Laxman Singh

Articles By Laxman Singh

Residents of Jay Bhim Nagar, Gautam Nagar face tough time after BMC razes bridge

As a mark of protest against the BMC, angry residents sent over 180 letters on May 30 to the local ward office, demanding construction of a new bridge withing seven days.

Firm ‘Blacklisted’ by Surat civic body: BMC to probe if all details were disclosed before bids

As per General Contract Condition (GCC), a bidder should disclose all details of pending action, litigation, First Information Report or past blacklisting, a BMC official said.

Mithi river: Crores spent as flood mitigation recommendations gather dust

The Mithi River Development and Protection Authority (MRDPA) was formed in 2006 to coordinate between the MMRDA and BMC for the restoration of Mithi and to mitigate flooding. However, the committee has not met even once since 2013. The MRPDA is headed by the state’s chief minister.

BMC may order re-audit of 24 skywalks in ‘poor condition’

A bridge’s service life represents its expected lifetime requiring only routine maintenance operations; no major repairs are necessary during a service life.

BMC defies deadline: How are they going to finish road repair works before rain arrives, ask residents

Last year, the BMC had started repair and resurfacing of over 1,350 roads, including pre-monsoon preventive work. About half this work is yet to finish. Recently, it has dug up roads afresh, which will likely turn into potholes during monsoon.

Under new name, firm blacklisted in Surat won six Mumbai contracts

Based in Navi Mumbai, S N Bhobe & Associates Private Limited was blacklisted by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) after the flyover collapse in 2014.

Property tax: No payment through BMC’s portal & CFCs, residents in the lurch

Property tax is BMC’s biggest source of income after octroi was abolished and GST was implemented. In 2018-19 civic body has collected about Rs 5,000 crore from property tax.

Robots not clearing British-era drains efficiently: BMC

Officials of the Storm Water Drain (SWD) department said the robots, which have been in use for the past few months, are unable to clear silt, accumulated over the decades, with the speed expected of them.

Explained: Why SEC has ordered fresh polls on four corporator seats in BMC

Four candidates who bagged the second-highest number of votes in the 2017 civic polls in Mumbai were hopeful of becoming corporators after the incumbents were disqualified owing to invalid caste certificates.

Mumbai: BMC to restore Municipal Dispensary building

Though the exact year of construction of the structure is not known, officials from the BMC’s heritage cell say it is at least 60 years old. The structure is unique for its ashlar masonry, using stones from Kurla and Porbandar.

Mumbai: SEC orders fresh polls, runners-up candidates disappointed

The seats are in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Kolhapur and Pune, and include the three seats where Salagre, Naik and Hundare were set to be corporators.

Illegal constructions: In April, BMC acted on less than 11% complaints

According to the data available with the BMC, in April, it had received 4,109 complaints against illegal construction. However, action was taken in only 441 cases — a mere 10.73 per cent.

Mumbai: Busy junction dug up, traffic at Dadar TT slows to a crawl

On May 6, the BMC’s storm water drain (SWD) department had dug up a huge stretch from Dadar TT junction towards Tilak Bridge for laying wider drainage pipelines to reduce waterlogging in Hindu Colony and Parsee Colony, resulting in traffic slowing to a crawl.

Triggered by ongoing infrastructure projects: Mumbai civic body identifies 48 new flooding spots

After the 2017 deluge, BMC had identified 225 flooding spots. According to BMC records, at 36, the island city has the most number of new flooding spots. In 2014, while there were 40 flooding spots in the city, it increased to 225 in 2017.

Mumbai: Thousands of BMC employees get ‘zero’ salary for April

In all, salaries have been deducted from around 70,000 employees — ranging from Class 4 workers to deputy municipal commissioner-rank officers.

Mumbai: Three runners-up of 2017 BMC polls set to be corporators

In the 227-seat BMC, the Shiv Sena’s strength will henceforth increase to 93, BJP’s strength will reduce by two to 83 and Congress tally will remain unchanged at 30.

Mumbai coastal road project: Activists cite BMC letter, say figures for open spaces misleading

A major portion of the reclaimed open spaces have been marked as “amenity” spaces, activists said, claiming that out of 91 hectares to be reclaimed, only 10.04 hectares will be purely green spaces.

Constituency Watch: In south Mumbai, Sena, Congress vie for Marathi, Muslim votes

This time, with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) out of the race, both Sena and BJP are trying to attract Marathi voters. In 2014, MNS’s Bala Nandgaonkar had secured more than 84,000 votes, mostly Marathi ones.

Mumbai: A skywalk for goats, drunks and filth — not pedestrians

The 1.5-km skywalk constructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore by Maharashtra Housing Development Authority (MHADA) is used for every other activity except the purpose for which it was built.

Campaign trail: Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant greeted by garlands, chants of ‘Sena’s tiger’ — and some anger

Sawant (67) began his campaign by offering flowers to Shivaji Maharaj’s statue inside the Shakha. Contesting against two-time former MP and Congress leader Milind Deora, Sawant speaks about his “hard work” to resolve issues faced by the people and raising their questions in Parliament.