Taking West Pune Real Estate To The Next Level
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).
As 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.
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
(Times of India, October 6 2010)
PUNE: The land acquisition office of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has sent notices to 1,800 people in Kalewadi to acquire land for construction of a road from MM School to the Pavana river. This half-km stretch is part of the Kalewadi phata-Dehu Alandi road bus rapid transit system (BRTS) route.
P G Nale, special land acquisition officer said, “The office started sending notices to the people 10 days ago.
“The notices have been served under the urgency clause of land acquisition as the land is urgently needed to construct the road. The land acquisition department will take possession of the land on October 20. Enquiry about the land owners and the area needed for the road will be conducted after October 27,” Nale said.
Nale said that details of the plot partitions registered in the revenue survey were available with the office but the civic body did not know who the actual owners were. Hence, notices had been sent to all the plot owners according to the survey numbers.
“We need to acquire very little land for the road which has a length of 500 m, he said. The road will be 45 m wide. The land on the right side of this road is within Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA) limits while that on the left side is within PCMC limits,” he said.
“The land within PCNTDA limits had been acquired by the authority many years ago and no compensation needs to be given. The PCNTDA will just transfer the land to the PCMC after the land acquisition drive,” Nale said.
The stretch is part of an 11-km BRTS route being built by the PCMC under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme.
PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is planning to come up with a comprehensive parking policy for the twin township area.
Expressing the need for such a policy, municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma on Tuesday said that pedestrian safety issues need to be considered comprehensively while planning for road traffic and transportation projects.
Sharma, who was speaking at a symposium on land-use and transporation in Pimpri on Tuesday, said that the present approach regarding parking policy is ad hoc and that there is an urgent need to come out with a comprehensive policy.
Stressing on proper planning for pedestrian facilities, Sharma said that proper footpaths should be provided on all roads. While planning for footpaths the preference should not be on vehicles. Ways and means should be found out to prevent the encroachments that often result due to wider footpaths.
Issues like whether footpaths should be at the road level or at a higher level, need to be addressed, he said. The symposium was organised jointly by PCMC, Pimpri-Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA) in association with Institute for Transportation and Development Policy ( ITDP) and GEHL associates.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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….
A masterpiece in the making
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: The traffic police have expressed the need to build a permanent road divider on the Indira Gandhi flyover at Pimpri to prevent people from flouting the one-way rule on its approach roads.
A letter asking the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to build the road divider will be sent shortly, said Manoj Patil, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).
Patil stated that the letter will be sent once the traffic police make an announcement about the one-way restrictions being permanent. He said that local residents had objected to the one-way plan in the first few weeks of July.
The traffic police began implementing the one-way on a trial basis at the beginning of July to reduce traffic congestion. The police put up barricades to enforce the one-way, due to which motorists coming from Chinchwad or Morwadi on the Pune-Mumbai highway have to take a detour via the Ambedkar junction.
People coming from Bhatnagar have to take a detour via the Ahilyabai Holkar junction to reach the hotel Gokul junction. However rickshaw drivers and two wheeler riders have moved the barricades aside to create gaps so that their vehicles can pass through them.
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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: 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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