Planned Real Estate Development in PCMC

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

What is it about Pimpri Chinchwad and its township properties that is so different from what is happening in the rest of the Pune property market? To understand this, one has to first understand what goes into the formation of a planned city.

The immaculately planned residential areas that now define the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation map are not an accident. They are the result of carefully planned social, economic and real estate growth. Unlike the central areas of Pune, the real estate market in PCMC has been scrupulously shielded from the PMC’s ad hoc development style.

The vigilance and futuristic thinking that went into this avant-garde satellite city have added a completely new dimension to the concept of residential properties in Pune. From the very outset, the PCMC planning authorities were determined to avoid the mistakes committed in nearby Navi Mumbai, popularly known as the world’s largest planned township.

After all, what began as regulated development in Navi Mumbai soon began giving way to commercialised expansion. Instead, PCMC adopted a blueprint for smart growth – a blueprint that placed utmost importance to organized urban planning. No scope was given to a nearsighted focus on capitalization on this new area’s development potential – the onus was firmly kept on long-term considerations.

This was to be the city of the future – a place where residents could work, live and relax without any of the constraints that plague the rest of Pune. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, the landscape of this previously ignored satellite city changed. Proposals for faster development were turned down. The master plan stayed in place, and the results are now brilliantly evident.

Today, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is an acknowledged masterpiece of community-oriented real estate development. It has a unique blend of sustainable residential spaces, highly advanced transportation networks, a broad spectrum of employment opportunities, modern housing typologies such as township properties and superior supportive infrastructure. At every stage of planning, this city’s inherent natural, cultural, sociological and economic resources have been carefully preserved.

This incredible growth area is now the most logical option for residential property in Pune today. For home buyers, PCMC is the perfect alternative to Pune’s unregulated urban sprawl, rapidly compounding traffic congestion and disconnected neighbourhoods. Considering the increasing evidence if rapid urban decay in central Pune, township properties such as those now coming up in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation are the truly the New Residential Deal.

However, PCMC is not only about wider, greener spaces, cheaper property rates, improved social fabric and better infrastructure. The establishment of such new growth areas, with modern residential alternatives such as integrated townships, is a blessing to the Pune real estate market (which has been stagnating within increasingly larger pockets). At first sight, they only seem to play a role in reducing the urban sprawl and offering home buyers a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle.

These township projects are also instrumental in creating new urban centres, wherein new business districts create job growth in new directions. Thanks to the organized nature of their development, they create new and more rational scope for real estate market expansion while reducing pressure on property prices in the parent city.

