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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    Potholes at Dwarka jn throw traffic out of gear

    Santosh Sonawane | TNN | Sep 7, 2020, 04:30 IST

    Nashik: The pothole-riddled road at the Dwarka junction has been slowing down the vehicular traffic on the Mumbai-Agra highway over the past few days.

    Police personnel responsible for streamlining traffic at this junction said they have informed their senior officers of the issues so that the matter can be taken up with the civic officials concerned.

    The Dwarka junction on the Mumbai-Agra highway is one of the busiest junctions in the city. A large number of vehicles from the Mumbai side, the Dhule side, from Nashik city and Pune criss-cross at this junction all through the day.

    Taking into account the frequent traffic snarls at this junction, the city police have already banned the movement of heavy vehicles here between 8 am and 10 am. These vehicles are diverted to other routes.

    A couple of months ago, the city police had set in operation a traffic signal at this junction. For a brief while, it appeared that the perennial problem of the Dwarka junction had been resolved. However, the showers over the past two months have created potholes around this junction — again slowing down vehicular movement.

    Though motorists are following the road signals, they get stuck in the middle of the junction where huge potholes have developed.

    A traffic constable said when the vehicles slow down in the middle junction, chaos ensues. The police officers said they would be writing to the NMC and get the potholes filled immediately.

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      Nullah encroachments rock civic body’s standing committee meet

      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 9, 2020, 04:00 IST

      Nashik: The standing committee meeting of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday witnessed a ruckus over encroachments on nullahs in the city.

      The standing committee members accused the civic officials of not removing the encroachments despite their continuous demand over the past one-and-a-half years.

      The NMC officials clarified that they had conducted the survey of 22 nullahs and the report is submitted to the special committee led by the additional municipal commissioner. The special committee will take a call on the issue in its meeting next week.

      Chairman of the NMC standing committee Ganesh Gite directed the civic officials to look into the issue and remove the encroachments on city nullahs immediately. The issue came up during the video conference meeting of the standing committee on Tuesday.

      Kalpana Pande, a standing committee member, accused the civic administration of ignoring the encroachments on some nullahs which has led to flood-like situations in several places. “Rainwater had entered houses in my ward in Cidco areas. The encroachments have mushroomed along the nullahs and this is causing flooding in residential areas. But the civic officials are not taking any call on the issue,” said Pande.

      The civic officials had assured that the encroachments will be removed at the standing committee meeting two months ago following directives of the standing committee chairman. However, any action is yet to be taken, added Pande.

      Sudhakar Badgujar and other members also raised the issue. They said illegal constructions on some of the nullahs may pose a serious danger.

      An official from the town planning department said they have identified 22 nullahs and conducted the survey. The reports of the survey are to be submitted to the special committee led by the additional municipal commissioner Pravin Ashtikar. Ashtikar said he will conduct a meeting next week.

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        Stamp duty reduction creates positive mood

        Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 11, 2020, 04:28 IST

        Nashik: The state government’s decision to reduce the stamp duty and local body cess by 3% has created a positive mood in the realty sector as the number of enquiries have tripled in the past few days.

        The two real estate bodies — Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai), Nashik and National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco) — have claimed that enquiries and site visits of prospective home buyers have increased in the city.

        Nsahik chapter of Naredco has also announced a zero stamp duty scheme for the buyers, while Credai Nashik said that its members have not increased the rates in the past four years.

        “Earlier, there was no demand for apartments during between April and June, but the state government’s decision of reducing the stamp duty to boost the realty sector is yielding positive results. The number of genuine enquiries and the site visits of prospective buyers have now increased three times in the past few days,” Credai Nashik president Ravi Mahajan said.

        “We have kept the rates of apartments stable in the city for the past four years and it is a good opportunity for people to book their homes as they will save around Rs 1.5 lakh if they buy a 2BHK apartement,” Mahajan said.

        “We are getting good number of enquiries for residential properties. We are expecting the enquires to increase further once the festive season begins,” Jayesh Thakkar, founder member of Naredco (Nashik chapter), said.

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          NMC to float new bid for construction waste management

          Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 18, 2020, 04:56 IST

          Nashik: The civic administration’s bid to appoint a private agency to collect and transport construction debris and recycle the waste has received poor response.

          There have been many complaints against construction debris being disposed along the roadsides. Currently, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) does not have a proper system for disposal of construction and demolition waste.

          Despite lagging behind in this aspect during the cleanliness survey, Nashik city bagged the 11th rank in the country and second in the state among the top clean cities under the Swachh Survekshan 2020.

