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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">'''Virar''' is a city in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtra Maharashtra], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India India], part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Virar is also a part of Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation in Thane district in the Indian state of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtra Maharashtra].</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">'''Virar''' is a city in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtra Maharashtra], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India India], part of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai_Metropolitan_Region Mumbai Metropolitan Region]. Virar is also a part of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasai-Virar_Municipal_Corporation Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thane Thane] district in the Indian state of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtra Maharashtra].</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Virar railway station is the northern-most railway station on the Western Line of Mumbai Suburban Railway. Real Estate has been booming in Virar because of its tourism and because of big construction players like Rustomjee, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDIL HDIL], which has already started constructing in Virar. In the coming 2–3 years, Virar is being eyed as a major development city.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virar_railway_station Virar railway station] is the northern-most railway station on the Western Line of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai_Suburban_Railway Mumbai Suburban Railway]. Real Estate has been booming in Virar because of its tourism and because of big construction players like Rustomjee, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDIL HDIL], which has already started constructing in Virar. In the coming 2–3 years, Virar is being eyed as a major development city.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">The climate of the city is [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_climate tropical].</p>
 
==History==
 
==History==
The name '''Virar''', as some believe, comes from the Indian philosopher Jeevan Virar. Some however argue that the name actually comes from the Goddess ''Eka-viraa'' (एकविरा). Just as Tunga Parvat becomes "Tunga-ar", similarly "Vira" becomes "Vira-ar".There is a huge temple of Eka-vira Devi on the banks of Vaitarna River at the foot hills Tunga Parvat, (this is now totally broken by the continuous raids of Mohamedeans and Portuguese in the last 400 years), where people used to conclude their "Shurpaaraka Yatra", as described in the Puranas and local legends. There is a huge tank here dedicated to Eka veera Devi called "Viraar Tirtha", i.e. "Eka- Viraa Tirtha". Even today, on the west banks of Viraar Tirtha, one finds a carved stone about three feet long and nine inches broad. Below that is a group of female figures of the Yoginis of Ekaveera Devi. Nearby one can find a stone with a roughly cut cow and calf (Savatsa Dhenu), a symbol of Govardhana Math which symbolises eternity or Moksha. Moving ahead near the foot of a knoll of rock are two cow’s feet (Go-Paad) roughly cut in rock.
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The name Virar, as some believe, comes from the Indian philosopher Jeevan Virar. Some however argue that the name actually comes from the Goddess ''Eka-viraa'' (एकविरा). Just as Tunga Parvat becomes "Tunga-ar", similarly "Vira" becomes "Vira-ar".There is a huge temple of Eka-vira Devi on the banks of Vaitarna River at the foot hills Tunga Parvat, (this is now totally broken by the continuous raids of Mohamedeans and Portuguese in the last 400 years), where people used to conclude their "Shurpaaraka Yatra", as described in the Puranas and local legends. There is a huge tank here dedicated to Eka veera Devi called "Viraar Tirtha", i.e. "Eka- Viraa Tirtha". Even today, on the west banks of Viraar Tirtha, one finds a carved stone about three feet long and nine inches broad. Below that is a group of female figures of the Yoginis of Ekaveera Devi. Nearby one can find a stone with a roughly cut cow and calf (Savatsa Dhenu), a symbol of Govardhana Math which symbolises eternity or Moksha. Moving ahead near the foot of a knoll of rock are two cow’s feet (Go-Paad) roughly cut in rock.Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jivdani_Mata Jivdani Mata]
   
 
==Demographics==
 
==Demographics==
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">The city's public school system is managed by the education ministry of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Maharashtra Government of Maharashtra]. Hence the syllabus is under the state pattern devised by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtra_State_Board_of_Secondary_and_Higher_Secondary_Education Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education]. There are also other private schools who offer syllabus under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Board_of_Secondary_Education Central Board of Secondary Education] (CBSE) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Certificate_of_Secondary_Education Indian Certificate of Secondary Education] (ICSE) guidelines besides the state pattern. The late Shri Vishnu Waman Thakur Charitable trust and the Agashi-Virar-Arnala Education Society are the two most prominent bodies which have opened many institutes offering education ranging from Kindergarten to PhD degrees in Virar. One can get graduate and post graduate degrees in Arts, Commerce, Commerce, Management studies and Technology through these institutes. '''Schools in virar:-'''</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">The city's public school system is managed by the education ministry of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Maharashtra Government of Maharashtra]. Hence the syllabus is under the state pattern devised by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtra_State_Board_of_Secondary_and_Higher_Secondary_Education Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education]. There are also other private schools who offer syllabus under [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Board_of_Secondary_Education Central Board of Secondary Education] (CBSE) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Certificate_of_Secondary_Education Indian Certificate of Secondary Education] (ICSE) guidelines besides the state pattern. The late Shri Vishnu Waman Thakur Charitable trust and the Agashi-Virar-Arnala Education Society are the two most prominent bodies which have opened many institutes offering education ranging from Kindergarten to PhD degrees in Virar. One can get graduate and post graduate degrees in Arts, Commerce, Commerce, Management studies and Technology through these institutes. '''Schools in virar:-'''</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">''K.G.High School,Agashi Virar West.'' N.G. Vartak English Medium High School And Junior College</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">''K.G.High School,Agashi Virar West.'' ''N.G. Vartak English Medium High School And Junior College''</p>
 
==Tourism and places of attraction==
 
==Tourism and places of attraction==
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Despite being in close proximity to the ever busy lifestyle of Mumbai, Virar manages to be a well known tourist place for many reasons.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Despite being in close proximity to the ever busy lifestyle of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai Mumbai], Virar manages to be a well known tourist place for many reasons.</p>
 
==='''Faith'''===
 
==='''Faith'''===
 
===='''Jivdani Temple'''====
 
===='''Jivdani Temple'''====
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===='''Jain Temple'''====
 
===='''Jain Temple'''====
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;"><span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">For </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jain_Community Jain Community]<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;"> (Sthanakwasi jain, Deravasi and Others) all around Mumbai, this Jain Temple located at Agashi, about 5 kilometres from the Station is very famous amongst Jains who visit this place Daily and specially on Saturdays, as it is one of the very old temples in Mumbai and the adjoining region. This 400-year old temple has beautiful old carvings of the Lords of Jain community like </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Mahavira Shri Mahavir]<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">, Lord Ghantagharan bhagvan and some specially decorated carvings of old times. Agashi temple also has overnight staying options for tourists travelling from far distance, especially for commuters coming to visit from all over Mumbai. Also due to people's demand a new Jain temple at Agashi has been developed with beautiful looks and spacious environment. This place is specially crowded during Jain ‘</span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samvatsari samvatsari]<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">’ which is one of the special day when the Jains meet there for saying </span>''MICHHAMI DUKKADAM''<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;"> which means </span>''<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">Sorry if ever I'd hurt you... lets begin with a new start</span><span style="font-size:11px;line-height:11px;"> </span>''</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;"><span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">For </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jain_Community Jain Community]<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;"> (Sthanakwasi jain, Deravasi and Others) all around Mumbai, this Jain Temple located at Agashi, about 5 kilometres from the Station is very famous amongst Jains who visit this place Daily and specially on Saturdays, as it is one of the very old temples in Mumbai and the adjoining region. This 400-year old temple has beautiful old carvings of the Lords of Jain community like </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Mahavira Shri Mahavir]<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">, Lord Ghantagharan bhagvan and some specially decorated carvings of old times. Agashi temple also has overnight staying options for tourists travelling from far distance, especially for commuters coming to visit from all over Mumbai. Also due to people's demand a new Jain temple at Agashi has been developed with beautiful looks and spacious environment. This place is specially crowded during Jain ‘</span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samvatsari samvatsari]<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">’ which is one of the special day when the Jains meet there for saying </span>''MICHHAMI DUKKADAM''<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;"> which means </span>''<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">Sorry if ever I'd hurt you... lets begin with a new start</span><span style="font-size:11px;line-height:11px;"> </span>''</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Vajreshwari is famous for its temple and hot water springs. It is mentioned in ancient "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puranas Puran]" or holy books as a place blessed by the footsteps of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Rama Lord Rama] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parashurama Lord Parashuram]. In medieval ages Vajreshwari was known as Vadvali. It was called Vajreshwari after reincarnation of Vajrayogini in the Vajreshwari area. There are 52 steps to climb up to the main temple. It offers a commanding view of surrounding area from the temple. The view is beautiful during monsoon when all the surrounding fields are cultivated with rice fields and all the vegetation is emerald green. There are hot water springs in the Vajreshwari area as well as in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganeshpuri Ganeshpuri] and in Akoli. The hot water springs are a must bath for Vajreshwari devi devotees. The springs have high sulphur content and is believed to cure many [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_diseases skin ailments].</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajreshwari Vajreshwari] is famous for its temple and hot water springs. It is mentioned in ancient "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puranas Puran]" or holy books as a place blessed by the footsteps of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Rama Lord Rama] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parashurama Lord Parashuram]. In medieval ages Vajreshwari was known as Vadvali. It was called Vajreshwari after reincarnation of Vajrayogini in the Vajreshwari area. There are 52 steps to climb up to the main temple. It offers a commanding view of surrounding area from the temple. The view is beautiful during monsoon when all the surrounding fields are cultivated with rice fields and all the vegetation is emerald green. There are hot water springs in the Vajreshwari area as well as in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganeshpuri Ganeshpuri] and in Akoli. The hot water springs are a must bath for Vajreshwari devi devotees. The springs have high sulphur content and is believed to cure many [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_diseases skin ailments].</p>
 
