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    Maharashtra: Residents raise concern over site of flyover pillars, ramps


    Sarang Dastane / TNN / Updated: Nov 17, 2022, 09:56 IST



    The flyover work has started ahead of Rajaram bridge towards Fun Time Multiplex chowk

    PUNE: Already battling with perennial traffic congestion, the residents of Sinhagad Road have now raised concerns over possible vehicular chaos due to the existing alignment of the under-construction flyover’s pillars between Rajaram bridge chowk and Fun Time Multiplex.

    The residents have sought a comprehensive plan from the authorities to avoid bottlenecks on the roads connecting the main through fare at Vadgaon Budruk, Hingne Khurd and other locations.

    This issue and more were raised by local MLA Bhimrao Tapkir, the residents and former corporators in a review meeting held at the site recently.

    Tapkir said some clarifications have been sought from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), including the provision of an underpass, adjustment in pillar locations and extension of the flyover ramp.

    “We have received suggestions from the residents to clear the congestion at junctions on the stretch. Commuters as well as the residents are skeptical about the bunching of vehicles at landing of the flyover’s ramp. All these issues required to be discussed in detail,” Tapkir said.

    The flyover work has started ahead of Rajaram bridge towards Fun Time Multiplex chowk. The facility is expected to ease vehicular movement for people heading towards Katraj-Dehu Road Bypass. They will not have to negotiate with the traffic at various junctions on the stretch, including the ones at Vadgaon Budruk, Hingne Khurd and Santosh Hall.

    Anuj Jogi, a resident of Vadgaon Budruk, said traffic snarls have become a major issue on the stretch ever since the construction work of the flyover began in January this year. “The road near Santosh Hall and Vadgaon Budruk crossings is already narrow and the barricading for the project work has further reduced the road width, resulting in traffic snarls, especially during the peak morning and evening,” Jogi said.

    Prasanna Jagtap, former corporator from the area, said an alternative road has been commissioned to decongest the traffic on the stretch, but lack of efforts to streamline the vehicular movement at the main road is a big issue. “We have been suggesting the civic authorities and the traffic police to manage the vehicular movement by deploying more wardens at key junctions. But, nothing concrete has happened so far,” Jagtap alleged.

    Civic officials, on their part, said a meeting would be held in the next few days to discuss the issues raised by the residents. “We will also ask other stakeholders, including MahaMetro officials, to join the discussion to clear the doubts,” a PMC official said.

    A regular traveller on the stretch said the authorities should take up resurfacing of the road on priority. “The authorities should also ensure that the stretch where the flyover is coming up is properly illuminated during the night hours,” he said.











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      Development in Keshavnagar Mundhwa area is still a far cry

      By PuneMirror Bureau Ali ShaikhWed, 16 Nov 2022 2:49:10 pm

      The condition of roads is so bad in the area that auto and cab drivers refuse to drop citizens at their society gates. FILE PHOTO

      For 5 years, residents have been paying PMC taxes, but basic facilities such as good roads, pipelines hard to come by


      Despite paying taxes to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), residents of Keshavnagar Mundhwa have not been receiving the basic facilities they ought to. It’s been five years since the village became a part of the civic body but things like good roads, water pipelines, etc. are still a far cry for people living in the area. They say all their complaints have fallen on deaf ears. Now, the famous Mundhwa signal adds to their woes as they are stuck in traffic jams every single day when they move out of their home.

      The residents of the area pay huge amounts to buy water tankers as the municipal corporation has failed in supplying water to the area. Ranjeet Lonkar, a resident of Venkatesh Graffiti building, said, “On average, our society spends around Rs 6.5 lakh on water every month despite paying water tax to the PMC. We fail to understand why the civic body is taking money if it is unable to provide us the basic facilities. The situation in every society here is the same and the municipal corporation hardly cares.”

      The area for being close to the IT companies in Vimannagar and Magarpatta, attracted a large number of IT professionals. However, many of them are now planning to shift to some other locations due to the lack of basic facilities.

