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    NIT razes five illegal religious structures

    Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Aug 29, 2018, 03:52 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has resumed the drive to demolish illegal religious structures. The civic agency demolished five illegal religious structures on Monday and Tuesday.

    As per orders of the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, the NIT team under the guidance of chairman and superintending engineer demolished three illegal religious structures — Radhakrishna temple at Panchvati Nagar, a masjid at Indiramata Nagar, Binaki slum and Hanuman temple at Anand Nagar, Binaki, on Monday, a temple in Sanjay Gandhi Nagar on Ring Road and Hanuman temple at Kukde Layout on Tuesday.

    The NIT team carried out the demolition drive in association with the police department. The team included Rajesh Meghrajni, Anil Rathod, Sudhir Rathod, Manohar Patil, Sanjay Chimukrkar, Avinash Badge, Mahesh Chaudhary, Vinod Kulge etc.

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      NU to issue legal notice to Khandelwal trust to vacate premises

      Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Updated: Aug 29, 2018, 13:31 IST

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      NAGPUR: Despite pressure from top politicians, Nagpur University on Tuesday finally decided to take back its 11.86 acre land at Kamptee, which had been leased out to Biharilal Khandelwal Trust about 45 years back, in July 1973.

      Over the years, NU administrators had extended undue favours to the trust, ignoring the fact that it had constructed a multi-storey building on the land without its approval. This was done despite stiff opposition from all quarters, and a policy decision to not lease out any of its land to private parties. Recently, guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule had also written to vice chancellor SP Kane to extend the lease of the trust, which was running a school.

      The decision to issue legal notice was taken during a marathon meeting of newly-constituted Management Council (MC). It was also the first full meeting of the highest decision making body, which opposed any plans to extend the trust’s lease, despite the VC being in favour. While talking to TOI recently, Kane had said he was personally in favour of extending the trust’s lease, since schoolchildren would be adversely affected if the land was taken back.

      TOI, which had been reporting on NU’s largesse to Khandelwal trust over the years, had exposed the trust chairman’s letter of December 9, 2015, to ex-registrar Ashok Gomashe, where he had clarified that the trust was not ready to handover the land. Then MC under VC Vilas Sapkal had taken a decision on July 15, 2013, to extend its lease by five years.

      “We would abide by the members’ decision and issue a notice to it to vacate the premises and search for alternative land. We would grant them time till the end of an academic year. We’re aware that the trust members would file litigation against us, questioning the urgency of taking back the land. But we’ve prepared a detailed plan on why we want it back,” Kane said after the MC meeting.

      He further pointed out that the trust has also failed to pay the lease amount, which is about Rs6 lakh, for over five years, and NU had categorically asked it to pay arrears as per prevailing PWD rates. Out of total land, NU has already allotted 2.5-3 acres to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for road expansion.

      “Since the land is close to a water body, we plan to shift some of our Sericulture Department’s programmes there. Similarly, some biotechnology courses would also be shifted. We actually plan to turn the premises into a skill development centre. The trust has not only failed to pay the rent, but also illegally constructed a building,” Kane said.

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        NMC studies Indore municipal corporation’s cleanliness measures

        Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Aug 30, 2018, 00:55 IST

        Nagpur: Aiming to study measures adopted by Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) — the city which retained the first position in Swachh Bharat Survey in 2017 and 2018 — a team of standing and health committee members and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials visited the city on Tuesday.

        During the daylong study tour, the officials from IMC appraised the NMC delegation how residents are playing a major role in keeping the city clean.

        “Every household segregates garbage at source. Despite having 19 zones with 85 wards, the IMC has adopted best practice in solid waste management from source to the dumping yard,” said health officer (sanitation) Dr Pradip . The NMC team also interacted with Indore residents.

        As per the delegation’s observation, the IMC collects garbage from market areas thrice a day. The IMC runs 12 city buses on CNG gas generated from the waste and plans to run all city buses on CNG by 2019, the IMC officials said.

