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Four residents groups in Kurla oppose Dharavi resettlement on dairy land

In December 2023, chief minister Eknath Shinde appointed the MMRDA as a Special Planning Authority (SPA), with plans to use the land as a mini BKC

Residents of Kurla Nehru Nagar stage the protest against the state government's decision to hand over 8.5 hectares of Kurla Dairyland to Adani`s Dharavi Redevelopment project. June 13, 2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 08:41 AM IST

Bandra residents fall sick after receiving water with faecal contamination

A BMC water contamination test has revealed the presence of E Coli and Coliform bacteria in the water, indicating the possibility of mixing with faeces

Bandra residents fall sick after receiving water with faecal contamination
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 08:42 AM IST

One man on a mission to save 38 trees in Govandi

After his complaints to BMC went unheeded, last month Khan approached the Bombay high court with a writ petition to save 38 trees

Irfan Khan brought to the notice of the high court how the trees (right) on a BMC-owned plot were being choked with concrete, garbage and building material.
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 07:40 AM IST

MP Gaikwad visits demolished Jai Bhim Nagar slum in Powai

BMC demolishes slum in Mumbai, rendering 650 families homeless. MP Varsha Gaikwad visits site, demands investigation and resettlement for affected families.

650 families homeless who spent two rainy nights on the streets under makeshift tents covered with plastic sheets.
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 08:08 AM IST

1st rain sees 2 deaths: Father, son die as shed collapses in Vikhroli West

Tragedy strikes as 10-year-old Rohit and his father Nagesh die in a building collapse in Mumbai. Family blames builder, demands justice.

38 year old Nagesh Reddy and his son Rohit Reddy lost their lives after a section of an under-construction building collapsed on Sunday night in Vikhroli. (Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 07:50 AM IST

Mumbai’s stranding network prepares for the monsoon

For the city’s stranding network, comprising the Coastal Conservation Foundation (CCF), along with the Forest Department’s Mangrove Cell, and other organisations and individuals, it is now a herculean task during the monsoon to rehabilitate and respond to the stranded mammals for which they are working tirelessly

Mumbai’s stranding network prepares for the monsoon
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 06:56 AM IST

Civil society group to contest slum demolitions during monsoon

A GR issued by the state government’s urban development department dated June 29, 2021 categorically notes that “unauthorised constructions on all government, semi-government or private land in the state should not be demolished during the monsoon”, i.e., between June 1 and September 30 every year

On Friday, many of the evicted families were seen squatting on the footpath, without a roof over their heads and their belongings strewn all over, exposed to the vagaries of the weather. Some families struggled to arrange money for paying deposits so they would secure accommodation elsewhere. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 06:44 AM IST

BMC demolishes slum in Powai amidst stone-pelting, lathi charge

Many of the families residing in the neighbourhood said they had been shifted there by the Hiranandani group as they were working for the company

Around 20 policemen, 10 BMC workers and several slum dwellers were injured in the incident, while 20 residents were detained from the spot by police for indulging in violence. An FIR was also registered against the 200-strong mob that allegedly attacked officials and police. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 07:04 AM IST

City to get two hyperlocal rain forecast models for accurate predictions

IIT Bombay team develops hyperlocal weather forecasting system for Mumbai, predicting rain hourly and daily. Flood monitoring also planned.

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Updated on Jun 06, 2024 07:14 AM IST

Two rounds of recounting end in Shinde Sena victory in Mumbai North West

The first round of counting of EVM votes ended at around 6.30 pm, with Kirtikar gaining by the thinnest possible of margins—one vote

Ravindra Waikar Candidate for Lok Sabha Mumbai North-West constituency celebrate after winning at Nesco on Tuesday. (Satish Bate/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 09:33 AM IST

Water crisis grips Juhu Koliwada, residents go without water for six days

The scenario has left the residents scrambling, with some resorting to buying bottled water, and tanker water, and others buying or borrowing bore well water.

Water crisis grips Juhu Koliwada, residents go without water for six days
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 09:09 AM IST

Citizens rise up to be vigilant on counting day

Civil society groups in Mumbai and across India plan a citizen's vigil on June 4 to ensure fairness during election result counting. Vigil to document any malpractices or misconduct.

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Updated on Jun 02, 2024 07:18 AM IST

Civil groups raise concerns over missing voters names

Names are deleted from the list in three cases, if people are absent at least thrice, have shifted, or are deceased, as checked by the booth level officer. If the names were deleted after December 2023, the voters still have an option to vote if their names are on the deleted list at every polling booth

Civil groups raise concerns over missing voters names
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 05:31 PM IST

BMC claims Mumbai roads will be ready by June 7, citizens sceptical

For the roads that are being concretised, the BMC has announced penalties for work left undone; the remaining portion will be completed by another contractor

Mumbai, India - May 31, 2024: Under construction road at Kakasaheb Gadgil marg, Dadar West in Mumbai, India, on Friday, May 31, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 09:13 AM IST

Association wins battle against encroachments in Joggers’ Park

The residents, over 700 of them, have been fighting to clear off the langar (free kitchen) and gurudwara in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Joggers Park since last year, as religious activities had increased, affecting the park’s secular nature and obstructing the walker’s path

The BMC delivered a speaking order to the owner of the encroaching gurudwara, as they had failed to provide permissions for it, asking them to remove the illegal structure within 15 days or face demolition at their cost.
Updated on May 31, 2024 07:48 AM IST

BMC denies permission to rebuild burnt Old Timber Market shops in Nagpada

Notices had been pasted by the civic body on last Wednesday and this Monday, warning them of demolition if they tried to rebuild their shops

Mumbai, India – May 29, 2024: A demolished Timber Market, at Nagpada, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 30, 2024 08:38 AM IST

Civic report: Over 1.2 complaints, toilet seats lacking, many vacancies in BMC departments

The research organisation Praja released its annual report on civic issues in the city. It analysed complaints received by the BMC and their resolution, the number of public toilets, quality of treatment from the sewage treatment plants (STPs), air quality, the BMC budget, and vacancies in the BMC.

