Nanded City’s unique eco-friendly, urban agriculture project

The makers of Magarpatta near Pune plan to start organic farming on the lands at Nanded city by using techniques like crop rotation, use of recycled water, compost and integrated pest management

Nanded City, a project of the Magarpatta group, has branded itself as an eco-city with a plan to utilise all its green zones, peripheral areas and even the internal nullahs to promote the concept of urban agriculture. This is the second project by Satish Magar, who pioneered Pune’s Magarpatta City, a unique project that has won global acclaim for pooling farmers land into a modern township where they remain co-owners and full stakeholders in the city's growth.


Nanded City is also a planned, integrated, self-contained development put together with lands from 235 farmer families. The plan is to start organic farming on these lands by using techniques like crop rotation, use of recycled water, compost, and integrated pest management. Nanded City has over 13,000 existing trees, which are planned to be doubled to around 28,000 mainly in the form of coconut, jamun, guava and amla orchards. The land already has 5,000 jackfruit, mango and tamarind trees. The open areas among the tree rows in the orchards will be utilized for growing a wide variety of vegetables required for daily consumption and will be produced throughout the year.


Flowers used for religious purposes will also be systematically cultivated. What is unique about the project is that residents of Nanded City will be invited to participate in cultivation and harvesting by allotting them small plots of land. They will also be allowed to walk into the farms and pick their own fruit and vegetables, which can then be weighed and purchased. This concept is popular in the developed world, especially in the US, but has not been tried in India. The farm products will also be available to the residents at designated outlets and sources say that these will be priced below market rates. We also learn that part of the proceeds will be used for the City’s maintenance.


The vision of this project is “to be a role model for developing habitats that not only exists in harmony with nature but also enhance the quality of life through new thinking, dedication and sincere purpose. For our endeavours not only would we be appreciated by the current generation but would be thanked by future generations for leaving the environment in a better condition than what we found it".


Other initiatives include:


          Eco-Stream Park: There is a stream which runs through the City site. The developers are going to convert that area into an eco park. The Mangir Baba Nallah which carries rain and waste water from the surrounding villages passes through the Nanded City. They are treating that water as a corporate social responsibility initiative and they are also building a garden along that nallah.


           Ornamental Landscaping: Flowers and aromatic plants which are needed for worship like the Sonchapha, Hibiscus, Deshi Gulab, Tulsi and Kevda would be included in the ornamental landscaped areas and along walkways at the riverside. Local varieties like Nandruk, Khair, Kinai, Aapta, Palas, Bhokar, Limbara, etc are integrated into the ornamental landscaping. Some of them also have medicinal value. Medicinal herbs, shrubs and grasses like Lemon Grass, Vetiver and Zadu Bambu will be used along with local grasses in the nallah beautification. Medicinal plants like Arjun, Salix and Nirgudi will be planted in waterlogged and out-lying areas. All this will help increase the sustainability of biodiversity that will be necessary for the success of this model. Exotic vegetables, flowers and high value products will be grown in Poly-Houses that will be set up.


           Prepaid Water and Electrical Meters: Metering of domestic water has been initiated at Nanded City, the first one to adopt this system. Prepaid electrical meters ensure that the residents know how much electricity they are consuming and that it is used effectively. They have used LED lightings in many places instead of conventional lamps which has helped them to reduce the usage of electricity.


           Soil and Waste Management: All soil on the site is preserved and the same soil is used for landscaping therefore cutting down the requirement of getting it from outside. Plantation is also being done along the riverside for beautification. The City has strict rules for waste management like the residents having to segregate domestic waste. The non-biodegradable waste will be recycled through vendors and for the biodegradable waste they have constructed a biogas plant which has a capacity of 10 tonnes per day. The biogas generated will be used for producing electricity for the common area lighting. Decentralised sewage treatment plants are being placed near clusters and slopes to avoid unnecessary sewage pumping.


Nanded City which is the second township by Satish Magar, promoter of the award winning Magarpatta City, comes from an agricultural family with a political background. In an interview with Moneylife when he was asked if he was confident that the concept would work or he was just hoping for the best, he replied, “Probably I was over confident. I had the confidence of all the landlords who were with me. I had faith in the concept. Magarpatta had not bought the land. We all pooled our land into the company.” The entire interview is published in the Pathbreaker Series by Ms Sucheta Dalal and Mr. Debashis Basu (to purchase the book click here) where he has explained in detail the entire process from the start till the end of the formation of the Magarpatta City.


