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  • ‘Consider needs of urban poor in housing schemes’ tnn | Nov 23, 2018, 03:04 IST

    A report on ‘Housing needs of the urban poor in Nagpur’ was released at Press Club, Civil Lines, on Thursday

    Nagpur: The Youth for Unity and Voluntary Organization (Yuva) has come out with a slew of measures to mitigate the housing problems of urban poor and suggested that the government and banks should draft a policy, giving them more options while extending benefits of various schemes and providing loans.

    The comprehensive report on ‘Housing needs of the urban poor in Nagpur’ was released at a programme held at Press Club on Thursday following a survey of more than 3,800 households in nine notified and five non-notified slums, conducted by volunteers of Yuva and Indian Housing Federation (IHF).

    The survey has recommended that for the schemes like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to succeed, the opinion of urban poor should be taken into account and included in the draft policy. It said such people should be given land ownership certificates or permitted to rebuild houses for which finance options be altered according to their needs.

    The report, presented by Marina Joseph, a member of Yuva, said 91% of the poor people were for house upgradation than getting new ones. Lack of documents like bank accounts and rent papers, except Aadhaar card, is another problem they face that deprives them of getting loans and benefits of various housing schemes.

    A panel discussion was later held in which CEO of Smart City Nagpur Ramnath Sonawane, urban expert Rajendra Bhise, architect Pratham Pincha and members of Shahar Vikas Manch Anil Vasnik and Dr Dilip Tambadkar participated.

    Sonawane spoke on how the banks were not worried about loaning money, but apprehensive of repayment.

    Pincha spoke about the problems of tenure security and how the urban poor often live in fear of evacuation.

    The proceedings were conducted by Nitin Meshram and Roshni Nuggehali.







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  • Infra agencies ignoring env ministry directives on wildlife mitigation

    Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Nov 23, 2018, 03:14 IST

    Nagpur: A day after TOI reported how ill-planned road development was posing threat to precious wildlife and tiger reserves, especially Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), it is evident that both highways and railway ministries have been ignoring the environment ministry directives on it.

    The MoEFCC on July 13, 2018 had written to all chief wildlife wardens about mandatory submissions of wildlife passage plan for all type of linear projects but the road agencies like PWD and NHAI have been sending proposals without wildlife passage plan (WPP).

    The MoEFCC directive was based on a decision taken at 47th Standing Committee meeting of National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) on January 25, 2018, that all linear infrastructure projects seeking NBWL nod should have a WPP prepared in consultation with chief wildlife wardens based on guidelines issued by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun.

    On November 11, highways minister Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone and also opened several road development projects of 576km length worth Rs5,356 crores in Chandrapur district alone. Of these, roughly over 100km will cut through tiger corridors. But PWD has not submitted any plans for wildlife passages in patches cutting tiger corridors and those falling in eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of Tadoba.

    “Ideally, they should consult the chief wildlife warden for roads falling in the ESZ, but no such proposals have come to me. If it is pertaining to forest land diversion it will go to the nodal officer and if it relates to protected area than I get involved,” says PCCF (wildlife) AK Misra.

    However, MoEFCC’s regional environment committee (REC) member Suresh Chopne says, “The agencies are rampantly expanding roads under the garb of right of way (ROW). The road stretches to be upgraded are divided within 100km to skip environment clearance.”

    Chopne says even if these agencies are changing alignment in forest patches clearance is needed. For vulnerable patches like Mul-Chandrapur, Nagbhid-Talodi-Mul, Ballarshah-Allapalli, Chimur-Khadsangi, the PWD will have to submit wildlife passage plans as all these patches will cut tiger corridors and are also in ESZ.

    In 2016-17, ministry of road transport & highways (MoRTH) sanctioned national highway works in the state to the tune of Rs47,936 crore which are in progress. These projects are mainly two lanes with paved shoulders where 90% land was already available at the time of award.

    The MoRTH wants forest department to expedite permissions for land diversion and tree felling without submitting any wildlife mitigation plans. As per MoRTH updates, 8 road projects have been stuck up in Nagpur region for forest land diversion and tree felling. All these road projects fall in the tiger corridor of Tadoba-Kawal, Bor, Navegaon-Nagzira-Kanha and Tadoba-Umred Karhandla. In Amravati district too, 8 roads want forest clearance, which are corridors between Bor and Melghat tiger reserves.

