Main Roads: Ganeshkhind Road, Senapati Bapat (S.B.) Road, Range Hills Road
Landmarks: International Convention Centre (ICC), Chaturshringi Temple, Agriculture College, E-Square, Pune University, Polytechnic College
The area, encompassing the localities of Model Colony, Ashok Nagar, Bhosale Nagar and Ganeshkhind
Road was first developed as an extension of Shivajinagar and Deccan. The area initially grew around the Pune University and the Polytechnic College, and soon developed into several distinct localities. Model
Colony, Shivaji Housing Society, Patrakar Nagar (near the Bhamburda hills and home to media persons), Ashok Nagar (ICS Colony) and Bhosale Nagar are considered prime residential areas; while high rises are making an appearance, low slung bungalows are still a prominent feature here.
Senapati Bapat (S.B.) Road begins at the junction of Ganeshkhind Road near the Pune University and goes all the way to Hanuman Tekdi, which is now better known as the hill where Symbiosis College is located. This group of institutions offers education from the nursery level to the post graduate level; it has now become a deemed university in its own right, attracting students from all over the world.
S.B.Road is also the location of the new International Convention Centre. This is being developed to house a world class convention centre equipped with exhibition facilities, trade towers, a commercial complex and conference halls.
Model Colony, where the Municipal Commissioner’s residence and the world famous Iyengar Yoga Institute are located, is a leafy, self contained residential area. A park and a lake give the conveniently situated area its green quotient; a bustling market area within walking distance makes it an ideal area to live in.
The University of Pune claims pride of place in this locality. Established in 1948 and sitting on a 411-acre campus, it was formerly the residence of the Governor of Bombay during the British Raj. Lush green lawns with beautiful fountains surround the main building that was built in 1864, inspired by Prince Albert’s Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.
There are several small eateries in the area, especially on and off S. B.Road,largely catering to the
student population. From reasonably priced stalls selling everything from dosas to Chinese food, to modest coffee shops, there is something to please everyone. At the junction of S. B.Road and Ganeshkhind Road is a popular food court that attracts droves of people in the evenings.
High end restaurants include Mainland China at ICC; Little Italy, South Indies, and Soul Kitsch next to Pune Central on Ganeshkhind Road. The E-Square complex also has a good vegetarian food court, Out of the Blue (continental), All Stir fry (oriental cuisine), and Ivy Bistro. The Marriott Hotel on SB Road has a range of restaurants including Spice Kitchen (Asian), Alto-Vino (Italian), and Shakahari (vegetarian)
in addition to Poona Baking Company (deli), Paasha (lounge), and Mi-a-mi (nightclub). At the Pride Hotel on Ganeshkhind Hotel is a 24-hour restaurant called Casablanca, and Puran da Dhaba, serving North Indian fare.
Well known brands such as Satya Paul can be found in stores at ICC on S.B.Road. Westside has an outlet in Kakade Mall on Ganeshkhind Road; Pune Central is also located on Ganeshkhind Road.
The bookshop Crossword has a branch in the ICC on S.B.Road and has a smaller outlet in theE-Square Multiplex.jagtap library, a small private library stocking popular novels and magazines in Marathi and English, is very popular among residents of Model Colony where it is located,next to the Lake.
E-Square Multiplex on Ganeshkhind Road has five screens, a food court, and as star hotel. Recently restored, the single screen Rahul Cineplex on Ganeshkhind Road is one of the older cinemas halls in the city.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Chitaranjan Vatika, a public park in Model Colony, is a popular spot in the evenings. There is also a small park and nature reserve at the Model Colony Lake.
Darpan Art Gallery, at Kalachhaya Cultural Centre, off S.B.Road, holds regular exhibitions of art and craft.
Places of Worship
The Chaturshringi Temple, perched on a hill on SB Road, is devoted to goddess Durga, and offers excellent views of the city. It draws thousands of devotees during the festival of Navratri; a mini fair is held here during the festival.
St. Anthony’s Church in Vidya Bhavan School, Model Colony is the parish church for this area; Mass is offered every morning and evening on weekdays.
There are several health clubs in the area offering gym facilities, aerobics and yoga amongst other activities. Among the popular ones are Abs Fitness Centre, ICC Centre SB Road; and Endurance at E-Square on Ganeshkhind Road.
There are several multi-speciality hospitals here. Ratna Memorial Hospital(020-25651037/25657564) is on S.B.Road. On Ganeshkhind Road behind Hotel Pride is Oyster and Pearl (OfrP) Hospital (020-30205050). ONP also runs OfrP Tulip, located just off S. B.Road, near Vetal Chowk. Hardikar Hospital on Ganeshkhind Road (020-25535326-941095000) offers accident and orthopaedic care. Peridot Hospital (020-41095100/41095199) is located on Ganeshkhind Road next to the Meteorological Office.
Established schools in the area include Gurukul School behind E-Square; Vidya Bhavan High School in Model Colony; Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan off SB Road; and Vikhe Patil Memorial School near Patrakar Nagar, off SB Road.
The well-known University of Pune was established in 1948 and today houses 46 academic departments. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses. The Symbiosis Group of Institutions on SB Road, founded by Dr. SB Majumdar, offers courses in management, mass communication, liberal arts, law, computer science, information technology, and design. It also runs primary and secondary schools in different campuses throughout the city.
The College of Agriculture on Ganeshkhind Road was one of the first five agriculture colleges to be established in India. Spread over a huge campus, the building has a striking dome and entrance hall and has been used as a location for several films.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment’s Central Board for Workers Education office is located at Deep Bungalow Chowk.
There are several upmarket hotels in the locality such as Pune Mariott Hotel and Convention Centre at the International Convention Centre on SB Road; Gordon House Hotel in the E-Square complex; and Hotel Pride near Rahul Cinema on Ganeshkhind Road. There are several smaller hotels in the by lanes of Model Colony, like Hotel Ambience near Model Colony Telephone Exchange; and Chetak Hotel.
Petrol pumps can be found on both sides of Ganeshkhind Road; and on Senapati Bapat Road near Hotel Sahara.
The main police station for this area is the Chaturshringi Police Station located just near the Millennium Gate of the University. The following police chowkies fall under its JUrisdiction: Poonagate, Pandavnagar, and Janwadi.
BSNL Customer Service Centre is located at the Model Colony Telephone Exchange. Power bills can be paid at the MSEDCL office opposite Chaturshnngi temple on S.B.Road.