The Hush Post: Light moments sometimes convey big messages, and if it is done in a courtroom, they could mean a lot. Hearing a public interest litigation filed by NGO Janhit Manch on the issue of beach safety in Mumbai, Justice S M Kemkar had a piece of advice for the BMC officials, “The jeeps should not be stationary. They should be moving up and down the beach. Haven’t you watched Baywatch?”
Justice Kemkar was referring to the popular American TV series Baywatch.”Use modern means,” he added.
The BMC lawyer informed the court that the civic body had recently appointed over 90 lifeguards who will be deployed on the beaches. Besides, there would be patrolling jeeps, he said.
A division bench of Justices S M Kemkar and S V Kotwal was hearing the PIL, which was filed in 2016 after 14 college students drowned at the Murud-Janjira beach in neighbouring Raigad district.
The court asked the state government to coordinate with local authorities to safeguard beaches ahead of the Ganesh festival.
The court also directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to seek necessary permission to erect temporary watch towers at the Girgaum Chowpatty beach in south Mumbai. The court posted the petition for further hearing on October 16.