Friday, March 30, 2007

Mumbai out of top 10 Indian business-friendly cities

The table shown above is a ranking of the best Indian cities for setting up and running a business. It's from a larger report by International Finance Corporation (IFC). The report is titled "Doing business in South Asia 2007" and can be downloaded from this link at their site. The report also features prominently in the front pages of todays' Mumbai dailies (like DNA).

Chew on that if you will. Mumbai is out of the top 10 Indian cities in terms of doing business with ease. I've not read the report in its entirety and probably IFC might have used parameters that can be debated further. Indeed, we might find the ranking difficult to believe, considering the businesses that thrive in this city. Yet, IFC has made a point worth delving on, at least by our administration.

And yet, after reading it, the Finance Minister's recent intentions to make Mumbai a "regional financial centre" just sounded a bit hollow.

On a separate note, my apologies for not updating this blog often (as always due to pressures at my work place). I hope to put in more effort in the near future.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Mumbai Metro website now up

The Mumbai Metro One (MM1) website is up and running. For a project that's not yet begun, it's a reasonably informative website.

However, once the project is up and running (stop rolling those eyes and please, a little less of the disbelief) I think they will have to significantly improve the website if they want to match the standards laid down by the Delhi Metro's website.

Here are my thoughts on some sections of the MM1 website

1. "About us" - From what's known in the press on the ownership of MM1 (i.e. specifically the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar, or VAG leg), Reliance Energy will hold 74% and MMRDA the balance 24%. No mention is made of this, at least not in the "About us" section. I don't know what to infer from this.

Interestingly enough, the "About Us" page of the Delhi Metro website says
DMRC has equal equity participation from GOI and GNCTD.
GNCTD being Govt. of National Capital Territory Delhi and GOI being Government of India. In case you didn't know, the Delhi Metro is entirely Government owned and, I'm assuming, Government operated.

2. "Quick facts" - Most of this section is known in the public domain and a lot of this page is technical stuff. I found this disclaimer, in the tariffs part, interesting.

Journey time: 21 minutes
Frequency: 3.5 minutes, going down to 3 minutes during peak hours
Fares # (2003-2004 level)
+ Rs. 6 upto 3 Kms.
+ Rs. 8 between 3 8 Kms.
+ Rs. 10 beyond 8 Kms.

# Fares indicated are for 2003-2004 level and shall be revised @ 11% every fourth year (rounded off to the nearest rupee). Fares shall be fixed by Government of Maharashtra, through a notification.
3. "Press room": Disappointing. They've put up scanned .PDFs of a handful of articles. Delhi Metro has press clippings going back 5 years (Jan-02). Perhaps not a fair comparison, considering that MM1 has just been formed.

4. "FAQs" - Reasonably good and again most of it known in the public domain. Would be good if they'd said something about the costing of MM1, or on the contentious issue of the Skybus being cheaper than the Metro (as pointed out by Sid in his comment here), but I'd be asking for too much I guess.

5. "Roadmaps" - What could be the spiffiest part of the website looks inadequate simply because you have to download 4 powerpoint files to figure out the map, distance, etc.. In any case, these files are all a grab/copy/paste of a Google Earth view of Mumbai, but marked with the VAG route and the planned stations. Though I found this page informative, I also found it a bit tacky and not user-friendly. Hopefully, this will be done up when MM1 is operational.

6. Right to information - This is the tricky part. I'm guessing that since Delhi Metro is Government-owned, it comes under the purview of RTI (sample DRMC's RTI page on its website here). Will this apply to MM1, which is 74% owned by Reliance Energy, and hence a privately-owned entity ? It would be sad if MM1 does not fall under RTI, because the message I'd get would be that since MM1 is private it's not answerable to anyone, including the commuters on its trains. For example, will we get annual reports for MM1 the way that the DRMC has put up on its site ?

Overall, I'm assuming that MM1 website is still in its initial phase and will be improved upon in the future.

Here are some websites of Metro Rail systems in other countries -
London Underground
NYC Transit (Thanks Rajesh for correcting, and helping, me here)
Beijing Subway
Guangzhou Metro
Singapore MRT
Tokyo Metro
Berlin Metro
Paris Metro

Also visit Wikipedia's list of Rapid Transport Systems

Friday, March 02, 2007

BMC Elections 2007 Winners

These are the winners of the recently held BMC Elections.

