Fast-filling lakes make BMC rethink water-cut plan
After heavy rains in lake catchment areas, the BMC will revise its decision on the implementation of water cuts in the first week of July. On Tuesday the local body had announced a ten percent water cut that would have taken place from July 1. Since then the lake levels have shown improvement and heavy rain is expected in the next three days.
Monsoon arrived late and the water levels in the five lakes of Thane and Nashik had dropped but heavy rains have compensated. As per the status of 24 hours till 6 pm on Wednesday, 111 mm rain in Modak sagar,93 mm in middle Vaitarna, 75 mm in Bhatsa, 64 mm in Tansa and 39 mm in Upper Vaitarna was observed. This led to an increase in lake stock by 5000 million litres in a day.
Source: Mid day
Almost a year after inauguration, MU hostel for international students remains unused
As the new academic session begins, the Mumbai University hostel remains unopened. The hostel has the capacity to undertake 146 students and was especially made for international students. The new hostel was made when the old international hostel building in Churchgate was declared risky a few years ago. Even after being inaugurated in 2022, the hostel is not taking students. Students find it difficult to find accommodation. An official from Mumbai University said, “The process to start the hostel is in its final leg and the hostel will open for admission soon.” The hostel was caught in controversy over its name.
Source: Indian Express
Dharavi land to be given to MMRCL for Metro line 3
33000 sq feet of land will be handed over to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) for ancillary activities. At first the plot was with Mumbai Metro Development Authority (MMRDA), which was temporarily given to MMRCL for underground Metro line 3 construction of Dharavi Metro station. Now after the State Cabinet approval formal handing over of plot is done.
“We have constructed an electric sub station on the plot and various other ancillaries. The land has been in our physical possession but the formal handover required a cabinet decision,” said R Ramana, director (planning), MMRCL.
Source: Times of India
BMC lets down Mumbaikars on day one of monsoon
The very first day of monsoon left the city in chaos due to flooding in many parts. The BMC’s claim to keep Mumbai ready for monsoon came under heavy criticism. Ravi Raja, the former leader of the opposition in the BMC, stated, “The civic administration has utterly failed the citizens of Mumbai. With the rains arriving late, the officials had more time to clean the gutters and nullahs, but they did nothing.”
The dewatering pumps installed by BMC did not help in areas like King’s Circle and Gandhi Market. The Andheri subway was flooded after only an hour of receiving rainfall. Areas of Sobo like Nepeansea road and Pedder road that don’t see much flooding were also affected.
Source: Free Press Journal
(Compiled by Stephin Thomas)