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Chandivali residents go on hunger strike for 90 feet road

Residents of Chandivali in Mumbai went on a hunger strike to demand better roads. They currently spend 45 minutes to an hour to traverse a 15-minute road to get to Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road. The planned 90 feet road, which would ease their struggles, remains incomplete. The residents are demanding the completion of the road and a specific timeline for the construction plan. Despite a protest in February and promises from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, no progress has been made. The residents are frustrated with the lack of attention from their representatives and plan to continue their fight.

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Updated on Aug 21, 2023 12:24 AM IST
BySabah Virani

16 months on, family of manual scavenging victim gets compensation

21-year-old Suraj Raju Madhve’s family on Thursday received ₹10 lakh compensation from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) as mandated under the Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013

16 months on, family of manual scavenging victim gets compensation
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 12:44 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Dead rest uneasy as graveyards run out of space

In a space-jammed city and suburbs, the pattern of opening and closing did not work for a graveyard – the existing body had not fully decomposed.

The Pankesha Baba graveyard in Ghatkopar with an area of 1.5 acre, caters to a Muslim population of over 20 lakh, extending to areas of Pantanagar, Golibar, Vikhroli and Powai. They have requested the civic body to join the recreational ground adjacent to the cemetery for more space. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 12:50 AM IST
BySabah Virani

BMC appoints committee to probe amputation of two-month-old baby’s hand at KEM

The four-member internal committee comprises Dr Harish Pathak, academic dean and head of the forensic medicine department, Dr Mohan Desai, professor and head of the orthopaedic department, Dr Sunil Karande, professor and head of the paediatric department and Dr Anjali Rajadhaksha, professor, medicine department

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Updated on Aug 12, 2023 11:27 PM IST
BySabah Virani

Lack of space prompts reopening of graveyards in Govandi

The graveyards had been shut due to bodies turning up in a partially decomposed state even after the minimum required time for decomposition stipulated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Even though the same continues, lack of grave space has prompted this action.

Mumbai, India - June 09, 2023: After a few bodies were found in a partially decomposed condition even after the minimum required period of 18 months for decomposition, the BMC has ordered to temporarily shut Rafiq Nagar Kabristan in Govandi. The bodies will be buried in the neighbouring graveyard at Cheetah Camp in Trombay. (HT Photo) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 12:59 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Promised SRA flats in 2006, residents are still stuck in a transit camp

As with any project that goes into redevelopment, several senior citizens here have spent the last leg of their lives waiting for a new home. “When am I going to see this house with my own eyes before I leave it to my daughter?” asked 80-year-old Kamla Mishra, who lives alone in a room on the first floor

Jai SHiv Sai Building at Bandra East, seems to be on its last legs structurally, with residents claiming that it sways during heavy winds. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 12:33 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Residents march to ward offices over various issues

Hundreds of protestors in Mumbai took to the streets to protest against issues such as bad roads, potholes, waterlogging, and polluted drains. The protests were organized by the city unit of Congress at all 24 ward offices in the city. The primary issue highlighted was the lack of water supply and poor quality of water in certain areas. The protestors met with ward officers to submit their complaints.

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Updated on Aug 06, 2023 12:44 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Housing societies and schools join fight against plastic waste

Students at Navy Public School in Colaba have taken an oath to segregate and recycle their plastic waste, with the support of the surrounding Navy Nagar buildings. The initiative is part of the monthly Plastic Recyclothon organized by NGO Project Mumbai, which aims to change people's attitudes towards single-use plastic. Other building collectives, corporates, and schools across the city are also participating in the initiative. The Rotary Club of Mumbai Lakers in Powai has been collecting low-grade and multi-layer plastic for recycling since 2020, collecting 25 tons so far. Project Mumbai funds the plastic collection and recycling through CSR initiatives.

Housing societies and schools join fight against plastic waste
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 12:27 AM IST
BySabah Virani, Mumbai

Medha Patkar approaches human rights commission against ‘inhuman’ Ambujwadi demolition

Patkar submitted the complaint before the Commission on August 1 along with three residents of the slums, Raju Dnyanba Manmothe, Shameem Fareed Khan, and Sabera Mehamud Khan, the first two of whom are drivers and the latter a labourer

Patkar submitted the complaint before the Commission on August 1 along with three residents of the slums, Raju Dnyanba Manmothe, Shameem Fareed Khan, and Sabera Mehamud Khan, the first two of whom are drivers and the latter a labourer (Vijay Bate)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 01:05 AM IST
BySabah Virani

‘Nitin Desai brought high level of creative input to his designs’

The team from Bengal Club had planned to meet Desai soon to discuss this year’s project. “I can’t think ahead now. Desai always had designs or ideas ready,” he said. “He had an exceptional eye for detail. He often suggested a few minor changes which were imp

Mumbai, India - September 29, 2022: Indian art director Nitin Desai inspects the ongoing work of the Durga Puja pandal designed by him, at Shivaji Park, Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 12:57 AM IST
BySabah Virani

After M East ward, Muslim graveyards face space crunch in N Ward

Muslim cemeteries in Mumbai's N Ward, including Ghatkopar and Chembur, are facing a space crunch, with the Pankeshah Baba Muslim Cemetery full and the Kamraj Nagar Cemetery only having space for 50 more burials. The Pankeshah Baba Muslim Cemetery has been reusing old graves that are a year old, while the Kamraj Nagar Cemetery is facing a shortage of space since the closure of the Rafi Nagar graveyard. The Muslim population in the area has increased, leading to the need for additional burial space.

