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    River pollution, lack of development big woes

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 25, 2019, 4:29 IST

    Nashik: Pollution of the Godavari river, development of gaothan areas, irregular water supply and lack of adequate parking spaces are some of the major issues in the Nashik East constituency, which has the second highest number of voters in the district.

    The constituency includes 90% of the Panchavati and Nashik Road divisions of the municipal corporation.

    A large section of the voters from the constituency emphasised on the need for the state government to play a more pro-active role in development of gaothan areas and make the Godavari river free of pollution since thousands of devotees, from across the country, visit the sacred Ramkund located on the banks of the river in the city.

    Many voters face daily hardships due to the erratic water supply. They have also stressed on the need to have proper vehicle parking zones in public places like the Ramkund area. There are also some basic problems — such as bad roads and defunct street lights — across most of the Nashik East constituency.

    Old wada development in limbo

    Located in the heart of the city, there are over 250 wadas and structures that are over a century old. The redevelopment of these wadas and old residential structures could not take place due to a clear policy by the municipal corporation as well the state government.

    The government has not approved permission for cluster development in the gaothan areas due to the lack of an impact assessment survey. The constituency has borne the brunt of this. Over 26 dilapidated old wadas collapsed during the recent heavy showers.

    New flood lines yet to be determined

    “The drawing up of the final flood line is the major issue that has affected the redevelopment of old properties in area. In the development control rules published in January 2017, the tentative flood line was determined as per flood experienced in 2008. But the flood waters had reached higher levels in 2016 as well as in August this year. The final flood line is yet to be finalised,” said Devang Jani, an activist.

    According to him, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) gives permission for the development in blue line areas of the river against certain conditions. “The permission is given for redevelopment on the condition of constructing buildings from the height of 45 centimetres above the red line. This is practically not possible,” said Jani.

    Need of the hour: Parking facilities

    Sachin Ahire, another voter in the constituency, said the river Godavari is the city’s identity. Lakhs of sadhus take a holy dip in Ramkund during Kumbha mela every 12 years.

    “On an average, around 25,000 pilgrims on an average visit Ramkund during that mega event and perform various rituals at old wadas and mangal karyalayas there. There is huge crowd in 1km stretch from Malegaon Stand to Gadge Maharaj bridge in Panchavati area. There are frequent traffic jams as vehicles are parked along the roads. Better parking facilities is the need of the hour,” said Ahire.

    Similarly, there are many wedding halls and lawns along the roads in the Panchavti areas of the city and they do not have proper parking. As a result, traffics jams take place there, which cause inconvenience to city residents. Hence, there is a need to focus on these issues, said Ahire.

    The Currency Note Press (CNP) and India Security Press (CNP), which print currency notes of various denominations and security documents like stamp papers, respectively, are located in this constituency. Moreover, Nashik APMC, which supplies over 60% of vegetables to Mumbai, is also located in this constituency.

    This constituency was the bastion of the Maharashtra navnirman Sena (MNS) between 2009 and 2014, when MNS was in power in the local civic body. Late Uttamrao Dhikle had won the Nashik East seat in 2009 on a MNS ticket. But the scenario rapidly changed in the next five years after BJP’s Balasaheb Sanap won the Nashik East seat and BJP came into power in civic body in 2017.

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    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

      Better amenities, industrial growth on voters’ wishlist

      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Sep 27, 2019, 4:59 IST

      Nashik: Poor basic infrastructure, slow industrial growth, pollution of Nandini river and nullahs and encroachments on roads are the major issues in Nashik West constituency, which has the highest number of voters among all 15 assembly segments in Nashik district.

      This constituency houses the two important industrial areas — Ambad and Satpur — where over two lakh workers are engaged in over 3,500 large and small industrial units.

      The major grouse here is that not a since new major industry has set shop in last 15 years despite the constituency’s proximity to Mumbai. They felt that the new MLA must put pressure on the state government to tackle this issue, which would propel Nashik’s growth.

      “Since there has been no major industrial investments in Nashik in the last 15 years, a bulk of the district’s engineering graduates have to migrate to other major cities in search of jobs,” rued Mayur Allai, a resident of the area.

