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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  • NMC fails to pay dues, contractors stop work Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Oct 10, 2018, 03:42 IST

    Nagpur: BJP corporator Manisha Dhawad from Prabhag number 23 (B) is running pillar to post over repair of a damaged sewage network in Deshpande Layout in east Nagpur. “Though the civic administration and standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja have given nod to carry out the repairs, no contractor is ready to do the work,” said Dhawad. As a result, local residents are living under constant health threat, rued the first-time BJP corporator.

    The civil contractors across the city have stopped work due to non-release of outstanding dues.

    On Tuesday, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Welfare Association staged demonstration outside mayor Nanda Jichkar’s chamber over civic body’s failure to clear their dues. Association’s president Vijay Nayudu claimed that NMC owes contractors over Rs300 crore. Officiating municipal commissioner Ravindra Thakre has assured that NMC will clear their bills soon. According to Nayudu, if the NMC fails to clear dues, the contractors will intensify their stir by launching ‘begging agitation’ across the city.

    Kukreja admitted that the NMC has not been paying bills to contractors. He said that he has already directed the civic administration to clear dues for the months of March and April. According to him, NMC recently received Rs19 crore from state government as stamp duty. “But the outstanding of contractors for March 2018 and April 2018 is over Rs58 crore,” he said.

    Kukreja said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured to provide Rs325 crore as special grant to the NMC this month. Besides this, the CM has also agreed to revise the goods and services tax grant from existing Rs52.57 crore per month to over Rs80 crore.

    He also claimed that mayor Nanda Jichkar and ruling party leader Sandip Joshi recently met union minister Nitin Gadkari to apprise him about NMC’s poor financial condition. “The union minister too had a talk with the CM,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the standing committee meeting on Tuesday gave direction to the property tax department to focus on recovery of arrears from property tax defaulters. “If needed, launch seizure or auction properties of defaulters,” he directed the tax department. According to Kukreja, the arrears from property tax has crossed over Rs320 crore. Till September 30, the NMC has collected Rs84 crore as property tax.








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  • UMTA ideal to regulate road works, public transport: CMP Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Oct 10, 2018, 18:08 IST



    Nagpur: The Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CPM) prepared by MahaMetro has suggested constitution of a Unified Metropolitan Transportation Authority (UMTA) to regulate projects related to road infrastructure and public transport in the city. The study conducted to prepare the CMP revealed 11 different government bodies plan or execute these works, and have no coordination between each other, resulting in improper public transport.

    MahaMetro recently updated the CMP prepared by Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) in 2013. The CMP has suggested a 12-member UMTA with divisional commissioner or collector as chairman, and mayor and civic chief from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), CP, NIT chairman, representatives of development authority, state town planning department, railways, state PWD, MPCB, RTO, and two urban transport experts as its members.

    As per the CMP, all departments related to urban transport in the city do not function in coherence. “11 government departments are involved in urban affairs and urban transport in the city. There is no clear segregation between planning and implementing bodies. Lack of coordination also prevails among them. Road projects are implemented in isolation from other projects, which should otherwise be an integral part of road development like footpaths, cycle tracks, pedestrian facilities etc. There is no control over mushrooming intermediate public transport (IPT) modes, which lead to congestion and contest with city buses. There are also operation issues in public transport due to poor route and service planning. There is no dedicated organization for long term urban transport planning,” the CMP said.

    The plan says UMTA should have legal backing, so that it’s functioning falls under an act and commands greater authority. CMP suggested UMTA should have powers to regulate fares related to roads, public transport, parking etc, and approve all road infrastructure and public transport projects by various government bodies. It is also suggested that UMTA should prepare, monitor and audit CMP, transport master plans, transport investment programmes etc.

    A NMC official told TOI the state government will take a final decision in this regard. “Now, general body will approve the CMP. MahaMetro will submit it to the state,” he said.

    The CMP also revealed that average speed of private vehicles on major roads is 23 kmph and that for public transport is 18 kmph. This is third in four levels of service (LOS), which are measured as per norms of ministry of housing and urban affairs.

    The report puts LOS for remaining 10 facilities related to road infrastructure and public transport in the city too at three or four.









