PUNE: After Pune, it could be destination Nashik for industry as Pune is fast running out of land. The vigorous land acuisition by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and private industry here is soon going to ensure this.

Sources said that the state government’s industrial infrastructure development arm is looking to create a land bank of between 10,000-20,000 hectares in the two cities, Pune and Nashik, with emphasis on the latter.

However, the attraction of destination Pune remains. MIDC is looking to acquire land for which notifications have been issued at Ranjangaon, Talegaon, Chakan, Karla and Khed.

The state government is believed to have received 1800 applications for the Chakan industrial area, 1100 for Ranjangaon and 600 for Talegaon. The land bank with the MIDC, Pune region, is close to being exhausted and it is facing problems in acquiring new land.

Industry experts think Nashik will prove to be the alternative to Pune. “Nashik, with it’s huge land availability, abudant water supply and connectivity with Mumbai offers ideal locations. It has got mild climate like Pune too,” sources said.
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  • Roads turn dumping yards for construction debris in Nashik With the new method of garbage collection to begin only after 2-3 months, the perennial problem of dumping debris and building construction material by roadsides is expected to continue.Sumita Sarkar | TNN | October 28, 2016, 12:00 IST

    NASHIK: With the entire city wearing a festive look ahead of Diwali, several roadsides dotted with debris and building construction material are nothing but an eyesore.

    The wide road from Chopda Lawns to Ramwadi with greenery on either side would have been a pleasure to travel, but has now become a debris dumping site. Similarly, the lane off Asarambapu Bridge has been a favourite dumping spot for decades, while the beautiful road in Govindnagar is now being eyed as another such site.

    With the new method of garbage collection to begin only after 2-3 months, the perennial problem of dumping debris and building construction material by roadsides is expected to continue. Besides, redevelopment on a good scale in the old city as part of the Smart City project will also generate more debris.

    At present, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) does not have any proper mechanism for collecting debris. Some years ago, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray had given an ultimatum to the NMC to clear all the debris, but the problem still persists.

    "Nashik is a very beautiful and green city otherwise. But beautiful roads are made to look ugly with dumping of debris and construction material. Any officer who comes to this city is full of praise for its greenery and beauty. However, these things are ultimately getting destroying under the garb of development," said Susheel Ranade, a sales manager.

    Piyush Raje, a student, said families and youths visit Goda Park and Asarambapu Bridge everyday basking in its beauty and pleasant atmosphere, but are little aware that away there lies heaps of construction waste barely a few meters away.

    "For years, we have been seeing trucks unloading debris on the open space near Asarambapu Bridge. There are a handful of slum dwellers here and plush flats on the opposite side of the empty land there. Their view is mainly restricted due to an NMC garden in front of the buildings," Raje said.

    Builders, on the other hand, are in a dilemma over what should they do with the waste material. Some of them have been reusing and disposing off the material with whatever options are available. "There is no such place where we can dump building waste. Some people go to quarries and dump it. Nashik District MVPS School had made a provision by digging a huge pit and letting people dump debris. But the NMC has no such provision," said Sunil Kotwal, president of Credai (Nashik).

    He said the city does not have as much debris as compared to bigger cities. There is no large scale redevelopment here, but the city will need a solution soon, Kotwal said.

    "We had given a presentation to Raj Thackeray about debris. Credai members use and reuse construction material and manage the debris. The irrigation office reused stones and other material. This is a sensitive subject. When a lot of redevelopment takes place in the near future, it will mushroom into a problem. We need to have a proper policy. Builders should keep an approach of maximum reuse at the site. Moreover, quarries should be identified so that the debris can be given there," he added.

    After the 15-day deadline given by Thackeray on June 24, 2013, places were to be identified by the civic public works department, but nothing has been done so far. Divisional officers were to lift debris with the help of earthmovers and slap penalty on the builders or those constructing or renovating houses. It was also decided that builders will get completion certificates only after the debris was lifted.

    City engineer Sunil Khune said, "Divisional officers have been asked to take action. Debris can be used as filling at construction sites or on building premises. We will identify spots for dumping debris. At the moment, there is no site for dumping debris."

    With NMC turning a blind eye, heaps of sand, rods, bricks and scrap are seen dumped on city roads. If it is close to the road, commuters face problems apart from the road being defaced.


