The annual Mumbai rant is back. Along with the monsoon, potholes on our roads are amidst us in plenty.
The pictures of the flooded city last Friday were not new, especially those of central Mumbai where rain water stirred with filth and garbage reached waist-level.
What will it take for planner-politicians to realise that transport problems of Mumbai cannot be resolved unless they have been sorted out for places such as Nalasopara, Virar, Kalyan, Dombivli, indeed the entire MMR?
Mumbai’s western shoreline is all set to change with the coastal road project now in the fast lane.
Today, June 3, marks a year since Gopinath Munde died in a car accident in Delhi triggering a renewed debate around the defunct Road Transport Safety Bill that has been pending Parliament approval since 2001. As a tribute to Munde, surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari, had said that it would be “passed in a month”.
Hospitals, both public and private, are among the workplaces with higher incidences of sexual harassment.
Smart Cities, and Smart BKC, will have to put people at the heart of the endeavour, not in a tokenistic but in a meaningful manner. Only then will BKC perhaps find its soul.
What is the assurance that its replacement, which Fadnavis wants ready in the next four months, will be an exemplary plan and address all the lacunae that riddled this DP?
When the Siddhartha Vihar Hostel in Wadala was brought down, floor by floor, in early February by the BMC, a piece of Mumbai’s history associated with Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was obliterated.
The draft Development Plan 2014-34 (DP) has been slammed for its build-more Floor Space Index regime, reduction in open and green spaces, exclusion of heritage sites and structures and so on.
The proposed DP sends out signals that neither heritage nor its conservation matter to the planners now rushing to cast the city as an international finance centre. Erasing Mumbai’s past is not the way to build its future.
Tilak’s words on drought-famine are a grim reminder of the real tasks that lie ahead. But it is easier to rename Chowpatty.
Dharaviites are completely within their rights to be offended. Most of them no longer care about what the world outside the slum thinks of them, but when the municipal commissioner of the city says “Dharavi” in a derogatory way, it must rankle.
Listening to the Thackeray cousins thunder about the declining status of Maharashtrians in Mumbai feels retro in thought, spirit and language.
On every parameter, Shanghai trumps Mumbai. It requires political will to create spaces and include them into the larger vision for the city.