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Funding delay puts Pune’s Mula-Mutha pollution abatement project at risk

With the last instalment having been paid in March, the PMC is afraid that the project may face delays if funds are not received soon before the model code of conduct for the state assembly elections comes into force

The project was announced in 2016 during the first term of the BJP government and began in November 2022. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 22, 2024 08:20 AM IST

Private parking at Ramwadi Metro station sparks opposition

Following the inauguration of the extended Vanaz to Ramwadi Metro line by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the route has been popular among commuters seeking to avoid city traffic jams

However, the lack of parking here means two-wheeler riders face fines and higher costs for private parking. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 22, 2024 05:28 AM IST

Pune traffic police to tackle congestion on 32 major roads with PMC, Google

The project will focus on main roads with heavy traffic. Enhancements such as improved intersections, updated signals, parking management, speed breakers, road surfacing, removal of road encroachments, and installation of traffic control devices will be implemented

The aim is to reduce the number of accidents through these efforts, said officials. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jul 19, 2024 07:12 AM IST

PMC to engage private players for solid waste management in merged villages

At present, the merged villages lack a proper waste processing and disposal system and the PMC does not have adequate infrastructure to handle the additional waste

These companies will also be responsible for the scientific processing and disposal of waste for a period of three years. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 17, 2024 07:32 AM IST

Man injured in electrical accident

A man suffered injury while connecting a welding machine wire to a nearby feeder pillar for unauthorised use of electricity

The injured was admitted to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) Hospital in Pimpri, according to MSEDCL officials. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Jul 17, 2024 07:18 AM IST

PMC to use jack and push method for shifting water pipeline at Sadhu Vaswani ROB

The decision comes as the project department begins demolishing the old (and unsafe) Sadhu Vaswani ROB to construct a new one

epartment begins demolishing the old (and unsafe) Sadhu Vaswani ROB to construct a new one. The current water line runs alongside the old ROB and could pose problems in the construction of the new ROB. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 16, 2024 07:12 AM IST

MSEDCL uploads reliability indices after complaint by civic activist

By March 2024, the outage count rose to 16,442, affecting about three crore consumers for 28,076 hours

The Pune zone, one of the top revenue generators for the power utility, reported rise in power outages. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 16, 2024 05:12 AM IST

PMC begins preliminary works for Shastrinagar Chowk flyover project

Pune Municipal Corporation begins preliminary work for 'Y' shaped flyover at Shastrinagar Chowk to ease traffic congestion on Ahmednagar Road; construction to start in September.

Currently, consultants are planning, conducting traffic surveys, and conducting soil testing based on the Detailed Project Report (DPR). (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 15, 2024 08:18 AM IST

State orders PMC to return unspent funds with interest

These funds, distributed on March 31, 2022, have not been used because work orders were not issued, even though tenders were completed

The civic body has now asked all department heads to submit the details to the accounts department by July 15. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 15, 2024 08:08 AM IST

PMC slaps notice to IAS officer Puja’s mother for footpath encroachment

The unauthorised construction on the footpath is about 60 feet long, three feet wide, and two feet high. It is blocking the movement of people on the road and footpath, as per the notice issued under Section 226 (1) A of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act

The notice states that as per the complaint received, there is an encroachment of public road in front of a residence located in plot number 112, National Housing Society on Baner Road in Aundh. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 14, 2024 05:16 AM IST

PMC gets state’s in-principle approval for 581 cr fund to set up STPs in 16 merged villages

The civic body is trying to arrange the remaining ₹887 crore funds from Japan International Cooperation Limited (JICL) and a meeting regarding the same has been scheduled next week, said officials

These villages included Mahalunge, Sus, Kirkatwadi, Pisoli, Kondwe Dhawade, Kopare, Nanded, Khadakwasla, Nanhe, Nandoshi, Sanasnagar, Mangdewadi, Bhilarewadi, Gujar Nimbalkarwadi, Jambhulwadi, and Kolewadi. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Jul 13, 2024 10:43 PM IST

Pune Metro to develop commercial complex at Swargate

The development of Metro services is expected to boost commercial activities due to increased footfall from commuters, making the site attractive for property development, said officials

The project at Swargate Metro station is divided into two phases. Phase 1 involves the construction of the Swargate Metro station itself and phase 2 focuses on developing a retail, shopping, and commercial complex above the station. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 09:48 PM IST

State government forms committee to review Pune’s floodline

Civic activists are demanding that the Mula-Mutha riverfront development project be put on hold until the committee’s report is submitted

The committee’s tasks include reviewing previous actions regarding Pune city’s floodline, studying national and other state procedures for floodlines, preparing a comprehensive plan and detailed blueprint for Pune’s floodline demarcation, determining the necessary manpower, and implementing actions based on the High Court’s judgement related to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sarang Yadwadkar. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 07:16 AM IST

MSEDCL uncovers 1.28 crore power theft in Pune district

MSEDCL conducted a special drive against power theft in Western Maharashtra, discovering ₹1.58 crore of unauthorized electricity consumption at 1,152 locations, with Pune district having the highest theft amount of ₹1.28 crore.

