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Palghar(Marathi : पालघर) is a city and a Municipal Council in Thane district in the Indianmarker state of Maharashtramarker. Palghar is located at 19°′N 72°′E / 19.68, 72.75.

Situated about 87 kilometres from Mumbai, it is a part of the Mumbai Suburban Rail network which extends up to Dahanumarker and lies on the Mumbai- Ahmedabad rail route. Palghar is the next major junction after Virarmarker on the Western Railway and is also accessible by the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway (NH 8). The town is complete with everything necessary for a comfortable life including shopping centres, schools, colleges, cinemas, restaurants and hospitals. The environment is luscious and pollution-free which creates a tranquil ambience and ideal atmosphere to start any activity.


The main occupation of the people of Palghar is employment in factories and farming. The land surrounding Palghar abounds in human resources - skilled and unskilled. Apart from the government promoted MIDC situated atTarapur, Palghar is also home to a number of Industrial Townships where there are many small scale industries such as engineering, pharmaceutical, plastics, textile, notebook industries. Maharashtramarker's biggest fishing center, Satpatimarker, is located around 8 kilometres from Palghar railway station. There are farms growing chickoos, coconuts, palm dotted all around villages around Palghar. Rice is grown on agricultural lands during the monsoon. A large part of the population commutes to Mumbai daily to make a living.


 India census, Palghar had a population of 52,699. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Palghar has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 72%. In Palghar, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

For a town its size, Palghar is surprisingly cosmopolitan. Being a border town between Gujaratmarker and Maharashtra and being close to Mumbai, it has a good percentage of population of people from other states besides Maharashtra like Gujarat,Rajasthan, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Most of the rich landlords of Palghar made their money trading grass to the dairies in Mumbai. Grass trading is a major occupation of many families in Palghar. The town is also close to an industrial complex located at Boisarmarker and India's first nuclear power plant located at Tarapur.

Industrialization is gradually changing the face of Palghar. The town is getting a make-over of sorts due to industrialization. The youth in Palghar specially the 'adivasis' are getting employment in the small scale and medium scale industries coming up in and around Palghar. In the older days agriculture was one of the main source of livelihood. But industrialization has opened up new avenues for them.


Palghar is spread across a number of villages which has a number of residential colonies, housing complexes, independent housing units and cooperative housing societies.

A number of high end residential projects sprawl in Palghar at affordable rate.


The town has a number of schools and a college.

Marathi Schools

  • Aryan Education Society's M.N. Dandekar Highschool (Oldest school in Palghar)
  • Shri Satu Kadam Vidyalaya.(Formerly known as Jeevan Vikas)
  • K.Mahim Education Society's Bhuvanaesh Kirtane Vidyalaya.
  • Nutan Vidya Vikas Mandal's Adarsh Vidya Mandir, Kelve (Oldest school in Kelve)

English Schools

  • Anand Ashram English High School ( Oldest English medium school in palghar )
  • Twinkle Star English High School
  • Kenam English High School (Established in 1969)
  • Holy Spirit High School
  • Sacred Heart High School
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya
  • Sundaram Central School [CBSC Board, established in 2006]
  • Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tarapur (CBSE Board,established in 1994)


  • Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali College (better known as SDSM College or Dandekar College)
This a degree college for science, arts and commerce. It imparts Higher Secondary Education to the students of nearby villages. It also offers some Post Graduate courses in Arts, Science and Commerce. Has started B.M.S course in the year 2007. Even started Bio.Tech in the year 2006. This is oldest college in Palghar area, established in 1970, and is recognized college affiliated to the University of Mumbai. NAAC Report of College
  • St. John College of Engineering and Technology (SJCET).
This is newly opened Engineering college that offers Professional courses in Engineering and IT. SJCET Official Website
  • St. John Institute of Pharmacy and Research (SJIPR).
It offers Professional courses in Pharmacy. SJIPR Official Website
  • National College of Engineering, IT and Management Palghar.
This college offers courses for working professionals in Engineering, IT and Management.
  • SNDT Women's College Palghar - proposed.
This college offers Professional courses in teaching, research and extension.

  • Udyogshree Laxman Anant Lokhande Industrial Training Centre Mahim (I.T.I. MAHIM).

Computer Institutes

  • Jai Samarth Computers

  • Shree Samarth Computers

  • Kasat Computers


Palghar also has number of hospitals and medical facilities.

Palghar has many hospitals. Some are specialised for women care while others are for all types of patients.There are 2 sonography centres along with x-ray facility.The government primary health centre also caters to all patients free of charge.There are ambulance services for taking the patients to referral hospitals.There is a medical association of the doctors in and around palghar which holds CME programmes to catch up with new developments in medicine.The biggest drawback is the lack of a blood bank.The closest one is nearly 60 to 70 km away.

Water Park

Palghar has its own waterpark by the name 'Jungle Water Park'.

List of Hospitals in Palghar

  • Palghar Medical Center
  • Sharada Hospital
  • Philia Hospital
  • Dhada Hospital
  • Kanta Hospital (Maternity clinic)
  • Shree clinic and nursing home
  • Dhawale Memorial Homoeopathic Hospital
  • Palghar Nursing Home
  • Vaishali Nursing Home
  • Ganesh Hospital (Orthopedic)

Industrial Township

Palghar also has a number of industrial townships, prominent ones being Genesis Industrial Township and Dewan & Sons.

Major Industries

Palghar has a number of prominent industries such as Durian, Sundaram Notebook, Ginza Industries Ltd, R&S Electronics, Ebco, EU-Medicaments, Raghuvanshi Foods, Abby Lighting, Astamed Pharmaceuticals, Fashion Forecast (India), Rapid Valves, Kamal Containers, Thakkar & Sons, Nirali Sinks, Vinod Cookware, etc


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