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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  • Better amenities, industrial growth on voters’ wishlist

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 27, 2019, 4:59 IST

    Nashik: Poor basic infrastructure, slow industrial growth, pollution of Nandini river and nullahs and encroachments on roads are the major issues in Nashik West constituency, which has the highest number of voters among all 15 assembly segments in Nashik district.

    This constituency houses the two important industrial areas — Ambad and Satpur — where over two lakh workers are engaged in over 3,500 large and small industrial units.

    The major grouse here is that not a since new major industry has set shop in last 15 years despite the constituency’s proximity to Mumbai. They felt that the new MLA must put pressure on the state government to tackle this issue, which would propel Nashik’s growth.

    “Since there has been no major industrial investments in Nashik in the last 15 years, a bulk of the district’s engineering graduates have to migrate to other major cities in search of jobs,” rued Mayur Allai, a resident of the area.

    What has compounded the problems now is the economic slowdown. The automobile ancillaries based in the two industrial areas have been forced to cut down on contract workers. Some ancillary units have reduced their shifts for production as the demand has slumped.

    “The units have reduced the manpower to tide over this slowdown,” said Manish Rawal, chairman, Nashik Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (NIMA).

    The plight of the basic infrastructure in the two industrial zones of the constituency is shoddy. The bad condition of internal roads has been a major issue for past many years and the situation worsens during monsoon.

    Many of the industrialists, who are voters of the constituency, were critical of the state government for not organising meetings of Udyog Mitra at the state level to discuss and resolve problems of the industries across the state. Such deliberations are chaired by the chief minister in presence of the state industries minister.

    “In the last five years, there has not been a single state-level meeting. Although the district level Zilla Udyog Mitra meetings took place, it was not regular. These meetings are the platforms to settle the issues of the industries and it must be organised regularly,” stressed Ramesh Pawar, an industrialist.

    NMC has developed few major roads in the two industrial estates, but around majority of the internal roads are yet to be developed. The condition of the roads has deteriorated due to large potholes. Moreover, there are no drainage lines in both the industrial estates. Both Nashik Municipal Corporation and Maharashtra Industrial DeC are passing the buck, alleged Pawar.

    “Thousands of male and female workers doing jobs in industrial estates, but there is not a single public toilet in both the two estates. We want NMC and MIDC to build at least toilets there,” said Amol Kulkarni, another resident and private employee.

    The pollution of the Godavari’s tributary Nandini and other several small and large nullahs is the major issue in the constituency.

    “Some industries release effluents in the nullahs and in the river. Moreover, chemical and other hazardous waste of some industries are also thrown into nullahs and the river and finally the polluted water are flown to the Godavari river,” said Sachin Mahajan, resident.

    The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of Maharashtra had developed six schemes in the city around three decades back. There are around 25,000 houses in these six schemes and they have been handed over the Nashik Municipal Corporation.

    The roads are so narrow and there have been residential encroachments on the roads at many places. Redevelopment of houses in these areas is also another issue as they have been built on small plots and road are so narrow. There have been demand to give additional FSI for the Cidco areas.

    Supply of water by NMC in almost all areas of the constituency is erratic. Water comes at low pressure is some parts of the constituency. As a result, residents do not get adequate water. “We want water supply with full pressure so that all will get water,” demanded a voter of the area, Sachin Mahjan.


  • PWD to go green for construction of roads

    Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Oct 3, 2019, 4:55 IST

    Nashik: The Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to implement the green road technology across the state. As a result, about 90,000 km of roads in the state will get upgraded.

    The green road technology was tried and tested in Dindori and Igatpuri regions of the district recently. The regions were chosen based on the amount of rainfall they received this year. After the successful implementation of the technology in these regions, the PWD has decided to implement it across the state.

    “The technology focuses on soil stablisation method which helps in construction of better roads,” a PWD official said.

    The quality of road often gets battered due to the bad base and seepage of water from adjoining areas, making it prone to further damage. And, once the base is damaged, it has a direct impact on the road, the official said.