      The roads are also in deplorable condition. Amol Manthalkar, a resident of Florida Riverwalk, said the condition of the road next to his society is such that even the auto drivers refuse to drop him at the gate. “The condition of roads that leads to our society is very bad. Due to this, auto and cab drivers refuse to drop us at our society gate. We have complained about the matter to the municipal corporation multiple times but to no avail. Recently, when I highlighted the matter to PMC, they said they have no funds to develop this road,” he told Mirror.

      The bad condition of roads and lack of water supply are not the only problems for the residents since they also have to bear with the heavy traffic jam at the Mundhwa signal every day. Sumit Bagla, an IT professional living in the area, said, “The traffic jam at the Mundhwa signal has become a routine issue for all of us. It takes around one hour every day for us to pass the signal patch.”

      Prasad Katkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner attached to the Hadapsar-Mundhwa ward, said: “All the issues faced by residents in Keshavnagar Mundhwa are related to the main departments of the municipal corporation and the ward office cannot do much on it.”










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        Namaste G20 team! Our city is spick & span like yours

        By PuneMirror Bureau Siddharth GadkariSat, 19 Nov 2022 1:46:13 am

        A huge task lies ahead for PMC with more than 1,000 unauthorised hoardings still dotting the cityscape. FILE PHOTO
        PMC removing hoardings in ‘operation spruce-up’ ahead of visit by delegation; court orders didn’t work

        The proposed visit of the G-20 delegate to Pune next year has come as a blessing for the cityscape with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) cracking down hard on illegal hoardings across the city. The seriousness with which the civic body has approached the issue could be gauged from the fact that the corporation has removed 26 hoardings in the last two days. Besides, 925 boards, 432 banners, and 436 flexes have been pulled down since November 14.

        The data was revealed by a PMC anti-encroachment department official. Besides, two hoardings have been removed by the owners on their own. In addition, the corporation has collected a fine of Rs 1.50 lakh from hoardings and Rs 52, 000 from other publicity materials.

        However, the scale of the task that lies ahead is huge with more than 1,000 unauthorised hoardings still dotting the cityscape. It may be mentioned that several meetings are proposed to be hosted across different cities in the country including Pune, Mumbai, and Aurangabad districts in Maharashtra for the forthcoming G20 leaders’ summit. The delegates are likely to visit historic, cultural, and tourist destinations. As such, all the said monuments must be conserved, beautified, and developed by the respective department before the start of the global meeting. Around 300 delegates from 40 different countries are expected to visit the three cities which include visits to world heritage sites, important places, and sites during the two-day conference.

        In this view, PMC commissioner Vikram Kumar on Tuesday ordered civic officers, in charge of ward offices and zones, to remove illegal hoardings in areas under their jurisdiction or face departmental action. Last week, the municipal commissioner directed civic officers in charge of all five zones and 15 ward offices to remove illegal flex boards and initiate action against those putting up such hoardings. “We have initiated action and we will clean the city as per PMC commissioner order,” a PMC anti-encroachment department official said.

        In addition, special instructions have been issued to commissioners of the three cities by the state government to ensure that cleanliness and beautification must be carried out for the world meet. A coordination committee of the three municipal commissioners under the presidentship of divisional commissioners of Pune and Aurangabad will be instituted for the implementation of the instructions issued by the government.

        In 2013, the Bombay high court had given an order on March 13, 2013, to initiate strict action against illegal hoardings while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Satara-based Suswarajya foundation regarding illegal political banners, hoarding, and posters throughout the state. Later, city-based civic activists Qaneez Sukhrani and Ashish Mane joined PIL.

        The court had also directed all municipal Corporations in the state to set up toll-free numbers for citizens to register complaints about illegal hoarding through phone calls or an SMS. Besides, the court told the corporations to appoint nodal officers for taking action on illegal hoarding, banners, and flexes.

        Ashish Mane, a civic activist said, “We have been fighting in the court to get illegal hoardings and flexes removed. The Bombay high court gives regular directives to take action against illegal hoardings and flexes, but the PMC has not taken serious note of the matter. They do it on a temporary basis. Now, the PMC has suddenly realised the importance as world leaders will visit the city. The PMC is more concerned about the world leaders than the local residents. It is a temporary action and not a permanent solution to curb illegal hoarding and flexes.”

