Sewage worker dies after inhaling poisonous gas

In an unfortunate incident on Wednesday, Bharat Dhaokar, a 43-year-old sewage worker died after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a drainage chamber in the Kalewadi area of Pimpri-Chinchwad. The incident poses questions on the attitude of the civic authorities towards their staff.

Seema Savale, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Standing committee chairperson ensured that the contractor will have to pay Rs5 lakh as assistance to the family of the deceased.

Another worker employed with Dhaokar was rushed to the hospital, and is now out of danger. The PCMC administration has appointed a two-member committee of Joint Commissioner Dilip Gawde and Joint City Engineer Ravindra Dudhekar to probe the incident and take corrective measure to avoid recurrence.

According to Shravan Hardikar, the Municipal Commissioner, both the workers were trying to drain out the water from the drainage chamber using a jet suction machine. To place the machine, as soon as the workers opened the chamber, they suffered from suffocation and had to be hospitalised.

But, as per an eye-witness account, both the workers were lowered into the 10-feet deep chamber and after clearing it, they felt “uneasy and fell unconscious”.

Savale has promised the committee will take swift action and make those responsible pay.

Source – The Indian Express

Image Source – Rajesh Stephan

Pune to go dry on Thursday

Some of the significant commercially as well as residentially areas in Pune will face water supply problem on Thursdayas Pune Municipal Corporation has panned to carry out repair work in the water work stations. According to a press release issued by the civic body, water supply will continue to start at a low pressure from Friday morning. The press release has also stated the names of the areas which will be affected the most. 

The areas under Under Warje/SNDT water works are Bhusari Colony, Shastrinagar, Bavdhan, Bhugaon Road, Sus Road, Baner, Balewadi, Pashan, Warje, Karvenagar, Erandwane, Sutardara, Dahanukar Colony, Gandhi Bhavan, Model Colony, Law College Road, Gokhalenagar, Bhosalenagar, Aundh, Bopodi and Khadki.

Under Wadgaon water works the areas which will be affected are Sinhagad Road, Hingne, Wadgaon, Dhayari, Dhankawdi, Katraj, Aanandnagar, Ambegaon Pathar and Santoshnagar.Under Parvati water works: Peth areas, Dattawadi, Rajendranagar, Lokmanyanagar, Swargate, Parvati Darshan, Mukundnagar, Parvati village, Sahakarnagar, Bibvewadi and Taljai.

Finally, under Cantonment water works Pune Cantonment, Pune station, Koregaon Park, Tadiwala Road will be affected. 

Sources: TOI,

Pune to host India’s maiden Innompic Games

This year, Pune will be hosting the first ever ‘Innompic Games’ from September 15 to September 18. The event is a collective initiative of the Global Innompic Organising Committee, Science and Technology Park, Pune, Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks and Business Incubators Association and College of Engineering, Pune; and the winners will receive an amount of US $3 million as seed fund for setting up a business.

The focus of this event is to promote innovative ideas and practical business solutions for social challenges. Addressing a press meet on Tuesday, Rajendra Jagdale, Chairman of the first Innompic Organising Committee said “Innovations have a huge potential to change day-to-day-life of human beings. Thus, to promote and encourage innovations all across the globe, we thought of Innompic Games just like the Olympic Games in sports.”

The event will see participants from 11 countries including India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Nepal, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda, USA, and Yemen. Out of the four teams taking part, two are from India. The homegrown teams will comprise of experts from the incubator ecosystem and the other team will consist of international students studying in India.


Sources: TOI, Sakal

Ganesh Pandals still on Pune roads; Citizens face trouble

It has been almost two weeks that Ganesh Utsav has ended in the city, still, the pandals have not been dismantled. Pedestrians have been facing trouble in walking on the footpaths along JM Road, Pune.  Pandals have restricted the space and pits, which were dug to plant poles still remain.

