Soon, BMC to install lights along six Mumbai beaches by year end
The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority has cleared a proposal by the BMC to install lights on Juhu, Versova, Marwe, Manori and Gorai beaches.mumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2017 16:32 IST
Six beaches along Mumbai’s coast will get lights by the end of this year.
The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has cleared a proposal by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to install lights on Juhu, Versova, Marwe, Manori and Gorai beaches.
“We have permitted the illumination of beaches along the western suburbs. It is a permissible activity since lighting them at night improves security and avoids untoward incidents like thefts. Besides beautification and cleaning up of the beaches, the security aspect is of prime importance,” said Satish Gavai, chairman, MCZMA. “As per the project plan, we have been told that all five beaches are expected to be illuminated by this year end.”
Municipal officials said that they have begun setting up the lights at Juhu. “We have installed five lights as of now, and another 15 will be placed by August-end to ensure that the entire beach is lit up,” said Prashant Gaikwad, assistant municipal commissioner. “Once Juhu is complete, we will begin installing lights at Versova, but the number will be lesser since it is a smaller beach. Other beaches will also have a similar setup.”
Citizens welcomed the decision to put lights on the beaches. “It is extremely important that lights be put up at these locations, as it will control dumping of garbage by slums during the night along the beach. Not to mention, open defecation as well as open drinking in these areas can be controlled to a large extent,” said Afroz Shah, lawyer and Versova resident.
MCZMA also cleared proposals by the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) to revamp the jetty area at Versova, Vasai and Palghar beaches. “The lights will add to easier transportation facility for citizens using the jetty during evening hours,” said Gavai.
However, a Rs 7-crore proposal from MMB to beautify anti-sea erosion bunds (constructed either using cement or sand, to protect the shoreline from coastal erosion) by constructing promenades and having benches along it, was rejected by MCZMA. “Bunds cannot be used for any other purpose apart from prevention of sea ingress. The activity is illegal; the law does not allow it. So, we rejected that proposal on those grounds,” said Gavai.