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    Plan to reserve lands along Nag River draws protest

    Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Sep 20, 2018, 05:38 IST



    Nagpur: Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) plan to reserve 15 metres area along both banks of Nag river for riverfront development has drawn protests. NCP corporator Duneshwar Pethe along with farmers organization Jai Jawan Jai Kisan led by Prashant Pawar have organized a rally with slum-dwellers to protest the plan on September 24. BJP MLA from East Nagpur Krishna Khopde has condemned the decision to take out rally and protest.

    NMC general body will decide on the plan on September 24. Pethe and Pawar have announced rally from Jai Bhim square to Town Hall where the NMC general body meeting will be held.

    “Plan is to reserve all land along Nag river banks from Ambazari lake to Punapur. A large number of slums and residential areas are located within 15 metres of the river. BJP is planning to make hundreds of slum-dwellers homeless by reserving their lands for the project. It is like grabbing lands of slumdwellers. We will not tolerate it as they have been residing in the areas for 40 years,” they said.

    Khopde alleged NCP that was known for corruption cases was misguiding the people. “Centre and state government have sanctioned the project that will change the face of Nag river and also city. Many jobless will get income from the project. These people do not want development so are protesting,” he said.

    Khopde said slum-dwellers will be rehabilitated properly before being asked to vacate the areas. “All will get a proper house with all facilities. None will be vacated before providing facilities,” he said.

    NMC had planned the project worth Rs 1,600 crore under which areas along the banks will be developed into green zones, recreational, eatery, tourism areas. French development agency AFD is preparing the detailed project report and will also give loan for the project.





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      Bad Air Year: India choked on 929 million tonnes of CO2 from thermal sector

      Manka Behl | TNN | Sep 20, 2018, 23:03 IST



      Climate scientists construe that the north-bound man-made carbon emissions may have drowned the southern state of Kerala. The big picture is even more stark when the carbon emissions are extrapolated nationally. The thermal sector alone is throwing up millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air. TOI assesses national data of 2017-18 to quantify the emission of the deadly pollutants. Oxides of nitrogen and sulphur, and particulate matter too have toxified the air


      Nagpur: The thermal sector, from which India draws 79% of its power needs, spewed out nearly 929 million tonnes of the extremely bad-for-climate carbon dioxide (CO2) in the last fiscal. This is 18% of the total CO2 emitted from all sources in the US last year and 20 times more than that emitted in Finland, which a World Health Organization (WHO) study says has the cleanest air among all countries.

      To put it more succinctly, 929 million tonnes of CO2 will be released if an average private car goes round the earth nearly 83,000 times. To compound the bad news, India — the third-highest CO2 emitter in the world — will need to offer almost 2,200 crore trees as collateral and also ensure their survival for 10 years to offset the damage caused by this quantity of the greenhouse gas.

      How onerous is the task can be gauged from the fact that Maharashtra, the second-most populous state in the country, is grappling to meet its target of 50 crore plantations in three years.

      TOI arrived at these calculations by using the latest data of Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and the ‘greenhouse gas equivalencies’ calculator provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

      According to the CEA data for 2017-18, as much as 73% of electricity was generated from coal in the country. Overall, more than 96 crore megawatt hours of electricity came from the thermal sector which includes coal, lignite, gas and diesel.

      Last year’s CO2 emission factors (average emission rate) for each of these sources are mentioned in the report ‘CO2 Baseline Database for the Indian Power Sector’ published by the ministry of power in June this year. The calculation of baseline emissions is based on various parameters like power generation, fuel consumption and fuel quality data, all obtained from the power stations.

      Multiplying the energy generated from different sources of thermal sector with their respective emission factors throws up data of carbon emission from each. Summation of this data revealed that 929 million tonnes of the gas was emitted from thermal plants into the atmosphere last fiscal.

      CEA’s data also shows that over the last decade, the carbon emissions from thermal sector have been growing steadily, witnessing approximately 4-6% increase every year.

      The ‘Trends in Global CO2 emissions, 2016 report’ by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, which states that coal-fired power plants caused one-third of global emissions, also underlined the country’s continuous increase in carbon emissions. “If this is the average growth rate in India, it will surpass the total emissions in the European Union by 2020,” the report stated, adding the emission increase seemed “to be coupled up with its GDP growth”.

