PCMC Infrastructure: PCMC To Purchase Water Meters Worth Rs 2.80 Crore

PUNE: The water supply department of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will purchase 14,172 water meters at a cost of Rs 2.80 crore.

Pravin Tupe, joint city engineer, PCMC said, “These water meters are being purchased for the beneficiaries of the free water meter scheme and the residents who have been given or will be given new water connections.”

The PCMC had decided to install free meters for all water connections as part of its commitment under the union government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission(JNNURM) scheme. The water supply department hopes to reduce water loss and recover the expenses incurred on supplying drinking water to the residents. A total of 1.12 lakh water meters have been installed for free till date.

Some people, in spite of repeated reminders, had failed to get the free water meters installed. The PCMC had directed such people to apply for free water meters till July 31, failing which they have to pay double the flat water tax of Rs 1404 for 2009-10 and thrice the water tax for 2010-11.

An official from the water supply department said, “The PCMC received 1682 applications under this scheme. Scrutiny of these applications was conducted and 1,500 of them were found to be eligible for the scheme.”

Meanwhile, a proposal will be tabled at the standing committee meeting on September 14 seeking approval to purchase the water meters.

PCMC Run Bahinabai Chaudhary Zoo At Akurdi

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will transfer control of the Bahinabai Chaudhary zoo, located at Akurdi, from the garden department to the veterinary department to improve the zoo’s administration and ensure better facilities to the animals.

Members of the standing committee expressed concern about the administration of the zoo at the weekly meeting held on Wednesday, while discussing the death of a female leopard at the zoo. They had complained that the animals were being given inferior quality food. The members demanded that the control of the zoo be transferred to the veterinary department to improve its condition.

Meanwhile, Subhash Dumbre, additional commissioner said, “The Central Zoo Authority of India (CZAI) has granted small zoo status to the Bahinabai Chaudhary zoo. The PCMC had submitted a master plan for the zoo’s development to the CZAI, which was approved one and a half years ago. The PCMC had incurred an expenditure of Rs 1.5 lakh to prepare the master plan and the union government has reimbursed this expenditure recently.”

The total cost of implementation of the master plan is around Rs 15 crore over a period of five years. The total cost of development comprises Rs 2.07 crore for the building, Rs 3.37 crore for basic amenities and Rs 9.46 crore for wildlife related works (for example, cages and veterinary care facilities). The PCMC will receive Rs 5 crore as grant from the CZAI.

The zoo will have around 20 types of reptiles, 3 types of amphibians and 10 species of water birds. It will have a breeding centre for endangered amphibians, a lake for water birds and an enclosure for crocodiles and alligators. There will also be a butterfly collection and breeding centre, a museum of models of extinct animals and a nature and interpretation centre.

Currently the PCMC-run Bahinabai Chaudhary zoo is spread over an area of seven acres and located in the Sambhajinagar area of Akurdi. There are three panthers, birds like the peafowl and peacock, varieties of snakes, a few crocodiles, ducks and a dozen monkeys.

In the 1990s, the zoo was located in a sparsely populated area. Now, however, houses and commercial complexes have come up around it, leaving no scope for the zoo’s expansion.


Pune Property Tax Rates May Rise With New System

Based on the directions of the state government, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to introduce the capital value system (CVS) for computing the Annual Rateable Value of a property, for fixing the property taxes in the city. The civic administration has tabled a proposal before the standing committee regarding the move.

The move has been designed to bring uniformity in the taxation system in all the municipal corporations across the state. As a result, if the proposal is cleared, the property tax charges might go up.

At present, the ARV is fixed on the standard rents fixed by the Rent Control Act. Under the ARV system, the probable gross rent of a property is taken into account. For domestic buildings, 20 percent of the amount is calculated. For commercial buildings 25 percent of the amount is calculated.

Under the new CVS, the calculation of tax is based on the value of the land as well as that of the building. It takes into account the capital value of the building, which is in turn based on the cost of the land as well as the cost of the building, net of depreciation.

The proposal says: “In different municipal corporations in the state, there are different methods of fixing the ARV of a particular property. But, in order to bring uniformity, transparency and introduce simplicity, the new method of CVS is being considered.” The ARV fixed under the capital value system, will be updated every five years.