Lavasa is a private and planned city located in the Western Ghat of the state of Maharastra in West india. The city offers its visitors a unique and rejuvenating feel. Located at a distance of around 60km from Pune and about 187 km from Mumbai, the city is a great place to unwind yourself amidst nature.
It was busy week in the month of September. We were totally exhausted and wanted a break to refresh ourselves from the day-to-day stress. Now every knows the busy side of Pune - This city never sleeps and so does the work. At the dinner table on a Friday night, there was a random conversation which led to us discussing getting out of the city.
We decided to take a road trip on the outskirts of Pune city. We started to search on the web to see nearby places and ended up knowing that there was only one place that we had not visited yet-Lavasa. so we packed out bags and set off to Lavasa to enjoy an amazing weekend.
Lavasa is a private, planned city being built near Pune. It is stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino, with a street and several buildings bearing the name of that town.
A 25,000 acres (100 km2) or 8,000 acres (32 km2) project being developed by HCC, this as-yet-incomplete city has been controversial for multiple reasons including procurement of land, harm to the environment, and loans acquired through political corruption.
In late 2010, the Indian Environment and Forests Ministry ordered that construction cease because the project violated environmental laws. As of late 2011, this order has been rescinded. The project's scale may have been reduced, however, and an initial public offering may not occur. The head of the company building the project said in 2013 that due to the Environment and Forests Ministry the project had "lost three years".
Billed as India's first hill station since Independence, this private city is being constructed by a unit of Ajit Gulabchand. The architectural team responsible for the design of the town wants it be an imitation of an Italian hill-side town[
Lavasa has established a pattern of promoting planned partnerships with prestigious, overseas institutions that do not, ultimately, see fruition. Oxford University had at one time attached itself to the project, but other, name-brand plans including future sports facilities have yet to be officially cancelled.
The city has a better track record when it comes to construction; some sections are complete today. It is thought that Lavasa will not be finished before 2020, however. When fully built, its total population may be 200,000, and it will comprise four or five towns built on seven hills. The first of these, Dasve, was initially slated to be complete by 2010 although some residences there were still under construction as of 2013. Mugaon, the second town, may be finished in 2013, and as of May, 2013, construction continues. Work on this town began in mid-2012. In 2013, the chairman of the construction company building the project confirmed that Lavasa will include four large towns and one low-cost town.