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I-Day over, housing societies aim to preserve the tricolour

The significance of the tricolour does not end with the occasion on which it is unfurled
Residents of Evershine housing society in Thakur village gearing up for the 76th Independence Day celebrations HT Photo
Residents of Evershine housing society in Thakur village gearing up for the 76th Independence Day celebrations HT Photo
Published on Aug 17, 2022 12:44 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Mulund building collapse: Roof gives way, killing old couple

Mumbai: Two senior citizens lost their lives after the ceiling of a residential structure in which they resided came down on Monday evening
Mumbai, India - August 15, 2022: Two senior citizens died after the ceiling portion from the first floor of the ground-plus-two Moti Chhaya Building collapsed on Monday evening at Mulund (East), in Mumbai, India, on Monday, August 15, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - August 15, 2022: Two senior citizens died after the ceiling portion from the first floor of the ground-plus-two Moti Chhaya Building collapsed on Monday evening at Mulund (East), in Mumbai, India, on Monday, August 15, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 16, 2022 12:27 AM IST

How Mumbai celebrated India’s 75th anniversary of Independence

The Zaver Mahal building, where Gupta resides, was illuminated backed by BMC’s logistics. Gupta and other residents arranged for the power supply.
Mumbai, India - August 15, 2022: Students of Anjuman-E-Islam School and College celebrate 75th Independence Day, at CSMT, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, August 15, 2022. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - August 15, 2022: Students of Anjuman-E-Islam School and College celebrate 75th Independence Day, at CSMT, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, August 15, 2022. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 16, 2022 05:54 AM IST
ByPratip Acharya and Linah Baliga, Mumbai

Har Ghar Tiranga: Citizens worry about the fate of tricolour after I-Day celebration

Mumbai: With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) distributing more than 41 lakh national flags to people over the past two weeks as part of the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign, concerned Mumbaiites now worry about the fate of these flags, once the independence day celebration is over
Mumbai, India - August 14, 2022: Girls in traditional attire along with specially abled people, military personnel and NSG commandos participate in a rally as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign to mark the 75th anniversay of India's Independence Day celebrations near Kalina Military Camp, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - August 14, 2022: Girls in traditional attire along with specially abled people, military personnel and NSG commandos participate in a rally as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign to mark the 75th anniversay of India's Independence Day celebrations near Kalina Military Camp, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, August 14, 2022. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 15, 2022 12:42 AM IST

40 visually impaired youngsters create 75 feet long eco-tricolour

Mumbai: To mark India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations, as many as 40 visually impaired children created a 75 feet long national flag of India in four hours
40 visually impaired youngsters create 75 feet long eco-tricolour
40 visually impaired youngsters create 75 feet long eco-tricolour
Published on Aug 15, 2022 12:35 AM IST

BMC to shell out 7 crore to fill potholes

P Velrasu, additional municipal commissioner (Projects), said that the BMC will issue the work order before Ganesh Utsav and the work will begin soon after.
According to senior civic officials, the Geo-Polymer mix is a combination of sand, stone and polymer that will be used in filling the potholes. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
According to senior civic officials, the Geo-Polymer mix is a combination of sand, stone and polymer that will be used in filling the potholes. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 13, 2022 12:49 AM IST

For the first time, fire brigade appoints female station officers

The two promoted officers, Sunita Khot and SV Bhor, were working as Assistant Station Officers. The two officers have been serving in the brigade for the past 10 years
Hemant Parab, Chief Fire Officer of the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) said that this year, 23 MFB officials were promoted (HT Photo)
Hemant Parab, Chief Fire Officer of the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) said that this year, 23 MFB officials were promoted (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 12, 2022 12:05 AM IST

After residents refuse, BMC to bear the cost of illuminating Marine Drive buildings

The civic body has earmarked a R50 lakh-budget to illuminate 28 private buildings in the heritage precinct.
Apart from residential buildings, commercial establishments and hotels on the promenade will also be illuminating their properties at their own cost. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Apart from residential buildings, commercial establishments and hotels on the promenade will also be illuminating their properties at their own cost. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 12:42 AM IST

Bandra fort walkers fear landslide

Mumbai: The craggy hillside adjoining the walkway built behind Castella De Aguada, popularly known as the Bandra Fort, has left walkers worried about the possibility of landslide during the monsoon
Bandra fort (HT PHOTO)
Bandra fort (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 12:40 AM IST

