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    GETTING TO THE ROOT CAUSE

    Pune Mirror / Updated: Aug 26, 2021, 09:49 IST

    PIC: MANOJ BIDKAR

    BEYOND WORDS

    Pune used to pride itself on being one of the greenest metro cities in India. Trees play an important role to maintain the eco-balance and green cover around the city, but without adequate consideration, trees in the urban environment could potentially cause damage to the sidewalks and paver blocks. As seen in pictures by the Mirror lensman, the 2-km stretch from CoEP to Sangamwadi has seen many tree roots making their way out of the paver blocks, causing the footpath to get uneven. If not maintained, tree roots are strong enough to cause cracks and damage to the pavements and curbs.

    Lack of planning and care can be attributed to the footpath becoming almost inaccessible to the pedestrians and the local residents have demanded the corporator to look into the matter and get it repaired.

    PICS: MANOJ BIDKAR








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      Give the trees propwr space to breathe. Concretization is not an answer to everything.. u concrete every space and ur city will turn into mumbai in monsoon.. completely flooded..

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    Pune civic body to start gunthewari regularisation from next week

    “A meeting with the state minister for urban development, Eaknath Shinde, was held recently. A proposal regarding regularisation was approved and orders were issued accordingly. The civic body will start implementing this scheme from the next week,” Prithviraj Sutar, the leader of Shiv Sena in the PMC, said.
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    • September 08, 2021, 09:51 IST

    PUNE: The civic body would implement the new gunthewari regularisation scheme from the next week.

    “A meeting with the state minister for urban development, Eaknath Shinde, was held recently. A proposal regarding regularisation was approved and orders were issued accordingly. The civic body will start implementing this scheme from the next week,” Prithviraj Sutar, the leader of Shiv Sena in the PMC, said.

    A delegation of Sena leaders met the minister in Mumbai earlier this week. They raised the pending civic issues with him. Sutar said according to the earlier policy, TDR could be used for construction along six-metre roads. It should be restarted. Many small property owners would benefit from the move. It was a key demand of the delegation, he said.

    He said the existing rules giving priority to local residents must be followed strictly during the recruitment process for the Metro rail project. A meeting regarding a recruitment drive would be conducted next week. The demand for implementing the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for the civic employees was also raised.







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      Know Your City: Jangli Maharaj Road

      Written by Dipanita Nath | Pune | Updated: September 12, 2021 9:07:21 am



      At JM road, Pune (Express Photo: Arul Horizon/File)

      In 1972, Maharashtra recorded one of the worst droughts in its history. The next year, however, it rained so heavily that many places got flooded. In Pune, the water swept through several districts, turning the city’s potholed streets into danger zones. At the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), 21-year-old corporator Shrikant Shirole confronted the city engineer. “When I asked why things were so grim in Pune but not in Mumbai, which had also experienced rainfall, I was told that they had a new technology called Hot Mix Plant. Recondo, a company run by two Parsi brothers, was using this process. The next time I travelled to Mumbai, I made it a point to meet the heads of Recondo at their Panvel office and asked them to visit Pune,” says Shirole, who was the Chairman of the PMC Standing Committee.

      In a controversial move, the Committee awarded the work for redoing one of the pothole-ridden stretches, the Jangli Maharaj Road, directly to the Mumbai firm. “If you want to buy something good, you don’t go for tenders because you focus on quality and not price. All 12 Committee members were with me on this decision,” says Shirole. The company gave a written warranty to the PMC that the road would not develop any problem for 10 years “or they would repair it for free”.

      The revamped 2.5 km stretch of the Jangli Maharaj Road became the widest street at the time and, to this day, remains a hallmark of civil engineering. Express Photo: Arul Horizon/File)

      The revamped 2.5 km stretch of the Jangli Maharaj Road became the widest street at the time and, to this day, remains a hallmark of civil engineering. “The warranty period was from January 1, 1976, when the road opened, to December 31, 1985, but the quality of work was such that JM Road remained in good condition even 35 years later,” says Shirole. It was only in 2013 that repairs were found necessary. To tar the road, Recondo was given a budget of Rs 15 lakh at a time when gold price was Rs 200 per tola (it is Rs 50,000 per tola at present). Petrol cost 80 paise per litre.

      Before Recondo got to work, JM Road was an ordinary tar road dotted with potholes. “It was in a pathetic condition,” says Shirole. Based on its width, the earlier generation referred to it as the 80-feet Road before the stretch was named after the Jangli Maharaj whose temple is located there.

      “The history of Jangli Maharaj is an enigma with different versions of his past. He was a spiritual figure who was often found in the vicinity of the Rokadoba temple, which can still be seen in Shivajinagar,” says Sandeep Godbole, an IT professional and chronicler of Pune.

      “There are multiple stories about Jangli Maharaj. Some say he was related to the family of Rani Lakshmi Bai and came from near Baroda, others believe that he was from Karnataka. Yet another version has it that he was a Muslim by birth. It is also thought that he had participated in the first war of Independence in 1857. It is not easy to determine which version is accurate. What remains undisputed is that he was respected and popular among his disciples,” says Sandeep Godbole, an IT professional and chronicler of Pune.

