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Ambad and Satpur’s poor infra upsets industrialists – Times of India

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Nashik: Poor infrastructure in the Ambad and Satpur industrial estates of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in the city has left industrialists fuming. According to the industrialists, though all the roads here need to be relaid, they are only being repaired. Moreover, given the rise in the number of industries and workers in the past few decades, there is also a need to widen these roads and give them a concrete cover. “There are still potholes on most of the internal roads, which cause inconvenience to the industrialists and workers. Every monsoon, the potholes resurface, and the condition of the roads deteriorates. Therefore, there is a need to relay all the major and internal roads,” said Kundan Darenge, a member of the Nashik Industries and Manufacturers’ Association (AIMA). Industrialists have also been demanding the replacement of rusty electric streetlight poles with new ones. Nikhil Panchal, former AIMA president, said around 20% of the streetlights in industrial areas are defunct. “They are not being maintained regularly by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC). Moreover, there is a need to replace rusty poles with new ones,” said Panchal. “Another major issue in the industrial areas is the lack of public toilets for visitors and workers. We have been pursuing this matter for many years, but neither the NMC nor the MIDC is taking it seriously,” said Panchal. The lack of drainage and stormwater lines are also issues that industrialists have been raising for many years, but the civic body and the MIDC are passing the buck to each other. Both Satpur and Ambad MIDC areas are located within the limits of the NMC. While MIDC supplies water to the industries in Satpur and Ambad areas, NMC maintains the roads and streetlights in the industrial areas in Nashik. MIDC has handed over all the roads in Satpur and Ambad industrial areas to NMC. In exchange, NMC recovers property tax from industries.

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