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- Nashik civic body to issue warrants against over 430 property tax defaulters
The instructions were given by Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game during a recent review meeting held with the department concerned.Tushar Pawar | TNN | November 27, 2019, 12:00 IST
NASHIK: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has directed the property tax department to issue warrants against 439 property tax defaulters, who have outstanding dues of more than Rs 50,000.
The instructions were given by Game during a recent review meeting held with the department concerned. Officials of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) said once the warrants are issued, the defaulters will have to clear the dues within 21 days or face action including property seizure.
Till November 26, the NMC has collected property tax amounting to Rs 101 crore. It plans to collect an additional Rs 218 crore. At the same time last year, the civic body had collected Rs 88 crore as property tax.
There are over 4 lakh property tax payers across six divisions of the municipal corporation. Of them, 1.97 lakh tax defaulters have total dues worth Rs 53.28 crore. As many as 439 are big tax defaulters who have dues of over Rs 50,000. There are around 1,240 tax defaulters who have dues between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000, while 1.95 lakh defaulters owe the NMC less than Rs 10,000.
“Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game directed the officials to target big defaulters first. Accordingly, directives have been given to take legal action against 439 big tax defaulters,” said NMC official.
During the last financial year, the NMC had collected Rs 112 crore as property tax. For the first time, the NMC’s property tax collection target had touched Rs 100 crore then.
The consumers have the option of paying the taxes online or at NMC’s six divisional offices in Nashik East, Nashik West, Panchavati, Satpur, Nashik Road and Cidco divisions. Those paying online get 1% concession. Moreover, the concession of 5% is awarded to property owners who pay the tax in the first quarter of the financial year.
The municipal corporation has collected Rs 30 crore in the past one-and-a-half months thanks to the amnesty scheme introduced in the last two months. The rebate is given in penalty, warrant and notice fees if the defaulters clear the total dues. Rebates were given in the range from 25% to 75% to tax defaulters, who paid their taxes.
- Scada project to help bring down water wastage
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 29, 2019, 14:10 IST
Nashik Municipal Corporation
NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to monitor water supply network in the city through Scada project and hopes to reduce the non-revenue water (NRW) losses from current 44% to 20-25%.
The city has a network of water pipeline of 2,200 km. Presently, the NRW losses are 44% because of leakages and theft.
“Under the Scada project, water supply will be monitored from the start point (water treatment plant) to end users (consumers). Moreover, new water treatment plants will also be constructed under the project,” said a civic official on Thursday.
According to sources in the civic body, there are 2.09 lakh water connections across six divisions of NMC, including 1.87 lakh active connections. Moreover, there are 105 elevated storage reservoirs (ESRs) and 14 new are under constructions at various locations across the city.
“There are many water connections without metres. Hence, we have to issue average water tax bills to citizens. At times, we receive complaints from consumers who do not have water meters that they get inflated bills. Hence, we are working on 100% water metered connections in the city,” said the official .
“Some water connections in the city are unmetered and we have plans to provide new metres under the Scada project.”
There are many water tax payers, who have metres but they are defunct. The NMC is planning to identify such consumers and issue them notices, asking them to repair their metres or face action of losing connection.
- Nashik: Mutation entries on land records online
Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Dec 1, 2019, 5:35 IST
NASHIK: After starting the process of delivering digitally signed 7/12 extracts to property owners online, the district administration has now ordered talathis to ensure the mutation entries on the rights of records are completed within a stipulated period.
Under the National Land Record Management Programme (NLRMP), digitisation of property records allows people to access 7/12 extracts online. The process to provide digitally signed copies has now been started.
The mutation entries on the records is being seen as the next step. The district administration has asked talathis (the village accountants or revenue officers) to finish the task of registration of mutation entries within a specific time period.
A mutation entry is the creation of the right to property in the name of a person by way of succession, or even in case of banks staking claim on mortgaged properties - essentially forbidding the owner of the property to transact without the consent of the ones whose names appear in the mutation box.
