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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    Flyover between Datta Mandir and Dwarka moves closer to reality

    Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Updated: Feb 28, 2018, 12:52 IST


    NASHIK: The Centre has given in-principle approval for construction of a flyoverbetween Dwarka and Datta Mandir. The feasibility report for the project is being prepared and would be submitted to the national highway authorities soon.

    MP Hemant Godse said, “The overbridge has been given in-principle approval by Union minister of road transport, highway and shipping Nitin Gadakari. Currently, the work of geotechnical survey is under way to analyse the soil for structural safety of the flyover.”

    The technical staff carrying out the survey said they have conducted the survey at 14 spots of the 5.9-km stretch and that they would three more locations are remaining between Dwarka and Sarda Circle, which means the overbridge would stretch till Sarda Circle over the existing flyover on the Mumbai-Agra highway over Dwarka junction.

    The technical staff said, in all likelihood, the flyover of approximately 6.5km would stand on 203 pillars.

    In November 2016, Godse had announced that the 5.9-km stretch from Dwarka to Datta Mandir would be converted into a highway and a flyover will be constructed on this stretch at a cost of Rs 500 crore. Subsequently, the NHAI had appointed a consultant for preparing the detailed project report, which is in the last stage.

    The stretch connects the Mumbai-Agra highway (NH-03) and the Nashik-Punehighway (NH-50). It not only gets traffic from the Mumbai and Dhule sides, but also from Pune, Ahmednagar, Sinnar and Shirdi.

    The stretch witnesses bumper-to-bumper traffic throughout the day and long queues of vehicles at the six junctions on it. Motorists have to spend at least 15 to 20 minutes during peak hours to cover the 6-km stretch.








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    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

      Civic body undertakes massive anti-encroachment drive in old city

      Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Mar 3, 2018, 23:42 IST
      Nashik: The civic administration continued with its anti-encroachment drive on Saturday by demolishing structures set up on the roadside at Panchavati area and Raviwar Karanja.

      The drive began from Panchavati Karanja till the squad reached Hirawadi and removed encroachments from Raviwar Karanja. These areas in the old city have encroachments since decades though the owners have been evicted time and again. Hawkers have refused to shift to the zone designated for them.

      “We have been carrying anti-encroachment drives on a regular basis since the 2 years but we have stepped up our drives now. We have already sent public notices and even people are aware of that we have been carrying out such drives regularly,” said an NMC officer.

      He said besides kiosks and handcarts, the encroachment department also did away with tin/asbestos sheets, angles and other material that were an extension of shops in these congested areas.

      “These encroachments are on the roadsides or footpaths. We appeal people to remove the encroachments on their own and cooperate with us or else we will remove it. Now onwards, NMC will make the drive more stringent,” said the official. The drive continued throughout the day. Kiosks, handcarts, tin and asbestos sheets, angles, boards etc were confiscated by the civic body.




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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        18% hike in property tax, Mundhe proposal rejected

        Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Mar 3, 2018, 23:38 IST
        Nashik: Mayor Ranjana Bhansi on Saturday sent the resolution of 18% property taxhike to the municipal secretary after rejecting municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe’s recommendation of 33-82% increase.

        The civic administration had proposed property tax hike of 18% to the standing committee last year and it was approved. When the resolution of the standing committee was sent to the general body for approval, Mundhe raised it to 33-82%.

        Mundhe had recommended 33% increase for residential properties, 64% for non-residential and 76-82% for commercial properties.

        According to the rules, the administration can make demands and Mundhe had proposed changes in the amount on capital-based rate. But the general body rejected his capital based hike and made it rateable.

        “The proposal of the administration to the standing committee was sent to the general body. Mundhe had also attached a recommendation docket wherein he raised the tax rate. The general body approved the docket tabled at the standing committee. The modified docket of Mundhe has been rejected,” said the mayor .

        She added that the general body approved the tax hike but not the one suggested by Mundhe.










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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Barren village turns fertile after joint efforts

          Sumita Sarkar| Mar 2, 2018, 22:12 IST
          The villagers have dug four wells on the periphery of the forest which have enough water to last till summer

          Nashik: With joint efforts of the villagers, air force, forest department and an NGO, Borgad, situated in the east Nashik forest division, has returned to life.

          Dry and barren for almost a decade, the villagers finally revived the area after digging four wells. The wells are full of water that will last till summer.

          A fortnight back, the villagers under the guidance of the NGO constructed four wells that are flowing with good quantity of water. “The villagers dug four wells that are full of water now. The wells are 15-20 feet deep and have been constructed just outside the periphery of the forest. The water will be used by the villagers now that summer has arrived,” informed former wildlife warden and founder of NSCN, Bishwarup Raha.

