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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    Nashik Municipal Corporation prepares plan to reduce Godavari pollution

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Dec 5, 2019, 8:09 IST
    Two-day joint inspection conducted by NMC and MPCB officials

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has prepared a two-pronged strategy to tackle the problem of pollution in river Godavari.

    The plan was prepared by the civic body after a two-day joint inspection conducted by NMC and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) officials recently.

    According to an NMC official, during the joint survey, the team found that effluents were being directly released into the nullahs at some locations connected with the river leading to pollution.

    The NMC has decided to close the direct release of effluents into the nullahs and they are to be connected to sewer lines that are connected to the sewage treatment plants (STPs).

    Moreover, some residential buildings have also connected their drainage to storm water lines instead of sewer lines. As a result, effluents are entering the river directly. Now the NMC has also started a survey to identify such buildings or properties and fine them.

    “There are around six-seven spots where we found effluents being released into the nullahs during the recent survey. We have already started working on stopping the release of effluent into nullahs. We will connect the effluent released into nullah to sewer lines,” the official said.

    “During the survey, we also found some drainage lines connected to storm water lines, instead of sewer lines. Hence, effluent is directly reaching the river. We have decided to impose penalty on those residents who have connected their drainage lines to storm water lines,” he added.

    The official said the inspection of storm water lines has already begun to find out drainage lines connected to storm water lines. “We have already appealed to erring residents to remove such connections,” he said.

    Officials from the MPCB, NMC, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) along with the petitioners in the Godavari pollution case had conducted the survey in industrial estates, Satpur and Ambad, nullahs and STPs across the city.

    “Samples collected from the sites have been sent to the lab for testing by the MPCB,” the official said.












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    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

      Property tax for freedom fighters waived


      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Dec 8, 2019, 4:20 IST

      Nashik: The standing committee of the civic administration on Saturday issued directions to waive the property tax of freedom fighters in the city within a week.

      Around three months ago, the standing committee had decided to waive the property tax of the freedom fighters, in line with other municipal corporations in the state. However, Nashik Municipal Corporation had failed to implement the initiative.

      Taking serious cognizance of the issue, chairperson of the standing committee Uddhav Nimse warned of taking action against the civic administration if the decisions of the standing committee were not implemented.

      Besides waiving the property tax of the freedon fighters, the standing committee also gave its nod to the proposal of the civic body to reintroduce the amnesty scheme for propert tax defaulters.

      According to the scheme, tax defaulters who pay their dues at one go are given a rebate in the outstanding dues, warrant and notice fees.

      Earlier, NMC had introduced the amnesty scheme from September 15 to October 15. The scheme had received an overwhelming response. NMC had collected property tax dues upto Rs 30 crore in just a month.

      The amnesty scheme being floated by the civic administration for the second time will last from December 16 to February 10.

      The rebate in penalty will be up to 75% if paid between Dec 16 and January 31 and up to 50% if the total tax amount is paid between February 1 and 10.









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        Residents create a structure to overcome ‘plastic monster’

        TNN | Updated: Dec 9, 2019, 4:11 IST

        Nashik: Over a hundred citizens participated in the making of ‘plastic monster’ to give out a message to the public that plastic is harmful to the environment.

        An NGO — Manav Uthan Manch — made the giant structure in two days and has put on display at Krantiveer Vasantrao Narayanrao Naik School near Dongare Vasatigruh for two days. Post that it will be shifted to Ramkund and will be for public view till December 15.

        The idea was to spread the message of zero usage of plastic. “We think that keeping our premises clean is all we have to do but any plastic that we discard goes to the dustbin, to the landfills, and to the ocean. We cannot turn a blind eye to marine pollution,” Jagbir Singh, secretary of the NGO told TOI.

        The 15-members’ team of the NGO has made a 50 x 20 ft big whale of bamboo and cloth. “Whale is the biggest mammal, which is not safe in the oceans because of the plastic waste sent by humans into its habitat. There are various big and small marine animals that are endangered due to plastic waste. Humans should take responsibility for their actions and preserve their environment,” added Singh.

