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Monday, August 10, 2020

Laxman Singh


Taking cue from Tokyo, South Korea, BMC mulls underground ponds to store excess rainwater, mitigate flooding
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

Drawing from the flood tunnels of Tokyo, Japan, and the underground ponds of South Korea, civic officials said similar water-retaining structures could also be built in the open spaces in South Mumbai.

Malabar Hill landslide: Ridge Road, part of Hughes Road likely to be closed for six months for repairs
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Primary investigation has revealed that over a period of time water had started accumulating between the retaining wall and the hill slope causing deterioration in the structural stability of the wall.

140-year-old drainage system, highest rain since ‘74 — why south Mumbai flooded
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

The amount of rain that Mumbai experiences has remained unchanged over the last 80 years. The old drainage system, along with Mumbai’s then abundant open spaces, allowed the percolation of water and its faster dispersal.

Massive flooding and destruction after heavy rain, strong winds batter Mumbai
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

Breaking its "all-time" record of the highest 24-hour rain in August, the Colaba observatory recorded 293.8 mm rain ending at 8:30 pm on Wednesday -- highest in 46 years. The Colaba observatory was set up in 1841, while the archive data is available from 1974.

‘Uncommon’ flooding in South Mumbai, heritage buildings affected
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

Residents of Churchgate and Breach Candy said they had never witnessed waterlogging at this scale in the recent past. They alleged that Metro 3 (Colaba-Seepz) and Coastal Road projects were the cause behind "unprecedented" flooding.

Sushant Singh death probe: BMC denies Bihar Police request to exempt IPS officer from 14-day quarantine
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Tiwari, who has come to Mumbai from Patna to investigate the Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case, was asked by the civic body to adhere to the 14-day home quarantine rule laid down air travellers entering Mumbai.

Sushant Singh Rajput death probe: BMC turns down request to exempt Bihar IPS officer Vinay Tiwari from quarantine
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

In a reply to the Bihar Police, the civic body said Tiwari should stay in quarantine and use digital platforms for his proceedings and interact with concerned officials.

Mumbai: Intense rain, waterlogging slow down maximum city
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Two killed, three injured in separate incidents; local trains, road traffic badly hit.

Cop says selectively sent to quarantine till August 15
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Vinay Tiwari, who is Superintendent of Police, Patna City (Central), had flown to Mumbai on Sunday to lead the police's investigations into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14.

Facing drop in revenue, BMC slashes financial aid to BEST by Rs 300 crore
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Of the Rs 1,500 crore, BMC has so far paid Rs 500 crore, said BEST officials. However, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the civic body has incurred losses worth Rs 4,000 crore this year. According to its projection, the losses could go up to Rs 14,000 crore this financial year.

Rapid antigen tests: 14,527 of BMC’s SWM dept staffers tested, 0.8% infected
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

A total of 27,000 labourers and 4,000 NGO workers in the SWM department are engaged in waste management, while there are around 3,500 supervisory staff.

Staring at Rs 14,000-crore shortfall, Mumbai civic body proposes 10% cut in overall budget
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The shortfall in revenue has forced the civic body to prepare a plan of cost saving in all departments. A source from the BMC said major departments like roads, storm water drain, sewerage projects, water supply projects, and solid waste management will face cuts in their expenditure.

Mumbai civic body changes rules again, to seal building with more than 3 cases
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

The move comes in the backdrop of complaints from citizens who had taken exception to the BMC’s decision, issued last week, to seal an entire building located in the western suburbs and restrict the movement of its residents for 14 days after a single Covid-19 case was detected.

Mumbai: Bio-medical waste generation sees dip after 4 months
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Civic officials have attributed the decrease in bio-waste generation to the steadying numbers of Covid-19 cases in the city. BMC officials said that one of the reasons for this is the decreasing number of new Covid cases and patients at Covid care centres.

BMC plans to fell, transplant 632 more trees for infra projects
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The Indian Express had earlier this month reported that the BMC in June invited objections for felling and transplanting 1,961 trees at 19 sites of big-ticket infrastructure projects. Of these, 803 trees are proposed to be felled and 1,158 transplanted.

BMC’s Covid expenditure — Rs 610 crore and counting
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

For 2020-21, BMC had allocated Rs 4,260.30 crore to its health department, of that Rs 1,049.07 crore was set to be spent on capital expenditures like infrastructure and equipment and Rs 3,211.2 crore on revenue expenses like salaries and medicines

Goregaon-Mulund Link Road: BMC changing tender rules for project to keep Chinese out
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

A senior official from the Bridges department said on condition of anonymity, "The new rules will affect Chinese participation in the project. Soon, as we receive the Finance Ministry's rules, we will change the tender clause accordingly and a revised RFQ will be put on the website."

Mumbai: 1,500 community health volunteers yet to be paid for June
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

CHVs are the backbone of the civic body's fight against Covid-19. Contact tracing of positive patients, screening of people in slums, quarantining the infected and their high-risk contacts, all are done by CHVs. Despite their crucial role, they are paid a only Rs 9,000 every month

Mumbai: Pandemic puts brakes on Rs 2,500-crore civic projects
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

In April, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had floated tenders for appointing contractors for four projects, however, due to the lockdown it had to give an extension to each.

Mumbai: Not tested, elderly couple find their names on civic body’s list of Covid-positive patients
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

On July 20, the family reportedly received a call from a woman who claimed to be speaking on behalf of the civic body to informs that the two senior citizens, aged 71 and 64, had tested positive for the virus.

Mumbai civic body plans to fell, transplant 1,961 trees to execute projects
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Development projects at 19 sites, including Metro-related works, construction of buildings and flyovers as well as expansion of railway lines, require tree felling and transplantation.

Health worker to sweeper, some of 102 BMC workers who died of Covid
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Twenty-seven workers from the Solid Waste Management department — which collects garbage, including biomedical waste, from assigned areas — have died of Covid so far.

In 1 month, 108% rise in Covid cases in high-rises: BMC
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

According to the civic data, on June 9 there were 798 containment zones in the city with 18,957 cases. The number of containment zones on July 17 came down to 708, however, the number of cases in these pockets went up by 11,496 to be recorded at 30,453.

BMC: Smart helmets screen people for fever in slums
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

On Thursday, BMC officials used it to screen 1,300 people at Ganpat Patil Nagar in Dahisar, one of the most congested slums in Mumbai. Shiv Sena corporator from Dahisar, Abhishek Ghoslakar, said the helmet is effective since it can cover a large number of people in less time.

Mumbai: Amid lockdown, dip in pothole complaints
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Officials from BMC’s road department said that the lockdown has given them the opportunity to repair many busy roads, where no work could take place for years due to heavy traffic