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    Pune: Defence estate office to identify encroached defence land

    Sandip Dighe / TNN / Oct 5, 2021, 21:16 IST



    The survey, with a specific focus on measurement and demarcation of defence land, is being conducted as a part of a nationwide exercise initiated by the director general of defence estates (DGDE). (Picture used for representational purpose)

    PUNE: The defence estate office (DEO) for Pune circle is carrying out a survey to identify encroached defence land under its jurisdiction cover eight districts.
    The survey is part of a nationwide drive initiated by the Directorate General Defence Estates across the country.

    The last land measurement exercise was carried out in 2012 to mark the boundaries of the defence land.

    A senior official from the DGDE, who didn't wish to be named, told TOI, "The drive was to be completed in 2020. However, it could not be done due to covid situation across the country. Now, the exercise is likely to be completed by mid-November."

    Over 10,000 acres of defence land are under encroachment across the country, said the official. "Considering this aspect, this drive is crucial to identify new encroachment, if at all, have taken place on the defence land," he added.

    The Pune division, which has to survey over 58,000 acres of defence land parcels in Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad across 8 districts, has started the drive in the last year.

    "The exercise is likely to complete in the next two weeks. Thereafter, we will compile the reports to find out possible encroachments. It would be premature to comment on at this juncture," said a senior official from the DEO, Pune on condition of anonymity.

    The drive is being done in the presence of representatives from the state revenue department and army or defence establishment.

    "We are verifying our land records with the respective tehsil administration to identify the possible errors in the land records. Such errors we will later pursue with them to rectify it to avoid confusion," the official added.

    As per the procedure, after identification of the encroachment (s), the defence estates office alert the respective defence establishment or military unit to take necessary legal action, said the officials.

    "Also, we identify the pockets where the possibility of encroachment is high and alert the respective unit to fence it. The Ministry of Defence every year allocates funds to the Garrison Engineer (GE) of the area to construct compound walls and fencing around the defence land pockets. At many places in Pune circle the pockets are secured as they have proper fencing and compound walls," said the official.

    According to the officials, there are about 170 land litigations across the circle. Out of which, the maximum of them is in Pune district.

    "The skyrocketing real estates' value is the main reason behind the cases in Pune district. As a result, having accurate land records and measurement is important. The local military authority (LMA) has deployed its quick response team to keep a tab on land encroachment in their limit," said the official.

    In the last two years, the officials said that they have initiated action against encroachers in the circle.












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      Pune: Metro’s first aluminium rake to reach soon


      TNN / Updated: Oct 7, 2021, 11:48 IST


      The first rake of the Pune Metro, cast in aluminium, is expected to reach the city next week once formalities are completed at the Mumbai port

      PUNE: The first rake of the Pune Metro, cast in aluminium, is expected to reach the city next week once formalities are completed at the Mumbai port, said officials.

      The casting of two more trains is under way and these rakes will arrive in Pune in the next few days. These are lightweight trains which will save more energy and require less maintenance.

      Every train will have three coaches. A single Metro rake will accommodate 970 passengers, while about 320 passengers can to travel in single coach.

      The rake can run at maximum speed of 90km per hour. MahaMetro has placed an order with Titagarh Firema to supply 34 rakes of which the initial trains will come from Italy while the remaining trains will be cast at a Kolkata-based unit.

      MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit said efforts are on to complete works on a 12-km priority stretch on two corridors before the end of year. Officials said that the international standards are being followed while designing the coaches.

      Hemant Sonawane, general manager (PR) at MahaMetro, said necessary tests will be conducted on the trains upon arrival.








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        Pune: Opposition to demolition of bridge over Ambil Odha

        Prasad Kulkarni / TNN / Updated: Oct 7, 2021, 09:45 IST


        The residents also alleged involvement of a private builder in the demolition work (Picture used for representational purpose)

        PUNE: A group of residents living near Ambil Odha have opposed demolition of a small bridge in the vicinity on the grounds that it would cause problems for them in commuting.

        They also alleged involvement of a private builder in the demolition work.

