Hi folks,

Can somebody tell me developments on the infrastructure and the real estate front in the city of Nasik? Is Nasik part of the JNNURM? If so what are the projects that are under planning for excecution over the next 2 yrs? Are there any big time builders (Bombay based or North India based) who have acquired land banks in the city? If yes what areas?

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  • Acquisition talks with Dindori farmers inconclusive

    NASHIK: The district collector's negotiations with the farmers from Dindori for the acquisition of 361 hectares of land at Talegaon and Akrale villages in Dindori tehsil remained inconclusive on Friday as very few farmers participated in the talks. District collector Vilas Patil has again called a meeting of farmers on Saturday when the land acquisition rates are likely to be announced.

    As only about 10% of the total farmers were present for the negotiations, the collector has urged the rest of the farmers to remain present for the meeting around 2pm on Saturday at the district collectorate.

    Earlier, the farmers had sought a rate of Rs 60 lakh per acre for the acquisition of the land, but the collector said he will announce the rates only after holding talks with all the farmers.

    "We have already held talks with the farmers from Yeola, Gonde and Sayane in the district and we have received positive response. The rate of Rs 60 lakh per acre is very high, but proper rates will be announced for acquiring land for industry at Dindori. We will announce the rates once we interact with all the concerned farmers," Patil said.

    "Besides the monetary compensation, the project-affected people ( PAP) or farmers will also get 15% for developing their total farmland. The land under 15% quota will be given if the project-affected people come together and ask MIDC for it. They can sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an entrepreneur and provide give their lands on lease for housing society purpose," Patil added.

    The MIDC has earmarked around 5,000 hectares of land at various locations across the district for the industries, which are in different stages of land acquisition. With an aim to speed up the land acquisition process, the district collector has started holding negotiations with the farmers from last week.

    The collector had held negotiations with the farmers for land acquisition at Gonde, Yeola and Sayane in the district last week. The MIDC has marked 128 hectares of land at Gonde village near Igatpuri and 494 hectares at Sayane near Malegaon. Moreover, 109 hectares had been earmarked at Yeola for a proposed textile park.






    Acquisition talks with Dindori farmers inconclusive - The Times of India
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  • Penalty for defaulters of property tax: Nashik Municipal Corporation

    NASHIK: The civic body has decided to penalize property owners who fail to pay their taxes by December 31.

    The owners will be fined 2% of their monthly property tax and the amount will be included in the next bill.

    The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) would earlier send property tax bills for the entire financial year. But it has introduced a half-yearly system this fiscal year - 2013-14. The bills for both the periods - April 1 to September 30 and October 1 to March 31 - were sent to property owners this year.

    The civic body has made it mandatory for the bill payments to be made by December 31. The 2% fine on the total property tax is applicable thereafter.

    A civic official told TOI, "The decision to impose the fine has been taken with an aim to increase the NMC's revenue through property taxes. The civic body is already facing the heat from the decline in revenue through the local body tax. The half yearly bills have been introduced to reduce the burden on property owners of paying the entire tax amount at one time."

    He further said, "We have tied up with a private bank for the property tax collection. The owners can pay their taxes at any branch of the bank in the city." The NMC has earned Rs 40.26 crore in the first half (April-September) of the current fiscal year, against the Rs 25.69 crore it collected in the corresponding period last fiscal.







    Penalty for defaulters of property tax: Nashik Municipal Corporation - The Times of India
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  • CREDAI threatens strike over RR rates

    NASHIK: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (CREDAI) on Friday urged the state government to roll back the increase in the ready reckoner (RR) rates and warned of going on strike if it did not revise the RR rates immediately.

    A CREDAI delegation will meet the chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday during his visit to Nashik and will submit a memorandum seeking rollback in the RR rates. The association has also decided to meet the state revenue minister on Wednesday on the issue.

    Speaking at a press conference, Kiran Chavan, president of CREDAI, Nashik, said: "The state has hiked plot rates up to 40%. Besides, additional 40% valuation is to be added for uploading TDR (transfer of development rights). It means a plot, which cost Rs 10,000 per sq m earlier, would cost up to Rs 18,000 per sq m."

