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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  • Nashik-Bhusawal corridor gears up for high-speed trains TNN | Feb 26, 2019, 12:57 IST

    The Railways also has put forward the demand for 520-metre rails to facilitate faster and economic way of layi... Read More

    NASHIK: The 22.5kilometre stretch from Nashik to Niphad, which falls in the jurisdiction of Bhusawal division, is being equipped with high-end infrastructure to pave the way for movement of high-speed trains and freight along this stretch.

    Bhusawal division has received the consignment of continuous 260-metre rails that will replace the existing 130-metre rails, aiding the smoother movement of trains in the all-important corridor of the Central Railway.

    "We have received the 260-metre railway tracks which will replace the 130 metre rails. The rails are being laid down on a war-footing. The Railways has also granted blocks (no movement of trains) for one or two hours on a daily basis to finish laying the tracks at the earliest," said a senior officer from the Railways' Permanent Way Inspection (PWI) department.

    The Railways also has put forward the demand for 520-metre rails to facilitate faster and economic way of laying tracks and maintenance.

    "Currently, we will be laying the rails between Niphad and Nashik Road railway stations. Heavy machinery is being used for laying the tracks," said the officer.

    The section between Nashik and Ghoti (near Igatpuri railway station that falls in Mumbai division of Central Railways) laid new rails in 2011. "The work between Nashik Road station and Niphad station has just begun and will take a few days to complete," said the officer.

    He added that the work of upgrading the inrastructure has picked up pace after the Rajdhani Express was made to ply on the Central Railway route. The upgradation will also expedite the process of running freight through the corridor.

    The continuous rails are not only sturdier but has less joints which will not only ensure a quite journey but also lesser jerks in the carriage.

    "With modern technology, it is easier to manufacture longer rails and lay down the tracks with the latest machinery, thereby cutting down time. The joint between two rails results in jerks and noise. Less the jonts, the smoother and quiter will the ride be," added the officer.

  • Nashik: Fresh survey of scrap market next week Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Feb 28, 2019, 21:08 IST

    NASHIK: The scrap market on Satpur-Ambad Link Road that was demolished by the civic administration two years back is gradually coming up. A fresh survey will be conducted next week.

    On Thursday, standing committee member Bhagwat Aarote asked for the update and was upset that no action was taken against the scrap shops that came up.

    The civic administration said that they will be conducting a fresh survey because many of them had sought permission since they owned the land.

    “The permission was sought for using the land for residential or commercial purpose. We gave the permission but took an affidavit from them that they will not do scrap business. Next week we will conduct a fresh survey and then take action accordingly,” said the officer. The controversial scrap market at Satpur-Ambad Link Road was demolished in January 2017 as per the directions of the Bombay High Court. It was the biggest demolition in the history of Nashik. Shiv Sena corporator Dilip Datir had knocked the doors of the court in January 2011, prior to that he was following up the case filed by Nashik Municipal Corporation.

    There were around 800 scrap shops in 30 acre of land. Most of the shopkeepers own the land.

  • Removal of hoarding bases from riverbed begins Sumita Sarkar | Mar 3, 2019, 04:40 IST

    Nashik: The civic administration has begun removing the concrete foundations of hoarding frames along the Nandini River.

    The Nashik Municipal Corporation had erected frames for hoardings a few years back, to which the activists had been opposing. Later, the high court also forbade the NMC from erecting the hoardings along the riverbed, as it violated the blue line marked for the river and all its tributaries. Nandini is a tributary of the Godavari river.

    A few years ago, the Bombay High Court, while hearing a public interest litigation related to the rejuvenation of River Godavari, had ordered removal of constructions along the riverbed. The petitioners had followed up the issue and had gotten the hoardings and the iron frames removed from the riverbed, but the concrete foundation that held the frames were still there.

    On Saturday morning, the civic administration began uprooting the foundation in the riverbed below the Untwadi Bridge. These were removed by the encroachment department as per directions of the Godavari Conservation Cell.

    “We had been following up the issue of removing the hoardings with the concerned authorities. Now the concrete foundation is being removed,” said one of the petitioners, Rajesh Pandit.

    The petitioner had filed a case (PIL/176/2012) against all government offices for being responsible for river pollution. These foundations were constructed by digging 10-15 feet deep on the riverbed/blue line and using lot of cement and concrete.

