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  • Razing of unauthorized structures in Metro Region stopped Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 20, 2018, 03:30 IST

    Nagpur: Guardian minister Chandrashekar Bawankule has reportedly directed officials of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) to stop demolition of unauthorized constructions in Metro Region till October 31. Bawankule also assured to reduce the regularization charges.

    Activists of NGO Jai Jawan Jai Kisan met Bawankule at NMRDA office on Friday. Convener Prashant Pawar pointed out that NMRDA was razing unauthorized constructions despite last date for submitting applications under the state government’s special regularization scheme being October 31.

    NMRDA officials confirmed to TOI that Bawankule had asked them not to demolish structures till completion of the government scheme. “Bawankule also said he would meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and seek an extension of the scheme. Many of the unauthorized constructions are yet to submit applications under the scheme,” officials said.

    Pawar also asked Bawankule not to levy hefty regularization charges on farmers who constructed their houses outside gaothan. “There are over 2.5 lakh structures of farmers and middle class people, who constructed their homes many years ago. Action should be taken against unauthorized construction of commercial, big residential schemes, and industrial units, and not on farmers,” he said.

    Bawankule directed NMRDA to verify whether regularization charges can be brought at par with charges levied under Gunthewari Act in the city.

    Pawar also alleged biased action by NMRDA against unauthorized constructions. “There are huge unauthorized constructions and layouts to which NMRDA did not issue notices, but seems very eager to take action on small residential houses. Also, officials of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) should not be posted in NMRDA. The government should fill NMRDA posts with new officials,” he said.

    Later, Bawankule reviewed Koradi Temple Re-development Project. He directed NMRDA officials to expedite the works. He also asked officials to issue tender of works approved by the government some days ago.

    NMRDA had issued notices to 1,801 unauthorized constructions in last one year. Also, NMRDA had received 6,700 applications under special regularization scheme.









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  • Fire at mall leads to evacuation of multiplex Soumitra Bose | TNN | Oct 20, 2018, 03:34 IST

    Nagpur: A short-circuit in the switch board at the waiting lounge of a restaurant on the second floor of Eternity Mall, at Variety Square, on Thursday night. There was some panic as smoke filled the mall, leading to evacuation of the multiplex theatre on the top floor. Two fire-tenders from the Civil Lines station were pressed into action after the control room was alerted. Fire department pegged the loss at Rs10,000.

    The Eternity Mall had seen a fire in May as well, so the security and administration triggered the emergency evacuation as a safety measure. Apart from some patrons at the restaurant, people watching movies too were evacuated immediately after the flames were spotted.

    One of the cine-goers, who had to rush out from the theatre with a young female friend, said there was sudden commotion after the film screening was interrupted. “Patrons were hurried out of the screens into the lobby, which was filled with smoke. There was understandably a rush to leave the premises, leading to some congestion in the fire exit,” he said.

    Civil Lines fire station in charge RR Dubey said the caller did not elaborate on the details, but had just passed on information stating there was a fire. “We could manage the fire with minimum effort but had taken two fire-tenders to meet any emergency situation,” he said.

    General manager of Eternity Mall Ashish Barai said their staffers had managed to control and douse the fire even before the arrival of the fire tenders at the premises. “The fumes emanating from the fire-extinguishers seemed to have triggered more panic rather than the fire itself. We have full-proof firefighting system and fire safety measures are being followed,” he said.

    “The mall is in operation and so is the eatery where the short-circuit had taken place on Thursday,” he said. “The patrons of the theatre were refunded the value of their tickets,” said Barai.







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  • NMC to continue using potable water to douse fires Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 20, 2018, 04:31 IST



    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will continue to utilize potable drinking water for fire fighting operations, despite the water crisis at reservoirs ruling out irrigation in the district this year. A decision has been taken to install 30-40 hydrants on drinking water network for drawing potable water during fire fighting operations.

    NMC standing committee headed by Virendra Kukreja on Friday approved Rs49.99 crore for installing fire hydrants on drinking water network. As per demand of fire and emergency services department, the water works department will install the hydrants.

