Last week, a news report in the New York Times, based on Climate Central research, stated that climate change will put three times more people at risk of coastal flooding by 2050 than previously thought.
The demolition and reconstruction of dilapidated bridges was also delayed after the civic body failed to get a response from contractors. In July, the BMC had floated tenders for 10 dilapidated bridges but by September it found contractors only for seven.
Citizen activist and member of F-North Citizens Federation, Nikhil Desai, recalled that in the 2014 elections, there were hoardings promising good roads, but this year, there has been zero discussion on this issue.
Kolambkar (69), who was initially with Sena, won on a Congress ticket in the last two elections — one of the few to buck the Modi wave of 2014. This time, he crossed over to the BJP just before the Assembly elections, and to the shock of the Sena, was handed the ticket.
In 2014, when the ‘Modi wave’ struck and many big names from the Congress-NCP alliance failed to retain their assembly seats, Dharavi was one of the five constituencies in Mumbai in which the Congress could not be unseated.
On October 21, the 36 lakh migrants from the Hindi heartland — who constitute nearly a third of Mumbai's population — will once again play a crucial role in deciding the fate of several candidates in Mumbai, especially at Kalina, Chandivali, Malad, Kandivali, Borivali and Dahisar constituencies.
In its statement on Monday, MMRCL had said that they have already felled 2,141 trees and now only 44 trees remain to be cut. ‘Save Aarey’ campaigners said it was being done to mislead citizens that there is no point in protesting anymore.
The SC has stopped further cutting of trees on a plot where the Mumbai Metro wants to build a car shed. Government says the site is the most convenient; Bombay HC has rejected the arguments of activists.
Till Thursday, political parties have in their lists of candidates included the names of six sitting and five former corporators. Friday is last day for filing nominations. In comparison, 14 sitting and ex-corporators had contested the 2014 Assembly polls, of whom five won.
Except the BJP, which has maintained that the car depot in Aarey Colony would be in the interest of the city, its ally Shiv Sena, opposition parties Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Samajwadi Party, have all gatecrashed the ‘Save Aarey’ movement.
A BMC drive had found 118 open defecation spots across the city which, it says, have been eliminated by mitigation measures; The Indian Express visits four such locations where open defecation continues unabated.