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  • New cement roads dug up for nullah, sewage line works Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Oct 10, 2018, 18:09 IST



    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has dug up newly constructed cement concrete roads at two locations — near ITI on South Ambazari Road, and at Sonegaon basti — in the last few days. South Ambazari Road has been dug up for construction of a nullah below, while the road at Sonegaon basti was dug to lay a sewage line, raising a big question on the planning before cement roads were built.

    Controversial Abhi Engineering has concretized South Ambazari Road between Rahate Colony Square and Deekshabhoomi over a year ago under the Rs11.69 crore package-I of Cement Concrete Road Project phase-II. The road has been dug up from one side to the other a few days ago near the ITI, closing it for traffic.

    A NMC engineer told TOI water was not flowing in the nullah below the road, so it needed to be dug up. “There is a nullah connecting teak plantation open space towards Neeri and ITI on the other side. Pipelines used to exist below the road for the nullah. The contractor was supposed to construct concretized nullah on both sides of the road. Concretized nullah was constructed on one side. On the other side, old pipeline was replaced with new one, instead of making a concretized nullah. It was done to start road for traffic during Navratri festival last year. Level of pipeline on other side does not match the concretized nullah on the other side. This was a mistake of the contractor. Therefore, directives were given to the contractor to remove the pipeline and construct concretized nullah,” he said.

    The engineer added the work was very important as temporary toilets and bathrooms are required to be constructed in open spaces on both sides of the road for annual fair at Deekshabhoomi on Dussehra.

    Apart from inconvenience to citizens, NMC will also incur financial loss. The engineer said cost of pipeline and additional works will not be given to the contractor. “There were inter-locking tiles over the nullah, so it was not a major loss,” he said.

    At Sonegaon basti, an internal lane was concretized over two years ago. Now, the entire road is being dug up over the last two days to lay a new sewage line.

    An engineer from NMC Laxmi Nagar Zone said there was no space to lay the sewage network so the road was dug up. “It was not a proper cement concrete road but a cement flooring typically done in internal lanes,” he said.









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  • NMRDA issues notices to 1,800 illegal buildings Ashish Roy
    In absence of a planning authority in Nagpur metro region, people had constructed houses in violation of building by-laws. Now, they are paying the price. Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) has issued notices to 1,801 owners of illegal buildings.

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    NAGPUR: In absence of a planning authority in Nagpur metro region, people had constructed houses in violation of building by-laws. Now, they are paying the price. Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) has issued notices to 1,801 owners of illegal buildings.

    Many of them have approached the agency for compounding but others do not seem to take the notices seriously. NMRDA has already razed nine houses partially or fully till now and the operation will go on. The demolition operation has started from October 1. Action is being taken under Section 53 of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1966.

    The list of illegal buildings include industrial structures, educational institutions, multi-storied commercial complexes, restaurants and residential buildings.

    Sudhakar Kulmethe, additional collector of NMRDA, said that all the applications submitted for compounding would not be entertained. “If the violations can be compounded as per building by-laws then we will do so by levying a fine. However, if the building is totally illegal, it will be razed. If a portion of the house can be compounded while the remaining part can’t then we will raze the latter part,” he added.

    While notices were issued to 1,800 house owners, some 6,000 house owners approached the NMRDA on their own for regularization after going through the public appeals pasted in gram panchayat offices and tehsil offices. “They include many plot and layout owners. All the applications are being processed,” said Kulmethe.

    The additional collector appealed to the house owners to approach NMRDA for regularization and demolish the illegal part on their own. “This will save a lot of unpleasantness,” he said.

    According to him so far there has been no law and order problem during the demolition drives. “We took the cops along. The officials of Nagpur Improvement Trust’s (NIT’s) four zone offices carried out the demolition. NMRDA does not have its independent machinery as of now,” said the official.

    The illegal structures raise a question mark over efficacy of district administration, which was in charge of enforcing building by-laws in rural areas. The assistant director of town planning (ADTP) of Nagpur Rural rarely ventured out of his office to check the mushrooming illegal constructions going on around the city.







