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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    Civic body to give compensation in form of TDR only

    Sumita Sarkar | Nov 24, 2018, 21:49 IST

    Nashik: The controversy on compensation to the owner of land bearing survey number 705 at Gangapur Road was put to rest as the standing committee decided to offer transfer of development rights (TDR).

    While every land owner is being offered TDR, the civic administration proposed cash compensation to this particular land owner. Members of the standing committee objected to such an exception. Nashik Municipal Corporation acquired 18,000 sq ft land in Survey No. 705 near Akashwani Tower at Gangapur Road for a playground, and had to compensate the owner before November 2015. NMC failed to pay the compensation amount and now faces a contempt petition and loss of Rs 30 lakh per month as interest for delay in payment.

    In a bid to prevent contempt of court and to avoid interest charges, the administration decided to pay the remainder amount to the owner in cash. That proposal has been turned down by the standing committee.

    NMC took the entire land reserved for playground in its possession but did not pay the entire compensation to the owner. This issue has been pending since 2003. The then municipal commissioner had decided to give compensation of 50 per cent land in cash and TDR for the remaining. The compensation was awarded and the land taken in possession but the remaining amount has been pending for 15 years.

    Meanwhile, the land owner filed a writ petition in Bombay High Court as the compensation was not given by November 2015. During the standing committee meeting on Thursday, members objected to giving compensation in one particular case while TDR was being awarded to others.

    The topic came up for discussion when the proposal for land acquisition amount for development plan roads in Makhmalabad and other areas came up. Members of the house opposed cash compensation. Corporator Dinkar Patil raised the issue of compensation for the Gangapur land.

    “Why is this particular owner being granted compensation in cash when we are giving TDR to others? Why is this land owner being favoured by the administration?” Patil asked. Chairperson of the standing committee Himgauri Aher-Adke said, “As per the members’ unanimous demands, TDR will be awarded for land acquisition.”

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      STPs continue to discharge toxic foam into Godavari

      Sumita Sarkar | Dec 1, 2018, 22:26 IST

      The surface of Godavari river covered with froth near the sewage treatment plant at Tapovan

      Nashik: The sewage treatment plants at Tapovan and Agartakli are still discharging toxic foam, which flows into the river. Activists have been raising this issue for a long time.

      Bombay High Court has in the past ordered Nashik Municipal Corporation to upgrade the Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs). NMC officials said they will now upgrade the plants with funds from that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured them; two new STPs will also be constructed under the Amrut Scheme.

      “Earlier budget was the problem. Now the budgetary provision has been made. In the meeting held in March, then civic chief had assured that the work of upgrading the existing STPs would begin in November and be completed by 2019, but nothing seems to have been done,” said activist Rajesh Pandit, who filed a public interest litigation in Bombay High Court against government officials for pollution of River Godavari.

      He said that the technology to bring down the biological oxygen demand (BOD) from 30 mg/l to 10 mg/l to upgrade STPs is complicated and hence would take time to complete.

      “The chief minister had assured funds of around Rs 400 crore to Nashik which also includes upgrading of STPs. Now fund is not the problem. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute had two recommendations for NMC – treat the water and the give it to industries or upgrade STPs. The water can be lifted from the outlet of the STP, treated and supplied to industries. This is what is done in Nagpur and Nanded. Here also the same policy can be adopted. It is surprising that they opted for upgrading STPs, which is complicated and costly,” Pandit said, adding that he does not have expertise in the matter and only wanted the river water to be free of pollution.

      Another activist and petitioner of another case on River Godavari, Devang Jani, has written to the chairman of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and MPCB officials in Nashik appealing that they stop the pollution and penalise NMC.

      “I emailed them on Thursday and am waiting for a reply. I have also sent copies to member secretary chief minister, environment minister, the state government’s portal Aapla Sarkar. Few days back when I went with some persons to the areas where there was foam formation, we all felt a burning sensation in the eyes and itching in the throat. This is such a big health hazard to people living there,” Jani said.

      An NMC official said that they did have plans to start upgrading the STPs and would start soon after consulting with NEERI and some experts.

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        Nashik: Citizens, builders disagree on property tax issue

        The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai) has made it clear that once the possession letters are given the consumer will have to pay the tax. But the consumers disagree.Sumita Sarkar | TNN | December 06, 2018, 14:00 IST

        NASHIK: The property owners in the city are a confused lot after the civic body started sending pre-dated and exorbitant tax bills to them.

