Katraj is a residential suburb located in the south of Pune. The locality is mostly noted for Tourism. It falls under the jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). This locality is bordered by Ambegaon and Kondhwa at its South, Dhankawadi and Bibvewadi to its north, and Ambegaon Budruk and Narhe to its west, and Undri and Pisoli to its west. Pune-Satara Road and Katraj-Kondhwa intersect each other on Katraj Chowk. The locality of Katraj is divided into the Old Tunnel and the New Tunnel. The Old Tunnel has its location on the Katraj Ghat while the New Tunnel is located on the NH4. The locality of Katraj is located in close proximity to the developed areas of Dhankawadi, Ambegaon Budruk, Bibvewadi, Narhe, Pisoli, Dhayari, Undri, Handewadi, Kondhwa, Wanowrie, Yewale Wadi among others. The landmarks of the locality include Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and Katraj Lake. The locality is well connected to the other parts of the city Pune via Pune-Satara Road and Katraj-Kondhwa Road. Some of the key residential projects in Katraj are MSR Olive, Ceratec Greens, Casa 18, ACME Landmark Azalea, Arun Anika Mangalam, Barsana Dham among others.
The locality is well-connected to various developed areas and a number of hotels, schools, banks and hospitals via an excellent network of railways and roadways. The Katraj-Dehu Road Bypass is a 40 km stretch from Dehu Road in the north to Katraj in the south. It is a part of the NH4 and was widened from a 2-lane to 4-lane highway.
It is located on the Pune Link Road which makes access to Pune and Mumbai easy. All westbound roads of the city intersect the Westerly Bypass.
The Pune Municipal Transport and PMPL owned bus service, serves the locality and connect it to areas of Santosh Nagar, Dar Nagar, and Yewalewadi.
The locality has excellent connectivity to Pune International Airport which is located at a distance of 23.8 km via Beed-Ahmednagar-Pune Road/Magarpatta Road/Mundhwa Road.
Shivajinagar, Pune Junction, Ghorpadi, Hadapsar, Saswad Road are its nearby railway stations. However, Pune Junction is the nearest and major railway station to Katraj, situated at a distance of 10 km via Swami Vivekanand Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road.
Factors for past growth
Planned roads and excellent infrastructure facilities have successfully established Katraj as a favorite destination in Pune. With an increase in the city’s population, the IT boom and a resulting large migrant population, the region has seen considerable rental demands for 2 BHK apartments in Katraj. This locality has potential for growth in the future largely due to the two large IT parks located in the region. This will help to improve the existing infrastructure in Katraj.
Employment hubs near Katraj
Hinjewadi IT Hub – approximately 10 km.
Navle IT Park – approximately 6.7 km.
Proposed and planned infra
A proposal for developing Katraj-Kondhwa Road.
There is a plan to extend metro line. The Vanaz to Ramwadi Metro line may now extend to Wagholi and Lohegaon Airport.
Infra Development (Social & Physical)
Katraj provides its residents with all kinds of social amenities. Goodwill English Medium School & Junior College, Utkarsh English Medium School, Huzurpaga School, Rambhau, Mhalgi Primary School, FAME Pre Primary School, Honey Bee Pre-primary School, Shivaji Secondary School, Holy Kids Educares, Ram Rajya Madhyamik School, Shivaji Secondary School are some of the prominent schools located nearby Katraj. Apart from that, it also houses some reputed colleges in its vicinity. These are Pushpa Devi Dugad Jr. College, Goodwill English Medium School & Junior College, Vishwakarma College of Arts, Commerce, and Science, SVEP College of Technical and Management, Ideal College, Bharti Vidyapeeth Homeopathic College, Jaikranti College etc.
The major health institutions in and around the locality include Bharati Hospital, Dr Kabiya Clinic, Aayur Clinic, Sahyadri Hospital Bibwewadi, Pawar Hospital, Satyanand Hospital, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre among others.
Abhiruchi Mall and Multiplex, Dorabjee’s Mall, Sixth Sense Shopping Centre, Om Shopping Center fulfil the daily needs of the residents of Katraj. The locality also houses retail outlets of famous national and international brands like Bata, Balaji Retail Outlet, Sai Retail Outlet, Arvind Lifestyle, India Retail Outlet, My Jio Store, Reliance Fresh to name a few.