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    Pimpri Chinchwad: Housing bodies warn of legal action over PCMC notice to disconnect water supply

    The civic body had issued notices to a few housing societies to snap water connections for unpaid property tax by a few flat owners.
    PUNE: Two housing societies federations in Pimpri Chinchwad have sent a legal notice to the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) warning it of legal action for any act of disconnection of water supply on its part.

    The civic body had issued notices to a few housing societies to snap water connections for unpaid property tax by a few flat owners.

    The legal notice to the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) served on January 20 by Pimpri Chinchwad and Chikhli Moshi housing federations stated, “By attempting to hold the entire housing complex responsible and penalising other regular property taxpayers for the defaults of only some, is completely against the principles of natural justice and is totally unilateral, arbitrary and illegal.”

    It further added, “the PCMC must refrain from issuing such notices/circulars which are illegal, generate panic among members of common people. If any act of disconnection of the entire housing society, or any coercive action is undertaken by the PCMC, then the federations shall not hesitate to take all appropriate legal action to safeguard the rights of the residents of cooperative housing societies and apartment complexes in the PCMC jurisdiction. This shall also mean approaching the Bombay high court or if the need be the Supreme court of India.”

    It added, “Section 128 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, 1949, and its relevant rules nowhere gives the authority to the PCMC to disconnect water connections of an entire housing complex with the objective of recovering outstanding overdue property tax from only a few defaulting flat owners.”

    The federation has asked the civic body to withdraw its January 14 circular within 48 hours.

    PCMC’s tax department head Nilesh Deshmukh told TOI, “We will discuss the notice with our legal department and accordingly decide on the next steps.”

    When asked about the way they were taking action against housing societies for the fault of individual property owners, the PCMC officials said they would continue to take the action as per the plan.

    “We have given notices after studying the legal aspect. The action is in the larger public interest. It is aimed at recovering pending property tax,” said Vasant Sutar, administrative officer, the PMC’s tax department.

    Ajit Deshmukh, the head of PMC’s property tax department, was not available for comment despite repeated attempts to contact him. He did not reply to SMS and WhatsApp messages sent to him. The PMC has issued notices to housing societies to cut off water supply and restrict access to common facilities as some flat owners have not paid the property tax. The residents of Hubtown Country Woods, an apartment in the Kondhwa area, which got the notice, have objected to it.

    “We oppose the action proposed by the PMC. The civic administration should take back the notice. The property owners, who diligently pay tax, should not suffer for the fault of defaulters,” said Sanjay Shitole, an office bearer of the society.

    PCMC chief Shekhar Singh in a media interaction earlier last week had reiterated that they will go ahead with snapping of water connections of defaulters in housing societies in cooperation with the society chairman and residents.

    Nilesh Deshmukh, head of the PCMC’s tax department, said that the names of defaulters will be put up on the society's notice board so as to let other regular property tax payers know who are the defaulters.

    (With inputs from Prasad Kulkarni)













    Housing Bodies Warn Of Legal Action Over Pcmc Notice To Disconnect Water Supply, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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      Centre likely to release Rs 566 crore for third metro line by March in Pune

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      https://realty.economictimes.indiati.../97223221?nt=1



      The total cost of the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar third Metro line project is Rs8,313 crore, including land acquisition and rehabilitation components.


      PUNE: With about 30% work completed for the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) third Metro line between Hinjewadi and Shivajinagar, the central government is expected to release Rs566 crore by March-end as a part of the first instalment for the project, said PMRDA officials on Saturday.

      The total cost of the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar third Metro line project is Rs8,313 crore, including land acquisition and rehabilitation components.

      Out of the project execution cost of Rs6,124 crore, the central government and the state government will contribute 20% each and the private concessionaire executing the project will have to generate 60% of the remaining amount, added the PMRDA authorities. The total funding expected from the Union government as a part of the 20% share is Rs1,224.96 crore.

      The authorities said that the first instalment is likely to come by March. Next year, the authority expects the remaining Rs668.16 crore for the Metro line that will be operational from April 2025.

      "The release of funds from the Union government and state will keep the project on track. This is part of the viability gap funding as per the Metro concession agreement. The state's share is Rs1,036 crore, to be disbursed from next year," said the officials.

      MLA Siddharth Shirole has been following up with the authorities for completion of the work on the stretch by end of this year.

      "We are hoping that the PMRDA will implement it as per the PUMTA guidelines and the concessionaires are ready with the revised plan for completing the work by the end of December," he said.
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        Pune Municipal Corporation proposes town planning scheme in Wadgaonsheri on 47 acres of land

        TNN / Updated: Jan 24, 2023, 06:00 IST



        Pune Municipal Corporation

        PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has proposed a town planning scheme in Wadgaonsheri. A proposal regarding the same has been tabled before the city improvement committee.

