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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    ‘Issues will be addressed but citizens should cooperate’

    Sumita Sarkar | Oct 20, 2018, 22:27 IST

    Nashik: Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Saturday said that the civic body has some expectations from citizens.

    He was interacting with residents during the weekly ‘walk with commissioner’ event. When the citizens spoke about grievances relating to water supply, drainage, cleanliness and other issues, Mundhe said, “Even the municipal corporation has expectations from citizens just like they expect things from it. People should take up the responsibility of making the city a better place to live.”

    During the event, people complained that there was no cleanliness in their area; broken branches and twigs were not lifted; drainage chambers are cleaned, but the filth is not lifted. They demanded that old drainage pipelines in Audumbar Nagar should be replaced, branches of trees near Ganpati temple behind New Era School should be trimmed, a solution should be found for the garbage and storm water that accumulates in the residential areas and open plots where garbage is dumped should be cleaned.

    While answering to their queries Mundhe said, “NMC resolves issues raised by citizens, but it is also the responsibility of each resident to prevent the mistakes citizens commit. Garbage should be disposed of in vans. The issue of garbage will be resolved to a large extent if it is segregated at source, everyone should practice recycle and reuse.”

    The municipal commissioner appealed to people to avoid using plastic; stop dumping waste on the roadsides; not to park vehicles on roads.

    “The citizens should follow rules and encourage others to follow as well,” said Mundhe. “If this event receives your support then definitely the city will develop.”

    The civic chief also appealed to people to register their complaints at NMC e-Connect App or meet him betweem 4 pm and 5 pm at the NMC’s headquarters.









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    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

      Gardens generating their own compost

      Sumita Sarkar
      The civic body has starting preparing compost in all of its 490 gardens in a natural way through bacterial culture at a cost of only Rs 20, that is the first and last payment for bacteria to be used for the purpose.

      | TNN | Updated: Oct 25, 2018, 15:09 IST



      NMC has procured the bacterial culture from Natural Centre for Organic Farming, Ghaziabad

      NASHIK: The civic body has starting preparing compost in all of its 490 gardens in a natural way through bacterial culture at a cost of only Rs 20, that is the first and last payment for bacteria to be used for the purpose.

      The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) got the bacterial culture from Natural Centre for Organic Farming (NCOF), Ghaziabad, an apex organisation for research for the central government.

      “By using natural resources and with the help of nature, we have started the procedure of making compost. We collect fallen dry leaves, twigs etc from the gardens and the garbage van picks the same up once in 10 or 15 days,” said a civic official said.

      The leaves are not a waste as carbon source is maximum in dry leaves which is not so in other types of compost, he said. “For years, we have not used compost for trees in the NMC gardens. The NCOF collected useful bacteria and patented a product.”

      The official said that the ecosystem starts with bacteria and ends with bacteria. Beneficial bacteria like azotobacter, rhizobacter and phosphorus solubilising rhizobium bacteria (PSB), through enzymatic action, prepare compost in the form that is required for trees,” said the official.

      This bacterial product has been patented by NCOF and a bottle of 40 gm costs Rs 20. The NMC bought one bottle from the institute and started making the compost. “With this one bottle, we will be making compost for all the 490 NMC gardens. It is an endless process wherein we mix 200 litres of water and 5 kg jaggery with a bottle of culture and then use 5 litres from this 200 litres for making more compost and so on.”

      The culture requires seven days to develop. Pits have been dug up in 70-80 gardens. Leaves, twigs etc will be filled in these pits and the culture will be sprayed over this. This compost will be used for the gardens first and the remaining can be sold.

      The official said the bacterial product has 15-20 types of fungus that kills fungus coming from the earth and infecting trees, thus protecting the trees.






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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        Vigil up for water release, mayor seeks more for city

        Oct 25, 2018, 22:10 IST

        Nashik: The district administration has called for heightened security as the protests agaisnt water release from Palkhed, Gangapur and Darna dams in Nashik district to Jayakwadi dam in Aurangabad district grow.

        The district administration has asked the superintendent of police to ensure strict bandobast along Kadwa River, which will carry 590 million cubic feet (mcft) of water from Palkhed dam to Nandurmadhmeshwar. Also along Godavari river, which will carry 590 mcft of water from Gangapur dam and 2,020 mcft of water from Darna dam.

        The water resources department has already started the flowing water from Bham, Bhavli and Waki dams to Darna, from where, it will be further released. Similarly, water from Bhandardara dam in Ahmednagar is being released in Nilwande dam, from where, it will flow into Jayakwadi dam.

