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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  • Panel members seek probe into TDR, waste collection TNN | Dec 27, 2018, 09:07 IST

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    NASHIK: The standing committee meeting on Wednesday witnessed protests over the irregularities of garbage collection, transfer of developmental rights (TDR) and cash payment to a landowner. Panel members demanded that inquiry committees should be formed to look into these issues.

    Corporator Dinkar Patil wanted to know how much amount was given to the land owners in two proposals presented before the standing committee for approval on Wednesday. In Makhmalabad area, Rs 5.41 crore had been given, while in Nashik Road area, Rs 12.96 crore had been awarded. Now, Rs 5.04 crore is pending in the first case and Rs 8 crore in the second.

    Patil said that similar proposal regarding payment to be made to the land owner of survey number 705 should have been presented to the standing committee. “We will sit for the meeting only after the inquiry committees for garbage collection, TDR and survey no 705 are formed,” Patil said.

    He was seconded by Uddhav Nimse, Mushir Sayyed and others. They demanded that the payment to the land owner of survey number 705 be stopped.

    Executive engineer of town planning department, Uday Dharmadhikari, said that part payment was made to the owner as per a meeting in May 2016.

    Corporators questioned if the issue of payment in survey no 705 should have been presented to the standing committee like the two cases on Wednesday. When Dharmadhikari replied in the positive, corporators alleged corruption.

    Chairperson Himgauri Aher-Adke told the administration, “Priority should be given to paying compensation to farmers who gave their land during Kumbh Mela 2003. Considering the seriousness of the members’ letters in case of the survey number 705, a detail study was needed.

    “I did not say that I will not form committees. I just kept it in abeyance. TDR and garbage collection needs detail study and a balanced committee. I need time for it. Even new civic chief needs time. An order regarding inquiry into the survey number 705 has been given based on Dharmadhikari’s statement,” she later told the media.

    She, however, said that the approval to pay the entire amount to the land owne was given in 2016. This was not informed to the panel earlier. There was no letter of opposition then, she said.

    Holding a flex and raising slogans in the meeting hall after the chairperson left, several panel members said that the demand for the formation of such committees had been made in the last meeting itself.


  • Home beneficiaries seek govt help for drought-hit Abhilash Botekar | Jan 3, 2019, 22:04 IST

    Nashik: Beneficiaries of various housing schemes including Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (rural and urban), Ramai Ambekdar Yojana and other such schemes from Nashik on Wednesday spoke to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, thanking him for the house and inviting him to visit their villages. They also sought help for villagers hit by drought. A labourer who was not allotted a house was not allowed to speak.

    As many as 30 beneficiaries from the across the district had gathered at the collectorate for the one-to-one interaction with the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, through video conferencing. About six of them were able to speak to the chief minister, who interacted with beneficiaries across the state.

    Dashrath Lokhande, a labourer from Sayyed Pimpri, who got a house and the payment of Rs 1.2 lakh for the construction, was happy that he got one after so many years of living in a small hut where the rain would trickle in through the roof.

    “This is a major help for my family,” he said, thanking the government. He also invited the chief minister to visit the village. “We have a stupa in our village where the ashes of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar were brought two years after his demise. I have invited the chief minister for a visit to my village. I would be proud to host him,” Lokhande said.

    Similarly, Rajjak Sayyed, resident of Datli village of Sinnar taluka was also delighted to have a house under the scheme. “The government scheme of housing for all was indeed a major assistance to my family of five. I would not have even dreamt of it,” Sayyed said. He invited the chief minister to his village to understand the issues of Sinnar taluka, which has been facing drought for several years. Sayyed, who has one acre of land, is a farmer.

    Chhaya Jagdale, a labourer from Manmad Nagar Parishad was also happy to have been selected. He got a home under the government scheme at Manmad town.

    Labourer Ramesh Bhagat, however, was not allowed to speak to the chief minister over video conferencing. Bhagat, a resident of Naigaon village, had neither farm nor income and could not find his name in the Socio-Economic Caste Census announced in the year 2011. He has been applying for a house since 2015.

