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- HC paves way for Sonegaon Lake acquisition and beautification Proshun Chakraborty, Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 18, 2019, 03:39 IST
Nagpur: Paving way for Sonegaon lake’s beautification and development, Nagpur bench of Bombay high Court on Thursday lifted the status quo it had granted about two decades ago on changing reservation of the lake and giving transferable development rights (TDR) in lieu of its acquisition.
While disposing of the PIL, a division bench of Justices Ravi Deshpande and Vinay Joshi green signalled the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to move ahead with acquisition of water body built by Bhonsalas.
Under the beautification project, the civic body has proposed to construct food court, parking, seating arena, green gym etc towards eastern side of the historic lake. On south side, a foot overbridge, pergola, toilet rooms, parking etc will be built. Towards west side, it plans to construct a permanent embankment.
On March 13, 2000, HC had granted a status quo on acquisition and changing reservation of the lake on a plea by Dr Rekharani Bhiwapurkar, one of the two owners of the lake. Till date, civic body never tried to vacate this stay that led to delay in beautification and development project. Between 2012 and 2014, it had carried out rejuvenation work of the lake with the help of Rs3.24 crore sanctioned by the government, ignoring the fact it was still in private hands.
In 2015, social workers Prashant Pawar and TH Naidu filed a PIL in HC through counsel Avdesh Kesari demanding acquisition of the lake and objecting to NMC’s process to change reservation and grant TDR in its lieu. The court vacated its status quo of March 13, 2000, after NMC counsel Jemini Kasat pointed it out during the hearing. The judges fixed hearing of this old case for next week.
A senior NMC official said HC had paved way for executing the work and even the UDD had given in-principle approval to the project in July 2017 and also sanctioned Rs 18.20 crore for it.
Sonegaon lake and embankment are Grade-II heritage precincts and structures. Therefore, NMC had submitted an application seeking no objection certificate from Heritage Conservation Committee to execute the project. The panel, in its meeting on December 21, 2017, made it mandatory for NMC to acquire the water body first.
The committee also made it mandatory for the civic body to complete the process to change reservation of the lake from ‘Sonegaon Tank’ to ‘Sonegaon Lake Beautification and Rejuvenation Project’.
- In a 1st, MRERA slaps Rs6 cr cost on Nirmal Socy Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Jan 18, 2019, 03:35 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
- Cops take U-turn in property dispute after CP threatens action Soumitra Bose | TNN | Updated: Jan 19, 2019, 05:51 IST
NAGPUR: Rana Pratap Nagar police on Thursday rushed to make amends for their questionable intervention in a property dispute at Bhange Vihar, Bhamti, on Thursday.
The cops have now registered offences of dacoity and other crimes against persons they seemed to have been supporting earlier. The change came about following assurance of strict action by city police chief BK Upadhyay after the controversial police role was highlighted to him.
Police have now registered offences of dacoity, criminal trespass, threatening, criminal conspiracy and other charges against Pankaj Nigot, Milind Deshmukh, and others for their alleged involvement in using a bulldozer to pull down portions of wall compound of Mahendra Bhange, who is the complainant in the case. The accused also stole CCTV camera, recording machine, name plate attached to the gate and other materials. The accused persons also tried to forcefully evict the Bhanges.
Nigot and Deshmukh had apparently been supported by several RP Nagar police personnel during the demolition. They had vacated the rooms occupied by the Bhanges, shifting out their belongings. Even as this illegal activity was underway, CP Upadhyay was alerted about the controversial role of police in helping one party dispossess the other even though the matter was sub-judice.
Police said that Nigot and Deshmukh had all relevant documents, and even the court had rejected the plea of the Bhanges, following which they had earlier helped the persons now named as accused.
- Flyover work turns Residency, Koradi roads into nightmare Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 19, 2019, 05:52 IST
NAGPUR: Ongoing construction of the Y-shaped flyover on Koradi and Katolroads has turned the area into a war-zone. Pedestrians and motorists have to endlessly battle a never-ending stream of heavy traffic, day and night. The situation becomes more awful at night as street lights are not functioning since months.
