Development of Navi Mumbai was first witnessed in 1971. This satellite city was slow to take-off, and there was hardly any growth for the first two decades. But all it needed was an extension of the suburban railway corridor from Airoli to Vashi, for the city to explode, in a good way.
The lifeline of Mumbai has always been the suburban train network with local trains supporting more than 7.5 million commuters daily. However, due to immense overcrowding in local trains, the highway in the upmarket western suburbs is a viable commuting alternative for office goers.
The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has initiated the concreting of the 22 km internal roads, along with works on the storm water drains, effluent collection pipelines, footpaths, duct lines for utility services and streetlights, along the Trans-Thane Creek (TTC) corridor in Rabale, Mahape and Turbhe areas in Maharashtra.
Even though work has started on all four reaches of Nagpur Metro, it has acquired 68 per cent of private land required so far. It needs to acquire 20,850 sq m private land, of which 6,630 sq m remains.