New Mumbai: The World's Largest Planned City

On the east section of Thane creek and in the district of Thane sits the cosmopolitan planned city of Navi Mumbai, also known as New Mumbai. It’s Mumbai’s twin city and was built with the intention of mainly clearing the city of its suffocating feel and making it more breathable. It covers the districts of Raigarh and Thane and stretches over an area of ​​344 square kilometers. In the present day, the city has emerged as a highly developed area and is now a center of commerce, education and industries. The Arabian Sea separates Navi Mumbai from Mumbai. The bridges of Airoli and Vashi join the two twin cities.

In 1534, Navi Mumbai started being ruled by the Portuguese. Later on, the islands of Bombay were gifted to the British King, Charles II, a gift bestowed on the king for marrying Catherine of Braganza, the Portuguese princess. Eventually, the territory was bought on lease by The East India Company. In 1972, this part of India, on the western coast of the state of Maharashtra, was built as a planned twin city of older Mumbai.

This city was brought about by the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) and has the structure of a number of small towns or nodes integrated beautifully and perfectly. Navi Mumbai constitutes of the fourteen following townships: New Panvel, Ulwe, Dronagiri, Pushpak, Jui Kamothe, Kalamboli, CBD Belapur, Kharghar, Vashi, Sanpada, Nerul, Airoli, Ghansoli and Kopar Khairane. Of these, Vashi is referred to as the ‘king’ and Nerul as the ‘queen’ of the city.

Something interesting about this city is that there is a balance between the natural and human-made tourist attractions. The fact that this city is a constantly developing city in the business aspect leaves us open to assuming just how many IT parks that might occupy this place. Some renowned IT parks of this beautiful city are Millennium Business Park, Airoli Knowledge Park, ITC Park and International IT Hardware Park.

Also, at the heart of the city lies a more free market oriented zone called Special Economic Zone or SEZ which is hopefully going to bring significant economic progress in the future.

The presence of Sahyadri mountain ranges makes it a favorable place for trekkers located in and around the city. Nerul Balaji Temple, Pandavkada Falls, Karnala Fort, Kharghar Hills, Pandavkada Falls, Rain Tree Marg, Sagar Vihar Garden and DY Patil Stadium are some destinations you can stop over during your stay in Navi Mumbai. Karnala Fort and Belapur Fort provide testimony of its rich historical past. Karnala Bird Sanctuary offers a view of all the vibrant colored local and migratory birds that inhabit here.

Belapur Mango Garden, Palm Beach Marg, Utsav Chowk and Gadeshwar Dam are some more attractions. Some hotels that belong to the list of best Hotels in Navi Mumbai are Yogi Metropolitan Hotel, Celebrations Inn, and Royal Orchid Central Grazia, Vashi.

Source by Kajaree Patra

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