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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  • DCB starts new waste collection system with GPS Abhilash Botekar | Oct 4, 2018, 21:58 IST

    Nashik: The Deolali Cantonment Board (DCB) on Thursday started the new door-to-door waste collection system with a dozen of GPS-enabled garbage collection vans.

    With the introduction of these vans, the DCB wants to improve its garbage collection mechanism and waste management system. “We have taken another step for ensuring a clean Deolali by launching a proper garbage collection system,” president of the DCB Brig. P Ramesh said.

    The vans fitted with the GPS were launched into service on Thursday and a control room has also been established to keep a close watch on the vehicles, if they were moving along the given route and if they were moving as per the destined locations.

    Ramesh added that now it was the responsibility of the citizens to ensure that waste was segregated at the source which would further help in better treatment of garabge.

    “The 25,000 pairs of garbage bins would be given to the DCB residents in next couple of days and then the onus of keeping the town clean and helping the administration in treatment of garbage would rest on the citizens,” DCB vice president Meena Karanjkar said.

    The chief executive officer of DCB Ajay Kumar said that the board would take all measures to keep the cantonment area clean.

    A DCB official said that the board has entered into contract for the waste collection with a private firm and the company would be responsible for the timely picking up of the waste and treating the same.

    The system also has room for the registration of complaints by the residents about the services of the garbage collection vans. Investigations backed by the GPS locator data would decide the fate of the complaint.

    “In the event of failure of a vehicle reaching the destination or not fulfilling the terms and conditions, the contractor will also be pulled up by the DCB,” the board official said.

    Prior to this the DCB had only four vans and there were lot of problems and issues in collection of garbage from households and commercial establishments.

  • Divisional officers yet to submit property tax report Oct 4, 2018, 21:58 IST

    Nashik: The deputy municipal commissioner (property tax) had asked all the six divisional officers to scrutinise the documents on property tax defaulters and give a report but even after the stipulated time-period of three days, they are yet to submit the report.

    Around 1.25 lakh property owners were sent warrant notices last week. But, many of them complained of not getting the tax bills or getting the bills along with warrant notices.

    Even before issuing the warrant notices, the divisional officers were instructed to do a thorough study on tax defaulters and submit a report in three days, but they are yet to do the needful.

    Admitting that there has been some mistakes in issuing the warrant notices and bills, an NMC official said all the lacunae will be eliminated.

    “Many property owners did complain to us. First, bills have to be sent and then, on failure to make the payment, notices are sent to the defaulters. There have been some lacunae which we are checking,” he said.

    He added that a fresh list of property owners who paid the bill and those who did not pay was being prepared. The list will be submitted to the NMC’s head office, along with the report, after which a decision will be taken.

    Meanwhile, deputy municipal commissioner (property tax) Mahesh Doiphode said, “We had given three days’ time to the divisional officers for studying the property tax bills and defaulters. We are yet to receive the report. We are expecting it in a day or two.”

    Reminders have been sent to the divisional officers to submit the report.

    “We have to scrutinise many documents to find out what went wrong in the process. There are chances that some defaulters are not telling the truth to evade action. If the bills are despatched from our end, we have to check if it reached the property owner and if it did not then what went wrong. We should be able to find out all these in couple of days,” said an NMC official.

  • Govt to offer special aid for de-silting programme Abhilash Botekar | Oct 5, 2018, 21:51 IST

    Nashik: The government will offer all help in the water conservation programme that involves desilting of water bodies across Nashik district under the Jalyukta Shivar, said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday.

    “The programme, chalked out by district collector Radhakrishnan B, is expected to increase the drinking and irrigation water potential of many areas,” he added.

    The district administration has achieved desilting of 35 lakh cubic meter from water bodies across the district in the year 2017-18 to rank second in the state. The administration has drawn up plans to desilt 70 lakh cubic meter from other water bodies across the district.

    Speaking to reporters after a review meeting on developmental issues of Nashik district, the CM expressed satisfaction over the contribution in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (rural) and promised more houses.

    “A total of 23,000 houses have been constructed out of the targeted 70,000 as per the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC)-2011 data in Nashik. We are planning to allot quota and funds for 30,000 more houses for Nashik to ensure that all the people under the SECC get homes by the year-end,” said Fadnavis.

