Pimpri-Chinchwad Among Most Popular Cities On The Internet

– Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces

In a recent discussion with the Times of India group, some interesting trends came to light. With 121 million Indians currently logged in on the internet, and this number is growing at the rate of 25% per annum. More and more Indians are logging in and relying on the Internet to meet their needs for information, help them access goods and services, scout for jobs and look for homes and investment opportunities.

The internet has revolutionized the way Indians perceive their world and consume news and information about it, and the rapid growth of smart phone use in the country has only boosted this trend. According to a recent report by HSBC Global Research, India – India’s smartphone penetration stood at just 30% last year, will by 2019 account for 12% of the global smartphone market with a whopping penetration rate of 65%.

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Obviously, media houses like the Times Group have not lost any time in harnessing India’s promising online market. Times Internet, the Times Group’s flagship internet brand, is also India’s largest Indian online group. Naturally, it draws a massive amount of online traffic, and lays claim to over 6.5 billion page views per month. Indiatimes.com alone accounts for 5 million visitors every single month.

Considering that the internet has become the fastest and most trusted medium to reach consumers of real estate, developers will take such statistics very seriously. Over and above other information which is of great interest, real estate developers want to know the demographics of online visitors, and which areas job seekers – who are of course potential real estate buyers – are investigating online.

According to sources at Times Internet, 85% of the monthly visitors to their sites are graduates and 40% of these are post-graduates. 19% of these visitors have an annual income of over Rs. 7 lakh per year. But more interesting than this are the online traffic details for India’s leading cities, because these details reveal which cities potential home buyers are most interested in.

Also, according to the latest statistics available from the Times Group’s indiatimes.com, the Pimpri-Chinchwad draws a mind-boggling monthly traffic of 658273 visitors on. In fact, PCMC ranks among the top 10 cities in terms of search rankings on the Internet. On TOI.com, Pimpri-Chinchwad ranks 4th after Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, with 21.7 million views per month. In comparison, Pune ranks 9th with only 5.26 million viewers per month.

Online visitors are interested in the PCMC for various reasons, the first of course being job opportunities. This stands to reason, because in terms of job creation, PCMC is significantly ahead of Pune and most other cities in Maharashtra with the exception of Mumbai. The combined employment generated by the Hinjewadi IT Park and the MIDC manufacturing belt has made PCMC a focus area for fresh graduates seeking to build their careers.

PCMC is also among the most prominent search terms for online home hunters. Buyers are attracted by the prospects of living close to their workplaces, the superior infrastructure in PCMC, and the more attractive property prices when compared to most regions in the Pune Municipal Corporation.

The highest number of online searches for real estate within the region are for properties in Puneville, Moshi, Ravet and Chakan, as these areas offer fast access to PCMC’s primary employment centres and also offer superlative returns on investment. Another key terms which features prominently in online home searches are for integrated townships, for which PCMC has extremely famous.

About The Author:

Anil PharandeAnil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings.

How India Can Bridge Its Affordable Housing Gap

– Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces

Affordable housing isn’t just about providing homes to those who need the most – it also plays a crucial part in a smoothly-running economy. Sadly, most of the cities across the globe are struggling to offer decent, affordable housing to their citizens. India is not a unique case – the story is the same for both developing and advanced economies. The world is going through an intensive phase of urbanization, but the growth in individual incomes is not keeping pace, and this presents a gloomy picture for the housing situation.

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Statistics indicate that over the next decade, the number of people adjusting in substandard housing will rise exponentially. Incidentally, India will be among the most challenged nations, unless the government is able to realistically work on its electoral promise of ‘housing for all’.

The ‘affordability gap’ is defined as the difference between the average rent people pay for their homes without having to spend more than 30% of their family income, and the price of acceptable housing units. In India, population growth has obviously triggered a rise in the affordable housing gap, but it by no means the only country with this problem. In the next 10-12 years, the world in general will have to come up with an additional 106 million low-income housing units.

These statistics illustrate a serious problem – how will this rising gap be bridged? In a country like India, what would be the means that will allow the government to support faster affordable home deliveries? Strategically, there would be three primary approaches to resolve the problem, and all are centered on lowered cost of construction, financing, land, maintenance and operations.

Even if individually implemented, each of the three approaches will significantly cut the affordable housing gap, especially in nations like India. If these approaches could be implemented in a tandem, the cost of affordable housing can be decreased by as much as 35-50%, gradually leading to a manageable situation over the next decade.

Freeing Up Developable Land

Land supply is among the most important element in housing prices. It is also responsible for the largest part of the overall investment in buying a home. If the government decides to open up strategic land around urban locations, it could be a huge solution to the rising prices of homes. At the policy level, making this happen is not too complicated either.

Most Indian cities have land parcels that remain unused or underused. In most cases, this land either belongs to the government or local/private authorities. Bringing forward these land parcels for real estate development will greatly help in launching affordable housing projects.

Bringing Down The Cost Of Construction

Compared to other sectors like manufacturing, the construction sector has been relatively stagnant in the past years. One of the reasons for this is lack of innovation – residential projects still use traditional techniques of construction that were used some 50 years ago. This is not the problem of India alone but many countries across the globe.

