Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Vile Parle

View:-Vile Parle east and west side

Vile Parle is 15th down railway station from Churchgate.It is also known as Parla or Parle. Vile Parle is divided into two parts: Vile Parle (East) and Vile Parle (West) separated by the western railway line. The east-west boundaries of Vile Parle are from Juhu (West) to Sahar, Andheri (East).

The name 'Vile Parle' is derived from the names of small villages that included Idlai - Padlai. Around 1897, some of the rich businessmen came down to the Western Suburbs and bought real estate on a large scale. Some middle class families and government officers also came to Vile Parle to settle down. The railway station was built in 1906 or 1907.

A wealthy businessman, Gokuldas Tejpal, bought a huge piece of land near railway station (east) and built a palatial bungalow called Mor Bangla in 1904. Many Maharashtrian families bought land and constructed bungalows and chawls in Vile Parle (E). Dr. Dada Kambli started a charitable trust. He also built small shops alongside the railway line.

The Paranjape family started a silver trading business. Shri Baburao Paranjape, the main founder of cooperative housing societies in Vile Parle, began a construction business as well. He recognized the housing needs of middle class small families and helped them settle down in Vile Parle by making small flats available in affordable prices. Paranjape also built the famous Parleshwar Mandir.

In 1921, Parle Tilak Vidyalaya was founded and in 1924, Lokmanya Seva Sangh (Tilak Mandir) came into existence. Both of these institutions have greatly contributed to the education of a younger generation of Vile Parle residents to make them the responsible citizens of this country, by founding Parle College (now called as Sathye College) in 1959 as well as M.L. Dahanukar College of Commerce, Mulund College of Commerce and Dahanukar Institute of Management.

In 1928, Vile Parle Flying Club was founded in Juhu area and in 1932, one of the greatest Indian indusrtialis Mr. J. R. D. Tata landed his 'Pussmoth' plane at the Juhu Airport. Vile Parle has several social and business houses known internationally, such as Parle Biscuit Factory and the Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple (ISKON).
Up to the 1970s, the area around Vile Parle used to be mostly rice fields with bunds built around them for people to walk. During the monsoon season, the area became waterlogged and snakes appeared due to the flooding. Starting in the late 70's the area was transformed as the real estate boom pushed northward of Mumbai. At that time the area consisted of just a few hamlets, and the population was mostly Maharashtrian. After the transformation, Gujarati and Marwari communities settled in the area. The area was later patronised by the film community, including many Marathi thespians, as it was near Juhu beach .

The cultural activities in Vile Parle started around 1927 when some of the artists founded 'Natyapremi Mandal' performing Marathi historical and social dramas on stage. Vile Parle has three famous drama theaters - Deenanath Natyagruha, Bhaidas Hall and Prithvi Theatre for Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati plays to perform.
Sun City Multiplex, Vile Parle(E)
Chandan-Movie Theatre,Vile Parle(W)

Chatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Mumbai's domestic airport is in Vile Parle (East). The Juhu aerodrome is in the western part of Vile Parle. It was the first airport to be built in India. It witnessed JRD Tata become the first Indian to fly a plane from Karachi to Mumbai via Ahmedabad in October 1932. After the Santacruz Airport(now renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport) was built, this airport stopped handling planes. However it still serves as a flying club and a helipad. To Vile Parle's east lies the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, the international terminals 2A and 2C.

Parle, world's largest selling biscuits, started in Vile Parle.
One of the leading Indian brands of confectionery and biscuits, Parle Biscuits, was started in Vile Parle. There is still a factory in Vile Parle East along the railway line between Vile-Parle and Andheri Railway Stations and it is commonly known as Parle Biscuit Factory.

Pin codes for Vile Parle are 400057 for east and 400056 for west.

There is a huge slum area called Nehru Nagar in JVPD Scheme. There is a famous temple Sanyas Ashram in Vile Parle West where many famous movies have been filmed.
Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering - SVKM college in Mumbai
Parle Tilak Vidyalaya English Medium School
Jamnabai Narsee School
Mithibai College
Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Higher Studies - NMIMS Deemed University
Parle Tilak Vidyalaya

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