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- NMC wants Rs 800cr to take over NIT layouts Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Jan 3, 2019, 05:06 IST
Nagpur: Even though chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is for accelerating the dissolution of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja said the civic body won’t takeover 3,000 non-developed layouts unless the agency gives Rs 800 crore for development works.
Most layouts fall under Gunthewari Act and without basic amenities like sewer lines, water networks etc. TOI has highlighted this many times.
Addressing mediapersons on Wednesday, Kukreja said NIT is ready to hand over the layouts under its jurisdiction to NMC. “But we need at least Rs 700 to Rs 800 crore for development of civic amenities in around 3,000 layouts,” he said.
“However, the NIT has expressed its inability to pay citing its financial crisis,” he said, adding even if the NMC takes over the properties, its liabilities will increase manifold.
Kukreja said given the NMC’s present financial condition, it would not be able could carry out development work in these layouts.
On Wednesday, Kukreja asked the civic administration to speed up recovery of property tax in all 10 zones. Against a target of Rs 509 crore, which included Rs 300 crore arrears, Kukreja said with only three months left for the financial year to end, the administration has generated less than one-fourth or Rs140 crore only.
Of the Rs 300 crore arrears, the NMC could manage to recover Rs 33 crore only, Kukreja said. To a query, he said the BJP-ruled NMC is not in a mood to give amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters. Recently, municipal commissioner Abhijeet Bangar hinted that the civic administration is planning to launch amnesty scheme for tax defaulters.
“The power to provide amnesty scheme lies with the municipal commissioner, but we feel that such schemes are no solution to recover property tax and arrears,” he said.
According to Kukreja, who has convened a meeting with municipal commissioner over increasing tax recovery soon, the daily recovery of property tax should be enhanced from Rs 2.50 crore to Rs 4 crore per day then only the target can be achieved.
Kukreja has also directed the market department to take help of legal department to achieve Rs 13.75 crore target from its markets and shops. Till December end, the department has recovered Rs 4.31 crore, he said.
He claimed that by May end, the NMC’s electric department would install 1 lakh LED streetlights across the city. So far, the NMC had replaced 16,500 LED streetlights.
- Only 146 buildings in Nagpur have rainwater harvesting system: Officials
The NMC is constructing the new hospital under National Urban health Mission.TNN | January 04, 2019, 16:00 IST
NAGPUR: Almost 10 years after the Nagpur Municipal Corporation made it mandatory to install rainwater harvesting system (RWH) for all new constructions above 1,000 sq metres in the city limits, only 146 buildings have implemented the method.
However, 120 buildings have violated the mandatory norms and the NMC has recovered Rs51,796 fine from these establishments, informed officials from town planning department at a review meeting convened by estate consultative committee chairman Sanjay Bangale on Thursday.
Bangale expressed anguish after assistant municipal commissioners (AMCs) from six zones failed to provide updates about implementation of RWH in their areas. He directed administration to issue show cause notices to the erring AMCs and gave 10 days deadline to deputy municipal commissioner Rajesh Mohite to submit the details.
He also asked the civic administration to expedite the proposal of constructing new OPD and maternity home in place of Buty Hospital in Sitabuldi and submit the construction plan within 15 days before the state and central governments for approval.
The NMC is constructing the new hospital under National Urban health Mission.
- MahaMetro saves Rs1,850cr in Nagpur Metro Phase-II Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 4, 2019, 02:38 IST
Nagpur: After reducing the cost of Phase-I of Nagpur Metro, MahaMetro has lowered the price of Phase-II by about Rs1,850 crore using the techniques employed in the underconstruction project.
A MahaMetro official said, “The cost of Phase-I is Rs8,680 crore while the length is 38.5 kilometres. The cost per km comes to Rs225.45 crore. This was calculated as per 2014 current schedule of rates (CSR). Every year, the CSR — the price of raw materials and labour — increases by about 5%. The cost of Phase-II was calculated as per 2018 CSR. So, the rates were 20% higher. If the escalation and length of Phase-II (48.3km) is multiplied by cost per km of Phase-I, then the figure is Rs13,067 crore. However, our estimate is Rs11,216 crore, which is Rs1,851 crore less.”
Explaining the methods used to reduce the cost, the official said, “These are the same ones, which we employed to reduce the cost of Phase-I beyond that estimated by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in the detailed project report (DPR).”
DMRC had recommended a heavy and wide viaduct. MahaMetro reduced the width and weight of viaduct. This also reduced the strength of pillars upholding it. The cost of viaduct is less by 15% than that if DMRC’s specifications were adopted. The reduced size will not compromise with safety and stability of the structure.
