|Planned, Developed and Owned By||CIDCO|
|• Type||Municipal Corporation|
|• Body||Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation |
Panvel Municipal Corporation (Raigad District)
|• Total||344 km2 (133 sq mi)|
|Elevation||14 m (46 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||MH-43 (Thane district)|
MH-46 (Raigad district)
Navi Mumbai (Marathi pronunciation: [nəʋiː mumbəi]) is a planned city that is adjacent to Mumbai, located in the Konkan division of Maharashtra state, on the mainland of India. Navi Mumbai is situated across two districts, Thane and Raigad, and is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
The city has been ranked 3rd among 73 cities surveyed for cleanliness and hygiene by the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and Quality Council of India (QCI) as a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Navi Mumbai is home to various educational institutions. Various multinational corporations have their head offices/branches across the city, making it an active business hub. Navi Mumbai also has various recreational facilities such as a Golf Course, Central Park and Pandavkada Water Falls in Kharghar. Thane Belapur Marg and Palm Beach Marg are major business attraction and upmarket residential areas respectively.
The city's or area history dates back to the late 1500s when Siddis of Janjira built the Belapur Killa located atop a hillock, near the mouth of the Panvel Creek. In 1682, the fort was captured by the Portuguese, who had managed to annex the regions controlled by the Siddis, near Belapur.
In 1733, the Marathas, led by Chimaji Appa, wrested control of the fort from the Portuguese. He had made a vow that if it were to be successfully recaptured from the Portuguese, he would place a garland of beli leaves in a nearby Amruthaishwar temple, and after the victory the fort was christened as Belapur Fort. The Marathas ruled the area until 23 June 1817, when it was captured by Captain Charles Gray of the British East India Company. The British partially destroyed the fort under their policy of razing any Maratha stronghold in the area.
The population of Greater Mumbai rose from 2.966 million in 1951 to 4.152 million in 1961 and to 5.970 million in 1971. The rapid rate of growth of population resulted in a fast deterioration in the quality of life for the majority of people living in the city.
The Government of Maharashtra formed a committee under the Chairmanship of Prof. D. R. Gadgil and asked: “to formulate broad principles of regional planning for the metropolitan regions of Mumbai Panvel and Pune and to make recommendations for the establishment of Metropolitan Authorities for preparation and execution of such plans”.
The Gadgil Committee inter-alia made two important recommendations which have influenced the planning for Navi Mumbai. One, a planned decentralisation of industries with severe restrictions on further industrial growth in the Bombay region. Two, development of the mainland area as a multi-nucleated settlement, each settlement smaller in size than 250,000 population.
The Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act was passed in 1966 and brought into force in January 1967. The Bombay Metropolitan Region was notified in June 1967 and a Regional Planning Board constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri L. G. Rajwade, I. C. S. The Draft Regional Plan of the Board was finalised in January 1970. It proposed the development of a twin city across the harbour, on the mainland to the east, as a counter-magnet to the office concentration taking place at the southern tip of Bombay.
The Board recommended that the new metro-centre or Navi Mumbai as it is now called, be developed to accommodate a population of 2.1 million.
The planning of Navi Mumbai began in 1971 and involved leading architects and urban planner like Charles Correa (Chief Architect), Shirish Patel, Pravina Mehta and R. K. Jha (Chief Planner), The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) was established on 17 March 1971, under the Indian Companies Act, 1956 for this purpose. The area covered 150 kilometres (93 mi) of the total 720 kilometres (450 mi) of the Konkan coast. Privately owned land consisting of 86 villages covering 15,954 hectares (39,420 acres) within the present limits of Navi Mumbai and further villages measuring an additional 2,870 hectares (7,100 acres) were acquired by the government of Maharashtra. Navi Mumbai covers the southern part of Thane taluka (from Thane District) and part of Panvel and Uran talukas (from Raigad District).
CIDCO carved out 19 small nodes with a view towards facilitating comprehensive development. These nodes were named Airoli, Ghansoli, Kopar Khairane, Juhu Nagar, Vashi, Turbhe, Sanpada, Juinagar, Nerul, Seawoods (Darave), Karave Nagar, CBD Belapur, Kharghar, Kamothe, New Panvel, Kalamboli, Ulwe, Dronagiri and Taloja.
CIDCO planned and constructed all the railway stations, roads and public spaces in Navi Mumbai and developed nearby areas commercially.
