Malad is a neighbourhood located in North Mumbai.
Malad has a railway
station on the Western Line of the
Mumbai Suburban Railway, lying
Kandivali station to the north and
Goregaon station to the
south. The railway tracks of the Western Line divide
Malad(West) and Malad(East).
Until the mid-20th Century,
Malad was a sparsely populated locality
with mangroves. Since the late 20th Century,
Malad has become an
attractive residential area for white-collar middle-class population
from different communities. There were also some small industrial
estates. These two developments resulted in the growth of large slums
too. Beginning in the early 2000s,
Malad witnessed a process of
gentrification, with the emergence of large commercial complexes,
shopping malls, gated communities, and the large-scale demolition and
relocation of slums. Today,
Malad is often promoted as "Mumbai's
fastest growing locality".
In the 19th century,
Malad consisted of a number of villages including
Orlem (also known as Valnai), Kharodi, Rathodi, Malwani, Marve, Aksa,
Madh and Chinchowli. The other old settlements in
Malad were villages
occupied by the local East Indian Community, Bhandaris, Kolis, People
who are recognized as the original native inhabitants of Mumbai.
The name Malwani is now used to refer to the stretch between BMC
Colony Gate No. 1 and Gate No. 8 and further extending to MHADA
Colony. However, the historical Malwani village consisted only of the
area which is now BMC Colony. Malwani is also the site of St.
Anthony’s Church which is even older than the Our lady of Lourdes
Church in Orlem. The areas around the Malwani area used to be
mangroves, salt-pans and agricultural lands belonging to the local
east-Indians of Kharodi Village. These areas have been populated in
the recent past. Many families like the Kolis, Vaitys, Bhandaris and
the Kenis are old residents.
In 1934, Bombay Talkies, the first movie company to be founded in
India, was established in
Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani.
Originally, much of the land to the west of the railway tracks was
owned by East Indian families and was used primarily for agriculture.
In 1970s many of them sold their lands to real estate developers.
Prahladrai Dalmia Lions College of Commerce and Economics is the
oldest commerce college in the North Mumbai. It was established in the
The approximate population is 1,561,938 with an additional day-time
floating population of 100,000.
Malad Station - West Entrance
Malad, in keeping with the diverse nature of Mumbai, has a mix of
people from all over India. The original inhabitants are the Koli
community, which thrived in pockets, such as Marve, Malwani and Madh
Island. Apart from the Koli community the suburban town has a large
East Indian Community. During the late 1960s influxes of immigrants,
mainly South Indians, Gujaratis and Mainland Marathis diversified the
demographics of the region. The 80's and 90's saw major population
growth. The Malwani Colony supposedly is home to one of Mumbai's
largest Muslim populations. It was heavily polarised during the 1992
riots. The latest immigrants have been from UP, Bihar and many from
Orissa and West Bengal.
Malad railway station
Malad railway station connects
Malad West and
Malad East areas to the
city rail network. Several markets are located in the vicinity of the
station. Natraj Market is on Station Road and the arterial S.V. Road.
The major localities in
Malad are Bachani Nagar, Sunder Nagar, navjala
pada, dhobighat ,wadaripada, Govind nagar, Upper Govind Nagar,
Evershine Nagar, Chincholi Bunder Road, Mind Space complex, Marve
Road(INS Hamla - Navy catering training establishment), Liberty
Garden, Navy Nagar, Orlem, Jankalyan Nagar, Malwani Village, Kharodi
Village and so on.
Sunder Nagar is on border of
Malad and Goregaon.
Some of the major localities in Malad(West) are Chincholi Village,
Orlem (originally called Valnai in Marathi), Evershine Nagar and
Jankalyan Nagar. Chincholi Bunder Road or Chincholi Village is the
oldest natives of
Malad since 1845 and has historically housed the
fisherman (Koli community). Though
Malad can arguably be called as the
fastest growing suburb with the multiple sprawling shopping malls and
business cartels, it also houses the city's second biggest slum,
Adjacent to Chincholi Bunder there is a market called Somwar (Monday)
Bazaar, located in the Chincholi area. As the name suggests, this
bazaar is active only on Mondays. The locality is named after the
Somwar bazaar. Unique products are sold at this bazaar by sellers from
various parts of the state of Maharashtra.
Pathanwadi is a locality in
Malad East that is on the other side of
Western Express Highway
Western Express Highway (W.E.Highway), away from
Station. Pathanwadi is famous for its multiple Masjids. To the west,
bordering it, is Dindoshi Nagar, a residential locality. Recently
these localities have seen major infrastructure development, for
example Dindoshi Fire Station and many malls such as the Oberoi Mall
and Shagun Mall, to name a few.
Sunder Nagar is a locality in
Malad that lies along the west side of
Swami Vivekanand Road(S.V.Road). The area was built up in 1970s and is
primarily composed of many housing complexes. It borders Mandlik Nagar
on the North and some defunct factories on the south.