DMRC had designed the platforms for six coaches. MahaMetro reckons that it will take some years before six coach trains are required in Nagpur. So the length of the platforms has been reduced.
MahaMetro has decided not to construct separate depots for Phase-II. The ones in Mihan and Hingna Road will be used. The coaches used for Phase I will be used for Phase II too and the number of extra coaches needed has been reduced.
On the operational side, which does not reflect in the cost, MahaMetro will use solar energy in Phase-II, which will lead to cost saving.
- MahaMetro agrees to pay for SNDL cable damage Ashish Roy | tnn | Jan 5, 2019, 05:31 IST
Nagpur: Even though over nine agencies have damaged the power cables of SNDL, only MahaMetro has agreed to replace them. MahaMetro has told SNDL a joint survey would be carried out by their officials with SNDL and MSEDCL for this purpose.
MahaMetro spokesperson told TOI if a cable has been damaged at four to five places in a span of 100 metres they would replace the cable. “However, we have not received any proposal from SNDL after the meeting,” he said. SNDL business head Sonal Khurana said MahaMetro had not taken any initiative.
According to Khurana, Metro had damaged SNDL cables at 29 places. “This has caused damage worth Rs 1.09 crore and loss of electricity units during interruption was worth Rs 10.28 lakh. Thus the total loss is Rs 1.2 crore,” he told TOI.
SNDL chief said National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) was the biggest culprit having caused a loss ofRs 1.64 crore followed by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) at Rs 1.32 crore. “These two agencies and also others have not given any assurance on compensating us. We will wait for some for time and then drag them to court,” he added.
Other agencies that have damaged cables and loss caused by them are: OCW - Rs 67 lakh, Reliance Jio - Rs 48 lakh, L&T - Rs 39 lakh, PWD - Rs 27 lakh, NIT - Rs 8.5 lakh and others - Rs 89 lakh.
Khurana pointed out the cables were MSEDCL property and SNDL was just maintaining them. “When we hand back the franchisee area to MSEDCL it will ask us to replace the damaged cables. Why should we pay for what others have done,” he asked.
According to him if a cable is repeatedly damaged it starts developing fault on its own causing power supply disruptions. “This has already happened several times. The consumers are unaware of the reason and they blame us,” said Khurana.
- Need to put illegal layout developers in jail: Gadkari Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 5, 2019, 05:55 IST
Union minister Nitin Gadkari, along with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Friday performed bhoomipuja of p... Read More
NAGPUR: City MP and union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari said developers of unauthorized layouts should be sent to jail.
Gadkari, along with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Friday performed bhoomipuja of proposed road connecting Wanjari Nagar overhead water tank with Ajni cement road near railway overbridge.
Gadkari said people suffer due to unauthorized layouts. “Developers mark layout and sell plots on lands reserved for various purposes in city’s development plan. We are unable to provide basic amenities in these layouts. Stringent action is required against such developers,” he said.
Gadkari announced road connecting city with Katol and Umred will be converted into four-lane. “Road from city to Bhandara will become six-lane. Funds for these three works have already been approved,” he said.
Fadnavis said World Economic Forum in its report has stated Nagpur will be among top 10 cities in entire World by 2035. “Large number of developmental projects were executed in the city in the last four years while many are going on,” he said.
Fadnavis thanked Gadkari for getting clearance for road from Wanjari Nagar overhead water tank to Ajni cement road. “The project was pending for last many years. It was facing one or other problems. But Gadkari could get the project cleared,” he said.
Gadkari has approved funds from Central road fund for the project. The state’s public works department will execute the project.
Fadnavis and Gadkari also performed bhoomipuja of 33kv substation proposed at the cost of Rs57 crore, NIT’s Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay e-library and NMC’s cement concrete road works worth Rs75 crore.
- New Metro coaches leave for Nagpur
Nagpur: A flat in upmarket Shivaji Nagar locality’s Rachana Galaxy Apartments, linked to the Adarsh Society scam of Mumbai, seems to be the permanent address for many shell companies. The cigarette factory at Pandhurna, some 100km away in Madhya Pradesh, which was raided last week by the intelligence wing of GST department and directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), too has links to this address.
The cigarette unit, which allegedly evaded duty running into crores, is run by a company Aroma Productions Private Limited with its address at 702, Rachana Galaxy, Shivaji Nagar. Snehal Patel and Jayesh Solanki from Ahmedabad are directors in the company.
