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Old June 6th, 2006, 04:44 PM   #81
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Kolkata has no 'official' loadshedding for years now. Mumbai is also well pampered.
NDTV should have said ...

Pune becomes first city in the country to mitigate load-shedding through public-private partnership
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Kolkata has no 'official' loadshedding for years now. Mumbai is also well pampered.
bombay hasnt had load shedding for decades now. and i wouldnt use the word pampered. most of the power is from private players and every consumer pays an additional stand-by charge on every unit paid for, that allows tata and reliance to draw power from the state grid in case its needed. we are basically paying insurance for uninterrupted supply, its a solid written agreement. besides t&d losses in bombay are amongst the lowest in the country, a few % points, and collections are extremely efficient
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LG’s DVD writers plant coming up at Ranjangaon

Pune: LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LG Electronics of South Korea, has commenced operations of its greenfield facility for an optical disk drive (ODD) plant at Ranjangaon.
The company plans to invest Rs 300 crore in the ODD plant by 2010, which is one-third of the Rs 900-crore it has invested in the Pune facilities. With this, LG has become the first to manufacture DVD writers in the country and the facility is the second largest in Asia. The facility has a capacity to produce six lakh DVD players per month. It is slated to become a major export hub for the product.
The greenfield facility at Ranjangaon will manufacture premium end models of the ODDs which are primarily for export to the European markets, according to K.R. Kim, president (South Asia) of LG and managing director of LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd.
The company plans to produce 25 million DVD writers by 2008 and aims to achieve exports of $450 million by then.
“The optimism that the Indian consumer durables market has to offer has driven us to invest Rs 900 crore (including our partner investments) for the manufacturing facilities in Pune. Out of this Rs 300 crore would be invested in DVD writers alone,” said Sachin Saxena, factory head, Pune of LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd.
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Pune has become the first Indian city to become free from load shedding, a feat despite the city facing a shortage of power.

As Sun & Bombay boy has said, it is not quite true. Kerala is also free of load shedding at present.
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As Sun & Bombay boy has said, it is not quite true. Kerala is also free of load shedding at present.

Im not sure y all the newspaper are claiming that then...NDTV, Indian Express, Times of India...surely must be something different to quote that by such leading newspapers....
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Cipla plans Rs 384 cr plant at Kurkumbh near Pune

Pune, June 22: Cipla Ltd is planning to set up a Rs 384 crore manufacturing facility at Kurkumbh MIDC, about 75 kms from here. Cipla said the new facility was being planned to meet the growing demand of various products in the international market.

The new facility, with a capacity to produce 320 tonnes of API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) and 200 crore formulations per year, will produce antiretroviral, anti inflammatory, anti diabetic, anti bacterial, antipsychotic and anti hypertensive drugs.

Joint Managing Director of Cipla Amar Lulla confirmed the company’s plans, saying the work on project is expected to commence in a couple of months. ‘‘According to the rules, approval of Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board is required to set up the facility. The work of setting up the plant would begin once the approval is granted,’’ he said.

Lulla said the turnover of the existing plant was about Rs 1,000 crore. The new plant, a 100 per cent export oriented unit, is expected to add another Rs 1,000 crore to the annual turnover, he said.

“No decision on awarding the engineering procurement contract for the new plant has been taken as yet. The plant would be indigenously run and Cipla would not have technical tie up with any foreign company for the project,’’ Lulla said.

The facility, which would come up near the existing plant of Cipla, is expected to create job opportunities for 400 people in the drought prone Daund taluka of Pune district.
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Another hotel for Pune

Sayaji plans 950-mln-rupee Pune hotel project

MUMBAI, June 22 (Reuters) - Sayaji Hotels Ltd. said on Thursday it would invest 950 million rupees to build a hotel in the western city of Pune.
The 200-room hotel would be completed in two and a half years, the hotel and restaurant chain operator said in a statement.

The property would also have 100 service apartments
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Pune set to emerge design capital of India

2-day event to display well-designed products

By Abhay Vaidya/ TNN

Pune: After emerging as a major educational hub and an infotech hotspot, Pune is now preparing to don a brand new identity: the design capital of India. In a major initiative, a number of design professionals here have joined hands with the industry to hold the first-ever Pune Design Festival in November.

