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   Among the people who have been hit by the budget (March 21, 1990)

Among the people who have been hit by the budget is my friend, who lives on the 21st floor and who has a fleet of foreign cars, all of which fuzzle up petrol.

When I call on him this morning, he was putting on his jogging shoes. "I can't afford to use the cars any more, from now on I am going to walk to office," he said.

"Mr. Dandavate has finished eveerybody," I said.

"Yes," said my friend, putting on a T-shirt with the letters - I Love To Walk. "The roads are in a terrible condition, there is no pleasure walking on them. I have given the municipal commissioner a donation of Rs. 80 lakh to immediatelyrepair and resurface the roads I would be walking on."

"The people will bless you," I said.

My friend put on red track trousers, tucked the T-shirt into them, then said: "They say walk on footpaths, walk on footpaths, but where are the footpaths! They are all occupied by vegetable vendors, hawkers cobblers. I am constructing three markers for them to occupy so that the footpaths would be cleared for people who want to walk and save petrol money."

"That is the best solution to remove hawkers yet," I said.

"Something you have to do," my friend said. "I am having showers constructed along the route, at various places, so that if I get too tired, I can pop into one of them and refresh myself. When I am not using them, Mr. Nana Chudasama can use them."

"That's nice," I said.

My friend filled a bag with sun tan, oil, cologne water, soap, powder, towel, etc., then said: "I am getting foreign experts to advise on the construction of an express road connecting Malabar Hill to Nariman Point across the bay. Once that is ready, the walk will be cut down by half."

"I will be expensive," I said.

"Not half as expensive as the petrol I would have to use for the cars every day," he said.

My friend then put on a cap and strolled out of the house. As we came out, he said: "If you like, you may hop into one of the cars that will be following me."

"You will have the cars following you every day?" I asked.

"Naturally," he said. "I have to give some work to the drivers."

 
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