Eight years ago, funding for one of the flats in the Adarsh Society scam was traced to the same flat. A search by TOI showed that a number of other companies too have the same address.
Adarsh Society was a multi-storey tower built on defence land at Mumbai’s Colaba area. Many benami flats with links to businessmen and politicians were found in the building. In majority of the cases, the dealings had a Nagpur connect.
One of the flat was allotted to former MLA from Katol, Mukund Mankar, who was close to NCP leader Anil Deshmukh, also from the same area. Deshmukh was the civil supplies minister in the NCP-Congress regime while Mankar did not have the means to buy the property.
Mankar had paid Rs70 lakh for the flat in Adarsh Society. He was lent the money by Landscapers Realtors Private Limited, which had got the funds from a web of companies. Most of the entities had a Deshmukh connect. One of it was Rabia Properties, which lent Rs9 lakh to Landscapers Realtors.
Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh was one of the directors in Rabia Properties, whose official address is also 702, Rachana Galaxy. Rabia Properties later went on to become Rabia Logistics. The other directors of the company were Sagar Bhatewara and Snehal Patel. TOI had reported the case in 2012.
Patel, now also a director in Aroma Productions, is under the scanner in the cigarette unit case. Both Aroma Productions and Rabia Logistics have the same address — 702 Rachana Galaxy. Even today Deshmukh and Patel remain directors in Rabia Logistics, though Deshmukh is not a director in Aroma Productions.
Sagar Bhatewara though not a director in Aroma Productions is also under scanner in the cigarette case A close friend of the Deshmukhs, he was also a director in Rabia Properties, which was linked to the Adarsh case. It is learnt that sleuths have not been able to locate Bhatewara yet.
Patel is a director in 20 companies. A quick search by TOI on the ministry of company affairs (MCA) website showed that four other companies had their official address at the flat. Anil Deshmukh’s younger son Hrishikesh was a director along with Patel in four companies. Bhatewara was also a director in some of the companies.
When TOI visited the flat it was occupied by a tenant. The person living there requested not to be named. He claimed to have no idea about Snehal Patel or Aroma Productions. The family had moved in just a couple of months ago, said the tenant.
Responding to TOI’s queries, Anil Deshmukh’s elder son Salil said Bhatewara was his childhood friend, however, the family had nothing to do with the case involving Aroma Productions. If any illegal activity was being carried out, the law enforcing agencies should take due action. On Hrishikesh being a director with Patel in other companies, he said it had nothing to do with the case.
Sources said sleuths suspect a major case of duty evasion in the cigarette case. Even as the amount of evasion is being worked out, sources said, investigations have revealed that huge stock of foreign brands of cigarettes were smuggled out of the factory without invoices. Duty evasion helped the company sell the packets at a much lower rates allowing nearly 50% margin to dealers.
Cigarette factories are supposed to be under the physical control of the GST department. This means the final product is removed from the factory premises in the presence of a department official. In this case, production was carried out clandestinely in the night, when the officer was not present, and smuggled out, said sources. The factory had been raided last year in July as well, but was back in action.
IN A NUTSHELL
Tax sleuths raided cigarette factory at Pandhurna, MP run by Aroma Productions
It has its address at 702, Rachana Galaxy Shivaji Nagar
Nearly half a dozen cos have same address
One such co funded flat in Mumbai’s Adarsh Society
Mukund Mankar from Katol had purchased flat, former NCP minister Anil Deshmukh was questioned in the case
Funds for Mankar came from a web of cos with Deshmukh link.
One funding co, Rabia Properties, has address at 702, Rachana Galaxy
Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh was a director in it along with Snehal Patel of Aroma Productions
Even today cos with Hrishikesh and Patel as directors have their address at Rachana Galaxy
Some of the cos are located at the same flat in Rachana Galaxy
Anil Deshmukh’s elder son Salil said family had no links to Aroma case
- #DhavnaarMaziMetro by March, says Dixit Ashish Roy | tnn | Jan 7, 2019, 03:45 IST
Nagpur: Even though it is a challenging task, MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit is confident that two stretches of Nagpur Metro will be operational by March. These are: Sitabuldi to Khapri (Reach 1) and Sitabuldi to Hingna Road (Reach 3). Going by the progress Reach 1 will be completed before Reach 3.
“Work on the viaduct of Reach 1 is 97% complete. All the pile foundations and segment casting are complete. As far as segment launching is concerned, 302 spans out of 307 have been launched and remaining work will be completed within a few days. Some 58 pier arms out of 62 are complete,” Dixit told TOI.
