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.

Pune Real Estate – From Wakad To Thergaon

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

Before, Wakad was an anonymous village with around 5000 sugarcane, onion and groundnut farmers. In 1983, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) acquired fifty per cent of Wakad. By 1998, PCMC counted Wakad as one of its areas.

Wakad is now the focus of younger, financially fit families that are looking at upgrades and moving into larger, nature-endowed homes on the outskirts of the city. With the increasing congestion of the previously preferred area of Aundh, the neighboring Wakad is Pune’s new hotbed of future growth. Wakad has a perfect location, with close proximity to the Infotech and Biotech Parks at Hinjewadi, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Industrial area, the Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass, the Express Highway to Mumbai and the Balewadi National Sports complex. It is only about 80-90 minutes away from Mumbai, thanks to the Expressway and the Bypass. This makes Wakad an excellent value proposition

Pune PropertyThe word’s leading automobile giant General Motors Ltd., is setting up a plant in Talegaon, in close proximity to Wakad. Some of the finest schools and higher educational institutions have come up in this area, which is much preferred as a residential destination because of its natural splendor and unpolluted environs. Naturally, property appreciation is showing an increasingly upward trend at Wakad.

 

The Emergence of Thergaon

Thergaon is yet another of the Pune property market’s rising stars. In a scenario where many of the urban areas within Pune have reached saturation point, it is the suburbia and outlying localities that are receiving increasing attention. Thergaon is amongst the most promising locations among them.

The fact that it is now knows as both the Aundh Annexe and Chinchwad Annexe is significant. Both Aundh and Chinchwad are highly developed in both in terms of residential and commercial real estate, while Chinchwad is a major industrial entity in its own right. Wakad and the Hinjewadi Software Technology Park lie at approximately the same convenient distance from Thergaon along the Pune-Mumbai Highway, bestowing their various benefits as well.

The general location of suburban Aundh is favored for many reasons – all of them of great importance in the property market context. Being unsaturated and relatively free from congestion, localities like Wakad, Baner, Pimple Saudagar, Pimple Nilakh and Thergaon still offer relatively pollution-free environment, spacious living conditions and affordable property rates while retaining the advantages of modernized, developed Aundh.

Moreover, town planning authorities have taken it upon themselves to avoid the more obvious mistakes committed in the over-development of Aundh. The pace of development in the above-mentioned areas is carefully controlled. Only residential and commercial projects that fit well into the overall master plan are allowed. From both an investment and home-buying angle, localities like Thergaon make eminent economic and aesthetic real estate sense.

Great Connections

The Pimpri Chinchwad area features some of the nation’s most prominent industrial entities, and is home to the redoubtable Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation belt. As such, it provides innumerable opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, and counts amongst the most prosperous and progressive areas in the country.

Similarly, Aundh has proliferated in leaps and bounds over the past few years. HOwever, Aundh is now plagued by overcrowding, noise and air pollution as well as unrealistic property rates. The Hinjewadi Software Technology Park is a byword of Pune’s IT Revolution, having attracted major corporations active in this vast and progressive field.

Thergaon offers the ideal solution for home buyers who want the advantage of proximity to both these employment hubs. Thergaon has ready access to the above-mentioned areas, but remains inherently peaceful, free of excesses – and highly affordable. Since these advantages came to light, some significant additions have been made to the landscape at Thergaon:

The Aditya Birla Hospital is a major coup for the future of Thergaon’s standing on the property market. The establishment of this deluxe medical facility there had been proposed in response to the quiet environment and convenient accessibility to Pune’s more centralized parts. As a medical establishment, it rivals the most prominent and respected in Pune and has attracted a lot of attention. In addition, it provides a significant amount of employment and commercial advantages to the immediate area.

It is also no accident that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to launch its ambitious Sunny Water Sports Centre in Thergaon. The basic functions of this establishment, designed along international guidelines, is to train and discipline youngsters with potential in the refined water sports of canoeing, kayaking and rowing, under highly qualified training instructors and in a carefully monitored environment.

The organizing committee for this undertaking found the Pawna River that flows along Thergaon to be the ideal venue. Apart from a professional training establishment, the SWSC will also serve as a deluxe recreational facility for water sports enthusiasts interested in speedboats, water scooters and so on.

On the industrial front, the well-known Padamjee Paper Mills have contributed in no uncertain way to Thergaon’s overall economy. This sizable organization provides for the blue-collar sector what Hinjewadi does for the white collars – adequate employment, steady economic status and additional interest in the area as a suitable residential abode.

