400070 and 400072 west
Kurla is a neighbourhood of East Mumbai, India. It is the headquarters
Kurla taluka of
Mumbai Suburban District. The neighbourhood is
named after the eponymous East Indian village that it grew out of. It
falls under Zone 5, Ward 'L' of the Bombay Municipal Corporation. Its
railway station, spelt as Coorla until 1890, is one the busiest on
Mumbai suburban railway on the central and harbour railway lines
Mumbai as is the
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) for out-station
4.1 Old Kurla
4.2 Kohinoor city
4.3 New Kurla
6 Notable incidents
8 Notable residents
9.1 Khan Bahaddur Bhabha Hospital
10 Places of worship
12 See also
Kurla gets its name from the East Indian village of Kurla, whose name
in turn originated from "Kurli", the local name for crab, as these
were found in plenty in marshes in the vicinity of the village. The
Kurla came under Portuguese rule when the Treaty of Bassein
(1534) was signed by
Sultan Bahadur of Gujarat
Sultan Bahadur of Gujarat and the Kingdom of
Portugal on 23 December 1534. In 1548, the village of
Kurla and six
other villages were given by the Governor of
Portuguese India to
Antonio Pessoa as a reward for his military services. Kurla
remained under Portuguese rule until the British occupied Salsette
Island in 1774. The island was formally ceded to the East India
Company in the 1782 Treaty of Salbai.
Kurla was connected to Sion on Bombay Island by the Sion
Causeway. Coorla, as it was spelt during the
British Raj until 1890,
was a major station on the
Great Indian Peninsula Railway
Great Indian Peninsula Railway between
Bombay and Thane, the first railway line in British India when it
opened in 1853.
In 1808, Kurla, along with the villages of Mohili, Kolekalyan, Marol,
Sahar, Asalphe, and Parjapur, were given by the British to a Parsi
merchant of Bombay, Mr. Hormasji Bamanji Wadia in exchange for a piece
of land near the Apollo pier gate in Bombay. His Son, Mr. Ardeshir
Hormasji Wadia, after whom the A. H. Wadia Road was named, paid for
them a yearly
Quit-rent of £358 (Rs. 3587).
Kurla had two cotton mills, one of them, the Dharamsi Punjabhai, being
the largest cotton spinning and weaving mill in the Bombay Presidency,
with 92,094 spindles and 1280 looms. The other was the
and Weaving Mill.
Kurla village had a population of 9,715 at that
time. About half of them worked in the mills, while the rest were
fishermen, husbandmen (farmers) and salt-makers. The Holy Cross Church
at Kurla, built during the Portuguese rule and rebuilt in 1848, is one
of the oldest churches in Mumbai.
The Mithibai Hormasji Wadia Dispensary was built by Mr. Bamanji
Hormasji Wadia in 1855, and endowed by him with £1200 (Rs. 12,000).
It was in charge of an assistant surgeon, and, in 1880–81, had an
attendance of 7367 out-patients. The salt pans covered an area of
about 66 acres (270,000 m2) and yielded a yearly revenue of
£3418 (Rs. 34,180). There was also a considerable manufacture of
shell lime. The Stone quarries of
Kurla were well known and
supplied material for the construction of most of the city's famous
heritage buildings like the Prince of Wales Museum, and the
General Post Office among others.
The beginning of the twentieth century saw
Kurla develop as an
important centre of the mill industry. In 1910, there were reported to
be several mills in Kurla, engaged in the manufacturing of cotton
cloth and woollen cloth in steam factories. Kurla, however, was an old
textile industrial core, an outlier to the main cotton mill zone. A
relatively cheaper land value and nearness to water and power mains
enabled rapid industrial expansion of the suburbs and the
Bhandup belt soon developed into the largest
industrial zone in the suburbs of Mumbai.
The Central Railway began its Harbour Line services from
Kurla to Reay
Road station on 12 December 1910. This service was extended to
Victoria Terminus in 1925. The
Kurla Railway Car-shed was
constructed in 1925 when electrification of the Great Indian Peninsula
Railway (GIPR) Harbour line was undertaken. The first electric train
in Asia that ran between CST and Coorla on 3 February 1925 was
maintained at this car shed. The Salsette-
Trombay Railway, also
known as the Central Salsette Tramway, opened in 1928. The 13
kilometre line, a project of the
Bombay Improvement Trust run by the
GIPR, ran from
Kurla and lasted only a few
During the late fifties and sixties, the old
developed into an automobile industrial zone, with the erection of the
Premier Automobiles main assembly plant in this area. The Dairy
Development Department of the State Government, in order to cope-up
with the increasing demand for milk, established a dairy at Nehru
Kurla (East) in 1975.