The festival which aspires to grow on the lines of the annual London Design Festival five years from now, is being spear-headed by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci). It will be cohosted by the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) at their new International Convention Centre which is the biggest in India.

The idea for such a festival grew from the fact that a number of India’s awardwinning design studios such as Design Directions, Elephant Design and Onio Design, besides those of firms such as Philips, Wipro Lighting Systems and LG are based in Pune.

The event will seek to focus on five areas of design, namely, product, industrial, retail, graphics and IT design. Case studies of campaigns that succeeded because of well-designed communications will also be discussed at the seminar.
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PMT goes hi-tech with e-ticket trials

Pune, June 30: Going the hi-tech way the Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) has decided to scrap the old traditional way of punching its coloured tickets and introduced e-tickets instead. The trials of e-tickets have already begun at the Swargate depot and commuters travelling on Swargate- Hadapsar, Swargate-Alandi, Swargate - Sangvi, Swargate-Kothrud and Swargate-Malwadi routes are being handed the e-tickets.Currently two computerised ticketing machines have been provided to PMT by city based Tapi software.

PMT General Manager, Niranjan Kumar Sudhanshu said, ‘‘After the successful trials, we will be introducing e-ticketing at 18 main bus stations. Tenders will be floated by August this year for the same.’’


The functioning of the machines is similar to a fax machine. After feeding the number of tickets and the kilometres to be travelled, the paper roll in the machine churns out the ticket. Depot manager, Sunil Bhurse said that the ticket also provides the name of the route (Swargate- Golibar maidan) along with the date and time. Importantly, the machine carries the information of the total number of tickets issued to the passengers, amount collected and the number of passengers in a particular trip. ‘‘The system ensures transperancy and accuracy in handing the tickets to the passengers. Also their is a ready record of the amount and the passengers with the conductor,’’ Bhurse said. After the day’s work the conductor has to just connect the machine to a USB chord of a computer and the data gets transferred.

Manager traffic and personnel, Shivraj Rane said that the new system would help in immediate calculations and solve the problems of maintaining store inventory, ticket blocks etcetera. ‘‘The calculations of the amount of tickets issued and amount deposited by a particular conductor monthly takes atleast 15 days. But with e-ticketing, it is possible for us to conduct the daily calculations in minutes,’’ he said.
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Spanish President rolls in with his biz Armada to Pune

62-member delegation to build stronger ties

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Pune, July 3: PUNE’s prowess as the auto component hub of the country will get another boost on Tuesday when Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero makes his first visit to the city on a whistle-stop tour inaugurating a design centre, visiting manufacturing facilities and looking for tie-ups with Indian firms. Part of the three-day tour to the country, Zapatero will lead a 62-member strong delegation that includes 27 technical delegates and 35 dignitaries — ministers and senior officials from business, tourism, science and technology and security department — to look at increasing corporate, technical and cultural tie ups between the two countries.

After arriving at Lohegaon, Zapatero’s itinerary includes visiting three auto component industries that have been set up with Spanish collaboration. He will begin with a visit to the Tata Ficosa plant at Hinjewadi — a joint venture between the Tatas and Ficosa International — followed by a trip to original equipment manufacture Rinder facilities and winding up the tour by inaugurating a design centre of Grupo Antolin at Vimannagar.



While Tata Ficosa deals with parking-brake, automotive command-and-control, rod-and-cable gear-shifting and washer, Rinder manufactures lighting equipment for the automotive industry and Grupo Antolin makes overhead, door, luggage compartments and seat systems.

The delegation would leave for Mumbai later in the evening. Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the delegation’s visit to the city.

Four deputy commissioners of police, six assistant commissioners of police, 24 inspectors, 60 sub-inspectors and over 750 constables will be deployed for the security arrangements.
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Pune civic body kicks off pilot project on bus rapid transport

...PMC commissioner Nitin Kareer said the BRT model, which requires building dedicated bus lanes for mass transit, is already a huge success in Latin America. Bogota in Colombia and Curitiba in Brazil have deployed it successfully, he said.

Explaining that work for implementing the BRT has already begun, Kareer said, "The detailed design for two-lane system as required for the project is finalised. We have begun work on a 4.5 km stretch at Hadapsar and on a 5-6 km stretch on Satara Road. The pilot will be ready in three months."

