PMRDA grants four month extension for authorisation of illegal structures
June 23, 2018

The deadline for regularisation of unauthorised structures has been extended by Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) under its jurisdiction. The earlier time limit was June 21, which is now extended by four months till October, according to a new directive issued by PMRDA vice-president and Pune guardian minister, Girish Bapat. Post a review meeting on Monday, Girish Bapat decided to extend the deadline to October 31. PMRDA officials shared that they have received around 450 applications for regularisation and have decided to extend the deadline by four months so that the residents can submit important documents for legalisation of…

World’s largest Hyperloop demo track to be built in Pune
June 22, 2018

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has announced that the world's largest demonstration track for Hyperloop technology will be developed in Pune at an estimated cost of Rs 3000 crore. The demonstration track will be 15 km long. The track will run between Wakad and the Gahunje Stadium, informs Kiran Gitte, Commissioner, PMRDA. The demonstration track is expected to be completed in two-three years. Virgin Hyperloop One will develop a high-speed hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune. The development authority is supplying land for the project, while Virgin Hyperloop One will provide 100 percent investment. Once the project is completed,…

MahaRERA scans 500 projects in Pune violating norms
June 20, 2018

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), Pune bench, has identified 500 real estate projects violated norms provisioned under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). Officials have shared that it is mandatory for all registered developers with registered ongoing projects to update information about the completion status and the number of units sold, as per the Section 11 under RERA. Violation of this norm will attract a penalty of five percent of the estimated cost of the project. FD Jadhav, Deputy Secretary, MahaRERA, Pune, has stated that about 500 registered projects in Pune have failed to update information…

Pune: 20-foot overbridges set to be built on PPP model
June 17, 2018

The technical committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is discussing a proposal regarding the construction of 20-foot overbridges in the city. The proposal states that these facilities will be built on public-private partnership (PPP) basis. The locations for the development of overbridges have been finalised, and the bridges will help the pedestrians cross congested roads safely. A civic official shared that once the technical committee approves the proposal, it will then be sent to the standing committee and after being accepted, the tenders will be issued. A senior official further shared that commuting has become a hassle for residents…

PCMC begins construction of parallel road in Pimpri
June 15, 2018

In a bid to reduce traffic congestion on the Pune-Mumbai highway, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has commenced constructing a road parallel to the railway tracks in Pimpri. Part of the city’s Development Plan (DP), the upcoming road will cut down travel time from Pimprigaon and Pimpri camp to Kasarwadi. According to BJP corporator Asha Shedge, construction work on Swargate-Pimpri Metro route is underway in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. The civic body has also closed two lanes of grade separator for vehicular traffic to allow MahaMetro to construct pillars for the metro viaduct which has increased traffic on the…

Work on Shivajinagar-Swargate underground corridor to commence soon
June 10, 2018

The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MahaMetro) has invited bids for the 5-km long underground corridor of the Pune Metro rail. The underground route will connect agriculture college in Shivajinagar and Swargate. Officials have shared that the State's metro authority would complete the project in two phases. The tenders for the first phase, including the construction of tunnels between agriculture college and the northern end of Budhwar Peth station, and design and construction of Civil Court and Shivajinagar stations has been floated. Phase-I includes the development of the two metro stations and a tunnel crossing the Mutha river after the Civil…

Pune civic body drafts development plan for 11 merged villages
June 6, 2018

The civic administration of Pune has started working on the development plan (DP) for the recently merged 11 villages of the city. A 15-member team established by the municipal commissioner will go through the current land use, public amenity spaces in new areas, provisions for roads and expansion of residential areas in an efficient manner. The study is anticipated to run for a year and a preliminary plan will be drafted based on the outcome. The draft prepared shall now be sent for approval to the state government. The team is headed by the city engineer and includes members from PMC’s various departments. In October 2017, these 11 villages situated in the periphery were officially…

Pune civic body proposes policy to stop fencing walls in housing complexes
May 30, 2018

From now onwards, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) would not build any fencing wall to safeguard housing societies or slums from the possible flooding of rivers. A policy for the same is being considered after the civic body received flak from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Bombay High Court. The civic body’s plan is also the result of various complaints regarding encroachment on water bodies. In some instances, housing societies and slum dwellers have started asserting the land till the fencing wall during the redevelopment work. The proposal further stated that the outlay of prevailing walls will be recuperated…

Pune civic body recovers property tax worth Rs 357 crore
May 22, 2018

The property tax department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has collected property tax worth Rs 357 crore between April 1 and May 20. Over 50 percent of the total tax was collected via online routes. More than 1.79 lakh taxpayers have paid the tax so far and more than 4 lakh property owners have to still pay the tax.  PMC has to collect Rs 1862 crore to achieve its target for the current fiscal 2018-2019. Last year, the civic body earned an amount close to Rs 1,200 crore through property tax collections but failed to meet the target. The target this year has been reduced as compared to last year. A senior PMC official said that they are tempting the people to pay tax before May end as the civic body offers a discount for the prompt payment. There…

