PUNE: After Pune, it could be destination Nashik for industry as Pune is fast running out of land. The vigorous land acuisition by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and private industry here is soon going to ensure this.

Sources said that the state government’s industrial infrastructure development arm is looking to create a land bank of between 10,000-20,000 hectares in the two cities, Pune and Nashik, with emphasis on the latter.

However, the attraction of destination Pune remains. MIDC is looking to acquire land for which notifications have been issued at Ranjangaon, Talegaon, Chakan, Karla and Khed.

The state government is believed to have received 1800 applications for the Chakan industrial area, 1100 for Ranjangaon and 600 for Talegaon. The land bank with the MIDC, Pune region, is close to being exhausted and it is facing problems in acquiring new land.

Industry experts think Nashik will prove to be the alternative to Pune. “Nashik, with it’s huge land availability, abudant water supply and connectivity with Mumbai offers ideal locations. It has got mild climate like Pune too,” sources said.
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  • NDCC bank floats bid to sell assets of powerloom estate Tushar Pawar| TNN | Mar 5, 2018, 23:58 IST Nashik: The Nashik District Central Cooperative (NDCC) Bank has confiscated moveable and immovable properties of Renukadevi Power-loom Industrial Cooperative Estate from Malegaon for defaulting payment of Rs 14.26 crore.

    The bank has also floated a bid to sell the seized properties. In addition, the bank has given an ultimatum of a month to the estate to repay the payment or face the sale of its moveable and immovable properties.

    “We have already seized the power-loom unit at Malegaon and floated a bid for the sale of its movable and immovable properties, which include 1,215 sq metre land, plant and machinery. The last date for filing the bid will be 5.30 pm on April 4,” said the sources from the bank.

    The bid documents for the sale of the properties will be available during 10.30 am to 5.30 pm till April 4. The bids are to be opened on April 6. The bank has directed the estate to repay defaulted payment before the bids are opened.

    New chairman of NDCC Bank, Keda Aher, has focused on recovery of dues. He has started taking review meetings of bank officials at taluka level in the district. The leaves and holidays of the bank employees and officials have been cancelled till March 31 to make maximum recovery of dues from the defaulters.

    During the meeting of the directorial board of the bank last month, Aher had announced that he would start cost cutting from himself — giving up the bank allowance, honorarium and official vehicle in a bid to improve the financial condition of the bank.

    At present, the NDCC Bank has outstanding dues to the tune of Rs 3,000 crore. The bank hopes to recover some dues of farmers through farm waiver.

    The NDCC Bank has received Rs 429.63 crore as a loan waiver amount of 97,550 farmers and the amounts have been transferred to bank accounts of the farmers concerned.

    The NDCC Bank has recorded significant drop in disbursement of kharif and rabi crop loans during the current fiscal.

    The bank’s crop loan disbursement dropped by 88.34% to Rs 200.42 crore during this fiscal, against Rs 1,719.18 crore during the financial year 2016-17 owing to the poor financial condition of the bank.

    Farmers did not repay the loans with a hope that government will announce farm loan waiver.

  • Time-bound schedule in place to demolish illegal structures Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Mar 7, 2018, 23:45 IST
    Nashik: Going a step beyond the daily encroachment drives, the civic administration has come up with a time-bound programme for demolition and removing encroachments.

    As per the programme all Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) departments will have to work accordingly. The civic administration — undertaking severe actions against encroachments and unauthorised constructions — prepared this schedule on Wednesday for razing unauthorised structures. The NMC has also started filing offences against those resisting the drive.

    “We have prepared an administrative notice to streamline encroachment drives and ensure the action is taken in a systematic way,” an NMC official said.

    According to the schedule, the encroachment department should give a list of unauthorized or illegal structures and constructions to the town planning department within seven days for appropriate action.

    Whether the town planning department receives the list of unauthorised/illegal construction or change in use of property from the encroachment department or acquires the list on its own, the officials will have to visit the spot in 15 days.

