Pune Real Estate – The Importance Of Green Cover In Residential Zones

It is generally known that abundant urban green spaces – large areas allocated to trees, lawns and all types of flora and fauna – are a major contributor to high quality living environment. Sufficient green spaces in cities improve the quality of the air in residential areas because trees absorb pollutants such as ozone, nitric acid vapour, ammonia, nitrogen, carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide. In turn, they provide life-giving oxygen, provide shade, attract rain and improve the aesthetic quality of the whole area.


In its heyday, Pune was renowned for its generous urban green spaces. Unfortunately, the hammer of commercialized real estate proliferation has caused most of the city’s green cover to vanish. Coupled with the massive traffic movement within the PMC limits, it is not surprising that so many Punekars now suffer from various ‘mysterious’ ailments. High blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, energy depletion and depression are rapidly becoming common-place. The city that once rivaled Bangalore with its generous urban green spaces is now literally oxygen starved.

When the PCNTDA (Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority) set out to plan the residential zones in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation – Pune’s prosperous sister city – the vital factor of green cover was a main priority. Not many are aware of how much thought went into the real estate blueprint for Pimpri-Chinchwad, which is now a masterpiece of systematic residential zone development. Thanks to close collaboration with healthcare officials, construction and civil engineering agencies and the town planning authorities ensured that PCMC would remain a predominantly green zone. The rationale was based on firm scientific facts:

  • People who live in residential zones with abundant green cover suffer fewer health problems and experience lower stress levels
  • The survival rate of senior citizens who spend their Golden Years in green surroundings is far higher than that of their contemporaries living in the concrete jungles of the inner city
  • Green cover in a residential zone encourages its residents to spend more time outdoors and show lower preference to an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle
  • The happiness level and mental/emotional health quotient of any residential community is directly related to the extent to which individuals socialize. The availability of green areas such as parks, gardens and lawns encourages more inter-personal contact between residents

By now, social scientists know for a fact that urban green spaces tend to attracts people outside their homes and to interact with each other. Parks and gardens are places where people can meet and spend time together in the outdoors. People who have access to green spaces in cities like Pune enjoy a higher level of social activity, tend to know their neighbours and are more concerned about the general welfare of the community.

Despite the rapid depletion of urban green spaces within the Pune Municipal Limits, Pimpri-Chinchwad offers the citizens of Pune the option of green living. The verdant residential townships in localities like Ravet and Moshi have been designed in complete compliance to the PCNTDA guidelines for green spaces within PCMC residential zones. At the same time, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation offers to them vastly superior civic and social infrastructure and significantly lower property rates.




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

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.


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.

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Police, MPCB To Monitor Noise Levels In PMC And PCMC During Ganeshotsav

PUNE: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and the Pune police have decided to form five teams to monitor noise pollution in the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad during the last five days of Ganeshotsav. Noise levels would be recorded at 20 locations during the peak hours of the celebrations from 6 pm to midnight.

A calibrated noise level meter would be used in each of the 20 areas, Kumar said. “Legal action will be initiated against those who violate the noise pollution rules. Citizens with complaints can contact the police control room or the local police station,” he added.

Dnyaneshwar Phadtare, deputy commissioner of police (Zone I), said that, “Out of the five monitoring teams, three will function in Zone I, while Zone II would have two teams. The team members have been trained to operate and handle the noise meter.”

“The noise levels were beyond the permissible limit at all the spots monitored in 2009. The sound levels in Pune ranged between 53.3 dBA and 101.8 dBA. In 2008, the noise levels ranged between 62 dBA and 107 dBA, while in 2007, it ranged between 56.8 dBA and 99.3 dBA,” Shinde said.

This year would have lower noise levels because of the efforts taken by the authorities, Shinde said. “We have conducted various citizen awareness programmes and campaigns to check noise pollution. Any form of violation would attract legal action and all the mandal volunteers are aware of this,” he added.

Disaster Management Plan For Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad

PUNE: The district administration will soon implement a plan to provide emergency medical aid to victims of disasters and accidents. Nineteen hospitals in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and surrounding areas have been identified under the disaster management plan.

District collector Chandrakant Dalvi said, “The plan will help send medical relief teams to the spot from the nearest hospital within 20 minutes. At present, there is no such system in place. Therefore, in case of calamities, most patients are sent all the way to the Sassoon hospital. In the process, precious time needed to save life, called golden hour’, is lost.”

As per the plan, the PMC, the PCMC and surrounding areas have been divided into multiple zones. Each major hospital in the respective area has been given the charge of addressing such incidents in that area.

Each identified hospital is expected to appoint a co-ordinating officer and set up a separate helpline under the plan. ON receiving the communication, the hospital will send a medical relief team to the spot within 20 minutes.

The team will conduct primary triage at the site, classifications and transport the patients to the near hospital as per need. The transport will be organised of other patients to hospitals as well. Secondary triage will be done and subsequently the patients will be send to other hospitals like Sassoon.

As per the plan, the aim is to clear the site within 2 hours of the incident. Hospitals will be given alert about the incident through the police or district disaster management cell situated at the district collectorate.

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Pune Bakery Blast Investigations By ATS Gone Wrong: Maharashtra DGP

PUNE: The Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) D Sivanandan has admitted that the investigations by the state ATS into the February 13 German Bakery terror attack have gone wrong.

“The ATS has to study the case scientifically and collect evidence to identify the group behind the attack”, he said, talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function on Tuesday night.

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FBI Briefs Indian MPs On Counter-Terrorism

WASHINGTON: A visiting delegation of Indian parliamentarians led by Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Union Minister of State Ajay Maken, was briefed by a team of top FBI officials in New York on its counter-terrorism operations.

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Maharashtra Govt Sanctions Rs 14 Lakh To Rebuild Pune’s German Bakery

PUNE: Maharashtra government has sanctioned and handed over an amount of Rs 14 lakh as financial assistance to rebuild the German Bakery, the popular eatery bombed in the February 13 terror attack.

A cheque for the amount was given to the eatery owner Smita Kharose by the Pune Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar here in the presence of the district collector Chandrakant Dalvi, an official release said today.

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Terror Aftermath: Pune’s German Bakery To Get Compensation

PUNE: The government of Maharashtra has decided to give a compensation of Rs 14,23,500 for loss or property to owners of the German Bakery, which was rocked by a bomb blast on February 13, killing 17 people and injuring 65.

The bakery had suffered heavy property losses during the blast. The district administration on Thursday said that the compensation will be given in a few days.

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Terror Aftermath: Pune’s German Bakery To Get Compensation

PUNE: The government of Maharashtra has decided to give a compensation of Rs 14,23,500 for loss or property to owners of the German Bakery, which was rocked by a bomb blast on February 13, killing 17 people and injuring 65.

The bakery had suffered heavy property losses during the blast. The district administration on Thursday said that the compensation will be given in a few days.

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