Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his comment about five star NGOs, Jairam Ramesh said former wants to have illiberal democracy and there is no room for dissent or for fair criticism. Today, there is such a situation that anything which is not as per Government’s line then it is considered anti-national. He also expressed surprise at a letter written by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to Union Tribal Welfare Ministry calling for review of latter’s objections to State Government decision to vest control of forest committees that allowed them the right over forest produce to Forest Department officials. Ramesh said first successful experiment of Lekha-Mendha in Gadchiroli district wherein community got right on forest produce was in Maharashtra State and yet its Government want its review of something serious.
Sudhakar Kohale, who got elected as MLA from South Nagpur constituency, tendered his resignation from the post of Water Works Committee chief of NMC on Friday. “Since I have got elected as MLA and already on various other committees, it has become very difficult for me to devote adequate time to NMC Water Works Committee’s responsibilities. Hence, I have resigned from the post of Water Works Committee chief,” he said. Asked about the his successor to this post, Kohale said that it was for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership to decide.‘High-level meetings on Kochi, Jamghat projects soon’
Sudhakar Kohale, MLA, informed the media that Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, had held a meeting of officials to know the latest status of Kochi barrage and Jamghat inter-state irrigation projects. “Guardian Minister will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday, and request him to give some time for high-level meeting between Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh Chief Ministers since Jamghat project is important for Nagpur city also,” Kohale said.
Pradeep Kumar Dange, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) and Chief Officer of MHADA Nagpur Board, appealed to the people that they should not fall prey to persons posing as ‘agents’ of MHADA. “I wish to make it clear that MHADA has no agents at all. MHADA has not outsourced the task of enrolment for housing unit to any other agency or organisation,” he said. He appealed to the people, if they have been approached by ‘agents’, to come forward with details and lodge complaints at MHADA Nagpur Board office so that appropriate action could be taken against the fraudsters.
The IIM Raipur convocation ceremony also saw gold medals being given away by the first citizen of the country, Pranab Mukherjee for scholastic performance. Among the Post Graduate Programme (PGP)students, Jayesh Surisetti received the Chairman’s Gold Medal while Arpit Bajpai received the Director’s Gold Medal and Pavan Kumar Tatineni received the PGP Chairman’s Gold medal. Similarly, Aditi Singhal(2013-15 batch)and Anurag Rao(2012-14 batch)received Chairman’s gold medal for Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executive (PGPWE) batch.At the end of the ceremony all the students of Post Graduate Programme (PGP) and Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executive (PGPWE) received their diplomas from the Chairman Board of Governors, IIM Raipur, H S Bhartiya. CG ministers, officials to learn Management skills at IIM Ahmedabad, says Dr Singh
Speaking about the importance of management, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on the occasion said Chhattisgarh Government has succeeded in reducing energy distribution loss, increase its power load factor by effectively using the management skill. Besides, many other State Government departments have been able to enhance their efficiency through proper management and praised the IIM Raipur for its support in this direction, said the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister also said that the State ministers and officials will be visiting IIM Ahmedabad for learning management skills. The Chief Minister also spoke on how he can enhance the role of IIM Raipur in State Government work.
During the last eight days , total 243 illegal items were seized from Central Jail. In fact recovery of so many mobile handsets came as a shocker. As the sensational jailbreak case triggered alarm, the entire police administration woke-up to harsh realities. Jailors from outside Nagpur were called and a through search of entire Central Jail campus was undertaken which yielded a rich haul of banned objects. The seizure list speaks volume about work culture of the jail. The Hitavada which got a copy of list of illegal items that were seized from the jail. The statistics reveals that total 75 mobiles phones along with 72 mobile phone batteries, four pen drives, 28 mobile phone charges, 15 sim cards, five ganja packets and 44 others items were seized from the jail till Sunday.According to sources, mobile phones and others items were hidden in the toilets, bathroom and floors. The electronic items were wrapped in the polythene bags and then concealed in toilets. Everything was done very smartly and jail officials it seems did not take any strict measures to ensure that mobiles were not used inside the jail premises. Most shocking facts was that police had recovered four mobile phones, four batteries, six mobile phone charges, one sim cards from Government Press inside the Central Jail. It can be mentioned that the jail inmates were deployed for work in the press and it seems they were extensively using mobile phones from the press. Deputy Inspector Genera (DIG) (Prison), East Vidarbha Region, Shashikant Shinde, admitted that seizure of banned items is very shocking and added that those found guilty will not be spared. “We are conducting searches everyday and security of the jail has been increased,” the DIG further said.
Chhattisgarh Congress on Friday boycotted the proceedings of ‘hearing’ being conducted by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) for the Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation for the financial year 2015-16. Earlier the Congress leaders and workers opposed the proposed hike of power tariff and sat on dharna before the Commission during the hearing process.Taking up the issue that during the hearing process being held in the premises of Chhattisgarh State Power Company head-quarters in Dangania, the Congress leaders led by former Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak and Congress Raipur (Urban) President Vikas Upadhyay raised the issue that CSERC although conducting Public Hearing but its banners and posters is displaying the work Hearing, which is unethical. Pandemonium was created in the hall where hearing was undergoing which virtually led to impasse into the proceedings as the Congress workers were shouting slogans against the state government as well as the CSERC. Eminent lawyer and former Congress Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak who was speaking at the moment had to stop her speech as Congress Raipur (Urban) President Vikas Upadhyay rushed into the proceedings along with his supporters displaying a CSERC banner and raised question as to whether the Commission was conducting hearing or public hearing. Former Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak then urged the CSERC Chairman Narayan Singh to give his ruling in this direction as the CSERC is quasi-judicial body. She stated CSERC should clarify whether it was hearing or public hearing. She asked till previous years, all CSERC advertisements and notices had stated public hearing, whether that process was correct or the process today is correct. Chairman Narayan Singh then clarified that as per provisions laid under Section 62 and Section 86 it is aptly clear that it is ‘Hearing’, and objections and appeals of all concerned and affected parties will be heard during the hearing. On this, Nayak questioned, if it is Hearing, then whether the CSERC had issued notification and provided copies of petition filed by power companies to each and every power consumer who will affected from this Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation process. She said the CSERC has only made public announcement and called people to attend the process and submit their demands and objections, which comes under category of public hearing. The CSERC Chairman as well as CSERC officials couldn’t gave satisfactory answers to these objections raised by the Congress. They stated that as per provisions it is Hearing and CSERC will be hearing the objections and demands of every concerned person or organizations. Unsatisfied with the answer the Congress boycotted the proceedings and left the hearing.
Govt Suspends Anuppur CMHO for purchasing substandard drugs.Despite several directives from senior health officers from state capital to all districts’ CMHOs to refrain from purchasing substandard drugs and get the drugs tested before placing order to the company, Dr R P Shrivastava, CMHO, Anuppur is said to have purchased substandard drugs about two months ago. A team of senior health officers from state capital had gone to Anuppur and investigated the matter ,found the CMHO guilty. On Friday , he was suspended. Many efforts were made to contact Dr R P Shrivastava but he could not be contacted. When contacted Dr Ranjana Gupta, Divisional Joint Director, Shahdol division, confirmed suspension of Dr RP Shrivastava ,said a letter was received from Commissioner, health about his suspension. “ I do not know what exactly the matter was but a team of senior health officers was come to Anuppur to investigate some matter. They had taken some documents along with them two months, she said. “ There is shortage of doctors in Government hospitals, if the Government suspends them ,should reinstate soon, she said. A senior officer in directorate of health, pleading anonymity , said that the probe against some more CMHOs regarding financial irregularities, administrative lapses procurement of drugs, excess payments to private hospitals and nursing homes is going these days. Some more CMHOs will be found guilty and be suspended soon. Divisional Commnr, Indore did not receive reply
Sanjay Dubey, Commissioner, Indore Division, said that he had written to Commissioner Health, about show cause notice last year to take action against Dr Ashok Dagria the then Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Indore. “But I have not yet received any reply from the Directorate of Health.Senior officer in Health Department said the collectors and commissioners from some parts of the State wrote against the respective districts’ CMHOs. The complaints are laying pending for months.
