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    HC stays notice to remove tin shed at Maharajbagh

    Vaibhav Ganjapure | tnn | Jul 31, 2018, 05:58 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Monday granted an interim stay to the notice issued to remove temporary tin shed erected by the ‘Arogya Asan Mandal’ on the premises of Maharajbagh garden by regular visitors doing yoga there.

    The Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), which owns the zoo, had issued eviction notice to the Mandal to remove its tin shed on July 17 as they were instructed by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). It was issued on behalf of College of Agriculture run by the Akola-headquartered university.

    The NMC identified the temporary shed as religious structure and asked the PDKV to remove it as per the directives by the high court on June 6 in a petition filed by social worker Gajanan Khorgade.

    The notice was challenged by Dr Chandrakant Raghatate and Pramod Narad through their counsel Pradeep Wathore contending that none of the religious activities were performed at the shed and, therefore it didn’t fell under the Schedule B category. They contended that their trust was not unauthorized and was registered way back in 1959.

    According to them, the trust was meant for welfare of old aged persons who visit Maharajbagh garden for a morning walk and perform yogasan and pranayam. They stated that on request made up by their members, then minister for public works constructed a temporary tin shed and a boundary wall and donated Rs25,000 for its repairs.

    The petitioners prayed for quashing and setting aside the communication issued by PDKV’s College of Agriculture on July 17 and removing tin shed from the list of Schedule B structures termed as “religious” prepared by the NMC.

    They also prayed for interim stay to the PDKV’s notice till pendency of the petition and permit the trust members to perform their morning activities regularly.

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      Germany may fund second phase of Metro

      Ashish Roy | tnn | Jul 31, 2018, 06:04 IST

      Nagpur: The German government is happy with the progress of phase I of Nagpur Metro and may consider funding phase II of the project. German diplomat Jasper Wieck, who had come to Nagpur to inspect phase I of the project, said that it was an excellent project as 65% of electricity requirement was being met by solar, and feeder buses would be run to provide connectivity to large number of areas. “This is the biggest project of German agency KfW,” he said.

      Replying to a query, Wieck said that while Germany agency KfW was not funding any other Metro, it was funding the feeder water transport of Kochi Metro.

      “The German government is funding several projects in India. We are contributing to Clean Ganga Mission by funding a sewage treatment plant in Haridwar. We are helping farmers in North-East India to earn a sustainable livelihood, which is affected by climate change. There are various other projects,” said the official.

      On ease of doing business, Wieck said that it had certainly improved things for investors. “We want to contribute to Make in India, Digital India and Skill India. One example if Indo-German cooperation is Bharat Benz plant at Chennai, which manufactures trucks. Some 90% of the components are supplied by Indian industries. We are also helping Indian firms in research and development,” he added.

      On Nagpur as an investment destination, the diplomat said that the city was clean, well-planned and would soon have an excellent mass transport system. “There is no reason why the city can’t attract industries,” he added.

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        Plastic ban drives trader to end life

        tnn | Jul 31, 2018, 17:05 IST

        Nagpur: Naresh Tolani, 51, a plastic trader who committed suicide, became the first reported victim of the state government’s plastic ban. He ended life by jumping into Gandhi Sagar Lake. His body was found floating in the lake in the early hours of Monday.

        Tolani, a resident of Kashmiri Lane, had left home on his two-wheeler in the wee hours of the day. His family members had approached Pachpaoli police station to report him missing at 5am, after they could not trace him in the vicinity or with his friends. In the meantime, a morning walker alerted control room after spotting a man taking a plunge into the lake. The man later turned out to be Tolani.

        Ganeshpeth police later fished out the body. Police said Tolani had not left behind a suicide note. The family members, however, said that Tolani had been depressed since the plastic ban had compelled him to suspend his trading activities. He had been robbed of his livelihood, they said.

        The suicide evoked strong reactions from trading associations, who expressed solidarity with the plastic ban victim and his family. Sources from Tolani’s neighbourhood also confirmed that the trader had suffered a set back after the ban, which he had repeatedly expressed in his friend circle.

        Ganeshpeth police have registered a case of accidental death.

