Santacruz or Santa Cruz is a section of the municipality of Mumbai. The Santacruz railway station on the Mumbai Suburban Railway, the Domestic Terminal of the Mumbai Airport and one campus of the University of Mumbai are all located in Santacruz.Santacruz and its neighbouring suburb Khar fall under the H East and H West wards of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. The locality had a population of 675,951 persons in 1991, over an area of 12.98 square kilometers, giving it a population density of 36,668 persons per square kilometer.
East Santa Cruz:
Santa Cruz(East) consists of Prabhat Colony, Kalina and Vakola. It also consists of land belonging Airport Authority of India
, which consists of the Mumbai Airport and Air India Colony (which comes in Kalina).The main roads passing through Santa Cruz(E) are the Western Express Highway, Nehru Road and the Kalina-Kurla
Link Road. The PIN code of this area is 400055.
Vakola stretches from the Western Express Highway in the west to the Kalina Military Camp in the east. Yashwant nagar, Dawri Nagar, Nagdevi Nagar, Vakola Bridge, Shivaji Nagar, Vakola Pipeline, Vakola Village and Vakola Masjid areas form most of Vakola, densely populated by Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics and Jains. These communities, though tending to cluster together, live in relative harmony with each other, however, the area of Vakola was among the worst affected during the Bombay Riots of 1993.
The East Indian village of Kole-Kalyan
, now known as Kalina (from the original name Kalliana), lay on the eastern side of a forested hillock called The Rye, a mile and half south east of Vile Parle. The words Kole-Kalyan mean the homes of Jackals, Foxes and Wolves which at one time roamed these areas in large numbers freely. The people of the village gathered their fire wood, berries and Fruits from the Hill that gave a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and the creeks, marshy lagoons, lowlands and coconut groves of Juhu
in the west, the Sion Hill and Fort, Mahim, and the Mithi River
flowing to the sea at Bandra
in the South, the hillocks of Chakala and Bamanwada, the small hamlet of Sahar
and the Marol
hills and forests to the North and the village of Kurla and the Western Ghats in the east .
West Santa Cruz:
Santa Cruz (West) is strikingly more affluent than the eastern part of the suburb. It is bordered by Khar, Juhu, and Vile Parle.It is primarily a residential area, with the market situated near the railway station. The residential colonies include such as 1st & 2nd Gauthan Lane [East Indians Village] (where the original inhabitants of Santacruz & Mumbai resied there) Amar Subway Society, the Reserve Bank of India
Quarters, Vithaldas Nagar Colony, Sangeeta Apartments, Shree Sai Darshan CHS, Girnar CHS, Rizvi Park, Bansraj Singh Estate, Khotwadi, Bhimwada, T.P.S. 6th Residential colony Ramas Plaza and Khira Nagar, Shastri Nagar,Jeevan Sona society,Main Avenue,Convent Avenue,St. Joseph's Avenue,St. Francis Avenue & Church Avenue.
Places or Interest:
- R. N. Podar School, a CBSE board school offering education from junior kindergarten to class 12.
- Ramakrishna Mission has a yearly fest between October and December. It is widely attended for its mix of eclectic stalls selling cultural wares, clothes, religious and spiritual books, devotional music and eateries. The food stalls outside the hospital are famous in Mumbai for Chaat.
- Durga Puja
- Lakshmi Puja
- Kali Puja
- Saraswati Puja