Meet the 227 people - the Corporators of the Bombay Municipality Corporation (BMC) - who will run Mumbai on a daily basis for the next five years.

Key to read the data: The link in each ward will go to the BMC's page on the ward which will have a lot more details about the ward, i.e. data like population, the address and the phone number of the BMC office, etc. So, ideally, you should know which ward you belong to. Once you do, then search for your electoral ward number and you should find your corporator. If you still can't, leave a comment and I'll dig it out for you.

Ward A
224 Mahatma Phule - Churchgate Museum - Indira Docks
Vijaya Dhulla (Congress)

225 Brabourne Stadium - Colaba Market - Gateway of India
Vinod Shekhar (Congress)

226 Sasson Docks - World Trade Centre - Geeta Nagar
Geeta Kanojiya (Congress)

227 RC Church - Colaba Dandi - Navy Nagar
Prema Vijay Singh (Congress)

Ward B
221 Imamwaada - Dongri
Dyanraj Nikam (Congress)

222 Bengalipura - Princess Docks
Ansari Iklakh (Congress)

223 Musafir Khana - Victoria Docks
Waqarunnisa Ansari (Congress)

Ward C
217 Durgadevi Udyan - Madhavbaagh - Bhuleshwar
Vijay Vashirde (Shiv Sena)

218 Chandanwaadi - Chira Bazaar - Gymkhana
Vishakha Pednekar (Shiv Sena)

219 Mumbadevi - Mulji Jetha Market - Dhobi Talav
Janak Sanghavi (BJP)

220 Khara Talav - Null Bazaar - Ghoghari Mohalla
Gulshan Chauhan (Congress)

Ward D
210 Bellasis Chawl - Navjivan Society
Anahita Rusi Mehta (Congress)

211 Willingdon Sports Club - Bhatia Hospital
Bhavna Koli (Congress)

212 Mahalakshmi - AC Market - Oomer Park
Arvind Bane (BJP)

213 Priyadarshini Park - August Kranti Maidan
Yogita Singh Juikar (BJP)

214 Kamla Nehru Park - Rajbhavan
Pramod Mandrekar (Congress)

215 Prarthana Samaj - Opera House
Meenal Juvatkar (Shiv Sena)

216 Harkisandas N. Hospital - Khetwaadi
Kokila Parmar (BJP)

Ward E
202 Veermata Jijabai Udyan - Ghodapdeo - Mazgaon Docks (North)
Advocate Mangesh Bansod (NCP)

203 Kasturbha Hospital - India United Mills
Ramakant Rahate (Shiv Sena)

204 Byculla Railway Station - Municipality Colony
Vandana Gawli (ABS)

205 Nair Hospital - Byculla Agnishamakdal
Geeta Gawli (ABS)

206 Mazgaon Court - Madanpura
Afreen Fayyaz Ahmed (Congress)

207 Anjirwaadi Dockyard - Mazgaon Dock (East)
Yeshwant Jadhav (Shiv Sena)

208 Mastan Talav - JJ Hospital - Sales Tax Bhavan
Shaikh Rabiya Iqbal (Congress)

209 Kamathipura
Amin Patel (Congress)

Ward F-South
195 Ranjit Studio - Naigaon BDD Chawl
Shakuntala Mane (Congress)

196 Naigaon Police Parade Ground - BPT Hospital
Sunil More (Congress)

197 Mahatma Gandhi Nagar - Bhoiwaada
Parvati Gorivale (Shiv Sena)

198 India United Mills - Nare Park Sanjay Ambole (Shiv Sena)

199 KEM Hospital - Rajkamal Studio
Anil Pawar (Shiv Sena)

200 Veterinary Hospital - Abhyudaya Nagar
Dilip Shinde (Shiv Sena)

201 Cotton Green - Shivdi Fort
Prakash Chalke (Shiv Sena)

Ward F-North
165 Pratiksha Nagar - Sion
Mangesh Satamkar (Shiv sena)

