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Civic works take a hit as 15 chief engineer posts vacant in BMC

Posts of 15 chief engineers at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are lying vacant, causing delays and hampering ongoing projects. The absence of sub-engineers and junior engineers, who are on election duty, further exacerbates the situation. The posts are allegedly being deliberately kept vacant, forcing one deputy to do the work of two engineers. The need to fill these vacancies comes at a time when the BMC has increased its capital expenditure for development and infrastructure works. Over 800 engineer positions, including junior and sub-engineers, are currently vacant. The Municipal Engineers' Union has requested a reduction in the time required for promotion to chief engineer and called for recruitment advertisements. BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal cited issues with the seniority list as the reason for the vacancies and said that promotions for the 15 chief engineers are being processed.

The BMC building is pictured during Earth hour in Mumbai. Lights went off around the world at 8.30pm local time in a show of support for renewable energy during Earth Hour, an event organised since 2007 to promote a sustainable future for the planet. (Prodip Guha/HT photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 08:48 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BMC scraps draft policy on open spaces

The earlier policy that allows adoption of open spaces for eleven months shall continue to remain in force, BMC commissioner Iqbal Chahal told HT

J Nehru Garden near Mantralaya, Mumbai. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 06:32 PM IST

BMC to spend 2.5 crore on 2,000 bougainvillea pots for flyovers

The civic body has opted for this decorative plant as, apart from its aesthetic quotient, it is a sturdy plant which the BMC hopes will survive Mumbai’s abysmal Air Quality Index (AQI) levels

BMC to spend <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2.5 crore on 2,000 bougainvillea pots for flyovers
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 07:16 AM IST

Underground markets back on BMC agenda

Inspired by Delhi’s Palika Bazaar at Connaught Place, the civic body wants to locate the markets under open grounds, parks and gardens, close to railway and metro stations

Illegal hawkers around the KEM Hospital, local residents filed the complaint against hawkers in the BMC office, Mumbai, India. Jan 04,2023. (Photo by Raju Shinde)  
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 06:14 AM IST

4,000 kg ‘illegal’ meat seized from market in Govandi; 3 vendors fined

Kena market, located opposite the abattoir, has both, licensed traders and unlicensed vendors who sell offal. “The problem is that in Kena market, some traders source body parts from outside of Mumbai and sell them illegally,” said Dr Shivali Gangavane, senior veterinary officer from BMC’s markets department

4,000 kg ‘illegal’ meat seized from market in Govandi; 3 vendors fined
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 09:30 AM IST

BMC budget 46 cr shy of 60k cr mark

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai has announced a budget of ₹59,954.75 crore for 2024-25, just ₹46 crore short of the ₹60,000-crore mark. The allocation is 10.5% higher than the previous year, but no new projects were announced and little provision was made to address air pollution. The capital expenditure in this year's budget is higher than the revenue expenditure, with 53% going towards development. The budget includes allocations for the coastal road, the Goregaon Mulund Link Road, and a study on making major infrastructure projects self-sustainable.

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Updated on Feb 03, 2024 08:32 AM IST

61 illegal hotels, guesthouses to be demolished in Powai-Kurla

Any hotel or guesthouse that has been built after 1962 and does not have passed plans from the BMC’s building proposals department prior is branded unauthorised. “Notices were served to private commercial premises that were in existence after 1962. They didn’t have proof of the cut-off date of 1962

61 illegal hotels, guesthouses to be demolished in Powai-Kurla
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 07:40 AM IST

3 features of Mumbai’s Coastal Road Project: State-of-the-art ventilation system

Soon after the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link road, Maximum City will soon see another pet project open for the public — a section of the Coastal Road project

Mumbai, India. Jan 31,2024 - Marine Drive to Worli, 10.58 Km stretch of Mumbai Coastal Road open by around February month.This road will enable vehicles to travel at speeds of up to 80 km/h, although the design allows for speeds of 100 km/h. It is considered to be the most expensive project of the BMC yet. It will connect the Marine Drive area in south Mumbai to Kandivali, a western suburb, via the existing Bandra Worli Sea Link. Jan 31,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 08:46 PM IST

BMC to make Siddhi Vinayak temple darshan easier

BMC plans to enhance Siddhi Vinayak temple experience with a separate road for devotees, widened entrances, toilets, and improved facilities. Vendors to be relocated, seating and roofing provided, parking facilities established, and security measures enhanced. BEST mini buses to operate from Dadar Station. A Detailed Project Report will be prepared, overseen by Shri Siddhivinayak Mandir Trust chairman and MLA Sada Saravankar and deputy commissioner Ramakant Biradar.

