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- Commuters, industrialists look for faster work on 4-laning of NH50 Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Jul 19, 2017, 12:46 PM IST
NASHIK: Commuters and industrialists from Nashik are hoping for faster completion of four-laning work of the Nashik-Pune highway (NH50), as it would reduce the travelling time between the two cities and also provide new opportunities to villages and towns along the highway.
Over the past few years, the number of vehicles plying on the highway has been increasing. Before the four-laning work started three years ago, the number of vehicles using this highway was around 18,000 passenger car units (PSU) a day. PSU is used to assess traffic flow on highways. One passenger car is considered as one PSU, a bus or a truck is considered as three PSUs, while an autorickshaw is half PSU).
Now, the traffic flow on the highway is around 21,000 a day, said an NHAI official.
Industrialists said the traffic had to increase with the rise in population and people having nearly no other option than to use the road to travel between the two cities for work, business, education, etc.
The rail connectivity between Nashik and Pune is extremely poor. There is only one train connecting these cities, which goes via Kalyan.
According to commuters, though the distance from Nashik to Mumbai and Pune are almost the same, it takes five-and-a-half hours to reach Pune, compared to three-and-a-half hours to reach Mumbai.
Abhay Kulkarni, industrialist and president of Nashik First organisation, said, "It is essential that the entire highway between Nashik and Pune is widened as early as possible. A large number of people are travelling between these two cities. Once the highway is widened, it will bring development to towns and villages along the highway."
Kulkarni added, "Even if the stretch from Chakan to Sinnar is widened, it would be a boon for the Sinnar industrial area. Pune has reached a point of saturation. Now, if the industries there have to expand more, Sinnar will be the best alternative for them. Chakan is a hub of automobile industries. Once the stretch between Chakan and Sinnar is complete and if the goods vehicles can travel between these two towns in about two hours, Sinnar will witness huge development, considering that the companies can get labourers at a lower cost than the cost in Pune, since it is a drought-prone area."
- Agency to take over digitilisation of NMC documents Tushar Pawar| TNN | Jul 27, 2017, 09:33 AM IST
NASHIK: The civic administration has decided to appoint a new agency to digitalise all their existing and old documents in a bid to preserve them.
The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) will appoint an agency for a five years, during which it will develop, design and digitalise all the documents to protect the data. Tenders have been floated inviting bids from interested parties to carry out this exercise.
There are a total of 1.10 crore old important documents from various departments of the civic body to be digitalised. In order to decide which documents need to be digitalised, the NMC has formed a committee of civic officials for it.
A civic official said, "The agency will be appointed for five years to monitor the digitalisation of documents. So, now there will be no issue of major documents missing as they will be digitalised and can be found in a click."
The NMC had thought of the project about four years back, after a fire took place at the top four floors of the eight-storey Mantralaya in Mumbai where thousands of sensitive documents, computer files and records pertaining to land use, de-reservation and the crucial Adarsh society scam were destroyed.
Around two years back, the civic body again planned the project, but it could not work out due to the Kumbh Mela. Back then, the NMC also had no full-time commissioner. This delayed the project.
"The municipal corporation has documents since 1992, but the condition of most of those documents is not good. So, we want to protect these documents through digitalisation. We had recently sought information from every department on the number of documents required to be digitalised. Accordingly, we have a total of 1.10 crore old documents, including 65 lakh documents from the town planning department alone. Now, these all documents will be digitalised," said an official.
- Shiv Sena minister too under fire for Nashik farmers' plot 'allotted to private party' TNN | Aug 5, 2017, 12:06 PM IST
NCP's Dhananjay Munde said MIDC led by industries minister Subhash Desai had denotified 400 hectares of land in Gonde Dhumala village in Nashik district acquired from farmers in 2007-08.
The land was denotified and allotted to a private party, he alleged. The total acquired land was nearly 750 hectares. He demanded Desai's resignation and alleged the land was given to a person close to a Shiv Sena leader. But Desai said chunks of the land had been denotified between 2011 and '14.