    Explaining the functioning of the technology, the official said that the machine digs up the road, pulverizes the material, uses the binding chemical along with cement and is then relayed and settled. “While using this technology, there is no need of soil excavation, no mining of stones, no transportation — which ultimately means no fuel consumption. All this brings down the carbon foot print as well,” the official said.

    While the conventional process of road construction requires about one or two months for a stretch to get completed, the green technology, on the other hand, ensures that the road is open for public usein just 48 hours, the official added.

    “The contractor and technology ensure the life of the soil base will last for at least 15 years, thus ensuring minimum expenditure for maintenance ,” he said.

    The soil stabilisation process costs approximately Rs 1.60 crore while the construction of bituminous road costs another Rs 0.70 crore, taking the total estimate to Rs 2.3 crore for a road.

    But if the same road is constructed using concrete, it will cost around Rs 2.7 crore. Although there is not much difference in the pricing, there is a major difference in the maintenence of roads.

  • NMC starts audit of over 900 civic properties
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Oct 12, 2019, 4:31 IST

    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started conducting audit of all its properties in the city to gather information right from their construction date to their current status.

    The initiative comes after Bombay high court’s directive to present all details regarding NMC properties. A civic official said that they have started gathering details of over 900 properties. The details are to be submitted by the NMC during the next hearing on December 2.

    Educationist RL Luth had filed a PIL in the high court about the misuse of properties by the public representatives. During the recent hearing, NMC lawyers submitted the details about action taken against the property holders. But the court was not satisfied with the information and directed the civic body to submit entire history of the properties right from the construction to current status and the procedure followed while leasing them at nominal rates.

    “This (the audit) will include all information about the civic properties, when they were constructed and leased to social outfits and on what basis. We have already started collecting all the details required,” the NMC official said.

    The NMC had recently conducted a similar survey NMC the month properties of May, covering 945 properties including community halls, library, gymnasiums and study halls. After the survey, the civic body had sealed 382 properties that were found being misused or used for commercial purposes.

    Sealing of 117 properties was revoked after renewing the agreement and recovering charges as per Ready Reckoner (RR) rates from the social outfits. Moreover, some properties that were used directly by the citizens were also unsealed.

    Currently, 265 properties are still sealed as they were being used commercially without permission from the municipal corporation.

  • Centre finally clears plan to reduce pollution in Mumbai, Solapur and Nashik

    TNN | Updated: Oct 20, 2019, 9:27 IST

  • Environmentalists in Nashik declare manifesto for Maharashtra assembly elections
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Oct 20, 2019, 20:46 IST

    NASHIK: Environmentalists across city have come together and jointly declared their manifesto in view of the state assembly elections.

    They want the political parties to include their environment related demands in their manifesto. Environmentalists have also appealed to people to vote for those candidates who will take up environment issues on the top of their agenda.

    A group of environmentalists gathered on the bank of the river Godavari and published their manifesto related to city environment. They also took a oath for conservation of the city environment.

    The manifesto includes some demands like making the tributaries of the river Godavari making from drain water, recharging ground water through wells and bore-wells, regular tree plantation and their maintenance along with annual tree audit, improving air quality, conservation of forts, effective implementation of plastic ban by the government among other major demands.

    The environmentalists want winning MLAs to take efforts to make the city river free from pollution and also improve the quality of river and reduce noise pollution in major areas of the city.

    “We have prepared a manifesto of environment and we will appeal to citizens to vote for those candidates who will be committed for the conservation of environment and candidates of those political parties who will include our manifesto in their agenda,” said Nishikant Pagare, an environmentalist.

    The manifesto includes some demands like making the Godavari river and its three tributaries making free of drain water, pollution and river concretisation, effective implementation of rainwater harvesting to increase the ground water level, making oxygen bank through huge tree plantation and maintenance along with regular annual audit of trees in the city.

    Moreover, the manifesto also include some other demands like conservation of forts, excessive use of CNG and electric vehicles in transport system, brining air quality index below 50, a committee of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) be activated and ambulance service be started for animals.

    A group of environmentalists, which has prepared the manifesto on environment, include Jalbir Singh, Somnath Muthal, Sunil Pardeshi, Yogesh Barve, Amit Kulkarni and others.

