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    PWD adopts new tech to lay concrete roads on ring road

    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 25, 2018, 02:15 IST



    Nagpur: The state public works department (PWD) is constructing a cement concrete road using Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology’s (VNIT) prestressed precast concrete pavement (PPCP) technology. The experiment, being conducted for the first time in the country, is on a 300-meter stretch of Inner Ring Road (IRR) at Dabha.

    The PWD has completed widening of IRR from Dabha to Mankapur Square. The PWD has also started to concretize the stretch.

    PWD chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar told TOI that the work is being done on a “pilot basis”. “Once the 300-meter stretch is completed, we will come to know about the exact cost and duration. After allowing traffic, we will study for shortcomings and other issues. If successful, the model will be implemented in IRR’s second phase or other cement road projects.”

    On July 24, TOI had first reported on the technology which was developed by VNIT’s associate professor RS Sonparote and his PhD student Ameen Syed.

    Executive engineer AP Mukte said three panels of PPCP were placed on the road on Friday. “Two frames which will prepare six panels at a time have been placed at the spot. All panels will be prepared on these two frames,” he said.

    Debadwar was told about the technology by chief secretary Arun Bongirwar who advised PWD to take on VNIT as consultants for the pilot project.

    Mukte said the design for the pilot project has been approved by US-based Pravin Mehadi who is considered as an expert in this technology. “Sonparote and Ameen got approval of the design from him,” he said.

    IRR cement concrete road project contractor RPS Infraprojects Private Ltd has deployed a special team, led by engineer Pritam Kumar Adak, for executing the project.

    Junior engineer RG Kasorde said a 300-meter stretch can be readied within a month using the PPCP technology. “We are casting PPCP panels on the road as this is a pilot project. If panels can be cast in a yard in another place and then brought here, work will be completed faster,” he said, adding that the technology can prove very useful for internal roads as they need not be blocked for a long time.

    Indian Road Congress member RK Jain and more than 35 engineers from various states who are participating in the ongoing convention visited the pilot project. “This technology is the future. This technology can be very beneficial also in repairing works,” he wrote in a visitor’s book at the site.

    Repairing and underground work can be done easily by removing the panels which are held together with screws.

    Under the IRR cement concrete road project costing Rs205 crore, the PWD is concretizing 45 kms — from Hingna-T point to Chhatrapati Square, Dighori, Wathoda, Nara, Mankapur and Dabha.




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    • Re : Nagpur Best place for Real Estate Investment

      NMC built rly stn flyover with unapproved design

      Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 26, 2018, 03:38 IST

      Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had constructed the flyover in front of railway station without getting its design approved from competent authority. The civic body had also neglected study on traffic movement and other vital elements. The flyover is all set to be demolished resulting into a loss of public money of Rs18.51 crore spent on its construction along with the commercial shops below it.

      RTI activist TH Naidu obtained documents and designs related to the flyover from the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). As per the documents, only design of shops below the flyover had got approval from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT).

      Some small sized shops used to exist in front of the railway station. The civic body had demolished them on June 5, 2002 and planned the flyover and shops below it.

      The NMC had appointed Nashine Associates to prepare the design of the flyover and shops on June 26, 2003. SK Baneerjee was appointed for construction on August 24, 2004.

      It was mandatory for the contractor to get the design of the entire project approved before construction. As per the documents, the contractor did contact the state PWD but the department told him that it will take 6 to 8 months for the design to get approved. The contractor then approached RITES that cited staff crunch for delay. The contractor finally submitted the design with VNIT that approved a part of the plan. Design of only shops was approved. However, the entire project was executed.

      The NMC had opened the flyover for traffic on May 27, 2008. The shops below the flyover were later brought into use.

      The then NMC officials had claimed that the flyover was planned to ease traffic congestion in front of the railway station. They also claimed that shops were planned to beautify the look of the area bin front of railway station. Now, the NMC officials feel the flyover is causing congestion in front of the railway station and Jaistambh Square where the approach of Ramjhula is landing.

