Expanding Pune: Bavdhan’s hills alive with sound of change
Bavdhan joined PMC in 1997, but its transcendence into a full-fledged, self-sufficient suburb is yet to end as it fights its inability to manage the overflow of garbage and people, all while trying to keep its hillscape alivepune Updated: Feb 10, 2018 15:58 IST
Green hills, the beautiful Pashan lake, proximity to Kothrud and the Bengaluru-Mumbai highway, and a pollution-free environment are some of the features that attract the younger generation to Bavdhan, the south-western suburb of Pune.
Bavdhan was included under the jurisdiction of the Pune Municipal Corporation over a decade ago, prior to which its main claims to fame were the real estate market and a couple of age-old bungalow societies.
“I came to Bavdhan in 1997 and the clean and green environment tempted us to buy a bungalow here. At that time, the society (Saikamal residency in Ramnagar) I lived in looked like the bungalow society of a foreign country. When we came here, Banjara hills was the only good place to go if one was to dine out. A sea of changes happened after that and now the scenario is entirely different,” said Indu Gupta, resident of Bavdhan.
According to real estate consultants, previously, people used to consider Bavdhan primarily as a destination to purchase a second home. Now, it has grown into a full-fledged residential hub and has its own ‘updated’ set of problems. Perennial water shortages and poor garbage management continue to be worrisome for residents. The absence of good schools and planned public amenities such as gardens, a community hall or a public swimming pool in the neighbourhood is causing serious inconvenience to residents, forcing them to travel far and wide in search of these amenities.
Not everything is bad though. On the positive side, good connectivity to the highway and lots of greenery and fresh air is a boon.
Bavdhan also has various private educational institutions like the Bavdhan Primary English Medium School, Periwinkle English Medium School and Suryadatta College, though most students choose city colleges and schools over these institutions. The area has witnessed considerably accelerated growth over the past six years, ably aided by a widened 100-foot road and the Aditya Shagun mall.
The area is still relatively untouched by traffic jams and construction overruns, which are an accepted fact of life in other parts of Pune. Bavdhan has some major developers active within its territory, including Paranjape Schemes, K Raheja Corp, Rohan Builders and the Saarthi Group and Rohan Builders, who are all interested in building apartments in the area as many IT professionals are now choosing to live in the area.
As the area is relatively closer to the Hinjewadi IT park and the highway, most IT professionals tend to choose a flat in Bavdhan to get easier access to their offices.
Bavdhan has a cosmopolitan community and has a large number of bungalow societies as well as themed resident and high-end housing projects. Though Bavdhan is within the city limits, it boasts a fabulous hillscape.
With the opening of Paud road, the distance between Bavdhan and Nal Stop has considerably decreased. The road has also facilitated easier vehicular movement between University Circle and Bavdhan.