    Lack of mitigation steps are being ignored despite MoEFCC secretary CK Mishra writing to Railway Board chief Ashwani Lohani and NHAI chairman YS Malik on June 14, 2018 highlighting seriousness of wildlife deaths on tracks and roads.

    Mishra said designs of new railway lines passing through PAs, buffer and ESZ may be prepared as per WII guidelines. “The NBWL will accept project proposals only if they conforms WII guidelines. Even existing railway lines passing through PAs, buffer and ESZ may be modified as per WII,” Mishra had said.

    The top MoEFCC official had even suggested railways to create Conflict Mitigation Fund to execute the wildlife mitigation plans. Recently, three tiger cubs were mowed down by speeding train near Chandrapur by SECR.

    Similarly, Mishra had written to Central Electricity Authority (CEA) chairperson RK Verma asking to modify existing power lines passing through PAs, buffer and ESZ as per WII guidelines. MoEFCC also suggested to adopt techniques like insulation and undergrounding the transmission lines to curb electrocution of wild animals.

    ROAD PROJECTS IN CORRIDOR

    * Amravati Region: Akola-Akot-Anjangaon, Nandgaon-Morshi-Chandurbazar needs forest clearance in some patches and also tree felling. The road projects are part of corridor between Bor-Melghat tiger reserves.

    * Nagpur Region: Mul-Chandrapur, Deori-Amgaon, Arvi-Talegaon, Nagbhid-Armori, Katol-Wardha, Selu-Paoner. These road projects are falling in Tadoba-Kawal-Bramhapuri and Umred-Karhandla tiger corridor.

    WHAT MINISTRY WANTS

    * No linear infrastructure project proposals should come to the NBWL without animal passage plan suggested by WII

    * Railways told to prepare mitigation for new lines as per WII.

    * Existing roads, highways, railway lines passing through PAs, buffer and ESZ should also have mitigation steps in a phased manner.

    * Adopt techniques like insulation and undergrounding for power transmission lines.






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  • Metro’s first three coaches to reach city in December Ashish Roy | TNN | Nov 23, 2018, 03:16 IST



    Nagpur: The first three coaches of Nagpur Metro were flagged off at China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation’s (CRRC’s) Dalian plant on Thursday. They will reach Nagpur next month.

    MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit, while talking to the media from Dalian, said that the coaches had the best specifications in the world. “They operate at 25 KV and have an axle load of 16 ton. This is the lowest in the world and will make the coaches more energy efficient. The coaches leased from Hyderabad Metro have an axle load of 17 ton,” he added.

    According to him, the emergency door of the coaches is on one side in the centre. They have plug type doors. The windows are bigger and gangway between two coaches is also wider than other Metro coaches in India. They also have eccentric front door evacuation facility and inverter controlled air-conditioning.

    Among the train’s special features was regenerative braking system, which will be operational between speeds of 10 kilometre per hour and 70 kmph. This system makes the train highly energy efficient.

    Live telecast of any event is possible on board the train and Wi-Fi service would be available inside the coaches.

    CRRC will deliver all the 69 coaches by the middle or end of 2019. “All coaches will be in Nagpur by the time the Metro starts its full-fledged commercial operation,” said Dixit.

    The MD further said that one coach had about 3,000 components. “About 30% of them have been manufactured outside China including India. The propulsion system has been made in India (30%) and Japan (70%). The brakes and communication based train control (CBTC) system have been designed in Germany. The pantograph has been made in India while train control management system (TCMS) has been manufactured in Japan,” he added.

    Turning to cost, Dixit said that price of one coach was Rs8.02 crore, which was the cheapest in India.

    Dalian lies close to North Korean border. The coaches will be transported by road to a north Chinese port. They will reach Chennai port and from there they will be transported to Nagpur by road. The CRRC plant manufactures a 1,000 coaches in a year and is one of the biggest plants in the world.





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  • Axe returns to haunt 260 trees at University Ground Sarfaraz Ahmed and Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Nov 23, 2018, 03:23 IST


    Nagpur: It’s sports development versus environment at University Ground once again. Nagpur University (NU) has given in-principle approval to the felling of around 260 full-grown trees to build its much-delayed indoor sports stadium adjacent to Subhedar Hall on Amravati Road under pressure from Senate members. Ironically, NU had in 2015 moved the multi-crore project funded by the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to its campus, where it has ample open land due to space and environmental concerns.

    Sadly, NU administration led by vice chancellor SP Kane and Pro-VC Pramod Yeole have been unable to convince the Senate members, despite the duo vehemently opposing the project coming up near Subhedar Hall. NU garden superintendent Pravin Gotmare too is against the move to bring back the project to University Ground, mainly because of the harm it will cause to the densely forested area.

