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    NIT to build 56-car parking plaza on Central Avenue

    Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Sep 5, 2018, 03:58 IST

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) board of trustees on Tuesday decided to develop multi-level parking plaza for 56 cars on Central Avenue (CA) with its own funds. The board also cleared Sea Plane Project at four locations — Ambazari, Tadoba, Pench tiger reserve, and Paras barrage, with city as nodal centre.

    NIT board of trustees headed by Ashwin Mudgal, also collector, held a meeting on Tuesday. Mudgal told TOI the 20 restaurants situated at Telangkhedi lake will not be given any priority in the new project planned by MahaMetro. “NIT will demolish all restaurants soon,” he said.

    TOI had on August 27 reported about CM Devendra Fadnavis and union minister Nitin Gadkari approving design for proposed Telangkhedi Lake Redevelopment Project of Rs162 crore. All restaurants situated in front of the lake will be demolished, as their permission had lapsed two years ago. MahaMetro will construct 5-meter high tunnel over which 4,000 seating capacity viewers gallery will come up with restaurants and parking, instead of existing road and restaurants, at the cost of Rs112 crore. NIT will develop musical fountain and execute beautification works at a cost of Rs50 crore inside and outside the lake.

    About the sea plane project, Mudgal said NIT will give viability gap fund to private operator in case booking is below 30 hours in a month. “Project will be executed in association with the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB). I think NIT will not have to give any viability gap fund as project will get good response,” he said.

    NIT trustee Virendra Kukreja suggested NIT should develop parking plaza for 56 cars on CA. “NIT had prepared designs and also detailed project report for developing four parking plazas on PPP model on CA in 2010. Project did not get response from private operators. NIT had given a plot to MahaMetro, and another for a police station, but still owns remaining two plots. CA badly requires parking spaces. Therefore, board decided to build parking plaza with its own funds,” he said.

    If this materializes, it will be NIT’s second parking plaza with first constructed adjacent to Eternity Mall for 72 cars at Sitabuldi. Kukreja said Sitabuldi parking plaza will start soon as NIT has issued work order to a private agency.

    Kukreja also said NIT board has confirmed its earlier decision to waive off 2% ground rent for slum-dwellers.

    Kukreja said NIT will regularize unauthorized constructions on reservation lands by deleting reservations under section 50 of MRTP Act. “NOC from concerned government department will be taken. It is taking a long time to delete reservations under section 37 of MRTP Act,” he said.

    NIT Board Decisions

    * Reservation on Reshimbagh playground to be revised to playground, cultural, social, recreational and exhibitions. HC had passed strictures for utilizing Reshimbagh playground for activities other than sports. Also, corporator Bunty Shelke is staging agitation regularly alleging misuse

    * Consultants on NIT’s panel for tourism projects will be asked to submit plans for new tourism projects. Also, consultants for horticulture will be appointed soon. Approval given for panel of consultants for civil, water, tourism and residential projects

    * Final approval to Smart City Project proposed in Pardi, Bharatwada, Bhandewadi and Punapur in East Nagpur. Few months ago, NIT trustees cleared it on emergency basis and submitted it to state government for final approval

    * NIT will acquire 1.02 hectare reserved for Housing For Dishoused at mouza Somalwada by giving only TDR. Land cost is estimated at Rs41 crore

    * Rs10,000 fee for amalgamation and division of plots as against earlier charges of 2% of ready reckoner value

    * Builders can pay building plan charges of over Rs1 crore in instalments in six months with interest of 15%, and 24% if over six months

    * Change of reservation on sprawling 22,354.64 sq m land at Babulkheda from City Transport to Residential

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      NMC attaches Central Mall over Rs9.89 cr property tax dues

      Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Sep 5, 2018, 03:26 IST

      Nagpur: The Laxmi Nagar zone headed by assistant municipal commissioner Suvarna Dakhane on Tuesday attached five properties, including shopping destination Central Mall, for defaulting on Rs11.66 crore tax.

      As soon as the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) pasted the attachment notice, security guards deployed at Central Mall removed it. An enraged civic body will now lodge an FIR against the mall, said Dakhane.

