Eight lesser known facts about Marine Drive
In many ways, the 100-year-old Marine Drive is the quintessential Mumbaikar, full of paradoxes. On the one hand, it is a bustling hub of round-the-clock activity and, on the other, it is the most sought-after place when it comes to peace and tranquility. From sheltering loved-up couples to serving as a business avenue for chat-sellers, Marine Drive is imposing, yet never distracting. But like all things Mumbai, there is some interesting trivia about Marine Drive you might just have missed – we dont blame you as some of them are as old as time. Here are eight lesser known facts about Marine Drive.
What is Marine Drive for the rest of the world is Sonapur for the locals! (Even our landmarks have pet names.)
The boulders you see at Marine Drive are not just showpieces; they are tetrapods designed to keep strong waves from destroying the promenade (more heroic than our Bollywood films).
There are over 6,500 tetrapods lining the 4.3-km stretch of the Drive.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road That is the official name of the six-lane Marine Drive. (We all prefer Marine Drive though!)
After its initial construction, the stretch wasnt repaired for 72 years before it was resurfaced entirely in 2012.
In 2014, it hosted the first R-Day Parade in Mumbai. (We wish that happened every year!)
The promenade you walk on was not part of the original island and was built on reclaimed land; 100 years on, it is still strong as oak.
Right after independence, a public vote was taken to decide on the type of lights that would adorn the promenade. The sodium vapour lights with a yellow glow were selected in 1950.