Cross Maidan

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Cross Maidan is a vast expanse of land in South Mumbai. The term maidan means "playing ground" in Marathi. The ground measures 19,000 m² (4.75 acres). The name "Cross" is derived for the old stone Cross (crucifix) built when the city was under Portuguese rule in the 16th century. The maidan is under the jurisprudence of the district collector.

The maidan

The vast expanses of land of the Oval Maidan, Azad Maidan, Cooperage football ground and Cross Maidan until the 1960s formed the area known as Esplanade. The road which divides Cross Maidan and Azad Maidan which is today called Mahatma Gandhi Road was formerly known as the Esplanade. The term Esplanade is almost obliterated from history books except for the Bombay High Court which still goes by the term esplanade court. The part of MG Road abutting the Cross Maidan is popularly known as Fashion Street, with a range of vogue clothing at throwaway prices.

The rest of the ground is used for cricket in the dry season and football during the monsoons. Near the southern end, the Mahindra United Club, a national level club, has undertaken a lease of a small portion of the ground. Travelling circuses and fairs usually camp at the extreme southern end. During the pre-independence era, the ground used to hold rallies and parades.

Cutting across the centre of the ground is a shortcut that links the two railway stations of Victoria Terminus and Churchgate. The lane known as "Khau Galli" (famous...
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