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    MSRDC to plant 8L trees along Samruddhi e-way

    tnn | Aug 30, 2018, 05:39 IST

    Nagpur: Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will be planting eight lakh trees along the proposed Nagpur-Mumbai Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg (MSM).

    MSRDC, as the implementing authority for the proposed 701km Mumbai-Nagpur super communication expressway, will embark on the tree plantation drive in partnership with National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) to provide a green cover aimed at protecting environment . It plans to plant 1,326 trees each kilometre stretch. Thus almost eight lakh trees will be planted along the expressway.

    “MSRDC is committed to conservation of environment while developing the Samruddhi Mahamarg. We will plant maximum trees during the construction of the expressway. As per rules laid down by Indian Roads Council, 583 trees need to be planted per kilometre, but we are going to plant more than double the number,” vice-chairman and managing director Radheshyam Mopalwar said in a press release.

    Trees will also be planted along interchanges, rest areas, wayside amenities coming up along the arterial road. Lucknow-based National Botanical Research Institute has agreed to guide the workforce in achieving the target. The expressway will pass through 10 districts, 26 talukas and 390 villages.

    NBRI will determine the trees to be planted after studying the soil, air, water, rainfall and weather condition of every area. According to the recommendations made by the organization, a nursery will be developed first for the purpose. tnn

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      Razing of illegal structures on open, PU land to restart next week: NMC tells HC

      Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Aug 31, 2018, 03:47 IST

      Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) would be restarting its demolition drive against illegal religious structures on the open/PU lands from next week. The civic body informed about its plans to the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Thursday, after which the hearing was adjourned for two weeks.

      A division bench comprising Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Murlidhar Giratkar directed the NMC and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) to raze all such structures located on roads and footpaths by Friday. The judges further asked both the agencies to submit a detailed affidavit listing out those who deposited the money and remaining ones along with their exact locations.

      Appearing for the NMC, senior counsel Chandrashekhar Kaptan and Sudhir Puranik informed that only 12 structures located on roads and footpaths are yet to be removed. They assured that civic body has restarted the demolition drive and it was demolishing five such structures per day and would complete the entire exercise by Friday.

      The duo informed that only 368 out of 1,800 total objectors had deposited the money with HC’s registry to prove their bona fides, as reported by TOI on Thursday. Of them, 251 deposited Rs50,000 with the HC’s registry till August 16, while 87 handed over Rs60,000 till August 21.

      Earlier, petitioner’s counsel Firdos Mirza pointed out that trustees had began reconstruction of those structures which were flattened by the civic agencies in areas like Sadar. The bench then asked the authorities to find out such places and submit the names and details in the court in the same affidavit.

      He further brought to fore that both agencies had assured to remove all illegal structures on roads and footpaths within four weeks, but yet to complete the exercise. He blamed the respondents for bypassing plans and projects submitted by them in HC under the pretext of non-verification of the objections received. The NMC counsels then reiterated that all such structures would be razed by Friday.

      NMC’s additional commissioner Ravindra Thahare submitted an affidavit when the hearing began in which he informed that out the total 252 unauthorized structures, 231 have already been flattened till Wednesday. The authorities have sought police protection for removing the remaining 12.

      The court was hearing a plea (WP No 6177/2006) by Dr Gajanan Zade and Manohar Khorgade, praying for removal of encroachments, including religious structures, pandals, stages, statues and others from roads, pavements and public utility places.

      In earlier hearing, HC had asked latecomers to deposit Rs60,000 for proving their bona fides and decided to donate the amount collected from all objectors to Government Shelter Homes for Children in Vidarbha. Thereafter, the NMC informed that since last hearing on August 2, it had received 860 more objections from those who constructed structures without requisite sanctioned plans and building permits.

      21 residents told to deposit Rs 2.10L

      Peeved over failure to submit sanctioned plan and building permit of a temple in Buty Layout in Laxmi Nagar, the high court asked all 21 residents of the society to pay Rs10,000 each to prove bona fides. The petition is filed by Siddha Ganesh Mandir, through manager Sunil Aloni and Buty Layout Plot Holders Association secretary Ravindra Chinchwadkar, through counsel Shantanu Pande. They contended that theirs is a private land on which the temple was built and the NMC had no role to play in it.

