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    Govt deadline for Pardi flyover land acquisition to be missed

    Ashish Roy | TNN | Dec 30, 2018, 02:13 IST

    Nagpur: Chief secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain had directed district collector Ashwin Mudgal and municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangad to complete land acquisition for the Pardi flyover and hand it over to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) by January 15. However, the district administration is going to fail to meet this deadline.

    Work on the Rs665 crore flyover had started in March 2016 and the time for completion was three years. With hardly 25% work done, this is going to be another Ramjhula. Land acquisition is the main problem in this case.

    NHAI regional officer M Chandrashekhar told TOI, “About 80% of our pillars have been erected but the rest can’t be constructed as land is not available. If we try to build them then the road will have to be closed for traffic, which is not possible. So the construction on road side has to be razed.”

    NHAI needs 1.25 hectare land for constructing the pillars and also the ramps. It needs another 4 hectare for relocating the hawkers. “If hawkers are not provided an alternate site they will not move and people will not be able to use the flyover,” said Chandrashekhar.

    Collector Mudgal admitted that the January 15 deadline was difficult to meet. “Work on acquiring the land has been going on since months. It has to be done under Section 126 of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1966,” he said.

    “NMC had offered transferrable development rights (TDR) to the owners but they refused. So the only option is to pay them money. As NMC does not have the necessary funds it had applied to state government under Nagar Utthan Yojana for 70% amount. The government has agreed to the proposal,” said Mudgal.

    NMC sent a letter to the collector a few days ago informing him of the state government decision. Mudgal then appointed sub-divisional officer (SDO) of Mouda as the land acquisition officer for this project. The SDO will issue notices to land owners for acquiring their land.

    “We will able to acquire the land of owners who agree to accept monetary compensation, by January 15 or 20. The rest will take some time,” said Mudgal.

    Even as NHAI is struggling to complete the project, Nagpur East MLA Krishna Khopade has appealed to union transport minister Nitin Gadkari to make it a 10 lane structure.








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      150 poor families out in cold as huts razed for road widening

      TNN | Dec 30, 2018, 04:33 IST



      Over 600 people had been living in the shanties on Pimpalgaon bypass on the outskirts of Yavatmal city since l... Read More

      Yavatmal: Over 150 families, most of them from tribal communities and labour class, were on Saturday rendered homeless and left to shiver in the cold after their huts on the city’s outskirts were razed by the authorities for road widening project.

      The population of over 600, mostly comprising elderly people and kids, has been living in the shanties on Pimpalgaon bypass since last 40 years. According to the families, they have been paying their civic taxes regularly. One of the affected dwellers, Sangita Meshram, said, “Where should we go now and how to keep our little kids safe from the biting cold?”

      . According to the families, they have been paying their property tax regularly. One of the affected dwellers, Sangita Meshram, said, “Where should we go now and how to keep our little kids safe from the biting cold?”

      More than 150 police personnel prevented any protest against the demolition drive carried out by the Yavatmal Municipal Council and B&C department. Sources said those who tried to object the “illegal” act were beaten and rounded up by the Lohara police on charges of causing obstruction in government work.

      The dwellers said during the last 2-3 months political leaders had tried to assure them that they won’t be rendered homeless.

      Sitting Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali had led two morchas to the district collector’s office for the tribals. Even BSP district chief Tarique Lokhandwala had led a morcha and submitted a memorandum of demands to the collector.

      It is learnt, district collector Rajesh Deshmukh had received go-ahead from guardian minister Madan Yerawar for the drive. However, when contacted, the collector told TOI that he had no information and will speak after the District Planning Council meeting scheduled on Saturday.

      MC chief Kanchantai Chaudhari said it was the decision of the B&C and she does not have details.

      Gawali said, “We have shortlisted the affected 82 families having BPL cards for the PM’s Awas Yojana. The Municipal Council has got funds and land for it.” She added that despite repeated requests, the authorities concerned did not pay heed to their just demands.






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        ‘NMC plans two garbage collection operators next yr’

        Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Dec 30, 2018, 03:36 IST

        Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), after the lapse of contract of existing operator Kanak Resources Management Limited (KRML), will appoint two garbage collection operators next year. This was informed by municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar at a press meet here on Saturday.

        He said the state government’s directive to collect garbage charges of Rs60 per house per month will also be tabled before the general body for its approval.

        The municipal commissioner said the new garbage collection operators will be appointed with a condition to not dump garbage on surface layer anywhere across the city. “There are 170 garbage collection points in the existing system. Plan is to allow only 10 garbage transfer stations that too one in each of ten zones. Private operators will have to collect and transport wet and dry garbage separately at any cost,” he said.

