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- Signature drive against civic move to axe trees from today TNN | Updated: Apr 17, 2017, 07.52 AM IST
City-based environmental activists will launch a week-long signature campaign at 9.30am on Monday against the civic body's move to cut full-grown trees.
The first phase of the campaign will be held in front of the NMC ofice. The campaign aims to garner more support from Nashikites to save trees.
Over the last two weeks, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been cutting trees obstructing road widening across the city. After filing several Public Interest Litigations (PILs) in courts, social organisations, activists and environmentalists have now taken the issue to the common man.
"The trees on the busy Gangapur Road were chopped off after the Bombay high court's directions that ordered the NMC to replant the trees elsewhere. But, the civic body only cleared the road and failed to replant the trees," environment activist Milind Wagh said.
According to the activists, they are not against axing the trees in the middle of the roads and responsible for the accidents. They alleged that the NMC has chopped off many trees that were not an obstacle to the traffic movement.
As many as 17 organisations and over 100 activists in the city have joined hands to raise awareness through the signature campaign. They have appealed to residents to stand against NMC's move and support the signature drive. According to the organisers, they are aiming to collect over 10 lakh signatures and use the support to create environment awareness.
The civic body held its tree cutting drive in the last week of March till the first week of April. Trees on Dindori road, Peth road, and Gangapur road, near the City Centre Mall and near ABB circle and ITI signal on Trimbak Road were chopped off.
- Farmers across state join hands against Samruddhi highway Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Apr 17, 2017, 06.52 AM IST
NASHIK: Jameen Bachav Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti, an apolitical organisationrepresenting farmers from across the state opposing land pooling and acquisition for Samruddhi highway and other works will hold a convention on April 26 at Shahapur in Thane district, said Vishwanath Patil, convenor of the outfit.
Alleging that the government was using force in land acquisition and land pooling process, the samiti aims to take the fight from the street to the judiciary, but vows not to part with the land. Apart from the ambitious Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi highway, the farmers are also opposing land acquisition for high power transmission lines, underground gas pipelines in the state.
"The government is using its force in the case of Samruddhi highway passing through ten districts of the state. There have been agitations in every taluka and district, but the farmers fighting it on their own are not able to put up a strong front. We have, therefore, decided to call the farmers together and stage a common fight," Patil said.
Former additional collector Bhalchandra Thakre, who is also part of the agitation, said it was difficult to understand why the government was pushing through for its ambitious project in this manner when there were many other better and cheaper options possible.
"If the government wants faster connectivity between two cities, it can do so using high speed trains and aeroplanes. Why is it taking the land of the farmers? It is their only source of bread and butter," Thakre said.
Patil further pointed out that the agitation on the street has begun and this will call for full debate in both the houses of the legislature. "If the government still fails to call it off, then we will further fight it out in the Supreme Court," Patil said.
The work of joint measurement has come to a screeching halt in Nashik district with the farmers from the Shedve village daring the government officials to enter in the area last week. The district administration took police help to allegedly suppress the revolt, which further fuelled the agitation.
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti and Nationalist Congress Party leader Jitendra Avhad jumped into the agitation. Addressing a rally in Sinnar on Friday, Shetti said the agitation would be akin to the protest at Singur in West Bengal where the farmers shed their blood but did not give their land. The opposition parties - Congress and NCP sponsored Sangharsh Yatra during its second phase has started from Nashik division. The leaders of the yatra are all set to address the gathering of the farmers on the Tuesday.
Political observers however smell the opposition hand in the entire struggle. "The farmers have the right to defend for their piece of land till the last breath. But more than the farmers - most of whom would want better compensation, it is the opposition parties who are willing to see the project being dropped or at the most delayed. Even the delay would mean the defeat of the government," the observers said.
- Originally Posted by harshal22Any 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?
looks like Since Mr. Gedam Transfer no one from nashik want to talk against Builder Lobby..CommentQuote0Flag
- Jewellers, realtors expect good sales Tushar Pawar| TNN | Apr 28, 2017, 06.40 AM IST
NASHIK: The jewellers and builders are expecting good business on Akshay Tritiya on Friday, one of the auspicious occasions to make purchases.
