Mumbai: Lake levels dip, call likely on water cuts

Mumbai: With levels of the seven lakes that supply potable water to Mumbai at nearly 77% as compared to 93% last year on the corresponding day, the civic body is likely to take a call on executing water cuts in …

Railways-Bombardier deal hits logjam over prices

Tender submitted by supplier of AC local electrical components comparatively higher than another company’s. A tussle has broken out between the Integral Coach Factory and rake supplier Bombardier Transportation over the price of proposed partially air-conditioned local trains to be …

Joggers park to come up under Mumbai flyover

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has planned to construct a jogging park under the Anik-Wadala flyover that connects the L ward in Kurla and Wadala bus depot. The proposal will be heard by the civic body’s standing committee for approval …

Mumbai’s Metro-3 to get new technology for tunnelling work

To overcome the restrictions caused by the city’s narrow roads and congested spaces, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) will adopt new technology for its tunnelling work for Metro-3 starting this January. The MMRC will use the New Austrian Tunnelling …

New Mumbai rail line to open on Sunday

Mumbai: In a big relief to rail commuters in Mumbai, the Railways will throw open phase 1 of the 12. 4-km Nerul-Belapur-Seawoods-Kharkopar suburban railway line on Sunday. The work on the remaining 14. 3-km stretch from Kharkopar to Uran is …

Thane saw cracker-free Diwali but air quality remained poor

Though Thane residents celebrated a quieter Diwali this year, there was no relief in air pollution. The Air Pollution Index for the city this year was more than 90%. “The Air Pollution Index is over 90 percent more than the …

Versova-Virar Sea Link: MSRDC to gauge traffic till 2050

In a bid to explore the scope of constructing a sea-link between Versova and Virar, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has begun the process to study the passenger traffic in the region. The study is expected to predict …

Mumbai metro 2A, 2B & 7 in line for best rake deal across nation

Mumbai: At Rs 3,015 crore for 63 rakes, the lowest bid for rolling stock on Metro corridors 2A, 2B and 7 is also the most competitive yet for any project nationally. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had originally …

Cut in vehicles to pick up trash: BMC’s Diwali gift?

Mumbai: The 15% slash in the number of waste collection vehicles in the city drew sharp criticism at the standing committee meeting Monday with corporators cutting across party lines asking if this was the BMC’s idea of a Diwali gift …

Bridge across River Mithi stuck for lack of an NOC

BMC’s plan to build second arm of a bridge linking Kurla to Kalina in limbo for six months as traffic police drag their feet on clearance; motorists forced to use old, ‘unsafe’ structure. It’s a case of a bridge too …

WR asks ICF to shorten halts of Mumbai’s AC trains

The Western Railway (WR) has recently approached the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) to reduce the time taken in opening and closing automatic doors of air-conditioned (AC) local trains, so as to shorten halts. A regular local train halts at every …

As garbage piles up, citizens slam BMC

With Diwali just around the corner, garbage begins piling up across the city, and not just at street corners and garbage bins. Senior corporators blamed the civic body for reducing garbage only on paper, while also cutting down the number …

Scorching heat will continue for a week

After experiencing the hottest November day in over four decades on Saturday, Mumbaikars will continue to feel the heat as the temperature is expected to hover around 37 degrees Celsius for another week. According to a seven-day forecast by the …

Citizens protest against Metro-6 in Mumbai

Even as the authorities plan to start barricading work for Metro-6 within a month, a group of citizens have come together to demand the Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli line be made underground and create awareness about the disastrous impact of the …

Mumbai Traffic cops hit brakes on overspeeding at Marine Drive

Citing pedestrian movement and the presence of many residential buildings in the area, the Mumbai traffic police (MTP), after carrying out several tests, has said the speed limit at Marine Drive will not be increased beyond the current 60 kmph. …

Western Railway trains can chug on skip-halt basis: Kailash Verma

The withdrawal of four train services from Andheri, as part of the new rail timetable, has given the Western Railway an opportunity to run trains on a cyclical pattern. Passenger associations said that the railway authorities can try the new …

BEST to spend Rs 3.5 crore to revive dead machines

Gets nod from govt after its committee junks plan; contract is only for 6 months. The BEST may be bleeding, but that hasn’t stopped its administrators from squeezing it dry further. The undertaking has got the state government’s approval to …

We eliminated halts of six trains, started 80 services

Although several passengers are unhappy with the new timetable, WR says the changes were made keeping in mind the large number of commuters. Several passengers from Jogeshwari, Bhayandar and Vasai are not happy with the new timetable introduced by the …

Mumbai: Gateway of India gets women centric toilet facility

A free of charge toilet facility especially designed for women and breast feeding mothers with a sanitary vending machine, a water cooler and a waiting area was inaugurated on Thursday morning within the Gateway of India premises. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/gateway-of-india-gets-women-centric-toilet-facility/articleshow/66464135.cms

Parel-Worli roads model for traffic study

The Major arterial roads in G-South ward, comprising Lower Parel, Mahalaxmi and Worli, will be taken up in a pilot study of traffice problems ailing Mumbai, a special committee set up by the Bombay high court said on Thursday. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/parel-worli-roads-model-for-traffic-study/articleshow/66468964.cms

FOB repair: BMC ready to pay full amount to Western Railway

In a tiff between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Western Railway, passengers of Malad are suffering for the last 4 months. Both the organisations have finally resolved problems and now, Malad passengers can accept the repairing and opening …

Andheri’s Gokhale Bridge partially open to traffic

Much to the relief of Andheri’s harrowed residents, Gokhale Bridge, that had partially collapsed in July this year, is now open to traffic. A single lane of the bridge is up and functional, and so is a small temporary pedestrian …

WR gears up for protests over skipping of halts

Western Railway suburban serrvices may get disrupted due to protests by Jogeshwari commuters on November 3 against a decision to skip halts there for six services. WR runs four slow services from Goregaon and two from Malad towards Churchgate during …

Soon, bridges will be able to send out warnings

Sensors on yet-to-be-opened rail overbridge will give constant updates on structural stability Unsafe bridges may soon start sending out warning signals, thanks to an innovation by the Central Railway and the IIT-Roorkee. In a first such experiment in the country, …

Key to smooth traffic in Mumbai lies in parking lots: Experts

The city has 33 lakh vehicles, but only 60,000 parking spaces , according to official data. With 2,000km of roads in the city, these numbers mean your commute is a crawl and also life-threatening. According to experts, the key to …