      The ground plus three storey mall owned by M/s N Kumar Projects and Infrastructure has not paid annual property tax of over Rs1.66 crore to the civic body since 2013-14. It comes to around Rs9.89 crore property tax, including Rs92.90 lakh penalty.

      When several reminders failed to elicit any response, the civic body finally issued the attachment notice on Tuesday, said Dakhane. She said the civic body couldn’t seal the property following a court order. “So, to recover the tax dues, we will start the process to auction the property,” she said.

      The zone also attached four other properties, including those of Rashtrabhasha Sabha, Dr Jeswani, Subhash Kasulkar and Sunil Makhinkar. Their outstanding tax is of Rs1.77 crore.

      These are not the only property owners who have defaulted on NMC’s property tax. There are around 4,25,705 property owners who have defaulted tax, from Re1 to above Rs1 lakh.

      The cash-strapped NMC has prepared a list of 1,576 property tax defaulters who owe more than Rs1 lakh each, with their collective outstanding amount pegged at Rs107.47 crore. This amount is sufficient for NMC to run city bus operations for a year without hassles over non-payment to three Red Bus operators.

      Laxmi Nagar zone has the highest number of such high-value property tax defaulters. The data of NMC’s property tax department shows that the zone has 403 big defaulters, who collectively owe Rs35.23 crore to the civic body.

      Zone number two (Dharampeth) has 237 property owners with Rs13.65 crore dues, followed by 204 high-value defaulters in Dhantoli zone with Rs16.08 crore dues. Lakadganj zone has 116 defaulters with collective outstanding property tax of Rs26.64 crore.

      The list of defaulters prepared by NMC’s tax department shows that there are 3,887 property owners who owe above Rs50,000 and below Rs1 lakh tax each. The outstanding amount from them is pegged at around Rs123.01 crore.

      Even the list of tax defaulters, who have not paid their dues between between Rs5,000 and Rs50,000, is also huge. As many as 81,048 property owners collectively owe Rs98.53lakh.

      “We have a target of collecting Rs509 crore as property tax this year. For this, we need complete cooperation from tax payers,” said an official from tax department.

      Standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja said directions have been issued to assistant municipal commissioners of all 10 zones to aim for 40% recovery of property tax by September end. Sources, however, claimed that NMC is going slow in recovering dues from big defaulters.

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        NIT razes two illegal shrines

        Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Sep 5, 2018, 13:16 IST

        The two temples razed were very famous among the devotees and large in size.

        NAGPUR: The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) on Tuesday demolished two illegal religious structures in South Nagpur. The two temples razed were very famous among the devotees and large in size.

        Following orders of the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, the NIT has continued demolition of illegal religious structures identified by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

        Under the guidance of NIT chairman Ashwin Mudgal and superintending engineer Sunil Gujjelwar, the NIT team led by divisional officer of South division Sanjay Chimurkar, Avinash Badge, Sandip Raut, Manohar Patil and others demolished Jagrut Hanuman mandir at Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, Chikhli (khurd) and Santoshi Mata Mandir at Rameshwari square, Babulkheda.

        Till date, the NIT has demolished over 195 illegal religious structures. The NMC has razed around 256 for a total of around 451.
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          TDR not applicable for Sonegaon lake: Govt

          Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Sep 6, 2018, 05:46 IST

          NAGPUR: A state government affidavit submitted to the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court has said that transferable development rights (TDR) cannot be granted for Sonegaon lake’s acquisition. The HC later on Wednesday continued stay on any final decision regrading change of reservation of the water body.

          The HC was hearing a PIL filed by activists Prashant Pawar and TH Naiduthrough advocate Avdesh Kesari, praying for acquisition and conservation of Sonegaon lake. Following HC’s directives of February 7, the state’s urban development department (UDD) filed the affidavit after conducting hearing of petitioners, NMC, and owners of the lake.

          The UDD attached a copy of its order along with the affidavit. “Heritage TDR is not at all permissible. Reservation of public project is not applicable for this area. Municipal corporation cannot grant TDR unless area is acquired. It is mandatory for the municipal corporation to give compensation or other means while acquiring the area. Also, all conditions related to TDR will have to be ensured while issuing TDR. Area and owner of the property will have to be verified. During the hearing, demand was not made to grant TDR. Therefore, the municipal corporation should take cognisance of all the issues,” the UDD said.

