For seven years, more than 400 residents of Govandi’s Sanjeevani society lived atop an active water pipeline. In 2008, they had seen an alternative supply route being laid a few metres away from their building and believed that the pipeline running under their building had been shut down, report Reetika Subramanian and Poorvi Kulkarni.
Ten-member committee with representatives of various agencies are working on a uniform policy for all open spaces in the city; report in three months.
It took the civic body barely 24 hours to remove more than 5,300 illegal banners, posters and boards across the city on Thursday - a task that its own track record reveals would have otherwise taken a month.
Irregularities in preparation of cost estimates and poor planning is what could have caused a major drain of civic treasury funds being spent on the Middle Vaitarna dam project which promises an additional of 455 million litres of water to the city every day.
While the civic body has started the procedure to appoint third-party auditors to review all its works in the city, activists were measured in their appreciation for the move, Reetika Subramanian and Poorvi Kulkarni report.
After several deliberations and delays, the Brihan-mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally invited expression of interest (EoI) from private firms to be appointed as external third-party auditors for all civic infrastructure projects. Poorvi Kulkarni and Reetika Subramanian report.
Of the 4,303 fires reported in the city this year, almost 70% of them were caused by defective electric circuit systems and wiring, the fire department has said. Poorvi Kulkarni and Reetika Subramanian report.
Shopping malls, railway stations and markets that see thousands of footfalls every day are not equipped to tackle a major fire if there is one. Reetika Subramanian and Poorvi Kulkarni report.