West Pune’s Golden Location Matrix Widens Into Punawale

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

While real estate is a constantly changing and evolving concept, some parameters remain constant – the three success mantras are still Location, Location and Location. In this respect, Western Pune is an important new chapter in the annals of Pune real estate’s success story. One of the most exciting new locations in this corridor is Punawale.

Thanks to massive demand for residential and commercial properties, Western Pune has delivered some of Pune’s hottest real estate locations over the past decade. Punawale is the latest addition to the region’s lineup of strategic real estate development and investment hotspots.

Located advantageously close to Hinjewadi and its burgeoning IT Park and the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, Punawale has now emerged as the location of choice for home buyers from the Information Technology as well as manufacturing segments. Punawale is also in close proximity to Wakad and benefits from convenient access to various hospitals, schools and shopping malls.

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This combination of factors has had a big impact on demand for properties in Punawale, and has led to the launch of many new residential projects. Puneville, a luxury township recently launched by leading developers Pharande Spaces, is one of the most notable examples of Punawale’s massive image makeover on the Pune real estate map.

Like Moshi, Ravet, Spine Road, Wakad and many other highly successful real estate locations, Punawale has the added advantage of being located at the fulcrum of various mega road development projects by this region’s infrastructure-focused town planning authorities. Backed by the unlimited cash reserves at the disposal of Asia’s wealthiest Municipal Corporation.

Backed by a diverse and vibrant economy which provides a convincing complement to that of Pune, real estate growth in Western Pune is backed by a prolific manufacturing sector represented by a number of national and global industry giants. This region is seeing a steady and growing pipeline of employment opportunities generated by its manufacturing and Information Technology industries.

This factor has ensured that areas like Punawale see instant absorption of housing projects across budget brackets. It goes without saying that an employment-driven real estate location like Punawale also receives significant attention from property investors.

In Punawale, Western Pune has received yet another iconic location to take this prosperous, infrastructure-driven region’s real estate story to the next level.

Puneville’s Dazzling Independence Day Launch Draws Massive Attendance

The launch of Puneville, the game-changing, futuristic luxury township by Pharande Spaces at Punawale on India’s 68th Independence Day drew massive attendance of eminent dignitaries and real estate industry stakeholders. After hoisting the tricolour was hoisted at the launch venue to the refrains of the national anthem, Hemant Naiknavare – President, CREDAI Pune addressed the gathering and was generous in his praise for Puneville’s never-seen-before features.

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Puneville is a brilliantly conceived and executed luxury township,” he said. “Pharande Spaces, in partnership with globally acclaimed architects Aedas, have outdone themselves by delivering a fantastic residential project. The timing of this launch is perfect, because Puneville is the ultimate celebration of freedom of an ultra-modern lifestyle. Also, thanks to Pune’s rapidly accelerating Information Technology boom, demand for such ultra-modern township homes has never been higher.”

After the inaugural address, Kamlakar Akode, Director – Town Planning (Maharashtra) elaborated on the progressive ‘infrastructure first’ approach that is the hallmark of real estate planning and development in Pune’s progressive PCMC region, and added that Puneville is a fitting tribute to this futuristic approach which has set a new benchmark for Indian real estate.

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Addressing the gathering, Satish Magar, Vice President – CREDAI expressed his amazement at the world-class amenities offered at Puneville and also described the location at Punawale as nothing short of perfect. Shantilal Kataria, Vice President – CREDAI Maharashtra added that Punawale, Wakad and Hinjewadi are the most promising of Pune’s upcoming real estate locations and that Puneville is indeed an integrated township that has achieved global standards of excellence.

Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces described Puneville as his personal labour of love and the culmination of Pharande Spaces’ constant quest towards perfection in integrated township development. He was also graphic in his praise for Aedas for bringing the full benefit of their global architectural design expertise to bear in this luxury township.

After the Independence Day ceremony, Akash Pharande, Head (Marketing & Sales), Pharande Spaces treated the attending dignitaries and guests to an enthralling project presentation and a guided tour of Puneville and its various state-of-the art features. The sumptuous lunch that followed featured an international cuisine that dovetailed perfectly with Puneville’s uncompromisingly global design and ethos.

