One of the fastest growing Tier III cities in India -Future IT and Aviation city - Companies like Boeing, Satyam computers, HCL, Dell, Hexaware, DLF, Ascendas etc. has already finalized their projects. Adjacent to IT SEZ(Wardha Road – NH7) is Proposed International Cargo HUB(MIHAN – Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur, ( ), which is first and only such kind of project in the country being developed in Nagpur by a joint venture between Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) and the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Second Capital and third big city in Maharashtra. Nearby is the new VCA cricket stadium.
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  • Metro to be ready on two stretches by Feb end: Dixit Ashish Roy | TNN | Feb 1, 2019, 03:27 IST

    Nagpur: Even though a lot of work needs to be done, MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit is confident of completing two stretches of Nagpur Metro — Sitabuldi to Khapri and Lokmanya Nagar (Hingna Road) to Subhash Nagar — by February end. According to him, all the necessary permissions will be available with the agency by then. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told TOI that the state government was deciding the date of inauguration of the project.

    Dixit said that by the month end, eight stations — Khapri, New Airport, Airport South, Airport, Jaiprakash Nagar, Sitabuldi, Lokmanya Nagar and Subhash Nagar — will be ready. While the first three are ready, a lot of work needs to be done on the remaining five. Nagpur Metro trains can pass through incomplete stations unlike other Metros. So, they will not create any obstruction.

    “The distance from Khapri to Sitabuldi is 13km and that from Lokmanya Nagar to Subhash Nagar is 6km. Thus, 19km out of the total 38km will be ready soon,” he further said.

    “The process for getting approvals from Research, Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) and Commissioner of Railway Safety (CMRS) has started and many compliances have been met. Soon, their teams will visit the city,” said the MD.

    The fare of Metro has already been decided by the state government. It will be Rs30 from Sitabuldi to Khapri and Rs23 from Lokmanya Nagar to Subhash Nagar. The fares for other stations have also been finalized.

    MahaMetro is working for making last mile connectivity available to Metro users. “An expression of interest (EoI) was floated for various modes and we have received excellent response. Agencies offering shared e-autos with app-based service have shown interest. Kinetic has agreed to provide e-scooters at our Metro stations. Ola Cabs is ready to provide taxis. We are in the process of obtaining permission from state government for plying e-scooters,” said Dixit.

    The Metro agency is working with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Public Works Department (PWD) for developing footpaths and cycle tracks near Metro stations.

    Special coach for women

    MahaMetro has decided to reserve one of the three coaches for women. These coaches known as ‘Nari Shakti’ will have posters indicating their status. Electronic signboards on Metro platforms will also indicate their location. Other Metros in India also have such coaches and reserve seats for women inside the other coaches.

    Bicycles, e-cycles on hire

    Metro MD Brijesh Dixit formally inaugurated the bicycles and e-cycles to be made available for hire at stations. You will have to use mobile apps for using them. Their rent is Rs1 for 10 minutes, Rs300 per month for bicycles and Rs600 for e-cycles. You will park the cycle at your destination and Metro’s contractor will pick it from the site if you don’t want to come back. Another person can use it from that location. E-scooters would also be made available soon.

  • NMC to organize special camps to identify owners of open plots TNN | Feb 2, 2019, 03:25 IST

    Nagpur: Nagpur Municipal Corporation is facing a huge problem in recovering tax from open plot owners as NMC has no record of their ownerships. Against 1.25 lakh such open plots in the city, NMC is yet to identify owners of 68,250 plots, said additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Thakre. He said the NMC has approached both the city survey offices to identify owners of open plots so that it can speed up the tax recovery.

    Addressing media persons here on Friday, Thakre said recently owners of two such plots turned up in the NMC office after their properties were auctioned following defaulting on property tax.

    Citing examples, Thakre said one Nirmala Bhoyar owned an open plot in Pannase Layout and had defaulted on property tax of Rs56,274 since last many years. As NMC had no details about the owner, it published a notification about auctioning the property as her tax dues including penalty has crossed Rs1.47 lakh. Following due procedure, recently the NMC auctioned the open land for Rs71.50 lakh. Later, she turned up and expressed her willingness to clear the dues. Not only did Bhoyar clear the tax dues but also paid Rs3.57 lakh to the person who had purchased her property.

    To avoid such repetition, the NMC is organizing special camps from February 4 to 16 for all open plot owners for mutation of their properties. Special counters will be opened at all the 10 zones and one at NMC’s headquarters in Civil Lines.