In short, things are definitely looking up at Thergaon. Numerous notable builders are taking an active interest in establishing projects there, and the future of this charming little locality is as bright as that of Wakad, Pimple Nilakh and other outlying areas of Pune.

Anil 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.

Thergaon Is The New Star On The Pune Real Estate Map

Anil Pharande

Thergaon in the Pimpri Chinchwad area is the latest rising star in Pune real estate. Now that most of the urban areas within the city have reached saturation point, it is the suburbia and outlying localities that are receiving increasing attention. Thergaon is amongst the most favored destinations for property buyers from Pimpri Chinchwad as well as from central Pune.

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Location Advantages

The fact that Thergaon is now known as both the Aundh Annexe and Chinchwad Annexe is significant. Both Aundh and Chinchwad are highly developed in both the residential and commercial sense. In fact, the Pimpri Chinchwad area has a very large industrial presence in its own right. Wakad and the Hinjewadi Software Technology Park lie at approximately the same convenient distance from Thergaon along the Pune-Mumbai Highway, bestowing their various benefits as well.

The general location of suburban Aundh is favored for many reasons. All of these reasons are of great importance in the Pune property market context. Being relatively unsaturated and congestion-free, localities like Wakad, Baner, Pimple Saudagar, Pimple Nilakh and Thergaon still offer relatively clean environment, spacious living conditions and affordable land rates while retaining the advantages of modern, developed Aundh.

This is a ‘have-your-cake-and–eat-it-too’ situation that is not available often on the Pune property market. Moreover, town planning authorities have taken it upon themselves to avoid the more obvious mistakes committed in the over-development of Aundh – the pace of development in the above-mentioned areas is carefully controlled. Only residential and commercial projects that fit well into the overall master plan are encouraged. From both an investment and home-buying angle, localities like Thergaon make eminent economic and aesthetic real estate sense.

Great Connectivity

Pimpri Chinchwad features some of the nation’s most prominent industrial entities, and is home to the redoubtable Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation belt. As such, it provides innumerable opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, and counts among the most prosperous and progressive areas in the country.  Similarly, Aundh has proliferated in leaps and bounds over the past few years.

The Hinjewadi Software Technology Park is a byword of Pune’s IT Revolution, having attracted major corporations active in this vast and progressive field. Thergaon is readily accessible from these areas and at the same time remains peaceful, free of development excesses and very affordable. Since these advantages came to light, some significant additions have been made to the landscape at Thergaon.

The Aditya Birla Hospital is a major coup for the future of Thergaon’s standing on the property market. The establishment of this deluxe medical facility there had been proposed in response to the quiet environment and convenient accessibility to Pune’s more centralized parts. As a medical establishment, it rivals the most prominent and respected in Pune and has attracted a lot of attention. In addition, it provides a significant amount of employment and commercial advantages to the immediate area.

It is also no accident that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to launch its ambitious Sunny Water Sports Centre in Thergaon. The basic functions of this establishment, designed along international guidelines, is to train and discipline youngsters with potential in the refined water sports of canoeing, kayaking and rowing, under highly qualified training instructors and in a carefully monitored environment. The organizing committee for this undertaking found the Pawna River that flows along Thergaon to be the ideal venue.

Apart from a professional training establishment, the SWSC will also serves as a deluxe recreational facility for water sports enthusiasts interested in speedboats, water scooters and so on.

On the industrial front, the well-known Padamjee Paper Mills have contributed in no uncertain way to Thergaon’s overall economy. This sizable organization provides for the blue collar sector what Hinjewadi does for the white collars – adequate employment, steady commercial status and additional interest in the area as a suitable residential abode.

In short, things are definitely looking up at Thergaon. Numerous notable builders are taking an active interest in establishing projects there, and the future of this charming little locality is as bright as that of Wakad, Pimple Nilakh and other outlying areas of Pune.

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.

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Tips On Buying A Home In Pune

Every Indian dreams of having their very own home, and most people work all their lives to save up enough money to purchase it. In fact, this is the primary driver of the Pune property market, since this city holds to the traditional concept of homeownership as a gauges of security and success. And, of course, a new home is the best gift you can give yourself and your family.

Because of the recent economic crisis, a lot of Pune property buyers have begun thinking twice about purchasing a new home. The major reasons are increased interest rates and the rather unfriendly Pune property rates. While a number of banks are offering to help out families in Pune who want to buy their own home, there are still clouds of doubt that hover above the decision makers.