    The real estate sector is facing recession for the past two years and the business has been badly affected, Chavan said. At this juncture, it was expected from the government to boost the real estate sector, but it has tried to hamper the growth of the sector by substantial increase in RR rates.

    Chavan added, "The deals in plots and properties have already stopped due to recession and the increase in ready reckoner rates will completely stop transactions or procurement and sale of properties and plots. This will also affect the revenue of the government. Hence, we demand immediate roll back of the present hike in rates. We have decided to go on strike if the government did not roll back rates."

    As per the revised RR rates effective from January 1, the increase in land or plot rates have been in the range of 10% to 48.93%, while the rates of residential properties like flats and row houses have been increased by 18.04-34.36%. The increase in the rates for commercial properties like shops and offices has been in the range of 1.62% to 30.5%.






    CREDAI threatens strike over RR rates - The Times of India
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  • NMC to appoint agency to approve building plans online

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to appoint a private agency to create an online approval system for building construction plans on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

    At present, the process of approving the building plan is done by the town planning department of the municipal corporations in the state. However, the process ends up getting delayed by three to six months, and sometimes even more. As per the rules, building plans must be approved within 40 days, but the same does not happen in practice, thereby causing delays in the project. This also costs the builders monetarily as the interest rates on the loans taken by them also continue, according to sources.

    The civic administration is working on speeding up the process of approving building plans, as a part of which, the online system is to be developed shortly. This will also save time of builders and developers.

    Speaking to TOI, an official from the NMC said, "Our objective is to reduce the time taken in the process of approval to building plans. The decision to make this process online has been taken on the lines of Mumbai and Pune municipal corporations. There will be no need to come to the office of the municipal corporation to submit proposals for approval of building plans. The applications and building plans will be submitted online. But the municipal officials will conduct surveys and other necessary inspections before giving their approval."

    "Eight months back, we had appointed a private agency to create the online system for approving building plans, but the concerned agency did not complete the work. Hence, we cancelled the contract. Now, we are planning to appoint a new private agency on BOT basis. We have set a deadline of next six months to implement the online system," he added.








    NMC to appoint agency to approve building plans online - The Times of India
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  • Slump hits real estate sales, revenue

    NASHIK: The slowdown, increased land prices, rising cost of construction materials have badly affected the realty sector and around 4,000 ready flats across the city are reportedly lying unsold.

    The recent hike in ready reckoner (RR) rates, which is upto 48%, has also added to the real estate sector worries. Moreover, the prices of sand and macadam have increased by 30-50% in the past five to six months.

    The real estate sector is already facing recession for the past two years. The gap between demand and supply has increased a lot in the city. Though the supply is good, the demand is comparatively less.

    According to sources from real estate sector, "The sector is still facing recession to some extent, but the present hike in ready reckoner rates may again push back the growth of the real estate sector. The number vacant flats have reduced from 8,000 to 4,000 in past year."

    Kiran Chavan, president, Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (Credai), Nashik said, "There are no new real estate projects being launched in the city currently. But the bookings are good in old schemes. The real estate projects with around 5,000 flats are under construction and nearing completion. But the hike in ready reckoner rates may badly affect the growth of the real estate sector."

    A source said, "There are around 10 large projects over 20,000 sq m of land with around 3,000 flats altogether under construction, but their constructions have been halted due to lack of environment clearance.

    The state government revises the RR rates every year on January 1. This year, the land or plot rates have been increased by 10-48.93%, while the rates of residential properties like flats and row houses have been hiked by 18.04-34.36%. The rates for commercial properties like shops and offices have been increased by 1.62-30.5%.

    In past few months, sand prices have increased from Rs 3,200 per brass to Rs 4,100 per brass, macadam prices from Rs 2,200 to Rs 3,500, cement from Rs 250 per bag (50 kg in a bag) to Rs 356 per bag and steel prices from Rs 41 per kg to Rs 48 per kg.

    The land prices in Nashik have increased by three to 20 times in different parts of the city in the past six-seven years. The land prices, which were in the range of Rs 1,100 to 15,000 per war (per nine sq ft) in different parts of the city six-seven years ago, have increased to Rs 8,000-Rs 35,000 per war.

