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    Credai-Nashik to initiate vaccination drive for construction workers

    Credia Nashik unit president Ravi Mahajan said registration for the vaccination drive has started and on-site vaccination would be conducted with the help of a private hospital.
    NASHIK: The Nashik unit of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (Credai) — the apex body of developers — has decided to carry out vaccination of workers at construction sites across the city.

    Credia Nashik unit president Ravi Mahajan said registration for the vaccination drive has started and on-site vaccination would be conducted with the help of a private hospital.

    According to Mahajan, there are more than 8,000 workers at different construction sites and the organisation has decided to ensure that all of them get vaccinated at the earliest.

    “We have started the registration process for employees at site. We believe at least 30% have been partially vaccinated and 5 percent have been fully vaccinated. But we want to speed up the vaccination process at the earliest,” he said.

    Mahajan said the vaccination will be carried out with the help of Shri Guruji Rugnalay, run by charitable trust.

    “We will be providing and bearing the cost of infrastructure required in mobilizing the health staff, ensuring arrangements for the staff, among other things,” he said.

    Around 300 vaccinations will be administered every day at sites that will be identified by teams of developers and the hospital. “We have administered 30,000 vaccines so far in Nashik district and the beneficiaries are from the slums in the city, Pimpalgaon Baswant, Dindori and Sinnar talukas. The hospital is now carrying out vaccination in Chunchale and five villages in tribal areas of Trimbakeshwar and Peth talukas,” Dr Rajendra Khaire, of the hospital said.









    Credai-Nashik to initiate vaccination drive for construction workers, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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      NMC chief seeks timeline for wrapping up Smart City works

      Abhilash Botekar / TNN / Sep 29, 2021, 04:11 IST

      Nashik: Municipal commissioner Kailas Jadhav on Tuesday directed the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (NMSCDCL) to set a deadline for completing the existing work and ensure no new work is undertaken until these projects are completed.

      Jadhav chaired a meeting of members of board of director of the Smart City, including mayor Satish Kulkarni, leader of opposition Ajay Boraste and others, to listen to the grievances related to the inconvenience caused to the people.

      The civic chief was directed by chairman of Smart City and state chief secretary Sitaram Kunte to conduct the meeting after the members had voiced alleged inconvenience caused to the people due to dug up roads coupled with rains.

      “The company and its contractors will have to set a deadline for each work to be completed in a methodical manner to ensure least inconvenience to the citizens. This has to be presented in a week’s time. The company will not be allowed to start any fresh digging work till ongoing projects are finished,” Jadhav said.

      “The planning of projects should also include alternate routes for the citizens of the areas concerned, consent of the local authorities, elected representatives and even the police so that there is minimal inconvenience to those using the roads,”he added.











      NMC chief seeks timeline for wrapping up Smart City works | Nashik News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)

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        Finish DPR on river linking projects by year-end: Patil

        Abhilash Botekar / TNN / Oct 3, 2021, 04:23 IST



        Nashik: Water resources minister Jayant Patil on Saturday asked officials to complete the detailed project report (DPR) on river linking projects and also clarified that there was no move to shift the department’s offices to Marathwada.

        “I have asked officials to expedite the DPR for Damanganga - Edkare – Godavari, Damanganga – Vaitarna – Godavari and Gargai-Vaitarna-Kadva-Devnadi links by the year end so that the government can take further steps to save divert west-flowing rivers to the Godavari valley, thereby quenching the thirst of Nashik and Marathwada,” Patil said.

        He reviewed the progress of various water diversion schemes being implemented in Nashik region that aim to bring water flowing into the Arabian sea across the ridge towards Godavari valley through a series of dams, channels and tunnels.

        The Devasane Manjarpada gravity water diversion scheme in Dindori taluka has been completed, which has enabled diversion of 606 million cubic feet (mcft) water to Godavari valley. Out of this, about 500 mcft of water has already been diverted till date.

        He has also directed that developmental activities be developed at Nandur Madhmeshar, which is a Ramsar site, to attract tourists. It should be done on built operate and transfer (BOT) basis, he suggested.

        When about demand to shift offices to Aurangabad, he said the offices were required when the activities of water management and developmental works were being carried out and hence the question does not arise.






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          Nashik: Union minister Nitin Gadkari asks NMC to tackle pollution


          Abhilash Botekar / TNN / Updated: Oct 4, 2021, 10:26 IST


          Nitin Gadkari said that Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) should map pollution levels in the next five years. (File photo)

          Nashik: Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on Sunday asked the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to tackle issues related to pollution, including sound pollution.

          Addressing the gathering at the inauguration of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Theme Park in Nashik, Gadkari said that NMC should map pollution levels in the next five years.

