Metro work to up traffic snarls in Mumbai

With construction work on the sixth Metro line, namely Lokhandwala-Vikhroli Metro-6, starting by this year-end in the city, traffic movement on major arterial roads like Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) and roads in Powai and Lokhandwala will get affected due to …

Operation Khataara: Hawkers make clunkers home

Residents and shopkeepers of Ballard Estate complain that hawkers are using abandoned vehicles to cook food, store their belongings. As if dead cars dumped on their streets were not a nuisance enough, residents, shopkeepers and owners of other business establishments …

Gallery at Malabar Hill to give panoramic view of Marine Drive

Soon, those visiting Hanging Gardens at Malabar Hill will get a panoramic view of Marine Drive as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has almost finished work on the city’s first multilevel viewing gallery. Officials said that minor work is pending, …

Mumbai: Trash heap lie for months, locals fume

For the past three months, residents of Evershine Embassy society at Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West) are upset that garbage is being dumped on an open plot behind their building. Locals alleged that despite complaining to the civic administration and …

Mumbai: Of total road deaths, 47% constitued by two-wheelers

Two wheeler helps in zipping through congested roads and driving all zigzag; but it comes at a cost. Of the total number of road deaths, 47 per cent is constituted by two-wheelers like motorbikes and scooters. In fact the number …

BMC sweetens tender norms to woo contractors for parking spaces

To attract bidders for its 31 street parking lots and four multi-storey public parking areas, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sweetened the tender norms — from reduced rates to scrapping reservations to relaxed eligibility criteria — for them. These …

Reconstruction of Charni Road FOB halted, locals bear the brunt

The slow pace of reconstruction of the foot-over bridge near the Charni Road station is irking residents of the area, in the absence of which, they have to cross the road. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has pulled down the …

After Juhu Beach, BMC illuminates six beaches at Malad

After successfully illuminating Juhu beach with colourful LED lights and keeping it open for public, now the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has illuminated six beaches in Malad (west), on Sunday. Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray and Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar inaugurated …

New fire norms irk Ganpati mandals in Mumbai

With the fire brigade asking Ganpati mandals to sign an undertaking that they will follow the 23-point safety drill laid down by the department, organisers are worried that committing on a stamp paper would make them criminally responsible in case …

Mumbai’s second-largest landfill to shut in October

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will shut down the Mulund dumping ground, the second largest landfill in the city after Deonar, in October. However, the civic body does not yet have an alternative site where it can dump the 2,000 …

Bombay High Court: How is food inside multiplexes a security issue?

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday questioned the state government stand to not allow outside food inside theatres/multiplexes because of security reasons by saying “Is food not for personal consumption by the patrons, how can it cause a security threat?” …

Mumbai: Western Express Highway to be widened for Metro works

In order have proper access for the traffic movement due to barricading for construction of Metro corridors in western suburb, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to widen portion of road on Linking Road at Dahisar and …

Tree crash: BMC staffers get notices for ‘poor trimming’

MUMBAI: A preliminary probe report has revealed that the June 24 tree collapse near Fashion Street in south Mumbai, which killed two persons, could have been avoided had the rotten branch been trimmed. The civic body has now issued show-cause …

Underground parking project in Mumbai delayed

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious plan of developing underground parking at different locations in Mumbai is not looking financially viable. The civic body is working on its return on investment, which currently does not seem viable. In 2016, the …

Mumbai: Rotten chicken supplied to Chinese carts

A chicken-meat shop in Sewri was caught supplying around 25 kilos of rotting meat to roadside Chinese carts. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), acting on a complaint by social activist Bala Vengurlekar, raided a …

BEST fails to make 5,000 trips, loses Rs 55 lakh a day

Mumbai: Since a year, the BEST has been unable make 5,000 trips, which is around 10% of its total daily trips, due to congestion on roads. This has resulted in a loss Rs 55 lakh a day, said an official. …

Aarey shed for Metro-3 stays off track in Mumbai

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday refused to lift the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) stay to allow the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) to restart the construction of Metro-3 car shed at Aarey Milk Colony in Goregaon. In June …

Maharashtra to get 101 homes for disabled

For first time, in the state, a Municipal Council that too from rural Maharashtra will have homes for the specially abled, which will be ready within the next three months under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. Washim Municipal Council’s proposal …

Mumbai: Dedicated bus lanes at Worli, BKC closed

The dedicated lanes for BEST buses aimed at providing fast and efficient public transport have once again failed and shut down for good. The BEST has shut both its dedicated bus lanes — one at BKC and the other at …

Maharashtra government realises folly, walks back on plastic buyback

In a major twist in the buyback scheme for used drinking water bottles, the state government will allow packaged water manufacturers to purchase bottles from consumers on their weight rather than on per-piece basis. The state environment department and the …

Mumbai’s pothole horror: Fix the system for better roads

Citizens need power, drinking water and high-speed internet lines; these must be laid underground; but do roads need to be ruined beyond repair every time? Urban planning experts say better governance and monitoring by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and …

Mumbai: BEST public hearing ends in just 25 mins, citizens aggrieved

Mumbaikars get only one chance to raise their concerns over rising electricity bills, and that too was cut short by the quasi-judicial body presiding over it. On Wednesday, the first public hearing against Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), which …

They have a quick fix for potholes

They fill craters with debris discarded from construction sites and urge citizens to do the same to bring down pothole casualties. A hammer, a shovel, a scooter and a sack of construction debris are all Muhammad Irfan Machiwala and Mustaq …

This year the BMC has setup a single window clearance

This year the BMC has setup a single window clearance for approving applications Ganpati Mandaps details can be accessed at http://www.mcgm.gov.in/irj/portal/anonymous?NavigationTarget=navurl://55306576113a37fd184dba43539ae9c5

Now, Mumbai housing societies have to share financial details with members

The Maharashtra cabinet has made it mandatory for office-bearers of cooperative housing societies to share financial details, if sought, with their members. The cabinet said if the office-bearers’ committee fails to provide information, it will be fined Rs25,000. It amended the …

Mumbai: 567 societies & business units face cases for not treating waste

To push waste segregation and processing at source, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has initiated prosecution against 962 bulk waste generators – housing societies and commercial establishments – and also dragged around 567 to court over non-compliance. The action may be …

Mumbai: BMC-railways spat stalls reconstruction of 6 ROBs

Delisle Road Over Bridge is only the latest case of the civic body and railways passing the buck to each other, leaving citizens in the lurch. The Western Railway (WR) last week decided to appoint a contractor to dismantle the …

Mumbai: Post plastic ban, 160 tonne of plastic has returned

BMC contribution just 10 tonne ; total collection fraction of material in circulation: Activists. A little over a month since enforcement of the plastic ban on July 23, only 160 tonne of plastic — a fraction of the material in …