“Usually, an applicant has to take the valid documents and meet the talathi in person to provide all details about the reason for creating the ‘right’ in the record – or the 7 / 12 extract. If the talathi is not available then the applicant has to approach him or her again. All this takes over a year and this delay has been worrisome. Collector of Nashik Suraj Mandhare, has now issued orders asking the talathis to take up the work on priority basis,” a government officer said.
A Public Data Entry (PDE) system has been made available for citizens through which they can enter their details, upload documents and submit them to the talathi. The system will then automatically create an entry in the talathi’s records and assign a number to it. All the talathis have to do is take a decision on the request within a specific time frame. If the documents are found incomplete or unsatisfactory, he or she will have to inform the applicants.
“The entries are First-In, First Out (FIFO) basis so the talathi cannot skip a series. If the documents are clear, the talathi has to accept the mutation. The circle officer, the tahsildar officers, the sub divisional officers will supervise their job to ensure entries are processed as expected,” the officer said.
The collector has also set a deadline of December 30 – to clear the backlog. “Talathis are expected to take a decision by December 30, on all the applications that have been pending with them. This means people will not have to waste time trying to get their names updated on the 7/12 extract,” the official said.
- MIDC stays 40% construction norm on industrial plots
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Dec 2, 2019, 4:55 IST
Nashik: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has stayed its decision of 40% construction on industrial plots as per the permissible Floor Space Index (FSI) to get the necessary Building Completion Certificate (BCC).
As per norms, it is mandatory for the owners to develop plots and take BCCs from the MIDC within the next five years. Earlier, it was just 10% of constructions as per the permissible FSI to get the BCC as most large industries would only construct 10% of property on large plots and take the BCC. They would then not develop the plots for many years and as a result, the land would lie idle.
Hence, the MIDC on June 21 issued a circular increasing the limit of construction up to 40%. This had irked most of the industries and had opposed the decision of MIDC. The same issue was also raised during the last meeting of Zilla Udyog Mitra (ZUM).
A delegation of industries, led by state president of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MACCIA) Santosh Mandlecha had also met with the then state industries minister Subhash Desai on the issue, who had assured the delegation to look into the issue.
The MIDC recently issued a circular confirming that it would be mandatory for all industries, who had bought industrial plots in MIDC estates after June 21 this year, to have 40% construction on industrial plots to get the BCC. On the other hand, the industrial plots bought before June 21 has got only a temporary stay for the time being. MACCIA, on the other hand, has sought the MIDC and the new state government to cancel its decision about norms, instead of giving stays.
“Industries obtain plots considering the future expansion plans. It is not practical to invest in construction only. Hence, increasing construction limit up to 40% as per the permissible FSI on industrial plots was a wrong decision. We had brought this to the notice of the state government,” said Santosh Mandlecha.
He further said that a decision on the same needs to be taken quickly. “Now, MIDC has stayed its decision of 40% construction norms. The decision has given some relaxation to the industries, but it will not solve a problem. MIDC should cancel this decision instead of mere giving stay to the norms,” he added.
- Nashik Municipal Corporation prepares plan to reduce Godavari pollution
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Dec 5, 2019, 8:09 IST
Two-day joint inspection conducted by NMC and MPCB officials
NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has prepared a two-pronged strategy to tackle the problem of pollution in river Godavari.
The plan was prepared by the civic body after a two-day joint inspection conducted by NMC and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) officials recently.
According to an NMC official, during the joint survey, the team found that effluents were being directly released into the nullahs at some locations connected with the river leading to pollution.
The NMC has decided to close the direct release of effluents into the nullahs and they are to be connected to sewer lines that are connected to the sewage treatment plants (STPs).
Moreover, some residential buildings have also connected their drainage to storm water lines instead of sewer lines. As a result, effluents are entering the river directly. Now the NMC has also started a survey to identify such buildings or properties and fine them.
“There are around six-seven spots where we found effluents being released into the nullahs during the recent survey. We have already started working on stopping the release of effluent into nullahs. We will connect the effluent released into nullah to sewer lines,” the official said.