When Metro starts plying on Reach 1, only six stations will be operational in the beginning. Three of them on the at grade are complete while work is going on remaining three (Airport, Jaiprakash Nagar and Sitabuldi). Airport is 65% complete, Jaiprakash Nagar’s figure is 48% and 50% on Sitabuldi is over. Importantly, the north-south platform in Sitabuldi is ready. It will take some time before the three stations are completely ready for operation.
About 65% telecommunication work is over. “All equipment are being programmed at Airport South station. The programming of equipment would be completed by January 12. Then they would then be shifted to respective Metro stations. Once shifted, equipment can be commissioned in a single day,” Dixit further said.
The work of auxiliary substation and 33kV cable network is in advanced stage and will be completed by February. Already 80% work has been completed for required stations and viaduct. Electrical equipments at three stations has been already commissioned. Balance work is in progress and will be completed within target time frame. The work of installing overhead electrical portals is 70% complete and will be completed by month end.
Overall signalling system progress including design, procurement, manufacturing and installation is 70% complete. Design, procurement and manufacturing has been done. Signalling interlocking system has been already installed in at grade stretch. Signalling system based on communication based train control (CBTC) equipment has been installed at Khapri Station. Installation of equipment are in progress at Airport and Jaiprakash Nagar stations. Signalling system is being readied for service trial on at grade section with CBTC.
An important component of the operation is the depot in Mihan, where trains will be parked and maintained. “Overall progress achieved so far is 60%. Time and security office, traction sub station, auto coach washing plant along with control room, laying of test track, engineering train unit (ETU), shed and auxiliary sub station are complete and operational. Other buildings such as main office, internal cleaning shed, underground pump room are under advance stage of construction. Two rakes along with required machineries have been arranged,” said the MD.
MahaMetro is also readying its manpower. “Some 33 new staffers have joined in various capacities. The posts on which they have joined are section engineer, junior engineer, station controller, train operator, traffic controller and technician. The new recruits were given basic training of Metro operations. An orientation programme was also organized for them. They have been sent to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for further training in the areas of telecom, signalling, automatic fare collection (AFC), etc. The entire training process at DMRC will last for one month,” said Dixit.
While MahaMetro may complete its work by March, it will not be able to run trains unless it gets clearance from Research Standards and Design Organization (RDSO) and Commissioner of Metrol Rail Safety (CMRS). The Metro agency has already started sending documents to them so that they come for inspection in March and give the green signal within a few days.
Work completion status
Viaduct | 97%
Elevated stations | Over 50%
Ground level stations | 100%
Telecommunication | 65%
Signalling | 70%
Electrical work at stations | 80%
Electrical work on viaduct | 70%
Depot | 60%
Manpower | Undergoing training
Certification | Communication going on
- Nothing goes waste when Swacch is around Sarfaraz Ahmed | TNN | Updated: Jan 8, 2019, 13:12 IST
Shefali and her friend Anasuya Kale Chhabrani decided to put their house in order before looking after the world
NAGPUR: In a world that is generating tonnes of garbage daily, it is difficult to keep it swachh (clean). Around seven years ago, two city activists, in their bit to contribute to society, began finding ways to wipe out the menace all around. “Every individual coming from any background is a waste generator,” says Shefali Dudhabade, one of the activists.
Shefali and her friend Anasuya Kale Chhabrani decided to put their house in order before looking after the world. The duo launched an NGO, Swacch Association, and were joined by six others in their fight against environmental pollution. “We started with our homes and housing societies, taking simple steps like containing the food waste within the premises,” says Chhabrani.
Soon, the word spread and more joined the cause. Today, NGO Swacch, having nearly 100 members under its fold, has been holding presentations, demonstrations and campaigns to eradicate use of plastic bags, promote disposal of bio-medical and e-waste, and make leftover food a revenue model.
“Eighty per cent of the garbage generated at homes can be disposed of at source. We installed two tumblers and one compost container in Anasuya’s housing society in Civil Lines. No food waste is dumped anymore. It is processed in the bins and can be used as organic fertilizer. Dry leaves are not burned anymore,” Dudhabade says.
Chhabrani says they have trained the domestic help in management of solid waste and scrap materials. “People are surprised to see her awareness level and how well she has understood the concept of being environment-friendly,” says Dudhabade.
“A city wouldn’t become smart unless its people, belonging to all sections of society, rich or poor, started thinking smartly,” says Chhabrani.
