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Another seaside

The sight is breath taking. The location such that one can get a good view of the sunset and the Bandra-Worli Sealink. And all this thanks to Mahim residents who have decided to give Ramakrishna Dote Hari Udyan near Hinduja hospital a facelift. Sneha Mahale tells more.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2009 19:41 IST
Sneha Mahale

The sight is breath taking. The location such that one can get a good view of the sunset and the Bandra-Worli Sealink. And all this thanks to Mahim residents who have decided to give Ramakrishna Dote Hari Udyan near Hinduja hospital a facelift.

The park has been mired in controversy since commencement. This area near Hinduja Hospital was taken over as an open plot in 1992-93 and was developed into a beautiful garden. Later, in an attempt to improve the condition of traffic, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) proposed building a car park under the garden. However, following the public outcry and severe opposition from local activists, the plan was shelved.

Today, the garden includes a children’s corner, a vermiculture pit and a modern drip-irrigation system to conserve water. The walking track developed is unique as it is harder than clay and softer than regular concrete tracks. This attracts many walkers from Shivaji Park.

There have also been plans to add several new features including a separate walking track for senior citizens on the periphery of the lawn, replacing the grass with Mexican grass that will require less water and planting more colourful and fragrant flowers. The park is also home to a meditation corner, skating rink and a children’s corner.

Most of these plans have been achieved mostly on the basis of corporate sponsorship. In fact, the this has made the BMC think about waiving certain stringent financial requirements so that the NGOs would come forward to adopt various open plots. They feel that the rules of adoption should be adoption friendly.. to ensure that more residents come forward to take up the cause.

The garden attracts walkers and people from all age groups from areas nearby. Sunita Shah, a Mahim resident, says, “Earlier, the only option was Shivaji Park but that place is always crowded due to some function, rally or festival. So when I heard about this garden I decided to come for my daily walks here.”

Green effect
Come evening and the meditation corner attracts a decent crowd. Secluded towards the far end of the corner and shaded by huge trees, it gives the meditation practitioners much needed quiet and privacy. On the other hand, the green grass and the banyan tree invite many a families to sit and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Bandra- Worli sealink.

Vinita Nanda, a Mahim resident, says, “The best part is that the garden authorities are very particular about keeping roguish elements out and the security is good.. so the chances of untoward incidents are low. This lets me take my walk even as my five-year-old daughter plays in the children’s corner.” Now that’s green effect.