        While speaking to Mirror, Qaneez Sukhrani, a city-based civic activist, pursuing the issue of illegal hoarding and flexes, claimed, “The G-20 meet is scheduled in 2023. So, what has spurred the PMC commissioner into action now? It is actually because of my repeated queries to the state government asking them if they were serious about having G-20 in Pune. I have also filed a contempt of court petition in the high court.”









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          In city, dogs are having their day!

          By PuneMirror Bureau Vicky PathareSun, 20 Nov 2022 12:29:29 am

          PMC recorded 22,953 cases of dog bites this year


          Rise in deaths due to rabies, stray count raises questions about effectiveness of PMC’s animal birth control programme

          Pune city has registered 19 deaths due to rabies so far this year. These include the three recent deaths reported at the Naidu Infectious Disease Hospital within a week. The deceased includes a 13-year-old student and a 45-yearold man from Pune city. On November 4, a 38-year-old man succumbed to rabies infection while undergoing treatment at the hospital. The deceased was a resident of Purandar. He developed the symptoms of the viral infection on November 1. He was admitted to the hospital on November 3. The 45-year-old man who died in the hospital was a resident of Nanded city, Pune. The deceased developed the symptoms on November 2. He was admitted to Naidu hospital on November 4 and succumbed to the disease the next. The 13-year-old was a resident of Phaltan.

          The deceased developed the symptoms of rabies on November 5. The next day, he was in the hospital on November 6 and died the same day. All three patients had complaints of fever, body aches, fear of water (hydrophobia), and fear of air (aerophobia). Their symptoms aggravated after their admission, said a senior official from Naidu Hospital. According to the official data provided by Naidu Hospital authorities, as many as 19 rabies deaths have been reported in the current year. Similarly, 14 rabies deaths were reported in 2021 followed by 3 in 2020, 12 in 2019, and 17 deaths in 2018. According to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) veterinary department, the population of stray dogs in the city has gone up by 37 per cent in the last six years.

          This has eventually led to several instances of dog attacks and bites. As per the report, PMC recorded a total of 22,953 cases of dog bites this year (till November 18) showing a sharp rise in comparison to past years. The PMC had reported 15,972 dog bite cases in 2021, as opposed to 12,251 cases in 2019. The number of such cases was 12,734 in 2020. The 2016 census showed a stray population of around 1.50 lakh, which has now jumped to approximately 4 lakh. The civic body conducts an Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme for strays which covers sterilization to control the population and vaccination to prevent rabies.

          However, the rise in the incidents of dog bites raise questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of the ABC programme Dr. Sudhir Patsute, infectious disease expert and head of Naidu Infectious Disease Hospital, said, “Clean all animal bites with ample soap and water for 15 minutes. As the envelope of the virus is made up of lipids, it gets dissolved in soap and the virus gets inactivated. An animal bite is an emergency case as declared by court rulings; it should be treated at all times in any hospital. All animal bites should be kept open and should not be sutured and bandaged.

          Loose suturing can be put in if it is a big wound,” he said. Dr. Patsute further informed that complete treatment for grade 3 animal bites includes a full vaccine schedule and immunoglobulin at the soonest. “Injection TT, antibiotics, and analgesics can be given if required. All grade 3 bites should be infiltrated locally with immunoglobulin. Since rabies is 100% fatal, when in doubt about vaccine doses and the schedule, overtreatment is acceptable rather than under treatment,” he said. “Bites on the head, neck, or face are very dangerous.

          A rabid animal bite may cause rabies despite complete treatment as innervation density in these body parts is very high. The virus getting attached to nerve endings is also very high. A patient having rabies is never aggressive; he does not harm anybody, but his symptoms and behaviour are misinterpreted. He is very anxious, in a very confused and frightened state because the infection affects the brain.”