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  • NMC contractors ‘beg’ for their dues TNN | Oct 12, 2018, 03:39 IST


    Nagpur: Angry members of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Contractors’ Welfare Association (NMC-CWA) on Thursday organized a ‘bheek maango andolan’. Several contractors begged on the premises of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s headquarters in Civil Lines and street in front of the civic body as part of the protest against non-payment of dues.

    Despite repeated reminders, the NMC has failed to clear the dues since March 2018 and it has already crossed Rs300 crore, said association president Vijay Nayudu. Following this, the NMC-CWA launched the agitation from October 9.

    The agitating contractors raised around Rs1,460 for the civic body, Nayudu said.

    Nayudu said the ‘bheek mango andolan’ will continue on Friday too and later they plan to handover the cash collected to mayor Nanda Jichkar.

    To showcase their plight, the agitating contractors held banners criticizing BJP ruled NMC. The contractors also stopped vehicular movement and begged from motorists. However, few motorists gave money, while many expressed their anguish against the ruling party for pathetic condition of city roads and other deteriorating civic issues.

    The NMC has undertaken various measures to attain Smart City status, but civic contractors, who play a major role in carrying out various development works, have been denied of their payments, they said.

    According to them, the NMC has been turning a blind eye towards the contractors’ bills. As a result, all civic contractors are finding it difficult to pay even school fees of their kids and colleges apart from not celebrating Dussera, Diwali and Eid festivals.

    Despite BJP government in the State and Centre, the NMC has failed to get its goods and services tax grants revised. The NMC’s financial condition is deteriorating. If BJP is not capable to run the civic body smoothly, then the government should dissolve it and instead appoint an administrator, demanded the contractors.

    “If their dues are not paid before Dussera, we will launch anti-BJP campaign in the city,” they threatened.







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  • 2,385kg banned plastic goods seized TNN | Oct 12, 2018, 03:41 IST

    Nagpur: In one of the biggest actions since banning of plastic products, the officials of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Nagpur Municipal Corporation Nuisance Detection Squad and Nagpur city police conducted a joint raid on a transport godown in Bagadganj area on Thursday and seized 2,385kg of banned goods valued at over Rs10 lakh.

    The seized products included plastic bags of 20 units weighing 25kg each worth Rs21,955, disposables weighing 75kg (Rs21,650) and other items from the godown belongs to one Manoj Shivkani, who runs a transport company — Balaji Golden Transport Company.

    MPCB’s sub-regional officer (SRO) Hema Deshpande, who led the raid, said the transporter brought the banned material from Gujarat following orders placed by city traders. “Though the NMC has fined the transporter Rs5,000, it is trying to ascertain who all had placed the orders,” she said.

    TOI has been highlighting that despite bans, city markets are flooded with plastic carry bags. Not only roadside vegetable, fruit and flower vendors, even grocery shops openly provide carry bags to their customers.

    Since June 23 this year, the NMC’s NDS has collected Rs15.82 lakh as fine from 329 traders and seized over 4146.76kg of banned plastic products.










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  • Special regularization scheme in Nagpur may be extended by six months

    Only 343 applications were received in the last six months despite the number of violators expected at over 4,000Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | October 14, 2018, 14:31 IST

    NAGPUR: After receiving poor response from the violators, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed to extend special scheme for regularization of unauthorized constructions and plots by six more months.

    Only 343 applications were received in the last six months despite the number of violators expected at over 4,000.

    The general body is likely to approve extension of the scheme up to April 4, 2019. Also, the NMC house will revise scrutiny charges. Earlier, the charges were Rs1 per sqft for structure/plot below 2,500 sqft and Rs2 per sqft above it. Now, the proposal is to charge Rs5 per sqm or maximum up to Rs5,000 for structures and flat Rs5,000 for open plots/layouts.

    With a motive to end unauthorized constructions and plots, the state government on October 7, 2017, launched a special scheme for unauthorized constructions/plots that had cropped up on or before December 31, 2015. It was a one-time scheme and was supposed to be completed in six months.

    However, the NMC delayed the scheme’s implementation. It was launched on April 5 and applications were supposed to be submitted on or before October 4.