    “If the town planning department finds that the constructions are unauthorised then it should slap notices to the owners. During the spot visit if the town planning department notices other unauthorised constructions or similar unauthorised constructions then it should serve notices to them as well. The deadline of these notices should be 15 days as per the Mumbai Municipal Corporations Act,” informed the town planning department.

    After receiving the first notice if the explanation is given by the receiver the town planning department has to see if it is satisfactory and then send a final notice. The maximum time for the notice will be 15 days.

    If no explanation is given then it has to be mentioned in the report and final notice of 15 days period should be issued. After the period of the first notice lapses, the final notice has to be given within seven days by the town planning department.

    Immediately after the period of the final notice gets over, the town planning department should send a report on unauthorised/illegal constructions to the encroachment department within seven days. If the unauthorised construction is RCC (reinforced cement concrete) type then approximate expense to demolish it should be mentioned.

    “However, there is no need to mention the expense to demolish temporary structures,” said an NMC official.

    “Hence, once the complaint is received the town planning department will take the action in 59 days,” he added.

    The encroachment department will have to maintain date-wise record of unauthorised structures as received from the town planning department. Independent register has to be maintained for unauthorised structures. Similarly, independent register will have to be maintained date-wise for encroachments on public places.

    After receiving the report from the town planning department, the encroachment department should visit the spots in ten days and give notice of 24 hours to the owners along with the expenses.

    If the encroachments/constructions come up again after demolition 24 hour notice should be given and then demolished. After the 24 hour period gets over, police bandobast and planning for action against encroachments should be done date-wise. Complaints of encroachment should be dealt with on first come first basis.


  • Conservation work to start after a week Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Mar 11, 2018, 13:11 IST

    NASHIK: Structural conservation of the 17th century Sundarnarayan temple, one of the most frequented temples by tourists, will start after a week.

    The state archaeological department is currently carrying out documentation work, where each stone is being marked. After a week, the work on replacing stones will start.

    Considering the temple’s weak structure, the department has decided to conduct structural conservation. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) completed chemical conservation before Kumbh Mela, but vegetation growing around it had weakened the structure. Conservation will be done in a phase-wise manner.

    Vilas Wahane, assistant director of the archaeology department (Nashik), said, “At present, documentation is under way. We are numbering each stone. The development plan will also come to us in 3-4 days.”

    In July 2015, the ASI’s Aurangabad circle had initiated chemical conservation work on the temple. However, seeing the large number of cracks in stones of the temple, the ASI halted the chemical conservation work and sought permission for structural conservation.

    They said the stones have cracks in them and may loosen or give away over the next couple of years. Removing the surrounding vegetation and chemically conserving the temple was not sufficient as there were cracks in the stones.

    The state archaeology department, Nashik had written to its head office in September 2015 to conduct structural conservation. Administrative approval for Rs 4.51 crore and financial approval of Rs 2.5 crore was given for the work.

    “After numbering all stones, we will remove them one by one and replace the broken ones. We will fix them and put them back. The temple’s outer layer is damaged. We will do the conservation from the dome till the portion behind the sanctum sanctorum and ‘mandap’ in the first phase. Over the next 8-10 days, the numbering will be over, after which we will start actual work. The entire work will take a year,” Wahane said.

    The superstructure (dome) will first be dismantled, after which the stones will be removed.

  • NHAI spruces up infra on NH-03 Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Updated: Mar 11, 2018, 13:12 IST
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    NASHIK: The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will soon inaugurate a series of infrastructural work on the Mumbai Agra highway (NH-03) passing through the city.

    An ingress point was built near a hotel to take the highway tow Mumbai from the service road. Apart from this, work on an exit ramp near Splendour hall to enter the city has also neared completion and is being brought to use. Another ingress road near State Bank of India (SBI) has also been constructed to take the highway to Dhule.

    The construction of the ingress point near a hotel was pending. Motorists going towards Mumbai in the stretch between Indiranagar and Pathardi Phata had to drive through the narrow service road, along the Mumbai-Agra highway to take the carriageway of the highway from Pathardi Phata junction, in case they could not take the highway from Indiranagar junction.

