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Nickname(s): Ulhas
Ulhasnagar is located in Maharashtra
Coordinates: 19°13′N 73°09′E / 19.22°N 73.15°E / 19.22; 73.15Coordinates: 19°13′N 73°09′E / 19.22°N 73.15°E / 19.22; 73.15
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Thane
Elevation 19 m (62 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 506,098
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 421001-5
Telephone code STD code 0251
Vehicle registration MH-05
Lok Sabha constituency Kalyan
Website www.umc.gov.in

Ulhasnagar is a city located on coast of the West India, approximately 53 kilometres (33 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 the largest population of Hindu Sindhis outside Sindh in the world . It had an estimated population of 506,098 at the 2011 Census.[1]

Ulhasnagar is considered as one of the largest denim jeans manufacturer. It has number of small businesses, manufacturing quality denims with an effective cheap labour. Some of the manufacturers export jeans worldwide from Ulhasnagar.[2]


According to the 2011 Census of India,[3] Ulhasnagar had a population of 506,098. Males constituted 53% of the population and females 47%.

Religions in Ulhasnagar
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes some errors in making this table Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).


Ulhasnagar is a municipal town and the headquarters of the Tehsil 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 urban town of Thane district. Originally, known as Kalyan Military transit 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 1,00,000 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 Governor-general of India, C. Rajagopalachari named the town Ulhasnagar (literally 'city of joy'; ulhas=joy; nagar=city).Sir 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.[4] Ulhasnagar is one of the major exporter of jeans, clothes, School Bags and fabrics not just in India but all over the world. Monthly production of jeans here is more than 20 million.

Apart from this Ulhasnagar has various Small Scale Manufacturing units which produces Confectinary,Textile Weaving, Furniture, Printing Press etc

Business and Corruption[edit]

In the late 1970s, Ulhasnagar was a populated lawless town settled by business class Sindhi refugees.[5] As the time goes by number of gangs were formed working under the patronage of political parties. In 1995 business turnover in Ulhasnagar estimated at Rs.10 billion (US$200 million) Consequently, many illegal projects raised up for which politicians started to charge money to look the other way, and by 1999, each corporator in the municipality was said to be making half or one million rupees in "protection money".[6]

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,[1] 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[2] 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.[3] Pappu Kalani is how he is inevitably referred to, however.He is currently on bail in 19 cases including eight of murder[4] 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.[citation needed] The city is serviced by City Bus and autorickshaw for travel from Mumbai, Bhiwandi & 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 rickshaws and municipality buses for transportation.[citation needed] Since Mid of 2013 the bus service launched became almost inoperative and to travel in Ulhasnagar the only option is auto rickshaws


The R . K. Talreja college in Ulhasnagar

The city has colleges and an industrial-training institute like institute of technology, Sri Sathya Sai Niketan High School is one of the oldest English medium school in Ulhasnagar. The two major colleges in Ulhasnagar is Smt. Chandibai Himatmal Mansukhani college and R.K.Talreja College.

List of Colleges:

  • Swami Hansmuni Maharaj Degree (SHM) College of Commerce, Ulhasnagar-4
  • Sadhubella Girls College, Ulhasnagar-1
  • St. Paul college of Art,Science & Commerce Ulhasnagar-4
  • Smt. Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani (CHM) College, Ulhasnagar-3
  • Smt. S. H. Mansukhani 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:-

  • New English High School, Ulhasnagar-4
  • Yashwant Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar-4
  • 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
  • Swami Shanti Prakash High School, Ulhasnagar-5
  • B.G. Talik High School, Ulhasnagr-5
  • Vikas Mandir Primary & Secondary School, Ulhasnagar-4


  • Moonam and Karan KG. School, Ulhasnagar-4
  • New Little Star, Ulhasnagar-5
  • Jyoti's Group Tuitions, Ulhasnagar-5

Other Educational Institutions:-

  • SHREE, Nr. CHM College, Ulhasnagar-3

Holy places and temples[edit]

  1. Pujya Chaliyasahib (Jhulelal Temple) where original Jyot (fire light) was placed which was brought from Sindh (present day Pakistan)province.
  2. Sai Lakh Jeevan Ghot Gaushalla (near Chaliya Mandir)
  3. Sai Vasan Shah Darbar
  4. Swami Shanti Prakash Temple, Radhey shyam Gaushalla (1000+ cows)
  5. Shiv Mandir (believed to be of Pandav Kal)
  6. Shiv Dham at Powai Chowk (21 foot tall Lord Shiva statue)
  7. Patali Shiv Mandir
  8. Birla Mandir


  • Devotees carrying Matki during the Chaliha Sahib Festival
  • Sai Vasan Shah Mandir - A chaliya (40 days fast) is famous & all forty days are celebrated and night programs are scheduled where famous artist perform. (Also known as Rohri’a wara, Sant Sai Vasan Shah of Rohri)in Ulhanagar-5
  • Ambernath Mandir Built around 1060 AD (It is highly crowded place on Shivratri when people stand in queue over night for 4 hours)
  • Puj Jhulelal Mandir of Ulhasnagar-2 (Bhau Parsram successors who also performed on Jhulelal song in Abana)
  • Sant Thahiriya Singh Darbar is famous for largest Prabhat Pheri during Gurunank Jyanti
  • Gol Maidan is famous place for hang out early mornings and evenings.
  • Prabhat Garden for hang out early mornings and evenings in Ulhasnagar-5
  • Barracks built during British Empire still exists
  • Some Mass Jeans Manufacturing Production House in Ulhasnagr-5
  • Gajanand Market / Sona Market, congested streets where Sindhis run low margin, high turnover business Cloth and other business.
  • Over all Ulhasnagar is very famous for products at wholesale rate despite of having in the higher LBT area the products are cheapest compare to other cities like: Furniture Bazar is famous for Furniture, Shivaji Chowk & Super market are famous for Electronics, Ulhasnagar 5 is famous for wholesale of Gowns (night suits) and Jeans, Ulhasnagar 4 Confectionery etc.
  • Here people are foodies & you will find a very good quality & taste street food also here are very good restaurants and hotels. Famous street food are Dal Pakwan, Dal Mung, Seera Malpua, Pakoda's, Butter papdi, Punjabi Samosa's, Chhola Patice, mattar pav, Pav bajhi - you can enjoy these at Dolly Nasta house in Unr 3 or Gyan Nasta house in Unr -5 also there are many more ... Hotel Mayur, Celebrations, Roti Inn and Amar fast food are also good hotels. The recently opened Cheers Family Restaurant in UNR 4 is also good to spend dinner time with family.


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