CPRA Garden (Next to Palm Springs) Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400 005 Tel: 22185714

 

CPRA Communication
- The President's Message
- Report of the Hon. Secretary General
January 2006

 

FROM THE PRESIDENTS DESK


On behalf of the members of the Executive Committee of CPRA let me wish you and your family A Very Happy New Year

 

You must have enjoyed reading the CPRA's Dandiya Ras special Bulletin, which was distributed to all the residents. The function was a huge success, thanks to a few ladies of our Association who took up the challenge. Both the young and the old participated with enthusiasm and enjoyed the event enormously. There was good food, a good band and good ambience. Those, who did not attend the function, reality missed the fun and frolic.

   
November 2005

 

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


If ever I have missed someone, it's my fellow Cuffe Paradians who missed being with us at the Dandiya Raas celebrations at the Bayview Marina. The evening was packed with fun, with great food, great fellowship and of course a great time. The brainchild of our Vice President Ashok Kanwar who joined CPRA two years back. He is the chairman of Sea Lord and along with his team members is greatly responsible for making this building amongst the finest and most responsible for making this building amongst the finest and most well-managed in Cuffe Parade. Ashok's remarkable organizational skills and capability of bringing out the best in his team-mates have worked wonders for CPRA.

It is however the enthusiasm and the efforts of the ladies group of CPRA that implemented the entire show. The love, hard work and intelligence of putting this magnificient event into place is all theirs. The crown of success lies on the head of Kavita Rupani, a member f the CPRA executive committee and an expert event manager. All her experience managing such event at Radio Club is greatly responsible for extraordinary success of this event. A very special vote of thanks to Kavita's team-mates Mrs. Sarla Bedi, Chairperson of LADIES wing, Mrs. Merceza Paes, Mrs. Gupta and Mrs. Swaminathan for their passionate participation.

 

The Dandiya Raas was also very well sponsored. Mrs. Mereza Paes contacted Mr. A.K. Jhunjhunwala, the Hon. Secretary of Maker Tower 'F', a member of CPRA'S executive committee and a renowned person, for some sponsorship. To our pleasant surprise and joy he got us a very handsome contribution of Rs.100,000 from Maker Developers. Other worthy sponsorships followed. My colleagues and I, are really very appreciative of such endeavours. This successful event is hopefully just the beginning. For those Cuffe Paradians who could not make it today there are other delightful events on the anvil.

 

CPRA is now heading towards a brilliant future with a Golf Driving Range on a Floating Barge. The contract with Sportania Sports (P) Ltd. For sponsorship ;has been signed. Your Vice-President, Mr. Suresh M. Jagtiani, who is now also appointed as co-chairman of Bayview Marina deserves all the credit for such a wonderful achievement. Won't the Cuffe Paradians be proud of such achievements. Our Bayview Marina Plot will become a star studded heaven on earth when all the facilities like the Musical Fountain, Meditation but, Jogging track, Swimming Pool and other sport facilities are functional.

   
October 2005

 

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


It was heartening to see such a mammoth gathering at the Presidential Hall of Hotel Taj President for the AGM held on 11th September 2005 and a great pleasure to observe that the Cuffe Paradians are taking keen interest in the various activities of CPRA.

I would be failing in my duty if I do not appreciate the hare work extended by Mr.Ashok Kanwar in a short span of time for his meritorious services for the development of the plot christened by CPRA as "Bayview Marina". Not only he is trying to organize to bring members closer, but he is also trying his mite to raise sufficient funds both for the CPRA Garden as well as the Bayview Marina so that proper development takes place.
I sincerely hope that his dream to make Cuffe Parade a "Green Haven" comes true - a gift and heritage which the next generation will cherish and remember.
   
   
April 2004

Dear Cuffeparadians,


Our third issue of the Cuffeparadian comes at a time when the National Elections are around the corner. Hopefully we are on the threshold of a new era where India will move briskly towards prosperity. Most of the problem that CPRA has had to tackle

have been related to a failure of governmental agencies to improve the lot of our citizens which in turn has led to increasing proliferation of slums and hawkers. Let us all hope that the future will make it easier for all of us to keep Cuffe Parade cleaner and healthier.

On a more positive note I am pleased to inform you that our membership drive, which began in mid-May 2003, has been so successful that in spite of the increased membership fees we have been able to get nearly 100 new members since September 2003, an increase of nearly 10% in 5 months. I welcome these new members to our fold. This has been a morale booster for all of us. We are however still looking out for new members for our Executive Committee who will be able to devote time to help the existing active members. Let us truly join hands to further improve Cuffe Parade.

K.R.Puri.
President.

Dec 2003

Dear Cuffeparadian,

It is with great pleasure that I present to you our second issue of the Cuffeparadians. I hope, with your support, we will continue to spread our message through this medium.

People of eminence were the founders of our association and we will never be able to thank them enough. But like a caravan, some people depart and are replaced by new ones in order to take us all to our intended goal. Some remain to keep up the good work. We have been fortunate in recent days to have welcomed some new faces to our Executive Committee namely Mr.Ashok Kanwar, Mr.Balraj Bamba, Mr.B.M.Chaturvedi and Mr.Amar Madnani. Their efforts have brought about a new zeal in our organization. The Cuffeparadian has restarted, our website is online. Some portions of our area have been rid of hawkers and the work on the Bayview Marina is progressing rapidly. Cmdr. Bhandoola continues to fight to keep our area safe and pollution fee besides continuing to head our battle for the Cuffe Parade Gymkhana. Our recently held AGM was a great success in terms of a surprisingly large attendance. Thanks go to Mr.Balsara, Mr.Suresh Jagtiani and Mr.Poddar and Mr.N.R.Thanawala and also to all the Chairpersons and Hon. Sec. Who have helped us create a greater awareness by co-operating in our poster campaigns. Mr.Balsara, our Hon. Sec. General, is the backbone of C.P.R.A. & we are extremely thankful to him for his hand work and preservance. 

I wish all Cuffe Paradians a Merry X’mas and a Prosperous New Year.

