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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  • Nashik district stands 2nd in state tree plantation drive Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Jul 28, 2018, 23:25 IST

    Nashik: The district has stood second in the state for government’s 13 crore tree plantation drive across the state by planting as many as 71,56,050 saplings.

    The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has planted a total of 11,000 saplings in July and had a target of planting 12,000 trees under the state government’s Green Maharashtra programme. Besides, under various other campaigns, the civic body planted additional saplings and has exceeded the target of 12,000.

    The civic administration received the news through a release sent by the state ministry of environment and forests on Friday evening. The NMC had dug as many as 12,432 pits for saplings under the state government’s tree plantation campaign. A total of 2,425 have been planted so far and 2,225 photographs have been uploaded on forest department’s website. An NMC official said that they will be planting 15,000 saplings.

    The other plantation drive was under the Amrut scheme at survey number 400 in Makhmalabad area where 11,000 trees have been planted and the same has been uploaded on the website. Through people’s participation 1,830 trees have been planted and uploaded on the website.

    Under Ranmala Tourism, a total of 1,830 trees have been planted and uploaded on the forest department’s website. The civic administration implemented the pattern of Ranmala, a village in Khed taluka in Pune wherein people have been asked to adopt trees that are 3-4 feet in height. Hence, people have been made responsible for planting and conserving the respective trees that they planted.

    “Secretary of ministry of environment and forest sent a message saying that the target of planting 13 crore trees have been achieved by the state government on Friday at 4.15 pm and that this year tree plantation work will continue till September 30,” the official said.

    “The total number of trees planted is 13,00,48,005. People’s participation for this initiative has been commendable,” he added.

    The target for 13 crore tree plantation started on July 1 and by July 27 the target was achieved.

    “In the message sent by the minister’s office, Nanded district planted the maximum number of trees that is 82,26,096 and stood first in the state. The NMC has already exceeded its target and by September more trees will be planted,” the official said.

  • Nashik Municipal Corporation rejects 30 building plan proposals in 2 days Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 3, 2018, 12:14 IST

    As per the new Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR), roads with 9m or more width only will get TDR and premium FSI

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation has rejected over 30 building plan proposals of plot owners on smaller roads in the past two days as per an order of the municipal commissioner which states that smaller roads will widened to 9 metre.

    The order was issued by the commissioner on July 27 and was published on July 30. As per the order, plot holders on roads with 6m and 7.5m width will have to surrender 1.5m and 0.75m land to the civic body while submitting the building plans for widening of the roads.

    There had been irregular constructions on smaller roads. As per the new Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR), roads with 9m or more width only will get TDR and premium FSI.

    There was only basic FSI of 1.1 was permissible on the smaller roads, but 9m roads have benefit of 0.4 TDR and 0.3 premium FSI.

    Plot holders on samll roads were deprived of this benefit and were unable to do more constructions. Builders with illegal constructions were also unable to regularise their constructions due to lack of premium FSI and TDR.

    The civic body had proposed to widen smaller roads into 9m, which has been approved by the state government, NMC general body and the standing committee.

    Subsequently, on Monday, the municipal commissioner published Order No. 515 about widening of the smaller roads.

    As per the order, plot holders on both sides of 6m roads will have to surrender 1.5m, while plot holders on 7.5m roads will have to surrender 0.75m to covert the road into 9m.

    Earlier, it was expected that those who want to take the benefits may only have to surrender land. But in fact, it is to be implemented in a blanket manner across the city apart from gaothan areas.

    "Surrendering land on smaller roads to convert into 9m is not desirous, but it is mandatory. Hence, those submitting new plans on smaller roads will have to surrender the land," said NMC sources.

    "I had filed a proposal online on June 5 and the online scrutiny had been done a week later. On June 24, the deputy engineer of teh town planning department had approved the file, which was forwarded to the executive engineer. But the proposal has been rejected online onThursday as per the new order," said an architect.


  • 400 property owners put on notice as dengue cases rise Tushar Pawar | TNN | Aug 3, 2018, 11:51 IST

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    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has served notices to over 400 residents and owners of various commercial establishments across the city over of mosquito-breeding grounds.

