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Mumbai's Civic Issues and Problems

Issues raised by Eminent Citizens

after the 26th July 2005 Flooding

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At a public meeting on 7th August 2005 organized by AGNI an NGO working in Mumbai ; eminent citizens made important points as regards the 26th July 2005 flooding and future measures to avoid the same.

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Gray Arrow 1.0 - Authorities must be held accountable and must apologize to Mumbaikars for the 26th July Man-Made Murders and the Mess.

Gray Arrow 2.0 - It was not only Mumbai but other cities in Maharashtra that suffered great damage.

Gray Arrow 3.0 - No Co-ordination between different government agencies as regards relief work created more problems.

Gray Arrow 4.0 - Relief Material Distribution was happening on political grounds.

Gray Arrow 5.0 - Just as the 1992 Harshad Mehta scam led to the formation of SEBI and the regulation of the financial markets, hopefully, this crisis would also have a silver lining in the future.

Gray Arrow 6.0 - It was just a co-incidence that the 26th July cloudburst was over Santacruz and hence the Met Department (which measures rainfall at Colaba and Santacruz only) measured 944 mm of rain.

It is possible that past years may have even seen more rain in diffferent parts of the city which the Met Department was not able to measure.

Gray Arrow 7.0 - Tinakar Committee Report of 1994 had described the Governnment of Maharashtra in 9 words - " For the Builder, By the Builder, Of the Builder".

Gray Arrow 8.0 - Tax benefits must not only be given to the Builders but also to People.

More than 1/3rd of Mumbai's Population lives on Ground Floor of their buildings and 10 lakh (1 Million) families were affected.

Gray Arrow 9.0 - The governance of the different institutions managing the city and it's processes need a drastic overhaul.

Gray Arrow 10.0 - The whole of Mumbai is paying the price for the regularisation and condonement of irregular policies, practices done in the name of the poor.

Gray Arrow 11.0 - Disaster Management Plans must be done from the Ground Level ALM (Advanced Locality Management) upwards and not in a Top-Down Fashion from Mantralaya (Maharashtra State Government Headquarters).

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