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Census: 2-wheelers jump by 18% in 10 yrs; cars & jeeps by 13.2%

Pune district saw an 18.9 per cent increase in two-wheeler usage while bicycle-use dipped by 10.3 per cent.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Published: March 16, 2012 12:46:13 am

74.9% have tV sets; transistor users decline

In 10 years,Pune district saw an 18.9 per cent increase in two-wheeler usage while bicycle-use dipped by 10.3 per cent,reveals data on housing,amenities and assets released by the directorate of census in Mumbai on Thursday. From 29.9 per cent in 2001,the percentage of two-wheelers increased to 48.8 in 2011while bicycle users decreased to 35.4 per cent from 45.7 per cent.

“This trend has been observed in almost all districts. Pune in particular saw a marked increase in two-wheeler usage,’’ said officials at the regional census office.

Data covering houses,condition of houses and tenure status,water supply,sanitation,amenities and assets for national and state levels were released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner.

The district also recorded a marked increase in cars and SUVs with 13.2 per cent being recorded this time as against 6.5 per cent in 2001.

“Pune district is among the highest in land line and mobile users with 86.3 per cent users,which is on par with Mumbai and Thane,’’ said the official. This is an increase of 65.4 per cent from just 20.9 per cent in 2001.

In the assets section,the district recorded the highest TV users in the state recording 74.9 per cent population having televisions as against 63.3 per cent in 2001. The census also took details on use of transistor radio and it was found to have decreased to 32.5 per cent from 54.7 per cent using transistor radios.

Pune district has 92.7 per cent population having electricity for lighting their homes while only 6.5 per cent use kerosene lamps. “It was 87.8 per cent in 2001 and it has only improved and we can say that the district definitely has improved on this front,’’ said the official. Kerosene lamp usage in 2001 was 11.4 per cent and has reduced with more people being given electricity.

On the water front,80.6 per cent of the population gets tap water against 75.2 per cent 10 years ago. Of the people who get tap water,almost 91.9 per cent get treated water while 8.1 per cent get non-treated water. The district has yet to improve on the toilet block front,with 64.6 per cent population having toilet facilities in their houses and 26.2 per cent resort to defecation in the open. “But there is a marked improvement from 53.6 per cent in 2001,’’ said the official.

The figures also said that about 23.6 per cent of the population uses computer/laptops.

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