Sanjana Bhalerao

Sanjana Bhalerao

Sanjana Bhalerao is a Senior Reporter with Hindustan Times, Mumbai. She covers civic issues and governance.

Articles by Sanjana Bhalerao
Photo used for representational purposes only.
Photo used for representational purposes only.

After South Mumbai, Andheri, Juhu and Vile Parle face water shortage

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 11:27 PM IST
However, officials from the hydraulic department assured that the water supply will be restored by October 28.
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The work at these areas, chosen to avoid slowing down traffic in South Mumbai, is likely to begin from November 1.(Artist’s representation/HT)
The work at these areas, chosen to avoid slowing down traffic in South Mumbai, is likely to begin from November 1.(Artist’s representation/HT)

Civic body to reclaim 2 acres near Girgaum Chowpatty for Mumbai’s coastal road project

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 22, 2018 12:06 AM IST
Two acres near Girgaum Chowpatty, Priyadarshini Park to be reclaimed for underground tunnels
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The first phase of the project is a 9.98-km stretch between Princess Street flyover and Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL).(HT File)
The first phase of the project is a 9.98-km stretch between Princess Street flyover and Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL).(HT File)

Mumbai civic body plans escape routes, safe room, better ventilation for coastal road

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2018 12:51 AM IST
Last week, the BMC gave a final approval for the construction of the first phase (southern part) of the coastal road, estimated at more than 12,000 crore.
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So far, Mulund dumping ground handled 1,500-2,000 metric tonnes of waste a day.(Praful Gangurde/HT)
So far, Mulund dumping ground handled 1,500-2,000 metric tonnes of waste a day.(Praful Gangurde/HT)

Mulund dumpyard in Mumbai closed

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2018 02:32 PM IST
In the absence of an alternative site, 1,000 metric tonnes of waste will be sent to Deonar and 500 metric tonnes to Kanjurmarg dumping ground.
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Mono Rail Disturb at Chembur on 2nd day in MUMBAI, India.(HT File Photo)
Mono Rail Disturb at Chembur on 2nd day in MUMBAI, India.(HT File Photo)

Expect taller buildings near Metro, Monorail stations in Mumbai

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 11:57 AM IST
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planning a 190-kilometre metro network across the city with Metro interchanges at Marol, Ghatkopar, Dahisar, Andheri Western express Highway
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In a turnaround from the last DP, which reduced the FSI in a bid to decongest the city, this DP has increased base permissible FSI in the city to 3 and in the suburbs to 2.5.(HT FILE)
In a turnaround from the last DP, which reduced the FSI in a bid to decongest the city, this DP has increased base permissible FSI in the city to 3 and in the suburbs to 2.5.(HT FILE)

Maharashtra government approves excluded part of DCPR, experts upset

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2018 01:20 AM IST
FSI hike will benefit only real estate sector, experts say none of their objections were considered in the recently approved document
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Restaurants in the city have come under BMC’s scrutiny after the Kamala Mills tragedy last year.(HT file)
Restaurants in the city have come under BMC’s scrutiny after the Kamala Mills tragedy last year.(HT file)

Only 4 rooftop restaurants in Mumbai are legal, says BMC

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 08:12 AM IST
As opposed to earlier rules, hoteliers will now not be able to procure the next level of NOC, until the first one is complied with.
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The Mumbai firemen’s team that won seven medals for the Indian contingent at the 13th World Firefighters Games.(HT PHOTO)
The Mumbai firemen’s team that won seven medals for the Indian contingent at the 13th World Firefighters Games.(HT PHOTO)

Mumbai Fire Brigade wins seven medals at World Firefighters Games

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 02:07 PM IST
The Indian team won 50 medals at the games, which included seven won by firemen from the Mumbai. Of the seven medals, three are gold and silver each, and one bronze.
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A BMC official makes a local women understand the harmful effect of using plastic bags at Keshavji Nayak road near JJ Hospital in Mumbai.(HT PHOTO)
A BMC official makes a local women understand the harmful effect of using plastic bags at Keshavji Nayak road near JJ Hospital in Mumbai.(HT PHOTO)

After ban, BMC earns Rs 1.1 crore fine, collects 18,000 kg plastic

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 09:30 AM IST
BMC claims success, but citizens say plastic making comeback.
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The sale of meat in Mumbai’s civic markets, local shops and supermarkets will be prohibited on September 13 on the occasion of Paryushan Parv, the fasting period of Jain community. (Photo used for representational purpose)(HT Photo)
The sale of meat in Mumbai’s civic markets, local shops and supermarkets will be prohibited on September 13 on the occasion of Paryushan Parv, the fasting period of Jain community. (Photo used for representational purpose)(HT Photo)

