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    NGO to paint Gandhisagar lake walls

    TNN | Oct 3, 2018, 03:34 IST


    Non-starter Rs 80 L Khau Galli sheds in shambles: Even though the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has spent... Read More

    Nagpur: NGO Yoga Dhanendra Multipurpose Charitable Society in association with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has launched a campaign to clean and paint walls along Gandhisagar lake. The paintings will be based on United National Sustainable Development’s 2030 goal.

    Additional municipal commissioner Ram Joshi and assistant commissioner Smita Kale inaugurated the campaign on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti on Tuesday.

    Tanu Varma, Anagha Chauhan and Somesh Bhatwalkar from the NGO provided the details of the project to be executed in eight phases.

    The NGO started painting walls of Khau Galli from outer part. Similarly, walls around the lake will be painted. Also, the cleanliness drive will be undertaken on lake’s surroundings.

    The NGO will make use of vehicles’ tyres, water bottles and pipes to beautify the water body’s surroundings.

    Vice-president of United National Sustainable Development Goal Birendra Soni also provided details about their project.

    Prabhan Chachodiya from Lions Club, Dipa Agrawal, Rajesh Jindal, Kusum Jindal, Vinod Gupta, Shilpa Khaiwale, Vijaya Waghmare and others were present.






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      Central barricade sounding death knell to wildlife on NH44

      Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Oct 3, 2018, 03:33 IST



      Nagpur: Even as wildlife mitigation measures in 37km stretch between Mansar and Khawasa on NH44 (erstwhile NH7) are in final stages, conservationists have slammed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for installing steel barricades in the middle of the road making wild animals more prone to accidents.

      In a memorandum to forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and senior forest officials, president of All India Forest Officers & RFOs Sangh Chandrakant Chimote has claimed barricades in the middle of the road on stretches near Ramtek, Chorbahuli, Paoni and Deolapar forest ranges where wildlife is abundant and frequently cross the road from both sides are contributing to more wildlife deaths.

      “When animals attempt to cross the road, they run up against these barricades and are more likely to be hit by speeding vehicles. NHAI has also created zebra crossings that animals are not familiar with and get confused,” said Chimote, who is also a retired range forest officer (RFO).

      Chimote said though NHAI was constructing underpasses, there is no let-up in death of wild animals. Two months ago, a leopard died in road hit near Chorbahuli while death of several herbivores like deer and sambar and small mammals have gone unnoticed. The road is vital link between Pench-Kanha-Navegaon-Nagzira and hence animal density is high.

      Conservationist Udayan Patil, who is fighting for proper mitigation measures in place, said, “Though Indian Road Congress (IRC) recommends metal barricades on a central median, especially where two carriageways are constructed close by, there can certainly be angular spaces between them to allow animals to move across.”

      NHAI is constructing nine underpasses of overall 2,200 metres length in 37km forested road patch. It includes two 750 metres and 300 metres, one 100 metres and remaining 50-75 metres.

      Patil said, “There are many issues that needs to be resolved. Flow of water bodies and natural streams have been blocked around roads due to which water accumulates and attracts animals increasing chances of road hits.”

      Patil added lot of garbage and debris were still lying under the mitigation structures and NHAI had not cleared them even as these structures are complete. Old tar road near Chorbahuli is still open. “We have already filed an affidavit in the matter which is pending before the High Court,” he added.

      NHAI project director NK Yewatkar did not respond to TOI calls.







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        Old Airport Road remains closed at night when needed most

        Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 3, 2018, 03:27 IST



        Nagpur: Closed for decades citing security reasons, the Old Airport Road was reopened for traffic three months ago as an alternate route when MahaMetro undertakes blocks to carry out its works on Wardha Road. However, Old Airport Road remains closed for traffic during night hours and motorists face a lot of inconvenience as MahaMetro too carries out its work on Wardha Road at the same time.

        MahaMetro had widened, asphalted, installed street lights and two gates on the road that is under the possession of Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC). Traffic police department was reportedly asked to plan the traffic and diversion. Yet the motorists suffer and all three departments are passing the buck.

        The MADC is keeping the road closed for traffic between 10pm and 6am every day since it was reopened. This came to fore during TOI’s visit for a couple of days last week. Security guards posted at the entrance and exit also confirmed about its closure during night hours.

        An MADC official told TOI that MahaMetro had not requested to keep the road open 24 hours. “We are closing the road for traffic as there are no flights during the night,” he said.