Commission had allowed more expenses to administrative and repairs and maintenance in the regulations to improve services to consumers. But MSEDCL did not spent the amount and increased employees cost. Therefore, the actual spent amount has to be considered for final true up for FY 13-14. Employee expenses exceeded by Rs 2,272. “These are controllable expenses. As per regulations under profit and gains formula one third amount to be allowed eligible under the head ‘ Employee expenses’ to MSEDCL. For FY 13-14, the reduction in operation and maintenance (O&M) expenses should be Rs 5320 minus Rs 3805 comes to 1515. For FY 14-15 and FY 15-16, reduction of wheeling of surplus available power are deducted from wheeling energy units and reduced employee cost to that extent which is 7102 minus 6933 that comes to 169,” the VIA Energy Forum said.‘Refund extra FAC recovered from consumers’
MSEDCL had collected more amount from the consumers by increasing the fuel adjustment charges (FAC). In the electricity bill of March 2015 sent to consumers, MSEDCL instead of levying 16 paise FAC per unit for the month of March 2015, it had imposed FAC as Rs 1.40 per unit which brought strong resentment among consumers. VIA Energy Forum said that the calculations were not correct since six months. Therefore, it has demanded to refund the extra amount recovered in the form of FAC either by credit or debit.Mismatch in power purchase, sale in ’14-15
In reply to the Commission’s query No.88, MSEDCL submitted the month-wise details of actual power trading from April 2014 to November 2014. As per the submissions of MSEDCL, the sales of surplus available power for trading for 8 months in FY 14-15 was 362.55 million units (MUs). Average monthly sales calculated come to 45.32 MUs. Accordingly projected sales of surplus power in 12 months for FY 14-15 should be 544 MUs at the rate of Rs 2.77 per unit. On this basis realisation of 544 MUs should be Rs 151 crore during FY 14-15. But MSEDCL projected sale of surplus power during FY 14-15 as 6,500 MUs with realisation of Rs 2,339 crore with an average realisation rate of Rs 3.60 per unit. Thus, MSEDCL projections are unrealistic. Actual sale of surplus power is only 544 MUs and the excess energy i.e. 6500 MUs minus 544 MUs comes to 5956 MUs which had been sold to consumers at average cost of supply.The T&D losses for FY 14-15 were 22.16 per cent. MSEDCL has taken sale of available surplus power at distribution periphery. After adding T&D losses of 22.16 per cent on remaining 5,956 MUs, the reduction on total power purchases payable would be 7,273 MUs. As per energy balance total power purchases payable during FY 14-15 were 1,14,448 MUs. “We calculated total power purchases payable by deducting 7,273 MUs from 1,14,448 MUs which comes to 1,07,451 MUs. Then on the basis of average power purchase cost, we arrived power purchase expenses,” the VIA Energy Forum said. MSEDCL projected power purchase expenditure as Rs 41,181 crore hence saving in power purchase should be Rs 41,181 minus Rs 38,583 which comes to Rs 2,598 crore. The loss of revenue from trading of power should be Rs 2,339 crore minus Rs 151 crore that comes to Rs 2,188 crore. In case, the surplus energy of 5,956 MUs is sold to consumers at average cost of supply after calculation comes to Rs 1,947.61 crore. “In case, power purchase is reduced the saving will be Rs 2,598 crore minus Rs 2,188 which comes to Rs 410 crore,” the Forum noted.
Pall of gloom descended on Bhande Plot slums when the bodies of three Ugle brothers were handed over to the relatives after autopsy. The sight at Ugles’ residence was very sad as the family lost all its breadwinners. Further, wife of the youngest of the deceased, Keshav, is pregnant and is due for delivery. She was unconsolable. Meanwhile, as police started search to nab the culprits, Ugle family had no clue as to how the event unfolded. The sultry weather on Thursday night was also blamed for the chain of events that resulted in the bloodbath.
CITY Police on Monday arrested two persons -- Ganesh Kamalkishor Sharma and Nawab Tohid Khan -- in connection with the sensational jailbreak case. This is likely to give cops a big lead in nabbing the five prisoners who are still absconding even after six days of the incident that shook the state administration.Prima facie, Ganesh Sharma (30), a resident of Lane No. 5, Taj Nagar, Mankapur, and Nawab Khan (22), a resident of Plot No. 24, Mankapur, near Don Bosco School, were allegedly involved in the jailbreak conspiracy hatched by hard-core criminals inside the Central Jail. Sharma and Nawab Khan were allegedly standing outside the jail in a vehicle when dreaded criminals Bisensingh Rammulal Uikey, Mohammad Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu, Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta, Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri, and Aakash alias Golu Rajusingh Thakur escaped by scaling the 23 ft high wall after cutting iron rods of Barrack No. 6. Sharma and Nawab, who were part of the conspiracy, allegedly took the escapees in a vehicle. Bisensingh Uikey, (35), a resident of Dhumal, Seoni (Madhya Pradesh); Mohammad Shoaib alias Shibbu (24), a resident of New Mankapur; Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (24), a resident of Kamptee; were booked under the provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) along with dreaded gangster Raja Ghous. Ghous did not escape as he had injuries in his leg. Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri (21), a native of Nepal; and Aakash alias Golu Rajusingh Thakur (22), a resident of Kutubshah Nagar, Gittikhadan, were involved in robbery and firearms cases. Possibility of involvement of many more, including Raja Ghous, in the jailbreak conspiracy cannot be ruled out. After grilling Ganesh Sharma and Nawab Khan, separate teams of Crime Branch and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had already left in search of the fugitives. However, senior police officials are still to get any information about the escapees. Speaking to ‘The Hitavada,’ a senior Police Officer said, “We have strong leads in the case. We are confident of nabbing the five criminals in coming few days.” He said, Ganesh Sharma and Nawab Khan, too, are criminals and were involved in serious crimes including robbery.
Meanwhile, a parallel probe ordered by Maharashtra Government into jailbreak is also continuing. The committee comprises Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit and ADG (Law and Order) K L Bishnoi. While the prison administration is going to submit their own findings, the other Committee is tasked with suggestion recommendations for ensuring fool proof security and change of role if any of prison officials. The probe headed by DGP Dixit is going in depth as to where the lapses occurred so that rectifying measures could be taken to prevent repeat of such incidents in the future.
JEE Mains Time schedule: Activity: Paper I: Paper II Entry in examination hall: 9 am: 1:30 pm Distribution of test booklet: 9.20 am: 1:50 pm Seal of test booklet to be broken/opened to take out answer sheet: 9:25 am: 1:55 am Last entry in examination hall: 9:30 am: 2 pm Test commences: 9:30 am: 2 pm Test concludes: 12:30 pm: 5 pm
CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday constituted a high-level committee headed by Director General (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit to conduct an inquiry into the Nagpur jailbreak incident. Additional Director General (Law & Order) will also be a part of the committee. The committee has been asked to submit its findings by April end.Fadnavis said that he has also directed the committee to probe the security lapses as well as the system. “The officer held responsible in this case would be dismissed under Article 311 of the Constitution of India. There were 51 complaints against the Jail Superintendent, who is now under suspension, but I’m astonished why the previous government failed to take action against him,” he added.
City Kotwali Police have arrested two youths accused of loot and kidnapping and have recovered a stolen Santro car from their possession. The accused were caught while they were looking for customers to sell the car. The accused befriended a coal trader of Assam on pretext of business and looted the car after abducting the driver. The driver was kidnapped by the duo around 45 days ago and he was released after 20 days. The accused have been identified as Manoj Kumar Jha (32), son of Narayan, a resident of Madhubani District, Bihar and Mahadev Sahu (36), son of late Jhumuk, resident of Harnabandha, Durg. The Bihar based accused was residing in a rented house at Deendayal Colony near DPS. Police sources informed that around 45 days ago, the accused duo went to Hubli, Assam and met with Ramzan and his partner Noor Aslam in connection with coal business. They asked them to supply coal and when the trader asked for Rs 1 Lakh as advance, the duo requested him to escort them to ATM for withdrawing money.Meanwhile when Noor Aslam and his driver Hasan Ali were taking them to the ATM in the car, the duo thrashed Aslam and threw him out of the car. They then threatened the driver Hasan and brought him to Durg in the car. The driver was later released by them after 20 days. An offence in this regard was also registered in Chapar Police Station of Hubli under section 365 and 379-34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). On being tipped off, a police team nabbed the accused from Polsaypara and strictly interrogated them during which they revealed about the incident. Meanwhile, City Kotwali Police have seized the car and investigations in the case were on till the last reports came in.
