Why Peltophorum is not a good tree for Mumbai?

April 27, 2014


I feel a bit stupid for not having recorded this long long ago considering how strongly I feel about it but nevertheless. So let me state the position very clearly. The Peltophorum tree is the most common tree in Mumbai today. It has been the favourite in plantation drives by the municipal corporation over the […]

Letter on Coast Road

March 11, 2014


While I have been opposing the coast road for more than two years, this is the first formal letter – along critique – that I have put in. The acknowledged letters are below and I will keep adding more acknowledgements here as I submit the letters to the relevant authorities. To reiterate it is the […]

Going to Pakistan!

January 23, 2014


I have been chosen to be part of a Indo-Pak people to people initiative on building bridges between the two countries. I am copying the communication received to give an idea of the program. Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation and the Lahore University of Management Sciences have jointly launched a project recently titled – Common […]

Posted in: Pakistan Trip

Presentation to BMC on solid waste management in Mumbai

January 23, 2014


Presentation to BMC on solid waste management in Mumbai

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Bullshit at St. Martins Road

December 29, 2013


St. Martins lane in Bandra (W) is providing a clear insight into what is currently wrong with Mumbai’s planning: 1) Arrogance of the municipal corporation and other authorities, which are supposedly meant to serve the large public interest but are more conducive to serve narrow vested interests. 2) Planning and decision making being taken over […]


December 19, 2013


Today at Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai where I am a Research Fellow, I found myself engaged in a discussion on inter-faith dialogue and religion. Mr. Sudheendra Kulkarni is actively involved with and supporting the visit of Islamic scholar Mr. Tahir ul Quadri in January 2014 and some of my colleagues at ORF will be actively […]

Posted in: India

Issue specific stakeholder meetings for Mumbai Development Plan 2014

December 18, 2013


Letter for stakeholders workshop-DP-06.12 Meeting of which details are below was held as per the offer made in the letter above. Important meetings are planned and anybody interested should attend as a participant or observer. I participated in the meeting below in the section of TOD. Link to presentation: Comments on TOD policy in Mumbai […]


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