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    Yeola foresters may reward your efforts to conserve wildlife

    Sumita Sarkar | Apr 2, 2019, 04:18 IST

    Nashik: Officials at Yeola forest range have appealed to people send photographs, videos and information about any conservation work undertaken for animals, birds and trees in summer. The range is organising a competition titled ‘April Cool’.

    The range forest office, Yeola, East division invited people to participate in the competition. The invitation was circulated on Monday and the department has received entries from across the district as well as from other places like Satara.

    People could show how water is provided to animals and birds, or show innovative methods of watering plants in gardens, terraces etc in summer and protecting them from the sun, collecting seeds of various trees etc. The initiative has been organised for the first time in Nashik to create awareness and aid in conservation.

    “For the first time the forest department is conducting such an activity in Nashik. It is a different kind of initiative to create awareness and compassion for wildlife and reward people doing good conservation work,” range forest officer of Niphad Sanjay Bhandari, the one to come up with the idea, said.

    He said a trophy would be given to those securing first, second and third prizes, but any cash reward could only be offered once senior officials approve of it.

    “People are giving entries with photos and videos from Satara as well. Ramesh Iyer from Nashik city has also given us information about the work he is doing by distributing water pots for birds and wildlife,” Bhandari said.

    Photographs and videos, along with the name of the person sending these and information about the initiative undertaken can be sent by email or Whatsapp by April 30. The email is is; and the phone number for WhatsApp is 9420001157.

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      Nashik Inc to move court against power tariff hike

      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Apr 2, 2019, 12:00 IST

      Picture used for representational purpose only

      NASHIK: Prominent industrial associations in Nashik have decided to take the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) to court over the recent hike in power tariff for industries and consumers that will be implemented from April 1, 2019.

      The associations have decided to move high court once they get the electricity bills based on revised fresh tariff. The associations have also decided set up a committee and raise joint funds to fight all legal cases against the MSEDCL.

      A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of industrial associations held in in the city on Monday. State president of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MACCIA) Santosh Mandlecha, president of Nashik Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (NIMA) Harishankar Banerjee and president of Ambad Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (AIMA) Varun Talwar were present at the meeting.

      “The fresh hike is around 6%, but the MSEDCL has not intimated us anything officially. We are waiting for the fresh electricity bills and will see the effects. Once, we get it, we will move court against the power company,” Talwar said.

      “There is no use of staging demonstrations or burning electricity bills. All associations have decided to go for legal battle against the power utility. Moreover, there is also over 20% difference in power tariff for industries within Maharashtra. There should be uniform power tariff across the state. Otherwise, industries would move elsewhere,” he added.

      “We are upset with the fresh tariff hike. The power tariff for industries is higher in Maharashtra when compared to the neighbouring states. Hence, all associations have decided to go the legal way. We are also seeking legal opinion on the issue,” Banerjee said.

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        Commercial establishments continue disposing of waste in regular vans

        TNN | Apr 3, 2019, 11:29 IST

        Solid waste from hotels, restaurants, hostels and marriage halls and septage from various public toilets are u... Read More

        NASHIK: The hotels and restaurants in the city are flouting the waste collection rules with gay abandon by disposing garbage in the regular vans allotted for household waste instead of the bins that have been set up for the establishments to dispose off their waste.

        Solid waste from hotels, restaurants, hostels and marriage halls and septage from various public toilets are used at the waste-to-energy plant at NashikMunicpal Corporation's (NMC) solid waste management plant at Pathardi. Solid waste from households is sent to the compost plant at NMC's MSW to manufacture compost. Since solid waste of hotels is being handed over to domestic garbage vans, the waste-to-energy plant is hardly getting any waste to manufacture energy. The plant generating power from waste is producing only around 1,000 units per day while the target is 2,000-3,000 units.

        The German government's nodal agency Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit's (GIZ) funded the project in the city in particular, and as a pilot project for the country in general. The capacity of the plant is 250 kilo watt. Independent garbage vans have been provided for collecting hotel waste but as per sources in the plant, the output of the plant is lower than what was expected.

        Initially, the energy generated at the plant was lesser than expected due to improper waste segregation by hotels and restaurants. Now that the solid waste from the commercial establishments is being handed over to domestic garbage vans, it is deterring the plant from being utilised to its full potential.

        On questioning, a worker at a restaurant on Mahatmanagar to Gangapur Road said, "We were asked to segregate waste and hand it over to the garbage van. That's what we are doing." He was clueless about independent garbage collection vans for hotels. Another worker in a restaurant on College Road said that he too handed over segregated waste to a van that came around afternoon.

