More Scope For Green Development In PCMC

The PCMC is one of the pioneering regions in the country to embrace the concepts and principles of sustainable development, and I myself have always been a strong advocate for the green way of life.

Pharande Vaarivana PuneThe use of green building technology, non-conventional energy sources and sustainable waste water management does not only have a positive impact on the environment but also on the overall quality of our lives. Moreover, adoption of sustainable building and living practices reduce the strain on municipal resources, resulting in significant revenue savings which can then be used to build better infrastructure and provide even more services to the people.

I would like to touch on PCMC’s major thrust towards sustainable real estate development. It is no secret that green development is the future of real estate all over the world. In fact, many of the bigger residential townships and commercial complexes in the PCMC have already adopted the ‘green development’ mantra. Many of the developers active here have started to take sustainable real estate development seriously and begun launching Green Homes.

To date, there are around 60 registered green buildings completed or under construction in the PCMC. The new PCNTDA building itself is a resounding statement to how important sustainable development has become to the city.

Obviously, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is taking its mission to provide cleaner, greener homes to its citizens very seriously. But I must also add that we still have a long way to go. In my opinion, there is still not enough enthusiasm within the region about the benefits of green homes and workplaces. One of the reasons for this is lack of awareness.

And despite all the progress that has been made, there should be more determination by the PCMC to encourage and promote developers who are taking the Green cause seriously. I still see a great deal of disconnect between developers, agencies like GRIHA, the environment department and the building permissions agencies. Permissions for green buildings should be fast-tracked and be given preferential status. But this is still not to be seen, and it is quite disappointing.

Such disconnect is not worthy of a mighty and progressive municipality like the PCMC. Everything that happens here should be a benchmark for other regions to follow. The PCMC should be the most encouraging and determined of all the regions to promote and develop green real estate. There should be attractive incentives for both developers and consumers of green real estate. Only in such an environment can we hope to see PCMC become and remain the leader in sustainability.

I look forward to an era when this will happen, so that everyone associated with the PCMC can benefit and be proud of its efforts. This is my vision for a better tomorrow for the citizens and all stakeholders of PCMC, India’s most progressive municipal corporation. Jai Hind. Jai Maharashtra.

About The Author:

Pharande Vaarivana PuneAnil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings.

Chinchwad School Goes Plastic-Free

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PUNE: The New English School in Chinchwadgaon is going plastic-free with the management and students taking initiatives not to use plastic on the school premises.
The Paryavaran Sanvardhan Samiti, an NGO, took up the initiative to promote use of eco-friendly products. Vikas Patil, president of the samiti, said that this was the first school in Pimpri-Chinchwad that has decided to go plastic-free.
The campaign, no plastic thrown’, was started a couple of months ago. The students do not bring any eatables wrapped in plastic, nor do they use plastic carry bags, Patil said.
According to Patil, the idea was to create awareness about the ill-effects of plastic through lectures and presentations in the school. In turn, the students create awareness at home.
“Initially, there were lectures about solid waste management, water treatment plant, cleaning of rivers, among others. After seeing a keen interest, we decided to start the campaign no plastic thrown’,” he said.
This Diwali, the students were asked not to burst firecrackers leading to noise pollution.
As the next step, the samiti plans to start vermicomposting, water recycling, reuse of notebook and paper, and reuse of chalk powder in the school. The campaign will be extended to other schools also.

Environment Conservation Officer For PCMC

PUNE: The environment engineering cell of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will now be headed by an independent officer. Till date, it was looked after by the medical department.
The PCMC had sent a proposal to the state government for creating the new post in December last year. The state government recently approved the appointment of an executive engineer (environment) who will also be the environment conservation officer.
Pimpri Chinchwad has over 150 large and small industries with the housing sector growing fast in the last few years. Both these factors put a lot of pressure on the natural resources of the area, hence the need for an environment conservation officer.
“Considering the rapid growth of the township and the future industrialisation and urbanisation, it is necessary to create an independent system for environment protection and conservation in the city,” the proposal said. Besides, the municipal corporation has also said that it is required to prepare an environment status report every year, besides carrying out surveys about air, noise, water and land pollutions in the city.
The government while approving the civic proposal has notified the eligibility criteria for selecting the officer.  “Though the medical department had initiated the process of preparing the environment status report for the year 2009-10, the report may be finalised by the environment engineering cell,” said K Nagkumar, PCMC medical department head.
The report, as per the government guidelines, should have been tabled at the general body meeting before July 31. Nagkumar, however, said that the draft of the report is ready. Incidentally, the PCMC had failed to table the environment status report last year.

