Marine Drive is about a 3.6-kilometre-long Promenade along the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road in Mumbai, India. Often, the names Marine Drive and Mareens(Aliya) are used interchangeably to ask this 3.9km stretch. The road and promenade were built by late philanthropist Bhagojisheth Keer and Pallonji Mistry. It is a ‘C’-shaped six-lane concrete road along the shore of a natural bay. At the northern end of Marine Drive is Girgaon Chowpatty and therefore the adjacent road along links Nariman Point at southern tip to Babulnath and Malabar Hill at northern tip. Marine Drive is situated on reclaimed land facing west-south-west. Marine Drive is additionally referred to as the Queen’s Necklace because, when viewed in the dark from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the road lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace.
The official name for this road, though very rarely used, is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road. The promenade is lined with palm trees. At the northern end of Marine Drive is Chowpatty Beach. This is a well-liked beach famed for its Bhel Puri (local fast food). Many restaurants also located on the line stretch of the road. Further down this road lies Walkeshwar, a wealthy community of the town, also home to the Governor of Maharashtra.
Most of the buildings erected by wealthy Parsis were made in an artistic movement style, which was popular within the 1920s and 1930s. Among the earliest artistic movement buildings on Marine Drive were the Kapur Mahal, Zaver Mahal and Keval Mahal, built between 1937 and 1939 for a complete cost of 1 million rupees.
Real estate prices along the Esplanade are high. Many hotels dot the drive, most prominent among them being the 5-star Oberoi (formerly the Oberoi Hilton Tower however reverted to the first name as of early 2008), The Intercontinental, Hotel Marine Plaza, green Hotel and a couple of other small hotels. Marine Drive is that the preferred connecting road between the central downtown located at Nariman Point and therefore the remainder of the town.
Many Sports Clubs also are situated along the stretch of Marine Drive, including members-only clubs just like the Cricket Club of India, adjoining the Garware Club House and Brabourne Stadium, Garware Club House, adjacent to the famous Wankhede Stadium, also as others just like the Mumbai Police Gymkhana, P. J. Hindu Gymkhana and Islam Gymkhana.
Former singing superstar of the 1950s Suraiya lived during a building on the stretch referred to as ‘Krishna Mahal’ within the ground-floor apartment (as a tenant of Shah family) from 1940s until her death on 31 January 2004. The house was previously taken on rent by her mother, Mumtaz Begum. Many other film stars, like Nargis and Raj Kapoor, lived nearby within the 1940s and 50s.
In 2012, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai announced that the whole road would be resurfaced, 72 years after it had been originally laid.
Marine Drive has hosted the following major events in recent times.
• IAF airshow, 17 October 2004
• Mumbai Marathon (started 9 February 2004 — an international marathon.
• International Fleet Review (started 19 February 2001 — The world’s major navies took part in the IFR.
• French Festival 1988.
• Mumbai terror attacks in 1993,2003 and 2008.