Marine Drive In The Evening Bombay – Old Postcard 1950
Old 1950 photo postcard of the Marine Drive in the evening at Bombay, now Mumbai. Marine Drive runs from Nariman Point in the south to Girgaon Chowpatty in the north. It is in the shape of a backward “C”, nicknamed Queen’s Necklace from the time of the British era. The Marine Drive or Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road is a 3.5 km long promenade. And was a part of Bombay’s Backbay reclamation in the early twentieth century, a necessary requirement of wide-open space for a large city like Mumbai.
The actual reclamation of the Backbay took place in the 1860s. But further development was kept in hibernation for various reasons until the beginning of the twentieth century. Development on this Queen’s Necklace promenade started only in the early 1900s. Today it is an iconic landmark and Mumbai’s joy. The ever-popular Chowpatty Beach lies on the northern end. An affluent neighborhood of Walkeshwar lies still further up from Chowpatty. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- the Marine Drive is lined on the seaside with concrete tetrapods. These are to protect the sea walls of the promenade from caving in from violent waves that hit in extreme windy seasons. But when the pods are in place it absorbs the energy from the violent waves deflecting any damage to the sea walls.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Mohini On A Swing” – Vintage Print 1930s., Eden Garden & Harbour In Kolkata – Old Print 1905., Vintage Book 1923 – Cochin British & Indian., Electric Trams of Madras / Chennai – 2 Old Photographs 1935