  • Civic body vows rank improvement
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Oct 24, 2019, 4:41 IST

    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has vowed to improve the city’s ranking in the upcoming cleanliness survey (Swachh Survekshan 2020) and is aiming for a top-10 finish.

    Civic chief Radhakrihsna Game, during a meeting with all head of departments (HODs) on Wednesday, directed the officials to pull up their socks for the annual exercise to be held in January.

    Game also reviewed the initiatives undertaken by the municipal corporation in connection with the cleanliness survey.

    For the past two year’s, Nashik’s performance in the survey has been dismal. The city stood 63rd and 67th in 2018 and 2019, respectively, among 425 cities across the country.

    “We have identified the areas where we did not do well in the last survey, which led to a drop in our ranking. Feedback from citizens and documentation of activities were the major areas where we did not do well last year,” an NMC official said.

    Feedback from citizens accounts for 35% marks in the survey. According to data compiled by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs, there was poor response from Nashik citizens regarding feedbacks related to cleanliness and sanitation status.

    “Apart from this, we did not do proper documentation about various cleanliness activities conducted by us for Swachh Survekshan last year,” the official said.

    “Hence, the municipal commissioner has directed us to focus on getting feedback from citizens and proper documentation of activities. Apart from this, we are also focusing on implementation of plastic ban, segregation of waste and composting of wet waste from kitchen,” he added.

    The key focus areas of Swachh Survekshan 2020 includes segregation of waste, utilising capacity of wet processing facilities, treating and re-using waste water, following three principles: reduce, reuse and recycle, uplifting of social condition of informal waste pickers, promoting procurement through GeM and engaging technology driven monitoring. This is the fifth edition of the survey that has been launched by the ministry of housing and urban affairs.

    Notice to garbage collection contractor

    The civic body has issued fresh notice to garbage collection contractor of Panchavati and New Nashik area, asking why their contract should not be terminated.

    This is the second notice to the contractor concerned within a week. A few days ago, the NMC had served show-cause notice to the contractor for not paying the salaries to garbage collection van workers even though the dues were cleared by the civic body.

    Around 290 workers had resorted to strike owing to non-payment of salary for the month of September. “We have been getting lot of complaints about the contractor. We have even slapped a fine of Rs 1.5 crore on the contractor, but the functioning of the garbage collection vans have not improved. Hence, we are planning to terminate his contract. The notices are part of the process towards terminating of his contract,” an NMC official said.


  • Nashik civic body collects Rs 87.67 crore property tax between Apr-Oct 2019
    This year, till October, the civic body has collected Rs 87.67 crore as against Rs 86 crore during the corresponding period in the year 2018.Tushar Pawar | TNN | November 05, 2019, 14:00 IST

    NASHIK: The property tax collection of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has increased marginally by Rs 1.67 crore from April to October this year in comparison with the same period last year.

    This year, till October, the civic body has collected Rs 87.67 crore as against Rs 86 crore during the corresponding period in the year 2018.

    Owing to the recently introduced amnesty scheme, the NMC has collected around Rs 28 crore in the past one-and-a-half month.

    In the last financial year (2018-19), the NMC had collected Rs 112 crore as property tax and it was for the first time that the collection target had touched Rs 100.

    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 87.67 crore.

    Interestingly, the NMC’s property tax collection till July 4 was only Rs 20 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 tax defaulters, people started clearing their dues. The NMC collected Rs 38 crore in just one month between July 04 and August 04, taking the total tax collection to Rs 58 crore.

    The NMC had also issued warrants to over 1,000 defaulters thereafter in August, giving them a deadline of a month to pay their dues or face seizure of properties. But before taking action against the defaulters, the NMC launched an amnesty scheme in September.

    The NMC recovers 2% fine per month on the tax dues from the last day of paying taxes. Moreover, it also recovers expenses of notices and warrants issued to the defaulters.

    But as per the scheme, rebate was given to defaulters in penalty, warrant and notice fees if they cleared their total dues. “We recovered around Rs 28 crore through amnesty scheme. This has led to marginal rise in property tax collection during the April-October period, as compared to the corresponding period last year,” an NMC official said.

