—  suburb  —
Location of Mira-Bhayander
in Maharashtra and India
Coordinates 19°17′N 72°51′E / 19.29°N 72.85°E / 19.29; 72.85Coordinates: 19°17′N 72°51′E / 19.29°N 72.85°E / 19.29; 72.85
Country India
State Maharashtra
District(s) Thane
Mayor Mhatre Tulsidas Dattatray
Population 520,301 (2001)
Sex ratio 1.22:1 /
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Website www.mbmc.gov.in

Mira-Bhayander is a suburb of Mumbai city, located to The North of Mumbai administered by Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC).



Sopara was the capital of North-Konkan or Aparanta in the third century b.c.[1][2] It is close to the town of Mira-Bhaindar. Trade with Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome was carried out through the various ports in this region. In Medieval India the Ghodbunder port was used to import horses from Arabia. Chimnaji Appa during his campaign to conquer the Bassein Fort in 1737 also conquered the forts of Ghodbunder and Dharavi. In times of the British occupation of India, the residents of the Mira-Bhaindar area participated in the Salt Satyagraha.

Theater Movement

The Agri inhabitants of this area are patrons of theater and drama. Plays are performed as a part of the annual festivals associated to local temples.


The 2001 India census,[3] recorded a population of 520,301 in Mira-Bhyander. In this fast growing township of Maharashtra with a population 10 Lacs (100,000), economic growth is led by the manufacturing sector. Bhayander is divided into two parts by the Mumbai suburban rail line - East and West. Mira Road has seen development only in the East part, while the West part, on the other side of the railway line is covered with salt pans and mangroves. Mira Road East is a predominantly residential area. Its calm, quiet surroundings and low pollution make it a desirable residential oasis. Bhayander West was traditionally residential, and the East predominantly an industrial area. Recent population growth and a flurry of construction has blurred the boundaries between Bhayander and neighbouring Mira Road on the East side of the rail tracks, turning it into a populous suburb. Government-owned Salt Pans and marshland in West Mira Road have restricted the southward spread of Bhayander.There is a lot of scope for development of this land as it has the potential to house a large industrial complex. Due to its proximity to Mumbai, transport links and abundance of green space, Bhayander has attracted considerable interest from investors.

Notable Residents

  1. Datta Keshav Kulkarni. Writer, Film Director.
  2. Jagat Kumar Atmaram Patil. Writer, Film Director.
  3. Sharad Ponkshe. Actor.
  4. Suresh Ratnakar Telor. Artist.
  5. Ayush Khedekar. Actor.
  6. Hrishikesh Koli.Writer,Poet and Theatre Personality
  7. Mandar Sadanand Degvekar. Actor



The Western Railway of the Mumbai Suburban Railway is the lifeline of the western and extended suburbs of Mumbai. Mira Road & Bhayander are the railway stations on this line. Mira Road is one station after Dahisar. After Bhayander is the Vasai (Bassein) Creek bridge followed by Naigaon. Slow and fast trains between Churchgate, Dadar, Andheri & Borivali and Vasai Road/Virar operate from Mira Road & Bhayander stations. Bhayandar is also a terminal for a few trains, a convenience to residents here. Number of trains starting from Bhayandar has been considerably increased in recent times after the deployment of 4 railway tracks between Borivali and Virar.This has been a crucial step to make train journeys safer and comfortable for the residents of Mira-Bhayander and the rapidly increasing population of Bhayander.

Road Network

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, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaipur and Delhi. On the NH 8, just beyond the Ghodbunder area is the Virar-Vasai area. Ghodbunder is also linked to Thane by a highway.

Kashimira is a point falling between Dahisar Check Naka and Ghodbunder, from which a main road arises that leads to Mira Road, Bhayander & the coastal villages of Uttan, Gorai, Manori & the heavily marketed Amusement Parks - Esselworld & Water Kingdom.

Bus Services

The BEST Undertaking has been the longest provider of services to the area with services to Mira Road Station, Shrusti Complex, Bhayander Railway Station (East), Kashimira & Ghodbunder from points in Borivali, Kandivali, Marol, Mulund, Santacruz, Mahim & Sion. Several Western and central suburbs are thus conveniently connected. The BEST operates these buses under the 700 number series.

BEST have introduced AC Express Bus services from MIRA ROAD RAILWAY STATION EAST to NEHRU PLANETARIUM (A-70EXP) via S.K. Stone Police Chowkey. This route is operated between Mira Road Station (East), and Nehru Planetarium. The itinerary of this route is via Mira-Bhayander Road, Kashimira, Western Express Highway through all the Flyover Bridges, and also through Bandra-Worli Sea Link. BEST AC services AS 458 and AS 700 to Thane pass through Mira road.

