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    Air quality takes a beating

    Manka Behl | TNN | Nov 9, 2018, 03:42 IST

    Nagpur: Still have doubts about crackers being a major polluter? Such is its effect that the city’s air quality worsened by more than two times in just one day of cracker bursting.

    According to the real-time air quality monitoring data available with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality index (AQI) of Nagpur rose to 169 by Thursday evening. Till November 6, the AQI was 75.

    AQI is the figure used to represent how polluted the air is. It is calculated based on four major pollutants — Particulate matter, ground level ozone, carbon monoxide and Sulphur dioxide.

    CPCB data shows that on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, the air quality index of particulate matter 10 rose to a dangerous 451.

    The level of PM 2.5 also saw a rise. From an index of 60 till late evening, it increased to 122 in late night.

    Activists attribute the significant increase in pollution to crackers. “The heavy particles, emitted for crackers, increased the PM 10 levels and resulted in deterioration in air quality,” said Surbhi Jaiswal, team lead of Green Vigil Foundation.

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      No practical solution for NMC’s financial mess

      TNN | Nov 9, 2018, 05:58 IST

      Standing from left: Saurabh Mishra, Rajesh Karade, Arun Ingle, Pankaj Kriplani and Darshan Maheshwari. Sitting... Read More

      Nagpur: Most of the panellists at this month’s TOI debate said that Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) unrealistic budgets are one of the main reasons for its financial mess.
      However, standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja said that the budgets were not unrealistic. “Last year, the budget was Rs2,100 crore and the NMC generated revenue of Rs1,950 crore. Decisions are taken after proper calculations,” Kukreja said.

      He added that the civic body has around 12,000 employees and now that the government has decided to implement recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, the financial problem of NMC is bound to deepen.

      “The government doesn’t ask us while taking such decisions. We are yet to clear 6th Pay Commission arrears,” Kukreja said.

      Countering Kukreja, businessman Darshan Maheshwari, independent corporator Abha Pande and Nationalist Congress Party corporator Duneshwar Pethe said that it was difficult to believe that the budgets aren’t unrealistic.

      “The municipal commissioner’s budget for this year is Rs2,046 crore while yours is Rs2,800 crore. How can there be such a huge difference of about Rs750 crore between the two?” Pande asked.

      Maheshwari said that though last year’s deficit of Rs150 crore appeared negligible as compared to the whole budget, it was still a significant amount. “This year, the NMC’s budget is Rs2,800 crore. Who will be responsible if the target is not met?” he asked.

      Blaming the current administration for NMC’s financial mess, Pethe said the civic body must refrain from undertaking fancy big-budget works like the Nag River project when it knows that it would be difficult to provide money for the same.

      Kukreja, however, maintained that he is confident that the NMC will be able to meet this year’s budget. “A Rs200 crore loan and Rs350 special grant of which the NMC has received Rs150 crore are included in the Rs750 crore,” he said. The state government is also set to increase the NMC’s goods and services tax (GST) grant, he said.

      Taking up the issue of property tax, Pande asked why was the revenue from property taxes is estimated to be Rs500 crore when the civic body had recovered only Rs190 crore last year. “As of November 3, the NMC has collected only Rs130 crore property tax,” she added.

      While Kukreja said that NMC would cross Rs400 crore-mark in terms of property tax collection this year, former NMC assistant municipal commissioner Rajesh Karade, who has had a ringside view of many developments in the NMC over the years, said, “How much ever the NMC tries, it will not be able to collect more than Rs270 crore.”

      Karade said that certain decisions that have been taken in the last decade or so are the main reasons for the NMC’s financial mess.

      “It all started in 2005, and by 2014, the situation was out of control. In 2015, we had assessed properties of as many as 80,000 people. But the whole work was scrapped at the last moment due for political reasons,” Karade said.

      Businessman Saurabh Mishra said it was wrong to increase property tax to raise revenue when property generally depreciates. Teacher Mallika Kaleem too said that the civic body must exploit other sources to increase its revenue rather than only focusing on property tax.

      From drinking water supply to maintenance of city roads, the NMC has failed to ensure quality works, which has increased its financial burden, Kaleem and retired government employee Arun Ingle said.

