Dadar is the first planned suburb of Mumbai.It is a densely populated
residential and shopping neighbourhood.It is also a prominent railway
and bus service hub with local and national connectivity.
also a hub for Marathi culture in Mumbai.
1.3 19th and 20th century
4.1 Prominent Residential Neighbourhoods
5.1 Rail Transport
5.2 Road Transport
6.2 Restaurants and cuisine
6.3 Park & Gardens
6.4 Places of worship
8 Famous personalities
Dadar (दादर) in
Marathi language means 'Ladder', perhaps
indicative of its importance as an important connection between main
Mumbai island and surrounding islands in the past.
In the 16th century, the area was known as lower
Mahim as it was
located on the island of Mahim, one of the Seven islands of Mumbai
which, after Mumbai Island proper, was the most important during the
whole of the Portuguese period. The Portuguese
Franciscans built a
church here in 1596 called Nossa Senhora de Salvação, which is
popularly known today as Portuguese Church and is a familiar Dadar
19th and 20th century
The Dadar-Matunga-Wadala-Sion scheme of 1899-1900 was the first
planned scheme in Mumbai. The
Bombay Improvement Trust devised the
plan to relieve congestion in the center of the town following the
plague epidemics of the 1890s. According to the survey plan, 60,000
people were to be housed at Dadar-
Matunga and an equal number in
Sion-Matunga. 85,000 people were to be accommodated in the
developments in Sewri-Wadala.
Among the institutions moved to
Dadar under the City Improvement Trust
(CIT) plan were Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute, now known as
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute and King George school, now
known as IES'
Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya (now a collection of several
schools). The plan regulated constructions and restricted building
construction to three storeys high with open space between them.
Ramnarain Ruia College in 1937 and Ramniranjan Podar College was
founded in 1939, completing Dadar’s transition from residential area
to a diverse neighborhood. Both colleges are run by SP Mandali. Dr.
Antonio Da Silva High School one of the oldest school founded in 1851
British India period is located here.
During the cotton mill era of Mumbai, some key mills like Bombay
Dyeing (Spring Mills), Gold Mohur Mills, Kohinoor Mills, Ruby Mills
and Tata Mills were located in Dadar. During the redevelopment of
Mumbai mills some of these were redeveloped or went defunct.
Shivaji Park and the surrounding areas were developed. This
public space was to become an important stage in the political drama
leading up to India's independence. Later political history in Mumbai
also unfolded in this park.
The Sharadashram society as well as school built in 1948-50 are the
biggest landmarks of Dadar. Sharadashram society is Asia's first
registered society as well as first society in Mumbai.
In 1993 Bombay bombings, a defused bomb was discovered in
Dadar by Dr.
JK Mandot who also provided the Mumbai police their first clue in the
1993 blasts probe, when on March 13, 1993, he alerted them about a
dubious-looking Bajaj Chetak scooter (MH-04-Z-261) parked outside his
dispensary on Naigaum Cross Road. The scooter, laden with RDX, had
failed to explode, and was defused after Mandot's call to the police
Dadar as a neighbourhood has undergone tremendous changes. Places like
Parsi colony and Hindu colony still retain the old world charm but
much has changed over the years - Iranian restaurants have vanished,
old traditional buildings have been converted into modern apartments,
chawls are difficult to find and existing ones are in dilapidated
condition, well known eateries are giving way to new food joints and
delicacies, and the history behind landmarks like
Dadar T.T. have
Dadar is located between Matunga, Wadala, Parel,
Dadar is divided into East and West by the railway
Dadar East is popularly called
Dadar Central or
Dadar T.T (now
Khodadad Circle) because the former
Tram Terminus (which was
closed with the closure of the tram network in Mumbai) was located
Dadar West is sometimes referred to as
Dadar B.B. because it
lies along the western line, which was once part of the Mumbai &
Baroda & Central India (BB&CI) Railway.
Dr. B.A. Ambedkar road runs north-south and connects to
Parel in South
Matunga in North, while Senapati Bapat Marg, Gokhale Road And Veer
Savarkar Marg connects western side of
Dadar to (
Lower Parel and
Prabhadevi) in south and
Mahim in North.
