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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  • Nashik: Drone survey of villages in Rahata taluka completed
    ​​A total of 4,570 villages across Nashik division will be surveyed using the technology, Milind Chavan, deputy director of Land Records, Nashik Division, said.Abhilash Botekar | TNN | December 30, 2019, 14:00 IST File photo

    The land records department has completed the drone-based survey of 123 villages in the Rahata taluka of Ahmednagar district in Nashik division, as a part of the mapping of gaothan areas to present the right for dwelling on the gram panchayat land.

    A total of 4,570 villages across Nashik division will be surveyed using the technology, Milind Chavan, deputy director of Land Records, Nashik Division, said.

    What is drone-based survey of gaothan area?

    The British had surveyed each and every measure of land in the country, based on which, the land records department came into existence and a system to charge tax was established. But they left out the areas of villages where people resided, and termed them as gaothan areas.

    While people live in villages, the exact land measurement of the houses and the ownership is not defined, and the land still belongs to the district collector. In order to give the title to the citizens, the land has to be measured. The process of conventionally measuring will take more than six months. The drone-based survey on the other hand takes a picture from the skies and using digital technology completes the survey in five days flat.

    Do people accept the demarcations given by you?

    The land records department does not demarcate the property. We reach out to the villagers and convince them on the group survey of property and seek their cooperation. Once decided, the government offices are asked to mark boundaries of their properties in the village — hospitals, roads, public wells etc. — with lime powder. Then the villagers are told to so and they do it amicably, even in the open lands.

    After marking is done, drone is placed at station zero for land measurement in that villages and is pulled up in the air. AFter that it takes several pictures of the village from various locations and then the properties are identified and numbered.

    How many villages are to be drone-surveyed?

    There are 4570 villages that have to be surveyed in Nashik division comprising Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nandurbar and Ahmednagar districts. Of these, we have completed 123 villages in Rahata taluka. Work in the entire Rahata taluka has completed and the process of presenting the awards after calling for objections is being carried out.

    What is amicable sub-division of land in a family?

    Most farmers have common land and the names of all the family members are added to create rights of everybody on the property. At times, people want their land to be divided and create sub-divisions or pot-hissa on the same.

    Conventionally, when farmers present their request and land surveyor goes to the spot, those opposing the applicant create a scene. Therefore, the government has come up with a solution to the problem of getting land divided in their names when everybody is in good mood. For this technology is put to use.















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  • Nashik civic body to bring about 59,000 new properties under tax net
    The NMC has already conducted hearing on objections by 10,000 properties, while hearing on the remaining properties will begin from next week.Tushar Pawar | TNN | January 06, 2020, 12:00 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to bring as many as 59,000 new properties under the tax ambit from financial year 2020-21.

    The civic body had identified these new properties during a survey conducted around a year ago. The NMC has already conducted hearing on objections by 10,000 properties, while hearing on the remaining properties will begin from next week.

    Addition of these new properties is expected to increase the civic body’s revenue through property tax by around Rs 30 crore. The NMC had conducted a survey of new properties through a New Delhi-based private agency and had found a total of 4.88 lakh properties in the year 2018. The survey revealed the presence of around 59,000 new structures across the six divisions.

    The civic later sent notices to owners of these new properties, asking them to pay the property tax. However, around 25,000 people took objections and filed written complaints with the civic body alleging that they were served inflated and faulty bills, while others complained that they bought the house in 2016, but got the property tax bills since 2012.

    The issue was discussed for long during the general body meeting held in December 2018. Some corporators even claimed that the private agency had conducted the survey with the help of city students.

    Following this, city mayor directed the civic administration to cancel all the notices of property tax sent to owners of new properties and conduct a new survey.

    Accordingly, municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game had announced that property tax collection from these new properties would be started only after a hearing and proper verification is done. Of the 59,000 new properties, 21,000 properties have completion certificates and there were no issues with such properties.

    “We have plans to bring these new properties under property tax net from the next financial year,” an NMC official said.

    The NMC collected Rs 112 crore through property tax in the last financial year and is eyeing revenue of Rs 218 crore in the current fiscal. So far, the civic body has collected Rs 109 crore as property tax.











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  • Nashik civic body fines 35 residential societies over non-compliance of RWH units
    As per norms, it is mandatory for residential buildings, societies and apartments constructed on and over 500 sqmt of land, but most of the residential societies and apartments in the city have not yet complied.Tushar Pawar | TNN | January 07, 2020, 15:00 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has fined 35 residential societies Rs 1,000 each for not having provisions of rainwater harvesting.

    The societies have also been told to set up a rainwater harvesting system. As per norms, it is mandatory for residential buildings, societies and apartments constructed on and over 500 sqmt of land, but most of the residential societies and apartments in the city have not yet complied.

    The action comes following directives by municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game for carrying out a survey to check the rainwater harvesting system in residential societies across the city.

    In the second half of March last year, the National Green Tribunal (Delhi) had also ordered all municipal corporations to start imposing fines on residential and commercial complexes that do not have rainwater harvesting system in place.

    Accordingly, the NMC started taking measures in this regard and conducted a survey between August and October 2019, during which they found 65 buildings that either did not have rainwater harvest system in place or their system was not functional. These buildings were then slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 each.

    The NMC has once against started conducting survey of the residential buildings constructed on area admeasuring 500 sqmt or above from the second-half of December 2019.

    During the recent survey, the NMC found 35 residential buildings without the provisions of rainwater harvesting. Following this fines were imposed and notices were issued, asking them to make provisions for rainwater harvesting.

    Apart from this, the NMC has also started making provisions of rainwater harvesting at its own buildings and open spaces. The civic body has identified a total of 106 sites for this.

    “We are planning to install rainwater harvesting systems at all these sites in next few months,” a civic official said.








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  • Nashik civic body fines 35 residential societies over non-compliance of RWH units
    As per norms, it is mandatory for residential buildings, societies and apartments constructed on and over 500 sqmt of land, but most of the residential societies and apartments in the city have not yet complied.Tushar Pawar | TNN | January 07, 2020, 15:00 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has fined 35 residential societies Rs 1,000 each for not having provisions of rainwater harvesting.

    The societies have also been told to set up a rainwater harvesting system. As per norms, it is mandatory for residential buildings, societies and apartments constructed on and over 500 sqmt of land, but most of the residential societies and apartments in the city have not yet complied.

    The action comes following directives by municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game for carrying out a survey to check the rainwater harvesting system in residential societies across the city.

    In the second half of March last year, the National Green Tribunal (Delhi) had also ordered all municipal corporations to start imposing fines on residential and commercial complexes that do not have rainwater harvesting system in place.

    Accordingly, the NMC started taking measures in this regard and conducted a survey between August and October 2019, during which they found 65 buildings that either did not have rainwater harvest system in place or their system was not functional. These buildings were then slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 each.

    The NMC has once against started conducting survey of the residential buildings constructed on area admeasuring 500 sqmt or above from the second-half of December 2019.

    During the recent survey, the NMC found 35 residential buildings without the provisions of rainwater harvesting. Following this fines were imposed and notices were issued, asking them to make provisions for rainwater harvesting.

    Apart from this, the NMC has also started making provisions of rainwater harvesting at its own buildings and open spaces. The civic body has identified a total of 106 sites for this.

    “We are planning to install rainwater harvesting systems at all these sites in next few months,” a civic official said.









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  • 400 farmers oppose Greenfield project


    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Jan 14, 2020, 4:40 IST


    Nashik: A section of farmers on Sunday opposed giving their land for the proposed Greenfield township project to be developed under the Town Planning scheme by the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL).

    Around 400 farmers have opposed the Greenfield project. Some of these farmers met on Sunday and decided to oppose the project. “We have decided to form a committee that will decide the further course of action against the project,” a farmer said.

    The NMSCDCL has proposed the Greenfield township project over 750 acre in Makhmalabad area of the city, while the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is the planning authority of the project.

    The NMSCDCL has offered the land in 45:55 ratio where farmers will get 55% of the land they give for integrated development of the area. The land given by the farmers will be equipped with modern amenities, green belt, water supply, sewage supply lines, wide roads, parking spaces and host of other facilities.

    In September last year, the General Body of the NMC had given approval to the proposal of the civic administration to develop TP scheme-based township project known as Greenfield project.

    Thereafter, NMSCDCL had declared its intention of developing the new township project based on TP scheme on 750 acres in Makhmalabad areas of the city.

    Last week, the smart city officials along with municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game gave a presentation to farmers about the proposed township.

    “The 400 farmers, who are opposing the project, own around 50 hectare of the total 750 hectare proposed for the township project. The remaining farmers have given their consent to give their land,” an NMC official said.














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  • Make NOC from us must for buildings near airport: HAL


    A meeting of HAL’s aerodrome committee, aerodrome emergency committee and airfield environment management committee was recently held with the district administration.Tushar Pawar | TNN | January 16, 2020, 14:00 IST File photo


    NASHIK: State-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has sought district administration’s intervention to ensure that all highrise projects planned near the airport must seek a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the company.

    A meeting of HAL’s aerodrome committee, aerodrome emergency committee and airfield environment management committee was recently held with the district administration.

    During the meeting, HAL officials reminded that since commercial flights operate from HAL airport at Ozar, all highrise projects coming up near the airport must get prior approval from the local airport authorities as instructed by Airports Authority of India (AAI).

    The airport runway is 3.5-km-long, starting from Ozar and ends at Janori village. “We had a meeting with the district administration on safety issues. We are in discussion with them to make HAL’s NOC mandatory for construction of highrise buildings, but nothing has been finalised yet,” an official from HAL said.

    “Safety guidelines for airports have been laid down by the AAI. It was just a primary discussion with the district administration. The height limit and areas where HAL’s NOC will be required is yet to be decided,” the official said.

    The runway is in the east and west direction. “There are Janori and Mohadi villages on the east side of the airport that is a hilly area. Hence, there is not much issue on this side,” the official said.

    “There is HAL township and Pimpalgaon area in the west direction of the runway. The issue of NOC will be only for highrise constructions on this side of the runway. Nashik city will not be affected as it is towards south of the runway,” he added.

    The HAL will now prepare a proposal as per the civic aviation guidelines that will include the areas where the HAL’s NOC will be needed for highrise constructions.

    Currently, TruJet and Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, are operating flights from Nashik airport. Alliance Air is operating on the Hyderabad-Nashik and Nashik-Ahmedabad sectors, while TruJet is operating on Nashik-Ahmedabad route.












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  • Standing panel for anti-encroach drive in the city
    Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Jan 19, 2020, 4:37 IST


    Nashik: Standing committee chairman Uddhav Nimse has ordered the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials to take up anti-encroachment drives across the city as the earliest.

    Nimse, on Saturday, conducted the standing committee meeting in which the members raised the issue of encroachments on the streets across the city. Nimse said the NMC authorities need to ensure pedestrians’ as well as motorists’ safety.

    “The issues of roadside encroachments and vendors not shifting to the vegetable market constructed at the various places are very serious. The administration needs to take strict measures to ensure the safety of people. The roadside fish and vegetable markets are choking the roads,” Nimse said.

    The issues were raised by Kalpana Pande and Himgauri Aher-Adke. Talking about encroachment at Shivaji Chowk near Lekha Nagar, Kalpana Pande said the vendors who come to sell their products at the vegetable market were not only encroaching the road but also threatening the people around.

    “About two years ago, these vendors were limited only to the open space near the constructed market. But now, they are slowly acquiring the surrounding areas and even entering the lanes and bylanes making it difficult for commuters. This is putting the lives of citizens who come there to buy vegetables at risk,” Pande alleged. She claimed that all these were illegal vendors, and they were able to ply their businesses only because of strong support from some NMC officials.

    Himgauri Aher-Adke, meanwhile, pointed out that the vegetable vendors near the Akashwani towers were adamantly refused to shift to the vegetable market constructed there. “In order to ensure the safety of people and manage the market, the NMC has constructed a market place. But the vendors refuse to budge. The NMC officials do not seem to be taking action against people illegally encroaching on the road,” Aher-Adke, a member of the standing committee, said.

    It was the same story in other areas including Nashik Road, Pathardi Phata, Satpur, where the fish and meat vendors occupy space along the sides of the roads creating problems for the motorists.

    Summing up the discussions, Nimse asked deputy commissioner Rahul Patil to take strict action against the officers/employees from the anti-encroachment the department, dismiss them from the service if they are found to be engaged in corrupt practices and ensure that all roads and even streets are encroachment-free at the earliest.









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  • Nashik civic body puts updated property tax register on display
    Accordingly, the details of the properties in the current financial year (2019-20) have been carried forward in the new property tax register for 2020-21. Tushar Pawar | TNN | January 20, 2020, 14:00 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has made all the necessary entries of the existing properties on its property tax register — including the area and property tax levied.

    Accordingly, the details of the properties in the current financial year (2019-20) have been carried forward in the new property tax register for 2020-21.

    This property register has been put on display in all six divisional offices of the civic body. The civic body has invited objections from the property owners if they have by Monday evening. NMC will make rectification in the register if there are any valid objections raised by the property owners.

    NMC has issued a public notice in this connection, urging property owners to check the information in the property register for the next financial year. “There are over 4 lakh properties within the limits of the municipal corporation. We have carried forward the details of the properties — area, use purpose, the tax levied and other details — in the property register for the next fiscal 2020-21. We have invited objections from the property owners by the evening of February 20. The objections we receive thereafter will not be considered,” said an NMC official.

    There are new properties that got property tax bills for the first time during the current and last financial years. Owners of these properties will also have an opportunity to raise objections, if any, said the NMC.

    NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 218 crore for the current financial year 2019-20. It has already collected Rs 120 crore so far. The property tax department of the NMC has introduced the amnesty scheme for tax defaulters, which is in effect upto February 10.

    The NMC recovers a 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 defaulters. Under the amnesty scheme, tax defaulters who pay their entire dues in one go are given a rebate in penalty amount, warrant and notice fees. NMC has plans to auction off properties of other tax defaulters in the second half of February, said officials.

    NMC give 1% concession to those who pay property taxes online. Moreover, concession in property tax of up to 5% is given to prompt property taxpayers who pay the tax in the first quarter of the financial year.











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  • Nashik Municipal Corporation puts updates propery tax register on display


    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Jan 20, 2020, 14:02 IST


    Nashik Municipal Corporation

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has made all the necessary entries of the existing properties on its property tax register — including the area and property tax levied.

    Accordingly, the details of the properties in the current financial year (2019-20) have been carried forward in the new property tax register for 2020-21.

    This property register has been put on display in all six divisional offices of the civic body. The civic body has invited objections from the property owners if they have by Monday evening. NMC will make rectification in the register if there are any valid objections raised by the property owners.

    NMC has issued a public notice in this connection, urging property owners to check the information in the property register for the next financial year. “There are over 4 lakh properties within the limits of the municipal corporation. We have carried forward the details of the properties — area, use purpose, the tax levied and other details — in the property register for the next fiscal 2020-21. We have invited objections from the property owners by the evening of February 20. The objections we receive thereafter will not be considered,” said an NMC official.

    There are new properties that got property tax bills for the first time during the current and last financial years. Owners of these properties will also have an opportunity to raise objections, if any, said the NMC.

    NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 218 crore for the current financial year 2019-20. It has already collected Rs 120 crore so far. The property tax department of the NMC has introduced the amnesty scheme for tax defaulters, which is in effect upto February 10.

    The NMC recovers a 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 defaulters. Under the amnesty scheme, tax defaulters who pay their entire dues in one go are given a rebate in penalty amount, warrant and notice fees. NMC has plans to auction off properties of other tax defaulters in the second half of February, said officials.

    NMC give 1% concession to those who pay property taxes online. Moreover, concession in property tax of up to 5% is given to prompt property taxpayers who pay the tax in the first quarter of the financial year.








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  • MIDC keen to levy & collect property tax in industrial areas under civic limits


    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Jan 24, 2020, 13:02 IST

    Two industrial estates of MIDC, Satpur and Ambad, are located in the limits of the NMC

    NASHIK: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) is keen to levy and collect property tax in industrial areas that falls under the jurisdiction of municipal corporations across the state and has written to the state government, seeking its nod.

    Currently, the MIDC is levying and collecting 50% of the property tax and the remaining 50% is given to the respective gram panchayats. The MIDC had issued a circular in this regard in December last year following a government resolution (GR) issued in September 2019.

    The MIDC wants the same model to be replicated for industries located in the limits of municipal corporations like Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC). MIDC CEO P Anbalagan, who was in Nashik on Wednesday, said at present such taxes are being levied and collected by the local civic bodies in rural areas.

    “We are against recovery of property tax from industries by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC). We want the property tax to be collected by the MIDC from industries in municipal corporation limits too,” Anbalagan said, adding they have already sent a proposal to the state government for approval.

    Anbalagan was in the city for a meeting with industrial associations from five districts of Nashik division. Two industrial estates of MIDC, Satpur and Ambad, are located in the limits of the NMC.

    The NMC collects the property tax from the industries in these two estates and in return provides road and look after maintenance of streetlights. But the agency wants more funds to create and maintain infrastructure in the industrial areas which could be garnered from collection of property taxes.

    During a meeting, NIMA presidents Shashikant Jadhav had said that most of the roads in Satpur and Ambad MIDC areas have been handed over to the NMC for maintenance work. “Some roads in these two industrial areas are yet to be handed over to the NMC. Hence, the civic body is not developing these roads,” he said.

