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    Choked sewage, stink irk Gandhi Layout residents

    tnn | Aug 14, 2018, 05:38 IST



    Nagpur: For over a month now, residents in Gandhi Layout in Jaffar Nagar area are annoyed by the inundation of sewage water.

    After being contacted by some readers, TOI visited the area and noticed the unhygienic conditions Gandhi layout residents were living under — sewage water overflowing from chambers, street filled with sewage water and the resultant stench making breathing difficult.

    Due to heavy discharge of domestic sewerage, the drain often overflows and the adjoining open plot turns into a pond of sewage creating health hazard for the residents.

    “It is giving a tough time to the residents and passersby. Besides keeping their windows and doors closed every time, even passersby have to hold their breath until they walk or drive past the area,” said Shaheed Khan, a resident. The water emanates foul smell and drinking water gets contaminated on a regular basis.

    According to residents, NMC officials at Mangalwari zone were paying no heed to their regular complaints. “We also informed about the problems to corporators, but to no avail,” said Shoeb Syed, another resident.

    The poorly maintained sewage system is also giving health scare to the residents. Recently, a senior citizen slipped and injured his leg. Another resident Javed Sheikh said the stagnant contaminated water attracts fleas and mosquitoes. “In the last one month, many residents have been hospitalized,” he claimed. Outbreak of diseases like malaria, cholera and dengue is common in the area, said residents.

    They further alleged that the drinking water is also getting contaminated due to leakage in sewer lines. “The water has a foul smell and we have to boil it and add chlorine to purify it,” said Khan. “Groundwater of the area is highly polluted. We can’t use water of our wells,” he added.

    “Not a day passes out without accidents taking place on this internal lane. The accidents were due to sewer overflow as it had also damaged the road patch which was asphalted last year,” said Shoeb.

    Residents said during the past one month, the road was cut off for traffic. But this problem persists forever due to indifferent attitude of the civic body.

    They alleged that no measures have been taken to address sewage overflow. Corporator of the area, Sandip Jadhav, admitted that the residents suffer due to the overflowing drain. He pointed out that the health department (sanitation) had made a few attempts to set right the problem, but failed to find a permanent solution.







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      ‘Over half industries in state polluting’

      Manka Behl | tnn | Aug 14, 2018, 05:40 IST


      Nagpur: Over half of the 13,200 pollution tests from industries in Maharashtra were found to be “exceeding” the regulatory standards.

      This fact was brought out in ‘A Roadmap Towards Cleaning India’s Air’ which was released in New Delhi on Monday during the national conference on Innovations in Pollution Regulation. It was organized by Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC-India) and Tata Centre for Development at University of Chicago (TCD).

      To help improve India’s air quality, researchers from the Chicago as well as Harvard universities laid out five key evidence-based policy recommendations. The roadmap states that the 13,200 tests were from September 2012-February this year and were digitized in collaboration with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).

      In its recommendations, the report cited Maharashtra’s star-rating programme and stated that such measures are essential to provide information about polluters to public.

      “Access to results of inspections and emission records are generally restricted to regulators. However, public disclosure of this information can lead to pressure from civil society groups as well as from investors. Also, transparency initiatives encourage regulators to improve the reliability of data,” the report stated.

      Currently, hundreds of large industrial plants across the state are being rated under this programme based on the emissions of particulate matter.

      The roadmap further recommends that the pollution control board should make the polluting industries compensate for the environmental damage they cause. “Though the board cannot levy penalties, it can ensure imposing monetary charges from polluting industries for excess emissions,” it added.

      MPCB’s joint director for air pollution control Vidyadhar Motghare, who participated in the national conference, stated that the star-rating programme was changing the state’s fight against air pollution. “As the data is now transparent, people’s participation in the state is also increasing,” he said.

      The other recommendations include improving the monitoring of industrial emissions by aligning incentives of auditors, provision of real-time data on emissions, providing the public with information about polluters and using markets to reduce abatement costs and pollution.






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        Dates to submit bids for city airport extended, again

        Shishir Arya | tnn | Aug 15, 2018, 05:48 IST



        Nagpur: Dates for submitting bids for Nagpur airport has been extended once again. The financial bids were supposed to be submitted by five private players shortlisted by Mihan India Limited (MIL) on Tuesday.

