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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    Satpur MIDC roads to soon get makeover as NMC floats tender

    TNN | Dec 26, 2018, 09:59 IST

    NASHIK: The roads in Satpur industrial estate of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) will soon get a facelift as road projects worth over Rs15 crore will be soon undertaken by the municipal corporation.

    Industrial associations have welcomed the decision and are expecting that the work is completed at the earliest. The NMC has floated a tender worth Rs15.19 crore to resurface the internal roads in Satpur industrial estate of the MIDC.

    “The condition of the roads in both Satpur and Ambad industrial estates are not so good and roads have not been resurfaced for the past many years. There is need to have regular maintenance of the roads by the municipal corporation, but it never happened,” Manish Rawal, chairman, infrastructure committee of Nashik Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (NIMA), said.

    “Even though it is late, the NMC has finally made a provision of Rs15.19 crore to resurface some roads in Satpur industrial estate. But we also expect that all the internal and arterial roads in the industrial estates be resurfaced at the earliest,” he added.

    Earlier, the municipal corporation had only made a provision of Rs1 crore for Satpur industrial estate. “We brought this to the notice of the former municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe who assured us to look into the issue. Now, the financial provision had been increased to Rs15 crore,” Rawal said.

    Moreover, the civic body is also in the process of carrying out some road work at a cost of Rs11 crore. It has already floated a tender in this regard. There is around 35-km of roads of which 10-km is to be resurfaced.

    Both Satpur and Ambad industrial estates are located in the jurisdiction of the NMC. There are around 4,000 MSMEs and large industrial units located in both the estates.

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      Panel members seek probe into TDR, waste collection

      TNN | Dec 27, 2018, 09:07 IST

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      NASHIK: The standing committee meeting on Wednesday witnessed protests over the irregularities of garbage collection, transfer of developmental rights (TDR) and cash payment to a landowner. Panel members demanded that inquiry committees should be formed to look into these issues.

      Corporator Dinkar Patil wanted to know how much amount was given to the land owners in two proposals presented before the standing committee for approval on Wednesday. In Makhmalabad area, Rs 5.41 crore had been given, while in Nashik Road area, Rs 12.96 crore had been awarded. Now, Rs 5.04 crore is pending in the first case and Rs 8 crore in the second.

      Patil said that similar proposal regarding payment to be made to the land owner of survey number 705 should have been presented to the standing committee. “We will sit for the meeting only after the inquiry committees for garbage collection, TDR and survey no 705 are formed,” Patil said.

      He was seconded by Uddhav Nimse, Mushir Sayyed and others. They demanded that the payment to the land owner of survey number 705 be stopped.

      Executive engineer of town planning department, Uday Dharmadhikari, said that part payment was made to the owner as per a meeting in May 2016.

      Corporators questioned if the issue of payment in survey no 705 should have been presented to the standing committee like the two cases on Wednesday. When Dharmadhikari replied in the positive, corporators alleged corruption.

      Chairperson Himgauri Aher-Adke told the administration, “Priority should be given to paying compensation to farmers who gave their land during Kumbh Mela 2003. Considering the seriousness of the members’ letters in case of the survey number 705, a detail study was needed.

      “I did not say that I will not form committees. I just kept it in abeyance. TDR and garbage collection needs detail study and a balanced committee. I need time for it. Even new civic chief needs time. An order regarding inquiry into the survey number 705 has been given based on Dharmadhikari’s statement,” she later told the media.

      She, however, said that the approval to pay the entire amount to the land owne was given in 2016. This was not informed to the panel earlier. There was no letter of opposition then, she said.

      Holding a flex and raising slogans in the meeting hall after the chairperson left, several panel members said that the demand for the formation of such committees had been made in the last meeting itself.

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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        Home beneficiaries seek govt help for drought-hit

        Abhilash Botekar | Jan 3, 2019, 22:04 IST

        Nashik: Beneficiaries of various housing schemes including Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (rural and urban), Ramai Ambekdar Yojana and other such schemes from Nashik on Wednesday spoke to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, thanking him for the house and inviting him to visit their villages. They also sought help for villagers hit by drought. A labourer who was not allotted a house was not allowed to speak.

        As many as 30 beneficiaries from the across the district had gathered at the collectorate for the one-to-one interaction with the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, through video conferencing. About six of them were able to speak to the chief minister, who interacted with beneficiaries across the state.

        Dashrath Lokhande, a labourer from Sayyed Pimpri, who got a house and the payment of Rs 1.2 lakh for the construction, was happy that he got one after so many years of living in a small hut where the rain would trickle in through the roof.

