WHEN COUNTRIES across the world are banning selfies and selfie sticks, Mumbai seems to want more of the camera. After Shivaji Park, CST station and Juhu will be the next places to get their own ‘selfie points’ in the city.
Ganesh Sanap, Corporator of the A Ward, has planned two selfie points in front of CST station – one near Jhunka Bhakar Kendra and another near Pherozeshah Mehta’s statue. Funded by the BMC, Sanap says that these spots will cost at least Rs 50,000 to 1 lakh.
Recently, France banned selfie sticks at Eiffel Tower due to inconvenience to visitors. Disney parks across the world have banned them due to inconvenience as well as safety concerns. In New York, it is an offence to take selfies with zoo animals in the selfie frame.
Speaking about the risk, Sanap says, “A lot of people take selfies in front of the historic CST building. Usually, they take a lot of risk and stand in the middle of the road to get the best view. This causes accidents. That is why we want to give them a designated spot where they can take good pictures safely.”
Another selfie point is to come up at an open garden in VM Road, Juhu. The project will be funded by Andheri West MLA, Ameet Satam, who hopes that this point will become an iconic spot in the city, where people from across the world will come to click their selfies.
“Most big cities in the world have such spots to take pictures. For example, Kuala Lumpur has IloveKL signs where tourists take pictures. Mumbai is also an international city but it doesn’t have any such place. I thought we should also have something on those lines in our city. This place is not far from Juhu beach, so people will definitely come here to take selfies. People who come from afar can even take these pictures as souvenirs,” says Satam.
The trend of having selfie points in Mumbai began in June when one was started at Shivaji Park in Dadar. According to Sandeep Deshpande, the corporator who brought the innovation, the point sees at least 300-500 people taking selfies.
Among the people taking selfies here were Alpita Parkar and Uday Mohite. Both of them are artistes and they feel there should be more such places in the city. “It is a brilliant idea. Beautifying spots like these can help create relaxing areas in the city. We would like to see more such areas and would love to contribute by helping in making them.”
Though the Shivaji Park selfie point has gained a lot of popularity, many patrons of the park have complained that it ruins the peace of the park and is a disturbance to joggers.
Also at the time of its creation, many saw it as an easy populist move to attract youngsters in view of the coming BMC elections.