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    Now, CR blames MahaMetro for ROB delay

    Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 02:12 IST

    Nagpur: Central Railway (CR) has blamed MahaMetro for delay in sanctioning railway overbridges (ROBs) at Gaddigodam and Anand Talkies (Sitabuldi). CR has claimed that MahaMetro did not submit certain documents on time, which delayed the process. MahaMetro has refused to comment on CR’s allegations.

    The general administrative drawing (GAD) of the two ROBs was submitted to CR over six months ago. It is yet to be sanctioned.

    According to CR, in case of Gaddigodam ROB, MahaMetro had expressed urgency and hence CR did the feasibility study along with Metro officials even though they failed to submit the detailed estimate and planning & estimate charges — a prerequisite for carrying out any feasibility study. These charges are yet to be deposited by Metro officials even after passage of three months.

    CR officials further said that after submission of GAD, the railway agency sent it back within two weeks due to various technical reasons. However, MahaMetro took almost a month to resubmit the drawing with necessary corrections. The revised drawing needed some corrections and same was sent back for minor modifications.

    In case of Anand Talkies ROB, MahaMetro had submitted the GAD in 2017 and it was approved by CR head office nine months ago. However, MahaMetro revised the approved drawing due to some technical issues and submitted an altogether different design.

    In addition to above, the in principle approval of alignment of Metro viaduct on railway land has been approved six months back. Thereafter, MahaMetro was supposed to submit a proposal for using railway land and deposit corresponding land charges. However, the Metro agency has deposited these charges for only one location — Ajni station as against seven locations. Even for submitting these charges for Ajni, MahaMetro has taken three months time.

    Not only this, proposals or drawings for operational rights at two locations — Khapri and Nagpur station — is being revised frequently by MahaMetro.

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      Village flooded, but PAPs cry for water at new site

      Shishir Arya and Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 03:04 IST

      Weltur-Botli (Nagpur district): The seemingly large homes built on planned layouts give an impression that the oustees’ claims of poor facilities are exaggerated, but only till one takes a look inside.

      The areas where project affected persons (PAPs) of Gosikhurd dam have been rehabilitated are supposed to have eighteen civic amenities, ranging from school, community hall to even a green gym. The site at Weltur-Botli in Kuhi Tehsil was prepared in 2005 to settle oustees from Pimpri-Munje — a village less than 10km away. More than a decade later, the residents say there are no water connections. There are no internal tarred roads, schools, street lights, or any scope of gainful employment, leaving the PAPs only worse off than before.

      TOI visited Pimpri-Munje on Tuesday, finding the village has turned into an island due to rising dam waters. Around 30 families have shifted to the resettlement site, 2-3 years ago. The rest are reluctant to move, even as rising water level of the dam has left the village partially marooned. They say the facilities at the new location are no better.

      “There is no water at all though a storage tank has been built,” said Moreshwar Bhoyar, who shifted in 2016. “You will find water drums in front of each house. As there are no running taps in the homes, each one has to store enough water,” added Prabhakar Ramteke.

      “The overhead tank here has remained dry since the day we shifted. Many fetch water in bullock carts from nearby areas,” said a woman.

      The entire village depends on a single handpump. Lack of water has also made sanitation and hygiene situation poor. An old couple has taken shelter in the community hall after a family discord. “They have to depend on neighbours for even basic sanitation ” she said.

      The acquisition has left 30-year-old Yogesh Barsagade homeless. A landless farmworker, he was living at the original Pimpri Munje village, where he shifted after losing his parents at a young age. With no house or land of his own, he didn’t get any compensation from the government. He has now made an encroached plot his home, living in a makeshift hut with his family, which includes two kids.

      Most of the families have exhausted the compensation received for their farmland and other assets in just building a new home in the resettlement area. Once farm owners, they are now reduced to farm hands.

      The over 70-year-old Kothirao Ramteke said he got Rs5 lakh as compensation but ended up spending Rs9 lakh in building a new house. The old couple depends on what their sons earning in Nagpur send. Even their earnings are not much, as one is a security guard and the other a care-taker in a hospital, said Ramteke.

      Each one TOI met had spent the compensation package in building a house. “It’s not that we have blown up the entire money in building large homes. They may appear big from outside, but just take a look from within,” said Bhaurau Ramteke, showing a two-room home. The space is too less for large families, he added.

      Under the compensation package, the oustees have been allotted plots of land according to their earlier dwellings, on which they are supposed to build a house at their own cost. The officials said they are expected to use the compensation received in lieu of their old house to build a new one. The oustees said this was not enough, and they had to spend more.

