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Sakinaka (Marathi: साकी नाका) is a neighbourhood in the Andheri east suburb of MumbaiIndia. 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.

HistoryEdit

Saki Naka was notorious for its road traffic with an assured traffic at the main junction of Sakinaka as it was a primarily industrial area of Mumbai. Sakinaka 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 Sakinaka. 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 Sakinaka into a residential locality. As a consequence, Gajanan Estate on of the oldest Society. Sakinaka 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 DevelopmentEdit

The city's first elevated metro line, Mumbai Metro's line one, from Versova to Ghatkopar , passes through this neighbourhood and will have a station to the east of Sakinaka junction. 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. 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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