        They wonder whether the builder should pay the bill or the consumer as the buildings did not have completion certificates.

        The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai) has made it clear that once the possession letters are given the consumer will have to pay the tax. But the consumers disagree.

        “If we came to our flat in 2017 why should we pay tax for previous years? If the NMC is charging for the past seven years, should the owner pay the bill or the builder?” asked Jayashree Kulkarni, a flat owner.

        Dilip Patil, another flat owner, said if the building completion certificate was not procured then it should be the responsibility of the builder to pay the tax.

        “Property tax is levied after completion of the building. There is a provision that the tax can be charged for seven years if the building is not registered with the NMC. But many buildings where property tax has been levied in this manner were constructed from 2015. It is not the responsibility of the builder to pay the tax. Even if we do not have building completion certificate, once the possession letter is given to the flat owner, he has to pay it,” said Credai Nashik president Umesh Wankhede.

        “Builders are helping the consumers and will take their grievances to the commissioner, mayor and standing committee chairperson in a few days,” he added.

        The civic officials, meanwhile, said they would keep issuing notices to property owners and have already issued more than 3,000 notices.

        “We have asked citizens to file their appeals with supporting documents at divisional offices. We will conduct a hearing and if the case is valid justice will be given to them,” said an official.


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          City smart parking project misses December deadline

          Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Dec 9, 2018, 10:17 IST

          Smart parking solution includes 28 on-street and five off-street parking facilities, which will be set up acro... Read More

          NASHIK: Even as vehicle owners continue to lament scarcity of authorised parking lots in the city, The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation has said that the project to establish 33 on-site and off-site parking zones will take more time.

          The initial deadline for these 33 parking lots was December this year. Hovwever, so far work is in process only for two parking facilities and permission for another off-street parking is awaited.

          Smart city officials said that the Mobility Cell, which is dealing with the project, was created in October this year and hence it would take more time for the cell to finalise its plans. Also, there was poor response to tenders. The new deadline for completing the project would now be March 2019.

          Smart parking solution includes 28 on-street and five off-street parking facilities, which will be operated on public-private-partnership (PPP) basis. This is expected to resolve traffic congestion on the city’s roads.

          Police have been often complaining that the city lacked authorised parking facilities, due to which they had to tow vehicles and faced resistance from citizens.

          “We started off-street parking work at BD Bhalekar Ground and Anna Shastri Ground. Barriers have been put up at both the locations. We have to seek permission for two other locations — near Gadge Maharaj Bridge in Panchavati and Somani Garden near Muktidham. For on-street parking from Guruji Hospital to the Pipeline Road, we have to get permission from our mobility cell for the project,” an informed source from the smart city cell said.

          “The Mobility Cell, comprising police commissioner, NMC commissioner, Nashik First and other NGOs, will give clearance for all places for off-street and on-street parking. All the decisions will be taken by mobility cell,” the official added, “The work order was given in September for the parking project and the mobility cell was recently formed.”

          He further said, “There were many government holidays in October due to which meetings could not be held and then the civic chief was transferred. The new civic chef took over recently. Once the mobility cell is in operational again, all clearances will be given and there will be no issues in implementing the project.”

          The on-street and off-street parking facilities will be centrally monitored through Intelligent Traffic Management System. Through ITMS, traffic menace, traffic signal violation and illegal parking will be monitored. Data captured by the cameras will be sent to a single control and command centre which will monitor the traffic.

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            Standing panel chairperson seeks legal opinion on TDR

            Sumita Sarkar | Dec 10, 2018, 22:29 IST

            Nashik: Standing committee chairman Himgauri Aher-Adke on Friday said that she would seek legal opinion for replying to a letter given by leader of the house Dinkar Patil alleging that the former is forcing officials to give cash compensation in the survey 705 case.

            Patil had written to BJP city chief and MLA Balasaheb Sanap and mayor Ranjana Bhansi on Friday accusing Adke of going against the ruling of giving transfer of developmental rights (TDR) to the owner of survey number 705 by asking the officials to pay the compensation in cash.

            Adke, who had refused to comment then, came back strongly against the allegation during a press meet on Monday. She said, “Survey No. 705 is sub-judice. The high court had ordered that the owner be given cash. As per Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, it is up to the land owner whether to accept cash or TDR. In this case the land owner had accepted part payment as TDR and the remaining in cash.”

