Panvel is a city in Raigad district of Maharashtra in Konkan Division. The city is highly populated due to its closeness to Mumbai. Panvel is located in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Panvel is the first Municipal Corporation in Raigad and the 27th Municipal corporation of Maharashtra State.
Panvel is about 300 years old, developed around trade routes (both land and sea), during the Mughal rule and hence after by the Marathas, British and the Portuguese. Once upon a time, Panvel was famous for its rice market. Panvel Municipal Council (PMC) was established in the year 1852 and is the oldest municipal council of Maharashtra. Panvel Municipal Council’s elections started in the year 1910. The first mayor of the PMC was Mr. Yusuf Noor Mohammed Master for the years 1910–1916. The sesquicentennial anniversary (150th anniversary) of the PMC was celebrated in the year 2002. The city prospered and grew due to the influence of large-scale trade by land and sea. This was characterized by the large palace-like homes that came up during the Peshwa period. It is also said that old name of this city was Paneli (Panelim in Konkani). There were historic cannons (during the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) situated on Panvel port. On 1 October 2016, Panvel Municipal Corporation came into existence.
Weather is Sunny across the year. There is heavy rain during monsoon. May is the warmest month of the year. The temperature in May averages 30.3 °C. The lowest average temperatures in the year occur in January when it is around 23.4 °C. An average annual temperature of Panvel is 27.0 °C.
Panvel is an important junction point as many major highways meet and pass through the city. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Sion-Panvel Expressway, NH 4B and NH 66 starts from here while NH 4 passes through Panvel. Roads of New Panvel are maintained by CIDCO while those in Panvel by PMC. New Panvel, being developed by CIDCO, has well planned and wide lane major roads and even the arterial roads are of two lanes. Panvel has relatively less maintained roads which are very congested due to lack of planning on part of the PMC.
Proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport
The Navi Mumbai International Airport or “NMIA”, which is to come up around the Panvel-Kopra area, would be built through public-private partnership (PPP) — with the private sector partner getting 74% equity and Airports Authority of India (AAI) & Maharashtra government, through CIDCO, holding 13% each. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has already given techno-feasibility clearance to the airport and the central cabinet has cleared it. The project is at a global tendering stage. “NMIA” is going to help the locals a lot, with job opportunities, etc. But, construction has not yet begun.
Panvel railway station is one of the most important junctions on the Konkan Railway. Harbour line from Mumbai CST, the central line from Diva / Karjat, western freight corridor from JNPT and the Konkan railway line from Mangalore meet at Panvel. Panvel railway station comes under Mumbai division of central railway. Panvel is the terminating station of Mumbai railway’s harbor line. Also, Konkan railway connecting Mumbai to south India passes through Panvel. Platforms 1,2,3 & 4 are for suburban trains while platforms 5,6 & 7 are for mainline trains. 9 pairs of daily express trains, 13 pairs of non-daily express trains and 12 daily commuters (passenger) trains stop here. Also, the Ernakulam-Nizamuddin Duronto has a technical halt at Panvel for a crew change, refueling, and catering. In addition, Panvel handles 116 suburban trains which go to destinations like Mumbai CST, Wadala Road, Andheri, and Thane. The station also handles a sizeable amount of freight trains. Panvel is a very major station and is considered equivalent to Mumbai for trains which skip Mumbai. The trains run on diesel traction and alternating current (the tracks to Konkan are not electrified south of Panvel), and Panvel is a refueling point for their locomotives. In addition to refueling, Panvel has a huge number of parcel bookings, and most trains stop for periods varying from 5 minutes to 20 minutes for technical purposes. Panvel also handles crew and locomotive change for long distance passenger/freight trains. Diesel Locomotives has the facility to fill the Diesel. Good connectivity for Pune Ahmedabad and Delhi on daily basis. Daily trains for Kochuveli, Mangalore, Pune, Goa, and Delhi along with Ahmedabad. Also, there are trains for Patna, Bikaner, Chennai, Bhavanagar, Veraval, Kochuveli, Vasco etc. Samprkranti and RAJDHANIs have a halt here along with Garib Rath and Double Decker. Some of the daily trains are 12051/52 Jan Shatabdi Exp( Dadar-Madgaon-Dadar), Mandavi Express, Pragati Express, etc. Now all the local trains will be 12 Coach as now the current line is AC current.
Place of interest
SMART Eco Park
Little Chowk Point
Orion Mall Panvel
Shree Swami Samarth