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    Clear all pending files: Mundhe to town planning department

    Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Wednesday directed the town planning department to clear all pending files.

    TNN | Jul 26, 2018, 11:08 IST
    NASHIK: Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Wednesday directed the town planning department to clear all pending files.

    There are over 1,200 files that are pending with the department for the last three years. All these files were related to approvals for commencement certificates, building completion certificates, occupancy certificates and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), among others.

    A Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) official said the civic chief had a review meeting with the town planning department on Wednesday where he instructed the officials to speed up the approval process and ensure no files are pending.

    There has been restructuring of the town planning department and most of the staff of the department, including deputy engineer and junior engineers, have been transferred and replaced by the officials from other departments.

    “The civic chief has taken serious cognizance about the pendency of the files with the town planning department. He has directed the officials to clear all pending files at the earliest,” the official added.

    While scanning the files of the department last month some of the senior officials of NMC stumbled upon the fact that the department was sitting over several files without giving the nod.

    Taking serious note of this, the municipal commissioner had appointed an eight-member team from the audit department to examine files of three previous fiscals. During examination that continued around a week, the audit teams found as many as 1,461 files pending with the department for the past three years.

    “Now over 1,200 files are still pending with the town planning department. He has told the officials that he would keep a track whether these pending files are being cleared in time-bound manner or not,” the official added.
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      Nashik district stands 2nd in state tree plantation drive

      Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Jul 28, 2018, 23:25 IST

      Nashik: The district has stood second in the state for government’s 13 crore tree plantation drive across the state by planting as many as 71,56,050 saplings.

      The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has planted a total of 11,000 saplings in July and had a target of planting 12,000 trees under the state government’s Green Maharashtra programme. Besides, under various other campaigns, the civic body planted additional saplings and has exceeded the target of 12,000.

      The civic administration received the news through a release sent by the state ministry of environment and forests on Friday evening. The NMC had dug as many as 12,432 pits for saplings under the state government’s tree plantation campaign. A total of 2,425 have been planted so far and 2,225 photographs have been uploaded on forest department’s website. An NMC official said that they will be planting 15,000 saplings.

      The other plantation drive was under the Amrut scheme at survey number 400 in Makhmalabad area where 11,000 trees have been planted and the same has been uploaded on the website. Through people’s participation 1,830 trees have been planted and uploaded on the website.

      Under Ranmala Tourism, a total of 1,830 trees have been planted and uploaded on the forest department’s website. The civic administration implemented the pattern of Ranmala, a village in Khed taluka in Pune wherein people have been asked to adopt trees that are 3-4 feet in height. Hence, people have been made responsible for planting and conserving the respective trees that they planted.

      “Secretary of ministry of environment and forest sent a message saying that the target of planting 13 crore trees have been achieved by the state government on Friday at 4.15 pm and that this year tree plantation work will continue till September 30,” the official said.

      “The total number of trees planted is 13,00,48,005. People’s participation for this initiative has been commendable,” he added.

      The target for 13 crore tree plantation started on July 1 and by July 27 the target was achieved.

      “In the message sent by the minister’s office, Nanded district planted the maximum number of trees that is 82,26,096 and stood first in the state. The NMC has already exceeded its target and by September more trees will be planted,” the official said.

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        Nashik Municipal Corporation rejects 30 building plan proposals in 2 days

        Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 3, 2018, 12:14 IST

        As per the new Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR), roads with 9m or more width only will get TDR and premium FSI

        NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation has rejected over 30 building plan proposals of plot owners on smaller roads in the past two days as per an order of the municipal commissioner which states that smaller roads will widened to 9 metre.

        The order was issued by the commissioner on July 27 and was published on July 30. As per the order, plot holders on roads with 6m and 7.5m width will have to surrender 1.5m and 0.75m land to the civic body while submitting the building plans for widening of the roads.

        There had been irregular constructions on smaller roads. As per the new Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR), roads with 9m or more width only will get TDR and premium FSI.

        There was only basic FSI of 1.1 was permissible on the smaller roads, but 9m roads have benefit of 0.4 TDR and 0.3 premium FSI.

        Plot holders on samll roads were deprived of this benefit and were unable to do more constructions. Builders with illegal constructions were also unable to regularise their constructions due to lack of premium FSI and TDR.

        The civic body had proposed to widen smaller roads into 9m, which has been approved by the state government, NMC general body and the standing committee.

        Subsequently, on Monday, the municipal commissioner published Order No. 515 about widening of the smaller roads.

        As per the order, plot holders on both sides of 6m roads will have to surrender 1.5m, while plot holders on 7.5m roads will have to surrender 0.75m to covert the road into 9m.

        Earlier, it was expected that those who want to take the benefits may only have to surrender land. But in fact, it is to be implemented in a blanket manner across the city apart from gaothan areas.

        "Surrendering land on smaller roads to convert into 9m is not desirous, but it is mandatory. Hence, those submitting new plans on smaller roads will have to surrender the land," said NMC sources.

        "I had filed a proposal online on June 5 and the online scrutiny had been done a week later. On June 24, the deputy engineer of teh town planning department had approved the file, which was forwarded to the executive engineer. But the proposal has been rejected online onThursday as per the new order," said an architect.