        “The bridge is important for residents residing at the disputedslum pocket. Its demolition will affect easy access to main roads,” said Kishor Kamble, a local resident. The residents have approached the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to stop the razing down of the pathway.

        “The property belongs to the municipal corporation. A private builder will have to follow norms, before carrying out any activity on the land. Even then, the demolition is happening. So, we are opposing it,” said Anant Gharat, a local resident.

        V G Kulkarni, head of the PMC’s road department, said the civic administration would look into the matter. “The civic body has not carried out the action. We will take appropriate action in this regard,” he said.











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          PMRDA development plan to boost housing sector, generate 12 lakh jobs: Study


          The development plan prepared by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) will give a boost to the real estate sector as the number of residences in and around Pune will increase by 13.3 lakh by 2041, a research analysis by CREDAI-Pune Metro has found.

          The cluster development will not only make Pune “the best city in India to live in”, but also accelerate the social and economic development of the locals as around 12 lakh employment opportunities will be generated, the report said.

          The findings of the research analysis were presented during a recently held programme in which Anil Pharande, president, Arvind Jain, secretary, and vice presidents including Ranjit Naiknavare, Manish Jain, Amar Manjrekar, Rajesh Choudhary, Aditya Javdekar and Vinod Chandwani of CREDAI-Pune Metro were present.

          CREDAI members Rajesh Choudhary and Dilip Mittal gave a presentation regarding the research analysis and suggestions about the development plan.

          “Its implementation will remain key to bring about the rapid development of the region,” Rajesh Choudhary told The Indian Express. “We expect at least 12 lakh more jobs to be created with the expansion of the real estate sector,” he said.

          CREDAI members said land acquisition will be a major hurdle in implementation of the DP.

          Suhas Divse, who heads PMRDA as the commissioner, said, “CREDAI has submitted the research findings to us. I have not yet gone through them.”

          “Land acquisition will not be a major problem as we will be implementing townships plans where land pooling takes place. In the case of land pooling, people voluntarily come forward. Also, we would prefer reserved lands which are already in our possession for setting up development projects,” he said.

          Divse said they have also projected the creation of 12 lakh jobs during the implementation of the development plan.

          Ranjit Naiknavare, vice-president, CREDAI said, “the development plan for 2021-2041 prepared recently under the leadership of Dr Suhas Diwase, PMRDA commissioner and his team is commendable and futuristic. The cluster structure of urban growth centre (UGC) and rural growth centre (RGC) in the plan is important. A total of 6,914 sq km (11 times the size of Singapore) was surveyed by air and satellite for this plan and data on land features, topography, built-up area, expansion of urban and rural areas was collected. From all these factors, it is estimated that by 2041, 13.3 lakh homes and 12 lakh employment opportunities will be available in this area. This will be the largest development plan and if successful, Pune will be considered as the best city to live in.”

          Choudhary said the DP is convenient, flexible and efficient for the citizens. “Also in future, the ring road, crescent railway line of about 89.69 km, Pune-Nashik semi-highspeed Railway and 12 metro lines will provide additional facilities in the city. It is essential to study employment opportunities and economic development of the area while creating a DP and PMRDA has taken the effort. For example, Pirangut, which is considered as a cluster under the UGC, would be developed as a knowledge hub considering the existing educational institutions in the area and in the same way, Alandi is being developed as a pilgrimage cluster. This will help strengthen the social and economic structure in all the areas.”

          According to the findings, in the next few years, there will be 26 strategic town planning schemes, 11 logistics hubs and several multimodal hubs in Pune and in addition, grids will be made 300 to 500 meters wide to ease the traffic.

          “The rapid transit hub for Navi Mumbai airport should provide a check-in facility from Pune for citizens coming from Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Ahmednagar as well as other cities of the state. There should be high-speed connectivity with Navi Mumbai airport terminals, international exhibition and transport centres, while necessary facilities should be set up for Alandi as it is growing as a cultural centre. Also, open space should be made available for international educational universities and trees should be planted to increase greenery in the city by converting hills and slopes into forest zones. In addition, low rise development, low-density development areas should be allowed, so that it will be easy to ensure that the area is not encroached upon,” CREDAI-Pune Metro has suggested.











