Beautification of Mumbai Central Station

That time of year again! Daan Utsav, “The joy of giving week”, which is celebrated from 2nd October – 8th October all over India. Mumbai First joined hands with The Souled Store to bring colours to the Mumbai Central Station, Mumbai.

The initiative was supported by Western Railways.

The theme of the art/ murals painted at the station was to describe the essence of our city and celebrate the Mumbai’s Spirit. Therefore various iconic elements of the city such as Bollywood, the Mumbai skyline, etc were picked. The designs revolved around Mumbai’s culture, its food, and especially its people. It’s a tribute to all the real life heroes like dabbawala, policeman, etc.

It was a 100% volunteer driven initiative, around 300 volunteers came together in the wee hours of the night to give life to the lifeline of our city.

Volunteer’s Experience

Cleon D’Souza – It was an interesting experience, so many people coming together to bring a difference to our city. It was especially awesome seeing our designs on the panels and knowing that a part of us will always be on the walls of the city.

Mishaal – It’s a rare opportunity to paint the walls of Mumbai central railway station and I feel blessed to have been a part of this. I look forward to more of such opportunities where we help make the community better and a more beautiful place to live in.

Know your Plastic Workshop

Mumbai First in collaboration with Green Thinkers – Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai organized a workshop on 4th October 2018, at Mumbai Central Railways Station.

The purpose of this workshop was to make people aware about the packaging materials of different products consumed in day to day life. The plastics have pioneered the packaging industry due to excellent properties, but now its adverse impacts are visible due to mismanagement of plastics waste and resulting into stringent regulations like Plastics Ban. The awareness is the key to eliminate the single use plastics which have been affecting our environment to greater extent.

Volunteers interacted with the passengers from 4:30 PM till 7:30 PM and discussed the roles, responsibilities and measures required for proper plastics waste management. The participants were felicitated with gift items and freebies items were distributed.

Key Findings:

  • About 60% people voluntarily participated in the workshop.

  • People have a mind-set to Ban Plastics but after discussing the unnoticed application they realized the need for sound waste management system instead of banning plastics.

  • Volunteers had direct interaction with more than 400 passengers.

  • The passengers from other states such as Rajasthan, and West Bengal highlighted the measures taken by their nodal agencies and alternatives to single use plastics.

  • 172 Newspaper bags were made during campaign which will be distributed to Grocery vendors as an alternative to plastic carry bags.

  • The participants realized the importance of multilayer laminated packaging structures and the hurdles for finding alternatives were shared.

  • Measure with your finger activity engaged about 60 passengers which will be helping them to identify the banned and exempted packaging materials.

  • The passengers from FMCG companies shared the unavailability of biodegradable plastics at reasonable cost.

  • The awareness about dry and wet segregation was done and methods for proper disposal were shared.