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    Pune: Commuters rue non-functional lights on 300 metre stretch near Artificial Limb Centre

    Sandip Dighe / TNN / Updated: Aug 5, 2022, 07:26 IST



    Inoperative streetlights have made the night commuting harder


    PUNE: A 300-metre stretch between the Artificial Limb Centre and Pratap Garden opposite the Military Intelligence School and Depot has made commuting after dusk a nightmare for citizens due to non-functional streetlights for more than two years.

    The commuters have complained to the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) on numerous occasions, but in vain. PCB officials claim the power supply line of the electric poles had been damaged two years ago. But they could not repair it due to funds paucity.

    Subrat Pal, the chief executive officer of PCB, said, "We have received complaints from residents. We will soon repair the lines. The stretch will get proper street lights."

    Residents, commuters and a section of the Army officers, however, blamed the cantonment authorities for not paying heed to the issue.

    Shrikant Bhujbal, a regular commuter, said, "How can the cantonment authorities ignore this issue for so long? It clearly shows their lethargy toward the work. They cannot ignore the safety and security of commuters this way."

    "There are big trees on both sides of the road. We often cannot spot vehicles coming from the opposite side. In the rainy season, it becomes more dangerous due to low visibility and slippery conditions," said Anuja, a software professional.

    Suzan Menezes, a Wanowrie resident and teacher, said, "A few speed breakers, are simply not visible at night. There have been some accidents. The stretch comprises military establishments and bungalows for officers. Some do keep internal lights on at night. But that doesn't help much on the road outside."

    An Army officer serving in one of the defence establishments said on condition of anonymity, "Lights on the road are the need of the hour for the security purposes of vital defence establishments. The cantonment authorities should have taken cognizance and repaired them earlier."

    Senior officials from the engineering section of the PCB admitted to patches and localities in the military and civil areas that remained dark. "Street lights are required in Solapur bazaar, Modikhana and some streets in military areas. Work could not start due to lack of funds," an official said.









    Pune: Commuters rue non-functional lights on 300 metre stretch near Artificial Limb Centre | Pune News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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      Wagholi tells PMC to get it right

      By PuneMirror BureauSat, 6 Aug 2022

      Residents mentioned about difficulties in filing complaints online on social media platforms. PIC FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY
      Representatives of 250 hsg societies meet civic officials, highlight existing civic issues; assured of relief
      By Gunwanti Paraste

      The Wagholi Housing Societies Association (WHSA) recently met Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials and discussed issues specific to their area that has inconvenienced them over a large period of time.

      They highlighted problems such as garbage management, encroachment, drinking water supply, property tax, primary healthcare, cancellation of online complaints, vaccination and drainage problems. They told officials about the absence of garbage disposal plants and the lack of space to install it on the premises of the housing complexes.

      Civic officials said that under various corporate social responsibility schemes, the PMC was doing a survey to install such plants with help of corporates. Under the scheme, the PMC would only pick up dry garbage. Housing societies with 50 flats and more would have to manage wet garbage by themselves. Societies would be allowed to outsource disposal of their wet garbage to PMC-approved vendors if they are unable to install and operate their own plants.

      Civic officials also said they would deploy ghanta gadis soon for doorstep waste collection. The PMC would form squads to check illegal dumping or burning of garbage, and the fire brigade would take quick action if garbage was illegally burnt in open spaces.





      Residents also mentioned that they faced difficulties in filing complaints online on Twitter. The service was often unresponsive for long, with no action coming through. Officials assured residents that complaints filed online and tokens raised since May would be rechecked and verified. They also urged residents to use relevant hashtags on PMC’s official Twitter handle.

      People also complained that a large population of the area had no supply of drinking water and they were compelled to buy it commercially. Although there was an existing gram panchayat-era drinking water scheme, that too available in a limited capacity to a very limited population, its quality was questionable.

      PMC officials promised citizens that they would get access to drinking water soon as a detailed project report (DPR) was being prepared after 23 villages including Wagholi were merged along with 11 villages to PMC limits. As much as 15,000 litre of drinking water would be supplied free to residents every day. They also said that citizens should contact PMC-approved vendors for installation of drinking water tanks.

      A DPR is also being prepared for 34 villages (including Wagholi) to organise pipelines for storm and rain waters and sewage treatment plants. In the meantime, PMC aims to connect existing sub-pipelines with main pipelines on the BAIF and Awhalwadi road. The civic officials also said that the dirty sewage would not be released into the river, but treated in plants.

      Additional municipal commissioner Kunal Khemnar said they discussed multiple topics specifically related to Wagholi such as the issue of solid waste and water supply. “Representatives of 250 housing societies attended the meeting. We have started to address the issues one at a time.”

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      Squads to check illegal dumping or burning of garbage




      Wagholi tells PMC to get it right (punemirror.com)
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        ED files chargesheet against Amit Bhosale, Ara Developers in Pune plot case

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        https://realty.economictimes.indiati...-case/93366869



        The plot was meant for the construction of a residential building for bureaucrats. After allegedly manipulating the rules, Avinash Bhosale purchased it and constructed the headquarters of his company, Avinash Bhosale Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (ABIL), on it.


