Real Estate Investments Flowing Into West Pune

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

With a consistent track record for delivering the highest value to home buyers and investors alike, Pune’s real estate market has remained one of the most vibrant and exciting in India. By attracting more and more international and IT/ITeS companies to establish their operations, the city has been generating jobs at a scale which is unmatched by any of the other Indian metros.

Though the city ‘s property market has been witnessing fairly uniform growth, there is no doubt that West Pune is now the most vibrant and promising corridor. The primary factor driving growth in Western Pune is the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, which allows convenient and fast access to Mumbai.

Even by itself, this factor alone makes West Pune one of the most important parts of the city – in recent years, Pune and Mumbai have been coexisting in mutually beneficial economic juxtaposition, with capital and other resourcing flowing freely between the two cities.

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The other reason why West Pune is on a tremendous growth curve is the fact that it has the major IT Parks of Hinjewadi, Baner and Aundh in the neighbourhood. At the same time, it enjoys superlative connectivity to the industrial pockets of Chakan, PCMC and Talegaon. Moreover, despite the massive economic activity and growth in this part of the city, West Pune enjoys a high degree of natural beauty.

This combination of factors has resulted in West Pune becoming the most preferred destination for home buyers and real estate investors not only from Pune, but also from Mumbai and various other parts of Maharashtra.

Because of the rapidly increasing demand for residential and commercial properties, West Pune has in the past delivered some of the most attractive real estate locations. With Aundh, Baner and Wakad now almost fully exploited and nearing complete saturation, Punawale has become the hottest new location in West Pune.

To a large extent, Punawale owes its fast rise to fame to the fact that it is located very close to the thriving Information Technology parks in Hinjewadi and Tathawade, as well as to the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. At the same time, Punawale offers quick access to Wakad and has a number of good schools, hospitals and shopping malls close at hand.

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With the arrival of superlative residential projects at Punawale by reputed developers such as Pharande Spaces, this area is now the the location of choice for IT/ITeS professionals working in Hinjewadi and Tathawade, as well as from buyers from the MIDC manufacturing hub who are attracted by the better lifestyle options now available there.

 

 

 

puneville_1This combination of factors has led to Punawale becoming not only a hot new investment destination but also West Pune’s newest and most exciting luxury homes destination. Punawale has now seen the arrival of Puneville, a luxury township by Pharande Spaces – a project that has provided Punawale with a 360-degree image makeover on the Pune real estate map.

Like Moshi, Ravet, Spine Road, Wakad and many other highly successful real estate locations, Punawale has the added advantage of being located at the fulcrum of various mega road development projects by this region’s infrastructure-focused town planning authorities.

Backed by the unlimited cash reserves at the disposal of PCMC, Asia’s wealthiest Municipal Corporation, and a diverse and vibrant economy which provides a convincing complement to that of Pune, Western Pune is seeing a steady and growing pipeline of employment opportunities generated by its manufacturing and Information Technology industries.

In Punawale, Western Pune has received yet another iconic location to take this prosperous, infrastructure-driven region’s real estate story to the next level.

About The Author:

Anil Pharande Chairman of Pharande Spaces, the pre-eminent construction and development firm in the thriving, pro-infrastructure Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) region of Pune. Pharande Spaces has a number of integrated township projects in Western Pune in high-value locations such as Moshi, Ravet, Punawale and Spine Road to its credit. Puneville, the new luxury township at Punawale, has become the definitive landmark for luxury living in Western Pune

West Pune’s Golden Location Matrix Widens Into Punawale

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

While real estate is a constantly changing and evolving concept, some parameters remain constant – the three success mantras are still Location, Location and Location. In this respect, Western Pune is an important new chapter in the annals of Pune real estate’s success story. One of the most exciting new locations in this corridor is Punawale.

Thanks to massive demand for residential and commercial properties, Western Pune has delivered some of Pune’s hottest real estate locations over the past decade. Punawale is the latest addition to the region’s lineup of strategic real estate development and investment hotspots.

