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- MahaMetro needs almost Rs 2,700 crore next financial year Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 12, 2019, 10:12 IST
NAGPUR: MahaMetro needs a huge amount of funds in 2019-20 to complete Nagpur Metro on time. The requirement is Rs 2,696 crore, which is the highest ever so far. The share of the state government is Rs850 crore. However, the state has never provided more than Rs 300 crore in a financial year for the project.
A source in MahaMetro said the state government’s share in the project has increased because the Metro agency had sought the money owed by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) from it. NMC owes Rs 70 crore while the NIT has not paid about Rs 85 crore.
State government and the Centre both have 20% share in the project. However, Centre’s contribution always far exceeds that of the state’s every year. In 2018-19, only Rs 175 crore had been sanctioned for Nagpur Metro in the state budget. Later, some more funds were sanctioned in winter session of the state legislature through supplementary grants.
Out of its contribution of Rs 1,736 crore, the state has provided Rs 679 crore so far, apart from land costing around Rs200 crore. The year-wise disbursement is: 2015-16 Rs 84.45 crore, 2016-17 Rs 137 crore, 2017-18 Rs 213 crore and 2018-19 Rs 175 crore. It has further released Rs70 crore recently.
MahaMetro needs Rs 1,817 crore from the Centre next fiscal. It had sanctioned Rs 1,807 crore this fiscal. A part of the amount is yet to reach MahaMetro.
Out of the four stretches of Nagpur Metro, two — Sitabuldi-Khapri (Reach 1) and Sitabuldi-Hingna Road (Reach 3) are nearing completion. The Sitabuldi-Prajapati Nagar (near Wardhaman Nagar) and Sitabuldi-Automotive Square stretches are nowhere near completion and need lot of funds.
The source said that with Nagpur MLA Devendra Fadnavis at the helm of the state, funds should not be a problem. “However, if the state doesn’t agree to provide us NMC and NIT’s share, the project will get delayed,” he added.
- Cities will continue to choke even after 30% reduction in air pollution Manka Behl | TNN | Jan 12, 2019, 13:13 IST
Nagpur: Even if the country achieves air quality goals set by the government in the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), cities with the most dangerous air will continue to choke on pollution levels two-to-three times more than the safe limit, reveals analysis of the existing data. To achieve the desired target, the regional action plans will need to be on the lines of what China did in Beijing to bring down pollution levels by 35% in five years.
Under NCAP, which was released by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) on Thursday, the Centre aims to reduce air pollution by 20-30% in the next five years, taking 2017 as the base year. Yet, calculations of major polluting cities in India show that both particulate matter (PM) 10 and 2.5 will be more than the permissible limit set by the ministry and as much as eight times worse than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) safe limit.
As per the 2017 data of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the PM10 annual average of nine monitoring stations in Delhi was around 241 micrograms per cubic meters (mpcm). Assuming a 30% decline, the PM10 level will come down to almost 169 mpcm. This is nearly three times more than the government’s and eight times more than WHO’s set limit.
Mumbai was recently ranked as world’s fourth most polluted megacity by WHO with its air quality being worse than Beijing. In 2017, the city recorded an annual PM10 average of 116.5 mpcm at eight stations. Even after a 30% decline in this figure, the pollutant’s level will still be almost 1.5 and 4 times more than the ministry and WHO’s standards, respectively.
A 30% cutback in Varanasi’s PM10 levels would still keep its level three times more than the country’s safe limit. Similarly, Lucknow’s PM10 levels will be almost three times, Kolkata’s two times and Khurja’s 2.5 times more than the limit.
The aftermath for PM2.5 is equally smoggy. After falling by 30%, its level in Delhi will be 71 mpcm – almost double the ministry’s set limit and seven times more than WHO’s. In Agra and Lucknow, the reduction will result in levels being almost double while that of Varansi and Khurja’s three times more than government standards.
Data from Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center shows that between 2013-18, the city reduced its PM10 levels by nearly 30% and that of PM2.5 by almost 43%. Some reports state that between 2013-17, PM2.5 concentration in Beijing dropped from 90 to 58 mpcm, against the set target of 60. PM10 levels during the same period fell by 22.7%, more than double of the government’s 10% target.