    Also, the water works department will repair some old hydrants that can be brought into use after minor works. Since 1960s, the civic body has installed over 1,000 hydrants on drinking water network. Only 100 hydrants are in working condition.

    Huge quantity of water is required whenever a fire breaks out. For years, the fire and emergency services department has been drawing potable water from hydrants and overhead water tanks (elevated service reservoirs) to douse fires.

    Despite availability of lakes and wells in most areas, the fire department has made no provisions to draw non-potable water from these sources. Also, the department is not compelling establishments to ensure availability of wells, borewells or reservoirs in their premises, even though it is mandatory.

    Justifying the decision, a NMC official told TOI hydrants on drinking water network will ensure easy availability of water whenever it is required in an emergency. “There are many congested areas where fire tenders cannot turn, fill water, and return to dousing fires. Hydrants also save time as continuous water is required for dousing fires. Also, there is shortage of tenders and manpower,” he said.

    The standing committee also approved budgetary provisions of Rs38.50 crore to pay private operator of sewage treatment plant (STP) developed on PPP model at Bhandewadi dumping yard. Provisions of only Rs50 lakh had been made in the budget. The committee did not increase budget but diverted funds from other heads for the project.

    The STP was commissioned in July. As per the demand raised by NMC Pench Project Cell, Rs4.95 crore per month is required to be paid to the operator from July. Therefore, the department had requested the standing committee to approve Rs50 crore to pay the operator up to March 31 next year.

    However, the standing committee did not question the doubling of the repayment cost. TOI had on October 17 reported repayment cost was Rs947 crore in 2015 , but increased to Rs1,782 crore at commissioning of the plant. The committee also neglected wastage of 200 million litres per day (MLD) treated water and methane gas at the plant.

    Other Decisions

    *Construction of LPG Gas crematorium at Sahakar Nagar ghat under CM special fund at the cost of Rs42.79 lakh

    *Procurement of two high flow suction machines for sewage drains works at the cost of Rs96.33 lakh

    *Works of Rs44.11 lakh at Dabha crematorium *Construction of retaining wall along Pili river at Kalamna at Rs42.64 lakh and on nullah at Shrike layout at Rs49.99 lakh
    *Laying of inter-locking tiles at Rs53.71 lakh in Vijayanand and PMG Society under CM special fund







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  • NMC seals shop to recover rent dues TNN | Oct 20, 2018, 23:35 IST



    Nagpur: The cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Saturday sharpen its revenue collection drive by sealing a shop in the Yeshwant stadiumfor its failure to pay a rent of Rs3.33 lakh.

    The market department of the civic body led by superintendent Shrikant Vaidya sealed the shop (number 63) after its leaseholder Dhananjay Dhapodkar failed to pay the rent. The market department had rented the place to Dhapodkar, who had been running a home appliances shop there. He defaulted the rent of the last year, leading to sealing the shop.
    Meanwhile, two other lease holders, Wadhwa Sales Corporation and Pavan Surendra, could save themselves from any action as they cleared their dues through cheque payments before the department could move to take any action. Both defaulted rents of Rs5 lakh and Rs12.50 lakh, respectively, Vaidya said.









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  • Do havan for good water supply, says BJP corporator Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 21, 2018, 02:51 IST

    Nagpur: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Deepak Chaudhary has a solution for the impending water scarcity in the city: Do a havan (puja). He came up with this suggestion during the general body meeting of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation when water shortage came up for discussion on Saturday.

    Claiming that water storage in Pench reservoirs and Kanhan river, from where supply comes for the city, is going down, Congress and BSP corporators wanted to know what steps NMC has taken to prevent a problem. Suddenly, Chaudhary threw up the idea infuriating BSP corporator Jitendra Godeshwar. The two nearly came to blows and were separated by ruling party leader Sandip Joshi.

    Congress corporators, including leader of opposition Tanaji Wanve, Kamlesh Chaudhary and Julfekar Bhutto, BSP group leader Mohammed Jamal and others strongly criticized Choudhary’s statement. Godeshwar rushed into the well with other corporators. There was tension in the house for some time.

