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3 months ago

Top shuttlers of Nagpur to be felicitated by district association on Thursday

NAGPUR: Acknowledging the spectacular performance of the city shuttlers in the last few months, the Nagpur District Badminton Association (NDBA) will felicitate them at the DNC Hall here on Thursday (July 28).

"We are honouring around 8-10 players who brought laurels to the city by excelling at the state, national and international tournaments on regular basis. We will give all the top achievers handsome cash prizes and a memento. We will finalize the names in a day or two," said NDBA secretary Mangesh Kashikar while addressing the media here on Monday.


In another big announcement, Kashikar said the NDBA is planning to hold State Sub-Junior Championship in association with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in October or November.


"The season's last sub-junior state meet is scheduled to be held from October 4-8 at Ratnagiri but due to some problem it will be either postponed or cancelled. In such situation, we are ready to host the tournament in the city with the help of NMC. It will be named Mayor's Cup. We will request MBA president Arun Lakhani to allot us Ratnagiri tournament," he said.


He said NDBA is celebrating 50 years of its existence by holding a series of events like Corporate Cup and Inter-School badminton tournament. "In 2018, the NDBA is determined to host Senior Nationals for the first time in the city. We will definitely bid for the Nationals. Mankapur-based Divisional Sports Complex is well equipped to hold any major tournament with more than ten courts on their premises," said Kashikar.


NDBA president Kunda Vijaykar, joint secretary Naresh Chafekar, and members Sushant Pawar, Bhavna Agre, Bhavesh Deshmukh and Gurdeep Arora were present at the press conference.


This News Original Post on Time Of India

3 months ago

Nagpur’s “24×7 water supply project” get’s ‘Thumbs Up’ in Berlin, Germany

Nagpur’s “24×7 water supply project” get’s ‘Thumbs Up’ in Berlin, Germany
Nagpur: After receiving many awards and recognitions, The Orange City Water (OCW) has added yet another feather in its cap by being showcased and receiving ‘Thumbs Up’ for its ongoing “Uninterrupted Water Supply Project (commonly known as 24×7 project) at prestigious ‘The Indo-German Partnership meet in Water, Waste and Sanitation Event’ held in Berlin (Germany) recently.
Arun Lakhani, lead Promoter of OCW (CMD of Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd) represented Indian delegation and gave a detailed presentation about various issues and solutions in the Indian Water sector at the event.
Addressing the meeting Arun Lakhani, stated: “India is going through major shifts and mega changes such as rapid urbanisation leading to acute resource scarcity. The idea should be to supply water to more people while using the same capacities rather than waiting for new infrastructures to be built. Projects worth over US$15 billion are up for grab in over 10-15 years.”
Arun Lakhani mentioned that German companies should take note of the market developments in the water and waste sector in India which is rapidly changing. He advised German companies to adapt as well as improve their technologies and solutions to suit the

Indian conditions. He suggested for adoption of successful business model including PPP modes
to be successful in India.
Arun Lakhani represented FICCI as an Industrial Speaker for the event titled “Opportunities for Indo-German Partnership in Water, Waste and Sanitation”. The event was organised by the Embassy of India in partnership with the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) for the German investors and technology providers in the water and waste water sector.
Various German companies have expressed interest to participate and contribute to Ganga Rejuvenation Mission, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India. Vishvaraj Infrastructure has done studies on 100 cities in India, most of the cities have ample water resources but citizens are still facing water shortages due to poor water management.
German companies are global leaders offering advanced solutions in the water and waste sectors. Senior officials from German Water Partnership and German Waste Industry Association (ReTech) participated in the event and identified potential areas of cooperation with India leveraging the strengths of the German industry in water and waste sectors.
The Berlin event was attended by Ambassador of India to Germany Shri Gurjit Singh; General Manager, German Water Partnership, Christine Von Lonski; MD and CEO, Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., Goutham Reddy; German Recycling Technologies and Waste Management
Partnership e.V., Melanie Köpke; Second Secretary (Economic& Commerce), Embassy of India, Berlin, Vikram Vardhan among others.
During the event a Panel Discussion was also held on “Opportunities for Indo-German Partnership In Water, Waste and Sanitation”. Along with Arun Lakhani, the fellow panelists were Dr. Michael Kuhn, Managing Director Kuhn GmbH, Kai Ressel, Project Manager, Harbauer Gmbh, Andreas Waldraff, Managing Director, UBF.B GmbH, Dr. Thomas Probst, Federal Association Secondary raw materials and Waste management (BVSE), Goutham Reddy, MD and CEO, Ramky Enviro Engineers & Member, CII.
This News is Originally Posted on NAGPUR TODAY
4 months ago