    In 2017, the petitioners had appealed to the district collector to direct the NMC and the water resources department to remove all the concrete foundation along the river bed. So that the gene pools in the riverbed will be rejuvenated.

    “We have started removing the foundation. We will remove all the foundations along Nandini River,” said an NMC official.

  • Plastic crushing machine for Nashik Road station soon Abhilash Botekar | Mar 3, 2019, 04:40 IST

    Nashik: The Nashik Road railway station will soon have plastic bottle crushing machine to collect and get rid of the waste generated here. The announcement was made by RK Sharma, senior divisional commercial manager of Bhusawal division of Central Railway during an inspection tour to the station.

    “The station has been selected as ‘eco-smart’ station following orders from the National Green Tribunal (NGT). “There are several steps that have to be taken to treat all kinds of waste generated from here. The first step is getting rid of the plastic waste and we are planning for the same,” Sharma said.

    The Nashik Road railway station has water dispensing units on its premises. Despite that, vendors at the station sell packaged drinking water to the commuters.

    As per the NGT guidelines, the station should be clean and the tracks between two destinations should also be maintained properly.

    “Currently, we have outsourced the cleanliness works. The waste is collected from the premises and around one kilometre stretch from the station, which gets dumped in appropriate manner. However, now we have to provide the bottle crushing machines,” the officer said.

    Since it will be purchased by the central authority, the request for the same has been sent to the central office of the Central Railway.

    Over the other cleanliness measures, the officer said that the Railways is in process of constructing walls along the tracks to isolate the Railways’ ticketing area from the others.

    “There is a need to construct the wall along the railway station to separate the ticketing and non-ticketing areas. As far as Nashik Road station is concerned, over 80 percent of the work has already been completed. The final leg – between platform 4 and the Road over Bridge (ROB) at Bhusawal-end is being constructed. Once this is done, the Station Security Plan (SSP) will also come into effect,” the officer added.

    “The Railways has decided to identify pockets where waste is dumped on the railway premises and have a dialogue with the local authorities there to draw their attention towards the issues. We have started the process of speaking to the local civic bodies there and requested for their attention on the issue, which will further help us in maintaining cleanliness,” the officer said.


  • NGOs, pvt organisations to maintain urban jungles Sumita Sarkar | Mar 5, 2019, 04:26 IST

    Nashik: The civic body on Wednesday invited private organisations, NGOs and citizens to maintain the six devrais (urban jungles) that were inaugurated on February 16.
    Pits will be dug for saplings that will be planted through citizens’ involvement before the rainy season.

    The devrai concept, which involves planting indigenous trees in clusters and caring for it for maintaining environmental balance, is being implemented by actor Sayaji Shinde in various parts of the state. Nashik is the first city to have devrais whereas elsewhere the concept is implemented in the rural areas or outskirts of cities.

    “We have called a meeting of various organisations, NGOs and citizens’ groups on Wednesday to identify those interested in maintaining the devrais,” said gardens superintendent Shivaji Amle. “The pits will be dug in summer and the plantation will be done in June. We will provide the saplings, they will plant and water them.”

    Block plantation of indigenous trees will be done in a big garden in each of the six divisions. Later, smaller ones will be established in all the 31 wards. Some existing gardens will also be converted into devrais.

    “People from the rural areas will also be coming. We will ask them to create devrais in rural areas. There are many lands of gram panchayats where block plantation can be done,” Amle said.

    A tree census has found that there are 47 lakh trees in 124 species in the city. The NMC has appealed to every citizen to adopt one tree.


  • Fresh NMC survey finds 929 illegal religious structures

    Sumita Sarkar | Mar 5, 2019, 04:24 IST

    Nashik: The civic administration has identified 929 unauthorised religious structures across the city in a fresh survey. It has invited objections and suggestion from stakeholders regarding the regularisation, relocation or demolition of these shrines.

    The NMC recently published the list of these structures. It has given a months time to the stakeholders to register their objections and suggestions, starting March 4.

    The Supreme Court in response to a Petition for Leave to Civil Appeal 8519/2006 ordered on May 5, 2011 that all unauthorised religious constructions should be regularised, relocated or removed.

    A contempt petition was filed in the Bombay High Court by Society for Fast Justice and others against the state. The HC on October 21, 2015, chalked out a plan for the unauthorised religious constructions. According to the plan, all the unauthorised religious structures raised after September 29, 2009 will have to be removed. Also, the possibilities for regularising the structures constructed before this date should be considered. If they cannot be regularised, possibilities for relocating them should be sought.