    Godeshwar questioned Chaudhary why he made baseless comments on a critical issue. Chaudhary left his seat and started to walk towards Godeshwar saying he would explain to him. Joshi ran and separated the two. Later, Chaudhary was not allowed to speak.

    Joshi announced that a special general body meeting will be organized on November 3 for discussing the issue.

    Later, at a press conference, Joshi said that Chaudhary should not have made such a statement. Claiming that Chaudhary was not heading towards Godeshwar to threaten him, Joshi said, “It was only for a talk.”

    In another development, during the general body question (GBQ) hour, mayor Nanda Jichkar ordered the suspension of two officials from NMC Gandhibag Zone — assistant commissioner Ashok Patil and junior engineer SV Dudhe — following a demand by BJP corporator Pravin Datke.

    The two officials were charged with giving permission for the demolition of a school which was apparently in good condition. One Samukh Warhadpande submitted an application with the zone demanding that the Kayande Primary School in Badkar Square be declared ‘dilapidated’. He claimed to be the secretary of the trust running the school.

    “Patil inspected and declared the building dilapidated on June 22. The demolition took place on July 7. The building was in a good condition. The compound wall of the building was dilapidated but not razed. It was clearly not above board,” said Datke.

    Datke claimed that Patil had misused powers on other occasions too to benefit some land owners. “Buildings were not demolished serially but as per demands from private persons,” he said.









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  • Water situation set to go from bad to worse in pockets of Vidarbha Shishir Arya | TNN | Oct 22, 2018, 03:24 IST



    Nagpur: The water availability in Vidarbha is expected to worsen in the coming months. Apart from dams catering to Nagpur city touching a low, water level has gone below the previous year’s mark in a number of dams throughout the region. Pockets of Vidarbha may start feeling the heat after December, when temperatures start heading upwards.

    The level in percentage terms has dipped by close to half in nine major dams of the region. The dams are located in Nagpur, Wardha, Buldhana and Amravati districts, shows the data compiled by Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC).

    The average level in the 18 major dams of Nagpur division is down by over 10% as in October third week, as compared to the same period last year. Daily evaporation losses are expected to take it down further. The division includes Wardha, Chandrapur, Gondia, Gadchiroli district, apart from Nagpur. Wardha is the most affected district, along with Nagpur. The level in Bor, Dham and Lower Wardha dams of the district is in the range of 30% to 39%. Last year, it was over 66% in Bor and Lower Wardha dams, while Dham had 99% water.

    Data compiled by VIDC says the available water reserve in 18 major dams of Nagpur division stands at 1,419 million cubic metres (MCM). This is a reduction of 91 MCM as compared to the same period last year.

    In Amravati division, the average level of major dams is almost the same at 58%. This is due to good rains in some pockets, mainly Yavatmal. However, the crisis is expected to be acute in other districts. A comparison shows that the level has dipped by more than half in four dams out of nine major projects. The level in Upper Wardha dam in Amravati district is at 49.5% as against 100% last year.

    Buldhana district is the worst affected in the division. There are three major dams in the district — Khadakpurna, Nalganaga and Pentakli. The level in Khadakpurna is zero, while it was 20% last year. In the other two dams, water has touched 16% as compared to over 40% last year.

    Yavatmal district. which saw an acute shortage last year, has surplus water this time. The level in major dams is at 60% as against 41% in the same period last year. The situation is expected to be manageable till December as temperatures will remain low. After that, as evaporation increases, the government machinery will have to step up efforts. The rains have been below average in Amravati, Akola and Buldhana district. Around eight water tankers have been deployed in Buldhana, but the situation is so far comfortable in the other two districts, said an official in the Amravati divisional commissionerate.
    Sachin Kulkarni, a water rights activist in Washim district, said there is no shortage at present, but the situation can change during the summer months. Last year, Washim was the worse affected district in Amravati division. “Despite better rains, there is a threat of shortage as water conservation projects under the Jalyukta Shivar scheme of the state government have not been of much help,” he claimed.







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  • NMC to act against illegal water connections Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 22, 2018, 03:25 IST

    Nagpur: In view of less availability of water in Pench reservoirs and also financial crisis, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to crackdown on illegal water connections as well as water bill defaulters from Monday. Special squads have been formed for the 10-day drive.

