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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Chembur has evolved from a Refugee Hub to a Luxury Residential Spot

By Amit Ruparel, Managing Director, Ruparel Realty

Chembur has always been one of the most popular eastern suburbs of Mumbai owing to its rapid development and industrialization. The region today has the maximum cosmopolitan population as compared to any other region in Mumbai. Chembur is well connected to all the business districts of Mumbai in terms of public transport and infrastructure. The region which was initially a refugee hub post India's partition and has seen immense evolution in the history of real estate. The location has a few of the most high-tech and smart building, especially in the housing segment. This is how Chembur has evolved over the years.

History of Chembur
The Bombay Presidency Golf Club was established in 1827 in Chembur, and soon after, it was refurbished to meet International standards. There was no further development in the region until the Kurla-Chembur single railway line was built in 1906 for garbage trains. The line was further opened for passenger traffic in 1924. After construction activity taking place in the 1920s, Chembur gained its existence in the 1930s. Also, the region was made part of Bombay City in 1945.

Evolving From Being Home to Refugees
Post independence, Chembur had been one of the refugee camps sites to settle refugees after partition. The industrialisation of Trombay during and after World War II led to the demand for housing and the growth of Chembur thereafter. The construction by the Bombay Housing Board in Station Colony (Subhash Nagar), the Shell Colony (Sahakar Nagar), and the Township Colony (Tilak Nagar) in 1955 through to 1958 changed the district completely from an industrial area to a residential one.

The Social Infrastructure
There have been various social /entertainment public spaces being constructed in Chembur for recreational activities. These include Gandhi Maidan, Annabhau Sathe Garden, Diamond Garden, Ambedkar Udyan, Sandu Garden, Tilak Nagar grounds and Jawahar Grounds. The Bombay Presidency Golf Club provides the biggest green cover for the neighbourhood. Additionally, the area has various recreational clubs and Gymkhanas along with fitness centres, municipal swimming pools, libraries and Sports club.

Chembur Today
Chembur, located strategically, and connected to South Mumbai via the freeway, the Western Suburbs via the Santacruz Chembur Link Road, Navi Mumbai via the Sion-Panvel Highway, and Central Mumbai via the Eastern Express Highway, has rapidly risen in reputation for offering the best location for homes. Its close proximity to business districts and airports, along with its connectivity to Mumbai Metropolitan Region, makes commuting easy for the public. Furthermore, upcoming projects like the Navi Mumbai International Airport, the Monorail Phase-II Wadala to Jacob Circle, and the elevated road from Bandra Kurla Complex to Sion, are expected to majorly increase the demand for residential properties in the area. In Chembur today, several existing buildings are undergoing redevelopment while the number of high-rise towers in the area has multifold. Chembur boasts of a robust social infrastructure with some of the best restaurants, hospitals, schools, and a golf course. The area however astonishingly does not compromise on green spaces and is adorned with lush green gardens and trees.

The Way Forward
The area is expected to grow even further, infrastructure-wise as well as culturally, as people from several cross sections of society are now looking to buy homes here. These factors will further contribute to its rising popularity, and make Chembur a major real estate centre in the years to come.

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