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Scrapyard in Mahul will ease city’s eyesores

The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) had handed over the plot, while the removal of encroachment (RE) department is yet to implement it

The Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA), which is contracted by BMC to find parking spaces in every ward and constituted under the city’s roads and traffic department, is also participating in this endeavour (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 29, 2022 10:49 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

How a Kandivali slum cleaned up its act

Piles of garbage and filthy clogged drains defined the Ragdapada basti in Sarojini Nagar, Kandivali (west), two months ago

The slum, which has 500 households of labourers and house-helps, has managed to turn around its fortunes, thanks to the collective efforts of slum-dwellers, civic body and an NGO (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 27, 2022 07:54 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Vile Parle to have the tallest eco-friendly idol in Mumbai

Mumbai: After two years of subdued celebrations of Mumbai’s favourite festival, the Ganpati mandals are leaving no stone unturned to house the biggest idol of the Hindu god

Published on Aug 27, 2022 12:36 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Locals oppose BMC’s decision to mark hawking zones in residential areas

Opposing the BMC’s proposal, residents painted over wall markings declaring the space as hawking zones.

BMC has identified 21 roads in the ward, which includes Juhu, Andheri (west), Versova and Vile Parle (west), to declare hawking zones.
Published on Aug 27, 2022 12:33 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Anxious Borivali residents on house-hunt

The R-central ward sent notices to eight buildings in Borivali, asking residents to vacate their homes in seven days, after the structures were declared dangerous

Residents of Trilok Kripa, one of the eight dilapidated buildings, vacating their houses at Borivali (East) on Wednesday. (Vijay Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 24, 2022 11:44 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga & Pratip Acharya

BMC serves notices to eight buildings in Borivali to vacate within 7 days

The BMC disconnected the water and electricity supply of the buildings after serving the notices, but a handful of residents have challenged the BMC notices in the Bombay high court (HC)

The ground, first and second floor residents of Laxmi Niwas building on MG Cross Road, opposite GH High School, as well as those in Khan Mansion, are currently without water or electricit (Vijay Bate)
Updated on Aug 23, 2022 10:48 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

No more free street parking for residents; BMC to start pilot in four wards

The civic body will implement paid on-street parking in four administrative wards in the city, which will allow citizens to park their vehicles in designated areas under close CCTV surveillance

The Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA), constituted under the city’s roads and traffic department, will implement the project, referred to as the ward parking management plan (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 22, 2022 11:33 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Beach warriors to the rescue: Versova beach throws up 9.5mt of garbage after 4 years

Along with volunteers and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) workers, Afroz went back to Versova beach as the ocean threw up 9.5 metric tonnes of garbage

From 10am to 7pm on Sunday, Shah along with 250 volunteers and 180 BMC workers, armed with five excavators cleaned the beach (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 21, 2022 09:34 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

BMC starts reconstruction work on Bandra skywalk

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started reconstructing a skywalk in Bandra, connecting the family court to the railway station

People walk on the footpath near the dismantled skywalk in Bandra on Friday Vijay Bate/HT Photo
Published on Aug 19, 2022 10:00 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga, Mumbai

BMC, district collector slug it out over worn down Hotel Jal

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and suburban district collector’s office are caught in a tussle over the demolition of 45-year-old Hotel Jal – a dilapidated building today, on the junction of Western Express Highway (WEH) in Vile Parle (east)

Mumbai, India - August 16, 2022: An old building in dilapitdated condition at Vile Parle (East), in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 18, 2022 12:43 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Mulund ceiling collapse: BMC blames illegal alterations

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has blamed the illegal alterations by the contractor for the collapse of a second-floor ceiling in Mulund East on Monday, which killed two senior citizens

Moti Chhaya building in Mulund East Satish Bate/HT Photo
Published on Aug 17, 2022 12:51 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga, Mumbai

Sena vs Sena battle gets a festive twist

The Thackeray-led government had, in 2021, imposed curbs on human pyramids during Gokulashtami in view of the high number of Covid-19 cases

The previous year, it had also restricted the height of Ganpati idols to 4 feet (ft) for public mandals and to 2 ft for household idols. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 17, 2022 12:40 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga, Charul Shah and Megha Pol

From Ganpati to dahi-handi, political battle for Mumbai gets a festive twist

With the festival season less than a fortnight away, hundreds of makeshift Ganesh workshops have bloomed in Mumbai where artisans are competing to create gigantic idols.

Workers make idols of Lord Ganesha for the upcoming Ganeshotsav festival at a workshop in Parel, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 17, 2022 02:41 PM IST
By, , Mumbai

How Mumbai celebrated India’s 75th anniversary of Independence

The Zaver Mahal building, where Gupta resides, was illuminated backed by BMC’s logistics. Gupta and other residents arranged for the power supply.

