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  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

    Suggestions sought on Greenfield plan

    Tushar Pawar | TNN | Oct 14, 2020, 04:26 IST

    Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) has invited suggestions and objections about the draft of the proposed Greenfiled township project.

    The township is to be developed on 753 acre in Makhmalabad areas of the city. The draft of the township has been published by the NMSCDCL and the last date for submitting suggestions and objections about the draft of the township project is November 6.

    Thereafter, the hearing will be held on the suggestions and objections by the stakeholders. The final draft of the Greenfield township project with inclusion of the suggestions and objections are to be sent to the town planning department of the state government for its approval.

    The township will create smart infrastructure like roads, water supply, sewage lines, storm water lines, smart lights and all necessary facilities and amenities. As per the draft of the township project, farmers will get 55% of the land they give for integrated development of the areas, while infrastructure like roads, public amenities space are to be developed on the remaining 45% of the land.

    The minimum width of the road in the proposed township will be 12 metre onwards. The farmers will get the developed plots with well equipped modern amenities, green belt, water supply, sewage supply lines, wide roads, parking spaces and host of other facilities.

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      Godavari beautification project starts, to be done by Sept 2021

      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Oct 17, 2020, 04:55 IST

      Nashik: The Godavari riverbank beautification works in Nashik city has picked up pace and is expected to be completed by September 2021.

      The project, with a cost of around Rs 120 crore, had stalled for over two months due to the nationwide lockdown. The works further slowed down due to shortage of workers.

      The Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) officials said the work has been redesigned and the contractors have been instructed to speed up the construction activities.

      Under the project, beautification of the Godavari banks, construction of a retaining wall, a walkway, an accupressure pathway, a cycle track, a heritage walk, development of gardens, desilting and deconcretising of the river would be done. There will also be a mechanical gate below Holkar bridge.

      “We have already started work on the Godavari river beautification project as part of the smart city mission. It is in various stages of development. We have completed around 20% of the total work so far,” said Prakash Thavil, CEO, NMSCDCL.

      “We have done 600m excavation for the Godavari walkway project, while construction of the retaining wall has also started. Civil work of the amphitheatre has been completed,” said the smart city officials.

      Moreover, the work for deconcretising the riverbed has also started. This is a part of the Godavari beautification project that is under the smart city. The concrete that is blocking smooth flow of the river is to be removed, the officials said.

      Key features

      Godavari garden at Ramwadi area; Construction of retaining wall
      Godavari walkway/accupressure pathway and cycle track, design and installation of bollardas & dividers
      Construction of Sundar Narayan temple ghat and jetty
      Beautification of Godavari ghats, design and installation of stone “deepstambh’’
      Deconcretising of riverbed at Ramkund
      Development of Modakeshwar mandir garden space as Ramayan circuit garden; Heritage walk
      Installation of signages, e-toilets, landscaping with tree plantation
      Design and installation of gabion benches, bordeaux mirror effect

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        NMC to spend Rs 33cr to repair potholes

        Tushar Pawar | TNN | Oct 19, 2020, 04:47 IST

        Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to spend Rs 35 crore to repair the potholes on rain-damaged city roads across six divisions.

        Contractors are expected to be appointed by month-end and they will immediately start the work. The contractors will be accountable for road repairs and pothole-filling works on tar roads, as well as the supply of raw materials and machinery to repair macadamized roads across.

        “Monsoon is now almost over and we will start repairing roads and filling potholes,” said the NMC officials.

        “We have already started filling the potholes in some areas. We are also in the process of appointing contractors to repair the roads. We have earmarked Rs 33 crore,” they added.

        “The condition of roads in the city has deteriorated due to rains. Although the NMC temporarily repaired some roads, potholes have resurfaced. The condition of the Gangapur Road in some stretches is pathetic. The road is also in very bad shape near Savarkar Nagar area,” said city resident Manish Rawal.

        The two industrial estates of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) — Satpur and Ambad — are located within the jurisdiction of NMC, which takes care of the roads in the industrial areas.

