Roads in Pune

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Pune is city in the West of India, in the state of Maharashtra and is roughly 160 km east of Mumbai. The city lies approximately 3 miles along a river. The heart of the city is much older than the rest of the city. It has winding roads, many of which follow the natural slopes of the mountainous terrain and end at the rivers feeding the city. As the city expanded unevenly, a large number of roads were built around the central portion of the city, including the major highways which link the city to other parts of the country.

Some of the highways linking the city are maintained by the State of Maharashtra and are the State Highways. Pune is also connected by two National Highways, NH50 and NH4.

Katraj-Dehu Road Bypass[edit]

This road links Dehu Road on NH-4 to Katraj on NH-4 to bypass traffic travelling on NH-4 from outside of Pune City.

Ring Road[edit]

This is a proposed road to avoid traffic congestion in Pune City. As the name say Ring Road this is a circular road. This covers 29 villages of Pune district in Pune's neighbourhood. They are Kesnand, Wagholi, Bhivandi, Tulapur, Alandi, Kelgaon, Chimbli, Nighoje, Sangrude, Shelarwadi, Shirgaon, Chandkhed, Rihe, Gothawade, Pirangut, Uradve, Mutha Bahuli, Sangrun, Nigde, Khamgaon, Ghera Sinhagad, Kalyan (Pune District), Kondhanpur, Sriramnagar, Gogalwadi, Patharwadi, Bhivri and Kanifnath. The total length of this road is about 161.73 km with total cost INR104.08 billion (US$1.7 billion).[1][2]

Mumbai-Pune-Bangalore–Chennai Road (NH-4)[edit]

The highway connecting Pune to the nearest major city is the Mumbai-Pune Road. This has been rebuilt several times in several forms. It is the part of NH-4. In its current form, it starts from the 153-year old Pune College of Engineering Pune, popularly known as COEP, in the area of Shivaji Nagar near the Sancheti Hospital.

This highway passes through the boundaries of two Municipal Corporations (namely Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad), two Cantonments (namely Khadki and Dehu Road), and then starts the main Mumbai-Pune open highway stretch after the Katraj-Dehu Road intersection at Dehu Road. The industrial areas in the newly incorporated township of Pimpri-Chinchwad also lie alongside this road and you can see various large industrial units located along the way. Prominent institutions on this road include the CME or College of Military Engineering at Dapodi, the Khadki and Dehu Road Ammunition Factories and Hindustan Antibiotics (HA) at Pimpri. Major Industrial units are situated in the industrial estates owned by the MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation). Prominent names among these include Telo, Philips, Garware, Bajaj, Kinetic and Elpro.

The Army's AOC (Army Ordnance Corps) and the Army Supply Corp (ASC)’s 512 Base Repair Depot is located in the cantonment town of Dehu Road on this road. The CRPF Regional Center (Central Reserve Police Force) and the NARI or National AIDS Research Institute is located at Talegaon Dabhade. Talegaon Dabhade is also the site for the upcoming General Motors car manufacturing facility.

This road, measured from Pune up to Mumbai, is nearly 156 km in length. The road runs almost parallel to the Mumbai Pune Railway line until Lonavala. This is the longest road in Pune and covers many outlying suburbs from Shivajinagar to Khadki, and continues through the townships of Nigdi, Talegaon Dabhade, Dehu Road, and the tourist attractions, the twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala. Afterwards it enters the steep mountainous section of the Bhor Ghat to go to Mumbai.

A new flyover is under construction between Shankar Maharaj Math in Chavan Nagar and Bharti Vidyapeeth near Katraj. This will be of four lanes.[3] However some people say that it can be an abstraction to the metro rail expansion from Swargate to Katraj.

Pune-Nashik Road[edit]

This road connects the two big cities of Nashik and Pune.The Pune-Nashik National Highway (NH-50) starts at a very busy intersection near Pimpri called the Nashik Phata, and is just off the Pune-Mumbai National Highway (NH-4). This road is very famous for the thick green cover of trees planted evenly along both sides of the road by the PCMC. It lies like a canopy over the road while it passes through the PCMC city limits. The proposed New Pune International Airport is to be constructed around the area between Chakan and Rajgurunagar on this road, which is an area 40 km away from Pune city. Nashik is around 225 km from Pune city. One can get buses for Nasik from Shivajinagar ST Bus stand. Sangamner and Narayangaon are the important stops on the way towards Nashik. Recently this highway is widened from Nashik Phata till Rajgurunagar (45 km) so that journey becomes faster.This Road is proposed and is being made an express highway.Flights from Nashik city would possibly land at International Airport.

