Mother of all malls in Mumbai
This mall apparently will cover a very large area and comprise of lots of shops, a multiplex as well as a big recreational lake. What I wish to know as a citizen of this state is who has the right to burden the state resources for their own mad projects? Where will the power for all this extravagance be generated?Updated: Jan 27, 2006 19:20 IST
A couple of days ago, I came across a report on your front page regarding the "Mother of all malls" that is to come up in Mumbai. This mall apparently will cover a very large area and comprise of lots of shops, a multiplex as well as a big recreational lake.
What I wish to know as a citizen of this state is who has the right to burden the state resources for their own mad projects? Where will the power for all this extravagance be generated? Is it going to come, as usual, by plunging a large part of Maharashtra in darkness simply to light up Mumbai city? This torture in the name of load shedding is just unfair. Residents all across the state pay equal (or marginally more or less) charges, at almost equal rates for electricity. Then why should there be uninterrupted power supply for Mumbai city as compared to compulsory load shedding for other parts of the state?
It pains me to see large hoarding lit by halogen bulbs all along the roads in Mumbai, glittering malls and wasteful expenditure in organizing the Mumbai Festival, etc. The reason is that there are places not far from Mumbai that go without power for 6-8 hrs daily where businesses cannot function, household activities come to a standstill, children cannot concentrate in hot classrooms during daytime and unable to complete their homework in unlit homes after sunset.
If other countries build lavish malls and organize shopping festivals, it is after they have taken care of all basic needs and amenities of their residents. Simply aping their comforts and lifestyle with total disregard to the needs of your own people is pathetic. What's worse is that our government is shamelessly proud of their so called 'achievements'.
I know my thoughts and feelings won't make any difference to anybody's plans and the monstrous mall will come up no matter what. And this load-shedding business will also continue. The purpose of this letter is to gather support for substantially reducing the electricity rate per unit for those areas that go through planned power outages. Those who discriminate should compensate. If Mumbai city is differentiated from other parts of the state then so should the power rates. A signature campaign for this demand will be undertaken shortly in the affected areas. Those who are in agreement with this view may please let their opinion be known soon.
First Published: Jan 27, 2006 19:20 IST