3erd JULY 2015 WELL- KNOWN MUMBAI SUBURBAN CITY AREAS

For busy Mumbaikars

Want a sandwich, The Kite Runneror a window seat for your Volvo ride to Goa? Now you get it all online. Malay Desai goes site-seeing to test whether you should sign up or simply press Alt+F4

Order food    
www.mealtree.com
Taking a cue from their daily food-ordering habits, citybased professionals Ashish Agarwal and his brothers conceptualised Mealtree. Albeit not a novel idea (many western cities, for example Durban, have centralised helplines and ‘menu directories’), Mealtree attempts to bring in all major restaurants and fast-food chains under one roof.UPSIDE: We placed an online order (rolls from Wraps and Rolls), and promptly got a call for confirmation. The delivery took the usual time it would have had we ordered directly. What impressed us was the user-friendly menus, where you can easily order from multiple places. There was also the option of mentioning exactly how spicy we wanted our chicken roll.

DOWNSIDE: We didn’t find McDonalds on the site and all items under Garcia’s were dysfunctional.

Look up a book    

www.librarywala.com
Our ‘time-less’ city life coupled with the love for books prompted IT professional Hiten Turakhia and his buddies to kickstart India’s first online circulating library last year. It is ideal for professionals with five-day weeks who tremble at the prospect of visiting a library or buying expensive books. UPSIDE: We shelled out Rs 2,398 (out of which Rs 500 was refunded because of a new special offer) to opt for a plan which gives three books per month, for a year. After ‘queuing up’ for The Kite Runner online late one night, we received it the next afternoon.

DOWNSIDE: Its collection is all-English. It won’t have Stephen King’s On Writing — which your nearby raddiwala may have. Nor will it have recently-published books (like Binoo John’s Entry from Backside Only) which your bookshops will have. Also, some popular books like Maximum City, which are always in circulation, may take longer to arrive.

Book movie, play or    concert tickets    

www.bookmyshow.com
Unlike some ventures of the Network18 stable, this one doesn’t seem like a strategic investment. In fact it is promoted by Bigtree Entertainment, an info-solutions provider. Good for us, we thought, since almost all the multiplex websites require boring registrations and bug you with emails forever.

UPSIDE: The portal also offers play and concert tickets. It is really simple now to make it to a play at Prithvi or Anoushka Shankar live. And we don’t even mind the extra charge. DOWNSIDE: We decided to test-drive Jodhaa Akbar and found that there were hardly any Fame cinemas on the list. Also, the site only accepted payments through credit card and not direct net-banking. However, it hurt most when they levied a Rs 15 ‘con’venience charge on each ticket. Why on earth should we pay that if the multiplex helplines were ready to book tickets via a phone call?

Book bus tickets    

www.redbus.in
This one, too, has an interesting history: it was born out of the frustration of a bunch of Bangalore-based IT professionals who always suffered before travelling due to overbooking and unpredictable schedules. Today, they’ve quit their well-paying jobs and their portal boasts of a tie-up with over 250 operators across India’s smallest towns.

UPSIDE: We pretended we wanted to head to Goa overnight, logged on and printed an e-ticket in no time. We also tried the delivery, which lived up to promise and was cheaper than it’s competitor. As for cancellations, they can be done online, 24 hours before departure. What’s most impressive? You can select the boarding point nearest to you after looking up the route online.
DOWNSIDE: If only they would let us select the movie to be shown en route! We won’t have to watch films like Partner.

No good!

www.ticketvala.com
We checked out another site – which lets you rents cars and book hotel rooms too, but found it’s not half as good.Ticketvala’s site promises more and delivers less (we’re still waiting for a call for a request we made last week). It charges more for delivery and cancels tickets only 36 hours before departure.


Grab a DVD    

www.clixflix.com
Mumbai’s cinema lovers have never had it better. Today, we have many international fests, a classic movie club and a just-launched world cinema channel. This portal is among many side-effects of a booming entertainment industry in India. It says its powered by ‘hardcore couch potatoes’, but we found it does little to encourage the movieviewing habit.

UPSIDE: Still looking…
DOWNSIDE: On registration, we found out that its online store stocks only DVDs. We regret this sorely, since Moser Baer sells VCDs at a throwaway 28 bucks! Secondly, they didn’t deliver on a Sunday and shockingly showed up zero results when we searched for common retro movies like Anand and Guide. All this, after a security deposit of Rs 2,000! Not worth your while, we say.

Better options

www.seventymm.com
It’s one of the better-known DVD rentals and deservedly so. It offers a million things for the film buff. It has an impressive regional-language stock and lets customers keep their DVDs as long as they want.Another DVD rental site,www.cinesprite.com, is as good and cheaper.

CBD Belapur

CBD Belapur flyover , CGO , RBI and CIDCO offices  on right sideCBD Belapur is a node of Navi Mumbai, with a fairly vibrant Central Business District that is moving some of the economy out of congested central Mumbai into the hinterland. Belapur is also one of the largest assembly constituencies from this region. CBD Belapur has been growing since the 1990s, and is now home to colleges as well as a number of technology businesses.

CBD Belapur is an acronym of Central Business District, Belapur. It was designed and developed in order to promote businesses. The Reserve Bank of India maintains a branch office at CBD Belapur. This area is one of the fastest developing region in Navi Mumbai in terms of new residential and commercial construction projects. CBD Belapur is well connected to Mumbai through train and BEST buses. It has Sea Link for traveling to Elephanta Caves from Sector 11.

History

A view of Belapur Creek

A view of Belapur Creek

The area near Belapur was under Portuguese rule around 1560, before it was captured by the Siddis of Janjira. In those days, the town was called Belawal by the locals, and Sambayo or Shabaz by the Portuguese. In 1682, the Portuguese recaptured Shabaz, only to lose it to the Marathas in 1733, under Chimanaji Appa. In 1817, the British East India Company captured the area from the Marathas.

Economy

Belapur

Belapur

CBD Belapur house several economic and Government administrative and private companies office. Konkan Bhavan building houses important state government office like Director of Town Planning,Public Works Department etc. The CGO Complex ( Central government office ) has offices of Chief Commissiner of central exice, Special Crime Branch , MTNL and court. Other governmentoffice include Cotton Corporation of India Ltd and headquarters of Konkan Railway.

The Reserve Bank of India, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank ,Industrial Development Bank of India Limited and other nationalised banks have their presence here. SBI and PNB have their main server at their respective branches .

International Technology Centre at the CBD Belapur railway statin complex was built by Cidco as a Infotec hub .

Transport

CBD Belapur is easily accessible from all parts of Navi Mumbai and Mumbai by road, rail and water transport facilities. It lies on the harbour Line and on the Sion Panvel Highway.Palm beach road connects CBD Belapur directly with Vashi. Harbour Line Railway service is up to Panvel and have been extended up to Karjat by new line. The newly opened Thane-Vashi rail network, links Thane city with Navi Mumbai, including CBD Belapur.

BEST buses ply between CBD Belapur and Mumbai. Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport buses connect CBD Belapur to other nodes of Navi Mumbai and also to Thane and Dombivali . Kalyan Dombivali Muncipal Transport ply between CBD Belapur and Kalyan , Bhayander. State Transport (ST) buses and other luxury buses have a halt here. State Transport buses also ply between CBD Belapur Railway station and Panvel and Uran .

Auto rickshaw is the primary mode of transport with in the node owing the small area occupied by the node.

There exists a provision for a helipad and helicopter service making Belapur Station Complex accessible by air too. A hovercraft was introduced in mid 90’s between Belapur and Gateway of India but was later discontinued because of poor response . The main reason being the high fare.

Belapur Fort

At the intersection of Uran road and Palm Beach Road there is small fort built in 1560-1570 by the Siddis of Janjira, after they wrested control of the area from the Portuguese In 1733, the Marathas, led by Chimanji Appa, captured the fort . In 1817, when it was captured by Captain Charles Gray of the British East India Company, the fort was partially destroyed under the British policy of razing any Maratha stronghold in the area. CIDCO plans to restore the structure after a protest from residents of Belapur .

Law and Order

The office of Police Commissioner Of Navi Mumbai is at CBD belapur . A police station is also at sector 6.

