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.
It is hard to peruse Mumbai's proposed Development Plan 2014-34 and not wonder at the short-sightedness of those responsible for it.
Mumbaiites have been invited to send in their objections and suggestions on the development plan (DP), but it is anybody’s guess if these will be received with a modicum of gravity and purpose.
Now that the coastal road is poised to become the symbolic project of the Devendra Fadnavis’ government, it is appropriate to take a closer look.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis wants to transform not only the city, but also the larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) in a short time and in a manner that bears his signature over it.
Planners must go beyond such beliefs to imagine integration and inclusiveness as they plan for Mumbai. To not do so would be foolish, writes Smruti Koppikar.
Traffic snarls, slow and sub-optimal speeds of vehicles, grid-locked junctions and road rage incidents are now common among commuters in Mumbai.
That Mumbai sorely needs a different and better governance structure with a powerful elected official is beyond debate. Fadnavis must start walking the talk.
Women’s safety cannot be only about stringent laws, their time-bound implementation, enhanced policing, plugging the gaps in the criminal justice system. It must necessarily address values, beliefs and notions that men hold.