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.

PCMC In 25 Years – A Fast Forward Into The Future

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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.
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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).
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.
WORLD-CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE
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

PCMC To Issue Show Cause Notice To Contractor

PUNE: The contractor responsible for cutting down trees and shrubs on the Pune-Mumbai highway near Alfa Laval in Kasarwadi will be served a show cause notice by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Monday.
“Shrubs and small trees planted by the garden department to beautify the Pune-Mumbai highway have been cut without permission,” said Suresh Salunke, chief of the PCMC’s garden department. “The show cause notice will be issued to the contractor after PCMC offices open on Monday.”
According to Salunke, “The contractor has removed a 30 m-long road divider between the service road and the concrete lanes of the Pune-Mumbai highway, near Alfa Laval. It was removed to create a new exit point for vehicles on the concrete lanes to access the service road since the construction of a flyover at Nashik Phata is in progress. The contractor should have taken the permission of the garden department and the tree authority before cutting down the trees and plants. He was told to take permission regarding this but he still went ahead and cut them down.
“Action will be taken against the contractor under provisions of the Maharashtra Urban Areas Tree Act 1975,” said Salunke. “A fine of Rs 5,000 can be imposed on the violator and a case can also be lodged against him.”
Nandkumar Saturdekar, former member of the PCMC’s Tree Authority stressed the need for maintaining the green cover of the township. “The trees and greenery in the industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad needs to be protected to withstand the effects of rapid urbanisation like pollution.”

The Real Estate Magic of Integrated Residential Projects

When you are setting out to purchase the home you always dreamed of and saved for, you obviously wanted something more than just an orphaned, anonymous set of walls in some congested city center. The problem is, that’s all that most residential projects in India offer these days. There is a lot more to the perfect home than good construction, layout and fittings – a residential property needs supporting social and physical infrastructure to become a suitable home. Moreover, the beleaguered city dweller’s heart yearns for the sight of greenery, open spaces and fresh air.
After all, we want our children to grow up in better conditions than we possibly experienced at their age…
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In Pune, integrated townships have been seen as the answer to these requirements. However, land constraints, zoning laws and the budgetary considerations that govern property buyers in many areas often do not make the integrated township model feasible.
A more practical and feasible alternative is Integrated Residential Projects. Like integrated townships, this more compact and serviceable model offers home buyers everything they need for a comfortable and healthy lifestyle. Children have enough room to play in, and both they and their parents are free from the stress, noise and pollution of central urban life. Such projects have schools, shopping and entertainment facilities, healthcare and easy access to public transport.
Also (very importantly) they are a boon to people who wish to live in a non-urban environment while attending to their jobs in the workplace catchments of the city. They get a dream location, excellent infrastructure and a lot more.
Residential real estate investors, on their part, can capitalize on the higher demand – and therefore the higher ROI (returns on investment) that such properties offer. The higher investment potential of homes in integrated residential projects stems from the fact that they are self-sufficient and self-sustaining. A direct outcome of this is that the resale value of such properties is as good as immune to market volatility. Because of the diversified nature of such projects, they represent a very low risk to property investors, even while they benefit from the larger upside potential despite low entry costs.
Builders who cater to the demand for integrated residential projects face quite few challenges. After all, they have to provide the advantages of integrated townships while having to forgo the considerable incentives that the Indian Government offers for the development of larger townships. Therefore, the initial capital required is extremely steep – right from land acquisition to the providing of physical and social infrastructure.
The integrated residential project concept is just beginning to emerge on the Indian real estate landscape. One of the areas where it has been successfully implemented is Pune’s sister city – the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. One of the primary reasons for the success of the integrated residential projects in the PCMC areas of Pradhikaran and Ravet is the fact that these are located very close to vital workplace hubs such as the MIDC and Hinjewadi, Pune’s software hub. This, coupled with the advantages of having ‘everything inside’, has contributed to the demand for homes in such projects.
Anil Pharande is President of CREDAI PCMC and Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops ultra-modern integrated residential projects in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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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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PCMC Uses Water From Purification Plant To Water Gardens

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is making optimum use of its water resources as it ensures that waste water generated at the purification plant in Nigdi does not go down the drain, but is used for gardening purpose.
Around 3.5 MLD (million litres per day) or 35 lakh litres of water is used for gardening purposes at the Durga Devi hills and 12 other gardens in the nearby areas.  The PCMC draws 380 MLD water from Ravet and treats it at the water purification plant at Nigdi.
According to civic officials, the waste water from the purification plant at Nigdi is nothing but backwash water which is highly muddy and is not potable. At the water purification plant, there are 40 filter beds containing sand through which the water is passed for filtration.
Incidentally, the Pune Municipal Corporation is also working on a plan to recycle backwash water from the Parvati Water Works. Around 35 MLD water would be recycled and used, say civic officials.
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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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PCMC Tells Irrigation Dept To Mark Floodlines On Development Plan

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has asked the state irrigation department to mark floodlines of the Pavana, Indrayani and Mula rivers on the city development plan. The corporation would send the revised plan to the state government for approval.
The development plan of Pimpri-Chinchwad was approved by the state government in 1995. However, 18 villages were merged with the PCMC in 1997. The process for approval of the development plan of the merged villages is still going on.
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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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