Experts feel that to emulate Beijing’s actions in fulfilling the target, India will have to strengthen NCAP. “In China, strong emission standards for power plants and industries, reduced coal consumption and strengthened enforcement of regulation achieved nearly 30% reduction in PM2.5 levels in just four years. Key learnings for India include addressing pollution on regional level, investment in clean energy solutions and reducing emissions from all crucial emitting sectors,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, lead analyst at Greenpeace Global Air Pollution Unit.
Reports further show that while coal consumption in China doubled in a decade before 2013, it declined to 3.8 billion tonnes (BT) in 2017 from 4.2 BT. In India, coal consumption rose from 447.8 metric tonne (MT) in 2012-13 to 605.9 MT in 2017-18.
In China, where around 70% of coal use is for power generating and industrial boilers, elimination of coal-fired boilers made a significant impact on emissions, states a report. “From 2013-17, Beijing eliminated and retrofitted coal-fired boilers of total capacity 39,000 tonne per hour, reducing coal use by nearly 9 million tons,” it adds.
India draws nearly 79% of its power needs from coal. “As NCAP mentions phasing out old coal plants, we hope that decisions like building coal plants in polluted geographies like Khurja will be taken back,” said Sunil Dahiya, senior campaigner at Greenpeace India.
Another key element present in Beijing’s action plan but missing in NCAP is “severe punishments for violations” which included imprisonment. “To be an effective implementable plan, NCAP should have strong legal backing, sector-wise targets and specific targets for cities,” said Dahiya.
TOP POLLUTING CITIES
City-------2017 AA---------RA ------ >PL
Delhi-------- 240.44----------------------------- 168.30------------------------- 3 times
Mumbai---- 116.5-------------------------------- 82------------------------------- 1.5 times
Varanasi-----243.8-------------------------------171------------------------------- 3 times
Lucknow---- 246--------------------------------- 172.2----------------------------- 3 times
Kolkata----- 119.57------------------------------ 83.7------------------------------- 1.5 times
(PM 10 values are in micrograms per cubic meters; AA: annual average; RA: Avg after 30% reduction; >PL: more than permissible limit)
IN BEIJING’S STEPS: WHAT INDIA NEEDS
- Stricter emission standards and punishments for violations
- Sector-wise targets for emission reduction
- Shutting down outdated coal-fired units
- Replacing coal with clean energy
- Specific targets to reduce coal consumption in power sector
- Achieving ultra-low emissions in existing thermal power plants
- Clear accountability
- NMC top officials begin surprise checks for Swachh Survekshan preparations Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Jan 12, 2019, 22:43 IST
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Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) top officials including commissioner Abhijit Bangar has started surprise checks to inspect preparations for Swachh Survekshan slated later this month. Three teams have been formed for the surprise checks.
Bangar and additional municipal commissioner Ram Joshi are in one team. Additional municipal commissioners Ravindra Thakre and Aziz Sheikh are in second while deputy municipal commissioners Rajesh Mohite and Nitin Khapadnis are in the third team. Three teams have started to inspect various locations of the city from Saturday and will continue between 7am and 10am till Swachh Survekshan.
On Saturday, team comprising Bangar inspected Ambazari, Futala, Sonegaon and Sakkardara Lakes. Bangar directed the health department employees to clear garbage lying at the water bodies. The other two teams inspected bus stand, markets and other places.
Those found guilty of dereliction of duty will be suitably penalized, warned Bangar. Bangar will also take action against employees not wearing GPS-based wrist watches.
The city was ranked a poor 55 among 100 cities with population over 1 lakh in the Swachh Survekshan rankings in last year. In 2016, the city had attained 20th rank out of 73 cities with population of over 10 lakh. In 2017, the city stood at 137 among 434 cities.
- NMC plans water audit to reduce high losses Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 13, 2019, 03:19 IST
A Honeybee having water from a tap, which is very rusted with hard water, at Patamata of Vijayawada on Wednesday. pic: Mahesh G.
Nagpur: With problems of raw drinking water increasing in Pench reservoirs and Kanhan river, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has planned to do water audit in entire city to bring down the water losses from existing over 50% to 15%.
The loss can be gauged from the fact that out of 670 million litres per day (MLD) average water supply in the city, the billing is done on 325 MLD for a loss of 345 MLD which is 51.5%. This means the quantum of water lost is enough to cater to the needs of one more city. The NMC’s total treatment and supply capacity is 760 MLD.
