Pimpri-Chinchwad township is the most developed industrial belt in the State of Maharashtra accommodating some of the most reputed industrial companies of the country such as TELCO, SKF, Bajaj Auto, Garware Nylon, Philips, Alfa Laval, Bajaj Tempo, etc. With the advent of rapid growth and expansion in the area, the Department of Urban Development, Government of Maharashtra notified extension of the erstwhile Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) limits by merging 18 fringe villages within the corporation limits. The total area of newly merged fringe villages is 84.51 sq. km. A Development plan (DP) was to be prepared for these newly merged villages in order to yield a guided future growth in the region. This was the first initiative of any local authority in Maharashtra to invite private consultancy organisations for the preparation of a development plan. PCMC was the nodal agency for the preparation of DP and the job was awarded to Tata Consultancy Services.
Major objective of the study was to prepare a DP in a duration of one year on a Geographic Information System (GIS) platform ensuring the connectivity and integration of these villages with the rest of the region using spatial information obtained through remote sensing data, village maps and Survey of India (SOI) maps.
Some of major visionary goals in the preparation of DP were to:
- Ensure proper utilisation of land in the interest of the residents of the area
- Provision of an efficient traffic and transportation network
- Make provisions for civic amenities and social facilities to cater to the present and future needs of the residents community
- Reserve sites for public utilities, transport and other services to meet present as well as future requirements of the area
- Preserve buildings and areas of historical, religious and cultural significance
- Improve existing living conditions, physical quality of life, and guide future development.
The Phases involved in the preparation of DP were:
- Survey, analysis and findings
- Preparation of Base Map and Existing Land-use (ELU)
- Structure Plan
- Development Plan
The following surveys were carried out to assess the socio-economic, travel and environmental characteristics of the study area.
- Traffic and Transportation Surveys
- Industrial Survey
- Housing Survey
- Surveys on existing facilities such as health care, education,
shopping and recreational etc