Vishal Thakur, 42, a businessman and resident of Yogi Nagar in Borivli (west) leaves his home at 8.30 am to reach MIDC in Andheri (east) by 10 am. He drives his car to work, which takes him 90 minutes. The distance between the two suburbs is around 15 km, and should take 25 to 30 minutes.
Yogesh Patil, who lives near Abhinav Nagar in Borivli (east), travels by train and does not have to worry about traffic on the highway, but it takes him at least 40 minutes to reach Borivli station (east) via Kasturba Marg during the morning peak hours.
Borivli has many good residential localities and is a comfortable place to live in, if you leave the commute out. The roads in this western suburb are narrow, and have not widened to accommodate the growing number of vehicles and the population following the construction of high-rises.
"No matter which route I take, it takes me close to one hour just to get out of Borivli. I have no choice but to leave early in the morning to reach office on time," said Thakur.
The arterial SV Road was widened from 90 feet to 120 feet three years ago, but that's nowhere close to enough to prevent traffic jams during peak hours. The problem is no different on Kasturba Marg and MG Road in the eastern side of the suburb. "During non-peak hour, it takes only 10 to 15 minutes to reach the station," said Patil, who has to travel by Kasturba Marg, which has not been widened.
Making matters worse are the illegal hawkers who crowd the road. Kasturba Marg is actually 90 feet wide, but not even 60 feet can be used as hawkers occupy the rest of the road. As the road leads to the station, it is also jammed with haphazardly parked autos.
As in Kandivli, for residents of Borivli too, illegal hawkers are a big nuisance. "The civic body takes action against them, but it looks like they are all hand-in-glove. Within minutes of the civic staff going away, the hawkers return," said Radhesham Thakur, a resident of Gorai.
While residents don't have any issues with the quality of water, many complain about shortage and low pressure. "We don't have any problem with the quality of drinking water, but the BMC should increase the supply time," said Vinod Sukathankar, an Eksar resident.