        "We are collecting segregated waste anyway. When we stop by residential complexes to collect waste, hotels, restaurants, hostels, marriage halls in the area also hand over segregated waste to us," said the attendant of a garbage van.

        An NMC official clarified that restaurants, hotels, hostels and marriage halls have to hand over dry waste to regular garbage vans but solid waste to the independent vans.

        Health officer at NMC Sachin Hiray said that they had informed all the commercial establishments to hand over solid waste to vans dedicated to them but the people working in these places may not be aware.

        "We will check once again and send a reminder to these establishments. We will also bring it to the notice of the contractors," said Hiray.

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          Solid waste management, processing have improved, claims civic body

          Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Apr 9, 2019, 10:51 IST

          The NMC claims that there has been a significant improvement in the functioning of its solid waste management ... Read More

          NASHIK: The NMC claims that there has been a significant improvement in the functioning of its solid waste management plant at Vilholi near Pathardi Phata.

          “Over the past year, there has been improvement in waste segregation and compost production. Even the demand for compost has increased and farmers from other states are visiting the plant to see its functioning and making of the compost,” said an NMC official.

          Recently, a team of farmers from UP visited the compost plant and have shown interest in buying the compost. Also, 35-40 government officials from different municipal corporations visited the plant.

          “Last year, it was 30-40 tonnes compost was obtained, now it has gone up to 60-70 tonnes, which is quite a good amount. The quality has also increased as waste segregation is good,” said the official.

          The civic administration said that strictly implementing the segregation of waste at the source has helped in increasing the quality of the compost.

          “We are getting a good response from the farmers for compost. Farmers from UP visited in batches over the past couple of months along with Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), German government’s nodal agency,” said Lt Col (Retd) Suresh Rege who is managing the solid waste plant.

          They also visited some grape farmers who use this compost. RCF is supplying this fertilizer to banana farmers in Jalgaon. It is cheaper than chemical fertilizers.

          Rege said that they were also planning to increase refuse derived fuel (RDF) from 20 tonnes to 80-100 tonnes.

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            MIDC imposes 50% water cut in Sinnar industrial area

            Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Apr 9, 2019, 10:58 IST

            The MIDC has requested the WRD to release water into Chehadi weir so that it can restore normal supply

            NASHIK: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has been forced to impose 50% water cut in Sinnar industrial estate as the water level in Chehadi weir, which supplies water to the area, has depleted.

            The MIDC has requested the water resources department (WRD) to release water into Chehadi weir so that it can restore normal supply to the industrial units. “The water cut is for a temporary period. We are trying our best to restore normal supply as soon as possible,” an MIDC official said.

            The industrialists met resident deputy collector (RDC) Ramdas Khedkar and urged him to release the water from Darna dam — the major source of water for Sinnar MIDC areas. The water from the same dam goes to Chehadi weir from where MIDC lifts it for supplying to the industrial units.

            Ashish Nahar, chairman of wine industries of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture, said water supply in Sinnar industrial estate has been affected for the past two days.

            “We met Khedkar immediately and urged him to look into the issue. He has also assured us that it is not a water cut, but the situation will be overcome by releasing water from Darna dam into Chehadi weir,” Nahar said.

            According to him, industries in sectors B and C in the industrial zone are also getting water at low pressure. “We have been asking the MIDC to build a separate water tank so that these industries would get water at normal pressure,” Nahar said.

            The MIDC’s normal supply for the industrial units at Sinnar on a daily basis is 14 MLD (million litre per day). At present, only 7.5 MLD is being supplied.

            “We have written to the WRD urging them to release water from Darna dam. Water supply would be restored once water is released into the Chehadi weir,” added officials.

            The Sinnar industrial estate is spread over 516 hectares that houses are around 1,500 MSMEs and large industries.

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              Rainwater harvesting mandatory for big residential, commercial buildings

              Sumita Sarkar | Apr 16, 2019, 04:07 IST

              Rainwater harvesting mandatory, yet implemented in barely 1% of structures June Rain Could Have Met Much Of Ci... Read More

              Nashik: The civic administration would focus on strict implementation of rainwater harvesting in big residential societies and commercial complexes following a recent order by National Green Tribunal (NGT) directing all local governing bodies to take strict action against organisations not installing the rainwater harvesting systems.

              It is mandatory for all big residential societies and commercial complexes to have rainwater harvesting system and it has been found that most of them are not following the order. Such organisations and societies could face a fine up to Rs5 lakh.

