Pune civic body slashes penalty on illegal properties
November 30, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to reduce the penalty amount levied for the regularisation of illegal properties in the city. The move is anticipated to provide relief to owners of such properties. Now, unauthorised properties with an area less than 1,000 sq ft would need to pay 1.5 times of the tax as a penalty. Earlier, the penalty was three times of the tax. Officials have shared that the move will encourage owners of illegal properties to come forward and get such properties regularised. It was found that owners of unauthorised properties were not active in regularisation of…

Pune civic body to utilise grazing lands for PMAY projects
November 27, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is planning to utilise around 35 hectares of unused grazing land for the construction of affordable houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). The identified grazing land parcels are located in the fringes of civic body limits. The unused grazing land includes 11 villages that were merged into the city limits in 2017. Officials have shared that the major portion of the grazing land is falling under the Haveli tehsil jurisdiction of the district collectorate. The Pune civic body had allocated the municipal land for the development of 6,264 budget houses under the housing scheme.…

Pune civic body to construct over 6,000 PMAY houses
November 21, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will construct over 6,000 houses in various parts of the city under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). The affordable housing project will be developed on the plots reserved for such housing projects in areas of Kharadi, Hadapsar and Vadgaon. Prashant Waghmare, City Engineer, PMC, has shared that the civic body has announced the development of 6,264 houses under the scheme. The dwelling units will be built for the economically weaker sections (EWS), low income groups (LIGs) and middle-income groups (MIGs). The allotment of homes will be carried out through a lottery system, and the…

Pune to makeover railways infrastructure
November 3, 2018

Rail infrastructure in Pune is set to get an overhaul as the Pune railway division has undertaken work on enhancing the infrastructure of smaller stations while simultaneously emphasising on improvising the amenities available at the Pune railway station. The railway division has already carried out platform extension work on Kadethan railway station, Manjari Budruk railway station and Khutbav railway station. According to Manoj Jhawar, official spokesperson of Pune railway division, Khutbav railway station’s platform extension work is nearing completion while work on the other two stations is still in progress. One of the three railway platform extension works undertaken at…

PMC proposes provisions for PMAY projects in its annual budget
October 29, 2018

Contemplating the soaring prices of construction material on account of increasing fuel prices, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has sought for budgetary provisions for the flagship Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) of the Central government. The civic body, in a proposal tabled in the City Improvement Committee, has said that the Central Selection and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) finalises the cost of the property at the time of sanctioning the projects. Hike in petrol and diesel prices, however, lead to a surge in the prices of construction materials. This means that the fee of the contractor along with the consultants would…

MahaRERA initiates proceedings against 120 Pune and Mumbai-based developers
October 27, 2018

According to the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) Chairman, Gautam Chatterjee, as of May 2018, the regulatory authority has identified as many as 300 ongoing projects in Mumbai and Pune which had not obtained the required approvals from the concerned agencies during their development stage. The developers did not pay heed to the repeated requests made by MahaRERA and refused to register their projects with the State regulator, following which action was initiated against them. Of the 300 projects, the Authority is currently hearing cases against 120. The hearing on the remaining will commence soon. Chatterjee added that the…

Bombay HC asks Pimpri Chinchwad body to submit report on illegal units
October 26, 2018

The Bombay High Court has directed the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to submit an affidavit describing the measures adopted to demolish the illegal constructions under its limits from October 1, 2018 onwards. The decision was made considering a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a social worker for the same. Rajan Patil, Joint City Engineer, PCMC, has shared that a total of 221 illegal structures, having a total area of 1, 23, 319 sq ft, have been demolished from June to September 30, 2018. The civic body had issued 893 notices to owners of such properties. Between October 2016…

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…

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…

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