Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Fly-over bridge connecting east-west Mulund

Mulund is a north-eastern suburb of Mumbai. It is accessible by rail on the Central Railway (main line)of the Mumbai Suburban Railways. It is nestled alongside the foothills of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park with easy access to the Eastern Express Highway and Navi Mumbai through the Mulund-Airoli Bridge (connecting mumbai with Navi Mumbai). Additionally its also easy to go to Thane or Mumbai North-Western such as Borivali using the Ghodbunder Road. It has been called the Prince of Suburbs to rival the Queen of Suburbs Bandra.

Kalidas auditorium at Mulund, west

From the mid 1950s to late 1980s, Mulund was an idyllic sleepy hamlet. It was home to a large number of educated middle class residents. As a typical microcosm of Mumbai, it had a cosmopolitan mix of Marathis, Hindi-speakers, Gujratis, Tamilians, Malayalis, Telugus, Kannadigas, Sindhis, Catholics and Punjabis who lived in harmony with each other. Testimony to this fact is the presence of various religious structures located close to each other with no communal or religious intolerance like Ganesh Temple near Railway Police force quarters (Mulund East), Khandoba temple on Navghar-Mithaghar Link road (Mulund-East), The Jain Temple in Zaver Road, The Bhakta Sangham Temple in P.K. Road. St. Pius X Church on Madan Mohan Malviya Road, Balrajeshwar Temple on L.B.S. Road, Sarvodaya Parshwanath Temple in Sarvodaya Nagar and the Hanuman Temple in Mulund East.
Mulund was home to several prominent manufacturing establishments. Notable among them are the pharmaceutical companies - Hoechst, Wellcome, Glaxo, Merind and Johnson & Johnson. Engineering companies like Richardson Cruddas, Bombay Oxygen, Chicago Pneumatic, ACC, Agfa & Gabriel are also around. As production shifts out of Mumbai, many of these establishments have made or are in the process of making way for modern shopping malls and luxurious apartment complexes altering the landscape and skyline. Johnson and Johnson however continues to remain a landmark in Mulund.
Towards the late 90s this suburb acquired a new hue with winds of globalisation slowly reaching the people here. Old buildings and structures gave way to big bright new malls and cineplexes. This change is most apparent along the L.B.S. Road which today is lined with two major shopping malls, R-Mall and Nirmal Lifestyle; both of which are amongst some of the largest malls in India. Skyscrapers have lined the landscape, replacing old factories. Old tailors and garment cut-piece stores have given way to fashion boutiques.
Though Mulund today has become much more crowded than what it used to be, it is still considered to one of the safest places in Mumbai. The pleasant living conditions and easy access to different parts of the city and its outskirts, have attracted lots of people from South Mumbai. The population of Mulund has shot up to around 8 lakh in 2001 as compared to the 3 lakh in 1991.
The proximity to the Bhandup Water Purification Plant ensures a 24 hour supply of water. Electricity has been a problem though, in the last two years since the onset of load-shedding. Mulund has many regions using Piped Gas for the past five years or more. Flooding hasn't been much of a problem in Mulund as such, but the flooding of neighbouring regions like Bhandup affects people commuting to and from Mulund.
Sambhaji Park in Mulund East is one of the main attractions of this suburb. People of all age groups love to come there to jog, exercise etc.

Educational Institutions
Indian Education Society's KG, Primary and Secondary school (King George)
Lokmanya Tilak English High School(LTEHS), formerly Vaze school
Purandhare High School
Sau Laxmibai English Medium High-School (SLEMS)
Nalini Yashvantrao Doede Vidyalaya,Mulund East School of TUSHAR JADHAV.
Mulund Vidya Mandir
Smt. Vidyaben D. Gardi High School.
Holy Angel's High School (HAHS).
Sheth Moti Bhai Pachan Rashtriya Shala (S.M.P.R.)
Navbharat Nutan Vidyalaya
Wamanrao Muranjan Madhyamik Vidyalay
Sharon English High School
St.Pius X High School
St.Mary's Convent School
V.P.M.'s B.R.T. English High School
Girish Swami Gyan vidyalaya.
Mulund College Of Commerce
V.G. Vaze college
NES International School(IGCSE Board)
Smt. N. G. Purandare High School & Degree Night college(Commerce)
Sheth Karamshi Kanji English School (SMPR)
Navbharat Nutan Vidyalaya
Vani Vidyalaya
Friends Co-Operative Education Society School(FCES)
R.R Educational Trust's Primary and Sec Marathi English high School D.Ed , B.Ed and M.Ed college
Mulund High School
J.J. Academy
Kalidas Hall, Mulund
Mulund has several cinema halls including R Adlabs (at R-Mall) and PVR (at Nirmal Lifestyles). Mehul and Deepmandir have lost their sheen in the recent years after the multiplexes have opened. Jawahar, the oldest theatre has shut shop, and Jai Ganesh in Mulund (E) might see some transformation. Kalidas Auditorium is the only auditorium in Mulund which regularly holds Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi plays apart from musical shows. Maharashtra Seva Sangh above Apna Bazaar on JN Road also holds a number of events particularly in the Marathi literary world.

Parks & Promenades
C D Deshmukh Garden (One of the well maintained garden in Mumbai)
Yogi Hills Garden
Kalidas Gardens (Sonar Bangla)
Sambhaji Garden
Johnson & Johnson Park
Lala Tulsiram Garden (Devidayal Garden)
Girish Swami National Park

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Sunil,

    I have read some of your blog posts. I represent one of the IB schools in Mulund.

    Since you write about schools and other facilities in Mulund, I would like to connect with you.

    Could you share your email id so that I could write to you in detail. You could write to me at vibhuti@windchimes.co.in