NEWSBRIEF: Germany Supports Green Projects in India

NEWSBRIEF: Germany Supports Green Projects in India

BERLIN (IDN) – Leading German companies have expressed interest in backing three environmental undertakings of top priority to the Government of India. These relate to rejuvenating the legendary Ganges river and supporting a national campaign to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country.

Known as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), the campaign covers 4,041 statutory cities and towns.

A third priority campaign, called Smart Cities Mission, relates to an urban renewal and retrofitting program of the Government of India with a view to developing 100 cities all over the country and making these both citizen-friendly and sustainable.

German companies are considered global leaders offering advanced solutions in the water and waste sectors.

Addressing a business meeting organized for the German investors and technology providers in the water and waste sector at the Embassy of India Berlin on June 30, Dr. Andreas Jaron from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) said that both countries were identifying specific areas and projects in India.

These, he said, include identification of Best Available Technologies, assistance in capacity building, developing markets, business models and a roadmap for bilateral cooperation.
Germany has pledged €126 million (some $140) for the Ganga rejuvenation mission and also identified the cities of Kochi, Coimbatore and Bhubaneswar for development as Smart Cities.

According to official sources, several German companies from the waste management and water to-energy sectors are keen to “expand their footprint in India”. In this regard, the business event organized on June 30 by the Embassy of India, Berlin in partnership with the BMUB and German Water Partnership sought to mobilize greater B2B (business-to-business) collaborations in the sectors of water and waste.

Speaking on the occasion, Arun Lakhani, Chairman and Managing Director of the Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd and Member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Water Mission, asked German companies to take note of the rapidly changing market developments in the water and waste sector in India. He advised them to adapt as well as improve their technologies and solutions to suit the Indian conditions.

Senior officials from German Water Partnership and German Recycling Technologies and Waste Management Partnership (German ReTech Partnership) joined the event and identified potential areas of cooperation with India leveraging the strengths of the German industry in water and waste sectors.

Many of the German companies showed interest to forge new partnerships with India seeking support under the Make In India Mittelstand(MIIM) programme, being run by the Indian Embassy to ease the entry of small and medium-sized German enterprises to India. 

This Blog is Original Post on InDepthNews

5 months ago

Nagpur’s smart water management is an example for other cities across India

Nagpur’s smart water management is an example for other cities across India
A special train carried around five lakh litres of water for parched Latur in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region in April this year. The first batch of 10 wagons, each with a capacity of around 50,000 litres, travelled a distance of around 350 kilometres to reach their destination where water was stored in a well located near the Latur railway station. 
For 14 years now, arid Rajasthan has been using the railways to get water to its districts. This year since January, the state’s Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has been running a 50-wagon train from Ajmer to Bhilwara daily, carrying 25 lakh litres. 
While these steps are necessary, such measures might not have been required in the first place had these cities managed their water systems well. And with the smart cities list being announced, it’s time these cities took a smart look at their water management systems.
The first city to take the lead is Nagpur, Maharashtra. Now included in the smart cities list, it has a population of over 2.5 million people and is the first city of its size in the country to outsource water supply to a private operator under the PPP model for 25 years. Under the scheme the main objective was to provide 24-hour 100% safe drinking water to 100% population including slum dwellers within five years. The second objective was to reduce non-revenue water (50% water supplied to towns which is untraceable, not recorded and not paid for) to below 25% in 10 years. The project included management of the entire water cycle from production, treatment, transport, storage and delivery to the customer’s tap. It involved replacement of over three lakh house service connections, rehabilitation of treatment facilities, service reservoirs and pipelines. 
“Now every household has a tap and a meter irrespective of whether it is a jhuggi, a flat or a bungalow. There is accountability for every drop of water supplied the first time,” says Arun Lakhani, chairman and managing director, Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd, which executed the Nagpur Orange City Water Project.

