PCMC Takes Steps To Control Traffic

A proposal to develop the main chowks within Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) limits is to be tabled at the civic body’s standing committee meeting. It will seek approval of expenditure to be incurred in taking steps to improve the flow of traffic at Wakad chowk on the westerly bypass, Dange chowk at Thergaon, KSB chowk in Chinchwad and Sambhaji chowk in Pradhikaran.

Read the rest of the TOI article, Traffic control: PCMC to develop 4 chowks.

Metro Rail For Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad

Pune’s infrastructure has got a focus in Democratic Front government’s budget with Finance Minister Sunil Tatkare keen to make metro rail a reality in Maharashtra’s cultural capital and IT hub and at the same time remove the traffic snarls by investing in road infrastructure.

The budget also has measures that would give a boost to its cultural importance – and also the stretch between Mumbai-Pune would be identified as a knowledge corridor as a policy measure.

Read the rest of the Sakaal Times article, Budget bonanza for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad Have Clean Water

Tests conducted by the State Public Health Laboratory on thousands of tap water samples collected from 22 cities in the state show that Pune city and Pimpri-Chinchwad had near-zero contamination while a significant percentage of the samples in Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolhapur was contaminated and unfit for drinking.

While the contamination is two-fold between April 2009 and February 2010 in the water samples collected in Mumbai and tested and is an alarming four-fold in the Kolhapur samples for the same period, the water quality in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad is almost safe.

Read the rest of the TOI article, Pune’s water good, Mumbai’s bad.

PCMC Allows Chawl Residents Water Connections Without Owner’s Permission

In a move aimed at facilitating chawl residents to get water connections easily, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to provide water connections to chawl residents even if they do not have permission from chawl-owners.

The move, expected to benefit over a lakh residents of chawls in the industrial town, was, however, being seen by landlords as an infringement of their rights. A chawl resident seeking water connection will have to provide a residential proof and pay an advance of Rs 1,400 towards water bill and Rs 1,500 for meter installation.

Read the rest of the article in the Indian Express: No need for chawl-owners’ permission for tenants’ water connection.