The Northern boundary of
Malad East is the Datta Mandir Junction at
Times of India Suburban Press on W.E.Highway.
Malad East has housing
colonies like Bachani Nagar, Raheja Complex, Raheja Township, Govind
Nagar, Mahindra Nagar, and Pratap Nagar.
Malad East has Daftary Road,
which runs across from the station on the East up till the
Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and this is one of the most congested roads
in Mumbai's suburbs.
Malad East also boasts of quite a few old running
schools such as Mahindra Academy, Fatimadevi, Children's Academy,
Nutan Vidyalay, Utkarsh Mandir, Velani Vidyalaya High School, St.
Francis English Medium High School, St. George High School, Mangesh
Vidhya Mandir, Adarsh Vidya Mandir High School both English and Hindi,
High Sanskar Vidyalay. St. Anne's High School, established in 1915, is
one of the oldest educational institutions in the Malad.
also has very old Hanuman temple.
Rani Sati Marg(previously known as Quarry Road) stretches from Malad
station(East) to the W.E.Highway.
Residential Complex on Linking Road
Malad is becoming an IT HUB with many BPOs opening their
facilities.Most of this BPOs are situated area behind Inorbit Mall.
One of the main arterial roads of
Malad Western side is the Marve Road
that starts from S.V.Road and is intersected by the Linking Road and
goes up to
Madh Island Lands End. From this end you just need to cross
by Ferry to reach Versova in minutes. You can find famous places that
are on this road like the beautiful Laxmi Narayan Temple built by
Orlem Church, D'Souza Market popularly known as Orlem
Market, Linking Road, Mith Chowki,
Malad Fire Station, Malvani
intersection, St. Anthony's Church, I.N.S. Hamla a Naval base for
Training in Bridge building and Radar, Marve Beach(from here you can
ferry to Essel World or Manori Beach), Erangal Beach (famous for film
shootings), a Portuguese church from the 15th Century,
Aksa Beach and
Madh Island where there is a large fishing village and an old
settlement of the Koli community. Ahead of Aksa
Beach, is the hidden and relatively lesser known vital landmark, which
Malad Fort a.k.a. Madh_Fort. The fort overlooks the Arabian Sea
and was captured by the Maratha Empire, from the Portuguese in
Orlem is an area of significant Catholic population, and one of the
prominent Catholic areas in Mumbai. A few prominent schools in the
region are St. Anne's High School, Carmel of St. Joseph's School, St.
Joseph's High School.
Malad also has a significant Sikh population. Most Sikh Families live
in the Evershine nagar, second largest population is in Malvani and
Jankalyan Nagar. There are Gurdwara's(Sikh Temple) at
Evershine Nagar and Malvani no 1. Free langar (Meal) is served on
Sunday mornings at the Gurdwara's.Also there are many Gujarati and
marwari families residing in areas such as Ramchandra Lane, Marve
Road, Adarsh Nagar.
The Malvani locality holds a significant Muslim population. It also
has a church. On the north side of Malvani there is a huge industrial
area called as Charkop.There is a school named as Veer Bhagat Singh
Vidyalaya and Atharva College in charkop which are quite famous. The
people living in these areas are mostly Maharashtrians, Muslims,
Christians, Sikhs, Gujaratis, Marwadis, Telugu and Tamil Peoples.
These areas include Adarsh Nagar and Jankalyan Nagar.
Malad West has
two major masjids (mosques), one near Chincholi Phatak where there is
also a dargah of a holy man. The other is opposite the Natraj Market
inside the Cutchi Memon Colony which many years ago housed the
Wadiwala Sanatorium at a time when it served as a recreation place for
weary city dwellers, meaning those that lived in the Muslim areas of
downtown erstwhile Bombay. There are other masjids in Malvani. Muslim
cemeteries are located on Marve Road and on S.V.Road.
Liberty Garden is one of the oldest parks in Malad. It is open for the
general public and is maintained by Brahma Kumaris- a spiritual
organisation which is headquartered in Mount Abu in Rajasthan. The
famous festivals celebrated in
Malad are Ganesh Chaturti, Gudhi Padwa,
Janmashtami, Diwali, Navratri and Christmas. 'Vishwa Mangal Shobha
Yatra' is a cultural procession held annually on the day of Gudhi
Padwa festival organised by '
Malad Navvarsh Swagat Samiti' &
Malad Devasthan Trust'. Ramnarayan Saraf Udyan is catering to large
number of people, it is a municipal garden located near subway and
Malad are either public schools (run by the Brihanmumbai
Municipal Corporation) or private schools (run by trusts or
Individuals) such as Aspee Nutan School, Dr. Sarvapalli
Radhakrishnan(DSRV), D.G. Khetan, Billabong High School. Some private
schools receive financial aid from the government. The schools are
affiliated to either the
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and
Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) or the all-India Council for the
Indian School Certificate Examinations(CISCE) or the National
Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or the Central Board for Secondary
Education(CBSE). The language of instruction in most of these schools
is either Hindi or Marathi or English.
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