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Updated on Aug 02, 2023 12:52 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Train shooting victim’s family demand job for kin

The younger brothers of Asghar Ali Shaikh, a victim of the Jaipur-Mumbai Central Express shooting, have demanded a job to support his family. The family has been given compensation of ?10 lakh and asked to submit a written request for a job. However, they are unsure of whom to address the letter to and what kind of job they can seek. Asghar Ali had boarded the train to find work in Mumbai to support his wife and five children. His extended family is now at the Borivali Railway Police station seeking compensation and a job for his family.

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Updated on Aug 02, 2023 12:49 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Herbal supplement toxicity lands patient in hospital

Lured by their promise of healing her diabetes, Clarissa D’mello, a 51-year-old Bhandup resident, started taking herbal supplements she discovered via WhatsApp in January 2023. They didn’t reduce her sugar levels but left her with a severe case of lead poisoning

Herbal supplement toxicity lands patient in hospital
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 12:55 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Portion of 45-yr-old abandoned bldg collapses on Carter Road; no casualties

Local authorities and emergency services rushed to the site to assess the situation and ensure the safety of nearby residents. The damaged portion of the compound wall was cordoned off, and officials are closely monitoring the situation to prevent any further collapse or accidents

Mumbai, India - July 30, 2023 : This morning, half of Portion, a 12-storeyed Dev Sagar building, abandoned for about 45 years, came crashing down, due to which some parts of the compound wall broke. Fortunately no casualties have been reported at Carter Road, Bandra, in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 30, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2023 12:30 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Landslide hits residential building in Andheri; no casualties reported

The ground-plus seven-storeyed Ram Baug Cooperative Housing Society on Mahakali Caves Road, was hit by the mudslide at 2am. It damaged several flats in the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) building with 163 one-room-kitchen apartments

Mumbai, India - July 25, 2023 : Landslide behind Ram baug building, at Chakala, Andheri, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 12:33 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Pushed to the margins: Ambujwadi residents demand roof over heads amid harsh rainfall

On Saturday, a bulldozer visited the area again to dig a trench for a boundary wall at the borders of the settlement, scaring the residents that more of their belongings were under threat. The women stepped in its way and attempted to block it, following which eleven people – eight women and three men – were taken to the police station

Mumbai, India - July 24, 2023 : Residents of Ambujwadi protest for demolition in a slum yeria without notice at Ambujwadi, Malad, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, July 24, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 12:35 AM IST
BySabah Virani

City sees first dengue death this season

Mumbai records first dengue death of the season as a 49-year-old woman dies at Bombay Hospital; rise in dengue and viral fever cases reported by doctors.

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Updated on Jul 24, 2023 12:33 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Relic of Pope John Paul II to be taken on tour in Mumbai

A relic of Pope John Paul II, a portion of a wooden cross, is on a five-day tour in Mumbai, visiting various churches in the city. The tour aims to venerate the Pope's love for young people and promote prayer and positive change in their lives. Pope John Paul II was the head of the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005 and was the first non-Italian Pope in over 400 years.

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Updated on Jul 19, 2023 12:38 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Gloom descends over Malwani as bodies of 3 drowned boys found at Marve Creek

While Ajay’s body was recovered from the mangrove towards Manori, Shubham’s body was found at the spot of drowning. Jaiswal’s body was recovered near a transmission tower 200 metres from the spot. The bodies were taken to Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali, where they were declared dead. The Malwani police said that after postmortem, the bodies were handed over to their families.

Mumbai, India - July 17, 2023 : 2nd Day for Search operation for Five kids drowned in Marve Creek at Malad, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, July 17, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 18, 2023 12:35 AM IST
BySabah Virani

From robotics to farming, six new initiatives for BMC schools

‘Living Greens’, an NGO partnering with Project Mumbai, in the farming initiative, set up six vegetable beds fitted with a drip irrigation system on the terrace of the school and seeded them with lauki, karela, tomato, toriya, bhindi, and spinach. “Apart from training students, the idea is to teach them why organic farming is needed and is beneficial for the environment,” said Prateek from Living Greens

Mumbai, India – July 15, 2023: Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar during the launch of learning 2.0 is New co-curricular education for Mumbai Municipal school students across the the Mumbai, education including read Mumbai, kitchen Gardens inclusive education BMC Dashboard, Mental health care stem and robotics learning , initiative by an NGO Project Mumbai at wollen Mill municipal school , Matunga, in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, July 15, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2023 12:30 AM IST
BySabah Virani

‘What exactly is UCC?’: Communities show concern over uniformity, transparency

Uncertainty over UCC looms among various communities even after the Law Commission extended the last date to submit their views on it.