Located advantageously close to Hinjewadi and its burgeoning IT Park and the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, Punawale has now emerged as the location of choice for home buyers from the Information Technology as well as manufacturing segments. Punawale is also in close proximity to Wakad and benefits from convenient access to various hospitals, schools and shopping malls.

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This combination of factors has had a big impact on demand for properties in Punawale, and has led to the launch of many new residential projects. Puneville, a luxury township recently launched by leading developers Pharande Spaces, is one of the most notable examples of Punawale’s massive image makeover on the Pune real estate map.

Like Moshi, Ravet, Spine Road, Wakad and many other highly successful real estate locations, Punawale has the added advantage of being located at the fulcrum of various mega road development projects by this region’s infrastructure-focused town planning authorities. Backed by the unlimited cash reserves at the disposal of Asia’s wealthiest Municipal Corporation.

Backed by a diverse and vibrant economy which provides a convincing complement to that of Pune, real estate growth in Western Pune is backed by a prolific manufacturing sector represented by a number of national and global industry giants. This region is seeing a steady and growing pipeline of employment opportunities generated by its manufacturing and Information Technology industries.

This factor has ensured that areas like Punawale see instant absorption of housing projects across budget brackets. It goes without saying that an employment-driven real estate location like Punawale also receives significant attention from property investors.

In Punawale, Western Pune has received yet another iconic location to take this prosperous, infrastructure-driven region’s real estate story to the next level.

Pradhikaran: Pune Real Estate’s Hottest Growth Corridor

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Sector 14 in Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township properties like Woodsville

Anil Pharande

The Pune residential real estate boom, initially kick-started by the IT/ITeS industry, has brought about a lot of unregulated development. While property prices in Pune rose unrealistically, the city’s traditional ease of living and pleasant climate, which were previously its USPs, suffered.

Hills and trees have been razed to accommodate the rapidly expanding concrete jungle that all but defines central Pune today. The town planning commission found itself impotent in the face of the development mania, which soon transcended all reasonable, sustainable boundaries.

Real Estate Issues In Pune

In Pune, infrastructure challenges have been increasing because of the ever-increasing population. This has also put escalating pressure on available land, resulting in the forced extension of the city limits.

The pattern of development has been decidedly mercenary and unplanned, with the only criteria being accessibility to existing and upcoming IT hubs. While the rise of Hinjewadi created increasing demand for homes in its immediate vicinity, places like Aundh soon witnessed a slew of projects by property developers. Similarly, property prices in Baner and Wakad rose so steeply that they finally corrected.

Focus On Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)

As things stand now, central Pune no longer has an iota of its previous quality and ambience in residential property offerings. It is therefore not surprising that homebuyers are beginning to focus on the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. This area has, in fact, emerged as the last outpost Pune’s previous residential property comfort levels.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation first came into the limelight as an industrial area. However, it also has an advantage that central Pune does not – planned development. The growth of the real estate sector in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is closely regulated by the PCNTDA, which works together with the PCMC to ensure planned and realistic growth.

Central Pune continues to suffer from pollution, depleting greenery, traffic jams, water and power scarcity, lack of proper infrastructure and unrealistic residential property rates. Meanwhile, Pradhikaran (the location that defines the PCNTDA) has been benefiting from sensible real estate development.

If one studies the demographic development of Pune real estate growth, it is evident that Pradhikaran is precisely where the city’s growth is headed in the North/North-Western direction. This is extremely significant in terms of long-term residential property investment.

The Rise Of Pradhikaran

In years gone by, the PCNTDA began to acquire land in the PCMC area so that planned development could take place in the future. This planning included the allocation of specific areas for industrial activity, residential property development, public parks, unobstructed spaces, shopping centres, office buildings, roads and utilities.

Water supply to all sectors was ensured by the construction of several mammoth water tanks, each with capacities of several million litres, before development was permitted in each sector. Once this was done, the PCNTDA made the developed land parcels available to property developers.

The PCMC master plan also provides for generous road widths, the likes of which are impossible elsewhere in Pune. This goes a long way in preserving one of Pradhikaran’s natural splendour and hygiene.

Because of these factors, and also because of the growth in the PCMC industrial belt, the last two years have witnessed a huge increase in demand for residential property in the Pradhikaran area.