    On this backdrop, the ingress road was constructed near the hotel approximately 2.5km from the Indiranagar junction. With the construction of the ingress road, motorists now do not have to travel on the busy 7-meter narrow service road along the highway to reach the Pathardi Phata junction to take the highway for Mumbai, Thane and other places in the south direction.

    Similarly, the construction of an exit road from the highway has also been constructed near Splendour Hall. Motorists coming from the Dhule side who took the flyover from near K K Wagh college can now exit the highway near Splendour hall. Earlier, the only option to exit the highway was at Dwarka, if one took the flyover of the highway near K K Wagh College. If a motorist missed the exit ramp at Dwarka, they had to drive over 8km to exit the highway. On this backdrop, an additional exit ramp was constructed near Splendour Hall.

    After the widening of the highway around five years ago, commuters faced many difficulties. On this backdrop, a series of works were suggested to do away with the problems of commuters and pedestrians alike.

    Acting on this this, the NHAI took up various infrastructural work of the highway a few months ago. Senior officials of the NHAI said while the work has almost finished and the roads are also being used by motorists, the inauguration of the work will be done shortly.

    Among other infrastructural work, the NHAI was also getting a U-turn at Lekhanagar underpass, a subway near SBI junction, a pedestrian subway near Panchavati college and other work at Dahava Mail near Ozar.

    The work on the flyover from KK Wagh to Jatra hotel will also get done within a couple of years an NHAI official said, as this stretch of the Mumbai-Agra highway has witnessed a large number of accidents of motorists and pedestrians.


  • Official hails villagers' efforts on water conservation in Sinnar Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Mar 13, 2018, 10:12 IST The excavation of soil from the water reservoirs under the 'desilting' programme has got a big boost in the dr... Read More

    NASHIK: Secretary of water conservation and employment guarantee scheme Eknath Dawle hailed the efforts of the villagers in Sinnar taluka who were looking for water conservation measures to make the villages tanker-free.

    Dawle was at Sinnar to inaugurate the de-silting works in Konambe, Thangaon and Bhojapur minor irrigation tanks, where he lauded the works taken up by the local administration with the help of people's participation and a non-governmental organisation (NGO). "It is heartening to see that villagers, who once demanded tankers, are now joining hands for water conservation to ensure their villages are tanker free," he said.

    The excavation of soil from the water reservoirs under the 'desilting' programme has got a big boost in the drought-prone Sinnar, Yeola, Nandgaon and Malegaontalukas in the district with Sir Ratan Tata Trust supporting the same.

    Under the 'Gaal Mukta Dharan' and 'Gaal Yukta Shivar', the government has planned to remove the silt from the water reservoirs and give it to the farmers for free who can use the mineral rich content in their farms. It will reduce their dependency on fertilizers and increase storage of water resources. The Trust has decided to support the programme by providing machinery for earth excavation.

    Desilting in reservoirs has begun at Sinnar where Yuva Mitra, a local ngo, has joined hands with Tata Trust to provide manpower to pull out the silt from the dams and take it to farms. The government will bear the charges of earth movers deployed in the tanks. The trust has provided earth movers in Sinnar.

    "The drought-prone Sinnar taluka will benefit immensely from the programme. In all, 720 million cubic feet (mcft) of water will be effectively stored in the reservoirs after 20.4 lakh cubic metres of silt is removed from five storages," said Sagar Shinde, superintendent engineer, minor irrigation department (MID) of the water conservation department. He added the work will be carried out in the next two months.

    The government will only provide the fuel costs for the earth movers functioning at the water reservoirs at the rate of Rs 11 per cubic meter of soil unearthed. The measurement will be recorded and the payments will be made accordingly to the trust. The trust and the Yuva Mitra will provide vehicles for moving the silt.

    Similar exercise will also be carried out in Malegaon, Nandgaon and Yeola soon. In all, 44.3 lakh cubic meters of silt is expected to be removed creating a storage capacity of 2,033 million cubic feet of water in the four talukas.


