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- Sakkardara lake to be cleaned under Atal Sewa Saptah Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Dec 22, 2018, 01:26 IST
Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in association with Clean Foundation, Patanjali Yog Samiti, and Sonzari Mitra Mandal has taken a decision to clean Sakkardara Lake to mark Atal Sewa Saptah between December 22 and 25.
The decision related to the drive was taken in a meeting held on December 21. BJP city president and South Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Kohle, leader of opposition Tanaji Wanve, chairperson of Nehru Nagar Zone Rita Mule, Deepraj Nilawar from Clean Foundation, Ishwar Dhurde from Sakkardara Beautification Committee and others were present.
Kohle urged citizens to participate in the drive in large numbers. The drive will kick-off at 9am on December 22.
- 1,007 illegal religious structures set to be regularized Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Dec 22, 2018, 03:55 IST
Nagpur: In all 1,007 illegal religious structures are set to be regularized. A city-level committee has paved the way for regularization of these structures situated in open spaces and and not obstructing traffic in any manner.
The committee headed by municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar on December 13 approved the list of 1,007 structures in Category A. Structures placed in category-A are eligible for regularization.
The committee also approved another list of 197 illegal religious structures in Category B. These are meant to be demolished. A majority of these structures are situated on lands reserved for public amenities like gardens, schools etc. Parts of some of structures are on footpath.
A list of 1,204 structures was prepared by the NMC’s 10 zones after a survey. NMC sources told TOI final fate of structures placed in Category B will be decided after the entire process. “List of structures constructed in or before 1960 will require to be sent to the state-level committee for final decision,” sources said.
At present, the process to confirm minutes of the meeting is going on. Members of the committee including commissioner of police BK Upadhyay, NIT chairman Ashwin Mudgal, representatives of state PWD, revenue department etc will sign the minutes.
Later, suggestions and objections will be invited on the list of Category A and B for a period of one month followed by hearing of those who will submit the objections.
The entire process including division of structures in categories is being done as per orders of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. The final list will be submitted to the HC. The number of illegal religious structures already demolished has reached 738. The civic body had razed over 400 structures on roads and footpaths. The NIT had demolished 338 such structures.
Meanwhile, NMC town planning department is finalizing a policy to regularize illegal religious structures constructed in open spaces and not obstructing traffic. After approval of general body, the department invited suggestions and objections on the proposed policy. Only three suggestions were received and all of them in favour of the policy.
The department will submit the policy with the state government for final approval. After clearance, NMC can regularize these structures by giving lease of the lands, sanctioning building plans etc.
- NMRDA work unauthorized: NGO Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Dec 22, 2018, 03:57 IST
Nagpur: Citing information obtained under RTI Act, NGO Jai Jawan Jai Kisan has alleged that all the work being undertaken by the Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) in Metro Region were unauthorized. According to it, none of its employees and officials, excluding the commissioner, are authorized to work.
NGO president Prashant Pawar said at a press conference that all employees were still drawing salaries from the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). “In RTI it has come to fore that the officials are working in NIT as well as NMRDA. The NMRDA staffing pattern is yet to be approved by the state government,” he said.
Pawar added that all notices issued to unauthorized constructions should be taken back. “Also, penalty and charges recovered from citizens should be returned,” he said.
Another activist Vijaykumar Shinde said NMRDA commissioner Ashwin Mudgal should get approval for NMRDA staffing and then begin works. “What is happening now is a major irregularity. It is also a violation of the Constitution as norms of caste and women reservation are also not followed,” he said.
Mudgal said all NMRDA employees and officials were on deputation from the NIT. “The NMRDA governing council has approved staffing pattern and is awaiting government nod. After NIT’s abolition, all staff will be working with NMRDA which had approved to take NIT staff on deputation,” he said.
The government had formed NMRDA in March 2017. Development plan of Metro Region was approved in January.
