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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    Dwelling of Peshwa’s wife Gopika lying neglected

    Sumita Sarkar | Oct 3, 2018, 21:59 IST


    Nashik: The dwelling of Gopika, the wife of Nanasaheb Peshwa, is lying in a shambles near Ahilyabai Holkar bridge on the bank of the Godavari at Panchavati.

    The local residents have demanded that the house be declared as heritage structure.

    As per history, from 1761 to 1778 Gopika lived at this place in a small stone house, now referred to as bungalow in city survey district land record.

    The walls of the dwelling have crumbled. All that is seen now is a dilapidated plinth, the steps that lead to the river and a single wall where an idol of Lord Hanuman is carved. Many local residents and pilgrims worship this small idol.

    Local resident Jayant Jani said the house got destroyed to some extent in the 1969 floods. Again, in 1991-92, it got damaged due to some Kumbh Mela work by the municipal corporation.

    “This structure has been mentioned in the city survey DLR map as a bungalow used by Gopikabai. Various history books have a mention of Gopikabai migrating here from Pune with her husband Nanasaheb Peshwa soon after the battle of Panipat,” said another local resident, Devang Jani.

    He added that she led the life of a ‘bhikshuk’ (holy beggar) as per history and bathed in the river.

    “It is also said that she was cremated at a cremation ground near Ramkund. She had constructed the Ganga-Godavari temple on the river bank near Ramkund which is opened once a year. She also constructed the Gopikabai Taas,” Devang said.

    He said the local residents have spoken to the smart city mission officials and appealed to them to restore the house. “The restoration/development of this heritage structure can be done through smart city, since many projects are being undertaken in Project Goda. We will also communicate with the archaeology department since it is a heritage structure.”








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    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

      DCB starts new waste collection system with GPS

      Abhilash Botekar | Oct 4, 2018, 21:58 IST

      Nashik: The Deolali Cantonment Board (DCB) on Thursday started the new door-to-door waste collection system with a dozen of GPS-enabled garbage collection vans.

      With the introduction of these vans, the DCB wants to improve its garbage collection mechanism and waste management system. “We have taken another step for ensuring a clean Deolali by launching a proper garbage collection system,” president of the DCB Brig. P Ramesh said.

      The vans fitted with the GPS were launched into service on Thursday and a control room has also been established to keep a close watch on the vehicles, if they were moving along the given route and if they were moving as per the destined locations.

      Ramesh added that now it was the responsibility of the citizens to ensure that waste was segregated at the source which would further help in better treatment of garabge.

      “The 25,000 pairs of garbage bins would be given to the DCB residents in next couple of days and then the onus of keeping the town clean and helping the administration in treatment of garbage would rest on the citizens,” DCB vice president Meena Karanjkar said.

      The chief executive officer of DCB Ajay Kumar said that the board would take all measures to keep the cantonment area clean.

      A DCB official said that the board has entered into contract for the waste collection with a private firm and the company would be responsible for the timely picking up of the waste and treating the same.

      The system also has room for the registration of complaints by the residents about the services of the garbage collection vans. Investigations backed by the GPS locator data would decide the fate of the complaint.

      “In the event of failure of a vehicle reaching the destination or not fulfilling the terms and conditions, the contractor will also be pulled up by the DCB,” the board official said.

      Prior to this the DCB had only four vans and there were lot of problems and issues in collection of garbage from households and commercial establishments.






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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        Divisional officers yet to submit property tax report

        Oct 4, 2018, 21:58 IST

        Nashik: The deputy municipal commissioner (property tax) had asked all the six divisional officers to scrutinise the documents on property tax defaulters and give a report but even after the stipulated time-period of three days, they are yet to submit the report.

        Around 1.25 lakh property owners were sent warrant notices last week. But, many of them complained of not getting the tax bills or getting the bills along with warrant notices.

        Even before issuing the warrant notices, the divisional officers were instructed to do a thorough study on tax defaulters and submit a report in three days, but they are yet to do the needful.

        Admitting that there has been some mistakes in issuing the warrant notices and bills, an NMC official said all the lacunae will be eliminated.

        “Many property owners did complain to us. First, bills have to be sent and then, on failure to make the payment, notices are sent to the defaulters. There have been some lacunae which we are checking,” he said.

        He added that a fresh list of property owners who paid the bill and those who did not pay was being prepared. The list will be submitted to the NMC’s head office, along with the report, after which a decision will be taken.