Akshay Tritiya is one of the three-and-a half auspicious muhurta apart from Dussehra, Dhanteras and Gudi Padwafor starting new ventures and taking new decisions. It is believed that any business started on this day continues to grow and brings success and prosperity. Hence, launching of business, buying property, gold and silver, and buying vehicles are initiated on this day.
Pramod Kulthe, president of the Nashik Jewellers Association, said, "Akshay Tritiya is an auspicious occasion when people buy gold. We are expecting good business on Friday. Also, gold prices have declined by Rs 600 per 10 gram in the past two days. Hence, it is an opportunity for consumers to buy gold on the auspicious occasion.... People buy gold coins, bars and ornaments on Akshay Tritiya."
Gold prices have declined by 2% in the past five six days from Rs 29,800 per 10 grams to Rs 29,200 per 10 grams.
The district has nearly 5,000 small and large jewellery showrooms, including 1,000 shops in the city. The Saraf Bazar area of the city has around 250 shops. The area witnesses traffic jams on every auspicious day.
"The traffic jams are due to encroachments. Our customers face inconvenience here. We want the police department to deploy personnel here at least on the auspicious days to regularise traffic," Kulthe said.
Builders are also eyeing good bookings of flats on the occasion.
Jayesh Thakkar, past president of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India, Nashik, said, "There is a festive mood in realty sector due to Akshay Tritiya. People mostly prefer Akshay Tritiya to book new flat and enter new homes. We are expecting booking of over 150 flats in the city on Friday."
- Property tax collection in Nashik up threefold in April To encourage payment of property tax, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has offered 5% rebate to those who paying their outstanding bills in April, 3% for payments in May and 2% rebate to payments in June.Sumita Sarkar | TNN | May 04, 2017, 12:30 IST
NASHIK: The civic body has recovered three times the property tax in April compared to the same month last year.
To encourage payment of property tax, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has offered 5% rebate to those who paying their outstanding bills in April, 3% for payments in May and 2% rebate to payments in June.
Deputy municipal commissioner Rohidas Dorkulkar said, “We had collected Rs 6.7 crore in April last year compared to Rs 18 crore this April.
Once all the properties in the city are measured and brought into the tax net, the collection is expected to go up. Undisclosed properties will be identified, along with usage of property, through a survey which is already under way, he added.
Meanwhile, the civic body is yet to give its verdict on two tax defaulters, GTL Chennai network and ATC. They have knocked the doors of the high court and a hearing was held on March 24.
While both the companies have dues of around Rs 1 crore each, the court has asked ATC and GTL to immediately pay Rs 47 lakh and Rs 50 lakh, respectively. The court has asked the NMC to conduct a hearing and if they were not satisfied then the court will hear them.
NMC has conducted the hearing but is yet to give its verdict to the mobile tower companies.
- Credai to showcase plots in district Tushar Pawar| TNN | May 8, 2017, 12.08 PM IST
NASHIK: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (Credai), Nashik, will showcase industrial plots across the district at the 'Make in Nashik' event in Mumbai on May 30 and 31.
The event will have an industrial exhibition, which will have nearly 60 stalls. The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and the district industries centre will be showcasing the industrial infrastructure in MIDC estates and the incentives and facilities given by the government.
Sunil Kotwal, president of Credai, Nashik said, "Credai will have a separate pavilion at the Make in Nashik event. We have identified 20 developers who have approximately 2,000 acres of industrial plots across the district... We will showcase these plots at the an exhibition." "We will also make branding and marketing of the city, highlighting the USPs Nashik has. Our objective is to attract industries to Nashik, which is known for features such as its pleasant climate, abundant water, and equidistance from Mumbai and Pune," Kotwal said.
Uday Kharote, sevretary of the Nashik Industries & Manufacturers' Association, said, "There has been no new large investment in Nashik except one or two in the past 15 years. The objective of the Make in Nashik event is to bring large industrial projects here."
- Mayor to urge CM to ensure new industrial projects for Nashik Tushar Pawar| TNN | May 22, 2017, 11.19 PM IST
Nashik: City mayor Ranjana Bhansi on Monday assured the Nashik Inc that she will urge chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to ensure that some big industrial investments take place in the district.
The mayor is slated to meet Fadnavis during the latter's visit to Nashik next week.
Bhansi chaired a meeting of city industrialists and corporators at Nashik Industries & Manufacturers Association (NIMA) House in view of the forthcoming Make in Nashik event at Mumbai.