          NMC has plans to appoint an agency for collection, transportation, processing and management of construction and demolition waste on design, build, operate and transfer (DBOR) basis.

          “We had invited bids last month and two agencies had submitted the bids. However, both the agencies could not fulfil the conditions of the bid. Hence, we are simplifying the bid conditions so that maximum agencies can participate in the bidding process,” said NMC officials.

          “We are in the process of floating a fresh bid. The bid will be floated in a week or two,” added officials.

          The NMC will provide the land where the contractor can recycle the construction, demolition waste. The construction waste, which is unusable and cannot be recycled, is to be placed at the dumping ground identified by the municipal corporation.

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            7 of 171 roads in Nashik’s Old City area taken up for devpt

            Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 19, 2020, 04:46 IST

            Nashik: The smart city development corporation has started developing seven of the 171 small and major roads spanning 36km in the Old City area as part of the area-based developement project.

            The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (NMSCDCL) has set a deadline of 30 months to complete the project. A corpus of Rs 237.21 crore has been set aside for upgrading the overall infrastruture in the Old City area. Development of select roads in the gaothan areas, construction of footpaths, utility conduits, street furniture, traffic signages, street landscaping works, junction improvement and creation of smart bus stops are some of the key elements of the project.

            The NMSCDCL had given the work order to the contractor in September last year. The project came to a grinding halt after the imposition of the lockdown.

            CEO of NMSCDCL Prakash Thavil said, “We started the work of developing major and minor roads in the Old City area with 20% manpower immediately after the lockdown norms were relaxed. We are planning to complete the project on time.”

            “The roads that are being developed will be equipped with water supply lines, sewage lines, storm drainage lines along with cable ducts so that there will be no need to break the roads in future. The longevity of these roads will be 50 years,” said Thavil.


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              Showers bare poor quality of roads in Nashik city

              Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 22, 2020, 04:41 IST

              Nashik: Heavy rain lashed the city and parts of the district for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, leaving many roads with large potholes. Corporators have sought the civic administration to repair the potholes on the roads immediately.

              Municipal commissioner Kailas Jadhav has directed the officials concerned to immediately start filling up the potholes once the rains reduce.

              The civic officials said they are temporarily filling up the roads with paver blocks and construction debris and the monsoon is they would start tarring of the roads.

              The administration also claimed that they have already filled over 9,000 potholes. But the opposition parties have levelled allegations of corruption in the pothole-filling work.

              They alleged that the claim of filling potholes in such a large number is false.

              The condition of roads has deteriorated in both Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Dwarka, Sarda Circle, Untawadi Road and other parts of the city.

              Recently, Shiv Sena corporator Santosh Gaikwad had staged sit-in agitations during the general body meeting, seeking filling of potholes on roads in Satpur division. The mayor had directed the officials to take serious cognizance of this and repair roads in the area.

              Gaikwad said the civic administration only filled the potholes temporarily with debris, but the condition is back to the same due to the ongoing rains.

              Local social activist Sachin Ahire, who had recently conducted a survey of potholes across the city, said the potholes are created every year during rains due to bad quality of the road works being done by the NMC.

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                NMC installs around 67k LED bulbs, project to be completed in 3 months

                Tushar Pawar | TNN | Sep 23, 2020, 04:57 IST

                Nashik: Around 67,000 of the total 92,000 LED bulbs have so far been installed across the city under the smart light project by the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL).

                An NMSCDCL official said that the project is to be completed within the next three months. “The smart LED streetlights have been installed with functional features like remote dimming control, remote on-off option, timer and GPS Map representation. The streetlights will be monitored through the Command Control Centre, which is being set up at Panchavati divisional office of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC),” he said.

                “The centre will monitor everything including the timing of switching on and off of the lights, as per guidelines defined by the National Lighting Code,” the official added.

                The project is being implemented on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model under the Smart City mission and was awarded to M/s TP Luminaire Pvt Ltd, a part of Tata Projects Ltd, in August 2019. It is expected to save 60% energy and a total of 5% of the revenue will be shared with the NMC on a monthly basis.

                Currently, the NMC is paying Rs 2.75 crore towards electricity bill every month for the streetlights. The two industrial estates, which are located in the limits of NMC, will also get LED streetlights under the project, something that has been demanded for a long time by the industries.

                There have been frequent complaints about the defunct streetlights in both Ambad and Satpur industrial estates of the MIDC and the NMC’s plans to replace existing streetlights with LED bulbs will definitely give a big relief to the industries.

