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    Nashik Municipal Corporation to get river rejuvenation report on February 6

    TNN | Feb 1, 2017, 06.36 AM IST

    NASHIK: Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh and professor Prajakta Baste — an expert in human settlement and water resources — will present a technical report to municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna on issues related to GodavariRiver on February 6.

    The duo is preparing the report as per the orders of the Bombay High Court on public interest litigation by environmentalist Devang Jani who pleaded for removal of concrete, re-opening of concealed ponds and reviving live springs in Godavari River.

    Baste has a doctorate in human settlement and water resources and has been appointed as technical expert by the high court for issues pertaining to river in another case. The report will be presented to Krishna on February 6, the day when Godavari River is known to have taken birth according to mythology.

    The same evening a presentation on the history of the river, pollution and other issues will be shown to the people. The high court, in January, had ordered Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to resolve the water pollution in Ramkund and surrounding areas in two months.

    It had also directed Jani to make a representation to the NMC after which the latter would have to resolve the issue in two months.

    Jani, a resident of Panchavati and an environmental activist, had filed the PIL on Godavari River pollution — particularly in Ramkund area — and non-functioning of water purification plant that was installed during Kumbh 2003-04.

    Water was lifted from Ramkund where pilgrims perform number of rituals, and transported through a pipeline to the filtration plant near Dutondya Maruti. After filtration, the water was transported back to Ramkund. "We requested Singh and Baste to give detailed information about problems of concretisation and what if the concrete is removed. Contour mapping of the total riverbed has been done," said Jani.

    "We went to houses where flood water had entered. Even at a higher level near the river where there are wells or ponds in every second or third house there was water up to 15-20 feet. Even if the entire water is drained from the well it gets recharged in 5-7 hours. If this is the case in the high level areas imagine what it could be in the low lying areas," Jani added.The survey was done physically in 15-20 houses near the river. A survey on groundwater and how aquifer mapping can be done after the riverbed and surrounding areas are de-concretised. Aquifer mapping would help in revealing natural live springs in the riverbed which the environmentalists believe could keep the water flowing and also the curb river pollution to a certain extent.

    Earlier, when there was no concretisation, 80% of the groundwater would be recharged and only 20% of the dam water was used to keep the river flowing, according to the survey.

    Meanwhile, environmentalists have also objected to modifications in the revised draft development plan (DP) which according to them has ignored NEERI's guidelines. Petitioner of another PIL on river pollution Rajesh Pandit wrote to divisional commissioner Eknath Davle that NEERI's suggestions have been sidelined in the DP.

    "The green belt near Nasardi river will be reduced as per a proposal in the DP. We object the usage of the term public amenities for sewage treatment plant plots," said Pandit.

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      Road widening may take a year fear commuters

      Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Updated: Feb 4, 2017, 11.31 PM IST

      Nashik: The work of widening the 25km stretch of Nashik Road-Sinnar section of Nashik-Pune highway has lingered for eight years, much to the chagrin of regular motorists.

      Expected to be completed by April this year, the work is set to miss another deadline.

      Meanwhile, the bumpy road has become an accident-prone spot for pedestrians and motorists. On February 1, a 23-year-old woman from Surgana, riding pillion on a motorcycle, died on the spot after a truck hit the two-wheeler on the Nashik Road flyover.

      The land acquisition started in 2009 and the actual work took off in 2013. Although the widening of the remaining highway is being done by the National Highways Authority of India, work in this stretch is being implemented by the state public works department (PWD). PWD sources admitted that the completion of the work shall take more time due to various constraints.

      At present, the work on the stretch after Shinde village continues at a snail's pace. Nothing has been done on the stretch within the jurisdiction of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC).

      "A major reason for the delay in the completion of the work is that those having properties by the road are not willing to give their land for road widening," officials said.

      Senior officials said the work of constructing a bypass road from Malegaon to Gurewadi, which is about 9.51km, is almost 80% complete. There was a technical hurdle in the remaining part, which has now been resolved and the work is likely to commence this month.Another problem is the authories are unable to widen the 2.3km stretch within NMC's jurisdiction. Environmentalists have moved the Bombay high court against the chopping of trees here, despite the the NMC tree committee's nod to fell them.

      "We have informed the high court about the approval we have received from the tree committee. We are now awaiting it's green signal before we start work on this stretch," PWD sources said.

