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  1. Sir, Need the copy of OC certificate issued by MMRDA to Loadha Crown Buildmart Pvt. Ltd., for their existing project at Wadala, Truck Terminal Mumbai. Issued on 8th June 2017.
  2. The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has said that construction of the 'missing link' between Eastern Express Highway and Western Express Highway here is expected be over by this year end. Once completed, the road will cut short the commuters' travel time to five minutes from the present 40 minutes. MMRDA revealed this in response to an RTI query filed by activist Anil Galgali. Read more at; Eastern & Western expressways to be linked by year end: MMRDA | Business Standard News
  3. Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has spent Rs 4.29 crore on air travel from April, 2001 to March, 2014, with most expenses incurred for study tours, an RTI query revealed. MMRDA is executing developmental projects worth thousands of crores in the MMR region comprising Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar and Raigad districts. Read at: 'MMRDA spends Rs 4.29 crore on air travel in 13 years' | Zee News
  4. During January to March 2014, MMRDA paid Rs39.58 lakh to a private PR agency for its image building, reveals an RTI application The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had paid Rs15.82 lakh per month to a public relations (PR) agency as part of its image building before the Lok Sabha election. This was revealed in a reply received by activist Anil Galgali under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. In the reply, Dilip Kavatkar, joint project director of the Authority, said, "MMRDA appointed a PR Agency namely Ad Factors Pvt Ltd for a period of six months and paid them Rs39.58 lakh for a period from January 2014 to March 2014 and Rs7.86 lakh are in balance with MMRDA." Read more: MMRDA paid Rs39.6 lakh for image building before elections - Moneylife
  5. As reported at dnaindia.com on March 31, 2010 Mumbai: The RTI query to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA): Has it given the water department permission to lay a water pipeline at Marol Naka signal? The reply: We do not understand your question. Angered by this poor response, chief information commissioner SV Joshi recently directed the executive engineer of MMRDA to pay a fine of Rs5,000. The issue dates back to 2007 when the civic hydraulic department decided to improve the water connectivity at this junction, a work which had been pending for the past five years. As construction of the Andheri-Ghatkopar metro had begun, the water department sought MMRDA and the traffic department’s permission to dig at the signal. “Since MMRDA did not respond to the department’s requests, I filed an RTI on July 31 last year to know the status. To my surprise, MMRDA, after almost 40 days, replied that my question is not clear,” said Ravi Nair, a resident of Marol Naka who filed the RTI. And this, after the MMRDA conducted an inspection of the site after his query was filed. Nair then filed a second appeal, and on March 19, the information commissioner fined the executive engineer, who is the public information officer in MMRDA. The MMRDA spokesperson did not respond for comments. Source: MMRDA info officer fined Rs5,000 for acting dumb - dnaindia.com
  6. Atul Patankar

    Skywalk: MMRDA's pride, and blemish

    As reported by Ninad Siddhaye at dnaindia.com on February 20, 2010 Mumbai: On the one hand, its skywalk project has made the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) proud. The Wall Street Journal has applauded it for the skywalk from Bandra station to the Kalanagar junction on the Western Express Highway. On the other hand, the skywalk project is giving the MMRDA the blushes. Right to information (RTI) queries by citizens regarding skywalks in the city have time and again seen MMRDA officials giving contradictory replies. Foremost, there is confusion over the exact number of skywalks the MMRDA plans to build across the city. The MMRDA has made an official announcement that there would be 57 skywalks. But a recent RTI application by Grant Road resident Arvind Dagha fetched a document from the authority listing 80 skywalks planned for the city. In February 2009, Vile Parle resident Ketan Gada asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is constructing the Vile Parle (West) skywalk for the MMRDA, for copies of the consent letters it had obtained from the Member of Parliament (MP), the Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and the corporator representing the locality. He got a reply stating that “oral” permissions had been obtained from the three. But Dagha’s RTI application obtained a detailed list of meetings held with local representatives. Copies of both the RTI applications and replies are with DNA. The MMRDA has been vague in its reply to certain questions, such as who is responsible for the loss of money where a skywalk construction began, but was later cancelled. Another RTI application by a citizen had the MMRDA talking in riddles. His query was regarding the cost escalation of the skywalk project. Initially, 30 skywalks had been planned, and were to cost Rs600 crore. Later, the MMRDA increased the number of skywalks to 57 and the cost to Rs1,400 crore. Explaining the steep rise — an additional Rs800 crore for 27 more skywalks — the MMRDA officials cited the rising cost of steel, the need for aesthetic improvement, etc. as reasons. Surprisingly, the same officials had earlier said that the skywalk project would cost less thanks to the fall in steel prices. DNA pointed out the flip-flops to MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar. But he strongly defended his officials. “All permissions related to each and every skywalk have been obtained as per requirements. There are no irregularities,” he said. Source: Skywalk: MMRDA's pride, and blemish - dnaindia.com
  7. Atul Patankar

