Saki Naka is a neighbourhood in the Andheri east, suburb of Mumbai, Kurla Taluka, 'L' Ward, India. It gets its name from the Hindi word Saki which actually means a person who makes one's drink, a cup-bearer, which might be closely related to the dacoits present during early 70s in those dense Woods and Naka means junction. 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 Mumbai Airport. Sakinaka is also known for its notorious Traffic congestion as it serves as a junction which connects Andheri-Ghatkopar-Kurla-PowaiVihar link roads. It has one of the Mumbai's busiest roads.
Saki Naka during late 60s was an isolated woody & marshy area with some residential societies. Later on it slowly started growing as an industrial area due to close proximity to Marol (an industrial area). The extension of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport up to Sahar led to the development of its neighborhoods. Sakinaka slowly became an Industrial hub by late 70s. It is considered as a hub for Plastic Die/mould manufacturing in Mumbai. Saki Naka is notorious for its road traffic with incessant traffic at the main junction as it was primarily an 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 landmark industrial premises catering to the manufacturing sector. However, of late, most of the heavy industries are moving out and are being replaced by the services sector namely banks and call centres. The upcoming Times Square commercial complex promises to be one of the largest commercial complexes in Mumbai. Other commercial sites include Sagar Tech Plaza and Marwah Centre. Residential complexes such as Saki Vihar complex, Sagar Heights, Akruti Orchid Park, Gundecha Asta, Gundecha Montego, Runwal Elina Sathi D'Souza Nagar and DSK Madhuban are slowly turning Saki Naka into a posh residential locality. Gajanan Estate is one of the oldest societies. Saki Naka is slowly developing a night life. Hotel Sudarshan and Chakra are landmark restaurants. Other restaurants include McDonald's, Pop Tates, Supreme Restaurant, Shalimar Restaurant and Curry Twist and Shalimar Juice Center is the oldest juice center in Sakinaka which is below Sakinaka Metro Station and Hotel Peninsula Grand is an 81-room tourist hotel and the newly opened hotel Holiday Inn, a five-star hotel. Saki Naka is also becoming an upcoming hub for startups like Niffler and iBroad7.
The city's first elevated metro line, Mumbai Metro's line one passes through this neighbourhood and has a station to the east of Sakinaka junction. The metro services has reduced the traffic congestion on the streets below. Close to sakinaka metro station there are companies like SNT 3D Printers. Civic infrastructure struggles to keep up with Sakinaka's commercial boom. Vehicular traffic is high throughout the day. 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.
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