A city without tigers, devoid of plush mangroves and wetlands, and an infrastructure boom is the Mumbai that Prathamesh Chodankar, 21, dreads to live in, in the year 2022.
This third year engineering student of St Francis Institute of Technology, Borivli, will be consigning a written list of his hopes, memories and personal messages for the city in the form of photographs, video disks and notes sealed in an envelope, to a time capsule.
The time capsule, set up as part of the college's fest, Iris 2012, is a concrete box that will be buried inside the premises on February 26.
"We will unearth the time capsule during the college fest in 2022. The initiative is open to all. People can come and write messages in a leather bound book, which they can read and recollect a decade later," Chodankar said.
The budding engineers have also made arrangements for those people interested in placing personal messages for their loved ones.
"People can submit personal messages for their family members or friends, and leave behind contact details of the concerned person. We will send it to them after ten years," said Shelton Nazareth, 20, a third year student, adding that the people will have to pay Rs 50 for the postal charges in 2022.
The time capsule will also comprise an environment report of the city, a map of the city in its current form, photos of prominent locations, and a 16 GB flash drive consisting of videos and songs that have topped the charts this year.
"The idea behind setting up the time capsule is not to just look at how life was in 2012, but to look at the way we want it to be in 2022. This will help us reflect on the changes that have taken place within us and our city," he said.