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Nagpur’s industrial fraternity felicitates Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule

Nagpur’s industrial fraternity, on April 7, felicitated Guardian Minister and Minister for Energy, New and Renewable Energy Chandrashekhar Bawankule at VIA Bhavan, Nagpur. The members of different industrial associations of the city were present during the felicitation function organized keeping in mind the policies framed by the government, which benefited industries in Vidarbha region immensely, which are conducive to growth and development of industries and also supported the cause of industries against ban on plastics. 

Bawankule was felicitated by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), Vidarbha Plastic Industries Association (VPIA), Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC), MIDC Industries Association (MIA), Butibori Manufacturers Association (BMA), Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB), Vidarbha Disposable and Traders Association (VDTA), Packaged Drinking Water Association (PDWA), Nagpur Hotel Owners Association (NHOA), DICCI (Vidharbha Chapter), Kalmeshwar Industries  MIDC  Association,  Nagpur Wholesale Hosiery and Readymade Garment Merchants Association, Wholesale Cloth Merchants Association,   Lady Entrepreneurs’ Wing (LEW) and Mahila Gruh Udyog.

Speaking to the people present, the Guardian Minister said, When our government came in power, along with CM, my first priority was to develop industries in our region. The immediate solution to boost industrial development was to reduce to cost of power in MIHAN from Rs 12 to Rs 4.5. The decision led to development in MIHAN. The reduced cost of power brought a lot of new investments and defunct industries started operating again thereby generating employment.

Bawankule further added, We knew that reduced power cost is the only thing in this region which could promote industrialization. Working in the same direction, we planned long term renewable energy source though solar and wind with the name – Chief Minister Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana. We have planned to generate 5000 MW of Solar power till 2022 and by 2019 – 2000 MW will be installed. We are confident that the cross subsidy on power tariff will reduce drastically, which is right now Rs 3. This will reduce the power cost in the state. May be after two or three years because of renewable energy policy in the state, we will be surplus with respect to power.

Speaking about the state of farmers in Vidarbha, the minister said, Farmers of Vidarbha are in dilemma and very concerned as we have given relief to the industries in power sector. I appeal all the industrialists to please come forward and help by means of their CSR funds in schemes like Jalyukt Shivar promoted by the CM.  Later, Girdhari Mantri, (Chairman, VIA CSR Forum) gave a presentation on work done by VIA under Jalyut Shivar Scheme.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, who helms the annual Koradi Festival, speaking about the festival said, Government has been helpful in developing Koradi Temple as a tourist destination of Maharashtra and has sanctioned Rs 210 crore for the development of this pilgrimage centre. This will attract tourist from all over and the region economy will get a boost.  A short video clipping about the development of Koradi Temple was also shown.

Ramesh Mantri, Director, The National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks and Credit Societies Ltd (NAFCUB) also addressed the people present and informed about the difficulties being faced presently and will be faced by industries due to hike in power tariff because of the end of the subsidy in 2019. He suggested the minister to make a long term provision in the budget for minimum 7 years so that the industries can sustain. He also requested to take into confidence the industries while framing any notifications, which effects the industrial sector and ultimately affects the employment like it did recently after a government notification to ban plastics. The notification not only affected the plastic industries but almost 80% of industries of Maharashtra. He urged that the notification should be immediately withheld and proper input by forming a committee of the stakeholders should be considered and a coercive method should be applied to save the environment.

Prashant Mohta (Ex-Vice President, VIA) through a presentation said that energy subsidy given to industries for three years will be coming to an end very soon and that industries should get power subsidy for another 5 years or long term.  He urged that if power subsidy is given, it will bring investment in Vidarbha and Marathwada.   

Pravin Tapadia (Past President, VIA) also informed about difficulties being faced by industries due to state government’s ban on plastics. He further said that sectors such as automobiles and aviation are dependent on plastics and sudden ban on plastics by government badly affected plastic industries. Tapadia informed that in China, there is a ban on paper and plastic is widely used. He stressed upon the need of creating civic sense amongst masses about plastic waste management and said that the 2006 notification regarding ban on less than 50 micron plastic carry bags should be seriously adopted.  

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Dharavi redevelopment to have dedicated areas for manufacturing: Devendra Fadnavis

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Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi redevelopment will have dedicated areas for manufacturing…

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

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The Mah Deputy CM says that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

As Dharavi redevelopment has been announced, doubts were raised on whether this locally evolved entrepreneurial hub will retain its spirit.  In a chat on Sansad TV with Sanjeev Sanyal, Member, PM’s Economic Advisory Council and a writer, on an Economic Sutra episode telecast on Nov 6, the Deputy Chief Minister had made it very clear how he foresees the future of Dharavi and Mumbai.

Saying that his government worked on clearing all the bottlenecks, he adds, “We understood that unless we have a place to rehabilitate people, which is nearby Dharavi, this project will not take off. We found out that there is around 42 acres of land which belongs to the Railways. We approached the Central Government and told them that we’ll free up your land. We’ll buy your land and we’ll give you a share in the profit and we entered into a definitive agreement and now they have handed it over to us.”

