Vashi is bordered by the Sion-Panvel Highway (plus the railway station) and Nerul to the south, the Thane-Belapur Road and Sanpada/Turbhe to the east, Khairane Channel and Kopar khairane to the north, and Thane creek to the west. It is one of two Navi Mumbai nodes that directly connect to Mumbai across Thane creek (via the Mankhurd-Vashi Bridge), the other being Airoli to the north. The township center, arguably, would be Shivaji Chowk, a central square located on the Vashi-Turbhe road. It is the site of a large bronze statue of the Maratha warrior-king and folk hero Chhatrapati Shivaji on a horse, and of an upcoming museum exhibit about him. The chowk is surrounded by Sector 17, the cineplex, the fire station and the bus depot.
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 businesses, 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 Navi Mumbai for wholesale agricultural produce, is located in Sector 19 and part of Sector 18.
Vashi used to have near continuous power supply. As of late 2005, however, one to two hours a day of scheduled load shedding has been enforced by MSEDC, cycling among various areas of the city, in order to cope with the rising population and power consumption.
But Vashi being a major revenue gainer and for its almost zero pending bills and low distribution losses is overdue to get rewarded with 24 hours uninterrupted supply for which MSEDC will procure electricity from private electricity generators in the area.
Also NMMC is looking at generating electricity using non-conventional methods of generating electricity like wind energy as Navi Mumbai is blessed with a long coastline and generating energy from waste which is collected throughout the node.
Load shedding was stopped temporarily in 2008 when Tata Power started suppling power in Navi Mumbai. Power cuts have resumed in Navi Mumbai for about 4-5 hours daily due to a state-wide deficiency in power generation.
Autorickshaws provide the primary means of personal local transportation. Travelling to other nodes by autorickshaw usually entails the payment of one-and-a-half times the regular meter fare, or some other negotiated fare.
Yellowtop taxicabs operating from designated taxi stands provide the means to travel further to destinations such as Mumbai and Thane; a bridge toll may be charged in addition, where applicable. Luxury and standard long-distance bus services often stop at Vashi en route to other cities and towns across the country.
The orange NMMT public buses , Red and Cream BEST (BrihanMumbai Electric Supply and Transport) which are numbered 500 to 599 (connecting Mumbai and Navi Mumbai) and ST public buses serve as a much cheaper means of transportation. Buses starting from or passing through Vashi's own bus depot allow passengers direct and fast passage to destinations across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Some Mumbai-Vashi routes, however, drop in frequency or stop altogether at night.
The route numbers for some important bus destinations that can be reached from Vashi:
Vashi is connected to Mumbai by rail on the Harbour line of the Central Railway, part of the Mumbai suburban railway. Travelling to destinations in Mumbai by rail often involves taking a train to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus first. Another rail link connects Vashi to Thane(see Transport in Thane). Vashi Railway station
Each sector has its own cluster of shops called "mini-markets" that sell basic items such as rice, pulses, candy. Some bigger sectors have bigger "mini-markets" that sell everything from garments to hair-cuts. Sector-17 is one of the large sectors of Vashi and is located near the highway which happens to be the entrance to Vashi. It's very close to Vashi Railway Station. Sector 9 is home to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. Sectors 6, 7 and 8 in Vashi are home to Row Houses while Sector 8 also has bungalows.Sector 8 is located close to the place from where hovercrafts would land and take off.
As of the end of February 2008, there are four Shopping malls functioning in Vashi, called Center One, City Center, Raghuleela and Palm Beach Galleria. They host a variety of large and small retailers, including Pantaloons, Big Bazaar ,Globus and MAX, as well as a number of fast food joints and franchises.
Shopping in or strolling around Sector 17 is a popular activity for residents and visitors. The area is packed with retail outlets selling everything from furniture and fixtures to clothing and electronics. It hosts many restaurants and bars, mithai shops, fast food franchises like McDonald's, Domino's, Garcia's pizza, etc popular vegetarian restaurants like Navratna,Golden Punjab, as well as franchises of Monginis, Birdy's, Crroisant, Cafe Coffee Day and the like. Sectors 9 and 10 along the main road are also major commercial and retail areas.8118
Vashi also hosts a number of colleges. Father Agnel College (formally, Father Conceicao Rodrigues Institute of Technology and Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College (formerly known as Modern College) are among the well known colleges in the node.
Various training and coaching institutes have centers in Vashi. These include NIIT, Aptech and SSI for infotech training, with Career Launcher and Unitech coaching in competitive exam preparation. Recently, The Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a nonprofit foundation has also opened at the new BSEL tech park opposite Vashi Railway station.
The Mumbai Divisional SSC Board, one of the divisional boards of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education is headquartered in Vashi in Sector 16-A. Avalon Heights International School, the first school of its kind to be affiliated to the University of Cambridge International Examinations, also offers the ICSE syllabus.
Cinemax has also opened a 3-screen Multiplex, which has modern facilities such as recliner seats in City Center in a few months after Adlabs. Other cineplexes are due to open as part of the Inorbit Mall and Raghuleela mall. PVR Cinemas is planning to open one in Inorbit Mall. Recently, Fame has opened up a 6-screen multiplex, the biggest in Vashi at Raghuleela mall.
Vashi has its own police station in Sector 3, but shuts down for the most part by 10 p.m.
Well known landmarks in Sector 17 include Big Splash and Vashi Plaza.
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