          The UDD’s reply also made it clear that NMC cannot impose reservation of public project on Sonegaon lake and grant TDR.

          Delaying acquisition of the lake, NMC had started the process to change the reservation of the lake from water body to “Beautification and Rejuvenation of Sonegaon Tank”, which is a public project. This was being done to grant TDR to the lake’s owners.

          The petitioners had registered an objection to NMC’s process, following which HC had granted stay on taking any final decision. NMC has continued the process, though, and will hold hearing of those submitting suggestions and objections in the coming days.

          Kesari told TOI the HC has continued its stay till further orders. “We were given copy of UDD’s reply on Wednesday. We will file reply to UDD’s affidavit in the HC. The next hearing is in three weeks,” he said.

          NMC had spent Rs3.24 crore, and also some share from the government for rejuvenation of the lake in 2013 and 2014, even though the water body is owned by private parties.

          In 2012, the civic body had started the process to acquire the lake spread over 16.42 hectare by giving compensation to its owners. But the process was sidelined for unknown reasons. Then, NMC started the process to change the reservation, with the plan to offer TDR to owners, from 2015.

          Some months ago, the government had given in-principle approval to spend another Rs18.25 crore on the lake following NMC’s demands.

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            Can pet tax be levied on owners: HC

            Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Updated: Sep 6, 2018, 05:53 IST

            NAGPUR: A poser by Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday is sure to increase creases on the foreheads of pet lovers.

            A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Murlidhar Giratkar asked Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on whether it can levy tax on citizens for keeping domestic animals at their homes. The bench stated that those funds then could be used for maintaining the corporation’s animal shelter at Bhandewadi.

            The poser came while hearing two PILs related to dogs. The first (CRPIL No 4/2016) was filed by lawyer Ankita Shah highlighting the unhygienic conditions of stray animals at the shelter home.

            Second was a sou Motu plea (No 93/2016) based on TOI report of June 22, 2017, exposing absence of measures for rehabilitation of canines serving in the bomb disposal and detection units, where Ravi Sanyal was appointed as amicus curiae. TOI report highlighted the plight of one such canine named ‘Reno’ and lack of rehabilitation plans or services rendered to such sniffer dogs serving in the Railway Protection Force.

            Earlier, when Shah pleaded for closing down the shelter home citing inept handling of the animals, the judges orally asked her on whether she would take care of its animals. She however relied that it was corporation’s duty to look after them and she wasn’t in position to do that.

            In her plea, she pointed out that many dogs in shelter home were found to be in burnt condition on April 28, 2016, due to negligence of concerned authorities. She contended that the shelter is surrounded by a slaughter house and a dumping yard. She pointed out that the flies and other insects keep hovering over the entire area that led to deteriorating of health conditions of the injured and sick animals.

            Sanyal prayed for directives to the centre to inform about rehabilitation measures of dogs after their retirement from armed forces. He also called on respondents to formulate a rehabilitation policy for such animals on their retirement, preferably with their own handlers, instead of euthanizing them. He also demanded to declare that Section 27 of the ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960’, being detrimental to welfare of animals, the exemption granted to armed forces should be cancelled.

            In suo motu PIL, union ministries of railways and defence, Railways Ministry, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC), general manager of Central Railway (Mumbai), RPF director general and senior divisional commissioner, National Training Centre for Dogs and Animals through its director (Gwalior), and Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (Nagpur), besides ABWI, are made respondents in the case.


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              HC asks NMC, police commissioners & collector to inform on illegal tree felling

              Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Updated: Sep 6, 2018, 05:48 IST

              NAGPUR: Expressing concern over failure of government and civic authorities to save trees from illegal felling, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday, asked municipal and police commissioners along with collector to file their affidavits on steps taken in this regard within three weeks.

