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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    Residents gherao NMC officials, demand halt to demolition drive

    Sumita Sarkar| TNN | May 23, 2018, 09:45 IST
    NASHIK: Residents of Raigad Chowk at Cidco on Tuesday gheraoed the divisional officer and her team while they were marking encroachments in the area for demolition. The residents also submitted a memorandum to divisional officer Sunita Kumawat, saying that they would remove the encroachments but the marking should begin from scheme I and not randomly at any place.

    “We told them that they should start from the beginning and not from in between. They are marking minor encroachments like small sheds but there are bigger encroachments as well. Why are they not focusing on those?” asked a resident of Raigad Chowk.

    Civic chief Tukaram Mundhe had promised to do away with encroachments in Cidco during his walk with the commissioner event in Cidco on Saturday. On Monday and Tuesday the civic body marked total 500 unauthorised constructions. These structures will be demolished from June 1, said NMC sources.

    During the event on Saturday, many residents had complained about the unauthorised structures in the area.

    On Monday, 150 houses at Shivpuri Chowk were marked despite protests by the local residents. On Tuesday, they began marking the structures at Tanaji Chowk. However, the residents demanded that encroachments by the roadsides, main squares should be removed first and from the first house. They also demanded that no damage should be done to their properties. But the NMC continued with the marking and went to Raigad Chowk where they were gheraoed.

    Saying that action should be taken against Cidco officials who had taken money for giving permission, the agitators demanded that the marking should be stopped immediately.

    The officials asked the agitators not to create obstacle in government work and that they had received online complaints also on encroachments in CIDCO.

    Meanwhile, minor encroachments were demolished in Satpur, Nashik Road, Panchavati and CIDCO.










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      NMC halts drive against illegal structures in Cidco

      Sumita Sarkar| TNN | May 25, 2018, 00:03 IST

      Nashik: The anti-encroachment drive was halted in the Cidco (new Nashik) area on Thursday and the residents were told to get the illegal structures regularised by May 31.

      While Nashik West Constituency MLA Seema Hiray claimed that the drive was stopped at the behest of the chief minister, municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundha declined comment.

      Mundhe said the action was halted because people had sought some more time to regularise the structures and refused to comment on CM Devendra Fadnavis’s role in the move.

      “We have asked them (residents) to get the structures regularised with compounding charges. Whatever is compoundable will be done Till May 31,” he said.

      The civic chief said that for the economically weaker sections, more FSI is available but for encroachments on roads and utilities like pavers and water supply lines, compounding cannot be done.

      The BJP MLA said Fadnavis was with the grievances of the residents on Wednesday. “We discussed the issue with the chief minister, who directed Mundhe over the phone on Wednesday night to stop the anti-encroachment drive in Cidco. We also submitted a memorandum to Fadnavis,” said Hiray, under whose constituency Cidco is.

      “There are around 25,000 houses in Cidco division. This is is not a small number.”

      During a meeting on Thursday evening, Mundhe asked the officials concerned to stop the demolition drive for now.

      A civic official said, “We have been asked to check if the unauthorised structures can be regularised through compounding charges. At present, we have been asked to discontinue the drive.”

      On the issue of compounding structures, Hiray said, “We have demanded that the CM allow free FSI and cluster development for Cidco. However, this will take some time to materialise.”

      Meanwhile, the Cidco residents, who were planning to organise a protest rally against the anti-encroachment drive on Friday, postponed it to Monday, as the civic chief is on leave.

      The residents of the area had staged a huge protest against the civic administration’ for marking the encroachments and also surrounded the divisional officer on Tuesday.

      The protest rally is being organised by MLC Apoorva Hiray. “We have postponed the rally to Monday as Mundhe will be out of town on Friday,” said a close aide of Hiray.

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      HC to hear plea on marriage lawns today, says Official

      Nashik: The owner of Greenfields Lawn has moved the high court against the NMC’s move to demolish unauthorised marriage halls and lawns in the city before the set deadline of May 31.