After receiving calls from several residents, TOI made a spot visit, which revealed many safety rule violations. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had entrusted the Rs218 crore construction work of the Y-shaped flyover to KCC Buildcon Pvt Ltd, but the firm is turning a blind eye to safety rules.
TOI travelled the patch and found many potholes have appeared from Nelson’s Square to Liberty Square on Residency Road due to the ongoing flyover work.
The patchwork carried out by KCC Buildcon has turned the entire stretch uneven from Byramji Town Square to Chhaoni Mosque. “The flyover work has made the road narrower than before. “We have to negotiate huge potholes while driving,” was the general reaction of the motorists.
The patch between Acharaj Tower and Anjuman Complex is somewhat motorable. The stretch near Liberty square is dangerous with hundreds of potholes on both sides of the road and it is causing accidents very often, pointed out a pan-shop owner.
Over pathetic condition of the road from Nelson Square to Liberty Square on Residency Road, the Vidarbha Taxpayers’ Association is planning to move the high court. “NHAI should at least make Residency Road motorable without delay, else VTA will be compelled to file a petition in public interest,” VTA secretary Tejinder Singh Renu stated.
“The condition of Residency Road is absolutely pathetic. I believe many minor accidents must be happening on this road, especially involving two wheelers, due to huge potholes, deep trenches of road cuttings, scattered debris, road material and so on,” Renu said.
Echoing Renu, a miffed Raj Nagar resident Rakhi Nayudu pointed out the way restoration work and laying of concrete road work was being carried out, even a lay person can find flaws in it. “Concrete is not being laid by skilled person. There is shoddy patchwork and no proper curing,” she said. “Kudos to Nagpurians, who are wholeheartedly supporting such large-scale infrastructure works, almost throughout the city since last 2-3 years and despite the inconveniences caused due to such work, are managing their affairs by making adjustments,” Renu said. “Carrying out work at multiple locations will surely mean they will finish early. But citizens shouldn’t be punished for no fault of theirs,” Renu said.
NHAI regional officer M Chandrashekhar assured the contractors will be asked rectify the flaws.
- Nirmal Nagari residents complain of several violations by builder Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Jan 19, 2019, 05:56 IST
NAGPUR: More skeletons, and complaints, are tumbling out after TOI reported the Rs6 crore penalty by Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MRERA) on Nirmal Ujjwal Credit Cooperative Society Limited. The society promoted by director Pramod Manmode has not registered under the RERA Act as yet.
Some residents of Nirmal Nagari approached TOI on Friday with several complaints about irregularities in the township. Citing audit reports, they said the auditors had slammed Manmode for these irregularities. They said though the Nirmal Nagari project, one of the city’s biggest townships at Mouza Harpur on Ring Road, was launched in 2007, it’s yet to be completed, almost 11 years later.
The residents have formed the ‘Nirmal Nagari Condominium’ to fight the unethical and illegal practices by builder Manmode. They have lodged several complaints with Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) Nehru Nagar Zone, and assistant director of town planning (ADTP) regarding unauthorized construction. However, beyond issuing notice to Manmode’s office, no action has been taken.
Even the MRERA verdict mentions the society’s unauthorized constructions, due to which NMC had refused to grant completion certificate to the township having 944 dwellings.
The emails by Nirmal Nagari Condominium to TOI alleged that the builder adopted many fraudulent and criminal practices by selling illegally constructed flats in B3 building. He allegedly also failed to provide basic amenities like fire compliances for the township, and even mandatory completion certification is yet to be obtained.
The residents said the builder keeps terrace and public utility land locked, and some buildings, including B2-4 and B2-5, were facing several water crisis as pressure tests were never conducted. Even sewage treatment plant (STP) is not working while rainwater harvesting system is even now incomplete, they said. They also questioned how NMC and ADTP had permitted the builder to revise the sanction plan several times.