              The orders came after HC received another letter from Arya Pratinidhi Sabha complaining about illegal felling of three big banyan trees at Mangalwari in Sadar, about a year ago. The complainant had earlier lodged a complaint with NMC and Sadar Police Station, but no cognisance was taken. He subsequently, sent that letter with photographs stating that now, even remnants of those big trees are not seen

              Last week, the HC received a letter from devotees — Girdhar Sharma and others — where they informed about the tree, which was over 100 years old, lying in uprooted condition inside Tekdi Ganesh temple premises. They attached many photographs of the uprooted tree, claiming that contractor deliberately cut its roots to weaken it.

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

              Earlier, the temple trust filed an affidavit stating that they had restored the tree to its original position and making efforts to rejuvenate it. It added that help was sought from the NMC in this regard, as many of its roots are cut during renovation work. The judges tersely noted that their efforts were inadequate and sought names of contractors and engineers engaged in temple renovation works. They asked corporation counsel Gemini Kasat on why they shouldn’t be blacklisted for cutting down roots of big tree that led to its uprooting.

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

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                NMC notice to raze Model Mills wall

                Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Sep 6, 2018, 05:47 IST

                A section of the dilapidated compound wall collapsed on Tuesday. NMC razed another 45 metres to avert any accident

                NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Wednesday slapped notice on Goldbricks Infrastructure Private Ltd — developer of Anandam flat scheme — over collapse of a part of dilapidated compound wall on Tuesday. After developing the project on Model Mills land in Ganeshpeth, a densely populated area, Goldbricks allegedly retained the century-old wall instead of demolishing it and constructing a new one.

                Assistant commissioner from NMC Dhantoli Zone Smita Kale told TOI that Goldbricks has been given an ultimatum of three days to demolish the remaining portion of the wall. “The 20-foot wall is over 1.5km long. Around 35-metre section of wall collapsed on Tuesday while another 45 metres, which posed risked of collapsing, was demolished by us and the debris removed. A demand note has been sent to Goldbricks directing it to deposit Rs25,000 towards works executed by us,” she said.

                A part of the compound wall towards road connecting Model Mill Square with Ashoka Square which witnesses heavy traffic had caved in at 12 noon on Tuesday. Fortunately, no one was standing near the wall. It is learnt, three four-wheelers and one two-wheeler were reportedly damaged.

                NMC team led by Kale rushed to the spot and blocked the road. Traffic resumed after the debris was cleared.

                As per the NMC, the remaining portion of the wall on the road connecting Model Mills Square with Ashoka Square, on the road connecting Model Mills Square with ST Bus Stand Square and towards Nag River is in a dilapidated condition. As per the provisions of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act, the NMC is supposed to direct demolition of any structure that is in dilapidated condition.

                NMC sources told TOI that letters were sent to Goldbricks earlier directing to demolish the wall. “NMC will register FIR with the police against Goldbricks in case of non-compliance of the latest notice,” sources said.

                Pratik Saraogi from Goldbricks told TOI that no vehicles should have been parked near the wall as it is a no-parking zone. “We got possession of the wall built by Model Mills. It will be demolished as we propose to build a commercial space on that location,” he said.

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                  ‘Bitumen, not concrete, roads better for city’

                  Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Sep 6, 2018, 04:46 IST

                  Vishrut Landge is head of department from civil engineering branch, VNIT

                  Why are roads in the city in such a bad condition? Who is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the quality of roads?

                  The construction agency and Nagpur Municipal Corporation are responsible for the poor state of roads. But, they are not the only ones to be blamed. They do not have sufficient manpower to ensure quality control. In such a situation, the NMC should ensure display of board that will ensure information dissemination. For quality you need manpower. The quality control team has to be headed by one who directly reports to the chief engineer to guard against nexus or pressure being exerted. Such a type practice is being followed in Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and has reaped dividends.

                  In Nagpur city, roads are owned by multiple agencies like NMC, NIT, PWD and NHAI. It affects proper maintenance. Do you feel only one agency should maintain city roads?

                  Only one agency should maintain the roads. Whosoever is the owner of the road should maintain the road in serviceable condition without accusing other party of failure.

                  Are corruption and faulty designs the reasons for poor quality of existing roads?