Educational Institutes

  • Aegis School of Business
  • Aegis School of Telecommunication
  • Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, affiliated to University of Mumbai
  • Institute of Business Studies & Research
  • NCST
  • Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Management Studies
  • Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOINFORMATICS
  • RAI FOUNDATION COLLEGES

Byculla – Community Compass

Though known for its predominantly Muslim population, Byculla has a healthy mix of various communities. Sitting in his clinic at Jerbai Baug, counsellor Dr Rajan Bhonsale, who has been practising here for 20 years, smiles, “My clinic is next to the Gloria Church opposite which is the bright, aquamarine Moti Masjid (in pic above), next to which is the ostentatious Hanuman Mandir.”Byculla has always been associated as a Muslim area thanks to the Saboo Siddik College of Engineering and the All-India Khilafat Committee’s College of Education. But there is much more. However, Hyder Ali, a shopkeeper, says, “That is just a misconception. Byculla is really very cosmopolitan.” Not too many know that Byculla has the largest population of Jains in South Mumbai with the Adinath Jain Derasar located in the Sheth Motishah Lane aka Love Lane.Besides, you will find a sizeable population of Parsis too in Jerbai Baug and Rustom Baug. There is a large population of Maharashtrians at the BIT Chawls and a large Goan Christian community on the Mazgaon fringes that run the Christ Church and Antonio D’Souza schools — and of course there is the Gloria Church. And then there are the Jews. The Magen David Synagogue has on campus the century-old EEE Sassoon School. “Presently there are 550 students, about 98 per cent belonging to the Muslim community,” says Solomon J Sopher, managing trustee of the school. You couldn’t get a more cosmopolitan in Mumbai. “I wouldn’t like to practise near my house in Cuffe Parade because I wouldn’t be able to interact with such a diverse group of people,” smiles a content Dr Bhonsale. Heritage but all of 5 devotees bow here each day The 143-year-old Magen David Synagogue at Babasaheb Ambedkar Road may have been awarded heritage status but the Jews aren’t pleased. Solomon J Sopher, chairman and managing trustee of Sir Jacob Sassoon Charity and Allied Trusts, is upset. He thunders, “We haven’t been told officially that this is a heritage structure. Has anyone asked me whether we want heritage status for any of our synagogues? What will we get out of it anyway?” Built by David Sassoon, it is one of the remnants of the glorious days of the Baghdadi Jews in Mumbai. In the early 1900s, the population of Baghdadi Jews in Byculla had been approximated at 20,000. Many worked as labourers in the neighbouring Sassoon Mills (now Khatau Mills). With the creation of two nations — India in 1947 and Israel in 1948 — the Jewish community in Byculla diminished rapidly with many Bene Israel Jews leaving for Israel in 1973 with the country’s recognition of their community.Around the same time, Magen David — that was so far limited to Baghdadi Jews — finally opened its doors to the Bene Israels. “The Baghdadi Jews who came into India from Iraq in the 1800s were very staunch in their beliefs and didn’t want to recognise Bene Israels as Jews. This was mainly because of inter-caste marriages that may have been probable in the Bene Israels’ 2,000-year-old lineage,” says Sopher, adding, “Now the bigotism has decreased. We wouldn’t want to distinguish between Jews. There are only 70-80 Baghdadi Jews in Mumbai and we can’t just run this synagogue with that number. Also there are just 5,000 Jews left in Mumbai.” As Bensiyon Ghosalkar, a Bene Israel and caretaker at the synagogue, says, “Not more than five Jews visit the synagogue at an average each day.”However, next week, for the only time of the year, on September 22, the Magen David Synagogue will see a congregation of a few hundred Jews as they listen to the clarion call to God, symbolised by the blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) by the rabbi, as they end their month of penance and repentance, the Elul Rahamin.

Thane

Thane

Thane

State
– District(s)
Maharashtra
– Thane
Coordinates 19.12° N 73.02° E
Area 147 km²
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Population (2001)
– Density
1,261,517
– /km²
Mayor Mr. Rajan Baburao Vichare
Codes
– Postal
– Telephone
– Vehicle
– 400 6xx
– +022
– MH-04

Thane (Marathi: ठाणे) (formerly Thana) is a city in Maharashtra, India, part of the Mumbai Conurbation, northeast of Mumbai at the head of the Thane Creek. It is the administrative headquarters of Thane District. //

Brief history

Talao Pali Lake

Talao Pali Lake

The name “Thane” is said to be derived from Sthan or Sthanaka, the capital of the Shilahara kings of Konkan. It is currently the headquarters of Thane district.

The earlist evidence of Thane appears in the works of the Greek geographer, Ptolemy, who, in his writings (135150) refers to a place called Chersonesus, which, according to researches, is the area around Thane creek.

Slabs and copper plates dating back to the middle ages have also been discovered in Thane.

Venetian traveller Marco Polo also visited Thane in 1290. He describes the city as a great kingdom, which apparently had a well-developed port, for he mentions a continuous traffic of ships, and merchants trading and exporting leather, buckram, cotton, and importing horses.

The Portuguese came to Thane about 1530 and ruled for over 200 years till 1739. Thane was then known as Cacabe de Tana. Work on the Thane Fort began in 1730.

The Marathas, who conquered Bassein and Thane in 1737 and 1739, held sway over the region till 1784, when the British captured the Fort and ruled Thane, then also called Tana. They made it the headquarters of the district administration with a district collector stationed in Thane. The Thane Municipal Council was formed in 1863 when the city had a population of 9000.

The first railway train in India ran from Bombay VT (Now Mumbai CST, See Mumbai) to Thana in 1853. Thane (or Thana) literally means “station” in Marathi the local language. It was the only railway station besides Victoria Terminus.

After India’s independence, Thane grew slowly and became an industrial town in the ’60s and ’70s. There was also a corresponding growth in trade, transport and construction activities, which picked up tremendously in the ’80s. Once considered as the ‘ugly twin’ of Mumbai, today Thane outshines Mumbai cvbcvin its planning and neatness. Even as it develops at a fast pace, Thane, is also known as the City of Lakes, is still plagued with overcrowding and commuting problems.

History

The city of Thane is situated on the western banks of Thane creek with Parsik hills on the east and Yeour hills on the west. The creek not only provides a natural protection to the place but has also facilitated transport of big and small ships since ancient times. This has also acted as an impetus for the development of local and international trade since the pre-historic times. Besides being the stamping ground of the pre-historic tribes, Thane city has a rich cultural heritage, mythological background, and has been home to many events of historical importance.

The history of Thane city can be broadly categorized into 5 eras.

  1. Vedic period to 1300. : Comprising of Hindu or ancient period, Aparant, Silhara and Bimba dynasties.
  2. 1300 –1660: Muslim and Portuguese rule.
  3. 1660-1800: Maratha and Portuguese rule.
  4. 1800-1947: British Rule.
  5. 1947-till date : Independent India.

‘Aparant’ is the ancient name of the geographical area hosting Thane city. During the Indian expedition of the Greek Emperor Alexander, a number of philosophers, historians and geographists visited India. The second-century Greek historian Ptolemymentioned the city of Thane in his writings. In the 9th century the city, know as Shreesthanak, was the capital of the Silhara dynasty. The Silharas ruled thane from 810 to 1260. A place called ‘Ghodbunder’ was famous for horse trading thus deriving its name from the word ghoda i.e. horse and bunder meaning port. During this period a fabric called ‘Tansi’ was exported from Thane.

The Silhara emperors were disciples of Lord Shiva, and the Kopineshwar Temple was built during their reign. During this period, due to the secular attitude and tolerance of Silharas towards different religions, people from diverse communities including Parsis, Christians, Muslims and Jews settled down in Thane, creating a cosmopolitan city.

At this time the Silharas also divided the city into different sections and named them as ‘padas’. These padas exist today, in the names of Naupada, Patlipada, Agripada etc.

In the earlier part of the 12th century with a view to create a new township, King Bimbadev, alongwith 66 segments of his community came over and settled in Thane. The explorer Marco Polo visited Thane in 1290 and noted it to be one of the best cities in the world. In 1480 Sultan Mahmud Begara of Gujarat made Thane the capital of his ‘Subha’ Province.

The Portuguese ruled Thane for over 200 years from 1530 to 1739. During this period Thane was known as “Kalabe De Tana”. St. John the Baptist Church was constructed in Thane in 1663. Construction of the Thane Killa (Fort) was started in 1730. In 1737 theMaratha general Chimaji Appa the planned the conquest of Vasai (Portuguese Baçaim), and on March 28, 1738 the Marathas conquered the Thane Killa. The fort is presently being used as Thane Central Jail.

