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    Despite NIT notice, shop owner continues illegal construction

    Ashish Roy | TNN | Aug 3, 2018, 03:39 IST

    The owner Yashpal Arya intends to open a Patanjali Ayurved outlet

    Nagpur: Shop owners seem to have lost fear of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). Even though NIT had asked Yashpal Arya to raze his illegal construction on Abhyankar Road, Sitabuldi, he is going ahead with the construction. He plans to open a Patanjali Ayurved outlet there.

    Activist Anil Wadpalliwar charged that NIT was deliberately not taking any action against Arya. “There are a large number of illegal shops in Sitabuldi but NIT has not cracked down on them all these years. There is certainly more than meets the eye,” he said.

    NIT assistant engineer Pankaj Ambhorkar denied that the civic agency was soft on Arya. “We are busy with razing illegal religious structures on the directives of Nagpur bench of Bombay high court. We will raze Arya’s shop after this exercise is over. The more he constructs higher is the loss he will suffer,” he told TOI.

    The civic agency had issued a notice to Arya on June 18. The notice stated that he was constructing basement, ground floor and first floor without any permission from NIT. “You should raze the illegal construction on your own within thirty days. If this is not done NIT will raze the construction and recover the expenditure from you,” it stated.

    Shops on Abhyankar Road do not have parking space and side margins. They were constructed in 1950s and 1960s when town planning rules did not exist. While these shops can’t be razed, any shopkeeper wishing to rebuild his shop has to follow the present development control rules (DCR).

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      HC no to staying demolitions, asks objectors to deposit 50k

      Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Aug 3, 2018, 03:42 IST

      Nagpur: Continuing its crackdown against illegal religious structures that have mushroomed all over the city over many years, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to buy any contentions of the trusts operating them to stop the ongoing demolition drive.

      Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Zaka Haq directed all of 967 trusts that had submitted objections with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to deposit Rs50,000 each with its registry to prove their bona fide within a week if they wanted to get heard.

      “When the action started, they approached HC. We asked them to show bona fides first. It is noted that any intervention by HC at this stage, would wipe out action started in 2014 and it may be a setback to the administration,” the judges noted.

      After a request by senior counsel Sunil Manohar appearing for the state government, HC recalled its July 5 orders of deducting Re1 from salaries of chief secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, Urban Development Department’s (UDD) principal secretary along with revenue and home secretaries. The court, however, took on record the government’s statement that any illegal structures on public roads and footpaths wouldn’t be considered for regularization.

      The judges pointed out that in 2016, the principal bench in Mumbai had taken cognizance of similar situation based on SC’s 2011 verdict and directed the administration to enforce provisions of law. “Nearly three years later, same situation has cropped up before us,” they said

      The stringent directives came while hearing a plea (WP No 6177/2006) by Dr Gajanan Zade and Manohar Khorgade through counsel Firdos Mirza praying for removal of encroachments, including religious structures, pandals, stages, statues and others from roads, pavements and public utility places.

      The HC continued to blast the five interveners/applicants represented by counsel Anil Kilor and others and initially asked them to deposit Rs10 lakh to prove their bona fide. Only after they requested to reduce the amount considering their financial situation the deposit was reduced to Rs50,000.

      “History of the matter shows that after Supreme Court’s verdict in 2011, these petitioners/objectors didn’t find it convenient to respond for over seven years. Neither they replied to NMC’s notice nor take timely steps to assist the administration in implementing provisions of law,” the bench observed.

      Earlier, NMC commissioner Virendra Singh filed an affidavit stating they received several objections and scores of delegation were meeting them with a request to first decide their case before razing the structures. Till July 17, they received 967 objections of which 112 were having prima facie case, while others failed to submit proper documents. He prayed for permission from HC to hear all objectors and decide their cases (40/week) within a stipulated time without affecting the ongoing demolition drive.

      After court’s rap to NMC for creating confusion, another affidavit was filed in afternoon by its estate officer Rajendra Bhute clarifying they had identified 1,521 illegal structures that were classified in ‘A’ and ‘B’ categories. Of them 18 were in first category, while 1,503 in second category would be demolished. In all 475 of them were found to be on road and footpaths.

      When hearing started at 10.30am, the courtroom was packed with politicians and their workers. They included ruling party in NMC leader Sandip Joshi, former mayor Pravin Datke and others. Apart from Manohar, two senior counsels Chandrashekhar Kaptan (NMC) and Surendrakumar Mishra (NIT) also made their arguments.