        Bangar further said the works of Waste to Energy Project will kick off soon. “Garbage bio-mining, which will be an ambitious project of the NMC, will kick off within a month. In the project, the existing garbage at Bhandewadi dumping yard will be processed completely,” he said.

        Claiming the civic body’s financial conditions improved to a great extent after receiving special grants and hike in GST grant, Bangar said discussions are on to launch amnesty scheme for property tax. “There was poor response to amnesty scheme last year. We will plan the scheme in such a manner that it gets good response this time. I have already started one time settlement (OTS) facility on case-to-case basis. Target is to distribute demand notes to all soon. We will take strict action like auction of properties if taxpayers do not pay the tax. Action will also be taken against staffers neglecting recovery as at present recovery is unsatisfactory,” he said.

        The commissioner said efforts are also on to improve revenue from building plan sanctions, markets, advertisement hoardings etc. “Financial assistance from the government is always welcome. But we need to find new revenue sources and increase them from existing sources. Online Building Plan Management System (BPMS) will be restarted soon,” he said.

        Bangar also said he is approachable to all who is having problems with the NMC services. “Need is to build confidence among the people especially taxpayers about the NMC. Everything depends upon support of the people. I am sure people will support in all manners if gets confidence about the NMC,” he said.

        On OCW’s performance, Bangar said issues like contaminated water supply needs to be tackled soon. “Complaints of contaminated water supply are high. Decision on various issues related to OCW is pending. Once general body takes the decision, we will expedite things including 24X7 water supply project,” he said.

        Bangar said the additional financial burden of around Rs8-10 crore per month will come on the NMC if 7th Pay Commission is implemented. “Need is to come up with a plan to pay it in instalments or any other options. General body will take the final call,” he said.

        Like mayor Nanda Jichkar, Bangar too feels NMC should get total funds of big developmental projects from the central and the state governments instead of asking for NMC’s shares in it.







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          APMC fined Rs 50k for burning garbage

          Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 1, 2019, 19:51 IST

          NAGPUR: Following complaints from residents to district's guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation's health department imposed Rs 50,000 penalty on the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Kalamna, for burning garbage in the open.

          Health department officials informed city mayor Nanda Jichkar about the action on Monday during a review meeting over complaints received during janta darbar of the minister.

          The NMC has also issued a notice to the APMC under Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000, the officer informed.

          Mayor expressed anguish when corporators informed about inaction by the health department on garbage dumping in open plots. To this, officials said that most of the open plots are under the jurisdiction of Nagpur Improvement Trust. Mayor directed the NMC to impose fine on plot owners.

          Jichkar also asked the administration to resolve complaints pertaining to defunct streetlights, encroachments, choked sewer lines, contaminated water and cleanliness.











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            Nagpur Municipal Corporation relaxes interest on late payment of property tax

            Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Jan 1, 2019, 13:19 IST


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            NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has relaxed norms of interest on late payment of property tax. Now, interest will be applicable only after three months of receiving the demand notes.

            Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar has approved the proposal of the property tax department seeking relaxation in norms of interest. The decision has been taken following the civic body’s failure to complete revaluation drive under new property tax system of rent chart+ready reckoner value. Also, property tax is increasing by 2-5 times in new system. Hence, the NMC decided to go soft on the taxpayers.

            As per the NMC’s rules, it is the responsibility of taxpayers to pay property tax even if they have not received demand notes from the NMC. The taxpayers have to pay property tax of first six months (April 1 to September 30) within three months of receiving the demand notes. If they fail to do so, interest of 2% per month become applicable.

            Tax of remaining six months (October 1 to March 31) is to be paid on or before December 31. If not, interest of 2% per month is applicable. The same is mentioned in the demand notes issued by the property tax department.

            Under the revaluation drive, the NMC has been able to complete revaluation of 5 of total 6 lakh properties. Demand notes of 4.30 lakh properties have been issued. The process to prepare and issue demand notes to remaining properties is still going on.

            The relaxation in the norms of interest will also be applicable for the last fiscal if taxpayers have not received demand notes. Interest of 2% per month will be applicable if any taxpayer is owing dues. Interest will be levied only on the due amount.

            The revaluation drive has been delayed to a great extent. The drive was launched in November 2015 through private agency — Cybertech Systems and Software. The agency was supposed to complete revaluation of all properties within 22 months from November 2015. This means the drive has been delayed by 15 months.

            Due to the delay, the cash-strapped NMC also received less revenue from property tax. Revenue from property tax is around Rs120 crore as of now in this fiscal. Target from property tax is Rs 509 crore. Only three months are remaining for end of the fiscal.