    The CM said he had noted that 50 out of 92 circles (groups of revenue villages) have received less than 50% rain, which is a worrying situation. “There are several criteria and studies that have to be carried out. We have asked the administration to carry out a detailed study of the same and present the report by October 31, based on which the water situation will be assessed.”

    Fadnavis, however, expressed concern over the implementation of projects, like farm ponds — the flagship programme of the state government. The works on 111 farm ponds have been incomplete, 47 of which are in Chandwad taluka alone.

    The other issues that came up for discussions were the drinking water supply scheme, and Samruddhi highway. The CM directed the officials to ensure that the projects are completed in time.


  • CM has promised Rs 600-crore aid for city, says civic chief Sumita Sarkar | Oct 6, 2018, 22:19 IST

    The civic chief said that he submitted a proposal on cleaning of the Godaviri to state government

    Nashik: Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundha on Saturday said that the state government will extend Rs 600 crore to the city for upgrading sewage treatment plants, establishing two gardens, cleaning the Godavari and for smart city projects.

    “Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis made the promise on releasing the above-mentioned amount during a review meeting of various departments in the city on Friday,” Mundhe told TOI.

    The municipal commissioner said he submitted a proposal on cleaning of the Godavari under the National River Cleaning Project to the state government, which will in turn submit it to the central government.

    Retrofitting of existing STPs is of utmost importance and funds are needed for that, said the civic chief. “We got fund for new STPs at Gangapur and Pimpalgaon Khamb. We will need more than Rs 200 crore for retrofitting of our four STPs, plus funds for network. A total of Rs 416 crore is needed. From the budget, 210km network will be completed. All these will keep the river clean.”

    Mundhe said that Project Goda, under the smart city scheme, would take care of river pollution, beautification and removal of concrete, de-silting, dredging etc. “I have submitted the final draft for Godavari to be included in the National River Cleaning Project to the state government. It will be submitting the draft to the central government. If they approve it, then like Ganga cleaning, Godavari will also be cleaned under this scheme and Rs 416 crore can be gotten. The CM is also trying for foreign funding from a French government company for river cleaning and rejuvenation,” he Mundhe.

    A couple of more gardens like Amrut gardens and two playgrounds were approved during the CM’s review meeting, taking the funds from the government to about Rs 700 crore, said the civic chief.

    “Availability of water is not the problem, managing it is. Our water reservation is 450 mld per day. We lift 430 mld water from Gangapur and Chehedi. Out of this 430 mld, only 350 mld reaches the residents. We incur 43% losses for non-revenue water and 18% actual losses,” he said.

  • Corporators decry NMC’s ‘bias’ towards city’s development Sumita Sarkar | Oct 13, 2018, 21:56 IST

    Nashik: A section of corporators have accused the civic administration being biased towards developing parts of the city.

    They claimed that areas like Gangapur Road and College Road are being developed and the old city areas are neglected. The miffed corporators have petitioned the standing committee chairperson to ensure that projects demanded by them are approved.

    They said that the ‘bias’ was causing disparity in balanced development of the city.

    “We have been demanding a jogging track in my ward in Panchavati area, but it has not yet been approved. Even cycle sharing facility has been started in the plush areas of the city. The residents of my ward also belong to this city and they also pay taxes,” said corporator Uddhav Nimse. “Why such projects are being done only in College Road, Gangapur Road etc? Why not in Panchavati? We need overall development for the city,” he said.

    He added that there were maximum open spaces in ward no. 2, but no compound wall was constructed till date.

    “People across the country visit Panchavati for religious activities. But this kind of development shows imbalance and disparity,” Nimse said.

    Corporator Shantabai Shelke seconded his opinion saying that there was no facility for jogging track owing to which children roamed around beside gutters.

    “Does Nashik Road not focus in the three-pronged development of the city?” asked corporator Santosh Salve.

    He said that Nashik Road was much neglected and no development was being done there.

    The issue came up for discussion during the standing committee meeting on Friday when a proposal for chain link fencing and other works in a jogging track in Ambad was being discussed.

  • Four contractors to clean 9-km stretch of Godavari Tushar Pawar

    Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to outsource the cleaning of River Godavari by roping in private parties. Four different contractors will be engaged to clean the river between Anandvalli weir and Dasak-Panchak, a stretch of nine km.

    | TNN | Oct 16, 2018, 11:30 IST

    NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to outsource the cleaning of River Godavari by roping in private parties. Four different contractors will be engaged to clean the river between Anandvalli weir and Dasak-Panchak, a stretch of nine km.

