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…

Government fast-tracks third corridor of Pune Metro
August 13, 2018

The construction of the third key corridor of the Pune metro - Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar - will soon be gaining steam. As per the official notification issued by the Urban Development Department, the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro corridor has been categorised as a ‘vital project’. The classification as a ‘vital important urban transport project’ means that the Collectorate will have to release the land, finances and other assistance required for the project within one month after the project gains momentum. This is the first public-private partnership (PPP) project under the current Metro policy. The expected cost of the project is around Rs 8,313 crore.…

PCMC Smart City plan to be tabled soon
August 13, 2018

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will soon present a proposal regarding the work to be done under the Smart City project. The authority plans to table it in front of the general body on August 20, 2018, and execute it under the public-private partnership (PPP) model. Aligning with the Smart City mission, PCMC plans to digitise the city by laying a 750 km optical fibre network, installing CCTV cameras at various traffic junctions, establishing 60 smart city kiosks, 270 Wi-Fi hotspots and 150 variable message displays. The message display facility will allow a real-time disbursal of information on traffic status, various key city issues and other emergency services. Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, shared that a corpus of Rs 593.67 crore has been allocated for the…

Pune residents oppose de-reservation of land
August 5, 2018

The Maharashtra government has withdrawn the reservation of around 3.8 lakh sq ft land for converting them into residential zones. The land was originally reserved for gardens, maternity homes and other civic amenities. The move has led the residents of areas such as Kothrud, Baner and Balewadi to express their displeasure. The citizens opposing the government's decision held a news conference and have planned to conduct a signature campaign.  The development plan for Baner and Balewadi, which was approved in 2008, reserved a few excluded portions. Residents claim that the number of reservations in the selected areas are already lesser than the ideal number. The de-reservation process will give augment the problems and the citizens will suffer due to poor development of amenities and infrastructure. The State government needs to ensure…

Land spanning 5.6 hectares reserved for Pune Metro
August 4, 2018

The Maharashtra cabinet has allocated 5.60 hectares of government land, worth Rs 153 crore, in Mauje-Balewadi for the construction of the first phase of Pune Metro. The project will be executed by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) in Balewadi for the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro corridor. The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model will be adopted for executing the first phase of the project, for which the final bidder can utilise the allocated land to raise funds and achieve financial viability for the project. The final bidder will be decided by the PMRDA, who will be responsible to generate 60 percent of the funds for the project, including 70 percent in debt and 30 percent in equity. The bidder quoting the lowest viability gap funding from the government will be finalised. A 20 percent viability gap funding for the…

Pune civic body to revamp smaller roads
August 3, 2018

After JM Road and FC Road, smaller roads in Pune are set to get a makeover with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) planning to revamp the link roads as per the Urban Street Guidelines. PMC will join hands with the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDL) for this project to execute these changes. The first road to get a makeover will be the Aundh-Baner Link Road. Under the project, more than 21.5 km of roads will be redesigned at an estimated cost of Rs 304 crore. According to Rajendra Jagtap, Chief Executive Officer, PSCDCL, the corporation along with other…

Pune to get two new metro corridors
July 18, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has asked the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (Maha-Metro) to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for two new metro corridors in the city. The new proposed routes will be extended from Ramwadi to Wagholi and Pune International Airport. The construction work on the Vanaz-Ramwadi corridor is already underway. The Vanaz-Ramwadi route is 14.665 km long elevated corridor, covering 16 stations. The route is expected to be completed in 2021.  Last year, a proposal to extend the Vanaz-Ramwadi route to Wagholi was tabled considering the increased traffic. Yogesh Mulik, Chairman, Standing Committee, has informed that…

Pune civic body set to extend building regularisation deadline
July 16, 2018

The drive started by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on January 2018 to regularise unauthorised properties falling within its PMC limits has received an average response with only 75 property owners registering for it so far. According to officials of the civic body, the scheme was launched following the State government's orders. The civic body is now considering to extend the six month deadline which is set to expire in July, thus giving more time to property owners to apply. It is to be noted that most of the proposals have been rebuffed due to technical reasons, while some are still…

Pune Authority to extend Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar metro corridor
July 7, 2018

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has announced the extension of the Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar Metro route till Hadapsar. The development authority has asked the Delhi metro rail corporation (DMRC) to draft a detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed extended route. Kiran Gitte, Commissioner, PMRDA, has informed that considering the commuters' demand for a metro rail from Hadapsar area, the Authority has decided to extend the metro corridor. Moreover, Hadapsar is one of the busiest corridors. PMRDA will start the construction work on the Shivajinagar to Hadapsar Metro route in the second phase of the Pune Metro project.…

MahaRERA tightens vigil on unregistered projects
July 5, 2018

The Maharashtra real estate regulatory authority (MahaRERA) has tightened the noose on local authorities in a bid to ensure registration of leftover projects in the State. So far, nearly 16,000 projects have been registered under MahaRERA. Through its letters to 85 authorities including municipal commissioners and collectors, MahaRERA has asked for a survey of realty projects and a report on the unregistered projects. In May this year, MahaRERA completed one year of its enforcement, and authorities announced that they will now primarily focus on the unregistered projects in the State. Registrations were received majorly from the established cities; however, they…

Pimpri Chinchwad civic body collects Rs 181 cr property tax in Apr-Jun
July 4, 2018

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has generated a total of Rs 181.68 crore as property tax during the first quarter of the current financial year, ending June 2018. The civic body has offered several schemes and offers to 1.72 lakh taxpayers. About 14,000 taxpayers have been benefitted from all announced schemes. The municipal corporation has offered concessions worth Rs 10.92 crore. Last year, the PCMC had collected Rs 187.46 crore as tax during the same period with concessions worth Rs 10 crore. Dilip Gawde, Joint Commissioner and Chief of the Property Tax Department, has informed that lack of knowledge about…

PMC general body authorises drafting of DP for merged villages
July 3, 2018

Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC’s) general body has authorised drafting of the Development Plan (DP) for the villages merged with it. The inspection of properties and reservations at the ground level for the DP will start soon. According to a senior official, the process to draft DP will commence formally once the local self-governing body along with the improvement and standing committee gives a green signal. A coordinating team will also be formed to conduct the hearings. The official added that approval from the general body means that the actual and proposed land use can now be defined. Spaces for public…

PMRDA orders Lavasa to upgrade master plan
June 29, 2018

Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has ordered Lavasa Corporation to amend its master plan in accordance to the State’s hill station policy. The Corporation will first have to submit a draft plan suggesting alterations in the regulations, according to which rectifications will be done. The sectoral maps will be prepared subsequently, and approval shall be granted only after modifications. Lavasa was developed under the Hill Station Policy after the State government realised the development potential of the large tracts of land which could also help decongest the hill stations of Mahabaleshwar and Matheran. On November 26,1996 the government framed…

Pune authority approves draft plan of Mahalunge-Mann township
June 26, 2018

The Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) has approved the draft development plan for the Mahalunge-Mann town planning scheme. The approval was given as per the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act. With this approval, roadwork can be initiated, informs PMRDA officials. The final development plan of the town planning scheme, which is spread over 250 hectares is expected to be tabled and sanctioned within six months. Kiran Gitte, Chief, PMRDA, has stated that the Authority will convert all the land from agricultural to non-agricultural. The township will include residential complexes, commercial hubs and other infrastructure facilities. As per the draft…

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