    Chairman of NMC’s water works consultative committee Vijay Zelke told TOI that water shortage cannot be ruled out during summer next year due to low water storage in Pench reservoirs. “To prevent crisis, there is urgent need to take measures from now onwards. Therefore, a decision has been taken to act against illegal water connections prevailing in large numbers across the city. We can ensure availability of water to legal consumers only if action is taken against illegal water connections,” he said.

    Zelke added that illegal water connection holders did not support the NMC’s drive to regularize the connections. “We had given ample time to such users,” he said.

    “There are 4,230 consumers who owe water bill arrears of over Rs25,000 each, totalling to over Rs48 crore. We had also launched amnesty scheme for defaulters but few turned up. Therefore, action has become necessary,” he added.

    Zelke also said 24 squads comprising representatives of NMC, private operator — Orange City Water Private Limited (OCW) — and police department have been formed for the drive planned from October 22 to 31. “We will suspend the drive during Diwali and resume the same post festivities,” he said.

    As per 2015 data, there were 77,251 illegal water connections in the city. The civic body had launched a drive to regularize these connections without any penalty. Yet, only 6,500 people turned up. A drive to take action was launched in November, 2015, and concluded in February, 2016. However, action was taken against only 1,100 illegal water connections.

    Some of the illegal water connections were covered under 24x7 water supply project. Still, the number is estimated to be over 60,000.

    Apart from the ensuing drive, the NMC is yet to take up any measures to reduce high consumption of water. The NMC’s water treatment capacity is 761 million litres per day (MLD). Water supply is 650 MLD of which billing is being done for less than 300 MLD. Overall consumption is 223.85 litres per capita per day (LPCD) if considered total water supply and population of around 25 lakh. As per central government’s norms, average water consumption should be 135 LPCD.

    Totladoh storage at 16%

    Water storage in Totladoh and Kamptee Khairi reservoirs, from where the city gets its major supply, has reached to a new low. As on Sunday, the two reservoirs were having storage of 217.66 million meter cube (MMC) as against total capacity of 1,157 MMC.

    Totladoh was having storage of 16.05% (163.23 MMC) as against capacity of 1,017 MMC. The storage in Kamptee Khairi was 38.34% (54.431 MMC) as against capacity of 140 MMC. Water demand of the city, Kalmeshwar, Parsheoni, Koradi and Khaparkheda thermal power stations is over 220 MMC till next July.

    There will be no supply for irrigation for ongoing kharip and upcoming rabbi seasons. Meanwhile, water resources department (WRD) has stopped supply for paddy growers on Saturday. The supply was started on September 20. Every year, three rounds of water supply are undertaken. After the first round, water will not be made available for irrigation unless MP government releases water from Chaurai dam on Pench river.







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  • 85-acre Dighori resort biggest among 8,500 unauthorized structures in Metro region Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Oct 22, 2018, 03:55 IST



    Nagpur: The Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) has slapped a notice on Chhattarpur Farms and declared it unauthorized construction. This is the biggest among 8,500 unauthorized constructions in Metro Region.

    Spread over 85 acre, Chhattarpur Farms does not have any sanctions, said NMRDA. It comprises banquet hall, restaurants, lawns, resort etc near Outer Ring Road in mouza Dighori.

    A NMRDA official said notices were issued to Chhattarpur Farms last year, and again a couple of months ago. “Paras Subhashchandra Jain and others of Chhattarpur Farms have applied for regularization under the state’s special scheme. Therefore, we will verify usage on the land, built-up. Action will be taken only if it cannot be regularized,” he said.

    Paras Jain didn’t respond to repeated attempts to contact him for comments in this article.

    NMRDA has served notices to 1,801 constructions declared as unauthorized under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act in last one year. As per NMRDA, all these structures came up without any sanction.

    Some of these establishments include Fun and Food Village, Chokar Dhani, Orange City Logistics Park, Ashiana, Zero Degree, Atmosphere, Wonders of World, Rajdhani, Kairos, Rasranjan etc. Apart from open garden restaurants, NMRDA had also served notices to some famous educational institutions and hospitals that have come up without sanction in Metro Region.

