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Financial capital city of India

  • Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is the capital city of Maharashtra.
  • The city is considered the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India.
  • The city is named after goddess Mumba Devi.
  • With 20.5 million, it is the fourth most populous city in the world.
  • Mumbai is the richest city in India and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia.
  • After Indian independence, the city was incorporated into Bombay State.
  • Bombay was renamed Mumbai in 1996.
  • 70% of maritime trade in India is done in Mumbai.
  • Mumbai is comprised of two revenue districts - Mumbai City district and Mumbai Suburban district.
  • Mumbai lies at the mouth of the Ulhas River.
  • Mumbai is the birthplace of the Indian National Congress, also known as the Congress Party.
  • The first session of the Indian National Congress was held in Bombay from 28–31 December 1885.
  • The city bus services carries over 5.5 million passengers per day.
  • The first passenger railway line in India was launched in 1853 connecting Mumbai and Thane.
  • The city suburban rail systems carries a total of 6.3 million passengers every day.
  • The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic.
  • Mumbai is served by two major ports, Mumbai Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
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