The budget has proposed increment in license fee for marriage gardens and car bazaars. It proposed fee revision on marriage garden of upto 10,000 square feet to Rs 25,000, from 10,001 to 20,000 square feet to Rs. 50,000 and above 20001 sq feet Rs 1,00,000. Similarly, for Car Bazaar upto 5000 square feet area the license fee is proposed to Rs 20,000, from 5001 to 10,000 sq feet Rs 30,000 and above 10,001 sq feet the fee would be Rs 40,000.Tax Proposal
The budget has proposal of property tax on houses in villages and colonies, which are situated in new wards recently included in JMC limits. The budget has property tax proposal of one paisa per square feet on Kutcha houses and two paisa per sq feet on Puckka houses. Viz. if some body has a Kutcha house on 10,000 square feet area, he would have to pay Rs 10 as property tax while for Kutcha house the tax would be Rs 20.
People at MP Nagar will soon be getting the facilities of Wi-Fi, as Mayor Alok Sharma on Tuesday announced for development of the area into a Wi-Fi zone. Provisions have been made in this regard in the annual budget of the Corporation. However, the amount issued is yet to be released. Mayor Alok Sharma announced that after MP Nagar, it will be implemented in other parts of the city too.
In the agreement, MKCL was expected to design website, update it from time to time, create separate web portal for affiliated colleges wherein students would log in and create their own account through which they would operate without coming to university. Not only that, MKCL was supposed to provide them all information through SMS. But unfortunately MKCL only created website and left it halfway. Finally the question remains what work MKCL did exactly?
Reacting to Mahajan’s announcement of ACB probe into Gosikhurd, Adv Anil Kilor, President of Jan Manch, told ‘The Hitavada’ that he would thank Maharashtra Government, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan for taking necessary steps to curb corruption in irrigation sector. “This action will boost people’s confidence in the Government that it will act against corruption irrespective of involvement of politically influential entities,” he said. Adv Kilor said that Jan Manch was ready to extend co-operation to ACB in conducting probe, and also share all technical details if sought.‘The Hitavada’ exposed irregularities
It was ‘The Hitavada’ expose that blew the lid off the multi-crore irrigation scam, in 2012. After skimming through hundreds of pages of official notes, tender documents, work orders, Revised Administrative Approval (RAA), internal inquiry reports, Government circulars, letters issued from the then Water Resources Minister’s office, and other documents, ‘The Hitavada’ had published an investigative series titled ‘Black Paper on Irrigation’.The series had shaken the corridors of power, as it had specific details then known to very few. Apart from stirring up the political atmosphere in the entire country, ‘The Hitavada’ series had led to filing of two petitions. The petitioners freely quoted the content from ‘The Hitavada’ series. Quoting ‘The Hitavada’ series, the PILs highlighted that within a span of just seven months in 2009, cost of 38 irrigation projects under VIDC had escalated by a whopping Rs 20,050.06 crore -- from Rs 6,672.27 crore to Rs 26,722.33 crore. Thirty out of these 38 projects got hurried approvals in just four days -- August 14, 2009 (11 projects); June 24, 2009 (10 projects); July 7, 2009 (5 projects), August 18, 2009 (4 projects). Cost of six of these projects went up by 6 times to 33 times of their original cost and in case of 12 projects, the cost shot up by more than twice the original estimates. Further, there was grant of mobilisation/machinery advance to the tune of Rs 614.46 crore to politically well-connected contractors and firms, in brazen violation of rules and despite having no provision in tender documents. In case of Gosikhurd, the project cost escalated from Rs 373 crore to Rs 13,600 crore. The original project cost in the year 1988 was Rs 372 crore, which was revised to Rs 2,091 crore in 1999, and later Rs 5,659 crore in 2007. Central Water Commission pegged its cost to Rs 7,778 crore in 2008. Interestingly, by 2012, despite spending around Rs 6,049 crore on the project, as against the potential to irrigate 2.5 lakh hectares of land in Nagpur, Bhandara, and Chandrapur districts, irrigation potential created was only 34,056 hectares. The addition of components to the project, astronomical rise in project cost raised suspicion of scam and sub-standard works by unholy nexus of contractors-officials-politicians who used Gosikhurd project as milching cow for over 25 years.
DID the five criminals escape in a vehicle after scaling the jail wall? As it was a well-planned jail break case, investigators believe that the prisoners used cellphones to contact some members of their gang who had kept the vehicle ready for them near the southern wall towards FCI Godown.The cops are trying to determine how these prisoners could escape from high security prison. There is a well established procedure where every head is accounted for in morning as well in evening. So without inside help, that too at very senior level, the jail break is virtually impossible. Some policemen believe that the criminals escaped from the jail as they wanted to eliminate some of their rivals. Taking into consideration every minutest aspect of the incident, cops are leaving no stone unturned in keeping a strict vigil on the known and identified rivals of the five-some. Similarly, police have also alerted their Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh counterparts.
Composite Regional Centre for Persons with Disabilities (CRC) is a service modality set under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. The ministry has set up five CRCs in different parts of India. Apart from undertaking centre-based and camp-based rehabilitation related activities, it also functions as resource centre for persons with disabilities. Persons having different disabilities are served by the Centre. They include persons with Locomotor Disability, Blindness, Low-vision, Hearing Impairment, Mental Retardation, Mental Illness, Leprosy Cured, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Multiply Disabled of all ages. Special emphasis is given to early intervention.A team including Audiologist, Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, Physiotherapist, Prosthetic and Orthotic Engineer, Rehabilitation Officer, Special Educationist, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Vocational Instructor work at CRC on principles of trans-disciplinary approach.
Man accused of killing his wife at Urla was nabbed by Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Friday. Accused named Arun Parewa killed his wife Amrika Parewa over doubts of extramarital affairs, CCB officials informed. It may be recalled that a woman named Amrika Parewa was found dead in her home, when her daughter returned from school on March 25. As the police reached and investigation began, it was found that deceased woman’s husband was disappeared from home. Interrogation with the neighbours brought fore a vital clue that the couple often had bitter quarrel over alleged extra-marital affair of the woman. During the interrogation, Arun informed that he was returning after attending nature’s call on the March 25, when he saw a man coming out of his home. When he asked his about the unidentified man, she couldn’t reply him convincingly. Arun, who was already in doubt his wife’s affair, got furious with her vague reply on the identity of Amrika. In the fit of rage, Arun thrashed his wife’s head with a heavy stone, killing her on the spot. After the incident, Arun locked the door and went on his work so that people think he was not at home at the time of incident.
Congress leaders and workers performed yagya outside the Assembly gate on Friday. They prayed almighty to give wisdom to Shivraj government. However, the yagya programme of Congress workers got marred into controversy after Congress Spokesman Ravi Saxena had a brawl with a driver of one of the Congress leaders. Actually, Ravi Saxena was authorised to do the arrangement of yagya and due to some work he went inside Assembly.When he returned he saw that already yagya was performed by a group of Congress leader and workers and seeing this he got angry and got indulged into heated argument with a person who misbehaved with him.
The land at Kanhan was given on rent to Biharilal Khandelwal Trust from July 16, 1973 to July 15, 2003 by Nagpur University. The lease was extended for next ten years with merely Rs 60,000 annual rent (or a paltry Rs. 5000 per month). The said trust is running its school there in the name of BKC Public School and entire land is under its possession. Pointing out this issue, Adv Abhijeet Wanjari asked university why it was not taking any action. He also alleged that Khandelwal wants to grab the land. Adv Mahendra Nimbarte has raised the issue of electricity bill, property tax of the land. Second issue was raised by Adv Manmohan Bajpayee regarding the quarter not vacated by Kalmegh. The official bungalow of university that was allotted to late Dadasaheb Kalmegh, former Vice-Chancellor as university employee, is in dispute. Unfortunately Kalmegh did not return the same. After his sad demise, his descendants too have refused to vacate it and occupying the premises without paying a penny to University and without any legal right. Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Vice-Chancellor said the issues are under consideration and being fought in the court.
