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VJTI audit in Jan 2023 had declared Kailash Prabhat “liveable and repairable”

Notably, one of the structural audits was conducted by VJTI for MMRDA as the buildings were adjacent to the Santacruz Chembur Link Road project

Mumbai, India - June 11, 2024: 500 residents in Kailash Parbat CHS adjacent to BKC junction to be rendered homeless, as BMC will come armed with police protection on June 19 to evict them after court ordered demolition of the C1 category building in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 08:50 AM IST

‘Vakola police misused power to detain us’

Vakola police detain seven Kailash Prabhat CHS residents planning silent protest against BMC eviction notice, sparking outrage over alleged abuse of power.

Mumbai, India - June 13, 2024: The residence of the Kailas Parbat building today announced a stage protest in the premises of the building, but the Mumbai Police denied permission for the protest and detained some people before the protest, 500 residents in Kailash Parbat CHS adjacent to BKC junction to be rendered homeless, as BMC will come armed with police protection on June 19 to evict them after court ordered demolition of the C1 category building in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 08:10 AM IST

BMC’s draft hoarding policy to focus on stability, light pollution

BMC will explore whether permissions should be granted for advertisements on water, where floatels are often used to grab eyeballs on Mumbai’s coastline

Mumbai, India - May 13, 2024:Ongoing rescue operation held by Mumbai Fire Brigade, NDRF, Mumbai Police and BMC at site after billboard fall on petrol pump following wind and dust strom at Ghatkopar, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, May 13, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 08:39 AM IST

500 residents of Kailash Parbat stare at demolition; no help at hand

The BMC has declared that all 89 families of Kailash Parbat will be evacuated, by force if need be, on June 19th

500 residents in Kailash Parbat CHS adjacent to BKC junction to be rendered homeless, as BMC will come armed with police protection on June 19 to evict them after court ordered the demolition. (Satish Bate/HT )
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 09:20 AM IST

How the Vankar community became Gujarati Catholics and migrated to Mumbai

Special privileges like state support to weavers’ cooperatives and reservation in education and government jobs were given to Hindu Vankars after Independence

Gujarati Catholic women play dandiya at a conference on “Migration of Christians and Urbanization’, with reference to Mumbai” held at St Peter’s Church in Bandra west organised by the Church History Association of India, Western India branch on Sunday.
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 08:32 AM IST

Citizens form Clean Air Action Hub to help BMC monitor Mumbai's AQI

The discussions revolved around the science of air quality, the BMC’s construction and demolition waste management guidelines and solid waste management

Citizens form Clean Air Action Hub to help BMC monitor clean air
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 08:36 AM IST

North-bound section of coastal road to open from Monday

Northward travel will be possible from Marine Drive to Bhulabhai Desai Marg, Barrister Rajni Patel Chowk (Lotus Jetty) and Vatsalabai Desai Chowk

Mumbai, India - June 9, 2024:Dharamveer, Swarajyarakshak Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Second Tunnel under Mumbai Coastal Road (South) will be open from tomorrow by C M Eknath Shinde after inspection by CM and various dignitaries, at Marine Drives, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, June 9, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 08:40 AM IST

BMC road contractor fined 1.5L for felling 25-year-old rain tree in JB Nagar

The contractor was initially fined ₹50,000, before the amount was increased after an activist pursued the matter with the BMC for almost six months

BMC road contractor fined <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.5L for felling 25-year-old rain tree in JB Nagar
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 06:50 AM IST

BMC publishes first ever climate budget report with 10k crore provision

BMC releases its first Climate Budget Report for 2024-25, allocating 32.18% of ₹31,774.59 crore to climate issues, aiming to tackle climate change challenges

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation headquarters in Mumbai. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 08:43 AM IST

In a city choked with illegal debris, BMC okays dumping in Charkop open space

The blatant dumping of rubble and stones, carried out by a large team of workers and machines, is clearly visible to most residents of the Highland Complex

Amid illegal debris-dumping cases, BMC officially permits debris-dumping in Charkop open space
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 08:42 AM IST

Delay in summoning fire brigade exacerbates fire in Byculla high-rise

Fire in Mumbai's Monte South building injures one. Delay in informing fire brigade led to escalation from level one to level two. Fire likely caused by short circuit.

Mumbai, India – June 02, 2024: Fire is confined to 10th floor flat, entire floor smoke logged; persons are stranded on upper floors at monte South Building, Byculla, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, June 02, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 07:18 AM IST

‘Current regulations for outdoor advertising are ancient’

In an interview with Linah Baliga, managing director of Roshan Space Brandcom (P) Ltd Junaid Shaikh shared his perspective on the ongoing billboard controversy and the conflict between the BMC and other agencies in the aftermath of the Ghatkopar billboard collapse that killed 17 and left more than 75 injured

‘Current regulations for outdoor advertising are ancient’
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 06:40 AM IST

Include Amateur Riders’ Club in new racecourse lease, urges ex-corporator

Considering the club’s accomplishments and history, former BJP corporator Makarand Narwekar wrote to civic chief and administrator Bhushan Gagrani this week demanding the inclusion of ARC in the new lease agreement of the Mahalaxmi Racecourse land development. He urged the BMC to consider ARC’s contributions

Mumbai, India - Dec. 19, 2023: Polo players of Amateur Riders’ Club in match between Mumbai polo and Nearah during Mumbai’s Polo season with the coveted ‘Christmas Cup’ at Mahalaxmi Racecourse, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, December 19, 2023. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 06:36 AM IST

BMC reclaims its own land in Byculla from a 50-year-old bakery

The new development will ensure redevelopment for 117 tenants, the creation of a playground and a 35-storey tower as the sale component for the developer