  • Property deals in Nashik dip by 46% in a week The realty sector of the city is facing a slowdown for the past two-three years. New projects, barring a few, too have not been launched in Nashik in two years.Tushar Pawar | TNN | November 18, 2016, 11:00 IST

    NASHIK: The government’s decision to demonetize old high-value currency notes has hit property transactions hard in the city.

    Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement, the sale and purchase of properties in Nashik have declined by 46%, i.e. between November 9 and 16.

    Sources in the office of the joint district registrar and collector of stamp, said, “Around 310 sale and purchase of properties were recorded between November 8 and 16, as against 570 from November 1 to 8, before the demonetization decision was taken. Non-availability of cash and crowded banks are the reasons behind it. Moreover, people have also adopted the wait-and-watch policy.”

    Pravin Waykole, sub-registrar in the office, said, “There are six offices of sub-registrars in the city. Around 20-25 sale and purchase of properties are recorded at each office every day on an average. But property transactions have declined to around 10-12 transaction now. There is scarcity of currency notes. Besides, the people can also be seen standing in long queues outside banks.”

    The realty sector of the city is facing a slowdown for the past two-three years. New projects, barring a few, too have not been launched in Nashik in two years. The supply is more as compared to demand. Close to 3,000 ready flats are lying unsold across the city due to a lack of demand.

    At this juncture, the government’s decision of scrapping old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has added to the worries of the sector. However, builders said this is a temporary phase that has cropped up because of non-availability of cash in banks.

    Jayesh Thakkar, former president of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), Nashik, said, “This is a temporary phase. People are busy exchanging or depositing money at banks. They are also waiting to get the situation return to normalcy. I think that realty sector will be back on track by December-end.”

    The prices of mid-size flats in the city are in the range of Rs 35-40 lakh. High-end apartments in upmarket areas such as Gangapur Road, College Road and Mahatma Nagar cost in the range of Rs 5,000-7,500 per sq ft.


  • Nashik to grow more vertical with 33-storey buildings in plan The proposed draft DP of Nashik city has been submitted to the state government.November 21, 2016, 15:00 IST

    The town planning department of the state government is in talks over the draft Development Plan (DP) of the city to Regional Plans for rural areas in the division. In an interview with TOI's Tushar Pawar, town planner Kishor Patil of Nashik division talks about the status of the proposed DP and other municipal corporations in the division.

    What is the status of the proposed DP?

    The proposed draft DP of Nashik city has been submitted to the state government. Meetings for the scrutiny committee of the state government will be held on the draft DP, which is likely to get approval of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

    What is the permissible height for buildings and how much has been proposed?

    Currently, the permissible height for constructing buildings is upto 40 metre, which can accommodate a 13-storey building. In the proposed DP, the maximum height is 100 metre, which will accommodate a 33-storey building. Such buildings will not only change the skyline of the city, but will boost the vertical growth of the city. It will also help builders and the civic body to provide better facilities.

    What are the features of the proposed draft DP?

    The current population of the city is around 18 lakh and is estimated to grow upto 34 lakh by the year 2034. The draft DP has been chalked out to accommodate the said population and provide them all the amenities. The new residential zone of 12,835 hectares has been proposed in the draft DP to accommodate the rising population. The basic floor space index (FSI) has been increased from 1 FSI to 1.20 FSI.

    What about the regional plans of the districts in the division?

    There are five districts under the jurisdiction of the Nashik division. The regional plans of Nashik, Ahmednagar and Jalgaon districts have been approved by the state government. Earlier, there were no plans for Dhule and Nandurbar districts, but the government has now started the process to chalk out plans for these two districts. The existing land use map of Dhule district has been prepared and it has also received approval from the collector. The regional plan for Dhule and Nandurbar districts will be completed in a year.

    What is the new zone changing policy?

    Earlier, the decision to change the zone of rural areas from residential to commercial or industrial were taken at the Mantralaya-level. From May 6, last year, the government introduced the zone changing policy for the entire state under the regional plan. Now, the powers have been delegated to the divisional revenue commissioner and the limit for 'change in zone' will now be 25 hectares.

    Will industries or hotels be allowed in the green zone?

    Earlier, there were restrictions on farming land in the regional plans. But, the state government has made a few amendments in the norm. So, one may set up a hotel or an industry in the green zone by getting more premium FSI, which has been increased to 0.50 FSI. The FSI limit for an industry has been increased to 1 FSI.

    What are the issues in rural areas now?

