Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, through its interactive hands-on exhibits and pioneering educational programmes, has successfully made science accessible to common people who normally do not concern themselves with it. The first interactivity based Science Centre is considered as the forerunner in the history of science popularization in the country. In fact what the Exploratorium is to the science centres worldwide, the NSC is to the Indian scenario in specific. The interactive exhibits are so inviting that its inaugural programme, which was planned for only 20 minutes lasted for 120 minutes. Shri Rajiv Gandhi was so excited in interacting with the exhibits displayed in various galleries here that his other scheduled programmes had no options but to wait. The passion is still alive. What impressed Shri Rajiv Gandhi also impressed people at large. This is corroborated by the fact that more than 13 million people have visited this temple of science since its inauguration.
Flora Fountain, at the Hutatma Chowk (Martyr’s Square), is an ornamentally and exquisitely sculpted architectural heritage monument located at the southern end of the historic Dadabhai Naoroji Road, called the Mile Long Road, at the Fort business district in the heart of South Mumbai, Mumbai, India. Flora Fountain, built in 1864, is a fusion of water, architecture and sculpture, and depicts the Roman goddess Flora. It was built at a total cost of Rs. 47,000, or 9000 pounds sterling, a large sum in those days.
Powai Lake is an artificial lake, situated in Mumbai, in the Powai valley, where a Powai village with a cluster of huts existed. The city suburb called Powai shares its name with the lake. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, one of the premier institutions of science and technology in India, is located to the east of the lake. Another famous institution, the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, is also located close to the lake. Housing complexes and plush hotels are developed all around the lake periphery. Population around the lake has thus substantially increased over the years.When it was built, the lake had an area of about 2.1km2 and the depth varied from about 3m to 12m at its deepest.The Powai Lake has gone through many stages of water quality degradation. The lake water which used to supply drinking water for Mumbai has been declared unfit to drink. The lake still remains a tourist attraction.
The Hanging Gardens, in Mumbai, also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, are terraced gardens perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park. They provide sunset views over the Arabian Sea and feature numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals. The park was laid out in 1881 by Ulhas Ghapokar over Bombay’s main reservoir, some say to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence. When seen from the air, the walkway inside the park (Hanging Gardens Path), spell out the letters PMG(Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens) in cursive.