K.R.Puri
President

  

Nov 2003

Dear Cuffeparadian,

I have the pleasure of presenting to you the first issue of “The Cuffeparadian,” our quarterly, which I am sure you will enjoy reading. Your participation by way of comments and suggestions will ensure that Cuffe Parade remains the best residential area of Mumbai.

Reports on various activities of CPRA are also in his issue so that you may know where and how your valued contributions are put to use.

The CPRA garden, our pride, continues to provide a beautiful green lung for this area. It is now so well landscaped that we are holding most of our meetings here, weather permitting. Wishing you happy times, besdt wishes from,

K R Puri
President

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January 2006
SECRETARY GENERAL UPDATE
   

The Bayview Marina Plot is completely fenced in two rows outer with wire meshing and inner with razor edge fencing. The ground is leveled after topping with soil, segregating and removing the stones. As informed in the last Bulletin, Two rows of Royal Palm Trees have been planted round the periphery of the plot as per phase I of the report submitted to the Collector. Landscape designing is in progress and you would have a walking and jogging track in the very near future. The approval of the development for sports complex, as per Phase II and Phase III, as well as handling over Plot No.105 (marked as parking lot in the Development Plant) is in progress and a close follow-up is maintained with the collector and the concerned authorities a Mantralaya.

Concretising Roads

On CPRA's insistence, BMC are concretizing the main Prakash Pethe Marg, as the motorists were finding it extremely difficult to drive on this stretch of road after the monsoons thanks to pot holes. There are 25 main roads in 'A' ward, which are to be concretized, and work has been entrusted to different contractors.

 

Shah & Parikh are given the contract for concretizing of Capt. Prakash Pethe Marg. CPRA is most appreciative of this and thanks BMC, specially Major Rajendra Vale Asst. Com. 'A' ward for his keen interest for the improvement of 'A' ward. The work will be finished by May - 2006.

 

From the Presidents Desk

With active participation of it's members CPRA grows from strength to strength. However, there is that compelling need to join hands with CPRA. Support from all our buildings will help achieve our goals. A lot still needs to be done, so that the residents of this area can lead a quiet, peaceful and environment friendly life.

 

With active participation of it's members CPRA grows from strength to strength. However, there is that compelling need to join hands with CPRA. Support from all our buildings will help achieve our goals. A lot still needs to be done, so that the residents of this area can lead a quiet, peaceful and environment friendly life.

Most Cuffe Paradians participate in the activities

 

COLLECTOR HELP CPRA REMOVE ENCORACHMENT

The plot behind Somani School was cleared of encroachment, who then shifted to the nearby Nallah behind Jhulelal Mandir. Thanks to our COLLECTOR AND THE additional Collector who along with the help of BMC and the Cuffe Parade Police, removed them on 16th December,05. CPRA has stationed extra security guards round the clock, so that re-encroachment does not take place.

 

NO FIRE WITHOUT SMOKE

Cuffe Parade is Mumbai's Manhattan. Thirty four years ago, when this concreta jungle of high-rise buildings mushroomed up, they faced on the veritable problem

 

FIGHTING FIRES

As per Rules & Regulations of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and Fire Brigade Department, it is essential for every high rise building to properly install fire fighting equipment and also maintain it regularly.

 
1.

Our FIRE BRIGADES do not have ladders or hosepipe long enough to reach beyond ten storied buildings.

2.

STRONG WINDS and natural elements play an important part in fire. The winds fan the fire to spread faster, while the fire brigades have to shorten their ladders to keep them steady.

3.

Thus it is imperative, that the INTERNAL FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT in each building, be kept functional and in working order at all times.

4.

Regular MONTHLY WET DRILL should be conducted by each building, under professional supervision.

5.

This would help detect any FAULTY FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMETN. A leaking hosepipe, for example, would lower the water pressure, hampering the process of fighting the fire.

6.

Drills would also CREATE AWARENESS amongst the residents, the servants and the security. The knowledge of evacuation of the building, usage of the staircase, assisting the children, old and handicapped would avert a major disaster in case of fire.

The most recent example of tragedy by fire was at Sagar Sangeet, Strong winds fanned the fire to spread from one floor to the other. One life was lot along with lots of immovable property. The internal fire fighting equipment in the building wasnot functional and chaos and panic was evident among the residents and spectators.

The author Arun Jhunjhunwala is the Chairman of Casablanca and the Hon. Secretary of Maker Towers 'F' the commercial complex of Cuffe Parade. He is also member of the executive committee of CPRA. A chartered accountant by profession, Arun successfully heads his sizeable firm. The indifference to the state of the fire fighting equipment by many of our societies triggered Arun into understanding the essentials of what it takers to keep this life saving equipment in top condition. Says Arun. "All societies are welcome to share my experience and benefit from my advise". He is contactable on 2218-7412 (Office).

AN INTERVIEW WITH EMINENT SENIOR ADVOCATE IQBAL M CHAGLA

Meet a Star Cuffe Paradian

 

Continuing with our series of meeting up with key Cuffe Paradians to make them better known to others in the area, our Ashok Kanwar has a chat with the eminent senior advocate Iqbal M Chagla.

 

The frank, forthright & fearless Iqbal was in his true elements during this encounter and did not evade any question and fielded himself well and true.

 

Born and brought up in Bombay the successor to the very illustrious and towering personality MC Chagla our ex-Chief Justice (with the longest ever tenure) and Ambassador of India to USA (during the period when America had a distinct leaning towards Pakistan) and statesman par excellence, Iqbal inherited several great qualities of his father (DO Chaglashave a special gene that gives them great legal brains?). Iqbal, after initial education in Bombay University went to Cambridge in UK to complete his MA then become Bar-at-Law.

 

His legal practice practice in Bombay (who had heard ofMumbai then?) started of on a strange note. His father would not accept him at his junior nor recommend him for cases. Those were the days of very high ethical standards & Character of personalities like MC Changla - quite a contrast to the current unabashed promotion of sons, bhais and bhateejas by all public figures of today.