    Meanwhile, the NMC has achieved 30% of the Rs509 crore property tax target for the current fiscal. Yet, it has not yet distributed over 1 lakh invoices to the tax payers. “The remaining tax invoices will be distributed by February end and the NMC will achieve target easily,” he said .

  • Funds to flow in Nagpur for existing, proposed works Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Feb 2, 2019, 05:56 IST

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    NAGPUR: The city has not got any new big development project from the union budget, but a slew of ongoing and proposed projects have reportedly got provision of funds for completion or continuation.

    BJP city president Sudhakar Kohle said the city is all set to feature among top cities of the country once ongoing projects are completed. “PM Narendra Modi, union minister Nitin Gadkari and CM Devendra Fadnavis had approved large number of projects in last four years. Number of projects in last four years are many times more than those obtained in over 60 years. Our target is to finish the ongoing projects. This budget was for poor, labour and farmers sectors,” he said.

    Congress city president Vikas Thakre said the budget was a big jolt to the city. “All were expecting some big projects for the city with Gadkari at the centre and Fadnavis at the helm of the state. Ongoing Metro Rail project, works related to drinking water infrastructure etc were all planned by the Congress government. Therefore, BJP has totally failed to ensure city’s development,” he said.

    Former mayor and BJP corporator Pravin Datke said provisions of funds for proposed projects like international sports stadium and regional centre of Sports Authority of India (SAI), Smart City, AMRUT etc have been made in the budget. “Schemes under which ongoing projects were approved have been continued. Therefore, all these projects will be completed within deadline and without paucity of funds,” he said.

    Shiv Sena group leader in NMC Kishor Kumeriya said the budget was a big disappointment for the city. “Sena welcomes projects like Metro Rail, cement roads, flyovers etc. But these projects are planned for city’s future. The government has failed to understand actual needs of the city. Lakhs of people are residing in outer areas where there are no basic amenities like drinking water, power, street lights, sewage, roads etc. A special package for executing works should have been announced in these areas under AMRUT or any other scheme,” he said.

    Metro Rail phase-II of Rs11,216 crore is also missing from the budget as union cabinet is yet to clear it. Probably, the proposed project will find place in final budget to be presented in July.

    Comprehensive mobility plan of Rs33,284 crore including Metro Rail phase-II and Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) also did not feature in the budget.

    BJP leaders were expecting some defence related projects in MIHAN, but that too did not materialize.

    During his city visit a couple of months ago, finance minister Piyush Goyal, who is also railway minister, had announced a high speed rail corridor along Samruddhi Mahamarg. But the project was not there in the budget.


    * Metro Rail Phase-I

    * Smart City’s area-based development

    * Drinking water supply scheme for unauthorized layouts under AMRUT

    * Nag river pollution abatement and beautification projects

    * NHAI projects like Outer Ring Road, Pardi, Sadar flyovers

    * Affordable housing schemes proposed by NIT, NMC

    * Six laning of Bhandara highway, four laning of Katol and Umrer roads

  • Bombay high court grants status quo on Bhamti flat scheme Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Feb 3, 2019, 08:03 IST

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    NAGPUR: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court granted status quo on construction of G+11 floor flat scheme by Prayag Developers at Swawlambi Nagar (mouza Bhamti). The Process Server Co-operative Housing Society members and office-bearer Sanjay Nakhate had filed a writ petition in the HC challenging the building plan sanctioned by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

    Judges RK Deshpande and Vinay Joshi on Friday asked the parties to maintain status quo. “Issue notice to the respondents for final disposal of the matter returnable on March 29. The learned assistant government pleader waives service of notice to the respondents (state government, city survey office and competent authority of Urban Land Ceiling,” the judges said.

    TOI had carried a series of stories related to the case. The petitioners had attached a copy of TOI’s story while submitting it to the court.

    Representing the petitioners, advocate M Anilkumar Shankarlal prayed for cancellation of building plan sanction given by the NMC. They also sought an independent enquiry into the working of the City Survey Office No-3, the ULC department be made to disclose all vacant and excess lands which were declared in excess as per Section 8(4) of the Urban Land (Ceiling and Holdings) Act, 1976, restore the same to the government and mutate the name of the government in all records and also restore all such lands held by unauthorized person.

