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    Nashik civic body tells property tax defaulters to clear dues before March 31

    The civic administration has issued a public notice in this regard. The civic administration has also warned the water tax defaulters to pay their taxes at the earliest or their connections will be snapped.Tushar Pawar | TNN | March 03, 2020, 16:00 IST

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has asked all property owners, including the defaulters, to clear their tax dues by end of this month or face legal action.

    The civic administration has issued a public notice in this regard. The civic administration has also warned the water tax defaulters to pay their taxes at the earliest or their connections will be snapped.

    A civic official said all six divisional offices of the civic body would function even on Saturdays and Sundays for collecting property and water tax dues from the citizens.

    During the last financial year (2018-19), the NMC had collected property tax amounting to Rs 112 crore. It was for the first time that the civic body’s property tax collection target had crossed the Rs 100 crore-mark.

    For the financial year 2019-20, the civic body had initially set a property tax collection target of Rs 218 crore, but so far it has managed to collect only Rs 135 crore. Owing to this, the NMC has revised the property tax collection target for 2019-20 to Rs 140 crore.

    The water tax collection target for the ongoing fiscal was set at Rs 65 crore by the civic body, but till now only Rs 45 crore has been collected. Hence, the NMC has also revised the water tax collection target to Rs 55 crore.

    There are a total of 4.5 lakh properties in the city that are under the tax ambit. Of these, around 1.92 lakh property owners have defaulted on their payments.

    According to a civic official, around 1.41 lakh defaulters have property tax dues between Rs 2,000 and Rs 10,000, while 24,000 defaulters have dues between Rs 11,000 and Rs 25,000.

    “There are around 10,000 tax defaulters who have property tax dues between Rs 26,000 and Rs 1 lakh, while around 2,000 defaulters with dues over Rs 1 lakh,” he said.

    “We have also issued warrants to around 1,900 tax defaulters who have tax dues over Rs 1 lakh. We have warned them of confiscating their properties,” he added.














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      Detailed project reports of Rs 217cr to upgrade 4 STPs

      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Mar 6, 2020, 04:32 IST

      Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has sent detailed project reports (DPRs) worth Rs 217 crore to the state government for upgrading four sewage treatment plants (STP).

      The DPRs will be forwarded by the state government to National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD). Currently, there are a total of 10 STPs in the city of which, nine are old — including three at Panchaki and two each at Chehedi, Agar Takli and Tapovan.

      The tenth STP was built recently at Gangapur and it started operations around four ago. The total sewage treating capacity of these 10 STPs is 350 million litre daily (MLD). The 9 old STPs are treating 290 MLD of sewage.

      According to Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), the Biological oxygen demand (BOD) of nine old STPs is up to 26-30 and it wants the NMC to bring it down to 10. This is also one of the reasons causing pollution of Godavari river as the treated sewage with higher BOD is being released.

      Now, the NMC has decided to upgrade the existing STPs to reduce the BOD and the work will start after the funds are received from the Centre.

      While the DRP cost for two STPs in Tapovan is estimated at Rs 111 crore, the cost of other two STPs in Agartakli area of the city is estimated at Rs 106 crore.

      “We have deployed an Ahmedabad-based agency to chalk out the DPR for upgrading the nine STPs. The agency has submitted the DPR of four STPs following proper study and inspection,” a civic official said.

      “We are in the process to prepare DPRs for upgrading other five STPs through the same agency. We are expecting to complete the DPRs in next few months,” he added.

      Jagdish Patil, group leader of ruling BJP in the NMC, said a delegation of BJP corporators will meet the union ministers in Delhi next month to get the necessary funds for various civic development works.











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        Making Nashik the cleanest city in the country is my priority

        Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Mar 9, 2020, 10:53 IST


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        New mayor Satish Kulkarni has taken several initiatives on sanitation and health services in the city. In a free-wheeling interview with TOI’s Tushar Pawar, Kulkarni shares about the various measures taken for the overall growth of the city and his vision to make the city an IT hub.

        How is the financial condition of the civic body?

        Various development projects are being carried out across six divisions of the Nashik Municipal Corporation. The financial condition of the civic body is neither too good nor too bad. It is balanced. But the focus is being given on basic amenities like roads, street-lights, water, and other facilities.

        What is your vision for the city?

