Urban Design Exhibition 2016,
The city of Mumbai continues to grow at a frantic pace. Urbanisation has spread into erstwhile remote territories that were once villages or natural habitats. Urban Growth is typically led by the voracious demand for lad and is followed by its regularisation through piecemeal infrastructure. As in most cases, the railway is the main feeder line that triggers development in its immediate vicinity and connects the ever northward expansion of the city to the established south.
As a result, the city has grown into clusters of settlements encroaching northwards along the railway line. Over time, they expand along their east west axis. These hybrid developments are identified as the suburbs of the city that are characterised by relative degrees of self sufficiency with a varied mix of residential, commercial and industrial use.