Mumbai, India – May 29, 2024: A demolished 50-year-old bakery, at Byculla, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 30, 2024 08:36 AM IST

Despite BMC notice, 29 oversized billboards still stand in Mumbai

Among these are two giant billboards, one measuring 120x120 feet in Bandra East and another 100 x 30 feet on Charni Road

Mumbai, India – May 28, 2024: A Hoarding at Charni Road (W), in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 08:52 AM IST

Mumbai Coastal Road phase 2 to be opened by June 10

Chief minister Eknath Shinde made the announcement while inspecting a leakage at the southbound tunnel at Marine Drive, which was a part of the first phase of the coastal road inaugurated in March

Mumbai, India. Mar 12,2024: Worli to Marine Drive 9.5 kilometres of the 10.58-kilometre Dharmveer Swarajya Rakshak Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Road (Coastal Road) opened to traffic for the public on Tuesday morning. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde inaugurated the first phase of the coastal road between Worli and Marine Drive on March 11.Mar 12,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 08:20 AM IST

BMC fails to recover 64-crore penalty from SoBo road contractor

BMC fails to recover ₹64.60 crore penalty from terminated contractor, dragged to court. Former corporator demands action and status report by June 1.

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Updated on May 27, 2024 07:42 AM IST

Pre-monsoon drain-cleaning unsatisfactory, say politicians

Bandra MLA and BJP leader Ashish Shelar, who reviewed the nallah-cleaning in Mumbai, said that he had found the work inadequate

BMC chief Bhushan Gagrani inspects nallah at Vakola and Mithi River on Thursday
Updated on May 24, 2024 09:11 AM IST

NCC wins 1,300 crore tender for SoBo road concretisation

NCC Ltd wins ₹1,300 crore tender to concretise 215 roads in Mumbai's island city. Delays expected due to monsoon and state election code of conduct.

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Updated on May 24, 2024 08:08 AM IST

After 7 years, BMC restarts Topiwala Market redevelopment

After being in limbo since 2017, the redevelopment of Topiwala Market in Goregaon West near Goregaon railway station has kicked off

The proposed redeveloped of Topiwala Market will include a market, auditorium and residences
Updated on May 23, 2024 08:58 AM IST

BMC chief praises infra boom, architect points out its dangers

Gagrani remarked on the significant changes underway in Mumbai, highlighting a visual transformation that was likely to spur socio-economic shifts as well

L to R) Architect P K Das, BMC chief Bhushan Gagrani, and retd IAS officer R C Sinha at the panel discussion. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2024 09:04 AM IST

South Bombay lets down Mumbai with 47.7% turnout on last day of polling

Notching up numbers has been a struggle in the constituency historically – in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it recorded a voter turnout of around 51.58%

SoBo lets down with 47.7% turnout
Updated on May 21, 2024 09:06 AM IST

Eight illegal billboards at Tilak Bridge in Dadar East: BMC

All eight belong to Ego Media Pvt Ltd, the same agency that owned the illegal hoarding that collapsed on a petrol pump in Ghatkopar

The BMC issued a notice to Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR), directing them to remove all oversized hoardings within three days. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2024 09:21 AM IST

Eight billboards without BMC permission in Dadar belong to Bhavesh Bhinde's firm

The BMC issued a notice to Central Railways and Western Railways, directing them to remove all oversized hoardings within three days

The hoarding that crashed on a petrol pump in Ghatkopar on Monday, killing 16 people, was thrice the permitted size. (Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 08:07 PM IST

Currey Road, Matunga and Mahalaxmi bridges to be reconstructed

The civic body will finance these projects while construction work will be undertaken by the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (Maharail)

Following a review meeting held on Wednesday, the BMC issued a statement, saying the initial phase study for bridges being constructed at Reay Road (in pic), Byculla, Dadar and Ghatkopar was in progress.
Updated on May 17, 2024 07:28 AM IST

BMC finds 99 oversized billboards on western, central railway land

After a deadly hoarding collapse in Ghatkopar, BMC finds 99 illegal billboards on railway land in Mumbai, issues notices for urgent removal.

Rescue and relief work underway near the site of the hoarding collapse at Ghatkopar(PTI)
Updated on May 16, 2024 09:13 AM IST

Why, despite BMC’s warning, did GRP not take billboard down?

Following Monday’s tragedy, the BMC flagged 179 illegal billboards. All of these are GRP land which allows the operators to bypass BMC permissions

The hoarding that crashed on a petrol pump in Ghatkopar on Monday, killing 14 people, was thrice the permitted size. (Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2024 09:27 AM IST

4 dead in hoarding collapse

Cranes were positioned on all sides of the collapsed hoarding to lift it up so that fire brigade and NDRF forces could venture in

Officials from fire brigade, NDRF forces and city police were pressed into service to hasten the process of evacuation. At around 9pm it was suspected around 20-22 people were still trapped. (Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 14, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Squall topples illegal, oversized hoarding in Ghatkopar, killing 14

The hoarding did not have requisite permissions under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888. It was also three times the maximum permissible size

Personnel from Fire Brigade, NDRF, Mumbai Police and BMC rushed to the incident site and rescued those trapped under the collapsed hoarding. (Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 14, 2024 08:55 AM IST

First sign of upcoming monsoon: Seasonal blooms add vibrant colours to Mumbai

Laburnum Road at Gamdevi in South Mumbai owes its name to the rows of Golden shower trees planted along the road in the British era

 Golden shower trees, locally known as Bahava and Amaltas, add a dash of romance to the Mumbai cityscape. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2024 09:25 AM IST
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