One of the fastest growing Tier III cities in India -Future IT and Aviation city - Companies like Boeing, Satyam computers, HCL, Dell, Hexaware, DLF, Ascendas etc. has already finalized their projects. Adjacent to IT SEZ(Wardha Road – NH7) is Proposed International Cargo HUB(MIHAN – Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur, ( ), which is first and only such kind of project in the country being developed in Nagpur by a joint venture between Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) and the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Second Capital and third big city in Maharashtra. Nearby is the new VCA cricket stadium.
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  • NMC yet to remove 118 of 311 illegal speed-breakers from city Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Jan 9, 2019, 03:47 IST

    Nagpur: A day after TOI reported about Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and other civic bodies’ failure to remove fibre made speed breakers from city despite clear orders from Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, the NMC officials submitted a detailed information on their numbers to TOI on Tuesday.

    Accordingly, the civic body has found about 311 such breakers, all installed illegally in its ten zones, and it was able to remove 193 of them, which also included cement and tar made structures that were not as per the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) norms.

    The information submitted by NMC official on the directives of commissioner Abhijit Bangar vindicated TOI’s stand that the civic officials failed to remove the back-breaking breakers, also referred as rumblers, from majority of its ten zones. Only Laxmi Nagar, Dharampeth and Mangalwari zones are the exception where all of them were uninstalled following large scale complains from the residents.

    As per the NMC’s Traffic Department, all of 311 rumblers were laid without informing them or seeking their consent, which is mandatory. After HC’s contempt notices to Bangar and others, the civic officials started removing them, but at snail’s pace, despite clear instructions from the commissioner.

    It was only in Laxmi Nagar Zone that they were able to remove all 130 of them in a record time, but only after its assistant commissioner Suvarna Dakhane received contempt notice along with Bangar on a plea filed by lawyer Raghvendra Joshi. This zone has the dubious distinction of installing highest number of rumblers among all ten zones, followed by Ashi Nagar with 82 and Dharampeth with 18.

    “All 130 rumblers were installed without our knowledge and most of them were in Prabhag No 16. We started removing them phasewise. We however, couldn’t identify the persons who actually installed them. From now onwards, we will keep a strict watch on the citizens with the help of CCTV cameras,” Dakhane told TOI.

    She said they had constituted a special cell under deputy commissioner, who will regularly visit all areas under Laxmi Nagar zone’s jurisdiction and report any violations.

    NMC official from its Traffic Department said they had instructed all assistant chairmen of ten zones to remove such fibre breakers, after HC’s notices, but none of them had taken it seriously. “We’ve directed repeatedly to avoid contempt, but officials at zones like Dhantoli, Gandhibagh, Satranjipura, and Ashi Nagar are not paying heeds,” he told TOI.

  • Five booked for duping builder, two banks Viraj Deshpande | TNN | Jan 9, 2019, 12:51 IST

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    NAGPUR: Nandanwan police on Monday booked five people for allegedly duping two banks of Rs42 lakh and fraudulently transferring the flat of builder Deepak Songanjeer in their name between July 11 and September 28, 2017. The accused also made fake PAN card of the builder to register the flat.

    The accused, identified as Rahul Marode, Nilesh Patil, Praful Shembekar, Mangesh Durgapal and their two accomplices, have been booked for cheating and dishonesty under sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

    Police said Songanjeer, who owns a flat scheme in Anmol Nagar, was approached by one of the accused for buying a flat. After finalizing the price of the flat, the accused claimed that they will have to procure loan from the bank. The accused then asked Songanjeer to give his master file, including photo copy of his PAN card and other documents.

    But, rather than using the material to procure loan from the bank, the accused used the documents to fraudulently transfer it in their name.

    The accused pasted one of their photos on the photocopy of Songanjeer PAN card and produced it in front of the registrar to transfer the sale deed and registry of the flat.

    After illegally transferring the flat on Marode’s name, the accused approached a bank and mortgaged the flat to procure a loan of Rs20 lakh. A few days later, the accused again approached another bank and mortgaged the same flat for Rs22 lakh.

    Songanjeer came to know about the fraud and approached Nandanwan police, who have registered an offence after investigations. Police are yet to arrest the accused.