  • Owners of only 15 of 3,000 illegal structures apply for regularisation Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: Mar 15, 2018, 10:54 IST

    NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has so far received lukewarm response to its scheme for regularising illegal constructions across the city.

    In the last three-and-a-half months, ever since the civic body had issued notification to regularise these structures, it has received only 15 applications. According to civic body sources, there are over 3,000 such structures in the city.

    Last year, the NMC had issued a notification on December 1, inviting applications from builders, developers and owners of such constructions to get their unauthorised structures regularised by paying compounding charges. The NMC set a deadline of May 31 for regularising the illegal structures. A civic official confessed that the response has been rather poor. "We got only 15 applications. We don't know what is the reason, but people usually rush when deadline near," the official said. However, NMC officials are optimistic that in days to come the number of applications would swell and would increase its revenue.

    The move to regularise illegal constructions came after the state government issued a resolution on October 7 last year, stating unauthorised structures that came up before December 31, 2015 can be regularised by paying the compounding charges. The compounding charges are in the range from 10 to 30% of the Ready Reckoner (RR) rates depending on areas of illegal constructions. Apart from reservation on public utility places like playground, gardens and open spaces, unauthorised constructions on other reserved places wherein the reservation has been shifted to another location or cancelled and the land owner spent for that, the structures can be declared as compounded.

    Unauthorised constructions on rivers, pond, lakes, blue lines, defence/security areas, near heritage structures, at dumping ground, in environmentally sensitive area, on mountain slopes, coastal reserve zone, forest land, buffer zones, structurally unsafe buildings, development on land apart from residential, commercial and industrial land are not to be considered.

  • Nashik: Environment activists object to provisions in Project Goda Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Mar 14, 2018, 22:32 IST

    NASHIK: Environment activists have objected to certain provisions in Project Godaunder Smart City Mission.

    The activists led by Devang Jani will be meeting municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Thursday with a memorandum of their demands signed by 1599 citizens.

    Their demands include - 17 ancient ponds that are concealed beneath the concretisation in the river should be frees of the concrete and rejuvenated. These ponds were built by great leaders around 1700 BC. The memorandum mentions that the Rs 330 crore Project Goda includes a proposal of giving concrete look to River Godavari but there is no provision to rejuvenate the river and make it healthy. The activists said that they also objected to the diversion of River Aruna from the confluence of Aruna-Godavari at Ramkund. They demanded rejuvenation of major tributaries, Aruna and Varuna (Waghadi) that meet River Godavari.

    The memorandum appeals to the civic chief to make the river flow continuously once again by rejuvenating the natural springs hidden below the concrete.


  • 1,000 cycles to be available in smart city Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 09:48 IST
    NASHIK: The cycling capital will soon have 1,000 bicycles under the Smart City's public bicycle sharing concept.

    During the review meeting on Tuesday Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) chief Tukaram Mundhe asked officials to speed up work, refrain construction within blue line in Project Goda and finalise Smart Parking.

    On March 6, a private agency was given a letter of acceptance and told that they would have to make 1,000 bicycles available within six months in phases. "The initiative will start soon in under the public bicycle sharing system. The agency has already been appointed," Mundhe said, adding that the meeting was held to expedite projects and such meetings will be held once in a week or once in two weeks.

    He said that the work order for the pilot Smart Road from Ashok Stambh to Modak Point will be given next week. This week the letter of acceptance will be signed. "By March 31, tenders for internal roads and water supply will be floated. We did not get any response for tenders of Project Goda and so we have extended it till March 31," Mundhe said. "Tuesday was the last date for Smart Parking tender and we received bids from three vendors. We will finalise it by March 31," he added.


  • Forest secretary takes review meeting of ambitious 13 crore tree plantation project Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Mar 21, 2018, 17:24 IST
    NASHIK: Secretary (forest) Vikas Kharge organised a meeting of senior forest officers from Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nandurbar, Ahmednagar districts along with divisional commissioner Nashik recently to take a review of the massive tree plantation in July.

    The secretary reviewed the preparation for proposed 13 crore tree plantation, which is a part of 50 crore tree plantation drive by state forest minister Sudhir Munguntiwar.