In 1973, the Vashi bridge was opened to the public for residents of Vashi, CBD Belapur and Nerul. The Sion-Panvel Highway was built to reduce the time taken to travel from Sion to Panvel. Initially, there was not much response to the new city. Major changes took place only after 1990, with the commissioning of a wholesale agricultural produce market at Turbhe and the construction of a commuter railway line from Mankhurd to Vashi in May 1992. These developments caused a sudden growth in economic activities and population in Navi Mumbai.
The city was originally planned to create affordable housing for people who could not afford living in Mumbai. It was decided not to let any slum pockets pop up across the city. But it failed. as, according to the 2001 census, a fifth to a third of the population of municipalized Navi Mumbai lives in slums  and gaothans (urban villages), with thousands of buildings violating planning norms.
By the end of the 1990s, the planning authority of Navi Mumbai initiated private participation in the developmental activity of Navi Mumbai. A new railway link between Nerul and Uran was inaugurated on 11 November 2018. Southern Navi Mumbai is being developed rapidly with its class infrastructure and modern nodes of Kharghar, Kamothe, Panvel and Kalamboli. These nodes are experiencing major infrastructural developments due to their proximity to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. Also, the latest development known as 'One Time Planning' with an estimated budget of ₹12,821 crores is underway to transform the municipalized Navi Mumbai on the lines of the Mega Cities of the world.
A significant part of Flamingos that settle in the Greater Mumbai Region are found in Navi Mumbai.
When Navi Mumbai was created in the 1970s, CIDCO was the only authority that looked after the development and maintenance of the city. CIDCO prepared a developmental plan for Navi Mumbai covering 95 villages all over the city.
For the first ten years of the project CIDCO acted as the planning and administrative body and as the developer and builder for the project. Taxes on property, land, commercial and water were payable to CIDCO.
CIDCO planned 14 nodes divided into the North and the South part. The 7 nodes in the North part are Airoli node, Ghansoli node, Kopar Khairane node, Vashi node, Sanpada node, Nerul node and Belapur node. The 7 nodes in the South part are Kharghar node, Kamothe node, Kalamboli node, Pushpak Nagar node, Panvel node, Ulwe node and Dronagiri node. Also, two municipal bodies have been established, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) in the North and Panvel Municipal Corporation in the South. Each of the nodes is divided into smaller groups called sectors.
Initially only Juhu Nagar, Vashi, Nerul and CBD Belapur were developed by CIDCO with housing, schools and community centre roads. But after the arrival of the harbour railway line extension in the 1990s, there was an increase in population. CIDCO shifted its development plan to nodes like Kharghar, Kamothe, New Panvel and Kopar Khairane. In its new development plan, CIDCO land was allocated to builders for housing. CIDCO only provided basic infrastructure like roads, water and electricity, these nodes were developed mostly by private builders according to the CIDCO plan.
The newly developed nodes of Navi Mumbai on the south side like Kharghar, Kamothe, New Panvel and Kalamboli are maintained by CIDCO. These nodes, which are all beyond CBD Belapur, come under the Raigad district.
State government has asked CIDCO to develop South Navi Mumbai as a smart city as it will be a role model for other states in the country. Smart City project includes, Navi Mumbai International Airport, Mumbai Trans Harbour Link connecting Ulwe with Sewri, a long coastal link from Dronagiri, extension of the Palm Beach Road from Kopar Khairane to Airoli, extension of national highway, local train railway from Panvel to Ulwe and Uran, new metro projects, including CBD Belapur, Taloja, Khandeshwar and Navi Mumbai airport metro project, development of fourth container terminal in JNPT, new greenfield cities, one near Uran, affordable housing schemes for low income groups and Project Affected Peoples (PAPs), new parks, playgrounds, auditoriums, bhavans, noise and air quality index checkers using advanced technologies, modern sewage treatment plants. CIDCO has its own plan of developing the area under its jurisdiction (informally called as Navi Mumbai South) as a smart city. Everything will be completed by 2022, except the airport.
On 17 December 1991, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) was constituted by the state government for maintaining some of the developed nodes of Navi Mumbai.
Local self-government started on 1 January 1992. NMMC was handed seven of the 14 nodes of the Navi Mumbai project area for its jurisdiction. However, CIDCO, as a planning authority, has rights on the open plots in these seven nodes.