- Where there’s will, there’s money for development Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Dec 27, 2018, 05:51 IST
This diarist mainly reports about traffic problems, how corruption rules the roost in the RTO and other related issues, but when covering the happenings in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), it is found most citizens have complaints about lack of civic amenities.
In this context, it needs to be mentioned that the elected representatives have to perform a tedious job. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruling the NMC for the third consecutive term, corporators from opposition parties are finding it tough to get funds for development works in their constituencies.
A couple of corporators, however, have devised smart techniques to get their work done. One of the
corporators from North Nagpur, who has been elected for three consecutive terms, is known to be very aggressive when it comes to getting sanction for works and also getting them executed.
Every time he approaches the officials’ chambers at NMC headquarters in Civil Lines, he starts talking loudly to send a message that residents of his prabhag are suffering due to lack of civic amenities. He ensures his voice reaches officers sitting in their chambers.
This ensures officials readily clear his proposals. He even maintains similar approach in the general body and standing committee meetings.
The corporator has got the Sugat Nagar School in his prabhag upgraded and it now competes with other private schools in North Nagpur. He also played a big role in developing a garden in his prabhag.
Though he often uses unparliamentary language, the ruling party leaders and, to some extent, officials ignore it as they view him as a genuine people’s representative.
This diarist has even spotted him helping sanitary workers in cleaning the sewerage network. These qualities have made him quite popular among residents in this part of the city.
On the other hand, a few senior corporators from his party keep complaining to the civic chief about no funds for works in their prabhags.
Then there is central Nagpur’s only independent corporator Abha Pande, who is complete opposite of the Congress corporator from North Nagpur. A soft-spoken person, she has a good rapport with officials, good contacts with MLAs and the city MP. She has also exposed many scams in the NMC. She never minds seeking guidance from citizens and even approaching reporters to resolve civic issues.
Another example is of former Congress corporator Manoj Sable. After his ward was reserved for woman, his wife Harshala got elected. A staunch Congressman, Sable has a good relation with the ruling party. This is how he too manages funds for works in his wife’s ward.
(Proshun Chakraborty knows the art of catching others in the wrong lane)
- Land acquisition delaying Kamptee Road Metro; may miss Dec 2019 deadline Ashish Roy | TNN | Dec 27, 2018, 03:49 IST
Nagpur: MahaMetro officials fear that they may not be able to meet the target of completing Nagpur Metro by December 2019 due to problems in Reach 2 (Sitabuldi to Automotive Square). National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is yet to sanction the design and estimate of the double decker flyover on Kamptee Road. The file was submitted by MahaMetro over an year ago.
The Metro agency is building the structure on behalf of NHAI. Work on the flyover has started but is progressing at a slow pace on one end. MahaMetro has already spent Rs100 crore on the Rs750 crore flyover but NHAI is yet to pay a single penny.
Land acquisition is the major hurdle in construction of the 4.5 kilometre long flyover. “MahaMetro needs about 4,000 square metre land near Gaddigodam Square for construction of the ramp of the structure. As per NHAI norms, the agency does not acquire land inside municipal limits. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) was asked to bear the cost of acquiring the land,” said a source in MahaMetro.
As NMC is cash-strapped it decided to seek funds from state government under Nagar Utthan Yojana. Under this scheme the civic agency would pay 30% while remaining 70% will be borne by the state government. Municipal commissioner had issued a letter to NHAI in this regard. However, NHAI wants a letter from district collector assuring that government would pay its 70% share. Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari had asked collector Ashwin Mudgal to expedite the matter.
The Metro source said that Kamptee Road is 20 metre wide at the place where the ramp will come up. “We need 35m. Our column will occupy 3m and the ramp will be 15m wide. As per NHAI norms, the service road besides the ramp should be 7.5m on both sides plus there should be a 1m wide footpath on both sides,” he added.
“We need to acquire 150m stretch on Kamptee Road on both sides. Earlier, it was 250m but we reduced the length by making the increasing the gradient of the ramp. It can’t be minimized further,” said the source.