The fact that a number of large international companies are operating in nearby Chakan has, in fact, been a primary criterion for the area’s development profile. These companies regularly deliver thousands of jobs at all levels, which has had a telling effect on Pradhikaran’s general economic status. Specifically, there has been a huge surge in demand for residential property there.

Pradhikaran’s expansion, which has been inspired by the Chandigarh model of controlled development, began with a few hundred acres. Today, the area speaks for about 7000 acres. Pradhikaran is continually seeing infrastructural enhancements on all fronts – including roads, water and electricity supply and digital connectivity.

Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township projects that offer all the hallmarks of ambient, sustainable living. Apart from the high lifestyle quotient, the investment potential of these townships benefits from a magic mix of real estate market drivers.

The presence of Tata Motors, Talawade, Hinjewadi, Chakan and the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt add to the value of these townships, while the Mumbai-Pune highway and Expressway make it advantageously accessible to the financial capital of Mumbai.

No wonder that Pradhikaran is now being seen as both, the best option for first home buyers, and as the new residential property investment hotspot in Pune’s real estate market.

About The Author

Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Pharande Spaces Announces L-axis, PCMCs Premium Residential Project

Affordably Priced, Will Cater to Management Cadre Homebuyers.

Pune, June 27, 2012:  Pharande Spaces, the leading construction and development firm specializing in township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, is launching its premium residential project L-axis on the PCMC Spine Road, in Sector 6 of Pradhikaran. The launch date is June 28, 2012. The project is spread over 11 acres of verdant green land and will feature 2, 2.5 and 3 BHK apartments.

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“Projects by Pharande Spaces have become a byword for value for money, and our mid-income housing townships in Moshi, Ravet and various locations in Pradhikaran have met with resounding success,” says Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces. “L-axis is our offering to the premium segment of home buyers who value even more advanced levels of comfort, generous living space and high-tech amenities.”

Spine Road, which is where this ahead-of-its time luxury housing project is located, has become one of the most talked about infrastructure embellishments in the progressive Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. This area is fundamentally at the core of Pune’s most vibrant industrial area, with many manufacturing giants such as Tata Motors, Force Motors and Bajaj Auto close by. It is also well-connected to the Chakan industrial area, which is home to national and international automobile companies like Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Mahindra & Mahindra. Apart from this, the Talawade IT Park is also within easy access.

In addition, L-axis is advantageously placed close to the Bhosari District Centre, Sadhu Vaswani International School, Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir, the PCNTDA Traffic Park and the upcoming International Exhibition and Convention Centre at Moshi. The project will feature technologically advanced security and lifestyle features to its residents and boasts of vast green spaces, with paved area kept at a minimum.

L-axis also includes a modern clubhouse with gymnasium, tennis and basketball courts, a multi-purpose community hall and a massive water-world-style swimming pool that offers limitless enjoyment to all family members.

“We have conceived L-axis in response to the huge demand for luxury living spaces coming from the managerial cadre of these industries,” explains Anil Pharande. “Keeping in mind the clientele, we have added every possible lifestyle feature, including multiple parking spaces, luxurious atriums and lobbies in each building and high-speed lifts.”

In fact, L-axis represents a first-of-its kind residential option for discerning homebuyers in the PCMC area for whom ease, luxury and convenience are the primary watchwords. No effort has been spared to make this a landmark development which will become its own distinctive address. The launch price for apartments at L-axis is currently Rs. 4500 per square foot, and will be augmented to Rs. 5000 per square foot thereafter.

Pharande explains that PCMC’s Spine Road is the perfect location for this project, providing a residential catchment that is a focal point of the region’s most prestigious industries. The 10-kilometer road connects two major highways and also runs through Pimpri Chinchwad’s industrial, residential and commercial areas on the eastern side.

Pune Real Estate: The Price Of Rapid Urbanization

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By the most recent reckoning, India’s population currently hovers around the 1.15 billion mark. It is estimated that by 2030, this figure will have grown to around 1.53 billion. India’s urban areas are just about ready to burst at the seams, on the heels of an accelerating population explosion.