    In the notices, served in last couple of weeks, the civic body has warned them to destroy the spots at once and ensure that such spots are not created again.

    So far, the NMC has collected Rs 37,000 from six commercial establishments as fine in the last two months holding them responsible for mosquito-breeding spots. Cases of dengue are on the rise constantly since June this year.

    In May this year, only 19 dengue positive cases were reported in the city that increased to 52 in June and 103 in July. The total number of dengue positive cases since January 1 to July 31 this year has reached 220.

    "The NMC administration has taken serious cognizance of this and started sending notices to resident and establishments," an NMC official said.

    In June, the civic body had served notices to 1,600 residents and owners of commercial establishments after the NMC health teams had found mosquito-breeding spots at houses and commercial establishments.

    "We have been slapping fines on commercial establishments. So far, we have slapped fine to seven commercial establishments, including builders, as mosquito-breeding spots were found on their premises. Four builders have been fined Rs 23,000 that includes a well-known construction company," the official added.

    A plot owner had been slapped with fine of Rs 10,000 as waste tyres had been placed on the open plot where mosquito breeding spots were found. Similarly, an earthen pot-maker had been held responsible for mosquito-breeding spots and was slapped with fine of Rs 500.

  • Old house crumbles in Nashik; two trapped PTI | Aug 5, 2018, 17:15 IST

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    NASHIK: Two persons are feared trapped under the debris of a three-storey house which collapsed on Sunday in Old Nashik area, police said. Rescuers extricated four persons, including a girl, alive from under the rubble of the building, located in Tambat Lane this afternoon, a police official said. Personnel of fire, police, district disaster management departments are conducting rescue operations at the spot, he said. The old house is located in a narrow lane. Light showers hampered the work briefly, the official said. More details are awaited.

  • NMC seeks police cover to raze illegal religious structures TNN | Aug 8, 2018, 23:54 IST

    Nashik: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) plans to raze illegal religious structures. The civic body has requested police protection for its staff involved in the exercise.

    NMC has to submit an affidavit to Bombay High Court by August 13 on the issue of demolishing of illegal religious structures. The HC had earlier ordered the civic body to raze structures that have come up illegally and cause obstruction to traffic movement.

    Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe held a meeting on Tuesday with police officers and corporation officials involved in clearing encroachments. The resident deputy collector of Nashik Ramdas Khedkar and officials from MHADA too were present.

    “NMC has sought help of city police in providing security for civic officials during the demolition drive. Once police protection is in place, the drive will begin,” an official said. NMC has so far demolished 450 illegal religious structures in the last couple of years. The rest will soon be removed.

    Hearing on Bhide case begins

    The district court on Tuesday began hearing on a case against Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide. Nashik Municipal Corporation has taken a case against Bhide, who claimed that women eating mangoes from his orchard gave birth to sons. The lawyer representing NMC informed the court about the details of the case. No lawyer represented Bhide during the hearing. The next date of hearing is yet to be announced.


  • Solar rooftop project set to begin soon TNN | Aug 9, 2018, 23:35 IST

    Nashik: The work of installing solar panels for all buildings of Nashik Municipal Corporation under the Smart City Scheme will begin in few days. Tender for solar panels have been approved. The letter of award has been issued to the contractor. In a few days, the work order will be issued.

    The rooftop solar equipment will be installed in 16 NMC buildings on a pilot basis by a private agency.

    According to civic officials, it should generate 10 per cent energy. They said that it would be done on a private-public partnership mode so NMC does not incur a huge expense on the project.

    “With installation of solar panels, NMC will be able to save Rs1 crore per year on power supply bills. This is a significant amount. We have approved the tender of a contractor and have also given them the letter of award. We are waiting for their reply. Once they reply, we will issue the work order,” an official said.

    Meanwhile, tenders for area-based development (ABD) have been floated. The project will be giving a facelift to gaothan areas (old city) by constructing major-minor roads, addressing sewage, water supply, electricity supply and drainage issues for around Rs 334 crore. This is the second time that tender has been floated. It was also floated before the model code of conduct came into force, but failed to get a response then.

    “Major and minor roads in gaothan areas will be developed and for this, basic infrastructure like drainage network, sewage lines, electric supply and water supply etc will be provided before constructing the roads so that roads will not have to be dug up again and again. It is not easy to construct minor roads in gaothan area as these form a big network in these areas,” said an official.


