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Old September 25th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #61
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NMC mulls special police stations, courts to clear encroachments

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Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started process of setting up its own police stations, special courts and a team to ensure encroachment-free city. Though it seems a distant dream now, if everything goes right the city may be finally rid of encroachments.

The move follows a meeting held on September 23 at Mumbai to which state urban development department had invited officials of all municipal corporations. Deputy municipal commissioner Rizwan Siddiqui attended the meeting on behalf of NMC. The Government was very concerned about growing encroachments in big cities and asked municipal bodies to follow the GR issued in March 2009 that allowed creation of special police stations and courts to deal with the menace. Siddiqui said a proposal would be prepared for approval by NMC general body.

NMC has to establish a special department to monitor encroachments. It will be headed by a special deputy commissioner. One special police station is to be set up in each of 10 zones. Every police station will have 28 staffers including two assistant police commissioners, three police inspectors, ten PSIs, and other staff including men and lady constables, drivers etc. The team will lead by a special deputy commissioner of police. Besides, the civic body has to establish 25 special courts to ensure fast results of encroachment cases.

Additional deputy municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare told TOI once general body approves the proposal, it will be forwarded to state urban development department (UDD) for finalisation.

Meanwhile, NMC has expedited the anti-encroachment drive in various parts of the city. The high court has passed strictures on NMC for its failure to remove encroachments. A study conducted recently, however, came up with the figure of only 1,054 encroachments on public places or footpaths/roadsides all over city besides 334 religious encroachments.

NMC's estate department data reveal 21 religious encroachments and 206 other encroachments had been razed in last two months. The remaining religious encroachments will be razed after approval of committee headed by municipal commissioner. The encroachments have to be classified in three different groups as per directives of state home department. The religious encroachments developed before September 29, 2009, will be sent to State Government. NMC will ensure no more encroachments come up in future, officials said.

However, the plan may run aground owing to high expenses involved. Given the precarious financial condition of the civic body, it may not materialise at all without grants from the government.
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Of 1,388 illegal structures NMC removed only 225

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As the city grows at a blistering pace, the menace of illegal structures on prime land is also multiplying. In an apparent acceptance of the failure of its own administration, NMC has filed an affidavit in the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court in a PIL, revealing 1,388 illegal structures.

NMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal's affidavit also reveals that NMC was able to remove only 225 illegal structures, while 1,163 still persist. These include both religious and non-religious ones.

Jaiswal's affidavit says there are 315 religious and 848 non-religious illegal structures in the city. Gandhibagh has the highest number of such constructions followed by Laxmi Nagar and Hanuman Nagar.

In the statistics available with TOI, despite Gandhibagh zone, comprising Mominpura and other sensitive areas, having highest number of religious and non-religious structures, none of them were removed. The next highest number was in Laxmi Nagar - 162 non-religious structures. However, NMC officers did well to remove 156 of them. However, they didn't touch 14 illegal religious structures.

In other zones like Dharampeth, Hanuman Nagar and Lakadganj, civic authorities have not dared to remove even a single such construction. Only Dhantoli zone officers seem to have taken HC orders seriously by removing eight religious and 50 non-religious structures.

In the remaining zones, officers usually do not take action against illegal structures, and going by the extremely tardy process of removal, it would take decades to free these areas of encroachments.

This affidavit was filed in a PIL by Dr Gajanan Zade and Manohar Khorgade, who argued that these structures have become a nuisance for citizens. Firdos Mirza, who pleaded the case, said police are doing nothing despite the fact that they can take cognisable action against illegal encroachments under various acts. The petitioner cited Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966; City of Nagpur Corporation Act, 1948; Indian Penal Code and Bombay Police Act.

Taking serious cognisance of the inaction in removing illegal structures during the festival seasons, the HC had asked the civic body not to give permission to any pandals on roads. The petitioner had cited a Supreme Court judgment, wherein all state governments were directed to take appropriate action to prevent encroachments and illegalities in the name of construction of religious places without permission.
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City Police aim to make key corridors snarl-free

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The key corridors of the city have been brought under special vigilance of the traffic department. A drive to take the traffic offenders to task on the level of 'zero tolerance' has been initiated in the city from Friday onwards. Traffic police aims to crackdown on the illegal parking and other traffic violations in the stretches where it has initiated the drive.

City police chief Ankush Dhanvijay said that traffic police has been urged to keep a strict vigil on the vital corridors of the city like West High Court Road, Ramdaspeth Road, Central Avenue, Residency Road, Sitabuldi Main Road and couple of other busy stretches. The drive on these roads is being conducted under the senior officers and additional manpower has been deployed there to tackle the issues. "We hope that in a week's time major snarls on the key roads would be removed," he said.

Deputy commissioner of police Jeevraj Dabhade said that stress has been laid on the jammer actions against the parking violators. "We are first issuing warnings through the public address systems to correct the illegalities in parking and then the jammers are being attached to their wheels. The abandoned vehicles on the roads are also being towed away," said Dabhade.

He said that on an average around 100 violators are being penalized every day.
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Chavan demands Rs 500 cr from Centre for minority welfare

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Maharashtra chief minister Prithiviraj Chavan today demanded financial aid of Rs 500 crore from Centre towards various developmental activities for minority communities in 10 districts of state.

Speaking on the occasion of inauguration of Haj House in Ganjipeth area of the state vice capital, Chavan said the Centre was currently funding four districts, including Buldana, Hingoli and Washim with a view to enhance the status of minority communities.