        But the condition of the roads in the industrial areas is also bad. Industrial associations have been demanding that the NMC improve the road conditions. While one or two major roads are in good shape, most of the internal roads in both the industrial estates are in a very bad state, said an industrialist.

        Recently, Shiv Sena corporator Santosh Gaikwad had staged a sit-in agitation along with his supporters to raise voice against the pothole-riddled roads and negligence of the civic administration during the online general body meeting of the NMC. Gaikwad had attended the online meeting while sitting on a potholed-road in the Satpur division.

        The mayor had then directed the civic administration to take up pothole repair works.

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          Nashik civic body to go after water tax defaulters with over Rs 10,000 dues

          Tushar Pawar | TNN | Updated: Oct 19, 2020, 09:39 IST

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          NASHIK: The civic administration has decided to start a recovery drive against big water tax defaulters who have dues over Rs 10,000.

          The decision taken by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) comes in the wake of the drop in revenue collection from water tax following the Covid-19 outbreak.

          There are over 25,694 water tax defaulters who have outstanding dues ranging between Rs 10,000 to more than 25,000. Collectively, they owe the NMC dues to the tune of Rs 54.09 crore.

          NMC has set a target of generating Rs 106 crore-revenue from water tax collection for the 2020-21 fiscal. However, the NMC has been able to collect only Rs 14.25 crore till October 10.

          “The water tax collection has been badly affected due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We have decided to start a recovery drive from big water defaulters. We will be targeting only those water tax defaulters who have dues over Rs 10,000,” said an NMC official.

          In 2019-20, NMC’s revenue through water tax collection had increased by 35% to Rs 55 crore against Rs 40 crore tax collected in the previous fiscal (2018-19).

          There are a total 1.98 lakh water connections in the city—1.90 lakh residential, 4,000 commercial and remaining 4,000 non-commercial water connections.

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          • Re : Nashik : New Destination

            Greens oppose proposed road to Anjaneri hilltop

            Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Oct 24, 2020, 04:48 IST

            Nashik: The environmentalists in Nashik district are up in arms against the state public works department’s move to construct 14-km road through forest land to connect the Anjaneri hilltop with Muley Gaon village to promote tourism.

            The PWD is proposing to construct a road from the village located at the base of the hill to the top, which is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. The road construction has been mooted three times in the past and again been sent to union minister of forest and environment for approval.

            “The base village of Muley Gaon is connected to Trimbakeshwar road by a 5.5 km road. There is neither road nor habitat to the hilltop. The road has been proposed since 1994 and marked as ‘Other District Road’. The locals have also demanded a road to attract tourists,” a senior PWD officer from Nashik said.

            Of the 14-km road, a four-km stretch will be constructed on the land of revenue department. The remaining 10 km road with 18-meter width is to be built on 17 hectares of forest land.

            The PWD officers claimed that local villages, the forest right committees have given their ‘No Objection Certificates’ and accordingly, the collector of Nashik has already suggested an alternative land to the forest department.

            “We have received the proposal from the PWD and the same is being processed. The proposal will be sent to Nagpur office and thereafter to New Delhi, where the fate of the proposal will be decided,” a senior forest department officer said.

            The environmentalists have vehemently opposed the proposal. “If there was no way for people to travel, we would have considered the ‘fundamental’ right of humans to be supreme. But that is not the case,” said ecologist Jui Pethe of Nisargabhan.

            She added that the state government had in 2017 declared about 5.67 sq km are of Anjaneri as a conservation reserve – buffer zones that act as connectors to migratory birds. It is also home to important vulture rehabilitation programme in the country. “If nothing can be developed there, what exactly is the purpose of the road,” Pethe questioned.

            The environmentalists met Nashik MP Hemant Godse to request him to stop the project in the interest of the ecology.


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              Want to push pending projects: Khadse

              Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Oct 25, 2020, 04:34 IST

              Nashik: Senior politician Eknath Khadse on Saturday expressed relief that he is out of the BJP and said that he wishes to focus on pending developmental projects in north Maharashtra now.

