Known as the Oxford of the East the city of Pune has a rich legacy in education. Being the cultural capital of Maharashtra the city has always had an intrinsic connection with theatre, music, arts and literature and been a centre of learning and research in all fields.
Recently Pune is included in top 20 Smart cities in India.
The City is well connected with the state capital and surrounding district headquarters through road and rail linkagaes. The road network consists of Express Highways, National Highways, State Highways and Major District Roads. The rail network consists of both broadgauge(Electrified and Non Electrified) double track as well as single track lines. The district headquarter has connectivity through airways for transport and trade to major airports within the country and to select international destinations. National Highway No. 4 (Mumbai-Banglore) – The NH-4 passes through following places : Khandala, Lonavala, talegaon, Chinchwad, Pune and Khed-Shivapur. It enters from Raigad district and exits in Satara district.. National Highway No. 9 (Pune-Solapur-Hyderabad )- The NH-9 starts at Pune district and passes through Loni, Bhigawan and Indapur. It exits in Solapur district. National Highway No. 50 (Pune-Nashik) – The NH-50 originates at Pune and passes through Chakan, Rajgurunagar, Manchar, Narayangaon, Aalephata and it exits in Nashik district.
Pune is well connected through domestic airlines with the entire country. The airport located at Lohgaon has recently acquired status of an international airport and is being used to carry domestic as well as international traffic. Also, it is proposed to develop an international air-cargo hub. Pune, Maharashtra’s second largest city after Mumbai, has been a hub for the engineering industry for decades.
To Provide a sustainable infrastructure to facilitate commuters, government is coming up with a Metro Project in Pune. The project will be carried out by Maha-Metro a SPV ( special purpose vehicle) of Central Government & Government of Maharashtra. The Pune Metro will have 2 lines which will serve 30 stations in which 5 would be underground. Line 1 will have PCMC, Tukaram Nagar, Bosari, Kasarwadi, Phugewadi, Dapodi, Bopodi, Khadki, Range Hill, Shivaji Nagar, Civil Court, Budhwar Peth, Mandai, & Swargate stations. Line 2 will have Vanaz, Anand Nagar, Ideal Colony, Nal Stop, Garware College, Deccan Gymkhana, Sambhaji Park, PMC, Civil Court, Mangalwar Peth, Pune Railway Station, Ruby Hall Clinic, Bund Garden, Yerawada, Kalyani Nagar, & Ramwadi. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 11,522 crores. The work already started and projected to complete by 2021. visit Pune Metro website for more details.
In the years since, almost every significant name on the national and international IT map has set up a campus here — TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, Cognizant, IBM, Mphasis, Veritas, BMC Software to name a few – have set up large campuses, and a large fraction of India’s IT revenue is generated from the Pune region.
While India’s largest vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors and second largest two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto have been residents of Pune for decades, it was the arrival of global OEMs like Mercedes Benz, Piaggio, Skoda, General Motors, Volkswagen and Fiat that helped forge its identity as an important destination in India’s, and, indeed the world’s auto story. Predictably, there are many elements to Pune’s growth story and its now significant position on the Indian industrial chart.
In addition to its geographical advantages, the importance of its proximity to Mumbai and accessibility to ports for the entry and exit of raw materials and finished goods cannot be understated. And of course, it is much cheaper to set up a business here than in any of the metros. The setting up of new well planned industrial estates by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation in the last few years has helped manufacturers find land for setting up of units. This has also played a major role in the development of Pune as an industrial hub. MIDC’ss industrial estates at Ranjangoan, Hinjewadi, Hadapsar and in the Talegaon-Chakan belt, are relatively recent feathers in Pune’s cap.