    The issue was broached by Vijay Munishwar, who is chancellor’s nominee on the senate in sports category, during the senate meeting in October. He was supported by veteran senate member Baban Taywade. Munishwar had moved a resolution regarding formation of a panel to oversee sports activities and construction of the indoor stadium. While discussing the resolution, members had argued that building the stadium near NU’s pharmaceutical sciences department would ‘inconvenience outstation athletes and players to reach the venue’.

    The distance between the two spots is barely 2.5 km, and both lower and upper NU campuses are off Amravati Road.

    Kane told TOI there was not much difference in distance but the members were not ready to listen. The VC said the university was worried about the success of compensatory plantation of 1,500 trees beside the financial burden of Rs28lakh to be deposited with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to cut the trees.

    Pro-VC Yeole said a committee led by him, which included garden superintendent, estate officer, and engineer, had surveyed the location at Subhedar Hall around six months back before submitting an adverse report for the project coming up there.

    “Being so close to a national highway, it would create parking problems and smooth organization of major sporting events. In future, there could be law and order situation due to heavy crowding. The spot near pharmaceutical department is much more spacious and does not require a single tree to be cut,” Yeole said.

    Garden superintendent Gotmare said he has always opposed the project at University Ground. “Cutting down so many trees is not a good idea when we have good options. Also, in future, if Amravati Road is expanded, space will further shrink and pose more problems. In 2015, a demand for Rs15lakh had come when NMC permission was sought,” he said. Fresh permission has to be sought now, he added.

    The construction of state-of-the-art facility at upper campus has been pending since 2013-14, when it first received sanction and Rs7crore were received from the central government. The project had been delayed due to some or the other reasons.

    NU officials say that with the senate members making a new move, the clearance from management council will take its own time, and further delay the project.






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  • Land acquisition for Nag-Mum e-way to be complete by March Ashish Roy | TNN | Nov 23, 2018, 03:24 IST

    Nagpur: Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has acquired about 92% of the land required for Nagpur-Mumbai communication super-expressway and remaining 8% would be acquired by March. Government has taken under its possession all the land that could be acquired through negotiations and now compulsory acquisition under Land Acquisition Act will be done. The expressway will take three years for completion.

    CP Joshi, secretary of public works department (PWD), said land acquisition was no longer a hurdle. “Banks had asked us not to start work till 90% land had been acquired. Now this target has been met. For the remaining land, rehabilitation and environmental assessment has been completed and acquisition notices have been issued,” he told TOI on the sidelines of Indian Roads Congress (IRC) 79th annual session in the city.

    Joshi said that letter of agreements (LoAs) had been issued to contractors for all 16 packages. “Three packages were recently cleared by the government,” he added.

    A consortium led by State Bank of India (SBI) has agreed to finance the project. “Banks consider this is the most attractive project in recent years. The state government has already spent Rs10,000 crore on land acquisition, which is our share,” said the secretary.

    The official stressed that all present communication systems will remain as it is. “We will construct 367 underpasses so that connectivity between villages is not disturbed,” he said.

    The corridor is 90 metre wide. “Space has been left for laying gas pipelines and even a high speed railway line,” said Joshi.

    According to Joshi, MSRDC will construct 24 new planned cities along the expressway. Each of them will have all civic amenities before people start living in it. They will be replicas of Chandigarh. The project affected persons (PAPs) would be given plots in the townships. We will also create employment opportunities in these cities. MSRDC has been declared the planning authority for the townships.

    A subsidiary of MSRDC will be formed for operating and maintaining the highway. “It will be an independent authority that will function without political interference. If a pothole develops it will be the responsibility of this authority to repair it in 24 hours,” said Joshi.

    New technology will strengthen cement roads

    Ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) has organized an international conference on cement roads in January in Delhi. Experts from over 40 countries will explain how to construct better quality cement roads.

    “India has been constructing cement roads for the last 20 years. However, the United Kingdom and the United States have been doing it for over 150 years. Countries like South Africa, Tanzania etc have done it for over 50 years. Their expertise will help us,” said CP Joshi, secretary of public works department.

    On audit of bridges in the state, he said, “There are over 15,000 bridges. Of these, 2,367 need repairs. We have already repaired 1,000 and the remaining ones will be attended to in phases. We had tried to obtain a loan from Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco) but the rate of interest was too high.”

