Chetna Yerunkar

Chetna Yerunkar

Chetna Yerunkar is a Senior Correspondent for Hindustan Times, Mumbai. She is currently covering civic and governance issues for the Mumbai bureau.

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Mumbai, India - October 12, 2016: MNS Party workers protest against dumping ground at Mulund and stop BMC garbage Vehicles, India, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. (Photo by Praful Gangurde/Hindustan Times)(Representational photo)
Mumbai, India - October 12, 2016: MNS Party workers protest against dumping ground at Mulund and stop BMC garbage Vehicles, India, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. (Photo by Praful Gangurde/Hindustan Times)(Representational photo)

Segregate, treat your waste by June 1 or won’t collect it, BMC tells 227 South Bombay places

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2017 08:56 AM IST
MUMBAI CITY NEWS: Each of these places generate more than 100kg waste every day. BMC made the move as the dumping grounds in the city have reached bursting point and continue to receive around 1,800 metric tonnes of unprocessed waste everyday.
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The move comes after the Humboldt penguins started to attract crowds to the zoo(HT File)
The move comes after the Humboldt penguins started to attract crowds to the zoo(HT File)

5 or 100: How much will Mumbai pay to see Humboldt penguins, BMC to decide next week

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2017 04:16 PM IST
MUMBAI CITY NEWS: The BMC wants to hike the entry fee to Byculla zoo for children aged three to 12 to Rs25, from the current Rs2
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The civic body needs about 75.9 hectares of land.(HT File)
The civic body needs about 75.9 hectares of land.(HT File)

BMC has spent 540 crore, but is yet to get land for 166 projects in Mumbai

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2017 11:04 AM IST
Mumbai city news: Important projects for developing civic amenities such as schools, playgrounds, gardens, roads, markets and parking lots across the city and suburbs are stuck in a limbo
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Civic officials said that this move will bring down travel time between Lokhandwala and the Western Express Highway (WEH) to about 15 minutes from the existing 30 minutes during peak hours(HT)
Civic officials said that this move will bring down travel time between Lokhandwala and the Western Express Highway (WEH) to about 15 minutes from the existing 30 minutes during peak hours(HT)

Mumbai’s east-west road commute to get smoother, BMC looks to widen SV, link road

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2017 09:40 AM IST
The K-West ward office of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to demolish around 600 slums along SV Road and Link Road to make them wide
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The BMC decided to build 7 STPs after state pollution control board drew flak for disposing sewage in to the Arabian Sea.(HT FILE)
The BMC decided to build 7 STPs after state pollution control board drew flak for disposing sewage in to the Arabian Sea.(HT FILE)

Centre approves construction of sewage treatment plants in coastal regulation zone in Mumbai

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2017 12:05 AM IST
A final notification issued on May 3 said STPs can be built in the CRZ-I if the civic body has no alternate space to treat waste water.
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There is no clarity on which government agency will construct phase II.(HT File Photo)
There is no clarity on which government agency will construct phase II.(HT File Photo)

Coastal road project: Phase I may worsen traffic woes in Mumbai’s suburbs

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2017 09:06 AM IST
The road constructed during phase I will create bottlenecks roads both ends of the coastal road, say sources
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With projects getting delayed and some not even starting, this is causing a loss in development revenue for the civic body(Picture for representation/HT file)
With projects getting delayed and some not even starting, this is causing a loss in development revenue for the civic body(Picture for representation/HT file)

Wait for Mumbai’s blueprint gets longer, BMC seeks 60 more days to approve draft

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2017 10:47 AM IST
With the general body seeking extension for the fourth time in the past one year, the delay in implementing the new DP is causing confusion in the real estate market
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Civic officials have been told to identify roads where repairs have to be completed on a war footing.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Civic officials have been told to identify roads where repairs have to be completed on a war footing.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Mumbai civic chief cracks whip on roads department, contractors

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2017 12:00 PM IST
With the monsoon just a month away, the civic body is yet again struggling to complete road repairs before its May 31 deadline. Predictably, incomplete roads, potholes and traffic snarls await Mumbaiites this monsoon. This year, a major reason for the delay has been the shutting down of more than 100 stone quarries in Thane, leaving contractors in a scramble for raw material.
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Currently, the civic body supplies 3,750 million liters of water daily .(HT File Photo)
Currently, the civic body supplies 3,750 million liters of water daily .(HT File Photo)

Good news for Mumbai: No water cuts this summer, stock to last till July 31, says BMC