      Rajesh Sabat, an industrial executive at Sinnar, who travels to Nashik Road daily said, "For many years, we have been hearing about the road-widening. Though the work is under way, it will easily take another year. It is hardly 20km, but nearly 45 minutes are spent to cover the distance in the evening."

      Industrial executivesliving in Sinnar send their children to Nashik city for education due to which school students end up spending over an hour travelling between Sinnar and Nashik city in one-way travel.

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        NEERI asked to study river pollution one more time

        Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Feb 9, 2017, 01.02 PM IST

        NASHIK: The Bombay high court has appointed National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) yet again to study and suggest long-term and immediate solutions to tide over the pollution of Godavari after Kumbh Mela.

        It directed the state government to take a final decision on India Bulls with respect to lifting of treated water from sewage treatment plant (STP) before December 11.

        Rajesh Pandit had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) against government officials for being responsible for the pollution. Last month, a bench of Justice V L Achliya and Justice A S Oka heard the case. The court's order was uploaded on its website on Tuesday afternoon.

        "The government pleader had sought an extension of time by five weeks to comply with the directions in the order dated September 11. According to it, the state government was to decide from where India Bulls is to lift water. At present, India Bulls is lifting water from Odha, a few kilometres from the sewage treatment plant (STP) at Tapovan. They should be lifting water from the outlet of the STP," said Pravarthak Pathak, a lawyer of the petitioners.

        The high court directed the state government to take a decision in terms of the said order on or before December 11 and that no further extension would be granted.

        Observing that that there was a letter dated September 5 addressed by the executive engineer, irrigation division to the district collector requesting him to release water from Gangapur dam for the purpose of cleaning and washing away the dirt created by Kumbh Mela in River Godavari, the court noted that a lot of dirt must have been created during the religious congregation.

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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Cap on gaothan area development

          TNN | Updated: Feb 9, 2017, 11.32 PM IST

          Nashik: The city's Development Control and Promotion Regulation (DCPR) could bring little cheer to many, especially the builders, as the scope of development in gaothan areas has been restricted.

          Moreover, disallowing enclosure of balconies has created confusion among the builder fraternity. The DCPR, prepared by the state government, shall apply to building activities and development work on lands within the limits of the Nashik Municipal Corporation.

          According to the DCPR, buildings on roads less than 9m cannot be redeveloped. And on either side of the river in Panchavati and Old Nashik, no construction over 1.5 FSI (floor space index) will be allowed (see graphics).

          "It is shocking that the FSI has been reduced to 1.5 in the gaothan areas. The town planning department (Nashik division) had proposed for 2.78 FSI. The permissible FSI in the gaothan aeras will never ensure development in those localities. This is not at all a progressive DCPR," said a leading builder on the condition of anonymity.

          The builders are also confused about the enclosure of balconies that have been prohibited in the DCPR. "There will be additional expenses related to balcony and cupboard spaces. Since balcony enclosure is not allowed in the gaothan areas, this could be a big problem. If the balcony space is enclosed, we pay a penalty of Rs 2,000 to get completion certificate. Now, we are confused if we have to follow the old norms or the one in the DCPR," said another builder.

          According to the DCPR, construction within the flood line of the Godavari, Darna, Waghadi, Nasardi and Waldevi has been restricted. The development of cycle tracks along rivers and nullahs has been mentioned, which could be a respite.

          The DCPR has said that the area between the river bank and blue flood line (flood line towards the river bank) shall be a prohibited zone for any construction activity, except for parking, open vegetable market with a platform-type construction, garden, open space and cremation and burial ground, provided the land suits the purpose.

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            Landowners demand payment of dues

            TNN | Updated: Feb 14, 2017, 09.30 AM IST

            NASHIK: Even as the National Highway Authority of India(NHAI) started two toll plazas at Hiwargaon Pawasa and Chalakwadi on the Sinnar-Khed stretch of the Nashik-Pune Highway (NH 50), the collection of toll is yet to get operational at Chalakwadi due to objections from the land owners.

            Senior NHAI officials said the toll collection was to resume at both toll nakas from February 12 midnight. While the toll collection started at Hiwargaon Pawasa, 80 km from Nashik, landlords at Chalakwadi did not let the toll collection begin as they have not received the compensation against the land that they gave for widening of Nashik-Pune highway.

            Senior NHAI officials, however, said the money has already been given to the government and it was up to the concerned government department to release the compensation to the concerned landlords.