        The IMC also collects usage charges for door-to-door garbage collection from residential and commercial establishments. Besides, it also uses 12 sweeping machines to clean major roads in the city.

        The NMC delegation comprised of standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreka, health committee chairman Manoj Chafle, additional municipal commissioner Aziz Sheikh, deputy commissioner Nitin Kapadnis, Dasarwar and assistant municipal commissioners Prakash Warhade and Suvarna Dakhane.

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          Only 368 illegal structures deposit money in HC

          Vaibhav Ganjapure | tnn | Aug 30, 2018, 03:08 IST

          Nagpur: Out of the over 1,800 illegal religious structures across the city, only 368 have so far managed to prove their bona fides by depositing money till Wednesday. Of them, 278 deposited Rs50,000 with the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court’s registry, while 87 handed over Rs60,000, as they failed to complete formalities before the due date.

          It indicates that only 20% of trusts owners were serious in saving their illegal structures, constructed sans sanctioned plans and building permits from the NMC. Despite HC’s directives, the coroporators and other politicians were putting immense pressure on civic officials to stop demolitions.

          The PIL by Gajanan Khorgade would be heard on Thursday where the NMC will have to inform about the number of trusts depositing money, according to its officials. The civic body assured HC to demolish five illegal structures per day on roads and PU lands and open spaces.

          HC asks DBA to inform on parking space creation

          Peeved over District Bar Association’s (DBA) failure to create parking space at ASI’s ‘Old HC building’, despite specific directives, the HC asked it to clear stand within two weeks. The directives came while hearing a PIL (No 67/2015) by Manoj Sable through counsel Shreerang Bhandarkar, praying for directives to PWD for construction of additional infrastructure like courts and bar rooms for convenience of lawyers and litigants.

          Earlier, Bhandarkar orally demanded contempt action against DBA president Prakash Jaiswal and secretary Nitin Telgote for not acting on HC’s orders since over months. Thousands of lawyers and litigants literally scramble for parking in the overcrowded ‘Nagpur District and Sessions Court’ premises everyday.

          HC notice to state, power utilities over electric poles

          Taking a cognisance of TOI reports on electric poles standing right in the middle of roads, due to expansion, the HC issued notices to secretaries of state urban development and labour and energy departments. All respondents, including MSEDCL, Mahatransco and Spanco, were told to file reply within four weeks.

          TOI on June 25, had exposed how NMC’s failure to remove these polls, despite HC’s clear orders in 2012, proving deadly to the motorists and claimed many lives. Shreerang Bhandarkar is appointed as amicus curiae, who prayed for directives to MSEDCL and NMC for relocating the poles and transformers by using the budget, sanctioned way back in 2001.

          HC calls for tagging stray cattle

          Expressing concern over menace of stray cattle on roads, the HC directed respondents, including regional dairy development officer to conduct tagging of such animals in six months. They were also directed to capture unregistered cattle and keep them in their custody.

          The orders came while hearing a suo motu PIL (No. 5/2016) where it had taken cognisance of a fatal accident involving a 15 years-old boy, who dashed off against a middle aged lady, who suffered serious head injuries. Last year on August 17, HC asked NMC to submit names of cattle owners who’re often found on roads posing grave risk to the motorists and led to traffic congestion.

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            NMC conducts workshop on sustainable urban mobility

            TNN | Aug 30, 2018, 03:21 IST

            Nagpur: Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), in collaboration with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and European Union, had organized a two-day workshop for ‘Promoting Sustainable Urban Mobility in Nagpur City’.

            CEO of Nagpur Smart & Sustainable City Development Corporation Ltd (NSSCDCL) Ramnath Sonawane, AFD lead transport specialist Arnaud Dauphin, AFD consultant Mathieu Arndt, AFD grants officer Jatin Arora, AFD project officer Rajnish Ahuja, joint general manager of MahaMetro Mahesh Gupta along with the officials of NIT and Neeri were present for the concluding ceremony held on Wednesday.

