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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Pune State Forest Department To Wall Off Its Land

Fearing encroachment, the Pune division of the State Forest Department is planning to construct compound walls around forest land and hills in the city. The department owns approximately 2,000 hectares in Pune and it will soon forward a proposal to its head-office in Nagpur to get funds for the work.

“We have observed that encroachment on public properties is increasing on a large scale. Once an illegal property comes up on a forest land, it becomes difficult to remove them. Gradually, these grow into several slums and then things go out of hand. Hence, to prevent illegal inhabitation on our land, we have decided to erect proper compound walls,” said Ashok Pawar, assistant conservator of forests of Pune Division.

The forest department has land in Bhamburda, Pachgaon Parvati, Wanavdi, Kondhwa, Ghorpadi, Undri, Hadapsar and Warje. “We had arranged a tour of the members of the Pune Tree Authority of the Pune Municipal Corporation to the forest land in the city. They saw that there is absolutely no or very negligible human interference on lands with compound walls,” said Prabhakar Kukdolkar, a senior forest official.

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Fly From Pune City To Kerala Non-Stop

GoAir has announced a new flight connecting Pune and Kerala directly for the first time, thus meeting a long-pending demand of the Malayalee community in the city.

GoAir authorities in Mumbai said the Pune-Kochi flight, to be launched from October 2, will leave Pune at 4.40 pm and reach Kochi at 6.45 pm. “We are launching a number of flights on Gandhi Jayanti and the Pune-Kochi flight is one of them,” said an airline official.

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PCMC Pay Points Ensure No More Long Queues To Pay Bills In Pimpri

On March 31 this year, thousands of residents in Pimpri-Chinchwad had lined up at four divisional offices of the municipal corporation to pay their water bills and property tax bills. The PCMC was forced to extend the deadline in view of the serpentine queues that created chaos and unruly scenes.

Such endless queues at PCMC offices have now become a thing of the past. The PCMC has started Pay Points, a concept popular in the city of London. Pay Points are like ATM centres where residents can pay their property bills and water tax bills using their swipe cards.

The idea is the brainchild of Municipal Commissioner, Asheesh Sharma, who had had a first account experience of the Pay Point System earlier this year in London. On August 20, the PCMC inaugurated as many as five points — four at divisional offices and the fifth one at its headquarters in Pimpri.

Along with Pay Points, the PCMC has also started online issue of death and birth certificates. The earlier system of coming to PCMC headquarters, filing an application and waiting for a few days to get the certificates have been done away with. Now just go online, make payment and get your certificate in a jiffy.

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PCMC News: Online Property Registration Gets Strong Response

The Hinjewadi sub-registrar’s office became the first office in the state to roll out the online property registration programme, wherein property buyers could access their mutation entry online. With 64 online registrations in the pilot project, the land records department is planning to replicate the process across the entire state.

Settlement commissioner and director of land records, Dr Shailesh Kumar Sharma, said that the online mutation entry started on July 23 and in a month’s time they have received an overwhelming response.

The idea behind developing such a system was to ensure better transparency and accountability. The system monitors each officer closely and they will be assessed on the time taken for issuing the notices and updating the records. The software has been provided by National Informatics Centre (NIC).

The Hinjewadi and Paud offices that fall under the Mulshi taluka were covered in the trial run. The online mutation entry programme will enable property buyers to take a printout of their registration details, 7/12 extracts and property cards even from home, said the official.

The trial run saw the documents registered at the sub-registrar office forwarded to the tehsildar office where the officer receives an SMS mentioning the registration number. The notice has to be issued the moment they get the document.

Within 15 days the document gets uploaded provided there is no dispute. In case of disputed property, the entry goes into the dispute register to be cleared within three months. If there is no dispute, the buyer can get to see the registration details uploaded on http://mahabhulekh.mumbai.nic within fifteen days.

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Property Tax: Pimpri Gets 5 Pay Points To Pay Bills

On Information Technology Day, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) inaugurated five Pay Points to pay property tax and water bills.

“Later, people will also be able to pay electricity bills and telephone bills at the Pay Points. More such Points will soon come up across the town,” Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma said.

The PCMC is also issuing birth and death certificates online. It also started the Centralised Grievance Redress Cell for receiving complaints about civic inadequacies from citizens.

An initiative of the civic chief, the Pay Points have been styled on the ones in London. C-DAC executive director Hemant Darbari inaugurated the facility. Mayor Yogesh Behl was also present on the occasion.

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PCMC Tells Irrigation Dept To Mark Floodlines On Development Plan

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has asked the state irrigation department to mark floodlines of the Pavana, Indrayani and Mula rivers on the city development plan. The corporation would send the revised plan to the state government for approval.

The development plan of Pimpri-Chinchwad was approved by the state government in 1995. However, 18 villages were merged with the PCMC in 1997. The process for approval of the development plan of the merged villages is still going on.