An official from NMC water works department told TOI that a private agency would soon be appointed for conducting the water audit. “The private agency will be given six or eight months time to conduct the survey and identify reasons of the water losses. The survey will cover elevated service reservoirs (overhead water tanks), pipelines of main network, those laid in layouts and also up to households,” he said.
The official further said out of 3,200km water pipeline network in the city, the NMC is replacing 676.10km of pipeline under 24X7 water supply project. “In fact, there is a need to inspect remaining network of 2,523.90km and replace it. But it will cost around Rs1,100 crore which will be very costly. So, it will be better to identify pockets where the losses are very high,” he said.
The official also said the NMC will prepare a plan for executing works on the basis of water audit. “As per the directives of the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA), the NMC need to do water audit. It is mandatory for the civic body to do water audit once in every five years,” he said.
While allotting raw drinking water to the NMC, the MWRRA considers water losses at 15% despite it is over 50%, as per the NMC data. This results into reduction in quantum of raw drinking water. Even, the MWRRA is planning to reduce target of water losses to 12% in next three years.
The civic body had conducted water audit in 2004-05. On the basis of the audit, the NMC had planned works of over Rs800 crore under the central government’s JNNURM and included 24X7 water supply project. The NMC also roped in private operator, Orange City Water Private Limited (OCW), in its project. But unfortunately, all these works failed to reduce down the losses. Now, the NMC has realized more works are required to bring down the losses.
*NMC has started to face problem of less storage of raw drinking water in Pench reservoirs and Kanhan river
*Problem is likely to worse with every passing year
*Water losses are at over 50%
*Reduction in water losses can solve the problem to some extent
*Therefore, NMC planned to do water audit
*Sources of water losses will be identified and works will be executed accordingly
- New airport may get AAI nod on Jan 19 Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 13, 2019, 03:20 IST
Nagpur: Even though chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari have been announcing that bhoomipuja of the new airport will be done on January 26, the fact is that the project does not have two major clearances. It is being built with private participation with GMR emerging as the top bidder. The tender was opened on September 28, 2017, but not much progress has been made since then even though Fadnavis is direct in-charge of the tender process.
Sources in Mihan India Limited (MIL), a joint venture between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and the project executing agency, said that the project was yet to get nod from AAI. “It has also not been approved by project management implementation committee (PMIC) headed by chief secretary DK Jain,” an official said.
However, a senior official in MADC said that the board meeting of MIL would be held on January 19 and AAI would clear the project on that day. “The CM has promised to get the project cleared from PMIC within a few days after AAI approval,” he told TOI. MIL board has two members of AAI and MADC each.
One possible obstacle in the approval process was GMR’s offer of sharing only 5.76% revenue with MIL. “The government’s share in Delhi and Mumbai airports is higher than this figure. However, in Hyderabad and Bengaluru the private operator gives only 4%,” said the MIL source. GMR has to invest Rs1,685 crore in the airport for its 74% stake.
The new terminal will be built in Chinchbhuvan-Kalkuhi area. The private developer has freedom to change the development plan. The detailed project report (DPR) envisages a passenger traffic of 40 lakh per year from the new airport four years from now. The private operator will have to construct the terminal, taxiway, approach road, parking slot and other passenger amenities based on this figure.
The existing airport has a capacity for parking 17 passenger aircraft. The new airport should have parking area for 33 passenger aircraft and two cargo planes.
Fadnavis and Gadkari expect passenger and cargo traffic in Nagpur to grow significantly when the investment in pipeline materializes.
- Ring Road widening, concretization to take two more years Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 14, 2019, 03:36 IST
Nagpur: Motorists using Inner Ring Road (IRR) have no respite in sight. The project, to widen and concretize it that was supposed to be complete 14 months ago, will take at least two more years.
State Public Works Department (PWD) recently floated tenders for Rs165.26 crore Phase-II of widening and concretization works. This will be for 9.5km IRR stretch from Mankapur square to Wadi on Amravati road. Beautification and plantation works will also be executed on road-divider on IRR from Hingna T-point to Mankapur square which is over 41km. PWD official told TOI that the contractor will be given 18 months for completion of works.
The tendering process to finalize the contractor and handing over possession of site for execution of works will take at least six months. Thus, minimum two years are required for completion of Phase-II.
PWD is facing the problem of lack of additional funds for shifting of utilities. Earlier, PWD had released Rs23.67 crore to MSEDCL and SNDL for shifting power lines, poles and transformers from IRR.