      Agreeing with the two, a majority of panellists said that every monsoon, the city roads are dotted with deadly potholes. Pethe said, “Even now, it is difficult to travel from Wardhaman Nagar to Pardi.”

      Though Kukreja said it’s common knowledge that roads get damaged in monsoon and the NMC cannot repair potholes during rainy season as tar mines are closed during that period, Ingle said that poor quality work, not monsoon, is the reason for pothole-ridden roads.

      “The cement road from Hindustan Builders in Sonegaon to the airport build two years ago doesn’t have a single pothole. It was built for some visiting politician. So, if the material used for roads concretization is of good quality, there will be no potholes in monsoon,” Ingle said.

      The panellists also asked why did the NMC award works to private firms without making provisions to hold them accountabile. From CyberTech to Orange City Water (OCW), most of the companies have not completed work within deadlines. Maheshwari said, “OCW was supposed to provide 24x7 water supply across the city by 2014. The whole project was said to bring in revenue, but now the NMC has to pay.”

      Pande said, “The NMC must include a penalty clause while awarding works to private companies.”

      Builder Pankaj Kriplani said the NMC’s move to go online is right but CyberTech system is inefficient. “I have not been able to upload a single plan for the last four months,” he said.

      The panellists suggested a number of reforms, from developing markets, timely tax revisions to bringing in parking charges and exploiting NMC’s properties, for boosting the civic body’s revenue.

      While Kukreja said the NMC is considering many of these proposals, the citizens must also cooperate with civic authorities and help in the city’s development. “We are tightening screws on OCW and bringing in many new policies. We are also going to sell treated sewage water to Mahagenco,” Kukreja added.

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        NMC employees to blame for not meeting tax targets: Sandip Joshi

        Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Nov 9, 2018, 05:02 IST

        Ruling party leader in NMC, Sandip Joshi, says the state government has helped the civic body tackle the curre... Read More

        Q. Your party has been in power in NMC since 2007. Who is responsible for poor financial condition of the civic body?
        A. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s financial condition started deteriorating since 2010 when the Congress-led state government had scrapped Octroi collection in all civic bodies across Maharashtra and replaced it with local body tax (LBT). NMC then used to generate Rs60 crore a month from Octroi. LBT witnessed stiff opposition from the businessmen which received abysmally poor response. The government provided no financial assistance to the civic body and thus, its financial condition started deteriorating since then. If Octroi system was in place today, the NMC’s revenue could have crossed Rs1,200 crore per annum under a single head.

        Q. Is the state government headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis not helping NMC financially?

        A. Since 2014, the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government is providing all necessary financial aid to the NMC. The Fadnavis government is also providing special grants and resumed giving special grants to the NMC for being the state’s second capital. It has helped the civic body tackle the current financial situation very well.

        Q. Why is NMC unable to meet property and water tax targets every year?

        A. It is true that the NMC is unable to meet these targets. NMC employees should be held responsible for this failure. The civic administration has not taken any pains to assess new properties and not even assessed old properties. The lackadaisical attitude of the NMC officials was such that even thousands of defaulters had not paid their taxes and many ignored the fine amount. So, now the BJP-ruled NMC has started auctioning properties of tax defaulters and also disconnection drive of those defaulting on water tax. These strict steps will definitely improve revenue generation of the civic body by the end of this financial year.

        Q. Why do standing committee chairmen inflate the budget every year despite knowing NMC’s poor revenue collection record?

        A. The budget tabled by the standing committee chairman every year is nothing but a financial plan for the NMC. If we don’t set a higher side revenue target, the civic officials will not put in any efforts in meeting the targets. The civic officials are not serious about meeting the revenue targets. The administration has failed to achieve even the revised budget targets set by former municipal commissioners. In six-seven years, they have neither improved the NMC’s revenue nor implemented new sources of income as suggested by the standing committee.

        Q. Should Octroi be reintroduced for municipal corporations?

        A. The dependency of municipal corporation on government grants to fund its budget has increased manifold. So, I think that the state government should reintroduce Octroi for municipal corporation as it will end the latter’s dependency on grants.

