Lokhandwala

The Lokhandwala complex in Andheri is also famous in the name Lokhandwala. It is one of the large commercial cum residential hub in the Mumbai city of the Maharashtra state in India. The place is located about 8 kilometers away from the famous Andheri station in Mumbai. The place gained the name Lokhandwala, from the name of the construction company Lokhandwala Constructions Pvt. Ltd. They played an active role in developing the suburb of Versova, which was a marshland in the Mumbai region. Shree Swami Samartha Temple situated near to the entrance of the Lokhandwala Complex is very famous in Mumbai.

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The proprietor of Lokhandwala Constructions, Siraj Lokhandwala, purchased the vast marshland in the area of Versova in 1978 with an intention to develop it into one of the posh areas in the city. When Siraj Lokhandwala approached this project all of his friends and real estate brokers in the city discouraged him. When he bought this land it was a remote and underdeveloped area located far away from the center of Mumbai city. But presently the place is one of the most populated suburbs of the Mumbai city.

The Lokhandwala Complex is a main place where most of the well known actors and movie directors and people working in related fields to the Indian film and television industry are living. It is also one of the favorite areas to reside for the foreigners in the city. Shopping Malls, Jogging Parks, Multiplexes, Clubs and Fitness Centers are commonly seen in Lokhandwala Complex.

Apartments ranging from budget class to luxury class and well organized public transport system are important attractions of the area. The gardens provided in Lokhandwala serves as the refreshing areas of the suburb and being used widely for the senior citizen activities, sports meets for children, and activities of yoga club, laughter club and many others. Walavalkar Park, the best park of 5000 meters and above, developed by Vikas Walavalkar is located in the area. Trains from Andheri Station reach the nearest station to the suburb, Churchgate station in half an hour and the nearest airport is located just 10 km away from the location.

The Nearby Attractions to Lokhandwala

Shastri Nagar (0.5 km), the Versova Telephone Exchange (1 km) and the Andheri Link Road are some of the finest neighboring areas of Lokhandwala. These locations host many of the commercial projects of the city. All these places are well populated and being visited by a huge no. of people every day. Quality restaurants working nearby the area are a major fact attracting people to Lokhandwala.

Lokhandwala Builders

It is one of the major real estate companies in Mumbai which is managed professionally. They began in 1978 under the leadership of Mr. Siraj Lokhandwala and played an active role in infrastructural development of Mumbai for the last three decades. Lokhandwala Builders have developed more than 200 buildings in Mumbai so far.

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Lokhandwala Minerva

It is an 82-floor, tall building being constructed in Mumbai. The Lokhandwala Minerva is situated in Mahalaxmi area, in Mumbai. The project is under progression on a land which was a slum area before. The land was acquired by the builders of the project by providing free land and rehabilitation to the people who were living there. This high rise building is designed with two towers of 82 floors. Each of these towers  has a parking area from 2nd to 16th floor, Podium Garden on the 17th floor, residential space on 26th to 79th floor, service floor on 80th and the penthouse of 81 and 82 floors.

Lokhandwala Foundation School

It is a reputed educational institution working in Lokhandwala Township. This English medium school is located on the Akurli road Kandivali, in Mumbai. In the year of 1992 the Lokhandwala Foundation Trust opened the co-educational English medium Lokhandwala Foundation School. During the initial stages of the school, a small area of the Whispering palm building was the place used for the activities of the school, but presently the school is working in a four floor building with a basement and well facilitated playground.

The ICSE board syllabus is being followed in the school for the 10th standard students and ISC board syllabus for the XI and XII standard students. The school holds a very good academic record. In the 10th standard ICSE board exams, 50% of the Lokhandwala Foundation School, students has scored more than 90% marks.

1991 Lokhandwala Complex Shootout

On 16 November 1991, a gun battle occurred at Lokhandwala Complex in Mumbai between the gangsters in the city and the Mumbai police. Additional Commissioner of Police, Aftab Ahmed Khan and his team of policemen attacked a group of gangsters lead by Maya Dolas, who was hiding in the Lokhandwala complex. The shootout last for four hours and called as the first day night encounter happened in India. All the seven gangsters hidden in the complex were killed in the shootout.

Shootout at Lokhandwala is a Hindi movie released in 2007, inspired from the events. This crime thriller film was directed by Bollywood director Apoorva Lakhia. The movie talks about the 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout, a gun battle which happened between gangsters and Mumbai Police and the characters in the film have a slightly different name than the real names of the people included in the incident.

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    Aruna Rani from Navi Mumbai 1098 Days ago

    This is well known place not only in Mumbai, but also every part of India and some part of world for famous encounter and super hit Hollywood Movie name :)

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    Manohar Mukharjee from Kolkata 1422 Days ago

    I have heard all about Lokhandwala and also watched movie "Shoot out at Lokhandwala". I was considering this place something else. But it is very developed. I got to know this after reading this article.

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