    As per the petition, the society owned 6.16 acres land (khasra no.s 89/1, 90/1 and 91/1). It had handed over the possession of land to NIT on May 13, 1981. Then, the society had requested NIT to release the land for the purpose of providing housing and other amenities to it’s members.

    Accordingly, the NIT had approved the layout and also executed an agreement with the society on September12, 1981. The society’s layout had public utility (PU) land of 25,850 sq.ft and it was reserved for a veterinary hospital in the city’s development plan (DP).

    “Sill, the mischief is played by the respondent No. 5 (Nalini Bute) to grab the land in collusion with the officials of the respondents — government, city survey office and NMC,” the petition alleged.

    As per the petition, Bute had allegedly given some wrong information to the ULC and accordingly an order was passed in her favour showing her ownership on 16,140 sq.ft of the total 25,850 sq.ft reserved for the veterinary hospital. On the basis of ULC order, Bute had allegedly managed to convince City Survey Office, the petition says.

    On December 2, 2015, the NMC had sanctioned flat scheme of Prayag Developers on 16,140 sq.ft land despite owned by the NIT and reserved for veterinary hospital. After objections of the society, the civic chief had granted stay on the construction and also cancelled the building plan sanction.

    Then, Bute and Prayag Developers had filed a petition in the HC that directed the civic chief to hear all parties before taking any decision. As per the petitioners, the NMC had again sanctioned fresh building plan sanction on May 29, 2018 without hearing them and despite some structure existing on the land.

    On the society’s complaint, the civic chief had stayed the construction which was lifted on December 26, 2018 considering alleged wrong information of City Survey Office.

  • NMC set to begin developmental work at Kasturchand Park Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Feb 5, 2019, 11:44 IST

    Standing committee will decide on proposal to issue work order in a meeting today

    NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is set to execute developmental works at Kasturchand Park (KP). Works worth Rs 4.52 crore will be undertaken at the Grade I heritage open space for providing basic amenities to the sportsperson, morning walkers and visitors.

    NMC’s projects department has tabled a proposal before the standing committee to issue work order to MD Constructions. The committee will decide on the proposal on Tuesday. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved Rs 5 crore for the purpose a year ago.

    NMC has planned to strengthen KP’s compound wall. Iron grills will be erected upon the wall to increase height. Three main gates will be redeveloped. Public toilets will be constructed at two locations— towards 118 Battalion and Shri Mohini Complex square. Parking for four-wheelers and two-wheelers will be developed in a proper manner. Streetlights and tracklights will be put up. Storm water drain network will also be laid to prevent water logging and damage to the playground.

    Already, Solar Industries has started works worth Rs 2.50 crore under its corporate social responsibility (CSR). The company is constructing walking and cycling tracks of 10 feet width and length of over 1km and plantation.

    The standing committee will also discuss the proposal to appoint a consortium of Vestien Global Work Places Services Pvt Ltd and Venkateshwara Habitat as sales management agency for London Street project. The company will be paid 1.24% of total revenue.

    Another proposal is to increase payment of architect Ashoka Mokha for Suresh Bhat auditorium project. The cost of the project increased from Rs 33.59 crore to Rs 84.99 crore, so Mokha’s fees also increased from Rs 78.32 lakh to Rs 1.57 crore. A proposal to appoint New Look Furniture for modular furniture works of Rs 89.35 lakh for Smart City office on 7th floor of NMC’s new administration building will also come up for discussion in the standing committee meeting.

  • NIT begins razing 33 shops for Sitabuldi mall completion Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Feb 6, 2019, 06:39 IST

    Some shopkeepers met NIT chairman Sheetal Teli-Ugale and requested time to remove their goods and were granted three days

    NAGPUR: Having received the green signal from the Supreme Court, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) on Tuesday started demolishing part of 33 shops on the right side of Sitabuldi market to allow completion of Glocal Square Mall, now renamed as World Trade Centre Nagpur. The civic agency later suspended demolition and gave three days to the shopkeepers to vacate the premises.

    NIT team with a posse of 210 police personnel started demolition of four shops in the morning. Other shopkeepers then started to vacate their goods. In the afternoon, some shopkeepers met NIT chairman Sheetal Teli-Ugale and requested time to remove their goods. Ugale gave them three days.

    There was tension for some time when demolition had commenced. However, police brought the situation under control. The NIT team comprising executive engineer PP Dhankar, divisional officer Pankaj Ambhorkar, and enforcement officer Manohar Patil returned after extension was given by Ugale. NIT officials told TOI that part of shops marked for demolition will be razed on February 9 even if shopkeepers fail to move out.