166 Salt pans - Sion Trasit Camp
Ravi Raja(Congress)

167 LT Bloodbank - Shanmukhanda Hall
Upendra Doshi(Congress)

168 Ravli Hill
Harvinder Kaur Maniktala(Congress)

169 CGS Colony - Sector #3
Shraddha Jadhav(Shiv sena)

170 CGS Colony - Antop Hill
Niyaz Ahmed Vanu (NCP)

171 Sangam nagar
Darji Faridabanu (SP)

172 Korba Mithagar - Wadala saltpan
Presila Anil Kadam (Congress)

173 Lepers Home - BPT Hospital Colony
Hemant Doke (Shiv Sena)

174 Hindu Colony - Parsi Colony
Raghunath Thavai (Congress)

Ward G-South
186 ST Depot - Western Railway Workshop
Manohar Kamble (Shiv Sena)

187 TV Center - Prabhadevi
Jyoti Bhosale (Shiv Sena)

188 Worli Village
Sanjay Agaldhare (Shiv Sena)

189 Worli Dairy - Sasmira
Madhukar Dalvi (Shiv Sena)

190 Worli Dairy BDD Chawl
Jagdish Sawant (Shiv Sena)

191 Gandhinagar - Dawn Mills
Ashish Chemburkar (Shiv Sena)

192 Mahalakshmi Race course - Nehru Planetarium
Parshuram Desai (IND)

193 Shantinagar - Arthur Road Jail
Chandrakant Pugaonkar (BJP)

194 Parel BDD Chawl
Sunil Shinde (Shiv Sena)

Ward G-North
175 Bandra Kurla Complex - Mahim Kaala Killa
Parvati Dattu Katake -

176 Dharavi Transit Camp
Naresh Mane (Congress)

177 Kakkyadevi Mandir (Dharavi) - Khambadevi Nagar - Mukund Nagar
Sunanda Suryawanshi (Shiv Sena)

178 Western India Tanneries
Mahendra Shinde (Congress)

179 Mahim - Sonapur Labour Camp
Hanumanta Nandepalli (Congress)

180 Estrella Battery Company - Rajarshi Shahu Nagar
Mangala Gaikwad (Congress)

181 Mahim Killa - Mahim Police Quarters - Mahim Creek
Santosh Parab (Shiv sena)

182 Sitladevi Temple - National Hospital
Meena Desai (Congress)

183 Ruparel College - Matunga Workshop
Ajit Pandit (Shiv Sena)

184 Kaamgaar Krida Kendra - Dadar Railway Sthanak
Snehal Jadhav (Shiv sena)

185 Ravindra Natya Mandir - Shivaji Park
Pravin Devhare (Shiv sena)

Ward H-West
92 Khira Nagar - Saraswat Colony
Mohan Lokegaokar(Shiv sena)

93 Vitthaldas Nagar - Madhu Park (Khar West)
Ad.Ashish Shelar (BJP)

94 Khar Danda - Chuim Village
Vilas Chavri (IND)

95 Union Park - National College
Kavita Rodrigs (Congress)

96 Bandra Court - Pali Market - National Library
Asif Ahmed Zakeria(Congress)

97 Lilavati Hospital - Bandra Bus Terminal
Khan Rahebar (IND)

Ward H-East
81 Prabhat Colony - Anand Nagar
Ad.Dharmesh Vyas (Congress)

82 Vivekanand Nagar
Baliram Ghag (Shiv sena)

83 University Campus - Dharamsi College
Sanjay Potnis(Shiv sena)

84 Kalina Village - Santacruz
Terattil Alice Johnson (Congress)

85 Bharat Nagar (East)
Lalji Yadav (SP)

86 TPS 3 - Santacruz -Ashok Nagar
Vishwnath Mahadeshwar (Shiv sena)

87 Davri Colony - Khar Rifle Range
Krushna Parkar(BJP)

88 Teachers Colony - Jawahar Nagar
Sujata Mhaskar (Shiv sena)

89 Government Colony - Bharat Nagar (West)
Prakash Sawant (Shiv sena)

90 Bandra Terminus - Nirmal Nagar
Manmohan Chonkar (shiv sena)

91 Kherwadi
Mohmad Yunus Sheikh (Sp)

Ward K-East
66 Bandekarvaadi - Ismail College - Natwarnagar
Ujjwala Modak (BJP)