Pune authority launches online building approval system
May 21, 2018

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has launched the Online Building Planning Approval System (OBPAS). For this, a training workshop was conducted with an aim to create awareness among builders about how to get the building approvals online. Kiran Gitte, Commissioner, PMRDA, has stated that the new Development Control Regulations (DCR) would be integrated into the system. A permanent ‘OBPAS Help Desk’ will be started for detailed information about the online system at the PMRDA office. Officials have shared that the new online system will make the entire building plan approval process transparent and efficient. Owners can now avail…

Pune signs MoU with Singapore for drafting development plan
May 19, 2018

Pune state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Enterprise Singapore on Wednesday to formulate a development plan for PMRDA (Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority). The development plan will focus on covering the region of 7,357 sq km. Kiran Gitte, PMRDA’s metropolitan commissioner, S Iswaran, Singapore’s minister in-charge of trade relations and few urban development department officials along with guardian minister Girish Bapat were present during the signing of MoU. The approval of draft is projected in two years and it will be prepared in 10 months. An entity will be nominated by the Singapore government to…

Pune civic body to publish details of illegal properties online soon
May 13, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will soon upload details of all illegal properties within the limit on its official site. The civic body will also put the illegal units based in the newly-merged 11 villages falling under the jurisdiction of PMC. PMC had identified over 6000 constructions in the city, till now. The decision was taken considering the rampant rise in the development of illegal buildings in urban areas. Developers build buildings without gaining complete approvals. With uploading information about illegal properties online, homebuyers will not be cheated or duped. It has been observed that buyers generally remain skeptical that…

Maharashtra proposes upgradation plan for smaller airports to AAI
May 11, 2018

The state cabinet has forwarded the final proposal for upgradation of the state's smaller airports to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The proposal includes extension of runways and construction of infrastructure in collaboration with the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) Limited for five airports — Akola, Jalna, Aurangabad, Kolhapur and Pune. The upgradation work is being taken up under the union government funded Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN)-Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) which guarantees to enhance infrastructure at 44 airports across India. According to senior officials of the MADC, the state government has already given nod to the development…

Pune civic body to enforce DC rules to curb illegal construction
May 4, 2018

Illegal constructions is Pune will possibly be curbed in the merged villages as the Development Control (DC) rules for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) areas will be implemented in the newly added 11 hamlets. According to a PMC official, a notification has been issued by the state ordering the civic administration to enforce the existing DC rules in its extended limits. While the villages were merged last year, construction work continued unchecked. The civic body will now be able to check the constructions, especially the illegal ones. The state had planned to merge 34 villages falling within the PMC limits.…

Pune: NOCs must for any construction along metro
April 24, 2018

The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MahaMetro) has mandated to acquire no-objection certificates (NOCs) for redevelopment and construction of projects within 20m of the Metro rail corridor and stations on both sides in Pune. Officials have shared that the decision to obtain NOCs was taken to avoid any mishaps during the construction of the Metro project. There is a provision under the Metro Act to mandate obtaining NOCs for any construction along the metro corridor. Officials have further stated that the NOCs will be granted to the Pune Municipal Corporation, not individuals. In Pune, the civic body approached the metro rail…

Pune: Seven developers to build 6,415 budget homes under PPP model
April 16, 2018

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) will develop over 6000 affordable houses on a public-private-partnership (PPP) model. These budget homes will be constructed as the first phase of the affordable housing scheme. The Pune Authority will construct 50,000 affordable houses by 2020. Officials have shared that seven private developers have been selected to construct affordable units. A total of 6,415 houses under the affordable housing scheme on the PPP basis will be built. This is the State’s first PPP model in affordable housing. Kiran Gitte, Chief, PMRDA, has stated that the authority has received a positive response from the…

MahaMetro to issue tender for 5-km underground route in Pune
April 14, 2018

The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MahaMetro) will soon issue tender for a 5-km long underground section on the Pimpri-Swargate Metro corridor. The project is estimated to incur around Rs 2500 crore. Officials have shared that the construction work is likely to be commenced by June 2018. Brijesh Dixit, Chief, MahaMetro, has informed that 45 days time would be given to bidders to participate once the tenders are issued. The bidding process will be open to all native and foreign companies. Recently, the Central Government allocated Rs 1,322 crore for the Pune Metro Project. MahaMetro is constructing two metro corridors including…

Stamp and registration department in Pune goes cashless
April 10, 2018

Under Digital India Programme, the stamp and registration department has introduced an electronic payment system for document handling charges in Pune. With this, the department will go cashless. Officials have stated that the cashless facility will be replicated in other parts of the state from May 1, 2018 onwards. Chandrakant Patil, Revenue Minister, Maharashtra, has introduced the facility. For a while, the department had been accepting registration and stamp duty charges through e-payment, however, offices under IGR were dealing in cash payment for document handling charges. With the e-payment facility being launched, all IGR offices will go cashless. e-payment would…

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