Mumbai Diary: Saturday scene

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

A walk at memory station
Getting to Ghatkopar Metro station on the second floor has the first floor of the metro station with the Majhi Metro competition entry pictures lining it. More than 80 pictures line both sides of the first floor of Ghatkopar Metro station with artistic, human interest among those on display.

The Majhi Metro entry pictures at Ghatkopar station
The Majhi Metro entry pictures at Ghatkopar station

The pictures that feature the Mumbai Metro include people waiting at the station for a Metro, reflections of the newest mode of transport in the city. For people rushing for a Metro or a Railway train from the terminal, these pictures offer a refreshing change from the routine.

If you've seen the pictures you know what we are talking about the Metro musing that the pictures take one on. If you haven't then a walk through the beautiful pictures lining the way to the Metro station at Ghatkopar is totally worth your while.

Make the cheer desi, dear
Despite serious issues plaguing the Indian society, some political parties have chosen to align with mileage over substance.

Cheerleaders should be Indian, not 'phoren', says a political party
Cheerleaders should be Indian, not 'phoren', says a political party

On Wednesday, Swabhimaan Sanghathan, a political party flagged off by Narayan Rane's son Nitesh Rane, stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters at Churchgate to submit a letter to the Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla for including Indian dancers instead of foreign cheerleaders in the cash-rich T20 league.

The move purely seemed a publicity stunt as the IPL-8 is nearing its conclusion. IPL chief Shukla said: “I have heard their request, but IPL or BCCI does not decide upon cheerleaders. It is a franchise decision.” Marathi actor Sushant Shelar, who headed the protest march, defended it as a publicity stunt.

“We were in talks with the Indian dancers whether they would be willing to be cheerleaders in the IPL. That took some time. Once we got their approval, we dashed off a letter to the BCCI which went unanswered. So we came to give another letter,” said Shelar.

Picking up the tab
With mobile phones everything is just a click away; but even technology has its downside and the recent crackdown by the state’s transport department against the mobile app based companies running taxi services is an example. But now there is another case where mobile app based booking of a proper radio taxi cab went wrong.

On May 10 the passenger, Sunil Shah, booked his journey on TabCab via the fleet taxi operator’s mobile app which he had downloaded. This booking was for the next day for a journey between Badlapur and Wadala starting at 10.30am. Everything was fine until one hour before the journey.

“I got an email from TabCab about another lady comprising her details like address, mobile number, pickup and drop time and the probable fare. I immediately called up the passenger and the company to enquire about these details,” said Shah who is an advocate by profession.

The other passenger too was shocked about the same and was wondering how her details ended up with Shah, when she had not given Shah's email ID. He also lodged a complaint with the control room of TabCab about the same. “What if my details go to some third person, who might play mischief?” added Shah.

The state transport department has been crying foul about the whole working of the mobile apps used by these fleet cabs, taxis and aggregators. In fact the earlier state Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade had taken up this issue strictly and asked the companies to come up with a definitive process and safety measures.

A TabCab spokesperson said, “We are investigating the reason for the problem with the email that Shah received with details of another passenger.” Transport department officials said they have highlighted measures like having GPS inside cabs, a proper call centre for cabs and aggregators, and comprehensive safety measures.

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