PCMC To Demolish Chapekar Memorial Tower To Ease Flyover Construction

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will start demolition of the Chapekar memorial tower at Chapekar chowk in Chinchwadgaon on August 25 to clear the hurdle in construction of a flyover.

In 2004-05, the PCMC had proposed to construct a rotary flyover here which would have had left the Chapekar statue tower in the middle. But, later, the PCMC decided to construct a normal flyover at the spot at the cost of Rs 21 crore.

Chapekar chowk located at Chinchwadgaon is one of the busiest chowks in Pimpri-Chinchwad township. Seven roads meet at the chowk. It has vegetable markets, municipal schools, PCMC Zone B office, post office, commercial offices and interior designer residential buildings located around the chowk leading to heavy movement of vehicles and people throughout the day.

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PCMC Grant For School Approved By Maharastra State

PUNE: The state government has approved the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s proposal of giving Rs 25 lakh grant to the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha for building a girls’ school in Dehu village.

The proposal was sent to the state government for approval as the grant was meant for an institution which was outside the PCMC limits. The Sanstha plans to construct a three-storied building, having five classrooms on each floor.

The total estimated construction cost is Rs 89.40 lakh. It has collected Rs 20.85 lakh through donations from various sources.

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Pune Property Tax: PMC Says One-Time Tax Not Feasible

PUNE: Shooting down the Congress party’s proposal to amend the property tax rules to introduce a one-time (optional) tax payment scheme, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has stated that the proposal is unfeasible and will result in decline of the civic income from property tax collection.

“If at all the one-time tax plan is executed, the PMC cannot make it compulsory. Also, the civic body will face financial losses as if property owners pay tax for one-time as the PMC will not be able re-assess the property. Small properties could pay one-time tax, but big properties like malls, IT properties, banks, hospitals, hotels, etc will not show interest in the scheme considering the amount they will have to pay,” said municipal commissioner in his comments submitted to all party leader’s meeting.

The administration has stated that the proposal is not feasible as it will deprive the PMC from re-assessing the property and considering the rising property rates in the city, it will result in the financial loss to the civic body.

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PMC To Impose Penalty On Property Tax Defaulters

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will execute the state government’s notification to impose a 2 per cent penalty on property tax defaulters.

For the year 2010-11 property tax for the first six months has to be paid before September 30, 2010 and those who fail to pay it will have to pay a 2 per cent penalty on the tax amount every month till the tax is paid. The second instalment of the property tax has to be paid before December 31, 2010.

The PMC’s tax collection and assessment department has proposed that digital pictures of all properties be taken for the department’s records and an aluminium plate be fixed on each property, identifying its survey number and other details.

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Celestial City: Ravet’s Pride Is Right On Schedule

Celestial City, the unique 25-acre integrated township by Pharande Spaces and Rama Group, is now in the second phase of construction. As planned, this premium apartments complex at Ravet, PCMC is transforming the real estate topography of an area known as the Gateway to Pune.

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Celestial City has been conceived as a completely self-sufficient residential microcosm that will offer its residents absolutely everything by way of a comfortable lifestyle.  That blueprint is now rapidly being transformed into reality as construction enters the next phase.

The location of Celestial City couldn’t be better – it was planned as both the ultimate residential destination and a sure-fire investment hotspot. Ravet is located at the confluence of the old NH4, the Dehu Road- Katraj bypass and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

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Its ready accessibility, as well as proximity to vital establishments, has earned it the distinction of being one of the most prominent growth corridors on the Pune real estate market.

Because of its unique location, invigoratingly green spaces and affordable residential property options, Celestial City is now attracting a huge demand from executives working in Hinjewadi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, the Talegaon MIDC and Chakan MIDC.

With Phase II of Celestial City now in active progress, the project is well on the way to completing the planned roster of 2000+ units at this avant-garde budget homes project.

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Celestial City is backed by the experience and impeccable track record of two leading development concerns. Pharande Spaces, the residential property trendsetters in Pimpri-Chinchwad, already have several landmark projects to their credit – including the award winning Culture Crest.

To date, Pharande Spaces have completed residential projects in excess of 1.5 million square feet. Likewise, Rama Group’s professionalism and expertise have led to the completion of 23 projects that cumulatively account for 5 million square feet of construction.

The fact that Celestial City is fully underwritten by the country’s leading financial institutions ensured a smooth, seamless construction flow even during the worst of the recent recession. With Phase II on schedule, Ravet’s crowing glory has taken a decisive step towards final completion.

When two real estate giants join hands to create the City of the Future, the outcome can be nothing less than magical….

celestial-city-archA masterpiece in the making

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K. D. Nagarkar is a blogger and freelance journalist who specializes in real estate and environmental issues. He keenly follows the development of integrated township properties and other sustainable projects in and around Maharashtra.

