Dadar holds a prime importance from a geographical perspective for Mumbai. On a lighter note, it is beyond being a connectivity lane for Central and Western lines (as it is the sole important thing about Dadar that we Mumbaikars perceive about)
Dadar was the first planned city of Mumbai. Initially designed for around 60,000 people - Dadar today is home to nearly 20 Lakh people. It is the most popular shopping hub, street food corner and also epicenter to many posh residential complexes, grand hotels and institutions. Dadar in Marathi means “Ladder” a true symbolic of strategic connectivity.
It is this part of the city that connects major towns with each other. Dadar was instrumental in employment to many locals thanks to the hub of mills it had at a point of time. Significant among the list were Bombay Dyeing, Kohinoor Mills , Tata Mills. These mills played a very important role in enhancing economic state of the city and further brandishing its infrastructure. Some of the other well-known mills were later redeveloped over the years and some faced lockout.
The city also gave prominent educational institutions like Ramnarain Ruia College, Ramniranjan Ruia College, Welingkar. The rise of such similar institutions and commercial establishments made way for a wonderful transition from a residential hub to a city with diverse quarter. The Sharadashram society that came into existence in around 1948-50 is one of the biggest milestones of Dadar. Sharadashram society is Asia's first registered society as well as first society in Mumbai.
Dadar has underwent many radical changes in recent years. Places that earmarked their fame like Parsi Colony and Hindu Colony however have been successful to retain a prime value and a charm of good old days. However, the Iranian restaurants have vanished , old traditional buildings and structures have been converted into modern luxury apartments and the street foods which were once the rulers of taste buds of Mumbaikars have made way for new food joints and hotels.
Dadar despite being overcrowded today is still amongst the most sought after residential area in Central Mumbai. Perhaps proximity to places like Shivaji Park, Dadar Chowpatty, Siddhivinayak Temple, Lalbaug still attract the charm of people across the state. Shivaji Park has been home to many fitness freaks and youngsters who even today start their morning by jogging or doing brisk walks over here. The city’s contribution to sports, culture apart from being center to political hotspots is something which is not just remarkable but also makes it unique among other growing and established cities of Mumbai. The political or social gatherings arranged over here still guaranteed crowd turnout as it continues to remain one of the most attractive, busy and sought after place.
There are few cities who not only have a historic importance or appeal but also continue to fascinate generations after the other. Dadar has been one such city which continues to shine and is truly a King among all other leaders.