    “We will soon start a drive against property tax defaulters in a bid to achieve property tax collection target for the current financial year,” he added.

    Nashik East division has garnered the highest property tax collection of Rs 17.25 crore among six divisions, followed by Nashik West division with Rs 16.41 crore.

  • City to get concrete roads worth Rs 100 crore soon
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 11, 2019, 4:40 IST

    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corportation (NMC) is planning to construct concrete (cement) roads in the city by next year.

    A proposal regarding the same will be presented in the civic body’s budget for the financial year 2020-21.

    Officials said that budget of Rs 100 crore would be proposed for developing 25 km internal roads.

    The Public Works Department (PWD) has already started the process of identifying roads to be concretised next year.

    Moreover, the NMC is also identifying old roads — especially the ones that are over 12 years old. Such roads would be resurfaced.

    Officials from the civic body’s PWD department said that they will make a plan for resurfacing old roads once they gather all the required details.

    The chairman of the standing committee of NMC, Uddhav Nimse, had recently directed the civic officials to prepare a report of old city roads which were built 12 years ago. The PWD officials will refer to the report while planning the resurfacing of old roads.

    Recently, the civic body had resurfaced some roads in the Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of MIDC. However, most of the roads are yet to be resurfaced.

    “The life of concrete roads is over 20 years. MG Road was concretised around 25 years back; however, the road is still intact due to its quality. This year, we could take up quite a few roads for concretisation, but our plan is to concretise at least 25 km stretch of roads,” a senior official from NMC.

    “The cost for cement roads is higher as compared to tar roads. The cost of concrete roads for approximately 1 km stretch is somewhere between Rs 3.5 crore and Rs 4 crore, as per the width. The financial provision for the concrete roads will be made during the NMC budget for the financial year 2020-21,” the official said.

    The length of roads across the city is roughly 2,000 km which includes tar roads covering 1,300 km stretch while macadam roads cover about 350 km. The remaining 350 km is covered by concrete roads in the city.

    “We are also planning to convert macadam roads into tar roads. A proposal for the same is being prepared. The budgetary provisions are soon to be made during the upcoming budget of the civic body,” the official added.

    Meanwhile, the NMC has carried out tender process for various road works in the city. However, these works were delayed due to the model code of conduct implemented in the view of state assembly elections.

    The NMC has now started finalising the tender process. The work order to the contractors concerned are to be issued in the next couple of weeks. The road works worth Rs 125 crore will soon be initiated in the city, officials concerned said.


  • ‘Reducing air and river pollution are my top priorities’
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 12, 2019, 4:40 IST The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) functions under the administrative control of the state government’s department of environment. The regional officer of MPCB, Nashik region, J B Sangewar tells TOI’s Tushar Pawar about the major initiatives being taken to control the air and water pollution levels in the city. Excerpts
    How does the MPCB function?

    The Nashik regional office of MPCB has jurisdiction over Nashik, Ahmednagar, Dhule, Jalgaon and Nandurbar districts. We mostly monitor air and water pollution. The water samples from the river are collected every week. We also inspect industries randomly every week.

    How do you measure air quality of the city?

    We have five air quality monitoring stations across the city to check the levels of pollution on a daily basis. We have also proposed two air quality monitoring stations for the city and another one for Malegaon. The locations have been identified and funds have already been approved. The three new air quality monitoring stations are expected to be operational in the next six months.

    What steps are being taken to reduce the levels of air pollution in the city?

    A study conducted by the Centre found that Nashik was among the 100 most polluted cities in the country. The action plan of the city has already been approved by Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), which is the implementing agency. Our major focus is to promote public transport system. We are also promoting the use of electric vehicles in the city. NMC will soon be introducing electric vehicles under the city bus service project.

    River pollution is another issue that calls for attention. What steps being taken?

    The Bombay high court has already given a judgement in this regard. A committee headed by the divisional commissioner is monitoring whether different stakeholders are complying with the norms. Instructions have been given to the civic body to upgrade the nine old sewage treatment plants (STPs). This will reduce the biological oxygen demand (BOD) of treated water and thereby help in controlling river pollution.