      Increase in coal consumption was one of the major causes behind the spike. “This is of concern as in 2014, India’s emissions surpassed those of the US. In 1990-2010, India doubled its coal power capacity from 50 to 100 gigawatts and then added another 102GW in coal power in the 2010-15 period,” the report stated.

      Upsurge in domestic coal consumption is also evident in power ministry’s reports that disclose that from 447.8 metric tonnes (MT) in 2012-13, it rose to 605.9 MT in 2017-18. “In the absence of scalable economic alternatives, India chose coal as main source of energy to provide electricity to millions over last few decades. However, this choice has certain externalities that have now turned into major crisis like climate change and air pollution,” says Sunil Dahiya, senior campaigner at Greenpeace India.

      Being an abundant greenhouse gas, CO2 is a significant contributor to climate change. “At a time when extreme weather events like floods and cyclones are on the rise, we need to cut down on carbon emissions. Now, after signing the Paris Agreement, India should use the available financial aid to invest in renewables. No new investments in coal sector should be made,” says Avijit Michael, executive director of Bengaluru-based campaigning organization Jhatkaa.org.

      Adds Australia-based Tim Buckley, director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), “India’s coal emissions continue to rise due to delay in installation of pollution control devices. Ensuring this along with the National Energy Policy’s proposal of decommissioning 48GW of old units by 2027 will progressively improve situation in coming five years.”

      However, when talking of local pollutants, carbon dioxide is not the only concern. Toxic ones like sulphur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) too pose environmental and health threats.

      Calculations done using the latest emission factors for the three pollutants mentioned in a recent report by the Bengaluru-based Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) reveal that in 2017-18, coal-fired plants pumped over 700 kilotons of PM into the atmosphere. This is equivalent by weight to the solid waste generated in the entire country in one week.

      Also, nearly 7,538 kilotons of SO2 was also emitted during the same period from coal plants. As reported by TOI earlier, a study by researchers at Nasa indicated that India was overtaking China as the biggest emitter of anthropogenic SO2 emissions. While China’s emissions fell by 75 % since 2007, that of India’s increased by 50 %.

      Not just climate impact, the country’s growing SO2 emissions are also a peril for public health. International studies claimed that over 33 million Indians were living in areas with SO2 pollution. The report ‘Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change’ highlights the ways climate change is affecting health of people.

      Calculations further brought out that emissions of another deadly pollutant NOX were over 3,400 kilotons in last fiscal. Of all the pollutants, oxides of nitrogen are the most dangerous, says Dr Manas Ranjan Ray, former assistant director of Kolkata-based Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute.

      “It is most likely that the pollutant enters human body as component of respirable matter in the form of nitrate. While it adversely affects the respiratory system, recent studies show that it is one of the causative agents of breast cancer too,” he adds.

      A Greenpeace India study had also found that 1.2 million deaths in the country take place due to air pollution. A WHO report had further revealed that 14 of the world’s most polluted cities are in India.

      All such matters are set to be discussed at WHO organized first-of-its-kind global conference on air pollution and health on October 30-November 1 in Geneva. Significantly, the winter months are India’s worst polluting periods. Says Dahiya, “The government needs to participate in such conferences and find answers to its long-standing confusion over actual health impacts arising out of air pollution.”








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        NMC should tap own resources to improve financial condition: Patil

        Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Sep 21, 2018, 03:10 IST

        Nagpur: The Maharashtra government seems to be in no mood to increase Goods and Services Tax grant to Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Minister of state for urban development Dr Ranjit Patil said here on Thursday that the NMC will have to strengthen its own revenue sources to improve its financial condition.

        “What the NMC is getting as GST grant is based on calculation provided by the civic body itself based on its income from LBT,” Patil told TOI.

        Patil was in the NMC to review its preparedness to combat vector borne diseases. Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi, standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja, additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Thakre and other officials were also present.

        Earlier octroi and later income from Local Body Tax, was the major source of revenue for the NMC. However, after LBT was abolished, the financial condition of the civic body deteriorated. Sources said that the BJP was responsible as it had opposed LBT implementation across the state and as a result the NMC’s revenue from LBT was dismal.