      Hearing a PIL, the HC in its order dated December 23, 2010, said, “It has come to our notice that map of the flyover was never approved by the planning or competent authority. The effect on the increase in traffic due to visit of customers to these shops below flyover was never studied by the authorities before undertaking construction of flyover.”

      Naidu told TOI that it is nothing less than a big irregularity as an infrastructure costing Rs18.51 crore is being demolished. “Action is must on the officials and private persons associated with the plan before demolition of the flyover. The NMC also didn’t take approval from the state government before construction of the flyover,” he said.








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      • Re : Nagpur Best place for Real Estate Investment

        Road researchers pitch for water conservation

        Ashish Roy | tnn | Nov 26, 2018, 03:39 IST
        Nagpur: Several researchers have stressed on the importance of bridge-cum-check dams, which combine road-building with water conservation. With rainfall pattern becoming unpredictable and construction of big dams becoming difficult, water conservation seems to be the only solution.

        The researchers who have pitched for water conservation include CP Joshi, secretary (public works), RK Ingle, SS Bhonge, SS Sahture, MI Sheikh, Vinay Deshpande, Balasaheb Theng, Hitendra Chandewar, VD Patil and others.

        The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is constructing 100 bridge-cum-check dams in the state on the orders of Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari. The public works department (PWD) is also building such structures.

        The paper presented by CP Joshi and others states that these structures have been used to tap post monsoon flow to create storage not exceeding 3.5 metre. The storage is created by fixing gates between check dam piers to tap last flow. Stored water is used for drinking and irrigation.

        “It enhances the groundwater, which is then available for irrigation as well as for drinking purposes. Surplus percolated water out of irrigation activity again joins the river, which is tapped and reused for irrigation. Such stored water can be used for artificial recharging of the nearby bore wells as well as open wells,” it says.

        Balasaheb Theng and others have suggested another type of water conservation. “The requirement of soil needed for road construction should be met by digging and desilting ponds,” their paper says.

        The agencies responsible for construction of highways should approach the concerned district collector to obtain a list of ponds which need desiltation and areas where new ponds are to be dug. The gram panchayats and revenue department should not charge royalty on the soil excavated by the road agencies. However, the contractor should not be allowed to sell the soil thus excavated.

        Theng and his colleagues have also highlighted the advantages of water conservation in their paper.




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        • Re : Nagpur Best place for Real Estate Investment

          PWD adopts new tech to lay concrete roads on ring road

          Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Nov 26, 2018, 23:55 IST

          Nagpur: The state public works department (PWD) is constructing a cement concrete road using Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology’s (VNIT) prestressed precast concrete pavement (PPCP) technology. The experiment, being conducted for the first time in the country, is on a 300-meter stretch of Inner Ring Road (IRR) at Dabha.

          The PWD has completed widening of IRR from Dabha to Mankapur Square. The PWD has also started to concretize the stretch.

          PWD chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar told TOI that the work is being done on a “pilot basis”. “Once the 300-meter stretch is completed, we will come to know about the exact cost and duration. After allowing traffic, we will study for shortcomings and other issues. If successful, the model will be implemented in IRR’s second phase or other cement road projects.”

          On July 24, TOI had first reported on the technology which was developed by VNIT’s associate professor RS Sonparote and his PhD student Ameen Syed.

          Executive engineer AP Mukte said three panels of PPCP were placed on the road on Friday. “Two frames which will prepare six panels at a time have been placed at the spot. All panels will be prepared on these two frames,” he said.

          Debadwar was told about the technology by chief secretary Arun Bongirwar who advised PWD to take on VNIT as consultants for the pilot project.

          Mukte said the design for the pilot project has been approved by US-based Pravin Mehadi who is considered as an expert in this technology. “Sonparote and Ameen got approval of the design from him,” he said.