    NIT officials said 8m area at the rear will be demolished while shopkeepers can keep doing business in remaining 12 meters towards Sitabuldi market road. All shopkeepers will be given shops in the mall on completion, and the shops demolished completely.

    Out of 148 shopkeepers 130 support the project, and 18 were in opposition, and approached the high court. The HC order in favour of opposers was challenged by NIT, mall developer Pune-based Goel Ganga Infrastructure, and shopkeepers of Abhyankar Road. The Apex Court ruled in favour of the project on January 22.

    The developer is constructing the mall approved by the NIT under its Abhyankar Road Widening and Buty Mahal Street Scheme since 2014. The mall is spread over 6.5 acre and will cost over Rs500 crore at completion in 2020. It has basement parking, mezzanine, lower ground floor, ground floor and five floors. Some 3,000 shops including 981 mini-shops for hawkers and 10-screen multiplex are coming up in the mall. It will have parking for 1,500 four-wheelers, and 2,000 two-wheelers and bicycles each.

  • NMC gave nod to fell over 1,800 trees in 6 months Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Feb 6, 2019, 06:48 IST

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    NAGPUR: Even after concerns were expressed by the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, civic officials granted permission to fell over 1,800 trees in the city over the last six months. In an affidavit filed in HC on Tuesday, Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) garden superintendent Amol Chorpagar informed that permission was given to 32 organizations, including MaharashtraMetro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) and Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT).

    NMC, however, also asked all of them to plant five trees in lieu of one felled, and also collected Rs1.07 crore from them in the form of deposits.

    The affidavit was submitted as per HC’s directives while hearing a suo motu PIL regarding proposed felling of big banyan tree near popular Ghate Dugdha Mandir restaurant at Ambazari T-point, where Kalyani Deshpande was appointed amicus curiae. Later, Sunil Mishra, former chairman of Nagpur University’s Mass Communication Board, filed an intervention, contending that due to concretization of roads, any scope of trees plantation has virtually ended.

    Chorpagar’s affidavit, filed on NMC commissioner Abhijit Bangar’s behalf, informed that after HC directives it had issued a circular on November 17 to ensure preservation of trees during road concretization. Its chief engineer issued notices to all executive engineers to scrupulously follow the circular for previously constructed cement roads as well.

    The affidavit filed through counsel Gemini Kasat informed that the corporation granted permission to fell 1,838 trees for various works. Among them, MMRCL would be cutting highest number of trees, 493, along the four Metro routes. It’s followed by Government Ayurvedic College and Hospital (GACH) on Umred Road, which sought permission to clear 206 trees from its campus. Even Tukadoji Regional Cancer Hospital at Manewada applied to fell 194 trees for its proposed buildings.

    Earlier, Mishra contended that the trees have become prone to termite attacks and more number of them are dying a slow death. Both these aspects were neglected by the civic body, he contended.

  • Nagpur: Despite HC status quo, work goes on at Bhamti flat scheme

    Sanjay Nakhate, an office-bearer in the society and petitioner along with the society in the case, video recorded the ongoing construction work at the flat scheme on Wednesday. Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | February 07, 2019, 14:00 IST

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    NAGPUR: Claiming contempt of court by Prayag Developers, the Process Server Cooperative Housing Society, an association of the residents of Swawlambi Nagar, mouza Bhamti, has cited ongoing construction activities by the builder despite the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court ordering a status quo.

    Sanjay Nakhate, an office-bearer in the society and petitioner along with the society in the case, video recorded the ongoing construction work at the flat scheme on Wednesday. “We will bring it to the notice of the HC. We will also inform the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials about the construction activities on Thursday,” he said.

    The petitioners’ advocate M Anilkumar Shankarlal said it was a clear case of contempt of the HC. “HC judges (RK Deshpande and Vinay Joshi) on February 1 had directed the parties to maintain status quo. Copy of the order was served to the respondents by February 4. It was mandatory on part of the respondents to stop construction work at the site till further orders,” he said.

    The high court has fixed next hearing in the writ petition on March 29.

    TOI visited the site and found that work on the fourth floor of the under-construction flat scheme was going on.

    Shashank Pande of Prayag Developers said he was out of the city and will comment only after consulting his lawyer. He did not call back for his comments. NMC’s assistant director of town planning Pramod Gawande did not respond to TOI’s call and message.

