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    Nashik civic body permits construction at few building sites

    Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has issued an order in this connection following the centre and state government’s decision to give relaxation to certain activities out of containment areas.
    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has given its approval to start the construction of certain buildings by following few guidelines put across by the civic body. Only those buildings, which have been earlier permitted by the town planning department, will be able to carry the work.

    Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game has issued an order in this connection following the centre and state government’s decision to give relaxation to certain activities out of containment areas.

    The construction activities were completely stopped in the city after the government announced the lockdown in the country following the outbreak of Covid-19.

    They will have to apply online for getting permission for construction activities. “This is only for those builders or owners who have already got permission for the construction of the buildings or houses. But they will have to follow all the conditions set by the municipal corporation. The action would be taken against those who are found violating the norms,” said an NMC official.

    The builders can keep a maximum of five workers at the construction sites and they will have to provide them accommodation at the construction site. Moreover, these labourers will have to maintain social distancing guidelines of at least one metre from each other while doing the work.

    Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Nashik has welcomed the decision of the municipal corporation.

    There are many projects, which had already received approval from the municipal corporation to start construction, but they could not due to lockdown. “Some had to stop the work in mid-way. Now, such projects having pre-permission may start constructions. Some sites which already had workers staying there have resumed work,” said Umesh Wankhede, president, CREDAI Nashik.

    He added that although the exact number of projects starting construction is unknown, but they are taking feedback from the members and the date on the same would be available in a day or two.











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      Over 100 builders get Nashik civic body nod to start construction work

      The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) had received applications from over 250 builders and developers to start the construction activities.

      NASHIK: Nearly half of the builders and owners, who had sought permission to start construction activities in Nashik city, have received the approval.

      The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) had received applications from over 250 builders and developers to start the construction activities. It has given permissions to 120 builders, who had already received commencement certificate for their projects.

      Builders, developers or owners may start construction of buildings at the sites, but they will have to keep at the most five workers at the sites. Moreover, builders or owners will have to provide staying facilities at the constructions site itself.

      Also, the workers will have to maintain distance of one metre from each other while doing construction activities.

      Builders said that some workers were already staying at the construction sites since the lockdown. Hence, construction activities can be started with the help of such people.

      On Monday, municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game had issued an order in this connection following the centre and state government’s decision to give relaxation to certain activities out of containment areas.

      The construction activities had come to a standstill after the first lockdown was announced.

      According to Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai) Nashik, the construction activities were taking place at over 2,500 sites in the city. Considering it, the number of applications the NMC has received is very low.















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        Nashik civic body to give nod for repair of buildings, demolition of unsafe structures

        Earlier, the builders who have already got commencement certificates and workers staying at the construction sites, were allowed to start construction activities with maximum five labourers and by maintaining social distancing along with other safety measures.
        NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to give permission to repair works of the buildings along with demolition of unsafe structures or buildings in the city.

        The decision comes following fresh guidelines of the state government issued on Tuesday.

        Earlier, the builders who have already got commencement certificates and workers staying at the construction sites, were allowed to start construction activities with maximum five labourers and by maintaining social distancing along with other safety measures.

        "Now, the government has given its approval for urgent pre-monsoon works related to the real estate sector. This includes the works related to protection of building, shuttering, water proofing, flood protection, propping and structural repairs of building, demolition of unsafe buildings, etc," an NMC official said.

        "However, the social distancing and other hygiene norms as per standard health protocol should be followed strictly," the official added.

        Chief secretary Ajoy Mehta issue a circular in this regard on Tuesday. Accordingly, the NMC has appealed to the builders, developers and owners of houses or buildings to apply for getting the permission from town planning department.

        Meanwhile, 389 builders and owners have applied to the NMC for permission to start construction activities.

        The NMC has given permissions to 220 builders so far and most of them have started construction activities in the city. Moreover, the NMC has also rejected permissions to 18 builders.

        The construction activities had completely stopped in the city after the government announced lockdown following Covid-19 outbreak.











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          Drastic drop in property tax collection in April

          Tushar Pawar | TNN | May 1, 2020, 04:52 IST


          Nashik: The property tax collection saw a sharp fall in the first month of the new financial year, despite 5% discount for citizens who pay annual the amount in the first quarter of the financial year.

