Deaths from traffic accidents in the city might have dropped to 387 in 2009 from 477 a year ago,but efforts are now on to bring down the numbers further by making available proper medical care during the golden hour.
Following the implementation of five projects for the treatment of sewage in the city,Pune Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Zagade has set the level of cleanliness of Mutha river water as the benchmark for deciding whether sewage treatment is complete.
A project for the automation of all pumping stations started by the Pune Municipal Corporation in October has run into rough weather with the company engaged in implementation complaining of non-cooperation from the civic staff.
Seeing the poor response to the medical assistance scheme floated by the Pune Municipal Corporation the civic body is likely to extend the deadline for registration for the scheme to January 15 from December 31.
A list prepared by the civic administration recently,as per an Income Tax department directive,reveals the six of the top 10 property taxpayers in the city are education institutions,which are charged residential tax rates.
With an eye on introducing expertise and professionalism in its cadre,the Pune Municipal Corporation has come up with its own recruitment rules. It has upgraded the minimum qualification for 466 posts for its 17,000 civic staff.
Around 2.8 lakh citizens who have self-occupied residential property within Pune Municipal Corporation limits who had been enjoying 40 per cent concession in property tax may have to pay more from the next financial year.
The water cut continuing for several months now-it was increased from 20 to 40 per cent and there are reports that it may be further hiked-has made several recently elected MLAs as well as MPs to jump into the ring in support of citizens.
<i>Disaster safe cities : Former municipal commissioner to help PMC to make it into the big league,seeks proposal</i> If the Pune Municipal Corporation joins hands with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Pune will be one of the 1,000 cities to become disaster safe cities by 2015.
The Pune Municipal Corporations efforts towards disaster reduction in the city is set to get a global touch with a high-level delegation of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction visiting the city to review the civic administrations preparation in disaster management.
In the changed political equations post the Assembly elections,the NCP and the Congress passed the first hurdles of their new-found friendship in the civic corridors last week as the two once-warring parties joined hands to elect their members as head of one committee each.