          “There are numerous ways of tackling sound pollution. My ministry is already taking steps to replace blaring horns that add to sound pollution. Such horns will be replaced with melodius sounds of Indian musical instruments so they cut down on noise pollution,” Gadkari said.

          He urged the NMC to take the lead in reducing air pollution in the city. “Our aim is to cut down on imported fuel, hence I urge NMC to convert all its vehicles on CNG that will not only save money required to buy fuel but also help reduce air pollution and improve the quality of life here. The corporation’s buses can also be run on CNG,” Gadkari said.

          Gadkari also called on farmers to convert their tractors to run on bio-diesel and CNG so that pollution in the rural areas also reduces.

          On water pollution, Gadkari asked NMC to take up solid and liquid waste management programmes.








          Nashik: Union minister Nitin Gadkari asks NMC to tackle pollution | Nashik News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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            Lam Road in Nashik becomes nightmare for commuters


            Santosh Sonawane / TNN / Oct 6, 2021, 04:14 IST

            Nashik: Lam Road — an important road for residents of Deolali Camp, Bhagur and villages around to reach Nashik Road and Nashik city — is in deplorable condition for the past few months and the regular rainfall is only worsening the condition giving a tough time to the commuters.

            Residents of Deolali Camp are concerned about the deteriorating condition of the road and are awaiting the repair work. “Owing to the Covid-19 induced restrictions not many people were using the road. Now since cases have come down, people have not only started going to offices, but now even schools have re-opened and students too are going to schools and coaching classes,” Prakash Daswani, a resident of Sansari Naka area in Deolali Camp, said.

            He added it will tough for the parents to take their children to schools using this road. Abhay Chavan, another resident of Deolali Camp, said it is a problem that arises every monsoon. “There have also been many accidents on the Lam Road in the past owing to the potholes on it. The administration needs to come up with a permanent solution,” he said.

            Meanwhile, Nashik city MP Hemant Godse admitted that the condition of the road is extremely poor and the local residents are facing huge problem while commuting.

            “The state government has provided Rs 5 crore for repairing Lam Road and other roads in the cantonment area. The Nashik zilla parishad will soon start the repairs. I am in touch with the ZP officials to get the work completed within the next two months,” he said.










            Lam Road in Nashik becomes nightmare for commuters | Nashik News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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              Nashik: Smart city pay-and-park project gets delayed again

              Tushar Pawar / TNN / Oct 13, 2021, 04:15 IST


              Nashik: The Smart City parking project has been further delayed as the contractor is unwilling to start operation of the parking spaces.

              The contractor concerned has sought a three-year extension in the contract period from the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (NMSCDCL) due to Covid pandemic even though the latter has given a 15-month extension.

              Smart city CEO Sumant More said they have invited the contractor for talks on the issue and will soon take a call on the issue. The contractor had started parking spaces at 22 location from March 4, 2020, and had received good response.

              But the NMSCDCL had to stop the parking spaces in the second half of March due to lockdown imposed after the outbreak of Covid-19. The smart city body had fixed the parking rate at Rs 10 per hour for four-wheelers and Rs 5 per hour for two-wheelers.

              The contractor has spent Rs 25 crore on the parking project. Earlier, apart from extension in the contract period, the contractor had also sought the smart city company for a waiver on royalty to the civic body. The private agency concerned had to pay royalty of Rs 17.5 lakh per month to the civic body.

              During a board meeting of the smart city held in July, the board of directors had turned down the demand of the contractor for waiver of royalty, but gave a 15-month extension in the contract period.

              Thereafter, the NMSCDCL had asked the contractor to start the pay-and-park at all the 22 parking spaces from the first half of August, but it did not happen. On the contrary, the contractor urged the smart city company to at least extend the contract period up to three years instead of only 15 months.








              Nashik: Smart city pay-and-park project gets delayed again | Nashik News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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                Nashik: Penalty for using properties without completion certificate

                The penalty has been waived for residential properties measuring less than 600 square feet, but properties measuring between 601 sq ft and 1,000 sqft will have to pay 50% of the annual property tax as penalty every year until they get the BCCs.
                NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed a penalty for the residential properties, which are being used without getting building completion certificates (BCCs) from the civic body.

                The penalty has been waived for residential properties measuring less than 600 square feet, but properties measuring between 601 sq ft and 1,000 sqft will have to pay 50% of the annual property tax as penalty every year until they get the BCCs. The residential properties of 1,001 sq ft or more will have to pay a penalty, that will be two times the property tax until they get the certificates.

                As per the norms, it is mandatory to obtain BBCs from the NMC following completion of the building projects. But in many cases, people start staying in the properties without getting the BCCs.

                The proposal in this connection is to be tabled at the general body meeting of NMC for its approval. The meeting will be held on October 20.

