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    Seven of 11 split works from Mayor Fund went to one contractor

    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Oct 30, 2018, 08:23 IST

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    NAGPUR: Seven of the total 11 contracts for a single project, which was split for approval under the Mayor Fund, were awarded to a single contractor. This indicates that a particular contractor was favoured by avoiding the tendering process achieved by splitting the work into many parts. This also indicates the involvement of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) engineers, since they approve these contracts.

    On the basis of documents obtained under RTI Act, TOI had on Monday highlighted mayor Nanda Jichkar split many works into parts under Mayor Fund to avoid tendering process. The cost of works was kept below Rs3 lakh mark since tendering process is mandatory above it.

    The best example is laying of pavement or paving blocks along internal roads. Jichkar had split this work into 11 parts, each costing just below Rs3 lakh. All works were approved on the same day — December 26, 2017, and for the mayor’s ward no. 37 under NMC Laxmi Nagar Zone.

    Information available at the zone office shows seven of the 11 works were awarded to Sonal Construction. Of the remaining four works, two were executed through PJ Patel, and one each through Ramesh Singh and Pramod Damle.

    Similarly, Jichkar had split work of erecting display boards highlighting directions to residences in her ward into four parts. Work order of all four parts were awarded to the same contractor — DAGA.

    As reported on Monday, the approved cost of six of the 10 Virungula Kendra — Jichkar’s pet project — was between Rs2.94 lakh and Rs3 lakh. All six works were allotted to the same private contractor — Vidarbha Environmental Services.

    This is a modus operandi involving a corporator, NMC engineer and contractor. The same had been exposed by Nandlal Committee in 2001. On the committee’s findings, 102 corporators were booked and action recommended against 50 engineers.

    Jichkar had on Monday told TOI the engineers are supposed to verify all these issues and ensure works are done as per norms. After Jichkar’s approval, executive engineer, deputy engineer, junior engineer and assistant commissioner of the zone clear the works. Therefore, all become responsible along with the mayor.

    Former mayor and Congress city president Vikas Thakre has demanded action against Jichkar as well as the engineers since all continued the modus operandi despite objections raised by Nandlal Committee.

    Another shocking fact has come to light in works approved by Jichkar under Mayor Fund. The cost of at least 10 works is just Rs1 to Rs10 below the Rs3 lakh mark. Cost of one work is Rs2,99,999, only Rs1 below the Rs3 lakh mark. The work is related to sewage drain in Swarup Nagar and various places.

    Similarly, cost of another work — various works at Virungula Kendra at Ambazari garden — was Rs2,99,998. Despite many works involved in it, the cost happened to be Rs2 below Rs3 lakh mark.

    Assistant commissioner Suwarna Dakhane said she has started to take up these issue very strictly from current fiscal. “I have started to reject quotation of works that are non-emergency in nature. Also, I will not permit splitting of works. In fact, I have started to verify personally whether works proposed under zone funds are important or not,” she said.

    Deputy engineer RV Mule said he does not have an exact idea and needs to verify all works.







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      Rising air pollution will impact rainfall patterns in India: UN report

      Manka Behl | tnn | Oct 30, 2018, 18:40 IST



      Nagpur: Rising air pollution in India is likely to have a significant impact on long-term rainfall patterns which can cause extensive financial losses, warns the latest United Nations report.

      ‘Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-based Solutions’ presents the first scientific assessment of air pollution in Asia and the Pacific. Released in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first global conference on air pollution and health in Geneva on Tuesday, the report extensively covers various pollution aspects which India is grappling with. It also has a word of praise for several mitigation measures taken by the government.

      Highlighting the effects of air pollution on Asian monsoon, the report states that the presence of particulate matter 2.5, a deadly tiny pollutant, can affect precipitation patterns during the monsoon season in India. “A weaker trend in the Indian monsoon precipitation has been linked to changes in the emissions of particles and other pollutants from within and outside Asia,” the report says, with a warning that unpredictable nature of monsoon might lead to destruction of farmland and damage to livelihoods and property in India and Pakistan.

      The world's biggest review report on climate change, which was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on October 8, also warned of extreme weather conditions for India. “The country could face an annual threat of deadly heatwaves, like the one in 2015 that killed at least 2,500 people, if the world gets warmer by 2 degree Celsius over pre-industrial levels,” it said.

