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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  • DCB officials cordon off areas on Lam Road
    Santosh Sonawane | Updated: Jul 14, 2019, 4:08 IST

    Nashik: The Cantonment Board Deolali (CBD) has cordoned off the caved-in area on Lam Road along with other vulnerable spots, fearing that another cave-in can occur due to movement of vehicles.

    Last Sunday, a section of the road had caved-in after a truck passed over it. The rear tyres of the truck got stuck in the road and it took around two hours to pull out the vehicle and restore normal movement of traffic.

    This has left the commuters and residents of the area fuming over the quality of work done by the DCB. The continuous rain over the past couple of weeks has also led to formation of potholes on Lam Road.

    Meanwhile, the DCB recently completed the work of laying sewage pipelines on the side of the Lam Road. And after Sunday’s incident, the DCB has decided put barricades along Lam Road wherever chances of cave-ins are more.

    The Lam Road is used by thousands of commuters every day to travel between Nashik Road and Deolali Camp area. “The mud and other material used to fill the dug road have not settled yet. We have been filling and watering the dug-up areas continuously to ensure that the surface becomes strong enough for asphalting. The work of asphalting cannot be taken until then. To avoid cave-ins, vulnerable spots have been barricaded,” a DCB official said.

    Residents of Deolali Camp are also demanding that shoulders on both side of Lam Road should be asphalted on permanent basis as the existing road was too narrow for two-way traffic during rush hours.

    The residents are also demanding that after widening of road, the DCB should also construct a divider on it to prevent accidents.


  • Residents of 25 dilapidated wadas told to move to safer locations
    Tushar Pawar | Updated: Jul 17, 2019, 4:42 IST

    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), after conducting a fresh survey of dilapidated structures across the city, has identified 25 more dangerous wadas and served notices to its owners. With this, the number of dilapidated wadas in the city has increased to 423.

    The civic body has asked the owners of these structures to raze the dangerous parts and shift to safer locations. Earlier, the NMC had records of 397 dilapidated old wadas and structures across the city.

    The municipal corporation had also served notices to the owners of these dilapidated wadas before the monsoon. They were asked to either shift to safer locations, or be prepared to be held responsible if any untoward incident took place.

    This monsoon, the first incident of wada collapse occurred on June 28, in which three members of a family were trapped under debris after the structure collapsed. The fire brigade officials had rushed to the spot and conducted a rescue operation.

    Over the next few days, another three wadas had collapsed in the Old Nashik area. Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game then issued orders to conduct a fresh survey of all old wadas in the city. Accordingly, the town planning department of the municipal corporation had started the survey to check the wadas.

    “During the fresh survey, we identified 25 more dilapidated wadas. Usually, the front of the wadas appear fine, but their condition is bad on the inside. Therefore, the municipal commissioner had directed us to conduct a spot survey of each wada in the Old Nashik area,” an NMC official said.

    “We have served fresh notices to the owners of these 25 wadas, asking them to remove dangerous parts of the dilapidated structures and shift to safer places,” he said. “There have been issues between tenants and owners in these old wadas. At some places, the matters are sub-judice. Hence, we serve them notices and ask them to remove dangers portions,” the official added.

    On July 10, an old wada had collapsed near the Modkeshwar temple in the Old Nashik area. Nobody was staying in the wada for the past few months. With this incident, the total number of wada collapses in the past 19 days had touched 10.

  • No bids in NMC auction for 172 tax defaulters’ properties
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Jul 19, 2019, 11:29 IST

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    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) received no response to auction the properties of property tax defaulters.

    The auction for 172 properties was held on Thursday at the Dadasaheb Gaikwad auditorium. However, not a single bidder participated in the auction of defaulters’ properties, which have total tax dues of Rs2.84 crore.

    NMC officials said 80 tax defaulters have paid their property tax dues. Around 35 defaulters have cleared their dues, while 45 have made a part payment. “Now, we have decided to reauction the properties of the remaining 92 defaulters,” said NMC officials.

    As per norms, properties of defaulters are to be auctioned twice before change of ownership in the name of the NMC. “If we do not get any response for the auction for the second time then we will buy the properties at a nominal rate and will change ownership in the name of the NMC,” said officials from the civic body.

