Manoj R Nair

Manoj R Nair

Manoj R Nair is part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers.

Articles by Manoj R Nair
Lucknow administration put up hoardings with photographs, names, and addresses of 57 people who have been issued recovery notice for their alleged involvement in violence during anti CAA protest last December.(ANI)
Lucknow administration put up hoardings with photographs, names, and addresses of 57 people who have been issued recovery notice for their alleged involvement in violence during anti CAA protest last December.(ANI)

When Mumbai ‘photo-shamed’ terror suspects

UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2020 12:27 AM IST
In 2013-14, posters with photographs and names of wanted terror suspects appeared in public places like railway pedestrian bridges and markets in Mumbai.
In 2018, a study commissioned by the BMC and Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one in ten municipal clinics need major structural changes to prevent transmission of airborne diseases.(HT File)
In 2018, a study commissioned by the BMC and Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one in ten municipal clinics need major structural changes to prevent transmission of airborne diseases.(HT File)

BMC’s plan for air-conditioned general wards needs to be studied

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2020 12:37 AM IST
Some doctors, who have opposed the proposal, have said that the installation of a ventilation system in general wards might spread hospital-acquired infections
The MIEB was supposed to look at ‘concept-based’ and ‘application-based’ learning rather than the rote learning system offered by the state education board.(HT FILE)
The MIEB was supposed to look at ‘concept-based’ and ‘application-based’ learning rather than the rote learning system offered by the state education board.(HT FILE)

School education shouldn’t be fatality of political spite

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2020 12:32 AM IST
The decision to dissolve MIEB has not come as a surprise. Last year in December, soon after the new political coalition took over the government, the state education commissioner had said there will be a review of the education board’s feasibility
Waldhuni river in Ambernath turned black on Thursday due to chemical effluents released into the water.(HT Photo)
Waldhuni river in Ambernath turned black on Thursday due to chemical effluents released into the water.(HT Photo)
The protestors said they were not against the project but were opposing the cutting of more than 2,000 trees in the Metro car shed plot.(HT File)
The protestors said they were not against the project but were opposing the cutting of more than 2,000 trees in the Metro car shed plot.(HT File)

Resettlement colony at Aarey will test environment groups

UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 12:03 AM IST
The resettlement colony at Aarey will be a test for environment groups that had carried out some of the most sustained public protests in the city against tree felling at Aarey Milk Colony
Data reveals that the KDMC produces 126 million litres of sewage daily, but treats only 30% of it. The rest pours into the Ulhas river(HT PHOTO)
Data reveals that the KDMC produces 126 million litres of sewage daily, but treats only 30% of it. The rest pours into the Ulhas river(HT PHOTO)

It’s time to stop releasing sewage water into rivers

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 11:43 PM IST
Thane district public health laboratory has found the water of the Ulhas river to be unpotable, odorous and contaminated with industrial pigments and chemicals like chlorides
Aarey Milk Colony is spread over 3,160 acres (1,281 ha) which is owned by various government departments(HT Photo)
Aarey Milk Colony is spread over 3,160 acres (1,281 ha) which is owned by various government departments(HT Photo)

A disappointing week for those who want to save Aarey

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 11:52 PM IST
There is very little hope of Aarey being preserved for posterity unless the area gets statutory protection
Maharashtra is struggling to implement its five-year old policy on school bags.(HT photo)
Maharashtra is struggling to implement its five-year old policy on school bags.(HT photo)

Policy to control school bag weight has been a failure

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2020 11:34 PM IST
A few years ago the municipal corporation had looked at the idea of having locker rooms where students could leave their books after class without having to cart them from home and back. The idea was never implemented.
Municipal schools face issues like low learning levels, truancy by students and teachers, high drop-out rates and falling enrolments(HT File)
Municipal schools face issues like low learning levels, truancy by students and teachers, high drop-out rates and falling enrolments(HT File)

Govt to explore pvt partnership to raise learning standards

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 11:47 PM IST
The BMC has a ‘public private partnership programme’ for its schools. If the municipal corporation extends the programme to more schools it will be a revival for an idea that has implemented half-heartedly, if not apologetically.
There has been a 65% increase in the number of permissions issued for tree cutting in 2019 compared to the previous year .(HT PHOTO)
There has been a 65% increase in the number of permissions issued for tree cutting in 2019 compared to the previous year .(HT PHOTO)

