Archana Pale is the face and voice of Mumbai's economically weaker urban women, a battle-hardened social activist who has been single-handedly fighting for the rights of slum-dwellers for over 15 years now.
If the data obtained from the hydraulic department is anything to go by, the number of visible leakages detected in the water pipelines across the city has increased by 20% in the past five years.
Taking a cue from countries such as Russia and Singapore, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has proposed a multi-storey water information centre, akin to a museum, at its water treatment complex in Bhandup.
Even before an audit by a private firm last year called for urgent repairs of the Babu Genu market building in Mazgaon that collapsed on Friday, an internal site inspection report by engineers of the civic planning and design department had recommended immediate evacuation of the building owing to its dilapidated structure.
While teams from the fire brigade and the National Disaster Response Force used high-tech cameras and life detector machines for rescue operations, residents from neighbouring buildings made simple, yet indispensable contributions — by providing anything the teams needed.
Relatives and friends of the nearly 100 residents trapped under the debris spent most of Friday desperately looking for information on the survivors, but there was little to be found.
The final impediment for the Shiv Sena’s plan to develop a landscaped memorial for late party founder Bal Thackeray was cleared on Saturday when the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) approved the proposal.
The city’s historical sites and buildings will continue to face the risk of damage from fire accidents as the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) and the Mumbai Fire Brigade have shelved the plan to carry out fire audits of the 1,581 heritage structures.
In an inordinate delay on the part of the civic body in executing phase two of the Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project (MSDP), not one of the 25 works proposed under the massive Rs5,371.6 crore project has started, even six years after the project began.
You can count on a gradual improvement in the quality of civic projects as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finalised its revised schedule of rates and work specifications, which will lead to more accurate cost estimations.
To save the city’s heritage from being lost to redevelopment projects, the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) is set to begin the process of collating data on the number of heritage structures that have gone ahead with redevelopment, bypassing a clearance from the committee.
Mumbai will soon have more water at its disposal as the city body will start storing water to the full capacity of the newly built Middle Vaitarna dam from August this year.
In an alarming repercussion of the civic body’s slow-paced work, the consultants’ fees for preparing engineering designs and managing the second phase of the Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project has more than doubled.
Even as the civic body is yet to implement the tree census project in Mumbai, it has approved numerous proposals from private and government agencies to hack trees.
Hinting that the project to bring water from Koyna dam to Mumbai was not technically feasible, the civic body has decided to scrap the idea.
Altering its road map for good roads to incorporate the arguments that were brought forth by the Bombay high court in its hearing on the suo motu PIL on Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will consider two major points while preparing its plan of action.
Eight governing authorities of the city, on Tuesday, will present to the Bombay high court a detailed road map on the time-bound action they have planned to overhaul the state of roads in the city. Poorvi Kulkarni reports.
After taking suggestions from citizens and experts on radiation from mobile towers, the parliamentary standing committee on Information Technology (IT) has reached the drafting stage of a report that will implement safety standards for expansion of telecom facilities.
Spurred by an experiment of using a new technology to fill potholes, the civic administration is likely to adopt the technology for use across other locations in the city.
If the civic body continues to accept low quotations for road work, can it have and implement a tough, foolproof system to check the quality of material and work techniques used by the same body of contractors? Poorvi Kulkarni reports.