    In addition to 1,801 unauthorized constructions, over 6,700 more such structures have been filed in NMRDA’s records taking the total to over 8,500 in Metro Region.

    NMRDA official said over 6,700 applications have been received under the special regularization scheme. “Last date for submission of applications under the scheme is October 31. We are expecting over a lakh unauthorized constructions in Metro Region. Action will be taken against other unauthorized constructions after last date of special regularization scheme,” he said.

    In the last 15 days, NMRDA had demolished part of over 10 unauthorized constructions that have not submitted applications under the special regularization scheme.

    Convener of NGO Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Prashant Pawar in a press conference on Wednesday warned of agitation against NMRDA if the drive to demolish the unauthorized constructions continues. “Government scheme is till October 31.

    NMRDA cannot take action till completion of the scheme. Also, NMRDA is taking biased action. Large number of establishments of influential people, including Vidarbha Cricket Association’s stadium at Jamtha, have been left out of the action. NMRDA is taking action only against small structures,” he said.

    Pawar added NMRDA officials who are taking action do not have any powers. “NMRDA is yet to approve its establishment pattern. NIT officials have been given charge in NMRDA. Therefore, they do not have any powers,” he said.

    Pawar said a series of agitation will be launched if action is taken against residences of 2.5 lakh farmers.

    * State government declared Metropolitan Area (Metro Region) on July 23, 1999

    * District administration was to sanction, act against unauthorized constructions

    * District administration did not monitor or take action against unauthorized constructions

    * NIT appointed special planning authority to prepare Metro Region’s development plan on August 31, 2010

    * NIT replaced by NMRDA on March 4, 2017, as authority for Metro Region

    * NMRDA started drive to unearth unauthorized construction and issue notices to 1,801

    * Government came up with special regularization scheme

    * Applications received to regularize over 6,700 unauthorized structures

    * Metro Region’s development plan approved on January 5, 2018

    * Structures cropped up on reservation lands cannot be regularized







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  • Govt issues detailed plan for Koradi Lake rejuvenation Ashish Roy | tnn | Oct 23, 2018, 05:56 IST



    Nagpur: State environment ministry has issued a detailed plan for rejuvenation of Koradi Lake under the centrally sponsored National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco-systems (NPCA). The cost of the project is Rs43.69 crore. It was cleared by the state cabinet on September 18.

    The project is the brainchild of guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.

    The works to be undertaken under the project include construction of mini-sewage treatment plants (STPs), de-weeding, solid waste management through vermi composting, afforestation, development of fisheries, landscaping, electrification and installation of fountains, construction of an immersion tank, fencing around the existing lake retaining wall etc.

    Funds have also been sanctioned for public awareness and participation, water quality monitoring and setting up an office-cum-laboratory. Catchment area treatment will also be done at a cost of Rs1 crore. In-situ cleaning will cost Rs6 lakh. Public toilets will be built at a cost of Rs44.38 lakh.

    The immersion tank, which will have a diameter of 50 metre and depth of 7 metre, will be desilted. It will be beautified and electrified. The total cost of these works is Rs4.05 crore.

    Sources in Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA), which is the executing agency, said that six mini STPs will be constructed.

    “The surrounding villages discharge their untreated sewage into the lake. They have constructed a drainage system, which releases the sewage into the lake. Mahagenco’s hot water channel from Koradi plant also discharges water into the lake. The total capacity of the STPs is 7.17 million litres per day (MLD) and their cost is Rs17 crore,” an official said.

    Afforestation will be done over an area of 15.49 hectares at a cost of Rs50 lakh. Three fountains will be installed at a cost of Rs37.35 lakh while landscaping will cost Rs5 crore. The length of fencing around the lake wall is 3.657 km.

    Spread over an area of 263 hectares adjacent to Shree Mahalaxmi Jagdamba temple, the lake is owned by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco). Mahagenco has a 40% share in the total project cost. Bawankule had earlier submitted a project worth Rs97.77 crore but the Centre reduced the cost to nearly half.