      What has compounded the problems now is the economic slowdown. The automobile ancillaries based in the two industrial areas have been forced to cut down on contract workers. Some ancillary units have reduced their shifts for production as the demand has slumped.

      “The units have reduced the manpower to tide over this slowdown,” said Manish Rawal, chairman, Nashik Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (NIMA).

      The plight of the basic infrastructure in the two industrial zones of the constituency is shoddy. The bad condition of internal roads has been a major issue for past many years and the situation worsens during monsoon.

      Many of the industrialists, who are voters of the constituency, were critical of the state government for not organising meetings of Udyog Mitra at the state level to discuss and resolve problems of the industries across the state. Such deliberations are chaired by the chief minister in presence of the state industries minister.

      “In the last five years, there has not been a single state-level meeting. Although the district level Zilla Udyog Mitra meetings took place, it was not regular. These meetings are the platforms to settle the issues of the industries and it must be organised regularly,” stressed Ramesh Pawar, an industrialist.

      NMC has developed few major roads in the two industrial estates, but around majority of the internal roads are yet to be developed. The condition of the roads has deteriorated due to large potholes. Moreover, there are no drainage lines in both the industrial estates. Both Nashik Municipal Corporation and Maharashtra Industrial DeC are passing the buck, alleged Pawar.

      “Thousands of male and female workers doing jobs in industrial estates, but there is not a single public toilet in both the two estates. We want NMC and MIDC to build at least toilets there,” said Amol Kulkarni, another resident and private employee.

      The pollution of the Godavari’s tributary Nandini and other several small and large nullahs is the major issue in the constituency.

      “Some industries release effluents in the nullahs and in the river. Moreover, chemical and other hazardous waste of some industries are also thrown into nullahs and the river and finally the polluted water are flown to the Godavari river,” said Sachin Mahajan, resident.

      The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of Maharashtra had developed six schemes in the city around three decades back. There are around 25,000 houses in these six schemes and they have been handed over the Nashik Municipal Corporation.

      The roads are so narrow and there have been residential encroachments on the roads at many places. Redevelopment of houses in these areas is also another issue as they have been built on small plots and road are so narrow. There have been demand to give additional FSI for the Cidco areas.

      Supply of water by NMC in almost all areas of the constituency is erratic. Water comes at low pressure is some parts of the constituency. As a result, residents do not get adequate water. “We want water supply with full pressure so that all will get water,” demanded a voter of the area, Sachin Mahjan.

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      • Re : Nashik : New Destination

        PWD to go green for construction of roads

        Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Oct 3, 2019, 4:55 IST

        Nashik: The Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to implement the green road technology across the state. As a result, about 90,000 km of roads in the state will get upgraded.

        The green road technology was tried and tested in Dindori and Igatpuri regions of the district recently. The regions were chosen based on the amount of rainfall they received this year. After the successful implementation of the technology in these regions, the PWD has decided to implement it across the state.

        “The technology focuses on soil stablisation method which helps in construction of better roads,” a PWD official said.

        The quality of road often gets battered due to the bad base and seepage of water from adjoining areas, making it prone to further damage. And, once the base is damaged, it has a direct impact on the road, the official said.

        Explaining the functioning of the technology, the official said that the machine digs up the road, pulverizes the material, uses the binding chemical along with cement and is then relayed and settled. “While using this technology, there is no need of soil excavation, no mining of stones, no transportation — which ultimately means no fuel consumption. All this brings down the carbon foot print as well,” the official said.

        While the conventional process of road construction requires about one or two months for a stretch to get completed, the green technology, on the other hand, ensures that the road is open for public usein just 48 hours, the official added.

        “The contractor and technology ensure the life of the soil base will last for at least 15 years, thus ensuring minimum expenditure for maintenance ,” he said.

        The soil stabilisation process costs approximately Rs 1.60 crore while the construction of bituminous road costs another Rs 0.70 crore, taking the total estimate to Rs 2.3 crore for a road.

        But if the same road is constructed using concrete, it will cost around Rs 2.7 crore. Although there is not much difference in the pricing, there is a major difference in the maintenence of roads.

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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          NMC starts audit of over 900 civic properties

          Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Oct 12, 2019, 4:31 IST

          Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started conducting audit of all its properties in the city to gather information right from their construction date to their current status.

