Re­defin­ing lux­ury and de­vel­op­ment

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

den­ti­fied as one of the fu­ture megac­i­ties of the world by the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search, Pune is not only grow­ing at a rapid pace in­ter­nally but also wit­ness­ing an ex­pand­ing cor­ri­dor of the “megau­r­ban re­gion” of about 400 sq km.

To show­case it­self as the city of fu­ture, Pune is all set to have a sprawl­ing 250 acres per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion ground on the lines of Delhi’s Pra­gati Maidan. Busi­ness cen­tre: Planned at an in­vest­ment of Rs1,000 crore, the Pune In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre will com­pete with ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tres of Bri­tain, Ja­pan and Ger­many. Bless­ings’, this apart­ment block of 24 storeys by the Av­inash Bhos­ale In­fra­struc­ture Ltd is just one of the many lux­ury projects re-defin­ing class in the city. Not want­ing to be left be­hind is the Vas­con Win­der­mere with its 8,300 sq ft, 5 BHK apart­ments spread over two lev­els with pri­vate pools. Philippe Starck’s Yoo Pune is an­other of those am­bi­tious real es­tate projects in the su­per-lux­ury seg­ment that are set to re­de­fine Pune.

Pent­houses with swim­ming pools, re­mote-con­trolled liv­ing, “plas­ter­able” speak­ers, glass screens and hid­den pro­jec­tors, which pop up are the things that Pune’s builders are of­fer­ing on the newAge plat­ter. Not to be left out is the per­sonal Home Theatre sys­tem along with per­son­al­ized pro­gram­ming for mood light­ing and cur­tain con­trols. Wait­ing for Metro: Suf­fer­ing from a near-ab­so­lute lack of mass trans­port sys­tem, Pune rests its hope on an aug­mented pub­lic bus ser­vice and the pro­posed Metro Rail pro­ject. There is con­sid­er­able pub­lic pres­sure on the politi­cians from the peo­ple of Pune to strengthen the ex­ist­ing Pune mu­nic­i­pal trans­port ser­vice, the PMPML which has a fleet of 1,585 buses. The politi­cians on the other hand are push­ing for the Metro Rail pro­ject to ad­dress the trans­port needs of the city.

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