"We will extend every support to industries for the event. Our objective is the growth of the city. New projects in Nashik will generate jobs to youths here," the mayor said."
Apart from the mayor, chairman of the civic standing committee Shivaji Gangurde, corporators Shashikant Jadhan, Dinkar Patil and others were present at the meeting.
The 'Make in Nashik' event is being held on May 30 and 31 at Nehru Centre in Mumbai to attract new industrial projects and investments for Nashik.
The president of NIMA, Harishankar Banerjee, said, "We held the meeting with the mayor and the corporators to seek their support for the Make in Nashik event. We had a very good meeting and the mayor was very positive about the event."
He added, "All the NMC corporators will be attending the Make in Nashik."
"We have geared up for the Make in Nashik event. This is the first such event for the district, which is being held in the financial capital of the country, and we have great expectations. We will highlight the investment potentials in Nashik and invite industries to come to Nashik. The event is being held with support from the state government," Banerjee said.
- Makhmalabad to go green under Amrut scheme Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: May 24, 2017, 08.50 AM IST
NASHIK: After the botanical garden at Nehru Van Udyan, another one will be deveoped at Makhmalabadunder the Amrut scheme's green space development.
Known as a farmland area earlier, Makhmalabad gradually started seeing real estate boom. Now, with the development of a green space at survey number 400, it is expected to attract tourists and be a recreational centre for citizens.
The civic body has invited e-tenders from private agencies to develop the forest garden, Tavli Amrut Van Udyan. The main condition in the contract is that the agency should have a degree in agriculture, gardens or forest science branch. Agencies without qualifications in these should have experience of working in the garden development branch of the government or semi-government organisations.
"We will plant 15,000 trees, have gazebos, bamboo art gallery, waterfalls and a lot of greenery. The entire garden will be set up on a 19.13 acre land at a cost of Rs 3.50 crore with a Pune-based consultant for the project," said civic gardens superintendent BU More. The civic body received the funds for the project in a span of two years.
- Nashik Municipal Corporation proposes hike in property, water taxes Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: May 25, 2017, 12.25 PM IST
NASHIK: Citizens will have to face a hike in tax payments as the civic body has proposed a 14% rise in property tax and a 20% rise in water tax.
The decision comes in the backdrop of the civic body's financial condition. The hike in taxes is also mandatory as per the Smart City project conditions. The proposal for the tax hike will be tabled at the standing committee meeting of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) soon.
There has been no hike in property taxes since 1992. The civic administration had proposed the tax hike several times in the past, but the NMC's standing committee and the general body meetings had rejected the proposals.
On April 2, the NMC's standing committee had rejected the hikes in both the taxes as proposed by the civic chief in his budget for the 2017-18 financial year. Now, the civic administration has once again decided to table the proposal for hike in property and water taxes at a meeting of the standing committee.
Speaking to TOI, municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna said, "We have proposed hikes in property and water taxes. The proposal for the tax hike is now to be tabled in the coming meeting of the NMC's standing committee for approval."
The hike suggested in the property tax is around 20%. Moreover, water taxes are also to be increased somewhere in the range of 11-20%.
Currently, the civic body is levying a water tax of Rs 5 per 1,000 litres for residential purposes. As per the new proposal, it has been suggested that Rs 6 will be charged per 1,000 litres, with 20% hike in taxes. Water tax for commercial purpose is Rs 27 per 1,000 litres, which has been proposed to Rs 30 per 1,000 litres, with 11% hike.
Water tax for non-residential purpose is Rs 22 per 1,000 litres. The civic administration has proposed a 13% hike to Rs 25 per 1,000 litres. "In 2016-17, the target for water tax collection was Rs 40 crore, but we recovered Rs 29.5 crore. This year, the target for water tax is Rs 43 crore. There are around 1.89 lakh water connections, of which around 1.78 lakh are residential, 2,973 are non-residential and 3,572 are commercial," an official said.
- RERA registration no. must in adscompulsory in ads by realtors from August Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: May 29, 2017, 09.32 AM IST
NASHIK: State RERA chairman Gautam Chatterjee on Saturday said after August 1, all builders will have to mention their RERA registration numbers in advertisements.