        The NMC is getting GST grant of Rs52.57 crore and former mayor Pravin Datke had sent a proposal to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and even the present standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja is trying hard to revise the GST grant.

        Though Fadnavis has assured to look into the NMC’s demand by increasing the GST grant to Rs92 crore per month, nothing has happened so far.

        To a query why the state government is giving more GST grants to already financial sound municipal corporations like Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Dr Patil said their property tax collection system is very strong. He pointed out the NMC needs to tap new resources and improve its collection method to overcome the present financial crisis.

        Meanwhile, the additional chief secretary of finance department will be convening a meeting in Mumbai on September 25 to review GST grants being given to municipal corporations across the state.











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          SC stays Coffee House’s eviction from Sadar

          Shishir Arya | TNN | Sep 21, 2018, 03:51 IST

          Nagpur: The sixty-year-old Indian Coffee House got another lifeline after the Supreme Court stayed eviction of the eatery from premises at Sadar which belong to Life Insurance Corporation (LIC).

          Coffee House has become a part of the city’s culture over the years. There was a time it became a favourite spot for the intellectuals to gather. However, since last 10 years, the coffee workers’ society, that runs the joint, has been facing the threat of being evicted by LIC.

          The stay order was issued on Thursday. Manoj Pillai, the counsel for coffee house management, confirmed that a stay has been granted, adding that a detailed order will be uploaded subsequently.

          It began with the LIC demanding an enhanced rent of around one lakh a month for the 3,380 square feet premises for which it gets Rs10,000 now. However, the later action for eviction under the public premises act was initiated. LIC wants the premises for its own use.

          In 2014 the LIC had cleared the premises following an order by the Estate Officer of the corporation. The coffee house management had challenged the move in the high court on the grounds that its relationship as tenant and landowner with LIC is governed by rent control act and not the public premises act. As the high court had allowed the appeal, the eviction was stayed. However, finally the case was lost on July 31 after which the coffee house management has moved the Supreme Court.









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            WII has conflict of interest in Samruddhi Marg deal: Expert

            Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Sep 21, 2018, 04:01 IST



            Nagpur: A wildlife activist has pointed out that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) for mitigation measures along Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg creates a conflict of interest.

            MSRDC announced a day ago that WII scientist Bilal Habib and his team will suggest mitigation measures in patches falling in eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of three protected areas (PAs) in the proposed 700km Samruddhi Mahamarg.

            However, Habib is also on nine-member state-level committee constituted by the state government to suggest mitigation measures. Kishor Rithe, another member of this committee, agreed it created a “conflict of interest” as committee is to decide on measures to be suggested. He said a member can either become consultant for project proponent or member of the committee but not both. WII may take a decision after this appointment.

            Rithe stated this had not happened for the first time and in many instances. BNHS in case of Navi Mumbai Airport was carrying out studies for the project proponents while being part of the project clearance committees too. “there has been precedence that the NGO representative advising project proponent should not participate in the decision-making process of the same project,” he added.

            Radheshyam Mopalwar, MSRDC vice-chairman & managing director, did not comment. He said he would talk later as he was busy with some guests.

            APCCF (wildlife) Sunil Limaye, member-secretary of the committee, said, “If the state government accepts the WII report in toto then it is fine, if not then ‘conflict of interest’ issue will arise. Let’s see. I will talk to Bilal Habib.”

            In 2011, WII’s Habib in his report had suggested five 1,000-metre-long underpasses on NH7 (Nagpur-Seoni), where road widening would have destroyed the most functional tiger corridor between Kanha and Pench. However, under pressure from transport ministry, length of underpasses were curtailed twice first to 750 metres, and then to 300 metres and 50 metres. Similar was the case with NH6 (Nagpur-Deori), where mitigation measures were curtailed.

            Repeated attempts to contact Habib proved futile.

            The entire 700km stretch has been divided in five packages falling in Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad, Nashik and Konkan revenue divisions. Of the five packages, wildlife corridors fall in Package I (Bor Tiger Reserve), II (Karanja-Sohal & Katepurna wildlife sanctuaries), and V (Tansa sanctuary).

