Arita Sarkar

Articles By Arita Sarkar

Deonar fire: BMC’s counter-claim from contractor is over Rs 1,000 crore

Barring the cost of dousing the fire that broke out at the ground last year, the BMC will demand a compensation of over Rs 700 crore for the loss of income caused by the Bombay High Court’s ban on new constructions.

Confusion over renewal of Mumbai Police Gymkhana lease agreement

Collectorate officials said while all other gymkhanas have prior lease agreements and have been paying a certain amount as rent every year, the Police Gymkhana was the only one which has not paid any rent to the collector since its inception.

Hawker removal: A long term solution is not possible until Town Vending Committee formed, says BMC

Senior civic officials said removal of illegal hawkers was a continuous process and the problem could only be resolved once hawkers were given designated areas.

BMC, Railways plan to meet regularly for better coordination

Based on an analysis of the August 29 floods in the city, officials at the Storm Water Drains (SWD) Department had sent a list of 29 proposals to the Railways pertaining to culverts that needed to be either widened or cleaned.

Soon, more quick response vehicles and fire bikes for rescue operations in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will also purchase 20 fire bikes that can navigate narrow lanes, especially in congested areas, and reach the site before a fire engine can arrive.

At least seven months more before Bubble may finally get a mate at Byculla Zoo

Byculla zoo may get three more penguins after clearances from govt agencies

Diwali deals for real estate projects: free flat, gold, golf club membership

Other developers like Sai Estates have come up with a variety of offers for their projects in Kandivali and Chembur. For instance, if buyers purchase three flats (of any size) in their project in Kandivali, one flat would be given free of cost

Centre to grant 50 per cent cost to BMC, bid date to be extended

“The Central government has given its approval and the Deonar project is the only one to be selected from across the country. The project now has the endorsement of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan," said Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Mukherjee

Mumbai: Potholes remain in BMC area, imported filling material exhausted

Two kinds of pothole filling material - Smart Fill from Israel and Midas Touch from Austria — were imported at a cost of Rs 70 lakh

Mumbai: East-west subways at centre of BMC’s new flood preparedness plan

Civic body has renewed efforts to acquire land for Mahul and Mogra stormwater pumping stations

BMC may help PCMC in drafting revised Development Plan

Civic officials from the Development Plan department said that around three months ago, the administration decided to set up an institute in the city for staff members of other urban local bodies where classes will be held on various aspects of a municipal corporation.

BMC to take up work on 1,200 roads, 73 junctions in Mumbai

Poor condition of the city roads came under the scanner after findings of the Rs 2,000 crore roads scam probe pointed at anomalies that had led to blacklisting of several contractors and a departmental inquiry against engineers from the Roads Department.

Tourist Spot: Fifty kinds of vada pav in food fest next month in Mumbai

The food festival will also have other events, including music shows, dance performances and a fashion show for senior citizens. The event, organised by Wexpress Media, has a good intention behind it.

Marine Drive beautification: BMC to take steps

Few measures include planting hedges on railings, from NCPA to Tambe Chowk, removal of a defunct pipeline near the Princess Street Flyover and leveling of the road.

Mumbai: Establishments which generate waste in bulk to get extension

While the BMC had earlier threatened discontinue collection of solid waste from these premises, ward officials will now conduct visits to each of them and inquire about the reason for non-compliance.

Home buyers angry with over six-year delay in project in Mumbai

“In our complaint to the RERA, we have demanded that the builders give us compensation because of the delay and draft registration agreements with all of us. We are also planning to approach the Bombay High Court for the same,” a buyer said.

Tansa pipeline project in Mumbai: Encroachments in three wards yet to be removed, work on cycle track begins

In a handful of other localities, slum dwellers who were evicted from near the pipeline have rebuilt shanties at the site

To ensure Mumbai remains open defecation free, BMC’s clean-up marshals to now cover slums too

Officials from the department pointed out that while the minimum number of marshals per ward would remain 30, in wards with a higher slum population, agencies would have to provide more staff.

Heritage walk with a taste of Maharashtrian culture

The initiative of conducting a heritage walk was taken up last year and 3,000 people from different age groups, including tourists, students and corporate groups participated.

Elphinstone Road Station stampede: Need better railway infrastructure, not bullet train, say Shiv Sena, Congress leaders

Questioning the need for the bullet train project, senior Sena leader and Industries Minister Subhash Desai said: “Instead of a bullet train, important railway works should be taken up on priority."

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