        The police deployment is planned to ensure that people do not create any trouble during the discharge. The Shiv Sena, MNS and Congress have objected to the water release to Jayakwadi and Thane.

        The Bombay high court on Thursday declined to hear the public interest litigation regarding water release for Jayakwadi dam filed by BJP functionary Gopal Patil on an urgent basis. “We presented our case today also, seeking immediate relief and directing the MWRRA (Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority ) to revise the water usage, water demands and water allocation to all bodies and institutions upstream of Jayakwadi. The court has declined to hear it on urgent basis and scheduled it after Diwali vacation,” petitioner’s lawyer Pravartak Pathak said.

        In the meantime, Nashik mayor Ranjana Bhansi has made it clear that there should not be any curtailment on the water reservation for the city. Bhansi had called a meeting on Thursday, which was attended by standing committee chairman Himgauri Aher-Adke, city BJP MLA Balasaheb Sanap and civic officials.

        A special general body meeting will be held on October 26 to seek more water from Gangapur dam for the city. Nashik Municipal Corporation has submitted a demand of 4,500 mcft water for the city and the elected members want additional 500-600 mcft water from Gangapur dam.

        Ironically, the general body will be discussing the water reservation issue on the day that water will be released from Gangapur dam for Jayakwadi.

        This special general body meeting was scheduled to be held for appointing the tree committee members. As per the orders of the high court, the members should be qualified with BSc degree. At present, only two members have this qualification.

        “We have adjourned this topic at present. The administration had floated an advertisement for non-government members and only two qualified. Few days back, they again put up an advertisement. They should place it before the general body,” said the mayor.

        Meanwhile, the members of NMC’s education board will be appointed on Friday – five from BJP, three from Shiv Sena and one from Congress-NCP united.






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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Streams to be dug up along super highway

          Abhilash Botekar | Oct 27, 2018, 22:10 IST

          A woman carries water to her house from a well along the Ghati-Sinnar highway, which is a part of the Samruddhi expressway

          Nashik: The idea put forth by MLA Rajabhau Waze to convert the excavated sites along the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (Samruddhi) into water conservation sites has been picked up by the Maharashtra Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).

          During a recently held meeting, the MSRDC decided to widen and deepen the streams of water along the road, convert the excavation sites used for sourcing soil and gravel for construction of road into farm ponds that will help the dry areas to store water and help in percolation of the same.

          In the month of November 2017, Waze had raised the issue of taking up measures for Jalyukta Shivar along the 701-km long highway by giving treatment to areas from where soil would be excavated and treating water bodies at a distance of a maximum 1-km parallel to the road.

          The MSRDC officials, who met under the chairmanship of principal secretary public works department Manoj Saunik at Nagpur, have finally decided to develop the areas along the highway that would also contribute towards local development.

          Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan is all about deepening and widening of water bodies along the highway such that they arrest the running water and help in percolation to recharge the ground water levels.

          The MSRDC has decided to properly convert the areas into farm ponds from where the murum and soil will be excavated for construction of road. If the land was being hired from the farmers, the MSRDC would treat it appropriately and hand it back to the farmer, apart from the suitable amount that will be paid to them.

          “Similarly, all nullahs and rivulets crossing Samruddhi Highway will also be properly channelized and treated with the help of engineers of concerned departments,” the MSRDC has said.







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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            MIDC seeks 468 mcft water from reservoirs

            Tushar Pawar

            The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), which supplies water to the industrial estates in Sinnar, Satpur and Ambad, has decided to take a call on water cut after the water quota is finalised by the water resource department (WRD).

            | TNN | Oct 30, 2018, 10:45 IST

            NASHIK: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), which supplies water to the industrial estates in Sinnar, Satpur and Ambad, has decided to take a call on water cut after the water quota is finalised by the water resource department (WRD).

            In a meeting with the district administration, the MIDC has demanded 204 million cubic feet (mcft) water for Sinnar and 264 mcft for Satpur and Ambad industrial estates.

            “The district administration is yet to take a call. This is expected shortly. We will take a decision on water cut once our quota is fixed,” an MIDC official said.

            “Considering the water scarcity during summer, particularly from March to May, we will have put curbs right from the beginning. That will help us cater to industries till the beginning of the next monsoon,” he said.

            Satpur and Ambad industrial estates require total 21 million litres per day (MLD), while Sinnar MIDC requires 16 MLD.

            During March-May 2016, the MIDC had to impose 90% water cut in Sinnar industrial estate due to non-availability of water in Darna dam. It had stopped supply through tap and had asked industries to get water through tankers. The water cut had resulted in production losses of Rs 300 crore during the three months.




