A Home Amidst Greenery – Your Family’s Happiness And Wellbeing

Much has been said about Pune properties lacking the benefit of adequate greenery. It is true that rapid and uncontrolled urbanization is reducing the greenery within the Pune Municipal Corporation more and more. A lot of NRI IT professionals returning to Pune from abroad express shock at how much the city has become ‘concretized’.

One of the prime drivers of Pune real estate used to be the city’s erstwhile green cover. It therefore comes as no surprise that more and more Pune property buyers are choosing residential township properties in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The green cover in the PCMC area is intact and in fact flourishing despite the real estate boom happening there.

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The reason for the difference between central Pune and the PCMC area as far as green cover is concerned is simply scientific, controlled development. The PCNTDA (Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority) has ensured that real estate development does not compromise the bountiful flora and fauna in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

‘Pimpri Chinchwad is a rapidly developing industrial and commercial centre in Maharashtra, India. It is one of the primary centres for the automobile industry cluster in India, and nearby Pune is a education centre commonly referred to as the “Oxford of the East”. The area is known for its busy commerce, plethora of industries, fine educational institutions, and a rapidly growing middle class and standard of living.

However, this rapid growth has created problems with infrastructure, affordable housing and the environment. The PCNTDA was established to tackle these issues and has a purview that extends over Mulshi and Haveli taluka.’ (Source: http://pcntda.org.in/)

The PCNTDA long ago recognized that without sufficient trees and other forms of greenery, the life of residents in any area becomes melancholic and depressive. Moreover, it took into consideration the fact that trees do a lot to neutralize the effects of urban pollution. Ensuring the presence of sufficient greenery is one of the foremost defenses against environmental, economic and health risks.

Reputed developers of township properties in Pimpri-Chinchwad have also taken into account the need for trees and other vegetation. In PCMC, integrated township projects such as Woodsville in Moshi and Celestial City in Ravet are rich with trees, shrubbery and other forms of greenery. In these projects, homeowners can still benefit from healthy, green, natural surroundings while also having all the advantages of modern city life at their disposal.

A green homes environment makes a huge difference in terms of health, quality of life and overall wellbeing. Adequate tree cover also brings down air temperature significantly (reducing in savings on electricity) and protects the land from erosion. As a result, these township properties in PCMC have a much longer lifespan.

Does it come as a surprise that Pune property buyers are increasingly favoring residential township properties over options in the central city? This phenomenon is not restricted to Pune real estate alone. All over the world, there is a rapidly increasing exodus of people congested city centres to better-planned, greener and more peaceful outskirts. People are tired of the deteriorating living conditions in the city, which also give rise to grave risks to health, damage the environment and reduce the investment value of properties.

Maybe it’s time that you offered your family the advantage of healthier, greener home surroundings, too?

Posted by: K. D. Nagarkar

Green Building Initiative At PCMC

(Source: Daily Bhaskar)

Pune: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) launched its ‘Green Building Initiative’ on Saturday. The initiative was inaugurated by PCMC commissioner, Ashish Sharma and mayor, Yogesh Behl at the Auto Cluster, Chinchwad.

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On the occasion, Behl said buildings had a major impact on the environment in terms of depletion of natural resources due to building materials, enormous energy consumption and wastage of water during and after construction and pollution of urban air. Thus emerged the need for green buildings to benefit the environment and to provide a better place for the occupants to live and work in.

Sharma said, “The PCMC has always been proactive in taking steps towards better living environments for urban dwellers. It is now the first municipal corporation to make a conscious effort towards its responsibility towards natural resources and the impact on society by incentivising green rating for integrated habitat assessment — Griha — rating system in their jurisdiction.”

The Energy & Resources Institute (Teri) developed Griha jointly with the Union ministry of new and renewable energy, which is suitable for all types of buildings. This rating system not only takes care of energy conservation, but also looks into water and waste management. Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats (Adarsh) is mandated to promote development of buildings in India through Griha.

By this initiative of incentivising Griha-rated green buildings in PCMC area, there will be savings in potable water usage, waste water treatment and solid waste management.

