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    Bawankule asks NMC to reduce water distribution losses within two months

    Ashish Roy | TNN | Aug 10, 2018, 03:21 IST

    Nagpur: Guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule came down heavily on Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and asked it to reduce water distribution losses from 50% to 15% within two months. If the target is not met, government will take action against the concerned officials, he said. Due to water wastage in the city, farmers of the district are unable to get water for irrigation.

    Due to construction of Chaurai dam in Madhya Pradesh and inadequate rainfall, Totladoh reservoir, the main source of water for the city, only has 21.7% storage. This is meant for Nagpur’s drinking water needs and for Koradi and Khaparkheda power plants. Water remaining after that is released for irrigation.

    NMC officials told the minister that the city received 65.7 million cubic metres (mm3) from Kanhan river, 112 mm3 from Totladoh and another 78 mm3 on temporary basis. The five water treatment plants of the city generated 786 million litres per day (MLD) of which 645 MLD was lifted for the city. However, only 198 MLD reached the overhead tanks.

    Officials further said that water distribution loss in the city was 50%. The zone wise loss was: Laxmi Nagar - 25%, Dharampeth - 35%, Hanuman Nagar - 25%, Nehru Nagar - 30%, Dhantoli - 50%, Satranjipura - 70%, Ashi Nagar - 65% and Gandhibagh - 70%. Bawankule asked them to focus on high loss zones.

    Later, addressing a press conference Bawankule said that irrigation minister Girish Mahajan had decided to comply with the request of farmers of Nagpur and Bhandara districts. “Some 100 mm3 water in Totladoh meant for October, November and December will be released now as farmers do not have water for paddy plantation. However, if it does not rain sufficiently in the coming weeks we will not be able to release water in autumn and the paddy crop may wilt. Government will not be responsible for this,” he said.

    The decision has been necessitated due to inadequate rainfall in Nagpur and Bhandara districts. “60% of paddy sowing has not been done. Farmers had told us that we should release water now and they would risk their crop on the hope of good rainfall in August and September. We have reluctantly agreed to this,” said the minister.

    The minister said that he would leave for Bhopal next week to hold talks with Madhya Pradesh government. “I will urge it to draw the entire hydroelectricity generated in Totladoh and release some water from Chaurai dam, which is now 65% full. I can’t guarantee that my request will be fulfilled,” he added.

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      CM ayes land, funds for defence manufacturing hub in Mihan

      Ashish Roy | TNN | Aug 11, 2018, 03:15 IST

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      Nagpur: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has sanctioned land and funds for setting up a defence and aerospace manufacturing training centre and defence manufacturing common facility centre in Mihan.

      The facilities are part of Vidarbha Defense Industries Hub (VDIH), a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative. TOI had reported about plans to set up the hub in its edition dated February 8, 2018.

      Reliance has decided to set up a Rs6,500 crore aerospace park in Mihan in collaboration with French aviation giant Dassault. It plans to manufacture fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. It has already started manufacturing of Falcon - the business jet made by Dassault. Local industrialists hope that the plant and its ancillary industries will create thousands of jobs. Vidarbha’s youths need to be trained and manufacturing equipments need to be made available to local industries.

      A source in Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), which manages Mihan, said that 20 acre land has been sanctioned for the training centre, common facility centre and for defence manufacturing units. Divisional commissioner Anup Kumar said Rs53 crore had been ayed for the facilities and its progress would be monitored by Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB).

      The Hub is the brainchild of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) and senior retired defence officers from the region. A non-profit organization Vidarbha Defense Industries Association (VDIA) has been formed for implementing the project. Lt Gen Ravindra Thodge (retd) is the chairman of the organization.

      VDIA director Dushyant Deshpande said that his organization had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Technologies Ltd for imparting training and setting up the manufacturing facility centre. “Tata has faculty and training infrastructure for the job. They will train youths in reverse engineering, prototype and product development. They will run the centre for facility for three years and then hand it over to governing council constituted by state government. The manufacturing common facility will also be set up by Tata,” he added.

      “We will start the training centre in rented premises in Mihan. We will begin construction of the building immediately and shift into in March 2019,” said Deshpande.

      The MADC source further said that state government will try to attract defence manufacturing companies to Mihan and they will be given land in the 20 acre sanctioned for the purpose. “This is apart from the Reliance aerospace park,” he added.

