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    Reservations halved in revised draft DP of Nashik

    NASHIK: The new draft development plan (DP) of the city has done away with the large number of reservations for civic amenities introduced in the earlier DP of 2013, which had run into opposition from farmers. The acquisition of these reservations will cost the civic body Rs 5,174 crore but the introduction of higher Transfer Development of Rights (TDR) will reduce the burden on the civic coffers.

    The new draft DP, released on Saturday, has reduced the number of reservations for various civic amenities by a whopping 59.39%. From the 1,187 reservations proposed in the earlier DP, the number has been reduced to 482. Moreover, 115 of these reservations are new and the remaining 367 have been carried forward from the old DP approved by the state government in 1993. The government has cancelled 100 reservations from the earlier DP.

    The new draft DP allows up to 2 TDR and accommodation reservation, both of which will help the civic body reduce its financial burden by 60.82% or approximately Rs 3,147 crore. The NMC will get land reservations worth Rs 3,147 crore free of cost. The NMC will have to raise only Rs 2,027 crore in 10 years, by making provision of Rs 200 crore every year.

    The draft DP has been revised by joint director (Nashik division) Prakash Bhukte of the state town planning department. The new draft DP has been planned for the period of next 20 years from 2016 to 2036. It projects the future population of the city of 24.50 lakh by 2026 and 34 lakh by 2036. Suggestions and objections have been invited for the new draft DP within next 60 days.

    Speaking to TOI, Bhukte said, "I had promised that there would be minimum reservations in the draft DP of the city. Accordingly, I have reduced the number of reservations by 59%. Moreover, we have made some changes in reservation system. We have proposed reservations those can be acquired in 10 years only."

    The earlier DP drafted in 2013 was cancelled by the state government after corporators alleged that it favoured builders and was unjust to farmers as maximum reservations were put up on their land. It had proposed as many as 1,187 reservations, but the draft DP was cancelled.

    The row over the exact area of the city has been settled in the new draft DP, which states that the exact area under the NMC is 267.47 sq km. The civic body records total area of 259.12 sq km, while the 2013 DP had mentioned the area of 268.22 sq km. This had led to a furore in the civic body with corporators from all parties claiming that the area shown in the 2013 draft DP was wrong.








    Reservations halved in revised draft DP of Nashik - The Times of India
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      MPCB to set up online water checking facility at Godavari

      NASHIK: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is planning to set up an online water checking facility at the Godavari soon in a bid to control pollution in the river. MPCB's member secretary P Anbalagan, who was in the city on Thursday, said besides the Godavari, a similar project will be undertaken at the Krishna-Koyna.

      It will be a pilot project and the MPCB is planning to do a trial run during the forthcoming Kumbh Mela.

      "The project is in the planning stage, but we will implement this year on pilot basis. The water quality of the river will be analysed. Besides the Godavari, we will be implementing it at Krishna-Koyna at its confluence, that is in Karad. For the project, the river flow should be of 12 months. Krishna-Koyna river has such a flow, but the Godavari is not a perennial river and hence, its natural flow is only of six months. For the remaining eight months, we will have to think of something. We are planning to have a trial run during Kumbh Mela," Anbalagan said.

      He said the MPCB will collect water samples from 12 locations in the Godavari at Nashik and from two Trimbakeshwar for the purpose.

      "Altogether 16 water samples will be collected for monitoring the quality online. The analysis using the manual process requires 12-16 hours. In the online system, the device will directly be connected to the website. The process is not based on physical or chemical lab testing. We can monitor the water quality 24x7. The flow of sewage, the correct picture of the river, etc., will be seen first. We are planning online monitoring of 4-5 rivers in the state in future," he said.

      Anbalagan said he has asked the industries to connect with the MPCB's online monitoring system by June-end.

      "The major polluting factor is sewage in the urban areas. Around 80% of the problem is due to the sewage and 20% because of industrial effluents. Nashik has at least tackled 80% of the problem. Small water bodies have also been taken care of here," said the MPCB's member secretary.

