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      Cash-strapped Jalgaon civic body gets state government aid of Rs 100 crore

      The state government sanctioned Rs 100 crore for cash-strapped Jalgaon City Municipal Corporation (JCMC) recently.

      TNN | Aug 22, 2018, 12:10 IST


      NASHIK: The state government sanctioned Rs 100 crore for cash-strapped Jalgaon City Municipal Corporation (JCMC) recently.

      The municipal commissioner, Chandrakant Dange, confirmed to TOI over the phone that the state government has approved Rs 100 crore to the civic body last week.

      “The amount would be used for improving the infrastructure under the urban rejuvenation programme. We will use the amount to strengthen the road, water supply, drainage and sewage systems of the city,” the civic chief said.

      The local BJP camp is elated with the powers after the victory in the civic polls. BJP triumphed in the civic polls. The results were announced on August 3, in which the party won 57 of the 75 seats defeating the Shiv Sena-led local front.

      The state government’s funds for JCMC come at a time when the civic body is reeling under severe financial crisis.

      Its dues to various financial institutions are over Rs 400 crore. Implementation of different projects have been suffering following severe financial constrain.

      The previous regime of the civic body was unable to ensure proper financial support to JCMC either from the Centre or the state government.

      During the polls, the state water resources minister and in-charge of the civic polls, Girish Mahajan, had promised to the voters that there would be adequate flow of funds from the government for the proper development of the Jalgaon city, which is the home turf of Mahajan.

      The Jalgaon city MLA and the city BJP president, Suresh Bhole, said that henceforth there would be no dearth of funds from the government for the Jalgaon city’s development.

      “Our chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, had promised to provide financial assistance to JCMC for improving the basic infrastructure of the city. And he has kept his promise. I am confident that more funds will be made available for the civic body in future,” added Bhole.

      He, however, expressed concern about the present financial health of JCMC.

      “The issue of huge amount of loan that JCMC has to repay to the different financial institutions has to be resolved on a priority basis. For over a decade the previous regime has not done anything to make the civic body financial stable,” added the BJP MLA.





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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        Potholes filled with sludge make riding scooters risky

        Santosh Sonawane

        As rains have continued through the day for the past few days, a large number of potholes have appeared on city roads. This makes it especially risky for those driving two-wheelers. There are parts of the Mumbai-Agra highway and the Nashik-Pune highway passing through the city as well as roads internal to the city that are now riddled with potholes.

        | TNN | Aug 23, 2018, 08:56 IST


        A pothole-riddled road at Ravivar Karanja in the old city area

        NASHIK: As rains have continued through the day for the past few days, a large number of potholes have appeared on city roads. This makes it especially risky for those driving two-wheelers. There are parts of the Mumbai-Agra highway and the Nashik-Pune highway passing through the city as well as roads internal to the city that are now riddled with potholes.

        Aditya Gaidhani, a youth from Nashik Road area, said as if the potholes were not bad enough, the edges of the roads were lined with sludge. Despite the potholes, one is then left with no alternative but to ride over them, Gaidhani said. He said there are stretches where the danger is now almost palpable - at Sinnar Phata, a patch of the highway has been left undone. This stretch is extremely tricky, he said.

        Meanwhile, police claimed that no road accidents have so far been reported on account of potholes. Senior police officials said they have been appealing to motorists to ride at a slower pace in the rains, as roads are also slippery when wet. Vehicles too are more likely to develop snags like brake failure.

        Residents of Deolali Camp complained about the deteriorating roads in their area and Bhagur. Many residents said apart from potholes on the main roads, driving vehicles had become difficult in the interiors.

        Vivek Kasar of Bhagur said huge sludge had developed in the interiors of Bhagur. He said at some places, even walking with a two-wheeler through the muddy road was difficult as the vehicle continues to skid on wet mud accumulated on the road. Many bikers forget the idea of riding their bikes through such a muddy area and prefer getting off and just pushing their vehicles to a clearer stretch of the road.