Ravindra Kashkhedikar, Secretary of Janakrosh stated that the petition is irrelevant as power rates are already at its peak.. MSEDCL has proposed the power hike despite State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s assurance of lower rates to the people. The new state government has taken positive steps to reduce losses in power sector. Proper co-ordination between MSEDCL, MahaGenco and MahaTransco would only help to reduce power losses, he added.Power companies failed to reduce losses : Dharmadhikari
Sanjay Dharmadhikari of Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat said, MSEDCL is offering power at concessional rates for category of 0 to 100 units/month. This consumers are financially backward and MSEDCL is trying to form new category i.e 0 to 75 units/month. Opposing power rate hike, Dharmadhikari also demanded distribution of LED light at discounted rates.Petition creating confusion : Jichkar
Mahendra Jichkar said, the tariff petition is creating confusion among the consumers. In the proposal, it has been stated the tariff for Government owned/managed educational institutes & hospital shall be to the level of average cost of supply for FY 2014-15.Basically we fail to understand why this category has been proposed? On one side MSEDCL claims to reduce cross subsidy and bridge down the tariff gap between various categories of consumers and on the other side special benefit is given to Government owned institutions, he said. Also in Government Department nobody has control over the consumption of energy and hence no priority is fixed for energy conservation, he claimed. Jichkar also demanded heavy penalty on Generation units for under performance. MSEDCL looting farmers: Nakhate
Mahadev Nakhate of Akhil Bharatiya Kishan Sanghatana slammed MSEDCL for fleecing farmers. MSEDCL should cut off transmission losses from power bills of Vidarbhaits as 4,000 MW power is being transmitted to the East Maharashtra alone. The power distribution company should supply power to AG pumps in day hours for proper irrigation.Steel industry needs concession : Mundra
Steel Industrialist Mukund Mundra said that steel industry owners are frustrated in the state as the industry is getting power at double rates as compared to rates of neighbouring states. Opposing power tariff hike, he demanded concessional power rates for steel industry.Our expenditure is 16% : MSEDCL MD
Managing Director of MSEDCL Omprakash Gupta informed that MSEDCL spends only 16% towards establishment cost. Admitting problems of agriculture and industries, the MD assured that MSEDCL would solve it. He also recalled State energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s stand of no power tariff hike. MSEDCL will follow all directives of MERC, he promised.
When Zoya was badly hit by the car, the first who came to her rescue were Amit Sharma and Amarsingh Rathod both are Civil Defence Instructors who have come for their training at National Civil Defence College. Director of the college Dr G S Saini told The Hitavada, “The hit probably was so severe that the survival seemed difficult. But as Basic Life Support (BLS) is a part of their training, the two instructors did the primary job but could stop bleeding. She was breathing, but was unconscious. The later part was not known to me. We only were aware that she was taken to GMCH.”
In his directives, the Governor has provided some relief to Vidarbha region, where costs of irrigation projects are inflated mainly because of payment of Net Present Value (NPV) for diversion of forest land. The Governor has directed that though the requirement of NPV and other charges have to be met from non-divisible outlay, the same should first be met from the funds available with Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) as per requirement, and subsequently accounted for as non-divisible expenditure in the next annual plan.‘State should submit views on Kelkar panel report’
In the latest directives, the Governor has sought the views of the State Government on the Report of High Level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra — popularly known as Kelkar Committee report. The Governor has ‘expected’ the State Government to consider the report and its recommendations and submit its views expeditiously, for his consideration.
Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has appealed to agriculture power users to pay 50% of bill arrears to take benefit of Krushi Sanjeevani Yojana. As per scheme, if farm pump bill arrears are cleared by March 31, then remaining 50% of bill plus pending interest on it will be waived off by the Company, stated the MSEDCL release. The Kurshi Sanjeevani Yojana 2014 needs farmers support and hence maximum people should support it.
A pall of gloom descended upon Ashirwad Nagar after seven youths of the area drowned in the lake. The tragedy left the residents of the area in shock. As per the information from Nagpur Rural Police, the deceased were in early 20s. Among them were two brothers. The deceased were identified as Chetan Prakash Admane (20), a polytechnic student of KDK Engineering College; Harshal Prakash Admane (18), an ITI student; Maksood Sheikh Abdul Sayyad (27), an auto-rickshaw driver; Rama Shiwarkar (24); Gowardhan Thate (18), polytechnic students of Gaikwad Patil College of Engineering; Rahul Walode (23), an employee of a private company and a youth with nick name -- Butter.
Goyal while promising a better deal for power consumers of Maharashtra described state-run Mahagenco as the biggest consumer of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and Coal India Limited. The coal supply has been streamlined, efforts are on to improve grades and charge as per actual grades, he stated. All power plants in Maharashtra have sufficient coal reserves, he claimed.About excess money charged from Mahagenco by WCL previously by allegedly fudging up its grades and recent agreement to adjust the money and fine slapped by Competition Commission with future coal supply, Goyal claimed that decision is yet to be finalised. However, WCL and CIL officials are in regular touch with Mahagenco and State Energy department and earlier scenario of both PSU fighting legal battles against each other, is over, he stated. About possible hike in power tariff, State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule stated that tariff petition filed by Mahagenco and MSEDCL has sought 8% hike, but we are streamlining affairs of all three power utilities and possibly, such a hike will not be needed, he hoped. Fadnavis Government is committed to bring down cost of tariff in Maharashtra, Bawankule stated. Chavan was indifferent to power crisis, claims Goyal
Accusing the previous Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with total apathy towards power woes of Maharashtra, Goyal alleged that despite his best efforts, Chavan simply refused to meet him for four long months and it was NCP supremo Sharad Pawar who intervened when state was reeling under power crisis. Even in that meeting, Chavan did precious little and no headway could be achieved due to his indifferent approach, he claimed while slamming the previous regime.Praising Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for according top-most priority to power sector and sorting out all pending disputes with Centre over power and coal, Goyal stated even the proposal of WCL to open its biggest opencast mine at Penganga with four million tonnes per year capacity, was not cleared by Chavan Government for four long years. Fadnavis Government cleared it within record time and we could open three mines to boost coal production by seven million tonnes. LED lights can save 10,000 MW electricity
Speaking at length about recent controversy over LED lights, Union Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal claimed that if LED lights are used in household and on public streets, nation will save close to 10,000 MW electricity during peak hour and at least Rs 12,500 cr to Rs 15,000 cr can be saved annually. The LED are being manufactured and procured by public sector undertakings and may be due to this some private interests are hurt, Goyal stated while taking a dig at alliance partner Shiv Sena which is opposing LED lights in Mumbai.Mumbai city alone can save Rs 80 crore annually and out of this power bill saved by BMC, Rs 48 crore will be paid to PSUs who are procuring LED. In fact, State Energy department is keen to install LED lights in all cities, he claimed while lamenting that an unnecessary controversy has been created out of a non-issue. WCL to construct 200-bedded hospital at Koradi
Announcing a slew of CSR projects proposed by WCL, Goyal announced a 200-bedded super-specialty hospital for employees and family members of WCL and Mahagenco at Koradi. Mahagenco will provide land while WCL and CIL will fund the project. Similarly, the coal utilities will substantially finance the National Cancer Institute proposed by Aabaji Thatte foundation near Jamtha, he announced.Earlier, the hospital project was proposed at Nagpur, but due to bickering between NIT and WCL, the project failed to take off due to initiative taken by new CMD R R Mishra, the project is now finally on right track.
The Central and State Government have given special weightage to orange city as institutes of national reputes are coming in the city. He said, the State Government has formed a high-power committee under chairmanship of Nitin Gadkari to expedite MIHAN project. The Government will implement all the recommendations made by this committee, assured Chief Minister.Improve development in undeveloped layouts
Chief Minister said, the State Government will release order to grant Rs 100 crore within two days. Additionally, Rs 50 crore more will be released for the city. He said, NIT should complete all the works in undeveloped layouts. The NIT should spend Rs 100 crore while State Government will give financial assistance of Rs 50 crore. The State Government will also release another Rs 65 crore for these layouts. He said, the NIT should improve the infrastructure of these layouts and match it with other developed localities of the city. We have to develop Nagpur as an international city. He said, the Central Government has sanctioned underpass near Mankapur worth of Rs 17.38 crore.Gadkari promises all support to Metro
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, we are expecting that the metro rail project should be completed by 2018. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Metro Rail are working jointly and prepare a design of overbridge at Pardi. This will save hard earned funds of the tax payers. The people are expecting to increase length of Metro rail upto Kamptee- Kanhan. He said, Central Government has decided to improve bus station on PPP model. The Government will give viability gap funding for the development.Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, Avinash Pande, Ajay Sancheti, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Mayor Pravin Datke, legislators Krishna Khopde, Prof. Anil Sole, Sudhakar Kohle, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Nago Ganar, NIT chairman Shyam Wardhane, NMC commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjalwar were present on the dais. Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of NMRCL, made introductory remarks. Kapil Chandrayanan gave brief details about website. Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Girish Deshmukh, Sanjay Bonde, Jaiprakash Gupta, Atul Kotecha, Nishant Gandhi, Rina Kuttermare, Babli Meshram, Mohan Trivedi, officers Anand Kumar, Rajeev Elkawar, and others were present. Shweta Shelgaonkar compered the function. Suggestions invited on website
Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari launched website “www.metrorailnagpur.com.” This website will increase interaction of people with the company. The company has also invited ideas for the betterment of the project. The website has unique feature of Friends of Nagpur Metro and Nagpur Metro Fan clubs, this was informed by Kapil Chandrayanan.