    In its proposal, the NMC’s town planning department said, “A large number of applications were expected under the scheme. Accordingly, huge revenue was expected. It is necessary to extend the scheme by six months to get a handful revenue.”

    The government had facilitated various types of relaxations under the scheme. Still, the violators neglected it.

    The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) also got poor response in the first six months as only 108 applications were received. Then, the civic agency extended the scheme up to October 30. Still, the number of applications are below 300, as per NIT sources.

    Similarly, the Nagpur Metropoiltan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) also got poor response from the Metro Region. Around 7,000 applications were received, whereas the expectation was in lakhs.

    The general body will also a take decision on the proposal to revise norms related to NMC plots’ lease holders. The proposal is to adopt a policy introduced by the state for its nazul lease holders. If approved, NMC plots’ lease holders will have to pay less and can get mutations done easily.

    However, the city’s comprehensive mobility plan prepared by MahaMetro to get clearance for Metro Rail phase-II project is not on the meeting’s agenda. In the last meeting, ruling party leader Sandip Joshi had directed to table it in the meeting.

    Other proposals

    Take back 42.42-acre Ambazari garden and adjoining land from MTDC

    Demolition of dilapidated stadium in Durganagar school premises in Old Subedar extension layout

    NMC’s contribution of 50% in development of new roads in Suryoday Nagar, Narsala at a cost of Rs37.46 lakh

    NMC’s contribution of 50% in laying underground stormwater drain on Rajapeth to Pipla road in Hudkeshwar at a cost of Rs62.24 lakh

    Promotion of sanitary workers to class-III and class-IV







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  • Iskcon alleges another society’s layout on its land; HC gives stay Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 16, 2018, 02:48 IST

    Nagpur: International Society For Krishna Consciousness’s (Iskcon) local chapter has filed a writ petition in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court alleging that Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) sanctioned a layout of a Kalamna-based society — Lokniwara Cooperative Housing Society — on part of its land at mouza Bharatwada in East Nagpur. The HC has ordered a stay in Iskcon’s favour.

    Judges BP Dharmadhikari and MG Giratkar, in their order dated October 5, directed the society not to register or execute any sale deed and to maintain status quo till further orders. “Prima facie, there is difference between maps annexed to sale deeds executed by the society, and map allegedly sanctioned by the planning authorities,” the judges observed.

    Krishna Karunadas (Keshav Dodkuji Padole), chairman of New Temple Project Committee, Iskcon, local chapter, has filed the petition through advocate Anilkumar Shankarlal. The petition says Iskcon’s 5.14 hectare (12.69 acre) land was in khasra no 51 in mouza Bharatwada. Wasudeo Doma Wath and others were owners of 2.90 hectare (7.16 acre) and remaining 2.24 hectare (5.53 acre) was in name of Lokniwara Co-operative Housing Society.

    Iskcon got one hectare (2.27 acre) through a gift deed dated December 18, 2007, from Maroti Wath and others. Accordingly, Iskcon got it registered in land revenue (7/12) and city survey office. Iskcon also got its land demarcated from the city survey office on March 29, 2016.

    Iskcon then applied for approval of layout and building plan sanction with NIT for construction of residential complex and community kitchen on July 8, 2016.

    The project was supposed to be executed by NGO Annamrita Foundation (formerly known as Iskcon Food Relief Foundation), which is an associate of Iskcon. The NIT, for reasons best known to it, delayed the sanction. Various queries were raised by NIT, and complied by Iskcon on October 14, 2016, September 14, 2017 and December 30, 2017.

    Finally, NIT rejected Iskcon’s application on January 19, 2018, saying that a part of the land on which layout and construction was proposed was under reservation, and entire area of mouza Bharatwada was part of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) proposed Smart City Project.

    The petition stated, “On August 19, Iskcon noticed some persons busy in construction activities on part of its land. The persons said they were plot owners, and had purchased plots from Lokniwara Co-operative Housing Society. Iskcon filed complaints with NIT and police department. NIT asked the plot owners to stop construction activities for sometime. But the plot owners never stopped construction. Police department did not help stop the persons undertaking the construction,” the petition said.

