BMC to implement tactical urbanism plan across Mumbai
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to implement its initiative named “tactical urbanism” across the city after a successful pilot outside a private school in Byculla. The plan entails making campuses student safe with pedestrian-friendly roads and footpaths surrounding the schools.
Tactical urbanism initiative includes undertaking measures like working on designs by urban planners, encouraging students and pedestrians to walk to school, arranging parking space inside and off-campus.
In the BMC budget for 2022-23, ₹50 crore was allocated to tactical urbanism initiative so that authorities can undertake various interventions to improve public space through actions that result in reduced traffic.
Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal in his budget speech said, “The objective is to give a safe environment for children and teachers to access the school in a clutter-free footpath with restricted vehicular movement in these zones. In this current financial year, the project will be scaled up and efforts will be made to make a perimeter of 500 metres safe for students and the school community to walk and access the school in a safe way. A provision of ₹50 crore has been kept for the year for this purpose.”
According to BMC officials, a pilot project was adopted outside a private school in Byculla last year and based on its success, the civic body has decided to implement it in other parts of the city.
Vivek Pai, urban mobility expert said that tactical urbanism is important as it puts citizens first. “Mumbai is one of the pioneers in taking up this urban planning tool. I think this is a necessary and much needed tool to make it easier for citizens to interact fruitfully with their public environment. The overall impetus this tool has received globally makes it relevant in today’s times,” he said.
The tactical urbanism idea is the brainchild of state guardian minister Aaditya Thackeray and the BMC had recently announced its plans to set up a dedicated page on the BMC website where urban planners and architects can give their ideas.
Under the banner of tactical urbanism plan, the BMC has also invited bids to conduct 3D road profiling of roads in the city and conduct surveys of all roads to make them pedestrian-friendly. Under the plan, an area will be selected on a pilot basis and designs will be created. The project will be funded by the district planning committee of Mumbai to make those roads, footpaths pedestrian-friendly.
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued orange alert for Mumbai and Thane, with intense to very intense rain predicted at isolated places in the region till 10am. As per IMD, intense to very intense rain with gusty winds reaching 40-50 kmph very likely at isolated places in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Palghar till 10 am today, reported ANI.
Some students who passed the Pre-University Course in 2020-21 but are also writing the Common Entrance Test in 2022, have approached the High Court. These students have challenged an alleged note of the Karnataka Examination Authority not considering the 2020-21 marks for entrance to professional courses in 2022. A single-judge bench of SR Krishna Kumar heard the petition on Monday. The petition was filed by Keerthana Y H and a dozen other students.
With the Centre's Har Ghar Tiranga campaign pacing up across the country, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai reviewed the preparations across the state and said that the southern state aims to hoist 1 crore flags in Karnataka. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai directed officials to make the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign organized to mark the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav a success. The distribution of flags is already underway. Ministers Govind Karjol, V. Sommanna, C. C. Patil.
Amid murmurs within the Karnataka BJP circles about the possibility of an overhaul in the party and the government ahead of the 2023 Assembly polls, former MLA B Suresh Gowda on Monday indicating about some changes said the high command will take a call on replacing the Chief Minister and other matters.
The Yellow Line of Delhi Metro goes all the way from Samaypur Badli in the north to Green Park and Mehrauli in the south, to HUDA City Center in Gurugram. Now, the fiercely individualistic Gurugram has its own metro service. Rapid Metro originates from Cyber City and culminates at the evocatively named Sector 55–56 metro station.