Pharande Spaces Announces Third Phase Of Luxury Township L-axis, PCMC

Pharande Spaces, the leading real estate development company in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, today announced the launch of three new towers at its highly successful luxury township L-axis. The announcement was made at a glittering ceremony that was attended by world-renowned architect and town planning expert Prof. Christopher Benninger, architect Mrs. Usha Rangarajan and Ravi Varma, Vice Chairman of the National Association of Realtors.

L-axis, one of the most successful township projects in the PCMC, has made a resounding market statement as the address of choice for HNIs from the PCMC, Pune and beyond. The location of this township has been one of the main catalysts for its success.

In a relatively short period after its inception, Spine Road in the Pradhikaran region of Pune’s thriving twin city PCMC has become one of the most talked-about investment locations. The 22-kilometer long and 45 meter-wide Spine Road connects to all sectors in the PCMC and the areas along it have become key development hotspots in the region.

Demand for homes in this area began peaking when the PCMC began further widening of this key transit infrastructure project. The Pradhikaran region, also known as Sector 42, encompasses a total area of 15000 acres and is a text-book case of planned development by the Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority PCNTDA.

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

“Road infrastructure is always the precursor of all successful real estate undertakings,” says Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces. “New real estate locations need to be properly connected to other parts of the city to make them attractive to developers and home buyers. For this reason, Spine Road in Pradhikaran has become a game-changer. Apart from its location, L-axis enjoys the benefits of the most luxurious project design, specifications and amenities as well as unmatched connectivity.”

Because of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s forward-looking approach to infrastructure, the PCMC has always been the forerunner of highly planned infrastructure-driven real estate development in the Pune region. The impeccable town planning employed in the PCMC has ensured that there is a full-fledged district centre for commercial development and activity. This approach has provided a uniform spread of well-paid employment opportunities over the entire region.

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L-axis is located in Sector 6, directly opposite the Bhosari District Centre with its high-profile corporate and government office complexes as well as a 5-star hotel and the recently launched ‘City One’ – PCMC’s first full-fledged shopping mall. The prestigious International Convention Centre is under construction in the immediate vicinity.

Mr. Pharande says, “Over the years, the ‘infrastructure first’ approach has been especially evident in PCMC’s Pradhikaran sector, where the Spine Road has now become one of the most exciting locations for home buyers and real estate investors. L-axis has indeed benefited from the perfect location.”

Pharande Spaces has already distinguished itself delivering high quality township projects such as Woodsville in Moshi, Celestial City at Ravet and more recently Puneville at Punavale in this prosperous and progressive region.

Launched in 2012, L-axis was conceived in response to the huge demand for luxury apartments in pune emanating from top management home buyers of the region’s many manufacturing giants, the Chakan industrial area and international automobile companies like Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Mahindra & Mahindra and General Motors.

Pharande Spaces launched the two new towers at L-axis in the presence of a 300+ gathering of channel partners and prominent real estate personalities. In the course of the evening, the company made a strong case for the unprecedented market proposition of this unique luxury township. The event was followed by a celebrity performance.

PCMC Growth Story: To Absorb 20 More Villages

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is all set to merge 20 more villages into its city limits, thereby giving these rural areas the benefit of its globally acclaimed infrastructure-based model of planned urbanization. The list of villages to be included is as follows:

  1. Dehu
  2. Vitthalnagar
  3. Mhalunge
  4. Nighoje
  5. Moyi
  6. Kuruli
  7. Nanekarwadi
  8. Kharabwadi
  9. Chakan
  10. Kadachiwadi
  11. Chimbali
  12. Kelgaon
  13. Alandi
  14. Khalumbe
  15. Gahunje
  16. Hinjewadi
  17. Manh
  18. Marunji
  19. Nere, and
  20. Jambhe

Of these, Chakan is the most important area from the perspective of industrial growth. Hinjewadi is among the most gripping chapter in the annals of India’s Information Technology sector, while Alandi and Dehu are major pilgrimage destinations. We are once again witnessing the process of urbanization that has made the PCMC a global showcase model of holistic development.

