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- Nashik: Old city areas to get infra upgrade by 2022
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 28, 2019, 13:11 IST
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NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) has set a deadline of 30 months to complete the ambitious project of upgrading the basic infrastructurein the old city areas.
It is a Rs 193-crore plan to give a facelift to roads, water supply lines, stormwater system and the sewage lines in the old city areas. A total road length of 36 km in Ramwadi-Sriram School-Talkuteshwar Chowk- Trimbak Naka areas will get a much-needed upgrade.
The contractor is expected to start the works next month. The project includes redevelopment of major and minor roads, upgradation of infrastructure utility services such as water supply and sewage systems in these areas.
“We have already given a work order to a private agency from Pune to develop the infrastructure. The agency is expected to start work from next month. It will have to complete the project within 30 months,” said Prakash Thavil, the chief executive officer of the NMSCDCL.
The roads, with overall length of 36 km, are to be developed on total of 598 acres in old Panchavati and parts old city area of the Nashik-West division. “There will be 100% differently-abled pathways,” added Thavil.
The old Panchavati area is also known as gaothan area of the city. This area has been selected for the internal roads development project considering the religious importance of Ramkund, where the Kumbh Mela is held once every 12 years. Nashik is one of the four cities that host the Kumbh Mela in the country.
The last Kumbh Mela was held in 2015 and over one crore devotees visited the spot during the three month-long Kumbh period. Sadhus from various akhadas across the country take a Shahi Snaan (royal bath) in the holy Ramkund, in the Godavari river, in the Panchavati area of the city during three shahi parvanis.
There are several other important temples also in the area. Thousands of tourists and devotees from across the country and world come to old Panchavati area every day. Therefore, it has been chosen for the project.
- State cabinet green lights Nashik’s Metro project worth Rs 2,100 crore
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 29, 2019, 4:18 IST
Nashik: The state cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to the Nashik Metro’s detailed project report (DPR), which was prepared by the MahaMetro. The DPR will now be sent to the Centre for its final nod. The project will be known as ‘Nashik Metro Neo’.
The Central and state governments will together pitch in Rs 939.3 crore for the Rs 2,100.06-crore project. The MahaMetro will raise the remaining Rs 1,161.3 crore through loans.
While the Centre’s share is Rs 387 crore, the state government’s share (including Cidco and NMC) is Rs 552.19 crore. The NMC’s contribution will come in the form of land for three depots. “The state cabinet has given its nod to the Nashik Metro Neo project. It’s a milestone and proud moment for the Nashik city. We will now submit the proposal to the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA). We will immediately start work on the project once we get MOHUA’s nod,” said Brijesh Dixit, the MD of MahaMetro.
Swanky rubber-tyred coaches would run on two elevated corridors covering 32 km — with a total of 25 stations.
Two corridors have been planned initially. Corridor one will stretch from Gangapur to Mumbai Naka covering a length of 10 km. This stretch will have 10 stations. Corridor two, meanwhile, will be from Gangapur to Nashik Road, covering 22 km and 15 stations. CBS will be an interchange station where both the corridors meet. There will be two feeder corridors. Feeder corridor one will cover Satpur colony-Garware-Mumbai Naka stretch, while feeder corridor two will run cover Nashik Road-Nandur Naka-Shivaji Nagar.
The electric bus coaches will be 25m and 18m in length and they will have carrying capacity of 200 and 300 passengers, respectively. The buses will have rubber tyres and draw power from the overhead electric wire having 600-750 V DC supply. The buses will be air-conditioned with automatic door closing system, level boarding, comfortable seats, passenger announcement and passenger information systems with electronic display.
The stations will have staircases, lifts and escalators with passenger information displays. The station entries and exits will be on both sides of roads.
The three depots, which are to be developed for bus operation and maintenance, will be located at the starting and endpoints of the routes.
- Nashik: 5% rebate for prompt payment of property tax
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 30, 2019, 9:29 IST
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NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to introduce rebates up to 5% for prompt property tax payers, paying the entire annual tax in first three months of the financial year.
The tax rebates will come into effect from the next financial year 2020-21. The civic administration has already chalked out a proposal in this regard and it will be tabled at the upcoming General Body meeting for its approval.
The tax rebate scheme for prompt tax payers was earlier into effect, but former municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe withdrew the scheme. Now, the property tax department of the NMC is again taking steps to introduce rebate schemes for the prompt tax payers.