            In June, first meeting of the committee was held in which wildlife officials had raised serious concerns about missing links between Bor-Tadoba-Melghat tiger corridor. It was suggested to include mitigation steps in forested areas near Bazargaon-Kelzar-Kondhali on NH6.








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              Delay in TOD notification brings real estate sector to a standstill

              Ashish Roy | TNN | Sep 22, 2018, 10:18 IST


              Delay in TOD notification brings real estate sector to a standstill


              NAGPUR: The real estate sector, especially in areas around the Metro corridor, has come to a standstill due to delay by state government in issuing the amended notification for transit oriented development (TOD). Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had sent the proposal to director of town planning (DTP), Pune, on August 2, and since then it has not moved further. The proposal needs to be approved by Nitin Kareer, principal secretary (urban development).

              Builder Shravan Kukreja said that the existing TOD policy was impractical. “Balconies can’t be projected outside the building and lobbies are included in the floor to space index (FSI). The side margins for high rises are too much, and far more than those required for a fire tender,” he added.

              State government had issued a draft amended TOD policy in mid-March. NMC invited suggestions and objections from citizens and held a public hearing on the policy. Builders’ body Credai, builders and architects had offered several suggestions. NMC took cognisance of these suggestions and added some from its own side. The proposal was then sent to DTP.

              Credai, in its submission to NMC, had said that at present extra FSI was not permissible on plots on roads having width less than 9m. “We want the government to sanction FSI of 1.5 on narrow roads, and on plots of any size. Many roads in the Metro Rail corridor area are narrow and residents should not be deprived of benefit from the policy,” the submission stated.

              As per the present policy, lift wells with machine rooms, refuge areas, voids, service floor, entrance lobbies, and lobbies of building will not be counted in FSI. The builders want that all passages on all floors should also be free of FSI.

              “In cases where relaxation in height is required, it can be given by paying relaxation charges as per precedence. The height of the building should be regulated by front road of higher width in case of double frontage or corner plots,” he added. Nair also said that if 3m strip was left for public parking or pedestrian pathway, requirement of visitor parking should be done away with.







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                Cancelled receipts suggest property tax scam in NMC

                Ashish Roy | TNN | Updated: Sep 22, 2018, 10:58 IST


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                NAGPUR: A shocking fact has come to light wherein staffers of property taxdepartment of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) cancel the receipts after taking cash from taxpayers. Shankar Gulani, who has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, has charged that this amount was pocketed by the employees.

                Gulani had obtained information under Right to Information (RTI) Act in this regard. He was shocked to learn that between April 1, 2014, and September 6, 2016, some 14,000 receipts had been cancelled whose total comes to Rs28.56 crore. He was provided a list of taxpayers who were issued tax receipts after taking cash from them but the NMC’s copy of receipt was cancelled.

                “NMC officials have no explanation as to why these receipts were cancelled. This is a financial crime and criminal cases should be lodged against all concerned employees. I have obtained information only for two and a half years. This practice has been going on since years. Think of the amount of money embezzled,” he said.

                As NMC staffers destroyed the receipts, taxpayers got next fiscal’s demand along with arrears. The taxpayer then had to go to NMC zonal offices along with his copy of receipt and get the tax demand corrected. Many times NMC employees at zone office counters ask the tax payer to bring the copy of the last tax receipt. In spite of large number of such cases, NMC officials did not bother to find reason for the cancellations.

                Some NMC employees do not pocket the money but put it in suspense account. Some Rs1.75 crore is lying in it and nobody knows whose tax money is lying in the account. “As per accounting norms, money lying in suspense account has to be reconciled at the end of every financial year but this has not happened since years,” said Jatin Kumar, Gulani’s counsel.

                “We have demanded an enquiry by the accountant general of Maharashtra into working of NMC’s property tax department. The office should not only conduct a probe but suggest remedial measures so that such practices stop,” added Kumar.

                The PIL states that the civic administration does not even have ledger records of property tax owners, let alone maintain online data. It has suggested that the entire system needs to be overhauled by information technology (IT) initiatives and digitalization as mandated by policy initiatives of the state government. National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been made a respondent in the petition and it has been asked to set up a proper digital system for the property tax department.