The population growth in India’s rural areas in the present decade is around 18%, and over 30% in the urban areas. This pattern of urbanisation is seen as encouraging, since it seems to indicate that India will attain the global urbanization standard average in the course of the next decade.

However, it is also true that this upsurge in our cities’ population is putting available civic structures like public transport, water supply, drainage, sewerage and obviously the supply of housing under severe pressure.

This raises the question – how are India’s real estate developers addressing the problem of insufficient infrastructure in and around their projects in the main cities? The fact is, they can’t do much.

In cities like Pune, property buyers have no choice but to turn a blind eye to the absence of sufficient infrastructure. They are aware of the fact that they will face numerous inconveniences, but what can they do?

Many opt to buy into projects that boast of compensatory measures to overcome the infrastructure deficit. These would include independent water supply if a reliable municipal pipeline doesn’t exist, electricity backup to make up for unreliable power supply and sump pits if the area does not have adequate sewage.

However, such projects in Pune City are few and far between, and homes in them come at extremely high prices. Also, no matter in how many ways Pune developers compensate for lack of civic infrastructure, they cannot add more than a token patch of landscaped lawn by ways of natural ambience.

The high property rates are a real problem. Many of those who buy flats in Pune have saved all their lives for buying their Pune dream home. They have made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen; having finally managed to save enough, they buy their homes and immediately regret it.

The maintenance costs for their flats are far too high for them to bear – a lot of them can’t afford petrol for their cars anymore. They travel to and from work by bus.

We have all looked at the parking lots of highly-priced residential projects and seen dusty cars with handmade posters on the rear windows saying things like ‘Homemade Detergent Soap Available at Flat 12A’ and ‘Tuition For Stds. V to IX – Contact Mr. XYZ at Flat 26C.

It simply makes no sense to invest everything in a home and then live in financial stress afterward. The solution obviously lies in finding a home where the same investment buys you more.

The choice is between paying a certain amount on a small, under-equipped flat in the crowded central city or on a spacious home in a location blessed with natural beauty and and sound infrastructure.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which planned its residential areas decades ago, offers such options. The integrated residential projects in Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran close to the upcoming International Convention Centre offer the kind of homes that Puneites have always dreamed of, but never been able to own.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation also has an extremely vibrant economy, offering more and more job opportunities across all business sectors with every passing year.

Finally, because of the regulated nature of the PCMC real estate market and the high emphasis on civic facilities and amenities, there is no question of an eventual infrastructure deadlock. The real estate prices are way below those see in Pune, too. For that reason, these are the kind of homes that will be sources of joy for several generations.

Anil Pharande is Chaiman – Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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Township Property Mania Hits Pune

In Pune, something very new and exciting is happening on the residential real estate market. Where ordinary flats were once the most sought-after type of residential property, the trend is slowly but surely changing to a demand for township properties. The more discerning Punekars of today says that nothing less than the convenience and ambience of a township property will do.

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Who are these people? Mostly representatives of the IT and manufacturing sectors. These, along with some other discerning professionals, have apparently become fed up with the congestion of the inner city, and the lack of amenities in the projects there. They are setting their sights on the spacious, green environment of areas beyond Aundh. Pimpri Chinchwad, with a special focus on the booming market in Pradhikaran properties, is especially in demand.

What is it about these township properties in the PCMC area that makes them so different from other available ones on the Pune property market? Well, one reason is that nothing within the suburbs of Pune can match the bliss of living in a township property. The mantra in these avant-garde resindetial projects in Pimpri Chinchwad is still ‘respect and enjoy Nature’. In the township properties in areas like Moshi and Ravet, green environment is carefully maintained and traffic congestion is unheard-of, despite the proximity of the Express Highway.

The environment is absolutely perfect for families to live in. There is so much demand for these properties that many prominent developers have snapped up prime land exclusively for the building of township properties. Other factors also add to the popularity of these townships – the Expressway, of course, is a vital one. The Expressway is the umbilical cord between Pune other major cities, beginning with Mumbai. In many ways, the Expressway is the lifeblood of Pune’s commercial progress. In addition, the nearby Mumbai-Bangalore Highway brings in further commercial growth and intercity connectivity.