    Earlier, there were no town planning rules for rural areas as the permission for construction was given by the Sarpanch. This led to an unbalanced development in rural areas. Permissions were also given only till 3 to 4 FSI in rural areas. There was no technical person to look after the process. So, the government has made amendments in the construction permission at the village Panchayat level and the upper hand is given to town planning. The permission for constructions will now be given by the revenue department in consultation with the town planning department.

    What is the government policy for 'D' class municipal corporations?

    There are four 'D' class municipal corporations in the division - Malegaon, Ahmednagar, Dhule and Jalgaon. Earlier, the development control (DC) rules of each municipal corporation were different. These municipal corporations had approved their separate DC rules along with the DP. Now, the state government has introduced a uniform policy for 'D' class municipal corporations. The TDR will now be applicable to Malegaon and Dhule municipal corporations too. Other DC rules will be uniform for these 'D' class municipal corporations.


  • Nashik civic body plans door-to-door property survey from Dec The method of survey was presented on Tuesday at Nashik Municipal Corporation headquarters by Mukesh Kumar, project manager of New Delhi-based Geoinfosys Technologies.November 23, 2016, 18:30 IST

    NASHIK: The civic administration will conduct a door-to-door property surveyacross the city from December with the help of a New Delhi-based private agency.

    The method of survey was presented on Tuesday at Nashik Municipal Corporationheadquarters by Mukesh Kumar, project manager of New Delhi-based Geoinfosys Technologies.

    The geographical survey will be carried out using a mobile tablet. It'll help in dealing with issues like declaration of non-assessed property, identifying change in use and revision of assessment value. However, loopholes remain with the issue of owner-tenant dispute and pending building completion certificates.

    "We will conduct a ground survey. We will go door to door. The major components will be new assessment and GIS data-based survey. As many as 150 teams, each comprising two members, will conduct the survey for three months," he said.

    All surveyed properties will be checked by the NMC. Objections will be sought and hearing on the objections will be conducted after which property tax will be fixed.

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  • I-T ‘survey’ at realty firm, more such checks on card On Friday, the I-T department conducted a survey of a College Road-based real estate firm following complaints of property sale in cash and unaccounted income.Tushar Pawar | TNN | November 26, 2016, 15:00 IST

    NASHIK: After jewellers, builders here are now on the income tax (I-T) department’s radar in the wake of the Centre’s demonetisation drive.

    On Friday, the I-T department conducted a survey of a College Road-based real estate firm following complaints of property sale in cash and unaccounted income. The I-T officials collected documents related to sale purchase and also a computer and said they were likely to complete the verification process soon.

    An I-T department official said, “During the survey by a team of 25 officials, we found evidence that they have not paid taxes on profit. It is difficult to say right now how much tax they have evaded. We are verifying the documents and the process is expected to be completed shortly. The projects of the group are also being valued.”

    When contacted, Sachin Shah, a partner of the group, avoided comment on the issue stating that he was out of Nashik. Another partner, Vivek Jaykhedkar, did not respond to TOI when contacted on phone.

    Ever since the government scrapped the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes from November 8 midnight, there had been a rush of people to some jewellery showrooms and co-operative banks. Besides, there were reports that some builders sold properties in cash. The I-T officials said some more builders in the city were under their scanner.

    On November 17, the I-T dept had found undisclosed stock of Rs 2 crore from two city jewellers during a survey. On November 22, the I-T department had conducted an inquiry into the deposits of over Rs 2.50 lakh in the form of scrapped currency notes at the Vishwas Co-operative Bank.


  • Maharashtra tweaks expressway plan to bypass tillers’ ire

    Abhilash Botekar | TNN | Updated: Nov 28, 2016, 09.11 AM IST

    Nashik: The state road development corporation has drafted a fresh plan to ensure that the Mumbai-Nagpur super expressway project does not hit the farmer's roadblock.

    The corporation has proposed realignment of the expressway so that it passes through an 8-km tunnel in the forest land of Kasara.

    The farmers have vehemently opposed to part with their agriculture land for the Nagpur Mumbai Communication Super Expressway. Considering this, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has taken some measures in smaller sections to re-align the road.

    "There has been a small shift of alignment in Kasara ghat, where the earlier plan has been revised. The new alignment will require lesser land acquisition and also avoid criss-crossing of the road over the railway tracks and the national highway," said Dileep Salunke, chief engineer, MSRDC.

    The officer said the shift in alignment for the green-field 700-km highway was done considering the construction issues in the region. The plan had been drawn as per the recommendations of the consultants who surveyed Nashik-Mumbai Expressway planned way back in 1996. At that time, the width of the road was half the current proposed expressway and the design speed was 80 kilometre per hour (kmph).