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          Religious trusts join hands against demolition drive

          Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jul 31, 2018, 22:39 IST

          NAGPUR: With a view ‘save’ religious structures from the ongoing demolition drive, various trusts have come together to form Dharmik Sthal Bachav Sangharsh Samiti, announced BJP city president and MLA Sudhakar Kohale. To begin with, the Samiti will conduct Maha Aarti at different temples in six assembly constituencies on Tuesday at 12.30pm.

          The Maha-Aarti will be performed at East Nagpur (Satnami Nagar Sheetla Mata Mandir), West Nagpur (Ramnagar Chowk Hanuman Mandir), South-West Nagpur (Ajni Chowk Hanuman Mandir), North Nagpur (Inodra Chowk Hanuman Mandir), South Nagpur (Rajabaksha Hanuman Mandir) and Central Nagpur (Shree Kalimata Mandir Gandhibagh).

          Subsequently, a memorandum will be submitted to the divisional commissioner demanding discontinuation of the demolition drive.

          “If the administration continues with its demolition drive, the Samiti, along with city BJP unit, will launch demonstrations in the city from August 6. If needed, we will call for a Nagpur bandh,” said Kohale.

          North Nagpur MLA Dr Milind Mane too announced support of Boudh Vihar committees to the Samiti.

          According to Kohale, the ruling BJP in the NMC only expects the civic administration to take corrective measures to save religious structures in open spaces and public utility spaces from demolitions.

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            HC allows NHAI to continue work on road trenches on NH-44

            Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Aug 1, 2018, 03:49 IST

            Nagpur: Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Tuesday, allowed National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to fill up trenches on the proposed expansion of NH-44 passing through Kanhan.

            The court had granted interim stay on the plans to expand the width of the road following a PIL (2/2018) by Chandrabhan Singh through counsel Shreerang Bhandarkar and two others challenging NHAI and Kanhan Municipal Council’s move to remove encroachments coming on the way of the expansion.

            NHAI then filed two applications for filling up the trenches meant for road dividers and for covering the gap between the roads, which was meant for proposed metro rail project, with the paver blocks. NHAI’s counsels Ajay Ghare and Aneesh Kathane informed that filling up both gaps was must for ensuring safety of vehicle drivers.

            The proposed road was to be developed into a six-lane carriageway, but the petitioners claimed that the NHAI is reducing the width of road under pressure from the encroachers.

            Earlier, Shivshankar Halmare and others filed a petition through counsels Tushar Mandlekar and Rohan Malviya, challenging the NHAI’s notice to them for eviction of their premises for proposed widening of the road. They argued that they are owners of their immovable properties and have submitted their proof of ownership by the way of submission of sale deed, 7/12 extracts, municipal tax receipts, NA copies, sanction maps to the NHAI in reply to its notices of February 2. Those were issued under section 26(2) of the Control of National Highway (land and traffic) Act, 2002, for removal of encroachment to nearly 200 persons in village Kanhan-Pipri, Kandri.

            Even prior to issuance of this notice, the petitioners and many other villagers have already submitted their objections along with copies of their proof NOC’s of their respective properties.

            NHAI is expanding its stretch passing through Kanhan, which included laying of new bridge and service roads. For this purpose, it needed an area which was passing through dense locality which was under encroachment. Earlier on April 11, the HC slapped Re1 fine on collector and NHAI project director for failure to inform about width of the road and stayed the widening works.

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              Ring road delay: RPS now blames PWD, cops & seeks 15 more months

              Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Aug 1, 2018, 03:54 IST

              Nagpur: Unable to complete the Ring Road widening and concretization work by the first deadline of September last year and extended one till August 15 this year, Mumbai-based RPS Infraprojects Private Limited has sought yet another extension up to November 15, 2019 for completing the project.

              Not stopping at this, RPS, which is already facing allegations of inferior quality work and several violations, has submitted a letter to the PWD executive engineer on June 27 hinting it may seek extension beyond November 15, 2019 for finishing off the project.

              The PWD had issued work order to RPS on September 24, 2015 for widening and concretization of Inner Ring Road in two years. Though the work’s estimated cost was Rs 260.77 crore, RPS had bagged the contract quoting 21.51% below at Rs 204.68 crore.