Under this scheme those who pay annual property tax bills are entitled for a rebate up to 5 %. Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game had recently directed officials to prepare a proposal about the incentives to be given to prompt tax payers and also those who make online payment.
As per the new proposed tax rebate scheme, prompt tax payers, who pay property tax in annual April, would get 5% rebate and 3% if the payment is made in May. “They would get 2% rebate if payment is made in June,” an NMC official said.
Moreover, those who pay property tax online will get 1% rebate. “They will, however, get benefits of rebate up to Rs 1,000 only,” the official said.
This would help the NMC generate more revenue through property tax in the first three months of the financial year. Apart from this, the NMC has also decided to take strict action against the property tax defaulters.
- NMC’s action plan on air pollution rejected 4 times
Tushar Pawar | TN | Updated: Sep 4, 2019, 4:58 IST
Nashik: The Nashik divisional office of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Tuesday said that it is unable to submit the action plan to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for reducing air pollution in the city as the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is unable to submit a proper strategy.
So far, the NMC has submitted the plan on four occasions and the MPCB has rejected them all for having technical flaws or not for being as per specifications ordered by the CPCB.
The MPCB has now directed the NMC to follow the footsteps of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and rope in a private agency to prepare the action plan for reducing air pollution.
“We are unable to submit the revised action plan by NMC to minimize the air pollution of the city. We have rejected the action plans submitted by NMC four times because of the lack of proper plan as they were not as per the standards set by the CPCB,” said senior official from MPCB.
“The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (NMC) had prepared its action plan to tackle air pollution through a private consultant. The NMC does not have experts to prepare the action plan to reduce air pollution of the city. Hence, we have advised the NMC to rope in a private agency to prepare a plan,” an MPCB official said.
When contacted, an NMC official admitted that the MPCB rejected all action plans submitted by the civic body.
“We sent a revised action plan for the fourth time around four days ago, but we are yet receive any communication from the MPCB informing us whether it has been admitted or rejected,” he said.
“Moreover, the MPCB had orally advised us to rope in a private agency to prepare the action plan, but we have not received anything in written,” he added.
Nashik is one of the cities of Maharashtra that has failed to submit its action plan to improve the city’s air quality. Of the 102 polluted cities across the country identified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for poor air quality standards, around 90 have submitted their action plans.
The remaining, including Mumbai, Nashik and Solapur from Maharashtra, are yet come up with a blueprint.
These cities have been asked to re-submit their revised plan to the CPCB within two months.
The CPCB recently added 20 more cities to the list of polluted cities that do not meet the national ambient air quality standards.
- Igatpuri land survey sparks fear among villagers
TNN | Updated: Sep 4, 2019, 15:02 IST
NASHIK: A section of the villagers from the Igatpuri taluka have pressed the panic button, apprehending that they might be forced to part with their land for a government project.
The apprehension among the villagers stems from the fact that a few people from outside the village passed by some of the hamlets in the taluka, taking land measurements, clicking photographs and seeking details of the land owners and their families.
Over 100 villagers from several villages of Igatpuri taluka held a meeting at Nandurvaidya village on Tuesday morning and decided that under no circumstance would they allow acquisition of their plots for any project.
Nashik MP Hemant Godse confirmed to TOI that some villagers had called him seeking his intervention on the issue.“As far as I know, there is a proposal for laying a third railway track between Igatpuri and Manmad. I have assured the villagers that I will find out why the land survey was undertaken and give feedback to them,” said Godse. Even the local state government officials of Igatpuri taluka said that a group of villagers had met them recently and sought feedback as to why the survey was taken.
According to Waman Kajale, a resident in Igatpuri taluka, the team which had visited the villages in the taluka was carrying a blueprint of a government project.
“When we asked him, they told us that it is about laying a third railway track. We are extremely disturbed ever since the survey was undertaken,” said Kajale.
Ganesh Musle, another villager, said, “In the past, the government had acquired land from various villages in the taluka for different projects like construction of dams, roads and even for defence. We have very little land at present. None of us can afford to give any more land as our livelihoods will be at stake.”
The villagers have requested Godse to arrange a meeting with the senior authorities of the district administration, including the district collector, on the issue so that they can know more about the recent survey that was undertaken.
“We will pursue the matter vigorously to ascertain for which project the survey was undertaken in some of villages. Once we have the details, we will chalk out future plan,” said Musle.
- Illegal structure of wedding hall, hotel razed down in Nashik
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 5, 2019, 10:09 IST
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.NASHIK: An anti-encroachment squad of the civic administration removed unauthorised structures installed by wedding halls and hotels in the Cidco division of the city on Wednesday.