      Recognizing indoor air pollution as a major health crisis in India, the latest UNreport reveals that it is contributing as much as 22-52% to the country’s ambient air pollution. Speaking exclusively to TOI, Andy Haines, member of the scientific advisory panel of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, said from Geneva, “The much-needed mitigation measure that India needs to ensure is provision of clean household energy. Burning of fossil fuels in households is a big health threat, especially for women and children who live in proximity to the source of pollution.”

      UN claims that if the suggested measures are implemented, annual premature mortality associated with indoor air pollution can decline by 75%. This means that about 2 million premature deaths per year can be avoided in countries like India.

      The economic development data of 41 countries (in Asia and the Pacific) shows that unlike many other nations who managed to control air pollution with economic development, India’s air quality got worse with an increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). A graph shows that as India transitioned from a low-income to a middle-income country between 1995 and 2014, levels of PM 2.5 increased significantly.

      “In the last decade, China, England and California have witnessed a decrease in pollution levels while their economies were developing. India showed an opposite trend with no improvement in the air quality. The entire country is facing a health emergency today and it is mainly due to lack of time-bound and sectoral targets to reduce consumption of polluting fuels. We need an aggressive shift towards public transportation and renewables,” said Sunil Dahiya, senior campaigner at Greenpeace India. Haines, who is also a professor of environmental change and public health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Message, added that growing air pollution is adversely affecting the country’s health care, with an increase in pollution-related ailments like heart attack, cancer and other respiratory diseases.


      Under present circumstances, the policymakers in India should recognize the link between public health and air pollution, said Nathan Borgford-Parnell, the science affairs adviser at Climate and Clean Air Coalition, who also co-authored the report. “There are enough evidences that air pollution is a killer for all age groups. Indian government should take the recommended steps to improve the air quality as it will also prove beneficial for the country’s economy,” he added.






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        Green Carnival, Pop Up Parks to reclaim streets

        Barkha Mathur | tnn | Oct 31, 2018, 03:04 IST

        Nagpur: The 11th edition of Urban Mobility India conference, organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft Fuer Interantional Zusammenarbeit and supported by the ministry of housing and urban affairs, will be held in the city from November 2 to 4.

        With its theme of green mobility, the organization will hold a public outreach day on November 1, ahead of the conference, to generate awareness about sustainable mobility. Events will be organized at two venues, Walkers Street in Civil Lines and at the stretch of road from VNIT gate at Bajaj Nagar to Shraddhanand Square.

        Centre for Research and Innovation in Urban Planning and Architecture will hold these events, Green City Carnival and Green Surprises Pop Up Parks are being organized in association with The Times of India.

        Giving details of the events, Stuti Vij Pincha, partner of CRIUPA said, “As the theme is green mobility, for the Green Carnival which will be held from 6am to 9am at Walkers Street, we will have activities like cycling, yoga, Zumba, aerobics, street painting, urban sketching, cross fit training and cycle yoga, among others.”

        “Members of Global Shapers Economic Forum will conduct activities about green mobility which will stress on the use of public transport and information will be given about meaning of various signage on the roads,” Pincha said.

        To keep the 600 metre stretch on the Walkers Street active, stalls selling health foods and green plants will be set up and various fitness related activities like pranic healing will be held. “A flash mob with a theme of baby wearing will also be held,” Pincha said.

        The second activity, Green Surprises Pop Up Parks, will be organized on the road from VNIT gate to Shraddhanandpeth Square from 11am to 6.15pm. “We will set up three artificial grass turfs on the sides where cars are parked to create pop up parks. Here numerous indigenous games will be held in which people can participate throughout the day,” Pincha said.

        The main idea is to reclaim the streets and the sidewalks from the dominance of motorized transport.

        “By discouraging car parking on the sides of the road, we aim to promote social interaction and outdoor activity,” she said.

        Green Carnival

        Venue: Walkers Street

        Timing: 6am to 9am

        Events: Zumba, aerobics, cycle yoga, cycling, Pranic healing, street painting, flash mob, health food stalls

        Green Surprises Pop up parks

        Venue: Stretch from VNIT Gate to Shraddhanand Square

        Timings: 11am to 6.15pm

        Games: On grass turfs on side walks

        Idea: Reclaiming roads from motorized vehicles








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          For 15 kms, Umred tehsildar forced to hang out of truck carrying sand illegally

          Viraj Deshpande | TNN | Oct 31, 2018, 03:26 IST


          Nagpur: Umred district tehsildar on Tuesday dangled on a truck, which was illegally carrying sand, for 15km while the driver continued to speed up the heavy vehicle to evade arrest.