    The flat prices, which were in the range of Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500 per sq ft in the city six-seven years back, have shot up today in the range of Rs 2,700 to Rs 6,000 per sq ft. High-end apartments in upmarket areas like Gangapur Road, College Road and Mahatma Nagar would cost in the range of Rs 5,000 per to Rs 6,000 per sq ft.

    Residential property prices across city

    Location Price Range (Rs per sq ft)

    Nashik Road Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,500

    Dwarka (Ashoka Marg) Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,500

    Pathardi Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000

    Indira Nagar Rs 2,750 to Rs 3,300

    Gangapur Road Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,500

    Mahatma Nagar Rs 5,000 to Rs 5,500

    College Road Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000

    Tidke Colony Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,500

    Panchavati Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000

    K K Wagh College Rs 2,600 to Rs 3,000

    Satpur Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000

    Ambad Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000

    Makhmalabad Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000

    Adgaon Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000









    Slump hits real estate sales, revenue - The Times of India
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  • MIDC to acquire 222 hectares in Yeola, Malegaon by March

    NASHIK: The state industrial development corporation is all set to acquire 222 hectares of land in Malegaon and Yeola talukas of Nashik district by March.

    A hundred and thirteen of the 222 hectares to be acquired are in Sayane near Malegaon. The remaining 109 hectares are to be acquired in Yeola for a proposed textile park.

    The deputy chief executive officer of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) Pratap Jadhav said, "The process of acquisition of the 222 hectares in Sayane near Malegaon and Yeola is in its final stages. The process is in accordance with the new land acquisition act that came into effect from January 1."

    The MIDC deputy CEO was speaking at the inaugural programme of the industrial expo 'AIMA Index: 2014', organized by the Ambad Industries & Manufacturers' Association ( AIMA) on Friday.

    Jadhav said the land would have been acquired by the next two months.

    The MIDC is committed to acquire land in various locations across the district, Jadhav added. Around 5,000 hectares of land have been earmarked for acquisition at several places in the district. These are in various stages of acquisition.

    A hundred and twenty eight hectares are to be acquired in Gonde village near Igatpuri and 361 acres have been earmarked in Talegaon and Akrade villages in Dindori tehsil.

    Jadhav further said, "We have also allotted a plot for the proposed common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in the Ambad Estate of the MIDC. The companies there would, however, have to pitch in to build the project. The flatted industrial estate building project is also to be built in Ambad. The project will help small entrepreneurs to set up shop."









    MIDC to acquire 222 hectares in Yeola, Malegaon by March - The Times of India
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  • Town planning department gets 1,650 suggestions on draft DP

    NASHIK: As the deadline for submission of suggestions for revising the draft of the city's development plan (DP) on ended on Friday, around 1,650 individuals and organizations have filed their suggestions and objections with the state government-appointed official in the town planning department.

    Prakash Bhukte, joint director of the Nashik division of the town planning department of the state government, who had been appointed to revise the draft DP, had on December 20, 2013, invited suggestions/objections from individuals, corporators and organizations by January 31.

    Speaking to TOI, a state government official said, "We had invited suggestions and objections from individuals and organizations for the revision of the draft DP. January 31 was the last date for submission of the suggestions. We have received around 1,650 suggestions on the revision of the draft DP. We are yet to go through all the suggestions and objections, but the individuals have said how the previous draft DP was incorrect and what were the mistakes committed while preparing it. All the suggestions or objections are to be reviewed with spot visits."

    "Initially, we started visiting the spots to verify the existing land use pattern. We have formed 13 technical teams for the purpose. Each team includes two technical officials. The suggestions of the individuals and organizations are to be considered while revising the draft DP," he said.

    On November 7, 2013, the state government had cancelled the draft DP of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and directed the state director of the town planning department to appoint Bhukte to revise the draft DP. Accordingly, Bhukte was appointed on December 2, 2013, and has been given time till December 1, 2014, for revising and publishing the draft DP.










    Town planning department gets 1,650 suggestions on draft DP - The Times of India
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  • Land measurement at Talegaon, Akrale to commence today

    NASHIK: The land acquisition department of the district collectorate will begin land measurement at Talegaon and Akrale villages in Dindori tehsil for industrial purposes on Tuesday.