          He added, “Because of the trees the water table rose significantly. This is the benefit of planting trees extensively. We have planted 1,50,000 trees here with the help of villagers. Few hundred trees were already there. This has also added to the flora and fauna of the place.”

          Borgad has been developed into a conservation reserve, which earlier saw rampant deforestation. It is now an ecologically rich place. The joint efforts involved the villagers in the conservation process with massive plantations. There has been significant rise in the flora and fauna has been noted by the NGO.

          Rich in teak wood, the villagers used to cut trees for firewood and some of it was also sold. Wildlife had become dismal and the area had become totally barren. “After the conservation work was taken up the flora and fauna increased and today it is lush green,” Raha says, “This resulted in the increase of the water table.”

          Neem, mango, sitaphal, amla, jatropha, karavanda and badam were planted here with the help of the villagers, school children. The villagers were assigned the responsibility of conserving and guarding the area. Number of birds, blooming flowers, insects and jungle animals are also seen in this reserve. The availability of food for the villagers has also increased. “Kartolis, a kind of 'karela', 'karvandas' (Indian blue berry) and wild cucumbers grow aplenty now, particularly during the rainy season. A lot of migratory birds beneficial to man like wobblers and fly cattle too can be found here in abundance,” Raha said.

          Borgad, which, until a decade ago was a niche for rich wild biodiversity due to its favourable ecological conditions, had been destroyed by the locals for firewood and timber. Borgad is located near Tungaldara village in Dindori tehsil.








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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            Now, apply online for certificates

            Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Mar 5, 2018, 23:59 IST
            Nashik: Residents of Nashik can now apply for any certificate issued by the revenue department from the comfort of their home and get the documents delivered to their registered email address.

            The district administration from Monday said that henceforth all applications would be received only online – either the citizen applies from home or through Mahaonline Centres of Aaple Sarkar or Common Service Centres (CSC) by Government of India or even through the internet café. The services of Setu – the link between the people and the district administration – will thus be scrapped.

            “Now, there will be no movement of paper from applicants willing to get certificates for any of 16 services from the revenue department. They will get certificates in their registered email address or in a physical format as desired with a bar code on the same,” district collector Radhakrishnan B said.

            Briefing the media, the collector said that the administration had put in place 83 centres within the Nashik municipal corporation limits at this point of time and another set of 50 odd centres would come up soon. “There were complaints about Setu operators not managing applications according to seniority, about forms in physical format being sold at higher costs, about middle-men making money etc. Now, no one will have to come to Setu. Citizens can file applications online, scan and upload documents, pay through the payment gateway and get the digitally-signed certificate in stipulated time,” he said.

            As of now, Setu will continue to perform in areas outside Nashik taluka. From Tuesday, Setu will not entertain any applications for caste certificates, income certificates, domicile, solvency, heir ship certificates, small land holder, etc. While the applications already registered will be processed and delivered as per the time schedule.

            “Online services rule out any scope of middle-men in the process. If the people are taking help of service centres, they will have to pay the pre-defined charges – the same as those paid in Setu. People need not travel to Setu offices, or district collectorate only to get their certificates,” Shashikant Mangrule, deputy district collector, said.

            The certificates generated have a bar code and they can simply be downloaded and presented to the department concerned. “In the era of digital signatures, the certifcates printed on typical paper are now outdated. A computer printout with a bar code and website address to authenticate validity of the same is the valid document. This is known to every government office,” the deputy collector said.







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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Civic body slaps offences on people opposing eviction

              TNN | Updated: Mar 5, 2018, 23:53 IST
              Nashik: The civic body has slapped offences against those who had resisted the anti-encroachment drive in the old city area on Monday morning.

              The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been pepping up such drives and had appealed to people to remove the encroachments on their own.

              On Monday, the Nashik West division evicted flower sellers on both sides of the road at Saraf Bazaar area and had confiscated material from them in three trucks. In addition, the NMC has also filed first information report at Sarkarwada police station against those who resisted the drive.

              In the afternoon, encroachments were removed from the central bus stand area, Meghdoot shopping centre and taxi stand.

              The sheds and platforms of around 15 shops on both sides of the road were removed. The NMC’s encroachment department has removed handcarts and kiosks also. “This kind of drives will continue in all divisions and strict action will be taken against roadside vendors and kiosk owners who occupy roadsides and footpaths. We will also file offences in police stations against such persons,” an NMC official said.

