information is procured from the internet some 2-3 years back, where
as we do not remember the source. Intention is, we all should at
least know something about the place we are in. Thanks for this
information... If informed to us, the name of the author can be
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Dombivli, a town in Kalyan tahsil is located at a distance of twenty
kilometers from Thane and six kilometers from Kalyan and is a
railway station on the Central Railway. In the year 1075, King
Harpal Dev had referred to Dombivli on the stone inscriptions, which
was situated in Mahul village, near the Turbhe Port. From this, we
come to know that Dombivli village existed approximately 800 years
ago. There is a reference given for Dombivli in the year 1730 during
the Peshwa Rule. The stone writings referring to its existence in
the years 1396-97 still exist in Dombivli is a proof of the great
heritage of Dombivli. The Portuguese stationed themselves at several
places when they came to Dombivli. The stone inscriptions that
existed in the year 1300 B.C. at "Agasan" have been preserved in the
Museum even today.
In the 19th Century farmers cultivated Paddy (Rice) and sold it in
the areas from Kalyan to Mumbai.
In the past, within Dombivli also, the areas were named on the basis
of the inhabitants, e.g., the areas where the THAKURS" (Tribal)
lived was called "THAKURLI". The areas where the "PATHARWATS" or
"STONE-CUTTERS" lived were known as "PATHARLI" and the area where
the "DOMBAS" lived was called "DOMBIVLI". The area Diva, Ghariwali,
Agasan were the neighboring villages since ancient times.
Topologically Dombivli was surrounded by the ruins of is the
• To the East the CHOLE village.
• To the West is the Airey(Aayre) village.
• To the South is the Patharli village.
• And to the North is the Thakurli village.
Intially there was a thick growth of trees such as "Karwandi", "Pendhkadi",
"Fur" and "Nivdung". Animals such as "Wolves", "Foxes", "Rabbits",
etc. were found here in abundance. Due to this it was very difficult
for the people of the areas of Ram Nagar, Pendse Nagar, and Vishnu
Nagar to walk about freely after 5.00 P.M.
In the year 1880, the first person who settled down in KOPARGAON
near "Dombivli was late Shri-Narayan Atmaram Patkar. He had two
ships, which he used to transport and trade in Rice and other
commodities through the Kalyan Creek.
Mr. Zaveri in his unique research reports has mentioned that "Dombivli"
has derived its name due to the fact that "Dombivli being situated
on the shallow land was prone to the danger of being submerged in
Dombivli Railway Station was set-up in the year 1887. There was only
one tall cabin, which was used for ticketing as well as signaling.
Initially the Railway Tickets to Dombivli" was stamped as "Dimali".
Efforts were also made to rename it as "Subhash Nagar.
It is a growing town and its vicinity to Mumbai and Thane and the
availability of local train services from the place has given it the
position of the suburb of Mumbai. Many of those employed in Bombay
find their residence in Dombivli. It is evident from the fact that
its population which was 8,106 as per the 1951 Census rose to 18,407
as per the 1961 Census and further to 51,108 as per the 1971 Census
and further to... in 2001.Many co-operative housing societies have
sprung up in the town where house-building activity is seen in full
A big industrial complex has been developed around Dombivli by the
Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). Now there are
many industries such as Textile Chemicals, Textile Dyes, Engineering
industries alongwith all other within MIDC & also in nearby areas.
Dombivli is located about 50 Kms away from the financial capital,
Mumbai (Bombay) in the Western state of Maharashtra. Thane, the
district and Kalyan the taluka are just minutes away. Covering an
area of 6 Sq. Kms., It has been enjoying a population boom with over
8,00,000 people (Acc. to 1991 census), The name "Concrete Jungle"
just happen to justify the problem.
Dombivli came into being as the Gajabandhan Village and the "Old
Dombivli", which forms the West flank at present, is embraced by the
river Ulhas. And quite rightly about a decade ago, one could still
see the Paddy fields in these areas. The East flank has been the
golden arm of the Municipal Corporation with the major cut of the
budget going towards its development. Plush colonies in the
extension area of the town, Which has been under the jurisdiction of
the Industrial Corporation (M.I.D.C), has been a real mother of all
plans for the Municipal corporation.
Dombivli boasts a cosmopolitan population with Maharashtrians, Jains,
Gujarathis, Kannadigas, Tamilians and Malayalees... and a marginal
population of Khojas (The Aga-Khan cult) too. Although there are
some indications of the town for about 6 to 7 centuries, Not much is
really known... Apart from a Huge open space which the Archeological
Survey of India declared as a Pond used by the Peshwa's and the land
adjacent to it happened to be a Horse Grazing and training site. A
Huge Stone was un-earthed by the Archeological Dept. with the
encryptions marking the evidence of the same.
Today, Dombivli is well known for rapid Industrial growth with major
Dye's, Paints, Chemical and Heavy Metal Factories based in the
Industrial Part of the town. Some of the well known of them are
Gharda Chemicals, Vicco Labs, Llyod Steel, Deepak Fertilizers, et
al. 80's saw Dombivli growing into a crowded and saturated city due
to Industrial development under the plan, which proved advantageous.
Dombivli's approachability by road, rail and huge potential in land
and manpower increased tremendously. The industries have been
developed in two phases so far and new plans have been proposed.
Dombivli also has the honour of becoming the first fully "literate"
town in the whole of Asia (till very recently, Now a town in Kerala
has taken over...). Over a Hundred schools offer Primary and
Secondary education and over a dozen Colleges are affiliated to the
University of Mumbai. A Couple of the colleges also offer Technical
Education and are affiliated to the Board of Technical Examination,
Mumbai. Well, Dombivli too hasn't been spared of the Computer
software boom. With numerous Big and Small Private Institutes
offering Diplomas in Computer Applns and Short term courses, The
town contributes to the ever demanding technical knowledge in the
field of Information technology. One really needs to take a walk
across the street and everything is available... From Electronic
items to Match Sticks and from Fashion accessory to the Music
Instruments, Name it and you don't have to travel all the way to
Mumbai for the same.
The town also boasts of a collection of art and art lovers "and
artists" too ...The town has produced one of the finest of the
Artists in the country, Be it literature, Play writing, Poetry, or
the field of acting... Shree S. N. Navare is 'Shaan' of Dombivli &
to tell about past Late Shree P. B. Bhave, Late Shree Gajananrao
Joshi... there can be a long list.
There are over 200 NGOs working actively & sincerely for the service
to the community including Lions Club & around 11 clubs of Rotary
To summaries, This town has the potential to become a literate &
multi-cultural society being one of the major industrial center for
the State at the same time.