The NMMC jurisdiction starts at Digha in the North and ends at Belapur in the South. The NMMC area is planned into seven nodes (zones) - Belapur node, Nerul node, Sanpada Node, Vashi node, Kopar Khairane node, Ghansoli node and Airoli node.
Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation is rated amongst the richest corporations in Maharashtra.
The municipal corporation is headed by a municipal commissioner and an elected mayor. Currently, due to delayed in corporation election, the commissioner of corporation Mr. Abhijeet Bangar takes the charge of administrator for management of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation until next elections.
Panvel Municipal Council (PMC), which previously administered the city of Old Panvel, was upgraded from Municipal Council to a Municipal Corporation  after incorporating the adjacent nodes of Navi Mumbai under CIDCO's jurisdiction and surrounding villages in the proposed Panvel Municipal Corporation.
As per provisional reports of Census India, population of Navi Mumbai in 2011 is 1,120,547; out of which males and females are 610,060 and 510,487 respectively. Although Navi Mumbai has population of 1,120,547, its urban / metropolitan population is 18,414,288 of which 9,894,088 are males and 8,520,200 are females. At least 65.5% of population speaks Marathi language in Navi Mumbai.
Total number of literate individuals in Navi Mumbai is 911,542. Out of this number, 519,257 are males while 392,285 are females. Average literacy rate of Navi Mumbai is 91.57 percent of which male and female literacy was 95.05 and 87.33 percent. The sex ratio of Navi Mumbai is 831 females per 1000 males. Child sex ratio of girls is 901 per 1000 boys.
Navi Mumbai has a robust infrastructure, is well connected to other parts of the state and country and is relatively less polluted compared to Mumbai. The city has a good public transportation system with NMMT, the transport wing of NMMC, serving the bus commuters, the Mumbai suburban railway serving the train commuters and a large fleet of auto rickshaws for intra-nodal commute. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway starts at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai. The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), also known as the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link, is an under construction 22-kilometre (14 mi) long freeway grade road bridge connecting South Mumbai with Navi Mumbai.
The Mumbai suburban railway network covers most of the populated regions of the city. The most important suburban stations are Vashi, Nerul, Belapur and Panvel. The stations are planned as major railway junctions. Panvel is the only mainline station and also the busiest railway station of Navi Mumbai. All outstation trains halt here for time periods varying from 5 to 20 minutes. It is an important junction, railway lines come and meet here and it is connected to almost all parts of India. A new broad gauge line is functional between Karjat & Panvel.
Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses run from various area of Mumbai to Navi Mumbai & Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) buses run all over Navi Mumbai and various area in Mumbai, Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan-Dombivli-Badlapur, Panvel-Khopoli-Taloja, Uran-Ulwe etc. NMMT runs AC Volvo buses from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan-Dombivli. The Palm Beach Marg, a 10-kilometre (6.2 mi) long six lane road connects Vashi to CBD Belapur running parallel to the Thane Creek.
NMMT Routes in Navi Mumbai
|NMMT||2||Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn to Purna Village|
|NMMT||2E||Divanagar (Airoli Sector 10) to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn|
|NMMT||3||Kopar Khairane Bus Stn to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn Via Patni|