The aim of the project was to address problems of water that was being wasted and not getting billed. The city was supplying 575 million litres per day (mld) of treated water of which only 175 mld was getting billed and paid for. Most meters were either non-existent or non functional. Also, the city was receiving water supply for eight to 10 hours or on alternate days. The tanker mafia added to the problem. On the sewage side, the city was generating 550 mld of sewage and had the capacity to treat only 100 mld. The remaining untreated sewage was polluting water bodies that supplied water to the city.

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5 months ago

Power sector wakes up to Rs.30k-cr opportunity

Power sector wakes up to Rs.30k-cr opportunity

More than three months after the tariff policy amendments were unveiled by the government, the power sector is waking up to an obscure provision that has the potential to attract over Rs.30,000-crore investment into sewage water treatment plants around thermal generating stations.


The policy has made it mandatory for thermal plants within 50 km of sewage treatment facilities to use treated sewage water. The policy would ensure availability of more potable water in the areas adjacent to the power plant, the government had said.


“We have started implementing the policy for thermal plants with NTPC’s Nagpur unit being the first to source treated sewage water from the city’s municipal body. Additionally, we have always made extensive plans for groundwater conservation in coal and mineral mining,” power minister Piyush Goyal told reporters.


He added that the government was also looking at making thermal plants along the Ganges use treated water so that the effluent isn’t discharged into the river.


As per industry estimates, nearly 80 gigawatt (GW) of thermal capacity would be covered by the provision. If all these plants source their entire water requirement from sewage treatment plants (STP), it would amount to nearly 8,000 million litres per day (MLD). Typically, a thermal power station requires about 3-5 litres of water to produce one unit of power.


It is estimated that the extra cost for a power plant in procuring this water, including the associated pipeline of average 50-km length, would result in a tariff hike of about 5-7 paise/unit.


“This clause would apply mostly to the Centre and state-owned plants that are located around the periphery of cities and towns,” a top NTPC official told FE. He added that the company had already signed an informal agreement for use of sewage treated water at its plants in Mouda and Solapur in Maharashtra.


The company has been prompt in signing pacts for Maharashtra plants as several state-owned thermal stations have been forced to suspend operations temporarily due to scarcity of water this year.


This practice is likely to take off with NTPC’s involvement in it. The state-run thermal power giant has entered into an agreement with Vishvaraj Infrastructure, a company that has been selected to run Nagpur’s 200-MLD STP in a first public-private partnership project in water treatment.


“We will be supplying 150 MLD to NTPC Mouda plant while we are looking for buyers for remaining 50 MLD supplies,” Arun Lakhani, chairman and managing director of Vishvaraj Infrastructure, told FE. He added that the difficulty in making return on investment on sewage plants had been holding the interested investors at bay.


Most urban centres’ STPs are run by local bodies with grossly inadequate capacity to handle sewage generated by a particular centre. For example, Nagpur alone produces over 500 MLD of sewage water, but the treatment capacity is for only 100 MLD.


“The industry and government are both waking up to the water crisis. We already have the policy from the power ministry that will create incentives for private players to install STPs as buyers would now be available,” Arun Lakhani said.


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5 months ago

Water Woe Signals $17 Billion Opportunity for India Recycler

India’s water crisis is set to spur the development of a market for recycling plants that could eventually be worth at least $17 billion, driven in part by demand from industries, according to Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd.


The nation’s largest cities produce 38 billion liters of waste water daily, all of which will have to be recycled eventually, Chairman Arun Lakhani said. While that requires major investment in treatment facilities, the government will need to provide sufficiently attractive waste water contracts to realize the full potential of the market, he said.


“Treated sewage can become the most secure source of water for industry in future,” Nagpur, Maharashtra-based Lakhani said in a May 13 interview. “Thermal power plants use a lot of water and they’re the ideal candidates for this.”