          Pramod Kadam, who was recently posted in Umred as tehsildar, and his team were trying to stop trucks illegally carrying sand. Accordingly, they intercepted a truck near the railway crossing in Umred. The truck stopped for a moment, but it tried to run over nayab tehsildar Yogesh Shinde, who jumped to save his life.

          Thereafter, Kadam asked the driver to stop the truck and climbed on the footrest from the driver’s side door.

          “I asked the driver to stop but he locked the door and closed the window before speeding up the truck. I continuously asked him to stop but he did not listen. I couldn’t jump from it as the truck was full in speed and several vehicles were also passing on the road,” Kadam told TOI.

          Kadam jumped from the truck when it touched a road with several turnings. “I saw the opportunity to escape and jumped from the truck. However, I was not able to note the number of the truck,” Kadam added.

          Meanwhile, Shinde approached Umred police station from where the cops, led by senior PI Chandrashekhar Bahadure, rushed to chase the truck. They found Kadam around 15km from Umred city.

          Umred police have registered a case of obstruction in law against the truck driver and its owner. Sources said that another four-wheeler was chasing the truck. Cops suspect that the four-wheeler might be affiliated with the truck owner or sand mafia.

          Police are also trying to track the four-wheeler, besides truck.






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            City gets 28% less drinking water allocation from Pench reservoirs

            Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 31, 2018, 03:30 IST


            Nagpur: In a major blow to the city, water resources department (WRD) has allotted 28% less drinking water supply from Pench reservoirs for next one year. The city may get water over and above the quota as per its requirement, but will have to pay hefty surcharge for the precious commodity.

            The situation is the result of less storage in the reservoirs, high water consumption and in view of the losses in the city.

            The WRD allocates raw drinking water for all bulk consumers from Pench reservoirs — Totladoh and Kamptee Khairi — for a period between November 1 and October 31. Accordingly, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had demanded 195.43 million metre cube (MMC) for one year from November 1 this year to October 31 next year.

            Apart from the NMC, Kalmeshwar, Parsheoni, Mahagenco’s Koradi and Khaperkheda thermal power stations, fisheries department and irrigation facilities in the district and adjoining Bhandara get water from these reservoirs.

            The WRD has finalized the allocation from the reservoirs on Monday and reserved 140.59 MMC, as against the demand for 195.43 MMC, for the NMC with a shortfall of 54.84 MMC.

            NMC official told TOI that Pench reservoirs have less water storage this year and the same is likely to prevail next year due to construction of Chaurai dam by Madhya Pradesh government on Pench river’s upstream. “NMC is having reservation of 190 MMC from Pench reservoirs. WRD calculated city’s entitlement at 152.90 MMC according to the norms set by the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA). Due to less water storage, a cut of 8.05% is being applied,” he said.

            Though the city’s demand is 195.43 MMC, the entitlement is calculated low at 152.90 MMC due to high water consumption and losses. The entitlement is derived as per the central government’s thumb rule of 135 litres per capita per day (LPCD), population of the city and water losses. The WRD takes into account 15% water losses despite the city’s actual losses of around 50%. Due to the NMC’s mismanagement, city’s entitlement is much lower than the requirement.

            The city can get more water as per its requirement but will have to pay more. The NMC will have to pay 1.5 times of the tariff for utilization above 115% of reservation up to 140% and 2 times more for above 140% utilization. Also, drawing more water than reservation means reduction in quantum reserved for irrigation.

            Already, the NMC has started to levy 10% more on consumers as raw water surcharge from April 1. The surcharge will continue to be levied for next one year and is also likely to be increased further due to less allocation from the Pench reservoirs.

            As on Tuesday, Totladoh reservoir was having storage of 147 MMC (14.48%) as against capacity of 1,017 MMC. Kamptee Khairi’s storage was 55 MMC (38.72%) as against capacity of 140 MMC. Both the two reservoirs combined have storage of 202 MMC as against the capacity of 1,157 MMC. 70MMC water is expected to evaporate till June and the requirement of the city and other dependants is over 210 MMC till next monsoon — July. This also means no water for irrigation for the ongoing kharip and upcoming rabbi season.







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              Rs202cr Maha grant may not bail out broke NMC

              Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Oct 31, 2018, 03:49 IST


              Nagpur: Even as the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) received Rs202.57 crore (including Rs150 crore as special grant and Rs52.57 crore as GST share) from the state government, it may not be sufficient enough for the civic body to meet its debt burden of over Rs300 crore.