NHAI regional officer said that his agency would sanction the project as soon as land was available. “However, work on the structure is progressing at a satisfactory pace. If we have not paid our share so have NMC and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT),” he added.
- Sonegaon beautification on hold till lake is acquired Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Dec 27, 2018, 05:42 IST
Nagpur: Sonegaon Lake Beautification Project of Rs18.20 crore has landed in the doldrums. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been told to first acquire the water body and then execute the beautification project.
This came to fore at the meeting organized by state urban development department on Saturday. The UDD had given in-principle approval to the project in July 2017. The meeting was organized to give or hold approval to the project.
Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar was present at the meeting. Bangar told TOI a final decision is likely to be taken in the next meeting on December 28. “The project can be executed only after a decision by the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court since status quo has been ordered by the HC,” he said.
Sonegaon lake and embankment are grade-II heritage precincts and structures. Therefore, NMC had submitted an application seeking no objection certificate from Heritage Conservation Committee to execute the beautification project. The committee, in its meeting on December 21, 2017, made it mandatory for NMC to acquire the water body before executing the project. The committee also made it mandatory for the civic body to complete the process to change reservation of the lake from Sonegaon Tank to Sonegaon Lake Beautification and Rejuvenation Project.
This decision of the committee too came to fore at the meeting on Saturday.
The HC had imposed stay on two things — acquisition and changing reservation — March 13, 2000. Since then, the case filed by one of the two owners of the lake — Dr Rekharani Bhiwapurkar — is pending since then.
Two activists — Prashant Pawar and TH Naidu — had filed a petition in the HC demanding acquisition of the lake, objecting to NMC’s process to change reservation, and grant of transferable development right (TDR). The HC had also ordered status quo on changing reservation of the lake and granting TDR.
The project is now completely dependent upon the HC decisions in the two cases.
Despite being in private hands, NMC had executed works to rejuvenation the lake between 2012 and 2014 with the help of Rs 3.24 crore sanctioned by the government.
Under the beautification project, NMC has proposed to construct food court, parking, seating arena, green gym etc towards east of the lake. On south side, proposal is to construct a foot overbridge, pergola, toilet rooms, parking etc. Towards west side, NMC plans to construct a permanent embankment.
- Army finally clears widening of Automotive Sq to Kanhan Road Ashish Roy | TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 03:23 IST
Nagpur: Army has finally cleared the widening of Automotive Square to Kanhan Road, which was held up since last eight months. Now, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will be able to widen the road passing through Kamptee Cantonment. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting held between defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman, union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and several top officials of both ministries attended it.
NHAI project director Abhijit Jichkar said that the current width of the Nagpur-Kanhan Road passing through the cantonment is 15.24 metre. “The stretch passing through defence areas is 4.5 kilometres. We have to construct a six-lane road having width of 26 metre. Army did not allow us to work saying that the open land along the road belonged to it. The distance between its boundary walls is 30m. The problem started eight months and worked had stopped completely since last four months,” he added.
“We asked the district collector to provide a map of the area so that Army’s claim could be verified. However, superintendent of land records (SLR) did not have maps of the cantonment. Then, we asked Army officials to provide a map. Joint measurement survey was conducted on the basis of this map and the carriageway was found to be 25m wide. Army officials then asked us not to use the map,” said Jichkar.
Left with no option, NHAI officials approached Gadkari to get the problem solved. The minister held a meeting with Sitaraman in which ministry of defence (MoD) agreed to give working permission to the project. It will be assumed that land belongs to the Army. When the requisite record is found and if it shows that land indeed belongs to it, then equivalent area of land will be given to it elsewhere.
“We will send the minutes of the meeting to MoD after which it will issue a letter to chief of Kamptee Cantonment,” said Jichkar.