        In pre and post reopening the road, the officials of MahaMetro and MADC had told TOI that Old Airport Road was being re-developed as an alternate arrangement to divert traffic on Wardha Road. MahaMetro is constructing a flyover, Metro rail corridor over it and stations on third deck. Therefore, one side of Wardha Road remains closed, especially at night. As the works go on and the Old Airport Road too remains closed, traffic jams have become a regular feature, especially during night hours, as two-way traffic has to pass through one side only.

        Even the MADC’s claim of having no flights during night is also wrong. Flight from Sharjah lands here at 2.30am every day.

        MahaMetro official said traffic police and MADC were supposed to look after the traffic management on the two roads. “We have asked traffic police to plan diversions and utilization of Old Airport Road during blocks on Wardha Road,” he said.

        Interestingly, an officer from traffic police, Sonegaon chamber, said that they had not received any communication from either MahaMetro or MADC in this regard.

        Thus, the Old Airport Road linking Khamla Road with Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport and Wardha Road has remained only for flyers and VVIP movements.








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          Without safety gear, NMC sanitary staff remain vulnerable

          Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Oct 3, 2018, 03:14 IST

          Nagpur: Tuesday’s incident of a sanitary worker Anand Lingayat sustaining serious injuries after being hit by a bus on Central Avenue has brought to fore how vulnerable city’s sanitary workers are.. The 7,000-odd sanitary workers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation engaged in sweeping roads do not have even basic safety gear like reflector jackets to warn motorists.

          Citizens and activists pointed these sweepers were among the worst sufferers of traffic accidents as they do their job of cleaning the roads and junctions. Secretary of Vidarbha Taxpayers Association Tejinder Singh Renu said: “NMC workers sweeping roadside corners and dividers are a common sight. However, their not having any safety gear is a cause of concern. This doesn’t involve their safety alone, even the road user is at risk many times.”

          In other countries, it is usually machines equipped with flasher warning lights that carry out cleaning. In Nagpur sanitary staff does the job manually. While doing so they should keep a warning sign at a considerable distance from where the traffic is approaching so drivers are well aware of their presence ahead.

          Renu said: “Without any sign on road, at times workers come in front of vehicles suddenly which either results in sudden braking or steep steering to the side and in both cases, chances of accident increase.”

          At least on fast traffic roads NMC should provide warning signs and bright neon jacket for immediate visibility to such workers, so that both workers and road users remain safe to some extent, he said.

          Echoing Renu, director of city-based NGO Centre for Sustainable Development, Leena Budhe stated: “Sanitary workers should wear reflective jackets. Without them, it is difficult for drivers to know men are at work.”

          According to her, NMC should not clean roads in commercial areas during peak traffic hours, instead do so during night or early morning hours. Budhe also pointed out that sanitary workers had also not been provided with equipment like masks, hand gloves and gumboots and were thus prone to health hazards too. It is one of the important components of Swachh Bharat, she said.

          Sanitary workers at junctions should be utmost cautious as the driver taking a turn might not be able to notice them, said a senior traffic cop.

          NMC’s health officer (sanitation) Dr Pradeep Dasarwar said most workers in commercial areas were provided with reflective jackets and other safety gear but nobody used them.







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            State asks Metro to build twin towers at Zero Mile stn

            Ashish Roy | TNN | Oct 3, 2018, 03:05 IST

            Nagpur: The city may have twin towers near Zero Mile if Maharashtra legislature secretariat gives the nod for Vidhan Bhavan annexe. Both the buildings will be 19 storeys high and Metro viaduct will pass through them. The distance between the two buildings — annexe and station — will be only 75 metre.

            MahaMetro had been asked to construct the annexe by Anant Kalse, principal secretary (state legislature). Accordingly, the Metro officials prepared the basic design and estimate and submitted it to him. Kalse will visit the city in the first or second week of this month to further discuss the project.

            A MahaMetro source said that the cost of the annexe was Rs142 crore. “It includes everything from fire safety appliances, air conditioning, elevators, parking, etc,” he added. The two buildings will be 90 metre high and will be connected by a walk way. The only difference between the station and annexe building is that Metro viaduct will not exert any load on the columns and beams of the latter while it will do so in the case of the former.

            The annexe will come up on a one acre land behind deputy commissioner of police (DCP) office. The land is at present in possession of police department. The state government will hand over the land to MahaMetro in case it decides to go ahead with the project.

