The civic body will spend a total of Rs 7.31 crore for the eight-day programme to be organised by US-based WILD Foundation. Of the total expenditure, the civic body will utilise Rs 2.31 crore from its contingency fund.
Under the policy, being prepared by civic officials, experts and town planners under the Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA), charges are likely to be calculated on the basis of property rates or traffic congestion of an area, sources said.
As of now, standalone establishments will not be part of the push, which will cover restaurants inside malls that do not serve alcohol. Food trucks will also be allowed to operate through the night at prominent locations like Nariman Point.
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.