 

Iqbal was asked to establish himself on his own merits and hard work and to show his mettle to win a career & laurels. He accepted the challenge and without the piggy back has made a name for himself as one amongst the top few legal brains of the country. This is history and true to his father's high ideals, he does not promote his son Riyaz at all, who is making his mark on his father's (&grandfather's footsteps. History always repeats itself.

 

Iqbal Chagla today is best known for his scathing and piercing role in PIL & (Public interest litigations) on very important issues. He is in fact the most known crusader for bringing good law and public order through PILs. His contribution in some leading matters like Mills Land in Mumbai/support to Puneities in the matter of Arun Bhatia, corporate battle in a Corporate case where the entire Bar was up against him (&he won) him declaring, fearlessly in the Court that the then Chief Ministers affidavit could not be believed, are milestones in the Indian jurisprudence, why the fetish for so many PILs ?

 

That is the only way to get laws implemented. What a travesty of life? The nexus between politicians - criminals & many times inept bureaucracy forces public crusaders to get the right law implemented. Kudos to you the PIL man from Cuffe Parade.

 

With such an outstanding achievement in the legal profession who could have imagined that Iqbal is a keen golfer and a passionate collector of art.

 

Iqbal has lived in Cuffe Parade since early 60s & in a pensive mood was missing the palm fringed walking promenade where the old timers would occupy their chosen cast iron benches to have their tea and muffins whilst the young children were taken in the prams and buggies. Tidal waves kissed the promenade and pets went for a swim in the sea. Sure enough he rues the concrete jungle, the ever increasing slums/shops and the mini market in the way to Cuffe Parade and the noise level. But he is quite vociferous in appreciating the greenery in Cuffe Parade and the general cleanliness and the gardens. Iqbal is an honorary member of the CPRA executive committee.

 

He tells to CPRA: You are doing a great job - highly commendable. I believe that you are the most pro-active residents association. I am proud to be a part of you (infact he asse5rts all Cuffe Paradians should be. He assures his fullest support to CPRA and the members. He even offers his professional assistance to CPRA - gratis of course and through the medium of this article sends them his Greetings to the Cuffe Paradians.

 
October 2005
 
FROM THE DESK OF HON. SECRETARY GENERAL
   

As you are aware, the AGM was held on Sunday 11th September, 2005 when 212 members casted their votes. Out of that, 10 votes were rejected leaving 202 votes as valid. Mr. Shreekant Bhasin was nominated as a "Returning Officer" and was ably assisted in counting the votes by Mr. Padam Singhania, Mr.J.V.Patel (both of Sunita) and the Office Manager, Mr. Mahendra Parshetye.

 

Out of the 19 members who stood for election, following 15 members were elected on the Executive Committee of CPRA. The list is given as per the descending number of votes.

 
1. Mr. K.R. Puri
2. Mr. J.R. Balsara
3. Mr. Ashok Kanwar
4. Mr. S.M. Jagtiani
5. Mr. IsHWAR Yalavatti
6. Mr. V.N. Poddar
7. Mr. KR. Thanawalla
8. Mr. Ashok Malhotra
9. Mrs. Sarala Bedi
10. Mrs. Kavita Rupani
11. Mr. N.R. Thanawalla
12. Mr. Shyam Singhania
13. Mr. B. Bamba
14. Mr. B.M. Chaturvedi
15. Mr. H.P. Khemka
 

The Cuffe Parade Residents Association had sent invitations to the following persons to become Hon. Members of CPRA, and are glad to mention that they have accepted the same.

 
1. Mr. V. Rangnathan - Ex Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
2. Mr. Manmohan Singh - Ex Collector of Mumbai
3. Mr. Iqbal Changla - Legal luminary
4. Mr. Aspi Chinoy - Legal luminary
 
Besides these names, CPRA has received nominations from the following:
1. Mrs. Shobha Jagtiani
2. Mr. S.K. Trehan
3. Mr. Sashi Seth
4. Mr. Deshbandu Kagzi
5. Mr. A.K.Jhunjhunwala
6. Mrs. Asha Dusija
7. Mr. Rohit Khosla
8. Mr. Jeet Gulati
9. Mr. Kamal Singh
10. Mr. A.P. Patel
11. Mr. Manmohan Anand
12. Mr. Munna Aziz Jhaveri
13. Mrs. Salome Roy Kapoor
 

During the A.G.M., two important presentations were made-one for the development of Bayview Marina and the other about the Golf Driving Range, Mr. Ashok Kanwar, the Chairman of Bayview Marina, Inspite of his ill health, attended the A.G.M. showing his dedication and close attachment to CPRA, during the presentation informed the members that, as required, a complete Report together with sketches and drawings have been submitted to the Collector, who assured us that he will advise PRA no sooner he received the clearance from the Government of Maharahstra. The development of the plot will take place in three phases. Phase I for planting Royal Palm trees on the periphery of the plot near the fencing for which the Collector has already given the sanction and work has already started. In Phase II, sporting facilities like, Volley Ball, Cricket Pitch with Net, Meditation Hut, Jogging / Walking tract will be done, while Phase III will involve the Swimming Pool. Huge funds will be required to implement such a project. Negotiations are under way with ICICI Lombard who will give approximately Rs.50 lakhs, spread over a period of 5 years. Discussions are also taking place with a corporate body for sponsoring the development of the whole of Bayview Marina. Besides having the above facilities, it will also include a lighted musical fountain. As regards the Driving Range, Mr.S.M.Jagtiani gave a vivid presentation, explaining that this will be developed on barges, anchored in the sea adjacent to the Bayview Marina. The barges are presently manufactured at Mazgaon Docks. This Driving Range will be the first of its kind in India. This project has been initiated bySportiana Sports Pvt. Ltd. and they will be constructing the driving range without financially burdening CPRA in any way. They will be giving Rs.5 lakhs every year to CPRA and as a matter of fact they have already given the first instalment.

 

We are glad to inform you that a few of the active ladies are going to organize the Dandiya Ras on Sunday 9th October 2005 at Bayview Marina Plot. For those who want to participate, invitation cards will be issued. Kindly contact 22185714 (CPRA office) and attend in lrge numbers to make the function a grand success. You can dance to your delight till 10.00 p.m.