        Meanwhile, deputy municipal commissioner (property tax) Mahesh Doiphode said, “We had given three days’ time to the divisional officers for studying the property tax bills and defaulters. We are yet to receive the report. We are expecting it in a day or two.”

        Reminders have been sent to the divisional officers to submit the report.

        “We have to scrutinise many documents to find out what went wrong in the process. There are chances that some defaulters are not telling the truth to evade action. If the bills are despatched from our end, we have to check if it reached the property owner and if it did not then what went wrong. We should be able to find out all these in couple of days,” said an NMC official.








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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Govt to offer special aid for de-silting programme

          Abhilash Botekar | Oct 5, 2018, 21:51 IST


          Nashik: The government will offer all help in the water conservation programme that involves desilting of water bodies across Nashik district under the Jalyukta Shivar, said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday.

          “The programme, chalked out by district collector Radhakrishnan B, is expected to increase the drinking and irrigation water potential of many areas,” he added.

          The district administration has achieved desilting of 35 lakh cubic meter from water bodies across the district in the year 2017-18 to rank second in the state. The administration has drawn up plans to desilt 70 lakh cubic meter from other water bodies across the district.

          Speaking to reporters after a review meeting on developmental issues of Nashik district, the CM expressed satisfaction over the contribution in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (rural) and promised more houses.

          “A total of 23,000 houses have been constructed out of the targeted 70,000 as per the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC)-2011 data in Nashik. We are planning to allot quota and funds for 30,000 more houses for Nashik to ensure that all the people under the SECC get homes by the year-end,” said Fadnavis.

          The CM said he had noted that 50 out of 92 circles (groups of revenue villages) have received less than 50% rain, which is a worrying situation. “There are several criteria and studies that have to be carried out. We have asked the administration to carry out a detailed study of the same and present the report by October 31, based on which the water situation will be assessed.”

          Fadnavis, however, expressed concern over the implementation of projects, like farm ponds — the flagship programme of the state government. The works on 111 farm ponds have been incomplete, 47 of which are in Chandwad taluka alone.

          The other issues that came up for discussions were the drinking water supply scheme, and Samruddhi highway. The CM directed the officials to ensure that the projects are completed in time.







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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            CM has promised Rs 600-crore aid for city, says civic chief

            Sumita Sarkar | Oct 6, 2018, 22:19 IST

            The civic chief said that he submitted a proposal on cleaning of the Godaviri to state government

            Nashik: Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundha on Saturday said that the state government will extend Rs 600 crore to the city for upgrading sewage treatment plants, establishing two gardens, cleaning the Godavari and for smart city projects.

            “Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis made the promise on releasing the above-mentioned amount during a review meeting of various departments in the city on Friday,” Mundhe told TOI.

            The municipal commissioner said he submitted a proposal on cleaning of the Godavari under the National River Cleaning Project to the state government, which will in turn submit it to the central government.

            Retrofitting of existing STPs is of utmost importance and funds are needed for that, said the civic chief. “We got fund for new STPs at Gangapur and Pimpalgaon Khamb. We will need more than Rs 200 crore for retrofitting of our four STPs, plus funds for network. A total of Rs 416 crore is needed. From the budget, 210km network will be completed. All these will keep the river clean.”

            Mundhe said that Project Goda, under the smart city scheme, would take care of river pollution, beautification and removal of concrete, de-silting, dredging etc. “I have submitted the final draft for Godavari to be included in the National River Cleaning Project to the state government. It will be submitting the draft to the central government. If they approve it, then like Ganga cleaning, Godavari will also be cleaned under this scheme and Rs 416 crore can be gotten. The CM is also trying for foreign funding from a French government company for river cleaning and rejuvenation,” he Mundhe.

            A couple of more gardens like Amrut gardens and two playgrounds were approved during the CM’s review meeting, taking the funds from the government to about Rs 700 crore, said the civic chief.

            “Availability of water is not the problem, managing it is. Our water reservation is 450 mld per day. We lift 430 mld water from Gangapur and Chehedi. Out of this 430 mld, only 350 mld reaches the residents. We incur 43% losses for non-revenue water and 18% actual losses,” he said.






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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Corporators decry NMC’s ‘bias’ towards city’s development

              Sumita Sarkar | Oct 13, 2018, 21:56 IST

              Nashik: A section of corporators have accused the civic administration being biased towards developing parts of the city.