Built in 1923, Lokmanya Tilak bridge (once referred by locals as
Kingsway bridge as it was extended to Kingsway road which was renamed
Ambedkar road) is one of the oldest bridge in Mumbai and connects
Dadar east (Khodadad Circle) with
Dadar west and even more so, between
east and west Mumbai. This rail-over-bridge becomes even more critical
connect for devotees during Ganesh Visarjan when Ganesh idols across
the eastern side of Mumbai are brought to
Dadar Chowpatty for the
immersion (visarjan). Apart from this bridge, there are few pedestrian
rail-over bridges that keeps the crowd moving on foot from east and
Shivaji Park Residential area, a predominantly upper-middle-class
residential zone, has also become a highly sought after residential
area in Central Mumbai because of its proximity to the Dadar
Chowpatty, Shivaji Park, Mahatma Gandhi Olympic Swimming Pool and the
famous Siddhivinayak temple in
Shivaji Park Chowpatty
or sea shore
Dadar West is widespread up to Reunion Restaurant where
Mahim starts in north and up to Sayani Road Junction were Prabhadevi
starts on south. Similarly
Dadar East is widespread up to Five Gardens
Matunga starts in North and up to Premier Theatre in South were
Former cotton mill in Dadar
Dadar West market is a very popular shopping destination for residents
of central Mumbai, the suburbs, and distant satellite towns. Dadar
vegetable market is the heart of the city and was responsible for
distributing vegetables across all of Mumbai. It was once said that
one can get all possible things in Dadar. Both east and west areas are
dotted with women's (particularly spree) and children's clothing
shops. Many prominent jewelry shops can be found in Dadar. Mumbai's
first Titan watches showroom was opened in
Dadar in 1989.
Prominent Residential Neighbourhoods
B.R.Ambedkar Memorial (Chaitya bhoomi)
Balmohan Vidya Mandir
IES King George School
Lokmanya Tilak Colony
Khandke Building, (1-12)
Dadar Parsi Colony
Swatantraveer Savarkar Market
Rajgad (MNS Headquarters)
Sena Bhavan (Shivsena Headquarters)
Tilak Bhuvan (Congress Headquarters)
Shivaji Natya Mandir
Shardashram Vidya Mandir
Saitan Chowki Naka
Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Goregaonkar Premises - Dadar's 2nd oldest Ganeshotsav (Since 1921)
Khed Gully Dadar
Ravindra Natya Mandir
Datta Raul Maidan
Dadar is also home to the Mumbai Mayor's Bungalow, the official
residence of the Mayor of Mumbai.
Dadar railway station
Dadar is a prominent railway terminus on both the Western and Central
lines of the
Mumbai Suburban Railway
Mumbai Suburban Railway network. Being the only common
railway station to both the Central and Western lines, it makes a
transit point for many passengers traveling through Suburban Railway.
It is estimated that the station receives more than 500,000 visitors
Dadar east has been also a key interchange point for those coming from
Navi Mumbai by road transport. A bus hub next to
Dadar GPO is a destination point for many buses coming from out of
Dadar is well connected to other neighbourhoods of Mumbai,
namely Matunga, Wadala, Parel, Elphinstone Road, Prabhadevi, and
Dadar has long been a cultural center for Maharashtrians and the
Marathi speaking population, and also for the entire Indian diaspora.
Dada Saheb Phalke (in recognition of whom the road Dada Saheb Phalke
Road is named) partly shot his first film “Raja Harishchandra” at
Mathura Bhavan, in one of his friend's residence in
Apart from this studio, many other prominent film studios such as
Ranjit Studios and Rooptara Studios were eventually built on this
There is also an active crowd that watches dramas and Shivaji Mandir
is one of the few theatres in Mumbai that has catered to the middle
class' interest in the dramatic arts. It was here that artists like
Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo
and Nana Patekar found an eager audience.
