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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  • NMC halts drive against illegal structures in Cidco Sumita Sarkar| TNN | May 25, 2018, 00:03 IST

    Nashik: The anti-encroachment drive was halted in the Cidco (new Nashik) area on Thursday and the residents were told to get the illegal structures regularised by May 31.

    While Nashik West Constituency MLA Seema Hiray claimed that the drive was stopped at the behest of the chief minister, municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundha declined comment.

    Mundhe said the action was halted because people had sought some more time to regularise the structures and refused to comment on CM Devendra Fadnavis’s role in the move.

    “We have asked them (residents) to get the structures regularised with compounding charges. Whatever is compoundable will be done Till May 31,” he said.

    The civic chief said that for the economically weaker sections, more FSI is available but for encroachments on roads and utilities like pavers and water supply lines, compounding cannot be done.

    The BJP MLA said Fadnavis was with the grievances of the residents on Wednesday. “We discussed the issue with the chief minister, who directed Mundhe over the phone on Wednesday night to stop the anti-encroachment drive in Cidco. We also submitted a memorandum to Fadnavis,” said Hiray, under whose constituency Cidco is.

    “There are around 25,000 houses in Cidco division. This is is not a small number.”

    During a meeting on Thursday evening, Mundhe asked the officials concerned to stop the demolition drive for now.

    A civic official said, “We have been asked to check if the unauthorised structures can be regularised through compounding charges. At present, we have been asked to discontinue the drive.”

    On the issue of compounding structures, Hiray said, “We have demanded that the CM allow free FSI and cluster development for Cidco. However, this will take some time to materialise.”

    Meanwhile, the Cidco residents, who were planning to organise a protest rally against the anti-encroachment drive on Friday, postponed it to Monday, as the civic chief is on leave.

    The residents of the area had staged a huge protest against the civic administration’ for marking the encroachments and also surrounded the divisional officer on Tuesday.

    The protest rally is being organised by MLC Apoorva Hiray. “We have postponed the rally to Monday as Mundhe will be out of town on Friday,” said a close aide of Hiray.

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    HC to hear plea on marriage lawns today, says Official

    Nashik: The owner of Greenfields Lawn has moved the high court against the NMC’s move to demolish unauthorised marriage halls and lawns in the city before the set deadline of May 31.

    The court is reported to have summoned the municipal commissioner and NMC engineers on Friday.

    “Additional commissioner Kishor Borde and deputy municipal commissioner (encroachment) will be attending the court hearing as per the directions of municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe,” said a civic official.

    Mundhe said, “We have received a copy of the petition.”


  • Varsities chalk out plan to ensure plastic-free campus Chaitanya Deshpande| TNN | May 23, 2018, 16:22 IST

    Nashik: Following the directives of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to ban the use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws and bottles in the campus, the colleges and universities in Nashik have started finalizing their plans to ban plastic before World Environment Day that is observed on June 5.

    “The communication has been issued to all vice-chancellors. The UGC has appealed for ban on take-away coffee cups, lunch wrapped in disposable plastic packaging, plastic bags, disposable food service cups, plates, containers made in polystyrene foam and plastic straws in the university premises. We are looking forward to act on it. Paper bags and cups made of paper will be our priority,” said Prakash Atkare, director of Students Welfare section of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU).

    The university headquarters is situated at Gangapur Road, some 9km away from the city and is known for its aesthetic beauty.

    On the same lines, the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) is also chalking out a plan to ensure a plastic-free campus. “MUHS is already working with the Swacch Bharat mission. Banning plastic totally is going to be a new challenge for us. This is going to be a nation-wide movement. We have some alternatives like use of paper and disposable material,” said registrar of the university K D Chavan.

    Nashik has as many as 40 renowned colleges affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). The colleges will receive correspondence from the university accordingly. But, some colleges have already taken the lead to ban plastic.

    “Canteens in colleges run by MVP will start using ‘kulhads’ (earthen pots) for distribution of tea. We are trying to arrange for earthen pots in the canteens. Bringing plastic cups, plates or bags from outside will be banned in our college campus. Using earthen pots will help local potters to grow their business in the district,” said P N Patil, a member of Maratha Vidya Prasarak Samaj (MVP) group that runs many colleges in Nashik district.

