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Ghatkopar
Suburb
R City Mall, Ghatkopar
R City Mall, Ghatkopar
Ghatkopar is located in Mumbai
Ghatkopar
Ghatkopar
Coordinates: 19°05′N 72°55′E / 19.08°N 72.91°E / 19.08; 72.91Coordinates: 19°05′N 72°55′E / 19.08°N 72.91°E / 19.08; 72.91
CountryIndia
StateMaharashtra
DistrictMumbai Suburban
CityMumbai
SuburbsEastern Suburbs
WardN
Government
 • TypeMunicipal Corporation
 • BodyBrihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (MCGM)
 • M.L.ARam Kadam
BJP (Ghatkopar West) (since 2014)
 • M.L.AParag Shah
BJP (Ghatkopar East) (since 2019)
 • M.P.Manoj Kotak
BJP (since 2019)
Population
 (2017 est.)[1]
 • Total620,000
Languages
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code022
Vehicle registrationMH-03

Ghatkopar (Pronunciation: [ɡʱaːʈkopəɾ]) is a suburb in eastern Mumbai. It has a large Gujarati population. The area is served by the railway station on the Central Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway and the metro station on Line 1 of the Mumbai Metro.

History

Ghatkopar in the 1920s was a village ringed by creeks and salt pans. It was administered by a municipal council led by a Collector of the Suburban District. It became part of Greater Bombay in 1945.

There are many interpretations to how Ghatkopar got its name. Some say it refers to the hill range tapering off at Thane, "Ghat ke oopar", which roughly means "on top of hill". Others believe the name is derived from the Marathi word for "corner" of the Western Ghats- "Kopara", therefore, Ghat-kopara.[2]

The names given to roads in Ghatkopar offer an interesting peek into its recent history. It has roads like Nowrojee Lane for Nowrojee Sheth, Cama Lane after Lady Cama, Hingwala Lane after a family dealing with asafoetida.[3]

Mumbai Metro Project

The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor of the Mumbai Metro project is an 11.07 km long double line corridor on an elevated viaduct. The route uses Standard Gauge air-conditioned trains with 12 elevated stations.[4] It has a carrying capacity of 60,000 persons per hour and the commuting time on the entire stretch is 21 minutes. The commute time between Versova and Ghatkopar was reduced by 70 minutes by this line. Metro started running successfully from July 2014.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Population of Mumbai in 2021".
  2. ^ "Ghatkopar Has Resonated With Patriotism And Politics, Faith And Fervour For Over A Century". mid-day.com. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Ghatkopar Has Resonated With Patriotism And Politics, Faith And Fervour For Over A Century". mid-day.com. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Metro first line hinges on Andheri bridge". Times of India, Retrieved 18 October 2011
  5. ^ "Mumbai's first metro may chug in 2013". DNA India, Retrieved 8 May 2012