67 Jogeshwari Caves - Majasvaadi
Suresh Gangan(Shiv sena)

68 Meghwaadi - Shivneri Nagar
Ravindra Waikar(Shiv sena)

69 Shankarwaadi - Parsi Panchayat
Shailesh Parab(Shiv sena)

70 Squatters Colony - Tolani College
Shiekh Sabirabi (Congress)

71 Gundavali-Gaothan(West)
Rupali Pawaskar(Congress)

72 Gundavali (East) - ISIS Hospital
Ramesh Latke(Shiv sena)

73 Vyaravali - MIDC
Clive Dias (Congress)

74 Vijay Nagar - Bhavani Nagar
Roshan Dudvadkar (Congress)

75 Sahar Airport - Maroshi Village
Kamlesh Rai (Congress)

76 Chakala - Sahar Airport
Subhash Sawant(Shiv sena)

77 Sahar Village - Bamanvaada
Nitin Salagre (Congress)

78 MV College - Vijay Nagar - Coal Dongri
Manohar Panchal(Shiv Sena)

79 Tejpal Scheme - Paranjpe Scheme (Vile Parle East)
Shashikant Patkar (Shiv sena)

80 Vile Parle East Telephone Exchange
Chandrakant Pawar(BJP)

Ward K-West
53 Oshiwara - Bandivali (East)
Sayyad Bargena (SP)

54 Tarapore Garden
Rajul Patel (Shiv sena)

55 Swami Samarth Nagar
Yashodhar Phanse (Shiv sena)

56 Versova (North)
Chhaya Bhanji (Shiv sena)

57 Adarsh Nagar - Amboli Hill
Raju Pednekar (Shiv sena)

58 Shahaji Raje Krida Sankul - Malcolm Bagh
Vishnu Korgaonkar (Shiv sena)

59 Saat Bangla - Versova (South)
Devendra Amberkar (Congress)

60 Manish Nagar - Bhavans College
Jyotsna Dighe (Congress)

61 Gilbert Hill - Andheri Market
Khatija Makwana (Congress)

62 Lallubhai Park - Shreeram Jharoka
Bharti Ghongade (Congress)

63 BhaktiVedanta Mandir - Cooper Hospital
Adolf D'souza(IND)

64 SNDT - University Campus - Juhu Airport
Barudgar Aziz (Congress)

65 Vileparle (West) - Mithibai College
Jayanti Siroya (Congress)

Ward L
150 Tungve Village - Chandivali Village (West)
Sharad Pawar (Congress)

151 Chandivali Village (East)
Chitra Sangale (Shiv Sena)

152 Mohili Village
Kamlakar Jamsandekar (Shiv Sena)

153 Kajupada Hill - Asalpha Village
Harish Shukla (Shiv Sena)

154 Kamani Industries - Sakinaka
Shaila Lande (MNS)

155 Jari Mari
Annamalai S (Congress)

156 Premier Automobiles - Home Guards Training Centre
Sitaram Tiwari (BJP)

157 Wadia Estate - Hole Village - Premier Automobiles
Rajhans Singh (Congress)

158 Kurla Village - Dayanand Vidyalaya
Narayan Pawar (IND)

159 Vinoba Bhave Nagar
Shajiya Azmi (IND)

160 Kurla Terminus - Kaamgar Nagar
Shantaram Naik (Shiv sena)

161 Shikshak Nagar
Abdul Rashid Malik (NCP)

162 Nehru Nagar - Bhabha Hospital - Takia
Anuradha Pednekar (Shiv sena)

163 Kasai waada - Everhard Nagar
Rajendra Lad (MNS)

164 Swadeshi Mill - Eye Hospital
Vidya Bhoir(Shiv Sena)

Ward M-West
142 Anik - Mahul Village - RCF
Rajendra Mahulkar (NCP)

143 Suman Nagar - Sindhi Society
Jayashree Kharat(BJP)

144 Siddharth Colony - Vasant Park
Kisan Raju Mistry(Congress)

145 Sahakar Nagar
Gautam Sable (RPI)

146 Subhash Nagar - Beggars Home
Prakash Fatrphekar (Shiv sena)

147 Borla (Central) - Ghaatla Village
Mangala Kate (Shiv sena)

148 Jyoti Nagar - Rahul Nagar
Babasaheb Bansode (RPI)

149 Tilak Nagar - Chheda Nagar
Rajiv Chaugule (Shiv sena)

Ward M-East
129 Lotus Colony Rafiq Nagar
Suresh Patil (IND)

