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Mumbai Diary page: Tuesday Tales

CutionWatch your step
It was not just hold your breath, but hold the handrail, over the weekend, as the city hosted the final of the exciting Pro Kabaddi League at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Worli.

While it was encouraging to see the stadium packed for a traditional Indian game like Kabaddi, the organisers must take note of this the next time the League comes around and be better prepared for sun and storm. With the heavens opening up during the weekend, Mumbai was precariously wet and slippery.

Pro Kabaddi League
GOTCHA: The Pink Panthers pounce on their U Mumba prey

The organisers at such a prestigious event had failed to cover the marble stairs for the crowds. Several people, especially the elderly, slipped and fell while going to and fro. Luckily, these Mumbaikars weren’t injured grievously, otherwise it would have spoiled a brilliant evening of quality Kabaddi.

This patch needs attention
In a city that craves for wide, open spaces, a green patch at Prabhadevi, just next to Ravindra Natya Mandir and very close to the Siddhivinayak Temple, offers relief from the relentless bustle at the junction. This green expanse is substantial and one thinks the corporator can develop this into a beautiful park for people.

POTENTIAL: Make this into an A-grade park. Pic/Emmanual Karbhari
POTENTIAL: Make this into an A-grade park. Pic/Emmanual Karbhari

Somebody needs to step forward with ideas and money to turn this patch, neglected and used as a pathway to cross over to the Siddhivinayak side into a garden. It is big enough to have a running track, or walkers paths crisscrossing it. Make optimum use of this small lung and give something to the residents. All those politicians whose hoardings we see across the road from here, may earn the good wishes of the people with this initiative. What say politicians? Get off those banners and get to work.

Ironically, not so green, then
THE Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has left us a bit puzzled. Since it is an institution that researches, lobbies for and communicates about the urgency of sustainable development, as it says about itself, we have been used to receiving releases and statements from them via electronic mail.

Go Green

It’s welcome, as it saves paper and is convenient in many ways. Which is why it was a surprise to receive a snail-mail envelope from the CSE recently, containing a letter, another letter, a catalogue, and yet another catalogue — for its new books and its Green Files, the monthly environment journals. These announcements are already sent out on email; plus, one can subscribe and order online — so why the additional use (read: waste) of paper? Ironic, huh?

Contributed by: Ayan Roy; Vidya Heble; Hemal Ashar

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