According to the Times of India, citizens of the city reported that footpaths have been suffering for about 20 days because the construction of pandals began a full 10 days before the festival this year. People have started seeking actions and they believe it’s time authorities initiate some strong legal action.
According to this year festival guidelines, the organisations are supposed to complete the permissions process four to five days before the start of the Ganesh Festival. The municipal corporation own records reveal that less than 50% of organisers have completed the formalities to construct pandals. Moreover, it is estimated that nearly, 1000 Ganesh organisations applied for permission this year, and rest 1500 mandalas, ran without permission. However, the civic administration has not taken any step against them.
Image and news source – TOI 

Purushottam Karandak: NACSC, Ahemdnagar emerges winner

Purushottam Karandak, Pune’s largest theater festival for the youth finally came to end on Wednesday. In a one-of-a-kind feat, the New Arts, Commerce and Science College, Ahmednagar pipped Pune’s Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College, four-time winner of Purushottam Karandak in the final round, creating history. The winning play Mic talked about the power of unity and common goals, and its eventual exploitation due to personal motives of individuals.

Karandak festival is an event started by Datye in 1963, in the memory of Late Mr Purushottam Ramachandra also known as Appasaheb Vaze. It it is a confluence of budding talent and passion of upcoming student/ theatre actors along with the age-old experiences of theatre veterans.

Pune’s Modern Engineering College secured the second place and procured the Hari Vinayak Karandak award for their play ASL (Age, Sex, Location) Please, which dealt with conversations with strangers. Sanjeev Karandak, which is the third place was won by Pune’s Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) for their play Sorry Paranjpe whose theme revolved around the removal of Ram Ganesh Gadkari’s statue in Pune.

“Our hard work seems to have paid off. We are feeling very confident now,”  Krushna Walke who was part of the 16-member winning team told Times of India in an interview. “In the play, we showed how a stage was built by people hailing from different backgrounds who come together for a common cause. However, when there was a mic placed on the stage it is exploited to feed the biases of few. All it results into is cacophony,” he added.

This year’s festival started on August 8 at the Bharat Natya Mandir. In the previous year, Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College of Pune won the title for the fourth time, a feat never achieved by any other college in the history.




Pune man lost Rs 87000 at toll plaza

Swiping a debit card at a toll plaza costed a man Rs 87000 from his bank account. 

Darshan Patil, 36, got a hefty amount stolen from his bank account after he swiped his debit card at Khalapur toll plaza on Saturday. He lodged a complaint with Hadapsar police station in Pune.

“At the Khalapur Toll Plaza, I paid R230 at 6.27 pm. Immediately, I received a message about the transaction. But around 8.31 pm, I received a notification saying that a purchase worth Rs. 20,000 had been done with my card. Within minutes of that, I got six more messages of fraud transactions made through my debit card,” said Patil.

Patil’s concern is mainly about the fact that how were the cyber criminals able to siphon such a hefty amount without him being notified regarding the transactions even once. Ideally, the person from whose account the transaction is made gets an OTP on their registered phone number but Patil did not receive anything but still the amount got deducted.

Currently, his bank account is left with zero balance after several transactions were made of Rs 100 and three of Rs 10.

There is a suspicion that CCTV cameras installed in the toll plaza recorded while he was putting in the pin because there are no possibilities of any other way as he does not remember telling the pin to anybody else.

I don’t give my pin number to anyone. In fact, I entered the code myself. But I can’t deny the possibility of any mischief done by those guys. The toll window was at the top and there were CCTV cameras overhead,” he added.

Sources: NDTV,

UM International to open a new manufacturing unit in Pune

American motorcycle brand UM International LLC, with its Indian partner UM Lohia Two Wheelers Pvt Ltd, will invest nearly Rs 100 crore over the next 18 months to make another manufacturing facility in the southern region of the country.

Currently, the company manufactures cruise motorcycles at Kashipur in Uttarak hand. And Jose Villegas, director, UM India, and Rajeev Mishra, CEO, UM Lohia Two Wheelers, gave hints of building the new facility may be somewhere around Pune.

Mishra, while launching UM Renegade Mojave and Clas sic variants in Pune on Monday, said, “”Moving forward, looking at the importance of the southern and the western market, I would like to have a second facility in this part of the country”. He also added that India will become the new center, where 300cc and above motorcycles will be manufactured and developed.

The company has managed to sell 10,000 motorcycles in the country over the last 10 months – averaging at about 1,000 motorcycles a month. Villegas said the target in the next fiscal is to make and sell 48,000 units in India. The Kashipur facility can be used to make 50,000 motorcycles a month.

In the last 10 months, the company had managed to sell 10,000 motorcycles across the country, approximately at about 1000 motorcycles a month. Villegas said that our target is to make and sell nearly 48,000 units in India. And the Kashipur facility will be used to manufacture 50,000 motorcycles a month.

Sources – Times of India