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Amrita Nayak Dutta

  • Only a few buildings have carried out fire safety audit: Fire department

    A day after (Tuesday) the big fire in the Mumbai Central highrise which left 14 injured, it has come to light that only a handful of commercial and residential buildings have carried out fire safety audit, which is compulsory under the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Act. Most buildings...

    Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 6:55am
  • No one to help mentally ill Kurla woman, residents complain in vain

    Residents of Kurla have been put to scare by a woman in her early forties, who, they claim, is afflicted with severe mental problems. Not only does the woman roam around the streets naked, but she also gets violent often and attacks people by throwing stones at them. Residents say repeated calls to...

    Friday, 12 December 2014 - 7:05am
  • 63% parents unhappy with BMC schools

    In a household survey conducted by Hansa Research commissioned by Praja Foundation in 2014 March-April across the city with a total sample size of 22,580 households, 4,276 households had children going to school. Among this, 63% of parents were not happy with BMC school as the quality of education...

    Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 7:35am
  • Shiv Sena leader against scrapping of BMC meetings for condolence prayers

    In the last couple of weeks, several important meetings have been adjourned at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), following the deaths of political leaders like Murli Deora and AR Antulay. Standing committee meetings, tree authority, improvement committee and general body meetings have...

    Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 7:54am
  • Ten years on, Kale Marg locals await widening of road

    Residents of Kale Marg, a major road that connects the Kamani area in Kurla (West) to Saki Naka in Andheri (East), have been awaiting widening work for the past 10 years. According to the residents, the narrow road, leading to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, is always choc-a-bloc with...

    Monday, 8 December 2014 - 7:00am
  • BMC's dry waste pick-up service now a phone call away

    Do you segregate dry waste from wet in your housing society premises? And do you suspect that the civic authorities mix the loads of dry and wet waste after taking them away, thus negating your segregation efforts? Do you want to ensure that dry waste is being disposed of separately? Soon, you'll...

    Saturday, 6 December 2014 - 7:20am
  • BMC dumps mud in Juhu creek, tells worried locals its part of wall-building plan

    For the past five days, worried Juhu residents have been watching helplessly as trucks full of mud arrive at the Lido creek opposite SNDT College and dump tonnes of mud into it. The creek carries water to the sea via Juhu beach. However, BMC officials have assured that the dumping is being done as...

    Friday, 5 December 2014 - 7:20am
  • BMC markets, gardens may soon have biogas plants, composting pits

    The small-capacity bio-methanation plants which the BMC is contemplating setting up in all municipal markets in the city, will give an impetus to the civic body's zero garbage initiative, which entails reducing amount of waste going to the dumping grounds every day. It's also planning to set up...

    Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 6:30am
  • BMC issues notices to meat shops to check bird-hit cases

    A day after the Bombay High Court directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to come up with a way to keep a check on the garbage dumped in a 10-km radius around Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, BMC has decided to take a few steps in this direction at the ward level. Following a...

    Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 6:10am
  • No Mumbai for the wheelchair-bound

    So many of Mumbai's public buildings and public transport embody injustice against people with disabilities, a dna investigation finds. The lack of accessibility features, such as ramps, makes it impossible for people with disabilities to obtain the fundamental right of entry into places of banking...

    Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 6:35am