  • Building lacks revised fire NOC, plan sanction Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 10, 2019, 04:07 IST

    Nagpur: The commercial complex, coming up at the spot where Parwana Bhavan once stood, has not received sanction for its revised building plan from the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) town planning department and NOC from fire and emergency services department.

    NMC sources told TOI that application seeking fire NOC for the revised building plan is pending with the fire department. “Town planning department will take a decision on the application after the NOC is issued by the fire department,” sources said.

    Parwana Memorial Trust, owner of the plot measuring 5,501.13, has entered into an agreement with Khare and Tarkunde Infrastructure Private Ltd (KTIPL). Accordingly, the trust through Nikhil Tarkunde and SPANV Corporation through Paramveer A Sancheti has submitted an application seeking revised building plan and fire NOC.

    As per NMC record, fire NOC and building plan sanction was given to two basements for parking, lower, upper ground floors and six floors in December 2016. The approved height was 26 metres. The plan was for development of a hospital on the front side of the building facing Kingsway street from lower ground floor to sixth floor. In the rear side, auditorium and commercial units will come up from lower ground floor to third floor, apart from a hospital from fourth to sixth floor.

    As per revised plan, there will be a clear partition between the hospital and the rear wing. Also, height of the building will be 31.5 metres following increase in the floor space index (FSI).

    NMC officials confirmed that the building was being developed as per revised plan even before its approval. “It is a violation of the NMC norms. Also, fire prevention systems should have been in operation even though the building was not being used as it is mandatory for safety of people working there as well as residing in adjacent buildings,” the officials said.

    An official from fire department said height of the building above 30 metres is not permissible in city. “Partition of building is permissible but subject to certain conditions,” he added.

    “The building is under construction for over 10 years. There were issues of FSI. The state government had sanctioned FSI of 2.5 for the building as a special case. Then, there was an issue related to FSI of petrol pump facing Kingsway. While granting FSI of 2.5, the government had excluded petrol pump area of over 700,” he said.

    NMC official said he will have to look into the past records as the matter was decided even before 2006.

    An office-bearer of Parwana Memorial Trust said he will be able to comment on the building and arrangements after a few days.

  • NMC can’t avert water crisis due to infra flaw Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 10, 2019, 04:10 IST

    Nagpur: North, east and some parts of south Nagpur — which cover around 35% of city’s area — are facing water crisis for over a month due to low supply from Kanhan water treatment plant (WTP). The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has water and also treatment capacity at Pench reservoirs from where water can be diverted to Kanhan WTP. But this cannot be done due to a major flaw in developing city’s water infrastructure.

    For most of the days since over a month, the NMC has been able to supply only 140-150 million litres per day (MLD) water from Kanhan WTP whose total capacity is 240 MLD. This happened due to low storage in Kanhan river as the under-construction Kochchhi barrage has blocked the flow. This caused water shortage in east, north and some parts of south Nagpur which get water supply from Kanhan WTP.

    Remaining 65% areas — west, south-west, central and majority parts of south Nagpur — get water supply from Pench-I, II, III and IV WTPs. As against total capacity of 555 MLD, Pench WTPs were supplying only 455 MLD water due to less demand in areas covered under these WTPs. The NMC could have diverted 100 MLD from Pench WTPs to areas under Kanhan WTP. But the NMC remained helpless. The NMC has never planned diversion of water from Pench WTPs to areas under Kanhan WTP and vice versa.

    NMC sources told TOI it requires only a water pipeline connecting main water line of Pench WTPs with that of Kanhan WTPs but was never planned. “NMC is spending over Rs900 crore on various works, including 24X7 water supply project for improving water infrastructure, but did not plan the pipeline connecting main lines of Pench WTPs and Kanhan WTP,” sources said.

    The same problem will be faced by areas under Pench WTPs whenever there is water scarcity in Pench reservoirs. Water from Kanhan WTP cannot be diverted to areas under Pench WTPs.

    Though an NMC official accepted main lines of Pench WTPs and Kanhan WTP need to be connected, they said it will require a detailed technical study and works. “We will have to check water pressure and other technical aspects. We will discuss this issue in the coming days,” he said.

    Of the total 68 command areas, three areas in north Nagpur — Nari, Nara and Jaripatka — have been very lucky in this regard. Earlier, these areas were under Kanhan WTP. Four years ago, these areas were brought under Pench WTPs. Therefore, these areas can get water from Pench WTPs and Kanhan WTP.