Prominent Mumbai hospitals asked to add ‘charitable’ to their names

Private hospitals that are run by public charity trusts must add “charitable” to their names so that underprivileged patients know they have access to them. On Thursday, the Charity Commissioner of Maharashtra issued an order directing Lilavati, Jaslok, Nanavati and …

Ghatkopar road overbridge in Mumbai is overloaded, needs repairs soon

After Lower Parel’s Delisle Bridge and Andheri’s Gokhale Bridge, the road overbridge (RoB) at Ghatkopar might be the next to be closed down. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) team that is auditing bridges on Mumbai’s suburban train network …

State plans elevated roads over 2 highways to unclog Mumbai

In an ambitious plan to tackle Mumbai’s growing traffic, the state public works department (PWD) has proposed to construct elevated roads over the existing Western Express Highway (WEH) and Eastern Express Highway (EEH). The PWD, which is in charge of …

So far, six FIRs filed against autos plying without license in Mumbai

Continuing its crackdown against autorickshaws plying illegally in the western suburbs without mandatory permits, the Borivali Regional Transport Office (RTO) has filed six FIRs in the last three days. “The FIRs are against errant drivers, who were found to be …

Make RTS effective, activist urges Maharashtra government

Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner, in a letter to the Chief Minister has criticised the RTS Act and its implementation. The letter that he released to media calls on Devendra Fadnavis to ensure that the RTS is made into …

Mumbai: Kandivali locals offer parking space to auto rickshaws

In a first of its kind initiative, the residents of Kandivali east, tired of illegal parking of autos on the road, have gathered to arrange a parking lot exclusively for auto rickshaws. One of the constant complaints received by the …

Western Railway to demolish Lower Parel ROB

All those who have their offices in Lower Parel, Worli, Currey Road, Elphinstone Road and Mahalaxmi and travel by road to reach there, be prepared for a terrible week ahead. The Delisle Road over-bridge that crosses the tracks at Lower …

Mumbai: Two more lakes to overflow, 80% lakes filled

One good rainfall is all it will take for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Coporation’s Tansa and Vaitarna lakes to overflow, as they have reached almost to their maximum capacity. Four lakes of the BMC already started overflowing last week following a …

Monsoon woes: E-Coli in drinking water

Parel, Dadar, Matunga, Colaba, Churchgate, Mantralaya, Cuffe Parade, – these are some of the areas where most contaminated water was supplied since the onset of monsoon. Despite some of these areas house high profile government offices, they did not get …

Mumbai: Special drive finds 134 school buses flouting safety norms

One-hundred-thirty-four buses ferrying schoolchildren were found to be flouting safety norms between June 25 and July 9, the transport department informed the Bombay High Court on Tuesday. The action was part of a special drive carried out by the department …

Maharashtra govt moves to make digital driving licence legal

Mumbai: The state transport department plans to bring out a fresh notification in the next few days making it legal for any citizen in the state to carry a digital format of his driving licence, car registration certificate or the …

One more leptospirosis death, toll rises to four in Mumbai

One more city dweller died in July, due to leptospirosis. According to the BMC’s public health department report, while city witnessed three leptospirosis deaths in the last week of June, there is one more leptospirosis death in the second week …

PWD plans pothole repair on Western and Eastern Express Highways

Harried commuters using the arterial Western and Eastern Express Highways may have some respite with the state Public Works Department (PWD) planning comprehensive repairs of potholed sections during a lull in the rains. “We have three mobile units for filling …

New BMC ad policy will pave way for digital hoarding in Mumbai

The hoarding policy of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon get nod from administration as the civic body has completed the objections and suggestions process. The new policy will pave for digital hoarding in the city. The BMC had come …

Dhobis set up STP to check Dahisar lake pollution

The much needed and the first Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) on the Dahisar river has finally been installed by the washermen’s association at Dhobhighat in Borivali (east). This five lakh litre capacity plant once operational will ensure that no polluted …

Housing societies in Mumbai may soon be able to conduct polls

Housing societies that have fewer than 200 members may soon be able to hold their elections in the annual general meeting, every five years. So far, the societies had to request a government body, Maharashtra State Cooperative Election Authority (MSCEA), …

Same MRP across theatres from August 1

Consumers can heave a sigh of relief. From August 1, you will be able to buy all packed items at the same MRP inside malls, multiplexes and airports across the country. So, the cost of a 300 ml soft drink …

UID-at-birth at 500 Maharashtra hospitals soon

The state public health department will establish enrolment centres in around 500 of its hospitals for Aadhaar-linked birth registration to assign newborns a unique identity number. This follows the completion of a pilot project at Daga Memorial Hospital in Nagpur, …

1 of 3 pothole complaints still to be attended to by BMC

One-third of pothole related complaints received by the BMC are still to be attended to by the civic body so far this year. Data available from the BMC shown that of 837 complaints that poured in from June 10 – …

Now, BMC to declare school holidays on heavy rain days

The BMC will henceforth take a call on keeping schools open on heavy rain days and during other emergencies. After facing flak for announcing a school holiday late in the day on a particularly rainy Monday this week when several …

Mumbai: Paver blocks a graver danger, say motorists

Several agencies have adopted paver blocks as a quick fix for potholes that opened up after the heavy downpour this week, but it is a bane for motorists on the Western Express Highway who complain of the loose blocks proving …

New bridges to ease traffic woes near Mahalaxmi station

The two overbridges proposed at Saat Rasta will provide direct connectivity to Worli Naka and Haji Ali junction. Two new bridges at Saat Rasta will ease traffic congestion around Mahalaxmi station and provide a direct route to Worli Naka and …

Students get another day for FYJC admission formalities

As heavy rain crippled transport on Tuesday, the education department yet again extended the deadline for First Year Junior College admissions until Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, though the department did not announce a holiday for schools and colleges, several institutes did …

Mumbai Metro will increase services during peak hours

With the daily ridership on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro line increasing, there has been a growing demand for two additional coaches. Now, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) — the 26% stakeholder in the project —wants Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai …

Plastic ban: Maharashtra govt defers PET bottle buyback to Aug

The state government decided to defer implementation of buyback scheme for PET and PETE bottles by a month after manufacturers failed to submit their plans for collecting and recycling the bottles. In addition, the state will send notices asking manufacturers …

Maharashtra Plastic ban: Implementation of buyback scheme delayed

The buyback scheme for milk poly packs and packaged water bottles will be delayed beyond the Wednesday deadline set by the state government as manufacturers have not submitted their buyback schemes for approval. The state environment department will now issue …

Indian Railways, civic body shut fifth bridge in Mumbai

The Indian Railways and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are on a bridge closing spree. On Sunday, the authorities shut the fifth bridge, the road over bridge (ROB) between Ghatkopar and Vikhroli stations due to fear of it collapsing, though it …

