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|• Total||35.68 km2 (13.78 sq mi)|
|Elevation||44 m (144 ft)|
|• Density||3,355/km2 (8,690/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Distance from Mumbai||67 kilometres (42 mi) SW (rail)|
|Distance from Navi Mumbai||44 kilometres (27 mi) West (road)|
|Distance from Pune||125 kilometres (78 mi) SE (rail)|
Badlapur is a city in Thane district, it is a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Due to the population growth in the nearby cities, people working in Mumbai have moved to Badlapur for a number of social economic reasons. The town is in close proximity to Mumbai by the central railway, one of the two nationally owned operating companies that form the Mumbai suburban railway and that developed the city near the Badlapur railway station faster than actual Badlapur village. Badlapur city encompasses the old Badlapur village, Kulgaon, Manjarli, Belavali, Katrap and many other small villages.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demography
- 4 Economy
- 5 Government and politics
- 6 Education
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Attractions
- 9 Temples and Ashrams
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Badlapur was named because, via Surat, it was a travel route from Konkan to Gujarat. The town was famous for its rich horse breeds. Warriors (i.e. Shivaji Maharaj) changed their horses at the town in anticipation of the difficult climb through the Konkan area. The word 'change' ("Badla", in Marathi) was linked to the town and was named 'pur' in as Badla, meaning village or town. Badlapur was recognised as a town for the first time in 1971 as a municipal town in the Ulhasnagar Tehasil. City has seen a massive growth since 80s and since then the population has increased rapidly.
Badlapur city is in Thane district. It has an average elevation of 44 meters (144 feet). It is a railway station on the Mumbai-Pune route of the central railway and is located about 68 km from Mumbai and 34 km from Thane. Badlapur is a terminal station for many Mumbai suburban local trains. The town is well connected to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
This region consists of mountains. Badlapur city is virtually divided in two areas, East and West, by railway station. The East-Badlapur is mostly built on the hills also some parts of West- badlapur. Beautiful Ulhas river flows between Kulgaon and Badlapur gaon. Badlapur gaon is connected with two bridges on the river. The old bridge is out of use due to its smaller size and capacity. Badlapur was suffered to flood conditions because of its geographic nature.
As of 2001[update] India census, there were 97,917 people residing in the city. Males constituted 55% (51,878) of the population and females 47% (46,039). Badlapur had an overall literacy rate of 76.12%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 81.01% of the males and 72.15% of females literate. 12% (11,999) of the population is under 6 years of age. There were 1,971 SC (2.01%) and 4,841 (4.94%) population come under ST category. People living in the city are predominantly Maharashtrians, with Sikhs(Punjabis), Buddhist, Gujarati, Marwadi, Sindhi, North Indian, South Indian community. The city is largely recognised as a middle class suburb of Mumbai.
The majority of the population is Hindu, and a substantial Muslim community lives in Badlapur. There are many temples, mosques, churches in town. The major festival celebration is Ganesh Jayanti which many organizations, local groups celebrate with zest and passion. In this festival people of many faiths participate and enjoy. The city has had very few religious conflicts, except one which occurred on 21 October 2002, in which 8 people were injured in a conflict between two groups.
MIDC has developed an industrial area within the limits of Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Council. This area is reserved primarily for chemical industries. The area has been developed in different blocks and carved out while keeping in mind the needs of small scale and large scale industries. This has stimulated the economic growth of the city.
The majority of the city population is working middle class. Some people are also dependent on farming as a primary source of income. There are branches of many national banks including State Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Axis Bank, Punjab National Bank, IDBI Bank (previously known as United Western Bank), Bank of Baroda Bank of India and HDFC Bank. Five major banks, UTI Bank which is now renamed as Axis Bank, State Bank of India, Union Bank of India, Canara Bank, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank are operating ATM facilities, providing access to all major cardholders. ICICI Bank operates its ATM from West at Deodhar Market and from East on D.P.Road.
Recently the place has made headlines in the news due to the steepest hikes in real estate properties in the locality. The reason find its root to an incident happened in 2011 when Sivarama Krishna K, the lion of Venukonda booked an apartment in the locality followed by many noted personalities including filmstars like Mahesh Babu have shown interests in buying properties there in the vicinity of Sivaram's apartment in the lap of scenic Ulhas River valley.
Banks In Badlapur With Address
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Government and politics
Before 1983, Badlapur Municipal Council was a separate Gram Panchayat surrounded by twelve villages: Sonivali, Eranjad, Valivali, Manjarli, Badlapurgaon, Shirgaon, Katrap, Jeweli, Kharvai, Mankivali, Kulgaon, and Belavali.
