THE upcoming monsoon is going to be a testing time for the flood-control machinery of any municipal corporation and Mira-Bhayandar is no exception. While the administration of the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) boasts of making elaborate arrangements to tackle any eventually arising out of flood situation during monsoon, certain colonies in urban areas and some of the villages in the low lying areas are still very much vulnerable to floods following heavy rains.

A day after the city faced acute Petrol shortage, the crunch somewhat eased on Tuesday with the re-opening of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) depot. The BPCL depot was opened on the directives of the collector, according to official sources. The city was facing fuel shortage since May 23 after the Manmad Municipal Council sealed BPCL depot on Friday last after the public sector oil company failed to pay import-duty of Rs 23 crore. The city was facing fuel shortage since May 23 after the Manmad Municipal Council sealed the BPCL

UNION Energy Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Tuesday assured that the state would get 2000 mw power from the Ultra Mega Power Project to be set up in Ratnagiri in Konkan region. Speaking to the newspersons after attending a stock-taking meeting at Sahyadri guest house on Thursday night, Shinde said he was aware of the acute power shortage faced by the state and would do everything possible to alleviate the same.

WITH the advent of the monsoon around the corner, Thane Municipal Corporation has undertaken a slew of measures to brace up for the likely deluge. The TMC has been granted permission by the district authorities in view of the model code of conduct in the wake of the by polls to the Thane parliamentary seat to carry out essential public works to brace up for the forthcoming monsoons.

IN a statement reminiscent of US President George Bush's remark that India's middle class was responsible for the global food crisis, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that Mumbai's burgeoning population is responsible for the flooding woes of the city. The growing influx of outsiders is not only putting severe stress on the infrastructure of the city, but also proving to be one of the major reasons of increasing floods in Mumbai. This fact has been substantiated by the BMC, which has provided a chart of flood days since 1945.

In a pre-monsoon survey done by the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA), the number of old and dilapidated buildings in the city for the current year is 78. Addressing the press, Chairman of MHADA Sachin Ahir announced the number of dilapidated buildings in the city.

Who is interested in controlling spiraling drug prices or, for that matter, the skyrocketing healthcare costs? Both are interconnected although healthcare means a total package, of which drugs and pharmaceuticals form an important integral part. For medical treatment, which does not require hospitalization, the cost of drugs often takes a lion's share of the total expenditure incurred by a patient. In the case of surgical intervention, the other costs, including surgeon's fees, expenses on various tests, nursing and hospitalization, etc., could be equally overbearing on a patient's pocket.

MUMBAIKARS looking for some respite from erratic rainfall predictions as experienced on 26/7, are in for a disappointment. Reason: The much-awaited installation of a Doppler Radar for accurate weather forecast continues to be stalled for one reason or the other.

Sudharkar Paricharak, MLA who is the chairman of the MAHARASHTRA STATE ROAD TRANSPORT CORPORATION (MSRTC) has initiated a slew of measures to turn the public transport corporation into a service-oriented and profit-making body. He has taken several initiatives including starting phone service on buses, adding new vehicles to the existing fleet, starting incentive schemes for increasing the passenger traffic. The MSRTCis all set to post a record profit of Rs 150 crores in the current financial year. After a gap of 15-years, MSRTC earned a profit of Rs. 23 crores.

Civic bodies in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region could soon start sharing landfill sites to create environment friendly dumping grounds, thereby reducing the requirement of land for garbage. "Two to three civic bodies can possibly have a landfill site in common where they can dump their garbage, however the land will be only for bio-degradable waste," Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said. The sites would be earmarked for certain civic bodies on the basis of their geographical proximity to the landfills.

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