Caught in the middle of the chaos and the mounting death-toll, the municipal corporation announced a slew of compensatory measures such as civic jobs, recovery of lost valuables, alternate accommodation to pacify bereaved survivors who had lost their family members.
The razing of 800 shanties in a major fire at Cuffe Parade’s Ambedkar Nagar slum last week has brought into focus the toothlessness of the city collector’s office in preventing encroachments as it has to depend on external agencies to protect its properties.
The Supreme Court’s intervention in the demolition of Campa Cola Compound may have brought cheer to the residents but gloom descended again as the apex court made it clear that its extension of the demolition deadline to May 31 was just that, and even sought an undertaking from the families that they would vacate the flats by then.
Residents formed a human barrier behind the closed gates today, daring the BMC officials to enter the complex. Faced with stiff resistance, the staff, who had come to cut utility supplies to the illegal flats, abandoned the plan.
The deadline to vacate their flats, as per Supreme Court order, ended today but none of the 986 residents of the illegal floors in Worli’s Campa Cola Compound have moved out of their homes yet.
After the major fire at AMRI hospital in 2011, and following a Supreme Court order making it mandatory for clinics in residential premises to have separate staircases, smoke detection systems and fire extinguishers, the civic body had at first taken the stringent step requiring private medical facilities to get their premises inspected by the fire department every year.
The administration will make the same plea for the civic engineers suspended after the collapse of Aftab Mansion in Mahim, in which 10 people had died.
The civic structural audit report of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in November last year had clearly stated the four-storeyed building that collapsed in Mazgaon on Friday needed immediate repairs, failing which the structure would be adversely affected.
After receiving flak over ignoring guidelines of the department of telecommunications (DoT) while formulating its mobile phone tower policy, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revised it for the second time. Vaishnavi Vasudevan reports.
Under pressure to implement stricter norms on mobile phone towers in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is now considering allowing only one mobile tower atop each building.
Frequent delays in the civic body’s ambitious Middle Vaitarna dam project has yet again led to cost escalation of Rs144.45 crore this year.
Under fire for the pitiable condition of roads, the civic body has tightened norms governing the extensive trenching work carried out by various internal and external agencies. According to civic officials, more than 400km of city roads are dug up every year for laying utility lines.
More than a month after notices were served for illegal alterations made in five-star hotel Grand Hyatt at Santacruz, the civic body is set to demolish them on Wednesday.
The corporation will be starting a website where one can report unauthorised constructions, violation of FSI rules or illegal alterations.
A day before the deadline to fill all the potholes in the city ends, more than 3,000 potholes, that had been reported on the pothole tracking system, are yet to be attended to.
Reacting over the recently revised civic policy for mobile towers, Milind Deora, state minister for I T and Communications, expressed disappointment over the BMC’s failure to incorporate the Department of Telecommunication’s (DoT) revised guidelines.
Under fire for the sorry state of roads in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) once again attempts to woo major infrastructure companies for building roads.
While the revised civic policy will be debated in the coming weeks, Mumbai citizens and activists are already pointing out loopholes in the new norms.
Against recommendations, it has not made it mandatory to get NOC from housing societies every year.
Emissions from trawlers may increase acidity, temperate of sea water, affecting fish stock: study.