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.
IT companies in the city that were facing the daunting prospect of paying property tax at commercial rates as per a resolution passed by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) three months ago can now heave a sigh of relief. In a clarification by the state government dated March 30, it has been made clear that its IT policy that allows residential rates for property tax in the rest of the state is applicable to Pune as well.
Read the rest of the Indian Express article, Relief for IT firms, residential rates for property tax.
Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority’s (PCNTDA) ‘Shashwat project’ for paperless administration is almost ready. After the implementation of the project, all information regarding properties, including documents like lease deeds, demarcation of plots, building permission certificates and others will be available online for citizens.
According to the Pune divisional commissioner and president of PCNTDA, Dilip Band, it will digitise all records in PCNTDA limits. Touchscreens will be installed at the PCNTDA offices, using which people can get printouts of land records.
Read the rest of the article, Soon, all PCNTDA documents will be online.
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 economic slowdown might have hampered the investment in real estate across the country but in Pune it seems that the investor demand is higher compared with other major cities in the country. According to a proprietary real estate survey carried out across eight cities in the country homebuyers are primarily interested in mid-income housing in Pune.
The survey was carried out by ICICI Securities among 2,697 online, 6,767 offline buyer respondents as well as 57 property consultants. As per the survey, Indian homebuyers are cautiously optimistic about the property prices. They are primarily interested in mid-income housing (Rs. 2-5 million) and are conservative on ticket size.
End-user demand is higher in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, while investor demand is higher in Ahmedabad and Pune.
Read the complete article at Real estate market in city going strong: survey
Property buyers in Hinjewadi, the IT hub of Pune that sees up to 100 property registrations a day, are set to witness a change. The buyers who normally have to wait six-eight months for documents will soon get access to them online within 15 days of the registration. The Hinjewadi sub-registrar office is part of a pilot project for online property registration, beginning next month.
Additional chief secretary M Rameshkumar said the initiative would ensure better transparency besides guaranteeing accountability by the officers. The state plans to introduce better online connectivity and inter-linkages between the city survey office and the sub-registrar/tehsildar office for urban and rural area registrations.
Read the rest of the Indian Express article, Come May, get Hinjewadi property registration details online in 15 days, here.