  • Water harvesting need of the hour: Nashik divisional commissioner Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Aug 12, 2018, 13:05 IST

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    NASHIK: City divisional commissioner Rajaram Mane has stressed upon rooftop water harvesting as well as water conservation by the citizens in every possible way.

    Mane was addressing a workshop of government officials and he appealed them to take the message of water conservation to the last man.

    “We have to find ways to use water judiciously so that the water does not get polluted, which in turn leads to soil and environment conservation,” Mane said.

    “The water is used for agriculture and industrial purpose and the extensive use of the same is leading to loss of water. There has to be limitations on the usage of water,” Mane advocated.

    He also appealed to the industrialists to go for water treatment plants. “The industries need to release the similar quality of water they intake from sources, back to the sources. Only when these measures are followed, the industries recycle the water and use for its processes, their dependency on fresh water will be cut down,” Mane said.

    Mane pointed out that Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Act 2009 draft has been roled out – limiting the usage of groundwater, and citizens can take a look at them and even raise their objections and claims to the same.

    ZP president Sheetal Sangle called for appropriate measures to regulate the usage of groundwater. “Every region has distinct requirements and hence there cannot be a blanket clause. It is important that the citizens also raise their objections and at the same time government considers them appropriately,” Sangle said.


  • Committee to stop NMC from razing religious structures Aug 13, 2018, 22:14 IST

    Nashik: The leaders of Hindu and Muslim religious organisation are going to meet chief minister on Tuesday to take up the issue of demolition of religious structures on open space.

    Over the last few days the Nashik Municipal Corporation has been issuing notices to the managements of several religious places in the city. The structures have been called ‘unauthorized’ and therefore the civic body is planning to demolish them.

    In this regard, a meeting was held between the religious leaders and elected representatives at mayor’s official residence on Monday. It was decided that they would seek legal help to stop the NMC from demolishing the religious structures.

    During the meeting, chaired by mayor Ranjana Bhansi, a committee ‘Sanskar Kendra Bachao Samiti’ was formed. MLA Devyani Pharande, MLA Seema Hiray and corporators besides representatives from hundreds of religious organisations were present in the meeting.

    Pharande said that they can also move the high court if need arises. “We have to come together to save the structures. If necessary, we can even go to the court together,” he said.

    The representatives of the religious organisations castigated the NMC for issuing notices “without any high court order or government resolution”. They also accused civic officials of misleading them.

    “The community halls were constructed by NMC for us and now we get a notices saying that the constructions are unauthorised. The NMC has not issued any public notice in this regard before pasting individual notices,” they said.

    Additional municipal commissioner Kishor Borde and deputy municipal commissioner RM Bahiram were summoned to the meeting for explanation.

    Bahiram said that a committee was formed and a survey was conducted as per the directions of the state government in 2016. “We surveyed 1,268 structures and published the list on the NMC’s website. Categories were made. There were 249 structures in A category – structures obstructing highways — and need to be demolished as per the high court order,” he said.

    Meenal Bhosale, lawyer and member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad said that there were three categories mentioned in the HC order of 2011-12 for demolition.

    “Category A is for those structures that obstruct the highway; B for those on the roadside; C covers the structure that could be relocated,” she said, adding, “When it comes to religious structures, the HC also said that a special committee should be formed to take the decision,” she said.

    “Let us form a committee under the name ‘Sanskar Kendra Bachao Samiti’ under the chairmanship of Vinod Thorat. All the organisations will have to register by filling a form and submitting it to committee. We can unanimously move high court and seek a stay on the civic body’s demolition drive,” Pharande said.

    However, corporator Gajanan Shelar said there was no need to go to the court, while responding to mayor’s resolution.

    As per the high court order, there are provisions to regularise the structures constructed before 2009, even if they are unauthorised.

    Bhansi said, “We have the list of the 70 religious structures constructed after 2009. Representatives of all these religious structures and even those who got the notices for religious structures erected before 2009 should submit the documents immediately.”