By replacing obsolete construction techniques with the latest modern innovative technologies, housing prices can be reduced by almost 30% and completion times by as much as 40%. For instance, using pre-fabricated components of construction that are manufactured off the site are a sterling solution. Processes like this, which are already in use in India but not to the required degree, can improve the efficiency of residential building deployment, and significantly augment budget housing supply.

A communal approach to construction materials purchasing by groups of developers who are committed to the cause of affordable housing would also help bring down housing prices.

Lowering The Cost Of Finance

In a cost-sensitive country like India, banking interest rates play a huge role in housing affordability. At the current interest rates, and even given the current subsidies, it is next to impossible for low income earners to get loans to buy homes. Banks and other financial institutions in the public and private domain should introduce encouraging schemes like contractual savings to assist low income earners to gradually accumulate the corpus needed to make down payments on affordable homes. Of course, lower interest rates would greatly help the situation.

Apart from these, the Indian government must also find means to reduce the cost of financing to developers engaged in affordable housing projects. It is encouraging that the new government is already working on its electoral mandate, but there is still no sign of a unified approach to implementation of its goals. Hopefully, we will see more progress being made on the ‘Housing For All’ promise in the future.

About The Author:

Anil PharandeAnil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings.

PCMC – India’s Best-Planned Real Estate Market

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Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces

Planning In Real Estate

Planning is an inalienable component of real estate development. This is why buildings are engineered, not built randomly. While developing a project, this means that the builder follows a pre-determined design provided by an architect, who has based his or her design on proven engineering principles.

This planning ensures that the building’s structure has a prescribed foundation depth and distributes weight uniformly so that it can withstand internal and external stresses. The engineering aspect of project design also ensures that living units are proportionate and that the available space within them is optimally used.

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In a residential complex, the planning aspect is extrapolated beyond individual buildings. The architect’s job is to engineer the project in such a manner than the buildings are distributed according to plan across the plot, and that open spaces, parking spaces, internal roads and common utilities are exactly where they are supposed to be. In larger townships, the planning aspect becomes even more involved because of the larger area.

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All these are expected factors when it comes to real estate projects. But when such detailed planning is applied to an entire city, its benefits are vastly magnified. Architects, engineers, town planners, government agencies and builders approach the development of the whole city as though it were one large integrated complex.

This takes a huge amount of planning, coordination, investment and effort, but the results are obviously worth it. This is how the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation came into being. This is what sets it apart from other cities and into the same bracket as other planned municipalities like Chandigarh.

Today, the PCMC is a model city which is the result of careful planning of economic, social and real estate development. Unlike in the other regions in Pune, PCMC’s town planning authorities have scrupulously shielded the city from the ad-hoc development that has paralyzed the rest of Pune. The futuristic thinking and high vigilance that has been employed in developing this region has resulted in an avant-garde satellite city which adds a whole new dimension to the Pune’s real estate market.

Planned Cities Which Began Well And Ended In Chaos

From the start, planning authorities of the PCMC were determined not to repeat the mistakes committed in other cities which were originally meant to be immaculately planned municipalities. They started off on the right note, but the planning aspect soon decayed and gave way to the kind of unregulated growth that has destroyed the urban fabric of most Indian cities today. Some of the examples of failed attempts to produce planned municipalities in India are:

  • West India: Navi Mumbai and the Kalyan-Dombivili and Virar-Vasai belts
  • North India: The Ghaziabad-Gurgaon-Faridabad-Greater Noida corridor
  • South India: Bangalore’s Devanhalli-Yelahanka and Chennai’s Siruseri-Sriperumbadur belts
  • East India: Kolkata’s Rajarhat-Batanagar-Kalyani belt.

In each of the above cases, what had begun as a regulated real estate development process soon turned to a commercial expansion. PCMC on the other hand, adopted a smarter blueprint from the start. No scope had been given to nearsighted development. PCMC was always meant to be the city of the future where residents could enjoy the benefits of 100% infrastructure-based, community-oriented real estate planning and development.

Real Estate Demand Drivers In PCMC

Demand for residential real estate in a successful satellite city is created when there is a right balance of infrastructure, a stress-free lifestyle and employment opportunities. Additionally, there has to be good connectivity to the parent city. In context of PCMC, these are:

  • Road and rail connectivity to Pune
  • Its highly-planned business and industrial zones create countless new jobs every year
  • Infrastructure is vastly superior when compared to Central Pune
  • Real estate development is strictly dictated by a pre-planned urbanization model that ensures high living standards for all

PCMC is a perfect example of how satellite cities can surpass the central city. Here, the retail, commercial and residential markets work together symbiotically to create a winning proposition for end users and investors alike. When compared to Pune, PCMC has a much higher availability of green spaces, superior social fabric and vastly better infrastructure. Thanks to better land availability, PCMC also provides the most opportunities for real estate developers to create large integrated townships, which have are nothing short of a blessing for Pune’s residents.

About The Author:

Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings.

