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Colaba Woods
Colaba Woods
Colaba Woods
Colaba Woods
Colaba Woods
Colaba Woods

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

The story of the Colaba Woods began in the early 1980's when the Tata Electric Company took over an 8 acre plot of land from the B.M.C. at a nominal lease.The plot was originally a refuse dump and had some hutments and two P.W.D.quarters on it. Today, this green forest in the concrete jungle of Cuffe Parade is the lung of the locality. This project was a forerunner amongst community projects of itskind, and it acted as a catalyst of sorts, leading to the citizen -initiated upkeep of several parks in Mumbai. Apart from the greenery, it has several other facilities such as a joggers' track, an amphitheatre, a readers' corner, basketball courts, children's play corner and large areas for relaxation. The amphitheatre is used as a venue to address issues of social importance such as drug addiction and rehabilitation, in addition to plays and shows. The readers' corner provides facilities for street children to study. The Colaba Woods project is a prime example of what ordinary citizens can do for their city. Mr. Chinnappa with his vision and determination was instrumental in the creation of Colaba Woods when he was the Managing Director of the Tata Electric Companies. The Colaba Woods is now used as an "open-air" museum. This way art is accessible to the average citizen of Mumbai. "The Woods are lovely, dark and deep, And I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep." - Robert Frost
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