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    HC urged to give verdict on trees early

    Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Updated: Oct 10, 2017, 23:42 IST
    Nashik: The national high division of the PWD has appealed to the Bombay high court to pass its verdict soon on the hacking of over 250 trees to facilitate road-widening work.

    The issue of hacking the trees meant for widening a 2km stretch along the Nashik-Pune highway, from Sinnar Phata to Darna river, is in the high court.

    A senior PWD official said the proceedings of the PIL filed against the hacking of trees have been completed and the court has to announce its verdict now. "The entire road-widening work between Nashik and Sinnar has been completed and only the 2km stretch remains incomplete," the official said. "We have mentioned in the application submitted to the high court that the pollution level due to the continuous traffic jams on the 2km road stretch, where the work has been pending, is 10 times more than the oxygen being emitted by the 286 trees," he said.

    The PWD is hopeful that its application will be taken into consideration and the high court will announce its verdict at the earliest.

    The 2km stretch from Sinnar Phata to Darna river on the Nashik Pune highway witnesses continuous traffic jams. The highway authorities have removed all the remaining encroachment and cleared the area for road widening, the authorities are awaiting a nod from the high court to clear the trees.

    A large number of residential areas have come up along the highway at this 2km stretch. The residents have also expressed the demand for widening of the road.

    Rajesh Sabat, a resident of Kharjul Mala, Nashik Road said, "It is risky to cross this highway, but we resident do it repeatedly everyday. The road is very narrow for two-way traffic. The trucks, containers, buses and other vehicles continuously ply on this road."

    He added, "crossing the road amid this rush is a huge risk every time especially for eldery citizens and children."

    The widening work of Nashik-Pune highway began about three and a half years back. Only this 2km stretch has been left out. The Nashik Pune road witnesses heavy rush of vehicles, round the clock. A large number of vehicles also ply between Sinnar and Nashik, as both these places have a large number of industries.

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      Property tax collection by Nashik civic body increases by 30% in Apr-Sept

      While collection of property tax increased by 30% in the first six months of 2017-18 as compared to the corresponding period in the last fiscalTushar Pawar | TNN | October 26, 2017, 15:30 IST

      NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) property and water taxes collection figures during the first six months of the current financial year has been quite impressive.

      While collection of property tax increased by 30% in the first six months of 2017-18 as compared to the corresponding period in the last fiscal, water tax collection has swelled by 70.33% during the same period as compared to the collection between April and September in 2016-17.

      The NMC’s property tax collection in the first half of the current financial year stands at Rs 55.32 crore as against Rs 42.83 crore during the corresponding period of last financial year. The civic body has set a property tax collection target of Rs 105 crore for the 2017-18 fiscal and has achieved 52.68 % of the target.

      Similarly, the water tax collection in the first six months of 2017-18 is Rs 16.64 crore as against Rs 9.74 crore during the corresponding period of the previous financial year. The NMC has set a target of garnering Rs 42 crore as water tax for the current financial year and it has achieved around 40% of the target.

      “We have taken various measures right from the beginning of the current financial year to ensure that tax collection improves in this fiscal. We distributed annual property tax bills before beginning of the current financial year,” NMC sources told TOI.

      According to NMC officials, the civic body has also given concession in property tax to property holders for paying their full annual tax from 5% to 2% in the first three months (April-June) of the current fiscal. “Similarly, we had also sent notices to around 1,000 property tax holders with dues over Rs 1 lakh each. This overall leads to rise in property tax collection,” added the sources.

      “Apart from property tax, we are also focusing on water tax collection with major focus on big defaulters. We could not focus on water tax collection due to in adequate manpower. But we are taking various measures to increase the tax collection. This overall led to rise in water tax collection by almost 70.30% in the first half of the current fiscal as compared to the corresponding period last year,” the sources said.

      The NMC has six divisional offices — Nashik East, Nashik West, Nashik Road, Satpur, Panchavati and Cidco divisions — that collects property tax.

      Nashik West and Cidco divisions have collected the maximum property tax revenue Rs 13.79 crore and 10.30 crore, respectively. Similarly, Cidco and Nashik Road divisions have collected maximum water taxes during the first half of the current fiscal. The formers division collected Rs 3.95 crore as water tax, while Rs 3.42 crore was collected by the latter.


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        Political parties among property tax defaulters

        TNN | Oct 26, 2017, 23:44 IST Nashik: Political parties asking the civic administration to check on leakages in tax collection rather than hiking taxes are among the property tax defaulters, with Congress owing the highest dues.

        Congress owes maximum of Rs 24,02,960 in property tax to the civic body while Shiv Sena has to clear dues of Rs 83,632. The MNS, which owes Rs 10,340 for a year, has promised to clear the dues immediately.