In 1744 the British conquered Thane city and its fort.

The famous Kopineshwar Temple was renovated in 1760. In 1778 the palatial residence of the Peshwas was converted into the Court building. In the year 1780 Keshavji Sorabji Rustomji Patel constructed the first Parsi Agyari in Thane. The first District Court was established in 1803. The first railway train ran on April 16, 1853 from Boribunder to Thane. The Thane Borough Municipality was established on March 10, 1863.

The first newspaper in Thane was launched in the year 1866. Different Marathi magazines like Arunodaya, Survodaya, Vakilancha Sathi, Nyaylahari, Manohar, Dyanapradip, Dyanadipika were seen to be in circulation thus showing the importance of the print media during that period. In the year 1880 the Thane Borough Municipality spent Rs. 12,960 on construction of the Pokharan Lake, to supply the town with drinking water. This prestigious project was inaugurated by the then Governor of Bombay Presidency, SirFerguson James. The first elections of the Municipality were conducted in 1885.

The first census took place in the year 1881 and the population of Thane at the time was 14,456. The Jain temple of Thane was built in 1879. The first ever English medium school was started in 1821 and was named as ‘Thane English School’. In the year 1893, the first Marathi Library was established. In 1896 the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj was celebrated for the first time in Thane. In June 1897 Lokmanya Tilak visited Thane. On April 19 1910 freedom fighters Veer Anant Laxman Kanhere, Gopal Krishnaji Karve, and Vinayak Narayan Deshpande were hanged to death in the Central Jail for killing the Nasik District Collector Jackson. In 1938 freedom fighter Veer Savarkar was fêted by the citizens of Thane after his release from the British confinement. In 1920 a road near Masunda lake was named after Dr. F.A. Moose for the commemorative service during the epidemic of plague.

A reputed citizen of Thane Shri Vithal Sayanna’s son Divan Bahadur Narayan Sayanna reconstructed the Civil Hospital building in 1935.

India’s Independence day, August 15, 1947, was celebrated in Thane by bringing down the British Union Jack and hoisting the tri-coloured flag of India at the hands of a freedom fighter Shri Nanasaheb Joshi at the District Collector’s Office.

With a view to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Thane, the Thane Municipal Council constructed Rangayatan, a drama theatre, named after the Marathi writer Shri Ram Ganesh Gadkari. The theatre has been hosting different plays and cultural programmes since.

The Thane Municipal Corporation was established on 1 October 1982. It had a population of 790,000 as per the 1991 census. The population has reached to about 1,400,000 in the year 2003. The Thane Municipal Corporation has undertaken many development projects and schemes since 1982. One of major projects is the Integrated Road Development Project. Taking in view the all round infrastructural development which has recently taken place in Thane , the Govt. of India conferred the prestigious ‘Clean City Award’to Thane in the year 2000.

Geography

Thane is located to the North of Mumbai (Bombay, Maharashtra,India). Although being a district place, the city has always been shadowed by the existence of the metropolis just on its outskirts .Spanned over an area of about 147 km², this city houses over 10 Lakh (1 million) people. A total of 200 km of roads run through the city. The city is surrounded by scenic hills, which add to its beauty. The Hill of Yeoor is considered to be the hill station for the Thaneyites. On the other hand is the Parsik Hill. The city is divided by Thane Creek, a stream of water from the Arabian Sea. Two road bridges & one rail bridge connect the two parts of the city.

Currently the Thane Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament) constituency is the most populous constituency of the country.

Culture

Majority of the people in Thane are Maharashtrians and Marathi is the most commonly spoken language in the city. In spite of a predominant Maharashtrian culture, Thane, just like its neighbouring city Mumbai, boasts of a very vibrant cosmopolitan culture. Kannadigas and Tuluvas are present in large numbers.

Festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with great zest in the city. The Gadkari Rangayatan auditorium has cultural programs running all through the year.

Thane used to be described as a ‘sleepy’ city when compared to Mumbai till the early 90s. But the size of the city has increased manifold in recent years, spurred by a residential boom due to people moving away from the Mumbai city to find affordable and good homes as well as amenities in Thane. Although Thane doesn’t have a night life yet, there are several activities going on in the evening time in Thane. There a variety of good places to eat as well as hang out.

Thane was also adjuged in the recent past as India’s most beautiful city, following a beautification drive by the then commissioner of Thane T.Chandrashekhar.

Industry

Thane has a large industrial area.There are many big and small industries even today. Thane industrial area consists of Wagle industrial estate,Trans Thane Creek( TTC ) area known as Thane belapur road, Ghodbunder road. These industrial area houses mostly chemical,engineering,textile and electrical industries. Now many of these industrial area are housing Software centres, BPO and Callcentres like TCS,Adventity etc.

Transport

Thane has its own bus service known as Thane Municipal Transport (TMT). BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) also runs buses from Thane to some destinations in Mumbai. Thane is well connected with neighbouring suburbs through Mumbai’s railway network. Thane is a stop on the Central Railway division of Indian railways, and is about 30 km away from the Mumbai city stop.

Location

30 km North East of Mumbai on the western coast of India. Also close to Navi Mumbai Airoli node via the Thane-Belapur road TB road for short. Its a junction for Local Trains towards Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

Weather

Typical coastal sultry & humid

Rainfall – Average 1500 to 2000 mm beginning of June to end of September. Temperature – Average – 25 – 37 °C (76 – 99 °F) Humidity – 45% to 87% highest in month of August.

Altitude

Plains at sea level

Population

1.55 million (Year 2003)

Area

48 km²

Lakes

Thane the city of Lakes has around 30 lakes. The most beautiful of them is the Masunda Talao, also known as Talao Pali. The lake offers boating and water scooter facilities.

Some of the other popular lakes are

  • Upvan Lake – located at conjunction of roads Pokhran 1 and Pokhran 2.
  • Kacharali Talao – Located at Panchpakhadi (opp. New Thane Municipal Corporation).
  • Makhamali Talao – Located Near Nooribaba Dargah, Charai.
  • Siddheshwar Talao – Located at Hansnagar, Khopat.
  • Bramhala Talao – Located near Thane Central Jail.
  • Ghosale Talao –
  • Railadevi Talao – Located near Mulund Checknaka.
  • Kausa Talao – Located at Kausa, Mumbra
  • Kolbad Talao – Located at Kolbad, Old Agra road.
  • Hariyali Talao – At Yehoor
  • Rewale Talo – Located opp. to Balkum Fire station.
  • Kasar Vadawali Talo – Located at Kasar Vadawali Goan
  • Khidkaleshwar Talao – Near Shil. on the road towards Dombivali
  • Nar Talao –
  • Abhiruchi talao-

Educational Institutes

Thane City Quick Look

Gadkari Rangayatan Drama Hall, Photo by YogB

Gadkari Rangayatan Drama Hall, Photo by YogB

M G Road, Photo by Harshal Jawale and Kiran Jawale

M G Road, Photo by Harshal Jawale and Kiran Jawale

Kopri Railway Bridge, Photo by Harshal Jawale and Kiran Jawale

Kopri Railway Bridge, Photo by Harshal Jawale and Kiran Jawale

Thane
Next station south:
Mulund
Mumbai suburban railway : Central Railway Next station north:
Kalwa
Stop No:18 KM from starting:32 Platforms:10

Ghatkopar

Ghatkopar is a suburb of Mumbai. It is also the name of a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway on the Central Railwayline.

History

Ghatkopar was a quaint village in 1920’s and 30’s. It came under Bombay Municipal Corporation. It was not a part of Bombay. Bombay’s limits were up to Sion only and Ghatkopar came under district Thane.

Like all small community centres, Ghatkopar also had just one principal road connecting it to Bombay on the Southside and Thane in the north i.e; Agra road. It was surrounded by creeks and hills. There are two popularly known theories for the name Ghatkopar : 1. It derived its name from the fact that it was the ‘CORNER’ – Khopara in Marathi of Western Ghats – Ghat-khopra. 2. It derived its name from the fact that there were many Ghats , Small Hills, small river near the Eastern Express Highway where a lot of Salt Pans were there near Ghatkopar , so when people use to direct theWay to reach these places they use to call it ” GHAT – KE – UPPER ” i.e ” Above that Hill”.