    The NMC had sent warrants to 1,050 defaulters to confiscate their properties, giving them an ultimatum of 21 days to pay their dues. 140 defaulters had paid their full and partial dues. The NMC started action against the remaining 910 defaulters, who failed to pay their dues despite receiving warrants for the confiscation of their properties. In the first phase, the NMC decided to auction the properties of 172 defaulters, with tax dues of Rs2.84 crore.


  • Pilot smart road project likely to be completed by August
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Jul 19, 2019, 11:33 IST

    The project was expected to be completed by March 31

    NASHIK: The first smart road from Ashok Stambh to Trimbak Naka will be ready by August 15, said Sitaram Kunte, chairman of the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL).

    The project was expected to be completed by March 31. “We have extended the deadline. We are expecting that the road will be ready by August 15,” Kunte said, after a meeting of the board of directors of the NMSCDCL.

    “We have also decided to impose a fine of Rs 36,000 per day on the contractor with effect from April 1 until completion of the road work,” he added. The deadline for the project had been extended from March 31 to June 30, and then to July 31.

    The pilot smart road is from Trimbak Naka to Ashok Stambh, with a total length of 1.1km. The proposed features of the road include uniform standard carriageway width, properly designed footpaths, bicycle lane, road intersection development, infrastructure utility ducts below footpaths, road marking, proper storm water drainage and landscaping.

    Electric cycles project launched

    Electric cycles finally hit the city streets on Thursday under the public sharing cycle project. The project was launched jointly by the NMSCDCL and Hero Youon Pvt Ltd under public-private partnership. The project was inaugurated by NMSCDCL chairman Sitaram Kunte. The electric cycles have been introduced at six stations.


  • Nashik Metro funds: Centre & state to split 40%; 60% to be borrowed

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Jul 23, 2019, 17:51 IST

    NASHIK: Officials from the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited said on Monday that the total cost of Nashik Metro project, which would be known as 'Metro Neo', has been pegged between Rs 1,800 crore and Rs 2,000 crore.

    Of the total cost, 60% would be raised through borrowings and the remaining 40% would be equally borne by the Centre and the state government.

    Managing director of Maha Metro Brijesh Dixit said that the preparation of the detailed project report (DPR) was in the final stages and it would be submitted to the state government by end of July. After getting a nod from the state cabinet, it would be sent to the Centre for approval.

    "We are expecting the Metro project works to kickstart in the next few months. The project will take around four years to complete," said Dixit.

    The Nashik Municipal Corporation would not have to bear any financial cost, except for leasing out its land for the bus depots on a long-term basis, he added.

    The three depots, which are to be developed for bus operation and maintenance, will be located at the starting and end points of the routes.

    Two bus depots - one of around 4.25 acres and another of 5.68 acres - will be developed near the Nashik Road railway station on a plot belonging to the municipal corporation. The third bus depot will come up on 4.80 acres in Gangapur.

    The rubber-tyred AC electric coaches with a capacity to carry around 300 passengers will ply on two elevated corridors, stretching 32km. Apart from the two elevated corridors, there will be two feeder routes with a total length of 24km. Battery-powered feeder buses will run on the feeder routes and also on the elevated wires.

    The two elevated corridors and feeder routes will run in almost 90% of the city. "Initially, there will be two feeder routes. We will add two more feeder routes in the future," said Dixit.

    The total cost of the rubber-tyred AC electric coaches is around Rs 1.5 crore each. The cost of these buses is more due to the higher cost of battery.

    "As busses will run on overhead tractions on the elevated corridors, there will be charging stations on the routes. There is no need for large batteries, which will reduce the cost of each bus from Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 50 lakh. The project will be cost effective," said Dixit.

    Talking about the fare, Dixit said it would be kept reasonable for the convenience of the citizens.


  • Police book 11 landlords for not providing tenant information
    Santosh Sonawane | TNN | Updated: Jul 25, 2019, 11:52 IST

    Police officials, from time to time, undertake drives to check if the landlords have informed them about the t...Read More

    NASHIK: The Zone II police have registered offences against 11 landlords for failing to provide information, as is required under the law, while leasing out flats or houses to tenants.

    Of the 11 cases, five have their flats near sensitive zones in the city with important installations like the currency note press and army area.

    Police officers on Wednesday said that their focus is to ensure that owners of houses in sensitive areas mandatorily provide details of the tenants so that police know the background of tenants.

    The action against the erring landlords was taken on the instructions of DCP (Zone II) Amol Tambe.