      When the HC enquired with the NIT counsel, he informed that the temple comes under open spaces and it can’t be termed as private land. The judges then asked all 21 petitioners to deposit Rs50,000 each with its registry and after requests reduced the amount to Rs10,000. The petitioners have already deposited Rs50,000 with the registry.

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        Slow cable laying work causing bottleneck at Nelson Square

        TNN | Aug 31, 2018, 03:56 IST

        After the ongoing flyover work, the slow paced cable laying work has been dealing a double-blow to the road users

        Nagpur: Residents and regular motorists using Mankapur Road, especially those crossing Nelson Square are unhappy over cable-laying work’s slow pace opposite to the Chitnavis Blocks.

        Already, the ongoing flyover work is causing major inconvenience to the motorists and the delay in cable laying work is creating bottlenecks not only on the road but also blocked the entire footpath near the construction site, said residents.

        “While motorists have difficulties traversing, the pedestrians are forced to walk in middle of the road, wading through the jams on the narrowed stretch,” said Neville Cassad a resident of the locality.

        Team TOI too visited the place on Thursday morning and found that as cable wire has been placed on footpath, pedestrians are using road, while motorists honk continuously to get a clear patch.

        Apart from the noise that ongoing flyover work generates, the incessant honking is the biggest source of noise pollution here. With traffic rules neither being followed, nor implemented, chaos on the roads has increased, was the general observation of the residents and shopkeepers there.

        Furthermore, despite the delay, neither the NMC nor the traffic police has not taken action against the firm, asking them to complete the work early.

        “The work for underground wires started almost four months ago. The labourers are not seen working at the spot daily and since couple of days none of them has turned up to work at the busy square,” said a shopkeeper requesting anonymity.

        “The stretch parallel to the footpath has been encroached due to stocked cables, forcing pedestrians to walk in the middle of the road. Furthermore, visitors to the nearby hotels and offices do not bother about the traffic movement and park their vehicles on the road, adding up to the problem,” Shashin Chokse, a motorist, pointed out.

        The situation has been not been regularly attended by the contractor or NMC officials, Chokse claimed. Even the traffic control lies unattended.

        “What if there are medical emergencies? And, even school students, who cross the road daily, could be a victim of accident on this half-worked stretch. The concerned agency should look into the issue and get the work done immediately so that the citizens do not suffer,” he said.

        Deputy municipal commissioner Raj Tilak Roushan assured to remove the cables at the earliest and by Wednesday evening they were removed.

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          14 plans uploaded, none okayed on civic body’s BPMS in 35 days

          tnn | Aug 31, 2018, 05:50 IST

          Nagpur: All is not well with the month-old Building Plan Management System (BPMS) rolled out by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on July 25. Some 35 days after launch, technical glitches and faulty implementation have left architects and engineers unable to upload plans to the system. NMC’s revenue collection is also suffering as a result, with only scrutiny fees of Rs16,103 collected in 35 days.

          NMC could generate a lot more revenue from additional FSI, premium for staircases, loading of TDR (transferable development right) on balconies, and side and rear margin relaxation, apart from building plan sanction if BPMS runs on track. As opposed to 40-50 plans getting sanction manually every month earlier, not even a single plan has been sanctioned in BPMS, and only 14 plans have been uploaded till date.

          “BPMS only supports 3D version of AutoCAD (a drafting tool) even when uploading 2D files, whereas most architects use either 2D versions or other cheaper drafting tools. This is a major pain for us in uploading plans and is causing hindrance,” said chairman of Nagpur chapter of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) Paramjeet Singh Ahuja.

          A committee member of IIA Parikshit Choudhari said, “We are facing so many technical glitches in downloading basic software and require help, but shortage of manpower at NMC means we are unable to learn the mechanism. It is not possible for architects from Wardha and Yavatmal to come down every time. NMC needs to organize a mass training drive for architects to handle the portal.”

          Another architect Harish Chandani said, “There are no provisions for government’s TOD policy and uploading various no objection certificates in the system till date. Also, their drafting tool is quite tedious to work with, and one plan takes days to get completed. Relaxation powers mentioned in the system are also very limited, and we ultimately have to visit NMC every time, so what’s the whole point of BPMS.”

