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    Nashik Municipal Corporation to auction properties of 114 tax defaulters on August 23

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 9, 2019, 10:57 IST

    These defaulters owe around Rs 50 lakh to the civic bodyNASHIK: The NashikMunicipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to auction properties of as many as 114 property tax defaulters with total dues worth over Rs50 lakh.

    “The properties will be auctioned between 11am and 5pm on August 23 at city-based Dadasaheb Gaikwad auditorium,” a civic official said, adding that this is the second time when the NMC has resorted to auction properties of defaulters with dues ranging between Rs15,000 and Rs80,000.

    In the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the NMC had sent warrants to around 1,060 tax defaulters reminding them to clear their dues of within 21 days failing to which their properties will be confiscated. The total default of tax dues was around Rs14 crore.

    Of the 1,060 defaulters, around 150 cleared their dues by either making full or partial payments. There are still around 850 defaulters who did not pay clear their dues.
    In the first phase last month, the property tax department of NMC had conduction auction of properties of 172 defaulters with dues totally worth Rs2.87 crore.
    But around 80 tax defaulters had cleared their tax dues completely and partially. NMC is also in the process to conduct auction of remaining tax defaulters for the second times, shortly.

    “In the second phase of our action, we are going to auction the properties of 114 tax defaulters on August 23. We will cancel the process if they pay their dues before the auction begins,” said NMC officials.

    “There are around 550 tax defaulters whose properties will also be auctioned in phases if they did not clear their dues. If there is no response to the auction, we will auction the properties two more times. Despite this if we fail to get a buyer, we will changed the ownership of the properties in NMC’s name as per the provisions in the law,” he added.
    The NMC has set a target of Rs218 crore from property tax for the 2019-20 fiscal. However, only around Rs58 crore has been collected so far.

    Interestingly, the NMC’s property tax collection till July 4 was only Rs20 crore. Taking serious cognizance of this, municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game directed the officials concerned to start stern recovery drive against the defaulters.

    After the issuance of public notice for auctioning of properties of the tax defaulters, tax payers started paying their dues and the NMC collected Rs38 crore in just one month between July 4 and August 4.

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      15km stretch of highways to be fixed with new technology

      Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Aug 15, 2019, 11:38 IST

      The public works department (PWD) has decided to use pave quality concrete for the road in Igatpuri that gets ...Read MoreNASHIK: A 15-km stretch between Ghoti towards Sinnar will be fixed using a green technology that is long lasting.

      The public works department (PWD) has decided to use pave quality concrete for the road in Igatpuri that gets battered with heavy rains every year. So far, even the best quality bitumen has not been able to bear the impact of the heavy rains in the region.

      “The taluka receives more than 3,000 mm rain annually. This poses the toughest challenge in the construction of roads. We have, therefore, decided to construct the road with the new technology,” said Kaustubh Pawar, assistant engineer of PWD, Igatpuri.

      Ranjeet Hande, superintendent engineer of PWD, Nashik, said the technology uses everything available in the road itself. “After having pulverized it, binder fluid is added and then compacted. It is rolled over before the section of road is open for traffic in less than 24 hours,” he said.

      The department has done two successful trials of the technology in Kalwan and Niphad talukas. It is an eco-friendly technology as it does not cause any harm to the air, nor does it break down. The officers propose the life of the road to be of more than 10 years.

      The machine and technology is capable of churning up 300 metres of road per day and making it available for traffic in less than 24 hours. Conventionally, it would take up more than 30 days before the road is operational. Moreover, the use of locally available material eliminates the need to bring fresh material from various places.

      As of now, the PWD is spending Rs 3.5 crore on the construction of a 4-km stretch with this technology.

      The PWD has sought Rs 33 crore from the state government for building the 15-km stretch. The entire 52-km Sinnar-Ghoti road is in bad condition. The rest of the stretch of the road will be constructed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

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        Environment report sounds an alert on rising noise levels

        Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 21, 2019, 4:29 IST
        Nashik: The noise levels in the city’s residential and commercial areas are beyond the permissible limits, claimed the Environment Status Report (ESR) of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for the 2018-19 financial year.

        “The noise levels in the commercial and residential areas are high. In fact, the highest noise level was observed on the first day of monitoring in the CBS area — both during the day and night,” revealed the ESR.

