Town Planning Schemes for Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra
The city of Pimpri-Chinchwad situated north of Pune has developed as an industrial area over the last four decades. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has commissioned Town Planning (TP) schemes for three areas in the town, the planning of which is undertaken by HCP. The TP scheme is a crucial planning tool that enables appropriation of land for public purposes thereby serving as a mechanism to implement the Development Plan and permitting development within non-developable zones.
One of the TP schemes is for Valhekarwadi-Rawet area, which is primarily undeveloped land with a lack of infrastructure. Based on extensive studies and meetings with land owners and planning authorities, HCP prepared a comprehensive planning scheme to increase developmental potential and create coherent street networks and also to protect natural features from encroachment.
The TP scheme encourages a mixed-use built fabric, with potential for high-rise development on the basis of main road connectivity. The zoning ensures even distribution of green, public spaces and social amenities within the site. The street network follows a hierarchical grid pattern, providing alternative streets and tree-lined streets connecting to an 18m wide road along the river. It also provides a green belt of 50m along the Pawana River, to protect existing vegetation and river riparians, while creating public green spaces. The TPS has also proposed form-based Special Development Regulations, thus ensuring an active and safe street environment.