                NMC officials said they have plans to bring new properties, which have been built but have not obtained BCCs and residents are staying there, under the tax net.

                “Such properties are on our radar. The penalty is to be recovered from the day of the commencement certificate given to such residential building projects” said NMC officials.

                According to NMC officials, it is difficult right now to know the exact number of properties that are there without BCCs. But over 20,000 such properties across the city are said to be there.

                However, the civic body has also proposed giving relief to the smaller properties below 600 sq ft.










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                  NMC’s property tax amnesty scheme gets poor response

                  Tushar Pawar / TNN / Oct 19, 2021, 04:45 IST

                  Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC ) has received poor response to the first phase of the amnesty scheme — between August 15 and October 15 — as the civic body has managed to collect only Rs 23.77 crore towards property tax dues from as many as 47,167 defaulters.

                  During the same period, the civic body has given a rebate of Rs 3 crore on penalty amount. The total property tax dues are estimated at Rs 279 crore, including Rs 104 crore basic tax and Rs 175 crore as penalty.

                  “We have received poor response to the first phase of the amnesty scheme, but we are still hopeful about the good response in the second phase of the amnesty scheme,” said NMC officials.

                  As per the amnesty scheme, 90% rebate on the penalty was given to the defaulters who cleared their dues between August 15 and October 15. Now, 70% rebate on penalty will be given to the defaulters paying their taxes in the second phase — between October 16 and November 31.

                  A 50% rebate on penalty will be given if the dues are cleared between December 1 and 31, 2021, which is the third phase. The NMC recovers a 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 defaulters.

                  The civic administration has set a property tax collection target of Rs 160 crore for the current financial year. But so far has collected only Rs 85.80 crore. The NMC needs to collect Rs 84.20 crore in the next five months to meet the target.

                  An NMC official said they will launch a recovery drive against property tax defaulters after the amnesty scheme ends.

                  “We have already sent notices to over 1 lakh defaulters asking them to take benefit of the amnesty scheme or face action. We will start confiscating properties of the defaulters thereafter,” he said.








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                    Nashik Municipal Corporation records 28% drop in revenue collection

                    Tushar Pawar / TNN / Updated: Oct 22, 2021, 15:51 IST


                    The civic body gets its revenue through collection from town planning department and property and water taxes.

                    NASHIK: The revenue of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has dropped by 28% in the first half of the current financial year due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.

                    The civic body gets its revenue through collection from town planning department and property and water taxes. The NMC had expected to collect Rs 1,050 crore revenue during the first half of the current financial year, but could collect only Rs 750 crore — a deficit of Rs 300 crore.

                    The Rs 750 crore revenue collection also includes Rs 550 crore GST grant from the state government, Rs 100 crore through various taxes of the town planning department, Rs 80 crore property tax and Rs 20 crore through water tax.

                    NMC commissioner Kailas Jadhav directed all the department heads to carry out only necessary works that have budgetary provisions.

                    The civic chief has also directed the town planning department to speed up the pending work. The NMC had projected a revenue collection of Rs 2,100 crore during the current financial year and is expecting a drop of Rs 350 crore in its revenue.

                    “We are getting regular GST grants from the state government, but our revenue through various taxes from the town planning department have been badly affected,” an NMC official said.

                    “We are expecting Rs 450 crore revenue through various taxes of the town planning department, but could collect only Rs 100 crore through various taxes of the town planning department during the April-September period. We have already started offline building plan submission and permission. Moreover, instructions have also been given to speed up the pending work of the town planning department to increase the revenue,” he added.








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                      Nashik civic body to send e-water bills on spot

                      Tushar Pawar / TNN / Oct 22, 2021, 04:59 IST

                      Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to send e-water bills on spot to water taxpayers to submit the bills on time

                      As part of this, NMC is already in the process of developing a mobile application that will help its staffers to record the reading of water metre through mobile application and send e-bills on the spot. This new system is expected to be in place from December.

                      At present, NMC employees go to the spot and take readings of water metres. Thereafter, they make entries in the system before getting printouts of the bills. This is a time-consuming process considering the inadequate workforce the civic body has.

                      “Our plan is to send e-bills on the spot to the water taxpayers immediately after taking the reading. This will save time and people will also immediately get e-water bills either on email or on their phones,” said NMC officials.

                      NMC sends quarterly bills to the water taxpayers in the city. But most of the taxpayers are yet to get water bills for the past one to two years due to a lack of workforce “We are confident that this new system will help us increase the revenue through water tax,” said the officials.

                      “We have a total water tax dues of Rs 105 crore. NMC has also decided to snap the water connection of the water tax defaulters. But before it, the civic body wants to give an opportunity to the tax defaulters to pay their tax dues immediately,” added the officials.








                      Nashik civic body to send e-water bills on spot | Nashik News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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