    “On January 1, I went to meet the chief minister in Mantralay. I was directed to visit collectorate on Wednesday and attend the conference and make my statement there during the video conference. Here they didn’t allow me to speak at all,” Bhagat said.

    Collector Radhakrishnan B said Bhagat was the beneficiary of the ‘D format’ in which all the people who were not included in the lists earlier were included. “This list includes about 30,000 odd beneficiaries. They will be given housing. But that will take time,” the Collector said.


  • Developers meet Game over Auto DCR Sumita Sarkar | Jan 3, 2019, 22:04 IST

    Nashik: Developers and architects met municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game on Tuesday evening to get their doubts on Auto DCR, the online system to grant clearance to development and building proposals, clarified.

    Game had a meeting with the agency that created the online system on Monday evening. Developers and architects wanted to clarify their doubts on various issues related to development and building plans that are prepared on Autocad. After the meeting, they heaved a sigh of relief as most of their doubts were cleared.

    President of Credai (Nashik Metro) Umesh Wankhede and other prominent personalities from the field such as Ravi Mahajan, Pradeep Kale, Vijay Sanap, Yogesh Mahajan, Yogesh Kasar-Patil, Hrishikesh Pawar, Sunil Gawande, Hemant Dugad and town planning officials were present for the meeting.

    “Maximum cases have been disposed of through Auto DCR. Also, one-time shortfall for drawing and document submission is a big relief for them. They had to pay Rs 5,000 again as scrutiny fee if the proposals were rejected,” said an NMC official.

    He said that by January 5, more issues will be cleared in the Auto DCR. “Overall, it was a positive approach on behalf of the developers and officials,” he said.

    A workshop by the agency is scheduled for architects, engineers, developers this month-end. By February 1, cases to be approved through hardship premium will be made operational, officials said.

    Already, two representatives have been made available daily since from December 2018 in the Nashik Municipal Corporation to resolve issues.


  • Property tax notices face heat from opposition

    TNN | Updated: Jan 6, 2019, 12:10 IST

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    NASHIK: The resolution for not issuing the property tax bills to owners has not gone well with the opposition, despite 4-hour long discussion on the issue in the last general body meeting.

    As per the resolution, the survey done should be scrutinised. Only after eliminating the drawbacks, the notices should be issued. Congress has accused the ruling BJP of accepting that the notices are correct, accusing them of taking a U-turn on the issue.

    “We drew attention motion on the exorbitant tax hike twice. In the last general body meeting, five of us had given a letter to asking the civic body to stop sending property tax bills to the owners. We had told that the survey was wrong. If the notices/bills are not stopped then the owner will have to pay the bill first and then appeal for it,” said Congress corporator and group leader of the party, Shahu Khaire.

    He said that the discussion went on for more than four hours, but the resolution was “just four-line long”.

    He said, “After the discussion, it was decided that the notices were illegal and the ruling was given in this regard. But, the resolution reads, ‘scrutinise the survey and after eliminating the drawbacks send notices’. It means that the ruling party accepts that the notices are correct.”

    The ruling BJP, however, chose to keep silent over the issue. “We have said that the aspects of the survey will be scrutinised and then bills will be issued,” said a senior BJP leader, refusing to give further explanation.

    Meanwhile, the civic administration said that the notices are being sent to property owners and if they had objections to it they could file applications of their grievances.

    ‘Transport panel should include all parties’

    Congress corporator Shahu Khaire have objected to the exclusion of opposition parties, apart from Shiv Sena, in the transport committee that will oversee the functioning of the city bus service.

    From the opposition party only Shiv Sena has been included. “Like smart cityproject, group leaders of all parties should have been involved. But, two members of one opposition party have been made directors. All parties should be given importance,” he said.

