After T2, how about some direly needed infra projects?

The state of the art T2 terminal of the Mumbai International Airport is on par with some of the  best airports across the globe, which is great news for the aviation sector in the country. It is an archaeological wonder and a proud moment for our country as well as tourists, who will enjoy using the best facilities here and return home with good memories from our shores.

But what will these visitors see the minute they set foot outside the fancy airport with all the fixings? Potholes on roads, water-logging, roads dug up for one reason or the other, the mounds of garbage, trash strewn everywhere, sewage, spitting, clogged footpaths and drains, inhuman travelling conditions on trains, both Central and Western Railways, just to list a few basic civic violations.

 While a top class airport is good news for the city, one must begin with the very basics. Only the rich travel by air.  Their wants have been addressed, now what about the needs of the rest of us?  Our priorities are always mixed up.  The first step should’ve been top-class civic amenities and then T2.  But better late than never.  Now that T2 has been taken care of, let the authorities turn their attention to other pressing matters.

                — S N Kabra, Goregaon

Colaba’s commoners want a pool

We are simply unable to understand this outcry over a municipal swimming pool in Colaba.  This area has five-star hotels, fine dining restaurants and night clubs.  You can buy the latest branded clothes and shoes on Colaba Causeway.

 There are also a number of fancy gymnasiums, but these are for the well-heeled, although a few gyms for the common man have been built over the last few years by our local MLA,  Annie Shekhar, and our former municipal corporator Vinod Shekhar, who have always worked effortlessly for the poor and the deprived, as can be seen from the several study centres, gymnasiums and public toilets in our area.

The lower middle class and the poor people of Colaba and the surrounding areas have  been clamouring for a municipal swimming pool, but the moment the plans were approved, some people objected to it.  This area doesn’t have one.  The nearest one is in Dadar.  Why can’t we have one in Colaba, especially when there is sufficient space for it?

The lower middle class and the poor cannot afford to go to five-star hotels for swimming nor are they members of clubs like the CCI, Radio Club and other exclusive establishments, where lobbying is required to obtain even an application form and the charges are no less than a few lakh rupees.  Don’t we from the lower middle class and the poor deserve a pool, where we can get membership at a nominal cost?

Please, please give us a swimming pool in the back garden in Colaba.

                — Kartik S Aiyar

Police too often seen in mufti

Please refer to the news item, ‘Cop pulled up for attending court in casual dress’ (January 14).

I congratulate the judge for his bold warning to the policeman and by extension, to the entire state police force. Up to 1980, I never ever saw police officers of any rank in civilian dress in Mumbai and around. But nowadays, it seems more like the norm. Sometimes, it becomes so difficult to identify the police, as civilians too seem to throng the police station for their work. In Mumbai, press conferences are attended by the police top brass in civil dress. Our home ministers, both at the state and centre, address the press in the event of an

incident or a criminal being caught. In fact, ministers should not be seen and should not make announcements at press conferences, which only police officers are supposed to make. I was in Washington for a few years and never in that time did I see government officials address the press in criminal matters, only the police did so.

                — Marcus Dabre, Vasai

CST toilets become inconveniences

There are toilets for men and women at CST, between Platform Numbers 2 and 3 at the Thane-end. However, the area of the gents’ urinal is occupied by a few people for washing, bathing, cooking and so on, making it inconvenient for men to use the same, particularly in the morning hours. Will the authorities concerned look into this matter?

— Vijay Thilakan, Thane

Checked-in baggage lock tampering

Through your esteemed columns, I wish to share the experience of one of my family friends at the CS international Airport in Mumbai. On the early morning of  January 12, 2014, she landed in Mumbai by a private airline flight originating from one of the Gulf states. When her luggage was being retrieved from the conveyer belt, the locks of all the bags appeared to be seemingly intact. But to her shock, she found that one of them was tampered with and some important personal belongings from that bag were missing. She has lodged the necessary complaint with the airport manager of the concerned airline and is awaiting further action from them in the matter.

— Arun Malankar

‘Navy Nagar stop is ideally located’

This has reference to the letter of Shri T M Uday Shankar published in your newspaper on 01.12.2013 under the heading ‘Where alighting from the bus is taking a chance.’
In this connection, this is to inform that the alighting stop at Navy Nagar is ideally located. Though the road is narrow, there was no problem at all by this stop. For crossing the road, foot overbridge has been erected nearby at a very small distance. Clubbing route 137 and routes 3, 11-Ltd etc is not advisable as route 137 is Churchgate-bound route and routes 3,11 Ltd. are Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus bound buses. We are having ample space in the existing bus station and there is no need of extra space. Also, they will not allot us this extra space which is setback for narrow road. Therefore, the suggestion is not acceptable.
Manoj Varade, Dy. Public Relations Officer, BEST

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