The length of Automotive Square to Kanhan Road is 18km. The cost of the project is Rs254 crore. Defence land is not the only obstacle in this project. There are encroachments along the road in Nagpur, Kamptee and Kanhan. While encroachments have been removed in Kamptee, the ones in Pili Nadi area and Kanhan still remain. According to Jichkar, the width of land available in these areas will be known only after measurement is done.
The target for completing the project was April 2019 but now NHAI reckons that it will extend up to July 2019. A railway underbridge (RuB) near Uppalwadi will take another six months. “There were water pipelines under the proposed RuB. The shifting work is about 90% complete. Now we will have to build the structure,” said the project director.
Meanwhile, NHAI has admitted that the Sadar flyover and Khapri railway overbridge (RoB) will not be complete on time. The target for both the projects is March 2019. Now the deadline has been extended till July 2019.
Project director Abhijit Jichkar said that the work of erecting the columns of the 4.5km long Sadar flyover was 100% complete. “The launching of superstructure has started,” he added. “The portion of Khapri RoB over the railway track will be completed by March and the remaining portion will be completed by July,” he further said.
Due to land acquisition problems, NHAI can’t spell out a date for completion of Pardi flyover.
- Forest dept asks SECR to construct new underpasses Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 03:48 IST
Nagpur: The Chandrapur Forest Circle has pitched for construction of new underpasses and cleaning of choked ones to save wild animals from train hits in Brahmapuri-Chandrapur section.
Amid uproar over death of three tiger cubs in Junona on November 15, by speeding Chanda Fort-Gondia passenger train, the chief conservator of forests (CCF), SV Ramarao, ordered a survey on mitigation steps to be suggested to the South East Central Railway (SECR), Nagpur, and accordingly has recommended a five-pronged strategy.
Ramarao in a communication to divisional railway manager (DRM), Nagpur, has pointed out that during the last 8 years, 24 wild animals have died on the tracks including 4 tigers, 2 sloth bears, 2 leopards, 4 hyenas, 4 bisons, 6 wild boars, 1 nilgai and 1 deer.
All these deaths have occurred between Ballarshah-Junona-Sindewahi-Talodi-Nagbhid-Brahmapuri section. The death toll may be even high if the section near Navegaon National Park is taken into consideration.
Ramarao said 60km of the railway line passes through dense forest patches which is inhabited by wild animals and more importantly it is a corridor used by tigers.
The Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), Chandrapur and Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) officials have been writing to SECR since 2012 but till now no efforts have been taken by the railways to mitigate the conflict.
Reiterating the communication with SECR in the past and after conducting a joint survey by forest staff and NGOs after three tiger deaths, Ramarao has suggested new underpasses in most vulnerable forested ranges of Mamla, Junona, Sindewahi, Chichpalli, Talodhi, Balapur, and Nagbhid in Brahmapuri and Chandrapur divisions.
“This is for the first time after the railway line between Gondia-Ballarshah was fully commissioned in 1999, such a step to conduct a survey for mitigation measures was taken. It is high time the SECR acts now. In years to come, the number of trains will increase and apparently will affect more number of animals,” said Suresh Chopne, regional environment committee (REC) member of the MoEFCC.
“We have also identified at least 19 railway poles where trains should run with a caution of 40 kmph. These patches fall in Junona, Mamla, Babupeth, Lohara, Mindala, and Brahmapuri,” said Ramarao.
The CCF said during maintenance and construction works along the tracks, the railway contractors have made some small pits in the area near tracks. These unwanted water-filled pits attract animals who get killed by speeding trains. During survey many unwanted pits were found between Bramhapuri-Sindewahi-Chandrapur.
Another issue that has been pointed out include existing underpasses which are not used by the animals as they are blocked. Of the three underpasses, two are in Sindewahi and one near Babupeth.
“As these underpasses are blocked, tigers use railway track to move either side and get hit. The three tiger cubs died after they avoided the underpass,” said Chandrapur honorary wildlife warden Bandu Dhotre.