On 2 October 1983, Badlapur GramPanchayat became a Municipal Corporation as part of Kalyan-Dombivali-Ambernath and Badlapur Municipal Corporation. But the formation of the corporation was geographically improper as Ulhasnagar, which falls in between the said councils, was set aside. So, many a public personalities raised objection and Badlapur and Ambernath Municipal Councils were formed in 1992. According to the 1991 census the population of the Badlapur Municipal Council was approximately 52,000. It was declared as B-Class Municipal Council.
Badlapur Municipal Council was rewarded by the "Presidential Silver Medal of India" for its commendable efforts and achievements based on 1991 census. After formation of Kulgaon-Badlapur Municipal Council, the first Gadge Baba Cleanliness Mission Award was jointly received by Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Council and Vasai Municipal Council. K.B.M.C. was rewarded with "President Reward of India" for Barrier Free Environment for disabled.
Since the first election for local bodies, Shivsena wins major seats and ruled most of the years. In 1996, Shivsena won 11 seats, BJP 3, Cong. (United) 5 out of 18 seats. In 2001, Shivsena won 9, BJP 6, NCP 8, Cong. 1, out of 24, with the help of BJP. They took over the council. In 2006 election Shivsena and BJP had coalitions; this time Shivsena got 16 seats and BJP got 10, NCP 6, Cong. 2, out of 34 seats, In 2011 elections all parties fought election individually. Shivsena won 12 seats, BJP 8 seats, NCP 8 seats, MNS 3 seats, Cong. 1, Ind. 1. After election BJP, NCP and MNS united to choose Mayori in 2011. But Shivsena again capture mayor post in 2012 with help of rebelled councilers from MNS, BJP and NCP.
The city is famous for education. Many students from the city have been listed in SSC, HSC merit lists. Every year students from Badlapur attend higher education in Technology, Medicine and many other fields in Mumbai University. The city has many fine schools in Marathi and English medium of teaching. There are two colleges which are affiliated to University of Mumbai. Recently, Badlapur has an engineering college, Lilavati Awhad Institute of Technology, at Kanhor village, Badlapur West. Some of the schools are listed below:
- Presidency English School
- Carmel Convent High School
- Panna English High School
- Bharat College
- Shrikrishna Khamkar Vidyalaya & Jr.College
- I.E.S Katrap Vidyalaya
- D. G. Naik High School formerly known as Bal Vikas Mandir
- Fatima High School
- Badlpaur High School
- Janab Classes Badlapur
- St.John Bosco High School & Junior College of Commerce, Belavali, Badlapur (W)
- New English High School
- Yogi Shree Arvind gurukul High School
- K.P.M. Jadhav vidyalaya Manjarli (Pawar high school)
- Don Bosco English High School
- Rajashree Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Vidyalaya formerly known as S.M.Pawar Vidyalaya
- St. Antony's Convent School Badlapur (W)
- Leelavati Awhad Institute of Technology and Management Studies and Research, Kanhor village, Badlapur West
Train: By fast train it takes 1.23 hour approx from Mumbai (CST) to Badlapur. By slow train it takes 1.50 hour approx from Mumbai (CST) to Badlapur.
Bus: NMMT buses are available from Badlapur to Vashi & CBD Belapur.
Air: The nearest airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, it is around 57 KM from Badlapur.
There are many places around the city, famous for recreation, cultural activities and personal and spiritual development.
Kondeshwar has a beautiful water fall along with a pond. There is a temple of Lord Shiva and hence the name Kondeshwar. Kondeshwar is remotely located away from noise and urban pollution, with the nearest village located about 20/25 minutes by walk.
Though Kondeshwar is a very beautiful place to be in a monsoon period, there have been many accidents and fatalities due to unsafe swimming practices by people who have very less knowledge of the crevices under the water. Many people have died due to the turbulence of the waterfall and they were taken inside the crevices from where it is very difficult to come out due to the heavy force of water.
The Matheran range starts at Shree Malang gadh in the north-north-west, continues to Tavli in the north, and then runs south and finally terminates at Bhivpuri Road hill. Strictly speaking, this range is not a part of the Sahyadri, but rather runs parallel to the Badlapur-Karjat railway line to its west. The Sahyadris proper run parallel to the same railway line but to its east.
Badlapur is the starting point for treks to Tavli, Badlapur Hill and Navra-Navri. Vangani is 12 kilometres from the city by railway, and is the starting point for treks to Nakhind and Chanderi. Neral is 20 kilometres from Badlapur city and is the starting point for treks to Nakhind, Peb fort and Matheran...
