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Monday, April 24, 2006

A Fine Eye For Detail - Indian Railways Style

While traveling by train across this country, one gets to see occasional wayside boards supplying a minimum of geographical information. "---- River" or "---- State" The message is invariably terse and matter of fact - it usually is not even "Welcome To ---- State".

Here is an exception: Trains from Pune to Mumbai cross a few meter wide water body near Mumbra. There stands a board which declares: "You Are Crossing The Arabian Sea At Mumbra Creek"

The said creek is only a narrow inlet from an inlet of the Arabian sea. BUT, since it is also true that both ends of the bridge are on different points on the shores of that sea, the claim made by the board is quite a valid one (geometrically speaking - or is it topologically?). Indeed, on the other hand, when you cross the considerably wider Thane creek a few kilometers beyond Mumbra, you are NOT making a crossing of the Arabian sea; indeed, only one end of that bridge is on the shore of the sea and the other end is on an island in that sea (Mumbai is a proper island city after all). And the railways have NOT put up any grand board there.


  • At 10:06 PM, Blogger Random Vandamme said…

    At M-Creek is one crossing the sea or merely traversing on the same shore?

  • At 10:11 PM, Blogger R.Nandakumar said…


    the trains do cross the creek along a short bridge.

  • At 11:15 AM, Blogger Myna said…

    Reminds me of Manhattan which also is an island. In addition to bridges, it has tunnels also to get connected to other states and counties. And the bridges, I must say, are a work to watch.


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