        Nashik is a part of the Mumbai-Pune-Nashik golden triangle, but only Mumbai and Pune have developed a lot and Nashik has been neglected in terms of development. How will employment be generated if the new industries do not come here? Hence, we are already in talks with two IT companies to make some investment here. We are also organising a one-day event in the city, inviting big IT companies where we will urge them to make an investment in Nashik.

        What are the issues in the city and how is the response to your visit to the respective wards?

        Providing basic facilities like water, road, street-light, health services, garbage collection, etc are the duties of the civic body. Hence, I am holding dialogues with city residents in various wards every Saturday to understand the problems they are facing. I have also launched a mobile app – ‘Maza Mahapaur’ to address the grievances of the city residents. I am getting a very good response from the city residents and I am also trying to settle their issues.

        There are any financial issues after the new MVA government coming to power?

        The development of the city is not only the responsibility of the civic body but also of the state government. We hope we will get funds from the Maha Vikas Aghadi government for various development works.

        What are your plans for making the Godavari river pollution-free?

        We are seriously working on river conservation. There are 29 nullahs in the city that connects to the Godavari river. The nullahs are causing pollution to the river. We are planning to construct a parallel pipeline along these nullahs for the effluents to flow into Sewage Treatment Plant. In fact, nullahs should only flow for four months of the rainy season. We have Godavari conservation plans, which require funds worth over Rs 400 crore. We are soon meeting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union minister to seek funds for the project.

        Some city hotels were under NMC’s scanner for releasing stale food and waste. What are your views?

        This is really wrong if the city hotels, wedding halls, and lawns are throwing stale foods into the sewer and stormwater lines. In fact, they should give their waste with segregation into dry and wet garbage to garbage collection vans. If they are still not following this, then action should be taken against such erring city hotels. I have already directed the civic administration to take action against such city hotels.

        As city mayor, what are your top priorities?

        Cleanliness, health services are on the top of my priorities. I want to make Nashik the cleanest city in the country. Measures are taken in that direction by the civic body. Moreover, I am also working on sorting out the parking issues in the city.










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          Cleanliness drive in Nashik: NMC fines 72 erring citizens Rs 81,000

          Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Mar 11, 2020, 10:08 IST Representative image


          NASHIK: A total of 72 erring citizens have been fined Rs 81,000 in the first eight days of March by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for non-segregation of waste, not maintaining cleanliness in public places, dumping of construction waste in open spaces and using banned plastic bags.

          The drive was launched on March 1 under the Maharashtra Nagri Swachh Abhiyan and will last for two months.

          “The state government has asked all civic bodies to observe cleanliness campaigns in their jurisdiction in view of the 60th foundation day of Maharashtra on May 1. The campaign will be implemented between March 1 and April 30. The state government has already issued a government resolution (GR) in this connection,” a civic official said.

          “According to the directives of the state government, participation of the citizens is a must in the civic cleanliness drive,” an NMC official said.

          Solid waste management, road improvement and beautification, streetlight repairs and improvement, traffic islands and beautification of road dividers, beautification of city flyovers and gardens, removal of illegal hoardings, implementation of hawking policy, cleaning of city nullahs, regular cleanliness, participation of people and availability of funds are the key components of the civic cleanliness drive.

          “We have started taking action against erring citizens responsible for non-segregation of waste, dumping construction waste on open space, dumping of garbage in the open, in order to make the city clean,” said NMC officials.

          The civic body slapped a fine of Rs 26,300 on 32 citizens for throwing garbage in public places. “18 have been fined Rs 7,000 for non-segregation of waste, while 17 were slapped fine of Rs 18,500 for dumping construction waste in open spaces,” the official said.

          Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has directed the officials to continue their action against erring citizens until the city becomes clean and plastic free.
















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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            Nashik Municipal Corporation snaps over 100 water connections of tax defaulters

            Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Mar 12, 2020, 12:53 IST


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            NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has, over the past fortnight, snapped more than 100 water connections of citizens who had defaulted on water tax payments.

            Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game had instructed the officials to speed up the tax collection drive in the city given the approaching March-end. The NMC had set an annual tax collection target of Rs 133 crore — including the current demand of Rs 65 crore and the Rs 68-crore water tax dues of the last financial year. So far, the civic body has collected Rs 50 crore. It is yet to collect Rs 83 crore even though only 19 days are left in the current financial year (2019-20).

            “We have intensified our tax collection drive. The municipal commissioner has already directed us to take action against the water tax defaulters,” said the NMC officials. “We have snapped the connections of over 100 defaulters in the past fortnight. We will continue our drive until the defaulters clear their dues,” they added.

