When one major project alone can change the face of a locality, imagine what five of them will do.
If you’re a resident of Mumbai, then you no doubt have noticed the average increase in commute times these days. Wherever you go, roads are dug up to accommodate for a major project. The most common of these, are the various Metro Lines being constructed across different parts of the city.
These projects have been engendered by the success of Mumbai’s first Metro Line – from Ghatkopar to Andheri. Before it, Andheri and Ghatkopar were both residential spaces only. With its arrival, commuting became quicker, people traveled more between these locations and real estate prices rose significantly.
In just 4 years, residential prices in Andheri rose by 9% and commercial office spaces increased by 15%.
Today, this project has made Andheri a major hub with perfect balance between residential and commercial projects.
If one project can do this much for a locality, can you imagine what five will do?
With the announcement of five major infrastructural projects in East Mumbai, real estate prices there are now going to rise. For the first time, Mumbai’s sun is going to rise in the East; heralding a new dawn – a new beginning – that changes the way people look at, and live in, East Mumbai.
Marine Drive 2.0
Live in Mumbai and you’re likely to know of – and probably fall in love with – Marine Drive. This 3.6 km C-shaped stretch from Nariman Point to Malabar Hill is also called the Queen’s Necklace; a name it gets from its appearance at night when streetlights illuminate it.
Marine Drive is a popular hangout spot for people of different ages alike who flock there to feel the calm sea breeze and unwind.
The government plans to recreate this iconic boulevard in East Mumbai with the upcoming Marine Drive 2.0 that will span 7 kms, from Mazgaon Docks to Wadala.
That’s not all though.
The Mumbai Port Trust plans to redevelop 350 hectares of land area as part of this project and intends to completely transform the face of East Mumbai with the start of this project. Post its completion, people will be able to see the entire East coast in a whole new light.
Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link
In 2010, Mumbai city witnessed the inauguration of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link – a 5.6 km multi-lane bridge that was built to help citizens avoid the traffic bottleneck caused in the western suburbs on their way to the south.
Following its success, the government sanctioned the construction of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, also known as the Nhava-Sheva Trans Harbour Link. This 21.8 km 6-lane bridge will start from Sewri in South Mumbai, crossing the Thane creek above Elephanta Island and culminate at Nhava Sheva.
Once complete, it will be the longest sea bridge in India; giving people a blazing-fast alternative that cuts commute time significantly and opens up a new world to the citizens of Mumbai.
International Cruise Terminal
Soon, Mumbai will be home to an international cruise terminal that’s over 10 times the size of the current terminal and will boast facilities that you typically see in the largest of airports.
With ships capable of carrying 5000 passengers, this terminal is being built at a budget of Rs. 300 crores, over an expanse of 4.15 lakh square feet.
Domestic tourists will also be able to take a cruise from Mumbai to Goa.
Fleet services will also be introduced over an 8 km stretch to help citizens navigate the city better; avoiding traffic snarls in their daily commute. To help this endeavour, ports will operate at Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
Soon, the city will witness a whole new way of traveling comfortably.
Navi Mumbai International Airport
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai spread over two terminals – T1 at Santacruz from domestic flights and T2 at Sahar for international flights. While the terminals are some distance from each other, traffic towards the airport causes snarls in the city.
While various infrastructure projects have been completed to alleviate this strain, they have only helped so much. After all, Mumbai’s international airport is the second busiest in the country, fourteenth busiest in Asia and twenty eighth busiest in the world.
That’s why the construction of a new international airport is underway in at Ulwe Kopar-Panvel in Navi Mumbai. This airport will function alongside the current one and, once complete, will be capable of handling 60 million passengers every year.
This airport will be built over an expanse of 4.5 sq. miles on a budget of 160 billion rupees.
Once it is completed, Mumbai will be one of the few cities with two international airports!
Worli-Sewri Elevated Corridor
Imagine those double decker bridges you see abroad, only in images. You’ll soon be able to see them in person. Mumbai will be home to India’s first 10-storeyed tall, double decker bridge – the Worli Sewri Elevated Corridor.
This 4.5 km long bridge will stand at a height of over 100 feet, running above existing flyovers and the Monorail in the city.
It is estimated to be completed by 2022, at a budget of Rs. 1500 crores.
Running through localities like Worli, Elphinstone Road, Parel and Sewri, commuters will be able to zoom past (and over) everyday traffic and witness new heights of traveling in style.
With so much already underway, and scheduled to be ready in just a few years, East Mumbai is going to undergo a change in looks and fortune. We’re about to witness a transformation that will redefine the status quo of suburbs forever.
Where will you be when that happens? Hopefully in the heart of East Mumbai, in person, to witness it.