PCB Survey: 73 ‘dilapidated and unsafe’ structures in Pune

A survey conducted by the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) found that 73 ‘dilapidated and unsafe’ buildings in many areas. As per Section 297 of the Cantonment Act, 2006, such surveys are done every year during monsoon to identify the dangerous buildings in Pune.

 Dr. D N Yadav told Indian Express that they issued the eviction notices to the resident who still resides in six such dingy structures and there are approximately 3000 properties in the PCB area.

He further informed, While ward wise surveys are undertaken, the authorities are also intimated by locals about such crumbling structures. Time and again notices have been issued but occupants refuse to vacate the structures in several cases, following which cases are filed in the court.”

 Notices were served to dilapidated properties at 1138, 1139 Saifee Lane, 770 Taboot Street, 1192 Shimpi Ali, 1936 Dwayer Lane and others at Kedari Road by the engineering department.

 Most of the unsafe buildings are in Ward 1, which includes part of  Boottee Street, Dastur Meher Road and a part of Sachapir Street; Ward 2, which includes  J J Garden, old Modikhana, Taboot Street and Meher Mohalla and Ward 3, which has areas like Bhimpura Lane, Centre Street , V P Street and a part of Shimpi Ali.

 In many cases, there were legal disputes between the tenant and owner, due to which no repair work could take place. This posed a risk not only for people staying at such places but also for the adjacent buildings.

Sources: Indian Express

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Boycott ICC, says Miandad

Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad has approached the PCB to playing blacklist matches against India in ICC occasions.

The thrice time coach of Pakistani team said it was futile asking India to play bilateral cricket. Therefore Pakistan should also boycott playing ICC events with India.

Times of India quoted him saying. “I think when we don’t play India in ICC events and the ICC suffers financial losses and their events lose significance and colour, only then we will be treated with respect and we will be heard on an equal level at any forum “.

According to Miandad, injustice is being done with them despite India and Pakistan being equal members of the ICC executive board. If ICC board cannot change India’s decision, then Pakistan too would be stubborn to participate in ICC.

The former captain felt that Pakistan Cricket Board will just waste money on compensation claims instead of directing that money for infrastructure.

Miandad said the Indians have exploited them as they went to India in 2012 to play limited over series as they earned millions and Pakistan Cricket got nothing. But now the country’s respect and pride should be given priority.

Sources: Times of India, The Hindu


Illicit hoardings cost Pune Cantonment Board 3.5 crore 

The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) has incurred losses to the tune of Rs 3.5 crore. This is because of illicit billboard hoardings on their land which have remained unchecked.

The details came out after an RTI was filed by an activist by the name of Mazhar Khan who brought the issue up and also asked for the persons who were guilty of the crime to be punished.

This is pertaining to the financial periods between 2014-15, and 2015-16 during which the PCB had not announced tenders for the 33 sites in question – which reportedly fall under defense land.

According to Khan, between 2014 and 2016, the board had not invited tenders for advertisement hoardings – each of which could fetch a sum of Rs 50,000 each. He asked who would compensate such losses now that the cat was out of the bag.

Between the years 2012 and 2014, the tenders were given to Raviraj Sign Board Company for all the 33 sites and the PCB earned over two crores between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Later between 2014-16 the board did not invite any such tenders, which means there was no auction to choose the agency in question.

As per reports, in a recent board meeting, the PCB auctioned 21 such sites, while the remaining 12 were said to be auctioned on the 23 of December.

However, Khan claims that the 12 sites mentioned about have been given sanctions to advertise illegally while the authorities have failed to take the necessary action against the same.

SOURCE: Pune Mirror

World T20: Pak govt allows team to play matches in India

Putting an end to all the speculations, the Pakistan government on Thursday allowed its cricket team to play matches in India as part of the World T20 championship.

In a press release, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan said that the government has given its consent to play matches in India. They have also asked the International Cricket Council to provide special security arrangements for the team, while they are in India.

Citing “real threats” to Pakistani players in India, the PCB had earlier said that they would tour India only after they get a clearance nod from the government. The ICC, however, had threatened them of legal action, in case they withdrew from the tournament.

The Pakistani side will play a qualifier on March 16, before playing against India on March 19 at Dharamsala. The PCB Chief has also requested to accommodate hundreds of Pakistani fans who would be travelling to India to watch the matches.

Addressing PCB’s worries regarding the security of its players, BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) Secretary Anurag Thakur had earlier said that the security would be foolproof for all the participating teams, including Pakistan and that no side should feel insecure about travelling to India.

Placed in Group 2, Pakistan will be playing matches in Kolkata, Dharamsala and Chandigarh during their tour in India.


India to resume bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan

Karachi: India and Pakistan will play each other in six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 according to a MOU’s signed by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) at the ICC (International Cricket Council) annual meet in Melbourne.

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The last India-Pakistan match was played in 2012/13. Image courtesy: Hindustan times.

In a statement from Lahore on Thursday the PCB also said that the tours will be a part of the Future Tours Programme and the PCB will host four of these tours in the UAE or Pakistan with mutual consent.

The ICC also granted the PCB the fourth rank after India, England and Australia in terms of gains in revenue for the global cricket body from broadcasting and other rights.

The two countries will engage each other in a full bilateral series for the first time since 2007 with Pakistan coming to India in 2012/13 for a short tour.

Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/india-to-play-six-bilateral-series-against-pakistan/article6155130.ece