        Sandip Joshi is ruling party leader in the NMC

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          Counting the ruins: Chandrapur’s air most polluted in Maharashtra

          Manka Behl | TNN | Nov 10, 2018, 03:39 IST

          Nagpur: Two days after Diwali, Chandrapur’s air turned out to be the most polluted in the state. The district recorded ‘poor’ air quality on Friday with particulate matter (PM) 2.5 being the prominent pollutant.

          The National Air Quality Index (AQI) data of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) shows that the air quality monitoring station in Chandrapur recorded an AQI of 214 on Friday, which comes under ‘poor’ category and can cause breathing discomfort to people on prolonged exposure.

          A day back, Bandra (Mumbai) had also recorded ‘poor’ air with an AQI of 235 which improved to 183 on Friday. On the second day of Diwali, Aurangabad had the worst sir with an index of 290 — Probably the highest of this festive season till now. Apart from it, Nashik recorded a ‘poor’ AQI of 263 on the same day.

          The CPCB displays data for nine cities of the state. In almost all these monitoring station, it is evident that the otherwise clean air started deteriorating significantly after the first day of Diwali. For instance, in Bandra, the AQI was varying between 88-129 about two weeks before the festival. However, it worsened by more than two times and suddenly rose to 235 on the next day of Diwali.

          Similarly, in Pune, the AQI, which was previously 99, went up to 186 after the first day of Diwali. From 75, the index in Nagpur increased by more than two times and was recorded 169 on the second day.

          According to environment activists, cities in Maharashtra might be more affected from air pollution caused due to firecrackers. “While in places like Delhi, crackers are burst only for a day, many cities in the state continue revelry for at least 5 days. The impact in this case on public health can be much worse as the smoke emitted from crackers contains cancer-causing agents,” said Sunil Dahiya, senior campaigner at Greenpeace India.

          Another trend common to most of the cities is that the levels of PM 2.5 and 10 entered the danger zones late in the night in the last two days. In Bandra, the air quality index of PM2.5 was 321 (very poor) around midnight and remained at 311 till 4am.

          On the intervening night of November 8 and 9, the PM10 index was as high as 500 post midnight in Aurangabad. In Pune too, both PM 2.5 and 10 rose to 500 close to midnight. “As the temperature drops in the night, the mixing capacity of the atmosphere decreases. Thus, the pollutants get trapped and their concentration in ambient air increases. They start dispersing slowly only when the temperature increases,” said Kavita Rattan, founder president of Green Vigil Foundation.

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            11 years on, UDD stay on Haldiram building demolition continues

            Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 10, 2018, 03:54 IST

            Nagpur: The state urban development department’s (UDD) inaction is not allowing Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to take action against unauthorized buildings for years. The building of Haldiram’s Food International Ltd on Abhyankar Road at Munje Square, Sitabuldi is a fine example. For the last 11 years, the UDD has stayed the demolition of the building by NIT.

            This came to fore from the report of Gilani Committee, appointed by the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court to inquire into various irregularities by NIT. Retired HC judge MN Gilani’s report expressed concern over the state government’s inordinate delay in disposing off the case.

            “NIT issued notice on July 27, 2007 upon the owners to remove the construction not in conformity with the building plan submitted by them on January 17, 1998. This action of NIT was challenged by filing an appeal. The Government of Maharashtra, UDD, vide its communication dated August 24, 2007, stayed the notice by NIT. As per available records, the appeal has not been disposed off. It is very strange that the appellate authority is sitting over the matter for a decade,” Gilani said.

            Gilani also slammed NIT for its negligence. “It is surprising no efforts have been made by NIT to pursue the matter with UDD or the state government for expeditious disposal of the appeal,” he said.

            The report submitted to the HC last month says Sangeet Agrawal, a member of Agarwal Foods Private Ltd, which is now Haldiram’s, had purchased a plot of 5,894.52 sq ft (547.818 sq m) in 1998. On January 17, 1998, the owner submitted building plan to NIT. For over a year, NIT had not taken any decision on the plan. The owners had filed civil suit in the district court requesting directives to NIT for endorsement of deemed sanction to the plan. The suit was decreed against the NIT on March 14, 2001.

