Modern Mumbai is one of the most expensive places in the world (with photos)
Certain parts of India these days have a spanking new look. Yesterday I took a trip to ‘town’ as Mumbaikars call it. ‘Town’ is ‘South’ Mumbai and it’s a place where people would give anything to own an apartment. Everything except money that this… Real estate prices here are some of the highest in the world and they are not showing any signs of retreating. In fact prices have increased by about 20-26% in the last year or so.
An article in a recent issue of the ET says:
Suave residential areas in the south of many cities reflect a style that is rare and distinct. Be it the open, green spaces in South Delhi’s posh Nariman Point and Churchgate in South Mumbai, there is something about these locations that make people swoon…So what Upper East Side is to Manhattan or the western Kensington district is to London — is what ‘south’ is to Delhi, Mumbai and even Chennai and Kolkata.area or the sea-facing balconies of
In short, in India ‘south’ is where the rich and famous or anyone aspiring to be so would like to be. The south of any metro — South Mumbai for instance — has become a brand that can give top luxury marquees stiff competition.
In South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar an apartment on a 400 sq yards plot went for Rs 5 crore (USD 1273885). In South Delhi’s Asiad Village a villa, just 215 sq yards, was sold for as much as Rs 3 crore.
In South Mumbai, Malabar Hill is one of the best areas to live in (the Chief Minister also has his house here, facing a beach), the rates are about Rs 29,000/ sq ft. Other posh South Mumbai areas are at Napean Sea Road, Breach Candy and Peddar Road. This site gives the property rates of all the areas in Mumbai.
And here are the photographs. The first photograph is of Haji Ali Dargah, which is in Worli, on an islet off the coast, and this road (one that overlooks Haji Ali) is one of the roads that links the rest of the city to South Mumbai.
The photograph below is one that I took from a friend’s apartment on Napean Sea Road, on Malabar Hill. It faces Priyadarshani Park and it’s this park which can be seen in the picture. The jogging path can be seen under the trees.
The most famous road in South Mumbai is Marine Drive and people tend to come here for a walk, a read, a cuddle, or simply to sit and stare at the sea.
I had mentioned in a previous post that renovation was going on at Marine Drive, as part of a beautification project. Well, a part of it is over. And the place is very clean.
The most well-known beach in Mumbai is Chowpatty. The water here is not clean but local people do swim here. The beach is quite crowded in the evening.
If you go a little ahead, a road to the left takes you up Malabar Hill. As we drove up I noticed the haze over the horizon even though it was three ‘o’ clock in the afternoon. This smog is a recent phenomena. And no, that’s not me in the car.
Now we come to the bad news, the downside of modernisation. Yesterday’s newspaper headline read: The sun may be shining on India, but we are getting less and less sunlight. This isn’t metaphorical but an actuality. A research paper by Padma Kumari from the The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorogy published in the New Scientist says:
India is getting about 5% less sunlight than it did 20 years ago…The decrease was greater during the 1990s than the 1980s, and on average corresponded to a 5% drop in sunshine over the two decades…a cloud of tiny air-borne particles released by the nation’s industries hovers above the subcontinent, blocking light from reaching the Earth…and data from from China suggests it is getting less and less sun as well because of rising particle pollution linked to industrialisation…
Similar dimming has been caused by Western nations too. The smog produced by the US and Europe during the 20th century spread worldwide and was responsible for a phase of “global dimming”
However, the West has got rid of it’s smog pollution, and this means there is hope for India! But it looks like the situation is set to get worse before it can get better. We may possess spanking new cities and brand new cars but there is a price to pay.
But be prepared. Once the smog is taken care of we’ll face the heat, literally speaking. ‘Solar dimming” protects against global warming and once it goes we’ll get brighter, but hotter cities.
(All photographs have been taken by me yesterday)
Related Viewing: A photo-essay of a traffic signal in Mumbai
An aerial view of Mumbai city and suburbs
A slide show of a sunset in Mumbai
Mumbai to refurbish plus photos of some Mumbai landmarks
View all posts filed under the category of Photography
View all posts filed under the category of SlideShows
An email forward about the Mumbaikar in a nutshell