Laxman Singh

Articles By Laxman Singh

BMC’s solution to potholes: Spot one and win a prize if repairs take more than 24 hours

The conditions were that any reported pothole had to be 3 inches deep and at least 1 foot wide on a BMC constructed road.

BMC to identify blind spots on roads for motorists

Officials said that in a meeting last month, Tambe had expressed concern that non-implementation of rules on planting trees by the roadside results in blind spots, leading to accidents.

Mumbai: Risk of city being submerged by 2050, petition demands ‘rethink major infra projects along coast’

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.

BMC floats tender to appoint consultant to boost falling revenue

According to the tender document, the BMC will share the list of assets along with details like floor space index (FSI), area, proposed and current use, market value with the shortlisted consultant.

Mumbai: 3 bridges, 2 foot over bridges to be razed, rebuilt in western suburbs

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.

BMC to beautify areas around five Mumbai forts

There are five forts — Worli, Sewree, Dharavi, Mahim and Sion — within the city limits. They fall under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums.

Mumbai: Missing from speeches — pothole-free roads

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.

Vikhroli slum’s 37-year journey: From Garibi Hatav Nagar to Garib Nagar

According to the residents, elections held at regular intervals have brought no change in their lives, except a change in the name that rubs in their situation even more.

Maha polls: No BJP-Sena support, 7-term Wadala legislator banks on personal rapport with voters

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.

Maharashtra elections: BJP-Sena eye Dharavi, Congress bastion that withstood ‘Modi wave’ in 2014

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.

Mumbai: Redevelopment not an issue this poll season in Dharavi

Slum dwellers and small-scale traders feel cheated as nothing has changed since 2004 when the first revamp of Dharavi was planned. Some say that now redevelopment is not even a election issue.

Maharashtra polls: BJP, Cong woo north Indian voters as 36 lakh migrants likely to be key in Mumbai

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.

Aarey: Activists seek permission to visit car shed site to verify MMRCL claim on felling trees

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.

Explained: The fight over Mumbai’s Aarey Colony

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.

‘Save Aarey’ supporters threaten to boycott polls

Several protesters were allegedly manhandled by the police, while at least 29 were arrested on Saturday.

Maharashtra assembly polls: 11 sitting and former BMC corporators bag tickets

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.

Maharashtra assembly polls: Aaditya Thackeray files nomination after Shiv Sena’s show of strength

The 29-year-old Yuva Sena chief has declared himself to be a businessman with movable assets valued at Rs 13.02 crore.

‘Save Aarey’ campaign turns into rallying point for political parties

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.

Declared ODF in 2017, Mumbai still short of 1 lakh public toilets

As per estimates, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has to construct more than one lakh toilet seats to meet the existing deficit.

Mumbai’s long road to ODF

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.