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    Nashik civic body to auction properties of 50 major tax defaulters

    The civic administration had set a property tax collection target of Rs 113 crore for 2017-2018, but it could collect only Rs 90 crore. Hence, the NMC decided to take action against defaultersTushar Pawar | TNN | April 16, 2018, 13:00 IST

    NASHIK: The civic body has decided to auction the confiscated properties 50 big propertytax defaulters at Dadasaheb Gaikwad auditorium on April 25.

    In a public notice issued on Sunday, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) said the pending dues amount to Rs 3.75 crore.

    The civic administration had set a property tax collection target of Rs 113 crore for 2017-2018, but it could collect only Rs 90 crore. Hence, the NMC decided to take action against defaulters.

    “In the first phase, we are taking action against the top 50 defaulters whose dues amount to Rs 3.75 crore. We will auction their properties next week and will take action against the remaining tax defaulters thereafter,” NMC sources said.

    The 50 defaulters include industrial and commercial establishments. The five top defaulters alone have total dues of Rs 1.58 crore. The 50 defaulters have dues from Rs 2.44 lakh to Rs 79.97 lakh.

    The property tax department of the NMC has identified 490 property tax defaulters and notices of confiscation of their properties with ultimatum of 21 days have been served on them.

    The Congress party’s Nashik office has pending tax dues of Rs 26 lakh. The NMC has served confiscation notice on the office with a deadline of 21 days, which is about to end. However, the Congress officials urged the NMC for one more week to pay the tax. Hence, the NMC did not include the party’s office in the first list of tax defaulters for auctioning of properties.

    On Friday, municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe had hinted at releasing a list of property tax defaulters. “Our property tax collection has definitely increased during the last fiscal due to the NMC taking action against defaulters. Our target is to recover 100% property tax,” Mundhe had said.










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    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

      850 villages likely to face water shortage

      Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Apr 15, 2018, 23:56 IST

      Nashik: As many as 866 villages in Nashik division are likely to face water shortage this summer given the depletion of water levels, the Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency (GSDA) has said.

      The division consists of Nashik, Dhule, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon and Nandurbar districts.

      In Jalgaon, 277 villages are likely to face water shortage during the peak summer as all of its 15 talukas had received deficit rainfall last monsoon and the situation remains grim as temperature has reached 41 degrees celsius and is set to rise further.

      In Nashik district, 235 are likely to face water scarcity this summer. Except Deola, Sinnar, Niphad and Peth talukas, water levels in all other talukas have declined one metre or more compared to average levels.

      The situation in Baglan, Kalwan and Malegaon talukas is worse as water levels have depleted by more than 3 metre. In Baglan, water levels have declined at 69 villages, while in Kalwan taluka 34 villages have witnessed a fall in water levels.

      The situation in Ahmednagar district that falls in rain shadow region is, however, better.

      Water levels in only 29 villages have fallen below average in the past five years. It has also received better rainfall last year which has helped boost availability of water.

      Senior officials from the Nashik division said focus was laid on completing the Jalyukta Shivar and desilting works at the earliest. “The ‘gaal mukta dharan (silt-free water reservoirs) and ‘gaal yukta shivar’ (farms with silt) were special campaigns taken up by the government across the state. We are also stressing on completion of these projects in the reservoirs across the division. Nashik district has done good in Jalyukta Shivar works and the same work formula will be stressed across the division,” an official said.











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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        Opposition to tax on agricultural land snowballs

        Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: Apr 17, 2018, 14:12 IST
        NASHIK: As the opposition to the decision of the Nashik Municipal Corporation to levy property tax on agricultural land falling under the yellow zone has been mounting, mayor Ranjana Bhansi has called a general body meeting on April 23 to discuss the issue.

        Bhansi said the civic body’s move would accentuate the woes of farmers involved in cultivation in the yellow zone of the city -- the residential areas.

        Meanwhile, the MNS and AAP staged separate agitations in front of the NMCheadquarters on Monday, registering their opposition to the civic body’s decisions.

        The AAP members protested against the substantial hike in various kinds of property taxes and demanded a roll back. They also expressed their ire about the move to levy property tax on agricultural land.

        The MNS protested against levying of property tax on playgrounds of schools and colleges. The party workers conducted their agitation in a novel way, by playing cricket in front of the NMC headquarters.

