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.
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Partnership e.V., Melanie Köpke; Second Secretary (Economic& Commerce), Embassy of India, Berlin, Vikram Vardhan among others.
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.
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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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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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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.
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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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).
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