    Joshi further said that new technologies were being used to improve the quality of tar roads too. “We now first do a bit of research and then go in for road repairs,” he added.



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  • State govt bats for e-vehicles in reserves Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Nov 23, 2018, 03:26 IST


    Nagpur: The state government on Thursday asked the tiger reserves to promote electric vehicles for safari in parks. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is the only park using one such vehicle.

    The government has said that in years to come, electric vehicles will create a revolution to shed dependence on fuel and will also support environment by reducing carbon emissions.

    The United Nations Organization (UNO) also plans to promote electric vehicles on a large-scale by 2030. Taking cue from this, the government of India too has vowed to convert the country into ‘electric vehicle nation’.

    The government launched the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 in 2013. It aims to achieve national fuel security by promoting hybrid and electric vehicles in the country.

    There is an ambitious target to achieve 6-7 million sales of hybrid and electric vehicles from 2020 and reduce carbon emissions by 40 lakh tonne. The state too has launched Maharashtra Electric Vehicle Promotion Policy-2018.

    Accordingly, all the tiger reserves have been told to promote RTO-registered electric vehicles for safari in parks. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) too on October 15, 2012 had issued guidelines in this regard.

    The state has asked officials to register such electric vehicles in parks where less number of gypsies have been registered than the park’s carrying capacity. “Preference should be given to locals who have been relocated from the tiger reserves,” says the circular.

    The park managers have also been told to consider giving 50% concession in entry fee to such vehicles over traditional gypsies. According to TATR field director NR Praveen, in Tadoba, one electric vehicle donated by a resort owner in Kolara to Bamangaon eco-development committee (EDC) in operation.

    During trials in Tadoba in September, it was found that even after running for 4 hours in forest, 20% battery was still in balance. It also as a reserve capacity and when the vehicle reaches reserve stage it has to be charged for eight hours or else the battery gets recharged in three hours.

    The vehicle is similar like gypsy and can comfortably accommodate six persons. However, officials said the flip side is that department won’t procure the vehicle as a customized electric vehicle costs Rs14 lakh.





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  • Using waste will cut road cost, save environ: Gadkari Ashish Roy | TNN | Nov 24, 2018, 02:59 IST


    Nagpur: Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday stressed that if waste materials were used in road construction they would reduce the cost and help conserve environment. He was addressing the inaugural function of 79th session of Indian Roads Congress (IRC).

    “We are mixing 10% waste plastic in bitumen for rural roads. In Australia, 10% powdered glass is mixed with sand. We are using iron slag in a 150-kilometre road stretch near Bellary,” said the minister.

    “In Maharashtra, we have discovered a win-win formula. We dig up earth to be used in highways and the hole is used as a farm pond. We have appealed to the state government to allow us to excavate sand for free. It will deepen the streams and increase water storage capacity,” he said.

    According to the minister, new technologies would reduce the cost of construction. “Malaysia has developed a technology where the distance between two pillars of a bridge is 100 metres. If we adopt this technology in construction of Nagpur-Mumbai super-expressway its cost will go down by over Rs4,000 crore,” said Gadkari.

    The minister claimed that IRC codes were very conservative and did not adopt new materials and technologies. “We have decided to allow engineers to use new materials in road construction and we will not punish them if things go wrong,” he said.

    The minister came down heavily on engineers for ignoring road safety. “There are five lakh road accidents in the country every year and 1.5 lakh people die. There are large number of unsafe spots on the roads but even after frequent accidents the road agencies don’t take remedial measures. Do you want the government to amend the law and register criminal complaints against the engineer and contractor for such deaths,” he said.

    “My target was to reduce road accidents by half, but I have been able to achieve a reduction of only 4%,” said Gadkari.

    The road transport minister asked engineers to transplant trees instead of cutting them. “The judiciary has become green and many times it stays road projects if too many trees are being cut. Road agencies should also go in for plantation along the road,” he said.

    Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to road consultants to take carbon footprint into account while preparing detailed project reports (DPRs). “Climate change is the biggest problem faced by humankind and carbon footprint can’t be ignored. We must take measures to reduce the carbon footprint and our ultimate aim should be to be carbon neutral,” he said.

    Fadnavis also praised the quality of the state’s rural roads and said World Bank and Asian Development Bank had awarded them 99.5% marks. “Deutsche Bank has stated in its report that among the major infrastructure projects in India, 51% are in Maharashtra,” said the CM.