One more may be less popular theory is Ghatoba-ke-par.

It was inhabited mainly by two types of people. Those who came from proper Bombay in need of good and healthy climatic conditions of the sanatoriums and those rich Bhatias, Parsees, and very few Gujrati Traders who owned large plots of land and bungalows here. Population was sparse and everyone knew each other . It was a close knit family. The streets were named after some of the renowned residents of the area like Navrojee lane named after Navrojee Sheth – a Parsee, Cama lane comes from Lady Cama Bai, Khot lane from people who ploughed and looked after farming activities of the place, Hingwala lane from a family that dealt inAsafoetida business.

The streets were without electric lights, and were lit with petromax lights which was lit by a man coming in every evening to light them up in every street. Roads were metal roads raised in the middle so that the rain water could slope down into the gutters and did not accumulate on the roads. Roads were sprinkled with water by the vans of municipality twice in the mornings and evenings.

By 1916, Ghatkopar had developed sufficiently that a municipal council for Ghatkopar-Kirol was set up. The administration was in charge of a Collector with the “Suburban District”. In 1945, Ghatkopar was absorbed into Greater Bombay.

This middle class suburb consists of predominantly residential and retail establishments. Within Ghatkopar are Ghatkopar (West) – the area of Ghatkopar west of the railway line, Ghatkopar (East) – the area of Ghatkopar east of the railway line, Garodia Nagar – a large development developed by (and on land owned by) the Garodia family, Pant Nagar, and Rajawadi.

There are three postal codes connected to Ghatkopar. 400077 for Ghatkopar (East), 400086 for Ghatkopar (West),Amrut NAgar and 400075 for Pant Nagar. The post office of Ghatkopar East is in Rajawadi. The post office for Ghatkopar West is right next to Railway Station.

Ghatkopar is in the N ward of Mumbai (previously referred to as Bombay) municipality. There is a large population of Gujaratis in Ghatkopar and the suburb is often referred to as mini-Gujarat. Rajawadi and Pant Nagar have large Marathi speaking populations. Garodia Nagar is diverse. Areas of Ghatkopar West bordering the neighboring Vikhroli suburb have a large Muslim population.

The suburb is well connected to all major portions of the city. The major roads in this suburb are Mahatma Gandhi Road, R.B.Mehta Marg (60 ft Road), Barrister Nath Pai Marg (90 feet Road), Tilak Road, Bombay-Agra Road, and Amar Mahal Road. 60 feet Road was named as Ratilal B. Mehta Road in 1970’s. The land was mainly covered by a khadi, which was filled up and Garodia Nagar came over the land filled up with water.

Vallabh Baug Lane and M. G. Road intersection (Ghatkopar East) was one of the earlier market area. With a Uma Mahesh temple, Gandhi Market, Somaiya Book Depot, Bharti Jewellars, Udupi Restaurant, this area is surely a crowded area in evenings. The next intersection of Tilak Road and Vallabh Baug Lane served as smaller market area. This small market extended towards Bhanushali Wadi. In late evenings, people would come to Trivedi’s Paan Shop to have paan. Soft drinks in nearby shops provided a place to meet.

Vallabhbaug lane running from Mahatma Gandhi Road was extended from R.B.Mehta Road to Garodia Nagar and was known as Vallabhbaug Extension.

Meghraj Restaurant marked its presence when they started next to Hindu Smashan Bhumi. The area later on developed up to Amar Mahal. The Income Tax Office came in late 1980s.

Vikrant Building was the largest building in late 70’s named after navy ship Vikrant. Construction activities in Ghatkopar boomed in 1960’s to 1980’s. The prices of real estate went up as new buildings started coming up.

In the late 1970’s another residential complex ‘JAGDUSHA NAGAR’ was built by a Gujrati builder in Ghatkopar (w). The area now has a cosmopolitan crowd but mainly Gujratis. It has a Co-operative bank, a newly built Mahadev Mandir and Jain Derasar. This area is connected to Ghatkopar station by BEST route 416, which takes around 10 minuted to reach Ghatkopar Railway station.

Shrimad Rajchandra Mandir was constructed after Lions Garden was opened. This temple did not have any bells hanging from the ceiling and the road is now named after the temple as Shrimad Rajchandra Marg.

R. B. Mehta Road has three banks, Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of Maharashtra and Canara Bank. Paras Dairy next to Standard Chartered Bank at intersection of Derasar Lane and R. B. Mehta Road, was a major distributor for milk.

Himalaya Society in Ghatkopar west area which falls in Asalpha, is specifically well developed residential area with local transport of the BEST route No. 429 from ghatkopar west station. Himalaya society was founded by Mr. Singh, basically from Nainital, bought this small piece of land at cheap price. He wanted Pahadis coming to Bombay in search of work, to get settled in Himalaya society. He first built 5 buildings, A,B,C,D & E, where only pahadis were staying. Himalaya society was a pahadi colony now is called as a Gujarati colony due to increase in Bhanushali community. Himalaya society has a total of 30+ buildings consisting of different people, Gujaratis, Marathis, Pahadis, Tamils etc. On the very latest, Gujaratis (Bhanushalis) are buying all the flats available for sale and are making Himalaya society look like a small gujarat. Asalpha is also connected to the Ghatkopar-Andheri link road which has become one of the most busiest lanes not only during peak hours but also off peak, which connects to saki naka and powai.

Hindu Sabha Hospital in Ghatkopar West housed Hindu Sabha Library. This library had a very large membership and large collection of Gujarati books and magazines.

Ghatkopar is very active with its Non-Government Organisations like Ghatkopar Central Jaycees, Swadhyay Pariwar, Lions Club of Ghatkopar, Rotary Club of Ghatkopar and so on.

Local Transport

Ghatkopar is a stop for slow local trains as well as most fast local trains on the Central line of the Mumbai suburban network. The station is equipped to handle 12-car local trains. There are 2 Ghatkopar local trains which originate from Ghatkopar in the morning. These primarily serve the stock brokers who live in Ghatkopar area.

Ghatkopar is well served and well connected by the buses operated by the state-owned BEST. Initially the bus services in Ghatkopar East were routed through M. G. Road. Later on, the buses started plying on R. B. Mehta Road, starting with Route 386. This route is now discontinued. R. B. Mehta Road was served with route number 353 which came from Tagore Nagar, ending in Wadala Bus Depot. As the roads in the new constructed areas of Garodia Nagar, were built wider, bus routes in Garodia Nagar flourished.

The BEST also connects Ghatkopar to almost each and every part of mumbai as you get buses for South Mumbai, Western Mumbai, North East Mumbai and Northern Mumbai. Ideally it is almost a center point of mumbai almost equidistant for all places

Crime

Crime in Ghatkopar consists primarily of petty theft, murders, robberies and crime statistics generally are on the higher end of the spectrum for the Greater Mumbai area. In recent years, Ghatkopar has been disproportionately targeted and affected by sectarian violence. Current crime statistics also show an increase in incidence of robberies and murders in this area.

Four persons were killed and 32 injured when a powerful blast ripped apart a BEST bus in Ghatkopar in northern Mumbai on the night of June 29,2003. This was the second bomb blast in Ghatkopar in eight months. On December 2, 2002, two people died and 28 were injured in another explosion on a BEST bus near Ghatkopar railway station. Mohammed Altaf was the prime accused in the December 2, 2002, bus blast. Along with him were Saquib Nachan, Haseeb Zuber Mullah, Aatif Mullah, Ghulam Sattar, Farhan Khot, Mohammed Kamil, Noor Mohammed Ansari, Anwar Ali and Nadeem Paloba — all were discharged for lack of evidence – they remain at large.

Education

Mahesh classes are the best classes of ghatkopar for 10th graders.Apart from a wide range of schools and college mentioned below, there are several coaching classes that contributed towards educating the residents of Ghatkopar. They are L. N. Mehta Classes, L. N. Mehta Commerce Classes, Jagad Classes, Busa Classes, Viresh Classes and Pravin Commerce Classes. L. N. Mehta Classes were among the earliest private tution classes. Mr. Lalitchandra N. Mehta started the classes in 60’s. He worked as vice principal earlier in Ramji Assar commerce high school. One of the first few teachers who joined Mr. L. N. Mehta was Raja sir. Prof. Dhirendra Relia taught Gujarati and Social Studies there. Busa Classes were started in late 70’s by Busa Sir, who taught in Gurukul Technical High School earlier. Viresh Classes were started by Kirit Damani in late 70’s after a short career in Ramji Ashar Vidyalaya. Pravin Commerce Classes started in late 80’s. They moved from Hingwala Lane to R. B. Mehta Road, as the classes flourished. All these classes might be able to claim coaching more than 200,000 students altogether.

