CBD Belapur is a node of Navi Mumbai, with a fairly vibrant Central Business District that is moving some of the economy out of congested central Mumbai into the hinterland. Belapur is also one of the largest assembly constituencies from this region. CBD Belapur has been growing since the 1990s, and is now home to colleges as well as a number of technology businesses.
CBD Belapur is an acronym of Central Business District, Belapur. It was designed and developed in order to promote businesses. The Reserve Bank of India maintains a branch office at CBD Belapur. This area is one of the fastest developing region in Navi Mumbai in terms of new residential and commercial construction projects. CBD Belapur is well connected to Mumbai through train and BEST buses. It has Sea Link for traveling to Elephanta Caves from Sector 11.
The area near Belapur was under Portuguese rule around 1560, before it was captured by the Siddis of Janjira. In those days, the town was called Belawal by the locals, and Sambayo or Shabaz by the Portuguese. In 1682, the Portuguese recaptured Shabaz, only to lose it to the Marathas in 1733, under Chimanaji Appa. In 1817, the British East India Company captured the area from the Marathas.
CBD Belapur house several economic and Government administrative and private companies office. Konkan Bhavan building houses important state government office like Director of Town Planning,Public Works Department etc. The CGO Complex ( Central government office ) has offices of Chief Commissiner of central exice, Special Crime Branch , MTNL and court. Other governmentoffice include Cotton Corporation of India Ltd and headquarters of Konkan Railway.
The Reserve Bank of India, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank ,Industrial Development Bank of India Limited and other nationalised banks have their presence here. SBI and PNB have their main server at their respective branches .
International Technology Centre at the CBD Belapur railway statin complex was built by Cidco as a Infotec hub .
CBD Belapur is easily accessible from all parts of Navi Mumbai and Mumbai by road, rail and water transport facilities. It lies on the harbour Line and on the Sion Panvel Highway.Palm beach road connects CBD Belapur directly with Vashi. Harbour Line Railway service is up to Panvel and have been extended up to Karjat by new line. The newly opened Thane-Vashi rail network, links Thane city with Navi Mumbai, including CBD Belapur.
BEST buses ply between CBD Belapur and Mumbai. Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport buses connect CBD Belapur to other nodes of Navi Mumbai and also to Thane and Dombivali . Kalyan Dombivali Muncipal Transport ply between CBD Belapur and Kalyan , Bhayander. State Transport (ST) buses and other luxury buses have a halt here. State Transport buses also ply between CBD Belapur Railway station and Panvel and Uran .
Auto rickshaw is the primary mode of transport with in the node owing the small area occupied by the node.
There exists a provision for a helipad and helicopter service making Belapur Station Complex accessible by air too. A hovercraft was introduced in mid 90’s between Belapur and Gateway of India but was later discontinued because of poor response . The main reason being the high fare.
- At the intersection of Uran road and Palm Beach Road there is small fort built in 1560-1570 by the Siddis of Janjira, after they wrested control of the area from the Portuguese In 1733, the Marathas, led by Chimanji Appa, captured the fort . In 1817, when it was captured by Captain Charles Gray of the British East India Company, the fort was partially destroyed under the British policy of razing any Maratha stronghold in the area. CIDCO plans to restore the structure after a protest from residents of Belapur .
Law and Order
The office of Police Commissioner Of Navi Mumbai is at CBD belapur . A police station is also at sector 6.
- Aegis School of Business
- Aegis School of Telecommunication
- Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, affiliated to University of Mumbai
- Institute of Business Studies & Research
- Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Management Studies
- Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOINFORMATICS
- RAI FOUNDATION COLLEGES