Sheetal Pond or Talao
Kurla lies on the southern end of
Salsette Island along the east bank
of the Mithi River.
Kurla may be divided into two parts:
Kurla (West), separated by the Central Railway line.
Kurla East is
bordered by the suburban neighbourhoods of
Chunabhatti in the south,
Chembur in the East and
Ghatkopar in the North.
Kurla West is
Saki Naka neighbourhood of
Andheri East to
its North, Kalina and the
Bandra Kurla Complex
Bandra Kurla Complex to its West and the
Dharavi area to its south across the
Mahim Creek. The Mithi
River enters into Kurla's north- west corner near Sakinaka, running
south along the
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport boundary
wall and the Bail Bazar locality, past the CST road and Taximen colony
areas and empties into the
Mahim Creek at the southern end of Kurla.
Kurla is the headquarters of the
Kurla taluka of
District. The taluka was carved out of South Salsette
Taluka in 1920.
It covers an area of 135 square kilometres, covering a total of 29
villages in two circles. This taluka occupies the east side of the
district and is bordered by the
Bandra taluka in the West, the Sanjay
Gandhi National Park to the northwest, the
Thane District in the
Thane Creek to the east, and
Mumbai City district to the
The entire suburb falls under Zone 5, Ward 'L' of the Brihanmumbai
Municipal Corporation. The Ward municipal offices are located in the
Municipal market building on S. G.Barve Road. Residents of
Kurla (Vidhan Sabha constituency) (Number 174). The
number of electorates in 2009 was 284,951 (male 161,459, female
Kurla displays an urban blend of residential colonies, big and small,
industrial estates commercial enclaves and slums. The L-Ward has the
highest number of public open spaces subject to encroachment in the
city with 80 of its 139 open spaces being encroached upon.
Holy Cross Church, Kurla
villagers Cross At the Entrance of
Kurla Christian village
The earliest settlements in
Kurla were in this area in the northern
Kurla West. It consists of:
The East Indian village of Kurla, popularly known as 'Christian
Village', with the adjoining predominantly Christian 'Hall Village'.
Wadia Estate, built on the property of the A. H. Wadia charity trust,
located on A. H. Wadia Marg adjoining the
Mithi River and the
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
Bail Bazaar and Sindhi Camp (populated by mostly Sindhis, Kanojias and
Sambhaji Chowk, Sandesh Nagar, Sayog Nagar and Kranti Nagar slums on
the banks of the Mithi River.
Dhobighat and Jai Ambe Chowk are slums adjoining Kohinoor city.
Jarimari, Kajupada and Safed Pool areas on the
The area has witnessed a construction boom in the early 21st century
with the redevelopment of large former industrial plots. Kohinoor City
and Phoenix Marketcity projects have been developed on land previously
occupied by the
Premier Automobiles and
Kohinoor city is an real estate complex in kurla west. It was formerly
a motorcar manufacturing company called
Premier Automobiles which used
to manufacture it's famous Padmani car here then closed and made
into a residential complex called as Kohinoor city. At current it
holds four major projects in the complex so called as the HDIL,
SRA, Premier residency buildings and Kohinoor city building.
The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) buildings have many slum
dwellers from Mumbai's slum regions located in it.
The southern end of
Kurla began developing with the arrival of the
cotton mills and the railway line. Some prominent localities and
Jai Bhawani Chowk, Jai Shankar Chowk and Subhash Nagar on New Mill
Road. 90% of residents of Jai Shankar Chowk are from Kaikadi Samaj and
work in the BMC and Air India.
BMC colony near New Mill Road & H.P. Keluskar Road.
LIG, MIG and HIG Colonies at Vinobha Bhave Nagar, which also has a
police station by that name. The Santa Cruz –
Chembur link road
alignment passes through this area.
K. B. Bhabha Hospital with its neighbourhoods of Chhadva Nagar and
Murli Milan Society
Kurla Bus Depot on
Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg
Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (LBS Road) with the
adjoining areas of Taximen's colony, Kapadia Nagar and Kismat Nagar on
CST road. This area enjoys close proximity to the
Complex. The Peninsula Technopark stands on the site of the erstwhile
Kurla Railway Station
Kurla Railway Station area with the "Yadav Mandai" (fish, meat and
vegetable market) and Brahminwadi on "Pipe Road" that runs along the
water pipe line.