          The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) collected only Rs 2.35 crore in April as against Rs 9 crore during the corresponding month last year.

          Civic officials said the main reason for poor collection of property tax is the current lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

          “People’s incomes have been affected due to closure of businesses and some sectors announcing salary cuts. This has overall led to a drop in property tax collection,” said a civic official.

          “Usually, we conduct a drive against property tax defaulters in March, but could not do it this time because of the outbreak of coronavirus,” said the official.

          The NMC usually collects around Rs 15-20 crore in the month of April, but it was less last year because of the Lok Sabha elections as most of the staff of property tax department had been engaged in election duties.

          The civic body had collected property tax of Rs 15 crore during the month of April in 2018.

          The NMC has introduced incentives for property tax payers from the current financial year. Accordingly, citizens who pay the property tax in April and May will get up to 5% rebate in the tax, while those who pay in June and July will get rebate of 3% and 2% respectively, said NMC officials.

          In 2019-20, the property tax collection was Rs 144 crore, which was the highest ever figure in the history of the municipal corporation.

          The civic body’s property tax collection in the previous financial year of 2018-19 was Rs 114 crore. It had for the first time crossed the Rs 100-crore mark in property tax collection this year.












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            Over 500 real estate projects in Nashik hit due to lack of workers

            Owing to the shortage of workers, some builders have stopped construction activities while some have slowed down the pace of work at their sites. File photo


            NASHIK: Over 500 real estate projects across the city that had got permission from the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to resume construction activities are now affected for want of workers as most of the have returned to their hometowns.

            Owing to the shortage of workers, some builders have stopped construction activities while some have slowed down the pace of work at their sites.

            “We have given nod to 525 real estate projects to carry out construction activities against certain conditions like maintaining social distancing and safety of workers. This includes large 50 projects with over 100 apartments each,” a senior official from the town planning department said.

            “These projects had already got commencement certificates from the municipal corporation, but the construction activities at these sites were stopped due to lockdown. These projects are now facing the issue of manpower crunch,” he added.

            According to city-based builders, over 60% of construction workers in Nashik are from states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

            The remaining 40% of the workers include workers from Vidarbha, Marathwada and even parts of Nashik district.

            “Many city builders have obtained permission from the NMC to start construction work, but the activities are yet to gain momentum due to lack of workers,” Naresh Karda, vice-president of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Nashik), said.

            Karda, who is also the chairman of a major construction firm in the city, said, “We have around 14 residential projects under construction across the city and have over 450 workers. We have provided all the facilities, still around 25% of them have already moved back to their native places.”

            “We are worried that others too will follow suit and this will affect the construction activities across the city,” he added.

            “Lack of workers has become a major issue for the construction industry,” Jayesh Thakkar, senior member of National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco), said.













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            • Re : Nashik : New Destination

              NHAI to miss deadline for flyover project

              TNN | May 15, 2020, 04:05 IST



              Nashik: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will miss the deadline for completion of the Rs 300-crore flyover project — the construction of which began two years ago — owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.

              The project was to be completed by October this year. "It would be impossible to complete the project by the deadline. We would be able to complete it by early 2021 provided there are no more hiccups due to the pandemic," an official from NHAI said.

              The contractors, however, are facing issues like manpower crunch and raw materials. The 2.3-km-long flyover from KK Wagh to Jatra hotel will reduce the traffic chaos at important areas like Amrutdham, Bali Mandir, Jatra Hotel, among others. tnn










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                City’s rating in cleanliness gets ‘buriedunder debris’

                Tushar Pawar | TNN | May 21, 2020, 04:40 IST


                Nashik: The city’s rating has come down from three stars to one star in the garbage-free cities under Swachh Survekshan 2020, which was declared by the Union ministry of urban and housing affairs on Tuesday.

                Dhule and Jalgaon in north Maharashtra have showed improvement this from one star to three stars each.

                “We were expecting a better rating this year. We also examined our reports ward-wise and the one on collection and reuse of construction debris has not been accepted,” said a senior civic official while expressing shock.

                “The reports are submitted to the Centre via the state government. Incomplete reports may have been submitted. It will take a day or two to know the exact reason,” said the official.