    The Centre will give Rs26.21 crore (60%) and Mahagenco would contribute Rs17.48 crore (40%). With the Centre already releasing Rs8,74,39,600 to the state as first instalment and the cabinet sanctioning Rs3,49,75,840 from its share, the NMRDA can now begin execution of the project.

    The NMRDA official said that tendering would kick off immediately as the entire process stands completed.

    The official also said that National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) would be assigned the work of afforestation on the lake’s embankment and surroundings. Fisheries department will undertake works related to fish farming.










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  • Manufactured sand cheaper, is viable alternative: Experts


    M-sand is made by cutting rocks by using machines and crushers. M-sand has been gaining popularity in the southern states as it is affordable and environment-friendly substitute. tnn | October 24, 2018, 14:00 IST
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    NAGPUR: Emphasis was laid on promoting manufactured sand (M-sand) as it is man-made, affordable, easily available and environment-friendly, at a seminar organized by Builders Association of India (BIA) at Press Club on Monday.

    M-sand is made by cutting rocks by using machines and crushers. M-sand has been gaining popularity in the southern states as it is affordable and environment-friendly substitute.

    The seminar was addressed by chairman of Butibori BIA Rajkumaran Nair, former state chief Raju Athawale, president of the Nagpur chapter of Credai Anil Nair, mining consultant HR Kalihari, former head of the civil engineering department of VNIT AD Pofale, assistant professor Swapnil Vanjari and civil engineers Milind Digrekar and Rakesh S.

    The speakers highlighted the benefits of M-sand over river sand as it is environment-friendly. Sand extracted from river beds has been under fire since long due to hazardous effects on environment and rising costs as it is in much demand with massive urbanization, infrastructure development projects and commercial complexes that are coming up across the country, they said.

    With the government acting swiftly against the mafia, the availability of sand has come down. M-sand is a good alternative to tide over the problem, they said.

    Kalihari said, “We have a duty towards the next generation to present to them our planet in the same condition in which we got it. Use of natural resources should therefore be regulated. M-sand can fill that gap.”

    Profale spoke on the technical aspects of the process and highlighted the do’s and don’ts of M-sand. Visiting the plant beforehand, getting chemical and physical tests done and consulting experts before adding additives are important, he said and gave tips on how the workability of M-sand could be increased.

    Many technical aspects of M-sand, IAS codes, policies, royalties received, gradations and crushing methods were also discussed during the seminar.






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  • Manufactured sand cheaper, is viable alternative: Experts tnn | Oct 24, 2018, 03:39 IST

    Expert HR Kalihari addresses the gathering during the seminar on manufactured sand held at Press Club, Civil Lines, on Monday

    Nagpur: Emphasis was laid on promoting manufactured sand (M-sand) as it is man-made, affordable, easily available and environment-friendly, at a seminar organized by Builders Association of India (BIA) at Press Club on Monday.

    M-sand is made by cutting rocks by using machines and crushers. M-sand has been gaining popularity in the southern states as it is affordable and environment-friendly substitute.

    The seminar was addressed by chairman of Butibori BIA Rajkumaran Nair, former state chief Raju Athawale, president of the Nagpur chapter of Credai Anil Nair, mining consultant HR Kalihari, former head of the civil engineering department of VNIT AD Pofale, assistant professor Swapnil Vanjari and civil engineers Milind Digrekar and Rakesh S.

    The speakers highlighted the benefits of M-sand over river sand as it is environment-friendly. Sand extracted from river beds has been under fire since long due to hazardous effects on environment and rising costs as it is in much demand with massive urbanization, infrastructure development projects and commercial complexes that are coming up across the country, they said.

    With the government acting swiftly against the mafia, the availability of sand has come down. M-sand is a good alternative to tide over the problem, they said.

    Kalihari said, “We have a duty towards the next generation to present to them our planet in the same condition in which we got it. Use of natural resources should therefore be regulated. M-sand can fill that gap.”

    Profale spoke on the technical aspects of the process and highlighted the do’s and don’ts of M-sand. Visiting the plant beforehand, getting chemical and physical tests done and consulting experts before adding additives are important, he said and gave tips on how the workability of M-sand could be increased.

