Pune an important immerging city situated at the Deccan platue in India. It is highly growing city due to its software and other service sector potential. The city is situated at the upper reaches of western Ghat rich in Biodiversity. This article will give an idea about the present state of its environment. However focus is given on the main city, a complete district's environment status is assumed.
Biodiversity of a city depends largely on its geographical position. Pune city is situated in the transition zone between the Deccan plateau and moist mountains, the Western Ghats. 'Pune Urban Area' measuring about 700 km² , has radius of about 25 km from the city post office. It consists of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporations besides cantonments at Pune, Khadki and Dehuroad. It also includes adjoining semi-urban area. Biodiversity in Pune is characterised by:Higher habitat diversity within a smaller area.Steep habitat gradient - Habitats change rapidly within short distance in towns and cities. Pune urban area has seven habitats within a distance of 25 km from the centre of the city. These habitats are: built-up area, rivers and lakes, well wooded compounds, hilltops and hill slopes’ parks and gardens, open places – grounds and shoulders of the roads and urban agriculture.Rapid changes in habitat and land use - new residential colonies are getting built on the agricultural land or grassland and scrubland. Old wadas (mansions) are rapidly... Read More