  • Civic body taking steps to improve cleanliness score Sumita Sarkar | Jan 7, 2019, 22:27 IST

    Nashik: In view of Swachh Survekshan 2019, the civic body has stepped up its cleanliness and awareness drives in the city. The central team will visit the city for spot inspection before January 31.

    The municipal commissioner has asked the health department and the Godavari conservation cell to carry out the cleanliness drive. Due to stagnant water there is growth of algae in the river and its tributaries. These will be cleared in a day or two.

    The Union housing and urban affairs ministry on January 4 kick-started the fourth edition of Swachh Survekshan, to assess cities of India on their swachh quotient. The survey will continue till January 31 and the results of which will be collated and announced in March this year.

    The administration has also appealed to citizens to help the city score well by participating in the online survey by the Union ministry of housing and urban development started. Sanitation employees are creating awareness among the public about the survey and importance of keeping the city clean. Cleanliness drives are being carried out in all public places such as bus stands and railway stations, road dividers and gardens. This year the NMC is emphasising more on awareness drives. The administration has put up 40 hoardings and 350 boards for creating awareness, besides printing 14,000 stickers and 1.25 lakh leaflets. Awareness is also being created through loudspeakers.

    “Our employees are going from door to door to create awareness. They also conduct awareness drives at commercial areas, malls, theatres, etc. Even on Sunday, these drives were carried out,” said health officer Sachin Hiray.

  • Nashik Municipal Corporation receives over 2,000 proposals for wider roads Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Jan 12, 2019, 11:25 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has received 2,008 proposalsfor widening of roads from 6-7.5 metre to 9 metre. Among these, the process of 7/12 extract has been completed for 250 places and the NMC has its possession.

    A special policy was formed to regularise cupboard spaces across the city. This will be done by widening the roads to 9 meters, for which developers will have to make space. But, old buildings are unable to give additional space for widening of roads and hence are unable to avail this scheme. NMC fears that most of the proposals may not materialise as there is very less front margin space in most of the locations.

    There are more than 6,000 buildings that could not get completion certificates, mainly due to cupboard space violations. In 2016, the erstwhile civic chief Praveen Gedam noticed that developers had sold the free floor space index related to cupboard space. He had given directions that to regularise these through hardship premium.

    “Developers were ready to pay, but there was no FSI remaining. For increasing FSI, it was important to widen roads. But, maximum buildings in the city have left only 6m and 7.5m wide roads. Transfer of developmental rights and premium has been discontinued for such buildings, resulting in discontinuation of additional FSI as well. The solution then was to increase the road width to 9m and increase the FSI. The proposal was approved by the standing committee during Tukaram Mundhe’s time,” said an NMC official.

    He added that there was problem in this solution as well. As no space was available in most of the cases, because of unavailability of the front margin space due to haphazard construction of buildings on small roads. “Under such circumstances, it would be difficult to regularise cupboard space violations, but not impossible. We have received more than 2,000 applications. Out of these, NMC already got 7/12 extract for 250 places and the widening work can be started at these places. There are 7-8 months yet to apply for road widening and we are expecting to more proposals,” said the officer.


  • Civic body raises rent of properties as per RR rate Sumita Sarkar | Jan 12, 2019, 21:41 IST

    The NMC sealed the Jyotikalash Hall, which was being run by Lokhitwadi Mandal, for not paying the revised rent

    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to increase the rent of its properties as per 2.5% of the ready reckoner (RR) rate and seal those where commercial activities are being conducted.

    The civic administration has already started the process of sealing the properties that have been given on rent at nominal rates for charity purposes, but commercial activities are being conducted.

    It has also started sealing properties where agreement between the organisation and NMC has not been renewed. The estate department of the NMC has directed divisional officers to take action against all such organisations and not just cultural organisations or those managing libraries.

    Following this development, late Kavi Kusumagraj-initiated Lokhitvadi Mandal’s Jyotikalash Hall where budding artists are trained has been sealed.

