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: A Pune Luxury Project Without Peers – For The Peerless…

PuneVille: A Luxury Project In Pune Without Peers – For The Peerless…

PuneVille. An ultra-exclusive luxury residential township by Pharande Spaces at Punavale, the latest real estate investment hotspot in Pune’s burgeoning Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The project will be constructed on a generous 40-acre plot and will offer every luxury and convenience of modern life to its residents.

And this is not just a promise – it is a blueprinted guarantee. PuneVille has been conceived to stand head and shoulders above the rest – not just first among equals, but quite literally without peers.

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  • Not Just Designed – Architecturally Perfected By Aedas

This unique luxury project has been conceived by Aedas, the global award-winning architects who have master-minded Venetian style-hotels in Las Vegas and Macau, as well as the Financial Centre in Shanghai and Marina Bay Sands at Singapore.

Aedas ranks second among the world’s top architectural firms and will bring its full expertise to bear on PuneVille. Aedas is the leading international design firm which specializes in blending architecture, interior design, landscaping and overall project concepts into cohesive and stunningly compelling masterpieces.

Thanks to Aedas, PuneVille is not only a marvel of modern architectural and lifestyle – it is actually based on this firm’s deep study of the location’s geographic, climatic and environmental profile. This has given rise to a luxury living community which is not only the ultimate statement in modern living, but also completely in harmony with its surrounding in every respect.

  • Not Just A Luxury Project – A Lifestyle Masterpiece

PuneVille is a top-of-line luxury residential project. The first phase consists of 16 towers, each with 23 storeys of exclusive and uniquely crafted living spaces. The entire project has been designed with a luxury resort theme. Every unit is uniquely crafted, provided with the highest-quality imported fittings, fixtures and marble flooring as well the top Indian brands.

PuneVille will incorporate an international school, a state-of-the-art hospital and well as high-end commercial office spaces. This township is going to be among of the best in the country and incorporate every conceivable luxury feature, including a Olympic-size lagoon shape swimming pool, Club House, restaurant, landscape garden, tennis / multi-use court, lush lawns, a Joggers Track, a children’s’ play area, a serene and spacious water bodies, and a walkway at a height of 22 feet, connecting all the residential towers to the central common amenities.

  • Not Just A Location – An Answered Prayer

Punavale is the perfect location for such a unique luxury offering. It is in the very heart of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, and just one kilometer from Wakad. Punavale provides easy access to Aundh, Baner the University Circle and Hinjewadi, home to Pune’s largest and most vibrant IT Park, as well as to Lonavala and Mumbai via the Expressway.

In fact, PuneVille is a mere five minutes’ drive to the Pune-Mumbai Expressway via a specially constructed 700 meters access road. Likewise, Hinjewadi will be brought even closer via the proposed road which adjoins the project. Immediate access to the proposed 6-lane road to Baner will bring the Queen of The Suburbs, along with all its shopping complexes, hospitals and leisure outlets, within easy reach.

On a macro level, the PCMC region is poised for a quantum upgrade in its economic profile, with in excess of 6000 new white collar jobs to be created over the next few years, 36 new educational institutes coming up and major hospitality giants such as Taj Gateway, JW Marriot, Smart Inn, Le Royale, Lemon Tree, St. Laurn and Sayaji delivering the final vitalizing boost.

  • Not Just ‘Green’ – Supremely Sustainable

PuneVille will also be PCMC’s most outstanding statement from the perspective of environmental sustainability. The project has already been awarded a 4-Star pre-certification from GRIHA – one of the leading sustainability rating agencies in the country. With the rapidly increasing interest for ‘green living’ among Pune’s most discerning home buyers, we could do no less than ensure that PuneVille takes a leadership position on this front.

In short, PuneVille will outshine anything so far seen in residential real estate in Pune – and indeed, the rest of the country. It is a tantalizing vision of a modern lifestyle transformed into magnificent reality. The very highest standard of urban living – now, or in the future….

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.

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“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.

Sri Sri Ravishankar To Inaugurate SSRVM School At Woodsville On January 15, 2012

Sri Sri Ravishankar, the iconic spiritual guru and founder of the internationally acclaimed Art of Living spiritual lifestyle system, will personally inaugurate Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir school at Woodsville, Moshi (Pimpri-Chinchwad) on January 15, 2012.

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The inauguration and ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony will take place at 2.30 PM on January 15 at the school’s venue in Woodsville, a residential township project at Moshi in PCMC. Anil Pharande, Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of leading township developers Pharande Spaces, will also be present as Shri Shri Ravishankarji conducts the ceremonial blessing of the school and addresses his followers and the school’s staff.

