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    Official hails villagers' efforts on water conservation in Sinnar

    Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Mar 13, 2018, 10:12 IST The excavation of soil from the water reservoirs under the 'desilting' programme has got a big boost in the dr... Read More

    NASHIK: Secretary of water conservation and employment guarantee scheme Eknath Dawle hailed the efforts of the villagers in Sinnar taluka who were looking for water conservation measures to make the villages tanker-free.

    Dawle was at Sinnar to inaugurate the de-silting works in Konambe, Thangaon and Bhojapur minor irrigation tanks, where he lauded the works taken up by the local administration with the help of people's participation and a non-governmental organisation (NGO). "It is heartening to see that villagers, who once demanded tankers, are now joining hands for water conservation to ensure their villages are tanker free," he said.

    The excavation of soil from the water reservoirs under the 'desilting' programme has got a big boost in the drought-prone Sinnar, Yeola, Nandgaon and Malegaontalukas in the district with Sir Ratan Tata Trust supporting the same.

    Under the 'Gaal Mukta Dharan' and 'Gaal Yukta Shivar', the government has planned to remove the silt from the water reservoirs and give it to the farmers for free who can use the mineral rich content in their farms. It will reduce their dependency on fertilizers and increase storage of water resources. The Trust has decided to support the programme by providing machinery for earth excavation.

    Desilting in reservoirs has begun at Sinnar where Yuva Mitra, a local ngo, has joined hands with Tata Trust to provide manpower to pull out the silt from the dams and take it to farms. The government will bear the charges of earth movers deployed in the tanks. The trust has provided earth movers in Sinnar.

    "The drought-prone Sinnar taluka will benefit immensely from the programme. In all, 720 million cubic feet (mcft) of water will be effectively stored in the reservoirs after 20.4 lakh cubic metres of silt is removed from five storages," said Sagar Shinde, superintendent engineer, minor irrigation department (MID) of the water conservation department. He added the work will be carried out in the next two months.

    The government will only provide the fuel costs for the earth movers functioning at the water reservoirs at the rate of Rs 11 per cubic meter of soil unearthed. The measurement will be recorded and the payments will be made accordingly to the trust. The trust and the Yuva Mitra will provide vehicles for moving the silt.

    Similar exercise will also be carried out in Malegaon, Nandgaon and Yeola soon. In all, 44.3 lakh cubic meters of silt is expected to be removed creating a storage capacity of 2,033 million cubic feet of water in the four talukas.

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      Owners of only 15 of 3,000 illegal structures apply for regularisation

      Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: Mar 15, 2018, 10:54 IST

      NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has so far received lukewarm response to its scheme for regularising illegal constructions across the city.

      In the last three-and-a-half months, ever since the civic body had issued notification to regularise these structures, it has received only 15 applications. According to civic body sources, there are over 3,000 such structures in the city.

      Last year, the NMC had issued a notification on December 1, inviting applications from builders, developers and owners of such constructions to get their unauthorised structures regularised by paying compounding charges. The NMC set a deadline of May 31 for regularising the illegal structures. A civic official confessed that the response has been rather poor. "We got only 15 applications. We don't know what is the reason, but people usually rush when deadline near," the official said. However, NMC officials are optimistic that in days to come the number of applications would swell and would increase its revenue.

      The move to regularise illegal constructions came after the state government issued a resolution on October 7 last year, stating unauthorised structures that came up before December 31, 2015 can be regularised by paying the compounding charges. The compounding charges are in the range from 10 to 30% of the Ready Reckoner (RR) rates depending on areas of illegal constructions. Apart from reservation on public utility places like playground, gardens and open spaces, unauthorised constructions on other reserved places wherein the reservation has been shifted to another location or cancelled and the land owner spent for that, the structures can be declared as compounded.

      Unauthorised constructions on rivers, pond, lakes, blue lines, defence/security areas, near heritage structures, at dumping ground, in environmentally sensitive area, on mountain slopes, coastal reserve zone, forest land, buffer zones, structurally unsafe buildings, development on land apart from residential, commercial and industrial land are not to be considered.

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        Nashik: Environment activists object to provisions in Project Goda

        Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Mar 14, 2018, 22:32 IST

        NASHIK: Environment activists have objected to certain provisions in Project Godaunder Smart City Mission.

