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- Home buyers file complaint in NCDRC against Maha housing authority The complaint, Mitali Cooperative Housing Society, claimed that 320 prospective buyers had paid in full to the tune of Rs 45 lakhs each to MHADA when its ‘City Project’ flat schemeTNN | December 04, 2017, 17:30 IST
NAGPUR: Delayed possession of flats compelled homebuyers to move National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), New Delhi against Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). The commission has issued a notice to the state authority in this regard.
The complaint, Mitali Cooperative Housing Society, claimed that 320 prospective buyers had paid in full to the tune of Rs 45 lakhs each to MHADA when its ‘City Project’ flat scheme, on Subhash Road, was launched in 2012 and were promised possession. MHADA collected Rs128 crores from its customers.
Complainants through counsel Tushar Mandlekar, also claim that four illegal extensions were given to the contracted company M/s IVRCL Limited, the latest till November 31, 2014. The contractor has not completed construction till today.
They further claim that MHADA has also failed to procure statutory permissions like building completion certificate, occupancy certificate, environmental clearance and fire no objection certificate. Facilities like podium garden, firefighting system, swimming pool, club house, etc were promised by MHADA but have been completed either.
The complainant have prayed for compensation of Rs37 lakhs per buyer with interest rate of 16% per annum from each date of payment. They have also sought valid possession of flats, sale-deeds and statutory certificates from MHADA, Mandlekar informed.
- New method of assessing property tax in Nagpur illegal: Praful Gudadhe If the BJP was so keen to improve revenue from property tax, why did it not implement the ready reckoner system from December 2016, he askedProshun Chakraborty | TNN | December 08, 2017, 14:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Congress has termed the new method of calculating property tax based on ready reckoner value of the property implemented by Nagpur Municipal Corporationas illegal. Leader of opposition in NMC Tanaji Wanve and senior Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe claimed as per the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act the House has no power to scrap the old property tax assessment system.
“Despite this, the ruling party scrapped the old system and implemented the new one. The civic body even doesn’t follow procedure to issue invoice of property tax calculated through ready reckoner. Under the new system there has been up to a six-fold rise in property tax calculations,” Gudadhe claimed.
Speaking to mediapersons, Gudadhe said the Congress would set up a special help centre at Wanve’s chamber in NMC’s headquarters from December 11. Under the guidance of Gudadhe, the Congress will also appoint a legal adviser to help property owners file objection to their property tax calculations. The centre will function from 3pm to 5pm daily till December end, Gudadhe said.
If the BJP was so keen to improve revenue from property tax, why did it not implement the ready reckoner system from December 2016, he asked. According to him, the party was aware of the multi-fold increase in property tax and that would have affected their prospects in civic elections.
As per the new tax system, before issuing invoices, the department must give 21 days to property owners to submit suggestions and objections by delivering notices to every individual. “Instead, NMC just published a public notice in local newspapers,” he said claiming this deprived property owners to submit objections.
“So there is no legal basis to these invoices,” Wanve said appealing citizens not to pay the revised property tax. “We will also raise the issue in general body to be held on December 8,” he added.
Gudadhe raised doubts over private firm entrusted with conducting survey of properties. He claimed the firm had mentioned two units in one property and cited the example of former corporator Kalatai Hatwar who received two different tax invoices for her two-storey building. Many properties were shown having many tenants with incomplete information, he claimed.
- Nagpur civic body auctions one property in Ashi Nagar zone The zone office had finalized 13 properties for auction to recover over Rs20 lakh property tax default. But, nine property owners turned up and cleared their dues.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | December 12, 2017, 13:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporationresumed auctioning of properties of tax defaulters by putting one property in Ashi Nagar zone on the block. The zone office had finalized 13 properties for auction to recover over Rs20 lakh property tax default. But, nine property owners turned up and cleared their dues.
On Monday, the zone office auctioned the remaining four properties in different areas of north Nagpur. However, the zone office had to cancel auction of three properties as no bidders turned up. Bidders turned up for auction of a one-storey building in Baba Budhaji Nagar and the zone office succeeded in selling the property for Rs 18.44 lakh.