      Meanwhile, a separate station will be set up in the Godavari to check the quality of river water online. Anbalagan said the key is also to create awareness regarding pollution among the students and volunteers in view of the Kumbh Mela.

      Moreover, the MPCB is also planning to introduce an auto licence renewal facility for the green industries across the state. At present, these industries have to renew their licences after every three years. The project is expected to be operationtal in a year. Altogether 25% of 45,000 industries in the state are tagged as green industries.

      Anbalagan said the MPCB is also planning to extend period of licence renewal from the existing three to 10 years.

      Talking about the online monitoring system, MPCB officials said the samples will be collected through an electronic instrument. There will be small pipe inside the river and continuous monitoring will go on. "The ph, biochemical oxygen demand, total organic carbon, dissolved oxygen, chemical oxygen demand, conductivity, turbidity, hardness, etc., can be measured. It will have to be a totally guarded machine. An engineer will also be there to monitor the progress. Regular calibration may be needed as well," said MPCB officials.









      MPCB to set up online water checking facility at Godavari - The Times of India
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        MIDC areas set to go green

        NASHIK: The Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) are set to go green soon. The Nashik Industries & Manufacturers' Association (NIMA), an apex body of industries with 4,500 members, has decided to launch a tree plantation drive in both the MIDC areas from next month.

        NIMA president Ravi Verma told TOI, "We have decided to launch the drive next month under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. Our plan is to plant around 6,000 saplings in both the MIDC areas. They will be planted along the roads, around amenities and open spaces. We had urged the MIDC to fence its open spaces to protect these lands from encroachment. The MIDC has already decided to fence these spaces."

        "Besides the industrial estates, we are also planning to plant another 6,000 saplings in the city. We are already in talks with the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for the purpose. We have urged the civic body to identify locations where we can plant saplings. The NIMA will plant as many as 12,000 trees during the monsoon season," he added.

        The Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of the MIDC have close to 3,000 micro, small, medium and large industries. The MIDC has a policy to reserve 10% of its total plots in the industrial estates, including 5% for amenities and the rest for open spaces. The total area of both the industrial estates is close to 1,150 hectares of which around 52.5 are open spaces. There are close to 30 open plots in both the MIDC estates, where the saplings will be planted.










        MIDC areas set to go green - The Times of India
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          Priests fume after demolition drive at Ramkund in Nashik

          NASHIK: The association of the priests in the city has sought action against officials involved in Monday's anti-encroachment drive at Ramkund, during which several constructions were brought down in the run-up to Kumbh Mela.

          The civic authorities had on Monday conducted an anti-encroachment drive and demolished some illegal structures around Ramkund, much to the chagrin of the priests, and some barbers, who claimed that they owned the properties along the banks of the Godavari. The priests' association had even filed a complaint with the Panchavati police seeking action against the officials involved in the drive.

          On Tuesday, members of the Ganga Godavari Panchkoti Purohit Sangh met additional district collector Mahesh Patil as the district collector was not available. They said against must be taken against the officials responsible for the demolition drive at Ramkund.

          "We told the additional collector that the place belonged to us and that the NMC began demolishing the structures without any notice. We narrated the entire episode to him and urged him to take necessary actions," Purohit Sangh president Satish Shukla said.

          "We had a meeting on Monday night and all our members said they would be united against the stand adopted by the civic administration and the police. Local corporator Kalpana Pandey (Shiv Sena) was also present at the meeting and she expressed her unhappiness with the officials," he claimed.

          Purohit Sangh mulls Kumbh flag hoisting

          Purohit Sangh, which is the official host of the Kumbh Mela, held a meeting on Monday night to plan the flag hoisting for Kumbh Mela on July 14. Around 250-300 people from various organisations attended for the meeting.