      The judges orally slammed NMC and NIT for not being able to assist the court and showing no seriousness on the issue. “Number of years have lost, still the comprehensive list was not prepared. After SC’s 2011 order, NMC issued notices in 2014 and HC issued directives again in 2016. Still no action was taken all these years. These objectors continue to be in slumber for all these years and woke up after NMC started razing structures,” they said.

      East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde welcomed the high court’s direction to all 967 objectors to deposit Rs50,000 saying it will help devotees to regularize religious structures.

      (With inputs from Ritika Gupta)

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        BJP corporators stop NMC from demolishing five temples

        Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Aug 3, 2018, 03:48 IST

        Nagpur: BJP corporators, led by Dharampeth zone committee chairperson Roopa Rai, prevented the NMC team to demolish five religious structures in different areas in Dharampeth and Kachipura.

        Rai, who was accompanied by senior BJP corporators Sanjay Bangale, Varsha Thakre and others, said they were ready to face disqualification as NMC House members but will not allow demolition of any religious structure in open spaces and on public utility lands.

        On Thursday morning, NMC anti-encroachment department planned to raze six illegal religious structures across the city, of which five were in Dharampeth zone and one in Dhantoli zone.

        The NMC squad first reached Narendra Nagar railway overbridge to demolish a Hanuman temple on a public utility land of Vijayanand Society. According to the residents, first the temple was situated on the road. However, while constructing the railway overbridge connecting Wardha Road with Narendra Nagar ring road, it was shifted to society’s public utility land.

        However, NMC issued a notice to demolish the temple. Earlier on Saturday, the NMC squad could not demolish the temple following protest by the residents backed by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal. On Thursday too, the residents performed bhajan and also staged rasta roko disrupting traffic on this busy ring road for almost half an hour.

        Dharampeth zone team, led by assistant municipal commissioner Mahesh Moroney, too witnessed huge protest in their drive to demolish five temples in Kachipura, North Ambazari road and at Ravi Nagar Square.

        Armed with an excavator and handful of police personnel, the squad first went to Ravi Nagar Square to demolish the Hanuman temple on the road, which was obstructing traffic. However, before the squad reached there, local residents along with local corporator Varsha Thakre were already gathered there. They prevented the squad from carrying out demolition.

        The squad then went to Kachipura where too they faced opposition. Here, the slum dwellers blocked the road to temples by placing handcarts. BJP corporators Roopa Rai, Sanjay Bangale, Sunil Hiranwar, Ujjwala Sharma, Varsha Thakre along with local slum-dwellers prevented the demolition squad to enter in the locality. They also shouted anti-NMC slogans and forced the squad to go back.

        Similar situation was there behind Dharampeth College, North Ambazari road. Senior zone official said the squad failed to carry out demolition due to public opposition. He said the police personnel present were not sufficient. Meanwhile, NMC will continue its drive of demolition on roads and footpaths, said a senior official from estate department.

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          782 high-rises in city unsafe: NMC’s fire dept

          Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Aug 3, 2018, 03:52 IST

          Nagpur: Your life is at risk while visiting malls, marriage halls and other high-rise buildings in the city, as per the latest inspection report of the fire and emergency services department (FESD) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The report tagged 782 of the 1,759 such high-rises (over 15 meters high) in the city as ‘unsafe’, in the absence of adequate firefighting equipment and advised occupants to vacate them immediately. The inspection was carried out from April 31, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

          The department has also instructed NMC’s water works department and Orange City Water Limited to disconnect water supply to 372 buildings. It has also issued a similar directive to the Maharashtra State Electricity Development Corporation and SNDL Limited, to snap power supply to these structures.

          TOI has been highlighting on many occasions how firefighting arrangements are not in place in most high-rise and commercial buildings. As per the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act 2006, owners and builders violating the norms could be jailed for six months to a year.

          Though the fire department has informed MSEDCL and OCW of the status of such buildings, both the agencies continue to supply power and water to them. Now, the fire department has approached municipal commissioner Virendra Singh to convene a meeting in the coming days.

          Most such high-rises are yet to even install firefighting systems. As per the report, many residential and commercial high-rises fall under the ‘unsafe’ category.

          According to a senior official, these over 15-meter-high buildings lack appropriate side margin, have no emergency staircases, and the main staircase is not free of obstructions. Besides, firefighting installations like wet riser, hose reel and sprinkler system were missing. Most buildings were also not constructed as per national building code, the fire department official said.

          These buildings have been declared unsafe under Maharashtra Fire Safety and Prevention Act, 2006. A senior official from the department said notices were issued to all property owners, for failure to comply with the fire safety norms, and directing them to undertake measures regarding fire prevention and life safety.