        Once approved, this will be the third town planning scheme in the PMC area and the first in Wadgaonsheri. Around 47 acres of land will be utilised in the area for this purpose. The PMC had proposed a special zone for town planning schemes in the development plan for these areas, but the state government had given directives that there was no need for dedicated reservations for such schemes. The civic administration has proposed two town planning schemes in Uruli-Phursungi areas. An arbitrator has been appointed for these schemes to speed up land acquisition and deal with any legal issues pertaining to it.

        "The development of road network could not be completed due to land acquisition issues. The town planning scheme will help in planned development of these areas," said Vikram Kumar, the PMC administrator, in the proposal tabled before the city improvement committee.

        As per the proposal, the town planning scheme will be set up at survey number 11. Wadgaonsheri was merged into the PMC limits in 1997.

        "The town planning scheme will not impact the existing properties. The property owners will get the land at the same place. They will be able to reap the benefits of the town planning scheme when these properties are redeveloped," said a senior PMC official. "The civic administration should have given more emphasis on the town planning scheme. Issues related to land acquisitions, reservations, and amenities would not have arisen if the authorities had given priority to the town planning schemes," said Ramchandra Gohad, a senior urban planner.
        The civic officials said that the PMC is promoting the scheme at various areas as it has multiple benefits. It requires minimum land acquisition.

        As per the PMC data, the state government has planned two town planning schemes at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi. These will be the Pune's first major town planning schemes in 35 to 40 years. They will be developed on 371 hectares in these areas.

        One scheme has been approved for each of these two areas. The approved schemes include one at Uruli Devachi on 110 hectares and another at Phursungi on 261 hectares.










        Pune Municipal Corporation proposes town planning scheme in Wadgaonsheri on 47 acres of land | Pune News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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          Truth buried under debris?


          Lifting of the rubble and restoring a drainage line damaged by it will be a major headache for the cash-strapped board

          MahaMetro denies construction waste dumped on defence land is theirs; KCB continues to stick to its guns

          The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB), which had blamed MahaMetro for dumping debris on defence land recently, seems to be in a fix, as the metro rail authorities have flatly denied that it was theirs. Lifting of the rubble and restoring a drainage line damaged by it will be a major headache for the cash-strapped board if it fails to prove its claim and trace the culprit. It is struggling financially after the vehicle entry fee (VEF) was discontinued in January last year. Mirror reported the issue in its news item titled, Riled by ‘rail’ debris, in its edition of January 20, 2023.

          The KCB had sent a letter (a copy of which is in possession of Pune Times Mirror) to MahaMetro on January 18, stating that around 100 trucks carrying debris were unloaded in their area by a MahaMetro contractor. MahaMetro officials said their staff visited the vacant plot behind St Joseph’s Convent School and Bungalow No. 8 on Field Marshal Cariappa Marg where the debris was dumped.





          “After receiving the letter from KCB, our staff members visited the site. It was found that the material dumped there was the remains of construction material which looked like it belonged to a demolished residential property,” a Metro official told Mirror. “Our work mainly comprises drilling activity and there is no question of us getting construction and demolition (C&D) waste in that. We have written back to KCB clarifying that the material is not related to Metro construction activity.

          The material is of old brick work with lime mortar containing glazed tiles, Kota stone flooring and mosaic tiles which seems to be of old bungalow/house which is not in the area of Metro route activity.” However, the KCB is firm on their stand and wrote back to MahaMetro on January 20, stating that they have relevant photographs of the trucks that were engaged in the dumping activity. The letter addressed to the general manager of MahaMetro stated that the debris that was dumped near Bungalow No. 8 was done by MahaMetro contractor.

          The KCB said that it even furnished photographic evidence (a soft copy of which is in possession of Mirror). “We have replied to the letter sent by MahaMetro and we are optimistic that they understand the gravity of the situation and remove the debris from the site, which is likely to cause heavy flooding during the monsoon,” said a KCB official, who did not wish to be named.




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            Amazon Development Center leases two lakh sq ft office space in Pune's Kharadi

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            https://realty.economictimes.indiati...aradi/97267779



            The company has picked up the office space spread over four floors for a tenure of 10 years with total rentals of over Rs 208 crore, including rental escalations.


            Ecommerce major Amazon’s software and support services company Amazon Development Center (India) has leased an office space spread over nearly 200,000 sq ft in information technology (IT) special economic zone (SEZ) Gera Commerzone in Pune’s Kharadi locality.