Actually, the zone office has approximately 24,906 defaulters and it has taken action against only 816 defaulters. Hanuman Nagar zone will auction six remaining properties on December 15. Earlier last month, this zone had auctioned 16 properties but since there were no bidders, the auction for six properties was deferred. Now these properties would be auctioned at the zone office itself.
- 89 properties to go under the hammer in Nagpur A senior official from the property tax department said the auction of four properties will commence at Gandhibagh zone on December 20.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | December 20, 2017, 13:30 IST
NAGPUR: After a brief lull, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation(NMC) has put up 89 properties for auction. Five zones will be auctioning these properties to recover outstanding dues of Rs 70,72,761.
A senior official from the property tax department said the auction of four properties will commence at Gandhibaghzone on December 20. The outstanding amount from defaulters is estimated to be Rs 2,84,680. The zone will be organizing next auction of four more properties on December 28 to recover dues of Rs 2,71,636.
Dharampeth and Hanuman Nagar zones too will be auctioning three and 12 properties respectively on December 29. The officer said three defaulters have not paid tax of Rs 1.19 lakh, while the 12 have defaulted tax of Rs 8,41,385.
On December 30, the Laxmi Nagar zone has put up three properties for auctioning to recover tax of Rs 6.38 lakh. The Dharampeth zone too will be auctioning seven properties to recover Rs 5.33 lakh.
The zone will also be auctioning eight properties of owners who have defaulted tax of Rs 8.86 lakh on January 1. The Hanuman Nagar zone is very proactive to recover tax dues. It will be conducting auctions of 11 and 9 properties each on January 2 and 5 to recover dues of Rs 7.86 lakh and Rs 7.88 lakh respectively.
Similarly, Nehru Nagar zone will auction 8 properties on January 8 as their owners have defaulted tax to the tune of Rs 14.05 lakh.
On January 9, the Hanuman Nagar zone will again auction seven properties to recover dues of Rs 2.71 lakh.
Standing committee chairman Sandip Jadhav expressed anguish over slow procedure to auction properties of tax defaulters. Even though the numbers of tax defaulters were above 1.90 lakh and defaulted tax of over Rs 240 crore, the zonal offices have made little efforts to recover the dues, he said.
To a query, Jadhav pointed out that he has already directed a departmental inquiry against Mangalwari zone assistant municipal commissioner Harish Raut for postponing auction of properties of tax defaulters organized on November 11.
Since Raut postponed the auction, no fresh efforts were made to auction properties of defaulters. Jadhav said he will review tax collection in the standing committee meet on December 22.
- Goof-up by Nagpur civic body's private contractor leads to 43 times rise in property tax As per the report submitted by the company, even the shanties of slum areas has been shown as a sprawling concrete buildings and several people in the city had to pay commercial property tax.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | December 31, 2017, 09:29 IST
NAGPUR: The goof-up created by the Nagpur Municipal Corporations’s (NMC) contractor, Cybertech Systems and Software, in revaluation of properties, which was already increased 2 to 10 times under the new system, has rubbed salt to the wound of tax payers as in many cases the tax has gone up to 43 times after the revaluation by the company. This has led to raise many eyebrows in the civic body circle, demanding termination of contract followed by FIR against the company.
As per the report submitted by the company, even the shanties of slum areas has been shown as a sprawling concrete buildings and several people in the city had to pay commercial property tax for even operating tuition classes and parlours in their respective houses.
Citing cases from their wards, around 20 corporators of BJP, Congress, BSP and NCP, at the special meeting of general body held at Town Hall, Mahal, on Saturday, demanded termination of Cybertech’s work order and levy of penalty. They alleged Cybertech maligned NMC by giving wrong data of properties and fuelled tax amount.