      The court is reported to have summoned the municipal commissioner and NMC engineers on Friday.

      “Additional commissioner Kishor Borde and deputy municipal commissioner (encroachment) will be attending the court hearing as per the directions of municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe,” said a civic official.

      Mundhe said, “We have received a copy of the petition.”








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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        Varsities chalk out plan to ensure plastic-free campus

        Chaitanya Deshpande| TNN | May 23, 2018, 16:22 IST


        Nashik: Following the directives of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to ban the use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws and bottles in the campus, the colleges and universities in Nashik have started finalizing their plans to ban plastic before World Environment Day that is observed on June 5.

        “The communication has been issued to all vice-chancellors. The UGC has appealed for ban on take-away coffee cups, lunch wrapped in disposable plastic packaging, plastic bags, disposable food service cups, plates, containers made in polystyrene foam and plastic straws in the university premises. We are looking forward to act on it. Paper bags and cups made of paper will be our priority,” said Prakash Atkare, director of Students Welfare section of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU).

        The university headquarters is situated at Gangapur Road, some 9km away from the city and is known for its aesthetic beauty.

        On the same lines, the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) is also chalking out a plan to ensure a plastic-free campus. “MUHS is already working with the Swacch Bharat mission. Banning plastic totally is going to be a new challenge for us. This is going to be a nation-wide movement. We have some alternatives like use of paper and disposable material,” said registrar of the university K D Chavan.

        Nashik has as many as 40 renowned colleges affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). The colleges will receive correspondence from the university accordingly. But, some colleges have already taken the lead to ban plastic.

        “Canteens in colleges run by MVP will start using ‘kulhads’ (earthen pots) for distribution of tea. We are trying to arrange for earthen pots in the canteens. Bringing plastic cups, plates or bags from outside will be banned in our college campus. Using earthen pots will help local potters to grow their business in the district,” said P N Patil, a member of Maratha Vidya Prasarak Samaj (MVP) group that runs many colleges in Nashik district.

        While the colleges are materialising plans to ensure plastic free campuses, the environment ministry has asked schools to stop the use of plastics in their premises. Most schools will be closed on June 5 as the official date of re-opening is June 15.







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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Students took active part in water conservation

          TNN | May 27, 2018, 17:42 IST


          Many tourist places gives one a joy but Ashok waterfall made some students work for water conservation for nearby village.

          The waterfall is famous tourist spot in Nashik thousands of tourist throng in to visit the place during monsoon. Like other tourist students of Gurugovind Singh Engineering College visited the water last year. During the visit these students come to know about the water scarcity at nearby village Umarane.

          Keeping this in mind students of the college, visited the village recently and through shramdan they have taken some measures to make the village drought free.

          These students contributed every Saturday and Sunday for a month and made various changes.











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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            PCMC constructing subway at CME chowk

            Siddharth Gaikwad| TNN | Updated: May 30, 2018, 13:17 IST


            PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is constructing a subway at College of Military Engineering (CME) chowk in Dapodi to ease flow of vehicles on the grade separator.

            Absence of signals will make it easier for military vehicles to enter and exit the CME premises.

            The 12-km-long stretch of Pune-Mumbai highway from Bhakti Shakti chowk in Nigdi to Harris Bridge in Dapodi has four concrete lanes known as grade separators. There is one bus rapid transit system (BRTS) lane on both sides of the grade separator. There are two to three lane service roads on both sides of the highway.

            Vehicles on the grade separator have to stop at traffic signals at three chowks -- Nashik phata, Phugewadi and CME chowk. The civic body had installed traffic signals at CME chowk after widening the highway to enable easy passage of military vehicles.

            Vijay Bhojane, spokesperson, BRTS cell, said, "The subway will enable vehicles to go straight to Harris bridge and further to Bopodi without stopping. Also vehicles entering Pimpri Chinchwad through Harris bridge in Dapodi can go till Phugewadi chowk unhindered using the grade separator.”