    The NMC had sanctioned building plan of the flat scheme on December 2, 2015. The society and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had claimed the land was public utility (PU) land, owned by the NIT and reserved for a veterinary hospital in city’s development plan.

    In 2016, the civic chief had stayed construction of the flat scheme. Despite the stay, the builder had continued with the construction. Taking cognisance of this and other issues, the civic chief had cancelled the building plan on December 30, 2016.

    The NMC’s town planning department again sanctioned the flat scheme’s building plan on May 29, 2018. Following this, the society and Nakhate had challenged it in the HC.


  • Plastic ban only on paper as bags still freely available Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Feb 10, 2019, 08:15 IST

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    NAGPUR: Seven months after the state government prohibited use of plastic bags, it is freely available across the city.

    The state government had banned all plastic products, including polythene carry bags, from June 23, 2018, and asked the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board(MPCB) and the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) along with nine other government offices to strictly enforce the rule in the city.

    In an apparent lackadaisical attitude towards the government instructions, the MPCB and NMC completely failed to regulate the use of plastic not only in the city but also near its own office premises.

    The ban on plastic in Nagpur is limited to manufacture of polythene carry bags that are openly available in city’s markets. TOI visited many market areas and found that the banned products are easily available. Except retail chains like Big Bazaar, Purushottam Super Bazaar and some others, TOI came across many roadside vendors and some grocery shops or those selling vegetables, fruit and other products using plastic bags. The big retail chains offer paper and cloth bags.

    The bags are openly available in shops in Gandhibagh, Mahal and other areas in the city. The actions against shops keeping banned products is very dismal in both Gandhibagh and Satranjipura zones jurisdictions.

    TOI tried to speak to a few vendors selling flowers, fruits in banned bags and also those buying these products but they refused to speak. Spotting this reporter, some shopkeepers even hid the banned product.

    In the initial months, the NMC’s nuisance detection squad and zonal team of NMC’s health (sanitation) department had extensively carried out raids at local shops, including wholesale dealers of plastic products in Itwari, Mahal, Cotton Market and Dharampeth areas.

    Between June 23 and February 7, the NMC’s nuisance detections squad and sanitary inspectors from all 10 zones checked 22,791 shops and issued challans to 614 shopkeepers for keeping the banned product. The NMC has also imposed a fine of Rs30,37,800 on them by seizing over 9,494kg of banned plastic products mostly carry bags, revealed data compiled by NMC’s health (sanitation) department.

    The NMC’s drive seems to have lost its sheen as even carry bags below 50 microns are easily available in the market.

    The state government has empowered 11 government departments like MPCB, district collectorate, police, forest department etc to implement the ban but only the NMC is initiating action due to which use of plastic continues unabated in the city.

    Even NMC’s health (sanitation) department was not extending support to enforce the ban, said sources. Apart from four civic cops, the NMC was supposed to spare eight of its workforce in every zone. “But now, only four civic cops are active in every zone,” admitted a senior official from the NMC’s sanitation department.

    According to the officer, the health (sanitation) department, assigned for the job, has many other responsibilities like sanitation, cleanliness etc. “It is very difficult without the support of citizens and other government agencies to implement the ban,” he said. Despite repeated attempts, MPCB officials were not available for comment.

    Vidarbha Plastic Industries Association vice-president Harish Mantri claimed that plastic manufacturers in the district had completely stopped production of banned items. When asked about the large-scale presence and use of plastic carry bags, he said they must have been sourced from neighbouring states where the ban is not in force.

  • NGT seeks report on road works near TATR Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Feb 11, 2019, 05:26 IST

    National Green Tribunal

    NAGPUR: Even as the principal bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) at Delhi has taken a serious note about road upgradation projects in eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) cutting corridors, road expansion in crucial patches continues unabated sans any mitigation measures.

    Sequel to TOI report on road projects cutting TATR corridors, the NGT has already sought a report by February 28. The next date of hearing is slated for March 28. However, road expansion by PWD continues despite NGT orders.

    The PWD is widening roads in dense forest patches between Chandrapur-Pombhurna through Junona-Asegaon-Gilbili-Satara-Kelzar-Dongarhaldi villages, where traffic is thin. These roads pass through tiger bearing FDCM’s West Chanda, Chandrapur and Central Chanda forest divisions and connect Kanhargaon. PWD executive engineer MM Jaiswal did not respond to TOI calls.

