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- Open plot in MIDC serves as dump yard Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Mar 19, 2017, 10.21 AM IST
NASHIK: The land for the common effluent treatment plant (CETP)in MIDC is being used as a dump yardfor waste despite several complaints to the civic administration.
People in sector B of Ambad MIDC are using the area as a garbage dump by throwing away construction debris and other hotel waste there.
Nair has even sent several photos and videos of the dump yard to the Nashik Municipal Corporation health officer, but in vain. "People are not ashamed to use public property as a dump yard because the NMC has not done anything till now," he said, adding that recently someone dumped hotel waste in huge black bags during the night and by morning, the area was stinking.
Pharmaceutical companies in the area too are dumping their waste in the open plot, which could be hazardous and unhealthy for the residents in the area.
NMC's health officer Vijay Dekate said that he did receive complaints about the open plot being used as a dump yard and has deployed staff to clear it. "We will send our sanitary inspector of the CIDCO division to get the area cleared once again," he said.
- Citizens put on running shoes to save water TNN | Updated: Mar 20, 2017, 06.50 AM IST
NASHIK: Most city-based citizens tied their shoelaces tight and ran for the Water Resources Department's (WRD) 'Run for Saving Water' on Sunday along with the Nashik Municipal Corporation to mark the week-long 'Jal Jagruti Saptah' organized for World Water Day, celebrated on March 22.
The run was flagged off at Sinchan Bhawan while the participants ran along ABB Circle and City Central Mall before coming back to Sinchan Bhawan.
Additional collector Kanhuraj Bagate, pointed out the need of using optimally the water thus avoiding pollution of the same. "The random use of water creates two problems - first is it increases consumption and the overuse results in polluting more water. The best way was to use water optimally and recycle and re-use the same which will cut down the dependency on fresh water always," Bagate said.
Superintendent Engineer at the Command Area Development Authority of WRD, Rajesh More appealed to the people to save water by consuming it judiciously. "Saving water at this point of time is very important as the water saved now can help us live in a better position during the summer, or if the rains are delayed. The people across the length of the river should contribute to the cause irrespective of dividing the water and the river," he said.
Chief engineer of the North Maharashtra region of WRD, NS Waghmare also appealed to the people to take an initiative in saving water near the origin of the water bodies. "The water saved in the upper areas can always help in releasing better percolation of the same in the ground, which further boosts the water table. Better water table will only help in better agriculture," Waghmare said.
- Godavari pollution: Activist miffed with NMC ‘inaction’ Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Mar 20, 2017, 06.41 AM IST
NASHIK: Godavari pollution case petitioner Rajesh Pandit has alleged that the civic administration has not complied with nearly 50% of HC orders based on Neeri guidelines.
The Bombay high court had asked the petitioner to prepare a report on the court's directions from 2012 till present. Apart from this, the report was to include the National Environmental Engineering Institute (Neeri) recommendations and information on compliance and noncompliance by the civic body and other agencies.
On February 28, the activist submitted the report with a chart of compliance and noncompliance to the HC. The hearing of the report went on for two days, with the second hearing held on March 1. The order was recently on the HC website.
"Neeri's first recommendation was to maintain the river's ecological and environmental flow. We understand that there was a drought-like situation last year, because of which this could not be done. But the river's flow can be maintained now as there is no drought. The HC order and Neeri's recommendations have not been complied with," Pandit said.
He added that the untreated sewage should be properly segregated and channelled to the sewage treatment plants (STP) and not into nullahs and tributaries like the case at some city areas.
"Existing STPs should be upgraded and biological oxygen demand (BOD) should be brought down from 30 to 10. This was to be done before Kumbh. Apart from this, some bridges nets were put up, but a few have worn out. These nets are to be installed at all bridges. In 2013, the HC asked four PSIs and 30 policemen to be appointed to keep a check and fine people polluting the river, but this was not done. On the contrary, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) appointed retired army officers for the job. This is the first time the HC asked for police protection for a river in India, but this was not followed," he said.