    “The NMC has a total of 903 properties and most of them have been given to various organisations on rent at nominal rates. In some cases agreements have not been made or renewed. Documents are also not available with regard to these cases and these properties are also being used for commercial purposes. The properties have been given on rent for charitable purposes,” an NMC official said.

    In 2016, the then civic chief Praveen Gedam had initiated survey and inspection of these properties and had also floated the idea of charging the rent as per RR rate. During Tukaram Mundhe’s period sealing of properties had begun and after a brief halt it has begun again.

    Even NMC school buildings will be rented out as the RR rate. Last year, 127 primary schools were reduced to 90 and the education department handed over 11 buildings to the estate department. Many educational institutes including Savitribai Phule Pune University have shown interest in these buildings and are ready to pay the revised rent.

    A proposal was tabled at the standing committee to rent out NMC’s buildings to private organisations and the right to decide the rental period with the commissioner. The commissioner has the right to fix the rental period for a year. Beyond that, the standing committee has the authority to fix the rental period.

    The standing committee has now forwarded the proposal to the general body and a decision on this will be finalised in the upcoming meeting.

    West division officer Nitin Ner said, “As per NMC’s policy, we sent notices to all the organisations that do not have agreement to pay the revised rent. Most of the organisations told us that it was not mentioned in the agreement. But when we asked them to furnish the agreement copy they could not show the clause.”

    Meanwhile, Lokhitvadi Mandal has raised objection against the move. Jayprakash Jategaonkar, chairperson of the organisation, denied charging anything for training.

    “If anyone gives us donation, we give them proper receipt. We train children for free and pay the rent to NMC, including the water and electricity bills,” he said.

    “They sent us a letter in July 2016. Accordingly, we provided all the necessary documents including the copy of agreement to the NMC,” Jategaonkar said.


  • Nashik: Smart Road first phase to be completed this month-end Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Jan 14, 2019, 23:16 IST

    NASHIK: The first phase of the 1.1 km Smart Road, a pilot project, from Ashok Stambh to Modak Point (Trimbakeshwar Naka) that started last June will be completed this month-end.

    This road is expected to be replicated elsewhere as model road. It was expected to be completed in October 2018. But has been inordinately delayed causing lot of traffic chaos and inconvenience to people.

    The Smart Road includes a one-metre wide cycle tracks on both sides of the road, pedestrian crossing, junction development, CCTV, smart pole, smart signal etc for this road, pedestrian walkways on both sides, seating arrangement for senior citizens on the walkways, kiosks providing information on important places of the city, CCTV cameras, underground electric cables etc are in the plan.

    The district collectorate, district court, central bus stand, educational institutes, commercial complexes, shops, hotels/restaurants and many other establishments are located on this road. During rainy season it used to be an ordeal for commuters, students, business persons and others. Recently, Nashik Municipal Corporation administration gave a presentation of smart city projects along with their status to guardian minister Girish Mahajan who directed smart city officials to complete the first phase by January-end.

    “Smart City officials have committed that they would complete the first phase by this month-end. It has been delayed a lot and people are facing inconvenience,” said an NMC officer.

  • Artificial intelligence system at Indiranagar underpass TNN | Updated: Jan 21, 2019, 12:40 IST

    The Indiranagar underpass is notorious for rampant wrong-side driving

    NASHIK: The Indiranagar underpass is notorious for rampant wrong-side driving. But a new system of smart cameras inside the underpass promises to eliminate the problem.

    It’s a simple setup: the cameras snap photos of motorists entering the underpass from the wrong side and then automatically forwards the images to city police for further action. The system, which uses artificial intelligence, is under construction and will be inaugurated on January 26.

    Many motorists coming from Govindnagar frequently enter the underpass, which is a traffic violation as per a city police notification. The cameras, authorities said, will help police detect such violations even when there are no traffic personnel deployed at the site. Currently, personnel from the traffic department control traffic near the underpass from early morning until late evening.