The Congress-NCP govt denotified nearly 370 hectares and fragmented the plot so the govt could not set up any industry there. "The plot was not given to any private person," said an official from Desai's office.
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- ISRO creates microsite for development of Nashik Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Aug 15, 2017, 02:43 PM IST
NASHIK: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has created a micro site exclusively for Nashik and raised a dedicated multidisciplinary team to work and monitor the development of the entire Nashik parliamentary constituency.
An eight-member team of ISRO, headed by scientific secretary PG Diwakar, on Monday held a meeting with Nashik district administration, led by district collector Radhakrishnan B. Shiv Sena MP Hemant Godse, who had taken this initiative to rope in ISRO for development of Nashik, was also present.
The dedicated ISRO team will be using spatial data available with it to aid the district administration in executing and monitoring Nashik's development. Moreover, it will seek data from local government offices to make a blueprint for an all-round development.
"We will undertake a complete Global Information System (GIS) mapping of the constituency to bring to the fore exact status, quality and nature of activities required to be carried out in the areas. Moreover, we will seek additional data in various sectors. All these information will be integrated with spatial data available with ISRO. All these measures will enable us understand the visible and invisible potentials of the areas and then use it to chalk out development of Nashik," Diwakar said.
The ISRO has already made a separate microsite for Nashik constituency that has more than 30 types of data gathered using various space tools and remote sensing data. The data was shared with the district officials by the ISRO.
"We have explained the officials about the data that we have. Now, we need the data that is available on the ground and it has to be fed to the ISRO using GIS mapping. This is a huge exercise and we will be carrying out the same with the help of mobile application that has been prepared by ISRO," Diwakar added.
An ISRO official added that the massive exercise will be carried out with the help of local residents and NGOs, apart from different departments. Citing an example the official said the average type of land is available from the spatial data.
"But it would require more inputs on ground of a particular place to know the physical and chemical compositions of the soil of that area which will be an important input for planning of agriculture development, among others," explained the ISRO official, adding all citizens or volunteers need to do is to switch on the mobile application on their mobiles and take the tour of their target areas to feed the data as required.
Radhakrishnan B said the government departments in the district will have several interactions and exchange the information with ISRO that will be brought on single plane. "Thereafter, we will prioritize the areas that we have to focus upon and then plan and execute the same," he added.
- No progress on removing trees in Nashik Road for widening highway Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Updated: Sep 16, 2017, 12:45 IST The trees are blocking proposed widening of a 2.5 km stretch.
NASHIK: Even as the tree committee of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) gave its nod for the removal of trees on land belonging to the civil hospital, there is no decision on the trees along the stretch of the Nashik-Punehighway.
The tree committee gave its nod for the trees to be cleared, paving the way for the construction of the mother and child wing with a capacity to accommodate 100 beds. The approval was given in the backdrop of the death of 55 newborn babies in August at the hospital.
There are over 200 trees that need to be hacked as they are coming in the way of the proposed widening of the Pune highway along a stretch of around 2.5km from Sinnar Phata to Darna river. While most of the highway widening work is done from Darna river to Sinnar, this stretch has become a bottleneck.
The state Public Works Department (PWD) is currently widening the stretch from Sinnar Phata to Sinnar of the Nashik-Pune highway. A PWD official said they are awaiting the Bombay high court on whether the trees should be hacked. Once they get the approval, it was just a matter of time for the road widening work of the stretch.
The official said that the tree committee has given its nod for the trees to be cut for the project, but tree lovers raised objections to the hacking.
A senior PWD official said they expected the matter to come to them for hearing in the next few days. However, in the past as well, the same officials had said that the decision was expected anytime.
It has been over three years that motorists have been commuting on the Nashik-Pune highway. There have been talks about the widening of this stretch. However, there is no sign of work so far, though the remaining patch of the Sinnar Phata-Sinnar road was nearly completed with some patches left at certain spots. Many Nashikites go to work at Sinnar and a few residential areas have come up along the highway on Nashik Road because of the large number of commuters.
