Revealed: Docklands Revival, Mumbai’s Last Chance

  For more than a half a century now, the forbidding ramparts of the Mumbai Port Trust have marked the mysterious, south-eastern boundary of India’s crumbling, financial megapolis.   The stately, colonial-era buildings of Ballard Estate, the slithering metal of old rail tracks on freshly resurfaced roads, and the peaked roofs of warehouses in endless … Continued

A 7-Step Blueprint To Recreate Mumbai

  The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), contributes 5% to India’s GDP, 33% to Maharashtra’s GDP, and accounted for 5% of India’s urban population in 2012. By 2030, MMR alone will be bigger than many countries today in both demographic and economic terms.   With a population of more than 21 million, it will be more … Continued

Metro For Mumbai Only By 2021–God Willing

  For years, Priyanka Dias, 25, a business analyst with a global IT firm in the special economic zone of Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ), in the western suburb of Andheri, spent 1.45 hours travelling from office to home for roughly a distance of 18 km during peak hour traffic. That’s 10.28 km per hour. … Continued

Why Mumbai Has Few Flats To Rent

  With a population of almost 21 million, a population density of 32,300 persons per sq km and an average of 909 people moving to the city every day to seek their fortunes, it is no wonder that the world’s sixth-largest city has some of the country’s highest real-estate prices.   The grim reality is … Continued

How Indian Cities Can Budget For Women’s Needs

“A gender-responsive budget is a budget that acknowledges the gender patterns in society and allocates money to implement policies and programmes that will change these patterns in a way that moves towards a more gender equal society” – Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India   Gender budgeting was introduced in Maharashtra after … Continued

What I Did With My 0.99 Sq M Of Mumbai

  Tucked away in a quiet Northern Mumbai suburb, the city’s growing space crunch hit me around the same time I realised I was no longer a little kid. With the tumultuous years of adolescence, came a greater demand for “space” (not just personal) and anger about the lack thereof.   Now as I look … Continued

Why The Budget Of India’s Richest City Is A Mystery

  An analysis of the 2014-15 budget presented by the commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) shows that more than 75% of the revenue earned or received and more than 50% of the total expenditure incurred remains unexplained.   The Mumbai budget contains four budget heads namely A, B, E and G … Continued

Mumbai Sinking: City Can’t Even Spend Its Money

  Over the last decade, the budget estimates of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) — one of Asia’s richest municipal organisations — have grown by 513 per cent, from Rs 5078.88 crore in 2004-2005 to Rs 31,178.19 crore this financial year.   Yet, every year, its treasury remains largely unused, leaving Mumbaikars frustrated … Continued

How India’s Crumbling Cities Guard Their Secrets

  The “Big Data” mania appears to have gained exceptional momentum over the last few years. With increasing Internet and mobile penetration, we can now measure almost anything – from the efficiency of public transport to incidental factors that affect population. The demand for disclosures and number of start-ups investigating data and collaborative networks have … Continued

Mumbai’s Biggest Killer Is Tuberculosis

  JP Davidson    Tuberculosis, it seems, is the biggest killer in Mumbai, with 7,075 people succumbing to the disease last year. TB was followed by hypertension, leading to 4,525 deaths in 2013-14. These are some of the findings of Praja Foundation, an advocacy group based in Mumbai, which looked at records from government hospitals/dispensaries through a Right To … Continued