Educational institutions

Pant Nagar – 400 075

  • Domnic Savio Vidyalaya
  • G.S.P Mandal’s Marathi Vidyalaya
  • S.S. Multi Purpose Technical High School
  • Vanita Vikas Mandal High School

Ghatkopar (East) – 400077

  • Smt.P.G.Garodia English High School
  • Ramji Ashar Vidyalaya High School (Gujarati Medium)
  • Sheth Dhanji Devshi Rashtriya Shala
  • Shri D. J. Doshi High School
  • Shree Vikramsinh Shoorsinh Gurukul Technical High School
  • Shree Vadilal Chatrabhuj Gurukul Gujarati High School
  • Smt. L D Doshi Gurukul Primary School
  • Smt. M. D. Bhatia English Medium High School
  • Pratapsingh Ranchhoddas High School of Commerce (Commerce Education)
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji High School

Vidyavihar – 400077

  • S.K.Somaiya Vinay Mandir
  • Fatima High School
  • R. N.Gandhi High School

Nathpai Nagar – 400077

  • Pune Vidyarthi Griha’s Vidya Bhawan School

Garodia Nagar – 400077

  • Smt. Parmeshwaridevi Govardhandas Garodia English High School

Ramabai Nagar – 400077

  • Guru Nanak English High School,

Asalpha, Ghatkopar (West) – 400 084

  • Hindi Bal Vidya Mandir

Ghatkopar (West) – 400086

  • Hindi High School
  • K.V.K. Sarvajanik High School
  • Little Star English High School
  • North Bombay Welfare Society High School
  • S. P. R. Jain Kanya Shala
  • Saraswati Vidya Mandir
  • Sarvodaya Vidyalaya
  • Smt. Samratben Tarachand Mehta English Secondary Girls School
  • Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College

Bhandup

Bhandup is a suburb of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, in the state of Maharashtra, India and is also the name of a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway on the Central Railway line.

Description

Like most suburbs in Mumbai, Bhandup has two sub-regions, Bhandup (west) and Bhandup (east), so named for their location relative to the dividing railway line. The more developed Bhandup (west) is characterized as an industrial suburb while the upcoming Bhandup (east) is considered to be more residential. Traditionally, Bhandup has been well-known for its sea water salt extraction, and to date these facilities can be found in the suburb.

The first train that ran from Victoria Terminus to Thane halted at Bhandup station, in order to have its engines watered.

Bhandup is also home to Shivaji Talao, or Shivaji Lake, which apparently has some connection to the great Maratha ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji. Currently, in a bad state, the pond witnesses hordes of Ganapati devotees immersing idols of the elephant god during the August month.

Before real-estate prospered 40 years ago, Bhandup was a dense forest area, which was home to many thieves and criminals. Rival gangs were at constant war to gain an upperhand in the extortion rackets. However, strict police action saw these gangs moving to international destinations.

Approaching Bhandup

Bhandup now, is the third last station on the Central Railway main line, the last two being Nahur and Mulund. A few fast trains stop at Bhandup station, mostly during the peak hours. Bhandup is extremely well connected with the rest of the city through a dense road network. Only 2 buses (No.445 and 603), however, pass through Bhandup East, as the area is relatively sparsely populated (most of the land in Bhandup East is owned by the Salt Department of India. The arterial road of Bhandup West is the Agra Road, while Bhandup East is flanked by the Eastern Express highway.

Progress of Bhandup in recent times

ALthough large tracts of Bhandup East remain unutilised, Bhandup West is amongst the most populated areas in Mumbai. A huge mall – Dreamz – and 5 ~20 floor buildings are coming up speedily in Bhandup West. The suburb however lacks good entertainment and recreational facilities.

Schools

  • Adarsha Vidyalaya, Farid Nagar, Bhandup(w)
  • Bhandup Education Societies English High School (B.E.S)
  • Bhandup People Education Society English High School (B.P.E.S)
  • Bhandup Night High School Village Road, Bhandup.Mumbai-400078
  • Bhandup Tank Road Muncipal High school, Bhandup(w)
  • Br. Nath Pai Vidyalaya Bhandup (E)
  • Bright high school (BHS) Bhandup(W)
  • Cosmos high school, qyarry road, Bhandup(w)
  • D.A.V. High school, Bhandup(E)
  • Guru Nanak Vidyalaya Bhandup(W)
  • I.E.S.High School, Bhandup(w)
  • Jijamata Vidyamandir (Maharashtra Nagar), Bhandup(W)
  • K Menon High School, Bhandup(E)
  • Kumari Kasturi Vidyalaya, village road, Bhandup(w)
  • National Education Society’s High School (NESHS) Bhandup (W)
  • Navjeevan Vidyamandir,tembipada, Bhandup(w)
  • New English High School, Maharashtra Nagar, Bhandup(w)
  • Oxford High School, Tank Road, Bhandup(w)
  • Parag Vidyalaya (Near-Shivaji Talov)
  • Pawar Charitable Trust’s Pawar Public School,l.b.s.marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Sahyadri Vidya Mandir (Near-Shivaji Talao), Bhandup(W)
  • St.Xavier High School & Junior College Bhandup(W)
  • Uttar Bharatiya School Bhandup(W)
  • Yeshvat Chandji Sawant Vidyalay Utkarsh nagar Bhandup (W)

Colleges

Junior Colleges

  • Bright College, Village road, Bhandup(w)
  • D.A.V.College, Bhandup(e)
  • Guru Nanak college, Station road, Bhandup(w)
  • I.D.B.U.S. college, Station road, Bhandup(w)
  • Kumari Kasturi College, Village road, Bhandup(w)
  • Menon College, Bhandup(e)
  • N.E.S.Junior College, Bhatiipada road, Bhandup(w)
  • Ratnam Junior College, Bhattipada road, Bhandup(w)
  • St.Xavier’s junior college, L.B.S.Marg Bhandup(w)

Technical

  • Navjeevan Polytechnic, Tembipada, Bhandup(w)

Medical

  • Parag Pysiotherapy College, near shivaji lake, Bhandup(w)

Graduation

  • N.E.S.college for management studies
  • N.E.S Ratnam College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Bhandup(w)

Parks

  • Paranjape Garden, Datar Colony, Bhandup(E)
  • Madhuban Garden,Nr.Police station, L.B.S.Marg, Bhandup(w)

Playgrounds

  • Kanjur Society Ground, Datar Colony, Bhandup(E)
  • B.E.S Ground, Station Road, Bhandup(E)
  • B.M.C.Ground, Near Arunodhouy Tower, Kokan nagar, Bhandup(w)
  • B.M.C.Ground, Near Miniland, Tank road, Bhandup(W)
  • B.M.C.Ground, Opp Sai ashish, Village Road, Bhandup(w)
    1. Football Clubs in Bhandup##
A)teams playing for M.D.F.A.(mumbai district football association) * G.K.W.Rangers,near Mangatram,L.B.S.marg,bhandup(W) * Ushanagar Lions,Ushanagar,village road,bhandup(W)
B)teams playing for B.S.F.A.(bhandup suburb football association) * The Sunday Boys,Naval Dockyard,Bhandup(W) * Naval Civilians,Naval Dockyard,Bhandup(W) * Ganga Mata,Bhandup(W) * Satya-Vijay ,jangal mangal rd,Bhandup(W)
C)teams playing for M.S.S.A.(mumbai school sports association) * ST.Xavier's High School,L.B.S. Marg,Bhandup(W)

Restaurants

  • Bageecha Restaurant, station plaza, Bhandup(w)
  • Madras Cafe, Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS)Marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Kamal Vihar, LBS marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Sai Prasad, LBS Marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Krishna Sagar, LBS Marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Chopsuey Chinese Restaurant, Village Road, Bhandup(w)
  • Hotel Pride, L.B.S. Marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Ratna Bar & Restaurant, Station Plaza, Bhandup(w)
  • Sanjraj Bar& Restaurant,l.b.s.marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Great Punjab ,l.b.s.marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Pooja Bar & restuarnt,l.b.s.marg, Bhandup(w)
  • New Punjab Bar & Restuarnt, Bhandup(w)
  • Yashoda Mahal Bar ,village road, Bhandup(w)
  • Manasa Bar & Restaurant, LBS marg Bhandup(w)
  • Om Sai, Opposite Shivaji Talao.
  • Shera, Near Asian Paints, LBS marg