“The arrival of SSRVM in Pune’s Pimpri Chinchwad area is a landmark event in the history of a city which is known as the Oxford of the East,” says Anil Pharande. ”We are indeed honoured that Guruji has selected Woodsville as the place in which to launch this unique school, which will be a blessing to parents and children.”

The renowned spiritual leader, a staunch supporter and advocate of sustainable living, has personally selected Woodsville as SSRVM’s venue on the basis of its ecologically friendly configuration. Woodsville is Pimpri-Chinchwad’s most talked-about self-sustaining residential township.

The SSRVM educational model is a proven process of self-learning that builds life skills and nurtures leadership. It is staffed by highly qualified teachers who receive special orientation and training at Sri Sri Teachers Training Academy. In the words of H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar, “Every parent would like to have a child whose personality shines wherever the child goes. It is the personality that is appreciated everywhere. Such pleasing personality is the main aim of this education.”

The educational system developed by Sri Sri Ravishankar employs an innovative and compassionate system of learning which features a curriculum for all-round development of its young students. The school’s syllabus is customized to NCERT guidelines and includes Sanskrit, Yoga, Karate, Sports, Dance, Music and Arts, which helps the child to blossom in all aspects of life. SSRVM is an initiative of the Art of Living Foundation, which has centres in more than 150 countries and enjoys a special consultative status with the United Nations Economic & Social Council of United Nations.

The Advantages Of Township Properties At Ravet

Pune real estate is all about new growth. Unlike neighbouring island city ofMumbai, Pune is not hemmed in geographically, and such growth is indeed possible. Pune’s urban growth is steadily advancing into its peripheral areas. Meanwhile, Pune’s sister city ofPimpri Chinchwadhas been seeing its own real estate boom under the auspices of the PCNTDA (Pimpri Chinchwad New Township Development Authority).

One of the most exciting new Pune real estate destinations for homebuyers is Ravet, which is situated on the North-West side of Pimpri Chinchwad. Ravet is an area that aptly showcases how seriously the PCNTDA is taking planned urban development.

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As a residential property purchase as well as property investment destination, Ravet has several advantages in terms of location and infrastructure. Also called the Gateway to Pune, Ravet is the first area to greet those who come in from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. In fact, Ravet is also where the old NH4, the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway meet. However, this incredible accessibility from the financial capital is not the only factor that makes Ravet so important from a real estate point of view.

Two of the primary demand drivers for residential real estate in Pimpri-Chinchwad are its industrial clusters and the Hinjewadi IT Park. Both of these generate a massive amount of employment at all levels. Ravet is located at an equal distance from both these workforce hubs. Also, it has excellent educational institutions in the immediate vicinity – including the prestigious Mercedes Benz School, the Indira Institute of Business Management and the D.Y. Patil College.

Ravet is also where the most prestigious residential township properties in the Pune-PCMC belt are now taking place. Township properties are becoming increasingly popular because they have re-introduced the concept of community-based neighbourhoods. Healthcare, educational facilities and shopping are all readily available in these projects. In sharp contrast, homes in smaller projects have far less to offer.

Moreover, the investment value of integrated township properties increases much faster than that of smaller projects. The appreciation is higher because these follow premeditated development plans that encompass open spaces, communal amenities and common areas. This means the overall value of the location does not decrease because of uncontrolled developments and compromised infrastructure.

In fact, since integrated townships have their own infrastructure, they are not overly dependent the local municipal corporation. They have their own sewage management, water supply and overall maintenance facilities as well as their own security, which assures homeowners in integrated township projects of much higher levels of safety for themselves, their families and possessions.

In Ravet, integrated townships such as Celestial City by Pharande Spaces are conceived and executed on the basis of a thoroughly researched master plan. This means that construction parameters are completely standardized – unlike in unplanned residential localities, where divergent construction ideologies and standards often prevail. The standardization of construction parameters in integrated townships allows for uniform appreciation of property values.

Posted by: K. D. Nagarkar

Tips On Buying A Home In Pune

Every Indian dreams of having their very own home, and most people work all their lives to save up enough money to purchase it. In fact, this is the primary driver of the Pune property market, since this city holds to the traditional concept of homeownership as a gauges of security and success. And, of course, a new home is the best gift you can give yourself and your family.

Because of the recent economic crisis, a lot of Pune property buyers have begun thinking twice about purchasing a new home. The major reasons are increased interest rates and the rather unfriendly Pune property rates. While a number of banks are offering to help out families in Pune who want to buy their own home, there are still clouds of doubt that hover above the decision makers.

