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Old September 7th, 2014, 08:14 PM   #141
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Pune | September 5, 2014 4:40 am
As the BJP-led NDA government highlights its achievements in the first 100 days of being in power, and releases report cards of various ministers and their feats, a look at Pune MP Anil Shirole’s record in the same period makes for a dismal show.

The BJP leader seems to have failed to make a breakthrough in resolving any of the issues that he had promised to tackle after getting elected from Pune.
Shirole, however, defends his performance by blaming the state government for thwarting all his attempts at reform.

In his election campaign, Shirole had pledged to “clean up the system” and make it “corruption-free”, resolve the traffic problem, stop river pollution, improve sewage system and public toilets, work towards checking the air pollution and protect the hills.
According to the Lok Sabha website, the Pune MP neither raised any query related to these issues, nor did he participate in any discussion in Parliament.

In fact, on two occasions, he had to defend the Union government’s decisions related to development projects in Pune.
One was the Union government’s decision to not fund development projects approved by the UPA government under JNNURM, for which money was yet to be released, and the other involved water treatment plants at Parvati with the NCP-Congress combine raking the issue.

The biggest embarrassment, however, came to him probably when Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for the Metro rail project in Nagpur after clearing it in the cabinet, even as Pune has been awaiting this for many years now.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan alleged discrimination between the two cities, while Union minister Nitin Gadkari claimed credit for getting the Nagpur Metro approved by virtue of constant follow-up and blamed the state government for the delay in Centre’s clearance to the Pune Metro project.
Civic activist Vivek Velankar said the last 100 days gave no reason to the city to cheer about. “We are not even sure whether the JNNURM funds will come in as nothing has been discussed on that front,” he said, adding that the issues pertaining to an efficient public transport system too seemed to be in a nascent stage and the proposed Metro project too had not taken off.

Activist Vijay Kumbhar said: “The main issues pertaining to environment has not been taken up. BRTS, Metro and the overall traffic system too seem to be in the same condition. There is no noise about any new initiative or funding from the Centre that the new MP has brought for the city.”
State Youth Congress chief Vishwajit Kadam, who lost to Shirole in the Lok Sabha election, said the MP had failed to push the city projects with the Union government.

Shirole, however, said: “I had started taking up the city issues with the offices concerned. However, the state government that needs to respond to the issues is not taking them seriously and this is hampering the growth of the city. I did take up the issue of funding for new facility at Parvati Water Works and have been able to get a positive response from the government. Similarly, the communication with the urban development ministry on Metro revealed the reasons for delay in getting approval to the project, which is tardy response from the state government.”
He added: “I have also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about including Pune in the list of 100 smart cities planned in the country.”
Shirole said he had also taken up the issue of overbridges at Ghorpadi and Lullanagar that were awaiting approval from various Union government departments. He said the efforts to push for development of the city would gain momentum after a new government was formed in the state. “I am hopeful that the Shiv Sena-BJP will come to power in the state and the city issues would be resolved at a faster pace,” said the MP.
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First Indo-US business centre opens in the city

The first American Business Centre was inaugurated in the city on Monday by US consul general Thomas Vajda. The centre will function in collaboration with the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Pune chapter. It will act as a nodal agency that connects city firms and US-based companies that wish to do business together.

A memorandum of understanding was signed in this regard and the centre will come up in the offices of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA) Trade Tower on Senapati Bapat Road.

The centre will play an important role in encouraging trade and investment ties, particularly in Maharashtra. It will be a platform for business enterprises from both places to access information, especially over developments in their sectors and possibilities of collaborating with enterprises sharing similar interests.