        Two years ago, Congress and Shiv Sena owed property tax to the tune of Rs 30 lakh piled up over the last two decades or more. Despite serving notices, the tax evaders did clear the dues.

        After TOI broke the story in February last year, the parties paid some amount but Shiv Sena wanted the penalty to be waived. Congress then made a part payment of Rs 10 lakh as against the pending dues of Rs 22,81,305 for two decades and applied for a waiver in the interest amount.

        Shiv Sena had to pay Rs 76,089 but the amount went up to Rs 1,41,303 along with the penalty. The party, however, paid only the tax and sought a waiver in the interest.

        The annual property tax of Congress office was Rs 31,409. They had to pay total Rs 12,09,335 and along with the fine the amount went up to Rs 22,81,305. The annual property tax of Shiv Sena office was Rs 2,100 and the total amount to be paid was Rs 76,089. Along with the fine amount it was Rs 1,41,303.

        City Shiv Sena chief Ajay Boraste said, "We have cleared all the dues. There are two to three people who had properties in the same building, some of which are sealed. The entire property tax is issued in our name but the property is not ours."

        City MNS president Rahul Dhikle said, "We pay the property tax every year. I found out now that only this year's tax is pending. We will pay it immediately", while city Congress chief Sharad Aher said they did not receive any letter in this regard. "We will pay the dues if an intimation is given to us."

        An NMC officer said it is the responsibility of the owner of the property to pay the tax in time. "If we cannot recover from the owner, we have the right to recover it from the occupants. If we have to recover 100% property tax, the rules will be applicable to all."

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          Property tax collection in Nashik increases by 28%

          The increase in the property tax collection as compared to last year is Rs 1258.07 lakh.Sumita Sarkar | TNN | November 05, 2017, 09:02 IST

          NASHIK: As compared to last year, Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) collected Rs 22 crore more property and water tax.

          Those who do not pay the dues of water tax in 15 days will have to face disconnection.

          In 2016-2017, the total property tax collection was Rs 4518.44 lakhs while in 2017-18 the total property tax collection is Rs 5776.51 lakh. There has been significant increase in the tax collection in all the six divisions. The increase in the property tax collection as compared to last year is Rs 1258.07 lakh.

          Property owners who use solar energy, pay online get subsidies and also those who pay in April get five percent subsidy, in May three percent and in June two percent. Total 7644 property owners use solar energy and the tax collected from them is Rs 7.80 lakh. Tax collected from 124481 property owners who availed of five percent, three percent and two percent subsidy is Rs 89.90 lakh. Online payments were made by 41821 persons and Rs 6.41 lakh was collected.

          Total property tax amount collected through subsidised rates is Rs 3475.94 lakh.

          As compared to year 2016-17, this year Rs 929.50 lakh more was collected for water tax. In 2016-17 it was Rs 1067.87 lakh while in 2017-18 it is Rs 1997.36 lakh.

          Notices were issued to 67838 water tax defaulters out of which 10550 paid total Rs 617.73 lakhs including arears of Rs 417.05 lakh and Rs 200.68 lakh.

          "We are going to take action against all defaulters who fail to pay the dues in 15 days. We will cut off their water supply connections. Offence will be filed at respective police stations, on defaulters who illegally start disconnected water supply. Overall there has been a total increase of Rs 22 crore in the property and water tax collection this fiscal as compared to the last," said an NMC official.

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            Samruddhi project: Farmers to meet MNS chief Raj Thackeray

            Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Nov 8, 2017, 11:19 IST Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray.

            NASHIK: Farmers, opposing the ambitious Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (Samruddhi project), have now decided to rope in Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackerayto join their fight against the state government.

            The farmers are protesting against government's land acquisition process for the 701-km highway . "The government is fooling people and grossly violating norms be it related to acquisition of land of general people or even in case of the tribal people for which the consent of gram panchayat is required. We are taking help of all political parties and hence we are going to meet Raj Thackeray who is coming to Nashik on November 10," Raju Desle, coordinator of Samruddhi Mahamarg Virodhi Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti (Committee of farmers oppo sing Samruddhi project), said.

            Claiming that the government was fooling the farmers, the representatives have also decided to draw the attention of governor and President of India, even as they have alrea dy registered cases in Aurangabad, Nagpur and Bombay high court.

            After addressing the meeting of over 65 representatives that attended the meeting of Samruddhi-affected farmers across 29 talukas of 10 districts from Vidarbha, Marathwada, North Maharashtra (Khandesh), Konkan region, Desle said the government was flouting and twisting norms in its interest and was also falsely projecting figures and statistics to show that farmers were eager to sell their lands.