It is true that buying a home is a huge investment, and that you need to maintain it for a lifetime. For a middle class homebuyer in Pune, buying a residence is literally putting all the chips on the table. Here are some tips that are worth considering before you proceed with buying a property in Pune:

  • Location

Location is perhaps the most important factor to consider, because it will say a lot about your purchase. Do not forget that its location dictates the price of your new home in Pune. For example, a 3 BHK flat in the middle of nowhere will cost you a lot less than a 1 BHK in the middle of the city’s commercial district. Some areas are called prime because of their central location. They are close to the places that we need access to, such as schools, healthcare facilities and shopping centres. These places cost a lot more because they offer all of these.

However, the new concept of township properties has created an entirely new paradigm. The new townships in Pune allows property buyers to avail of all these facilities even if the location is not in the centre of the main city. Some of the best townships in Pune are coming up in the Pimpri Chinchwad area – for instance, Woodsville in Moshi and Celestial City in Ravet, both being developed by Pharande Spaces. These are integrated townships that offer every convenience of modern living in Pune’s flourishing sister city.

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  • Price

The cost of your flat in Pune is obviously one of the most important considerations. As already stated, certain properties in Pune cost more simply because they are centrally located within the city. It is significant to note that despite the higher pricing, the homebuyer has to put up with traffic congestion, air pollution, lack of greenery and inadequate parking facilities.

Those who are looking for a reasonably priced flat in Pune will only find it in the further locations. Many of these new areas do still have some greenery and less traffic congestion and pollution. However, in time these areas will also succumb to the hammer of indiscriminate development which has been the hallmark of the Pune real estate market.

Again, Pimpri-Chinchwad township properties offer the perfect alternative. The real estate development in the PCMC area is strictly controlled. This means that infrastructure keeps pace with property development at all times. In other words, these Pune township properties will never be strangled by over-development and traffic snarls. They are the perfect alternative for Pune property buyers who are looking for a clean, green environment to live in – not only for the current generation, but for all generations to come.

  • Security

Security is a major concern in a fast-developing city like Pune. Your choice of location for your new home also reflects on the safety of your family as well as your property. Security is definitely a very important consideration when you purchase a new home. It makes more sense to buy a property in a township project which offers round-the-clock security than in a urban city centre with a high crime rate.

  • Appreciation

While central location is a big driver for property prices, central locations are also the most volatile in terms of price fluctuations. This is because the property market in city centres is more often than not driven by investors rather than genuine end users. On the other hand, there are no other price drivers in a congested, overdeveloped city. Very little can be done to enhance the infrastructure and therefore the lifestyle quotient of property owners.

Though prices stagnate in the city centre for these reasons, property valuations for township properties in developing areas such as Pimpri Chinchwad increase because of the better infrastructure, more wholesome environment and the steady – yet controlled – addition of value-adding projects such as office complexes, malls, schools and hospitals.

While buying a flat in Pune, it makes a whole lot of sense to consider the purchase from all angles. In short, keep in mind what kind of standard of living you wish to enjoy in your lifetime and also pass on to your children.

Posted by: K. D. Nagarkar

Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir To Launch At Woodsville By June 2012

DSC01881-300x278Following Anil Pharande’s personal audience with Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji himself at his Ashram in Bangalore a few days ago, I’m happy to report that His Holiness has given his complete blessing to the launch of the Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir at Woodsville. We are all set to launch this holistic education institute at our 50-acre integrated living complex in PCMC by June, 2012.

In addition to the CBSE curriculum from Nursery to Std X (and possibly to Std XII), the school will offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities like Karnatik music, Bharat Natyam, sports, Taekwondo, elocution and spiritual guidance.

The implications in terms of the overall social profile and quality of education in Pimpri-Chinchwad can scarcely be described in a single article. We are all aware of the fact that the current education system in India lacks depth, and that it falls seriously short when it comes to imparting well-rounded education to our country’s future citizens.

Though we pride ourselves in being a spiritually-oriented nation, the fact is that our schooling system is based on obsolete, mechanical education models that focus on a drone-like academic performance. The so-called international schools just take this unfortunate trend to a less wholesome level. A more well-rounded education system by the revolutionary movement which Europe knows as ‘The Association for Inner Growth’ is definitely a major step forward for the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.

When we heard that the Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Trust was keen to open its first school in Pimpri Chinchwad at Woodsville, we enthusiastically welcomed the proposition. After all, we are creating a futuristic residential concept here – one that offers everything to its residents that the rest of Pune (and indeed Maharashtra) cannot. Having a holistic education institute here is a logical extension of our other offerings.

