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|Ulhasnagar aka USA
R K Talreja College
|Nickname(s): Ulhas, UNR, USA (Ulhasnagar SINDHI Association)|
|Elevation||19 m (62 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||STD code 0251|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kalyan|
Ulhasnagar is a city located on coast of the West India, approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) northeast of the city of Mumbai, in the Thane district in the state of Maharashtra. This city is part of Mumbai Metropolitan Region managed by MMRDA.
Ulhasnagar, has an estimated population of 472,943 people (2001).
Ulhasnagar is one of the largest jeans manufacturing hub in the world. it has number of small businesses manufacturing finest denims at affordable price.
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Ulhasnagar is a municipal town and the headquarters of the Tahsil bearing the same name. It is a railway station on the Mumbai-Pune route of the Central Railway. Ulhasnagar, a colony of migrants in the aftermath of the Partition of India (1947), is 61 years old. Situated 58 km from Mumbai, the once-barren land has developed into a rich town of Thane district. Originally, known as Kalyan Military transit camp (or Kalyan Camp), Ulhasnagar was set up especially to accommodate 6,000 soldiers and 30,000 others during World War II. There were 2,126 barracks and about 1,173 housed personals. The majority of barracks had large central halls with rooms attached to either end. The camp had a deserted look at the end of the war and served as a ready and commercial ideal ground for Partition victims. Sindhis, in particular, began life anew in the new land.
After the partition of India, over 100,000 Sindhi-speaking refugees from the newly created West Pakistan were relocated to deserted military camps five kilometres from Kalyan. The area was converted into a township in 1949 and foundation ceremony took place on 8 August 1949. The township was named Ulhasnagar by the then Governor-general of India, C. Rajagopalachari (literally 'city of joy'; ulhas=joy; nagar=city). Rajagopalachari]] also laid the foundation stone for the township.
A suburban railway station was built in 1955. In January 1960, Ulhasnagar Municipality was formed, with Arjun K. Ballani as first chief, and a municipal council was nominated. In 1965, elections to this council were held for the first time. Now this 28 square kilometre area has 389,000 people of Sindhi descent, the largest enclave of Sindhis in India. The town lies outside Mumbai city but within the Mumbai Conurbation. In 2010, the estimated population of Sindhi Hindus in Ulhasnagar was 400,000. Ulhasnagar is one of the major exporter of jeans, clothes and fabrics not just in India but all over the world. Monthly production of jeans here is more than 20 million.
Business and Corruption
In the 1970s, Ulhasnagar was a booming lawless town settled by entrepreneurial Sindhi refugees. During this time, sharp business practices (Ulhasnagar was known for its "duplicate"s or forged goods) combined with illegal construction and unauthorized industrial units made for an atmosphere where "protection" emerged as a profitable business. A number of gangs were soon working under the patronage of political parties. Business turnover in Ulhasnagar was estimated at Rs. 10 billion (US$200 million) in 1995. Consequently, politicians started to charge money to look the other way, and by 1999, each corporator in the municipality was said to be making half to one million rypees in "protection money".
In 1986, Pappu Kalani was elected president of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Council (UMC), and the same year, Ulhasnagar elected him to the state legislature as a candidate of the Indian National Congress. Pappu Kalani (born 1951) is an Indian criminal-politician from Ulhasnagar. After emerging as the leader of an organized crime syndicate in the 1980s, he won elections for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1986 with the Indian National Congress party,. He won 1990 elections as Indian National Congress, 1995, 1999 elections as Independent and has been elected continuously from this seat since then, including two elections in the period 1992–2001 when he was in jail on murder charges. His formal name is Suresh Budharmal Kalani and Pappu may be a nickname, though he prefers it as part of the formal name, writing Suresh (Pappu) Budharmal Kalani in his election papers. Pappu Kalani is how he is inevitably referred to, however.He is currently on bail in 19 cases including eight of murder and was most recently elected the MLA for Ulhasnagar from the Republican Party of India (Athavale) in the Maharashtra state assembly elections, 2004.
