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India today calls this city in one of its edition as “Bombay: City on the brink”!

Juxtaposed to the Arabian Sea, Mumbai city, has very little to move to its left at all. No wonder, with the ever spurting growth of population that Mumbai welcomes and has been courteous enough to house, it has no other way but to “Sub-urbanise” as it has already done for years and further to “Extend those suburban areas” as well. Facts show that Suburbs and extended Suburbs of Mumbai city are growing much faster than the Mumbai City itself, leaving the main city with  the stark contrast of skyscrapers on one side and the slums on the other.

The current scenario of the city and the near future paint the following inevitable picture -Birds of same feather flock together to the Mumbai City extended Suburbs! 

Call it a need of an hour or the natural way to civilization, the overpopulating  people prefer to stay away from the main city of Mumbai given the various benefits like affordable housing , cleaner environment which they offer. They are ready to trade off their commutation time and effort with the suffocation and the hazards the main city offers them. Studies show that while the suburbs have grown faster than the city – since 1911 , it is the “ Extended Suburbs” which have grown even at a faster rate since 1951.

Mumbai metropolitan Region consists of 8 Municipal Corporations namely Greater Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Navi Mumbai, Vasai-Virar , Bhiwandi, Mira-Bhayandar areas and 9 Municipal Councils namely Ambarnath, Pen Municipal Corporation,Uran Municipal Corporation, Kulgaon-Badlapur Municipal Corporation, Karjat Municipal Corporation, Khopoli Municipal Corporation, Alibaug Municipal Corporation and Matheran Municipal Corporation.

The extended sub-urbans are the people’s choicest places to nest and also to build a second home. And Why not? The tranquillity which these places offer can’t be resisted. We enlist some of the reasons why Extended Suburbans are chosen over the Mumbai city and the Suburbans altogether.

The Tranquil Environment :– Spaced away from the pollution and the hustle-bustle of the Main city extended Suburbans as discussed before offer solitude and solace. Lapped up with lush greenery around these places are the call of the hour. With the several respiratory diseases and disorders cropping up every now and then , these place is most suitable for people whose concern is “ Clean Environment”.

An Affordable housing : – Where the Western extended suburbans like Mira Road, Vasai- Virar offer a 2 BHK at Rs 12000-22000 per square feet & Rs 8500-13000 per square feet respectively the ones at Karjat and Neral are approximately ranging  from Rs 2029-5926 per sq.ft .The price rise of the property is estimated at 34.4%  since the year 2016. and is expected to grow multifolds with the years to come.

Transport facility :- The fact is that Sub-urban railway of Mumbai provides for the 40 % transportation needs of the city. With the increased connectivity to the extended suburbans people are ready to commute to their sweet Homes far off than to stay back in the cluttered and suffocated environment. The various new lines include proposed

○ Panvel-Karjat rail network(Approved)

○ The Badlapur-Karjat Roadways which is being modified to 4 lane highway.

○ Karjat-Murbad Multimodal Highway (Proposed)

○ Sion-Panvel highway

○ Trans-harbour link between Nhava-Sheva and Sewri.

And many more are going to make the commutation -seem like a cake walk. The increased industrialization in the form of MIDC and the various companies have made employment readily available to these sub-urbans. The prime  educational institutions , colleges and state-of-the-art universities make these places even more demanding.

So when shifting to these amiable neighbourhoods? 

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