        For the second time, the companies have asked for more time to weigh the proposal and calculate the bid amounts to be put up. The private companies shortlisted to bid for the airport include GVR, GVK, PNC Infrastructure, Essel Group and Tata Realty.

        Initially, the bids were scheduled to be submitted on June 14, but the companies had sought an extension on the same grounds. One of the other major reasons for the delay is insistence by companies that MIL should do away with the requirement of building a second runway. If not so, then the timeline should be extended at least, say private players.

        The private player bagging the airport deal is supposed to build the second runway within four years of taking over. MIL has ruled out any chance of deleting the clause on second runway.

        However, a proposal to extend the time period to 6 years or so has been put up before the project monitoring and inspection committee (PMIC). PMIC is a state government panel overseeing the privatization process, said a source.

        MIL will, however, have to also take the Indian Air Force (IAF) into confidence before taking a decision on the second runway. This is because the runway is primarily being built for the IAF base, which has been shifted around 2km away from its original site close to the existing runway. As the traffic increases, it is expected that the second runway will also be needed for the civilian aircraft.

        The IAF earlier had a base which stationed IL-76 transport aircraft. The base was shifted to Chandigarh over five years ago and replaced by a helicopter unit. A new site of 400 hectares has been allotted to the IAF. As the site is away from the airport, a second runway will have to be made for IAF planes to land.

        Sources say for the IAF, Nagpur is an ideal site in strategic terms to have a transport base. Delay in settling land affairs by the state government is also considered to be one of the reasons for IAF to shift its base up in the north.

        Meanwhile, official sources said building of the second runway can be delayed as it would take time to set up the new IAF base also. The runway, if built early and left unused, can be damaged. Rather, it should be timed with coming up of the IAF base.






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          NMC’s 360 view: Civic body surrounded by debt

          TNN | Updated: Aug 17, 2018, 06:02 IST

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          NAGPUR: Even though Nagpur Municipal Corporation succeeded in ending the strike by the three Red bus operators, and the contractors’ sit-in protest, by releasing part payments and assurances, the civic body is facing over Rs360 crore debt burden, and appears to be at a loss in finding ways out of this by increasing revenues.

          The actual outstanding amount of the civic body is more, as the accounts and finance section has received bills of around Rs260 crore only, with another Rs100 crore dues towards pension and provident fund of employees. Sources in accounts department said bills of many works are still pending with various departments, including public works, health and workshop departments. If all the dues are taken into consideration, NMC’s liabilities might cross Rs500 crore.

          The main source of income for NMC is the tax collected from property owners in the city, other than minor sources like rent revenue from shops in market areas, from which it has managed to generate Rs138 crore in this financial year. NMC heaved a sigh of relief when it got the Goods and Services Tax grant of over Rs260 crore in the current fiscal.

          However, NMC could only manage to pay a chunk of its committed expenditure of Rs95 crore with the GST grant.

          “Though NMC succeeded in ending the bus operators strike and contractors agitation by assuring to clear their dues by the end of this month, it will not be an easy task for the civic body to overcome this crisis,” admitted a source in the accounts department.

          NMC officials admit that the civic body is cash-strapped and is finding it tough to make payments to project contractors on time. Unable to clear dues, the civic body is depriving more than 25 lakh residents of various facilities.

          It is hampering important works to be performed by the civic body pertaining to sanitation, waste management, malaria and dengue control, and health care. Many contractors entrusted to carry out works of laying sewer lines have not even started the work due to pending payments, claimed Nagpur Municipal Corporation Contractors’ Welfare Association (NMCCWA) president Vijay Nayudu. He said the contractors will intensify their agitation if the civic body fails to clear dues within a month.

          Noting that there was a dire need to increase revenue, the civic administration had attempted many times to improve financial condition by introducing many revenue oriented reforms like levying charges for collecting door-to-door garbage, pay and park schemes, and increase in bus fares etc. The proposals, however, were rejected by the ruling BJP at NMC. The opposition Congress too has said it will oppose any attempt to ‘further burden the people of Nagpur’.

          Though standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja was not available for comments, leaders of the ruling BJP feel that instead of increasing tax, NMC should focus on widening the tax base. “A lakh properties in the city are outside the tax ambit. Only five lakh are paying tax to us. We should try to bring more properties under the tax net,” said chairman of tax consultative committee and former standing committee chairman Sandeep Jadhav.

          “There are a lakh new properties which have already been identified and it will definitely increase the property tax revenue for the civic body. We can get Rs300 crore if these properties are targeted,” said Jadhav.

