Vashi is an upmarket
residential as well as commercial township
in the city of Navi Mumbai.
It is a premier city in Navi Mumbai and was
one of the first "nodes" developed by CIDCO
Vashi's reputation of being organized, but not too large or crowded
like "the big city", has led to the continued growth of its
resident and commuter population. Vashi is among the top ten most
developed zones in the Mumbai Metropolitan area.The estimate
population of Vashi is around 400,000.
bordered by the Sion-Panvel Highway
(plus the railway station) and Nerul to the
south, the Thane-Belapur Road and
Sanpada/Turbhe to the east, Khairane
Channel and Kopar khairane to the
north, and Thane creek to the west. It is one of two Navi
Mumbai nodes that directly connect to Mumbai across Thane creek (via the Mankhurd-Vashi Bridge), the other
being Airoli to the
The township center, arguably, would be Shivaji Chowk
, a central square
located on the Vashi-Turbhe
road. It is the
site of a large bronze statue
of the Maratha warrior-king and folk hero
on a horse,
and of an upcoming museum
exhibit about him.
The chowk is surrounded by Sector 17, the cineplex, the fire station
and the bus depot.
Being in close proximity to the Thane creek, Vashi is mostly humid
and hot in summer and mildly pleasant during the winter months of
November December, and January. Western Ghats run in parallel along
the east of the town, resulting in relative heavier shower than
Mumbai. Before the 2009 rains, NMMC
all the pre-monsoonal work has been done but still here and there,
most other towns in the country, and in
contrast to its older and larger neighbor Mumbai, Vashi was
planned before being constructed, as was the city of Navi Mumbai
Like the rest of Navi Mumbai, Vashi is broken down
into what are known as "Sectors", which are further divided into
plots. As such, the address system is organized, and the township
easy to navigate when compared to neighbouring Mumbai.
Vashi is one of the oldest and most populated nodes in Navi Mumbai.
Many companies from Mumbai and other parts of India have set up
shop there. Sector 17, in turn, is the commercial heart of Vashi,
hosting a dense concentration of small
, offices, clinics
operations. Sectors 9 and 10 are also
heavy with commercial activity, especially retail. A large APMC
market, the biggest in Navi Mumbai for wholesale
produce, is located in
Sector 19 and part of Sector 18.
Vashi used to have near continuous power supply.As of late 2005,
however, one to two hours a day of scheduled load shedding
has been enforced by MSEDC
cycling among various areas of the city, in order to cope with the
rising population and power consumption.
But Vashi being a major revenue gainer and for its almost zero
pending bills and low distribution losses is overdue to get
rewarded with 24 hours uninterrupted supply for which MSEDC will
procure electricity from private electricity generators in the
looking at generating electricity using non-conventional methods of
generating electricity like wind energy as Navi Mumbai is blessed
with a long coastline and generating energy from waste which is
collected throughout the node.
Load shedding was stopped temporarily in 2008 when Tata Power
started suppling power in Navi Mumbai. Power cuts have resumed in
Navi Mumbai for about 4-5 hours daily due to a state-wide
deficiency in power generation.
The municipal (NMMC
)water supply is near
constant (12-18 hours daily), and occasional shutdowns are often
short enough to be borne through by the overhead water tanks in
many apartments and the central water tower system. Delayed rains
in the year 2009, large number of villages on the outskirts of
Vashi face water shortage.
Being a planned township, Vashi features many roads
that intersect at right angles. Road maintenance
is carried out by the NMMC.Roads in the township often get damaged
by the monsoons
, as potholes are simply
patched up with mud that washes away with the next rainfall.
Communication has never been a problem in Vashi and almost all
parts of Navi Mumbai as the City growed along with the rapid
development of telecom sector in India as well as Greater
Mumbai.the city has almost all the major telecom players of India
naming a few ( Vodafone, Airtel, Loop Mobile, MTNL, Tata Indicom,
Reliance Communications, Idea, Aircel, Virgin Mobile)Broadband and
IT enabled services are available across the Node, helping in the
economic development of the area making it one of the favourite
destinations for IT Companies
provide the primary means
of personal local transportation. Traveling to other nodes by
autorickshaw usually entails the payment of one-and-a-half times
the regular meter fare, or some other negotiated fare.