    *NMC gets water from Pench reservoirs and Kanhan river

    *Water from Pench reservoirs are supplied from four WTPs and water from Kanhan river from one WTP

    *Water from Pench WTPs is supplied to 65% areas — west, south-west, central and majority parts of South Nagpur

    Kanhan WTP caters to east, north and some parts of south Nagpur

    *Water from Pench WTPs cannot be diverted to areas under Kanhan WTP and vice versa

    *NMC never planned to inter-link main line of Pench WTPs and Kanhan WTP

  • HC stays demolition of Bezonbagh unauthorized houses Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 10, 2019, 04:09 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court on Wednesday stayed the demolition of 22 unauthorized houses in Bezonbagh Pragatisheel Kamgar Gruh Nirman Sanstha’s layout. The stay has been granted till final orders in a writ petition filed by owners of the unauthorized houses including Ranjana Anand Koche and others.

    The two-judge bench of Ravi K Deshpande and VG Joshi clubbed three petitions related to Bezonbagh Society — new writ petition (123 of 2019), PIL (1515 of 2018) and contempt petition (168 of 2014).

    Representing the petitioners, advocate Shreerang Bhandarkar pleaded for regularization of the 22 houses citing a notification dated November 17, 2018, of the state government, urban development department’s (UDD) communication to Bezonbagh Society dated October 9, 2018, and petitioners’ application dated December 26 to divisional commissioner, collector and the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

    Bhandarkar claimed that the government had taken a decision to allot additional 27,164.14 land at mouza Jaripatka to Bezonbagh Society and regularize all constructions. “Following this, it was the responsibility of divisional commissioner and NMC to comply with the government’s orders,” he said.

    The judges then directed divisional commissioner to file an affidavit on the claims of the petitioners within a week.

    As per the UDD’s communication, the state cabinet had approved a proposal to allot additional 27,164.14 land to Bezonbagh Society. “NMC can revise the layout after the land is allotted to the society,” the government had said.

    The society had created 448 plots on open space and public utility (PU) land of the layout that was supposed to be handed over to the NMC for public amenities. Later, the society sold it to the people. In the course of time, construction was carried out on 397 plots including 22 of the petitioners and remaining 51 remained vacant. Issue related to unauthorized constructions came up before the high court which had ordered the NMC to take over vacant plots.

    The society’s lease of the land, having 722 plots, lapsed in 2002. As the district administration cannot renew the lease unless these encroachments (unauthorized constructions) are removed, the open space and the PU land was handed over to the NMC. Therefore, the government has taken a decision to allot additional land to the society for open space and PU land. If this happens, the NMC can regularize the unauthorized constructions. Only then, hurdles in the renewal of lease of the entire land will be cleared.

    Earlier, the district administration had decided to demolish 20 houses on January 10. Two owners, whose houses have already been demolished, too joined the fresh petition.

    Incidentally, this was the applicants’ second petition. The HC had earlier dismissed a writ petition on September 24, 2018, directing the divisional commissioner to continue the action. As per HC’s earlier order, the unauthorized houses were supposed to be demolished after December 31. But the action was postponed as the petitioners had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court. Withdrawing the petition in the apex court, the petitioners filed the fresh writ petition in the HC.

  • Greens see red as 14 trees axed in MTR for bridge expansion Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Jan 10, 2019, 04:13 IST

    Nagpur: After 14 trees were felled in Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR) at Semadoh for non-forest purposes under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, a debate has started whether such felling can be allowed without mandatory permission of state wildlife board (SBWL).

    On September 4, 2017, PWD had sought permission to expand a dilapidated bridge of Raj era near Semadoh on Paratwada-Dharni road. The construction work falls in compartment numbers 176, 178 (Bhutkhora) & 169 (Dhulgi), for which diversion of 0.105 hectare of reserve forest land was needed. The said land is part of Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary, which is not only part of MTR but also notified as critical tiger habitat (CTH).

    SWBL member Kishor Rithe said any development proposal in protected area needs mandatory clearance from the wildlife board. However, without seeking board’s permission, 14 trees have been felled in tiger reserve violating Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

    Talking to TOI, Melghat APCCF & field director MS Reddy says PWD was granted permission on October 6, 2017, under Section 3(2) of the FRA, which prescribes forest land diversion below one hectare and felling of less than 75 trees for projects having public interest. “Only four trees have been felled till now,” he added.

