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Know your neighbourhood: Dombivli East 

Know your neighbourhood: Dombivli East 

Dombivli is an important city in the Thane district. The history of Dombivli is rich and dates back to the medieval period. In the 19th century, farmers cultivated paddy here and sold it in areas like Mumbai and Kalyan. The city is densely populated and it has a number of industries. The locality is one of the fastest growing suburbs in Thane. Dombivli is divided into east and west.


In terms of development, Dombivli East, is well developed compared to the western part. The locality is well connected by road and rail. The micro market is surrounded by Ulhasnagar, Dombivli West, Kalyan and Agason. State Highway 76 connects the locality to Kalyan and Panvel. Manapada Road and Kalyan Road which cut through the region connect it to important localities. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is 40 km away from the locality and can be accessed in 1 hour and 15 minutes. The locality is well connected by buses, suburban trains, autos and taxis. The locality has industrial establishments and it is one of the important residential suburbs in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).


Dombivli has a number of schools and colleges which provide quality education. Some of the colleges in the locality includes ITM – SIA Business School, Saraswathi Vidya Bhavan’s College of Pharmacy, Shivajirao S. Jondhale College of Engineering, G. R. Patil College, Model College, K V Pendharkar College of Arts, Science and Commerce, and Pragati College of Arts & Commerce. The locality has schools which are affiliated to different boards. Holy Angels School, Vidya Niketan, SIA High School & Junior College, Guardian School, Omkar English School, Manjunatha Vidyalaya, and Omkar Cambridge International School are present here. It also has various training institutes for art, music, dance, foreign languages, and entrance coaching centres.


Nandi Palace Hotel is a hotel found in this locality. There are no star hotels in the region. The area has a number of restaurants which provide varieties of cuisines. Prasad Food Divine, New Modern Café, Domino’s Pizza, Modern’s China Kitchen, The Legend, Plush Retreat, and Hotel Dwaraka are present here. In addition, the area has number of eateries and vada-pav stalls.


A number of premium retail stores are located here. Louis Philippe, Cotton King, Indian Terrain, Peter England, World of Titan, Next Electronics, The Raymond Shop, Poonam International Fashions, Big Bazaar, and Wood Mall are present here. The locality also has shopping complexes, boutiques, grocery shops and departmental stores. Metro Junction Mall lies in close proximity to the locality. The KSL Empress Mall is being constructed in this locality.


Theatres like Tilak Cineplex, Madhuban Theatre and Gopi Cine Mall are located here. Rotary Garden, Traffic Garden, Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Udyan, Rambhau Mhalgi Udyan, and Tilak nagar Udyan are some of the parks and gardens located here.


The locality has some of the best multi-speciality, super speciality and general hospitals. Some of them include AIMS Hospital, OM hospital, Icon Hospital, Karwa Hospital, and RR Hospital & Research Centre. In addition, the locality has number of clinics and pharmacies.

Places of Worship:

Some of the famous places of worship here include Suvidhinath Jain Temple, Shri Ganesh Mandir, Gaondevi Temple, Bhopar Tekdi Mandir, Sri Balaji Temple, Immaculate Conception Church, and St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church.

Real Estate:

The locality is one of the fastest growing and affordable suburbs present in the MMR. The locality has witnessed a rapid realty boom due to the increasing prices in Mumbai’s suburbs and the high demand for affordable housing. This demand has led to the increase in population in the locality in the last few years. Another factor which is driving demand here is the presence of industries in the locality. The area still lacks in social infrastructure but this is expected to improve. There is a proposal to extend the Navi Mumbai metro rail to Kalyan. It is expected to have a positive impact on the real estate market as it will improve the connectivity of the locality.

Image: “Dombivli railway station – Platformboard” by Superfast1111 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons –


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First Published on Sep 7, 2015 01:00 pm
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