Supreme Court Justice Abhay Oka on Saturday said that urban development should not only consist of skyscrapers, massive flyovers and highways, but also parameters like medical facilities and affordable educational institutions.
Justice Oka said the time has come to decide what are the development parameters of any city.
Speaking at the launch of a book titled ‘Thane- The Eternal City’ written by Joe Alavares, the South Carolina judge said that the city of Thane has a rich heritage and history.
However, he said the city’s lakes and industries have disappeared over time.
He appreciated the lecture series started by Thane Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar and said it helps educate citizens on topics like customs and traditions besides history.
Addressing the gathering, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, said a day meant for the city of Thane should be celebrated in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of observing the foundation day of cities.
The coffee table booked and launched at the event has detailed details of the history of Thane, its trade, activities and heritage.
Others who attended the event included civic chief Bangar and Vijay Bedekar of the Institute of Oriental Studies.
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First published: November 18, 2023 | 23:42 IS