          IRR cement concrete road project contractor RPS Infraprojects Private Ltd has deployed a special team, led by engineer Pritam Kumar Adak, for executing the project.

          Junior engineer RG Kasorde said a 300-meter stretch can be readied within a month using the PPCP technology. “We are casting PPCP panels on the road as this is a pilot project. If panels can be cast in a yard in another place and then brought here, work will be completed faster,” he said, adding that the technology can prove very useful for internal roads as they need not be blocked for a long time.

          Indian Road Congress member RK Jain and more than 35 engineers from various states who are participating in the ongoing convention visited the pilot project. “This technology is the future. This technology can be very beneficial also in repairing works,” he wrote in a visitor’s book at the site.

          Repairing and underground work can be done easily by removing the panels which are held together with screws.

          Under the IRR cement concrete road project costing Rs205 crore, the PWD is concretizing 45 kms — from Hingna-T point to Chhatrapati Square, Dighori, Wathoda, Nara, Mankapur and Dabha.






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            Shanties on nazul lands to be regularised: Khopde

            Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Nov 26, 2018, 23:58 IST

            Nagpur: East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde said slum-dwellers who constructed shanties on the state government’s nazul lands will get ownership rights of the lands soon. He said the government issued notification in this regard on November 13.

            Khopde on Monday met collector Ashwin Mudgal and demanded immediate implementation of the government’s notification. “Government has taken a historic decision. It will benefit lakhs of slum-dwellers. Ownership rights will be given on lines of scheme being implemented for the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) lands. I have taken efforts for the decision and bore fruits for slum-dwellers,” he said.

            Khopde also said all shanties of or below 1,500 sq.ft will be regularised. “Shanties cropped up on or before January 1, 2011 will get benefits from the scheme,” he said.






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            • Re : Nagpur Best place for Real Estate Investment

              Asked for cleaning, NMC pouring out water from 543 wells

              Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Nov 27, 2018, 23:59 IST

              Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s public works department is wasting water of 543 wells despite less storage of water in Pench reservoirs. Asked for cleaning, the department is reportedly pouring out water from wells instead of removing wastes etc.

              It has come to fore from the meeting organised by mayor Nanda Jichkar to take review of water mitigation measures on Monday. Jichkar said complaints received about the department pumping out water from wells instead of cleaning. “Civic chief should take review of the cleaning works and initiate necessary measures,” she said.

              Jichkar said water of 543 of total 784 wells was fit for utilisation. “Storage in reservoirs is less this year due to less rains. There are 784 wells and 4,900 borewells. Water from these sources is utilised less. Quality of water in wells and borewells should be tested. Red or green marks should be highlighted on these sources to alert the residents about utilisation of water from these sources,” she said.

              Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar, deputy mayor Deepraj Pardikar, chairman of water works consultative committee Vijay Zhelke, additional municipal commissioners Ram Joshi, Aziz Sheikh and other office bearers and officials were present in the meeting.




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              • Re : Nagpur Best place for Real Estate Investment

                259 new vehicles hit city roads every day

                Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Nov 28, 2018, 03:21 IST

                Nagpur: Spike in fuel prices notwithstanding, the city saw rise in the sale of four-wheelers and motorcycles. Between April and October, the city’s two RTOs saw a 2% jump in the number of new vehicles registered.

                About 259 vehicles were registered in Nagpur every day during the period as against the average of 104 per day in the last six years. Between April and October, Nagpur city (both city and east offices) saw 55,400 new vehicles hit the roads. Of the total new vehicles registered, the number of cars is 7,093 and motorcycles/scooters account for 42,140.

                In 2017-18, when fuel prices started soaring — 93,535 new vehicles hit the roads, against 59,017 in 2016-17 when the prices were much lower.

                Interestingly, during festive season this year, the sale of new vehicles dipped. On Dussehra (when many people prefer to purchase new vehicles), only 4,565 vehicles were registered with the three offices of Nagpur Regional Transport Office (city, deputy east and rural) compared to 7,469 on the same day last year. “Sale of both four and two-wheelers was down by 30% to 40% during festival season this year,” said automobile dealers in the city.