        Bhansi told reporters, “We are in support of farmers and we oppose any move to levy of property tax on agricultural land. The municipal commissioner has exempted agricultural land in green zone only. Our demand is that agricultural land, be it in green zone or yellow zone, should be exempted in a blanket manner.”

        She said a delegation of elected representatives of the civic body will meet district guardian minister Girish Mahajan and also chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on the issue.

        The administration has increased tax on existing properties by 18% from the current fiscal, while property tax on new residential buildings has been increased from Rs 50 paise per sq.ft. to Rs 2 per sq.ft. Moreover, for the first time, NMC has levied tax on open plot and land in the side margins of buildings. It has also brought agricultural land in yellow zone under the tax net.

        Following protest by farmers, municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Friday exempted agricultural land that falls in green zones.

        Property tax on land had been increased from 3 paise per sq.ft. to 40 paise per sq.ft, but Mundhe has reduced it to 20 paise per sq.ft.

        Meanwhile, farmers held meetings at Adagaon and Makhmalabad on Sunday, opposing the move of the civic administration. They have decided to hold demonstrations at the NMC headquarters on April 23, the day the NMC general body meeting on the issue takes place.








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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Hoardings removed, focus now on concrete foundation

          Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Apr 18, 2018, 00:01 IST
          Nashik: Acting upon the order of the high court, the civic administration has removed hoardings from Nandini river but is yet to remove the concrete foundation on the river bed. Petitioner Rajesh Pandit has demanded these structures be removed from the blue line at the earliest.

          Pandit had filed a public interest litigation in which he held all the government offices responsible for river pollution. Environment activists in the city have been demanding that besides making the river and its tributaries pollution-free, concrete should also be removed from the river bed and the blue line.

          Recently, Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) removed all the hoardings and frame holdings on Nandini river but did not remove the concrete structures on the riverbed that held the hoardings.

          “As per the order of the high court on March 30, 2017 and the appeal in my letter (April 9) on removal of unauthorised constructions on the blue line, it has been understood that NMC has removed some unauthorised constructions like hoardings. However, when we visited the spot we saw the hoardings and structures for setting these were removed. The foundation where these were set up had not been removed,” said Pandit.

          He said the foundations were constructed with cement and concrete by digging 10-15 feet deep into the riverbed/blue line. “I have written to the district collector and will send copies to all members of the committee formed by the court to tackle river pollution. These include the municipal commissioner, the revenue commissioner and other members. As per NEERI’s suggestion, the district administration has mentioned in the report that it would not use cement and concrete in the river bed or on the blue line,” added Pandit.

          In the letter, Pandit appealed to the district collector to direct the civic administration and the water resources department to remove the concrete foundation so that the gene pools in the riverbed or blue line is rejuvenated and the order of the high court and the suggestion of NEERI is followed in the true sense. “All the unauthorised concrete structures on the river bed/blue line and its tributaries have to be removed,” said Pandit.









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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            NMC firm on auctioning off defaulters’ properties

            Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Apr 18, 2018, 23:51 IST
            Nashik: With the civic body deciding to auction the properties of 50 top tax defaulters on April 25, the owners of such properties have started appealing to the officials to halt the auction and give them more time to clear the dues.

            Some have asked to waive off the penalty.

            On March 15, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) had issued notices to 90,000 property owners for various issues relating to property tax.

            The civic body can auction off the properties after 21 days of issuing the notices.

            So, the NMC has issued a public notice, announcing auctioning of the properties on April 25 at 4pm.

            “After we declared the date of auction, many property owners started approaching us asking for more time to pay the dues. Some have requested us to waive off the penalty,” a senior official said.

            “We made it very clear to the property owners that the penalty cannot be waived off. They have not paid tax for years and hence the penalty has been slapped. We have given them enough time; they should have made the payment. Some property owners made excuses like they were not using the entire property and there were others who were also using it. We asked them to sort out the differences among themselves. We had given notices to them since the properties belong to them,” said the official.

            In some cases, there were disputes between the owner and the tenant due to which the dues could not be paid.

            The municipal body said the onus to resolve such issues and pay the dues is on the owner, the official added.

            He said if the defaulters paid the dues even on the day of auction, their properties would not be put up for auctioning.

            In the auction notice, the NMC has mentioned that no pawning for the property would be entertained as it is illegal.

            The list of the 50 properties has been uploaded on the NMC’s official website.