            "Despite government announcing `lucrative' rates for the lands, it has been able to acquire no more than 6% of the land. This is because farmers are united and opposing the project," Desle claimed.


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              21 unauthorised religious structures razed on Thursday

              Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Nov 9, 2017, 23:22 IST Nashik: Around 21 unauthorised religious structures were razed in Satpur and West divisions by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Thursday — the second day of the demolition drive.

              These religious structures were on roads and posed hindrance to movement of traffic. In Satpur, a total of 12 religious structures were removed while in West division as many as nine illegal shrines were removed until 7 pm.

              The demolition drive started at 10am and was carried out under police protection. The deities were removed from the religious structures following all the rituals by a priest after which the structures were demolished.

              Some residents expressed their displeasure saying there were many encroachments in the city, but only religious structures are being removed.

              Around 100 NMC employees, all six divisional officers, deputy municipal commissioner (encroachment) and other officers, 85 policemen, assistant police commissioner Sachin Gore, three senior police inspectors (PI), six assistant PI, around 40 vans of the NMC and police was present during the drive.

              Saptashrungi temple at Mahadevwadi, Vitthal Mandir, Mhasoba, Khandoba, Omkareshwar temples in Satpur Colony, Shani Mandir and few small temples were demolished. Some people tried to oppose but the police managed the crowd well.

              On Wednesday, the first day of the drive, the civic body demolished 16 structures in the Cidco division. On Friday, the demolition drive will continue in West division and East division.

              "Demolition of renowned and big structures like Khanderao temple in Satpur and Vitthal Rukmini temple on Gangapur Road in West division were carried out till late in the evening. The demolition of big structures takes long time," informed deputy municipal commissioner (encroachment) RM Bahiram.

              Uunauthorised religious structures constructed before 2009 are being demolished from November 8 as per the orders of the Bombay high court. Around 150 structures will be demolished in two phases. The ones on open spaces have been kept pending at present because a case has been filed in the HC about retaining such structures.

              Last year, 105 religious structures constructed after year 2009 were demolished as per the orders of the Supreme and high courts. Notices were pasted on the religious structures constructed before 2009, inviting objections and suggestions.

              As per the orders of the court all religious structures that cause hindrance to traffic and are on public place will have to be removed by November 17.

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                Govt spends Rs 9,000cr to boost connectivity

                TNN | Oct 31, 2017, 18:29 IST Nashik: The Centre and the state government have jointly made an investment of over Rs 9,000 crore in the district in the last three fiscals to improve the rural road connectivity under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

                Union rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar recently informed the Lok Sabha member from Dindori constituency, Harsichandra Chavan, that 18 road works were taken up and completed in the parliamentary constituency in the last three financial years.

                In 2014-15, an amount of Rs 2,556.42 crore was spent on developing roads under PMGSY. In 2015-16, Rs 3,304.55 crore was spent and in 2016-17, an amount of Rs 3,108.38 crore was spent.

                According to Tomar, 133 roads have been developed in Dindori constituency ever since the scheme was launched in 2000. At present, eight projects are underway.

                Under the PMGSY, all-weather roads are constructed at unconnected habitations to improve the connectivity. Initially, it was a fully sponsored by the Centre. But from 2015-16, the funding pattern has been revised. Now the Centre sponsors 60% while the state bears 40%.

                According to details provided by the Union rural development ministry, over 85 km of roads were constructed in the last three fiscals in rural Nashik including areas such as Chandwad, Nandgoan, Dindori, Kalwan, Peth, Surgana and Niphad.

                The ministry has informed the BJP parliamentarian that the ministry had received seven complaints in the last three fiscals from villagers and elected representatives related to the poor implementation of the scheme.

                The complaints ranged from inferior quality of materials being used for the construction to slow progress of the work. The BJP MP had also registered a complaint about irregularities in the construction work and delay in completion of the project in Surgana taluka.

                The ministry had taken note of all the complaints and ensured that they were redressed in time.

                "The pace and quality of work related to construction of roads under PMGSY under the present BJP regime at Centre and at the state is much better than what it was under the previous regime," the BJP parliamentarian claimed, who was elected for the third consecutive time in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Dindori.

                According to him, rural connectivity is extremely important in a district like Nashik since farmers have to travel from remote parts to sell their produce on a daily basis.

                "If the roads are not good, the farmers have trouble travelling to markets with sacks of vegetables," he added.


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                  Now, stricter measures for hiding tenant details

                  Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Dec 1, 2017, 00:11 IST

                  Nashik: Property owners failing to disclose details of their tenants can face a tough time as Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to get stricter on the issue after the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) sought information about the same from the civic body.