In the meantime, industrial executives who have properties in Sinnar send their children to Nashik city for education. Because of this, school students end up spending over an hour travelling between Sinnar and the city.
A PWD official said they took up encroachment drive in February to clear the structures along the highway near Shinde village. The existing trees are the last hurdle. There are a altogether 236 trees on the 2.5-km stretch between Sinnar Phata and Darna river. On getting the HC nod, the road will be completed soon.
- City’s realty sector witnesses 50% growth since Ganeshotsav Tushar Pawar| TNN | Sep 28, 2017, 22:31 IST
Nashik: The realty sector, which has been passing through a phase of recession and other difficulties for the past two years, have started witnessing positive developments from Ganeshotsav.
According to the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association (Credai), the realty sector of Nashik has registered 50% growth during the festive season from Ganeshotsav till now, compared to the corresponding period of last year. Around 300 flats worth Rs 120 crore have been booked or sold across the city since Ganesh festival, against 150 flats worth Rs 60 crore during the same period of last year.
"Last two to three years were very tough for us. Now, the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) and the Goods Services Tax (GST) have been implemented. The monsoon has been good this year. Hence, a positive movement has started in the realty sector of Nashik, particularly from the Ganesh festival," said Sunil Kotwal, president of Credai, Nashik.
"There has been around 50% vertical growth between August 25 and September 28, compared to the corresponding period of last year. Dasara is an auspicious occasion for booking properties. We are eyeing sale of another 150 flats worth Rs 60 crore on Dasara," he said.
"There are enough ongoing projects in the city and the builders have good inventory at reasonable prices. Hence, this is the best opportunity for those who are waiting to buy homes of their dream. The prices will go up after new projects come up," Kotwal said.
The properties are available in the range of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 2 crore in the city.
"Around 15 new realty projects will be launched in the city on the occasion of Dasara," he added.
- MIDC to act tough against commercial use of industrial plots Tushar Pawar| TNN | Oct 1, 2017, 23:58 IST
Nashik: In a move to avoid the use of industrial land for commercial purposes, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has decided to act tough against the offenders.
The Corporation has already identified around seven establishments at Satpur and Ambad industrial estates where industrial land has been put under commercial use. The authority are in process of sending legal notices to these commercial establishments.
"As per norms, industrial plots are not allowed for commercial purpose. We have identified around seven establishments where industrial land has been put under commercial use. We will soon take legal action against them," said a senior MIDC official.
"We have also started a survey in Satpur and Ambad industrial estates to find out the operational and closed industries, and also if any plot of land is being put under any commercial use. The report of survey is expected within a month. We will then take tough action against the offenders," he said. "We had ordered a similar survey in March as well. But that could not be completed because of lack of manpower."
"Many industrial plots have been occupied by investors. They get plots, but do not start industrial operations there for over years. They build small structures and get Building Completion Certificates (BCC). MIDC do not look into the matter once the BCC is given to the industrial unit concerned," said an industrialist.
"The corporation needs to make industrial operations mandatory to those buying industrial plots within a given deadline," he added.
In August, MIDC had taken action against those who had not developed the industrial plots over years. As many as 22 plots had been taken back as they were not developed by the entrepreneurs within a give time period. 12 plots were taken back from Satpur, Ambad and Sinnar areas of Nashik district and 10 from MIDC areas in Ahmadnagar district.
- Nashik civic body to provide smart cards to prompt property tax payers for free The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is also planning to provide incentives, such as a 3% discount to citizens who use prepaid cards for paying the municipal taxes or shopping at commercial outletsTushar Pawar | TNN | October 05, 2017, 16:30 IST
NASHIK: The civic body has identified 50,000 prompt property tax payers who will be rewarded with prepaid smart cards for free. The distribution of the cards is expected to start next week.
The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is also planning to provide incentives, such as a 3% discount to citizens who use prepaid cards for paying the municipal taxes or shopping at commercial outlets.
There are over four lakh taxable properties across six divisions of the NMC. Of this, 50,000 regular tax payers will get prepaid smart cards for free. The remaining tax payers will have to pay some charges for the card.