      The oustees complained of not having power connection too. A senior officer of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) said they were supposed to take power connections on their own. “They were offered connection at concessional rates of just Rs200, but none of them opted for it, as they’ve habit of stealing power over the years in their villages. Despite repeated reminders, the locals have not taken connections,” he said.

      The oustees admitted that they were depending on illegal connections.

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        Do what you want: Civic wrongdoers have no fear of NMC

        Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 03:17 IST

        Nagpur: Wrongdoers are apparently no longer afraid of action by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), which is a mini government of the city. NMC seals properties for non-payment of property tax, the defaulter removes the seal immediately. Power officials try to disconnect supply of buildings on fire department’s orders but are unable to do so. Hawkers return to their spot soon after NMC squad leaves. This is an alarming sign and indicates collapse of civic governance.

        Another problem is that many times corporators support the wrongdoers instead of NMC. They are more bothered about their vote bank than proper functioning of civic administration. The husband of a corporator assaulted a member of NMC’s nuisance detection squad for taking action against a builder. The standing committee chairman also tried to create obstructions in working of this squad.

        Activists and other citizens have mostly blamed NMC officials for the situation. They feel that if the civic officials are determined they can enforce the law but the will is lacking.

        Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi admitted that citizens had no fear of NMC. “This is the reason why they have not paid property and water tax worth crores. The new municipal commissioner is very strict and I am confident that there will be action against wrongdoers in the coming days. Our officials should lodge police complaints against citizens who do not follow the law,” he said.

        Pramod Pande, president Jan Manch, said that NMC should take strict action on those who violate civic laws. “If they can raze illegal shrines why can’t they take action against tax defaulters? I am certain that there is a nexus between the officials and big players. They take action only for public consumption. Naivedhyam Hall owes Rs1.14 crore property tax but no action has been taken,” he added.

        Activist Dinesh Naidu said that NMC should strengthen its squad and include private security personnel. “If necessary they should take help of police. When Central Mall staffers removed the seal, NMC should have immediately lodged a police complaint. The police should also support civic administration,” he added. Turning to corporators he said that they mostly went against their own body. “Such corporators should be disqualified,” he further said.

        Tejinder Singh Renu, secretary of Vidarbha Taxpayers Association, feels that NMC should be given more powers by strengthening the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act. “Civic officials should seek powers from Mantralaya for taking more stringent action. However, NMC should have a practical attitude towards non-compliance of norms. For example it wants old buildings to meet the provisions of Fire Safety Act, 2006. This is just not possible and the municipal commissioner should realize this,” he said. On corporators he said that as they were public representatives they were bound to support their voters whether right or wrong.

        Lawyer Shrirang Bhandarkar blamed the NMC terming it as lawlessness. “They should take help of police. Officials who fail should be taken to task. There is nexus between officials and the wrongdoers,” he said.

        Tanaji Wanve, leader of opposition in NMC, blamed the officials for failing to enforce the law. “When NMC is in a bad financial condition how can officers be lax in recovering taxes,” he said.

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          Sadar flyover, Khapri ROB to be complete by March 2019: NHAI

          Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 7, 2018, 03:42 IST

          According to project director Abhijit Jichkar,

          Nagpur: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has expressed confidence that it will be able to meet the deadline for completion of Sadar flyover and new Khapri railway overbridge (ROB). According to project director Abhijit Jichkar, the two structures will be ready by next March 2019 and there might be a delay of a month or two at the most.

          Jichkar however, made it clear that the Automotive Square to Kanhan six-lane road will not be completed on time. “The railway underbridge (RUB) at Uppalwadi, which is a part of the project, has run into problems and we can’t say when the work will be completed,” he told TOI.

          According to Jichkar work on Sadar flyover was about 50% complete. “There are no problems with the project and it will be completed by March,” he said.

          However, work on new Khapri ROB is only 30% complete. “The contractor had completed the shuttering of a minor bridge, which is a part of the structure. However, it was washed away during the heavy rains in July. This has delayed the project by one month. However, we will still complete it on time,” said Jichkar.

          The official said that the figure of 30% was misleading. “This is based on the payment made to the contractor. He has completed the reinforced earth (RE) wall panels of the two approaches of the ROB. However, we will pay him only when he installs them,” said the project director.

          According to the official, work on the ROB was held up due to permission from railways. “Now we have the approval and work will pick up speed after rains,” he said.