Pune-Solapur Road[edit]

This road is part of Pune-Machillipatnam National Highway (NH-9). This road connects Hadapsar area to Poolgate. From Poolgate this road is connected to Swargate by Shankarsheth road. This road has a portion of Pune BRTS from Poolgate to Hadapsar. This road has heavy traffic due to operation of Heavy vehicles like Buses, Trucks, Tractors, Bulldozers, etc. With this Vehicles such as two wheelers like Motorbikes and Scooters, Auto Rickshaws, Cars, Bicycles, etc. also operated on this road. The Pune Race Course is located on this road. This road also has traffic from Hadapsar to Shivajinagar, Kothrud, Deccan Gymkhana and Warje areas. Traffic travelling from Pune Cantonment to Swargate also use this road.

Karve Road[edit]

This road [2] is named after the legendary social reformer, the Late Bharat Ratna Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve. The road connects all the places on one side of the Mutha River and runs parallel to it. It is one of the longest & busiest roads within the city, and the most polluted too. It connects the Deccan area near the Garware Flyover – Lakdi Bridge junction to the densely populated Kothrud and Karve Nagar areas. Pune's First Flyover, going towards Paud was constructed on this road, in 1998. A few of Pune's prestigious colleges and schools, such as the Abasaheb Garware College, Abhinav Vidyalaya, and Dr. Kalmadi Shamrao High School, lie just off this road. Nal Stop and Karishma Society Chowk are some of its main junctions. It has the most number of Jewellery shops, after Laxmi Road. Some of the famous Jewellery shops are Ranka Jewelers, Ashtekar Jewelers, Rajmal-Lakhichand, Laagu-Bandhu, Vaman-Hari-Pethe, etc. It has many good hotels and restaurants like Chinese Oriental, Anand-Pure-Veg, Girija, along with some of the brands like Pizza-hut, Cafe-Coffee-Day, Dominno's, Kahwa Cafe, McDonalds. Its Proximity to the Pune-city market area as well as the elite residential colonies like Prabhat Road, Dahanukar Colony and Kothrud, make this the busiest road of Pune.

NDA Road[edit]

NDA Road begins from at the end of Karve Road and goes up to Uttamnagar NDA Gate (Kondhwa Gate). This connects the National Defense Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla to Pune.

G. A. Kulkarni Road[edit]

This road [3] is named after one of the greatest Marathi short story writer G. A. Kulkarni. This is one of major roads in the Kothrud suburb of Pune. The importance if this road has increased due to many new developments alongside it. Residential apartment schemes (such as Karishma, Swapna-Shilpa), multiplex cinema (City Pride), industrial estate (Kothrud Industrial Estate, Sangam Press, Joshi Railway Museum, etc.), commercial buildings and complexes, shops and local markets are the major landmarks. This road connects to Karve Road at one end and reaches to parts of Karve Nagar.

Bhandarkar Road[edit]

(Actual Name – Bhandarkar Institute Road) The Bhandarkar Oriental Institute of Pune was founded on 6 July 1917 in remembrance of Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, who may be justifiably regarded as the foremost pioneer of scientific orientology in this country.

This road [4] starts from one end of Law College Road right opposite to the entrance of the Bhandarkar Institute and ends at the Cafe Good Luck intersection at Deccan Gymkhana. One of the upmarket residential areas in Pune, Bhandarkar Road connects Law College Road to Fergusson College Road.

Though you will find mostly residential complexes in this area, there are a few commercial outlets as well, the most notable of these being the "Spencer's Daily"," Capital Metrics and Risk Solutions" and "IndiaBulls" outlets. This road extends for a kilometre with the Good Luck cafe at its eastern end, which is a popular place for the locals to socialise in the evenings. Rangoli is another popular restaurant for vegetarian food and is located at the junction of this road and the Law College road. There is also a school for the hearing impaired off this road. The prestigious Deccan Gymkhana Club and PYC Gymkhana Club are located off this road. There is one of the oldest milk dairies in the city, Sane Dairy, located off this road. Bhandarkar Road was home to the noted Marathi writer, orator, performing artist and comedian, the late Pu La Deshpande.

Fergusson College ("FC") Road [Official name Gokhale Road][edit]

The road gets its name from Fergusson College, an educational institute established in 1885. Till 50 years ago, Fergusson College road was the start of the Mumbai-Pune Road (Bombay-Poona Road). It used to start at Deccan Gymkhana and curve its way right up to the Old Governor's house into Aundh. Presently, the road starts at the Agriculture College – Police Parade Ground junction and ends at Deccan Gymkhana.

Youngsters throng the road during the day and evening for the latest in fashion trends. The traffic is chaotic and undisciplined on weekends and on peak hours everyday.

