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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    Online survey on cleanliness gets poor response

    Jan 21, 2019, 22:03 IST

    Nashik: With nine days remaining for the online survey in the Swacch Survekshan 2019 to culminate, the civic body has appealed to the citizens to participate in the survey, the details of which are available in the website of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs.

    One of the important components of Swachh Survekshan is getting citizens’ feedback on the progress made by cities in achieving cleanliness.

    “Only 622 Nashikites have participated in the survey. The figures are paltry considering the population of the city,” said Mahesh Bachchhav, administrative officer of the NMC.

    The participation of residents of Deolali Cantonment Board is also pathetic as only one person has given his feedback.

    Malegaon town has a better participation with 990 citizens giving feedback about Malegaon Municipal Corporation.

    So far, Pune is leading in the state with 3,397 responses from local residents, while Kolhapur has registered participation of over 3,304 citizens.

    The citizens can participate in the survey by logging on to the website The citizens can also call the toll-free number 1969 to register their feedback.

    “There is no point in blaming the civic body alone for not being ranked among the top clean cities if they are not going to shoulder their responsibilities. Here they just have to take part and register their vote – good or ugly, but even that is not happening,” Prakash Chaudhary, a resident of Ambad said.

    Working woman Neeta Patil said, “I was unaware of the survey, though I find the city much cleaner than a year before. The streets are being cleaned and the waste is being segregated at source.”

    The NMC is taking measures to make people aware about the survey through the sanitation employees by way of stickers, placards, boards, etc.

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    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

      Shoddy smart road work disrupts power supply

      Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Jan 24, 2019, 10:03 IST

      Localities between Ashok Stambh and Trimbak Nala have plunged into darkness thrice in the last one month. (File photo)

      NASHIK: The disconnect between the state power utility and civic administration has left some residents between Ashok Stambh to Trimbak Naka in the dark, literally.

      Localities in the area have plunged into darkness thrice in past one month. The ongoing work to create the city’s maiden Smart Road on this stretch damaged the underground power cables of the Maharashtra State Electricity Supply Company Ltd (MSEDCL).

      The cables were damaged and power supply to the local residents disturbed in different spots along that road. The power utility has decided to take up the issue with the Nashik Municipal Corporation.

      “We are in the process of writing to the civic body to direct the contractors concerned to be extra vigilant while digging the roads so that the underground cables are not damaged. It leads to disruption of the power supply in the locality,” MSEDCL sources said.

      MSEDCL officials said that in the first two instances of disruptions, the power utility officials were able to undertake repairs and restore the supply within a couple of hours. In the third instance, the damage resulted in disruption of power for a long time. A commercial tower and residential building at Ashok Stambh remained without power for nearly 15 hours.

      The commercial tower at Ashok Stambh houses a private bank and other commercial establishments. The nearby residential building gets power from a common transformer and was forced to stay without power supply from Monday night till late Tuesday afternoon.

      Sanjay Patil, one of the business owners in the building, said that the power suddenly snapped on Monday night. “Only our area was in dark. We contacted the MSEDCL officers. They came here and then said that the things could be repaired only the next day,” Patil said.

      MSEDCL officials said that the power cable had been severely damaged by an earthmover. It was difficult to reinstate the punctured cable in the night and hence, they carried out the work the next morning. The repair work was time consuming.

      Officials said that they would be apprising the officers of the issues faced by the residents and at the same time request for better coordination between the agencies so that such incidents are not repeated, the officer added.

      Once the work on stretch from Ashok Stambh to Trimbak Naka is completed, the work on the stretch from Trimbak Naka to Ashok Stambh will be done. “It is likely that the same spots will face problems again during the next set of works. Better coordination will ensure lesser hassles to the agencies as well as the consumers,” the MSEDCL official said.

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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        Central team of four officials arrives for cleanliness survey

        Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Jan 24, 2019, 10:06 IST

        The team is carrying out random inspections of various spots and will also be speaking to local residents. (File photo)

        NASHIK: The team appointed by Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has been surveying the city for Swachh Survekshan 2019 since Tuesday.

        The civic administration said that the team of four is carrying out random inspections of various spots and will also be speaking to local residents for their feedback. The team will not be interacting with the civic administration and will submit their report directly to the Centre.

        “We have not been contacted by the team. Even last year, they did not contact us. They move around in the city on their own and also speak with people about cleanliness in the city,” said an NMC official.

        They are expected to be in the city for two more days. “The team is given locations through global positioning system from Delhi and they visit those locations. After they visit the spot, they send their feedback and observations online along with the photos immediately to Delhi. We have no say in all this,” the official said.