              With the government relaxing conditions to utilize Rs150 crore special grant late on Monday, contractors and other stakeholders started making a beeline in the NMC since morning with a hope that their bills will be cleared.

              A senior official from the accounts and finance department said the NMC has chalked out plan as to how and whom to give priority while disbursing payments. To a query, he said the civic body will disburse the cash judiciously.

              Though the state government is yet to transfer Rs202.57 crore in the NMC’s account, a senior official from the accounts and finance department said the relaxation in norms of special grants will help the civic body sail through the present crisis.

              Currently, the NMC’s committed expenditure is over Rs93 crore a month. Besides this, it also has an outstanding payments of contractors, three red, one green bus operators, two ticketing agencies and transport manager — DIMTS — totalling over Rs300 crore.

              On Tuesday, transport committee chairman Bunty Kukde along with transport manager Shivaji Jagtap met the additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Thakre and officiating CAFO and deputy commissioner Nitin Kapadnis to bat for Aapli Bus operators, including three red bus operators, two ticketing agencies and transport manager DIMTS.

              Though DIMTS has already served termination notice, three red bus operators too have hinted at stopping the city bus operations if they are denied their outstanding dues that have already crossed over Rs30 crores. In such a situation, the NMC cannot ignore the transport department’s demand to release payments to Aapli Bus operators.

              The NMC’s accounts and finance department had suggested that the civic body should request the state government to release a special grant of Rs500 crore in view of the financial crisis and could have brought the financial position on right track. Apart from committed expenditure of Rs93 crore per month, the civic body also has to make its contribution towards development works as well as to maintain public transport system efficiently.

              The main source of income for the NMC is the tax collected from property owners in the city, other than minor sources like town planning department, water tax etc.

              Though the NMC can heave a sigh of relief for this month due to the relaxation of norms to utilize the special grant, the situation will not improve unless the NMC didn’t streamline its revenue generation.








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                NMC gets Rs125cr for new cement road project; Rs175cr grants likely

                Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 1, 2018, 03:43 IST


                Nagpur: In what could be a pre-Diwali gift, the cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has received Rs125 crore for cement concrete road project phase-III. More special grants of Rs175 crore are expected by November end.

                Approved by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the cement concrete road project phase-III has received Rs62.50 crore from the state government and an equal amount from the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT).

                Total approved cost of the project is Rs300 crore, of which the government, NIT and the NMC will contribute Rs100 crore each. Under the project, 42 roads, total length of 42km, will be concretized under 10 packages at the cost of Rs237.28 crore. Remaining Rs62.72 crore will be spent on development of squares, road-dividers and beautification works.

                Standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja, in a press conference held on Wednesday, said the NMC can now begin execution of the project. “While approving the project, the government laid a condition that it would release funds equivalent to that contributed by the NMC. I requested Fadnavis who relaxed the condition and issued notification for the funds on October 29,” he said.

                The CM had approved the project in May 2016. But the NMC delayed planning due to lack of funds to contribute its share.

                NMC official told TOI preliminary works like survey, inspection of utilities under the road, marking of two sides of the road etc are underway.

                Under phase-III, the number of cement concrete roads in the city will increase to a great extent. Union minister Nitin Gadkari had concretized seven major roads during his tenure as guardian minister between 1994 and 1999. Under phase-I, the NMC is concretizing 30 roads along 26km at the cost of Rs123 crore.

                Similarly, 51 roads covering 68km are being concretized at the cost of Rs324 crore under phase-II. The state’s public works department is concretizing Inner Ring Road along 45km for Rs205 crore.

                Kukreja added the NMC will get more special grants of Rs175 crore by November end. “CM sanctioned special grants of Rs150 crore. CM, Gadkari and guardian minister Chandrashekar Bawankule ensured that NMC got the funds,” he said.

                Kukreja said bills of civil contractors will be cleared, along with some other works, from Rs150 crore special grant. “A special meeting of standing committee will be held on Thursday to decide spending of Rs150 crore,” he said.

                Kukreja sounded confident about achieving the revenue target of Rs2,946 crore set by the standing committee. “We are taking all efforts to increase revenue from own sources like property tax,” he said.









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                  Jolt to NIT as HC stays plots’ regularization under Gunthewari Act

                  Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Nov 1, 2018, 03:47 IST
                  Nagpur: In an important order that would have far reaching consequences, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday, granted a stay on any regularization of plots under the Gunthewari Act by Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT).

