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Vidarbha’s first urban forest park coming up on Koradi Road

Nagpur: The Nagpur forest division has started work on the first ‘Nagar Van’ (Urban Forest) of Vidarbha on its land at Nara on Koradi Road. The Rs6 crore project has been sanctioned by the ministry of environment, forest, and climate change (MoEFCC).
Urban forestry is an integrated concept of forest resource management to provide improved environment, pleasing and relaxing surroundings in an urban system. The Nagar Van or Urban Forest scheme will be funded by the CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority).

The Nagar Van scheme was launched by Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar on June 5, 2020, on World Environment Day by opening the state’s first Nagar Van at Warje in Pune where a 25 hectare forest land, falling within the city, was developed as a park with public participation.

The Nagar Van concept is basically to provide an opportunity to the states to manage urban ecosystems. Such Nagar Vans have been planned under 200 municipal corporations across the country in five years.

Deputy conservator of forests (DyCF) Prabhu Nath Shukla told TOI that the Nara forest depot is a reserve forest spread in 21.75 hectares. “It was transferred by the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) to the territorial department in 1990. The sprawling forest area has around 200 deer. Another Nagar Van is proposed at Shankarpur off Wardha Road,” said Shukla.

Shukla said, “Works in Phase-I will include those that did not require any clearances. The Nagar Van will be one of the best places for the public to visit. It will have grassland, wetland, water body, nature trail, yoga and meditation platforms, wild flower tree zone, rare and endangered plant species area, children’s play area, amphitheatre, live bamboo tunnel among other attractions.”

“The MoEFCC will fund some part of the project while the remaining funding will be done through convergence from other government schemes, municipal corporation, corporate bodies etc.” said Shukla.

On the deer population in the area, Shukla said, “There will be grassland and wetland for deer. It is possible that many herbivores may migrate after the park is fenced. These animals will be taken care of. Fencing of the Nagar Van will also solve the man-animal conflict. At times these deer enter human settlements and are also attacked by stray dogs.”

The forest is surrounded by dense human settlements and over the years many flat schemes and residential areas have come up. The deer have been there for long and the animals shuffle between nearby bushy Koradi thermal power station premises and Nara depot.

Urban forestry concept is not new to Maharashtra. During 1990-91, massive greening drive was taken up in Amravati, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad and Nashik. Under this, huge plantations were taken up at Ambazari and Gorewada.

Nagpur CCF P Kalyan Kumar said, “Nagpur is bestowed with urban forests like Ambazari (756ha), Seminary Hills (76ha) and Gorewada (1914ha). All these forest areas are the lungs of the city and have different floral and faunal biodiversity.”

“In 2016, the Maharashtra government had launched a parallel scheme by opening urban gardens on forest areas under ‘Uttamrao Patil Van Udyan’ scheme with a basic idea to create awareness about nature education,” said Kumar.

Vidarbha’s first urban forest park coming up on Koradi Road - Times of India
 

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Vidarbha’s first urban forest park coming up on Koradi Road

Nagpur: The Nagpur forest division has started work on the first ‘Nagar Van’ (Urban Forest) of Vidarbha on its land at Nara on Koradi Road. The Rs6 crore project has been sanctioned by the ministry of environment, forest, and climate change (MoEFCC).
Urban forestry is an integrated concept of forest resource management to provide improved environment, pleasing and relaxing surroundings in an urban system. The Nagar Van or Urban Forest scheme will be funded by the CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority).

The Nagar Van scheme was launched by Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar on June 5, 2020, on World Environment Day by opening the state’s first Nagar Van at Warje in Pune where a 25 hectare forest land, falling within the city, was developed as a park with public participation.

The Nagar Van concept is basically to provide an opportunity to the states to manage urban ecosystems. Such Nagar Vans have been planned under 200 municipal corporations across the country in five years.

Deputy conservator of forests (DyCF) Prabhu Nath Shukla told TOI that the Nara forest depot is a reserve forest spread in 21.75 hectares. “It was transferred by the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) to the territorial department in 1990. The sprawling forest area has around 200 deer. Another Nagar Van is proposed at Shankarpur off Wardha Road,” said Shukla.

Shukla said, “Works in Phase-I will include those that did not require any clearances. The Nagar Van will be one of the best places for the public to visit. It will have grassland, wetland, water body, nature trail, yoga and meditation platforms, wild flower tree zone, rare and endangered plant species area, children’s play area, amphitheatre, live bamboo tunnel among other attractions.”

“The MoEFCC will fund some part of the project while the remaining funding will be done through convergence from other government schemes, municipal corporation, corporate bodies etc.” said Shukla.