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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Now, landlords can provide tenant info via mobile app

              Santosh Sonawane | Nov 5, 2018, 22:23 IST

              Nashik: The city police on Monday launched a mobile application to facilitate house owners to provide information about tenants.

              With the new application, ‘Tenant Verification System’, the landlords will not have to go to the police station for providing the information. It will also save workload and manpower of police, facilitate tenant verification fast and with ease and also have the data in digitized form and accessible. The application is available on Google Playstore.

              Commissioner of police Ravinder Kumar Singal said, “We hope more people will now come forward to provide tenant information. Earlier, either the police were going to the landlords or the landlords were coming to the police station. Yet the tenant information was not on expected lines. We believe the mobile application will get a good response as citizens can provide the information from their homes.”

              “Some tenants are of criminal background. Thus it is necessary that police know about them. With the new system, the information of the tenant can be verified by police. If the tenant has a criminal background, action can be taken against him,” he added.

              Kovid Sawla, director of Adivid Technologies Pvt Ltd, which has developed the application, said property owners and agents can directly fill all the details of tenants, owner and property, along with agent detail, if applicable, online. The applicant will receive a token number using which he/she can check the status of the application which will be updated by police.”

              A large number of people rent out their properties without giving information about the tenants to police. Senior police officials said they have been appealing to people to provide the information. Police have also booked a few landlords for not providing tenant information.






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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                Presence of sandalwood trees delay construction of NMC’s theatre

                Sumita Sarkar
                The construction of civic body’s Natyagruha at Nashik Road has been delayed due to presence of sandalwood trees on the land allotted for the same.
                | TNN | Nov 15, 2018, 14:08 IST

                NASHIK: The construction of civic body’s Natyagruha at Nashik Road has been delayed due to presence of sandalwood trees on the land allotted for the same.

                Civic officials have also expressed fear that it may not be possible to construct the theatre in the near future.

                Nashik Road does not have a theatre for cultural activities due to which the municipal corporation decided to construct a state-of-the-art theatre on this two acre plot. The theatre work was scheduled to be completed in the next two years, but as of now the work has not even started. The work was expected to start in September.

                A joint inspection by NMC officials and representatives of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) was carried out for the trees on the plot. There are a total of 126 trees that have to be cut for construction of the theatre at Nashik Road. Of these there are 29 sandalwoodtrees.

                The NMC filed an affidavit in the high court seeking permission to cut the trees. Since sandalwood trees cannot be cut, NEERI suggested that they must be relocated.

                In August, advice was sought from the forest department because sandalwood trees cannot be cut or transplanted. Based on the advice of the forest department, the NMC wrote to Central Sandalwood Research Centre, Bengaluru seeking their help.

                “We are awaiting reply from Bengaluru. The trees are small but according to the rule we have to seek permission for cutting woody stems and sandalwood trees get woody very soon,” an NMC official said.

                “One-and-a-half-year ago a proposal was floated and at that time there were some thorny trees. The sandalwood trees were not visible. These could have been small then and hidden in the bushes. When we inspected the site, the trees were seen and NEERI said that these should be transplanted. We are seeking expert opinion on this issue. But now it seems unlikely that we will be able to construct a theatre here,” he added.

                Meanwhile, the tender for constructing the theatre was floated and work order was issued. If Central Sandalwood Research Centre replies in negative the project will have to be shifted to some other locality in Nashik Road.





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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  Identify afresh illegal shrines in Nashik: HC tells civic body

                  PTI
                  MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 21, 2018 00:00 IST
                  UPDATED: NOVEMBER 21, 2018 04:18 IST




                  Identify afresh illegal shrines in Nashik: HC


                  The Bombay High Court has directed the Nashik Municipal Corporation to carry out a fresh exercise of identifying unauthorised religious structures in the city and follow the procedure laid down by the State. The government had issued a resolution on May 5, 2011, for regularisation of unauthorised shrines. Two Nashik residents — Vinod Thorat and Kailas Deshmukh — approached the HC challenging the civic body’s decision to issue notices of demolition to 530 unauthorised religious structures in August.PTI



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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    Nashik: Residents of Swagat Heights seek collector's intervention

                    The height of Swagat Heights has been wrongly mentioned in the building plan and completion certificate; this has made civic authorities disconnect the water supply. What is more, the land belongs to the government. Sumita Sarkar | TNN | November 22, 2018, 17:00 IST



                    NASHIK: Even as water supply remains disconnected for Swagat Heights due to irregularities in construction, residents have requested the district collector to intervene with respect to the land, which is also illegal.

