A Call For Action For The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation

Anil-Pharande

 

 

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.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation was honoured by by presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Ajit Pawar and NCP President Shri Sharad Pawar. These distinguished dignitaries had very generously agreed to inaugurate several key infrastructure projects at PCMC:

  • The new PCNTDA building near Akurdi Railway station
  • The Traffic Park at Bhosari
  • The flyover near Spine Road
  • PCMC’s very own Nala Park
  • The Science Park at Auto Cluster

We, the architects of India’s most progressive planned city, were truly inspired by the kind words of praise, encouragement and hope that these honoured guests offered at the inauguration ceremonies. It is clear that the Government has recognized Pimpri-Chinchwad as the City of the Future, and that the city can depend on the fullest support as it continues to progress.

Nevertheless, there are reasons to be cautious in all this optimism. It is true that the careful and futuristic engineering of development at PCMC by the PCNTDA has become a national and even international benchmark for town planning. However, there have been various challenges along this road to progress. We need to take these hurdles into consideration if the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is to fulfill its maximum potential as the City of the future.

Considering the pace at which real estate development has been taking place, certain lacunae in adhering to the PCNTDA’s master plan were unavoidable. One of the most glaring examples of this was the emergence of unauthorized structures in various pockets of the PCMC.

Thankfully, this issue is being dealt with firmly. The authorities have embarked on a massive drive to deal with such structures, and we are confident that all illegal constructions will be erased from the landscape by the end of 2013. However, we cannot deny that these are damage control measures which would not have been necessary if the damage had never been allowed to occur in the first place.

More Road Connectivity

Another area of concern is lack of adequate road connectivity between certain key areas of the PCMC and areas such as Talegaon. Because of the massive potential for industrial and residential development in and around these areas, they have seen most of the road construction initiatives. In the process, road connectivity from these locations to some of the most important growth areas of PCMC has been largely ignored.

Paradoxically, the areas referred to as Phase 2 in the PCMC development plan hold the highest potential for real estate growth. Thanks to the availability of large land parcels at relatively lower prices, residential and commercial realty development has picking up rapidly in areas such as Moshi. In the meantime, Moshi has become a hotbed for property investments because of the International Convention Centre being jointly developed by the Maratha Chamber of Commerce and the PCMC.

Despite this, there is still no sufficient road connectivity between Phase 2 and the larger industrial hubs. This is going to prove to be a huge stumbling-block for the overall growth of the region. The lack of a suitable road network means that people living in areas like Moshi face difficulties in reaching their workplaces in these employment clusters. This issue must be addressed on a priority basis. A city like PCMC must do everything in its power to ensure that its growth pockets are not isolated from each other.

PCMC Needs To Expand

Yet another issue is that the population within the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is growing at an annual rate of 73%. Such a rate of growth makes it necessary to provide more spaces for development. Unfortunately, there have been limitations put on the city’s potential for geographic expansion by Red Zones (non-development areas).

It is imperative that more of the region’s outlying villages be included in the urbanization plan. There are enough examples in India of what happens when a city does not expand geographically in tandem with its population growth. Such a situation must not be allowed to develop in the PCMC. Also, PCMC needs to be able to accommodate the rapid growth in population in terms of providing more educational institutions, shopping complexes, healthcare establishments and entertainment zones.

Encourage Green Development

Finally, I would like to touch on PCMC’s major thrust towards sustainable real estate development. It is no secret that green development is the future of real estate all over the world. In fact, many of the bigger residential townships and commercial complexes in the PCMC have already adopted the ‘green development’ mantra. The new PCNTDA building itself is a resounding statement to how important sustainable development has become to the city.

Nevertheless, there is still a noticeable lack of enthusiasm within the region about the benefits of green homes and workplaces. One of the reasons for this is lack of awareness. Many of the region’s residential property developers and buyers have not been attuned to the advantages of environmentally sustainable properties. I urge the State Government to join hands with the PCMC to bring about greater awareness and eventual adoption of this vitally important principle.

