Today, over 3,600 people are expected to descend on the Palm Beach Road in Navi Mumbai. The occasion? The marathon, ‘Run for Eco City’, organised by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). Sagar Naik, mayor, Navi Mumbai under NMMC jurisdiction, said, “We urge residents of Navi Mumbai to participate in the marathon in support of the city’s healthy environment.”
The marathon has six categories — men (15 km), women (10 km) boys (four km) girls (three km) and senior citizens (one km). “We have come up with these categories to ensure that all can participate,” said Naik. Prices worth Rs 2.3 lakh will be distributed to winners from the different categories.
The NMMC first held the marathon in February this year but only 500 people participated. According to them limited time to organise the event led to poor advertising. However, this time they say, they have tried their best to spread the word across the city.
One side of Palm Beach Road from Mahatma Phule Junction in Vashi to Killa Junction in Belapur will remain closed from 7-11 am for vehicular traffic while the other side will be remain open.