No funds for mental health care while suicides on the rise (by Priyanka Ganwani)

Mumbai, Maharashtra: India is one of the countries with high incidence of suicides. While tuberculosis treatment and diagnosis get more attention in India, mental healthcare is something that’s unspoken. In 2013, about 2,471 suicides were attributed to ‘failure in examinations’. Recently, on April 4, the stunning ‘Facebook suicide’ of a 23-year-old in Mumbai took the real and virtual worlds[…]

Shortage of staff In civic-run hospitals in Mumbai (by Prathamesh Mulye)

Below par healthcare facilities could be responsible for driving relatives of patients to the edge, a look at the status of medical infrastructure in Maharashtra suggests. Thousands of doctors in Mumbai had gone on a mass casual leave in the third week of March after a doctor in a civil hospital in Dhule was beaten black and[…]

Failed Promises On Pothole Filling In Mumbai

Mumbai by any other name is ‘Potholes’! India’s ‘Maximum City’ has the maximum number of potholes. Kilometre after kilometre pockmarked with potholes – treacherous & ugly; big & small. Come Monsoon, they turn killer potholes. Not just in Mumbai, potholes kill all over Maharashtra. According to the Road Accident report, 3416 people died in 2015 in pothole-related[…]

Water woes: BMC’s rainwater harvesting policy leaves much to be desired

Summer is almost here, and so are water woes. Both come with such a regular togetherness that it sometimes begs the question: Are they an item, inseparable? That said, ‘shortage of water’ was a prominent issue in the just concluded Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, and summer wasn’t. Mumbai received good rainfall in 2016. The year before[…]

Citizen group puts up a charter of demands for candidates contesting BMC elections

Citizen’s group Mumbai Vikas Samiti (MVS) has put up a charter of demands for candidates contesting in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections scheduled to be held on February 21, 2017. An initiative of retired BMC engineer S N Patankar, MVS aims to empower citizens and work to improve civic amenities in Mumbai. SN Patankar spoke to Debdutta[…]

People power: Can citizen candidates swing your vote?

As do most other Mumbaiites, interior designer Shivraj Ramdas Pandit, 48, grumbles through his morning walks: roads have too many potholes; traffic is chaotic; drains are left open; there is trash strewn all over… In a May 2016 Facebook rant, Pandit urged residents of Chembur to form a platform to interact with MLAs, corporators, police[…]