The Nanded City is spread over 700 acres of lush greenery and it will house 1/2/2.5/3/4 BHK apartments, bungalows and villas, hospital, school and recreation facilities. The commercial aspect of the city will include Corporate Houses, IT Players, Animation and Gaming Companies. The residents of the Nanded city will also enjoy pollution free air, eco-friendly features and self-sustainable systems due to the 230 acres of land being reserved only for greenery.  They believe in social well being, sustainable development, encouraging those who do the same and do their bit for the society. A significant effort by the Nanded City but they say that it’s not just an initiative, “it’s our way of life that we follow day in-and-out”.

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There is hope for us.

Vodafone pays Rs36,398 as damages and cost to a customer for faulty handsets

Besides refunding Rs6,398 as purchase price of mobile handsets, Vodafone paid Rs10,000 each as damages for the two handsets in addition to the cost of Rs10,000 to Bhagvanji Raiyani of the Forum for Fast Justice

Mobile operator Vodafone has paid Rs36,398 to Bhagvanji Raiyani, chairman and managing trustee of the Forum for Fast Justice, for selling two faulty mobile handsets following an order from the Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. This case would be a revelation not only for customers who are sold faulty handsets but also for sellers.

In 2008, Mr Raiyani bought two mobile handsets from Hutchison Max Paging Pvt Ltd, a dealer of Vodafone for Rs6,398. Both the handsets have the name of Vodafone inscribed and came with a warranty of two years. However, both the handsets were unable to get connected to the Vodafone network and were giving a lot of trouble to Mr Raiyani.

Mr Raiyani requested and also filed a complaint with Hutchison Max and Vodafone for replacing the faulty mobile handsets. However, all his requests turned futile as no response came forward from the respondents.

He then filed a complaint before the District Consumer Forum. During the hearing while Vodafone denied any role as manufacture of the handsets, Hutchison Max contended that it is neither an agent of the mobile operator or vice versa. Both companies stated that there was no relationship whatsoever in transacting any business except in the normal course of business existing between the two.

Relying on the complaint, as there was failure from both Vodafone and Hutchison Max to resolve the issue, the District Forum held them responsible for deficiency in service and passed its order. The District Forum directed Vodafone and Hutchison Max to verify mobile handsets for repairs or refund Rs6,398 in case repair was not possible. In addition, the Forum asked both the companies to pay Rs1,000 each for two handsets and Rs2,000 towards cost to Mr Raiyani.

Mr Raiyani did not accept the amount and appealed before the State Commission.

During the hearing, the lawyer for Vodafone submitted before the Commission that both the companies, Vodafone and Hutchison Max are now merged and Hutchison Max does not exist as a separate entity.

The State Commission noted that, “The liability in respect of rendering efficient and proper service to the complainant does not cease consequent upon merger.  The consumer forum passed the impugned order since there was no response from the opponents to the complaints for restoration of smooth service of mobile instruments."

On perusal of records, the Commission said it found no documentary evidence adduced by Mr Raiyani to establish technical fault in the newly purchased handsets. “But it is equally true that no complainant can/or will be in a position to submit such an evidence but will take first step as a prudent consumer to approach and file the complaint with supplier, which the complainant did unfailingly. Therefore, in the instant case, consumer complainant cannot be faulted with as he has taken all precautionary steps as a consumer to lodge complaints and pursue it to the logical conclusion,” the Commission said.

A two-member bench of Dhanraj Khamatkar, presiding member and Narendra Kawde, said, “Both the opponents (Vodafone and Hutchison Max) have miserably failed to deliver effective service to restore the newly purchased handsets to the working position uninterruptedly as can be perused from the record placed before us. We find there is substantive force in the contention of the complainant/appellant as he has been dragged unnecessarily for a small issue to file the consumer complaint and also to pursue the same in appeal.”

The Commission then modified the order of the District Forum. It directed Vodafone to pay Rs10,000 each instead of Rs1,000 as cost of two handsets and Rs10,000 as cost in addition to Rs6,398, the original amount paid for purchase of the mobile handsets to Mr Raiyani.