BJP corporator Narendra Borkar, demanding revaluation from NMC staffers, said tax of maximum properties increased manifold due to mistakes committed by Cybertech. “Tax of a Bhandewadi resident, Pravin, Nirgude, was Rs540 for his G+1 floor house, which was increased to Rs23,359 in the new system, making the hike of 43.25 times. The company showed four tenants in the house, while only one family reside there. Similarly, tax of a property at Garoba Maidan, owned by one Sanjay Ghaywat, increased by 37.79 times,” he alleged.
Senior BJP corporator Dayashankar Tiwari said the Cybertech staffers marked properties as commercial even if women doing petty business in their residential properties. “Several houses of have been put under commercial property tax for even operating tuition, parlour, sewing machines etc. Even property owners using shutters in their respective house four car sheds have been put under commercial taxes. Stringent action should be taken against the company,” he said.
Independent corporator Abha Pande said Cybertech even shown shanties of slum areas as a sprawling concrete buildings in her ward. “Several properties in my area has been found exaggerated than that of actual area. The company has not done revaluation as per work order. No data of solar water, rain water harvesting and sewage treatment systems etc was taken into account due to which taxpayers did not get concession. Even project management consultant to monitor drive and verify data of Cybertech was not appointed,” she said.
Congress corporator Sandip Sahare alleged irregularity in releasing payments and increasing rate of Cybertech. “Work of Cybertech was divided into two parts. The company was supposed to design and implement property tax assessment and consolidation of municipal revenues application at Rs6.75 crore under part-A and door-to-door survey, GIS mapping of properties and seamless integration with NMC’s e-Governance software under part-B at Rs7.20 crore. Payment of Rs5.40 crore was released to the company for part-A even before the start of part-B. Property-wise payment under part-B was given two times. Then the NMC revised payment system to unit-wise citing conditions in tendering process,” he said.
Pande and Sahare said that NMC did not levy penalty on Cybertech for wrong data and delay in completing the works.
Following suggestions from ruling party leader Sandip Joshi, mayor Nanda Jichkar directed municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal to conduct an inquiry into revaluation drive, increase penalty of Rs500 per day to 10,000 per day and levy for delay and reduction of 50% payment if data found wrong.
Aam Admi Party activists staged demonstration in front of Town Hall during the entire course of house proceedings.
- Nagpur civic body employees paying private operators to complete online property tax system NMC assistant commissioner (property tax) Milind Meshram told TOI a detailed investigation has started into cases where tax amount was reduced and tax receipts cancelled after receiving paymentsAnjaya Anparthi | TNN | January 11, 2018, 15:30 IST
NAGPUR: The incident of property tax misappropriation in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has exposed the illegal computer operators appointed by tax recovery and assessment inspectors, to operate the property tax online system. These illegal operators are openly using the user IDs and passwords of property tax department employees, leaving scope for manipulations.
TOI had on Wednesday reported about suspension of two tax inspectors over alleged misappropriation of property tax revenue.
NMC assistant commissioner (property tax) Milind Meshram told TOI a detailed investigation has started into cases where tax amount was reduced and tax receipts cancelled after receiving payments. “Preliminary inquiry revealed tax recovery and assessment employees of three zones — Hanuman Nagar, Nehru Nagar and Ashi Nagar — were operating property tax online system by appointing operators on their own. Works like corrections in property tax amount of taxpayers, cancellations of receipts etc are done by employees in online system. But these employees have given their user IDs and passwords to their operators. Therefore, we are restricting the authority to amend property tax amount. Now, it will be done from head office only,” he said.
Meshram added inspections will be done to check whether the same system is being adopted in remaining seven zones.
Municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal and additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare have warned of action against employees who appointed their own private operators, and also gave their user IDs and passwords.
A question is also being raised on how the employees were managing to pay salaries of private operators appointed by them.
NMC sources told TOI cases of reduction in property tax amount and cancellation of receipts may increase after completion of detailed inquiry.
Unfortunately, Mudgal and Kumbhare have not even issued show cause notice to their employees in this regard. NMC is yet to register an FIR with police in property tax revenue misappropriation case too.