            He said that in case of emergency, military vehicles coming from Pune can be allowed to go to CME premises through the subway by stopping vehicular traffic on service road.

            "Normally vehicles with a maximum height of 4.5 meter can pass through the subways. Since the height of military vehicles is more, the CME chowk subway is being constructed in a way to make it possible for military vehicles with a height of 5.5 meter to pass through,” said Bhojane.

            There will be footpaths of 1.8 meter width on both sides of the subway to enable pedestrians to cross the subway safely.

            He said that the civic body has completed 40% construction of the subway and it is expected to be completed by December this year.








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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Monitoring of schemes most crucial, says Mahesh Zagade

              Nisha Nambiar| TNN | May 31, 2018, 13:04 IST Mahesh Zagade

              PUNE: Implementation and monitoring of welfare schemesand amended laws as well as holding department officers accountable to project outcomes could only ensure proper execution of government schemes, said Mahesh Zagade, principal secretary, administrative reforms, on his last day in office on Wednesday.

              Zagade, who retired after 34 years in government service, told TOI that unless government schemes are announced and executed well, there is no point in random announcement of new schemes. Having recently issued an order making government secretaries and joint secretaries accountable for cases registered under Aaple Sarkar portal, he called for checks to ensure monitoring of various schemes under each department.

              “There are many schemes about which the public is not aware of. Neither is there a check on their implementation or fund allocation,” he said. To ensure that the schemes are properly implemented, he felt that the officers should be made accountable and they should be assessed by their immediate seniors for execution and implementation as well as budgetary allocation.

              On the implementation of various laws and their amendments, he said that no record was kept on their implementation and once this was done, a true picture can only emerge of the utility of various schemes.

              He recently trained secretaries and joint secretaries at YASHADA Pune. With 19 lakh government employees, he said there was a need to train officials and ensure that they implement various schemes.

              He said questions should be raised on non-implementation of schemes and this is being addressed through the new GR where secretaries will check why a complaint has not been addressed.

              Having raised an alarm over transfer of temple trust land by a local talathi, the former divisional commissioner of Nashik said that such types of cases can be found everywhere in the state and it was time land laws were properly implemented. “Nearly 184 acres of land worth Rs 200 crore was transferred by a temple trust in Nashik. The question was raised in the assembly and even as district administration officials ruled out malpractice, a local talathi was found involved in an underhand deal and we had to register FIRs against administration officials. So it is essential to audit all land deals, both government and private,” he stated.

              Zagade said that unless land-related laws were implemented properly, there could be many such incidents unless proper auditing and updation of records were carried out.








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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                Unauthorised construction at Nashik hotel demolished

                Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 17:37 IST

                An NMC team demolished unauthorised structures at Hotel Hemraj Bar and Restaurant at Image Plaza building.

                NASHIK: A team of the Nashik Municipal Corporationdemolished unauthorised constructions at a hotel on Mumbai-Agra highway on Thursday.

                Hotel Hemraj Bar and Restaurant at Image Plaza building in the East division on Mumbai-Agra service road came under NMC’s bulldozer for unauthorised construction.

                The civic body team demolished the unauthorised portions of the hotel during an anti-encroachment drive.

                All the departments of the NMC, two squads of encroachment department, one earthmover, one gas cutter and police dedicated for NMC’s encroachment drives carried out the demolition activity.

                “We have established hawkers’ zones and have also informed citizens about removing encroachments on their own. Our drive will continue and hence we appeal to the citizens to cooperate with us by removing the encroachments on their own,” said an NMC official.

                About removing encroachments on the blue line, he said that the NMC will start the drive soon.

                “During monsoon we will have to stop all the encroachment drives,” he said.









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                  No registration of illegal properties: Maharashtra govt

                  The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Nashik has welcomed the decision as it would help in avoiding cheating of common peopleTushar Pawar | TNN | June 13, 2018, 08:00 IST

                  NASHIK: The state government has directed the department of stamps and registration to not register any property that it illegal.