                This year, we are yet to receive guidelines by the Centre on Swachh Survekshan, whether it will be quarterly or not, because of coronavirus. We will make our plans accordingly for the next survey, said the official.

                NMC officials said they are already in the process of appointing an agency to collect construction debris from across the city and reuse it.

                “The agency will have to create the facility for recycling of the construction waste. We have already floated bids in this connection, said an NMC official.

                The government has certified six cities under the 5-star category and 65 cities under 3-star. Around 70 cities have got one star ratings, including Nashik city.









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                  Corporate houses ask landlords to reduce rent

                  Tushar Pawar | TNN | May 26, 2020, 04:47 IST

                  Nashik: Corporate houses have started negotiating with their landlords to reduce the rent of the leased properties owing to the economic slowdown caused by the ongoing Covid-19.

                  According to Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MACCIA), 90% of the corporate houses have shown their inability to pay the current rent and have demanded reduction in rent by around 30%.

                  Some of the corporate houses have demanded waiver of rent for the lockdown period, while some have decided to close their outlets/showrooms to reduce losses.

                  The lease rates for 1,000 sqft properties in various parts of the city are in the range between Rs 75,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh per month.

                  “All businesses have been badly affected due to lockdown following outbreak of Covid-19. Hence, they (business houses) have now approached the landlords and started negotiations to reduce the rent,” Umesh Wankhede, chairman of the MACCIA, said.

                  “Some big brands have also decided to shut down some offices or outlets in the city, while others are insisting waiver of rent for three months at least as they could not do business during lockdown period,” said Wankhede.

                  An official from a mobile network company said, “We have decided to close one outlet in prime area of the city area of the city due to losses we are incurring daily due to lockdown. The rent of that commercial property is around Rs 1.5 lakh per month.”












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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    Government order may halt road works worth Rs 75 crore in Nashik

                    Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Jun 2, 2020, 04:46 IST


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                    NASHIK: The Government Resolution (GR), dated May 18, asking to stop all road development works is likely to halt projects worth Rs 75 crore in Nashik, a senior officer from the state PWD said.

                    The state government has decided to cut down on expenses on construction of roads to certain levels in order to bring down the load on budgetary expenses and further help in arranging things required to fight Covid-19.

                    “Due to this, projects worth Rs 25 crore under Special Repairs (SR) and Flood Damaged Repairs (FDR) will be affected along with budgeted works of around Rs 50 crore,” the official said.

                    “All the works that were sanctioned before March 2019 and were yet to start or orders still not issued have to be cancelled. Also, all the works under the FDR which have not yet started should be cancelled at once. The order, however, excludes the construction of the bridges,” he added.

                    The government has at the same time ordered the PWD to stop the works of the construction of the roads under the FDR by ensuring the constructed works are stopped at safe levels to avoid any kinds of accidents.

                    Similar orders have been issued for the construction of roads being carried out after receiving budgetary allocation.

                    “Some of the works included in the budgetary allocation will have to be stopped. But they can be resumed later with availability of funds unlike the non-planned works that may not resume any soon,” the officer added.

                    The total quantum of works in the district is around Rs 300 crore and Covid-19 is likely to affect works worth Rs 75 crore.







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                      60% drop in NMC’s water tax collection

                      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Jun 4, 2020, 04:51 IST

                      Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has registered a 60% drop in water tax collection in the first two months of the current financial year, collecting Rs 2.35 crore as against Rs 6 crore during the corresponding period last year.

                      Civic officials have attributed the drop in water tax collection to the lockdown imposed in view of Covid-19.

                      “People’s priorities have changed due to lockdown. They are now giving more priority to saving money as much as possible. Moreover, the lockdown has also resulted in many people facing financial crisis. This has overall led to a drop in water tax collection,” said NMC officials.

                      The municipal corporation had introduced incentives of up to 5% for prompt property tax payers who pay annual tax in the first four months. As a result, property tax collection of the NMC in April-May increased marginally as compared to the corresponding period last year.

                      However, the NMC did not introduce any incentive schemes for water tax collection. “We are working out the possibilities whether such incentives can be introduced. We will also submit a proposal in this regard to municipal commissioner,” said NMC sources.













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