    The HC had ordered that all the unauthorised religious structures raised after 2009 should be demolished or relocated first. Then, the structures from before 2009 — if they are in public places — should be regularised or relocated.

    Following this, the NMC conducted a survey in 2015 and began with the demolishing the structures after issuing notices to the respective stakeholders. Elected representatives and religious outfits objected to the action and mover HC, saying that the civic body had not classified the structures properly. They also demanded that shrines in the open spaces be allowed.

    As per a government resolution, issued on May 5, 2011, the religious structures that can be duly regularized are classified as Class A. The unauthorized religious structures that are cause hinderence to public movement, maintaining law and order, or are contrary to the DC rules, and cannot be regularized are to be classified as Class B structures. The structures that could be relocated fall in Class C category.

    In November, the HC ruled that the NMC will have to re-conduct the survey to identifying the unauthorised religious structures. Members of Mandir Bachao Samiti demanded that the NMC should publish names of the shrines surveyed in newspapers. On Monday, the NMC published the list in a local newspapers.

    “We have published the list in detail, along with the names, locations and status of the unauthorised shrines. We have sought objections and suggestions from the stakeholders. They will have to provide all the evidences, documents and 7/12 extract along with their application for regularising or relocating the shrines. If some shrines constructed before 2009 are included in the list for those raised after 2009, the objection should be substantiated with evidences. We will scrutinise all the evidences,” said a senior NMC official.

  • Smart city cell to procure scada water meters soon Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Mar 10, 2019, 11:21 IST

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    NASHIK: The smart city cell has called for tenders from invited private agencies to provide the scada water meter, which will ensure proper water utilisation and billing as per usage.

    The tender has been floated for implementing scada water meter and automatic meter reading/advanced metering infrastructure under the Nashik jeevan water supply pan city project.

    The total network water pipeline in the city is 2,100 km. Automatic meter reading will have to be installed, alogn with scada water meters. Through Smart City Mission, the projects of 24x7 water supply in core areas and scada system are expected to be completed in two years.

    The private agency involved in the project will have to redevelop water infrastructure in ABD and surrounding areas, water treatment at Bara Bangalow and Panchavati, electro-mechanical work at Dixit wada, transmission network, elevated storage reservoir, rehabilitation and augmentation of WTP at Bara Bungalow and Panchavati and operation and maintenance for five years.

    “Scada water meter will automatically scan the supply from the treatment plants to storage tanks and the end user,” said chief executive officer of NMSCDCL, Prakash Thavil.

    NMC officials said that there was no issue of water availability but the distribution network was not good. They said that along with improving the distribution network, scada water meter would also be beneficial in appropriate distribution and accounting of water supply in the city.

    During the last standing committee meeting, corporators had suggested that areas like New Nashik and areas of lower strata should be spared of scada water meter as the residents would not be able to afford the bill. Officials said that the metering would ensure appropriate amount for the water used.

    In the meantime, tender has also been invited for redevelopment of major and minor roads with infrastructure utility services including water supply and sewerage ABD area, road work including electrical and garden work, road work and storm water drain, electrical work, water distribution, garden, sewerage work.


  • Allotment of MIDC flatted estate may be delayed further Tushar Pawar | Mar 12, 2019, 09:50 IST

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    NASHIK: Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation’s (MIDC) flatted estate building project at Ambad, which houses 200 outlets, is likely to be delayed another three months as the model code of conduct has come into force with the announcement of Lok Sabha elections.

    Industrial associations have expressed disappointment at the slow pace of work by MIDC. The regional office of MIDC sent a proposal to slash rates of the outlets to the board of directors of MIDC, but with the imposition of the code of conduct, a decision in the matter is likely to be deferred and that may delay allotment of outlets by about three months.

    The flatted estate project is ready and lying idle for the past one-and-a-half year. MIDC is yet to start allotment of outlets. “We had finalised rates of outlets at the flatted estate building, but there had been demand by industries to slash rates. Accordingly, we revised the rates and sent a proposal to the head office of MIDC in Mumbai, which has sent it to the board of directors that will decide on the issue,” said sources MIDC.

    The official added that MIDC will start allotment of outlets once approval from the board of directors of MIDC comes.