              He further said that similar action would be taken against unauthorised constructions on roadsides and on parking spaces.

              “Such persons should remove the encroachments/unauthorised constructions on their own and cooperate with us. Or else we will take strict action against them. We have been warning citizens again and again through public notices,” said the official.








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                As pune still have round place to expand with almost same price as nashik so there will not be count nashik for IT .

            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              NDCC bank floats bid to sell assets of powerloom estate

              Tushar Pawar| TNN | Mar 5, 2018, 23:58 IST Nashik: The Nashik District Central Cooperative (NDCC) Bank has confiscated moveable and immovable properties of Renukadevi Power-loom Industrial Cooperative Estate from Malegaon for defaulting payment of Rs 14.26 crore.

              The bank has also floated a bid to sell the seized properties. In addition, the bank has given an ultimatum of a month to the estate to repay the payment or face the sale of its moveable and immovable properties.

              “We have already seized the power-loom unit at Malegaon and floated a bid for the sale of its movable and immovable properties, which include 1,215 sq metre land, plant and machinery. The last date for filing the bid will be 5.30 pm on April 4,” said the sources from the bank.

              The bid documents for the sale of the properties will be available during 10.30 am to 5.30 pm till April 4. The bids are to be opened on April 6. The bank has directed the estate to repay defaulted payment before the bids are opened.

              New chairman of NDCC Bank, Keda Aher, has focused on recovery of dues. He has started taking review meetings of bank officials at taluka level in the district. The leaves and holidays of the bank employees and officials have been cancelled till March 31 to make maximum recovery of dues from the defaulters.

              During the meeting of the directorial board of the bank last month, Aher had announced that he would start cost cutting from himself — giving up the bank allowance, honorarium and official vehicle in a bid to improve the financial condition of the bank.

              At present, the NDCC Bank has outstanding dues to the tune of Rs 3,000 crore. The bank hopes to recover some dues of farmers through farm waiver.

              The NDCC Bank has received Rs 429.63 crore as a loan waiver amount of 97,550 farmers and the amounts have been transferred to bank accounts of the farmers concerned.

              The NDCC Bank has recorded significant drop in disbursement of kharif and rabi crop loans during the current fiscal.

              The bank’s crop loan disbursement dropped by 88.34% to Rs 200.42 crore during this fiscal, against Rs 1,719.18 crore during the financial year 2016-17 owing to the poor financial condition of the bank.

              Farmers did not repay the loans with a hope that government will announce farm loan waiver.









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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                Time-bound schedule in place to demolish illegal structures

                Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Mar 7, 2018, 23:45 IST
                Nashik: Going a step beyond the daily encroachment drives, the civic administration has come up with a time-bound programme for demolition and removing encroachments.

                As per the programme all Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) departments will have to work accordingly. The civic administration — undertaking severe actions against encroachments and unauthorised constructions — prepared this schedule on Wednesday for razing unauthorised structures. The NMC has also started filing offences against those resisting the drive.

                “We have prepared an administrative notice to streamline encroachment drives and ensure the action is taken in a systematic way,” an NMC official said.

                According to the schedule, the encroachment department should give a list of unauthorized or illegal structures and constructions to the town planning department within seven days for appropriate action.

                Whether the town planning department receives the list of unauthorised/illegal construction or change in use of property from the encroachment department or acquires the list on its own, the officials will have to visit the spot in 15 days.

                “If the town planning department finds that the constructions are unauthorised then it should slap notices to the owners. During the spot visit if the town planning department notices other unauthorised constructions or similar unauthorised constructions then it should serve notices to them as well. The deadline of these notices should be 15 days as per the Mumbai Municipal Corporations Act,” informed the town planning department.

                After receiving the first notice if the explanation is given by the receiver the town planning department has to see if it is satisfactory and then send a final notice. The maximum time for the notice will be 15 days.

                If no explanation is given then it has to be mentioned in the report and final notice of 15 days period should be issued. After the period of the first notice lapses, the final notice has to be given within seven days by the town planning department.

                Immediately after the period of the final notice gets over, the town planning department should send a report on unauthorised/illegal constructions to the encroachment department within seven days. If the unauthorised construction is RCC (reinforced cement concrete) type then approximate expense to demolish it should be mentioned.

                “However, there is no need to mention the expense to demolish temporary structures,” said an NMC official.

                “Hence, once the complaint is received the town planning department will take the action in 59 days,” he added.

                The encroachment department will have to maintain date-wise record of unauthorised structures as received from the town planning department. Independent register has to be maintained for unauthorised structures. Similarly, independent register will have to be maintained date-wise for encroachments on public places.