    Anbalagan, however, refused handing over of roads to the NMC. “I am against handing over of roads to the NMC. We may give an NOC to the NMC for developing the roads in both the industrial estates,” he said.

    New investment proposals in Nandurbar

    Anbalagan on Wednesday said that two large industries have shown interests to invest around Rs 1,000 in Nandurbar. This will generate over 2,500 jobs. These industries are from textile and food processing sectors.

    “Apart from Nandurbar, three other industries are also making investment over Rs 1,000 crore in Supa MIDC areas in Ahmednagar district. The land has already been given to these industries,” he said.











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  • Smart Rd not yet complete, inaugurated on Sunday
    Santosh Sonawane | TNN | Jan 26, 2020, 4:22 IST

    Nashik: The city’s maiden smart road between Trimbak Naka and Ashok Stambh will be inaugurated and thrown open for vehicular traffic on Sunday.

    Ahead of the inauguration day, the labourers were seen working aggressively on the stretch to make it ready for Sunday.

    On the other hand, the senior police officers expressed their concerns about the road being thrown open for vehicular traffic, even when the road is not fully complete.

    The officers said that they will have to deploy additional manpower to monitor the streamflow of traffic.

    On Saturday, the labourers were seen working on paver blocks, a couple of feet away from the footpath to create a cycle track. The road was also dug up at a couple of spots for setting up other facilities. The painting work of the road dividers and the traffic island was seen on the stretch.

    The stretch all set to become one of the best streets in the city, commuters are complaining about the decreased width of the road and huge bumps in between. While the footpaths are appreciated, currently many motorists are seen parking their vehicles on them.

    Gopal Paripurna, an executive working at a private firm on the MG Road said that the cycle track adjacent to the footpath is a waste of money. “All along the footpath, there is a beeline of illegally parked vehicles. Once the road is thrown open for traffic, the cycle track would be under the illegally parked vehicles,” he said.

    Police officer, who didn’t wish to be named, said that they feared that once the signals are set operational the traffic at the CBS junction mainly will become chaotic. People coming from the Trimbak Naka side and moving towards Sharanpur Road will not get a clear free left, which will further to the chaos. “On the same junction, the free left for vehicles has been done away. Thus to take a left, motorists will have to wait for the signal to go green,” said the officer.

    Many traders, who have their establishments at Ashok Stambh junction said that the road was already falling short for the heavy traffic and now after the smart road work, the width of the road has been further reduced. Senior traffic officials said that they would observe the flow of traffic after the inauguration near Ashok Stambh. If problems occur, the junction will be closed until construction work is fully complete.










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  • NMSCDCL: Smart road is uneven at some stretches
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Jan 28, 2020, 4:32 IST


    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) on Monday admitted that the construction of city’s maiden smart road is “improper”.

    “The riding quality on the smart road is not as per the set standard. It is uneven at some stretches,” chairman of NMSCDCL and senior bureaucrat Sitaram Kunte said after a meeting of NMSCDCL in which CEO of NMSCDCL Prakash Thavil and municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game were also present.

    “It is not possible to rectify this shortfall at this juncture as construction of the road is complete. We cannot dig up road to set things right. So we have taken a decision to rope in experts from IIT-Bombay,” Kunte said.

    “The experts from IIT-Bombay would examine the road and come up with the best possible solution to deal with this problem to ensure that the problem is rectified,” he added.
    The 1.1-km stretch of city’s first smart road — from Ashok Stambh to Trimbak Naka — has been constructed at a cost of Rs 20 crore. The work for the project began in March 2018.

    The contractor of the project missed five deadlines and has been penalized by the NMSCDCL for the same. Many elected representatives of the civic body and local residents have been questioning the quality of the road following which the NMSCDCL carried out a quality check of the entire stretch and the problem was detected.

    “Although we have opened the road for traffic, work to set up the bus shelters, high mast lights, underground cable work of MSEDCL, installation of e-toilets, is still remaining. The NMSCDCL will ensure that these works are completed within the next one month,” Kunte said.

    A visit to the road on Monday revealed that the traffic signals at CBS chowk and Mehar junction are yet to be made operational.













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  • NMSCDCL to carry out bore-well trails to revive the ancient kunds


    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Jan 29, 2020, 4:19 IST

    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL) has decided to undertake borewell trials at 17 ancient kund sites in an effort to revive them.

