More than 2,000 people joined hands on Saturday between 6.30pm and 7.30pm at the Carter Road Promenade to create the ‘Go Green Human Chain’ in support of open green spaces, organised as the grand finale of Hindustan Times No TV Day.
Among those who joined the human chain that was aimed at creating awareness among citizens about various environmental issues were music composer Anu Malik, actors Shabana Azmi, Raveena Tandon, Tushar Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Tanvi Azmi, Rhea Chakraborti, small-screen actors Eijaz Khan, Roshni Chopra and Karan Kundra, and model Shibani Dandekar.
“We need more open spaces since we won’t be able to breathe without them. Resident groups’ around Mumbai are very active towards the cause, but the government needs to do more for the same,” said Azmi.
Close to 450 underprivileged children from NGOs such as Angel Xpress and Navjyot Foundation, and the St Catherine of Siena Orphanage, attended the event. Shyama Kulkarni, a trustee of the activist group Agni, who helped in the organisation of the event, said: “It makes me immensely happy to see that 99% of the children were underprivileged. They need such exposure more than anyone else.”
The children who participated were given a sapling at the end of the event.
Jyoti Kalle, co-founder of Navjyot Foundation, said: “There are a few parks, but there is a desperate need for more open pockets for recreation.” Her three-year-old granddaughter, Mira, was the youngest participant in the event.
Rahul Pai, a member of the Jai Bharat ALM, said: “Ecology protection being the need of the hour, this was a remarkable initiative by Hindustan Times.”
Volunteers from the Shirley-Rajan Road ALM were seen distributing green ribbons to the participants.
Joanna Pinto, 12, a resident of Carter Road, said: “We need more space since we have nowhere to play these days.” Other groups that lent their hands to create the human chain were the Mount Mary and Kane Road ALM, Carter Road ALM, 15th Road Bandra ALM, Perry Cross Road and Joggers' Park ALM, Saint John Baptist Road ALM, Ice Factory Lane ALM, KBS Foundation YMCA, Sharptune and Bandra cycle club.