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            PMC to use partial elevation option for Balbharti-Paud rd

            By PuneMirror Bureau Siddharth GadkariSun, 20 Nov 2022 1:00:11 am

            The link road was estimated to cost Rs 24 cr in 2012. However, it has gone up to Rs 240 crore currently. FILE PHOTO

            Consultant recommends overpass, underpass structures near stretch and signalised intersection

            The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has made its intentions clear to build Balbharti to Paud road. For the purpose, the corporation has chosen a partially elevated road with overpass and underpass structures near Balbharti at the SB road and the signalised intersection at the Paud road. The PMC appointed consultant has mentioned four alternatives to Balbharti to Paud road in its detailed project report (DPR). Out of that, the consultant has recommended a partially elevated road with overpass and underpass structures near BalBharti at SB road and signalised intersection at Paud road is the most preferred alternative with project cost of Rs 235.95 crore.

            If the alignment is shifted from 940m to 1,330m towards the Law college building by 30m, it will minimise the impact on the environment, as well as curtail the project cost by Rs 8 crore. According to PMC officials, it is a long pending Paud Phata-Balbharati link road, which was estimated to cost Rs 24 crore in 2012. However, the cost has gone up to Rs 240 crore currently. Now, the proposed Balbharti to Paud road comes under an arterial road under the plain and rolling terrain. The design speed is considered as 40 kmph. VG Kulkarni, chief superintendent, road department, PMC, said, “Keeping in view the site conditions and present traffic scenario, the best suitable alternative will be suggested based upon the cost benefit ratio, environmental impact on the respective alternative by the consultant.

            The PMC estimated committee has given a green signal to the project. Now, the discussion is going on the funding pattern such as public private partnership (PPP), allocation funds in budget etc.” As per the DPR, the second alternative studied is to minimise the degradation of existing terrain. The road is a partially elevated corridor. The gradient of the partially elevated corridor is properly matched with road alignment gradients on both sides that will benefit trekkers and morning walkers. It will also result in reduced footprint and conceptually less disturbance to the existing vegetation, the trekkers and natural stream.

            Project requires 49,535 sq metre area

            This study shows that the proposed road of Paud Phata-Balbharati covers the land acquired by individual property owners in the road stretch. The proposed road has a clear length of 1,650 m and it requires some additional area for development of intersection, fanning, bridge and underpass. The area that is covered by the road has both private and government properties. The area covered by the road is Sudhatai Mandke Institute (164.78 sq mt), Kumar properties ( 2,8445.15 sq mt) , Law college and forest department, (9169.52 sq mt), Law college ( 4,596.61 sq mt) and Bhandarkar institute ( 7,159.9 sq mt).

            Keeping in view the site conditions and present traffic scenario, the best suitable alternative will be suggested some key factors –VG Kulkarni, civic officer






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              It’s literally the end of the road for ’em!

              By PuneMirror Bureau Ali ShaikhSun, 20 Nov 2022 1:26:16 am


              Nearly 35 percent of the work still remains pending. PHOTO: RAHUL DESHMUKH

              Commuters suffering for years as Katraj-Narhe road works taking ages to complete; fresh deadline set but will it be met?

              The snail’s pace of construction work on the KatrajNarhe road has emerged as a headache for commuters and residents of Ambegaon Budruk and nearby localities in the city. The road laying work has remained incomplete even though it was supposed to be completed by 2021. Now, the Maharashtra public works department (PWD) has been given a fresh deadline to complete the road project by February 2023. It may be noted that the work had been first delayed due to the COVID19 pandemic when constructionrelated activities had been discontinued. At that point, the project was given an extension of six months. Since then, the construction work has received multiple extensions but it is far from over.

              For the residents, the incomplete work has exacerbated their suffering, as the condition of the road remains pitiable. On the other hand, the standard official explanation relies on delays in receiving necessary approvals and the sluggish pace of other interlinked works. Ganesh Dongre, chairman of the Panchamrut Housing Society, which has around 200 residential flats in the Ambegaon area, spotlighted the sufferings of denizens caused by digging work on the road. “The slack has been troubling the residents. The roads are in poor condition owing to excavation. As there is no alternate route, citizens are left with no choice but to suffer. Crater-size potholes and the absence of streetlights have only made the situation worse.