Salafi Welfare Society near Halav Pool, Gol Building and Masrani Lane
Indira Nagar, Parigh Khadi, and
Kurla Garden are slum areas situated
to the south of the
Kurla East include:
Nehru Nagar: The Government Dairy is located here. It has Mumbai's
second biggest MSRTC bus depot.
Shiv Shrusti: A residential colony near the bus depot
Railway Colony: A residential colony near Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Kamgar Nagar: A residential area with row houses (now developed as
Hilphi House (House of a Portuguese Builder)
Raza (quresh) Nagar: It has a narrow road with one of the major slums
Mumbai known as Muftie azam Road, very near to
station east, with a Municipal Dispensary and Municipal school.
Kurla is accessible from all parts of
Mumbai by road and rail due to
its central location.
Double decker flyover on the Santacruz
Chembur Link in
Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg
Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (formerly known as Old Agra Road) is the
arterial road for
Kurla West. The road begins at the southern end of
Salsette Island, passing through
Kurla and continuing up north into
Ghatkopar towards Thane. The
Kurla road links
Andheri via Saki Naka, The road is notorious for its long traffic
jams. while CST road (
Central Salsette Tramway Road) leads to
Kurla Depot Junction is one of LBS marg's busiest
junctions, with one arm proceeding towards the Western Express Highway
and the other leading to the Santacruz-
Chembur Link Road flyover.
The 6.45 kilometre long Santa Cruz –
Chembur link road was opened in
April 2014. It connects the east and west sides of
Kurla via a Road
over bridge (ROB) over the Central railway line, which is also the
city's first double-decker flyover The road finally connects to
Eastern Express Highway
Eastern Express Highway at the Amar mahal junction. The Eastern
Express Highway is the main thoroughfare for
Kurla East. It runs from
Sion Causeway in the south to
Mulund in the North.
BEST buses travel from
Kurla to all areas of Mumbai. The
Depot on the west suffered serious damage during the
Mumbai floods of
2005 and has since been shut for redevelopment. Buses from this depot
used to cater to
Mumbai University (Kalina Campus),
Complex and Chembur.
Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation
buses ply from their depot at Nehru Nagar in the East to major towns
in the State. Auto rickshaws and taxis are also available.
Kurla (coorla) station in 1925
Kurla railway station
Kurla railway station is a junction of the Central Railway Suburban
line and the Harbour Line.
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, formerly known as
Kurla Terminus, is situated
in the East. It was inaugurated in the 1980s and renovated in
2013. The Terminus handles several
Central Railway Zone
Central Railway Zone outstation
trains every day.
Broken statue at
Kurla Gaothan Village Cross
Kurla's Christian Village was on streets for protest as Mother
Mary statue was desecrated on 19 February 2017 by unidentified persons
during wee hours. The unknown persons were registered case
under IPC section 295 for injuring or defiling place of worship with
intent to insult the religion of any class, section 427 for mischief
causing damage to the amount of Rs 50 and section 34 for common
participation in a crime.
Kurla has one engineering college, Don Bosco Institute of Technology,
and several schools, including:-.
Al-Barkat – English Medium
Anjuman Islam Allana School and Junior College
Anjuman Khairul Islam Urdu High School
Anjuman Tabligul Islam Urdu High School
Bharat Education Society's Vivek English High School (
Darul-Uloom Ghausiya Ziaul Quran
Eden Jr. College - Safed Pool
Gandhi Bal Mandir High School – Marathi Medium
Ganesh Baug [Marathi, Hindi & English Medium] Municipal School
Green Bombay High School, Raza (quresh) Nagar.
Green Bombay Urdu High School, Muftie azam chowk.
Holy Cross High School
Iqra International School
K. M. S. P. Mandal's High School- Marathi Medium
Karthika High School – English Medium
Kedarnath Vidya Prasarini (KVP) – English High School
Kohinoor Business Management
Kohinoor International School
M. E. S. Urdu High School
Madrasa Darrul-Uloom Mehboob-E-Shobhani Arabic School
Madrasa Salafia Arabic School
Michael High School, Kurla
Mumbai Utkal English High School
Nariman lane municipal Urdu school
Nehru Nagar Municipal School,
Kurla – E
Sant Gadge Maharaj Vidyala-
School of General Education Institute –
Kurla High School (Marathi
Shantaram Krishnaji Pantawalawalkar High School - Marathi and English
(previously known as New English School)
Shishu Vihar Kurla-W
Shishu Vikas Mandir High School – Marathi Medium
Shree Gujarati Samaj Vidhyalaya
Siddiqui English High School Quresh Nagar
St. Joseph's High School
St. Jude's High School, Jarimari
Swami Dayanand Vidyalaya High School
Swami Vivekanand High School and College
Urdu Municipal School, Muftie azam chowk; Raza Nagar.