BEST has also introduced AC Bus service from GOLDEN NEST Bhayander East (Fatak) to SANTACRUZ DEPOT (AS707) via Mindspace and Juhu. Now it's Extended up to MAXUS MALL. BHAYANDER (WEST)

BEST has also introduced the Corridor(Express) bus Service from Miraroad to Mahim (C-71), Miraroad to Mulund Checknaka(C-61) and Bhayandar to Sion(C-72), this buses offers rapid connectivty to Mumbai and Thane. C-71 & C-72 passes through important commercial locations of Mumbai on Western Express highway,like Borivali, Andheri, Bandra and so on while C-61 offers great connectivity to Thane & Mulund areas.

MSRTC operates frequent services from Bhayander Station W to Thane Railway Station West ST Stand via Kashimira, Ghodbunder Road, Owale & Eastern Express Highway. A few services now commence from Bhayander Station E. Frequency of the buses is quite good from Bhayander W with buses running every 15th minute between Bhayander and Thane during rush hours.

The Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) operates the very popular routes 57,58 & 75 between Thane Railway Station West & Mira Road Railway Station. TMT AC 65 service passes through Mira Road.

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) has introduced its new service route from Vashi to Bhayandar (East). The new route no. 70 will travel from Bhayandar (East) to Vashi Depot, and there will be 23 bus services during the day with a frequency of one approximately every 30 minutes.

The Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Transport ~ MBMT has local bus services connecting interconnecting various places in the Mira-Bhayander area.

MBMT bus services are available from Mira Road Stn E, Bhayander Railway Stn E, Bhayander Railway Stn W & Dahisar Check Naka parts of this city. Recently They have also started the new bus between Western Park(Kashimira) to Behram Baugh (Jegeshwari). These buses are run on contract basis by MBMC.

Apart from this government transaportation, Private vehicles(Call Center Vehicles) are also easily available from Mira-Bhayandar Road for Andheri and Thane at very cheap rates as low as Rs.40, office going people during morning peak hours easily gets this vehicles popularly from Golden Nest Circle and other important Bus Stops through Mira Bhayandar Road.

Other infrastructure

Electricity to the town is provided by Reliance Energy limited. Sky-walks connect the railway stations of Mira Road Bhayander to nearby lanes and bus stops.


Bhayander has a fast developing education sector in line with the increase in population. A few amongst them are

  • The Sarswati Vidayalaya,
  • Father joesph's english high school
  • Royal College of Science, Arts and Commerce
  • Our Lady of Nazareth
  • Seven Square Academy
  • Bhayander Secondary School,
  • Holy Cross Convent School,
  • Abhinav Vidya Mandir,
  • Ram-Ratna Vidya Mandir
  • Don Bosco Public High School,

Royal College, Shankar Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Our Lady of Nazareth, Abhinav are the institutes in Mira-Bhayander region which provide Higher Secondary and University Degree tuition.

Health & Fitness

The town has many hospitals & fitness clubs, the prominent being Ashwini Hospital, Bhakti Vedanta Hospital, Apple Hospital & Medical Center, Kasturi Memorial Hospital, Sanjeevani Children Hospital, Apollo Hospital,Umrao Hospital, Balaji. Parulekar's Gym & Fitness Center, Hercules Health Center, the Green Court Club, Blue Moon Club, Talwalkar's Nutrition Center are the better know fitness clubs.

Malls and Major Stores

Mira Bhayander on the borders of Mumbai (District Thane) has attracted significant large retailers like the Maxus Mall, Maxus Cinemas, Cine Max Theater , Rassaz Theater , Reliance Fresh, Big Bazaar, Asmita Supermarket, Reebok Store, Woodland Shoes, Vijay Sales, D-Mart, HP World Store and more. McDonalds situated on the Mira-Bhayander Road off Beverly Park Road and Pizza Hut, Dominio's are also vying for the custom of an increasingly influential and upwardly mobile local population.

External links


  1. ^ 1 Kings 9:28; 10:11; 22:49; 1 Chronicles 29:4; 2 Chronicles 8:18; Job 22:24; 28:16; Psalms 45:9; Isaiah 13:12
  2. ^ Times of India article on Sopara, November 18, 2001
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. http://web.archive.org/web/20040616075334/http://www.censusindia.net/results/town.php?stad=A&state5=999. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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