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Rains welcomed with fun & frolic
Kingfisher's Pune, Goa service to begin on July 1
Mihan Future bright as MADC to set up warehouses
Full power for Nagpur soon
Construction major DLF halts work at Mihan
Mihan project will get my full attention, says Patel
 
 
Rains welcomed with fun & frolic

NAGPUR: After a searing hot spell of weather, which began late in January this year and lasted till this Saturday, the Orange City woke up on Sunday to be pleasantly surprised in more ways than one. Not only was it raining heavily from the morning, but the showers continued throughout the day, with the sun making an appearance just minutes before it set. Furthermore, the maximum temperature recorded in the city on Sunday was nearly nine degrees Celsius below what was recorded just a day before! Surprising everyone, the maximum temperature on Sunday turned out to be just 26.3 degrees, which was exactly two degrees above the minimum temperature of 24.3 degrees, which was recorded during the day. This was also a phenomenally nine degrees below the normal temperature! The maximum temperature on Saturday was 35.0 degrees. The reason behind this occurrence may have been the fact that the clouds had reigned over the skies almost throughout the daytime, and had thus balanced chances of the temperature going up.

Meanwhile, the temperature which the city received from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Sunday, as recorded at the meteorological station at the Nagpur Airport, was 37.4 millimeters, which is indeed a considerable amount of rainfall. The rainfall from 5.30 pm on Saturday to 8.30 am on Sunday, on the other hand, had been around 23.2 millimeters.
Then again, the met department has already issued a notification that rains and thunder showers are likely at most parts of eastern Vidarbha, while the same is applicable to many parts of western Vidarbha.

In fact, there is also a warning of heavy rainfall at a few places over northern Chhatisgarh and eastern Madhya Pradesh, as well as at isolated places over eastern Vidarbha and southern Chhatisgarh over the next 48 hrs.

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Kingfisher's Pune, Goa service to begin on July 1

NAGPUR: Those travelling to and from Pune will soon have an option, while those wanting to enjoy holidays and festivals in Goa will for the first time get to reach their destination directly through Kingfisher Red which is all set to link Nagpur with Pune and Goa from July 1. Confirming the development, a senior official of Kingfisher Red said, “The airline has finalised plans to link Nagpur with Pune and Goa by introducing the ATR aircraft.

The flight will operate on the Nagpur-Indore-Pune and Goa route and the return flight will operate on Goa-Pune-Indore and Nagpur route.
The flight IT-2801 will take off from Nagpur at 8.10 am and reach Indore at 9.30 am. It will leave Indore at 9.55 am and reach Pune at 11.15 am.
From Pune, it will leave at 12 noon and reach Goa at 1.15 pm. This means that the passengers will reach Pune with one stop at Indore in three hours and Goa in five hours, the official added.
On the return journey, the flight IT-2802 will depart from Goa at 1.45 pm, reach Pune at 3 pm, leave Pune at 4.50 pm and reach Indore at 6.10 am before landing in Nagpur at 8 am. The fares for Goa will start from Rs 9,000 onwards while Pune fares will be from Rs 4,000 onwards, the official added.
Sources at airport said, The Kingfisher Red Pune flight will be another option for travelers to go to Pune as Indigo is already operating a daily Pune flight with a minimum fare of Rs 1,779.
Meanwhile, Kingfisher Red, after withdrawing its regular flights to Mumbai from June 7, recently withdrew its Bangalore services from June 26.
Since the last few months Kingfisher was the only airlines that was operating services to Banglore after Indigo discontinued its operations on the Bangalore route. However, Kingfisher officials said that the Bangalore services were not discontinued, but flights where cancelled till July 15 due to operational reasons. The flights will restart from July 16, the official assured.

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Mihan Future bright as MADC to set up warehouses
NAGPUR: In a pep up announcement for Nagpur’s ambitious Mihan-SEZ, RC Sinha on Saturday announced that the Maharashtra airport development company (MADC) would be coming up with a 4 lakh square-feet warehousing complex for retail major Future Group. The vice-chairman-cum-managing director of MADC added that it would also be offering 272 tenements at Khapri for sale by next month. This is a part of the low cost houses to be constructed by MADC.
“The agreement was signed with Future Group on Friday and land has been earmarked just outside the SEZ area. Under the arrangement, Future Group would be the end-user of the warehouses and would be paying rent which would be fixed at 14% of the construction cost,” Sinha said, adding that the move would not only create employment but will spur allied businesses too.
The MADC top boss accepted that this was one of the moves to counter the economic slowdown which has affected investment in Mihan too. Future Group chairman Kishore Biyani added that the set-up would be used by Future Logistics which has a Rs 300 crore turnover. “Nagpur would serve as a better location and so I have been upbeat about this place. The set up is expected to be ready in 12 months,” he said.
Sinha added that there has been some progress towards the joint venture company between MADC and AAI. The company, Mihan India Private Limited, was registered on June 9 and the certificate of incorporation received. The certificate of commencement of business is awaited and a shareholders’ agreement remains to be signed with the AAI.