BMC to build FOB at Hindmata Junction

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to build a foot-over bridge (FOB) at the Hindmata Junction in Central Mumbai to further ease people’s woes during waterlogging incidents
Traffic stuck at Hindmata during heavy rains in Mumbai.(File image) (Kunal Patil/HT)
Traffic stuck at Hindmata during heavy rains in Mumbai.(File image) (Kunal Patil/HT)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 12:29 AM IST

Citizens to monitor BMC’s 5,800 crore road concretisation work

The Mumbai Citizen’s Forum (MCF) is a citizen’s association group formed by former police commissioner Sanjay Pandey and has close to 200 active members
Members of this forum said that they will deploy volunteers across the city to monitor road works on a regular basis (Vijay Bate)
Members of this forum said that they will deploy volunteers across the city to monitor road works on a regular basis (Vijay Bate)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 09:04 PM IST

Patriotism at a cost for Marine Drive residents

The A ward of the BMC that covers Colaba and Marine Drive has sent letters to residents of art-deco buildings on Marine Drive urging them to light up their buildings to mark Independence Day
Another local resident, requesting anonymity, said that more than 20 buildings in the area have declined the proposa (Bhushan Koyande)
Another local resident, requesting anonymity, said that more than 20 buildings in the area have declined the proposa (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 01:00 AM IST

Contractor fined 31,000 after road cracks open in 2 months

After the road-cracking incident, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Mulund, Mihir Kotecha demanded that the road contractor be blacklisted.
A view of the road condition and traffic at Mulund Check Naka. (Representative image) (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
A view of the road condition and traffic at Mulund Check Naka. (Representative image) (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 08, 2022 11:50 PM IST

Fire Brigade to probe reason behind Wadia Hospital fire

On August 5, a level-2 blaze erupted in the hospital, which eventually spread to the first and second floors of the building.
Fire Brigade personnel try to douse the fire at the chidren's Wadia Hospital, Parel (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Fire Brigade personnel try to douse the fire at the chidren's Wadia Hospital, Parel (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 06, 2022 11:23 PM IST

Despite cancellation of several infra projects, work on Malabar tree-top walkway continues in full swing

BMC had proposed a 700-meter-long treetop walkway in the upscale Malabar Hill neighbourhood in South Mumbai last year.
An artist’s view of the walkway.
An artist’s view of the walkway.
Published on Aug 06, 2022 11:22 PM IST

In absence of elected representatives, local issues may remain unresolved

The delay in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls by four to six months could affect the civic governance as there would be no elected representatives for almost a year
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation building HT Photo
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation building HT Photo
Updated on Aug 06, 2022 12:59 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga and Pratip Acharya, Mumbai

BMC wants 114-yr-old Holy Cross to be relocated for bridge widening

The plot on which the cross stands fall under the Vacant Land Tenant (VLT) policy of the BMC under which, the civic body leased out plots to private owners before independence
Mumbai, India - August 05, 2022: Cross of Jesus Christ, a common symbol for Christians relocated by BMC officials at Mahim Causeway, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, August 05, 2022. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - August 05, 2022: Cross of Jesus Christ, a common symbol for Christians relocated by BMC officials at Mahim Causeway, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, August 05, 2022. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 06, 2022 12:39 AM IST

BMC adds new clauses in tender process to keep local contractors away

According to the eligibility clauses mentioned in the latest tender document, the BMC stated that contractors must have experience in civil engineering road works in the state and national highways
Further, he added that when they allow contractors to take up joint-ventures, most of the local contractors become eligible, which eventually affects the quality of work (HT Photo)
Further, he added that when they allow contractors to take up joint-ventures, most of the local contractors become eligible, which eventually affects the quality of work (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 04, 2022 09:05 PM IST

BMC wants additional manpower to tackle hawker menace in SoBo

Mumbai: In a bid to tackle the hawker menace in south Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to hire manpower from external agencies like NGO, and manpower supplying firms to remove illegal hawker encroachment from various public spaces
Mumbai, India - Feb. 11, 2020: Hawkers on the footpath around Phoenix Mill in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India - Feb. 11, 2020: Hawkers on the footpath around Phoenix Mill in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jul 25, 2022 12:26 AM IST

State mandates installing fire evacuation lifts in all high-rises

Mumbai: In order to speed up the evacuation process during fire incidents and emergencies in high-rise buildings, the energy department of the state government has issued an advisory that all high-rises in the state that are equal to or taller than 70 metres need to have a Fire Evacuation Lift (FEL) installed in the building for safety purposes
Mumbai, India - October. 22, 2021: Fire brigade trying to douse the fire in a high rise tower One Avighna Park at Curryroad in Mumbai, India, on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India - October. 22, 2021: Fire brigade trying to douse the fire in a high rise tower One Avighna Park at Curryroad in Mumbai, India, on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Jul 23, 2022 12:19 AM IST

