Ajay Khape

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A year before Lok Sabha polls, the race to get BJP ticket from Pune is a tight one
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

With their focus on the Lok Sabha ticket next year, many aspirants in the BJP have started to re-connect with their voters.

In Maharashtra, Arvind Kejriwal trains guns at BJP
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

“The BJP-RSS used to create tension among religious communities. Now, they are doing the same between communities and different castes,” Arvind Kejriwal alleged, adding that the BJP believes in the “divide and rule” policy to grab power.

PMC gears up for improving its ranking in Swachh competition
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

State proposes penalty on those littering in public places

Permission for building construction: PMC launches scheme to speed up process
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

The decision has been implemented from January 1 and sanctions would be given on the condition that the self declaration by architect and engineers is submitted for the proposal, said PMC Commissioner Kunal Kumar.

From one end to the other, Corridor 2 of Pune Metro project faces a series of hurdles
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

The proposed Metro depot at Vanaz has been a bone of contention, with various political parties pushing for a memorial of warrior king Shivaji at the same location.

For property taxpayers, Pune Municipal Corporation to provide accident cover of Rs 5 lakh
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

The ruling BJP in PMC had proposed the scheme, saying there was a need to provide an insurance scheme to ‘breadwinners of families’.

PMC delays transfer of land for Pune Metro
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

According to sources, the PMC had promised the Maharashtra Metro land in Wanowrie to set up its office, but now the civic body has said it won’t be able to do so.

After giving BJP a scare in Gujarat, Congress, NCP to go all out against Devendra Fadnavis govt
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

Cong on comeback trail, says Chavan; ‘Cong should have tied up with NCP’; Kakade now sings a different tune

Soon, ‘makeover’ for four roads in heart of city, courtesy PMC
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

The Pune Municipal Corporation is going to spend Rs 6 crore at beginning of project, said Bode, adding that civic body would start work on ‘one side’ of the road first, not both sides, to ensure that work doesn’t get stalled due to shortage of funds.

Maharashtra fixes rates for construction and furnishing of civic properties
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

The resolution clarified that the state government would pay 75 per cent of the cost for basic civic infrastructure work while the municipal corporations would have to raise 25 per cent of the cost.

PMC on lookout for organisations to run shelter homes for street children
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Civic body has put a condition that once admitted, children should not be found begging again

Don’t spend civic funds on religious festivals: Maharashtra govt
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

Cites Bombay HC order in Sept that said municipal funds shouldn’t be used for religious ceremonies, functions

PSCDCL: Plan for BRTS on Baner Road ‘unnecessary’
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

PMC officials maintain that the entire stretch of road, from Shivajinagar to Aundh, is an important corridor for PMPML buses, which ferry a large number of people from Pune to Aundh and beyond.

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.