Benita Chacko

Articles By Benita Chacko

Families in food: Baked and fried

Bengaluru’s Fatima Bakery’s enduring popularity.

Mumbai: As Metro construction noise continues, residents tackle stress and illness

According to NEERI report, noise at the Cuffe Parade site exceeded prescribed levels for both day and night. According to their report, the ambient noise levels during the day ranged from 68.5 to 91.9 decibels and during the night from 60.3 to 83.4 decibels.

As Metro work progresses in Mumbai, businesses take a hit

Mumbai is witnessing wide-ranging impact of the unprecedented digging and construction activity on everyday lives, from pollution to real estate markets. The first of a two-part series.

Mumbai: To secure Monorail corridor, MMRDA spends more than it earns, RTI reveals

Documents show that from April to September, 2017, the MMRDA had spent almost twice on security, compared to the revenue earned.

Monorail: Panel submits report, deadlock over trip rate likely to be resolved soon

The report, which was submitted on August 16, has arrived at a trip rate by studying the operation cost of the Delhi Metro and the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor apart from taking into consideration the existing costs borne by the contractor and the rate analysis of operating the system.

CRZ nod for Ambedkar memorial, work to proceed

The CZMP, a regulatory policy for construction activity in coastal areas, had been delayed for several years and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed the MCZMA to not give clearances to any projects unless the CZMP is approved.

Mangrove Cell to submit proposal for conservation of Arabian Sea Humpback Whale

The minutes of the Standing Committee of the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) meeting, conducted on June 13, mentions that the species faces risks from shipping and fishing activities.

Maharashtra: Work on building walls to stop enroachment on mangroves begins

The Cell will construct walls all along the mangrove forests in Mumbai. The walls will be constructed on the landward side, at a maximum distance of 50 metres from the mangroves.

As parents and vets watch, India’s first penguin takes birth on I-Day

Vets monitored egg through CCTV since July 5; chick’s gender to be ascertained by DNA test.

Mumbai metro phase III: First tunnel boring machine likely to stay underground till next year

The machine, named Krishna 1, was lowered into the shaft on September 21 last year and it started work on November 10. It was expected to complete the tunneling work by September this year.

First ever birth of penguin in India likely this week, Byculla Zoo, city keep fingers crossed

Flipper, one of the eight Humbolt penguins brought to the Veermata Jijabai Udyan, popularly called the Byculla Zoo, had laid an egg on July 5 after mating with Mr Molt, another of the penguins.

MMRDA to redesign Kalanagar flyover, may add deck for river view

The MMRDA is also considering making the piers of the flyover fin-shaped with arches instead of regular ones

Mumbai: Byculla zoo, not SGNP, to get pair of Asiatic lions

In the first phase of renovation, the zoo brought in Humboldt penguins from South Korea in July 2016, leading to more footfalls and increased revenue to the zoo.

Matheran: Residents worried as preparation for ropeway construction starts

While the project was first proposed in 2001 by Vinaychand Kothari, a hotelier from Matheran, it has been delayed over the years.

Bharat Petroleum fire: ‘Unsafe to stay near refinery’, residents protest

Apart from citizens activists too pointed out the risks involved in staying in such an area.

Maharashtra has lost more leopards till now than in whole of 2017

“This year, we found more leopard deaths in the state in just seven months. The animals could have died due to several reasons, like poaching, road accidents or even natural causes,” said Tito Joseph, the programme coordinator, WPSI.

Mumbai: Six per cent Metro commuters use app to book tickets

According to Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) data, of those who purchase tokens, around 10 per cent purchase through SkiiipQ. Of this, 80 per cent use Paytm and the remaining purchase it through Ridlr. However, only two per cent of smartcard users purchase through the app.

Single ticket for public transport not until next year, payment mode yet to be decided

The MMRDA had proposed to implement the ITS by the year-end, but the MMRDA and the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corp (MRVC), representing Railways, differ on the mode of payment.

Mumbai Monorail to resume service next month

The MMRDA said commuters will not be charged revised fares, and passengers will be able to to travel on the corridor on the original fares of Rs 5-11.

Mumbai monorail phase I: MMRDA to shell out more for services

The consortium of Larsen & Toubro-Scomi Engineering (LTSE) has demanded more than five times the earlier trip rate to run the country’s only monorail corridor between Chembur and Wadala.