      Vidarbha Defense Industrial Hub envisages an investment of Rs217 crore of which Rs146 crore has been sought from state government while Tata will pump in Rs66 crore. Remaining Rs5 crore will be contributed by local industries. The training centre needs Rs99 crore.

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        HC to donate illegal structures’ deposits to child shelter homes

        Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Aug 11, 2018, 03:15 IST

        Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Friday, decided that the money collected from objectors of illegal structures will be donated to government shelter homes for children in Vidarbha.

        Denying any leniency to the objectors who approached late for depositing 50,000 seeking similar benefits, the high court asked them to now deposit 60,000 with its registrar before August 21 and adjourned the hearing till August 23.

        Earlier, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) informed that since last hearing on August 2, it received as many as 864 more objections from those who constructed illegal structures in city without requisite sanctioned plans and building permit.

        These are in addition to 677 objections received till July 18, which took total number of objectors to over 1,500.

        A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Zaka Haq then appointed a panel comprising government pleader Sumant Deopujari, High Court Bar Association (HCBA) vice President Gauri Venkatraman and assistant government pleader Kalyani Marpakwar Deshpande.

        The panel would receive applications from various shelter-cum-observation homes, which according to the judges are in very poor conditions and need urgent financial aid for sustaining. “The members would find out priorities, after scrutinizing applications and then decide on terms and conditions to release the funds,” the judges said.

        When hearing begin at about 11am, senior counsel Chandrashekhar Kaptan and Sudhir Puranik appearing for the civic body, informed that about 254 out of 677 illegal structures had deposited Rs50,000 each with the registry as directed by the HC on August 2.

        When those who missed the court’s deadline approached to pay the amount like these 254 structures, the judges asked them to shell out Rs1 lakh each. When their counsels protested, the judges sternly told them to submit demand drafts and relevant documents by 2.30pm.

        “This is the concession extended by NMC and court to you. Those defaulted should now pay Rs60,000. This amount would be used for welfare of destitute children, as we found that the government wasn’t in a position to feed them properly. Those living in shelter homes lack even the basic things,” the judges tersely observed, before reducing the deposit amount to Rs60,000.

        ‘We find it appropriate to make funds available for betterment of living conditions and education of the children in shelter/observation homes opened under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000,” they added, while taking on record the number of 864 new objectors as informed by the corporation.

        In second half, the hearing started very late at about 5pm, as the judges were busy with other assignments, for the day. Several prominent leaders from the NMC and those from temple trusts thronged the courtroom. Many of them then departed after the hearing didn't commence till 5pm.

        (With inputs from Ritika Gupta)

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          NMC House calls for regularizing shrines in open spaces, grounds

          Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Aug 11, 2018, 03:16 IST

          Nagpur: To halt the ongoing demolition of illegal shrines on public utility (PU) land, playgrounds and recreational zones, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) general body on Friday passed a resolution seeking amendments in the city’s development control regulations (DCR). If the state government approves the move, NMC can regularize existing illegal religious structures. The amendment also seeks to make it mandatory to have religious structures in layouts larger than three hectare, just like amenities like schools, sub-post office, police stations etc.

          Now, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh will submit the resolution to the state government, which will issue notification inviting suggestions and objections, followed by hearing of those responding, and then final notification. The government will also have to get it cleared from the state legislative assembly and council.

          The only condition imposed for regularization, and for new religious structures also, is no-objection-certificate from concerned police station and collector.

          Soon after commencement of the general body meeting, ruling party leader (BJP) Sandip Joshi tabled the proposal, which got support from leader of opposition Tanaji Wanve (Congress) and BSP group leader Mohammed Jamal. After the resolution was read out by municipal secretary Harish Dubey, the house passed it unanimously.

          In the proposal, the three leaders stated religious structure were a day to day need of citizens for peace of mind, along with following religious and social activities in their nearby vicinity. “Religious structure is also a boon for the society as it facilitates a bond among people and also healthy conversation among them. But there is no clear provision for religious structures in city’s DCR. Therefore, the public is demanding provisions in DCR,” they said.

          The proposal was not part of the meeting’s agenda. First, Joshi linked the proposal to the town planning department’s proposal on the agenda seeking change of reservation from Extension to Octroi Naka to public/semi-public land on the land situated on Hingna Road. Later, the proposal was tabled independently.

          Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe demanded inclusion of a provision for reconstruction of religious structures where they were demolished during the ongoing demolition drive.

          Joshi said corporators will get a chance to raise their demands on the proposal in the next general body meeting. “The civic chief will submit the resolution to the government soon, so that the process can commence. Then we will make amendments in the proposal and submit it to the government,” he said.

          Joshi told TOI trusts or associations will be given the land on which existing illegal religious structures stand at nominal rate. “Also, provisions to exempt the trusts or associations from paying building plan charges will also be made in coming days,” he said.

          Joshi added they will try their best to get approval for the amendments from the government as soon as possible, to avoid demolition of more illegal religious structures.

          All political parties in NMC had planned to pass the resolution in a special meeting of general body on August 3, but the demand was rejected by the civic chief. Therefore, the monthly meeting was organized 10 days before schedule.

          After passing the resolution, the general body adjourned sine die after paying tributes to veteran social activist Umesh Choube, and without taking up 10 general body questions and eight policy proposals on the agenda.

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            Daily plastic waste generation has reduced by 50%, says Kadam

            Manka Behl | TNN | Updated: Aug 11, 2018, 08:28 IST

            Ramdas Kadam

            Around 50 days after the plastic ban came into force, state environment minister Ramdas Kadam claims that the daily generation of plastic waste in Maharashtra has reduced by 50%. Speaking exclusively to TOI, he stated that the ban is showing signs of success all over the state.

            The minister however expressed concern about the plastic bags which are being smuggled into the state from Gujarat. According to Kadam, 70% of the plastic circulated in the state is coming from Gujarat. “Only 30% is produced here,” he said.

            Blaming the manufacturers from Gujarat for continuing the send plastics to Maharashtra even after the ban, Kadam said that the state will now take up the matter with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.

            Three days back at Vasai near Mumbai, the authorities busted a vehicle which was transporting 16 tonnes of plastic bags from Gujarat. Six other similar vehicles reportedly managed to escape.

            “We will write letters to Rupani and Gujarat’s home department, providing them a list of companies flooding supplies to Maharashtra. We will ask them to intervene and take urgent action against them,” said Kadam.

            While the plastic industry is still enraged over the state’s ban, especially after the suicide of Nagpur-based trader Naresh Tolani, Kadam said that the decision did not mean to bring any harm to individuals. “The incident was very unfortunate but, before taking such extreme steps, those affected should realize that the revolutionary move was aimed at protecting their next generations from the perils of plastic,” said the Shiv Sena leader.

            Reacting on the industry’s grievance of “not getting enough time” to adapt to the ban, Kadam said that the state had given ten months to look for alternatives. “The plastic bag makers could have explored other options like manufacturing cloth bags. The state had no intentions of snatching away livelihoods or paralysing an industry,” said Kadam.

            The minister has appealed to all the manufacturers, traders, retailers and other stakeholders to cooperate with the government. “We didn’t enforce a ban overnight. If citizens can cooperate at the time of demonetization which was sudden, we expect their support for this move too. I, or any minister, had no vested interest behind the ban. Plastic is a global problem and we have taken a bold decision to eradicate it,” added Kadam.

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              Taking the air pollution fight to the hinterlands

              Manka Behl | TNN | Aug 13, 2018, 03:11 IST

              Nagpur: Between 2011 and 2016, Nagpur witnessed 50% rise in the consumption of petrol. The number of diesel vehicles from 2011-17 increased by 40% while petrol ones saw a rise by 10%, indicating that vehicular emissions are a significant contributor to the worsening air quality in city.

              The data was presented by Sunil Dahiya, clean air campaigner at Greenpeace India, during the first-of-its-kind workshop held in the city on Saturday. Organized by Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), and Srushti Paryavaran Mandal, the daylong seminar felt the urgent need to address air pollution as “a problem beyond Delhi”. Attended by environment activists from Nagpur, including members of Green Vigil Foundation, Sudhir Paliwal, director of state government’s flyash management company Mahagams, as well as experts from other cities, it saw debates on several ticklish issues like credibility of government data, monitoring methods, and ground reality as against the data presented by several organizations.