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              For NMC, Metro Mall MoU comes first, then approval

              Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Jan 3, 2019, 03:03 IST

              Nagpur: Throwing norms to the wind, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) continues to assign work to private players without standing committee approval.

              The latest example is the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the NMC and MahaMetro for construction of Metro Mall under London Street Project, which has been rechristened as Orange City Street Project. Though the MoU was signed on December 20, standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja approved the draft proposal in a meeting on Wednesday (January 2).

              The panel has also approved releasing Rs11 crore advance to MahaMetro to start the work. Besides this, the committee also cleared the proposal of the project department that NMC will pay 2.5% of the total cost of Metro Mall to MahaMetro for execution, Kukreja told media persons.

              The civic administration has apparently violated the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act by not submitting the draft MoU between NMC and MahaMetro in the general body meeting. The 151-member NMC House has the right to know the contents of the MoU. Instead of taking nod of the House and the standing committee, the civic administration bypassed the rules.

              Kukreja, however, could not give reply to queries raised over why the rules were not being followed.

              To a query, he claimed that Rs50 crore had been earmarked for the Orange City Street project. “Provision of Rs11 crore has been made from this head,” he clarified. “If things go well, bhoomipuja for the Metro Mall will be performed mid-January,” he said.

              The standing committee has also cleared 71 other proposals pertaining to various projects. Of these, the standing panel has given nod to sponsor three private events following demand from corporators — ‘Bhim Buddh Geet’ (Rs30 lakh), ‘Aamhi Bhartache Lok’ (Rs20 lakh) and Rs30 lakh for ‘Adivasi Mahotsav’.

              The panel, however, withheld the NMC’s general administration department’s proposal to appoint private taxi operators for hiring 70 four-wheelers for office-bearers and officials for a period of two years. The proposal has shrouded in controversy for various reasons.

              The standing panel also gave nod to forward the proposal of the administration to end the annual tenure of eight members from the 13-member standing committee to the general body meeting. The tenure of eight members — five from ruling BJP, two Congress and one BSP corporators — will come to end on March 1, 2019.







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                NMC wants Rs 800cr to take over NIT layouts

                Proshun Chakraborty | tnn | Jan 3, 2019, 05:06 IST



                Nagpur: Even though chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is for accelerating the dissolution of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja said the civic body won’t takeover 3,000 non-developed layouts unless the agency gives Rs 800 crore for development works.

                Most layouts fall under Gunthewari Act and without basic amenities like sewer lines, water networks etc. TOI has highlighted this many times.

                Addressing mediapersons on Wednesday, Kukreja said NIT is ready to hand over the layouts under its jurisdiction to NMC. “But we need at least Rs 700 to Rs 800 crore for development of civic amenities in around 3,000 layouts,” he said.

                “However, the NIT has expressed its inability to pay citing its financial crisis,” he said, adding even if the NMC takes over the properties, its liabilities will increase manifold.

                Kukreja said given the NMC’s present financial condition, it would not be able could carry out development work in these layouts.

                On Wednesday, Kukreja asked the civic administration to speed up recovery of property tax in all 10 zones. Against a target of Rs 509 crore, which included Rs 300 crore arrears, Kukreja said with only three months left for the financial year to end, the administration has generated less than one-fourth or Rs140 crore only.

                Of the Rs 300 crore arrears, the NMC could manage to recover Rs 33 crore only, Kukreja said. To a query, he said the BJP-ruled NMC is not in a mood to give amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters. Recently, municipal commissioner Abhijeet Bangar hinted that the civic administration is planning to launch amnesty scheme for tax defaulters.

                “The power to provide amnesty scheme lies with the municipal commissioner, but we feel that such schemes are no solution to recover property tax and arrears,” he said.

                According to Kukreja, who has convened a meeting with municipal commissioner over increasing tax recovery soon, the daily recovery of property tax should be enhanced from Rs 2.50 crore to Rs 4 crore per day then only the target can be achieved.

                Kukreja has also directed the market department to take help of legal department to achieve Rs 13.75 crore target from its markets and shops. Till December end, the department has recovered Rs 4.31 crore, he said.

                He claimed that by May end, the NMC’s electric department would install 1 lakh LED streetlights across the city. So far, the NMC had replaced 16,500 LED streetlights.











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                  Only 146 buildings in Nagpur have rainwater harvesting system: Officials

                  ​​The NMC is constructing the new hospital under National Urban health Mission.TNN | January 04, 2019, 16:00 IST




                  NAGPUR: Almost 10 years after the Nagpur Municipal Corporation made it mandatory to install rainwater harvesting system (RWH) for all new constructions above 1,000 sq metres in the city limits, only 146 buildings have implemented the method.

