued in which there is a provision of levying penalty equal to twice the amount of yearly property tax in cases where unauthorized/ illegal constructions are there. The amount of penalty will be around Rs6 lakh in case of the mall, he said.






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  • NMC gets notice on property tax bunglings Ashish Roy | tnn | Sep 13, 2018, 06:07 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court has issued notice to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for bunglings in property tax department. A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed by NMC Housing Tax Grievances Redressal Society, a non-profit organization. NMC has been asked to file its reply within two weeks.

    The PIL states that the civic administration does not even have ledger records of property tax owners, let alone maintain online data. “Since NMC does not have proper records of good number of tax payers, the concerned officers are sending demand notes on their whims. There has been a significant rise in number of such cases,” it adds.

    The society has claimed tax for the period for which money has already been paid is included in the revised bill. This has led to open loot of tax payers. It has also alleged misappropriation of funds by the NMC officers to the tune of crores of rupees.

    It has suggested that the entire system needs to be overhauled by information technology (IT) initiatives and digitalization as mandated by policy initiatives of the state government. The society has demanded that accountant general (AG) of Maharashtra carry out full-fledged investigation and suggest remedial measures, which can be taken up with the guidance of National Informatics Centre (NIC).

    The society had issued a legal notice to municipal commissioner in December, 2014, raising some demands. No response was received in this regard. The demands included immediate constitution of ‘Municipal Property Tax Board for NMC, maintenance of assessment book as mandated by Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, fully computerizing the tax management system in time-bound manner and investigation by AG of property tax department.

    The petitioner has submitted many grievances before the HC. It claimed that huge amount was lying in the suspense account of property tax department and entries have not been reconciled over a long period. There are serious shortcomings in the special written notice prescribed under the MMC Act, relevant notifications and summary booklet of property tax calculation etc are not available on the website of NMC, the civic agency has failed to carry out reassessment in time for the entire city, NMC should upload a software on its website so that a taxpayer is able to know all the deciding factors on the basis of which tax has been assessed.







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  • As water rises a village keen to give up its land Shishir Arya and Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Sep 13, 2018, 17:40 IST



    Nagpur: If there are villages putting up stiff resistance to displacement, there are some who want their properties be taken over for Gosikhurd project. Acquisition under the new Land Acquisition Act can bring four times the market price for their farms.

    The oustees who have been still holding out were covered under the colonial era land acquisition laws, under which the compensation did not go beyond Rs50,000 an acre. Funds given under subsequent packages also did not make up for the losses, say the project affected persons (PAPs).

    If residents of Pimpri-Munje village about whom TOI had reported in this series are refusing to budge even if their land has been acquired and they are now getting marooned, those at Khusba village over 12 kms away want just the opposite. They want even the holdings not covered under the acquisition plan to be taken over.

    This village is also engulfed by the dam waters from three sides. The locals told TOI their farms are cut off by the rising river during rains. However, since the area is technically not under submergence, the land is not being acquired.

    Those from Khusba and other villages facing partial acquisition had met district’s guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule in February demanding their remaining land should be taken over. Bawankule had announced there are plans acquire land for proposed solar power projects. A meeting was held subsequently in Mumbai, but there has been no decision so far, said the PAPs.

    “The village was completely cut off during the floods of 1994 and food packets had to be air dropped. Even now the situation gets dangerous during monsoons. If it rains heavily, water flows into our homes. The fields on one side are cut off by the river waters,” said Sumantai Raghorte, Sarpanch of Khusba.

    Raghorte said over 125 hectares land was acquired for the project which comes to around 30% of the total village holdings. A large part of agricultural land and the homesteads had been spared, but living here is no better than displacement. The government should take over the remaining area as well, she said.

    “We reach our farms on boat while the animals are made to swim to the other end. It is a big task to bring the harvest back home. The village faces mosquito menace due to the dam’s backwaters too,” said Jagdish Lambat from Khusba

    A senior official in the district collectorate said administration would ensure such villages were not cut off. There was no risk of submergence in these areas and if at all connectivity was needed to be established it would be done, he said.