I also strongly advocate better incentives for developers and buyers of green homes in the PCMC. The use of non-conventional energy sources and sustainable waste water management does not only have a positive impact on the environment and on the overall quality of life. Such measures reduce the strain on municipal resources, resulting in significant revenue savings. Unless the benefits of these savings are passed back on to the developers and buyers of sustainable properties, we cannot expect a more wide-spread adoption of the ‘green’ mantra in PCMC.

We gratefully acknowledge the importance that the visiting dignitaries have given to the City of the Future by gracing it with their presence. At the same time, we sincerely request them to take heed of PCMC’s most urgent requirements.

Pune International Convention Centre To Drive PCMC Real Estate

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

Historically, industrial convention centres have consistently proved to be giant economic drivers to local economies. There are significant economic benefits to the immediate and expanded communities in and around these centres. Delegates and exhibitors who vist these convention centres from out of town and other countries bring in huge amounts of revenue.

This flow of external capital into the location gives rise to a multiplier effect, because the revenue which is generated then proceeds to circulate through various other businesses in that area. An entirely new and vibrant supplier chain is established for the maintenance of hotels and facilities management companies that service these centres.

The revenue flow percolates down to the employees of these establishments, and down to local groceries and similar community-centric businesses. In other words, convention centres upgrade the entire demographic profile of the locations in which they are built.

convention-centre-300x160The Pune International Exhibition and Convention Centre (PIECC) at Moshi in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will number among Asia’s biggest industrial convention centres. It will covering a total of 240 acres and is being developed by the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA) through a special purpose vehicle (SPV). The PCNTDA has a 94% stake in this project.

The PCNTDA has an immaculate track record for timely and well-planned development in the Pimpri chinchwad Municipal Corporation. Despite,certain initial delays, the fact that the PCNTDA is a majority stakeholder in the PIECC guarantees that this project will see completion. This convention centre is going to be a game-changer not only for the industrial belt in PCMC but for Pune in general.

The automobile industry in Pune will benefit most significantly from the availability of an international convention centre. This industry has been growing in leaps and bounds, with every national and international automobile giant now having a manufacturing plants in and around Pune.

Pune is now considered as India’s foremost automobile industry nexus and numbers among the world’s leading automotive centers. In fact, the Chakan-Talegaon region has emerged as one of the most vibrant automotive clusters on the face of the planet. The list of leading automobile manufacturers with plants in this region is a veritable Who’s Who os the automobile world:

  • Tata Motors – PCMC
  • Land Rover – PCMC
  • Bajaj Auto – Akurdi and Chakan
  • Mahindra Two-Wheelers (formerly Kinectic Motors) – PCMC
  • Mercedes-Benz – PCMC
  • General Motors – Talegaon
  • Volkswagen – Chakan
  • Mahindra & Mahindra – Chakan
  • Premier Motors – PCMC
  • Fiat – Upcoming at Ranjangaon

Obviously, the venue for the Pune International Exhibition and Convention Centre was chosen for its strategic location near these automotive giants. Once this convention centre is complete, Moshi in PCMC will become the natural hub for automobile conventions. This centre will have the capability of hosting conventions on an international scale, with a total of seven massive exhibition halls and a central open exhibition ground. It will have a staggering seating capacity of 20,000. In order to provide a complete global experience to the delegates, the convention centre will also have a five-star hotel, a golf course and a retail mall adjoining it.

A significant part of the land adjacent to the Pune International Exhibition and Convention Centre will be offered to private developers to build commercial and residential projects in Moshi. It can well be imagined what an effect such an advantageous location will have on the residential property prices in Moshi, PCMC. Obviously, the convention centre will generate massive white-collar employment, and the demand for quality housing around it will rise astronomically.

This makes the area around the Pune International Exhibition and Convention Centre one of the most important property investment hot-spots ever to have surfaced in Maharashtra. The effect that it will have on property prices will be more pronounced than even that of the Hinjewadi IT park.

Township projects such as Woodsville, which is located exactly opposite to the convention centre site, obviously have an early-mover advantage. In the years to come, the investment value of a home in such strategically located township projects in Moshi will rise astronomically.

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.