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    Nashik: Civic chief unhappy with smart road construction

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 9:52 IST

    The 1.1km stretch between Ashok Stambh and Trimbakeshwar is being developed as a smart road

    NASHIK: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game is unhappy over the manner in which the city's maiden smart road has been constructed.

    Game told TOI that the road is uneven at places while stressing the need for making the road smooth.

    The municipal commissioner directed the smart city authorities to check the riding quality of the road.

    The 1.1-km stretch between Ashok Stambh and Trimbakeshwar is being developed under the smart city project by Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL).

    The concrete work of the stretch has been completed and the work of junctions is in progress at Meher Point and CBS junction.

    Citizens have complained about the road being uneven at some places between Ashok Stambh and Trimbak Naka.

    "It is true that the road is uneven at some places and there is a need to smoothen it. But it will be possible only after the work of smart road is completed," said Game.

    "Instructions have been given to the smart city company officials to assess the riding quality of the road. I will soon conduct a review meeting with the smart city company officials in a day or two," he added.

    During the NMSCDCL board meeting, company chairman Sitaram Kunte said that the riding quality will be checked once the road has been completed.

    The project started in April last year and the deadline of six months up to October 2018 was given to the contractor.

    So far, the contractor's deadline has been extended five times, but he is yet to complete the project.

    After the contractor missed the October 31, 2018, deadline, it was extended by March 31 this year, but contractor could not complete the work.

    The smart city company extended the deadline for the third time till June 30, fourth time till July 31 and fifth time till August 15, but in vain.

    The NMSCDCL has also slapped a fine of Rs36,700 per day for the delay in the smart city road project.

    The fine will be recovered from April 1 till the completion of the project. The fine amount will be reduced from the bills to be paid to the contractor.

    Now, the concrete work for both sides of the smart city road has been completed, while the work on three junctions is in progress.

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      Nashik civic body to re-introduce amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters

      Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game said the amnesty scheme will be reintroduced in February next year.Tushar Pawar | TNN | November 16, 2019, 16:00 IST

      NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to re-introduce the amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters following the overwhelming response it received when the programme was introduced for a month earlier this year in September.

      Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game said the amnesty scheme will be reintroduced in February next year. Under the scheme, the tax defaulters, who pay their dues in one go, are given rebate in penalty amount, warrant and notice fees.

      “We had received good response to the amnesty scheme last month where the NMC had collected Rs 30 crore property tax dues,” Game said, adding that they are aiming at collecting property tax dues worth Rs 50 crore through the scheme in February.

      The civic body recovers 2% fine per month on dues from the last day of paying taxes. Moreover, it also recovers expenses of notices and warrants issued to the defaulters. The amnesty scheme was introduced for a period of 30 days from September 15 to Oct 15.

      As per the scheme, the defaulters were given upto 75% rebate on penalty, warrant and notice fees if they cleared their dues within 15 days — between September 15 and 30. A 50% concession in fine was given to the defaulters who paid dues between October 1 and 10 while 25% concession in penalty was given to those defaulters who paid the dues between October 11 and 15.

      During this period, the NMC waived arond Rs 9 crore in penalties, including Rs 3.70 crore in Nashik East division, Rs 1.66 crore in Panchavati, Rs 1.15 croe in Nashik West, Rs 1.08 crore in Nashik Road, Rs 64.95 lakh in Satpur and Rs 98.57 lakh in Cidco division.

      In the last financial year, property tax dues were estimated at around Rs 217.41 crore of which the NMC has recovered Rs 36.08 so far and Rs 181.33 core is still pending.

      The NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 218 crore for the current financial year, inclduing current and previous tax dues. So far, the civic body has collected Rs 98.91 crore as property tax.


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        Plastic waste reduced from 12 to 8% in 2 months

        Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 18, 2019, 4:09 IST

        Nashik: The NMC is reaping benefits of its awareness campaign against plastic products, as the plastic waste from the total garbage collection across the city has reduced by 4-8% in the past two months

        On a daily basis, NMC collects 550 metric tonnes of garbage across the city through 225 garbage collection vans. Out of which 66 tonnes of waste were of banned plastic, which counts 12% of total waste collection.

        According to municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game said that citizens are now taking notice of the awareness campaign conducted in their locality. “But due to continuous awareness drive by the municipal corporation, the quantum of plastic waste has reduced to 8% or 44 tonnes a day because of awareness created by the civic body among citizens,” said Game.

        He further said that he was happy to see the progress around. “We had conducted cleaning operations of drainage lines in the city. We had found plastic waste in the drainage lines and stormwater lines in the city. Choking up of lines due to plastic waste led to water-loggings at various locations across the city during rains,” said Game.

