Importance of public transport – the difference between Mumbai and Pune

October 5, 2014


I had a good conversation with my friend Neha whom I met after long. We were meeting to discuss her interest in doing something for the cleaning of Mithi river but since she had shifted to Pune it was natural to catchup on how she finds life there. She was quite unhappy with Pune as […]

Posted in: Urban

Spectacular disinterest on Climate Change in Mumbai

September 23, 2014


Even as New York City – and many more cities globally – saw one of the largest public congregations demanding action on climate change, the silence in Mumbai was nothing short of spectacular. I was informed of only one very small and local march in Dadar (West) but there was nothing like the big euphoria […]

Posted in: Climate Change, India

Dust in BKC, MMRDA’s paranoia, stupid rules and feudal high handedness in ‘smart’ BKC

September 14, 2014


Crazy dust levels are a bane in Mumbai, posing severe health hazards besides making the city look no different from the situation in villages and Tier 2 and 3 cities and robbing it of sophistication. This post is about the ridiculous way construction sites are running in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), the pride of Mumbai […]

Change of alignment required for Goregaon Mulund Link Road

August 28, 2014


No new developments in Aarey Milk Colony. Save Mumbai's largest and last urban green.

Posted in: Uncategorized

Neglect of North Mumbai transport infrastructure

August 9, 2014


13th July 2014 I experienced a new route to travel to Pune and realised how as a city we are cheating ourselves of a good quality of life by denying essential transport infrastructure which should have been developed decades ago but is nowhere in sight as of today. A friend from Mulund was going the […]

Posted in: Mumbai planning, Urban

Sincere City not Smart City

August 5, 2014


Smart City is the new lingo being banded about in context of Indian cities. It seems to be the Mantra for cities for the new Modi government in place. Having been involved with improvements in the quality of urbanisation primarily in Mumbai for a fairly long time I think foremost the most critical and essential […]

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 […]


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