Street Views of South Pune
1961’s floods shook the city, destroyed and also expanded like never before. New neighbourhoods came into existence. New hutments sprang almost overnight near Parvati and the middle class started relocating to Satara Road, Sahakarnagar, Bibwewadi and later Sinhagad Road. Swargate, Pune’s prominent bus depot and terminal lies on Satara road. So does Market Yard, city’s wholesale vegetable market. Sinhagad road, earlier rarely travelled on except for picnics to dams and fort Sinhagad, found sudden popularity with the middle and upper middle classes.
Kondhwa is a recently developed suburb. It was originally a far flung village well outside Pune. Property could be bought here at very low rates, resulting in bunch of schemes coming up. Earlier known only for Mahadaji Shinde’s shrine, Wanowrie similarly came within PMC’s limits and started developing at a fast pace. The development of Kondhwa and Wanowrie also co-insides with the time when Pune was assuming the identity of IT hub. The incessant flow of migrants has resided here, resulting in a cosmopolitan identity of these suburbs, now self-sufficient units of the big city.