        The structure is on five wheelers so that they can move it to Ramkund, where a five-day exhibition of paintings and posters will attract the onlookers and encourage them to discard the use of plastic.

        Also, a group of 30-residents of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a cleanliness drive at multiple places of the city to mark Swachata Pakhwara. They gathered on Saturday morning and picked up the plastic litter from the areas like CIDCO, Nashik-Agra highway at Ozar, MIDC Ambad, BSNL Exchange, etc.

        The defense employees of Estate Management Unit, Advance Centre for Energetic Materials and their families collected 26 kgs of plastic waste from these areas.










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        • Re : Nashik : New Destination

          Civic body ties property tax amnesty benefits to clearance of water tax dues


          Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 4:51 IST


          Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has made the property tax amnesty scheme conditional by linking it to the clearance of water tax dues.

          NMC has decided to re-introduce the amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters from this month. However, property owners can only claim the benefits of the amnesty scheme after paying pending water taxes. Under the scheme, tax defaulters who pay their entire dues in one go will get a rebate in the penalty amount, warrant and notice fees.

          “We have now set a condition. Only when the property tax defaulters clear their water tax dues will they be eligible for amnesty benefits. This will help us increase water tax collection,” said an NMC official.

          While the water tax collection target set for the current financial year is Rs 64 crore, the civic body has been able to collect only Rs 32 crore so far. Apart from the current target of Rs 64 crore, water tax defaulters had total dues of over Rs 45 crore till March 31 of the last financial year.

          NMC recovers 2% fine per month on the tax dues after the payment deadline. Moreover, it recovers expenses of the notices and warrants issued to the defaulters.

          Earlier, the amnesty scheme was introduced for a period of 30 days — from September 15 to October 15. Rebates in the range of 25% to 75% were given to the defaulters who took benefits of the scheme.

          During that period, the NMC had collected Rs 30 crore as property tax from defaulters and had waived penalties worth Rs 9 crore.

          Now, the civic body is re-introducing the amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters from December 15. The NMC standing committee has already given its nod. The rebate in penalty will be up to 75% if paid between December 16 and January 31 and up to 50% if the total tax amount is paid between February 1 and 10.













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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            Year-long census by NMC finds 47.95L trees in city

            Tushar Pawar | TNN | Dec 12, 2019, 4:41 IST


            Nashik: A 12-month-long census carried out by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has found that there are 47.95 lakh trees across the six divisions of the city.
            An NMC official said this is for the first time that such a census has been carried out in the city.

            “The census could not be carried out in cantonment area and Police Training Academy (PTA) due to security reasons. The highlight of the exercise is that the tree population in two of its six divisions, Nashik East and Nashik West, is abysmally poor,” he said.

            While the tree population in Nashik East is 1.41%, in Nashik West it is only 1.44%. An NMC insider said these two divisions are concrete jungle and this has affected the tree population there.

            There are altogether only 1.36 lakh (2.85%) trees in both Nashik East and Nashik West divisions, while the remaining 97.15% trees are in Panchavati, Cidco, Nashik Road and Satpur divisions.

            Interestingly, 70% of total trees (33.68 lakh) are in Panchavati and Cidco divisions. The former houses 17.41 lakh trees, while the latter has 16.27 lakh trees.

            “There are less than 3% of total trees in Nashik East and Nashik West divisions, while 70% of the total trees are concentrated in two divisions. Hence, we are taking efforts to balance the number of trees in all six divisions. We are working on how to increase the number of trees in Nashik East and Nashik West. We are also brining in the concept of terrace garden that would be introduced in these two divisions,” a civic official said.

            “We are also identifying spaces in both the divisions for tree plantation. Also, we are yet to carry out the survey in Cantonment and Police Training Academy. PTA has given us permission in this regard and we will soon conduct the survey there,” he added.










