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- 13 shops with Rs 30L rent dues seized in Nashik Rd division
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Jul 23, 2020, 04:35 IST
Nashik: The civic body has seized 13 more shops (galas) located in commercial complexes in the Nashik Road division as their operators defaulted on payment of collective rent to the tune of Rs 30 lakh, despited reminders and warnings.
This is the second time the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has taken action against the defaulters. A few days ago, 11 shops in the Satpur division were seized for defaulting on Rs 25 lakh towards rent.
The NMC had set a 14-day ultimatum for clearing the dues to avoid legal action.
“First we issued show-cause notices followed by final notices to the defaulters, but there were no replies. Now, we have issued a public notice, giving them the last opportunity to pay the rent dues within 14 days,” said a civic official.
After Satpur and Nashik Road division, the civic body plans to take similar action against defaulters in the other four divisions — Nashik East, Nashik West, Panchavati and Cidco.
The NMC owns 1,905 shops in commercial complexes and shopping centres across its six divisions and has given them on lease. The shops are rented out as per the ready reckoner (RR) rent while agreements are renewed once in three years.
- Structural audit must for buildings older than 30 years in Nashik The decision to this effect was taken following incidents of old wadas collapsing across the city in the last one year. Last year, over a dozen old wadas had collapsed during monsoon.
Updated: August 03, 2020, 12:59 IST
NASHIK: The civic administration has made structural audit mandatory for buildings over 30 years old and warned that those who fail to do the needful will be slapped a fine of Rs 25,000.
The decision to this effect was taken following incidents of old wadas collapsing across the city in the last one year. Last year, over a dozen old wadas had collapsed during monsoon.
The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) had warned the occupants to vacate wadas but their appeal fell on deaf ears. This year too, an old wada collapsed last month in which one youth was killed and two others were injured.
The civic body has appointed three agencies in the city to conduct structural audits. The owners of the buildings will have to get the structural audit done from the agency appointed by the NMC.
The structural engineers of the agencies certified by the municipal corporation will inspect the buildings and will give certificates about the status of the building on whether it is fit for occupation or not.
Moreover, the agency will also suggest the works that need to be carried to repair the old structures. Once the necessary works are carried out, the agency will submit a certificate stating that the structure is in a good condition to the divisional office of the municipal corporation. The owners of the old buildings will have to pay the service charges of Rs 23 per sq metre or at least Rs 5,000 each.
The structure of the old buildings which are unsafe or dangerous will have to be removed by the owners on their own.
The NMC has already identified 1,032 old and unsafe buildings in the city and served notices to the owners.
- Pune-Nashik corridor nod soon: Ajit Pawar
Joy Sengupta | TNN | Aug 5, 2020, 14:06 IST
PUNE: Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Tuesday said the cabinet would soon approve the Pune-Nashik semihigh speed corridor project to ensure that its work started as early as possible.
The ministry of railways approved the project last month. Pawar held a meeting to discuss the project with the authorities of the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MRIDC) on Tuesday. “A presentation on the project was made before Pawar as well the MLAs present,” a source in the MRIDC said.
The cost of the project has been pegged at Rs16,039 crore. The length of the corridor would be around 235.15km.
The travel time from Pune to Nashik would be an hour and 45 minutes once the semi-high speed corridor is ready. The MRIDC will be developing some high speed trains, which will ply on the corridor with regular trains. The high speed trains will initially have six coaches and run at a speed of 200kmph.
The corridor will pass through Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik, providing connectivity to industrial zones such as Alandi, Chakan, Khed, Manchar and Narayangaon, among others.
- Real estate sector gets installment option from NMC
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 13, 2020, 15:06 IST
NASHIK: The ailing real estate sector has been provided with a relief by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) towards payment of development and premium additional premium Floor Space Index (FSI) charges in three installments.
The civic body has taken this initiative following drop in revenue through various taxes from the town planning department during the first four months of the current financial year due to Covid-19 outbreak.
Earlier, the builders had to pay the money for development and for additional premium FSI charges while submitting the building plans. “But now we have decided to give them the option of paying the money in three installments,” a civic official said.
