Heritage structures, the pitches will be illuminated in three colors

Mumbai Independence Day Celebration: Heritage Structures and Venues to be Illuminated in Three Colors | ANI

Several parts of South Mumbai will be bathed in the colors of the national flag from August 13 to 15 with the BMC and some public and private authorities illuminating heritage structures and neighborhoods as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav or the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Independence.

Places such as Shivaji and Chaityabhoomi Park and structures such as the Yogakshema building of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, the University of Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum), the Gallery of art Jehangir, RBI Head Office, Asian Library and India Gateway was chosen for illumination.

The corporation has also appealed to residents to install facade lighting in their premises. It also distributes the national tricolor flag to the populations.

The Indian government had ordered all states and municipalities to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in the 75th year of independence.

Additional City Commissioner Ashish Sharma, who is in charge of the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign on behalf of the BMC, said, “We are getting a good response from citizens and business sectors, many of whom are contributing cash. Some businesses are providing flags and decorative materials from their CSR funds.”

Sharma said the Union government had relaxed the flag code for the period. “But we call on people to preserve the flag in remembrance of the Diamond Jubilee and use it next year as well,” he said. “If we strictly enforce the flag code, people won’t buy the flag.”

The BMC has purchased up to 35 lakh flags and will distribute them until August 11. A senior official said the company would also distribute flags in the slums.

The BMC has sent electronic copies of the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav and Har Ghar Tiranga logos to schools and colleges so that they can print them and display them on their buildings.

Meanwhile, some Marine Drive residents have raised the issue of the cost of lighting building facades. They said the budget to do it for three days can be up to Rs1 lakh.

However, Deputy City Commissioner Shivdas Gurav, a neighborhood officer, said: “We called on people to light up their buildings in the Habs but we didn’t tell people to do it compulsorily. We called on people to citizens and sent them letters so that they could get permission to spend money from their management committees.Some citizens were excited and asked for the contact numbers of agencies that do this kind of work.

Gurav however agreed that the cost of lighting a building for three days would be between Rs1 lakh and Rs1.4 lakh.

He said the Cuffe Parade Residents Association had assured the BMC that around 40 buildings in the area would light up their facades.

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