    Many technical aspects of M-sand, IAS codes, policies, royalties received, gradations and crushing methods were also discussed during the seminar.







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  • Builder booked for raping divorcee

    Viraj Deshpande | TNN | Oct 25, 2018, 03:33 IST


    Nagpur: A 25-year-old divorcee on Tuesday approached Kotwali police and registered a case of rape against a builder who allegedly exploited her for three years.

    The accused identified as Raman Sawarkar, 35, has been booked under sections 376(N), 506(B) of the Indian Penal Code.

    According to cops, the survivor got married in 2010 but the couple divorced two years later. Since then the woman was living with her parents in the city. In 2015, the survivor got herself enrolled for a fashion designing course where she came in contact with Sawarkar.

    As days passed, the survivor and Sawarkar became friends and also started visiting each other’s house. Sawarkar used to visit survivor’s house regularly.

    In February, 2015, the accused went to the woman’s house while she was alone and threatened to kill her and her parents if she did not fulfil his demand. Following which the accused sexually exploited the woman in her house. Later, the accused continued to exploit the woman by threatening her. Sawarkar also promised the survivor that he would marry her. However, in August 2018, the woman came to know about Sawarkar’s engagement with another girl and confronted him. Sawarkar refused to marry the survivor following which she approached Kotwali police and registered a case of rape.

    Sawarkar is absconding and the police are trying to track him down.








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  • NHAI wrapping up work before clearing wildlife passages on NH7 Vijay Pinjarkar | tnn | Oct 25, 2018, 05:45 IST


    Nagpur: The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday has been urged to direct the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) not to give a completion certificate to the contractor involved in widening of NH7 between Mansar and Khawasa.

    The matter to protect the most functional wildlife corridor between Kanha-Pench following four-laning of NH7 came up for hearing after intervener-NGO Srushti Paryavaran Mandal filed an affidavit last month based on a site visit.

    The NGO pointed out to the court that there is a delay in completing the construction work as per the orders issued by the high court. Further, the petitioners also pointed out that NHAI is completing construction of guide walls which will prevent cleaning up operations and landscaping of the mitigation structures.

    They drew attention of the court that lot of boulders, mud, construction debris like metal rods, wires, iron sheets, tar, plastic waste, hutments of workers etc is lying below the wildlife underpasses.

    The intervener urged the court to direct NHAI to take up cleaning up operation. More importantly, they also pointed out in a couple of cases clear height of 5 metres is not available as per the court order which may be a contempt of court.

    The NGO also said that they did not receive any reply from NHAI to their affidavit and will push for their specific observations site-wise to be implemented.

    However, on Wednesday, NHAI filed an affidavit and said clean-up operations were ongoing and denied most of the allegations against them. The NHAI said it has given a provisional completion certificate to the contractor.

    In another intervention, wildlife lover Vijay Verma requested that completion certificate should not be given till the works are over so as to enable safe passage for wild animals. He has also submitted a detailed affidavit on violations by NHAI.

    Upon hearing both the parties, Justice Ravi Deshpande directed amicus curiae to conduct a site visit and verify the truth and file the same before the court.

    Wildlife conservationists said contractor Oriental Structural Engineers is already preparing to wrap up the works and move out. “If this happens then the clean-up operations will never get done. They questioned clean chit given by Nagpur chief conservator of forests ton the NHAI,” they said.

    They also raised doubts whether forest department and the NTCA officials made periodic site visits to check violations. “We will write to International Finance Corporation (IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank that lends to private infrastructure companies, to stop loan payments to the contractor,” they added.

    Road ecologist Milind Pariwakam told TOI, “If the sites are not cleaned up and restored, taxpayers’ money spent on mitigation structures will be rendered infructuous.”

    He added that some structures are clearly not 5 metres tall. “If the NHAI digs below the ground level to achieve the required depth, then the area will get flooded and these structures will be left useless by wild animals for a significant part of the year,” said Pariwakam.






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  • NMC steps up drive to recover Rs 322 crore property tax dues tnn | Oct 25, 2018, 05:47 IST
    Nagpur: The cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has intensified its drive to recover Rs322 crore property tax arrears.