              Indeed, the condition of the road was in far better condition before the construction began,” Dongre told Mirror. Pravin Patil, a resident, expressed apprehension over the assurance provided by the PWD officials regarding completing the work by February 2023, as a lot of work is yet to be completed. “In the evening, the ongoing construction work contributes to the traffic woes. Citizens are suffering due to the tardy pace with hardly any progress over the last few months. The road is a highway. It is one of the major roads for commuters, but nobody seems to be taking it seriously,” he said. Sachin Gaikwad, another resident, said, “We avoid going out during the peak hours as the road is always congested due to the bad condition of roads.

              Often, riders are seen driving their two-wheelers on the wrong side of road in the absence of a divider. The work should have been completed long back.” Yuvraj Beldare, a former corporator of the area, said that two new underpasses remain to be constructed. “Therefore, the project has been given another extension. The work was delayed due to utility shifting work,” he added. Beldare said that almost 70 percent of the work was completed. He attributed the delay to several issues such as the removal of encroachment, the shifting of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, and LPG lines among others.

              Dhananjay Deshpande, executive engineer, PWD, told Mirror that the department had recently got permission to build two underpasses on the road due to which it has received another extension to complete the work till February. He said, “The progress has been halted at a few places due to pending permissions related to the underpass. However, very little work related to the main project is pending.” The executive engineer cited the involvement of multiple agencies, lack of coordination, and pending approvals as some of the reasons for the delay.





              “Most of the works are interlinked and one cannot proceed unless one job is done. Due to the pending permission for the two underpasses, the work at that spot could not be carried out. Likewise, other works like shifting of utilities such as water supply and drainage lines have also been delayed by different agencies due to which around 30-35 percent of our work remains pending. For one such work, a tender was issued eight times to find the right person.” “However things are now back on the right track, and the work will be completed by February 2023.” he said.


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                Drip irrigation in gardens PMC formula to save precious water

                By PuneMirror Bureau Siddharth GadkariMon, 21 Nov 2022 2:53:04 am

                Drip or micro irrigation technology uses a network of plastic pipes that carry water under low pressure to plants. This is 90 per cent more efficient than other systems.

                PHOTO: NIKHIL GHORPADE

                Civic body to implement water conservation measures in 8 proposed parks; has developed 210 of them based on various themes

                The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has moved a step forward in its initiative to save water by introducing the drip irrigation method in eight newly proposed gardens.

                The civic body has developed 210 gardens in the city based on various themes. It has named them accordingly - rose garden, lake garden, ayurvedic garden, nullah garden, energy park, adventure park, Mughal garden, Japanese garden, village park, butterfly garden, nana-nani park, etc.

                The move follows the PMC’s 4,500 notices last week issued to residents in Vishrantwadi, Tingre Nagar, Katraj, Baner, Aundh, Hadapsar, Pashan, Viman Nagar, Kalas-Ganesh Nagar and Kedareshwar (Katraj-Kondhwa) areas for excess consumption of water. Of these 2,500 residents have water meters at their homes under the regular and equitable 24x7 water supply scheme for using more than the prescribed limit of 150 litre per day per person.

                The garden department took up the matter on priority after the water department notified residents about the excess use of water. Drip or micro-irrigation technology uses a network of plastic pipes to carry a low flow of water under low pressure to plants. Water is applied at a slower pace than sprinkler irrigation. Drip irrigation exceeds 90 percent efficiency whereas, in the case of sprinkler systems, it ranges between 50 to 70 percent.

                Ashokh Ghorpade, chief garden superintendent, PMC, told Mirror that the department is using water from borewells, treated sewage water, nullhas, wells, lakes, and natural streams in the gardens. “It is an extremely tiresome and time and manpower-consuming exercise. We have to depute two to three people to water the plants,” he said. He said it becomes very difficult during summers because borewells and natural streams dry up. “To solve this predicament, we have decided to use the drip irrigation technique to water the plants. It will save time, money, and manpower as well. Initially, the investment is high, but moving forward, it only involves maintenance,” he added.

                The civic body treats sewage water worth 450 million litre per day. In 2019, due to water scarcity resulting from deficit rainfall, the sewage treatment department proposed to offer water for free to construct buildings, roads, and gardens. However, the garden department was the lone taker.

                The PMC had appealed and instructed its departments as well as private players to avoid using drinking water for purposes such as building properties, road construction, gardening, and washing vehicles. Instead, the civic body had suggested using treated sewage water from sewage treatment plants.




