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    NMC has failed to address most of city’s issues: Sunil Kedar

    Ashish Roy | TNN | Jul 20, 2018, 04:09 IST



    Nagpur: Sunil Kedar, Congress MLA from Saoner, launched an all-out attack on BJP-ruled Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) charging it with failing to address most of the problems of the city. It was after several years that Nagpur’s problems featured in a prolonged discussion in state assembly. Kedar was speaking during the last week resolution moved by the opposition.

    Kedar began with the 24x7 water supply project. “Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had told the house in December 2017 that NMC was providing round the clock water to 70,000 consumers in the city. However, a few weeks ago when opposition in NMC asked the municipal commissioner about number of beneficiaries of 24x7 project, he said that he did not have the figure and would be able to give it only in December 2018. So who is telling the truth,” he said.

    Turning to sanitation, the MLA said that NMC had failed to develop a sewage system and the entire sewage was being discharged in Nag river, which had become highly polluted. “The polluted water of Nag river flows into Gosikhurd reservoir, which has also become polluted. Fishes are dying in it,” he added.

    “The BJP government makes a song and dance about Nagpur Metro but the city’s bus service is in shambles. Commuters are suffering and only person seems to benefit is the consultant Dinesh Rathi. NMC has paid him Rs32 crore. Shouldn’t the consultant pay the price for failure of the service,” said Kedar.

    According to the MLA, NMC was not interested in running schools for poor children. “It is closing down the schools and handing over the premises to other institutions at negligible rent. The health centres and hospitals of NMC are in pitiable shape and many have closed down,” he further said.

    “NMC had promised to built 50,000 affordable houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) but it has not even built 1,000,” he said.

    Kedar blamed the civic body for High Court’s directive to raze illegal religious structures. “NMC does not take any action against encroachers on roads and encroachments by big businessmen but it razes temples built by common people,” he said.

    The MLA said that NMC presented an inflated budget every year which had strained its finances. “The dues owed by NMC to small contractors is Rs150 crore. They are unable to make their two ends meet,” he added.







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      NMC starts removing illegal speed breakers

      Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Jul 20, 2018, 05:34 IST



      Nagpur: Following a series of TOI reports on illegal speed breakers put up by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) on the road outside its rear gate, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to put a brake on speed breakers.

      To begin with, Dharampeth zone of NMC started removing existing fibre speed breakers from major roads in Dharampeth today, though it is yet to act against the speed breakers installed by Neeri. NMC, however, said it will remove speed breakers installed by Neeri too, and will recover the cost incurred for the removal.

      Armed with an excavator, the zone team removed at least 13 speed breakers from internal lanes. Officials from the zone told TOI that the drive will continue.

      Despite high court order directing NMC to remove fibre speed breakers from across the city, in 2016, NMC’s traffic department had erected almost 50 fibre speed breakers in the bylanes of Dharampeth and Khare Town. The zone office was in the dark about the move, and no permission had been sought from the traffic police too, whose permission is mandatory for the construction of any speed breaker.

      Late corporator Vishakha Maind and former mayor and MLC Anil Sole had contributed Rs10 lakh each from their ward funds to install these speed breakers. Similar speed humps were installed at many places across the city.

      Now, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh has instructed all assistant municipal commissioners to remove or raze illegal speed breakers. Singh has clarified that NMC will observe zero tolerance regarding illegal speed breakers across the city. He has said the civic body will first target speed breakers in residential areas, which have come up without proper permissions.

      NMC officials admitted that a majority of speed breakers violate guidelines of Indian Road Congress. All road-owning agencies — including zonal offices, NIT, PWD, NHAI — have been instructed to remove speed breakers. They will only be permitted outside schools, hospitals and other strategic locations.





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        Greens challenge panel findings on zudpi jungles

        Vijay Pinjarkar | tnn | Jul 20, 2018, 05:35 IST


        Nagpur: Greens and environmentalists have challenged the state-level committee report submitted to the government, which states that zudpi jungle is not forest and Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, is not applicable to these lands.

        Reacting to the TOI report of July 9, former National Wildlife Board (NBWL) member Kishor Rithe said, “There is nothing new in the report. Earlier, principal secretary (forest) had already given a formula to address the zudpi jungle issue. The same solutions have been suggested by the committee,” said Rithe.

