In a massive overhaul of the water supply infra in areas eastern suburbs the BMC has invited Rs 100 crore tender to primarily replace old pipelines, among other works.
Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 6th June 2022
On any given day, 4173 million litres of water flows towards Mumbai. It travels through 650 km of transmission pipes and 6000 km of service pipes, to eventually provide just 2300 million litres for its residents. The difference 1,900 MLD is lost due to a variety of reasons, including leakage, thefts, dysfunctional or rigged water meters and non-metered municipal connections.
The BMC has been looking for ways to augment water supply to the city, and is giving top priority to the project meant to tackle a perennial problem with its 290-km distribution network leakages. It is due to leakages and unauthorised connections, almost 25 per cent of water supplied to the city is wasted daily. The leakage problem also poses a threat to the health of citizens, especially if the pipeline passes along the sewage system.
In a massive overhaul of the water supply infra in areas of Ghatkopar, Bhandup, Vikhroli and Kanjurmarg the BMC has invited Rs 100 crore tender to primarily replace old pipelines, among other works.
This mega 100 crore solution project came after the civic body’s announcement of this ‘water for all’ policy.
On May 1, 2022 Guardian Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Monday announced that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will implement its water for all policy in Mumbai with an aim to provide water connection to all unmapped slum clusters in the city.
The civic body supplies 3,850 million litre water everyday through a 6,000-km long pipeline network. Ideally, the loss percentage should not be more than 15 per cent of the total supply.
The policy’s implementation is a difficult task in Vikhroli, Bhandup and Kurla as these places have a large number of slums, hilly areas and unauthorised constructions. And, the illegal pilferage of water is more in these places hence the BMC would have to strengthen its pipelines, said the civic officials.
Mumbai gets water from six lakes — Modak Sagar, Tansa, Tulsi, Upper Vaitarna, Bhatsa and Vihar — through major tunnels and pipelines. However, as the distribution and supply system is now 100 years old, repairs are urgently required.
The BMC had set aside Rs 253 crore in its 2007 budget, Rs 100 crore in its 2008 budget and Rs 100 crore in its 2009 budget to replace the pipelines.
Much of the BMC’s current efforts to reduce leakage concentrates on replacing infrastructure. 78 kms of pipeline, 461 valve chambers and 13,700 service connections are set to be renewed.
The continual illegal encroachments of Bandra
Amna Lakdawala, 23rd November 2022, Mumbai Uncensored:
Once BMC’s anti-encroachment van leaves, Bandra’s area, Hill Road is packed with unlicensed vendors.
The city that is known as the New York of India is a dream in most ways, but it has failed to restrict the illegal encroachments that happen all over the city, especially in the prestigious area of Bandra, Hill Road.
The famous shopping area of Mumbai, Hill road is well-known for selling a variety of products at affordable rates and it is accompanied by beautiful capacious space – only for a certain period of time. Till 7 pm, an anti-encroachment van of the BMC is stationed in the area, and the moment it leaves, chaos enters in form of sellers taking up every space of the road and footpaths with various products. Everyone that has been here has seen them around and even purchased goods from them, but what they don’t know is that it is illegal for them to sell their products.
According to the locals, the promises made by police, politicians and civic bodies mean nothing. There furthermore said that while there were a couple of days of peace in the area around August when BMC had driven the illegal sellers off Hill Road, it predictably lasted only for a short period of time.
On the report of a hill-road resident, “Because the BMC’s placement of its vehicle is right across from our apartments, their response to our complaints and repeated follow-ups is ensuring that there are no hawkers within 50 metres of our buildings. But after that [after they leave], the hawker threat persists. The BMC urged me to look for myself after I brought the problem to their attention.Later, he mentioned that the van leaves between 7 to 7.30 pm and hawkers are usually seen doing their dealings till late evening.”
Furthermore, a well-known activist Anil Galgali also gave his 2 cents on the issue, “Cities like Bangalore established hawkers’ policies in response to the Supreme Court’s directive, but even eight years later, the regulation is still in operation in Mumbai. Given the extensive linkage involved, the political and administrative elites are unwilling to put it into practice. If the proposal is put into practice, the BMC will make millions of dollars and have clean roads. Additionally, they can conserve the labour and equipment needed for action.”
