Powai is an upmarket residential neighbourhood located in the
north-east Mumbai.It is situated on the banks of
Powai Lake, and is
bound by the hills of
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. The Jogeshwari-
Vikhroli Link Road, one of the city's busiest
thoroughfares linking the western and eastern suburbs, passes through
Powai, . The place also hosts thousands of devotees every year
Ganesh Chaturthi festival for the visarjan processions.
Powai is served by Mumbai's only airport, located 5 km away;
and by the
Kanjur Marg railway stations on the Central
line.The Sakinaka Metro station is 2.5 km away.
Originally a central village,
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 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 among others.
Larsen & Toubro, one of India's oldest multinational
conglomerates, has a manufacturing plant at Powai. 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, as is a campus of the Bombay Scottish
Powai is also home to residential complexes of the
Income Tax department, Customs and NTPC, as well as those of
Powai houses schools and colleges, some of which
are S M Shetty school and college, Gopal Sharma school and college.
Chandivali has Sinhgad college of management. Some of the Temples of
Powai are Chinmaya Mission's Jagadeshwara Shiva Temple, Sri Ayyappa
Vishnu Temple at Hiranandani, Devi Vageshwari Mata Temple at
Powai also hosts community birthday havan.
Powai is also Mumbai's start-up hub, with young entrepreneurs starting
off from incubation cells set up by institutes like
IIT Bombay from
the tech industry, and other sectors setting their bases there,
causing the area to be referred to as India's
Powai Valley. Some
of the start-ups in
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. The place
has a vibrant night-life, and shoots for several
Hollywood movies, such as Kalyug, Ghajini, Slumdog
Millionaire, Mardaani, and
Haseena Maan Jaayegi
Haseena Maan Jaayegi have taken place
Hiranandani Gardens are also known for their neo
classical architectural style, and the area has some of the tallest
residential buildings in suburban Mumbai.
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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 inside IIT Bombay, dates
back to the 10th century AD as per the Archaeological Survey of
India. The present location of
Powai Lake is believed to have been
Powai Valley—a central village, with several clusters
of huts each having its own well. It was named after Framaji Kavasji
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,
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 City by creating a
lake, and in 1890
Powai Lake was built by the British at an initial
cost of Rs 6.5 lakh. At the time,
Powai lake supplied two million
gallons of water to Mumbai. However, the nearby
Vihar Lake became a
more viable option because the authorities found that the waters of
Powai lake polluted and unfit for drinking. Various studies were
conducted which repeatedly confirmed these findings till finally the
project was abandoned.
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 and happened to lease and
Powai Estate from Sir Yusuf, the then owner, for a
paltry sum. At that time,
Powai comprised five villages: Saki, Kopri,
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. 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 hill &
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 becoming an ideal
Powai is a part of the
Mumbai Suburban District, located in the
north-eastern region of what is today considered to be the modern
Mumbai metropolis. Administratively, it is a part of the Kurla
tehsil and much of the area falls within the boundaries of the
S-ward, the largest ward in Mumbai.
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. The privately run Dr. L. H. Hiranandani
Hospital, located within the Hiranandani residential complex, is the
first superspeciality hospital in the area.
Powai is also home to
offices of several multinational corporations as well as that of
public sector undertakings.
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, green cover and rising pollution
Places adjacent to Powai
Hiranandani Gardens skyline (seen from
Solitaire building opposite
Perhaps the best-known landmark of
Powai is the
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.
Another prominent landmark that most outsiders associate
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
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.
Powai Lake gives the area its name, and is one of the three lakes
located within Mumbai.
Chandivali is a neighbourhood of the
Mumbai suburb of
Saki Naka and the
Chandivali is surrounded by the
Powai hillocks on the south-east and the
Powai lake on the north. It
is amongst those suburbs in
Mumbai which has rapidly developed in a
short span of time along with increasing pollution and traffic jams.
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 (East) 
Chandivali has got its recent fame because of its
proximity to the nearby
Powai area which is now a very popular leisure
and business destination. A landmark of this area is the small but
Chandivali studio , also known as
location which is on the
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 as his coartists.
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 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  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 farm road.
Chandivali is attracting companies as a business destination
and new offices are being opened every other day.   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 is now home to “Boomerang” a
huge IT and business park. A popular local weekly community newspaper
Powai regularly reports news, events and shopping information
about this area.
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 and with funds contributed by the Soviet
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 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 and ranked at 225 in the QS
World University Rankings. NITIE, another institute recognized as
one of the 15 Centres of Excellence by the Government of India, is
also situated nearby. The business school, which started off as an
Industrial Engineering institute, today offers full-time Post Graduate
programs in both
Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management.
Powai has numerous schools and colleges to provide for the pre
primary, primary, secondary and higher secondary education
requirements of residents. The Kendriya Vidyalaya-IIT Powai, a
constituent school of the
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 schools in Mumbai. The
Hiranandani Foundation School (HFS), founded by the Hiranandani group
to serve the
Hiranandani Gardens township, is affiliated to ICSE and,
since 2008, the IB diploma programme. Other Schools include the S.
M. Shetty High School and Junior College and Gopal Sharma Memorial
School affiliated to the
Maharashtra State Board and Gopal Sharma
International School affiliated with ICSE, the IIT Campus School and
Powai English School which are exclusively affiliated to the
Maharashtra State Board and the Bombay Scottish School, which
is affiliated purely to the ICSE board. Japanese School of Mumbai,
located in the Hiranandani Knowledge Park, serves Mumbai's Japanese
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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.
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