    State public works minister Chandrakant Patil said during Congress-NCP regime, only Rs1,700 crore were spent on roads. “Now, the figure has reached Rs6,000 crore. We are also constructing 10,000-km roads at the cost of Rs30,000 crore through hybrid annuity model,” he added.

    Krishna Reddy, Yudhvir Singh Malik, CP Joshi and others also expressed their views during the function.

    Nagpur: Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday stressed that if waste materials were used in road construction they would reduce the cost and help the environment. He was addressing the inaugural function of 79th session of Indian Roads Congress (IRC).

    “We are mixing 10% waste plastic in bitumen for rural roads. In Australia 10% powdered glass is mixed with sand. We are using iron slag in a 150 kilometre road stretch near Bellary,” said the minister.

    “In Maharashtra we have discovered a win-win formula. We dig up earth to be used in highways and the hole is used as a farm pond. We have appealed to the state government to allow us to excavate sand for free. It will deepen the streams and increase their water storage capacity,” he said.

    According to the minister, new technologies would reduce the cost of construction. “Malaysia has developed a technology wherein the distance between two pillars of a bridge is 100 metre. If we adopt this technology in construction of Nagpur-Mumbai super expressway its cost will go down by over Rs 4,000 crore,” said Gadkari.

    The minister claimed that IRC codes were very conservative and did not adopt new materials and technologies. “We have decided engineers to use new materials in road construction and we will not punish them if things go wrong,” he said.

    The minister came down heavily upon the road engineers for ignoring road safety. “There are five lakh road accidents in the country every year and 1.5 lakh people die. There are large number of unsafe spots on the roads but even after frequent accidents the road agencies don’t take remedial measures. Do you want the government to amend the law and register criminal complaints against the engineer and contractor for such deaths,” he said.

    “My target was to reduce road accidents by half but I have been able to achieve a reduction of only 4%,” said Gadkari.

    The road minister asked the engineers to transplant trees instead of cutting them. “The judiciary has become green and many times it stays road projects if too many trees are being cut. Road agencies should also go in for plantation on road sides,” he said.

    Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to road consultants to take carbon footprint into account while preparing the detailed project report (DPR). “Climate change is the biggest problem facing humankind and carbon footprint can’t be ignored. We must take measures to reduce the carbon footprint and our ultimate aim should be to be carbon neutral,” he said.

    He praised the quality of the state’s rural roads and said that World Bank and Asian Development Bank had awarded them 99.5% marks. “Deutsch Bank has stated in its report that among the major infrastructure projects in India, 51% are in Maharashtra,” said the CM.

    State public works minister Chandrakant Patil said that during Congress-NCP regime only Rs 1,700 crore were spent on roads. “Now the figure has reached Rs 6,000 crore. We are also constructing 10,000 km roads at the cost of Rs 30,000 crore through hybrid annuity model,” he added.

    Krishna Reddy, Yudhvir Singh Malik, CP Joshi and others also expressed their views during the function.

    Poor response to PWD ministers’ meet

    The meeting of public works ministers of various states organized by IRC turned into a flop show as only three ministers turned up to meet union transport minister Nitin Gadkari. The ministers were: Chandrakant Patil (Maharashtra), HD Revanna (Karnataka) and Sudhir Dhawlikar (Goa). Even the ministers of BJP-ruled states that are not facing elections like Haryana, Jharkhand, Assam, etc did not attend the meet.









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  • Futala beautification project unscientific, may destroy the lake, say environmentalists Ashish Roy | TNN | Nov 24, 2018, 04:51 IST

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    Nagpur: Years ago, when Nagpur was not bursting at its seams, the city had a lot of greenery, which conserved its biodiversity. The past rulers of the city had built nine lakes that not only added to the beauty of the city but were also hotspots for biodiversity. The present ‘rulers’ want to make Nagpur an international city but are, perhaps, ignorant of the fact that such cities highly value their green spaces and water bodies.

    Of the Nagpur’s nine lakes, six are as good as gone. Only three — Gorewada, Ambazari and Futala — remain. Gorewada is not under threat as it the source of water supply to the city but politicians seem hell bent on finishing off the remaining two under the guise of beautifying them.

    Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis want to turn Futala into the biggest hangout spot of the city. However, according to environmentalists, it is an unscientific project, which along with other developments will sound the death knell for the lake.

    The biggest threat to Futala is the government proposal to construct a farmers’ convention centre on the land belonging to Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) in Dabha. This is the catchment area of Futala lake and any construction in it will reduce the inflow of water into it.

