Lavasa, a hill city currently under development near Pune, is setting up the benchmark for future Indian cities. The core idea of Lavasa master plan is to create a hill city to Live – Learn – Work – Play. Lavasa is pioneering in providing excellent quality of life to its residents. A well designed public realm is the hallmark of Lavasa. GIS has enabled Lavasa to sensitively incorporate the natural features in the master plan, paving the way to a sustainable and livable town. Planners in Lavasa have realised that the potential of GIS is limited not only to master planning and overall development strategy but it is also essential for the next level of detailing of public realm. Thus urban design benefits significantly from GIS which allows design innovation to not only achieve the desired effect regarding public realm but also analyse scientifically pre- and post-design situations.
Lavasa is located in the Western Ghats, on the banks of the Baji Pasalkar Reservoir behind the Varasgaon Dam (Varasgaon Dam & Reservoir) near Pune and Mumbai. The city is coming up on eight large hillocks that surround the elongated Varasgaon Dam Reservoir. Varasgaon is one of the primary sources of water for Pune city. The project covers approximately 25,000 acres (100 km2) of land. Lavasa is located within 80 minutes from Pune (approximately 50 km) and 3 hours from Mumbai (approx 180 km). There are five access routes to Lavasa, one of which is enhanced and developed