In the latest directives, the Governor has sought the views of the State Government on the Report of High Level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra — popularly known as Kelkar Committee report. The Governor has ‘expected’ the State Government to consider the report and its recommendations including the proposed principles of allocation, and submit its views expeditiously, for his consideration.
‘Meet NPV, other expenses from VIDC funds first’
In his directives, the Governor has provided some relief to Vidarbha region, where costs of irrigation projects are inflated mainly because of payment of Net Present Value (NPV) for diversion of forest land.The Governor has directed that though the requirement of NPV and other charges have to be met from non-divisible outlay, the same should first be met from the funds available with Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) as per requirement, and subsequently accounted for as non-divisible expenditure in the next annual plan.
Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has done a great service in organ donation process. Dr Makrand Vyawahare, HoD of Forensic Medicine, GMCH had sent Dr Vipul Ambade of GMCH to monitor the process who was there till the completion of process. This was done without getting a single penny. This is the great service being provided by forensic expert. The forensic expert’s opinion need to know whether the cause of death is not related to the organ of the person to be donated. Secondly, he does not need to stay till the completion of the process of transplantation.
THE State Government, on Friday, submitted reply before the High Court in response to the fourth quarterly report of the Monitoring Committee constituted for Bhopal gas victims.The Government, in its reply before the court, mentioned that it had released tender for new machines and also issued directions for recruiting 130 persons for Monitoring Committee for Bhopal Gas Victims related to their rehabilitation and health facilities. On Friday, the Monitoring Committee requested the court to issue directions for Director, Family Planning and Public Health Department, to be appointed as Secretary of Monitoring Committee. In this regard, the division bench asked the State Government to submit the reply before the court and fixed next dates for hearing of the case on April 8. The division bench heard the PIL filed by Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan. On March 11, Counsel for the petitioners had pointed out that the State Government failed to comply with the large number of requirements specified by the Committee. Moreover, no response was filed by the State. Counsel for the State sought time to file compliance report-cum-action taken report within one week. Counsel for the petitioners submitted that the State Government had merely appointed another person - Dr D C Agrawal as Co-ordinator of Monitoring Committee. However Dr Agrawal was also a government employee and might face same problem as the earlier nominee. Unless the Monitoring Committee made grievance about improper assistance rendered to it by the Co-ordinator, it might not be necessary to examine this grievance. As no appearance was made on behalf of the Monitoring Committee and Amod Gupta, Advocate for the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee, submitted adjustment application, the could decided to keep this issue in abeyance till next date. The matters was to be listed on March 20, the division bench said.
The issue of non-payment of timely salary to Shikshakarmis rocked the Assembly of Friday. Congress Legislators leveled allegations that the economic conditions of Shikshakarmis have worsened as they have not been paid their salaries since months. They also alleged that several shikshakarmis had lost their lives due to lack of medical assistance because of their financial conditions. Tribal Development and School Education Minister accepted in the House that the salaries had been delayed due to fund delay from the centre. Payments were made in three months gap. He however denied that shikshakarmis had died due to delay in salary payment. Moving a Call Attention Motion notice on the issue Congress Legislators Mohan Markam and Deepak Baij, alleged that altogether 2 lakh Shikshakarmis are employed under various departments including education, tribal and other departments. These shikshakarmis are being paid salary in 4-5 months gaps during last one year. This has worsened their financial conditions. In his written answer, Minister Kedar Kashyap informed that there are approximately 1.75 lakh shikshakarmis. He denied that they are paid salaries in a gap of 4-5 months. He said due to delay in receiving amount from the centre, they have been paid in a gap of three months. He also refuted the charges that many shikshakarmis have lost their lives due to non-timely payment of salaries. He however added that the state government is making arrangements of salary disbursement to the shikshakarmis through treasury department.
Against the backdrop of increasing demand of power, the projects with generation capacity of 3,230 MW will be completed by June 2016, said Chandrashekhar Bawankule. Thesee projects are at Koradi, Chandrapur, and Parali. Considering ever-increasing demand for power, more power projects with generation capacity of 5,000 MW will have to be taken up by the year 2025, he said. Due to shortage of coal in last two years, thermal power projects with generation capacity of 1,805 MW were stalled, the Energy Minister said. Besides, he said, private power projects with generation capacity of 1,506 MW including the one at Dabhol were non-functional due to failure in executing the power purchase agreement (PPA). How to revive these projects would be discussed with Mahagenco and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) soon.Backlog of 5 lakh agricultural pumps in Vidarbha, Marathwada
Energy Minister informed the House that there was a backlog of energisation of five lakh agricultural pumps in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. This backlog will be removed by December 2016 and a Rs 1,000 crore scheme will be launched for the purpose. Besides, the Central Government had approved 7,540 solar agricultural pumps for Maharashtra. In areas that have witnessed farmers’ suicides, these solar pumps would be provided if beneficiaries pay only 5 per cent of the cost, he said. He added that all District Collectors and Agriculture Officers had been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries.Bar, dhabas to have pre-paid power meter
Taking cognisance of reports that power theft/pilferage was rampant at beer bars and dhaba (road-side eateries), Energy Department will be installing pre-paid power meters there. If power theft/pilferage comes to the fore at bar/dhaba, fine would be recovered on the spot, said Bawankule.‘No additional burden of higher tariff on consumers’
MSEDCL has submitted a proposal to Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) regarding hike in power tariff by 8 per cent. However, Energy Minister said, consumers will not be burdened with higher tariff. For the purpose, State Government will ensure that transmission and distribution losses of State-run power utilities are checked. Further, to reduce transmission and distribution losses, pre-paid meters will be installed and efforts will be made to bring down the losses to 15-16 per cent by the year 2015-16, said Bawankule. Referring to the issue of 12,000 villages not having feeder connection and facing load-shedding, he said that a feeder separation programme would be taken up and a proposal was sent to the Centre for financial assistance. In the second phase, 14,000 villages with single feeder will be taken up, he added. State is exploring options of alternative power generation. Accordingly, a Solar Power Generation Policy to tap generation potential of 14,400 MW will be placed before the State Legislature soon, he added.
Some members from the ruling and Opposition sides both alleged that they did not get any intimation/notice of the budget meeting. Bharti Godbole (Shiv Sena) first complained about this in the meeting and said that she came to know about it from others. Matter took serious turn when Sharad Donekar, Vice-President of ZP, also complained that he had not got any notice from ZP administration about the meeting. Vijay Deshmukh and other members also expressed strong displeasure over this.As the members were furious, Vivek Bondre, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Administration), expressed regret over the lapse. Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer, said that he would review the system of sending notices to ZP members and effect changes to make it better. ‘Give Rs 25,000/ acre relief to farmers’
The members of Congress, which forms the principal Opposition, slammed the budget presented by Ukesh Chavan as ‘eyewash’.Addressing a press conference, Manohar Kumbhare and Shivkumar Yadav said that the budget was tilted towards the circles of ZP chief, Chavan himself, and Vice-President. Further, the budget did not shed light on efforts to be taken to increase revenue of ZP. “Either Chavan has not understood the intricacies, or the administration has misled him,” alleged Yadav. Ujjwala Bodhare alleged that the present ruling dispensation in ZP was ignoring her demand for development of ZP land at Raipur (Hingna). “There are various lands of ZP that could be developed to generate more revenue. However, the ruling dispensation does not appear to be interested,” she alleged. Later, responding to this allegation, Ukesh Chavan said that the land at Raipur belonged to Gram Panchayat and not the ZP. “If Gram Panchayat sends us a resolution, we can provide it a loan to develop that land which is under encroachment at present,” he said. Kumbhare alleged that there was no new scheme in the budget. Even the schemes announced the previous year were not implemented properly, with a scheme for distribution of bicycles to school children being an example, he said. Yadav said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari should pay more attention to Nagpur, which was their home-district.
In his directives, the Governor has provided some relief to Vidarbha region, where costs of irrigation projects are inflated mainly because of payment of Net Present Value (NPV) for diversion of forest land. The Governor has directed that though the requirement of NPV and other charges have to be met from non-divisible outlay, the same should first be met from the funds available with Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) as per requirement, and subsequently accounted for as non-divisible expenditure in the next annual plan.‘State should submit views on Kelkar Committee report’
In the latest directives, the Governor has sought the views of the State Government on the Report of High Level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra -- popularly known as Kelkar Committee report. The Governor has ‘expected’ the State Government to consider the report and its recommendations including the proposed principles of allocation, and submit its views expeditiously, for his consideration.
