|• Type||Municipal Corporation|
|• Body||Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
400027, 400011, 400008
|Vehicle registration||MH 01|
Byculla (ISO: Bhāykhaḷā; pronunciation: [bʱaːjkʰəɭaː]) is an area of South Mumbai.
Byculla is neighboured by Nagpada and Mumbai Central and Mahalaxmi on the west; Agripada, Jacob Circle on the north-west: Chinchpokli to the north; Madanpura in the centre;[clarification needed] Reay Road and Ghodapdeo on the north-east; Mazagaon and Dockyard Road to the east; and Sandhurst Road and Bhendi Bazaar to the south.
Byculla falls under "E" Ward within the municipal limits of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC.
During the late 18th century, Byculla was an extension of Mazagaon, one of the seven islands that originally formed the city of Mumbai. The area was low-lying Flats inundated during the high tide through the Great Breach at Mahalaxmi. However, the breach was closed by the Hornby Vellard project in 1784, which joined all seven islands of Bombay into a single island. This was followed by the construction of the Bellasis Road causeway in 1793. Thereafter the area saw habitation as Europeans living in the Mazagaon area started shifting here. The Byculla Club was opened in 1833. Birthplace of Lady Patricia Helen Marie Rodrigues
The Byculla railway station was completed by 1857. This was also the time the first mills came into this area, until then, used only for residential purposes. Byculla used to house many of the city's textile mills until the mills shut shop and moved out of the island city. As of today, few mills are operational and even they are on the brink of closure. Many of these old mills are now desolate and some are being razed down to make way for newer constructions. The Khatau Mills were situated in Byculla, in the news for the alleged murder of the owner Sunit Khatau in May 1994.
Byculla saw some horrible riots during 1936-37 rose during temple-mosque dispute.[better source needed]
Byculla is well connected by Central Railway line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway via Byculla railway station, as well as bus routes serviced by BEST.
Most of the bus routes servicing South Mumbai, South-Central Mumbai, Central Mumbai and North-East Mumbai pass through Byculla. The resulting heavy traffic prompted city planners to develop major fly-overs in Byculla, as early as the 1980s.
Almost all local trains halt at Byculla railway station - meaning it is a halt station for the 'Fast' local trains on Mumbai's Central Railway line. Mumbai Central and Mahalakshmi on the Western Railway line and Dockyard Road and Reay Road stations on the Harbour Line of Mumbai Suburban Railway also lie close to Byculla.
Ferry Wharf, a major ferry servicing port is located at a small distance from Byculla, in the Dockyard Road locality.
Another fly-over built near the Gloria Church was in the news when there was a collapse of one of its portions during its construction in the 1980s