    Environmentalist Shrikant Deshpande is also against the construction of amphitheatre on the banks of the lake. “I have no problems with the musical fountain but the sitting area should be a green one. People should watch the show from lawns as people watch cricket matches in Australia and South Africa. Land is available on south bank of the lake for this,” he told TOI.

    Deshpande further said that over Rs100 crore is being spent on the lake but not a single step is being taken to conserve it. “What above desilting the lake? Why not stop idol immersion? What about preventing soil erosion? How to purify the water of the lake and to increase its storage? How not to damage habitat of water birds?” he said.

    The environmentalist pointed out that a part of the lake had been encroached upon but government was showing no interest in removing it. “Same is the case with encroachment on PDKV land in Kachipura. It is reserved for a farmers’ convention centre. However, instead of razing the illegal buildings, government is eyeing the Dabha land,” said Deshpande.

    The Futala beautification project will also destroy the environment around the lake. “Government will close the road on banks of Futala for constructing the amphitheatre. It has, therefore, decided to construct a 18-metre wide road from Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) office to Bharat Nagar Square. The road from Telangkhedi Hanuman Temple to MLA Hostel Square passing through MJP office and CP & Berar School will also be widened.

    “For ensuring smooth flow of traffic for just one year hundreds of trees will be chopped off and the green spaces will be permanently affected. What sort of development is this,” said the environmentalist.

    Jaideep Das, honorary wildlife warden of Nagpur district, is shocked at the plan to build a road through PDKV land. “I am not against development but causing massive ecological damage for a temporary measure is foolish. The big cities of India did not conserve their environment and now residents are paying the price. Do we want the same to happen in Nagpur?” he said.

    Bird watcher Dr Anil Pimplapure said that ecology of Futala had already been partially destroyed and the beautification project and road will spell disaster for it. “Migratory birds will stop nesting in the lake. Already their numbers have reduced due to disturbances,” he added.








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  • NMC general body to discuss mobility plan Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Nov 24, 2018, 22:45 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) general body will discuss and take a decision to approve city’s comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) on November 30. The MahaMetro has prepared the CMP to suggest short and long term measures to be undertaken to ease congestion till 2041.

    The CMP was tabled before the general body in an improper manner a couple of months ago. Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe had condemned the move and demanded the CMP to be tabled separately and not in attachment with any other proposal. Accordingly, ruling party leader Sandip Joshi had asked to table CMP separately which will come up now.

    TOI had reported about short and long term public transports and infrastructure as was suggested in the CMP on October 7.

    CMP is important for getting Metro Rail phase-II approval. MahaMetro had submitted phase-II details with the state government for approval. However, the government pointed out that phase-II had no mention in CMP.

    Apart from Metro Rail’s ongoing phase-I and proposed phase-II plans, the CMP stressed the need for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and increase in fleet of city buses to 6,827 from the existing 350 for regulating traffic by 2041. The estimated cost of measures suggested in CMP is Rs41,964 crore.





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  • PWD adopts new tech to lay concrete roads on ring road Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 25, 2018, 02:15 IST



    Nagpur: The state public works department (PWD) is constructing a cement concrete road using Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology’s (VNIT) prestressed precast concrete pavement (PPCP) technology. The experiment, being conducted for the first time in the country, is on a 300-meter stretch of Inner Ring Road (IRR) at Dabha.

    The PWD has completed widening of IRR from Dabha to Mankapur Square. The PWD has also started to concretize the stretch.

    PWD chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar told TOI that the work is being done on a “pilot basis”. “Once the 300-meter stretch is completed, we will come to know about the exact cost and duration. After allowing traffic, we will study for shortcomings and other issues. If successful, the model will be implemented in IRR’s second phase or other cement road projects.”

    On July 24, TOI had first reported on the technology which was developed by VNIT’s associate professor RS Sonparote and his PhD student Ameen Syed.

    Executive engineer AP Mukte said three panels of PPCP were placed on the road on Friday. “Two frames which will prepare six panels at a time have been placed at the spot. All panels will be prepared on these two frames,” he said.

    Debadwar was told about the technology by chief secretary Arun Bongirwar who advised PWD to take on VNIT as consultants for the pilot project.

    Mukte said the design for the pilot project has been approved by US-based Pravin Mehadi who is considered as an expert in this technology. “Sonparote and Ameen got approval of the design from him,” he said.

    IRR cement concrete road project contractor RPS Infraprojects Private Ltd has deployed a special team, led by engineer Pritam Kumar Adak, for executing the project.

