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3 arrested for setting fire to shop in Pimpri

Pune: The Pimpri police on Monday arrested three men including a criminal on record and detained three minors for allegedly setting ablaze five shops following an argument while purchasing footwear from a shop near Morwadi chowk in Pimpri on Sunday around 9.30pm. Senior inspector V V Muglikar of Pimpri police said Munna alias Mahesh Chandanshive (24) and others visited Irshad Israr Khan's shop and purchased a pair of footwear.

He said Munna picked up an argument with Khan for giving him discount. The heated dispute led Munna and Khan into a physical fight. The suspects took off and Khan closed for the day and left for home. Munna and his accomplices later returned to the shop to take revenge. They allegedly used kerosene set the shop ablaze. In the incident, four neighouring shops were also gutted. "We have arrested Munna and two others and detained their minor accomplices under the Indian Penal Code," Muglikar added. tnn


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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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Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on Tuesday announced that city will get water supply twice a day, bringing relief to Puneites. The decision was made public after a Canal Committee meeting was held in Mumbai on Tuesday. The meeting, which was slated to take place in September 2016, couldn’t be held due to prevailing code of conduct for MLC election which went on till last quarter of 2016. The meeting is important as the water distribution for whole of the year is decided by the Canal Committee for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad as well rest of the district.

“The canal committee held its meeting on Tuesday in Mumbai as the meeting was due for three months and since PMC elections are round the corner, the meeting couldn’t have been conducted due to the code of conduct,” said a senior official with the Irrigation Department. Presently, the city gets water supply once a day. The situation has been such since August 8, 2016 that a water cut had been announced due to shortage of water in dams and for better management of water for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and water that is spent for irrigation. PMC receives 1,250 million litres per day (MLD) water from irrigation department for supplying to the city. “We have so far lifted 10.54 TMC from the dams that supply water to the city. To supply water twice a day, we needed additional 2.5 TMC, a proposal which has been cleared by the committee,” a PMC official said.



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