Borivali

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Borivali
Neighborhood
View of Borivali skyline from Sanjay Gandhi National Park
View of Borivali skyline from Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Borivali is located in India
Borivali
Borivali
Location of Borivali in Mumbai
Borivali is located in Maharashtra
Borivali
Borivali
Borivali (Maharashtra)
Borivali is located in Mumbai
Borivali
Borivali
Borivali (Mumbai)
Coordinates: 19°14′N 72°52′E / 19.23°N 72.86°E / 19.23; 72.86Coordinates: 19°14′N 72°52′E / 19.23°N 72.86°E / 19.23; 72.86
Country India
StateMaharashtra
DistrictMumbai
CityMumbai
Population
 (1991)[citation needed]
 • Total600,000
Languages
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationMH-02
MH-47
Lok Sabha constituencyMumbai North
Vidhan Sabha constituencyBorivali[1]
Magathane[2]
Reliefs at Borivali, 1897.
Reliefs at Borivali, 1897.

Borivali also known as Vegas of the East minus the vibrant nightlife is an affluent coastal suburb of Mumbai and is located at its north-western end. Recent real estate statistics show Borivali holds its recorded position as the primary residential zone of Mumbai. Notable for its upmarket locality overseeing the Gorai Creek it is amongst the preferred destination for prime property seekers. The estimated population of Borivali in 2010 was 513,077.

History[edit]

Borivali has developed from what was once a congregate region of smaller towns namely; Eksar, Poisar, Vazira, Shimpoli, Mandpeshwar, Kanheri, Tulsi, Magathane and Gorai, which were situated on and around Mount Poinsur, between the Dahisar River and Poisar River.

It is believed that the name 'Borivali' comes from the existence of a lot of bushes of a sweet fruit called 'Borr'(Marathi) meaning berries in English. Hence, named the town of berries literally 'bori-vali'. The existence of the ancient temple of Lord Ganesha 'Shree Svayambhu Ganpati Devalaya' in Vazira Naka area, meaning the 'self-manifested ' or the 'one that is created from its own accord' in Hinduism, and of the 'Our Lady of Immaculate Conception', a Roman Catholic church at Mt. Poinsur, are the examples of the mix of ethnicity and a vibrant cultural mix of the population living here.

The pre-historic era's "Mandpeshwar" and "Kanheri caves" stand testament to the rich history of this place. Borivali was spelt 'Berewlee' by the then ruled India under the British Raj Era. It is also spelt and pronounced as "Borivli".

Borivali is densely populated but continues to retain some green cover due to the presence of the 'Sanjay Gandhi National Park',[3] previously known as the "BORIVALI NATIONAL PARK" in the east and the mangroves in the west end of Borivali.

Landmarks[edit]

One of the many gardens that Borivali boasts of is the Veer Savarkar Udyan on Lokmanya Tilak Road. It has four entrances from T.P.S. road, Factory lane and Babhai and is an ideal place for all which have facilities like jogging track, boating area, kids' play-garden, skating etc. Gorai Udyan is at Gorai Sector-1.

In 2009, Jhansi Ki Rani Laxmibai Joggers' Park[4] was inaugurated on Link road adjacent to the famous Eskay Resort. The plot measures around 4 acres, has a jogging track surrounding a water body where boating facilities have been started and features slabs with information on various freedom fighters scripted on them, besides seating areas for senior citizens. This Jogger's Park has a small fee for entry. Another Joggers' Park is located in Chikuwadi.

Transport[edit]

Road Ways: Autorickshaws, Taxis, BEST buses and Trains are the public modes of transport available in and to Borivali. Connectivity is set to increase with the two metro lines set to pass through Borivali viz. Mumbai Metro Line 2 and Mumbai Metro Line 7

Railway station[edit]

Borivali railway station

Borivali railway station is a railway station on the Western line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network.

Notable people[edit]

•Former Minister(MoS) for Home Affairs in Government of India. •Former Minister(MoS) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Government of India. •Former Minister(MoS) for Coal in Government of India. •Former Minister(MoS) For Mines in Government of India.

Attractions[edit]

  • Gorai Beach is on the western end of Borivali. One can reach here by crossing the Gorai Creek in a ferry. Rickshaw is available on the other side of the ferry. On holidays the beach is full of visitors and localites. Plenty of accommodation options are also available at Gorai beach.[6]
  • Essel World: One of Mumbai's largest amusement parks.[7]
  • Water Kingdom: Asia's largest water park.[8].
  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park is one of the famous national park within the metro limit and one of the most visited park in the world.
  • Mandapeshwar Caves
  • Global Vipassana Pagoda
  • Saibaba Mandir in Saibaba Nagar
  • Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Gymkhana

Schools[edit]

  • Don Bosco High School
  • Sheth Gopalji Hemraj High School Gopal' s Garden High School **
  • Smt. Jayaben Khot High School
  • St. Anne's High School
  • Dr .Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Covers western part of the suburb
  2. ^ Covers eastern part of the suburb
  3. ^ "The Sanjay Gandhi National Park" (SGNP)
  4. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Borivli-residents-get-a-joggers-park/articleshow/3932344.cms
  5. ^ "Rohit makes a mark with T20". NDTV. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2008.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Gorai Beach". Retrieved 26 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Esselworld". www.esselworld.in. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Water Kingdom - Asia's Largest Theme Water Park". www.waterkingdom.in. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  9. ^ "ICSE | CBSE School in Borivali, Mumbai - VIBGYOR High". www.vibgyorhigh.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017.