One of the country’s worst droughts in decades is set to ease from June if predictions of good monsoon rains prove accurate. Even so, the parched conditions underscore the longer-term challenge from depleting groundwater as well as surface-water disruption. Shortages threaten to increase flash-points between industry, agriculture and the 1.3 billion people in India needing drinking water.


Coal Plants

More than 40 percent of about 186 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity in India could switch to using recycled waste water in the next five years because of federal government rules, Lakhani said. Treatment projects worth at least $8 billion could arise during this time, he said.


Money is the major obstacle to expanding municipal recycling. Metering is patchy in India, and officials are under pressure to keep tariffs affordable as most people live on less than $3.10 per day. Annual sales of treated water are only about $1.6 billion currently in Asia’s No. 3 economy, consultancy TechSci Research Pvt. estimates.


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5 months ago

SJAN media badminton tournament from Saturday

SJAN media badminton tournament from Saturday

NAGPUR: The 12th edition of SJAN Media Badminton tournament will get underway at the Subhedar Hall here on Saturday. The three-day annual tourney is being sponsored by Shree Sports, Laxmi Nagar. Defending champion Ashish Jain of Lokmat has been given the top billing in the men's singles.

According to a press release issued by SJAN secretary Sandeep Dabhekar the tournament has evoked good response. Suhas Nayse of The Times of India (TOI) has been given the second seeding. Sujan Masid (Dainik Bhaskar) and Madhav Soman (TOI) are ranked third and fourth, respectively.


The matches will start at 8 am on Saturday. The tourney will be inaugurated by the president of Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) Arun Lakhani at 10.30 am. Samir Khare of Shree Sports and director of Department of Physical Education of Nagpur University Dhananjay Welukar will be the guests of honour.


The matches will be played with Yonex shuttles. Top performers will be given cash prizes and Yonex kit bags.




Men's singles: 1. Ashish Jain (Lokmat), 2. Suhas Nayse (TOI), 3. Sujan Masid (Dainik Bhaskar), 4. Madhav Soman (TOI).


Men's doubles: 1. Ashish Jain-Raviraj Ambadwar (Lokmat), 2. Sunil Warrier-Manish Sakharwade (TOI), 2. Vilas Tijare-Amit Khodke (Lokmat), 4. Subodh Ratnaparkhi-Sandeep Wardhane (TOI).


This New is Originally Posted on TIME OF INDIA

5 months ago

Use of sewage water by power generation companies will require Rs 32,000 crore investment: Arun Lakhani

Use of sewage water by power generation companies will require Rs 32,000 crore investment: Arun Lakhani

Government’s directive to use recycled sewage water by power plants will call for an investment of up to Rs 32,000 crore to meet the requirement of 80 GW capacities of state and central utilities.

“The use of sewage water by central and state power generation companies will alone require an investment of up to Rs 32,000 crore depending upon the distance between sewage treatment plant and the power plant,” Vishvaraj Infrastructure Chairman and Managing Director Arun Lakhani said.

Government’s directive will not be legally binding and it depends on state regulators to implement it. But even if central and state generators with aggregate capacity of 80,000 MW follow this directive, they would be requiring supply of 8,000 million litres treated water per day.

In January this year, government unveiled a tariff policy, which provides that thermal power plants including the existing plants located within 50 km radius of sewage treatment plant of municipality/local bodies shall mandatorily use treated sewage water produced by these bodies.

Also, the associated cost on this account should be allowed as a pass through in the tariff.

Arun Lakhani said use of 8,000 million litres of treated water will result in drinking water for 16 crore people every day and help the country deal with prevailing drought-like situation in many states today.

“Our arm Vishvaraj Environment has planned to create a capacity to supply 3,000 litres of treated sewage water to power plants in the next five years, which will require an investment of about Rs 10,000 crore, ” he said.

Recently, NTPC has decided to use sewage water treated by Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) sewage treatment plant (STP) at Bhandewadi for its Mouda plant. The plant is operating two 500 MW units using Gosikhurd water.
NMC is building a 200 million litre per day (MLD) capacity STP at Bhandewadi.