    Of the above road patches, Junona-Asegaon-Gibili have been expanded without any mitigation measures. Now, Asegaon-Satara road is being expanded. The most crucial patch between Satara-Kelzar, which passes through inviolate forest area and was never expanded in last 30 years, is also being upgraded.

    “This expansion will affect last remaining unbreakable linkages between TATR-Kanhargaon. Besides, the upgraded roads will be mostly used by sand mafia who operate through this road,” feared wildlife lover Nikhil Tambekar, who monitors road kills in Chandrapur.

    Chandrapur chief conservator of forests (CCF) SV Ramarao said, “The above roads are not included in the six projects, which are being surveyed by separate committees headed by assistant conservators (ACFs), PWD officials and NGOs, to suggest mitigation measures as per NGT direction.”

    “During a meeting on January 25, we had asked the PWD about the number of road projects coming up in TATR landscape but the road expansion between crucial Pombhurna-Dongarhaldi-Kelzar were not part of it. We talked about six projects only where mitigation will be proposed. These include Bampewada-Chimur, Chandrapur-Mul, Chandrapur-Ashti, Navargaon-Ashti, Chimur-Warora, and Gadchiroli-Mul,” said Ramarao.

    “TATR is itself not enough to sustain the growing tiger population. Hence, corridors are important. A great part of these corridors lie outside Tadoba and such small roads should not be expanded for securing survival of key tiger populations and the ecosystem,” said Debi Goenka, executive director of Conservation Action Trust (CAT), Mumbai.

    Green Planet Society chief Suresh Chopne demanded to include dense forest patches between Pombhurna-Dongarhaldi in the mitigation plan. “There is recorded scientific evidence of tigers dispersing from Tadoba to Kanhargaon and further from these jungle areas,” said Chopne.

    The NTCA, on November 28, 2018, had asked chief wildlife wardens to assert Section 38 (O) (1) (b) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which says, “Evaluate and assess various aspects of sustainable ecology and disallow any ecologically unsustainable use such as mining, industry and other projects within the tiger reserve.”

    Secondly, the NTCA said, section 38 (O) (1) (g) of the WPA asks to ensure that tiger reserves and areas linking one protected area or tiger reserve with another protected area or tiger reserve are not diverted for ecologically unsustainable uses, except in public interest, and with the approval of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) and on the advice of the NTCA. “The chief wildlife warden should stress on these laws to save corridors,” said Chopne.

    Prakash Kamde of Social Action for Rural Development (SARD) said, “Widening taluka-level roads can be understood but internal roads where there are small villages and no traffic should be just repaired and not expanded.”

  • NMC de-chokes 3,600 trees along cement roads Manka Behl | TNN | Feb 11, 2019, 05:25 IST

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    NAGPUR: Taking efforts to save the city’s depleting green cover, the civic body is now focusing on protecting age-old trees, a lot of which are on the verge of keeling over due to choking.

    TOI has been repeatedly reporting how the ‘mindless’ concretization of roads by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has resulted in complete choking of many trees in East and West High Court roads, as the mandatory space around tree trunks was not left.

    According to the latest figures of the civic body’s garden department, NMC has de-choked about 3,600 fully-grown trees along roads which were concretized under phase I and II of cement concrete road project. The de-choking exercise was carried out in the last two-three months on the directives of NMC chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar.

    Sudhir Mate, adviser to NMC’s garden department, informed that a proposal is also being moved to de-choke trees alongside tar roads and pavements which do not come under the concretization project. “Apart from this, we will also be focusing on saving trees inside the premises of government offices,” he said.

    Four years back, TOI had done a spot inspection and found that 99% of trees, believed to be planted during British era inside government offices in Civil Lines, were choked off on all four sides by concrete, tiling and litter.

    Recently, NMC chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar had issued a circular stating that the civic body will plant and maintain trees along roads proposed to be concretized under phase-III of the project. “The contractor has to plant trees at every six meters and ensure its maintenance till the contract period. Plantations must be carried out simultaneously with concretization work,” said Mate.

    Apart from this, the contractor will also be responsible for preparing appropriate surface for median plantations. “We have also directed them to use water sprinklers regularly for removing dust particles settled on leaves. This is being done to ensure that the photosynthesis process is not obstructed,” added Mate.

    Stating that the de-choking work carried out by NMC was ‘satisfactory’, green activist Shrikant Deshpande said, “The situation is much better than what it was a few years back. In phase III and IV, NMC is leaving sufficient spaces for plantation.”