    Forest department, social forestry, forest development corporation of Maharashtra will be playing pivotal role in this massive tree plantation to be taken up from July 1-July 31 with an active co-operation of various government departments, co-operative societies, civil bodies, educational institutions, industry, voluntary organizations, civil society, non-government organizations and citizens.

    Deputy conservators of forest (Territorial), divisional forest officers (SFD) and divisional managers (FDCM), coming under Nashik and Dhule forest circle made power point presentations on land available for plantations, survival rate of plants planted in previous years, detailed arrangements for the coming ambitious afforestation drive, availability of seedling, preparations at nursery, completion of pit digging etc.

    Kharge instructed, “The social forestry wing should take initiative in promoting the newly introduced scheme of the government for farmers to plant trees on farms through agro-forestry model. For green army registration the volunteers should be registered from various schools, colleges, government organizations, public places, NGOs interested citizens etc. For each forest circle, government has set a target for plantation. Forest department should co-ordinate with other departments to achieve that target.”

    Kharge also asked chief conservator of forests of both circles to convene a meeting at district level by inviting the district collectors, chief executive officers of zilla parishad, municipal commissioner regularly to take review of activities concerning mega tree plantation drive. The nodal officers appointed at divisional commissioner level and district level should co-ordinate with gram panchayat, panchayat samiti, zilla parishad, muncipal councils and co- operations and other machineries at district level.

    The secretary said that the information about digging of pits, the nursery etc should be regularly, updated on the web portal specially designed for such purpose, which will help in bringing transparency in the work of forest department.

    The forest secretary is going to take review of all government departments with respect to progress of 13 crore plantation drive on April 4, for which all the district collectors will be present.

  • MSEDCL notice to Ahmednagar civic body Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Mar 24, 2018, 22:46 IST
    Nashik: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued notice of power disconnection to Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation after it failed to clear arrears of Rs 165 crore along with the current dues.

    “The civic body failed to clear current dues of Rs 1.5 crore as well as the Rs 1 crore part payment of the total Rs 165 crore outstanding dues. So, we have issued a 24-hour notice to the corporation about disconnecting power,” a senior MSEDCL official.

    The MSEDCL issued 30 notices to the corporation since 2015, but the latter has always postponed payment and sought more time to clear dues. “The corporation has outstanding dues of Rs 165 crore and the MSEDCL started picking up the issue rigorously since 2015,” the official said.

    A series of meetings were held between the power utility and the corporation, where the latter assured to clear the arrears with a promise to ensure it settled current dues. Since April 2017, the energy bill for power connections to three water pumping stations came to Rs 17.19 crore, of which the corporation paid Rs 7.82 crore. The arrears have mounted to Rs 9.67 crore and these are in addition to Rs 165 crore till March 2017. The average monthly energy bill of the corporation is around Rs 1.5 crore.

    A senior official of Ahmednagar corporation said the corporation was willing to pay the dues and would take all measures to ensure disconnection was avoided. “We are also approaching the state to bail the corporation out of tge crisis. We are also taking steps ensure the dues are settled as decided in the meeting with the collector,” the official assured.

  • Samruddhi e-way: Villagers hold land surveyors hostage Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Mar 26, 2018, 11:32 IST Representative Image

    NASHIK: Four staffers of a private firm, who wanted to survey the area where the Nagpur-Mumbai expresswayis to be built, were held hostage for four hours, allegedly by villagers of Shivde in Nashik district on Sunday. They were allowed to leave. later. Shivde villagers have been at the forefront in opposing the state government's decision to acquire their fertile land for its project.

    According to local villagers, the four land surveyors, armed with the electronic machines, drones and other equipment required for a land survey, arrived at the village around 11.30 am. "We lost our cool on seeing them in our village. We summoned them to the Paine Mala area and asked them to sit there," said Somnath Wagh who is spearheading the agitation.

    The villagers started quizzing the men about their sudden visit to the village and whether they were aware that the villagers were opposed to giving their land for the project. "We got in touch with local officials who told us the district administration had nothing to do with the visit. We released the men after four hours but ensured that they did not carry out the task for which they had come," added Wagh.

    The men turned out to be from a company interested in taking part in the bid for construction of the thoroughfare. The firm wanted to get feedback about the land that would be used for construction of the thoroughfare.


  • NMC seizes properties in Nashik following non-payment of dues TNN | Mar 28, 2018, 12:41 IST

    The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has seized several properties across the city owing to non-payment of property tax.

    The civic body sent notices to a total of 394 property owners that included many big names. However, only 21 responded and paid the dues. Out of the total demand of Rs 12.46 crore, the NMC was able to recover only Rs 84.89 lakh.

    As per rule, the NMC can auction the properties if the dues are not cleared within 21 days after the notices were issued. "This recovery has been against warrant notices that we had issued to the defaulters. At present, we have confiscated/attached properties by pasting notices on them. The owner cannot do any kind of transaction on that property now. If they fail to pay the tax in a period of 21 days we can automatically sell the properties through auction," deputy municipal commissioner (tax) Rohidas Dorkulkar said.

    In East division, a total of 38 properties have been confiscated. President of National Congress Centre owes Rs 26.63 lakh as property tax to the NMC, while Sagar Bonde, Zilla Sahakari Bhavan Society Ltd and Sarvajanik Vachnalay owe Rs 4.20 lakh, Rs 14.17 lakh and Rs 7.78 lakh, respectively.

    In Satpur area of the city as many as 39 properties have been confiscated. The NMC confiscated 157 properties in Nashik Road area where BR Borade ICICI Bank (Rs 14.15 lakh) and Bhagwan Bidwe (Rs 43,199) are among major defaulters.

    In Nashik West, 37 properties have been confiscated while 50 and 73 properties have been confiscated in Cidco and Panchavati respectively.

  • Citizens in Nashik to feel the pinch with increased property tax in place For reinforced cement concrete (RCC) residential structures, the tax of 50 paise per square feet per month has been increased to Rs 2Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: April 03, 2018, 18:59 IST

    NASHIK: With the civic administration increasing the property tax that came into effect since April 1, property tax is going to cost citizens very dearly as the tax rate for residential properties has gone up five times and that of non-residential properties by four times.

    For the first time ever, owners of vacant lands also have to pay property tax. All the 59,000 properties that were found in the survey— new properties, extended structures in properties and re-construction of old properties—will come under the new tax net. In addition, parking space, residential and non-residential swimming pools, open to sky properties are also taxable.

    For reinforced cement concrete (RCC) residential structures, the tax of 50 paise per square feet per month has been increased to Rs 2. For gaothan areas, the tax at 40 paise has been raised to Rs 1.60. For properties made with stone, mud, brick or tiles, the tax has been raised from 40 paise to Rs 1.60 in the city and from 30 paise to Rs 1.20 in gaothan areas.

    For tin shed/fibre/wood properties, the increase in tax is from 20 paise to Rs 1.10 in the city, while for gaothan area it has been raised from 20 paise to Re 1.

    Non-residential RCC structures will now be taxed at Rs 7.20 as against Rs. 1.20 which was the previous tax rate. For gaothan non-residential RCC properties, the tax has been increased from Rs 1-1.20 to Rs 4.80.

    For non-residential stone/mud/brick/tiles properties, the tax stands at Rs 4.80 as against 75 paise. In gaothan areas, it has been raised from 60 paise to Rs 3.60. For non-residential properties made built with tin shed, fibre or wood, the tax was 45 paise. It has now been increased to Rs 3 in the city and Rs. 2.50 in the gaothan areas.

    If the tax per year for a 500sq-ft residential property was Rs 1647, the tax now stands at Rs 6,500. While the tax for a non-residential property per year was Rs 3,952, it now stands at Rs 23,716. Owners of 500sq-ft vacant plots will have to shell out Rs 1,376 as against Rs 98 per year.