    The petition added Iskcon found NIT had approved a layout for Lokniwara Co-operative Housing Society on January 29, 2008, on 4 acre. “One of the 4 acre belongs to Iskcon. The society claims to have purchased 4 acre on June 29, 1987, and executed sale deed on June 13, 1990. This is totally wrong. NIT neglected various norms while giving approval to the layout,” the petition said.









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  • Builder Manmode gets bail, asked to deposit Rs6 cr, passport with HC TNN | Oct 15, 2018, 17:05 IST

    Nagpur: Nirmal Ujjwal Sahakari Pat Sanstha chairman and well-known builder Pramod Manmode, along with nine others, was granted anticipatory bail by the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday in connection with a complaint filed by a resident of one of his projects.

    All of them were booked under Sections 420, 409 and 384 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) following a complaint filed against them by Praful Karpe at Nandanvan police station.

    The complainant alleged that Manmode and other directors had defrauded him under the pretext of providing facilities at Nirmal Nagari constructed under the aegis of Nirmal Ujjwal Cooperative Society, where over 700 dwellings were built.

    Karpe claimed that the accused made tall assurances in the brochures, but failed to provide even basic amenities.

    Manmode’s legal counsel Shreerang Bhandarkar said they had presented all financial details regarding the case. He said, “The money in question is the fund collected to maintain the society. We have shown all the expenses done regards the same. There is about Rs6 crore in the maintenance fund.”

    The court has asked Manmode to deposit his passport and also the Rs6 crore maintenance fund. Bhandarkar said, “The fund will be deposited with the court.”








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  • Architects urged to plan for more use of bamboo TNN | Oct 15, 2018, 03:51 IST


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    Nagpur: The Bamboo Research Training Centre (BRTC) at Chichpalli in Chandrapur district has urged the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Nagpur Chapter, to fill vacuum in bamboo architecture.

    Over 35 practicing and faculty architects of IIA this week joined Bamboo Society of India (BSI), Maharashtra Chapter, in an exploratory visit-cum-workshop to BRTC to study bamboo resource and its technical applications in its ongoing project.

    “The architects were thrilled to see the unassuming scale at which the bamboo has been used as an important building construction material which they had never believed,” said Sunil Joshi, chairman of BCI.

    “The BRTC designs were wonderful, informative, and innovative. I never thought bamboo can be used in such a creative way,” opined Pankaj Chinchmalatpure of IIA.

    “We will suggest the state government and forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar to conduct refresher program for practicing architects to understand bamboo and its advantages and structural usefulness enhancing aesthetics and how it is beneficial to building industries,” said Trilok Thakre.

    “We feel various BRTC applications will help in mainstreaming bamboo as an alternative, yet a potentially sustainable resource that will contribute in greening the development,” said Patil.

    Joshi added the BCI wants the architects to know about technical and a reliable human resource that is being trained in BRTC to assist architect in their projects.

    Sanjeev Karpe, coordinator of the project, explained minutest details and different species used while Krunal Negandhi explained various bamboo units that are planned in the whole complex in BRTC and other projects, including the international one.

    Patil said the BRTC building itself is a marvel and recently a team from Mozambique visited the centre and appreciated its efforts and called for larger interaction and also design guidance to enrich bamboo as human resource in future.








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  • Builder Manmode gets bail, asked to deposit Rs6 cr, passport with HC TNN | Oct 15, 2018, 17:05 IST

    Nagpur: Nirmal Ujjwal Sahakari Pat Sanstha chairman and well-known builder Pramod Manmode, along with nine others, was granted anticipatory bail by the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday in connection with a complaint filed by a resident of one of his projects.

    All of them were booked under Sections 420, 409 and 384 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) following a complaint filed against them by Praful Karpe at Nandanvan police station.

    The complainant alleged that Manmode and other directors had defrauded him under the pretext of providing facilities at Nirmal Nagari constructed under the aegis of Nirmal Ujjwal Cooperative Society, where over 700 dwellings were built.

    Karpe claimed that the accused made tall assurances in the brochures, but failed to provide even basic amenities.