Another institute on the road is the Department of Communication and Foreign Languages – Ranade Institute, offering courses in journalism, e-learning and foreign languages. It offers courses to learn foreign languages including German, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. The institute canteen, with its unusual old world look complete with wooden desks and benches is popular with ex-students and current students alike.

In addition, FC Road is also the venue of the British Council Library. The Times of India, Pune office stands parallel to the library.

Chains like Barista, Cafe Coffee Day, Subway, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Monginis have outlets here. Cafe Good Luck, established in 1935, one of Pune's oldest restaurants and Irani cafe is also located here.[4] Cafe Good Luck has been serving its brand of tea and bun-maska since 1935. The famous twin restaurants Roopali and Vaishali, both serve Udupi-style vegetarian food. During daytime, Vaishali continues to be a hangout place for Fergusson College students for more than 30 years. In the evening, it becomes more of a family restaurant. Vaishali is possibly the most popular place on FC Road (apart from Fergusson College itself) and one of the most famous landmarks of Pune. There are various other good restaurants like Chaitaniya Parathas, Kadhai, Venky's Chicken, By The Way, Yana Sizzlers, Vadeshwar and many more who are famous through the city for good service and better quality of hygienic food.

Veteran Actor Dev Anand used to visit Lucky Restaurant situated here while he was a struggling artist in this city during the 1950s. Lucky restaurant was demolished in 2006.

Popular Book House, International Book Service, Archies, Venus Traders, Super Shoppe and Sagar Arcade are some of the prime commercial establishments. Hong Kong Lane is another attraction, a narrow lane with small shops on either side, popular for some inexpensive items like bags, belts, wallets, and junk jewellery. You can also find a lot of stalls here stocked up with the latest fashion trends in clothes and footwear for both men & women.

In addition, the temples of the 'Padukas', that is, the wooden sandals of the saints, Sant Dnayeshwar Maharaj at Dnayeshwar Paduka Chowk and Sant Tukaram Maharaj at the Tukaram Paduka Chowk stand on this road.

The residential rates in this locality are probably one of the most expensive in Pune at present.

Laxmi Road[edit]

One of the longest commercial streets in Pune, it snakes through the older and seedier parts of the city. It is famous for publishing houses like Nirali and Manali Prakashan. The road is famous for its variety of ready made shops which attract shoppers from all over the city. The road is the venue for Laxmi puja during the festival of Diwali. After the puja, shopkeepers of the road light fire works as a mark of celebration. This road is worth visiting during the Ganpati festival, Ganesh immersion processions pass through this road every year to the Mula Mutha river. There are many old and famous educational institutions in and around this road like Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya (NMV High School), HujurPaga (HHCP) Girls' School.

Kumthekar Road[edit]

This road runs parallel to Laxmi road. This road has lot of famous Indian traditional wear shops. This road is named after R. B. Kumthekar Chief Officer Poona City Municipality 1889–1912.

Bajirao Road[edit]

Bajirao Road is an important road in Pune which stretches from Puram Chowk to Shaniwarwada palace. This is an important road due to its location in main market area of Pune. The famous shop of Chitale bandhu mithaiwale Sweets is located on this road. Landmarks located on this road include the Tulshi bag market and buildings like Vishrambaug-wada. This road is used as a shortcut for traffic from Swargate to Shivajinagar. This is a one way road with traffic flow from Puram Chowk to Shaniwarwada palace. The road passes though famous areas of Shanipar and Appa Balwant Chowk (ABC) and finally ends near the ruins of Shaniwarwada palace. The headquarters of Bank of Maharashtra and Amit Enterprises Housing Limited are located on this road . This relatively road carries a lot of traffic that goes through the center of the city and sufers from severe traffic jam during peak hours.

The road is named after great Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao I.

Saswad Road (Phursungi)[edit]

Saswad Road starts from Gadital in Hadapsar to Saswad Tehsil. This Road is recently converted to four lanes and is concreted until Fursungi and two-lane thereafter. The landmarks on this road are Hadapsar gliding centre, Tukai Tekdi, S.P Infocity, Mastani Talao and the scenic Dive Ghat. This Road passes through upcoming sub urban area Fursungi and Kale Padal. These areas are coming up in 2012 due property prices in this area is still at reasonable rates due to land availability and its proximity to Hadapsar and Magarpatta city. One can see many upcoming housing projects in and around this road. Phursungi has the potential to be a future residential hotspot. [5]

This area is all set to be merged with Pune PMC along with 28 other villages surrounding Pune.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Road[edit]

This road is named after great Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and is also called as Shivaji road in short. This road connects Shivajinagar to Jedhe Chowk (Swargate). This is an important road in Pune. This acts as alternating road to Bajirao road as this road is one way from Shaniwarwada palace to Jedhe Chowk, Swargate. This road is two way from Shaniwarwada palace to Barve Chowk and then one way till end with flow of traffic from Barve Chowk to Pune University road (Ambedkar road). The famous temple of Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple and the Mandai Market are on this road. This road was a part of old NH 4. The bridge on Mutha river on this road is named as Chhatrapati Shivaji Bridge (formally called as Navapool) which is one of the old bridges in Pune. A skywalk is proposed along this road.