“The civic administration is now in the process of segregating the list of these tax payers as per the divisions. We will distribute the smart cards among the tax payers from next week,” a senior NMC official told TOI,
The taxpayers can top up their prepaid cards with any amount across 22 common facilitation centres and branches of Yes Bank operating in the jurisdiction of NMC. Citizens will be able to use the cards at shopping malls, retail outlets and other shopping destinations.
The Centre has already asked local self-government bodies to go cashless at the earliest. Payments to contractors or bills will be accepted through cheques.
“We have also introduced an online system for citizens to help them pay their property and water taxes. Citizens paying property tax online will get one percent discount and those paying water taxes only half percent discount.
- HC urged to give verdict on trees early Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Updated: Oct 10, 2017, 23:42 IST
Nashik: The national high division of the PWD has appealed to the Bombay high court to pass its verdict soon on the hacking of over 250 trees to facilitate road-widening work.
The issue of hacking the trees meant for widening a 2km stretch along the Nashik-Pune highway, from Sinnar Phata to Darna river, is in the high court.
A senior PWD official said the proceedings of the PIL filed against the hacking of trees have been completed and the court has to announce its verdict now. "The entire road-widening work between Nashik and Sinnar has been completed and only the 2km stretch remains incomplete," the official said. "We have mentioned in the application submitted to the high court that the pollution level due to the continuous traffic jams on the 2km road stretch, where the work has been pending, is 10 times more than the oxygen being emitted by the 286 trees," he said.
The PWD is hopeful that its application will be taken into consideration and the high court will announce its verdict at the earliest.
The 2km stretch from Sinnar Phata to Darna river on the Nashik Pune highway witnesses continuous traffic jams. The highway authorities have removed all the remaining encroachment and cleared the area for road widening, the authorities are awaiting a nod from the high court to clear the trees.
A large number of residential areas have come up along the highway at this 2km stretch. The residents have also expressed the demand for widening of the road.
Rajesh Sabat, a resident of Kharjul Mala, Nashik Road said, "It is risky to cross this highway, but we resident do it repeatedly everyday. The road is very narrow for two-way traffic. The trucks, containers, buses and other vehicles continuously ply on this road."
He added, "crossing the road amid this rush is a huge risk every time especially for eldery citizens and children."
The widening work of Nashik-Pune highway began about three and a half years back. Only this 2km stretch has been left out. The Nashik Pune road witnesses heavy rush of vehicles, round the clock. A large number of vehicles also ply between Sinnar and Nashik, as both these places have a large number of industries.
- Property tax collection by Nashik civic body increases by 30% in Apr-Sept While collection of property tax increased by 30% in the first six months of 2017-18 as compared to the corresponding period in the last fiscalTushar Pawar | TNN | October 26, 2017, 15:30 IST
NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) property and water taxes collection figures during the first six months of the current financial year has been quite impressive.
While collection of property tax increased by 30% in the first six months of 2017-18 as compared to the corresponding period in the last fiscal, water tax collection has swelled by 70.33% during the same period as compared to the collection between April and September in 2016-17.
The NMC’s property tax collection in the first half of the current financial year stands at Rs 55.32 crore as against Rs 42.83 crore during the corresponding period of last financial year. The civic body has set a property tax collection target of Rs 105 crore for the 2017-18 fiscal and has achieved 52.68 % of the target.
Similarly, the water tax collection in the first six months of 2017-18 is Rs 16.64 crore as against Rs 9.74 crore during the corresponding period of the previous financial year. The NMC has set a target of garnering Rs 42 crore as water tax for the current financial year and it has achieved around 40% of the target.
“We have taken various measures right from the beginning of the current financial year to ensure that tax collection improves in this fiscal. We distributed annual property tax bills before beginning of the current financial year,” NMC sources told TOI.
According to NMC officials, the civic body has also given concession in property tax to property holders for paying their full annual tax from 5% to 2% in the first three months (April-June) of the current fiscal. “Similarly, we had also sent notices to around 1,000 property tax holders with dues over Rs 1 lakh each. This overall leads to rise in property tax collection,” added the sources.