Movie Theatres

  • Saaz, Next to Shivaji Talao (Shivaji Lake)
  • Shri Krishna, Next to Bhandup Police Station

lakes

  • Tulsi Lake
  • Shivaji Lake
  • Bhandupeshwar Kunda (Bhandup East)

Petrol Pumps

  • Kaka Petrol Pump, 24 Hrs service, L.B.S Marg, Bhandup(W)
  • Mangatram Petrol Pump,L.B.S.Marg,Bhandup(w)

esidential homes

  • Amber Apartment, M.S. Marg, James Beachy Road, Bhandup(W)
  • Udayshree Coop hsg Society, Bhandup (east)
  • Chandralok Co-op housing society.datar colony, Bhandup {east}
  • Agadh Sagar , Datar Colony , Bhandup(E)
  • Dreams ,l.b.s.marg Bhandup(w)
  • Living point,l.b.s.marg Bhandup(w)
  • New ushanagar Complex, village road, Bhandup(w)
  • Ishwar nagar,l.b.s.marg Bhandup(w)
  • Kukreja Complex,l.b.s.marg Bhandup(w)
  • Usha Complex, near station, Bhandup(w)
  • Kailash Complex l.b.s.marg Bhandup(w)
  • Mayuresh Shrishti Complex, lake road Bhandup(w)
  • Sai Radha Complex,l.b.s.marg Bhandup(w)
  • Kailash park ,lake road Bhandup(w)
  • Hema park, Bhandup(e)
  • Matoshree park, Bhandup(e)
  • Arunoduoy Tower, kokan nagar, Bhandup(w)
  • Aniraj Tower, Bhandup(w)
  • Hit Niketan, Konkan Nagar, Bhandup(w)
  • Satya-vijay,jangal-mangal road, Bhandup(w)
  • Neelima Apartments, jangal mangal road, upper Bhandup(w)
  • Darling Apartments, tank road, upper Bhandup(w)
  • Mini-land,tank road ,upper Bhandup(w)
  • Ambaji Darshan, national school rd, Bhandup(w)
  • Aareel tower, near national school rd, Bhandup(w)
  • Joy Homes Station Road, Bhandup(w)
  • dutta krupa apts, Village road
  • satyam shivam ,village road
  • Rajshree Villa, N.E.S road, Bhandup(w).
  • Shree Dutta Niwas, Datar Colony, Bhandup(E).
  • Sneh-vardhini, Datar Colony, Bhandup(E).
  • Matruchaya, Datar Colony, Bhandup(E).

ATM centres

  • I.C.I.C.I. Bank, station plaza, Bhandup(w)
  • Bank of Baroda, tank road junction, Bhandup(w)
  • U.T.I.Bank,tank road junction, Bhandup(w)
  • State Bank Of India, Hema Park, Bhandup(w)
  • Punjab & Maharshtra Co-op Bank, stn rd, Bhandup(w)
  • Abhyudaya Bank, Jungle Mangal Road.

Banks

  • Apna Sahakari Bank,Shivsagar Complex,Bhandup(W)
  • Bank of Baroda, Bhandup Station Road, Ramkrishna Wadi, Bhandup (W)
  • Dena bank,l.b.s.marg,station road, Bhandup(w)
  • Bharat co-operative bank,l.b.s. marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Bharat co-operative bank, village road, Bhandup(w)
  • U.T.I.Bank,tank road, Bhandup(w)
  • State Bank of India, Bhandup Bhaichand Textile Compound, LBS Marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Union bank of India, Bhandup Bhaichand Textile Compound, LBS Marg, Bhandup(W)
  • Canara bank, kukreja complex,l.b.s.marg, Bhandup(W)
  • Abhyudhya Bank, chetna apts, jangal mangal road, Bhandup(w)
  • Punjab and Maharashtra Co-op Bank, Guru Nanak English School, Station Road, Bhandup (W)
  • Punjab and Maharashtra Co-op Bank , Bhandup industrial estate, Bhandup(w)
  • Bank of Maharshtra,l.b.s.marg,near Bhandup police chowky, Bhandup(w)
  • Punjab & Sind Bank, Bhandup, near Bhandup police chowky, Bhandup(w)
  • Maratha Sahakari Bank LTD.Bhandup(W)
  • Janakalyan Sahakari bank ltd,(Plot No – 37, Shree Niwas, Datar Colony, Bhandup (E),
  • Jaoli Sahakari Bajasmeen Aromatic Bank Limited,Hit-Ni-Ketan,Bhandup(W)
  • Indian bank, Trivedi twr bldg j.n. rd Bhandup mumbai-78
  • State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, Bhandup village, Bhandup(w)
  • Shri arihant co-operative bk ltd, anant sidhi, l.b.s.marg,near Bhandup police chowky, Bhandup(w)
  • Sahakari Bank,Govind Nagar,Village Road,Bhandup(w)
  • Sarvodaya co-operative bk ltd, sarsar ind estate, Bhandup(w)
  • Societe Generale,C-103,Anant Sidhi,L.B.S.Marg,Bhandup(w)
  • Syndicate Bank,Shivsagar Complex,Bhandup(W)
  • The Bombay District Co-Op Bank, sai shristi, L.B.S.Marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Hindustan co-operative bk ltd, jijamatha vidhyalaya, quarry road, Bhandupw
  • D.H.F.L ,dreams residency,l.b.s.marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Citifinancial, hotel pride,l.b.s.marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Karur Vysya Bank,Tank Rd,Miniland,Bhandup(w)
  • Kurla nagrik Sahakari bank ltd, Bhandup(w)
  • Kurla nagrik Sahakari bank ltd, Bhandup village , Bhandup(e)
  • Urban co-operative bank, Bhandup(w)

Places of worship

Masjids

  • Jama Masjid Near Shivaji Talao Bhandup(w)
  • Jama Masjid Near Pathan Colony Bhandup(w)
  • Jama Masjid Near Sonapur Bhandup(w)
  • Jama Masjid Near Gaon Devi Bhandup(w)

Churches

  • St Stephen’s Tamil Church Milind Nagar Bhandup(W)
  • St Anthony’s Church Tempipada Bhandup(W)
  • St. Xavier’s School (Services held regularly in school hall)

Temples

  • Bala Ganesher Aalayam, Hanuman nagar, Bhandup(W)
  • Pach Mandir, shivaji nagar, Bhandup(W)
  • Ganesh Mandir, Ganesh Nagar, Bhandup(w)
  • Shree Saibaba mandir, Ganesh Nagar, Bhandup(W)
  • Maruti Mandir, lake road Bhandup(w)
  • Shree Ram Mandir, gamdevi road Bhandup(w)
  • Santoshi Mata mandir, village road Bhandup(w)
  • Kaali Mata Mandir, jangal mangal road Bhandup(w)
  • Saibaba Mandir, station road Bhandup(w)
  • Shree Ganpati Mandir, jangal mangal road Bhandup(w)
  • Ganpati Mandir, Police chowki, Bhandup (w)
  • Sai Baba Mandir,N.E.S road, Bhandup(w)
  • Ganesh Mandir, Datar Colony, Bhandup(E)
  • Hanuman Mandir, Datar Colony, Bhandup(E)
  • Kashi Vishweshwar, Datar Colony, Bhandup(E)
  • Dutta Mandir, Datar Colony, Bhandup(E)
  • Chamunda devi Mandir, Chamunda nagar, Bhandup(E)

Jain Mandir

  • Jain mandir, near police station Bhandup(w)
  • Jain mandir, ishwar nagar station road Bhandup(w)
  • Jain mandir, kukreja complex Bhandup(w)
  • Jain mandir, village road Bhandup(w)

gurudwaras

  • gurudwara, l.b.s. marg Bhandup(w)
  • gurudwara patra chawl ,village road Bhandup(w)

Health care and cure

Hospitals

  • Soubhagya hospital,miniland, Bhandup(w)
  • M.S. hospital,miniland, Bhandup(w)
  • Bal Chikitshalya,miniland, Bhandup(w)
  • Bhandup citizen’s hospital, Bhandup(w)
  • Krishna Hopital, Bhandup(w)
  • Ashirwad hospital, Bhandup(w)
  • Chandan hospital, village road, Bhandup(w)
  • Badwaik hospital,l.b.s.marg, Bhandup(w)
  • Padmashree nursing home, kukreja complex, Bhandup(w)
  • Bhatia hospital, village road, Bhandup(w)
  • Muncipal hospital, near shivaji talao, Bhandup(w)
  • Shree Ramakrishna Eye Hospital,J.M. rd,Bhandup(w)
Bhandup
Next station south:
Kanjurmarg
Mumbai suburban railway : Central Railway Next station north:
Nahur
Stop No:16 KM from starting:? Platforms:4

Mulund

 Mulund East-West BridgeMulund is a prosperous suburb located in the northeast of Mumbai popularly nick-named “Prince Of The Suburbs”. It is accessible by rail on the Central Railway line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway It is nestled alongside the foothills of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park with easy access to the Eastern Express Highway and Navi Mumbai through the Mulund-Airolibridge.

