Here is an interesting presentation by Ashish Puntamberkar. I don’t believe Mumbai is dying as Ashish says, people die, places don’t die, and the old gives in to you. But we certainly could well do with better Infrastructure! I was trying to find someone who really cares and also capable of visualizing such a change, Ashish Puntambekar is one such visionary. Check out this video below
Some Features of this Project are
1 Provides free housing, affordable education and healthcare for 9 Million slum-dwellers based on the dwelling concept
2. Provides better & faster Transport : 210 Km of Underground Subway … 60 % Reduction in Network Loa
3. Repays , the entire US $ 46 Billion debt of Maharashtra State as a single bulletpayment to deliver a debt free state by 2014
4. Transforms Mumbai into a large International Financial Centre : Creates two new financial centres and & Other Amenities … Universities etc
5. Invests US $ 40 Billion in Rural Education and another US $ 50 Billion in Rural health ( Total $ 90 Bn ) … to implement President Kalam’s PURA Model…thereby preventing Rural Migration to Indian cities.In addition the project will finance an additional 30,000 check dams in Marathwada and Vidharbha to raise water tables and will build a huge Ring Corridor in Maharashtra ( Mumbai – Nashik – Nagpur- Gadchiroli – Nanded – Pune Mumbai )
6. Applies principles of Intelligent Urbanism to create large open spaces, recreation facilities and culture facilities in Mumbai that will rival the worlds leading cities
7. Finally … the project will catalyze a tripling of the city’s GDP by 2018 and … by 2024, Mumbai’s GDP will exceed Singapore’s current GDP @ $ 310.69 Billion
D Prison Project by Dhriti – A NGO headed by Sumisha Shankar endevours to bring music, theatrics and creativity to the the hundreds of under-trials at various prisons, it started with the Byculla Jail and then last week it was a weekend at Arthur Road Jail.
I have seen the beggining of the “SYSTEM” in the school, when a child is not able to undertsand a subject, he is methodically segregated and encouraged to go and sit on the last bench. Some schools even have special classrooms where the bright students are clubbed to-gether , as they are the bunch of guys who will bring merit to the school in the board exams.
A Prison is the last bench or the duffer class, where the people who are not able to make money as per the “system” are sent. The under-trials instead of learning to learn money in a legitimate way, are sent to the school of crime in the Jails. Here a pick-pocket meets a murderer under-trial, notes are exchanged, introductions are made. The Arthur road prison is a place which is full of under-trials, including the infamous Kasab and the D-gang members, who live in the unda-cell.
Are we going to change the broken systems inside our prisons? Would NGO’s like Dhriti make any difference in the lives of under-trials ? Who will push some serious bill in to legislation and repair this broken system?