“The BMC has developed innovative solutions to address important problems like potholes, hustlers, waste management, and nullah cleaning. The BMC seeks ways to temporarily cobble matters together despite the fact that these problems are complicated and require comprehensive policies. Even in the hawkers’ instance, the action is merely an eyewash”, added another Hill Road local. “The civic officials were instructed to contact the police, he continued, because they were unable to dispatch a vehicle after 7 o’clock.”
And finally the assistant commissioner of H West Ward, Vinayak Vispute commented in light of this nuisance, “We have begun taking tough measures against hawkers and have sent letters to the private properties that protected them throughout the action. Once they are found guilty of repeated offences, even we won’t give them their things. The neighbourhood is now considerably more walkable as an outcome.”
BMC issued notices to trim and remove dangerously positioned trees as pre-monsoon precautionary measures
Tista Karmakar, Mumbai Uncensored, 28th July 2022:
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been reported to send out notices to 9,000 housing societies in Mumbai to either trim or cut dangerously extended trees as pre-monsoon measures.
According to the notice, the BMC has stated that almost 8,300 societies trimmed trees on their premises by July 13 although 700 more societies were not able to cut their dangerously positioned trees. The report says that so far almost 356 trees and 514 branches have been cut in the last 43 days in association with the municipality.
However, several environmentalists claim amid the effort that the trees which are being trimmed can have concerningly weakened roots. The efforts are taken by the municipality corporation and civic body in order to avoid further damage during heavy Mumbai rainfall. However, they also stated that trees that are situated in the private properties are on to the owners to cut or trim as the pre-monsoon practice and the BMC has already issued notice to those owners who continue to have trees in a dangerous position. According to the BMC, there are approximately 15.5 lakh trees on the private premises.
The BMC has also sent 9,000 notices to trim 1,50,000 trees on roads and remove 523 dead trees at the same time before the monsoon season.
The garden superintendent Jitendra Pardeshi has initiated a workshop for their staff to teach scientific techniques to trim the trees. He has also urged the citizens not to take shelter under a tree during incessant rainfall to avoid any further accidents.
बृहन्मुंबई महानगरपालिकाने दुकाने, आस्थापने यांना मराठीत पाट्या लावण्यासाठी दुसरी मुदतवाढ दिली
Kalyani Gilbile, Mumbai Uncensored, 13th July 2022:
मंगळवारी, १२ जुलै रोजी बृहन्मुंबई महानगरपालिकाने दुकाने आणि आस्थापना यांना मराठीत नामफलक (पाट्या) लावण्याची अंतिम मुदत ३० सप्टेंबर पर्यंत वाढवून देण्यात आली आहे, असे अहवालात नमूद केले. बृहन्मुंबई महानगरपालिके द्वारे ही दुसऱ्यांदा मुदतवाढ देण्यात आली आहे, यापूर्वीही ३० जून पर्यंत मुदतवाढ देण्यात आली होती.
महानगरपालिकेने प्रथम १५ मे ही अंतिम मुदतवाढ दिली होती पण नंतर ती १ जुलै पर्यंत वाढविण्यात आली.
यापूर्वी व्यापारी आणि दुकानदारांच्या संघटनेने तत्कालीन मुख्यमंत्री उध्दव ठाकरे यांना पत्र लिहून मुंबईमध्ये दुकाने आणि आस्थापनेवर मराठीत नामफलक लावण्यासाठी 30 जून पर्यंत सहा महिन्यांची मुदतवाढ मागितली होती.
नागरी संस्थेने एप्रिलच्या पहिल्या आठवड्यात मराठी फलक धोरण आणि परिपत्रक यांचा अमंलबजावणी करण्याचा निर्णय घेतला होता, राज्य सरकारने मार्च 2022 मध्ये दुकान आणि आस्थापना कायद्यात दुरुस्ती केल्यानंतर सर्व दुकानांवरील आणि आस्थापनेवरील नामफलकात मराठीत नाव लिहिलेले असावे, असे बंधनकारक केले.
मराठी अक्षरे हि इतर भाषेपेक्षा मोठी असावी, असे आदेशात नमूद केले आहे.
जर या नियमांचे पालन केले नसल्यास, १ लाखांपर्यंत दंड आणि २००० रूपये प्रतिदंड कायद्याचे पालन न केल्यामुळे आकारले जाईल.
बीएससी कडे आतापर्यंत ५.०८ लाख दुकाने आणि आस्थापने नोंदणीकृत झाले आहेत