    For renovation of bridge at Bhutkhora, 0.075 hectare forest is needed while at Dhulgi 0.030 hectare will be needed. The project will lead to felling of total 14 trees. In lieu of which the PWD will have to plant 30 trees.

    The permission to fell trees and forest land diversion have been granted by the tiger reserve based on a letter issued to all states on May 19, 2009, by ministry of tribal affairs (MoTA).

    However, Rithe, who has been working in Melghat for three decades, says nowhere does the MoTA letter state that such land diversion and tree felling should be allowed in tiger reserves or wildlife sanctuaries.

    “Giving such blatant permission in Melghat Tiger Reserve will set a wrong precedent in the country. Tomorrow, there may be more such projects where authorities will bypass Wildlife (Protection) Act. Melghat is already grappling with huge encroachments under the garb of ‘pattas’ in FRA,” said Rithe.

    Mumbai-based environmentalist Debi Goenka says, “Though the PWD must have got permission under FRA, as the project falls in tiger reserve, nod from SBWL and even National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) is also needed. Otherwise, it will be contempt of Supreme Court.”

  • Only 10ha land needs to be acquired for Metro Phase II Ashish Roy | tnn | Jan 10, 2019, 05:54 IST

    Nagpur: The Phase II of Nagpur Metro will be completed by April 2024 as per the detailed project report (DPR). The report envisages that civil works will start in July 2019. It is now up to the central government to clear the project as fast as possible after the state cabinet okayed it on Tuesday.

    The second phase has an advantage over the first as far as land acquisition is concerned. The first needed 87.45 hectare while the second needs only 10.24 hectares. However, it needs temporary possession of another 50 Ha during construction.

    MahaMetro will have to raze 61 structures and the number of project affected families is 82. The number of project affected persons is 451. The number of trees chopped will be 1,068.

    The second phase needs a foreign loan of Rs 5,980 crore. Three agencies have been considered for funding — KfW (Germany), Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

    The interest rate charged by JICA is the lowest. It is ready to provide a loan for 30 years at 0.3%. The moratorium on loan repayment will be 10 years. KfW’s rate of interest is 1.6% plus 6 monthly Euribor while AFD is ready to provide loan at 0.6% plus 6 monthly Euribor. Both have a moratorium period of 5 years.

    Commenting on this a MahaMetro official said, “While JICA loan appears to be most attractive on paper, it wants the lender to buy only Japanese equipment. While they are of good quality the cost is higher. In any case the decision will be taken by central government’s department of economic affairs.”

    Phase II is less profitable as compared to the first one. The financial internal rate of return (FIRR) is 7.72% against 10.35% of the first phase while economic internal rate of return (EIRR) is 14.4% against 17.7%.

    The revenue collection from tickets and non-ticket sources is expected to be Rs 672 crore in 2024, Rs 1,527 crore in 2031 and Rs 3,225 crore in 2041. Non-ticket revenue sources include surcharge on stamp duty, premium on extra floor to space index (FSI) and development charges on building plan sanction.

    All of them will be levied in Nagpur metro region. MahaMetro will also commercially develop its land plots revenue expectation is not very high as they are located in suburban areas.

    Out of the 35 stations only two are at grade. Parking will be provided at nine stations — Ashokvan, Butibori MIDC ESR, Cantonment, Kanhan, Hingna Mount View, Hingna Tehsil Office, Pardi, Transport Nagar and Dattawadi.

    Additional feeder buses will be needed for the second phase. The numbers are 133 in 2024, 158 in 2031 and 193 in 2041. These will be completed by city buses run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation.

    A tentative fare structure has been proposed in the DPR. It is Rs 10 for the lowest slab of up to 2 km and Rs 60 for highest slab of over 32 km.

    The DPR envisages significant reduction in levels of carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter due to people switching to Metro from their personal vehicles.

    As per the DPR schedule, it was to be submitted to the state government in July 2018. This was done. State government was supposed to clear it in November 2018 but it took two more months. The central government is expected to clear it in January but MahaMetro expects it to be done in February.

    The interim consultant will be appointed in February 2019. The other important dates are: Appointment of detailed design consultant for civil works — March 2019, packaging and invitation of bids — April 2019, appointment of general consultant — June 2019, commencement of civil works and commencement of operation — April 2024.