Spreading awareness, preventing washing of clothes and vehicles, as well as installing sign boards on riverbanks warning of a penalty and barricading the area to prevent vehicle entry to the river were some of the other directions that were not complied.
The NMC refuted the allegations, saying that they had complied with all the directions. "The civic body has complied with all the directions. The court clearly stated in its order that the NMC has already submitted a detailed response to the chart. The HC has acknowledged our response," SR Vanjari, NMC's executive engineer, said.
On issues like the installation of bridge nets, washing of clothes and vehicles in the river and upgrading the existing STPs, he said they were all in of completion. "We are perfectly in tune with the orders. The NMC has complied with all directives," Vanjari said. Pandit added that all compliances were to be done long ago, but the NMC is still in the process of doing it. "Most of them had to be done before the Kumbh. Many of the compliances were met with during the Kumbh, and were to be continued. Let the HC decide whether the compliances have been followed through. The MPCB and the MIDC compliance reports are still awaited," he said.
A copy of the chart will be sent to the state government, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). The next hearing is on March 21, for which all parties are to be present.
- Maharashtra proposes 5% increase in RR rates in Nashik Tushar Pawar| TNN | Mar 24, 2017, 10.52 AM IST
NASHIK: Home buyers here may have to pay more from the next financial year as the state government has proposed a marginal hike of 5% in the ready reckoner (RR) rates.
The final decision on the proposal is expected to be taken by the government in the next few days.
Stamp duty is collected from property buyers on the basis of RR rates, which are revised for the financial year and come into effect from April 1.
Government sources close to the development told TOI on Thursday that the state government has proposed an average 5% hike across the city for the 2017-18 fiscal.
"Chief minister Devendra Fadnvis will review the RR rates across the state and finalise the same in the next two-three days," said an official.
"This year, the government plans to make a marginal hike in the limits of municipal corporations, but there will be a (decent) hike in areas adjoining the boundaries of the city limits. An increase in the RR rates is expected more in rural areas of the state," said the official.
In the last fiscal, the state government had increased the RR rates between 2% and 20% in various pockets of the city, with an average hike of 10%.
There had been a marginal increase, in the range of 2% to 10%, in the RR rates with an average hike of around 6% in core areas, including the old city and TP-1 and TP-II areas.
A delegation from CREDAI recently met the IGR and controller of stamps N Ramswami and urged him to keep the RR rates stable this financial year.
Sunil Bhaybhang, immediate past vice-president of CREDAI, Maharashtra, told TOI that the sector is still passing through a phase of recession.
"The demand is yet to pick up. At this juncture, we would like the state government to not change the RR rates. We have already approached the government and urged the officials concerned to keep the rates stable," he said.
- 77 per cent of land records available online in Nashik Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Mar 25, 2017, 01.59 PM IST
NASHIK: The work of digitisation of land records in Nashik district has gathered momentum and about 77 per cent of records of rights (RoR - 7/12 extracts) the work has been achieved across the districts. The tribal talukas have leaped ahead with 95 per cent of works already been completed.
Nashik taluka however is lagging behind with only 40 per cent of the work being completed so far.
The Government of India (GoI) has stressed on paperless work under the Digital India theme, Besides, the government also aims to make the RoR transparent which will further avoid any issues with the transfer of rights.
The district has in all 12.28 lakh out of which 9.50 lakh records have been digitised, edited, evaluated and finalised.
"There transfer of the RoR from manual to digital is a major process in which all the concerned people have to be approached for any change in the records, updated the same and then verified as well to ensure there is no wrong entry into the records. The process has been carried out in the RoR which have been completed and are available through online process which can be viewed and downloaded as well," a revenue officer said.
The rest of 2.78 lakh RoRs are in edit module and the work of verification and evaluation will be carried out sooner after which even they will be available for the people to view and download through online process.
