Shivaji Park Residential Zone
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An aerial view of the Shivaji Park residential zone
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The Shivaji Park Residential Zone refers to the cluster of residential buildings that flank the boundaries of Shivaji Park, the largest park in Mumbai, located in Dadar (W) - Prabhadevi in South-Central Mumbai within the Island City limits.
Most of the buildings in this residential locality were constructed in the early 1900s during British colonial rule in India, as a result of which many buildings here exhibit aspects of British architecture. One of the earliest buildings constructed as part of the Shivaji Park Residential Zone was Udyam, the bungalow of Mr. Narayan Modak, famous for the Modak Sagar Dam. Located on Shivaji Park Rd. No. 3, the bungalow was constructed in 1857 and still stands in its colonial grandeur.
Shivaji Park is considered an upscale real estate cluster in Mumbai, and for long has been considered to be a desirable locality particularly among the Maharashtrian community, with numerous prominent Marathi personalities such as Madhav Manohar, Veer Savarkar,and Bal Thackeray having resided here. It is also home to the Kataria Colony, locally known as Sindhi colony, which houses Bhagnari people of Sindhi descent.
- 1 History
- 2 Present day
- 3 Attractions and amenities
- 4 Famous residents of Shivaji Park
- 5 References
In those days, Bombay only referred to the Fort (Mumbai precinct)area around Colaba. Nana Chowk and Tardeo were in the centre and hence those area became known as Bombay Central. Shivaji Park then was a stretch of forested land called Mahim Woods, with the only significant landmark here being the Scottish Female Orphanage, which later went on to become the prestigious Bombay Scottish School.
The Bombay City Improvement Trust conceived the development to relieve congestion in the centre of the city following the Bombay plague epidemic of the 1890s. According to the survey plan, 60,000 people were to be housed at Dadar-Matunga and an equal number in Sion-Matunga. 85,000 people were to be accommodated in the developments in Sewri and Wadala.
The plans regulated construction with emphasis on proper sanitation. No building was to be more than three storeys high, and the buildings were to have open spaces between them. The land use was planned to be a mix of residential, commercial and institutional construction. Parks and gardens were planned, and the streets were well laid out.
440 acres (1.8 km2) of land was procured and leased to the government for selling. For the first time housing cooperatives were formed to take advantage of newly developed land. The Parsi and Hindu colonies in Dadar and the Tamil colony in Matunga were developed in this way.
Dadar was 6 miles (9.7 km) away from Crawford Market by the newly constructed Mohammedali Road. The tramways were extended to the new suburb. The Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIP) constructed a bridge, now the Tilak Bridge, connecting the two suburban railways. In February 1925, the GIP opened their suburban line and started the work of electrifying the railways.
Among the institutions moved to Dadar according to the City Improvement Trust plan were Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute, now called Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute and King George School, now called the Indian Education Society's Raja Shivaji High School.
Hand-in-hand with the development of the northern suburbs in the 1930s there was a lot of activity in the Dadar-Matunga area. The Hindu colony, north of Tilak Bridge, expanded up to Amber's Marge (then Kingsway) and around the Khodadad Circle. These developments were completed by 1935. In 1937 Ramnarain Ruia College was founded and in 1939 the Ramniranjan Podar College (both run by SP Mandali), thus completing the transition of Dadar from a residential suburb into a variegated enclave.
By 1937 Shivaji Park and the surrounding areas including the Shivaji Park Residential Zone were developed. Shivaji Park was to become an important stage in the political drama which led up to India's independence, and later the political history of Bombay unfolded in the same park.
The famous Sindhi colony (Kataria Colony) in Shivaji Park was established when the Late Mukhi Shri Thakandas H Kataria purchased a plot of land at Cadell Road, Shivaji Park. Today, the society houses 150 Bhagnari families of Sindhi descent, and is one of the largest Sindhi colonies in Mumbai.
Post independence, numerous other political events such as the formation of Shiv Sena and other important political rallies have been held at or around Shivaji Park.
Shivaji Park is regarded as the cradle of Indian cricket, with its innumerable cricket academies like those of the late Anna Vaidya and Ramakant Acharekar which produced several international cricketers for India, including famous names like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar, Pravin Amre, Sandeep Patil, Vinod Kambli and Sanjay Manjrekar, Amit Pagnis.
Today, the Shivaji Park Residential Zone has become a highly sought after upper middle class residential enclave with numerous pre-colonial buildings undergoing redevelopment to form multistoreyed towers ranging from seven storeys to 23 storeys.
Redeveloped buildings include Chanakya, Ashwamedh, Buildarch Tower, Atharva, Saket, Shivneri Heights, Royal Accord, Shree Apartments, Sankalp, and Matoshree Heights. The taller buildings offer an unhindered view of the Arabian Sea and Shivaji Park.
