Environmentalists raise concerns regarding 4 FSI along Pune metro
October 20, 2018

The Pune administration’s decision to grant up to four Floor Space Index (FSI) along the Shivajinagar-Hinjewadi Metro stretch has drawn flak from environmental activists who claim that the move would permit 11,040 hectares of FSI and would put additional pressure on water and basic infrastructure of the city. Senior urban planner, Anita Gokhale, said that the government has not conducted any study to find the estimated area that will come under Shivajinagar-Hinjewadi Metro stretch and the density of population and the additional water supply that will be required to serve people staying in these regions. The proposal was to permit…

Pune civic body to construct over 16,000 PMAY houses
October 15, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will be constructing over 16,000 houses in different urban areas under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Officials have shared that the construction of about 6,000 housing units under the scheme will begin by the end of October. Moreover, the Corporation will develop more than 10,000 housing units in areas such as Wadgaon Sheri, Mundhwa and Yerawada on a public-private partnership (PPP) model. Till date, the civic body has received 14 proposals for the housing projects under PMAY. The municipal corporation is anticipating more applications for development of budget homes under PMAY. The Corporation will…

Pune Board to serve notices to lease renewal defaulters
October 11, 2018

The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) will be sending notices to 18 defaulters that have not paid the lease amount for the last several years. As of now, the Board has received only 13 cases out of the 151 lease renewal cases. The specified properties are located in areas such as Ghorpadi Bazaar, Sachapir Street, VP Street, Mochi Mohalla, Dastur Meher Road, MG Road, New Modi Khana, Bhimpura, Dwyer Lane, Meher Mohalla, and Wanowrie Tannery. Prithi Singh, President, PCB, has directed the officials to initiate a stern action against the violators. The 99-year lease had expired a few years back, despite…

Chandigarh: Owners of demolished units near Airport seek compensation
October 10, 2018

Property owners of demolished properties in the vicinity of Chandigarh International Airport have demanded compensation from the State government as they have all the legal and authorised documents of their properties. Owners have shared that their properties were approved by the concerned Authority and claimed of paying property taxes since 2015. After the High Court’s order to ban construction activities within a 100 m radius of the Chandigarh International Airport, as many as nine structures were demolished. The owners have furthered questioned the working of the civic body in respect to the approval of building plans and the registered ownership. Further, the owners have alleged that even after paying the taxes, the structures have been declared as illegal by the…

Pune: Aadhaar card made mandatory for PMAY projects
October 8, 2018

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has made Aadhaar card mandatory to avail the benefits under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Officials have shared that there are nearly 30,000 beneficiaries that have been identified to avail the benefits under the scheme. Under PMRDA’s jurisdiction, there are around 15 housing projects that will be developed under public-private partnership (PPP) model. The detailed project report (DPR) of the project is being prepared for the same. Pravin Deore, Additional Commissioner, PMRDA, has shared that over a dozen developers will construct around 28,000 houses under PMAY. About 14,000 will be constructed for the…

Pune authority to form panels to expedite redevelopment of old buildings
September 26, 2018

To expedite the redevelopment of housing projects, the Pune District Cooperative Federation will establish a committee comprising of architects, advocates, chartered accountants and certified auditors. In Pune, there are over 7,000 housing projects that have been lined up for redevelopment. The Federation will form an independent panel to overview the redevelopment progress of all the identified societies. As per official data, there are around 16,000 registered co-operative societies in Pune. Suhas Patwardhan, President, Pune District Cooperative Federation, has shared that the residents of several old housing societies have expressed interest in redevelopment. Due to lack of professional architects, project management…

Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar metro corridor receives final nod
September 24, 2018

The Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) Ministry has given a final nod for the development of the third corridor of the Pune Metro, running from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar . The 23.3 km-long corridor will have 23 stations and is expected to ease travel in areas falling within the limits of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), PMRDA, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).   Estimated to cost Rs 8,313 crore, the project will be developed in two phases. At first, the section between Hinjewadi and Balewadi will be developed. The metro rail project will be implemented by…

Pune Authority demolishes illegal properties in Wagholi, Mulshi
September 14, 2018

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has demolished over 19,000 sq m of illegal multi-storeyed constructions in Wagholi and Mulshi areas. The move was taken after the order of the Bombay High Court refusing to invoke a stay order in the favour of illegal buildings. Kiran Gitte, Commissioner, PMRDA, has shared the Authority had issued several notices to owners of illegal properties, but no owner followed it. It has been observed that the owners intended to obtain stay orders against demolition. To achieve this, a petition was filed by the owners back in April 2018. Following the HC’s directive,…

Pune civic body confiscates properties due to non-payment of rent
September 3, 2018

The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) and the city's public transport utility body have initiated strict action against the tenants for non-payments of rent. The city's public transport body has confiscated properties of five tenants who have been directed to make the payments of arrears at the earliest. While initiating action towards the defaulters, notices were served to every tenant directing them to make payment of the arrears and renew the contract. The PMPML did not receive any feedback from the tenants about the notices, following which the authority initiated the process of sealing the properties. The rent arrears…