        He said that the civic administration has been taking every effort to keep the city and the rivers clean. However, citizens’ participation had a poor show; only 622 persons responded to the online survey. Last year also, the city lost out because of poor participation from public.

        “People’s participation has lot of weightage. Feedback from citizens carries weightage of 35% and plays crucial role in deciding the ranking of cities. In all other aspects, we have left no stone unturned in keeping the city clean,” said the official.

        Out of the total 5,000 marks, 1,250 are for direct observation, 1,250 for citizens’ feedback, 1,250 for service level progress and 1,250 for certification. After the survey is completed, the data of all the cities is compiled and the 4,237 urban local bodies are ranked.

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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Solar panels to be set up on all Nashik Municipal Corporation buildings

          Sumita Sarkar

          Edited | Siddharth

          | TNN | Jan 24, 2019, 10:06 IST

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          NASHIK: Soon, all the buildings of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) will have solar rooftop panels that will save on energy bills.

          Work order for the solar rooftop panels under the smart city mission has been given to the private agency M/s Sangam Advisor Ltd. The project will be managed on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis for 25 years. “The solar rooftop panel project will be done on a PPP basis. The company will be responsible for repair and maintenance of the solar panels for 25 years,” said an NMC official.

          “The power generated through these solar panels will be given to the MSEDCL through net metering. We will be getting a subsidy. Hence, an agreement for power purchase will be done with the company and the NMC. A SPV has to be formed by the company as per the terms and conditions of the tender for making an agreement with the NMC for the power purchase,” said the official.

          As per the tender process, the cost of electricity per unit is Rs4.59. As per the Shop Act 2013, M/s Sangam Advisor has established an SPV, Vasang Solar Van Pvt Ltd. There are a total of 16 NMC buildings where the rooftop solar panels will be installed.

          “We will be able to save around Rs1 crore per year on power supply bills. This is a significant amount. The cash-strapped NMC will get some respite thanks to the solar rooftop panels,” said the official.

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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            Over 11,000 tribals in dist get access to land under FRA

            Abhilash Botekar | Jan 25, 2019, 22:09 IST

            Nashik: A total of 11,947 tribals were given land titles by the district administration at a programme organised at Surgana taluka on Friday under the provisions of Forest Rights Act.

            Farmers from various parts of the district, including Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri, Surgana, Peth, Baglan, Nandgaon, Kalwan, among others, had gathered for the programme organised to hand over the land to those have been tilling the forest lands for over four to eight decades.

            “We reviewed and sanctioned 11,947 applications for the tribals that mean they now have their own land which they can rightfully plough and reap the benefits. They will no more have to fear the forest department or anyone else as the land will now bear their name,” district collector Radhakrishnan B said.

            It should be noted that thousands of tribals had marched to the Mantralay in March, 2018 to demand the clearing of the FRA applications and appeals at the earliest. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had assured the tribals of expediting the matter and instructed the district administration to speed up the process.

            “Five people were presented the title of the land through the programme held today. Rest of the tribals will be given the same through respective taluka headquarters,” the collector said.

            According to senior officials, people whose applications have been rejected also stand a chance to get the land parcel – termed as ‘Van Patta’ in their names.

            “First is that we have asked them to put up their case again with the respective committee. Similarly, the ones who have got lesser land in their names have also been asked to put up their requests. The committee will take up the issue and using the some satellite images before the year 2005, when the FRA came into existence, the land measurement will be carried out and the land title will be released or revised,” the official said.

            The Forest Rights Committee received as many as 50,443 applications from the tribals from eight tribal talukas — Nashik, Peth, Surgana, Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri, Kalwan, Dindori and Baglan. Of these 49,769 applications were forwarded to the sub-divisional-level-committee. The district committee then approved 17,551 applications.

            After the decision, 19,606 fresh appeals were filed by the individuals and administration also registered 11,928 appeals on its own (suo moto) — totaling to 31,534. Of these 11,947 applications got district administration’s approval.


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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Property owners in Nashik need not pay 'high' tax bills immediately

              Officials said they have stopped despatching bills to property owners following the general body’s decision on the issue.Sumita Sarkar | January 26, 2019, 15:00 IST

              NASHIK: The civic administration made it clear to the standing committee on Friday that property owners who think that their tax bills are inflated need not pay the bill now but they have to file an objection on the issue.

              The property tax department will conduct a hearing of the objections and after verifying the appeal the tax amount would be finalised, which the property owners will have to pay. Officials said they have stopped despatching bills to property owners following the general body’s decision on the issue.

              Though the topic was not in the list for discussion, the standing committee members wanted to know the fate of the allegedly exorbitant tax .