Numerous other buildings are in the process of being redeveloped. However, the controversial and constantly changing Floor Space Index regulations have hindered the redevelopment process significantly.
As such, the slowed redevelopment along with the ever-increasing demand for apartments in this locality have pushed up property prices to the range of Rs.35000 to Rs.50000 per square foot, because of which the average cost of a 800 sq. ft 2 bedroom apartment turns out to be around Rs. 3.6 crores or approximately US$600,000. Flats around the park can sell for much more.
Attractions and amenities
This popular neighborhood is home to many amenities, with proximity to educational institutions and recreational facilities.
Sports and recreational facilities
- Shivaji Park
- Leena Mogre's Fitness Center
- Dadar Beach
- Shivaji Park Gymkhana Club
- Mahatma Gandhi Olympic Swimming Pool
- Children's Park
- Nana-Nani Park (for the elderly)
- Samarth Vyayam Mandir (health and exercise facility)
- Penkar's Gymnasium
- Crossword Corner (bookstore and reading lounge)
- Fame Nakshatra
- Kohinoor Mill Mall (under construction)
- Shivaji Park Nagarik Sangh (Residents Assoiation)
- Bengal Club — Estd 1922
- Scouts Pavilion
- Veer Savarkar Smarak Recreational centre
- Reliance Web World (Located at Atharva)
- Taekwondo Association (Mahim Sports club)
- Cricket coaching institutes including the famed Ramakant Achrekar Institute
- Sant Nyaneshvar and Baji Prabhu Beach Garden
- Kenkre Football Academy and RR Sports Football Institute
- Fittness Island — Sports Nutritionist
- Bombay Scottish School
- Victoria High School
- Balmohan Vidyamandir (English and Marathi medium)
- IES King George's School
- Dr. Antonio da Silva Tehnical High School and Junior College of Science
- IES Ash Lane Primary School
- IES Modern English School
- Ramnarain Ruia College
- Ramniranjan Anandilal Podar College of Commerce and Economics
- Ruparel College
- Kirti College
- IHM Catering College
- Kohinoor Catering College
- veermata Jijabai Technical Institute
- SAS Billa Bong High School
- Our Lady of Salvation High School
Places of worship
- Udyan Ganesh Mandir
- Siddhivinayak temple
- Kali Mandir
- Vetal and Agni Vetal Temple
- Mahim Durgah and Mosque
- Victoria Church
- St. Michaels Church
- Our Lady of Salvation Church (Portuguese)
- Akkalkotniwasi Swami Samarth Math
- Shree Gajanan Maharaj & Shri Ram Temple
- Hinduja Hospital
- Sushrusha Hospital
- Dhanwantari Hospital
- Light of Bharat — Irani restaurant
- Indus Kitchen
- Gypsy Corner
- Gypsy Chinese
- Tibbs Frankie
- Gary's Frankie rolls
- Cafe Coffee Day
- Barista Cafe
- Dattatray, Prakash
- Mumbai Masala
- Dadar, Mumbai 28
- Oven Fresh
- Tamnak Thai
- Gold Rush
- Home Chef
- Jay Hind Lunch Home
- Open House
Famous residents of Shivaji Park
- Swatantryaveer Savarkar -(Freedom Fighter)
- Acharya Prahlad Keshav Atre - (Author, Politician, Filmmaker, Teacher, Journalist.....)
- Late D R Chowdhari (Gregson Batley and King Architects)
- Late Suryakant D Chowdhari (Gregson Batley and King Architects)
- Late Dadasaheb Rege (Founder of Balmohan Vidya Mandir)
- Late G. D. Rege (Founder of Ujjwal Classes)
- S L Dhargalkar (Principal IHM Catering College)
- Sharad Sathe
- Late Sudhir(Babuji)Phadke,Singer/Music Director
- Late Vasant Desai, Music Director
- Late C Ramchandra (Anna Chitalkar), Music Director
- Late Smt Kesarbai Kerkar
- Pandit Jasraj
- Late Vasant Prabhu, Music Director
- Geetika Varde, classical singer
Actors and models
- Ajit Agarkar - Indian cricketer
- Ajit Wadekar - Indian cricketer
- Anil Manerikar — Late Indian water polo player
- Milind Wagle— Cricket Commentator
Law & Judiciary
- Justice Ranjana Desai - Judge, Bombay High Court
- Late Shamrao Samant - Famous Criminal Lawyer
- Prasad Sant - Advocate
- Manohar Joshi - Prominent Shiv Sena leader
- Raj Thackeray - President, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
- Sunil Prabhu - Mayor of Mumbai
- Late Prabodhankar Thackeray