History

Till the mid 50’s to late 80s, this suburb was an idyllic sleepy hamlet. It was home to a large number of educated middle class residents. As a typical microcosm of mumbai, it had a cosmopolitan mix of Hindis, Gujaratis, Marathis, Tamilians, Malayalis, Kannadigas, Sindhis and Punjabis who lived in harmony with each other. Testimony to this fact is the presence of various religious structures located close to each other with no communal or religious tension.

Evidence of this is the various prominent religious structures like The Jain Temple in Zaver Road, The Bhakta Sangham Temple in P.K.Road. St.Pius Church on Madan Mohan Malviya Road, Balrajeshwar Temple on L.B.S.Road, Sarvodaya Parshwanath Temple in Sarvodaya Nagar and the Hanuman Temple in Mulund East.

Mulund was home to several prominent manufacturing establishments. Notable among them are the pharmaceutical companies –Hoechst, Wellcome (Glaxo), Merind and Johnson & Johnson. Engineering companies like Richardson Cruddas, ACC, Agfa & Gabriel are also around. As production shifts out of Mumbai, many of these establishments are making way for modern shopping malls and luxurious apartment complexes altering the landscape and skyline. Johnson and Johnson however continues to remain a landmark in Mulund.

Towards the late 90s this suburb acquired a new hue with winds of globalisation slowly reaching the people here. Old buildings and structures gave way to big bright new malls and cineplexes. This change is most apparent along the L.B.S.Road which today is lined with two major shopping malls Nirmal Lifestyle (one of India’s largest malls)and R-Mall has attractions like Shopper’s Stop, Shoprite (South African Hypermarket), Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, Lifestyle, eateries like McDonalds, Sachins, Pizza Hut, Subway, Cafe Coffee Day, Mocha, the Grill among others. Skyscrapers have lined the landscape replacing old factories. Old tailors and garment cut piece stores have given way to fashion boutiques.

Mulund has also seen breakthrough in the area of web presence with Mulund’s own website’s like http://www.mulundonline.com,http://www.mulundmall.com, etc.

Though Mulund today has become much more crowded than what it used to be, it is still considered to one of the safest places in bombay, this can be especially said for Mulund East.

Transportation

 Mulund Railway Station

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Mulund Railway Station

Mulund railway station is connected via the Central Railway. BEST buses, autorickshaws and taxis are abundant.

Due to Mulund’s proximity ot Thane and Airoli and Goregaon link road, most parts of the city are easily accessible.

Rotary Clubs in Mulund

  • Rotary Club Of Bombay Mulund East
  • Rotary Club Of Bombay Mulund Valley
  • Rotary Club Of Mulund
  • Rotary Club Of Mulund Hills
  • Rotary Club Of Mulund Hill View
  • Rotary Club Of Mulund South

Rotary International District : 3140

Source : Rotary Club Of Bombay Mulund East Website

Educational Institutions

Colleges

Schools

Mulund (W)

  • Dayanand Vedic Vidyalaya – Hindi High School
  • Sharon English High School , Mulund(w)
  • Vani Vidyalaya High School and Junior College
  • St.Mary’s Convent High School
  • Sampson English High School (First English School in the Suburb)
  • St.Pius X High School
  • Friends Cooperative School (Est. 1967)
  • Sharon English High School
  • N. G. Purandare High School
  • J. J. Academy High School
  • Jai Bharat High School, Mulund Colony
  • Mulund High School
  • Lokmanya Tilak English High School (Vaze Foundation)
  • S. M. P. R. High School – Gujarati Medium High School
  • H.K.Gidwani Cosmopolitan English High School, Mulund Colony.
  • Shree Dashmesh Public School, Mulund Colony.
  • St.George High School,Veena Nagar.
  • J.A.M. English High School.
  • Smt. Hirbai Morarji Gala English School
  • Smt. Vidyaben D. Gardi High School

Mulund (E)

  • King George High School(Now Indian Education Society’s high school)
  • Holy Angel’s High School
  • Vidya Prasarak Mandal (VPM) High School
  • Sau. LaxmiBai English Medium School
  • Wamanrao Muranjan Secondary School
  • Maratih Vidyalaya

Entertainment

 Kalidas Hall, Mulund

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Kalidas Hall, Mulund

  • Theatre
    • Kalidas Auditorium
  • Movie Halls
    • R Adlabs 4-screens (at R-Mall, Mulund West)1
    • PVR 8-screens (at Nirmal Lifestyles, Mulund West)
    • Jai Ganesh (Near Rly Station, Mulund East)
    • Mehul Cinema (Mulund West)
    • Deepmandir Cinema (Located on the LBS Marg in Mulund West)
  • Gymkhanas/Fitness Centres
    • Public – Run by Local Authorities
      • Mulund Gymkhana
      • Kalidas Sports Complex
    • Private
      • Shape-U
      • Bodyzone
      • Rudraksh
      • Bodykraft
      • Evolve
      • Talwalkars

Places of Worship

  • Ambaji Dham Temple, Mulund West
  • Balrajeshwar Temple, L.B.S.Road Mulund (west)
  • Hanuman Mandir, near Bank of Baroda ATM Mulund East
  • Guru Nanak Sachkhand Darbar Mulund Colony
  • Shri Raghavendra Swami Mutt, Mulund West
  • Shiva Mandir, near Sambhaji Park, Mulund East
  • Jhulelal Mandir, Hindustan Chowk, Mulund Colony, Mulund West
  • Jalaram Bapa Temple – Zaver Road, Mulund West
  • St.Pius X Church
  • Evangelical Church of India, Mulund West
  • St.George Orthodox Syrian Church, Mulund (West)
  • Bhakta Sangham Temple.Mulund West.

Hospitals

 Mulund Wockhardt Hospital

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Mulund Wockhardt Hospital

  • Wockhardt Hospitals
  • Ashwini Hospital at Paanch Raasta – Mulund West
  • Dr. Harish Rai, Drishti Eye Care Centre, Panch Rasta, Ph: 25920606
  • Aditi Hospital at P.K.Road – Mulund West
  • Jas Raj Hospital at M.G.Road – Mulund West
  • E.S.I.S Hospital at Dr.R.P.Road – Mulund West
  • Shree Sai Maternity Hospital at Sarvodaya Nagar – Mulund West
  • Upasani Maternity Hospital at S.L.Road – Mulund West
  • Navjivan Hospital at 90 feet Road – Mulund East
  • Orthomax Orthopaedic Hospital – Mulund East
  • Gokhul Hospital – Mulund West-Dr N.C Mehta Ph 25671971
  • Pooja Blood Bank – Mulund West
  • Saidhan Hospital, 90 feet road, Mulund (East)
  • ChandraGanga Hospital, Nr. Neelam Nagar, Mulund (East)

Major Industrial Establishments

  • Johnson & Johnsons
  • RalliWolf

Parks & Promenades

  • Deshmukh Garden (Popularly known by kids as ‘Big Garden’)
  • Yogi Hills Garden
  • Sambhaji Garden
  • Johnson & Johnson Park

Restaurants

  • Urban Tadka, Pop Tate’s, Subway, Pizza Hut and Cream Centre at R-Mall
  • Sachin’s, McDonald’s, Fine Dine, The Grill and Rajdhani in Nirmal Lifestyles Mall
  • Other prominent restaurants are Athithi near Mulund Station and Amantran near St. Mary School
  • Nisarga Bar & Restaurant in Runwal Towers on LBS Road.