          It was earlier reported by TOI that various no objection certificates (NOC) from fire department have to be acquired manually before uploading the plans. “Acquiring NOC before submission only worsens our problems, since the plan we submit might be rejected for trivial reasons,” he added.

          NMC section engineer Shrikant Deshpande said, “We are looking into the glitches and they will be resolved soon. We have submitted a request to Maharashtra IT cell (MahaIT) to employ more officials for this, and hopefully there will be more assistance to architects sooner than later.”

          “Talks are underway to make this system more user friendly and accommodate more drafting tools. With the release of new versions, hopefully these issues will be resolved,” said assistant director of town planning Pramod Gawande.

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            Ambazari lake, 3 other spots finalized for seaplane project

            Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 03:11 IST

            A trial was conducted between Ambazari lake and Khindsi dam on November 15, 2014. Khindsi and Koradi lakes do ... Read More

            Nagpur: The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB), in association with the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), has finalized four locations for sea plane project proposed four years ago. City will be the nodal centre and the projects will come up at Ambazari lake, Tadoba in Irai dam, Pench Tiger Reserve and Paras barrage in Akola district.

            MMB chief executive officer Vikram Kumar has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and submitted it to NIT chairman Ashwin Mudgal. The NIT board of trustees is likely to approve it in the meeting on Tuesday. Later, Mudgal will sign the MoU for its final implementation.

            Suggested by city MP and Union minister Nitin Gadkari, the project was proposed at eight locations — Ambazari lake, Tadoba, Pench, Shegaon pilgrimage, Koradi temple, Sironcha in Gadchiroli district, Nagzira Tiger Reserve and Navegaon National Park.

            The MMB will develop all required infrastructure from its funds or grants from the central/state government. The NIT will make available land and permissions. The MMB will appoint a private operator for operation and maintenance.

            The NIT will be the monitoring agency and also pay viability gap fund, estimated at Rs3.65 crore per annum, in case of any loss.

            A Mumbai-based company MEHR had conducted a trial for the project between Ambazari lake and Khindsi dam near Ramtek on November 15, 2014. In the four finalized locations, there is no mention of Khindsi and Koradi lakes.

            The NIT board will also take decision on exemption of ground rent for slum-dwellers without any approval from the state government. Earlier, it was felt that the government’s approval was required for giving exemption to slum dwellers from paying ground rent of 2% every year. Now, the civic agency has reportedly found provisions for passing on the benefits to slum-dwellers on its own.

            Another proposal before the NIT board is to fix charges for no objection certificate (NOC) for amalgamation or division of plots under Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits. Also, the board will take decision on granting transferable development rights or compensation for acquiring 1.02 hectare land worth Rs41 crore reserved for Housing For Dishoused at mouza Somalwada. Following NIT’s failure to acquire the land, the owner had served purchase notice.

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              Bad roads have city’s puncture repair business booming

              TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 03:32 IST

              Nagpur: Potholes are a menace for drivers but they have brought a smile on the faces of city’s puncture repair shopkeepers. According to them, some punctures are caused by normal road debris, especially nails, but there also has been an increase in business due to potholes.

              “Because of the rain and substandard road works, the potholes have been more troublesome now than in past years for motorists,” said Rupesh Dongre, a puncture repair shop owner on Amravati road. To repair a puncutre, they charg about Rs50 for two-wheeler tyres and Rs80-Rs125 for car tyres.

              “This is the worst I have ever seen. We are having people coming in on daily basis because of potholes,” Dongre claimed. According to him, he was seeing 22 to 30 damaged tires a day. “In many cases, we repair a punctured tyre, motorists go out, hit a pothole and are back here. We are busy all the time, we are just busier now because monsoon is yet to end and things will remain bad,” he added.

              Usually, monsoon is slow month for them but this year monsoon and potholes did make a difference. Kunjbihari Patel, who owns puncture repair shop in front of Hislop College in Civil Lines, said his business had increased manifold. In the past, he would see just a few vehicles with pothole damage during monsoon season, but this year he has been having at least 10 to 15 each day and is earning over Rs1,000 per day.

