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Lavasa - A Man Made Paradise

Updated on July 16, 2009

Hill-station tourism is not new for Indians who enjoy the cold weather at locations such as Darjeeling, Shimla, Ooty or Nainital during Summer. These towns, for over 100 years, have been looked at as India’s prime hill stations necessarily promoted and developed by the British rulers.

Over the next 10 years, another name might well be added to this list, which is 12,500-acre huge ‘Lavasa lake city’, being developed by Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) near Pune within the Western Ghat ranges. Promoted as free India’s first planned hill station, Lavasa lake city, will be ready as a complete town with a population of 1.5 lakh.

Lavasa Corporation Limited was formed to undertake a large-scale lifestyle development in India. Lavasa is a hill city, being built around 12,500 acres, nestled amongst the majesty of Sahyadri Mountains along the contours of the Warasgaon Lake. It is based on the principle of New Urbanism and is said to have an eco friendly town planning done by HOK, USA. It is 45 minutes from Pune and 3 hours drive from Mumbai.

Artistic view of Lavasa's first town, Dasve
Artistic view of Lavasa's first town, Dasve

Lavasa lake city is a Rs. 1400 billion project led by Hindustan Construction Company (HCC). Evolving over a 12 year period, 4 towns will be built which will together comprise Lavasa. First of these towns, Dasve, is scheduled to be completed till 2010. Lavasa plan also include a wide range of residential and commercial facilities, tie-ups with premier national and international educational institutes, a plethora of well strategized business opportunities with a range of non polluting industries setting up premises, an extensive range of tourist attractions and family entertainment opportunities. Over 25,000 lake side apartments and villas will be created. The project is expected to create over 50,000 job opportunities.

The residents of Lavasa can access state-of-the-art modern ammenities while enjoying the tranquility of wide open expanses and scenic natural waterfront. Life here, has been envisioned as energetic yet calm, aspirational yet affordable, hi tech yet simple and urban yet close to nature. At 2000 to 3000 feet above sea level, Lavasa enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year.

The city has been planned based on the concept of New Urbanism, which organizes all the components essential to daily life within walking distance from each other. Lavasa offers an imaginatively planned, lakeside life - a 4 town centre plan that will evolve into a cosmopolitan town. The landscape and architectural design of Lavasa is based on the transect model. The man-made environment blends into the natural environment seemlessly.

Lavasa has already won 3 global awards for Best Master Plan and Landscaping. A self contained world, Lavasa offers its residents and visitors, a spectacular array of business, educational, recreational and rejuvenation opportunities. An idea developed to promote maximum living. So that you can live life in full.


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      Nevermind 6 years ago

      Well, there are always going to be people who support, and those that criticize. And very few know the truth about anything. And neither do I.

      But what I don't understand is that what does the failed planning, development and governance of India have to do with a private developers vision?

      Sure, Lavasa, and others, are not going to solve issues of the country, and maybe there's a lot of corruption and black money involved in developing places like Lavasa, money that's probably been supplied by politicians who have swindled the nation. But I don't know that for a fact. And I would any day prefer to see more effort made towards providing the basic development of the nation and its people, but until then it's only these kinds of projects that we have to make us feel proud.

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      pranav 7 years ago


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      lbn 7 years ago

      shubha, i understand that you want progress in india, it is happening with or without this project. i think the points above are excellent criticism. it is just simply baffling that anyone believes that because this is a simulation of some sort of pastische of europe, that it will attract more people or make a better living environment. i know many, incredibly talented indian architects who could deliver a far more compelling idea other than a las-vegas-style, hyperamericanized confusion of cultures. you should be the one most appalled if in fact you are wanting to be proud of indian progress, to let go of colonial ties. this simulation, irresponsible mish-mashing of culture and identity, is not a step forward but a step backward for indian life and innovation. hopefully there will be a way out of it and take that huge investment to pursue a worthwhile effort to strengthen indian culture, life and creativity.

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      shubha k 7 years ago



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      KK Nagrath 7 years ago

      I agree with some of the views expressed by Ronald Almeida wherein he expressed doubt about the completion of project and it being a copy of a typical European resort. However, these are views of a European with a colonial hangover but

      must be viewed seriously as it is a reflection of our opinion of the western world and should make us much more determined. I am very sure that with the full backing of Maharashtra govt. and HCC's commitment the project will be a model for Europe and rest of the world once completed. As for Almeida having lived in India for most part he should show respect for such endeavours!

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      Ronald Almeida 7 years ago

      If this city really ever gets built the way it is depicted in the artists conception (Photoshoped Italian seaside resorts)it will at best be like a third rate European resort. Being an Indian and having lived most of my life in India, I do not believe it possible. If they did why'd I ever want to live or visit it or live in it when there are much better ones and maintained better in Europe? There is nothing Indian about it, just a second rate copy. No copy is as good as the original. A country that has not been able to solve the problems of the basic amenities in any Indian city or town in sixty years is not going to be able to do it now.