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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Sanjana Bhalerao


‘Urban forests’: Miyawaki technique helps create dense green patches in one year
Sun, Mar 07, 2021

Along with manicured gardens, playing arenas, jogging and cycling tracks, the 57,000-sq m Bhakti Park, located in the city's industrial ward Chembur/Wadala, hides a nascent forest of nearly 1,100 native plants that were planted a year ago on 230 sq m of area.

Mumbai sizzles at 38.1 degrees C, season’s highest
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

Thursday’s temperature surpassed last year’s highest maximum temperature for March. The highest maximum temperature recorded in March last year was on 17, at 37.5 degrees Celsius.

Study shows increase in overall mangrove forest cover by 48.79 sq km: Forest dept
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

The mangrove cell said the reduction in sparse mangrove cover depicted a big conversion of sparse to dense mangrove. "Total increase in mangrove forest is found to be 48.79 sq km for all districts," read the report.

Road dust responsible for 71% emission load of PM in Mumbai, finds NEERI study
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

After nearly a decade, a new source has been identified as a contributor to air pollution in the city – road dust from Mumbai Metro’s construction activities, at 3.16 per cent.

Govt boost electric vehicles: Pilot project to be launched in Thane
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

An updated e-vehicles policy will be launched this year, which will include incentives and create infrastructure for private and public vehicles to make the transition to e-vehicles, said MPCB chairman Sudhir Srivastava in the town hall.

‘Focus of leopard conservation should be to reduce negative interaction with humans’
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Vidya Athreya, a wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society with nearly two decades of experience, in an interview with Sanjana Bhalerao shares details of her new radio-collaring project in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and the challenges in leopard conservation.

Maharashtra: Cases fall bellow 1,000 in city after 3-day spike
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has instructed all wards to improve 'testing, tracing and treatment'. Between Friday and Saturday, BMC traced 7,099 high-risk contacts of Covid-19 patients. Most are under home isolation.

Mumbai: BJP, Sena spar over development fund allocations
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

BJP MLA Ashish Shelar, in a tweet, alleged there has been an unfair distribution of development funds and Jadhav bagged a lion’s share of the funds. He further mocked, “Is BMC, Jadhav’s private limited company?”

With 16 new Covid cases, Dharavi reports highest daily spike in four months
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Within a week, the total active cases in Dharavi have risen by 32, with its total active case tally at 51 as of Friday. According to the BMC, the locality has reported 4,041 cases since the inception of the Covid-19 outbreak.

BMC’s property tax collection inches closer to 2020-21 target
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

In 2020-21, the civic body had estimated to collect Rs 6,768 crore in property tax, but the same was revised to Rs 4,500 crore.

Dharavi reports double-digit Covid case count after 37 days
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Since the second week of February this year, cases have gradually been rising in Dharavi. Fearing an uncontrollable hike, the civic body started to dispatch mobile RT-PCR testing vans to pockets

BMC to adopt ‘sponge city’ initiative to tackle urban flooding during extreme rainfall
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

This concept lays stress on the creation and use of permeable surfaces and green infrastructures. It aims to reduce the intensity of rainwater run-off by enhancing and distributing absorption capacities more evenly across targeted areas in the city.

The Road by the Sea
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

Deep under the city, work is on on an ambitious infrastructure project that is set to change the face of the Mumbai coast — a 10-km stretch of the Coastal Road, which, with its undersea tunnel and road built on reclaimed land, is expected to help cut down on travel time in one of the most congested cities in the world.

Business hit by pandemic: Fishermen count losses as funds crunch keeps boats grounded
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

Now, even after Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, around 300 fishing boats and trawlers remain grounded.

BMC issues fresh guidelines as cases rise in Mumbai
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

The reinforced guidelines are also a precaution to prevent what several districts in Vidarbha are witnessing -- a sudden rise in infectivity.

Deep under the city, giant machine builds Mumbai’s Coastal Road
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Mavala, India’s biggest Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), has been at work 20 metres – the height of a 5-storey building – under Priyadarshini Park at Nepean Sea Road for nearly a month.

CM Uddhav Thackeray warns of Maharashtra lockdown, directs districts to reinforce strict Covid norms
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

On Tuesday, Maharashtra recorded 3,663 new Covid-19 cases with 461 fresh cases in Mumbai. At least 39 deaths due to Covid-19 have taken the toll to 51,591 deaths.

Mumbai: Coastal zone authority gives nod to Balasaheb Thackeray Memorial
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

The proposed memorial complex will be spread over 1,19,130 sq feet and will have three new buildings and the existing Mayor's bungalow.

Mumbai: SGNP to radio collar five leopards in March, begin 2-year study
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

It will be a two-year project to understand how leopards use the landscape in and around the park. The study will help obtain scientific inputs for management of leopards.

Mumbai: Byculla Zoo likely to reopen from Feb 15
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

The bird aviary within the zoo is expected to remain shut.

Massive fire breaks out at Mankhurd scrapyard
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

Thirteen fire engines, three fire tenders, 11 jumbo water tankers, and two ambulances were stationed at the site.

Mumbai: Under Covid-19 shadow, health gets an uptick
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

As the city gears up for civic polls next year, the Shiv Sena-led BMC made infrastructure projects a top priority by earmarking Rs 18750.99 crore, with an ambitious 28 per cent increase in capital expenditure.

BMC budget today: Focus on allocation to upgrade city’s health infrastructure
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

BMC officials said there will be no steep rise in the budget allocation to the health department and their priority will be to focus on completing existing infrastructure projects.

Maharashtra: Guidelines to protect marine species released
Sun, Jan 31, 2021

The guidelines aim to improve coordination between various independent governments and civil societies responding to marine stranding, research and management and data sharing.

Strapped of cash, BMC in fix to meet revenue targets
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

For the financial year of 2020-21 the BMC is staring at a shortfall of nearly Rs 11,000 crore, after failing to generate only Rs 11,616 crore as income from taxes, fees and premiums as against the revenue target of Rs 28,448 crore.