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Mumbai Diary page: Monday Musings

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Unclog this, we say
The Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) is holding an event, along with www.diehardindian.com as one of its partners. The event is rather evocatively called 'Unclogging the City's Arteries'.

CARTOON: AMIT BANDRE
CARTOON: AMIT BANDRE

The arteries, are not literally arteries of the heart but actually refer to roads. The event is about traffic issues, which cause stress and panic attacks. The event is a musical concert to be held at: Shanmukhananda Hall, Near King's Circle station on June 29 2014, 5:30 pm onwards.

Music and blaring horns go together? If you are intrigued, contact: AMC office at: 26821109 or pick up passes from Dr Pikale Hospital, opposite Mahim (W) station. The AMC is doing home delivery for bulk passes. Yeah, we say.

Locals step up and clean Banganga
After we wrote about the need to clean up the Banganga on Friday, Walkeshwar residents got into action to clean the sacred tank on Sunday. Non-Government Organisations Bafna Foundation and Sanskruti Jatan Pratishtan were the spearheads of the clean up held yesterday from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Residents clean the sacred tank. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Residents clean the sacred tank. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Youth, women and senior citizens lead the charge as more than 75 people got into the water to remove the dirt from the tank. From beer bottles to juice packs and biscuit wrappers, the debris collected was buried near the adjacent sea. The clean up is expected to continue for a week.

Swank loo
Nature's call is now just two storeys away for the residents of Shastri Nagar, Vidyavihar. Actually it is nothing more than a basic amenity, it is a public toilet. But this one is a little special as it is two-storeyed. We wonder what happens when nature calls really urgently.

And we hope the two-storeyed toilet is maintained that way
And we hope the two-storeyed toilet is maintained that way

Will people have time to climb up to the first floor? Then comes the question of old people why isn't there a lift for them? But these are just tongue-in-cheek observations. The toilet is a major boon for the people of the area, especially women.

And because something new has to be formally inaugurated, the toilet too was "launched" by Municipal Councillor Pravin Chheda last week. It is not air-conditioned, but the new loo is expected to have 24-hour water supply and electricity. Well... not even houses have that.

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