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    Nashik farmers set up pyres to fight land acquisition for e-way

    Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Jul 10, 2017, 01.05 PM IST

    NASHIK: A section of farmers have continued their opposition to the state government's move to acquire their land for construction of the Nagpur-Mumbai expressway.

    Some farmers have hung nooses on trees and set up pyres on their farms to send a message to the government that they would rather embrace death than part with their land.

    "We will not give our land at any cost. The government can construct the highway through the nearby hills where nothing grows; the farmers there would be more than happy to get compensation," said Keshav Harak of Shivade village, as he prepared a pyre in his farm. The protests come in the wake of the district administration announcing rates for direct purchase of land through negotiations saying if the move fails, forced acquisition would be the only way out. Earlier, the farmers had hung nooses in their farms when land measurement was being carried out.

    "Every step the administration takes for land acquisition, will see our protests escalate. This time we are preparing the pyres and it is for us," said Kiran Harak, a local. Sunil Pawar of Sonambe village questioned the project. "Small pieces of land being taken away for public projects can be understood. This is not a common public road; it will have controlled access," he said. "The day the government tries to take over the land we will end our lives," Sunil Wagh, another farmer warned.

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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."

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        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.

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          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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            Need feedback about Thakkar builder Nashik, why this guy have not registered any projects under RERA ?
            Are there any problems with this builder ?


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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.


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                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.


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                  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.


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                    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.

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                      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.


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