 

CPRA is pleased to inform you that most of the societies are contributing towards the Development of Cuffe Parade area the rate of Rs.750/- per month and Improvement Project at the rate of Rs.25/- per flat per month. The list of the Societies which are contributing towards these projects as well as for the security as Bayview Marina is given in a table on page-3

 

CPRA is following up closely with other societies who are not contributing for the Development & Improvement Projects. It may be worthwhile to mention that Windemere, SEA land and 49, Cuffe Parade have also started contributing.

 

During the AGM held on Sunday 5th September, 2004 it was decided to construct a wall / fenace round the periphery of the Bayview Marina to stall the encroachment as well as quite a lot of activites, like drying of fish, which were taking place. As no response was coming forth from the Corporate houses for the development of the plot, it was suggested that members present should contribute for the same. Following is a list of members, who contributed handsomely, the total coming to RS.3,08,000/- (see table in next column)

 

Members will be pleased to ntoe that as per previous years, a few of the residents of Sunita Building and others also made arrangements to distribute 10,000 Vada Pav, Samosa, Ladoo and water to the devotees of Lord Ganesh at the occasion of Shree Ganesh Visarjan on Saturday 17th September,2005. Congratulations, for the worthy cause. Keep it up.

 
1. Chairman - Sea Lord Sea Lord 51,000
2. Mr.V.N. Poddar Sunflower 25,000
3. Mr. K.R. Puri Sunita 25,000
4. Mr. Vijay Hinduja Dalamal Apts. 25,000
5. Mr. Ajit Singh Bedi Sea Lord-B 25,000
6. Mr. Indra Rohira Sea Lord 25,000
7. Mrs. Shobha Jagtiani Palm Spring 25,000
8. Mr. B.M.Chaturvedi Maker Tower-H 21,000
9. Drs. Mrs. S. Bakshish Jolly Maker Apt.III 21,000
10. Chairman-Iris Iris 10,000
11. Mr. S.R.Hingorani Mehr Naz 7,500
12. Mrs. Salome Roy Kapoor Maker Tower-H 5,000
13.. Mr. O.P.Aggarwal Sunita 5,000
14. Dr. Rashmi Aggarwal Sunita 5,000
15. Mr. V.R. Kapoor Jolly Maker Aprt. I 5,000
16. Capt. S.K.Sharma Mehr Naz 5,000
17. Mr. J.V. Patel Sunita 5,000
18. Mrs. Sarla Bedi Jolly Maker Apr. I 5,000
19. Mr. Pravin Shah   5,000
20. Dr. (Miss) Y.M.Lukmani Jolly Maker Apt. III 5,000
21. Mr. Premal Vora Jolly Maker Apt. III 2,500
    Total Rs. 3,08,000
 
As per "Cuffe Paradian" Oct 2005
 
List of Societies contributing towards development, improvement projects and security at Bayview Marina
 
Name of Society DevelopmentRs.750/- pp.m. ImprovementRs.25/- p.m.Per flat Bayview Marina Rs.3500/- p.m.
1. Atur Terrace -- -- --
2. Basant Apartment 750 1600 --
3. Casablanca 750 2050 --
4. Clover Apartment 750 500 --
5. Cuffe Castle 750 1900 --
6. Dalamal Apartment -- -- --
7. Dalamal Park 750 750 --
8. Goolestan -- -- --
9. Hotel Taj President 2000 -- --
10. IDBI -- -- --
11. Iris Apartment 750 1550 --
12. Jal Kiran 750 -- --
13. Jolly Maker Apartment-I 1500 -- 3500
14. Jolly Maker Apartment-II -- -- --
15. Jolly Maker Apartment-III 750 2750 3500
16. Jupiter Apartment -- 2925 --
17. Joint Action Committee 'HIJKL 1000 -- --
18. Lovely Home -- -- --
19. Maker Tower A & B 750 -- --
20. Maker Tower E -- -- --
21. Maker Tower F -- 1200 --
22. Maker Arcade -- -- --
23. Maker Tower H 750 1400 3500
24. Maker Tower I 750 1125 3500
25. Maker Tower J 750 2100 --
26. Maker Tower K 750 1125 3500
27. Maker Tower L 750 1400 3500
28. Mehr-Dad 750 1775 --
29. Mehr-Naz 750 1375 --
30. Monica -- -- --
31. Nest -- -- --
32. Palm Spring 750 1900 3500
33. Perepolis 750 1850 --
34. Pallonji Mansion -- -- --
35. Revills -- -- --
36. Sainara -- -- --
37. Satnam Apartment 750 2400 --
38. Sea Lord Apartment 750 4075 7000
39. Sea Land 750 300 --
40. Shivala -- -- --
41. Sunflower Apartment 750 1900 --
42. Sunita 750 2300 --
43. Venus 750 2925 --
44. Windmere 750 300 --
45. World Trade Centre -- -- --
46. 49, Cuffe Parade 750 100 --
TOTAL 24750 40425 31500
 

Note: The contribution towards security for Bayview Marina started from April 2003 and the following is the status of the societies who contributed.

 
1. SeaLord April 03-Aug 04 5. Maker Tower K April 03-May 03
2. Maker Tower H April 03-Feb 05 6. Maker Tower L April 03
3. Jolly Maker III April 03-Aug.03 7. Maker Tower I April 03
4. Jal Kiran April 04-July 05 8. Palm Spring April 03-Jan 04
 
Here is your President
 

Mr. K.R.Puri was elected by the newly installed Executive Committee in their first meeting as the President of CPRA, for the period 2005-2008. This oft elected President (he has been elected many times since 1985 and must have served the Association for the longest period ever) is an enigma for many. Everyone knows him and yet when you snoop around no one knows the real K.R.Puri. We decided to investigate this much loved man so that we all get to see the real Puri and our research has revealed many new facts of this lovely person - some of the facts that get known for the first time.