          The initiative comes after Bombay high court’s directive to present all details regarding NMC properties. A civic official said that they have started gathering details of over 900 properties. The details are to be submitted by the NMC during the next hearing on December 2.

          Educationist RL Luth had filed a PIL in the high court about the misuse of properties by the public representatives. During the recent hearing, NMC lawyers submitted the details about action taken against the property holders. But the court was not satisfied with the information and directed the civic body to submit entire history of the properties right from the construction to current status and the procedure followed while leasing them at nominal rates.

          “This (the audit) will include all information about the civic properties, when they were constructed and leased to social outfits and on what basis. We have already started collecting all the details required,” the NMC official said.

          The NMC had recently conducted a similar survey NMC the month properties of May, covering 945 properties including community halls, library, gymnasiums and study halls. After the survey, the civic body had sealed 382 properties that were found being misused or used for commercial purposes.

          Sealing of 117 properties was revoked after renewing the agreement and recovering charges as per Ready Reckoner (RR) rates from the social outfits. Moreover, some properties that were used directly by the citizens were also unsealed.

          Currently, 265 properties are still sealed as they were being used commercially without permission from the municipal corporation.

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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            Centre finally clears plan to reduce pollution in Mumbai, Solapur and Nashik

            TNN | Updated: Oct 20, 2019, 9:27 IST

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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Environmentalists in Nashik declare manifesto for Maharashtra assembly elections

              Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Oct 20, 2019, 20:46 IST

              NASHIK: Environmentalists across city have come together and jointly declared their manifesto in view of the state assembly elections.

              They want the political parties to include their environment related demands in their manifesto. Environmentalists have also appealed to people to vote for those candidates who will take up environment issues on the top of their agenda.

              A group of environmentalists gathered on the bank of the river Godavari and published their manifesto related to city environment. They also took a oath for conservation of the city environment.

              The manifesto includes some demands like making the tributaries of the river Godavari making from drain water, recharging ground water through wells and bore-wells, regular tree plantation and their maintenance along with annual tree audit, improving air quality, conservation of forts, effective implementation of plastic ban by the government among other major demands.

              The environmentalists want winning MLAs to take efforts to make the city river free from pollution and also improve the quality of river and reduce noise pollution in major areas of the city.

              “We have prepared a manifesto of environment and we will appeal to citizens to vote for those candidates who will be committed for the conservation of environment and candidates of those political parties who will include our manifesto in their agenda,” said Nishikant Pagare, an environmentalist.

              The manifesto includes some demands like making the Godavari river and its three tributaries making free of drain water, pollution and river concretisation, effective implementation of rainwater harvesting to increase the ground water level, making oxygen bank through huge tree plantation and maintenance along with regular annual audit of trees in the city.

              Moreover, the manifesto also include some other demands like conservation of forts, excessive use of CNG and electric vehicles in transport system, brining air quality index below 50, a committee of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) be activated and ambulance service be started for animals.

              A group of environmentalists, which has prepared the manifesto on environment, include Jalbir Singh, Somnath Muthal, Sunil Pardeshi, Yogesh Barve, Amit Kulkarni and others.

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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                Civic body vows rank improvement

                Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Oct 24, 2019, 4:41 IST

                Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has vowed to improve the city’s ranking in the upcoming cleanliness survey (Swachh Survekshan 2020) and is aiming for a top-10 finish.

                Civic chief Radhakrihsna Game, during a meeting with all head of departments (HODs) on Wednesday, directed the officials to pull up their socks for the annual exercise to be held in January.

                Game also reviewed the initiatives undertaken by the municipal corporation in connection with the cleanliness survey.

                For the past two year’s, Nashik’s performance in the survey has been dismal. The city stood 63rd and 67th in 2018 and 2019, respectively, among 425 cities across the country.

                “We have identified the areas where we did not do well in the last survey, which led to a drop in our ranking. Feedback from citizens and documentation of activities were the major areas where we did not do well last year,” an NMC official said.

                Feedback from citizens accounts for 35% marks in the survey. According to data compiled by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs, there was poor response from Nashik citizens regarding feedbacks related to cleanliness and sanitation status.