    “We have been demanding allotment of outlets at the flatted estate building, but MIDC is going very slow. The flatted estate building is ready and idle for the past one-and-a-half years, but nevertheless allotment of outlets is yet to begin,” Manish Rawal, chairman, infrastructure committee of Nashik Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (NIMA) said.

    The rates need to be slashed, but the authority is taking so much time. Actually, MIDC should have slashed rates of outlets and started allotment before the Lok Sabha elections dates were declared on Sunday evening, he added.

    MIDC has built flatted estate building in Ambad industrial estate of MIDC in the city, which houses total 200 outlets in different sizes ranging from 500 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft. Earlier, MIDC had quoted Rs 5,000 per sq metre, but industrial associations had urged the authority to reduce the rates.

  • NMC's tax collection crosses Rs 100 crore mark Tushar Pawar | TNN | Mar 13, 2019, 12:47 IST

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    NASHIK: For the first time, property tax collection by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has touched Rs 100-crore mark this month.

    As per the latest data provided by the civic body, its property collection currently stands at Rs 104 crore, which is over 30% higher than the collection in the corresponding period of the last fiscal. However, the challenge before the civic body is to mop up another 46 crore in the remaining 18 days to meet its target of Rs 150 crore set for this fiscal.

    The original target for property tax collection for 2018-19 was Rs 253 crore but it was slashed to Rs 150 crore following dispute related to the new properties that were identified during a survey.

    "The rise in property tax collection is because of the increase in tax rates. But, we could not start collecting tax from newly-identified properties this fiscal due to objections from the owners about inflated tax bills," NMC sources said.

    "It is difficult to say whether we will achieve the target or not. We are trying our best and have sent notices to 484 tax defaulters who have hefty dues, asking them to pay their dues quickly or face seizure of their properties," NMC officials said.

    "We have decided to take strict action against the defaulters. In the first phase, we have sent seizure notices to big defaulters, giving an ultimatum of 21 days to clear their dues. We will auction their properties if they fail to pay their dues within the deadline," sources said.

    In August last year, the NMC had taken action against 120 defaulters for not paying total Rs 4.5 crore that was dues of the previous fiscal.

    While properties of two defaulters were auctioned at a total cost of Rs 16.37 lakh, the administration sought approval of the standing committee for taking possession of the remaining 118 properties at a nominal rate of Re 1.

    The standing committee of the civic body has recently given its approval to change the ownership of these properties and record them in the name of the municipal corporation. As per norms, these properties will be re-auctioned twice to change ownership in the name of the NMC.


  • Lack of sewage, drainage network pollutes Nandini Sumita Sarkar | Mar 15, 2019, 04:08 IST

    Nashik: During a visit to Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area by various government departments and environmentalists, it was observed that lack of drainage and sewage network here has caused pollution in Nandini River.

    Officials of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), state Water Resources Department (WRD) and two petitioners of Godavari River Pollution case visited the area with the MIDC officials. The delegation was a part of the sub-committee formed by state revenue commissioner Rajaram Mane to check pollution in Godavari.

    “There is no drainage or sewage network here. As a result, the toxic wastage flows directly into the Nandini river. There seems to be a difference of opinion among NMC and MIDC as to who should be providing the infrastructure. We suggested that the issue should be resolved at the earliest between the two departments to avoid contempt of court,” said the petitioners Rajesh Pandit and Nishikant Pagare.

    They said that if sewage and drainage flows into the river then it will be of no use to constructing any sewage treatment plants.

    “Since the MIDC is the planning authority of that area, they should provide the infrastructure for drainage and sewage pipes,” said an NMC officer. The Nashik ciic body has been insisting for a long time that the MIDC should provide the infrastructure and NMC would maintain it.

    “Drainage lines are not feasible for us. So, we have decided to connect it to the central effluent treatment plant and treat this water. We have already given land to Metal Finisher’s Association that will be constructing the CETP. The MIDC has approved of it and some funding will also be given. As for the sewage is concerned, we already have sop pits in place,” said a senior MIDC official.

    The petitioners said that their main concern was sewage and drainage polluting the river which needs to be resolved urgently.

  • Farmers oppose civic chief’s proposed models, some await smart city report Sumita Sarkar | Mar 15, 2019, 04:08 IST

    Nashik: The Greenfield development plan has not gone down well with a faction of farmers in the Makhmalabad area who have submitted a memorandum to the civic chief expressing their opposition as the offers being made to them are not feasible.