Yogiraj Shree Krishna Vidyala
Balwinder Sandhu, Indian Test cricketer
Candice Pinto, model and
Miss Tourism International
Miss Tourism International 2002
Erica Fernandes, model and actress
Gurudas Kamat, politician and former member of parliament
Iqbal Abdulla, Indian cricketer, playing in Royal Challengers
Kamran Khan, cricketer, former
Pune Warriors player
Navaneet Kaur, actress (former resident)
Shaikh Shamim Ahmed, former MLA, Indian politician and Senior Congress
Steven Dias, Indian football player (former resident)
Nawab Malik, a former minister of Maharashtra, former MLA and a leader
of the Nationalist Congress Party.
Deepali Sayyad, actress (born in Kurla, former resident)
Khan Bahaddur Bhabha Hospital
The Khan Bahaddur Bhabha Municipal General Hospital, on Belgrami Road,
near Bharat Cinema, is one of Mumbai's 16 peripheral hospitals run by
the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. It has more than 300 beds and
provides secondary-level referral health care services. The hospital
started off in 1935 as a 30-bed maternity home called Khan Bahadur
Hospital. An outpatient department (OPD) was added in 1950, converting
it into a general hospital. Several other departments like surgery and
pediatrics were added from 1962 on.
Additionally, 'L' Ward has 9 municipal dispensaries, 12 municipal
health posts and 67 privately run nursing homes and hospitals.
Arpan Nursing Home
Fehmida Nursing Home
Infy Eye Care
Islahi Day Care
Kohinoor City Hospital
Kurla Nursing Home
Masoom Children Nursing Home
New Noor Hospital
Sheetal Nursing Home
City Hospital and Research Center
Sindhu Maternity & Nursing Home
Places of worship
Church of Christ
Kurla - Telugu Baptist church, kurla court
Navjivan mitra mandal, kurla
Pimpleshwar hanuman mandir, kamani
Sundarbaugchi Matarani, sundarbaug
Gaurishankar Mandir Masrani Lane
Sarveshwar mandir Temple, S.M. Road, Takiya Ward
Kedarnath Mandir, Nehru nagar, kurla East
Ghausiya Ziaul Quran Masjid and Madarsa, A. Gafoor Khan Estate
Masjid Ahle-Hadees, Fitwala Compound, CST Road
Amrapali Buddha Vihar, S. G. Barve Road
Gaondevi Mandir, Gaondevi Nagar, LIG colony
Gazi Baba Dargah, Halav Pool
Hanuman Mandir, Naupada
Holy Cross Church, Premier Road
Jagruti Vinayak Mandir
Kristha Kanti Church, Hall Road
Bene Israel Prayer Hall, S. G. Barve Road
Mehboob-e-Subhani Masjid, Halav Pool
Madarsa Anjuman-E-Ittehad (Teen Null)
Masjide Ahle Hadees HALAV pool kurla (W)
Masjid Jamiatul, Quresh Nagar
Masjid Sunni Kabrastan
Masjid Rehmaniya, Hall Road
Rameshwar Mandir, Premier Road
Sai Baba mandir, Nehru Nagar
Shia Isna Ashari Jama Masjid, Pipe Road
Shree Makka Baba Mandir, Sambhaji Chowk
Maa Durga Bhakti Dham (Makka Baba Mandir Prathisthan, Sambhaji Chowk)
St. Joseph's Church, New Mill Road
St. Jude's Church, Jari Mari
Station Road Mosque
Sunni Raza Jama Masjid, Kapadia Nagar
Uma Maheshwari Mandir, Jari Mari
Hari Masjid Jarimari
Madarsa Ittehadul-Muslimeen, Jarimar
Imambargah Haji Nazar Ali (Khoja Shia Isna Ashari Jamat Mumbai) New
H.H. Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili The Muslim Khoja Jamaat
Khaana, New Mill Road
Markaz Masjid, Pipe Road
Zainee Dawoodi Bohra Masjid,
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