The squad removed an illegal structure of a hotel along Vadner-Pathardi road and also razed down unauthorised structures and sheds of a wedding hall in the Rajiv Nagar area in Cidco division.
Following instructions from municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game, Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started a series of demolition drives against roadside encroachments in Nashik East, Nashik West, Nashik Road, Panchavati, Satpur and Cidco divisions.
The civic administration has warned hawkers and vegetable vendors that strict action would be taken against them if they were found encroaching footpath and roads in the city.
17 to be honoured with ‘Ideal teacher’ award on Friday
NMC’s education department has nominated 17 teachers who will be honoured with the ‘Ideal teacher’ award at a function to be chaired by district guardian minister Girish Mahajan on Friday.
While 13 teachers have been nominated from municipal schools, four others are from private schools in the city.
The teachers will be felicitated for the efforts they have taken to provide quality education and also for taking up various novel projects in their respective schools.
The nominations for the award were declared by NMC’s education officer Devidas Mahajan.
A committee had been appointed to select the teachers for the awards. The committee was led by additional commissioner B J Sonkamble.
- NMC to spend 35 cr on water supply lines in city
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 9, 2019, 4:21 IST
Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to strengthen the water supply lines in various parts of the city by floating bids for approximately 36 projects with total value worth Rs 34.48 crore.
The decision is part of the civic administration’s decision to undertake various water supply works across five of six divisions in the city. The water supply pipelines are to be laid at various parts of the city under the said project.
The Panchavati division has maximum of ten projects with total value of Rs 16.06 crore. The project includes laying of pipelines in various parts of ward no 6 at a total cost of Rs 5.16 crore, laying of pipeline in various parts of ward no 1 at a cost of Rs 3.92 crore, laying of pipeline in ward no 2 of Panchavati division at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
Total 15 projects at a total cost of Rs 8.77 crore are to be undertaken in Nashik Road division of the city. Some of the water supply project in Nashik Road division include work of laying water pipeline in ward no 18 at a cost of Rs 1 crore, in ward no 20 at a cost of Rs 94 lakh, in ward no 19 at a cost of 1.70 crore, ward no 17 at cost of Rs 74.88 lakh, ward no 22 at cost of Rs 65 lakh and ward no 19 at a cost of Rs 55 lakh.
Six projects totally worth Rs 4.62 crore are to be undertaken in various parts of Nashik West division of the city. Some of the works include laying of pipelines in Gangarpur road area in ward no 7 at a cost of Rs 1.69 crore, construction of water distribution lines along Shranpur-Trimbak Road areas in ward no 22 at a cost of Rs 1.11 crore, in some parts of ward no 12 at a cost of Rs 65 lakh etc.
The water supply works with four projects at a cost of Rs 3.54 crore are to be carried out in parts of Cidco division of NMC. Some of the works include laying of water pipes in parts of ward no 28 at a cost of Rs 1 crore, parts of ward no 19 at a cost of Rs 44.94 lakh and parts of ward no 27 at a cost of Rs 27.92 lakh.
In Satpur area, the laying of pipeline in parts of ward no 8 like Gangapur village, West Garden road, HAL Colony, Bajrang Nagar, Bardan Fata, Shankar Nagar and other areas are to be undertaken at a total cost of Rs 1.49 crore.
The pre-bid meeting for water supply projects is to be held on September 18, while the last date for filing the bids will be October 5.
- NMC’s General body to decide fate of Greenfield project today
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 9, 2019, 4:29 IST
Nashik: The general body of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) will decide the fate of smart city’s Greenfield project in a meeting to be held on Monday.
The approval of the general body is needed before going ahead with the proposed project. A new township is to be developed at Makhmalabad area of the city on 750 acres land.
The Greenfield project is to be development through TP (Town Planning) scheme in line with the Gujarat’s smart city project. Farmers will get back some portion of the developed land. The valuation of the land will increase as infrastructure like roads, water supply, streetlights and other amenities are yet to be developed as part of the project.
The project has been undertaken under smart city project by the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL). The proposal of the Greenfield project is to be tabled at the General Body Meeting (GBM) for its approval on Monday.
“After an approval of the GB, an intention to develop the Greenfield project will be declared and the notification will be used as per the MRTP Act,” said the sources from NMC.
The NMSCDCL has given two options to farmers 55.45 and 50:50, and a section of farmers have agreed to 55:45.