    The measurement will continue till Friday. Only land belonging to farmers, who have agreed to the industrial land acquisition by the collectorate, will be measured. A notice in this regard has also been published by the land acquisition cell.

    The notice states, "Earlier, efforts had been made for land measurement around seven times in the last six years, but farmers had protested against this. Some land owners had also moved the Bombay high court seeking a stay on the land measurement, however, the court permitted the measurement. Accordingly, the measurement of the land belonging to farmers, who agreed to the land acquisition, will be conducted."

    The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) notified 372 hectares of land for industries at the Talegaon and Akrale villages in Dindori tehsil. The land acquisition process was started by the Deputy Collector (land acquisition-2).

    Sources privy to the development process said, "The measurement of the proposed land acquisition at Talegaon and Akrale villages will start on Tuesday. Of the total 372 hectares, the measurement of land belonging to those farmers, who agreed to give their land to the industry, will be done. So far, farmers with 120 hectares of land have agreed to this."

    The MIDC earmarked around 5,000 hectares of land at various locations across the district for the industries and is in different stages of land acquisition. In December last year, the district collector held negotiations with farmers for land acquisition at Gonde, Yeola and Sayane (Malegaon). The district collector also held similar talks for land acquisition with farmers at Talegaon and Akrale villages. Te process of land measurement was then started by the land acquisition department in Talegaon and Akrale villages.

    Apart from the 372 hectares at Talegaon and Akrale villages in Dindori tehsil, the MIDC marked 128 hectares of land at Gonde village near Igatpuri, 494 hectares at Sayane near Malegaon, and 109 hectares were earmarked at Yeola for a proposed textile park. The process of land acquisition for 109 hectares at Yeola is in its final stages.

    The two industrial estates of the MIDC at Satpur and Ambad are within Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits and both industrial estates are fully occupied.






    Land measurement at Talegaon, Akrale to commence today - The Times of India
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  • GBM seal on higher TDR for Tapovan land

    NASHIK: The general body meeting (GBM) of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Saturday resolved to grant higher transfer and development rights (TDR) for land owners at Tapovan to acquire plots for Sadhugram to accommodate the sadhus visitng the city during next year's Kumbh mela.

    Mayor Yatin Wagh said the civic body would grant TDR of 10 for land at Tapovan where the existing TDR permissible is 0.20 as it is in the no development zone.

    The NMC intends to change the reservation of the land from a "no development zone" and reserve it for Sadhugram.

    The land-owners will be able to use the enhanced TDR after the proposal is approved by the urban development department.

    Mayor Wagh said, "The NMC needs crores of rupees to acquire land for Sadhugram at Tapovan and it is not affordable for the municipal corporation. Considering the existing land rates and new land acquisition act of the government, it was necessary to give higher TDR to the land owners so that they would be ready for the acquisition. Considering this, the TDR of 10 will be granted to the land owners for acquisition of the land. The resolution of the GBM of the NMC will be sent to the state government for its approval."

    Earlier, during the apex committee meeting of the state on Kumbh, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had asked the NMC to prepare an "attractive proposal" for TDR for land acquisition at Tapovan.

    Accordingly, the civic administration had tabled a proposal at the last GBM in December, seeking approval to additional 1.25 TDR for land acqiustion at Sadhugram, but the corporators had sought to give maximum TDR for the acquisition of the land.

    Here upon, the mayor had asked the civic administration to revise the proposal for additional TDR.

    Thereafter, the civic administration had prepared a fresh proposal seeking 1.50 TDR to landowners for the acquisition of land. The proposal in this connection was tabled at the GBM on Saturday, in which the GBM of NMC resolved to grant TDR of 10.

    Around 163 acres fall in no-development zone in Tapovan area, located in the central part of the city and close to the Mumbai-Agra highway and the Aurangabad highway.

    Currently, the TDR permissible there is only 0.20. Hence, the NMC needed to grant higher TDR for the land acquisition.

    The next Kumbh mela is scheduled in 2015, when around three lakh sadhus are expected to visit the city. Nearly 323 acres of land have been identified for the Sadhugram in the Tapovan area. Of this, 54 acres have been acquired by the NMC.