        The 175-page report, which was was released on Tuesday, stressed on the need to curb the increasing decibel levels. According to the ESR, noise monitoring stations selected cover residential, commercial, industrial and silence zones. The ambient noise is measured thrice a year and the average results are compared with the norms set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

        The environment department officials of the NMC admitted that all agencies must work in tandem to curb noise pollution in the city as it is increasing significantly in residential and commercial areas.

        “Noise pollution is a silent killer that affects people’s mental and physical well-being. High sound levels can lead to ear pain (even deafness), enhanced blood pressure, lack of concentration, irritation, adversely impacts pregnant women, can cause heart ailments etc,” warned the ESR.

        The report stated that the various government agencies in the city have been asked to tackle the problem. “There is a complete ban on bursting of sound-emitting crackers and playing drums and high decibel music systems between 10 pm and 6 am and the city police have been taking action against the erring residents. Moreover, the NMC has planted over 21,000 trees in 2018-19 as trees act as noise buffers,” stated the report.

        However, the ESR has stressed on the need to do more on this front.

        “Vehicle drivers must avoid unnecessary honking and the use of multi-tuned and loud horns. The generator sets must be operated in sound-proof chambers and cellphones should be switched off inside hospitals and educational institutes as these are silence zones. The agencies must strictly implement the noise pollution-related rules framed by Supreme Court,” said the ESR.

        The report was tabled at the general body meeting of the NMC on Tuesday. The GB gave its approval to the report.

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          Mayor seeks report on existing nullahs

          Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 21, 2019, 4:28 IST

          Nashik: Several corporators pulled up the civic administration in the general body meeting on Tuesday for its failure to keep a check on the inundation of low lying areas in the city during the recent floods.

          Congress group leader Shahu Khaire tabled a proposal on the effects of heavy rain and flood in the old gaothan areas of the city. He sought cluster development of the old gaothan areas and permission for the existing wadas to conduct repair works.

          Congress corporator Hemlata Patil sought a white paper on the condition of storm water lines and natural nullahs in the city. “There were 23 natural nullahs in the city, of which only three exist today. Illegal cosntructions have come up on the nullahs. Though NMC spent Rs 500 crore on storm water lines, they were of no use during rainfall,” said Patil.

          Leader of opposition in the house Ajay Boraste also pulled up the civic administration for the quality of the roads and the damage that Goda Park incurred due to swelling of Godavari river. He also advised the civic administration to give a second thought to the projects that are to be undertaken by the smart city development corporation in the Godavari.

          Mayor Ranjana Bhansi directed NMC to furnish a status report of the existing natural nullahs in the city before the next general body meeting.

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            NMC to inspect all bridges in Nashik

            Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 24, 2019, 6:47 IST

            A section of the iron railings at the bathing ghat near Kannamwar bridge has washed away

            NASHIK: A total of 10 bridges across the city have been partially damaged during the recent swelling of river Godavari. This was revealed during an inspection of these structures carried out by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC).

            There are a total of 50 small and big bridges in the city. Hence, the civic body has now decided to conduct inspection of the remaining 40 bridges on four rivers — Godavari, Waghadi, Nandini and Waldevi — in order to ensure that the condition of these bridges are good.

            An NMC official said that apart from these bridges some of the bathing ghats — built during the Kumbh Mela in 2015 — have also been damaged.

            “Also, road leading to Goda ghat has developed craters. Plans are being made to repair the damaged structures at the earliest. We have already started cleaning of debris from the ghat areas,” the official said.

            The city was lashed with incessant rainfall for almost a fortnight between July 25 and August 10. Also, heavy showers in the catchment areas of Gangapur dam led to release of water into Godavari. Release of thousands of cusec of water swelled Godavari, leading to flooding in the low-lying areas of the city. This damaged several bridges as part of concrete and railings of some bridges were washed away by the floodwaters.

            “We have already repaired bridges under the jurisdiction of the NMC. Apart from this, we have also decided to conduct inspection of all bridges on four rivers in the city to ensure that they are safe,” a civic official said.

            “We will also take the necessary measures required once the inspection of all the river bridges is over,” added an official. “The defect liability period (DLP) of the bathing ghats was of three years, which is over now. Hence, the NMC has decided to carry out the necessary repair work of the ghats. We have already started cleaning operation at all bathing ghats on Godavari,” the official said. Apart from bathing ghats, the Goda Park project of the NMC on river Godavari was also partially damaged. The NMC has also started the process to clean and repair it.