                  However, 120 buildings have violated the mandatory norms and the NMC has recovered Rs51,796 fine from these establishments, informed officials from town planning department at a review meeting convened by estate consultative committee chairman Sanjay Bangale on Thursday.

                  Bangale expressed anguish after assistant municipal commissioners (AMCs) from six zones failed to provide updates about implementation of RWH in their areas. He directed administration to issue show cause notices to the erring AMCs and gave 10 days deadline to deputy municipal commissioner Rajesh Mohite to submit the details.

                  He also asked the civic administration to expedite the proposal of constructing new OPD and maternity home in place of Buty Hospital in Sitabuldi and submit the construction plan within 15 days before the state and central governments for approval.

                  The NMC is constructing the new hospital under National Urban health Mission.












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                    MahaMetro saves Rs1,850cr in Nagpur Metro Phase-II

                    Ashish Roy | TNN | Jan 4, 2019, 02:38 IST



                    Nagpur: After reducing the cost of Phase-I of Nagpur Metro, MahaMetro has lowered the price of Phase-II by about Rs1,850 crore using the techniques employed in the underconstruction project.

                    A MahaMetro official said, “The cost of Phase-I is Rs8,680 crore while the length is 38.5 kilometres. The cost per km comes to Rs225.45 crore. This was calculated as per 2014 current schedule of rates (CSR). Every year, the CSR — the price of raw materials and labour — increases by about 5%. The cost of Phase-II was calculated as per 2018 CSR. So, the rates were 20% higher. If the escalation and length of Phase-II (48.3km) is multiplied by cost per km of Phase-I, then the figure is Rs13,067 crore. However, our estimate is Rs11,216 crore, which is Rs1,851 crore less.”

                    Explaining the methods used to reduce the cost, the official said, “These are the same ones, which we employed to reduce the cost of Phase-I beyond that estimated by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in the detailed project report (DPR).”

                    DMRC had recommended a heavy and wide viaduct. MahaMetro reduced the width and weight of viaduct. This also reduced the strength of pillars upholding it. The cost of viaduct is less by 15% than that if DMRC’s specifications were adopted. The reduced size will not compromise with safety and stability of the structure.

                    DMRC had designed the platforms for six coaches. MahaMetro reckons that it will take some years before six coach trains are required in Nagpur. So the length of the platforms has been reduced.

                    MahaMetro has decided not to construct separate depots for Phase-II. The ones in Mihan and Hingna Road will be used. The coaches used for Phase I will be used for Phase II too and the number of extra coaches needed has been reduced.

                    On the operational side, which does not reflect in the cost, MahaMetro will use solar energy in Phase-II, which will lead to cost saving.








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                      MahaMetro agrees to pay for SNDL cable damage

                      Ashish Roy | tnn | Jan 5, 2019, 05:31 IST

                      Nagpur: Even though over nine agencies have damaged the power cables of SNDL, only MahaMetro has agreed to replace them. MahaMetro has told SNDL a joint survey would be carried out by their officials with SNDL and MSEDCL for this purpose.

                      MahaMetro spokesperson told TOI if a cable has been damaged at four to five places in a span of 100 metres they would replace the cable. “However, we have not received any proposal from SNDL after the meeting,” he said. SNDL business head Sonal Khurana said MahaMetro had not taken any initiative.

                      According to Khurana, Metro had damaged SNDL cables at 29 places. “This has caused damage worth Rs 1.09 crore and loss of electricity units during interruption was worth Rs 10.28 lakh. Thus the total loss is Rs 1.2 crore,” he told TOI.

                      SNDL chief said National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) was the biggest culprit having caused a loss ofRs 1.64 crore followed by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) at Rs 1.32 crore. “These two agencies and also others have not given any assurance on compensating us. We will wait for some for time and then drag them to court,” he added.

                      Other agencies that have damaged cables and loss caused by them are: OCW - Rs 67 lakh, Reliance Jio - Rs 48 lakh, L&T - Rs 39 lakh, PWD - Rs 27 lakh, NIT - Rs 8.5 lakh and others - Rs 89 lakh.

                      Khurana pointed out the cables were MSEDCL property and SNDL was just maintaining them. “When we hand back the franchisee area to MSEDCL it will ask us to replace the damaged cables. Why should we pay for what others have done,” he asked.

                      According to him if a cable is repeatedly damaged it starts developing fault on its own causing power supply disruptions. “This has already happened several times. The consumers are unaware of the reason and they blame us,” said Khurana.





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