The geographical expansion of city limits has historically been proven as the only viable means of rational urbanization. Without the benefit of expanding city borders, a city tends to densify and eventually stagnate. A city’s ability to grow geographically directly affects its economic diversity and health.

In fact, the Indian real estate story shows us that the only cities that retain and increase their economic viability are the ones that have the ability to expand. By the same coin, cities which do not or cannot grow eventually stagnate in terms of infrastructure, property market potential and their overall ‘liveability’ quotient.

Why Indian Cities Over-Densify And Decay

Some of the most serious problems that stagnated cities face are over-crowding, pollution, unrealistic rises in property prices, gradual reduction in employment opportunities and generalized urban decay. In India, this phenomenon is not always the result of lack of peripheral rural areas to urbanize.

Relative to its available land resources, India has remarkably few modern cities – and these cities offer the maximum number of employment. As a natural consequence, people from the rural areas steadily migrate to urban areas to earn a better livelihood.

While many Indian cities do have the ability to expand their borders, lack of forward-looking city planning leads to rapid densification within the urbanized areas. At the same time, the peripheral areas that could relieve the strain on these urbanized pockets suffer from complete neglect, leading to a huge disparity in economic profiles. When these cities finally expand their borders, they do so as a means of 11th hour damage control – and with a remarkable lack of vision.

As a result, we see areas that nobody had ever heard of suddenly being profiled as ‘upcoming locations’. Developers rush to these areas, attracted by the lower land prices, and lose no time in putting up ‘affordable housing’ projects before any kind of supporting infrastructure has been put in place. This phenomenon has been seen in various parts of the country, including in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi NCR.

Planned Urbanization – The Inclusive Approach

Over the years, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has been attracting more and more people from the nearby areas. The PCMC model of urban development is based on planned social and civic infrastructure and the scientific allocation of residential, commercial and industrial areas. This fabric needs to maintained by geographic expansion, and this is precisely the process we are now witnessing.

Including more villages into the municipal limits brings prosperity, real estate development and infrastructure to these areas. The PCMC has consistently employed the method of expanding the spread of its real estate map as the most viable means to prevent core congestion.

Anil Pharande is Vice President – CREDAI (Pune Metro) and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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PCMC’s First Full-Fledged Mall Set To Open

Stategic Location & World-Class Retailer Mix A Definite Success Formula

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Pune’s thriving sister city, is all set to throw the doors of its first full-fledged mall open to the public. City One Mall is an undertaking by PCMC’s leading development group Pharande Spaces in partnership with Rama Group, and is being leased by out Jones Lang LaSalle India.

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Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces says, “The one missing link on the well-meshed PCMC’ real estate market has been organized retail. With City One Mall, we are finally bridging the gap. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation now has a distinct cosmopolitan profile and aspirations are at an all-time high. Strategically located close to the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation Building, City One has four levels of retail spaces and will provide an international shopping experience, an exclusive Entertainment City, alfresco cafes and global dining options to PCMC’s residents.”

PCMC has always been a promising catchment for retail developments. The region’s versatile population profile has already spelled success for major local category players like Jai-Hind, Ranka Jewellers, Silver Leaf, Krishna Rajaram Ashtekar, Vama, Hastakala Sarees, PNG, Bafna Jewellers and Chandukaka Saraf. Nevertheless, PCMC has not had the benefit of a full-fledged mall development to cater to its highly aspirational and rapidly growing shopper catchment.

This region has seen a quantum leap in retail viability, driven by the high purchasing power of employees from its automobile and other manufacturing industries as well as massive trading community. The potential for organized retail in Pimpri-Chinchwad was waiting to be tapped. The demand for space at City One has been nothing short of spectacular.

PCMC’s industrial development is the most important ingredient of its success story. The proximity of massive manufacturing clusters within its precincts has fueled job availability across literally all socio-economic strata. The region’s unmatched employment generation has, in turn, driven demand for residential properties from affordable housing to luxury homes.

Even as more and more commercial and industrial establishments arrive to set up shop there, residential developers in the PCMC have their hands full delivering projects across the various price bands.