Alternatives to Plastics – Vendor List

With the Plastic Ban (primarily for carry bags and disposable one-time use items) coming into force in the State of Maharashtra, there has been a scramble to look for alternatives to plastic for these purposes. The Municipal Corporation of Greater …

Plastic ban goes soft within a week

State government issues notification giving e-commerce companies three months for the shift; PET bottles allowed if they buyback, recycle and look for alternatives. Following what sources said was intense lobbying by multinational companies and plastic industry, the state government has …

Bottled water makers allowed to decide buyback charge

MUMBAI: After giving relief by exempting retail packaging from the banned plastic list, the government also placated packaged water and drinks manufacturers. The revised notification issued late on Monday suggests a refundable charge for PET bottles, but allows manufacturers to …

Marine Drive locals cross swords with a society cutting trees

The residents of Marine Drive have crossed swords with a society over tree cutting in the open space premises that is looked after by the society. While the society said that it has all permissions in place, the residents accused …

MMRDA urged to up number of coaches on Metro-1 route

With ridership of Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 —the city’s only operational metro route— increasing by the day, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also heads Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), to increase the number of …

Uber tool to offer real-time data on traffic to cops, public

Uber on Wednesday launched a tool to help Mumbai traffic police with data on real-time congestion and vehicular speed, as well as data over the past few years. Joint police commissioner (traffic) Amitesh Kumar, who launched the urban planning tool, …

BMC struggles to fill up potholes during dry spells

Potholes have started resurfacing after the recent downpour and BMC is struggling to fill them up during dry spells. From June 1 till Wednesday, BMC received 466 complaints. The number could be higher as complaints received by local road engineers …

CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurates upgraded dial 100 service

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday inaugurated an improvised Mumbai police dial 100 service in the presence of police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar and senior police officials. Fadnavis said the upgraded service will help police identify the caller with his exact …

BMC inspectors fining us for reusable plastic, say hoteliers

In the aftermath of the state-wide ban on single-use plastic products, the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR) has alleged harassment at the hands of BMC inspectors for using recyclable containers, which are permitted for now. On their part, civic …

Retail packing exempted from plastic ban

In a decision that waters down the statewide plastic ban imposed on Saturday, the state government has exempted retail packaging from its ambit. On Wednesday, it also instructed that no penalty be imposed on garbage bin liners and takeaway containers …

For safety of passengers, autos and taxis will now get QR codes

In a bid to improve safety of passengers using mobile aggregators, black and yellow cabs and auto rickshaws, the government and police are working towards a system. They are trying to take forward the concept of having QR code/RFID in …

Green activists in Mumbai doubtful of success of plastic ban

Four days into Maharashtra’s complete ban on plastic bags with a minimum fine of Rs5,000, the city’s environmentalists and activists have expressed doubts whether it will be successful. Initially, with intense lobbying, milk packets, PET bottles and plastic packages at …

Mumbai: Suburban stations to get 68 more bottle crushing machines

Disposing of plastic bottles won’t so much be a problem any more. The Indian Railways will be installing 68 bottle crushing machines at various railway stations. This comes at a time when the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation removed such machines from …

Plastic ban: Garbage bin liners are banned

BMC says compostable liners are allowed; says it’s going easy on the product as of now. Despite repeated claims that bin liners are not part of the banned plastic items, the BMC confirmed their inclusion and clarified that some time …

All PET bottles ok if destroyed by firms

Bottles must carry bar code indicating source of origin; manufacturers to face action from pollution board if they fail to turn them into plastic pellets. The soft drink industry can heave a sigh of relief with the state government deciding …

Traffic cop who challaned good samaritan transferred

A Rabale traffic police unit constable has been transferred to the administration section for imposing fine on a good samaritan motorist who offered lift to people in need during heavy rain. The Vashi police station inspector (administration) has been directed …

Hoteliers switch to cardboard containers

Eatery owners are using cardboard containers to pack runny sambar and dal. They can sustain hot gravy or dal for up to an hour without leaking. The takeaway business of more than 10,000 restaurants and hotels in city has been …

Scientific waste disposal biggest challenge: Civic chief

A day after he received the prestigious ‘Cleanest Capital’ award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Monday said scientific processing and disposal of garbage and debris was the biggest challenge before him. “A high level team …

Plastic ban relief on cards for retailers in Maharashtra

In a major relief for shopkeepers and consumers, the state government may allow the use of plastic at the retailers end for packaging groceries and foodstuff. However, this will be subjected to conditions like the use of plastic above 50 …

On Day 2, banned plastics found in only 9% of shops

With the enforcement of the state-wide plastic ban, commercial establishments and citizens alike have started to shun single-use plastic items. On the second day of the ban, the BMC found such plastic products in only 87, or around 9%, of …

Maharashtra: Plastic alternatives too costly to adopt

The three-day exhibition on alternatives of plastic, at National Sport Club of India (NSCI) in Worli has done little to encourage citizens as the options are costly. While a thermocol plate costs Rs 1.5 to Rs 3 a piece, the …

Plastic ban not an elastic ban, applies to all: BMC

Even as the civic administration asserted that first-time plastic ban violators among the common public will not be spared the hefty Rs 5,000 fine which only doubles and more than trebles for the second and third offences, the civic continued …

Thane society goes on a drastic sweep

Residents of 800 flats of a swish Thane society woke up on Sunday in plastic-free homes, a day after tossing out all sorts of banned plastic items from their lives into a tempo supplied by an NGO which will recycle …

Watch out: 250 inspectors to enforce plastic ban in Mumbai

As plastic ban is finally being implemented in the city from June 23, the Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation (BMC) has handed over the penalty receipts, special designed jackets and other necessary documents to 250 inspectors appointed to ensure the enforcement. Public …

No function, rally at Girgaum Chowpatty, says Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court said on Thursday that: “Beaches are an essential part of the environment, and if a beach is polluted, it will violate fundamental rights under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, which mentions the right to …

Plastic ban: MPCB, BMC list out banned products

Spelling out to Mumbaikars what is banned and what’s not, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and BMC officials said on Thursday that it’s time we begin to learn to live without plastic. At the “Social Sanchar” organised by the NGO …

BMC’s plastic ban squad to carry out checks at shops from Monday

Mumbai: From Monday, 250 inspectors appointed by the BMC to implement the plastic ban will fan out across the city to visit shops, restaurants and other commercial establishments and penalize those found in possession of banned items. The BMC chief …

HAVE YOU MADE THE BIG SWITCH YET?

