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