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2017 01:31 PM IST
The weather department has indicated that rainfall will be good this year, said officials
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There are 227 corporators and five nominated corporators in the general body of the BMC.(HT File)
There are 227 corporators and five nominated corporators in the general body of the BMC.(HT File)

Hike our salary from 10,000 to 50,000, say BMC corporators

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 01:50 PM IST
Their demand comes a few months after Maharashtra legislators got a two-fold salary hike.
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Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar.(HT File Photo)
Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar.(HT File Photo)

Mumbai mayor wants a plush home, but may have to move to the suburbs

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2017 09:21 AM IST
Officials had expected mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar to move to a heritage bungalow at Byculla Zoo, which he rejected
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Road repairs have been hit owing to the shutting of stone quarries in Thane(HT)
Road repairs have been hit owing to the shutting of stone quarries in Thane(HT)

Mumbai pothole mess this year too? BMC racing against time to complete road repairs

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2017 02:36 PM IST
BMC officials have instructed contractors, ward officers and engineers to not dig up any more roads and to fast-track work on dug-up roads.
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The move came in after the new entrants Humboldt Penguins drew large crowds.(HT file photo)
The move came in after the new entrants Humboldt Penguins drew large crowds.(HT file photo)

Mumbaiites oppose 100 fee for Byculla zoo

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2017 12:23 AM IST
Citizens claim that if the penguins were brought in with tax payers’ money, then why should they pay extra for the upkeep of the birds.
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The mayor said that the three cars at his disposal are more than four years old.(HT Files)
The mayor said that the three cars at his disposal are more than four years old.(HT Files)

After new bungalow, Mumbai mayor wants new car

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2017 11:54 AM IST
Last week, Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar had demanded a bungalow in Malabar Hill for his official residence.
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The Shiv Sena-run general body in the BMC had rejected the lease renewal policy last year.(HT File)
The Shiv Sena-run general body in the BMC had rejected the lease renewal policy last year.(HT File)

BMC to table new policy to renew lease of 4,177 plots in Mumbai

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2017 10:47 AM IST
Of the 4,177 plots, the lease agreements of 242 have expired and need immediate renewal.
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According to a source, the proposal is likely to be discussed in the next meeting of group leaders in the civic body before forwarding it to the general body(HT)
According to a source, the proposal is likely to be discussed in the next meeting of group leaders in the civic body before forwarding it to the general body(HT)

BMC plans to redraw boundaries of Mumbai’s 24 administrative wards

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2017 10:47 AM IST
To bring about parity in the number of electoral wards for each electoral wards, Mumbai’s civic body is now planning to redraw the boundaries of its 24 administrative wards
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Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor(HT File)
Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor(HT File)

Rishi Kapoor gets BMC notice for damaging tree at his Mumbai bungalow

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2017 10:39 AM IST
The actor received the approval from the BMC to trim six branches of the tree, but pictures revealed that it has been reduced to its trunk.
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Talking to HT on Tuesday, he said that he would be happy to shift either to a bungalow in Malabar Hill or the civic chief’s bungalow, but not at Byculla.(HT)
Talking to HT on Tuesday, he said that he would be happy to shift either to a bungalow in Malabar Hill or the civic chief’s bungalow, but not at Byculla.(HT)

Mumbai Mayor wants BMC chief’s Carmichael Road bungalow as his official residence

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2017 09:18 AM IST
After demanding that he gets a bungalow at Malabar Hill, mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar is now eyeing the civic chief’s house at Carmichael Road
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The civic body’s proposal claimed that owing to a large crowd, visitors have been littering the zoo premises and the zoo staff is unable to maintain it.(File)
The civic body’s proposal claimed that owing to a large crowd, visitors have been littering the zoo premises and the zoo staff is unable to maintain it.(File)

Humboldt penguins at risk of infection as Mumbaiites litter enclosure in Byculla zoo

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2017 08:52 AM IST
The zoo has been witnessing more than 12,000 people on weekdays and more than 30,000 visitors on weekends to view the flightless birds in their 1,550 sqft swanky enclosure
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The recycled water will be supplied to the Governor’s office and residence for gardening and other non-potable purposes.(HT FILE)
The recycled water will be supplied to the Governor’s office and residence for gardening and other non-potable purposes.(HT FILE)

Raj Bhavan in Mumbai may get recycled water soon

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2017 01:00 AM IST
The recycled water will be supplied to the Governor’s office and residence for gardening and other non-potable purposes.
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Officials plan to scale back operations in areas where four to five buses ply on the same route in rapid succession.(HT File Photo)
Officials plan to scale back operations in areas where four to five buses ply on the same route in rapid succession.(HT File Photo)