    Manmode’s legal counsel Shreerang Bhandarkar said they had presented all financial details regarding the case. He said, “The money in question is the fund collected to maintain the society. We have shown all the expenses done regards the same. There is about Rs6 crore in the maintenance fund.”

    The court has asked Manmode to deposit his passport and also the Rs6 crore maintenance fund. Bhandarkar said, “The fund will be deposited with the court.”








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  • 27 trees cut down by unauthorized persons, NMC to file case TNN | Oct 17, 2018, 02:35 IST


    Nagpur: In a weird incident, 27 full grown trees on disputed public utility land near Dattatreya Temple at Bharat Nagar were chopped down on Tuesday afternoon by some apparently unauthorized persons. Two teak trees marked for cutting, among many others on the land, were saved due to prompt action by vigilant nearby residents, who informed NMC officials, who acted swiftly to stop the cutting. The scrutiny report by NMC officials registered the loss of 10 full grown teak, 11 kat-umbar, three babool, two cassia and one katesawar trees.

    Nearby resident Sharad Jodh told TOI that three men — one Gunwant Nagpure, a certain Wankhede, and a black coat clad lawyer — brought a few labourers to the spot in the morning. Upon enquiry, Nagpure claimed to have purchased the land, and said they wished to start some construction.

    “Since he said he owned the land and produced some files with paperwork, we did not question him further. Later, when we heard sound of the electronic saws and the trees being chopped down, other neighbours rushed out and informed NMC officials. Sensing trouble from the authorities, the men and their labourers fled the spot before they could be caught,” he said.

    The land belongs to the Sahasrabuddhe family, which resides close to the spot. The said land, approximately 30,000 sq ft, is currently under government control due to some disputes, and serves as public utility land. One of the owners, architect Sudhakar Sahasrabuddhe, told TOI, “We don’t know who these people were, neither did we employ them. We have the ownership of the land in the name of Yashwant Social Welfare Society. The society secretary Mangesh Joshi informed NMC officials about the trees being cut.”

    Upon learning the identity of one of the men, Sahasrabuddhe added that the person has a history of causing problems and is often linked to such matters.

    An NMC official said, “This team of 11 people did not have any prior permission from NMC to cut trees. Had it not been for the neighbours and NMC workers, who reached on time, many trees would have fallen prey. Two of the trees have only trimming marks. The wood from the trees cut down was removed from the site and has been stored at Ambazari warehouse.”

    They also said NMC will be registering offences against Nagpure and Wankhede on Wednesday.









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  • Modi Builders to get NIT plot despite 20-yr payment delay Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 17, 2018, 02:37 IST

    Nagpur: Over 20 years ago, Modi Builders, through Santdas Chawla, had purchased a plot from Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) in a public auction by paying 25% of the property cost. The builder reportedly did not pay the remaining 75% amount within the maximum valid time period of two years. Yet, the civic agency did not cancel the allotment. Now, the state government has accorded a special permission to the builder for paying the remaining amount and get the plot from the NIT.

    The state’s urban development department (UDD) issued a notification on Tuesday allowing the NIT to accept the remaining amount from Modi Builders and give possession of the plot.

    The UDD said, “NIT should have cancelled the allotment and returned the money after the applicant failed to deposit the remaining amount within the prescribed time limit. It has come to fore that NIT did not cancel the allotment,” the department said.

    Despite questioning the NIT’s lack of action, the UDD went on to give special permission to the builder. However, the UDD directed the NIT to calculate cost of the plot as per current ready reckoner value.

    “Chances of steep rise in cost of the plot cannot be ruled out in these years. The NIT will incur revenue loss in case permission is given to allot the plot at the cost prevailing during the auction 20 years ago. Also, chances of similar demand coming from others cannot be ruled out,” the UDD said.

    The UDD also directed the NIT to cancel the allotment of plot to Modi Builders and return the earlier payment if the latter fails to deposit the remaining amount within 30 days. “This case cannot be seen as a benchmark for other cases,” the UDD said.

    The notification also mentioned special permissions given to 16 other purchasers in January 2017 and one in April this year.