              Corporators Santosh Salve, Mushir Sayyed, Pravin Tidme, Bhagwat Aarote and others asked why tax notices were being issued as per the increased rate when the general body had cancelled the resolution. They demanded immediate respite before the elections.

              Doiphode said, “Notices were sent to 49,000 new properties. The objections can be filed within 21 days of getting the notice. We have received 17,000 objections till date. Unless verification is done we will not collect tax from people. The notices were sent before the general body’s decision.”

              He said they have sought advice from town planning and legal departments and that in two days town planning department will respond to them. “In 8 to 10 days decision on technical aspects will be taken.”

              TDR probe:

              Committee members also asked about the inquiry committee on transfer of developmental rights and if action would be initiated against district collector B Radhakrishnan for signing on cheque of Rs 21 crore for compensating landowner of survey number 705.

              Chief auditor Mahesh Bacchav said, “A decision can be taken after inquiry is done and preliminary report is submitted on the process of giving the compensation. If the process is wrong then action will be taken on the guilty.”

              Chairperson Himgauri Aher-Adke approved both land acquisition proposals for road widening despite some opposition.

              Licence to sell meat:

              The standing committee cleared the administrations proposal for issuing licences to shop keepers for selling meat, fish and poultry by charging nominal fees, despite opposition from many corporators. They said it would encourage roadside selling of meat.

              “If there is no rule then open markets will thrive. The licences will be issued to shop owners to prevent sale in open,” said municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game.


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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                MIDC to start land allotment in Dindori industrial estate soon

                Tushar Pawar | Jan 25, 2019, 22:08 IST

                Nashik: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) on Friday said the land allotment for new industrial estate at Talegaon-Akrale in Dindori will begin online within a week.

                This development assumes significance as there is no land available in the district for new industries owing to which no new large industrial investment came to Nashik in the past decade.

                The new industrial estate, which is 18-km away from the city, is spread on 550 acre of land. Industries had been demanding for the past two years to start land allotment there.

                “The land allotment for the new industrial estate at Talegaon-Akrale in Dindori taluka will begin online within a week. Earlier, land was a major issue for growth of industrial sector. But opening of this new industrial estate will provided much needed boost to the industrial sector of Nashik,” Abhishek Krishna, joint CEO of MIDC, said.

                Krishna was in Nashik on Friday for a meeting with industrialists to inform them about the initiatives being taken by the MIDC for the industries.

                During the meeting, industrialists urged him to reduce the rates of industrial plots at Dindori and informed that the rate quoted by the MIDC for this new industrial estate is high.

                Replying to the land rate issue, Krishna said, “The MIDC has quoted a rate of Rs3,000 per sqmt for industrial plots at Talegaon-Akrale. The rates are low as compared to the rates in the city. The rates of industrial plots in other states like Rajasthan are two to three times higher as compared to Maharashtra.”

                Krishna also said that the MIDC is in the process of acquisition of land at Sinnar and it is expected to be completed within the next four-five months.

                “We are also reducing the rates of industrial plots for the second phase at Sayane in Malegaon. We are also developing new industrial estate at Ajang, which is expected to be ready within the next six months. These new industrial estates will meet the land requirement of industries to some extent,” said Krishna.


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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  PWD constructs 11-km green road at Kalwan

                  Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Jan 29, 2019, 11:57 IST

                  PWD constructs 11-km green road at Kalwan

                  NASHIK: The Nashik unit of public works department (PWD) has completed the 11-km-road in Kalwan taluka of Nashik district by using new technology that cuts down construction time of road, the dependency on metal required for the base and increases it durability.

                  “This road is termed as green road as it recycles the material in the site and using the base sealing technology with the help of a liquid it turns the soil hard such that it can withstand sufficient loads required by the kind of traffic witnessed by the state highways,” superintendent engineer of PWD (Nashik) Ranjeet Hande said.

                  This is the first-of-its-kind green technology that is being used in the construction of road by the PWD in the state. “The conventional process of road construction is lengthy when compared to the duration required by this new system. At the same time this construction cuts down on the use metal that comes at the cost of digging up the mountains,” the official said.

                  Explaining the technique, the officer said the activity was completely mechanized, requiring minimum labour.

                  While the first truck sprayed cement particles on the road (soil) to be constructed, the digger and mixer machine dug up the soil and thoroughly mixed it with concrete and a fluid that creates a strong binding material.

                  After this, the compacting machine takes charge of the road. This is followed by water sprinkler machine before the road is compacted couple of times. After almost 24 hours of compacting and watering, final coat of asphalt is spread on the road.

                  “As against the conventional system of construction of the road in over 45 days – that required digging, watering, compacting, using metal, again compacting and carrying out other things. The machine constructs and clears the road for traffic in little over 48 hours,” the official said.