    In each of the kunds, the authorities will first sink a borewell to ascertain the water depth. If the water is not available in the kund it won’t be revived.

    Moreover, the smart city company has decided to de-concretise the riverbed stretch between Dutondya Maruti and the Gadge Maharaj bridge.

    The decision on the same was taken during a board meeting of the smart city on Monday. “We have decided not to de-concretise Ram Kund and Gandhi Talav in the river Godavari, but the stretch between Dutondya Maruti and Gadge Maharaj bridge would be de-concretised,” said the chairman of NMSCDCL Sitaram Kunte.

    There were also proposals to revive 17 ancient kunds with natural springs in the Godavari. “Initially, we decided to study the project. Moreover, we will undertake borewell trials to ascertain that there are still natural springs at the sites of ancient 17 kunds,” said Kunte.

    The survey for mapping of the kunds with natural springs have already been completed by the smart city officials.

    In December last year, the smart city officials had decided to start the reviving work of the kunds from Gandhi talav, but they had to stop it following opposition by a section of corproators.

    In 2015, an environmentalist Devang Jani had filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court seeking removal of concrete in the Godavari. He has been pursuing with the NMC for removal the concrete development.

    The High Court in its judgment had said that it is the right to devotees to get pure water and it is the responsibility of NMC to make it available. In reply, the court had asked the petitioner to give a presentation before the municipal commissioner, who will take a decision on the same.

    Thereafter, the then municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna had deployed security guards to protect the river from pollution and had also set up a Godavari conservation cell. But, no decision was taken on removal of concrete.

    Now, the municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has taken initiative in this connection.











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  • Nashik: Five maps drafted for greenfield township, feedback sought
    The maps are to be sent to the director of the town planning department of the state government for its technical approval. Tushar Pawar | TNN | January 31, 2020, 18:00 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL) has prepared five different maps for the township project under the town planning scheme. The smart city company has put these maps on display and sought feedback from the farmers.

    The maps are to be sent to the director of the town planning department of the state government for its technical approval. NMSCDCL will invite suggestion and objection by the farmers after technical approval by the state’s town planning department.

    NMSCDCL chairman and senior IAS officer, Sitaram Kunte, said efforts are being made to complete the project within the deadline. “The suggestions and objections are to be sought after the final approval to the draft and maps of the township project by the office of the director of the state town planning department. The project will be cancelled if more than 50% farmers or land owners oppose the project,” added Kunte.

    The smart city company has proposed greenfield township project over 753 acres in Makhmalabad area of the city. The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is a planning authority of the project. The land is to be acquired under the town planning (TP) scheme project, similar to the model implemented in Gujarat.

    Some farmers recently met municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game, opposing the project. “These 400 farmers, who are opposing the project, have around 50 hectares. The remaining farmers owning 700 hectares have given their consent to give their land,” he said.

    Game reiterated that he himself will cancel the township project if more than 50% of total farmers or land owners oppose the project.










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  • Game orders inspection of illegal constructions
    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Feb 4, 2020, 4:30 IST



    Nashik: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has taken strong note of the alleged illegal constructions carried out in 36 civic-owned properties.

    Game, on Monday, directed an inspection of these properties to ascertain whether any civic official was responsible for these illegal constructions or the parties to whom these properties were leased to had carried out the illegal constructions without the knowledge of the civic administration.

    As per Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR) of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), 15% constructions on open or amenity spaces are permissible — 10% is permissible on ground and 5% on first floor.

    Recently, a survey was carried out by the town planning department and Public Works Department (PWD) of the municipal corporation. During the survey, officials of both the department found violation of the norms while carrying out construction on open and amenity spaces.

    Following this, Game told TOI that he has directed the PWD department to inspect the properties and find out who is responsible for the illegal construction.

    “Responsibilities about the illegal constructions are to be fixed first. Action will be taken against municipal officials if they are found involved for illegal constructions. Notices will be sent to the parties to whom the properties have been leased out if they are found involved in illegal constructions,” Game said.

    Meanwhile, the civic administration has decided to table the proposal of increasing the lease rates for its properties from 2.5% to 8% at the coming general body meeting.

    The decision has been taken after the urban development department of the state government has directed all civic bodies to increase the lease rates on civic-owned properties. The state government has also sent a letter to the NMC asking it to levy new lease rates.

    There are over 2,500 properties of the NMC, including 1,900 commercial outlets and remaining 900 study halls, community halls, libraries, laughter clubs, gymnasiums that have been leased out to different parties.

















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