Come Saturday, and none of your excuses for still holding onto single-use plastic items will be entertained. For, the three-month grace period for the statewide plastic ban, which was enforced on March 23, will come to an end tomorrow. And …

Mahim locals start signature campaign asking BMC? to clear footpaths

As a last resort to make the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) G North ward perform its duties, Mahim residents have started a signature campaign for removing slums on footpaths and thereby implementing the Bombay high court’s order that bans encroachments …

Crowded South Mumbai pockets may see traffic decongestion soon

The ever-crowded business district of South Mumbai, having pockets like Kalbadevi, Bhuleshwar, Dagina Bazar, Dawa bazaar, Agiary road, LT Marg, etc., may soon see ease in traffic congestion, and become pedestrian friendly. The Joint Commissioner of Police, (traffic), Amitesh Kumar, …

Maharashtra government in a fix over plastic collection system

Even as the plastic ban implementation is a few days away, the state government is yet to come up with a mechanism to collect and recycle plastic waste. The manufacturers have rejected the state environment department’s proposal of plastic waste …

Plastic ban in Maharashtra: Penalty to remain at ₹5,000 for now

Last week, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had proposed to bring down the fine on the usage of banned plastic items to ₹200 from the existing ₹5,000. However, on Tuesday officials from the state government said they are unsure if …

Plastic Ban in Mumbai again affect small traders

मुंबई :  नोटबंदी के बाद छोटे व्यापारियों पर फिर बड़ी मार पड़ने वाली है। मॉनसून के मौसम में प्लास्टिक बंदी होने से उन्हें दिक्कत होगी। नियमों के मुताबिक, विनिर्माण स्तर पर पैकेजिंग करने वालों को प्लास्टिक के इस्तेमाल की छूट …

Plastic ban violation: BMC cuts fines from 5k to 200

Realising the common man may not be able to cough up a steep penalty of Rs 5,000 in case he/she is caught using the banned plastic, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to reduce the penalty to Rs 200. …

170 South Mumbai buildings dispose over 100kg plastic waste

Almost a week after kicking off their campaign to prepare for the plastic ban that comes into force post June 23, residents of Colaba collected more than 100kgs of plastic waste from 170 buildings in A municipal ward over the …

After plastic, govt aims a crackdown on e-waste in Maharashtra

After plastic, the state government will crack down on electronic waste. Producers of electrical and electronic goods like television sets, computers and mobile phones will be directed to fulfil mandatory extended producer responsibility (EPR) by setting up comprehensive e-waste management …

Noise, traffic, drunk calls: 101 reasons to call cops in Mumbai

Inebriated people desiring to vent their frustration, residents harrowed by noise during festivals, people with a knack for verbal abuse — these are some of the callers the Mumbai police control attends to on a daily basis, with a volume …

Mumbai: Loud music to traffic, 100 has its plate full

The control room of Mumbai police received nearly 1.6 crore calls from citizens last year, with complaints ranging from noise pollution to parking issues to troubles created by drunks and drug users. That’s a 120 per cent jump from the …

Plastic ban in Mumbai: BMC collects 1.42 lakh kg of banned plastic

With the plastic ban coming into effect from June 24, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected 1.42 lakh kg of banned plastic from across the city. While the BMC has been aggressively collecting the banned plastic items, it has not …

DNA EXCLUSIVE: Crank up or perish, BMC tells BEST

Amid fall in passenger footfall to 25 lakh from 42 lakh and failure to earn profits on even 10 bus routes in any one month of the past five years, the civic body has asked BEST to pull up its …

BMC hikes water tariff by 3.72% from June 16

Do not waste water, use it wisely as the civic body has hiked the water tariff by 3.72 per cent. This will come into effect from June 16. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have proposed increasing the water tariff up …

BEST trying to regain ground in Mumbai, BMC provides assistance

With losses touching Rs 1760 crore, the BEST undertaking is struggling to revive itself. The citizens and municipal corporation also wants the BEST to come up with legitimate measures that would pull it out from the financial mess. Some of …

The BMC has issued Notice regarding trimming of trees

The BMC has issued Notices to inform the Public that they can lodge complaints regarding trimming of trees using the Mobile App called MCGM 24×7 or they can go to the web page http://dm.mcgm.gov.in/home and lodge their complaints under the …

Mumbai sees six dengue cases after first spell of monsoon

The first spells of monsoon in the city have accompanied the deadly dengue fever. Six cases of dengue were confirmed in the city. While three patients were admitted in the Wockhardt Hospital at Mumbai Central last week, three more visited …

Second Metro corridor in South Mumbai to cost Rs 571 crore/ km

The project cost of a second Metro corridor in south Mumbai, connecting Wadala with CST, will be around Rs 571 crore per km, according to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). This is probably going to be the second-costliest Metro …

Bombay High Court: Ensure safe transport of kids in school buses

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday, said that authorities should inculcate a law abiding culture in citizens. Especially, parents who for sake of convenience send their children in mini vans, auto rickshaws, not following proper safety rules, as done by …

Operation Khataara: Off the roads, into the mall

33 dead vehicles that were towed away in 3 days end up in the basement parking lot of Santacruz mall. Hold that applause for BMC’s crackdown on abandoned vehicles on roads. These dead cars that are being towed away are …

Traffic dept wants firm blacklisted for failed ATC

The ‘intelligent’ system is constantly on the blink and has to be operated manually at signals. Fed up with failed attempts to get the area traffic control (ATC) system to do its job, Amitesh Kumar, joint commissioner of police (traffic), …

200 inspectors to check plastic ban in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken a step ahead in the strict implementation of the plastic ban in the city. They have decided to deploy 200 inspectors to catch hold of defaulters and fine them for using plastic. “The …

Piyush Goyal launches two railway related mobile apps

New Delhi: Ministry of Railways and IT Ministry on Monday signed an agreement to allow ticket bookings through 2.9 lakh common service centres (CSCs) in the country in next 8-9 months. Now all 2.9 lakh CSCs will be connected through …

Traffic police under HC radar over congestion in market areas

The Bombay High Court, on Monday, directed the city traffic police to submit a report on the steps it proposed to take to ease commuting woes in crowded market areas such as Crawford Market, Bhuleshwar and Zaveri Bazaar in south …

STATE REJIGS 12 HIGH­RANKING IAS OFFICERS

After the state reshuffled of 12 high-ranking IAS officers, additional chief secretary (ACS) of industries Sunil Porwal was appointed as the new ACS of home department. He will replace SK Shrivastava, who has been appointed as the new chairperson of …

Govt seeks talented citizens

The Union Govt has advertised and sought appications from “talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building” to become bureaucrats at the Joint Secretary rank.  