The drive revealed unauthorised electricity consumption worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span> 1.58 crore in 1,152 places across various districts. In Pune district, there were 662 cases worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span> 1.28 crore. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 06:06 AM IST

Seek Pune Metro’s opinion before proceeding with Vishrantwadi flyover: Mohol

The directive comes despite Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) already consulting Pune Metro on the projec

Vishrantwadi’s Mukundrao Ambedkar Square is a major junction leading to Dhanori and the airport, frequently plagued by traffic jams. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 08:58 AM IST

MNGL announces 1.50 per kg hike in CNG prices in Pune

MNGL stated in its press release on Tuesday that starting from July 10, the retail price of CNG will rise by ₹1.50 per kg, bringing the new price to ₹85 per kg

This price adjustment is due to the increased cost of sourcing natural gas, including higher-priced imported gas, to meet growing CNG demand. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 06:48 AM IST

After CEC hearing, PMC insists on construction of Balbharati-Paud Phata Road

The plan has been prepared with environmental considerations to ensure that the ecology and environment are not disturbed. Considering Pune’s transportation needs, this road must be built, says official

In January this year, citizens and environmental activists had approached the SC-appointed CEC to hear environment-related issues. Thereafter, CEC member Sunil Limaye had visited the project site on April 12, 2024. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 09, 2024 08:14 AM IST

PMC to spend 40 Lakh for Balgandharva maintenance, barely 3 months after 1.5 cr renovations 

In the first week of July, the PMC Bhavan department (Building Construction) floated two tenders for maintenance work

Balgandharva Rangmandir reopened in March 2024 after a month and a half closure for renovations for which the civic body spent <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.5 crore. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 08, 2024 05:58 AM IST

Pune Smart City writes to PMC to take charge of Traffic Management System

Back in 2018, the PMC had approved ₹102 crore for installing an automatic signal system at 125 intersections and ₹68.38 crore for maintenance over the next five years

The PSCDCL administration was responsible for implementing the project. So far, 125 automatic signal systems have been installed. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 08, 2024 05:52 AM IST

PMC writes to Pune Metro over mosquito breeding sites

Pune Metro, which is being executed by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro) is carrying out construction work at Kasba Peth, Mandai and Swargate areas

When PMC officials went to spray insecticide on stagnated water, the metro security personnel did not allow them to do so. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 07, 2024 05:20 AM IST

Work commences on PCMC-Nigdi Metro stretch, piers being set up near Bhakti-Shakti Chowk

Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) has been awarded the contract for the 4.519 km elevated viaduct from Pimpri Chinchwad to Nigdi (Bhakti Shakti) on the North-South Corridor of the Pune Metro Rail Project, costing ₹339 crore

The project, expected to be completed in 130 weeks, will include four stations: Chinchwad, Akurdi, Nigdi, and Bhakti-Shakti, with the viaduct comprising 1181 segments and 151 spans. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 07, 2024 05:12 AM IST

PMRDA in dilemma over illegal hoardings after 700 owners apply for legalisation

Following deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s instructions, the PMRDA on June 20 initiated action against illegal hoardings in Hinjewadi, Mulshi, Devghat (Saswad) and Bavdhan

Out of 21 illegal hoardings, five were from Mulshi, three from Hinjewadi, one from Bavdhan, and the rest were from Devghat on the Palkhi procession route. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 05:12 AM IST

Women throng Setu Kendras for Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana, farm & MNREGA work affected

Large crowds were seen since Tuesday in the rural parts of Pune, Solapur, Malegaon, Buldhana, Sambhajinagar, and Nandurbar

Women in the age group of 21 to 60 years eligible for the ‘Majhi Laadki Bahin’ scheme will receive <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,500 per month from the government. (MAHENDRA KOLHE/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 07:08 AM IST

Will ensure enough water for Pune: Dy CM Fadnavis 

On Wednesday, MLA Ravindra Dhangekar raised a question about Pune city’s water supply in an Assembly session

The city is provided with 11.7 TMC of water, and the sanctioned amount is 14.61 TMC, giving a surplus of about 3 TMC. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 06:40 AM IST

PMC serves notice to ARAI for damaging tree roots during trench digging

PMC has mentioned in the letter that a trench was dug along the road outside the institute in the second week of June to improve water drainage

The excavation exposed tree roots, causing damage to the trees. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 06:30 AM IST

Pune Metro: PMC preparing LAP for areas within 500 metres of four stations

As per the Unified Development Control and Promotion Regulations (UDCPR), the PMC proposes provision of higher floor space index (FSI) around metro stations with an aim to achieve transit-oriented development

The PMC will offer incentives like additional FSI and allow changing properties from residential to commercial use. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 08:36 AM IST

PMC to reconstruct structure at Body gate police chowki 

The acquisition of the Police Motor Transport Office premises in Aundh was stalled, causing traffic jams for citizens

The building, classified as a grade II heritage structure, cannot be moved. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 05:48 AM IST

Install circuit breakers to avoid electrical accidents: MSEDCL 

Due to heavy rains, residents need to be extra careful with household and public electricity systems to avoid electrical accidents, which may occur due to internal wiring issues, devices, or metal materials

Proper earthing is essential to prevent electrical hazards. If an internal electrical system fails and the power supply continues uninterrupted, the risk of accidents increases. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 05:42 AM IST

Pune civic body leaving unfinished roads, risking commuters’ lives

The PMC started constructing CC roads at Sahakar Nagar, Kothrud, Ambegaon and Kharadi just ahead of the monsoon only to leave them unfinished after the second month of the rainy season, Hindustan Times has found

At Morebaug, HT found that one lane of the road has been partially concretised even as the remaining part continues to be a tar road, leading to a very uneven surface. (MAHENDRA KOLHE/ HT PHOTo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 08:32 AM IST

PMC floats 7.26 crore tender for Savitribai Phule Memorial at Bhidewada

The preliminary estimate of ₹8.5 crore has been approved by the PMC estimate committee one week ago. The deadline for submitting tenders is July 16

On February 21, 2006, the PMC had approved turning Bhidewada into a national monument. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 05:38 AM IST
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