“We will be supplying 150 MLD to NTPC Mouda plant while we are looking for buyers for remaining 50 MLD supplies. It is the first PPP plant in the country as all other plants are owned by local bodies or state governments,” he said.
Other industries require additional 20,000 MLD supplies, which is also a big business opportunity for this segment, he added.


This New is Originally Posted on NAGPUR TODAY

5 months ago

DNC Indoor Badminton Hall to be open on Saturday 14th May

DNC Indoor Badminton Hall to be open on Saturday 14th May

NAGPUR: Badminton players and enthusiasts will get another venue to hone their skills as the state-of-the-art Dhanwate National College (DNC) Indoor Stadium gets open for public here on Saturday.


With increasing number of shuttlers in the city, having another hall is certainly a welcome news for all the badminton lovers. The hall, which is consisted of four wooden courts, gallery, changing rooms and spacious toilets is ready for use.


The opening of the hall will be done with a tournament -- Panjabrao Deshmukh District Sub-Junior and Junior Badminton meet -- which will be organized by the DNC in association with the Nagpur District Badminton Association.


The man behind the new structure, Baban Taywade, is a happy man on Thursday when he showed the latest facility to the media persons of the city.


"Around Rs 3 cores were spent to build this new stadium. The construction lasted for nearly four years. Besides badminton, indoor hall will have facilities for table tennis, chess, gymnasium and yoga. The spectators' gallery with a capacity to sit around 300 people have been made," said DNC principal Taywade.


He added that the University Grant Commission (UGC) has given the grant of Rs 70 lakh and Rs 50 lakh have been received from former Union minister Vilas Mutemwar's MP funds. "We got help from UGC and Muttemwar. The remaining amount was spent by Amravati-based Shivaji Education Society," said Taywade.


Muttemwar will inaugurate the hall and district badminton tourney at 9 am on Saturday. President of Shivaji Education Society Arun Shelke will preside over the function. Guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, mayor Pravin Datke, MLA Sunil Kedar, former NIT trustee Anant Gharad, MBA president Arun Lakhani and other dignitaries will be the guests of honour.


This New is Originally Posted on Time OF India

6 months ago

The Value of Thirst

The Value of Thirst

As the country grapples with poor water management, polluted water bodies, shortage of drinking water and water-borne diseases, businesses and entrepreneurs are coming up with unique solutions to quench the thirst of the people. Business Today profiles a few promising initiatives that could prove to be game-changers.


Nagpur was no different from the rest of India when it came to water mismanagement. "These inefficiencies clubbed with low tariff made the urban water distribution unsustainable," says Arun Lakhani, Chairman, Vishvaraj Infrastructure. So, when Nagpur Municipal Corporation issued tenders for 24x7 water supply in the city and another project at Bhandewadi for water reuse, Lakhani bid for both projects. For the Rs 550-crore 24x7 water supply project the company is supposed to provide continuous water supply to every household, improve the technical and commercial efficiency of the system, lay 2,100 km of pipelines, set up a water treatment facility and storage reservoirs, apart from providing 325,000 new house service connections. It is also responsible for metering, billing and collection of charges. "We carried out our hydraulic modelling of the city and, now, all households in Nagpur are getting at least three to four hours of daily water supply."


 In a country where 125 million people do not have access to drinking water, Sarvajal's ATMs cater to 300,000 people every day at 30 paisa per litre of potable water. Since its launch in 2009, the company has installed over 180 water units across 13 states. "All one has to do is swipe the prepaid card and key in the amount required, and the machine dispenses the water. The Sarvajal server keeps a record of user transactions and deducts the amount used on the card," says Vasu Padmanabhan, CEO, Piramal Sarvajal. The company has got into partnerships with local entrepreneurs, panchayats and community-based organisations to run the water treatment plants. "Local community members are selected and trained to manage the purification units. The projects are also monitored remotely on a daily basis to ensure production and purity, and understand the consumption pattern for remedial action," he adds. The ATM units cost Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, and the local partners can also earn up to Rs 35,000 per month. The plant works on reverse osmosis and UV-based filtration technology.


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