    What is the state of air and water pollution in the industrial estates?

    Both Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of MIDC fall in NMC’s jurisdiction. There are around 140 plating and powder coating units, which don’t have their own effluent treatment plant (ETP). A common ETP has been proposed, but the operation is getting delayed. Hence, steps are being taken to ensure all the units treat the effluents either through their own ETPs or CETP. Moreover, there are around 60 industries which have their own chimneys for letting out gases. We are creating awareness among those industries to ensure that they use clean fuel to reduce air pollution.

    What action has been taken against the plastic manufacturing units in the industrial areas?

    We have already directed the civic body and other authorities to curb the use of banned plastic. We have closed six plastic bag manufacturing units in the last few months. Apart from this, there are many plastic recycling units in Malegaon tehsil town. They are operating unofficially and unscientifically. Some units have been closed down there.
    What are you currently focussing on?

    Reducing air and water pollution levels in the city are my top priorities. I am also focussing on ensuring that plastic ban is implemented in the city in letter and spirit.


  • Nashik: Civic chief unhappy with smart road construction

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 9:52 IST

    The 1.1km stretch between Ashok Stambh and Trimbakeshwar is being developed as a smart road

    NASHIK: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game is unhappy over the manner in which the city's maiden smart road has been constructed.

    Game told TOI that the road is uneven at places while stressing the need for making the road smooth.

    The municipal commissioner directed the smart city authorities to check the riding quality of the road.

    The 1.1-km stretch between Ashok Stambh and Trimbakeshwar is being developed under the smart city project by Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL).

    The concrete work of the stretch has been completed and the work of junctions is in progress at Meher Point and CBS junction.

    Citizens have complained about the road being uneven at some places between Ashok Stambh and Trimbak Naka.

    "It is true that the road is uneven at some places and there is a need to smoothen it. But it will be possible only after the work of smart road is completed," said Game.

    "Instructions have been given to the smart city company officials to assess the riding quality of the road. I will soon conduct a review meeting with the smart city company officials in a day or two," he added.

    During the NMSCDCL board meeting, company chairman Sitaram Kunte said that the riding quality will be checked once the road has been completed.

    The project started in April last year and the deadline of six months up to October 2018 was given to the contractor.

    So far, the contractor's deadline has been extended five times, but he is yet to complete the project.

    After the contractor missed the October 31, 2018, deadline, it was extended by March 31 this year, but contractor could not complete the work.

    The smart city company extended the deadline for the third time till June 30, fourth time till July 31 and fifth time till August 15, but in vain.

    The NMSCDCL has also slapped a fine of Rs36,700 per day for the delay in the smart city road project.

    The fine will be recovered from April 1 till the completion of the project. The fine amount will be reduced from the bills to be paid to the contractor.

    Now, the concrete work for both sides of the smart city road has been completed, while the work on three junctions is in progress.

  • Nashik civic body to re-introduce amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters
    Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game said the amnesty scheme will be reintroduced in February next year.Tushar Pawar | TNN | November 16, 2019, 16:00 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to re-introduce the amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters following the overwhelming response it received when the programme was introduced for a month earlier this year in September.

    Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game said the amnesty scheme will be reintroduced in February next year. Under the scheme, the tax defaulters, who pay their dues in one go, are given rebate in penalty amount, warrant and notice fees.

    “We had received good response to the amnesty scheme last month where the NMC had collected Rs 30 crore property tax dues,” Game said, adding that they are aiming at collecting property tax dues worth Rs 50 crore through the scheme in February.

    The civic body 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. The amnesty scheme was introduced for a period of 30 days from September 15 to Oct 15.

    As per the scheme, the defaulters were given upto 75% rebate on penalty, warrant and notice fees if they cleared their dues within 15 days — between September 15 and 30. A 50% concession in fine was given to the defaulters who paid dues between October 1 and 10 while 25% concession in penalty was given to those defaulters who paid the dues between October 11 and 15.