“Apart from property tax, we are also focusing on water tax collection with major focus on big defaulters. We could not focus on water tax collection due to in adequate manpower. But we are taking various measures to increase the tax collection. This overall led to rise in water tax collection by almost 70.30% in the first half of the current fiscal as compared to the corresponding period last year,” the sources said.
The NMC has six divisional offices — Nashik East, Nashik West, Nashik Road, Satpur, Panchavati and Cidco divisions — that collects property tax.
Nashik West and Cidco divisions have collected the maximum property tax revenue Rs 13.79 crore and 10.30 crore, respectively. Similarly, Cidco and Nashik Road divisions have collected maximum water taxes during the first half of the current fiscal. The formers division collected Rs 3.95 crore as water tax, while Rs 3.42 crore was collected by the latter.
- Political parties among property tax defaulters TNN | Oct 26, 2017, 23:44 IST Nashik: Political parties asking the civic administration to check on leakages in tax collection rather than hiking taxes are among the property tax defaulters, with Congress owing the highest dues.
Congress owes maximum of Rs 24,02,960 in property tax to the civic body while Shiv Sena has to clear dues of Rs 83,632. The MNS, which owes Rs 10,340 for a year, has promised to clear the dues immediately.
Two years ago, Congress and Shiv Sena owed property tax to the tune of Rs 30 lakh piled up over the last two decades or more. Despite serving notices, the tax evaders did clear the dues.
After TOI broke the story in February last year, the parties paid some amount but Shiv Sena wanted the penalty to be waived. Congress then made a part payment of Rs 10 lakh as against the pending dues of Rs 22,81,305 for two decades and applied for a waiver in the interest amount.
Shiv Sena had to pay Rs 76,089 but the amount went up to Rs 1,41,303 along with the penalty. The party, however, paid only the tax and sought a waiver in the interest.
The annual property tax of Congress office was Rs 31,409. They had to pay total Rs 12,09,335 and along with the fine the amount went up to Rs 22,81,305. The annual property tax of Shiv Sena office was Rs 2,100 and the total amount to be paid was Rs 76,089. Along with the fine amount it was Rs 1,41,303.
City Shiv Sena chief Ajay Boraste said, "We have cleared all the dues. There are two to three people who had properties in the same building, some of which are sealed. The entire property tax is issued in our name but the property is not ours."
City MNS president Rahul Dhikle said, "We pay the property tax every year. I found out now that only this year's tax is pending. We will pay it immediately", while city Congress chief Sharad Aher said they did not receive any letter in this regard. "We will pay the dues if an intimation is given to us."
An NMC officer said it is the responsibility of the owner of the property to pay the tax in time. "If we cannot recover from the owner, we have the right to recover it from the occupants. If we have to recover 100% property tax, the rules will be applicable to all."
- Property tax collection in Nashik increases by 28% The increase in the property tax collection as compared to last year is Rs 1258.07 lakh.Sumita Sarkar | TNN | November 05, 2017, 09:02 IST
NASHIK: As compared to last year, Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) collected Rs 22 crore more property and water tax.
Those who do not pay the dues of water tax in 15 days will have to face disconnection.
In 2016-2017, the total property tax collection was Rs 4518.44 lakhs while in 2017-18 the total property tax collection is Rs 5776.51 lakh. There has been significant increase in the tax collection in all the six divisions. The increase in the property tax collection as compared to last year is Rs 1258.07 lakh.
Property owners who use solar energy, pay online get subsidies and also those who pay in April get five percent subsidy, in May three percent and in June two percent. Total 7644 property owners use solar energy and the tax collected from them is Rs 7.80 lakh. Tax collected from 124481 property owners who availed of five percent, three percent and two percent subsidy is Rs 89.90 lakh. Online payments were made by 41821 persons and Rs 6.41 lakh was collected.
Total property tax amount collected through subsidised rates is Rs 3475.94 lakh.