                At a time when NMC is facing difficulty in meeting day-to-day expenses lack of efforts to plug revenue leaks reflect poorly on its officers and office-bearers.









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                  City bus service comes to a grinding halt

                  Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Sep 23, 2018, 03:17 IST

                  Nagpur: Thousands of commuters faced severe inconvenience on Saturday as the three Aapli Bus operators kept all 320 buses off the roads protesting the non-payment of dues of Rs15crore to each of them by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Though the operators had announced the plan on Friday, the commuters were caught unawares.

                  The NMC’s transport department offered Rs50 lakh to each of the operators hoping they would restart the services. But they refused to budge and demanded release of at least half of their outstanding payments. This is the third time this year that the operators have gone on strike.

                  The total dues of the three Red bus operators have already crossed Rs45 crore. Apart from this, the NMC has also defaulted payments to Green bus operator, transport manager Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS), and two other private agencies supplying conductors. Their dues are over Rs18 crore.

                  The main bus stands — Mor Bhavan and Maharajbagh Road — wore a deserted look on Saturday. Those commuting from the suburbs and rural areas to the city for work were stranded at several places. They had to find alternative modes of transport, resort to hitchhiking or take the day off.

                  In the absence of city buses, private vehicles, including autorickshaws plying in the city, reportedly charged higher fares. App-based cabs too were in great demand.

                  “Autorickshaw drivers doubled the fares even for short distances,” said Rakesh Phale, a resident of Sadar. He pointed out that generally share autos charge Rs10 from Sitabuldi to Sadar. “But, today, I had to pay Rs20 for the same distance.”

                  “Every fortnight, city buses stop plying. Students, people from low income group and labourers travel in these buses every day. What about pass holders who’ve paid the fare in advance? Will the NMC compensate,” asked P Rajiv, a commuter.

                  Officials from the NMC’s transport department pointed out that the impact of the strike was not fully visible as it was the fourth Saturday and many educational institutions were closed. “The problem may aggravate from Monday if the operators stick to their demand,” they said.

                  Transport committee chairman Bunty Kukde claimed that he tried his best to clear the dues. “But the administration cited fund crunch and turned down the request,” he said.

                  Sources claimed that BJP, which is the ruling party, was not serious about the city bus operations. Mayor Nanda Jichkar, ruling party leader Sandip Joshi and standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja have never spoken about the transport problems.

                  Senior Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe pointed out the BJP has failed to prioritize works and the non-operation of buses is the best example of this. Stating that the civic body has no fund to clear dues of bus operators, Gudadhe said the NMC should make its financial condition public.

                  “I have already demanded adjournment motion over the financial condition of the civic body in the general body meeting schedule for Monday,” the senior Congress corporator said.









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                    Plea before heritage panel to save Gujar Wada on Kelibagh Rd

                    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Sep 23, 2018, 03:15 IST



                    Nagpur: Pratibha Mane, a member of one of city’s royal families, has sought heritage status for the 300-year-old Gujar Wada in Mahal to save it from demolition for Kelibagh Road widening project.

                    The Heritage Conservation Committee will discuss and take decision on Mane’s application, which was submitted on September 6, at a meeting organized on September 25 at the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) head office.

                    Mane is a resident of Gujar Wada situated on the left side of Kelibagh Road stretch between CP & Berar College and Matru Sewa Sangh hospital.

                    The wada is one of the 157 properties facing demolition for widening and concretization of Kelibagh Road. TOI on July 6 had reported about NMC’s notice to Mane for acquisition of a major part of Gujar Wada.

                    Mane had told TOI that the entire structure will collapse if the part is razed. “Gujar Wada plays significant role in city’s history and needs to be preserved,” she said.

                    However, it will be an uphill task for Mane to get heritage status for Gujar Wada. If it gets heritage tag, the NMC cannot demolish the wada as it will affect the project. City MP and union minister Nitin Gadkari, and all NMC office bearers, especially former mayor and corporator Pravin Datke, are ensuring that there no more hurdles in executing the project.