    The committee has asked all the organisations to submit necessary documents within two days. “In two days, submit the documents to the chairperson of the committee. On Tuesday, the MLAs and leader of the house Dinkar Patil will meet Fadnavis,” Bhansi said.

    However, there was no discussion about the fate of the general body resolution, passed by Bhansi, which says religious constructions on open spaces should be spared. The resolution was to be sent to the chief minister.

  • Nashik: No TDR for new land reservations Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Aug 14, 2018, 22:02 IST

    NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation has rejected seven proposals out of 30 for transfer of developmental rights(TDR) due to some irregularities.

    Hence, despite the state government announcing attractive TDR for those in possession of reserved lands in the city’s development plan, NMC has refused it for some of the proposals. In the past two years, seven proposals out of the 30 have been rejected.

    Since 1993, NMC could acquire only 30 percent of the lands reserved in the DP. Hence the new plan for TDR was suggested in the new DP according to which the owner whose land has been reserved will get 20 percent TDR in lieu of the land in one year, 15 percent if it is acquired in second year, 10 percent in the third year, and five percent in the fourth and fifth year.

    “In the DP, 30 lands have been reserved. All the owners applied for TDR. But seven were rejected by the municipal commissioner for irregularities and have directed to cancel the letters of intent,” said an NMC official.

    On the possibility of these owners knocking the doors of the court, the official said, “We are not ruling that out. But if there are some irregularities we cannot help it. There have been cases earlier were land was acquired and TDR was also asked,” he said.

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  • Cash-strapped Jalgaon civic body gets state government aid of Rs 100 crore The state government sanctioned Rs 100 crore for cash-strapped Jalgaon City Municipal Corporation (JCMC) recently.

    TNN | Aug 22, 2018, 12:10 IST

    NASHIK: The state government sanctioned Rs 100 crore for cash-strapped Jalgaon City Municipal Corporation (JCMC) recently.

    The municipal commissioner, Chandrakant Dange, confirmed to TOI over the phone that the state government has approved Rs 100 crore to the civic body last week.

    “The amount would be used for improving the infrastructure under the urban rejuvenation programme. We will use the amount to strengthen the road, water supply, drainage and sewage systems of the city,” the civic chief said.

    The local BJP camp is elated with the powers after the victory in the civic polls. BJP triumphed in the civic polls. The results were announced on August 3, in which the party won 57 of the 75 seats defeating the Shiv Sena-led local front.

    The state government’s funds for JCMC come at a time when the civic body is reeling under severe financial crisis.

    Its dues to various financial institutions are over Rs 400 crore. Implementation of different projects have been suffering following severe financial constrain.

    The previous regime of the civic body was unable to ensure proper financial support to JCMC either from the Centre or the state government.

    During the polls, the state water resources minister and in-charge of the civic polls, Girish Mahajan, had promised to the voters that there would be adequate flow of funds from the government for the proper development of the Jalgaon city, which is the home turf of Mahajan.

    The Jalgaon city MLA and the city BJP president, Suresh Bhole, said that henceforth there would be no dearth of funds from the government for the Jalgaon city’s development.

    “Our chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, had promised to provide financial assistance to JCMC for improving the basic infrastructure of the city. And he has kept his promise. I am confident that more funds will be made available for the civic body in future,” added Bhole.

    He, however, expressed concern about the present financial health of JCMC.

    “The issue of huge amount of loan that JCMC has to repay to the different financial institutions has to be resolved on a priority basis. For over a decade the previous regime has not done anything to make the civic body financial stable,” added the BJP MLA.

  • Potholes filled with sludge make riding scooters risky Santosh Sonawane

    As rains have continued through the day for the past few days, a large number of potholes have appeared on city roads. This makes it especially risky for those driving two-wheelers. There are parts of the Mumbai-Agra highway and the Nashik-Pune highway passing through the city as well as roads internal to the city that are now riddled with potholes.

    | TNN | Aug 23, 2018, 08:56 IST

    A pothole-riddled road at Ravivar Karanja in the old city area

    NASHIK: As rains have continued through the day for the past few days, a large number of potholes have appeared on city roads. This makes it especially risky for those driving two-wheelers. There are parts of the Mumbai-Agra highway and the Nashik-Pune highway passing through the city as well as roads internal to the city that are now riddled with potholes.