As compared to year 2016-17, this year Rs 929.50 lakh more was collected for water tax. In 2016-17 it was Rs 1067.87 lakh while in 2017-18 it is Rs 1997.36 lakh.
Notices were issued to 67838 water tax defaulters out of which 10550 paid total Rs 617.73 lakhs including arears of Rs 417.05 lakh and Rs 200.68 lakh.
"We are going to take action against all defaulters who fail to pay the dues in 15 days. We will cut off their water supply connections. Offence will be filed at respective police stations, on defaulters who illegally start disconnected water supply. Overall there has been a total increase of Rs 22 crore in the property and water tax collection this fiscal as compared to the last," said an NMC official.
- Samruddhi project: Farmers to meet MNS chief Raj Thackeray Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Nov 8, 2017, 11:19 IST Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray.
NASHIK: Farmers, opposing the ambitious Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (Samruddhi project), have now decided to rope in Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackerayto join their fight against the state government.
The farmers are protesting against government's land acquisition process for the 701-km highway . "The government is fooling people and grossly violating norms be it related to acquisition of land of general people or even in case of the tribal people for which the consent of gram panchayat is required. We are taking help of all political parties and hence we are going to meet Raj Thackeray who is coming to Nashik on November 10," Raju Desle, coordinator of Samruddhi Mahamarg Virodhi Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti (Committee of farmers oppo sing Samruddhi project), said.
Claiming that the government was fooling the farmers, the representatives have also decided to draw the attention of governor and President of India, even as they have alrea dy registered cases in Aurangabad, Nagpur and Bombay high court.
After addressing the meeting of over 65 representatives that attended the meeting of Samruddhi-affected farmers across 29 talukas of 10 districts from Vidarbha, Marathwada, North Maharashtra (Khandesh), Konkan region, Desle said the government was flouting and twisting norms in its interest and was also falsely projecting figures and statistics to show that farmers were eager to sell their lands.
"Despite government announcing `lucrative' rates for the lands, it has been able to acquire no more than 6% of the land. This is because farmers are united and opposing the project," Desle claimed.
- 21 unauthorised religious structures razed on Thursday Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Nov 9, 2017, 23:22 IST Nashik: Around 21 unauthorised religious structures were razed in Satpur and West divisions by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Thursday — the second day of the demolition drive.
These religious structures were on roads and posed hindrance to movement of traffic. In Satpur, a total of 12 religious structures were removed while in West division as many as nine illegal shrines were removed until 7 pm.
The demolition drive started at 10am and was carried out under police protection. The deities were removed from the religious structures following all the rituals by a priest after which the structures were demolished.
Some residents expressed their displeasure saying there were many encroachments in the city, but only religious structures are being removed.
Around 100 NMC employees, all six divisional officers, deputy municipal commissioner (encroachment) and other officers, 85 policemen, assistant police commissioner Sachin Gore, three senior police inspectors (PI), six assistant PI, around 40 vans of the NMC and police was present during the drive.
Saptashrungi temple at Mahadevwadi, Vitthal Mandir, Mhasoba, Khandoba, Omkareshwar temples in Satpur Colony, Shani Mandir and few small temples were demolished. Some people tried to oppose but the police managed the crowd well.
On Wednesday, the first day of the drive, the civic body demolished 16 structures in the Cidco division. On Friday, the demolition drive will continue in West division and East division.
"Demolition of renowned and big structures like Khanderao temple in Satpur and Vitthal Rukmini temple on Gangapur Road in West division were carried out till late in the evening. The demolition of big structures takes long time," informed deputy municipal commissioner (encroachment) RM Bahiram.
Uunauthorised religious structures constructed before 2009 are being demolished from November 8 as per the orders of the Bombay high court. Around 150 structures will be demolished in two phases. The ones on open spaces have been kept pending at present because a case has been filed in the HC about retaining such structures.
Last year, 105 religious structures constructed after year 2009 were demolished as per the orders of the Supreme and high courts. Notices were pasted on the religious structures constructed before 2009, inviting objections and suggestions.
As per the orders of the court all religious structures that cause hindrance to traffic and are on public place will have to be removed by November 17.