    The activist added that NMC still can plant trees at roads which are already concretized. “The chief engineer has directed to remove interlocking tiles and plant trees wherever there is scope,” he said.

  • Most major works incomplete, yet MahaMetro sure of meeting deadline TNN | Updated: Feb 13, 2019, 08:06 IST

    Track laying work under progress at a frenetic pace for the trial run likely on February 26.

    NAGPUR: Even though MahaMetro is yet to complete major works, officials are confident of meeting the February 26 target and that Nagpur Metro’s trial run will be done from Khapri station to Zero Mile station instead of Sitabuldi station.

    “With the pace of work, we have decided to extend the trial run by 500m from earlier plan to run the Metro up to 13km stretch till Sitabuldi station,” said Mahesh Kumar, MahaMetro’s director (project).

    Sitabuldi station under construction.

    During a media visit to Sitabuldi station near Munje Chowk, a junction which would be change over for Reach One-Two (North-South corridor) and Reach Three-Four (East-West corridor) on Tuesday, Kumar claimed that the laying of tracks of Reach One from Khapri Station to Zero Mile will be completed by February 22.

    The trial run will begin from Khapri to Ajni, to Congress Nagar and finally to Sitabuldi. Once cleared, the Metro will start its operations from Khapri to Zero Mile covering the 13.5km distance. “So a series of oscillation trial runs will begin on Wednesday under the supervision of a team of Research Design Standards Organisation (RDSO). The first trial run will commence between Khapri station and Neeri station,” Kumar said and added that once the trials are clear and receive a go ahead from all the concerned departments, the Metro will start serving the citizens probably by month end.

    Covering 2.5 lakh square feet, the Sitabuldi station would have four entries and exits from different nearby locations — Munje Chowk, Netaji Market, land adjoining Fortune Mall and near Yeshwant Stadium. Of these entries, one entry of the under construction station from Tulsi School side would be made operational by February 26, he said.

    About the facilities for commuters, Kumar said this entrance will have steps, a lift and an escalator. To a query, Kumar admitted at least five to six months more would be required to complete the Sitabuldi metro station.

    The Sitabuldi station will be five storeys station, he said. Of these floors, two would be dedicated for two metro corridors. First floor of the station will have commercial outlets while the fifth and the roof top with crown atop will have restaurants. He said the construction of remaining three floors will be a challenging task as it will be carrying out while the Metro will be running beneath it.

    The works of laying tracks and overhead electric lines are in full swing at Sitabuldi station.

    According to Kumar, “Completing the work at Sitabuldi station was the biggest challenge before us due to heavy vehicular traffic movement. Bringing in raw materials, moving heavy machinery and carrying out the work was really a big challenge. With approximately 350 workforce at the station, we have finished most work and even the launch of girder of Reach One corridor over Gowari flyover at Variety Square will be completed by February 28, even though we have sought permission for 15 days.”

    Citing an example, he claimed that MahaMetro has laid 6,500m track in January alone. For Reach One’s 26,000m track and Reach Three’s 12,000m, the concrete track works of admeasuring 24,000m and 9,000m have been completed, he said, adding the remaining work of 2,000m and 3,000m will be finished by a week’s time.

  • Nagpur: HC orders director of Maharaja Developers to deposit Rs 2.10 crore
    A single-judge bench comprising Justice Murlidhar Giratkar clarified that since allegations against Dangre involved crores of financial transactions, he should deposit the required amount. Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | February 16, 2019, 10:00 IST

    NAGPUR: Continuing its tough stand against high profile petitioners seeking anticipatory bails, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Friday, directed Vijay Dangre, director of Maharaja developers, to deposit Rs2.10 crore with the registry.

    A single-judge bench comprising Justice Murlidhar Giratkar clarified that since allegations against Dangre involved crores of financial transactions, he should deposit the required amount. The petitioner was granted two days to reply or else, the HC would pass appropriate orders.

    On October 15 last year, the HC had asked Nirmal Nagari Sahakari Pat Sansthachairman Pramod Manmode to deposit Rs6 crore along with the passport, in connection with the similar complaint filed in one of his projects — Nirmal Nagari.

    The Sakkardara cops had booked Dangre under Sections 420, 504 and 506B of IPC and also for allegedly threatening the complainant Ramuji Wankhede. Earlier on Tuesday, the Maharashtra government, strongly opposed granting of anticipatory bail plea to the builder contending that there is every chance that he may influence the witnesses and complainant as well.

