When fashion choreographer Nisha Harale made Navi Mumbai her home in the ’90s she did not envisage the city as it is now. She is happy that it has developed in many ways and attracted scores of people who like her call the place their home today.
“Since the time I am here, there has been immense development, whether it is in corporate or transport sector.
Facilities available to people have also improved. From malls to theatres, there is everything in this place,” says Harale, a Sanpada resident.
The nature of people plays a major role in making a place good or bad, and that is where Navi Mumbai scores, feels Harale. “I have great neighbours and friends, who are helpful in times of need. People’s spirit in general is high and every festive celebration has its own charm and flavour. Also, people are willing to contribute towards the city’s betterment. If directed and guided properly, they will be able to do a good job,” she opines.
There are many issues that need to be looked upon for the city to become better. Harale contributes to the betterment of the society by taking up social causes. She was recently bestowed with the Woman Achiever Award 2013. She also received an award from commissioner of police Satyapal Singh for her contribution towards making the city safer for women. “The city has made a mark for itself now, but we need to continue the good work. Navi Mumbai should not become Mumbai,” she says with a firmness.
And, this thought does not come without reason. “There is lack of dustbins in our city. Already, public places are strewn with garbage and if this continues, very soon the city will become Mumbai. Why cannot we have dustbins lined up in public places?
Littered garbage spoils the beauty of the Palm Beach stretch,” she says. Harale has also been campaigning for the cleanliness of the city. She feels the local authorities can do a lot more to tackle hawkers, migrants who encroach upon streets. “All these factors do not paint a pretty picture of the city, and thus need to be immediately handled. The problem cannot be totally eradicated, but it can be controlled.”
Another thing Harale is passionate about the nightlife, and feels it needs to be improved further. “There is a huge market for DJs, and nightlife should be encouraged, but in the right way. Clubs should provide transport facilities and encourage DJs to spread social messages,” she says. “General recreational outlets like amusement parks for family are also a must in a city. Parks for senior citizens, and animals are needed too.”