PWD official said Rs60 crore more are required for shifting of power infrastructure and drinking water pipelines of NMC. “Union minister Nitin Gadkari had approved Rs400 crore for the project from central road fund (CRF). Works of Phase-I (Rs205 crore) and II (Rs165.26 crore) along with Rs23.67 crore released for shifting of utilities could be managed in approved funds. Now, process to get approval of Rs60 crore is going on and will take time,” he said.
PWD sources said additional Rs60 crore will be made available in next fiscal. “Then work to shift utilities will take time,” the sources said.
Further delay in works of Phase-II cannot be ruled out if pace of works of Phase-I is considered. Controversial contractor Mumbai-based RPS Infraprojects Pvt Ltd was supposed to complete Phase-I in two years from September 23, 2015. The contractor has till now completed less than 70% works. Extension has been given up to March 31. PWD was supposed to complete the entire project at one time. But PWD delayed the Phase-II works.
Thousands of people use the ring road daily. All are facing problems of blocks, diversion of two-way traffic into one way, dumping of construction materials along roads for over three years.
- Metro float bids for last mile connectivity Ashish Roy | TNN | Updated: Jan 14, 2019, 05:39 IST
NAGPUR: With MahaMetro expecting trains to run on Sitabuldi-Khapri and Sitabuldi-Hingna Road stretches in March, it has started the process of providing last mile connectivity to commuters. The agency has floated bids to tie up with e-cars, e-scooters, e-rickshaws and bicycles to be operated on sharing basis. MahaMetro wants only electric vehicles as its aim is to provide pollution free mode of transport.
The Metro agency is holding talks with private bus operators for its feeder bus service. “When preliminary talks are over we will float bids for feeder buses too,” said a source in MahaMetro.
The source said that the private operator would have to provide the vehicles and would be allowed to collect fare from users as per rates decided by MahaMetro. “It will have to maintain the vehicles, pay for parking space to MahaMetro and electricity bill for charging the vehicles,” he added.
According to the official a memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed with the operators. As per the draft MoU, MahaMetro may provide assistance to identify publicly accessible spaces designated for parking of bicycles, bikes, scooters at Metro stations. The number of parking slots and vehicles will be decided by the Metro agency. It may also provide schedule of operation for better service. The fare will be decided after discussions with operator.
MahaMetro may take steps to inform citizens about the services offered by the operator at its various offices. MahaMetro may provide space for installation of e-charging station at its parking locations. However, the cost of installation of the equipment will be borne by the operator. In case vehicle charging stations are provided the operator will be required to pay electricity charges as per consumption.
The operator will have to remove or relocate any vehicles parked by customers in such locations that cause inconvenience or obstruction to other commuters at their own expense as soon as intimated. The vehicles should not be parked in any area other than designated parking spaces. All the vehicles may be deployed in phased manner. However, the initial deployment shall be within a period of 1 month.
The MoU shall be in force for 18 months and MahaMetro may extend it if the services of the operator are satisfactory.
- Nagpur Municipal Corporation to exploit Kanhan water, save Pench supply for summer Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 14, 2019, 05:48 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has chalked out a plan to solve problems of raw drinking water shortage from Pench reservoirs once and for all. The plan is not to use water from Pench reservoirs for six months from July to December and meet that period’s requirement from excess water of Kanhan river.
A proposal in this regard will come up before the standing committee in the meeting organized on Monday. The proposal is to appoint a consultant at an expense of Rs 97.62 lakh for preparing detailed project report (DPR) of the plan. Works of around Rs23 crore will require to be executed under the plan on the basis of DPR to be prepared by the consultant.
The NMC is facing problems of raw drinking water from Pench reservoirs for two reasons. Pench reservoirs — Totladoh and Kamptee Khairi — are receiving less water due to construction of Chaurai dam by the Madhya Pradesh (MP) government on Pench river’s upstream.
The Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) is allocating 28% less water from Pench reservoirs due to overuse by the NMC. As against demand of 195.43 million meter cube (MMC) for a year, the MWRRA had allocated 140.59 MMC for a shortfall of 54.84 MMC.
Due to this, the NMC is also paying more charges for raw drinking water. For usage of water more than allocation, the charges increase to a great extent which is ultimately being recovered from the consumers.
