Monday, 09 January 2017 04:04

PMPML needs a full time chief

PUNE: Though the Metro Rail Project has been approved for Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, it is a fact that bus transport is still the most widely-used system in the city. This situation is not likely to change for a few years, considering that the metro project will need at least four to five years to be completed. 2016 remained important for the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mandal Limited (PMPML) which is serving Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, three cantonments - Pune, Khadki and Dehu Road - and some adjourning areas.


The PMPML remained headless since last many months after the transfer of former Chairman and Managing Director Abhishek Krishna. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded appointment of a full time chief but the irony is that even after the BJP coming to power in the State, getting a full time IAS offier for the transport utility has remained a distant dream. At present, Pune Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar is holding additional charge of the utility. The Intelligent Transport System has not been operational completely though it has been approved by both the civic bodies. The PMPML has less number of buses and the number of breakdowns have increased in the utility.


Though there are some negative things, there are some positive things with the PMPML. Both Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad’s corporation have given the nod for purchasing new 1,550 buses. The procurement process has already started. Though the buses are yet to be added to the fleet, at least a decision has been taken and there are hopes that buses will get added next year in the fleet.


The PMPML launched the new BRTS route in the city on Ahmednagar Road in this year. It is also getting a good response from the commuters despite the initial hiccups. The number of commuters increased on both Ahmednagar and Alandi Road corridors. The PMPML also launched the special one day pass of Rs 75 which is getting a huge response. By considering the commuters’ demand, the PMPML had extended the scheme. The PMPML has converted three old buses into mobile toilets which are used for various functions. 


Though these positive things have happened, the PMPML is not able to improve its functioning. Since last two years, it wants to rationalise the routes but has not been able to do so. It had planned to curtail long routes and some of the routes which are loss making. Due to political pressure, PMPML is not able to curtail its routes. PMPML is also not able to increase the non-ticket revenue in this year. It had planned to develop its depots by using the 2.5 Floor Space Index but there has been no progress.


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Pimpri: Interviews of aspirants for Bharatiya Janata Party tickets took place on Monday on a low key, in contrast to the overwhelming response by party workers to  interviews held recently by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena. There was not much sloganeering and the candidates appeared for the interview and departed from the venue silently.

Moreover, senior BJP leaders Guardian Minister Girish Bapat and Pune MP Anil Shirole, did not turn up for conducting the interviews..  

The BJP city unit had announced a programme for interviewing candidates from ward numbers 16, 17,18, 22, 23, 24,25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32  at the Moraya Mangal Karyalaya in Thergaon on Monday. The party had asked candidates to submit a list of 50 supporters along with their names, addresses, mobile numbers and photos. The party maintained secrecy about number of candidates interviewed during the day. 

The interviews were scheduled at 9 am. It was announced that the interviews will begin after arrival of Shirole and Bapat. But both leaders did not turn up. Finally, the interviews began in the presence of  MLA Laxman Jagtap, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Sable, Chairman of State-level Accounts Committee Advocate Sachin Patwardhan,  Eknath Pawar, Women’s Wing President Shaila Molak, General Secretary Sarang Kamtekar and Amol Thorat.

The BJP conducted a third party survey to find out the winning chances of  candidates. Some candidates were asked to start their campaign within 30 seconds of the interview. Interviews of some candidates lasted for 10 to 15 minutes.  



The crowd at the BJP interview venue was not very big. Fifteen days ago, in the same area, the NCP conducted interviews of its aspirants. There was a huge crowd present then, leading to a traffic jam. A similar scene was seen at the interviews of the Shiv Sena candidates at the same venue. 


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Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:06

Construction of toilets in PCMC nears target

Pimpri: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has completed work of construction of 3,646 individual household toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission so far. Besides this, 1,041 more individual toilets have been constructed through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity. The PCMC has a target of constructing 8,836 individual household toilets in the city. With the construction of over 4,687 individual toilets and 175 community toilets, PCMC has come closer to fulfilling its clean city dream by March 2017. So far, the civic body has declared 48 of its electoral wards as open defecation-free. 