Manmode denied all allegations, and termed them ‘baseless’. “I’ve already filed Rs100 crore suit against office bearers of Nirmal Nagari Condominium in the criminal court. It’s a bogus body and its office bearers are forcefully occupying the chair without elections, which is mandatory as per the law,” he said.
He asserted that there were no violations as claimed by the residents. “The STP was set up by me as value addition, and it’s operational. Even the PU land is open for all. Since we submitted revised sanction plan, the NMC is yet to grant us completion and occupancy certificates. All builders submit revised plans many a times, there’s nothing wrong in it.”
NMC Nehru Nagar Zone assistant director Harish Raut said he had no idea of such complaints since he took over just two months ago. “I will seek information from my subordinates and let you know,” he said.
- Bumpy roads, flashing headlights make driving a nightmare Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Jan 20, 2019, 11:22 IST
Boards of ‘work in progress’ put up at many places
A trip to Shegaon with friends by road was long planned, but wasn’t materializing. Many cautioned against travelling by own vehicle, due to extremely pathetic roads, particular the long patch after Amravati till Akola. Recently, I got a chance to visit Akola for official assignments and I realized what elders had warned while travelling on the bumpy road which was full of potholes.
We had booked a big vehicle for our tour to Akola and Buldhana with an anticipation of accommodating more people for searching places related to story on 1984 Sikh riots and state’s oldest case. The road till Amravati was smooth.
After an hour or so, we were woken up by big jerks. My colleague said the rough patches have started and I should be ready for similar experiences till Akola. The driver said the road’s condition has been like this since the last couple of years and he had witnessed deterioration on every trip.
I could see incomplete roads on the other side along with a footpath line in the middle which is separating the existing road. The government seems to have acquired land for four-laning of road and the contractor had done some groundwork by laying the first layer of soil. There were incomplete bridges on the stretch and also boards of ‘work in progress’ put up at many places. With no progress in work, the bridges and boards were camouflaged by tall grass.
We stopped to talk to villagers but faced difficulties as the road was too narrow with no parking space. They told us that contractor has fled after doing initial works and there has been no progress since the last two years. Blaming the politicians, the aggrieved villagers said it was it was a daily struggle travelling on this bumpy road. They were witness to many deadly mishaps, particularly at night when the visibility is at minimal.
We escaped head-on collisions a couple of times due to driver’s alertness. Vehicles were trying to avoid huge potholes and not noticing other motorists coming from the opposite direction.
While returning, we had to drive in night hours when truck traffic is at its peak. The driver had cautioned us that driving at night time on such a treacherous stretch is difficult and would take a couple of hours more than normal to travel.
I realized how difficult it was for drivers as powerful lights blind your eyes. Roads being narrow only made matters worse. There was not a foot space when two trucks passes each other in opposite directions.
Midway, the drivers was forced to halt due to the strain. He napped for a couple of hours and we resumed our journey after a break.
Next day, I told my friends and family members never to drive on your own to Shegaon. In extreme cases, hire a car with a good driver and avoid driving at night.
- 485 kms long and bumpy ride to hell Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Jan 20, 2019, 02:46 IST
Nagpur: The NHAI’s tall claims of building highways at the speed of 25km per day takes a big hit when one looks at the road expansion of the 485km Amravati-Akola-Jalgaon-Fagane highway number 53 (old NH6).
Travellers go through a harrowing time as expansion has come to a grinding halt for over two years after NHAI concessionaire went bankrupt owing to a financial crisis.
The road expansion project for 194km between Amravati-Chikhli (Rs2,754.18 crore), 150km from Chikhli-Fagane (2,452.82 crore) and 141km from Fagane to Gujarat border (2,321.74cr) was bagged by infrastructure group IL & FS roads network arm — IL & FS Transportation Networks (ITNL) in 2015. The project cost also included land acquisition but agreement with NHAI is for civil works only.
