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Powai
Powai
is an upmarket residential neighbourhood located in the north-east Mumbai.It is situated on the banks of Powai
Powai
Lake, and is bound by the hills of Vikhroli
Vikhroli
Parksite to the south-east, Chandivali to the south-west, the L.B.S. Marg (old Mumbai-Agra road) to the north-east and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
to the north beyond the lake.[5] The Jogeshwari- Vikhroli
Vikhroli
Link Road, one of the city's busiest thoroughfares linking the western and eastern suburbs, passes through Powai,[6] . The place also hosts thousands of devotees every year during the Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi
festival for the visarjan processions.[7] Powai
Powai
is served by Mumbai's only airport, located 5 km away;[8] and by the Vikhroli
Vikhroli
and Kanjur Marg
Kanjur Marg
railway stations on the Central line.[9]The Sakinaka Metro station is 2.5 km away. Originally a central village,[10] Powai
Powai
has grown prolifically and exponentially in recent years to become one of Mumbai's most upmarket commercial and residential hubs. Hiranandani Gardens, an integrated residential township, is one among the many residential complexes located here[8] along with a number of luxury hotels, mega stores and offices of several commercial institutions, such as Sanofi, Amazon, FIS, TCS, Credit Suisse, Prudential plc, Jardine Loyd Thompson, JP Morgan, Nomura, CRISIL, Deloitte, Bayer
Bayer
among others.[10][11][12] Larsen & Toubro, one of India's oldest multinational conglomerates, has a manufacturing plant at Powai.[13] The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, established in 1958 and currently the second oldest campus of the Indian Institutes of Technology
Indian Institutes of Technology
as well as the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, established in 1963 are both located here,[14][15] as is a campus of the Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai.[16] Powai
Powai
is also home to residential complexes of the Income Tax department, Customs and NTPC,[17] as well as those of ex-servicemen.[18] Powai
Powai
houses schools and colleges, some of which are S M Shetty school and college, Gopal Sharma school and college. Chandivali
Chandivali
has Sinhgad college of management. Some of the Temples of Powai
Powai
are Chinmaya Mission's Jagadeshwara Shiva Temple, Sri Ayyappa Vishnu Temple at Hiranandani, Devi Vageshwari Mata Temple at Chandivali. Powai
Powai
also hosts community birthday havan. Powai
Powai
is also Mumbai's start-up hub, with young entrepreneurs starting off from incubation cells set up by institutes like IIT Bombay
IIT Bombay
from the tech industry, and other sectors setting their bases there,[19] causing the area to be referred to as India's Powai
Powai
Valley.[20] Some of the start-ups in Powai
Powai
Valley include JustRide, Housing, TinyOwl, Toppr, HolaChef, Bewakoof, Logic Roots, Care24, Flyrobe, Nearfox, Belita, CredR, Mirchi and Mime, and Crispy Games. As a result of the mixture of various communities living together, the suburb has one of the city's most cosmopolitan and modernized cultures.[21] The place has a vibrant night-life,[22][23] and shoots for several Bollywood
Bollywood
as well as Hollywood
Hollywood
movies, such as Kalyug, Ghajini, Slumdog Millionaire, Mardaani, and Haseena Maan Jaayegi
Haseena Maan Jaayegi
have taken place there.[24] The Hiranandani Gardens
Hiranandani Gardens
are also known for their neo classical architectural style, and the area has some of the tallest residential buildings in suburban Mumbai.[25]