On the deer population in the area, Shukla said, “There will be grassland and wetland for deer. It is possible that many herbivores may migrate after the park is fenced. These animals will be taken care of. Fencing of the Nagar Van will also solve the man-animal conflict. At times these deer enter human settlements and are also attacked by stray dogs.”

The forest is surrounded by dense human settlements and over the years many flat schemes and residential areas have come up. The deer have been there for long and the animals shuffle between nearby bushy Koradi thermal power station premises and Nara depot.

Urban forestry concept is not new to Maharashtra. During 1990-91, massive greening drive was taken up in Amravati, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad and Nashik. Under this, huge plantations were taken up at Ambazari and Gorewada.

Nagpur CCF P Kalyan Kumar said, “Nagpur is bestowed with urban forests like Ambazari (756ha), Seminary Hills (76ha) and Gorewada (1914ha). All these forest areas are the lungs of the city and have different floral and faunal biodiversity.”

“In 2016, the Maharashtra government had launched a parallel scheme by opening urban gardens on forest areas under ‘Uttamrao Patil Van Udyan’ scheme with a basic idea to create awareness about nature education,” said Kumar.

Vidarbha’s first urban forest park coming up on Koradi Road - Times of India
 

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France’s AFD to finance Nag River front beautification project
French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain and Council General of France in Mumbai, Sonia Barbry, visited Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Tuesday and discussed Nag River Rehabilitation Project. During discussions with Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B, and Bhubaneswari S, CEO, Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL), French Ambassador offered to provide financial and technical help to NMC for the ambitious project. Civic officials provided information about the city, the future prospects, ongoing development projects and future scenario.

The Nag River flowing through the centre of the city and is the glory of the city but over the period of time the water body lost is status. Therefore, NMC has taken initiative for the revival of this signature river for which Central Government and Japan's Financial Institutions, Japan International Co-operation Agency, JIKA. The total cost of the project is pegged at Rs 2117.71 crores and Central Government, State Government and Nagpur Municipal Corporation have 60:25:15 share in the project respectively. Central Government will spend 60 per cent or Rs 1323.51 crore, the State Government 25 per cent or Rs 496.38 crore and NMC's 15 per cent or Rs 297.82 crore contributions. NMC supplies 650 MLD of water to city and about 530 MLD of this water is converted into sewage and discharged into the Nag River. Of this, 350 to 360 MLD of water is treated and rest is released the same way ahead of Bhandewadi and it mixes into Wainganga thereby polluting the water in Gosikhurd Irrigation Project.

For beautification of Nag river, in first phase is to address the issue of pollution for which sewage treatment plants (STPs) would be constructed at various places to ensure no untreated waste is released into it. In the second phase of the beautification work under the Nag River Rehabilitation Project, NMC will require the major support of Agence France de Development (AFD), the lending agency of France Government. Apart from this, waste is being segregated in the city every day and a project for processing plastic waste will also be implemented. Here to France's technical assistance is required for the disposal of plastic waste in proper way.

Nag River Rehabilitation and Plastic Waste Management Project of city is aimed at preserving the environment and for the same AFD agreed to provide financial and technical assistance. Municipal Commissioner also sought appointment of technical consultants for proper execution of the second phase of Nag River Rehabilitation Project. Speaking during the meeting, French Ambassador said that AFD has funded several projects in city and this project will also be considered for co-operation. Also, France will co-operate NMC for its proposal of management of plastic waste. Earlier, Jackie Amprou, Regional Director, South Asia, AFD, and Bruno Bosle, Country Director for India, inspected the Nag River at various places from Ambazari to get an idea of the beautification project. At the beginning of the meeting, Mohammed Israel, Technical Advisor, Nag River Rehabilitation Project, presented the details of the project from its inception. Shweta Banerjee, Superintending Engineer, NSSCDCL, Mahesh Morone, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NSSCDCL, Rajesh Dufare, General Manager, Dr Praneeta Umredkar, General Manager, Dr Parag Armal, Dr Sandeep Naranware, Dr Manas Badge were present during the meeting.

 

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Nag River Pollution Abatement Project approved; to treat waste flowing in Nag river: Govt

New Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) The government on Tuesday said the Nag River Pollution Abatement Project has been approved in order to treat the sewage and industrial waste flowing into the river in Nagpur.
The announcement with respect to the project''s approval was made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari after a meeting with the officials of the World Bank and government officials here, The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said in a statement.

"The Nag River Pollution Abatement Project has been approved at a cost of Rs 2,117.54 crore. The river which flows through the Nagpur city, thus giving its name to the city, is now a highly polluted water channel of sewage and industrial waste," it said.

According to the statement, Gadkari made the announcement with respect to the project after chairing a meeting of World Bank officials, DG NMCG and Nagpur Municipal Commissioner.