With the kind of investment value that localities along these two major highways get, their popularity comes as no surprise. However, the Expressway has also brought about the existence of the Hinjewadi Infotech Park. The professionals that work there need homes close to their offices, and also privacy and peace in their time away from work. This has been another driving factor behind the township properties mania in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area. Obviously, another contributing factor is the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt.

In the not-so-distant past, township properties were a residential genre reserved exclusively for the ultra rich. This has changed drastically with their rising popularity. The fact is, owning a township property in Pimpri Chinchwad has now become a feasible option for Mr. Everyman.

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

 

 

Pune Property – The Advent Of Transparent Real Estate Deals

Pune PropertyAnna Hazare and his fight against corruption were all over the news for the better part of the month. There was a lot of food for thought for everyone, including property market stakeholders. While there was no direct reference to the immense amounts of black money in real estate, Anna Hazare obviously addressed this aspect in his crusade, as well.

In this context, it is pertinent to note a recent testimonial by a senior representative of a leading international property consultancy here in Pune.  His statement was in response to a request for his views on the subject of corruption and black money in the Indian real estate sector.

He pointed out that the subject of corruption in real estate is bound to crop up again and again, especially in light of the scams that rocked the news bulletins just a few months ago. However, he also correctly pointed out that stricter scrutiny for and measures against the movement of black money in the sector are already being enforced. Nevertheless, he stated, we are still in the early days of our battle against corruption in various business segments, and that it will take time to completely subdue its effects.

Anna Hazare himself would not dispute this fact. The rot of corruption has set in over a number of years, and has therefore sunk rather deeply into it at various levels. To weed it out completely will take time, but the sanitation process can be accelerated with greater consumer awareness. After all, corruption in real estate is fed both at the supplier and consumer ends. Thankfully, this syndrome is already on the decline because of increasing awareness among Indian property buyers.

The traditional viewpoint of black money driving Indian real estate is obsolete in many ways by now. In Pune, property buyers should be aware of the fact that many of today’s larger, reputed developers are already offering completely transparent deals. The prevalence of such developers is, in fact, higher in Pune than in neighbouring Mumbai. Pune property buyers have the option of patronizing such developers.

The times when Pune property buyers were completely at the mercy of corrupt small-time developers are long over. Those looking for homes in Pune are no longer limited in their options. The more prominent developers in Pune have long since recognized the need for greater transparency in the system. After all, the largest component of Pune residential property buyers is made up by the salaried class, who do not have large cash reserves and often need 100% funding on home loans.

However, there are also larger reasons why Pune real estate is becoming more transparent. The Pune property market is a focal point for foreign investors who are attracted by the immense potential it presents. Residential developments around the Hinjewadi and Kharadi IT hubs as well as the integrated townships of Primpri-Chinchwad are drawing massive investments from from domestic and international investors. With the exposure to global funds, the sector has matured rapidly and transparency is becoming a norm.

In addressing the issue of corruption in Indian real estate, it is important to note that there will always be supply where there is demand. A corrupt system holds illegal advantages for both the buyer and the seller. If more and more sellers are willing to offer clean deals, it is to be hoped that more and more buyers will opt for such deals. only then will we be truly on the way to a corruption-free real estate market.

pharande spaces logoPharande  Spaces is a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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‘Pimpri-Chinchwad Will Be New Pune’

(Indian Express, Jan 1, 2011)

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These days, I am often being asked about the vision for the industrial town. I believe the times in which we used to plan for the year ahead are over. We have chalked out our course of action for the next 20 years. After Mumbai became congested, people turned towards Navi Mumbai, which is now the centre of rapid infrastructural development. We look forward to Pimpri-Chinchwad as a similar option for Pune. We want to project Pimpri-Chinchwad as New Pune.

Our first priority is development of roads. Roads are like arteries for a city. If arteries are healthy, the city remains healthy. We will be focusing on developing broadways, roads with better designs and better safety.