    This stretch of the river has been divided into four parts -- Anandvalli weir to Chopda bridge, Chopda bridge to Holkar bridge, Holkar bridge to Kapila-Godavari Sangam and fourth, Kapila Sangam to Dasak-Panchak. Each of these four parts will be handled by one contractor.

    NMC officials said the contractor will have to remove plastic, paper, garbage and waste from the river. “The contractors will be appointed initially for one year. We have already invited bids,” an official said, adding that the work on the project would begin next month.

    NMC has been extremely concerned about pollution in the Godavari and its tributaries that fall under its jurisdiction.

    City-based environmentalists have been raising the issue at regular intervals, claiming that NMC has not been doing enough to prevent river pollution. The Bombay High Court too has pulled NMC up in the past over Godavari pollution. The rampant spread of water hyacinth is one of many issues that plague the river on this stretch, besides pollution from plastic and other waste.

    “Contractors will have to engage labourers on a daily basis to clean the river. Apart from manpower, they have to deploy boats to remove water hyacinth and waste,” an NMC official said.

    In the past too, private contractors have been involved in cleaning the river.

  • Activists allege poisoning of trees near archaeology department

    Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Oct 14, 2018, 12:30 IST

    The activists have demanded immediate action to save the trees

    NASHIK: The activists have sought authority’s help in saving the three ancient trees near archaeology department at Sarkarwada, which were found to be poisoned with chemicals.

    The activists have demanded immediate action to save the trees, saying that poisoning of the trees was akin to illegal hacking. The complaint was registered via NMC’s e-connect app on Friday.

    Earlier, the vendors who sit by the steps of Sarkarwada had asked the authorities to cut those trees as they were very old and had an open DP box near one of them. Former assistant director of archaeology department had also suggested removal of these trees. Local corporators had raised the issue in NMC meetings.

    “Poisoning of three trees has been done with the intention to remove them. The trees are very old and this area hardly has any tree. We have complained to the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) about the poisoning along with photos on its app,” said social activist Jagbir Singh.

    Officials of the archaeology department said that they would not poison the trees if they wanted it cut. “We will follow the right procedure if the trees are dangerous. After office hours it is not possible for us to keep a watch on people,” said an officer from the department.

    NMC officials confirmed receipt of the complaint on the app and said they would inspect the place soon.

    “We will see what can be done to save the trees and will investigate into the matter. We will also have to check if the trees have actually been poisoned. We can also file a complaint against unknown persons, but as per our experience it does not help in tracing the offender. We can inquire to get some clue about it,” said an NMC official.

  • Nashik civic body records 40% increase in property tax collection in H1 2018
    NMC’s property tax collection stood at Rs 78.39 crore in the first half of the current fiscal as against collection of Rs 55.42 crore during the corresponding period in 2017-18.Tushar Pawar | October 16, 2018, 15:00 IST

    NASHIK: Property tax collection of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has increased 40% in the first six months of the current fiscal, as compared to the corresponding period in the last financial year. NMC officials said increase in property tax structures led to rise in the collection of NMC.

    NMC’s property tax collection stood at Rs 78.39 crore in the first half of the current fiscal as against collection of Rs 55.42 crore during the corresponding period in 2017-18. NMC administration hiked property tax rates in the range of 37% to 40% and started implementing it from the current fiscal year.

    The property tax department distributed the property tax bills to taxpayers by May end. The rise of 40% in property tax collection is because of this, sources said.
    “Our major focus is on property tax collection. We have already started taking action against defaulters, who did not pay the tax in the last fiscal. We will take action against defaulters this year too,” an official said.

    NMC’s property tax collection for the first time had touched Rs 90 crore during the last fiscal 2017-18, after action was taken against defaulters. In 2016-17, NMC had collected revenue of Rs 85.75 crore through property taxes, against revenue of Rs 82.99 crore during 2015-16.

    NMC has set property tax collection target of Rs 253 crore for the current financial year 2018-19. The civic administration is optimistic that the target will be achieved.

    Earlier, NMC would give incentives from 2% to 5% to property taxpayers if they paid taxes by the first quarter, by June 30. Earlier, prompt taxpayers would get 5% concession if they paid property tax in April, 3% if they paid in May and 2% if they paid in June. The civic administration cancelled that incentive on the ground that it was the duty of taxpayers to pay up, there was no need for an incentive.