Maharashtra FDA cracks down on adulterators of sweets

Look before you buy. That seems to be the dictum when it comes to buying sweets in the festive season. The state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seized 21,225 kg mawa, 1,55,652 kg edible oil and vanaspati ghee and …

Mumbai: Three including child died of dengue and malaria in October

Three citizens including a seven-year-old boy died in the month of October due to monsoon-related ailments dengue and malaria, according to the BMC’s public health department. Besides this, 249 cases of dengue and 461 of malaria have been registered by …

Broken footpaths will be repaired instantly: Municipal chief Ajoy Mehta

Municipal chief Ajoy Mehta orders fast-tracking of footpath revamp to ensure level, pedestrian-friendly pavements. In a bid to improve the quality of its road repairs, the civic body has rolled out a new mechanism to make the city’s pavements pedestrian-friendly. …

BMC moves a step closer to making Hindmata flood­-free

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) F South ward has finalised the contract for the last leg of the three-part storm water drain being constructed at Hindmata junction in Dadar. The third part of the project comprises constructing up a 920-metre …

Mumbai Metro work causes traffic bottlenecks

Underground Metro corridors were a better option for the city, especially for commuters in the western suburbs, as the proposed elevated lines have compounded the traffic woes of motorists, according to experts. Metro construction work on the Western Express Highway …

Mumbai: Western Railway fast tracks travel for peak hour commuters

The Western Railway (WR) has good news for the to 37 lakh passengers travelling on the Churchgate-Dahanu stretch, starting November 1. The schedule of trains will change from Thursday, making local train rides smoother and less harrowing; especially during peak …

Lack of parking space, more vehicles worsen Mumbai traffic

You know you are in Mumbai when Google Maps says it would take longer to reach your destination by car than by walking, according to a recent tweet. According to experts, an increase in the number of vehicles on Mumbai’s …

BMC to build ten spots of art & culture in South Mumbai areas

In order to attract foreign tourists in Malabar, Grant Road and Walkeshwar areas in South Mumbai, the D ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has undertaken the development of ten spots in the ward. These spots will be developed across …

Risky bridges: 6 more months to demolish 15 unsafe structures

Two months after declaring 18 bridges in the city as dilapidated and need to be torn down, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) estimates it will take six months more to start the demolition work of 15 of them. The civic …

Bandra Reclamation is close to becoming zero-waste

Local groups and the BMC prevent 81 garbage trucks from going to landfill in 2 years Bandra Reclamation is set to become a zero-waste area. Under a two-year-old initiative, subsidised compost pits are being built in housing societies and maintained …

‘Citizens are partners in waste management’

Policy dialogue focuses on sustainable solutions to water, energy, waste problems It is time citizens took control of waste management, and innovators must help deliver urban services, said participants in a policy dialogue on ‘Accelerating Innovation – Water, Waste, Energy’ …

Mumbai’s character must be preserved

Every once in a while, I am consumed by nostalgia about how some of the defining landmarks of this city have vanished, leaving behind little tangible reminder of their past existence. The other day, while coming down Malabar Hill towards …

To keep Mumbai’s backyards clean, BMC looks overseas

To tackle dry waste more scientifically, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has begun efforts to rope in overseas firms. The civic body has invited global expression of interest (EOI) from seven countries for development of dry waste centres for collection, …

South Mumbai pipe bursts again, spills water woes

The water pipeline under the Marine Drive footpath burst again on Thursday, exactly a week after suffering the same fate, and had undergone repairs which got over only two days ago. The rutpure will add to the woes of the …

Train yourself, Parel set to be a terminus from March

The operations of the Parel suburban railway terminus are set to start from March 2019, helping commuters take local trains originating from and terminating at the station. In the last leg of the construction work, the Central Railways (CR) has …

30 railway stations devoid of ambulance services in Mumbai

Despite witnessing several rail-related accidents in the last six months, 30 railway stations in Mumbai are devoid of ambulance services. Even if ambulance service is provided, there were instances when ambulances parked outside stations were found locked or without doctors. …

AC Local likely soon for CR commuters

It’s the turn of Central Railway to get an air-conditioned locak and authorities are looking at options to introduce the service on one of the three routes-Main, Harbour and Transhabour. The first fully air-conditioned local was introduced on Western Railway …

Mumbai may get another 5,000 CCTV cameras to fight street crimes

City may get another 5,000 CCTV surveillance cameras to curb street crimes and traffic offences. The state government has given its nod to upgrade the existing network of 4,717 cameras and integrate it with the Mumbai Police’s ‘Dial 100′ project …

Mumbai: Polluted water, plastic trash put tourists off

Cities with beaches, anywhere in the world, are always a major draw for tourists. However, despite the fact that the city is blessed with a coastal stretch of 437.71 square kilometre and is dotted with several beaches on the western …

BEST committee to replace colourful tickets with ETIMs

It is quite possible that in the coming days, you shall board the buses operated by the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), but the conductor would not have any tickets to issue. The Undertaking is facing issues as on …

Activists to go NGT way to put Mumbai’s mangroves on the map

Alleging the recently published final coastal zone management plan (CZMP) maps for the city has left mangroves, wetlands, salt pans with no protection against development, activists plan to move the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The state has brushed off the …

Mumbai in haze due to weather change

Mumbaikars have been waking up to hazy mornings for a couple of days now, and the condition on Monday seemed worse as the haze continued to envelop the city throughout the day. As per IMD officials the haze was a …

Thaneites to move court for dumping waste management on societies

Looks like Thane housing societies’ war with Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) over Solid Waste Management (SWM) is yet to conclude. Now, the residents of Thane housing societies has threatened to move to court against TMC’s solid waste management decree which …

Mumbai: Sewage plant near coastal road to be beautified

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) wants to leave no stone unturned for its ambitious Coastal Road Project. It is for the same that the corporation is working on beautifying an entire neighbourhood. Keeping in mind the location, that is Bandra …

Cars, bikes now occupy 77% of Mumbai roads, buses 2%

The road space share of private vehicles in the city has gone up from 59% to 77% in two decades. At the same time, buses’ share of road space has gone down from 6.2% to 2.2%. Public transport overall, including …

BMC starts constructing second phase of cycle track

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started construction work of the second phase (part A) of the ambitious 36-kilometre-long cycle track along Tansa pipeline. Though there are several patches occupied by hutments, the officers are confident that work will be …

Mumbai: Railways to build concrete walls to prevent trespassing

From stone walls and iron fence to concrete walls — everything is being tried to prevent people from crossing tracks instead of taking FOB. In the melee, lives are lost, yet no lesson is learnt. The rail authorities claim that …

