Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Lata not singing on right notes...

The topic of discussion these days in Mumbai print media is the Peddar Road flyover. This flyover has been in discussion for the past 5-6years. The resident association of Peddar Road, spearheaded by Lata Mangeshkar has always opposed building the flyover in that area mainly giving excuses that it would invade their privacy or lead to more pollution. Lata Mangeshkar had gone a step above saying having a flyover there would block her view, lead to pollution and inturrupt with her 'riyaas'... and that how she had lived for over 35 years in that area and suddenly seeing flyover near her house would be an eyesore to the beauty of that area. On a past few occassions, the work on the flyover had stopped stanks to the emotional blackmail of Lata mangeshkar. But this time around, with the Bandra-Worli Sealink work picking up momemntum, the need for a flyover that connects from Haji Ali passes over Peddar road and ends at Nariman Point has again come under scanner. Most of the town planners feel that the flyover is neccessary as it would lead to less chaos & traffic near the Haji Ali/Peddar Road area. If the flyover is not there, all the traffic that would now come from the new sealink would get accumulated near haji Ali/Peddar Road thus increasing the existing traffic load. Everyone has given go-ahead on the flyover this time, except Lata Mangeshkar. Her latest tantrum this time is that if the flyover comes, she will leave Mumbai for ever and will go and settle in Pune/Kohlapur. Pleassse... Most of the Mumbaikars are really surprised at her childish attitude and are questioning will the govt. this time also stop the work on the flyover just to please a VIP like Lata Mangeshkar? Many people who live around Peddar road also feel that it's neccessary to have a flyover. Some of them have on record said that most of the time, lata is either in London or Pune and spends only few months in Mumbai. Besides that she lives in an air-conditioned cocoon at her peddar Road house - so why is she making so much fuss about noise pollution etc. By acting this way, Lataji has just reduced her respect in front of people and nothing else.

1 comment:

JediYoda said...

Hi i guess its much ado about nothing ... saw these bunch of few society pedder roadies on one of the news channel trying to talk about something which they do not even know about, and trying to advice town planners and stuff ... i guess bombay just needs to raise the entire city and re-build it from scratch.