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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    PWD invites bids for roads damaged beyond repair

    Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Feb 15, 2018, 12:40 IST


    NASHIK: The public works department (PWD) has floated tenders for construction of roads that have been damaged beyond repair, said superintendent of NashikPWD Ranjeet Hande on Wednesday.


    The government has given Rs 18.83 crore for reconstructing 62.60km roads that were completely damaged. The total work will cost Rs 21.83 crore.

    The state PWD has carried out an exercise to ensure that the roads were pothole-free by the end of December 31. At the end of the exercise, around 170km roads were beyond repair.

    “It was not possible to carry out repairs of these sections of roads. Therefore, we had sought funds from the government. We received Rs 18.83 crore and hence tender for 54.2km roads has been floated. The tender will be opened by February-end,” a PWD official said.

    The PWD will take up construction of 19.8km of road between Vani and Dhodambe (at Rs 5.33 crore), 24km of road connecting Patne (near Malegaon on Mumba-Agra national highway) and Lohoner in Deola (at Rs 5 crore), and 10.40 km of Niphad-Karsul road (at Rs 8.50 crore).







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    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

      Standing committee to meet civic chief over pending works

      Tushar Pawar| TNN | Feb 15, 2018, 12:46 IST
      NASHIK: The NMC’s standing committee has decided to meet new municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe over various basic civic works which are pending for a few months.

      During a meeting on Wednesday, standing committee members had alleged that the administration has not issued the work orders even after finalisation of tenders.

      Standing committee chairman Shivaji Gangurde said various basic civic projects like roads, lights and water, which are needed to be implemented at the earliest, are yet to be implemented.

      “We will meet the municipal commissioner on the issue and urge him to push the pending works,” he said.

      Committee member Prravin Tidme alleged that the administration was pushing select works in some ‘prabhags’. “There are many works which are pending for many months. The tenders process for most of the works has been completed, but the works are pending,” said Tidme.

      Echoing similar views, member Suryakant Lavate alleged that the administration was showing partiality to some corporators when it came to issuing work orders.

      Lavate said the administration has stopped works for installation of LED bulbs from corporators’ fund following the government circular that the bulbs will be installed by the government-appointed agency Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.

      But, according to the circular, new works after January 12, 2018 will be carried out by the agency. Hence, the administration should not stall the process for installation of LED bulbs in various prabhags, which were approved by the civic body, he said.

      New playgrounds: During the meeting, the panel also gave approval to civic works worth Rs 3.5 crore, including development of three playgrounds on open spaces in Nashik East division.

      One playground would be developed at Agartakali in prabahg no. 37 by a private agency at a cost of Rs 1.23 crore. Two playgrounds would be developed in prabhag no. 40 at a cost of Rs 1.06 crore and Rs 48.82 lakh.







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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        District loses green cover, 21 sq km gone in two years

        Tushar Pawar| TNN | Feb 15, 2018, 12:54 IST

        NASHIK: Illegal tree felling in open forest area seems to have brought down the green cover of the district in the past two years.

        Latest findings in the state of forest report show that the forest cover of Nashik has shrunk from 1,089 square km in 2015 to 1,068 sq km in 2017. The report is prepared by the Dehradun-based Forest Survey of India (FSI), an arm of the Union ministry of forest and environment.

        The FSI conducts survey of the forest cover across the country biennially to access the country’s forest resources. The forest cover assessment is a wall-to-wall mapping exercise based on remote sensing supported by intensive ground verification and field data from National Forest Inventory.

        The survey found that the green cover of moderate forest area of Nashik district has decreased by one km. The green cover in the open forest area — the land with tree cover of canopy density between 10% and 40% — has gone down by 20 km.

        Chief conservator of forest, Nashik, S Ramrao, said, “I am yet to see the survey report. But the findings are baffling since there has been no major deforestation or tree cutting in past two years in Nashik.”

        He said that reduction of forest cover happens when the trees are cut or forest land is allotted for government projects. But none of these have happened in Nashik district in the last couple of years.

        Environmentalists backed the findings, claiming that illegal felling, large-scale encroachment of forest land, utilisation of forest land by tribals for cultivation were leading to constant depletion of the green cover in the district.

        “One of the major reasons for the reduction of the forest cover is illegal felling of trees in forest areas. The forest department needs to keep an eye on illegal felling of trees in tribal areas such as Peth and Surgana,” said city environmentalist Rajat Pandit.

        According to him, there have been some cases in the recent past when leopards have intruded in Nashik city areas. “Such incidents are happening since the forest cover is reducing and the big cats are forced to enter the city in search of food,” he said.