Thane Municipal Corporation, KDMC to cut water supply once every week

In a major set back for Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli residents, the local civic bodies have decided to cut the water supply once every week. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation(KDMC) have decided to go on a 24-hour …

Coastal Road project to have 3 interchanges: BMC

The first phase of the proposed Coastal Road project will have three interchanges, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Thursday. The first phase of the project runs between Princess Street and Bandra-Worli Sea Link Road and the three interchanges …

BMC loses Cuffe Parade open space to pvt trust

Fails to file appeal in Bombay HC within the stipulated time, paving the way for plot to be wrested. The BMC has lost yet another open space, this time in Cuffe Parade, to a private trust due to delays and …

Train passes booked via UTS app don’t even last a season

Passes booked via UTS app and printed at ATVMs fading, sending people back to booking counters. A disappearing act has got the railways in a bind. Over the last few days, it has received a number of complaints from commuters …

A lot be done on schoolchildren’s safety: Stakeholders

The Chembur school incident has once again brought children’s safety on school buses in the spotlight. Despite the claims of female attendants and CCTV cameras, parent-teacher associations say a lot of safety measures are not being followed in letter and …

Mumbai: Spike in malaria, dengue cases has doctors worried

The rainclouds have retreated from Mumbai, but monsoon-related ailments continue to hold the city in their grip. The number of malaria and dengue cases have seen a spike in the month of October. In the 15 days of October, 205 …

72 BMC clinics to get dieticians in trial run across Mumbai

Worried about the rising number of lifestyle diseases like diabetes and depression, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to depute dietitians at its clinics across the city, who would provide correct food intake for people suffering from lifestyle diseases. …

Do you have a solution for Mumbai’s traffic Woes?

Do you have a solution for Mumbai’s traffic woes? Now, you can give your suggestion to special committee set up by the Bombay high court to find ways to alleviate problems faces by the public on the city’s roads. The …

67% posts vacant at BMC air quality stations in Mumbai

Of the 52 posts in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s six air quality monitoring stations, laboratory and three mobile vans, 35, including that of senior scientists, are vacant, according to the response to a Right to Information (RTI) query. The civic …

Water crisis: Mumbai locals take out morcha to A ward office

Irked with irregular water supply for over a week, residents of the A ward that includes areas like Fort, Colaba, Churchgate took out a morcha to the ward office on Monday. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-water-crisis-mumbai-locals-take-out-morcha-to-a-ward-office-2675714

Mumbai: Bandra-based society to organise self-redevelopment

A Bandra-based society has decided to redevelop their building by themselves rather than through the developer. Initially, when the residents of Samadhan society got a developer, he said the nearly Rs 37 crore premium to be paid to MHADA was …

Heat alert: Brace for a hot, humid week ahead

Brace up for a warm and sultry week ahead as temperatures are likely to remain high except for a thunderstorm activity expected mid-week. The week started with mercury recording a maximum of 37.5 degree Celsius on Monday while the minimum …

As October heats up, Mumbai warms up to AC local train

The only air-conditioned (AC) local running on the Western Railway is finally attracting patrons. Just as the October heat has kicked in, the recent figures of Western Railway shows that in the past 9 months, 30 lakh people have used …

PWD to map traffic pattern on EEH, WEH in Mumbai

The state public works department (PWD) has started to study the vehicular movement on the eastern express highway and western express highway to ascertain the current traffic pattern and estimate its rise over the next decade, as part of its …

Laser tech finds 33,000 alterations to buildings in Mumbai

At least 33,000 alterations have been made to the original plan of buildings across the city, according to a survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) using the 360-degree Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to identify the additional …

Bridge the gap: Nonchalance of BMC towards small works

The audit report of bridges and foot-over-bridges (FOB) that came last months revealed that 18 of the 296 bridges and FoBs are in extremely dilapidated condition and need immediate reconstruction. Some of the these FoBs and bridges are very small …

App drivers want to give you a ride, but only with Aadhaar

Drivers attached to cab aggregators Uber and Ola are seeking more than their predictable demand of tariff hike. They have asked the app operators to allot rides only to the passengers who have verified their Aadhaar details with them. Why? …

MMRDA seeks contribution from MIAL to fund Metro extension to T2

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has asked Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) to share the cost for the construction of an underground metro corridor. The Metro line is an extension of the under-construction Dahisar (East)- Andheri (East) corridor …

Mumbai’s iconic double- decker buses to be phased out by 2023

By October 2023, Mumbai’s iconic double-decker buses, will go off the roads due to high operating costs and shrinking space on city roads. The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) said maintaining the massive vehicles was a challenge as it …

Fix Kalbadevi traffic for festive season, says Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the traffic police and BMC to install CCTV cameras in bylanes of Kalbadevi area, in addition to those installed at main junctions, to ease traffic and pedestrian movement in the area. A division …

80% illegal homes leave rest powerless in Mumbra

Mumbra is the first to take the hit whenever there is load shedding in Thane. That’s because 80% of its tenements are illegal and do not pay bills, leading power distributor MSEDCL to cut power to the entire area, affecting …

BMC to start online monitoring of trench work across Mumbai

To improve the quality of roads and their maintenance, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started online monitoring of work on trenches across the city. It would help sychronise the work being carried out by various service providers. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-bmc-to-start-online-monitoring-of-trench-work-across-mumbai-2673601

Maharashtra: Is that junk vehicle on road yours? Cops will come calling

Soon you might hear policemen calling out names of owners of abandoned vehicles on public address system. The Maharashtra government on Tuesday came out with specific instruction on abandoned vehicles in the state. The government has asked civic authorities and …

Sion Flyover may be shut in November, December

The busy Sion Flyover on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road may be completely or partially closed on certain days between October-end and December for maintenance. Then repair work may lead to traffic snarls on the Eastern Express Highways as the flyover …

Thane, Navi Mumbai and Kalyan suffer power cuts

Rising temperatures, coal shortages lead to shortfall of 2,000 MW. The situation of increased demand and decreased generation has led to a demand-supply gap of nearly 2,000 MW resulting in power cuts in many parts of the state, including satellite …

Water shortage hits several parts of Mumbai

While BMC says there is no water cut, SoBo, Andheri and Juhu residents say otherwise. A day after Mumbai Mirror reported that JJ Hospital in Byculla has been facing an acute water crisis for three days, it has come to …