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

Pimpri Chinchwad Leads Pune Property Market

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

With the formation of a well-planned satellite town adjoining an overcrowded city like Pune, the most obvious benefit is a possibility to de-congest the parent city. However, a more interesting fact is that real estate corridors such as the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation actually have higher real estate appreciation potential than the central city. This is because they are growth areas where demand rises steadily and quality supply is still possible.
Pune PropertyIn such growth corridors, the greatest advantage to the property investor is the fact that the entry cost is relatively lower than in more centralized locations, even while the potential growth in real estate prices is much higher. Self-use buyers do factor in the property investment potential of satellite towns such as PCMC. However, what attracts them the most is its superior infrastructure, planned development and higher degree of natural ambience.
There are various cities in India with upcoming or established satellite towns.  Mumbai has Navi Mumbai as well as Kalyan/Dombivili and Vasai/Virar, while Delhi has Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Guragon and Greater Noida. In Bangalore, Yelahanka and Devanhalli are showing considerable promise, while Sriperumbadur and Siruseri in Chennai have proposed as satellite towns.
Kolkata has an established satellite town in Rajarhat, apart from Kalyani and Batanagar. However, the growth that each of these areas experiences or will experience depends entirely on the quality of infrastructure and the level of urban planning being implemented there. This is why investment in Pradhikaran properties and real estate in the other boom areas of PCMC is such a winning proposition.
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and similar modern satellite towns have superior real estate appreciation potential for a variety of reasons. Just like everywhere else, Pune property rates respond primarily to the common denominator of demand and supply.
Residential real estate demand is created when an area has the right mix of employment opportunities, good infrastructure and the potential for an ambient, stress-free lifestyle. An additional prerequisite for demand is connectivity to the central city, without which residents in the satellite town would be, for most purposes, cut off from familiar areas and resources in the main city.
  • The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation offers ample connectivity to Pune via road and rail
  • Its industrial and business zones generate countless jobs each year
  • Infrastructure in the PCMC area is vastly superior to what the central Pune infrastructure offers
  • The PCMC planning authorities have ensured that real estate development in this area adheres strictly to a pre-set urban planning model, thereby ensuring a high degree of living standards
  • Unlike central Pune, areas like Pradhikaran in PCMC offer modern yet affordable township properties. Township properties  are now widely recognized and accepted as the new residential property paradigm
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is a showcase example of how a satellite town can surpass the parent city in terms of property investment potential as well as residential lifestyle quotient.
Little wonder, then, that properties in Pimpri Chinchwad are in ever-increasing demand by Pune property buyers. After all, PCMC remains a meticulously masterminded property investment destination that generates its own economic growth and social infrastructure. In PCMC, the commercial, retail and residential property markets work symbiotically to create a winning proposition for both real estate investors and end users from Pune and beyond.
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.

Pune Real Estate: From Kothrud To Wakad – And Beyond

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

In Pune, property and quality of life were once synonymous, but that can no longer be taken as a given. In earlier years, it did not really matter much where one chose to buy property in Pune – all locations were more or less supportive of peaceful family life in their own right.

Today, while considering flats for sale in Pune, one has to consider a number of variables – among them the levels of traffic congestion and pollution, the availability of basic facilities such as water and, of course, quality of the neighborhood.

Let us take Kothrud, for example. This once charming area was one of the first suburbs to be developed after the old city. Even today, it is considered a desirable core area due to its strong connection with the city centre via Karve Road. However, for better or for worse, Kothrud is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the suburb with the fastest urban growth in the world.

Kothrud started developing in late 90s. Back then, Pune City was truly a Pensioner’s Paradise, with little economic activity. People from Mumbai looking to buy property in Pune preferred Kothrud, naturally leading to an accelerated rate of development.

By the time the IT/ITES boom began in 2000-02, Kothrud was a full-fledged residential destination. Because of this, it fortunately did not go the way of suburbs like Aundh and Baner in the West or Viman Nagar in the East as they joined the IT/ITES bandwagon.

Over the past decade-and-a-half, Kothrud has evolved as one of the most densely populated residential destination in Pune. Residential projects are very scarce and the demand is enormous. However, because of the manner in which it grew, Kothrud was not developed holistically in terms of social infrastructure.

Many other areas in Pune developed on similar lines, and the old Pensioner’s Paradise charm soon gave way to massive, relentless development. This began the hunt for less cluttered and more lifestyle-supportive residential locations.

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Fortunately, Pune is not a sea-locked city like Mumbai, and there was scope for looking further ahead. One of the first areas to emerge as a preferred area to settle down was Wakad – a once-nondescript village with 5000 locals who farmed sugarcane, onion and groundnut in its rich, black, fertile soil.

In 1983, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) acquired 50% of this virgin location. By 1998, PCMC counted Wakad as one of its areas. Today, Wakad has emerged as the focus of younger, financially fit families that are looking to upgrade their lifestyle by moving to larger, more nature-endowed homes on the outskirts of Pune City.

With the increasing congestion of the previously preferred area of Aundh, neighboring Wakad was seen as the perfect location, with close proximity to the Infotech and Biotech Parks at Hinjewadi, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Industrial area, the Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass, the Super Express Highway to Mumbai and the Balewadi National Sports complex.  Thanks to the Expressway, Wakad is only about 80 to 90 minutes away from Mumbai, and Mumbaikars looking to buy property in Pune saw it as an excellent value proposition.