          To overcome mounting liabilities, some senior ruling party corporators have also approached the state government and urged it to provide some financial grants. “We hope the government acts fast since every passing day is leading to increase in liabilities,” said a senior corporator.





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            ‘Circular economy is much more than waste mgmt’

            TNN | Updated: Aug 17, 2018, 06:10 IST


            P Ram Babu addresses the gathering

            NAGPUR: CSIR- National environmental engineering research institute (Neeri) organized their annual Prof P Khanna memorial lecture at their auditorium, on Tuesday.

            Paravastu Rambabu, chief executive office of RSM GC Advisory Services, Mumbai and former deputy director at Neeri, delivered the lecture on the topic ‘Can circular economy be the next renewable energy?’

            J S Pandey, chief scientist and science secretary of institute was present among the dignitaries on dais.

            Remembering the dynamic personality of Khanna, Rambabu said, “While conducting researches, focusing on the appropriate concept is more important that merely exploring the data. Khanna was a committed and disciplined researcher and wise enough to scrunitize things precisely.”

            Citing some examples, he said that Khanna raised the status of the institute at the national and international level, and initiated vital R & D areas which brought revolutionary transformation.

            Speaking about the recently emerging concept of circular economy he said, “It is slightly different from renewable energy. Here, we don’t focus on simply recycling the product but try to repair it or use its elements to their maximal capacity. This will extend the life of the product and slows its deterioration process.”

            In the regenerative system of circular economy, we design a product in a fashion where waste can be recycle, its parts can be repaired and reassembled to make it function like before. It’s more than just waste management, he added.

            PET bottles in mixed waters can be incinerated but economic pay off from the energy generate is quite low. But recovering the bottles material value through mixed recyclables or bottle to bottle recycling can generate high economic pay off.

            He informed, “At present, PET bottles are among the easiest products to recycle, and it is no wonder that a large number of them are being recycled in India due to which it has grown to become a multi-crore industry.”










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              Posh Laxmi Nagar zone on top for lack of civic sense, reveals report

              Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Aug 18, 2018, 05:37 IST


              Nagpur: It’s a common perception that the citizens living in West Nagpur area, particularly the Laxmi Nagar zone, are more educated as compared to those in other parts of the city. But a report by nuisance detection squad (NDS) put them on top for “lack of civic sense” among all ten zones of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

              The zone comes under chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s southwest constituency.

              Commencing their patrolling drive from December 11 last year, the NDS caught 1,631 residents and shopkeepers from this zone for creating civic nuisance and collected a fine of Rs 12.14 lakh from them. Most of the violators were caught for littering in public places, followed by encroachments on footpath and urinating in open spaces, as per the statistics compiled by the NMC.

              After Laxmi Nagar zone, the squad caught 1,549 citizens from Mangalwari zone, which includes areas like Sadar, Chhaoni, Raj Nagar and collected fine of Rs 12.56 lakh from them. It was followed by Ashi Nagar, which includes areas such as Jaripatka, Nara Nari etc. Here, the civic cops caught 1,462 people and recovered Rs 15 lakh fine. The civic cops keep a close watch in areas like bus stops and railway stations for anyone littering and spitting, apart from committing other civic offences, said an officer from NMC’s sanitation department.

              Retired defence personnel appointed as civic cops are doing their job well. Despite instances of interference by the political parties, 10,585 violators were fined Rs 97.32 lakh in the first eight months of NDS’ launch in December last year.

              As per the report, dumping construction material on the roads and footpaths is one of the biggest nuisances. The squad had penalized 3,642 citizens and recovered Rs 51.52 lakh from them so far. It was followed by action on hawkers (1,799 cases and Rs 4.60 lakh fine), garbage dumping (908 cases and Rs 2.32 lakh fine) and 798 cases of open defecation and urinating (Rs 1.01 lakh fine).

              NDS also penalized 257 traders for keeping banned plastic bags and utensils and collected a fine of Rs 12.17 lakh.

              Till March 31 this year, 7,368 Nagpurians were fined over Rs 49.97 lakh. As citizens were not paying any heed to the restrictions imposed by the NMC and continued polluting the city’s environment, the fine amount was doubled from April 1.

              As per the revised rules, civic cops started collecting Rs 100-10,000 fine for such acts. The fine for spitting has been revised from Rs 50 to Rs 100, while the penalty for open urination has been doubled from Rs 100 to Rs 200.