BMC reaches out to people for voluntary blood donation

Ahead of the World Blood Donors’ Day approaching on 14 June, the civic body’s health department aims to encourage citizens to voluntarily donate blood. The department says there’s a need to reduce replacement blood donation and for more people to …

Season’s greetings: Heavy rain likely for 3 days

MUMBAI: Mumbaikars, prepare yourselves for a wet weekend, as Thursday’s heavy pre-monsoon showers appear to be only the beginning of what lies ahead. If one goes by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, the city is likely to witness similar …

Flooding in Mumbai’s western suburbs is just a shower away

The verdict is loud and clear. Residents of the western suburbs may have to brace for another spell of waterlogging this monsoon. Reason: the Mumbai civic body’s slapdash desilting and cleaning of three major stormwater drains at Bandra (East), Vile …

Mumbaiites, you can now walk into eateries, rate their hygiene standards

Foodies, you can now walk into the kitchen of your favourite restaurants in three major cities of Maharashtra and check out their hygiene standards. Thirty restaurants from Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai will receive their certification under the star-based ‘hygiene rating’ …

Mumbai: Ditch the local if it rains beyond 70mm

If it pours above 70mm, avoid taking the local. The suburban railway authorities have stated that they have done everything possible to ensure smooth local operations, but heavily and continuous rains are bound to hit train services. Central Railway authorities …

State High alert for stormy 9, 11 & 12

After the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rains in Mumbai and Konkan over the next few days, the state’s disaster management cell has issued orange and red warnings in Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri for today and tomorrow, and a high …

Operation khataara: BMC begins removing abandoned vehicles from streets

BMC sends towing vans to seize dead vehicles from R-South Ward in Kandivali (East), where Operation Khataara kicked off. The wheels are slowly but surely turning as far as Operation Khataara is concerned. Mumbaikars’ relentless campaign against abandoned vehicles seems …

New platform at Mumbai’s Parel station to open on June 10

Come Sunday, commuters will have a new platform at Parel railway station. Local train services towards Kalyan and Karjat will be operated from the platform. On the same day, the Central Railway (CR) will impose a major block to complete the …

Mumbai may not have dump yards, community dustbins in future

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation recently proposed to emulate the Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh) model for solid-liquid resource management (SLRM) in Greater Mumbai. Under the Ambikapur model, there are no dumping yards or community dustbins in the city. Garbage segregation begins at home; …

Enrol and vote

The Electoral rolls are being updated and each of us need to ensure that we are registered with the correct details. The qualifying date is 1st Jan 2019. For more details or assistance, these are the contact points: Toll-free Helpline: …

Cleaning spree: Locals remove garbage from Juhu beach

With a motive to obliterate garbage from the Juhu beach, the citizens have collaborated with the BMC and the local corporators to take up a noble initiative to ensure that the beach is kept clean. After the initiative was launched, …

Sion flyover work to begin after rains

In a major relief for motorists, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has said that the Sion flyover on Eastern Express Highway (EEH) will not be shut during monsoon considering the renovation work on the flyover has been postponed …

Mumbai’s new development plan will come into effect from June 22

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday issued a circular saying the city’s development plan (DP) 2034 will come into effect from June 22, following enquiries from architects and urban planners. Permissions for development, it said, will be granted as …

Mumbai: Bandraites make BMC redo road repair work

MUMBAI: Not willing to accept shoddy road repair work by a BMC-appointed contractor before the arrival of monsoon, Bandra residents and their corporator forced the civic body to redo the entire stretch all over again, in perhaps the first such …

Road outside Bombay Hospital to be two-way

The next time you need to get to Bombay Hospital avenue from MG Road, you may not need to make a detour of over 600 metre. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is widening the road between MG Road and Vithaldas …

Done our best to ensure city is flood-proof: BMC chief to CM

MUMBAI: The BMC has made every effort to ensure there is no repeat of the August 29, 2017, deluge, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta assured chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday. The assurance, along with a presentation, was given the day …

Amar Mahal flyover to Thane

13 months on you can take the Amar Mahal flyover to travel to Thane. Work on South bound stretch likely to be complited by September.

EU moves to ban single – use plastics

The European Commission on Monday proposed banning single-use plastic products such as cotton buds and plastic straws and putting the burden of cleaning up waste on manufacturers in an effort to reduce marine litter.  

Work on Mumbai’s Andheri road overbridge to start in October

Two years after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s nod, the traffic department approved the construction of the Teli Gali road overbridge in Andheri (East). The work will start by October. The aim is to reduce traffic at two narrow junctions – …

New provisions of Mumbai Development Plan 2034 open for suggestions

The DP is a blueprint for land use over the next 20 years. It covers areas like affordable housing, promoting development of slum rehabilitation projects, parking authority, redevelopment of dilapidated buildings, high-rise restrictions and regulating open spaces in Mumbai. When …

Cooler journey ahead: Railways to get 3 more AC locals for Mumbai

Your local train journey is set to get cooler with the railway ministry planning to procure three more air-conditioned (AC) rakes. The decision comes after the AC local, introduced in December last year, got a positive response from commuters. There …

No ads on Wine Shop signs, says Maharashtra excise department

The state excise department has cracked the whip on wine shops that display advertisements of liquor brands on their signages and has threatened to book those violating the rule for breaching license conditions. The department has issued a circular noting …

Metro work threatens to derail Mumbai during rains

The city risks a harrowing time during the monsoon, which is less than three weeks away as per forecasts, unless the firm laying three Metro corridors plugs a series of gaping holes it has left at construction sites. The BMC …

BMC installs seven booms to contain floating garbage

The civic body is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the nullahs are cleaned properly to allow smooth discharge of rain water. The storm water drains (SWD) department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with a fancy technique …

3 city stations among dirtiest in the country

Three of the busiest stations in the city have to bear the ignominy of being among the 10 dirtiest stations in the country. In a survey conducted by Indian Railways between May 11 and May 17, Kanpur emerged as the …

Last of three-part coverage: Not BMC, we are killing BEST

The spike in private transport since 2001 has made it all but impossible for BEST buses to operate efficiently in the city. Fully funding BEST, using technology to improve the quality of its service and all the goodwill in the …

Mumbai civic body fines 19 contractors for poor barricading

Coming down heavily on road contractors, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday levied a fine of ₹34,86,500 to 19 road contractors in the eastern suburbs for not properly barricading the area during road construction work. The civic chief has …

Gear up for a bumpy ride on 584 roads this monsoon

The BMC’s work on over 30% of the roads it took up for reconstruction or repairs will remain unfinished even at the onset of the monsoon, which is less than three weeks away as per forecasts. Compared to the last …

Traffic police chalk out steps to decongest Andheri station

Setting up auto stands, improving bus facilities, renovating footpaths and widening roads are part of the plan In the months to come, commuters coming out of Andheri railway station will not have to deal with the chaos caused by haphazardly …

Railways orders to upgrade amenities across suburban networks

The Ministry of Railways recently released a circular issuing the installation of required amenities in suburban railways. These amenities include one-third urinals and toilets for women alone, modular eatables vending machines to replace catering stalls and electronic coach indicators at …

