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Loom-ing change: Godown growth jams Bhiwandi | India News – Times of India

BHIWANDI: A trading town under the Mughal empire, Bhiwandi’s main occupations were fishing, agriculture and textiles. The cotton boom in Bombay in the 19th century transformed it into a hub for yarn that was carted to the city’s markets. The Ansaris and Momins of the United Provinces made their way down the old Bombay-Agra Road to set up base here. The next big shift came with the arrival of electricity — handlooms were replaced by power looms and, by the mid-1980s, this region of western India had more than half the power loom units in the country.“There were around 8 lakh power loom units in Bhiwandi at one time,” says Urdu journalist Akhtar Azmi. With a population that predominantly comprised north Indian Muslims from the weaver community, Bhiwandi-Nizampur grew as a Congress strongh...