Multimodal International Cargo Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) is an important project for the development of the region. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has allocated Rs 200 crore for rehabilitation of project-affected persons (PAPs) of MIHAN. The MIHAN project is on the verge of take-off under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Sudhir Mungantiwar.Rs 197 crore for Metro Rail
The State Government has also made a provision of Rs 197 crore for ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur for the year 2015-2016. Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) has started functioning in the city. The Central Government and State Government are contributing major share while Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Nagpur Improvement Trust are also sharing 5 per cent each for this project. Total cost of the project is Rs 8600 crore.Lakadganj Police station to be smart; CCTVs in city
The Government will install CCTVs in Nagpur and Amravati to beef up security of these two major cities. The Government will develop Lakadganj police station of Nagpur city as first smart and modernised police station of the State.Special provisions for Malgujari tanks
The State Government has allocated Rs 100 crore for repair of Malgujari tanks in Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia and Chandrapur districts. These tanks have major contribution in irrigation sector. Finance Minister stressed the need to have targetted programme to repair these tanks created two hundred years ago.Special Scheme for Yavatmal district
To provide relief to Yavatmal district hit by farmers’ suicides, the State Government has announced “ Motiram Lahane Krishi Samruddhi Yojana” for mechanisation of agriculture sector on pilot basis. The Government has allocated Rs 50 crore for this scheme.Rs 1039 cr for agriculture pumps
The Government has increased allocation for energisation of agricultural pumps from Rs 150 crore to Rs 1,039 crore. The backlog of agricultural pumps has increased manifold in Vidarbha and Marathwada region. The hefty provision in this sector will provide major relief to farmers’ as they can now irrigate their farm-land. The Government also made a provision for non-conventional energy-- Solar pumps-- in the state. The Government will install 7,540 solar agricultural pumps in the state.Rs 7,272 cr for irrigation projects
The Government will spend Rs 7,272 crore for irrigation projects in the state so that 38 incomplete but on-going projects should be completed during next financial year. This will create additional 700 mm3 water capacity to irrigate 69,000 hectare land. Many irrigation projects are incomplete in Vidarbha region and these projects may be completed due to fund allocation.Electricity Sector>b>
Special attention will be given to Vidarbha for creating basic infrastructure in electricity sector. The Government will spend Rs 538 crore in this sector. This will provide opportunity of illumination to maximum villages in the region. Mungantiwar has given thrust to provide quality transport services to citizens. The Government will renovate city bus stations in Nagpur, and Amravati along with other metro cities in the state.Air-strips in Akola, Amravati, Chandrapur
State Government has reserved funds of Rs 91 crore for strengthening and development of air-strips in Akola, Amravati, and Chandrapur districts. The Government will provide loan on 10 per cent interest for textile projects in Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra.Koradi temple to develop
Shri Mahalaxmi Jagdamba Temple, Koradi, Shrikhetra Loni, District Washim, and Shrikhetra Riddipur have been included in pilgrimage development programme of the Government. The Government will spend Rs 125 crore on development all the religious places.Dr Ambedkar Training Centre at Kamptee
On 125 th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the State Government will construct Dr. Ambedkar memorial and training centre at Kamptee in Nagpur district. The Government has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for this centre.Botanical garden at Chandrapur
Mineral rich Chandrapur district off-course received special attention of Sudhir Mungantiwar, and the State Government has decided to implement special programme to maximise utilisation of minerals. A botanical garden will also be developed at Chandrapur on the lines of Bengaluru.Rs 191 cr for Tadoba-Andhari
The Government will spend Rs 10 crore for environment conservation under National Lakes Conservation Scheme at Nagpur, and Chandrapur. This would be good news for wildlife and natural lovers, the State Government has allocated Rs 191 crore for Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Project, Gorewada International Zoo park. The government will create all basic facilities to attract tourists in this region.Special funds for Mayo
After intervention of the High Court, the State Government has undertaken a programme to create facilities for upgrading post-graduate medical education in Akola, Yavatmal and Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur. The Government has granted Rs 20 crore for this programme. The Government will also spend Rs 135 crore on construction of new Government medical college buildings in Gondia, and Chandrapur districts. The Government will give special grant for Mayo Hospital, Nagpur.The State Government will protect and conserve the memorials, statues and samadhi sthals of Sri Sant Sevalal Maharaj Samadhi Sthal at Washim, Sant Mungmanji Maharaj Samadhi sthal, Dhamangaon, Yavatmal, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj, Chimur. A special provision of Rs 31 crore has been made in the budget.
Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) Director D Subba Rao and Superintending Hydrogeologist Dr. Prabhat Kumar Jain pointed out that CDP failed to emphasise on use of ground water over the long period. The issue of rain water harvesting, and recycling of water is missing from the presentation. The CDP missed to give importance to augmentation of ground water by rainwater water harvesting and artificial recharge of ground water. The maps are missing from presentation.Noted Architect Paramjit Singh Ahuja, President of Architect Association, was very disappointed with overall approach of the local body over preparation of CDP. He said that during preparation of last CDP in 2006, then Commissioner had involved various non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) in the areas of their interest sectorwise to give suggestions. The stakeholders present in the meeting were only reacting on CDP and no constructive suggestions would emerge from such a futile exercise. However, his suggestion was rejected by the Commissioner saying that the process of involvement of NGO’s in different sector was already completed and now, it was not possible to repeat this exercise. Veena Khanorkar, social worker, raised the issue of Bhandewadi dumping yard and spreading of various diseases due to unscientific dumping of the garbage. VTA President J P Sharma said, the local body has failed to provide clean and uninterrupted water supply over last several years. The 24 x 7 water supply scheme has miserably failed. Prof. Hole said, development and planning departments should be created in NMC for better planning and development. Hemant Bhave, an architect, alleged that the CDP has been prepared to obtain more and more funds from the Central Government without considering the fact whether the city would require these schemes or not. He said, the local body will require efficient officers and staff to implement these schemes. Prof Adane of VNIT, said, finances would be the biggest challenge before the local body. The authorities have failed to utilise 30 per cent of its assets. Dr. Ujwala Chakradeo said, we have to first evolve how our city should look-like in coming years. There should be better co-ordination between regional and urban development. She suggested to educate citizens over this issue. Leena Budhe advised to give ownership rights to slum dwellers instead of providing housing units under Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). Adv. D S Buche said, city development plan should envisage on creation of new jobs. BSP corporator Manisha Ghodeswar emphasised on slum free city, and provide jobs. Hawker leader Madan Thool demanded Hawker policy to rehabilitate hawkers in the city.
RETIRED police officials faulted the training pattern at Police Training Academy where the new officers are not getting moral values and hence this rise in cases of corruption. It may be mentioned that ACB had also nabbed a police officer from Police Training School about two years back. This means roots of corruption can be traced to training schools and the purge needs to start from training academies. If in such early stage of career the new recruits are caught on bribe charges then their entire career is nipped in the bud. So throughout the service period will the officer prove to be a beast of burden for the force?Unit commander should set example: DGP
DIRECTOR General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal confessed that the high number of PSIs trapped by ACB is a matter of concern for the Maharashtra Police. In last DG Conference the issue was discussed at length and unit commanders were asked to set own example so that force can walk on that path. The trend of probationary officers getting caught on bribery charges is more serious and steps are being taken to arrest the slide. Around 25% of Probationary PSIs come from the departmental promotion examination after clearing department examination and we would take a fresh look at the system. Every officer who indulges in corruption will face stringent action,” the DGP warned. Praising ACB vigilance, the DGP said, ACB has done a good job in last two years and number of successful traps have increased steadily during last several years. This indicates our no nonsense stance against corruption.