The civic body has identified 71 open defecation spots in the city. It has also identified the households that do not have access to toilet blocks. The civic body has planned to construct 8,836 individual household toilets and community toilets for 762 families in different locations. So far, work for 3646 individual toilets and 175 seats of community toilets has been completed. Rs 3.51 crore has been disbursed to 4,696 beneficiaries against the first installment of the subsidy for construction of toilet. While Rs. 1.92 crore has been disbursed to 2,402 beneficiaries have the second installment of the subsidy. 

So far, 6,993 applications have been uploaded on the website of Swachh Bharat mission. Out of this, 4,457 applications were approved by the government. Joint Commissioner and in-charge of Swachh Bharat Mission in PCMC Dilip Gawande said, “Now, the process has been streamlined and construction work is progressing fast. Except for 1,000 toilets that come under red zone area, the work of remaining toilets is expected to complete in next three months.”

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PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has decided to designate Pimpri camp — and surrounding areas — a "congested area", allowing it make changes to the development plan. Last month, the PCMC general body approved this proposal, under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act 1966. Declaring the area congested would allow the civic administration to increase the floor space index available for construction. At the moment, 1 FSI is allowed in the area. After the development plan is modified, citizens will be allowed an addition 0.5-1 FSI. The corporation has invited suggestions and objections regarding the proposal. FSI refers to the maximum area on a plot on which construction can be carried out.

"The civic body will conduct a hearing on the suggestions and objections received, and then submit a report to the state government for final approval," said Prakash Thakur, deputy director, town planning, PCMC. "This the first time that congested status will be granted for such a large area," he added. "Plots located along roads having width of less than 9m will be allowed a maximum of 1.5 FSI, while the plots located along roads with width of more than 9m will be allowed a maximum of 2 FSI. People can redevelop their plots accordingly, leading to planned development in this area. This (the additional FSI) could also be used to regularize the unauthorized constructions in the future," Thakur added.

Dabbu Aswani, standing committee chairman, said: "Around 2-3,000 families and 3-400 shops will benefit from this status." Pimpri camp was formed in 1947-48 to house refugees from the Sindhi community, who had migrated from the Sindh province in Pakistan following the partition. They had settled on the army land near Pimpri village, between the Mumbai-Pune railway tracks and Pavana river.

On land meant for horse stables, the enterprising community built shops and homes in the last 3-4 decades. Single-storied structures from the 70s and 80s have since mushroomed — albeit in an unwieldy manner — into three or four-storied structures. These structures — largely-unauthorized — eat into most big roads in the camp, reducing to narrow lanes.

Haphazard parking on the roads also causes traffic snarls in peak hours, sometimes even obstructing emergency services — fire brigade officials have been complaining that it is difficult for fire tenders to drive through these congested roads.




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PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: Rearing pets at home has picked up as a trend in Pimpri Chinchwad. But, people run out of options when they need to bury or cremate their     dead pets as there are only a few government and private-run facilities in the city. To work out the issue at hand, PCMC has started a pet crematorium which runs on CNG. Satish Gore, veterinary officer, PCMC said, "We have already started cremating unclaimed dead animals like cats, dogs and birds killed in accidents near public places. People can hand over the carcass of the dead animal round-the-clock, but the cremation will take place only between 11am to 1pm."

The pet incinerator can handle a maximum weight of 80 kg at once. Earlier, PCMC had started a pet cemetery 'Chirantan' in 2007. The plot measuring 20,000 sqft is located near Rose garden in Nehrunagar. "It was a new concept which was appreciated by many people and the response has been good till now," Gore said. Speaking about the support from people, he said, "Many who have buried their pets here have created small memorials to remember them. Some people have donated flowering plants to the cemetery. One NGO has also donated four benches to provide seating facility for visitors."

PCMC decided in 2012 that a pet crematorium should be constructed to reduce the number of burials. A trial was run with an incinerator purchased for Rs 38 lakh in 2013. "We had set up a gas bank of 24 LPG cylinders for this purpose to generate adequate pressure. But considering the high costs and non-availability of LPG, we decided to run the facility on CNG. Luckily, a PNG pipeline laid by Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) was just 600 meters away from the cemetery," Gore said.



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