            NIT had filed regular civil suit against the judgement, which was dismissed on January 28, 2004. Then, NIT had filed a second appeal in HC, which is pending since then.

            NIT officials had then noticed that the building is not in conformity with the plan sanctioned by the owner, on January 17, 1998. Accordingly, NIT issued notice on July 27, 2007, directing the owner to demolish the unauthorized constructions.

            Gilani said, “The applicant does not get deemed permission just by asking or merely submitting building plan. The proposed construction has to be strictly in conformity with development control regulations (DCR). Building plan submitted by Agrawal and others violates the DCR in many respects. Therefore, it was not open for them to take advantage of provisions of deemed permission. Also, the construction is not as per building plan submitted by the owners itself,” he said.

            Rajendra Agrawal, one of the directors of Haldiram’s, did not respond to TOI call and messages. There was no response from the landline of his office too.

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              Soham gives a luxurious spin to old-age homes

              tnn | Nov 10, 2018, 05:52 IST

              Nagpur: It is said that parents, after they grow old, require as much care as they once gave their children. If that happens, then the transition to old age can be smooth and graceful.

              With the aim of gift-wrapping a carefree post-retirement life for the elders, Women’s Home Trust has decided to care for those who once cared for us. Their meticulous plans would certainly put a smile on many a wrinkled face. The trust has come up a ‘resort’ exclusively for the seniors.

              The trust is set to roll out ‘Soham’, a state-of-the-art old age home that will cater to the needs of senior citizens in luxurious style. The studio apartments, planned on 1.5 acre land in the heart of the city on North Ambazari Road in Sitabuldi, promise to make a fine cushion for old age.

              Varsha Manohar, president of the trust, says that their motto is to make available a secure, peaceful and yet vibrant sanctuary for senior citizens.

              Old age homes, these days, do not paint a bright picture. They are either on the outskirts of the city or, if in the city, they are in vertical buildings with very little space around it. The trustees of Soham wanted to do it differently.

              “No matter how much a senior was willing to spend, the facilities at these homes fell short as they had an institutional feel,” expresses Manohar.

              The infrastructure of Soham has been made considering the needs of specially abled seniors.

              “It can accommodate 64 seniors and each room is equipped with all the comforts of home which includes TV, fridge, AC, grab bars in attached toilets etc. There are plenty of open spaces, slip-proof walking tracks, a library and meditation and activity centre,” she says adding that the place is secured with 65+ CCTV cameras and a gated entry with security guards.

              Work on this aesthetically planned project has been on since the last three years and it is now in the final stage. The trust is planning to officially open this retirement resort for admissions by November.

              Many have given the trust a thumbs up for the concept. “They believe that they don’t want to be a liability for anybody. It is a choice that they want to make and not out of compulsion,” she said.


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                Pre-fabricated blocks to be used for Inner Ring Road work

                Ashish Roy | TNN | Updated: Nov 10, 2018, 14:20 IST

                Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari addressing the media about Indian Road Congress on Friday, with his grandson behind him.

                NAGPUR: A 300-metre stretch of Inner Ring Road would be made by using pre-fabricated cement blocks. This technology has been tested in Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) campus successfully.

                The technology is expensive but the cost will reduce significantly when mass produced, said union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday. The blocks will be fitted before the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) session between November 22 and 25.

                “This and several other innovative technologies would be discussed during the session to held at Mankapur divisional sports complex,” said the minister while addressing a press conference.

                He said that the central government had decided to make mixing 10% plastic and waste rubber in bitumen. “This will reduce the cost and help in environment conservation,” he said.

                Malaysia has developed a technology wherein steel fibre is used instead of iron in beams. This allows the distance between two columns to be 100 metres. “I have given permission to a committee of experts to go to Malaysia and study this technology. This will reduce the cost of overbridges and flyovers by 30%,” said Gadkari.

                Australia has developed a technology of mixing powdered glass in bitumen. “This will also reduce the cost and help in disposal of waste,” the minister said.

                “The cost of construction can be brought down by innovative ways if their is a will. Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had prepared the estimate for constructing houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) at a rate of Rs 2,400 per sq ft. I told them to bring down the cost to Rs 1,200 per sq ft. They have been able to reduce it to Rs 1,700,” he added.