  • NCAP to cover air and environment protection acts Manka Behl | tnn | Jan 10, 2019, 07:46 IST

    Nagpur: The much-awaited National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) will be released on Thursday afternoon by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC). According to top ministry officials, the programme will mainly cover Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1980, and Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

    The NCAP is expected to propose multiple strategies to combat air pollution in 102 identified most polluting cities in the country. While it appears that the programme will not be legally binding on states, a top official from the ministry told TOI that under NCAP, appropriate action will be taken under the provisions of Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1980 and Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

    As reported by TOI earlier, Maharashtra with 17 and Uttar Pradesh with 15 have the highest number of ‘non-attainment’ cities identified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). In these cities, pollution levels are not meeting the set standards of the environment ministry. Till about four months back, none of the 17 cities of Maharashtra had a mitigation plan in place.

    In a recent interview with TOI, union environment minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had stated that the programme will have a provision to review existing legislation for its stringent implementation. Apart from this, the programme is expected to have a separate component on ‘technology assessment cell’ to ensure adaptation of new technologies for tackling pollution.

    The official further informed that every city will set its individual time-bound targets to reduce emissions. “Some cities have submitted their action plans. We have also suggested amendments in plans which were not adequate. All plans will be time-bound,” he said.

    In April last year, the ministry had released a draft plan which faced severe criticism for environment experts due to lack of sectoral, time-bound targets and clear accountability. On April 10, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor wrote to Vardhan stating that NCAP should have a detailed plan on reducing pollution levels in different sectors.

    Activists continue to stress that without a strong legal backing, NCAP will fail in achieve breathable air quality across the country. “Rather than just being a guiding document, the programme should be notified by the government. Just covering the acts will not suffice,” said Sunil Dahiya, senior clean air campaigner at Greenpeace India.

    Dahiya added that the government has failed in effective implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) and emission standards for thermal power plants despite notifying both.

  • Uncontrolled water discharge in buffer affecting PAs: Expert Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Jan 10, 2019, 20:32 IST

    Nagpur: Uncontrolled discharge of underground water in buffer areas of our protected areas (PAs) is causing problem to wildlife in the core areas, especially in the pinch period.

    This was observed in most of the protected areas (PAs) of India, said hydrologist and eminent ecologist Dr Jagdish Krishnaswamy from Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru.

    Krishnaswamy was guiding experts on ‘Securing India’s water security and role of forests’ in a three-day symposium at Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR) from January 3-6, 2019.

    The Central Indian Landscape Symposium (CILS) was jointly organized by Satpuda Foundation, Network for Conserving Central India (NCCI) and Maharashtra wildlife department. The event was organized at Muthwa Community Centre of Nature Conservation Society, Amravati (NCSA) at Harisal in Melghat.

    Water, a growing concern in Central India, was highlighted by Krishnaswamy by elaborating on how forests benefits water supply and mechanisms feeding future water sustainability. A record 80 delegates from various organizations working in different parts of India were present.

    The delegates represented organizations like Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), Jabalpur, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, WWF-India, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), Corbett Foundation, Last Wilderness Foundation, Satpuda Foundation, Reliance Foundation, RBS Foundation, Ashoka University, SGB Amravati University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Kalyana, University of Dilaware, Columbia University USA, Birla Institute of Technology Ranchi, Gujarat Ecological Society, Rojgar Dhaba, Mahan Trust and Srushti Paryavaran Mandal.

    This network of NGOs and individuals discussed emerging issues and problems in Central Indian landscape and real-world solutions across disciplines and stakeholders during the symposium.

    Earlier, such symposia were organized in 2016 at Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, and in 2014 at Kanha.

    The delegates also visited relocated village sites in Melghat. Apart from session on forests and water, issues related to history and future of Melghat, one health, changing livelihoods in the landscape, human-wildlife conflict and infrastructure in Central India were discussed.

    Head of NCCI Ruth DeFries of Columbia University highlighted importance of network for Central Indian landscape and also explained achievements in last 4 years.

    Satpuda president Kishor Rithe chaired first session and delivered a talk on four decades of MTR.

    Dr Gary Tabor, founder and executive director of Centre for Large Landscape Conservation from Bozeman, Montana, delivered a plenary keynote on ‘Connecting people, place and ecological processes through large-scale conservation’.