        “This is a major help for my family,” he said, thanking the government. He also invited the chief minister to visit the village. “We have a stupa in our village where the ashes of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar were brought two years after his demise. I have invited the chief minister for a visit to my village. I would be proud to host him,” Lokhande said.

        Similarly, Rajjak Sayyed, resident of Datli village of Sinnar taluka was also delighted to have a house under the scheme. “The government scheme of housing for all was indeed a major assistance to my family of five. I would not have even dreamt of it,” Sayyed said. He invited the chief minister to his village to understand the issues of Sinnar taluka, which has been facing drought for several years. Sayyed, who has one acre of land, is a farmer.

        Chhaya Jagdale, a labourer from Manmad Nagar Parishad was also happy to have been selected. He got a home under the government scheme at Manmad town.

        Labourer Ramesh Bhagat, however, was not allowed to speak to the chief minister over video conferencing. Bhagat, a resident of Naigaon village, had neither farm nor income and could not find his name in the Socio-Economic Caste Census announced in the year 2011. He has been applying for a house since 2015.

        “On January 1, I went to meet the chief minister in Mantralay. I was directed to visit collectorate on Wednesday and attend the conference and make my statement there during the video conference. Here they didn’t allow me to speak at all,” Bhagat said.

        Collector Radhakrishnan B said Bhagat was the beneficiary of the ‘D format’ in which all the people who were not included in the lists earlier were included. “This list includes about 30,000 odd beneficiaries. They will be given housing. But that will take time,” the Collector said.

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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Developers meet Game over Auto DCR

          Sumita Sarkar | Jan 3, 2019, 22:04 IST

          Nashik: Developers and architects met municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game on Tuesday evening to get their doubts on Auto DCR, the online system to grant clearance to development and building proposals, clarified.

          Game had a meeting with the agency that created the online system on Monday evening. Developers and architects wanted to clarify their doubts on various issues related to development and building plans that are prepared on Autocad. After the meeting, they heaved a sigh of relief as most of their doubts were cleared.

          President of Credai (Nashik Metro) Umesh Wankhede and other prominent personalities from the field such as Ravi Mahajan, Pradeep Kale, Vijay Sanap, Yogesh Mahajan, Yogesh Kasar-Patil, Hrishikesh Pawar, Sunil Gawande, Hemant Dugad and town planning officials were present for the meeting.

          “Maximum cases have been disposed of through Auto DCR. Also, one-time shortfall for drawing and document submission is a big relief for them. They had to pay Rs 5,000 again as scrutiny fee if the proposals were rejected,” said an NMC official.

          He said that by January 5, more issues will be cleared in the Auto DCR. “Overall, it was a positive approach on behalf of the developers and officials,” he said.

          A workshop by the agency is scheduled for architects, engineers, developers this month-end. By February 1, cases to be approved through hardship premium will be made operational, officials said.

          Already, two representatives have been made available daily since from December 2018 in the Nashik Municipal Corporation to resolve issues.

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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            Property tax notices face heat from opposition

            TNN | Updated: Jan 6, 2019, 12:10 IST

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            NASHIK: The resolution for not issuing the property tax bills to owners has not gone well with the opposition, despite 4-hour long discussion on the issue in the last general body meeting.

            As per the resolution, the survey done should be scrutinised. Only after eliminating the drawbacks, the notices should be issued. Congress has accused the ruling BJP of accepting that the notices are correct, accusing them of taking a U-turn on the issue.

            “We drew attention motion on the exorbitant tax hike twice. In the last general body meeting, five of us had given a letter to asking the civic body to stop sending property tax bills to the owners. We had told that the survey was wrong. If the notices/bills are not stopped then the owner will have to pay the bill first and then appeal for it,” said Congress corporator and group leader of the party, Shahu Khaire.

            He said that the discussion went on for more than four hours, but the resolution was “just four-line long”.

            He said, “After the discussion, it was decided that the notices were illegal and the ruling was given in this regard. But, the resolution reads, ‘scrutinise the survey and after eliminating the drawbacks send notices’. It means that the ruling party accepts that the notices are correct.”

            The ruling BJP, however, chose to keep silent over the issue. “We have said that the aspects of the survey will be scrutinised and then bills will be issued,” said a senior BJP leader, refusing to give further explanation.

            Meanwhile, the civic administration said that the notices are being sent to property owners and if they had objections to it they could file applications of their grievances.

            ‘Transport panel should include all parties’

            Congress corporator Shahu Khaire have objected to the exclusion of opposition parties, apart from Shiv Sena, in the transport committee that will oversee the functioning of the city bus service.