            On first day, Mathieu Arndt gave information about the ‘Mobilize Your City’ initiative and the developments that will take place in the city under this project. Sonawane apprised the participants of the Smart City initiatives in the city. Gupta spoke about the comprehensive mobility plan of Nagpur Metro and connectivity with Metro lines.

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              Two decades on, residents’ fight to save Pohra river goes down the drain

              TNN | Aug 30, 2018, 03:31 IST

              Nagpur: For the last two decades, residents of Shastri Layout in Laxmi Nagar zone are running from pillar to post to stop flowing of sewage in Pohra river.

              In the absence of water flow, sewage could be seen stagnant on many stretches, especially in Shastri Layout. Plastic and other solid wastes are afloat, making the canal not only an eyesore but also a health hazard, complain local residents.

              R S Khurana, a resident of the locality, had first lodged a complaint about sewage water polluting the Pohra River in 1999. Even in a RTI reply, the NMC had informed Khurana that this nullah is meant for rain water only. Since then, Khurana along with other residents are fighting to save the Pohra river from pollution.

              “Erstwhile known as Pohra river, it is now flowing as an open sewerage network, polluting the big river ahead,” Khurana said.

              The river’s origin is somewhere in Jaitala and passes through Swavalambi Nagar, Ravindra Nagar, Shastri Layout, Shahakar Nagar, Jaiprakash Nagar on way to Beltarodi side.

              “During my fight for last two decades I tried to get the problem solved through the corporators including ex-corporator Girish Deshmukh and chief minister MLA Devendra Fadnavis, who also happened to be MLA from this part of the city,” he claimed.

              Subsequently, the state government had made a provision of Rs27 crore to lay sewerage pipeline in the river bed itself, which is almost 8km stretch, admitted the former corporator, while talking to TOI. But later the design had been altered to benefit more citizens. Now the sewerage line will be passing through many localities and will benefit at last 2 lakh residents of this part of the city, he claimed.

              Though the NMC is claiming that the new sewerage network will curb pollution, residents do not agree with the civic body’s statement. However, the contractor started damaging the good roads of this locality and started putting big pipes for the new trunk line whereas our demand was to deepen the river and put the pipes through it’s basement where natural slope was available and the cost could have been less and time consumed shall have been less too, pointed out Khurana and Dr Mohan Deshpande, another resident.

              Besides polluting the nearby wells due to the polluted river, residents are fed up of mosquito menace and stinking as well. Now, another problem seems to be coming up. NMC has started planting bamboo and other trees inside the nullah thereby decreasing the water flow area which would further stuck garbage in these trees and bushes in the nullah in coming days and result in floods, feared another resident Dr Vijay Upadhayay.

              Residents of the localities also demanded that before any such developmental works, the NMC should involve citizens’ committee for better planning.

              A senior official from the NMC’s public works department said the work is almost in last stage and will be completed within a month.

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                HC panel to check illegal use of generators at Empress Mall

                Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Aug 30, 2018, 03:34 IST

                Nagpur: After it was pointed out that Empress Mall authorities are using generators to supply power to shops, following the disconnection of supply, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday constituted a panel to inspect the premises.

                The panel comprising MSEDCL chief engineer, PWD inspector, and chief controller of explosives inspection officer will visit the premises and verify the petitioner’s claims about threat to the entire structure due to use of diesel generators.

                A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Murlidhar Giratkar directed the panel to submit report by September 5.

                The court was hearing a PIL by social workers Chandu Lade and Rakesh Naidu through Vivek Bharadwaj, alleging that Empress Mall promoters had failed to comply with norms of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Central Ground Water Board, Bombay Shop and Establishment Act, labour Act, and Provident Fund.