                  Expressing concern over rampant regularization of illegal layouts and buildings on public utility (PU) lands and open spaces by the civic bodies, a division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Shreeram Modak also asked the NIT on whether it could explore prohibiting registration of sale deeds on such plots till proper sanction plan is submitted.

                  When it was pointed out that civic bodies are charging huge amount for utilizing extra floor space index (FSI) from the residents, the court told them to bring entire collection and expenditure on record and deposit the collected amount in a separate account. Before adjourning the hearing till November 28, the judges sternly directed respondents to file a compliance report by Monday.

                  The directives came while hearing a bunch of PILs including three suo motu ones and those filed by Kailassinh Chowhan (WP No 7439/2017) and Ajay Tiwari (PIL No 88/2018) through counsels Anand Parchure and M Anilkumar respectively.

                  Earlier, NIT superintendent engineer Sunil Gujjalwar tendered an unconditional apology for regularizing a plot at Jaitala. In his affidavit, he informed the court that he had cancelled the plot’s regularization.

                  In his PIL, Tiwari attached several TOI reports stating that since 1987, the civic body is legalizing encroachments under the pretext of policy decision at the cost of general public. Initially, there were just 572 layouts which jumped to 1,900 over the years, due to NIT’s inaction. Now, that number has touched 4,500.

                  The petitioner further contended that open land or those earmarked for public amenity as per the provisions of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1966, was reduced at the cost of public who paid for it. The HC then restrained the NIT from regularizing any structure on open and PU lands till further orders.








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                    NIT demolishes 11 illegal religious structures

                    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 1, 2018, 05:31 IST

                    All the structures were in Wathoda
                    Nagpur: The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) on Wednesday demolished 11 illegal religious structures in East Nagpur.

                    As per an order of the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, the NIT and NMC are demolishing illegal religious structures on roads, footpaths and government-owned lands. While the NIT has continued with the drive, there has been no action by the Nagpur Municipal Corpoartion (NMC) since last few days.

                    A team comprising NIT executive engineer Sanjay Chimurkar, divisional officer Bharat Mundle, junior engineer Dipak Dakhate, CD Kangane, head of enforcement department Manohar Patil, with the help of Nandavan police, demolished Durga temple, Santoshi Mata temple, Annapurna temple, two Nagoba temples, two Hanuman temples, Nageshwar temple, Ganpati mandir, Panchsheel Dwaj-Buddha Vihar and a Durga temple, all at Wathoda.









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                      Air pollution may decrease monsoon rainfall: UN report

                      Manka Behl
                      Rising air pollution in India is likely to impact rainfall patterns in the country and decrease the monsoon in the long term, which can cause extensive financial losses, warns a United Nations report released on Tuesday.

                      | TNN | Nov 1, 2018, 08:55 IST

                      The largest impact of air pollution on the Indian monsoon will be a decrease in the amount of rainfall. (File Photo)

                      NAGPUR: Rising air pollution in India is likely to impact rainfall patterns in the country and decrease the monsoon in the long term, which can cause extensive financial losses, warns a United Nations report released on Tuesday.

                      'Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-based Solutions' presents a comprehensive scientific assessment of air pollution in Asia and the Pacific. Released in the World Health Organization's (WHO) first global conference on air pollution and health in Geneva, the report covers various pollution aspects which India is grappling with.

                      The largest impact of air pollution on the Indian monsoon will be a decrease in the amount of rainfall, the report warns. "However, some parts can also witness high precipitation depending on the topography. Pollution will also impact the duration and distribution of rainfall," said Nathan Borgford-Parnell, science affairs adviser at Climate and Clean Air Coalition who co-authored the report.

                      Highlighting the effects of air pollution on Asian monsoon, the report states that the presence of particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), a deadly tiny pollutant, can affect precipitation patterns during the monsoon season in India. "A weaker trend in the Indian monsoon precipitation and has been linked to changes in the emissions of particles and other pollutants from within and outside Asia," the report says.

                      The report also has a word of praise for several mitigation measures taken by the government.

                      Recognizing indoor air pollution as a major health crisis in India, the report reveals that it is contributing as much as 22-52% to the country's ambient air pollution. Speaking exclusively to TOI, Andy Haines, member of the scientific advisory panel of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, said from Geneva, "The much-needed mitigation measure that India needs to ensure is provision of clean household energy. Burning of fossil fuels in households is a big health threat, especially for women and children who live in proximity to the source of pollution."

                      UN claims that if the suggested measures are implemented, annual premature mortality associated with indoor air pollution can decline by 75%.







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