                    Also, the Heritage Conservation Committee on May 11 had refused to include 49 structures, including Gujar Wada, in the heritage list. The Supreme Court had directed the committee to give its opinion following a petition filed by Vidarbha Heritage Society.

                    In another application before the heritage committee, Ravindra Sadhu has sought removal of Sadhuncha Mut (Gopal Krishna Mandir) on Ruikar road in Mahal from heritage list. Sadhu wants to demolish the existing structure citing its dilapidated condition and wants to build a new structure. Guardian minister Chandrashekar Bawankule and NMC Gandhibag Zone too have recommended demolition of the structure.

                    The committee will also decide about action against RBI for construction done on main entrance gate without its consent. The MahaMeto has submitted an application seeking the committee’s permission for Futala Lake re-development project, including construction of a tunnel.

                    The committee has received five applications for holding events at Kasturchand Park, a grade-I heritage open space. The applicants include NMC which has sought permission for its women entrepreneur convention and exhibition, India Handicraft Board for its exhibition, Nagpur District Softball Association for its national event, Gurudwara Shri Gurusingh Sabha for a programme to mark Guru Nanak Jayanti and Bahujan Aghadi for a public meet.








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                      Don’t allow sand mining without dist survey report: NGT

                      Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Sep 25, 2018, 03:42 IST

                      Nagpur: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Principal Bench, Delhi, has ordered that Maharashtra should strictly follow Sustainable Sand Mining Management Guidelines of 2016 framed by the MoEFCC in the Akola illegal mining case where sand ghats were auctioned without preparing district survey repot (DSR).

                      The full bench NGT orders by justices Adarsh Kumar Goel, chairperson, SP Wangdi, judicial member, Dr Nagin Nanda, expert member, and Raghvendra Rathore and Dr SS Gabryal come in wake of a petition filed by Akot-based wildlife and environment lawyer Manish Jeswani and Dr Sarvabhoum Bagali against rampant illegal sand mining in Maharashtra and Akola in particular.

                      In March, the Akola district collectorate auctioned 58 sand ghats for Rs4.85 crore without a mandatory DSR. The grant of environment clearance (EC) without DSR was challenged by the petitioner before the NGT.

                      Jeswani had alleged that sand mining in Akola district was in blatant violation of state’s revised Sand Mining Policy-2018 declared on January 3. On September 19 and 20, the bench, in its extensive order on sand mining, said MoEFCC guidelines of 2016 should be followed in toto.

                      These guidelines call for preparation of DSR and management plan and envisage mapping of the resources at district level, identification of appropriate sites for extraction, appraisal of the extraction process etc. Mining can be allowed manually and only up to the depth of 3 metres. “There can be no two views that an effective institutional monitoring mechanism is required not only at the stage when environmental clearance (EC) is granted but also at subsequent stages. The object should be to maintain and restore ecology of rivers,” said NGT.

                      Even as the guidelines call for preparation of DSR, it was not done in Akola and fabricated DSR was made by the district mining officer (DMO). For this, the NGT has given liberty to the petitioner Jeswani to move before the MoEFCC high-powered committee for illegalities by Akola and legal action.

                      The NGT has also asked to demarcate mining area with pillars and geo-referencing should be done prior to start of mining. The project proponents (tehsildars) must ensure that the CCTV cameras, personal computer, Internet connection, power back up, access control of mine lease site; and arrangement for weight or approximation of weight of mined out mineral on basis of volume of the trailer of vehicle used at mine lease site are available.

                      “They should also ensure the scanning of transport permit and uploading on server against the mine lease area. Each receipt should be preferably with pre-fixed quantity, so the total quantity gets determined for the receipts issued. The state needs to establish a call centre and go for radio-frequency identification and GPS tracking of sand vehicles,” said NGT.

                      The bench said the system shall enable the authorities to develop periodic report on different parameters like daily lifting report, vehicle log/history, lifting against allocation, and total lifting. This will enable the district collector to get all the relevant details and will enable the authority to block the scanning facility of any site found to be indulged in irregularity.

                      “Whenever any authority intercepts any vehicle transporting illegal sand, it shall get registered on the server and shall be mandatory for the officer to fill in the report on action taken. Every intercepted vehicle should be tracked,” it said.









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