Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 22-09-2022 | 02:45 am
NASHIK: The Khandesh Ginning and Pressing Factory Owners Association (KGPFOA) in Jalgaon has urged the Maharashtra government to bring new varieties of cotton with more yield. Pradeep Jain, the president of the association, said that the average yield of cotton in the country is three to four quintal per acre. Jalgaon is one of the districts in the country that produces 4.5 quintals per acre. “Presently, varieties are old ones and we need to bring new cotton varieties to increase the yield. This will also benefit the cotton farmers as their income will increase due to rise in production. We want the state to take efforts in providing new cotton varieties so that yield will increase,” said Jain. In Maharashtra, cotton acreage is around 42 lakh hectares, including 9.5 lakh hectares in four districts of north Maharashtra.
Aurangabad/Nashik: Roughly 1,000 state transport buses from the districts of Aurangabad, Beed, Nashik, Dhule and Jalgaon have been hired by Shiv Sena politicians — belonging to the Thackeray faction as well as the Shinde camp — to ferrying supporters to and from Mumbai to attend the Dasara rallies.As per the numbers obtained from the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) office, 350 buses have been hired from Aurangabad district, 100 from Beed, 200 from Nashik, 250 from Jalgaon, and 150 from Dhule. Apart from ST buses, there were many private buses and cars on their way to Mumbai as well.To prevent congestion, police units in different parts of the states, especially in Aurangabad city and rural areas, formed special corridors for the buses and private vehicles heading towards Mumbai. In Aurangabad city alone, 400 policemen were deployed to man the special corridor. The Nashik rural police too had set up bandobast at various points to regulate traffic.Along the Ghoti-Kasara section, the highway police said due to the flow of devotees coming to the Ghatandevi temple in Igatpuri, bandobast was already in place. However, given the rush of Shiv Sena functionaries and activists going to Mumbai on Wednesday, additional bandobast was deployed.Officials of the highway police added that the rush of vehicles moving towards Mumbai started early in the morning. Apart from the ST buses, a large number of private buses too had been booked to carry activists to the rallies at Shivaji Park and BKC ground.Meanwhile, the Thackeray camp criticised the MSRTC for giving away so many buses during the festive season. Leader of opposition Ambadas Danve warned of raising the issue of alleged misuse of government agencies, including MSRTC, Maharashtra state road development corporation (MSRDC) and the police in the assembly session.When contacted, MSRTC’s Nashik and Aurangabad division deputy general manager Nitin Maind said, “During Dasara, we usually see a dip in traffic flow to the extent that we have to call off services on certain routes. This time, as we have got orders to ferrying people to Mumbai and back, we are not cancelling any buses.”When asked about the difficulty being faced by common people heading home for the festive season, Maind said no inconvenience has been caused to commuters as the buses continue to ply on all important routes in each district.” Sources said the Aurangabad and Nashik divisions have roped in buses from different districts, so that commuter services are not hampered.
MUMBAI: A quack who was seeing patients and prescribing allopathic medicines at Kandivli for the past five years was arrested following a complaint by the BMC. Masiuddin Khan, 46, was using fake degree certificates to show that he was qualified for the job. On October 1, assistant health officer Neelam Dalvi from BMC's R/South Ward reached the Kandivli police station where a police team was planning a raid on fake doctors. A constable was first sent to Khan's clinic as a dummy customer along with a panch witness. After Khan examined him, prescribed allopathic medicines and took money, the police team moved into the clinic along with Dalvi. Khan was running a clinic at Selfie Gully in Ganesh Nagar for the past five years. He produced a registration certificate from ‘Maharashtra Council of Indian Medicine,’ an Ayurveda degree from the same Council, another Ayurveda degree from ‘Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in Nashik.’ On questioning, he told the police that all the documents were fake. A sum of Rs 6,200 was seized from him.
Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to synchronize 22 of 48 traffic signals across the city to ease the traffic flow.The project is estimated to cost Rs 50 lakh and is to be undertaken with the funds allotted under 15th finance commission.The existing traffic signals in the city are not synchronized.Uday Dharmadhikari, superintending engineer of the civic body, said that under the project, traffic signals are to be strategically timed as the group of vehicles arrive from one traffic signal to another signal in a smooth way.“The move will not only save time but also save fuel for vehicle operators. This will help in streamlining the traffic flow in the city,” he said.“All the 22 traffic signals identified for synchronization are located on the busy roads like Gangapur, Trimbak, Nashik Road and other roads,” he added.Moreover, the NMC administration has also decided to install solar panels on public toilets at 113 locations at the cost of Rs 1.5 crore. The project is also to be carried out under the 15th finance commission.The power generated through solar panels will be given to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL). This will help the civic body reduce its electricity bills. Civic officials said they will prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) in this regard.
Nashik: The renovation of Mela bus terminus of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), that was started in 2017, is almost complete. However, the road connecting to the terminus requires asphalting and that would need another Rs 2 crore.The pet project of Nashik Central MLA Devyani Pharande was launched by the then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, but it failed to meet the deadline that was initially set at 2020. “There are two things that are required — a fire hydrant and the approach roads for the terminus. While the construction of fire hydrant is underway, we have sought funds from the government for the construction of approach road to the terminus,” Pharande said. “I have raised the issue with the chief minister and deputy chief minister for the funds that are required for the earliest commissioning of the bus terminus,” she added. The Mela terminus originally catered only to buses starting from Nashik to Trimbakeshwar and a few pockets in the rural areas. But under the new plan, buses heading to Pune will be accommodated at the terminus that has a total of 20 platforms that will cater to as many buses at a time. The terminus will also have an air-conditioned waiting lounge for the passengers. Meanwhile, officials from MSRTC said first they were waiting for the high court order for cutting the trees that obstructed the movement of buses and this delayed the start of the work. “Besides other issues, the Covid-induced lockdown also affected the pace of the work. Once the government sanction is received, the work is likely to be finished and the bus stand could be made operational,” an official from the MSRTC said.
NASHIK: Nashik municipal commissioner Chandrakant Pulkandwar has assured the industries in Ambad industrial area to sort out the fire cess issue. A delegation of Ambad Industries & Manufacturers’ Association (AIMA), led by its president Nikhil Panchal, recently met the commissioner and urged him to roll back fire cess as the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has also levied fire cess for industrial units located in Ambad industrial area. While the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been levying fire cess from the industrialists for a long time, MIDC introduced the fire cess in December last year after its fire station became operational in the industrial area. The Nashik civic body charges a fire cess of Rs 31 paisa per sq metre, while the MIDC’s fire charges are Rs 4,540 per sq metre. Panchal said that they had positive talks with the NMC commissioner, who has assured us to sort out the issue. He said that the civic chief is also going to hold talks with the MIDC to hand over its fire station in Ambad to the civic body for its operations and maintenance.