Powai Lake

Powai Lake is an artificial lake situated in the Powai valley in the northern suburb of Mumbai which was named after Framaji Kavasji Powai Estate. This lake is amongst the beautiful places in the city of Mumbai which you cannot miss out on your visit to this metropolis. Located on the Salsette Island, next to the Powai village, Powai Lake is a calm and soothing place to enjoy nature at its best. To the east of this lake is the esteemed Indian Intsitute of Technology (IIT Mumbai) which lies downstream of Vihar Lake and the Mithi River. Another major institution close to this lake is National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE). There are also various luxurious hotels and housing complexes around the periphery of the lake. When it was built in 1891, the Powai Lake was spread across 2.1 km2 and had a depth of approximately 3m at the periphery and 12m at its deepest end. For more interesting information regarding the Powai Lake, scroll further.

History

The area where the Powai Lake now is was originally Powai valley, which comprised of a central village and small groups of huts surrounding it. The British authorities created a lake in 1891 by building two dams across the Mithi River in an attempt to control and provide water supply to the city of Bombay (now Mumbai). The Maharashtra State Angling Association (then called Bombay Presidency Angling Association), formed in 1936, currently controls and manages the lake. A project called ‘Revitalization of Powai Lake’ (courtesy the 1980 batch of IIT Mumbai) was initiated with the aim of restoring its natural beauty using eco-friendly measures. In 1995, The National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP) included Powai Lake among the ‘ten main lakes’ of the country to be revived and improved. This program was launched in April, 2002 and was implemented by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC (earlier called Bombay Municipal Corporation). As a result of this move, the condition of the lake has considerably improved.

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