Pimpri Chinchwad police commissionerate organised antigen test camp for Bhosari traffic police, on November 29. The PMC which has a population of 35.38 lakh has a target to conduct 5,840 tests daily, according to the target set by the state government.(HT PHOTO)
Pimpri Chinchwad police commissionerate organised antigen test camp for Bhosari traffic police, on November 29. The PMC which has a population of 35.38 lakh has a target to conduct 5,840 tests daily, according to the target set by the state government.(HT PHOTO)

Daily Covid-19 test target puts additional financial burden on PMC

Civic body has to conduct 5,840 tests daily, according to the target set by the state government.
By Steffy Thevar | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 04:59 PM IST

PUNE The state government’s order of daily Covid-19 test target for all civic bodies in the state has put the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in a soup as the increased RT-PCR tests mean additional financial burden on the civic body.

The PMC which has a population of 35.38 lakh has a target to conduct 5,840 tests daily, according to the target set by the state government. Currently, the PMC conducts about 2,900 tests daily. However, it is now pondering on the expenses it might have to incur to keep up with the target.

Rubal Agarwal, additional municipal commissioner, said, “Currently, we have maintained a ratio of about 75:25 RT-PCR and RAT Covid-19 tests which means that we have maintained the proportion as recommended by the state government.”

“We have already spoken to the National Institute of Virology and its current capacity is not enough to suffice the new targets and if we speak with private laboratories it will cost the civic body dearly,” she said.

As per the target of 5,840 Covid-19 tests daily, the civic body has to conduct at least 75 per cent of the tests through RT-PCR by February 2021. This would mean that the civic body will have to conduct at least 4,380 RT-PCR tests every day and at the cost of Rs 1,000 per test, so it will have to shell out Rs 43,80,000 every day.

Dr Sanjeev Wavare, assistant health officer, PMC, said, “We do not have a bifurcation as such but about 30-35 per cent of the tests are RAT while others are all RT-PCR and we are decreasing our dependence on RAT.”

“We have 16 private labs for RT-PCR while five government labs. The civic body sends its samples only to the government facilities which offer services for free. However, due to limited testing capacity at government facilities, the PMC might have to depend on private testing laboratories which may cost dearly,” he said.

The state government in its letter wrote that the civic bodies may use their CSR funds or the local funds to meet the expenses due to the increased expenditure.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
HT Image
HT Image

60 more gardens to open in Pune from January 25

By Manasi Deshpande
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 10:23 PM IST
Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will reopen 60 more public gardens from January 25, almost three months after it opened the gates of 81 gardens across the city
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Pune Natyasattak cut short due to Covid-19

By Prachi Bari
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 09:10 PM IST
Pune: Pune Natyasattak, an innovative and exclusive event of theatre organised in the city, will begin from January 23 and conclude on midnight of January 26 this year
Close
Barbed arrows with Microliths Replica. (HT)
Barbed arrows with Microliths Replica. (HT)

Early Punekars hunt & fish… and settle down!

By Saili K Palande-Datar
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:11 PM IST
Environment of Pune started to change around 10,000 to 4,000 years ago due to strong monsoon, says Saili K Palande-Datar
Close
Keep the police informed if there is any more suspicious activity on your account (HT FILE)
Keep the police informed if there is any more suspicious activity on your account (HT FILE)

If your social media account has been compromised, follow these 5 steps

By Shalaka Shinde, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:07 PM IST
If you receive an OTP for some change that you have not initiated, it might mean that your account has been compromised
Close
Tourists will be able book the resort online on the MTDC website once the resort is functional. (HT PHOTO)
Tourists will be able book the resort online on the MTDC website once the resort is functional. (HT PHOTO)

MTDC to reopen resort on Sinhagad fort, Pune in a month

By Manasi Deshpande
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:04 PM IST
Renovation work of this resort has been completed by the MTDC and it will be ready to host guests in a month, an MTDC official has informed
Close
As activist and political leaders raised concern over the flood level, Maha Metro issued a press statement on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)
As activist and political leaders raised concern over the flood level, Maha Metro issued a press statement on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)