    Meanwhile Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) officials said a team of district administration again visited Pimpri-Munje a couple of days ago. The residents insisted they should be allowed to stay for 2-3 months at least.

    The village is among the areas that need to be vacated so the water level of the dam can be increased. “The level will only be increased after the people are gone. There were complaints of no water connection at relocation sites. Work to dig borewells has begun,” said a district administration officer.

    If land at Khusba is acquired, the owners will get a handsome price, but others complain of getting a raw deal under the old law.

    To compensate for the low rates, another package was announced for the old PAPs in 2013. This included a pay out of Rs2.90 lakh per family in lieu of jobs. The oustees TOI talked to said they had already exhausted the amount either in building a new house at the relocation site, marriages or medical treatment.

    Shankar Dahake at Sonarwahi said the amount was spent on his brother’s marriage. Now the family does not have money to build a house at the rehabilitation area.

    Dhanraj Bhoyar at Pimpri Munje said the funds were used to build a new house. The compensation came in tranches. The family ended up spending Rs7 lakh on new home that left little saving.

    Social worker Mohan Karemore who is helping the villagers file a contempt petition in high court says the government should pay attention to their plight. “Are they waiting for them to die? First, the government forcibly acquired their lands and made them landless labourers. They then paid them very meagre compensation as per old Land Acquisition Act, 1894. The rehabilitation sites lacked even basic facilities. They should at least be given a job as assured or compensation for building their home,” he said.

    PAP activist Vilas Bhongade said government should now work on providing employment opportunities for PAPs. He said only some of them could buy other lands which may be less than their original holdings.








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  • PWD seeks GP go-ahead for Dhamapur lake skywalk Manka Behl | tnn | Sep 13, 2018, 19:14 IST

    Nagpur: Two days after the green court ordered the state Public Works Department (PWD) to restore the damage caused to Dhamapur lake due to the construction of a skywalk, its Malvan’s office did an about turn by asking the gram panchayat to give a go ahead to the project, reveals documents in possession with TOI.

    This, after the state submitting in the court that no work was going on. Activists blamed the department for “contempt of three courts”.

    On July 5, TOI had reported that the Pune bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed PWD to shell out Rs1.5 crore for mitigation measures that were to be undertaken to rectify the damage caused to the over 400-year-old lake situated in Sindhudurg district. Dhamapur is one of the state’s biggest wetlands.

    According to the order, the state’s irrigation and environment department along with the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board had submitted to the court that “no work was undertaken on the project in question”. It further stated that in case an exigency arises, the applicant should approach NGT.

    Despite this declaration by three departments of the state, PWD Malvan’s sub-divisional officer wrote a letter to Sarpanch of Dhamapur’s gram panchayat on July 7, seeking a no-objection certificate for completing the construction work.

    In it, the officer stated that 95% of the work was over. “In view of development of locals and tourism in the region, we want gram sabha’s approval to complete the skywalk,” the letter added.

    Slamming the letter, environment activists said it was a clear-cut violation of orders issued by top courts. “The rulings of Supreme Court as well as Bombay bench of high court clearly stated that construction is not allowed within 75 meters of a wetland. While beginning the construction was in violating with these orders, now seeking local body’s nod for completing the work also breaches the last order of NGT,” said Sachin Desai, member of a committee which is documenting wetlands.

    Last month, Desai wrote to the sarpanch saying that giving a NOC for the project would be a contempt of court. According to local sources, the gram sabha is yet to give its consent to the project.

    NGT was hearing an environment interest litigation (EIL) filed by Sindhudurg residents Omkar Keni and Dr Harishchandra Natu who highlighted how the lake’s ecology and biodiversity were in danger due to construction of a 2.5 kilometres long skywalk. The petitioners plan to challenge the PWD’s letter in the court.




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  • Metro trial run at 90 kmph next week Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 14, 2018, 03:24 IST

    Nagpur: A high-level team of Research Designs & Standards Organization (RDSO) has permitted MahaMetro to go for trials at 90 kilometre per hour (kmph) on the at grade section. Currently, joyrides are being held on this section and maximum permitted speed is 25 kmph. The oscillation trials would be held next week.