The project has been approved under the National River Conservation Plan, and will be implemented by the National River Conservation Directorate.

Implementation of the project will reduce the pollution level in terms of untreated sewage, flowing solid waste and other impurities flowing into the Nag river and its tributaries, the ministry statement said. PTI ABI HRS hrs

 

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High speed rail team to conduct survey in Nagpur division today

TNN | Mar 17, 2021, 04.38 AM IST
Nagpur: The team of National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), an arm of the Indian Railways, will conduct the last leg of the aerial survey for a bullet train between Nagpur-Mumbai (741km). The aerial survey team will be in the city on Wednesday and will do a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) survey between Nagpur and Murtizapur.
“The LiDAR survey for the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur high-speed rail corridor started on March 12 and will conclude on Wednesday. The DPR will be ready by this year-end,” said Pankaj Uke, general manager (operations), NHSRCL. Uke hails from Amravati and is on deputation with NHSRCL.

During the last five days, the team covered over 500km from Nashik, Shirdi, Aurangabad, Jalna, Akola, Amravati and Karanja. The proposed 736-km bullet train project will link Shahapur, Igatpuri, Nashik, Mehkar, Malegaon, Pulgaon, Wardha, and Khapri (Nagpur).

“In the survey, a four-seater aircraft has been fitted with an aerial LiDAR and imagery sensors captures the data related to the ground survey. To provide clear pictures of the structures, trees, and other minute ground details, 100-megapixel cameras are being used for the survey. At least 80 ground staff have also been involved in the survey. The plane flies at 1,000 feet to capture the images,” said Uke.

NSHRCL officials said the survey gives the overall information on the ground regarding alignments, physical structures, trees, utilities, landscape, etc. “We are simultaneously doing a survey of passenger traffic by hiring a private agency that has stationed its men at toll booths between Mumbai-Nagpur,” Uke stated.

“It will be a dedicated line with elevated railway corridor being explored alongside the Nagpur-Mumbai Balasaheb Thackeray Samruddhi Mahamarg (expressway). We will see that bare minimum land acquisition is done to avoid hurdles and project delays,” they said.

The NHSRCL has been asked to prepare DPR for seven high-speed corridors in two years. These corridors include Delhi-Lucknow-Varanasi, Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad, Delhi-Amritsar-Chandigarh, Nagpur-Mumbai, Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad, Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru and Varanasi-Patna-Kolkata. “Of this, the DPR of Delhi-Varanasi has already been submitted,” said Uke.

On Wednesday, the survey will be conducted between 7am and 12 noon. The aircraft will land at Akola after the survey as due to Covid-19 restrictions the plane was not allowed to land at Nagpur airport.
On benefits, Uke said, “The high-speed rail (HSR) project apart from being a technological marvel, would afford many quantifiable benefits like saving travel time, vehicle operation cost, reduction in pollution and accidents, job creation and would also boost the infrastructure and add to the growth.”

THE MUMAI-NAGPUR HSR ROUTE

* Length: 741 km

* Type: Elevated

* Stations: 12


* Names: Shahapur, Igatpuri, Nasik, Shirdi, Aurangabad, Jalna, Mehkar, Malegaon Jahangir, Karanja Lad, Pulgaon, Wardha and Nagpur


* Route Description: The proposed corridor is planned to run along Samruddhi Mahamarg Expressway, national highways, greenfield areas, and may pass through arterial roads of the intermediate city road network for high-speed rail connectivity between different cities along the corridor


* Fares: The fare structure is yet to be finalized but is expected to be 1.5 times the existing AC-I fare on the Indian Railways’ current service

 

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यशवंत स्टेडियममध्ये होणार डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर स्मारक

नागपूर : यशवंत स्टेडियमचे अद्ययावतीकरण करून २० हजार प्रेक्षक क्षमता असणारे अद्ययावत स्टेडियम बांधण्यात येणार आहे. यामध्ये डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर स्मारक, व्यापारी संकुल, म्युझियम व गेस्ट हाऊस व पार्किंगचा समावेश राहणार आहे. या अद्ययावतीकरणाचा प्रस्ताव शासनाकडे पाठविण्यात आला आहे. त्यासाठी पाठपुरावा करण्यात येईल, असे पालकमंत्री नितीन राऊत यांनी सोमवारी सांगितले.

शहरातील नामांकित यशवंत स्टेडियमच्या अद्ययावतीकरणाबाबत पालकमंत्र्यांच्या अध्यक्षतेखाली विभागीय आयुक्त कार्यालय येथे आढावा बैठक घेण्यात आली. आमदार अभिजित वंजारी, विभागीय आयुक्त डॉ. संजीव कुमार, महापालिका आयुक्त राधाकृष्णन बी., जिल्हाधिकारी रवींद्र ठाकरे व नागपूर सुधार प्रन्यास व महानगर पालिकेचे अधिकारी उपस्थित होते.