                  I can’t say about corruption but certainly poor quality is one of the reasons. Effective drains are very important for longevity of road. The NMC workers need to be trained for proactive maintenance of roads. Basically, NMC should use latest maintenance software like PMS (pavement management system) for road maintenance. Pune has already installed such a system and are reaping the benefit of it. Moreover, PMS is a pre-qualification for World Bank to fund any of the infrastructure project in a city. Design is not faulty.

                  What should be done to make city roads pothole free?

                  Periodic maintenance, strict supervision, ensuring quality of the materials being used and timely repairs. There can be yearly maintenance contract given to any agency just like you have yearly maintenance contract for AC, fridge, computer, printer etc and, yes, drainage is very important. There is a concept of smart drainage. Where the drain tells its flooding, enabling timely action beforehand.

                  Can holding contractors and engineers culpable for road mishaps improve the situation?

                  Yes, it will definitely improve the quality if someone is made answerable for the performance. In PMGSY the contractor has to give performance guarantee of five years. Hence the contractor is encouraged to do quality job.

                  Is switching to concrete roads from the conventional tar road the answer to free city motorists from pothole- ridden roads?

                  No, we should go for only bitumen roads. Concrete roads are very costly to construct — almost 5 times more than the bitumen roads. They do not permit any service lines to be installed beneath later on. It calls for very strict quality control or may get damaged. It increases the ambient heat. It retains the day’s heat and releases in night. So your night becomes hot. It becomes slippery and causes accidents in rainy seasons. They require yearly maintenance. None of the foreign country prefers concrete roads over BT roads.

                  (Vishrut Landge is head of department from civil engineering branch, VNIT)

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                    Hopes almost submerged, but they won’t budge

                    Shishir Arya and Vaibhav Ganjapure | tnn | Updated: Sep 6, 2018, 05:49 IST

                    PIMPRI MUNJE (KUHI TEHSIL): Those at Pimpri Munje, a village of around 50 homes, know that the countdown has begun but are hoping against hope. Surrounded by water since the last couple of months, leaking fishing boats sailing through swamps is the only approach to the village.

                    The water can deepen with the level of Gosikhurd dam going up, but the locals are reluctant to shift at the rehabilitation site provided by the government. They struggle to hold on to the place which is now an island. Despite the hardships, living off the land which has been taken away for the project remains a source of income for many.

                    The oustees find their comfort zone in the village which is getting marooned as compared to resettlement area where they claim that the facilities are poor.

                    On Monday afternoon, the power connection was snapped on orders of district collector Ashwin Mudgal so that oustees are forced to leave. The supply was restored a few hours later. Last week, an attempt by the district administration to evict them failed. Officials are gearing up to clear the village in a week.

                    Pimpri Munje, which TOI visited on Tuesday, is among five other pockets in the area where oustees are holding out despite rising water levels.

                    With the government likely to knock their doors any day, the residents said they will protest any move to forcibly evict them. A resolution has been passed by the panchayat that they should be granted Rs25 lakh per family or a job.

                    On this, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) officials said that there was a provision to grant a job or cash compensation. The latter has been already paid. As the angry villagers threatened to jump into the river if they were forced, some of them meekly asked if they would be allowed to stay put till Diwali at least.

                    The sub-divisional officer of Umred and in-charge of the case JP Londhe said that efforts are being made on a war footing and the villages may be cleared in a week.

                    It’s is a story no different from many other project affected persons (PAPs) of Gosikhurd dam. The villagers whose farms have been acquired for the project have already exhausted the money received as compensation, a decade ago. For majority of them, the farmland which has been already acquired but still available as it did not submerge under the dam water, remains to be the source of income.

                    The official side is that they have no choice but to leave. They have been allowed to use the acquired land on humanitarian basis on which the locals have no right as all their dues have been cleared.

                    A majority say they could not buy new land with the compensation amount and are depending on the same holdings which have been taken over long ago. Being shifted to working as farm labourers would be the only option, though some also have milch cattle which earns a decent income.

                    For last two years, VIDC could not increase the level due to a litigation by another village in Bhandara district. With a ruling in its favour, VIDC is going ahead with plans to hike the level, which will bring Pimpri Munje land under the Wainganga water, and locals will have to move.

