Sunday, 20 May 2007

Andheri is the suburb in North Mumbai beyond Juhu

Andheri is the suburb of North Mumbai. It is separated by railway tracts into East and West.

A lot of popular residential areas in Mumbai like 4 Bungalows, 7 Bungalows and the posh "Lokhandwala Complex" Oshiwara, Yari Road are all part of West Andheri.

Contemporary West Andheri is largely a residential area, whereas East Andheri is has a mixture of commercial and residential areas, including MIDC-SEEPZ (Santacruz Electronic and Export Promotion Zone), Seepz++, Saki Naka (an industrial area), etc.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai's International Airport is in Andheri East. Many Call Centers and BPOs are located in Chakala area of Andheri.

East Andheri also has pockets of attractive residential areas, with quiet, tree-lined streets, easy connectivity to the Western Express Highway, and without the congestion and pepetual traffic jams that afflict most residential areas in suburban Mumbai.

Andheri west has been climbing up the popularity chart

The place has superb malls, numerous multiplexes, excellent recreational facilities and good houses. Long considered a poor man’s Bandra, Andheri is today outstripping other localities.

Andheri West is becoming the preferred destination for young professionals, who find the quality of housing good and rental rates affordable. Over 75 per cent find the quality of construction good, while over 65 per cent feel that renting or buying a house was within their reach.

The housing facilities in Andheri West are the best in the western suburbs. You have houses for middle class and rich people. Everyone can afford to stay there

Andheri also scores highly in entertainment and education facilities (rank 3). More than 90 per cent feel that schools, colleges, coaching institutes, restaurants, malls, pubs and discotheques are top-notch. Over 85 per cent feel the locality has good gyms, clubs, multiplexes and theatres.

The problem for Andheri is its infrastructure and medical facilities, with over 70 per cent saying the roads are bad. Over 80 per cent say there should more quality hospitals.

There are lots of dug-up roads everywhere. Dug-up roads also mean noise and air pollution, which over 80 per cent feel is beyond permissible limits.

Andheri, however, scores highly in the safety index with over 90 per cent saying they feel safe in their homes and don’t face any problems even during the night.

The World Bank has many plans for the development of the largely industrial East Andheri. Work on the project of connecting Versova (in Andheri West) to Ghatkopar (a central suburb) by an elevated Metro railway line has begun by expanding the existing roads so that spaces can be created for the railway's pillars, etc. After the Metro becomes operational in about 2011, travel time will be reduced from the present 1 hour 45 minutes to about 20 minutes

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