      Cars were rare back then, so the stretch was mostly used by cyclists. “Pune was known as the city of cyclists at that time,” says Shirole. It was a two-way stretch until August 2009 when JM Road and the parallel FC Road were made one-way to ease traffic. The move impacted shops and eateries such as Modern Cafe, Hotel Sapna and Shiv Sagar, though it continues to be a buzzing hangout.

      The stretch is dotted with historic landmarks such as the Pataleshwar caves, an 8th-century temple which is said to be carved out of a single rock and is dedicated to the God of the Underworld, and the Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje Garden which was built in 1952. The towering bronze statue of Rani Lakshmi Bai was installed in 1958 to commemorate a century of the 1857 war.

      On October 8, 1962, the foundation stone for the Bal Gandharva Ranga Mandir was laid by the doyen of music himself. “He was not in good health and was brought to the dais where he sang a bhajan,” says eminent theatre director Satish Alekar. The driving forces behind the hall were PL Deshpande and Sunitabai Deshpande, who had observed halls across the world. “When the construction was complete in 1968, the auditorium was a modern proscenium air-conditioned theatre with a huge acting area. Its wing space was one of the best in India. The foyer was so large that people could come out without feeling the crowd,” says Alekar. “It was a very up-to-date space,” he adds. The same could be said for the road on which it stands.











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        Three held for bid to extort Rs 1 lakh from builder: Pimpri Chinchwad police

        TNN / Updated: Sep 13, 2021, 05:58 IST





        PUNE: The Pimpri Chinchwad police on Sunday arrested a 46-year-old farmer and his two sons on the charge of demanding extortion of Rs1 lakh from a builder. The builder, in his complaint, stated that the trio were harassing him for the past five months and extorted Rs75,000 from two of his contractors.

        Sunil Bhadane, sub-inspector of the Dighi police, said, “The suspects, Satyawan Tapkir and his sons Akash (25) and Sagar (23) have been remanded to police custody for three days.”

        “The trio was compelling him to purchase all the required material from them. When the complainant did not pay heed to them, the suspects threatened his contractors and took Rs 75,000 from them,” Bhadane said. He said the suspects then demanded Rs1 lakh from the complainant and threatened to ransack his vehicles.











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          Realtor, 2 others booked in Rs 2.4cr cheating case

          Gitesh Shelke / TNN / Sep 13, 2021, 04:46 IST


          Pune: Two-wheeler dealer and realtor Gautam Pashankar, his daughter, Rinul, and an estate broker have been booked by the Pune police after business development and management consultant Narendra Patil (42) lodged a complaint accusing them of cheating him of Rs2.40 crore over a deal for two flats in a housing project in Kharadi.

          Patil also accused Pashankar of assaulting him in the latter’s office when he demanded a refund after realising that the realtor had sold the two flats to third parties. He claimed to have then suffered a fracture to his right leg in the assault, which, he said, took place on June 8, 2020.

          The alleged assault happened a little over four months before October 21, 2020 when Gautam Pashankar (66) had gone missing from near his home along the Ganeshkhind Road and was traced 34 days later to a hotel in Jaipur.

          Pashankar’s son Kapil, who is now looking after the family’s business, refuted all allegations levelled by Patil and told TOI, “A false complaint has been registered against my father, sister and the broker.”

          Senior inspector Anita More of the Shivajinagar police told TOI on Sunday, “We have registered a case for offences under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 326 (causing grievous hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC on the basis of the complainant’s verification and statement recorded with us. Besides, the complainant’s bank statements; evidence of cheques issued by the realtor towards refund but were returned by the bank for insufficient balance; and medical certificate relating to the injury suffered in the alleged assault.”

          Patil, who stays at Panchavati in Pashan, has stated in the FIR that the estate broker showed him the two 3BHK garden flats in January 2019 following which he signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pashankar the same month for purchasing them at a total consideration of Rs2.87 crore. He said he had paid them Rs 2.40 crore in cash and was issued allotment letters.

          Patil said, “In the first week of June last year, I learnt that the two flats were sold to third parties and I approached the builder for a refund. They gave me two cheques totally worth Rs1.90 crore towards part repayment of money, but both these cheques were returned by the bank owing to insufficient balance. I have initiated a case under Section 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act against them for this and the same is pending before a city court.”

          He said, “On June 8, when I against visited Pashankar at his office in Shivajinagar, he picked up an argument and assaulted me. After my leg was treated, I approached Pune police commissioner with my complaint. The crime branch investigated it and then the complaint was sent to the Shivajinagar police in March.”













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            Pune civic body seals 10 properties, issues impounding notices to 9,000 tax defaulters

            The civic body has also issued notices to the owners of another 9,000 commercial and residential properties asking them to clear their property tax dues immediately from the date of receiving the notice.
            PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has sealed 10 commercial and residential properties, which have run up huge property tax dues.

            The civic body has also issued notices to the owners of another 9,000 commercial and residential properties asking them to clear their property tax dues immediately from the date of receiving the notice.