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                  Pune: 8,500 property owners get notice for excess water use

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                  Binwade said that as per the new standards, water consumption of 150 litres per head per day is allowed. But in some cases, this usage is around 1,000 litres per head per day.


                  PUNE: The civic body has started monitoring citizens consuming excess water and issued notices to nearly 8,500 property owners for not adhering to water usage norms.

                  "The civic administration wants to create awareness about judicious use of water. The aim behind sending these notices is to make citizens aware of additional water consumption. The civic body in future will consider actions, like imposing fines," said Ravindra Binwade, additional municipal commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

                  Binwade said that as per the new standards, water consumption of 150 litres per head per day is allowed. But in some cases, this usage is around 1,000 litres per head per day.

                  The civic administration has focused on individual properties to monitor the actual usage. Notices have also been given to housing societies where average use has been found to be very high.

                  "The civic administration may consider imposing additional water charges in the property tax. Property owners who do not check excess water usage even after repeated warnings will have to pay additional tax. But final decision regarding it has not been taken yet," said a senior PMC official. The civic administration monitored data using water meters installed under the 24x7 water supply project.

                  Around 1 lakh meters have been installed in different parts of the city, including in Peth areas, Nagar Road, Satara Road and Solapur Road. The civic administration plans to install meters on all the properties that are under the tax ambit of the PMC.

                  "The PMC has issued an advisory to citizens to save water. But PMC is not practising what it preaches. The civic administration should resolve the issues of water wastage on its premises," said Vivek Velankar of Sajag Nagrik Manch, a citizen group.
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                    Have 50 acre of land? Get it developed, increase its value

                    By PuneMirror Bureau Siddharth GadkariFri, 25 Nov 2022 4:56:11 am

                    TP scheme is the best option for planned development of a city. FILE PHOTO

                    PMC promotes TP scheme for planned devpt of city, calls it a win-win formula; 8 projects already done

                    The city has been expanding from all sides. More often than not, real estate development is haphazard. As a result, many issues relating to civic infrastructure crop up. It takes several years for the civic body to provide basic amenities to residents. In the process, not only citizens suffer but cost escalations and delays also happen. To overcome these issues, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has offered a one-time solution in the form of private town planning (TP) scheme for a better planning of the city. It is a win-win situation for landowners and the civic body.

                    Under the scheme, if an individual of a group of land owners approaches the civic body with a minimum of 50 acre land, their land is developed and provided a road network and land pockets are reserved by the PMC for various civic purposes such as garden, school and hospital.

                    Giving details about the scheme, municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar said, “We will not approach citizens and persuade them to implement the TP scheme. An individual or a group of people having a minimum of 50 acre of land can approach us. The PMC will develop the land and provide only the road network. It will help better planning of areas and people will get reserved plots for amenities such as school, garden, parking and amusement park. The PMC will take 40 percent land for development of roads and other infrastructure and the remaining 60 percent will be used for residential and other development purposes.”

                    The scheme is a part of the development plan (DP), where small pockets in the city are developed in a planned manner. The PMC has successfully implemented such schemes in the past also. It has all the experience and expertise to implement the TP scheme.

                    Kumar said, “We will publish an advertisement in this regard. It is meant for a planned development of an area. Around 10-15 such TP schemes will be executed in the city. Right now, infrastructure is developed by the civic body after people settle in areas such as Sus, Mhalunge. Under the scheme, the infrastructure is first developed and then residential and commercial complexes are built by owners.”

                    Prashant Waghmare, city engineer, PMC, said, “The TP scheme is among the best options for planned development of a city. Till date, the PMC has implemented eight such schemes between 1939 and 1989 in areas such as Parvati, Mangalwar Peth, Hadapsar and Hadapsar industrial area, Bhamburda, Kalyani Nagar, Sangamwadi and Koregaon Park.”

                    Currently, three TP schemes are being implemented in Uruli Devachi and Phursungi. These are among the 11 villages merged with the PMC in 2017 — they were earlier a part of the PMRDA. The PMRDA had declared its intention to prepare TP schemes for Phursungi, Uruli Devachi, Autade-Handewadi, Wadki and Nimbalkarwadi villages and had received approval from the state government for the same.