- By using the traditional farming practices, we can save water in huge quantity as the new technological equipments fetch much water. Water problem is also due to digging of excessive sand from the river beds across the state. Selling of river’s water to private companies and big industries few years back also brought disastrous situation for the common people.Rivers are dying in Chhattisgarh
- It is the right time that the government should think about making a better policy for renovation of the rivers and other water bodies. Today, corporate companies are exploiting the main flowing rivers of the state and they are only inclined towards earning huge profits, without giving anything in return to the tribal and villagers. There is a need to save the dying rivers of Chhattisgarh. - Gautam Bandhopadhyay, Convener, Nadi Ghati Morcha
Wardhane also made a provision of Rs 50 crore for Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA). Recently, NIT has published Metropolitan Region Plan which is spread over 3,577 sq kms in 721 villages. The Trust has invited suggestions and objections from the common man. The NIT will require whopping Rs 37,000 crore for the development of the region. In first stage, the NIT has undertaken plan for Sumthana-Kotewada-Sondapar-Jamatha and Parsodi area spread in 10.08 sq kms. This scheme was sanctioned by the State Government. The second scheme-- Khadka- Kirmiti- Shivmadka- Sumthana- Panjari spread in 9.58 sq kms is pending for the State Government. The NIT is also preparing Logistic scheme for Gondkheri-Chinchbhuvan-Pendhri at 20 sq kms.Rs 115 crore on development work at unauthorised layouts
NIT will spend Rs 115 crore on various developmental works at unauthorised layouts. The trust is expecting revenue of Rs 63 crore from these layouts in next financial year. Chairman has made a provision of Rs 6 crore for completing other works from funds of Central Government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. In addition to development in 10 clusters, the NIT will spend Rs 35 crore on laying of water pipe line in unauthorised layouts. It will spend Rs 40 crore on road construction, Rs 20 crore on laying of sewerage lines, Rs 50 crore on water pipe line and Rs 5 crore on storm water drain.Wardhane presented budget to Trustee Dr. Ravindra Bhoyar, Standing Committee chairman of NMC Ramesh Singare, Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, and Collector Abhishek Krishna. Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjalwar, Pravin Kide, Arvind Deshbhratar, Milind Salve, and others were present. NIT invites suggestions, objections on email too
Now, the common man can register objections on draft development plan of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA) through e-mail also. NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane said, it is not possible for farmers or villagers to register their complaint physically at Metro Region Office at Ambazari. Therefore, it is decided to open an email account of Metropolitan region to register objections and suggestions. The Metro Plan includes 721 villages of 9 tehsil spread over an area of 3,577 sq kms.Suggestions and objections are acceptable in writing to the Town Planning officer or the Deputy Director Town Planning. The same can also be received on Nagpur Improvement Trust’s email-id: email@example.com NIT budget at a glance
Provision of Rs 40 crore for beautification of Tajuddin Baba Dargah. 2,900 units to be constructed under affordable housing in the city. Around Rs 50 crore allocated for the work. Around 448 housing units proposed at Sheshnagar in Wathoda and 2,000 units in Hazari Pahad. Cultural and marriage hall at Nari Ring Road. Bus terminal at Jagnade Square, school at Nari and Chikhli (Deosthan) and vegetable markets at Indora and Bidipeth on PPP basis. Renovation of Gokulpeth commercial complex. Auditorium at Wardhaman Nagar. Multi-level car parking at Central Avenue. Sports Complex at Umrer Road. Marriage Hall at Bhange Layout. Renovation of swimming pool at Ambazari. Garden for physically handicapped children at Bhamti. Special developmental works from funds of Member of Parliament, and Legislators. Hostel for Tribal students at Pardi and Chikhli. Shahitya Bhusan Annabhau Sathe Memorial at Chinchbhuvan. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hall at Deekshabhoomi. Museum and modernised training institute, beautification at Chicholi. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Foundation Centre at Lal Godown, Kamptee.
CONTINUING a campaign against illegal gambling activities, Vijay Nagar police busted a high-tech cricket satta worth lakhs on Australia-Sri Lanka match in ongoing ICC World Cup at a rented house situated in Kachnar City area, on Sunday. Police have succeeded in apprehending the accused involved in taking online bookings of cricket satta and seized a laptop, one LCD television set, one set-top box, mobile connector, voice recorder, cassettes, card reader, data card, pen drive, three diaries and 11 slips of booking online Satta. The accused has been identified as Kanti Gogyani (30), son of Tulsidas Gogyani, a native of Sindhi Colony in district Satna and lived as tenant at a house near Kachnar City Gate Number-4. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign under the supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West), Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) against illegal gambling on cricket satta. SHO of Vijay Nagar police station, Sunil Nema informed that during the campaign police received information about an online cricket satta network operated from a rented house in the area. Acting promptly on the information, senior officers were informed and a raid was conducted at identified house.In the raid, police team busted online cricket satta and apprehended a man involved in taking bookings of bidding on cricket matches. Police team seized a laptop, one LCD television set, one set-top box, mobiles connector, 18 mobile handsets, voice recorder, cassettes, other electronic gadgets and record of Satta bookings worth lakhs and Rs 3,000 from the accused. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 4 (A) of Gambling Act and Section 66 (A) of the Information Technology Act, while further investigations are underway to disclose names of other persons working in the network of online satta racket.
IN ANOTHER road accident, an unidentified elderly man died after being hit by a motorcycle near Panehra petrol pump area under jurisdiction of Ranjhi police station. According to Ranjhi police, they received information from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital that an unidentified elderly man was admitted for treatment of his injuries in a road accident.Undergoing treatment, the man succumbed to his critical injuries. Receiving the information, a police team reached the hospital and sent the body for post-mortem. In further investigation, police team learnt that the deceased was riding his bi-cycle when unidentified motorcycle rider rammed into his bi-cycle. After the accident, unidentified accused managed to escape from the spot and police have seized the motorcycle from the accident spot. Police have registered a case against unidentified accused under section 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway to identify the deceased and apprehend the accused.
In another molestation case, a 34-year-old Pankaj Mohan Diwanji, a resident of Plot no 4, Pipala fata, Durga Nagar forcibly entered the house of a 22-year-old girl and molested her on Saturday evening.Lakadganj police said, the incident took place at 5.45 pm when the girl, her sister and mother were in the house. After molesting the girl, the accused also threatened them with dire consequences. Lakadganj Police have registered the case under sections 452, 354, 294 and 506 of IPC. In another case reported under the jurisdiction of Wadi Police Station, a man molested a 35-year-old woman by taking advantage of darkness. Police said, the victim woman was standing behind her house at 8.30 pm due to power outage. The accused approached the woman and molested her. Wadi police have registered the case under sections 354, 294 and 506 (b) of IPC. Further investigations are on.
The underground water level has gone down below one metre in Nagpur district while it has dwindled upto half a metre in Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gondia and Wardha districts. The depletion of water level in Gadchiroli district is neglible. A report of Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) has revealed the figures on the basis of readings taken in 163 observation wells in January month. Dr I I Shah said, the underground water level has gone down one metre below in 73 observation wells whereas it has increased in 38 wells. The water level has also gone down by half a metre in observation wells, though some wells registered marginal increase in the water level, he added.The readings of levels are taken four times in one year, beginning from October.
Business Head of SNDL, Nagpur DF, Sonal Khurana stated that releasing new connections and introducing tamper free infrastructure is the reason behind the success. The company have replaced around 1 lakh electro- mechanical meters and also increased vigilance activity in franchisee area.“We have laid air bunch cable in maximum areas to curb power theft through hooking. In some vigilance activity, we noticed that consumers are tampering cables (Electric pole to meter) and hence we connected maximum meters through armoured cable. SNDL is operating in the city with 2800 transformers and the company have system to monitor power consumption from each transformer, he said. Separate vigilance team for commercial consumers
Sonal Khurana said the company have deployed special teams to study power usage trends of 60,000 commercial consumers including 218 consumers with High Tension Line supply and other power intensive industries. SNDL is supplying power to many plastic industries, daal mills and other units in the city.Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles are still challenge
Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles continue to be a challenge for the company. The two circles recorded power losses 42.10% and 32.80% in between April 2012 and March 2013 respectively are current reading are 21.10% and 21.40% respectively. It means, the both circles are sharing 50% of total power losses. Nandanvan circle has recorded 16.90% losses.According to information, areas like Garib Nawaj Nagar, Itabhatti, Mominpura, Timki, Bhaldarpura, Binaki, Pardi, Hasanbagh, Tajbagh and Wathoda areas of the circles are known for rampant power thefts. Though SNDL have unearthed maximum powerline taps in these areas still they see huge work ahead to curb power losses. The company knows its focus areas but these colonies have dense human habitations and SNDL squad have to tread cautiously while zeroing in on power thieves.
A jilted lover took an obscene revenge of betrayal, when he uploaded vulgar photographs on a fake Facebook account of her ex-girlfriend. Amanaka Police has booked accused Prashant Ambsara, native of Bihar and was residing at Parthiv Nagar in Raipur, under relevant Sections of Information Technology (IT) Act. They were having an affair in the College but, as the time passed by, girl’s affection toward Prashant faded. Prashant made several attempts to convince the girl for marriage but failed every time. He was frustrated by this denial and wanted to take revenge. Hence, he created a fake Facebook account on the name of girl nearly 2 months ago.He uploaded many pictures, in which both were seen in intimacy. For the last 2 months, girl’s relatives tried to persuade and even warn Prashant about the consequences but, when he crossed limits and uploaded extremely vulgar photographs on the account. Girl’s relatives reported the matter to the police. However, this delay in filing report gave Prashant a chance to escape.