PMRDA to ensure Lavasa Master Plan accords to hill station policy
September 3, 2018

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has ordered Lavasa Corporation to adhere to the rules as per the State’s hill station policy. The Lavasa Corporation is facing a cash crunch. The corporation is facing insolvency proceedings as the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has admitted a plea by the creditors of the debt-ridden firm. Under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), a corporate insolvency resolution process has been initiated against the Lavasa Corporation. Kiran Gitte, PMRDA Chief, shared, that since it is a financial issue and not a planning issue, Lavasa or the next chosen promoter taking over the…

PMC’s approval mandatory for construction in TOD zones
August 30, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will now be the sole authority granting permissions for constructions in the Transit-oriented Development (TOD) zones along the Metro corridor. As per the law, only the local governing body retains the right to grant such permissions. In Pune, PMC is the only planning authority that is present for regulation of the municipal limits. Thus, the right of granting building permissions solely vests with PMC. This means that other authorities like MAHA Metro and Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) cannot participate in granting the building permission for Metro corridors within the PMC limits. The transit-oriented…

Pune and other 25 Smart Cities to execute town planning schemes
August 27, 2018

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs issued a directive to execute town planning schemes or local area-based plans on a pilot basis in 25 cities under the Smart City mission. Pune has also been included in the same project. As per the directive, the State governments will ensure the preparation of the redevelopment plan through local area planning (LAP); and urban expansion through town plan schemes (TPS). It will further monitor the physical and financial processes. The area for the TPS can range from 50 to 500 hectares, and LAPs need to be constructed to enhance public spaces. An…

Pune Municipal body gives nod to new IT parks in the city
August 24, 2018

In a bid to boost the Information Technology (IT) industry, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has given the nod to IT zones in Aundh, Baner, Balewadi and Kharadi. With this, the city is set to get 1 lakh sq ft of additional space for IT parks. According to the officials of the civic body, while Kharadi is anticipated to witness nearly 60 lakh sq ft of construction, Aundh, Baner and Balewadi will see around 40 lakh sq ft of new IT space. Industry stalwarts claim that around 1 lakh new job opportunities will be created by the development of these parks.…

Pune to levy 8 percent TDR on biodiversity park land
August 20, 2018

The Maharashtra government allowed Pune Municipal Corporation to acquire land in bio-diversity park (BDP) zones. The land will be acquired in 23 villages, and the landowners will be offered an eight percent transfer of development rights (TDR). The 23 villages constitute about 978 hectares of BDP area out of which about 124 hectares belong to the government and the remaining to private owners. Significant areas where BDP land exists include Bavdhan, Sinhagad Road, Baner, Bibvewadi and Kondhwa. The PMC expects a generation of 40 hectare TDR from about 500 hectare privately-owned land. The State urban development department took this step…

Pune civic body to raze flyover for metro project
August 17, 2018

To make room for Phase-II of the Pune Metro from Shivajinagar to Balewadi, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) will raze the flyover at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and replace it with a new three-layered bridge. While level one of the new bridge will cater to light vehicles/two-wheelers, level two will accommodate high capacity mass transit. Level three will be designated to the upcoming metro running up to Balewadi. The overall estimated cost of the project is Rs 250 crore. By constructing the new flyover, the government intends to end traffic woes in the congested Aundh and Baner region.…

PMC proposes amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters
August 16, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has proposed an amnesty scheme to provide relief to the property taxpayers who may be burdened by the tax penalties. The PMC charges two percent penalty per month, which means a penalty of 24 percent every year. As per the PMC data, there are 8.3 lakh properties in the city. Out of these around one lakh are commercial properties, and seven lakh are residential. There are around 29,000 open plots. Bhaiyyasaheb Jadhav from PMC shared that due to various reasons citizens often fail to pay the tax, but they do not do it intentionally. Since…

Pune tops the list of most liveable cities in India
August 15, 2018

According to a report released by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, titled ‘Ease of Living Index’, Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai have emerged as the top three most liveable cities in India, while Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, Kohima in Nagaland and Patna in Bihar were at the bottom of the list. The survey was conducted in 111 cities across the country on four different metrics — governance and physical, social and economic infrastructure. Other cities that made it to the list of the 10 most liveable cities in India are Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Chandigarh,…

BRTS to commence on Pune-Mumbai Highway
August 13, 2018

The Bombay High Court has granted the permission to start the Bus Rapid Transit System( BRTS) along the Pune-Mumbai highway. Eknath Pawar, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s leader, shared that they will carry out minor repairs like fixing the damaged barricades and repainting of signage before the BRTS route is thrown open to the public. The project is expected to ease daily travel between Mumbai and Pune.   The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) is authorised to deploy traffic wardens at chows, merging points and pedestrian crossings. Necessary infrastructure has already been created on the route by PCMC. Earlier, the…

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