 

He has truly a story of success emanating from a very hard work. This refugee from erstwhile Punjab (now in Pakistan) was born in a place called Gujarat. When he set off to brave and win the world, he was all of a 4' - 6" and 26 kg. Weight almost like a child. A very hard fought struggle saw him in the streets of Lahore to New Delhi to Bombay.

 

His faith in the good Lord never diminished. The normal human requirements of life were brought to minimal and went about his pursuit single mindedly. On the way, he encounters many incidents & accidents which makes a brush with life & death at least 4 times. Whoever would imagine that such a sweet and down to earth man would have a faced death 4 times on very close uarters!

 

It is very difficult to elicit any information from this shy, honest, straight forward God fearing human, who out of his nature - hates to talk about himself. He is the epitome of humility & says with a genuine pride that he has no grudges - no grumbles - no expectations & no demands from life. His normal refrain "Mrine Kabhi na karn nhin seekha- I don't know how to say No" just about aptly describes the real Puri.

 

His success to a leading businessman in his chosen industry, his unmatched social standing & success of today is a sea change from where he began. Like many other celebrities of our area, Cuffe Parade has been the land of prosperity for Puris - one common fator to a large number of Cuffe Paradians who are eminently successful & they swear by the great auspicious quality of land we all reside in.

 

P for Puri & P for passion. Puri does everything with passion - he entertains with passion - he serves with passion - he befriends with passion - he enjoys Urdu poetry with passion - he plays his golf with passion. Anyone who has met him even once, remembers him with passion.

 

A proud father with 2 daughters and a son - all happily married with many grandchildren, Puri has a word of great admiration for his life partner Shobha & his business partner Mr. Naresh Oberoi both of whom have given him great support in life. Mr. Oberoi has been more than a son and has played a vital part in his life. Son Suresh lives overseas and has an enviable track record matching any other most successful NRIs.

 

Some other interesting facets of his enigmatic man are:

 

"I have been in a race with GOD. I receive HIS bounties in abundance & most unexpected. HE has given me much more than what I deserved or desired. Before I am able to convey my gratitude. He sends me more - much beyond what I could dream. I cannot understand HIS ways."

 

"I have met excellent people all through my life who have inundated me with their love & affection. The residents of Sunita building, the colleagues in CPRA - everyone has left inelible impressions in my life. My friends are more valuable to me than my family."

 

"When I was elected the President of Radio Club and after n acrimonious dissolution of the Managing Committee, many affectionate members like Mr. Ram Dandekar proposed me to become a long term President on a ongoing basis (most unprecedented and very unusual). Obviously I would not accept such a position."

 

"In how many organizations I am an office bearer - I don't really remember all of them. There are so many but my heart is only with CPRA."

 

"I play Golf for fun. I must be the Golfer with a highest handicap in the world. Yet I am on th course every morning to Tee off with my buddies. This is a great fun & routine for me."

And if the above is not enough to unravel the mistery that K.R.Puri is, here are some expressions from people who know him:

 
  • He is Mr.Cuffe Parade – V.Rangnathn, Retd. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
  • He is the Kohinoor of our Crown – B.M.Chaturvedi, Chairman, Maker Tower-H.
  • Khuda ka sabse nek banda – J.R.Balsra, Cuffe Castle.
  • Sthir Pragna Manusha – the best as per Geeta – Ashok Kanwar, Chairman. Sealord.
  • You cannot get a better person to love – V.N.Poddar, Sunflower.
  • If he is your friend – you don’t need anyone else – Suresh Jagtiani, Jal Kiran.
 

I still have further 100 quotes but no place to write. It is indeed a daunting task to make a sketch of a person like Puri (and this man attributes a lot of his success & peace of mind to his wife Sobha). We Cuffe Paradians are lucky to have had him serving us for such a long time. With a lot of development going to happen at Bayview Marina, Puri is getting to go into the top gear. He would like to be remembered not only for his virtuous life but for projects like CPRA Garden & the Bayview Marina.

 

No wonders, his charisma rubs off so much on his team as the single most potent motivating factor. This was one of my most difficult interviews with such a personality - --Ashok Kanwar-- With a lot of development going to happen at Bayview Marina, Puri is getting to go into the top gear. He would like to be remembered not only for his virtuous life but for projects like CPRA Garden & the Bayview Marina.

 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

 

If ever I have missed someone, it's my fellow Cuffe Paradians who missed being with us at the Dandiya Raas celebrations at the Bayview Marina. The evening was packed with fun, with great food, great fellowship and of course a great time. The brainchild of our Vice President Ashok Kanwar who joined CPRA two years back. He is the chairman of Sea Lord and along with his team members is greatly responsible for making this building amongst the finest and most responsible for making this building amongst the finest and most well-managed in Cuffe Parade. Ashok's remarkable organizational skills and capability of bringing out the best in his team-mates have worked wonders for CPRA.

 

It is however the enthusiasm and the efforts of the ladies group of CPRA that implemented the entire show. The love, hard work and intelligence of putting this magnificient event into place is all theirs. The crown of success lies on the head of Kavita Rupani, a member f the CPRA executive committee and an expert event manager. All her experience managing such event at Radio Club is greatly responsible for extraordinary success of this event. A very special vote of thanks to Kavita's team-mates Mrs. Sarla Bedi, Chairperson of LADIES wing, Mrs. Merceza Paes, Mrs. Gupta and Mrs. Swaminathan for their passionate participation.

 

The Dandiya Raas was also very well sponsored. Mrs. Mereza Paes contacted Mr. A.K. Jhunjhunwala, the Hon. Secretary of Maker Tower 'F', a member of CPRA'S executive committee and a renowned person, for some sponsorship. To our pleasant surprise and joy he got us a very handsome contribution of Rs.100,000 from Maker Developers. Other worthy sponsorships followed. My colleagues and I, are really very appreciative of such endeavours. This successful event is hopefully just the beginning. For those Cuffe Paradians who could not make it today there are other delightful events on the anvil.