    Junior engineer RG Kasorde said a 300-meter stretch can be readied within a month using the PPCP technology. “We are casting PPCP panels on the road as this is a pilot project. If panels can be cast in a yard in another place and then brought here, work will be completed faster,” he said, adding that the technology can prove very useful for internal roads as they need not be blocked for a long time.

    Indian Road Congress member RK Jain and more than 35 engineers from various states who are participating in the ongoing convention visited the pilot project. “This technology is the future. This technology can be very beneficial also in repairing works,” he wrote in a visitor’s book at the site.

    Repairing and underground work can be done easily by removing the panels which are held together with screws.

    Under the IRR cement concrete road project costing Rs205 crore, the PWD is concretizing 45 kms — from Hingna-T point to Chhatrapati Square, Dighori, Wathoda, Nara, Mankapur and Dabha.




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  • NMC built rly stn flyover with unapproved design Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 26, 2018, 03:38 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had constructed the flyover in front of railway station without getting its design approved from competent authority. The civic body had also neglected study on traffic movement and other vital elements. The flyover is all set to be demolished resulting into a loss of public money of Rs18.51 crore spent on its construction along with the commercial shops below it.

    RTI activist TH Naidu obtained documents and designs related to the flyover from the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). As per the documents, only design of shops below the flyover had got approval from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT).

    Some small sized shops used to exist in front of the railway station. The civic body had demolished them on June 5, 2002 and planned the flyover and shops below it.

    The NMC had appointed Nashine Associates to prepare the design of the flyover and shops on June 26, 2003. SK Baneerjee was appointed for construction on August 24, 2004.

    It was mandatory for the contractor to get the design of the entire project approved before construction. As per the documents, the contractor did contact the state PWD but the department told him that it will take 6 to 8 months for the design to get approved. The contractor then approached RITES that cited staff crunch for delay. The contractor finally submitted the design with VNIT that approved a part of the plan. Design of only shops was approved. However, the entire project was executed.

    The NMC had opened the flyover for traffic on May 27, 2008. The shops below the flyover were later brought into use.

    The then NMC officials had claimed that the flyover was planned to ease traffic congestion in front of the railway station. They also claimed that shops were planned to beautify the look of the area bin front of railway station. Now, the NMC officials feel the flyover is causing congestion in front of the railway station and Jaistambh Square where the approach of Ramjhula is landing.

    Hearing a PIL, the HC in its order dated December 23, 2010, said, “It has come to our notice that map of the flyover was never approved by the planning or competent authority. The effect on the increase in traffic due to visit of customers to these shops below flyover was never studied by the authorities before undertaking construction of flyover.”

    Naidu told TOI that it is nothing less than a big irregularity as an infrastructure costing Rs18.51 crore is being demolished. “Action is must on the officials and private persons associated with the plan before demolition of the flyover. The NMC also didn’t take approval from the state government before construction of the flyover,” he said.








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  • Road researchers pitch for water conservation Ashish Roy | tnn | Nov 26, 2018, 03:39 IST
    Nagpur: Several researchers have stressed on the importance of bridge-cum-check dams, which combine road-building with water conservation. With rainfall pattern becoming unpredictable and construction of big dams becoming difficult, water conservation seems to be the only solution.

    The researchers who have pitched for water conservation include CP Joshi, secretary (public works), RK Ingle, SS Bhonge, SS Sahture, MI Sheikh, Vinay Deshpande, Balasaheb Theng, Hitendra Chandewar, VD Patil and others.

    The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is constructing 100 bridge-cum-check dams in the state on the orders of Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari. The public works department (PWD) is also building such structures.

    The paper presented by CP Joshi and others states that these structures have been used to tap post monsoon flow to create storage not exceeding 3.5 metre. The storage is created by fixing gates between check dam piers to tap last flow. Stored water is used for drinking and irrigation.

    “It enhances the groundwater, which is then available for irrigation as well as for drinking purposes. Surplus percolated water out of irrigation activity again joins the river, which is tapped and reused for irrigation. Such stored water can be used for artificial recharging of the nearby bore wells as well as open wells,” it says.

    Balasaheb Theng and others have suggested another type of water conservation. “The requirement of soil needed for road construction should be met by digging and desilting ponds,” their paper says.

    The agencies responsible for construction of highways should approach the concerned district collector to obtain a list of ponds which need desiltation and areas where new ponds are to be dug. The gram panchayats and revenue department should not charge royalty on the soil excavated by the road agencies. However, the contractor should not be allowed to sell the soil thus excavated.