Detailing the progress of the project, he said, "In the coming week, we will hold a meeting to discuss issues such as the purchase of buses, minor changes required in the final plan regarding bus shelters and lane segregation. Though the procurement of electronic display systems may take time." PMC had appointed noted traffic expert Geetam Tiwari of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, as its official consultant for the project.

This project however may not prove to be the final solution for Pune traffic problems. The civic body's proposals on sky bus and tram bus mass transit systems are still not finalised.
Why do the decide on BRTS when there are so many other choices like MRTS, MOnorail, Tram Etc...?
why should they look at Latin America while the rest of the world is going for MRTS and Monorail?
what about oil prices? pollution? high maintenance/ operating cost of BRTS?
is there some kind of "Volwo lobby" active in Indian cities ?
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Why do the decide on BRTS when there are so many other choices like MRTS, MOnorail, Tram Etc...?
why should they look at Latin America while the rest of the world is going for MRTS and Monorail?
what about oil prices? pollution? high maintenance/ operating cost of BRTS?
is there some kind of "Volwo lobby" active in Indian cities ?
There is a light-rail system in Pune currently like in Hyderabad/ locals trains in Mumbai..but its just on 1 route so MRTS would just be an extension of this. Traffic experts noted that people dont travel more than 10km to their work place in Pune as most of the industries/offices are spread all over the city and there is no particular industrial zone and metro would not be feasbile either.

There is a tram project under planning. A team from Bremen ( sister city of Pune ) had come to pune to prepare a DPR for the routes. Hopefully the work should start this year end. But its just on 1 straight route for now about 35-40 km from Hadapsar to Nigdi along the old Mumbai Pune highway that runs through the city.

I have no idea why they havent considered Monorail. Even the skybus was proposed for the city by konkan railway. but i guess the officials are waiting for some other city to implement it and then think about it from its success.

BRT was considered for Pune as Pune is one of the three city members in the Partnership for Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia (PSUTA), others being Hanoi and Xian. The PSUTA is sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency and the Asian Development Bank through the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities. Pune has the highest number of 2-wheelers in India and BRT was considered for the reason that these 2-wheelers create a lot of pollution + BRT costs Rs 10 crores per km while metro costs Rs 300 crore.

Buses in Pune are very old and few in numbers and they badly need replacement. Infact for the population of Pune there are only 1000 buses currently..while Mumbai had 1800 buses in 1971 when its population was similar to Pune's current population. Even ther merger of the PMT and the PCMT has been pending for long due to political reasons.

Even though the MAH govt. has given the go ahead for any mode of transportation, no matter what it costs...its just the decision makers and political parties/corporators who are taking forever to decide. The oppositions are doing a gr8 job at turning down everything thats been proposed for the city.
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... but Karnik roots for Pune as R&D hub
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City to get on WiFi bandwidth by year-end

Pune, July 5: HAVING already become the first city in the country to have successfully tried out a public-private partnership in solving the power situation, Pune will now make another attempt to try it out to become the first WiFi city. Giving the roadmap of ‘Unwired Pune’ project, municipal commissioner Nitin Kareer said the Pune Municipal Corporation will start implementing the project in a phased manner by this year-end.

‘‘The radio frequency study has been completed and Intel (technology advisor) will be submitting the report in the next four to five days. Then we will work on the partnership model that should be come in within the next 15 days and also the design parameters will be finalised by next week. We will start implementing it by year-end,’’ Kareer said at the plenary session of the first ‘Knowledge Management’ seminar organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry on Wednesday.

Giving details of the project that would help in connecting people and providing better accessibility to the citizens, Kareer said 10-15 WiMax base stations would be set up with each base station having 100-120 CPUs that will act as access points for WiFi. The reason: Even citizens who do not have a computer can access them.

The PMC has already earmarked Rs 7 crore for the project and Intel has been selected as the technology advisor.‘‘The issues of reliability, quality and security of the services is being worked out by Intel that has been working on it for the last three months,’’ he said.

Kareer said while the PMC would provide the initial funds for the project, it will be leveraging the towers set up by the cellular companies and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and street light posts to set up the WiMax and WiFi umbrella.

‘‘Mysore, Bangalore and Ahmedabad are all trying to be 100 per cent unwired city and they are planning to float a tender document soon. But Pune will be the first city to set up the infrastructure and provide these facilities to the citizens,’’ he said.

