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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  • No relief in SC for Nagpur's Bezonbagh buildings
    The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on February 26 had ordered demolition of unauthorized constructions on 54,437.19 sq m land in the layout. Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | March 26, 2019, 16:00 IST

    NAGPUR: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the special leave to appeal filed by Bezonbagh Sangharsh Samiti. Thus, all unauthorized constructions on lands reserved for various public purposes in Bezonbagh layout will be demolished.

    The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on February 26 had ordered demolition of unauthorized constructions on 54,437.19 sq m land in the layout. Bezonbagh Sangharsh Samiti filed the petition in apex court against the HC’s order on March 13.

    Bench of chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and justice Deepak Gupta said, “We have heard the learnt counsel for the petitioner and perused the relevant material. We are not inclined to interfere with the impugned order. The special leave petition is accordingly dismissed. Pending applications, if any, stand disposed of,” they said.

    As per HC orders, first the district administration will have to demolish 20 unauthorized constructions, which are residential buildings. Later, the district administration has to remove another 371 unauthorized constructions. Then, the district administration will have to hand over possession of the land toNagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

    As per information available from district administration, Bezonbagh Societyhad lease of 80.9 acre nazul land from the district administration. The society got approved layout with 722 plots from NMC. The society was supposed to hand over open space and public utility (PU) land to NMC. But the society allegedly created 448 unauthorized plots and sold them.

    The lease of entire land lapsed in 2002. The district administration refused to renew lease till open space and PU land was vacated and handed over to NMC. All this led to petitions in the HC, which were being heard for last eight years.

  • Neeri offers to clean Futala, Naik lakes TNN | Mar 28, 2019, 11:27 IST

    NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation is set to take the help of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) to clean city’s Futala and Naik lakes.

    Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar said Neeri has come up with a proposal to clean both the lakes and has sought Rs1-1.50 crore for each lakes’ rejuvenation.

    “Before starting to treat water of both the lakes, Neeri will first identify the source of pollution,” Bangar said, adding that Futala lake rejuvenation work would be taken up the in the first phase.

    As per Neeri proposal, it will use a combination of different technologies including its patented ones, to rejuvenate the two lakes. The focus would be on capture and treatment of sewage water before releasing it in the water bodies. During the treatment, levels of chemical oxygen demand, biochemical oxygen demand and other key parameters will be brought below permissible standards. The NMC is yet to take any final decision.

    The NMC will also be getting five remote sensor-based technology showcased at a start-up event held in Mumbai. The state government has assured to provide the financial help to get the technology that will rid the lakes of floating wastes.

  • ‘Regulatory body must for wastewater recycling’ TNN | Updated: Mar 29, 2019, 12:58 IST

    Ramesh Daryapurkar delivered Dr PR Bhave memorial lecture on ‘Learnings from errors and omissions in wastewate... Read More

    NAGPUR: For companies involved in wastewater management recycling today, there are no certifications or a control board. There is a need for such a control authority that can decide the level of expertise to handle all the equipment and process, said Ramesh Daryapurkar, CEO of Lars Enviro Pvt Ltd Company.

    “These equipment need a certain expertise at each level of functioning and one not familiar with equipment can cause damage, sometimes permanent,” he added.

    Daryapurkar was speaking at the seventh edition of Dr PR Bhave memorial lecture on ‘Learnings from errors and omissions in wastewater recycling’ at Indian Water Works Association, Shankar Nagar, on Thursday.

    Daryapurkar highlighted various deficiencies observed in the design, execution and operation and maintenance of effluent treatment plants (ETPs). He also spoke about the do’s and don’ts for effective performance of these plants.

    “While maintaining open tanks where wastewater is collected, proper design has to be followed. Rungs should be closer to the opening of the manhole. Similarly, the surface should be protected with a material as advised by an expert. Putty should not be used,” said Daryapurkar, while explaining simple steps to avoid faulty functioning during design of a plant.