Mumbai, India - August 15, 2022: Students of Anjuman-E-Islam School and College celebrate 75th Independence Day, at CSMT, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, August 15, 2022. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 16, 2022 05:54 AM IST
ByPratip Acharya and Linah Baliga, Mumbai

Ismailis lead the march of communities to celebrate 76th Independence Day

Drumbeats resonated in their hearts even as their fingers flew on the bagpipes

Scouts from Khoja Ismaili community (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 17, 2022 04:02 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Over 200 housing societies collect 20L for Independence Day festivities

Over 200 housing societies of Thakur Village in Kandivali (East) have come together and collected ₹20 lakh for the occasion of Independence Day

They have also organised a two km march, and over a thousand residents are expected to take par (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 13, 2022 09:14 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Rival hawking gangs colonize Gazebo, terrorise locals

Three unknown persons had fired some shots in the air and fled leaving behind a note threatening to kill those who plied their wares outside Gazebo shopping plaza.

Gazebo Shopping Centre on Linking Road, Bandra (W) (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 13, 2022 12:45 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga & Manish K Tewari

JVPD flyover sees light of day; work to start in October: BMC

The JVPD flyover will start from where one arm of Barfiwala flyover ends, go past Airport land (in Andheri), exit at Link Road and end at Balasaheb Sawant Marg at Juhu Versova Link Road in Andheri

Traffic chaos at JVPD signal, at Juhu (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 12, 2022 12:17 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Big eviction drive in SoBo begins; 800 hawkers to go

Mumbai: In preparation of the demolition of the British-era Carnac Bunder bridge in South Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will undertake one of the biggest hawker eviction drives in the city starting today

Mumbai, India - August 10, 2022: A view of Mohammad Ali Road, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 12:37 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Muslims skip Muharram procession in favour of serving people

The community puts up kiosks on roads to serve sherbets to passersby to commemorate the thirsty martyrs who died in the battle of Karbala.

 (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 10, 2022 12:28 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga

BMC issues notice to over 100 shops on Hill Road to not aid hawkers

The BMC further stated in the notice that such acts reduce the efficiency of seizure action and create hurdles in the way of the civic official.

Hawkers encroach the footpaths at Hill Road (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 11:51 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

BMC says Mithi river rejuvenation work will begin in October

At the cost of ₹2,000 crore, Mithi River Water Quality Improvement Project will include the installation of 26 flood gates

 (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 07, 2022 11:15 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Dharavi migrants take up odd jobs for survival as factories shuttered

Mumbai: Around 250 small-scale factory units in Dharavi have shut down after the Covid-19 outbreak, rendering over 13,000 migrants unemployed

Dharavi migrants take up odd jobs for survival as factories shuttered
Published on Aug 07, 2022 11:13 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

In absence of elected representatives, local issues may remain unresolved

The delay in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls by four to six months could affect the civic governance as there would be no elected representatives for almost a year

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation building HT Photo
Updated on Aug 06, 2022 12:59 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga and Pratip Acharya, Mumbai

BMC finalises plot to build dorm for Tata Memorial patients living on roads

The patients, who visit the hospital for free cancer treatment from various parts of India, will have easy access to the dormitory near the hospital at a minimal cost.

BMC finalises plot to build dorm for Tata Memorial patients living on roads
Published on Aug 06, 2022 12:35 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Chitrakoot Ground, where blaze erupted was reserved for a fire station

Mumbai: The major fire incident that broke out at a film set installed at the Chitrakoot Ground on July 29, could have been averted, had there been a fire station at the ground as proposed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its development plan

An aerial view of Chitrakoot Ground, where a film set installed had caught fire on July 29. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 04, 2022 11:06 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

BMC shuts down two nursing homes without licence in Kandivali; FIRs against 10 more

A crackdown by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on illegal nursing homes and hospitals in Kandivali has revealed that 12 out of the 13 facilities are operating without a licence

Jeevan Hospital in Kandivali East has closed its nursing home operations. Currently, it operates as a day care centre in the name of Life Care and doesn’t admit patients. Vijay Bate/HT Photo
Published on Aug 03, 2022 09:53 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga, Mumbai

BMC to cancel licenses of Bandra shop owners aiding illegal hawkers

Shelar said that shop owners who are aiding hawkers should be criminalised or issued a show-cause notice.

Hawkers encroach the footpaths selling their goods in front of the shops at Hill Road, Bandra (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 02, 2022 11:39 PM IST
ByLinah Baliga

Commuters rejoice as Hancock bridge opened for traffic after HC nod

Now commuters can skip the 45-minute detour to reach Mazgaon from Dongri and take the bridge that cuts the travel time to just 2 minutes.

Hancock Bridge opened for public at Mazgaon, (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 02, 2022 12:42 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga and K A Y Dodhiya

BMC finds 441 nursing homes in violation of fire safety norms

The drive was held keeping in mind the fire incident at Bhandara district general hospital in Nagpur, which broke out in January, killing ten infants.

The police registered an FIR against 10 nursing homes for not complying with fire safety norms
Published on Aug 02, 2022 12:40 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga
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