Electricity after 70 years
Electrification of the Gharapuri island that houses the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site Elephanta Caves was completed this week. The 16 sq km island that is just about 10 km from the Mumbai coast had electricity during the British era. But, after the line was broken, it remained in dark for about 70 years. The fishermen village does not have a school or a dispensary. But, with major infrastructure projects like the airport and trans-harbor link, coming up in vicinity, the island will also go transformation. After electricity, a ropeway awaits the island.
New tower on Mumbai skyline
US President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. cut a ribbon to mark the completion of structural framework of the Trump Tower Mumbai. The new icon of the metropolis has come up in the posh Worli area. The ultra-luxury building of the city stands on a seven-acre piece of land. It has 400 flats with prices starting from `9 crore for a 3-BHK and `12 crore for a 4-BHK flat. Though the construction is complete, the flats are expected to be ready for occupation in around a year. The Trump tower was built by the family development firm of property magnate and politician Mangal Prabhat Lodha. The entire 78-storey project is however, due for completion only in mid-2019.
Iconic book stall to shut down
The iconic Strand Book stall in the by-lanes of banking hub in the Fort area will close down at the end of this month. It will put an end to the era that shaped reading habits of who’s who of the country for past 70 years. Bookshop owner TN Shanbagh used to tour around the world to bring best of the books at unbelievably discounted rates, and he was keen on passing it on to the readers. To make the people read good books was his passion. Though the next generation tried their best to keep the tradition alive, the digital advent finally took the toll. The day the news spread — of the imminent closure — the people flocked to the shore to purchase books - a memento for the future.
Old Lady’s Shoe gets new avatar
Old Lady’s Shoe, a queer structure sculpted like a shoe, has come up in a new avatar. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has renovated the 55-year-old structure along with the Kamala Nehru Park. The park has been given a nursery rhyme theme as the walls are painted with rhymes in English, Hindi and Marathi. A new walkway and viewing gallery, which offers panoramic view of the Queen’s Necklace, is the addition. Barricades in the form of an abacus for children to practice makes it a wonderful experience for the children.