            Pune accounts for a total 10.5 lakh properties of all types, including commercial, residential, among others. The tax paid by these properties forms a major source of revenue for the civic body. While the process for payment of property tax goes on throughout the year, the number of properties running up huge overdues also keeps changing. Civic officials pointed out that the 9,000 properties that have been served notices have run up dues worth Rs200 crore.

            “We are aiming at more recovery of dues, so this special drive has been initiated,” said Vilas Kanade, head of the PMC’s property department.

            PMC had introduced a special scheme for diligent tax payers, which helped in increasing the overall revenue of the tax department this year.

            The civic body has crossed the mark of Rs1,000 crore on Friday. It is nearly Rs 211 crore more than the corresponding period in the last financial year. This year, the income was Rs1,001.88 crore. PMC data showed that owners of 6,26,072 had paid the tax this year during the corresponding period (April 1 and August 27, 2021).

            According to PMC officals, the property tax was charged based on the annual ratable value of the property. The civic body gives two options for ths mode of tax payment, which includes offline as well as online.

            Octroi and local body tax were the main sources of income for PMC. But, after their abolition, property tax gives the highest revenue to the civic body. PMC earns around Rs1,400 crore to Rs1,600 crore per year via this tax, an official said.

            PMC officials said that the property department had decided to use the arbitration route to resolve the pending legal issues of property tax. The civic body has taken up 10 cases of property tax disputes that are in courts and they will be disposed off through arbitration. PMC hopes to generate Rs35 crore from this move.










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              Pune civic body focuses on vaccination of construction workers


              The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s immunisation officer, Suryakant Devkar, said the civic body had vaccinated 11,000 workers in 34 camps and ward medical officers had been instructed to identify more sites to speed up the drive.

              PUNE: The municipal corporation is focussing on the vaccination of construction workers in the Pune civic limits.

              The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s immunisation officer, Suryakant Devkar, said the civic body had vaccinated 11,000 workers in 34 camps and ward medical officers had been instructed to identify more sites to speed up the drive.

              Devkar said the expected number of construction site workers could go up to 15,000, according to the preliminary data with the civic body. Of them, 11,000 have got the first jab. “With the speedy vaccination, we can cover the rest at the earliest,” he said.

              Devkar told TOI, “The constraints in supply earlier used to disturb the consistency of the special drives, such as the immunization of construction workers or daily wagers. Now, we are balancing the routine immunisation drive with the special ones. We are also focusing on covering the slum areas.”

              A Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) official said they were also focusing on special drives and concentrating on slum areas.










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                Pune civic body organises Lok Adalat to resolve pending property tax cases


                "As many as 500 cases will be resolved using this alternative dispute resolution mechanism. The civic body will offer 50% discount on penalty if the tax defaulter agrees to clear the dues," said Hemant Rasane, chairman of the standing committee.
                PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has organised a Lok Adalat to resolve the long-pending property tax cases.

                It will be conducted on September 25.

                "As many as 500 cases will be resolved using this alternative dispute resolution mechanism. The civic body will offer 50% discount on penalty if the tax defaulter agrees to clear the dues," said Hemant Rasane, chairman of the standing committee. He said that PMC can generate Rs 52 crore from the pending tax cases in Lok Adalat.

                As per the PMC officials, the civic body has crossed the mark of Rs 1,000 crore in property tax collection on Friday which is nearly Rs 211 crore higher than the corresponding period of last financial year. PMC data shows that owners of 6.26 lakh properties paid the tax this year from April 1 to August 27, 2021.

                According to PMC officials, the property tax is charged based on the annual ratable value of the property. The civic body gives two options for tax payment. They include offline as well as online.

                Octroi and Local body tax were the main sources of income for PMC. But after their abolition property tax gives the highest revenue to the civic body. PMC earns around Rs 14000 crores to Rs 16,000 crore per year through this tax.









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                  Balewadi hsg societies take green route to bid adieu

                  Tushar Dutt / TNN / Sep 19, 2021, 04:24 IST

                  Pune: Most residents in Balewadi have opted to conduct Ganapati immersion on-premises this year to avoid crowds in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and also to make a conscious effort to keep the pollution-levels in check.

                  “During the seven days, we had conducted all activities following the safety norms and we didn’t want to jeopardize the effort by going out for the immersion of the society’s common Ganapati idol,” Vishal Yadav, a committee member of the Parkland Society in Balewadi, said.

                  Residents of Faith Co-operative Housing Society opted for an eco-friendly idol for the first time this year. “We have many teenagers in our society and they insisted on getting an eco-friendly idol. We conducted the immersion on the third day in a bucket,” Asmita Karandikar, one of the committee members of the society, which houses over 100 flats, said.

                  At Supreme Palm, a society which houses around 180 flats, drums were made available for individual immersions.

                  “The society Ganapati is made of ‘shadu’ (natural clay) and the immersion is done on the premises only. We have made several water-filled drums available for individuals, who prefer to conduct the immersion on the premises. Around 50-60 households bring Ganapati home and 90% of them prefer to conduct the immersion in the society,” Gautam Gondil, secretary of Supreme Palm, said.








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