PCMC Approves Proposal To Plant 40,000 Saplings

PUNE: The standing committee of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Tuesday approved the controversial proposal to plant 40,000 saplings on Bhandara hill at Dehu village, at a cost of Rs 91.82 lakh.
Prashant Shitole, chairman, standing committee, PCMC said, “A maximum number of medicinal plants will be planted in this drive.”
The controversy was on two counts. The first being whether the PCMC should spend a large amount of money on a project outside the municipal limits and second related to the proposal being tabled before the standing committee after the civic general body had already approved it.
Shitole said, “The contractor will plant the saplings, water them and look after their security for two years, ensuring their survival.”
The standing committee kept the health department’s proposal, regarding hiring of 700 contract labourers for one year to help maintain sanitation and cleanliness at a cost of 3.78 crore, pending.
The proposal has been kept pending for one week and the administration has been directed to give information as to the number of contract labourers needed as per the latest population of the township. Detailed discussions will be held at the next weekly meeting.
Shitole said, “The health department has a shortage of manpower. It has prepared a list of the number of existing health employees and the required number of employees for each ward as per the population figures of 2001 census. The PCMC had received bids from 35 organisations to supply contract labourers.”
He added that the population of the PCMC limits has increased in the past 10 years, so there was a need for more health employees.
He further said that the proposal to purchase 14,172 water meters at the cost of Rs 2.80 crore was approved without any discussion.
“The PCMC has installed more than a lakh water meters in the municipal limits and only a few water more need to be installed,” Shitole stated.
He said that the proposal to get an internet connection from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for the online birth and death certificate system at the cost of Rs 8 lakh per year was also approved.
A short notice resolution to provide loud speaker system to all the day care centres for senior citizens run by senior citizens’ organisations in the municipal limits was also approved.

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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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.

Celestial City: Ravet’s Pride Is Right On Schedule

Celestial City, the unique 25-acre integrated township by Pharande Spaces and Rama Group, is now in the second phase of construction. As planned, this premium apartments complex at Ravet, PCMC is transforming the real estate topography of an area known as the Gateway to Pune.
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Celestial City has been conceived as a completely self-sufficient residential microcosm that will offer its residents absolutely everything by way of a comfortable lifestyle.  That blueprint is now rapidly being transformed into reality as construction enters the next phase.
The location of Celestial City couldn’t be better – it was planned as both the ultimate residential destination and a sure-fire investment hotspot. Ravet is located at the confluence of the old NH4, the Dehu Road- Katraj bypass and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
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Its ready accessibility, as well as proximity to vital establishments, has earned it the distinction of being one of the most prominent growth corridors on the Pune real estate market.
Because of its unique location, invigoratingly green spaces and affordable residential property options, Celestial City is now attracting a huge demand from executives working in Hinjewadi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, the Talegaon MIDC and Chakan MIDC.
With Phase II of Celestial City now in active progress, the project is well on the way to completing the planned roster of 2000+ units at this avant-garde budget homes project.
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Celestial City is backed by the experience and impeccable track record of two leading development concerns. Pharande Spaces, the residential property trendsetters in Pimpri-Chinchwad, already have several landmark projects to their credit – including the award winning Culture Crest.
To date, Pharande Spaces have completed residential projects in excess of 1.5 million square feet. Likewise, Rama Group’s professionalism and expertise have led to the completion of 23 projects that cumulatively account for 5 million square feet of construction.
The fact that Celestial City is fully underwritten by the country’s leading financial institutions ensured a smooth, seamless construction flow even during the worst of the recent recession. With Phase II on schedule, Ravet’s crowing glory has taken a decisive step towards final completion.
When two real estate giants join hands to create the City of the Future, the outcome can be nothing less than magical….

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K. D. Nagarkar is a blogger and freelance journalist who specializes in real estate and environmental issues. He keenly follows the development of integrated township properties and other sustainable projects in and around Maharashtra.
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Pune News: Recycling E-Waste The Need Of The Hour

The Mumbai-Pune corridor produces one third of India’s electronic waste. A stakeholders’ consultation on e-waste management was conducted in Pune to address the issue.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA), Janvani, Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)-Advisory Services in Environmental Management (ASEM) shared ideas on the issue.
Director of GTZ-ASEM Juergen Bischoff expressed the need for a legislation for electronic waste management in India. He said the GTZ has been working towards finding solutions to the problem of e-waste through city-level interventions and policy dialogues.
The GTZ launched a new project on e-waste management. One of the main objectives is to bridge the gap in e-waste management between the formal and informal sector. The project is aimed at improving the situation of e-waste management in Pune, Pimpri and Chinchwad.
Greenpeace India campaigner Abhishek Pratap stated the need for the placing of Extended Producer Responsibility on the shoulders of manufacturers of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE).
Lakshmi Narayan of KKPKP spoke on the role of the informal sector in the recycling e-waste. H.M. Modak, a consultant working for the Pune Municipal Corporation said that the Rochem Concord Blue has been assigned the task of recycling 700 metric tonnes of waste every day.
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Pune State Forest Department To Wall Off Its Land