The case has also brought to fore violations of state government norms. The government had made it mandatory for NMC employees of class-III and above to obtain MSCIT certificate in 2001, to ensure all employees can operate computers. The last date for obtaining MSCIT certificates was 2007.
Unfortunately, around 40% of NMC employees had not obtained MSCIT certificate till last year. No action was taken against the employees for nine years. Kumbhare had stopped promotions of some 40 employees without MSCIT certificates in July 2017. The employees registered strong oppositions and action halted temporarily.
NMC official from general administration department said around 20% employees do not have MSCIT certificates till date. “Now, action will be taken against the employees. Even employees having MSCIT certificates do not know how to operate computers,” he said.
- Nagpur civic body fails to act against Nirmal Society township Confirming this, sources from Nehru Nagar zone told TOI that the notice was served to the builder for not adhering to the sanctioned building plansProshun Chakraborty | TNN | January 16, 2018, 17:00 IST
NAGPUR: The functioning of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s Nehru Nagar zone has come under scanner. Reason, the zone had served notice to Nirmal Ujjwal Credit Cooperative Society (NUCCS) to demolish illegal construction at its township on Umrer Road on July 25 last year, but later no action has been taken. The zone had found unauthorized construction of around 804.708 sq metres by the builder and developer in violation of Section 53 (1) of Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act.
Confirming this, sources from Nehru Nagar zone told TOI that the notice was served to the builder for not adhering to the sanctioned building plans while constructing the mega township on its land in Mauja Harpur, Umred Road. During spot inspections, a team comprising engineers from the department had found illegal construction including on 24 meter road, electricity sub-station on 202.86 sq mt area, water treatment plant on 91.94 sq mt and entire seventh floor in building number 3.
The zone, headed by assistant municipal commissioner Rajesh Karade, had directed the builder to demolish illegal constructions within a month or else action would be initiated against him. TOI has copy of the demolition notice. But even after five months, so far no action has been initiated.
Additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare expressed anguish over the delay by the zone officials and assured to look into the matter.
Alleging that the NUCCS management has failed to provide basic amenities in the society having 584 houses, including row houses, semi-detached bungalows and flats, the residents had taken to streets against the developer. The residents alleged that the developer, who had taken one-time maintenance from them, refused to return the maintenance fund. Later, the residents approached district deputy registrar (DDR) office. Following directions from the office of DDR, the residents have formed Nirmal Nagari Condominium. Elected board members include Prafulla Karpe, Ajay Malviya, Ashok Bhivgade, Rahul Patil and Nita Tijare. “We will claim our maintenance money from NUCCS along with interest and it will take care of the day-to-day maintenance, including security and all,” said the residents.
- Maharashtra govt okays residential zones along ORR in Nagpur NAGPUR: In a move that apparently defeats the purpose of building the Outer Ring Road (ORR), the state government has approved residential zones on its either side in the development plan of metro region. Activists claim it would turn ORR into accident prone zone like Inner Ring Road (IRR).
The state’s urban development department has approved the development plan (DP) and development control regulations (DCR) of metro region covering 3,567 sq.km area in 721 villages of nine tehsils recently. Three types of provisions for residential use have been made in the plan.
One of the three provisions is residential zone/belt 250 metres from ORR on both sides. It is approved as corridor development. The Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) will recover premium for giving permission to residential structures in this zone. NMRDA will decide the premium in coming days.
ORR with a total length of 119km is being developed by the Central and state governments as bypass to the city. Works on 61 km stretch are going on. Total expense of ORR is likely to be over Rs 2,500 crore. IRR was developed as bypass to the city so heavy vehicles could pass without entering the city. Thanks to development along it, it became like any other city road.
President of farmers organization Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Prashant Pawar said it was an unfortunate decision to develop residential zones on sides of ORR. “City sees large number of accidents on IRR. There are several areas in metro region that could be developed as residential zones. It seems NMRDA and government want to benefit some people possessing land along ORR and are putting human life at risk for that. Some big housing schemes and commercial establishments have cropped up along ORR in an unauthorized manner. It is also a way to regularize these unauthorized developments,” he said.