                Gadkari announced that a chapter of Indian Academy of Highway Engineers will start in Nagpur shortly.

                Ulhas Debadwar, chief engineer of Public Works Department (PWD), told the media about the IRC session. “The exhibition will be inaugurated by MSRDC minister Eknath Shinde and guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on November 22. The session will be inaugurated the next day by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Gadkari and state PWD minister Chandrakant Patil,” he said.

                Eleven technical sessions will be held on November 22 and 24. A panel discussion would be held on November 23. The council meeting of IRC will be organized on November 25. A meeting of state PWD ministers under Gadkari will take place on November 23.


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                  650 crore works to transform ill-developed areas to start soon

                  Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 11, 2018, 02:08 IST

                  Nagpur: Works of 52km tenderSURE at a cost of Rs650 crore to transform underdeveloped Pardi, Bharatwada, Punapur and Bhandewadi in East Nagpur under the Smart City project are set to begin from next month or even before.

                  Smart City special purpose vehicle — Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) — has issued work order and also entered into an agreement with Mumbai-based Shapoorji Pallonji Group last month.

                  To expedite the works, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis approved appointment of an arbitrator, who will look after land acquisition for the project, a couple of days ago. TenderSURE’s commencement will also mark beginning of execution of area-based development (ABD) concept under Smart City Project.

                  Under tenderSURE, 52km long utility works, including roads, bridges, stormwater drains, drinking water supply pipelines, streetlights, road dividers, footpaths as well as utility ducts for laying power cables and telecommunication companies’ optical fibre cables will be undertaken simultaneously. This will ensure all facilities to the people at a time and a digging-free area.

                  Another salient feature of tenderSURE will be dedicated bicycle tracks along the roads with a length of 52km. Width of roads varies from 12 to 18m and 24 to 32m.

                  An NSSCDCL official told TOI that Shapoorji Pallonji Group has been conducting survey of areas for the last one month. “Works at ground level are likely to start within 15 days and will be visible from next month,” he said.

                  East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde told TOI that works will start from whichever area available with NSSCDCL. “It is the first-of-its-kind concept in he country where all the services will be facilitated for the people at the same time. Also, Nagpur is the first among all 99 Smart Cities to take up tenderSURE,” he said.

                  For tenderSURE, land belonging to 496 people and part of properties of 800 others is needed to be acquired.

                  The official said arbitrator will issue notices to all project-affected persons (PAPs) immediately after taking charge. “The arbitrator will acquire land land and it over to NSSCDCL. If needed, a tribunal will be appointed for land acquisition. But the works can begin in many parts even before acquiring private properties,” he said.

                  The arbitrator will also ensure acquisition of land reserved for other utilities like schools, playgrounds, gardens etc.

                  The PAPs will have no option but to hand over the land as the state government approved town planning scheme (TPS) for the project last month.

                  The target is to complete tenderSURE in 18 months. It can be possible due to availability of ample funds with NSSCDCL.


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                    Greens condemn Futala Lake alternate road on PDKV land

                    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 12, 2018, 03:08 IST

                    Nagpur: Environmental activists have condemned the decision of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and MahaMetro to develop a new road on lush green land of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) for diverting traffic from Futala Road which will be closed for redevelopment. The new road will be constructed by felling over 500 trees on the land which is also home for a large number of birds, monkeys, peacocks etc.

                    The activists have also warned of agitation and public interest litigation (PIL) if the authorities go ahead with the proposed road by destroying the dense flora and fauna.

                    Jaydeep Das, livelihood expert with tiger reserve foundations of forest department, on Saturday filed a complaint with MoEFCC minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, mayor Nanda Jichkar, managing director of MahaMetro Brijesh Dixit, vice-chancellor of PDKV VM Bhale and DCP (traffic) Raj Tilak Roushan while demanding that the plan for the new road be put off.

                    “Over 500 trees will be killed for the road which will be in use only temporarily. Traffic on Futala lake stretch will resume once the redevelopment project is completed in a year. Also, there are various other existing roads from Ravi Nagar, Law College Square, CP Club lawns etc to divert the traffic. There is no need for a new road,” he said.