The work of online registration and the editing of RoR in Peth, Surgana, Deola and Trimbakeshwar talukas has almost been completed as the 98 per cent of the RoRs are now online, which means that any further editing in the RoR will only happen through online module, and the human intervention has been cut down.
"If the RoR has to be edited, there is a set procedure that has to be followed and the same has to be validated by several offices and officers which will ensure no wrong, or purposeful entry can be done by any person with malafied interests thus protecting the rights of the person who own the land or who buys the same from the owner," the officer added.
Peth has achieved 99.96 per cent completion, Surgana - 99.75, Deola - 97.91, Trimbakeshwar - 97.14, Kalwan - 97.01, Dindori - 92.99, Baglan - 93.32, Chandwad - 90.31, Sinnar 87.37, Yeola - 86.37, Niphad - 85.57, Nandgaon - 77.73, Igatpuri - 72.67, Malegaon - 71.23 and Nashik 39.61.
- Realtors discuss development rules with Nashik civic chief Their suggestions and objections will be submitted to the government by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC)Sumita Sarkar | TNN | March 28, 2017, 14:00 IST
NASHIK: Representatives of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) and architects’ association met municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna and joint director of town planning Pratibha Bhadane on Monday to discuss their grievances against some of the rules in the recently released development plan (DP) and development control rules (DCR).
Their suggestions and objections will be submitted to the government by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC). On April 30, 2015, the state government came up with a notification on uniform TDR (transfer of development rights) policy, but as per the new rules of the civic body, TDR holders will face losses in some places.
Bhadane said the TDR will be awarded as per the terms and conditions in the contract. But Krishna made it clear that TDR will not be awarded where DP roads merge with internal roads, if TDR is loaded on the plot then the remaining TDR will not be awarded.
Various aspects of the no objection certificates (NOC) from the fire department like Maharashtra Fire Act, National Building Code, new and old development rules were also discussed. “It is not necessary to take an NOC from the fire department for residential buildings up to 24 meter height,” said Krishna.
Fire safety measures need to be installed for buildings that are between 15 and 24 meter. However, NOC will have to be taken for structures above 24 metre height and special buildings.
Cupboard space issue was also discussed in the meeting. Additional floor space index (FSI) has been approved for all roads in the new development rules and five per cent additional balcony space has also been approved. Based on this rule, developers asked for respite from cupboard space violations.
- Gold, real estate markets ready with attractive offers for Gudi Padwa Tushar Pawar| TNN | Mar 28, 2017, 06.15 AM IST
NASHIK: Gold and real estate markets are prepared to offer the best of deals this Gudi Padwa, to be celebrated on Tuesday.
Traditionally, on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa, people buy new things like gold and apartments to start the new year with new promises. Cashing in on this, the gold and realty market gear up every year to attract more buyers.
The realty sector is passing through a phase of transition, but is eyeing a good numer of bookings of flats on the occasion. Meanwhile, the gold market, which had been affected due to the government's demonetisation move, is also expected to shine on the day.
Umesh Wankhede, secretary of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai), Nashik, told TOI, "Currently, the realty sector is passing through a phase of transition. The new draft development plan (DP) and the development control promotions and regulations (DCRP) have been introduced. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) will also come into effect from April 1. Due to this, the realty sector will get a status of industry and it will also bring transparency in the sector. Moreover, the union government has also introduced various schemes to boost affordable housing. So, we think that the next financial year is expected to be good for both the consumers and the builders."
There are no new projects coming up in the city, but the demand is increasing nonetheless. Wankhede said, "Gudi Padwa is the most auspicious occasion for consumers to either book flats or enter their new homes. There are no new projects coming up right now, but there is enough supply to match the demand. The demand is mainly for small flats like 1BHK and 2BHK. So, we are expecting a good number of bookings of flats from the people on the occasion of Gudi Padwa."