DSC018872-300x197Until recently – and like many of us – I knew Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji mainly as the founder of the Art of Living Foundation – the world’s largest volunteer based, humanitarian and educational NGO. Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji has established it in 1981 as part of his vision to promote a stress-free, non-violent approach to social life. Over 300 million people living in more than 140 countries are part of this ground-breaking spiritual movement, which is also closely associated with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

However, Mr. Pharande’s meeting with His Holiness at Bangalore was also a personal eye-opener for him. He got a much deeper understanding of this amazing man’s dream to fortify human values at the grass roots level. The presence of the Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir at Woodsville now means a lot more to us than just huge value-addition to our residents.

We now see that this is the beginning of a revolution in the way the PCMC region will perceive education. Our children finally have a chance to obtain schooling of a quality and magnitude that genuinely enhances their lives – not just their mark sheets.

Avinash Gokhale, Director – Marketing & Corporate Planning, Pharande Spaces

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42,000 Properties Come Up In Pimpri-Chinchwad In 3 Years

(TOI, Jan 4, 2011)

Pune PropertyPUNE: As many as 42,000 new properties have come up in the Pimpri-Chinchwad township in the past three years.

Shahaji Pawar, assistant commissioner and chief of property tax department said, “Every year the property tax department conducts a survey of all the properties, and assessment of new properties is done. Around nine to 10 per cent new properties are added to the existing ones every year, fetching an average additional property tax of Rs 10 crore.”

A civic official said that the total number of properties in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) limits by the end of March 2008 was 2.54 lakh. The property tax department identified 17,000 new properties each in 2008-09 and in 2009-10. Around 8,000 new properties have been identified in 2010-11 till date.

The official added that the PCMC will paint numbers on new properties identified in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. This work is allotted to the students of the PCMC-run Industrial Training Centre (ITC) located at Morwadi in Pimpri.

Pawar said, “The students of ITC, Morwadi will paint numbers on new properties under the learn and earn scheme.”

A proposal will come up for approval before the standing committee on January 4 for spending Rs 2.14 lakh for painting numbers on 42,000 new properties and also some old ones where the number painted on them has faded. The contract will be directly awarded to the ITC, Morwadi.

The property tax department will pay Rs 4.5 per property for repainting the numbers on old properties and Rs 5 per property for painting number on newly assessed properties. The standing committee will also consider three proposals for laying storm water drains in various parts of the PCMC limits at a cost of Rs 5.87 crore. The first proposal is for Wakad, where Rs 67.52 lakh will be spent followed by storm water drains at Sangvi at the cost of Rs 3.52 crore and for Rahatni at a cost of Rs 1.67 crore.

Dilip Kudale, co-ordinator, engineering department said, “The PCMC has received approval from the union government to lay storm water drain network in the municipal limits at an expenditure of Rs 116 crore. The work is in progress in some parts.”

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

 

PCMC In 25 Years – A Fast Forward Into The Future

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Anil Pharande on his vision and his expectations of the PCMC of the future

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation follows a real estate model that has proven to be the most progressive and sustainable all over the world. The essence of this model is ‘planned development’ or ‘controlled urbanization’. PCMC is a twin city to Pune, but in that respect is uniquely different. Pune’s real estate development has not followed any sort of plan, and it is not hard to see it as a smaller version of chaotic Mumbai in less than 25 years.

A HOMOGENEOUS, MULTI-FACETED MOSAIC

In the same time span, PCMC will have attained its fullest potential as a model city of the future. Obviously, it will look very different from what we see today. It will have grown exponentially, into a harmonized montage of large industrial units, IT Parks, hotels, shopping and entertainment plazas, educational institutes and healthcare facilities – towering above public parks and gardens and crisscrossed with multi-lane roads and flyovers.

Further, the additional 25,000 acres of land that have come within the PCMC jurisdiction by virtue of the last Development Plan will eventually result in the addition of at least 2 million new homes. These homes will cater to every social stratum of property buyers, from the lower to the high income segments.

HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL EXPANSION – CREATING A SPECTACULAR SKYLINE

In other words, there will be tremendous – yet controlled – horizontal real estate growth over the next 25 years. Most spaces allocated for residential use will have been utilized for that purpose. But this will not result in an urban jungle, since the PCMC planning blueprint will enforce the maintenance of vast green spaces at all stages of development.

Moreover, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will at all times endorse self-sufficient real estate developments such as townships and other integrated residential projects. The authorities have long since recognized that these are the most sustainable and progressive models for optimum real estate growth. These projects will ensure a scientific uniformity to the horizontal growth.