              RPS also blamed the PWD and traffic police for the delay and said, “We shall claim compensation. Though the contract does not contain any clause for payment of compensation for the delays, we shall claim the same under sections 55 and 73 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872, and established law of the land.”

              As per RPS, it had earlier sought extension of 21 months but the PWD chief engineer approved the same up to only August 15. The contractor has cited three reasons for the delay — various types of hindrances/obstructions at the site, inordinate delay in handing over the site and also releasing payments.

              Blacklisted by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for road works scam, RPS said, “Work suffered due to piecemeal permissions given by the traffic police for closing traffic on one side of the road. This difficulty was brought to the notice through many letters and also during meetings. Traffic police also imposed restrictions on movement of trucks carrying construction material during peak hours (9am to 11am and 5pm to 7pm),” the contractor said.

              Activist Suraj Lolage obtained information about the project’s status under the RTI Act. Interestingly, public works department (PWD) has initiated no action like termination of contract against RPS despite inordinate delay in completion of the project. The contractor has completed less than 60% of the work as on date.

              Highlighting the delay, Lolage demanded FIR against PWD and RPS officials. “Inner Ring Road is a lifeline for hundreds of people. Due to frequent blockages, citizens are facing severe inconvenience. It is like rubbing salt on the citizens’ wounds if the contractor is given extension of 15 months. Many road mishaps have occurred due to lack of safety measures at the construction sites,” he said.

              Lolage said PWD did not take any action against RPS despite several violations of the contract. “Even the district administration has initiated no action despite all the evidences submitted along with complaint in connection with irregularities in royalty challans,” he said.


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                14.71 cr saplings planted in state

                tnn | Aug 1, 2018, 05:09 IST

                Nagpur: The one-month-long 13 crore plantation drive in the state exceeded the target by planting over 14.71 crore seedlings till July 31.

                A buoyed forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said by September 1, district-level committees will be set up to audit of the planted saplings every six months and this information will be made available in public domain.

                The state had already achieved the 13 crore target on July 27, four days ahead of schedule. This is the third consecutive year when the state has exceeded set plantation target.

                In 2016, under the 2 crore drive, over 2.82 crore saplings were planted followed by 5.43 crore under the 4 crore drive in 2017 and now over 14.71 crore in 2018. In 2019, the last leg of the drive, 33 crore saplings will be planted.

                The drive concluded on Tuesday by planting saplings at a program. It was attended by revenue minister Chandrakant Patil, chief secretary Dinesh Jain, forest secretary Vikas Kharge and others.


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                  On course, but barrage work under ACB lens

                  Shishir Arya | TNN | Aug 2, 2018, 03:05 IST

                  NAGPUR: Ner-Dhamana barrage on Purna river in Akola district is crucial for irrigation in this area where saline content in water hampers the soil quality. The project was started in 2009-10 and by 2021, it is expected to irrigate 6,954 hectares under its ambit.

                  Unlike many other irrigation projects of the region, here the work is on schedule but not free from controversies.

                  The ACB is investigating over 40 tenders granted for different works by Vidarbha Irrigation Development corporation (VIDC), including one of the tenders related to this project. Offences have been registered in 17 cases.

                  The main tender granted for the work on the barrage is also under ACB’s scanner. Though no offence has been registered yet, further prosecution can only begin after an offence is registered by the investigating agency.

                  Officials related to the project said the dam would be ready for storage by June 2019 with irrigation to start by 2021.

                  The main tender has been granted to a joint venture company (JVC) between M/s D Thakker Co and M/s SMS Group. The former has been named in many of the FIRs registered by the ACB. Jigar Thakker, one of the director’s in D Thakker Co, committed suicide in March this year. SMS Group is managed by the Sancheti Family; one of the brothers, Ajay Sancheti, is Rajya Sabha member from BJP.

                  Jan Manch, the NGO which had filed a PIL seeking ACB inquiry into the state’s irrigation tenders, had also filed a complaint against major cost escalation in the project on account of change in design. The complaint was that the design was changed after the tender was awarded benefiting the contractor.