    While the colleges are materialising plans to ensure plastic free campuses, the environment ministry has asked schools to stop the use of plastics in their premises. Most schools will be closed on June 5 as the official date of re-opening is June 15.


  • Students took active part in water conservation TNN | May 27, 2018, 17:42 IST

    Many tourist places gives one a joy but Ashok waterfall made some students work for water conservation for nearby village.

    The waterfall is famous tourist spot in Nashik thousands of tourist throng in to visit the place during monsoon. Like other tourist students of Gurugovind Singh Engineering College visited the water last year. During the visit these students come to know about the water scarcity at nearby village Umarane.

    Keeping this in mind students of the college, visited the village recently and through shramdan they have taken some measures to make the village drought free.

    These students contributed every Saturday and Sunday for a month and made various changes.

  • PCMC constructing subway at CME chowk Siddharth Gaikwad| TNN | Updated: May 30, 2018, 13:17 IST

    PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is constructing a subway at College of Military Engineering (CME) chowk in Dapodi to ease flow of vehicles on the grade separator.

    Absence of signals will make it easier for military vehicles to enter and exit the CME premises.

    The 12-km-long stretch of Pune-Mumbai highway from Bhakti Shakti chowk in Nigdi to Harris Bridge in Dapodi has four concrete lanes known as grade separators. There is one bus rapid transit system (BRTS) lane on both sides of the grade separator. There are two to three lane service roads on both sides of the highway.

    Vehicles on the grade separator have to stop at traffic signals at three chowks -- Nashik phata, Phugewadi and CME chowk. The civic body had installed traffic signals at CME chowk after widening the highway to enable easy passage of military vehicles.

    Vijay Bhojane, spokesperson, BRTS cell, said, "The subway will enable vehicles to go straight to Harris bridge and further to Bopodi without stopping. Also vehicles entering Pimpri Chinchwad through Harris bridge in Dapodi can go till Phugewadi chowk unhindered using the grade separator.”

    He said that in case of emergency, military vehicles coming from Pune can be allowed to go to CME premises through the subway by stopping vehicular traffic on service road.

    "Normally vehicles with a maximum height of 4.5 meter can pass through the subways. Since the height of military vehicles is more, the CME chowk subway is being constructed in a way to make it possible for military vehicles with a height of 5.5 meter to pass through,” said Bhojane.

    There will be footpaths of 1.8 meter width on both sides of the subway to enable pedestrians to cross the subway safely.

    He said that the civic body has completed 40% construction of the subway and it is expected to be completed by December this year.


  • Monitoring of schemes most crucial, says Mahesh Zagade Nisha Nambiar| TNN | May 31, 2018, 13:04 IST Mahesh Zagade

    PUNE: Implementation and monitoring of welfare schemesand amended laws as well as holding department officers accountable to project outcomes could only ensure proper execution of government schemes, said Mahesh Zagade, principal secretary, administrative reforms, on his last day in office on Wednesday.

    Zagade, who retired after 34 years in government service, told TOI that unless government schemes are announced and executed well, there is no point in random announcement of new schemes. Having recently issued an order making government secretaries and joint secretaries accountable for cases registered under Aaple Sarkar portal, he called for checks to ensure monitoring of various schemes under each department.

    “There are many schemes about which the public is not aware of. Neither is there a check on their implementation or fund allocation,” he said. To ensure that the schemes are properly implemented, he felt that the officers should be made accountable and they should be assessed by their immediate seniors for execution and implementation as well as budgetary allocation.

    On the implementation of various laws and their amendments, he said that no record was kept on their implementation and once this was done, a true picture can only emerge of the utility of various schemes.

    He recently trained secretaries and joint secretaries at YASHADA Pune. With 19 lakh government employees, he said there was a need to train officials and ensure that they implement various schemes.

    He said questions should be raised on non-implementation of schemes and this is being addressed through the new GR where secretaries will check why a complaint has not been addressed.

    Having raised an alarm over transfer of temple trust land by a local talathi, the former divisional commissioner of Nashik said that such types of cases can be found everywhere in the state and it was time land laws were properly implemented. “Nearly 184 acres of land worth Rs 200 crore was transferred by a temple trust in Nashik. The question was raised in the assembly and even as district administration officials ruled out malpractice, a local talathi was found involved in an underhand deal and we had to register FIRs against administration officials. So it is essential to audit all land deals, both government and private,” he stated.