Pawar alleged it was among big mistakes committed by private agency Halcrow Consulting India Pvt Ltd. “75% of draft of DP prepared by Halcrow has got revised. NMRDA itself proposed 1,160 changes of which government accepted 939. Government made 285 changes on its own on which suggestions and objections have been submitted. Still, NMRDA is paying in crores to Halcrow. Payments made to Halcrow should be recovered,” he demanded.
NMRDA official said 250 metres on either side of ORR has good potential for development of residential areas. “NMRDA will get good revenue due to premium and that can be utilized for development of metro region,” he said.
- Nagpur civic body auctions property in Mangalwari zone Assistant commissioner Harish Raut said the zone had shortlisted eight properties for auctioning as their owners had not paid the tax for last many years.TNN | January 21, 2018, 09:23 IST
NAGPUR: Mangalwari zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation(NMC) on Saturday auctioned one property in Zingabai Takli as its owner Anjali Landge had defaulted property tax to the tune of Rs 63,822. The property was purchased by one Khushal Devtale for Rs 22.75 lakh in the auction.
Assistant commissioner Harish Raut said the zone had shortlisted eight properties for auctioning as their owners had not paid the tax for last many years. “Their cumulative outstanding had touched Rs 23.24 lakh. Out of them, seven owners paid the taxes before the auction,” he said.
On January 22, the zone will auction eight properties to recover outstanding tax of Rs 5.51 lakh.
- Nagpur: Standing committee chairman directs officials to concentrate only on property tax recovery NAGPUR: Standing committee chairman Sandip Jadhav directed officials and employees of property taxdepartment to keep aside all works and concentrate only on recovery of property tax for next two months. Jadhav directed the staffers to ensure 100% recovery by March 31.
Jadhav and chairman of tax consultative committee Avinash Thakre continued zone-wise review meeting of property tax on Wednesday. Review meeting was held at Dhantoli and Hanuman Nagar zones on Wednesday. Meetings of Lakadganj, Ashi Nagar and Mangalwari zones were conducted on Monday followed by Nehru Nagar, Satranjipura and Gandhibag zones on Tuesday. Meetings of remaining two zones— Laxmi Nagar and Dharampeth— will be held on Thursday.
Jadhav also noted down hurdles being faced by property tax department staffers in recovery of property tax. Staffers have assured to meet the target.
Corporators and officials of Dhantoli and Hanuman Nagar zones were present in the meeting.
- Housing projects near Mumbai's Sanjay Gandhi National Park on wildlife board agenda As per the agenda of the 13th SBWL meeting, almost 60% of the projects to be cleared are for housing schemes of realtors falling in the vicinity of SGNP in Borivli and Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in ThaneVijay Pinjarkar | TNN | January 31, 2018, 14:30 IST
NAGPUR: The State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) meeting on Wednesday, which is to be held after a gap of 16 months, seems to have been called to mostly clear housing and road widening projects by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Mumbai-Nagpur Super Expressway. The meeting will be chaired by CM Devendra Fadnavis, the SBWL chairperson.
As per the agenda of the 13th SBWL meeting, almost 60% of the projects to be cleared are for housing schemes of realtors falling in the vicinity of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Borivli and Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thane.
Activists are aworried lot as they feel that road-widening projects will hit wild animals if mitigation measures are not announced along with the development plans.
As per Supreme Court orders, any proposal which falls within the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of wildlife parks and which requires environment clearance under the Environment (Protection) Act 1986, and such proposals which fall within 10 km from the boundary of the parks require approval of the SBWL followed by the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL).
Sources said the chief wildlife warden has recommended most of the projects with a uniform condition of depositing Rs 1 crore for conservation and development of SGNP and Tungareshwar to the projects outside ESZ but within 10 km but 2% of the project cost for those projects falling inside the parks.