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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Encroachments demolished in Nashik West division

              Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Apr 21, 2018, 20:16 IST
              NASHIK: Carrying out with its anti-encroachment drive, Nashik Municipal Corporation demolished permanent structures in the plush New Pandit Colony on Friday.

              The squad of the NMC’s encroachment department along with staff of other departments and dedicated police for the drive demolished unauthorized constructions in New Pandit Colony off Gangapur Road and in PNT Colony.

              In the D wing of Thakker Treasure, a resident Lokesh Maheshwari had enclosed his 2.50 by 2.00 metre terrace with a tin shed that was demolished by the squad. In PNT Colony, the squad demolished a brick construction on the side margin by Shree Khivansara. The NMC squad demolished some part of it while some part was demolished by the owner. “All unauthorised constructions, constructions on parking spaces, side margins, roads etc will be demolished in stricter actions by NMC in future. Action will also be taken against vegetable and fruit vendors, kiosk owners, hawkers, and offences will be registered against them in the respective police stations,” said an NMC official.

              He appealed to people to remove/demolish all illegal constructions on their own and cooperate with the NMC or else the latter will have to demolish these and also charge for the expenses from the owner.








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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                NMC taking steps to curb pollution after green panel rap

                Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Apr 26, 2018, 21:59 IST
                Nashik: The municipal solid waste (MSW) plant which had become a subject of heated arguments at the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for improper functioning and triggered an inquiry against the then superintending engineer got attention only a year ago.

                The NMC has taken a number of steps in the last one year for proper disposal of waste and the compost plant has become fully operational. It has also started imposing fines on those burning waste.

                Most of the solid waste was not being treated optimally. Besides, the landfill was also falling short of holding all the garbage. An order of the National Green Tribunal, Western Zone, Pune, prompted the NMC to withhold building permissions until the MSW was made fully operational.

                “Since 2017, we have proper garbage disposal. A private agency was given operations and maintenance contract. It has been composting, capping of existing dump site and setting up new scientific landfill. Waste is being converted into energy and leachate is controlled as well. It is a pilot project that could be replicated across the country,” said a civic official.

                To stop burning of waste, the NMC recently published a notification mentioning heavy penalties on offenders, be it sanitary workers or citizens.

                “We have made the divisional officers responsible for monitoring waste burning. The sanitary inspectors will check on the offence and inform the division officer. We have started fining employees and citizens. Both these issues have been streamlined and we hope that the environment scenario will change for better,” said a senior civic official.

                The civic administration is also keen on taking up the city bus service from MSRTC and is getting hiring CRISIL to conduct a study. The buses are ailing and if the NMC takes over the services, new buses would be acquired.

                P Anbalagan, Member secretary, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, said the state cannot be compared with northern states as Maharashtra is the only state to have a comprehensive air quality improvement plan for all cities where particulate matter is more.

                “The draft report is ready. We are happy to have monitoring stations and can take the necessary steps. We have maximum number of monitoring systems — more than 120. Of these, 78 are stationary. We will add 17 more, out of which we are adding 11 air quality monitoring systems this month,” he said .

                “We are adding another 57 stationary monitoring systems to cover all districts, including Nashik. There are roughly nine such places where monitoring systems are less. One monitoring system should cover 2-3 km. We will have a total 150 stations in the state,” said Anbalagan, adding that the state will have sensor-based air quality monitoring systems by next year.

                Agreeing that the number of stations in Nashik were less, Anbalagan said, “We are trying to have more stations at places like Amravati, Ahmednagar, Solapur and Nashik. Once our report is ready, we will talk to the municipal corporations.”










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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  ‘Poor air quality gives rise to respiratory ailments’

                  TNN | Apr 26, 2018, 22:02 IST
                  Nashik: A section of the city-based pulmonologists have blamed the declining quality of air pollution for the increase in respiratory diseases among the people living in the city.

                  They have advocated that the concerned authorities take firm steps to improve the quality of air.

                  According to Samir Chandratre, a doctor, there has been an increase in the number of patients suffering from respiratory problems in the city.

                  “Air pollution is a major contributing factor for ailments like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD),” said Chandratre.

                  While COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs, ILD refers to a broad range of progressive lung disorders characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lungs.

                  “Cases of people suffering from COPD and ILD are on the rise in the city. And in many cases ILD could be fatal,” he added.

                  Apart from the air pollution, smoking and use of chemicals are major contributors for lung ailments.

