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.

Free Parking Space Norm In Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is the first civic body in the state to come up with a decision under which buyers of residential apartments get free parking space.
On June 11, 2009, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) declared that no building permission plans will be sanctioned if the builders refuse to provide free parking space to apartment buyers across the twin industrial township.
This was after a series of reports in Pune Newsline, highlighting the Bombay High Court which had ruled that builders cannot sell parking space and that it should be made available to the flat buyers free of cost.

PCMC Readies To Install Rain Gauge

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is scouting for land for the installation of a rain gauge in the municipal limits. Once the installation is completed, citizens in Pimpri-Chinchwad would be able to know the rainfall in the twin township.
Speaking to TOI, Mustafa Phadnis, assistant commissioner, PCMC said, “The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, has given permission to install the rain gauge in the municipal limits to measure the rainfall.”
Phadnis said, “PCMC wanted to install the rain gauge on top of its main office building in Pimpri. But, as per IMD norms the rain gauge cannot be installed on the terrace of any building. The norms stipulate that the rain gauge has to be installed in an open plot with an area of 1,000 to 1,500 sq ft. There should be no trees or building on the plot to ensure that the maximum amount of rain is collected to give accurate readings.”
“There will be no difficulty in getting such land. It can be installed at any one of our municipal properties scattered across the municipal limits. The IMD officials will be shown the plots and it will be finalised after their permission. We hope to finalise the plot in a week,” replied Phadnis when enquired about the location for the rain gauge.
Speaking to TOI, Kiran Gawde, chief fire officer, said, “The civic body will also have to consider the security of the plot. The IMD will later give training to the civic employees about taking the readings. The PCMC has already bought the rain gauge”.
Pimpri-Chinchwad township, with a population of more than 15 lakh, is known as an industrial township. There is no rain gauge installed in the township. It relies on the rainfall figures given from the rain gauge installed near the Pavana dam. But, the rainfall figures from the dam do not give a clear picture.
The flood control cell of the PCMC will be able to utilise the data during monsoons to predict floods.
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PCMC Collects Rs 60 Lakh From Constructions In Villages

PUNE: New constructions that have come up in villages situated in the 10 kilometre periphery of the Pimpri-Chinchwad township have collectively paid Rs 60 lakh in the last three months for obtaining a No Objection Certificate from the fire brigade.
Kiran Gawde, chief fire officer of PCMC, said the money was charged in accordance with the state government notification issued in May this year to ensure planned development in areas surrounding the Pimpri-Chinchwad township. So far NOCs have been issued to 20 new constructions in 77 villages of Khed and Maval talukas. Earlier, A similar notification was issued to villages lying close to the Pune Municipal Corporation limits.
Uday Wankhede, deputy chief fire officer of PCMC fire brigade said, “Developers of 20 new constructions had applied to obtain the NOC. Most of them were for residential use while others were for hotels and hospitals.”
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3-Day Trade Fair At Auto Cluster Exhibition Centre, Chinchwad In October

An industrial trade fair – Vision Industrial Exhibition 2010 –  has been organised by Vision Group between October 10 and 13 at Auto Cluster Exhibition Centre, Chinchwad.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Jaysing Nalawade, managing director of Vision Group, said the basic idea behind the expo is to bridge the gap between small & medium entrepreneurs, the big firms and original equipment manufacturers.
“The expo will be an ideal platform to showcase industry products and services. It is meant for all big and small groups of Maharashtra, Gujarat and other parts of the country and choose their business partners and develop their businesses,” said Nalawade.
The expo is authorised and supported by more than 55 engineering and industrial associations across Maharashtra — Pimpri Chinchwad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chakan Industrial Association, Ranjangaon Industrial Association, Baramati Chamber of Commerce, Manufacturers Association of Satara, Gokul Shirgaon Manufacturers Association Kolhapur, Krishna Valley Chamber of Commerce & Industries-Sangli and Waluj Industries Association, Aurangabad.
Top management professionals from various corporate firms will talk in seminars organised during the expo. In the earlier expo there were more than 110 stalls under 3 air-conditioned pavilions. Corporate firms like Atlas Copco, Thermax Ltd., Black & Decker, Rud India, Hitachi Power Tools, CTR Mfg. Ind. Ltd. and others many more had participated.

PCMC To Demolish Chapekar Memorial Tower To Ease Flyover Construction

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will start demolition of the Chapekar memorial tower at Chapekar chowk in Chinchwadgaon on August 25 to clear the hurdle in construction of a flyover.
In 2004-05, the PCMC had proposed to construct a rotary flyover here which would have had left the Chapekar statue tower in the middle. But, later, the PCMC decided to construct a normal flyover at the spot at the cost of Rs 21 crore.
Chapekar chowk located at Chinchwadgaon is one of the busiest chowks in Pimpri-Chinchwad township. Seven roads meet at the chowk. It has vegetable markets, municipal schools, PCMC Zone B office, post office, commercial offices and interior designer residential buildings located around the chowk leading to heavy movement of vehicles and people throughout the day.
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PCMC Grant For School Approved By Maharastra State

PUNE: The state government has approved the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s proposal of giving Rs 25 lakh grant to the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha for building a girls’ school in Dehu village.
The proposal was sent to the state government for approval as the grant was meant for an institution which was outside the PCMC limits. The Sanstha plans to construct a three-storied building, having five classrooms on each floor.
The total estimated construction cost is Rs 89.40 lakh. It has collected Rs 20.85 lakh through donations from various sources.
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