Dadar has been also home to movie halls like Chitra Cinema, Inox
Nakshatra and Hindmata Cinema. Plaza Cinema, a prominent theatre in
Dadar was damaged during the 1993 bomb-blasts/riots. It has now
reopened and remains one of the theatres in Mumbai that show Marathi
Restaurants and cuisine
Vada Pao was invented outside
Dadar Station in 1971, by Ashok Vaidya
using the Pao (Portuguese word for bread). Apart from Vada Pao,
Dadar is also popular for traditional Maharashtrian food like Batata
Vada, Thalipith, Sabudana Vada, Misal Pav, Usal Pav, Puri Bhaji,
Pithla Bhakri, Piyush (a sweet drink) and Lassi. There are many
restaurants likePrakash Hotel, Aaswad Hotel, Sindhudurg Hotel,
Gomantak Hotel and Panshikar that serve Marathi food. However, food
option is as diverse as it can get in Mumbai. Restaurants catering to
Udupi, Panjabi and north Indian, Chinese, Thai and many other cuisines
dot the landscape.
Park & Gardens
Shivaji Park, aerial view
Shivaji Park, one of the largest parks in Mumbai is situated in Dadar
west and is the hub of sports activities, particularly for cricket
enthusiasts. Many cricketers like Ashok Mankad, Vinoo Mankad, Vijay
Hazare, Salim Durani, Ajit Wadekar, Sunil Gavaskar, Sandip Patil,
Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli,
Ajit Agarkar and
Sanjay Manjrekar have
been trained here. Spread across 112, 937 square meters (27.907 acres)
it houses Samartha Vyayam Mandir (gymnasium),
Shivaji Park Nagrik
Shivaji Park Gymkhana (club), children's park, Nana Nani park,
Scout's Pavilion, Ganesh Mandir, The Bengali Club with Kali shrine and
a library. The walkway is lined with huge rain trees and stone wall
for sitting, a popular evening spot for many residents around.
Dadar Chowpatty (seashore) with its sea, sand and Mumbai chat counters
is a popular gateway for families from the hustle bustle of the city.
Some other parks include Five Gardens next to Parsi Colony, Veer
Kotwal Udyan, Vaidya Udyan along Lakhamsi Nappu road.
Places of worship
Dadar has plenty of religious places including BAPS Swaminarayan
Dadar east railway station), Rustom Foramina Agiary
(Parsi colony), N C Narielwala
Dadar Agiary (Naigam cross road), Kali
Temple (Shivaji Park), Ganesh temple (Shivaji Park), Siddhivinayak
Temple (Dadar), Jakhadevi Mandhir (Saitan Chowki) Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Bombay (Ambedkar road), Shri Krishna Mandir Sabhagruh, Shri Mahaveer
Digambar Jain Mandir, Hanuman Mandir (outside
Dadar east railway
station), Peer Bagdadi Dargah and mosque, Portuguese church (Dadar
west), St. Marys Orthodox Cathedral (first Malankara Orthodox Syrian
church in Mumbai) and Indian Pentecostal church.
Dadar is also home to Chaitya Bhoomi, memorial and place where Dr.
Babasaheb Ambedkar, Chief architect of Indian Constitution was
cremated. His death anniversary, 6 December, is observed as
Mahaparinirvan Din when lakhs of people across the nation throng
Chaityabhoomi to pay homage to him.
Dadar boasts some of the most reputed schools and colleges in Mumbai.
Antonio Da Silva High School (estd 1868), King George School (now IES)
(estd 1912), Shardashram Vidya Mandhir School and Balmohan Vidyamandir
(estd 1940) are some of the oldest schools founded during the British
Dadar East houses Smt. Kamla Mehta
Dadar School for the
Blind, a 100+ year old institution that was set up by American Marathi
Mission to serve blind children.
Two of the most prominent colleges in Mumbai, Ramnarain Ruia College
Ramniranjan Anandilal Podar College of Commerce and Economics are
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute is one of the
oldest engineering colleges in India and is in Matunga, adjacent to
Dadar hosts specialised institutes like Institute of Hotel Management
(IHM) and National Institute of Fashion Technology or NIFT (Ministry
of Textiles, Government of India).
List of prominent personalities who resided in
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in Savarkar Sadan, Shivaji Park
B. R. Ambedkar
B. R. Ambedkar in Rajgruha, Hindu colony
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