Pune metro: Maha-Metro claims reported values of CWPRS report “far from truth”

UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:01 PM IST
Some activists including Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan, Anu Aga, Sarang Yadwadkar held a press conference and raised a concern over rising water levels due to ongoing metro work in the Mutha river
Close
he state government would take decisions about the funds and share as Maha Metro would require the revenue from non-ticket sources, said officials. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
he state government would take decisions about the funds and share as Maha Metro would require the revenue from non-ticket sources, said officials. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Maha Metro hints at not sharing rent revenue with Pune civic body

PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:55 PM IST
As per the detailed project report, the total project cost of the metro is 11,420 crore. It is borrowing a 5,831 crore loan and the PMC is giving 951 crore for the project
Close
Despite the completion of their contract, the PMC decided to continue the services of all these 177 medical staff for the next few months. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Despite the completion of their contract, the PMC decided to continue the services of all these 177 medical staff for the next few months. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Pune civic body extends contract of 177 medical staff hired during Covid peak

PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:51 PM IST
PMC had appointed 71 BAMS doctors, eight dentists, 62 nurses, 22 lab assistants and 14 pharmacists to offer services in PMC-run hospitals across the city
Close
This facility, along the backwaters of Andra dam in Maval near Pune, is named Talegaon Electronic and Engineering City (TEEC). It is termed as the first electronic park in the state by MIDC officials. (HT PHOTO)
This facility, along the backwaters of Andra dam in Maval near Pune, is named Talegaon Electronic and Engineering City (TEEC). It is termed as the first electronic park in the state by MIDC officials. (HT PHOTO)

Talegaon: MIDC to build township in a 6,000 acre industrial facility

By Manasi Deshpande
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:47 PM IST
Industrial facility is intended for hardware production industries with zero pollution, say officials
Close
As per the plan, PMRDA was to borrow <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>600 crore loan from Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) to develop basic infrastructure like roads and other facilities, before allowing private plot owners to develop their plots. (HT PHOTO)
As per the plan, PMRDA was to borrow 600 crore loan from Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) to develop basic infrastructure like roads and other facilities, before allowing private plot owners to develop their plots. (HT PHOTO)

Pune’s Mhalunge-Maan town planning scheme gathers dust two years after groundbreaking

By Abhay Khairnar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:46 PM IST
PMRDA had announced that the town planning scheme is being planned on 250 hectares by spending 640 crore and will be complete in three years
Close
The number of students for Class 5 to Class 8 is almost four times that for Class 9 to Class 10. (HT FILE)
The number of students for Class 5 to Class 8 is almost four times that for Class 9 to Class 10. (HT FILE)

PMC undecided on reopening schools for Class 5-8

By Namrata Devikar
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:14 PM IST
A notification to allow schools across the state to reopen for classes 5 to 8 from January 27 has been sent
Close
HT Image
HT Image

PMC’s sets January-end deadline for Katraj-Swargate BRTS; PMPML unsure

By Manasi Deshpande, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:47 PM IST
The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has claimed that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has still not been able to carry out improvement works on the Katraj-Swargate Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) stretch despite writing a letter last month
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Man arrested for alleged extortion of contractor

By Shalaka Shinde, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:46 PM IST
A man has been arrested and remanded to judicial custody, after spending three days in police custody for the alleged extortion of a contractor
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Man arrested for threatening to spread video of live-in partner

By Shalaka Shinde, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:46 PM IST
A man has been arrested for posing as a journalist and threatening to spread a video of his live-in partner, if she refused to pay him 6 lakh
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Pune rural stays with NCP; all parties claim victory in Maharashtra

By Siddharth Gadkari and Manasi Deshpande, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:46 PM IST
In Western Maharashtra, most of the senior leaders of all parties received a setback in the gram panchayat polls while in Pune district, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) managed to win 500 of 752 gram panchayats
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP