Life of a person (before the launch of Mumbai Metro) travelling from Ghatkopar to Andheri was nothing less than a marathon filled with infinite hurdles. These hurdles often forced commuters (like me) to make hard choices in order to reach their destination on time. Standing in the queue for auto (or for that matter BEST) at Andheri was a daunting task. The best of Ubers & Olas wouldn’t help as the widest of roads and developing infrastructure seemed insufficient.
Life after Metro:
My perspective about commuting in Andheri has changed as the roads are relatively free, buses are less crowded, auto queues are not as freighting as it used to be, & most importantly the metro helps fast Mumbaikars travel even faster. Though the metro doesn’t cover all the areas extensively, it does allow you to reach neighbouring areas quickly through its strategically positioned stations; which is why I’m grateful to the brains who laid the foundation of this transit marvel. Read on to find out popular areas connected to the metro line.
Versova Metro Station:
Versova station is a major junction and starting point for all the trains. It connects several upmarket areas like Seven bungalows, JP Road, & Yari Road to name a few. Even today it takes more than 45 minutes to reach Versova from Chakala by road in moderate traffic, whereas the metro takes less than 10 minutes whether you take J.B. Nagar or WEH station, isn’t it amazing?
D. N. Nagar Metro Station:
D. N. Nagar station is a hub for cross connecting lanes and densely populated areas like Four Bunglows, Jeevan Nagar, MHADA, Swami Samarth Nagar, & Sundervan. It also connects you to several popular places like Infinity Mall, Star Bazaar, Citi Mall, & several others.
Azad Nagar Metro Station:
Azad Nagar metro station links several routes and residential areas including Apna Bazaar, Andheri Sports Complex, Navrang Talkies, Veera Desai Road, Fun Republic, & Country Club.
Andheri Metro Station:
Andheri metro station is your gateway to two main suburban rail routes including Western and Trans-harbour line. Further, it connects you to Old Nagardas Road, Teli Gully, Chinai College, Vishal hall and the list goes on.
Western Express Highway Metro Station:
As the name suggests this station offers excellent connectivity to the Western Express Highway. It’s quite close to Bisleri & HUL, you can walk down or take a BEST to reach faster.
Chakala / J. B. Nagar Metro Station:
Chakala metro station connects you to major official zones located on Andheri-Kurla road and JB Nagar.
Airport Road Metro Station:
This station offers easy access to Airport road, Church Road, Anmol Apartments Road, & Marol Pipeline.
Marol Naka Metro Station:
Marol Naka is one of the busiest areas in Andheri east. The metro station here helps you reach areas like Marol Maroshi road, Seven Hills Hospital, Passport Office & Makwana road.
Saki Naka Metro Station:
One of the most inaccessible places prior to the launch of Mumbai metro, Saki Naka now connects you to several popular areas like Saki Vihar road, 90 Feet road, Safed Pul and more.
Asalpha Metro Station:
Asalpha – Ghatkopar’s not-so-known cousin got a new identity thanks to Asalpha station on the Andheri – Ghatkopar metro line.
Jagruti Nagar Metro Station:
Jagruti Nagar is an industrial area located between Asalpha and Ghatkopar. Locals here were largely dependent on BEST buses which used to be jam packed always. Now they find it much easier to commute, thanks to the metro.
Ghatkopar Metro Station:
Ghatkopar is a hub that connects central side of the city with western through the metro. Commuters here often experience super-dense-crush-load quite similar to the local trains in peak hours.
Now I don’t fear anything, be it Chakala, Marol or Saki Naka as I know that the metro will help me zip through! Have something to share about your experience with the metro? I’d love to hear from you; just post your response in the comments section & it’ll reach us in a blink.
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