The present location of Powai Lake was the original Powai Valley - a central village with each hut having its own well.
The lake was built by the British regime in 1890, after constructing two dams about ten metres high across two hillocks, to augment the water supply to Bombay.
The hillocks seen on the south end of the lake are the lowest slopes of the Western Ghats.
The catchment area of the lake is 6.6 kilometres square, with the depth varying from 3 to 12 metres.
At the time of its construction, it cost the ruling regime INR 6,50,000 back in 1889.
The Padmavati Devi Temple situated on the bank of the lake inside IIT, Bombay campus dates back to 10th century AD as per Archaeological Survey of India.
It has been extensively used for fishing over the years. Currently, it is being used for the conservation of the Indian mahaseer.
Crocodiles have been spotted taking a dip in the waters of the lake.
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