        The activists led by Devang Jani will be meeting municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Thursday with a memorandum of their demands signed by 1599 citizens.

        Their demands include - 17 ancient ponds that are concealed beneath the concretisation in the river should be frees of the concrete and rejuvenated. These ponds were built by great leaders around 1700 BC. The memorandum mentions that the Rs 330 crore Project Goda includes a proposal of giving concrete look to River Godavari but there is no provision to rejuvenate the river and make it healthy. The activists said that they also objected to the diversion of River Aruna from the confluence of Aruna-Godavari at Ramkund. They demanded rejuvenation of major tributaries, Aruna and Varuna (Waghadi) that meet River Godavari.

        The memorandum appeals to the civic chief to make the river flow continuously once again by rejuvenating the natural springs hidden below the concrete.

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          1,000 cycles to be available in smart city

          Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 09:48 IST
          NASHIK: The cycling capital will soon have 1,000 bicycles under the Smart City's public bicycle sharing concept.

          During the review meeting on Tuesday Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) chief Tukaram Mundhe asked officials to speed up work, refrain construction within blue line in Project Goda and finalise Smart Parking.

          On March 6, a private agency was given a letter of acceptance and told that they would have to make 1,000 bicycles available within six months in phases. "The initiative will start soon in under the public bicycle sharing system. The agency has already been appointed," Mundhe said, adding that the meeting was held to expedite projects and such meetings will be held once in a week or once in two weeks.

          He said that the work order for the pilot Smart Road from Ashok Stambh to Modak Point will be given next week. This week the letter of acceptance will be signed. "By March 31, tenders for internal roads and water supply will be floated. We did not get any response for tenders of Project Goda and so we have extended it till March 31," Mundhe said. "Tuesday was the last date for Smart Parking tender and we received bids from three vendors. We will finalise it by March 31," he added.

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            Forest secretary takes review meeting of ambitious 13 crore tree plantation project

            Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Mar 21, 2018, 17:24 IST
            NASHIK: Secretary (forest) Vikas Kharge organised a meeting of senior forest officers from Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nandurbar, Ahmednagar districts along with divisional commissioner Nashik recently to take a review of the massive tree plantation in July.

            The secretary reviewed the preparation for proposed 13 crore tree plantation, which is a part of 50 crore tree plantation drive by state forest minister Sudhir Munguntiwar.

            Forest department, social forestry, forest development corporation of Maharashtra will be playing pivotal role in this massive tree plantation to be taken up from July 1-July 31 with an active co-operation of various government departments, co-operative societies, civil bodies, educational institutions, industry, voluntary organizations, civil society, non-government organizations and citizens.

            Deputy conservators of forest (Territorial), divisional forest officers (SFD) and divisional managers (FDCM), coming under Nashik and Dhule forest circle made power point presentations on land available for plantations, survival rate of plants planted in previous years, detailed arrangements for the coming ambitious afforestation drive, availability of seedling, preparations at nursery, completion of pit digging etc.

            Kharge instructed, “The social forestry wing should take initiative in promoting the newly introduced scheme of the government for farmers to plant trees on farms through agro-forestry model. For green army registration the volunteers should be registered from various schools, colleges, government organizations, public places, NGOs interested citizens etc. For each forest circle, government has set a target for plantation. Forest department should co-ordinate with other departments to achieve that target.”

            Kharge also asked chief conservator of forests of both circles to convene a meeting at district level by inviting the district collectors, chief executive officers of zilla parishad, municipal commissioner regularly to take review of activities concerning mega tree plantation drive. The nodal officers appointed at divisional commissioner level and district level should co-ordinate with gram panchayat, panchayat samiti, zilla parishad, muncipal councils and co- operations and other machineries at district level.

            The secretary said that the information about digging of pits, the nursery etc should be regularly, updated on the web portal specially designed for such purpose, which will help in bringing transparency in the work of forest department.

            The forest secretary is going to take review of all government departments with respect to progress of 13 crore plantation drive on April 4, for which all the district collectors will be present.

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              MSEDCL notice to Ahmednagar civic body

              Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Mar 24, 2018, 22:46 IST
              Nashik: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued notice of power disconnection to Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation after it failed to clear arrears of Rs 165 crore along with the current dues.