              They claimed that areas like Gangapur Road and College Road are being developed and the old city areas are neglected. The miffed corporators have petitioned the standing committee chairperson to ensure that projects demanded by them are approved.

              They said that the ‘bias’ was causing disparity in balanced development of the city.

              “We have been demanding a jogging track in my ward in Panchavati area, but it has not yet been approved. Even cycle sharing facility has been started in the plush areas of the city. The residents of my ward also belong to this city and they also pay taxes,” said corporator Uddhav Nimse. “Why such projects are being done only in College Road, Gangapur Road etc? Why not in Panchavati? We need overall development for the city,” he said.

              He added that there were maximum open spaces in ward no. 2, but no compound wall was constructed till date.

              “People across the country visit Panchavati for religious activities. But this kind of development shows imbalance and disparity,” Nimse said.

              Corporator Shantabai Shelke seconded his opinion saying that there was no facility for jogging track owing to which children roamed around beside gutters.

              “Does Nashik Road not focus in the three-pronged development of the city?” asked corporator Santosh Salve.

              He said that Nashik Road was much neglected and no development was being done there.

              The issue came up for discussion during the standing committee meeting on Friday when a proposal for chain link fencing and other works in a jogging track in Ambad was being discussed.








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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                Four contractors to clean 9-km stretch of Godavari

                Tushar Pawar

                Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to outsource the cleaning of River Godavari by roping in private parties. Four different contractors will be engaged to clean the river between Anandvalli weir and Dasak-Panchak, a stretch of nine km.

                | TNN | Oct 16, 2018, 11:30 IST



                NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to outsource the cleaning of River Godavari by roping in private parties. Four different contractors will be engaged to clean the river between Anandvalli weir and Dasak-Panchak, a stretch of nine km.

                This stretch of the river has been divided into four parts -- Anandvalli weir to Chopda bridge, Chopda bridge to Holkar bridge, Holkar bridge to Kapila-Godavari Sangam and fourth, Kapila Sangam to Dasak-Panchak. Each of these four parts will be handled by one contractor.

                NMC officials said the contractor will have to remove plastic, paper, garbage and waste from the river. “The contractors will be appointed initially for one year. We have already invited bids,” an official said, adding that the work on the project would begin next month.

                NMC has been extremely concerned about pollution in the Godavari and its tributaries that fall under its jurisdiction.

                City-based environmentalists have been raising the issue at regular intervals, claiming that NMC has not been doing enough to prevent river pollution. The Bombay High Court too has pulled NMC up in the past over Godavari pollution. The rampant spread of water hyacinth is one of many issues that plague the river on this stretch, besides pollution from plastic and other waste.

                “Contractors will have to engage labourers on a daily basis to clean the river. Apart from manpower, they have to deploy boats to remove water hyacinth and waste,” an NMC official said.

                In the past too, private contractors have been involved in cleaning the river.







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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  Activists allege poisoning of trees near archaeology department

                  Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Oct 14, 2018, 12:30 IST


                  The activists have demanded immediate action to save the trees

                  NASHIK: The activists have sought authority’s help in saving the three ancient trees near archaeology department at Sarkarwada, which were found to be poisoned with chemicals.

                  The activists have demanded immediate action to save the trees, saying that poisoning of the trees was akin to illegal hacking. The complaint was registered via NMC’s e-connect app on Friday.

                  Earlier, the vendors who sit by the steps of Sarkarwada had asked the authorities to cut those trees as they were very old and had an open DP box near one of them. Former assistant director of archaeology department had also suggested removal of these trees. Local corporators had raised the issue in NMC meetings.

                  “Poisoning of three trees has been done with the intention to remove them. The trees are very old and this area hardly has any tree. We have complained to the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) about the poisoning along with photos on its app,” said social activist Jagbir Singh.

                  Officials of the archaeology department said that they would not poison the trees if they wanted it cut. “We will follow the right procedure if the trees are dangerous. After office hours it is not possible for us to keep a watch on people,” said an officer from the department.

                  NMC officials confirmed receipt of the complaint on the app and said they would inspect the place soon.

                  “We will see what can be done to save the trees and will investigate into the matter. We will also have to check if the trees have actually been poisoned. We can also file a complaint against unknown persons, but as per our experience it does not help in tracing the offender. We can inquire to get some clue about it,” said an NMC official.