        Motorists said elderly citizens on two wheelers were especially hard-hit, as it is harder for them to just get off and push their scooters. Many women ride pillion with both legs on one side of the two-wheeler. When bikers accidentally ride through potholes, such women risk just falling off.





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          If you perform you will be there, if you do not, go home: civic chief to staffers

          Sumita Sarkar | Aug 26, 2018, 21:39 IST


          Loved by the masses and hated by most elected representatives, IAS officer Tukaram Mundhe has earned quite a reputation for himself within days of assuming charge as the municipal commissioner. His stern approach has brought about quite a few positive changes in the functioning of the civic administration. Sumita Sarkar speaks to the civic chief on how he plans to make the city liveable.

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          Your stern approach and discipline has led to the streamlining of the civic administration but not without drawing flak. What do you have to say?

          There should be discipline in any organisation. The work should be transparent, time-bound and result-oriented so that all the stakeholders are satisfied and the city registers a growth. I have not mellowed down my approach. There will be no scope for politicians to pressurise officials. Now, only proposals in the budget will be sanctioned. I have clear message for the staff — if you perform you will be there, if you don't perform, go home. I have done service book updation which was not done until now. All the dues of the employee will be cleared on the day of his retirement. The roster is being finalised to ensure the eligible and senior officials get promoted.

          Don't you think you have hurt religious sentiments by not allowing Ganesh mandals on Bhalekar Ground?

          I have not hurt any sentiments. Since the work for the smart parking is underway, the place cannot be made available even for Ganesh Chaturthi. It is not a question of 10 days, the main concern is the condition of the grounds which is dug and uneven and heaped with stacks of material. Festivals are not supposed to be celebrated by breaking law and creating problems for the public at large.

          The mandals can organise the festival in the alternative places which falls in the guidelines. I am for promoting and fostering cultural activities in peaceful manner which will help promote peace and harmony by following due procedure of law.

          What more are you planning to improve the functioning of the NMC?

          Automation is the first thing in my mind to execute projects in a transparent and time-bound manner. There should be less intervention and least footfall in the office.

          All information should be available at the click of a mouse. I am going for process re-engineering.

          Since even Auto DCR had some issues, we rectified them. If anyone has a problem, let them point it out to me.

          Why are people still complaining about Auto DCR?

          If there was a problem, how did some 600-odd projects get approval?

          How do you plan to make the city more liveable?

          When you say liveability, it just does not mean IT but also civic services which are operational and affordable. Tenders for laying sewage lines and water supply lines have been done and more than 7,000 street lights are being installed. State-of-the-art gardens, retrofitting of the Golf Ground, new playgrounds are being constructed. We have cleared maximum black spots, completed the construction of 71 public toilets and more bus services are on the cards. However, the onus of maintaining the city also falls on the citizens. It is your city, it is your responsibility to keep the city clean and vibrant. If you want the city to be clean, don't litter. If you don’t want encroachment, I'm not asking you to demolish but don’t encroach.







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            NMC retendering seven proposals of sewage lines

            Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Aug 28, 2018, 22:34 IST

            Nashik: Nashik Municipal Corporation which had earlier invited bids for sewage lines in various places will be retendering seven of these. Sewerage lines to the tune of Rs 100 crore will be laid in the city.

            NMC has prepared a sewerage masterplan under which sewage management will be undertaken with the city divided into eight zones. Sewage lines of 1,594 km in length will be laid.

            “Of the eight zones, we finished work in Tapovan, Agartakli, Chehedi and Panchak. Work in two zones -- Gangapur and Pimpalgaon Khamb -- started in January. It is in the last phase. Work in Makhmalabad and Kamatwade zones will begin after 2026, and provision for it will be made in the development plan,” an NMC official said.

            The NMC budget of 2017-18 makes provision of Rs 50 crore for sewage works. In new colonies, tender of Rs 111.37 crore for 210-km pipeline is underway. He said that out of nine bids, two were accepted and seven are being re-tendered.