"This shows the US's strong commitment towards promoting bilateral trade and investment. We are confident that our economic relationship with western India will continue to grow," Vajda said.
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Old November 11th, 2014, 11:50 AM   #143
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PMC to hold hearing on merger of 34 villages

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Pune is the new hub of counter-terror, counter-insurgency joint exercises

PUNE, the Southern Command headquarters of the Indian Army, has emerged as another node of counter-terrorism (CT) and counter-insurgency (CI) joint exercises by Indian and foreign forces.
An India-China military exercise which concluded in Pune on Tuesday had focused on CI and CT tactics for the last 12 days at the College of Military Engineering (CME) and Aundh Military Station (MS). A senior army officer said, “These exercises have shown that Pune is capable of hosting CI and CT training. Pune has a significant military presence and has defence institutions dealing in all the aspects. Belgaum and Bhatinda have been joint training nodes until now in India. Pune has emerged as an important option.”
The officer added, “More such joint exercises can be held here in future. In Pune, we have the resources, we have technology and we have space.”
While the second edition of the exercise was held at Belgaum in 2008, it has been conducted twice in China in 2007 and 2013. This was the fourth chapter of the exercise named “Hand-in-Hand.”
Speaking to reporters, Lt General K Surendranath, chief of staff of Southern Command who reviewed the concluding parade of the exercise said, “We have learnt from them and they have learnt from us the techniques of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. This had led to an amalgamation of techniques from both sides which can be called an alternate solution, which is possibly a better solution.”
Lt Gen Surendranath added, “This was definitely a great beginning and I hope this leads us to better co-operation and regular joint exercises. This activity is now restricted to counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency tactics and can be taken to further army to army contact.”
The concluding day of the joint tactical exercise at CME saw a cordon and search exercise by troops in a dummy village where “terrorists were hiding.” Lt General Ashok Singh, Commander, Southern Command of the Indian Army and Lt General Zhou Xiaozhou, Chief of Staff, Chengdu Military Command, People’s Liberation Army of China inspected the exercise along with other senior officers.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 04:40 PM   #145
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Guys, did Pune Central mall at Bund Garden road get closed ?? Can anyone confirm why so ? Quite a negative sign for an emerging metro-our Pune ??
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pune is city of education but quality of education is coming down everyday
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CM Devendra Fadnavis promises to iron out issues, speed up projects

PUNE | January 9, 2015: From the Pune Metro to an airport, curbing organized crime to water meters, providing affordable housing and a decision on biodiversity parks, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis promised several steps that would make the city a better place.

He was speaking at an interactive session organized by Maharashtra Times, a Times Group publication, to celebrate the fourth anniversary of its Pune edition on Thursday.

The chief minister backed the strengthening of the Bus Rapid Transit System and improving the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited as a way out of the traffic chaos.

The implementation of Pune Metro project would not be delayed any further, he added. "We need agreement between the stakeholders on the metro project. There are some issues and we will discuss them with those concerned," he said.

Hopes for an early approval of the Development Plan rose as Fadnavis said there was no point in keeping it pending for long. "The state will take a call on biodiversity parks. We will introduce a new policy to make Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) a financial tool for local self-governing bodies," he added.

Admitting that Pune's development was being affected by the lack of a full-fledged airport, Fadnavis said the government would take steps. The government was concerned about rising slums and would make efforts to create affordable housing, he added. It would also deal strongly with organized crime in Pune region which is on rise because of land deals. Fadnavis said he was clearing all the files that come to him.

On the water front, meters for domestic use were necessary to check wastage, he said. "They will curb use of excessive water and help plan equitable distribution," he added.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 10:07 AM   #148
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Old July 1st, 2015, 12:49 AM   #149
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I love pune. I wish i was there now. i am happy to see development in pune.
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Old November 28th, 2015, 09:39 PM   #150
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We are planning to do our internship project in Pune.. We will be there for one month. But we are having problems in finding a place to stay that too for one month... Can someone help me out?
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Old December 9th, 2015, 05:21 PM   #151
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Pune redrawn, now largest urban unit in Maharashtra - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/pune-redrawn-now-largest-urban-unit-in-maharashtra/#sthash.0EaLIqXi.dpuf