One can reach Ulhasnagar by road or railway. Ulhasnagar railway station is on the Central Line of the Mumbai suburban railway. One can reach Ulhasnagar by alighting at either of Kalyan and Shahad station which are near camp 1 and 2 or Ulhasnagar and Vithalwadi railway stations which are close to 3 and 4 or Ulhasnagar and Ambernath railway stations are near to camp 4 and 5. The city is serviced by City Bus and autorickshaw for travel from Mumbai and Thane as well. Recently "Ulhasnagar Municipal Transport Service" was launched in 2010 wherein mini buses ply from kalyan railway station to kailash colony in ambernath near David's Cottage covering almost full Ulhasnagar.there are auto rikshaws and municipality buses for transportation. Since Mid of 2013 the bus service launched became almost inoperative and to travel in ulhasnagar only Autorikshaw option is available which costlier than Mumbai.
The city has colleges and an industrial-training institute like institute of technology,Guru Nanak High School & Jr. College of Science And Commerce, Holy family Convent High School, New English (at camp no.5), SST College of Arts and Commerce etc. Smt. Chandibai Himatmal Mansukhani college and R. K. Talreja are two major colleges.
List of Colleges:
- st. Paul college of Art,Science & Commerce Ulhasnagar-4
- S.S.T College of Arts and Commerce, Ulhasnagar-4
- Smt. Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani (CHM) College, Ulhasnagar-3
- Institute of Technology, Ulhasnagar-3
- Nari Gursahani Law College, Ulhasnagar-3
- Hashmatrai & Gangaram Himathmal Mansukhani Institute of Management, Ulhasnagar-3
- Principal K.M. Kundnani Pharmacy Polytechnic, Ulhasnagar-3
- Dr. L.H. Hiranandani College of Pharmacy, Ulhasnagar-3
- R. K. Talreja College, Ulhasnagar-3
- New English junior college, Ulhasnagar-4
- Dhunichand Kalani College, Ulhasnagar-1
List of Schools:-
- Ulhas Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar-4
- Guru Nanak High School, Ulhasnagar-5
- Takshashila Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar-4
- Sri Sathya Sai Niketan High School, Ulhasnagar-4
- Jaslok High School, Ulhasnagar - 3
- Jhulelal Trust School, Ulhasnagar-2
- Sadhubela Girls High School, Ulhasnagar-2
- SES (Khemani) High School, Ulhasnagar-2
- Pet Oxford School, Ulhasnagar-3
- New Era High School, Ulhasnagar-3
- Jai Hind School, Ulhasnagar-3
- Shri Gangaram Sindh National High School, Ulhasnagar-4
- NCT High School, Ulhasnagar-4
- Netaji High School, Ulhasnagar-4
- Holy Family Convent High School, Ulhasnagar-4
- Baba Sai Convent School, Ulhasnagar-5.
- St.Paul English school, Ashelepada, Ulhasnagar-4
- Shiv Shambhu Hindi Vidyalaya, Ashelepada, Ulhasnagar-4
- New Little Star, Ulhasnagar-5
- Jyoti's Group Tuitions, Ulhasnagar-5
- Mumbai Councils
- Dionne Bunsha (17 December 2004). "The States:Ulhasnagar in a new role". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 May 2007.
- Sindhi conversions in Ulhasnagar raise a storm
- Girish Kuber (2007-01-09). "Pappu's Ulhasnagar gambit may backfire". Economic Times. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
- Yogesh Pawar (3 March 1999). "Three Ps rule Ulhas: Pelf, Politicians & Pappu.and his most trusted man shamsher ansari Ulhasnagar is mainly distributed in 5 areas namely ulhasnagar 1,2,3,4 and 5". Indian Express. Retrieved 24 May 2007.
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