Mira Road | Thane

Mira Road as a suburb of Mumbai has been developing at a faster pace than any other! In the early 80’s it had salt pans on the west and the wide spread marshes on the east. It is a suburb in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and comes before Bhayandar on the Western Railway line. Initially, Mira Road developed mostly around the railway station and further away near the Western Express Highway (WEH). Upcoming premium residential projects of note include Delta VrindavanWhile once upon a time one could buy a 2 BHK apartment here for just around 1 lakh INR, today flats are launched at prices ranging upwards of 45 lakhs INR. The current average price of Rs. 7430 per sq. ft.

Royal College in Mira Road

Mira Road – A Self-Sufficient Town Blossoming From Marshes

Last updated on January 25, 2018 by Chrisanta Dias

I first visited Mira Road in the late 80’s as a little girl, and my lingering memories of this distant suburb were the long train ride to get there, and the salt pans on the west and the wide spread marshes on the east. Till today development has only taken place in the east. In fact, Mira Road as a suburb of Mumbai has been developing at a faster pace than any other! Today Mira Road (E) is better connected by road and rail which have a far better frequency than even 10 years ago! The roads are wider, paved, shaded by trees and have better drainage. Amenities are satisfactory and befitting of a suburb where homes are in very high demand. Mira Road is a suburb in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and comes before Bhayandar on the Western Railway line. It is situated in the northwestern region of the …

Mira Road – A Self-Sufficient Town Blossoming From Marshes

I first visited Mira Road in the late 80’s as a little girl, and my lingering memories of this distant suburb were the long train ride to get there, and the salt pans on the west and the wide spread marshes on the east. Till today development has only taken place in the east. In fact, Mira Road as a suburb of Mumbai has been developing at a faster pace than any other! Today Mira Road (E) is better connected by road and rail which have a far better frequency than even 10 years ago! The roads are wider, paved, shaded by trees and have better drainage. Amenities are satisfactory and befitting of a suburb where homes are in very high demand.

Mira Road is a suburb in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and comes before Bhayandar on the Western Railway line. It is situated in the northwestern region of the Salsette Island. The western part of Mira Road is almost completely covered by salt pans. In the early 1980’s, the eastern part of this town was mostly just marshes which over the decades has been reclaimed as housing demand surged. Initially, Mira Road developed mostly around the railway station and further away near the Western Express Highway (WEH). Today, one can see buildings and towers in every part of this town and barely any marshes. While once upon a time one could buy a 2 BHK apartment here for just around 1 lakh INR, today flats are launched at prices ranging upwards of 45 lakhs INR. This is still in the affordable category; in fact most first time homebuyers choose Mira Road for this price differential and the community vibe that this suburb projects.

Let’s look at what has led to the rise of Mira Road as a much sought-after affordable housing destination.

Royal College in Mira Road
Royal College in Mira Road

Location & Connectivity

Mira Road, as mentioned earlier comes in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and falls under Thane district but is administered by the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC). The MBMC is responsible for all civic amenities. Public buses of corporations such as TMT, BEST and NMMT ply through Mira Road and connect this suburb to eastern suburbs such as Thane and Mulund via the Ghodbunder Road. This road is an arterial one which literally connects the WEH and the Eastern Express Highway and thus provides east-west connectivity. The Mira-Bhayandar highway cuts through this town and acts as a gateway to the WEH for suburbs such as Bhayandar and Naigaon.

While many people own vehicles, auto-rickshaws are the most common mode of getting around. There are also private operators who provide car and bus services for people preferring to commute to business hubs such as Powai, Andheri and Goregaon by road. While the train services are quick and frequent, augmented by the recent addition of 2 new lines, it is still insufficient for the burgeoning population of Mira Road. Hence, some commuters avoid train travel, opting instead for the road. But, transport is set to receive a boost in the form of the metro line which will start from Golden Nest in Mira Road and go all along the WEH, connecting people to other suburbs. This is a much-awaited infrastructure, and will definitely enhance Mira Road’s appeal and push real estate prices higher.

Segmented Development

Shanti Nagar, Sheetal Nagar and Naya Nagar are the oldest areas of Mira Road and are close to the railway station. The buildings in these localities, one will notice, are generally ground plus 2 floors and most of these are in a dilapidated state currently. There are unconfirmed rumours of plans to redevelop these three areas and replace the current structures with 7 plus storey towers. But, this is a massive project and involves hundreds of thousands of families and hundreds of societies. If its happens, however, Mira Road’s appeal will rise further as will the prices.

As demand for homes in Mira Road grew, developers flocked here and started snapping up land parcels to develop sprawling townships. Notable ones include Jangid Complex, Shrishti Complex and RNA developers’ numerous buildings. Bigger names such as Kanakia, Arkade Group, Lodha and JP North have created niches in the form of gated communities bursting with amenities. While once a family may have coveted living in the older localities, today it doesn’t really matter where in Mira Road one lives, although the preference is for newer developments.

Replica of Eiffel Tower at Shiver Garden Lake in Mira Road
Replica of Eiffel Tower at Shiver Garden Lake in Mira Road

Cultural Melting Pot

Since the early 80’s when families first started settling in this northern suburb, there has always been a healthy mix of communities. While one will mostly notice certain pockets with predominant communities such as Muslims in Naya Nagar or more Gujaratis in Shanti Nagar than other localities, there as many Christians, South Indians and North Indians as well. This also means that every festival in the over-abundant Indian cultural calendar is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. There are many temples and mosques that dot the town and even a few churches, although St. Joseph’s church is as old as Mira Road itself and has undergone renovation from a small to big, yet inadequate church structure.

Social Amenities

In the early days Mira Road had just two schools – Shanti Nagar High School and Holy Cross Convent School. Today there are too many to choose from. These include N.L. Dalmia, N H English Academy, St. Mary’s High School, G. S Jangid Memorial School, Raval International School, St Xavier’s High School and many more. Royal College is the only institute of note for higher education. Medical care has also improved vastly with many multi-speciality clinics and hospitals. Some of these include Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Life Line, Seven Eleven, Wockhardt Hospital, Sanjeevani Multi-speciality Hospital & Trauma Centre and Thunga Hospital among others.

Rassaz Mall
Rassaz Mall

For entertainment, Mira Road today has Rassaz Mall and cinema, Carnival Cinemas and INOX on the WEH. There is Shiver Garden Lake, Vardhman Fantasy Amusement Park, and Suraj Water Park and Tiku-ji-ni-wadi on Ghodbunder Road. Mira Road also boasts its own D-Mart and Brand Factory outlets, McDonald’s and KFC as well as Vijay Sales franchises. Earlier, residents would have to travel to neighbouring suburbs such as Borivali and Thane to enjoy a better standard of social life. Now Mira Road can call itself self-sufficient.

Conclusion

It’s fairly evident that Mira Road’s rise from the marshes to a culturally buzzing northern suburb has been gradual yet consistent and it continues to grow as more families flock here. The municipal administration has struggled to grapple with the overload on public infrastructure such as water, drainage, roads and sufficient power. Yet, over time with better civic involvement, the conditions have improved and are managing to keep pace with the growth. Mira Road, a gateway suburb bridging the east and west, continues to grow on a steep upward trajectory. This is reflected in the current average price of Rs. 7430 per sq. ft. as compared to Rs. 4100 in 2010. For anyone looking for affordable homes in socially mobile and connected suburbs, Mira Road is a most suitable option. This is saying a lot for a town that has grown from the marshes!




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