    The Ambad police booked three landlords from the Maharana Pratap Chowk and Cidco areas, Indiranagar police booked two from Mulshi, Pune, Panvel and Raigarh, Satpur police booked two from Sainagar, Panchavati and Shramik Nagar, Upnagar police booked one from the Jail Road area, Nashik Road police booked one from Vishnu Nagar while the Deolali Camp police booked one from Pandhurli in Sinnar taluka and one from Sansari Gaon in Deolali Camp.

    Indiranagar, Upnagar, Nashik Road, Satpur and Deolali Camp have important government installations.

    Police said they have to take additional precautionary measures as Nashik has important military establishments like the Artillery Centre, Army Aviation Training School, School of Artillery, India Security Press and the Currency Note Press.

    Police undertake drives from time to time to check if property owners have informed them about the tenants.

    Landlords failing to inform police about their tenants are booked under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

    DCP Tambe said that people should submit all the details of their tenants with their respective police stations and a copy of the lease agreement.

    In November last year, Nashik city police launched an application to facilitate citizens to submit information about their tenants.

    Until the end of March this year, close to 8,500 people had provided information about tenants to police with most of them opting to submit the information on the 'Tenant Verification System' application.

    Benefits of e-rental verification for citizens

    By downloading the e-rental verification system from Google Play Store and making use of it, citizens display awareness about the importance of informing police about their tenants

    Once the application is downloaded, the entire process of filling the necessary information and the documents, photographs becomes easy.

    Citizens are also able to check the stage at which the verification of their tenant stands.

    Overall, a better and hassle-free process of informing police than going all the way to the police station for the same purpose ultimatley results in saving time and money.

    How it helps police speed up the process

    Police personnel do not have to go all the way to the landlord's house for verification of the tenant thereby saving time and also needing less manpower.

    It also helps police in rapid processing and verification through the application.

    The tenant information is available with the police in a digital form so that they can access it instantly at any given time.

    Police, with other systems available with them, are also in a position to check if the tenant has any criminal record. Information is passed on to the landlords for necessary decision about renting the property.


  • Nashik: No takers for cleaning 3 tributaries of Godavari
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Jul 26, 2019, 10:50 IST

    The civic body has floated another tender for cleaning the tributaries which are covered with water hyacinth, ...Read More

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has received poor response for bids floated to clean the three tributaries of river Godavari - Waldevi, Nandini and Waghadi.
    Thus, the civic body has floated another tender for deploying private contractors for cleaning the tributaries that are covered with water hyacinth, sewage, moss and plastic that is obstructing the flow of the river.

    This makes the water stagnant that is neither good for the health of the river nor for the people. In addition, lot of pollution is being caused by local residents living on the river banks.

    "Earlier, we had invited a bid to clean the three tributaries of Godavari and received bids by two-three contractors, but they did not qualify. Hence, we have floated a fresh bid," an NMC official said.

    The private contractor or agencies will have to clean the waterbodies by removing water hyacinth, silt, plastics and garbage. Each tributary will have a different contractor and his appointment will be for a period of 12 months from the date when the work order is awarded.

    The last date for filing the tender is August 3. "We plan to finalize the contractors and give work orders by next month. The contractors will start their work immediately after having given the work order," the official said.

    The cost for cleaning river Nandini - from Pimpalgaon Bahula to Godavari conflux - of all the waste has been estimated at Rs62.46 lakh.

    The stretch from Pathardi area to Chehedi Pumping Station in river Waldevi is to be cleaned for a period of one year at a cost of Rs46.84 lakh. In Waghadi river, the stretch between Mhasarul area and Godavari conflux is to be cleaned at a cost of Rs31.23 lakh.

    The NMC has already appointed a private agency to clean Godavari between Anandvalli weir and Dasak-Panchak. For this, the contractor has deployed a total of three boats.


  • NMC to invite EoI to conduct survey for cluster development project
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Jul 31, 2019, 22:08 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is in the process to invite Expression of Interest (EoI) from agencies to conduct impact assessment survey for the cluster development of the core (gaothan) area of the city.

    The General Body of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) had recently given its nod to the proposal of civic administration to conduct impact assessment survey for the cluster development of the core (gaothan) area of the city.

    NMC has plans to make development of the core areas of these villages in the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation through cluster development project.