This is for the first time that the Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) and Wi-Max (Worldwide interoperability for microwave access) will be executed on a vast area, spreading 400 sq km — includes Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and the area coming under the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park at Hinjewadi. The total area of Pune, including the 23 fringe villages, is 243 sq km.
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There is a light-rail system in Pune currently like in Hyderabad/ locals trains in Mumbai..but its just on 1 route so MRTS would just be an extension of this...

BRT was considered for Pune as Pune is one of the three city members in the Partnership for Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia (PSUTA), others being Hanoi and Xian. The PSUTA is sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency and the Asian Development Bank through the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities. Pune has the highest number of 2-wheelers in Pune and BRT was considered for the reason that these 2-wheelers create a lot of pollution + BRT costs Rs 10 crores per km while metro costs Rs 300 crore.

Buses in Pune are very old and few in numbers and they badly need replacement. Infact for the population of Pune there are only 1000 buses currently..while Mumbai had 1800 buses in 1971 when its population was similar to Pune's current population. Even ther merger of the PMT and the PCMT has been pending for long due to political reasons.

Even though the MAH govt. has given the go ahead for any mode of transportation, no matter what it costs...its just the decision makers and political parties/corporators who are taking forever to decide. The oppositions are doing a gr8 job at turning down everything thats been proposed for the city.
Thanks for the detailed update Cncity.
Lets up hope our Netas and Babus will do some thing good for the people.
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When it comes to Japanese, Pune steals a march over metros

City has highest number of teachers and students to meet the growing needs of the IT industry

Anuradha Mane

Pune, July 7: WATCH this. Pune has the highest number of Japanese speakers and with 70 teachers of the language, it is way ahead of several metros like Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata.

Fuelling this unique status is Pune’s job market where knowing a foreign language helps, but if you know Japanese you have the edge. The city’s growing status as an IT destination where the industry needs people with knowledge of Japanese has added to the demand.



Consider this. Among the 5,294 people who took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), an international exam held worldwide last December, 2,275 applicants were from Pune. Cities like Chennai had 1,785 applicants, Delhi came third with 1,026 while Kolkata put up just 208 candidates.

The Japan Foundation India (JFI), a part of the Education and Foreign Affairs Ministry of Japan, that conducts the exam has compiled the statistics. “The Japanese Language Teachers’ Association (JALTAP) conducts our tests in Pune. The setting of the questions and evaluation are done in Japan. The Pune-Mumbai region has had the highest number of people appearing for the test in India,” says JFI assistant programme officer Randeepa Kaur.

Figure like these make people like JALTAP president Suhas Mate happy. After all, he has been watching the language grow in the city since the 1970s. “Nichiko Igarashi was one of the first Japanese language teachers in the city, followed by others like Nichiko Tendulkar and Hari Damle. They helped set up the department of Japanese language at the University of Pune in 1978,” says Mate.

So when the city began to ride the IT wave, there were many who knew the language here. Mate points to another interesting fact where people from Marathi background learn Japanese. “The structure of Marathi and Japanese is similar and has lead to a comfort level while learning the language,’’ he says.

“The city certainly is a hub for Japanese. The University of Pune, with 17 teachers, is one of the strongest Japanese language departments in the country. We have about 700 students for various certificate and diploma courses per year,’’says Mugdha Yardi, in-charge of the Japanese language section.

Moreover, there are about 20 private institutions that teach Japanese to students and corporates. Yardi says there is a new corporate trend, “ IT companies would hire professionals with technical knowledge and then teach them Japanese to deal with the business. Today the trend is completely reversed.” Which is what made the UoP start a course in Business Japanese and a Diploma in Japanese Translation and Civilization.

There are other opportunities too. Aparna Chandrachood, who works as a Japanese translator, interpreter and teaches at the Indo-Japanese Association, Pune, feels the demand for people knowing Japanese will grow. “After learning the language for three years, I now handle projects related to translation of chemical patents, banking systems and software programming,” she says.
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R&D facility for forging industry coming up at Pune

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Pune will soon be home to the first research & development, testing and validation centre dedicated to the forging industry in the country with the Minister of Heavy Industries, Mr Santosh Mohan Dev, laying the foundation stone for the centre on Monday.