Of course, Wakad is just one of the chapters that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has in its book of Pune real estate successes. Today, Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran in the PCMC have become the new residential real estate watchwords in Pune. These areas are developing fast and are even now venues of extremely modern integrated residential projects.

However, the development of Wakad marked the beginning of a new residential real estate trend in Pune – the quest for better environments to settle down in and recapture some of Pune’s erstwhile glory as Queen of the Deccan.

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.

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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Pune Real Estate: Why Integrated Residential Projects Make Ultimate Sense

Pune PropertyI have often been asked why developers such as Pharande Spaces concentrate primarily on large, integrated residential property projects. After all, doesn’t it make more business sense for Pune builders to launch smaller projects?

Why don’t developers of large-format residential property schemes cash in for demand for more ordinary flats for sale in Pune? Here are some of the arguments I hear:

•    The developer’s construction costs for smaller residential property developments is much lower
•    They require a lot less land, and can be constructed in central areas where demand is high
•    They can benefit from whatever infrastructure already exists in the locality, so there’s no need to put in much more
•    They can be constructed much faster and also sell much faster to a ready clientele who are looking for flats for sale in Pune
•    There was demand for smaller residential projects even while the recession was on

Tempting arguments, for sure – but they represent the small picture.

•    True, integrated residential projects can only come into existence if the developer has considerable land parcels at his disposal. Even if he does, such land parcels are only available in areas like Pune’s Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which is not near the city center.
•    True, he must supply all the infrastructure and public utilities in such a residential project
•    True, there is a ‘wastage’ of develop-able area because such large residential developments, by necessity, call for huge open spaces
•    True, integrated residential projects take a much longer time to complete than smaller, stand-alone projects

However, this is a limited viewpoint. It does not factor in the most pressing requirements on the Pune residential property market – regulated urban development. The fact is – a multitude of smaller projects disfigure the face of a location, put its infrastructure under tremendous pressure and are usually overpriced because of ‘location value’. One look at the current property rates in Pune will confirm this – what you pay for in location, you lose in comfort and convenience.

In sharp contrast, well-planned integrated residential property schemes beautify, uplift and give value to a new location. Not only do they bring in their own infrastructure – despite being on the outskirts, they also provide residents with all the benefits and comforts of a more centralized location. The vast open areas provided in integrated residential projects are not wasted space – they are what spacious, dignified living is all about.

There is more. Because integrated residential projects have their own retail outlets, office complexes and entertainment facilities, they reduce commuting and transportation time and expense. In fact, they inject life into a new location and raise its value on the real estate market.

For the sake of an argument, let us consider the Woodsville project at Ravet in Pune’s PCMC area:

•    It is located next to a major arterial road that provides direct access to Pune city and the most prominent industrial hubs of the Pimpri Chinchwad MIDC
•    It is a self-contained and completely integrated residential project that has homes of every description and to suit every budget
•    It offers retail, healthcare and entertainment facilities to its residents
•    Like many other projects of its kind, it offers 360-degree, multi-level security to home owners

What smaller residential project in a city like Pune can offer so much to its residents within a single location?

Developers like Pharande Spaces focus on integrated residential developments because they positively transform the landscape and uphold all precepts of sustainable development.

Moreover, the new generation of large, integrated residential projects in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation have made modern, fully-equipped and self-sufficient residential projects affordable to the middle class. No longer are such properties available only to moneyed HNIs and NRIs.

Thanks to this, even salaried individuals can buy a home in a project such as Woodsville or Celestial City, both of which offer well-defined living spaces, recreation facilities, office complexes, convenient retail establishments and a superior standard of living. These projects offer ultimate value for money to those who seek to buy property in Pune.

Which leads back to the original point. In a city like Pune, integrated residential schemes make more sense than smaller projects because they are the most modern and sustainable model of urban growth – and to a better way of living.

