Bhayandar is a region in Thane District near Mumbai, in the state of Maharastra on the west coast of India. Bhayandar is part of Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation.
2001 estimate put the population of the Mira Bhayandar municipal area at 520,301. The population consists of a varied mix of castes/cultures and religions typical of a burgeoning suburb. Bhayandar is divided into two parts by the Mumbai suburban railway line - East and West. The West was traditionally residential, and the East was predominantly an industrial area.
The east Indian villages in Bhayandar are Dongri, Uttan, Pali Chowk, Tarodi, etc. These villages were formed by Portuguese travellers when Vasai (formerly Bassein) was a famous port. One route for "Essel World" is via Gorai, one of the villages close to Bhayandar. Gorai is also popular for its beach and nearby Manori beach and is a popular weekend getaway for Bhayandar residents. In the 1970s Bhayandar was a village before the builders converted the fertile farming land into a concrete jungle. Some of the landmarks in Bhayandar are the historic and highly regarded Jain Temple and Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church. The Jain temple at Bhayandar is a 'Bawan Jinalaya'... literally a main temple with 52 smaller temples/ statues surrounding it. This was the first of its kind in Maharashtra. Though, now there are other such temples in the State. The Our Lady of Nazareth Church is a beautiful church, especially, the way light enters from its roof and shines on the statue of Jesus. The newer [and larger] Church is built on the site of an older church that served the local population for more than a 100 years.
The recent success of Real Estate in Mumbai has helped Bhayandar become one of the populated stations on the Western railway circuit. There are trains starting and ending at this station and this shows the growth of Bhayandar in the last decade. A normal one BHK flat in a posh area like Jesal Park and Indralok in Bhayandar (E) would cost you some where around 09 lakhs to 15 lakhs. The rates in Bhayandar (W) (60 feet or 150 feet road) are even higher A ''1BHK" flat would cost you around 15 or 20 lakhs. Recent developments have shown that Bhayandar is coming up as an important destination to stay as a lot of the residents from Mumbai suburbs are moving in. This is just the start and if the development continues then Bhayandar will be one of the most important stations in the Western Railway circuit.
Recent population growth and a flurry of construction has blurred the boundaries between Bhayandar and neighbouring Mira Road on the East side of the rail tracks The only road route to Bhayandar is through Mira Road.Small parks for people and Bhayandar beach for ganesh visharjan and maa durga idol in navratri. And big open place for programmes. Nagar bhavan and garden and MBMC main office are in Bhayandar.Timba municipal for health care and many private hospitals Abhinav School, in both Marathi and English mediums, and many private schools and collages also in area,and other basic services mostly all available.
MBMC main office is located in Bhayandar (W)-28192828.
Various Departments like Property Tax Department, Octroi Department,M.B.M.C Transportation, Health Department, And Ambulance For Emergency,Library, Water Department, Education Department,Birth-Death Registration Department,Tree-Department, Advertising Fee Department, Animals Department, Public Construction Dept, City Development Dept., Accounts Department Etc, are located here.
MBMC first election took place in August 2002, first Mahpor was Shrimati Mayra Gilbert Mendonca with voting for 79 corporators selected.
Second Election for MBMC took place in August 2007. Shri Narendra Mehta (Second Mahapor) and voting for 79 places and was selected by more than 50% corporators, A new and young faces for MBMC Bhayandar, Kashimira , Navghar, Godbunder and Mira are five grampanchyat in Nager Palika.
Chene, Versave, Raimurdhe, Dongri gram panchayat are also incorporated for development.
First Nagar Palika election was held on December 1990 for 47 Corporators and first NagarPalika Nagar Adhyakch Shri Gilbert John Mendonca was selected. As of 2001 India census , Mira-Bhayandar had a population of 520,301. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%.Mira-Bhayandar has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%.Male literacy is 81%, and Female literacy is 74%. In Mira-Bhayandar, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Mira-Bhayandar is one of the Leading City in Maharashtra having a population more than 10 Lacs, and has grown-up Economically and with a vast increased in Industrial Field. Its own Municipal Corporation, MBMC, now administers Mira-Bhayandar. And as per MBMC 2006 records population is 7.28 lahks and its approx 08 - 10 lakhs now and expected in 2011 upto 13.4 lakhs.
The Mira-Bhayandar area is located north west of Mumbai, just north of Dahisar. By road it is connected to Mumbai by the Western Express Highway. The Western Express Highway, as termed in Mumbai leaves the city as the NH 8 (National Highway) linking Mumbai with the west and north west of India. Important cities covered on the NH 8 are Vapi (for Daman & Silvassa), Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaipur andDelhi. On the NH 8, just beyond the Ghodbundar area is the Virar-Vasai Area. Ghodbunder is also linked to Thane by a highway.The Ghodbunder Road Highway has a direct access to Mira Road, and from there on through the Dahisar check naka into Mumbai's western suburbs. All it takes is an hour's drive.
Kashimira is a point falling between Dahisar Check Naka and Ghodbunder, from which a main road connects that leads to Mira Road, Bhayandar & the coastal villages of Uttan, Gorai, Manori & the famed Amusement Parks - Esselworld & Water Kingdom. In starting pointshivaji statue and octroi naka are located and opp. Kashi Mira Police Station.
No one who strolls down Ghodbunder Road today will believe that some years ago it was just a port that handled horses, which is why it's
named so. Residential townships like Hiranandani Estate, Soham Gardens and Runwal Estate have changed the way you view the area and also, its lifestyle quotient.