            The civic body had collected Rs 40 crore as water tax in the last financial year (2018-19). It had collected Rs 29.50 water tax in 2017-18. So far this year, it has collected Rs 50 crore.

            There are 1.96 lakh water connections across six divisions of the NMC, including 1.88 lakh residential, 4,000 commercial and the remaining 4,000 non-commercial water connections. Corporation officials said 27,000 high-value customers have dues collectively worth Rs 41 crore.

            There are 15,168 tax defaulters who have tax dues in the range of Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000. There are 8,530 defaulters who have dues above Rs 10,000 and up to Rs 15,000. There are 3,423 tax defaulters who have water tax dues above Rs 15,000 and up to Rs 25,000 and there are 666 tax defaulters who have dues over Rs 25,000.

            “We are targeting these high-value customers and water connections of these defaulters are now being snapped,” said the officials.

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












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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              Board strives to retain green character of Deolali

              pragya jain | TNN | Updated: Mar 16, 2020, 10:11 IST


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              The 150-year-old Cantonment Board, Deolali, has over 50,000 residents staying in the area. Making every effort to be a smart cantonment, the board has taken several steps to make it a happy abode for residents. TOI’s Pragya Jain spoke to Ajay Kumar, chief executive officer of the cantonment board about his plans for the welfare of residents.
              How do you plan to upgrade infrastructure of the cantonment area?

              We have repaired all our internal and main roads to facilitate better commute for the residents. They will be in better shape with some more funds. This should solve a long unresolved issue. Apart from schools and hospital, our library and gymnasium are also functioning well. Although our shopping complex plan has hit a roadblock, we are working towards reviving it.

              The board has come up with its maiden Sewage Treatment Plant with over Rs 58 crores. Please share details of the project.

              We have set up our state-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) with the capacity of 11 MLD (million litres per day) which is currently operational. At present, we are driving out the residue into the downstream of Darna river, but we have big plans in the coming year to use the residual water.

              The board had distributed two coloured dustbins to the residents last year. How is the response?

              We have recently equipped the board with the solid waste management plant which is working effectively. We have started generating manure from 30 tonnes of waste per day. As far as the response from the residents is concerned, our 11 ghantagadis go from door to door in all the eight wards to collect dry and wet waste separately. We monitor the ghantagadis using GPS and ensure that they collect the garbage from every ward properly.

              Monsoon is about to come in a few months. It creates havoc in the cantonment area every year. How is it preparedness for it this year?

              We are cleaning the drains already. Now that the STP work is complete on both sides of the roads and the roads are also repaired, there should not be any issue during monsoon this year.

              There is no entertainment hub in Deolali. Do you have any plans?

              Ans: As the permitted FSI (floor space index) in this area is only 0.5, it hampers the infrastructural growth in many ways. But, we have plans to construct some recreational sports faciility for children in the jogging park area. There is some idle place around it where we can put up a bumper car sport and few others for children to play. The plan should materialise within six months. We also plan to keep the green character of Deolali intact and, for which, we plan to have more trees in the newly developed areas.








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              • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                Civic body betters last year’s property tax collection by 32%


                Tushar Pawar | TNN | Mar 20, 2020, 04:22 IST

                Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) property tax collection figure till March 19 has reached Rs 140 crore, 32% more than the collection figure during the same period last year.

                In the last fiscal, the civic body had collected Rs 106 crore till March 19. An NMC official said the civic body had planned to touch the Rs 150 crore-mark by this time, but collection was affected owing to the Yes Bank crisis and the Covid-19 outbreak.

                “The NMC had tied up with Yes Bank for online collection of property and water taxes. Taxes were also being collected at 22 civic facilitations centres across six divisions of municipal corporation by the private bank,” the official said.

                “Owing to the coronavirus spread, the number of people coming to pay their taxes in the NMC’s divisional offices has also dropped,” he added.

                In the last financial year (2018-19), the NMC had collected property tax amounting to Rs 113 crore. That was the first time the NMC’s property tax collection target had breached the Rs 100 crore-mark.

                The current property tax collection figure of Rs 140 crore is the highest ever.

                Initially, the NMC had set a property tax collection target of Rs 218 crore for the current financial year (2019-20), but later revised it to Rs 150 crore.
                The NMC had also launched amnesty schemes on two occasions during the current financial year for property tax defaulters. As per the scheme, the penalty and other charges were waived up to 75% for defaulters who cleared their total tax dues.