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          400 property owners put on notice as dengue cases rise

          Tushar Pawar | TNN | Aug 3, 2018, 11:51 IST

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          NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has served notices to over 400 residents and owners of various commercial establishments across the city over of mosquito-breeding grounds.

          In the notices, served in last couple of weeks, the civic body has warned them to destroy the spots at once and ensure that such spots are not created again.

          So far, the NMC has collected Rs 37,000 from six commercial establishments as fine in the last two months holding them responsible for mosquito-breeding spots. Cases of dengue are on the rise constantly since June this year.

          In May this year, only 19 dengue positive cases were reported in the city that increased to 52 in June and 103 in July. The total number of dengue positive cases since January 1 to July 31 this year has reached 220.

          "The NMC administration has taken serious cognizance of this and started sending notices to resident and establishments," an NMC official said.

          In June, the civic body had served notices to 1,600 residents and owners of commercial establishments after the NMC health teams had found mosquito-breeding spots at houses and commercial establishments.

          "We have been slapping fines on commercial establishments. So far, we have slapped fine to seven commercial establishments, including builders, as mosquito-breeding spots were found on their premises. Four builders have been fined Rs 23,000 that includes a well-known construction company," the official added.

          A plot owner had been slapped with fine of Rs 10,000 as waste tyres had been placed on the open plot where mosquito breeding spots were found. Similarly, an earthen pot-maker had been held responsible for mosquito-breeding spots and was slapped with fine of Rs 500.

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            Old house crumbles in Nashik; two trapped

            PTI | Aug 5, 2018, 17:15 IST

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            NASHIK: Two persons are feared trapped under the debris of a three-storey house which collapsed on Sunday in Old Nashik area, police said. Rescuers extricated four persons, including a girl, alive from under the rubble of the building, located in Tambat Lane this afternoon, a police official said. Personnel of fire, police, district disaster management departments are conducting rescue operations at the spot, he said. The old house is located in a narrow lane. Light showers hampered the work briefly, the official said. More details are awaited.

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              NMC seeks police cover to raze illegal religious structures

              TNN | Aug 8, 2018, 23:54 IST

              Nashik: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) plans to raze illegal religious structures. The civic body has requested police protection for its staff involved in the exercise.

              NMC has to submit an affidavit to Bombay High Court by August 13 on the issue of demolishing of illegal religious structures. The HC had earlier ordered the civic body to raze structures that have come up illegally and cause obstruction to traffic movement.

              Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe held a meeting on Tuesday with police officers and corporation officials involved in clearing encroachments. The resident deputy collector of Nashik Ramdas Khedkar and officials from MHADA too were present.

              “NMC has sought help of city police in providing security for civic officials during the demolition drive. Once police protection is in place, the drive will begin,” an official said. NMC has so far demolished 450 illegal religious structures in the last couple of years. The rest will soon be removed.

              Hearing on Bhide case begins

              The district court on Tuesday began hearing on a case against Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide. Nashik Municipal Corporation has taken a case against Bhide, who claimed that women eating mangoes from his orchard gave birth to sons. The lawyer representing NMC informed the court about the details of the case. No lawyer represented Bhide during the hearing. The next date of hearing is yet to be announced.


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                Solar rooftop project set to begin soon

                TNN | Aug 9, 2018, 23:35 IST

                Nashik: The work of installing solar panels for all buildings of Nashik Municipal Corporation under the Smart City Scheme will begin in few days. Tender for solar panels have been approved. The letter of award has been issued to the contractor. In a few days, the work order will be issued.

                The rooftop solar equipment will be installed in 16 NMC buildings on a pilot basis by a private agency.

                According to civic officials, it should generate 10 per cent energy. They said that it would be done on a private-public partnership mode so NMC does not incur a huge expense on the project.

                “With installation of solar panels, NMC will be able to save Rs1 crore per year on power supply bills. This is a significant amount. We have approved the tender of a contractor and have also given them the letter of award. We are waiting for their reply. Once they reply, we will issue the work order,” an official said.

                Meanwhile, tenders for area-based development (ABD) have been floated. The project will be giving a facelift to gaothan areas (old city) by constructing major-minor roads, addressing sewage, water supply, electricity supply and drainage issues for around Rs 334 crore. This is the second time that tender has been floated. It was also floated before the model code of conduct came into force, but failed to get a response then.

                “Major and minor roads in gaothan areas will be developed and for this, basic infrastructure like drainage network, sewage lines, electric supply and water supply etc will be provided before constructing the roads so that roads will not have to be dug up again and again. It is not easy to construct minor roads in gaothan area as these form a big network in these areas,” said an official.


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                  Water harvesting need of the hour: Nashik divisional commissioner

                  Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Aug 12, 2018, 13:05 IST

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                  NASHIK: City divisional commissioner Rajaram Mane has stressed upon rooftop water harvesting as well as water conservation by the citizens in every possible way.

                  Mane was addressing a workshop of government officials and he appealed them to take the message of water conservation to the last man.