    Motorists from Indiranagar side can use the underpass to move towards Govindnagar, but traffic from the opposite side has been banned. Instead, motorists from Govindnagar have been asked to drive a couple of hundred meters ahead until they can take a U-turn towards Indiranagar.

    Mahendra Ekbote of Appcraftz, a software development company, said: “We have set up four to five cameras inside the underpass. The system has a siren that first warns motorists that they are approaching the underpass from the wrong side. If they ignore the alarm and continue into the underpass, the cameras inside will proceed to take their photos. The photos, with the registration number of the vehicle clearly showing, will be sent to a police server. The traffic department will then initiate the necessary legal action.”

    Lighting inside the underpass will also be improved to ensure photos of the vehicles are clear.

    Senior police officials added they were confident the new system will be effective. The Indianagar underpass has been a congestion point ever the since roadworks to widen the Mumbai-Agra stretch – passing through Nashik city – were completed in 2013. Traffic from two wide roads on its East and West meet within the structure.

    The police had also attempted to shut the underpass because of numerous accidents at the site. But it was reopened again following huge public protests. A plan to install a signal ahead of the structure never materialized.


  • Online survey on cleanliness gets poor response

    Jan 21, 2019, 22:03 IST

    Nashik: With nine days remaining for the online survey in the Swacch Survekshan 2019 to culminate, the civic body has appealed to the citizens to participate in the survey, the details of which are available in the website of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs.

    One of the important components of Swachh Survekshan is getting citizens’ feedback on the progress made by cities in achieving cleanliness.

    “Only 622 Nashikites have participated in the survey. The figures are paltry considering the population of the city,” said Mahesh Bachchhav, administrative officer of the NMC.

    The participation of residents of Deolali Cantonment Board is also pathetic as only one person has given his feedback.

    Malegaon town has a better participation with 990 citizens giving feedback about Malegaon Municipal Corporation.

    So far, Pune is leading in the state with 3,397 responses from local residents, while Kolhapur has registered participation of over 3,304 citizens.

    The citizens can participate in the survey by logging on to the website https://www.swachhsurvekshan2019.org/CitizenFeedback. The citizens can also call the toll-free number 1969 to register their feedback.

    “There is no point in blaming the civic body alone for not being ranked among the top clean cities if they are not going to shoulder their responsibilities. Here they just have to take part and register their vote – good or ugly, but even that is not happening,” Prakash Chaudhary, a resident of Ambad said.

    Working woman Neeta Patil said, “I was unaware of the survey, though I find the city much cleaner than a year before. The streets are being cleaned and the waste is being segregated at source.”

    The NMC is taking measures to make people aware about the survey through the sanitation employees by way of stickers, placards, boards, etc.

  • Shoddy smart road work disrupts power supply Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Jan 24, 2019, 10:03 IST

    Localities between Ashok Stambh and Trimbak Nala have plunged into darkness thrice in the last one month. (File photo)

    NASHIK: The disconnect between the state power utility and civic administration has left some residents between Ashok Stambh to Trimbak Naka in the dark, literally.

    Localities in the area have plunged into darkness thrice in past one month. The ongoing work to create the city’s maiden Smart Road on this stretch damaged the underground power cables of the Maharashtra State Electricity Supply Company Ltd (MSEDCL).

    The cables were damaged and power supply to the local residents disturbed in different spots along that road. The power utility has decided to take up the issue with the Nashik Municipal Corporation.

    “We are in the process of writing to the civic body to direct the contractors concerned to be extra vigilant while digging the roads so that the underground cables are not damaged. It leads to disruption of the power supply in the locality,” MSEDCL sources said.

    MSEDCL officials said that in the first two instances of disruptions, the power utility officials were able to undertake repairs and restore the supply within a couple of hours. In the third instance, the damage resulted in disruption of power for a long time. A commercial tower and residential building at Ashok Stambh remained without power for nearly 15 hours.

    The commercial tower at Ashok Stambh houses a private bank and other commercial establishments. The nearby residential building gets power from a common transformer and was forced to stay without power supply from Monday night till late Tuesday afternoon.