                Through these amnesty schemes the civic body managed to collect over Rs 50 crore. Moreover, it had also issued warrants to major tax defaulters and had also the properties of some defaulters for auction. This overall led to rise in property tax collection for the NMC.

                The civic body has also decided to give a 5% rebate to prompt tax payers if they pay their annual property tax during the first quarter of the new financial year.

                Accordingly, 5% rebate is to be given to tax payers who pay their bills in April, 3% if they make the payment in May and 2% if payment is cleared in June.










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                  NMC makes city swachh, lifts 575 tonne of garbage

                  Tushar Pawar | TNN | Mar 23, 2020, 04:37 IST

                  Nashik: With most citizens staying indoors keeping in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to observe Janata curfew on Sunday, the civic administration cashed in on the opportunity and deployed all its resources to clear the black spots in the city.

                  Officials from Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) said that the civic body has 1,900 sanitation workers, all of whom were pressed into service. They collected 575 tonne of garbage from the six divisions of the municipal corporation. On an average, 550 tonne of garbage is lifted daily from across the city.

                  “Our major focus is on maintaining cleanliness and undertaking spraying activities across the city as part of the preventive measures to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus,” said a civic official.

                  “As it was Janta curfew on Sunday, we did not disturb the citizens. We cleared all the black spots that we found in open spaces and along the side of the roads. We lifted 575 tonne of garbage,” said the official.

                  The civic administration also hired some tractors equipped with spraying machines from grape farmers to spray anti-germicide in the city.

                  “We started spraying in Nashik West division on Friday. We deployed 34 tractors with spraying machines in all the six divisions of the municpial corporation on late Saturday night. The tractors finished spraying in all the divisions on early sunday morning,” said the official.

                  He added that spraying activities had also been undertaken in Ramkund, Dutondya Maruti and the river bank of Godavari from Holkar bridge to Talkuteshwar.





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                    Nashik: Lockdown affects development projects worth over Rs 1,000 crore

                    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Apr 6, 2020, 11:26 IST


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                    NASHIK: The 21-day lockdown owing to the Covid-19 outbreak has not only affected the lives of the citizens, but also impacted various developmental works (worth over Rs 1,000 crore) that were started by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation (NMSCDCL).

                    An official, who is part of both NMC and the smart city body, said these works include projects worth Rs 525 crore and Rs 475 initiated by the civic body and NMSCDCL, respectively.

                    “The projects that were started by the civic body include Rs 350 crore works of the public works department (PWD), Rs 115 crore of the sewage department, Rs 50 crore of the water supply department and Rs 10 crore works of the garden department. All these projects have been stopped due to the lockdown,” the official said.

                    “As part of the smart city project, the development of internal roads in gaothan areas of the city under Area Based Development (ABD), costing around Rs 201 crore, has been affected. Godavari beautification and river desilting projects costing around Rs 70 crore and Rs 11 crore, respectively, have also been affected due to lockdown,” he added.

                    The smart city body had also started installation of 800 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at select locations across the city. The Rs 167-crore project has also come to a standstill.

                    Other smart city projects affected due to the lockdown include setting up of mechanical gate under Holkar bridge in Godavari river (Rs 26 crore) and renovation of Pandit Paluskar auditorium (Rs 3 crore).









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                    • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                      Credai seeks exclusion of Malegaon cases from dist figure

                      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Apr 18, 2020, 04:58 IST



                      Nashik: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (Credai) Nashik has urged the state government to keep Malegaon and Nashik district’s Covid-19 positive cases separate as Malegaon has emerged as a major hotspot with over 40 cases reported.

                      Malegaon is located at a distance of about 100 km from Nashik city and has a separate municipal corporation. Over 40 cases have been reported from Malegaon alone while only five cases have been reported from Nashik city, said Umesh Wankhede, president of Credai Nashik.

                      “Nashik has been included in the red zone because of Malegaon. Hence, industrial and other activities which are expected to begin from April 20 are likely to be affected. As Malegaon is far from Nashik, its cases of Covid-19 should not be counted in the figure of Nashik district,” he said.

                      According to Wankhede, Nashik may fall in the green or the orange zone due to which it may get some respite from April 20 if Malegaon’s Covid-19 cases count is excluded from that of Nashik district.

                      Credai Nashik has sent letters in this connection to chief minister Uddhav Thackery, health minister Rajesh Tope and district guardian minister Chhagan Bhujbal.




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