1. Mumbai Civic Body Starts 10% Water Cut
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday declared a 10 per cent water cut across the city for residential, commercial and industrial purposes as well. The water cut would be in place with immediate effect, from November 15, after the civic chief approved the cut. This announcement comes in the backdrop of deficient rainfall that led to a less-than-adequate water stock in the dams and lakes that supply water to Mumbai. As of November 14, the civic body needs water for 278 days till the onset of the next monsoon, but currently has water for only 254 days, which is 24 days less than the requirement.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
2. Work Starts on Rs 12,000-Crore Coastal Road
The city’s ambitious coastal road project is finally starting to see the light of day. Jetties are being constructed at Breach Candy and Worli Sea Face for mobilisation of resources for the Rs 12,000-crore coastal road. Full-fledged work on the road is expected to start next month.
Officials said that all material and machines that will have to be brought to the city for the work will be transported by sea to ensure they do not add to traffic chaos in the city. BMC has appointed contractors to construct the 10-km coastal road connecting Princess Street in Marine Lines to the Worli-end of Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
3. Breathless Bandra Station to Get Relief With New Foot Over Bridge
Western Railway hopes to nip the crowding issues on the main FOB once it completes the new one under construction on the Churchgate-bound side of Bandra station. "We are building a 10-metre-wide bridge that is about 102 metres in length, at a cost of about Rs 8 crore. It will be completed by March 2019," Ravinder Bhakar, WR's chief PRO, told Mid-day.
He added that the bridge will provide additional connectivity to the Bandra East skywalk on one end, and will connect to an existing FOB on the Churchgate end leading to all platforms at the station. A visit to the site revealed that while the four-storey slums on either side have been partially demolished, the new bridge's foundation and pillars are complete, and work is moving towards the skywalk.
4. BMC Snaps Water, Power Supply to Andheri Society
Twenty-five families are living without electricity and water in an Andheri colony after the BMC snapped the connections despite a court order against such extreme eviction measures. Residents of Andheri Vile Parle Punjabi Co-operative Housing Society on JP Road suspect that civic officials took the step to help a developer who has been eyeing the colony for redevelopment since 2004.
The BMC had declared the society dilapidated in 2015, placing it under ‘C1’ category (dangerous), and issued eviction notices. But the residents challenged the assessment that their homes were unsafe in the Bombay High Court, which said all matters pertaining to decrepit structures should be decided by the sessions court in Dindoshi.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
5. Mumbai Chef Earns Bangkok Restaurant Michelin Star
It was a celebration of several firsts for Mumbai chef Garima Arora, 31, under whom GAA in Bangkok earned its first Michelin star yesterday. Not only is this the maiden star for the restaurant and Arora's career, but it also makes her the first Indian woman to be part of the honour. GAA got its maiden star at a ceremony in Bangkok on Wednesday morning, within a year-and-a-half of its opening on April 1 last year. Meanwhile, 3,000 km away, the news sent a wave of jubilation across culinary circles in India. The fine-dine restaurant has a menu that explores a connection between India and Thailand, using techniques and flavours from both countries.
6. In Final DCR-2034, Builders Need Only 51% Consent for SRA Projects
The city’s newly-formed Development Control and Promotion Rules (DCR-2034) has given a huge boost to slum rehabilitation schemes. After the slum authority chief raised objections to several proposed regulations on the draft DCR-2034, the final set of rules for the city’s development included several amendments that will definitely provide a fillip to slum redevelopment. One of the biggest sop in the final DCR-2034 is the scaling down of consent required by builders for a project - from the earlier 70 per cent, developers will now require the goahead from only 51 percent slum dwellers.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
7. Juhu's Bar Bank Fails to Convince Bmc, Loses Furniture
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has seized some items of furniture from the newly opened restaurant Bar Bank opposite Juhu Chowpatty. It had, earlier, warned of action and sent a notice to the eatery for allegedly operating without a licence. It finally took action after finding the reply submitted by the restaurant "unsatisfactory".
Mid-day had reported on November 6 on the BMC directing the eatery to down shutters for operating illegally and causing a nuisance to public. Following up on the issue, the civic body visited the restaurant on Monday morning and seized a few items - 10 iron chairs, two wooden chairs, three wooden tables, and an induction cooktop. Ward officials told mid-day that if the restaurant doesn't secure the required permissions, a prosecution case will be filed against it.
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