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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    Nashik civic body records 40% increase in property tax collection in H1 2018

                    NMC’s property tax collection stood at Rs 78.39 crore in the first half of the current fiscal as against collection of Rs 55.42 crore during the corresponding period in 2017-18.Tushar Pawar | October 16, 2018, 15:00 IST




                    NASHIK: Property tax collection of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has increased 40% in the first six months of the current fiscal, as compared to the corresponding period in the last financial year. NMC officials said increase in property tax structures led to rise in the collection of NMC.

                    NMC’s property tax collection stood at Rs 78.39 crore in the first half of the current fiscal as against collection of Rs 55.42 crore during the corresponding period in 2017-18. NMC administration hiked property tax rates in the range of 37% to 40% and started implementing it from the current fiscal year.

                    The property tax department distributed the property tax bills to taxpayers by May end. The rise of 40% in property tax collection is because of this, sources said.
                    “Our major focus is on property tax collection. We have already started taking action against defaulters, who did not pay the tax in the last fiscal. We will take action against defaulters this year too,” an official said.

                    NMC’s property tax collection for the first time had touched Rs 90 crore during the last fiscal 2017-18, after action was taken against defaulters. In 2016-17, NMC had collected revenue of Rs 85.75 crore through property taxes, against revenue of Rs 82.99 crore during 2015-16.

                    NMC has set property tax collection target of Rs 253 crore for the current financial year 2018-19. The civic administration is optimistic that the target will be achieved.

                    Earlier, NMC would give incentives from 2% to 5% to property taxpayers if they paid taxes by the first quarter, by June 30. Earlier, prompt taxpayers would get 5% concession if they paid property tax in April, 3% if they paid in May and 2% if they paid in June. The civic administration cancelled that incentive on the ground that it was the duty of taxpayers to pay up, there was no need for an incentive.

                    NMC administration has hiked property tax rates in the range from 37% to 40% and has started implementing from the current fiscal year. The property tax department had also distributed the property tax bills to tax payers by May end. The rise of 40% in property tax collection is because of this, said sources from NMC. “Our major focus is on property tax collection. We have already started action against the defaulters, who defaulted property tax payment during last fiscal. We will take action against the defaulters this year too,” said an official.









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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      Erratic rain pulls down water table in district

                      Abhilash Botekar
                      Poor monsoon has led to drastic drop in groundwater level in as many as 12 talukas in Nashik district as compared to average levels of the last five years.
                      | TNN | Oct 18, 2018, 09:17 IST

                      Erratic rainfall coupled with excessive drawing of water are to be blamed for the depleting groundwater levels

                      NASHIK: Poor monsoon has led to drastic drop in groundwater level in as many as 12 talukas in Nashik district as compared to average levels of the last five years.
                      The groundwater survey and development agency (GSDA) recently completed its survey that shows depletion of up to two metres in these talukas. Interestingly, the water table has gone up on in three talukas.

                      The survey was conducted between June and September and its findings were submitted to the Nashik district administration recently. The exercise was undertaken in all 1,947 villages of the district through the 185 observation wells. The agency has warned of water scarcity in least 559 villages.

                      "The water levels have dropped up to two metres in 12 talukas. There are some villages that have seen a sharp fall and they have been included in the 'scarcity zone'," said resident deputy collector Ramdas Khedkar.

                      Erratic rainfall coupled with excessive drawing of water are to be blamed for the depleting groundwater levels. However, the silver lining is that the groundwater levels have not plunged beyond 2 metres.

                      "Sinnar, Nandgaon and Malegaon have witnessed more than 50% rainfall deficit, but because of water conservation efforts, the water table has not registered a sharp fall," the official said.

                      The water conservation measures have also paid dividends in Peth, Surgana and Dindori talukas, which have registered a rise in groundwater level by up to one metre. "While Dindori received good rains, Surgana had up to 10% deficit and Peth had 20% shortfall. Yet all have noted rise in groundwater levels," the officer said.

                      Along with the GSDA report, several other factors are taken into consideration while deciding about scarcity and drought in a particular area.

                      As of now, 559 villages are likely to be hit by water scarcity. During October to December, 81 villages across several talukas could witness scarcity-like situation, while 171 villages are likely to be in the grip of scarcity in second quarter starting January. About 307 more villages were likely to be added to the list in the third quarter from April.






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