    Present on the occasion were chairman VA Mhaisalkar, vice-chairman Pawan Labhasetwar and secretary ON Mukherjee

  • ‘Crater’ Nag roads belie NMC claim of 11,000 pothole repairs Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Mar 29, 2019, 14:07 IST

    Though the NMC officials claim to have filled about 80% potholes in the city, the situation is worse than prev... Read More

    NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) claims to have repaired 10,838 potholes in the current fiscal, but one look at the city roads simply belie these claims.
    TOI found many busy roads, especially Great Nag Road, Pardi Road and even internal roads in several parts, in a bad shape.

    According to data compiled by NMC’s hotmix department, highest number of potholes (1,787) were repaired in Laxmi Nagar zone. The roads in Mangalwari (1,607) and Ashi Nagar (1,302) zones too have most troubled spots. During a survey of city roads, at many places TOI found that the NMC has filled the potholes but road surface has been left uneven. This obviously poses risk to motorists --- especially two-wheeler riders.

    A classic case of potholed road is the patch on Great Nag Road between Baidyanath Square and Mokshadham. This road has not been repaired for last many years as NMC plans to concretize it. Though the work has started, it is progressing at a snail’s pace leaving commuters to suffer.

    “On Tuesday night, a biker met with an accident after he lost balance while crossing the pothole-ridden patch,” pointed out Prakash Shirbhate, a shopkeeper. “This is one of the busiest roads but the maintenance is very poor,” said Manoj Bhalerao, a resident of Imambada.

    Though the NMC officials claim to have filled about 80% potholes in the city, the situation is worse than previous years and even corporators are getting complaints from all corners of the city. “The road condition in North Nagpur is very grim,” said Congress corporator Manoj Sangole.

    Sugat Nagar Boudh Vihar to Kabir Nagar Chowk, Guru Nanak Pharmacy College Road, Kamgar Nagar Chowk to Ring Road, Uppalwadi industrial area road, Mhada Colony to Tegiya Colony road, WCL road to name a few — are full of potholes, said Sangole.

    The story is no different in Central Nagpur. The patch from Lalganj to Khairipura is riddled with potholes. Though hotmix department has repaired many potholes, still this patch represents a sorry state of affairs of the municipal corporation, claimed independent corporator Abha Pande. She said the roads in Shanti Nagar too are full of ‘death traps’.

    Apart from potholes, many busy roads like Rabindranath Tagore stretch in Civil Lines, stretch from Akashwani Square to old VCA stadium are posing risk to motorists due to rough stretch.

    Motorists demanded that everyone engaged with the construction of city roads, i.e. contractors, supervisors, engineers should be held responsible for quality of construction and maintenance of roads. According to them, there should be action for negligence causing death or serious injury to motorists.

    A senior official from hotmix department said repairing of potholes is a continuous work and on receipt of complaints, many potholes have been repaired.

  • Waste to energy project on, to be commissioned by Jan 2020: Co Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Mar 30, 2019, 04:21 IST

    Nagpur: Though it is reportedly facing a financial crisis, Essel Infraprojects Private Ltd has assured the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that it would begin work on the waste-to-energy project within a month and commission it by January 2020. The company has secured a loan for the project from Power Finance Corporation Limited.

    For this project, the NMC had executed an agreement with Nagpur Solid Waste Processing and Management Private Ltd (NSWPMPL) — a joint venture of Essel Infra and Japan-based Hitachi Zosan India Private Ltd — on May 4, 2017. As per the agreement, the company was supposed to commission the plant within two years.

    The company has not started any work at the proposed site at Bhandewadi dumping yard. For the last couple of months, the company has been in the news for being in a financial crisis.

    Also, the NMC is dumping around 1,200 tonne of garbage which are going untreated. Some NMC officials felt that Essel may not be able to execute the project.

    Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar held a meeting with project director Jeewan Sonwane a couple of days ago. “We did not receive any information about Essel backing out from the project. We directed the company to begin work at the site within 15 days,” said Bangar.

