Sanjana Bhalerao

Articles By Sanjana Bhalerao

Mumbai Ganpati immersion: Noise levels highest in last three years, shows NGO data

According to norms, noise levels in “silence zones” cannot exceed 50 dB during the day and 40 dB after 10 pm.

Untreated water from visarjan ponds pumped into storm drains leading to sea, other water bodies

Immersion water contains insoluble remnants from Ganesha idols such as heavy metals from paint, PoP, clay.

Mumbai: Heavy rainfall likely today

For Palghar, the IMD has issued a forecast of heavy rain at isolated places on Sunday and Monday. 

Mumbai crosses month’s average rainfall in 4 days; Orange alert issued for today

The Met department issued an orange alert with a forecast of “heavy to very heavy” rainfall at some places for Thursday for Mumbai and its neighbouring areas — Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Nashik.

In its last leg, rainfall to increase till Sept 6: IMD

Met dept issues ‘orange alert’ with forecast of intermittent ‘heavy to very heavy’ rain for today.

Somewhere over the rainbow

With more rain than Cherrapunjee this monsoon, Mahabaleshwar is being called ‘the rainiest place in the country’. What does it mean for the town, its infrastructure, its tourism, and its Met officials? The Indian Express finds out.

No-parking on 5 roads in Mumbai: On Day 1, 28 vehicles towed, Rs 65,000 collected in fines from errant parkers

The civic body had Thursday declared that the five arterial roads would become no-parking areas to reduce traffic congestion in the areas due to parked cars.

Light rain in Mumbai, neighbouring districts till Sept 1: IMD

Continuing with the break in rainfall, Pune is also likely to get “very light to light” rainfall till the end of this month. North Maharashtra districts — Dhule, Nashik, Jalgaon and Nandurbar — are also likely to receive “very light to light” rainfall till the end of this month.

International protection for ‘cute’ otters: what is CITES, what does it do?

The proposal on protecting the Tokay gecko mentioned threats from hunting and collection for use in traditional medicine.

Thane has most polluting industries in state: Govt data

The programme, launched by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) in 2017, discloses information on industrial particulate matter (PM) emissions, a widespread air pollutant.

Maharashtra wettest state in country but rainfall heavily skewed this monsoon: IMD

The IMD data has revealed highest rain deficiency at 42 per cent in Solapur, located in the south-west region of the state, as of August 18.

IMD: Mumbai to witness light to moderate rain over next 4 days

Many parts of Maharashtra will continue to get a break from heavy rain, as the IMD predicted that the intensity of rainfall will reduce significantly, especially over Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha. 

At least 60 animals rescued as rain, flood-hit Mumbai suburbs in July first week

NGOs working in the eastern and western suburbs reportedly rescued more than 184 snakes, which include over 42 Indian rock pythons and 27 checkered keelback snakes.

Mangrove destruction: Over 50 cases this year in Mumbai

The cases relate to debris dumping, encroachment, hacking, blocking of tidal water to the mangroves and destruction of wildlife.

Maharashtra: Forest department, local body team up to conduct crocodile survey

The survey aims to obtain details on the population and habitat of crocodiles. Starting in June, OWLS has completed a survey of 14 villages of 85 located on the banks of these rivers.

Mumbai building collapses while being demolished, one dead

Following the blaze at the building, located on Abdul Rahman Street, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) had ordered pulling down of the entire structure on August 5. A contractor was subsequently asked to clear the debris of the building and demolish the structure.

Mahabaleshwar records 6,031 mm rainfall, wettest place in country

For the last eight days, Mahabaleshwar has recorded over 200 mm rainfall in 24 hours. Starting 8.30 am on Wednesday, the hill station recorded 267.4 mm rainfall within 24 hours.

Mumbai: Plastic, thermocol float into sea as trash booms removed

After heavy rain on July 2, ward officers removed trash booms from 9 nullahs as they were curbing flow of rainwater.

With Sunday showers, Mumbai crosses seasonal average mark

The Met department forecast heavy rainfall at isolated places for Mumbai on Monday. For Thane and Palghar, it issued an orange alert (authorities to be alert and prepared), with forecast of heavy to very heavy rain at a few places.

Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges shut doors; FYJC deadline extended

BMC’s disaster management unit declared a holiday for schools and colleges in the second half of the day. The state school education department extended the deadline for the third round of FYJC admissions by a day to August 6.