Two more suspected swine flu patients have died in Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital (BRAMH), Raipur. A 44-year old woman from Supela, Bhilai was admitted in the isolation ward of the hospital on Sunday afternoon. She died. The other death was of a four-year female child and she was from Raipur district, informed BRAMH sources.
Anil Deshmukh, former Food and Civil Supplies Minister and senior leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), flayed the BJP-Shiv Sena Government in the State and Centre for 'failure' to offer good prices to agricultural produce. "Now, the Government must act fast and provide relief to farmers who lost Rabi crops due to unseasonal rains and strong winds in the past few days," he said.According to Deshmukh, State and Central Governments both did not offer good prices to farmers. "BJP has failed in keeping its pre-poll promise of increasing minimum support price. Also, BJP-led Government at the Centre has not made any provision for Price Stabilisation Fund of Rs 500 crore started by the erstwhile Congress-NCP Government," alleged the former minister. When the farmers were in trouble due to natural calamity in the past, then Congress-NCP Government offered an aid of Rs 921 crore with the efforts of the then Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, he said.
The other officers to whom notices have been issued include Regional Transport Officer (Nagpur) Sarjerao Shelke, RTO (Nagpur Rural) Sharad Jichkar, Deputy RTO (Nagpur East) Ravindra Bhuyar. The notices have been issued on a contempt plea under Sections 11 and 12 of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. Santosh Gupta and others have filed the petition accusing the Transport Department authorities of violating the orders of the High Court in writ petitions 2065/1987 and 5001/1999.
It is the contention of the petitioners that they are ‘authorised representatives’ of motor vehicle owners, duly appointed under sections 182 and 183 of The Contract Act, 1872 read with Power of Attorney Act, in Nagpur. They have alleged that the State Transport Department authorities have arbitrarily restricted their entry into Regional Transport Offices on the directions of State Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade dated January 12, 2015. The petitioners stated that they are legally appointed ‘authorised representatives’ and entitled to work on behalf of their masters as per Contract Act and as per the judgment and orders passed by the High Court. The Court had held on June 6, 2002 that if a person enters with valid authority letter on behalf of his master/vehicle owner with due authority letter to do the specific work, he shall not be restrained from entering into the premises of RTO offices. But, Transport Commissioner has issued directions on January 12, 2015 that no agents should be allowed to enter into RTO offices. The petitioners felt that the authorities had committed ‘contempt’ and are liable for punishment under Sections 11 and 12 of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.
Adv Tushar Mandlekar appeared for petitioners and Adv Ketki Joshi for the State.
Singh said, the new works mostly relates to capacity augmentation relating to doubling and tripling of existing corridors. The approval of new works is highest in history of Nagpur Division. The funds for new works is going to be arranged from financial institutions about which Budget has not given details. All eyes are fixed on Rail Bhawan as to how it manages to get private funds for rail transport, as worldwide the trend is negative. The identified projects of doubling and tripling in Central India are of utmost important to decongest the bottlenecks that remained ignored over a long period.
High Speed Corridor: One of the highlight of new works is sanction of Rs 76 crore for development of high speed corridors on Nagpur-Ballarshah section. DRM Singh said about two years are required to carry out repairs to bridges, culverts, replace turnouts and lay high capacity rail, upgrade signalling system, to get ready for running trains at 130 km/hr. Rajdhani and Duranto, both of which have LHB coaches, apart from Premium Trains have capacity to run at highest permissible speed in section.
He said, an incremental benefit of development of high speed corridor for division would be increase in average speed of trains, including that of goods trains. Today, one BoxHL train speed was increased from 60 km/hr to 75 km/hr and progressively other trains would be covered. The benefit of faster movement of trains would be increased availability of space on tracks leading to introduction of new train services. To a question, DRM said it’s difficult to calculate speed increase. Further he stated that at division level speed of some passenger trains would be increased as they end-up blocking the path and creating congestion. Same is the case with goods trains whose speed too is being targeted to increase substantially.
Third Line: For Itarsi-Nagpur third line a sum of Rs 153.18 crore is sanctioned in the next financial year. The total cost of project is pegged at Rs 2,326 crore for 297 kms. The work is divided into three projects, including two ghat schemes.
Another third line work sanctioned for division is Nagpur-Sewagram (76.3 kms) for which Rs 50 crore is allocated from general railway pool and other Rs 55 crore from institutional finance. For Wardha-Ballarshah third line (132 kms) Rs 14.40 crore would be arranged for the year ahead. Total project cost is pegged at Rs 630 crore. Shed Expansion: A proposal to expand capacity of Ajni Electric Loco Shed was approved in the budget and it’s going to cost Rs 14.95 crores. The project envisages increasing holding capacity of Shed from current 175 to 200 locos. Also Rs 25.50 crore is earmarked for electrification work on Amravati-Narkher line which is 138 kms. Once electrified the route would cater to movement of goods traffic going to Badnera via Nagpur by skipping station yard. Other senior officers of division were also present at the press conference.
The city witnessed 103 murders in the year 2013 and in 2014, too, the figure is the same. In the last year, 11 cases remained undetected. About 92 attempt to murder cases were registered in city which shows a jump of 10% as compared to figure of the year 2013.
In 2013, total 15 dacoities were reported and 14 of them were detected successfully by City Police. However, the cops have solved only 12 dacoity cases out of 16 registered in the year 2014. Though detection rate in robbery shows marked improvement at 61%, that of house-breaking theft (HBT) is pegged at 24% only.
Thieves are striking at will in city and everywhere booty looted is in range of couple of lakhs. And as most of time case gets reported to police station quite late, the cops have very little to investigate. Also in most theft cases the accused tend to dispose of booty quite fast which makes recovery quite a complicated process. Further, another reason for falling detection could be vacancies in city police force. Also off late the bandobast duty for visiting VIPs is consuming lot of working time of officers as well as field staff. Therefore, this double burden is taking its toll of men and machinery which gets reflected in detection rate.Crime against women soaring
A jump of 29% is seen in the crime against women. About 113 rape cases were reported across the city in year 2014 as compared to 90 in year 2013. Detection rate in rape cases has fallen down by 3% in 2014 and it was 100% in year 2013. The molestation cases graph is also on rise as city police registered 70 more cases than the previous year. Total 279 molestation cases under section 354 of IPC were registered in the city. However the figure was 209 in year 2013.Around 3,000 thefts in a year
Property theft graph is soaring high and has touched the mark of 3,000. City had reported 2,760 total thefts in 2013 and the figure zoomed to 2,962 in 2014. The cops have detected only 712 thefts with detection rate of 24% which was 23% in 2013.
Maximum share of total thefts are of motor vehicle, 1604 of them were stolen in 2014 which is a jump of 12% (1430 motor vehicle were reported stolen in year 2013). The investigations too need to be spruced-up by city police.Zone-1: No preventive action, crime graph soars
The performance if analysed zone-wise reveals that Zone-I report card was not that significant. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abhinash Kumar was heading the Zone before he was transferred to Zone-III of Nagpur Police Commissionerate. Comparatively other zones which functioned sans any limelight managed good rate on detection front as also on preventive action. Zone-I covers police stations viz. Sitabuldi, Ambazari, Wadi, MIDC, Sonegaon and Rana Pratap Nagar.
In Zone-I, 1,253 crime cases were registered under Class I-V category in 2014. The figure was 1,152 in 2013. The Zone also witnessed spurt in attempts to murder, robberies, house breaking thefts, motor vehicle thefts and crime against women. The Zone reported 19 attempt to murder cases in 2014 which has double than previous year (only 9 in 2013). If analysed minutely, the Zone hogged maximum highlight due to high profile gambling raids, but somehow this seemed to had deflected attention on detection of serious crime.
Also during last year Zone-I did not undertook preventive action. MPDA was invoked against 11 dreaded goons in Commissionerate. About a dozen criminals were externed of the total 94 cases done in the same year.
A senior police officer said, police has to work very hard and have total dedication if them contemplating registering cases under MPDA and MCOCA, and hence field officers are reluctant to pursue this options. Similarly media ignores this cases and they get relegated to some corners in newspapers.<