                  “We have to find ways to use water judiciously so that the water does not get polluted, which in turn leads to soil and environment conservation,” Mane said.

                  “The water is used for agriculture and industrial purpose and the extensive use of the same is leading to loss of water. There has to be limitations on the usage of water,” Mane advocated.

                  He also appealed to the industrialists to go for water treatment plants. “The industries need to release the similar quality of water they intake from sources, back to the sources. Only when these measures are followed, the industries recycle the water and use for its processes, their dependency on fresh water will be cut down,” Mane said.

                  Mane pointed out that Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Act 2009 draft has been roled out – limiting the usage of groundwater, and citizens can take a look at them and even raise their objections and claims to the same.

                  ZP president Sheetal Sangle called for appropriate measures to regulate the usage of groundwater. “Every region has distinct requirements and hence there cannot be a blanket clause. It is important that the citizens also raise their objections and at the same time government considers them appropriately,” Sangle said.


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                    Committee to stop NMC from razing religious structures

                    Aug 13, 2018, 22:14 IST

                    Nashik: The leaders of Hindu and Muslim religious organisation are going to meet chief minister on Tuesday to take up the issue of demolition of religious structures on open space.

                    Over the last few days the Nashik Municipal Corporation has been issuing notices to the managements of several religious places in the city. The structures have been called ‘unauthorized’ and therefore the civic body is planning to demolish them.

                    In this regard, a meeting was held between the religious leaders and elected representatives at mayor’s official residence on Monday. It was decided that they would seek legal help to stop the NMC from demolishing the religious structures.

                    During the meeting, chaired by mayor Ranjana Bhansi, a committee ‘Sanskar Kendra Bachao Samiti’ was formed. MLA Devyani Pharande, MLA Seema Hiray and corporators besides representatives from hundreds of religious organisations were present in the meeting.

                    Pharande said that they can also move the high court if need arises. “We have to come together to save the structures. If necessary, we can even go to the court together,” he said.

                    The representatives of the religious organisations castigated the NMC for issuing notices “without any high court order or government resolution”. They also accused civic officials of misleading them.

                    “The community halls were constructed by NMC for us and now we get a notices saying that the constructions are unauthorised. The NMC has not issued any public notice in this regard before pasting individual notices,” they said.

                    Additional municipal commissioner Kishor Borde and deputy municipal commissioner RM Bahiram were summoned to the meeting for explanation.

                    Bahiram said that a committee was formed and a survey was conducted as per the directions of the state government in 2016. “We surveyed 1,268 structures and published the list on the NMC’s website. Categories were made. There were 249 structures in A category – structures obstructing highways — and need to be demolished as per the high court order,” he said.

                    Meenal Bhosale, lawyer and member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad said that there were three categories mentioned in the HC order of 2011-12 for demolition.

                    “Category A is for those structures that obstruct the highway; B for those on the roadside; C covers the structure that could be relocated,” she said, adding, “When it comes to religious structures, the HC also said that a special committee should be formed to take the decision,” she said.

                    “Let us form a committee under the name ‘Sanskar Kendra Bachao Samiti’ under the chairmanship of Vinod Thorat. All the organisations will have to register by filling a form and submitting it to committee. We can unanimously move high court and seek a stay on the civic body’s demolition drive,” Pharande said.

                    However, corporator Gajanan Shelar said there was no need to go to the court, while responding to mayor’s resolution.

                    As per the high court order, there are provisions to regularise the structures constructed before 2009, even if they are unauthorised.

                    Bhansi said, “We have the list of the 70 religious structures constructed after 2009. Representatives of all these religious structures and even those who got the notices for religious structures erected before 2009 should submit the documents immediately.”

                    The committee has asked all the organisations to submit necessary documents within two days. “In two days, submit the documents to the chairperson of the committee. On Tuesday, the MLAs and leader of the house Dinkar Patil will meet Fadnavis,” Bhansi said.

                    However, there was no discussion about the fate of the general body resolution, passed by Bhansi, which says religious constructions on open spaces should be spared. The resolution was to be sent to the chief minister.

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                      Nashik: No TDR for new land reservations

                      Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Aug 14, 2018, 22:02 IST

                      NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation has rejected seven proposals out of 30 for transfer of developmental rights(TDR) due to some irregularities.

                      Hence, despite the state government announcing attractive TDR for those in possession of reserved lands in the city’s development plan, NMC has refused it for some of the proposals. In the past two years, seven proposals out of the 30 have been rejected.

                      Since 1993, NMC could acquire only 30 percent of the lands reserved in the DP. Hence the new plan for TDR was suggested in the new DP according to which the owner whose land has been reserved will get 20 percent TDR in lieu of the land in one year, 15 percent if it is acquired in second year, 10 percent in the third year, and five percent in the fourth and fifth year.

                      “In the DP, 30 lands have been reserved. All the owners applied for TDR. But seven were rejected by the municipal commissioner for irregularities and have directed to cancel the letters of intent,” said an NMC official.

                      On the possibility of these owners knocking the doors of the court, the official said, “We are not ruling that out. But if there are some irregularities we cannot help it. There have been cases earlier were land was acquired and TDR was also asked,” he said.

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