It is true that buying a home is a huge investment, and that you need to maintain it for a lifetime. For a middle class homebuyer in Pune, buying a residence is literally putting all the chips on the table. Here are some tips that are worth considering before you proceed with buying a property in Pune:

  • Location

Location is perhaps the most important factor to consider, because it will say a lot about your purchase. Do not forget that its location dictates the price of your new home in Pune. For example, a 3 BHK flat in the middle of nowhere will cost you a lot less than a 1 BHK in the middle of the city’s commercial district. Some areas are called prime because of their central location. They are close to the places that we need access to, such as schools, healthcare facilities and shopping centres. These places cost a lot more because they offer all of these.

However, the new concept of township properties has created an entirely new paradigm. The new townships in Pune allows property buyers to avail of all these facilities even if the location is not in the centre of the main city. Some of the best townships in Pune are coming up in the Pimpri Chinchwad area – for instance, Woodsville in Moshi and Celestial City in Ravet, both being developed by Pharande Spaces. These are integrated townships that offer every convenience of modern living in Pune’s flourishing sister city.

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  • Price

The cost of your flat in Pune is obviously one of the most important considerations. As already stated, certain properties in Pune cost more simply because they are centrally located within the city. It is significant to note that despite the higher pricing, the homebuyer has to put up with traffic congestion, air pollution, lack of greenery and inadequate parking facilities.

Those who are looking for a reasonably priced flat in Pune will only find it in the further locations. Many of these new areas do still have some greenery and less traffic congestion and pollution. However, in time these areas will also succumb to the hammer of indiscriminate development which has been the hallmark of the Pune real estate market.

Again, Pimpri-Chinchwad township properties offer the perfect alternative. The real estate development in the PCMC area is strictly controlled. This means that infrastructure keeps pace with property development at all times. In other words, these Pune township properties will never be strangled by over-development and traffic snarls. They are the perfect alternative for Pune property buyers who are looking for a clean, green environment to live in – not only for the current generation, but for all generations to come.

  • Security

Security is a major concern in a fast-developing city like Pune. Your choice of location for your new home also reflects on the safety of your family as well as your property. Security is definitely a very important consideration when you purchase a new home. It makes more sense to buy a property in a township project which offers round-the-clock security than in a urban city centre with a high crime rate.

  • Appreciation

While central location is a big driver for property prices, central locations are also the most volatile in terms of price fluctuations. This is because the property market in city centres is more often than not driven by investors rather than genuine end users. On the other hand, there are no other price drivers in a congested, overdeveloped city. Very little can be done to enhance the infrastructure and therefore the lifestyle quotient of property owners.

Though prices stagnate in the city centre for these reasons, property valuations for township properties in developing areas such as Pimpri Chinchwad increase because of the better infrastructure, more wholesome environment and the steady – yet controlled – addition of value-adding projects such as office complexes, malls, schools and hospitals.

While buying a flat in Pune, it makes a whole lot of sense to consider the purchase from all angles. In short, keep in mind what kind of standard of living you wish to enjoy in your lifetime and also pass on to your children.

Posted by: K. D. Nagarkar

PCMC Launches Its First Eye Bank In Pimpri Chinchwad

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The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) first eye bank, ‘PCMC Aditya Jyot’, was launched at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Chinchwad, on Sunday on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the hospital.

The chairperson of Aditya Birla Foundation, Rajashree Birla, inaugurated the modern eye bank facility. Chief executive officer of ABMH, Dr SP Singh, and other staff of the hospital were also present.

Rajashree Birla said donating an eye to an eye bank can result in restoring sight to someone else.

“I am happy at the launch of PCMC Aditya Jyot. The opening of the eye bank fulfilled a long-pending wish as it will go a long way in helping the visually impaired patients regain their visibility through transplanted eyes,’’ she added.

The PCMC Aditya Jyot is an integrated approach, based on PPP (public, private, partnership) basis, between Aditya Birla Hospital and the PCMC. The eye bank will be headed by Dr Ritesh Kakrania.

The standing committee of PCMC sanctioned Rs47.23 lakh for the facility.

PCMC In 25 Years – A Fast Forward Into The Future

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande on his vision and his expectations of the PCMC of the future

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation follows a real estate model that has proven to be the most progressive and sustainable all over the world. The essence of this model is ‘planned development’ or ‘controlled urbanization’. PCMC is a twin city to Pune, but in that respect is uniquely different. Pune’s real estate development has not followed any sort of plan, and it is not hard to see it as a smaller version of chaotic Mumbai in less than 25 years.