    Sonwane, who is a retired municipal commissioner, told TOI that he too heard about the company’s financial crisis through media reports. “This project has no problems. We require 14 types of permission for starting the work and all took time for processing. Now everything is in place. We have ordered machineries from Hitachi and should receive them in the next two months. The trial run of the plant will start from January 2020,” he said.

    According to Sonwane, the waste to energy project will be only the third in the country. “It will be Essel’s second project with the first being in Jabalpur,” he said.

    Jindal Urban Infrastructure Ltd has a similar plant at Okhla in New Delhi.

    Following a delay, the NMC Pench Project Cell has proposed that a penalty of Rs1 crore be levied on Essel. It is yet to be approved by NMC’s top officials.

    Sonwane said the company should not be penalized as the deadline of two years started from November when Essel managed to seal the financial deal. “The NMC has misinterpreted the deadline. We are targeting to commission the project before the deadline lapses,” he said.

    An NMC official said the deadline of two years ended in November 2017. “As per the agreement, the company was to complete the project within two years from handing over land. We handed over six acres in August 2017 and another four acres in November 2017. Action will be taken on the company in case work doesn’t begin as per the deadline fixed,” he said.

    Under the project, Essel Infra has to set up a plant to generate 11.5MW power from 800 tonnes of garbage every day. The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission had approved a tariff of Rs7 per unit. The NMC, Essel Infra and MSEDCL had executed a tripartite agreement under which power generated from the plant will be procured by MSEDCL at the rate of Rs7 per unit round the clock.

  • Swachh ranking: Sanitary workers told to clean 50m extra stretch Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Mar 30, 2019, 04:20 IST

    Nagpur: To improve its Swachh Bharat Survekshan ranking next year, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to increase the area to be cleaned by sanitary workers by almost 50 metres from the new financial year.

    At present, the NMC has 6,732 sanitary workers, who have to cover almost 3,465.84km of roads across the city. The NMC had also demarcated beats for every sanitary worker. The beats include a length of 500m for commercial areas, 700m for major roads and 900m for internal lanes.

    “With the increase in city limits after inclusion of Hudkeshwar and Narsala areas into corporation limits, the necessity of additional manpower of sanitary workers was felt. But with the current financial condition, the civic body is not in a position to appoint more sanitary workers,” said a senior officer from sanitation department.

    According to the officer, in 2008, the NMC formed beats to be covered by sanitary workers. “For commercial areas, we demarcated 500m each for one sanitary worker, 700m in residential area and 900m for main roads,” he said.

    The officer said as there is hardly any garbage being dumped on main roads, the beat length is bigger. The roads in commercial area witness more garbage and filth, so the road length is lesser.

    The sanitation department has been asked to reshuffle the workers of every zone. This decision has been taken to reduce absenteeism and malpractice, he said.

    Recently, TOI had highlighted that even after introducing GPS-enabled wrist watches to curb irregularities in attendance and improvement in the city’s sanitation service, over 35% sanitary workers remain absent. Even BJP corporator Bunty Kukde had exposed irregularities in sanitary workers’ attendance in his constituency in Nehru Nagar zone, after he found six GPS-enabled watches dumped outside Wathoda crematorium.

    The NMC will also install display boards having information about designated sanitary inspector along with length of beats and mobile number. The citizens can also lodge complaints pertaining to sweeping and choking to the inspector directly.

    “These decisions were taken in a meeting convened by additional municipal commissioner Ram Joshi. All these new initiatives will be implemented from next financial year,” said NMC’s health officer Dr Sunil Kamble.

  • PWD tender leaves Ring Road Project’s phase-II too in a muddle Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Mar 30, 2019, 04:45 IST

    Nagpur: Just like phase-I, the fate of phase-II of Inner Ring Road Widening and Concretization Project is also hanging in a balance. The state’s Public Works Department (PWD) has allotted phase-II to a consortium of two Mumbai-based companies for a figure 21.51% below estimated cost. And, one of the two companies is among the three executing works of phase-I for the controversial Mumbai-based RPS Infraprojects Private Ltd.