            “Besides, as per the recommendations of National Environment Engineering Research Institute, we are bringing down the biological oxygen demand of the sewage treatment plants from 30 mg/litre to 10 mg/litre. It is necessary to do the retrofitting of all STPs and also do the operation and maintenance. We will do it with the guidance of NEERI. We have Rs 43 crore sanctioned for it. For the remaining amount, we are sending a proposal for funds from national river rejuvenation scheme,” the officer said.

            He said the STP at Gangapur was near completion and land acquisition for STP at Pimpalgaon Khamb is underway. “With all these provisions, the city’s major problem of sewage will be solved,” the officer said.








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              Lack of underpasses, FOBs force people to risk their lives while crossing highway

              Abhilash Botekar | Aug 30, 2018, 21:42 IST

              Nashik: With inadequate underpasses and no foot overbridges (FOBs), crossing the Mumbai-Agra national highway is a nightmare for thousands of people living near it.

              On Wednesday, around 8pm, Sheetal Tambat, a woman in her 30s, and her three-and-half year old son Kunal were killed at Kamod Nagar area when a truck knocked them down while they were crossing the highway. Two of their relatives sustained injuries in the accident and are undergoing treatment at a hospital.

              Of the 19.3km section of the highway passing through the city, 7.9km is an elevated corridor. There are underpasses at Garware Point, Pathardi Phata, Rane Nagar and Depali Nagar.

              But, other points like Ambad post office, Hotel Seven Heaven, State Bank of India and Kamod Nagar do not have underpasses or foot overbridges and the pedestrians are exposed to the high-speed traffic when it comes to crossing the road.

              “An underpass was sanctioned about a year ago at that same spot where the mother-son duo was killed at Kamod Nagar. But nothing has happened so far,” said local residents.

              After Thursday’s accident, the residents have warned of an agitation when National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials and local MP Hemant Godse visited the spot on Thursday morning. The women of Kamod Nagar gheraoed Godse when he visited the spot.

              Godse has convened a meeting on Saturday with NHAI officials to find a solution to the problem.

              “This highway has divided the city into two parts which are interdependent. Since 2010, we have been fighting for the safety of the people living in the area and demanding a safe cross over for them, but none is listening to our demands,” said Prabha Dhole, a 65-year-old resident of Kamod Nagar.

              Both the sides of the highway are densely populated and people have to cross the road often to go to banks, markets, schools, etc.

              “I have to go to the bank for pension and every time I have to spend more than Rs 100 for autorickshaw. Does the government think that we are well to do people and could spend that much on rickshaw?” asked Keshav Thakre, a local resident.

              Deepali Palaskar, another local resident said, “If we take a car then we have to travel 3km to travel between the two spots – my home and the market place 150m away.”

              “Why couldn’t the government construct the whole 19.3km section as an elevated corridor in the first place? It has been the biggest engineering design flaw which has cost more than 20 lives so far,” said Rajani Khandare, another resident.

              The highway police officials admitted that there was need for foot overbridges and underpasses in the vulnerable stretches so that citizens won’t have to risk their lives while crossing the road.

              “There is constant movement of vehicles since this highway is one of the busiest ones in the country. The NHAI should at once take a note of the problems and address them,” the police officials said.








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                NMC issues Rs 9L property tax notice to BJP MLA

                Sumita Sarkar | Aug 30, 2018, 21:41 IST

                Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has issued Rs 9 lakh property tax notice to BJP MLA Balasaheb Sanap for his library and reading room in Panchavati.

                The notice has been sent to chairperson of Sant Dnyaneshwar Sanskritik Mandal’s library and reading room.

                According to Sanap, it is a charitable trust for needy students. “The second floor of the building has the library and a nominal yearly rent of Rs 500 is being charged. It is functioning since September 11, 2001 and the agreement has not been renewed,” he said.

                As per section 79 (d) of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, if a person charging fees in a municipal corporation property, the rent should not be less than market rate. As per Maharashtra State Town Planning Department’s notification and municipal commissioner’s order no 183 on December 29, 2016 premium rate of 2.5% of the area used has to be paid.

