Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

Topic: MMRDA

2022 could be year Mumbai begins to shed ‘under-construction’ look, authorities have a plan

Major projects such as Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link & underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro taking shape in city. With Covid hitting work, Mumbai has become jungle of concrete & iron.

Infra projects to boost connectivity in 129 villages around Mumbai, MMRDA wants planning rights

MMRDA has identified 129 villages in the region & categorised them into 8 ‘growth centres’, wants to be special planning authority to ‘avoid haphazard development’

Trams could return to Mumbai as city works to decongest traffic in Bandra Kurla Complex

Nearly 60 years after trams were phased out from Mumbai, the city’s development authority is considering bringing them back as a feeder service to plug last mile connectivity.

How a new, independent team hopes to improve Mumbai’s sluggish monorail system

Since the Mumbai monorail's inception in 2014, it has been plagued with low ridership and technical glitches.

Congested Mumbai sees Thackeray govt, metro authorities struggle to find space for car sheds

Six metro lines are under construction in Mumbai and the initial work on three more is under way. But acquisition of land for most car depots is becoming a contentious issue.

Congress leaders Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora condemn Aarey tree felling

The opposition leaders came out against Mumbai Metro move to fell trees in Aarey Colony, calling it 'stabbing yourself in the lungs'.

Mumbai’s monorail is only 5 years old and is already struggling to source spares and rakes

For Mumbai monorail rakes contract, the MMRDA has extended the deadline for bidders twice and relaxed eligibility criteria.

Mumbai’s development body has I-T dues of Rs 8,000 crore. But it doesn’t want to pay

MMRDA was brought within the tax bracket in 2015. It’s now appealing against the tax, saying it doesn’t have a profit motive.

Decongestion projects on the cards, Mumbai to see hectic building activity from October

The projects - a sea link, a coastal road and two new elevated metro lines – are worth nearly Rs 45,000 crore.

Boats to the rescue: Waterways to help decongest Mumbai’s packed roads & locals

Roll-on-roll-off and passenger-only ferry services likely soon, could cut travel time by 80 per cent.

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inequality report

Dear Oxfam, stop looking for inequality in India, go back to distributing blankets

Oxfam India's 2022 report titled makes sweeping recommendations to fight 'extreme inequality', including reintroducing a ‘wealth tax’. Oxfam, leave economics alone.
Bottles of sunflower oil at a plant in Alekseyevka, Russia | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

India to look at Brazil, Russia for sunflower oil as invasion threat looms over Ukraine

Ukraine is India's biggest supplier of sunflower oil. Any escalation in Russia-Ukraine tension is likely to hit edible oil prices in the country as 70% of its requirement is imported.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.