Mumbai’s civic body fails to implement its 24×7 water supply project

Dip in rainfall this year and poor planning have hit the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s pet project, 24×7 water supply, with residents and local representatives demanding it be scrapped. https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/mumbai-s-civic-body-fails-to-implement-its-24×7-water-supply-project/story-swsi3EbttjkLkfb3Om9OUI.html

Mumbai: BMC says tree authority was legally constituted

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Monday filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court denying that its tree authority is illegaly constituted and the permission it has given for cutting trees for different projects or authorities is legal. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mumbai-bmc-says-tree-authority-was-legally-constituted-2673172

Mumbai: Metro ring route to connect distant corners of Thane

In order to boost connectivity via public transport in Thane, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) is planning to construct a 29-km-long ring Metro corridor in Thane. The Metro, that will partially run underground, will connect the interiors of the …

BMC razes illegal huts at Worli Sea Face

The BMC started demolishing illegal shanties that have cropped up at the Worli sea face behind Poonam Chamber. There are around 130 structures raised in the last six to seven years. The interesting part is, more than 50 shanties were …

BMC may shift 16,000 stalls to hawking zones across Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to accommodate around 16,000 stall owners with valid licences in hawking pitches proposed across the city. The proposal was discussed during the town vending committee (TVC) on Friday evening. However, hawkers unions opposed …

Mumbai Metro’s men, methods, machines

Work is underway on the Mumbai Metro’s only underground stretch, connecting Cuffe Parade and Seepz via Bandra-Kurla Complex, and the corridor is expected to be commissioned in 2021. Once that happens, Mumbaikars can travel comfortably on a 33-kilometre route. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mumbai-metro-s-men-methods-machines-2672832

BMC, corporators split account on water cuts as lakes start to dry up

Following the nearly 10 per cent decrease in level of water in the city lakes, senior officers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation have started working on strategies like using reserve water stock for sufficient water supply. Despite this, corporators have …

Mumbai: BMC to resume road reconstruction, resurfacing from October 10

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start reconstruction and resurfacing of 1,343 roads in city of 507-kilometre length from next week, after getting permissions from the traffic department. Senior official from the BMC’s road department confirmed that they are expecting …

Thanekars join hands to manage traffic mess

Residents from Thane and some college students came together on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti to rid Vartaknagar of its traffic mess by managing the flow of vehicles for two hours. They will do so every week at various locations …

Bombay High Court asks Maharashtra government for compliance report on weight-cut of school bags

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to file an affidavit explaining if it has been complying with its own Government Resolution, which enlists steps to be taken for reducing the weight of school bags. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-bombay-high-court-asks-maharashtra-government-for-compliance-report-on-weight-cut-of-school-bags-2671328

Operation Khataara: Clunkers on WEH, service roads hindering traffic

Near Bandra court, at Goldspot factory in Andheri, rotting vehicles add to commuter woes. Abandoned vehicles not only occupy precious parking space in an already spacestarved city, they are also responsible for blocking arterial roads that eventually lead to hour-long …

Expect auto, taxi fare hike soon in Mumbai

Here’s another alert for your wallet: Auto and taxi unions are demanding a fare-hike to level up rising CNG prices. Both unions have asked for a hike of Rs 3 in the minimum fare (bringing it to Rs 21 from …

Mumbai: Poisar river may be waste free by May 31

In something that could be a first, River March — a citizens movement for clean rivers in the city — has demanded a Swacch Krantinagar committee to be set up to plan and execute complete clean up of Kandivali’s Poisar …

Railway stations in Maharashtra to get rid of weighing machines

The railway stations in Maharashtra will soon lose the multicolour-lit kiosks that told people their weight, and fortune, for a small price. The Indian Railways has decided to retire the historic card-ticket weighing machines from its stations across the state. …

Mulund dumping ground closed from Monday

The city’s second largest dumping ground at Mulund will be closed permanently from Monday. Mulund dumping ground, which was the second largest in the city, received around 1,800 metric tonnes (MT) of garbage, which will now be routed instead to …

MSRDC plans of double-decker toll booths for easing traffic in Mumbai

In order to ensure smooth traffic movement at five entry and exit points of the city, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is trying to bring in double-decker toll booths wherein toll collection centres will be constructed above the …

Aluminium net nullah covers to catch plastic trash on the cards

To prevent nullahs choking with garbage, especially plastic trash, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation may think of covering nullah with aluminium net. The proposal will be tabled for discussion before the general body meeting next week. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-aluminium-net-nullah-covers-to-catch-plastic-trash-on-the-cards-2670048

Mumbai: Hoarding policy is now ready for Corporators nod

The much-awaited hoarding policy for Mumbai, that will promote digitisation is ready to get corporators’ final approval. If it gets approval without any alteration then city will get digital billboards which will showcase many advertisements on same place and even …

Three underground parking lots along coastal road

The BMC wants to create three underground parking lots, which would be near Haji Ali, near  Amarsons Garden at Breach Candy, and at Worli seaface – along the 6.33 km promenade in the sea adjoining the planned coastal road. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/three-underground-parking-lots-along-coastal-road/articleshow/65987408.cms

Rooftop restaurants at Mumbai’s star hotels can now serve liquor

Star hotels in Mumbai and across the state will now be able to serve liquor on the establishments’ rooftops. The state home department on Thursday issued a government resolution (GR) clearing a rooftop policy and liquor licences for these star …

Mumbai may face water cuts this year

After a good start to the monsoon, which lead to five of seven lakes overflowing in mid-July itself, water in reservoirs are currently eight per cent lower than the average water level expected. The lower-than-expected level could lead to the …

Swine flu claims 90 lives in Maharashtra

The dreaded swine flu virus has claimed almost 90 lives in Maharashtra since January. However, while regions on city’s periphery have seen cases of H1N1 infections, the city has not reported any deaths from swine flu, said state public health …

Maharashtra chemists ignore FDA notice, plan to strike today

Nearly 72,000 neighbourhood chemists from all over Maharashtra plan to shut shop on Friday to protest against draft rules issued by the Centre on the functioning of online pharmacies. However, the state Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has served notice …

Traffic violation: Police register 10,000 cases in Mumbai

While taking strong action against four-wheeler and three-wheeler drivers in the suburbs of Mumbai, city traffic police registered more than 10,000 cases against those deliberately violating traffic norms. The move comes after growing agitation of locals complaining that illegal parking …

Mumbai local trains’ ladies coaches wear fresh make-up

In an effort to provide a pleasing ride to women commuters, the Western Railway (WR) has painted the interiors of two ladies coaches of the suburban trains with eye-catching scenic views, an official spokesperson said here on Wednesday. WR spokesperson …

Mumbai: BMC proposes removable grill in high-rise buildings

If all goes well, removable grill in windows and balcony in high-rise will soon become mandatory in high-rise buildings. Shiv Sena corporator has moved a notice of motion to make provision of removable grills in high-rises to facilitate firemen in …

Bandra-Versova Sea Link extension idea turns roadblock?