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You Be The Judge

Auto Taking You for a Ride? It’s Abduction!

A  recent news article carried yet another horror story of auto-rickshaw-driver-terror. A woman and child insisted on being ferried home and got into the vehicle. To teach the duo a lesson, the driver took them on a long detour, scaring them and adding to their agony. The ordeal ended with the passengers reaching their destination at long last and the driver being mildly penalised and allowed to go. The issues here are: Was the driver entitled to create panic? Was the fact that the passengers were safe at the end, a compensating factor? Was his ‘punishment’ adequate or appropriate? Were the police complicit in letting the abductor go? Should they be punished as well? You be the judge.

We believe that this was nothing short of abduction, unlawful restraint and terrorising. The penalty—imprisonment—can be as long as seven years, (Sectio 362+ of the IPC). The cops aided and abetted through dereliction of duty and filing incomplete reports, violating the Police Act. Now, you be the judge.


Currency Notes from Chemicals?


A woman walks into a police station with a complaint. She has, she claims, been cheated of Rs25 lakh and she wants her money back. She wants the police to help her. What is her story? The interesting part begins here.

The woman is a doctor and one does not become a doctor without some intelligence. How then was she duped? The good doctor met three conmen who had some ‘special’ chemicals that could produce duplicate currency notes, no less. Yes, the same notes that we normal, unlucky humans work our butts off to buy the next square meal! The lucky doctor had visions of minting money—literally. All she needed to do was pay ‘just 25 lakh rupees’ to this alchemist, which she promptly did. After all, opportunity never knocks twice. However, the three conmen kept on stringing her along for months when the doctor realised it was a con. Should the police register this complaint? Should they follow it up? Must an FIR be lodged? You be the judge.

The problem revolves around the law relating to contracts in India. An important point to be noted is that no one can enter into a contract that is illegal in the eyes of the law. One cannot agree to a contract to steal from a third person. Or to make life miserable for someone. Even trying to break up a marriage is illegal. So, if one asks someone else to create friction between a husband and wife, it is breaking the law. Simply put, two or more people cannot agree to do something, in other words enter into a contract, to carry out an illegality. The contract is void Ab initio, meaning from the start.

Now, the doctor enters into a contract with the ‘chemical specialist’ and pays him a sum of money, called ‘consideration’. The contract is complete. But printing money, or trying to print it, is a serious offence; even if the equipment did not work. The intention of duplicating money is attempted forgery of the highest degree. The very act of trying to do so is punishable. The term is up to seven years plus a fine. So does one go to the police and complain that she was duped in a patently criminal process? Well, the cops should have arrested the doctor for a crime. The police are guilty of dereliction of duty. They, too, should be asked to explain their conduct rather than everyone laughing it away. What you do think? You be the judge. Write to us.

A New Column on Real-Life Legal Situations

Laws that govern our rights, life and liberty are complicated. We become aware of them only when we have a brush with them. One way to increase our awareness of the various laws is by discussing real-life cases. This is exactly what Bapoo Malcolm, a conscientious practising lawyer in Mumbai, will do—beginning with this issue. We invite readers to share their thoughts on each of the items because, as Bapoo says, “You be the Judge”. Email us at [email protected] or [email protected] – Editor

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rajiv patel

6 years ago

Very interesting and informative. Looking forward to continued series of this column.

Veeresh Malik

6 years ago

Interesting series, thank you for taking this up.

1) In the auto-rickshaw episode, in a perfect world, the auto-rickshaw driver would be totally to blame. However, it is not a perfect world, so more needs to be disclosed - why, for example, did the passengers not raise an alarm while they were being abducted? Also, more importantly, who were the authorities responsible for issuing a licence to the said driver and auto-rickshaw in the first case, and what would be their accountability for this - as in the case of the RTO officials in jail in Delhi for the Nirbhaya bus rape case.

2) This is clearer, the doctor and the currency - where did she generate so much cash from, is the first question. The other points made by Malcolm ji are spot on. The police should have brought in their own Economic Offence's people as well as the Income Tax Department and maybe even their own Money Laundering section.

Once again, thank you for this brilliant effort,

Veeresh Malik

Suiketu Shah

6 years ago

Great initiaive Mr Basu.Great great work my moneylife.

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