History of Ghatkopar

 

 

 

 

Welcome all of you who are in and away from Ghatkopar and really love our Ghatkopar very much.

PAST OF GHATKOPAR

Ghatkopar was a quaint village in 1920’s and 30’s. It came under   Borough  Municipal Corporation. It was not a part of Bombay. Bombay’s limits were upto Sion only and Ghatkopar came under district Thane.

Like all small community centres, Ghatkopar also had just one principal road connecting it to Bombay on the Southside and Thane in the north i.e; Agra road. It was surrounded by creeks and hills.

There are two popularly known theories for the name Ghatkopar :

    1. It derived its name from the fact that it was the ‘CORNER’ - Khopara in Marathi of Western Ghats -
    2. Ghat-khopra.

    3. It derived its name from the fact that there were many Ghats , Small Hills, small river near the Eastern

Express Highway where a lot of Salt Pans were there near Ghatkopar , so when people use to direct the

Way to reach these places they use to call it  " GHAT - KE - UPPER " i.e " Above that Hill".

It was inhabited mainly by two types of people. Those who came from proper Bombay in need of good and healthy climatic conditions of the sanatoriums and those rich Bhatias, Parsees, and very few Gujrati Traders who owned large plots of land and bungalows here. Population was sparse and everyone knew each other . It was a close knit family. The streets were named after some of the renowned residents of the area like Navrojee lane named after Navrojee Sheth - a Parsee, Cama lane comes from Lady Cama Bai, Khot lane from people who ploughed and looked after farming activities of the place, Hingwala lane from a family that dealt in Asafoetida business.

The streets were without electric lights, and were lit with petromax lights which was lit by a man coming in every evening to light them up in every street. Roads were metal roads raised in the middle so that the rain water could slope down into the gutters and did not accumulate on the roads. Roads were sprinkled with water by the vans of municipality twice in the mornings and evenings.

Youngsters in their daily activities used to take early morning walks and evening strolls upto and into the hills and going upto Powai, Chandivali and Mulund eating berries on the way, which grew in the hills.

Youth of freedom fighting years undertook picketing and joining in Rashtriya Seva Sangh activities.

Ghatkopar’s face has changed, as the years went by, but instead of ageing it is getting younger and more vivacious .

Even in early 40s it was not such a small place. It had schools with real good ambience, architecturally good constructions, housing academic institutions , with good sincere teachers .

Parents were an orthodox lot preserving & holding on to the traditions of their native places.

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Its Municipal Statistics would certainly interest the residents.  As per Muncipal Records in 1995.

N Ward
Area : 39 sq. kms.
Population : 5,10,708 (as per census 1991)
Municipal Hospital : 2
Municipal Markets : 7
Municipal Gardens: 17
Municipal Playgrounds : 10
Slums : 3324 (Huts)
Tel - 511 5130

PRESENT OF GHATKOPAR

And then as the young boys and girls of this middle class society suburb studied & passed their S.S.C & inter college exams & graduated having imbibed the free spirit of open vast spaces there was a very fair sprinkling of trees so many residential places are even now called wadis, "groves" & offered open healthy environment , these young boys and girls of that time, now parents and grand parents of many children have made immense contribution in rearing up brigades of children who have a wider out look, an eye on the world, an interest in all kinds of affairs of the world. The children have turned into renowned architects, computer engineers, doctors, teachers, social workers & above all the common middle class, the strong support on which this society rests.

Now Ghatkopar is a bustling, bursting, throbbing, a very very vibrant city with all kinds of eateries, shopping centers with jewellery shops, cloth shops & greatest number of computer classes. It has Jolly Gymkhana for promoting sports facilities plus its well known Navratri festival.

There are still a lot many thing need to be done for Ghatkopar like Clearing up of this heavily congested, traffic jammed roads and pollution which is pushing its boundaries on all the sides of this city and is certainly a mammoth task, where people from every cadre of the society need to help in clearing of the roads and streets of Ghatkopar and the residents themselves can contribute to the drive of cleanliness by avoiding clogging &littering their own streets.

Well a city which is may be a century old has a chequered history with many hues.

We, with you, shall keep sharing our different angles of views and perspectives through this web site. We shall meet again.

Visit us any time .

Bye for now..........

 

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