    On Wednesday, Dharampeth zone, led by assistant municipal commissioner Mahesh Morone, seized a colour television set of Vasant Patil, a resident of Dabha, for defaulting tax to the tune of Rs25,411.

    Standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja and tax consultative committee chairman Sandip Jadhav have set a target to recover arrears of Rs45 crore in October itself. To achieve the target, the zonal assistant municipal commissioners have intensified the drive.

    In the last two days, Mangalwari zone too seized two television sets of Ganpat Narnawre, who has outstanding of Rs36,123 as property tax, Kamla Ghanekar (outstanding tax of Rs14,115) and a motorcycle of Narsing Narsaiyya Venkateshwar of Sadar area, who had defaulted on property tax of Rs87,191.

    Sources said the highest number of defaulters were from Laxmi Nagar zone. Here the arrears are to the tune of Rs58.28 crore. It was followed by Lakadganj zone where the property tax arrears have reached Rs50.62 crore.

    Of the arrears amount, 621 government institutions too have defaulted on property tax totalling Rs48.31 crore.

    Meanwhile, the NMC’s water works department too has intensified drive against water bill defaulters and is targeting high value private consumers. On Wednesday, the joint teams of NMC and Orange City Water snapped almost 60 connections across the city, increasing the tally to 171 consumers.

    The NMC-OCW teams have also decided to initiate stern action like filing FIR, disconnection of taps, warrant, seizure drive against water tax defaulters who will not pay their dues between October 22 and 31.

    In the last three days, NMC-OCW teams visited almost 523 homes of defaulters out of which 66 consumers paid Rs19.51 lakh and saved their taps from being disconnected.






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  • Crown of Nagpur to come atop Buldi Metro station Ashish Roy | TNN | Updated: Oct 25, 2018, 11:23 IST


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    NAGPUR: The Orange City, which has very few landmarks to be identified with, will soon have a grand artwork atop Sitabuldi Metro station that can be later termed as the identity of Nagpur.

    Giving this information, MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit said the artwork will be known as what Qutub Minar is to Delhi and Charminar is to Hyderabad. “We want to give a modern identity to the city. Nagpur should be identified with the artwork,” he said.


    The MD said the artwork will be a collective work of MahaMetro officials and the architect, who designed the new Airport Metro station. The architect is from Nagpur, Dixit said, adding MahaMetro is confident of completing it within months and tenders will be floated once the estimate is finalized.

    Dixit further said the height of Sitabuldi station is 40 metre, which means it is about 10-storey high. “The height of the artwork known as, ‘Crown of Nagpur’, will be 14m. It will thus be visible from a very long distance. The best view will be available from the Sitabuldi flyover, terraces of buildings in Sitabuldi and those travelling by Metro. Commuters at Sitabuldi station would get an interior view,” he said.

    “The artwork will be 35-metre-long and 25-metre-wide. The base will be in the shape of an inverted flower with a crown over it and a transparent dome below the crown. A 2-metre-high 360 degree LED display will also be a part of the artwork which will be used for advertisements and generate revenue for MahaMetro,” the MD said and added that the crown would be made of steel.

    The inverted flower, Dixit said, will be made of steel and polycarbonate. “The polycarbonate sheets will be lit with blue lights to give it an aqua theme and the dome will be a polycarbonate one.

    “We want to give a modern identity to the city. Nagpur should be identified with the artwork. It would like what Qutub Minar is to Delhi and Charminar is to Hyderabad,” said Dixit.

    Even though the cost of the artwork is being worked out, MahaMetro is confident of completing it within months. Tenders will be floated once the estimate is finalized. Dixit described the artwork as a collective work of MahaMetro officials and the architect. “This architect had designed our New Airport Metro station, which also have a polycarbonate dome. He is from Nagpur,” he said.
    MahaMetro also plans an open air restaurant on the terrace of the Sitabuldi station which is not occupied by the artwork. “It will be run by a private contractor. People changing trains can have a cup of tea and snacks there. They can also marvel at the artwork from the restaurant,” Dixit said.







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