                  He further pointed out that the strength of the road is higher than those constructed by conventional method and grows up to 80 times stronger as the binding gets older.

                  “This is base-seal technology which gives a very hard surface on which the carpet (asphalt) is spread. The technology is termed green as it uses everything available in the area except for the concrete and the fluid which is required to be mixed with the soil,” the official said.

                  He added that the constructed road has now been opened for traffic and is being monitored thoroughly for some period to find out the results of using the technology.

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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    Smart city corporation staring at additional burden of Rs 160 crore

                    Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Feb 2, 2019, 10:24 IST

                    The stretch from Ashok Stambh to Trimbak Naka is being developed as a smart road. (File photo)

                    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (NMSCDCL) is in financial straits as besides facing a deficit of Rs 144 crore, the cost of two tenders has significantly increased, taking the total financial burden of the corporation to more than Rs 300 crore.

                    Chairman of NMSCDCL Sitaram Kunte told reporters on Friday that the smart city officials were trying to find out solutions to overcome the deficit and exploring alternatives to meet the cost escalation.

                    Kunte was in the city for a review meeting of the smart city projects, more importantly to get details of certain projects ahead of the board meeting that will be held soon.

                    Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game, Nashik Smart City Corporation's chief executive officer Prakash Thavil, officials of Nashik Municipal Corporation(NMC) and the Smart City cell were present for the deliberation.

                    "There are two tenders which had to be discussed-area based development (ABD) project and Godavari Riverfront project. For ABD project, the contractor quoted 60% more than the tender cost. The contractor for Godavari Riverfront development has quoted 38% more than the tender cost. We discussed many technical points in these tenders," said Kunte adding that they were analysing why the cost was more than that mentioned in the tender.

                    "We have not finalised anything. We need more details for arriving at a solution. We are analysing for which items has the bidder quoted a higher price and if their calculations are wrong. We had estimated the costs as per district schedule rates (DSR). We took quotation for items that are not on DSR. We are seeking the contractor's opinion," said Kunte.

                    Talking about the financial hitches, the chairman of the smart city corporation said, "The total cost of smart city project is Rs 1084 crore. Funding from the central and state governments is to the tune of Rs 940 crore. We have a deficit of Rs 144 crore. Due to higher bid for the two projects, the cost of the tenders increased by Rs 160 crore. Overall, there is a cost escalation than what we had estimated."

                    "We are discussing ways of how to overcome the deficit. In some cities, bonds of municipal corporations have been opened for smart city projects. We have to study the bond rating of Nashik. We are also exploring the possibility of getting funds from NMC. The municipal commissioner has to see if surplus funds are there for smart city projects," said Kunte adding that they would invite tenders again for the two projects only if there was a need.

                    He also reviewed the town planning scheme of the Greenfield development project and the Smart Road. "We are trying to replicate successful models of town planning scheme. Town planners of smart city are finding solutions. We may settle for negotiations with farmers," said Kunte.

                    Talking about the smart road project, he said that the contractor was not being monitored properly by the officials.

                    "Notices are being served to the contractor for delaying the works of the smart road. Fines will also be imposed. For the second phase of the road, a daily programme will be given to him so that it gets completed by March 31. We want to complete it before the elections as the district collector's office falls on the smart road," Kunte added.


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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      MSEDCL gets Rs 1 crore for laying underground cable along smart road

                      Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Feb 2, 2019, 10:26 IST

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                      NASHIK: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has received Rs1.10 crore for laying underground cable for the smart city project being carried out across the city.

                      The work of laying underground cable from Ashok Stambh to Trimbak Naka will be carried out as part of the smart city project after the state power utility got funds through Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS).

                      "The MSEDCL has proposed underground cable system across the city, but since it is a costly affair and the company does not have cash, it will take long time before the underground network system is in place. However we are now getting the system in place as part of the smart city project," an MSEDCL official said.

                      The road from Ashok Stambh to Trimbak Naka has been dug up and the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is carrying out the work related to the smart city project in the area.

                      "The MSEDCL had planned for the underground cable network, but no work had begun. Now, since the NMC is relaying the road, we have decided to the use the opportunity to carry out the work," the official said.

                      The NMC has made trenches along the road for utilities that could be power cables, the telecommunication cables, among others. The work for the construction of the trench in the section is being carried out.

                      The first leg of the construction of trenches - from Meher Signal to CBS - is being carried out. "We will undertake the work as soon as the NMC allows us to do so. The power cables on the entire road will be shifted underground once the work is completed," the official said.

                      It should be noted that that power cables were snapped when the excavation work for the construction of the road had begun. The commercial establishment and the residential building were without electricity for around 13 hours, before the problem was rectified.


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