As the company ran into a financial problem, works in these stretches have been left incomplete and travellers are facing the heat, especially in the over 300km Amravati-Akola-Jalgaon patch.
This is the second time that project has been stalled. Earlier, in 2012-13 L&T bagged the road project till Gujarat border but expressed inability to start works. Fresh tenders were floated when IL & FS bagged the contract for Amravati-Chikli and Fagane-Jalgaon-Gujarat border. No bids were received for Chikhli-Fagane stretch and it was given on hybrid annuity model (HAM).
“Entire road and bridges have been opened for widening but work on not a single stretch has been completed. Travelling here is a battle between life and death as there are many diversions, craters and pits on incomplete roads till Jalgaon,” said Baba Daware of Baba Travels, Nagpur.
“Heavy vehicles though have been managing somehow, it is a nightmare for passengers travelling in light vehicles. Recently, Amravati NHAI has started work on tarring pits,” added Daware.
“Due to bad roads, private bus operators to Dhule, Pune, Jalna, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Surat, and other key cities are losing on money as fuel consumption and travel time has increased due to bad roads. There are frequent breakdowns like damage to tyres, fuel tank, shock-ups etc,” he said.
Daware said the worst part is that four-laning work has started from both Wardha and Amravati sides and has been left incomplete. So, one cannot travel comfortably from Wardha and from Amravati side as vast road stretches are in bad shape.
Mahendra Luley of Royal Travels agrees that transporters are facing the heat of bad roads from Amravati. “Hapless passengers are complaining of bone-jarring journey but have no alternatives. Partial tarring by NHAI won’t solve the problem. Buses are operating at 40 kmph on these bad stretches increasing travel time by 2 hours,” Luley said.
Amravati NHAI project director Vilas Bramhankar, in-charge of 194km Amravati-Chikhli stretch, said, “The project has been stalled for financial problems of the company and road work stopped in June last. We’ve repaired potholes and bad road blocks in the 194km road at the cost of Rs3.20 crore and made it motorable now.”
However, an ambulance driver, who did not want to be named, said, “While shifting patients from Akola, I used to reach in Nagpur in four hours but now it takes six hours and it’s a hell of journey with already distressed patients. It seems travellers woes will not end soon amid litigation with the concessionaire.”
NHAI sources said the IF & LS signed agreement for road between Amravati-Chikhli on September 8, 2015. The four-laning road was to be completed by May 2019, but up to December 31, 2018, only 10.96km (22.13%) of road has been complete.
Dhule project director Arvind Kale said, “A Rs 5.34 crore estimate for repairs of existing road for safety of traffic has been submitted to regional office at Nagpur as IF & LS has failed to complete the work. We have also issued notices to the company asking why its contract should not be terminated. Of the 150km stretch on Fagane-Gujarat border, 85km has been completed. Work on Chikhli-Tarsod and Tarsod-Fagne work is in progress.”
ROADS TO HELL
* PM Narendra Modi-headed Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on June 17, 2015 cleared 485km four-laning road projects worth Rs7,528.74 crore including land acquisition cost from Amravati to Maharashtra border to Gujarat.
* Of these, Amravati-Chikhli (194km) project costs Rs2,754.18 crore followed by Chikhli-Fagane (150km) Rs2452.82 crore and Fagane-Gujarat border (141km) Rs2321.74 crore.
* Road development in 485km under National Highways Development Project (NHDP) has come to a grinding halt as company that bagged contracts on BOT basis went into financial crisis.
* The worst affected is over 100km patch between Amravati-Akola. NHAI has started road tarring on its own now.
* Financial closure has not been achieved by the concessionaire yet and he has missed two deadlines. NHAI has issued notices to IF & LS as to why its contract should not be terminated.