        He added revenue officers need to read the land classification in Land Revenue Code before calling zudpi jungle as ‘gairaan’ (grazing lands). “It would be interesting to see entire list of zudpi lands under encroachment. The officers deliberately allotted zudpi lands for construction of residential quarters of high court judges, so that other buildings could get protection,” said Rithe. “They have also tried to worry citizens by mentioning areas under zudpi land in Nagpur in the report to get protection for wrong doings in entire Eastern Vidarbha,” said Rithe.

        According to him, as per the Supreme Court orders, when the committee was constituted to identify forests as per the new definition of forest, zudpi jungle was not considered as it was already a forest. “However, the committee is trying to take that as shelter to prove that it is not even an identified forest,” he said.

        The committee’s assertions also go completely against the stand taken by the central ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) in a letter sent to the state forest department on June 27, 2018. The letter, which states that state government has authority to approve transfer of zudpi land to other departments, ends by explicitly mentioning that no provisions of FCA 1980 should be violated.

        Environmentalist Debi Goenka said the state panel report is based on several fundamentally flawed assumptions. “It mentions that the total zudpi jungle area was 9,23,913 hectares. Out of this, 6,55,619ha was notified. So, balance 2,68,294ha still remains to be notified. But report talks only about 1,78,524ha, of which 92,115 has been notified as reserve/protected forest, and 86,409ha has been considered ‘unsuitable’, and government wants it to be de-notified at one go. The report doesn’t talk of balance 89,770ha,” says Goenka.

        Based on the report, PCCF (HOFF) UK Agrawal had sent a positive note last week to the government. “I agree with the SC ruling that “forest” must be understood according to its dictionary meaning, and we cannot obviate from the legal stand, but the report talks about 86,409ha land which was used for government projects only. This land should be brought out of the purview of the FCA,” said Agrawal.

        However, wildlife conservationist Prafulla Bhamburkar says the report talks of duplicity. “On one hand workable zudpi land is acceptable to the government but wants exemption on non-workable zudpi land. This indicates that FCA is applicable and hence net present value (NPV) should be charged for non-forestry use of the 86,409ha land,” said Bhamburkar.

        Goenka said the report claiming that zudpi jungles are not forest lands is the most condemnable part.

        “In 1987, state had urged MoEF to keep zudpi jungle out of FCA purview. When Bombay Environment Action Group (BEAG) and I challenged this in high court, the government had backtracked,” he told TOI.









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          4k new affordable houses under Smart City project

          tnn | Jul 20, 2018, 05:46 IST

          Nagpur: As many as 4,000 new affordable houses will be constructed under the Smart City project.

          The Rs201-crore proposal was approved on Thursday by the board of directors of Smart City special purpose vehicle, Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL), which is headed by additional chief secretary to CM Praveen Pardeshi.

          Of this, 3,000 affordable houses will be constructed through public private partnership. The remaining 1,000 houses, which will be constructed by NSSCDCL and will be used to rehabilitate project-affected people.

          The work of issuing tenders is in progress and will be issued shortly, said chief executive officer of NSSCDCL, Ramnath Sonwane. The board also gave nod to adopt the logo of NSSCDCL.

          MLA Krishna Khopde, mayor Nanda Jickar, standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja, district collector Ashwin Mudgal, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh, BSP leader and corporator Mohammed Jamal, corporator Mangala Gaware and others attended the board meeting.





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            Now, use app to pay water bills

            tnn | Jul 20, 2018, 05:47 IST

            Nagpur: Water consumers now have one more easy option of paying water bills. Along with Online Billing facility, now official mobile app ‘Nagpur Water’ will allow consumers to avail NMC-OCW services at his/her fingertips.

            The step by Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Orange City Water (OCW) will enable consumers to pay the bills from their mobile handsets. The app is simple and easy to use, and provides transparency in delivering services to consumers.

            Along with the mobile application, NMC-OCW has also introduced PayTM services for consumers. PayTM is the one of the most popular payment application, and now NMC-OCW will accept water bills via PayTM too.

            Consumer needs to enter his contract account number and amount to pay his bill. The receipt of the payment will be provided by PayTM. The paid amount will be credited to consumers account in 24 hours. Consumer will also get promotional offers from PayTM for water bill payment.

            To increase digitization and cashless transactions, NMC-OCW have also introduced swipe machines in all zone offices. Consumers can swipe any Visa or Master debit or credit card to pay water bills. All transactions are without any additional charges to the consumers.

