NMC officials asked to repair roads before Ganeshotsava

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Sep 2018 12:19:25


Staff Reporter,

Various agencies have dug up roads for their works. Clubbed with rainfall, this has resulted in bad condition of roads in almost every part of the city. With festive season approaching fast, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has asked officials of different agencies to repair the roads before Ganeshotsava, which is starting from September 13.

Virendra Kukreja, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee, asked the agencies including NMC, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Orange City Water (OCW), Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited (SNDL) and other agencies that have dug up roads for their project works to act swiftly and repair the roads. “The issue of bad roads is very serious. Irrespective of the agency that digs up road and does not repair, people criticise NMC for inconvenience caused to them because of bad roads. Hence, repair of roads must be done before Ganeshotsava,” he said, while expressing strong displeasure over delays in repairs of roads.

Kukreja issued the directions after taking stock of various ongoing works in the city, in a special meeting called on Friday at NMC. Sudhir Deulgaonkar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari; Sudhakar Kohale and Krishna Khopde, both MLAs; Sandeep Jadhav, Chairman of Tax Committee of NMC; Ravindra Thakre, Additional Municipal Commissioner; Manoj Talewar, Chief Engineer; Ajay Ramteke, General Manager of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA); Sunil Gujjalwar, Superintending Engineer of NIT; and officers of other agencies were present in the meeting.

In the meeting, Deulgaonkar and Kukreja raised various issues including bad roads, proposal regarding transfer of Central Railway land between Vanjari Nagar and Railwaymen’s School to NMC, beautification of traffic intersections of newly-constructed cement roads, removal of electric poles from the middle of old roads and new cement roads, and also availability of land to Mata Mandir in Teka Naka area. Deulgaonkar took stock of progress of various projects and Kukreja asked the officials to expedite work.

After taking stock of progress on the above-mentioned counts, Kukreja asked NMC officials to send a proposal at the earliest to Central Railway seeking its land between Vanjari Nagar and Railwaymen’s School. “The land should be taken on lease from Central Railway for development plan road,” he said. Once the proposal is cleared, he added, NMC should expedite construction of the road.

As far as removal of electric poles from the middle of the roads was concerned, Standing Committee chief asked NMC’s Electrical Department, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, and SNDL to work in co-ordination for the purpose. A proposal should be sent to Urban Development Department seeking funds for the purpose under Maharashtra Suvarna Jayanti Nagarotthan Maha-Abhiyan, Kukreja directed the officials concerned. He also asked the officials concerned to lay road from Ring Road to site of under-construction Symbiosis University in Wathoda.

Krishna Khopde flayed NMC administration for not consulting the corporators and issuing circular regarding constitution of a committee to keep tab on tenders issued by NMC. Khopde alleged that the Municipal Commissioner had put stringent conditions on expenditure of ward funds of corporators, which was affecting development of the city.
Rajesh Bhutkar, Girish Wasnik, Moti Kukreja, Sanjay Jaiswal, all of them Executive Engineers, and other officers were present prominently in the meeting.

Kukreja orders probe into delay in getting ambulances

Virendra Kukreja, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee, expressed strong displeasure over delay in NMC getting ambulances, and ordered probe to know what caused delay. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping, and Water Resources had sanctioned aid from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund for procurement of six ambulances and six hearse vans for Nagpur city. However, due to red-tapism the ambulances or hearse vans could not be added to NMC’s fleet. Hence, Kukreja ordered probe into the matter and asked the administration to immediately complete the process of procurement of the vehicles.