        Echoing similar views, environmentalist Devang Jani said encroachment in forest land is steadily increasing in the district. “Moreover, forest land is being used for government projects, which too can lead to reduction of forest area,” he said.

        Some green activists gave the example of the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway project, for which, 57 hectares of forest land in Nashik district would be acquired.

        “The state government’s policy of planting 10 crore trees is not yielding results. The trees are not maintained properly or protected after plantation. The reduction in forest cover is the government’s failure to save and increase the green cover,” said Jani.










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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Minister expresses concern over sewage and waste management

          Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Feb 16, 2018, 00:07 IST
          Nashik: Minister of state for urban development Ranjit Patil on Thursday expressed concern about the sewage and waste management in the city and said that unless these issues were resolved Nashik cannot be a smart city.

          Patil took a review of all the state projects here and their funding. He told media persons after a meeting with municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, civic officials and the smart city team that all the pending projects like roads, LED lighting, health, schools, sewage treatment plants, smart city projects, sewage and garbage will be sped up.

          “In case of the STPs, unless the sewage and waste management are not planned, then the city cannot be a smart city. Even the Prime Minister has given instructions regarding these issues,” said Patil giving a strong message to get rid of the lacunae in these cases.

          The minister who also took a review of the staff shortage and vacant posts said, “The chief minister will be taking a decision on the staffing pattern in a few days. That is why I came here to take a review.” He promised that the long-pending issue of staffing pattern would be resolved in a week.

          About the approved posts, he said those were expected to be filled but even if there was a delay in appointments the work has to be done by the existing staff and it should be done properly.

          “I will convey to the government whatever is pending or is delayed and will do whatever is to be done. The municipal commissioner also can fill the posts that are vacant,” Patil said.

          The NMC currently has 7,090 posts. According to the staffing pattern, a proposal for 7,656 new posts has been sent to the state government. The proposal was prepared on the basis of the approved posts in groups A and D and also new posts.

          Patil also said that the hawkers’ zones would be operational in the city soon. Every part of the city would have no hawking zones and hawking zones. The minister also took a review of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and said that all these projects would be pushed ahead.

          About parking-related issues, Patil said suggestions could be given on the issue and he would look into the matter.






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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            NMC mulls clearing river of concrete

            Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Feb 20, 2018, 00:01 IST


            Nashik: The civic administration is contemplating removal of concrete from the Godavari, for which a committee will draw up an action plan, said municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Monday.

            “A lot of things are going on with respect to the river and some are in the pipeline. Encroachments are being removed with in a big way. I am assuring that everything will be done for the benefit of the river. Godavari is after all Nashik’s identity, its lifeline,” said the new civic chief.

            After his first visit to the river banks, Mundhe had issued instructions to remove all the encroachments, including the old vegetable market, following which the anti-encroachment department swung into action.

            About the high court’s directions based on the recommendations to remove encroachments on the blue line of the river, he said he would see the orders and that the water resources department would decide on that.

            “There is lot of concrete in the river. On the basis of the recommendations by the Central Research Institute and NEERI, many positive steps with respect to the Godavari will be taken,” said Mundhe.

            A civic official said that after Mundhe’s instructions, encroachments were being removed every day, including the vegetable market. “The NMC established a vegetable market for vendors who sit on the river banks. They have been refusing to shift to the nearby marketplace saying that people will not go there. However, once people come to know that the market has been shifted, they will go to there. We will be shifting the vendors. For the past couple of days, we have been evicting them from the river banks,” said the officer.

            Environmentalists, experts and the civic administration have been debating the issue of concrete for a long, even as petitions have been filed in the high court and National Green Tribunal pleading for its removal.

            Petitioners and environmentalists are also insisting on restoration of natural drainage pattern of Godavari in Trimbakeshwar and Nashik, rejuvenation of natural streams and ponds that are covered with concrete so that the floodwater will be able to flow naturally without obstacles as this slab is in the blue line.







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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Jobs boost: Nashik region pulls Rs 4,325-cr investments

              Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: Feb 20, 2018, 23:32 IST
              Mumbai: The state government has signed 580 MoUs with various parties for investments to the tune of Rs 4,325 crore for Nashik region during three-day global investors’ summit ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ in Mumbai.

              The region consist of five districts — Nashik, Ahmednagar, Dhule, Nandurbar and Jalgaon. Once these units start functioning, they will generate 18,331 jobs.

              Nandurbar has got a large project involving investment of Rs 700 crore by Genus Paper and Board Ltd, which will be setting up a manufacturing plant there.

