John Abraham has been associated with several social causes and NGOs such as PETA, Habitat For Humanity, the Mumbai Marathon and the Power Light initiative. Now, along with his brother Alan and father, the actor has conceptualised a green corridor in the city, in an attempt to make it more environment-friendly.
The Abrahams won an award for this project at the International Urban Planning and Design Competition, Velo-city 2013, Austria, where they beat entries from 68 other countries. “We planned an open green corridor which can run from Virar to Churchgate, Thane to CST and Mankhurd to CST. It will give us 114 km of green space and 1,000 acres of space. It will also enhance the beauty of the railway property and allow people to cross from the eastern to western lines easily,” says Alan. Alan wants people to enjoy this open space, even have the option of cycling to work using the vehicle-free stretch.
Talking about John’s participation in the project, he says, “John is very involved and is part of our design team. Currently we are building awareness about the concept. We have a Facebook page to further reach out to people.”
While this project is still in its nascent stage, Alan plans on filing an official proposal to the Maharashtra Government. “We will be involved with it only in the design part, not the construction. We entered the competition to gain credibility for the project,” he says.