          "We are planning a grand procession early in the morning on July 14. The flag will be hoisted sharp at 6.16 am. The rituals will be performed which will take nearly two hours. We have to think about the lodging for the pilgrims," the Ganga Godavari Panchkoti Purohit Sangh president said. All office bearers of the Purohit Sangh, Dharma Sabha, Hindu Ekta Andolan and trustees of the Kalara Mandir attended the meeting.








          Priests fume after demolition drive at Ramkund in Nashik - The Times of India
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          • #45

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            Revival hope floats on Peshwa-era ponds

            NASHIK: Three ponds in Trimbakeshwar dating back to the Peshwa era and now full of silt and hyacinth may once again meet the residents' requirement of water.

            Two trustees of the main Trimbakeshwar temple — Lalita Shinde and Satyapriya Shukla — have adopted Indrakund, Gautam Kund and Bilvateerth and taken up the task of cleaning up the ponds. To start with, Shinde and Shukla embarked on the cleaning up of Indrakund from June 5 with the help of the Trimbakeshwar Municipal Corporation.

            Water hyacinth, silt and other waste had covered up 15-20 feet of Indrakund and these are being cleaned with the help of 70-80 people. There are eight ghats around Indrakund that has a diameter of 75 metre.

            Environment activists and the trustees said these ponds used to be reservoirs and if rejuvenated could once again provide water to the entire town. There are 93 such ponds in the town but have been neglected over the years by successive civic authorities.

            "The ponds, right from Brahmagiri to Trimbakeshwar town, were built during the Peshwa era. We have adopted three of the big ancient ponds for cleaning those up. Once rejuvenated, these ponds can once again become the source of potable water for the entire town," said Shinde.

            On Monday, a group of environment activists and experts visited the ponds. They notice that Indrakund that has been sufficiently cleaned up, is now deep enough and can hold a lot of water. The water hyacinth has been cleared and the trustees are in the process of getting the silt cleared now.

            "During the visit to the ponds with expert Prajakta Baste, we found that Indrakund has 3.50 lakh cubic feet volume and is 75 feet in radius. Gautamteerth is five lakh cubic feet in volume and Bilvateerth has a 2.5 lakh cubic feet volume. As much as 11 lakh cubic feet water can be generated from these three ponds if they are rejuvenated. These are the actual jalyukta shivar (water reservoirs). If the ponds are rejuvenated, these can provide sufficient water to the entire town. Trimbakeshwar is a rocky terrain and water comes out only from some fractures," said environment activist Rajesh Pandit.

            Citing an example of how water in this terrain could not be extracted from anywhere, the activists and the trustees said a 400-feet well was constructed by the government near Shabri kund at Kojuli village. "But the well does not have any water. On the other hand, Shabri Kund has enough water for fishing even in May," an activist said.

            A Trimbakeshwar Municipal Council official said they were providing water to the town through a pipeline from Beje dam, which is about three km away.

            The activists and the trustees said rejuvenating these ponds could provide water to the entire town that has around 15,000-20,000 population and a floating population of around 20,000-30,000 every day.








            Revival hope floats on Peshwa-era ponds - The Times of India
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              Repair, eviction notices to buildings on river banks

              NASHIK: The civic administration has started issuing notices to over 400 dilapidated structures, including those in Kazigadi that was rattled by a major landslide in 2013, along the banks of the Godavari, an exercise in the run-up to monsoon.

              Owners of around 404 structures have so fare received the notices and 210 of these are in Kazigadi alone.

              The town planning department of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), along with the respective divisional offices, is supposed to issue the notices before the onset of monsoon. The dilapidated and dangerous structures should be ideally vacated or repaired, depending on the notices of the civic administration, before the rainy season sets in.

              The East, West and Panchavati divisions of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) have structures that are under more threat during monsoon and the civic body slaps the notices on their owners every year as a precautionary measure.

              "As many as 210 structures at Kazigadi have been the issued notices in the East division. Twenty-two other structures have been issued notices and the NMC is in the process of inspecting more such buildings. We will keep issuing the notices," superintendent of the East division L A Gaikwad said.