* Hundreds of huge trees were felled damaging environment for road widening and there is no compensatory afforestation yet
- NMC to provide land for rehab of PAPs of 4 markets Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 21, 2019, 03:24 IST
Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) faces a major hurdle in temporary rehabilitation of existing shopkeepers of Cotton Market, Santra & Khowa Market, Gol Bazar and Netaji Market. As per the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between it and MahaMetro for development of these markets, land required for temporary relocation of existing licensed shopkeepers will have to be provided by the NMC. However, MahaMetro shall be primarily responsible for their relocation.
The MoU states that cost of shifting, restoration and upgrade of utilities will have to be borne by NMC through its share of premium on extra floor to space index (FSI) collected under transit oriented development (TOD) policy. The cost so incurred will be responsibility of NMC and shall not part of joint development expenses.
While this is not mentioned in the MoU, MahaMetro will begin with arranging funds for the projects. A source in the Metro agency said, “We may take a bank loan or use our own money generated from various sources like surcharge on stamp duty, premium on extra floor to space index (FSI), etc.”
A source in MahaMetro said that a steering committee would be constituted soon having two officials each from MahaMetro and NMC to decide the role and responsibility of the two agencies.
MahaMetro will then appoint a transaction adviser for conducting feasibility study of the projects, suggest various product mix for project implementation, study various fund monetization options and suggest suitable mode for implementation of the project.
This will be followed by appointment of project architect for preparation of concept design, detailed building plans, preparation of cost estimate and other associated works. A third party agency will be appointed for proof checking of architectural and structural drawings, detailed estimates for buildings and all services (civil, electrical and mechanical).
MahaMetro will then prepare tender documents for project implementation full or part thereof either through engineering, procurement and construction or public private partnership (PPP) mode.
After the construction is complete full or part of building shops will be handed over to affected shopkeepers under rehabilitation and resettlement policy. They will be charged on no profit no loss basis. Only then will MahaMetro sell the remaining flats, shops and offices.
The function of the steering committee includes framing of policy for allotment of shops to affected shopkeepers and the cost to be charged, coordination for obtaining speedy clearances and statutory approvals required for the project, coordinate for upgradation of utility services such as storm drain, sewer, water pipelines, adjoining road and bridges, street lights etc and coordinate for speedy disposal of legal disputes if any.
- Smart City SPV ignores pressure, completes housing scheme tender Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 21, 2019, 03:01 IST
Nagpur: Not buckling to pressure from a legislator, Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL), the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) special purpose vehicle for Smart City project, has completed tendering process for housing scheme. Two Gujarat-based companies are in the race for the contract worth Rs245 crore.
TOI had, on January 6, highlighted how a legislator had created controversy by allegedly demanding relaxation in tender conditions to allow participation of a city-based company. TOI had also highlighted over the last two months how NMC had terminated or completed tendering process of five works to favour some select private agencies.
However, an NSSCDCL official told TOI the move to complete the tendering process will prevent any delays in execution of Smart City project. “We received bids from two Gujarat-based companies. Technical bids have been opened. Evaluation of technical bids will be done. Financial bids will be opened if the two companies are found eligible as per tender conditions,” he said.
The contract is related to construction of three buildings with 1,024 flats for rehabilitation of project affected persons (PAPs) of Smart City project. Two buildings have been planned at Bharatwada and one at Pardi in East Nagpur.
For execution of works, the rehabilitation of PAPs is a must. The plan is to rehabilitate PAPs in these housing scheme.
NSSCDCL had placed a condition that the private agency should have experience of constructing 300 flats, of which 100 with MIVAN technology. Another condition was the private agency should have executed similar works of Rs197 crore. Both these experiences should be from contract given by a government department. The legislator was allegedly demanding NSSCDCL should allow experience from either government or private contracts.
Meanwhile, NSSCDCL has also completed the tendering process for appointed of private company to conduct baseline socio-economic survey, preparation and implementation of rehabilitation and resettlement for PAPs. A Chandrapur-based company has bagged the contract.
