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About Pimpri-Chinchwad

Pimpri-Chinchwad is a city in the Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, India. It consists of the twin towns of Pimpri and Chinchwad which are governed by a common municipal body: the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation or PCMC.

About the City

Land area (km2)

171.51 km2


1,729,320 (2011)

Population growth rate


% of the city's territory which is urban


Population density (hab / km2)

9,770 hab/km2

Rate of population density change over last decade



Tropical monsoon and trade-wind littoral 



Main economic activity

Secondary sector (Industry, manufacturing, metalworking industry, vehicles, electrical equipment, chemicals, food)

Community type

Mixed community

About the Local Government

Official name

Pimpri-Chinchwad Mahanagarpalika

Official name in English

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)

Number of municipal employees

7,500 (2012)

Annual income in USD

Not available

Annual expenditure in USD

Not available

Mayor or senior elected representative

2.5 years

Municipal Commissioner or senior appointed representative

Subject to state government decision

City vision and mission statement

Not available



Urban systems, infrastructures and services managed by the Local Government

Health care facilities, Parks, Public transportation, Roads construction, Road maintenance, Schools, Water supply, Waste management, Wastewater drainage, Wastewater treatment

ICLEI Membership


Member of regional/national/global initiatives

Not available

Original vision and practise

Description of relevant existing development policies

Green Building Rating System - Adoption of GRIHA norms in new developments (Property tax rebate for builders who incoporate GRIHA norms in their projects)

Current sustainability strategy and/or action plan

Nadi Sudhar Yojana (River improvement Programme)

Relevant past and current projects


  • 30 MLD Combi-treat ISBR Plant
  • 20 MLD STP at Rawet on SBR Technology
  • 30 MLD STP at Chinchwad
  • Zero Garbage ward initiative
  • Waste to Energy plant
  • Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS)



At a glance

% access to electricity


% access to district heating

Not available

% access to district cooling

Not available

% served by municipal water system

Not available

Water consumption per inhabitant

179 lpcd (2011-12)

% served by municipal wastewater drainage system

Not available

% served by municipal solid waste collection system


Solid waste generation per inhabitant

250 gm (2011-12)

% of municipal area served by separate waste collection for recycling

Not available

% living in informal settlements

14.46 % (2011-12)

Public transportation modes available

Bus rapid transit

Public transportation network coverage of urban area

Not available

Energy profile

Community's final energy consumption by economic sector according to GPC

1,493,676,000 MJ/year (2011-12)

Energy consumption per inhabitant

239.93 MJ/hab/year (2011-12)

% of local government operations of community final energy consumption


Local government operations of final energy consumption by sector of activity according to IEAP

54,684,000 (million KWh) (2011-12)

Community final energy consumption evolution through time

Not available

For more information on the city's GHG emission reporting, visit their profile on the carbonn Climate Registry.

Pimpri-Chichwad's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation completed its GHG inventory for 2012 as part of the project and now has a better understanding of where and how emissions can be decreased at the government and community level. In addition, the Pimpri-Chichwad Municipal Corporation committed to increase the city's renewable energy supply five percent by 2020. 

Energy-efficient building design and construction

The City was the first urban local body to pass a resolution to offer incentives for GRIHA Green Building Rating System compliance, to integrate energy-efficient building design and construction, along with the promotion of renewable energy. As of 2013, it is mandatory that all the new public buildings within the city be rated under GRIHA rating system.

Green electricity and waste treatment

The city generates green electricity and treats waste through its combi-treat sewage plant. About 1000-1200 kWh per day of power is generated by a combination of bio and hydropower through gas and water turbines used, serving 30-40% of the plant’s energy demand.

Waste-to-Energy plant

Plastic waste is generating fuel for industries through a Waste-to-Energy plant with the capacity of 1.5 tons per day (TPD). The plant is capable of producing 600-700 liters of hydrocarbon fuel per ton of plastic waste. The furnace oil generated is sold to industries in the city.

Closing the loop with compost

Bio-degradable waste is generating 500 metric tons of organic compost a day through a mechanical composting plant. The compost is sold for use in agricultural and landscaping purposes.

For more information on the city's mitigation action reporting, visit their profile (page 2) on the carbonn Climate Registry.

GCC tracking for Pimpri-Chinchwad
Step I
Step II
Step III

GreenClimateCities Methodology - Legend

GreenClimateCities Methodology - Chart

Urban LEDS


Participating in the national “Development of solar cities program”, the city is committed to reduce projected conventional energy demand by 10% by 2013 in the period 2008-2013. In addition, the local government set a renewable energy target of 6% reduction by 2015 (from 2011) for community-based emissions and the energy effi ciency target of 7% by 2015 (from 2010) for the community.


City’s main challenges

  • Air pollution; 
  • Noise reduction measures;
  • Reducing light pollution 
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Climate mitigation 

Main LED priorities of the city /city´s aspirations

  • Solid Waste Management
  • Energy Security
  • Green buildings

Lessons learned and replication 

Pimpri Chinchwad has overcome its urbanization challenges through a low-carbon approach, learning the following lessons along the way:


  • Offering innovative market driven incentives as done in the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) rating system from the Green Buildings Rating System India, which can promote the uptake of green buildings, and reduce rising GHG emissions and energy demand.
  • Political will, technical training, and implementing robust monitoring and quality control mechanisms can go a long way in building confidence towards new technologies and ensuring their successful implementation.


Pre-existing city policies and strategies (climate and energy)

  • Green Building Rating System - Adoption of GRIHA norms from the Green Buildings Rating System India
    in new developments (Property tax rebate for builders who incoporate GRIHA norms in their projects)