        On October 2, the NMC had conducted a drive to collect plastic waste under Swacchata hi Seva — a plastic waste campaign in the centre. In total, the civic body collected 900 quintals of banned plastic during the drive, this led to a drop in plastic waste in the city.

        In September, divisional offices of NMC had conducted the drive against banned plastics. Twenty-five trade and business people including some dairy vendors were found using banned plastics during the drive. NMC had fined Rs 5,000 each to these traders and dairy vendors.

        In September, the NMC had seized four tonnes of plastics carry bags from industry in Ambad industrial estate. They had slapped fine to the industry and seized all the plastic materials from the unit.

        The civic body has been regularly participating in the Swachh Survekshan programme 2020, launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). This is the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey, which is expected to be held in January.

        The key focus areas of the Swachh Survekshan 2020 include the segregation of waste, utilising the capacity of wet processing facilities, treating and reusing the wastewater. This is in accordance with three principles i.e reduce, reuse and recycle. It also focuses on the uplifting of social condition of informal waste pickers, promoting procurement through GeM and engaging technology-driven monitoring.

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          Bldgs composting green waste to get 5% concession in property tax

          Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 19, 2019, 4:34 IST

          Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), in a bid to promote composting of wet waste, is planning to introduce 5% concession in property tax for all buildings that carry out this process on their premises.

          Concession in property tax will be implemented after an approval from the civic body’s general body meeting. Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game said such tax concession would be introduced shortly to encourage citizens for composting wet waste.

          “The NMC collects 550 tonne of wast from across the city through 225 garbage vans. This include both dry and wet waste. It costs around Rs 2,000 per tonne to collect the filth from the city. Hence, we are planning to introduce concession in property tax for those buildings that resort to composting wet or green waste,” he said.

          According to Game, the objective is to encourage people to start composting wet waste on their premises of their buildings, apartments or societies.

          The move is aimed at reducing the waste that the civic body collects from households on a daily basis and that will in turn save money spent on the collection of waste.

          The NMC is already giving 5% concession in property tax to citizens who are using solar power. Another NMC official said they are also creating awareness among people about composting of green waste in view of the Swachh Survekshan programme 2020 — launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

          “We are organising clean establishment competitions for buildings, school, colleges and government offices. Those resorting to composting of wet waste will definitely get more marks,” the official said.
          This is the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey that is to be held in January 2020 and the NMC has already started preparations in this connection.

          Nashik did not fare well in the last survey (2019) as its ranking dropped from 63 in 2018 to 67 among 425 cities. “We have identified the areas where we did not perform well during the last survey and that led to drop in ranking of cleaning cities. Citizens feedback and documentation of activities were the major areas where we did not do well last year,” the NMC official said.

          “Hence, we want to increase participation of citizens in view of the Swachh Survekshan so that the ranking of the city improves this time,” he added.

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            Nashik Municipal Corporation plans 200km new sewer lines

            Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 24, 2019, 14:01 IST

            NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to lay new underground sewer lines in various parts of the city over the next two years to meet growing requirements.

            The NMC is also considering conducting an audit of the existing sewer lines to check connections and leakages in line with other cities in the country.

            Currently, the city has 1,619km-length of underground drainage lines and it still needs an additional 210 km lines.

            “We have covered 85% of the area under sewer lines in the city. Considering the expansion of the new areas, we need another 210 km of sewer lines,” said municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game.

            “We have already proposed new sewer lines with a total length of 10 km, while new sewer lines of 200km-length are to be constructed within the next two years,” he added.
            A total of 3.43 lakh properties have connected their sewage with sewer lines.

            Apart from sewer lines, the NMC has 358.25km of stormwater lines.

            “We have found that some properties have connected their sewage to the stormwater lines instead of the sewer lines. Therefore, stormwater lines overflow during the heavy rainfall in monsoon,” Game said.

            “During the repair works, we had found plastic waste in both sewer and stormwater lines. The plastic waste had choked the line during the recent heavy rainfall. The citizens themselves are responsible for this problem. Therefore, citizens too need to be disciplined,” he said.

            “We are planning to conduct an audit of the sewer lines to check connections and leakages. Some three-four cities in the country have already conducted such audits. We are getting details about the cost requirement of the project,” he added.

            Plastic waste can be seen being collected through vans despite the state-wide bans. NMC collects around 550 tonnes of waste through its 225 garbage collection vans.
            Of 550 tonnes of waste, 12% accounted for plastic waste around two months back.

            But after the awareness drive and the fine slapped to erring citizens, this quantum of plastic waste has come down to 8% now.

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              Citizens asked to install CCTV cameras in their localities

              Santosh Sonawane | TNN | Updated: Nov 25, 2019, 4:24 IST

              Nashik: While the smart city development corporation will be setting up 800 CCTV cameras across the city under the smart city project, police are advising citizens to install surveillance systems in the premises of their residential complexes and on the roads in their localities to stregthen security in the area.

              Police is aiming to put maximum part of the city under surveillance. A couple of days ago, a few cameras were installed at the Model Colony junction. Cameras have also been installed near the College Road police chowky, which falls under the jurisdiction of Gangapur police station.

              Senior inspector at Gangapur police station Anchal Mudgal said, “While close to 800 cameras will be installed under the smart city project, they will not cover the interiors of the city. It is important to have the necessary surveillance systems in place as it deters criminals from committing crimes. On this backdrop, we are appealing citizens to set up cameras in their respective areas.”

              Mudgal added that quite a few cameras have been set up by traders, corporators and citizens on College Road, Anandwali area, Mahatma Nagar area of Gangapur Road among a few other areas.

              Police said that apart from robbery and chain snatching cases, of late, criminals were smashing windows of cars and stealing cash and other valuables kept there. Anti-social elements were also ransacking vehicles parked on roads.

              When investigating officers have no clues in theft or robbery cases, the footage from the CCTV cameras comes in handy and helps police ascertain the identity of the criminals and arrest them.

              Mahindra Chavan, an officer at Indiranagar police station, said they were exhorting people not just to install CCTV cameras in their residential complexes but also in their localities.

              Chavan said that they have been conducting meetings with people from various residential colonies, sensitizing them about the need to have security measures in place. Setting up CCTV cameras was an important message that the police gave to the citizens during their interaction.

              Senior police officers said that just a few days ago, a man beat up an elderly woman at her residence in the Mumbai Naka area on Thursday and robbed her gold bangle worth Rs 30,000. While no one had seen the man involved in the robbery, a blurry image of the suspect got captured in a CCTV cameras. Taking the help of the footage, Mumbai Naka police zeroed in on the suspect and arrested him within hours of the robbery.

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                Nashik civic body to issue warrants against over 430 property tax defaulters

                The instructions were given by Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game during a recent review meeting held with the department concerned.Tushar Pawar | TNN | November 27, 2019, 12:00 IST

                NASHIK: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has directed the property tax department to issue warrants against 439 property tax defaulters, who have outstanding dues of more than Rs 50,000.

                The instructions were given by Game during a recent review meeting held with the department concerned. Officials of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) said once the warrants are issued, the defaulters will have to clear the dues within 21 days or face action including property seizure.

                Till November 26, the NMC has collected property tax amounting to Rs 101 crore. It plans to collect an additional Rs 218 crore. At the same time last year, the civic body had collected Rs 88 crore as property tax.

                There are over 4 lakh property tax payers across six divisions of the municipal corporation. Of them, 1.97 lakh tax defaulters have total dues worth Rs 53.28 crore. As many as 439 are big tax defaulters who have dues of over Rs 50,000. There are around 1,240 tax defaulters who have dues between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000, while 1.95 lakh defaulters owe the NMC less than Rs 10,000.

                “Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game directed the officials to target big defaulters first. Accordingly, directives have been given to take legal action against 439 big tax defaulters,” said NMC official.

                During the last financial year, the NMC had collected Rs 112 crore as property tax. For the first time, the NMC’s property tax collection target had touched Rs 100 crore then.

                The consumers have the option of paying the taxes online or at NMC’s six divisional offices in Nashik East, Nashik West, Panchavati, Satpur, Nashik Road and Cidco divisions. Those paying online get 1% concession. Moreover, the concession of 5% is awarded to property owners who pay the tax in the first quarter of the financial year.

                The municipal corporation has collected Rs 30 crore in the past one-and-a-half months thanks to the amnesty scheme introduced in the last two months. The rebate is given in penalty, warrant and notice fees if the defaulters clear the total dues. Rebates were given in the range from 25% to 75% to tax defaulters, who paid their taxes.


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                  Scada project to help bring down water wastage

                  Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Nov 29, 2019, 14:10 IST

                  Nashik Municipal Corporation

                  NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to monitor water supply network in the city through Scada project and hopes to reduce the non-revenue water (NRW) losses from current 44% to 20-25%.

                  The city has a network of water pipeline of 2,200 km. Presently, the NRW losses are 44% because of leakages and theft.

                  “Under the Scada project, water supply will be monitored from the start point (water treatment plant) to end users (consumers). Moreover, new water treatment plants will also be constructed under the project,” said a civic official on Thursday.

                  According to sources in the civic body, there are 2.09 lakh water connections across six divisions of NMC, including 1.87 lakh active connections. Moreover, there are 105 elevated storage reservoirs (ESRs) and 14 new are under constructions at various locations across the city.

                  “There are many water connections without metres. Hence, we have to issue average water tax bills to citizens. At times, we receive complaints from consumers who do not have water meters that they get inflated bills. Hence, we are working on 100% water metered connections in the city,” said the official .

                  “Some water connections in the city are unmetered and we have plans to provide new metres under the Scada project.”

                  There are many water tax payers, who have metres but they are defunct. The NMC is planning to identify such consumers and issue them notices, asking them to repair their metres or face action of losing connection.

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                    Nashik: Mutation entries on land records online

                    Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Dec 1, 2019, 5:35 IST

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                    NASHIK: After starting the process of delivering digitally signed 7/12 extracts to property owners online, the district administration has now ordered talathis to ensure the mutation entries on the rights of records are completed within a stipulated period.

                    Under the National Land Record Management Programme (NLRMP), digitisation of property records allows people to access 7/12 extracts online. The process to provide digitally signed copies has now been started.

                    The mutation entries on the records is being seen as the next step. The district administration has asked talathis (the village accountants or revenue officers) to finish the task of registration of mutation entries within a specific time period.

                    A mutation entry is the creation of the right to property in the name of a person by way of succession, or even in case of banks staking claim on mortgaged properties - essentially forbidding the owner of the property to transact without the consent of the ones whose names appear in the mutation box.

                    “Usually, an applicant has to take the valid documents and meet the talathi in person to provide all details about the reason for creating the ‘right’ in the record – or the 7 / 12 extract. If the talathi is not available then the applicant has to approach him or her again. All this takes over a year and this delay has been worrisome. Collector of Nashik Suraj Mandhare, has now issued orders asking the talathis to take up the work on priority basis,” a government officer said.

                    A Public Data Entry (PDE) system has been made available for citizens through which they can enter their details, upload documents and submit them to the talathi. The system will then automatically create an entry in the talathi’s records and assign a number to it. All the talathis have to do is take a decision on the request within a specific time frame. If the documents are found incomplete or unsatisfactory, he or she will have to inform the applicants.

                    “The entries are First-In, First Out (FIFO) basis so the talathi cannot skip a series. If the documents are clear, the talathi has to accept the mutation. The circle officer, the tahsildar officers, the sub divisional officers will supervise their job to ensure entries are processed as expected,” the officer said.

                    The collector has also set a deadline of December 30 – to clear the backlog. “Talathis are expected to take a decision by December 30, on all the applications that have been pending with them. This means people will not have to waste time trying to get their names updated on the 7/12 extract,” the official said.


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                      MIDC stays 40% construction norm on industrial plots

                      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Dec 2, 2019, 4:55 IST

                      Nashik: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has stayed its decision of 40% construction on industrial plots as per the permissible Floor Space Index (FSI) to get the necessary Building Completion Certificate (BCC).

                      As per norms, it is mandatory for the owners to develop plots and take BCCs from the MIDC within the next five years. Earlier, it was just 10% of constructions as per the permissible FSI to get the BCC as most large industries would only construct 10% of property on large plots and take the BCC. They would then not develop the plots for many years and as a result, the land would lie idle.

                      Hence, the MIDC on June 21 issued a circular increasing the limit of construction up to 40%. This had irked most of the industries and had opposed the decision of MIDC. The same issue was also raised during the last meeting of Zilla Udyog Mitra (ZUM).

                      A delegation of industries, led by state president of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MACCIA) Santosh Mandlecha had also met with the then state industries minister Subhash Desai on the issue, who had assured the delegation to look into the issue.

                      The MIDC recently issued a circular confirming that it would be mandatory for all industries, who had bought industrial plots in MIDC estates after June 21 this year, to have 40% construction on industrial plots to get the BCC. On the other hand, the industrial plots bought before June 21 has got only a temporary stay for the time being. MACCIA, on the other hand, has sought the MIDC and the new state government to cancel its decision about norms, instead of giving stays.

                      “Industries obtain plots considering the future expansion plans. It is not practical to invest in construction only. Hence, increasing construction limit up to 40% as per the permissible FSI on industrial plots was a wrong decision. We had brought this to the notice of the state government,” said Santosh Mandlecha.

                      He further said that a decision on the same needs to be taken quickly. “Now, MIDC has stayed its decision of 40% construction norms. The decision has given some relaxation to the industries, but it will not solve a problem. MIDC should cancel this decision instead of mere giving stay to the norms,” he added.


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