NEETA KOLHATKAR

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

If you have been hot un­der the col­lar and grum­bling about the heat and dust in the city and think 37 de­grees is swel­ter­ing, try de­scend­ing into the work­ing site of the Mum­bai Metro-3 cor­ri­dor. It may com­pletely al­ter your per­spec­tive. You will be con­vinced that 37 de­grees is cool!

This was one as­sign­ment I longed to cover, as the pho­tog­ra­pher B L Soni and I de­cided to go down 70 feet un­der the roads of Mum­bai, to be pre­cise, to check the ex­tent of work com­pleted by the Mum­bai Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (MMRCL). For once I can say, the en­gi­neer­ing marvel un­der­foot does make you for­get the over­head traf­fic snarls that tire one on a daily ba­sis.

As we walked into what was once a part of the Mum­bai Sports As­so­ci­a­tion ground, we en­ter a con­crete con­struc­tion site. Firstly, we had to sign a dec­la­ra­tion form stat­ing we were fit, which does mean both men­tally and phys­i­cally. Es­pe­cially the lat­ter, since the tem­per­a­ture is high and air is heavy. We passed a vast con­struc­tion site with cranes, trucks and car­rier vans around us. It is also com­pul­sory to

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