    The rest has been proposed for the Sadhugram at Tapovan. Of the remaining 269 acres of land, 163 acres fall in a no-development zone, while 58 acres in a residential zone have been reserved for sahdugram by the state government.

    The NMC has also commenced the process of changing the reservation of 163 acres of land from the no-development zone.

    The NMC now has only two options: either to acquire these 269 acres for the Sadhugram on a temporary basis or opt for complete acquisition.

    The land can be acquired in two ways - either by providing monetary compensation or acquiring it against the TDR.

    The NMC may get the land free of charge if an additional TDR is granted to the land-owners concerned.








    GBM seal on higher TDR for Tapovan land - The Times of India
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  • Warrants for property tax defaulters from today

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Wednesday said that issuing warrants to property tax defaulters will commence in the city from Thursday.

    Initially, this will begin from the Cidco division of the municipal corporation and thereafter in the other NMC divisions.

    The NMC administration has decided to confiscate the properties of such defaulters, failing payment over Rs 10,000. In the first phase, warrants are to be issued to defaulters with property tax arrears over Rs 1 lakh.

    The warrants to be issued to tax defaulters will offer them an ultimatum of 21 days to pay their taxes. Movable and immovable properties of those who fail to pay their taxes within that period are to be confiscated.

    "We have received warrants from our head office and we have started enrolment. We will commence issuing warrants in our division from Wednesday. The warrants are to be issued to property tax defaulters in three phases. In the first phase, we will issue these to those defaulting payment over Rs 1 lakh, while it will be issued to those defaulting payment over Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh in the second phase. In the third phase, warrants will be issued to those with defaulting payments from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000," said R R Gosavi, divisional officer, Cidco.

    Over the last couple of weeks, the NMC had issued final notices to 47,259 property tax defaulters, giving them an ultimatum of five days for paying their taxes. Of this number, 7,431 defaulters had paid up taxes amounting to Rs 7.28 crore in the last 15 days.

    The NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 105 crore for the current fiscal 2013-14. By February 28, the NMC had collected property tax amounting to Rs 60.20 crore, against Rs 51.34 crore during the corresponding period of the last fiscal.







    Warrants for property tax defaulters from today - The Times of India
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  • NMC awaits state nod for correction in building approval norms

    NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has urged the state government to make corrections in the building approval norms pertaining to providing a 'refuge area' instead of a 'refuge floor', as mentioned in the government resolution (GR) by mistake, in buildings with height above 24m. The state government's approval is awaited on the issue.

    As per the fire norms, it is mandatory to provide a 'refuge area' of 15 sq m or an equivalent to 0.3 sq m per person (whichever is higher) in buildings with height above 24m as part of safety measures so that people can take shelter in the area in case of fire. Earlier, since the permissible height for buildings in the NMC limits was only up to 24m, that is, up to seven floors, there was no need to provide the refuge area

    With the state government giving permission to build buildings up to the height of 40m in September 2010, buildings could accommodate up to 12 floors along with stilt parking. A GR for the NMC was issued in this connection on September 21, 2009, giving approval to buildings of height up to 40m. In the GR, the government stated that buildings with height above 24m will have to provide a 'refuge floor' on the eighth floor or somewhere in between the height of 24m and 27m. However, the wrong term, 'refuge floor', was used instead of 'refuge area' in the GR. This mistake has caused heavy losses for the builders and developers. Instead of providing 15 sq m of refuge area, the builders have to provide an entire floor of the building. The architects and builders have taken objection to this and have sought the civic administration for the correction in the notification.

    The NMC has said that it has sent the proposal to the state government and is awaiting its approval.

    President of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Nashik Centre Nilesh Chavan said, "As per the fire norms, a building with the height of 24m has to provide a 'refuge area' of 15 sq m for people to take shelter there during a fire.

    In the GR for the NMC, the government has made a printing mistake of using the wrong word 'refuge floor' instead of 'refuge area.' As a result, builders have to provide an entire floor of the building, causing losses to builders and leading to hike in construction cost. There is a need to make correction in the GR and the NMC needs to give momentum in pursuing the issue."