|NMMT||4||Vashi (Sector 07) Bus Stn to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn|
|NMMT||4E||Mahape Junction to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn|
|NMMT||5||Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn to Bhiwandi Via Mankoli|
|NMMT||AC 7||Vashi Rly Stn to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn|
|NMMT||8||Vashi Rly Stn to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn Via Ghansoli Village|
|NMMT||AC 9||Vashi Rly Stn to Ghansoli Depot|
|NMMT||10||Sanpada Rly Stn to Ghansoli Depot Via APMC Market|
|NMMT||11||Sanpada Rly Stn to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn Via MIDC|
|NMMT||12||Airoli Bus Stn to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn Via MIDC|
|NMMT||AC 14||Nerul Sector 50 to DY Patil College (Nerul LP)|
|NMMT||AC 15||Nerul Sector 46/48 to DY Patil College (Nerul LP)|
|NMMT||AC 16||Belapur Rly Stn to Nhava Village|
|NMMT||AC 17||Nerul Rly Stn (E) to Baman Dongri Rly Stn (Ulwe)|
|NMMT||AC 18||Ghansoli Depot to Kharkopar Rly Stn (Ulwe)|
|NMMT||AC 20||Ghansoli Depot to Nerul Sector 46/48|
|NMMT||AC 21||Vashi (Sector 07) Bus Stn to Artist Colony (CBD) Via Nerul (E)|
|NMMT||AC 22||Vashi (Sector 07) Bus Stn to Jalvayu Vihar (Kharghar) Via Nerul (W)|
|NMMT||AC 23||Artist Colony (CBD) to Kharkopar Rly Stn (Ulwe)|
|NMMT||24||Panvel Rly Stn (W) to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn|
|NMMT||30||Kalamboli (Roadpali) to Uran (Pensioners Park)|
|NMMT||31||Kopar Khairane Bus Stn to Uran (Pensioners Park)|
|NMMT||AC 34||Jui Nagar Rly Stn (E) to Koproli Village|
|NMMT||41||Vashi Rly Stn to Dombivli Rly Stn (W) Via Turbhe Naka|
|NMMT||AC 42||Vashi Rly Stn to Dombivli Rly Stn (W) Via APMC Market / Kopar Khairane|
|NMMT||43||Kharghar Rly Stn to Taloja Phase 1|
|NMMT||AC 44||Belapur Rly Stn to Dombivli Rly Stn (W) Via Turbhe Naka|
|NMMT||45||Kharghar Rly Stn to Taloja Phase 2|
|NMMT||46||Vashi Rly Stn to Badlapur Via Turbhe Naka|
|NMMT||47||Belapur Rly Stn to Badlapur Via Taloja MIDC|
|NMMT||48||Belapur Rly Stn to Rasayani Via Dandphata|
|NMMT||49||Belapur Rly Stn to Karjat|
|NMMT||50||Kopar Khairane Bus Stn to Panvel Rly Stn (W)|
|NMMT||AC 52||Belapur Rly Stn to Taloja Phase 2 Via Kharghar|
|NMMT||53||Kharghar Rly Stn to RAF Colony|
|NMMT||54||Kharghar Rly Stn to Shilp Valley (Sector 36)|
|NMMT||AC 55||Ghansoli Depot to Taloja Phase 1 Via Kharghar|
|NMMT||56||Mansarovar Rly Stn to Roadpali Via Kalamboli|
|NMMT||58||Vashi Bus Stn to Khopoli|
|NMMT||59||Khandeshwar Rly Stn to Panvel Rly Stn (E)|
|NMMT||60||Vashi Rly Stn to Kalyan Rly Stn (W) Via Turbhe Naka|
|NMMT||AC 61||Belapur Rly Stn to Kalyan Rly Stn (W) Via Turbhe Naka|
|NMMT||AC 62||Vashi Rly Stn to Kalyan Rly Stn (W) Via Kopar Khairane|
|NMMT||64||Digha Rly Stn to Kalyan Rly Stn (W) Via Airoli|
|NMMT||AC 65||Patni to Kalyan Rly Stn (W) Via Airoli / MIDC|
|NMMT||66||Ghansoli Rly Stn (E) to Kalyan Rly Stn (W)|
|NMMT||71||Belapur Rly Stn to Kalyan Rly Stn (W) Via Taloja MIDC|
|NMMT||73||Panvel Rly Stn (W) to Kalyan Rly Stn (W) Via Taloja MIDC|
|NMMT||75||Panvel Rly Stn (W) to Sai Nagar|
|NMMT||76||Panvel Rly Stn (W) to Karanjade Sector 06|
|NMMT||77||Panvel Rly Stn (E) to Mahalaxmi Nagar (Nere Village)|
|NMMT||AC 81||Vashi Rly Stn to Mumbra Retibunder Via Turbhe Naka|
|NMMT||82||Vashi Rly Stn to Diva Rly Stn (E) Via Turbhe Naka|
|NMMT||83||Airoli Bus Stn to Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn Via Patni|
|NMMT||84||Vashi Rly Stn to Mumbra Retibunder Via Kopar Khairane|
|NMMT||86||Thane (Cidco) Bus Stn to Diva Rly Sun (E) Via Kalwa / Mumbra|
|NMMT||AC 100||Vashi Rly Stn to Lokmanya Nagar (Thane) Via Mulund Gawanpada|
|NMMT||AC 105||Panvel Rly Stn (W) to Bandra Rly Stn (W)|
|NMMT||AC 106||Panvel Rly Stn (W) to World Trade Centre Via Freeway|
|NMMT||AC 107||CBD Belapur Bus Stn to World Trade Centre Via Freeway|
|NMMT||AC 108||Nerul Sector 46/48 to World Trade Centre Via Freeway|
|NMMT||109||Digha Rly Stn to Nahur Rly Stn (E) Via Patni|