“Lack of an agreement is not expected to affect the company’s functioning and neither will it hamper in both AAI or MADC chipping in their part of capital in to the venture,” said Sinha, adding that the first board meeting would be held on July 8.

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Full power for Nagpur soon
NAGPUR: Nagpurians have some reasons to cheer after facing power cuts for four-and-half long years and persistent efforts by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) to make the city load-shedding free.
Now, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) will itself devise a model for making cities free from load-shedding and would not take the help of interim franchisees. After preparing the model, it would first submit a petition to Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) for Nagpur and Amravati, minister of state for energy Sunil Deshmukh announced in the state assembly on Tuesday.
At present all the city enjoying zero load-shedding (ZLS) in the state have got relief through a social organisation or industrial association, which played the role of interim franchisee.
MLA Devendra Fadnavis had raised the issue of discriminatory role played by MSEDCL in scuttling ZLS petitions for Nagpur and Amravati in the state assembly.
Deshmukh, admitting to lapses on the part of MSEDCL, said that government would order an inquiry by principal secretary (energy) into the Nagpur and Amravati ZLS mess and strong action would be taken against the guilty officers. Principal secretary would be directed to submit the report within a month.
Fadnavis alleged that MERC was playing an extremely partisan role. It allowed ZLS in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Pune despite the fact that MSEDCL had not submitted the required data. Earlier, it had issued an interim order for Navi Mumbai and Thane and MSEDCL implemented ZLS for 11 months on the basis of this order. However, when it came to Nagpur and Amravati, MERC refused to issue an interim order and raised issues that it had not bothered to go through petitions for Pune, Baramati and other cities. He demanded that government should ask Centre to abolish MERC.
Fadnavis commenting on the role of MSEDCL and MERC wondered that whether the officials of the two bodies were aware that Vidarbha was a part of Maharashtra. Vidarbha produced about 50% of state’s power and the people of the region deserved better treatment.
In next 12 to 14 months about 1,500 MW capacity addition would take place in the region. However, the transmission corridor to Marathwada and western Maharashtra was heavily overload and it was impossible to transmit this power out of Vidarbha.
The proposed transmission lines would not become functional before 2013 or 2014 and hence the government should reduce load-shedding in Vidarbha on its own so that the additional generation is consumed and grid security is not threatened.

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Construction major DLF halts work at Mihan
NAGPUR: The economic slowdown has taken toll on yet another prominent investor in the Mihan-SEZ. Gurgaon-based realty giant DLF India has suspended work on its 140 acre site here. The work was stopped about 20 days back. The company cites slowdown in IT sector as the reason.
DLF is setting up an IT park in Mihan-SEZ and is one of the few to actually begin work at the site. It has described the stoppage as part of nation-wide action. With workers withdrawn, a frame of steel bars and some concrete pillars are all that is seen on the vast area allotted to DLF India. A skeletal staff remains at the site office. DLF is executing its project via M/s Shapoorji Pallonji.

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Mihan project will get my full attention, says Patel
NAGPUR: A day after taking oath for the second term in the UPA government, aviation minister Praful Patel has assured the people of Vidarbha,especially Nagpur, that the Mihan project will get his full attention. Patel arrived here on Friday morning from New Delhi and wasted no time as he left for home turf of Bhandara-Gondia to meet electorate who were generous enough this time to elect him with a record margin of over 2.5 lakh votes.
Asked by reporters if he had any priorities for Vidarbha and Nagpur, Patel said the development of the region was always close to his heart . “I have never flinched in doing my bit for the region. Mihan has my full support and I did everything possible to promote it. Now, I will work closely with Mukul Wasnik (Ramtek MP and social welfare and empowerment minister),” he said. “With the global as well as the local economies reeling under slowdown, there are some hurdles in the way. But we will make efforts for early completion and success of the Mihan project,” he asserted.
About his goals in the second innings in aviation ministry, Patel said the challenges before the sector were immense. “But in these difficult times, we are confident of manoeuvring our way through every crisis,” said Patel. “Prime minister Manmohan Singh has given his ministers immense responsibility by chalking out a 100-day economic development plan. The aviation sector will also contribute in it,” said Patel. “My immediate priorities will be to complete the tasks left unfinished in the previous tenure. We will work with renewed speed now,” the aviation minister added.

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