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Coordinates: 19°12′58″N 72°49′50″E / 19.216182°N 72.830575°E / 19.216182; 72.830575

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Charkop
Charkop
is a locality in the suburb of Kandivali
Kandivali
(West), North Mumbai. It was originally intended as a housing project by MHADA, around the existing village with the same name but now covers residential areas and businesses.

Contents

1 History 2 Transport 3 Demographics 4 Proposed developments 5 Schools 6 See also 7 References

History[edit] Charkop's original name is 'Char Khop'( चार खोप ) meaning a place of 4 huts or a small village with four houses in Marathi. Koli people or the fishermen are considered to be the indigenous residents of Charkop. Charkop
Charkop
was originally a marshy land surrounded by mangroves, drained by the MHADA
MHADA
to provide low-cost housing to people. The project was originally intended to provide society-based plots around 250 square feet (23 m2) to every owner. This ownership was established by having a lottery and allotting lottery numbers. The next step was to provide all necessary civil amenities, which MHADA has provided to full effect. After the year 2000, Charkop
Charkop
had gradually established itself in the metropolitan fold of Mumbai
Mumbai
due to its close proximity to both Kandivali
Kandivali
and Borivali
Borivali
suburbs. Transport[edit] The area is well connected to the Kandivali, Borivali
Borivali
and Malad suburbs by a number of BEST buses and private transport. Nearest local railway station is Kandivali
Kandivali
railway station. Nearest railway station for long distance trains is Borivali
Borivali
railway station. Ferry ride to the opposite side of Gorai Creek
Gorai Creek
is available from nearby Gorai. Most frequently used BEST transport routes are:

Route 244, 246 and 277: Borivali
Borivali
station to Kandivali
Kandivali
station via Charkop. Route 269: Borivali
Borivali
to Madh beach via Charkop Route 294: Gorai Bus Depot to Andheri Station (W) via Charkop Route 460 LTD, 461 LTD, 226 LTD: Charkop
Charkop
to Eastern Suburbs via Jogeshwari–Vikhroli Link Road.

Demographics[edit] The original inhabitants of Charkop, the Koli people
Koli people
are Hindus. The present demographic of Charkop
Charkop
is a reflection of the cosmopolitan makeup of Mumbai. The region is predominantly Hindu, but there are also tiny pockets of Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Muslims. Most residents belong to the lower middle-class or middle class. The majority of populace is Marathi-speaking although a tiny amount of other people speak their respective languages.

An image of the vast stretch of mangroves at Charkop

Recent tree plantation drive held by concerned residents

Illegal dumping of waste is damaging the mangroves and is not a pleasing site.

Proposed developments[edit] Metro connecting Charkop
Charkop
to Mankhurd
Mankhurd
is next to follow, after Mumbai Metro One is complete. However, with the operator MMTPL and MMRDA sparring on right of way, the proposed Charkop- Mankhurd
Mankhurd
metro faces a stillborn fate. There is also a popular citizen's movement in favour of an underground metro and same views have been echoed by the current Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chauhan, after inspecting the condition of Mumbai
Mumbai
Metro One, whose overground bridges kiss residential buildings and commercial establishments. MCGM has planned to create a bird sanctuary to preserve and exhibit the various types of birds that frequent the mangrove areas of Sector 8. However,there are no updates on this project, after this was announced in 2007-08. Schools[edit]

St.Mary's High School Sector-2 K B Patil International School at Charkop
Charkop
Sector 8 Indian Education Society High School Sector-2. Ekvira High School Sector-1. Mother Teresa High School Sector-1. Oxford Public School Sector-5. Akshara High School, Sector-8 sanskar school ,sector-5

See also[edit]

Mahavir Nagar (Kandivali) Kandivali

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