            In addition to the annexe, the legislature secretariat is expanding the Vidhan Bhavan at the cost of Rs10 crore. “Twelve big cabins for ministers will be built on the ground floor and a restaurant will be constructed on the first. The existing canteen in the old building will be razed,” said executive engineer JH Bhanuse of public works department (PWD).

            The secretariat is also planning to purchase the vacant building opposite Vidhan Bhavan owned by builder N Kumar and start government offices used during legislature session. “We have started valuation of the building. VNIT has agreed to do a structural audit of the building. Further decision will be taken by the government,” said the EE.

            Nobody in Nagpur is aware why the government is expanding the legislature infrastructure so much. TOI enquired with MahaMetro, PWD, chief minister’s office (CMO), etc but could not get any clue.







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              Shoddy patchwork, loose gravel make riding on Amravati Road a daunting task

              Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Oct 4, 2018, 04:20 IST



              Nagpur: Until recently, motorists would slow down on Amravati Road from Maharajbagh Square to University Campus and beyond, since the road surface was badly damaged due to lack of repairs over many years.

              However, recent attempts by the National Highways Authorities of India’s public works department to repair the worst patches have left motorists facing an additional risk — the poor quality of patchwork has led to loose gravel spreading all over the road, especially in front of department of management near Ravi Nagar Square, posing a threat of two-wheelers skidding.

              On being informed by some motorists, TOI visited the stretch and while interacting with passer-bys and roadside vendors, it was found that many minor accidents have already occurred due to loose gravel on the road.

              The first accident took place when a teenage girl on a two-wheeler coming from Law College turned left towards Tilak Nagar, skidded due to loose gravel. Fortunately, she was not driving fast and narrowly escaped falling down. Barely a few minutes later, a middle-aged man on a motorcycle skidded and fell on the road. The man got up immediately, and fortunately, escaped unhurt. But both riders could have sustained serious injuries had it been a peak traffic hour.

              Used by thousands of vehicles every day, this busy road was last asphalted in 2015. After protests from residents, the NHAI decided to undertake some patchwork using gravel mixed with tar earlier this week. But after the shoddy repair work, being carried out by PMA Constructions entrusted by NHAI, black metal has started peeling off, leaving gravel scattered on the road.

              Motorist Rohit Deshpande pointed out that the worst patch is just 300 meters away from the residence of Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and few meters away from the municipal commissioner’s residence.

              Half of the road width is being re-carpeted again by the authorities but the bitumen gravel has started coming off within hours after being re-carpeted.

              Deshpande also challenged the city’s ministers to drive across the city on a two wheeler and get a first-hand experience of the pain and suffering motorists face due to shabby road work. “It is dangerous for motorists. The poor quality of work compromises safety of road users,” said motorist Gajanan Nagare. “The NHAI should be held accountable for accidents on this stretch,” he demanded.

              Many people have sustained injuries when two-wheelers slipped on gravel or stones were thrown up by other vehicles, said roadside shopkeepers. “The stones often ricochet when cars and other four-wheelers pass over them. These cause injuries to not only two-wheeler riders but pedestrians too,” said a roadside tea vendor.

              Roads across the city have gone from bad to worse due to bad patchworks by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Nagpur Improvement Trust. At some places, the patchwork has started peeling off within days.

              Despite repeated attempts, NHAI superintendent B D Thenge was not available for comments. An official from the office, however, assured to look into the matter. The officer said the department has already prepared a proposal to asphalt the Amravati road from Maharajbagh square to Wadi octroi post.










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                PIL filed on poor quality, violations in Ring Road concretization project

                Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 4, 2018, 03:24 IST



                Nagpur: Based on TOI reports and RTI information, a criminal public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed on shoddy quality of works, violation of tender norms and loss of revenue in the state public works department’s Rs205 crore Inner Ring Road (IRR) widening and concretization project.

                The litigation seeks blacklisting of Mumbai-based RPS Infraprojects Private Ltd that was blacklisted by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for seven years due to inferior quality of works it had carried out.

                Judges BP Dharmadhikari and MG Giratkar on Wednesday directed notices to 10 respondents, including state PWD and RPS Ltd. The next hearing has been fixed for October 31 before which the respondents will have to file their replies.

