Pune Real Estate: From Kothrud To Wakad – And Beyond

Anil-Pharande

 

 

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.

Pune Property

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.

Put Pune Development Plan On Municipal Elections 2012 Campaign Agenda

With the Pune Municipal Corporation Elections 2012 coming up, the usual spate of election promises by corporators to improve the infrastructure in their respective wards are being made. As positive as these promises are, they miss the larger point – Pune does not need segmented, fractional development.

Election

Piecemeal development is exactly what has been happening all these years anyway. The haphazard development of Pune has followed the usual course of opportunistic urbanization. Certain areas receive maximum attention while others are completely neglected.

The Pune City Development Plan (DP), which now includes 23 villages around the city, was recently approved after a massive delay of six years. If properly implemented, the DP has the potential to give the benefits of proper urban development to Pune’s real estate sector, its economy and to its citizens. The city as a whole needs better, wider roads and traffic management, improved water supply and more hospitals, gardens and playgrounds and open areas.

It is not just some areas being administered to by individual corporators that need to see change – the whole city needs the changes that will make life easier for its citizens and contribute towards more rational growth. The patchwork improvements that are being promised will not help Pune to develop scientifically, rationally and beneficially. A closer look at neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad would reveal just how much can be done for a city if its policy makers adopt a unified and holistic approach to development.

While Pune continues to stagger under the pressures of infrastructure deadlock, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is already passing on the benefits of visionary urban planning to its residents. The planned development model adopted by the PCNTDA has consistently ensured that real estate growth in the entire Pimpri Chinchwad belt has taken place in a logical manner. As a result, infrastructure in the PCMC has become one of the brightest gems in Maharashtra’s urban development showcase.

The Pune Municipal Corporation Elections present the city with a good opportunity to insist on the proper and timely implementation of the Pune Development Plan. In the 23 villages which have now come under the DP, there has been little or no progress on infrastructure for more than two decades. There is an urgent need for proper roads and other physical infrastructure in these areas, many of which which have already seen a lot of irrational construction and illegal projects.

If Pune’s development Plan is properly streamlined and implemented, all old and new areas will benefit from improved road networks which will help in the decongestion of the inner city. It would be a mature election platform to promise the implementation of the DP in a timely and progress-oriented manner, rather than promising to improve only certain sections of the city.

We look forward to one visionary candidate in the upcoming Pune Municipal Elections 2012 to take up the cause of the Pune Development Plan as a whole.

Posted by: K. D. Nagarkar

Buying Investment Property In Hot Markets

Investing in real estate is a time-honoured method of achieving financial success. Throughout the ages, investment property has helped a lot of people make a great deal of money – sometimes quickly, sometimes over the long term. Those who invest for the short term are generally known as property speculators, and they play a dangerous game. Long term property investment is for forward thinkers who have an investment horizon of at least five years.

maze

The objective of a long-term property investor is to buy a property at a low price and sell it at a higher price. To be successful at this, one needs to know what is going to happen in a certain location over the next few years. You will need to invest in a growing location, not an established one. This is especially true if  you are a middle-class person living off a middle-class income. There are two reasons for this.

First of all, properties in established locations cost a lot of money. At the same time, their long-term investment value is lower. The reason for this lies in the nature of the real estate market. The costly (or ‘prime’) areas gained their value over a certain period of time, but what goes up will eventually go down. Real estate gains value because of new infrastructure projects, shopping centres, public transport facilities, etc.

If you look at central locations of Pune such as Bund Garden Road, KoregaonPark, Kothrud, Deccan Gymkhana and Laxmi Road, you will see that nothing more can happen there. These areas are saturated. In many of them, residents are facing a lot of problems because of overcrowding, lack of parking, open spaces, playgrounds for their kids, pollution and traffic clogging. Even with the best of intentions, the city planning authorities cannot do anything to make life better for them – there is simply no space left.

Though the property rates in these areas of Pune are high, they cannot rise further because the future has nothing to offer there. Long-term property investment in Pune means buying real estate in an area while it is on the rise – not when it is in saturation or decline mode. Buying investment property means buying it where people are going, not where they have already been for generations.

A hot property market is one where there are upcoming changes in the infrastructure, and where homebuyers are headed. Infrastructure can include things like major highway construction and shopping and entertainment facilities. Look for areas that have a lot of employment options, because people always want to live close to where they work.

Also keep your eyes open for areas where large corporations are relocating or already exist and have room to expand. When this happens, the real estate market in that area will boom due to demand for housing and small businesses. Business is one of the most reliable drivers for real estate prices.

In terms of the Pune property market, Pimpri Chinchwad has all the above ingredients of a hot property investment destination. This is the reason why more and more Pune developers are now concentrating on projects in this boom area. If you want to know more about this thriving property investment location, you are welcome to contact us to learn more about the various lucrative residential property investment options in Pradhikaran and other areas of Pimpri-Chinchwad  available.

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.

Pic-101-300x199

  • 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.

Pune Property

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.

Flyovers

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.

Bhosari
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.