                The revelation regarding illegal use of generators by KSL and Industries, which manages the popular mall, was made by petitioners in an affidavit based on their visit to the mall with NMC assistant director. They found five electrical generators along with five diesel storage tanks of 1,000 litre capacity in the basement, which makes the building a fire hazard and unapproachable in times of emergency. Even the fire exit staircase is only from fourth floor to the basement, making the construction illegal and fire prone.

                When the mall’s electricity bills were checked, it was discovered that they were only paying for power on Plots No 1, 2 and 5. The petitioners accused KSL of stealing electricity, by using generator without required license, and further transmitting and distributing it to shopkeepers at a high premium, causing a loss of crores to the exchequer.

                They further accused the mall owners of illegal constructions in the basement, where 6640.15 sq metre area is used for purposes other than parking, by enclosing a portion on all four sides with a wall. This has led to traffic snarls due to inadequate parking space. Same point was mentioned in the inspection report by ACP Traffic on August 4, 2013.

                The petitioners further pointed out that all floors of the mall are used for commercial purposes and showrooms instead of AC plants. KSL completely undermined the fire safety rules, making the building a potential danger in case of a fire, said the PIL. The owners also evaded question over 44 encroachments and kiosks at the entrance and exit of the lobby, even after repeated directives by the civic body for their removal. Instead, KSL filed appeals which have been time and again granted stay and relief.

                (With inputs from Ritika Gupta)

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                  Activist moves HC against projects blocking Tipeshwar tiger corridor

                  Vijay Pinjarkar and Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Aug 30, 2018, 03:45 IST

                  Nagpur: In a big blow to those violating wildlife and environment protection laws around Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday issued notices to 16 respondents, including NTCA, MoEFCC, Telangana state, and others.

                  A division bench of justices BP Dharmadhikari and MG Giradkar issued notices on a PIL by agriculturist and social worker Wasudeo Laxmanrao Vidhate (47) of Zari in Yavatmal district. The PIL makes specific mention of TOI reports published after spot visits in May and June. The PIL has been tagged with two more petitions being heard against shooting of problem tigers in Pandharkawda.

                  The petitioner, through counsels Avinash Kapgate and Vandan Gadkari, has submitted that mining, highways, resorts, and a barrage constructed without valid permissions in the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of 148 sqkm Tipeshwar threaten the tiger corridor to Tadoba-Andhari in Maharashtra, and Kawal tiger reserve in Telangana.

                  The PIL has urged a stop to all illegal mining, construction of resorts close to the park, and action against officials not acting against violators.

                  The petitioner has alleged there are four stone quarries at Kopamandvi, 400 metres from the sanctuary. These are operating even during night, blasting and extracting stone material, and damaging the ecosystem.

                  The PIL also submitted that commercial resorts have started huge construction activities for which over 1,000 trees were felled illegally. Besides, the inter-state Channaka-Korata Barrage work involving Maharashtra and Telangana states, 3.5km from Tipeshwar, has started without Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

                  Importantly, no permission from National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has been taken, which is mandatory since the barrage project is an inter-state project. On the other hand, NHAI is four-laning NH-44 (earlier NH-7) passing through Tipeshwar ESZ. No EIA has been done nor any mitigation measures, like underpasses, have been constructed.

                  “Even as highway widening is close to Tipeshwar boundary, no NBWL permission has been taken. Because of all these infrastructure projects, all tiger corridors will be blocked increasing man-animal conflict. Already 15 people have died in tiger attacks in Tipeshwar landscape,” says the PIL.

                  The PIL demanded directions to the respondents to stop illegal stone quarrying, crushers, mining activities within 1km of Tipeshwar, or in the area of adverse impact, whichever is larger.

                  It has also demanded stop to illegal construction of resorts at Sunna gate and at Marathwakadi in ESZ. Action should be taken against officers and persons concerned for allowing laws to be violated. It says government officials as well as private parties should be held responsible for starting work on the Channaka-Korata inter-state barrage without any EIA.

                  NHAI should also not be allowed to proceed with work till NBWL permission is sought, and mitigation measures are taken. It has also been requested to appoint Neeri to assess environment damage caused by all these projects.

