Pimpri-Chinchwad Civic Body, Police Will Act Against Illegal Hoardings

November 17, 2010  //  Posted by: Anil Pharande  //  Category: Municipal Corporation, News, News, PCMC, Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune News

(DNA, Nov 17, 2010)

Additional municipal commissioner Prakash Kadam said on Tuesday that police cases will be filed against those putting up unauthorised billboards in Pimpri-Chinchwad area and a penalty of Rs3,000 would be imposed on those found guilty.

The civic body and the city police will jointly take action against illegal flex boards from Friday.

The decision was taken at the meeting organised at Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) head office. Municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma, additional commissioner Prakash Kadam, deputy police commissioner Dynaneshwar Chavan, ward officers and PCMC anti-encroachment squad staff were present.

Speaking to media persons on Tuesday, Kadam said, “Action against unauthorised flexes will start from Friday. All unauthorised flexes, banners and hoardings should be removed in two days.’’

“The PCMC will collect a fine of Rs500 plus Rs2,500 as charges for removing the flexes. The civic body will provide a camera to each ward office to take snaps of illegal hoardings,’’ he said.

The registration number will be written on flexes and banners.

Civic officials said in eight months, around 1,301 illegal banners, flexes and posters had been removed. Kadam said Sharma had visited various parts of the city and identified the illegal billboards.

The civic officials added that while removing the flexboards, the officials faced resistance from political leaders. Hence, police officials will be present to help civic staff.

Deputy chief minister and district guardian minister, Ajit Pawar, and chief minister Prithviraj Chavan recently stated that there should a separate law to initiate action against illegal flexes and hoardings.

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PCMC To Levy Penalty On Property Tax Defaulters

October 19, 2010  //  Posted by: Anil Pharande  //  Category: Municipal Corporation, PCMC, Pimpri Chinchwad, Property News, Property Tax, Pune, Pune Real Estate

(TNN, Oct 18, 2010)

PUNE: Propoerty tax defaulters in the Pimpri-Chinchwad township will have to pay a penalty of two per cent of the tax amount per month from this year, said Shahaji Pawar, assistant commissioner, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).

Pawar added that municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma had approved the proposal based on the new government resolution (GR) permitting civic bodies to levy penalty on defaulters.

There are 2.71 lakh properties in the municipal limits. The PCMC property tax department had, for the first time in the 26 years of its existence, crossed the Rs 100 crore collection mark in 2009-10 with the collection of Rs 106 crore. The department auctions properties of defaulters if they fail to clear their outstanding dues. The department had initiated auction against 315 properties and mopped up Rs 2.87 crore from these defaulters in 2009-10.

Pawar said, “Property tax payers have to pay the tax for the first six months of the financial year till September 30 every year. If they fail to pay the tax in this period, they will have to pay a penalty of two per cent of the tax amount from October 1 onwards. The tax for the second half of the financial year has to be paid by December 31, failing which taxpayers will have to pay the penalty from January 1 onwards.”

He said that for 2010-11, people should pay the tax for the first six months by October-end to avoid payment of penalty.

The state government had issued a GR on June 5, 2010, empowering municipal corporations to charge two per cent penalty per month for delay in payment of tax. The Pune Municipal Corporation decided to implement the GR a month ago.

The property tax department starts sending property tax bills for the first six months of the financial year from June, giving three months time to pay the tax. The bills for the second half are sent from October onwards.

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PCMC Approves Proposal To Plant 40,000 Saplings

September 19, 2010  //  Posted by: Anil Pharande  //  Category: Environment, News, News, News, Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune, Pune News

PUNE: The standing committee of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Tuesday approved the controversial proposal to plant 40,000 saplings on Bhandara hill at Dehu village, at a cost of Rs 91.82 lakh.

Prashant Shitole, chairman, standing committee, PCMC said, “A maximum number of medicinal plants will be planted in this drive.”

The controversy was on two counts. The first being whether the PCMC should spend a large amount of money on a project outside the municipal limits and second related to the proposal being tabled before the standing committee after the civic general body had already approved it.

Shitole said, “The contractor will plant the saplings, water them and look after their security for two years, ensuring their survival.”

The standing committee kept the health department’s proposal, regarding hiring of 700 contract labourers for one year to help maintain sanitation and cleanliness at a cost of 3.78 crore, pending.

The proposal has been kept pending for one week and the administration has been directed to give information as to the number of contract labourers needed as per the latest population of the township. Detailed discussions will be held at the next weekly meeting.

Shitole said, “The health department has a shortage of manpower. It has prepared a list of the number of existing health employees and the required number of employees for each ward as per the population figures of 2001 census. The PCMC had received bids from 35 organisations to supply contract labourers.”

He added that the population of the PCMC limits has increased in the past 10 years, so there was a need for more health employees.

He further said that the proposal to purchase 14,172 water meters at the cost of Rs 2.80 crore was approved without any discussion.

“The PCMC has installed more than a lakh water meters in the municipal limits and only a few water more need to be installed,” Shitole stated.

He said that the proposal to get an internet connection from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for the online birth and death certificate system at the cost of Rs 8 lakh per year was also approved.

A short notice resolution to provide loud speaker system to all the day care centres for senior citizens run by senior citizens’ organisations in the municipal limits was also approved.

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PCMC Grant For School Approved By Maharastra State

August 31, 2010  //  Posted by: Anil Pharande  //  Category: Construction, Education, Infrastructure, Municipal Corporation, News, PCMC, PCNTDA, Pimpri, Pimpri Chinchwad, Projects, Property News, Pune, Real Estate News, Satellite Town, Schools, Schools

PUNE: The state government has approved the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s proposal of giving Rs 25 lakh grant to the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha for building a girls’ school in Dehu village.