“During the survey, we also found some drainage lines connected to storm water lines, instead of sewer lines. Hence, effluent is directly reaching the river. We have decided to impose penalty on those residents who have connected their drainage lines to storm water lines,” he added.
The official said the inspection of storm water lines has already begun to find out drainage lines connected to storm water lines. “We have already appealed to erring residents to remove such connections,” he said.
Officials from the MPCB, NMC, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) along with the petitioners in the Godavari pollution case had conducted the survey in industrial estates, Satpur and Ambad, nullahs and STPs across the city.
“Samples collected from the sites have been sent to the lab for testing by the MPCB,” the official said.
- Property tax for freedom fighters waived
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Dec 8, 2019, 4:20 IST
Nashik: The standing committee of the civic administration on Saturday issued directions to waive the property tax of freedom fighters in the city within a week.
Around three months ago, the standing committee had decided to waive the property tax of the freedom fighters, in line with other municipal corporations in the state. However, Nashik Municipal Corporation had failed to implement the initiative.
Taking serious cognizance of the issue, chairperson of the standing committee Uddhav Nimse warned of taking action against the civic administration if the decisions of the standing committee were not implemented.
Besides waiving the property tax of the freedon fighters, the standing committee also gave its nod to the proposal of the civic body to reintroduce the amnesty scheme for propert tax defaulters.
According to the scheme, tax defaulters who pay their dues at one go are given a rebate in the outstanding dues, warrant and notice fees.
Earlier, NMC had introduced the amnesty scheme from September 15 to October 15. The scheme had received an overwhelming response. NMC had collected property tax dues upto Rs 30 crore in just a month.
The amnesty scheme being floated by the civic administration for the second time will last from December 16 to February 10.
The rebate in penalty will be up to 75% if paid between Dec 16 and January 31 and up to 50% if the total tax amount is paid between February 1 and 10.
- Residents create a structure to overcome ‘plastic monster’
TNN | Updated: Dec 9, 2019, 4:11 IST
Nashik: Over a hundred citizens participated in the making of ‘plastic monster’ to give out a message to the public that plastic is harmful to the environment.
An NGO — Manav Uthan Manch — made the giant structure in two days and has put on display at Krantiveer Vasantrao Narayanrao Naik School near Dongare Vasatigruh for two days. Post that it will be shifted to Ramkund and will be for public view till December 15.
The idea was to spread the message of zero usage of plastic. “We think that keeping our premises clean is all we have to do but any plastic that we discard goes to the dustbin, to the landfills, and to the ocean. We cannot turn a blind eye to marine pollution,” Jagbir Singh, secretary of the NGO told TOI.
The 15-members’ team of the NGO has made a 50 x 20 ft big whale of bamboo and cloth. “Whale is the biggest mammal, which is not safe in the oceans because of the plastic waste sent by humans into its habitat. There are various big and small marine animals that are endangered due to plastic waste. Humans should take responsibility for their actions and preserve their environment,” added Singh.
The structure is on five wheelers so that they can move it to Ramkund, where a five-day exhibition of paintings and posters will attract the onlookers and encourage them to discard the use of plastic.
Also, a group of 30-residents of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a cleanliness drive at multiple places of the city to mark Swachata Pakhwara. They gathered on Saturday morning and picked up the plastic litter from the areas like CIDCO, Nashik-Agra highway at Ozar, MIDC Ambad, BSNL Exchange, etc.
The defense employees of Estate Management Unit, Advance Centre for Energetic Materials and their families collected 26 kgs of plastic waste from these areas.
- Civic body ties property tax amnesty benefits to clearance of water tax dues
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 4:51 IST
Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has made the property tax amnesty scheme conditional by linking it to the clearance of water tax dues.
NMC has decided to re-introduce the amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters from this month. However, property owners can only claim the benefits of the amnesty scheme after paying pending water taxes. Under the scheme, tax defaulters who pay their entire dues in one go will get a rebate in the penalty amount, warrant and notice fees.
We have now set a condition. Only when the property tax defaulters clear their water tax dues will they be eligible for amnesty benefits. This will help us increase water tax collection, said an NMC official.
