Christmas is here but SoBo joints deserted

We had hoped there would be closure, but we have to wait for a while. “The Bombay High Court hearing the 2003 Mumbai twin bomb blasts case, on Monday, said that the judgment on the confirmation of the death penalty to the three convicts would be pronounced either by next week or in the first week of January next year. The blasts had claimed 52 lives,” reports Deccan Herald.

And in Mumbai, the security strategy takes forever. “Various measures being taken to enhance the security apparatus in Mumbai after the 26/11 terror attacks are still incomplete, said a reply submitted by the home department in the state assembly on Monday. The state home department is in the process of deciding the locations across the city for installing the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras for round-the-clock surveillance. A committee under chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad has been set-up to supervise the process and another technical committee has been appointed to advise the first committee, home minister RR Patil said in a written reply,” says Hindustan Times.

 Christmas is here but SoBo joints deserted

Are eateries in South Mumbai in trouble? Swami Stream/Flickr

The horrific accident has citizens demanding action. “Following Sunday's mishap on Nerul section of the Palm Beach Road in which four youths lost their lives, citizens residing along the 9-km stretch have urged municipal authorities to install CCTV cameras on the road. This, said locals, will help keep tabs on rash drivers and rein in speed demons on the accident-prone stretch. The road, which has a speed restriction of 60kmph, has become notorious for late-night drag races,” says Times of India.

Another horrific incident that saw two youths killed also saw a good Samaritan losing his job – which citizens refused to put up with. “In an unlikely fallout of the Amboli murders, the restaurant outside which the incident occurred closed down last week. Patrons had enforced a boycott of the Amboli Bar and Kitchen for dismissing the steward who rushed to help the victims, Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez, when nobody else did… Keenan and Reuben were injured in the knife-attack that ensued and later died in hospital. Most bystanders, including restaurant staff, did nothing to help, save for waiter Mohsin Khan who bound their wounds and helped rush the duo to hospital. He was later sacked from work,” according to Times of India.

From an eatery in Amboli to eateries in south Mumbai. They’re in trouble too, but this is due to the economy, it seems. “On a mild wintry afternoon in mid-town Mumbai, the stylishly attired staff of The Bay View at Marine Plaza eagerly await the crowds to celebrate yuletide. There aren’t too many guests at this sleek, sea-side restaurant, even at the usually peak hour of 1.30 pm. Christmas is just a couple of weeks away, but the otherwise busy season for the restaurant has turned out to be lacklustre. Surveying the almost deserted seats at the restaurant, Carl D Costa, restaurant manager (food and beverage), doesn’t pin much hope on this season. “These are strange times. All the social butterflies are missing,” says Financial Chronicle.

Sky News gives us an interesting perspective of land prices in Mumbai. “India's poor are being priced out of slum areas in Mumbai with some shacks being sold for more than £50,000. The Dharavi slum, which is home to more than one million people, used to be on the edge of India's richest city. But as Mumbai expanded it now enjoys a prime centrally-located position. Residents of Dharavi can get anywhere in the traffic choked-city relatively quickly,” says the Sky report.

So your clearances may mean nothing – as another department might cancel them. “Concerned by the implications of the frenzied construction along the Senapati Bapat Marg in Lower Parel, the state environment committee has decided to reject environmental clearance (EC) to major construction projects there by the Indiabulls group until the group curtails the size of the projects. The State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) pointed out that the projects by the realty major at Jupiter and Elphinstone Mills of Lower Parel had been sanctioned a staggering FSI of 12,” finds Indian Express.

Chill, because the weather will stay cool. “A day after the city recorded season’s lowest mercury levels at 16.4 degree celsius in Santacruz and 21.2 degree celsius in Colaba, Mumbai continued to experience a chill in the air on Monday. Similar conditions will prevail for the next two to three days, said the Met department. On Monday, the suburbs recorded a minimum temperature of 17.1 degree celsius, almost a degree below its normal of 18 degree celsius while the island city recorded 21.4 degree celsius, marginally higher than its normal of 21 degree celsius,” says Indian Express.

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Updated Date: Dec 13, 2011 12:23:29 IST