Track CR Trains on your mobile

Soon, we will be able to track the real time status of CR trains on our mobile phones. The Central Railway has issued tenders for a new app called “Where is My Train” which will be made available on Android …

BMC asked to submit action plan on river rejuvenation project by June 1

Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam (Shiv Sena) on Thursday conducted a meeting with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials to discuss the project for rejuvenating four rivers in Mumbai — namely Dahisar, Poisar, Oshiwara, and Mithi. The minister also asked BMC to …

Mumbai learns to queue up on FOBs in prep for rains

Huge crowds gathered on narrow bridge at Elphinstone Road last year amid rains and resulting chaos led to the tragedy. Trains pulled in and out of Parel station (central) quickly during the evening peak hours on Thursday, but there was …

Check dam on Dahisar river gets BMC permission

A citizens’ campaign to revive the 12-kilometre Dahisar river has got a leg up by the city administration, which on Tuesday granted the necessary permissions for building a long-awaited check dam on the river, like the one at Sanjay Gandhi …

South Mumbai trimming down the BEST part of its journey

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport has been losing its grip on SoBo. A recent stocktaking of BEST passenger traffic and bus trips revealed the undertaking is operating the least number of buses from its five depots in the island …

BMC says no to hoardings with leader’s photos

Rising above politics, BMC says no to hoardings with leader’s photos. Civic body allows use of digital boards to send out disaster, emergency warnings. Send your suggestions and objections on the draft policy guidelines, within 30 days, to advtpolicyguideline2018@gmail.com

4-fold rise in vehicles since 2001

4-fold rise in vehicles since 2001, worsens air, congestion. Experts attribute increase to poor public transport, growing per capita income and aspirational value.

Mumbai: Waste removed from drains chokes roadside

WHILE HEAPS of waste removed from drains as part of the pre-monsoon cleaning of stormwater drains dot the roads in the city and the suburbs, BMC officials claimed that traffic congestion on the roads and paucity of parking spaces are …

BMC scrutiny finds only 23,265 eligible hawkers in Mumbai

In its bid to regularise hawkers in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has found only 23,265 eligible hawkers in the scrutinisation of hawkers in the city. BMC been scrutinising 99,437 hawker registration forms. “We have given the remaining …

South Mumbai: A & D wards under fire over waste management

Localities in civic wards A and D have topped the defaulters’ list for solid waste management (SWM). Wards A comprises of localities like Colaba and Churchgate while Ward D includes Grant Road and Malabar Hill. The defaulters list contains the …

Swachh Bharat: Cuffe Parade residents to clean up shoreline

The Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat campaign has new takers as Cuffe Parade residents decide to take matters into their own hands and clean up the shoreline. The local citizens will pick up brooms for two hours on May 20 to …

Over 1L plastic bottles recycled in 10 months

More than 1 lakh plastic bottles have been recycled in the last 10 months with the help of crushing machines installed at 10 Metro stations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The bottles were collected from …

Motorists on Mumbai’s roads are insensitive: Ambulance drivers

Siren-blaring ambulances rushing patients for emergency medical care often struggle to reach their destination because motorists, particularly the younger lot, block their way on city roads, a study has found. Bikers, private cars, and autos lead this group of insensitive …

Maharashtra: Plastic ban proves a bane to Rail Neer users

At 1.80 lakh litres, ‘Rail Neer’ bottling plant at Ambernath supplies largest drinking water consignment to the Railways. Now with the plastic ban coming into effect in the state, the rail authorities are looking at alternatives. At present, the 80-lakh …

Only 31% of bulk generators process waste in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is trying hard for all housing societies and commercial complexes who are bulk generators of garbage to enforce municipal solid waste management rules. However, even four months after the deadline for compulsory waste segregation, only …

BEST gets nod from industrial court for 80 electric buses

The industrial court has paved the way for the launch of 80 electric buses in Mumbai although procurement of the smaller-mini and midi-buses may get delayed indefinitely, BEST sources said on Thursday. Currently, the city has just six electric buses …

150kmph on Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway to be fatal, says Diwakar Raote

Expressing concerns over the safety of motorists, state transport minister Diwakar Raote has warned that the proposed speed of 150 km per hour can lead to accidents on the Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway, also known as Samruddhi Mahamarg. The Rs46,000-crore …

Soon, wind power to light up CSMT building

Every evening, the beauty of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) World Heritage building gets amplified when it’s illuminated with colourful lights. To add a feather to its cap, the electricity supplied will be from ‘green energy’.Electricity generated from wind energy …

Monsoon preparedness: Mumbai civic body launches hotline for consulates

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has launched a separate phone number for consulates across the city during emergencies. The decision for a separate hotline was taken after 26 representatives from 13 consulates met Mumbai’s disaster management team of the BMC …

One in ten BEST buses not running, hence your wait is longer

The number of buses and passengers in the fleet of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) has reduced considerably than it was around ten years ago. Additionally, the BEST is not utilising its fleet to the fullest which …

BMC to install 298 de-watering pumps at flood-prone spots across Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation (BMC) will be installing 298 de-watering pumps this monsoon to prevent major flooding. There are several locations in Mumbai where water logging cannot be avoided, either because of the topography or incomplete storm water drain (SWD) …

Mumbai rivers to soon get flood warning sensors

In a first, five rivers in the city and two lakes are set to get flow level transmitters, which will remotely send the civic administration an early warning on days the level of water starts rising, especially after heavy rain. …

Will make RTI more effective, says new CIC Sumit Mullick

Making the RTI more effective and ensuring that information is readily available will be the topmost priority, said Sumit Mullick, the newly appointed Chief Information Commissioner. Mullick took his oath of office on Thrusday. He also said that levying of …

Mumbai Metro to have 1st class compartment with pre-booking facility

After Chennai Metro, upcoming Mumbai Metro corridors will also have separate first class compartments where commuters will be able to book seats in advance. Apart from this, Metro coaches and stations will also have Wi-Fi connectivity along with USB charging …

BMC to track garbage dumping in R, T wards

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken the Navi Mumbai route and decided to fix radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to garbage bins to track garbage removal in four wards. Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has been using RFID tag …

Project to make four wards garbage-free set for debut

The BMC has chalked out a plan to make four wards in the suburbs garbage free in its long-term quest for acleaner Mumbai. It includes eliminating public garbage collection points, and getting the contractor to start a toll-free number where …

New online process for Legal Metrology

The Legal Metrology department has launched a new website which enables all applicants to apply and renew licences online without visiting LMD offices. This has been done to improve transparency and make it easier for applicants.