    There are total 26 villages those were included in the limits of the municipal corporation during the first development plan of the city approved in 1993.

    The NMC has plans to make development of these core areas of these villages in the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation through cluster development project.

    The agency will do the survey to shortlist the areas for cluster development, estimate number of buildings, number of clusters, providing facilities like open space, roads, parking, waste and sewage management will also have to be considered.

    In January 2017, the state government approved the DCPR (development control and promotion regulations) of the city. The rule no 40 of the DCRP related to cluster development for core area of the city had been stayed by the government in abeyance because of the floor space index (FSI) issue.

    It was supposed to be approved in the DCPR itself but due to some politicians who wanted four or five FSI. There was requirement of FSI but will NMC will be able to sustain it for infrastructure was the issue.

  • Registration department brings transparency in property title in Nashik
    The office of the Inspector General of Registrations (IGR) has decided to take steps to allow a person to verify property details himself and file an application for the transfer of property – be it agricultural land, non-agricultural plots or flats.Abhilash Botekar | TNN | August 09, 2019, 14:00 IST

    NASHIK: In efforts that are part of Ease-of-Doing-Business (EoDB), and the push towards 100% online property registrations, the Settlement Commissionerate has launched the Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) that will let people search and pick property or file applications for transfer.

    “It is a hassle-free process that's set to be implemented in Nashik by the Settlement Commissionerate. The process of updating land records and uploading them online has already started. Within the next few months, a person would be able to buy property without help from agents and file an application with the registrar himself,” a senior officer from the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Registrations said.

    The office of the Inspector General of Registrations (IGR) has decided to take steps to allow a person to verify property details himself and file an application for the transfer of property – be it agricultural land, non-agricultural plots or flats.

    “A person, after having identified the property, will be able go online and enter the property's details. He/she will then be presented with a checklist of required information, which he/she can collect and present to the office. People will also be able to pay the fee online. They will also be able to visit the registration office on a set date to carry out the transaction. All this will be done without help from an agent,” the officer said.

    The IGR has already started the ‘online’ process for the registration of lease agreements in which people can take help from Authorised Service Providers (ASPs), who will even come home for the documentation.

    It may be noted that the Office of the Registrar only registers the change in title of the property for which it collects ‘stamp duty’ as a processing fee. Other than checking who the current owner of the property is, it does not stand for the authorization of the property or its legality as that is not the domain of the office.

    However, it has put in certain checks, including getting permissions or no-objection certificates from local self-governing bodies or holders of land records. These checks include a title search for a certain period in the past. The online verification process includes all these checks.

    “The 7/12 extract of the property that shows current property holder and cropping pattern is now online. The process of automatic mutation entries (changes in title) is also online in many of the talukas and this has emerged as a major tool to curb illegal or unauthorized property transactions. After having achieved this, the next level of transparency would be achieved with online property transactions. This process will be started within the next six months,” the officer added.

  • Nashik Municipal Corporation to auction properties of 114 tax defaulters on August 23
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 9, 2019, 10:57 IST

    These defaulters owe around Rs 50 lakh to the civic bodyNASHIK: The NashikMunicipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to auction properties of as many as 114 property tax defaulters with total dues worth over Rs50 lakh.

    “The properties will be auctioned between 11am and 5pm on August 23 at city-based Dadasaheb Gaikwad auditorium,” a civic official said, adding that this is the second time when the NMC has resorted to auction properties of defaulters with dues ranging between Rs15,000 and Rs80,000.

    In the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the NMC had sent warrants to around 1,060 tax defaulters reminding them to clear their dues of within 21 days failing to which their properties will be confiscated. The total default of tax dues was around Rs14 crore.

    Of the 1,060 defaulters, around 150 cleared their dues by either making full or partial payments. There are still around 850 defaulters who did not pay clear their dues.
    In the first phase last month, the property tax department of NMC had conduction auction of properties of 172 defaulters with dues totally worth Rs2.87 crore.
    But around 80 tax defaulters had cleared their tax dues completely and partially. NMC is also in the process to conduct auction of remaining tax defaulters for the second times, shortly.

    “In the second phase of our action, we are going to auction the properties of 114 tax defaulters on August 23. We will cancel the process if they pay their dues before the auction begins,” said NMC officials.