Communities argue uniformity doesn't always mean gender justice.(HT)
Updated on Jul 15, 2023 04:48 AM IST
BySabah Virani

BMC agrees to test the soil of Govandi graveyard

Harshad Kale, deputy municipal commissioner of Zone 5, has agreed to the demands of Govandi residents, including soil testing at the Rafi Nagar Kabristan. The meeting also discussed the restructuring of the cemetery and the need for more graveyard space in the area. The Development Plan lists three reserved plots, but there are challenges in acquiring and preparing them. The DMC has asked citizens to prepare a report on the required grave space in the area.

BMC agrees to test the soil of Govandi graveyard
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 12:51 AM IST
BySabah Virani, Mumbai

Urban Company partners protest permanent ID blocking due to ‘unfair rating system’

The company’s official response reads, “We had recently asked a few partners who were not meeting the marketplace standards despite multiple prior notices and re-trainings, to part ways with the marketplace

Mumbai, India - July 12, 2023 : Joining their fellow partners all over the country, partners of the Urban company gathered in protest of the companyÕs policy of blocking their IDs at Sion on Wednesday, with the support of the All-India Gig Workers Union (AIGWU) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 12:30 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Justice evades ‘manual scavenging’ victims

A social organization has accused the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) of omitting sections of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (PEMSR) Act, 2013, from FIRs related to the deaths of three sanitation workers last month. The organization, Jan Haq Sangharsh Samiti (JHSS), claimed that the workers were engaged in manual scavenging without proper safety gear, in violation of the law. Four contractors and supervisors have been arrested and charged, but without reference to the Manual Scavenging Act. JHSS argues that the Act would recognize the workers and their work and also bring into play the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, if the victims belong to the SC/ST community.

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Updated on Jul 11, 2023 01:06 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Govandi graveyard to remain closed as more partially decomposed bodies found

More partially decomposed bodies have been found at the Rafi Nagar graveyard in Mumbai, leading to its continued closure. The bodies may not be decomposing due to being buried in polythene because of Covid. Residents have raised concerns about the soil used in the graveyard, which they claim is mixed with debris and unsuitable for decomposition. Activists have demanded that the soil be tested, and the results made public. The nearby Shia Muslim graveyard has not experienced the same issue. The BMC will examine another portion of the graves in the next 10 to 15 days.

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Updated on Jul 05, 2023 12:56 AM IST
BySabah Virani

City’s only functioning doppler radar conks again amid heavy rains

A doppler radar scans the cloud bands and gives updates about rain every 15 to 20 minutes. It typically has a range of 250 kilometres

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Updated on Jun 28, 2023 07:28 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Shivaji Park ice seller feels the chills as residents spar over his trade

A senior civic official from BMC’s anti-encroachment department that carried out the action, said, “We acted on a complaint from Shivaji Park police station regarding ice being stored on municipal space, which is not allowed. Hence, we broke the ice block. We will keep a watch on this space”

Shivaji Park ice seller feels the chills as residents spar over his trade
Updated on Jun 27, 2023 07:28 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Four arrested for death of two sanitation workers inside nullah

Four people, including two labour contractors and two supervisors, have been arrested for the death of two sanitation workers who were electrocuted while carrying out routine water flow tests in a sewerage tunnel in Mumbai. The private labour contractor, who brought the workers to the city but has not been arrested, has verbally agreed to pay compensation of INR10 lakh each to both victims and transport the bodies to their village in Bihar.

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Updated on Jun 26, 2023 12:49 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Dharavi kids get space to make art, read, play ‘n’ repeat

Happy to finish their artwork, around 40 young artists got an opportunity to display their work at Fluxus Chapel in Bandra from June 23 till July 6. These artists have no portfolios of acclaim, no monetary advantage from it. Rather, they are at level 1 in their art classes

Dharavi kids get space to make art, read, play ‘n’ repeat
Updated on Jun 26, 2023 12:48 AM IST
BySabah Virani

Take appropriate action regarding undecomposed bodies at Govandi graveyard: NHRC

NHRC directs action on partially decomposed bodies found at Mumbai graveyard. BMC shut down the graveyard on June 8 and directed people to use a neighboring graveyard.

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Updated on Jun 24, 2023 12:51 AM IST
BySabah Virani
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