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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Nashik civic body's property tax collection up 15% between April-December

              The Nashik East division tops the chart with maximum tax collection of Rs 21 crore followed by Nashik West at Rs 19.83 crore. Tushar Pawar | TNN | December 19, 2019, 11:00 IST

              NASHIK: The property tax collection figure of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) this year, from April 1 to December 16, has increased by 15% to Rs 106 crore as against Rs 91 crore during the same period last year.

              The Nashik East division tops the chart with maximum tax collection of Rs 21 crore followed by Nashik West at Rs 19.83 crore. An NMC official said that one of the main reasons for increase in property tax collection is the introduction of amnesty scheme between September 15 and October 15.

              “We had collected Rs 30 crore in just one month through the amnesty scheme. This led to rise in property tax collection,” he said.

              Under the amnesty scheme, up to 75% rebate on penalty, warrant and notice fees was given to defaulters if they cleared their entire tax dues in one go. “We have again re-introduced the scheme — from December 16 to February 10, 2020. We hope it will further swell the revenue collection,” the official said.

              The NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 218 crore for the current financial year 2019-20, but has managed to achieve only 50% of the target.

              “We have already put properties of 44 tax defaulters for auction that will be held on January 2. We will not auction the properties if the defaulters clear all their dues before the date of auction,” the official said.

              “We also have other ways to change the ownership of properties if we do not receive good response from the bidders for the auction. This is for the second time we are auctioning properties of the defaulters this year,” he added.

              The official said that their objective is to increase property tax collection. The NMC recovers 2% fine per month on tax dues from the last day of paying taxes. Moreover, it also recovers expenses of notices and warrants issued to the tax defaulters.

              Under the amnesty scheme, tax defaulters, who completely clear their dues in one go, are given a rebate in penalty amount, warrant and notice fees. But they will have to clear their water tax dues as well.

              The rebate in penalty will be up to 75% if paid between Dec 16 and January 31 and up to 50% if paid between February 1 and February 10.











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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                NMC marks illegal encroachment on road in Satpur

                Tushar Pawar | TNN | Dec 21, 2019, 4:36 IST



                Nashik: A day after the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) avoided huge embarrassment by giving written assurance to a court bailiff, who had come to seize the chair and table of the top-brass, the civic body on Friday began the initial process of removing encroachments from a road in Satpur area of the city.

                A team comprising officials from anti-encroachment and town planning departments of the civic body arrived at the location in the morning and earmarked all illegal structures. The team was accompanied by local policemen.

                “We have identified 60 structures including shanties that have been encroached upon on the road. We have marked those structures and the demolition will begin shortly,” an NMC official said.

                The civic administration has already written to the city police requesting police cover to undertake the demolition drive. “The drive would be undertaken as soon as we get the police cover,” the official said.

                During the visit to the area, the NMC team had to face resistance from the locals opposing the marking exercise. “They were not allowing the team to discharge its duty. We had to do lot of convincing that the court has intervened on the issue and the NMC has to discharge its duty,” the civic official said.












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                • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                  No taker for construction & demolition waste project

                  Tushar Pawar | TNN | Dec 23, 2019, 4:12 IST


                  Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) bid to appoint a private agency for collection and transportation of construction and demolition waste in the city has received poor response.

                  Not a single agency has come forward for the bidding, forcing the municipal corporation to extend the date of submission by a period of 15 days. The date has now been revised from December 20 to January 5.

                  The NMC had recently floated a bid for collection, transportation, procession and management of construction and demolition waste in the city on design, build, operate, transfer (DBOR) basis along with the on-site recycling facility. The NMC will provide land for recycling the waste.

                  “The last date for submission of the bid was set at December 20; however, the NMC did not receive a positive response. Hence, the date for submission of bids has now been extended by another 15 days,” an NMC official said.

                  Disposing the debris from demolition and construction has become a major issue in the city. The civic body has received a number of complaints against debris being disposed on roads.

                  Taking serious cognizance of the situation, the municipal corporation has come up with a solution of appointing a private agency for collection and transportation of the construction and demolition waste on the on-site recycling facility.