              The data shows diesel consumption went up by 26% in Nagpur between 2011 to 2016, 44% in Gondia, 43% in Gadchiroli, 34% in Yavatmal and 26% in Akola. With a 52% rise, Washim witnessed the highest increase in use of diesel in the region.

              Highlighting pollution caused by automobile sector, former assistant director of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute Dr Manas Ranjan Ray said diesel is the most polluting agent followed by petrol and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). “Apart from vehicles, major sources for outdoor air pollution include industrial emissions, mining, construction, road repair and waste burning,” said Ray.

              Supporting the growing consensus that air pollution can’t be capital-centric, noted environment lawyer Ritwick Dutta underlined the inefficacious monitoring of ambient air carried out across the country. “Out of the 199 continuous air quality monitoring stations, 40 are in the National Capital Region, Delhi. Shockingly, there is not a single monitoring station in the entire North-East region, despite many areas being critically polluted there,” said Dutta.

              Some experts also gave prominence to the “less-talked about” pollution sources. “Present housing patterns do not allow wind to blow inside the houses. Congested houses leave no scope for ventilation, which leads to build up of pollutants,” said Padma Rao, head of Air Pollution Control Division at the National Environment Engineering Research Institute (Neeri).

              On other contributors of indoor air pollution, Dr Ray cited the latest data, which shows that 72% of Indian households are still using biomass fuel for cooking. “Biomass is the main culprit, it is more harmful than kerosene,” he said.

              Burning of incense sticks has recently come out as a significant contributor to indoor air pollution. “Latest studies show that burning of an incense stick emits 45 milligrams of pollutants while burning of a cigarette emits 10 milligrams,” Ray added.

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                City ranks 31 on Ease of Living index, Amravati at 16

                Barkha Mathur | TNN | Aug 14, 2018, 03:36 IST

                Nagpur: The city was ranked 31 while Amravati was 16th among 111 cities in the country’s ‘Ease of Living Index’ launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), which was released on Monday. Three cities in the state, Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai ranked first, second and third in the nation. Of the total 12 cities covered in the state, two were from Vidarbha, Amravati ranked fifth while Nagpur was ninth in the state.

                MoHUA launched the ‘Ease of Living’ Index in January 2018 to help cities systematically assess themselves against global and national benchmarks. The exercise spread over four months also collected feedback from over 60,000 citizens to measure satisfaction on urban services.

                The index captures the breadth of the quality of life in cities across four pillars and 15 categories, using 78 indicators, of which 56 are core indicators and 22 are supporting indicators. The core indicators measure those aspects of ease of living which are considered ‘essential’ urban services. The cities included are ones identified under the Smart Cities Mission, capital cities, and a few more cities with population of over 1 million. This assessment is the first of its kind globally in terms of scale and coverage, and this is for the first time that it has been undertaken in the country.

                Happy with the 16th position attained by Amravati, municipal commissioner Sanjay Nipane said, “Outside the Mumbai metropolitan region, Amravati is the only city in Maharashtra to have scored so high, but we would like to be in the first ten, and since this is a sustained process, we hope to do better next year.”

                Disappointed with Nagpur’s ranking, Ramnath Sonawane, CEO of Smart City project and nodal officer for collecting and submitting the data, says, “We submitted realistic and factual data and I was hoping that Nagpur would rank at least among the first 10.” Analysing the report, Sonwane added, “What could have pulled down the city’s ranking is revenue collection, which is low in terms of demand and recovery. The water supply in the city is good in volume but non-revenue water supply is as high as 53%. Under the category of transport and mobility too we have abysmal score of 1.35 out of 5, and this is because our requirement of buses on the basis of our population, which is around 28 lakhs, should be ideally 1,000 buses. But only 230 buses are plying on the roads as of today.”

                Terming the index as an ongoing assessment process, collector Ashwin Mudgal said, “This programme will continue for the next four to five years, and the progress on these parameters will be continuously assessed.” Hoping to improve the scores next year, mayor Nanda Jhichkar said, “We always hope to do well, so a bit of disappointment is there but in certain categories like solid waste management, reduced pollution and health, the city has scored well.”

                However, the city scoring a dismal 0.88 on a score of 6.25 under the category of identity and culture has left many from the cultural sphere shocked. “Either correct data was not submitted or something is amiss,” says Vilas Kale, trustee of Chitnavis Centre. “If you compare the current scenario from what existed 20 years back, the city has quality cultural activities happening in abundance. This score should be corrected,” he adds.