Ramarao said he has suggested SECR to keep tracks clean in the forest patches. “It has been found that lot of waste food is thrown along the tracks by passengers attracting wild animals. This is one of the reasons why animals come along the tracks. “The railways need to take extra efforts to keep tracks clean along the dense forest patches,” he added.
Ramarao confirmed he wrote to SECR DRM and general manager on December 15. “I plan to meet SECR DRM and other officials soon,” he said.
In June 2018, the MoEFCC secretary CK Mishra has already pointed out to Railway Board chairman AK Lohani that even existing railway lines passing through the eco-sensitive zones (ESZ) may be modified as per the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) guidelines.
SECR officials did not respond to TOI queries. A copy of the report has also been sent to NTCA officials, who said they will write to the railways and PCCF (wildlife) too.
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- Govt deadline for Pardi flyover land acquisition to be missed Ashish Roy | TNN | Dec 30, 2018, 02:13 IST
Nagpur: Chief secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain had directed district collector Ashwin Mudgal and municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangad to complete land acquisition for the Pardi flyover and hand it over to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) by January 15. However, the district administration is going to fail to meet this deadline.
Work on the Rs665 crore flyover had started in March 2016 and the time for completion was three years. With hardly 25% work done, this is going to be another Ramjhula. Land acquisition is the main problem in this case.
NHAI regional officer M Chandrashekhar told TOI, “About 80% of our pillars have been erected but the rest can’t be constructed as land is not available. If we try to build them then the road will have to be closed for traffic, which is not possible. So the construction on road side has to be razed.”
NHAI needs 1.25 hectare land for constructing the pillars and also the ramps. It needs another 4 hectare for relocating the hawkers. “If hawkers are not provided an alternate site they will not move and people will not be able to use the flyover,” said Chandrashekhar.
Collector Mudgal admitted that the January 15 deadline was difficult to meet. “Work on acquiring the land has been going on since months. It has to be done under Section 126 of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1966,” he said.
“NMC had offered transferrable development rights (TDR) to the owners but they refused. So the only option is to pay them money. As NMC does not have the necessary funds it had applied to state government under Nagar Utthan Yojana for 70% amount. The government has agreed to the proposal,” said Mudgal.
NMC sent a letter to the collector a few days ago informing him of the state government decision. Mudgal then appointed sub-divisional officer (SDO) of Mouda as the land acquisition officer for this project. The SDO will issue notices to land owners for acquiring their land.
“We will able to acquire the land of owners who agree to accept monetary compensation, by January 15 or 20. The rest will take some time,” said Mudgal.
Even as NHAI is struggling to complete the project, Nagpur East MLA Krishna Khopade has appealed to union transport minister Nitin Gadkari to make it a 10 lane structure.
- 150 poor families out in cold as huts razed for road widening TNN | Dec 30, 2018, 04:33 IST
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Yavatmal: Over 150 families, most of them from tribal communities and labour class, were on Saturday rendered homeless and left to shiver in the cold after their huts on the city’s outskirts were razed by the authorities for road widening project.
The population of over 600, mostly comprising elderly people and kids, has been living in the shanties on Pimpalgaon bypass since last 40 years. According to the families, they have been paying their civic taxes regularly. One of the affected dwellers, Sangita Meshram, said, “Where should we go now and how to keep our little kids safe from the biting cold?”
. According to the families, they have been paying their property tax regularly. One of the affected dwellers, Sangita Meshram, said, “Where should we go now and how to keep our little kids safe from the biting cold?”
More than 150 police personnel prevented any protest against the demolition drive carried out by the Yavatmal Municipal Council and B&C department. Sources said those who tried to object the “illegal” act were beaten and rounded up by the Lohara police on charges of causing obstruction in government work.
The dwellers said during the last 2-3 months political leaders had tried to assure them that they won’t be rendered homeless.
Sitting Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali had led two morchas to the district collector’s office for the tribals. Even BSP district chief Tarique Lokhandwala had led a morcha and submitted a memorandum of demands to the collector.