A HOMOGENEOUS, MULTI-FACETED MOSAIC

In the same time span, PCMC will have attained its fullest potential as a model city of the future. Obviously, it will look very different from what we see today. It will have grown exponentially, into a harmonized montage of large industrial units, IT Parks, hotels, shopping and entertainment plazas, educational institutes and healthcare facilities – towering above public parks and gardens and crisscrossed with multi-lane roads and flyovers.

Further, the additional 25,000 acres of land that have come within the PCMC jurisdiction by virtue of the last Development Plan will eventually result in the addition of at least 2 million new homes. These homes will cater to every social stratum of property buyers, from the lower to the high income segments.

HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL EXPANSION – CREATING A SPECTACULAR SKYLINE

In other words, there will be tremendous – yet controlled – horizontal real estate growth over the next 25 years. Most spaces allocated for residential use will have been utilized for that purpose. But this will not result in an urban jungle, since the PCMC planning blueprint will enforce the maintenance of vast green spaces at all stages of development.

Moreover, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will at all times endorse self-sufficient real estate developments such as townships and other integrated residential projects. The authorities have long since recognized that these are the most sustainable and progressive models for optimum real estate growth. These projects will ensure a scientific uniformity to the horizontal growth.

However, even these 25,000 acres will not suffice, since PCMC will have to accommodate a massive demand for housing. The following graph illustrates this point – it charts the population growth in PCMC over the last 25 years, and clearly depicts that this growth has been almost ten-fold (from 200,000 to 2 million).

graphAs the graph below indicates, there is reason to believe that population growth is likely to cross 50 lakhs (5 million)  by 2035

This growth will be fuelled by several factors. On the one hand, there will be a huge requirement for homes from the rapidly growing manufacturing sectors of Pimpri-Chinchwad and the Chakan-Talegaon belt. Chakan itself, though a burgeoning industrial hub, has little to offer by ways of residential facilities. The onus naturally falls on PCMC, which will necessarily be the residential location of choice for the entrepreneurs and employees of these units.

Simultaneously, there will be the spill-over effect from Pune City (which will have reached complete saturation point in the next 25 years). We further have to factor in the ever-increasing migrant population from all over the country, attracted as much by the excellent education institutions as by the varied career opportunities.

The obvious solution lies in growing vertically as well as horizontally. More land will have to come within the purview of planned development, and building heights will need to increase from the currently permitted 70 metres – approximately 22 floors plus parking – to 100 metres or more. FSI, which still currently stagnates at 1, will need to be raised to at least 2, or even 2.5.

In 25 years, PCMC will be a skyscraper city on the lines of Gurgaon.

WORLD-CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE

In most cities, such growth would mean serious infrastructure challenges. We have already seen what happens in a city like Mumbai, where skyscrapers are being built without sufficient parking, connectivity and municipal amenities to support them. However, thanks to the master plan that PCMC will always adhere to, the necessary infrastructure will precede the building of high-rises. I firmly believe that 25 years from now, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will serve as a national and even international benchmark for planned, scientific vertical real estate growth.

An essential pre-requisite to support this massive growth is an advanced public transport system. With an eye on this future requirement, PCMC has adopted a model similar to Ahmedabad’s Janmarg – a scientifically designed BRT-based  public transport system spanning 130 km across 14 routes in PCMC. This system involves 4-lane wide, exclusive roads with grade separators that will reduce the dependence on private transport in favour of more efficient public transport. This, in turn, will result in smooth traffic flow, less road blocks, radically lower pollution levels and a healthier, energy-conserving environment. To ensure that there are no hitches in the development of this lifeline, the PCMC has established an Urban Transport Fund for its funding.

Another pre-requisite for efficient transport is more connecting roadways. A ring road is on the drawing boards, but that will become truly effective only with the implementation of a hub-and-spoke road network. To illustrate this point, there are currently only two arterial roads connecting Pune with Pimpri-Chinchwad, and only two connecting Pimpri-Chinchwad with Chakan. These cannot sustain the enormous increase in vehicular traffic that industrial and residential growth will generate.

Again, it is my opinion that this alone may not suffice to cater to the public transport needs that will emerge over the next two decades. I personally feel that an elevated skybus or monorail network or even an underground rail network will be called for.

