PCMC Launches Its First Eye Bank In Pimpri Chinchwad

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) first eye bank, ‘PCMC Aditya Jyot’, was launched at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Chinchwad, on Sunday on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the hospital.
The chairperson of Aditya Birla Foundation, Rajashree Birla, inaugurated the modern eye bank facility. Chief executive officer of ABMH, Dr SP Singh, and other staff of the hospital were also present.
Rajashree Birla said donating an eye to an eye bank can result in restoring sight to someone else.
“I am happy at the launch of PCMC Aditya Jyot. The opening of the eye bank fulfilled a long-pending wish as it will go a long way in helping the visually impaired patients regain their visibility through transplanted eyes,’’ she added.
The PCMC Aditya Jyot is an integrated approach, based on PPP (public, private, partnership) basis, between Aditya Birla Hospital and the PCMC. The eye bank will be headed by Dr Ritesh Kakrania.
The standing committee of PCMC sanctioned Rs47.23 lakh for the facility.

PCMC In 25 Years – A Fast Forward Into The Future

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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hospitals To Go Paperless

Hospitals run by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) are all set to go paperless. From October 11, PCMC will start registration of patients, following which they would be issued health cards.
The health card will be the size of a credit card with a digital chip fitted inside. This will eliminate the hospitals’ need of storing case papers.
The first hospital to go paperless will be the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH).
The decision regarding the same was taken in a recent meeting attended by Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma, standing committee members and health department officers.
Currently, PCMC runs eight hospitals in the city. All the patients who come to these hospitals have to first get their case papers made.
These papers contain the details of the patient and the treatment given for a particular illness. Storing these papers is a cumbersome process.
The new system was proposed to ensure easy management of patients’ data. For this project, PCMC has earmarked Rs. 3.5 crore.
The patients would be charged a nominal fee of Rs 15 per health card. The scheme would first be implemented in YCMH, following which it would be extended to other hospitals run by PCMC.
Currently, it is seen that people from all the adjoining talukas and villages near Pimpri Chinchwad seek treatment at civic hospitals.
Since the hospitals are run by PCMC, all the citizens staying in PCMC limits should be given priority as the hospital is run on the taxes paid by them.”

PCMC’s YCM Hospital May Charge 20% More From Outside’ Patients

PUNE: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has proposed to charge 20 per cent extra to patients approaching to the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) Hospital for treatment from outside the municipal limits.
Anand Jagdale, superintendent of YCM hospital, said, “Municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma has said the local residents should get preference in treatment at the YCM. Besides, a proposal has been prepared offering to give treatment to local residents at existing rates.”
Jagdale said that the average annual expenditure of YCM hospital is Rs 25 crore while the average annual income is approximately Rs 3 crore. The PCMC is spending a large amount on YCM hospital to give medical facilities to residents at affordable rates.
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Disaster Management Plan For Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad

PUNE: The district administration will soon implement a plan to provide emergency medical aid to victims of disasters and accidents. Nineteen hospitals in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and surrounding areas have been identified under the disaster management plan.
District collector Chandrakant Dalvi said, “The plan will help send medical relief teams to the spot from the nearest hospital within 20 minutes. At present, there is no such system in place. Therefore, in case of calamities, most patients are sent all the way to the Sassoon hospital. In the process, precious time needed to save life, called golden hour’, is lost.”
As per the plan, the PMC, the PCMC and surrounding areas have been divided into multiple zones. Each major hospital in the respective area has been given the charge of addressing such incidents in that area.
Each identified hospital is expected to appoint a co-ordinating officer and set up a separate helpline under the plan. ON receiving the communication, the hospital will send a medical relief team to the spot within 20 minutes.
The team will conduct primary triage at the site, classifications and transport the patients to the near hospital as per need. The transport will be organised of other patients to hospitals as well. Secondary triage will be done and subsequently the patients will be send to other hospitals like Sassoon.
As per the plan, the aim is to clear the site within 2 hours of the incident. Hospitals will be given alert about the incident through the police or district disaster management cell situated at the district collectorate.
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Take H1N1 Vaccine Only If Doctors Advise, Says NIV Director