|NMMT||AC 110||Jalvayu Vihar (Kharghar) to World Trade Centre Via Freeway|
|NMMT||AC 114||Ghansoli Depot to World Trade Centre Via Freeway|
|NMMT||AC 115||Kharkopar Rly Stn (Ulwe) to World Trade Centre Via Freeway|
|NMMT||AC 125||Jalvayu Vihar (Kharghar) to Borivali Rly Stn (E) Via Eastern Express Highway|
|NMMT||AC 131||Airoli Bus Stn to Borivali Rly Stn (E) Via Ghodbunder Road|
|NMMT||AC 144||Airoli Bus Stn to Andheri Rly Stn (E)|
BEST Routes in Navi Mumbai
|BEST||501||Kurla Rly Stn (E) to Airoli Bus Stn|
|BEST||502||Tata Power Stn (Chembur) to Nerul Sector 46/48|
|BEST||504||Deonar Depot to Jalvayu Vihar (Kharghar)|
|BEST||C-505||Bandra Depot to CBD Belapur Bus Stn|
|BEST||506||Deonar Depot to Nerul Bus Stn|
|BEST||507||Santacruz Rly Stn (E) to APMC Market (Vashi) Via SCLR|
|BEST||511||Ghatkopar Depot to Nerul Bus Stn|
|BEST||512||Mulund (W) Check Naka Bus Stn to Nerul Bus Stn|
|BEST||C-513||Mulund Depot to Vashi Rly Stn|
|BEST||517||Santacruz Rly Stn (E) to APMC Market (Vashi)|
|BEST||C-521||Wadala Depot to Ghansoli Gharonda|
|BEST||522||Marol Depot to Millenium Business Park (Mahape)|
|BEST||523||Dindoshi Depot to Airoli Bus Stn|
|BEST||C-525||Majas Depot to Vashi Rly Stn|
|BEST||533||Agarkar Chowk Andheri Rly Stn (E) to APMC Market (Vashi)|
|BEST||545||Agarkar Chowk Andheri Rly Stn (E) to Airoli Bus Stn|
|BEST||C-53||Ghatkopar Depot to Kalamboli Bus Stn|
|BEST||C-54||Worli Depot to Airoli Bus Stn Via BKC|
Auto rickshaws provide inter as well as intra nodal public transport across the city. Taxis operating from designated taxi stands provide the means to travel to further destinations. Taxis charge a fixed rate approved by the R. T. O. details of which can be found on popular local transit apps of the city.
Navi Mumbai has the largest container terminal in India, Jawaharlal Nehru Port at Nhava Sheva near Uran. It is well connected by road and rail, and handles approximately 56.13% of India's container traffic. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, 30 km away, is the nearest airport to the city.
Main article: Navi Mumbai International Airport
The Navi Mumbai International Airport is being constructed in southern Panvel near Ulwe. It is being built through Public Private Partnership (PPP), with private sector partners having 74% equity and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Government of Maharashtra (through CIDCO) each holding 13%.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has already given techno-feasibility clearance to the airport. The central government provided cabinet approval for the construction on 31 May 2007. The airport's construction was started in August 2021, and is expected to be fully operational by December 2024.
Main article: Navi Mumbai Metro
The Navi Mumbai Metro is an under construction rapid transit system in Navi Mumbai. A network of as many as six lines have been planned of which four lines will be constructed by CIDCO in the Navi Mumbai south region, the second and third line of the metro system will be constructed by NMMC and MMRDA respectively. The first line of the metro system is being constructed by CIDCO. This line includes three phases. In the first phase, the line will join the CBD Belapur station on the Mumbai suburban railway and Pendhar village. In the second phase, the line will join Taloja MIDC and Khandeshwar node (which will be extended to the[Navi Mumbai International Airport in Ulwe node of the city), and in the third phase, the line will link the Pendhar and Taloja MIDC metro stations. The first phase of the line 1 is slated to become operational by 2020 and CIDCO has claimed to make the network of its four lines fully operational by 2022–2023 along with operationalisation of the city's International Airport in Ulwe node. The cost of the metro project has risen from 4,163 crore for 21.45 km in 2011 to 8,904 crore for 26.26 km in 2018.