NSSCDCL has started executing works of 52km tenderSURE costing Rs650 crore to transform underdeveloped Pardi, Bharatwada, Punapur and Bhandewadi in East Nagpur into Smart City. The 52km long utility works — roads, bridges, storm water drains, drinking water supply pipelines, street lights, road-dividers, footpaths and utility ducts for laying power cables, telecommunication optical fibre cables etc will be developed simultaneously. This will ensure all facilities to the people at the same time and later ensure a digging-free area.
- Work on Nagpur-Mumbai expressway begins in full swing Ashish Roy | TNN | Updated: Jan 22, 2019, 12:28 IST
Work on Nagpur-Mumbai expressway begins in full swing
NAGPUR: Work on the Nagpur-Mumbai super expressway, also known as Samruddhi Corridor, has begun in full swing in the district. Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has levelled land at many places and trees have been felled. At one spot, construction of the expressway embankment has also started.
Deputy engineer AA Jagshettiwar said the expressway will start from an intersection six km from Jamtha on the Outer Ring Road towards Gondkhairi. “This spot is 21km from Zero Mile. The expressway will proceed along public works department (PWD) road towards Takalghat for about 6.5km and then the alignment becomes completely greenfield. It will pass from near Kanholibara village then cross Wardha Road and enter Selu taluka of Wardha district,” he added.
A huge circle will be built at the entrance point of the expressway. “For the first 6.5km, our carriageway is only 80 metres. This land was acquired by PWD way back in late 1990s. We still needed another 20 acres. Along the Takalghat road, our expressway will be six lane but the width of the median will only be 4.5m instead of 15m,” said Jagshettiwar.
The corporation’s contractor has levelled and cleared the land along the PWD road. “The work of felling trees has been given to Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) in non-forest areas and to forest department in forest areas. They will fell and count the trees so as to meet the target of compensatory tree plantation,” the DE further said.
Construction of embankment has started at a spot where a flyover will be built over Wardha Road (not the national highway). “The embankment will be like that of railways. Its height to width ratio will be 1:2 which means that if the height is 3m the width will be 6m. The embankment height is raised by laying layers of 250mm. Water is sprinkled on it, rolling is done and its density is checked. Then the next layer is laid,” said the MSRDC official.
Executive engineer Ashwini Ghuge said once the earthwork is complete, dry lean concrete (DLC) will be put over it. “This will be followed by granular subgrade and pavement quality concrete,” she added.
Nagpur and Wardha districts are covered in package I (0 to 31km) and II (31 to 90km). According to Ghuge, five exit and entry points will be built in the 90 km stretch. “They are near Shivmadka, Datala, Seldoh, Yelakeli and Werul villages. We will build toll plazas here,” she said.
Package I is being executed by Megha Engineering, while the contractor for second one is Afcons. Megha is setting up one camp office near Kanholibara, while Afcons is establishing two in Wardha district.
- Income tax department holds first ever auctions in Nagpur Shishir Arya | TNN | Jan 23, 2019, 06:12 IST
NAGPUR: In an unprecedented action, income tax department here has auctioned 18 properties, which included jewellery and immovable assets, to recover pending dues.
Out of the 25 auctions held last year throughout the country, 18 took place in Nagpur alone. This has led to a recovery of tax dues to the tune of Rs17 crore.
It is for the first time in Nagpur region that the department has gone ahead with the auction of assets to recover tax dues, said a press release issued here. The principal chief commissioner of Nagpur region, Asha Agrawal, told TOI that more such auctions would take place in the coming days.
Close to 45 such cases have been identified and would be put under the block soon. The Nagpur office covers entire Vidarbha. Out of the 18 auctions, the assets seized were jewellery in one of the cases and immovable property in the rest.
The income tax department is focusing on the recovery of demand created in the previous financial years. Cases where the taxpayers have not paid the outstanding dues, concealed their income or even helped tax defaulters have been identified. More than 150 prosecutions have been initiated in such cases with more to come, said the press release. The total tax amount involved in these cases crosses Rs60 crore.