              Particularly vulnerable are people driving with with low pressure in tyres. The damage to tyre is much more and chance of puncture higher when one drives over potholes with low pressure, he explained.

              Past monsoons have been relatively mild, but this season rains have been better and bad roads due to various factors have led to more business for a puncture shop owner on Rabindranath Tagore Marg in Civil Lines.

              “Just like any business, we are here to take care of problems. It serves our business but we are not particularly happy to have it that way,” said owner Rakesh Sahare, puncture shop owner near Institute of Science. “Drivers can prevent costly damage with careful driving and maintaining correct tyre pressure,” he said.

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                NIT, NMC raze 7 religious structures

                TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 03:48 IST

                Nagpur: The Nagpur Improvement Trust and Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Friday demolished seven illegal religious structures in their separate actions in different parts of the city.

                Armed with excavators and police protection, the NIT’s anti-encroachment team first demolished a durgah of Baba Tajuddin beneath Pachpaoli railway over bridge and then razed Shitla Mata Mandir in Swami Nagar, Khatikpura, Nag Mandir and Nav Durga temple in Jamdar Wadi Binaki. It also succeeded in demolishing Nag temple in Anand Nagar Binaki. The demolition action led by executive engineer Rajesh Meghrajani was carried out from 11am to 8pm.

                Similarly, the NMC’s enforcement department razed three temples all situated in Lakadganj zone and they included Durga temple in Satnami Nagar, Sharda Mata mandir near Kapse Chowk and Hanuman Mandir in old Bagadganj.


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                  NMC claims 5,567 potholes filled; roads still riddled

                  TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 03:53 IST

                  Nagpur: Even though the Nagpur Municipal Corporation claims to have repaired 5,567 potholed roads, the actual conditions present a different picture. Poor road conditions, that is already posing risk to motorists, may damage idols, particularly bigger ones, during transportation in the ensuing Ganesh Utsav.

                  TOI found many roads in a bad condition — especially Great Nag road, Kamptee Road, Ring Road, Lal Godam Road and Bhandara Road — from where Major Ganpati processions are taken out. Even internal roads are in bad shape.

                  According to NMC’s hotmix department, highest numbers of potholes were repaired in Ashi Nagar zone (984 potholes). The roads in Mangalwari and Nehru Nagar zones too have most troubled roads. Here, the department claimed to have repaired 777 potholes each. At many places, NMC has filled the potholes but the work has left the road surface uneven.

                  A classic case of potholed road is Khamla vegetable market road in south-west Nagpur. “This road has not been repaired since last couple of years as NMC plans to concretize it. On Wednesday night, a man met with an accident after he lost balance of his bike while crossing the pothole ridden patch. This is just a small patch but the maintenance is very poor,” said Ram Mohan Singh, a resident of Khamla.

                  Similar is the story of central Nagpur. The road patch from Itwari railway station to Mudliyar Chowk is full of potholes. This patch has around 50 potholes, claimed independent corporator Abha Pande. She said the roads in Maskasath, Mirchi Bazaar, Raut Chowk to Dalapura, Kumbhalpura Chowk to Bauli Vihir are too full of ‘death traps’.

                  Even the ruling party corporators are getting complaints from all corners of the city regarding potholed roads. Senior BJP corporator Narendra Borkar said potholes either side of the central avenue patch between Chapru Nagar to Gomti Hotel Chowk is full of potholes.

                  Apart from potholes, many busy roads like Amravati road patch from Patrakar Sahniwas T-point to Futala Lake T-point, Rabindranath Tagore stretch in Civil Lines, Seminary Hills patch are posing risk to motorists due to loose bitumen. Heavy dust has added to the woes for motorists travelling on these roads. “With no sweeping taken up by the NMC sanitation department, the motorists are giving a tough time for the motorists,” said Manoj Shende a resident of Tilak Nagar.

                  Sanjeevani Tidke, a motorist, pointed out: “Everyone engaged with construction of city roads, i.e. contractors, supervisors, engineers should be held responsible for quality of construction and maintenance of roads. There should be action for negligence causing death or serious injury to motorists.” Though the NMC officials claim to have filled about 80% potholes in city, the situation is worse than previous years and even the corporators are getting complaints from all corners of the city.