                  TOI had reported the matter in 2012. Initially, the dam’s cost was pegged at Rs181 crore. However, as the saline belt has a typical strata which is not strong enough to hold structures like a barrage, the design was changed.

                  VIDC got a new design prepared from New Delhi-based PSU Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited (WAPCOS). It took the estimate to Rs638 crore. This raised eyebrows and it was pointed out that the tenders should have been awarded after the design was finalized.

                  A source in Jan Manch said despite the complaint, no action has been taken. A source privy to the developments said the ACB inquiry is covering general issues related to granting of the tender. Since the change in design was approved by the government, there is no question of any inquiry.

                  When the case was taken up for clearing central aid by the Central Water Commission (CWC) in 2012, it was pointed out that an alternative design involving a lesser cost could have been taken up.

                  Commenting on the controversies related to irrigation works, Anand Sancheti of SMS Group said, “The morale of the state government officials is rather low these days and any decision involving financial implications is being delayed. The project is crucial for the area. Due to the high saline content, the water flow has to be restricted through a barrage so that it does not affect the soil quality,” he said.

                  Sancheti said the private contractors have also not received designs for pump house yet. On this, a source said that the designs are yet to be finalized by the central design organization, but it is expected to be done soon.

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                    5.2 km flyover to replace ring road project in Chandrapur

                    TNN | Aug 2, 2018, 04:40 IST

                    Chandrapur: Following the intervention by ministers Sudhir Mungantiwar and Hansraj Ahir, the Chandrapur Municipal Corporation (CMC) on Tuesday formally cancelled the proposal of the ring road through Tukum locality of city for Nagpur-Gadchiroli highway.

                    A 5.2 km-long flyover will now replace the ring road.

                    Heavy traffic moving from Nagpur to Telangana and Gadchiroli through the city is a cause of severe traffic woes in Chandrapur city.

                    Back in 1980, the ring road was proposed on the outskirts of the city to deal with the traffic choas. However, hundreads of houses have come up along the proposed ring road stretch in the last 35 years.

                    The municiapal corporation faced uproar of the locals when it first initiated a survey for the ring road as more than 700 houses needed to be demolished to actualise the project.

                    Sources in the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) informed that a 5.2 km-long flyover worth Rs 500.4 crores will be constructed over existing Nagpur-Gadchiroli highway passing through the city to replace the ring road.

                    Once built, the flyover will ease the load of heavy traffic moving to-and fro from Nagpur-Gadchiroli and Telangana route.

                    Vivek Mishra, executive engineer, NHAI, said that the proposal of flyover as a part of National Highway no. 903 passing through city was submitted to Union ministry of road transport and highways in March 2018 and is pending for final approval.


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                      Civic body removes illegal structures in Dharampeth zone

                      tnn | Aug 2, 2018, 05:56 IST

                      Nagpur: Taking cognisance of TOI report ‘Despite civic chief’s directive, encroachers stay put on footpaths’, Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) enforcement squad razed illegal structures in commercial areas of Dharampeth zone. However, the encroachers were back by the evening at many places.

                      Earlier, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh had directed assistant municipal commissioners to ensure that there are no encroachments on pavements and carriageways.

                      Armed with an excavator and two tipper trucks, the enforcement department first razed illegal extensions of 19 shops outside its Dharampeth zone office. Later, the officials cleared vegetable vendors who had encroached upon the road alongside Gokulpeth market near Coffee House Square.

                      As the team proceeded towards Laxmi Bhuvan Square, the roadside fruit vendors removed encroachments from the footpaths between Laxmi Bhuvan Square and Ram Nagar Square.

                      Later, the squad cleared three crowded and narrow lanes in Sitabuldi despite some resistance from shopkeepers. Encroachments from Modi number 1, 2 and 3 were also removed.

                      Meanwhile, the NMC’s market department on Wednesday demolished 16 of its 23 shops on the 1.5km Kelibagh Road, clearing the way for the ongoing widening work. The NMC needs around 1455.82 sqm land to widen the 1.5km patch up to 24m. This road is a vital link between central and south Nagpur and Bhandara Road in Mahal.

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