            Further, NMC-OCW have started five additional payment counters at various zones; Trimurti Nagar Water Tank (Laxmi Nagar zone), Dabha Water Tank (Dharampeth), Kharbi Water Tank (Nehru Nagar Zone), Shanti Nagar Water Tank (Satranjipura), and Subhan Nagar Water Tank (Lakadganj). Consumers can pay water bills as well as register water related complaints at all such extension counters also.







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              4 thousand new affordable houses under Smart City project

              TNN | Updated: Jul 20, 2018, 13:25 IST


              4 thousand new affordable houses under Smart City project

              NAGPUR: As many as 4,000 new affordable houses will be constructed under the Smart City project.

              The Rs201-crore proposal was approved on Thursday by the board of directors of Smart City special purpose vehicle, Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL), which is headed by additional chief secretary to CM Praveen Pardeshi.

              Of this, 3,000 affordable houses will be constructed through public private partnership. The remaining 1,000 houses, which will be constructed by NSSCDCL and will be used to rehabilitate project-affected people.

              The work of issuing tenders is in progress and will be issued shortly, said chief executive officer of NSSCDCL, Ramnath Sonwane. The board also gave nod to adopt the logo of NSSCDCL.

              MLA Krishna Khopde, mayor Nanda Jickar, standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja, district collector Ashwin Mudgal, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh, BSP leader and corporator Mohammed Jamal, corporator Mangala Gaware and others attended the board meeting.





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                New barrage on Kanhan to double water availability for city

                Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jul 21, 2018, 03:19 IST
                Nagpur: Finally, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is all set to have its own water source. Idea is to develop a new barrage on Kanhan river. If the project materializes, the civic body will get double the water it draws from the river right now.

                For NMC, water resources department (WRD) has entered into an agreement with central government’s WAPCOS Limited under city MP Nitin Gadkari’s Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

                WRD sources told TOI, WAPCOS will submit a detailed project report (DPR) by December. “WRD conducted survey and prepared some designs. It found construction of new barrage on Kanhan river feasible. Process to get administrative approval for the project and then submission for funds will be started after receiving the DPR,” sources said.

                Earlier, NMC was planning to rejuvenate the abandoned barrage on Kanhan river. Now, WRD has finalized a new barrage at NMC’s Kanhan water treatment plant (WTP) downstream of confluence with Kolar river.

                At present, NMC is drawing 58 million metre cube (MMC) water from Kanhan river. After this project, NMC can get 109 MMC. The barrage’s storage capacity will be 65 MMC. It will bring down the difference between NMC’s requirement and allocation. As against demand of 269.7MMC, WRD had allocated 197.03 MMC from Totladoh (Pench) reservoir and Kanhan river.

                An NMC official said the project will also save huge quantity of water. “Kanhan WTP is having capacity of 240 MLD. But we do not enough water from February to July. We release water from Totladoh into Kanhan river. We will not require to do that any more water after this project is operational,” he said.

                One of the reasons behind decrease in water availability for NMC is construction of Chourai dam by Madhya Pradesh government on Pench river. The irrigation is also hit because of it. The state had sanctioned a special scheme of Rs 1,015 crore to minimize irrigation problems.

                WRD official said tendering had been started for five of seven lift irrigation schemes (LIS) sanctioned under Rs 1,015 crore scheme and works are likely to begin from October.

                On Friday, Gadkari held review meeting of irrigation projects in the state. He informed approval of Rs 13,651.61 crore for new projects and completion of ongoing projects of Vidarbha and Marathwada. Funds have been approved under Centre’s ‘Baliraja Jal Sanjeevani Yojana’. They will benefit 91 projects in 14 districts of which six are in Vidarbha, five in Marathwada and three in other parts of the state.

                Gadkari also met CM Devendra Fadnavis and informed him of the pattern of allocation of the funds. The Centre will give 25% of funds and remaining 75% will be of the state but to be given by NABARD.






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                  Plastic fines, raids against the rules, say associations

                  Manka Behl | tnn | Jul 21, 2018, 05:50 IST



                  Nagpur: Terming the raids against plastic as against the rules, many associations have directed the shopkeepers to not pay any fine. This comes on a day when the state intensified its drive against plastic, with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) joining the civic body in conducting raids, seizing banned goods and issuing fines.

                  On Friday, the board and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) conducted a joint raid in Itwari and Sitabuldi during which they collected a total fine of Rs 1.8 lakh. Apart from this, the officials seized 451 kilograms of plastic which is estimated to be worth Rs 61,790.

                  On the same evening, delegates of Vidarbha Industries Association, Vidarbha Plastic Industries Association, Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce, MIDC Industries Association, Nagpur Hotel Owners Association and others held a meeting during which they decided to form a five-member committee to legally challenge the action taken against shopkeepers.