The NGO aims to minimize load on landfills by sensitizing masses on giving up the habit of dumping waste outside their homes. Segregation of dry and wet garbage is another challenge that drew the NGO’s attention. “Plastic or other non-biodegradable substances get burned with dry leaves or if waste is not segregated. At waste bins, stray cattle end up eating the plastic. Many cow deaths have been attributed to accidental eating of plastic,” Dudhabade says.
Chhabrani says they have liaised with organizations and entrepreneurs who process plastic and non-biodegradable substances. “This way people get monetary benefits too from waste generated at homes because the scrap dealers may not give the right value for the materials,” she says.
Talking about their journey in curbing the nuisance, Dudhabade says it was not possible without team work. “We have been relying on marshals in societies to ensure people keep their promise. All of us work as marshals,” she says.
“Like-minded people who wish to work for the protection of Mother Nature are most welcome in the Swacch family which is getting bigger every day,” says Dudhabade.
(To vote for NGO Swacch Assoaciation, log on to www.nagpurheroes.com. Voting end on Jan 14, 2019)
- SNDL for power supply to 630 homes sanctioned map Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Updated: Jan 8, 2019, 13:15 IST
NAGPUR: City power franchisee SNDL Limited has approached Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court praying for permission to provide power connections to 630 citizens who failed to submit sanctioned building plans.
A division bench comprising justices Ravi Deshpande and Vinay Joshi on Monday directed amicus curiae Shreerang Bhandarkar to file a reply on SNDL’s application within two weeks.
The application was filed in a suo motu PIL based on TOI reports on deaths of 11-year old twins Priyansh and Piyush Dhar and five-year old Umesh Pande due to electrocution by HT wires in June 2017.
On April 5 last year, the HC had ordered the company to restrain from releasing electric connections to consumers who didn’t possess occupancy certificate. This order was then modified and it was directed that electric connection should be granted to new houses only if they submit a sanctioned building plan.
SNDL in its application through counsel Mohan Sudame informed that it had received about 630 requests for supply of electricity connections for residential use, but they didn’t enclosed any copy of sanctioned plan issued by competent authority like Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) or the town planning authority.
The franchisee clarified that all these consumers don’t fall under high-tension (HT) line category and, therefore, there was no problem in supplying the connection, which is their right under the Electricity Act, 2003. It pleaded that consumers have fundamental right to electricity, but being denied of electric connection, they’re compelled to adopt unfair means of stealing electricity by putting hooks on overhead lines. In many cases, it was observed that the power was obtained from the neighbour’s connection, the franchisee said.
“Electricity is a paramount need for civilized life and the citizens can’t be expected to live in a dark without light. Compelling them to live under hazardous and pathetic conditions also poses health risk to them and their families, particularly children and women,” the application filed by SNDL’s business head pointed out.
The company said that if the consumers haven’t applied for sanction plan or received it yet, they should be given a deadline for submitting it until which they should be assured the power supply. “Such huge number of constructions without sanctioned plan also shows lack of effective governance and implementation of regulation of construction by the planning authority,” SNDL said.
Armors demands contempt for leak
Armors Builders, accused of causing electrocution of two children due to illegal constructions under HT lines, moved an application questioning leak of an highly confidential report submitted by an HC appointed panel. Its proprietor Anand Khobragade prayed for contempt action against those leaking the report in media even before it was seen by judges hearing the PIL. Through counsel Anjan De, the builder said the panel didn’t have powers to indict any person and it had caused an embarrassment to them.
- State cabinet clears Rs11,216 crore Phase II of Nagpur Metro Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 8, 2019, 16:24 IST
Nagpur: The state cabinet on Tuesday cleared the Phase II of Nagpur Metro project worth Rs11,216 crore. The Phase I of Nagpur Metro worth Rs8,680 crore is being executed by MahaMetro and is about 75% complete.
MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit said that the detailed project report (DPR) will go to union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) and other concerned ministries. “It will be then put up before Public Investment Board (PIB) of ministry of finance. Then it will be forwarded to union cabinet,” he added.
Phase II will provide connectivity to areas adjacent to Nagpur like Kamptee, Wadi, Hingna, Pardi and Butibori industrial estate. Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari had stressed many times that Phase I would not be viable unless these areas got Metro connectivity.
The length of Phase II is 48.3km and it has 35 stations. Its DPR was cleared by state urban development ministry headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis last week. MahaMetro had submitted the DPR to the ministry in July 2017. Gadkari had expressed annoyance over the delay by the ministry.