                    The height of Swagat Heights has been wrongly mentioned in the building plan and completion certificate; this has made civic authorities disconnect the water supply. What is more, the land belongs to the government. The whole structure is thus an illegal encroachment.

                    The height of the building has been shown as 14.93 meters – and the no-objection certificate from the fire department is not required for a building of that height. In reality, the structure stands 15 meters tall. NMC has issued notice for compliance to plan – water supply has been disconnected, pending compliance.

                    While the builder said that time had been granted till December to reduce the height of the building, the district collector said he would have to go through all the documents thoroughly to arrive at a solution.

                    “We have submitted the documents, the 7/12 extract and a memorandum to the district collector. We have asked him to intervene. NMC has disconnected water supply from August 21. Even if we reduce the height of the building, we are unsure about our fate as the building itself is on government land,” resident Satish Jain said.

                    Residents are also insisting that NMC should demolish the unauthorised part, like in other constructions.

                    The residents had blamed the builder for the anomaly and also filed a case against him at the high court when they discovered last year that there were many violations. The worst discovery was that the plot itself is of the state government due to which the entire building is unauthorised.

                    “The building itself is unauthorised and we may have to demolish it,” municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe had said at a general body meeting a few weeks ago.

                    But the builder, Vinod Patel, had denied the allegations. “Six inches have increased as the top floor residents have done water proofing which is necessary. We did not do anything... As far as the government land issue is concerned, we got information from collector’s office that by mistake the then talathi wrote ‘non-agricultural land’ against 127 plots and now 64 buildings have been constructed on these. In 2013, I got commercial NA. The building can be regularised through compounding charges.”

                    On Wednesday, district collector B Radhakrishnan said, “I have not yet seen the documents. Let me examine the case in detail. We have to see if it was the mistake of the administration or some other person. Especially, if it is government land and someone wants to buy the land, generally we go into the details. It is not that they just occupied the land or purchased the land. We need to investigate. We have to see if the fault is on the government’s part or whether it can be regularised with penalty. If there is no such provision and it is completely a government land, we will have to take back the land. Let us see if it is a class II land and wrongly mentioned as class I land; then we will be recovering it from them after issuing notices.”






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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      Will follow high court order on religious structures: Civic body

                      Sumita Sarkar | Nov 21, 2018, 22:04 IST

                      Nashik: The civic administration said it would undertake a fresh exercise of identifying illegal religious structures in the city. On November 1, the Bombay High Court directed Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to carry out a fresh exercise of identifying unauthorised religious structures as per the government resolution. The municipal commissioner said NMC was following the court’s order.

                      A petition was filed by Vinod Subhash Thorat and Kailas Dinkar Deshmukh on the demolition of 72 religious structures in the city. The petition said due procedures were not followed in these demolitions. It urged authorities to prevent demolition of shrines on open spaces. NMC has already demolished 156 structures by the roadside.

                      The order, by judges MS Karnik and BR Gavai, was uploaded on the court’s website on November 20. NMC has been asked to follow the procedure of publishing the list of shrines in newspapers and inviting objections and suggestions. Hearings will then be conducted and a fresh list published. The court objected to NMC publishing the list only on its website and not categorising shrines into A, B and C categories, as required by the government resolution.

                      NMC said it would follow the orders of the high court and invite objections and suggestions on unauthorised religious structures.

                      Pravarthak Pathak, lawyer of the petitioners, said, “Earlier notices were issued for 72 religious structures and later for 503, apart from the 72. Procedures are to be followed again for all these structures. If these have been constructed on 10 per cent of open space, there is possibility of regularisation. Categorisation of religious structures as per A, B and C should be done. NMC has to publish the list of temples as per the categorisation. Objections and suggestions should be sought and a hearing held before a final list is published.”

                      He said that in Nashik the major problem is that maximum shrines are on open spaces, where 10 per cent construction is permitted. “The development control rules do not specify whether a structure is religious or not,” Pathak said.

                      The government resolution of May 5, 2011 holds that religious structures which can be regularized are classified as ‘A’. Unauthorized religious structures which are creating obstacles on public roads, or for the law and order situation or contrary to the DC Rules, which cannot be regularised, are to be classified as ‘B’. Structures which can be relocated to some other suitable place are to be classified as ‘C’.


                      “We have been asked to do the procedure again of inviting objections and suggestions. We will do that,” municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe said.






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