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NMC bans use of POP Ganesha idols; violators to be heavily penalised | Nagpur


Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Wednesday, decided to ban idols of lord Ganesh made from Plaster of Paris (POP). Ahead of the festive season, a meeting was held at NMC premises, which was chaired by Environment Committee head Sanjay Mahajan.
The Central government had put a ban on the production, distribution, purchasing and selling of POP Ganesh idols. As per experts, POP pollutes nature and disturbs the biological diversity of our ecosystem.
To implement Centre’s orders, NMC issued their guidelines. As Ganesh Chaturthi is just a month away, officers began preparations to curb the selling, production and distribution of POP Ganesh idols in Nagpur city.
In a press release, NMC mentioned, Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Bhagat has strictly instructed officers to meet idol makers and ask them not to make POP idols. If found, the idols will be confiscated and a heavy penalty will be imposed.
It further stated that to avoid immersion of idols in lakes, rivers and ponds, NMC would be making artificial tanks in every ward. Corporators were advised to submit a list of possible immersion spots in their respective wards.
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and NMC’s Environment department will together create mass awareness against the use of POP idols, which harm nature and have adverse effects on our ecosystem, the press note concluded.
In addition to this, NMC also submitted a letter to Nagpur Police asking to create checkpoints on entry/exit routes of the city. This would ensure that no POP idol could get into Nagpur from other cities or states.
In a strict warning, NMC said that all offenders would be charged and heavy penalties would be imposed on idol makers, who would fail to follow the guidelines.

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NMC permanently caps size of idols installed during celebrations

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Nagpur

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Nagpur Municipal Corporation has taken a bold step towards a greener environment. NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B on Friday passed an order and permanently capped size of idols installed during festive celebrations in the city. By doing so, NMC has not only set an example but has also probably become the first municipal body in the country to take such a step.

As per the order passed by the NMC commissioner mandals will not be allowed to install an idol larger than 4 feet x 4 feet and for individuals the allowed size will be 2 feet x 2 feet.

Speaking to a daily, Radhakrishnan B said that the step was being taken or prevent the city’s bodies from getting polluted. He also informed that NMC will provide artificial tanks for the immersion of idols.

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7th fuel hike in 8 days: 1-litre petrol in Nagpur now costs ₹115 per litre, diesel over ₹97 per litre

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

With the seventh fuel hike in eight days, the rates of petrol and diesel have made an upswing once again in the country on Tuesday.

People living in Nagpur would now have to shell out ₹114.96 for one-litre petrol while one-litre diesel is retailed at ₹97.73 in the city. Last year in May 2021, the price of petrol crossed ₹100-a-litre in Nagpur city.

However, the government continues to underline that Russias invasion of Ukraine was one of the factors behind the fuel hike.
The fuel prices, for over four-and-a-half months, remained unchanged, during which election campaigns and polling were held in five states namely Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

Petrol and diesel prices in Delhi increased to ₹100.21 per litre and ₹91.47 per litre respectively.
While in Mumbai, petrol price stood at ₹115.04 per litre, and diesel increased to ₹99.25 per litre. 

One litre petrol in Chennai would now cost ₹105.94 and a litre of diesel would cost ₹96.
In Kolkata, one litre petrol would be available at ₹109.68 per litre while diesel would be retailed at ₹94.62 per litre.

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Lactation room inaugurated at district collector office in Nagpur

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Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) and Nagpur District Collector Office jointly installed a Lactation Room having state-of-the-art facilities in the premises of District Collector Office, Civil Lines, on the occasion of Womens Day on Tuesday.

Divisional Commissioner Prajakta Lawangare Verma inaugurated the room in the presence of District Collector R Vimala, Buvesneswari S (CEO, NSSCDCL) and Additional Collector Shrish Pande. The first of its kind facility has also been inaugurated at the premises of Nagpur Municipal Corporation by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

As a global health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6-24 months of life. By enhancing the public domain of young children and their families to be healthy and more stimulating for early childhood, there is a need to consciously address the needs of young children and lactating mothers. Nagpur Smart City has installed a Room to provide a safe, private, and secure place for women for feeding. The room is equipped with up-to-the-minute facilities and top-grade/ prime quality components.


This is the first of its kind among all the Smart Cities in the nation. The CSR-funded facility is also the first in India to be installed in the premises of Administrative Buildings to promote inclusivity and user comfort in District Collector premises.

The Mother-Child friendly Rooms 4ft x 8ft area comprises of comfortable seating space, adjustable tabletop, mirror surface above the cabinet, storage space for diapers, water boiler, sanitizer, first aid box, disposal unit that encourages inclusivity for working and visiting women with infants. The standalone room also has electrical connection for all fixtures with detachable floor mat that is easy to clean.

The initiative CSR with conceptual design for lactation room has been initiated by Chief Planner of Smart City Rahul Pande and his team. CSR fund is provided by Estoria Builders and Developers Limited. Divisional Commissioner presented a certificate of appreciation to Harshawardhan Nagpure and Sachin Nagpure for the CSR initiative. The programme was conducted by Manish Soni, PRO of Smart City while Law Officer Manjeet Neware proposed vote of thanks. The interns of Nagpur Smart City played essential role in the execution of this unique feature. The team members of Nagpur Smart City were present in the function.

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