Chanderi is a majestic massif, 800 metres high, stands out as one approaches Vangani station on the way from Badlapur to Karjat by train. Joined to Chanderi by a column, are a group of four pinnacles called Mhasmal. The Chanderi-Mhasmal duo is very prominent and can be seen from far away peaks in the Sahyadris.
It looks near from Vangani but the better approach road to Chanderi is from Badlapur. From Badlapur Station hire an auto-rikshw up to Chinchavali Wadi, from there you have a walk of about 45 minutes to the base of Chanderi fort. To reach above it takes about 2 and half hour and to the top it takes next 45 minutes.
Tavli is a conical shaped mountain at the northern end of the Matheran range 790 metres high.
Barvi Dam is 18 km from Badlapur. Barvi dam provides water to Navi Mumbai and Thane. There are public transports available to reach Barvi dam. The dam is surrounded by evergreen hills and dense forest. It is a popular recreation spot. Baravi Dam is the best picnic spot.
Chikhloli Dam Is In Ambernath.Chikhaloli Dam is around 5 kilometres from Badlapur. It is one of the famous recreational spots in summers and also during monsoons. Many people from Mumbai and nearby places come to enjoy the dam for swimming.
It is a tourist attraction of Badlapur during monsoons.
Temples and Ashrams
Samarthwadi is beautiful Adhyaatmik temple located in Kasgaon near Badlapur,In this stressful life,a relaxation in the form of adhyaatam is very much necessary.In the same way Upasana in the form of Jaap,Taap and Daan should be done in the Presence of beautiful Nature Created.This beautiful place gives an experience of Heaven...For More Information on the place http://gurupanchayatan.com
Maghi Ganapati Mahotsav
Along with Ganesh Chaturthi, the other Ganesh Festival is called as Ganesh Jayanti or more popularly known as "Maghi Ganapati" grandly and widely celebrated in Badlapur. During this time a big fair is set up in Badlapur which is attended by many people coming from far off places. This festival lasts for 10 days in which the atmosphere is very festive especially during evenings.
This comes in the month of Feb- March (Magh month of Hindu Marathi calendar). This day is considered as rebirth of Lord Ganesh. During this period this area (coastal part of Maharashtra) has less or no rains as compared to August ( the period of Ganesh Chaturthi). Hence, this festival is celebrated as grandly as Ganesh Chaturthi in other parts of the state.
In the fair Mechanized Idols of mythological characters are made and a play of any mythological story's part is performed by these idols. People flock around to see this play every year.
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple, Kanhor
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple - Kanhor is among the well known religious places located in a serene & scenic place. The temple is situated just outside of Badlapur village on a small hillock surrounded by fields and greenery all around. The enchanting natural beauty around the temple is another attractions for the devotees who visit the temple.
Moolgaon - Khandoba Temple
The temple of Lord Khandoba is located in Moolgaon, a small village, around 4 Miles (6 km) from Badlapur Railway station. From the temple you can see the panoramic view of Badlapur, Kulgaon and Vangani. The best time to visit this place is around September to November.
The neighboring town of Ambarnath has a famous Seventh Century Shiva Temple constructed in a 'Hemad' style, also known as Hemadpanthi sculpture, which is around 12 km from Badlapur. You have to trvel just 20 min by walking or 7 min by auto.
Sri Sri Thakur Anukulchandra Satsang's Ashram is in Hendrepada, Kulgaon area. LBS Marg, Hendre Pada, Kulgaon, Badlapur West Shri Bhajan dada, Shri Joshi dada Tel.: 0251 2672771
GaonDevi Temple is situated just 10-12 Mins Walking or 5 Mins by an Auto to the East of Badlapur. There is another Temple of Lord Shiva which is situated near the Lake. Recently the said Gaondevi Temple is restructured very beautifully at the site. Every year in the month of March–April or on the day of Hanuman Jayanti ( Birth of Lord Hanuman) Yatra is held. Palkhi for the same starts from Patil Pada and ends at Temple. This Palkhi procession is really impeccable and worth to be seen. Currently road going to Gaondevi Temple has become muddy and KBMC should look after that if they get time.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Badlapur.|
- Badlapur.co.in : Official City Website
- Internet Services : Professional ISP of Badlapur
- Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Council
- Badlapurcity.in : Find Everything In Kulgaon-Badlapur
- Shree Gajanan Maharaj Mandir located in Kanhor, Badlapur, Thane District
- Info on Kondeshwar temple.