The standing committee of the NMC has also given its approval to the proposal. Accordingly, builders will have to pay 30% of the charges while submission of the building plan, 40% after completion of the plinth and remaining 30% while obtaining building completion certificates (BCC).
The town planning department of the civic body earns revenue through various taxes like building permission fees, lay-out fees, hardship premiums, development charges and fees through unauthorized constructions like closure of balcony, plinth settlement, among others. Around 60% of the total revenue comes from development and additional premium FSI charges.
The NMC has collected around Rs 37 crore till August 10 in current financial year 2020-21 through various taxes of town planning department.
- Residential buildings ground zero now
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Aug 14, 2020, 04:48 IST
Nashik: The trend of Covid-19 cases has changed in Nashik city from slums to residential buildings. All the 1,255 active containment zones in the city as on Thursday are residential buildings.
The numbers of active containment zones has doubled in just a week, from 635 by August to 1,255 on Thursday. These 1,255 buildings in the city have 3,238 active patients.
Since the pandemic was announced, as many as 2,783 containment areas were drawn in the city. Of these, 1,528 have been released after the patients recovered and no new cases were reported.
Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials said that Covid-19 spread in the slum pockets of Phule Nagar, Ram Nagar, Datta Nagar has been brought under control through increased tracing, testing and treatment of the patients.
The slums areas are under control due to various measures taken to curb the Covid-19 spread. The trend has now changed. The patients are now coming from residential buildings, societies or apartments, said NMC commissioner Radhakrishna Game.
He added that much like in the slums, the administration has increased training and testing in residential areas. We are also conducting antigen tests in the affected buildings for early detection and providing immediate treatment to the patients, said Game.
Samir Chandratre, president of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Nashik, said some people are not taking Covid-19 seriously and not following safety protocols.
They should wear face masks and maintain physical distancing, but this is not happening. People should learn to take care of themselves and others too, he said.
The city has recorded 5,370 new positive cases during last 12 days, taking the tally from 9,441 cases on July 31 to 14,811 cases by August 12.
- Slow pace of road-widening work leads to minor accidents
Santosh Sonawane | TNN | Aug 30, 2020, 04:38 IST
Nashik: The Pune highway near Sinnar Phata has become slippery again due to the slow pace of road-widening work, which is leading to minor accidents on the highway, mainly bikers skidding on wet mud.
Police personnel at the Sinnar Phata police station, while admitting the road has become slippery, said people do not come to them if the accidents are minor.
However, too many minor accidents occur due to the slippery road. The shopkeepers along the highway complained that every time when it is raining, they see some bikers skidding off the road.
Vivek Adke, a shopkeeper along the highway, said, “We see bikers skidding off the road every year when it is raining. My father too had fallen from his bike a couple of years ago. While the entire Pune highway has been widened till Sinnar and further up to Pune, the stretch of 2.5 km had not been taken up for at least five years. Hence after the structures by the road were removed for road widening, the side shoulders of the road have nothing concrete on them.”
During monsoon, the wet soil on the side shoulders of the road are accumulated on the road due to continuous vehicular traffic and hence the surface become slippery.
Officials of the public works department’s (PWD) highway division said there were some problems in the past like tress on the sides of the roads which had to be removed or transplanted, then two years passed as a petition was filed against cutting the trees and later the contractor said he started facing shortage of funds.
However, officials of the highway division issued a strict notice to the contractor after which he has given the undertaking to complete the work at the earliest. Officials said the contractor has assured to finish the road widening work before March 2021.
- NMC slashes property tax collection goal to Rs 92 crore
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 4, 2020, 04:45 IST
NASHIK: The Nashik municipal corporation (NMC) has slashed its property tax collection target from Rs 150 crore to Rs 92 crore for the current financial year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The property tax collection of the NMC between April 1 and August 31 has declined by 18% despite tax concessions upto 5% for prompt tax payers.
The municipal corporation collected property tax amounting to Rs 52.20 crore by August 31 in the current financial year as against Rs 63.62 crore during the same period last year.
The civic body had decided to give 5% concession in property tax to those who pay annual property tax between April 1 and June 30 and 3% concession if paid by July 31. The NMC had announced 2% concession for those paying tax by August 31.