So far, organized retail has had a very limited presence in the PCMC belt. The opportunity for retailers to capture the full potential of this market is much greater as compared to many other locations. The massive residential development happening in and around PCMC is creating considerable inherent retail demand.

National hypermarket chains such as Big Bazaar, Star Bazaar and D Mart and organised retail chains like E Zone, Croma, Vijay Sales, McDonald, Just In Time, World of Titan, Tanishq and FabIndia already exist in stand-alone stores. Now, City One Mall at is all set to offer all the major brands under a single roof.

City One Mall’s total development size is 3,33,000 square feet of built-up area, consisting of two buildings, both equipped with four levels of retail spaces and two levels of parking space. In the first building, which has a total area of 1,12,000 square feet, Central has already snapped up 81,000 square feet across the ground, first and second floors and is gearing up for a grand launch of Pimpri Central by the end of 2013.

The remaining 21,000 square feet have been leased to Men’s Avenue – a leading Pune-based apparel retailer which has also taken up space for their ‘Kajree’ saree section on the second floor. Both these stores were inaugurated on 11th October, 2013 by Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Ajit Pawar.

 

A Call For Action For The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation was honoured by by presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Ajit Pawar and NCP President Shri Sharad Pawar. These distinguished dignitaries had very generously agreed to inaugurate several key infrastructure projects at PCMC:

  • The new PCNTDA building near Akurdi Railway station
  • The Traffic Park at Bhosari
  • The flyover near Spine Road
  • PCMC’s very own Nala Park
  • The Science Park at Auto Cluster

We, the architects of India’s most progressive planned city, were truly inspired by the kind words of praise, encouragement and hope that these honoured guests offered at the inauguration ceremonies. It is clear that the Government has recognized Pimpri-Chinchwad as the City of the Future, and that the city can depend on the fullest support as it continues to progress.

Nevertheless, there are reasons to be cautious in all this optimism. It is true that the careful and futuristic engineering of development at PCMC by the PCNTDA has become a national and even international benchmark for town planning. However, there have been various challenges along this road to progress. We need to take these hurdles into consideration if the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is to fulfill its maximum potential as the City of the future.

Considering the pace at which real estate development has been taking place, certain lacunae in adhering to the PCNTDA’s master plan were unavoidable. One of the most glaring examples of this was the emergence of unauthorized structures in various pockets of the PCMC.

Thankfully, this issue is being dealt with firmly. The authorities have embarked on a massive drive to deal with such structures, and we are confident that all illegal constructions will be erased from the landscape by the end of 2013. However, we cannot deny that these are damage control measures which would not have been necessary if the damage had never been allowed to occur in the first place.

More Road Connectivity

Another area of concern is lack of adequate road connectivity between certain key areas of the PCMC and areas such as Talegaon. Because of the massive potential for industrial and residential development in and around these areas, they have seen most of the road construction initiatives. In the process, road connectivity from these locations to some of the most important growth areas of PCMC has been largely ignored.

Paradoxically, the areas referred to as Phase 2 in the PCMC development plan hold the highest potential for real estate growth. Thanks to the availability of large land parcels at relatively lower prices, residential and commercial realty development has picking up rapidly in areas such as Moshi. In the meantime, Moshi has become a hotbed for property investments because of the International Convention Centre being jointly developed by the Maratha Chamber of Commerce and the PCMC.

Despite this, there is still no sufficient road connectivity between Phase 2 and the larger industrial hubs. This is going to prove to be a huge stumbling-block for the overall growth of the region. The lack of a suitable road network means that people living in areas like Moshi face difficulties in reaching their workplaces in these employment clusters. This issue must be addressed on a priority basis. A city like PCMC must do everything in its power to ensure that its growth pockets are not isolated from each other.

PCMC Needs To Expand

Yet another issue is that the population within the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is growing at an annual rate of 73%. Such a rate of growth makes it necessary to provide more spaces for development. Unfortunately, there have been limitations put on the city’s potential for geographic expansion by Red Zones (non-development areas).

It is imperative that more of the region’s outlying villages be included in the urbanization plan. There are enough examples in India of what happens when a city does not expand geographically in tandem with its population growth. Such a situation must not be allowed to develop in the PCMC. Also, PCMC needs to be able to accommodate the rapid growth in population in terms of providing more educational institutions, shopping complexes, healthcare establishments and entertainment zones.

