Despite all views about afterlife and such, it matters little to the dead how he or she is disposed of, says Mahesh Vijapurkar It is not often that one comes across improvements in crematoria. The last was perhaps setting up of electric furnaces for quicker, more efficient burning of bodies. The new thing is that in some crematoriums in Mumbai, piped natural gas will replace wood as the fuel because it is a cheaper and cleaner option. There is reportedly a ‘tepid’ response to this ... Rediff.com, 6 days ago
Civic bodies which are supposed to regulate the dimensions of a city’s growth, including what land ought to be used how, also have the responsibility of detecting and curbing flouting of norms, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. It is heartening to see a Bangladesh court ordering that all movable and immovable assets of the owner of the illegally constructed building that collapsed in Dhaka be seized ‘immediately’. That court also directed that all registrars across the country be ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Who are the politicians who either build illegal housing or protect them, or worse, secure compliance from the civic officials who wink at the contraventions? More importantly, where is the blacklist of builders who have indulged in rule-breaking as a business practice so that the buyers can avoid their projects, asks Mahesh Vijapurkar. Mumbai’s metropolitan region with its several cities is now in the vortex of a serious crisis and home owners don’t know which way to look. They ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
This horrific event brings to focus, yet again, those who made it possible for incomplete flats to be sold and occupied — private architects, brokers, civil engineers and other civic and police authorities. But the real question is who should be ...Firstpost.com, 1 month ago
The real estate business thrives on creating excess spaces beyond the permitted building codes, short-changing the buyer, and even opting for poorer quality of material. This finds an enthusiastic resonance among the officialdom. Flouting rules is part of the business model, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. If there is one sector that reeks of illegalities and fosters corruption, it is real estate in India. No city is devoid of this venality. Bigger the cities, scarcer the land and higher the demand for ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
A legislator can invoke privileges only if prevented from performing his obligations as an elected representative. Breaking speed limits on a sea link or brandishing a weapon against a business rival is not one among such obligations, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Ganpatrao Deshmukh, is a veteran opposition leader in the Maharashtra assembly, there since 1962 but for a gap between 1995 and 1999. He is most respected among his peers in politics. He was appalled when some members performed a maha arati ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The move by Mumbai airport to have the drop-off point for autos at a distance from the terminals reeks of class distinctions, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Competitive airline business and the cheap tickets have democratised flying. When Captain G R Gopinath started his Deccan Airlines, he had the entire population as his target. He often spoke of the one billion Indians as his market. He, one assumes, also thought of the cheap-ticket flyer coming to the airport in an autorickshaw. Apparently the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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