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                  Joint survey to identify land for dry ports in Nashik & Sangli

                  Tushar Pawar | TNN | Oct 2, 2020, 04:50 IST

                  Nashik: State industry minister Subhash Desai directed the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) to conduct a joint survey to identify the land for the dry ports proposed in Nashik and Sangli districts and submit reports at the earliest.

                  Desai was reviewing the progress of the four dry ports in the state that have been proposed in Jalna, Wardha, Sangli and Nashik districts in Mumbai on Wednesday.
                  The JNPT has identified around 105 acre of land in Niphad taluka of Nashik district but it is yet to be finalized.

                  The JNPT had recently engaged a private firm for preparing the detailed project report (DPR) for the dry port prooject in Niphad. Sources said the firm has already submitted the DRP to the JNPT. The cost of the dry port project is expected to be around Rs 300 crore.

                  The dry port will be connected by rail and containers from the port will directly go to JNPT Mumbai. There will be value addition services like packaging, grading, loading & unloading, etc required for the export of agricultural and industrial goods.

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                    Civic body plans several initiatives to boost revenue

                    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Oct 7, 2020, 04:46 IST

                    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), reeling under severe financial crisis due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, has planned to roll out several initiatives for boosting the revenue.

                    Appointment of private parties for collection of property tax, which is the main revenue generation source for this civic body, and introducing amnesty schemes are some of the initiatives planned by the NMC.

                    The NMC earns revenue through various taxes like property tax, water tax, town planning taxes, GST compensation along with some other taxes. According to a civic official, the revenue has declined by around 37% during the first-half (April-September) of the current financial year 2020-21.

                    The NMC has collected Rs 570 crore through various taxes and GST compensation till September-end during the current financial year, against Rs 819 crore during the corresponding period last year.

                    “We had set a revenue collection target of Rs 1,850 crore for the current financial year, but we don’t know how much revenue will be collected due to the pandemic. We will revise the revenue collection target for the current financial year in January,” a senior official from accounts department of NMC.

                    “There are government guidelines about not taking action against defaulters. Hence, we are unable to initiate any drive right now against the property and water tax defaulters,” he added.

                    Another civic official said just like the first quarter, the second quarter of this financial year has also got a paltry sum of just Rs 27 crore as property tax.

                    Ganesh Gite, chairman of the standing committee of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), said that the plans are afoot to appoint a private company that will speed up the process of property tax collection.

                    The NMC is also in the process of introducing a mobile application that will enable the property owners to pay the taxes using their cellphones.

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                      Nashik tribals can now get land to build homes near their padas

                      Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Oct 12, 2020, 04:56 IST

                      Nashik: More than 600 tribal families across Nashik district can now get land to construct houses in forest areas surrounding their padas/hamlets if they do not have space in their existing padas. This has been made possible following a notification issued by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on September 23, that recognises the right to the families’ dwelling near their existing padas.

                      The tribals living in remote padas/hamlets had been facing problems while trying to build new houses for their growing families. When the 2005 Forest Rights Act came into force, people living on the lands from before 2005 were allowed dwellings at the same place. But those with growing families had failed to build new houses as there was no land available.

                      “This is a very big problem for tribals who are dependant on the farms in their respective padas. They cannot afford to leave for bigger villages or cities. If we construct houses just outside our padas, the forest department considers it as encroachment. The officials register criminal cases or demolishe the structures,” said Sharad Zhirwal of Dindori taluka.

                      The requests for dwellings with the district authorities are also turned down. This is in stark contrast to villages or city areas where there is a space for construction of new residential quarters either in the form of gaothan or yellow zones.

                      “We have no option, other than to stay in small houses or ultimately leave our pada to find a dwelling elsewhere,” said Satish Gavit, another member of the tribal community who has been facing problems since he and his brother got married in 2010 and 2014, respectively.

                      Wayam, an NGO working in the travel sector, took up the issue with the state government and with the governor. “This notification says that if the residents of respective padas do not have any space to build new houses for growing family needs, the forest department should provide one hectare of forest land within or adjacent to the pada for the construction of dwellings as part of community forest rights. The pada can then accommodate the new houses. But this is not for those coming from outside the pada,” said Milind Thatte of Wayam.

                      Government officials said that this would provide a major solution to the tribals’ dwelling problems and reduce migration. There are nine tribal talukas in Nashik district with 938 revenue villages and 839 padas, housing 9.20 lakh tribals.

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