            From the opposition party only Shiv Sena has been included. “Like smart cityproject, group leaders of all parties should have been involved. But, two members of one opposition party have been made directors. All parties should be given importance,” he said.

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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Civic body taking steps to improve cleanliness score

              Sumita Sarkar | Jan 7, 2019, 22:27 IST

              Nashik: In view of Swachh Survekshan 2019, the civic body has stepped up its cleanliness and awareness drives in the city. The central team will visit the city for spot inspection before January 31.

              The municipal commissioner has asked the health department and the Godavari conservation cell to carry out the cleanliness drive. Due to stagnant water there is growth of algae in the river and its tributaries. These will be cleared in a day or two.

              The Union housing and urban affairs ministry on January 4 kick-started the fourth edition of Swachh Survekshan, to assess cities of India on their swachh quotient. The survey will continue till January 31 and the results of which will be collated and announced in March this year.

              The administration has also appealed to citizens to help the city score well by participating in the online survey by the Union ministry of housing and urban development started. Sanitation employees are creating awareness among the public about the survey and importance of keeping the city clean. Cleanliness drives are being carried out in all public places such as bus stands and railway stations, road dividers and gardens. This year the NMC is emphasising more on awareness drives. The administration has put up 40 hoardings and 350 boards for creating awareness, besides printing 14,000 stickers and 1.25 lakh leaflets. Awareness is also being created through loudspeakers.

              “Our employees are going from door to door to create awareness. They also conduct awareness drives at commercial areas, malls, theatres, etc. Even on Sunday, these drives were carried out,” said health officer Sachin Hiray.

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                Nashik Municipal Corporation receives over 2,000 proposals for wider roads

                Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Jan 12, 2019, 11:25 IST

                NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has received 2,008 proposalsfor widening of roads from 6-7.5 metre to 9 metre. Among these, the process of 7/12 extract has been completed for 250 places and the NMC has its possession.

                A special policy was formed to regularise cupboard spaces across the city. This will be done by widening the roads to 9 meters, for which developers will have to make space. But, old buildings are unable to give additional space for widening of roads and hence are unable to avail this scheme. NMC fears that most of the proposals may not materialise as there is very less front margin space in most of the locations.

                There are more than 6,000 buildings that could not get completion certificates, mainly due to cupboard space violations. In 2016, the erstwhile civic chief Praveen Gedam noticed that developers had sold the free floor space index related to cupboard space. He had given directions that to regularise these through hardship premium.

                “Developers were ready to pay, but there was no FSI remaining. For increasing FSI, it was important to widen roads. But, maximum buildings in the city have left only 6m and 7.5m wide roads. Transfer of developmental rights and premium has been discontinued for such buildings, resulting in discontinuation of additional FSI as well. The solution then was to increase the road width to 9m and increase the FSI. The proposal was approved by the standing committee during Tukaram Mundhe’s time,” said an NMC official.

                He added that there was problem in this solution as well. As no space was available in most of the cases, because of unavailability of the front margin space due to haphazard construction of buildings on small roads. “Under such circumstances, it would be difficult to regularise cupboard space violations, but not impossible. We have received more than 2,000 applications. Out of these, NMC already got 7/12 extract for 250 places and the widening work can be started at these places. There are 7-8 months yet to apply for road widening and we are expecting to more proposals,” said the officer.


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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  Civic body raises rent of properties as per RR rate

                  Sumita Sarkar | Jan 12, 2019, 21:41 IST

                  The NMC sealed the Jyotikalash Hall, which was being run by Lokhitwadi Mandal, for not paying the revised rent

                  Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to increase the rent of its properties as per 2.5% of the ready reckoner (RR) rate and seal those where commercial activities are being conducted.

                  The civic administration has already started the process of sealing the properties that have been given on rent at nominal rates for charity purposes, but commercial activities are being conducted.

                  It has also started sealing properties where agreement between the organisation and NMC has not been renewed. The estate department of the NMC has directed divisional officers to take action against all such organisations and not just cultural organisations or those managing libraries.

                  Following this development, late Kavi Kusumagraj-initiated Lokhitvadi Mandal’s Jyotikalash Hall where budding artists are trained has been sealed.

                  “The NMC has a total of 903 properties and most of them have been given to various organisations on rent at nominal rates. In some cases agreements have not been made or renewed. Documents are also not available with regard to these cases and these properties are also being used for commercial purposes. The properties have been given on rent for charitable purposes,” an NMC official said.

                  In 2016, the then civic chief Praveen Gedam had initiated survey and inspection of these properties and had also floated the idea of charging the rent as per RR rate. During Tukaram Mundhe’s period sealing of properties had begun and after a brief halt it has begun again.