            The company has picked up the office space spread over four floors for a tenure of 10 years with total rentals of over Rs 208 crore, including rental escalations.

            The agreement includes a clause to escalate monthly rentals by 15% after every three years. Amazon Development Center (India), as a tenant, will also have a lock-in period of three years.

            Gera Commerzone is a joint venture between Pune-based developer Gera Developments and K Raheja Corp’s listed real estate investment trust (REIT) Mindspace Business Parks REIT. The project is spread over 25.8 acres and it has a total leasable area of around 3 million sq ft, of which 50% is delivered and leased, while an additional 1.5 million sq ft is currently under-construction.

            Mindspace Business Parks REIT and Gera Developments had entered into a joint venture to develop this project and has so far leased the office spaces to large global companies including British Petroleum, Barclays, UPS, Mindcrest, Maveric and Allstate.

            Amazon Development Center (India) has paid Rs 1.79 crore as stamp duty for the lease transaction that was concluded and registered on January 13, showed the documents accessed through Propstack.

            Amazon Development Center (India) has operations spread across the world and its development centres in India are in cities including Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad.

            ET’s email queries to Amazon India and K Raheja Corp remained unanswered until the time of going to press.

            In October, Amazon Data Services India entered into an agreement with realty developer K Raheja Corp’s subsidiary Newfound Properties and Leasing to pick up a commercial tower with built up area of 451,000 sq ft through a long-term sub lease of over 15 years in Thane to set up a data centre.

            The commercial office segment, which was significantly impacted by the pandemic, has made a strong comeback in the last 3-4 quarters, supported by strong economic growth, increased hiring and a return to the office trend, keeping the office sector buoyant.

            Office real estate witnessed a strong recovery in demand despite the geopolitical challenges, recording gross office leasing of 51.6 million sq ft, a rise of 36% from a year ago, showed a recent report. New office space completions also grew 28% to 49.4 million sq ft.

            Office rental levels were stable or grew across all markets during the period, marking it as the second half-yearly period since the first half of 2019 that this has occurred. Bengaluru and Pune office markets grew the most during the second half of 2022 at 11% and 7% on-year, respectively.





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              Pune civic body proposes town planning scheme in Wadgaonsheri on 47 acres of land

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              Once approved, this will be the third town planning scheme in the PMC area and the first in Wadgaonsheri. Around 47 acres of land will be utilised in the area for this purpose.


              PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has proposed a town planning scheme in Wadgaonsheri. A proposal regarding the same has been tabled before the city improvement committee.

              Once approved, this will be the third town planning scheme in the PMC area and the first in Wadgaonsheri. Around 47 acres of land will be utilised in the area for this purpose.

              The PMC had proposed a special zone for town planning schemes in the development plan for these areas, but the state government had given directives that there was no need for dedicated reservations for such schemes.

              The civic administration has proposed two town planning schemes in Uruli-Phursungi areas. An arbitrator has been appointed for these schemes to speed up land acquisition and deal with any legal issues pertaining to it.

              "The development of road network could not be completed due to land acquisition issues. The town planning scheme will help in planned development of these areas," said Vikram Kumar, the PMC administrator, in the proposal tabled before the city improvement committee.

              As per the proposal, the town planning scheme will be set up at survey number 11. Wadgaonsheri was merged into the PMC limits in 1997.

              "The town planning scheme will not impact the existing properties. The property owners will get the land at the same place. They will be able to reap the benefits of the town planning scheme when these properties are redeveloped," said a senior PMC official.

              "The civic administration should have given more emphasis on the town planning scheme. Issues related to land acquisitions, reservations, and amenities would not have arisen if the authorities had given priority to the town planning schemes," said Ramchandra Gohad, a senior urban planner.

              The civic officials said that the PMC is promoting the scheme at various areas as it has multiple benefits. It requires minimum land acquisition.

              As per the PMC data, the state government has planned two town planning schemes at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi. These will be the Pune's first major town planning schemes in 35 to 40 years. They will be developed on 371 hectares in these areas.

              One scheme has been approved for each of these two areas. The approved schemes include one at Uruli Devachi on 110 hectares and another at Phursungi on 261 hectares.
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                Regular water supply on the ‘bucket list’ of Parvati residents
                Residents in bungalows and housing societies are compelled to buy water from tankers

                Denizens frustrated with perennial problem; PMC chief engineer assures action

                PHOTOS: OSHWIN KADHAO

                Denizens of the Parvati-Sahakar Nagar area are frustrated with having to perpetually grapple with the issue of extreme water scarcity caused by erratic and near-zero water supply in the area. Ironically, this is the state of affairs even though the Khadakwasla dam and other reservoirs in the city have enough water throughout the year. Despite several complaints, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has failed to take concrete action to solve the issue. Speaking about the issue, Kalpana Sawant, a resident of Sandhya Society, told Mirror, “We have been staying here since 1983.

