Goregaon

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For the town, see Goregaon, Raigad district.
Goregaon
गोरेगाव
suburb
The Oberoi Mall and Commerz tower (Westin Hotel), Goregaon, Mumbai.
The Oberoi Mall and Commerz tower (Westin Hotel), Goregaon, Mumbai.
Goregaon is located in Mumbai
Goregaon
Goregaon
Coordinates: 19°09′18″N 72°51′00″E / 19.155°N 72.85°E / 19.155; 72.85Coordinates: 19°09′18″N 72°51′00″E / 19.155°N 72.85°E / 19.155; 72.85
Country India
State Maharashtra
District Mumbai Suburban
Metro Mumbai
Government
 • Body Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM)
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration MH-02

Goregaon is a locality of the Mumbai city, in the Mumbai Suburban district, India. It is a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway on the Western Line and on harbor line(to be completed by 2016).

Bracketed on either side of the railway line by the Western Express Highway and the Linking Road, Goregaon was primarily a middle-class residential neighbourhood. However, the area is now turning into a wealthy suburb. Famous film studios such as Filmistan and Film City are located here.[1]

Areas[edit]

Until the late 1970s, the suburb was sparsely populated which began to change with residential localities that sprung up such as Unnat Nagar Vibhag 1 to 4, Jawahar Nagar, Motilal Nagar, Bangur Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Lokmanya Tilak Nagar Road 1 to 6 (earlier Peoples Colony), Siddharth Nagar, BEST Colony, Piramal Nagar, Mahesh Nagar and Madina Manzil in the West and Pandurang Wadi and Jaiprakash Nagar in the East.

The eastern boundary of the suburb was effectively the Western Express Highway, which separated Goregaon from Aarey Milk Colony. Aarey Milk Colony, established in 1949 and spread over an area of 1,287 hectares, houses thirty two cattle farms, gardens, a nursery, lakes, an observation pavilion, picnic facilities, and milk plants.

The housing boom of the 1980s saw expansion in terms of real estate and population density. On the East, newer areas such as Dindoshi, Gokuldham, Yashodham, Saibaba Complex, Oberoi Garden City Film City Road, Amritvan, etc. and on the West, Bangur Nagar, Lokhandwala Complex (now considered a separate suburb) and Link Road were the development hubs.

Besides the above, Goregaon (E) also is home to the recently developed area known as New Dindoshi consisting of the Nagari Nivara Parishad (NNP), a housing scheme for the lower middle class. There are more than 30,000 people living at NNP, distributed between two zones.[1]

Oberoi Garden City, which has started developing recently, is spread across 80 acres, next to Saibaba Complex. It includes Oberoi Mall, home to the second Starbucks coffee shop opened in Mumbai and also Westin Hotel and Offices. Many other residential and business towers are also being developed.

Goregaon East is the home of Yashodham High School and Gokuldham High School, also St.Thomas High School which is the oldest English medium school in Goregaon East.

Gokuldham in Goregaon (East)

Transport[edit]

Goregaon Railway Station is the transport hub of Goregaon. The station, which currently has five platforms, is being expanded as a part of the Harbour Line extension (under MUTP 2) from Andheri.[2] The expansion, involving two additional platforms and an elevated deck with passenger amenities (on the western side of the existing station) is expected to be complete by 2015. A recently constructed sky walk connects one of the foot-over-bridges to S. V. Road near 'Citi Centre'- a shopping complex near the M. G. Road junction. BEST has bus stations on both western as well as eastern side of the railway station. Goregaon Depot, however, is located away from the railway station, on the Link Road.

Early history[edit]

What is now known as Goregoan Suburb is a conglomeration of four villages: Pahadi, Goregaon, Aarey and Eksar. Goregaon got the railway station in 1862. The suburb was one of the four railway stations between Borivali and Grant Road and was known as Pahadi or Pare.[3] The name of the railway station was subsequently changed to avoid confusing it with Paradi, a railway station in South Gujarat on BB&CI (now Western Railway). On official records, the name of tehasil still appears as Pahadi Goregaon.

