Pune Municipal Corporation announced its decision to reduce the number of trees to be cut to 35 for re-designing of Rajbhavan road that comes under Smart City Mission’s Urban Street Design policy. The project would have initially required felling of 105 trees from Savitribai Phule Pune University road till Bremen road and Aundh. The green activists, however, are still not happy as they believe that the number can be reduced further.
The pilot project of Smart City mission involving renovation and widening of Jangali Maharaj Road began followed by PMC’s announcement similar renovations for 15 other roads in the city.
Rajendra Raut, Chief Superintendent Engineer of the PMC road department said, “We earlier faced a similar issue with the removal of 105 existing trees on the stretch in question for road widening. After reworking the project, adjusting utilities and pedestrian pathways, we started work and reduced the number of trees to be cut. A proposal has also been submitted to the tree authority for approval.”
Ironically, these very roads also came under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) improvements and PMC has already spent Rs 72 crores since 2008. Despite heavy finances, the roads and pavements are still encroached by hawkers, cycle tracks are in pathetic condition and regular digging work for utility services disrupts traffic leading to congestion.
When questioned about the difference between JNNURM and Smart City roads project, Raut defended that the aim is to make them pedestrian friendly this time. Hence, the components would be almost the same, but redesigning will be done within the available width of roads.
News Source: Pune Mirror
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Pune: Chinchwad area of Pune saw election campaign turn unruly after candidates of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) got into clashes with one another, resulting in complaints filed from both ends.
A BJP worker complained that he and his fellow party workers were assaulted by NCP workers in the Anandnagar slums at around 10.45 on Saturday night, reported TOI .
According to the complaint filed at the Chichwad Police station, the members of BJP reached Anandnagar after learning that the NCP workers were distributing cash in order to buy votes for the elections. Four persons from the NCP were booked under the case, Vitthal Kaubade of the Chichwad police told TOI.
In another instance, the sitting woman NCP corporator from Chichwad registered a complaint with the police stating that 15-20 BJP workers hurled stones at her apartment in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
According to the complaint lodged, the BJP workers forced themselves into the house and assaulted the women of the family. They allegedly broke the window panes by hurling stones before leaving the housing complex premises.
The two parties are strong contenders in the Pune Municipal Corporation elections. Chichwad area is set to for the polls on February 21.
- TIMES OF INDIA http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/ncp-bjp-workers-clash-in-chinchwad/articleshow/57240461.cms
- PCMC TIMES-http://pcmctimes.com/politicsnews/ncp-bjp-workers-clash-in-chinchwad
The Pune Municipal Corporation on Wednesday approved four sites which total up to 21 acres for the parking of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) buses. The depots will be constructed in different parts of the city.
Kunal Kumar, Municipal Commissioner said that around 1,000 buses can be parked in a 21-acre spread land. Adding to this, he said that this project will resolve the issue of buses being parked on the road side which caused high breakdown of buses.
Shewalewadi, Bhekrai Nagar, Shindewadi, Balewadi and Bhugaon are the allotted areas, which will be given on a lease for 30 years.
“The bus depot would be world class where parking as well as workshop for maintenance would be created. This would help in reducing the number of buses that break down every day,” Kumar reportedly said. He also added PMPML should start working on this as soon as possible so that the sites become operational within a year.
The city’s waste disposal issue has also been addressed in another significant decision. The general body approved the PMC to develop a waste processing unit and means for its transportation to control the 100 ton of construction waste which is generated every day. The project majorly aims at recycling the produced waste.
The PMC will also ensure that the real estate developers transport the construction waste generated at their project sites to the waste processing unit.
“The PMC would seek in writing detailed information from real estate developers on the estimate construction waste, likely to be generated during the construction work. A fee for transportation of the debris from the construction site to processing plant would be collected from the developers during the approval of the building plan,” Kumar added.
Sources: The Indian Express, Pune Mirror
The Metro project in Pune was approved in October by the Public Investment Board (PIB) of the Union Finance Ministry. On Monday this week the project was placed before PMO and the Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it received approval for initiation of the Phase-I of the project on December 7,2016.
The total cost of the project will be Rs 11,420 crore and construction of two corridors: Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Swargate (16.589 km) and Vanaz to Ramwadi (14.665 km) is planned.
World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank gave its support through the approval for a loan of Rs 6,325 crore. 13.5 per cent of the remaining cost will be paid by Union and State government and the rest of the funds will be obtained from local civic bodies.
Pune Metro Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO) will implement the project, which is scheduled to be completed in five years from the date of start of the work.
Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar said, “The Union cabinet has approved the Pune Metro rail project. It would be now discussed in the state cabinet to plan its implementation”.
But Pune Mayor, Prashant Jagtap, said that the reason for approval of this project is the forthcoming civic elections.
The groundbreaking ceremony of Pune Metro project is held on December 24th which will be performed by either the Nationalist Congress Party chief, Sharad Pawar or the Prime Minister.
SOURCES : Money Control, The Indian Express
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PUNE: On Monday, a multipurpose garbage processing plant in the Koregaon park (KP) areas was inaugurated by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The plant will be disposing different types of wastes. It has been named ‘Avani Navanirmiti Kendra’.
The corporator of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) from this locality, Vanita Wagaskar said, “This is one of the steps for making a garbage free ward. The plant can process wet garbage and dry garbage in the same premises. It houses unit for compost generation from wet garbage, sanitary napkins disposal facilities, garden waste shredders and unit for brick making from garden waste”.
The plant which houses two huge processing units bearing the capacity of 6 tonne each had been laid out, on Monday in panel number 21.
Last year in January, Uruli-Phursungi’s villagers had taken up the responsibility and stopped the garbage dumps. The further carried out protests against the improper garbage management. This was followed by the state government’s order to PMC to stop the garbage dumping. A ‘special action plan to mitigate the garbage problem’ was introduced by PMC during meetings with several associations. A plan to increase the decentralised garbage processing facilities, had been obtained by the civic administration. And, the unit at KP is one of those steps.
Nearly 1,600 metric tonne of garbage is generated in Pune every day. This includes nearly 850 tonnes of dry garbage , 250 tonne of wet, and 500 tonnes of mixed garbage.
According to the civic officials, in the total garbage generated in Pune 15% is plastic. With the population growth, its quantity is increasing as well. Due to non-availability of land, processing of garbage is becoming a menace.
Source- Times Of India