It is learnt, district collector Rajesh Deshmukh had received go-ahead from guardian minister Madan Yerawar for the drive. However, when contacted, the collector told TOI that he had no information and will speak after the District Planning Council meeting scheduled on Saturday.
MC chief Kanchantai Chaudhari said it was the decision of the B&C and she does not have details.
Gawali said, “We have shortlisted the affected 82 families having BPL cards for the PM’s Awas Yojana. The Municipal Council has got funds and land for it.” She added that despite repeated requests, the authorities concerned did not pay heed to their just demands.
- ‘NMC plans two garbage collection operators next yr’ Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Dec 30, 2018, 03:36 IST
Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), after the lapse of contract of existing operator Kanak Resources Management Limited (KRML), will appoint two garbage collection operators next year. This was informed by municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar at a press meet here on Saturday.
He said the state government’s directive to collect garbage charges of Rs60 per house per month will also be tabled before the general body for its approval.
The municipal commissioner said the new garbage collection operators will be appointed with a condition to not dump garbage on surface layer anywhere across the city. “There are 170 garbage collection points in the existing system. Plan is to allow only 10 garbage transfer stations that too one in each of ten zones. Private operators will have to collect and transport wet and dry garbage separately at any cost,” he said.
Bangar further said the works of Waste to Energy Project will kick off soon. “Garbage bio-mining, which will be an ambitious project of the NMC, will kick off within a month. In the project, the existing garbage at Bhandewadi dumping yard will be processed completely,” he said.
Claiming the civic body’s financial conditions improved to a great extent after receiving special grants and hike in GST grant, Bangar said discussions are on to launch amnesty scheme for property tax. “There was poor response to amnesty scheme last year. We will plan the scheme in such a manner that it gets good response this time. I have already started one time settlement (OTS) facility on case-to-case basis. Target is to distribute demand notes to all soon. We will take strict action like auction of properties if taxpayers do not pay the tax. Action will also be taken against staffers neglecting recovery as at present recovery is unsatisfactory,” he said.
The commissioner said efforts are also on to improve revenue from building plan sanctions, markets, advertisement hoardings etc. “Financial assistance from the government is always welcome. But we need to find new revenue sources and increase them from existing sources. Online Building Plan Management System (BPMS) will be restarted soon,” he said.
Bangar also said he is approachable to all who is having problems with the NMC services. “Need is to build confidence among the people especially taxpayers about the NMC. Everything depends upon support of the people. I am sure people will support in all manners if gets confidence about the NMC,” he said.
On OCW’s performance, Bangar said issues like contaminated water supply needs to be tackled soon. “Complaints of contaminated water supply are high. Decision on various issues related to OCW is pending. Once general body takes the decision, we will expedite things including 24X7 water supply project,” he said.
Bangar said the additional financial burden of around Rs8-10 crore per month will come on the NMC if 7th Pay Commission is implemented. “Need is to come up with a plan to pay it in instalments or any other options. General body will take the final call,” he said.
Like mayor Nanda Jichkar, Bangar too feels NMC should get total funds of big developmental projects from the central and the state governments instead of asking for NMC’s shares in it.
- APMC fined Rs 50k for burning garbage Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 1, 2019, 19:51 IST
NAGPUR: Following complaints from residents to district's guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation's health department imposed Rs 50,000 penalty on the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Kalamna, for burning garbage in the open.
Health department officials informed city mayor Nanda Jichkar about the action on Monday during a review meeting over complaints received during janta darbar of the minister.
The NMC has also issued a notice to the APMC under Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000, the officer informed.
Mayor expressed anguish when corporators informed about inaction by the health department on garbage dumping in open plots. To this, officials said that most of the open plots are under the jurisdiction of Nagpur Improvement Trust. Mayor directed the NMC to impose fine on plot owners.
Jichkar also asked the administration to resolve complaints pertaining to defunct streetlights, encroachments, choked sewer lines, contaminated water and cleanliness.