NMC deputy engineer Dipak Chitnis told TOI that the NMC is likely to save 60-75 million meter cube (MMC) water from Pench reservoirs due to the plan. “Kanhan river is having excess water from July to December. The NMC cannot utilize this excess water due to lack of barrage or dam on the river. Water from Pench reservoirs is taken upto Mahadulla pumping station through a pipeline of 2,300mm and then upto four water treatment plants (WTP). This pipeline crosses Kanhan river at Rohana village. The plan is to construct an intake well, pumping station and elevated service reservoir (overhead water tank) on river’s bank at this village. Thus, the NMC can put water of Kanhan river into this pipeline and supply to four WTPs on Pench reservoirs for six months. During that period, NMC will not take any water from Pench reservoirs,” he said.
The NMC gets water from two sources — Pench reservoirs and Kanhan river. Four WTPs with capacity of 520 million liters per day (MLD) run on Pench reservoirs and one of 240 MLD on Kanhan river.
The water saved in Pench reservoirs will bridge the gap between demand and allocation in remaining six months. Even water from Pench reservoirs can be released in Kanhan river as the latter dries up during summer.
NMC sources told TOI central government’s WAPCOS Limited was ready to prepare DPR of the plan but charging more so the NMC going for appointment of private consultant. The NMC requires to pay 8% of total expenditure of the plan to WAPCOS that will be saved from appointment of private consultant.
- Work at Parwana Bhavan resumes sans structural audit Shishir Arya | TNN | Jan 15, 2019, 03:29 IST
Nagpur: Even though the structural audit of Parwana Bhavan complex, where a fire broke out on Jan 9, is yet to happen, work was resumed at the site just two days after the fire.
The fire had left nine workers injured. Two of them continue to be in ICU and were on ventilator till a day ago. There were more than 200 workers inside the under construction building on Kingsway when the fire occurred.
On Monday afternoon, TOI saw about 400 workers inside the building. Those present said the work had resumed on Friday itself. NMC town planning department and Mangalwari zone office have moved a proposal for conducting the audit that will determine whether fire had compromised structural integrity of the building or not.
The proposal has been forwarded by the disaster management cell of the NMC that comes under civic body’s fire department. A senior official of the town planning department confirmed the proposal was received. The officer said without the audit done the construction should not have been cannot be resumed. It is not clear how work resumed without determining structural safety and who would be responsible if something untoward were to happen.
Since the matter was pointed out by TOI, the department would conduct an inspection, he said. The officers also said the civic body did not have any dedicated wing to conduct structural audit. Whenever there is a requirement, a request is sent to VNIT whose experts carry out the work. It is the responsibility respective zonal office of the NMC to ensure the audit was conducted, he said.
Officials at the site stated there were close to 400 workers inside. Two officials introduced themselves as from Kingsway Hospital coming up in the building. They said the second and third floor had been sealed. A forensic audit was under way by the insurance company on the basis of which the cause of fire would be ascertained. However, construction and other work continues in other parts of the building.
TOI was only allowed access up to the first floor. An official said the workers have been given helmets and safety boots. Helmets could also seen on the day when the fire occurred. “They have also been briefed about the exits and how to react in case of a fire. The drill takes place every day. The building has five exits and workers can easily escape in case of an emergency. New fire fighting equipment is also being sourced,” said the staffer who did not divulge his name.
The staffers at the site said they were from the hospital’s site management team. The construction is being undertaken by a developer M/s Khare Tarkunde. The area that caught fire would be allotted to trade union offices located in old Parwana Bhavan.
(in a nutshell)
* NMC official says work cannot resume without structural audit
* The zonal office of NMC should ensure the audit is done
* Workers briefed about safety measures and exits, claim management staffers at site
* New fire fighting equipment will be procured, they say
- Water crisis in city, OCW takes own sweet time to plug leakages Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 15, 2019, 03:30 IST
Nagpur: The inability of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to plug water pipeline leakages has once again come to fore. On Saturday (January 12), two leakages in the main water pipeline supplying water to Manish Nagar area were reported to the Orange City Water (OCW) Pvt Ltd, which is implementing 24X7 water supply scheme in the city.
However, precious water went down the drain for almost two days before the pipeline could be repaired.
Prakash Tidke, a resident of Manish Nagar, told TOI that leakages were spotted on Saturday in the main pipeline supplying water to two different spots. Soon, residents informed the NMC’s water works department and also lodged a complaint with OCW.
