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Ajay Jadhav


Ajay Jadhav is an Assistant Editor with The Indian Express, Pune. He writes on Infrastructure, Politics, Civic issues, Sustainable Development and related stuff. He has worked with PTI, Sakal Times, Maharashtra Herald before joining The Indian Express in 2007. Ajay has a Masters degree in Journalism from SPPU, Pune and a Post Graduate diploma in CSR from Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune.

Maharashtra govt asks offices not to use AC below 24 degrees
Tue, Aug 28, 2018

“This would mean limited use of resources for power generation and help in maintaining the environmental balance and help save money,” the government resolution read

Matheran master plan not ready after 15 yrs, NGT slams state: ‘you don’t seem to be concerned’
Sat, Aug 25, 2018

Highlighting the urgency of the matter, the Tribunal directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to finalise the zonal master plan for Matheran.

As illegal constructions throw up hurdles, state asks civic bodies to demarcate land meant for new roads
Thu, Aug 23, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has failed to develop its high-capacity mass transit route, or the ring road, due to problems in acquiring the land needed for the project, which has either been encroached upon or has several illegal constructions.

Pune’s problem: Most liveable city in country but not best in any category
Tue, Aug 14, 2018

Out of the 111 cities that were assessed in the Ease of Living Index, Pune topped the rankings with Navi Mumbai coming second followed by Greater Mumbai in the third place. The remaining cities in the top 10 include Tirupati, Chandigarh, Thane, Raipur, Indore, Vijayawada and Bhopal.

Maharashtra: State urges civic bodies to follow MPCB rules for dealing with slaughterhouse waste
Sat, Aug 11, 2018

The MPCB had made it mandatory to set up an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) to treat the waste generated in slaughterhouses and to ensure that no untreated waste was released. The remains of the animals also have to be disposed of in accordance with the guidelines of the MPCB.

SC reduces damages to be paid by Goel Ganga, asks it to pay Rs 105 crore in six months
Sat, Aug 11, 2018

In its order, the Supreme Court on Friday upheld the NGT’s order dated September 27, 2016, which had found that the construction by the developer was in violation of the environmental clearance granted to it on April 4, 2008, and had asked the firm to pay damages worth Rs 105 crore.

In month of ‘Swachh Kranti’, state pushes for segregation at source, proper processing of garbage in urban areas
Wed, Aug 08, 2018

Proper awareness among local residents and the practice of segregation at source was needed, and that’s why the state government was planning to implement the ‘Swachh August Kranti’ programme through this month.

Not enough money, some agencies ‘not serious’, in it ‘only for money’
Tue, Aug 07, 2018

And at least one former representative of one of these four agencies also claimed that some of the agencies chosen to do this work were “not serious” about their job and were in it “only for money”.

Why PMC’s sterilisation efforts fail to contain city’s burgeoning stray dog population
Mon, Aug 06, 2018

PMC maintained that two of the four agencies had been continuing their work on its request. It said the fresh contracts were in the process of being finalised and would most probably be awarded this month.

As civic sterilisation programmes fail to keep up, Pune sees increase in number of strays, dog bite cases
Sun, Aug 05, 2018

To control the stray dog population in the city, the PMC has been running a sterilisation programme since 2010. It claims to have sterilised 71,740 dogs during the last eight years, for which data is available.

Bicycle-Sharing System: PMC seeks police protection for bicycles to check thefts, vandalism
Tue, Jul 31, 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation has sought police protection for the bicycles stationed at various places in its jurisdiction for use by the public and sought participation from more agencies as the number of bicycles dwindle due to theft and vandalism.

MNS chief’s take: 80-90 pc quota for locals, on basis of economic status
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

The MNS chief, who was addressing a party workers’ rally in Pune on Friday, also accused political parties, which were demanding reservation on the basis of caste or religion, of “lying”.

Facing decreasing revenues, Pune Municipal Corporation reluctant to extend property tax discount for plantation drives
Fri, Jul 27, 2018

The state government has allowed its various departments to spend 0.5 per cent of their total budget to implement the e-governance programme to digitise their operations and on the same lines, they are now allowed to spend 0.5 per cent of the budget to implement the tree plantation programme.

Environment report has bad news for Pune: In six years, greenhouse gas emissions increase by 29 per cent
Thu, Jul 26, 2018

The city generates 2,100 tonnes of solid waste every day, of which 1,078 tonnes is processed, and there are plans to set up seven plants to process the remaining amount.

Untreated sewage released in Mula-Mutha: NGT asks civic bodies, cantonment boards to take immediate action
Wed, Jul 25, 2018

The bench also ordered the municipal corporations and cantonment boards to explore the possibility of collecting the municipal solid waste, plastics and debris by installing a net at the existing points and ensure their regular collection.

As transporters go on strike, state draws up contingency plan for supply of goods
Sat, Jul 21, 2018

During such agitations, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and public transport services of civic bodies should make their vehicles available to the administration, stated the GR.

Pune Smart City Development Corporation awaits PMC approval for project: ‘6th letter since Oct’
Thu, Jul 19, 2018

The Rs 1,251-crore hub will be constructed on a 10.84-acre plot in Balewadi

Purandar airport: Maharashtra notifies 2,832-hectare land
Wed, Jul 18, 2018

The proposed airport at Purandar has been named Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport. The area proposed by MADC for the construction of the airport has been declared as notified area.

More than 50 pc of main plan implemented: PSCDCL CEO Rajendra Jagtap on smart city project
Sun, Jul 15, 2018

Smart City project is operating from a small place and and with a smaller manpower: PSCDCL CEO

Make recreational halls, old age homes in residential complexes: Maharashtra govt to civic bodies
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

According to the directions, the government has asked the health department to appeal to social organisations and charities to help homeless senior citizens, prepare programmes for timely diagnosis of illnesses while raising awareness about serious illnesses so that preventive care can be taken.

Pune: NGT seeks details on implementation of plastic waste management rules from civic bodies
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

The NGT also urged the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to train all levels of the system if it wants to ensure effective implementation of the rules.

NGT slaps Rs 1.5 crore fine on PWD over ‘damage’ caused by skywalk work at Dhamapur dam
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

The Tribunal has asked PWD, which allegedly didn’t have environmental clearance for the project, to deposit Rs 1.5 crore with the Biodiversity Board within 15 days.

To honour those jailed during Emergency, state to give them Rs 10,000 every month
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

Applicants have to give details of when and where they were imprisoned

Pune: 82-year-old tree planted by Gandhi to branch out across the state
Sun, Jul 01, 2018

Since 2016, every year, the state government has been undertaking a mass plantation exercise in July. This year, the government aims to plant 13 crore saplings in the month, and has been eyeing on planting another 33 crore saplings the next year.

Maharashtra seeks proof of massive plantation drive: ‘use drones to take photos, videos of sites’
Fri, Jun 29, 2018

The authorities have been asked to use drone cameras to capture videos and images of tree plantation sites that are larger than one hectare, and upload them on the state forest department’s website.