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Pimpri Traffic: Police Suggest Permanent Road Divider On Indira Gandhi Flyover

PUNE: The traffic police have expressed the need to build a permanent road divider on the Indira Gandhi flyover at Pimpri to prevent people from flouting the one-way rule on its approach roads.

A letter asking the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to build the road divider will be sent shortly, said Manoj Patil, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).

Patil stated that the letter will be sent once the traffic police make an announcement about the one-way restrictions being permanent.  He said that local residents had objected to the one-way plan in the first few weeks of July.

The traffic police began implementing the one-way on a trial basis at the beginning of July to reduce traffic congestion. The police put up barricades to enforce the one-way, due to which motorists coming from Chinchwad or Morwadi on the Pune-Mumbai highway have to take a detour via the Ambedkar junction.

People coming from Bhatnagar have to take a detour via the Ahilyabai Holkar junction to reach the hotel Gokul junction. However rickshaw drivers and two wheeler riders have moved the barricades aside to create gaps so that their vehicles can pass through them.

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Pune News: Recycling E-Waste The Need Of The Hour

The Mumbai-Pune corridor produces one third of India’s electronic waste. A stakeholders’ consultation on e-waste management was conducted in Pune to address the issue.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA), Janvani, Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)-Advisory Services in Environmental Management (ASEM) shared ideas on the issue.

Director of GTZ-ASEM Juergen Bischoff expressed the need for a legislation for electronic waste management in India. He said the GTZ has been working towards finding solutions to the problem of e-waste through city-level interventions and policy dialogues.

The GTZ launched a new project on e-waste management. One of the main objectives is to bridge the gap in e-waste management between the formal and informal sector. The project is aimed at improving the situation of e-waste management in Pune, Pimpri and Chinchwad.

Greenpeace India campaigner Abhishek Pratap stated the need for the placing of Extended Producer Responsibility on the shoulders of manufacturers of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE).

Lakshmi Narayan of KKPKP spoke on the role of the informal sector in the recycling e-waste. H.M. Modak, a consultant working for the Pune Municipal Corporation said that the Rochem Concord Blue has been assigned the task of recycling 700 metric tonnes of waste every day.

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PCMC’s YCM Hospital May Charge 20% More From Outside’ Patients

PUNE: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has proposed to charge 20 per cent extra to patients approaching to the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) Hospital for treatment from outside the municipal limits.

Anand Jagdale, superintendent of YCM hospital, said, “Municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma has said the local residents should get preference in treatment at the YCM. Besides, a proposal has been prepared offering to give treatment to local residents at existing rates.”

Jagdale said that the average annual expenditure of YCM hospital is Rs 25 crore while the average annual income is approximately Rs 3 crore. The PCMC is spending a large amount on YCM hospital to give medical facilities to residents at affordable rates.

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Pune Property News: Bombay High Court Rules In Pune Businessman Case

Income of a man’s family can decide maintenance

MUMBAI: The joint family finances of a man can be considered while determining the quantum of maintenance to be paid to his estranged wife, the Bombay high court has ruled in a case involving a 31-year-old Pune businessman.

Hiking eight-fold the maintenance the businessman, Amar Shejare, must pay his estranged wife Seema and their minor daughter to Rs 20,000 a month from Rs 2,500, a division bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Amjad Sayed said, “Considering the lifestyle of the Shejare family, it would necessarily follow that the income of (Amar) was substantial.”

The judges added, “(Amar) had substantive income and considering the holdings of the joint family, he is capable of paying the monthly maintenance to the wife and the minor daughter.” The court also directed Amar to pay an additional Rs 10,000 to his wife towards legal costs.

Amar had contended that the property was owned by his joint Hindu undivided family. “We are conscious of the fact that Shejare is one of the coparceners (joint heir in the family property) and will have only a share in the said income,” the judges said, but pointed out that the family owned considerable property. (Names have been changed to protect the couple’s identities.)

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PCMC Uses Water From Purification Plant To Water Gardens

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is making optimum use of its water resources as it ensures that waste water generated at the purification plant in Nigdi does not go down the drain, but is used for gardening purpose.

Around 3.5 MLD (million litres per day) or 35 lakh litres of water is used for gardening purposes at the Durga Devi hills and 12 other gardens in the nearby areas.  The PCMC draws 380 MLD water from Ravet and treats it at the water purification plant at Nigdi.

According to civic officials, the waste water from the purification plant at Nigdi is nothing but backwash water which is highly muddy and is not potable. At the water purification plant, there are 40 filter beds containing sand through which the water is passed for filtration.

Incidentally, the Pune Municipal Corporation is also working on a plan to recycle backwash water from the Parvati Water Works. Around 35 MLD water would be recycled and used, say civic officials.

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