B.T. Kawade Road (BTK)[edit]

B.T. Kawade stands for Bhagavan Tatyasaheb Kawade Road, popularly known as BTK, is located near Pune Cantonment. BTK divides Mundhwa and Ghorpadi, on the east being Mundhwa and on the west, Ghorpadi. Sopan Baug lies on the other side of railway line of BT Kawade Road. This road has experienced the fastest growth in city turning from a neglected place to a buzzing place in less than a decade.

BTK is conveniently located, as Pune International Airport, Pune Railway Station, Pune Cantonment (MG Road), Kalyani Nagar, Viman Nagar, Koregaon Park, Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) Ashram, Fatimanagar, Wanworie, Yerwada, Hadapsar, Empress Garden, Pune Race Course, Swargate, Magarpatta City, Kharadi IT Park and many IT parks / big tech. companies fall within its 5–10 km vicinity.

Prominent business houses like Kalyani Group and B.G. Shirke construction & Siporex (I) Industries are located off BTK Road.

With 'Railyway Flyover' the BTK Road area is now directly connected to Solapur Road near Croma/Krome Mall. The Krome Mall, Big-Bazzar, Vishal Mega mart,Reliance Mart etc. have become the landmarks for this area. With Reliance Fresh, Subjee, Kawade Petrol Pump this road is geared up for the latest infrastructure. All kinds of properties including flats, row houses, pent houses, and twin bungalows can be seen here. The area is very quiet and traffic free (except Ghorpadi railway crossing). The wide 80FT BTK road is now totally renovated. The latest update is the Manjri road connecting to BTK road, thus bringing the Empress Garden, Race Course and CAMP to doorstep.

The major housing societies on this road are Siciliaa, Silver Dale, Citadel, Solace Park,Palm groves,Yellow Blossem, Ganga Pavilion etc. BTK boasts of many more upcoming highrises. This road has seen one of the highest property price appreciation in Pune.

Pune's most sought after schools like The Bishop's School, St. Mary's School, Hutchings High School, St. Vincent's High School, St. Anne's School, St. Meera's, Dastoor Schools, Mount Carmel Girls' School, Pawar Public School, Amanora School, Orbis, Victorius Kidds, Vibgyor, RIMS, Kendriya Vidyalayas (3) and higher education wise, Poona college, Wadia college, St. Mira's college are easily accessible from this road. There is a new passport office at Mundhwa Road, quite near to BTK.

For the religious minded, there are number of small Ganesh temples, a larger Balaji Temple which is must visit for its south Indian style architecture and St. Mary's church at start of the road.

Pune's most 5 star luxury hotels and many finest restaurants fall within its 5–10 km or 10–15 minutes travelling distance. The Residency Club, Poona Club, RSI Club, Golf Club are located very near to BTK. Nearby multiplexes include Fame at Fun & Shop, Inox near Council Hall and Gold Adlabs at Kalyaninagar.

The major hospitals nearby are Ruby Hall Clinic, Jehangir Hospital, Cantonment General Hospital, Inlaks Budhrani Hospital, Noble Hospital and Sahyadri Hospital.

Banking facilities available in BTK Road are Union Bank of India – Branch & ATM, SBI (2), HDFC, Axis Bank – Branch & ATM, IDBI, ICICI, Bank of Maharashtra – Branch & ATM, Central Bank of India – ATMs.

This place is seen as central point of east pune and is much sought after. Despite being central point of east pune this road seriously lacks city bus (PMPML) connectivity to other parts of city. Railway over bridges at two crossings in Ghorpadi which experience traffic jams and public garden on this road is long over due demand of citizens in this part of city.

It has been observed that BT kawade road has been emerged as fastest growing area of Pune in last 10 years.

North Main Road[edit]

North Main Road is located in Koregaon Park. The road connects Bundgarden Road (indirectly) to Mundhwa (Pingale Vasti). It is considered as one of the most upbeat streets in Pune and houses many 5 star hotels, speciality restaurants, discotheques, pubs, shopping malls as well as retail outlets of domestic and international brands. Lanes connecting North Main Road and South Main Road are housed with luxurious properties of some of the most renowned business tycoons, military officials, politicians and landlords. The Osho International Meditation Resort and Inlaks & Budhrani Hospital are located at Lane 1. On 13 February 2010 Pune experienced bomb explosion at German Bakery on this Road.