                “Apart from this, we did not do proper documentation about various cleanliness activities conducted by us for Swachh Survekshan last year,” the official said.

                “Hence, the municipal commissioner has directed us to focus on getting feedback from citizens and proper documentation of activities. Apart from this, we are also focusing on implementation of plastic ban, segregation of waste and composting of wet waste from kitchen,” he added.

                The key focus areas of Swachh Survekshan 2020 includes segregation of waste, utilising capacity of wet processing facilities, treating and re-using waste water, following three principles: reduce, reuse and recycle, uplifting of social condition of informal waste pickers, promoting procurement through GeM and engaging technology driven monitoring. This is the fifth edition of the survey that has been launched by the ministry of housing and urban affairs.

                Notice to garbage collection contractor

                The civic body has issued fresh notice to garbage collection contractor of Panchavati and New Nashik area, asking why their contract should not be terminated.

                This is the second notice to the contractor concerned within a week. A few days ago, the NMC had served show-cause notice to the contractor for not paying the salaries to garbage collection van workers even though the dues were cleared by the civic body.

                Around 290 workers had resorted to strike owing to non-payment of salary for the month of September. “We have been getting lot of complaints about the contractor. We have even slapped a fine of Rs 1.5 crore on the contractor, but the functioning of the garbage collection vans have not improved. Hence, we are planning to terminate his contract. The notices are part of the process towards terminating of his contract,” an NMC official said.


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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  Nashik civic body collects Rs 87.67 crore property tax between Apr-Oct 2019

                  This year, till October, the civic body has collected Rs 87.67 crore as against Rs 86 crore during the corresponding period in the year 2018.Tushar Pawar | TNN | November 05, 2019, 14:00 IST

                  NASHIK: The property tax collection of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has increased marginally by Rs 1.67 crore from April to October this year in comparison with the same period last year.

                  This year, till October, the civic body has collected Rs 87.67 crore as against Rs 86 crore during the corresponding period in the year 2018.

                  Owing to the recently introduced amnesty scheme, the NMC has collected around Rs 28 crore in the past one-and-a-half month.

                  In the last financial year (2018-19), the NMC had collected Rs 112 crore as property tax and it was for the first time that the collection target had touched Rs 100.

                  Now, the NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 250 crore for the current financial year 2019-20, but it has so far collected only Rs 87.67 crore.

                  Interestingly, the NMC’s property tax collection till July 4 was only Rs 20 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 tax defaulters, people started clearing their dues. The NMC collected Rs 38 crore in just one month between July 04 and August 04, taking the total tax collection to Rs 58 crore.

                  The NMC had also issued warrants to over 1,000 defaulters thereafter in August, giving them a deadline of a month to pay their dues or face seizure of properties. But before taking action against the defaulters, the NMC launched an amnesty scheme in September.

                  The NMC recovers 2% fine per month on the tax dues from the last day of paying taxes. Moreover, it also recovers expenses of notices and warrants issued to the defaulters.

                  But as per the scheme, rebate was given to defaulters in penalty, warrant and notice fees if they cleared their total dues. “We recovered around Rs 28 crore through amnesty scheme. This has led to marginal rise in property tax collection during the April-October period, as compared to the corresponding period last year,” an NMC official said.

                  “We will soon start a drive against property tax defaulters in a bid to achieve property tax collection target for the current financial year,” he added.

                  Nashik East division has garnered the highest property tax collection of Rs 17.25 crore among six divisions, followed by Nashik West division with Rs 16.41 crore.

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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    City to get concrete roads worth Rs 100 crore soon

                    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 11, 2019, 4:40 IST

                    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corportation (NMC) is planning to construct concrete (cement) roads in the city by next year.

                    A proposal regarding the same will be presented in the civic body’s budget for the financial year 2020-21.

                    Officials said that budget of Rs 100 crore would be proposed for developing 25 km internal roads.

                    The Public Works Department (PWD) has already started the process of identifying roads to be concretised next year.

                    Moreover, the NMC is also identifying old roads — especially the ones that are over 12 years old. Such roads would be resurfaced.

                    Officials from the civic body’s PWD department said that they will make a plan for resurfacing old roads once they gather all the required details.