    “There are around 550 tax defaulters whose properties will also be auctioned in phases if they did not clear their dues. If there is no response to the auction, we will auction the properties two more times. Despite this if we fail to get a buyer, we will changed the ownership of the properties in NMC’s name as per the provisions in the law,” he added.
    The NMC has set a target of Rs218 crore from property tax for the 2019-20 fiscal. However, only around Rs58 crore has been collected so far.

    Interestingly, the NMC’s property tax collection till July 4 was only Rs20 crore. Taking serious cognizance of this, municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game directed the officials concerned to start stern recovery drive against the defaulters.

    After the issuance of public notice for auctioning of properties of the tax defaulters, tax payers started paying their dues and the NMC collected Rs38 crore in just one month between July 4 and August 4.


  • 15km stretch of highways to be fixed with new technology
    Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Aug 15, 2019, 11:38 IST

    The public works department (PWD) has decided to use pave quality concrete for the road in Igatpuri that gets ...Read MoreNASHIK: A 15-km stretch between Ghoti towards Sinnar will be fixed using a green technology that is long lasting.

    The public works department (PWD) has decided to use pave quality concrete for the road in Igatpuri that gets battered with heavy rains every year. So far, even the best quality bitumen has not been able to bear the impact of the heavy rains in the region.

    “The taluka receives more than 3,000 mm rain annually. This poses the toughest challenge in the construction of roads. We have, therefore, decided to construct the road with the new technology,” said Kaustubh Pawar, assistant engineer of PWD, Igatpuri.

    Ranjeet Hande, superintendent engineer of PWD, Nashik, said the technology uses everything available in the road itself. “After having pulverized it, binder fluid is added and then compacted. It is rolled over before the section of road is open for traffic in less than 24 hours,” he said.

    The department has done two successful trials of the technology in Kalwan and Niphad talukas. It is an eco-friendly technology as it does not cause any harm to the air, nor does it break down. The officers propose the life of the road to be of more than 10 years.

    The machine and technology is capable of churning up 300 metres of road per day and making it available for traffic in less than 24 hours. Conventionally, it would take up more than 30 days before the road is operational. Moreover, the use of locally available material eliminates the need to bring fresh material from various places.

    As of now, the PWD is spending Rs 3.5 crore on the construction of a 4-km stretch with this technology.

    The PWD has sought Rs 33 crore from the state government for building the 15-km stretch. The entire 52-km Sinnar-Ghoti road is in bad condition. The rest of the stretch of the road will be constructed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).


  • Environment report sounds an alert on rising noise levels
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 21, 2019, 4:29 IST
    Nashik: The noise levels in the city’s residential and commercial areas are beyond the permissible limits, claimed the Environment Status Report (ESR) of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for the 2018-19 financial year.

    “The noise levels in the commercial and residential areas are high. In fact, the highest noise level was observed on the first day of monitoring in the CBS area — both during the day and night,” revealed the ESR.

    The 175-page report, which was was released on Tuesday, stressed on the need to curb the increasing decibel levels. According to the ESR, noise monitoring stations selected cover residential, commercial, industrial and silence zones. The ambient noise is measured thrice a year and the average results are compared with the norms set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

    The environment department officials of the NMC admitted that all agencies must work in tandem to curb noise pollution in the city as it is increasing significantly in residential and commercial areas.

    “Noise pollution is a silent killer that affects people’s mental and physical well-being. High sound levels can lead to ear pain (even deafness), enhanced blood pressure, lack of concentration, irritation, adversely impacts pregnant women, can cause heart ailments etc,” warned the ESR.

    The report stated that the various government agencies in the city have been asked to tackle the problem. “There is a complete ban on bursting of sound-emitting crackers and playing drums and high decibel music systems between 10 pm and 6 am and the city police have been taking action against the erring residents. Moreover, the NMC has planted over 21,000 trees in 2018-19 as trees act as noise buffers,” stated the report.

    However, the ESR has stressed on the need to do more on this front.

    “Vehicle drivers must avoid unnecessary honking and the use of multi-tuned and loud horns. The generator sets must be operated in sound-proof chambers and cellphones should be switched off inside hospitals and educational institutes as these are silence zones. The agencies must strictly implement the noise pollution-related rules framed by Supreme Court,” said the ESR.

    The report was tabled at the general body meeting of the NMC on Tuesday. The GB gave its approval to the report.