          The Automotive Square-Kanhan road has got entangled in a public interest litigation (PIL) in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court. “We are building a 26 metre wide road because at some places only this much right of way (ROW) is available. At other places it is 36m and 45m but we can’t go in for land acquisition because it is not a part of national highway anymore,” Jichkar said.

          The RUB has got delayed because a 1,200 metre diameter water pipeline lies on the spot. It has to be shifted and this will take time.

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            Land scam: Police arrest mastermind, get 5-day PCR

            tnn | Sep 7, 2018, 05:01 IST

            Yavatmal: SIT sleuths led by Police Inspector Ashish Betal of Yavatmal City police station have succeeded in nabbing the absconding mastermind Rakesh Yadhav of the multi-crore land scam, on Wednesday, from Pandharkawda. Police produced Rakesh before the court and obtained his PCR for five days.

            SIT chief Piyush Jagtap said they received a tip off about Rakhesh’s arrival in Pandharkawda, and his plans to visit Adilabad in Telangana to stay with his sister. “We sent our men to Pandharkawda and arrested him before he moved out of the state,” Jagtap said.

            “There are seven criminal offences registered in various police stations regarding the land scam, and 12 persons, including Rakhesh, have been arrested so far,” Jagtap said, adding that Mangesh Panhalkar, who is a close associate of Rakhesh, was arrested earlier, and they had received vital clues from Mangesh about Rakhesh during interrogation.

            The duo (Rakhesh and Mangesh) had fabricated records of original owners of the land lying unattended in the city and its periphery. They then executed sale deeds in bogus names with the help of officials in the district sub registrar office. The fraudsters had then mortgaged the land or plots to banks and obtained crores of rupees as loan. The loan was many fold higher than the market rate of the plot/land.

            A stamp vendor was earlier arrested and his laptop seized by the SIT. They also sealed a Xerox centre near the SP office in this connection.

            Local residents believe the arrested duo would definitely spill the beans, if the cops are serious, and implicate a number of political bigwigs and bank officials.

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              Pune Metro coaches may be made in Butibori

              Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 03:16 IST

              Nagpur: In order to promote manufacturing in Nagpur, MahaMetro wants to make 75% of coaches to be used for Pune Metro in its proposed Butibori plant. This condition has been incorporated in the tender for purchase of these coaches.

              A source in MahaMetro said that the pre-bid meeting for the tender would be held on September 10. “We will know whether manufacturers are ready to accept our condition after the meeting. Six major companies — Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens, Titagarh, Kaff and China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) — will participate in it,” he added.

              He further said that Alstom and Bombardier already have their plants in India. Another company Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) also makes Metro coaches. “However, other companies may be interested in setting up a plant in the country,” he added.

              Central government has made it mandatory for Metro coach suppliers to make 75% of rolling stock in India. “We have gone a step further and asked the supplier to make coaches in our plant,” said the source.

              MahaMetro is simultaneously going ahead with setting up of the Butibori plant. The detailed project report (DPR) will be available by the end of the month. “We have two options for setting up the plant. First and preferable one is that we form a joint venture with a coach manufacturer. If we don’t get any response then we will set up the plant on our own. Our supplier can then use our facility. We will need funds from central government in both cases,” said the source.

              The investment needed for the plant is Rs300 crore and MahaMetro plans to spend this amount in phases. “Initially, we will set up facilities for coach testing and last stage assembly work. We will lay the track and erect overhead electric line for connecting the plant to the Metro line. However, our aim is to make 100 coaches a year,” said the official.

              The expansion of the factory depends upon getting orders for coaches from other Metros in the country. “We will talk to central and state governments and other Metro agencies in this regard. If we are able to assure business to our partner then many companies will come forward,” he said.

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                Repair potholes, standing panel tells Metro, NHAI

                Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 02:05 IST

                ROAD BETWEEN CHHAONI SQURE TO POONAM CHEMBER ! The roads witnessing works due to flyover Chhaoni to Poonam Chember in Nagpur

                Nagpur: Following widespread criticism over pothole-ridden roads in the city, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja directed MahaMetro and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to repair potholes on roads where they are executing projects. He also said that action would be taken against MSEDCL and SNDL if the agencies do not repair trenches before Ganpathi festival.

                The orders were given after a meeting between Kukreja and officials of all government departments — MahaMetro, NHAI, state’s public works department, MSEDCL, SNDL, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and others held on Friday.