          The apathetic bureaucratic machinery means that even though all 782 buildings were declared unsafe, they continue to be functional with people living or working in them.

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            NMC sanctions wide road, building a narrow one

            Ashish Roy | TNN | Aug 4, 2018, 03:46 IST

            Nagpur: Directives of Supreme Court seem to hold no importance for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Even though the apex court had asked the civic agency to raze encroachments and widen the road to 18 metre (60 feet), NMC is building a cement road in Jaripatka whose width varies between just 9 metre and 15 metre.

            Moreover, there is no coordination between different departments of the NMC. While public works department (PWD) is building a narrow road, the Mangalwari zone has issued notices to shopkeepers to raze their illegal construction so that the road can be 18m wide. The road in question is from Anandashram to Advani Square to Shree Vasan Shah Square to MG College Road.

            Dilip Santwani, who has been pursuing this issue for over a decade, said that NMC was not acting against the shopkeepers under pressure from politicians of all parties. “To save the illegal constructions of a few shopkeepers, NMC is causing inconvenience to thousands of Jaripatka residents. The number of vehicles has increased manifold over the years and traffic jams have become a regular occurrence,” he told TOI.

            Santwani had filed a petition in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court urging it to direct the NMC to maintain the width of the road at 60 feet instead of 40 feet planned by the civic body. The HC ruled that NMC might construct a 40 feet road but should leave 10 feet on either side for future widening. Affected shopkeepers moved the Supreme Court, which ruled in April 2008 that if the government proposed to construct a 60 feet wide road it was permitted to remove the encroachments.

            NMC’s records show that the width of the road in the development plan is 60 feet. In spite of this, civic officials ignored SC directives and did not remove the encroachments.

            Another Jaripatka resident Ashok Bajaj said that he had pursued the matter with the NMC ever since the SC order, but in vain. “We became alarmed when the NMC floated a tender for constructing a cement road on this stretch. The width was 9m, 12m and 15m. Which other road in the city has varying width,” he asked.

            Chetwani issued a legal notice to the municipal commissioner on May 25, 2018, pointing out that NMC was committing contempt of SC by not constructing a 60 feet wide road. This unnerved the NMC officials and they started issuing notices to shopkeepers to raze their encroachments. Even though the deadline of the notices has lapsed, no action has been taken.

            Executive engineer Aniruddha Chauganjkar said the NMC was not constructing a 18m road as it was checking whether any shopkeeper was the legal owner of land in question.


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              Rs660 crore default by NMC,NIT may derail Metro project

              Ashish Roy | TNN | Aug 4, 2018, 03:43 IST

              Nagpur: Faced with reluctance of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) to pay their contribution for Nagpur Metro, MahaMetro has urged the state government to pay their share. The two agencies collectively owe Rs660 crore to MahaMetro. Unless MahaMetro gets this amount on time, it will miss the deadline of completing the project by December 2019.

              Sources in MahaMetro said that it had requested the urban development department to hold a joint meeting of NMC, NIT and MahaMetro during the monsoon session of the state legislature on this issue. However, the department did not oblige.

              NMC’s share in the project is Rs434 crore. So far, it has paid only Rs66.63 crore and the balance is Rs367.37 crore. “Of this, Rs73 crore is grant while Rs294.37 crore is contribution for acquisition of private land,” said the source.

              NIT’s share in Nagpur Metro is also Rs434 crore. Its record is better than NMC and it has paid Rs140.62 crore. “Of the remaining Rs293.38 crore, Rs73 crore is grant, Rs76 crore is grant for state taxes while Rs283 crore is for private land acquisition,” he further said.

              “As NMC and NIT have not paid their share, we have used funds provided by the central and state governments and foreign lending agencies for paying compensation to private land owners. This money was meant for paying our contractors. If we don’t get it back, how will we clear our bills,” said the source.

              NMC has categorically refused to pay a single penny to MahaMetro citing its poor financial condition and had told the Metro agency that its land should be considered as its contribution. A proposal in this regard was unanimously passed by the general body.

              Although NIT has not refused to pay up, the allocation in its successive budgets for Nagpur Metro has not been adequate. “In fact, NIT has asked us to pay back Rs6 crore paid to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for preparing the detailed project report (DPR). We have asked the civic agency to seek the amount from central government,” the Metro official said.

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                NMC to connect with citizens using social media

                Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Aug 5, 2018, 17:50 IST

                Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has chalked out a plan to connect with citizens using social media. At the same time, the civic body will conduct a test for its employees and officials to make them social media-friendly.

