The Evolution of Mumbai – Over the Years

Mumbai, the ‘City of Dreams,’ has grown and evolved with time. The advent of several magnificent high-rise buildings and flourishing residential complexes, the MMRDA, MUTP and several other government bodies have upgraded Mumbai’s infrastructure as well. This development has not been isolated, but has spread out to the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region. This rise in infrastructure certainly has a hand in placing Mumbai on a global pedestal with other metropolitan cities worldwide. Here is a small digest on major infrastructure developments in different sections of the city:

1) Kandivali: The area has seen a massive rise in the number of projects as well as its inhabitants. To cope with this, the stretch of the Western Express Highway has been repaired and one can hardly see any more potholes. The proximity of Kandivali east to the highway and easy access to Borivali has added to the demand of quality residential homes in the area.

2) Malad: With the rise of several new projects in Malad, especially near the Link Road area, there is a 90 ft road under construction which will connect the inner Jankalyan Nagar region to the Malwani area, which is said to stretch till Versova in the near future. The Malad approach to the Western Express Highway has been broadened to accommodate the increasing traffic.

3) Powai: With several high value establishments in the vicinity, Powai is very well maintained and has a tightly knit community. The local self-governance bodies have kept the parks and lawns very clean and also hold events regularly to bring communities together. The completion of the Powai Vikhroli Link Road has made Powai one of the most desirable locations to live at in Mumbai.

4) Mulund: Famous for being the first ever interstate green corridor, offering serene views with great connectivity to Thane, Vashi & Chembur. The Goregaon-Mulund Link Road when materialized will enhance connectivity and lead to more appreciation in property rates. Several changes are being implemented at the railway station with the introduction of the first AC train and a mix of slow & semi-fast trains on the central line.

5) Thane: Seeing unprecedented passenger growth at the railway station, there are plans to upgrade Thane station by the railway ministry. The plan proposes to construct 15 escalators, besides a foot over bridge. Rs 4 crore has been allocated for increasing automated ticket vending machines (ATVMs). A metro rail is also being planned in the area. Currently, there are four flyovers at Kapurbawdi, Manpada, Patlipada and Waghbil, whereas the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation is planning a Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Ghodbunder Road Metro rail. Other than this, the Thane Creek Bridge at Vashi which has been an ongoing discussion since 2008 is finally seeing the light of day.

6) Borivali: The green corner of Mumbai, where Mumbaikars frequent the Sanjay Gandhi National park has now also become a bustling suburb with the right mix of green. The proposed Borivali-Thane Tunnel, an 11-km long project connecting two suburbs of Mumbai, intends to ease commuting woes.

The Mumbai Development Plan of 1991 played a vital role in decongestion and planning of the city. A lot of these developments have run their course with Mumbai. With infrastructure development planned to give the city a more systematic approach, the focus zones will see a high appreciation of rates as the projects evolve the city. With development charted for the coming years, it would be the right time to start planning to buy your next home.