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            Pune: Metro work in Khadki area to gain momentum after land transfer nod

            Sandip Dighe / TNN / Updated: Oct 9, 2021, 11:26 IST



            Ongoing metro work between Khadki railway gate and All Saints High School

            PUNE: The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) said it hoped to pick up the pace on raising 17 of 35 Metro piers along the old Pune-Mumbai stretch, from Khadki railway gate to All Saints High School.

            MahaMetro said the decks have been cleared after the state cabinet’s decision on Wednesday giving the Ministry of Defence equal-value land in Yerawada in lieu of a 10.74-acre plot in Khadki cantonment.

            This stretch falls on the PCMC-Swargate Metro corridor. MahaMetro had started work on 18 pillars on this stretch but was unable to build the rest over land transfer issues, said MahaMetro officials.


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            “The state cabinet decision will pave the way for the pending work now, as we expect to get the required land in Khadki cantonment. The Pune Municipal Corporation will also be undertaking a road-widening project along the stretch,” Hemant Sonawane, MahaMetro’s general manager (public relations), told TOI on Friday.

            PMC plans to widen the road here to 42 meters to address traffic problems and to construct a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) lane from Harris Bridge to the Patil estate area.

            “The additional land is crucial for adequate carriageway. With the construction of the metro pillars, the existing 21m wide road is not enough. So, we decided to widen it. Commuters will get adequate carriageway and Metro will also get required space for pillars,” V G Kulkarni, head of the PMC’s road department, said.

            Officials from the defence estates office, Pune circle, said they have already applied to the defence ministry for permission for both works.

            Vineet Nair, defence estates officer, told TOI on Friday, “We discussed this issue in detail in the last meeting chaired by divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao, who had agreed to give equal-value land to the ministry. Based on that, we had forwarded the proposal to MoD to get the work permit for these projects.”

            A DEO official said the conditions put forth by the station headquarter, Khadki, and the Local Military Authority were also discussed in the meeting. “One of the conditions is to construct a flyover at All Saint’s Chowk and widen two underpasses in the Khadki-Range Hills area. Also, the reconstruction of the assets that will be demolished in the road-widening work in the area was sought. The ministry will issue the work permit subject to fulfilment of all these conditions,” the official said.









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              Pune: Property registrations on the rise ahead of Dasara

              Officials said they expected the numbers to increase in the coming week and said the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the real estate sector appeared to be on the wane.
              PUNE: The state registrations department on Saturday said it was witnessing an uptick in property registrations in the days leading to Dasara.

              Officials said they expected the numbers to increase in the coming week and said the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the real estate sector appeared to be on the wane.

              In the first week of October, daily registrations slowly increased from four digits to five digits.

              “On October 4, we had 8,936 registrations; there has been a continuous rise in registrations from October 5. On October 6, there were 16,407 registrations. This increased to 24,113 on October 6. On Friday, we had 36,080 registrations,” October 6.

              September too had witnessed high-value property registrations that helped the department rake in revenue higher than pre-pandemic levels. Nearly 1,8 lakh properties were registered last month, generating Rs2,655 crore. The same period in 2019 saw 1.91 lakh registrations and Rs1,977 crore in revenue.

              Hardikar said they would take a call on keeping offices open on Dasara, a Friday, based on demand.

              State Credai president Sunil Furde said the market sentiment was positive. “We are receiving positive feedback from all our members. The festivities will herald further growth,” he said.

              Credai national vice-president Shantilal Kataria said the state’s initiative to start e-registrations too will help the sector further.










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                Pune: Clogged concrete manhole covers leave Kalyaninagar waterlogged


                Swati Shinde Gole / TNN / Updated: Oct 11, 2021, 07:31 IST


                Civic officials, who visited Kalyaninagar on Sunday, promised immediate cleaning of the choked drainage lines and the replacement of concrete drain covers with wrought iron grates.

