A casual drive down Mumbai’s iconic Marine Drive, Worli Sea Face, or Haji Ali Road is met with awkward, unfamiliar, twists and turns, framed by blue-green notice boards that proclaim the words, “Mumbai is Upgrading”. Once familiar sights from the silver screen of Bollywood’s box office, today, seem foreign to even the truest of Mumbaikars, who find themselves lost in the diversions and bypasses of roads and alleyways they once knew like the backs of their hands.

As the Maximum City grows ever larger, bursting at the seams with a population that is exponentially denser by the day, our city’s infrastructural projects are jostling to catch up. Previously shelved or delayed projects, that have remained stagnant for the better part of several decades, now rush forward with an unforeseen pace, having been finally given the green light for Mumbai’s redevelopment.

From the Samruddhi Mahamarg to the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, and from the Mumbai Coastal Road, to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, and Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail, the city’s large infrastructural projects will see the advent of a new Mumbai, virtually unrecognisable when compared to its previous incarnation.