Saturday, April 12, 2008


View:- Churchgate Station in 1930s.
Churchgate is the first station on western Railway of Mumbai Suburban Railways. All the local coming towards Churchgate are called up-trains and vice-versa are called down-trains. The same is applicable even to the stations.

Administrative office of the Western Railway opposite Churchgate station
Churchgate station gets it name from the words Church and Gate. The Church refers to the 18th century St. Thomas Church situated on the same road about half a kilometre away. The ancient gate was situated on the exact spot where Flora Foutain stands and formed the southern limits of Mumbai in the 16th century. That gate was later torn down as the city continued to expand.
Today, the station is one of the busiest stations in the city. Millions of city dwellers residing in the suburbs alight at this station to get to their offices in the business districts of south Mumbai.
The earliest train departs Churchgate Station at 4:00 am, and the last train at 1:00 am.
Inside view of the station /churchgate station at peak hour
Churchgate area is primarily a business area. Numerous offices and banks are situated just a stone’s throw from Churchgate. The Income Tax Office is located in Churchgate. The city’s prime business district Nariman Point lies just about a kilometre away. The western area of Churchgate is the Marine Drive area. This area is part of the upmarket area and land rates are high. Chamber of Commerce was set up in 1991.

The educational institutions in the vicinity:-
Bengalee Girls High School
Government Law College
H R College
Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC)
Jai Hind College:- . The college shifted to a bungalow on Peddar Road when it started the science stream.It was found in 1948 by the elders of the Sindhi community displaced from Pakistan after the partition of India. The college initially got one room (which could be used only from 7a.m. to 10 a.m.) in the Elphinstone College from the then state government
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies.
K.C. College:- It was founded in 1954 by the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board with the aim of offering education to refugees.
Nirmala Niketan
SNDT Women's University
Sydenham College:- It is the first and oldest Commerce college in Asia, set up by Lord Sydenham of Combe in 1913, then mayor of Bombay.
University of Mumbai
Some sporting establishments in the proximity are:-
The Brabourne Stadium
Mahindra Hockey Stadium

The Oval Maidan

The Wankhede Stadium

Bombay High Court

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