In case of 55:45 ratio, farmers will get 55% of developed land while roads and other infrastructures to be developed on remaining 45%. Moreover, FSI of 2.5 will be given to farmers and they may use upto 3 FSI. Farmers won’t have to pay betterment charges. In this case, 12% of amenities space would be provided to them.
In case of 50:50 land sharing ratio maximum base FSI 3 can be given to the farmer. If he cannot use up to FSI 3 then he can transfer it.
During the recent meeting of the smart city board, a senior IAS officer and chairman of the NMSCDCL asked the municipal commissioner to give presentation on the Greenfield project to the elected members during the General Body.
Accordingly, the civic administration has tabled the proposal of the Greenfield project and will give information during the meeting scheduled on Monday.
- Game seeks status of illegal structures on nullahs
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 14, 2019, 4:53 IST
Nashik: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has directed the town planning department of the civic administration to conduct a survey and submit the status reports of the unauthorised constructions on the nullahs across the city on priority basis.
During the general body meeting of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) that was held recently, some corporators had pulled up the civic administration for its alleged failure in curbing the inundation of low-lying areas during the incessant rain that lashed the city last month. The corporators had shown photographs of unauthorised constructions mushrooming on the nullahs across the city during the meeting. They had alleged that the illegal constructions were choking the nullahs, thereby preventing the the natural flow of rainwater.
Accordingly, chairperson of the standing committee Uddhav Nimse had directed NMC to look into the issue and ensure that the unauthorised structures were removed from the nullahs.
Game had assured that the civic administration would come up with a status report about illegal constructions in the city.
Additional commissioner of municipal corporation B G Sonkamble had held a meeting on this issue with officials on September 7. The minutes of the meeting were presented to Game on Wednesday.
“Accordingly, the municipal commissioner has directed the town planning department to conduct a survey and submit the status reports on unauthorised constructions within a month. A letter has been sent by the civic administration to the town planning department in this regard,” said an official from the civic administration.
There are total 23 nullhas across the city.
- ‘Improving the rank of the city in Swachh Survekshan survey is my first priority’
TNN | Updated: Sep 16, 2019, 4:10 IST
Chairperson of Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) health committee Deepali Kulkarni tells TOI’s Tushar Pawar about the initiatives that are being taken to maintain cleanliness and make the city feature in the top 10 ranks of the cleanest cities in the country during the upcoming Swachh Survekshan survey. Excerpts.
The number of dengue positive cases in the city are on the rise. What steps are you taking to curb the outbreak of the disease?
It is true that there has been a rise in the number of dengue positive cases in the last two months due to incessant rain with breaks. We are taking all the necessary measures to prevent the outbreak of the disease. We are creating awareness about the disease among the citizens and also identifying mosquito spots and destroying them. Apart from awareness, we have also decided to slap fine on those residents who are found harbouring mosquito breeding spots in their premises.
What steps are you taking to tackle the issue of cleanliness?
There are many black spots in the city where garbage is disposed indiscriminately. We have already submitted a letter to municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game, seeking meaures to remove the black spots. Moreover, we have decided to distribute handbills regarding the blackspot to residents staying within 500 metre radius from the black spot.
We will fine the residents if black spots are found even after creating awareness. We have already started this initiative in Wadala area and have received an overwhelming response. Manpower crunch is another issue. We are planning to outsource 700 sanitary employees to meet the staff scarcity.
What steps are being taken to improve the condition of the public toilets in the city?
There are 322 public toilets in the city, most of which lie in the slum areas. We have already taken up this issue with the municipal commissioner and urged him to renovate public toilets across the city.
Plastic is still being used despite the state government banning it last year. What steps are you taking to curb the menace?
The municipal corporation has already started a drive against those using plastic. We are planning to start at least one garbage collection van in each ward to collect plastic and thermocol from residents. Moreover, the open spaces across city will be cleaned by the sanitary employees regularly.
What are your priorities?
The government has announced the Swachh Survekshan 2020, which will be held in January and February next year. Last year, we ranked 67 in the survey and the rank can be attributed to the poor participation of citizens. This year, we are taking efforts to increase the participation of citizens by creating awareness and fining those who are keeping their premises unclean. My priority is to make the city feature among the top 10 cleanest cities in the country in the upcoming Swachh Survekshan survey.