130 Shivaji Nagar #1
Anjum Fatima Aslam(IND)

131 Bainganwaadi
Sheikh Nurjaha (SP)

132 Shivaji Nagar #2 (West)
Sheikh Asma Ahmed Badshah (SP)

133 Shivaji Nagar #2 (East) - PMG Colony
Chaodhari Fazlurehman(SP)

134 Mankhurd Village - Mandala Village
Nirmaldevi Sigh(Congress)

135 Cheetah Camp
Sheikh Mohmad Farukh(IND)

136 Anushakti Nagar (BARC) - Trombay
Rahul Shewale (Shiv sena)

137 New Gautam Nagar
Vitthal Lokare(Congress)

138 Deonar Abbatoir
Sujata Vaghmare(RPI)

139 Deonar Village - Mankhurd Childrens Home
Shashikant Patil (Congress)

140 RCF Township
Devidas Borse(Congress)

141 Adarsh Nagar - HPCL - Anik Village
Rukmini Kharatmol(BJP)

Ward N
117 Rahul Nagar
Kashinath Tharli (Shiv sena)

118 Park Sight Colony - Vikroli Village
Khan Harun Yunus (NCP)

119 Damodar Park - Sanghani Estate
Saraswati Bhosale (Shiv sena)

120 Sarvodaya Hospital
Kumar Pandey (Shiv sena)

121 Bhimnagar - Ramnagar
Pravin Chheda(BJP)

122 Bhatvaadi - Barve Nagar
Shubhangi Shirke (Shiv sena)

123 Chirag Nagar - Narayan Nagar
Ashwini Mate (shiv sena)

124 Kirol Village - Ramji Ashar School
Shobha Ashar(BJP)

125 Pant Nagar
Suresh Golatkar (Congress)

126 Ramabai Nagar
Rakhi Jadhav (NCP)

127 Garodia Nagar - Somaiya College
Bhalchandra Shirsat (BJP)

128 Kamraj Nagar
Parmeshwar Kadam (MNS)

Ward P-South

45 Bangur Nagar - Sundar Nagar
Vidya Thakur (BJP)

46 Dindoshi - Pandurangvaadi
Shantu Bhosale (Shiv sena)

47 Aarey Colony (East)
Sunil Prabhu (Shiv sena)

48 Nirlon - Krishi Vidyapeeth - Jayprakash Nagar
Sumangal Koltharkar (Shiv Sena)

49 Unnat Nagar - Motilal Nagar #2
Sameer Desai (Congress)

50 Patkar College - Shastri Nagar
R.R. Pillai (Congress)

51 Motilal Nagar #1 - BEST Bus Depot
Dilip Shinde (Shiv sena)

52 Sidharth Nagar - Jawahar Nagar
Dilip Patel (BJP)

Ward P-North
29 Manori - Marve - Erangal - Akse - Daravli - Madh Beat
Renuka Dive (Shiv sena)

30 Vadnai Village - Kharodi Village - Malvani Colony
Suvarna Mdyalkar (Congress)

31 Adarsh Dughdalaya - Evershine Nagar
Jaya Tivana (Congress)

32 Bhadaran nagar - Maamledarwaadi
Baldevsingh Manku (Congress)

33 Pushpa Park
Dr.Ram Barot (BJP)

34 Tanaji Nagar
Anita Ghag (MNS)

35 Appa waadi
Bhomsingh Rathod (Congress)

36 Malad Hill Reservoir
Vidya Chavan(NCP)

37 Malad West (BMC Nagar)
Sadashiv Patil (Shiv sena)

38 Dhanjivaadi - Narsobavaadi - Kokani Paada
Ajit Raorane (NCP)

39 Pimpri Pada - Pathanwaadi
Ganpat Varise (Shiv sena)

40 Raheja Complex - Dindoshi
Ad.Dyanmurti Sharma (BJP)

41 Makrani Paada
Dikshita Shah (Congress)

42 Liberty Garden - Nadiadwala Colony
Supriya Pawar (MNS)

43 New Collectors Colony (Malad)
Aslam Sheikh (congress)

44 New Collectors Colony - MHB Colony
Sarika Gracious (NCP)

Ward R-South
18 Charkop (South) - Kandivali (West)
Shubhda Gudekar(Shiv sena)