    Zagade said that unless land-related laws were implemented properly, there could be many such incidents unless proper auditing and updation of records were carried out.

  • Unauthorised construction at Nashik hotel demolished Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 17:37 IST

    An NMC team demolished unauthorised structures at Hotel Hemraj Bar and Restaurant at Image Plaza building.

    NASHIK: A team of the Nashik Municipal Corporationdemolished unauthorised constructions at a hotel on Mumbai-Agra highway on Thursday.

    Hotel Hemraj Bar and Restaurant at Image Plaza building in the East division on Mumbai-Agra service road came under NMC’s bulldozer for unauthorised construction.

    The civic body team demolished the unauthorised portions of the hotel during an anti-encroachment drive.

    All the departments of the NMC, two squads of encroachment department, one earthmover, one gas cutter and police dedicated for NMC’s encroachment drives carried out the demolition activity.

    “We have established hawkers’ zones and have also informed citizens about removing encroachments on their own. Our drive will continue and hence we appeal to the citizens to cooperate with us by removing the encroachments on their own,” said an NMC official.

    About removing encroachments on the blue line, he said that the NMC will start the drive soon.

    “During monsoon we will have to stop all the encroachment drives,” he said.

  • No registration of illegal properties: Maharashtra govt

    The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Nashik has welcomed the decision as it would help in avoiding cheating of common peopleTushar Pawar | TNN | June 13, 2018, 08:00 IST

    NASHIK: The state government has directed the department of stamps and registration to not register any property that it illegal.

    The state government recently issued a Government Resolution (GR) in this regard. The urban development department has also directed the civic bodies and the planning authorities concerned to provide a list of illegal properties to the sub-registrar office so that the latter can keep a record and desist from registering them.

    Moreover, the civic bodies and concerned planning authority have to publish the list of unauthorised properties on its websites and in newspapers.

    The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Nashik has welcomed the decision as it would help in avoiding cheating of common people.

    Illegal properties have become a major issue in the state and it is becoming matter of grave concern. Developers construct properties that are illegal or without adequate permissions.

    The same properties are registered with the office of sub-registrar. In many cases the concerned agencies take action against illegal constructions after they come up and are sold to buyers, who are not aware whether the property is legal.

    “This is really a positive development that will avoid consumers being duped by the developers. But if any building houses some unauthorised portion or a floor then other authorised structures should not be affected,” an office-bearer of CREDAI Nashik said.

    When contacted, an official from the stamp duty and registration department admitted that at times false or some deceptive deals do take place.

    “This new decision by the government will definitely protect consumers and will stop them from buying any illegal or unauthorised properties,” he added.

  • Compounding scheme details not on NMC website yet Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 11:59 IST

    NASHIK: Those who had submitted files to the town planning department of NashikMunicipal Corporation to get unauthorized construction regularized by paying a fine are still waiting for details of these to be uploaded on the website of the corporation.

    The assistant director of town planning had signed on all these files, which at present are stacked in a room in the corporation. These will be scrutinised, the sites visited by officials and inspectors will ascertain if these are indeed eligible for the compounding scheme.

    Officials say there is a dearth of staff, so even the number of such files pending has not been counted yet.

    “As of now, no proof is available on whether these files have been put up for compounding structures. These were to be uploaded on the NMC website but it has not yet been done. The actual number of files is also questionable because first they said 2,500 files and later 2,923 files. There is no certainty about the number of files,” a builder said.

    The last date for applying for the regularization scheme was May 31. Civic officials first said about 2,500 files had been received, and later revised that figure to 2,923. A builder questioned how figures could change so much.

    NMC authorities said more than 6,000 properties are eligible for compounding structures.

    The state government passed a resolution on October 7, 2017 to regularise unauthorised constructions that had been erected before December 2015 by paying compounding charges. The town planning department had invited applications from developers/stake holders through a public notice on December 1, 2017. Applications would be received until May 31, 2018.

    An NMC official said, “We have to go through about 3,000 files and take measurements at the sites. After that, we will upload the material on the website. It will take time as we are also short of staff.”