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Updated on Jan 30, 2024 08:36 AM IST

Maratha survey: Ticklish questionnaire, reluctant public make exercise painful

It is a challenging task as there is confusion among a section of public about the survey while others are refusing to part with information.

Mumbai, India, Jan 23, 2024 - Government officials conducting a door to door survey in Mumbai, gathering empirical data to establish the backwardness of the Maratha Community. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced it on Saturday. Shinde directed the State administration to carry out this survey which covers Maratha and non-Maratha open categories. The BMC has deployed over 10 thousand officers and staff to conduct the survey. Jan 23, 2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 12:58 PM IST

Inflammable illegally stored in galas caused fire at Goregaon industrial complex

The BMC’s P South ward office (Goregaon West) approached the local police on Thursday and an FIR was registered against the gala operators who were running on a road outside the industrial estate, which falls under MMRDA’s jurisdiction

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Updated on Jan 26, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Amateur Riders Club fears eviction from Mahalaxmi Racecourse

The Amateur Riders Club (ARC) has sent a letter to the civic chief of Mumbai to acknowledge its rights and seek clarity on the proposed theme park at Mahalaxmi Racecourse. ARC is concerned about the new stables that the BMC plans to build for the Royal Western India Turf Club, as they are located on the same land where ARC has its stables. ARC has an agreement with RWITC dating back to 1974, which allows them to carry out riding activities on the ground. ARC is seeking assurance that their riding activities will be unaffected by the development.

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Updated on Jan 25, 2024 08:04 AM IST

BMC reinvites tender for elevated road from Eastern Freeway to Grant Road Station area

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reinvited the tender on Tuesday for the construction of an elevated road from the Eastern Freeway (Orange Gate) to the Grant Road station area after cancelling the initial tender

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Updated on Jan 24, 2024 07:46 AM IST

Garden like Versailles, an urban forest, planned on 120-acre Racecourse land

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to take over the Mahalaxmi Racecourse land and rebuild stables at their own cost. Ideas for the land include a topiary garden like Versailles and an urban forest. The proposed theme park will not allow construction on the land.

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Updated on Jan 21, 2024 06:36 AM IST

Do not disturb stables at racecourse, RWITC members tell Chahal

Members of the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) are concerned about the state government's plan to build a theme park and public garden on a portion of the Mahalaxmi racecourse. The club is requesting that the existing stables not be disturbed. The BMC plans to demolish and rebuild the stables elsewhere on the racecourse. Members are also confused about the definition of a theme park and why it is necessary. The future of the project will be decided through an online vote by club members.

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Updated on Jan 19, 2024 08:14 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Marve’s road abutting buildings to be halved

Once this is done, the building will be restored and re-occupied again. This retrofitting comes at zero cost for the civic body as the cost will be borne by the tenants. “The tenants appointed a private consultant. They will bear the cost but those whose portion abuts the road will get the monetary benefit,” said a civic official

Marve’s road abutting buildings to be halved
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 07:20 AM IST

44 flyovers, subways on WEH need urgent repairs

Mumbai: An audit conducted by the Matunga-based Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) has found that 44 flyovers, pedestrian and vehicular subways on Western Express Highway (WEH) need urgent repairs

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Updated on Jan 11, 2024 07:02 AM IST

Malabar Hill reservoir doesn’t require demolition, says experts’ panel

A committee appointed by the BMC has ruled out the demolition of the Malabar Hill reservoir and suggested only minor repairs for the 137-year-old structure. The committee's interim report stated that no demolition is required and repairs can be planned over time without affecting water supply. The final report is expected soon.

Mumbai, India - Dec. 7, 2023: View of (Kappa) empty section of the Tank, Malabar Hill Reservior, which was internally inspected by an expert committee consisting of IIT Powai professors, local experts citizens and BMC official, to review the current proposal and to suggest the appropriate course of action , at Malabar hill, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, December 7, 2023. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 08:12 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Riders, walkers upset by BMC’s proposed theme park at Mahalaxmi Racecourse

Concerns are rising among users of the Mahalaxmi Racecourse in Mumbai as the BMC plans to take over 120 acres for a proposed theme park. Users fear that activities such as walking, running, yoga, and horse riding will be halted if the park is built. The racecourse is currently open to the public and is used by schools, fitness groups, and equestrian clubs.

