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Kalyan-Dombivali is a city and a municipal corporation with its headquarters located in Kalyanmarker in Thane district in the Indianmarker state of Maharashtramarker. It was formed in 1982 to administer the twin townships of Kalyan and Dombivalimarker. The municipal corporation has a population 1,193,266 (2001 census), and covers 137.15 square km, giving a density of 8,700 people per square km Kalyan has a history 700 years.

Due to its highly educated population it is often called the second cultural capital of Maharashtra after Punemarker. Kalyan was famous as a port since ancient times. Records of its existence as a premier port in the region have been found in ancient Greek manuscripts. King Shivaji started his Navy here using it as a premier port of his kingdom. Khadakpada is the most beautiful and highly developing area of Kalyan. The important project like Godrej, Madhav, Sankalp, Mohan grp., Vasant valley, Ajmer etc are changing the look of Kalyan.

Dombivli station is about 48 km from CST station along the central railway and is connected to all parts of Maharashtra by rail as well as road. Kalyan is one of the most important junctions in India with most of the outstation trains stopping at it. The nearest airport is Mumbaimarker airport which is 40 km away.

In this municipal area there are number of villages close to kalyan such as Mohonemarker, Shahadmarker, Titwala, etc.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census, Kalyan-Dombivali had a population of 1,193,266. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Kalyan-Dombivali has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 75%. In Kalyan-Dombivali, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. Kalyan-Dombivli is also considered as the most Faster Developing node of Navi Mumbaimarker.

Second International Airport for Mumbai near Kalyan

As a result of the recent objections being raised by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests on the current proposed location of the Navi Mumbai International Airport near Kopra Panvel area, apparently because the construction of thr airport would involve reclamation of low-lying areas in an ecologically fragile zone as well as destruction of several hectares of mangroves. As a result of these new developments other locations are being actively being considered, which includes the one off village Nevali near Kalyan 55 km away from the current airport in Mumbai, There exists an old and abandoned air-strip of World War II era and the Union Defence Ministry owns the of land its located on. The proposal is now centred around those of land which was used as an air-strip during World War II. If the current location at Kopra Panvel does not go through, then the Kalyan-Newali location would be considered for a future second International airport for the Mumbai Metropolitan region.

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