            She added, “This is an old approval that came to the standing committee now. In 2018-19, members of the NMC are insisting on TDR. Town planning department has to ask the owner if he wants TDR. If he refuses then cash should be paid. In this case also the owner was asked. If the administration does not give cash then it would be contempt of court.”

            Adke also said that she was writing to the law committee to know about the legality of two more cases. “I will study the standing committee proposals and only then will take a decision,” Adke said.

            Being asked about Patil’s letter, she said: “He is talking about party discipline. Nobody should teach party discipline to a person born in the party. During the no confidence motion against former civic chief the entire city has seen who flouted party discipline. Aher family has always worked for the city and not for personal gains. I was quiet because of family and party discipline. I will take legal opinion and only then will speak on the letter.”

            She also warned that she would not tolerate any personal allegation or disrepute to her family’s name.


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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              FSI offered to acquire land too little: Farmers

              Sumita Sarkar | Dec 12, 2018, 22:07 IST

              Smart City officials hold a meeting with farmers at the Kalidas Kala Mandir in the city on Wednesday

              Nashik: Smart city officials are on tenterhooks as the farmers whose land is to be acquired for the Greenfield project are yet to take a final call on parting with their land.

              The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (MNSCDC) Ltd held a meeting at the Kalidas Kala Mandir with farmers from Makhmalabad and Nashik areas, where the Greenfield development is proposed under town planning scheme. During the meeting, the NMSCDCL officials gave a presentation on how the project would be implemented.

              The NMSCDCL explained that under the town planning scheme infrastructure will be developed for solid waste management, biomedical waste management, scada water meters, fire stations, hospitals, schools, police points, cycling tracks, footpaths, pedestrian and disabled friendly roads, smart lights, bus stops and e-toilets etc. As per the scheme, farmers will have to hand over 50% of land for the scheme for free in lieu of amenities and infrastructure that is touted to be world class.

              Chief town planner of the NMSCDCL, Kanchan Bodhle said, “Under smart city, we will be developing 754 acre land in these two areas of Dholera and Ahmedabad with as per the development plan. GIS-based survey has also been proposed. We can say how much land can be given back to the owner only after the survey.”

              Farmers objected to the survey and asked how much floor space index would be given. They also asked why they had to donate 50% of their land while Gujarat farmers donated only 40% and got 1.8 FSI while in Nashik it is 1.5 FSI. The NMSCDCL said that unless the area is not fixed, they would not be able to say anything about FSI.

              “Greenfield development is being done only in Nashik. In 12 months we can do the TP and in three years the project can be completed. TP scheme is self-sustaining,” chief executive officer of NMSCDCL, Prakash Thavil said.

              Land owners said that many farmers’ children are not very educated and want to do only farming and also questioned what would happen to the project if the government changed. They said in Dholera, the land was infertile, but it is very fertile land at other places.

              Sanjay Bagul, one of the land owners said, “The farmers will not give up the lands that provides for them. Why should they bear the burden?”


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                Nashik Municipal Corporation to reclassify religious structures

                Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Dec 14, 2018, 17:02 IST

                NASHIK: As directed by the Bombay high court, Nashik Municipal Corporationon Thursday took a decision to reclassify the religious structures to determine the illegal ones. The list of these structures will be published in newspapers in a week’s time.

                After the list is published, citizens can raise objections and suggestions following which a hearing will be conducted.

                The HC recently ordered NMC to undertake this activity while hearing a PIL about 72 religious structures, which the petitioner claimed to be legal. All these structures are on open spaces and as per law 10 percent construction is permitted on open spaces.

                The meeting was held at the administrative level wherein details of the case were discussed with the new civic chief Radhakrishna Game. The civic chief was briefed about the issue.

                “We will be following the order of the high court. We decided the future course of action today. We will be reclassifying the illegal religious structures and will be publishing them for people to object or give suggestions. A hearing will be conducted wherein we will arrive at the appropriate solution,” said additional municipal commissioner Kishor Borde.

                After the hearing fresh list should be published. The religious organisations, petitioners and the court objected to NMC publishing the list only on its website and not categorising the shrines into A, B and C as per the GR. The entire procedure is expected to be completed in a month before decision to demolish the shrines is taken.

                Last Friday, representatives of various religious organisations met to discuss their stand on the issue. They decided not to let a single shrine be touched by NMC and that re-survey following all the procedures should be done.