Encourage Green Development

Finally, I would like to touch on PCMC’s major thrust towards sustainable real estate development. It is no secret that green development is the future of real estate all over the world. In fact, many of the bigger residential townships and commercial complexes in the PCMC have already adopted the ‘green development’ mantra. The new PCNTDA building itself is a resounding statement to how important sustainable development has become to the city.

Nevertheless, there is still a noticeable lack of enthusiasm within the region about the benefits of green homes and workplaces. One of the reasons for this is lack of awareness. Many of the region’s residential property developers and buyers have not been attuned to the advantages of environmentally sustainable properties. I urge the State Government to join hands with the PCMC to bring about greater awareness and eventual adoption of this vitally important principle.

I also strongly advocate better incentives for developers and buyers of green homes in the PCMC. The use of non-conventional energy sources and sustainable waste water management does not only have a positive impact on the environment and on the overall quality of life. Such measures reduce the strain on municipal resources, resulting in significant revenue savings. Unless the benefits of these savings are passed back on to the developers and buyers of sustainable properties, we cannot expect a more wide-spread adoption of the ‘green’ mantra in PCMC.

We gratefully acknowledge the importance that the visiting dignitaries have given to the City of the Future by gracing it with their presence. At the same time, we sincerely request them to take heed of PCMC’s most urgent requirements.

Pharande Spaces Announces L-axis, PCMCs Premium Residential Project

Affordably Priced, Will Cater to Management Cadre Homebuyers.

Pune, June 27, 2012:  Pharande Spaces, the leading construction and development firm specializing in township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, is launching its premium residential project L-axis on the PCMC Spine Road, in Sector 6 of Pradhikaran. The launch date is June 28, 2012. The project is spread over 11 acres of verdant green land and will feature 2, 2.5 and 3 BHK apartments.

L-axis layout

“Projects by Pharande Spaces have become a byword for value for money, and our mid-income housing townships in Moshi, Ravet and various locations in Pradhikaran have met with resounding success,” says Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces. “L-axis is our offering to the premium segment of home buyers who value even more advanced levels of comfort, generous living space and high-tech amenities.”

Spine Road, which is where this ahead-of-its time luxury housing project is located, has become one of the most talked about infrastructure embellishments in the progressive Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. This area is fundamentally at the core of Pune’s most vibrant industrial area, with many manufacturing giants such as Tata Motors, Force Motors and Bajaj Auto close by. It is also well-connected to the Chakan industrial area, which is home to national and international automobile companies like Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Mahindra & Mahindra. Apart from this, the Talawade IT Park is also within easy access.

In addition, L-axis is advantageously placed close to the Bhosari District Centre, Sadhu Vaswani International School, Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir, the PCNTDA Traffic Park and the upcoming International Exhibition and Convention Centre at Moshi. The project will feature technologically advanced security and lifestyle features to its residents and boasts of vast green spaces, with paved area kept at a minimum.

L-axis also includes a modern clubhouse with gymnasium, tennis and basketball courts, a multi-purpose community hall and a massive water-world-style swimming pool that offers limitless enjoyment to all family members.

“We have conceived L-axis in response to the huge demand for luxury living spaces coming from the managerial cadre of these industries,” explains Anil Pharande. “Keeping in mind the clientele, we have added every possible lifestyle feature, including multiple parking spaces, luxurious atriums and lobbies in each building and high-speed lifts.”

In fact, L-axis represents a first-of-its kind residential option for discerning homebuyers in the PCMC area for whom ease, luxury and convenience are the primary watchwords. No effort has been spared to make this a landmark development which will become its own distinctive address. The launch price for apartments at L-axis is currently Rs. 4500 per square foot, and will be augmented to Rs. 5000 per square foot thereafter.

Pharande explains that PCMC’s Spine Road is the perfect location for this project, providing a residential catchment that is a focal point of the region’s most prestigious industries. The 10-kilometer road connects two major highways and also runs through Pimpri Chinchwad’s industrial, residential and commercial areas on the eastern side.