Vashi Railway Station and IT
designated taxi stands provide the means to travel further to
destinations such as Mumbai and Thane; a bridge toll may be charged
in addition, where applicable. Luxury and standard long-distance
bus services often stop at Vashi en route to other cities and towns
across the country.
The orange NMMT
, Red and Cream BEST (BrihanMumbai Electric Supply and Transport)
which are numbered 500 to 599 (connecting Mumbai and Navi Mumbai)
and ST public buses serve as a much cheaper means of
transportation. Buses starting from or passing through Vashi's own
bus depot allow passengers direct and fast passage to destinations
across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Some Mumbai-Vashi routes, however,
drop in frequency or stop altogether at night.
The route numbers for some important bus destinations that can be
reached from Vashi:
- 1, 4,
8, 11 - Thane NMMT
- 30, 31
- Uran NMMT
- Panvel NMMT
- 51 -
- 55 - kharghar NMMT
- 100 - Mahape Mulund
- 501 - Kurla
- 505 -
506 - Sion, Matunga, Dadar TT,
- 521 -
Sion, Matunga, Dadar TT, Dadar West (Plaza Theater), Shivaji
Park, Prabhadevi, Worli, Haji Ali, A/C Market, End At
- 511 - Ghatkopar, Mulund
- 512, 513 - Airoli, Mulund
- 523, 524 - Powai, Borivali
(Express) - Powai, Kandivili, Borivali
- 533 -
Vashi is connected to Mumbai by rail on the Harbour line
of the Central Railway
, part of the
Mumbai suburban railway
Travelling to destinations in Mumbai by rail often involves taking
to Kurla first. Another rail link
connects Vashi to Thane(see
Transport in Thane).Vashi
Vashi has a reputation for being a good place to live, while
maintaining access to the city across the creek. Despite its
proximity to Mumbai proper, it is self-sufficient in many regards,
and has its own thriving atmosphere for residents, shoppers and
An evening sky at a residential area
in Sector 17.
Vashi has grown to become the commercial heart of Navi Mumbai. In
recent years, real estate
Vashi have risen, due in part to the creation of new businesses,
and due to more businesses moving or expanding into Vashi from
Mumbai. Residents almost always live in co-operative housing societies
(abbreviated to CHS). Sector-17 Vashi is the most expensive
locality. These housing colonies often contain a number of
internal or external parking
or flower patches, and a surrounding wall with one or more gates.
CHS residents form committees to collect and spend funds for common
maintenance, social activities, and hiring of security guard
services. Some sectors are
endowed with public parks as well.
Raghuleela Mall near Vashi Railway
Each sector has its own cluster of shops called "mini-markets" that
sell basic items such as rice, pulses, candy. Some bigger sectors
have bigger "mini-markets" that sell everything from garments to
hair-cuts. Sector-17 is one of the large sectors of Vashi and is
located near the highway which happens to be the entrance to Vashi.
It's very close to Vashi Railway Station. Sector 9 is home to
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic
Sectors 6, 7 and 8 in Vashi are home to Row Houses while Sector 8
also has bungalows.Sector 8 is located close to the place from
where hovercrafts would land and take off.
As of the end of October 2008, there are five Shopping malls
functioning in Vashi, named Center One, City Center, Raghuleela,
Inorbit and Palm Beach Galleria. They host a variety of large and
small retailers, including Pantaloons
, MAX, shoppers stop and
Crosswords as well as a number of fast
joints and franchises. Almost 5 other malls are under
construction which should get ready in next couple of years.
Shopping in or strolling around Sector 17 is a popular activity for
residents and visitors. The area is packed with retail outlets
selling everything from furniture and fixtures to clothing and
electronics. It hosts many restaurants and bar
, mithai,Rajdhani sweets
food franchises like McDonald's
, Garcia's pizza
, etc popular vegetarian
restaurants like Navratna
Punjab, as well as franchises of Monginis
and the like. Sectors 9 and 10 along the main road
are also major commercial and retail areas.
There are many schools
and high schools
in Vashi. Few of the well known
schools are Father Agnel Multipurpose School
, St. Marys High
School, IES's Navi Mumbai High School[NMHS],Modern School, St.
Lawrence High School, and Sacred Heart High School . There are also
a few international schools like Ryan International that offer
Vashi also hosts a number of colleges
Mary's Junior College, Father Agnel
College (formally, Father Conceicao Rodrigues Institute of
, ICLES Motilal Jhunjhunwala College 
Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil
(formerly known as Modern College) are among the well
known colleges in the node.A student of St.Mary's emerged as the
topper of Navi Mumbai this year.