However, even these 25,000 acres will not suffice, since PCMC will have to accommodate a massive demand for housing. The following graph illustrates this point – it charts the population growth in PCMC over the last 25 years, and clearly depicts that this growth has been almost ten-fold (from 200,000 to 2 million).

graphAs the graph below indicates, there is reason to believe that population growth is likely to cross 50 lakhs (5 million)  by 2035

This growth will be fuelled by several factors. On the one hand, there will be a huge requirement for homes from the rapidly growing manufacturing sectors of Pimpri-Chinchwad and the Chakan-Talegaon belt. Chakan itself, though a burgeoning industrial hub, has little to offer by ways of residential facilities. The onus naturally falls on PCMC, which will necessarily be the residential location of choice for the entrepreneurs and employees of these units.

Simultaneously, there will be the spill-over effect from Pune City (which will have reached complete saturation point in the next 25 years). We further have to factor in the ever-increasing migrant population from all over the country, attracted as much by the excellent education institutions as by the varied career opportunities.

The obvious solution lies in growing vertically as well as horizontally. More land will have to come within the purview of planned development, and building heights will need to increase from the currently permitted 70 metres – approximately 22 floors plus parking – to 100 metres or more. FSI, which still currently stagnates at 1, will need to be raised to at least 2, or even 2.5.

In 25 years, PCMC will be a skyscraper city on the lines of Gurgaon.

WORLD-CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE

In most cities, such growth would mean serious infrastructure challenges. We have already seen what happens in a city like Mumbai, where skyscrapers are being built without sufficient parking, connectivity and municipal amenities to support them. However, thanks to the master plan that PCMC will always adhere to, the necessary infrastructure will precede the building of high-rises. I firmly believe that 25 years from now, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will serve as a national and even international benchmark for planned, scientific vertical real estate growth.

An essential pre-requisite to support this massive growth is an advanced public transport system. With an eye on this future requirement, PCMC has adopted a model similar to Ahmedabad’s Janmarg – a scientifically designed BRT-based  public transport system spanning 130 km across 14 routes in PCMC. This system involves 4-lane wide, exclusive roads with grade separators that will reduce the dependence on private transport in favour of more efficient public transport. This, in turn, will result in smooth traffic flow, less road blocks, radically lower pollution levels and a healthier, energy-conserving environment. To ensure that there are no hitches in the development of this lifeline, the PCMC has established an Urban Transport Fund for its funding.

Another pre-requisite for efficient transport is more connecting roadways. A ring road is on the drawing boards, but that will become truly effective only with the implementation of a hub-and-spoke road network. To illustrate this point, there are currently only two arterial roads connecting Pune with Pimpri-Chinchwad, and only two connecting Pimpri-Chinchwad with Chakan. These cannot sustain the enormous increase in vehicular traffic that industrial and residential growth will generate.

Again, it is my opinion that this alone may not suffice to cater to the public transport needs that will emerge over the next two decades. I personally feel that an elevated skybus or monorail network or even an underground rail network will be called for.

THE ULTIMATE GAMECHANGERS

I cannot end these musings without mentioning the new international airport being planned near Rajgurunagar and the International Convention Centre at Moshi, which will cover a sprawling 200 acres. The Convention Centre alone will spawn a huge tourism, hospitality and retail boom which will convert PCMC into a major urban destination both within and outside Maharashtra, perhaps second only to Mumbai. Global hotel chains will have redefined the hospitality sector, and the shopping centres will be populated by marquee retail brands.

In fact, the next two decades are surely going to see PCMC being catapulted into the international Big League, giving it a distinct global identity in its own right.

Anil Pharande is President, CREDAI – PCMC and Chairman, Pharande Spaces, one of the most innovative developers in Pimpri-Chinchwad

Chinchwad School Goes Plastic-Free

(TNN, Nov 10, 2010)

PUNE: The New English School in Chinchwadgaon is going plastic-free with the management and students taking initiatives not to use plastic on the school premises.

The Paryavaran Sanvardhan Samiti, an NGO, took up the initiative to promote use of eco-friendly products. Vikas Patil, president of the samiti, said that this was the first school in Pimpri-Chinchwad that has decided to go plastic-free.

The campaign, no plastic thrown’, was started a couple of months ago. The students do not bring any eatables wrapped in plastic, nor do they use plastic carry bags, Patil said.

According to Patil, the idea was to create awareness about the ill-effects of plastic through lectures and presentations in the school. In turn, the students create awareness at home.

“Initially, there were lectures about solid waste management, water treatment plant, cleaning of rivers, among others. After seeing a keen interest, we decided to start the campaign no plastic thrown’,” he said.

This Diwali, the students were asked not to burst firecrackers leading to noise pollution.

As the next step, the samiti plans to start vermicomposting, water recycling, reuse of notebook and paper, and reuse of chalk powder in the school. The campaign will be extended to other schools also.