  • Several files from town planning department missing Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: Jun 20, 2018, 10:35 IST
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    NASHIK: An eight-member audit team has been formed to examine the files from the last three fiscals of the town planning department following instructions from the NashikMunicipal Corporation (NMC) chief Tukaram Mundhe.

    During the audit, it has come to the fore that some of the files of the town planning have gone missing,” highly-placed sources in the civic administration said.

    “Some of the files of the department are missing. We will come to know about the exact number of files only after the audit is over,” the official added.

    Mundhe has directed this team to examine all the files to ascertain whether a section of the town planning department had resorted to any kind of anomalies for vested interest as there is huge pendency of files in that department.

    The files that are being examined are related to commencement certificates, building completion certificate, occupancy certificates and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) among others.

    The audit team member admitted that it’s surprising that some of the files are missing. “We apprehend that the files have been deliberately misplaced as there could be financial irregularities,” added the official.

    The town planning department of NMC is under the scanner after the Greenfield Lawn issue. During the searches, close to 1,461 files of the town planning department of last three months had been found pending last week. Hence, the municipal commissioner Mudhe ordered the audit department to inspect all files of town planning department.

    Mundhe has already issued ‘show cause’ notice to five senior officials of the NMC about delay by the town planning department officials to convey information about the high court’s stay order on demolition of encroachment of Greenfield lawns.


  • Unique green drive by city organisations Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Jun 20, 2018, 21:44 IST

    NASHIK: Ten different city-based organisations including non-governmental organisations are organising a unique green drive on June 24.

    They will be planting thorny bushes of indigenous variety to prevent dryness of the earth due to scorching sun and will be sowing seeds of indigenous trees.

    This activity will be carried out in hills/mountains from Pandavleni to Brahmagiri mountain range.

    "The mountain range from Pandavleni to Brahmagiri has become completely barren. Let alone big trees there are no thorny bushes too. This has affected our biodiversity. If greenery is brought back in Gangapur dam and till River Godavari then the city will once again be known as cool and clean city," said an environment activist and one of the organisers, Sunanda Jadhav.

    These organisations believe that if big trees are planted immediately, then it would be difficult to conserve these. They believe that if thorny bushes are grown first then the land could be prevented from becoming barren and automatically jungle would grow.

    They are planning to plant local species of bushes and shrubs like karvand, shind, babhul, seetaphal etc and sow seeds of big indigenous trees like moha, teak, neem etc, on experimental basis.

    Each year they plan to take up one mountain for the seed sowing activity.

    "For this people have to spare only one day in a year. We appeal to people to come with their families, friends and relatives to Anandwan, Chunchale Hill, Ambad MIDC on June 24 from 7.30am to 2pm for this activity. People may bring lunch boxes and participate in this unique picnic in nature," Sunanda appealed.

    Green Revolution Nashik, Harit Vishwa Group, Nashik IMA, Nashik Cyclists, Social Networking Forum, I-Social Group, Group Seed Sowing Programme, Panchavati Medical Association, Satpur-Ambad Doctors' Association and others are organising and participating in the green drive.


  • NMC’s no waterlogging claim goes down the drain Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Jun 21, 2018, 23:40 IST

    Nashik: The brief spell of heavy rain in the city on Wednesday evening should act as a wakeup call for the civic administration, particularly with respect to waterlogging in the old city areas.

    Some of the areas in the old city witnessed waterlogging, although it was not alarming. But the residents are apprehensive that once it starts raining heavily for a long time, there would be absolute mess just like the previous years.

    During heavy rain these areas get inundated and water enters the houses and shops. The residents raised questions about the quality of pre-monsoon work done by the civic administration for cleaning the clogged drains.

    Narendra Dharane, a local resident said, “The storm water drainage project is totally unsuccessful. Dirty water entered river Godavari and crores of rupees that were spent for this project went down the drain. It rained only for half-an-hour and the roads were not accessible. What will be the situation if it rains for few hours? The NMC should act immediately and resolve the issue thereby preventing any such situation in future.”

    He also questioned the quality of pre-monsoon works by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) that assured lesser waterlogging this year.