Pune Real Estate: From Kothrud To Wakad – And Beyond

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

In Pune, property and quality of life were once synonymous, but that can no longer be taken as a given. In earlier years, it did not really matter much where one chose to buy property in Pune – all locations were more or less supportive of peaceful family life in their own right.

Today, while considering flats for sale in Pune, one has to consider a number of variables – among them the levels of traffic congestion and pollution, the availability of basic facilities such as water and, of course, quality of the neighborhood.

Let us take Kothrud, for example. This once charming area was one of the first suburbs to be developed after the old city. Even today, it is considered a desirable core area due to its strong connection with the city centre via Karve Road. However, for better or for worse, Kothrud is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the suburb with the fastest urban growth in the world.

Kothrud started developing in late 90s. Back then, Pune City was truly a Pensioner’s Paradise, with little economic activity. People from Mumbai looking to buy property in Pune preferred Kothrud, naturally leading to an accelerated rate of development.

By the time the IT/ITES boom began in 2000-02, Kothrud was a full-fledged residential destination. Because of this, it fortunately did not go the way of suburbs like Aundh and Baner in the West or Viman Nagar in the East as they joined the IT/ITES bandwagon.

Over the past decade-and-a-half, Kothrud has evolved as one of the most densely populated residential destination in Pune. Residential projects are very scarce and the demand is enormous. However, because of the manner in which it grew, Kothrud was not developed holistically in terms of social infrastructure.

Many other areas in Pune developed on similar lines, and the old Pensioner’s Paradise charm soon gave way to massive, relentless development. This began the hunt for less cluttered and more lifestyle-supportive residential locations.

Pune Property

Fortunately, Pune is not a sea-locked city like Mumbai, and there was scope for looking further ahead. One of the first areas to emerge as a preferred area to settle down was Wakad – a once-nondescript village with 5000 locals who farmed sugarcane, onion and groundnut in its rich, black, fertile soil.

In 1983, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) acquired 50% of this virgin location. By 1998, PCMC counted Wakad as one of its areas. Today, Wakad has emerged as the focus of younger, financially fit families that are looking to upgrade their lifestyle by moving to larger, more nature-endowed homes on the outskirts of Pune City.

With the increasing congestion of the previously preferred area of Aundh, neighboring Wakad was seen as the perfect location, with close proximity to the Infotech and Biotech Parks at Hinjewadi, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Industrial area, the Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass, the Super Express Highway to Mumbai and the Balewadi National Sports complex.  Thanks to the Expressway, Wakad is only about 80 to 90 minutes away from Mumbai, and Mumbaikars looking to buy property in Pune saw it as an excellent value proposition.

Of course, Wakad is just one of the chapters that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has in its book of Pune real estate successes. Today, Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran in the PCMC have become the new residential real estate watchwords in Pune. These areas are developing fast and are even now venues of extremely modern integrated residential projects.

However, the development of Wakad marked the beginning of a new residential real estate trend in Pune – the quest for better environments to settle down in and recapture some of Pune’s erstwhile glory as Queen of the Deccan.

Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Put Pune Development Plan On Municipal Elections 2012 Campaign Agenda

With the Pune Municipal Corporation Elections 2012 coming up, the usual spate of election promises by corporators to improve the infrastructure in their respective wards are being made. As positive as these promises are, they miss the larger point – Pune does not need segmented, fractional development.

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Piecemeal development is exactly what has been happening all these years anyway. The haphazard development of Pune has followed the usual course of opportunistic urbanization. Certain areas receive maximum attention while others are completely neglected.

The Pune City Development Plan (DP), which now includes 23 villages around the city, was recently approved after a massive delay of six years. If properly implemented, the DP has the potential to give the benefits of proper urban development to Pune’s real estate sector, its economy and to its citizens. The city as a whole needs better, wider roads and traffic management, improved water supply and more hospitals, gardens and playgrounds and open areas.

It is not just some areas being administered to by individual corporators that need to see change – the whole city needs the changes that will make life easier for its citizens and contribute towards more rational growth. The patchwork improvements that are being promised will not help Pune to develop scientifically, rationally and beneficially. A closer look at neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad would reveal just how much can be done for a city if its policy makers adopt a unified and holistic approach to development.

