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South corporation makes entry points toll-free for three days

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The Times of India       14.11.2017

South corporation makes entry points toll-free for three days

NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation, which is the nodal head for collection of toll tax across the city, has decided to make the entry points free from toll tax for three days. Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said the decision has been taken keeping the congestion at entry points in mind.

The order will be implemented from Tuesday. However, Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had ordered to enforce ban on the entry of heavy vehicles except emergency service vehicles until further order as an emergency measure.

"We were informed by the police that a string of vehicles are queueing up at the entry points adding more to the rising level of pollution," added Sehrawat.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered in 2015 to impose Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) on light and heavy vehicles to curb pollution. However, making it free is only going to increase the number vehicles entering through 124 entry points in Delhi, sources said.

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SDMChas not only acted contrary to orders of Court but the move will cause financial loss in revenue and will add to pollution in the city.RM

The ECC imposed by NGT on light vehicles is Rs 1,400 and for heavy commercial vehicles, it is Rs 2,800.

Experts, however, have blasted the move, saying the corporation is actually going against the court's decision and adding to the pollution by allowing more trucks inside. "This is opposing the court order by not collecting ECC which is supposed to be a deterrent for truck owners from entering. How can the corporation take a decision like that? Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) is underway and we are in an emergency situation right now which says entry of trucks should be banned, but this is not just allowing them inside but also encouraging their entry," said Anumita Roy Chowdhury of CSE.

After suspending engineers, BBMP to go after contractors

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The Hindu      10.11.2017 

After suspending engineers, BBMP to go after contractors

A pothole on Mudaliar Road near Shivajinagar bus stand.Sudhakara JainSudhakara Jain  

Mayor says civic officials will inspect quality of work after potholes are filled

In the process of making Bengaluru’s roads motorable again, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has cracked the whip on its own. As many as four engineers have been suspended in two days after the deadline set by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to get rid of potholes ended. Next in the firing line are contractors.

Though complaints of potholes dominate, there have also been a large number of complaints of shoddily done pothole-filling work.

Mayor R. Sampath Raj said the palike is prioritising filling up potholes, after which it will set its sights on the quality of work. “As of now, of the around 30,000 potholes, at least 28,000 have been filled. Work to fill potholes is still on. After we complete this, we will start inspecting the quality of work. If it is not satisfactory, action will be taken against the contractors,” he said.

The BBMP had recently published a list of contractors with their contact numbers. These were contractors who were still liable for repairs under the maintenance period, during which they bear the cost of repair as well. Now, BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad has sought a report on the roads which still have potholes after the deadline — which got four engineers suspended — and if they are under the maintenance period.

“If a particular road is under the maintenance period and if there is no work done or the work done is shoddy, it is the responsibility of the local engineer to get it done by the contractor, who is also held responsible. If the maintenance work on a particular road is over, then the engineer is responsible completely to get it laid or repaired. Prima facie, we have taken action against engineers of wards where roads still have potholes despite repeated instructions to have them removed,” Mr. Prasad said.

He added that if the roads were under the maintenance period, show cause notices will be issued to the contractors. “We will also confiscate the security deposit and blacklist them,” he said. In 2015, the BBMP had blacklisted 40 contractors for shoddy work.

As of now, of the around 30,000 potholes, at least 28,000 have been filled

R. Sampath Raj



Corpn wards happy with State’s development promise

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The Hindu       25.09.2017  

Corpn wards happy with State’s development promise

An interim order to be in place till a new plan comes about

For the residents of around 50 wards in the Corporation area, the State government’s notification of the Interim Development Order (IDO) in the city Corporation two days ago, has come as a relief.

Ever since the freezing of the previous Draft Master Plan three years ago, residents in several wards have been facing issues to get their building permits approved. When the draft master plan 2013 was scrapped due to opposition from residents, close to 50 wards, which were added to the Corporation in recent years, ended up without a sanctioned master plan.

Core areas

Only the core areas of the city comes under the previous sanctioned master plan, prepared in 1971. Without an Interim Development Order in place, building permit applications in such areas that came near green strips had to be forwarded from the Corporation to the Regional Town Planner. There have been quite a few rejections in this period. In the IDO, residential buildings till 300 square metres are allowed in plots of area between 3 and 10 cents. In the case of plots of area between 10 and 25 cents, residential buildings till 400 square metres are allowed. All other construction purposes are limited to 200 square metres.

But, former Additional Chief Town Planner Jacob Easow who prepared the Master Plan of 2013, has criticised the delay in issuing the Interim Development Order. “The first master plan was prepared for period 1966 to 1986. Even though the second master plan was prepared and later published in 1994, it was not sanctioned by the State government. After 19 years, the third master plan (draft) was prepared and published in 2013, but it was scrapped due to several objections. Now an Interim Development Order(IDO) has been released. This could have been done in 2013 or 2014 itself. Why did we waste all this time in issuing the IDO?” he asks. However, Corporation officials say that the IDO could not have been initiated until the preparation of the new Master Plan had officially begun.

New master plan

“The process to prepare the new Master Plan began only earlier this year. So, IDO could be notified only after that,” said the official.

The IDO will be in force until the approval of the new Master Plan.

Though December was the earlier deadline for the Master Plan, it is expected to take at least an year more, going by its current pace.

The IDO could have been released in 2013 or 2014 itself. Why did we waste all this time in issuing it?

Jacob Easow

Former Additional Chief Town Planner


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