    Atul Shewale, another resident, said, “Wednesday’s rain caused waterlogging in many areas. Drainage lines were choked and hence it got mixed with the water and there was lot of stink. This water also mixed with river Godavari. We appeal to the NMC to make provisions that the nullahs do not overflow or mix with the river. If it rains heavily we fear what will happen. The NMC should clean all the drains and nullahs and solve the problem. There is no place for the water to flow.”

    Devang Jani, a resident and petitioner of River Godavari pollution case, said if every year old city faces these waterlogging and drainage mixing problems why the NMC could not resolve it till now.

    “My memorandum on the incomplete work and corruption in underground sewage and storm water drainage was not accepted by the civic chief because I did not have the exact data. The NMC should be having the data. Civic officials said that they would not be able to resolve the waterlogging issue in such a short period. But I have been after them since 2016. They could do nothing to resolve the problem in all these years?”

    Civic officials had said that this year there would be lesser waterlogging as they had carried out the pre-monsoon works in detail for the first time.

  • Beautification of railway station sought Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 14:11 IST
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    NASHIK: Members of Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) have demanded beautification of Nashik Road railway stationduring a meeting held at divisional headquarters in Bhusawal on Thursday.

    Mangesh Patankar, a businessman representing the industries and one of the members from Nashik, proposed for beautification of Nashik Road railway station with help of various organisations and institutions. "It was the first meeting after inception of the newly appointed representatives. It was more of an introduction but we have proposed for the beautification of Nashik Road railway station. We are chalking out plans in the manner we will work together to give the station a Metro look," Patankar said.
    The plan is to rope in students of architectural college. They will study the station carefully and use their imaginations to give it an exclusive look. "The cleanliness at the station is far better than earlier days. We now have an airport at Nashik and we look forth for similar beautification. It will be a blend of history of Nashik as well as the modern architecture," he said.


  • Squads seize 350kg plastic, citizens spared Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Jun 24, 2018, 09:00 IST
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    NASHIK: Over 350kg of plastic, mostly comprising carry bags, was seized during surprise visits to shops and market places on Saturday, the first day of the statewide ban.

    The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) had begun drives against plastic since the notification on the ban was published on March 23, but it upped the implementation from Saturday. Squads in all six municipal divisions of the city were seen in action from 8.30 am.

    Civic officials said surprise checks were conducted at market places, shops, commercial establishments and other public places on Saturday and those selling and using plastic were fined. Till afternoon, a total fine of Rs 3,60,000 was collected.

    On the first day of action, citizens were mostly not fined or checked and the focus was largely on traders, supermarkets, retail shops.

    In Nashik East, Rs 70,000 was collected as fine from 14 plastic users, in Nashik West, 15 users were fined Rs 75,000, in Nashik Road, 12 users had to pay up a total of Rs 60,000. The team in Panchavati division collected Rs 80,000 as fine from 16 users, in Satpur division, five users paid total of Rs 25,000 and 10 users paid Rs 50,000 in New Nashik.

    “We appeal to manufacturers, traders, vendors and citizens to stop using or selling plastic and avoid penal action. Those who have plastic in their homes should get in touch with the respective divisional sanitary inspector and hand these over to them for disposal,” said a civic official.

    On Saturday, people from Vinayak Colony in Satpur contacted the civic administration and handed over the plastic in their possession.

    The civic body has set up plastic collection centres at Dwarka Godown in Nashik East division, Kalpana Nagar on College Road in Nashik West division, Satpur Club House in Satpur division and the divisional offices at New Nashik (CIDCO) division, Panchavati division and Nashik Road division.

    The Maharashtra government introduced a ban on plastic under the Maharashtra Plastic Carry Bags Rules, 2006 Maharashtra Bio-degradable and Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 2006 on March 23.

    Traders and manufacturers had knocked the doors of the high court against the government decision and were granted a three-month respite to dispose of the plastic in their possession. The three-month grace period ended on June 23.

    The NMC began strict implementation of the ban as per the directions of the state government and formed squads at the divisional level.

    “The divisional officer has been made the authorised officer to implement the ban in the respective division. Divisional sanitary inspector and sanitary inspectors will be functioning under him as squad. Six such squads have been formed in each of the six divisions,” said an officer from the health department.

    Citizens, traders can get in touch with the divisional sanitary inspectors for plastic-related issues. Sanjay Gangurde for New Nashik (CIDCO) division can be reached on 9423179171, Sanjay Gosavi for Nashik Road division on 9423179176, Sanjay Darade for Panchavati division on 8275088513, Sunil Shirsat for Nashik East division on 9423179173, Dilip Chavan for Nashik West division on 9881062167 and Madhuri Tambe for Satpur division on 9423179175.

    The collected plastic will be used to generate oil at the biogas plant in the municipal solid waste management plant. The capacity of the plant is to process four tonne of plastic per day. One tonne of plastic gives 600-700 litres oil.

    At present, because of the quality of plastic, 40-45% oil is generated. If the plant gets good quality plastic, it can produce 60-70% oil. This oil is equivalent to furnace oil and good enough to use in genset with diesel.

  • MSEDCL yet to restore supply for over 18,000 consumers Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Jun 24, 2018, 09:11 IST

    NASHIK: The failure in power infrastructure caused due to heavy rain since June 1 across Nashik zone, comprising Nashik and Ahmednagar districts, affected as many as 66,010 consumers of which power is yet to be restored for a total of 18,489 patrons.

    The pre-monsoon rainfall that lashed parts of Nashik and Ahmednagar districts uprooted poles of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) providing electricity in the two districts.

    The MSEDCL is still struggling to restore normalcy, especially in rural areas and more so in the remote villages for lack of access, material, time and manpower.

    “Every year the pre-monsoon rainfall along with strong winds and thunderstorm affect the state power utility’s network that is above the ground. This year as many as 3,811 high tension and low tension electricity poles across the two districts gave way to gusty winds bringing down the network and affecting power supply,” a senior official of Nashik Zone MSEDCL said.

    The MSEDCL, however, has been able to erect only 767 electricity poles and it will take long time before the entire network is successfully restored. “We have raised only 20% of the damaged poles and have successfully reinstated power supply to as many as 47,521 consumers that is around 72%. The remaining 28% are yet to get the proper power supply,” the official added.

    The power networks in densely populated urban and semi-urban areas, villages have been restored on priority basis as there were larger numbers of consumers fed by these units.

    The works in the areas where consumers are scattered is taking time as the MSEDCL will slowly focus their attention on the same.

    The official also pointed out that out of the 28% of the consumers a large number of them have either been given power supply temporarily or even partial supply has been made available that which means the power supply could be available only during the night hours instead of entire day, among others.

    “At some places numbers of poles in a line have gone down, while at many other places the trees have fallen on them,” the official added.

    As many as 177 electricity poles have not been repaired for more than 16 days while the numbers of electricity poles not repaired in 15 days since damaged is 2,867.


  • ‘Clear Nashik Road of parked cars to smooth traffic’ Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Jun 25, 2018, 23:58 IST

    Nashik: Many residents of the city have urged that traffic police clear roads of cars parked on the edges of roads to widen the area available for traffic flow. Many vehicles are parked illegally on the side of roads, causing a pile-up especially on Nashik Road and Jail Road.

    The roads on either side of the vegetable market beneath the flyover, Mukti Dham and Station Road are also congested in peak hours. While the vegetable stalls on the road take up space, parked vehicles compound the problem.

    Sushma Pardeshi, a resident of Sinnar Phata said, “Motorists park their vehicle in front of shops on the roads between Bytco Junction and Nashik Road police station. This leaves little space for moving vehicles on the road. If a city bus also halts at Bytco, then all traffic behind the bus grinds to a halt.”

    Residents said tour operators who have offices in the area keep luxury buses parked on the road for 15 minutes or so at a stretch, taking up space. Roads near Muktidham too become congested.

    Commuters said traffic police was taking almost no action at all to keep traffic on these roads free-flowing. No action is being taken against those who park vehicles illegally.

    Deepak Ajbe, a resident of Nashik Road said, “The towing vehicles operate only in the heart of the city, very close to the city traffic police. They cover a short distance and have a huge haul of illegally parked vehicles from that area. So the towing vehicle operator feels no need to cover a larger distance and go elsewhere. This gives erring motorists on Nashik Road a free run, and they park where they please.”

    ACP Ajay Doere of the city traffic branch said, “There is no place on Nashik Road to take vehicles that are towed. We are in the process of identifying a place. Once the place is finalised, towing vans would also start operating in the Nashik Road area.”