Thane also called colloquially as Thana, is one of the most populous metropolitan cities in India. Thane city is the largest among three municipal corporations that form Thane taluka, one of the 7 talukas of the Thane district (other two municipal corporations in taluka are Mira-Bhayandar and Navi Mumbai). Thane is the headquarter of the taluka and the district. With a population of 1,841,488 distributed over a land area of about 147 square kilometres (57 sq mi), Thane city is the 16th most populated city in India.
|• Mayor||Minakshi Shinde|
|• Deputy Mayor||Rajendra Sapte|
|• Municipal Commissioner||Sanjeev Jaiswal|
|• Total||147 km2 (57 sq mi)|
|• Density||13,000/km2 (33,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituencies||Thane
|Vidhan Sabha constituencies||Thane
Located on the north eastern side of the state of Maharashtra, the city is an immediate neighbour of Mumbai city and a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.
The city boasts of having 33 lakes in the city and is thus fondly known as 'City of Lakes' among its residents.
The name Thane, locally pronounced [ˈʈʰaːɳeː], has been variously romanised as Tana, Thana, Thâṇâ, and Thane. Ibn Battuta and Abulfeda knew it as Kukin Tana; Duarte Barbosa as Tana Mayambu.
A copper plate dating to AD 1078 was discovered near the foundations of Thane Fort in 1787. A land grant from Arikesara Devaraja, lord of Tagara, he addresses the inhabitants of a city called "Sri Sthanaka".
In the 14th century, Thane was a major port under a Muslim governor which was celebrated for its production of a cloth known as Tanasi. In 1321, it was the site of the martyrdom of St Thomas of Tolentino and his companions, Franciscans who were executed for blaspheming Muhammad when questioned by the qadi during a domestic abuse case between two local Nestorians. It was also visited during the period by Jordanus (who removed their relics), Odoric of Pordenone (who removed them again), Ibn Battuta, and Abulfeda.
Thane was the terminus for the first ever passenger train in Asia. On 16 April 1853, the passenger train service was inaugurated between Colaba and Thane. Covering a distance of 34 km (21 mi), it was hauled by three locomotives: Sahib, Sindh and Sultan.
Thane is connected with neighbouring suburbs through Central and Trans-Harbour Line Suburban railway network. Thane is a railway junction for the Thane-Vashi Harbour Line and Central Line. It has become the busiest station in Mumbai and one of the busiest in India and handles 6.54 lakh passengers daily.
As of 2013, there are plans of extending the Ghatkopar-Mulund Metro line up to Thane.
On 26 August 2015, MMRDA sanctions ₹35,400 crores for 118 km Mumbai metro network. This includes a 40-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 corridor via Wadala GPO and R.A.Kidwai Marg costing ₹ 12,000 crore.
- Bethany Hospital
- Jupiter Hospital
- Kaushalya Medical Foundation Trust Hospital
- Bhaktivedanta Hospital
- Horizon Hospital
- Thane Health Care Hospital
- Param Hospital & ICU
- Hiranandani Hospital
In Thane, temperature varies from 22 °C to 36 °C. Winter temperatures can fall to 12 °C at night while summer temperatures can rise to over 40 °C at noon. The lowest day time temperatures are witnessed during the peak of summer monsoon in July and August when temperatures can drop to about 25 °C. Out of total rainfall, 80% rainfall is experienced during June to October. Average annual rainfall is 2000–2500 mm and humidity is 61-86%, making it a humid-perhumid zone.
|Climate data for Thane|
|Average high °C (°F)||30.6
|Average low °C (°F)||16.4
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||3.1
|Source: Government of Maharashtra|
The population of Thane according to the 2011 census is 1,886,941;. Average literacy rate of Thane city is 91.36 percent of which male and female literacy was 94.19 and 88.14 percent. The sex ratio of Thane city is 882 per 1000 males. Child sex ratio of girls is 900 per 1000 boys. Total children (0-6) in Thane city are 186,259 as per Census India report on 2011. There were 98,017 boys while 88,242 are girls. Children form 10.24% of total population of Thane City.
Thane's lakes include Masunda Lake, also known as Talao Pali, Kachrali Lake, and Upvan Lake.Talao Pali offers boating and water scooter facilities. On the lakefront stands the Gadkari Rangayatan, a drama theatre which is a very popular hub for entertainment. The Kopineshwar Temple on the banks is the oldest temple in the entire district of Thane. It was built and renovated in about 1750 by Chimajji Appa.