                The current year’s data from the transport department, collected from the city’s two RTOs, showed most vehicles, at 39,173, were registered at the deputy RTO east, which caters to areas in north-central, eastern and southern parts of the city. The city RTO, which mostly covers west and south-west Nagpur, registered 16,227 new vehicles.

                Currently, the city’s vehicle population is more than 16.62 lakh. Actual number of vehicles on roads could be even more as vehicles registered with rural RTO too ply on city roads.

                Nikhil Kusumgar, a leading two-wheeler dealer in the city, said the demand for vehicles has witnessed a sharp decline. He said 2% rise is nothing when we compare the sale figures of 2017-18 and 2016-17. In 2017-18, the registration of new vehicles in both the RTOs had witnessed almost 40% rise. He attributed the decline to the increase in cost of vehicles apart from curtailment of aggressive finance by banks and other institutions.

                City RTO Bajrang Kharmate said: “During the octroi regime, most people used to register their vehicles at rural RTO, outside city limits, to save the heavy 7% tax, but after the abolishment of octroi and its replacement with GST, more people have started registering vehicles in city offices.”

                Traffic experts translate the increase in sale of vehicles to poor means of public transport and increased disposable income among Nagpurians. “Both these factors are behind more people buying their own vehicles,” they say.

                Traffic expert and joint secretary of a city-based NGO Janaakrosh, Ashok Karandikar, pointed out how the rise in vehicles is bad news for Nagpur’s already crowded roads. “Poor public transport, aspiration of the people to own their vehicles and easy availability of finance apart from improved standard of living is resulting in this,” said Karandikar. He also warned that the uncontrolled vehicle growth in the city needs to be regulated. “Already, the city roads have started witnessing congestion. Citizens are also facing lack of parking spaces,” he said. “Government needs to restrict the number of vehicles being registered by improving public transport,” he said.

                Traffic expert Vinay Kunte said reliance on public transport needs to be improved and pointed out that citizens don’t prefer Aapli Bus due to its irregular schedule. “Also, many strikes by conductors, drivers and operators in the recent past have forced citizens not to depend on city buses,” he said.








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                  Most city areas to see 50% water cut

                  Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Nov 28, 2018, 03:56 IST

                  Water from Khekranala dam has been released at the rate of 333.3MLD

                  Nagpur: Water supply to north, east and parts of south Nagpur is all set to come down by 50% as water level at jackwell has gone 8cm below the inlet strainer top.
                  A senior official from NMC’s water works department confirmed this and said pumping from Kanhan water treatment plant will reduce further. “Today the plant operated at 70% of normal flow/production (normal production is 195MLD). In next five days, production will further reduce to 40-50% resulting in less and restricted water supply to north, east and south Nagpur areas,” the officer said.

                  Recently, TOI had reported that the under-construction Kochchhi barrage has stopped the flow of river resulting in water level at Kanhan WTP reaching dead stock. Now, due to less than required water availability, only partial pumping will be done, the officer added.

                  Meanwhile, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has demanded water resources department to release 1000 MLD. Simultaneously, water has been released at the rate of 333.3 MLD from Khekra Naala dam which will take at least three days to reach the destination. The released water will flow down and fill up to overflow point at Kochchhi barrage. From Kochchhi barrage the normal flow of water will resume in the downstream towards Kanhan intake well. It may take further 5-6 days for water to reach Kanhan intake well.





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                    NMC revenue to rise 3 times in new property tax system

                    Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 28, 2018, 03:58 IST



                    Nagpur: The cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) revenue is likely to increase three times in the new ready reckoner-based rateable value property tax system. It also means citizens will pay average 2-3 times more property tax.

                    NMC had launched new tax system from 2015-16 and postponed its implementation to 2017-18. The revaluation of existing properties and assessment of new ones kicked-off from November 2015.

