MUMBAI: Friday evening onwards, the city’s landmark monuments like CSMT, BMC headquarters, Mantralaya and Siddhivinayak temple were lit up in the colours of the national flag for Independence Day, and shone like beacons of hope amid the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic.
Government authorities and citizens’ groups are doing their best to keep up festivities despite lockdown restrictions. This year several events will take place in the virtual space. Some will fete doctors, health and civic workers, law enforcers and private businessmen who are engaged in relief work.

Around 9am on Saturday, Tivoli housing society in Powai will attempt a “national record” by flying 50 flags from 50 balconies in the complex. Society chairman Rakesh Bakshi said, “The size and placement of each flag is identical. We arranged all the flags on Friday. In fact we hired a worker to climb down using a rope and harness to affix the flags in balconies that are covered with grilles. The building was lit up Friday night and the flags shone so beautifully.”

Bakshi also heads the DK Flag Foundation which has also installed a 100 ft tall mast with a 30×20 ft monumental flag at the SRPF (State Reserve Police Force) headquarters upon a hilltop in Goregaon. This will likely become the highest flag in Mumbai given that the mast is located upon the 550 metres above sea level. DIG, HQ, Dr BG Shekhar Patil said, “It is a proud moment for us. Our Addl DGP Archana Tyagi and our entire team toiled for three months to achieve this feat.”
Meanwhile in Juhu, several NGOs helmed by doctors and psychiatrists will organise a virtual event named ‘Mumbai Dhadkan’ to raise awareness about plasma donation and to felicitate Covid-19 workers. Social worker Prakash Amte is guest of honour while comedian Atul Khatri will attend too.

The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) will felicitate jewellers and their associations nationwide which came to the assistance of craftsmen during the lockdown at a virtual gathering followed by a musical concert by Anuradha Paudwal.
CM Uddhav Thackeray will participate in an online conference titled ‘Freedom from Corona’ Saturday evening that is organised by Dr Shashank Joshi and Dr Rahul Pandit.

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