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Wakad is a suburb located in the Western Metropolitan Corridor of Pune, India. Given its close proximity to Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjewadi, Wakad has recently emerged to be a popular neighbourhood for techies and expats.

Wakad holds great importance for its religious carnival known as "Jatra" in the temple of Mhatoba. • The rich, fertile, black soil of Wakad helped farmers grow sugarcane, groundnut and onion in abundance. • Slowly the civic infrastructure in Wakad improved with regular electricity, water, good roads and drainage system. Thus, the civic infrastructure at Wakad is at par with the best.[1]

The phenomenal growth of Wakad[citation needed][2] can be attributed to the upcoming of the Infotech and Biotechnology park at Hinjawadi close to the Pune-Mumbai Expressway (west). In the last four years, the Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation has granted the maximum number of building permissions for projects in the area to Wakad and its surrounding areas. As a result, it is seen as a new hotbed of real estate growth in Pune.[3] It is also close to three Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes, namely Nashik Phata-Wakad, Aundh-Ravet and Kalewadi phata-Dehu Alandi road. Towards the east is Pimple Nilakh, Pimple Saudagar and Aundh, towards the south is the Mula River, Baner, Pashan and Balewadi Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex and towards the north is Thergaon, Akurdi, Chinchwad and Ravet. Wakad is all set to get Phoenix Market City in next few years.[citation needed]

Wakad houses a lot of people working in the technology companies (Infosys Ltd, Tata Technologies ltd, Cognizant, TCS, Wipro, Tech Mahindra , Capegemini etc.) located in the Hinjewadi IT park in the adjoining Hinjewadi area. Wakad is the new education hub of Pimpri Chinchwad as it houses Balaji Institutes,Indira College, JSPM College, Wisdom High School, Akshara International School, Euro School, G.K.Gurukul, Sesame Wakad Preschool etc. Wakad is criss-crossed by several main roads namely Bhosari-Wakad BRT Road, Sangavi-Kiwale BRT Road, Datta Mandir Road, Katraj-Dehu Bypass, Bhumkar Chowk Road, Kalewadi Road. The internal roads of Wakad are also in good condition. Public transport via buses is very well established in Wakad due to two BRT roads passing through the area. Also many State transport & private luxury buses ply near Ginger hotel at Wakad. The Hinjawadi-Shivajinagar Metro will pass through Wakad. Wakad has a variety of restaurants & cafes dotted in the area.[citation needed]

Phoenix; a Mumbai-based mall operator is opening its 2nd mall in Wakad. [4]

Even though Wakad is growing at fast pace, the streets or internal roads are in bad state. After facing many political hurdles, the roads are getting covered in concrete. The work has been very slow. Past 4 years the citizens are facing issues with dug up roads for different pipelines and gas lines. 3 years ago, due to citizens pressure, the corporators decided to plant roadside trees. Large number of trees were planted along almost all roads under this movement. When the concretization was planned, some citizens opposed but the project was pushed anyways. The MLA Mr. Laxman Jagtap and the corporators showed a rosy picture of upgraded concrete roads with nice footpaths, large number of trees on both sides with benches underneath. But as the so called development took place, the earlier planted trees were dug up and thrown away. Again many citizens requested to keep places at regular interval for tree plantation. This request was also ignored and now there is no place to plant a single tree. With so much of concrete pured and no shade, it becomes impossible to walk during summers or even on sunny days. Only the corporator from Vishal Nagar has been successful to maintain the greenary in their area. But Wakad corporators have failed badly in keeping their promises. As a result, Wakad is turning fast into a concrete slab. As a reasult, the underground water levels are going down very fast. Many societies have old wells which provide water during summers. But with this concrete development, these wells are not sufficient. During summer days, all societies depends on water tankers as the Pimpri Chinchwad Corporation fails to provide adequate amount of water supply. The water tankers plying in Wakad belong to the Corporators or their families.

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