Lavasa is India's First hill station since Independence. It is being developed by HCC India near Pune. It is spread over of land and is scheduled to be completed by 2021. The first phase (Dasave) is scheduled to become operational by June 2009. It will be a self-equipped city developed on the principles of New Urbanism.
The city is planned to strike a balance between urban living and preservation of the environment. The master plan by HOK envisages a township in harmony with nature where nature begins at the doorstep. This master plan won both the Award for Excellence 2005, given by the Congress for the New Urbanism (USA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects Award—2005. The concept of a hill town dates from British colonial times and describes locations where British administrators went during the Indian tropical summer, prominent examples being Shimla, Kulu, and Ooty.
Lavasa will consist of a cosmopolitan, diverse neighborhood encompassing people from the upper middle class to the affluent classes. The township will also be home to numerous educational institutions, research centers, and hotels.
Lavasa is located in the western mountain ranges of India, Lavasa is very near to the two major metropolises, Mumbai and Pune. Lavasa is located in 25000 acres of land in the backwaters of the Warasgaon dam. There are five access routes to Lavasa, one of which is enhanced and developed. This is the Chandni Chowk- Pune road to Lavasa which offers a similar quality drive as one experiences on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. This road makes Lavasa approximately an hour's (around 65 km) drive from Pune and almost 3.5 hours away from Mumbai (around 200 km).
Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) — one of the largest private sector construction companies in India — is undertaking the construction activities. Hincon Techno Consultants is the primary engineering consultant. Many other large companies are involved: the master plan was developed by HOK, USA, while Accenture and ACNielsen conducted the project feasibility and research. Branding is being done by Landor, (Hong Kong).
Other prominent names with whom a tieup has been done include:
Lavasa will have outdoor sports like trekking, rappelling, boating, para gliding and other outdoor sports. Lavasa will be a home to many international hotels which suit every pocket. A getaway from the buzz of city life, corporates and business houses can hold important meetings in a setting that is so close to nature. Lavasa has collaborated with leading hospitality brands like Sheraton, Novotel, Grande Mercure and ITC Fortune Hotels. Lavasa will also be well equipped to have a Convention & Event Center and a Country Club. The Convention Center with its technologically advanced facilities will play host to business meetings, exhibitions and various other events for the visitors at Lavasa
Besides this Lavasa will take advantage of it natural pristine setting to house a health and wellness center offering world class spa facilities.
There will be numerous restaurents, coffee shops et al to please every taste.
Ramesh invites blowback in Lavasa ; The environment ministry freezes the 25,000-acre project over a height issue. Sharad Pawar is angry.
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