  • Mayor seeks report on existing nullahs

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 21, 2019, 4:28 IST

    Nashik: Several corporators pulled up the civic administration in the general body meeting on Tuesday for its failure to keep a check on the inundation of low lying areas in the city during the recent floods.

    Congress group leader Shahu Khaire tabled a proposal on the effects of heavy rain and flood in the old gaothan areas of the city. He sought cluster development of the old gaothan areas and permission for the existing wadas to conduct repair works.

    Congress corporator Hemlata Patil sought a white paper on the condition of storm water lines and natural nullahs in the city. “There were 23 natural nullahs in the city, of which only three exist today. Illegal cosntructions have come up on the nullahs. Though NMC spent Rs 500 crore on storm water lines, they were of no use during rainfall,” said Patil.

    Leader of opposition in the house Ajay Boraste also pulled up the civic administration for the quality of the roads and the damage that Goda Park incurred due to swelling of Godavari river. He also advised the civic administration to give a second thought to the projects that are to be undertaken by the smart city development corporation in the Godavari.

    Mayor Ranjana Bhansi directed NMC to furnish a status report of the existing natural nullahs in the city before the next general body meeting.

  • NMC to inspect all bridges in Nashik
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 24, 2019, 6:47 IST

    A section of the iron railings at the bathing ghat near Kannamwar bridge has washed away

    NASHIK: A total of 10 bridges across the city have been partially damaged during the recent swelling of river Godavari. This was revealed during an inspection of these structures carried out by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC).

    There are a total of 50 small and big bridges in the city. Hence, the civic body has now decided to conduct inspection of the remaining 40 bridges on four rivers — Godavari, Waghadi, Nandini and Waldevi — in order to ensure that the condition of these bridges are good.

    An NMC official said that apart from these bridges some of the bathing ghats — built during the Kumbh Mela in 2015 — have also been damaged.

    “Also, road leading to Goda ghat has developed craters. Plans are being made to repair the damaged structures at the earliest. We have already started cleaning of debris from the ghat areas,” the official said.

    The city was lashed with incessant rainfall for almost a fortnight between July 25 and August 10. Also, heavy showers in the catchment areas of Gangapur dam led to release of water into Godavari. Release of thousands of cusec of water swelled Godavari, leading to flooding in the low-lying areas of the city. This damaged several bridges as part of concrete and railings of some bridges were washed away by the floodwaters.

    “We have already repaired bridges under the jurisdiction of the NMC. Apart from this, we have also decided to conduct inspection of all bridges on four rivers in the city to ensure that they are safe,” a civic official said.

    “We will also take the necessary measures required once the inspection of all the river bridges is over,” added an official. “The defect liability period (DLP) of the bathing ghats was of three years, which is over now. Hence, the NMC has decided to carry out the necessary repair work of the ghats. We have already started cleaning operation at all bathing ghats on Godavari,” the official said. Apart from bathing ghats, the Goda Park project of the NMC on river Godavari was also partially damaged. The NMC has also started the process to clean and repair it.

  • District administration gets strict with biomedical waste management
    Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2019, 12:37 IST
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    NASHIK: District collector Suraj Mandhare, who also heads the district pollution control committee, has directed the biodegradable wastetreatment centre to not accept any bio-medical waste from hospitals, clinics, blood banks if it is not segregated.

    The biomedical waste management committee recently met with members of the pollution control board, hospitals and clinics. During the meeting, the panel issued a stern warning to the Common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment, Storage And Disposal Facility (CBMWTSDF) for not accepting non-segregated biomedical waste.

    According to a representative of CBMWTSDF, there were some hospitals and clinics that are not complying with the BMWM guidelines in totality.

    “Though most of the hospitals, clinics and blood banks are complying with the norms of the biomedical waste management, there are few who are being ignorant. They fail to segregate the waste before bringing it to the centre,” the member said, adding that this act was creating problems in treatment of the waste.

    “We have been communicating with the respective centres. On rotational basis some of them just dumped the waste creating problems at the incinerators,” a senior official form the district administration said.

    Mandhare asked the pollution control board (PCB) to verify the claim. A PCB official said that all entities across the district were complying with the biomedical waste management rules and also assured to look into specific cases that the center would bring to their notice.

    The collector then directed the waste treatment centre to not accept any unsegregated waste.“The issue is very serious in terms of people’s health. Besides, it is being directly monitored by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and if there are any irresponsible elements, the collector said that action should be taken against them,” the official said.