                PUNE: Before Saturday, Kalyaninagar residents had rarely seen knee-deep stagnant water on their well-laid internal roads. Often looked up to as a model for planned development in the city,

                the inundated roads left them angry and aghast. The water refused to recede for hours, blocking streets and entering some houses. Distressed citizens took to the streets on Sunday morning over the previous evening’s nightmare.

                They blamed the poor storm water drainage system and the concrete manhole covers that replaced the wrought iron grilles that were stolen last month for blocking the water from entering the drainage lines, and thus remaining stagnant on the roads for hours. They said garbage stuck in the holes of the concrete covers had hindered the flow of water.

                Civic officials, who visited Kalyaninagar on Sunday, promised immediate cleaning of the choked drainage lines and the replacement of concrete drain covers with wrought iron grates. Replacing the drainage pipeline coming from the nullah in Lohegaon and Dhanori with bigger pipelines was stuck in the tendering process, civic officials said.

                Santosh Tandale, superintendent engineer of the Pune Municipal Corporation, said that notices will be served to commercial establishments that have encroached upon or sealed the drainage conduits. “The storm water pipes running between lane 12 and 11 will be cleaned and water flow shall be regulated. The drainage pipe work connecting to the nullah will start by November 15,” he added. Rachana Agarwal, a resident of Kalyaninagar, said that a cloud burst in Dhanori-Lohegaon area added to the volume of water.

                “The water in the nullah touching Palace View Society in Kalyaninagar brought all the trouble to the residents. North Avenue and the lanes adjoining it, being at the lowest before the water empties into the river, bore the brunt. The concrete drain covers did not let water flow through,” she said.

                Ajay Bulbule, another resident of Kalyaninagar, has been pursuing the nullah troubles and storm water drainage system in the area for many years with the civic authorities. He said, “This whole storm water drainage system right from the nullah at Lohegaon, down to the river needs an overhaul. The entire North Avenue was flooded, including lane 13. We need to rope in water management experts to advise the PMC and the entire infrastructure needs to be upgraded.”

                Corporator Yogesh Mulik, who visited the sites on Sunday morning, said that based on the weather forecast for the next few days, he has instructed the ward office to replace the concrete manhole covers immediately with iron ones.

                “That will be done in a day or two. The nullah project has received sanction but is stuck in the tendering process. The PMC department has assured of completing the work in a month’s time. We shall follow it up,” Mulik said.

                MLA Sunil Tingre promised a survey of Kalyaninagar and the various dangerous spots that led to the situation on Saturday night and a plan for rectification.

                Former corporator Minal Sarvade said the PMC’s monsoon works were laid bare. “The PMC did not use mud pumps to remove the stagnant water on Saturday which then entered homes,” she said.











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                  Pune: 24x7 vigil at Katraj ghat to curb trash dumping

                  Sarang Dastane / TNN / Updated: Oct 12, 2021, 07:28 IST


                  Staffers clear waste dumped by the roadside

                  PUNE: Round-the-clock vigil by Pune Municipal Corporation’s squads has curbed incessant garbage dumping along the key thoroughfare in Katraj Ghat.

                  Over 180 cases have been registered in three months against those throwing garbage along the ghat, and fines worth Rs 1.75 lakh have been collected. Teams of sweepers who are keeping the road clean are also conducting daily checks. The staff said their daily monitoring starts early in the morning and continues till 2 am.

                  The ghat had turned into an garbage dumping spot for citizens. Huge heaps of trash were visible on both sides of the stretch, posing a risk.

                  PMC health supervisor Prashant Nigade said, “All the garbage dumped here earlier was not cleared for months. It was removed in the last three months, ever since villages along the ghat were merged into PMC limits. We are ensuring continuous efforts to keept the ghat section clean. Our teams are working even after midnight. We circulate information about action taken on our social media groups to keep all the staffers in the loop.”