    "We have already sent the proposal to the state government to make correction in the GR. At present, we are approving building plans as per 'refuge floor'. We will be able to pass building plans as per refuge area only when we get an approval from the state," an from the town planning department of the NMC official said.

    President of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (CREDAI), Nashik Kiran Chavan said, "Buildings above 24-m height have to provide refuge area of 15 sq m in the buildings as part of fire safety measures and this is applicable across all municipal corporations in the state except for the NMC.

    The printing mistake in the GR is causing huge losses to the builders as they have to leave an entire floor in the building as the refuge area. Most of the buildings coming up in the city are now up to 40-m high." Chavan said that half of the new projects coming up in the city are up to 40-m high, but refused to divulge the exact number of such projects.

    Nashik has 12 to 15 buildings of height above 24m.









    NMC awaits state nod for correction in building approval norms - The Times of India
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  • Nashik Municipal Corporation adds 12,384 new property tax payers in current fiscal

    NASHIK: After linking property tax with the building completion certificate (BCC), the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has added 12,384 new property tax payers in the current fiscal (2013-14).

    The NMC has connected the town planning and property tax departments for sharing BCC information with an aim to increase its revenue through property tax. Accordingly, the town planning department immediately informs the property tax department once the BCC is issued to any newly constructed building.

    Speaking to TOI, an NMC official said, "We have linked BCC with property tax from the current fiscal. The BCC is given by the town planning department once the construction of a building is completed. The town planning department informs the property tax department once the BCC is issued. This helps us to immediately commence property tax assessment of the newly constructed building. Till February-end, the town planning department issued BCCs to 2,450 buildings across the city with 12,384 units. We have started charging property tax on these new properties."

    "Our main objective is to increase the revenue of NMC through property tax. Moreover, we are also taking action against property tax defaulters. As part of the process, we have started issuing warrants to tax defaulters in the city. If they fail to pay the taxes within 21 days from the date of issuance of the warrants, they will face confiscation of their movable and immovable properties," he added.

    At present, there are 3.79 lakh properties across six divisions of the municipal corporation. The NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 105 crore for the current fiscal. Till February, the NMC has collected property tax amounting to Rs 60.2 crore as against Rs 51.34 crore during the corresponding period last fiscal.

    Our main objective is to increase the revenue of NMC through property tax. Moreover, we are also taking action against property tax defaulters. As part of the process, we have started issuing warrants to tax defaulters in the city.











    Nashik Municipal Corporation adds 12,384 new property tax payers in current fiscal - The Times of India
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  • Nashik Municipal Corporation invites bids to revive construction of incomplete JNNURM housing scheme

    NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has invited fresh bids for completing the construction of houses at Chunchale for the urban poor under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), after the last contractor stopped work on the project for not having being granted cost escalation.

    Since there was a delay in acquiring a part of land at Chunchale survey no 75/A by the NMC, the contractor had asked the authorities for cost escalation. A total of 6,000 houses are to be constructed in Chunchale. The part of land on which a total of 2,240 houses are to be constructed (880 houses in one phase and the remaining 1,360 in another) was acquired recently. On being refused cost escalation, the contractor handed back this land to the NMC and refused to work. The NMC has thus floated fresh tenders for constructing these 2,240 houses in Chunchale which will provide basic services to the urban poor (BSUP) and housing. The construction of the remaining 3,760 houses under the scheme is in progress.

    The housing scheme has been under the scanner for delayed work. While the civic body alleged that the existing contractor could not start the housing project on time, the contractor, in turn, said that he got the possession of land quite late.

    "We have invited tenders for contractors who would be able to complete the remaining houses, besides those that the earlier contractor had already started constructing," an NMC official said. "This will speed up the work," he added.

    Another official said the contractor had discontinued working and had handed over the land to the civic body after cost escalation became an issue.

    "The NMC had reservations for paying the cost escalation amount that we had asked for. But we will complete the houses that we began constructing at the first place," said Sanjay Patkar of Pawar-Patkar Constructions.

