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Days of cellphone towers on schools, hospitals may finally be over

Wednesday 18 September '13

The draft signed by BMC chief Sitaram Kunte says that permission to install only one tower on one building/wing of the building will be given.
BMC threat looming, Campa Cola residents seek land ownership

Sunday 15 September '13

Last week, SC had allowed them to approach the civic body to get their 'illegal' flats regularised
'UID enrolment low in posh areas'

Saturday 17 August '13

Although a majority of the city’s population has enrolled for the Unique Identification Number (UID) project, data shows wards comprising areas considered posh have registered lower enrollments
Slump in property market aside, highrise projects on an upswing

Thursday 11 July '13

Civic technical committee clears a whopping 62 projects between January and June
SRA invites proposals for revamp of slums

Sunday 7 July '13

With Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) inviting proposals, the redevelopment of 219 slum pockets under coastal regulation zone (CRZ) II area is set to get a boost.
3 engineers refuse to be part of BMC demolition squad

Monday 3 June '13

Engineers’ union says they fear being made scapegoats as job involves dealing with politicians, anti-social elements.
Residents hope apex court will allow regularisation

Monday 3 June '13

Residents of 35 unauthorised floors in seven buildings at Campa Cola compound in Worli are banking on the hope that the Supreme Court will allow regularisation of part of the area.
Mayor seeks separate policy on mannequin display

Monday 3 June '13

After finding that the current civic policy for checks on advertisements does not have mannequins in its ambit, Mumbai mayor and Shiv Sena corporator Sunil Prabhu has planned to approach the Chief Min...
‘Attractive’ mannequins ‘induce wrong feelings’: Corporator

Thursday 30 May '13

Woman in eye of storm argues her case, finds her feet in spotlight.
This ban talk is not new

Thursday 30 May '13

The charge of the moral brigade has been often led by women corporators who comprise 50 per cent of the BMC House due to reservation.
Citizens say civic plan to ban bikini-clad mannequins ‘regressive’

Tuesday 28 May '13

Ad film-maker Prahlad Kakkar said “moral policing” by Sena was not new.
DoT cellphone tower policy awaits BMC response

Friday 24 May '13

New guidelines, put up for public feedback on the DoT website earlier this month, come into effect on June 1.
Road engineers resent denial of cars to visit pothole-repair sites

Thursday 23 May '13

Tender condition removed following complaints of ‘non-official use’ by contractors.
BMC wants police help, but won’t pay in advance

Wednesday 22 May '13

BMC may be flush with funds, but it has refused to pay three months’ advance salary for the police squad it had sought for help during demolition drives.
A Tale of Two Worlds

Monday 20 May '13

Civic issues in A Ward are as diverse as its residents. Despite corporators spending on water supply and drainage, the problems remain, find Sharvari Patwa & Alison Saldanha.
Fire department seeks iPads to speed up audits

Monday 20 May '13

The department says iPads would help maintain an electronic record of violations in buildings.
Soon, you can tell a city ward by the colour it sports

Monday 20 May '13

THE city is set to sport a more colourful look across various wards if a proposal commissioned by the civic body is implemented.
Matheran stops construction activity to save water

Friday 17 May '13

Setting an example, Matheran Hill Station Municipal Council (MHSMC) has issued notices to stop all construction activity to save water.
Litterbugs beware: Clean-up marshals are back

Friday 17 May '13

The controversial ‘clean-up marshals’ scheme under which people would be fined for littering and dirtying public places is back.
Discounts, launches at low rates increase house sale count

Thursday 16 May '13

The quarter ended March 2013 witnessed a significant year-on-year jump of 20 per cent in house sale registrations in the city.


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