Civic report: Over 1.2 complaints, toilet seats lacking, many vacancies in BMC departments
Updated on May 29, 2024 09:04 AM IST

Mumbai Coastal Road tunnels are already leaking two weeks before monsoon

On Monday, water could be seen dripping from the roof of the tunnels, while the walls had many dark spots where paint had chipped off due to the dampness

Water leakage was reported inside the newly constructed tunnel of the Mumbai coastal road on Monday. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2024 09:09 AM IST

Civil groups raise concerns over missing voters’ names

Concerns rise over missing names in Mumbai's voters’ list, leading civil society groups to address the state election commission before the upcoming assembly elections.

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Updated on May 25, 2024 06:26 AM IST

Bandra’s Shastri Nagar slum residents oppose demolition notice

Residents of Shastri Nagar slum in Mumbai face imminent house demolitions for a redevelopment project. They seek updated plans and adequate living conditions.

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Updated on May 24, 2024 08:48 AM IST

Ghatkopar billboard collapse claims 17th victim

The May 13 Ghatkopar billboard collapse claimed its 17th victim on Sunday when after spending six days in hospital, first at Rajawadi Hospital and then KEM, Raju Sonawane, 52, an autorickshaw driver, died on 11pm on Sunday at KEM Hospital

Raju Sonawane, the 17th victim of the Ghatkopar hoarding collapse
Updated on May 23, 2024 07:50 AM IST

NGT orders halt to Dindoshi Hill destruction

The NGT halted the destruction of the Dindoshi Hills, a 2km range near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, following a petition by NGO Vanashakti. Alleging systematic environmental damage by K Raheja Realty and Ferani Hotels, the NGO cited tree felling, hill-flattening, and river course alteration

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Updated on May 19, 2024 06:56 AM IST

Tipsy designer drops 15 tolas of gold, honest sweeper returns it

Sunil Kumbhar, a sweeper, was cleaning the roads within his area at Grant Road when he saw the bag on the road near Kennedy Bridge

BMC commissioner Bhushan Gagrani feted Kumbhar (left) and his supervisor Balaram Jadhav. HT Photo
Updated on May 18, 2024 09:19 AM IST

Rescue ops called off, final death toll is 16

The incident site resembled a massive scrapyard on Thursday, with mangled remains of vehicles and girders lying in heaps.

At the site, mangled remains of 47 two wheelers, 39 four wheelers, and 10 rickshaws – crushed under the weight of the hoarding – lay in heaps. The asphalt tanker that had saved the lives of 12 people who took refuge under it was yet to be evacuated as well due to the scorching temperatures of the bitumen inside. (Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 17, 2024 07:40 AM IST

Ghatkopar tragedy: Death toll now 16, rescuers continue to dismantle billboard

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are part of the 130-member rescue team also comprising staff from the fire brigade

Two days after the tragedy, as stench filled the air, the death toll is expected to rise. (Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2024 09:21 AM IST

Rescuers toil all night to remove those trapped under Ghatkopar billboard

Rescuers made their way through the rubble and carefully moved through the spaces between the skeletal remains of the hoarding and removed 88 people

Workers remove debris at the accident site in Ghatkopar, Mumbai on Tuesday. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2024 09:31 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

Severe winds, rain hit Mumbai, Thane; 7 injured in Ghatkopar billboard collapse

In isolated places across Mumbai, winds were expected to reach speeds of 40-50 km/hr, accompanied by lightning and light to moderate spells of rain

A goods transport vehicle was trapped under the collapsed billboard in Pantnagar, Ghatkopar. HT Photo
Updated on May 13, 2024 05:43 PM IST

Housing societies are new political battlegrounds

Candidates target Mumbai housing societies for campaigning due to their demographic diversity and voter concentration, with BJP leading the pack.

Union minister Piyush Goyal, fielded by BJP from the Mumbai North constituency, arrived at Neptune CHS, in Kandivali East, along with his family on April 21. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 12, 2024 07:22 AM IST

Hate speeches at poll rallies: Citizens challenge ECI to ‘grow a spine or resign’

The concerned citizens, who stood in the scorching heat with placards with Grow a Spine or Resign slogans, had mainly three grouses with the ECI: to release the number of votes polled in the three past voting phases instead of only percentages; to take punitive action against hate speech by politicians, particularly those from the BJP; and, to take action against the coercion to withdraw candidates

Mumbai, India - May 11, 2024: Khar residence raise voice against election commission for a free and fair election at Santacruz in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 12, 2024 07:20 AM IST
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