            The official said that landlords of Bhatkalwadi and Chalakwadi on Sunday midnight stormed the Chalakwadi toll naka ahead of toll collection and damaged some equipment. "As the toll collection could not begin on Sunday, they attempted to start it from Monday. However, the landlords continued their objection," the official said.

            The officials said they have called a meeting with the landlords on Tuesday afternoon to resolve the issue. Until the issue is resolved, motorists travelling between Nashik and Pune will have to pay the toll fee only at Hiwargaon Pawasa for the time being. The NHAI has completed 76 per cent work of the 138 road widening project between Sinnar and Khed.


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            • vaibav123
              vaibav123 commented
              Editing a comment
              India is among the most taxed nation and receives poor service.
              What toll tax tells you is that you are entitled only for potholed roads from the taxes you pay and if you want decent potholed roads pay extra.
              Govt expenditure really needs to be audited
              Last edited February 14 2017, 12:29 PM.

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            No mention of cupboard issue in Nashik DCPR leaves builders disappointed

            As per norms, cupboard with size up to 8x2 sqft is allowed. But most of the developers have violated the norms by extending the cupboard space to 12x2 sqft or even up to the room lengthTushar Pawar | TNN | February 26, 2017, 11:08 IST

            NASHIK: The state government officially released the city's Development Control and Promotion Regulation (DCPR) leaving the city-based builders disappointed as it doesn’t include solutions about the cupboard issue.

            An official from the state government’s urban development department said, “The DCPR of the city has been released officially. Its copy has also been sent to the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC).”

            As per norms, cupboard with size up to 8x2 sqft is allowed. But most of the developers have violated the norms by extending the cupboard space to 12x2 sqft or even up to the room length.

            The NMC administration has stopped giving the Building Completion Certificates (BCC) to such properties over violation of cupboard spaces and FSI. There are over 3,000 properties whose BCCs have been stopped by the government.

            The builders wanted to regularise additional FSI in cupboard space by paying a penalty, but NMC didn’t agree to it. Meanwhile, it was expected that the DCPR will include solution to the cupboard issue, but it doesn’t have any mention about it.

            Nilesh Chavan, former chairman of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Nashik Centre, said, “The DCPR does not include solutions about the cupboard issue. The issue is affecting over 3,000 properties across the city. Moreover, the DCPR of the city seems to have been made only for big builders or big plots.”

            Moreover, enclosure of balconies is not allowed, which has also disappointed the builders. The cluster development regulation for core (gaothan) has been kept in abeyance. Earlier, 2 FSI (floor space index) was allowed on roads below 9 metre in gaothan area, but the FSI limit has been reduced to 1.5 in the DCPR.

            The basic FSI has been increased from 1 to 1.10 FSI and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) uploading is not allowed on plots on roads with width below 9-metre. But TDR uploading limit has been increased from 0.40 TDR to maximum up to 1.40 TDR as per width of the road. Moreover, the slum rehabilitation regulation has also been kept in abeyance.

            The DCPR, prepared by the state government, shall apply to building activities and development work on lands within the limits of the NMC.


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              State seal on widening of smaller roads

              Tushar Pawar| TNN | Feb 28, 2017, 07.16 AM IST

              NASHIK: The state government has decided to allow widening of 6-7.5m roads to 9m across the city to get benefits of premium floor space index(FSI) and transfer of development rights (TDR).

              The decision will ensure that over 3,000 housing projects across the city, which did not receive building completion certificates from the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) because of the cupboard issue, get clearances.

              Moreover, plot holders on smaller roads (6 and 7.5 metre), who were deprived of premium FSI and TDR as per new DCPR, will also get benefits of premium FSI and TDR.

              Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday chaired a meeting involving a delegation of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India's (Credai) Nashik chapter in Mumbai. A Credai delegation was led by its president, Sunil Kotwal, and former Maharashtra president of the association Anant Rajegaonkar. Also present at the meeting were district guardian minister Girish Mahajan, local BJP MLA Balasaheb Sanap and municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna.

              Kotwal told TOI: "We had a meeting with the chief minister over various issues concerning the real estate. There had been some ambiguity in norms. Several positive decisions were taken during the meeting to settle some issues pending for long." A senior civic official privy to the development confirmed the development.

              Plot owners on smaller roads will have to surrender side margins from both the sides for road widening. TDR uploading and premium FSI were not allowed on smaller roads in the recently published Development Control Planning Regulations (RCPR) of the city. But it was allowed on road with 9-metre and above.