                  Even NMC school buildings will be rented out as the RR rate. Last year, 127 primary schools were reduced to 90 and the education department handed over 11 buildings to the estate department. Many educational institutes including Savitribai Phule Pune University have shown interest in these buildings and are ready to pay the revised rent.

                  A proposal was tabled at the standing committee to rent out NMC’s buildings to private organisations and the right to decide the rental period with the commissioner. The commissioner has the right to fix the rental period for a year. Beyond that, the standing committee has the authority to fix the rental period.

                  The standing committee has now forwarded the proposal to the general body and a decision on this will be finalised in the upcoming meeting.

                  West division officer Nitin Ner said, “As per NMC’s policy, we sent notices to all the organisations that do not have agreement to pay the revised rent. Most of the organisations told us that it was not mentioned in the agreement. But when we asked them to furnish the agreement copy they could not show the clause.”

                  Meanwhile, Lokhitvadi Mandal has raised objection against the move. Jayprakash Jategaonkar, chairperson of the organisation, denied charging anything for training.

                  “If anyone gives us donation, we give them proper receipt. We train children for free and pay the rent to NMC, including the water and electricity bills,” he said.

                  “They sent us a letter in July 2016. Accordingly, we provided all the necessary documents including the copy of agreement to the NMC,” Jategaonkar said.


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                    Nashik: Smart Road first phase to be completed this month-end

                    Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Jan 14, 2019, 23:16 IST

                    NASHIK: The first phase of the 1.1 km Smart Road, a pilot project, from Ashok Stambh to Modak Point (Trimbakeshwar Naka) that started last June will be completed this month-end.

                    This road is expected to be replicated elsewhere as model road. It was expected to be completed in October 2018. But has been inordinately delayed causing lot of traffic chaos and inconvenience to people.

                    The Smart Road includes a one-metre wide cycle tracks on both sides of the road, pedestrian crossing, junction development, CCTV, smart pole, smart signal etc for this road, pedestrian walkways on both sides, seating arrangement for senior citizens on the walkways, kiosks providing information on important places of the city, CCTV cameras, underground electric cables etc are in the plan.

                    The district collectorate, district court, central bus stand, educational institutes, commercial complexes, shops, hotels/restaurants and many other establishments are located on this road. During rainy season it used to be an ordeal for commuters, students, business persons and others. Recently, Nashik Municipal Corporation administration gave a presentation of smart city projects along with their status to guardian minister Girish Mahajan who directed smart city officials to complete the first phase by January-end.

                    “Smart City officials have committed that they would complete the first phase by this month-end. It has been delayed a lot and people are facing inconvenience,” said an NMC officer.

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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      Artificial intelligence system at Indiranagar underpass

                      TNN | Updated: Jan 21, 2019, 12:40 IST

                      The Indiranagar underpass is notorious for rampant wrong-side driving

                      NASHIK: The Indiranagar underpass is notorious for rampant wrong-side driving. But a new system of smart cameras inside the underpass promises to eliminate the problem.

                      It’s a simple setup: the cameras snap photos of motorists entering the underpass from the wrong side and then automatically forwards the images to city police for further action. The system, which uses artificial intelligence, is under construction and will be inaugurated on January 26.

                      Many motorists coming from Govindnagar frequently enter the underpass, which is a traffic violation as per a city police notification. The cameras, authorities said, will help police detect such violations even when there are no traffic personnel deployed at the site. Currently, personnel from the traffic department control traffic near the underpass from early morning until late evening.

                      Motorists from Indiranagar side can use the underpass to move towards Govindnagar, but traffic from the opposite side has been banned. Instead, motorists from Govindnagar have been asked to drive a couple of hundred meters ahead until they can take a U-turn towards Indiranagar.

                      Mahendra Ekbote of Appcraftz, a software development company, said: “We have set up four to five cameras inside the underpass. The system has a siren that first warns motorists that they are approaching the underpass from the wrong side. If they ignore the alarm and continue into the underpass, the cameras inside will proceed to take their photos. The photos, with the registration number of the vehicle clearly showing, will be sent to a police server. The traffic department will then initiate the necessary legal action.”

                      Lighting inside the underpass will also be improved to ensure photos of the vehicles are clear.

                      Senior police officials added they were confident the new system will be effective. The Indianagar underpass has been a congestion point ever the since roadworks to widen the Mumbai-Agra stretch – passing through Nashik city – were completed in 2013. Traffic from two wide roads on its East and West meet within the structure.

                      The police had also attempted to shut the underpass because of numerous accidents at the site. But it was reopened again following huge public protests. A plan to install a signal ahead of the structure never materialized.


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