Lavasa is a private, planned city being built near Pune. A 25,000 acres (100 sq km) or 8,000 acres (32 sq km) project being developed by HCC, this as-yet-incomplete city has been controversial for multiple reasons including procurement of land, harm to the environment, and loans acquired through political corruption.In late 2010 the Indian Environment and Forests Ministry ordered that construction cease because the project violated environmental laws. As of late 2011, this order has been rescinded. The project's scale may have been reduced, however, and an IPO may not occur.
Lavasa Women’s Drive:
Lavasa Women’s Drive (LWD) is an annual event of Lavasa initiated five years ago. The drive starts form Pune and Mumbai completing at Lavasa. This annual drive is organized by Lavasa Corporation Ltd. in collaboration with Bombay Times and in aid of the Woman's Cancer Initiative of Tata Memorial Hospital. It captures multiple aspects - fun, adventure and spirit of the Indian woman along with a social cause.
In 2011 LWD entered the Limca Book of Records as the largest women’s car rally in India. It has grown to more than 500 cars and more than 2,000 women participating in 2012 with an almost 150% jump in number of entries since 2011.Going beyond the drive, it includes workshops, pre-event party and cancer camps in Mumbai and Pune. Women from varied walks of life come together to participate in this event and show their support. Celebrities flagged off the event, making way for the drive to Lavasa, which then culminates with an award ceremony and dinner. Themes for the Lavasa Womens drive.