    Some farmers are still neutral and are awaiting the report of the survey from the smart city officials.

    The Greenfield development, under the smart city mission, has been reeling under controversy since a couple of years with farmers vehemently opposing the project as they would have to donate their land for world class infrastructure but would not be getting any compensation. The floor space index offered to them is also not acceptable.

    Farmer Sanjay Bagul said, “We have been given different offers by the administration for land sharing. We will have to pay development charges up to Rs 2,000 for the 45:55 land sharing.”

    The land sharing ratio is of 60:40 wherein the farmer donates 40% of the land and pays 5% development charges for which he will get floor space index (FSI) 2. In case of 55:45 land sharing ratio, base FSI 2.5 will be given and farmers can use upto FSI 3. If a farmer cannot use the entire FSI, he can transfer the remaining FSI on payment. He can also get transfer of developmental rights (TDR). In this model, they will not have to pay betterment charges or amenity tax. For 50:50 land sharing ratio, maximum FSI 3 can be given to the farmer. He can get the FSI or TDR certificate. He can load the TDR anywhere in the city or anyone from the city can load TDR here. Farmers will not have to pay betterment charges or amenity tax.

    The civic chief had worked out these models and presented it to the farmers in February in a bid to convince them to donate their lands.

    Sachin Jagzap, a farmer from Makhmalabad area, said, “Some farmers gave a memorandum to the municipal commissioner on March 12 stating that 350 farmers are opposing the project on the 450 acre land. As per records with the officials, there are 300 farmers with 7/12 extract and the total land for the project is 754 acres,” said Jagzap adding that they had not yet taken a decision.

    An NMC officer said they would study the farmers’ issues in detail. “Smart city officials recently completed the survey and in the process of making a report which will also be given to the farmers,” he said.

  • Congress put on notice over Rs 22 lakh property tax dues Mar 16, 2019, 04:54 IST

    Nashik: The civic body has issued a notice to Nashik city Congress committee for defaulting on property tax worth Rs22.39 lakh for its office on the MG Road. The civic body has also issued a 21-day ultimatum, failing to which the property will be seized.

    Last year too, the NMC had sent a seizure notice to Congress committee for defaulting on property tax amounting to Rs27 lakh, following which office-bearers of the party had collected funds and paid around Rs6 lakh.

    “We have started taking action against those who have defaulted on property tax of over Rs50,000. We sent them final notices to pay the property tax dues, but they did not clear their dues. Now, we have given them an ultimatum of 21 days to pay the dues or face the seizure of their properties,” an NMC official said.

    “We have also slapped seizure notices to the city Congress committee office for defaulting on payment. Last year, they made a partially made a payment of Rs6 lakh, but did not pay the whole amount,” he added.

    When contacted, Nashik city president of Congress Sharad Aher said the party had made some property tax payment last year.

    “We tried to settle the tax issue with the municipal corporation and had a meeting with the then municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe in this connection, but he was transferred all of a sudden. Thereafter, we did not have any meeting with the new municipal commissioner,” Aher said.

    “We have been given an ultimatum of 21 days to pay the dues and we still have 12 days. We will discuss the issue with the party office-bearers and clear the dues,” he added.

    With just 16 days left for the end of the current financial year, the NMC has started taking action for recovering property tax from the defaulters. The NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs150 crore and so far has managed to collect Rs105 crore.


  • E-compost for Nashik station on the cards Abhilash Botekar | Mar 17, 2019, 04:26 IST

    Nashik: The Railways is planning to install a food waste digester, which is an electronic compost system, at the Nashik Road railway station after it was selected as one of the eco-smart stations in the country.

    The station comes in A1 category of Bhusawal division on the Central Railway. It has been included in the list of eco-smart stations and the primary objective is to treat the biodegradable waste generated on the premises.

    “At present the waste generated in the station is the collected at one place. From there it is handed over to the municipal corporation’s garbage van, which takes the further required action. The eco-smart category wants the Railway station to be responsible for the waste produced,” a senior railway official, who is part of the committee on eco-smart development, said.