Soon, a team from OCW visited the spot and also identified the leakages. However, the leakages were plugged only on Monday morning when a reader alerted TOI which brought this to the notice of the private agency.
OCW spokesperson said the leakage was on 200mm diameter main feeder line and was detected on Saturday. “Hanuman Nagar team worked on Saturday night and excavated the concrete surface on Saturday night and Sunday. The leakage was plugged on Monday,” the spokesperson said.
Smita Palandurkar, another resident of Manish Nagar, pointed out they have been getting low pressure water supply since last couple of months but no efforts were taken to resolve the issue despite complaints. “With the pipeline repaired, we hope the crisis has been solved now,” she said.
This is not the first incident when OCW has delayed action on complaints. “The callous attitude of the NMC-OCW can be gauged on Pachpaoli Road, below Pachpaoli flyover. Here, water is leaking for more than 10 days and despite complaints, no one has paid heed,” said a resident.
“If this is the state of affairs, how do they plan to curb wastage across the city?” said senior Congress corporator Sandip Sahare.
Water is also leaking at New Nandanvan for last few months near Pandav College. “Nothing has been done despite repeated attempts,” said leader of opposition and senior Congress corporator Tanaji Wanve.
“After poor rainfall last monsoon, every drop of water is precious. Delaying repair of leakages is almost a criminal act,” said activist Anil Wadpalliwar.
To a query, the OCW spokesperson claimed that in case of breakdowns (major pipeline leakage, pipe burst, valve damage etc) OCW takes immediate steps.
- Special camps for property tax collection from January 16 to 22 Anjaya Anparthi
The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Dharampeth Zone has organized special camps for collection of property tax between January 16 and 22
| TNN | Updated: Jan 15, 2019, 05:48 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Dharampeth Zone has organized special camps for collection of property tax between January 16 and 22. The drive is aimed to reach upto taxpayers as well as increase in revenue from property tax.
Assistant commissioner of NMC Dharampeth Zone Mahesh Moroney said special camps will be organized between 8.30am and 2pm between January 16 and 22.
Special camp will kick-off from NMC Ramnagar School, Pandhrabodi, between January 16 and 17. On the same dates, the camp will be organized at Shivaji Nagar garden.
Then, the camp will be organized at Adinath Shiv Mandir, Adivasi Society, Kachimet, between January 18 and 19. Camp will be held at NMC Dik Dispensary between January 21 and 22.
The remaining nine zones are also likely to hold special camps in coming days.
- NMC rejects NIT’s plot ownership claim again Anjaya Anparthi
The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has once again rejected Nagpur Improvement Trust’s (NIT) ownership claims on a plot and allowed construction of flat scheme by a builder on it.
| TNN | Jan 15, 2019, 05:57 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has once again rejected Nagpur Improvement Trust’s (NIT) ownership claims on a plot and allowed construction of flat scheme by a builder on it.
With no option left, the NIT has decided to file an appeal with the superintendent of land records (SLR).
TOI, on August 8, 2018, had reported about the NMC sanctioning, for a second time, a builder’s flat scheme on the plot, despite NIT, the city’s planning authority along with the civic body, claiming ownership of the land in question. Not just that, the NIT had also claimed reservation of veterinary hospital on the plot.
Taking cognizance of TOI report, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh had ordered a stay on the construction of the flat scheme and constituted a three-member committee of additional municipal commissioner Ram Joshi, deputy municipal commissioner Nitin Kapadnis and assistant director of town planning Pramod Gawande for conducting an inquiry.
TOI on Monday visited the plot situated at layout of The Process Server Co-operative Housing Society in Swawlambi Nagar, mouza Bhamti, and witnessed construction of flat scheme re-started there.
NMC officials told TOI that the civic chief has vacated the stay and allowed construction to go on. “NMC town planning department, on December 26, 2018, had issued a letter to plot owner Nalini Bute and builder Prayag Developers allowing the construction. City survey department has confirmed Bute’s ownership on the plot. Therefore, the inquiry committee upheld sanction given to the flat scheme,” the officials said.
An NIT official said the agency will soon file an appeal with the superintendent of land records (SLR) challenging the decision of the city survey department. “NMC did not take into account NIT’s claim and considered the report of city survey department. Plot is owned by the NIT and also reserved for veterinary hospital. Therefore, NIT will continue its fight,” he said.