Property owners in green buildings will be benefited by reduction in pollution related to air, noise, soil and water. There will be savings in energy consumption. The developer will get the discount in premium amount of building permission charges as per the rating awarded by Griha. There will be a discount of 10% in property tax for end-users. The developer can seek fast track environmental clearance through Griha pre-certification, added PCMC environment department officials.

http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/MAH-PUN-green-building-initiative-at-pcmc-2311533.html

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

Pimpri-Chinchwad… Moving rapidly into the Fast Lane.

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Pimpri-Chinchwad… Moving rapidly into the Fast Lane.
The traffic population in Pimpri-Chinchwad is growing at an exponential rate, largely due to the escalating Industrial growth across the Chakan-Talegaon belt at the periphery of Pimpri-Chinchwad, and the resulting mushrooming residential projects. However, thanks to several initiatives being taken by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), leveraging the ample availability of land and the existing as well as planned infrastructure development, traffic in Pimpri-Chinchwad and surrounding areas is rapidly moving into the fast lane.

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In addition to an impressive network of broad, multi-lane primary and secondary roads, an important measure to de-congest traffic is the flyovers which are being constructed, supplementing those which are already operational.

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The 1,400-m Bhosari flyover on the Pune-Nashik highway which connects Pimpri-Chinchwad to Chakan, is scheduled to be completed and opened to traffic by April 15,2011. There are plans to build a parking lot under the flyover in the near future, while a garden will be created where the height of the flyover is less, to prevent encroachments under the structure.

Three  more flyovers will address the issue of lateral traffic perpendicular to the Pune – Mumbai highway, at the Nashik Phata chowk,  at Empire Estate in Chinchwad and at Dange chowk in Chinchwad.

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Tagged as Triple R flyover, the Nashik Phata flyover is stated to be the first of its kind in Maharashtra that will ‘fly over’ river, road and railways.

The two-tiered flyover linking Pune-Mumbai highway and Pune-Nashik highway

will be 1,100-metres long with 100-foot wide roads .It will span the Pune-Mumbai highway, the Pune-Lonavala railway line, and the Pavana river.

Dange Chowk
The four-lane flyover at Dange chowk in Thergaon on the Aundh-Ravet road will reduce congestion at this busy junction and will enable people coming from Kalewadi side to cross the Dange chowk and go smoothly towards Tathawade and Ravet

Empire Estate
The 1.9 km long flyover, the longest flyover within municipal limits, passes alongside the  Empire Estate complex on the old Pune-Mumbai highway. It will have six lanes, cycle tracks of 2.5 m width on both sides and footpaths.

The flyover will enable commuters from Kalewadi, Wakad and Thergaon to cross the Pavana river, Pimpri-Chinchwad link road, Pune-Lonavala railway tracks and  the old Pune-Mumbai highway and gain easy access to MIDC and the Pune-Nashik Highway.

100 traffic-friendly  chowks and large off-street Parking Lots
It is a sad commentary on the absence of civic sense among a large number of vehicle drivers ,who only heed traffic signals when there is a traffic policeman at the chowk, that merely installing traffic signals is not a complete solution to the traffic problems, However the traffic police have a manpower shortage and  policemen cannot be deployed at every chowk.

Improvement of at least 100 chowks, or crossroads, developing parking lots and tarring of roads will be on the priority list for the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s traffic cell in the forthcoming financial year. Announcing these measures, Municipal Commissioner Ashish Sharma affirmed that they will be  carried out in coordination with the traffic police. A provision of Rs 10 crores has been made for the traffic cell in the Municipal Corporation’s draft budget for 2011-12.

Work has already been completed on traffic improvement measures at the KSB chowk (Chinchwad),Bhakti Shakti chowk (Nigdi),Dange chowk (Thergaon)and Sambhajinagar chowk (Akurdi). Moshi chowk ,Sangavi junction,Rakshak chowk and Walhekarwadi junction are some others where measures will be undertaken this year.

Off –street parking
The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is planning to develop two large parking lots along the Pune -Mumbai highway stretch. The first is a 1.43 hectare facility at the Bhakti-Shakti chowk in Nigadi. The second will come up on an open plot in Pimpri near the Morwadi chowk- Indira Gandhi flyover. Both will include a bus terminus and parking lots, so that people will be able to conveniently park their vehicles here and commute to different parts of PCMC and Pune by bus, thereby reducing traffic congestion.

