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14 out of world’s 20 most polluted cities in India

The second largest city of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Kanpur, attained global infamy on Tuesday after the World Health Organisation (WHO) placed it on top of a list of 4,300 world cities monitored for their air pollution levels in the year 2016. Worse still for India, the next 13 cities in the list were also all from here, namely: Faridabad, Varanasi, Gaya, Patna, ... Read More »

Mumbai Metro interchange to lead to extra FSI in nearby localities

Mumbai Metro is slated for an upgrade with interchanges planned between the various proposed lines, at about 10 locations across the city including Andheri and Dahisar. An interchange is a terminal where rail routes cross.Since it will be used by many more commuters, a periphery of the interchange will be planned later by the government. An interchange is a terminal ... Read More »

15-car locals to roll out on slow track in much-congested Virar-Andheri

The railways has decided to introduce 15-car local trains on the slow track between Andheri and Virar to increase the carrying capacity per train to serve some of Mumbai’s densest and fastest-growing suburbs. At present, the Western Railway (WR) slow corridor has 12-car trains, and longer locals are run only on the fast corridor. “The decision has been taken looking at overcrowding in the ... Read More »

Easy to Build Modular Walls and Room Dividers For Home

Soon, homebuyers will have the freedom to pick the size and shape of the rooms in their flats without having to settle for the pigeon-hole design set by the developer.At present, there are specifications for sizes of rooms in apartments, which the Development Control Regulations ( DCR ) 2034, once implemented, will do away with.This willenable greater customisation in consultation ... Read More »

In Mumbai the Gov sets bar low for living standards

The city’s public infrastructure has always failed to keep pace with the demands of a growing population. And with the latest Development Plan—a blueprint for land use over the next two decades—the pattern appears set to continue. Per capita norms prescribed in DP 2018-2034 for amenities in Mumbai like education, healthcare and open spaces fall short of even national standards ... Read More »

Thane-Diva lines to be re ady by March 2019

This April, the work on the additional tracks on the Thane-Diva stretch will enter its tenth year, however, the work is nowhere close to complete, showing how seriously the Indian Railways actually take project deadlines. Tired of the seemingly never-ending delay, commuters have now taken to social media to voice their protest. The work for the fifth and sixth lines ... Read More »

MUTP-III funding talks to start soon

Money matters if Mumbai wants its suburban train network to be expanded further north. Over the past few days, authorities from Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) have been in and out of meetings with the World Bank to take a loan for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project-3 (MUTP-3) which is estimated to cost Rs 1,0,947 crore. “The meetings are ongoing ... Read More »

In development plan 2034, builders have to buy 20% of it from slum rehabilation projects

The new city plan has seen a shake-up in the way TDR is traded between builders and property owners. Development plan 2034 makes it mandatory for builders who plant to use tranferable development rights to buy at least 20% of it from slum rehabilitian (SRA) projectes. The move places slum at crore of the mammoth development acitivty envisaged in the ... Read More »

Mumbai’s development plan of BMC is just a paper vision, says activists

Mumbai development plan 2034 emphasises saving natural areas  by not allowing them to be pitted for development. It concentrates on maintaining and safeguarding open spaces. And shields Aarey forest, the city green lung , from future projects other than the proposed Metro car shed and zoo. These are the claims the BMC has made and environmentalists have trashed them all. ... Read More »

EQUINOX PARK SOLD BY ESSAR FOR RS 2,400 CR

Essar group today announced the sale of its Equinox Business Park, comprising 1.25 million sq ft office space, at prime Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai to realty firm RMZ Corp for about Rs 2,400 crore. This is  one of the biggest real estate transactions in recent time. Spread across 10 acres in the premier commercial district , the deal includes ... Read More »