Ajay Khape


Take action against local bodies flouting plastic disposal rules: NGT
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

In his petition, Shinde pointed out that plastic, the most important and preferred material in industries, posed a threat to the environment, as well as the consumers’ health.

Changing rooms, feedback system, solar panels: PMC has grand plans for ‘model toilets’
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

The new model toilets will have several facilities including a baby feeding room. The PMC’s ambitious plan also includes solar panels that will be installed on the toilets. The power generated by the panels will be used to meet the demand of the structure

In PMC areas, thousands of unregistered labourers lose out on welfare schemes
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

A review conducted by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), in the wake of the Dattawadi incident, has revealed that the civic body has managed to get only 165 construction labourers registered with the Board.

A day in the life of a ‘good morning squad’ of Pune municipal corporation
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Sticks, sit-ups, pledges and in one controversial case, garlands. As Maharashtra municipalities try to meet ODF targets, officials say a scare goes a long way

To increase green cover, Pune Municipal Corporation will launch sanskriti themed project 
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

The “sanskriti”-themed project has been launched under the union government’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) programme

NGT appoints committee to study impact of Pune Metro on Mutha river bed
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

The NGT bench has ordered that the committee should include experts from the fields of hydrology, ecology, bio-diversity and water pollution.

Performance review finds: A year after launch of PMC facility, over 1,000 complaints ‘unaddressed’
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

During the meeting, it was revealed that a total of 655 complaints that were to be addressed by 15 ward offices have not been attended to so far, while 411 complaints have not been addressed by the civic departments.

Redevelopment of old Wadas: PMC to undertake impact assessment of proposed cluster development project
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

There are 384 dilapidated structures in Peth areas, of which 111 were pulled down recently: PMC administration

Real estate slowdown hits PMC, revenue from building permissions falls by 30 per cent
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

According to civic officials, the real estate sector has seen a decline in growth since the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Act came into force.

Concerned about safety issues, PMC to undertake technical audit of bridges, flyovers
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

"Earlier, the PMC had conducted the technical audit of 18 bridges, and taken up repair and restoration work. Now, we are in process of appointing a consultant for the audit of old bridges, flyover and ROBs that are more than 25 years old,” said PMC Chief Engineer Srinivas Bonala.

PMC complains of delay, Centre blames civic body: Why haven’t you acquired land yet?
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Due to the insufficient wastewater treatment capacity, non-functioning of intermediate pumping stations and non-availability of a sewerage system, the untreated sewage was finding its way to Mula-Mutha river and polluting it.

PMC to develop advanced tracks for driving tests in Wagholi, Shewalewadi
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

“The PMC would provide the plot and develop it as per RTO norms. There would be an agreement with RTO for sharing the revenue. The civic property would be in the custody of the PMC and would help generate revenue,” said Bonala.

Using plastic to make roads: PMC to explore trial project
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

The plastic has been provided by Rudra Environmental Solutions (India) Ltd (RESIL). Shirish Phadtare of RESIL said they have learnt that the performance of roads made with use of plastic has been better.

PMC to impose steep ‘compounding charges’ on those violating by-laws
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Those found committing acts such as spitting in public, urinating in non-designated places, washing clothes or utensils in non-designated places, littering in order to feed animals or birds in non-designated places, and defecating in non-designated places, would have to pay compounding charges of Rs 500.

Animal census to take owners’ Aadhaar into account
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

“The animal census would have to be completed in three months and the use of tablets by enumerators would make it faster. The geo-tagging of the animal would be done,” he said, adding that the photographs of each animal can also be brought on record, but the PMC will have to take initiative for that.

To show better results, Pune Smart City area to be expanded
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

The current Smart City Proposal for Pune includes transformation of around 950 acres of Aundh-Baner-Balewadi area and there are plans to extend it by 150 per cent

PMC to appoint IIT-Roorkee for analysis of Ramtekdi waste-to-energy plant
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Murlidhar Mohol, chairperson of standing committee, said, “The civic standing committee has approved the proposal of appointing IIT-Rorkee to carry out necessary techno-commercial analysis of the proposed plant at a cost of Rs 8.26 lakh, including the Goods and Service Tax (GST).”

Hit by shortage of funds, PMC to review its public welfare schemes
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

The PMC has been implementing 24 different schemes for the empowerment of the urban poor, backward class community as well as disabled and widows through its urban community department.