    Aditya Gaidhani, a youth from Nashik Road area, said as if the potholes were not bad enough, the edges of the roads were lined with sludge. Despite the potholes, one is then left with no alternative but to ride over them, Gaidhani said. He said there are stretches where the danger is now almost palpable - at Sinnar Phata, a patch of the highway has been left undone. This stretch is extremely tricky, he said.

    Meanwhile, police claimed that no road accidents have so far been reported on account of potholes. Senior police officials said they have been appealing to motorists to ride at a slower pace in the rains, as roads are also slippery when wet. Vehicles too are more likely to develop snags like brake failure.

    Residents of Deolali Camp complained about the deteriorating roads in their area and Bhagur. Many residents said apart from potholes on the main roads, driving vehicles had become difficult in the interiors.

    Vivek Kasar of Bhagur said huge sludge had developed in the interiors of Bhagur. He said at some places, even walking with a two-wheeler through the muddy road was difficult as the vehicle continues to skid on wet mud accumulated on the road. Many bikers forget the idea of riding their bikes through such a muddy area and prefer getting off and just pushing their vehicles to a clearer stretch of the road.

    Motorists said elderly citizens on two wheelers were especially hard-hit, as it is harder for them to just get off and push their scooters. Many women ride pillion with both legs on one side of the two-wheeler. When bikers accidentally ride through potholes, such women risk just falling off.

  • If you perform you will be there, if you do not, go home: civic chief to staffers

    Sumita Sarkar | Aug 26, 2018, 21:39 IST

    Loved by the masses and hated by most elected representatives, IAS officer Tukaram Mundhe has earned quite a reputation for himself within days of assuming charge as the municipal commissioner. His stern approach has brought about quite a few positive changes in the functioning of the civic administration. Sumita Sarkar speaks to the civic chief on how he plans to make the city liveable.


    Your stern approach and discipline has led to the streamlining of the civic administration but not without drawing flak. What do you have to say?

    There should be discipline in any organisation. The work should be transparent, time-bound and result-oriented so that all the stakeholders are satisfied and the city registers a growth. I have not mellowed down my approach. There will be no scope for politicians to pressurise officials. Now, only proposals in the budget will be sanctioned. I have clear message for the staff — if you perform you will be there, if you don't perform, go home. I have done service book updation which was not done until now. All the dues of the employee will be cleared on the day of his retirement. The roster is being finalised to ensure the eligible and senior officials get promoted.

    Don't you think you have hurt religious sentiments by not allowing Ganesh mandals on Bhalekar Ground?

    I have not hurt any sentiments. Since the work for the smart parking is underway, the place cannot be made available even for Ganesh Chaturthi. It is not a question of 10 days, the main concern is the condition of the grounds which is dug and uneven and heaped with stacks of material. Festivals are not supposed to be celebrated by breaking law and creating problems for the public at large.

    The mandals can organise the festival in the alternative places which falls in the guidelines. I am for promoting and fostering cultural activities in peaceful manner which will help promote peace and harmony by following due procedure of law.

    What more are you planning to improve the functioning of the NMC?

    Automation is the first thing in my mind to execute projects in a transparent and time-bound manner. There should be less intervention and least footfall in the office.

    All information should be available at the click of a mouse. I am going for process re-engineering.

    Since even Auto DCR had some issues, we rectified them. If anyone has a problem, let them point it out to me.

    Why are people still complaining about Auto DCR?

    If there was a problem, how did some 600-odd projects get approval?

    How do you plan to make the city more liveable?

    When you say liveability, it just does not mean IT but also civic services which are operational and affordable. Tenders for laying sewage lines and water supply lines have been done and more than 7,000 street lights are being installed. State-of-the-art gardens, retrofitting of the Golf Ground, new playgrounds are being constructed. We have cleared maximum black spots, completed the construction of 71 public toilets and more bus services are on the cards. However, the onus of maintaining the city also falls on the citizens. It is your city, it is your responsibility to keep the city clean and vibrant. If you want the city to be clean, don't litter. If you don’t want encroachment, I'm not asking you to demolish but don’t encroach.