Plan to extend the Bandra-Versova Sea Link till Virar may result in altering plans for coastal road. While the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is pushing for extending the 17-km-long Bandra-Versova Sea Link (BVSL) till Virar, there are chances …

Versova-Kandivali coastal road stretch BMC’s food for thought

After several turns and modifications, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is ready to execute one part of the ambitious Coastal Road. However, there is still uncertainty over the remaining portion — the north part of the original coastal road project that …

Thanekars stage protest over toll, seek implementation of yellow line rule

After a brief Ganeshotsav break, Thanekars have come together to fight toll, traffic congestion and potholed roads in the city. They demand complete implementation of yellow line rule near toll nakas and subsequent abolition of toll collections. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-thanekars-stage-protest-over-toll-seek-implementation-of-yellow-line-rule-2668459

South Mumbai to Worli: Coastal road work to begin next month

Paving the way for its ambitious coastal road project, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) standing committee gave a final nod for construction of the first phase (southern part) of the project, which will cost Rs 12,721 crore, on Tuesday. Work …

Expect taller buildings near Metro, Monorail stations in Mumbai

The civic body’s controversial plan to allow taller buildings and higher density development around Mumbai’s mass transit corridors is back on track. While the state is yet to formulate a policy regulating floor space index (FSI) for transit-oriented development (TOD), …

Maharashtra: Thalassemia patients now in state disability list

After a wait of two long years, the Maharashtra government has finally passed a general resolution (GR) bringing blood deficient patients under disability category. As such patients of thalassemia, hemophilia and sickle cells disease who are included in this category …

Maharashtra: From October 1, plastic bag users to be penalised

As the use of plastic bag resurfaces, the Maharashtra Environment Department has decided to take strict actions against those carrying banned plastic from October 1. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-maharashtra-from-october-1-plastic-bag-users-to-be-penalised-2667825

Election candidates must advertise their crime record in media: SC

In an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that election candidates, after filing their nominations, should repeatedly make declarations in print and electronic media at the constituency level about any criminal antecedents even as it stopped short of …

MMRDA plans signal-free WEH

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is chalking out plans to improve junctions on Western Express Highway (WEH) to ensure a “signal-free” corridor to ensure smooth movement of traffic. WEH is among the most congested arterial roads and situation has …

Mumbai’s Metro-3 gets its first tunnel

In a major milestone in the construction of the city’s first underground Metro corridor, the first tunnel of the 33.5-km Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (Metro-3 line) was completed on Monday. Chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis termed the breakthrough as a “historic” and “momentous” …

Eco-Ganesha: DNA initiates Juhu beach clean-up a day after visarjan

Armed with gloves, masks and more, corporates, celebrities and NGO volunteers gathered at Juhu beach on Monday morning to take part in DNA’s Eco Ganesha clean up drive. With the onset of Anant Chaturdashi on Sunday, the Ganapati festival ended …

BMC courts controversy, denies RTI activists entry in ward office

The BMC has once again courted controversy over a board outside the K West Ward office declaring RTI activist as professional complainants, denying them entry in the office. Though the civic body removed it after in the face of strong …

Four fave Bandra-Khar hangouts shut down for violating fire norms

Kamala Mills tragedy spurs civic body to permanently cancel licences of popular rooftop restaurants Sheesha, 24 Lounge and Argileh ignored repeat warnings to stop cooking on the terrace, Zaffran served patrons hookah; proprietors downplay BMC’s action. Nine months after the …

Heaps of garbage to be cleared from Parsik Tunnel

The Central Railway has sought the help of Thane municipal corporation which has brought in a special garbage cleaning machine to clear the heaps of garbage from nearby settlements at Parsik tunnel. Mumbai divisional railway manager S K Jain had …

Maharashtra plastic ban: Is your state plastic-free yet?

At the bustling Mira Road vegetable market, ask for 100 grams of ginger and the fragrant root comes in a see-through plastic bag. Vendors here whip out the coloured carriers without any hesitation as if it’s a show of defiance …

Mumbai: Noise activists sceptical but hail change in thought

Despite the high court’s order asking Ganpati visarjan processions to adhere to the sound limits, respite from noise pollution remains a far fetched idea this year. Activists and campaigners fighting noise pollution say decibel levels are unlikely to dip this …

Coordinator appointed by BMC for rebuilding Hancock Bridge

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has appointed a coordinator for reconstruction of Hancock Bridge in Mazgoan upon instructions from the railways. The 137-year-old Hancock Bridge was demolished in January 2016 after it was declared unsafe by Central Railway. Reconstruction was …

Mumbai: Will AC locals ever be part of daily transport?

The future of AC locals thriving in Mumbai depends on Mumbaikars. The rail authorities in city are struggling to convince the Railway Board for approving air conditioned locals to be procured under Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3. This is because …

Maharashtra government nod for revised Development Plan 2034

The Maharashtra government approved excluded parts of city’s development plan (DP) 2034, on Saturday.  The approved DP will come to effect from September 1. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-maharashtra-government-nod-for-revised-development-plan-2034-2666573

MSRDC plans to illuminate Bandra-Worli Sea Link on a daily basis

In order to boost tourism, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in collaboration with the state tourism department plans to illuminate iconic 5.6-km-long Bandra-Worli Sea-Link (BWSL) where daily during evening hours, the cables, piers, and the bridge will be …

Unsold idols, faith in nature sink in this Mumbai lake

The once scenic Lokhandwala Lake in Andheri, a magnet for migratory birds, is in a precarious condition with broken idols and flower waste left during Ganeshotsav. The 4.5-acre lake near mangrove forests, which was created after construction of a bund, …

No permits for auto, taxi drivers with criminal cases

To ensure a safe ride for autorickshaw and taxi commuters, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) has directed all regional transport officers to “not to issue permits to drivers if they have criminal cases or court proceedings going on …