We will also be amending development control rules for the city in the coming months. Let me give you am example of planning. We have chosen 12 important roads in the city. On these 12 roads, we will have entirely different sets of rules. These roads would be much wider, there would be much larger parking space and side space for buildings. Double the floor space index (FSI) would be allowed on these roads. These roadways would be the business hubs for the city.

Efforts will also be made to improve the quality of the bus rapid transit system. We are also doing a survey for Metro. It will have to be made sure that maximum number of people travel by public transport.

2.5 Extra FSI On PMPML Land In PCMC Areas

(TOI, Dec 21, 2010)

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PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporation has granted an additional floor space index (FSI) of 2.5 to the land reserved for the PMPML in the township. This FSI can be used either by the municipal corporation or a private developer for extra construction.

To allow additional FSI, the municipal corporation will have to bring changes in its development control (DC) rules. As per the provisions of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, the municipal corporation has invited suggestions and objections from citizens for making changes in the DC rules. Citizens can send in their suggestions to the deputy director of town planning, PCMC, within next thirty days, a public notice issued by the PCMC has stated. The PCMC general body had in September approved a proposal to invite suggestions and objections from citizens regarding the proposal.

The PCMC proposal states: “while developing the site reserved for bus stand, bus terminus, depot for PMPML on a public-private partnership basis or by the PMPML or by the PCMC itself, the maximum allowable FSI shall be 2.5. The bus-stand, terminus, depot may be allowed to be developed on a public-private partnership basis. The ground floor shall be used for bus-stand, terminus while the immediate upper three to four floors shall be developed for parking and the commercial use shall be allowed on the above floors”.

Significantly, the proposal states that if the land is located in the BRTS zone, the premium and other rules which are especially applicable for BRT zone shall not be applicable to the bus-stand, terminus and depot reserved for the PMPML. The municipal corporation has proposed to levy premium for allowing additional FSI on private lands in BRTS zones.

Earlier, the PMPML had requested the Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations to allow additional FSI on its sites so that it serves as a source of extra income for the beleaguered transport company. “The PMPML has stated that the sites for bus depots and terminals are at prime locations. This benefit can be exploited for commercial gains which would help the PMPML overcome its losses and make it financially independent,” the resolution approved by the PCMC has stated. The sites will be developed on a build-operate-transfer basis. A similar proposal is likely to be mooted by the Pune Municipal Corporation.

The proposed parking facility will help people park their vehicles and travel by PMPML buses.

2.5 FSI For MHADA Redevelopment Projects In Pune & PCMC?

MHADA-150x150NAGPUR: The state government will decide in a month’s time the issue of granting 2.5 floor space index (FSI) for Mhada colonies under redevelopment in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PMC and PCMC) areas, minister of state for urban development Bhaskar Jadhav assured the state assembly on Tuesday.

A favourable decision would mean creation of additional housing facilities by Mhada in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The issue has been in discussion for quite some time now.

Jadhav was replying to a motion moved by MLA Bapu Pathare and others. Pathare pointed out that most cities in the state other than Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad already have 2.5 FSI for the Mhada colonies. Pathare was joined by MLAs Girish Bapat, Madhuri Misal, Vinayak Nimhan, Ramesh Bagwe, Bala Bhegde and others in the 30-odd minute debate over the issue.

They pointed out that the then chief minister Ashok Chavan had promised a decision on 2.5 FSI for Mhada colonies under redevelopment in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. However, things have not progressed much.

Responding to this, Jadhav said that the legal process like inviting suggestions and objections etc, towards granting 2.5 FSI to Mhada colonies has already been over and a report is pending clearance before the state government. He conceded that the decision got delayed due to political developments, in between. “We will settle the issue in a month’s time,” he assured.

The members also demanded, among other things, a relaxation in the minimum 35-year construction norm for redevelopment of Mhada colonies, which, if granted, will benefit older colonies in areas such as Yerawada, Lokmanya Nagar and Wadgaon Sheri.

They further sought additional FSI benefits for police colonies, other government colonies as well as residential settlements for the flood-affected people.

To this, Jadhav said that extending the benefit to these colonies would involve an exercise like structural audit of buildings etc. “The government will take steps in this direction,” he said.