The proposal was sent to the state government for approval as the grant was meant for an institution which was outside the PCMC limits. The Sanstha plans to construct a three-storied building, having five classrooms on each floor.

The total estimated construction cost is Rs 89.40 lakh. It has collected Rs 20.85 lakh through donations from various sources.

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PCMC Pay Points Ensure No More Long Queues To Pay Bills In Pimpri

August 26, 2010  //  Posted by: Anil Pharande  //  Category: Administration, Apartments, Buying Property, Construction, Indian Homebuyers, Infrastructure, Municipal Corporation, News, PCMC, PCNTDA, Pimpri, Pimpri Chinchwad, Pradhikaran, Property Buyers, Property Market, Property News, Property Registration, Property Tax, Pune, Real Estate News, Satellite Town, Water Supply

On March 31 this year, thousands of residents in Pimpri-Chinchwad had lined up at four divisional offices of the municipal corporation to pay their water bills and property tax bills. The PCMC was forced to extend the deadline in view of the serpentine queues that created chaos and unruly scenes.

Such endless queues at PCMC offices have now become a thing of the past. The PCMC has started Pay Points, a concept popular in the city of London. Pay Points are like ATM centres where residents can pay their property bills and water tax bills using their swipe cards.

The idea is the brainchild of Municipal Commissioner, Asheesh Sharma, who had had a first account experience of the Pay Point System earlier this year in London. On August 20, the PCMC inaugurated as many as five points — four at divisional offices and the fifth one at its headquarters in Pimpri.

Along with Pay Points, the PCMC has also started online issue of death and birth certificates. The earlier system of coming to PCMC headquarters, filing an application and waiting for a few days to get the certificates have been done away with. Now just go online, make payment and get your certificate in a jiffy.

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PCMC News: Changes At Dange Chowk To Reduce Traffic Congestion

August 09, 2010  //  Posted by: Anil Pharande  //  Category: Administration, Infrastructure, Municipal Corporation, PCMC, Pimpri, Pimpri Chinchwad, Property News, Pune, Satellite Town, Traffic, Transport

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has set up channelisers on three sides of Dange chowk on Aundh-Ravet road in Thergaon to allow motorists a free left turn without causing congestion.

In addition to the channelisers, zebra crossings will be repainted and footpaths built on all sides. Traffic signals will be installed and the existing road dividers will be extended to segregate flow of vehicles. All the measures would be in place in a month’s time, assured Patil.

An official of the traffic department of the PCMC said, “The widening of Aundh-Ravet road is in progress, so channelisers on the fourth side of the chowk, leading to Tathawade, will be set up later. The traffic signal at the centre will be removed and signal posts will be installed in the channelisers on all the four sides.”

The PCMC will soon conduct a drive to check encroachments along the roads converging at the chowk. As a long-term measure to reduce traffic congestion, the PCMC plans to construct a flyover at Dange chowk.

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PCMC News: Free Bus Pass Scheme To Be Restarted

August 03, 2010  //  Posted by: Anil Pharande  //  Category: Administration, Education, Infrastructure, Municipal Corporation, News, PCMC, Pimpri, Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune, Schools

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will shortly ask the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) to restart the free bus pass scheme for students in the municipal limits.

The PMPML has provided 80 buses for ferrying school students, and the PMC has already implemented the free bus pass scheme for this academic year after resolving all payment related issues.

The civic administration has tabled a proposal to give Rs 2.62 crore to PMPML for payment of arrears. The proposal will come up at the weekly meeting of the standing committee, to be held on July 27. The proposal states payment of Rs 1.64 crore was made to PMPML after receipt of a letter dated April 26. The civic body had to pay total dues of Rs 4.26 crore.

There was no budgetary provision in the secondary education department for the free bus pass scheme, and so no provision for payment of dues. But, there is a provision of Rs 7 crore for students’ quality enhancement for secondary education department, and the deficit amount of Rs 2.62 crore is expected to be paid from that provision with the approval of the standing committee.

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PCMC News: Tech Corps To Monitor JNNURM Projects

July 15, 2010  //  Posted by: Anil Pharande  //  Category: Property Blogs

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has set up a 14-member team of citizens and experts from various fields to give suggestions and monitor the projects being implemented in the township under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Constituted this month, the City Volunteer Technical Corps’ (CVTC) will meet once in two months. The role of the CVTC will be to advise and provide support to the municipal corporation and the city sanctioning and monitoring committee on technical aspects related to city management. The objective is to help accelerate the pace of programme implementation by involving all stake holders. The CVTC will also help mobilise support of the civil society and the elected representatives for reforms in urban governance and programme implementation.

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PCMC News: Nigdi School Registers 100% SSC Results

June 23, 2010  //  Posted by: Anil Pharande  //  Category: Infrastructure, News, PCMC, Pimpri, Pimpri Chinchwad, Pradhikaran, Pune, Schools

CMS English Medium High School, run by Chinchwad Malayalee Samajam in Nigdi Pradhikaran, now has a 100 per cent pass result in the SSC examination for the fifth consecutive year.

Ever since the first batch appeared for the SSC exam in 2006, CMS has improved the results in terms of distinctions achieved year by year. This year also, among the 100 students who appeared from the school, 10 have scored above 90 per cent marks, 56 got distinction, 28 got first classes and 6 got second classes.

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