 

CPRA is now heading towards a brilliant future with a Golf Driving Range on a Floating Barge. The contract with Sportania Sports (P) Ltd. For sponsorship has been signed. Your Vice-President, Mr. Suresh M. Jagtiani, who is now also appointed as co-chairman of Bayview Marina deserves all the credit for such a wonderful achievement. Won't the Cuffe Paradians be proud of such achievements. Our Bayview Marina Plot will become a star studded heaven on earth when all the facilities like the Musical Fountain, Meditation but, Jogging track, Swimming Pool and other sport facilities are functional.

 

FROM THE PRESIDENTS DESK

On behalf of the members of the Executive Committee of CPRA let me wish you and your family A Very Happy New Year

 

You must have enjoyed reading the CPRA's Dandiya Ras special Bulletin, which was distributed to all the residents. The function was a huge success, thanks to a few ladies of our Association who took up the challenge. Both the young and the old participated with enthusiasm and enjoyed the event enormously. There was good food, a good band and good ambience. Those, who did not attend the function, reality missed the fun and frolic.

 

SECRETARY GENERAL UPDATE

 

The Bayview Marina Plot is completely fenced in two rows outer with wire meshing and inner with razor edge fencing. The ground is leveled after topping with soil, segregating and removing the stones. As informed in the last Bulletin, Two rows of Royal Palm Trees have been planted round the periphery of the plot as per phase I of the report submitted to the Collector. Landscape designing is in progress and you would have a walking and jogging track in the very near future. The approval of the development for sports complex, as per Phase II and Phase III, as well as handling over Plot No.105 (marked as parking lot in the Development Plant) is in progress and a close follow-up is maintained with the collector and the concerned authorities a Mantralaya.

 

Concretising Roads

 

On CPRA's insistence, BMC are concretizing the main Prakash Pethe Marg, as the motorists were finding it extremely difficult to drive on this stretch of road after the monsoons thanks to pot holes. There are 25 main roads in 'A' ward, which are to be concretized, and work has been entrusted to different contractors.

 

Shah & Parikh are given the contract for concretizing of Capt. Prakash Pethe Marg. CPRA is most appreciative of this and thanks BMC, specially Major Rajendra Vale Asst. Com. 'A' ward for his keen interest for the improvement of 'A' ward. The work will be finished by May - 2006.;

From the Presidents Desk

 

With active participation of it's members CPRA grows from strength to strength. However, there is that compelling need to join hands with CPRA. Support from all our buildings will help achieve our goals. A lot still needs to be done, so that the residents of this area can lead a quiet, peaceful and environment friendly life.

 

Most Cuffe Paradians participate in the activities

 

COLLECTOR HELP CPRA REMOVE ENCORACHMENT

The plot behind Somani School was cleared of encroachment, who then shifted to the nearby Nallah behind Jhulelal Mandir. Thanks to our COLLECTOR AND THE additional Collector who along with the help of BMC and the Cuffe Parade Police, removed them on 16th December,05. CPRA has stationed extra security guards round the clock, so that re-encroachment does not take place.

 

NO FIRE WITHOUT SMOKE

 

Cuffe Parade is Mumbai's Manhattan. Thirty four years ago, when this concreta jungle of high-rise buildings mushroomed up, they faced on the veritable problem

 

1.

Our FIRE BRIGADES do not have ladders or hosepipe long enough to reach beyond ten storied buildings.

2.

STRONG WINDS and natural elements play an important part in fire. The winds fan the fire to spread faster, while the fire brigades have to shorten their ladders to keep them steady.

3.

Thus it is imperative, that the INTERNAL FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT in each building, be kept functional and in working order at all times.

4.

Regular MONTHLY WET DRILL should be conducted by each building, under professional supervision.

5.

This would help detect any FAULTY FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT. A leaking hosepipe, for example, would lower the water pressure, hampering the process of fighting the fire.

6.

Drills would also CREATE AWARENESS amongst the residents, the servants and the security. The knowledge of evacuation of the building, usage of the staircase, assisting the children, old and handicapped would avert a major disaster in case of fire.

 

The most recent example of tragedy by fire was at Sagar Sangeet, Strong winds fanned the fire to spread from one floor to the other. One life was lot along with lots of immovable property. The internal fire fighting equipment in the building wasnot functional and chaos and panic was evident among the residents and spectators.

 

The author Arun Jhunjhunwala is the Chairman of Casablanca and the Hon. Secretary of Maker Towers 'F' the commercial complex of Cuffe Parade. He is also member of the executive committee of CPRA. A chartered accountant by profession, Arun successfully heads his sizeable firm. The indifference to the state of the fire fighting equipment by many of our societies triggered Arun into understanding the essentials of what it takers to keep this life saving equipment in top condition. Says Arun. "All societies are welcome to share my experience and benefit from my advise". He is contactable on 2218-7412 (Office).

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH EMINENT SENIOR ADVOCATE IQBAL M CHAGLA

Meet a Star Cuffe Paradian

 

Continuing with our series of meeting up with key Cuffe Paradians to make them better known to others in the area, our Ashok Kanwar has a chat with the eminent senior advocate Iqbal M Chagla.

 

The frank, forthright & fearless Iqbal was in his true elements during this encounter and did not evade any question and fielded himself well and true.

 

Born and brought up in Bombay the successor to the very illustrious and towering personality MC Chagla our ex-Chief Justice (with the longest ever tenure) and Ambassador of India to USA (during the period when America had a distinct leaning towards Pakistan) and statesman par excellence, Iqbal inherited several great qualities of his father (DO Chaglashave a special gene that gives them great legal brains?). Iqbal, after initial education in Bombay University went to Cambridge in UK to complete his MA then become Bar-at-Law.

 

His legal practice practice in Bombay (who had heard ofMumbai then?) started of on a strange note. His father would not accept him at his junior nor recommend him for cases. Those were the days of very high ethical standards & Character of personalities like MC Changla - quite a contrast to the current unabashed promotion of sons, bhais and bhateejas by all public figures of today.

 

Iqbal was asked to establish himself on his own merits and hard work and to show his mettle to win a career & laurels. He accepted the challenge and without the piggy back has made a name for himself as one amongst the top few legal brains of the country. This is history and true to his father's high ideals, he does not promote his son Riyaz at all, who is making his mark on his father's (&grandfather's footsteps. History always repeats itself.