PCMC: Pune’s New Townships Capital


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Townships are more than a new real estate mantra – for the larger cities in India, they are without any doubt the only remaining hope for decent living standards. Gradually but surely, residential conditions in cities like Pune are on the decline, and township properties are gaining increasing significance as the final answer to quality-based living.

In areas like the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, the ‘Infrastructure First’ approach has preserved and consistently enhanced living conditions for PCMC residents. However, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has not been able to stay on top of the infrastructure situation. Traffic congestion, air, water and noise pollution and a heedless approach to development have compounded the problems on all levels.

All Eyes On PCMC

The city’s inhabitants are facing major problems with reaching emergency services and educational institutions for their children, and access to adequate parking. In this depressing scenario, the large integrated townships being developed in thriving locations of the PCMC region are the new lifestyle standard. In the PCMC, the township movement first began in areas like Moshi and Ravet, and the region’s leading developers have now launched luxury townships on Spine Road and Punavale as well.

Integrated townships have, in fact, been on the rise ever since they were identified as the most suitable residential solution by the Government’s National Housing and Habitat Policy of 1998. After this policy included townships in its ‘Housing Revolution’ initiative, the Government of Maharashtra had begun actively encouraging the development of integrated townships to reduce the pressure on urban areas and to improve infrastructure in cities like Pune.

However, such projects require large land parcels and these have been all but fully consumed in the core areas of the Pune Municipal Corporation. As result, the focus shifted to the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, where land availability and superlative support infrastructure make townships a very viable proposition.

Lifestyle Aspiration Driving Demand For Townships

Today, Pune citizens’ yen for a better lifestyle quotient is leading to an increasing demand for systematic and fully-enabled residential formats. The city’s deteriorating living conditions are the prime reason why the Township Revolution is now in rapid spin.

In the integrated township format, the problems are infrastructure deficit and deteriorating living conditions are completely negated. They offer a very high grade of living conditions set to the backdrop of aesthetic environments.

Offering the township-grade facilities in smaller residential projects would involve prohibitive costs for developers – cost which the consumers would have to pay. Thanks to the economies of scale, township developers in the PCMC are providing ultimate lifestyle solutions at far more rational costs. High-quality infrastructure, open spaces and immediate access to all the necessities of daily living result in a superior lifestyle proposition, since all residents in a township benefit from one large integrated and centrally managed system.

Why Township Properties Cost More – And Why It Is Worth It

When developers offer township-grade facilities in smaller housing projects, the costs to consumers is comparable to those of luxury homes. In townships, the vast range of facilities, fully-integrated infrastructure and the availability of schools, hospitals and shopping complexes within the premises means that township properties come at a slightly higher cost than normal multi-storey apartments. However, the additional expense is vindicated by the fact that those who buy into township properties are assured of a vastly superior living standard – not to mention exceptionally higher returns on investment.

For property buyers who simply do not want to compromise on their lifestyle options, the township properties of PCMC are the most obvious solution. The direct advantages include complete security, convenience, the comfort of high-grade infrastructure and various facilities within the premises, and immediate access to retail outlets and recreational facilities. This results in a very high degree of comfort and convenience within a completely cosmopolitan ethos.

About The Author:

Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings. 

PMRDA: New Era Of Planned Growth For Pune Real Estate

Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces

The Pune Metropolitan Development Authority (PMRDA), which took up seat in the PCNTDA offices in Akurdi, Pimpri-Chinchwad on May 1, heralds an era of much-needed change for real estate development in Pune. From this point onward, PMRDA will introduce the concept of scientific town planning to every part of the city.

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So far, proper town planning had only been followed in the the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The entire Pradhikaran belt has been developed by the PCNTDA (Pimpri Chinchwad New Township Development Authority) under strict development guidelines. As a result, PCMC has become a showcase of planned urban development.

The jurisdiction of PMRDA will cover the whole or Pune, including PCMC as well as several talukas such as Maval, Bhor, Haveli, Shirur, Mulshi and Khed which fall in the Pune district. Talegaon Dabhade, Lonavla, and Alandi and also be included along with several outlying villages. For the very first time in Pune’s history, there will be a unified planning and development authority to bring order to the entire district. The model of development will be similar to the approach which PCNTDA has followed to develop Pradhikaran over the years.

PMRDA will develop massive land parcels in a planned manner, areas will be zoned for residential and commercial development and support infrastructure such as electricity, water supply, sewerage and road networks will be put in place. Thereafter, they will be released for development under a newly-formulated development plan (DP) and regional plan (RP) which will replace all previous plans. In the meantime, PMRDA will also eradicate illegal developments. In the future, no construction will take place without complete vetting and authorization by the PMRDA.

This approach to urban development will have a profound effect on real estate in the Pune region. The value of land as well as any kind of built-up real estate will rise considerably, and the region will attract more and more investments from both within and outside the country. PCMC, which is already home to hundreds of global manufacturing companies, will see even more of such industries moving in and setting up operations. This will lead to incremental employment growth, which will bring with it massive requirements for commercial and residential spaces.

In short, Pune will now be able to reach its fullest potential under PMRDA. The local economy is set to boom, and Pune will eventually become the new economic capital of Maharashtra.

About The Author:

Anil-Pharande

Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings.