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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