Reducing Construction Premium Along BRTS – PCMC

PUNE: Following the controversy over the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) general body’s decision to reduce premium for constructions along the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridors in Pimpri-Chinchwad, municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma said on Monday that the civic administration will give its opinion to the state government which would be in the “best interests” of the municipal body.

Sharma said, “The PCMC had approved a proposal for densification of corridors along the BRTS route. It had also received the state government’s approval for it. This was appreciated even by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). But now, the PCMC’s motive behind the corridor densification will be diluted if the demand for reduction in the premium charges is implemented. The premium charges must be linked to a dynamic factor and not a static factor,” he said.

Sharma said suggestions and objections will be invited from citizens regarding the revised proposal approved at the general body to reduce premium charges. The proposal will then be sent to state government for approval. “Citizens can give their suggestions and objections when the PCMC invites them,” he said.

At the general body meeting held on August 20, a proposal was approved to cancel the levy of premium charges as approved by the state government, and instead charge premium as per ready reckoner rates.

Shiv Sena corporator Seema Savale has alleged that the suggestion was not properly read so there was confusion among the corporators.

Savale in her letter pointed out that the PCMC will be developing the BRTS roads and feeder routes with a total length of 97 km.

She further said that as per the earlier premium policy approved by the state government, the PCMC will get premium charges of around Rs 5,000 crore.

However, if the proposal to reduce the premium charges is implemented, the PCMC will get only Rs 1,250 crore, suffering a loss of Rs 3,750, she said.

Meanwhile, Savale has demanded that the powers of the city engineer, and deputy city engineer to give building permission, development permission, building commencement certificates, should be granted to senior officials of the town planning department. Savale said the government has issued directives in this regard.

When asked for his comments, Sharma said there is no need to withdraw the powers granted to the city engineer. “We have checked with the Pune Municipal Corporation, where these permissions are given by city engineer and deputy city engineer and not by the town planning department,” he added.

A Home In Pimpri-Chinchwad – The Best Choice For Your Children

While buying property in Pune, most home seekers tend to put their children’s needs high on the priority list. This is because in a typical Indian setting, everything that happens within a family revolves around the requirements of its children. It therefore stands to reason that the purchase of a home is – and should – factor this in.

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For us Indians, our kids are our most important consideration. This is why we strive to provide them with every possible good thing – good clothes, the latest and largest toys, a good school, and so on. Providing them with the best possible home is a natural yearning.

It boils down to a simple fact – whether a married couple has children or not while purchasing a home, or the children are still in the ‘planning’ stage, they are a major point of reference. Here are some of the considerations we should therefore take into account while choosing a residence:

Are There Good Schools In The Vicinity?

Pune being the Oxford of the East, it stands to reason that access to the good schools is of primary importance for Pune property buyers. A housing project may offer every desirable facility – but if it does not have a reputable school within easy reach, it does not serve its purpose. The more progressive townships and integrated residential projects have schools within the campus. Even otherwise, there is no shortage of good schools in Pimpri Chinchwad.

Does The Project Feature Children-Oriented Facilities?

Ideally, builders must offer fully equipped children’s parks and playgrounds in their projects. These areas should be free of pollution, since children do a lot of heavy breathing while at play.

While the space constraints and the pollution levels of the central areas in cities like Pune do not permit such facilities, the larger integrated residential projects in areas like Pimpri-Chinchwad do. Remember that children can only thrive when they have enough airy space to play in. Similarly, you should ask about garden areas for family-oriented activities while choosing a home.

Is The Clubhouse Children-Friendly?

If you thought that a residential project’s clubhouse is only for adult entertainment and relaxation, think again. A clubhouse is – and should be – a boon to children. Look for facilities like table tennis and badminton courts, a library and indoor games.

Is There Ready Access To Shopping?

From toddler to teenage years, children have myriad recurring requirements. Fully integrated residential projects such as Culture Crest and Woodsville in  Pune’s PCMC area offer shopping facilities within the project’s perimeter. If this is not the case in your chosen project, at least ensure that you have easy access to shopping centres in the vicinity.

Is There A Hospital With Emergency Room/Pediatric Unit Nearby?

Accidents do happen – poisoning, choking, drowning, fractures and bruises, electrocution… children can get into a lot of trouble while exploring the world around them. There are many medical emergencies than can only be handled at a well-equipped hospital. If the project does not have its own hospital, at least make sure that it is within easy travelling distance from the nearest hospital. This is not an issue in progressive, well-planned areas such as the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, but many of Pune’s newer areas still lack such facilities.

How Safe And Supportive Is The Neighbourhood?

One should definitely keep one’s children’s social needs in mind while selecting a residence. By their very nature, the integrated residential projects and townships now coming up in the PCMC area offer social environments suitable to our children (good neighbours) and are also crime-free zones. If you cannot, for some reason, choose such an ideal neighbourhood, at least find out if there is a police station nearby.

Posted by: Avinash Gokhale is Director – Marketing & Corporate Planning, Pharande Spaces – a leading construction and development firm specializing integrated residential projects in the PCMC area of Pune, India.