    Tabor stated that large-scale conservation of landscape has become more challenging with growing human population and its increasing requirements. Sejal Vora of WWF and Srinivasa Reddy, field director of MTR, delivered talks in concluding session. Dr Satav listed several causes behind malnutrition deaths in Melghat and presented a model to address this issue effectively. The session also highlighted the interlinkages between nature and development for public health.

    The session on ‘Wildlife and infrastructure expansion’ explored where and how the landscape can accommodate India’s need for infrastructure without harming the crucial wildlife habitat and corridors.

  • Natural water flow in Kanhan river stops completely Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 11, 2019, 03:02 IST

    Nagpur: Upcoming summer will likely be tough for city’s drinking water supply. With problem of less water storage in Pench reservoirs not resolved, the natural water flow in Kanhan river has also stopped completely.

    Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) supplies drinking water to West, South-West, Central and parts of South Nagpur from Pench reservoirs. Remaining areas- East, North and parts of South Nagpur get water from Kanhan river.

    TOI on Wednesday reported storage in Pench reservoirs was less than actual requirement upto mid-June (monsoon arrival). NMC along with Mahagenco’s Koradi and Khaparkheda thermal power stations require water from Madhya Pradesh (MP) government’s Chaurai dam to meet the requirement upto monsoon.

    NMC began getting less water from Kanhan river from Tuesday onwards. As against total capacity of 240 million litres per day (MLD), the treatment plant at Kanhan is supplying only around 170 MLD from Tuesday. Private operator Orange City Water Pvt Ltd (OCW) on Tuesday said the river was having less water due to blockage at under-construction Kochchhi barrage upstream of the river.

    NMC officials including deputy engineer Dipak Chitnis visited Kochchhi barrage on Tuesday. They told TOI river was getting less water as natural flow in it had stopped totally. “Whatever water is coming in the river is from Khekranala dam released by the water resources department (WRD). Already, NMC has got around 3 million meter cube (MMC) from this dam. It will 3 MMC more from this dam. Then, water from Pench will need to be released,” the official said.

    As per the NMC, natural water flow in the river usually stops in March. Sometimes it happens in February end. This time it has happened in January due to less rains in MP from where the river originates.

    The official said NMC and WRD were requesting for release of water from Chaurai dam so Pench can release more water to feed Kanhan. “We have no other option as many areas will be affected in case of less supply from Kanhan,” he said.

  • Laxmi Nagar zone tops in garbage generation Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 11, 2019, 03:01 IST

    Nagpur: The residents of upscale neighbourhoods in South-West Nagpur, especially Laxmi Nagar zone, generate the highest amount of trash in the city, according to Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s solid waste management department data.

    According to the data, Dharampeth zone (having 48,369 properties) generates 95 metric tonne garbage per day, while Laxmi Nagar zone (73,427 properties) generates 150 metric tonne garbage daily. In fact, Laxmi Nagar zone witnessed an increase in garbage generation by 5 metric tonne since 2015 when it had generated 130 metric tonne per day.

    The data, compiled in 2018 calendar year, shows that 5,63,674 properties across the city generate approximately 12,42,000 kg garbage or 1,242 metric tonne per day. It also reveals that the average garbage generated by every household in Nagpur is 2.20 kilogram a day. Each household in Satranjipura zone (with 42,664 properties), which houses both commercial (vegetable markets) and residential properties, produces approximately 3 kg garbage per day, 130 MT in all.

    The data also revealed that waste generation in Gandhibagh zone with 55,305 properties is around 145 metric tonne/day. The data showed that waste generation in the city has increased from 1,083 MT per day in 2015 to 1,242 MT per day in 2018.

    In 2018, the total waste collected from households in Nagpur had 49.55% organic component, while 25% was dry waste and 9.11% was construction debris, the officer pointed out.

    “At a time when city’s population is being estimated at over 30 lakh and door-to-door garbage lifting is being done from 5.36 lakh properties, Nagpur is generating 4,53,330 metric tonne waste per year,” said a senior official from the department.

    Sources, however, pointed out that actual garbage generated in the city could be more as the NMC is yet to provide regular door-to-door waste collection service in several areas in North, East and South Nagpur.

    Environment expert and founder of city-based Green Vigil Foundation Kaustav Chatterjee said segregation of solid waste is the first step for scientifically treating waste.

