Pimpri Chinchwad is a renowned industrial township that is often referred as the ‘Detroit of the East’ due to the high density of national and multinational automobile companies operating within its borders. It is under Shri Ajit Pawar’s leadership that Pimpri Chinchwad first gained prominence. It has since been termed a “Model Indian City” lauded for both its well-planned infrastructure and its economic output.
Today, with Shri Ajit Pawar’s support, Pimpri Chinchwad’s fast growing industrial belt is home to over 4,000 small-scale industries and approximately 3,000 factories. Furthermore, over 150,000 women have been industrially trained and over 600 women were given computer training. Shri Ajit Pawar also oversaw the distribution of 10,000 sewing machines to women seeking a path to financial independence.
Still, this influx of opportunity did not come without its pitfalls — growth has the potential to cause a hike in congestion and a strain on infrastructure. Shri Ajit Pawar had the foresight to address these concerns early on. He constructed a massive network of roads covering about 1300 km, as well as the Nasik Road flyover, Bhosri flyover, Dapodi flyover, and Chapekar Chowk flyover.
Each road was also supplemented with cycling tracks and pedestrian walkways to limit vehicular reliance, and flanked with green cover to absorb carbon emissions and create a cooler microclimate. Shri Ajit Pawar also set up both a metro line and a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) between Pimpri Chinchwad and Pune, to better connect the industrial township to it’s urban artery.
One of Shri Ajit Pawar’s most widely appreciated projects is the Pimpri Chinchwad Science Park (PCSP), a unique, non-formal, science-learning centre. Developed in collaboration between the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMP), the park has aided in the promotion of scientific culture in the region and driven the use of science and technology as a vehicle of change. Spread over 4000 square meters, the PCSP houses three permanent galleries, a temporary exhibition hall, an inflatable dome planetarium, a science demonstration area, an auditorium, a 3D projection facility, library, and more.
In addition to being a cultural and educational hub, the PCSP also serves as an R&D centre that conducts cutting-edge research to aid in regional development, as well as an incubator for innovative local businesses.
The PCSP also conducts workshops, demos, and 3D shows for students, in an effort to inculcate an early interest in science and learning and to familiarize them with global advances in technology.
Addressing the needs of young citizens has always been close to Shri Ajit Pawar’s heart. As a result, Pimpri Chinchwad has made significant progress in the field of education; the township is now home to approximately 135 primary schools, 18 secondary schools, over 70 private schools, and several reputed colleges. A firm believer in holistic learning that combines formal classes with sports and the performing arts, Shri Ajit Pawar has also worked with the PCMC to build 11 playgrounds, 14 badminton halls, 11 swimming pools, five tennis courts, and a beautiful jogging track at Durga Tekdi, all for public use. They have also designed and constructed three auditoriums to provide a stage for students of dance, drama, and music; the Prof. Ramkrushna More Prekshagruha in Chinchwad, the Acharya Atre Rangmandir in Sant Tukaram Nagar, and the Ankushrao Landage Natyagruha in Bhosari.
Shri Ajit Pawar recognizes that an effective public health policy includes both preventative and remedial measures. He worked with the PCMC to set up an efficient waste management and sewage treatment network in Pimpri Chinchwad, which allowed for the sustainable redistribution of treated water and limited the spread of waterborne diseases. He also played a significant role in renovating and upgrading the PCMC-run Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH).
Shri Ajit Pawar believes that the only way to build an efficient and transparent government is to draw citizens into the political process and empower them to take action for their own welfare. It was this perspective that led him to pioneer two revolutionary citizen-centric initiatives in Pimpri Chinchwad; the 'E-governance' platform and 'SARATHI'. The E-Governance platform is a time-bound, one-window portal where citizens can submit their issues and track their resolution in real-time. The System of Assisting Residents and Tourists through Helpline Information (SARATHI) is an FAQ-format document that can be accessed across several mediums including an e-book, website, and an app. It provides detailed information on ongoing governmental initiatives and local happenings, guidance on everything from filing taxes, to applying for a driver’s license, and registering for government schemes, as well as profiles on elected officials, emergency contact links, and plenty more. Citizens looking for further assistance can also call the interactive helpline set up as part of the project.