                What has also lowered the ranking for Nagpur is its score on housing and inclusiveness, which is 0.01 on 5, and Mixed land use and compactness which is 0.75 on 5. Terming statistical data based finding as a bit misleading, real estate developer Ashutosh Shewalkar said, “There are large tracts of land like those under the control of PKV agricultural university which lower the density in terms of human inhabited areas. I would say this is positive as the city has a lot of open space.”

                But Shewalkar agrees that the score of Housing and inclusiveness is rightly low as the city does not offer affordable homes. “When it comes to housing schemes, the city has not spread horizontally. For the past 28 years, large tracts of land in the peripheral areas have been cornered by investors from outside due to speculative buying. Both Butibori, which was promoted as the largest industrial area in Asia, and Mihan have vacant lands, which have not come up for sale as the expected prices are not being offered. This reduces the land available for affordable housing schemes.”


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                  NIT’s STPs will make city lakes, rivers sewage-free

                  Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Aug 14, 2018, 03:38 IST

                  Nagpur: Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has commissioned one of eight sewage treatment plants (STP) planned with a view to reduce pollution in three lakes and two rivers of the city. Ambazari and Sonegaon lakes are set to become sewage-free under the project.

                  The civic agency has commissioned STP of 1 million litres per day (MLD) capacity on a sewage line at Kachimet on Amravati road over a month ago. The sewage from this has been flowing into Nag river and Ambazari lake without treatment for years.

                  This is NIT’s first STP and also city’s first to protect a lake. STP has been constructed using continuous aerobic multistage soil bio technology (CAMUS-SBT) developed by IIT Bombay. The forest department in association with NEERI has planned to construct another 5 MLD STP on Nag river in under-construction biodiversity park adjacent to Ambazari lake. These two STPs will ensure no untreated sewage flows into Ambazari lake.

                  NIT assistant engineer PR Patil told TOI another STP was under-construction at Sonegaon lake. “It will be of 0.3 MLD and is being developed on NEERI’s phytorid technology. It will ensure no sewage flows into the lake without treatment,” he said.

                  Under the guidance of NIT chairman Ashwin Mudgal, NIT projects department team comprising superintending engineer RK Pimple and Patil had planned to construct eight STPs with total capacity of 61.30 MLD at an estimated cost of Rs 110 crore.

                  Of remaining six, two 40 MLD STPs are being constructed on Pora river at Somalwada, one with capacity of 3 MLD on Pili river at Nara, two on Hatti nullah at Hazari Pahad and Chamar nullah at Ittabutti area with capacity of 4 MLD and 9 MLD respectively (these two nullahs join Pili river) and one with capacity of 4 MLD on sewage line that joins Gorewada lake that is raw drinking water reservoir of the city.

                  NIT has entrusted the project to joint venture of Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd and Ayyappa Infra Projects Pvt Ltd. NIT is hopeful to commission remaining seven STPs within a year. A salient feature of the project is that NIT has also given responsibility of operation and maintenance of the plants to the joint venture for five years.

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                    No CCTVs at sand ghats, depots:Bombay High Court issues notice

                    Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Aug 14, 2018, 04:05 IST

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                    NAGPUR: The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, comprising BP Dharmadhikari and ZA Haq, on Wednesday, issued show-cause notices to state principal secretary (revenue & forest) and others for not installing CCTVcameras at sand ghats to curb illegal mining.

                    The notices were issued on a petition filed by Akot-based wildlife and environment lawyer Manish Jeswani against rampant illegal sand mining that was going on in Akola district in violation of revised Sand Mining Policy-2018 declared on January 3.

                    The revised policy makes installation of CCTVs at sand ghats and sand depots mandatory for auctioneers. This was introduced to remove flaws in earlier policy of 2013. The main intention behind the revised policy was to increase state’s revenue and ensure environment protection by curbing illegal sand mining in riverbeds.

                    The petitioner has prayed for direction to assess and calculate the exact quantity of extraction and transportation of sand by each auctioneer from the sand ghats of Akola and take action against them including recovery of fine for not installing CCTVs and submitting footages as per the revised policy.

                    The petition also sought high-level committee to investigate illegal extraction of sand and disciplinary action against the respondents and stay on extraction of sand.