                Deputy municipal commissioner Nitin Kapadnis told TOI that an app for Ganeshotsav will be launched soon. “All details related to immersion spots, rules, emergency contact numbers etc will be made available on the app. Application for seeking NOC and system for lodging complaints will be also provided on the app,” he said.

                A workshop was also organized for the NMC officials in which they were guided about usage of social media like Facebook, Twitter etc on August 2. “NMC is already having a social media cell and a common Facebook account. We launched a common twitter account and e-mail ID for bridging the gap between the citizens and officials. Citizens can lodge complaints, give feedback of the services, get all updates related to the NMC on these accounts. Some employees will be posted at the cell who will convey the officials about messages receiving from the citizens on the social media and get feedback and reply on these accounts,” he said.

                Already, the NMC has started to post all its events and happenings on Facebook account. Also, NMC is updating all its polices, tenders, projects etc on its website

                The NMC has started to adopt all new technologies with joining of Virendra Singh as municipal commissioner. Singh’s first initiative was launch of building plan management system (BPMS) through which architects, engineers can get sanction plans of layout and building online.

                To encourage the employees and officials to handle all their official accounts personally and do work on their own, Singh has announced to conduct test to know whether they have knowledge and can operate the computer from August 15 onwards.

                Six months ago, TOI had exposed some NMC employees and officials especially of property tax department handling their official accounts through private operators despite very sensitive and critical and also it led to irregularities. Despite mandatory for class-III and above employees and officials, many of them are unable to operate computers and even check e-mails. But all of them had submitted certificates of MSCIT with the NMC for promotions and increase in salaries.

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                  NMC, NIT spar over 216 illegal religious structures

                  Anjaya Anparthi and Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Updated: Aug 5, 2018, 12:46 IST

                  NAGPUR: A dispute has arisen between Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) over taking responsibility of 216 illegal religious structures for demolition.

                  NMC has fixed the responsibility of demolishing 546 illegal religious structures on NIT, but the latter is willing to take up only 330 of them.

                  Also, on Saturday, the teams of NMC and NIT witnessed strong opposition from political leaders and residents when they went to demolish illegal religious structures. Political leaders and residents also reportedly stopped NMC from demolishing illegal religious structure on the road, despite orders of the Supreme Court (SC) and Nagpur bench of Bombay high court.

                  An official from NMC’s Dhantoli Zone told TOI that the agitators did not allow them to raze two illegal religious structures — a durgah and a temple — constructed on the roads at Kumbhartoli.

                  “We prepared a plan to demolish illegal religious structures built on the roads at four locations. We demolished a durgah near Railway Station as well as Durga Mata Mandir and Ganesh Mandir at Kumbhartoli and Ghat Road, respectively. But we were forced to return from Kumbhartoli where we were supposed to demolish the durgah and Ganpati temple,” the official said.

                  The official added that the police were told to register FIR against the protesters. “On August 2, HC had ruled that illegal religious structures on the roads and footpaths will not be regularized. Therefore, we are demolishing the structures existing on the roads. The protesters said that the HC asked all of them to deposit Rs50,000 and get the structures regularized,” the official said.

                  Similarly, NIT’s south division on Saturday had planned to raze eight such structures constructed in open spaces/public utility (PU) lands. “A large number of people protested the drive. They assured to deposit the amount with the HC and get the structures regularized. Therefore, our team returned,” an NIT official said.

                  As far as the dispute between NMC and NIT is concerned, the city-level committee, headed by municipal commissioner Virendra Singh and comprising NIT chairman Ashwin Mudgal as member, will take a final decision.

                  NMC official told TOI that NIT was wrong to deny responsibility of all the 546 illegal religious structures. “We finalized a list of such structures for demolition. Then we asked NIT, NHAI, nazul department, state PWD, PDKV etc to demolish the structures that had cropped up on their lands. Altogether 546 structures are on lands owned by NIT,” he said.

                  “It is accepting that the land on which 216 structures came up belongs to it. However, it is denying the responsibility saying that NMC was the planning authority of those areas. Therefore, NIT’s claim is not acceptable,” he said.

                  A BJP leader said the trusts running the temples will begin depositing Rs50,000 with the HC’s registry from Monday.

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                    Soon, Ambazari catchment to be lush biodiversity park

                    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Aug 6, 2018, 03:24 IST

                    Nagpur: Lying barren for decades, the 1,854 acres rocky land situated on the north and west of Ambazari lake constituting its catchment is being developed into a biodiversity and watershed park that would boast thousands of trees, birds, and even deer. It would also have provision for cycling and jogging tracks and treatment and recycling of sewage that flows into the lake right now to improve its water quality.