              On March 28, the NGT directed the administration to slap a fine of Rs5 lakh on those who have not installed the rainwater harvesting system. All big residential societies, commercial complexes, hospitals, educational institutes, industries and other organisations should make provision for rainwater harvesting before this monsoon.

              “For building completion certificate (BCC) it is mandatory to have rainwater harvesting. Without that we do not give the BCC,” an NMC official said.

              Despite being mandatory, in many buildings the pit dug for rain water harvesting is covered with concrete after civic officials visit the spot and give BCC.

              “We have no provision to check if rainwater harvesting is operational. It is a policy decision. We will go through the NGT order and see in what way we can implement it,” the official said.

              Even the order of Bombay High Court during a hearing on river Godavari pollution had directed the Nashik Municipal Corporation to strictly implement rainwater harvesting.

              A sub-committee has also been formed for monitoring the implementation of HC’s order in the river pollution case under the revenue commissioner. During the sub-committee meetings, chaired by the revenue commissioner, it was reiterated that rainwater harvesting is mandatory within the city limits.

              “Rainwater harvesting is mandatory as per the law. Even in case of our public interest litigation on river rejuvenation, NEERI has suggested it. If rainwater harvesting is not done now then the groundwater table will go down. As it is, the water table has gone down significantly. We appeal to the NMC to implement the law before this rainy season to prevent water scarcity in future and to increase the groundwater level,” environmentalist Rajesh Pandit said.


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                Nashik: Clean water diverted to STP near confluence

                The 20-feet high waterfall at the confluence of Godavari river and its tributary Waghari

                NASHIK: The stretch from the Elephant bridge near Nag Chowk at Panchavati to the confluence of Godavari river with its tributary Waghadi is home to mounds of garbage and innumerable encroachments.

                There is a waterfall, around 20-feet high, near the confluence whose water has been diverted to the sewage treatment plant, which environmentalists claim have concealed the springs .

                Environment activists Nishikant Pagare, Amit Kulkarni, Sunil Pardeshi, Yogesh Barve, Vinod Sansare, Nilesh Dhuse, Vedprakash Vyas, Vishal Patil and others visited the aforementioned patch along the river recently.

                "There is a waterfall in this area on Waghadi river, like in Someshwar, which flows from a height of around 15-20 feet. There was no foam in the waterfall. The water has been diverted to the STP, as a result of which the live streams have been destroyed by the administration," said Pagare.

                In many places, besides encroachments on the riverbed, public toilets have been constructed on both sides of the bridge.

                "In some places, drainage pipes from these toilets are directly releasing sewage into the river. Drain water is also being released into the river. Some nearby houses have installed drainage pipes which are directly pouring into the river. Two cement pipes below the new vegetable market at Ganeshwadi releases the sewage water directly into Godavari, thereby affecting the natural flow of the river.These pipes carry drainage water, plastic and garbage along with the river water," said Pagare.

                The environmentalists said that the top portion of the waterfall has turned concrete. In some places, water can be seen sprinkling from the rocks, indicating that the natural streams have been stifled.

                "The waterfall can be developed into a tourist spot. The administration can keep the river clean by employing people and giving them the responsibility of ensuring river cleanliness. Since no foam can be spotted in the waterfall, it is safe to conclude that pure water is flowing from the top. This water should have been released into the river but instead, is being diverted to the STP along with sewage. Only sewage should have been diverted," said Pagare.

                An NMC official admitted that natural water was being diverted along with sewage. "Under the smart city plan, we are laying a pipeline from Gadge Maharaj bridge to both sides of Waghadi river, Laxman Jhula bridge. The work, which will be completed in a couple of days, will help arrest the water and only sewage will be diverted. This will start after the model code of conduct is lifted. Maximum issues will be resolved with the smart city works," said the official adding that the garbage and encroachments would also be cleared soon.

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                  Construction of smart road likely to miss deadline

                  Sumita Sarkar | Apr 19, 2019, 04:35 IST

                  The officials are hoping that the second phase of the work will be completed at least before the monsoon

                  Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL), althought keen to ensure completion the smart road work before monsoon, is apprehensive that contractor could miss the deadline due to slow pace.

                  The 1.1-km road from Ashok Stambh to Modak Point is being developed as a pilot smart road. The authorities had set March 31 deadline for the same. The contractor, however, failed to complete even one patch of the road by that period.

                  NMSCDCL has served a notice to the contractor on April 15 for not meeting the deadline. The authorities have also decided to impose penalty on the contractor. “The penalty will be imposed depending upon the period of the delay. We will make that adjustment in his bill. The amount has not yet been decided, but the decision will be taken after the election,” said chief executive officer Prakash Thavil.