- CREDAI Nashik demands introduction of unified DCRP
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 18, 2019, 4:29 IST
Nashik: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Nashik on Tuesday asked the state government to introduce unified DCPR (Development Control and Promotion Regulation) before the code of conduct of the state assembly elections come into effect.
The association said the unified DCPR will get delayed by another six months if it is not introduced right before the state assembly elections are announced. It also added that the delay in introducing the unified DCPR may affect the growth of real estate sector particularly of Nashik.
The demand from CREDAI comes ahead of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s Mahajanadesh Yatra.
According to CREDAI Nashik, city’s real estate sector has already been affected and is in trouble. Hence, it wants the state government to introduce the new unified DCPR for the state at the earliest.
“The state government approved city’s DCPR in February 2017, but the developers were disappointed as it was incomplete. It did not even include solutions over cupboard issue. There were several defect in the DCPR and it took around one-and-a-half years to make necessary corrections in the DCPR,” Umesh Wankhede, CREDAI Nashik chairman, said.
Now, the state government has planned uniform DCPR for across all municipal corporations excluding Mumbai.
- Civic chief asks officials to speed up process to upgrade 9 old STPs
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 19, 2019, 9:52 IST
The Godavari river pollution is a major concern for NMC for a long time
NASHIK: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game on Wednesday directed the civic officials to speed up the process of upgrading old sewage treatment plants (STPs) in consultation with National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI).
Moreover, he has also asked the officials concerned to upload all the updates about Godavari river on civic body’s official website. The instructions from the civic chief came during NMC’s sub-committee’s meeting on pollution of Godavari river. The committee has been set up as per directives of the Bombay High Court.
Currently, there are nine STPs in the city treating sewage water with a capacity of 342.5MLD. These STPs are operated and maintained by private contractors and 280 MLD of sewage water is being treated every day.
According to Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of these nine STPs is up to 26-30 and it wants the NMC to bring it down to 10 as per the new norms.
The NMC had already submitted its DPR as per suggestions by NEERI and the committee also decided to hold a joint meeting with NEERI along with its private consultants to speed up the process.
According to Rajesh Pandit, environmentalist and petitioner of the Godavari pollution case in the Bombay high court, treated water from STPs are mainly causing pollution of the river due to high BOD level.
“There was discussion to upgrade existing STPs of NMC so that the BOD level of discharged water is improved to 10,” Pandit said.
Moreover, there were also discussions about effluents from drainage lines mixing into storm water drainage. Environmentalist Nishikant Pagare and Pandit urged to the NMC to stop the mixing of water from drainage lines into storm water lines at several places in the city.
“Thus, the sub-committee decided to look into the issue and also asked the civic officials to appeal to the people to file complaints related to Godavari river pollution through its NMC e-connect mobile application and also through helpline numbers” an NMC official said.
“There was also discussion on usage of banned plastic in the city. Game directed the officials to hold a meeting on plastic issues in each of the six divisions,” the official said.
There were also discussions on rain water harvesting in the city. The civic chief said the initiative has been started with its own buildings and then it will be implemented in educational and other institutes and residential and commercial buildings in the city in phases.
“The NMC has started rain harvest projects in over 200 buildings and other buildings are to be covered by next year,” Game said.
- Standing panel gives nod to hire agency to conduct survey for cluster development
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 20, 2019, 4:26 IST
Nashik: The standing committee of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has given its nod to the civic administration to appoint a private agency for conducting impact assessment survey for cluster development of the core (gaothan) area of the city.
After the nod of the standing panel, the work order will soon be issued to the private consultancy agency M/s Crisil Risk and Infrastructure to conduct impact assessment survey in the core areas of the city.
The agency will carry out the survey and shortlist areas for cluster development, estimate number of buildings, number of clusters, provide facilities like open spaces, roads, parking spots and waste and sewage management.
In January 2017, the state government approved the DCPR (development control and promotion regulations) of the city.
There are total 26 gaothan areas in the limits of municipal corporation and their development has been affected due to the lack of cluster development rule in the DCPR. A total of 26 villages were included in the limits of the municipal corporation during the first Development Plan of the city approved in 1993. The development of these villages have been affected due to lack of cluster development rule in the DCPR.
The NMC has plans to develop the core areas in these villages that come under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation through the cluster development project.
- NMC launches amnesty scheme for tax defaulters
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 24, 2019, 4:53 IST
Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started an amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters from September 16 to October 15.
As per the scheme, defaulters who pay their dues in one go will get rebate in penalty, warrant and notice fees. The NMC recovers 2% fine per month on dues from the last day of paying taxes. Moreover, it also recovers expenses of notices and warrants issued to the defaulters.