    "The new project is being crafted for design speed of 150 kmph and the change in design was expected. The earlier design crossed the railway tracks twice and it also crossed the highway thrice. The new alignment will have only one long tunnel to allow the vehicles to cross the Kasara ghat. This change in the ghat section will lead to lesser land acquisition or land pooling - given that most of the land will be acquired from the forest department," another senior official said.

    The alignment will now keep the road on the eastern side of the existing national highway and the railway tracks. Since the road will pass through the tunnel in forest land, the resistance in the area will be comparatively lesser.
    Awalkhed and Chinchakhed villages in Igatpuri taluka will no longer be hit by the expressway and the road will instead pass through Phagulgavhan Waghyachiwadiand Borli villages.

    The MSRDC officials added that the joint measurement of land through which the road will pass is being carried out at some places. The work outside Nashik division comprising Nashik and Ahmednagar districts is moving at faster pace.

    "Even we are planning to execute land measurement at a faster pace and we are sure things will be clear by December-end. By then, we will have completed the joint measurement survey along with the farmers, who have started showing interest in the project," the official said.


  • Property survey to start across Nashik from next week The objective of the survey is to assess the number of existing properties along with their built-up areas, and then increase its revenue through property tax.Tushar Pawar | TNN | November 30, 2016, 15:30 IST

    NASHIK: The civic administration on Tuesday said that the property survey will begin in the city from next week. After 17 years, the survey will be conducted through a private firm.

    The objective of the survey is to assess the number of existing properties along with their built-up areas, and then increase its revenue through property tax.

    A senior Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) official said, “We have already appointed a Delhi-based firm to conduct the survey, which will start next week. The door-to-door survey of all existing properties in the limit of teh municipal corporation will end shortly. This will bring new properties on the NMC’s tax radar and help increase the revenue through property tax.”

    The survey will help find out non-assessed properties and identify change in use along with revision of assessment value.

    As per norms, it is mandatory for the civic body to conduct a survey after every four years, but there have been no surveys conducted in the NMC limit since 1999.

    In 2007, the civic body had appointed an agency to conduct the survey, but it could not complete it even though extensions had been given two times. Finally, the NMC blacklisted the company. Last year, the NMC had planned to conduct the survey, but deferred due to the Kumbh Mela.

    Tree authority committee meeting today: The tree authority committee of the NMC is meeting municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna on Wednesday to discuss the proposal of 236 trees along Nashik-Pune road in the limit of the municipal corporation.


  • Demonetisation: Nashik real estate nosedives, sales drop 40% in November Ever since the government scrapped the old currency of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500, the shortage of notes affected property sale and purchase dealings.December 03, 2016, 15:00 IST

    The Centre's demonetisationdrive has hit the city's real estate sector hard, bringing dealings 40% down in only a month.

    Ever since the government scrapped the old currency of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500, the shortage of notes affected property sale and purchase dealings. Business figures reveal that both sales and purchase declined by 40% to 1,821 deals in November as against 3,003 in October.

    Sources in the office of the joint district registrar and collector of stamp said 4,872 documents were registered across the six offices of sub-registrars in October. "Out of these, 3,003 were pure property sale/purchase deals. In November, 3,099 documents were registered. But only 1,821 of these registrations related to sale and purchase of properties."

    Revenue through stamp duty also declined by 38% to Rs 25.17 crore in November as against Rs 40.08 crore in October. Sub-registrar Praveen Waykule told TOI, "The decline in the revenue can be attributed to the lack of valid currency notes. We hope the situation will improve in the next few months."


  • Civic body pledges to raze all unauthorised structures TNN | Dec 3, 2016, 10.47 AM IST

    NASHIK: The civic body on Friday said it will slap fresh notices on owners of unauthorised structures in the second phase of its encroachment drive.

    Notices will also be sent to around 57 caretakers of unauthorised religious structures in a day or two, informing them that all unauthorised structures, be it places of worship or otherwise, will be demolished.

    Municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna said all unauthorised structures, irrespective of the type of encroachment — be it religious or not, will be demolished in accordance with the law.

    Encroachments in the CIDCO area were removed by the (CIDCO) administration and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) with the help of NMC recently, even as the move was criticised by many claiming that religious structures were demolished without any formal notice. In the first phase of the civic drive, 84 unauthorised religious structures were demolished.