                    Vinod Bhoyar, a village elder and member of the block council, said, “Almost 80% of the land which was bought by VIDC has not submerged yet and continues to remain under the locals’ possession. Life would not be as comfortable once we move out of here. At least we can till our farms now,” he said.

                    Bhoyar got around a couple of lakhs for his farms which is less than a hectare, apart from other assets like his home in 2007. It was not enough to buy a new farm. Even in those days, farmland in the nearby areas cost nothing more than Rs1.5 to 3 lakh an acre, he says. He will be left landless after shifting from Pimpri Munje.

                    Many others came up with similar stories. Suresh Ramteke said his three-acre farm was acquired for Rs2 lakh, out of which one acre has been submerged. He continued to till the remaining patch. Sudhakar Sahare, who was better off than others with 28 acres, now stares at a loss as part of his field with standing crop was submerged some days ago.

                    Bhaurau Kharkar, in his seventies, was an exception who moved the court and got his compensation doubled to Rs9 lakh. For that, he had to shell out a lakh to the lawyer. The family has purchased a land at Bhandara district. “Not all can afford the lawyers’ fee,” quipped others.

                    Officials added that apart from the land cost, which may have been less, they eventually got an amount ranging up to Rs5 lakh a family under a special grant. It might have been enough to buy another land.

                    The locals admitted to having got another tranche ranging, claiming that it was still not enough to buy land against land.

                    Other marooned villages face same fate

                    The water level of Gosikhurd dam stands at nearly 243m with plans to take it to 245m by next year

                    Like Pimpri Munje, there are five other villages where people are marooned and yet not leaving

                    The five villages include Gond Pimpri, Umri, Damni, Pauni

                    The areas need to be evicted entirely so that the water level is hiked and taken to the optimum level of 245m

                    This will take the dam’s irrigation potential to 2.5 lakh hectares, which is the optimum level

                    A week ago, Kharad a neighbouring village, was cleared with people being evicted on boats

                    Such villages are surrounded by water by at least three sides

                    However, the collector has issued orders to snap power in 51 villages so that the adamant PAPs leave

                    Sources said with majority remaining in the five villages including there are small populations in 64 villages spread in Nagpur and Bhandara
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                      Modern 3-storey structure to replace colonial building of 1910-11

                      Vijay Pinjarkar | tnn | Updated: Sep 6, 2018, 05:45 IST

                      NAGPUR: The over century-old building near Zero Miles in Civil Lines, which used to house multiple forest offices, will give way to a new structure at a cost of Rs 23 crore. It will be a sort of mini ‘Van Bhavan’ in the city.

                      The old building was constructed in 1910-11 and it used to have South Zone Circle forest office, whose jurisdiction was spread over thousands of hectares of forests in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh under CP & Berar. The structure is not a heritage building. State forest department was functioning in it since 1955.

                      It used to have offices of additional principal chief conservators of forests (APCCF) in charge of wildlife, Nagpur East, chief conservator (CCF) of Nagpur Circle, field director of Pench Tiger Reserve, working plan (Nagpur), and deputy conservator of forest (DyCF), Nagpur. All these offices have now been shifted on a rental basis to BSNL building opposite Kasturchand Park.

                      “The old building, which looked strong from the outside, had started disintegrating from inside. Though the premises is huge, it did not have a meeting hall, security, toilets and proper facilities for people and guests who visited these offices from entire region. There were leakages within and lack of space for officers and staff,” said senior forest officials.

                      Though there was no space for increased staff, forest officials spent lakhs of rupees in the last few years on renovation of individual offices. Now all this money has gone down the drain.

                      “The new building will be a 3-storeyed structure and will incorporate green building concept. It will take around three years to complete,” said CCF Sanjeev Gaur.

                      According to forest sources, construction of administrative buildings in respective forest headquarters was an old proposal. “As per old plan, the building at Zero Miles was to be a 7-storeyed structure and all offices in different rental premises all over the city were to be brought here. However, as it is very close to Vidhan Bhavan the plan was dropped,” said sources.

                      In 2011, a fresh plan was made with a 3-storey structure. Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, who also has finance department, gave a big push to construction of these administrative buildings. “The new building will also house social forestry offices presently functioning from rented premises in Civil Lines,” said Gaur.


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