    RTI helps man win battle with MMRDA

    As reported by Viju B at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 10 July 2009 MUMBAI: There is good news for the six information commissions which have been struggling with various government agencies that have not complied with the state information commission's orders till date. An RTI applicant's battle with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for recovering compensation as specified by the SIC order has finally met with success after he filed an RTI query asking for the status of the compliance report. The SIC had imposed a penalty of Rs 9,500 on the Public Information Officer (PIO), in this case, MMRDA executive engineer L M Bisen, for providing misleading information. The SIC had also directed the agency to recover Rs 100 as token compensation and pay the amount to RTI applicant S K Nangia. But though the order was passed last year, the MMRDA never complied with it. Nangia then filed a fresh RTI query with MMRDA. "Within a month, I received a cheque of Rs 100 recovered from the salary of the PIO,'' he said. Bisen said that it was a government directive and the order had been followed. The case came up with SIC after Nangia, a Kandivli resident, had filed an RTI query asking for details about a huge crater in Mulund that was left open by the MMRDA. "I had asked for the major factors that led to a car falling into the pit,'' Nangia said. The PIO responded by stating that the applicant should go to the police station. Nangia then filed a first appeal with the appellate authority of the MMRDA. Though the appellate authority directed the PIO to furnish the information, Nangia did not get requisite details like the concerned official's name. "I was shocked to get a reply from the MMRDA, which said there was already a barricade at the spot,'' he said. The SIC noted that it was wrong on the part of Bisen to direct the complainant to seek information from the police. "The commission appreciates the concern of the applicant and a token compensation will be given to him,'' the SIC order said. Source: RTI helps man win battle with MMRDA - Mumbai - Cities - The Times of India
  8. Atul Patankar

    Metro-II raises many questions

    As reported by Ninad Siddhaye & Linah Baliga at www.dnaindia.com on 12 May 2009 Mumbai: Hundreds of concerned citizens turned up for the public hearing on the proposed second metro line organised by Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) on Monday. Top officials of the urban development department heard peoples' grievances throughout the day, as a proposed car shed on a 40-hectare Mhada plot at Charkop stood out as the biggest bone of contention. While senior BJP leader Ram Naik was among the hundreds who opposed the Metro car depot planned at Charkop in Kandivili, social activist Medha Patkar demanded the hearing be conducted by an independent panel to avoid conflict of interest. "I oppose the Charkop car shed since it would render over 14 thousand families of Ganesh Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, Lalji Pada, Gandhi Nagar, Ekta Nagar, and Janata Colony homeless. Moreover, there are several schools, temples, mosques, churches, shops and industries which may face the axe. I have submitted the demand before the hearing panel," said Naik. Patkar blasted the authority for not being transparent in providing information about the project. "My RTI application was rejected with the excuse that "it may prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India and the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the state". How can sharing information threaten national security? We know that the state government has coordinated with Japanese Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) and private companies for financial help," Patkar said. Juhu residents felt that there were serious lacunae in having an elevated Metro Line, and that the ground realities along Metro corridor in Mumbai are different from that in Delhi. "An elevated mass rapid transport system is not suitable along the Metro corridor, and alternate options such as an underground Metro need to be considered," said Sherley Singh, secretary, Juhu Scheme Residents' Association. MMRDA received more than 8,000 suggestion-objections for the 32-km-long project and the authority has replied to over 8,500 letters Source: DNA: Mumbai: Metro-II raises many questions
  9. Atul Patankar

    Mithi work far from over

    As reported by Clara Lewis, TNN at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 14 March 2009 Mumbai: The widening, deepening and desilting of the Mithi River has assumed a sense of urgency, and officials are under pressure to avoid a repeat of 26/7. The state government had promised to complete all work on the river, including the beautification of its banks, by June 2010, but experts say that this is highly unlikely. A 60m wide channel is to be constructed in the Arabian Sea, 2km from Mahim Causeway bridge on one side and 1.5km from Bandra-Worli sea-link on the other, to allow the river to discharge into the deep sea. The construction of the channel requires the removal of 80,000 cubic metre of silt and 17,000 cubic metre of rock. Though the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) aims to complete a third of the work before the monsoon, the lowest bid received till date is 45% below the estimated Rs 22 crore cost. "It is not possible to carry out the work at such a low cost without manipulation,'' said an industry. Dilip Kawathkar, joint director, public relations, MMRDA, said the agency has not finalised the bid. The MMRDA, has also failed to deepen the mouth of the Mahim Bay, where the river meets the sea, in time. In January 2007, it had awarded a contract for the excavation work, to be completed by August 2008. But information obtained by TOI under the RTI shows that only 1,600 cubic metre of rock has been excavated. A fortnight ago, the MMRDA extended the contract till June this year. MMRDA engineers blamed the delay on the time it took to obtain the No Objection Certificates (NOCs). "The NOCs were obtained by the contractor in March 2008. We have fined the contractor Rs 20 lakh for the delay,'' said officials. N V Merani, former member secretary MMRDA Board, said, "The work of widening should have been done from downstream, moving upstream. Here, it has been the exact opposite. It will result in silting, unless the mouth is also deepened,'' he said. Little progress Work on the Arabian Sea Proposal: Construction of a 60-metre-wide channel to be constructed in the Arabian Sea, about 2km from the Mahim Causeway bridge on one side and 1.5km from the Bandra-Worli sea-link on the other Aim: To allow the Mithi to discharge easily into the deep sea Work involved: Removal of 80,0000 cubic metre of silt and excavation of 17,000 cubic metre of rock. Deadline: A third of the work to be completed before the forthcoming monsoon Status: MMRDA has yet to finalise the bid. Till date, the lowest bid received is 45 per cent below the estimated cost of Rs 22 crore Deepening of the river mouth Proposal: The project involves deepening the mouth of the Mahim Bay where the river meets the sea to allow easy flow of water into the sea Aim: Owing to the presence of rocks at the mouth of river, its velocity is reduced. Discharge of water is affected leading to stagnation. The excavation of rocks will help maintain the water flow, so that the river can discharge directly into the deep sea and flush out the silt Work involved: Excavation of 2.15 lakh cubic metre of rock at Mahim Bay Deadline: August 2008 Status: Only 1,600 cubic metre of rock has been excavated. Deadline has been extended till June this year Source: Mithi work far from over-Mumbai-Cities-The Times of India
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