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    NMC again flouts norms on speed breakers at Khare Town

    Vaibhav Ganjapure | tnn | Dec 21, 2018, 17:45 IST

    The new cement speed breakers do not fit into IRC norms

    Nagpur: Apprehending contempt action from the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, the civic authorities finally started removing of fibre made speed breakers from the city roads. However, while asphalting new road at Khare Town, it against started constructed cement speed breakers, which don’t fit into norms prescribed by the Indian Road Congress (IRC), as per the residents.

    The civic body started taking action after a series of TOI’s report which highlighted that even the HC’s own premises had three such fibre speed breakers, which are proving to be nuisance for all lawyers visiting the historic edifice.

    The newspaper had reported about second contempt plea filed by lawyer Raghvendra Joshi who accused the civic authorities of indulging in contempt by laying unauthorized speed breakers in areas like Gajanan Nagar, Sawarkar Nagar and others, coming under the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) Laxmi Nagar Zone.

    Joshi said though the NMC started removing all those unauthorized breakers, it should also recover the cost from its own officials who either laid or allowed others to install them. “After all, it was laid from the taxpayers’ money and even for removal, same would be used. Why the taxpayers should be made to pay for blunders of the civic officials. I would be requesting the HC for directives to recovery of this amount from the NMC top brass and its zonal heads,” Joshi told TOI.

    The petitioner also took objection over NMC chairman Sanjay Bangar’s ignorance about number of such illegal speed breakers. “For laying them, NMC’s permission is a must. The zone officials are supposed to keep a record. It’s surprising that the NMC chief was unaware of it. It shows complete apathy of the officials and also about HC’s directives,” he lamented.

    Bangar had told TOI that he wasn’t aware of manufacturers of these speed breakers which were laid in all lanes, apart from on the main roads. Some of those were also installed at the newly constructed cement road in front of Neeri’s entrance on Neeri authorities’ insistence, but were removed after TOI highlighted the breaching of norms.

    IRC norms for speed breakers:

    Shape — Rounded hump

    Width — 3.7 metres

    Height — 0.10 metres

    Distance* — 100-120 metres

    (* Between two breakers)

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      Sakkardara lake to be cleaned under Atal Sewa Saptah

      Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Dec 22, 2018, 01:26 IST

      Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in association with Clean Foundation, Patanjali Yog Samiti, and Sonzari Mitra Mandal has taken a decision to clean Sakkardara Lake to mark Atal Sewa Saptah between December 22 and 25.

      The decision related to the drive was taken in a meeting held on December 21. BJP city president and South Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Kohle, leader of opposition Tanaji Wanve, chairperson of Nehru Nagar Zone Rita Mule, Deepraj Nilawar from Clean Foundation, Ishwar Dhurde from Sakkardara Beautification Committee and others were present.

      Kohle urged citizens to participate in the drive in large numbers. The drive will kick-off at 9am on December 22.

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        1,007 illegal religious structures set to be regularized

        Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Dec 22, 2018, 03:55 IST

        Nagpur: In all 1,007 illegal religious structures are set to be regularized. A city-level committee has paved the way for regularization of these structures situated in open spaces and and not obstructing traffic in any manner.

        The committee headed by municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar on December 13 approved the list of 1,007 structures in Category A. Structures placed in category-A are eligible for regularization.

        The committee also approved another list of 197 illegal religious structures in Category B. These are meant to be demolished. A majority of these structures are situated on lands reserved for public amenities like gardens, schools etc. Parts of some of structures are on footpath.

        A list of 1,204 structures was prepared by the NMC’s 10 zones after a survey. NMC sources told TOI final fate of structures placed in Category B will be decided after the entire process. “List of structures constructed in or before 1960 will require to be sent to the state-level committee for final decision,” sources said.

        At present, the process to confirm minutes of the meeting is going on. Members of the committee including commissioner of police BK Upadhyay, NIT chairman Ashwin Mudgal, representatives of state PWD, revenue department etc will sign the minutes.

        Later, suggestions and objections will be invited on the list of Category A and B for a period of one month followed by hearing of those who will submit the objections.

        The entire process including division of structures in categories is being done as per orders of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. The final list will be submitted to the HC. The number of illegal religious structures already demolished has reached 738. The civic body had razed over 400 structures on roads and footpaths. The NIT had demolished 338 such structures.

        Meanwhile, NMC town planning department is finalizing a policy to regularize illegal religious structures constructed in open spaces and not obstructing traffic. After approval of general body, the department invited suggestions and objections on the proposed policy. Only three suggestions were received and all of them in favour of the policy.

        The department will submit the policy with the state government for final approval. After clearance, NMC can regularize these structures by giving lease of the lands, sanctioning building plans etc.

