Ministry of Railways decided on formation of a new Railway Division at Pune on 10.1.96.The foundation stone laying ceremony for the new division was held on 13.1.96. Initially the Division was startedwith jurisdiction over Lonavala-Pune section only. With effect from 01.04.2003. Pune–Daund–Baramati section excluding Daund and Pune –Miraj –KOP section were added which increased the jurisdiction to 503.39. route Kms.
Entire jurisdiction of Pune Division falls under the State of Maharashtra and covers important districts of Pune, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur.
Part of DRM office is functioning from campus of IRICEN and remaining offices are housed in a portion of Goods Shed, having entry from Ambedkar Marg. The Phase I of New DRM Office building is under construction and is expected to be ready by middle of this year.
Division has 71 stations out of which Pune is categorized as A1 station & Miraj and Kolhapur are categorized as A stations.3.35 crores of suburban and 3.63 crores of non-suburban originating passengers are dealt annually on Pune Division.PRS facilities are available at Pune junction plus 4 Cyber Booking Offices (CBOs) in Pune City i.e. Deccan Gymkhana, Shankarseth Road, Raviwar Peth & Pune Cant.PRS facilities are also available at Khadki,Chinchwad,Miraj, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Karad,Baramati.Two more PRS centres operated by Defence personnel are functioning at Khadki Cantt. & Dehu Road.PRS at Ichalkaranji post office is being operated by their staff.
Pune Division has the distinction of being the first division to complete the installation of all UTS & UTS cum PRS locations.At present division has total 59 UTS of which 12 are UTS cum PRS locations.
POL, Sugar, maize and motor vehicles constitute as major components of outward goods traffic. POL is loaded from LONI.Sugar from Gurmarket, Sangli, Karad, Baramati, Satara, Miraj and motor vehicles from Chinchwad.Approximately 600 rakes/year of outward traffic is handled on Pune Division.
Nearly 2000 Rakes/year of inward traffic is received and handled on Pune division.Cement and steel are received at Pune, Khadki, Loni, Saswad.Fertilizers , food grains are received at Miraj, Sangli, Saswad and Satara. POL loaded from Loni and other location is received at Miraj and Bhilvadi.
Pune - The Cultural, IT and Educational Centre
Pune is fondly known by many sobriquets. Popular among them: Queen of the Deccan, cultural capital of Maharashtra, pensioner's paradise and Oxford of the East. Pune is one of the historical cities of India with a glorious past, an innovative present and a promising future. With the blossoming of the economy, the city has attracted various MNCs to set up shops.Its boundaries extend over four hundred square kilometres and it has a population of close to four million. Thus, Pune city has developed into a Pune metropolitan area, just equal in area to that of Greater Mumbai. It is located 192 km (by rail) and 160 km (by road) from Mumbai and is 559 metres above the mean sea level. Being surrounded by beautiful hills and the Sinhagad fort, it has a temperate climate and plentiful water. Pune is among the greenest urban areas in the country with more than 40 per cent of its area under green cover.
Some of the remains of ancient period can still be studied. The first is the Pataleshwar Temple on the Jangli Maharaj Road. It is a temple of Shiva in rock-cut caves with over forty pillars, and a bull (nandi) in front of Shiva, with sixteen pillars. This dates back to the Rashtrakoota age and is close to one thousand years old.
The second monument is the set of dargahs --Muslim places of worship. The senior and junior Shaikhsalla on the banks of the Mutha river, near the Shaniwarwada, are constructed on the earlier temples of Puneshwar and Narayaneshwar.
An Industrial Powerhouse :
Pune city has emerged as one of the major powerhouse of investment.Apart from the already existing industry majors such as Kirloskar Industries, Garwares,Bajaj Auto, Firodias, Bajaj Tempo, Telco, Alfa Laval, Dr. Beck & Co., Philips, Crompton Greaves. A multitude of MNCs in the field of Information and Technology have mushroomed all over the city with Hingewadi, Hadapsar and Kalyaninagar being the hot favorites.
The cultural capital:
In Pune, we find a combination of the traditional and the modern. Women in Pune seek and are employed in all types of institutions. A speciality of Pune is the freedom for women to move around freely on the roads without fear. Pune is famous for music, lectures, books, authors, libraries, exhibitions, museums and sport. A place of temples, is famous for Ganesh festival started by Lokmanya Tilak in 1893. A number of buildings with architectural importance have been constructed in the city changing its very appearance. In Pune city, people from different communities live in peace and harmony. The city has been recognized as a sports city, with a sports complex at Balewadi.The Common Wealth Youth Games is stated for 2008.