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Updated on Jan 09, 2024 07:44 AM IST

Theme park, garden planned on 120-acre racecourse land

Apart from BMC’s plan with the acquisition, the minutes of the meeting also detail that in the new lease agreement with RWITC, the BMC commissioner will be its free life member and hold the right to nominate another life member (free) every year. The chief minister will also be a free life member and have the right to nominate 50 free life members

The decision to construct a theme park at the racecourse was vehemently criticised by Aaditya Thackeray, Sena UBT MLA, who called it “a virtual sell-out and land grab of 227 acres of open space” in a post on X on Friday. Thackeray alleged that 91 acres will be kept with RWITC and the rest will be taken for “development” by the BMC. He also stated that a 30-year lease agreement will be signed for RWITC (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2024 08:48 AM IST

BMC splits up its most populous ward to serve better; 20 cr to be spent on offices

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai is dividing the K-east ward into two separate wards, K-north and K-south, to better manage civic issues and development strategies. The K-east ward is currently the most populous in the city, with a population of 10 lakh. The split will bring the total number of administrative wards in the city to 26. The split is expected to benefit residents in areas such as Andheri east, Vile Parle east, and Jogeshwari east, who will have easier access to ward offices and services. The process of shifting departments to the new wards will take at least six months.

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Updated on Jan 05, 2024 06:48 AM IST

After members’ protest, BMC orders repairs of swimming pool’s pumps

A day after 150-odd members of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Swimming Pool, Shivaji Park, turned up at the administrative office to protest the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) apathy in maintaining the pool, the civic body has decided to take corrective measures

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Updated on Jan 04, 2024 08:20 AM IST

Avoid this pool in Dadar if you want to save your teeth and skin

Over 150 members of a swimming pool in Mumbai protested against poor water quality, which has led to dental and skin problems for swimmers.

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Updated on Jan 03, 2024 09:12 AM IST

City breathes easier with improved AQI, thanks to wind reversal

Mumbai's air quality improved from 'poor' to 'moderate' due to a wind reversal mechanism that swept away pollutants and replaced them with clean air.

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Updated on Jan 02, 2024 08:18 AM IST

BKC has poor AQI at 292, Kandivali best at 77

The overall AQI levels in Mumbai were moderate at 181 on Friday but the city was covered in a blanket of smog in several parts. While scientists attributed the current spike in AQI to the winter, wind reversal will play a huge role in changing AQI patterns in the coming days

Mumbai, India - Dec. 11, 2023:General view of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), in Mumbai, India, on Monday, December 11, 2023. (Photo by Raju Shinde/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 30, 2023 07:02 AM IST

Hand over Sion-Panvel highway, BMC tells PWD to fix accountability

Last week, Alka Sasane, assistant commissioner, M east ward in Govandi, wrote to the PWD saying that in the course of an inspection of the said stretch by the additional municipal commissioner (western suburbs), they had found the footpaths

Mumbai, India - Dec. 28, 2023: Footpaths are not in the good conations between Mankhur and Vashi stretch at Sion Panvel Road in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, December 28, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 08:14 AM IST

BMC to turn Trombay jetty into a flamingo gallery

The project will be spread over the area from Essel Studio in Mankhurd up to the jetty. While parking space has been planned on the left side, with an electrical buggy to take people inside, on the right side towards Trombay jetty there will be natural trails where people can walk

Mumbai’s citizens are currently unaware of the beautiful scenic location of Trombay Jetty.
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 08:02 AM IST

Siddhi Vinayak temple nets 60 L in jewellery auction

The Siddhi Vinayak temple trust in Mumbai earned ₹60.09 lakh through an auction of 117 gold items. The auction included various gold jewellery items and was seen as a way for devotees to bring home blessings. The temple authorities regarded the auction as a way of giving back to the devotees who had donated the items.

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Updated on Dec 26, 2023 06:38 AM IST

No room for vagrants: Space under JJ flyover to get art gallery, cafeteria, library

The estimated cost of the project is around ₹13 crore. The district planning development committee (DPDC) has sanctioned ₹6.5 core out of this, while the remaining ₹6.5 crore will be pumped in by the BMC

No room for vagrants: Space under JJ flyover to get art gallery, cafeteria, library
Updated on Dec 25, 2023 06:54 AM IST

Mumbai looks at a bleak winter with poor air quality

The overall AQI of the city on Friday rose to 189 from Tuesday’s 139. In some areas the AQI crossed 200. Those in the red were: Govandi in Shivaji Nagar, which registered an all-time high at 300. Deonar came a close second at 298, followed by Sewri at 262, Colaba at 240, Malad West at 236 and BKC at 201

Mumbai, India - Dec. 22, 2023:Haze on city skyline at Marine Drives, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, December 22, 2023. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 23, 2023 07:50 AM IST
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