“The Dharavi Redevelopment project will be the most unique project ever done. In fact, this redevelopment was visualized by none other than Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 but nothing happened – until 2014 when Modiji came and we started governing Maharashtra. The redevelopment will be no less beautiful than BKC. Dharavi is just not a slum but it’s also a great manufacturing cluster, so what we did was that while planning this scheme we have created areas for this entire manufacturing industry along with planning for the rehabilitation of the people. Right now, this entire manufacturing sector is informal, but after this and over time they will come into the formal sector.”

Watch the full interaction here: https://youtu.be/FNeTrm0v0dw

Also, with Mumbai undergoing so many infrastructural changes, questions have been raised about retaining the quintessential character of “aamchi Mumbai,” which apart from being the financial capital of India is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant cities.

Speaking on the land issues, Fadnavis says, “The usable space in Mumbai is very little. It has length, but has limitations on the breadth so taking into consideration all these problems we wanted to design a very robust system for Mumbai for commuters and for vehicles. That’s why the all the new Coastal Road, which will decongest the western side of Mumbai. It will be a ring road type structure along the coast and this Western Expressway carries 60 percent of the Mumbai traffic right, so all that traffic will be mostly accommodated here.”

Commuting in Mumbai is a killer and every day Mumbaikars spend a lot of time on travel. Saying that he wants to reduce travel within Mumbai from anywhere to anywhere to an hour, Fadnavis explains, “Our Metro three is a very unique 40 kilometers of underground Network, which will be the lifeline of Mumbai. It is estimated to carry around 1.7 million passengers per day! All this work will be finished in two or three years and I want that from any place to any place in Mumbai one should reach within less than one hour – that is the planning. We are also trying to integrate the transportation system. Right now, our Suburban Railway is the lifeline of Mumbai. This Suburban Railway carries around 9 million passengers. The new Metro Network which we are creating will be carrying around 7 million or 8 million passengers, almost doubling the current number.”

Adding to this, the Deputy CM says that the 22 kilometers of Sea Bridge that will connect us to the hinterland, “so we have Mumbai, we have new Mumbai and that will be the third Mumbai that will be a land mass which will be bigger than Mumbai with new Mumbai airport. I think the future growth of Mumbai is on that side!”

Also read: Pritish Nandy’s ‘spirit of Dharavi’ tweet sparks off poverty porn debate

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Pritish Nandy’s ‘spirit of Dharavi’ tweet sparks off poverty porn debate

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Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm…

Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm.

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Is squalor for cameras, money more important than dignified living for the residents…  

Former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy’s Dharavi comments kicked off a storm when he said on Twitter that Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, ‘is not actually a slum but a tribute to the great entrepreneurial spirit of the weakest and smallest person fighting for his or her livelihood in Mumbai. It is also a model in collective coexistence in one of the toughest cities in the world, where nothing else matters. Not caste. Not faith. Not where you come from. But trust and togetherness.’

While this may be true, what is equally true is the squalor and subhuman conditions that reign supreme in this slum. Netizens felt that Nandy, by romanticizing poverty in this manner, was only feeding poverty porn and tourism. Nandy clarified that he was seeking to keep the spirit of Dharavi alive by “researching the architectural grammar, the cultural history that builds integrated and interdependent societies like Dharavi that have survived and flourished over decades and make that the base for the new redevelopment plans. Not just look at the future but also build in the past.”

The Maharashtra Government had on November 29, opened the financial bids for Dharavi redevelopment project.  While 3 companies Adani Realty, DLF and Naman Group had submitted bids, the Adani Group clinched the project with a INR 5,069-crore bid. The timeline for the entire redevelopment of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, might take close to 17 years, the rehabilitation of slum dwellers should be complete in seven years. 

Also read: Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health

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Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health

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The Bombay High Court said ex-minister Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues.

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The Bombay High Court said, as per prima facie, 74-year-old former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the CBI, said that when Deshmukh’s bail plea was moved on medical grounds, then a fresh medical report needed to be called for. 

Singh said, “There is a compilation that has been given now. There are medical papers attached. We need to go through it. Even though this is not a bail application on merit of the case, it is still being circulated under medical issues. He is getting medical treatment as required. Moreover, medical issues are not static. We need a check on what his condition is right now.”

Deshmukh’s advocate Vikram Chaudhari said the senior NCP leader was being treated but has been suffering from several ailments that require constant treatment and care. Chaudhary said, ”He needs to be released. He is a chronic patient.”

Justice MS Karnik said that the court would hear the bail plea on merits. He said, “I am satisfied that we can proceed with the hearing on merits and give it priority. This is my prima facie opinion that priority should be given. One of the medical ailments (that Deshmukh is suffering from) is degenerative.” Deshmukh’s bail plea would now be heard on December 6.

The bench asked Singh whether he was ready to argue on the merits of the case immediately, to which Singh said he would require a week while Chaudhari said that he was ready to argue. However, Justice Karnik said, “We need to give them a fair opportunity.”

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