Powai is a northern suburb
of Mumbai, that shares its name with a lake
in the same locality. It
is reachable from the western suburbs by the
Saki Vihar Road, the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link
Road or the Aarey Colony Road. Also, Adi Shankaracharya
Road connects Powai to the Lal Bahadur Shastri
Road and the Eastern Express Highway, which are
the gateways to eastern suburbs. The nearest
Mumbai Suburban Railway station is Kanjurmarg
on the Central line.
Powai, historically, has been the home to
five temples. A small locality called Panchakutir
(meaning five abodes) is still present in Powai.
One of these temples is devoted to Goddess
Padmavati. It is believed that the word Powai
came from the temple. Its etimology is drawn
from Padma Aai, which means mother Padma, in
the local language Marathi.
Besides the Powai Lake, Powai is host to some
important landmarks of Mumbai, such as:
- the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
- the Hiranandani Gardens township,
Construction, engineering and manufacturing
conglomerate Larsen & Toubro
group of companies
- the National Institute of Industrial
Engineering (NITIE), and
- the various Government
colonies of Income Tax Dept,Customs, Coast
- Gopal Sharma Group of Schools
- Powai plaza.
- Prathamesh galaxy.
- Raheja Vihar
- Hotel Pramod Vihar
- Hotel Radhakrishna
- International Business
The Powai area has grown tremendously in the
past decade and it is presently a residential,
commercial and retail hub for the eastern suburbs
of Bombay - in news more for traffic snarls
than anything else. A local weekly newspaper
Planet Powai regularly reports on the latest
news and development of this area.