    During this period, the NMC waived arond Rs 9 crore in penalties, including Rs 3.70 crore in Nashik East division, Rs 1.66 crore in Panchavati, Rs 1.15 croe in Nashik West, Rs 1.08 crore in Nashik Road, Rs 64.95 lakh in Satpur and Rs 98.57 lakh in Cidco division.

    In the last financial year, property tax dues were estimated at around Rs 217.41 crore of which the NMC has recovered Rs 36.08 so far and Rs 181.33 core is still pending.

    The NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 218 crore for the current financial year, inclduing current and previous tax dues. So far, the civic body has collected Rs 98.91 crore as property tax.


  • Plastic waste reduced from 12 to 8% in 2 months
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 18, 2019, 4:09 IST

    Nashik: The NMC is reaping benefits of its awareness campaign against plastic products, as the plastic waste from the total garbage collection across the city has reduced by 4-8% in the past two months

    On a daily basis, NMC collects 550 metric tonnes of garbage across the city through 225 garbage collection vans. Out of which 66 tonnes of waste were of banned plastic, which counts 12% of total waste collection.

    According to municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game said that citizens are now taking notice of the awareness campaign conducted in their locality. “But due to continuous awareness drive by the municipal corporation, the quantum of plastic waste has reduced to 8% or 44 tonnes a day because of awareness created by the civic body among citizens,” said Game.

    He further said that he was happy to see the progress around. “We had conducted cleaning operations of drainage lines in the city. We had found plastic waste in the drainage lines and stormwater lines in the city. Choking up of lines due to plastic waste led to water-loggings at various locations across the city during rains,” said Game.

    On October 2, the NMC had conducted a drive to collect plastic waste under Swacchata hi Seva — a plastic waste campaign in the centre. In total, the civic body collected 900 quintals of banned plastic during the drive, this led to a drop in plastic waste in the city.

    In September, divisional offices of NMC had conducted the drive against banned plastics. Twenty-five trade and business people including some dairy vendors were found using banned plastics during the drive. NMC had fined Rs 5,000 each to these traders and dairy vendors.

    In September, the NMC had seized four tonnes of plastics carry bags from industry in Ambad industrial estate. They had slapped fine to the industry and seized all the plastic materials from the unit.

    The civic body has been regularly participating in the Swachh Survekshan programme 2020, launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). This is the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey, which is expected to be held in January.

    The key focus areas of the Swachh Survekshan 2020 include the segregation of waste, utilising the capacity of wet processing facilities, treating and reusing the wastewater. This is in accordance with three principles i.e reduce, reuse and recycle. It also focuses on the uplifting of social condition of informal waste pickers, promoting procurement through GeM and engaging technology-driven monitoring.


  • Bldgs composting green waste to get 5% concession in property tax
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 19, 2019, 4:34 IST

    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), in a bid to promote composting of wet waste, is planning to introduce 5% concession in property tax for all buildings that carry out this process on their premises.

    Concession in property tax will be implemented after an approval from the civic body’s general body meeting. Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game said such tax concession would be introduced shortly to encourage citizens for composting wet waste.

    “The NMC collects 550 tonne of wast from across the city through 225 garbage vans. This include both dry and wet waste. It costs around Rs 2,000 per tonne to collect the filth from the city. Hence, we are planning to introduce concession in property tax for those buildings that resort to composting wet or green waste,” he said.

    According to Game, the objective is to encourage people to start composting wet waste on their premises of their buildings, apartments or societies.

    The move is aimed at reducing the waste that the civic body collects from households on a daily basis and that will in turn save money spent on the collection of waste.

    The NMC is already giving 5% concession in property tax to citizens who are using solar power. Another NMC official said they are also creating awareness among people about composting of green waste in view of the Swachh Survekshan programme 2020 — launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

    “We are organising clean establishment competitions for buildings, school, colleges and government offices. Those resorting to composting of wet waste will definitely get more marks,” the official said.
    This is the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey that is to be held in January 2020 and the NMC has already started preparations in this connection.

    Nashik did not fare well in the last survey (2019) as its ranking dropped from 63 in 2018 to 67 among 425 cities. “We have identified the areas where we did not perform well during the last survey and that led to drop in ranking of cleaning cities. Citizens feedback and documentation of activities were the major areas where we did not do well last year,” the NMC official said.