                  He added that he has been examining more patients having respiratory diseases at present than it was few years back.

                  “There is a need to tackle the problem of air pollution in the city. We must ensure that the people get the right kind of air to breathe. Or else respiratory diseases would continue to rise,” he warned.

                  Chandratre suggested that there should be strict vigil on erring industries in different sectors that pollute the air by not adhering to the pollution norms.

                  Echoing similar views another pulmonologist Ravindra Shinde, said poor air quality can aggravate the problems of having history of respiratory problems.

                  “There are several cases where city patients suffering from COPD have to be admitted in hospitals for treatment as their condition had worsened due to poor air quality. There is a need to have proper air quality in the city,” stressed Shinde.









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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    From July, Nashik civic body to charge fine on delay in property tax payment

                    The NMC that used to give discount for early payment of tax to encourage people to pay in time, recently, scrapped the schemeSumita Sarkar | TNN | April 30, 2018, 19:00 IST

                    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation will now be charging fine on property taxfrom July if it is not paid by June-end.

                    "The fine of two percent was for tax payers who failed to pay dues before October-end. Now, it has been decided that taxes will have to be paid byJune-end or else tax payers will have to pay two percent fine every month," said an NMC official.

                    The NMC that used to give discount for early payment of tax to encourage people to pay in time, recently, scrapped the scheme. Tax payers used to get five percent discount for taxes paid in April, three percent in May and two percent in June. Solar power users used to get an additional discount of five percent and online tax payers used to get additional two percent discount.

                    "We scrapped the system because it was to encourage people to pay in time. But we were incurring losses. Now the new fine system will also hopefully make people pay taxes in time," said the official.









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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      MIDC overcomes land scarcity, industries to get adequate land by year end

                      Tushar Pawar| TNN | Apr 30, 2018, 19:03 IST
                      NASHIK: The industrial development of Nashik, which had been affected for the past 15 years due scarcity of land, has positive news now.

                      MIDC has already acquired total 823 hectares at various four locations in the district so far where infrastructure works have been started. The allotments of land to industries are expected to start there.

                      Moreover, the authority is also in the process of acquiring around 400 hectares at three locations and the land is expected to be acquired by the end of the calendar year 2018.

                      The industrial growth of Nashik has been hampered due to various reasons, including scarcity of land as the major reason. Not a single new large industrial project came to city in past 15 years, but the fresh land acquisition will help fetch more new large industrial projects to Nashik.

                      “We have overcome the land scarcity issue here to some extent here in the district. Of total 1,222 hectares proposed for acquisition of land at seven locations in the district, we have got possession of 823 hectares so far at five locations in the district,” said an official from MIDC.

                      “We are expecting allotment of land to industries at some locations in the district where infrastructure works are about to be completed,” added official.

                      MIDC has proposed total acquisition of 352 hectares at Talegaon-Akrale, around 18 kms from Nashik city. “We have already acquired 250 hectares and infrastructure works are in progress there. We are planning to start allotment of land to industries shortly. We are also in the process of acquiring remaining 98 hectares at the same location,” said MIDC official.

                      MIDC has also acquired 346 hectares at Ajang village in the district. The land was, which owned by Maharashtra State Agriculture Development Corporation, has been transferred to MIDC. After the possession of land, MIDC is expected to prepare lay-outs and start infrastructure there.

                      Apart from this, MIDC has already acquired 113 hectares at Sayane in Malegaon tehsil, 109 hectares in Yeola and 50 hectares at Vinchur in the district.

                      Moreover, it has proposed 144 hectares at Rajur Bahula, 15 kms from city and 109 hectares at Sinnar and another 109 hectares at Yeola.
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                      “We signed MoUs with investment worth Rs 1,800 crore during Make in Nashik event held in Mumbai by the association. We have already made a demand of land to the MIDC and it has promised start land allotment shortly in new industrial estate coming up in Dindori,” said Manish Rawal, chairman, infrastructure committee of NIMA.

                      “MIDC has taken initiatives of land acquisition in the district and it has already acquired several hectares in the district. This will help us to attract more investment in the district in near future,” he added.

                      "The lack of land badly hampered industrial growth of the district in past 15 years, but the scenario has now changed with MIDC’s initiatives of the acquisition of the land at various locations in the district," said Manish Rawal, chairman, infrastructure committee, Nashik Industries & Manufacturers’ Association.









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