Contents

1 History 2 Geography

2.1 Lake 2.2 Chandivali

3 Education 4 Connectivity 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] The word Powai
Powai
is thought to have possibly been derived from the word Poumw, a corrupted form of Pouma which means Padma in Sanskrit. This is because the Padmavati Devi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Padmavati and situated on the bank of the Powai lake
Powai lake
inside IIT Bombay, dates back to the 10th century AD as per the Archaeological Survey of India.[10] The present location of Powai Lake
Powai Lake
is believed to have been the original Powai
Powai
Valley—a central village, with several clusters of huts each having its own well. It was named after Framaji Kavasji Powai
Powai
Estate, which was given to one Dr Scott in 1799 on payment of yearly rent of Rs 3,200. After Dr Scott’s death in 1816, Powai
Powai
was taken back by the government in 1826 and leased once again to Framaji Kavasji, a Parsi merchant. The authorities during the British regime intended to augment the water supply to Mumbai
Mumbai
City by creating a lake, and in 1890 Powai Lake
Powai Lake
was built by the British at an initial cost of Rs 6.5 lakh. At the time, Powai lake
Powai lake
supplied two million gallons of water to Mumbai. However, the nearby Vihar Lake
Vihar Lake
became a more viable option because the authorities found that the waters of the Powai lake
Powai lake
polluted and unfit for drinking. Various studies were conducted which repeatedly confirmed these findings till finally the project was abandoned. Powai Lake
Powai Lake
was then leased out to the Western India Fishing Association, a quasi government organization who used it for both fish culture and angling. In 1943, four years before India's independence, the freedom fighter Chandrabhan Sharma arrived in Mumbai
Mumbai
and happened to lease and subsequently buy Powai
Powai
Estate from Sir Yusuf, the then owner, for a paltry sum. At that time, Powai
Powai
comprised five villages: Saki, Kopri, Tirandaz, Powai
Powai
and Paspauli. In the late 1950s, a portion of Powai was given to the government to set up an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). The Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, personally visited the area and during a meeting, Chandrabhan Sharma motivated him to give the land free of cost for this purpose. Simultaneously, a young engineer from Denmark, Søren Kristian Toubro had obtained a major contract in Mumbai. As a result, vast tracts of land were leased to him by Mr. Sharma to set up what would become Larsen & Toubro.[26] Powai's modernisation started with Mr. Sharma's construction business in 1975 under the flagship of GHP Corporation. Prashant Apts was the first modern building to come up in Powai, followed by the 13-floor Bhawani Tower. After 1985, the Hiranandani builders obtained permission from the government to convert this agricultural land to residential complex. They went on to purchase vast tracts of land between the Vikhroli
Vikhroli
hill & Powai lake
Powai lake
and set up the present day township. Today, the prevalence of amenities such as shopping malls, hospitals, schools and educational institutions like the IIT and NITIE, entertainment hubs, banks and other financial institutions have all contributed to Powai
Powai
becoming an ideal residential destination.[10] Geography[edit] Powai
Powai
is a part of the Mumbai
Mumbai
Suburban District, located in the north-eastern region of what is today considered to be the modern Mumbai
Mumbai
metropolis. Administratively, it is a part of the Kurla tehsil[27] and much of the area falls within the boundaries of the S-ward, the largest ward in Mumbai.[28][29] Powai
Powai
is situated on the banks of its namesake lake and boasts of a recently revamped, landscaped garden with viewing decks, a children’s play area and synchronized fountains.[30] The privately run Dr. L. H. Hiranandani Hospital, located within the Hiranandani residential complex, is the first superspeciality hospital in the area.[31] Powai
Powai
is also home to offices of several multinational corporations as well as that of public sector undertakings.[13] As a result of prolific construction activity in the last two decades, the area has one of the highest residential population densitiesnote 1 in suburban Mumbai. The development in the region has, however had an adverse impact on the environment, with the area facing the ill-effects of excessive concretization, resulting in a shrinking number of open spaces,[28] green cover and rising pollution levels.[32]

Places adjacent to Powai

Jogeshwari Powai
Powai
Lake Kanjur Marg

Marol

Powai, Mumbai

Vikhroli

Sakinaka Asalfa Vikhroli

Hiranandani Gardens
Hiranandani Gardens
skyline (seen from Powai
Powai
Lake).

Lake[edit] Main article: Powai
Powai
Lake

Solitaire building opposite Powai
Powai
lake

Perhaps the best-known landmark of Powai
Powai
is the Powai
Powai
Lake, a 120-year-old lake that was originally used to supply water to the city of Mumbai, and is today used as an industrial sewage outlet.[30] Another prominent landmark that most outsiders associate Powai
Powai
with is the IIT Bombay, located to the east of the lake. The campus of the NITIE is located near the north bank of the lake, as is the Renaissance Hotel and Convention centre, part of the Marriott group of hotels, with its distinctive facade visible across the Powai
Powai
lake.[33] In the past, fishing and bird-watching were popular recreational activities that took place along the shores of the lake. Rare migration birds were known to visit the lake each year and the lake boasted a variety of fish species. Crocodiles have also been spotted alongside the lake. And However, rapid and uncontrolled growth of the region in recent years has had an adverse effect on the flora and fauna found in and around the lake. In its day, the lake used to be an idyllic picnic spot for people wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.[citation needed]

The Powai Lake
Powai Lake
gives the area its name, and is one of the three lakes located within Mumbai.