    Phase-I was also issued to RPS at 21.50% below estimated price. The phase-I is already badly hit by shoddy quality of works and inordinate delays.

    PWD issued work order to joint venture of Saket Infraprojects Private Ltd, and Shah & Parikh on March 10. As against estimated price of Rs163.45 crore, PWD issued work order for Rs128.28 crore.

    A PWD official told TOI additional performance security has been taken from the contractor since it obtained the work at lower rate. “Saket Infraprojects is working in phase-I and has its own mine, machinery and manpower on Inner Ring Road. It seems the company took the work at lower rate due to this factor. It will also help start the works sooner as any other contractor would have required six months to make all these arrangements. We will ensure work is completed within time period and with satisfactory quality,” he said.

    Shiv Sena leader Nitin Tiwari said none of the contractors can ensure good quality work at 22% below estimated cost. “PWD prepares the estimate as per common schedule of rates. Therefore, work under phase-II will also be of shoddy quality. Everyone knows inferior quality of works done in phase-I. Potholes and cracks are common on the roads. Surface layer of concrete road is coming off. Works on inter-locking tiles, road-divider etc are in bad condition. Taking lessons from phase-I, PWD officials should have avoided giving work at such low rate,” he said.

    TOI has highlighted shoddy quality of works many times. PWD engineers and Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) have also pointed out inferior works. Even South Nagpur MLA and city BJP president Sudhakar Kohle had condemned bad quality work.

    Activist Suraj Lolage said an inquiry should be conducted into the entire project. “Saket Infraprojects was one of the three unauthorized petty contractors of RPS in phase-I. An engineer from PWD, and I, had exposed RPS executing works through petty contractors. PWD should have denied work of phase-II citing bad quality of works by Saket Infraprojects in phase-I,” he said.

    PWD had awarded the work to RPS on September 24, 2015, and it was supposed to be completed within two years. As of now, less than 70% works have been completed.

    Only silver lining in phase-II is defect liability period of 10 years as against 5 years in phase-I.

    Phase-II can be a role model for prestressed precast concrete pavement (PPCP) technology. PWD has made it mandatory in phase-II to concretize stretch of 2km between Hingna T-point and Hingna MIDC square using PPCP technology. On pilot basis, PWD had concretized a small stretch of Inner Ring Road at Dabha using this technology, which was the first in the country.

  • Notice to govt over proposed Bharat Ngr rd tnn | Mar 30, 2019, 05:54 IST

    Nagpur: Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Friday, issued notices to chief secretary and other respondents while hearing a suo motu PIL challenging construction of a temporary road from Bharat Nagar to Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran’s (MJP) office near Telangkhedi Hanuman Temple.

    The respondents, including Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and MahaMetro, were asked to file reply by April 18. During first hearing on February 28, the HC had stayed respondents’ plan to lay the road by felling trees.

    The directives came while hearing a suo motu PIL (No 148/2018) based on letter by environmental activist Jaydeep Das, where Kartik Shukul was appointed as amicus. Dass had cited TOI reports highlighting the plans to construct a temporary road, which would pass through a lush green patch on the Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth’s (PDKV) land, but involves unnecessary felling of over 500 fully grown trees. The decision was taken as regular road would be closed or about a year would be closed for traffic to pave way for the construction of amphitheatre on the bank of Futala Lake.

    (With inputs from Samidha Raut & Akash Jamthe)

  • MahaMetro yet to pay for land in Mihan: RTI Shishir Arya | TNN | Updated: Apr 2, 2019, 13:17 IST

    A MahaMetro spokesperson confirmed that the amount was pending but said payment was to be done through book adjustment

    NAGPUR: Amid hopes of economic growth tied with Mihan project, 21 of the 112 investors allotted land in the area have not paid up their dues. A response to a RTI query by activist Abhay Kolarkar revealed Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) developing the project has to collect over Rs252 crore from entities allotted land in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and non-SEZ parts of Mihan.

    The biggest amount is owed by MahaMetro (erstwhile Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation) which was allotted 92 acres. MADC is yet to receive Rs91 crore towards land cost from MahaMetro.