              “Of the 580 MoUs, the maximum projects are in the SME sector,” sources in the state industrial department told TOI on Tuesday.

              A total of 144 MoUs were signed for Nashik district for investments worth Rs 1,986.39 crore, which will generate 8,689 jobs. The Food Processing Park, adjacent to Vinchur Wine Park, has attracted maximum investment of Rs 950 crore with 15 food processing projects to be set up over there.

              Dhule district attracted 83 MoUs for Rs 399 crore investments. Almost all the projects are in the SME category. This new investment will create 2,993 jobs.

              Nandurbar district has attracted 26 units at a total investment of Rs 729.77 crore, including the Rs 700-crore project of Genus Paper and Board Ltd. A total 162 SMEs have signed MoUs for total investment of Rs 334.31 crore for Jalgaon district, which will generate 2,662 jobs. However, there is a feeling among a section of the industrial fraternity that Nashik region got very less investment proposals as compared to the total investment the state government attracted through MoUs, which is Rs 12.10 lakh crore. Marathwada and Vidarbha have attracted maximum investment.

              During the valedictory function of ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ on Tuesday, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis made it clear that his major focus was to fetch investments for industrially backward areas like Marathwada and Vidarbha.

              “The investment of Rs 700 crore in Nandurbar is a part of the government plan to give projects to backward areas,” Fadnavis added.

              An industrialist said that during the ‘Make in India Week’ held in February 2016, the state government had attracted MoUs worth Rs 8 lakh crore. Nashik region got only 0.25% investment while the maximum went to Vidarbha and Marathwada. “Sadly, the government has disappointed us this time too.”







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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                Green carpet covers Godavari

                Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Feb 24, 2018, 23:22 IST
                Nashik: A green carpet of moss-like growth has taken over the Godavari riverunder the Ahilyabai Holkar Bridge and extends till Anandwalli.

                The efforts to clean the river seem to be restricted to the downstream areas, where rituals are performed. The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s health department had swung into action in the first week of February and cleaned the ponds of the river, including Ramkund.

                They had drained all the water from the ponds and cleaned them for two days. However, a huge carpet of green growth has taken over the river from Ahilyabai Holkar Bridge to Anandwalli. This, environmental activists fear, could develop into water hyacinth.

                “The condition of the river has become very bad from the Holkar bridge to Anandwalli. The water levels have dropped very low. If this is the condition of the river in February, then what will happen in summer,” said environment activist Devang Jani.

                “Mosquitoes have already started breeding. The ecological flow of the river has to be maintained,” he sad, adding that he would soon meet officials of the water resources department in this regard.

                Rajesh Pandit, who filed a petition in the high court against government officials for river pollution, said this growth is directly related to the flow of the river. “River flow should be continuous. Moss develops in still water. In this season, water level also drops due to heat.”

                He said that as per the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute’s recommendations water has to be released periodically from Gangapur dam.

                “If this moss comes in contact with sewage, then it could develop into water hyacinth. In Someshwar, nullahs are directly connected to the river, effluents and sewage from industries is also released. In Malharkhan, there is sewage leakage. If there is water hyacinth growth, then it will be difficult to control,” Pandit said.

                An NMC official said they are taking all efforts to clear the growth. “The moss is being cleaned by 32 men of a private agency. We divided the river into four stretches and eight men are cleaning each stretch of the river with the help of boats. Water level has gone down significantly. Since the moss is in breeding stage, it is little difficult to remove it,” the official said.

                The official added that they have cleared Gharpure Ghat and on Saturday, teams had gone to Anandwalli as well.







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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  MIDC to check illegal use of industrial plots

                  Tushar Pawar| TNN | Feb 26, 2018, 23:52 IST
                  Nahsik: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has decided to act tough against industrial plot owners for illegally subletting their plots to other parties.
                  It recently served notices to 57 such owners for allegedly subletting their plots illegally.

                  On Monday, the MIDC kick-started a phase-wise survey in industrial estates to identify plots that have been sublet illegally. The exercise started from the Satpur industrial estate.

                  The survey in the Satpur MIDC estate is expected to be completed in a couple of weeks. Thereafter, the MIDC will start its survey in the Ambad industrial estate. The survey will be held in other MIDC areas.

                  The MIDC wants to find out various details through the survey to check how many industries are operational on the land allotted to them.

                  A senior MIDC officer said, “We wanted to ensure whether the industrial plots are not being used for commercial purposes or there is no unauthorised subletting of plots.”

                  Moreover, the MIDC will also check whether water connections given to industries are utilised and effluents are not released on open spaces and whether they are releasing the effluent into a soak pit.