While the water tax collection target set for the current financial year is Rs 64 crore, the civic body has been able to collect only Rs 32 crore so far. Apart from the current target of Rs 64 crore, water tax defaulters had total dues of over Rs 45 crore till March 31 of the last financial year.
NMC recovers 2% fine per month on the tax dues after the payment deadline. Moreover, it recovers expenses of the notices and warrants issued to the defaulters.
Earlier, the amnesty scheme was introduced for a period of 30 days from September 15 to October 15. Rebates in the range of 25% to 75% were given to the defaulters who took benefits of the scheme.
During that period, the NMC had collected Rs 30 crore as property tax from defaulters and had waived penalties worth Rs 9 crore.
Now, the civic body is re-introducing the amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters from December 15. The NMC standing committee has already given its nod. The rebate in penalty will be up to 75% if paid between December 16 and January 31 and up to 50% if the total tax amount is paid between February 1 and 10.
- Year-long census by NMC finds 47.95L trees in city
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Dec 12, 2019, 4:41 IST
Nashik: A 12-month-long census carried out by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has found that there are 47.95 lakh trees across the six divisions of the city.
An NMC official said this is for the first time that such a census has been carried out in the city.
“The census could not be carried out in cantonment area and Police Training Academy (PTA) due to security reasons. The highlight of the exercise is that the tree population in two of its six divisions, Nashik East and Nashik West, is abysmally poor,” he said.
While the tree population in Nashik East is 1.41%, in Nashik West it is only 1.44%. An NMC insider said these two divisions are concrete jungle and this has affected the tree population there.
There are altogether only 1.36 lakh (2.85%) trees in both Nashik East and Nashik West divisions, while the remaining 97.15% trees are in Panchavati, Cidco, Nashik Road and Satpur divisions.
Interestingly, 70% of total trees (33.68 lakh) are in Panchavati and Cidco divisions. The former houses 17.41 lakh trees, while the latter has 16.27 lakh trees.
“There are less than 3% of total trees in Nashik East and Nashik West divisions, while 70% of the total trees are concentrated in two divisions. Hence, we are taking efforts to balance the number of trees in all six divisions. We are working on how to increase the number of trees in Nashik East and Nashik West. We are also brining in the concept of terrace garden that would be introduced in these two divisions,” a civic official said.
“We are also identifying spaces in both the divisions for tree plantation. Also, we are yet to carry out the survey in Cantonment and Police Training Academy. PTA has given us permission in this regard and we will soon conduct the survey there,” he added.
- Nashik civic body's property tax collection up 15% between April-December
The Nashik East division tops the chart with maximum tax collection of Rs 21 crore followed by Nashik West at Rs 19.83 crore. Tushar Pawar | TNN | December 19, 2019, 11:00 IST
NASHIK: The property tax collection figure of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) this year, from April 1 to December 16, has increased by 15% to Rs 106 crore as against Rs 91 crore during the same period last year.
The Nashik East division tops the chart with maximum tax collection of Rs 21 crore followed by Nashik West at Rs 19.83 crore. An NMC official said that one of the main reasons for increase in property tax collection is the introduction of amnesty scheme between September 15 and October 15.
“We had collected Rs 30 crore in just one month through the amnesty scheme. This led to rise in property tax collection,” he said.
Under the amnesty scheme, up to 75% rebate on penalty, warrant and notice fees was given to defaulters if they cleared their entire tax dues in one go. “We have again re-introduced the scheme — from December 16 to February 10, 2020. We hope it will further swell the revenue collection,” the official said.
The NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 218 crore for the current financial year 2019-20, but has managed to achieve only 50% of the target.
“We have already put properties of 44 tax defaulters for auction that will be held on January 2. We will not auction the properties if the defaulters clear all their dues before the date of auction,” the official said.
“We also have other ways to change the ownership of properties if we do not receive good response from the bidders for the auction. This is for the second time we are auctioning properties of the defaulters this year,” he added.