                Activist Suraj Lolage has filed the PIL (802/2018) through advocates Nilesh Fulzele and Yogesh Nagpure. The HC also directed the petitioner to submit names of respondents as it was filed as a criminal PIL.

                Lolage has referred to TOI’s series of stories highlighting inferior quality of works and violation of tender norms and also information obtained under the RTI Act. He also highlighted the representation made by him before the PWD demanding an inquiry and action.

                Along with pictures, TOI had highlighted cement concrete surface of IRR damaged to a great extent within a year of its laying. Also, inferior quality of works done in laying inter-locking tiles, road-divider, approaches etc were also highlighted apart from the RPS’s failure to complete the project within the deadline. RPS also failed to repair the defective panels, complete road-divider work, approaches, footpaths etc in the stretches where concretization work had been completed.

                Pointing at the action by the BMC and shabby work in the IRR project, Lolage has prayed, “RPS should be barred from bidding for works of any government departments in the state. PWD should terminate the contract with RPS and get the remaining work done through a new contractor. PWD should also recover entire loss from RPS and action should be taken against all officials who did not act against the contractor company causing loss to the state exchequer.”

                Lolage also made QMax Techno Consultants Private Ltd, quality assurance unit in the project, one of the respondents for its failure to monitor the works and ensure quality as per tender norms. Three more private companies — Trident JV, Genesis Realtech and Dristti Structural Engineering Private Ltd — have also been made respondents. In the petition, Lolage alleged that RPS had sublet the work to three private companies despite it not being permissible as per contract’s terms and conditions. The other respondents are PWD chief engineer, executive engineer, DCP (traffic) and collector.

                Lolage also said PWD released payments to the tune of Rs100 crore instead of acting against the RPS. “Even PWD officials neglected recovery of royalty for sand and other types of minerals and deposit it with the district administration. The project was supposed to be completed by September 23, 2017. As on May 15 this year, the contractor had completed only 55.75% works prolonging traffic congestion on busy IRR, regular mishaps and various types of inconvenience to the citizens,” he said.

                RPS has again sought an extension of 15 months up to November 15, 2019 and an additional cost for completing the project. City MP and Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari had approved the project from the central government’s funds.












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                  Shoddy patchwork, loose gravel make riding on Amravati Road a daunting task

                  Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Updated: Oct 4, 2018, 13:13 IST


                  NAGPUR: Until recently, motorists would slow down on Amravati Road from Maharajbagh Square to University Campus and beyond, since the road surfacewas badly damaged due to lack of repairs over many years.

                  However, recent attempts by the National Highways Authorities of India’s public works department to repair the worst patches have left motorists facing an additional risk — the poor quality of patchwork has led to loose gravel spreading all over the road, especially in front of department of management near Ravi Nagar Square, posing a threat of two-wheelers skidding.

                  On being informed by some motorists, TOI visited the stretch and while interacting with passer-bys and roadside vendors, it was found that many minor accidents have already occurred due to loose gravel on the road.

                  The first accident took place when a teenage girl on a two-wheeler coming from Law College turned left towards Tilak Nagar, skidded due to loose gravel. Fortunately, she was not driving fast and narrowly escaped falling down. Barely a few minutes later, a middle-aged man on a motorcycle skidded and fell on the road. The man got up immediately, and fortunately, escaped unhurt. But both riders could have sustained serious injuries had it been a peak traffic hour.

                  Used by thousands of vehicles every day, this busy road was last asphalted in 2015. After protests from residents, the NHAI decided to undertake some patchwork using gravel mixed with tar earlier this week. But after the shoddy repair work, being carried out by PMA Constructions entrusted by NHAI, black metal has started peeling off, leaving gravel scattered on the road.

                  Motorist Rohit Deshpande pointed out that the worst patch is just 300 meters away from the residence of Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and few meters away from the municipal commissioner’s residence.

                  Half of the road width is being re-carpeted again by the authorities but the bitumen gravel has started coming off within hours after being re-carpeted.

                  Deshpande also challenged the city’s ministers to drive across the city on a two wheeler and get a first-hand experience of the pain and suffering motorists face due to shabby road work. “It is dangerous for motorists. The poor quality of work compromises safety of road users,” said motorist Gajanan Nagare. “The NHAI should be held accountable for accidents on this stretch,” he demanded.

