Baner is a suburb of Pune, India. Baner is well known for “Varkari” parampara and bhakti aradhana from many years. It is located off the Katraj–Dehu Road Bypass by-passing Pune city. Baner road serves as the main approach road for the bypass which in-turn connects to the Mumbai Pune Expressway. Baner is bordered by Pashan in south,Balewadi to the west, Aundh to the north and Pune University to the east. Baner is mostly a residential and commercial hub of Pune and large portions are occupied by various IT companies.
History of Baner dates back to the 17th century, when the Kalamkar family of the Mali caste inherited Baner as a heritage, becoming the rulers of Baner. Kavaji Kalamkar built a temple of the goddess “Tukai Mata” on a hillock near Baner, which is now known as Baner Hill, part of the Baner-Pashan Biodiversity Park.
Baburao Dattoba Chandere is the current corporator from Baner ward (PMC ward Number: 09) in Pune Municipal Corporation. He is known for his close relations with Pawar family. Baburao served as standing committee chairman of Pune Municipal Corporation. He has a lot of interest in Kabbadi and he is serving on major kabbadi committees in state and city. He actively participates in all social programmes.
Baner lies in the western side of Pune. Once in the outskirts, now it is merged into Pune with the help of rapid urbanisation. Baner lies on the foothills of the hills comprising the Baner-Pashan Biodiversity Park. Baner has an average elevation of 570 m ASL.
Shri Ram, Hanuman, Lakshmi, Tukai, Divyai, Bhairavnath, Sant Savatamali, Baneshwar, VitthalRukmini, Ganpati,Dattatray and many temples are part of cultural heritage of Baner. The most prominent temple in Baner is the Bhairavnath Temple, located on middle of the town. During Navratri, there is a large procession to this temple and worshippers gather from around the town to pray here. Shree Bhairavnath is Gramdaivat of Baner. On every Akshaytritiya people celebrates “Urus” here which continuous for 3–4 days. In Urus they organize Tamasha, Kusti and fair. Dattajayanti, Ram Navami, Savatamali Punyatithi, Bhagwanbaba and Navratri are big festivals of Baner. Bhairavnath Devasthan trust organizes “Ek Gav Ganpati Miravnuk Ek” program every year which gives Ganpati Mandal’s to show their talent in front of whole township. On Hanuman Jayanti every year people celebrates “Bagada Festival” in the evening.
Ten years ago Baner was known for its agricultural development. Because of IT industries and residential zone declaration Baner lost this status. Mango, Guava, Tamarind, Plums were the famous fruits of Baner. “Baneri Bore” (Plums of Baner) got brand name because of Baner.
Baner hill is a hill that separates two suburbs of Pune, Pashan and Baner. The hill is the third highest point within the city limits, with an elevation of 2224 ft., surpassed by the Vetal Hill and the Surtarwadi Hill. There is a temple located in the northern foot of the hill. The place is an excellent getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and provides a great morning trek location for the weekends. One can view the whole of baner on one side and the pashan area from the other. The place is actually the home for a plantation drive that has been taken up enthusiastically by the locals, helped by numerous volunteers. One can see people coming up early in the morning every Sunday and working in groups to make the place greener. Baner hill is surrounded by two suburbs of Pune, Pashan and Baner. Most of its area is in Baner, so it is commonly known as Baner Hill. The hillock runs East-West. It has a spur which is locally known as the Pashan Hill which has an elevation of 2100 ft. The temperature here is 1 to 2 degrees cooler than the temperature in the main city. Rest of the area shares almost same climatic conditions as that of Pune.
This citizens group in Baner has taken up challenge of plantation on Baner hillside. Since 2006, the group has done shramdaan and contributed funds to create continuous contour trenches and tree plantation. Every Sunday, over 60 to 70 citizens gather at 7 am for a clean-up campaign. From 8 to 10 am they coordinate the soil and water conservation work, tree plantation before and during the monsoons, watering and maintenance of the saplings etc. The group has also taken up bird watching and nature education sessions for schools in the neighbourhood. Recently, many groups of employees from Software Industries has joined the Sunday work. The group is working to improve solid waste management in Baner.
- “PMC Corporators” (PDF) (in Marathi). Pune Municipal Corporation. p. 1. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
Balewadi is a suburb of Pune, India. It is located to the north west of the city, and is famous for the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. This complex has hosted the national games in 1994 and the Commonwealth Youth games in 2008.
Link to Pune
Balewadi is linked to Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune Cantonment, Chinchwad and Alandi by Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses. The Katraj – Dehu Road corridor passes through Balewadi. Balewadi is connected to Pune via Baner. There are PMPML buses going to Hinjewadi via Balewadi.
Balewadi is one of the developing real estate areas of Pune because of vicinity of Hinjewadi IT Park. Real estate prices have soared at about Rs 4500 to 5500 per sq feet for an apartment in Yr 2011-12. Lot of commercial Buildings are under construction on Balewadi – Stadium Road.
Balewadi is the location of INDIA HOUSE, India’s acclaimed architectural studio, art gallery and seminar centre for the arts. Museum dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar is planned in Balewadi A New Bridge was inaugurated from Balewadi to Pimple Nilakh, connecting Balewadi to suburbs across Mula River. Bus rapid transit is planned from Airport to Balewadi from Pune Municipal Corporation
There are many famous Institutes in and around Balewadi. Some of the very famous institutes are : 1) National Institute of Construction Management And Research (NICMAR) 2) Moze College 3) MITCON 4) National Insurance Academy () etc.,
Balewadi is home to the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, which hosts various major sporting events and can hold roughly 20,000 spectators in its athletics stadium. When the Elite Football League of India was introduced in August 2011, Pune was noted as one of eight cities to be awarded a team for the inaugural season, although the team’s games will be played in Balewadi. In fact, all 56 games of EFLI’s opening season will be played at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, which will be retrofitted to host the sport. Named the Pune Black Tigers, it will be Pune’s first professional American football franchise.
Nearest Hospitals include:
- Aditya Birla Hospital
- Medipoint Hospital
- Balewadi, Pune.
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