              “The civic body failed to clear current dues of Rs 1.5 crore as well as the Rs 1 crore part payment of the total Rs 165 crore outstanding dues. So, we have issued a 24-hour notice to the corporation about disconnecting power,” a senior MSEDCL official.

              The MSEDCL issued 30 notices to the corporation since 2015, but the latter has always postponed payment and sought more time to clear dues. “The corporation has outstanding dues of Rs 165 crore and the MSEDCL started picking up the issue rigorously since 2015,” the official said.

              A series of meetings were held between the power utility and the corporation, where the latter assured to clear the arrears with a promise to ensure it settled current dues. Since April 2017, the energy bill for power connections to three water pumping stations came to Rs 17.19 crore, of which the corporation paid Rs 7.82 crore. The arrears have mounted to Rs 9.67 crore and these are in addition to Rs 165 crore till March 2017. The average monthly energy bill of the corporation is around Rs 1.5 crore.

              A senior official of Ahmednagar corporation said the corporation was willing to pay the dues and would take all measures to ensure disconnection was avoided. “We are also approaching the state to bail the corporation out of tge crisis. We are also taking steps ensure the dues are settled as decided in the meeting with the collector,” the official assured.

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                Samruddhi e-way: Villagers hold land surveyors hostage

                Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Mar 26, 2018, 11:32 IST Representative Image

                NASHIK: Four staffers of a private firm, who wanted to survey the area where the Nagpur-Mumbai expresswayis to be built, were held hostage for four hours, allegedly by villagers of Shivde in Nashik district on Sunday. They were allowed to leave. later. Shivde villagers have been at the forefront in opposing the state government's decision to acquire their fertile land for its project.

                According to local villagers, the four land surveyors, armed with the electronic machines, drones and other equipment required for a land survey, arrived at the village around 11.30 am. "We lost our cool on seeing them in our village. We summoned them to the Paine Mala area and asked them to sit there," said Somnath Wagh who is spearheading the agitation.

                The villagers started quizzing the men about their sudden visit to the village and whether they were aware that the villagers were opposed to giving their land for the project. "We got in touch with local officials who told us the district administration had nothing to do with the visit. We released the men after four hours but ensured that they did not carry out the task for which they had come," added Wagh.

                The men turned out to be from a company interested in taking part in the bid for construction of the thoroughfare. The firm wanted to get feedback about the land that would be used for construction of the thoroughfare.


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                  NMC seizes properties in Nashik following non-payment of dues

                  TNN | Mar 28, 2018, 12:41 IST

                  The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has seized several properties across the city owing to non-payment of property tax.

                  The civic body sent notices to a total of 394 property owners that included many big names. However, only 21 responded and paid the dues. Out of the total demand of Rs 12.46 crore, the NMC was able to recover only Rs 84.89 lakh.

                  As per rule, the NMC can auction the properties if the dues are not cleared within 21 days after the notices were issued. "This recovery has been against warrant notices that we had issued to the defaulters. At present, we have confiscated/attached properties by pasting notices on them. The owner cannot do any kind of transaction on that property now. If they fail to pay the tax in a period of 21 days we can automatically sell the properties through auction," deputy municipal commissioner (tax) Rohidas Dorkulkar said.

                  In East division, a total of 38 properties have been confiscated. President of National Congress Centre owes Rs 26.63 lakh as property tax to the NMC, while Sagar Bonde, Zilla Sahakari Bhavan Society Ltd and Sarvajanik Vachnalay owe Rs 4.20 lakh, Rs 14.17 lakh and Rs 7.78 lakh, respectively.

                  In Satpur area of the city as many as 39 properties have been confiscated. The NMC confiscated 157 properties in Nashik Road area where BR Borade ICICI Bank (Rs 14.15 lakh) and Bhagwan Bidwe (Rs 43,199) are among major defaulters.

                  In Nashik West, 37 properties have been confiscated while 50 and 73 properties have been confiscated in Cidco and Panchavati respectively.

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                    Citizens in Nashik to feel the pinch with increased property tax in place

                    For reinforced cement concrete (RCC) residential structures, the tax of 50 paise per square feet per month has been increased to Rs 2Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: April 03, 2018, 18:59 IST

                    NASHIK: With the civic administration increasing the property tax that came into effect since April 1, property tax is going to cost citizens very dearly as the tax rate for residential properties has gone up five times and that of non-residential properties by four times.