                  “The civic administration has no proper management or disposal system for construction and demolition waste. There have been regulations of the central ministry in this regard. As per the government guidelines, we are planning to manage and recycle construction and demolition waste through private agency,” the official added.

                  The construction waste — which is not usable or cannot be recycled — is to be placed at the dumping ground as identified by the municipal corporation. The list of dumping grounds in all six divisions will be given to the contractor beforehand.

                  There are six divisions of the municipal corporation — Nashik East, Nashik West, Nashik Road, Satpur, Cidco and Panchavati.

                  The Public Works Department (PWD) of the NMC has selected a few locations across all six divisions for dumping the debris.

















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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    Dust screen must at construction sites in Nashik


                    The committee has also asked the NMC to build traffic islands in the city with concept of vertical gardens and water fountains to suppress dust.Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: December 25, 2019, 13:41 IST File photo


                    NASHIK: The air pollution monitoring committee headed by municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has decided to make dust screens mandatory for all builders and construction-site operators across the city.

                    Moreover, sprinkling of water at construction sites to suppress the dust has also been made compulsory. The committee has also asked the NMC to build traffic islands in the city with concept of vertical gardens and water fountains to suppress dust. These projects are to be carried out under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

                    This committee — comprising officials from agencies like Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), RTO and traffic police — has been formed by the NMC to reduce dust emissions from such sites.

                    The union environment ministry has identified Nashik as one of the 100 non-attainment cities where air pollution is above normal. Following this, the civic body has prepared an action plan to tackle this problem and the plan was recently approved by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB.)

                    “Dust is generated mostly at construction sites. Considering this, it has been made mandatory for builders to install dust screens at constructions sites. Moreover, they will have to use water at the constructions sites to suppress the dust,” an NMC official said.

                    The NMC recently formed a committee for implementation of the action plan and the first meeting of the panel was held recently where these decisions were taken.

                    During the meeting, NMC officials informed about the initiatives taken by the civic body to increase the tree plantation to reduce the air pollution. Around 16,000 trees have been planted with involvement of people and NGO. Apart from this, NMC has planted 50,000 trees this year and has set target of planting 1 lakh trees every year, said NMC official.

                    The committee also roped in environment department of a city-based private engineering college to carry out a survey for finding the present air pollution status of the city.











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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      Complete survey of nullahs fast: Civic chief

                      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Dec 26, 2019, 4:58 IST

                      Nashik: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game, has directed the town planning department to speed up the survey of 67 big nullas in the city in order to find encroachments on those structures.

                      During a recent meeting with the heads of various departments, Game had instructed the concerned officials to complete the survey as soon as possible.

                      A section of the elected representatives of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been demanding the removal of encroachments from the big nullas that are choking the flow of water.

                      During the monsoon, the water from these drains overflow on to the roads leading to waterlogging.

                      Homes and shops in lower areas are inundated because of this.

                      Before the assembly elections, the shopkeepers of Saraf Bazar had threatened to boycott voting to protest against NMC for not de-clogging the drains of the area due to which every monsoon the area gets inundated.

                      The shopkeepers agreed after the former district guardian minister, Girish Mahajan, assured them that the civic would address the problem.

                      Some of the standing committee members had raised the issue during a recent meeting of the panel and demanded the civic administration find a solution to this problem so that the local residents do not face problem during next monsoon.

                      The standing committee chairman, Uddhav Nimse, had asked the civic administration to look into the issue raised by the panel members.

                      NMC sources said that the town planning department has already started the work the survey of the nullahs.

                      “In the first phase, a survey of 27 drains undertaken. At present, the survey is being carried out of 8 nullahs. The exercise is a time consuming as these nullas are big and encroachments have to be identified in each of these structures,” said NMC sources, adding that the department is working overtime to complete the exercise.

                      Once the survey is completed the town planning department will place its findings before the municipal commissioner and a decision would be taken about the removal of the illegal structures.









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