In Mumbai: Catching a BEST bus in congested areas to get easier

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 12:22 PM IST
This move comes a day after BEST said it would stop plying 25 AC buses in Mumbai
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Residents have recommended creating additional parking space to make up for the lack of parking spots outside many buildings.(HT File Photo)
Residents have recommended creating additional parking space to make up for the lack of parking spots outside many buildings.(HT File Photo)

Will pay 560, not 1,800 for monthly parking, say SoBo residents

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 09:46 AM IST
The residents want 24-hour parking spots, with zero contractor involvement, instead of separate night parking
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The standing committee put the appointment of a contractor for the desilting of Mithi river on hold after noticing that no major changes had been made to the proposal.(HT FILE)
The standing committee put the appointment of a contractor for the desilting of Mithi river on hold after noticing that no major changes had been made to the proposal.(HT FILE)
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BMC will have to pay attention to these wards and take measures to mitigate problems related to roads, waste management and pest control, among others, said Milind Mhaske from the Praja Foundation.(HT file photo)
BMC will have to pay attention to these wards and take measures to mitigate problems related to roads, waste management and pest control, among others, said Milind Mhaske from the Praja Foundation.(HT file photo)

Civic amenities in 11 Mumbai wards crumbling, may get worse in four years: Praja Foundation

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2017 09:42 AM IST
Roads with potholes, poor solid waste management, irregular water supply and pollution were among the biggest problems. The eleven wards allegedly at risk include five in the island city, three in the western suburbs and two in the eastern suburbs.
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The data showed there were 35.98 lakh trees in the city, against 19.17 lakh in 2008, when the last tree census was carried out. But the ratio of trees to population — or the number of trees per citizen — remained at a low 0.28.
The data showed there were 35.98 lakh trees in the city, against 19.17 lakh in 2008, when the last tree census was carried out. But the ratio of trees to population — or the number of trees per citizen — remained at a low 0.28.

Mumbai’s green cover: Less than half a tree a person, says NGO

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2017 09:25 AM IST
There is less than half a tree per person in Mumbai, even though more trees were counted in the city, data released by the NGO Praja Foundation showed.
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Civic sources said the policy has already been implemented in about 18 locations in the city.(HT)
Civic sources said the policy has already been implemented in about 18 locations in the city.(HT)

South Mumbai citizens seek clarity on new parking policy

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2017 12:21 AM IST
Despite a nod from the BJP -led state government, the civic body’s new ‘pay and park’ policy has run into trouble again with the residents of south Mumbai demanding that their concerns be addressed before it is implemented.
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According to civic officials, the narrow lanes of the city have been affecting firefighting operations and this move aims to offer quick response, especially in case of minor fires.(HT)
According to civic officials, the narrow lanes of the city have been affecting firefighting operations and this move aims to offer quick response, especially in case of minor fires.(HT)

Mumbai fire brigade to procure bikes for quicker response in congested areas

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 10:33 AM IST
In a bid to reduce the time taken by firefighters to reach the site in case of fire in a congested area, the Mumbai fire brigade is procuring motorbikes
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The state government had stayed the new parking policy after the BMC began implementing it on a trial basis in A ward (areas of Churchgate, Colaba and CST).(HT File Photo)
The state government had stayed the new parking policy after the BMC began implementing it on a trial basis in A ward (areas of Churchgate, Colaba and CST).(HT File Photo)

Why weren’t we consulted on hike in parking fares, ask Mumbai corporators

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2017 09:03 AM IST
Anil Kokil, Shiv Sena corporator and BEST chairman, asked why corporators were not informed, while Yashwant Jadhav, group leader of Shiv Sena in the BMC, asked by their suggestions were not taken
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According to the policy, you can expect to pay up to 200 per cent more to park at civic-run pay-and-park lots.(HT File Photo)
According to the policy, you can expect to pay up to 200 per cent more to park at civic-run pay-and-park lots.(HT File Photo)

Soon, pay to use 330 parking lots in Mumbai

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2017 09:03 AM IST
Of the 8,000 new spaces for four-wheelers, 1,000 will be in Bandra-Kurla Complex alone
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The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) paid February’s salary to more than 40,000 employees only last week.(HT)
The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) paid February’s salary to more than 40,000 employees only last week.(HT)

In Mumbai: 40,000 BEST employees got February salary last week

By Chetna Yerunkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2017 11:58 PM IST
The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) paid February’s salary to more than 40,000 employees only last week.
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