                  The state government recently issued a Government Resolution (GR) in this regard. The urban development department has also directed the civic bodies and the planning authorities concerned to provide a list of illegal properties to the sub-registrar office so that the latter can keep a record and desist from registering them.

                  Moreover, the civic bodies and concerned planning authority have to publish the list of unauthorised properties on its websites and in newspapers.

                  The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Nashik has welcomed the decision as it would help in avoiding cheating of common people.

                  Illegal properties have become a major issue in the state and it is becoming matter of grave concern. Developers construct properties that are illegal or without adequate permissions.

                  The same properties are registered with the office of sub-registrar. In many cases the concerned agencies take action against illegal constructions after they come up and are sold to buyers, who are not aware whether the property is legal.

                  “This is really a positive development that will avoid consumers being duped by the developers. But if any building houses some unauthorised portion or a floor then other authorised structures should not be affected,” an office-bearer of CREDAI Nashik said.

                  When contacted, an official from the stamp duty and registration department admitted that at times false or some deceptive deals do take place.

                  “This new decision by the government will definitely protect consumers and will stop them from buying any illegal or unauthorised properties,” he added.











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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    Compounding scheme details not on NMC website yet

                    Sumita Sarkar| TNN | Jun 13, 2018, 11:59 IST


                    NASHIK: Those who had submitted files to the town planning department of NashikMunicipal Corporation to get unauthorized construction regularized by paying a fine are still waiting for details of these to be uploaded on the website of the corporation.

                    The assistant director of town planning had signed on all these files, which at present are stacked in a room in the corporation. These will be scrutinised, the sites visited by officials and inspectors will ascertain if these are indeed eligible for the compounding scheme.

                    Officials say there is a dearth of staff, so even the number of such files pending has not been counted yet.

                    “As of now, no proof is available on whether these files have been put up for compounding structures. These were to be uploaded on the NMC website but it has not yet been done. The actual number of files is also questionable because first they said 2,500 files and later 2,923 files. There is no certainty about the number of files,” a builder said.

                    The last date for applying for the regularization scheme was May 31. Civic officials first said about 2,500 files had been received, and later revised that figure to 2,923. A builder questioned how figures could change so much.

                    NMC authorities said more than 6,000 properties are eligible for compounding structures.

                    The state government passed a resolution on October 7, 2017 to regularise unauthorised constructions that had been erected before December 2015 by paying compounding charges. The town planning department had invited applications from developers/stake holders through a public notice on December 1, 2017. Applications would be received until May 31, 2018.

                    An NMC official said, “We have to go through about 3,000 files and take measurements at the sites. After that, we will upload the material on the website. It will take time as we are also short of staff.”










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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      Several files from town planning department missing

                      Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: Jun 20, 2018, 10:35 IST
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                      NASHIK: An eight-member audit team has been formed to examine the files from the last three fiscals of the town planning department following instructions from the NashikMunicipal Corporation (NMC) chief Tukaram Mundhe.

                      During the audit, it has come to the fore that some of the files of the town planning have gone missing,” highly-placed sources in the civic administration said.

                      “Some of the files of the department are missing. We will come to know about the exact number of files only after the audit is over,” the official added.

                      Mundhe has directed this team to examine all the files to ascertain whether a section of the town planning department had resorted to any kind of anomalies for vested interest as there is huge pendency of files in that department.

                      The files that are being examined are related to commencement certificates, building completion certificate, occupancy certificates and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) among others.

                      The audit team member admitted that it’s surprising that some of the files are missing. “We apprehend that the files have been deliberately misplaced as there could be financial irregularities,” added the official.

                      The town planning department of NMC is under the scanner after the Greenfield Lawn issue. During the searches, close to 1,461 files of the town planning department of last three months had been found pending last week. Hence, the municipal commissioner Mudhe ordered the audit department to inspect all files of town planning department.

                      Mundhe has already issued ‘show cause’ notice to five senior officials of the NMC about delay by the town planning department officials to convey information about the high court’s stay order on demolition of encroachment of Greenfield lawns.







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