19 Charkop - Industrial Estate
Kamlesh Yadav(congress)

20 Mahavir Nagar - Dahanukar vaadi
Shailaja Girkar (BJP)

21 Naravane Sanskritik Kendra - Arya Chanakya Nagar
Raju Vyas (congress)

22 Poisar Village Kandivali (West)
Shivkumar Jha (IND)

23 Poisar (East) - Rajaram nagar - Ashok Nagar
Ashok Sawant (shiv sena)

24 Samta Nagar - Dattani Park
Kshitija Pujary (Shiv Sena)

25 Damupada (Kandivali)
Rameshsingh Thakur (Congress)

26 Samta Nagar - M&M (Kandivali)
Ajanta Yadav (congress)

27 Devji Bhimji Colony - Paras Nagar
Yogesh Sagar (BJP)

28 Iranipada - Kandivali (West)
Geeta Yadav (Congress)

Ward R-Central
8 Gorai - MHB Coloni (Juni)
Sadanand Surve (Shiv sena)

9 Govind Nagar - Yogi Nagar
Vinod Ghedia(BJP)

10 Daulat Nagar - Nancy Colony
Namdeo Khursange (NCP)

11 Buncy Nagar - Tata Power House
Shirish Chaugule (MNS)

12 Dattpada
Vinay Patil (congress)

13 Rajendra Nagar - Khatau Estate
Simintini Narkar(Shiv sena)

14 Borivali TPS 3 - Kora Kendra
Pravin Shah (BJP)

15 Exser - Mamledar Vadi
Mohan Mithbaonkar (BJP)

16 Chikuvadi - Kanti Park - MHB Colony (New)
Bharti Keni(BJP)

17 Charkop (North)
Sandhya Doshi (NCP)

Ward R-North
1 Kandarpada IC Colony
Sheetal Mhatre (congress)

2 Gaodevi Dahisar (East)
Bhalchandra Mhatre (Shiv sena)

3 Ketakipada - Shailendra Nagar
Rajendra Choube (congress)

4 Vaishali Nagar
Bhavna Bhagat (Shiv sena)

5 Ashokvan - Chintamani Nagar
Sujata Patekar(Shiv sena)

6 Ambavadi - Ovripada
Prakash Karkar (Shiv sena)

7 Mandapeshwar
Dr.Shubha Raul (Shiv sena)

Ward S
104 Milind Nagar - Gaodevi Hills
Suresh Koparkar(Congress)

105 Bhandup village
Sangeeta Patil (congress)

106 Gaodevi
Suresh Shinde (Shiv sena)

107 Nardas nagar
Ramesh Korgaonkar (Shiv sena)

108 Kokan Nagar - Bhattipada
Snehlata Dalvi(Shiv sena)

109 Hanuman Nagar - Farid Nagar
Kashinath Karadkar ( Congress)

110 Datar Colony - CGS Quarters
Bharti Pisal (NCP)

111 Kanjur Village
Minakshi Patil(Shiv sena)

112 Kannamvaar Nagar
Mangesh Sangale (MNS)

113 Tagore Nagar
Tavji Gorule(shiv sena)

114 Hariyali Village Godrej Colony
Rashmi Pahudkar(Shiv sena)

115 Aden Bungalows - Tirandaz Village
Charu Sharma (NCP)

116 Vihar Lake - Powai Lake - Passpoli Village
Anjali Darade (Congress)

Ward T
98 Mulund Colony - Tulsi Talav
Vishwanath Maske(BJP)

99 Mulund Checknaka - ISIS Hospital
Manoj Kotak (BJP)

100 Topivala College - Gavanpaada-MHADA Nagar
Jyoti Vaity (Shiv sena)

101 Nane Paada - Palm Acres
Prabhakar Shinde (Shiv sena)

102 Mulund - Central
Amita Shah(BJP)

103 Johnson & Johnson - Sarvodaya Nagar - Nahur Village