    The builder was booked for defrauding complainant to the tune of Rs44.25 lakh by selling them the government land, claiming it as his own. He was accused of duping many such gullible customers by taking advance from them towards selling of plots and then failing to give possession, from February 2006 till last year. He allegedly forged the documents of sanction plan and property of the government land and sold them off in lieu of huge amount to the buyers.

    The accused then moved sessions court for anticipatory bail, which was rejected. He then challenged the verdict in higher judiciary. In last hearing, the HC issued notice to the government while seeking explanation.

    (With inputs from Akash Jamthe)

  • Rs1,000 cr solar project to power 1.30L street lights, NMC buildings

    Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Feb 19, 2019, 03:10 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is all set to execute a Rs1,000 crore solar project to power 1.30 lakh street lights, buildings and some parts of water and sewage treatment plants, followed by operation and maintenance for 20 years. There will be no additional financial burden on NMC, instead it will save over Rs500 crore. NMC will become the country’s first to do so if the project materializes.

    NMC electrical department has shortlisted three companies — Chennai-based Broil Solar Energy, Raipur-based Shanti GD Ispat and Power, and city-based Rohit Steel — for executing the project. The standing committee will take a decision on issuing work orders to the companies in the meeting on February 21.

    The companies will develop solar infrastructure worth over Rs300 crore at their own cost within eight months. The companies will operate and maintain the systems for 20 years. NMC will pay Rs945.34 crore to the companies over 20 years.

    Shanti will be given Laxmi Nagar, Hanuman Nagar, Nehru Nagar and Gandhibagh zones, while Rohit Steel will get Dharampeth, Dhantoli and Lakadganj zones, and Broil Solar will operate the equipment at Satranjipura, Ashi Nagar and Mangalwari zones.

    A NMC official told TOI they will save over Rs500 crore from the project. “NMC’s power bill is around Rs110 crore per year. Around 60% of power consumption will be converted into solar. Thus, NMC will pay the companies for 20 years from its savings. And, NMC will save over Rs500 crore. Also, NMC will get entire infrastructure free of cost from the companies after 20 years,” he said.

    NMC will convert 1.30 lakh street lights having consumption of 10MW into solar. Similarly, civic body will convert all its buildings, including administrative offices, hospitals, community halls, libraries etc, consuming 2MW into solar.

    Around 30MW consumption of water and sewage treatment plants will be converted into solar. The official said it is not possible to convert entire consumption of plants into solar as they have huge consumption. “Also, there will be problem of space for installing solar panels on such large scale plants,” he said.

    NMC will make use of the state government’s net metering and open access projects, as street lights run at night while the plants operate 24 hours.

    Highlight of the project will be the unique infrastructure for converting street lights into solar. The height of street lights is around 8-10 meter. A base of iron rods will be created between every two street light poles. Solar panels will be installed on this base, at the height of the lights. Thus, solar panels will be visible along all roads across the city.

    The NMC is already operating its Suresh Bhat auditorium, main administrative building, and four zone offices on solar power. Also, NMC had distributed 3,450 solar water heaters with capacity of 125 litres per day each at 50% subsidy to the people.

  • Builder Dangre agrees to deposit Rs 2.10cr for bail tnn | Feb 19, 2019, 03:45 IST

    Nagpur: Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Monday, adjourned the hearing on builder Vijay Dangre’s case, till Friday after he agreed to deposit Rs2.10 crore with its registry. On Friday, the high profile director of Maharaja developers was told to deposit the amount for seeking anticipatory bail. His plea was listed before single-judge bench comprising Justice Murlidhar Giratkar.

    Dangre, who was earlier marred in many controversies, was booked by the Sakkardara cops under Sections 420, 504 and 506B of IPC and also for allegedly threatening the complainant Ramuji Wankhede. The Maharashtra government already opposed granting of anticipatory bail plea to the builder contending that there is every chance that he may influence the witnesses and complainant as well.

    The builder was booked for defrauding complainant to the tune of Rs44.25 lakh by selling them the government land, claiming it as his own. He was accused of duping many such gullible customers by taking advance from them towards selling of plots and then failing to give possession, from February 2006 till last year. He allegedly forged the documents of sanction plan and property of the government land and sold them off in lieu of huge amount to the buyers.