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Coastal road will ease traffic woes

The central government has given the required clearances for the construction of coastal road from Nariman Point to Kandivli. Shiv Sena too was working for the approval of this project and Mumbaikars should be pleased that they will get parallel walking and jogging tracks for good physical development. The project will help in decongesting Mumbai roads and create 91 hectares of green space in the metropolis. It is a boon for citizens who travel long distance for reaching south Mumbai from suburbs. The coastal stretch will be developed for tourists. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said in-principle approval has been granted and consultations were still on. He said the state government has been asked to ensure that reclamation of land should be “minimal” and no commercial activity should be carried out on reclaimed land.

“La rambla” is very good for walking, jogging and inhaling fresh air. Let us seek co-operation of experts to make this road as aesthetically pleasing as we can and safe for motorists. College and university students can seek participation in its construction and beautification. Marina Bay is located in Singapore where many people come for brisk walking and jogging. It is well maintained. Swimming is a very good exercise for the body. The government must construct more swimming pools where citizens can practice swimming.

You can also have hydrojets to massage your back and legs. Do we ever think about where to park our cars, taxis and tempos? Don’t merely rely on fire brigade to rescue victims during fire accidents. One must avoid using lifts during fire incidents. Housing societies should strictly follow this message which can rescue several lives during emergencies. Air conditioners must undergo servicing once in a year. Recently, a committee was formed in the aftermath of Kalbadevi fire incident. They suggested buildings must conduct electrical audits every year. Firemen should undergo yearly health check ups and BMC officials should also undertake such tests once in two years. Those people who are willing to volunteer should be imparted training in fire-fighting, fire prevention and provide first aid to the victims. The TV channels should air informative shows to create more awareness among citizens.

If you visit Barcelona, you can see how a road along the coast can be used by building recreational arenas through it. Janhavi Gadkar under the influence of alchohol rammed her Audi into the taxi carrying the family of businessmen Salim Sabuwala at Eastern Freeway. The taxi’s driver and Sabuwala were killed and four others injured. Gadkar’s blood report revealed she had 200mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, which is more than 6 times the permissible limit — 30mg in 100ml. Don’t drink and drive. Act responsibly get a ride home or call a taxi.

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