The Rs 22-crore project, coming up at MIDC's Chakan industrial estate, is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, the Association of Indian Forging Industries and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Forging Industry Division, and is expected to be operational by October 2007.

The centre will have facilities such as a research and development lab, product testing, validation and certification centre and consultancy in addition to a management and technical skill upgradation facility.

With Pune being one of the major automotive manufacturing clusters in the country, such a centre is expected to bring in benefits to the domestic forging industry's quest to go global.

Mr Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Mr Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd, and Mr Sukhdev Ganotra, Director, ARAI, Forging Industry Division, were present on the occasion.

The centre is likely to benefit the forging industry in industrial research and development work, transferring newer technologies to industry, strengthening documentation and information retrieval services and disseminating relevant information and knowledge.
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20-million euro headed Pune way

From Tintin’s land, 20-million euro headed Pune way

BELGIAN CONNECTION I Not quite beer ’n’ chocolates yet, but confectioneries may be on way

Rajesh Menon

Pune, July 21: IT is not the usual suspects - the US or the UK firms - that have emerged on top of the Pune investment brigade. The latest source of fund flow is the ‘Land of Tintin’ famous for its beer and chocolates. Belgian companies, having already marked their presence in Pune’s industrial belt, will be pumping in close to 20 million euro in the next year, mostly for expansion.

‘‘In the last 10 years, the Gujarat-Tamil Nadu belt saw investment of 50 million euro, but I think that half of it will come within a year. I expect 20 million euro to be invested by these companies in Pune alone,’’ Consul General of Belgium Herman Merckx told Pune Newsline on Friday.

From a food processing company to 3.1 billion euro giant Bekaert, all these companies are eyeing Pune for their expansion plans. The reason: It is the industrial backbone of the country, has got education facilities and is the number two IT centre of India after Bangalore, according to Merckx.

He said these companies are looking at the Mumbai-Pune belt for space to expand. ‘‘The two major companies in the food processing sector and a company specialised in the development and marketing of high-quality aluminum systems for outside constructions (Reynaers India) are looking for a suitable piece of land somewhere between Mumbai and Pune,’’ he said.

In fact, Beakert, advanced metal transformation and material and coatings firm that is present in over 170 countries and has a manufacturing facility at Ranjangaon on the outskirts of Pune is also scaling up. ‘‘They have a major centre in China (Bekaert is present in five locations in China), but in Pune they have already tripled capacity and are going to expand further. It is catching up with China,’’ Merckx, who had a three-year stint in China before moving to Mumbai, said.

An advocate of Pune, the Consul General is optimistic that Pune will overtake Mumbai to become the most-preferred destination for business. ‘‘I think in 20 years, Pune will be more important than Mumbai and our industrial and economic relations are most with the Pune companies,’’ he said.


Merckx points out the saturation of Mumbai and cost as limiting factors. ‘‘Mumbai does not have space to develop and is becoming very costly,’’ he said.

And it is the skillsets in engineering and auto components that has made Pune attractive for these companies. ‘‘Especially, in engineering design the skills are available here. Also, Pune companies are investing in Belgium by going in for acquisitions. The future investment will come from Pune,’’ trade commissioner for Flanders, Brussels and Walloonia Raj Khalid said.

No wonder then that the consulate has decided to celebrate the Belgian national day in Pune on Friday. ‘‘From this year, it will be an annual event,’’ Khalid added.
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Two multiplexes on the way

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Pune: The third largest chain of multiplexes in India, Cinemax, will soon make its foray into Pune city by November 2008 with two multiplexes in Kalyaninagar and on Karve road.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with Kumar Builders three months ago, under which Cinemax multiplexes will open at two new malls that Kumar Builders plan to construct.
“The Kalyaninagar Cinemax will be a six-screen multiplex spread over 400,000 square feet, while the Karve road one will be over 200,000 square feet with five screens,” says Devang Sampat general manager, marketing and sales.
Cinemax a subsidy of the Kanakia group, already has a presence with 33 screens in Mumbai and Nashik. It has planned to go in for a pan India expansion where they will open multiplexes in cities all over the country, including metros like Delhi and Kolkata, and B-cities like Nagpur and Guwahati. Over the next five years, Cinemax has plans for 500 screens all over the country.
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