According to NMC officials, the civic body cannot take harsh action against defaulters in the current scenario. They said that some people have lost their jobs while many are facing pay cuts. Moreover, trade and businesses have also been affected due to Covid-19.
- No stamp duty for home buyers: Naredco
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 4, 2020, 04:46 IST
Nashik: The Nashik chapter of National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco) on Thursday announced that home buyers will not have to pay any stamp duty if they book an apartment in projects that are managed by any of its members.
The real estate body said that it has taken this decision in a bid to boost the realty sector in Nashik. Around 50 builders are members of Naredco and there are over 200 under construction residential projects in various locations across the city. “During lockdown, Naredco had urged the government that it would pay the remaining stamp duty if the government reduced the 3% stamp duty to boost the sector. Accordingly, we have decided to give relief to prospective home buyers from paying stamp duty. Naredco members will pay the stamp duties on behalf of the home buyers for houses booked till December 31,” Jayesh Thakkar, senior founder member of Naredco Nashik, said.
- Smart city proposes cycle track in Nashik
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 6, 2020, 11:29 IST
NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (NMSCDCL) has proposed a 13 km-long cycle track in the city on both sides of roads from Ashok Stambh to Papaya Nursery via Trimbak Naka on Trimbak Road.
The project has been undertaken with the aim of enabling people to use eco-friendly way of travelling to their destinations and thus making Nashik a cycle-friendly city.
We have initiated a survey of the route to check for the possibilities of developing the track between Trimbak Naka to Papaya Nursery on Trimbak Road of the city, said a smart city official.
Plans are also afoot to connect both Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) with cycle tracks so that workers can use cycles to reach the workplaces, said an official.
The NMSCDCL has already developed cycle tracks on both sides of roads on 1.1 km stretch of smart road between Ashok Stambh and Trimbak Naka.
Nashik smart city has participated in the India cycles for change challenge launched by the ministry of housing and urban affairs along with smart cities mission and the institute for transportation and development policy (ITDP) to support Indian cities to quickly implement cycling-friendly initiatives.
- Potholes at Dwarka jn throw traffic out of gear
Santosh Sonawane | TNN | Sep 7, 2020, 04:30 IST
Nashik: The pothole-riddled road at the Dwarka junction has been slowing down the vehicular traffic on the Mumbai-Agra highway over the past few days.
Police personnel responsible for streamlining traffic at this junction said they have informed their senior officers of the issues so that the matter can be taken up with the civic officials concerned.
The Dwarka junction on the Mumbai-Agra highway is one of the busiest junctions in the city. A large number of vehicles from the Mumbai side, the Dhule side, from Nashik city and Pune criss-cross at this junction all through the day.
Taking into account the frequent traffic snarls at this junction, the city police have already banned the movement of heavy vehicles here between 8 am and 10 am. These vehicles are diverted to other routes.
A couple of months ago, the city police had set in operation a traffic signal at this junction. For a brief while, it appeared that the perennial problem of the Dwarka junction had been resolved. However, the showers over the past two months have created potholes around this junction — again slowing down vehicular movement.
Though motorists are following the road signals, they get stuck in the middle of the junction where huge potholes have developed.
A traffic constable said when the vehicles slow down in the middle junction, chaos ensues. The police officers said they would be writing to the NMC and get the potholes filled immediately.
- Nullah encroachments rock civic body’s standing committee meet
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 9, 2020, 04:00 IST
Nashik: The standing committee meeting of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday witnessed a ruckus over encroachments on nullahs in the city.
The standing committee members accused the civic officials of not removing the encroachments despite their continuous demand over the past one-and-a-half years.
The NMC officials clarified that they had conducted the survey of 22 nullahs and the report is submitted to the special committee led by the additional municipal commissioner. The special committee will take a call on the issue in its meeting next week.
Chairman of the NMC standing committee Ganesh Gite directed the civic officials to look into the issue and remove the encroachments on city nullahs immediately. The issue came up during the video conference meeting of the standing committee on Tuesday.
