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‘Install railing along Gateway of India parapet wall to save lives’

A parapet wall near the Gateway of India is turning out to be a danger zone for visitors and tourists.

mumbai Updated: Jul 05, 2011 01:44 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

A parapet wall near the Gateway of India is turning out to be a danger zone for visitors and tourists.

After one man died and another nearly drowned in this month alone, corporator Vinod Shekhar has demanded that a railing be put along the parapet wall.

Shekhar said he was willing to spend from his corporator fund to install the railing. He also demanded that lifeguards be deployed near the wall that is only 2.4 ft high.

The Congress leader said he would bring up the issue in the civic body meeting.

On June 1, Riyaz Sayyad, 46, an engineer and resident of Niphad in Nashik district, died after falling from the parapet wall located on P Ramchandani Marg, opposite Hotel Taj.

Two days later, on Sunday, Mushtaq Khan, 33, an Ulhasnagar resident, also fell into the sea while he was leaning over the wall. He was, however, rescued.

“A lot of people come to the Gateway of India, but it is not safe as the parapet wall is too low and hence dangerous for visitors,” said Vinod Sawant, senior inspector, Colaba police station.

Keeping in mind the number of visitors and tourists that visit the monument every day, Sawant suggested that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) should construct a 5-6 ft high steel railing.

However, since the Gateway of India is a heritage site, permission of the heritage committee and other departments concerned would be required for installing the railing.

Officials from the civic development plan department said a letter had already been sent to the chairman of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC).

When contacted, Dinesh Afzulpurkar, chairman of the MHCC, told the Hindustan Times, “We have no problem if railings are put up along the wall for safety reason. Now the BMC needs to take steps to ensure that the work is carried out as soon as possible. It shouldn’t delay it further and put the lives and limbs of people at risk.”

Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner, incharge of the island city, was not available for the comment.

According to police officials, passers-by, horse carriage operators have rescued many people, but the cases weren’t registered.