    The 3-member team headed by HK Raghu, executive director, urban transport and high speed (UTHS), visited the at grade section to check readiness before oscillation trial run is conducted at 90 kmph. The team also comprised Kamlesh Kumar, director (civil) and Naman Kumar, deputy director (mechanical).

    The team visited Airport South, New Airport and Khapri Metro stations and MIHAN train maintenance depot. The officials inspected various facilities provided at all levels of the project. The team first inspected Airport South station to check various facilities there. The RDSO team then inspected the entire section.

    The team checked evacuation system and other on-board measures related to passenger safety during emergent situations. It checked track fitness with respect to 90 kmph train speed. The officials also inspected operation control centre (OCC), station control room at Khapri and other two stations.

    The team was briefed about the various facilities at the three stations by senior MahaMetro officials. It inspected shunter, hydraulic jack and other rescue equipment procured by MahaMetro. The team expressed satisfaction with MahaMetro’s readiness and gave it green signal for conducting oscillation trials at 90 kmph.









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  • 354m stretch to be exclusively utilized for city bus ops Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Sep 15, 2018, 03:03 IST

    Nagpur: Following a proposal from the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) transport department, the traffic police on Friday issued a notification declaring the new 354m stretch connecting North Ambazari Road at Matru Sewa Sangh with Amravati Road at Mure Memorial Hospital for city bus operation.

    “The road will be exclusively utilized for operation of city buses,” the notification stated. The stretch would be closed for general traffic until new city bus terminal building is constructed on Mor Bhavan.

    The traffic police said that both Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation and NMC-run Red buses ply almost 922 buses that make around 1,452 trips triggering a virtual chaos at Rani Jhansi Square. Apart from banning parking on 25m on either sides of the road, it has also earmarked as no-hawking zone.

    TOI had reported that NMC will build eight bus stops on the new road and will be only used for city bus operation. NMC has got possession of a huge portion of land from PDKV behind Mor Bhavan. Until NMC constructs the new terminal there, this patch will be utilized for parking of buses.








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  • Most opt for artificial tanks on first day of immersions

    Barkha Mathur | TNN | Sep 15, 2018, 03:21 IST



    Nagpur: A soothing calm prevailed at various immersion points in the city on the first day of visarjan, as devotees performed rituals without much fanfare. There was a steady flow of idols arriving at Gandhisagar Lake, Futala and the artificial tank at Sonegaon, even as NMC officials and workers were busy clearing nirmalya dropped after Hartalika puja performed on Thursday.

    The waterfront at Futala looked spick and span as sparkling clean water in artificial tanks shimmered under the afternoon sun. “We have installed two artificial tanks, two ponds on north side, and two centerings made with plywood and artificial tank on south side of the lake,” said NMC official Deendayal Tembekar, busy supervising cleaning of the lake banks. “We have removed 3 tonne nirmalya dumped in the lake yesterday,” he informed.

    Nearly forty immersions had taken place at the lake till late afternoon. “Not much guidance is required this year as people are removing puja material and putting it in the huge garbage dumps. Most are also opting for the artificial tank,” he said. “For the past three years I am buying clay idols and immersing them in the artificial tanks as the water here is much cleaner,” said Anil Chaudhary, a private sector employee who performed visarjan in less than a minute.

    The soiled and muddy water in the concrete artificial tank was in stark contrast to the clean waters of Sonegaon lake adjacent to it. The tank, where more than forty immersions had been performed since morning, was more than half empty with barely 10ft water. “Since morning we have not seen a single PoP idol. Clay idols dissolve in a short time and colours mingle with water and make it muddy,” said one of the workers cleaning the tank.

    For Santosh Chahare, a devotee who had come to check the site, it was not good enough. “I read in the newspaper that this place was stinking so I came here to check myself. But now I will go to Futala,” said Chahare who lives at Chinchbhavan and added, “NMC has not created any immersion facility on Wardha Road.”

    With no volunteers around the lake at Gandhisagar, the water in artificial tanks was muddy, and there were leakages in RCC tanks, making the situation here on the first day grim. “Water will get muddy with visarjan in the tanks. That’s why I insisted on a clay idol which sinks immediately, and even told the vendor that I will bring it back if it floats,” said Sudhir Ketkar, a civil contractor, who had come with his family to perform visarjan.








