NMC not recovering daily fine nor free internet from RJIL | Nagpur News

Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is not recovering daily fine from Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) despite lapse of deadline given for laying optical fibre cable. Also, the civic body has continued to neglect taking free internet services from the telecommunication company.
TOI had on Monday reported RJIL laid a cable in internal lane of Adhyapak Layout and damaged NMC’s main drinking water pipeline causing loss as well as affecting supply to many parts of South-West Nagpur. The pipeline was broken on Saturday afternoon and the civic body has not levied fine or registered FIR against RJIL until now.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B reportedly directed NMC officials to study terms and conditions mentioned in permission and levy fine on RJIL. But the officials did not levy any fine or register FIR with police on Monday.
As per terms and conditions mentioned in permission, NMC has to levy fine of Rs500 per day on RJIL in case it has not laid cable within three months. Permission of around 70km was given to RJIL between July and October. Work on around 15km cable is reportedly pending as on date.
However, NMC officials are not recovering the daily fine.
Also, NMC has to take free of cost internet from RJIL. But the free of cost facility is not being demanded by NMC since 2016. Instead, NMC is taking internet services from other service providers and paying for it.
MLA Vikas Thakre had demanded NMC should register FIR with police against RJIL and recover fine for breaking drinking water pipeline, which comes under essential services.
Ex-mayor Sandip Joshi said nexus between NMC engineers and private companies like RJIL is causing huge financial loss.
“There are various types of provisions in agreement but NMC engineers work only in the interest of RJIL and not the city. It is the responsibility of NMC engineers to monitor works, ensure there is no damage to civic infrastructure or inconvenience to citizens. ,” he alleged.
The officials of NMC Laxmi Nagar Zone confirmed to TOI that RJIL did not come to them or take site clearance of routes where the company is laying cables.
“Damage to drinking water pipeline would have been avoided if they had contacted us before starting works,” they said.
The NMC hot mix department which gives permission had made it mandatory for RJIL to seek site clearance from assistant commissioner before commencing any works.
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* NMC did not levy fine or register FIR against RJIL three days after damage to pipeline
* NMC also avoiding recovery of daily fine for delay by RJIL in completing works
* Free internet services also not being taken from RJIL
* Bank guarantee not forfeited despite poor restoration

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