                    The chairman of the standing committee of NMC, Uddhav Nimse, had recently directed the civic officials to prepare a report of old city roads which were built 12 years ago. The PWD officials will refer to the report while planning the resurfacing of old roads.

                    Recently, the civic body had resurfaced some roads in the Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of MIDC. However, most of the roads are yet to be resurfaced.

                    “The life of concrete roads is over 20 years. MG Road was concretised around 25 years back; however, the road is still intact due to its quality. This year, we could take up quite a few roads for concretisation, but our plan is to concretise at least 25 km stretch of roads,” a senior official from NMC.

                    “The cost for cement roads is higher as compared to tar roads. The cost of concrete roads for approximately 1 km stretch is somewhere between Rs 3.5 crore and Rs 4 crore, as per the width. The financial provision for the concrete roads will be made during the NMC budget for the financial year 2020-21,” the official said.

                    The length of roads across the city is roughly 2,000 km which includes tar roads covering 1,300 km stretch while macadam roads cover about 350 km. The remaining 350 km is covered by concrete roads in the city.

                    “We are also planning to convert macadam roads into tar roads. A proposal for the same is being prepared. The budgetary provisions are soon to be made during the upcoming budget of the civic body,” the official added.

                    Meanwhile, the NMC has carried out tender process for various road works in the city. However, these works were delayed due to the model code of conduct implemented in the view of state assembly elections.

                    The NMC has now started finalising the tender process. The work order to the contractors concerned are to be issued in the next couple of weeks. The road works worth Rs 125 crore will soon be initiated in the city, officials concerned said.


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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      ‘Reducing air and river pollution are my top priorities’

                      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 12, 2019, 4:40 IST The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) functions under the administrative control of the state government’s department of environment. The regional officer of MPCB, Nashik region, J B Sangewar tells TOI’s Tushar Pawar about the major initiatives being taken to control the air and water pollution levels in the city. Excerpts
                      How does the MPCB function?

                      The Nashik regional office of MPCB has jurisdiction over Nashik, Ahmednagar, Dhule, Jalgaon and Nandurbar districts. We mostly monitor air and water pollution. The water samples from the river are collected every week. We also inspect industries randomly every week.

                      How do you measure air quality of the city?

                      We have five air quality monitoring stations across the city to check the levels of pollution on a daily basis. We have also proposed two air quality monitoring stations for the city and another one for Malegaon. The locations have been identified and funds have already been approved. The three new air quality monitoring stations are expected to be operational in the next six months.

                      What steps are being taken to reduce the levels of air pollution in the city?

                      A study conducted by the Centre found that Nashik was among the 100 most polluted cities in the country. The action plan of the city has already been approved by Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), which is the implementing agency. Our major focus is to promote public transport system. We are also promoting the use of electric vehicles in the city. NMC will soon be introducing electric vehicles under the city bus service project.

                      River pollution is another issue that calls for attention. What steps being taken?

                      The Bombay high court has already given a judgement in this regard. A committee headed by the divisional commissioner is monitoring whether different stakeholders are complying with the norms. Instructions have been given to the civic body to upgrade the nine old sewage treatment plants (STPs). This will reduce the biological oxygen demand (BOD) of treated water and thereby help in controlling river pollution.

                      What is the state of air and water pollution in the industrial estates?

                      Both Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of MIDC fall in NMC’s jurisdiction. There are around 140 plating and powder coating units, which don’t have their own effluent treatment plant (ETP). A common ETP has been proposed, but the operation is getting delayed. Hence, steps are being taken to ensure all the units treat the effluents either through their own ETPs or CETP. Moreover, there are around 60 industries which have their own chimneys for letting out gases. We are creating awareness among those industries to ensure that they use clean fuel to reduce air pollution.

                      What action has been taken against the plastic manufacturing units in the industrial areas?

                      We have already directed the civic body and other authorities to curb the use of banned plastic. We have closed six plastic bag manufacturing units in the last few months. Apart from this, there are many plastic recycling units in Malegaon tehsil town. They are operating unofficially and unscientifically. Some units have been closed down there.
                      What are you currently focussing on?

                      Reducing air and water pollution levels in the city are my top priorities. I am also focussing on ensuring that plastic ban is implemented in the city in letter and spirit.


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