Panvel city and a municipal council lies in Raigad district in India in state of Maharashtra. Panvel is also known as gateway of Konkan region. It adjoins Navi Mumbai, and is just after the Thane district border. Panvel is located on the Mumbai Pune Expressway about 22 kilometres from Mumbai.
Panvel is the largest and most populated city in Raigad district. The city also happens to be the headquarters of Panvel taluka with more than 1000 villages under it. The development authority of Panvel is the Panvel Municipal Council (PMC)and that of New Panvel is CIDCO. The villages of Panvel come under the purview of Raigad Zilla Parishad.
Inside the city some smaller entities like Dhootpapeshwar Trust, (which is one of the oldest organisation in India) whose trustees are manufacturers of ayurvedic medicines, can be found.
Two of the eight Ashtavinayak temples of the God Ganesha are close to Panvel, Ballaleshwar Pali and Varadavinayaka at Mahad (महड), near Khopoli, on the Mumbai-Pune Highway (NH4). It is different from Mahad (महाड).
Karjat, Karnala, World known Elephanta Caves, Haji Malang, Prabal Gad, Toy Train famed Matheran, Murud-Janjira, Mahad (महाड) (Raigadh fort), Ballaleshwar Pali and Mahad (महड) - Ganesha: Two of the Ashtavinayak ganapati. Alibag: Sea beach, Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, Ghadeshwar Dam, Nera Village , Swapna Nagari (well known Bollywood shooting place)
Proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport
The new Navi Mumbai International Airport,which is to come up around the Panvel-Kopra area, would be built through public-private partnership (PPP) — with private sector partner getting 74% equity while Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Maharashtra government (through City and Industrial Development Corporation or CIDCO) holding 13% each.The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has already given techno-feasibility clearance to the Navi Mumbai airport and central cabinet has cleared it. The project is at Global tendering stage.
Panvel Railway Station
Panvel Railway station comes under Mumbai Division of Central Railway. The station is technically divided into two parts viz, Suburban and Main Line. The Main line station is located at Chainage 68/5 from Mumbai CST, while the suburban station is at 48/9. Both share the same building complex, and share the staff members also. The Suburban Complex currently has two operational platforms, two non-operational. The Main line station has 3 operational platforms, and two more are being constructed.27.46crores were spent.
The station handles more than 30 pairs of freight trains each day. About 5 pairs of daily commuter (passenger) trains, and about 5 pairs of daily express trains stop here. In addition to this 5 pairs, about 11 pairs of non-daily trains including the Trivandrum Rajdhani also stop at this station. Panvel is a very major station and is considered equivalent to Mumbai for trains which skip Mumbai. The trains run on Diesel Traction and electricity (the tracks are not electrified to the south of Panvel), and Panvel is a refueling point for their locomotives.
In addition to refueling, Panvel has a huge number of parcel bookings, and most trains stop for periods varying from 5 minutes to 20 minutes for technical purposes. Panvel also handles crew change for Freight trains. There are 4 Ticket counters and 3 Reservation counters. Car/Two-Wheeler parking facility is available. State Road Transport bus station is about 500 metres away from the station. Buses run by Local Municipal Transport (NMMT) come right outside the station. Rickshaws are available in plenty (but they however do not charge as per meter tariff. Fixed charges apply).
STD booths are available.Railway canteens look after the needs of passengers. A book stall is located on Platform 1 of the Main line station. Toilet and Rest rooms facilities are available for passengers of the Main line.New Suburban railway station building is under construction.It is the biggest railway station in the district.
State Transport Buses (S.T.)
There are two main ST stands in Panvel- Panvel St stand on the highway & railway station stand in front of the railway station.The one on the highway is among the busiest in the state and handles over 1500 ST buses every day,while the railway station bus stand handles only 200 NMMT buses per day. There are about 20 other small bus stops in Panvel city.