                Hence, according to this, the yearly rate comes to about Rs 5,56,640 plus 18% GST. Divisional officer of Panchavati had issued the show cause notice on March 20, but a reply is awaited.

                “In 10 days, they have to pay the rent or the NMC will take the property in its possession,” an NMC official said. “The library and reading room are charitable trust. We started it over 20 years back and more than 25,000 needy students have benefitted from it. They are in good position today. We charge a nominal fee of Rs 40 from them. The resolution for the library and reading room was passed 20-25 years ago and the then commissioner had approved of it. Senior citizens also use the facility. I don’t know what happened between NMC corporators and commissioner that notice has been sent to us,” Sanap said.

                He added that audit of the charitable commissioner and all necessary documents will be provided after he returns to Nashik. “They charged us rent for four years. I will have to come and check it out,” Sanap said.




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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  Industrial land rates hiked up to 86%

                  Tushar Pawar

                  The prospective investors keen on setting up units in various industrial estates in Nashik would have to shell out more as the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has increased the rates of industrial plots.

                  | TNN | Aug 31, 2018, 12:54 IST

                  The prospective investors keen on setting up units in various industrial estates in Nashik would have to shell out more as the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has increased the rates of industrial plots.

                  There has been 41% to 86% hike in the rates in various industrial estates in the district.

                  While the rates have been increased by 65% in Satpur and Ambad industrial estates, it has been increased by 86.46% in additional industrial estate at Sinnar.

                  It has also fixed the rate of Rs 3,000 per sq metre at new proposed additional industrial estate at Talegaon-Akrale in Dindori.

                  The MIDC officials said that the new industrial land rate has come into effect from August 27 and the investors who plan to set up units would have to pay as per the new rates henceforth.

                  Earlier, the rates for industrial plots in both Satpur and Ambad estates were Rs 2,660 per square metre, which have been increased to Rs 4,400 per sq metre, amounting to 65.41% rise.

                  The land rates in additional Sinnar industrial estate have been increased by 86.46%, from Rs 665 per sq metre to Rs 1,240 per sq metre.

                  In old MIDC areas of Sinnar, the land rates have been increased by 41.35%. The rates have been increased from previous Rs 865 per sq metre to Rs 1,240 per sq metre.

                  In Vinchur, the industrial land rates have been increased by 50%. Now, the land will sell at Rs 135 per sq metre, against earlier Rs 90 per sq metre.

                  MIDC has developed new industrial estate on 500 acres at Talegaon-Akrale in Dindori taluka of the district. This new estate is located about 19 km away from the Nashik city. The infrastructural works are already in progress there.

                  Now, the MIDC has fixed the industrial plot rate at Rs 3,000 per sq metre for the Dindori industrial estate there.

                  Industrial associations have expressed their displeasure describing the quantum of hike as ‘substantial.’

                  “The new rates are a big disappointment for industries. We are already been taking efforts to attract new investment to the district, but this huge hike in rates of industrial land will badly affect the industrial growth. MIDC is not a commercial organization and it should provide land at marginal rates,” said Manish Rawal, chairman, infrastructure committee of Nashik Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (NIMA).

                  NIMA has already planned to approach the state government on this issue to request to roll back the hike.







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                    60 plot owners surrender land to NMC for road widening

                    The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) order to plot owners for surrendering their land partially for widening of smaller roads is receiving good response.
                    TNN | Updated: Sep 6, 2018, 13:00 IST

                    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) order to plot owners for surrendering their land partially for widening of smaller roads is receiving good response.

                    In the last three days, around 60 plot owners have surrendered the part of their land to the town planning department of the civic body. The NMC’s plan is to widen the smaller roads — from 6m and 7.5m to 9m.

                    According to NMC officials, these 60 plot owners have also submitted the agreements to the municipal corporation. On July 27, NMC commissioner Tukaram Mundhe had issued directives to plot owners to surrender part of their land on smaller roads of 6 metre and 7.5 metre.