                  He said that the contractor is expected to complete the road before rainy season. The deadline to complete first phase of the road was October 2018. It has been extended till January 31. The deadline for the second phase was March31. The first phase has been completed during this period with some finishing touches remaining. Now, the officials are hoping that the second phase of the road is completed at least before monsoon.

                  In February, when principal secretary, planning department Sitaram Kunte, was in the city, he said that the contractor was not mobilised the way he should be. He had said that notice was being served to him for delay in completion and also asked the officials to impose fines on him.

                  “There are many reasons for the delay. New problems emerge ver often. Some pipelines, underground channels, old sewage lines, old water supply lines had to be taken care of while constructing the road. Many small issues like these came up and delayed the work,” Thavil said.

                  In addition, a British-era sewage line, unused pipelines and heavy traffic are other reasons that delayed the construction of Smart Road inordinately.

                  Initially, due to heavy traffic they could not bring trucks of cement during the day, and hence, they brought it during the night after the traffic reduced.

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                    Arrive on time or face penalty: Civic chief to garbage van operators

                    Sumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Apr 28, 2019, 10:28 IST
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                    NASHIK: The Nashik civic body has directed the contractors to adhere to timings fixed for them to collect the garbage. The citizens had raised several complaints against the irregular timing of garbage vans.

                    Though, the garbage vans visit the city a daily basis, the timings are irregular due to which citizens were facing problems. While the civic administration has already fixed the route for every garbage van to follow. The civic body has been claiming that they are tracking the vans through the GPS system. Supervisors and garbage van attendants say that they could be late by 30 minutes, at most, if they have to halt for a longer while at a particular place or if they have to refill the fuel tank. But, according to citizens' complaints, the vans were late by an hour or two.

                    "Taking note of the complaints, the civic chief Radhakrishna Game on Friday issued strict warnings. He said that geological fencing should be done for garbage vans, that is, the garbage vans will have to follow the route earmarked for it. If a garbage van deviates from its jurisdiction then the respective contractor will be fined. From Sunday onwards, the timing of a garbage van in a particular area will be fixed," informed an NMC officer, adding that he had also issued strict warning to the contractors to lift all the garbage from roadsides.

                    Due to the increasing number of complaints against garbage vans on varied issues, the civic chief said that the contractors will be paid only half the remuneration for the month of March.


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                      Over 21 lakh north Maharashtra villagers struggle for water

                      Ranjan Dasgupta | TNN | Updated: May 8, 2019, 11:31 IST

                      More than 50% of these villagers are in Ahmednagar district, followed by Nashik.

                      NASHIK: Over 21.25 lakh people in rural North Maharashtra face acute water crisis. More than 50% of these villagers are in Ahmednagar district, followed by Nashik. The tribal dominated Nandurbar district has the least number of affected villagers, and the acute water scarcity is restricted to a part of one taluka of the district.

                      Latest data from the Nashik divisional commissionerate revealed that these affected villagers are from about 4,500 villages, big and small, in these five districts. Presently 1,226 tankers have been pressed into service, mainly in Ahmednagar and Nashik.

                      With poor rain during the last monsoon and scorching conditions at present, all water sources have dried. “The situation in Ahmednagar and Nashik is grim. With the monsoon still more than a month away, the situation could further deteriorate,” a government officer said.

                      As far as Ahmednagar district is concerned, the majority of 961 villages reeling under acute water scarcity are in the southern part of the district, which falls in a rain shadow region. There are no dams in that part, and residents depend on dams in Pune to meet water needs.

                      The Nashik divisional commissionerate wrote to the district collectors of the five districts to send the amount they require for taking up water related schemes. “Once the details come to us, we would be sending it to the state government, with details of the money needed for these five districts to tackle water scarcity,” an official said.

                      Sources in the chief minister’s office (CMO) said CM Devendra Fadnavis is likely to review the drought situation in the affected districts soon. “The chief minister will review water supply related schemes in each of these districts and issue instructions to the officials during the meeting,” a source in the CMO said.

                      The Ahmednagar district guardian minister, Ram Shinde, admitted that the situation in his district as ‘worrisome’. “In our district we had taken up water conservation schemes in a big way. But since rains failed last year, these projects were no help. The district administration is going all out to help affected villagers by providing tankers and establishing cattle camps,” Shinde said.

                      Even Nashik guardian minister and state water resources minister Girish Mahajan toured various parts of Nashik district on Monday and assured all assistance to affected villagers and cattle.

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