Data on Mumbai’s trees is inconsistent and suspicious

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 06:31 AM IST
The BMC, which plants saplings along roads during the monsoon, has been planting fewer trees in the last few year
A survey found that 87% of parents whose children studied in municipal schools, want to shift their children to private schools.(HT File)
A survey found that 87% of parents whose children studied in municipal schools, want to shift their children to private schools.(HT File)

Future of civic schools is bleak

UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2019 11:36 PM IST
A recent report from education think tank Praja Foundation says number of students at municipal schools continue to decline.
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)

Mumbai needs to walk an extra mile to curb air pollution

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2019 01:06 AM IST
Mumbai has had a lackadaisical attitude towards air pollution, believing that sea breezes will sweep away the murk, but the CSE study has shown that the city needs more than the sea to clean up its air.
File photo of the Mithi river in Mumbai.(HT)
File photo of the Mithi river in Mumbai.(HT)

15 years since plan for sewers, Mithi remains polluted

HT | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2019 07:47 AM IST
While it has been 15 years since the sewer lines were planned, the Mithi revival project is moving at a snail’s pace.
In July 2011, Prasar Bharti, which runs Doordarshan, said that they did not find the idea of a Sindhi language channel feasible due to financial and staff shortage.(HT FILE)
In July 2011, Prasar Bharti, which runs Doordarshan, said that they did not find the idea of a Sindhi language channel feasible due to financial and staff shortage.(HT FILE)

Sindhis get a TV programme, but say it’s not enough

HT | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2019 01:27 AM IST
Sindhi Sangat, a Mumbai-based cultural group, filed a case in the Delhi high court more than a decade ago, petitioning the government to start a television channel in their language.
Aarey Milk Colony was established in 1949 as a government dairy farm on 1,287 hectares of land.(HT File)
Aarey Milk Colony was established in 1949 as a government dairy farm on 1,287 hectares of land.(HT File)

Aarey green cover decimated by city’s development plans

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2019 07:38 AM IST
Over the decades, a substantial portion of Aarey Colony’s green cover has been lost to new construction projects
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation runs the largest network of schools in the city, but enrolment has been falling.((FOR REPRESENTATION/ HT FILE))
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation runs the largest network of schools in the city, but enrolment has been falling.((FOR REPRESENTATION/ HT FILE))

Better learning outcomes will bring students back to municipal schools

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 12:31 AM IST
The number of students in municipal schools in Mumbai has dropped from over four lakh in 2014 to three lakh in 2018
Mumbai witnessed record-breaking rains this year due to the unusual cyclonic conditions in the Arabian Sea.(HT Photo)
Mumbai witnessed record-breaking rains this year due to the unusual cyclonic conditions in the Arabian Sea.(HT Photo)

Mumbai has been slow in adapting it’s infrastructure to tackle climate change

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2019 11:41 PM IST
Mumbai’s record in adapting to climate change has been abysmal
Work on the Metro 3 car shed at Aarey Colony(HT Photo)
Work on the Metro 3 car shed at Aarey Colony(HT Photo)

Petition in HC is another hope to save Aarey

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2019 11:13 PM IST
In October, the Union government announced the use of eco-friendly crackers across India.(Representational photo)
In October, the Union government announced the use of eco-friendly crackers across India.(Representational photo)

There is nothing ‘green’ about firecrackers

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2019 11:47 PM IST
“Green” firecrackers will produce 70% of the emissions that a regular specimen releases.
Mangroves at Gorai make up part of the green stretch dividing Mumbai and Mira-Bhayandar municipal corporations.(HT Photo)
Mangroves at Gorai make up part of the green stretch dividing Mumbai and Mira-Bhayandar municipal corporations.(HT Photo)

After Aarey, threat to another green area

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2019 11:59 PM IST
The Manori-Gorai-Uttan area has regularly erupted in protests whenever the government makes plan to bring construction to the area
The National Commission for Safai Karamacharis estimates that in India, one person dies every five days while cleaning sewers or septic tanks.(HT File)
The National Commission for Safai Karamacharis estimates that in India, one person dies every five days while cleaning sewers or septic tanks.(HT File)