        MUMBAI: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday submitted a chargesheet against Amit Bhosale, son of arrested businessman Avinash Bhosale, his company Ara Developers and three others in a money laundering case related to the purchase of a plot in Pune that was allegedly accomplished after manipulating rules.

        The plot was meant for the construction of a residential building for bureaucrats. After allegedly manipulating the rules, Avinash Bhosale purchased it and constructed the headquarters of his company, Avinash Bhosale Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (ABIL), on it.

        Avinash Bhosale is also a director in Ara Developers and an ED investigation against him is underway. The ED will file a supplementary chargesheet against Avinash Bhosale in the case.

        The ED had attached the Pune plot, the market worth of which is over Rs 100 crore, last August. The piece of land in question is Plot No. 2, Yashwant Ghadge Nagar Cooperative Housing Society, Range Hills Corner, Ganeshkhind Road.

        The government had allotted the land to the family of Ranjit Mohite in 1951 with the condition that it could be transferred only to the government or a commissioned officer.

        Though plot was meant to construct homes for bureaucrats, Avinash Bhosale purchased it by allegedly manipulating the records in 2002 through his company Ara Developers for Rs 4 crore. After Bhosale constructed his company office building on it, a sale deed was executed between Bhosale and Mohite showing the land value as Rs 11 crore.

        The ED alleged that Bhosale manipulated government records to purchase the land and laundered the money.
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          Online tenant checks in Maharashtra from August-end


          TNN / Updated: Aug 7, 2022, 05:12 IST


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          PUNE: Tenants who register their leave and license documents with the property registration department will be exempt from visiting police stations for verification as the department is now set to map data from all 1,130 police stations of the state.

          Officials with the state registration department said while the process is currently underway in Pune and Mumbai, technical issues had kept it from a statewide rollout.

          "But it will be in place by August-end, for entire Maharashtra," said state Inspector General of Registration and Stamps, Shravan Hardikar.

          Hardikar told TOI that the statewide system is currently undergoing testing.

          Nearly 85,000 leave and license documents are e-registered in the state every month, according to property registration offices.

          Deputy Inspector General of Registration and Stamps (IT) Suhas Mapari said work of mapping the police stations with data of all 44,000 villages was on so that a person e-registering can also mention the name of the police station and the official overseeing the paperwork.

          "We have carried out several tests as the earlier version that was in place since 2019 has been upgraded to the new tenant verification system. The police department has been given the software and data is being shared," Mapari said.

          Earlier, house owners were required to submit tenants' details online on the Pune police portal or at the nearest police station. But officials said many preferred to simply not register, just to avoid visiting police stations.

          "The new system is a perfect example of how departments can work together to ensure due checks and safety of citizens. This is also a simple way to share data," one official said.

          Superintendent of Police Sambhaji Kadam (Technical Services), CID Crime Pune, said the mapping of 1,130 police stations in the state will offer up all tenant registrations once the leave and licence agreement is registered with the property registration department.

          "This means citizens will no longer have to physically visit police stations for verification as that station will have access to e-registration data from across the state," he said. One addition to the information that needs to be provided is residential addresses in the past five years and a permanent address.

          In Pune and Mumbai, the system has already helped reduce footfalls at major police stations.

          Tenants too said the new system will ensure they don't have to do rounds of police stations. "It's simple and hassle-free as the police already have our data," said a tenant from Pune.









          Online tenant checks in Maharashtra from August-end | Pune News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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            Maharashtra: 126 more realtors to start flat registrations at own office

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            https://realty.economictimes.indiati...ffice/93405739



            The move aims at reducing the footfall at the registration offices. An official of the state registration department said 72 developers were already making use of the facility in the state.


            PUNE: A total of 126 developers in the state will soon start registering new properties from their offices, taking the number of builders availing the facility to 198. The move aims at reducing the footfall at the registration offices. An official of the state registration department said 72 developers were already making use of the facility in the state.

            The builders ready to join the bandwagon would soon be provided access to the registration department software to enable the process, he said.

            State Inspector General of Registration and Stamps (IGR) Shravan Hardikar on Saturday told TOI that they were hopeful that more developers would join the bandwagon soon. “I have also reached out to developers’ bodies to have more registered developers carry out the process from their own offices,” he said.

            The initiative was drawing a good response, especially in Pune, Mumbai, Thane and Raigad, property registration officials confirmed. Credai national president Satish Magar, who has been carrying out e-registrations from his own office, said there was a slight hiccup as the soft- ware h ad to be updated.

            “We should be resuming the process from next week. It is helping citizens as they don’t have to queue up at the registration offices,” he said.

            Vaibhav Kothamire, deputy general manager, Vilas Javdekar Developers, told TOI that they have successfully carried out the e-registration of over 15-plus documents so far. “We are slated to carry out the registration of nearly 300 apartments shortly.

            There we- re some basic issues as the software has been upgraded, but the process has been largely simplified,” he said.

            Aniruddha Deshpande, managing director, City Corporation Limited, said he was in talks with the registration department so initiate the e-registration process from his own office.

            “We are hoping that the department would approve the application soon as we have to register nearly 700 units,” he said.
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