                  The ATS recently sent a letter to NMC seeking information about tenants in the city. NMC, however, found only 4,643 tenants. But after the ATS' letter the NMC has decided to conduct a stricter survey. The biggest challenge for the civic body is that the owners do not reveal details of tenants to avoid property tax payments.

                  Deputy municipal commissioner Rohidas Dorkulkar said, "We surveyed 3.75 lakh properties in the city. The properties will be scrutinised after the survey is completed. Out of these 3.75 lakh properties, we found only 4,643 tenants. This number is definitely very low."

                  He said the survey found 58,000 properties that were not registered with NMC.

                  "If a property is rented out to a tenant then the owner has to pay twice the property tax. Hence, they hide such details. When our teams go to the houses for survey, the tenants pose as the owners' relatives," Dorkulkar said adding that it was easy to know if a residential property was being used for commercial purpose, but not if the occupant was the owner or a tenant.

                  "Now, we are asking for the photo identity of the resident. We will verify it with the owner of the house registered with us. If there is any variation, prima facie we will consider the resident as tenant. It will be the responsibility of the resident to prove that they are not tenants," Dorkulkar said.

                  "The bifurcation of owners and tenants is not easy. We will try to do it by December-end," he said.

                  "The ATS has sought the detaisl as it is quite possible that criminals could be staying as tenants in the city," he said.

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                    NMC expects R11cr tax from 58k unregistered properties

                    Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Dec 1, 2017, 00:11 IST
                    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has found around 58,000 unregistered properties within its jurisdiction. The properties were marked in a survey conducted through a private agency.

                    The NMC has prepared notices to be sent to explain why the properties haven't been registered. The civic body has also seeking the payment of dues from the owners of the unregistered properties.

                    "Out of total 3.75 lakh properties that were surveyed, 58,000 were not in our records. We will be serving notices in the name of these properties next week. The notices have already been prepared," said deputy municipal commissioner, Rohidas Dorkulkar.

                    On the process of recovering the dues, he said that after receiving the notice the owner can give explanation within a stipulated time on why the property was not registered. "If the owner objects to the notice, a hearing will take place and based on it the bill will be given and tax will be recovered. We should be able to complete the process by January-end and add the tax recovered in this financial year," Dorkulkar said, adding, "We expect Rs 11 crores from these 58,000 properties."

                    The tax amount will be fixed from the day property got the building completion certificate. "We can charge backdated tax of six years from properties that do not have building completion certificates. It will be the responsibility of the owner to prove that he is not staying there from six years," said Dorkulkar.

                    "From the remaining survey of properties we expect to find 80,000 more properties that are not in our record," Dorkulkar said.

                    He said that the scrutiny of the 58,000 properties will be done later to look for discrepancies in these.

                    "Also, the old properties may have less valuation as registered with us. Extensions could have been made in these later which will increase the valuation of the property and fetch more tax amount for us. The survey and scrutiny will also reveal this. Besides, properties could be registered with us as residential but may be used for commercial purposes. We will charge commercial tax from these properties," Dorkulkar informed.

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                      Civic body ropes in NGO for cleanliness campaign

                      Tushar Pawar| TNN | Dec 8, 2017, 10:55 IST
                      NASHIK: The civic body has roped in a city-based NGO, Seva, to raise awareness among city residents on cleanliness and segregation of waste. Around 700 women wastepickers, who are members of the NGO, will fan out to these six divisions of the city.

                      Apart from the awareness campaign, these waste pickers will collect garbage from door-steps on nominal charge. "Around 700 members of the NGO will distribute pamphlets to citizens on how to segregate of solid and wet waste. They will work for one year. We are in the process of giving them identity cards to facilitate them to do their job," said a civic official. According to the official, the main objective of the scheme is to preach the importance of cleanliness and proper sanitation. "The NGO volunteers will guide them how to segregate various garbage," he added. Rajpal Shinde from Seva said, "We are working for the rights of rag-pickers in the city. There are 2,000 women waste pickers who are the members of our organisation. We will work jointly with the NMC." The volunteers will also guide how to wrap used sanitary napkins and mark them with red colour.

                      "Around 40% of couples are working and they are unable to take the garbage out to collection vans. Moreover, 10% are aged persons who are also unable to walk out to garbage collection van. Hence, we will provide services to these people on nominal charges of Rs 50 per month," Shinde said. "There are cases of burning garbage, particularly of plant leaves or branches. We have suggested the NMC to allow us to collect such plant waste, which will be crushed to powder and reused in NMC's gardens," he added.

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