In addition to these there is an assortment of various other Indian, Chinese and South Indian restaurants

Some of those are:

  • Vishwa Samrat, near Mulund Station (West)
  • Vishwa Mahal, near Mulund Station (West)
  • Vishwa Bharti
  • Sandip
  • Sanmaan
  • Tasty Buds
  • Kaveri
  • Atithi
  • Amantran
  • Bansuri
  • Bawarchi
  • Campus
  • Ruchi Restaurant
  • Hot Plate, oppposite J&J garden
  • E’ flags
  • Shri ram restaurant
  • Leaf

Malls

 Mulund R-Mall

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Mulund R-Mall

 Mulund Nirmal Lifestyles

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Mulund Nirmal Lifestyles

See Also Residential Complexes in Mulund

Events & Incidents

Kurla

The first train from mumbai took off from kurlaKurla is a major suburb of Mumbai. It is also the name of one the busiest railway stations on the Mumbai suburban railway on the central and harbour railway lines of Mumbai.

History

In 1918, the Bombay city limits were expanded out to Kurla. A new railway line connecting Kurla to Chembur was constructed and then extended to Mankhurd. A spate of building activity took place in the 1920s.

The Bandra-Kurla Commercial Complex added to the commercial value of Kurla.

It is also the only common railway station to Central Railway’s main line and harbour line. This is of course in addition to Victoria Terminus (VT) — now named Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Masjid and Sandhurst Road.

Educational institutions

  • Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT)
  • Holy Cross High School

Sion

Sion (Sheev in Marathi) is a suburb of Mumbai. It is also the name of a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway on theCentral Railway line. The name is a corruption of the word Shiva, which means boundary or limit. In the 17th century the village formed the boundary between Mumbai and Salsette Island.

Educational Institutes

Schools

  • D.S. High School
  • Little Angels’ High School
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
  • A.M.Kewalramani Premier High School.
  • Amulakh Amichand Bhimji Vividhalakshi Vidyalaya.

Gandhi Memorial English Primary School. – Dharavi, Mumbai – 400019-Tel : 4095712

Guru Nanak National High School Sion (West), Mumbai – 400022-Tel : 4072585

Little Angels English Secondary School – Sion (West), Mumbai – 400022-Tel : 4072557

Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School- Sion, Mumbai – 400022-Tel : 4076273

People’s Welfare Society’s High School – Sion (East), Mumbai – 400022-Tel : 4072455

Sadhana English Primary School – Sion (W), Mumbai – 400022-Tel : 4097203

Shree Vallabhashram School – Sion (West), Mumbai – 400022-Tel : 4072502

St. Anthony’s English Primary School Dharavi, Mumbai – 400017-Tel : 4097875

Victoria High School -Mahim (W), Mumbai – 400016-Tel : 4462913

Colleges

  • S.I.E.S. College of Arts, Science and Commerce – Sion West
  • S.I.E.S. College of Commerce and Economics Sion East
  • K J Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology
  • K J Somaiya Medical College
  • Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College

Leisure, Lifestyle & Places of Interest

  • Sion Fort
  • CineMax – Movie Multiplex (previously CinePlanet and earlier well known as Rupam theatre)
  • Aurora cinema.
  • Gurukripa restaurant-Famous for pani puris and samosas.
  • New yorkers.
  • Udipi.
  • Madras cafe.
  • Mysore cafe.
  • Cafe Coffe Day

Chinchpokli

Chinchpokli is the name of a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway on India’s Central Railway line.

Chinchpokli
Next station south:
Byculla
Mumbai suburban railway : Central Railway Next station north:
Currey Road
Stop No:5 KM from starting:? Platforms:?

Byculla

Byculla or Bhaykhala is a neighbourhood in South Mumbai. It is also the name of a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railwayon the Central Railway line.

Location

Byculla is neighboured by

Byculla falls under “E” Ward Within the municipal limits of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC.

History

  • During the late 18th century, Byculla was an extension of Mazagaon, one of the seven islands that originally formed the city of Mumbai.
  • The Byculla railway station was completed by 1857. This was also the time the first mills came into this area which was originally used only for residential purpose.
  • Byculla used to house many of the city’s textile mills until the mills shut shop and moved out of the island city. As of today, few mills are operational and even they are on the brink of closure. Many of these old mills are now desolate and some are being razed down to make way for newer constructions. Khatau Mills is situated in Byculla, in news for the alleged murder of its owner Sunit Khatau in May, 1994.

Demographics

  • Byculla, like many other locations of Mumbai have witnessed strong real estate growth, particularly in the Motisha Lane area where there are lots of tall residential buildings, occupied by affluent Jain community.
  • Of late, Byculla has also witnessed the increase of population of Dawoodi Bohra and other traditional Muslims, who are primarily a business community like most of the Gujaratis.
  • There is also a BIT Chawl, primarily housing Marathi working class community, home to one of the largest Ganesha idols during the Ganeshotsav celebrations.

Points of interest

  • Fly-overs and bridges: Byculla is also known for Mumbai‘s first ever “Y-bridge” built across Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road which then splits further to go to Byculla East and West before the Claire Road intersection, thereby forming a Y shape when seen from the air. This was one of the oldest fly-overs built in Mumbai.
  • Fire Brigade Headquarters: Mumbai Fire Brigade‘s headquarters are situated just below the “Y Bridge”. In the front of the Headquarter building, there is a memorial built in the memory of numerous fire fighters who died during the Bombay Explosion (1944) of April, 1944.
  • Mustafa bazaar: a wholesale timber market is frequently visited by many from the city.
  • Jerbai Baug and Rustom Baug: are the two Parsi colonies where most of the Parsis of Byculla live.

Places of worship

  • Magen David Synagogue: is believed to be one of the oldest ones in the city. David Sassoon, a Baghdadi Jew, built the Magen David Synagogue in 1861 in Byculla, where the family first lived.
  • Like most other localities of Mumbai, Byculla also is home to a number of small Hindu temples and Muslim Mosques located in its small pockets.

Transportation

  • Byculla is very well connected by Central Railway line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway, as well as Bus routes serviced by BEST. In fact, most of the buses servicing South Mumbai, South-Central Mumbai, Central Mumbai and North-East Mumbai pass through Byculla. It was this heavy traffic which had prompted city planners to develop major fly-overs in Byculla, as early as 1980s.

Trivia

  • Another fly-over built near the Gloria Church was in news when there was a collapse of one of its portions during its construction in the 1980s

Hospitals

Educational institutes

Sandhurst Road

Sandhurst Road is a railway station on the Central line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. It is the third stop from Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Named after Lord Sandhurst, the Governor of Bombay between 1895 and 1900, the station was built in 1910 using funds from theBombay City Improvement Trust, which he helped raise. The Sandhurst Road railway station (upper level servicing the Harbour Line) was built in 1921. The supporting pillars of the edifice bear the inscription “GIPR 1921 Lutha Iron Works, Glasgow. The fabricated metal was imported from the United Kingdom

Sandhurst Road
Next station south:
Masjid Bunder
Mumbai suburban railway : Central Railway Next station north:
Byculla
Stop No:3 KM from starting:? Platforms:?

Masjid Bunder

Masjid (sometimes called Masjid Bunder) is a railway station on the Central line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. It is the penultimate stop for all trains on the Central line in the “Up” direction. Contrary to popular belief, the station is not named after a masjid (mosque) but a synagogue, the 200-year old Gate of Mercy Synagogue near a once thriving Israeli neighbourhood, popularly known as Juni Masjid by locals.[1]

The volume of passengers on this station is very high due to different wholesale markets surrounding this station. These markets are referred as bazaars.

Stockists from Reay Road iron market (lokhand bazaar) make trades of millions of rupees in the market near this station. The south end towards CST gives access to Yousuf Mehar Ali Road, Jama Masjid, Kalbadevi, Crawford Market, Mandvi and surrounding area. Masjid is prominent since it is close to the docks from where ships taking Indian pilgrims to the annual Hajj set sail.

Masjid Bunder
Next station south:
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Mumbai suburban railway : Central Railway Next station north:
Sandhurst Road
Stop No:2 KM from starting:? Platforms:1
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