As per a clause of the Real Estate Regulation and Development Act, Maharashtra, it is compulsory for developers to give information about their projects from May 1, so that consumers can check what they are offered and whether the promises made by builders are fulfilled or not. Builders will also have to regularly update the details of their ongoing projects.
"The realtors have been given three months' time from May 1 to complete the online registrations of their ongoing projects and also the new projects. After August 1, they will have to compulsorily mention the RERA registration number in their advertisements," said Chatterjee.
"Since May 1, 900 agents and 16 projects have been registered in state . Yet I am not satisfied as there are at least 30,000 projects which need to be registered immediately," he added.
Registration of a project is not needed if the promoters have received completion certificates for either renovation, repair or re-development before May 1. Phase-wise uploading of the project can be done and promoters have to obtain registration under this Act for each phase separately. All the necessary disclosures and documents will have to be submitted to the authority online after which a registration number will be allotted.
After the layout is approved by the municipal corporation, the builders can register first building and consequently the others.
"The disclosures will be made public using IT platform. The independent regulator will see if everything is being submitted. Hence, builders should tell the truth in the disclosure. If they do not, then, it will be violation of the Act," Chatterjee said.
Chatterjee said complainants can approach the grievance redressal cell and the case would be resolved within seven days. One case can go to one court only not multiple courts. All kinds of permissions for new proposals would be given by the local government under Right to Services Act.
"The Act is like empowering people. This is the most crucial decision of the government in independent India. The consumer can see the status of the project online and if there is any violation of the Act, the person can complain on the website itself. This is an important industry for the country's economy. The guilty will be punished while those doing good work will flourish, " he said.
Chatterjee said the main aim is to give houses to those who do not have them in their possession. If consumers are staying in houses for years, but do not have occupation/completion certificates, they should get deemed conveyance done.
- Rivers cleared of 160 tonne waste Tushar Pawar| TNN | Jun 4, 2017, 11.30 PM IST
Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) in association with around 600 non-government organisations (NGOs) conducted a drive to clean river Godavari in the city ahead of the World Environment Day.
Apart from Godavari, the river cleaning drives were also conducted at Nasardi, Vaghadi and Valdevi. Around 160 tonne of garbage were collected during the drive.
A total of 5,200 people participated in the drive, including 2,500 officials and employees of the civic body. One robot, 17 excavators, 14 dumpers and 20 tractors were provided by the municipal corporation for the drive.
An official from the NMC said, "The drive had been planned with the help of around 60 NGOs. The drive was conducted at a total of 11 places on four rivers of the city. We collected around 160 tonne of garbage during the drive."
City mayor Ranjana Bhansi launched the cleanliness drive at the Kapila conflux of the Godavari at Tapovan. Apart from the 11 places, the drive was also conducted at five other places — Balalji temple, Someshwar temple, Anandvalli, Sahoday Nagar and Chopda Lawns.
Municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna, deputy mayor Prathmesh Gite, chairman of NMC's standing committee Shivaji Gangurde were also present during the cleanliness drive.
- Nashik civic body hikes premium for extra FSI for land on more than 9m wide roads to 50% Builders had met the municipal commissioner on March 21 and May 11 to discuss the Development Control Rules 2017TNN | June 13, 2017, 17:00 IST
NASHIK: The civic body has increased the premium for additional floor space index (FSI) from 35% to 50% for land along roads with more than 9m width. Municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna has issued an order to this effect on Monday.
Builders had met the municipal commissioner on March 21 and May 11 to discuss the Development Control Rules 2017. Consequently, Krishna issued the order according to rule 15.4.
For land on roads with more than 9m width, additional FSI can be taken by paying premium.
During the meetings it was decided that 35% of the cost of land would be paid but now this has been raised to 50 % and will be applicable from the date of issuance of the order. The order also mentions the likelihood of the premium being increased in future.
“The government has not yet decided the premium. This is a tentative amount as people were not taking up additional FSI. Builders were not giving proposals. Hence we did it. Other municipal corporations have raised it up to 60%. After the government’s decision on the premium, the rate will be adjusted – either deducted or added,” Krishna said.
- Around 80,000 new properties in Nashik to come under tax net The present number of properties in the city is 4.23 lakhTushar Pawar | TNN | June 22, 2017, 16:30 IST
NASHIK: The property survey being carried out by the civic body for the first time since 1999 has identified 40,000 new properties so far and officials estimated that an equal number of properties could be added by the time the survey ends.