    NMC administration has hiked property tax rates in the range from 37% to 40% and has started implementing from the current fiscal year. The property tax department had also distributed the property tax bills to tax payers by May end. The rise of 40% in property tax collection is because of this, said sources from NMC. “Our major focus is on property tax collection. We have already started action against the defaulters, who defaulted property tax payment during last fiscal. We will take action against the defaulters this year too,” said an official.

  • Erratic rain pulls down water table in district Abhilash Botekar
    Poor monsoon has led to drastic drop in groundwater level in as many as 12 talukas in Nashik district as compared to average levels of the last five years.
    | TNN | Oct 18, 2018, 09:17 IST

    Erratic rainfall coupled with excessive drawing of water are to be blamed for the depleting groundwater levels

    NASHIK: Poor monsoon has led to drastic drop in groundwater level in as many as 12 talukas in Nashik district as compared to average levels of the last five years.
    The groundwater survey and development agency (GSDA) recently completed its survey that shows depletion of up to two metres in these talukas. Interestingly, the water table has gone up on in three talukas.

    The survey was conducted between June and September and its findings were submitted to the Nashik district administration recently. The exercise was undertaken in all 1,947 villages of the district through the 185 observation wells. The agency has warned of water scarcity in least 559 villages.

    "The water levels have dropped up to two metres in 12 talukas. There are some villages that have seen a sharp fall and they have been included in the 'scarcity zone'," said resident deputy collector Ramdas Khedkar.

    Erratic rainfall coupled with excessive drawing of water are to be blamed for the depleting groundwater levels. However, the silver lining is that the groundwater levels have not plunged beyond 2 metres.

    "Sinnar, Nandgaon and Malegaon have witnessed more than 50% rainfall deficit, but because of water conservation efforts, the water table has not registered a sharp fall," the official said.

    The water conservation measures have also paid dividends in Peth, Surgana and Dindori talukas, which have registered a rise in groundwater level by up to one metre. "While Dindori received good rains, Surgana had up to 10% deficit and Peth had 20% shortfall. Yet all have noted rise in groundwater levels," the officer said.

    Along with the GSDA report, several other factors are taken into consideration while deciding about scarcity and drought in a particular area.

    As of now, 559 villages are likely to be hit by water scarcity. During October to December, 81 villages across several talukas could witness scarcity-like situation, while 171 villages are likely to be in the grip of scarcity in second quarter starting January. About 307 more villages were likely to be added to the list in the third quarter from April.

  • ‘Issues will be addressed but citizens should cooperate’ Sumita Sarkar | Oct 20, 2018, 22:27 IST

    Nashik: Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Saturday said that the civic body has some expectations from citizens.

    He was interacting with residents during the weekly ‘walk with commissioner’ event. When the citizens spoke about grievances relating to water supply, drainage, cleanliness and other issues, Mundhe said, “Even the municipal corporation has expectations from citizens just like they expect things from it. People should take up the responsibility of making the city a better place to live.”

    During the event, people complained that there was no cleanliness in their area; broken branches and twigs were not lifted; drainage chambers are cleaned, but the filth is not lifted. They demanded that old drainage pipelines in Audumbar Nagar should be replaced, branches of trees near Ganpati temple behind New Era School should be trimmed, a solution should be found for the garbage and storm water that accumulates in the residential areas and open plots where garbage is dumped should be cleaned.

    While answering to their queries Mundhe said, “NMC resolves issues raised by citizens, but it is also the responsibility of each resident to prevent the mistakes citizens commit. Garbage should be disposed of in vans. The issue of garbage will be resolved to a large extent if it is segregated at source, everyone should practice recycle and reuse.”

    The municipal commissioner appealed to people to avoid using plastic; stop dumping waste on the roadsides; not to park vehicles on roads.

    “The citizens should follow rules and encourage others to follow as well,” said Mundhe. “If this event receives your support then definitely the city will develop.”

    The civic chief also appealed to people to register their complaints at NMC e-Connect App or meet him betweem 4 pm and 5 pm at the NMC’s headquarters.