                Recently, TOI ran a series of stories on potholes across the city, especially on stretches where MahaMetro and NHAI are undertaking work.

                Kukreja said that MahaMetro and NHAI have promised to carry out repairs immediately. “It is the responsibility of all government agencies to ensure safe roads. The condition of roads in the Metro corridor and at NHAI projects like Sadar and Pardi flyovers is very bad,” he said.

                Kukreja added that NMC engineers from all ten zones would prepare a list of pothole-ridden roads and coordinate with respective government agencies. “A committee will be constituted in all zones to monitor the works. I will review the committees’ reports every 15 days,” he said.

                Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s personal assistant Sudhir Deulgaonkar was also present at the meeting. “Deulgaonkar told the officials about a notification under which the government will give funds to shift electric poles and also for other infrastructure works. Kukreja directed the NMC, MSEDCL and SNDL to prepare a list and seek money from the government to do so,” an NMC sources said.

                Kukreja also directed the NMC to develop a road from Ring Road to the under-construction Symbiosis University at Wathoda. “I also directed the NMC to submit a proposal to the Central Railway seeking lease of land for construction of a new road connecting Wanjari Nagar water tank and Ajni,” he said.

                MLAs Sudhakar Kohle and Krishna Khopde raised issues about the roads in their constituencies while Deulgaonkar directed the NMC officials to ensure procurement of ambulances and funeral hearse vans immediately as Gadkari had released money for the same.

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                  ‘Should corporator sleep on road to stop garbage dumping?’

                  Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 04:15 IST

                  Nagpur: After the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court put the onus of prevention of garbage dumping and rising dengue cases in their respective wards on corporators, an audio clip of a conversation purportedly between a resident of Gopal Nagar Sachin Lonkar and BJP leader Shalik Kadu, who is husband of corporator from ward no-37 in South-West constituency, Sonali Kadu, has gone viral on social media with a title “How a corporator speaks with a citizen”.

                  Similar to the foot-in-mouth “peeing” statement by NCP leader Ajit Pawar, Shalik is heard saying in the clip, “Should corporator sleep on the street to prevent dumping of garbage. Have people elected us as corporator for clearing the garbage.”

                  TOI is in possession of the audio clip. The conversation between Shalik and Lonkar ends up with heated arguments and abusive language.

                  Interestingly, Shalik looks after all works related to the ward on behalf of his corporator-wife Sonali, several residents told TOI.

                  It all started with Lonkar recording a video of garbage lying in front of his residence and a woman and girl using scarf to escape from the stench and posting it on Facebook, on August 20, with a caption, “This is the condition in ward no-37 in CM’s constituency. Dilip Dive, Pramod Tabhane and Kadu madam are corporators of this ward.” Lonkar did not mention the name of fourth corporator from the ward Nanda Jichkar, the mayor.

                  Lonkar said Shalik called him introducing himself as Deshmukh and started inquiring about posting of the video on the Facebook. “I suspected something fishy and disconnected the call. I checked the number on Truecaller app and came to know that the caller was Shalik. I called back and questioned Shalik as to why he had to impersonate. This baffled Shalik who started talking arrogantly,” he said.

                  During the conversation, Shalik can be heard questioning Lonkar about what he was doing to prevent dumping of garbage in front of his house. In reply, Lonkar says garbage is dumped everyday in night so he was helpless. To this, Shalik is heard saying, “Should corporator come and sleep (on road) to prevent it.”

                  Lonkar is heard saying it was the responsibility of the corporator to guide the people and also ensure removal of garbage as people have voted for him. Shalik is then questioning whether people have elected corporators for clearing the garbage.

                  In the conversation, Shalik suggested Lonkar to gather 10 people and ensure garbage is not dumped there.

                  Later, Shalik tried to “politely” tell Lonkar that people dump garbage and he had ensured its removal in the past. When Lonkar denied any such action, Shalik used an abusive word. Objecting to the use of abusive language, Lonkar said he along with residents will come and throw garbage in front of his residence. In reply, Shalik said none can dare to throw garbage in front of his residence.

                  Lonkar told TOI that his family comprising small kids and also nearby residents were facing problem due to garbage dumping. “It is the responsibility of corporator but he is threatening and abusing me for posting video on social media. I sent the audio clip to my friends to show what the HC says and how a corporator behaves with citizens,” he said.

                  Shalik blamed Lonkar for the heated arguments. “I am trying to ensure cleanliness in my ward. People’s cooperation is also must to keep the area clean. I got the roads asphalted, planted trees etc in the area where Lonkar is a resident,” he said.