Central Railway to repair Parsik tunnel leakage by October

Constant complaints and follow-ups from passenger associations have finally paid off. The leakage inside Asia’s one of the oldest tunnels at Parsik, will be eliminated by October. The Central Railway is repairing the leakage by means of grouting. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-central-railway-to-repair-parsik-tunnel-leakage-by-october-2665775

Mumbai Metro’s 44 additional trips to help 66,000 more commuters

Commuters travelling on Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 will now be able to have a Metro every five minutes, from the earlier train every eight minutes during the non-peak hours. This also means that the per day trips will increase by around 44 …

More polluted rivers in Maharashtra, not fewer: CPCB

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has disputed its state counterpart’s claim that polluted river stretches in Maharashtra have reduced. According to the CPCB, the number of polluted river stretches in the state increased from 49 to 53 in 2017-18, …

25 parking lots unused since 2017 in Mumbai, BMC can’t find takers

Twenty-five parking lots across the city, that could altogether accommodate approximately 2,100 cars, lie unused and vacant because the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has failed to find bidders to maintain these spaces. “BMC and the respective wards have floated tenders …

2,600 high-rises violated fire safety norms in 4 years

In the past four years, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) fire brigade department inspected over 5,200 high rise buildings, of which, over 50% were found to have violated fire safety norms. Notices were served to all 2,600 buildings and though …

Despite ban, heavy vehicles worsen Mumbai’s traffic mess

Has the ban on heavy vehicles in city limits during peak hours imposed in January proved to be effective? Not entirely, the traffic police say. Heavy vehicles include mini buses, school buses, private service vehicles, ambulances, trucks and lorries, tanker, …

After ban, BMC earns Rs 1.1 crore fine, collects 18,000 kg plastic

Three months after the Maharashtra government banned plastic, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected Rs 1.1 crore in fine and confiscated 18,601 kg plastic until September 18. On March 23, the government issued a notification, banning the manufacture, use, …

Mumbai Police fined Rs 25,000 for harassing man at police station

Ill-treating a person at the police station could cost the Mumbai Police Rs 25,000. The Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) in a recent or der asked the Maharashtra Home Department to pay Rs 25,000 compensation to a man who …

Day 5 Ganpati immersions: Worli in Mumbai saw loudest processions

Worli witnessed the loudest processions (112.6 decibels) on the fifth day of Gauri-Ganesh immersions on Monday, according to anti-noise campaigners. Noise in the range of 110-113dB is as loud as a chainsaw or a live rock concert. On Monday, the …

New AC trains in Mumbai locals to be 100% made in India

As part of the Centre’s ‘Make In India’ initiative, the new set of air-conditioned (AC) trains that will be running on Mumbai’s suburban rail network will be completely manufactured within the country. Currently, the only AC local train operating on …

₹300-crore push to make state digital services faster, smoother

In a push to the state’s e-governance plan, the cabinet on Tuesday approved Urban MahaNet, a ₹300 crore-project under which an optic fibre network will be laid to give smooth last-mile connectivity in urban areas. Once the optic fibre cable …

Cacophony no less this year, expect a noisy Anant Chaturdashi

With the sound levels on the fifth day of Ganeshotsav touching last year’s noise level, it remains to be seen what the situation will be on Anant Chaturdashi, the last day when most sarvajanik mandals bring out their idols with …

Maharashtra government couldn’t fill all potholes before Ganeshotsav: PWD data

The Maharashtra government’s much-touted promise to fill all potholes before Ganeshotsav remained a pipe dream. Data compiled by the state’s Public Work Department (PWD)revealed that only 62.52% bad patches were attended to across the state. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-maharashtra-government-couldn-t-fill-all-potholes-before-ganeshotsav-pwd-data-2664868

No new auto, taxi stands within 50 metres of BEST bus stops: BMC

In the future, no new auto rickshaw or taxi stand in the city will be located within 50 metres of bus stops of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST). Reason: to stop inconvenience caused to BEST commuters who find …

Mumbai set to become first city to get fire-fighting robot

Mumbai Fire Brigade is ready to acquire it’s first fire-fighting robot at the cost of Rs 92 lakh. The robot will allow fire fighters to remotely guide it to the source of fire and douse it. BMC administration has submit …

Mumbai: BMC clears 1,293 building proposals in six months

Following the Supreme Court interim relief on the ban on constructions in the city and the state in March, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation okayed around a 1,000 constructions in the city. Interestingly, 94 per cent of these buildings or complexes …

Bullet train work to start near Thane in January 2019

More than a year after laying the foundation stone of the bullet train project, on-ground work near Thane is expected to begin in January 2019. The National High Speed Rail Corridor Limited (NHSRCL), the executing agency of the 508-km bullet …

Mumbai Trans Harbour Link motorists’ commute to get smoother

In order to boost connectivity of the 22-km-long under-construction Sewri-Nhava-Sheva Link, also known as the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), and to connect it with south Mumbai and central suburbs, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has planned a …

Tata Power launches rooftop solar drive

South Mumbaikars will now have another option of getting electricity, this time through solar energy. Tata Power on Tuesday launched a complete rooftop solution that will supply electricity to any housing society, who install solar panels. Currently, the presence of …

Bombay HC tells audio body to abide by noise rules

In the wake of state government’s DJ ban during Ganapati visarjan and Navaratri, the Bombay High Court directed Professional Audio & Lighting Association (PALA), to give the undertaking to abide by noise pollution rules if they are allowed to operate. …

Smoother ride on WEH during evening rush hour

Traffic police will not allow mini trucks, mini tempos to ply between 5 pm and 9 pm on the 27-km stretch, between Kalanagar and Dahisar on an experimental basis, for 15 days; heavy vehicles had been banned last year. The …

Autos refuse to take short distance passengers

The Regional Transport Authority’s claims of a crackdown on autorickshaw drivers’ refusal to ply passengers have fallen flat. A Mumbai Mirror Test Drive has revealed that drivers continue to refuse passengers outside railways stations. While share-an-auto drivers ferry more than …

Mumbai Pune Expressway toll to continue for 12 years

Motorists will have to continue paying a toll for using the Mumbai-Pune Expressway for the next 12 years, as the state Public Works Department has decided neither to discontinue toll collection nor grant an exemption to any specific category of …

Book parking space through mobile app

You can book online parking slots at seven parking lots in south Mumbai, including the one at Eros Cinema, Crawford Market, Flora Fountain and four others, by the end of the year. To make finding parking spaces hassle-free and weed …

