Laxman Singh

Articles By Laxman Singh

‘Aarey a jewel in Mumbai, no other city has such biodiversity inside its limits’: Environmentalist Stalin D

While Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) has said that Aarey is the only option for constructing a car-shed, environmentalists crusading against building the facility say it is a matter of will.

Proposed car-shed clean and green, activists are missing wood for the trees: Mumbai Metro, BMC

Bombay HC clearance, smaller carbon footprint, compensatory afforestation, low cost: Officials defend Aarey choice, activists see red.

Mumbai Metro Line 3 not feasible without Aarey carshed: MMRCL head at heated debate

Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi, a director in MMRCL, who was also present at the event, reiterated that Aarey was the only option for the carshed.

Mumbai: BMC mulls artificial ponds to keep overflowing water from Powai, Vihar lakes away from Mithi

Civic officials said that by diverting the excess water from the lakes to artificial holding ponds built either at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) or Aarey, the river’s water level may be controlled.

Metro carshed in Aarey Milk Colony: Activist questions BMC’s estimate of land compensation

Activist Zoru Bhathena said the report of a Technical Committee formed by the state government to find an alternative space for the proposed Metro carshed shows that shifting the project Kanjurmarg will cost Rs 750 crore.

Rs 113-Cr contract to install railings, bollards: BMC to probe allegations of malpractices

Many prospective bidders had complained that the civic body had added a clause to favour certain contractors. Their main contention was the condition that required them to submit a specific design sample of railings and bollards even before the opening of tender documents submitted by prospective bidders.

‘Tree Authority backstabbed us’: Mumbai protesters to form ‘longest human chain’

Amrita Bhattacharjee from Aarey Conservation Group told The Sunday Express: “People are angry with the government as they did not take cognizance of any of our 82,000 suggestions... It is heartening to see many young people coming forward for Aarey.”

Aarey carshed: Two experts resign, say Tree Authority panel didn’t hear our recommendations

Stating that she did not endorse the decision of cutting the trees, Kumar alleged that due process was not followed for the assessment of the site in Aarey Colony.

Procedures laid down by Bombay HC not followed on clearing plan to fell trees for Aarey colony: Activist

On Thursday, the proposal of cutting and transplanting of 2646 trees for proposed Metro carshed of Metro 3 line was passed after voting.

Had told authorities about discrepancies in tree data, proposal passed in hurry: Expert

According to the experts, in many trees the authorities did not mention the correct name of the trees. “Numbers written on trees and inventory did not match. We have pointed out this in our report. There are three different numbers of trees given by authorities,” said Kumar.

Metro carshed in Aarey: Proposal cleared; 2,185 trees to be felled, 461 transplanted in Mumbai

A revised proposal was tabled before before the authority on Thursday with a slight change in the number of trees — earlier it was 2,702 — to be felled and transplanted.

Under scanner: BMC’s Rs 113-cr plan for glass fibre railings, bollards

Under the project, the civic body will install glass fibre railings and bollards along footpaths on roads having a width of more than 60 feet to discourage people from crossing roads mid-way and curb vehicles from driving on footpaths.

Corporators, activists oppose BMC’s paver blocks move, call it ‘total waste of money’

Last week, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had endorsed the use of paver blocks and suggested that it can be used on roads with utilities to avoid repeated digging.

Mumbai: BMC to start door-to-door collection of hazardous domestic waste

The BMC will hire e-bikes that will go door to door to collect hazardous domestic waste. According to officials, the existing vehicles that collect waste have only three compartments each for wet, dry and electronic waste.

BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi seeks return of paver blocks on roads

The instruction was issued by Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi on August 21, when a joint meeting of all department officials and contractors was organised to check the status of major projects.

Explained: How BMC’s duct plan can put an end to Mumbai’s pothole problem

Year after year the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has attracted citizens' ire over pothole-ridden roads. The BMC has now planned ducts while building new roads, a move aimed at avoiding repeated digging of roads by agencies that have utilities underground.

Mumbai: To prevent potholes, BMC plans utility ducts on new roads

Said to make roads less vulnerable to potholes by stopping haphazard digging; pilot project to begin in October

Mumbai: BMC school students yet to be provided shoes, uniform, stationery

The civic body provides 27 schools items, including uniform, shoes, socks, bags, raincoat and umbrellas, to attract more students to its schools each year.

BMC issues public notice: MTHL, Kurla-Vakola road projects to affect 1,600 trees

Green activists have claimed that with the fresh public notices on removing 1,635 trees, the total number of trees to be cut or transplanted between January 1 and August 16 have touched 10,489.

Mumbai civic body to go ahead with plan to raze and rebuild 10 dilapidated bridges

Last month, structural architect Shirish Patel had written a letter to the civic body stating that its plan to raze and rebuild the bridges was “fundamentally misconceived”.