- Samruddhi Corridor to get Rs 25,000 crore loan in a month Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 8, 2019, 13:17 IST
NAGPUR: A consortium of banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) has promised to sanction Rs 25,000 crore loan for Nagpur Mumbai Super Expressway, also known as Samruddhi Corridor, in a month. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had met top bankers in Mumbai on Monday in this regard.
The latest estimates say the cost of the project is Rs 55,000 crore. Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the executing agency, already has Rs 5,811 crore in its kitty. Of this, Rs 4,700 crore has been contributed by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), and City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO). MSRDC has chipped in with Rs1,111 crore.
MSRDC officials said banks have agreed in principle to lend Rs 30,000 crore. “We need only Rs 28,000 crore in the next financial year. We will arrange for the rest of the money when the need arises. The state government has already spent Rs 10,000 crore on land acquisition, which is its share,” said an official.
MSRDC will recover the money from users through toll. The corridor will have 31 toll plazas, and toll will be collected for 40 years. The toll from Nagpur to Mumbai is expected to be Rs1,200 for cars and more for heavy vehicles. The agency expects traffic of between 25,000 to 30,000 cars per day in the initial years.
Banks have agreed to lend for the project as MSRDC has acquired 86.46% land. The remaining 13.54% land will be compulsorily acquired under Maharashtra Highways Act, 1955. The process for the same has already started.
The 704km expressway will reduce the travelling time between Nagpur and Mumbai from present 15 hours to less than eight hours. Motorists will not have to stop at a single place as MSRDC will build 300 vehicular underpasses, 400 underpasses for people and cattle, and 50 flyovers.
The corridor will be 90 metre wide and will have six lanes. Space has been left for gas pipelines and even a high speed railway line. MSRDC will develop 24 townships along the expressway. Each of them will have top class civic amenities to house industries, offices and residences.
- Cabinet clears Metro Phase II, 7.7 lakh will commute by 2041 Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 9, 2019, 03:23 IST
Nagpur: The state cabinet on Tuesday cleared the Phase II of Nagpur Metro costing Rs11,216 crore. The cost of the first phase is Rs8,680 crore and the total investment on mass transport in Nagpur will now increase to Rs19,896 crore. The population covered by first phase is 13.38 lakh and that by second is 8.01 lakh. The total beneficiaries of the two phases are 21.39 lakh. The combined ridership of the two phases in 2024 is expected to be 5.5 lakh, 6.3 lakh by 2031 and 7.7 lakh by 2041.
The state government will now send the detailed project report (DPR) of second phase to central government for approval. MahaMetro officials expect this to come in two months and work to start on the project in another six months.
Addressing a press conference, MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit said that the length of second phase was 48.3 kilometres and had 35 stations. “It will connect Kamptee, Kanhan, Dattawadi, Pardi, Butibori MIDC and Hingna with Nagpur. It will be a boon for residents of people living outside municipal limits,” he added.
The Phase I of Metro is about 75% complete. Dixit is confident that it will be completed by December 2019 with Sitabuldi to Khapri and Hingna Road stretches getting operational by March end itself.
“The fast pace of work on first phase is the reason for second phase being sanctioned even before Phase I is complete. This is very rare. We are confident of starting work on second phase before the first is over,” said Dixit.
The DPR will first be sent to the union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) by the state government. After remarks from concerned ministries, it will then be put up before the public investment board (PIB) of union ministry of finance. Lastly, it will have to be cleared by union cabinet before MahaMetro can start seeking funds from foreign lenders.
The second phase has five stretches. The first one connects Automotive Square with Kanhan passing through Kamptee. The second connects Butibori MIDC with Khapri. Prajapati Nagar (near Wardhaman Nagar) will be connected to Transport Nagar (Pardi) in the third. The fourth connects Lokmanya Nagar (on Hingna Road) to Hingna Tehsil Office. A short line will connect Wasudeo Nagar to Dattawadi.
The length of the north-south corridor (Kanhan to Butibori) after completion of second phase will be 52km while that of east-west corridor (Transport Nagar to Hingna Tehsil Office) will be 31km.
MahaMetro will have to buy some extra coaches for the second phase. The requirement for the year 2024 is 105 coaches. Sixty-nine coaches are available for the first phase. Therefore, 36 more coaches will have to be purchased. No new depots will be constructed for the second phase. The operation control centre will also remain the same.
The share of state government in the project is Rs2,057 crore (18.33%), central government — Rs2,057 crore (18.33%), Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) — Rs561 crore (5%), Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) — Rs561 crore (5%) and foreign loan — Rs5,980 crore (53.33%). State government has also made a provision of Rs23 crore for meeting interest cost during construction.