              Divisional officer (West) Jayashree Sonawane said notices have been issued to 78 wadas and more structures are being surveyed. In the Panchavati division, notices have been issued to 94 structures and more are in the offing.

              "We have started issuing the notices since the past 15 days. We have asked people living in these buildings have to vacate those. Most structures are into legal tangles with the tenants and landlords claiming ownership," said divisional officer (Panchavati) A P Wagh.

              An NMC official said, "We had started the survey in time but were late in issuing the notices because of Kumbh-related projects. We are now taking up both the work on a priority basis."










              Repair, eviction notices to buildings on river banks - The Times of India
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                Vacate-hillock notice leaves Kazigadi fuming

                NASHIK: The ground beneath their feet had shuddered and a big chunk caved in on the night of November 21, 2013, taking down with it 24 houses. That was a post-monsoon shock for those living atop Kazigadi. Eighteen months have passed since then and with not many changes on the ground, the residents continue to live on the edge and fear a similar disaster anytime.

                So firm they are on their demand for a retaining wall that they have again refused to vacate their buildings and move an inch from the hillock, despite receiving notices from the civic authorities on possible disasters this monsoon. The slumdwellers' contention is that the civic authorities have failed to alert them on time and that it was impossible for them to shift to any other place "in such a short notice".

                Kazigadi is located at a height of 30 m above the river-level. When 24 houses along the edge of the hillock had come down crashing, the NMC officials identified 60 more such buildings falling in the danger zone. This time, the civic administration sent notices to 210 residents of Kazigadi last week as a precautionary measure against any mishap. But the residents were angry with "the delay" and revived their demand of retaining wall.

                "By the time we received the notices from the civic body this year, it had already started raining. They did not even come up to serve the notices. They handed it over to children roaming around on the plains and took their signatures," a resident said.

                Another resident said there were around 3,000-4,000 slums in the area and around 200 were on the edge of the hillock and can collapse any moment.

                The NMC had floated tenders twice for soil testing of Kazigadi to find out if it was suitable for constructing the retaining wall. But it found no takers. The NMC said it could not rehabilitate the residents because Kazigadi is a private land. The residents have been demanding that their houses and the retaining wall be constructed by the NMC.

                "The absence of a retaining wall has nothing to do with the landslide as the foundation is itself weak. That is why we had invited tenders for the soil testing. But we did not receive any response," said an NMC official.

                Officials from the civic body's East division said the retaining wall that had been constructed in 1990s behind Gadge Maharaj Dharamshala was 100 m in length and 32 feet in height. It has been constructed at Rs 2 crore. To construct the 300-metre wall at Kazidadi, it will cost around Rs 15-20 crore, an official said.

                The proposal to construct a retaining wall along the banks of the river from Tambdya Maruti Temple near Kazigadi, to Sheetaladevi Temple is pending with the civic body for nearly two decades now, the residents alleged. In the past they had said thy would move out from the area once the civic body started constructing the retaining wall.



                In the meantime, the civic administration is still undecided about the fate of the Kazigadi residents. The Muslim brethren of the city had visited the place last monsoon and written to the civic body seeking a solution. The hillock houses a 400-year-old mosque and social activists from the community pitched in to help the slum-dwellers. They inspected the place on Wednesday and said that the dilapidated part of the mosque needed to be brought down, taking into consideration the threat to the residents.

                Admitting that the slums were encroachments, the social activists said that on humanitarian grounds they would bring down the dilapidated part of the mosque. With the help of the NMC, they even brought down the dilapidated wall and now a new wall stands in place. "We did it out of humanity though this is our place of worship," a social activist said.











                Vacate-hillock notice leaves Kazigadi fuming - The Times of India
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                  Shetty ups ante against government land acquisition bill

                  NASHIK: The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) Member of Parliament, Raju Shetty, has decided to intensify his stir against the Centre's Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, saying that his organisation had decided to increase their efforts to get justice for the land owners.