===='''St. Peters Church'''====
 
===='''St. Peters Church'''====
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">This church was erected in the early part of the 20th century and was one of the first under the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archdiocese_of_Bombay Archdiocese of Bombay]. Fr. Ismail Da Costa, built a hut chapel in 1919 near Arnala beach. Later with help from local people of all faiths he constructed the Church of St. Peter. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archbishop Archbishop] Joaquim Lima (Archbishop of Bombay) blessed the church on 27 Dec 1931. Other historical churches in neighbourhood are St. James Church (Agashi) and Church of Holy Spirit (Nandakhal).</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">This church was erected in the early part of the 20th century and was one of the first under the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archdiocese_of_Bombay Archdiocese of Bombay]. Fr. Ismail Da Costa, built a hut chapel in 1919 near Arnala beach. Later with help from local people of all faiths he constructed the Church of St. Peter. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archbishop Archbishop] Joaquim Lima (Archbishop of Bombay) blessed the church on 27 Dec 1931. Other historical churches in neighbourhood are St. James Church (Agashi) and Church of Holy Spirit (Nandakhal).</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Yazoo Park, spread over 12-acres was started in 2011. It is located at Global City, near Narangi Phata level crossing about 10 minutes from Virar Railway Station. It boasts of entertainment such as Toy Trains, Giant Wheel, Merry-Go-Round, Free Fall, Game Zone, Bump'em Cars, Floating Restaurant, etc.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Yazoo Park, spread over 12-acres was started in 2011. It is located at Global City, near Narangi Phata level crossing about 10 minutes from Virar Railway Station. It boasts of entertainment such as Toy Trains, Giant Wheel, Merry-Go-Round, Free Fall, Game Zone, Bump'em Cars, Floating Restaurant, etc.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">The Great Escape water park located near the Western Express Highway, off the Vajreshwari-Parol-Bhivandi road is a picnic place with water park rides, picturesque environment and a variety of food facilities and cuisine like [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujarati_food Gujarati], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_food Chinese] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_Food Continental Food].</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">The Great Escape water park located near the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Express_Highway Western Express Highway], off the Vajreshwari-Parol-Bhivandi road is a picnic place with water park rides, picturesque environment and a variety of food facilities and cuisine like[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujarati_food Gujarati], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_food Chinese] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_Food Continental Food].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-4" style="line-height:1;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virar#cite_note-4 [4]]</sup></p>
 
=='''Sports'''==
 
=='''Sports'''==
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Virar is the closest and the best place near Mumbai for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paragliding paragliding] training. Being a coastal area the winds at Virar are laminar, predictable and ideal for aviation sports. Early morning and evening winds are suitable for beginners and mid and early afternoon conditions are perfect for advance flyers. Black Beauty hill, Twin Rock hill, Jivdani hill, Tungareshwar, Kaner hills are a few locations for hill flying. Virar is the only place near Mumbai with so many choices all in a radius of about 6 km. Virar has hundreds of acres of open land where winch based training is conducted by Space Apple. Website is www.paraglidingmumbai.com.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Virar is the closest and the best place near Mumbai for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paragliding paragliding] training. Being a coastal area the winds at Virar are laminar, predictable and ideal for aviation sports. Early morning and evening winds are suitable for beginners and mid and early afternoon conditions are perfect for advance flyers. Black Beauty hill, Twin Rock hill, Jivdani hill, Tungareshwar, Kaner hills are a few locations for hill flying. Virar is the only place near Mumbai with so many choices all in a radius of about 6 km. Virar has hundreds of acres of open land where winch based training is conducted by Space Apple. Website is www.paraglidingmumbai.com.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Lake in Virar by VVMC is another place to relax . Music is played in the evening and fountain is on with light effects. Virar East - Totale Lake is very famous.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Lake in Virar by VVMC is another place to relax . Music is played in the evening and fountain is on with light effects. Virar East - Totale Lake is very famous.</p>
 