The funding pattern is slightly different from Phase I where state and central governments each had a share of 20%, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) 5%, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) 5% and foreign loan 50%.
Automotive Square to Kanhan | Length — 13km, No of Stations — 12
Pili Nadi, Khasara Phata, All India Radio, Kheri Phata, Lok Vihar, Lekha Nagar, Cantonment, Kamptee Police Station, Kamptee Municipal Council, Dragon Palace Temple, Golf Club and Kanhan
Khapri to Butibori MIDC | Length — 18.5km, No of Stations — 10
Eco Park, Metro City, Ashok Van, Dongargaon Station, Mohgaon Station, Meghdoot CIDCO, Butibori Police Station, MHADA Colony, Butibori MIDC KEC and Butibori MIDC ESR
Prajapati Nagar to Transport Nagar | Length — 5.6km, No of Stations — 3
Pardi, Kapsi and Transport Nagar
Lokmanya Nagar to Hingna Tehsil Office | Length — 6.7km, No of Stations — 7
Hingna Mount View, Rajiv Nagar, Wanadongri, APMC, Hingna Bus Station and Hingna Tehsil Office
Wasudeo Nagar to Dattawadi | Length — 4.5km, No of Stations — 3
Hingna MIDC Police Station, Hingna MIDC and Dattawadi
Cost of Phase II | Rs11,216 crore
State government | Rs2,057 crore (18.33%)
Central government | Rs2,057 crore (18.33%)
MIDC | Rs561 crore (5%)
MADC | Rs561 crore (5%)
Foreign loan | Rs5,980 crore (53.33%)
Cost of Phase I | Rs8,680 crore
Total investment in Nagpur Metro | Rs19,896 crore
Population benefited Phase I | 13.38 lakh Phase II | 8.01 lakh Total | 21.29 lakh
Daily ridership of both phases 2024 | 5.5 lakh 2031 | 6.3 lakh 2041 | 7.7 lakh
- Despite HC ban, cabinet allows houses on ground Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 9, 2019, 03:28 IST
Nagpur: In a controversial decision, the state cabinet on Tuesday approved changing the reservation of playground to residential on land situated at Friends Colony in mouza Borgaon, West Nagpur. The decision was taken even though the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court had imposed a ban on converting playgrounds in city’s development plan (DP) to any other purposes.
With the cabinet clearance, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) can now sanction residential building plans, which had been pending before it for over three years, on the land. As per information available in cabinet note, the area of the land is 13,874.80 sq ft and it is located on khasra nos. 157/1, 157/2, 58/3, 59/2, 59/3, 54/2 and 55. This open space is situated behind plot numbers 47 to 51 in layout of Friends Sahakari Gruh Nirman Sanstha.
The cabinet could clear the proposal as NMC general body had approved it in the meeting on February 20. The general body had approved the proposal despite objections raised by leader of opposition Tanaji Wanve and corporator Praful Gudadhe. These two Congress corporators had raised objection citing the prohibition from the HC.
Another major controversy in the case is that the land was one of the six open spaces of the layout. This means the land was supposed to be taken over by NMC for playground purpose. The reservation of playground was imposed on the land as it was layout’s open space.
NMC data shows Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had approved layout of Friends Sahakari Gruh Nirman Sanstha on 13,11,177 sq ft (1,21,856.60 sq m) land on December 7, 1981. Residential use was approved in 7,53,200 sq ft (70,000 sq m), roads in 3,29,094.6 sq ft (30,585 sq m) and open space in 2,28,979.25 sq ft (21,280.60 sq.mt). Open spaces were marked on six different places in the layout. One of the open spaces with reservation of playground was this particular land.
In 1989, the society had objected to the sanctioned layout plan saying the NIT approved area of open spaces more than the provisions in the Act. NIT had never approved the society’s claim.
On December 2, 1989, NMC had sanctioned commercial building plan on the land. Taking serious cognisance, minister of state for urban development Ranjit Patil had directed an inquiry for sanction given to commercial building on land reserved for playground on April 24, 2015.
NMC officials said reservation of playground was imposed by mistake on the land in 2001 so general body approved the proposal. “Government has powers to approve conversion,” they said.
Gudadhe called the decision an irregularity and also in contempt of HC. “Inquiry is needed in entire case,” he said.