BMC gets land in Ambernath land marked for waste treatment in future

The civic body said that the primary objective for acquiring this land is to ensure scientific treatment of waste in the future, not to use it as a landfill.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation building (HT PHOTO)
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation building (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 21, 2022 11:45 PM IST

BMC officials meet Marine Drive residents to allay vibration fears

On Wednesday, at the meeting held between the residents and the civic officials at Maharashtra Assembly speaker and Colaba legislator Rahul Narwekar’s office in Vidhan Bhavan
BMC officials meet Marine Drive residents to allay vibration fears
BMC officials meet Marine Drive residents to allay vibration fears
Published on Jul 21, 2022 12:56 AM IST

Abhyas Galli gets a revision

As there is very little traffic movement in this lane, it is the lane of choice for students in the area, mostly from underprivileged backgrounds, who need some space to study in peace
What was so far a poorly lit stretch, with no proper seating arrangements for students, has now been transformed with special seating arrangements, modern street furniture with canopies and better lights (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
What was so far a poorly lit stretch, with no proper seating arrangements for students, has now been transformed with special seating arrangements, modern street furniture with canopies and better lights (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 20, 2022 12:24 AM IST

Tetrapods back on Marine Drive

HT had carried a report yesterday in which residents of Marine Drive buildings complained that removal of tetrapods for Coastal Road work was causing their buildings to vibrate
BMC officials said the tetrapods were temporarily shifted ahead of monsoon to ensure there is uninterrupted flow of water from the Storm Water Drain (SWD) outlets during the monsoon season (Bhushan Koyande)
BMC officials said the tetrapods were temporarily shifted ahead of monsoon to ensure there is uninterrupted flow of water from the Storm Water Drain (SWD) outlets during the monsoon season (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Jul 19, 2022 12:42 AM IST

Homes rattled by high tide due to coastal road work: SoBo residents

The tremors, they say, were especially felt inside Shree Niketan and Gobind Mahal buildings, located between the G and F roads in Marine Drive, which are near the Coastal Road work site
Mumbai, India – July 17, 2022: Tetrapods that have been removed adjoining sea-wall near Princess Street Flyover, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, July 17, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India – July 17, 2022: Tetrapods that have been removed adjoining sea-wall near Princess Street Flyover, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, July 17, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Published on Jul 18, 2022 12:34 AM IST

We’ll drink to that! Century-old pyaus in zoo to get renovated

Mumbai Four century-old pyaus (drinking water fountains) inside the Byculla zoo are set to get a new lease of life soon, marking the completion of the first phase of the Mumbai Pyau Project
Drinking water tap fountain restored inside Byculla Zoo, in Mumbai on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Drinking water tap fountain restored inside Byculla Zoo, in Mumbai on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 16, 2022 01:47 AM IST

BEST readies 400 buses for monsoon

An emergency management meeting, chaired by Chahal, was held on Thursday afternoon to chalk out possible precautionary measures against adverse weather events that could occur during the monsoons.
BEST buses in Mumbai (HT photo)
BEST buses in Mumbai (HT photo)
Published on Jul 15, 2022 12:17 AM IST
By, Mumbai:

South Mumbai waterlogging, rains and coastal road suspected

Residents and elected public representatives stated that waterlogging was intense at areas in Marine Drive where Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) construction work is ongoing.
Marine Drive waterlogged on Wednesday morning as a result of heavy rains and coastal road construction. (HT Photo)
Marine Drive waterlogged on Wednesday morning as a result of heavy rains and coastal road construction. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 14, 2022 12:15 AM IST

BMC junks 402 crore tender to revamp Deonar abattoir

This is the fifth tender that municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has scrapped this year, which amounts to a total of 1,464 crore
The civic body had floated a <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>402 crore global tender in March this year with the aim to revamp the largest slaughterhouse in the country by setting up a food processing plant (Hindustan Times)
The civic body had floated a 402 crore global tender in March this year with the aim to revamp the largest slaughterhouse in the country by setting up a food processing plant (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 14, 2022 12:08 AM IST

BMC says potholes declined by 30% in past one year

The officials also maintained that in the past six years, more than 600 km of roads have been concretised at an average of 100 km each year.
The officials maintained that to fill potholes in asphalt roads a component of dry cold-mix is being used. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
The officials maintained that to fill potholes in asphalt roads a component of dry cold-mix is being used. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 11, 2022 10:57 PM IST
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