Chavan urged the Union Minister for Minorities, Law and Justice, Salman Khurshid, who was the guest of honour at the function, to sponsor the Centrally-monitored projects for minorities saying the Centre should extend the benefit of four districts to ten other districts where people from minority are in sizable number.

Union Minister for Social Justice Mukul Wasnik, Chairperson of the Central Haj Committee, Mohsina Kidwai, and ministers from state Cabinet, including the Minister for Minority Development Arif Naseem Khan, besides MPs Vilas Muttemwar, Datta Meghe, Vijay Darda among others were present on the occasion.

Listing various developmental schemes meant for minority communities, Chavan said the Maharashtra government had earmarked Rs 275 crore for recently created Minority Development Ministry and has plans to raise it to Rs 350 crore in the next budget.

The chief minister said Maharashtra was the first state in the country to form a separate ministry for Minority Development.
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Central Rly for major turnaround in operations

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With several power plants coming up in the region, the Nagpur division of Central Railway is eyeing big business and is on the verge of major change with respect to the pattern and profile of operations.

Satyendra Kumar, senior divisional commercial manager (SrDCM), Nagpur, said the division loads about 27 metric tonnes ( MT) of freight traffic per annum. Out of this, 90% is coal traffic. The other loading material are cement, containers, iron and steel.

"We expect 21 private sidings to come up in the near future. A few of them have already been commissioned. These sidings broadly belong to segments like powerhouse, container depots and industrial sidings and private freight terminals (PFTs)," said Satyendra Kumar.

There are six new thermal power plants proposed to come up with an additional 2,270 mw power generation capacity. Central Railway anticipates that these plants will require inward coal traffic for 12 rakes per day. Out of these, phase I of Wardha Power Plant at Warora was commissioned in January 2011.

Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station plans to expand capacity by 1,000 mw. Sarni thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh will expand capacity by 500 mw - adding requirement of coal by eight rakes. Kumar says additional movement is involved and empty rakes will be generated.

Another major sector will be container business which will also receive stimulus in the near future with inland container depots proposed by Freightstar, ETA Group and All Cargo Global Logistics at Borkhedi.

"Additional traffic proposed by these container depots is to the tune of 15 rakes per month. This will be over and above 36 rakes generated presently by the division," the SrDCM said.

Central Railways feels that newly mooted private freight terminal will go a long way in catalysing infrastructure within railways. "PFTs will be very beneficial in sharing the railways' direct responsibility for creation of infrastructure in the region," said Satyendra Kumar.

He stressed Vimla Infrastructure in Tadali (Chandrapur) and Lloyds Steel Industries, Wardha, are two important sidings for conversion as brown field private freight terminals as per the Railway Board policy.

These private sidings have high potential in the wake of the all around development of the surrounding industrial area, availability of road access in the Nagpur division.

The CR expects to play a pivotal role in upcoming private sidings project as regards new infrastructure and upgradation of existing infrastructure at serving station and section of division.

However, passenger welfare organisation Bharatiya Yatri Kendra (BYK) general secretary Basant Shukla feels that unless the railways clear proposal to lay a third line between Nagpur and Wardha, all-round development is not possible.

We expect 21 private sidings to come up in near future. Six new thermal power plants with 2,270 mw generation capacity are also proposed.
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Guys, I think we should have a thread titled 'Wildlife in and around Nagpur - The Tiger Capital Of India' where we can put all news/articles/pics related to wildlife in National Parks surrounding Nagpur (Pench, Kanha, Bhor, Tadoba, Nagzira etc). This will promote tourism and awareness to some extent. There are so many pics coming in Hitavada itself now-a-days..
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Finally, city gets relief from load-shedding after three weeks

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Residents of Orange City finally got relief from loading after over three weeks on Monday. With improved power situation, MSEDCL did not enforce any power cut in the entire city on Monday. Since last four to five days most city areas had got partial relief from power cuts during morning hours.

MSEDCL officials said that the city will be spared of power cuts unless there is a major problem in the coming. "Mahagenco's generation has increased by over 1,000MW as compared to September end. We are getting 700-800MW more from NTPC. The power scenario got a major boost when the new 500MW unit at Khaparkheda started generation. Hopefully Dabhol plant will get adequate gas to generate at full capacity. Mahagenco will start receiving imported coal which will further increase generation," a senior official said.

He further said that MSEDCL had floated tenders for buying 400MW for the month of October. "We are getting 150MW from JSW Energy and will get 75MW from Power Trading Corporation (PTC) from Tuesday. This will increase the situation further," he added.

Power cuts were enforced in the city after a gap of over one-and-a-half years from September 30. Load-shedding in the city ranged from two hours to 4.15 hours. As the power shortage increased, load-shedding too increased by 1.15 hours on October 6. The city also encountered emergency power cut after many years.

Mahagenco's generation had dipped to 3,000-3,200MW in September end. It increased to 4,000MW on Saturday. Another 200-300MW was added when the Khaparkheda started generating on Sunday.

The state government has been blaming all and sundry for the power shortage but delay in commissioning of Mahagenco units is the major reason for power shortage. The Khaparkheda unit was to be commissioned in March 2009 but it finally started generation now.

Two 500MW units of Bhusawal power station are also over two years behind schedule. The first unit was to be commissioned in August 2009. Now, the date has been postponed to December 2011. It is doubtful whether deadline will be met. The second 500MW unit will start generation in June 2012 as per the new schedule. This crisis could have been averted had the 1,500MW capacity been available then.
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