                  The survey comes after the authority found industrial owners had given their units or spaces on rent to other industries. The authority had served notices to 57 such units for unauthorised subletting around two weeks ago.

                  An official said that apart from subletting, they had found industrial plots used for commercial purposes as well. “Some showrooms had been started even though the land was meant only for industrial purposes. They were to start industrial operations there,” the official said.

                  The MIDC had served notices to six such showrooms using industrial land for commercial purposes. “Three owners had moved court against the notices and the matter is currently being heard. In case of another owner, the state industries department has given a stay in the matter. We have sent notices to owners of the two remaining showrooms, giving them an ultimatum that if they continued with commercial activities, their units will be sealed,” the MIDC official said.

                  According to the official, there are also many plots lying idle. Industrial sources said investors or non-industrial persons have put up sheds and small structures on several plots at the MIDC’s industrial estates and have obtained the Building Completion Certificates (BCC) from the MIDC as well. However, these units have not gone into production for many years. This is an ongoing trend at industrial estates across the state.

                  According to MIDC norms, obtaining BCCs is mandatory but there is no provision in norms, where they go into industrial production.

                  As a result, several industrial plots are lying idle as they are occupied by non-industrial persons for investment purpose and industrialists are not getting plots because of this.

                  Another MIDC official said, “During the survey, it will also be found out how many industries have got BCC, but they did not start industrial operations. We have plans to get all the details through surveys in Satpur, Ambad and Sinnar industrial estates of MIDC shortly.







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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    Cluster devpt for gaothan areas suggested

                    Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Feb 27, 2018, 23:44 IST
                    Nashik: The state government has asked the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to submit a proposal for redevelopment of gaothan areas.

                    MLA Devyani Pharande has met the chief minister on the issue on Monday and has suggested a cluster development scheme for gaothan areas.

                    Pharande said, “The chief minister asked the NMC to send the proposal immediately. The NMC has to form a policy for redevelopment of gaothan areas and send the proposal.”

                    The gaothan areas are underdeveloped with many old buildings, wadas and narrow lanes. A cluster development scheme would change the face of the area and would also leave some breathing space.

                    About the inclusion in the development control and promotion regulations, Pharande said, “The changes can be made in the DCPR if necessary.”

                    The administration will have to table a proposal at the general body meeting and form a policy. The resolution will have to be sent to the state government for approval. Approval will also have to be sought from the government for changes in the DCPR.

                    An NMC official said, “In cluster development, a number of buildings will be developed in a group rather than individual buildings. We will have to check the floor space index permissible under the cluster development scheme.”

                    “We will have to study the gaothan areas and see how we can develop it through cluster development. We have to also check what is permissible in those areas. It is in the nascent stage now. Let us receive the order first.”







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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      Zero-waste generation can save crores of rupees, says expert

                      Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Feb 27, 2018, 23:41 IST
                      Nashik: During an awareness programme on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Dhanlaxmi School and Junior College, founder president of the Nirmal Gram Nirman Kendra, Nalini Navrekar propagated the re-use and recycle of materials and zero-waste generation.

                      Navrekar, who has been practising eco-friendly methods for the last 25 years, said zero-waste generation will save crores of rupees. She was speaking at the programme held on Tuesday by directorate field publicity, ministry of information and broadcasting, government of India on Tuesday. The Centre is conducting a number of such programmes across the country under the Swachh Survekshan 2018.

                      Mayor Ranjana Bhansi, local corporators Bhagwan Donde and Pushpa Avhad, Nalini and Sandhya Navrekar were present at the programme. No government officials were present.

                      The event started with a cycle rally by students to create awareness on cleanliness. A rangoli contest was held where messages of clean and green environment and save the girl child were conveyed. A street play on cleanliness was performed at school campuses. Nirmal Gram conducted a workshop on the concept of zero waste.

                      Bhansi said, “Participation of every section of the society is necessary to realise the dream of clean India. Unless every citizen performs his/her duty, the government and the administration cannot aim for a clean and green country.”

                      Navrekar who received the Nirmal Gram award from the president of India, a life achievement award from Pune University and Vasant Pawar Smriti Samman said zero-waste generation was the solution to pollution and finance related issues. “We clean our houses and dump the waste outside. India’s image is clean people and unclean country. When we take waste outside our homes we feel our duty is over and the civic body will take care of it. We need 150 acres of land for municipal solid waste which translates to an expense of around Rs 150 crore. More funds are needed for garbage collection vans, manpower etc,” Navrekar said.

                      She added that the municipal solid waste plant should be decentralised.







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