While Pune continues to stagger under the pressures of infrastructure deadlock, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is already passing on the benefits of visionary urban planning to its residents. The planned development model adopted by the PCNTDA has consistently ensured that real estate growth in the entire Pimpri Chinchwad belt has taken place in a logical manner. As a result, infrastructure in the PCMC has become one of the brightest gems in Maharashtra’s urban development showcase.

The Pune Municipal Corporation Elections present the city with a good opportunity to insist on the proper and timely implementation of the Pune Development Plan. In the 23 villages which have now come under the DP, there has been little or no progress on infrastructure for more than two decades. There is an urgent need for proper roads and other physical infrastructure in these areas, many of which which have already seen a lot of irrational construction and illegal projects.

If Pune’s development Plan is properly streamlined and implemented, all old and new areas will benefit from improved road networks which will help in the decongestion of the inner city. It would be a mature election platform to promise the implementation of the DP in a timely and progress-oriented manner, rather than promising to improve only certain sections of the city.

We look forward to one visionary candidate in the upcoming Pune Municipal Elections 2012 to take up the cause of the Pune Development Plan as a whole.

Posted by: K. D. Nagarkar

Pune Real Estate: The Price Of Rapid Urbanization

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By the most recent reckoning, India’s population currently hovers around the 1.15 billion mark. It is estimated that by 2030, this figure will have grown to around 1.53 billion. India’s urban areas are just about ready to burst at the seams, on the heels of an accelerating population explosion.

The population growth in India’s rural areas in the present decade is around 18%, and over 30% in the urban areas. This pattern of urbanisation is seen as encouraging, since it seems to indicate that India will attain the global urbanization standard average in the course of the next decade.

However, it is also true that this upsurge in our cities’ population is putting available civic structures like public transport, water supply, drainage, sewerage and obviously the supply of housing under severe pressure.

This raises the question – how are India’s real estate developers addressing the problem of insufficient infrastructure in and around their projects in the main cities? The fact is, they can’t do much.

In cities like Pune, property buyers have no choice but to turn a blind eye to the absence of sufficient infrastructure. They are aware of the fact that they will face numerous inconveniences, but what can they do?

Many opt to buy into projects that boast of compensatory measures to overcome the infrastructure deficit. These would include independent water supply if a reliable municipal pipeline doesn’t exist, electricity backup to make up for unreliable power supply and sump pits if the area does not have adequate sewage.

However, such projects in Pune City are few and far between, and homes in them come at extremely high prices. Also, no matter in how many ways Pune developers compensate for lack of civic infrastructure, they cannot add more than a token patch of landscaped lawn by ways of natural ambience.

The high property rates are a real problem. Many of those who buy flats in Pune have saved all their lives for buying their Pune dream home. They have made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen; having finally managed to save enough, they buy their homes and immediately regret it.

The maintenance costs for their flats are far too high for them to bear – a lot of them can’t afford petrol for their cars anymore. They travel to and from work by bus.

We have all looked at the parking lots of highly-priced residential projects and seen dusty cars with handmade posters on the rear windows saying things like ‘Homemade Detergent Soap Available at Flat 12A’ and ‘Tuition For Stds. V to IX – Contact Mr. XYZ at Flat 26C.

It simply makes no sense to invest everything in a home and then live in financial stress afterward. The solution obviously lies in finding a home where the same investment buys you more.

The choice is between paying a certain amount on a small, under-equipped flat in the crowded central city or on a spacious home in a location blessed with natural beauty and and sound infrastructure.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which planned its residential areas decades ago, offers such options. The integrated residential projects in Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran close to the upcoming International Convention Centre offer the kind of homes that Puneites have always dreamed of, but never been able to own.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation also has an extremely vibrant economy, offering more and more job opportunities across all business sectors with every passing year.

Finally, because of the regulated nature of the PCMC real estate market and the high emphasis on civic facilities and amenities, there is no question of an eventual infrastructure deadlock. The real estate prices are way below those see in Pune, too. For that reason, these are the kind of homes that will be sources of joy for several generations.

Anil Pharande is Chaiman – Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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