Chembur is a famous suburb in eastern Mumbai located 22 kilometers from the city centre. Chembur derives its name from the word ‘Chimboree’, which translates to ‘large crab’, in the Marathi language. The locality is surrounded by neighbouring suburbs of Deonar, Kurla, Govandi, Mahul, Ghatkopar, and Chunabhatti. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is located about 20 kilometers from Chembur and it is well-connected to prime business districts of Bandra Kurla Complex, Andheri East, Navi Mumbai and Lower Panel.
Chembur houses different colonies like BPCL, Tilak Nagar, Pestom Sagar, Chedda Nagar, Tata Colony, HPCL, Shell Colony and Indian Oil Nagar on Mankhurd Link Road. It is a well-developed area of Mumbai and has a cosmopolitan population dominated by Sindhis, Maharashtrians and South Indians. Some of the major industries and institutions housed in the area include Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, The Tata Power Company Limited, Rashtriya Chemical & Fertilizers limited and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The famous film studios, Asha Studios and RK Studios are also located in Chembur.
Chembur is well-connected to other parts of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai via key arterial roads such as Eastern Express Highway and the Sion Panvel Highway. To decongest traffic on suburban railway system, monorail, a new mode of transport in the city has been proposed. The project will be implemented in two phases - Chembur to Wadala and Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk.
The 19.54-kilometre long Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle Monorail Corridor is supposed to be the second longest monorail corridor in the world. With about 18 stations, this corridor benefits more than 6,00,000 commuters between Chembur and Mahalakshmi. The phase one of the monorail corridor is 8.93 kilometers long and will cover 7 stations - Chembur, Bharat Petroleum, VN Purav/RC Marg Junction, Fertilizer Township, Mysore Colony, Bhakti Park and Wadala Depot. The 16.4-kilometre long Eastern Freeway enhances road connectivity of Chembur to South Mumbai by reducing travel time by 30 to 45 minutes. A six-lane double-deck flyover connects Dr. Hans Bhugra Junction on the Western Express Highway and Amar Mahal Junction on the Eastern express highway. One diversion of the flyover will connect to Lokamanya Tilak Nagar Terminus, another will connect with Nehru Nagar in Kurla East and third will connect with LBS Marg in Kurla West. This will provide smooth connectivity and hassle-free transit between the Western and Eastern Express Highway to over 65,000 vehicles. The 560-kilometre long Kurl Kalina flyover over LBS Marg has been operational since August 2012 and is a part of the Santacruz Chembur Link Road.
Chembur has developed into a lively neighbourhood of Mumbai with a good social infrastructure comprising public gardens, hospitals, schools, clubs and gymkhanas. St. Gregorios High School, Sevadaan Special School, St Joseph's Convent Chamber, Sadhu Vaswani High School and Mahatma Education Society's Pillai's Group of Institution are some of the well-known schools in the area. Reputed hospitals in the area include Sunny Hospital, Clintech India, Sunny Children’s Hospital and Joy Hospital. Recreation centers in the area include Chembur Gymkhana and Acres Club and shopping malls include City Mall and K-Star Mall, two of the most popular malls in the area.
Improved connectivity has enhanced the real estate market in Chembur with Eastern Freeway, elevated road and monorail adding to its fast-paced growth. Being Mumbai's greenest suburb, Chembur boasts of a combination of old bungalows, modern high rises and open spaces. Affordability and accessibility are the key reasons why this locality has attracted a large number of buyers.