Similar parking lots will be developed, in phases, in other areas within PCMC limits. The PCMC has also developed parking lots on both sides of the Pune –Mumbai highway. This is only major road in the municipal limits along which there are recognized free parking areas.

This is a good start, but a lot more needs to be done. Designated parking lots along the Telco road, Aundh –Ravet road and others are needed.

BRTS
To address many of the urban transport problems being faced by PCMC currently and those anticipated in the future, a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) study has been undertaken, which proposes a bus-based rapid transit system( BRTS) spread across 130 km of corridors in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
PCMC has set up an Urban Transport Fund (UTF) to fund the project , to be managed by a SPV wholly owned by PCMC

Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation To Adopt ‘Zero Garbage’ System

(DNA, Dec 11, 2010)

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Facing the daunting task of managing garbage disposal, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has planned to work on a ‘zero garbage’ system, implementing it in one housing society on an experimental basis.

The system requires two small machines for composting wet garbage and to generate fertiliser. If the experiment is found successful, the PCMC will replicate the model in big housing complexes, hotels and hospitals before making it mandatory for the twin towns to follow the system.

PCMC chief medical officer, Nagkumar Kunchagi said, “It is mandatory for municipal corporations to dispose of waste in a scientific and mechanised way under the Jawaharlal Nehru national urban renewal mission (JNNURM). As residents opposed the PCMC’s vermi-composting plant at Moshi garbage depot, the administration has proposed a garbage depot in Punawale. But this project also met with opposition from local farmers. It is now a serious issue for the civic body as to how to dispose of waste in future.”

“We decided to follow the new ‘zero garbage’ policy after finding that vermi-composting system adopted by housing societies was working 100%. As against the traditional method of garbage disposal that takes nearly 20 to 25 days, the new system takes just 8 to 10 days,” a civic official said.

To create public awareness about the new system, the civic body will implement it in a housing society on a trial basis and will extend it to one hotel also.

“The civic body will bear the expense of installing the two machines in the initial phase,” a health official said. The PCMC health department had invited bids for buying these machines through e-tendering.

“Two machines, a 30-kg capacity machine at a cost of Rs8.50 lakh for 30 families and 50-kg capacity machine priced at Rs12 lakh for 50 families, have been earmarked,” a civic official said.

The administration hopes that if the ‘zero garbage’ system turns out to be successful, it will reduce the cost of garbage collection and streamline the whole process of garbage disposal, besides saving manpower.

The PCMC has recently started house-to-house garbage collection on public-private-partnership (PPP) basis in Ward A and D. Nagkumar said, “Several housing societies that have adopted vermi-composting system face difficulty in disposing of water and non-vegetarian food waste. ‘Zero garbage’ system will try to solve this problem.”

Police, MPCB To Monitor Noise Levels In PMC And PCMC During Ganeshotsav

PUNE: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and the Pune police have decided to form five teams to monitor noise pollution in the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad during the last five days of Ganeshotsav. Noise levels would be recorded at 20 locations during the peak hours of the celebrations from 6 pm to midnight.

A calibrated noise level meter would be used in each of the 20 areas, Kumar said. “Legal action will be initiated against those who violate the noise pollution rules. Citizens with complaints can contact the police control room or the local police station,” he added.

Dnyaneshwar Phadtare, deputy commissioner of police (Zone I), said that, “Out of the five monitoring teams, three will function in Zone I, while Zone II would have two teams. The team members have been trained to operate and handle the noise meter.”

“The noise levels were beyond the permissible limit at all the spots monitored in 2009. The sound levels in Pune ranged between 53.3 dBA and 101.8 dBA. In 2008, the noise levels ranged between 62 dBA and 107 dBA, while in 2007, it ranged between 56.8 dBA and 99.3 dBA,” Shinde said.

This year would have lower noise levels because of the efforts taken by the authorities, Shinde said. “We have conducted various citizen awareness programmes and campaigns to check noise pollution. Any form of violation would attract legal action and all the mandal volunteers are aware of this,” he added.