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|Business District of Mumbai|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Navi Mumbai .Vashi|
Vashi is a residential as well as commercial node in Mumbai, one of the first nodes developed by City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). Vashi is divided into sectors. Sector-1 to sector-8 consists of residential buildings. Sector-9 to sector-29 have combined residential & commercial with many educational institutes. Sector-17 has commercial & shopping areas. Sector-30 have malls and internet technology parks and a railway station.
The malls (listed according to their opening times) in Vashi are Center One, Palm Beach Galleria, City Center, Raghuleela Arcade, Inorbit, Satra Plaza. Vashi has many schools like Father Agnel School, St. Marys School, Sacred Heart School, St. Lawrence School, Sainath School, Navi Mumbai School, Vashi English High School, etc. Vashi also has an exhibition center in Sector-30. Vashi has got many international hotels like the Tunga Regancy, Four Points by Sheraton, Fortune Select Exotica Hotel, Royal Orchid Central Grazia, the Abbot hotel and Days Inn. It has got the APMC market, one of the largest markets in India. Vashi has got two main villages in it. They are known as Juhu gaon and Vashi gaon. The largest hospitals in Vashi are the NMMC hospital, Fortis, Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM). Vashi has trees planted on both sides of the roads in most places. Every node has its own parks and playgrounds.
Being in close proximity to the sea, 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 relatively heavier showers than 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 business, offices, clinics, banks, retail outlets, restaurants and franchise operations. Sectors 9 and 10 are also heavy with commercial activity, especially retail. A large APMC market, the biggest in Asia for wholesale agricultural produce, is located in Sector-19 and part of Sector-18.
Vashi is located on the first node of Navi Mumbai from the Mumbai direction. It is connected by rail and road.
It takes about 55 minutes to travel by train to the main city, and about one and a half hour by car. The railway line used is known as Harbour line extending from Mumbai CST to Panvel. It's got 2 railroad options if you're traveling from western suburbs of Mumbai one goes via Dadar and second via Wadala Road. Vashi is also connected with Thane via Trans Harbour Railway Line (Thane - Turbhe - Sanpada - Vashi).
Vashi is well connected with Mumbai by Roadways. Travel time by car is reduced to just an 30 minute drive by road once the Eastern Freeway opened on 2013. The Sion-Panvel Highway & the Palm Beach Road intersection is at Vashi Sector-17. Auto rickshaws, taxis, buses and radio cabs are available easily. Auto rickshaws in this part of the city charge according to the meter unlike other parts of the city. There are currently two main bus stand in Vashi, one at railway station and the other at Shivaji Chowk. Another bus stand is expected to be made at Sector-12. Vashi's population has increased drastically over the last decade and this has resulted in heavy traffic during the peak hours on the Vashi-Kopar Khairane. However the traffic in Palm Beach Road is not affected by jams. Plans to connect Vashi to Mumbai and rest of Navi Mumbai through Metro has been planned and will be executed in the future. BEST buses are available from Vashi to Chembur, Sion, Dadar, Worli, Byculla, Bandra, Mulund, Bhandup, Ghatkopar, Santacruz, Andheri, Powai, Dindoshi & Borivali. BEST AC Kinglong and NMMT AC Volvo buses are available from Vashi to Dadar, Worli, Bandra & Borivali. Vashi has sparse bus routes within its residential area, but has good railway connections with CST and Panvel.
BEST Routes in Vashi
|BEST||501||Kurla Rly Stn (E) to Airoli Bus Stn|
|BEST||502||Rani Laxmibai Chowk (Sion) to Nerul Sec 46/48|
|BEST||504||Wadala Depot to Jalvayu Vihar (Kharghar)|
|BEST||505||Bandra Depot to CBD Belapur Bus Stn|
|BEST||506||Jijamata Udyan to Nerul Rly Stn|
|BEST||507||Santacruz Rly Stn (E) to Nerul Bus Stn|
|BEST||510||Barve Nagar (Ghatkopar) to Mahape|
|BEST||511||Mulund (W) Check Naka Bus Stn to Nerul Bus Stn|
|BEST||512||Mulund (W) Check Naka Bus Stn to Nerul Bus Stn|
|BEST||513||Gawanpada Mulund (E) to Vashi Rly Stn|
|BEST||517||Santacruz Rly Stn (E) to APMC Vashi Sec 19|
|BEST||518||Shivaji Nagar Depot to Ghansoli Gharonda|
|BEST||520||Deonar Depot to Airoli Bus Stn|
|BEST||521||Vasantrao Naik Chowk (Tardeo) to Ghansoli Gharonda|
|BEST||522||Marol Depot to Vashi Rly Stn|
|BEST||524||Borivali Rly Stn (E) to APMC Vashi Sec 19|
|BEST||525||Dindoshi Depot to APMC Vashi Sec 19|
|BEST||533||Andheri Rly Stn (W) to APMC Vashi Sec 19|
|BEST||C-52 EXP||Wadala Depot to Kalamboli Bus Stn|
|BEST||C-53 EXP||Ghatkopar Depot to Kalamboli Bus Stn|
|BEST||AS 503||Wadala Depot to Kalamboli Bus Stn|
|BEST||AS 524||Borivali Rly Stn (E) to APMC Vashi Sec 19|
|BEST||AS 592||Maheshwari Udyan (Matunga) to Kopar Khairane|
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