    The first meeting of the committee after the announcement of the same was recently held. “Since we are now an eco-smart station, it is expected that our teams will deal with everything required and produced on our premises. The developmental activities will be carried systematically. The issue about biodegradable waste was discussed during the first meeting of the committe. Installation of a bio-digester that composts the waste into manure with a day was suggested,” the senior official said.

    “The bio-digester is installed in the canteen of many facilities in Nashik and can be tailor made as well. It works on power and produces manure within a span of eight hours only. After cleaning, the system is ready for the next day process,” the official said.

    The product cost is more than 3.5 lakh and the Railways doesn’t have enough funds at present. “We will now present our request to the General Manager, who in turn will put up before the Railway Board and then the decision to buy the product will be taken,” the official said, adding that the administration is also considering to take the help of people, non-governmental organisations, corporate social responsibility funds for the same.


  • Naredco raises objection against unified development control rules

    Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Mar 18, 2019, 14:20 IST

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    NASHIK: The Maharashtra government recently released a unified draft Development Control and Promotion Regulation in which Nashik has been excluded. National Real Estate Development Council said that Nashik will face many problems due to the exclusion.

    The gazette of draft unified DCPR was made on March 8. It was published online on March 15. In many places in DCPR it has been mentioned ‘except Nashik’. Till April 6, objections and suggestions have been invited. The members along with other realtors will raise their suggestions and objections and if these are not accepted, they will also knock the doors of the court.

    They objected to parking, floor space index and amenity space rules for Nashik. They alleged that Nagpur was treated as per D class municipal corporations in the DCPR.

    “Why the carpet area is different only for Nashik if it is a unified DCPR? Is Nashik not in the state? For gaothan areas, FSI is 2.5 in Nashik while for others it is FSI 3,” said a member of Naredco, Jayesh Thakkar.

    The members alleged that it was clear discrimination and that it was deliberately done with Nashik.

    Members of Naredco, Nashik said that the government had introduced a new term for parking - ECS (equivalent car space) according to which more space has to be left for cycle and two-wheeler parking in residential building.

    For instance, if the residential complex is on 150 sq m area then 18.75 sq m will have to be left for parking. If it is commercial complex then for 100 sq m, for instance, 112 sq mt parking space will have to be left.

    They said that the parking space was based on the carpet area earlier when two cars and two two-wheelers could be fitted in 40 sq mt space.

    “For Nagpur 10 percent amenity space has to be reserved for an area more than 10,000 sq mt while for Nashik it is 15 percent for more than 4,000 sq mt area,” said Vijay Sanap, national vice president of Association of Consulting Civil Engineers.

    Naredco members said that the major impact would be expensive homes for citizens, realtors will not be able to consume the potential which is already less than other cities, constructing commercial complexes will not be possible, growth of the city will be stunted and this policy is against the central government’s housing policy.

    NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal has also raised objections and has written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis about it.

  • Unauthorised halls, lawns to face action

    Mar 20, 2019, 04:58 IST

    Nashik: The civic administration conducted a fresh survey and found over 100 unauthorised wedding halls and lawns across the city. Now, the civic body has started issuing notices to them.

    The survey was conducted following instructions from municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game. The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) town planning department surveyed 167 properties of which 63 are authorised and 104 are unauthorised.

    Of the 104, owners of 30 properties have applied for getting them authorised through the compounding policy and the civic body has issued noticed to the remaining 74 properties. Currently, action against those who have applied for regularisation has been temporarily halted.

    As per development control promotion and regulations (DCPR), it is mandatory to seek permission of NMC’s town planning department for lawns and marriage halls. Specific rules have been formulated for them. But many of the lawns and halls in and around the city have been constructed flouting the rules.

    These lawns earn lakhs of rupees but the NMC does not get any revenue from them. Last year, the town planning department had conducted a division-wise survey and issued notices to unauthorised marriages halls and lawns following which some of the owners removed the unauthorised constructions.

    Action against lawns was halted for a brief period after the NMC was dragged into the court in the Greenfield lawns case that is on the blue line. But Game issued directions to start the action once again after conducting a fresh survey.

    “The report of the survey has been presented to the civic chief. We have started issuing notices. For those who have applied for regularisation, we will have to first check if they can be regularised or not. For time being we are not issuing any notices to these lawns,” an NMC official said.

    The government permitted to get unauthorised structures regularised through compounding policy by paying compounding charges and declaring it as compounding structure. The lawns and marriage halls have applied for regularisation under this policy.