    “Hence, we want to increase participation of citizens in view of the Swachh Survekshan so that the ranking of the city improves this time,” he added.

  • Nashik Municipal Corporation plans 200km new sewer lines

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 24, 2019, 14:01 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to lay new underground sewer lines in various parts of the city over the next two years to meet growing requirements.

    The NMC is also considering conducting an audit of the existing sewer lines to check connections and leakages in line with other cities in the country.

    Currently, the city has 1,619km-length of underground drainage lines and it still needs an additional 210 km lines.

    “We have covered 85% of the area under sewer lines in the city. Considering the expansion of the new areas, we need another 210 km of sewer lines,” said municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game.

    “We have already proposed new sewer lines with a total length of 10 km, while new sewer lines of 200km-length are to be constructed within the next two years,” he added.
    A total of 3.43 lakh properties have connected their sewage with sewer lines.

    Apart from sewer lines, the NMC has 358.25km of stormwater lines.

    “We have found that some properties have connected their sewage to the stormwater lines instead of the sewer lines. Therefore, stormwater lines overflow during the heavy rainfall in monsoon,” Game said.

    “During the repair works, we had found plastic waste in both sewer and stormwater lines. The plastic waste had choked the line during the recent heavy rainfall. The citizens themselves are responsible for this problem. Therefore, citizens too need to be disciplined,” he said.

    “We are planning to conduct an audit of the sewer lines to check connections and leakages. Some three-four cities in the country have already conducted such audits. We are getting details about the cost requirement of the project,” he added.

    Plastic waste can be seen being collected through vans despite the state-wide bans. NMC collects around 550 tonnes of waste through its 225 garbage collection vans.
    Of 550 tonnes of waste, 12% accounted for plastic waste around two months back.

    But after the awareness drive and the fine slapped to erring citizens, this quantum of plastic waste has come down to 8% now.

  • Citizens asked to install CCTV cameras in their localities

    Santosh Sonawane | TNN | Updated: Nov 25, 2019, 4:24 IST

    Nashik: While the smart city development corporation will be setting up 800 CCTV cameras across the city under the smart city project, police are advising citizens to install surveillance systems in the premises of their residential complexes and on the roads in their localities to stregthen security in the area.

    Police is aiming to put maximum part of the city under surveillance. A couple of days ago, a few cameras were installed at the Model Colony junction. Cameras have also been installed near the College Road police chowky, which falls under the jurisdiction of Gangapur police station.

    Senior inspector at Gangapur police station Anchal Mudgal said, “While close to 800 cameras will be installed under the smart city project, they will not cover the interiors of the city. It is important to have the necessary surveillance systems in place as it deters criminals from committing crimes. On this backdrop, we are appealing citizens to set up cameras in their respective areas.”

    Mudgal added that quite a few cameras have been set up by traders, corporators and citizens on College Road, Anandwali area, Mahatma Nagar area of Gangapur Road among a few other areas.

    Police said that apart from robbery and chain snatching cases, of late, criminals were smashing windows of cars and stealing cash and other valuables kept there. Anti-social elements were also ransacking vehicles parked on roads.

    When investigating officers have no clues in theft or robbery cases, the footage from the CCTV cameras comes in handy and helps police ascertain the identity of the criminals and arrest them.

    Mahindra Chavan, an officer at Indiranagar police station, said they were exhorting people not just to install CCTV cameras in their residential complexes but also in their localities.

    Chavan said that they have been conducting meetings with people from various residential colonies, sensitizing them about the need to have security measures in place. Setting up CCTV cameras was an important message that the police gave to the citizens during their interaction.

    Senior police officers said that just a few days ago, a man beat up an elderly woman at her residence in the Mumbai Naka area on Thursday and robbed her gold bangle worth Rs 30,000. While no one had seen the man involved in the robbery, a blurry image of the suspect got captured in a CCTV cameras. Taking the help of the footage, Mumbai Naka police zeroed in on the suspect and arrested him within hours of the robbery.