The official said that their objective is to increase property tax collection. The NMC recovers 2% fine per month on tax dues from the last day of paying taxes. Moreover, it also recovers expenses of notices and warrants issued to the tax defaulters.
Under the amnesty scheme, tax defaulters, who completely clear their dues in one go, are given a rebate in penalty amount, warrant and notice fees. But they will have to clear their water tax dues as well.
The rebate in penalty will be up to 75% if paid between Dec 16 and January 31 and up to 50% if paid between February 1 and February 10.
- NMC marks illegal encroachment on road in Satpur
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Dec 21, 2019, 4:36 IST
Nashik: A day after the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) avoided huge embarrassment by giving written assurance to a court bailiff, who had come to seize the chair and table of the top-brass, the civic body on Friday began the initial process of removing encroachments from a road in Satpur area of the city.
A team comprising officials from anti-encroachment and town planning departments of the civic body arrived at the location in the morning and earmarked all illegal structures. The team was accompanied by local policemen.
“We have identified 60 structures including shanties that have been encroached upon on the road. We have marked those structures and the demolition will begin shortly,” an NMC official said.
The civic administration has already written to the city police requesting police cover to undertake the demolition drive. “The drive would be undertaken as soon as we get the police cover,” the official said.
During the visit to the area, the NMC team had to face resistance from the locals opposing the marking exercise. “They were not allowing the team to discharge its duty. We had to do lot of convincing that the court has intervened on the issue and the NMC has to discharge its duty,” the civic official said.
- No taker for construction & demolition waste project
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Dec 23, 2019, 4:12 IST
Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) bid to appoint a private agency for collection and transportation of construction and demolition waste in the city has received poor response.
Not a single agency has come forward for the bidding, forcing the municipal corporation to extend the date of submission by a period of 15 days. The date has now been revised from December 20 to January 5.
The NMC had recently floated a bid for collection, transportation, procession and management of construction and demolition waste in the city on design, build, operate, transfer (DBOR) basis along with the on-site recycling facility. The NMC will provide land for recycling the waste.
“The last date for submission of the bid was set at December 20; however, the NMC did not receive a positive response. Hence, the date for submission of bids has now been extended by another 15 days,” an NMC official said.
Disposing the debris from demolition and construction has become a major issue in the city. The civic body has received a number of complaints against debris being disposed on roads.
Taking serious cognizance of the situation, the municipal corporation has come up with a solution of appointing a private agency for collection and transportation of the construction and demolition waste on the on-site recycling facility.
“The civic administration has no proper management or disposal system for construction and demolition waste. There have been regulations of the central ministry in this regard. As per the government guidelines, we are planning to manage and recycle construction and demolition waste through private agency,” the official added.
The construction waste — which is not usable or cannot be recycled — is to be placed at the dumping ground as identified by the municipal corporation. The list of dumping grounds in all six divisions will be given to the contractor beforehand.
There are six divisions of the municipal corporation — Nashik East, Nashik West, Nashik Road, Satpur, Cidco and Panchavati.
The Public Works Department (PWD) of the NMC has selected a few locations across all six divisions for dumping the debris.
- Dust screen must at construction sites in Nashik
The committee has also asked the NMC to build traffic islands in the city with concept of vertical gardens and water fountains to suppress dust.Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: December 25, 2019, 13:41 IST File photo
NASHIK: The air pollution monitoring committee headed by municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has decided to make dust screens mandatory for all builders and construction-site operators across the city.
Moreover, sprinkling of water at construction sites to suppress the dust has also been made compulsory. The committee has also asked the NMC to build traffic islands in the city with concept of vertical gardens and water fountains to suppress dust. These projects are to be carried out under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
This committee comprising officials from agencies like Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), RTO and traffic police has been formed by the NMC to reduce dust emissions from such sites.
The union environment ministry has identified Nashik as one of the 100 non-attainment cities where air pollution is above normal. Following this, the civic body has prepared an action plan to tackle this problem and the plan was recently approved by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB.)
Dust is generated mostly at construction sites. Considering this, it has been made mandatory for builders to install dust screens at constructions sites. Moreover, they will have to use water at the constructions sites to suppress the dust, an NMC official said.