                After receiving the report from the town planning department, the encroachment department should visit the spots in ten days and give notice of 24 hours to the owners along with the expenses.

                If the encroachments/constructions come up again after demolition 24 hour notice should be given and then demolished. After the 24 hour period gets over, police bandobast and planning for action against encroachments should be done date-wise. Complaints of encroachment should be dealt with on first come first basis.






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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  Conservation work to start after a week

                  Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Mar 11, 2018, 13:11 IST

                  NASHIK: Structural conservation of the 17th century Sundarnarayan temple, one of the most frequented temples by tourists, will start after a week.

                  The state archaeological department is currently carrying out documentation work, where each stone is being marked. After a week, the work on replacing stones will start.

                  Considering the temple’s weak structure, the department has decided to conduct structural conservation. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) completed chemical conservation before Kumbh Mela, but vegetation growing around it had weakened the structure. Conservation will be done in a phase-wise manner.

                  Vilas Wahane, assistant director of the archaeology department (Nashik), said, “At present, documentation is under way. We are numbering each stone. The development plan will also come to us in 3-4 days.”

                  In July 2015, the ASI’s Aurangabad circle had initiated chemical conservation work on the temple. However, seeing the large number of cracks in stones of the temple, the ASI halted the chemical conservation work and sought permission for structural conservation.

                  They said the stones have cracks in them and may loosen or give away over the next couple of years. Removing the surrounding vegetation and chemically conserving the temple was not sufficient as there were cracks in the stones.

                  The state archaeology department, Nashik had written to its head office in September 2015 to conduct structural conservation. Administrative approval for Rs 4.51 crore and financial approval of Rs 2.5 crore was given for the work.

                  “After numbering all stones, we will remove them one by one and replace the broken ones. We will fix them and put them back. The temple’s outer layer is damaged. We will do the conservation from the dome till the portion behind the sanctum sanctorum and ‘mandap’ in the first phase. Over the next 8-10 days, the numbering will be over, after which we will start actual work. The entire work will take a year,” Wahane said.

                  The superstructure (dome) will first be dismantled, after which the stones will be removed.








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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    NHAI spruces up infra on NH-03

                    Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Updated: Mar 11, 2018, 13:12 IST
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                    NASHIK: The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will soon inaugurate a series of infrastructural work on the Mumbai Agra highway (NH-03) passing through the city.

                    An ingress point was built near a hotel to take the highway tow Mumbai from the service road. Apart from this, work on an exit ramp near Splendour hall to enter the city has also neared completion and is being brought to use. Another ingress road near State Bank of India (SBI) has also been constructed to take the highway to Dhule.

                    The construction of the ingress point near a hotel was pending. Motorists going towards Mumbai in the stretch between Indiranagar and Pathardi Phata had to drive through the narrow service road, along the Mumbai-Agra highway to take the carriageway of the highway from Pathardi Phata junction, in case they could not take the highway from Indiranagar junction.

                    On this backdrop, the ingress road was constructed near the hotel approximately 2.5km from the Indiranagar junction. With the construction of the ingress road, motorists now do not have to travel on the busy 7-meter narrow service road along the highway to reach the Pathardi Phata junction to take the highway for Mumbai, Thane and other places in the south direction.

                    Similarly, the construction of an exit road from the highway has also been constructed near Splendour Hall. Motorists coming from the Dhule side who took the flyover from near K K Wagh college can now exit the highway near Splendour hall. Earlier, the only option to exit the highway was at Dwarka, if one took the flyover of the highway near K K Wagh College. If a motorist missed the exit ramp at Dwarka, they had to drive over 8km to exit the highway. On this backdrop, an additional exit ramp was constructed near Splendour Hall.

                    After the widening of the highway around five years ago, commuters faced many difficulties. On this backdrop, a series of works were suggested to do away with the problems of commuters and pedestrians alike.

                    Acting on this this, the NHAI took up various infrastructural work of the highway a few months ago. Senior officials of the NHAI said while the work has almost finished and the roads are also being used by motorists, the inauguration of the work will be done shortly.

                    Among other infrastructural work, the NHAI was also getting a U-turn at Lekhanagar underpass, a subway near SBI junction, a pedestrian subway near Panchavati college and other work at Dahava Mail near Ozar.

                    The work on the flyover from KK Wagh to Jatra hotel will also get done within a couple of years an NHAI official said, as this stretch of the Mumbai-Agra highway has witnessed a large number of accidents of motorists and pedestrians.








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