                    For the first time ever, owners of vacant lands also have to pay property tax. All the 59,000 properties that were found in the survey— new properties, extended structures in properties and re-construction of old properties—will come under the new tax net. In addition, parking space, residential and non-residential swimming pools, open to sky properties are also taxable.

                    For reinforced cement concrete (RCC) residential structures, the tax of 50 paise per square feet per month has been increased to Rs 2. For gaothan areas, the tax at 40 paise has been raised to Rs 1.60. For properties made with stone, mud, brick or tiles, the tax has been raised from 40 paise to Rs 1.60 in the city and from 30 paise to Rs 1.20 in gaothan areas.

                    For tin shed/fibre/wood properties, the increase in tax is from 20 paise to Rs 1.10 in the city, while for gaothan area it has been raised from 20 paise to Re 1.

                    Non-residential RCC structures will now be taxed at Rs 7.20 as against Rs. 1.20 which was the previous tax rate. For gaothan non-residential RCC properties, the tax has been increased from Rs 1-1.20 to Rs 4.80.

                    For non-residential stone/mud/brick/tiles properties, the tax stands at Rs 4.80 as against 75 paise. In gaothan areas, it has been raised from 60 paise to Rs 3.60. For non-residential properties made built with tin shed, fibre or wood, the tax was 45 paise. It has now been increased to Rs 3 in the city and Rs. 2.50 in the gaothan areas.

                    If the tax per year for a 500sq-ft residential property was Rs 1647, the tax now stands at Rs 6,500. While the tax for a non-residential property per year was Rs 3,952, it now stands at Rs 23,716. Owners of 500sq-ft vacant plots will have to shell out Rs 1,376 as against Rs 98 per year.

                    Mobile towers will have to pay at least Rs 15,000 as property tax per month. Cinema halls and theatres will have to pay taxes as per seating capacity and profit. The rate as per seating capacity and profit will be compared to the built-up area and the one that is maximum will be levied as property tax. Service charges will also be levied on central government offices.

                    “Property tax will now be levied on every vacant plot. If on a plot of 1,000sq-ft, there is construction on only 500sq-ft, tax will be imposed even on the remaining 500sq-ft where there is no construction, as per the rate of the land,” informed an NMC official.

                    He added the tax was formulated as per Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act section 127 (a) which mentions the provisions for deciding property tax and that as per section 2 (49) which defines property as construction and vacant land in NMC limits. “Existing tax payers do not come under the current tax method,” said the officer.


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                      BSNL blames Nashik civic body for charging excess property tax

                      The BSNL has said it is not against paying property tax, but the NMC should not levy surplus property tax. The BSNL also said it will file a writ petition in the Bombay high court in a day or twoTushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: April 03, 2018, 18:00 IST

                      The state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has blamed the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for charging excessive property tax.

                      The BSNL has said it is not against paying property tax, but the NMC should not levy surplus property tax. The BSNL also said it will file a writ petition in the Bombay high court in a day or two.

                      The BSNL has contended that the civic body should recover property tax of Rs 5,000 for a flat measuring 1,000 sq ft, while the NMC charges property tax of Rs 1.5 lakh per tower for a space of 200 sq ft on the terrace of the same building. The BSNL has sent a letter in this regard to the NMC on Saturday.

                      The BSNL’s reaction comes after the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) took possession of 16 cellphone towers across the city for defaulting payment of Rs 1.97 crore.

                      In 2006, the BSNL moved the Bombay high court against the NMC for taking action against the telecom company for defaulting property tax of three towers. The court had granted status quo for the three towers.

                      Nitin Mahajan, BSNL’s general manager said civic facilities like water are not availed for towers, but the NMC levies property tax on towers with excess rates. “In Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, there has been a uniform policy and property tax of Rs 11,000 is charged annually there,” he said.

                      In 2016, some telecom companies had moved the Supreme Court to levy high property tax on cellphone towers by the civic bodies concerned in various states. “The Supreme Court had passed a judgment that the tax levied by civic bodies is exorbitant and cellphone companies may challenge this in the high court,” Mahajan said.

                      He added that they were not against paying property tax, but it should be implemented properly. “The NMC’s action may hit company services to its customers, institutes and commercial establishments. We will move the high court in this regard in a day or two,” Mahajan said.


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