Several buildings in the city will go blue on Sunday as part of a campaign to create awareness around diabetes.
The Siddhivinayak Temple, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the municipal corporation building, KEM Hospital, Nair Hospital, Abbott Office Building, and Sion Hospital will bask in a blue glow on the eve of World Diabetes Day, which will be observed on Monday.
The lighting is part of a campaign to prevent Mumbai from becoming the diabetes capital of the world. Around 50 monuments and buildings across the country will be lit blue as part of the “Abbott Diabetes Blue Fortnight-2011” campaign ahead of World Diabetes Day. It is being organised by non-profit organisation HEAL Foundation, Via Media Group, the ministry of health and family welfare, International Diabetes Federation, Archeological Survey of India and the city’s municipal corporation.
“Monuments illuminated in blue symbolise unity in the fight against diabetes, something akin to a blue sky uniting the world,” said Dr CS Pandav, national president, Indian Public Health Association and head of department of Centre for Community Medicine at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Other monuments across the country that will be lit blue include Shaniwarwada Fort in Pune, Red Fort and Qutub Minar in Delhi, Agra Fort in Agra, Konark Temple in Orissa , among others.