Mumbai Buzz: Mumbai Taxi Rooftop Indicator | BMC’s Door-to-Door Diabetes Survey…and More
Mumbai taxi drivers asked to put an indicator on the roof
that of Bombay kaali-peeli (black and yellow taxis), by March 31, 2023, will have to put a indicator on its roof which tells passengers if it is vacant, rented or if the driver wants to take a break. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) has made it mandatory for all taxis in the city to install this color-coded indicator before the deadline.
The indicator will have green, red and white LED lights with English and Marathi writing. Red will indicate the vehicle is rented, green will indicate if it is for rent, and white will indicate if the driver is off duty.
Source: Hindustan Times
Over 32,000 people visit BMC’s NCD centers, success prompts door-to-door diabetes survey
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation says the success of non-communicable disease (NCD) centers in 15 hospitals under its jurisdiction has prompted the civic body to launch a door-to-door diabetes survey in the city’s slums. This is another initiative of BMC’s MNT program.
A total of 32,096 people have been screened at NCD centers so far, of whom about 12% had higher than normal blood pressure, while about 11% had random sugar levels above 140 milligrams (mg/ dl).
Source: The Indian Express
QR to be used in a bid to stem threat of illegal hoarding in Mumbai
The Urban Development Department of Maharashtra has released a order urging all urban local authorities, including BMC, to initiate a QR code that will be printed on all authorized panels, flex, banners and posters.
The movement is an attempt to identify those who are illegal and take action accordingly. The order further directs local bodies to identify dedicated locations where authorized billboards, banners, posters and flex can be installed.
Source: Hindustan Times
8 deaths due to suspected measles, higher disease incidence in 2022 than in 2021
Until November 17, eight people have died as a result of suspected measles in Bombay. According to daily state updates, confirmed measles cases have increased nearly sixfold, from 92 in 2021 to 503 in 2022. There have been 26 outbreaks in the state this year, up from just one last year. .
Meanwhile, the state’s chief minister, Eknath Shinde, said the outbreak appears to have been caused by a lack of vaccination.
Source: Times of India
BMC workers’ homes damaged after water tank burst in Dadar
The overhead water tank of a ground and four-storey transit camp at Gautam Nagar in Dadar burst earlier this week, damaging two houses at the last floor. The building houses workers from BMC’s solid waste management department.
Residents are angry at the BMC for not addressing the issue even after several complaints, and are now dealing with injuries. Meanwhile, even though the Civic Corps replaced the tank after the incident, the cracks inside the building are still visible.
[Compiled by Eshan Kalyanikar]