              But it seems that the act has failed to deter citizens as civic cops continue to fine them for polluting the city, the officer said.




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                NMC to get Rs 1.30cr weed cleaning boat

                Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Aug 18, 2018, 05:38 IST



                Nagpur: Water bodies in the city may soon be free of weeds as Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco) has expressed its willingness to donate a weed cleaning boat to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

                “Hudco wishes to donate a weed cleaning boat to the NMC to maintain city’s water bodies,” confirmed a senior official from the civic body’s environment department.

                The NMC has also prepared a detailed project report for Hudco. The city has 13 lakes and the prospect of water hyacinth choking almost 10 water bodies looms large as both the civic authorities — NMC and Nagpur Improvement Trust — have failed to control the weed.

                Due to lack of corrective measures by the NMC to control pollution, water hyacinth has spread over most water bodies in the city, affecting aquatic life as well as water quality.

                The NMC could take two measures to keep the water bodies clean — either by stopping pollution or cleaning the water bodies manually. However, the NMC has taken no measures to stop pollution by letting in sewage water, immersion of idols and dumping of solid waste.

                For the last couple of years, the NMC had launched a mega awareness drive to save lakes from immersion of idols and dumping of nirmalya. But as there was no measure to curb sewage water entering the lakes, the effort proved futile.

                Even TOI had on many occasions highlighted how sewage water was polluting lakes in the city. Swathes of weed can be seen in Lendi Talao, Naik Talao, Ambazari, Pardi and even Futala lake.

                As manual cleaning is not conducted regularly, the NMC has failed to de-weed the lakes, admitted a senior official from NMC’s environment section.

                “The swathes of weed over the water body prevent penetration of sunlight reducing the quality of water. The decaying vegetative parts too add to the environmental hazards,” he clarified.

                The ‘special boat’ costs around Rs1.30 crore and Hudco has agreed to donate it to the NMC under its corporate social responsibility. “The NMC has also urged Hudco to maintain the machine for at least seven years, while the civic body has agreed to bear the fuel cost,” he said.

                Once the civic body receives the weed cleaning boat, it will prepare a roster on rotation basis to clean the lakes, the official said, adding the NMC will go in for periodical de-weeding of the lakes and it should not be a one-off affair because weeds would grow soon after the de-weeding exercise.

                IAN

                City has 13 lakes and due to lack of corrective measures, water hyacinth has spread over most of them

                Swathes of weed over the water body prevent penetration of sunlight affecting aquatic life and water quality

                Hudco proposes to donate ‘special boat’ to the NMC under its corporate social responsibility

                NMC has urged Hudco to maintain the machine for at least seven years




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                  Rainwater harvesting must for houses with over 125 sq mt built up area: Zalke

                  TNN | Aug 20, 2018, 01:10 IST



                  Nagpur: If a house has more than 125 sq mt or 1,500 sq ft built up area, then rainwater harvesting will be mandatory and architects will have to attach a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the groundwater survey department for further approval. “Plans will be approved only on fulfilling these norms,” said water supply committee chairman Pintu Zalke at a review meeting held at Nagpur Municipal Corporation.

                  Zalke also reviewed previous year’s committee’s zonal water meeting report and bills were discussed, according to which Rs200 crore has to be recovered this year.

                  The water supply committee held the meeting to discuss burning issues relating to water shortage and to plan further course of action for the department.

                  When member Harish Gwalbanshi questioned the changes made in water supply timetable of Dharampeth and Mangalwari zones, Zalke said, “From now on OCW must take the local ward member into confidence before taking any such decision.”

                  Zalke, reviewing the issue of emergency water supply measures, said the problem of water shortage in Southwest Nagpur will be resolved soon.

                  The meeting also decided to install water ATMs at various workplaces in the city, for which a survey has been conducted. This scheme is being implemented on experimental basis at Laxmi Nagar in Southwest Nagpur. Deputy engineer Manoj Ganvir said, “The committee will decide the rates and will send the proposal forward for further action.”

                  Deputy leader Narendra Borkar, deputy chairman Shradha Pathak, members Jayshree Rarokar and Sanjay Burrevar, executive engineer Aniruddha Chaujjankar, executive engineer of water supply Pradeep Rajgire, deputy engineer Manoj Ganveer, vice-president of OCW Rajesh Kalra were also present.