 

Iqbal Chagla today is best known for his scathing and piercing role in PIL & (Public interest litigations) on very important issues. He is in fact the most known crusader for bringing good law and public order through PILs. His contribution in some leading matters like Mills Land in Mumbai/support to Puneities in the matter of Arun Bhatia, corporate battle in a Corporate case where the entire Bar was up against him (&he won) him declaring, fearlessly in the Court that the then Chief Ministers affidavit could not be believed, are milestones in the Indian jurisprudence, why the fetish for so many PILs ?

 

That is the only way to get laws implemented. What a travesty of life? The nexus between politicians - criminals & many times inept bureaucracy forces public crusaders to get the right law implemented. Kudos to you the PIL man from Cuffe Parade.

 

With such an outstanding achievement in the legal profession who could have imagined that Iqbal is a keen golfer and a passionate collector of art.

 

Iqbal has lived in Cuffe Parade since early 60s & in a pensive mood was missing the palm fringed walking promenade where the old timers would occupy their chosen cast iron benches to have their tea and muffins whilst the young children were taken in the prams and buggies. Tidal waves kissed the promenade and pets went for a swim in the sea. Sure enough he rues the concrete jungle, the ever increasing slums/shops and the mini market in the way to Cuffe Parade and the noise level. But he is quite vociferous in appreciating the greenery in Cuffe Parade and the general cleanliness and the gardens. Iqbal is an honorary member of the CPRA executive committee.

 

He tells to CPRA: You are doing a great job - highly commendable. I believe that you are the most pro-active residents association. I am proud to be a part of you (infact he asserts all Cuffe Paradians should be. He assures his fullest support to CPRA and the members. He even offers his professional assistance to CPRA - gratis of course and through the medium of this article sends them his Greetings to the Cuffe Paradians.

 
April 2004

REPORT OF THE HON. SEC. GENERAL
Lion J.R.Balsara

A lot has happened during the past three months, most of it positive but some of it also not so heartening.

1.

Heliport :-

We were approached by Pawan Hans to discuss the possibility of a settlement on the Heliport Project planned for our area. No settlement is in a sight in view of the Civil Aviation Ministry’s inability to redress our apprehensions adequately. The High Court Stay order against this project remains in force.

 

2.

Bayview Marina :- 

The leveling work on the Bayview Marina plot has been slow mostly due to incorrect and adverse media reports which led to political interference. We expect the work to be faster once the political winds calm down after the elections.

3.

I.D. Cards :- 

The work of issuing the Photo Laminated cards has nearly been completed and we expect to distribute these cards to those who have already submitted their photographs in nearly April 2004. These cards will enable our members to get loyalty discounts at various merchant establishments in the area and a list of participating merchants will soon be announced.

4.

Capt. Prakash Pethe Marg Conditions:- 

The shabby condition of this road, especially from Badhwar Park to Fazal Road, has caused a lot of justifiable anger among our residents. We have repeatedly approached the BMC Roads Dept to repair / renovate the stretch but all our efforts have fallen on deaf ears. A personal meeting with Mr. J.T.Barhbhayya, Chief Engineer (Roads) led to an investigation in his office and he assured us that it would be remedied. That was a few weeks ago but no action seems to be forthcoming. We are following up with reminders.

5.

School Admissions:- 

Parents at Cuffe Parade find it difficult to get admission for their children in G.D. Somani School, since we have no influence over this trust. However we are pleased to inform residents that the Army School, located very close to our area, is now accepting a limited number of civilian children from our area. We will keep you posted about the admission process / dates etc.

6.

Music Event :-

In view of the on going request of our members that some social events be held to improve the fellowship among Cuffeparadians, it was decided to organize an event of Old Hindi Film Songs performed by top level singers / performers. The 4 hour program was organized by “Yesterdays Melodies”, who brought renowned artistes like Anil Bajpayee, Ameya Sathe, Umesh Vajpayee, Beena Desai and Sangeeta Vyas. The event was enjoyed by all those present and the hall was nearly full. We invite suggestion from members for the type of event we ought to have in May this year.

7.

Gymkhana:-

As you are aware CPRA has filed a Writ Petition in the Bombay High Court. The hearing for this petition was posted on the board for a couple of times but did not reach the hearing level. Our solicitors are in the process of applying to the Hon. High Court to expedite the matter.

8.

CPRA Communications:-

With a view to keeping all Cuffeparadians well informed about the things that concern them we have three tools available to us, namely, The Cuffeparadians, our quarterly, the posters which are sent to all the buildings, whenever the need arises and the Open House sessions held in our garden. We find this combination to be an effective and economical tool and request all Cuffeparadians to let us have their comments/reactions.

9.

Elections:- 

Our interactions with most political workers has indicated that most candidates do not pay much attention to our members’ buildings, in view of the lower voter turnout from these societies. This reduces our influence over the political forces at work. Higher voter turnouts will make the politicians realize that we are a significant vote bank and only then will they pay heed to our needs. Kindly spare a few minutes on election day and exercise your right to vote.

10.

Get Together:-

An informal get-together of the Cuffe Parade Chairpersons / Hon. Secretaries, along with spouses, was held at the Basant Terrace on March 13, 2004. It was an excellent event enjoyed by all and there was personal interaction about Cuffe Parade related matters. As usual, the complete expense for this event were borne by some members of the Executive Committee. 

Dec 2003

REPORT OF THE HON. SEC. GENERAL
Lion J.R.Balsara

Three months have elapsed since our first issue of The Cuffeparadian and it is now time to give you a brief of the events since then affecting Cuffe Parade. 

Firstly, the AGM Held on 21st September 2003, was held at the Senate Room of the Hotel President. It was so well attended that the hall was full. Several views and opinions were expressed by the members present about many areas of common interest such as the Bay View Marina Project, The Cuffe Parade Gymkhana, Traffic, Hawker Menace, the CPRA Garden etc.


