Deonar is a suburb of Mumbai. It has gained prominence for being the location of the largest dumping ground in Asia[1] and also the location of city's largest abattoir,[2] Deonar Municipal Abattoir.[3]

Deonar

देओनार
Neighbourhood
Deonar abbaitor from Govandi railway station
Deonar abbaitor from Govandi railway station
Deonar is located in Mumbai
Deonar
Deonar
Coordinates: 19°03′N 72°53′E / 19.05°N 72.89°E / 19.05; 72.89Coordinates: 19°03′N 72°53′E / 19.05°N 72.89°E / 19.05; 72.89
CountryIndia
StateMaharashtra
DistrictMumbai Suburban
CityMumbai
Zone5
WardM
Government
 • TypeMunicipal Corporation
 • BodyBrihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (MCGM)
Languages
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
400088
Area code(s)022
Lok Sabha constituencyMumbai South Central

Important LandmarksEdit

India's largest abattoir is located in Deonar. It also has institutes like the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and International Institute for Population Sciences here. The other landmark here is the BSNL Telecom Factory. It also houses the premium residential complex Raheja Acropolis.

Deonar is also home to some beautiful green bungalow societies like Saras Baug, Uday Giri, Vikram Jyoti, Datta Guru, Deonar Baug, Madhuban, Green Acres, Patwardhan Colony etc. While most of the bungalows of Chembur, Bandra and Juhu have been replaced with buildings, Deonars' societies continue to have bungalows … making it possibly the suburb with the maximum number of bungalows in Mumbai. Additionally there are several colonial bungalows on Deonar Farm Road like Raj Kapoor's Devnar Cottage.

Runwal Centre, Orchid Residency and Neelkanth Gardens are massive residential societies in this area. There is also Shivaji Chowk, a big vehicle roundabout with a statue of Shivaji Maharaj. Near to Shivaji Chowk, was R.K. Studio which recently caught fire.[4]

Raikar Chambers is a well known commercial centre located near Govandi Jain Temple.

Govandi Jain TempleEdit

The Govandi Jain Temple has become a popular pilgrimage spot for devotees across the country. It was built[5] primarily due to the contribution of two devotees – Mr Roopchand Rathod and Mr Chinubhai Chamanlal Shah. The land was donated by Mr Rathod. Mr Chinubhai single-handedly contributed Rs 5 million for constructing the entire temple complex. The highlight of this temple is the 2300 year old idol of Neminath Bhagwan, the 22nd Tirthankara of Jains, which was sourced from Gujarat during the consecration of the temple. This idol was excavated from a cave. It belongs to the Sampratikaal Raja's era. Emperor Samprati was the grandson of Emperor Ashoka the Great. Every other Jain temple in the city has contemporary idols crafted by artisans.

DemographicsEdit

Deonar is mostly residential and has several government staff colonies like Teachers Colony (for Municipal school teachers).

TransportEdit

The main public modes of transport are autorickshaws, taxi and BEST bus. Deonar has a BEST bus depot. The closest railway station is Govandi Railway Station to Deonar and it is situated near areas like Chembur, connected via P L Lokhande Marg and Vashi.

Environmental IssuesEdit

The location of the abattoir, landfills along with the close proximity to industries like BPCL and HPCL has led to raising of several environment concerns in Deonar.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Biomedical scam behind used syringes, bloody gloves in Mumbai?". NDTV. MidDay. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  2. ^ Sukhada Tatke (2 December 2010). "Slaughter rates hiked by 50% at Deonar abattoir". The Times of India. Mumbai. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  3. ^ "BMC plans Rs 100-cr overhaul of abattoir". The Indian Express. n.d. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Rk Studio Fire | Latest News on Rk Studio Fire | Breaking Stories and Opinion Articles". Firstpost. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Trithankara devotees flock to 2300-year-old Neminath Bhagwan idol". DNA India. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2020.