The prime land under the mango and guava plantation owned by the Topiwala Desai family was taken over by the Maharashtra government and handed over to the Mumbai Housing Board during the 1950s.

That Goregaon is named after a former resident of the area named Keshav Gore is a popular misconception. The name 'Goregaon' predates the Gores.[4] However, the Gore husband and wife pair (Keshav and Mrinal), who were staunch socialists, remain inspirational figures to local residents, even after death.[1]

Nature and Conservation[edit]

Goregaon bounds Sanjay Gandhi National Park from the south-western side and is home to the Conservation Education Centre (CEC) run by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).[5] The area is home to a diverse flora and fauna.

Aarey Colony and high-rises in the background

Recent 'development' on the eastern side has led to a huge amount of deforestation. Leopard sightings and even the occasional attacks[6][7][8][9] are not very rare- and not just in the hamlets inside the Aarey Milk Colony but also in large residential colonies like Nagari Nivara Parishad. Rampant construction in the last decade by builders like Oberoi on green areas has, without a doubt, had a severe impact on local biodiveristy.

Hospitals and Medical Centres[edit]

  • Clemscok Group
  • Kapadia Nursing Home
  • Life Line Medicare Hospital
  • Matushree Gomati Hospital
  • Prarthana Hospital and ICU
  • Radha Krishna Hospital
  • Sabnis Hospital
  • Sai Diagnostic Pathological Laboratory
  • Sai Sparsh Critical Care Centre
  • Siddharth Hospital
  • Vasudha Hospital
  • Yashada Maternity & Surgical Home
  • Baliga Nursing Home
  • Tushar Nursing Home

Schools[edit]

  • A. B. Goregaonkar English High School
  • Adarsh Vidyalaya
  • Ashatai Gawankar Primary School
  • Bangur Nagar Vidya Bhavan
  • Gokuldham High School
  • Goregaon English School
  • Film City High School
  • I. B. Patel High School
  • Jawahar High School
  • Kuldeepsingh Diwan High School
  • Lakshadham High School
  • M. N. English School
  • M. T. S. Khalsa High School
  • Maharashtra Vidyalaya
  • Mount Mary High School
  • Nandadeep Vidyalaya High School
  • Nivara Vidyalay
  • Oberoi International School
  • Pahadi school
  • Pradnya Bodhini High School
  • Royal Academy
  • Ryan International School
  • Sanmitra Mandal Vidya Mandir
  • Sanskardham Vidyalaya
  • Shishu Sadan High School
  • Shri Radhakrishna Vidyalaya
  • Sir. B. J. Girl's School
  • St. John High School
  • St. Thomas Academy
  • St. Thomas High School
  • St. Xaviers High School
  • Umedbhai Patel English School
  • Universal English School
  • Urmi Surgeon High School
  • Vibgyor High School
  • Vidya Mandir High School
  • Vidya Niketan
  • Vivek Vidyalaya
  • Yashodham High School

Colleges[edit]

  • Gokuldham High School & Junior College
  • Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
  • Kuldeep Singh Dewan Junior College
  • Lords Universal College
  • M. T. S. Junior College
  • Pandurang Night School & Junior College
  • Patkar College
  • Sanskardham Junior College of Science & Commerce
  • St. Thomas Junior College
  • Vidya Vikas Junior College of Science & Commerce
  • Vivek College
  • Yashodham High School & Junior College.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Goregaon - Mumbai News". 
  2. ^ http://mmrda.maharashtra.gov.in/mumbai-urban-transport-project-2
  3. ^ "History of the Church". St. Thomas Church. 
  4. ^ http://stthomaschurch.in/site/parish/history-of-the-church/
  5. ^ http://www.bnhs.org/education-mainmenu/about-us.html
  6. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/girl-killed-boy-injured-in-leopard-attack-in-mumbai-426925
  7. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/mumbai-in-third-leopard-attack-in-a-month-seven-year-old-boy-killed-434211
  8. ^ http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/leopard-kills-50yearold-woman-in-goregaon/1026522/
  9. ^ http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/nineyearold-killed-in-leopard-attack/1065642/

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