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                    Kelibagh rd widening: NMC needs Rs116.51cr to pay compensation

                    Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Aug 20, 2018, 02:46 IST



                    Nagpur: The cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is set to approach Maharashtra government to pay Rs116.51 crore compensation to 139 property owners who would be affected by widening the 1.3km Kelibagh Road patch from the existing 15m to 24m.

                    NMC needs around 1,455.82 square metres land for the road widening. Apart from individual property owners, many affected portions of the land are owned by NMC, state government and Matru Seva Sangh Hospital.

                    Though NMC has already issued demolition notices to 139 shopkeepers and residential property owners, it has to compensate the affected people. The civic body has started demolition of its 10 properties and 40 properties owned by Nazul department.

                    NMC had offered three options — either transfer of development rights, floor space index as compensation to the property owners or monetary compensation, said a senior official from NMC’s town planning department. But, they agreed for monetary compensation, he said. So with the help of district collector’s land acquisition department, the NMC has calculated the compensation pegged at Rs116.51 crore.

                    Under Maharashtra Suvarna Jayanti Nagarotthan Mahabhiyan, the NMC is seeking monetary help from the urban development department. According a senior official from the town planning department, the state government funds 75% compensation amount to any civic body which needs land for widening of road or construction of flyover or railway over /under bridge.

                    Meanwhile, with promise from Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari to provide financial assistance to undertake widening of 3.28km congested stretch of old Bhandara Road from Mayo Hospital to Sunil Hotel T-point, the NMC has speeded up the process. Despite this, many shopkeepers have allegedly renovated their shops.

                    NMC’s town planning department along with officials from Gandhibagh zone has started marking central line. According to officials from Gandhibagh zone, the marking will include identification of road width, survey number and survey plot number of commercial and residential properties along the road. As per city survey records, the road stretch passes through 5 to 6 city survey sheets, he explained.

                    Currently, the road widths vary from 20 feet to 50ft which is not enough for a hassle-free traffic movement. Even at some places, encroachments have reduced the road width to just four metres while at other places the width is 14-15 metres.

                    “After completion of central line marking, the extent of area that needs to be acquired and property analysis will be done and meetings with property owners will be held,” he said. To a query, the officer said already the Gandhibagh zone has issued notices to around 490 property owners on this stretch seeking their opinion over mode of compensations they are looking for.












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                      MSEDCL shocker: Gross metering for solar rooftop

                      Ashish Roy | TNN | Aug 21, 2018, 03:43 IST

                      Nagpur: Rattled by the exodus of its consumers towards solar generation, MSEDCL is taking all steps to scuttle the solar rooftop policy. After seeking a surcharge of Rs1.26 per unit on such consumers, the discom has proposed to replace net metering by gross metering. The decision in this regard will be taken by Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC).

                      Gross metering will make solar rooftop unviable. Under net metering, the excess units used by consumers are charged at MSEDCL tariff. Under gross metering, the entire consumption will be charged at MSEDCL tariff, and solar energy generated by the consumer will be deducted from it.

                      This can be understood with an example. If a consumer uses 500 units and generates 450 units. Under net metering, he will be billed for 50 units at MSEDCL tariff. However, under gross metering he will be billed for all 500 units at MSEDCL tariff while MSEDCL will buy the 450 units generated by him at average cost of renewable energy purchased by the discom.

                      As MSEDCL has a slab system, the bill for 500 units used will be very high, the average being around Rs9 per unit. Against this, the average cost of renewable energy is Rs6 per unit. This means that the consumer will have to pay MSEDCL at the rate of Rs3 per unit for the 500 units he consumes. Under net metering, he pays for only 50 units at low rates, because the tariff for 0-100 units is low.

                      The consumer will not benefit even if he generates more than 500 units under gross metering, whereas he will get a negative bill under net metering.

                      Power consultant Ajit Prasad Ganguly slammed the policy, saying that small consumers will find that their return on investment is not coming. “Consumers should be given an option of going in for net or gross metering. This is done in Karnataka,” he said.

                      “Net metering can be for domestic and commercial consumers up to a certain sanctioned load. Gross metering can be available for industrial or big commercial consumers,” said the expert.

                      The central government has set a target of generating 40,000MW from solar rooftop by 2022. It had failed to meet its target for 2017-18 by 500MW. MSEDCL wants to discourage solar rooftop despite missing the target.






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