Jangli Maharaj Road (J. M. Road)[edit]

Jangli (also spelled Jangali) Maharaj Road, better known as J.M. Road, is named after Sadguru Jangali Maharaj who’s "Math" or Ashram lies on this road. It is one of the better maintained roads in Pune. It starts from the Sancheti Hospital Intersection at Shivajinagar opposite to the COEP Hostel and heads straight up to Deccan Gymkhana where it ends at the Garware Bridge.

J. M. Road may be thought of as a showcase of Pune's economic progress with a large number of international consumer brands having their outlets and showrooms on this road. It has one of India's first Pizza Hut outlets,[5] along with a large number of fast food joints and coffee shops. J. M. Road is now a new destination for Rajdhani Thalis too. A new and unusual food court too has opened up called "Palette , The Food Court", serving range of cuisines. The area is popular amongst students from local colleges for decades.

A large public garden called Sambhaji Park occupies a large section on one side of the road.This garden was built and designed under the supervision of M.D.Dalvi Chief Officer and City Engineer Poona City Municipality. The Bal Gandharva Rangamandir (Bal Gandharva Auditorium) stands at the corner of Sambhaji Park and J. M. Road. A statue of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi in front of Bal Gandharva Rangamandir is a landmark on this road. Famous for its many restaurants, J. M. Road is one of the busiest places in Pune. Jangli Maharaj Road is not only the first 80 feet road but also the first tar road in the city of Pune. It was built under the supervision of M. D. Dalvi. BA, AMIES (GLASGOW) Chief Officer of Poona City Municipality between 1939–1944.His quaint English bungalow still stands to date on Jangli Maharaj road which he built in 1939. Few people know that the leading industrialist Abasaheb Garware lived in a rented house of Mr Kudale on Jangli Maharaj road which still stands in its grand opulence to date right next to Meghdoot Lodge. Mr Garware used to visit Chief Officer M. D. Dalvi's bungalow to make telephone calls. Near the Shivajinagar end of the road is a shrine built in honour of Jangli Maharaj, a local Hindu saint who died in 1890. Adjacent to the shrine is the Pataleshwar temple entirely carved in rock which probably was constructed more than 1300 years ago.


MG Road in Pune Cantonment

This road is the commercial hub of Pune Cantonment. It leads onto East Street at Shankarshet Road, which later becomes the Pune-Sholapur-Hyderabad highway. Like most of the major roads in the city, the MG road is a one way i.e. one can only travel from the direction of Shankershet Road towards Ambedkar Square.[6] Saturday evenings are very busy and you can find well-off young people in their best clothes thronging the place. Earlier, every weekend from 5– 9 pm, the road used to be cordoned off and no vehicles were allowed, thus making it a pedestrian area popularly known as Walking Plaza. However, the vehicle restrictions have been removed now. Recently, it was made into a Wi-Fi zone so that people on the road can access the Internet.

Aurora Towers is an important commercial building and landmark. Running parallel to this road is East Street. It is far less crowded though almost equally well to do. Many old and well-known shops, restaurants, bakeries and medical or optical practices are based here.

Tilak Road[edit]

One of the longest commercial roads in Pune, Tilak road begins where Laxmi road ends. It runs between Deccan Gymkhana and Swargate (Bus Terminus). Sir Parshurambhau College (SP College), Nehru Stadium and Tilak Smarak Mandir are prominent landmarks. JyotirVidya Parisanstha is the oldest functioning Amateur Astronomy Organization in India, dedicated in propagating astronomy amongst the general public and having a membership base of around 500 members, is located at the Tilak Smarak Mandir.

Senapati Bapat Road[edit]

This road starts at the BMCC (Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce) Road -Law College Road junction and meanders its way through a tiny mountain pass called in Marathi as the "Khind". The road terminates off Pune University Circle on the Ganesh Khind road. The very Old Chaturshingi Devi Temple lies on this road and a very famous annual street fair is held near the venue. Maharashtra's first Shantanurao Kirloskar International Convention Center (ICC) is located on this very road itself. The reputed Symbiosis Law School (SLS) lies en route. This road is especially spectacular at night when the long string of street lamps begins to glow, the sight being no less breathtaking than Marine Drive's famed Queen's Necklace in Mumbai. Lately, a lot of IT and BPO companies viz. Cross Country Infotech, BMC Software, Persistent Systems, MWH Global (redirect from Montgomery Watson Harza) and Cognizant Technology Solutions have huge infrastructures on this road. Recently a Buddhist Pagoda and also a Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial have been constructed on the hill located on this road.Also Companies like CTS,HCL,Simens located in ICC Building,Yardi Software India PVT LTD located in Muttha Chambers and Sigma House. BitWise Solutions Pvt Ltd is located on SB Road. The JW Marriott five star hotel is also located here. Audi's Pune showroom is located here.