In Rajasthan, talk on phone at wheel, lose your licence

NEW DELHI: Talking on the mobile phone while driving in Rajasthan will now cost you your licence. The Jodhpur bench of Rajasthan high court has directed the traffic police to obtain photographs of such violators and forward their credentials to …

Private buses fleecing you? Just call for help

After the state government decided to crack the whip on private bus operators overcharging passengers during peak seasons, the transport department launched a dedicated helpline for commuters on Sunday, to register complaints against errant operators. The transport department has issued …

Water ATMs plug plastic bottles’ use

MUMBAI: While the plastic ban has been announced only recently, a slow revolution has already been taking place at railway stations in the city. Around 100 water ATMs installed at suburban stations have ensured that nearly 2.5 lakh plastic bottles …

Water quality improving in Mumbai, says BMC

MUMBAI: Mumbaikars are never satisfied with the quality of civic services, and for valid reasons. But here is a piece of good news. The quality of municipal water that is supplied to homes has improved by a decent margin. According …

Commercial hubs may turn into art, cultural venues on weekends

MUMBAI: What if the corporates hubs, may of which virtually turn ghost towns after business hours, spring into life as an art and cultural carnival? Or as farmers’ market during weekends? In a space starved city, it’s ironical that centrally …

Plastic collection bins overflow with garbage

The BMC’s ambitious plans to collect plastic seem to have gone kaput as citizens have filled the civic bodies with all sorts of garbage. Following the state’s ban on plastic, the BMC, earlier this month, brought in huge collection bins …

Mumbai: Tree felling allowed with riders

The Bombay High Court has denied an interim stay on a recent amendment to the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act which had allowed civic bodies’ chiefs to have a final say in applications which sought the …

CM plans intelligent highways for better traffic management in Mumbai

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the state government will develop an ‘intelligent traffic management system (ITMS) for Mumbai’, which will later be implemented across Maharashtra to reduce congestion and increase traffic speed. At the Road Safety Fortnight’s inauguration, …

Maharashtra Plastic Ban: Exemption for food take-away containers

The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)-led government may be backtracking on the plastic ban imposed in the state. Or at least inventing a few loopholes. The state environment ministry is likely to exempt bags used to pack garments, take-away food containers, …

QR codes could prevent forging of CNG tank plates

The Transport Department, auto-taxi unions and CNG meter fitters had their first meeting on Tuesday to discuss ways to prevent forged plates from being fitted on CNG tanks. One of the proposed solutions was to emboss QR codes on the …

BMC plans to stay in touch during disasters

To ensure enhanced communication with citizens, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is working on developing a mechanism to give timely updates to citizens about disasters. The mechanism is mainly aimed at people who inform the BMC’s disaster cell of a …

Four cybercrime stations, 186 cops to curb cases in Mumbai

A police official said, within few days an official government resolution will be passed in this regard. The Maharashtra government has sanctioned four more police stations for Mumbai and greater Mumbai to deal with the steadily increasing cybercrime cases. A …

Mumbai’s 19 railway stations to get elevated decks, FOBs

According to the plan, which will be executed by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), these stations on the central, western and harbour line will have elevated decks, to give more space to passengers Better infrastructure and more space will …

Uniform FSI for builders under BMC’s revised parking policy

The parking scene in Mumbai, a fallout of the city’s ever-growing vehicle population, may become less chaotic in the coming years. The civic body has reworked its parking policy to encourage private parties to create space for vehicles, DNA has …

Maharashtra govt under pressure to dilute plastic ban

The state government has constituted a five-member committee to study proposals submitted by representatives of plastic traders and manufacturers with plastic traders and manufacturers demanding Maharashtra’s ban on the manufacture, use and sale of plastic be diluted, the state government …

ONE FOR THE ROAD

Monitoring road repairs, getting garbage cleared, decongesting traffic, and maintaining trees… Juhu residents are doing it all Juhu residents show the way to a successful citizen-civic body partnership by adopting 13 roads https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/cover-story/one-for-the-road/articleshow/63776656.cms

No. of illegal autos in Maharashtra zooms up 300% since 2013

he number of illegal autos in the state has grown by 300% in the past five years, with 4 lakh autos plying without valid permits in Maharashtra and 40,000 of which is in the Mumbai metropolitan region, latest statistics of …

City can become smart only when roads are pothole-free, says HC

The Bombay high court on Thursday said the Maharashtra government’s endeavour to make every city “smart” was commendable, but it would only be possible when a city’s roads, streets and footpaths were in a good condition and free of potholes. …

Will re-register resident groups ready to segregate waste: BMC

After de-registering as many as 310 of the 469 Advanced Locality Management (ALM) groups in the last six months, the BMC has decided to re-register those groups that show interest in waste segregation and composting. However, the re-registration will only …

BMC changes road divider at Marine Drive yet again

The breezy seafront along Marine Drive seems to intermittently sway and waiver the civic body’s plans to stop people from jumping over the road near Girgaum Chowpatty. In the latest move to keep people from vaulting over the road divider, …

Slum scam: Maharashtra minister seeks to shift blame to housing department babu

Housing minister Prakash Mehta has sought to shift the blame for the MP Mill compound slum rehabilitation scheme controversy to additional chief secretary (housing) Sanjay Kumar in his written reply to Maharashtra Lokayukta ML Tahaliyani, sources said. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/slum-scam-maharashtra-minister-seeks-to-shift-blame-to-housing-department-babu/articleshow/63739069.cms  

Use of plastic can be penalized, time given for disposal, HC told

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Thursday told the Bombay high court that citizens using banned plastic items can be penalized since the March 23 notification barring use of plastic came into effect immediately. Citizens have been given three months’ time …

BMC to ban fishing in Powai lake

  After repeated complaints against fishing and in a bid to protect the crocodiles in its waters, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to ban fishing in the Powai lake. The Maharashtra State Angling Association (MSAA) does fishing in …

Decongestion project to begin at Bandra station

The century-old Bandra (West) railway station — a Grade-I structure with its blend of Victorian Gothic and vernacular architecture, bearing a proud UNESCO heritage tag — is all set to bid adieu to notorious traffic snarls. The much delayed Brihanmumbai …

Housing society cannot charge fee for new admissions: HC

The Bombay high court has ruled that a housing society cannot charge an admission fee to admit a new member. Twenty-five years after a SoBo society charged Rs15 lakh for admitting a new member, Justice Suresh Gupte said that amount …

Dahisar wetlands turns into parking lot for tourist buses again

Encroaching upon or destroying mangroves is illegal under the rules for wetlands and is also in violation of the orders issued by the Bombay high court to protect the green cover. Hundred tourist buses were found illegally parked near the …

Signals with 12-year-old software choking roads

BMC to appoint consultant to study problems with signalling system after traffic police’s letter. Motorists have long been grumbling about erratic signals that turn red after just a few, lucky cars cross over. Now, the city traffic police have joined …

Mantralaya toes line, fearing BMC action

Following report that MPCB action has been sought against it for flouting wet waste treatment rules, govt official claims a compost plant is in the offing https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/mantralaya-toes-line-fearing-bmc-action/articleshow/63673272.cms