                  Many people have sustained injuries when two-wheelers slipped on gravel or stones were thrown up by other vehicles, said roadside shopkeepers. “The stones often ricochet when cars and other four-wheelers pass over them. These cause injuries to not only two-wheeler riders but pedestrians too,” said a roadside tea vendor. Roads across the city have gone from bad to worse due to bad patchworks by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Nagpur Improvement Trust. At some places, the patchwork has started peeling off within days.

                  Despite repeated attempts, NHAI superintendent B D Thenge was not available for comments. An official from the office, however, assured to look into the matter. The officer said the department has already prepared a proposal to asphalt the Amravati road from Maharajbagh square to Wadi octroi post.







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                    Kamptee Rd flyover: NMC to pay for land

                    Ashish Roy | TNN | Oct 5, 2018, 02:55 IST



                    Nagpur: A major hurdle has been cleared in way of Kamptee Road double decker flyover, being built by MahaMetro, with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) agreeing to bear the cost of land acquisition. The civic agency will get a grant from state government to pay the amount. However, the issue of cost of the flyover remains to be sorted out between National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and MahaMetro.

                    The length of the flyover is 5.3 kilometres. It begins from Patni Automobiles near LIC Square and ends at Automotive Square. Earlier, it was 3.5km long and MahaMetro has NHAI nod for this length. The Metro agency is working on this length but work on the remaining 1.8km has not begun. This has raised doubts whether MahaMetro will be able to complete the Sitabuldi-Automotive Square stretch by December 2019.

                    A source in NHAI said that the land would have to be acquired on Kamptee Road on LIC Square end. “The road is too narrow to accommodate the ramp as well as the normal road. However, as per our norms, we can’t acquire land within municipal limits. MahaMetro also does not have money for land acquisition. Fortunately, NMC agreed to bear the cost as it will be reimbursed by state government,” he added.

                    The flyover is being built by MahaMetro on behalf of NHAI. Some technical issues remain to be cleared by NHAI head office. MahaMetro officials are regularly visiting Delhi to get the green signal.

                    A MahaMetro official, commenting on the costing, said that the Metro agency had used the same formula used for Wardha Road double decker flyover. “NHAI technical member, who had recently visited Nagpur, had given us the go ahead but we are yet to get the nod in writing,” he further said. The cost of the structure is estimated to be around Rs500 crore.

                    The flyover will be 26 metre high. The elevated road will be on first level and Metro on second level. It will have four levels at Gaddigodam railway bridge — road on the first level, railway at the second level, elevated road on the third and Metro on the fourth.








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                      Over 86% land acquired for Samruddhi corridor project

                      Ashish Roy | tnn | Oct 5, 2018, 05:18 IST



                      Nagpur: Land acquisition woes for the ambitious Nagpur-Mumbai communication super expressway, also known as Samruddhi corridor, seem to be over. Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has acquired 86.46% land, which includes both government and private.

                      The rest of it will be compulsorily acquired under Maharashtra Highways Act, 1955.

                      MSRDC chief Radheshyam Mopalwar said all the private land that could be acquired through consent has been acquired. “We have also acquired government land required for the project and executed sale deeds,” he added.

                      An MSRDC official explained that 13.54% land was being acquired under Highways Act as most of it was disputed. “In several cases, there is no clarity regarding share of legal heirs and in many there is dispute over legal heirs. Under such circumstances, sale deeds can’t be executed. We will, therefore, deposit the compensation amount in court and the heirs will take their share when dispute among them is resolved. In some cases, owners of the land live abroad and are not ready to come to India for executing the sale deed. Such lands will also be compulsorily acquired,” he said.

                      MSRDC has done a phenomenal task in acquiring land in problem districts of Nashik, Thane, Aurangabad and Jalna. Until a few months ago, less than 70% of the land had been acquired. Now, the figure stands over 80% with rest to be compulsorily acquired.

                      The MSRDC official said that five state PSUs — MIDC, MHADA, SRA, MMRDA and CIDCO — have sanctioned Rs 4,700 crore against their target of Rs 5,500 crore. In addition, MSRDC has chipped in with an equity of Rs1,111 crore. The agency thus has Rs5,811 crore available with it.

                      Mopalwar said that State Bank of India had been asked to arrange finance for the project. “Banks have agreed, in principle, to provide Rs 30,000 crore to us. We need only Rs 28,000 crore in this financial year. Rest of the banks had told us that they would provide us the money after concession agreement between MSRDC and state government was signed. The agreement was signed on Wednesday and so rest of the loans would be sanctioned soon,” added the official.







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