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              District administration gets strict with biomedical waste management

              Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2019, 12:37 IST
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              NASHIK: District collector Suraj Mandhare, who also heads the district pollution control committee, has directed the biodegradable wastetreatment centre to not accept any bio-medical waste from hospitals, clinics, blood banks if it is not segregated.

              The biomedical waste management committee recently met with members of the pollution control board, hospitals and clinics. During the meeting, the panel issued a stern warning to the Common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment, Storage And Disposal Facility (CBMWTSDF) for not accepting non-segregated biomedical waste.

              According to a representative of CBMWTSDF, there were some hospitals and clinics that are not complying with the BMWM guidelines in totality.

              “Though most of the hospitals, clinics and blood banks are complying with the norms of the biomedical waste management, there are few who are being ignorant. They fail to segregate the waste before bringing it to the centre,” the member said, adding that this act was creating problems in treatment of the waste.

              “We have been communicating with the respective centres. On rotational basis some of them just dumped the waste creating problems at the incinerators,” a senior official form the district administration said.

              Mandhare asked the pollution control board (PCB) to verify the claim. A PCB official said that all entities across the district were complying with the biomedical waste management rules and also assured to look into specific cases that the center would bring to their notice.

              The collector then directed the waste treatment centre to not accept any unsegregated waste.“The issue is very serious in terms of people’s health. Besides, it is being directly monitored by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and if there are any irresponsible elements, the collector said that action should be taken against them,” the official said.


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                Nashik: Old city areas to get infra upgrade by 2022

                Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 28, 2019, 13:11 IST

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                NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) has set a deadline of 30 months to complete the ambitious project of upgrading the basic infrastructurein the old city areas.

                It is a Rs 193-crore plan to give a facelift to roads, water supply lines, stormwater system and the sewage lines in the old city areas. A total road length of 36 km in Ramwadi-Sriram School-Talkuteshwar Chowk- Trimbak Naka areas will get a much-needed upgrade.

                The contractor is expected to start the works next month. The project includes redevelopment of major and minor roads, upgradation of infrastructure utility services such as water supply and sewage systems in these areas.

                “We have already given a work order to a private agency from Pune to develop the infrastructure. The agency is expected to start work from next month. It will have to complete the project within 30 months,” said Prakash Thavil, the chief executive officer of the NMSCDCL.

                The roads, with overall length of 36 km, are to be developed on total of 598 acres in old Panchavati and parts old city area of the Nashik-West division. “There will be 100% differently-abled pathways,” added Thavil.

                The old Panchavati area is also known as gaothan area of the city. This area has been selected for the internal roads development project considering the religious importance of Ramkund, where the Kumbh Mela is held once every 12 years. Nashik is one of the four cities that host the Kumbh Mela in the country.

                The last Kumbh Mela was held in 2015 and over one crore devotees visited the spot during the three month-long Kumbh period. Sadhus from various akhadas across the country take a Shahi Snaan (royal bath) in the holy Ramkund, in the Godavari river, in the Panchavati area of the city during three shahi parvanis.

                There are several other important temples also in the area. Thousands of tourists and devotees from across the country and world come to old Panchavati area every day. Therefore, it has been chosen for the project.


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                  State cabinet green lights Nashik’s Metro project worth Rs 2,100 crore

                  Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 29, 2019, 4:18 IST

                  Nashik: The state cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to the Nashik Metro’s detailed project report (DPR), which was prepared by the MahaMetro. The DPR will now be sent to the Centre for its final nod. The project will be known as ‘Nashik Metro Neo’.

                  The Central and state governments will together pitch in Rs 939.3 crore for the Rs 2,100.06-crore project. The MahaMetro will raise the remaining Rs 1,161.3 crore through loans.

                  While the Centre’s share is Rs 387 crore, the state government’s share (including Cidco and NMC) is Rs 552.19 crore. The NMC’s contribution will come in the form of land for three depots. “The state cabinet has given its nod to the Nashik Metro Neo project. It’s a milestone and proud moment for the Nashik city. We will now submit the proposal to the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA). We will immediately start work on the project once we get MOHUA’s nod,” said Brijesh Dixit, the MD of MahaMetro.

                  Swanky rubber-tyred coaches would run on two elevated corridors covering 32 km — with a total of 25 stations.

