New Bombay or Navi Mumbai

I am in Belapur, new Mumbai for a teaching assignment at the IIM Indore campus. I can feel the difference in lifestyle here compared with the metropolis, the old Mumbai. There is a lot more space per square person (or even a round one), for one. The local train stations have platforms on both sides of the train, so it is easier to get in and out of them. In the older town, you have to remember which side the platform will appear, and the crowds are heavy.

The suburbs around here (I haven't seen many) seem a lot better planned, with a lot of flyovers in the right places, shops and gardens etc. in better shape and organised, and public facilities in better shape. Less crowded means more pleasant, of course. It's a pleasure, so far. The airport being far off is an inconvenience, of course, but you can't have it all, can you?

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Diamond Head said…
I have only Navi-gated past Navi Mumbai even when it was navi. Good to hear you got off when you needed to.

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