To own a home in one of them is an assurance of a lifestyle that cannot be replicated elsewhere in a crowded city. Developing such a project is more than a business proposition – it is an opportunity to contribute to the future of the city’s real estate market.

Is that not reason enough?

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.

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Why Integrated Residential Projects Have Higher Investment Value

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Planned integrated projects have better property investment value

The concept of living in an integrated residential community is far from new in India. From villages in the rural areas to chawls in the urban areas, we have been doing it for centuries. However, with the rapid urbanization of our cities over the past few decades, the integrated residential project has become a more specialized real estate model.

We all know how disconnected we tend to become from each other while living in cities like Pune and Mumbai. Most developers tend to build their residential projects in such cities wherever small parcels of land are available.

As a result, people tend to live in smaller, isolated pockets. Coupled with the stresses of modern work life, this makes developing a sense of neighbourhood impossible. Homeowners buy units, but they cannot buy a sense of community.

The problems don’t end there. Residential properties in smaller, stand-alone projects do not have the same capacity for maintaining and increasing property investment value as integrated residential projects.

There are various reasons for the higher appreciation prospects of such planned residential projects:

Integrated residential projects adhere to a pre-set development plan with regards to open spaces, communal amenities and common areas. This means that the overall value of the location does not decrease because of unrestricted developments that may crop up later on.

Since such projects have their own infrastructure, they do not depend heavily on what the local municipal corporation delivers (or doesn’t deliver) in terms of sewage management, water supply and overall maintenance of the immediate surroundings.

Both these factors add a lot to the demand for homes in integrated residential developments, because they are directly related to better comfort and quality of life.

Planned integrated projects have better property investment value because there is uniformity of the home designs. Living in such a project assures residents that nobody will build either more luxurious or inferior homes in their neighbourhood.

Moreover, the maintenance of an integrated residential project is centralized. All this means that the overall social profile of the residential community is maintained at all times. Demand for homes in such projects is very high on the property market.

Considering the escalating crime rate in cities like Pune, security has become a big issue for Pune property owners. Burglaries apart, it becomes next to impossible to ensure sufficient security in smaller residential projects in the event of communal riots or other large-scale disruptions.

Since integrated residential projects have various levels of security that protect the entire project, homeowners are assured of much higher levels of safety for themselves, their families and their possessions. Such security commands a higher premium on the Pune property market.

It’s no secret that home buyers look for convenience in shopping and entertainment. The fact that integrated residential projects have these within walking distance adds tremendously to the property investment value of its units.

Because integrated residential projects are conceived and executed by a single developer, there are no variations in construction standards. In the unplanned localities that are so much a part of the Pune property market, many developers with different construction ideologies and standards have projects next to each other.

Substandard construction in one project will not only pull down its own property market value, but also that of those next to it. Two or three inferiorly designed and constructed buildings can cause the entire location’s market profile to collapse.

For all these reasons, the integrated residential projects coming up in Pradhikaran and other areas of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) have boosted this area’s entire property market.

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

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PCMC Pipeline Contractors To Level Dug Up Roads At Own Cost

PUNE: The water supply department of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has put a clause in tender bid documents making it mandatory for contractors to level the road after the pipelines are laid.

Earlier, the contractors would lay the pipes on roads and refill the trenches with uneven murum, resulting in inconvenience for motorists. Later, the asphalting work of these rough patches was given to new contractors for an extra price. Now, the one who lays the pipes will have to level the road with tar.

Ambadas Chavan, additional city engineer and chief of water supply department, PCMC, confirmed that such a clause has been included in the tender document.

Joint city engineer Pravin Tupe said, “Earlier too the PCMC used to get the trenches filled from the contractor. But now it is being explicitly mentioned as a mandatory condition while inviting bids for future projects. “The tender process will be completed in two months while actual work is expected to begin before the end of this year.”