Chandivali[edit] Chandivali
Chandivali
is a neighbourhood of the Mumbai
Mumbai
suburb of Powai
Powai
situated between Saki Naka and the Powai
Powai
lake. Chandivali
Chandivali
is surrounded by the Powai
Powai
hillocks on the south-east and the Powai lake
Powai lake
on the north. It is amongst those suburbs in Mumbai
Mumbai
which has rapidly developed in a short span of time along with increasing pollution and traffic jams. Kandivali
Kandivali
was earlier a village along with its neighbour Tunga which is still known by its old name of Tungwa Gaon and was a part of Andheri
Andheri
(East) [1] Chandivali
Chandivali
has got its recent fame because of its proximity to the nearby Powai
Powai
area which is now a very popular leisure and business destination. A landmark of this area is the small but famous Chandivali
Chandivali
studio [3], also known as Chandivali
Chandivali
outdoor location which is on the Chandivali
Chandivali
farm road. The Studio was founded by Mr. Chandrarao Ganpatrao Kadam in the early forties when this was a distant suburb of Andheri. Chandrarao Kadam was an actor, producer and director of silent and talking pictures in the early thirties. He had shared the screen space with noted artists of the thirties amongst them Lalita Pawar, Bhagwan Dada, and Hansa Wadkar
Hansa Wadkar
as his coartists. Chandivali
Chandivali
studio shares a goodwill in the Indian film and Television industry as most films and TV serials shot here have been eminently successful. It also is a nostalgic place for many actors and technicians who started their career from the same studio as humble artistes, one of them being Mr Amitabh Bachhan. He started his career at this very studio with the movie Saat Hindustani. The development of Chandivali
Chandivali
as a residential area started with the Mhada colony which came up in 1992. This was followed up by another landmark destination of Raheja Vihar and [6] Lok Milan From here on, there was no looking back for this area and Nahar Amrit Shakti is another huge residential destination. However some remnants of the old residential colonies are still there like the Mannubhai chawl situated on Chandivali
Chandivali
farm road. Of late Chandivali
Chandivali
is attracting companies as a business destination and new offices are being opened every other day. [4] [5] Oberoi Garden is an office building complex situated here next to the CHandivali Studio. ICICI Bank and HDFC banks have huge back offices situated in this area. Chandivali
Chandivali
is now home to “Boomerang” a huge IT and business park. A popular local weekly community newspaper Planet Powai
Powai
regularly reports news, events and shopping information about this area. Education[edit] See also: List of colleges in Mumbai

The Indian Institute of Technology, located at Powai, is the second oldest campus of the Indian Institutes of Technology, founded in 1958 with assistance from UNESCO
UNESCO
and with funds contributed by the Soviet Union[34]

The Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, colloquially referred to as IITB or IIT Bombay, is spread over an area of 550 acres (2.2 km2) to the east of the Powai
Powai
Lake. Founded in 1958, it is considered to be one of India's foremost technology and research institutions, and is ranked by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings between 301–350[35] and ranked at 225 in the QS World University Rankings.[36] NITIE, another institute recognized as one of the 15 Centres of Excellence by the Government of India,[37] is also situated nearby. The business school, which started off as an Industrial Engineering
Industrial Engineering
institute, today offers full-time Post Graduate programs in both Industrial Engineering
Industrial Engineering
and Industrial Management. Powai
Powai
has numerous schools and colleges to provide for the pre primary, primary, secondary and higher secondary education requirements of residents.[38] The Kendriya Vidyalaya-IIT Powai, a constituent school of the Kendriya Vidyalaya
Kendriya Vidyalaya
system, is situated within the IIT campus, and is affiliated with CBSE. Founded in 1964, it is one of the oldest Kendriya Vidyalaya
Kendriya Vidyalaya
schools in Mumbai.[39] The Hiranandani Foundation School (HFS), founded by the Hiranandani group to serve the Hiranandani Gardens
Hiranandani Gardens
township, is affiliated to ICSE and, since 2008, the IB diploma programme.[40] Other Schools include the S. M. Shetty High School and Junior College and Gopal Sharma Memorial School affiliated to the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
State Board and Gopal Sharma International School affiliated with ICSE, the IIT Campus School and Powai
Powai
English School which are exclusively affiliated to the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
State Board and the Bombay Scottish School,[16][38] which is affiliated purely to the ICSE board. Japanese School of Mumbai, located in the Hiranandani Knowledge Park, serves Mumbai's Japanese families.[41] Connectivity[edit] Road is the main transportation here. Jogeshwari– Vikhroli
Vikhroli
Link Road passes through the heart of it. In the south-west of it Saki Naka metro station is the nearest station from Line 1 ( Mumbai
Mumbai
Metro). Kanjurmarg railway station
Kanjurmarg railway station
is the nearest Central line (Mumbai Suburban Railway) station in the east of it. Approved Line 6 (Mumbai Metro) will pass through it once constructed. See also[edit]

Powai
Powai
Lake Hiranandani Gardens Mumbai
Mumbai
metropolitan area

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