Also, ‘Ghodazari’ in Nagbhid forest range in Bramhapuri is all set to be notified as a wildlife sanctuary. Another crucial issue that will come up for discussion is bamboo flowering expected around 2021, when all the bamboo plants will flower and die, disturbing the ecological balance. The SBWL is likely to give approval to the felling and removal of trees and bamboo from Tadoba.
- Over 3.07 lakh affordable houses to be built in Vidarbha It specifies the process of bidding, selection of builder, tender document and agencies that are to work as nodal organization overseeing each of the schemes in 382 citiesRamu Bhagwat | TNN | January 31, 2018, 15:30 IST
NAGPUR: A successful private bidder executing an affordablehousing project under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) is permitted to sell 50% of houses in the scheme at rates of his choice while the rest will have to be sold at the price prescribed by the government agency. A floor space index (FSI) of 2.5 will be the other major attraction for the builder of the project to be implemented on public private partnership (PPP) basis.
A 64-page government resolution, issued last week, provides detailed guidelines for the project. It specifies the process of bidding, selection of builder, tender document and agencies that are to work as nodal organization overseeing each of the schemes in 382 cities. The PMAY, initiated in 2015, has set year 2022 as deadline for affordable housing for all project.
Under the scheme, the total number of houses to be built are 19.40 lakh. People booking for allotment of house under the economically weaker section category would get a total subsidy of Rs 2.5 lakh, of which Rs 1.5 lakh will be given by the central government and rest by the state. In Vidarbha, there is plan to build 3,07,831 houses. A major chunk or 1.21 lakh will be in Nagpur district.
The GR further states incentives shall be given to projects developed under PPP on both private as well as government land: Fees for joint measurement of land under such PMAY projects will be charged at 50% of the prevailing rate. Stamp duty of Rs1,000 only per EWS house will be charged for first instrument executed for the purpose of allotment of residential premises admeasuring up to an area of 30 sq.mt. to the person belonging to EWS category.
All other subsidies and incentives as per the PMAY (U) guidelines of March 2016 and subsequent amendments shall be given to such projects under PPP including Rs1.5 lakh from the Centre and Rs1 lakh from the state.
The main highlight is 2.5 FSI shall be given to all the affordable housing projects under this PPP. Projects on land falling in Green Zone /No Development Zone are also permitted with 1 FSI for construction of such affordable housing.
It also specifies that urban development department of the state shall separately issue a GR for exemption from development charges for projects under the scheme. All the projects are required to adhere to Development Control Rules (DCR), Development Plan (DP), Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 and Rules and Regulations made thereunder. The projects should be registered with MahaRERA.
The prices of 50% of the houses constructed under this scheme shall be fixed as per the prevailing pricing policy of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). For the rest 50%, the selected bidder is permitted to fix the prices.
If at any particular location the proposals received from multiple private parties exceed the demand registered for that location, then the private party which is willing to price maximum percentage of dwelling units (over and above 50%) as per the prevailing pricing policy of MHADA shall be selected as final bidder. In such case, the selected bidder can sell rest of the dwelling units in open market.
One of the most important points is there is no involvement of the selected bidder or government for the maintenance of the units after the transfer of units to the allottee. Maintenance, therefore, is the responsibility of the beneficiaries.
- About 11,000 structures to be razed for Nagpur smart city development NAGPUR: As many as 11,000 structures on 25,000 properties across 1730 acres in four areas of Bharatwada, Punapur, Pardi and Bhandewadi in east Nagpur will be demolished for area-based development under the Smart City project. NMC will rehabilitate the affected owners, said a senior Nagpur Municipal Corporation official. “The civic body will try to protect most existing structures,” he told TOI.
NMC, through an Ahmedabad firm HCP Design and Planning Cell, has already prepared a town planning (TP) scheme. A hearing of property owners has been convened on the scheme on February 8 at 12 noon at Bhawani Mata Mandir hall in Pardi.