    "All encroachments in that particular area were removed, and not just the unauthorised religious structures," said Krishna. "We will also serve notices to caretakers of 57 religious structures. We had notified them earlier, but will now send fresh notices again just before we go ahead with the demolition drive," he added.

    He said all religious structures constructed after September 2009 will be demolished by December as per the government resolution and the high court's orders.

    The civic administration has already demolished 84 unauthorised religious structures in the first phase.


  • National Green Tribunal lifts stay on construction works TNN | Updated: Dec 9, 2016, 06.19 AM IST

    NASHIK: The Western Zone bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Pune, which had imposed a stay on construction all building until Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) made the compost plant completely operational and treated 100% waste, has lifted all the conditions except for environment clearance.

    The decision comes as a major relief for smaller constructions but building constructions on 20,000 sq m land and more will have to comply with environmental norms. Earlier, constructions were not permitted right from the conservation area till 10 km. Now, the NGT relaxed it to 100m.

    Municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna said, "The NGT has relaxed all the conditions except for environment clearance, which is required for constructions on 20,000 sq m and more. They will have to make composting arrangement, sewage treatment plant, have five trees, etc."

    He said the NMC had followed all the conditions for the relaxation of the rules and hence the NGT had given the decision.

    The agency appointed for managing and maintaining the compost plant has begun work on it and by December-end, the municipal solid waste management (MSW) plant would be completely functional along with the refuse derived fuel (RDF) machine. Some of the new garbage collection vans have started rolling in the city and all of them will be operational by December 20.

    "Now, the challenge will be segregation of waste. It is the responsibility of both the operators of the garbage vans and people at the MSW. People should actually be segregating it before handing over the garbage to the van," said Krishna.

    Builders and the NMC may be rejoicing at the decision but some environmental concerns have been raised. "From the periphery of Pandavleni and forest department's Nehru Udyan at its foothills, no construction was allowed at 500m. Now, the distance has been relaxed to 100m from the periphery of the conservation site. For sanctuaries, no construction was permitted at 10-km periphery from the boundaries. Now, it has been brought down to 100m. How can you expect wildlife to survive in the area?" said Purvi Joshi, a teacher.

    K Shanti, a biologist, said, "If constructions are permitted so close to the conservation sites, then there will be habitation. How will the wild thrive in human settlements?"


  • Nashik builder gets 2-year imprisonment The builder however refuted the claims saying, “I had done the job as directed by the forum and the consumer was told everything about the same.”Abhilash Botekar | TNN | December 10, 2016, 07:57 IST

    NASHIK: A city-based builderwas sentenced to two-year jail by a consumer forum for not abiding by its orders.

    The forum had asked the builder to get the complainant’s house repaired within 60 days and pay a penalty of Rs 10,000. But, an inspection revealed that the repair was not done correctly..

    Complainant Santosh Gangurde registered a complaint with Nashik consumer forum against builder Nilesh Sonawane, claiming the latter had not obeyed 14/10/2011-orders of the forum asking him to carry out repair of complainant’s house, to the mark.

    “I bought the house from Sonawane, but there were many issues and so had registered the case in 2009 against the builder at the local forum. The forum had then ruled in my favour. Since the builder dilly-dallied with orders, and failed to repair the issues, I registered a case unders section 27 of Consumer Protection Act,” said Gangurde.

    The builder however refuted the claims saying, “I had done the job as directed by the forum and the consumer was told everything about the same.”

    The forum, however, relied on the evidence by government contractor, Sharad Jadhav. According to him, the repair work was not up to the mark.

  • Fear of constructions near conservation sites in Nashik Constructions on 20,000 sqmt and above will need environment clearance, but buildings have been permitted up to 100 m from the periphery of the conservation area.TNN | December 10, 2016, 19:00 IST

    NASHIK: The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) decision to lift the stay it had put on building constructions till the NMC made a compost plant operational and treated 100% waste, has raised concern about buildings coming up near conservation sites.

    The Western Zone bench of the NGT, Pune — which had imposed a stay on construction all building until Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) made the compost plant completely operational and treated 100% waste — has lifted all the conditions except for environment clearance.

    Constructions on 20,000 sqmt and above will need environment clearance, but buildings have been permitted up to 100 m from the periphery of the conservation area. In case of sanctuaries, construction is permitted at 100 meter periphery from the boundary wall.

    “I personally feel that constructions close to conservation site would disturb the wildlife. There are constructions even near Pandavleni where many peacocks are sighted. I feel such places should be declared as protected,” said an environment activist Rajesh Pandit.