The condition has been put up in the bid document for 18 projects of the water supply department, estimated to cost Rs 6.71 crore. Of these, 12 projects are to be completed in six months and five in a year. One other project has a two-year deadline.

Sulabha Ubale, group leader of Shiv Sena corporators, said, “The contractors dig up roads and other open areas but fail to fill the trenches. Accidents occur due to uneven roads. There is no co-ordination between the water supply department and the engineering department, due to which there is delay in reasphalting work of roads. The PCMC should ensure that the contractor who has dug up the roads for pipelines fills the trenches and asphalt the roads. ”

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PCMC Run Bahinabai Chaudhary Zoo At Akurdi

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will transfer control of the Bahinabai Chaudhary zoo, located at Akurdi, from the garden department to the veterinary department to improve the zoo’s administration and ensure better facilities to the animals.

Members of the standing committee expressed concern about the administration of the zoo at the weekly meeting held on Wednesday, while discussing the death of a female leopard at the zoo. They had complained that the animals were being given inferior quality food. The members demanded that the control of the zoo be transferred to the veterinary department to improve its condition.

Meanwhile, Subhash Dumbre, additional commissioner said, “The Central Zoo Authority of India (CZAI) has granted small zoo status to the Bahinabai Chaudhary zoo. The PCMC had submitted a master plan for the zoo’s development to the CZAI, which was approved one and a half years ago. The PCMC had incurred an expenditure of Rs 1.5 lakh to prepare the master plan and the union government has reimbursed this expenditure recently.”

The total cost of implementation of the master plan is around Rs 15 crore over a period of five years. The total cost of development comprises Rs 2.07 crore for the building, Rs 3.37 crore for basic amenities and Rs 9.46 crore for wildlife related works (for example, cages and veterinary care facilities). The PCMC will receive Rs 5 crore as grant from the CZAI.

The zoo will have around 20 types of reptiles, 3 types of amphibians and 10 species of water birds. It will have a breeding centre for endangered amphibians, a lake for water birds and an enclosure for crocodiles and alligators. There will also be a butterfly collection and breeding centre, a museum of models of extinct animals and a nature and interpretation centre.

Currently the PCMC-run Bahinabai Chaudhary zoo is spread over an area of seven acres and located in the Sambhajinagar area of Akurdi. There are three panthers, birds like the peafowl and peacock, varieties of snakes, a few crocodiles, ducks and a dozen monkeys.

In the 1990s, the zoo was located in a sparsely populated area. Now, however, houses and commercial complexes have come up around it, leaving no scope for the zoo’s expansion.

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Property Tax Defaulters To Pay Two Per Cent Penalty To PMC

PUNE: Starting October 2010, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will execute the state government’s notification to impose a two per cent penalty on property tax defaulters.

The state government on May 31, 2010, issued a notification, according to which the civic body has been authorised to impose a fine of two per cent every month if the property tax is not paid in the given period of time.

For the year 2010-11 property tax for the first six months has to be paid before September 30, 2010, and those who fail to pay it will have to pay a two per cent penalty on the tax amount every month till the tax is paid. The second instalment of the property tax has to be paid before December 31, 2010.

“The standing committee on Friday approved the proposal to impose a penalty. This will help the PMC to collect property tax on time and even citizens will respond positively to paying on time,” said standing committee chairman, Arvind Shinde while speaking to reporters.

In the last two years, the PMC has brought nearly 80,000 properties under its tax net. However, an estimated 45,000 properties still remain out of its reach. The standing committee has repeatedly told the administration to make an effort to widen its tax net. Once the unassessed properties come under the tax net, the civic body is expected to get an additional revenue of Rs 100 to 150 crore.

The PMC’s tax collection and assessment department has already submitted a plan to the standing committee. After octroi, property tax is a major source of revenue for the civic body. The department has proposed that digital pictures of all properties be taken for records and an aluminium plate be fixed on each property, identifying its survey number and other details.

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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.