                  Corporator Sonali says, “The claim by Lonkar was wrong as garbage would have piled up if we had not cleared it regularly. He posted the video on Facebook so as to highlight the area in which he resides. Let him do what he wants to.”

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                    City in EU funded pilot project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

                    TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 04:20 IST

                    Nagpur: The city is one of the three in the country to be selected for a European Union (EU) funded ‘Mobilize Your City’ (MYC) project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to urban transport. The other two cities for the MYC pilot are Ahmedabad and Kochi.

                    India and France signed the MYC implementation agreement in New Delhi on Thursday in the presence of minister of state for housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) Hardeep Singh Puri and Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India. It was signed by Mukund Kumar Sinha, OSD, ex officio joint secretary, while regional director, Agence Française de Développement (AfD), Nicolas Fornage, signed on behalf of AfD.

                    MYC is part of an international initiative which is supported by the French and the German governments and was launched at 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December, 2015. Based on a proposal made by AfD, the European Union has agreed to provide Euro 3.5 million for technical assistance in the project.

                    MYC aims at implementing urban mobility plans at local level and to help India to improve its sustainable transport policy.

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                      Adani power plant gets 142ha more forest land

                      Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 04:49 IST

                      Nagpur: The state government on Friday finally gave a green signal to divert 141.99 hectares forest land near Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) for country’s third largest power plant Adani Power Maharashtra Limited (APML) in Tiroda in Gondia district.

                      The said land in Kachewani and Mendipur villages is equivalent to roughly 103 football fields and is barely 8-9km from Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR). Of the 141.99 hectares, 24.06 hectares is protected forest (PF) and 117.93 hectares is zudpi jungle.

                      Though this forest is adjoining the existing 3300MW power plant, it acts as cushion for wild animals dispersing from Nagzira and its buffer zone. The forest survey report too mentions presence of animals like hyena, deer, chitals and wild boars in the diverted area. Over 1,500 trees will have to be felled, it is estimated.

                      According to official letter issued by the state forest ministry, the land has been diverted under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, for ash utilization, promotion and research park of the power major.

                      Environmentalist Pushp Jain says developing an ash park is a non-site specific activity. “There is a thumb rule that forest land should not be diverted for any non-site specific activity,” he said.

                      The original proposal was submitted to state’s APPCF & nodal officer on October 6, 2016. Within two years, APML managed to get the forest land from all agencies. This is the second biggest forest land diversion proposal in favour of APML.

                      In 2014, 164 hectares prime forest land in Garada was diverted for expansion of power plant. Out of this 164 hectare, in an exceptional case, 15 hectares was allotted for railway siding. The remaining 149 hectares land meant for expansion was given in 2016 even though expansion was already completed in 2015. However, instead of using the 164 hectares land for expansion, hi-tech ash dyke has been built on forest land for dumping ash without mandatory environmental clearance.

                      A spokesperson for Adani plant said the 149 hectare forest land was diverted long back and ash pond was one of the proposed use. “APML has been making best efforts to fully utilize ash. The 142 hectares forest land recently diverted is against the specific proposal of ash utilization promotion and research park. It has gone through due process and scrutiny,” the spokesperson said.

                      A senior ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) official said, “If the forest land is not being used for the requisite purpose, it implies criminal breach of trust and violation of FCA. In such case, the project proponent has to again approach the MoEFCC to seek change of purpose for land.”

                      Nodal officer G Saiprakash said, “To verify whether the land is used for specific purpose or not is the job of chief conservator (CCF) and deputy conservator through the regional MoEFCC office at Nagpur. The violations also need to be checked by the MPCB.”

                      On fresh 141.99 hectares forest land diversion, Gondia deputy conservator (DyCF) S Yuvraj said, “I had received the proposal about APML setting up a utilization project and research with Tropical Forest Research Institute (TFRI), Jabalpur, as a partner.”

                      On the misuse of earlier allotted 164 hectares, Yuvraj said, “After TOI report in February, I visited Adani plant but I could not check violations properly. Now I will visit again to find out.”

                      MPCB regional officer Rahul Wankhede said, “Yes, there are violation of norms by building ash bunds on forest land. We have issued notices to APML and wrote to the top bosses to seize its bank guarantee.”

                      Conservationist Prafulla Bhamburkar said, “Fresh forest land diversion will reduce space for wildlife and cause huge pollution making life miserable for villagers.”

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