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Charkop is a municipality in the suburb of Kandivali   (West),North Mumbai. It was originally intended as a housing project by MHADA,but now covers residential areas and businesses.

HistoryEdit

Charkop's original name is 'Char Khop' which means place of 4 huts or small village with four houses. Charkop originally was marshy land, drained by the MHADA organisation to provide low-cost housing to people. It was a project originally intended to provide society-based plots around 250 square feet (23 m2) to every owner. This ownership was established by having a lottery and allotting lottery numbers. The next step was to provide all necessary civil amenities, which MHADA has provided to full effect. The late 1990s and beyond has brought a drastic change in people's mindsets towards Charkop.In latter years,Mhada has begun to gradually free land for bungalows and buildings. The climate and ecology was another conscious consideration towards making this choice. Towards the year 2000, Charkop had established itself as a truly cosmopolitan area with its cleanliness and low population. The close proximity to both the railway stations of Kandivali and Borivali have made it an attractive place to live in.Today's Charkop is clean, pollution-free and well connected.

DemographicsEdit

Original on habitats of Charkop are the people belonging to fisher men's community known as koli. Charkop is predominantly Hindu, but there are also tiny sprinklings of Christians, Sikhs and Parsees and other communities such as Dalit Buddhists.Muslims live together in clusters, in the cosmopolitan area of Ganesh Nagar, which borders Malad. Most residents can be classified as lower middle-class or middle class. Professions are mainly of the service type and businesses are run in the Ganesh Nagar(Ganesh Chowk) area and the Charkop Industrial Estate. The majority of populace is Maharashtrian, followed by Gujarati people and then others.

Recent bad developmentsEdit

With the sprawling of new and sophisticated buildings, towers and complexes, many early settlers have begun to think about the negatives of development in Charkop. The public transport system has drastically improved however, and there are hardly any areas in Charkop, which can be classified as remote. But the ecological destruction has continued to persist. About 2004, a lake in Sector-1, Sahayadri Nagar was filled with sand to provide for a housing complex there. Another lake in Sector-2 was attempted to be filled, before the citizens of the area raised an alarm. But the worst example of congestion by people is at the Gorai bridge where the lake has been filled with faeces and rubbish and is a popular squatting ground. With such a lack of interest by the government and vested interests by realty builders, it remains to be seen whether Charkop will continue to remain ecologically beautiful and pollution free. Sector 8 a relatively new addition to Charkop also faces environmental damage - constant dumping of debris and religious waste into the Mangroves will ultimately lead to Environmental hazards. While the residents are trying to combat this with plantation of trees all along sector 8 the BMC does not seem to be doing their bit. Further the conditions of the roads on Sector 8 and 9 are deteriorating and many road accidents especially on 2 wheelers have occurred.

Landmarks

Matru Chaya Niwas, Charkop Village MTNL Telephone Exchange (Sector 8) New Charkop Police Station (Sector 2) Shree Ganesh Gaurav Co-operative Housing Society (Ganesh Chowk-Sector 3) Turzon Point (Sector 8) Apna Bazar (Sector 5) Lalit Bakery (Charkop Market) Noble Chemists 24x7 (Charkop Market) Sunrays Mall (Charkop Market) Ekveera Vidyalaya (Sector 1) Mother Teresa High School (Sector 1) Indian Education Society School (Sector 2) Bhagwati Restaurant (Charkop Market) Charkop Depot (Sector 7) Haryana Bhawan (Sector 6) Tulsi Vihar Restaurant(Sector 1) Dena Bank Sector-1 HDFC Bank SBI Bank Union Bank Charkop Chamunda Co-operative Housing Society Shree Balaji Temple (Sector 7 )[1] Sahyadri Nagar

Proposed developmentsEdit

Metro connecting Charkop to Mankhurd is next to follow, after Mumbai Metro One is complete. However, with the operator MMTPL and MMRDA sparring on right of way, the proposed Charkop-Mankhurd metro faces a stillborn fate. There is also a popular citizen's movement in favour of an underground metro and same views have been echoed by the current Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chauhan, after inspecting the condition of Mumbai Metro One, whose overground bridges kiss residnetial buildings and commercial establishments.

MCGM has planned to create a bird sanctuary to preserve and exhibit the various types of birds that frequent the mangrove areas of Sector 8. However,t here are no updates on this project, after this was announced in 2007-08.

Nearest stationEdit

Kandivali Station is approx 3.5 km away from Charkop Borivali station is approx 4 km away

ST buses have started from Sector 8 to Nashik,Pune,Malvan

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