यशवंत स्टेडियमच्या नूतनीकरणाच्या आराखड्याची सादरीकरणाद्वारे माहिती देण्यात आली. यामध्ये डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर स्मारक, व्यापारी संकुल, म्युझियम, अभ्यास केंद्र, मेमोरियल हॉल, गेस्ट रूम, वाहनांसाठी पार्किंग आदी चार लाख स्क्वेअर मीटर क्षेत्रात हे बांधकाम करण्यात येणार आहे. यशवंत स्टेडियम शहराच्या मध्यभागी असून ही जागा शासकीय आहे. सन १९७० पासून ही जागा महानगरपालिकेकडे लिजवर देण्यात आली आहे. या जागेवर महानगरपालिकेचा ताबा आहे. अद्ययावतीकरणासाठीचा प्रस्ताव मेट्रोकडे देण्यात आला होता. हे काम मेट्रोला दिल्यास व्यवस्थित होईल. तसा प्रस्ताव शासनाकडे पाठविण्यात आला आहे. मुख्यमंत्री यांना सादरीकरण दाखवून निधीसाठी पाठपुरावा करण्यात येईल, असे पालकमंत्री यांनी सांगितले. लोकप्रतिनिधींशी चर्चा करून या कामास गती द्यावी. महापालिका आयुक्तांनी लवकरात लवकर प्रस्तावावर अभ्यास करून प्रस्ताव सादर करावा, असे त्यांनी सांगितले. बांधकामासाठी नागपूर सुधार प्रन्यास व महानगरपालिकेकडूनसुद्धा प्रस्ताव मागवावे, असे पालकमंत्री म्हणाले.

ताजबाग दर्गा समितीच्या स्थापनेसाठी बैठक


ताजबाग दर्गा समितीच्या स्थापनेसाठी पालकमंत्र्यांच्या अध्यक्षतेखाली बैठक घेण्यात आली. ही समिती राज्य शासनाच्या अधिपत्याखाली असून समितीवर जिल्हा न्यायाधीश नियुक्त केले जातात. समितीचे पूर्ण अधिकार त्यांना असतात, असे जिल्हाधिकारी रवींद्र ठाकरे यांनी यावेळी सांगितले. समिती स्थापनेसाठी शासननिर्णय व इतर तद्अनुषंगिक कागदपत्रे यांची तपासणी करून त्याबाबतचा प्रस्ताव शासनाकडे लवकरात लवकर पाठवावा, असे पालकमंत्री राऊत यांनी सांगितले.

समिती स्थापनेसाठी विधि व न्याय सचिवांची बैठक घेऊन येणाऱ्या तांत्रिक त्रुट्या दूर करण्यात येतील, असेही ते म्हणाले. आतापर्यंत १०३ कोटी खर्च झालेला असून २९ कोटी रुपयांचा निधी जिल्हा नियोजन समितीकडून अप्राप्त असल्याने तो खर्च झाला नाही, असे सांगण्यात आले.

 

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900 bed, 25 oxygen plant to be set up at Mankapur to counter the third COVID wave
The second wave of Kovid has caused havoc, putting the Center, state government and health workers in jeopardy. Considering the intensity, experts believe that the third wave can also be equally destructive.

Learning from the disturbances and loss of life and property caused by the bed, oxygen and drug crisis, the district administration held a meeting on Saturday to discuss the issues of fighting in the case of the third wave. During the meeting, 900-bed Jumbo Hospital and 25 Oxygen Plants were set up at Mankapur Sports Complex.

Patron Minister Nitin Raut directed the officials to prepare a master plan to deal with the third wave of Kovid. The meeting was attended by District Collector Ravindra Thackeray, Municipal Corporation Commissioner Radhakrishnan B, ZP CEO Yogesh Kumbhajekar, Director General of Information and Public Relations Director Hemraj Bagul, Dean of GMCH Dr. Sudhir Gupta, Dean of IGGMCH Drs. Ajay Keolia, Medical Superintendent Drs. Avinash Gawande, Deputy Director, Health Department Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, District Surgeon Dr. Devendra Patkar, IMA President Dr. Sanjay Devtale, all officers of the Kovid Task Force were present. The availability of beds will depend on the availability of oxygen. Therefore, cryogenic oxy gene plants will be set up at ten locations in the district. Approximately 5,000 jumbo cylinder dares should be availed for corona patients and 1000 oxygen concourse tors will be procured.

 
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