As per the scheme, the property tax defaulters will get 75% rebate if they clear their dues by Sept 30 and 50% if they pay between October 1 and 10. The defaulters will get 25% rebate on penalty, warrant and notice fees if they pay tax the between October 11 and 15.
The NMC has also decided to take tough action against the property tax defaulters after the state assembly elections. This is the final opportunity for the tax payers and they may get rebate in penalty, warrant and notices fees.
“The amnesty scheme is already into effect from September 16. The NMC has collected property tax amounting to Rs 3 crore after implementation of the scheme and it will be in force till October 15. The scheme will give relief to tax defaulters as they will get rebate in penalties,” an NMC official said.
The NMC has issued warrants to 1,252 property tax defaulters for not paying their dues despite sending the notices twice. The defaulters owe Rs 15.75 crore and they have been given an ultimatum of 21 days to clear their dues or face action of seizure and auction of their properties.
In the last financial year, the NMC had collected property tax amounting to Rs 112 crore. It was for the first time that the NMC’s property tax collection target had touched Rs 100 crore.
Now, the NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 250 crore for the current financial year 2019-20, but it has so far collected only Rs 65 crore.
- River pollution, lack of development big woes
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 25, 2019, 4:29 IST
Nashik: Pollution of the Godavari river, development of gaothan areas, irregular water supply and lack of adequate parking spaces are some of the major issues in the Nashik East constituency, which has the second highest number of voters in the district.
The constituency includes 90% of the Panchavati and Nashik Road divisions of the municipal corporation.
A large section of the voters from the constituency emphasised on the need for the state government to play a more pro-active role in development of gaothan areas and make the Godavari river free of pollution since thousands of devotees, from across the country, visit the sacred Ramkund located on the banks of the river in the city.
Many voters face daily hardships due to the erratic water supply. They have also stressed on the need to have proper vehicle parking zones in public places like the Ramkund area. There are also some basic problems such as bad roads and defunct street lights across most of the Nashik East constituency.
Old wada development in limbo
Located in the heart of the city, there are over 250 wadas and structures that are over a century old. The redevelopment of these wadas and old residential structures could not take place due to a clear policy by the municipal corporation as well the state government.
The government has not approved permission for cluster development in the gaothan areas due to the lack of an impact assessment survey. The constituency has borne the brunt of this. Over 26 dilapidated old wadas collapsed during the recent heavy showers.
New flood lines yet to be determined
The drawing up of the final flood line is the major issue that has affected the redevelopment of old properties in area. In the development control rules published in January 2017, the tentative flood line was determined as per flood experienced in 2008. But the flood waters had reached higher levels in 2016 as well as in August this year. The final flood line is yet to be finalised, said Devang Jani, an activist.
According to him, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) gives permission for the development in blue line areas of the river against certain conditions. The permission is given for redevelopment on the condition of constructing buildings from the height of 45 centimetres above the red line. This is practically not possible, said Jani.
Need of the hour: Parking facilities
Sachin Ahire, another voter in the constituency, said the river Godavari is the citys identity. Lakhs of sadhus take a holy dip in Ramkund during Kumbha mela every 12 years.
On an average, around 25,000 pilgrims on an average visit Ramkund during that mega event and perform various rituals at old wadas and mangal karyalayas there. There is huge crowd in 1km stretch from Malegaon Stand to Gadge Maharaj bridge in Panchavati area. There are frequent traffic jams as vehicles are parked along the roads. Better parking facilities is the need of the hour, said Ahire.
Similarly, there are many wedding halls and lawns along the roads in the Panchavti areas of the city and they do not have proper parking. As a result, traffics jams take place there, which cause inconvenience to city residents. Hence, there is a need to focus on these issues, said Ahire.
The Currency Note Press (CNP) and India Security Press (CNP), which print currency notes of various denominations and security documents like stamp papers, respectively, are located in this constituency. Moreover, Nashik APMC, which supplies over 60% of vegetables to Mumbai, is also located in this constituency.
This constituency was the bastion of the Maharashtra navnirman Sena (MNS) between 2009 and 2014, when MNS was in power in the local civic body. Late Uttamrao Dhikle had won the Nashik East seat in 2009 on a MNS ticket. But the scenario rapidly changed in the next five years after BJPs Balasaheb Sanap won the Nashik East seat and BJP came into power in civic body in 2017.