              Plot-owners and builders with projects on smaller roads (6m and 7.5m wide) had expressed disappointment as could not get benefits of the premium FSI and TDR. But the fresh decision of the government to convert the smaller roads into 9m roads will help these plot-holders get the premium FSI and TDR.

              The state government had on January 9 issued a notification of DCPR. But permissions to the old proposals submitted to the municipal corporation before January 9 were to be given permissions as per old norms. Accordingly, a transit policy will be incorporated in the new DCPR under 'saving' clause. This decision was also taken at a meeting.

              Moreover, there were issues pertaining to front and side margins, open space on podium and amenities plot provisions in the new DCPR of Nashik. The state had published DCPR of Pune city before Nashik city. It has been decided the issues above will be settled in line with the Pune's DCPR. The provisions for front and side margins, open space on podium and amenities plot provisions will be in line with Pune's new DCPR.

              Kotwal said, "The state government has also decided to revise the rates of premium FSI for affordable housing. The state government has asked the municipal commissioner to define the rates of premium FSI. He will submit the proper proposal about the rates to the state government."

              What is cupboard issue?

              As per norms, a cupboard with size upto 8x2 sq ft is allowed. But most of the developers have violated the norms by extending the cupboard spaces upto 12x2 sq ft or even upto room length. The NMC administration has stopped giving the Building Completion Certificates (BCCs) to such properties for violation of cupboard spaces and FSI. There are over 3,000 such properties and the BCCs of which have been stopped by the government. But as smaller roads are to be converted to 9 metre and they will get benefits of premium FSI and TDR. The cupboards issues are now to be regularized by using additional premium FSI and TDR, which they will get on the roads after widening.


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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                Nashikities fear that more concrete structures will come up in their city at the cost of green cover.

                The state government has decided to do away with 31 reservations in the city's development plan (DP) that it recently approved.

                In its January 9 notification, the the government stated that 31 plots, earlier reserved for setting up gardens, municipal markets, playgrounds and commercial and educational establishments. will now be converted into residential zones.

                The government's move has left a major section of residents livid with many questioning the logic of deleting these reservation. Many felt that the deletion of the reservation were "in violation of Supreme Court verdicts on gardens and educational establishments".

                These reserved areas were included in the DP prepared way back in 1993. The new DP has been planned for a period 20 years from 2016, projecting the future population growth at 24.50 lakh by 2026 and 34 lakh by 2036.

                "On what ground the government has deleted the 31 reservations? We fear that these deletions have done keeping in mind some vested interests," entrepreneur Rohit Patil said.

                According to him, reservations for municipal market places behind Durga Garden and at Dasak in Nashik Road have been cancelled along with the reservation for the garden behind Mhasoba temple on Nashik-Pune highway. These have been converted into residential zones. "As per the apex court direction, reservations for gardens and educational complexes cannot be deleted," argued Patil.
                My view;
                Lip service for environment.
                It all looks nice to speak of gardens, trees, but in reality it is all a jumla by the administration.


                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  Additional 140 acres for new industrial estate

                  Tushar Pawar| TNN | Feb 28, 2017, 07.49 AM IST

                  NASHIK: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) is in the final phase of acquiring additional 140 acres for the proposed industrial estate at Dindori.

                  The MIDC is developing the new industrial estate at Talegaon-Akrale village in Dindori tehsil, baerly 18 km from here. It MIDC has so far acquired 457 acres and will acquire the additional 140 acres shortly.

                  An official MIDC said, "We have proposed total 930 acres (372 hectares) for the industrial estate. Of which, 457.5 acres have been acquired so far. We are in the process of acquiring 140 acres more, which is expected to be acquired within two months."

                  He added, "Land owners have already given their consent and the process of final acquisition is expected to be completed shortly."

                  The MIDC has planned infrastructure work totally worth Rs 54 crore . The authorities have prepared a project to supply water to the estate in Dindori. It has already reserved 84 million cubic feet (MCFT) water in Palkhed dam, which is 16km from the new estate.

                  The water pipeline is to be laid through the tender process. The total water supply project is estimated at Rs 37 crore, while Rs 17 crore will be spent for constructing internal and approach roads and putting up streetlights.

                  An official of the Nashik Industries and Manufacturers' Association (NIMA) said, "We still don't have adequate land for industries in Nashik. How will industries develop if we don't have land here. The MIDC needs to acquire more land and provide it to industries at affordable rates."


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