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PCMC Extends Reach Of Biometric Attendance System

PUNE: Encouraged by the results of the trial project, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will start biometric attendance system in all its offices to cut down absenteeism and improve work efficiency.

Biometric attendance machines are devices used to register employees’ time of entering and leaving the office using their thumb impressions.

Sudhakar Deshmukh, assistant commissioner and chief of administration department, PCMC, said, “The system was introduced on a trial basis seven months back. And we can say the results are good. The civic administration has now taken a decision to implement it on a large scale bringing 7,500 employees in its ambit.”

Explaining the features of the machine, the computer department official said, “It is a light weight machine and easy to carry. It can record thumb impressions and information about 1500 people at a time.

These machines are attached to the computers through internet. The concerned officials can know the number of employees who are on duty at any given time. The device has a battery back-up so it can be taken to different areas to record attendance.”

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Pimpri Chinchwad: The Evolution Of A Pune Real Estate Paradise

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If you are new to this new Pune real estate boomtown – Pimpri Chinchwad, you need to know that its a modern twin city situated South-East of Mumbai, in the North – West quadrant of Pune.

Pimpri Chinchwad also happens to be the fifth-most populated city of Maharashtra and has long been famous for being one of the most prominent industrial destinations outside Mumbai.

The twin cities of Pimpri-Chinchwad, governed by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), are located 15 km from the Pune city centre. They form a continuous urban stretch, adding to the overall Pune Urban Agglomeration, and contain a thriving industrial belt that primarily consists of engineering and automobile industries.

In fact, PCMC and Pune, when viewed as a unified geographical unit, make up one of India’s largest industrial areas. Pimpri-Chinchwad has contributed a lot to the fact that Pune is the second-largest industrial city in Maharashtra after Mumbai. That fact alone has already spelt gold in terms of the Pune property market – but there’s a lot more.

Let me tell you a bit more about this new real estate boomtown, and why it has come so much into the limelight. As we know, location is everything in the real estate market – both in terms of connectivity to the primary city and pleasantness of environment.

Pimpri-Chinchwad: Location And Connectivity

Pimpri-Chinchwad is situated on the Deccan Plateau and is surrounded by hills.  It rises 560 meters above the mean sea level, near the confluence of Mula and Mutha rivers. Moreover, the Pavna River traverses the city, with the Indrayani River cutting through it on the north-western outskirts.

Accessibility by road is excellent, to say the least. Pimpri Chinchwad is situated on the confluence of NH-4 (the Mumbai-Bangalore highway) and NH-50 (the Pune-Nasik highway).

In fact, the PCMC area boasts of an extensive network of national highways to major cities like Mumbai (163 km), Nasik (202 km), Nagpur (880 km), Bangalore (835 km), Chennai (1166 km) and Hyderabad (548 km).

Railways are an important ingredient of economic growth, and Pimpri Chinchwad is located on the Mumbai-Pune mail line. It has broad-gauge, direct connectivity to Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

The Pune airport, which is just 20 km  away, has regular direct flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad (not to mention direct flights to Dubai and Singapore).

Industries in Pimpri-Chinchwad

The Pimpri-Chinchwad area is home to over 4000 industrial units in the large, medium and small sectors, these include some of the most reputed industrial companies of the country. Needless to say, this makes it one of the most developed industrial belts in Maharashtra.

Where did it all begin? With the arrival of Hindustan Antibiotics in 1954. The establishment of this public sector pharmaceutical company proved to be a major catalyst, and PCMC saw rapid industrialisation over the next few years.

To prepare the region for the boom to come, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) procured large tracts of land in 1956, and in no time at all multinationals like SKF and Phillips, and Indian giants like Tata and Bajaj set up major units here.

Today, PCMC industrial portfolio includes a large number of engineering units as well as a number of other industries such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and telecommunications.

With such a scale of industrial development, the PCMC area emerged as a major employment treasure trove, and the population grew exponentially. Today, Pimpri- Chinchwad is a metropolis in its own right, and is rightfully considered Pune’s sister city.

Climactic Magic in Pimpri-Chinchwad

The PCMC area has invigorating climate throughout the year, thanks to it high altitude, moderate rainfall and a green cover that Pune cannot even begin to compare with. The monsoon arrives in during first week of July and extends to mid-September.

In this period, PCMC witnesses an average annual rainfall is 700-800 mm. The maximum relative humidity during the rainy season is 70-80%, and falls as low as 30% on summer afternoons.

This is as close to a perfect climactic setup as one can achieve anywhere in Maharashtra, and is one of the main reasons why so many people from various regions choose to settle down here.

Ready For A Home In PCMC?

Pimpri-Chinchwad is now an extremely popular residential destination, which is why real estate development here has picked up rapidly over the last three to four years.

One of the most important features of the PCMC residential property market is the fact that it features large and amazingly modern integrated residential projects. Homes in these projects offer everything required for a comfortable lifestyle within them – often at half the property rates prevailing in Pune.

Anil Pharande is President of CREDAI PCMC and Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.
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