    MahaMetro has been allotted land in non-SEZ area for setting up a station and a township. Officials in MADC said the land was allotted two years ago and no amount has been paid to MADC since.

    A MahaMetro spokesperson confirmed that the amount was pending but said payment was to be done through book adjustment. The state government has to pay the amount into MADC’s account, said the officer. Once the book adjustment is done, the amount would be available in MADC’s overall kitty, said a source.

    Other entities whose funds are pending in the non-SEZ area have been allotted land in the range of 1 to 2 acres. There 36 investors in non-SEZ area of which five have not paid the dues towards land cost. The total pending dues from allottees in non-SEZ area stands at Rs97 crore, says the RTI reply.

    Patanjali Group is the biggest investor in the non-SEZ part. The company, however, has cleared all dues and its unit is under construction.

    There are 76 investors in the SEZ area which is the core of the Mihan project. Of these, 16 have not paid up their dues, amounting to Rs155 crore. A source in the MADC said that land has only been allotted land to them on paper. They haven’t take physical possession yet. The final transfer would only happen after the entire amount is paid.

    There are many cases where the payment has been due since over a year. MADC may soon take a decision on withdrawing the allotment of these. There are also close to 40 investors in the SEZ who have not started their project so far even though most of them have paid for the land.

  • Not left with a level-playing field: Priyadarshini Colony residents, kids tnn | Apr 21, 2019, 05:31 IST

    Nagpur: Though summer holidays have commenced for children, the Priyadarshini Colony ground isn’t bustling with activity. The children can’t play here without any injury scare as the place has been covered with paver blocks. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) carried out the work going against the norms to turn the playground into a parking lot.

    On Friday evening, TOI visited the spot and spoke to some of the residents. According to retired agricultural officer Kusumtai Patil, paver blocks will prevent water percolation, leading to depletion in groundwater level of the area. “The residents may face water problems in future because of this,” he said.

    Senior citizen Vasudev Janardhan Khare is against parking of cars on the playground, which he says has been going on for the last few months. “Though each society has ample parking space, residents are parking their cars here. This is unacceptable. Covering the only park in this area with paver blocks is a matter of concern for the kids,” he said.

    Satishkumar Bagadiya, a businessman, too voiced concern over safety of children. According to him, there are gaps between the blocks, due to which children might get injured while playing on them. “It is risky for them to run around on this surface. Also, the concretization work will affect the groundwater level. I do not support this decision,” he said.

    Ratnaprabha Chandekar, a retired officer, said though it was mostly used for car parking, the park was in a better condition earlier due to the mud. “But now, due to concretization, children get injured while playing on the surface,” she said.

    The kids too are dejected. For Abhijay Kanojiya, a 14-year-old who had fractured his arm while playing in the park, it’s no longer a good place for him. “This is not a good initiative. Children and walkers tend to stumble due to the gaps between the paver blocks. I broke my arm while playing here,” he said.

    Maahi Agarwal, 12, sees both the good and bad sides of the development. “Earlier, there were many stones which would hurt us while playing, which is not the case now. But sometimes our ankle gets stuck in the gaps between the paver blocks, so we have to be very careful while running.”

    Ansh Chandekar, 10, liked the earlier version of the ground. “It was easy to run. We would not get injured even after falling, but now we start bleeding whenever we fall because of the hard cement surface.” The new ground, however, will have amenities like allotted spaces for cricket, basketball and badminton, he said.

    For seven-year-old Saanvi Chandekar, there is no fear of falling now as she feels the ground has been levelled. “I like this park, it is very huge. Also, new swings have been installed. I still liked the ground we had before, as it was fun to play on the mud,” she said.

  • Building plan sanction period: Maharashtra says 60 days, architect want 45 days
    The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), local chapter, in its detailed submission on unified DCR has suggested that the government reduce the period to 45 days.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | April 20, 2019, 11:00 IST

    NAGPUR: The state government has proposed to increase the period of building plan sanction from existing 30 days to 60 days in unified development control regulations (DCR). The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), local chapter, in its detailed submission on unified DCR has suggested that the government reduce the period to 45 days.