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          NMRDA work unauthorized: NGO

          Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Dec 22, 2018, 03:57 IST

          Nagpur: Citing information obtained under RTI Act, NGO Jai Jawan Jai Kisan has alleged that all the work being undertaken by the Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) in Metro Region were unauthorized. According to it, none of its employees and officials, excluding the commissioner, are authorized to work.

          NGO president Prashant Pawar said at a press conference that all employees were still drawing salaries from the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). “In RTI it has come to fore that the officials are working in NIT as well as NMRDA. The NMRDA staffing pattern is yet to be approved by the state government,” he said.

          Pawar added that all notices issued to unauthorized constructions should be taken back. “Also, penalty and charges recovered from citizens should be returned,” he said.

          Another activist Vijaykumar Shinde said NMRDA commissioner Ashwin Mudgal should get approval for NMRDA staffing and then begin works. “What is happening now is a major irregularity. It is also a violation of the Constitution as norms of caste and women reservation are also not followed,” he said.

          Mudgal said all NMRDA employees and officials were on deputation from the NIT. “The NMRDA governing council has approved staffing pattern and is awaiting government nod. After NIT’s abolition, all staff will be working with NMRDA which had approved to take NIT staff on deputation,” he said.

          The government had formed NMRDA in March 2017. Development plan of Metro Region was approved in January.

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            Where there’s will, there’s money for development

            Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Dec 27, 2018, 05:51 IST

            This diarist mainly reports about traffic problems, how corruption rules the roost in the RTO and other related issues, but when covering the happenings in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), it is found most citizens have complaints about lack of civic amenities.

            In this context, it needs to be mentioned that the elected representatives have to perform a tedious job. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruling the NMC for the third consecutive term, corporators from opposition parties are finding it tough to get funds for development works in their constituencies.

            A couple of corporators, however, have devised smart techniques to get their work done. One of the

            corporators from North Nagpur, who has been elected for three consecutive terms, is known to be very aggressive when it comes to getting sanction for works and also getting them executed.

            Every time he approaches the officials’ chambers at NMC headquarters in Civil Lines, he starts talking loudly to send a message that residents of his prabhag are suffering due to lack of civic amenities. He ensures his voice reaches officers sitting in their chambers.

            This ensures officials readily clear his proposals. He even maintains similar approach in the general body and standing committee meetings.

            The corporator has got the Sugat Nagar School in his prabhag upgraded and it now competes with other private schools in North Nagpur. He also played a big role in developing a garden in his prabhag.

            Though he often uses unparliamentary language, the ruling party leaders and, to some extent, officials ignore it as they view him as a genuine people’s representative.

            This diarist has even spotted him helping sanitary workers in cleaning the sewerage network. These qualities have made him quite popular among residents in this part of the city.

            On the other hand, a few senior corporators from his party keep complaining to the civic chief about no funds for works in their prabhags.

            Then there is central Nagpur’s only independent corporator Abha Pande, who is complete opposite of the Congress corporator from North Nagpur. A soft-spoken person, she has a good rapport with officials, good contacts with MLAs and the city MP. She has also exposed many scams in the NMC. She never minds seeking guidance from citizens and even approaching reporters to resolve civic issues.

            Another example is of former Congress corporator Manoj Sable. After his ward was reserved for woman, his wife Harshala got elected. A staunch Congressman, Sable has a good relation with the ruling party. This is how he too manages funds for works in his wife’s ward.

            (Proshun Chakraborty knows the art of catching others in the wrong lane)


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              Land acquisition delaying Kamptee Road Metro; may miss Dec 2019 deadline

              Ashish Roy | TNN | Dec 27, 2018, 03:49 IST

              Nagpur: MahaMetro officials fear that they may not be able to meet the target of completing Nagpur Metro by December 2019 due to problems in Reach 2 (Sitabuldi to Automotive Square). National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is yet to sanction the design and estimate of the double decker flyover on Kamptee Road. The file was submitted by MahaMetro over an year ago.

              The Metro agency is building the structure on behalf of NHAI. Work on the flyover has started but is progressing at a slow pace on one end. MahaMetro has already spent Rs100 crore on the Rs750 crore flyover but NHAI is yet to pay a single penny.

              Land acquisition is the major hurdle in construction of the 4.5 kilometre long flyover. “MahaMetro needs about 4,000 square metre land near Gaddigodam Square for construction of the ramp of the structure. As per NHAI norms, the agency does not acquire land inside municipal limits. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) was asked to bear the cost of acquiring the land,” said a source in MahaMetro.