President of The Process Server Co-operative Housing Society Sanjay Nakhate alleged that it was an irregularity to allow flat scheme on the plot owned by the NIT and also a public utility (PU) land of the layout. “Earlier, the case went up to the high court. NMC was directed to consider NIT’s say, society and plot owner before taking any decision. But, the NMC did not take the society’s say in the decision. We will also continue to fight for the public cause,” he said.
It is for the second time, the NMC town planning department had sanctioned building plan of a flat scheme on the plot. First sanction was given on December 2, 2015. Seeing construction on the plot, the NIT had issued notice to the developer. The society had also lodged complaints with the NMC. On December 30, 2016, the civic chief had cancelled the sanctioned building plan. Yet, the department went ahead to give sanction for the second time on May 29, 2018.
- Mihan, Metro have created over 26,000 jobs: Nitin Gadkari Ashish Roy
Nitin Gadkari, Union transport minister and city MP, has been claiming he has ensured all round development of the city by starting works worth Rs68,000 crore
| TNN | Updated: Jan 15, 2019, 06:20 IST
Nitin Gadkari (File Photo)
NAGPUR: Nitin Gadkari, Union transport minister and city MP, has been claiming he has ensured all round development of the city by starting works worth Rs68,000 crore. His claims will be tested in three to four months. TOI spoke to him on various issues concerning the city.
The minister denied claims of Opposition that Mihan is a white elephant. “At present, it is directly employing 15,187 people and has provided indirect employment to another 45,000. Nagpur Metro has provided direct and indirect jobs to 11,110 people. Another 1,500 are working in Ceat Tyres and Saz Foods units in Butibori MIDC, which set shop during our regime. The expansion of these two is on cards. Work on Phase II of Nagpur Metro will start soon. So, the construction jobs will remain. More phases of Metro will come up in future,” he said.
ON JOB CREATION
Another 25,000 jobs will be generated in Mihan this year. Patanjali Ayurved’s plant is also complete and will start production in three to four months. It will employ 10,000 people in phases. Many software companies have major expansion on cards. HCL has 700 employees, will recruit another 1,000 in couple of months. HCL top bosses have told me they have plans to increase the employee strength in Mihan to 12,000 over next two years.
MahaMetro will start a coach manufacturing unit near the dry port in Wardha district in association with state government, Central government and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). It will provide jobs to hundreds of people.
ON EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has floated tender for construction of its campus. Its bhoomipujan will be performed next month. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has already started functioning and construction has begun in Mihan for its campus. Symbiosis will start admissions from next academic session. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has allotted land for National Institute for Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) and the matter is pending in district collector’s office for advance possession.
We are not concentrating on higher education only. Central Institute for Road Transport (CIRT) will come up in Godhni for training drivers, conductors, vehicle mechanics, etc. Rs 17 crore have been sanctioned for it. Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) will start a driver training centre in Nagpur regional transport office (RTO). We are also setting up a skill development centre in association with Larsen and Toubro (L&T).
ON INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
Other than the underconstruction flyovers and railway overbridges (ROBs) we have decided to widen five roads - Old Bhandara Road, Kelibagh Road, Ramji Pehelwan Road, Kamptee Road and Wardha Road. We will also construct a flyover from Indora Square to Ashok Square. We have asked MahaMetro to redevelop Cotton Market, Netaji Market and Gol Bazar.
Many people, however, will be affected by these projects. I have convened a meeting of concerned officials in Town Hall on Tuesday to sort out these problems. The bhoomipujan of first phase of Orange City Street will be performed on February 1. We have also decided to widen the road parallel to Wardha Road near airport to reduce congestion on the latter. Four road underbridges (RUBs) will be constructed in east Nagpur.
ON RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
Other than developing Ambazari and Futala lakes, I have asked Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) to develop 60 playgrounds at the cost of Rs 60 crore. My dream is to develop 350 playgrounds in the city where one lakh youngsters can play.
A walking and bicycling track will be constructed on the green patch near airport at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore. Architect Habib Khan has already given me a presentation. Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar will also be shown it this week.
ON CITY’S WATER CRISIS Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is constructing a 200 million litres per day (MLD) sewage treatment plant (STP) at Bhandewadi. I have asked the officials to complete it by March so the treated water can be supplied to Koradi and Khaparkheda power plants and the city can use their share of raw water.
