The largest and most densely populated suburb of Mumbai, Andheri started developing as early as 1915. This locality, situated on the west of Mumbai, on the Salsette Island, has the busiest railway station in the country. Andheris contribution to the country as a major industrial hub cannot be denied. Both the sections Andheri East and Andheri West have a number of industrial and commercial centres.
Andheri East is mostly known for being an industrial and commercial hub. Despite that, there are plenty of residential colonies here. The people settling down here are mostly from middle-class background and the residential areas are cheaper than those in the more upscale western neighbourhood. Andheri West is almost entirely residential, with most of the communities here being dominated by Parsi households and luxury apartments and villas. It is more posh than Andheri East, and the property prices are higher.
The Andheri skyline is dotted with skyscrapers and high-rises. The most common property type is multi-storeyed apartments, with a few bungalows scattered here and there as remnants of Andheris rich Parsi heritage. The road network in Andheri is extensive, with broad roads, connecting it to every part of the city. Like the rest of Mumbai, life in Andheri is fast paced. The heavy flow of traffic and the number of malls and shopping centres in Andheri, makes it the first choice of many young Indians, who want to experience a happening city life.
Key Projects in Andheri East :
Connectivity and transit points
Being a part of MMR, Andheri enjoys excellent rail connectivity. The Andheri railway station lies on the Mumbai Suburban Railway. The residents of Andheri mostly use the western line of the Mumbai Suburban Rail network for daily commutation. The harbour line, which is a part of the central line, connects Andheri station with Panvel and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport Terminus.
The road network in Andheri is excellent. The Versova Causeway or the Versova Road connects Andheri with Versova. The two major arterial roads that run through Andheri are the Madhavdas Amarsey Road (M.A. Road) and the S.V. Road. Andheri is connected to further off areas like Borivali via the new link road.
The major landmarks in Andheri that sets it apart are
Zoroastrian Parsi Fire Temple
Santacruz Electronics and Export Promotion Zone (SEEPZ)
Andheri Sports Complex
Factors for growth in the past
Being located in the business capital of India, Andheri definitely enjoys the advantage of being home to a number of commercial and industrial hubs. The best example of these would be Saki Naka and MIDC-SEEPZ. The easy connectivity with the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is another added advantage that Andheri enjoys.
Developments in Andheri go back to the early nineties, when people from other states and colonies started migrating to Bombay. Andheri, which was previously dominated by the Parsi colonies, started to see rapid urbanisation under the influence of the subsequent colonisation.
But the real development in Andheri started when a number of film studios and companies were set up in Andheri. This period started from 1935 and lasted till 1980, during which Andheri was the hub of the Bollywood film industry.
One important infrastructure project, the Western Express Highway, which passes through east Andheri, connects this locality with suburbs like Bandra, Goregaon, Kandivili, Borivali and Dahisar. It then continues on to be the Delhi-Mumbai National Highway. Being located on such an important route, Andheri real estate continues to flourish under the constant traffic along this road.
Another project improving the connectivity in Andheri is the recently completed Ghatkopar Andheri Versova corridor of the Mumbai Metro. This has proven to be a boon for commuters, as it reduces their traveling time from one and a half hours to less than thirty minutes.