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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.
The Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA) has proposed a budget of Rs 783.99 crore for the next financial year. The budget has provisions for facilitation centres for industrial workers in sectors 7, 8 and 10.
There is also provision for a residential township for middle income group (MIG) and low income group (LIG) on public private partnership (PPP) basis in sector 12. An eco-friendly office for PCNTDA at the Akurdi railway station, theme parks and traffic parks for children are some of the other features of the budget.
PCNTDA, popularly known as Pradhikaran, was formed in 1972 to provide affordable housing to industrial workers in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Parts of the villages of Bhosari, Chikhali, Moshi, Nigdi, Akurdi, Ravet and Chinchwad were included in PCNTDA limits.
Read the rest of the article, Rs784 crore budget presented for PCNTDA.
A one-of-its-kind park, which will create public awareness on traffic discipline and offer a proper ambiance for neophytes to undergo driving lessons, will be developed by the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA).
The driving park, to be raised over 6.20-acre area at sector number VI in Nigdi Pradhikaran area, has a financial outlay of around Rs 5.48 crore. Divisional commissioner of Pune, Dilip Band, who is also chairman of PCNTDA, while inaugurating the road safety week at Pune RTO, said that the project of driving park is part of infrastructural development to be done for creating public awareness on traffic discipline.
Read the rest of the article from Sakaal Times, Driving park planned at Pradhikaran.
No more will property buyers or sellers have to stand in long queues at the 20 sub-registrar offices in the city. They will be able to book the date and time for any property transaction online.
In a bid to speed up the process as well as add transparency, the department has put in place estepIn, the computerised time slot booking system operational in Pune, Mumbai and Thane divisions.
Developed by the National Informatics Centre, the option is available on the website,http://igrmaharashtra.gov.in , where the property buyer/seller could book a time slot. The booking forms require the Personal Account Number (PAN) to be filled to avoid multiple registrations from a single applicant.
Read the rest of the article from the Indian Express, Adieu to queues, property registration
The Pimpri Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA), popularly known as Pradhikaran, has been a major catalyst in the planned development of Pune’s burgeoning PCMC area, transforming this once exclusively industrial zone into one of the hottest destinations for those buying property in Pune – and indeed in the country.
Over the last three decades several thousand acres of land have been acquired, developed, zoned, brought into the jurisdiction of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and PCNTDA and made available for residential and commercial purposes. The result has bee a paradigm shift in how the real estate market sees properties for sale in Pune. It can safely be stated that, in terms of the Pune property market, the Pimpri Chinchwad map will never look the same again.
Under the leadership of capable and committed IAS officers, the development of this fertile Pune real estate Mecca spans the entire gamut of activities. These include multi–lanes roads (including the Spine Road), strategically located fly-overs, public parks and urban forestation, residential zones including MIG and LIG Housing on a public private partnership basis, ample potable water supply and a comprehensive drainage network.
Simultaneously, other service sectors have also grown rapidly, particularly schools and colleges. There are now over 25 colleges in Pimpri Chinchwad, offering graduate and post-graduate education in virtually every discipline – healthcare, retail, entertainment, banking and financial services and public transport.
The International Convention Center
These developments have attracted some of the world’s largest companies from the automobile, IT and engineering sectors. It will also become the home of one of India’s largest International Convention Centers (on a 200-acre plot at Moshi, just off the Pune-Nashik Highway.) The governing authorities’ vision for the ICC includes the intention of holding the international auto exhibition that will take place in India in 2012 there. Accordingly, a hall admeasuring 100,000 square feet is being developed – this hall will equal (if not rival) similar exhibition hubs in Munich, Shanghai and other major metros around the world.
Cutting-edge residential complexes
Leading builder-developers from the Pune property market have been quick to spot the opportunity to create ultra-modern residential complexes in this region. These complexes are being designed and executed to meet the lifestyle expectations of the cultured and cosmopolitan middle class. Another market driver is the fact that Pimpri Chinchwad now offers diverse career and business opportunities.
Woodsville, the latest project by Pharande Spaces, is a prime example of the integrated town concept increasingly coming into vogue. Situated just diagonally across the ICC, Woodsville offers a wide choice of spacious two and three bedroom apartments and an array of amenities: shopping mall, multiplex, club and sports complex, school, hospital, hotel and wedding reception hall. Profuse tree plantation, play parks and podium lawns create a serene, healthy environment.
Avinash Gokhale is Director – Marketing & Corporate Planning, Pharande Spaces – a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.
For the first time, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is to give insurance cover for equipment and machinery in civic stores, the computer department, eight civic hospitals and employees in the electricity department.
The insurance cover for fire brigade employees has also been increased and has been made uniform. The PCMC has also decided to give insurance cover to 84 fire brigade employees and nine employees of the Bahinabai Chaudhary zoo.
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While the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is busy making statements about intensifying the drive against construction on hill tops and slopes, encroachments on its own properties have become rampant.
The civic body has failed to maintain its property Wadgaon Budhruk area allotted to the water supply department and temples and huts have popped up on this land.
The hill slope, which was reserved for water works in the development plan, was acquired by the district collector and handed over to the PMC for its Wadgaon Water treatment and Pumping station. However, the PMC has been unable to protect it from encroachments.
Read the rest of the Indian Express article Temples, huts come up on PMC land here.