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  • State to get 57,000 solar farm pumps: Bawankule Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 15, 2018, 03:33 IST

    Nagpur: Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule announced on Friday that the state would get 57,000 new solar farm pumps in the coming months. At present 7,500 such pumps have been installed in the state.

    Addressing a press conference, the minister said, “We got 7,000 solar pumps from the Union government under Atal Saur Krishi Yojana on Thursday. In the coming days, the state government will purchase another 50,000 pumps. Our aim is to provide solar pumps to all 45 lakh farmers.”

    Bawankule admitted that the target of installing 10,000 solar pumps had not been met by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL). “Many farmers still want conventional pumps. This is a problem. However, we compulsorily install solar pumps at places where the cost of new connection is more than Rs 2.5 lakh,” he said.

    Turning to the tariff order issued by Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), the minister said, “It is a good thing that the commission has rejected MSEDCL’s plea to levy surcharge on solar rooftop prosumers. It has also rejected gross metering and the proposal to limit solar capacity to 40% of consumption.”

    When asked why he did not stop MSEDCL from raising these demands, Bawankule said, “I do not interfere in tariff petitions of MSEDCL, Mahagenco and Mahatransco. The officials draft it as they consider best.”

    On thermal power plants using raw water, the minister said that Mahagenco had been asked to use treated sewage in all its plants. “We have asked National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and private power plants to do the same in two years,” he added.

    Commenting on MSEDCL’s power tariff for 2018-19, he said it had not increased by more than 5% to 6%. “This is in the range of inflation and so consumers won’t feel a pinch. The commission has also slashed the revenue requirement of Mahagenco and Mahatransco,” he further said.








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  • Metro region’s reserved lands to be marked to check encroachments Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 15, 2018, 03:22 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA), under an innovative project to conserve reservation areas, will demarcate lands reserved for 34 types of public amenities throughout the metro region spread over 3,567 sq km, covering 721 villages in nine tehsils of the district. It is said to be the first-of-its-kind project in the state to prevent unauthorized constructions from cropping up.

    NMRDA commissioner and collector Ashwin Mudgal told TOI that private agencies, under supervision of NMRDA engineers, will demarcate the reservation areas.

    Concrete poles will be erected in the demarcated areas. The poles will be 2.5-feet below ground level and 6 inch above to ensure that they cannot be removed. To prevent theft of poles, steel or any other metal will not be used.

    “Then city-based Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Centre (MRSAC) will prepare database with satellites images, geographic information and also geo-referencing. Regular update of these database will help to monitor the land for any unauthorized constructions or activities,” he said.

    Superintending engineer Sunil Gujjelwar said under a pilot project lands reserved for development plan (DP) roads will be selected. “Tendering process for appointing a private agency is over and work order will be issued soon,” he said.

    Based on the experience of the pilot project, NMRDA will take up lands reserved for playgrounds, gardens, schools, recreational zones, green belt, community halls, hospitals, logistics, dumping yard etc.

    The estimated cost of metro region’s development is over Rs40,000 crore. Encroachments on DP roads severely affects development of residential areas or connectivity between localities, towns etc. The NMRDA will have to make best use of lands reserved for other types of public amenities for raising funds.

    NMRDA and MRSAC have already entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for creating digital database of the entire Metro region.

    Also, the state government had appointed MRSAC as nodal agency to prepare, implement and operate Maharashtra Geo-Spatial Digital Database System (MGDDS). This will help authorities to keep check on constructions coming up without sanction, bring all structures under tax ambit, execution of projects, identification of water bodies, monitoring greenery, and other types of activities.









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  • Metro region’s reserved lands to be marked to check encroachments Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 15, 2018, 03:22 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA), under an innovative project to conserve reservation areas, will demarcate lands reserved for 34 types of public amenities throughout the metro region spread over 3,567 sq km, covering 721 villages in nine tehsils of the district. It is said to be the first-of-its-kind project in the state to prevent unauthorized constructions from cropping up.