    Theng and his colleagues have also highlighted the advantages of water conservation in their paper.




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  • PWD adopts new tech to lay concrete roads on ring road Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Nov 26, 2018, 23:55 IST

    Nagpur: The state public works department (PWD) is constructing a cement concrete road using Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology’s (VNIT) prestressed precast concrete pavement (PPCP) technology. The experiment, being conducted for the first time in the country, is on a 300-meter stretch of Inner Ring Road (IRR) at Dabha.

    The PWD has completed widening of IRR from Dabha to Mankapur Square. The PWD has also started to concretize the stretch.

    PWD chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar told TOI that the work is being done on a “pilot basis”. “Once the 300-meter stretch is completed, we will come to know about the exact cost and duration. After allowing traffic, we will study for shortcomings and other issues. If successful, the model will be implemented in IRR’s second phase or other cement road projects.”

    On July 24, TOI had first reported on the technology which was developed by VNIT’s associate professor RS Sonparote and his PhD student Ameen Syed.

    Executive engineer AP Mukte said three panels of PPCP were placed on the road on Friday. “Two frames which will prepare six panels at a time have been placed at the spot. All panels will be prepared on these two frames,” he said.

    Debadwar was told about the technology by chief secretary Arun Bongirwar who advised PWD to take on VNIT as consultants for the pilot project.

    Mukte said the design for the pilot project has been approved by US-based Pravin Mehadi who is considered as an expert in this technology. “Sonparote and Ameen got approval of the design from him,” he said.

    IRR cement concrete road project contractor RPS Infraprojects Private Ltd has deployed a special team, led by engineer Pritam Kumar Adak, for executing the project.

    Junior engineer RG Kasorde said a 300-meter stretch can be readied within a month using the PPCP technology. “We are casting PPCP panels on the road as this is a pilot project. If panels can be cast in a yard in another place and then brought here, work will be completed faster,” he said, adding that the technology can prove very useful for internal roads as they need not be blocked for a long time.

    Indian Road Congress member RK Jain and more than 35 engineers from various states who are participating in the ongoing convention visited the pilot project. “This technology is the future. This technology can be very beneficial also in repairing works,” he wrote in a visitor’s book at the site.

    Repairing and underground work can be done easily by removing the panels which are held together with screws.

    Under the IRR cement concrete road project costing Rs205 crore, the PWD is concretizing 45 kms — from Hingna-T point to Chhatrapati Square, Dighori, Wathoda, Nara, Mankapur and Dabha.






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  • Shanties on nazul lands to be regularised: Khopde Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Nov 26, 2018, 23:58 IST

    Nagpur: East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde said slum-dwellers who constructed shanties on the state government’s nazul lands will get ownership rights of the lands soon. He said the government issued notification in this regard on November 13.

    Khopde on Monday met collector Ashwin Mudgal and demanded immediate implementation of the government’s notification. “Government has taken a historic decision. It will benefit lakhs of slum-dwellers. Ownership rights will be given on lines of scheme being implemented for the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) lands. I have taken efforts for the decision and bore fruits for slum-dwellers,” he said.

    Khopde also said all shanties of or below 1,500 sq.ft will be regularised. “Shanties cropped up on or before January 1, 2011 will get benefits from the scheme,” he said.






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  • Asked for cleaning, NMC pouring out water from 543 wells Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Nov 27, 2018, 23:59 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s public works department is wasting water of 543 wells despite less storage of water in Pench reservoirs. Asked for cleaning, the department is reportedly pouring out water from wells instead of removing wastes etc.

    It has come to fore from the meeting organised by mayor Nanda Jichkar to take review of water mitigation measures on Monday. Jichkar said complaints received about the department pumping out water from wells instead of cleaning. “Civic chief should take review of the cleaning works and initiate necessary measures,” she said.

    Jichkar said water of 543 of total 784 wells was fit for utilisation. “Storage in reservoirs is less this year due to less rains. There are 784 wells and 4,900 borewells. Water from these sources is utilised less. Quality of water in wells and borewells should be tested. Red or green marks should be highlighted on these sources to alert the residents about utilisation of water from these sources,” she said.

    Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar, deputy mayor Deepraj Pardikar, chairman of water works consultative committee Vijay Zhelke, additional municipal commissioners Ram Joshi, Aziz Sheikh and other office bearers and officials were present in the meeting.




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