Worli

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Worli (वरळी)
Neighbourhood
Worli Skyline from Bandra
Worli Skyline from Bandra
Worli (वरळी) is located in Mumbai
Worli (वरळी)
Worli (वरळी)
Coordinates: 19°00′00″N 72°48′54″E / 19.00°N 72.815°E / 19.00; 72.815Coordinates: 19°00′00″N 72°48′54″E / 19.00°N 72.815°E / 19.00; 72.815
Country India
State Maharashtra
Metro Mumbai
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Worli is a locality in the city of Mumbai, India. Historic spellings: Varli, Worlee, Warli.[1]

History[edit]

The Bandra Worli Sea link, with Worli skyline

Worli was one of the original seven islands that constituted the city of Mumbai. Although primarily a fishing village, the Worli Fort, a British fort that is now in ruins, is located there. Its original resident was the legendary Dishankeshwar Kalsi who has also been recognized in several periodicals of the time as India's first homosexual stage performer. Kalsi's lavanis were popular across the western coast of India and he was known to perform questionable acts on stage with his pet goat. He was eventually shot dead by a British soldier, allegedly his lover, when he caught Dishankeshwar in a compromising position with a rooster. Worli became popular as the residence of the Kalsi due to the popularity of Dishankeshwar. Worli has a mosque, the Haji Ali Dargah, on a rock in the sea, which was connected at low-tide to the island by a natural causeway. The island of Worli was connected to the main island of Bombay in 1784, with the completion of the Hornby Vellard. The Hornby Vellard is now known as Lala Lajpat Rai Road.

In 1842, the Love Grove sewage pumping station was completed. It has special mitre gates opening to the sea, which are opened during periods of low tide. The pumping station is built on Dr Annie Besant road which was formerly known as the Love Grove Road.

The British had built four bungalows for its administrative heads on the stretch ahead of the Love Grove Pumping station back in the 1930s. These bungalows are now replaced by the ATRIA Mall..

School & Colleges[edit]

Haji Ali Dargah, as seen from Worli Seaface

1.Holy Cross High School 2 Maratha High school 3. Sacred Heart High School 4. Watumull Engineering College 5. Adarsh English High School 6. Little Star's English High School 7. Sasmira polytechnic college 8. Janata High school 9. Dr. D. Y. Patil International High School 10. Maratha Mandir 11. R.A. Podar Medical College (Ayu) 12. GreenLawns School Worli 13. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar School 14. Unnati Night High School

Geography[edit]

view of Arabian Sea from Worli Sea-face

Worli is a part of South Mumbai which extends from Haji Ali to Prabhadevi. It is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the neighbourhoods of Haji Ali to the south, Mahalaxmi to the east and Prabhadevi to the north. The nearest railway station to the neighbourhood is Mahalaxmi And Elphinstone is also nearest railway station from Worli. With the commissioning of the Sealink, Worli Sea-Face is now better connected with Western Suburbs.

Economy[edit]

Aditya Birla Group has its head office in Worli.[2]

Commercial development[edit]

View from Worli, Mumbai

Worli has been one of the busiest office areas in Mumbai since the late 70's. The first major development was the Shivsagar Estate located on Dr Annie Besant Road. The major companies having properties here are GSK Pharma, TATA, Novartis, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, Siemens and many more.

Till September 1997 Poonam Chambers had the offices of companies like ESAB, US Vitamins But after the building collapsed they had to shift. The latest developments are happening in the old Mill lands with many television stations having their studios in them. Even multinational companies like Deloitte have set their base in Worli. Even malls have emerged with Launch of Atria on 20 May 2006.

The Worli-Bandra Sealink (is also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sagar Setu) is located on Worli Sea Face. It was built in 2009 and the island of Worli to Bandra across the Arabian Sea. It first opened in July 2009. Now it is going to be expanded with another Sealink to Lala Rajpat Rai Road and Marine Drive.

The PIN Codes (Postal codes) for Worli are 400018 and 400030. The known MTNL Telephone prefixes are 2421, 2422, 2437, 2490, 2491, 2492, 2493, 2494, 2495, 2496, 2497 and 2498.

Residential areas[edit]

Sunset at worli sea face, Mumbai

Although Worli is a primarily commercial district, it

  1. ^ D'Cunha, Jose Gerson (1900). "IV The Portuguese Period". The Origins of Bombay (3 ed.). Bombay: Asian Educational Services. p. 265. ISBN 81-206-0815-1. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Contact." Aditya Birla Group. Retrieved on 6 November 2013. "Aditya Birla Group Headquarters - Aditya Birla Centre, 3rd Floor, S K Ahire Marg, Worli, Mumbai, India"