Mumbai abattoirs shut, no sale of meat in civic markets on Thursday due to Jain festival

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2018 12:04 PM IST
Under a government resolution, slaughterhouses are closed and sale of meat and poultry is banned in Mumbai for two days – the fourth day of the Jain festival and Ganesh Chaturthi.
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The mobile app will allow users to book spots in parking lots, such as this one in Kala Ghoda, in advance for up to one hour(HT File)
The mobile app will allow users to book spots in parking lots, such as this one in Kala Ghoda, in advance for up to one hour(HT File)

Soon, book your parking space in Mumbai through this mobile app

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2018 08:27 AM IST
The parking charges can be paid online and citizens will just have to show the e-invoice at the parking lot to get the space reserved for them
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Even the Lord had to find his way through traffic at Mahim in Mumbai on Saturday.(SHASHI S KASHYAP/HT PHOTO)
Even the Lord had to find his way through traffic at Mahim in Mumbai on Saturday.(SHASHI S KASHYAP/HT PHOTO)

Mumbai civic body cracks down on Ganpati pandals flouting rules

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2018 12:35 AM IST
BMC will demolish pandals erected without permission and those encroaching upon roads and footpaths; Civic body to also process 6% of pending pandal applications
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Devotees for different areas carry idols ahead of the Ganesh Festival, at Lalbaug.(HT Photo)
Devotees for different areas carry idols ahead of the Ganesh Festival, at Lalbaug.(HT Photo)

Civic nod for 1.9k Ganpati pandals in Mumbai, 258 pleas rejected

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2018 11:20 PM IST
A total of 3,186 applications were submitted online to the BMC for setting up pandals on roads and footpath
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An aerial view of Mumbai.(Hemanshi Kamani/ HT Photo)
An aerial view of Mumbai.(Hemanshi Kamani/ HT Photo)

Mumbai’s Development Plan 2034 kicks off from Saturday

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2018 08:28 AM IST
The development plan is a crucial document that will determine the city’s land use and infrastructure development for the next 20 years.
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The construction of the road will begin in October.(HT Photo/Representational Image)
The construction of the road will begin in October.(HT Photo/Representational Image)

Mumbai’s first-of-its-kind ‘model road’ to be in SoBo

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2018 01:02 AM IST
Bellasis Road at Nagpada will have pedestrian crossings at every 75m and signboards.
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BMC said it will clear 453 pleas within two days(Representational photo)
BMC said it will clear 453 pleas within two days(Representational photo)

Ganpati pandals: Mumbai civic body extends deadline to apply to September 2

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 12:46 AM IST
The move comes a day after BMC extended the original deadline to August 31.
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It was on this day, August 29, last year that the financial capital of the country was brought to a standstill.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
It was on this day, August 29, last year that the financial capital of the country was brought to a standstill.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)

Year after deluge, BMC finds micro fixes for macro issues

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 05:36 AM IST
Civic body says it is better prepared, focuses on specific areas to prevent localised flooding.
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Fie photo of RK Studio, Chembur, Mumbai.(HT File photo)
Fie photo of RK Studio, Chembur, Mumbai.(HT File photo)

RK studio sale being seen as big opportunity for realty in city

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2018 04:18 PM IST
Realty experts and builders shied away from quoting an amount that the property might fetch; however, the residential property rates in Chembur, where the studio is located, are currently between Rs16,000 to Rs 18,000 per square foot, said industry experts.
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A Humboldt Penguin chick hatched out of the egg on Wednesday.(ANI File Photo)
A Humboldt Penguin chick hatched out of the egg on Wednesday.(ANI File Photo)

Newborn Humboldt penguin chick dies in Mumbai zoo

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 11:51 PM IST
The zoo had planned to add the newborn to the penguin colony.
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Potholes near Mahim station in Mumbai on Monday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Potholes near Mahim station in Mumbai on Monday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