    Sanjay Patil, one of the business owners in the building, said that the power suddenly snapped on Monday night. “Only our area was in dark. We contacted the MSEDCL officers. They came here and then said that the things could be repaired only the next day,” Patil said.

    MSEDCL officials said that the power cable had been severely damaged by an earthmover. It was difficult to reinstate the punctured cable in the night and hence, they carried out the work the next morning. The repair work was time consuming.

    Officials said that they would be apprising the officers of the issues faced by the residents and at the same time request for better coordination between the agencies so that such incidents are not repeated, the officer added.

    Once the work on stretch from Ashok Stambh to Trimbak Naka is completed, the work on the stretch from Trimbak Naka to Ashok Stambh will be done. “It is likely that the same spots will face problems again during the next set of works. Better coordination will ensure lesser hassles to the agencies as well as the consumers,” the MSEDCL official said.


  • Central team of four officials arrives for cleanliness survey Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Jan 24, 2019, 10:06 IST

    The team is carrying out random inspections of various spots and will also be speaking to local residents. (File photo)

    NASHIK: The team appointed by Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has been surveying the city for Swachh Survekshan 2019 since Tuesday.

    The civic administration said that the team of four is carrying out random inspections of various spots and will also be speaking to local residents for their feedback. The team will not be interacting with the civic administration and will submit their report directly to the Centre.

    “We have not been contacted by the team. Even last year, they did not contact us. They move around in the city on their own and also speak with people about cleanliness in the city,” said an NMC official.

    They are expected to be in the city for two more days. “The team is given locations through global positioning system from Delhi and they visit those locations. After they visit the spot, they send their feedback and observations online along with the photos immediately to Delhi. We have no say in all this,” the official said.

    He said that the civic administration has been taking every effort to keep the city and the rivers clean. However, citizens’ participation had a poor show; only 622 persons responded to the online survey. Last year also, the city lost out because of poor participation from public.

    “People’s participation has lot of weightage. Feedback from citizens carries weightage of 35% and plays crucial role in deciding the ranking of cities. In all other aspects, we have left no stone unturned in keeping the city clean,” said the official.

    Out of the total 5,000 marks, 1,250 are for direct observation, 1,250 for citizens’ feedback, 1,250 for service level progress and 1,250 for certification. After the survey is completed, the data of all the cities is compiled and the 4,237 urban local bodies are ranked.


  • Solar panels to be set up on all Nashik Municipal Corporation buildings Sumita Sarkar

    Edited | Siddharth

    | TNN | Jan 24, 2019, 10:06 IST

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    NASHIK: Soon, all the buildings of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) will have solar rooftop panels that will save on energy bills.

    Work order for the solar rooftop panels under the smart city mission has been given to the private agency M/s Sangam Advisor Ltd. The project will be managed on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis for 25 years. “The solar rooftop panel project will be done on a PPP basis. The company will be responsible for repair and maintenance of the solar panels for 25 years,” said an NMC official.

    “The power generated through these solar panels will be given to the MSEDCL through net metering. We will be getting a subsidy. Hence, an agreement for power purchase will be done with the company and the NMC. A SPV has to be formed by the company as per the terms and conditions of the tender for making an agreement with the NMC for the power purchase,” said the official.

    As per the tender process, the cost of electricity per unit is Rs4.59. As per the Shop Act 2013, M/s Sangam Advisor has established an SPV, Vasang Solar Van Pvt Ltd. There are a total of 16 NMC buildings where the rooftop solar panels will be installed.

    “We will be able to save around Rs1 crore per year on power supply bills. This is a significant amount. The cash-strapped NMC will get some respite thanks to the solar rooftop panels,” said the official.


  • Over 11,000 tribals in dist get access to land under FRA Abhilash Botekar | Jan 25, 2019, 22:09 IST

    Nashik: A total of 11,947 tribals were given land titles by the district administration at a programme organised at Surgana taluka on Friday under the provisions of Forest Rights Act.