                  According to them, the authorities are not complying to the rules and government resolutions. “The procedures followed during raids are completely illegal. As per the rules, the power of conviction lies only with the Judicial Magistrate First Class and the officials had no powers to forcefully impose fine. None of them came with the mandatory warrant for searching shops nor did they prepare a panchnama,” the delegates said.

                  Stating that rules are being interpreted with a sole aim of collecting hefty fines from traders, the associations said that small traders and shopkeepers are being penalized without providing any clarification. “Most of them don’t even have a daily turnover of Rs 5,000 but the officers have penalized them, irrespective of the relaxation given in the GRs to such shopkeepers. Its nothing but harassment as the officers forced them to get money by any mean,” they added.

                  Extending support to the shopkeepers, the delegates have asked them “not to fear the raids” and keep their shops open. “Legally, they have the right to refuse paying the fine until proven guilty,” members said.







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                    HC treats electric poles shifting case as a separate PIL

                    Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Jul 21, 2018, 05:52 IST



                    Nagpur: After slamming Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for delaying the work for 17 years, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court is now treating electric poles shifting case as a separate public interest litigation (PIL). Now, citizens can hope for removal of poles in a time bound manner.

                    TOI on June 25 had reported the civic body’s failure to remove poles and transformers from 22 roads in last 17 years. Quoting TOI’s report, amicus curiae and senior counsel Shrirang Bhadarkar had moved an application seeking merger of the case with the PIL related to overhead electric lines and its threats.

                    HC had considered the application on June 27 and issued notices to NMC and MSEDCL. After going through replies of NMC and MSEDCL, judges DP Dharmadhikari and ZA Haq have said case will be treated as a separate PIL.

                    Bhandarkar told TOI, HC directed the NMC to submit details of provision of funds made while planning or executing IRDP project due to which electric poles and transformers had come on main carriageway.

                    “NMC informed HC that works were completed on 19 roads at a cost of Rs 50 crore. NMC added Rs 50 crore more required for completing the remaining work. NMC cited funds’ constraint behind delay that was not acceptable. MSEDCL stated it was having funds for the work,” he said.

                    NMC’s budget is over Rs 2,200 crore per year. NMC’s claim of lacking funds for safety on roads that too for 17 years was always suspect. Also, MSEDCL had always showed readiness to contribute 50% of cost.






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                      Architects peeved with online bldg plan

                      tnn | Jul 21, 2018, 05:54 IST

                      Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to roll out online system ‘Building Plan Management System’ (BPMS), which will ease out the strenuous process of building plan sanctioning.

                      The sanctioning process, which earlier took months to complete, will be done within 30 days after the NMC launches the portal on July 25. The NMC will probably become the first municipal corporation in the state to launch it under the the central government’s Ease of Doing Business.

                      During the informative workshop organized by the NMC on Friday, the process was demonstrated live and attended by more than 50 architects and civil engineers, who did not look impressed with the new system.

                      Under BPMS, a registered architect, civil engineer or structural engineer can register on the portal. They will be provided a digital certificate, mandatory for further process. According to the NMC, this registration process that includes document verification at two levels will be completed within 48 hours. The sanctioning process includes uploading documents and building plan through their TP-client drafting tool.

                      “Due to digitalization, the time consumed to get building permission will decrease manifolds and will be beneficial to the people,” said Virendra Kukreja, standing committee chairman.

                      “This shift from manual to online will lead to extracting maximum results with minimum manpower. There is a pressure on us to allot sanction within the time frame of 30 days, a process which used to take minimum 60 days earlier,” Shrikant Deshpande, sectional engineer at NMC, told TOI.

                      The architects, however, believe that MahaIT (MIT) should ease the software. “The elaborative and exhaustive process of uploading building plans will just increase laborious work as the software is not user-friendly. We want the process of uploading plans to get simplified. They are repeating the same mistakes done with AutoDCR earlier,” said Bhushan Kotwal, an architect.

                      “The under hand dealings will definitely stop and our clients’ money will be saved, but the architects will suffer. We will have to train our staff to cope with the tedious process and that implies a waste of time and resources,” said Ajay Verma, another architect. The NMC has begun registrations for professionals. It cannot be undertaken by a common man.

                      The state urban development department has developed BPMS. It is making available BPMS for all urban local bodies in a phased manner. The system has been already implemented in around 240 municipal councils in the state.






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