BMC says 90% potholes in Mumbai fixed

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 10:02 AM IST
According to BMC data, 2,089 complaints of potholes have been filed since June, of which 1,897 have been filled. Of the 192 pending complaints, the highest (34) are from Andheri (East), followed by Malad (21).
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The coastal road is going to be a mix of many features, such as, tunnels, bridges, interchanges, elevated stretches and roads on reclaimed land, along with pedestrian underpasses and foot overbridges.(HT File)
The coastal road is going to be a mix of many features, such as, tunnels, bridges, interchanges, elevated stretches and roads on reclaimed land, along with pedestrian underpasses and foot overbridges.(HT File)

Work on Mumbai coastal road project set to begin by October

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2018 12:55 AM IST
The civic body has finalised contractors to build all three portions of the 9.98-km first phase of the road that will run along the west coast of the city.
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With only a week left for sending in suggestions/objections for eastern suburbs maps, the city-based Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) has highlighted recurring errors in DP maps.(HT File)
With only a week left for sending in suggestions/objections for eastern suburbs maps, the city-based Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) has highlighted recurring errors in DP maps.(HT File)

Mumbai DP map goof-up: BMC marks plots in sea, nullahs

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 04:02 PM IST
In addition, in all the maps for island city, western and eastern suburbs, sea colour and natural water course is shown in different colours, creating confusion.
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A man goes for a walk on Juhu beach, which is part of the Greater Mumbai territory.(Vidya Subramanian/HT photo)
A man goes for a walk on Juhu beach, which is part of the Greater Mumbai territory.(Vidya Subramanian/HT photo)

Live it up: Greater Mumbai debuts at No 3 in Ease of Living survey

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2018 05:10 AM IST
City scores big in open spaces, land use and compactness, identity and culture; low on job and economy; 3 cities from MMR in top 10
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(Representational photo)
(Representational photo)

Mumbai civic body to accept prints of applications for Ganeshotsav pandals

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 01:22 AM IST
The issue was raised by the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshostsav Samanvay Samiti, the umbrella body of Ganesh mandals in the city.
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Earlier this year, the BMC issued a Letter of Intent to the contractor to start the process of land reclamation at the Mulund dumpyard, which is spread over 24 hectares.(HT PHOTO)
Earlier this year, the BMC issued a Letter of Intent to the contractor to start the process of land reclamation at the Mulund dumpyard, which is spread over 24 hectares.(HT PHOTO)

Mumbai’s second-largest landfill to shut in October

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2018 11:44 PM IST
The civic body does not yet have an alternative site where it can dump the 2,000 metric tonnes of waste that currently goes to Mulund every day
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Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road at King’s Circle in July.(HT Photo)
Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road at King’s Circle in July.(HT Photo)

Mumbai civic body to fix 77 chronic waterlogging spots from October

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2018 12:17 AM IST
Work orders for 16 spots have already been given while 61 are in the tendering process
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The city needs 14.47 lakh million litres of water at the end of the monsoon to ensure there are no water cuts.(HT Photo/Representational Image)
The city needs 14.47 lakh million litres of water at the end of the monsoon to ensure there are no water cuts.(HT Photo/Representational Image)

Mumbai has 83% water stock in dams, 3 of 7 lakes overflow

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2018 12:33 AM IST
The water stock on Monday was 12,05,597 million litres, compared to 12,51,102 million litres on July 15 last year.
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The complaint about potholes near the Western Express Highway Metro station in Andheri (east) remains unattended.(Ragul Krishnan/ HT Photo)
The complaint about potholes near the Western Express Highway Metro station in Andheri (east) remains unattended.(Ragul Krishnan/ HT Photo)

Mumbai’s pothole horror: Concrete the w(hole)some solution

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 11:40 AM IST
BMC picks low-cost, non-durable and high maintenance asphalt over expensive, durable and low maintenance concrete. The result is for all to see.
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At present, the BMC along with traffic police manage parking regulations in the city.(HT File Photo)
At present, the BMC along with traffic police manage parking regulations in the city.(HT File Photo)

Spotted illegal parking in Mumbai? Log complaints on BMC website, helpline

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2018 11:11 AM IST
The civic body is planning to set up a special parking authority for the city, as per Development Control and Promotion Regulations 2034, to regulate this issue.
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MMRC will now increase the size of sedimentation tanks and the number of dewatering pumps.(HT File Photo/Used for representational purpose)
MMRC will now increase the size of sedimentation tanks and the number of dewatering pumps.(HT File Photo/Used for representational purpose)

After Metro spots flood in south Mumbai, MMRC agrees to take action

By Sanjana Bhalerao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2018 12:31 PM IST
Areas that are not flood-prone traditionally got water-logged following heavy rainfall, as a result of the Metro-3 work.
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