Fearing encroachment, the Pune division of the State Forest Department is planning to construct compound walls around forest land and hills in the city. The department owns approximately 2,000 hectares in Pune and it will soon forward a proposal to its head-office in Nagpur to get funds for the work.
“We have observed that encroachment on public properties is increasing on a large scale. Once an illegal property comes up on a forest land, it becomes difficult to remove them. Gradually, these grow into several slums and then things go out of hand. Hence, to prevent illegal inhabitation on our land, we have decided to erect proper compound walls,” said Ashok Pawar, assistant conservator of forests of Pune Division.
The forest department has land in Bhamburda, Pachgaon Parvati, Wanavdi, Kondhwa, Ghorpadi, Undri, Hadapsar and Warje. “We had arranged a tour of the members of the Pune Tree Authority of the Pune Municipal Corporation to the forest land in the city. They saw that there is absolutely no or very negligible human interference on lands with compound walls,” said Prabhakar Kukdolkar, a senior forest official.
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Pimpri Chinchwad: The Evolution Of A Pune Real Estate Paradise

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If you are new to this new Pune real estate boomtown – Pimpri Chinchwad, you need to know that its a modern twin city situated South-East of Mumbai, in the North – West quadrant of Pune.
Pimpri Chinchwad also happens to be the fifth-most populated city of Maharashtra and has long been famous for being one of the most prominent industrial destinations outside Mumbai.
The twin cities of Pimpri-Chinchwad, governed by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), are located 15 km from the Pune city centre. They form a continuous urban stretch, adding to the overall Pune Urban Agglomeration, and contain a thriving industrial belt that primarily consists of engineering and automobile industries.
In fact, PCMC and Pune, when viewed as a unified geographical unit, make up one of India’s largest industrial areas. Pimpri-Chinchwad has contributed a lot to the fact that Pune is the second-largest industrial city in Maharashtra after Mumbai. That fact alone has already spelt gold in terms of the Pune property market – but there’s a lot more.
Let me tell you a bit more about this new real estate boomtown, and why it has come so much into the limelight. As we know, location is everything in the real estate market – both in terms of connectivity to the primary city and pleasantness of environment.

Pimpri-Chinchwad: Location And Connectivity

Pimpri-Chinchwad is situated on the Deccan Plateau and is surrounded by hills.  It rises 560 meters above the mean sea level, near the confluence of Mula and Mutha rivers. Moreover, the Pavna River traverses the city, with the Indrayani River cutting through it on the north-western outskirts.
Accessibility by road is excellent, to say the least. Pimpri Chinchwad is situated on the confluence of NH-4 (the Mumbai-Bangalore highway) and NH-50 (the Pune-Nasik highway).
In fact, the PCMC area boasts of an extensive network of national highways to major cities like Mumbai (163 km), Nasik (202 km), Nagpur (880 km), Bangalore (835 km), Chennai (1166 km) and Hyderabad (548 km).
Railways are an important ingredient of economic growth, and Pimpri Chinchwad is located on the Mumbai-Pune mail line. It has broad-gauge, direct connectivity to Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
The Pune airport, which is just 20 km  away, has regular direct flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad (not to mention direct flights to Dubai and Singapore).

Industries in Pimpri-Chinchwad

The Pimpri-Chinchwad area is home to over 4000 industrial units in the large, medium and small sectors, these include some of the most reputed industrial companies of the country. Needless to say, this makes it one of the most developed industrial belts in Maharashtra.
Where did it all begin? With the arrival of Hindustan Antibiotics in 1954. The establishment of this public sector pharmaceutical company proved to be a major catalyst, and PCMC saw rapid industrialisation over the next few years.
To prepare the region for the boom to come, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) procured large tracts of land in 1956, and in no time at all multinationals like SKF and Phillips, and Indian giants like Tata and Bajaj set up major units here.
Today, PCMC industrial portfolio includes a large number of engineering units as well as a number of other industries such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and telecommunications.
With such a scale of industrial development, the PCMC area emerged as a major employment treasure trove, and the population grew exponentially. Today, Pimpri- Chinchwad is a metropolis in its own right, and is rightfully considered Pune’s sister city.

Climactic Magic in Pimpri-Chinchwad

The PCMC area has invigorating climate throughout the year, thanks to it high altitude, moderate rainfall and a green cover that Pune cannot even begin to compare with. The monsoon arrives in during first week of July and extends to mid-September.
In this period, PCMC witnesses an average annual rainfall is 700-800 mm. The maximum relative humidity during the rainy season is 70-80%, and falls as low as 30% on summer afternoons.
This is as close to a perfect climactic setup as one can achieve anywhere in Maharashtra, and is one of the main reasons why so many people from various regions choose to settle down here.

Ready For A Home In PCMC?

Pimpri-Chinchwad is now an extremely popular residential destination, which is why real estate development here has picked up rapidly over the last three to four years.
One of the most important features of the PCMC residential property market is the fact that it features large and amazingly modern integrated residential projects. Homes in these projects offer everything required for a comfortable lifestyle within them – often at half the property rates prevailing in Pune.

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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