The department has identified different types of defaulters. Among them a chunk includes those who have deducted tax at source, but not deposited the funds with the government exchequer or have delayed it. Even not depositing the TDS in the government coffers is a violation. This amounts to illegally holding of government funds. There is also a category of assessees against whom the tax dues have been confirmed at the income tax appellate tribunal (ITAT) level, yet they have not shelled out the amount. Prosecution has been initiated against such tax assessees.
The department has also come across a number of persons whose income is much beyond the taxable limit, but they have not filed returns. This amounts to deliberate concealment of income. The prosecution action also covers such kind of assessees, said Agrawal.
- No property tax revision for 2019-2020 TNN | Jan 23, 2019, 06:18 IST
NAGPUR: Here’s a good news for property taxpayers of the city. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed no revision in tax for the next financial year, i.e. 2019-20. The property tax department has submitted a proposal to keep the tax structure untouched before the standing committee meeting scheduled to be held on January 25.
Citing provision 99 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949, the department said the tax structure for the next financial year should be tabled before the general body meeting before February 20.
As per the proposal, the department has proposed no revision in any categories including residential, hotels-restaurants, mangal karyalayas, lawns and hospitals. The NMC will continue to collect property tax as levied in the current financial year (2018-19).
Besides this, 35 more proposals pertaining to various civic works, mostly tarring and concretization of roads, will be tabled before the panel headed by chairman Virendra Kukreja.
The public works department from Gandhibagh zone has submitted two proposals of Rs2.22 crore and Rs4.10 crore for setting up of E-Libraries in Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Vachanalay in Chitnispura and Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Abhyasika and Digital Library, respectively. For both the projects, the department has also sought nod to appoint two project managementconsultants.
- Nine years later, Nagpur civic body to restart taking over Gunthewari layouts from NIT
The civic body has also proposed to seek powers to regularize such unauthorized layouts with NIT since last 17 years.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | January 28, 2019, 16:00 IST File photo
NAGPUR: Keeping aside a nine-year-old dispute, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) plans to restart taking over unauthorized layouts regularized under the Gunthewari Act from Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT).
The civic body has also proposed to seek powers to regularize such unauthorized layouts with NIT since last 17 years.
NMC town planning department has tabled a proposal in this regard before the general body, which will take a decision at the special meeting on January 29.
This will pave the way for basic amenities in 508 regularized layouts, and many more to be identified in coming days. Due to disputes between NMC and NIT, lakhs of people residing in unauthorized layouts are not getting basic amenities.
There are over 4,500 unauthorized layouts. NIT had regularized 2,071 of them. NMC general body, in meetings held on May 31, 2008, and February 3, 2010, had decided to take over 684 regularized layouts from NIT.
NMC had laid down some conditions, including transfer of money recovered by NIT while regularizing them, and completion of remaining development works.
NMC took over 176 of 684 regularized layouts in 2011. It did not take over the remaining 508, claiming NIT did not comply with the conditions. Since then, people residing in 508 regularized layouts have been left to their own fate.
Now, NMC plans to take over the 508 regularized layouts. It will also take over other unregularized layouts in its jurisdiction.
As per the proposal, NMC will seek funds from the state government to execute works in these layouts. Also, NMC will seek open spaces in these layouts along with whatever funds are left unspent with NIT. NMC will also keep powers of building plan sanction with it.
NMC has also proposed to ask the government for powers to regularize the remaining unauthorized layouts in its jurisdiction.
In the proposal, NMC said, NIT is not complying with the conditions. But people are facing severe inconvenience. People come to public representatives and highlight their problems. Therefore, NMC will have to take over these layouts.
This was first proposed in the budget of 2015. After a delay of four years, the proposal has moved forwarded probably looking towards Lok Sabha and assembly elections slated this year.
The general body will also discuss and decide on the town planning departments proposal to give permission for operation of unauthorized mobile towers for one year in line with government policy.
