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

PMC’s Proposal To Extend Duration Of Lease Period Faces Opposition

(TOI, Nov 7, 2010)
PUNE: The civic body’s proposal to extend the duration of the lease period of civic properties is mired in controversy with civic activists alleging that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has not prepared a draft for the changes proposed in the policy.
Six years after it became the first civic body in the state to have a land lease policy, the PMC now wants to extend the duration of the lease period from the current 30 years to 99 years. The policy was ratified by the Bombay high court.
The PMC has invited objections and suggestions from citizens to the proposed changes. The suggestions and objections should be sent to the land and property department of the civic body within a fortnight from November 3.
“The PMC has not prepared any draft to seek suggestions and objections on the proposed change. On what basis should citizens register their suggestions and objections?” civic activist Vijay Kumbhar asked. Kumbhar and other activists have approached the municipal commissioner on this matter.
Deputy commissioner (land acquisition) Sudhakar Telang, however, said that the suggestions and objections were sought only to extend the duration of the lease period. “If citizens want to go through the existing policy it is available with the PMC. Suggestions and objections have been invited only on the issue of duration,” said Telang.
At present, the civic land lease policy bans the PMC from selling its properties, but allows it to lease the property for 30 years. The PMC has leased out many of its properties, including open spaces.
Activists allege that most properties have been leased out to organisations and people with connections to corporators and politicians. In 2003, Kumbhar had approached the high court which had ordered that civic properties be leased only through a tendering system.
The civic body owns about 3,500 properties reserved for hospitals, community halls, libraries, schools and other amenities. Many properties have been leased out for various purposes, but there is no system in place to check whether the properties are being used for the purposes they have been leased out for. The PMC has not recovered rent from hundreds of properties for several years.

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 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.”

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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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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Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation Finalises Eye Bank Proposal

PUNE: After the cancer hospital plan coming through, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has now finalised the setting up of the first eye bank of the twin industrial township.
The administrative proposal will come up before next Tuesday’s standing committee meeting. The eye bank will be set up at Aditya Birla Hospital in Chinchwad. The eye bank would be first of its kind in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Currently, if a person has to fill up the eye donation form, he has to go all the way to Pune from Pimpri-Chinchwad.
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