              “The region has suffered a lot in the last six years because many irrigation and other projects, which were sanctioned in the past, did not find funds for execution. I want the government to provide funds and expedite the projects,” he said.

              Khadse made the demand during his maiden press conference here after quitting from the primary membership of the BJP and joining the NCP.

              Khadse took a halt in Nashik while on his way to his home-town of Muktainagar in Jalgaon district from Mumbai, where he joined the NCP on Friday.

              The senior leader was greeted in the city by a large number of his followers as well as NCP functionaries.

              Khadse, who worked hard for the Jan Sangh-BJP to reach every house-hold in Jalgaon and adjoining districts, said that after a long time he was feeling relaxed.

              “I was apprehensive that some investigation agencies would be asked to target me. I was suffocating during the past five years. Now, I am relieved and will be able to focus on developmental works in the region,” he said.

              Khadse has a huge fan following in Jalgaon and even in parts of Dhule district and Nashik district, including those who have been elected, on BJP tickets, to various self-governing bodies in the state.

              Asked if he would tell them to join NCP, the senior politician said that MLAs, MPs and even elected representatives to any of the local government bodies have been asked to exercise caution.

              “Many elected representatives from the region are in touch with me. As much as possible, they will be asked to sit separately by making Group ‘B’. If there are no issues about ‘anti-defection’ law, only then they can migrate to NCP. If they are ready to resign, a thought would be given to that,” he said.

              Khadse pointed out that a large numbers of his fans were eager to join the NCP. “Now, we will have a huge influx into the NCP from north Maharashtra region as the party workers did not have any kind of binding about the anti-defection law,” he added.

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                Nashik police set to make tenant verification stricter

                Santosh Sonawane | TNN | Oct 26, 2020, 04:22 IST

                Nashik: The city police will be making it mandatory for the landlords of apartments and houses around the defence areas to mandatorily furnish all details of their tenants to the local police station.

                Two recent arrests made in connection with the passing of sensitive information — from the defence area of Deolali Camp and defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd — to Pakistan has prompted this step.

                DCP Vijay Kharat said while it is mandatory for landlords across the city to provide tenant information to the local police, in view of the two recent incidents, officials of the Deolali Camp, Upnagar and Indiranagar police stations, which are around defence establishments, will be instructed to strictly monitor if the landlords are actually furnishing information on their tenants.

                He said a meeting with the police officials would soon be held. If any landlord is found neglecting the directive, they will be booked under relevant sections of the IPC for not obeying police orders.

                Recently, a man was nabbed by the army personnel for sending a photograph of the prohibited area of Deolali Camp to a Pakistani WhatsApp group. Few days later, an employee of HAL was found sending secret information about the defence PSU to an ISI contact in Pakistan.

                In view of the two incidents, it became clear that Pakistan was trying to recruit agents in India through various means. In the two arrests made from Deolali Camp and HAL, the accused had no idea that they were working for Pakistan.

                Considering that the defence establishments in Nashik are sensitive, the city police have decided to increase their vigil around them and seeking tenant information from landlords to prevent any anti-national activity.

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                  Man sells land using forged papers for Rs 16L, arrested

                  TNN | Oct 26, 2020, 04:24 IST

                  Nashik: The Adgaon police have arrested a 44-year-old man for allegedly taking Rs 16 lakh from a person on the pretext of selling a piece of land, which did not belong to him. The arrested man had two other accomplices.

                  Police have launched a lookout for the two accomplices involved in the crime. The accused, identified as Rajendra Pandit Jagtap, is a resident of Untawadi in Nashik.
                  The Adgaon police said Narendra Vijay Singh, a resident of Panchavati, had lodged a complaint with them on Friday.

                  He said Jagatp, Mangesh Ahire of Tilakwadi and another person, who pretended to be Prakash Chaudhary, had taken Rs 16 lakh from him on the pretext of selling a plot.