The present number of properties in the city is 4.23 lakh.
The swelling of properties would be a boon for the cash strapped municipal corporation as its coffers would be richer by at least 20%. At present, NMC’s revenue from property tax is Rs 86 crore.
The NMC has involved a New Delhi-based private firm to find non-assessed properties and identify change in use, along with revision of assessment value of properties.
A senior NMC official told TOI that the company has surveyed 2.25 lakh properties in Nashik West, Satpur and Cidco divisions. A similar exercise would start soon in Panchavati, Nashik East and Nashik Road divisions.
“We have identified 40,000 new properties so far. We are expecting to add another 40,000 new properties by the time we complete the survey,” the official said.
Sources in the civic body said these additional properties would increase the proper tax collection by over Rs 16 crore.
As per norms, it is mandatory to the civic bodies to conduct property survey every four years. But the NMC has not conducted the survey for the past 17 years.
In 2007, the civic body had appointed a private agency to conduct the survey but the agency could not complete it even after two extensions. Finally, the NMC had blacklisted the agency.
In 2015 also the NMC had planned a property survey but it could not conduct it due to Kumbh Mela.
- Farmers threaten suicide to save land Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Jul 9, 2017, 10.56 AM IST
NASHIK: Disgruntled farmers staged demonstrations across district on Saturday in protest against the state government's decision to acquire land for the proposed Nagpur-Mumbai super communication expressway, also known as Samruddhi Mahamarg.
The protests were held in the wake of the district administration's announcement on Friday regarding the compensation package to be offered to farmers whose land would be acquired for the mega project.
In some places like Igatpuri and Sinnar, farmers burnt copies of the rates made public by the Nashik administration. Some farmers staged a demonstration in front of the district collectorate though it was closed for the day .
The farmers have warned that they would intensify their agitation, under the guidance of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetty, to prevent any acquisition of land
"The farmers will not fall in any kind of trap. Our fight is for the land and not for the rates. This is the only source of bread and butter for the farmers and, hence, the state government must scrap the project," demanded Raju Desle of Kisan Sabha, who is heading the Jameen Bachav Andolan.
"Apart from Raju Shetty, we have invited social activist Medha Patkar and Yogendra Yadav to discuss farmers' issues on Monday. They will decide on the future course of action of the agitation," Desle said.
A farmer from Shivde village, Kailash Harak, alleged that the state government was taking the farmers for a ride. "We have decided not to give land to anybody and we will fight tooth and nail to save our land. We can even commit suicide to protect our land," warned Harak. In Shivde village in Sinnar taluka, the government machinery is facing severe resistance from locals to part with the land. Apart from farmers in Shivde village, villagers from Sonambe, Konambe, Ghorwad, Savtamalinagar, Pandhurli and several others in Sinnar and Igatpuri taluka staged demonstration against land acquisition in front of the district collectorate.
The protesting farmers shouted slogans against the chief minister and the state government and burnt printed copies of the compensation rates.
- Nashik farmers set up pyres to fight land acquisition for e-way Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Jul 10, 2017, 01.05 PM IST
NASHIK: A section of farmers have continued their opposition to the state government's move to acquire their land for construction of the Nagpur-Mumbai expressway.
Some farmers have hung nooses on trees and set up pyres on their farms to send a message to the government that they would rather embrace death than part with their land.
"We will not give our land at any cost. The government can construct the highway through the nearby hills where nothing grows; the farmers there would be more than happy to get compensation," said Keshav Harak of Shivade village, as he prepared a pyre in his farm. The protests come in the wake of the district administration announcing rates for direct purchase of land through negotiations saying if the move fails, forced acquisition would be the only way out. Earlier, the farmers had hung nooses in their farms when land measurement was being carried out.
"Every step the administration takes for land acquisition, will see our protests escalate. This time we are preparing the pyres and it is for us," said Kiran Harak, a local. Sunil Pawar of Sonambe village questioned the project. "Small pieces of land being taken away for public projects can be understood. This is not a common public road; it will have controlled access," he said. "The day the government tries to take over the land we will end our lives," Sunil Wagh, another farmer warned.