The Maharashtra government has decided to nearly double the size of the Pune urban agglomeration, making it the state’s largest, over 30 per cent more in area than the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The decision has been taken to to contain the haphazard growth of Pune city’s fringe areas.
In a notification dated December 4, the state urban development department has extended the area under the jurisdiction of the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), which was constituted earlier this year, to 6,616.79 square kilometres from the existing 3,300.98 sq km.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region, which comes under the jurisdiction of a similar development authority in the financial capital, has an area of 4,354.5 square kilometres.
The Nagpur Metro Area, under the Nagpur Improvement Trust, is spread over 3,567 square kilometres. An urban agglomeration is a continuous urban spread comprising a town or a city and its adjoining growth areas and is a useful demarcation for systematic urban development.

“The Pune district begins about 100 kilometres from Mumbai, making it the second most important city in Maharashtra. There has been rapid development in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad beyond their limits in a disorderly manner, with sectors such as industries, education, agriculture attracting a lot of investments in the region. Planned development in this region could have been possible if the PMRDA had been established at least 15-20 years ago,” a senior urban development official said.
The state government paved the way for the PMRDA’s formation in March this year, 39 years after it was first mooted.

Areas around Pune such as Maval and Mulshi are starting to see similar rapid growth with several housing projects and tourism destinations coming up. “If we don’t include these areas under the PMRDA’s jurisdiction now, these will also see the same kind of wayward growth that has taken place in Pune over the last 15-20 years,” the official added.
The original Pune urban agglomeration comprised the municipal corporations of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, and three municipal councils. Overall, the PMRDA had 438 villages under its jurisdiction with a total population of 1.01 crore.
The state government has now decided to bring four additional municipal councils and two Panchayat Samitis under PMRDA’s jurisdiction, doubling the number of villages under the authority to 857. These four additional municipal councils are of Saswad, Shirur, Chakan and Rajgurunagar, and Panchayat Samitis of Velhe and Purandar talukas.
The addition will take the population of the urban agglomeration to 1.09 crore.
PMRDA chief Mahesh Zagade said, “We intend to undertake an economic development plan for the entire region, demarcate growth centres by identifying particular sectors that can drive economic growth in particular areas. The plan is to develop and market the Pune urban agglomeration as an international premium investment destination.”
Zagade said the PMRDA was waiting for the boundaries of the metropolitan region to be finalised before beginning to draw plans.”We will now begin work on an existing land-use survey and a development plan so that we can plan infrastructure in the region based on the maximum estimated population growth,” he added
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Old December 10th, 2015, 09:24 PM   #152
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Greetings from the city of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. I am going to be visiting Pune in about 8 days and was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to give me some advice on things to do while I'm in Pune. I am specifically interested in some of the local modern or historic architecture.
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Old December 13th, 2015, 06:34 AM   #154
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Try to visit some of the forts nearby pune. Sinhagad Fort etc. Also visit the museum of Aga Khan palace
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No updates, news, pics and happening in Pune Section of SSC since. All threads remain passive since long time. Surpriced to see Such a Advanced City has diminishing interest in updating Pune Threads.
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Pune is the intellectual and social development capital of Maharashtra.
And intellectuals do not openly display developments of their city.
Ghantam logic is infectuous. Handle it with care.
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India's safest cities

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3. Shimla
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Old March 22nd, 2018, 03:52 PM   #158
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Hyderabad and Pune are best Indian cities to live in, says Mercer's Quality of Living Ranking 2018

While Vienna has taken the top spot in Mercer's Quality of Living Ranking for the ninth consecutive year, Hyderabad and Pune have been jointly ranked at 142, making the best Indian cities to live in.