                    Data available with NMC property tax department shows revaluation of 4.91 lakh properties has been completed and demand notes for 4.25 lakh properties issued. Total demand for 4.25 lakh properties is over Rs300 crore.

                    Earlier, 4.50 lakh properties were on record, and the tax demand from these properties had been Rs165 crore per annum.

                    NMC assistant commissioner (property tax) Milind Meshram told TOI total revenue/current demand is likely to increase to over Rs450-500 crore on completion of revaluation drive. “We are expecting the number of properties to increase to 6 lakh. Assessment of new properties will bring a good chunk of revenue to NMC,” he said.

                    Apart from current demand, NMC’s arrears on existing properties is around Rs320 crore.

                    Only challenge for NMC is recovery of entire demand. Recovery from property tax was Rs189 crore. After launch of new tax system, the recovery increased to Rs202 crore in 2017-18. The increase was very less as revaluation of existing properties and assessment of new properties was still pending.

                    NMC has recovered Rs112 crore in this fiscal up to November 26, which is Rs22 crore more than that recovered last year on the same date.

                    Meshram said recovery will increase once NMC issues demand notes to all. “Our target is to complete revaluation drive by December-end,” he said.

                    The drive was launched in November 2015 with private agency Cybertech Systems and Software roped in. Target for the agency was to complete revaluation of 2,000 properties by February 2016 on pilot basis followed by remaining properties. The agency was supposed to complete the drive within 22 months from November 2015. This means the drive has been delayed by 14 months.

                    Meshram said the drive was delayed due to revision in policies related to the tax system. “We developed a good software under the drive. Geo-mapping of all properties, including open plots, has been completed. I think NMC is first in entire state to ensure geo mapping of open plots. We can identify expansion in existing structures and if any development in open plots using the geo mapping in future,” he said.








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                      MahaMetro’s curved road at Bharat Nagar to affect only 40 trees

                      Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Nov 29, 2018, 12:08 IST




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                      NAGPUR: In view of the protests by green activists, MahaMetro has started to plan a curved road instead of a straight one to reduce the number of trees uprooted on Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) land at Bharat Nagar. However, MahaMetro is firm on developing the alternative road to divert traffic when the stretch along Futala Lake is closed for redevelopment in the near future.

                      A team from MahaMetro on Tuesday conducted a preliminary survey on PDKV land to demarcate the alignment of proposed road. It was the first survey on the site. Until now, the plan for the proposed road was only on paper.

                      A MahaMetro official told TOI that fewer than 40 trees will affected in the proposed road. “We will not construct a straight road, to minimize impact on the greenery. We have identified an area that is lying vacant. We will construct a curved road. And, we will plan transplantation of trees instead of chopping them down,” he said.

                      MahaMetro officials added exact demarcation of proposed road will be finalized later after final survey. “Proposed road’s entry and exit point will remain the same. The road will start from PDKV compound wall near Bharat Nagar Square on Amravati Road, and will end at the office of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) on Telangkhedi Hanuman Mandir road,” he said.

                      The width of the proposed road will be 18 meter and length will be 500 meter.

                      Earlier, MahaMetro in association with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had planned a straight road as it was reserved in the city’s development plan. A straight road is likely to come at the cost of around 500 big trees.

                      Activist Jaydeep Das, who launched an online petition and lodged complaints with office bearers and officials, said MahaMetro should just drop the plan to construct the road. “The road in front of Futala Lake will be closed for just one year. There are many alternate roads to divert traffic. The road, whether straight or curved, will cause damage to the environment. Transplantation of big trees is not possible. And, other trees situated on the premises will also be affected once traffic movement begins. Large number of birds, monkeys etc in the premises will also get disturbed,” he said.


                      Apart from activists, many residents of Bharat Nagar have come out in support of Das’ campaign against the proposed road. Das is also planning to file a PIL in the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court opposing the proposed road.









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