Expanding Pune: Wagholi suffocating on fumes of garbage
Located in eastern Pune on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway, Wagholi has seen rapid urbanisation and growth due to its proximity to the Kharadi IT hub.
However, the inability of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to the basic needs of the suburb is visible on many fronts. There’s an urgent need to improve the garbage disposal system, besides providing good roads and adequate water supply.
Wagholi is home to nearly 35,000 people and the locality has 200 residential societies with many more being constructed at a frenetic pace.
Once a sleepy village, Wagholi had a number of industries but is now predominantly residential.
Like other gram panchayats around Pune, the Wagholi gram panchayat also could not keep pace with the rapid urban expansion. Thus, the condition of basic amenities like stormwater drains and roads and other important public utilities is unsatisfactory with foul smelling, overflowing drains and dirty water emanating from posh residential societies putting a question mark on the pathetic drainage system in the area.
This has extended to poor availability of potable drinking water and the residents in the various housing societies are at the mercy of the tanker mafia.
Harcharanjeet Butalia, a resident of Green Groves and member of Wagholi Housing Societies Association (WHSA), said that big time developers with strong common citizens are still pursuing their basic demands from the civic authorities.
According to Sanjeevkumar Patil , director of WHSA, chronic garbage burning is a major issue in Wagholi and is leading to the pollution of air and water.
The village does not have any waste management plant and indiscriminate dumping is resulting in choked drains, contaminated water supply and air pollution for residents. “We are currently focusing on three important issues — garbage disposal, waste management and approach roads — which are to be sorted out at the earliest. It is an alarming situation and the government must act fast to save the lives of the citizens,” Patil said.
WHSA has demanded a detailed development plan (DP) for Wagholi and recently met Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) metropolitan commissioner and CEO Kiran Gitte and apprised him about the alarming situation of urban civic apathy and chaos in Wagholi.
The area has malls and shopping complexes and several good quality educational institutions like Netaji Subhash Chandra Boys Military School, Sharad Pawar International School, Jyotirmay International School, Lexicon International School, Dhole Patil College of Engineering, GH Raisoni College of Engineering and Technology, Moze College of Engineering and JSPM Imperial College of Engineering and Research making it an ideal education destination.
Developers like Karia Developers, Eiffel Developers, Belvelkar Housing, Kolte Patil, Raviraj and Goel Ganga Developments are building residential projects in both the affordable and premium categories in the area.
Wagholi is located at a distance of 30 km from Pune City. It is located on the eastern side of Pune and enjoys seamless connectivity to all major points in and around Pune via the Ahmednagar road and Wagholi road. Wagholi is also very well connected to places like Kesnand, Bhima Koregaon, Shikrapur, Wadgaon Sheri and Pimpri-Chinchwad, all of which are located at a close distance.
Wagholi is well-connected by various modes of transport:
Ahmednagar Road: From Bund Garden to Wagholi, the six-lane Ahmednagar road provides easy access to various prominent IT-driven areas such as Vimannagar, Kalyani nagar and Kharadi.
Ahmednagar road further connects to Kharadi bypass road and Pune-Solapur highway.
Rail: The nearest railway station to Wagholi is Pune, which is at a distance of 15 km.
Air: Wagholi has direct connectivity to Pune Airport, located 11 km via the Lohegaon-Wagholi road.
Schools in Wagholi
Prodigy Public School
Dubey Sainik School
Euro Kids International Pre School
Sanskriti High School
Netaji Subhash Chandra Boys Military School
Sharad Pawar International School,
Jyotirmay International School, Lexicon International School,
Podar International School
Dhole Patil College of Engineering,
GH Raisoni College of Engineering and Technology,
Moze College of Engineering,
JSPM Imperial College of Engineering and Research
Decathlon Sports Mall
Aura Club House
MLA –Baburao Pacharane
Member of Parliament - Shivajidada Aadhalrao Patil (Lok Sabha)
Wagholi Housing Societies Association (WHSA) is the strongest citizens forum which was formed in the wake of popular sentiment coming from residents of housing societies with solitary motto of “Making Wagholi a better place to live”, better coordination between authorities and residents and encourage office accountability. WHSA strives to serve the needs of the housing societies in Wagholi and their residents. It aims to provide a single platform to housing societies to fearlessly take up their issues with authorities, government and other agencies and to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the residing communities.
Wagholi Housing Societies Association (WHSA)
Opposite Life line Hospital,
Taluka- Haveli, Dist Pune-412207
Parijat-301,Som Terraces, GAT No-647,
Phone: +91-9881056253, +91-9370116228
PMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner and CEO
Survey No. 152-153,
Maharaja Sayaji Gaikwad Udyog Bhavan,
Aundh, Pune - 411067
020 259 333 44
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
• Ishanya Mall at Yerawada
• Inorbit Mall at Wadagaon Sheri
• Phoenix Marketcity Pune
Lonikand police station
Senior police inspector contact no : 9637818002
Rural SP Mohammad Suvez Haque : 9823623210
Control Room Officer, Pune Rural Police
Residential : Rs4,500 per square foot
Commercial : Rs15,000 per square foot
Imax Multispeciality Hospital
Six seaters with fare at Rs 25
BRT depot started two years back but frequency of buses in less
Waters tanker supply to all 200 residential societies
Average billing per month per society: Rs 5 lakh and above per month
Annual water tanker economy: Rs100 crores
Wagholi needs urgent attention from government and citizens of India. Garbage burning is a crime and must be dealt with stringently as per the law.
Harcharanjeet Butalia, a resident of Green Groves and member of Wagholi Housing Societies Association
Wagholi is crying for a holistic development and tax paying residents must not suffer at any cost. There is need to overhaul the entire civic infrastructure of Wagholi and make it a livable place for thousands of citizens.