Lakes in ThaneEdit
|1||Brahamala Lake||Near Babubhai Petrol Pump in Uthalsar Ward Committee||Area of Lake is 0.5173 hectare(Garden Area : 0.4 hectare)|
|2||Datiwali Lake||East side of Diva station situated in the marshland of Ulhas river in Mumbra Ward Committee Area||Area of Lake 0.77 hectare.|
|3||Dawala Lake||At Ovala in Majiwada -Manpada Prabhag Samiti||Lake area is 1.136 hectare|
|4||Devasar Lake||At the end of Bhayanderpada at foothills of Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Majiwada-Manpada Ward Committee||Area of lake is 0.516 hectare|
|5||Diaghar Lake||At the outskirts of Diaghar village in Mumbra Ward Committee||Area of lake is 0.363 hectare|
|6||Diva Lake||Situated just outside Diva station in Mumbra Ward Committee||Area of lake is 0.40503hectare|
|7||Ambe Ghosale Lake||At Meenatai Thakare Chowk in Uthalsar Ward committee||Area of lake is 2.7725hectare.(Garden Area : 0.57 hectare)|
|8||Gokul Nagar Lake||It is a small lake situated in the heart of the city in the midst of Gokulnagar slums in Uthalsar Ward Committee||Area of lake is 0.325hectare.|
|9||Hariyali Lake||Near Thane Railway Station in Kopari Ward Committee||Area of lake is 0.7939hectare. (Area around lake : 0.1 hectare)|
|10||Jail Lake||Opp. Post Office beside Jail Water Tank in Uthalsar Ward committee||Area of lake is 1.43hectare|
|11||Jogila Lake||Near Uthalsar Ward office||Area of lake isapprox 0.1 hectare|
|12||Desai Lake||On westside of Ulhas river,in Desai village in Mumbra Ward Committee||Area of lake is 1.75 hectare with 10–12 feet depth|
|13||Kacharali Lake||Opp. TMC Head Office in Naupada Ward Committee||Area of lake is 2.00 hectare|
|14||Kasar-Wadavali Lake||Majivada, manpada Ward office||Area of lake is 4.5173 hectare|
|15||Kausa Lake||Mumbra Ward office, Kausa||Area of lake is 1.5173 hectare|
|16||Kavesar Lake||Situated at Waghbill road||Area of lake is 2.1746 hectare|
|17||Khardi Lake||The lake is situated in premises of khardipada, Shil||Area of lake is approx.1.15hectare|
|18||Kharegaon Lake||Kalwa Ward office||Area of lake is 0.7377 hectare|
|19||Khidkali Lake||Mumbra Ward office Khidkali Lake is situated on the eastern side of the Thane creek near the Shil phata||The area of lake is 1.7 hectare|
|20||Kolbad Lake||Uthalsar Ward office, Kausa||Area of lake is 1.0 hectare|
|21||Kolshet Lake||Manpada Ward office||Area of lake is 1.0 hectare|
|22||Makhamali Lake||Uthalsar Ward office||Area of lake is 1.0 hectare.(garden Attached Area : 0.51 h)|
|23||Masunda Lake||Masunda Lake is located on East of Thane, in the heart of Thane city. The lake is surrounded by important historic places like Gadkari Rangayatan, St. John church, Kopineshwar temple and Jambli market.||Area of lake is 7.2 hectares|
|24||Naar Lake||Naar Lake is situated on outskirts of Thane along the Ghodbunder road||Area of lake is 0.7550h and depth of 8 M|
|25||Kalwa Lake||Kalwa Ward office. Located close to railway station||Area of lake is 2 hectare|
|26||Phadakepada Lake||Mumbra Ward office||Area of lake is 1.71 hectare|
|27||Railadevi Lake||Railadevi Ward office||Area of lake is 8 hectare|
|28||Rewale Lake||Majivada-manpada Ward office||Area of lake is 0.5173 hectare|
|29||Shivagi Nagar, Balkumb Lake||The lake is situated along old agra road next to water supply line in Balkum area||Area of lake is 0.2247h|
|30||Siddheshwar Lake||Uthalsar Ward office||Area of lake is 3.000 hectare|
|31||Turbhepada Lake||The lake is located near hiranandani estate and brahnmand colony. On Ghodbunderside||Area of lake is 0.5857h|
|32||Upwan Lake||Vartak nagar Ward office is located at the foothills of Yeor||Area of lake is 6 hectare|
|33||Shill Lake||Mumbra Ward office||Area of lake is 6 hectare|
Government and politicsEdit
Since Thane is an urban area with a population of more than one million, it is governed by a Municipal Corporation, with Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) being the local governing body established on 1st October, 1982. The municipal corporation consisting of democratically elected members, is headed by a mayor and administers the city's infrastructure, public services and transport.Thane ranks at number 17 in the smart city project initiated by the Government of India.
The Mayor is the head of the Municipal Corporation, but the role is largely ceremonial as executive powers are vested in the Municipal Commissioner. The office of the Mayor combines a functional role of chairing the Corporation meeting as well as ceremonial role associated with being the First Citizen of the city.
The TMC has jurisdiction over the suburbs of Kalwa and Mumbra-Kausa, along with the core city of Thane, thus its jurisdiction extending over entire Thane taluka.
After the local body elections held in 2017, the present Mayor of Thane city is Minakshi Shinde, and the current Municipal Commissioner is Sanjeev Jaiswal, a member of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), appointed by the State government of Maharashtra.
- Anand Paranjpe – Member of parliament for Kalyan constituency in 15th Lok Sabha
- Eknath Shinde – Cabinet Minister - PWD (MSRDC, Public Undertaking), Government of Maharashtra
- Rajan Vichare – Member of parliament for Thane constituency in 16th Lok Sabha
- Sanjeev Naik – Member of parliament for Thane constituency in 15th Lok Sabha
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