                    Also a honorary wildlife warden, Das added that no study like environmental impact assessment, traffic movement etc was done before proposing the road.

                    Das, along with Ravi Waghmare, has also launched a campaign to garner support to save the trees.

                    Another activist Shrikant Deshpande lodged a complaint with NMC chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar a couple of days ago. “Apart from trees, the PDKV land is a home for schedule-I monkeys, peacocks and various types of birds, including Grey Hornbill, an endangered bird. They will be rendered homeless just to save a distance of 500 metres for motorists,” he said.

                    Revealing his PIL plan, Deshpande said monkey menace will increase in residential localities if authorities continue to destroy such afforestations. “Instead the road connecting Ravi Nagar Square with Telangkhedi Hanuman Mandir road should be widened. Also, there are roads from MLA Hostel Square, CP Club Lawns Square, HC Square and Japanese Garden Square to approach Futala lake from Law College Square,” he said.

                    Activist Ashish Kumar Ghosh said felling of trees will increase temperature in and around PDKV land. “In areas with greenery temperature is 3 or more degrees less as compared to other areas — the stretch near NEERI is an example. It is called as micro climatic effect. It will also effect other parts of the city,” he said.

                    The activists have also condemned PDKV’s decision to hand over the land. “Flora and fauna in other parts of the land will be under threat after development of the road. PDKV did not hand the land for other purposes but now it is ready to give it without doing any investigation,” they said.


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                      Over 1,000 illegal shrines on open spaces likely to be regularized

                      Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 13, 2018, 16:52 IST

                      Nagpur: Over a 1,000 illegal religious structures currently slated for demolition are likely to be regularized, with only around 200 remaining in the list for demolition.

                      The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court had on September 19 directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to conduct a fresh survey and prepare list of unauthorized religious structures in three categories: A, B and C. Category A will comprise illegal shrines that can be regularized. The illegal shrines that deserve to be demolished are in category B, and those that can be rehabilitated in category C.

                      Accordingly, NMC has prepared fresh list of 1,235 illegal religious structures. Of them, 1,049 are in category A and remaining 186 in category B. It means 1,049 shrines are eligible for regularization and 186 will have to be demolished.

                      NMC has submitted the list to 15 members of city-level committee to verify and revert with their opinion. The committee is headed by municipal commissioner. The members are representatives of various departments like NIT, police, traffic police, state PWD, nazul department, MHADA etc. These departments will verify the structures on their properties and give opinion. Then, the committee will take final decision and issue notification for suggestions and objections from the public.

                      A NMC official told TOI a number of structures in category A are situated on public utility (PU), open and recreational spaces. “Some structures in category B have cropped up after the Supreme Court judgement dated September 29, 2009, and remaining encroaching on footpath plus open spaces but not obstructing traffic,” he said.

                      After receiving suggestions and objections from the public, the committee will prepare list of structures in category C that can be relocated.

                      As of now, NMC, NIT and couple of other government departments have demolished around 600 illegal religious structures, most located on roads, footpaths and road dividers.

                      NMC has also prepared a list of 110 structures that are standing on roads, footpaths and road dividers. NMC and NIT will demolish these structures.

                      The HC will next hear the case on January 3. NMC is likely to issue notification for suggestions and objections, and submit it at the hearing. The HC has given a month for suggestions and objections, and another three months for preparing the final list.

                      Meanwhile, the state government is likely to approve NMC general body’s decision dated August 10 for regularization of illegal shrines on public utility (PU) lands, open and recreational spaces. If approved as it is, the illegal shrines will be regularized without any hefty charges or penalties.

                      The fresh list of 1,235 structures proves the number of illegal shrines has increased. After the SC order dated September 29, 2009, NMC had identified 1,521 illegal religious structures between 2011 and 2013. Only 18 were regularized citing heritage significance. List of 175 structures was forwarded to the state-level committee, as they were constructed before 1960. Of remaining 1,328 structures, the NMC had received objections related to 80 in 2014. Therefore, the NMC finalized the list of 1,248 and started demolition.

                      Now, total number of structures goes up to 1,945 if one sees fresh list of 1,235, the 110 slated for demolition, and 600 already razed.

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