    NMRDA commissioner and collector Ashwin Mudgal told TOI that private agencies, under supervision of NMRDA engineers, will demarcate the reservation areas.

    Concrete poles will be erected in the demarcated areas. The poles will be 2.5-feet below ground level and 6 inch above to ensure that they cannot be removed. To prevent theft of poles, steel or any other metal will not be used.

    “Then city-based Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Centre (MRSAC) will prepare database with satellites images, geographic information and also geo-referencing. Regular update of these database will help to monitor the land for any unauthorized constructions or activities,” he said.

    Superintending engineer Sunil Gujjelwar said under a pilot project lands reserved for development plan (DP) roads will be selected. “Tendering process for appointing a private agency is over and work order will be issued soon,” he said.

    Based on the experience of the pilot project, NMRDA will take up lands reserved for playgrounds, gardens, schools, recreational zones, green belt, community halls, hospitals, logistics, dumping yard etc.

    The estimated cost of metro region’s development is over Rs40,000 crore. Encroachments on DP roads severely affects development of residential areas or connectivity between localities, towns etc. The NMRDA will have to make best use of lands reserved for other types of public amenities for raising funds.

    NMRDA and MRSAC have already entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for creating digital database of the entire Metro region.

    Also, the state government had appointed MRSAC as nodal agency to prepare, implement and operate Maharashtra Geo-Spatial Digital Database System (MGDDS). This will help authorities to keep check on constructions coming up without sanction, bring all structures under tax ambit, execution of projects, identification of water bodies, monitoring greenery, and other types of activities.








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  • What ban? Plastic carry bags freely available in markets Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Sep 16, 2018, 23:25 IST



    Nagpur: Two months after the state government issued orders prohibiting the use of plastic, including bags, the banned plastic material is freely available in city markets.

    The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials, however, said that they were continuously taking action against traders indulging in selling banned plastic bags. Since June 23, the civic body’s nuisance detection squad had seized 3,715kg polythene bags while raiding 283 shops. The civic body also recovered Rs13.47 lakh fine from these traders.

    TOI visited many market areas and found that the banned products are easily available. Except retail chains like Big Bazaar, Purushottam Super Bazaar and some others, TOI came across many roadside vendors and some grocery shop owners or those selling vegetables, fruit and other products using plastic bags. The big retail chains offer paper and cloth bags.

    “The state government has empowered 11 government departments like MPCB, district collectorate, police, forest department etc to implement the ban but only NMC is initiating action due to which use of plastic continues in the city,” said NMC’s health officer (sanitation) Dr Pradeep Dasarwar.

    For a month, the NMC extensively carried out raids in local shops especially wholesale dealers of plastic products in Cotton Market, Itwari, Mahal and Dharampeth areas. Between June 23 and September 13, the NMC’s nuisance detections squad along with sanitary inspectors from all 10 zones checked 17,736 shops and issued challans to 283 shopkeepers from keeping banned products. The NMC has also imposed a fine of Rs13,47,800 on them, said Dr Dasarwar.

    However, the NMC’s drive lost sheen as even carry bags below 50 microns were easily available in the market. Dr Dasarwar said the department assigned for the job has many other responsibilities like sanitation, cleanliness etc. “It is very difficult without the support from citizens and other government agencies,” he added. This, some Nagpurians said, was a way of officials shirking their responsibility.

    Flower vendors at Laxmi Bhuvan Square said they are exhausting old stocks and further justified that as customers do not bring bags, they have to keep them to sell flowers. “Keeping pay back carry bags is a very costly affair,” said traders from Itwari.

    TOI tried to speak to couple of citizens who were carrying flowers, fruits in banned bags. Though many refused to speak, some said they forgot to bring a bag.

    Vidarbha Plastic Industries Association Vice-President Harish Mantri admitted that banned plastic bags are still available in plenty in local markets. He said that plastic manufacturers in the district had completely stopped production of banned items. They were producing only grocery bags and some other products that have not been banned. Asked about the large-scale presence and use of plastic carry bags, he said they must have been sourced from neighbouring states like Gujarat where the ban is not in force.

    According to him, all industries engaged in manufacturing plastic carry bags have stopped the production and many have started producing alternatives.






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