Kalpana Pande, a standing committee member, accused the civic administration of ignoring the encroachments on some nullahs which has led to flood-like situations in several places. “Rainwater had entered houses in my ward in Cidco areas. The encroachments have mushroomed along the nullahs and this is causing flooding in residential areas. But the civic officials are not taking any call on the issue,” said Pande.
The civic officials had assured that the encroachments will be removed at the standing committee meeting two months ago following directives of the standing committee chairman. However, any action is yet to be taken, added Pande.
Sudhakar Badgujar and other members also raised the issue. They said illegal constructions on some of the nullahs may pose a serious danger.
An official from the town planning department said they have identified 22 nullahs and conducted the survey. The reports of the survey are to be submitted to the special committee led by the additional municipal commissioner Pravin Ashtikar. Ashtikar said he will conduct a meeting next week.
- Stamp duty reduction creates positive mood
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 11, 2020, 04:28 IST
Nashik: The state government’s decision to reduce the stamp duty and local body cess by 3% has created a positive mood in the realty sector as the number of enquiries have tripled in the past few days.
The two real estate bodies — Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai), Nashik and National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco) — have claimed that enquiries and site visits of prospective home buyers have increased in the city.
Nsahik chapter of Naredco has also announced a zero stamp duty scheme for the buyers, while Credai Nashik said that its members have not increased the rates in the past four years.
“Earlier, there was no demand for apartments during between April and June, but the state government’s decision of reducing the stamp duty to boost the realty sector is yielding positive results. The number of genuine enquiries and the site visits of prospective buyers have now increased three times in the past few days,” Credai Nashik president Ravi Mahajan said.
“We have kept the rates of apartments stable in the city for the past four years and it is a good opportunity for people to book their homes as they will save around Rs 1.5 lakh if they buy a 2BHK apartement,” Mahajan said.
“We are getting good number of enquiries for residential properties. We are expecting the enquires to increase further once the festive season begins,” Jayesh Thakkar, founder member of Naredco (Nashik chapter), said.
- NMC to float new bid for construction waste management
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 18, 2020, 04:56 IST
Nashik: The civic administration’s bid to appoint a private agency to collect and transport construction debris and recycle the waste has received poor response.
There have been many complaints against construction debris being disposed along the roadsides. Currently, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) does not have a proper system for disposal of construction and demolition waste.
Despite lagging behind in this aspect during the cleanliness survey, Nashik city bagged the 11th rank in the country and second in the state among the top clean cities under the Swachh Survekshan 2020.
NMC has plans to appoint an agency for collection, transportation, processing and management of construction and demolition waste on design, build, operate and transfer (DBOR) basis.
“We had invited bids last month and two agencies had submitted the bids. However, both the agencies could not fulfil the conditions of the bid. Hence, we are simplifying the bid conditions so that maximum agencies can participate in the bidding process,” said NMC officials.
“We are in the process of floating a fresh bid. The bid will be floated in a week or two,” added officials.
The NMC will provide the land where the contractor can recycle the construction, demolition waste. The construction waste, which is unusable and cannot be recycled, is to be placed at the dumping ground identified by the municipal corporation.
- 7 of 171 roads in Nashik’s Old City area taken up for devpt
Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 19, 2020, 04:46 IST
Nashik: The smart city development corporation has started developing seven of the 171 small and major roads spanning 36km in the Old City area as part of the area-based developement project.
The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (NMSCDCL) has set a deadline of 30 months to complete the project. A corpus of Rs 237.21 crore has been set aside for upgrading the overall infrastruture in the Old City area. Development of select roads in the gaothan areas, construction of footpaths, utility conduits, street furniture, traffic signages, street landscaping works, junction improvement and creation of smart bus stops are some of the key elements of the project.
The NMSCDCL had given the work order to the contractor in September last year. The project came to a grinding halt after the imposition of the lockdown.
CEO of NMSCDCL Prakash Thavil said, “We started the work of developing major and minor roads in the Old City area with 20% manpower immediately after the lockdown norms were relaxed. We are planning to complete the project on time.”
“The roads that are being developed will be equipped with water supply lines, sewage lines, storm drainage lines along with cable ducts so that there will be no need to break the roads in future. The longevity of these roads will be 50 years,” said Thavil.