    Jagbir Singh, another environment activist, said, “The condition of NGT was that the compost plant should be completely functional and waste segregation should be at the source of collection. Now with the norms relaxed, the NMC should follow all the conditions seriously.”

    Sree Kartika, a student of botany, said, “Conservation sites are for preserving nature and the wild but human settlements could disturb the wild and could possibly lead to increased man-animal conflict. Hence, whenever any construction is to be done in such areas, natural greenery should be maintained and new plantations should also be carried out.”

    Harish Jaiswal, a businessman, said if builders follow all the rules then conservation sites could be safe. “Many people destroy natural habitats during construction activities even if it is not necessary. The NMC should make it compulsory for builders constructing buildings in such societies to retain the greenery wherever possible and should also make planting twice the trees than mandatory for buildings elsewhere,” he said.

    Prachi Deshpande, a teacher, said, “Care should be taken while constructing buildings. Trees and natural flora of the area should not be disturbed. This will ensure that the wildlife habitat is intact. Most man-animal conflict is due to habitat destruction.”

    Kranti Shingi, a housewife, said the NMC should impose some restrictions on constructions near Pandavleni, Nandur Madhyameshwar Bird Sanctuary and Gangapur dam. “Builders should take care that the conservation sites are not affected due to the construction activity and settlements,” she said.


  • 10 booked for forging papers to grab land Abhilash Botekar| TNN | Updated: Dec 15, 2016, 12.54 PM IST

    NASHIK: Ten people have been booked by the city police for forging documents to gain access to the property of a Mumbai-based businessman.

    The Sarkarwada police said that Pradeep Mishra, a resident of Mumbai owns a piece of land at Tarwala Nagar, Nashik. The accused allegedly forged documents to get their names registered to the property and were demanding the plot from Mishra.

    "The accused allegedly forged documents and signatures of the mother of the complainant and presented the same to Nashik talathi to get their names registered and gain access to the property," the police said.

    While the accused began committing the crime in 2014, Mishra's mother passed away in 2015. Much after, Mishra would continue to receive calls from the accused asking him to part with the property or spare 2,000 sq m land for them. Mishra has named the accused.

    As per the complaint, one of the accused forged the signatures of Mishra's mother and got a medically unfit certificate from a doctor on Nashik Road. The certificates were then registered and presented in the name of another accused.

    Mishra learnt about the issue only around May 15, 2016 and tried to correct the records with the help of an advocate. "The accused even contacted the advocate asking him to tell Mishra that the piece of land be sold to the people recommended by them or ask the complainant to give them 2,000 sq m of land," a police official said.

    Police have not received details of the accused so far. "We have no details of the accused yet. We are now finding ways and means to get across to the people and collect evidence before we take any further step against anybody," the official added.

  • Property survey in Nashik after 16 yéars Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials said code numbers will be attached to the properties that will help the civic body identify a property at a click.Tushar Pawar | TNN | December 17, 2016, 16:00 IST

    NASHIK: The civic body will start survey of properties in the city from Monday after a gap of 16 years.

    Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials said code numbers will be attached to the properties that will help the civic body identify a property at a click.

    The NMC has already appointed a New Delhi-based private firm, Geoinfosys Technolgoies, which will conducting the survey. On Friday, it conducted a a training programme for the NMC employees at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, the municipal corporation headquarters, on the survey.

    An NMC official said the survey will begin from the civic body’s Nashik West division and is expected to be completed shortly. “We will give a code number to each property registered with the municipal corporation. This will help us gather all properties at a mouse click. The survey will help us ascertain the exact number of properties and their total areas. Once this happens, we can bring in the new properties under our tax net and boost the civic revenue.”

    Altogether 150 employees of the Geoinfosys Technolgoies would conduct the survey. They will take photographs of the properties and measure the total areas. The survey will help find the non-assessed properties and identify change in use, besides revising the assessment values.

    According to the norms, it is mandatory for the civic bodies to conduct property survey every four years. In Nashik, the last property survey was held in 1999. It attempted a survey in 2007 and appointed an agency, which could not complete the survey despite getting two extensions. The NMC later blacklisted the company.

    In 2015, the survey could not be held because of Kumbh Mela. There are close to 4 lakh registered properties in the limits of the municipal corporation that is divided into six divisions — Nashik East, Nashik West, Panchavati, Cidco, Nashik Road and Satpur.