Developments in Lokhandwala
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 LokhandwalaShastri 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 BuildersIt 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.
Lokhandwala MinervaIt 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 SchoolIt 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 ShootoutOn 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.