Photos: Mumbai pauses for beautified station and beached whale

Updated: 19 April, 2016 11:47 IST
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    Mumbai's suburban stations are getting a makeover. January 29th saw Sion railway station getting a face-lift and it brought a smile on the faces of the commuters and made them take a moment to appreciate the beautiful graffitti. Pic/ SATEJ SHINDE
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    Locals, an NGO and the authorities came together at Sion Railway Station to carry out a cleanliness and beautification project that transformed the premises. Pic/ SATEJ SHINDE
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    The Sion station now sports a new look and isn't the same old drab self anymore.
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    Commuters stop to look at 'Mumbai Sparklers', a group comprising Mahindra Lifespaces employees, Central Railways representatives, local community members and NGO 'Die Hard India', who have given the Sion station a colourful makeover on Friday. Pic/ SATEJ SHINDE
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    The ticket windows, pillars, stairs and overhead bridges of Sion Railway Station were painted and had some interesting messages too. Pic/ SATEJ SHINDE
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    Mumbaikars seem to be already responding positively to the initiative. Pic/ SATEJ SHINDE
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    A gigantic Bryde's whale, approximately 40 feet long, which washed up on Juhu beach in Mumbai around midnight, drew huge crowds on Friday even as authorities made efforts to clear it off. Pic/Swarali Purohit
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    Officials from the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), forest department and police, besides veterinarians were engaged in the gigantic operation to remove the whale's carcass safely and dispose it. Though the carcass has not degenerated, it has become bloated with water and gases, making the task of disposing it challenging, the official said. Two hydraulic cranes were deployed by the BMC to lift the carcass onto a container van and take it to the outskirts of Mumbai for safe disposal. Pic/Swarali Purohit
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    The estimates of the whale's weight ranged between three to five tonnes and it is among the biggest mammals which has washed ashore on Maharashtra's coastline in recent years. Pic/Swarali Purohit
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    Police had a tough time controlling thousands of curious citizens and tourists who trooped in to the Juhu beach for a glimpse of the gigantic mammal and attempted to click selfies with the dead whale from different angles. Pic/AFP
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    This is not the first time that a whale has washed ashore on Indian shores. In June 2015, a 42-feet long Blue Whale had washed ashore on Revdanda beach in adjacent Raigad district. Carcasses of 38 baleen whales were washed ashore recently near the Tiruchendur beach in Tamil Nadu while more than 250 whales stranded in shallow waters were pushed back into the deep sea. Pic/AFP
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    According to Akram Khan, a lifeguard with the Juhu Beach Lifeguard Association, the whale was first sighted around 8.30 pm. Pic/AFP
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    People take pictures against the backdrop of the whale carcass. Pic/PTI
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    The incident came into light after night joggers on the beach noticed the whale and informed officials. Pic/PTI
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About The Gallery

Mumbai takes a moment out of its busy schedule to pause for two events that encapsulates the city perfectly. One represents its go-getter attitude, the other the craze for taking pictures even at a tragic event

First Published: 29 January, 2016 20:01 IST