                  Two corridors have been planned initially. Corridor one will stretch from Gangapur to Mumbai Naka covering a length of 10 km. This stretch will have 10 stations. Corridor two, meanwhile, will be from Gangapur to Nashik Road, covering 22 km and 15 stations. CBS will be an interchange station where both the corridors meet. There will be two feeder corridors. Feeder corridor one will cover Satpur colony-Garware-Mumbai Naka stretch, while feeder corridor two will run cover Nashik Road-Nandur Naka-Shivaji Nagar.

                  The electric bus coaches will be 25m and 18m in length and they will have carrying capacity of 200 and 300 passengers, respectively. The buses will have rubber tyres and draw power from the overhead electric wire having 600-750 V DC supply. The buses will be air-conditioned with automatic door closing system, level boarding, comfortable seats, passenger announcement and passenger information systems with electronic display.

                  The stations will have staircases, lifts and escalators with passenger information displays. The station entries and exits will be on both sides of roads.

                  The three depots, which are to be developed for bus operation and maintenance, will be located at the starting and endpoints of the routes.

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                    Nashik: 5% rebate for prompt payment of property tax

                    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Aug 30, 2019, 9:29 IST

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                    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to introduce rebates up to 5% for prompt property tax payers, paying the entire annual tax in first three months of the financial year.

                    The tax rebates will come into effect from the next financial year 2020-21. The civic administration has already chalked out a proposal in this regard and it will be tabled at the upcoming General Body meeting for its approval.

                    The tax rebate scheme for prompt tax payers was earlier into effect, but former municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe withdrew the scheme. Now, the property tax department of the NMC is again taking steps to introduce rebate schemes for the prompt tax payers.

                    Under this scheme those who pay annual property tax bills are entitled for a rebate up to 5 %. Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game had recently directed officials to prepare a proposal about the incentives to be given to prompt tax payers and also those who make online payment.

                    As per the new proposed tax rebate scheme, prompt tax payers, who pay property tax in annual April, would get 5% rebate and 3% if the payment is made in May. “They would get 2% rebate if payment is made in June,” an NMC official said.

                    Moreover, those who pay property tax online will get 1% rebate. “They will, however, get benefits of rebate up to Rs 1,000 only,” the official said.

                    This would help the NMC generate more revenue through property tax in the first three months of the financial year. Apart from this, the NMC has also decided to take strict action against the property tax defaulters.

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                      NMC’s action plan on air pollution rejected 4 times

                      Tushar Pawar | TN | Updated: Sep 4, 2019, 4:58 IST

                      Nashik: The Nashik divisional office of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Tuesday said that it is unable to submit the action plan to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for reducing air pollution in the city as the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is unable to submit a proper strategy.

                      So far, the NMC has submitted the plan on four occasions and the MPCB has rejected them all for having technical flaws or not for being as per specifications ordered by the CPCB.

                      The MPCB has now directed the NMC to follow the footsteps of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and rope in a private agency to prepare the action plan for reducing air pollution.

                      “We are unable to submit the revised action plan by NMC to minimize the air pollution of the city. We have rejected the action plans submitted by NMC four times because of the lack of proper plan as they were not as per the standards set by the CPCB,” said senior official from MPCB.

                      “The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (NMC) had prepared its action plan to tackle air pollution through a private consultant. The NMC does not have experts to prepare the action plan to reduce air pollution of the city. Hence, we have advised the NMC to rope in a private agency to prepare a plan,” an MPCB official said.

                      When contacted, an NMC official admitted that the MPCB rejected all action plans submitted by the civic body.

                      “We sent a revised action plan for the fourth time around four days ago, but we are yet receive any communication from the MPCB informing us whether it has been admitted or rejected,” he said.

                      “Moreover, the MPCB had orally advised us to rope in a private agency to prepare the action plan, but we have not received anything in written,” he added.

                      Nashik is one of the cities of Maharashtra that has failed to submit its action plan to improve the city’s air quality. Of the 102 polluted cities across the country identified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for poor air quality standards, around 90 have submitted their action plans.

                      The remaining, including Mumbai, Nashik and Solapur from Maharashtra, are yet come up with a blueprint.

                      These cities have been asked to re-submit their revised plan to the CPCB within two months.

                      The CPCB recently added 20 more cities to the list of polluted cities that do not meet the national ambient air quality standards.

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