Mumbai is a beautiful mosaic of varied cultures, people, and traditions. Though the stories of this city have been told and re-told a million times, yet they just never cease to amaze their audience. The story of Mazgaon is one which seems new every time it is told.
"We have no time to stand and stare”, William Henry Davies said in 1911. The irony is, after all this time it holds true for the everyday life of a Mumbaikar, who lives in the beautiful island city but almost never has the time to glance at the majestic beauty of this city.
A symbol of diversity
Of the seven islands of Mumbai, the locality of Mazgaon has a mesmerizing history. It gets its name from the Marathi dialect: Maza-Gaon (translation: my village) and encompasses a rich past which has been influenced by distinct communities. Previously inhabited by two major tribes of salt-workers and fishermen, it has now become one of the few places where various communities seamlessly co-exist.
A walk from the Dockyard railway station to Mazgaon Pier holds you witness to freshly baked bread at Irani cafes, where elderly men sit quietly sipping their morning tea, fisherwomen engaging with customers bargaining over fresh catch, historically rich Catholic churches from the 18th century and beautiful bungalows giving the location a cosmopolitan feel.
A treat for heritage lovers
Mazgaon houses historical monuments from the Portuguese to the English era, and this influence is reflected in the architecture found in the area. From landmark streets like Nawab Tank Road and Gunpowder Road to Gloria Church - a unique Spanish-stylized architectural marvel, all of its prominent places create nostalgia for heritage lovers. Kuan Kung Temple, Mumbai’s only Chinese shrine, is an evidence of the thriving community that once lived here. However, it is not only the old buildings and monuments that contribute to the legacy of Mazgaon as a destination. It is the varied inhabitants that reside here who make this place a masterpiece. Cross cultural collaboration adds essence to this place which is home to a diverse mix of communities, from the Jews to the Parsis, the Momedians to the Hindus and Christians.
A future so bright
The proposed redevelopment of Eastern Waterfront of Mumbai is all set to reinforce Mazgaon’s position as an upcoming residential hub by providing an unprecedented opportunity for adding the glamour and luxury this place well and truly deserves. The government’s intention to expand Mumbai’s skylines offer a welcoming opportunity on the eastern waterfront to open up more space for housing and recreational activities. This also opens a window for all the culture and heritage lovers to own a dream abode here.
Though not many are aware of the charisma Mazgaon ensconces, its importance in terms of history, culture, economy, and strategic location is inspiring more and more people to consider living here as such a variety of architecture and confluence of cultures is indeed hard to find.
The price of a luxury apartment in Mazgaon ranges between Rs 25,000 per sq ft to Rs 35,000 per sq ft.
After being ignored in the city’s multiple development plans over the years, the eastern waterfront is now being given the much needed attention, following the opening of the Eastern Freeway connecting South Mumbai to the eastern suburbs. With this new development, citizens of Mumbai are reminded of the previously inaccessible areas that have the capability to evolve and, thereby, increase the development capacity of its 17-mile waterfront.
Located in close proximity to key commercial areas and railway stations of the city, the area truly holds a huge development potential. Well planned execution of the revamp plan will result in transforming it into a prime area for commercial, residential as well as recreational facilities. This will not be just another redevelopment of the vast Port Trust land but an opportunity to re-imagine the city of Mumbai as a whole.