Apart from the realty sector, the gold market has also rolled up its sleeves to cash in on the festive season. Most citizens on the occasion, prefer to invest in gold or silver on the day.
Pradeep Kulthe, president of Nashik Jewellers Association said, "This is one of the few auspicious occasions for buying gold. There is a positive mood in the market and we are expecting good business on Tuesday. Currently, there is also the wedding season that has been going on, so we hopeful to have a good business."
- ‘NMC can’t hack trees on land not acquired’ Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Apr 2, 2017, 12.19 PM IST
NASHIK: Tree lovers are ready to knock on the doors of the court again as they questioned the civic body why the treeson the farthest side of the road along the Bhonsala Military College compound were hacked for road widening.
The issue was raised on the third consecutive day of the tiff between the activists and the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) where the latter has been blamed for cutting trees on the land not acquired by it.
Activists have accused the NMC of contempt of court as the 232 trees transplanted a few months back have already died.
The civic body had proposed to widen the Gangapur road from Jehan Circle, from the existing 12 meter to 30 meter, at a stretch of five kilometer during the last Kumbh in 2002-03. The matter of land acquisition delayed the project though.
In 2014, the deadline to complete the road was before Kumbh Mela 2015. The land is yet to be acquired near Bhonsala Military School. "They have not been able to acquire the land for 14 years. Let them acquire the land first and then cut the trees. If the land acquisition would take some more years, these trees could have been there till then. They are not in the middle of the road and do not cause any accidents," said Yogesh Shastri, an activist. According to the NMC, these trees were marked to be cut by the expert committee appointed by the high court.
The activists who reached the spot to stop the tree felling were told that the land was already acquired but when they went to the civic body and enquired, the scenario was different.
Petitioner Ashwini Bhat said that as per the court's orders none of the indigenous trees are to be cut. "Neem is indigenous. Land is to be acquired for road widening and trees are getting cut. These trees were touching the compound of the college. The contractor did not have the permission letter which is wrong. I will file a contempt of court as none of the transplanted trees have survived," she said.
- Nashik Municipal Corporation continues to hack trees on 5th consecutive day Tushar Pawar| TNN | Apr 3, 2017, 12.34 PM IST
NASHIK: The civic body has continued hacking trees on the fifth consecutive day on Sunday. The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is axing trees obstructing traffic flow in the city.
The civic body conducted its drive on Dindori road, Peth road and Gangapur road over the last four days. On Sunday, it axed trees near the City Centre Mall and near ABB circle and ITI signal on Trimbak road.
Environmentalists on Sunday met with Krishna at his official residence, urging him stop hacking the trees. Krishna told the environmentalists that the work was proceeding according to the norms.
City roads and ring roads were widened during the Kumbh Mela, but the NMC could not cut 1,100 trees because of protests by environmentalists. The Bombay high court had given permission to the civic body on certain conditions. After fulfilling these conditions, the NMC started hacking trees from Wednesday.
Municipal commissioner, Abhishek Krishna, said, "We have started hacking trees as per the HC's conditions. We have to axe 375 trees that are obstructing the road widening work. We have already started cutting trees in the last five days. So far, 80 trees across various city roads have been axed and the rest will also be pruned over the next few days."
- Survey of Gangapur Rd encroachments today Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Apr 5, 2017, 11.49 PM IST
Nashik: The civic body will conduct a joint survey of encroachments on the Gangapur Road by big restaurants and commercial complexes on Thursday. The road is to be widened and the NMC has facing flak for sparing encroachments and cutting trees without acquiring the land.
The survey will be conducted by the civic chief, officials from the town planning department and the Shiv Sena group leader in the civic body, Vilas Shinde.
"It was not necessary to cut the trees. But trees have been cut and encroachments by big commercial establishments and restaurants have been spared. The trees in the middle of the road have been spared and those on the sides have been cut and, that too, without acquiring the land," said Ankush Magji, entrepreneur and social activist. He said that the trees on the middle of the road that cannot be used as divider should have been cut first and transplanted.