                  A senior official from hotmix department said that repairing of potholes is a continuous work. Following complaints, many potholes have been repaired. He further justified stating accumulation of water on the road, use of poor quality material and overloading of vehicles were major factors behind the poor condition of city roads.


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                    Century-old tree brought back to life

                    Manka Behl | TNN | Sep 1, 2018, 04:20 IST

                    The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday had issued directions to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NM... Read More

                    Nagpur: After lying uprooted for over 10 days, the 100-year-old uprooted pipal tree at Tekdi Ganesh temple was brought back to life on Friday.

                    The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued directions to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and temple authorities to rejuvenate the tree in its original condition.

                    The tree’s rejuvenation was carried out by experts. “Its root system was completely damaged and decayed due to continuous percolation of water. Also, due to presence of basalt rock, the roots could not penetrate deep and the growth was superficial,” said Dilip Chinchmalatpure, botanist and biodiversity consultant.

                    To revive the tree, various treatments were given. “We used a mixture of insecticide, fungicide and root hormones generator. Before re-planting it, we filled a good quantity of soil consisting of vermicompost,” said Chinchmalatpure.

                    Apart from this, three branches of the trees were also pruned. The tree was finally replanted using crane, chain pulley and hydraulic jack. “We ensured that the alignment of the tree is maintained so that it doesn’t fall again,” the expert said.

                    To ensure further stability, the tree has been tied with six ropes in all directions. Experts plan to keep it tied for about an year.

                    As reported by TOI earlier, HC had acted 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.


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                      Delayed NHAI projects worsen traffic woes

                      Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 2, 2018, 03:28 IST

                      Nagpur: Inordinate delay in completion of roads and flyovers projects by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has prolonged the problem of bad roads and traffic congestion in and around the city. Five NHAI projects are not even 50% complete though works have been going on for over two years. The deadlines are fast approaching but looking at the slow pace of works the situation is not likely to improve for at least a year.

                      City MP and union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari Gadkari had sanctioned these projects — flyovers at Sadar, Pardi, completion of Outer Ring Road, widening and concretization of Kamptee-Kanhan road and widening of railway over bridge (ROB) at Chinchbhuvan — between 2014 and 2016.

                      Bhoomipuja for Pardi flyover was performed on August 21, 2014. Private operator was appointed in November 2015 but work started in April 2016. Only 21% work is completed as of now.

                      TOI visited the project’s sites and found that not a single stretch is completed. The project covers Bhandara Road, Inner Ring Road, Old Bhandara Road and Central Avenue, all busy routes, in East Nagpur. The NHAI was also supposed to concretize roads under the flyover. The roads are in a sorry state, full of potholes and bad surface layer.

                      Advocate Ankita Shah told TOI that accidents have become commonplace on these roads. “Traffic congestion is another major issue and vehicles are being badly damaged. Nobody knows when the work will be completed,” she said.

                      The bhoomipuja for the flyover coming up on Residency Road in Sadar and Chhaoni was performed in 2016 but only 41% work has been done so far. The inordinate delay has badly damaged the road. A resident of Byramji Town Jasmeet Parmar said the project has turned into a nightmare for citizens. “Development is welcome and we are ready to adjust but for how many years?” she said.

                      Parmar added the road has become non-motorable and there is loose gravel all around. “Half of the road is covered for the work which, we fear, may go on another two or more years,” she said.

                      The Outer Ring Road project is around 40% complete. It is learnt, trucks are turning turtle on the incomplete stretches. Some of the petty contractors told TOI that works have come to a standstill halt since last many days due to delay in payment by the contractor.

                      Only 43% work has been done under Kamptee-Kanhan road widening project since two and a half years. Though Chinchbhuvan ROB widening work is going at a very slow pace with the project only 19% complete, it has not affected regular traffic due to the adjacent existing bridge.

                      According to NHAI officials, works have been delayed due to various reasons. “It’s very difficult to execute the projects in city limits due to round-the-clock traffic. Also, there are issues of shifting utilities, clearance from traffic department and delay in government funds,” they said.

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