                  The complainant said the trio had prepared fake PAN card, election identity card for the Prakash Chaudhary imposter. They sold the complainant a plot measuring 241 sqmt in the Panchavati area , which actually belongs to the real Prakash Chaudhary, who currently resides in Malegaon.

                  Subsequently, the complainant came to know that the person he bought the land from, was an imposter.

                  The police arrested Rajendra Jagtap on Saturday and he was sent to police custody till October 30.

                  Irfan Shaikh, a senior police inspector of the Adgaon police station, said the arrest was made under the guidance of police commissioner Deepak Pandey and deputy commissioner of police Amol Tambe.

                  The police said Jagtap and the two other suspects could have cheated other people as well using the same modus operandi.

                  If anyone from the city has been cheated similarly, the person concerned can contact the nearest police station or senior officials of the city police commissionerate, added the police.


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                  • Re : Nashik : New Destination

                    Widening of Nashik-Pune road resumes after 18 months

                    Santosh Sonawane | TNN | Oct 28, 2020, 04:45 IST

                    Nashik: The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has resumed widening works on the stretch between Alephata and Khed after a span of 18 months. The work, once complete, will provide seamless commute to people travelling between Nashik and Pune.

                    “Owing to problems related to land acquisition and concessionaires, the work on the by-pass road was pending for more than one-and-a-half years,” a senior NHAI official said.

                    The stalled work was leading to traffic snarls on the 50-km stretch between Alephata and Khed. “New contractors have been appointed for completing the widening of the road. The work between Khed and Manchar by-pass has already begun, while the work between Kamal and Alephata by-pass would be soon taken up. The work of realignment of the Khed ghat is also 70% complete, while the work of Narayangaon by-pass is nearing completion,” he said.

                    He said the entire road widening process on the highway between Alephata and Khed would take another 18 months. Owing to the incomplete stretches on the highway, an MLA from Junnar had shut the Chalakwadi toll plaza two years ago.

                    Senior officials said the operator concerned has been told to re-start the toll operations. Over the past one decade, road transport has increased tremendously on the Nashik-Pune highway given the large number of industrials estates that have been set up along the road.

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                      NMC turns off taps of 100 ‘big’ water tax defaulters

                      Tushar Pawar | TNN | Nov 3, 2020, 04:35 IST

                      Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started taking action against water tax defaulters, snapping over 100 connections in the last 10 days while warning that it will intensify the drive after Diwali if dues are not cleared.

                      Civic officials on Monday said the action has started against ‘big’ residential and commercial defaulters having tax dues of over Rs 10,000 each.

                      The action comes amid a sharp decline in the civic body’s revenue during the Covid-related lockdown and the period following it.

                      There are 1.98 lakh water connections in the city, including 1.9 lakh residential, 4,000 commercial and 4,000 non-commercial.

                      “The revenue of the civic body through various taxes has dropped by over 30% due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have already curtailed some development projects due to the drop in the revenue,” said the officials.

                      “Considering the need for funds, we have started cracking down on big water tax defaulters.”

                      The NMC has set a water tax collection target of Rs 106 crore for the current financial year 2020-21, but it could collect only Rs 16 crore so far.

                      The water tax collection was Rs 29.50 crore in 2017-18, which was increased to Rs 40 crore during the financial year 2018-19. The revenue through water tax had increased by 35% to Rs 55 crore in the last financial year of 2019-20.

                      “The NMC expected more revenue through property tax collection during the current financial year, but the Covid-19 pandemic badly hit it,” said the officials.

                      There are 13,690 water tax defaulters with dues between Rs 10,000 and Rs 14,999. They have altogether defaulted on tax amounting to Rs 16.95 crore.

                      There are 9,107 water tax defaulters with dues of Rs 15,000 to Rs 24,999 and have altogether defaulted on tax payment of Rs 16.78 crore.

                      There are 2,897 defaulters who have water tax dues of Rs 25,000 and above. They have altogether defaulted on payment of Rs 20.36 crore.

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