Pune soon to become a ‘Metro’ city
The PMC has finalised two routes for the first phase of Metro. The routes would be from Nigdi (beyond Pimpri-Chinchwad) to Bhilarewadi till the Katraj Ghat area (beyond Swargate Junction).
On the Nigdi to Bhilarewadi route, the PMC and the PCMC will share the spending on the project. Out of Rs 5,391 crore expenditure estimated for the year 2014, the PMC and PCMC will bear 10 per cent each by spending Rs 415 crore and Rs 124 crore respectively.
The civic body had previously given the go-ahead for the first Metro route between Vanaz Company on Paud Road and Ramwadi Junction on Ahmednagar Road.
Green Signal for full-blown BRT in the city
After much discussion and debate over the unplanned implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) pilot project at Swargate-Katraj and Hadapsar, the PMC gave its green signal for mplementation of BRT on four new routes. The new routes proposed are Warje-Kharadi, Kothrud-Vishrantwadi, Dhayri-Hadapsar and Katraj-Kalewadi.
A committee, comprising of civic body officials, had visited Ahmedabad to study the successful Janmarg model, and has assured this BRT will be a success. Work on the BRT has already started and would be completed in 2013.
Raj thackeray’s outfit MNS takes on toll plaza owners
Following lack of transparency in the operating on toll plaza, the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) had staged protests across the state in July. MNS chief Raj Thackeray had appealed to people not to pay the toll tax until state government comes clear on how the money collected is utilised.
The party workers had literally shut all the toll nakas in the city. Due to the strong protest, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has made it mandatory for all the toll nakas across the state to install Automated Traffic Count and Classification System (ATCCS). However, it hasn’t been implemented yet.
Recruitment scam mars NDA’s image
A shocking revelation marred the image of the premier defense establishment in the country. The scam in recruitment of class ‘C’ surfaced in the month of June. For the first time in the history of the institution, the commandant of NDA was transferred. In a bid to facilitate fair probe, the defence minister shifted Jatindar Singh to the Army Headquarters.
Singh's staff officer Col Kulbir Singh and Physical Training Officer (PTO) Col AK Singh, besides a civilian staffer and five other who acted as ‘agents’, were found guilty in the matter. Besides, the CBI had recovered Rs 1.76 crore of the scam money.
Sukhoi skids off the Lohegaon airport runway
On April 19, a SUKHOI-30 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force shot off the runway at the Lohegaon airport, a facility used by both civilian passenger aircraft and the Air Force.
“Due to a problem in the nose undercarriage of a SU-30 aircraft there was a runway blockage at 9.15 am at the Pune air base. The runway was cleared for all operations at 1 pm,” an officer said. As the aircraft remained stuck at the spot for quite some time, the air traffic was badly affected.