                Earlier, we had water supply for 24 hours but now it has been limited to only 3-4 hours. We have complained to the corporators a few times, but to no avail.” Jay Ambre, secretary of the Jayshankar Society, said that the issue was resolved temporarily when the residents met the corporators, but it was back to square one in a few days. Explaining that the water pressure is better for residents living on the ground floor, he said, “For everybody else, it’s a daily headache.

                Even senior citizens have to wake up early for water, and on days like Thursdays when PMC does not supply water at all, it’s nothing less than a struggle.” While residents in bungalows and housing societies buy water from tankers, residents in slums are the worst hit as they cannot afford to buy water every day. They have to ensure that their house has adequate water stocked every day, even if it means jeopardising their health. Nirmala Londhe(R)

                Venting out her exasperation, Nirmala Londhe, staying in ward no. 35 for the last 55 years, said, “This is our third generation that is staying here. I don’t remember a single day when we got a regular supply of water for an adequate period of time. So many times we have to go to the bungalow in front of our house for one bucket of water. We are fed up with the situation.” Archana Kadam

                Archana Kadam, from the same lane, says, “We get water from 6 to 9 in the morning, but the pressure is so low that the families staying on the first floor have to come down to the ground floor every day. The water supply starts again around 3:30 pm and lasts only for an hour.” Priyanka Kamble, who stays on the foot of the Taljai Nagar area, says, “The water supply is extremely irregular, but we are grateful because some houses in our area don’t even get water.” On the other hand, Anna Kamble, who lives atop the Taljai Nagar area, explained that each house has a different pipeline connection.

                It is also because of this that the timing of the water supply varies. “We have water for 24 hours. It is because we stay near the main supply tank. We don’t have any problem,” he says. However, many residents have been grappling with this issue for so long that they are now habituated to it. Archana Dhavare, a resident of Shramik Vasahat, says, “The supply is very irregular, but we are accustomed to it now. We just align our schedules with the timing so as to store enough water at home.”

                Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers had organised an indefinite hunger strike this week in front of the Swargate water supply department. According to them, the PMC and water department authorities, on being questioned, give several excuses, like the water supply tank not filling up, inadequate electricity, failure of the Padmavati pumping station, insufficient water from the main Parvati water station, etc. Anirudh Pavaskar, chief engineer of PMC water supply department, and concerned officers visited the protest site and spoke to the protestors. Pavaskar assured the residents that the problem will be resolved soon. The NCP called off the protest following his assurance.










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                  They poured their savings into home that were never built

                  Tang said his wife grew tired of waiting for a home that might never get finished and a new life that might never start. In November, they filed for divorce. He is still paying $550 a month in mortgage payments.

                  “When I think about the unfinished apartment, it’s as if I’m falling from heaven to hell,” Tang said. “I have nothing to look forward to in life — no apartment, no apartment, no wife.”

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                    NCP wants suspension of riverfront campaign in Pune

                    TNN / Updated: Jan 26, 2023, 06:45 IST



                    Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)

                    PUNE: NCP's urban cell on Wednesday demanded suspension of the civic body's Mula-Mutha River Rejuvenation Project campaign - PuneRe.

                    "The drive is creating a false impression about the riverfront development project. The campaign is being organised with the help of school students. They have been asked to pledge and garner support for riverfront development, which is not correct," Rajya Sabha member and NCP leader Vandana Chavan said at a news conference here.

                    Chavan said that contradictions have been found in the campaign and the project report of the riverfront development project. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)'s campaign said that the riverfront development project would reduce the risk of floods, but the project report stated otherwise. So, the publicity initiative was presenting a wrong picture before the citizens about this environmentally-sensitive project, she said.

                    "The civic administration has vested interest behind organising this campaign. The corporation is reaching out to over 10 lakh people for this pledge. The results will be presented before the court to strengthen the civic administration's side in the legal battle," said Nitin Kadam, president of the NCP urban cell.

                    The PMC officials said that the water carrying capacity of the river will increase after the completion of the project. Kunal Khemnar, additional commissioner, PMC, said, "The PuneRe campaign aims at creating environmental awareness. It has not been carried out with any vested interest in mind."











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