* PIL 74 of 2010 on October 20, 2012 in Trimurti Nagar Ground Bachao Samiti vs State, NMC and NIT: User of the plot of land reserved as a “playground” in DP cannot be deviated for any other purpose. It is needed for the children and for recreational activities for citizens
* Suo motu PIL 40 of 2013 on January 19, 2017: Interim order was passed with an intention that the areas which are reserved for playing grounds and open spaces should not be permitted to be used for any other purposes
* Application in PIL 40 of 2013 on September 25, 2017: Playground should not be allotted to any private or public institution and to see that it remains available to the children staying in the locality for its free and unobstructed use at time at which they find it convenient
- Demolition of Bezonbagh unauthorized houses only after HC hearing today Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 9, 2019, 03:45 IST
Nagpur: The district administration has postponed demolition of 20 unauthorized houses in Bezonbagh Layout in view of a review application filed by the owners before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. The decision on demolition will be taken after hearing scheduled on January 9.
As per the HC order dated September 24, 2018, the district administration was supposed to demolish 20 unauthorized houses after December 31. Earlier, the HC order dated July 19, 2018, had set a deadline of September 30, which was later extended.
Collector Ashwin Mudgal told TOI the houses will be demolished after the HC decision. “Owners of 20 houses had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court challenging the HC order. But the owners withdrew the petition in the SC to file a review petition in the HC. Accordingly, SC disposed off the petition on January 4. Now, the case is with the HC. Therefore, we will have to wait till the HC hearing,” he said.
The owners can again approach the apex court in case the HC decision goes against them. The SC order said, “If any adverse order is passed by the HC, the petitioners are at liberty to approach this court again to challenge the impugned order as well as the order to be passed in the review petition, if so required.”
Apart from these 20 unauthorized houses, the district administration has to remove 371 more unauthorized constructions in the layout.
Information given by plot owners and district administration says Bezonbagh Society had leased 80.9 acre nazul land. The society got a layout approved with 722 plots from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The society was supposed to hand over open space and public utility (PU) land to NMC, But it allegedly created 448 unauthorized plots and sold them too.
Lease of the entire land lapsed in 2002. The district administration refused to renew the lease till open space and PU land was handed over to NMC.
At that time, 77 of total 448 plots were vacant and remaining 371 had constructions. The HC on December 19, 2008, directed the district administration to first take over the 77 open plots followed by the remaining plots.
Between 2008 and 2014, construction was taken up on 26 of the total 77 plots. Original plot owners filed contempt petitions in HC following which district administration handed over 51 open plots to NMC. The district administration exempted four plots as construction was for workers of Empress Mill. Two of the remaining 22 plots were vacated in October 2018.
One of the original plot owners, Madhukar Patil, told TOI that 722 original plot owners were facing severe problems due to lack of renewal of lease. “We are unable to get loans, sell, or generate any government documents related to our properties. We want the district administration to raze all encroachments and renew our lease,” he said.
- NMC borrows money, but fails to recover Rs104cr water dues Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 9, 2019, 03:49 IST
Nagpur: At a time when Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had to borrow Rs200 crore from a bank to meet its liabilities, it has overlooked recovery of over Rs103.88 crore arrears from 1.90 lakh water consumers in the city.
Interestingly, most of the defaulters are still enjoying uninterrupted water supply as NMC and Orange City Water — the private firm engaged in implementing 24x7 water supply scheme — has disconnected only 4.3% connections for failure to pay the water bills.
In reply to an RTI query by activist Abhay Kolarkar, the NMC’s water works department has revealed that of the 3.46 lakh consumers, only 2.65 lakh have paid bills between January 1, 2017 and November 30, 2018 collectively amounting to Rs250 crore. During the same period, the OCW generated 26,44,101 bills and the consumer count was 3,46,751.
The NMC’s casual approach in recovering the dues from water defaulters was also revealed in the RTI reply. Against 2,65,945 defaulter consumers, the joint team of NMC and OCW has disconnected only 8,378 water connections.
According to the RTI reply, average volume supplied to the citizens from January 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018, was 661.40 MLD.
Water works consultative committee chairman Pintu Zalke claimed that he has already issued directives to the OCW and water works department to disconnect the connections of big defaulters. “Following my directives, the department has already disconnected water connection to Venkatesh City in Nandanwan area for defaulting on Rs45 lakh water bills,” he said.
Civic activist and president of NMC Employees’ Union Jammu Anand said for the last 12 years, BJP is ruling the NMC and it is casual in recovering arrears from big defaulters of both water and property tax bills.
According to him, for the last three terms the NMC is implementing dream projects of a national leader and all the projects are either running in losses or have bitterly failed. As a result of the development model of the leader, the NMC is reeling under heavy debt burden, he pointed out. “It is very difficult that NMC would come out of the debt in near future,” Anand claimed.