    Citing the central government’s Ease of Doing Business Assessment-2017, the government issued a notification in July 2017 making it mandatory for the planning authorities to sanction or refuse applications seeking building plans within a period of 30 days. The period was 60 days before the notification. The building plan was supposed to be deemed sanctioned in case of no reply or no decision is given by the planning authorities.

    In a notification related to unified DCR, the period is kept at 60 days. For deemed sanction, the applicant has to submit a letter with the planning authority stating that the building plan became a deemed sanction. Then the planning authority has to communicate its remarks and issue commencement certificate with one copy of the approved building plan within 15 days.

    Similarly, the time period for occupancy certificate is proposed to be increased to 21 days as against existing norm of eight days. There is an option of deemed sanction also in related to occupancy certificate.

    The IIA headed by Paramjit Singh Ahuja has suggested to the government to include provision of relaxation and discretionary powers to municipal commissioner in corporations, metropolitan commissioner in metropolitan regional plans and chairman in the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). In unified DCR, there is no mention about relaxation and discretionary powers to these authorities.

    In existing DCRs, all these authorities are having powers of relaxation and discretion. Architects and builders often seek relaxations for side, rear margins, FSI, balconies, distance between buildings etc.

    Among other top suggestions of IIA, one is to allow housing scheme under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and tourism activities in agriculture zone. These are permissible under existing norms. The other suggestion is to increase area for rooms in banquet and function halls.

    In unified DCR, halls can come up in area of 0.4 hectare or more and will get FSI of 0.2. 30% of the total area can be utilized for rooms and 40% for parking.

    The IIA has not mentioned anything on the government’s proposal to reduce FSI of commercial from existing 2.5 to 1.25. It has pointed about lack of mention of FSI in congested areas in Nagpur in unified DCR.

    The IIA did not directly comment on whether there was need for unified DCR or not. It said, “The DCR is a part and parcel of development plan (DP). Therefore, DCR should be modified along with other components of DP such as land use planning, development report etc. Municipal corporations and metropolitan areas should have scope to customize unified DCR based upon and to suit the unique needs of the area as per climate, topography, heritage, old settlements, carrying capacity etc,” IIA said.

    The IIA also suggested to prepare graphic interpretation of unified DCR to avoid interpretations. The association assured its support in preparing graphic interpretation.

    In unified DCR, all sections are in text format and lack sketches and graphics.

    The last date for submission of suggestions and objections was April 8. The state government will conduct hearings of those who have made submissions before finalising the rules.


    * Hospital should be permitted in amenity space

    * Swimming pools should also be permitted on ground floor and should not be covered

    * Building and control lines should be made separately for city and metropolitan areas

    * Service roads along national/state highways should be of 12/9 meters

    * Make provision to consult deputy director of town planning in case of any confusions

    * Residential and commercial uses should be segregated vertically or horizontally

    * Amalgamation of two or more EWS units should be allowed

    * Special regulations framed for improvement schemes in Metro Region should be included

  • NMC to take cops’ help to snap Wadi water supply
    Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Updated: Apr 25, 2019, 5:49 IST
    Nagpur: Following non-cooperation by Wadi Municipal Council in stopping illegal drawing of water from the civic body’s network, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has decided to take the help of city police to disconnect water connection.

    TOI has highlighted how city suburbs are facing water crisis due to drying up of Vena dam and residents in Wadi Municipal Council area allegedly resorting to ‘stealing’ water from the NMC pipeline affecting water supply to Sai Nagar in city limits.

    NMC’s water works department official said the residents of Wadi area were allegedly withdrawing water from the NMC pipeline since April 6 and even after bringing this to the notice of the municipal council and repeated reminders, chief executive officer Rajesh Bhagat has not taken any efforts to resolve the issue. “Finally, we have decided to seek police help for disconnecting illegal connections,” the official said.