Various training and coaching institutes have centers in Vashi.
These include NIIT
training, with Career Launcher
coaching in competitive exam
preparation. Recently, The Institute for
Financial Markets (IFM),
a nonprofit foundation has also opened
at the new BSEL tech park
opposite Vashi Railway station.
The Mumbai Divisional SSC
, one of the divisional boards of the Maharashtra State
Board of Secondary Education
is headquartered in Vashi in
Sector 16-A.Avalon Heights International
School, the first school of its kind to be affiliated to the
of Cambridge International Examinations, also offers the
The VishnuDas Bhave Auditorium is one of the famous landmarks which
hosts a number of plays that are liked by many Navi Mumbaikars.
This auditorium also serves as venue for hosting programs such as
felicitation ceremonies, or even regional cultural evenings.
The Meghraj/Meghdoot cinema halls were the only large movie theater
complexes in the node, until
2007 when Adlabs Cinemas
in the new Palm Beach
has also opened a 3-screen
Multiplex, which has modern facilities such as recliner seats in
City Center in a few months after Adlabs.Other cineplexes are due
to open as part of the Inorbit Mall and Raghuleela mall. PVR Cinemas
is planning to open one in Inorbit
Mall. Recently, Fame
has opened up a 6-screen
multiplex, the biggest in Vashi at Raghuleela mall.
Clubs at the Marine Centre
Abbot Hotel, Vashi Gymkhana
dances and shows.
- NMSA - Navi Mumbai Sports Association is a CIDCO owned
enterprise providing various Sports Facilities like Tennis, Carrom,
Badminton, Chess, Swimming, Squash. Membership is offered in
categories like Patron, Life, General and Student Membership.
- RCNB - Rotary Club of New Bombay is an active Youth Club in New
Bombay. It is a youth wing of Rotary Club of Navi Mumbai.
Individuals between age 18-30 can be a part of this organisation.
Rotaractors generally meet every Sunday at Rotary Center, Sector-6,
Law and order
Vashi has its own police
station in Sector 3,
but shuts down for the most part by 10 p.m. Of late Vashi has seen
terrorists seeking refuge in the nearby suburbs. Places like
Juhugaon still have women serving in bars. Some bars are even
operating beyond permissible hours.
This suburb was called the oasis in the desert when it was
unaffected during the 1992 Mumbai riots.
Vashi has a number of health and fitness clubs such as Talwalkars
and the newly opened Gold's Gym
in Raghuleela mall. Many clinics and
take care of the residents'
healthcare needs, such as Lakshdeep Hospital
, NMMC Hospital
and MGM Hospital
. Places of worship for
Hindus, Muslims, Jains and Christians are located around the
township, as are cultural centers of the various ethnicities of
immigrants from other parts of India.
A strip of land in Vashi along the coast of Thane creek
has been developed as a park and is popularly
known as the "Mini Seashore" or "Seaside Park". The park is
separated from the creek by a large holding pond, which is
surrounded by a path that is used as a walking/jogging
track. Residents of Vashi and nearby nodes
frequent this area for recreation, relaxation and exercise
. Hundreds walk or run along the track and
over the embankment
of the holding
pond everyday. Local laughter clubs and tennis
enthusiasts can be seen utilizing the park in
the mornings. Paddle boats
out for use within the outer pond. Children's rides, horseback riding
and vendors of chaat
or other refreshments are a common sight along
the Mini Seashore in the evenings, which is when families tend to
visit and the overall footfall is at its peak. very good place to
Vashi Railway Station / International Infotech Park
The large and spacious Vashi Railway Station was built into and
under the International Infotech Park, to ISO
Constructed over the Vashi railway
station, seven broad white towers form the
(IIP), a massive office complex developed by
CIDCO for the purpose of supporting the information technology
Vashi. IIP features over of built-up space, and was inaugurated on
the 14th of June, 1998. V2
, 3i Infotech
are among the companies who have set up offices there.
Well known landmarks in Sector 17 include Big Splash and Vashi
Inorbit Mall at Sec-30, Opp. Vashi Railway Station.If one needs to
go to andheri from vashi there are direct trains available from
vashi and andheri but they are on limited office hours only
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