Another proposal of the town planning department is to widen Kingsway from Ramjhula to Kasturchand Park from existing 24 meter to 31 meter. The proposal is to rejuvenate and beautify all roads and areas near the railway station.
There is also a proposal to delete reservation of MSRTC and MPSRTC bus stations from the two plots of land situated adjacent to the railway station and allow their commercial use.
MahaMetro proposes to rehabilitate shops situated below the flyover to a commercial complex on the two plots.
- NHAI to construct modern bldg for Pardi market Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Jan 29, 2019, 05:30 IST
Nagpur: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), building the Pardi flyover and tunnel project, has planned a modern market on sprawling four hectares in the same area to rehabilitate vegetable and other vendors who now do business on the road.
The Rs 100 crore project will be a big relief for hundreds of citizens of East Nagpur and also ease traffic on the national highway. For decades, vendors of vegetable, meat, groceries, etc have been doing business on both sides of the national highway from Pardi village to Gomti Hotel square. Some part of the market runs on a road going towards Pardi crematorium.
Over 2km stretch of the national highway witnesses congestion every day. Congestion is very high in evening hours. Also, the stretch has become prone to accidents.
City MP and union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari has approved Rs 15 crore for construction of the market in Rs 665 crore Pardi flyover project. NHAI will develop the project and hand it over to NMC.
Of total four hectares, two hectare land was in possession of forest department was transferred to the NHAI. Remaining two hectares is owned by private parties.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started the process to acquire the remaining land. Land is reserved for park, market and road. NMC town planning department has tabled a proposal before the general body for acquiring land at the cost of Rs 81.58 crore.
After general body’s approval, NMC will seek funds from the state government. East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde said government will approve funds for acquiring the land. “Market is very important for East Nagpur. Vendors will move into the market as shops and facilities will be provided free of cost. People of these areas will get state-of-the-art market,” he said.
NHAI has proposed to construct G+4 floor building. Around 400 shops will be constructed in this building for vegetable and meat shops. There will be big parking for cars and two-wheelers. An area will be developed for parking of trucks. NHAI has also proposed to develop a garden in one part.
It is the first-of-its-kind project for the NHAI. It usually executes works of national highways.
- 1.60 lakh families to gain as NMC to regularize 425 slum areas Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Updated: Jan 31, 2019, 05:56 IST
NAGPUR: With an eye on the ensuing Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, the BJP-ruled Nagpur Municipal Corporation is planning to regularize 425 slum areas that are on government land.
The standing committee met on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Virendra Kukreja and gave its nod to the slum department proposal to entrust M/s Center for Sustainable Development to conduct a plain table or total station survey of slums in Nagpur city. The firm will also collect applications from slum dwellers and certify them.
The NMC will pay the agency Rs179 each for collecting documents and Rs25,000 per hectare for conducting the survey.
15 slum areas are on NMC lands and 52 are on Nagpur Improvement Trust land. Around 60% of the slums are situated on Nazul land, a few on private and many on reserved lands for public utilities like playground, parks etc. Of the total slums, 296 were notified.
“An approximate 8 lakh population or 1.60 lakh families will benefit from this scheme,” confirmed a senior official from the slum department. Already, after a government resolution to regularize slums before 2011, both the NMC and NIT had started distributing ownership rights to dwellers.
The officer said the district collector has sought NMC’s help to carry out the survey in 20 slums. With the team likely to need one month for one slum, the civic body is set to appoint more agencies to speed up the survey.
The standing committee also gave a green signal to the slum rehabilitation department’s proposal to appoint a private agency from Thane to conduct door-to-door inspection of applications for central government’s housing for all schemes. Apart from scrutiny of documents, the agency will help in filing the application forms for the dwellers and also help the beneficiaries to submit the form online.
Earlier too the state government had appointed an agency but it failed to carry out the job, said the officer. However, under the housing for all, only those dwellers having kuccha houses will get monetary help.