    To a query, the officer said that even if the NMC disconnects the illegal connections, there is possibility that Wadi residents might reconnect to the pipeline, so police help will be sought.

    The official also pointed out that Wadi residents have damaged pipelines in the municipal council limits and Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran should also take cognizance of it.

    Despite repeated attempts, CEO Rajesh Bhagat was not available for comments.

  • Around 1.74 lakh families in Nagpur are tenants
    According to the property tax revaluation drive undertaken by the civic body in the last two years, occupancy by tenants was pegged at 24.7%Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | May 01, 2019, 11:00 IST

    NAGPUR: Around 1.74 lakh families are residing or doing business from rented properties across the city, states a survey conducted by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

    According to the property tax revaluation drive undertaken by the civic body in the last two years, occupancy by tenants was pegged at 24.7%.

    Probably for the first time in the city’s history, the survey collected some interesting facts and figures. There are 7,06,271 individual buildings, flats and shops across the city. Of the total properties, occupancy by owners is 5,32,040 and the remaining 1,74,231 are used by tenants.

    Ashi Nagar zone (North Nagpur) has the highest number of properties (1,30,288) followed by Lakadganj zone in East Nagpur (1,14,031), Nehru Nagar zone in South Nagpur (1,05,719), Hanuman Nagar zone in South, South-West Nagpur (82,469), Mangalwari zone in West, North Nagpur (76,455), Laxmi Nagar zone in South-West Nagpur (71,629), Satranjipura in East, Central Nagpur (38,095), Dharampeth zone in West Nagpur (34,906), Gandhibagh zone in Central Nagpur (29,251) and Dhantoli zone in West, South-West Nagpur (23,428).

    The highest number of properties occupied by tenants is in Nehru Nagar zone (32,840) and the lowest is in Dhantoli zone (4,668). Ashi Nagar zone (31,358) is second highest followed by Lakadganj zone (25,323), Mangalwari zone (23,344), Laxmi Nagar zone (16,747), Hanuman Nagar zone (14,735), Dharampeth zone (8,865), Satranjipura zone (8,464) and Gandhibagh zone (7,887).

    As far as occupancy by owners is concerned, Ashi Nagar zone (98,930) is leading while Dhantoli zone (18,760) is at the bottom. Lakadganj zone (88,708) is the second highest followed by Nehru Nagar zone (72,879), Hanuman Nagar zone (67,734), Laxmi Nagar zone (54,882), Mangalwari zone (53,111), Satranjipura zone (29,631), Dharampeth zone (26,041) and Gandhibagh zone (21,364).

    Compared to the other zones, Dhantoli has the lowest figures in terms of properties occupied by owners and tenants.

    There is a drastic difference between the number of residential and commercial properties. While 14.67% of the properties (1,03,661) are in commercial use, the remaining 6,02,610 properties (85.33%) are residential.

    Residential properties are the highest in number in Ashi Nagar zone (1,16,912), while commercial properties are topping the charts in Nehru Nagar zone (13,760). The lowest number of commercial properties are in Dharampeth zone (4,864) and residential in Dhantoli (15,942).

    Gandhibagh is the only zone where there is not much of a difference between the number of residential and commercial properties. The zone is small in size and comprises famous markets like Mahal, Gandhibagh, Central Avenue, Mominpura and some parts of Itwari. The number of residential properties over here are 18,045 and commercial 11,206.

  • Nagpur: Green activist confirms illegal sand mining in Vena lake
    Green activist Seema Sahu had visited the dam on May 8 and seen labourers loading sand on three tractors. She visited the site on May 10 too and found that sand had been excavated from a large number of spots.Ashish Roy | TNN | May 11, 2019, 16:00 IST

    NAGPUR: While water resources department (WRD) may not have found anybody excavating sand from bed of Vena dam, off Amravati Road, environmentalists say evidence is there for all to see. Green activist Seema Sahu had visited the dam on May 8 and seen labourers loading sand on three tractors. She visited the site on May 10 too and found that sand had been excavated from a large number of spots.