    Mobile towers will have to pay at least Rs 15,000 as property tax per month. Cinema halls and theatres will have to pay taxes as per seating capacity and profit. The rate as per seating capacity and profit will be compared to the built-up area and the one that is maximum will be levied as property tax. Service charges will also be levied on central government offices.

    “Property tax will now be levied on every vacant plot. If on a plot of 1,000sq-ft, there is construction on only 500sq-ft, tax will be imposed even on the remaining 500sq-ft where there is no construction, as per the rate of the land,” informed an NMC official.

    He added the tax was formulated as per Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act section 127 (a) which mentions the provisions for deciding property tax and that as per section 2 (49) which defines property as construction and vacant land in NMC limits. “Existing tax payers do not come under the current tax method,” said the officer.


  • BSNL blames Nashik civic body for charging excess property tax The BSNL has said it is not against paying property tax, but the NMC should not levy surplus property tax. The BSNL also said it will file a writ petition in the Bombay high court in a day or twoTushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: April 03, 2018, 18:00 IST

    The state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has blamed the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for charging excessive property tax.

    The BSNL has said it is not against paying property tax, but the NMC should not levy surplus property tax. The BSNL also said it will file a writ petition in the Bombay high court in a day or two.

    The BSNL has contended that the civic body should recover property tax of Rs 5,000 for a flat measuring 1,000 sq ft, while the NMC charges property tax of Rs 1.5 lakh per tower for a space of 200 sq ft on the terrace of the same building. The BSNL has sent a letter in this regard to the NMC on Saturday.

    The BSNL’s reaction comes after the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) took possession of 16 cellphone towers across the city for defaulting payment of Rs 1.97 crore.

    In 2006, the BSNL moved the Bombay high court against the NMC for taking action against the telecom company for defaulting property tax of three towers. The court had granted status quo for the three towers.

    Nitin Mahajan, BSNL’s general manager said civic facilities like water are not availed for towers, but the NMC levies property tax on towers with excess rates. “In Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, there has been a uniform policy and property tax of Rs 11,000 is charged annually there,” he said.

    In 2016, some telecom companies had moved the Supreme Court to levy high property tax on cellphone towers by the civic bodies concerned in various states. “The Supreme Court had passed a judgment that the tax levied by civic bodies is exorbitant and cellphone companies may challenge this in the high court,” Mahajan said.

    He added that they were not against paying property tax, but it should be implemented properly. “The NMC’s action may hit company services to its customers, institutes and commercial establishments. We will move the high court in this regard in a day or two,” Mahajan said.


  • Collector to hold talks with farmers for acquiring land TNN | Updated: Apr 4, 2018, 12:55 IST
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    NASHIK: District collector Radhakrishnan B has decided to focus on land acquisition for Nagpur–Mumbai Super Communication Express (Samruddhi Project) to ensure the process is completed at the earliest.

    Speaking to reporters about the steps to be taken in the new fiscal, the collector said, “Besides all other important aspects, land acquisition for Samruddhi will remain our focus and we have to wind up the process at the earliest. Hence, we will be meeting the farmers.”

    The assurance about collector meeting the farmers in Sinnar and Igatpuri taluka assumes significance as there are some pockets where the process of buying the land amicably is still stuck due to various reasons, including farmers’ objection to selling of land for the project.

    The primary opposition remains in Shivde village of Sinnar taluka where the farmers have not even allowed joint measurement with a demand of treating the village as special case.

    “There are many issues of the farmers like the land title issues, problems within the family and even in some case opposition to the project. We will soon meet the farmers and are confident of convincing them,” the collector said.

    The administration now has 65% of the land out of required 1,125 hectare for 101-km section of access controlled highway passing through Sinnar and Trimbakeshwar talukas of Nashik district.

    The second priority would be towards the Gaal Mukta Dharan (desilting of dams) for which the government has given huge funds. “We are in talks with people and the NGOs for mobilising the farmers who can lift the soil from the dam and use the same in their farms that will cut down on the use of fertilizers,” Radhakrishnan said.
    On cleanliness front, the collector said Saptashrungi Gadh will get the street cleaning machine to ensure cleanliness in the temple shrine and atop the hills.