Dhole Patil Road[edit]

The Dhole Patil road is under the title of the Damodar Narayan Dholepatil who was a prominent personality in the city. All the festivals are celebrated by the local people residing at Dhole Patil road with full force. This road leads to one of the posh residential and commercial localities of Pune. It also connects to the Boat Club Road which is known for its extravagant real estate prices. Regency Hotel and Hotel Kapila, opposite of Ameya Library are the landmarks here. This is a very food-friendly locale. It also has a number of eateries such as Nandoo's Parathas and Zamu's sizzlers. Dhole Patil road also boasts of the Ganesh and Hanuman temples which are visited by eastern Puneites. It has all the best restaurants in pune both cheap and expensive.The Dhole Patil Road is also famous for Kapila Kathi Kabab a small kiosk which offers Vegetarian as well as Non-Vegetarian rolls. The Madhuban hotel at Dhole Patil Road also attracts Vegetarians as the food quality is pretty good. Dhole Patil Road also has Reliance Fresh Super Mart and Wellness Forever (24-hr medical store).

Shirole Road[edit]

This road connects Fergusson College (FC) gate on FC Road to Jangli Maharaj Road (JM Rd.). Jog's Bird Breeding Centre lies here. This is mostly residential area.

University Road[edit]

Official Name – Ganesh Khind Road

This is one of the widest and best constructed roads in Pune. It starts from the SSC Board – Shivaji Nagar State Transport Terminus Intersection at Shivaji Nagar and ends at the Pune University Circle.

University road has four lanes throughout, and at places it is even six lanes wide. Several important institutions are on this road, prominent among these are the SSC Board or the State Secondary School Examination Board’s head office, the Bank of Maharashtra’s All India head office, the Agriculture College, Catering College, the Government Polytechnic Pune or GPP, the Police Parade Ground, Shivaji Nagar Bus Terminus, Rahul Theater, another new multiplex named E-Square, several 3 and 4 star hotels, NABARD and the most important of them all, the University of Pune. As of this Pune is called "Vidyeche Maherghar".

Prabhat Road[edit]

This road is named after the legendary Prabhat Studios, which in fact made movies and films in the '20s and '30s right up to the '60s. The road ends at the Film and Television Institute of India which is the old erstwhile Prabhat Film Studio. It is now better known for the up market and higher middle echelons of society who live on various lanes intersecting this road. It is amongst the poshest areas of Pune. Interestingly all the roads criss-crossing this road are named 'Prabhat Road lanes', number 1,2,3,4… etc. or 'Prabhat Road Gullee no 1,2,3,4...' in Marathi.

On offshoots from the Bhandarkar Road, Kamala Nehru Park lies at the Northern end of this road. This road is a very quiet and serene and a cent percent residential locality road though a few commercial establishments have started coming up. Some of the important places located on this road include the Deccan Gymkhana as well as the Tilak tank, which is well known for its Olympic size swimming pool producing many national and international swimmers and water polo players and as the home of the famous Deccan Gymkhana water polo team. The Symbiosis school and also Sou Vimlabai Garware Junior College is also located on this road. A historic Lodge or Motel aptly named the Prabhat Lodge is located at the start of this road.

Law College Road[edit]

The Indian Law society's very old and prestigious ILS Law College has a campus extending to a large section on the right side of this road, and giving its name to the road.

The road is rather straight, starting at the intersection of BMCC road-Senapati Bapat road junction, right opposite to the NCC Parade ground, and flowing steadily on a sloping gradient up to Nal stop on Karve road at Pune's busiest road junction.

The famous Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute are located here. Primarily an area for academics, this is a very quiet and safe residential locality of Pune, containing posh areas like Kanchan Galli. The lane goes up to the beautiful Hanuman Tekdi and the Hanuman Temple. The important Educational institutions of Abhinav Vidyalaya and INDSEARCH lie on this road. Evenings and mornings, this road experiences terrible traffic jams at the Nal stop junction. This road is one of the few roads still having a cool green cover on both sides in the form of old tall full grown trees. There are many good food joints including Cafe Coffee Day, Barista and Mochaa. It is yet another road which has not been properly maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation with constant drainage damage at the signal near Gurukul school.