Mumbai to get two more Metro rail lines

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will now float bids for construction of the 10.5-km Dahisar–Mira-Bhayander (Metro 9) corridor and 3.2-km Andheri-International airport (Terminal T2) (Metro 7A). Out of the 3.2km, 2.11km will be underground and the station, too, …

Traffic curbs revised in Lower Parel

The traffic police have announced changes to restrictions imposed on movement of vehicles in Lower Parel to ease congestion caused due to closure of Delisle Bridge. Then changes will come into effect from Tuesday on an experimental basis. Commuters coming …

Contracts expire, waste clearing in 3 suburbs may be hit

If the deadlock between the Shiv Sena-led standing committee and the civic administration is not resolved soon, Citizens in the eastern suburbs might end up bearing the brunt. Crucial public contracts are already hanging fire. Now, garbage contractors for three …

Bollywood’s cinema factory up for a massive upgrade

Film city, Goregaon, is set for a major revamp. The state aims to not only make it a one-stop solution for all cinematic requirements, but also develop it as a preferred site for tourists. Nearly seven years after Film City’s …

Nearly a 3rd of bulk waste generators flout BMC rule

Nearly a year after the BMC launched its waste segregation and processing drive, civic cheif Ajoy Mehta told the deputy municipal commissioner of the solid waste management (SMW) department, Vishwas Shankarwar, to review the situation and come up with a …

BMC audit: 18 bridges in Mumbai need reconstruction

The pending structural audit of 296 bridges in the city by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revealed that 18 connecters will have to be demolished and rebuilt. The list includes 10 major bridges and eight foot over-bridges (FOBs). Some of …

Mumbra bypass reopens, motorists relieved

After the Mumbra bypass was thrown open for vehicular traffic on Monday, Thane motorists experienced smooth travel after around 4 months of traffic woes. Many said that they saw their commute time reduce by 15-20 minutes as heavy vehicles stayed …

Voter Participation Survey

Requesting each of you to provide your inputs in this brief survey regarding VOTER PARTICIPATION initiated by a student in Switzerland, on behalf of VCAN. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcKOttenP7c3FEWp7waoimaevh8r8s4-aVYSiyJ1moRMwwuQ/viewform

MERC to no longer record proceedings, consumers vexed

The body which is meant to protect consumer interests and ensure transparency is looking at the other side. The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), on September 4, has passed a resolution that they would discontinue the practice of recording of …

Mumbai: CSMT and Thane railway station to get AC toilets soon

Air-conditioned toilets will soon be operational at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Thane railway station. Govandi railway station too will get a luxury toilet. The Central Railway has taken up the issue of dirty station toilets in two phases. …

BMC to file report on debris management in Supreme Court

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will file an affidavit before the Supreme Court on measures taken to manage construction debris after the top court lifted a ban on new constructions in March 2018. The six months relief given by the …

Mumbai’s Santacruz to soon get a multi-sports complex, says BMC

Athletes and fitness enthusiasts in the city have a reason to celebrate. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) garden infrastructure cell plans to construct a multi-sports complex in Sambhaji Kridangan, Santacruz. Spread across three acres – around 8,000 square metres – …

Rooftop garden, viewing gallery to cap Bandra sewage treatment plant

Construction of the Bandra Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF) is set to kick-off soon, with plans for a rooftop garden, interpretation centre for students and visitors, Arabian Sea-viewing gallery, and a library. The bidding process to construct the facility will …

Heads up! 13 blocks on Mumbai-Pune Expressway from today

Expect 13 blocks or traffic diversions on Mumbai-Pune Expressway in the coming days starting from Thursday when the Pune bound traffic between Shedung and Khalapur will be diverted on old Mumbai-Pune Highway. This because the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation …

MPCB to distribute 52 lakh cloth bags for free in Maharashtra

To drive home its message of doing away with plastics and create eco-friendly alternatives for it, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) will distribute around 52 lakh cloth bags free of cost to people in all municipal bodies in the …

Chain of silence echoes Thane’s pothole problem

On Tuesday morning, approximately 100 Thane residents formed a human chain at the Anandnagar toll plaza on the Eastern Express Highway. Some of them held placards with messages like “NoRoadsNoVotes”, and if you looked at the potholes on the stretch, …

KiKi challenge: Three held in Mumbai, told to make awareness video

Three people were arrested on Tuesday by the Central Railway Railway Protection Force (RPF) for performing Kiki challenge stunt, while the train was in motion, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). The court has now asked the three to create …

Fires at Mumbai towers every 2 days in last decade: RTI reply

A recent Right to Information (RTI) reply, which shows that high-rise buildings in the city have witnessed fire incidents almost every other day, has raised serious questions over the city’s vertical development and if the fire brigade is equipped. The …

After SC ban on construction, Maha Govt approves Rs 178 cr for solid waste management across 32 civic bodies

After the Supreme Court (SC) banned construction activity in states that do not have a solid waste management (SWM) policy, the Maharashtra government approved waste processing projects worth Rs 178 crore for 32 civic bodies. https://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-after-sc-ban-on-construction-maha-govt-approves-rs-178-cr-for-solid-waste-management-across-32-civic-bodies-2659342

Thanekars form human chain against civic apathy

Continuing their tirade against authorities’ apathy towards their problems, over 200 Thane residents formed a human chain on Tuesday morning. The residents came together to protest against bad roads, potholes, delayed Kopri bridge and other such issues which have made …

Bandra Versova link in five years: MSRDC

While construction work on Bandra-Versova Sea-Link (BVSL) is set to start from October, there are plans of extending the Sea-Link all the way up to Virar from Versova for which a feasibility study will be conducted, the Maharashtra State Road …

This is why CR trains on Harbour line were affected on Monday

Central Railway trains were affected on the Harbour line on Monday, due to technical failure between Wadala and Sewri railway stations. There was another issue at Thane as trains were halting 90 metre ahead than usual. Both these issues resulted …

Civic nod for 1.9k Ganpati pandals in Mumbai, 258 pleas rejected

With the deadline to obtain permission for Ganesh pandals just two days away, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has cleared almost 78% applications or 1,958 applications as of Sunday and rejected 258. A total of 3,186 applications were submitted online …

New mobile phone app will put safety on train in your hands

If you happen to encounter any security-related issues while travelling on a local or outstation train, soon, help will just be a few clicks away. To make commuting safe on trains, the central railway (CR) will roll out a ‘Rail …

Kalyan Station congestion may get unclogged

Congestion at Kalyan railway station has been a nuisance for more than 2 lakh commuters who pour in to board a train every day. One of the most crowded stations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the junction witnesses numerous …

BMC to develop Sambhaji ground as sports complex

If all goes well, the Western Suburbs will get a playground with the facility of all outdoor games. The garden department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has prepared a detailed plan to develop Dharmaveer Sambhaji Kridangan in Khotwadi in Santacruz …

Monorail Phase-2 to start not before March 2019: MMRDA

Despite services on first phase of Monorail between Chembur and Wadala was restarted on Saturday, ten months after its services were suspended owing to fire incident, commuters will have to wait till March 2019 for the second phase between Wadala …

Mumbai: BMC pushes for mandatory waste management at source

The municipal commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) directed its official to reach out to maximum housing societies and bulk waste generators to further bring down total waste generation in the city. During his monthly meeting, he said that number …

Electoral Roll update

The Election Commission has undertaken a drive to update the voter list for the upcoming election in 2019. Please check whether your name is correctly appearing in the voter list. If not please register / update your record.

