THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
25 April 2017
States : MAHARASHTRA
ELECTRIFICATION DRIVE
Lessons for rural electrification from a weaving village

If electrification drives remain focused only on village electrification, connections and lighting, 'Gaaon Ka Vikaas Garv Ke Saath' will remain just rhetoric. Anjali Sharma, Ann Josey, and Sreekumar N report.

Energy Government

PORT REDEVELOPMENT
On the waterfront in Mumbai Mumbai’s port land should be redeveloped to benefit, among others, the dock workers and slum dwellers, says a recently released report by city based NGOs Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) and Hamara Shehar Vikas Niyojan Abhiyaan. Darryl D’Monte analyses the report.
People Land
MUMBAI KOLIWADAS
The catch regarding Mumbai’s fishing villages Fishing villages in Mumbai are probably more threatened than those in other cities, due to the dizzy densification of the country’s commercial capital, writes Darryl D’Monte.
Fisheries People Land
HIGHWAY TOLLS
Why Fadnavis mustn't be soft on motorists Sachin Tendulkar’s letter to the Maharashtra CM Fadnavis, urging him to reduce toll posts in the state, may just encourage the state further to execute its plan of exempting private cars and SUVs from such charges. Darryl D’Monte argues why that is entirely unjustifiable.
Transport Urban Cities OP-ED
MUMBAI DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Who will benefit from the ‘Manhattanisation’ of Mumbai? The Mumbai municipal authorities have delivered a draft 20-year development plan for the city, but implementation of many of the proposals therein could well deliver the final blow to a city already gasping for breath, says Darryl D’Monte.
Transport Urban Cities Government
KELKAR COMMITTEE REPORT ON MAHARASHTRA
Pursuing development: The perils of the beaten track The report of a high level committee led by Vijay Kelkar to promote balanced development in Maharashtra has several important recommendations. But will it all come to nought because of its failure to avoid a few conventional pitfalls? Shripad Dharmadhikary explores.
Agriculture Water Economy Government Poverty
METRO FARES
Will passengers have to bear the burden of Mumbai Metro? Even before the first line of the much-anticipated Mumbai Metro becomes functional, a number of issues have cropped up, most notably one over the pricing of tickets. Darryl D’Monte tracks the arguments, with comparisons to metro rail elsewhere.
Transport Cities Economy
CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION
Moulding the young as change agents While formal education on climate change is largely structured around doctrines and laws targeted at mature minds, some have realised the importance of building awareness and inspiring action among the younger brigade. Angelica Pereira reports from Mumbai.
Climate Environment Environmental Education
WATER FOR MUMBAI
Travelling afar for solutions nearby The plan to erect 12 dams in order to meet the water requirements of cities in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is not only objectionable from an environmental perspective, but also undermines the priorities laid out by the 12th Five Year Plan. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.
Water Environment
URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Spaced out in Mumbai India's commercial capital suffers from a deplorable lack of open spaces and falls far below both national and global standards in that respect. Clearly, the BMC is not tuned in to the requirements, as Darryl D'Monte shows in his report on the draft development plan for the city.
Urban Cities Government
TRIBAL REALITIES
Helping Pardhi children aim for the sun While state atrocities against Pardhi communities show few signs of abatement, a small school in Mahadev Basti in Usmanabad, Maharashtra brings a ray of hope. Shirish Khare reports.
Education Adivasis Society
CASH CROPS
A new fast-yielding jackfruit Jackfruit from the farm of Maharashtra's Prakash Sawanth yielded fruit in a record two years, an unheard of agricultural phenomenon in the country. Shrikrishna D reports on the many specialities of the new variety.
Agriculture
RURAL EXPLOITATION
Cutting sugar: The bitter reality Thousands of landless villagers in Maharashtra's Marathwada region are forced to take up sugarcane harvesting for lack of better livelihood alternatives. Shirish Khare visits the region and uncovers the rampant exploitation and hardships for workers that these contracts entail.
Labour Issues Human Rights
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