                The petition was filed by Vinod Subhash Thorat and Kailas Dinkar Deshmukh on demolition of 72 religious structures and HC directed NMC to carry out a fresh exercise of identifying unauthorised religious structures in the city as per the government resolution.

                The GR of May 5, 2011 says that religious structures which can be duly regularized are classified as Class 'A'. The 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 regularized, are to be classified as Class B. The structures which can be relocated to some other suitable place are to be classified as Class 'C'. The meeting will discuss all these aspects.


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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  CIDCO houses, commercial plots to be converted from lease-hold

                  Press Trust of India
                  MUMBAI, DECEMBER 22, 2018 00:00 IST
                  UPDATED: DECEMBER 22, 2018 04:11 IST


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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    NGO demands rollback of ‘illegal’ property tax hike

                    TNN | Dec 23, 2018, 13:33 IST

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                    NASHIK: Anayay Nivaran Kruti Samiti, a city-based non-governmental organisation, demanded that civic chief Radhakrishna Game roll back what they alleged was an “illegal” property tax hike.

                    Presenting a memorandum that mentions the law and rules related to hiking tax, the NGO said that on March 31 then municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe increased property tax by 300 to 1,350 per cent. This was illegally and unjustly done, they said, placing a huge financial burden on the people of the city. Property tax, the NGO said, was imposed even on agriculture land, which raises a question on the very survival of farmers.

                    “Tax has been fixed on every inch of land, without any vision,” the NGO alleged. “As per the value fixed, for one acre of farmland, property tax is Rs 1,37,000. Even after revision of this tax, the amount comes to Rs 68,500 per acre. If farmers commit suicide due to this tax rate, the state government will be responsible,” a delegation from the NGO that sought rollback of the hike said.

                    Mundhe’s predecessor Abhishek Krishna, the NGO said, had proposed 36 per cent hike, which a general body meeting of the corporation reduced to 18 per cent. The municipal commissioner and civic administration must follow this resolution, the NGO said.

                    “Once a decision is taken, it cannot be changed or cancelled by the new commissioner. Earlier carpet area was being considered for measurement of property but as per the new tax law, built up area would be considered. In the absence of built up area, 20 per cent additional construction on carpet area would be considered,” they said, requesting Game to do justice to the citizens.

                    “We have to see what is feasible and how this issue can be sorted. I am studying the property tax issue,” Game said.

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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      Finally, Makhmalabad farmers allow smart city officials to conduct survey

                      Sumita Sarkar
                      | TNN | Updated: Dec 25, 2018, 10:04 IST

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                      NASHIK: Farmers of Makhmalabad who have been opposing Greenfield development under Smart City Mission have allowed Smart City officials to conduct the survey. After a meeting with officials, farmers decided to let officials conduct the survey, and they would take a final call on the matter after learning how much land they will have to donate.

                      The project is in lines of the town planning scheme. Farmers will have to part with land in lieu of infrastructure. The farmers say they will not give up their land for free. They are also not convinced about the floor space index that could be offered in this area.

                      On December 12, Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd conducted a meeting at Kalidas Kala Mandir with farmers of Makhmalabad and Nashik areas where Greenfield development under town planning scheme was proposed. NMSCDCL gave a presentation on how the project would be implemented.

                      As per the scheme farmers will have to hand over 50 per cent of land for the town planning scheme for free in lieu of amenities and infrastructure that is touted to be world class.

                      The farmers had not given their final decision on donating their lands. They said they would get back after discussing the pros and cons of the project. The town planning scheme will offer farmers infrastructure like solid waste management, biomedical waste management, scada water meter, fire station, hospital, school, police point, cycling track, footpath, pedestrian and disabled friendly roads, smart lights, bus stops, e-toilets, all connections for basic needs would be underground etc.

                      A total of 754 acres in Makhmalabad and Nashik areas would be developed under the town planning scheme as per the development plan. After a survey, it will it be possible to know how much land could be given back to the owner.

                      Farmers objected to the survey and asked how much floor space index would be given. They had also objected to giving 50 per cent land. They wanted additional FSI of 1.8 like in Gujarat. “We did have a meeting few days back. We verbally permitted them to conduct the survey,” farmer Sharad Koshire said, adding that no concrete decision had yet been taken with this nod for the survey.

                      “Joint survey by farmers and the officials will be done. We will decide what to do after the survey is completed,” he said. An NMC officer said, “A joint survey will be done by Smart City officials, NMC officials and farmers so that exact land that will be needed for the project can be gauged,” the official said.


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