    As per details, the NIT had announced auction of plots under Central Road Scheme Section-2 between 1981 and 2011. Modi Builders had participated in the auction and got plot No. 79 measuring 843.58 sq.ft (78.40 sq.mt) in prime Mahal area. The successful bidder (Modi Builders) had offered Rs 6.47 lakh for the plot then.

    NIT officials told TOI that the case was very old and hence they need time to look into the details.

    Denying any mistake on his part, Chawla said payment got delayed due to NIT’s mistake. “There was a litigation going on in a court. The NIT did not accept remaining payment from me. Even after disposal of the case, the NIT delayed accepting the payment,” he said.








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  • Notice to Kachipura units for three crore property tax dues

    NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has issued notices to 27 establishments at Kachipura on Central Bazaar Road asking them to pay arrears on or before Saturday or face seizure two days later. 3 crore is pending from 27 units like lawns and restaurants. The notices have been issued by Dharampeth and Laxmi Nagar zone offices.

    "These establishments, including Vishnuji ki Rasoi, Sardar ki Rasoi, SAI Vatika lawn, Green Diamond Lawn, Dana Paani, Vasvi lawn, office of Prashant Pawar, Bharat Lawn, Vaibhavlaxmi Lawn, and others are unauthorized constructions. 2 crore property tax and another Rs90 lakh in penalty is pending from them," according to the press release.

    In 2015, the NMC had slapped notices to 67 plot owners including 27 establishments under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act. All have cropped up without any sanction.

    Also, a drive to demolish the structures was taken up but had to be stopped due to a stay brought by the state's urban development department.

    The Dharampeth Zone has levied a penalty of double property tax on SAI Vatika Lawn situated at East Shankar Nagar as it came up without any sanction.

    Of the total penalty of 6.50 lakh, the owner Vijay Talewar has paid Rs3 lakh.

    The zone also recovered 14.50 lakh as penalty of double property tax from Milton Mall at Laxmi Bhuvan Square after declaring it unauthorized under the MRTP Act.

    Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/notice-to-kachipura-units-for-three-crore-property-tax-dues/articleshow/66268363.cms
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  • Petitioner demands cancelling land lease Manka Behl
    With the government panel confirming irregularities at the Nagpur Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) shelter, the petitioner in the case has now demanded cancellation of the land lease granted to the society by the government.

    | TNN | Oct 18, 2018, 06:42 IST


    NAGPUR: With the government panel confirming irregularities at the Nagpur Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) shelter, the petitioner in the case has now demanded cancellation of the land lease granted to the society by the government.

    As reported by TOI earlier, animal rights activist and lawyer Ankita Shah had filed a petition in the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, alleging that the shelter was being misused for commercial purposes.

    While hearing her petition, the court had directed the government to carry out an immediate inspection of the shelter, following which a four-member committee reviewed various records and log books.

    An affidavit had been filed by the district collector, confirming that the shelter was being used for lodging and boarding of pets. It stated that around 195 pet dogs were lodged at the shelter house from December 30, 2013, till date.

    At present, pet owners are permitted to keep their dogs at rate of 300 per day.

    In its latest order, the HC has noted that the government is now planning to use the facility for better purposes. The reply submitted by the assistant government pleader says that the district administration has "initiated steps and is taking effort to find out how that facility can be used more effectively".

    The court order further states that the petitioner has prayed for appropriate action against the society for misusing public land and money.

    NSPCA had received grants for construction of shelter from ministry of social justice and empowerment, disbursed through Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). AWBI rules clearly state that such shelters cannot be run for "profit to any individual or a body of individuals".

    In an application, Shah has pointed out that the society misused the land and funds for "personal gains" and defeated the object of the central government's scheme under which the grant was disbursed.

    "The society obtained facilities from AWBI under shelter house scheme and animal ambulance scheme for the purpose of helping local authorities in rescuing stray animals in distress conditions. But the society did not use the facility for these purposes," the application said.

    Stating that since Dr Kailash Marwah, who manages the society, is not a party in this case, the court has kept the application pending. Shah has also demanded reconstitution of district-level SPCA, the proposal of which was cleared by state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis over an year back.










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