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
In 2013-14, posters with photographs and names of wanted terror suspects appeared in public places like railway pedestrian bridges and markets in Mumbai.
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 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
In 2017, this newspaper reported about industrial effluents being released in the Kasadi river in Taloja, an industrial town in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The news was picked up by the international media, not because industrial pollution in India was a cause for concern in the West but because the story provided striking visuals of dogs with blue fur.
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
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
There is very little hope of Aarey being preserved for posterity unless the area gets statutory protection
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.
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.
The BMC, which plants saplings along roads during the monsoon, has been planting fewer trees in the last few year
A recent report from education think tank Praja Foundation says number of students at municipal schools continue to decline.
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.
While it has been 15 years since the sewer lines were planned, the Mithi revival project is moving at a snail’s pace.
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.
Over the decades, a substantial portion of Aarey Colony’s green cover has been lost to new construction projects
The number of students in municipal schools in Mumbai has dropped from over four lakh in 2014 to three lakh in 2018
Mumbai’s record in adapting to climate change has been abysmal
Attempts by citizens’ groups to get the government to shift the Metro-3 rail depot from Aarey Milk Colony have not been successful so far, with the courts allowing the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) to cut trees at the site. In the past, this column has pointed out that protests by citizens were focused on the 33-hectare depot for the underground SEEPZ-Colaba Metro at the 3,160-acre (1,281 ha) Aarey Milk Colony.
“Green” firecrackers will produce 70% of the emissions that a regular specimen releases.
The Manori-Gorai-Uttan area has regularly erupted in protests whenever the government makes plan to bring construction to the area
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
Around 39,000 seats, including 4,000 in Mumbai, set aside for students from financially distressed families, remain vacant
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
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
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
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
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
The Supreme Court had issued a directive to the Union environment ministry to declare ESZs around 21 national park and wildlife sanctuaries
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.
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