PUNE: If you are planning to take shots to prevent the Influenza A H1N1 virus, then do so only if the doctor has advised you. Also, go to proper hospitals to avoid any adverse reactions.
Director of National Institute of Virology (NIV) A C Mishra gave this advice on Friday at an awareness programme organised by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Disha Social Foundation.
He said the present weather was conducive for the spread of swine flu. “The H1N1 virus has not undergone a significant change, so medicines and vaccines currently being used can be continued,” said Mishra. The programme was attended by members of social organisations, voluntary groups and people working in the health and medical fields.
Pimpri-Chinchwad mayor Yogesh Behl said, “During the Ganesh festival, all mandals should display posters to create awareness about H1N1. If the smaller mandals cannot do so because of a funds crunch, the PCMC will provide them the posters. People should eat healthy food and sleep well to improve immunity.”
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PMC Plans To Go Clean, Seeks Central Funds

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will submit a comprehensive Cleanliness Plan’ to the state within two months to seek central assistance to improve sanitation, cleanliness and sewage treatment in the city.
The All-India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), a government body that enables local bodies to contribute to the development process and provide citizens with a better life, met civic officials on Friday to discuss the plan.
Pune is a dismal 65th in the Union urban development ministry’s ranking for cleanliness and sanitation standards. In one of the most daunting tasks taken up by the ministry, 423 cities and towns with a population of more than one lakh were recently rated on parameters such as complete elimination of open defecation, elimination of open scavenging, and safe collection and disposal of human excreta.
On the basis of the rating, cities have been classified as red, black, blue and green to denote increasing levels of achievement of good environmental and health outcomes.
A green rating indicates a healthy city, blue indicates a city recovering but still diseased, black indicates a city that needs considerable improvement and red indicates a city on the brink of public health and environmental emergency’, requiring immediate remedial action.
No city in the country could qualify in the green category. Only four cities Chandigarh, Mysore, Surat and New Delhi municipal council area are in the blue category. Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad fall in the black category. While 229 cities are in the black category, the remaining 190 fall in the red category.
Of the 38 cities in the state which were part of the survey, 27 are in the black category and 11 in the red. Smaller cities like Satara, Akola, Ichalkaranji, Chandrapur, Bhusawal, Panvel and Amravati have fared better than Pune.
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PCMC Schools Told To Be Vigilant Against H1N1

PUNE: The school board of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has sent directives to 327 private and municipal schools in the municipal limits to take measures to prevent the spread of H1N1 among students.
Speaking to TOI, Arjun Thakre, chairman, school board, said, “There has been an increase in H1N1 patients after the start of the monsoon and the patients include a large number of children and students.”
He said, “Two or three suspected cases of H1N1 were found among the students of municipal and private schools recently. The school board will be providing buckets and soaps to the municipal schools within a fortnight.”
“These have to be used by students to wash their hands. Letters have been sent to the principals of 134 primary and 18 secondary schools run by PCMC and 175 private schools to take measures to prevent the spread of H1N1 among the students.”
“A daily check-up of students should be conducted in the schools and teachers should enquire about the health of the students everyday. If a student shows symptoms of cold, cough or fever, he or she should be sent to the nearest municipal hospital for a check-up.”
He said that it was the duty of the principals to maintain cleanliness in the school premises with the help of civic employees and private contractors. The students should be given a break of five to seven minutes after two periods to wash their hands.
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Monsoon Lull Brings Dengue, Malaria To Pune City

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s health department has recorded 26 cases of malaria and 14 of dengue barely a month after the monsoon set in. Both are caused by mosquitoes which breed in water which people have stored anticipating water cuts.
Dengue, predominantly an urban phenomenon, saw a staggering 177 per cent rise last year in the state when 2,309 cases were recorded in 2009-10 as against 831 in 2008-09. Most were from Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nagpur, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar.
Meanwhile, the civic body has decided to carry out fogging and spraying of insecticides in all the wards at least twice a week. Apart from spraying pesticides in water bodies near residential areas, fogging machines will be put to use in housing colonies. It will contain the spread of mosquitoes , Devnikar said.
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PCMC Jeejamata Hospital To Be Developed Into Multi-specialty

PUNE: The Jeejamata hospital in Pimpri, run by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), will be redeveloped into a multi-specialty hospital on public-private partnership (PPP) basis. It is for the first time that the municipal corporation has initiated such a venture.
Speaking to TOI, municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma said the civic body wants to renovate and improve the existing out patient department (OPD) wing, besides having multi-specialty treatment facility at the hospital. “The speciality hospital will be run by the developer while the other part will be run by PCMC. The speciality hospital will offer tertiary treatment facilities while the PCMC-run portion of the hospital will offer primary and a bit of secondary medical treatment facilities,” he said.
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