  • Gardens generating their own compost Sumita Sarkar
    The civic body has starting preparing compost in all of its 490 gardens in a natural way through bacterial culture at a cost of only Rs 20, that is the first and last payment for bacteria to be used for the purpose.

    | TNN | Updated: Oct 25, 2018, 15:09 IST

    NMC has procured the bacterial culture from Natural Centre for Organic Farming, Ghaziabad

    NASHIK: The civic body has starting preparing compost in all of its 490 gardens in a natural way through bacterial culture at a cost of only Rs 20, that is the first and last payment for bacteria to be used for the purpose.

    The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) got the bacterial culture from Natural Centre for Organic Farming (NCOF), Ghaziabad, an apex organisation for research for the central government.

    “By using natural resources and with the help of nature, we have started the procedure of making compost. We collect fallen dry leaves, twigs etc from the gardens and the garbage van picks the same up once in 10 or 15 days,” said a civic official said.

    The leaves are not a waste as carbon source is maximum in dry leaves which is not so in other types of compost, he said. “For years, we have not used compost for trees in the NMC gardens. The NCOF collected useful bacteria and patented a product.”

    The official said that the ecosystem starts with bacteria and ends with bacteria. Beneficial bacteria like azotobacter, rhizobacter and phosphorus solubilising rhizobium bacteria (PSB), through enzymatic action, prepare compost in the form that is required for trees,” said the official.

    This bacterial product has been patented by NCOF and a bottle of 40 gm costs Rs 20. The NMC bought one bottle from the institute and started making the compost. “With this one bottle, we will be making compost for all the 490 NMC gardens. It is an endless process wherein we mix 200 litres of water and 5 kg jaggery with a bottle of culture and then use 5 litres from this 200 litres for making more compost and so on.”

    The culture requires seven days to develop. Pits have been dug up in 70-80 gardens. Leaves, twigs etc will be filled in these pits and the culture will be sprayed over this. This compost will be used for the gardens first and the remaining can be sold.

    The official said the bacterial product has 15-20 types of fungus that kills fungus coming from the earth and infecting trees, thus protecting the trees.

  • Vigil up for water release, mayor seeks more for city Oct 25, 2018, 22:10 IST

    Nashik: The district administration has called for heightened security as the protests agaisnt water release from Palkhed, Gangapur and Darna dams in Nashik district to Jayakwadi dam in Aurangabad district grow.

    The district administration has asked the superintendent of police to ensure strict bandobast along Kadwa River, which will carry 590 million cubic feet (mcft) of water from Palkhed dam to Nandurmadhmeshwar. Also along Godavari river, which will carry 590 mcft of water from Gangapur dam and 2,020 mcft of water from Darna dam.

    The water resources department has already started the flowing water from Bham, Bhavli and Waki dams to Darna, from where, it will be further released. Similarly, water from Bhandardara dam in Ahmednagar is being released in Nilwande dam, from where, it will flow into Jayakwadi dam.

    The police deployment is planned to ensure that people do not create any trouble during the discharge. The Shiv Sena, MNS and Congress have objected to the water release to Jayakwadi and Thane.

    The Bombay high court on Thursday declined to hear the public interest litigation regarding water release for Jayakwadi dam filed by BJP functionary Gopal Patil on an urgent basis. “We presented our case today also, seeking immediate relief and directing the MWRRA (Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority ) to revise the water usage, water demands and water allocation to all bodies and institutions upstream of Jayakwadi. The court has declined to hear it on urgent basis and scheduled it after Diwali vacation,” petitioner’s lawyer Pravartak Pathak said.

    In the meantime, Nashik mayor Ranjana Bhansi has made it clear that there should not be any curtailment on the water reservation for the city. Bhansi had called a meeting on Thursday, which was attended by standing committee chairman Himgauri Aher-Adke, city BJP MLA Balasaheb Sanap and civic officials.

    A special general body meeting will be held on October 26 to seek more water from Gangapur dam for the city. Nashik Municipal Corporation has submitted a demand of 4,500 mcft water for the city and the elected members want additional 500-600 mcft water from Gangapur dam.

    Ironically, the general body will be discussing the water reservation issue on the day that water will be released from Gangapur dam for Jayakwadi.

    This special general body meeting was scheduled to be held for appointing the tree committee members. As per the orders of the high court, the members should be qualified with BSc degree. At present, only two members have this qualification.

    “We have adjourned this topic at present. The administration had floated an advertisement for non-government members and only two qualified. Few days back, they again put up an advertisement. They should place it before the general body,” said the mayor.