    Segregated biodegradable waste, which is around half of the total waste being generated in Indian cities, may be subjected to composting. Recyclable waste like plastic, cardboard etc need to recycled. Inert waste may be used for scientific land filling, whereas the balance waste may be used to generate alternate source of energy like biogas or electricity, Chatterjee said.

    “In present situation, authorities need to rework the existing treatment plan. If we are successful in achieving 100% segregation, which is one of the objectives of Swachh Bharat Mission, then quantum of waste available for proposed ‘waste to energy plant’ based on mass burn technology might fall short to generate electricity as per agreed terms,” Chatterjee pointed out.

  • 17 polluted Maha cities will have to prepare plans to combat air pollution

    Manka Behl | TNN | Jan 11, 2019, 03:23 IST

    Nagpur: With 17 cities, Maharashtra tops the union environment ministry’s list of 102 non-attainment cities in the country where pollution levels are not meeting the set standards.

    The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which was launched by the ministry on Thursday, states that these cities have to mandatorily submit city-specific action plans to combat air pollution. As per the programme, these plans should be dynamic and evolve based on the available scientific evidence, including source apportionment studies.

    Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data reveals that nitrogen dioxide levels were dangerously high in three districts of the state — Pune, Badlapur and Ulhasnagar. In Vidarbha, Nagpur, Akola, Amravati and Chandrapur are the most polluting cities.

    In August last year, TOI reported that despite having the highest number of polluted cities, the state had no mitigation plan in place even for a single city. Details obtained by Greenpeace India under Right to Information (RTI) had revealed that action plans for all 17 cities were ‘missing’. CPCB had directed these cities to submit their plans before August last year.

    The board’s records show that though seven cities had submitted their plans, they were rejected and asked to revise and re-submit. These cities include Mumbai, Pune, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalna, Kolhapur and Latur.

    BOX: 17 most polluted cities:

    Akola, Amravati, Aurangabad, Badlapur, Chandrapur, Jalgaon, Jalna, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Sangli, Solapur and Ulhasnagar.

  • NMC orders structural audit of singed building Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 11, 2019, 03:52 IST

    Until the audit is done, the NMC will not allow any construction activity in the building

    Nagpur: The disaster management cell of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has approached Mangalwari zone to conduct structural audit of the under-construction multi-storey hospital on Kingsway where a massive fire broke out on Wednesday.

    Chief fire officer Rajendra Uchake told TOI, “Structure of the building has been damaged due to extreme heat following the fire. As it being a multi-storey building slated to house a hospital and an auditorium, concrete strength needs to be assessed by a structural engineer. Therefore, the zone’s assistant municipal commissioner Harish Raut has been asked to start the structural audit process.”

    Sources said neither the NMC’s head office nor the zone has any structural engineer and hence, Raut may approach an expert through empanelled engineers. “Until the audit is done, the NMC will not allow any construction activity in the building,” a senior official in NMC’s town planning department said.

    On Thursday, when TOI visited the site, a senior representative of the construction company said entry to the building has been restricted following fire department’s instructions. To a query, the representative said the fire might have been triggered during wielding work going on to fix chairs in the auditorium. Due to spatter from the wielding work, foam cushions might have caught fire, thus the mishap, he pointed out.

    On the other hand, NMC’s fire department claimed that safety norms were violated at the construction site. Sources pointed out that water-based firefighting and portable extinguishers should have been there as several labourers were engaged for the construction. This violation comes under occupational hazard, sources pointed out. “Had these systems were in place, the fire could have been controlled early,” sources said.

    TOI had reported on Thursday that the complex had no sanction for its revised building plan from the town planning department or NOC from fire and emergency services department.

    As fire and emergency services department has no authority to investigate, a team from Sadar police station has started investigation to find out the exact cause of fire.

    Uchake clarified that his department won’t investigate to find out exact cause of the fire and clarified that city police department, which has forensic experts, will probe the case. Senior police inspector Sunil Bonde said Sadar police have already started investigation.

    Meanwhile, two patients who were brought to Care Hospital in serious condition continue to be critical, said a hospital source.

  • Metro, NMC holding talks for common mobility card Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 12, 2019, 10:06 IST

    NAGPUR: MahaMetro and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) are holding talks for a common mobility card — automatic fare collection (AFC) card — for the city. This will enable commuters to pay for tickets of Metro, its feeder buses and city buses using the same card. The two agencies have already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for this purpose.