They were closely followed by Bengaluru (149), Chennai (151), Mumbai, (154), Kolkata (160), with New Delhi (162) taking the last spot as it continues to battle rising traffic congestion and air pollution, the report said.
Factors such as lower crime rate and climate favour Hyderabad, while Pune has become attractive thanks to its quality housing facilities and availability of consumer goods for international employees, the survey stated.
Overall seven Indian cities were surveyed by Mercer.Vienna topped the list of 450 cities around the world. Zurich took second spot, while Auckland and Munich jointly hold the third place. In fifth spot was Vancouver, which is the highest-ranked city in North America. Singapore (25) and Montevideo (77) are the top cities in Asia and Latin America, respectively.
Although living standards over the last 20 years have improved tremendously in Eastern European cities, Asia is not too far behind. The improvement has been driven largely by India and China, as cities in the two leading Asian economies showed impressive changes in living standards between 1998 and 2018.
"The results show that Indian cities are yet to make any marked leaps on the quality of living scale, from 2017. However, this is the 20th anniversary of our survey globally and, though few Indian cities have decreased in their ranking, over a 20 year period, these cities have been continuously improving the living standards. A key driver has been the considerable investment in physical infrastructure including airports , public transport & communication facilities – among the many factors used to evaluate city living standards,” noted Padma Ramanathan, India Practice Leader, Global Mobility.
Almost all Indian cities surveyed scored well on factors such as communication and access to food consumables, the report added.
Bengaluru dropped by three spots due to rising safety-related issues, inconveniences caused due to power and water shortage has impacted the overall positioning of the city. Mumbai on the other hand was ranked as the same spot as last year.

“As traditional megacities pose risks in relation to hygiene factors such as rising air pollution, ease of housing and growing traffic woes, emerging cities are seeing the benefit through improved infrastructure, accessible health services and lower crime rates,” said Ramanathan. “Air pollution is among the biggest threats posed to daily life and quality of living in megacities,” she added.

This year, Mercer has provided a separate ranking on city sanitation, which analysed waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious diseases, air pollution, water availability and quality of the cities.
Honolulu topped the city sanitation ranking, followed by Helsinki and Ottawa that took the second place. The capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka (230) and capital of Haiti, Port au Prince (231) took the bottom spot on the ranking.
Among Indian cities, Bengaluru took the top spot as it was ranked 194, closely followed by Chennai (199) and Pune (206). New Delhi and Kolkata ranked among the bottom five cities worldwide and were placed at 228 and 227, respectively.
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pune visit is incomplete without a visit to OSHO international. Also visit OSHO Teerth park. lovely ecological park developed by Shunyo international from Japan. We need more such parks.
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Pune tops list of best-governed cities in India for 2017

Pune has topped the list of best-governed cities in India for 2017, after scoring 5.1 on Janaagraha's Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS).
The survey, conducted across 23 cities, studied urban capacities, resources, political representation and effective functioning of municipal systems, in order to come up with an all-encompassing score for the cities' governance and quality of life.

Pune wrested the first position from Thiruvananthapuram in the fifth edition of the annual survey, primarily because of key reforms undertaken by the city's government.

Other measures include improving the revenue-to-expenditure ratio and per-capita capital expenditure over the last three years and making the digital governance roadmap and municipal data available on an online platform.
The cities that follow Pune on the list are Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhubaneswar, each with a score of 4.6 out of 10. Surat made a massive jump to 5th place this year, while Bhubaneswar stood out after moving to 4th place from 10th place earlier.

"Surat was the biggest gainer in this year’s rankings, jumping 12 positions over 2016 to the 5th spot. This was on the back of improved performance on own revenue generation, higher capital expenditure per capita by the city and implementation of AMRUT reforms including appointment of an internal auditor and credit rating," said Vivek Anandan Nair, Associate Manager and Project Lead for ASICS 2017.

The overall quality of governance, however, remained fairly low with 12 out of 23 cities scoring less than 4. Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Patna and Chennai constituted the bottom five cities on the list, with scores in the range of 3.0-3.3. The performance of Guwahati and Visakhapatnam, which were added to the survey only this year, was disappointing. The two cities finished with scores of 3.8 and 3.4, respectively.
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