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Powai is a 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 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 during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival for the visarjan processions. Powai is served by Mumbai’s only airport, located 5 km away and by the Vikhroli and 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 as well as the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, established in 1963 are both located here, as is a campus of the Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai. Powai is also home to residential complexes of the Income Tax department, Customs and NTPC, as well as those of ex-servicemen.
Powai is also Mumbai’s start-up hub, with young entrepreneurs starting off from incubation cells set up by institutes like IIT Bombayfrom 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 Bollywood as well as Hollywood movies, such as Kalyug, Ghajini, Slumdog Millionaire, Mardaani, and Haseena Maan Jaayegi have taken place there. The Hiranandani Gardens are also known for their neo classical architecturalstyle, and the area has some of the tallest residential buildings in suburban Mumbai.
Climate of Mumbai. The Climate of Mumbai is a tropical wet and dry climate. … Its coastal nature and tropical location ensures temperatures won’t fluctuate much throughout the year. The mean average is 27.2 °C and average precipitation is 242.2 cm (95.35 inches).
The word 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 lakeinside 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 the original 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, 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 Bombay 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 Bombay. However, the nearby Vihar Lake became a more viable option because the authorities found that the waters of the 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 subsequently buy Powai Estate from Sir Yusuf, the then owner, for a paltry sum. At that time, Powai comprised five villages: Saki, Kopri, Tirandaz, 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 residential destination.
Place of interest
• Go Karting
• Ten Pin Bowling
• Mini Golf
• Powai Lake
• Renaissance Spa
• Jagdishwar Temple
• Suvarng Temple
• Chinmaya Mission
• Shree Mahakali Mata Temple
• Shree Navnath Temple
• Rameshwar Temple
• Svastii Spa
• Ambedkar Udyan
• The Four Fountains Spa – Powai
• Lumbini Budh Vihar
• Holy Trinity Church
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