- Nagpur Municipal Corporation relaxes interest on late payment of property tax Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 1, 2019, 13:19 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has relaxed norms of interest on late payment of property tax. Now, interest will be applicable only after three months of receiving the demand notes.
Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar has approved the proposal of the property tax department seeking relaxation in norms of interest. The decision has been taken following the civic body’s failure to complete revaluation drive under new property tax system of rent chart+ready reckoner value. Also, property tax is increasing by 2-5 times in new system. Hence, the NMC decided to go soft on the taxpayers.
As per the NMC’s rules, it is the responsibility of taxpayers to pay property tax even if they have not received demand notes from the NMC. The taxpayers have to pay property tax of first six months (April 1 to September 30) within three months of receiving the demand notes. If they fail to do so, interest of 2% per month become applicable.
Tax of remaining six months (October 1 to March 31) is to be paid on or before December 31. If not, interest of 2% per month is applicable. The same is mentioned in the demand notes issued by the property tax department.
Under the revaluation drive, the NMC has been able to complete revaluation of 5 of total 6 lakh properties. Demand notes of 4.30 lakh properties have been issued. The process to prepare and issue demand notes to remaining properties is still going on.
The relaxation in the norms of interest will also be applicable for the last fiscal if taxpayers have not received demand notes. Interest of 2% per month will be applicable if any taxpayer is owing dues. Interest will be levied only on the due amount.
The revaluation drive has been delayed to a great extent. The drive was launched in November 2015 through private agency — Cybertech Systems and Software. The agency was supposed to complete revaluation of all properties within 22 months from November 2015. This means the drive has been delayed by 15 months.
Due to the delay, the cash-strapped NMC also received less revenue from property tax. Revenue from property tax is around Rs120 crore as of now in this fiscal. Target from property tax is Rs 509 crore. Only three months are remaining for end of the fiscal.
- For NMC, Metro Mall MoU comes first, then approval Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 3, 2019, 03:03 IST
Nagpur: Throwing norms to the wind, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) continues to assign work to private players without standing committee approval.
The latest example is the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the NMC and MahaMetro for construction of Metro Mall under London Street Project, which has been rechristened as Orange City Street Project. Though the MoU was signed on December 20, standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja approved the draft proposal in a meeting on Wednesday (January 2).
The panel has also approved releasing Rs11 crore advance to MahaMetro to start the work. Besides this, the committee also cleared the proposal of the project department that NMC will pay 2.5% of the total cost of Metro Mall to MahaMetro for execution, Kukreja told media persons.
The civic administration has apparently violated the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act by not submitting the draft MoU between NMC and MahaMetro in the general body meeting. The 151-member NMC House has the right to know the contents of the MoU. Instead of taking nod of the House and the standing committee, the civic administration bypassed the rules.
Kukreja, however, could not give reply to queries raised over why the rules were not being followed.
To a query, he claimed that Rs50 crore had been earmarked for the Orange City Street project. “Provision of Rs11 crore has been made from this head,” he clarified. “If things go well, bhoomipuja for the Metro Mall will be performed mid-January,” he said.
The standing committee has also cleared 71 other proposals pertaining to various projects. Of these, the standing panel has given nod to sponsor three private events following demand from corporators — ‘Bhim Buddh Geet’ (Rs30 lakh), ‘Aamhi Bhartache Lok’ (Rs20 lakh) and Rs30 lakh for ‘Adivasi Mahotsav’.
The panel, however, withheld the NMC’s general administration department’s proposal to appoint private taxi operators for hiring 70 four-wheelers for office-bearers and officials for a period of two years. The proposal has shrouded in controversy for various reasons.
The standing panel also gave nod to forward the proposal of the administration to end the annual tenure of eight members from the 13-member standing committee to the general body meeting. The tenure of eight members — five from ruling BJP, two Congress and one BSP corporators — will come to end on March 1, 2019.