Mumbai is the capital city of Indian state of Maharashtra and financial capitl of India. It is also the largest metropolitan city in India. It is the richest city in India and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia. Mumbai alone generates 5% of India’s GDP and accounts for 25% of industrial output, 70% of maritime trade (Mumbai Port Trust & JNPT) and 70% of capital transactions to India’s economy. Mumbai is home to bollywood, which produces a large number of movies each year. The financial city is also home to important institutions like Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations. It houses India’s premier nuclear institutes like BARC, NPCL, IREL, TIFR, AERB, AECI, and the Department of Atomic Energy.
- Mumbai ranks, 58 amongst 75 Top Financial centers in the world.
- Mumbai’s population of 13 million people is greater than those of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman put together.
- And all these people are crammed on a strip of islets strung together by bridges and reclaimed land to create the world’s most populous city with 29,650 people living per sq. km, according to the United Nations’ State of World Population 2007 report.
- Every day, close to 6.5 million passengers — roughly equivalent to Ireland’s population — use Mumbai’s suburban railway network.
- About 4,500 passengers cram into a nine-car train meant for 1,700 people, making it a truly cattle-class experience. That works out to about 16 people per square metre of the train.
- More than half the city resides in slums; in 1970 one in six Mumbai residents lived in slums.
- Two-thirds of the city’s population lives on just five per cent of the city’s land.
- An average Mumbaikar spends about 2 hours daily in Local Trains
- Vada pav is the most common breakfast item in Mumbai
- A cycle reaches faster than a car.
Some funny facts about Mumbai
- The most frequently used part of a car is the horn.
- Only in Bombay, you would get Chinese Dosa and Jain Chicken
- Train timings are really important in an average Mumbaikar’s life.
- The doors have more than 3 locks
- You call an 8′ x 10′ clustered room a Hall