Paud Road[edit]

An offshoot of Karve road, this road [6] runs from Paud Phata to the village of Paud via Chandani Chowk. Main areas on this road include Paud phata, Kelewadi, Shrimangal Society, Mayur Colony, Rambaug Colony, Alkapuri Society, Mahaganesh Colony, Ideal Colony, Shivtirthnagar, Aanand Nagar, Bharti Vidyapeeth Corner, MIT Corner, Jai Bhavani Nagar, Shikshak Nagar, Gananjay Society, Gujrath Colony, Shastri Nagar, Bhusari Colony, Kothrud PMPML depot, Chandani Chowk, Bhugaon and Pirangut. The famous educational institutions of Bharti Vidhyapeeth, MIT and MIT School of Management are on this road. A very beautiful large Public Garden is under construction on the land of the abandoned garbage dump. A much needed petrol pump has also come up recently near Krishna Hospital, in place of Bakare garage. Very famous Durga Cafe is also on this road, near to MIT engineering college. Vanaz company is situated near Gujrath Colony. This road also handles traffic from Pune to Lavasa till Pirangut. There is a toll booth near Bhugaon. This road intersects Katraj-Dehu Road Bypass at Chandani Chowk. The Pirangut Ghat is located on this road.

Tanaji Malusare Path (Sinhgad Road)[edit]

This road connects Swargate with Anandnagar, Manik Baug, Vadgaon Phata, Dhayri Phata and Nanded City. Starting at the Sarasbaug junction, this road goes straight to the Sinhgad Fort Base or Paitha at village Donje, all the way up to the village of Atkarwadi. It was one of the most congested roads in Pune due to the exodus of large populations of the middle classes from the old Peth and Gaothan areas in Pune to newly constructed flats and apartments on the way of the fort, which were at a time cheaper than the costs in Pune City.

One of the major attractions on this road is the 'Pu La Deshpande Udyan' or 'Okayama Friendship garden' which is a Japanese themed park. This road goes parallel to the Mutha Right bank water canal and to the Mutha River. The Khadakwasla Dam is on one side of this road and lots of people throng on the banks of the dam during evenings and in rainy seasons when the water level rises. The important institutions of IAT or Institute of Armament Technology at Girinagar, and the CWPRS or Central Water and Power Research Station, are located on this road. Sinhgad Institute is one of the major assets of the road. It is one of the most popular Institutes in the City.

One can switch over to Mumbai -Bangalore highway from this road at the Wadgaon-Dhayri flyover. Sinhgad road further leads to Khanapur village and Sinhgad Payatha, the base of the mountain holding the fort. The condition of the road was not good after Anand Nagar (Atish Complex, Riverview Residency, Vishwas Garden). But recently the road condition after Anand Nagar has improved due to concretisation, a bridge at Vadgaon canal, road dividers, because of the traffic signals at Hingne khurd and Anand nagar, which are newly created. The traffic has become more tolerable.

There is a huge slum on the slopes of the Parvati hills which run parallel to this road from Dandekar bridge to Rajaram bridge.

It is a densely polulated neighbourhood. Specific localities include Ganeshmala, Panmala, Dattawadi, Hingne, Anand Nagar, Vadgaon, Dhayri, Vithalwadi, Dandekar bridge, Khadakwasla. Large Housing Colonies which are based along this road include Rakshalekha, Gharkul Chinmay Shivprasad society, Sarita Nagari, Sarita Vaibhav, DSK Vishwa, Amarendra Priyadarshini society, Nanded City, Ganga Bhagyoday etc.

Celebrities who previously resided in this neighbourhood include Gauri Pradhan Tejwani who resided in Ganeshmala

Satara Road[edit]

This is the road connecting Swargate bus depot to the Katraj Ghat, a pass through the mountains. This road leads to the town of Satara in the southern part of Maharashtra. Six years ago, Pune's first multiplex, City Pride, was built here. Rajeev Gandhi Park, Bharati Vidyapeeth and Pune Vidhyarthi Griha's Engineering College come across to this road. The Rapid way of Public Transport was firstly started on this road as "Bus Rapid Transport (BRT)". This road is a part of MumbaiChennai national highway (NH-4) 'Mukund Nagar' is now turned to a small township consisting more of 'Jain' community people with high residential complexes come up by renowned builders from Pune. Single lane but thousands of families have come together to settle in recent times. Property prices have boomed due to scarcity of availability of flats in these new plush complexes.

Mukundnagar[edit]

Adjacent to Satara road, this area consists mainly of people of 'Jain' communities. Mukundnagar has many residential societies.This is consider as a peaceful and posh area with clean surroundings.The property and commercial rates in this area have risen rapidly due to less availability of flats,accessibility and its poshness.