"But, this is not the season for transplant. The authorities could have waited for a couple of months and then transplanted the trees," said Ankush.
Ashwini Bhat, one of the petitioners in the tree hacking case, said, "The court orders have not been followed properly. Indigenous trees are to be spared. The trees on the sides of the road could have been retained as divider for the service road, where only two-wheelers should be permitted."
When contacted, Shinde said, "The trees have to be cut for road widening and we have the orders of the court to cut the trees. The land acquisition is under way."
When asked about encroachment by big establishments and restaurants, Shinde said, "They will also have to be removed."
- Principal secretary, civic chief discuss Pan City projects Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Apr 7, 2017, 11.14 AM IST
NASHIK: Principal secretary and state employment commissioner Vijay Kumar Gautam met municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna on Thursday and discussed about the use of optical fibreand information technology(IT) development among other issues under the Pan Citycriteria of the Smart Cityproject.
"It (optical fibre) will eliminate the need to dig roads again and again for various works. He (Gautam) also discussed about IT development in Nashik. The Nashik Municipal Corporation(NMC) and state government would jointly prepare a project for IT development and then finalise an agency," said Krishna.
He added that the principal secretary was pleased with the citizen facility centre (CFC), solid waste management and global positioning system and online complaints.
The CFCs that became functional from Wednesday after the formal inauguration by mayor Ranjana Bhansi received a total of 308 applications till Thursday evening. These include applications for property tax collection (143), birth certificate (9), water tax collection (123), plinth completion (4), zone certificate (1), water connection (4), building completion (8), property transfer (3), death certificate (1), dog license renewal (4) and dog registration (8).
Meanwhile, the NMC has also floated tenders for hi-tech parking facility. "We will be outsourcing this job. The facility will be app-based and has to be developed by a software company. Integrated parking will also be included in this. Electronically whatever is feasible will be developed," said the municipal commissioner.
Krishna will be leaving for Mussourie on April 7 for a month-long training of IAS officers. During his absence district collector B Radhakrishnan will officiate as the municipal commissioner.
- Day 2: Farmers block highway work Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Apr 9, 2017, 11.27 AM IST
NASHIK: Farmers from Shivde, who are opposing joint land measurement for Samruddhi highway, continued to stall the process for the second consecutive day on Saturday, demanding a dialogue with the district collector.
Farmers in Nashik district have refused to give their land for the state government's ambitious Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Super Highway.
"The farmers, who had turned violent on Friday, heard the administration peacefully throughout Saturday and then held a meeting among themselves. They then presented a memorandum to the officers, setting a few conditions and calling for a meeting with district collector Radhakrishnan B before the joint measurement is done," said deputy collector Vitthal Sonawane, who is also administrator, new townships, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.
In the memorandum, the farmers have demanded Rs 2.50 crore per acre and payment of entire amount before the government starts land acquisition. "We do not want the price set by the government as it has been fixed arbitrarily. We want the price for the land as we demand. The prices of the land across the stretch of the highways cannot be uniform," the farmers said.
The farmers have also stressed on the settling of all the farm loans and that the same should not affect the compensation given to the farmers. "If a farmer has taken loan on the land, it has to be cleared by the government and the compensation for the land acquisition should be paid in full to the farmer irrespective of the amount of loan," the farmers demand.
The farmers have stressed for a dialogue with the collector before the beginning of the joint measurement. "We are unable to carry out the joint measurement of other areas. We will have to settle the issues first. Soon, a meeting of the farmers and the collector will be conducted to decide on the issue," the officer said.
- Any Nashik buyers/flat owners can comment on Nashik builders tendency not to form co-Housing society. Almost all builder now make Apartment condo. Why such trend is there in Nashik ?? Its more beneficial to builder in future.
