Malad is an area situated in North Mumbai. Malad has a railway station on the Western Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway, between Kandivali station toward the north and Goregaon station toward the south.
The Western line railway tracks separate Malad into Malad (West) and Malad (East).
The estimated population is approximately 94,66,000. In its entirety (East and West regions), Malad falls under the P-North ward, the most populous neighborhood in the city as per the Census in 2011.
Until the mid-twentieth Century, Malad was a meagerly populated territory with mangroves. Since the late twentieth Century, Malad has become an attractive local location for office white-collar class people from various places. There are also some tiny Industrial areas, mainly in Malad West.
In the 2000s, Malad saw steady growth and development of business offices and large building complexes; many small screen actors started making Malad their home. Today, Malad is called “Mumbai’s quickest developing region.”
History of Malad:
Malad comprised various towns in the nineteenth century, including Orlem (otherwise called Valnai), Kharodi, Rathodi, Malwani, Marve, Aksa, Madh, and Chincholi.
The other old settlements in Malad were towns involved by the neighborhood East Indian Community, Bhandari’s, and Kolis, People who are perceived as the first local inhabitants of Mumbai.
Malwani explains the stretch between BMC Colony Gate No. 1 and Gate No. 8 and further extends to MHADA Colony.
In any case, the chronicled Malwani town comprises just the zone presently BMC Colony. Malwani is the site of St. Anthony’s Church, which is older than the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Orlem.
The regions around the Malwani used to be mangroves, salt pans, and agricultural grounds, having a place with the nearby east Indians of Kharodi Village. This area continued to be populated over the years. Numerous families like the Kolis, Vaitys, Bhandari’s, and the Kenis are old residents.
In 1934, Bombay Talkies, India’s first motion picture company, was set up in Malad by Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani.
Initially, a significant part of the land toward the west of the railway tracks was claimed by East Indian families and was utilized fundamentally for farming. In the 1970s, many sold their territories to real estate builders.
This place is now popularly known as the samovar bazaar (Monday). Madh, Aksa, and Marve are famous beaches and popular film shooting spots.
Malad is also famous for fishermen, especially those living on the Manori, Goria island.
In 1934, Bombay Talkies, the first movie company innovated in India, was established in Malad by Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani. In 1955, St. Joseph’s School was established by Ms. Bertha Pereira. Firstly, much of the land in the west was possessed by East Indian Catholic families and was used primarily for farming.
Malad East also possesses quite a few old-running schools, such as Mahindra Academy, Fatimadevi, Children’s Academy, Nutan Vidyalaya, Utkarsh Mandir, Velani Vidyalaya High School, St. Francis English Medium High School, Mangesh Vidhya Mandir, Adarsh Vidya Mandir High School both English and Hindi, High Sanskar Vidyalaya. Fatimadevi English School, established in 1953, is one of the oldest educational establishments in the Malad suburb of Mumbai.
Malad is quickly becoming an IT Center, with several BPOs opening their offices. There are at least seven malls, the biggest of which is Infinity Mall. A unique holy relic of Mother Mary is on exhibit at St Peter’s Jacobite Church, also called the Soonoro Church at Mith Chowky, close to Orlem.
Beaches in Malad:
Famous Hospitals in Malad
- Thunga Hospital in Malad West
- Lifeline Hospital in Malad West
- Suchak Hospital in Malad East
- Ashoka Hospital in Malad East