Nashik Phata

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

PCNTDA To Construct Flyover At Kalewadi Phata

(TOI, Dec 2, 2010)

flyover

PUNE: To reduce traffic congestion, the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA) will construct a flyover at Kalewadi phata on Aundh-Ravet road at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore. A resolution in this regard was approved at a meeting of the PCNTDA on Wednesday.

Dilip Band, president, PCNTDA and divisional commissioner presided over the meeting which was attended by district collector Chandrakant Dalvi who is the vice-president, PCNTDA, Suhas Divse, chief executive officer, PCNTDA and others. The proposed flyover will have four lanes and a total length of 905 m. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation ( PCMC) is widening the road to 45 m and is developing it as a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) route.

The PCNTDA has recently received possession of land along the Mumbai-Pune highway in Sector 24 which was encroached upon. The resolution for expenditure for taking protective measures, constructing concrete walls along the natural nullah flowing through this land and developing the nullah was approved at the meeting. Another resolution to install streetlights along the old octroi post in Chinchwad to Ravet at an estimated cost of Rs 2.68 crore was approved.

A resolution to provide external electrification for power supply to the commercial plots in the Chikhli facility centre at an estimated cost of Rs 1.32 crore was also approved. The PCNTDA approved a resolution to undertake traffic safety measures like providing speed breakers, zebra crossings, central traffic island, lane marking and others at the busy Bhakti Shakti chowk on Pune-Mumbai highway. The bids for the projects of laying drainage lines in Sector 7, constructing road in Wakad and erecting chain link fence to protect the open and commercial plots in various parts of the PCNTDA limits were approved at the meeting.

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

PCMC Cops, Citizens Get Together To Discuss Traffic Issues

(Times of India, Nov 3, 2010)

PUNE: The traffic branch met citizens and elected representatives to discuss traffic problems being faced in Pimpri and Chinchwad and is now considering the various suggestions and complaints received.

Some of the main issues that came up during the meeting held last week were rash driving, allotment of parking lots for heavy vehicles, banning of heavy vehicles on certain main roads, identifying spots for tourist buses and implementation of measures to avoid incidents of heavy vehicles getting stuck in grade separators in Pimpri and Chinchwad.

Former mayor Aparna Doke said that haphazard parking on the Pimpri-Chinchwad link road inconveniences citizens and suggested that P-1,P-2 parking system be implemented to smooth out the traffic. Corporator Bhausaheb Bhoir made a similar demand and said that parking be allowed only on one side of the road in Chinchwad and heavy vehicles be banned on the Premlok Park-Chinchwad road. Corporator Rajendra Salunke said pedestrian crossings should be marked properly at various junctions.

Highlighting the traffic problems in the Chinchwadgaon area, PCMC assistant commissioner Dilip Gawde said the narrow roads and the market at the Central chowk is the main cause of congestion here. Citizen Harikishan Tikone suggested that height barriers should be erected to prevent entry of heavy vehicles on such roads, which are narrow and congested.

Representative of tempo drivers Mahipati Jadhav said a proper place should be identified for parking of tempos near the Khandoba Mal chowk in Akurdi.

Meanwhile, citizens said that violation of the one-way traffic rule on the main roads in Pimpri leads to various problems. They said that a proper place should be designated by the municipal corporation and the traffic police for handcart owners and hawkers, and haphazard parking of autorickshaws be prevented. While they unanimously demanded action against traffic violators, civic officials, in turn, assured them that they would respond to the points raised.

Also, traffic police officials urged citizens to complain about errant rickshaw drivers. Assistant commissioner of police, Pimpri, Prashant Mohite said, “People should necessarily complain against rickshaw drivers who are rude, refuse to ply by meter or smoke while driving to the nearest traffic policemen, who will take suitable action against such drivers.”

Bids For PCMC Empire Estate Flyover To Be Sent To World Bank

(Times of india, Oct 31, 2010)

PUNE: The Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation ( PCMC) will send bids received for Empire Estate flyover project to the World Bank (WB) for scrutiny.

Ashish Sharma, municipal commissioner, said that a delegation of WB officials had just ended a two-day visit to Pimpri-Chinchwad township to inspect the progress of WB-funded projects within municipal limits.

World Bank clearance is needed before work can be started, he said.

The flyover, near Empire Estate on the old Pune-Mumbai highway, is part of the 10.2 km-long Kalewadi phata-Dehu-Alandi bus rapid transit system (BRTS) corridor. The length of the flyover will be 1.9 km, making it the longest flyover within municipal limits. 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 tracks and old Pune-Mumbai highway to reach the Autocluster in Chinchwad.

Sharma said, “The WB technical committee visited various projects funded by the bank and expressed satisfaction over the construction quality of the flyover being built at Nashik Phata chowk on the Pune-Mumbai highway.”

Nupur Gupta, urban transport co-ordinatorp; Samuel Zimmerman, consultant and experts O P Agarwal and B Venkatrao were part of the WB delegation. Eknath Ugile, city engineer, made a presentation on the projects.

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. ”

Source