The Mumbai municipal authorities have delivered a draft 20-year development plan for the city, but implementation of many of the proposals therein could well deliver the final blow to a city already gasping for breath, says Darryl D’Monte.
Pursuing development: The perils of the beaten track The report of a high level committee led by Vijay Kelkar to promote balanced development in Maharashtra has several important recommendations. But will it all come to nought because of its failure to avoid a few conventional pitfalls? Shripad Dharmadhikary explores.
Will passengers have to bear the burden of Mumbai Metro? Even before the first line of the much-anticipated Mumbai Metro becomes functional, a number of issues have cropped up, most notably one over the pricing of tickets. Darryl D’Monte tracks the arguments, with comparisons to metro rail elsewhere.
Moulding the young as change agents While formal education on climate change is largely structured around doctrines and laws targeted at mature minds, some have realised the importance of building awareness and inspiring action among the younger brigade. Angelica Pereira reports from Mumbai.
Travelling afar for solutions nearby
The plan to erect 12 dams in order to meet the water requirements of cities in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is not only objectionable from an
environmental perspective, but also undermines the priorities laid out by the 12th Five Year Plan.
Spaced out in Mumbai
India's commercial capital suffers from a deplorable lack of open spaces and falls far below both national and global standards in that respect.
Clearly, the BMC is not tuned in to the requirements, as
shows in his report on the draft development plan for the city.
Helping Pardhi children aim for the sun
While state atrocities against Pardhi communities show few signs of abatement, a small school in Mahadev Basti in Usmanabad, Maharashtra brings a
ray of hope.
A new fast-yielding jackfruit
Jackfruit from the farm of Maharashtra's Prakash Sawanth yielded fruit in a record two years, an unheard of agricultural phenomenon in the
reports on the many specialities of the new variety.
Cutting sugar: The bitter reality
Thousands of landless villagers in Maharashtra's Marathwada region are forced to take up sugarcane harvesting for lack of better livelihood
visits the region and uncovers the rampant exploitation and hardships for workers that these contracts entail.
Mumbai fights the towers that trouble
As studies continue to highlight the potential health hazards posed by cell phones, Mumbai citizens are seen demanding stricter regulation and
removal of cell phone towers from sensitive areas, but authorities respond with half-baked measures.
'Maha' problems over minor irrigation
A tragic accident at the Chinchave Minor Irrigation Project in Maharashtra brings into focus long-simmering questions over the quality of
minor irrigation works as well as the nexus between engineers and contractors.
takes a look.
Pune civic ward sets an example The Zero Garbage pilot project in Pune's Katraj ward illustrates the critical elements of a successful and sustainable waste management initiative in the Indian context.
Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Saroj Badgujar, Sunil Agarwal
Justice eludes Mumbai's homeless
Displaced by the flawed implementation of Slum Rehabilitation Authority's policy and an unholy nexus of real-estate mafia, thousands of slum-dwellers continue to fight for their basic right to shelter.
reports from Mumbai.