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Hema Malini to beautify Juhu beach
Bollywood's 'Dream Girl' Hema Malini wants to make the panoramic Juhu beach Mumbai's dream destination.
Hema Malini, a Rajya Sabha member, has already announced she would devote her MP's local area development fund for developing Juhu beach and Sunday explained how she planned to go about it.
"Different organisations in the Juhu area have been working on various plans for years. It is just that I am lucky to use my MP's funds. I'm thrilled to do something for Juhu where I belong," she said.
"Residents of Juhu want to shift hawkers to a food court; plant trees along the beach, install benches and develop a park for senior citizens and children.
"Another project suggested by the residents is a pay and park facility that will accommodate more than 300 cars," she said.
"Juhu beach is so famous, but today it has been spoilt with hawkers and filth," Hema Malani, a resident of Juhu since 1971, said.
According to her, the most difficult task will be relocating the hawkers.
"It will take time. But we will make a neat and clean food court like those abroad.
"I suggested an art gallery. We should pay the artists to do five-minute sketch and also have free concerts on Saturdays and Sundays," she said.
Hema Malini is all praise for Shabana Azmi's contribution as MP to the Carter Road promenade in Bandra in western Mumbai.
She said she has taken up the Juhu beach project because it is a great feeling walking on clean sand.
Asked what her other projects for Mumbai would be, Hema Malani said, "Nothing else has come to me.
"I want to do something for the Borivali park (Sanjay Gandhi National Park) problem," she said referring to the leopard attacks along its periphery.
"People encroach on animals' space and then say that they are attacking them.
"I want to support the Maharashtra government's project of building a wall around the National Park.
"Mumbai is the only city with such a large forest space. We have to preserve its beauty," Hema Malani said.