  • NMC retendering seven proposals of sewage lines Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Aug 28, 2018, 22:34 IST

    Nashik: Nashik Municipal Corporation which had earlier invited bids for sewage lines in various places will be retendering seven of these. Sewerage lines to the tune of Rs 100 crore will be laid in the city.

    NMC has prepared a sewerage masterplan under which sewage management will be undertaken with the city divided into eight zones. Sewage lines of 1,594 km in length will be laid.

    “Of the eight zones, we finished work in Tapovan, Agartakli, Chehedi and Panchak. Work in two zones -- Gangapur and Pimpalgaon Khamb -- started in January. It is in the last phase. Work in Makhmalabad and Kamatwade zones will begin after 2026, and provision for it will be made in the development plan,” an NMC official said.

    The NMC budget of 2017-18 makes provision of Rs 50 crore for sewage works. In new colonies, tender of Rs 111.37 crore for 210-km pipeline is underway. He said that out of nine bids, two were accepted and seven are being re-tendered.

    “Besides, as per the recommendations of National Environment Engineering Research Institute, we are bringing down the biological oxygen demand of the sewage treatment plants from 30 mg/litre to 10 mg/litre. It is necessary to do the retrofitting of all STPs and also do the operation and maintenance. We will do it with the guidance of NEERI. We have Rs 43 crore sanctioned for it. For the remaining amount, we are sending a proposal for funds from national river rejuvenation scheme,” the officer said.

    He said the STP at Gangapur was near completion and land acquisition for STP at Pimpalgaon Khamb is underway. “With all these provisions, the city’s major problem of sewage will be solved,” the officer said.

  • Lack of underpasses, FOBs force people to risk their lives while crossing highway Abhilash Botekar | Aug 30, 2018, 21:42 IST

    Nashik: With inadequate underpasses and no foot overbridges (FOBs), crossing the Mumbai-Agra national highway is a nightmare for thousands of people living near it.

    On Wednesday, around 8pm, Sheetal Tambat, a woman in her 30s, and her three-and-half year old son Kunal were killed at Kamod Nagar area when a truck knocked them down while they were crossing the highway. Two of their relatives sustained injuries in the accident and are undergoing treatment at a hospital.

    Of the 19.3km section of the highway passing through the city, 7.9km is an elevated corridor. There are underpasses at Garware Point, Pathardi Phata, Rane Nagar and Depali Nagar.

    But, other points like Ambad post office, Hotel Seven Heaven, State Bank of India and Kamod Nagar do not have underpasses or foot overbridges and the pedestrians are exposed to the high-speed traffic when it comes to crossing the road.

    “An underpass was sanctioned about a year ago at that same spot where the mother-son duo was killed at Kamod Nagar. But nothing has happened so far,” said local residents.

    After Thursday’s accident, the residents have warned of an agitation when National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials and local MP Hemant Godse visited the spot on Thursday morning. The women of Kamod Nagar gheraoed Godse when he visited the spot.

    Godse has convened a meeting on Saturday with NHAI officials to find a solution to the problem.

    “This highway has divided the city into two parts which are interdependent. Since 2010, we have been fighting for the safety of the people living in the area and demanding a safe cross over for them, but none is listening to our demands,” said Prabha Dhole, a 65-year-old resident of Kamod Nagar.

    Both the sides of the highway are densely populated and people have to cross the road often to go to banks, markets, schools, etc.

    “I have to go to the bank for pension and every time I have to spend more than Rs 100 for autorickshaw. Does the government think that we are well to do people and could spend that much on rickshaw?” asked Keshav Thakre, a local resident.

    Deepali Palaskar, another local resident said, “If we take a car then we have to travel 3km to travel between the two spots – my home and the market place 150m away.”

    “Why couldn’t the government construct the whole 19.3km section as an elevated corridor in the first place? It has been the biggest engineering design flaw which has cost more than 20 lives so far,” said Rajani Khandare, another resident.

    The highway police officials admitted that there was need for foot overbridges and underpasses in the vulnerable stretches so that citizens won’t have to risk their lives while crossing the road.

    “There is constant movement of vehicles since this highway is one of the busiest ones in the country. The NHAI should at once take a note of the problems and address them,” the police officials said.