                  In addition to daily cleaning, PMC has also conducted meetings with local residents of areas like Mangdewadi and Jambhulwadi, appealing to them to not throw garbage in the ghats, and instead hand it all over to the official garbage collecting vans. Officials said these meetings were crucial, because it was observed that a large quantum of waste dumped in the ghat section was coming from these villages.










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                    Kalyaninagar nullah work likely to be over by May ’22

                    Swati Shinde Gole / TNN / Oct 12, 2021, 04:28 IST


                    Pune: The civic administration on Monday assured a group of Kalyanagar residents that it would complete the nullah work with bigger pipelines and streamline the drainage system by May 2022 to avoid the re-run of waterlogging that occurred this monsoon.

                    The residents of Kalyaninagar met Pune Municipal Commissioner (PMC) Vikram Kumar regarding Saturday’s flooding in the area. Rainwater had then gushed into many socities, while water had accumulated up to the ankle level.

                    During the meeting, the PMC commissioner vowed to expedite the tender process of the nullah project that was expected to resolve most the flooding problems in the area. Kumar said the nullah work with bigger pipelines and streamlining of the drainage system would be over by May 2022.

                    Corporator Yogesh Mulik, who attended the meeting with the commissioner and the residents, said, “The administration assured us that the work will start next month and will be over by next May.”

                    Ajay Bulbule, one of the representatives of the residents’ group, said, “We also raised the issue about some commercial establishments blocking the drainage lines in the area.”

                    Rachana Agarwal, another representative of the group, said, “Kumar said owners of such restaurants and properties would be served a notice and fined heavily.”

                    The civic body also assured the residents that the concrete manhole covers, which were replaced after being stolen last month, would soon be removed and fixed with hinged iron grilles for better flow of water.










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                      Pune: Valuables worth Rs 7 lakh stolen from DS Kulkarni's bungalow

                      The developer has been in jail since his arrest in February 2018 in connection with an alleged Rs2,091 crore economic fraud case.
                      PUNE: Electronic goods and other property totally worth Rs 6.95 lakh were stolen from jailed developer D S Kulkarni’s (DSK) bungalow off SB Road here on Monday.

                      The developer has been in jail since his arrest in February 2018 in connection with an alleged Rs2,091 crore economic fraud case.

                      The Pune police and the ED have issued notifications on separate dates provisionally attaching Kulkarni’s properties, including his bungalow, under the MPID Act and PMLA, respectively, and are seeking final attachment orders from the respective courts. “The MPID court in Pune is yet to decide the final attachment matter, but the PMLA court in Mumbai has granted the final attachment in favour of the ED,” special public prosecutor Pravin Chavan told TOI on Tuesday.

                      As such, the bungalow is under control of the ED. “We will soon have a dialogue with the ED officials and other agencies to ensure protection of DSK’s seized and sealed,” deputy commissioner of police (EOW) Bhagyashri Navatake told TOI on Tuesday.

                      In April 2020, the EOW had registered five cases with the Hadapsar police relating to theft of electrical appliances, furniture and construction material from another of Kulkarni’s sealed property — the DSK Global Education and Waterfall Residency projects at Phursungi.

                      In the case of Kulkarni’s bungalow, senior inspector Rajkumar Waghchaure of the Chatushrungi police said no one has visited it in the past two years. “In the last few weeks, people residing in the vicinity heard some noises from the bungalow and informed Kulkarni’s daughter-in-law Bhagyashri Amit Kulkarni, who approached the police with a request to check the premises in order to ascertain if there was a theft,” explained Waghchaure.

                      “We got in touch with the ED officials who visited the bungalow on Monday morning and removed the seal to let Bhagyashri and other family members inspect the premises. It was found that six television sets, CD players, laptops, a digital camera, a geyser, a flour mill, and a silver lamp, among other articles were stolen,” said Waghchaure.

                      According to the police inspector, there are eight entrance gates to the bungalow, which are all sealed and locked. “We suspect the thieves scaled the compound wall from the hillside to enter the bungalow and then broke open the locks on the front door to enter. As of now, it is not known when the theft took place,” said Waghchaure.







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