                    Such plot holders would get the benefits of TDR (Transfer of Development Rights) and premium FSI (Floor Space Index). Plot-holders on smaller roads with 6 metre have to surrender 1.5 metres of their land and plot holders on 7.5 metres road have to give up 0.75 metre of land on both the sides of roads while submitting the building plans to the NMC for getting their building plan approved.

                    Prior to submission of their plans, these plot owner will have to submit the land agreement to the NMC for surrendering the land so that it would be recorded on the 7/12 extract.

                    Then plot-owners would then have to submit the copy of 7/12 extract, while submitting the building plan proposal to the NMC. As per the new DCPR (Development Control and Promotion Regulations), only roads with 9 metre onwards will get TDR and premium FSI.

                    As per the new DCPR, there is only basic FSI of 1.1 was permissible on the smaller roads, but nine metre roads have benefit of 0.40 TDR and 0.30 of premium FSI. Hence, plot-holders on smaller roads were deprived of this benefit and were unable to do more constructions.

                    There had been some irregular constructions on smaller roads. Builders with illegal constructions were also unable to regularise their constructions due to lack of premium FSI and TDR on smaller roads.

                    The NMC administration had sent the proposal to widen the smaller roads to the state government after which they also got the nod from both general body and standing committee.

                    Mundhe had published the order of 515 about widening of the smaller roads on July 27. “We are receiving good response from plot holders on smaller roads as they are surrendering their land to NMC to widen to 9 metre. Over 60 plot holders have submitted their agreements of surrendering their land to NMC in past three days,” said the sources from NMC.

                    Over 500 building plan proposals on smaller roads had been rejected by the town planning department in a week after the commissioner’s order which had created panic among the builders and plot holders. But plot-holders on smaller roads have taken this positively and started surrendering their land.

                    “This is really a good move and we will be able to take benefits of 0.40 TDR and 0.30 premium FSI. I have a 200 sqmt plot on 7.5 metre road and have surrender 0.75 metre land to the NMC,” a plot-owner said.






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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      Nashik Inc seeks minister's help to roll back land rate hike

                      TNN | Sep 8, 2018, 10:59 IST


                      NASHIK: Nashik industrialists have sought intervention of the state industry minister Subhash Desai for rolling back the hike in land rates.

                      The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) recently increased the rates for renting out land in industrial estate for establishing units. The rates have been hiked in the range of 41% to 86%.

                      While the rates have been increased by 65% at Satpur and Ambad industrial estates, it has been increased by 86.46% at the additional industrial estate at Sinnar.

                      Nashik Industries & Manufacturers' Association (NIMA) has sent a letter to Desai stating that the hike could impact the growth of the industries sector and affects their efforts to attract new investments in Nashik.

                      The association has also sent similar letters to the MIDC CEO Sanjay Sethi and to the office of chief minister. There have been demand from the industries to fix the rate of Rs 2,000 per sqmt at the new industrial estate of MIDC at Talegaon-Akrale in Dindori taluka of the district, but MIDC has fixed the rate of Rs 3,000 per sqmt.

                      "The hike in land rates is up to 86% in various industrial estates of the district. In fact, we feel that there was no need to hike the rates. The hike will affect the industrial growth of the district. We have been taking efforts to attract new investment in Nashik, but MIDC's move to increase the rates has disappointed us," Manish Rawal, chairman of NIMA's infrastructure committee, said.

                      He added that the association has requested Desai to roll back hike by MIDC in industrial plot rates in the district. "We have also brought it to his notice that this may hit the new investment here," Rawal said.

                      According to the local industrialists, no new large industrial project has come to Nashik in past 15 years due to lack of land. "The scarcity of land is one of the major reasons that have affected the industrial growth of the city," Rawal said.

                      The MIDC has acquired land at some locations and developing infrastructure there. "The new Dindori MIDC is almost ready and we have been demanding to start allotment of land but so far nothing has been done on that front," lamented an industrialist.





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