                  "There have been enough of representations to the government urging it to amend the land acquisition bill which renders the farmers landless. We have now decided to resort to the guerrilla tactics and intensify agitation against the government. We will lock the government offices and the officers without fear of anybody," said Shetty during a day-long visit in Nashik.

                  After addressing his party members in a programme at Parshuram Saikhedkar, Shetty called upon the members to attend the two-day camp being organised in mid-July at Aurangabad where the action plan of the agitation will be chalked out.

                  Shetty added,"The call for the agitation will be given any time and any day through any of the means available. The manner in which agitation will be conducted will be conveyed to the members. The same tactics will be used on the day and 'on the word go', the members will storm the offices and lock the government officials in their cabins and offices without allowing them to move," Shetty said.

                  He also pointed out that the members were told clearly that there will be no law and order situation, and that the members would stage sit-in agitation at the time of the protests. At the time of the call, the farmers should throng to the streets in huge numbers."The government will have to bow to the public pressure," Shetty said.

                  The MP also spoke on the onion farmers - suffering in Nashik. The government had nothing to do with the current market prices of the onion as they were being transacted at average price with win-win situation for the farmers as well as the consumers.

                  "We don't understand who suggested the government to increase the minimum export price from 250 dollars per metric tonne to 450 dollars per metric tonne. We want the government to withdraw its latest order on the same," Shetty said.

                  Shetty also pointed out that he was about to meet the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food and Civil Supplies as well to discuss the issue that could slash the market rates for the farmers.

                  "The onion farmer has already suffered a lot. There is no situation at present that the prices are sky rocketing. In fact the rise in MEP will create havoc for the farmers as the pile up was likely in the market bringing down the market rates," Shetty feared and demanded that the government should stop unnecessary interference.










                  Shetty ups ante against government land acquisition bill - The Times of India
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                    Industry body wants MIDC meet on land allotment in SEZ

                    NASHIK: The Nashik Industries & Manufacturers' Association (NIMA) has appealed to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to hold a special meeting on allotment of land in processing areas of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Sinnar, near Nashik.

                    Speaking to TOI, Ravi Verma, president, NIMA, said, "We want MIDC to hold a meeting over the land allotment to the industries in the processing zone of the Sinnar SEZ. There is also a need to announce the land rates in SEZ as soon as possible. The land should be allotted to the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which are planning to invest in the processing zone of the SEZ. The MIDC needs to take the industry bodies into confidence while fixing land rates and taking other decisions. We will urge the MIDC to hold a separate meeting with the office-bearers of all the associations."

                    The multi-product SEZ is being developed by Indiabulls Industrial Infrastructure Ltd (IIL), a joint venture between Indiabulls and the MIDC. The MIDC has up to 26 per cent stakes in the SEZ spread over 2,500 acres, which include non-processing zone of 1,000 acres and processing zone of 1,500 acres.

                    Verma added, "The MIDC has fixed the land rates at the new additional industrial estate of MIDC coming up at Talegaon-Akrale villages in Dindori tehsil, near Nashik. The rates for industrial plots have been fixed at Rs 2,300 per sq metre for the first six months and Rs 3,000 per sq metre after that. These rates are not affordable to the industries and they need to be reduced to Rs 1,500 per sq metre."

                    The MIDC is constructing an industrial estate in its Ambad unit through a private firm on a 14,800 sq m plot. The flatted estate project will house 200 galas in different sizes.

                    The MIDC has fixed the land rates at its new additional industrial estate coming up at Talegaon-Akrale villages in Dindori tehsil, near Nashik. The rates for industrial plots have been fixed at Rs 2,300 per sq metre for the first six months and Rs 3,000 per sq metre after that. These rates are not affordable to the industries and potential investors









                    Industry body wants MIDC meet on land allotment in SEZ - The Times of India
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