    A citizen Sunil Degwekar alleged officials were hand in gloves with the sand mafia. “Their vigilance action will continue for two or three days and then it will be back to square one,” he wrote on Facebook.

    WRD section engineer Rajiv Wasu, however, claimed his staffer had visited the dam and found no one digging the bed for sand. “Our staffer went to Vena on Thursday and Friday but did not witness any illegal activity,” he told TOI.

    Countering Wasu, Sahu said activity must have stopped after it was highlighted by TOI. “What was the department doing all these days? If no illegal activity was going on where has all the sand gone,” she asked.

    WRD had permitted the local tehsildar to allow villagers to take away silt from the dried up reservoir. Removal of silt has dual benefit. The water body’s capacity increases and farmers get fertile soil for their fields. However, many people are taking away sand after removing the silt.

    Sand is in heavy demand in the construction sector and fetches a good price. Illegal sand mining is rampant in the district and elsewhere. Recently, sand smugglers had tried to run over revenue officials when they were checking a truck.

    Environmentalist Shrikant Deshpande said that while removing silt increased the storage capacity of the water body, taking away sand reduced its water holding capacity. “Sand should not be excavated under any circumstances. Officials should immediately take action to stop illegal sand mining,” he told TOI.

  • PWD thinks out of box to save 2,000 trees on Amt-Warud Rd
    Vijay Pinjarkar | tnn | Updated: May 14, 2019, 5:55 IST

    Nagpur: The public works department (PWD), which generally has a dubious distinction of mindlessly felling large numbers of trees for road widening, has set an example by saving 2,000 trees on Nandgaonpeth-Morshi-Warud-Pandhurna state highway no. 10.

    Road widening of SH-10 at a cost of Rs 500 crore started last year. The road is being expanded from existing 7 metres to 10 metres with 1.5 metre shoulders on both sides. The existing tar road had huge canopy of neem, mango, pipal and tamarind trees.

    The PWD (NH division) had initially decided to fell trees on both sides of the road with central alignment. “As per the preliminary estimates, over 6,000 trees were to be felled on the 95km stretch till Pandhurna on Madhya Pradesh border,” said Raosaheb Zalte, executive engineer.

    However, when green activist Shrikant Deshpande working to save trees and who had earlier filed a PIL in the high court on the issue learnt about it, he met Zalte on several occasions to convince that many 100-year-old trees on the Nandgaon-Pandhurna stretch can be saved if alignments are made site-specific instead of centre alignment.

    “The road is one of the last few remaining stretches in Vidarbha where one can find such huge neem trees. Even best plantations cannot compensate felling of such trees,” said Deshpande.

    “It looked to be a complicated task to change central alignment, which is mostly neither acceptable to project proponents nor concessionaire. But, it is good that Zalte took my representations seriously and agreed to change alignments where necessary to save trees,” he said.

    “It was a tightrope walk to change alignments from the existing centre line. There were allegations from various sections that PWD is shifting the road, but without any land acquisition, we played in the right of way of 24-30 metres,” Zalte told TOI.

    Zalte said, “To save trees, the right of way was restricted to 18 metres. We did re-numbering of trees and posted two employees to ensure that the contractor doesn’t fell trees that were earlier marked for felling but could be saved after realignment.”

    “This seems to be the first model where 2,000 trees could be saved by changing alignment. We are also implementing similar model on Akola-Washim-Hingoli-Nanded road (NH-161), where many trees have been brought within the dividers without disturbing road length,” he said.

    Deshpande said that these 2,000 trees will contribute to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and will also support birds.

    “As of now, we have not calculated the ecological value of the saved trees and plan to do it once the project is completed. The PWD also plans to plant trees along the same road to compensate the felled ones,” Zalte says.

    “This is an out of box idea which has now turned out to be a model and should be implemented on other roads too in the state. Without affecting widening, if 2,000 trees could be saved, imagine the number of trees when at least 10,000km of roads are being developed in the state,” Deshpande added.