                    In March, Akola collectorate had auctioned 58 sand ghats for Rs4.85 crore without a mandatory district survey report (DSR). The grant of environment clearance (EC) without DSR has already been challenged by the petitioner before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), principal bench, New Delhi, by filing an appeal. The appeal has been admitted and notices have been issued to the parties concerned.

                    Jeswani, through his lawyer AB Moon, stated that footages of CCTVs were required to be submitted by auctioneers with respective tahsildars who are duty-bound to verify the footages and if even for some period the CCTVs are found non-operational then entire excavation during that period has to be treated as illegal and fine has to be recovered from such auctioneers.

                    In Akola district, auctioneers did not install CCTVs either at place of extraction nor at sand depots (place from where the sand is transported). So there was no question of submission of footages. This fact was confirmed by district mining officer and tahsildars.

                    Interestingly, while issuing auction notice in Akola, the terms and conditions column mentioned about installation of CCTVs at the cost of auctioneers and submission of footages with respective tahsildars. The petitioner alleged that despite policy and auction condition, illegal extraction much below the permitted depth continued unabated with connivance of revenue department officials.

                    Jeswani had submitted representation to principal secretary, district collector and state environment impact assessment authority to stop sand mining in violation of revised policy apprising them about environment hazard. It was also requested to take action against erring officers including district mining officer and tahsildars, but no cognizance was taken forcing the petitioner to move high court.

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                      After 20 months, Green Buses go off roads as Scania sticks to stand

                      Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Aug 14, 2018, 05:37 IST

                      Nagpur: India’s first Green Bus project launched in the city 20 months ago has come to a halt. Despite request from city MP and union minister Nitin Gadkari, Swedish bus maker Scania stopped operating 25 ethanol-run buses from Monday morning sticking to its termination notice issued to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

                      TOI was the first to report about Scania’s termination notice on June 15 over non-payment of its dues by NMC. NMC sources said Scania will not resume operations at least until August 23.

                      Gadkari has organized a meeting with Scania officials and also Swedish Ambassador on August 23 at New Delhi to resolve issues.

                      Pioneer of the project, Gadkari held two meetings, first on August 4 and second on August 12, to try to get Scania to continue operations. Following Gadkari’s orders, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh wrote to Scania on August 12 requesting them to postpone termination notice till August 23. NMC sources said Scania did not reply to the civic chief’s mail.

                      Scania has moved all 25 Green Buses to its parking and maintenance depot at MIDC Hingna.

                      Scania told TOI, “We regret to inform that the Green Bus Service will stop running from August 12. SST and its promoter Scania are proud that the Green Bus Service was a pioneering effort to run a sustainable and efficient public transport service in Nagpur. We continue to believe that sustainable transport solutions are required for mass public transport in growing cities like Nagpur and hopefully viable business models will be supported by the government in the near future for a clean and efficient public transport infrastructure in the city,” the company said.

                      SST Sustainable Transport Solutions is a company floated by Scania to operate the Green Bus project in the city. Scania refused to say whether it would run Green Buses in future or not. City transport committee chairman Bunty Kukde said NMC was hopeful of Green Bus project resuming after Gadkari’s meeting on August 23.

                      Scania had reportedly asked its 55 drivers to go on paid leave for one month.

                      NMC did not fulfil any of Scania’s demand on Monday too. The Volkswagen-owned company had cited three reasons for termination — non-payment of dues since July 1, 2017, including 18% GST in payment, handing over of land for depot and escrow account— that were part of the agreement.

                      The company had demanded NMC to release Rs 19.73 crore in the termination notice. After NMC’s failure to hand over the land, Scania had rented a piece of land for its depot. Scania was supposed to run 55 Green Buses but inducted only 25 in a phased manner. The company reportedly brought remaining 30 Green Buses to the city but did not put them in service.

                      NMC was incurring huge loss with the project as buses ran mostly empty. As per the NMC’s data, revenue of Rs 12 per km was coming from the project as against charge of Rs 85 per km to be paid to Scania. It meant occupancy in premium buses was mere 14.11%. Revenue was around Rs 60,000 per day and loss of around Rs 3.50 lakh per day. Average run of each bus in a day was 195km for a total of 4,875km per day for 25 buses.

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