The city boasts a reliable supply of electricity from various sources, and excellent motoring conditions, with numerous flyovers, broad roads, and parking lots. A hovercraft service from Vashi to Colaba and the CBD to Colaba did not succeed due to the high cost of tickets and maintenance. CIDCO is planning to relaunch its hovercraft service from Vashi, Belapur, Nerul and Airoli to Gateway of India.
There are adequate utility services, banks, restaurants, malls, multiplexes and other shops in Navi Mumbai. The City boasts several shopping malls such as Little World Mall, Glomax Mall, Prime mall and Pacific Mall in the most developed node of Navi Mumbai, Kharghar; K-Mall and the Orion Mall in Panvel node of the city; Center One, Palm Beach Galleria, Citi Center, Raghuleela Mall and Inorbit Mall in Vashi, along with the Seawoods Nexus Mall in Seawoods. Throughout Navi Mumbai, supermarkets and hypermarkets like Big Bazaar, Reliance Smart, Reliance Smart points, Apna Bazaar, More, Spencer's, Reliance Fresh, Spinach, Daily Bazar and Fairprice cater to the shopping needs of the residents. DMart has launched eight hypermarkets in Navi Mumbai.
Leading banks such as Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, South Indian Bank, State Bank of India, Union Bank, Saraswat Bank, Bank of Baroda, AXIS Bank, Canara Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Central Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, State Bank of Hyderabad, Citibank India, ICICI Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Citi Bank, HSBC Bank and HDFC Bank have their branches and ATMs around Navi Mumbai. The Reserve Bank of India has served the people of Navi Mumbai since 2001.
Navi Mumbai has some three-star and five-star hotels; namely Royal Tulip (five-star hotel in Kharghar), The Hotel Three Star (In Kharghar), The Park (Belapur CBD), Fortune Select Exotica-Member ITC Hotel Group (Vashi), The Regenza by Tunga (Vashi), Four Points by Sheraton (Vashi) & Hotel Yogi Executive (Vashi) to name a few.
The Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone (SEZ) located in the nodes of Dronagiri and Kalamboli are planned to provide commercial growth and employment to the city. Positioned en route the proposed Navi Mumbai Airport, this megaproject has attracted investments of close to 40,000 crores. Navi Mumbai is a new hub for newly incorporated companies & start ups to establish their base in Mumbai. As per the list of newly incorporated companies in Navi Mumbai around 500 new & startups companies were registered in and around the region every month.
Cricket is the most popular sport in the city. Navi Mumbai has its own International Cricket Stadium in Shiravne (Nerul) called the DY Patil Stadium which hosts IPL T-20 matches, including hosting the 2008 and 2010 IPL finals. It was one of the two venues for the inaugural edition of the Women's Premier League (WPL) in 2023. It is also the home ground for the Indian Super League football club Mumbai City FC. The Fr. Agnel Stadium in Vashi is the training ground of the team.
Navi Mumbai was one of the host cities of the 2017 FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup and the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with the DY Patil Stadium hosting the final of the event in 2022.
Navi Mumbai Sports Association is the oldest sports complex in Navi Mumbai, NMSA has contributed significantly to the sports world by creating international level athletes from Navi Mumbai. Navi Mumbai has an Olympic-size swimming pool at Nerul. CIDCO has proposed two 18-hole golf course academies at Nerul and Kharghar. There are plans to have sports facilities in the proposed 80 hectare Central Park being developed in Kharghar. The CIDCO has also constructed an 11-hole golf course in Kharghar near Central Park.
Main article: Schools and Colleges in Navi Mumbai
Provision of schools and colleges was priority in the planning of Navi Mumbai. The nodes (townships) were designed to provide one primary school per 5,000 populations, one high school for 12,500 populations and one college for 50,000 population.
Each of the nodes is self-sufficient in terms of providing quality education. Students are given access to various syllabi, including the State Education Board, CBSE, IGCSE, IB and ICSE patterns. Other than this, CIDCO encouraged private institutions as well.
About 22.5% of the total population is considered to be school-going children. Most students attend school and college within their node (township). 76% of the students walk to their school or college, 12% use public transport, 10% use bicycles and only 2% travel by school bus.
A number of premier schools and colleges have been set up in Navi Mumbai. And not just local students, but students from Mumbai and even outside come to Navi Mumbai in their quest for quality education. As such, Navi Mumbai is quickly acquiring the title of educational hub.