NMC was falling short of funds for expanding its water distribution network. Some Rs 150 crore were sanctioned under Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT) by central government for this purpose. Treated water from NIT’s four STPs will be used in municipal gardens and playgrounds. This will save a lot of water.
- MahaRERA slaps Rs 6 crore penalty on Nagpur's Nirmal co-operative society
Member BD Kapadnis of Mumbai-based MRERA sternly directed the society promoted by Pramod Manmode to register their Nirmal Nagari project at Mouza Harpur on Ring Road here within three weeks. Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | January 18, 2019, 12:00 IST
NAGPUR: In a stern warning to builders failing to register their projects under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development Act), 2016, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MRERA) slapped a hefty penalty of Rs6 crore on Nirmal Ujjwal Credit Cooperative Society Limited.
Member BD Kapadnis of Mumbai-based MRERA sternly directed the society promoted by Pramod Manmode to register their Nirmal Nagari project at Mouza Harpur on Ring Road here within three weeks.
This is the first time in Maharashtra that such a huge cost was imposed on the builder, said head of RERA’s Nagpur division Girish Joshi.
After receiving a complaint in this regard from Nirmal Nagari resident Pranali Puttewar, Joshi and his team conducted investigations and found that Manmode had failed to register his huge township spread over 17.4 acre with MRERA.
“The penalty was imposed after we sent our report to Mumbai head office. It’s the first case under our office’s jurisdiction, which covers Vidarbha. Penalties of up to Rs50 lakh have been imposed in Mumbai and Pune earlier, but I’ve never heard of such a staggering amount. It may be because the area of his township is huge,” Joshi told TOI.
He disclosed that during investigations, when they grilled Manmode, he admitted the blunder and had assured to complete formalities within two months. “Manmode can now appeal in our appellate body headed by justice Indira Jain. If not satisfied, he can approach Nagpur bench of Bombay high court,” Joshi said.
Slamming RERA authorities, Manmode told TOI that theirs was an old township completed in 2012 itself, and they had even applied for occupancy certificates to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). “The complainant herself is staying in the township since three years, how can she lodge a complaint? When we went for registration, RERA officials told us that we don’t require it,” he said, adding that they would be challenging the verdict with the appellate authority.
The judge observed that Nirmal Society had sought commencement certificate from the civic body on September 1, 2008, and August 9, 2012. During hearings, it admitted that its project wasn’t registered under Section 3 of the Act. It clarified that some construction is completed on at the site and part was remaining.
Complainant’s counsel Atul Pathak pointed out that NMC refused to grant completion certificate to builder citing some unauthorized construction made by it and asked for its removal.
Society’s lawyer Bhushan Dafale submitted a letter of the authority where their claim for non-eligibility under the RERA Act was rejected by the HC on July 17 last year. Subsequently, crocodiles it assured to register the project within 60 days on an undertaking, but failed to do, which led to imposition of hefty penalty.
The society is constructing 944 units consisting of flats, duplex flats, row bungalows and shops. It planned to sell flats at Rs12 lakhs, duplex flat Rs22 lakh, row house at Rs38 lakh, independent bungalow costs Rs60 lakhs, and shops at Rs7.5 lakhs.
“I hold that the total project cost in any circumstances is not less than Rs300 crore. The opportunity was given to society to disclose the estimated cost, but they refused. Section 59 of RERA empowers the authority to determine estimated cost of such projects,” Kapadnis ruled
- NMC issues notice to NU for tree felling TNN | Jan 17, 2019, 10:35 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Monday issued notice to Nagpur University for felling 32 large trees at its Lower Hostel at Law College Square. The notice was issued to garden superintendent Praveen Gotmare, seeking a reply within a week.
TOI had reported on NU felling 32 trees on its premises without seeking mandatory permission from the corporation’s garden department.
Gotmare had earlier told TOI that permission was taken to cut one old mango tree close to one of the hostel blocks, and trimming of 32 trees.
The city unit of Nationalist Youth Congress led by Shailendra Tiwari along with 20 activists had stormed vice chancellor SP Kane’s chamber on Thursday evening. The activists, including Jwala Dhote, Rahul Pande, Rudra Dhakde, Poonam Rewatkar and others, met the VC and asked him to ensure no more trees were cut.
Even Green Vigil Foundation led by Kaustav Chatterjee volunteers lodged a strong complaint against NU with the civic body for felling such a large number of trees making a complete mockery of rules and regulations.