“The actual work of Smart City project in Nagpur city will start from April 2018 and the deadline to complete 24 different works will be June 2019,” the officer said. NMC is expecting around 600-700 property owners to attend the meeting.
According to the officer, under the area-based development, the main works include construction of 55 km roads, laying water and sewer lines besides providing health, education facilities, setting up of recreation facilities like playgrounds etc. The cost of first phase is around Rs 995 crore.
For this, NMC has a corpus of Rs 387 crore which includes Rs 143 crore from state government, Rs 194 crore from Central government and Rs 50 crore from Nagpur Improvement Trust, said the officer. He added that by March-end, NMC hopes to receive Rs 100 crore and Rs 50 crore from both Central and state governments. Besides, NIT will also release its remaining share of Rs 50 crore before the end of this fiscal.
In the next fiscal, NMC is expected to get the remaining share of Rs 196 crore from Central, Rs 52 crore from state and Rs 150 crore from NIT, respectively.
- NMC, Neeri, RTO plan to curb air pollution could cost Rs38,016 cr Proshun Chakraborty| TNN | Feb 3, 2018, 03:35 IST
Nagpur: With a view to curb rising pollution in Nagpur city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is tying up with National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) and Regional Transport Office (RTO). Neeri has suggested templates for development of an action plan to control air control, which would require approximately Rs38,016 crore.
NMC chief engineer Vijay Banginwar told TOI that the action plan will be prepared in line with directions from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). He said the plan will take help of all government agencies, including state's public works department, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), National Highways Authority (NHAI), district collector's office, traffic police department, MPCB and MSRDC.
Neeri's senior principal scientist and head of Air Pollution Control Division Padma Rao, senior scientist Sangita Goyal, NMC city engineer Manoj Talewar, executive engineer Aniruddh Chauganjkar, assistant regional transport officer Subodh Deshpande, NMC deputy engineer RW Raut and other senior officials attended a meeting to discuss measures to be taken to curb air pollution. Under the action plan, NMC proposes to take help of CCTV cameras installed under Smart City Project to identify vehicles creating air pollution. Such vehicles will be penalized.
Banginwar also said NMC can use LED screens installed at many busy junctions to create awareness.
Adulteration in fuel is also one of the main reasons of polluting vehicles. Detailed action plan to prevent such pollution will be needed, Banginwar stressed. Another reason for rise in city's pollution is slow progress of ongoing development works, including cement road and flyover works. The delay is causing frequent traffic jams, which is leading to air pollution.
Another major factor in air pollution is non-synchronization of traffic signals. Neeri scientists said if signals are synchronized, vehicles would not stop at intersections and thus there would be lower air pollution. According to the Neeri's study, pothole free roads can also contribute to reducing city's air pollution.
Other measures suggested include regular check and control on burning of municipal solid waste, and designated parking to reduce traffic congestion.
It was also decided to promote battery operated vehicles like e-rickshaws, e-cars and also use of ethanol-run city buses, said Padma Rao. She said a review meeting on the action plan will be convened after 15 days.
- Architects to get sanction power for small plots up to 200 sq m TNN | Feb 2, 2018, 21:25 IST
Nagpur: Sanjay Bangale, chairman of PWD consultative committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), has directed the town planning department to give architects power to sanction open plots up to 200 sq m.
The directives were issued on Wednesday following a thorough review by the committee of the various lands in the city. The aim behind the exercise is to provide better and transparent transaction system.
In addition, the committee also reviewed the various plans sanctioned by the town planning department in the current financial year and the income generated in the procedure.
Around 730 plans were submitted to the town planning department and only 230 were given green signal. The department has earned income of around Rs72.82 lakh in the process and expects to generate Rs90 crore until March end. The department had generated revenue of Rs105 crore in the 2016-17 financial year.
Also, TDR was issued for 10 plots during the current financial year. Discussion was also held on bettering the schemes and policies in this regard and their proper implementation.
Bangale also directed officials to ensure that banners put up near small trenches dug on roads should also mention date of completion and other relevant details.