Swachh Bharat Mission has not reached Mumbai’s sewage workers

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2019 12:31 AM IST
The country banned manual scavenging in 1993. In 2013, employing workers for the job became a criminal offence. Though there are laws that prohibit manual cleaning of dangerous drains, death continues to stalk workers
The number of students enrolling in RTE schools has witnessed a decline.(HT Photo)
The number of students enrolling in RTE schools has witnessed a decline.(HT Photo)

Efforts to promote RTE school seats are half-hearted

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 12:47 AM IST
Around 39,000 seats, including 4,000 in Mumbai, set aside for students from financially distressed families, remain vacant
The construction of a car depot at Aarey Colony for the Metro project has been opposed by environmentalists, local citizens, students and politicians.(HT FILE)
The construction of a car depot at Aarey Colony for the Metro project has been opposed by environmentalists, local citizens, students and politicians.(HT FILE)

Shifting the Metro depot alone will not save Aarey

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2019 11:41 PM IST
Aarey’s fate is precarious: the car depot will take away 3% of the area; even if the car depot is shifted out, 97% of the area has no protection
If current trends continue, the number of students at Mumbai’s municipal schools will drop below 1,50,000 in 2022-23.(FOR REPRESENTATION/ HT FILE)
If current trends continue, the number of students at Mumbai’s municipal schools will drop below 1,50,000 in 2022-23.(FOR REPRESENTATION/ HT FILE)

Mumbai’s municipal schools need ideas beyond national education boards to stop decline

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 11:15 PM IST
The BMC has been desperately trying to stop the flight of students from its schools. However, cosmetic efforts to increase enrolments won’t work. The solution is to monitor and improve education outcomes
Monorail differs from elevated Metro, as the train moves on a single rail, beam, or tube, with the coaches using rubber tyres for support and movement guidance.(HT FILE)
Monorail differs from elevated Metro, as the train moves on a single rail, beam, or tube, with the coaches using rubber tyres for support and movement guidance.(HT FILE)

Mumbai should not give up on its monorail project

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 12:07 PM IST
On Wednesday, when one of the highest rains for a September day paralysed Mumbai’s roads and suburban trains, the monorail provided relief for commuters
When completed, Mumbai Metro-3 will be the city’s first underground metro.(HT FILE)
When completed, Mumbai Metro-3 will be the city’s first underground metro.(HT FILE)

Despite advantages of underground MRT, cities prefer a mix of elevated and underground Metros

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 12:03 AM IST
While elevated lines cost less than a third of an underground network, savings in traffic congestion, pollution and maintenance make an underground system cheaper in the long run
Picture for representation only.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Picture for representation only.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Vasai-Dahanu area: A cradle for Mumbai’s environment movement

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2019 11:58 PM IST
In 1988, residents of the villages in the Vasai-Virar region, located between Mumbai and Dahanu, started a campaign to stop the state government from appointing Cidco as the planning agency to convert the agricultural area into planned towns
Sections of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) will also get a ecologically sensitive zone(HT Photo)
Sections of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) will also get a ecologically sensitive zone(HT Photo)

Mumbai’s forest areas finally get protective buffers, but not as envisaged

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 12:34 AM IST
The Supreme Court had issued a directive to the Union environment ministry to declare ESZs around 21 national park and wildlife sanctuaries
Mumbai has restricted free parking on public places and expensive parking charges can make us look at cars in the same way as the West — an expensive inconvenience.(PTI)
Mumbai has restricted free parking on public places and expensive parking charges can make us look at cars in the same way as the West — an expensive inconvenience.(PTI)

Has India joined the war against car ownership?

PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2019 07:04 AM IST
In India, it will be tougher to restrict car ownership but regulations discouraging vehicles with internal combustion engines and squeeze on free parking will make it tougher to own cars.

New data rubbishes population doomsday scenario

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2019 11:27 PM IST
Population experts have said that while India’s large population presents challenges in providing food, housing, jobs and other essentials, the country has entered a demographic stage when a plateauing of population and a subsequent decline in numbers is just decades away
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