Any new buyers got positive reply from builder to form CHS in Nashik recently?CommentQuote0Flag
- Waste segregation still a challenge Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Apr 11, 2017, 08.40 AM IST
NASHIK: Civic body's plan for waste segregation at the source has not been able to generate desired results, so far.
Earlier this month, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted that all civic bodies have to follow waste segregation from May 1 onwards. However, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) began this practice in December last year.
The corporation told the contractors to sensitise people and spread awareness through loudspeakers on garbage collection vans. It also announced stringent action against those failing to segregate waste. However, things are still the same and to address the issue a meeting was held at the NMC headquarters on Monday evening.
Till date, the vans have not been able to maintain regularity, punctuality and waste segregation. In most of the places, the vans do the rounds in the afternoon making it difficult for working couples and senior citizens to hand over garbage to van attendants. Citizens also complain inaccessibility to the mobile application that was supposed to keep them posted about the status of the van in their area.
Ashwini Brahmankar, a resident of Abhiyanta Nagar, said, "There is no fixed timing for garbage vans in our area. If the NMC is monitoring the vans through GPS and fining them then why are the vans still irregular? For working couples it becomes very difficult to hand over the garbage. The van comes anywhere between 12.30 pm and 2-2.30 pm. On Sundays it comes at 12.30 pm. The application that was to help track the van is not functional. Also, there is no compartment for waste segregation in the vans."
Sharada Tambe, a domestic help at Gangapur Road, said her owners leave for work in the morning, but the vans came only in the afternoon and that too on alternate days.
Pramod Pagare, a senior citizen, said, "If the vans come in the afternoon and no one is at home it is difficult for senior citizens to carry the garbage. We segregate the waste in our house, but they are mixed in the vans. We cannot see any compartment but just a partition for namesake."
Health officer Vijay Dekate said, "We have asked every sanitary inspector and employee to create awareness in their respective prabhags. From May 1 onwards we will start fining the citizens. Rs 1,000 will be slapped for failing to hand over segregated waste to the garbage van attendants."
About the irregularities and inconsistent timing, he said the vans were given routes for every prabhag which they have to follow.
- 2,475 acres available for new industries in district Tushar Pawar| TNN | Apr 12, 2017, 06.53 AM IST
NASHIK: Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) acquired 1,075 acres for industry at four locations in the district, a move likely to boost industrialisation in Nashik.
The MIDC is also in the process of acquiring a total of 1,330 acres, of which 140 will be at Dindori and 1,290 at Sinnar. A total of 2,475 acres will be available for industries in Nashik district.
Unavailability of land had affected Nashik's industrial growth for the last 12 years. Apart from the MIDC's land acquisition, around 1,400 acres are available at Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Sinnar, of which allotment for 382 acres has started.
The rest was acquired at four locations — 457.5 acres at Talegaon-Akrale in Dindori, 272.5 acres at Yeola, 217.5 acres at Sayane in Malegaon tehsil and 124 acres adjacent to Vinchur Wine Park. The development comes at a time when Nashik industries are taking efforts to attract large industries to Nashik with government support through the 'Make in Nashik' event in Mumbai on May 30 and 31.
A senior MIDC official told TOI, "The MIDC has proposed a total of 930 acres for the proposed industrial estate at Talegaon-Akrale, 18km from the city. Of this, 457.5 acres have been acquired so far. We are in the process of acquiring 140 acres more within two months. Farmers have already given their consent. We will have a total of 600 acres for the new industrial estate at Talegaon-Akrale following acquisition of 140 acres there."
The official said that apart from this, 272.5 acres in Yeola and 217.5 acres have also been acquired in Malegaon tehsil. "We are also in the process of acquiring 1,290 acres in Sinnar," he said.
The Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of MIDC have already been occupied and there is no land available for the new industries and the existing ones to expand. The district's industrial growth was affected in the past decade because of land unavailability.