Maharshinagar[edit]

Parallel to Mukundnagar, it has same characteristics of Mukundnagar for being posh, clean and developing. There are many accessibility options as many shops, commercial centres, schools are located nearby. This is considered as one of the greenest areas in Pune. Like Mukundnagar, there are many residential complexes. Major and prime areas like Satara Road, Swargate, Tilak Road, Market yard, Bibwewadi, Shankarsheth Road, Gultekdi, etc. are located nearby. There are many restaurants, hotels, showrooms, cafes, outlets, ice cream parlors, etc. are located nearby. This area is very similar to Mukundnagar. Property and commercial rates have risen rapidly mainly due to accessibility, clean and peaceful surroundings, less traffic, etc. and many such factors.

Pune-Ahmednagar Road (Nagar Road)[edit]

Pune Ahmnednagar highway (MH SH-27) is abbreviated as Nagar Road. It starts from Yerwada bridge at bund garden and passes through Yerwada, Kalyani Nagar, Viman Nagar, Chandan Nagar up to Wagholi. Road to Pune International Airport off shoots from Nagar Road. A new flyover connecting Wagholi to Shikrapur is proposed on this road which will be of four lanes. Nagar Road houses many hotels, restaurants, Malls, Tech Parks and educational institutes. Various five starhotels such as Maple, Parc Estique, Four Points[7] have come up. Huge malls such as Inorbit and Phenoix Market City are prominent buildings along the highway. It experiences heavy traffic all day around. It links Pune to the city of Ahmednagar.

Swami Vivekanand Road[edit]

Also known as Bibvewadi road, this road was primarily constructed as an alternative to Satara road. It is one of the wider roads in Pune and a connecting route to the VIT college of engineering. At the end of this road lies Upper Indira Nagar. Ramyanagari, Kothari Block, Premnagar, bibwewadi Gaothan, Mahesh Society, Lower Indira Nagar are some of the main offs of this road.

Landewadi Bhosari Road[edit]

This is at a distance of 15 km from Pune Station. It starts from Landewadi Chowk and ends at PCMT bus depot near the vegetable market a.k.a. Bhaji Mandai. It joins the roads from Pimpri, Chinchwad and Nigdi to the Pune-Nashik highway.

Indrayani Nagar – Bhosari[edit]

This is situated in the center of Bhosari MIDC industrial area, near the Pune-Nashik Highway (NH 50). This area is very good for row houses and bunglows. It is very well managed by pradhikaran. It is divided in sectors. It is very close to Bhosari – Nashik road. If International airport is developed, then this area will gain lot of importance. This place is very developed with new residence buildings.

Pimpri Chinchwad Link Road[edit]

This road connects Pimpri to Chinchwad apart from the Mumbai Pune highway that runs through the township. The road starts at Pimpri from the Dr. Ambedkar Statue chowk and ends at Chaphekar chowk in Chinchwad. Some of its part consists of the Pimpri flyover ending near Bhat nagar.

Baner-Pashan Link Road[edit]

This road links the suburbs of Pashan and Baner. This 3 km long road has a line of residential apartments on either side, with some grocery stores, ATM and couple of eating places. The link leads to the NH4 Highway on either side. For more information see Baner–Pashan Link Road

Vithalrao Vandekar Road[edit]

Vithalrao Vandekar Road is one of the three main roads of Kalyani Nagar – a Software Hub and a modern locality of Pune. Vithalrao Vandekar Road stretches for almost 2 km running from Nagarwala School Chowk to Aga Khan Bridge. Aga Khan Bridge connects Koregaon Park with Kalyani Nagar. Software companies like Cyabage, HSBC, Wadia's Stud Farm etc. are situated on this scenic riverside road. Gold Gym in Kalyani Nagar is also situated on this road. Vithalrao Vandekar Road is named by Pune Municipal Corporation in honour of one of the great sons and social reformer of India – Vithalrao Krishnaji Vandekar. It was Vithalrao Krishnaji Vandekar who, on 11 May 1888 bestowed upon Jotirao Phule the title of 'Mahatma' on behalf of the bahujan samaj in a function held in the hall of Mumbai Deshastha Maratha Dnyati Dharma Sanstha at Mandvi, Koliwada, Mumbai.

Shankar Sheth Road[edit]

This is a main road which connects Swargate to Poolgate via Golibar Maidan. A patch of Katraj-Swargate-Hadapsar root of Pune's BRTS lies on this road. This road also has a flyover bridge near Swargate. PMPML Buses connect this road to PMC (Via Tilak Road), Swargate, Katraj via (Pune – Satara Road) and Hadapsar.

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