Fort (Mumbai precinct)
Remains of the Fort George walls
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Mumbai South|
Fort is a business district in Mumbai, India. The area was the heart of the city during the 18th century. The area gets its name from the defensive fort, Fort George, built by the British East India Company around Bombay Castle. The area extends from the docks in the east, to Azad Maidan in the west; Victoria Terminus in the north to Kala Ghoda in the south. This area is the heart of the financial area of the city. Institutions such as the Bombay Stock Exchange, Reserve Bank of India and Tata Group headquarters are located in this area.
The Fort area was declared protected under regulations of the Maharashtra Government Urban Development Department. An advisory committee now oversees the development, repairs and renovations of structures in the precinct.
The area today
Dadabhai Naoroji Road (or D. N. Road) is an important road in Fort area. Siddharth College of Law, J. N. Petit Library, Khadi Bhandar are on this road. The sidewalks are filled with vendors selling books, music cassettes, clothes, imported things like audio equipment, cameras, musical instruments and calculators etc. The side streets from D. N. Road lead to schools, playgrounds, restaurants, cinemas and other important business houses. This street is famous for its software vendors. Pirated versions of almost all software products are sold here, leading to frequent crackdowns. The vendors operate in a closed network in which they possess a shared stock of software products. The area is famous for its street shopping and the book stalls sell a myriad of books at negligible prices. Surrounded by old buildings the area is beautiful although getting defaced by the multitude of advertising banners.Even Dawoodi Bohra Administrative office is located here.
The postal code for Fort is 400 001.
Other Business Districts of Mumbai
- Horniman Circle Gardens
- Ballard Estate
- Jehangir Art Gallery
- St. Xavier's High School, Fort
- Bai Kabhi Bai English School & Junior College, Fort
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