The Bay View Marina plot has now nearly been completely leveled making it useable for open outdoor sports. To level this ravened plot a lot of debris had to be used leading to misinformed people lodging complaints with the authorities about the supposedly illegal reclamation and dumping of debris into the sea. These were possibly politically motivated with an eye on vote banks from the slum area. We have managed to keep the authorities as well as the media well informed and these same vested interest have been kept at bay! Very soon this plot will be available for organized sports activities like cricket, tennis etc. Mr.Ketan Merchant in Iris may be contacted for team formation and selection as also for coaching camps. All this work and activities are in consonance with our understanding with the authorities.

A small plot (No.105 in the MMRDA plan) which is kept reserved as a parking zone for the area is now threatened by encroachments from the adjoining slum colonies. These slum colonies, adjoining the CPRA garden are only a few years old. However once again due to political interference this colony has flourished and now threatens this plot (No.105) reserved for parking. Our continuing efforts with the authorities are now coming to fruition and this plot will, hopefullym, be handed over to CPRA, to maintain it as a car park for the area residents/visitors. Once this plot is handed over, we will have a very useful corridor between the existing CPRA Garden and the Bay View Marina Plot. This along with the proposed wall to ward off encroachment, will go a long way in making our area safer, cleaner and less threatened by the slum lords. The necessary documentation is under process.

The surface condition of Prakash Pethe Marg (main Cuffe Parade Rd.), is extremely poor. Our repeated pleadings to the BMC authorities have been in vain and we are as sad about this as any resident of the area. However we are persisting in our efforts.

The plot project to control the illegal hawkers around Hotel President, Dalamal Park, Jupiter, and Venus has had great success and other buildings too have expressed their interest in taking this up for their area. Specifically Pesepolis, Basant, Sealord, Jolly Maker-III are very keen on starting this on somani marg. Mr. Bamba is in touch with them and will co-ordinate this second phase of controlling the hawkers menace.

Lastly with a view to offering our constituents a greater value for their money it has been proposed that CPRA tie-up with various merchant establishments in the Colaba-Cuffe Parade area for special loyalty disacounts. However most merchant establishments cannot participate in any such scheme unless there is clear proof of identity of CPRA membership. The exiting paper card was not found suitable and we have made arrangements to have Photo ID cards for all members. Members have been requested by separate direct mailers to send their photographs but most members, due to various reasons, have failed to do so. We wish to inform all members that these ID cards are being issued free only till 31.12.2003 by which the stamp sized photographs must be received byh the CPRA office. If the photographs are received after this date, a nominal amount of Rs.50 per card will have to be charged for the issue of the same. 

  

Nov 2003

REPORT OF THE HON. SEC. GENERAL
Lion J.R.Balsara

The end of 2002 was filled with pleasant happenings. We were informed by the MMRDA that a large tract of land, along the shore line abutting Jal Kiran, Sea Lord, Somani School etc was to be handed over to CPRA to prevent illegal encroachment by slum dwellers. In February the Collectors Office handed over this land, admeasuring about 16000 sq. metrs, to CPRA. We are presently in custody of this prestigious plot and are protecting it. Ideas about how best to utilize this open green space are invited from all concerned citizens. Mr. Ashok Kanwar (Sea Lord) is  heading this project.

Soon thereafter we leant that the 23000 sq. mtrs plot near the World Trade Centre, reserved for a Playground cum Gymkhana, had been allotted by the State Govt. to the Politicians and Bureaucrats for a private Gymkhana for their exclusive use. This was in spite of the concerted efforts made by your organization, CPRA, along with various other NGOs to get this land allotted for a Gymkhana for the residents of the area. A meeting of all the office bearers of member societies was held and it was unanimously decided by all present that a PIL be filed after taking the advice of some senior legal advisors. This PIL has already been filed and hearings are expected to resume soon.

However an issue of concern was the financial status of CPRA which could barely afford to even conducted the affairs of the CPRA Garden, in view of the falling interest rates on the Corpus Fund. Most office bearers present confirmed that they would convince their societies to contribute to the CPRA kitty in order that CPRA take up various common issues for the general benefit of the area residents. A proposal to raise additional finances by way of charging Rs.25 per month per flat was found acceptable and was approved. As of April 1, the following societies have started sending their cheques for these amounts to CPRA: venues, Jupiter, Meher Naz, Iris, Basant, Sunflower, Sunita, Jolly Maker I, Maker Towers H, I, F, L and Clover Apartments. We urge ALL the buildings to realize the importance of this and pitch in.

Close to home, in view of residents’ complaints about the illegal encroachments on the roads by hawkers, a pilot project to remove hawkers was successfully conducted under the guidance of Asst. Mun. Commissioner Ward A, Mr. Vale. Mr. Bamba of Jupiter co-ordinated this plot project on the Colaba Woods Complex Rd., and early results are very positive. The area is now completely clear. And clean.

Over the years the communication between the CPRA and its constituent buildings, as also the Cuffeparadians has declined due to various reasons not the least among which has been the paucity of funds which led to the discontinuance of the Newsletter. In order to remedy this situation, a poster campaign was conducted, an awareness contest was held, two open houses were held in the CPRA garden itself. And we have now managed to restart this Newsletter. Some other members of CPRA helped us to organize :

1. A FREE PUC Camp with the help of Hotel President and WIAA.
2. A FREE eye checkup camp with the kind assistance of Dr.Sandeep Katariya.
3. A FREE Battery checkup Camp with the assistance of Exide Industries Ltd and Amzel India Ltd.

We look forward to your comments on these activities so that these communication channels serve your needs.

Lastly we are thankful for the help and guidance CPRA has received from Major. R. Vale, Asst. Comm. BMC ‘A’ Ward, Mr.Dilip Dhoble, Sr. Inspector of Police, Dr.Pradeep Vyas, Collector of Bombay, Mr. Warty, ex Met. Commissioner MMRDA, Mr.A.Mago, Metropolitan Commissioner MMRDA and several other officials who have gone out of their way to help us keep Cuffe Parade Clean and Green.

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