THE ULTIMATE GAMECHANGERS

I cannot end these musings without mentioning the new international airport being planned near Rajgurunagar and the International Convention Centre at Moshi, which will cover a sprawling 200 acres. The Convention Centre alone will spawn a huge tourism, hospitality and retail boom which will convert PCMC into a major urban destination both within and outside Maharashtra, perhaps second only to Mumbai. Global hotel chains will have redefined the hospitality sector, and the shopping centres will be populated by marquee retail brands.

In fact, the next two decades are surely going to see PCMC being catapulted into the international Big League, giving it a distinct global identity in its own right.

Anil Pharande is President, CREDAI – PCMC and Chairman, Pharande Spaces, one of the most innovative developers in Pimpri-Chinchwad

PMC’s Proposal To Extend Duration Of Lease Period Faces Opposition

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PUNE: The civic body’s proposal to extend the duration of the lease period of civic properties is mired in controversy with civic activists alleging that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has not prepared a draft for the changes proposed in the policy.

Six years after it became the first civic body in the state to have a land lease policy, the PMC now wants to extend the duration of the lease period from the current 30 years to 99 years. The policy was ratified by the Bombay high court.

The PMC has invited objections and suggestions from citizens to the proposed changes. The suggestions and objections should be sent to the land and property department of the civic body within a fortnight from November 3.

“The PMC has not prepared any draft to seek suggestions and objections on the proposed change. On what basis should citizens register their suggestions and objections?” civic activist Vijay Kumbhar asked. Kumbhar and other activists have approached the municipal commissioner on this matter.

Deputy commissioner (land acquisition) Sudhakar Telang, however, said that the suggestions and objections were sought only to extend the duration of the lease period. “If citizens want to go through the existing policy it is available with the PMC. Suggestions and objections have been invited only on the issue of duration,” said Telang.

At present, the civic land lease policy bans the PMC from selling its properties, but allows it to lease the property for 30 years. The PMC has leased out many of its properties, including open spaces.

Activists allege that most properties have been leased out to organisations and people with connections to corporators and politicians. In 2003, Kumbhar had approached the high court which had ordered that civic properties be leased only through a tendering system.

The civic body owns about 3,500 properties reserved for hospitals, community halls, libraries, schools and other amenities. Many properties have been leased out for various purposes, but there is no system in place to check whether the properties are being used for the purposes they have been leased out for. The PMC has not recovered rent from hundreds of properties for several years.

PCMC Hospitals To Go Paperless

Hospitals run by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) are all set to go paperless. From October 11, PCMC will start registration of patients, following which they would be issued health cards.

The health card will be the size of a credit card with a digital chip fitted inside. This will eliminate the hospitals’ need of storing case papers.

The first hospital to go paperless will be the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH).

The decision regarding the same was taken in a recent meeting attended by Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma, standing committee members and health department officers.

Currently, PCMC runs eight hospitals in the city. All the patients who come to these hospitals have to first get their case papers made.

These papers contain the details of the patient and the treatment given for a particular illness. Storing these papers is a cumbersome process.

The new system was proposed to ensure easy management of patients’ data. For this project, PCMC has earmarked Rs. 3.5 crore.

The patients would be charged a nominal fee of Rs 15 per health card. The scheme would first be implemented in YCMH, following which it would be extended to other hospitals run by PCMC.

Currently, it is seen that people from all the adjoining talukas and villages near Pimpri Chinchwad seek treatment at civic hospitals.

Since the hospitals are run by PCMC, all the citizens staying in PCMC limits should be given priority as the hospital is run on the taxes paid by them.”

PCMC Collects Rs 60 Lakh From Constructions In Villages

PUNE: New constructions that have come up in villages situated in the 10 kilometre periphery of the Pimpri-Chinchwad township have collectively paid Rs 60 lakh in the last three months for obtaining a No Objection Certificate from the fire brigade.

Kiran Gawde, chief fire officer of PCMC, said the money was charged in accordance with the state government notification issued in May this year to ensure planned development in areas surrounding the Pimpri-Chinchwad township. So far NOCs have been issued to 20 new constructions in 77 villages of Khed and Maval talukas. Earlier, A similar notification was issued to villages lying close to the Pune Municipal Corporation limits.

Uday Wankhede, deputy chief fire officer of PCMC fire brigade said, “Developers of 20 new constructions had applied to obtain the NOC. Most of them were for residential use while others were for hotels and hospitals.”

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