At times when political leaders from Thane are fighting over garbage dumping by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) at Mulund, all of them seem to have ignored the fact that their own city, Thane

MUMBAI: With the historic referendum on the fate of the proposed special economic zone (SEZ) in Raigad just a week away, the Maharashtra government has decided to double the compensation amount

With one in two people lacking access to a toilet, India urgently needs a Sanitation Act

As a traveller, you often judge a country by its public toilets. India fails this toilet test miserably. For even as our country appears poised to become an economic giant at some future date, one of the many appalling statistics that brings us down to earth is our toilet story, or rather the lack of toilets story.

Mumbai is losing 700 million litres of water per day, thanks to water thieves. As BMC has not been able to stop water-lines from leaking, it has started taking strict action against the thieves. This year, the BMC had lodged 491 police complaints against water thieves at various police stations under section 425 (mischief), 426 (punished for mischief), 430 (mischief by injury to works of irrigation or by wrongfully diverting water) and 379 (punishment for theft) of the IPC.

Civic body to take over reins, develop garden and children

Neeta Kolhatkar

From wanting to sell off their lands to learning new Japanese farming technology, farmers in Bhiwandi, Wada and Vasai are a changed lot, thanks to ASPEE

The mosquitoes seem to have woken up the government after taking 72 lives and spreading the malaria germ in at least 16,000 people since June.

Minister of state for public health Ranjit Kamble convened a meeting with civic authorities on Thursday, asking them to go on an overdrive against malaria.

The state health authorities have admitted that malaria cases have touched newer levels in Mumbai as well as Maharashtra this year. At least 5,394 people have been admitted to various civic hospitals in the city because of malaria since the beginning of monsoon.

A WHO study says 60% of people with poor vision in the country are under 45, with trachoma being the chief culprit

Is young India

While bigger mandals may be resisting change, there has been a noticeable shift in the mindset of small households

Soon, the street corners will reverberate with chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya, and for ten days until immersion, the Elephant God will be an honoured city guest. But in a more environmentally aware day and age, many Mumbaikars believe that it

Says water below 100 feet is highly saline and non-potable

In a recent move, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to restrict the depth of borewells and tubewells in the city to 100 feet. This comes after the civic body asked the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), Pune, to
examine the underground water in the city.

The primary report submitted by CWPRS revealed that the underground water had high saline content and was, therefore, not fit for drinking.