With Mumbai having severe space problems, city builders are surely going all out to provide comfort to the residents. One such society where the residents’ needs are really taken care of is the Marathon Era. With four floors for parking and a fifth floor swimming pool and garden, this society is nothing short of a modern marvel.
“With around 192 CCTV cameras, we have a very good security system in place. The lobby on each floor has a minimum of two CCTV cameras. We have a security control room, where the cameras are monitored 24/7. We have 40 guards looking after the security of the building,” said Jayant K Broker, member of the managing committee.
The society also has a very efficient visitor management system, with each and every outsider being photographed, while entering the building. “We have a good fire fighting system with sprinklers, hydrants and water lines. Each floor has at least two fire extinguishers,” said Ravi Gulati, the treasurer of the society.
One of the best features of the society is the garden, which has a swimming pool, a club-house and a gym in it. Ramesh Nair, the manager of the society, said, “The garden is on the fifth floor. It has a play area for kids. A path runs round the garden, where the elderly come for their morning and evening walks. With a TT table and carom boards we have arrangements for indoor games as well. We plan to put a snooker table as well.” Due to space constraints, a lot of societies have parking issues, but not Marathon Era. The society has four floors of parking and no resident has ever had any reason to complain regarding parking, informed Nair.
“As far as waste management is concerned, there are two waste bins on each floor. We have 40 people in housekeeping, who help us to keep the society clean and well-maintained,” said Broker.
The society has also given a contract for cleaning the water tank. There is a sewage treatment plant and the recycled water is used to water the garden. “We save a lot of BMC water,” said Broker. “We also have a composting system, where most of the wet waste is thrown and later used as manure for the garden. In the next one and a half years, we plan to make Marathon Era a society with zero discharge of garbage. Most of our garbage is recycled and is used in the garden,” said Gulati.
The society celebrates national holidays with zest but the best is the annual day of the society, which is usually held in December or January. The society recognises the achievements of youngsters in academics, sports and co-curricular activities. “By recognising and awarding the child, we encourage the child and keep alive his/her competitive spirit, which will spur the child to do even better in future,” said Broker.