                  The respondents have also been directed to complete mapping and digitization of corridors for identifying threats, and enlist remedial measures to neutralize these threats. The court has been urged to direct respondent project proponents to stop work.

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                    Rejuvenate uprooted tree, HC asks NMC, Tekdi temple trust

                    Vaibhav Ganjapure | tnn | Aug 30, 2018, 05:26 IST

                    Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Tuesday took cognisance of uprooting of a 100-year-old pipal tree at Tekdi Ganesh Temple that is lying there since August 20.

                    Acting on a letter, written by devotees Girdhar Sharma and others, which highlighted that the contractor engaged in renovation of the temple had deliberately cut the roots of the tree to weaken it, the division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Murlidhar Giratkar directed the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and temple trust to take steps to rejuvenate the tree in its original condition.

                    The HC also directed the respondents to file a detailed affidavit on the steps taken in this regard within three days. The temple trust was further told to submit the names of trustees and contractors engaged in the renovation work of the historic temple, visited by lakhs of devotees every year.

                    After receiving Sharma’s letter and supporting evidence in the form of photographs, the HC had sought information from the NMC’s standing counsel Jemini Kasat. Accordingly, NMC’s garden superintendent Amol Chorpagar inspected the site and confirmed that the tree was uprooted as its roots were cut by the workers engaged in the renovation work.

                    Earlier, Sharma and others accused the current body governing the trust of misleading the civic officials on the issue. Terming the entire temple body as “illegal”, they demanded suspension of the current office-bearers and thorough probe into the incident.

                    On Thursday, the HC had taken suo motu cognisance of the proposed felling of big banyan tree near Ghate Dugdha Mandir restaurant at Ambazari T-point and appointed Kalyani Marpakwar-Deshpande as amicus curiae in the PIL (No 107/2018). The HC also pointed out that some idols of gods lying at the base of the tree were also removed for the purpose.

                    On Friday, the HC had directed NMC’s tree officer to file appropriate affidavit pointing out the trees standing in front of such commercial premises or structures being constructed in city within two weeks. HC also permitted the citizens to place on record photograph of trees if some are cut illegally for appropriate consideration in the PIL.

                    “It has been brought to our notice that huge tamarind trees standing near Central Mall on North Ambazari Road are also completely removed. Similarly, citizens have pointed out that tamarind and other trees on road proceeding from Ladies Club to JOTI office have also been cut/removed,” the HC said.

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                      Residents stop NIT from razing temple

                      tnn | Aug 30, 2018, 05:29 IST

                      Nagpur: Residents of Vinoba Bhave Nagar in North Nagpur, led by Bajrang Dal activists, prevented Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) team from demolishing a Vitthal-Rukmini temple constructed on a ground.

                      The NIT team, however, succeeded in demolishing one religious structure in Dayanand Park, while Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) razed six temples situated in various localities in Lakadganj and Dharampeth zones.

                      On Wednesday, the NIT squad armed with an excavator and a tipper reached Vinoba Bhave Nagar to raze the Vitthal-Rukmini temple. As residents were aware of the team reaching there, they gathered in large numbers on the temple premises and performed special puja to oppose the drive. “Residents and Bajrang Dal activists also started singing bhajans preventing the team from carrying out the demolition,” said an NIT official.

                      Though NIT team tried to convince the residents by apprising the high court order, the residents remained firm on their decision not to allow demolition of the temple. After waiting for almost two to three hours, the team left the place and moved towards Jaripatka.

                      Gaining confidence of nearby residents, the team there demolished a Hanuman temple situated in Dayanand Park.

                      Similarly, the NMC’s enforcement squad, also armed with excavators and police protection, razed five temples in Satnami Nagar, Patri area, Trimurti Nagar and Juna Bagadganj localities.

                      Dharampeth zone too demolished one Bhairavnath temple situated in Bharat Nagar on Wadi Road.

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