                    Town planning expert Ramchandra Gohad said, “The PMC should have decided this much earlier. But it is okay. It has a golden opportunity to achieve planned development by implementing TP schemes.”

                    “The scheme is a joint land development project undertaken by the owners. The planning authority steps in as an agent on behalf of owners. It provides smooth land acquisition to planning authorities for public purposes. In the TP scheme, lands are pooled and reconstituted according to an equitable formula,” he added.

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                    SCHEME, AT A GLANCE

                    Town Planning (TP) is a developmen scheme, where undevelope land is taken from owner and is developed with regula plots, connecting roads, park and open spaces. Develope plots are redistributed to th land owners in proportion t their share of land contribute for development. The plot which the owners get will b less in area than they ha contributed as the land will b used for roads and open space also. Here, no compensation i given to owners. Instead, the are given developed land whic has higher value than the previousl undeveloped plot. Hence many people willingly give thei land for development



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                      PMC turns to JICA to install STPs

                      By PuneMirror Bureau Siddharth GadkariSat, 26 Nov 2022 2:50:50 am

                      A total of 183 km of lines will be laid in merged villages . FILE PHOTO


                      Civic body already implementing mega project of pollution abatement of the Mula-Mutha river with agency’s help at a cost of ₹1,500 cr; now wants ₹1,511 cr for building a proper drainage network

                      The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded pollution abatement of the Mula-Mutha river project. Now, the civic body has decided to approach JICA again seeking a soft loan to build a proper drainage network and install sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the newly merged 34 villages.

                      Municipal commissioner and administrator Vikram Kumar said, “The PMC has conducted a survey and estimated Rs 1,500 crore as the cost for the drainage system and storm-water drain network. A private company conducted the study for the drainage system. It has also included the seven STPs with a capacity to treat 250 million liters per day (MLD).”

                      He said, “We have decided to approach JICA to raise funds for the drainage system. We have discussed the issue primarily with JICA officials. It will help the PMC to raise funds for such a major project.”

                      Meanwhile, the civic body has started work to improve the existing drainage networks and lay new drain lines in 11 villages, five years after they were merged into the PMC limits. A total of 183 km of lines will be laid in these villages to help strengthen the sewerage system. Two sewage treatment plants have also been proposed under the project. The work has already started in the five villages and will be extended to the remaining in the next few months. The total project cost is Rs 392 crore for now.

                      The 11 merged villages include Urali Devachi, Phursungi, Bavdhan Budruk, Mundhwa-Keshav Nagar, Hadapsar-Sade Satra Nali, Shivane, Dhayari, Undri, and Ambegaon Khurd.

                      In these villages, gram panchayats were looking after the system. But, with limited funds and resources, they could not add to their capacities.

                      The state government merged another 23 villages in July 2021, including Mahalunge, Sus, Bavdhan Budruk, Kirkatwadi, Pisoli, Kondhwe-Dhawade, New Kopre, Nanded, Khadakwasla, Manjari Budruk, Narhe, Mantarwadi, Holkarwadi, Autade-Handewadi, Wadachiwadi, Shewalewadi, Nandoshi, Mangdewadi, Bhilarewadi, Gujar Nimbalkarwadi, Jambhulwadi, Kolewadi, and Wagholi.

                      The much-delayed JICA-initiated river rejuvenation project has gained momentum on the ground and work for the STPs started last month. However, due to political reasons and doubts over the tender process by the Central government, the project got delayed. Hence, the estimated cost went up to Rs 1,511 from the original cost of Rs 980 crore. Now, the PMC has borne the additional burden of the inflated costs of the project.

                      Under the JICA project, the PMC will construct 11 new STPs in different parts of the city to reduce Mula-Mutha river pollution. The project will generate an additional treatment capacity of 396 million litres per day (MLD) over the existing treatment capacity of 477 MLD by laying 113.6 km of sewer lines and renovating/rehabilitation of four existing intermediate pumping stations.



                      PMC turns to JICA to install STPs (punemirror.com)
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