    A source in MahaMetro said technical aspects of the deal had been finalized. “Now, we are discussing ways to enable NMC’s bus operators to get the money when a person uses the AFC card,” he added.

    MahaMetro has tied up with State Bank of India (SBI) for the card. This will save the Metro agency Rs 280 crore over a 10-year period and also it will get a royalty of Rs 30 crore. MahaMetro plans to enable commuters to use the card to pay for autorickshaws and taxis also. However, this will not happen initially. The card also can’t be used as a debit-cum-ATM card in the beginning.

    The source further said that commuters who want to use the card will have to buy it. “The price will be affordable as we want maximum number of people to use it. The AFC will be available at our stations and SBI branches. We are also considering an option of roping in a third agency for selling the card,” he added.

    The official said, “The card can’t be used as a debit card until National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) develops a platform for it. NPCI is the agency that monitors bank-to-bank transactions and provides software for the same.”

    According to mass transit system experts, a common mobility card is essential for making people use public transport. “A commuter can’t be expected to buy separate tickets for different modes of mass transport. Our AFC card is the ideal solution,” the official said.

    MahaMetro will face a more difficult task when it tries to enable people to pay for autorickshaws and taxis using the card. “While most taxis in Nagpur are run by big companies, the autorickshaws are plied by individuals. We will have to bring them together on a same platform,” said the official.

  • NMC competing for (a)Swachh Survekshan? Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 12, 2019, 10:10 IST

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    NAGPUR: To improve its ranking in Swachh Bharat survey 2019, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decked up city’s markets with welcome gates, hoardings and gas balloons to create awareness. However, the NMC has failed to ensure cleanliness in many areas. Some Nagpurians said the NMC’s intent and actions are a complete mismatch.

    A case in point is Gokulpeth vegetable market. Here the NMC has erected a welcome gate, but entry inside the market exposes the tall claims of garbage-free city.

    A senior official from the sanitation department said sanitary inspectors of all 10 zones were directed to spread awareness among shopkeepers and vendors to keep the surroundings clean and free of garbage, ensure proper sanitation and maintain high standards of hygiene in the vicinity.

    Sources claimed that NMC’s efforts to keep city clean during Swachh Bharat survey is a nothing but an eyewash. Actually, the exercise to keep city clean, launched just before the survey, should have been an ongoing process. “One cannot clean the city or lift the huge piles of trash overnight,” sources said.

    A spot visit to many localities in North, East and even Central Nagpur exposed poor preparation by the NMC as garbage was lying unattended in areas like Shanti Nagar, Tulsi Nagar, Mhada Colony in Nari, Yashodhara Nagar etc.

    In North Nagpur, TOI visited the Ring Road and found that most areas along the road witnessed unabashed littering and disposal of garbage, thus raising a question mark over hygiene and sanitation in that area. Residents too rued the situation of garbage disposal in the city. “The civic body is good only for making plans and proposals. Our repeated requests have fallen on deaf ears,” said Nirmala Tidke, a resident of Yashodhara Nagar.

    Senior Congress corporator from North Nagpur Manoj Sangole blamed NMC for the mess. He said that there were several places where sanitary workers hardly visit and cited Mhada quarters (1,292 quarters) in Nari, Takshashila Nagar, Raj Gruh Nagar etc where sanitary workers and even garbage lifting vehicles visited once in three days. “With erratic service of garbage lifting, citizens of this part are left with no option but to throw garbage in the open or by the roadside,” he said.

    Sangole said that though he had reminded NMC officials about the issue a number of times, nothing was done. Recently, he has submitted a written complaint to the authorities to improve door-to-door service of Kanak Resources and provide sanitary workers in many uncovered areas of North Nagpur.

    Vishal Sharma, a resident of Shanti Nagar, pointed out unreliable service of NMC’s sanitary workers. “Roads are not cleaned for weeks and even garbage lifting is not regular, thus forcing citizens to dump garbage in nullah,” he said.

    Not only in residential localities, piles of garbage can be sighted alongside major roads like Amravati, Central Avenue, Wardha road etc.

    Even areas outside different state and central government offices too have turned into a nuisance due to piling of garbage.