From slums to own homes, a dream takes shape in Pune, brick by brick
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Their dream is now taking shape, thanks to Shinde and other collection agents of the Navchetna Mahila Nagri Pat Sanstha, the credit society with which the women — mostly members of self-help groups, where they made papads and pickles — held accounts.

Which areas in city have significant minority population? PMC ‘not sure’
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

While implementing state govt scheme to improve standard of living, PMC grapples with delays, lack of data

Pune: At Congress Bhavan today, story of a martyr’s heroism during Quit India
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

In an attempt to highlight the contribution of the Congress in the freedom movement, the city unit of the party is planning to mark a 75-year-old historic incident, when freedom fighter Narayan Dabhade was killed by the British during the launch of the Quit India movement.

Armed with RTI, more awareness, better connectivity, Pune’s activism more powerful today
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Over 20 years ago, The Indian Express, under the banner of the Express Citizens Forum (ECF), had, for the first time, raised the issue of pandals that were being indiscriminately set up by Ganesh mandals on the congested and narrow roads of the city.

PMC’s pension scheme for disabled and widows marred by shortage of funds
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

In 2006, the PMC had launched the Dr Baba Amte Disable scheme, under which disabled persons in the city will get Rs 2,000 per month to meet their needs.

Urban Heat Island Effect: More construction, less green cover making Pune hotter, says PMC report
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

In the report, tabled during the PMC’s General Body meeting on Friday, the civic administration has outlined the impact of the Urban Heat Island Effect.

PMC begins survey to finalise new parking policy, to set up panel with experts
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

“The civic body plans to have a parking management system in place... and a Parking Management Cell comprising experts would oversee all tasks related to planning, implementation and operations of such a system,” said a PMC traffic planner.

PMC strides ahead with ‘smart’ plans, but not-so-smart management
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

On the expenditure front, the capital expenses of the PMC has increased by over eight times, from Rs 353 crore in 2003-04 to Rs 2,926 crore in 2017-18. The priority has been on the development of roads and providing civic amenities to meet the demands of local residents.

New rules for civic body: Govt panel asks PMC for suggestions on making civic body more efficient
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

For bringing in transparency, accountability and efficiency in civic works, the committee has urged the civic body to suggest amendments or inclusions to be made in the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act.

The changing political map of Pune: From Cong to NCP to BJP; clock stops, lotus blooms
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The last two decades have seen the city of Pune change beyond recognition. This is true of both visible changes — such as in population, peripheries and pollution — as well as the not-so-visible ones such as those in politics and perceptions. Pune Newsline tracks the changes the city has undergone over 20 years, to give a context to the Pune of today

PMC ready with Rs 2,618 crore river beautification plan
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Plan includes continuous access with pathways for walking, cycling; 16 new boating facilities, 20 new ghats and more eateries

Tax waiver expanded for families of deceased defence personnel
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

It will cover waiver of general tax in property tax to all properties of deceased personnel, widows

Pune Municipal Corporation nuisance detection squad defunct, anti-spitting law yet to see light of day
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

“For almost four years, the NDS has been kept away from actions pertaining to sanitation and solid waste management. The squad was transferred to the civic anti-encroachment department...,” said Joint Municipal Commissioner Suresh Jagtap

Pune Municipal Corporation sets up 5 special funds to keep urban projects rolling
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

To conserve heritage buildings in civic jurisdictions, the PMC would keep two per cent of the total development charges collected, to undertake repair and maintenance work of the structure.

Maharashtra yet to finalise Premium FSI rate, real estate on TOD route stalled
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Developments on the TOD route, which is to be used for both the Metro project as well as the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), have been stalled as permissions have not been granted for new projects.

Pune: After row over PMC charges, MSEDCL offers to reinstate roads on its own
Fri, May 26, 2017

Earlier, the MSEDCL refused to pay the charges levied by the PMC, claiming they were too high. However, the civic body has refused to lower the rates.

In BJP’s first PMC budget: Cow shelter, yoga centres, health schemes named after leaders
Fri, May 12, 2017

Rs 5,912-crore budget includes many projects promised in BJP’s election manifesto, says party leader

‘Housing for all by 2022’: PMC to appoint consultant for housing scheme
Thu, May 11, 2017

The scheme, which aims at providing “housing for all by 2022”, has received around 90,000 applications so far.