    Meanwhile, the members of NMC’s education board will be appointed on Friday – five from BJP, three from Shiv Sena and one from Congress-NCP united.


  • Streams to be dug up along super highway Abhilash Botekar | Oct 27, 2018, 22:10 IST

    A woman carries water to her house from a well along the Ghati-Sinnar highway, which is a part of the Samruddhi expressway

    Nashik: The idea put forth by MLA Rajabhau Waze to convert the excavated sites along the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (Samruddhi) into water conservation sites has been picked up by the Maharashtra Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).

    During a recently held meeting, the MSRDC decided to widen and deepen the streams of water along the road, convert the excavation sites used for sourcing soil and gravel for construction of road into farm ponds that will help the dry areas to store water and help in percolation of the same.

    In the month of November 2017, Waze had raised the issue of taking up measures for Jalyukta Shivar along the 701-km long highway by giving treatment to areas from where soil would be excavated and treating water bodies at a distance of a maximum 1-km parallel to the road.

    The MSRDC officials, who met under the chairmanship of principal secretary public works department Manoj Saunik at Nagpur, have finally decided to develop the areas along the highway that would also contribute towards local development.

    Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan is all about deepening and widening of water bodies along the highway such that they arrest the running water and help in percolation to recharge the ground water levels.

    The MSRDC has decided to properly convert the areas into farm ponds from where the murum and soil will be excavated for construction of road. If the land was being hired from the farmers, the MSRDC would treat it appropriately and hand it back to the farmer, apart from the suitable amount that will be paid to them.

    “Similarly, all nullahs and rivulets crossing Samruddhi Highway will also be properly channelized and treated with the help of engineers of concerned departments,” the MSRDC has said.


  • MIDC seeks 468 mcft water from reservoirs Tushar Pawar

    The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), which supplies water to the industrial estates in Sinnar, Satpur and Ambad, has decided to take a call on water cut after the water quota is finalised by the water resource department (WRD).

    | TNN | Oct 30, 2018, 10:45 IST

    NASHIK: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), which supplies water to the industrial estates in Sinnar, Satpur and Ambad, has decided to take a call on water cut after the water quota is finalised by the water resource department (WRD).

    In a meeting with the district administration, the MIDC has demanded 204 million cubic feet (mcft) water for Sinnar and 264 mcft for Satpur and Ambad industrial estates.

    “The district administration is yet to take a call. This is expected shortly. We will take a decision on water cut once our quota is fixed,” an MIDC official said.

    “Considering the water scarcity during summer, particularly from March to May, we will have put curbs right from the beginning. That will help us cater to industries till the beginning of the next monsoon,” he said.

    Satpur and Ambad industrial estates require total 21 million litres per day (MLD), while Sinnar MIDC requires 16 MLD.

    During March-May 2016, the MIDC had to impose 90% water cut in Sinnar industrial estate due to non-availability of water in Darna dam. It had stopped supply through tap and had asked industries to get water through tankers. The water cut had resulted in production losses of Rs 300 crore during the three months.


  • Now, landlords can provide tenant info via mobile app Santosh Sonawane | Nov 5, 2018, 22:23 IST

    Nashik: The city police on Monday launched a mobile application to facilitate house owners to provide information about tenants.

    With the new application, ‘Tenant Verification System’, the landlords will not have to go to the police station for providing the information. It will also save workload and manpower of police, facilitate tenant verification fast and with ease and also have the data in digitized form and accessible. The application is available on Google Playstore.

    Commissioner of police Ravinder Kumar Singal said, “We hope more people will now come forward to provide tenant information. Earlier, either the police were going to the landlords or the landlords were coming to the police station. Yet the tenant information was not on expected lines. We believe the mobile application will get a good response as citizens can provide the information from their homes.”

    “Some tenants are of criminal background. Thus it is necessary that police know about them. With the new system, the information of the tenant can be verified by police. If the tenant has a criminal background, action can be taken against him,” he added.

    Kovid Sawla, director of Adivid Technologies Pvt Ltd, which has developed the application, said property owners and agents can directly fill all the details of tenants, owner and property, along with agent detail, if applicable, online. The applicant will receive a token number using which he/she can check the status of the application which will be updated by police.”

    A large number of people rent out their properties without giving information about the tenants to police. Senior police officials said they have been appealing to people to provide the information. Police have also booked a few landlords for not providing tenant information.