    Farmers from various parts of the district, including Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri, Surgana, Peth, Baglan, Nandgaon, Kalwan, among others, had gathered for the programme organised to hand over the land to those have been tilling the forest lands for over four to eight decades.

    “We reviewed and sanctioned 11,947 applications for the tribals that mean they now have their own land which they can rightfully plough and reap the benefits. They will no more have to fear the forest department or anyone else as the land will now bear their name,” district collector Radhakrishnan B said.

    It should be noted that thousands of tribals had marched to the Mantralay in March, 2018 to demand the clearing of the FRA applications and appeals at the earliest. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had assured the tribals of expediting the matter and instructed the district administration to speed up the process.

    “Five people were presented the title of the land through the programme held today. Rest of the tribals will be given the same through respective taluka headquarters,” the collector said.

    According to senior officials, people whose applications have been rejected also stand a chance to get the land parcel – termed as ‘Van Patta’ in their names.

    “First is that we have asked them to put up their case again with the respective committee. Similarly, the ones who have got lesser land in their names have also been asked to put up their requests. The committee will take up the issue and using the some satellite images before the year 2005, when the FRA came into existence, the land measurement will be carried out and the land title will be released or revised,” the official said.

    The Forest Rights Committee received as many as 50,443 applications from the tribals from eight tribal talukas — Nashik, Peth, Surgana, Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri, Kalwan, Dindori and Baglan. Of these 49,769 applications were forwarded to the sub-divisional-level-committee. The district committee then approved 17,551 applications.

    After the decision, 19,606 fresh appeals were filed by the individuals and administration also registered 11,928 appeals on its own (suo moto) — totaling to 31,534. Of these 11,947 applications got district administration’s approval.


  • Property owners in Nashik need not pay 'high' tax bills immediately
    Officials said they have stopped despatching bills to property owners following the general body’s decision on the issue.Sumita Sarkar | January 26, 2019, 15:00 IST

    NASHIK: The civic administration made it clear to the standing committee on Friday that property owners who think that their tax bills are inflated need not pay the bill now but they have to file an objection on the issue.

    The property tax department will conduct a hearing of the objections and after verifying the appeal the tax amount would be finalised, which the property owners will have to pay. Officials said they have stopped despatching bills to property owners following the general body’s decision on the issue.

    Though the topic was not in the list for discussion, the standing committee members wanted to know the fate of the allegedly exorbitant tax .

    Corporators Santosh Salve, Mushir Sayyed, Pravin Tidme, Bhagwat Aarote and others asked why tax notices were being issued as per the increased rate when the general body had cancelled the resolution. They demanded immediate respite before the elections.

    Doiphode said, “Notices were sent to 49,000 new properties. The objections can be filed within 21 days of getting the notice. We have received 17,000 objections till date. Unless verification is done we will not collect tax from people. The notices were sent before the general body’s decision.”

    He said they have sought advice from town planning and legal departments and that in two days town planning department will respond to them. “In 8 to 10 days decision on technical aspects will be taken.”

    TDR probe:

    Committee members also asked about the inquiry committee on transfer of developmental rights and if action would be initiated against district collector B Radhakrishnan for signing on cheque of Rs 21 crore for compensating landowner of survey number 705.

    Chief auditor Mahesh Bacchav said, “A decision can be taken after inquiry is done and preliminary report is submitted on the process of giving the compensation. If the process is wrong then action will be taken on the guilty.”

    Chairperson Himgauri Aher-Adke approved both land acquisition proposals for road widening despite some opposition.

    Licence to sell meat:

    The standing committee cleared the administrations proposal for issuing licences to shop keepers for selling meat, fish and poultry by charging nominal fees, despite opposition from many corporators. They said it would encourage roadside selling of meat.

    “If there is no rule then open markets will thrive. The licences will be issued to shop owners to prevent sale in open,” said municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game.