The Panvel Post

Civic issues, Features and Personalities of Navi Mumbai

Winter effect


As the winter season gaining its strength, it has made significant effects in the styles of our city dwellers. It has affected the food and dress styles of Navi Mumbai. But it is a testing time for people, who lives in streets and have no shelter, whether they survive or not.

Vasant patel, who made a small hut in vacant place of Kharghar, lives with his family and find his daily bread by selling plastics wastes to companies which recycle it. For them winter season is a struggling period, as they are not able to buy woolen clothes and find nutritious food to fight with cold. He is more concerned about his children, who fell ill due low temperatures. When we comfortably stay in home under strong roofs, Vasant remembers, when he use to hold the plastic roof of his hut all the night during rains and heavy winds.

 “Last year some organization in Belapur provided us clothes in winter, this time I have made a bed with different materials” Said Vasant.

In the beautiful streets of Kharghar lives Leela (name changed), a constant visitor of railway station. Her legs are too weak and unable to walk. She uses to move her body in the roads of Kharghar. Her only asset is a plastic cover, which contains a steel glass, a plate and one sari. She uses to clean the area of shops near to railway station and shops in turn give her food.

“I have two sons, but I don’t know where they are? I kept them safe till their 10thage, but they left me alone and for 5 years I don’t know where they are. Till this day I haven’t begged anywhere and will not, if God gives me strength. Winter season is truly horrible for people like us, as it brings not only illness, but also affects our daily bread” Said Leela.

Irfan Khan, 14, a panipuri seller in Kalamboli, struggles to find his bread during winter season. “During winter our business goes down, as less people eat from outside. This is because of a fear of falling ill and improper climate. I don’t have anyone to guide or help, but I’m able to make my daily bread and I help others also” Said Irfan.

Vasant, Leela and Irfan are part of our Satellite city, Navi Mumbai. The way in which they struggle and fight inspires us.


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