Re: monsoon moments
The romance of rain in a resilient city
Smruti Koppikar, Hindustan Times
June 19, 2013
There are rain romantics and rain realists, those who see romance and beauty
in the sheets of water hitting the city and those who treat rain as a
function of the seasonal cycle that's initially a pleasant relief from the
oppressive humidity of the non-rain months, but quickly turns into a
What else is it, if not nightmarish, to negotiate tens of potholes on way to
work and back, lose productive time due to disruptions and delays in the
suburban train system, wade through filth as it mixes with rain water that
doesn't flow through archaic storm water drains, send our children to
schools and colleges in uncertainty? It's the same story, year after every
It need not be so. Monsoon is not unexpected nor is the set of issues that
accompany days of heavy downpour. Yet we cannot seem to get "monsoon
preparedness", as the venerable Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation calls it,
right. The reason is, partly, the entrenched cartel of contractors,
politicians and bureaucrats that benefits from perpetuating problems such as
Partly, it is this approach to "monsoon preparedness" that has kept us in a
running-to-stand-still mode: same issues, same band-aid solutions, same
weathering of the rains till the next monsoon. It's an extemporised
makeshift sort of a response to an annual urban disrupter. It has surely not
escaped our city's administrators that we live in an era of climate changes
and extreme weather conditions are now par for the course.
With all the available data, projections and models, how difficult is it to
work out a forward-looking comprehensive disaster management system equipped
to address all vagaries of nature rather than stumble from one season to
another? It's time for chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and municipal
commissioner Sitaram Kunte to start work on a long-term plan to secure the
city against the annual average rainfall and other weather extremes.
New York, with which Mumbai is often compared is being prepared for "rising
sea levels and hotter summers" with a $20 billion masterplan that its mayor
Michael Bloomberg recently announced. Mayors of 48 cities in the United
States including NY, elected officers who discharge administrative
responsibilities on par with our municipal commissioner, met earlier this
week in Washington to adopt a one-page plan to build resilient cities and
communities (http://www.resilientamerica.org) ) by addressing issues of
climate preparedness, energy security and infrastructure renewal.
Their key concern was that extreme weather events are becoming more and more
prevalent and local government is really where the response-action is. The
idea behind the one-page plan is that cities and communities should take
urgent and long-term measures to avert or mitigate natural disasters rather
than manage them and recover from them, which are very expensive. El Paso,
for example, which saw unprecedented cold last two years has mounted a $100
million programme to install solar panels on its buildings. Other cities and
communities are adopting specific measures that they hope will allow them to
manage extreme weather better.
Mumbai's drill is familiar. As May draws to a close, there's a scramble to
complete pre-monsoon work mainly de-silting drains and relaying/repairing
roads. As the first rain hits the city, roads laid with all technologies and
managed by all agencies develop potholes. When chief minister Chavan called
for a briefing on "monsoon preparedness" in the end of May, only 60 per cent
of de-silting had been completed and pothole-filling technologies were being
If the authorities adopted long-term strategy and helped build a Mumbai
resilient in rain, some of the romance and beauty of the season might return
to our lives.
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Monsoon Special Umbrella Workshop
Paint with Colours beyond the Rainbow
Unique Calligraphy Workshop by Achyut Palav at Belapur on the 5th July 2015.
Rains… They enchant, they surprise, They delight. They have the power to charm & scare you. It can drizzle; it can pour… it can drench you with a shower or stir up a storm. Just one element of nature, yet so many forms.
So this monsoon, try to capture its numerous Avatars or take a trip down memory lane to remember all those poems, sonnets & things that remind you of rains. Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy conducts its Annual Umbrella Workshop where you can make art come alive & capture the magic of rains on Umbrellas.
This workshop promises to be an exciting event where you can do calligraphy of words, poems & nature’s ravishing beauty during the monsoons. Come enjoy the blessed union of calligraphic strokes &colors that is going to take place on 5th July 2015.
Take home rains… Take Home Art
Enquiry Timing: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Venue: - G-203, Deck level, CBD Belapur Station Complex,
CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai – 400 614.
Contact: Ankita : 022 27891517
Note: APSC will provide one umbrella per student including colors, breakfast and lunch.
Register your name before 30th June 2015… Limited Seats!!!--
Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy
28/1, Welfare Chambers, Plot No. 73,
Sector-17, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.400 705
Tel: 022- 27891517