The NMC recently formed a committee for implementation of the action plan and the first meeting of the panel was held recently where these decisions were taken.
During the meeting, NMC officials informed about the initiatives taken by the civic body to increase the tree plantation to reduce the air pollution. Around 16,000 trees have been planted with involvement of people and NGO. Apart from this, NMC has planted 50,000 trees this year and has set target of planting 1 lakh trees every year, said NMC official.
The committee also roped in environment department of a city-based private engineering college to carry out a survey for finding the present air pollution status of the city.
- Complete survey of nullahs fast: Civic chief
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Dec 26, 2019, 4:58 IST
Nashik: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game, has directed the town planning department to speed up the survey of 67 big nullas in the city in order to find encroachments on those structures.
During a recent meeting with the heads of various departments, Game had instructed the concerned officials to complete the survey as soon as possible.
A section of the elected representatives of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been demanding the removal of encroachments from the big nullas that are choking the flow of water.
During the monsoon, the water from these drains overflow on to the roads leading to waterlogging.
Homes and shops in lower areas are inundated because of this.
Before the assembly elections, the shopkeepers of Saraf Bazar had threatened to boycott voting to protest against NMC for not de-clogging the drains of the area due to which every monsoon the area gets inundated.
The shopkeepers agreed after the former district guardian minister, Girish Mahajan, assured them that the civic would address the problem.
Some of the standing committee members had raised the issue during a recent meeting of the panel and demanded the civic administration find a solution to this problem so that the local residents do not face problem during next monsoon.
The standing committee chairman, Uddhav Nimse, had asked the civic administration to look into the issue raised by the panel members.
NMC sources said that the town planning department has already started the work the survey of the nullahs.
“In the first phase, a survey of 27 drains undertaken. At present, the survey is being carried out of 8 nullahs. The exercise is a time consuming as these nullas are big and encroachments have to be identified in each of these structures,” said NMC sources, adding that the department is working overtime to complete the exercise.
Once the survey is completed the town planning department will place its findings before the municipal commissioner and a decision would be taken about the removal of the illegal structures.
- New system to measure land in minutes
Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Dec 28, 2019, 4:36 IST
Nashik: The Survey of India and the land records department have decided to implement continuous operating reference stations (CORS) using which land measurement can be accomplished in minutes along with producing an accurate map of the land. “There are 77 CORS in Maharashtra. Of those, 12 will come up at government offices across Nashik division. They will not only help with the land measurement activity, but also with land acquisition, alignment of roads and other related activities in a swift, transparent and accurate manner,” said Milind Chavan, deputy director, land records.
The officer pointed out that the conventional measurement of land, which is carried out by a team of land surveyors, would take a minimum of two hours, even for a small piece of land. “First, the person has to obtain the coordinates to start the measurement and then, with the help of assistants, draw a map of the land. In case there are trees and bushes or visual barriers, the measurement takes more time. Making the final map takes another month’s time before it is given to the applicant. Here, the entire work can take less than a day,” the officer said.
The CORS is equipped with a dish antenna that is linked with a satellite to get accurate coordinates. A land surveyor has a rover — an equipment designed to receive and transmit signals fixed on a stick — in his hand. “When the surveyor goes on the site, he takes coordinates from the CORS only has to walk around the dimensions of the property and return to the starting point. The surveyor will take up as much time as required to walk around the land. If it is a small piece of land, then it will take about 10 minutes,” Chavan said.
Once the map is ready and other technicalities are completed, it can be given to the applicant — at the earliest — within three days. The officer said that of the 12 CORS, four will come up in Nashik district. The CORS will provide signals to surveyors within a radius of 35 to 50km. They need not be manned but will need security infrastructure around and hence will ideally have to operate out of government offices — like a tehsildar or district collectorate office.
“The system has tremendous potential. Carrying out activities such as identifying alignment of the road, rail, canals, planning development work and land acquisition will benefit from such a system. Besides, the Survey of India will also be able to carry out its own programmes,” Chavan added.