I was stuck in a jam a few days back and will blog about once i get my mobile dongle and upload the pics. Jams are part and parcel of a Mumbaikars life, but the time taken to clear them out is increasing day by day.
Recently I read that the fifth Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, to be run on the western side streets of the metropolis on January 20, has enhanced its prize money to USD 2.4 lakh and has attracted 40 of the world’s top 100 marathoners.
The prize money is a cool Rs 96,00,000! that too for a sport most Mumbaikars are remotely interested in. Yes, the whole event is positive and helps by donating to NGOs and Charity, and also due to public participation however minuscule it may be in statistical terms.
But im quite unimpressed about the whole affair and find it a wastage of resources and a big corporate add event. why?
First because some foreigner gets to come and take away the booty, while already poorly sponsored local talent gets peanuts.
Secondly the whole media glare and focus is on the Filmstars and Celebrities and not on either the world champ runners or the mumbaikar who should also be given some coverage.
Thirdly because i find it quite fake and not truly portraying the true, real Mumbai . This is mainly because the roads used for the marathon are Showcase roads and real roads and bylanes in Mumbai are so badly maintained, that people using them get a range of problems and sicknesses ranging from minor sprains muscle pulls etc to the more serious fractures, neck, lumbar and back problems and complications from those problems.
It would be better to structure the race in such a manner that the roads chosen are the ones that portray the true Mumbai including roads that are uncared for or badly kept so that the administration is embarrassed into doing something about their upkeep.