From Thursday, pay more for BEST rides over 4km

MUMBAI: Your bus ride in the city will be costlier from mid-week. Officials from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) on Sunday confirmed that they will clear the proposal for BEST fare hike on April 11. Once they give the …

Mohammed Ali Road to treat its waste right at home

Despite space crunch, Sandhurst Road and Mohammed Ali Road, which fall in ward B of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), have got a waste processing unit with two composting machines to process wet waste at source. http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mohammed-ali-road-to-treat-its-waste-right-at-home-2594612

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45 speed guns with cameras on Maharashtra highways

45 speed guns with cameras will curb your need for speed on Maharashtra highways. The police are acquiring around 45 speed guns with cameras for the state highways, which will enable their staff to avoid arguments with speeding drivers. https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/45-speed-guns-with-cameras-will-curb-your-need-for-speed-on-maharashtra-highways/story-dI7VltJYpc738vIreGpDoM.html

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LMD warns duty-free shop at Mumbai airport not to inflate bills

The Duty Free Shop (DFS) at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) has been warned by the Legal Metrology Department (LMD) not to give inflated bills to customers on purchases on the pretext of rounding off to the nearest hundred …

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Mumbaikars Vow to be Safe on Roads

VCAN has organized a campaign about Mumbaikars Vow to be Safe on Roads. The campaign was launched by Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of police (traffic). Teams of road safety champions, volunteers have been encouraging on the road to pledge to …

Peg measures in bars to be stamped every 2 years

The Legal Metrology organization of Maharashtra State has directed all bars and pubs to ensure stamping on the peg measure dispensers every two years. This is based on over a thousand complaints being received by the Government. Read the full …

OUR SOCIAL SANCHAR REPORTED IN THE NEWS!

VCAN’s Social Sanchar with Shri. Vijay Singhal, IAS, Shri. Vijay Singhal, Additional Municipal Commissioner MCGM, was held on 21st September 2017. The event, at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, saw coverage in the print media.

Our Social Sanchar reported in the News!

VCAN’s Social Sanchar with Justice M.L. Tahaliyani, Lokayukta, and Justice A.P. Bhangale, President, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, was held on World Consumer Rights Day, 15th March. The event, at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, saw coverage in both the …

Social Sanchar Election Special Reported in the Media

On 10th February, VCAN held its first Social Sanchar of the year, an Election Special, with Shri J.S. Saharia, the State Election Commissioner. The event, held at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, saw coverage in several leading newspapers, and clippings …

Our Expert Panelist Mr. Jamshed Mistry Felicitated!

On a happy note, V Citizens Action Network (VCAN) is proud to note that a member of our Panel of Experts, Mr. Jamshed Mistry, Independent Counsel and Founder of the International Legal Alliance, has been felicitated by the British Colombia …

Coverage of the Launch of our Breathe Life Campaign in the Media

The launch of our joint campaign with Eureka Forbes, “Breathe Life” on 10th November 2016 at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, and the accompanying Panel Discussion was very well attended. Several Media outlets including Television and Print Media were also …

Article by Justice Sujata Manohar in the Hindu

We are happy to note that a member of our Panel of Experts, Justice Sujata Manohar, a former Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court and retired Supreme Court Judge, recently had an article featured in the esteemed publication ‘The Hindu’, in …

Social Sanchar Reported in the Media!

We are happy to see that both The Hindu, as well as The Times of India’s Mumbai editions reported on our recently held Social Sanchar with Dr. Pallavi Darade, on page 2 and page 4 of their Thursday, 7th April 2016 …

Article by VCAN Trustee Indrani Malkani in the Hindu

It is our pleasure to note that our Managing Trustee, Mrs. Indrani Malkani was recently invited to write an article, by the esteemed publication ‘The Hindu’, as a part of their series “Fixing Mumbai”. The article appeared in the Sunday, 27th …

Social Sanchar Reported in the Press!

We are happy to note that Social Sanchar, our event held on 27th November 2014 at DBS Centre, Nariman Point, has been covered in the press. The event, which saw Dr. BK Upadhyay, Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, fielding questions …

Social Sanchar featured in the news!

The Times of India’s Mumbai edition featured a short article on our upcoming programme Social Sanchar on page 9 of their Tuesday, 25th November issue. The article mentions some details about our upcoming event on Thursday 27th November, 2014, at 4 …

Doing our bit for the Elections!

With Mumbai having voted in large numbers on Wednesday, a lot of credit goes to the Chief Electoral Officer and his team, as well as to several other organisations each doing their part for raising Voter Awareness amongst the citizens. …

Co-op Housing Societies to Encourage Voter Awareness

As part of our activities for promoting Voter Awareness and increasing the Voter turnout, we have mentioned the role that Co-operative Housing Societies can play. We are glad to announce that we are leading from the front, with our Trustee …

TogetherVCAN in Times of India for Voter Awareness

The Saturday, 27th September 2014, issue of the Times of India’s Mumbai edition featured our Portal in an article titled ‘Updated voters’ list to be uploaded after today: EC’. The article by Richa Pinto, on page 4, included a quote …

TogetherVCAN Featured in the Times of India

With the State Assembly Elections for Maharashtra coming up, the Times of India’s Mumbai edition has covered our initiatives and election related content in their Wednesday, 17th September 2014 issue. The article by Richa Pinto on page 4 talks about …

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VCAN in the Times of India!

The Times of India in it’s Mumbai edition on 16th September 2014, featured VCAN in an article on how Housing Society Committees will assist Poll Officials during the upcoming State Assembly Elections. The article by Richa Pinto, on page 2, …

Times of India Features TogetherVCAN!

TogetherVCAN was featured in Monday 24th August’s issue of the Times of India’s Mumbai Edition, in an article on page 4. The article, by Richa Pinto, which appeared in the Times City section, features TogetherVCAN.in among other Tech Initiatives aimed …

Don’t Let Cabbies Take You For a Ride!

The time has come again for another hike in autorickshaw and taxi fares. This fare hike however, is applicable in only vehicles whose e-meter has been reset or recalibrated. The process of recalibration of the e-meters will be gradual. Meters …

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TogetherVCAN on TV!!

In addition to the press coverage that the launch of our Portal on Friday 8th August at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chowpatty, received, we were also featured by the electronic media on two news channels. A clip courtesy of DD News …

TogetherVCAN in the News!!

The launch of our Portal on Friday 8th August at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chowpatty, saw significant press coverage with several newspapers covering the story the following day. DNA featured the following article on page 7.   The Times of India …

VCAN Featured in Times of India!

In Monday 4th August’s issue of the Times of India’s Mumbai Edition, VCAN was featured in an article on page 5. The article, by Richa Pinto, talks about the upcoming launch of the portal, and its various features. The article …

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