              As NMC is cash-strapped it decided to seek funds from state government under Nagar Utthan Yojana. Under this scheme the civic agency would pay 30% while remaining 70% will be borne by the state government. Municipal commissioner had issued a letter to NHAI in this regard. However, NHAI wants a letter from district collector assuring that government would pay its 70% share. Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari had asked collector Ashwin Mudgal to expedite the matter.

              The Metro source said that Kamptee Road is 20 metre wide at the place where the ramp will come up. “We need 35m. Our column will occupy 3m and the ramp will be 15m wide. As per NHAI norms, the service road besides the ramp should be 7.5m on both sides plus there should be a 1m wide footpath on both sides,” he added.

              “We need to acquire 150m stretch on Kamptee Road on both sides. Earlier, it was 250m but we reduced the length by making the increasing the gradient of the ramp. It can’t be minimized further,” said the source.

              NHAI regional officer said that his agency would sanction the project as soon as land was available. “However, work on the structure is progressing at a satisfactory pace. If we have not paid our share so have NMC and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT),” he added.


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                Sonegaon beautification on hold till lake is acquired

                Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Dec 27, 2018, 05:42 IST

                Nagpur: Sonegaon Lake Beautification Project of Rs18.20 crore has landed in the doldrums. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been told to first acquire the water body and then execute the beautification project.

                This came to fore at the meeting organized by state urban development department on Saturday. The UDD had given in-principle approval to the project in July 2017. The meeting was organized to give or hold approval to the project.

                Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar was present at the meeting. Bangar told TOI a final decision is likely to be taken in the next meeting on December 28. “The project can be executed only after a decision by the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court since status quo has been ordered by the HC,” he said.

                Sonegaon lake and embankment are grade-II heritage precincts and structures. Therefore, NMC had submitted an application seeking no objection certificate from Heritage Conservation Committee to execute the beautification project. The committee, in its meeting on December 21, 2017, made it mandatory for NMC to acquire the water body before executing the project. The committee also made it mandatory for the civic body to complete the process to change reservation of the lake from Sonegaon Tank to Sonegaon Lake Beautification and Rejuvenation Project.

                This decision of the committee too came to fore at the meeting on Saturday.

                The HC had imposed stay on two things — acquisition and changing reservation — March 13, 2000. Since then, the case filed by one of the two owners of the lake — Dr Rekharani Bhiwapurkar — is pending since then.

                Two activists — Prashant Pawar and TH Naidu — had filed a petition in the HC demanding acquisition of the lake, objecting to NMC’s process to change reservation, and grant of transferable development right (TDR). The HC had also ordered status quo on changing reservation of the lake and granting TDR.

                The project is now completely dependent upon the HC decisions in the two cases.

                Despite being in private hands, NMC had executed works to rejuvenation the lake between 2012 and 2014 with the help of Rs 3.24 crore sanctioned by the government.

                Under the beautification project, NMC has proposed to construct food court, parking, seating arena, green gym etc towards east of the lake. On south side, proposal is to construct a foot overbridge, pergola, toilet rooms, parking etc. Towards west side, NMC plans to construct a permanent embankment.


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                  Army finally clears widening of Automotive Sq to Kanhan Road

                  Ashish Roy | TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 03:23 IST

                  Nagpur: Army has finally cleared the widening of Automotive Square to Kanhan Road, which was held up since last eight months. Now, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will be able to widen the road passing through Kamptee Cantonment. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting held between defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman, union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and several top officials of both ministries attended it.

                  NHAI project director Abhijit Jichkar said that the current width of the Nagpur-Kanhan Road passing through the cantonment is 15.24 metre. “The stretch passing through defence areas is 4.5 kilometres. We have to construct a six-lane road having width of 26 metre. Army did not allow us to work saying that the open land along the road belonged to it. The distance between its boundary walls is 30m. The problem started eight months and worked had stopped completely since last four months,” he added.

                  “We asked the district collector to provide a map of the area so that Army’s claim could be verified. However, superintendent of land records (SLR) did not have maps of the cantonment. Then, we asked Army officials to provide a map. Joint measurement survey was conducted on the basis of this map and the carriageway was found to be 25m wide. Army officials then asked us not to use the map,” said Jichkar.

                  Left with no option, NHAI officials approached Gadkari to get the problem solved. The minister held a meeting with Sitaraman in which ministry of defence (MoD) agreed to give working permission to the project. It will be assumed that land belongs to the Army. When the requisite record is found and if it shows that land indeed belongs to it, then equivalent area of land will be given to it elsewhere.

                  “We will send the minutes of the meeting to MoD after which it will issue a letter to chief of Kamptee Cantonment,” said Jichkar.

