MUMBAI, June 2 -- Terminal 1 of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Airport connects to the nearest rail head of Vile Parle, on the city's western railway line, through Nehru Road. Along its 1.5-km stretch are located three- and four-star hotels, some large commercial complexes with offices, a number of residential societies, nearly a dozen restaurants, an equal number of bank branches and ATMs, and a smorgasbord of shops from pharmacies and hardware to jewellery and luxury goods.

On its pavements, Nehru Road has carefully laid-out complex arrangements of small businesses and make-shift shops that support daily living - duplicate key-making, shoe repair, small hardware, exotic vegetables, and Mumbai's trademark snack vada pav.

All of t...