                    The development works have already put an end to free run of anti-social elements and cattle on the land. Forest development, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), MahaMetro, MLC Parinay Fuke and a six-member committee has developed the park at a cost of only Rs 14 crore in two years. It is likely to open for public from next year.

                    It already has presence of 190 peacocks and birds of 263 species. Forest department has started the process to bring 40 deer most likely from Nara depot on Koradi Road on the recommendations of committee led by collector and NIT chairman Ashwin Mudgal, secretary G Mallikarjuna, Sanjeev Gaur, MS Reddy, all three from forest department, corporator Parineeta Fuke and NGO activist Jaydeep Das.

                    Fuke, who got approved the project and is pursuing it, told TOI works have been planned to conserve the lake, Nag river and all water streams in the park. “There will be a sewage treatment plant of 5 million litres per day (MLD) capacity using non-conventional technology from NEERI. Treated sewage water will be utilized for watering plants in the park. This will prevent pollution of the lake,” he said.

                    Range forest officer Ashish Ninawe said 20 ponds have been created in the park and number will increase to 50. “We studied flow of rain water and created ponds on the streams. They will help maintain ground water level and greenery and also be lifeline for birds and animals. We will construct 333 loose bolder structures on streams that would check the flow of mud and waste into the lake,” he said.

                    There were 9,000 trees on the land already. In addition, around 20,000 more, mostly of ficus species, have been planted. MahaMetro has developed Little Wood in one part of land it is expanding it further towards Amravati road.

                    Fuke also said an innovative aspect was construction of 23km roads using silt from the lake’s backwater area. “These will be converted into cycling and jogging tracks. They start from six gates in the 13-km compound wall and cross cross the land,” he said.

                    Ninawe said there was also a fire protection plan. “The Area used to witness fire every year during summer. We will control fire at any cost,” he said. Thanks to the compound wall and regular monitoring, not a single cattle can be seen inside the park. Ten watch towers have already been constructed and 15 more will come up.


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                      DCR allows religious shrines on PU land, not open spaces

                      Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Updated: Aug 7, 2018, 14:24 IST

                      NAGPUR: The development control rules (DCR) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) allow construction of any religious structure on public utility (PU) land. However, it prohibits construction of temples, Buddha vihars or mosques on open spaces.

                      “Besides the PU land, a citizen can also construct religious structure on one’s independent plot too,” said a senior officer from the NMC’s town planning department.

                      Given the ongoing protest over demolition of religious structures on roads, footpaths, open spaces and public utility lands, TOI tried to find out the procedure if one intends to construct a temple or mosque in the city.

                      As per DCR, no religious structure is allowed on open spaces. Referring to DCR, the official said a builder or the society can use the open space for constructing a two-storied structure with maximum 15% built-up area of which 10% built-up area should be allowed on ground floor and remaining 5% can be constructed on the first floor.

                      However, this construction cannot be used for any religious activities and should only be used for the purpose of pavilion or gymnasia or club house or vipassana, yoga centre and other structures for the purpose of sports and recreation activity may be permitted.

                      Such structure should not be used for any other purpose, except for recreational activity for which a security deposit as decided by the commissioner or chairman will have to be paid to the NMC or NIT. The remaining areas of the recreational open space for playground should be kept open to sky and property accessible to all members as a place of recreation, garden or a playground. No construction is allowed in green belt zone.

                      In public utility space, the DCR allows to use the area for various purposes like pre-primary, primary schools, high schools, colleges, educational complex, hospital, dispensary, maternity homes, health centre, complex of such uses, veterinary hospital, NGO or charitable trust-owned old age home and orphanage, public institutions such as libraries, research centres, training centres, post office, museums, art galleries, exhibition halls, auditoriums. It, however, also allows using the space for cultural and or any religious institutions, the officer said. He also explained that usage of religious institutions include construction of any temple or mosque too.

                      The religious structures can also be constructed on independent plot too. Besides clear title, utility space or independent plot, in both the conditions, one need to obtain no objection certificates from concerned police authority and collector before applying for permission, said the official.

                      Apart from construction plan sanction from concerned government agencies, no objection certificate from fire department is also required. At least 10-20 feet space should be kept free along such a religious structure, the DCR said.

                      About the sanction fees, the official said the sanctioning charge is between Rs100 and Rs125 per square feet for religious construction.

                      A senior official from NMC’s fire and emergency services department pointed out as temples come under the category of assembly place it also need to have firefighting system in place. According to him, a temple with a capacity to accommodate up to 300 people should have fire extinguishers, hosereel, fire alarm, 10,000-litre water tank with a pump. Assembly hall with a capacity over 300 people should also have hydrant.


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