                  The length of Automotive Square to Kanhan Road is 18km. The cost of the project is Rs254 crore. Defence land is not the only obstacle in this project. There are encroachments along the road in Nagpur, Kamptee and Kanhan. While encroachments have been removed in Kamptee, the ones in Pili Nadi area and Kanhan still remain. According to Jichkar, the width of land available in these areas will be known only after measurement is done.

                  The target for completing the project was April 2019 but now NHAI reckons that it will extend up to July 2019. A railway underbridge (RuB) near Uppalwadi will take another six months. “There were water pipelines under the proposed RuB. The shifting work is about 90% complete. Now we will have to build the structure,” said the project director.

                  Meanwhile, NHAI has admitted that the Sadar flyover and Khapri railway overbridge (RoB) will not be complete on time. The target for both the projects is March 2019. Now the deadline has been extended till July 2019.

                  Project director Abhijit Jichkar said that the work of erecting the columns of the 4.5km long Sadar flyover was 100% complete. “The launching of superstructure has started,” he added. “The portion of Khapri RoB over the railway track will be completed by March and the remaining portion will be completed by July,” he further said.

                  Due to land acquisition problems, NHAI can’t spell out a date for completion of Pardi flyover.


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                    Forest dept asks SECR to construct new underpasses

                    Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 03:48 IST

                    Nagpur: The Chandrapur Forest Circle has pitched for construction of new underpasses and cleaning of choked ones to save wild animals from train hits in Brahmapuri-Chandrapur section.

                    Amid uproar over death of three tiger cubs in Junona on November 15, by speeding Chanda Fort-Gondia passenger train, the chief conservator of forests (CCF), SV Ramarao, ordered a survey on mitigation steps to be suggested to the South East Central Railway (SECR), Nagpur, and accordingly has recommended a five-pronged strategy.

                    Ramarao in a communication to divisional railway manager (DRM), Nagpur, has pointed out that during the last 8 years, 24 wild animals have died on the tracks including 4 tigers, 2 sloth bears, 2 leopards, 4 hyenas, 4 bisons, 6 wild boars, 1 nilgai and 1 deer.

                    All these deaths have occurred between Ballarshah-Junona-Sindewahi-Talodi-Nagbhid-Brahmapuri section. The death toll may be even high if the section near Navegaon National Park is taken into consideration.

                    Ramarao said 60km of the railway line passes through dense forest patches which is inhabited by wild animals and more importantly it is a corridor used by tigers.

                    The Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), Chandrapur and Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) officials have been writing to SECR since 2012 but till now no efforts have been taken by the railways to mitigate the conflict.

                    Reiterating the communication with SECR in the past and after conducting a joint survey by forest staff and NGOs after three tiger deaths, Ramarao has suggested new underpasses in most vulnerable forested ranges of Mamla, Junona, Sindewahi, Chichpalli, Talodhi, Balapur, and Nagbhid in Brahmapuri and Chandrapur divisions.

                    “This is for the first time after the railway line between Gondia-Ballarshah was fully commissioned in 1999, such a step to conduct a survey for mitigation measures was taken. It is high time the SECR acts now. In years to come, the number of trains will increase and apparently will affect more number of animals,” said Suresh Chopne, regional environment committee (REC) member of the MoEFCC.

                    “We have also identified at least 19 railway poles where trains should run with a caution of 40 kmph. These patches fall in Junona, Mamla, Babupeth, Lohara, Mindala, and Brahmapuri,” said Ramarao.

                    The CCF said during maintenance and construction works along the tracks, the railway contractors have made some small pits in the area near tracks. These unwanted water-filled pits attract animals who get killed by speeding trains. During survey many unwanted pits were found between Bramhapuri-Sindewahi-Chandrapur.

                    Another issue that has been pointed out include existing underpasses which are not used by the animals as they are blocked. Of the three underpasses, two are in Sindewahi and one near Babupeth.

                    “As these underpasses are blocked, tigers use railway track to move either side and get hit. The three tiger cubs died after they avoided the underpass,” said Chandrapur honorary wildlife warden Bandu Dhotre.

                    Ramarao said he has suggested SECR to keep tracks clean in the forest patches. “It has been found that lot of waste food is thrown along the tracks by passengers attracting wild animals. This is one of the reasons why animals come along the tracks. “The railways need to take extra efforts to keep tracks clean along the dense forest patches,” he added.

                    Ramarao confirmed he wrote to SECR DRM and general manager on December 15. “I plan to meet SECR DRM and other officials soon,” he said.

                    In June 2018, the MoEFCC secretary CK Mishra has already pointed out to Railway Board chairman AK Lohani that even existing railway lines passing through the eco-sensitive zones (ESZ) may be modified as per the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) guidelines.

                    SECR officials did not respond to TOI queries. A copy of the report has also been sent to NTCA officials, who said they will write to the railways and PCCF (wildlife) too.


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