Cases against Mumbai’s Ganpati pandals for potholes may be withdrawn

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday directed civic officials to reconsider applications to set up roadside Ganesh pandals, that were either rejected or cancelled by local authorities, previously. In Mumbai, more than 800 applications have been rejected or cancelled for …

Thane railway station to get digital museum

The Thane railway station will be introduced with ‘Digital Museum’ soon by the Central Railway. This digital museum will be introduced on the wall with digital screen displaying old pictures of the Thane station and depicting historical information regarding it. …

Coming soon: Goregaon to Panvel trains from December

Come December, commuters will be able to travel from Goregaon to Panvel without switching trains. This will be made possible by the Western Railway (WR) which is planning to start operation of local train services between Goregaon and Panvel by …

Soon, Mumbai’s buildings will have rainwater harvesting structures

To reduce the dependence on water supply from dams and tap rainwater that otherwise goes waste, it will soon be mandatory for buildings coming up in urban areas to establish rainwater harvesting (RWH) structures. According to the draft Maharashtra Groundwater …

Ganpati mandals on private land can get BMC nod online & offline

Ganpati mandals that use their society’s property or land to celebrate Ganeshostav, too, need to get permission from the civic body. While the permissions for pandals are being majorly given online this year, these mandals were unaware that they did …

BEST plans to replace 1500 corroded street lamp poles across Mumbai

A considerable number of streetlight poles in the city — which are under the jurisdiction of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) — are corroded. According to BEST, of the 40,000 odd streetlight poles nearly 1,500 in the island city …

Online permission creates hurdle for Ganpati mandals in Mumbai

The online permission facility started by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to facilitate faster approval of Ganpati pandals has rather delayed the process. This comes after initial technical glitches while submitting the application. Ganpati mandals complained that they had to …

Mumbai: 1,106 Ganpati mandals await permits

With around two weeks left for Ganeshotsav, more than 1,100 Ganpati mandals have yet to get permission from different agencies to put up pandals. The speed bumps range from website glitches to delay from Police and Traffic departments in issuing …

Activists upset with just 110 silence zones across Mumbai

Even as the festival season is about to begin from first week of September, anti-noise pollution activists are up in arms against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for only notifying 110 silence zones in the city in the past one …

Matunga society sends zero organic waste to dumping grounds

The Lokmanya Nagar Co-operative Housing Society in Matunga (West) has been processing its entire organic waste within the society premises from January, thus saving the municipal corporation the cost of transportation of waste to landfills. Organic waste comprises of fruit …

BMC spends over Rs 2.1 lakh per day to clean city beaches

Despite efforts made by the civic administration and groups of residents, garbage problems at beaches seems to be expanding with every passing day. Over the years, the garbage collection at beaches has quadrupled. The civic body spends around Rs 1.78 …

1,479 eateries, malls, multiplexes in Mumbai found flouting fire-safety norms

The blaze at two upscale eateries in Kamala Mills claimed 14 lives last December, but several commercial establishments across Mumbai are yet to learn their lesson, as they continue to ignore fire-safety norms and put people’s lives at risk. https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/1-479-eateries-malls-multiplexes-in-mumbai-found-flouting-fire-safety-norms/story-ApMNky0hmIs1FWkwKRyByM.html

NETA app: This app can help you rate your neta

To gauge the direction of political opinions in a crucial election year, a new mobile application, National Electoral Transformation or NETA app, was launched by former president Pranab Mukherjee here on Friday, in the presence of several political leaders. Launched …

Thanekars turn on blinkers to protest against traffic, potholes

Residents of Thane on Friday took to a special way of expressing their displeasure over the poor condition of roads and mismanagement of traffic. Commuters traveling by their vehicles drove with the blinkers on in order to peacefully highlight the …

10,000 towers without occupation certificate in Mumbai

Crystal Tower was not the only black sheep among buildings in the city where tenants have occupied without the mandatory occupation certificate. In Mumbai there are more than 10,000 buildings which do not have an occupation certificate. Housing experts state …

Mumbai: Railways agrees to integrated ticketing system within city

Mumbaikars would be able to travel through multiple modes including bus, metro, mono and sub-urban locals as well as private operators like Uber by availing a single ticket. Railway department has agreed for the integrating system. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis …

Noise from Metro work along Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ touches new high

Cuffe Parade may be prime real estate in south Mumbai, but for those living near the construction along the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ line, the noise is shattering the area’s calm. A report by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and …

Have grievances? Visit Mantralaya on Wednesdays

As the state and Parliament elections are drawing closer, political parties are pulling up their socks. The BJP state unit has issued directions to all the BJP ministers in the state to remain present in Mantralaya on at least two …

BMC says 90% potholes in Mumbai fixed

In the wake of the row over filling of potholes, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday claimed they have resolved 90% of the complaints received. According to BMC data, 2,089 complaints of potholes have been filed since June, of …

Mumbai: Tulsi pipeline in dire need of displacement

The Tulsi pipeline near Mahim that crosses over the tracks needs immediate displacement. The Western Railway (WR) has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to take it underground and below the rail tracks. This pipeline —  that supplies water to …

Open plots in Andheri west turn into dumping grounds

It has been months that an open plot along the Captain Suresh Sawant road and Veera Desai Road in Andheri (west) is being used to dump garbage. Despite the action taken by the civic body, people have been openly dumping …

Potholes are back! Rains reopen craters in Thane & Kalyan

August rains have once again wiped away road repairs in Thane and Kalyan exposing its residents to pothole-ridden roads. While Thane residents plan to start a campaign to shame the authorities, Kalyan residents want their roads repaired but free of …

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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