    Patkar said that he has made good progress with the remaining housing schemes. "In Bhimwadi, Ganjamal we have completed the slab work while in Panchavati (Nilgiri Baug, Sanjay Nagar, Phule Nagar and Erandwadi) we will be completing the work in 3-4 months. In Samangaon, we will be completing the consruction of the houses in three months while in Anandwalli we will complete the work in one year because we got the possession of the land only now. Behind Hotel Sai Palace, 108 houses are ready for possession and another 320 will be completed in six months and in Gandhidham we will complete the houses within nine months," Patkar added.

    Municipal commissioner Sanjay Khandare said, "We cannot provide for the cost escalation due to some technical problems. Now we need to know what the current cost is. There is a provision under section 15 of the terms and conditions for tenders wherein we can get the current cost. The administration has approved the construction of the houses while the cost escalation has been approved by the general body or whatever amount is needed for constructing the houses."

    When asked about district collector's notice for issuing tenders while the model code of conduct (CoC) was in place, Khandare said that all the work had been approved by the general body and the tenders were issued before the CoC was implemented.

    JNNURM housing scheme

    Total housing units initially 11200

    1,500 of these to be removed from scheme

    Total housing units now 9,700

    Total packages 6

    RCC work completed 4,948

    2,300 units ready to be handed over

    2,120 units allotted

    Lottery of 820 houses conducted in Nilgiri Baug, Sanjay Nagar and Phule Nagar

    160 units handed over and beneficiaries have started moving in

    Lottery of 800 units drawn in Chunchale

    Plinth work to be started in 1,340 units

    Beneficiaries identified 8,546

    Remaining beneficiaries to be identified

    After completion of the project, the houses will be allotted through a draw of lots after which a society will be formed and individuals will have to apply for electricity connections

    Various housing schemes

    Location Number of units Status of units

    Chunchale 6,000 1,728 RCC completed, 2,032 in progress

    tender floated for 2,240

    Wadala 720 720 completed

    Behind Sai Palace 480 RCC completed

    Bhimwadi (Ganjamal) 140 Footing level completed

    Shivajiwadi 620 620 completed

    Geetai Nagar (Takli) 60 Footing level completed

    Sanjay Nagar 160 160 completed

    (Panchavati)

    Nilgiri Baug (Panchavati) 760 760 completed

    Phule Nagar 160 120 completed, finishing work for 40

    Samangaon (Chehedi) 320 Finishing stage

    Anandwalli 80 Work has just begun

    Gandhidham 160 Second slab laid

    Timeline

    Government of India launched the JNNURM scheme in 2005

    Nashik among 65 cities identified

    Projects sanctioned in 2006

    Deadline March 2012 (seven years)

    Actual work started in 2008-09 in Wadala, Chunchale, Shivajiwadi

    In remaining places work began in 2010

    Rs 334 crore sanctioned for 16,000 housing units

    4,800 beneficiaries downsized in December 2011

    Revised amount of Rs 321 crore for 11,200 housing units

    1500 more units to be removed now

    Revised amount is Rs 248 crore now

    Rs 75 crore from Centre, Rs 45 crore from state and NMC has put in Rs 72 crore till date

    Extension of two years granted in a review meeting in early 2012

    Another year's extension was sought last year

    Final date of completion 2015

    Issues marring the scheme

    Land issues in two of the locations and opposition from the locals in another have forced the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to remove 1,500 housing units. From the initial proposed 16,000 units, 4,800 were cancelled in 2011, reducing the number to 11,200. Now, 1,500 more units are to be cancelled.

    The 160 proposed units in Satpur in the Gangapur area are to be scrapped due to strong opposition from the local people. "We tried to do what we could to convince people but they are adamant. Since it will not be possible to complete the project by March 2015 even if we manage to convince the residents now, we decided to scrap it," said an NMC official.

    Land issues have led to scrapping of In 1,340 units. While one site is located in Wadala, the other is adjacent to Nilgiri Baug. "In Wadala, where 660 housing units have been proposed, the slum dwellers are not ready to shift to transit camps despite the NMC trying its best to convince them. In Nilgiri Baug, 680 housing units will be scrapped as well. We had submitted the proposal to the government of Maharashtra two years ago," the official said.

    "The housing units that have been removed could be included under the Rajiv Awas Yojana. But the final decision in this regard is yet to be taken," he added.










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