==Infrastructure==
 
==Infrastructure==
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">The growth of Virar is yet to be seen in full as the quadrupling of the railway line between Borivali and Virar has just taken place in 2007. The railways are still pleading the lack of sufficient number of rakes to take full advantage of the quadrupling.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">The growth of Virar is yet to be seen in full as the quadrupling of the railway line between [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borivali Borivali] and Virar has just taken place in 2007. The railways are still pleading the lack of sufficient number of rakes to take full advantage of the quadrupling.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;"><span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">But the city has seen a lot of development in the past 5 years. The Municipal Council was upgraded to Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation in May 2009. There are various housing and road transport development projects initiated by the corporation with the help of MMRDA, Mumbai. The skywalk in the west section of the city was one of the first amongst the many skywalks that were built near all the railway stations of Mumbai .</span><span style="font-size:11px;line-height:11px;"> </span><span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">It was the seventh skywalk in the city and it cost INR 91.5 million. Virar-West skywalk is 589 meters long with four meters wide walkway. The skywalk was found to be the busiest amongst the others built by the MMRDA by recording a footfall of 58,038 commuters during peak hours. It was followed by </span>Santa Cruz<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;"> skywalk with a figure of 37,546.</span></p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;"><span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">But the city has seen a lot of development in the past 5 years. The Municipal Council was upgraded to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasai-Virar_Municipal_Corporation Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation] in May 2009. There are various housing and road transport development projects initiated by the corporation with the help of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MMRDA MMRDA], Mumbai. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skywalk skywalk] in the west section of the city was one of the first amongst the many skywalks that were built near all the railway stations of Mumbai .</span><span style="font-size:11px;line-height:11px;"> </span><span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;">It was the seventh skywalk in the city and it cost INR 91.5 million. Virar-West skywalk is 589 meters long with four meters wide walkway. The skywalk was found to be the busiest amongst the others built by the MMRDA by recording a footfall of 58,038 commuters during peak hours. It was followed by </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cruz,_Mumbai Santa Cruz]<span style="line-height:22.399999618530273px;"> skywalk with a figure of 37,546.</span></p>
   
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">The Virar East skywalk is uniquely built as it goes right over the Totale lake, situated in the backdrop of the huge VVMC corporation building. A viewing tourist gallery is built in the middle of the 285 m long skywalk, for people to have a look that the scenic beauty just above the lake. It was opened to the public on</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">The Virar East skywalk is uniquely built as it goes right over the Totale lake, situated in the backdrop of the huge VVMC corporation building. A viewing tourist gallery is built in the middle of the 285 m long skywalk, for people to have a look that the scenic beauty just above the lake. It was opened to the public on</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Virar-Alibaug Corridor Project is an ambitious project undertaken by the MMRDA which is looked upon as a major developmental milestone in the history of Virar. The Rs 10,000-crore project is expected to provide seamless connectivity by the metro as well as by road from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alibaug Alibaug] to Virar. The corridor will bypass the western and eastern suburbs and also the routes which will witness growth in the future. The proposed alignment will connect four crucial national highways, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_8_(India) NH8] (Mumbai-Ahmedabad), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_3_(India) NH3] (Mumbai-Agra-Delhi), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_4_(India) NH4] (Mumbai-Chennai) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_17_(India) NH17] (Goa-Mangalore-Kerala). The MMRDA has claimed that the 140-km corridor will reduce the long commute to barely an hour. Phase-I of the corridor will be of 90 km from Virar to Panvel. Phase-II will be of 50 km from Panvel to Alibaug.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Virar-Alibaug Corridor Project is an ambitious project undertaken by the MMRDA which is looked upon as a major developmental milestone in the history of Virar. The Rs 10,000-crore project is expected to provide seamless connectivity by the metro as well as by road from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alibaug Alibaug] to Virar. The corridor will bypass the western and eastern suburbs and also the routes which will witness growth in the future. The proposed alignment will connect four crucial national highways, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_8_(India) NH8] (Mumbai-Ahmedabad), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_3_(India) NH3] (Mumbai-Agra-Delhi), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_4_(India) NH4] (Mumbai-Chennai) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_17_(India) NH17] (Goa-Mangalore-Kerala). The MMRDA has claimed that the 140-km corridor will reduce the long commute to barely an hour. Phase-I of the corridor will be of 90 km from Virar to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panvel Panvel]. Phase-II will be of 50 km from Panvel to Alibaug.</p>
 
==Governance==
 
==Governance==
<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Virar falls under the jurisdiction of the newly created Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC). It primarily comes in the Nalla Sopara comstituency for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections and in the Palghar constituency for the Lok Sabha elections. </p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.5em;line-height:22.399999618530273px;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Virar falls under the jurisdiction of the newly created [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasai-Virar_Municipal_Corporation Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation] (VVMC). It primarily comes in the Nalla Sopara comstituency for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections and in the Palghar constituency for the Lok Sabha elections. </p>
 
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