Saki Naka

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Sakinaka is a neighbourhood in the Andheri east suburb of Mumbai, India. It gets its name from the important road junction on the Andheri- Kurla road connecting the eastern and western suburbs of the city. An erstwhile industrial area, it is rapidly developing into a prime business district with various call centres and commercial offices due to its improved connectivity and close proximity to the Mumbai Airport.

History[edit]

Saki Naka is notorious for its road traffic with incessant traffic at the main junction of Saki Naka as it was a primarily industrial area of Mumbai. Saki Naka caters to a large number of manufacturing and industrial units. Ansa Industrial complex on the Saki- Vihar road, has been a landmark industrial premises catering to the manufacturing sector. However of late, most of the heavy industries are moving out and being replaced by the services sector namely banks and call centres. The upcoming Times Square commercial complex promises to be the largest commercial arena in Saki Naka. Other commercial sites include Sagar Tech Plaza, Saki vihar complex, and Marwah Centre. Residential complexes such as Sagar Heights, Akruti Orchid Park and DSK Madhuban are slowly turning Saki Naka into a residential locality. As a consequence, Gajanan Estate on of the oldest Society. Saki Naka is slowly developing a night life. Hotel Sudarshan and Chakra are landmark restaurants. Other restaurants include McDonalds, Pop Tates, Curry Twist and Happy Singh. Hotel Peninsula Grand is an 81-room tourist hotel and the newly opened Hotel Holiday Inn, a five-star hotel.

Future Development[edit]

The city's first elevated metro line, Mumbai Metro's line one, under construction from Versova to Ghatkopar, passes through this neighbourhood and will have a station to the east of Sakinaka junction.[1] The metro service will reduce the traffic congestion on the streets below. Civic infrastructure struggles to keep up with Sakinaka's commercial boom. Vehicular traffic is high throughout the day.[2] Pedestrian sidewalks are non-existent on some roads, and those that exist are heavily encroached by hawkers.

Sakinaka has vast areas of open real estate awaiting exploitation by the real estate community.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metro Rail public info centre opens today". Expressindia.com. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Saki Naka traffic to stay off-track until Metro reaches destination". Times of India. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2012.