News & Updates

Interactive Workshop on 'Public Space Basics and Design' Jointly organised by MESN and UN-Habitat

Workshop from 23rd April 2016 to 25th April 2016 at Chembur,Mumbai

Theme: Public space basics,design, planning , management and Minecraft for participatory public space design. Target Group: Users of public spaces in Gautam Nagar,youth and key government officials. Video on Gautam Nagar :

Digital Waste Management for Smart and Swach Mumbai

21 march 2016

One of the core initiatives of MESN is solid waste management and keeping cities environment clean - in alignment with our national agenda. Our cities are facing severe issues like growing mixed waste, long distance transportation of waste in landfill where fires are a growing occurrence. MCGM has challenges like poor data collection, monitoring of waste and ineffective actions by citizen. MESN is developing a digital waste management in consultation with MCGM. This application can gather real time GIS based data of waste for monitoring which can facilitate subsequent planning required for segregation for bulk generators, optimizing resources, routes and reduced operating costs. There is an urgent need to replace the expensive RFID based VTS system (currently implemented in 3 wards) which has completely failed. MCGM ward office is very positive and keen on implementing this concept in their ward. This system is also integrated with Citizen Engagement application for effective implementation.

Unjamming the megapolis : Ashok Datar

Mar 20,2016- The Hindu

Commuting is arguably the Mumbai's biggest pain point. And it is getting worse. Is there a way out? Mumbai has unique commuter transport issues. Since we’re an island, space is limited, and real estate is prohibitively expensive. The city’s ‘centre’ is at the southern end of a narrow strip of land, which has meant that people need to all travel the length of the city in one direction at one time to get to work. New business districts in other parts of the island city — Lower Parel, Bandra Kurla Complex, the Andheri-Goregaon stretch, Powai — and new employment opportunities in adjacent metropolitan areas have made a lot of difference to this scenario in the last couple of decades, but we are still largely a city that commutes south every morning and back north in the evening.

MESN with support from Riddhi Management Services has developed Real Time Data Acquisition System.

MESN with support from Riddhi Management Services has developed Real Time Data Acquisition System. This system is used to survey city level infrastructure and socio economic data.

BEST mantra for buses: Keep it short and sweet

Feb 15, 2016

From electric trams to air-conditioned buses, BEST has come a long way since its inception in 1905. But eroding patronage, crawling traffic on Mumbai's roads and increasing number of buses getting rear-ended has resulted in the transport undertaking deciding to shorten the length of buses. BEST buses purchased henceforth will be 11 m in length compared to the existing 12 m. BEST buses have been involved in 26 fatal accidents in the past eight months alone.

MESN is working in partnership with UN Habitat, MMRDA and local community at Gautam Nagar.

MESN is working in partnership with UN Habitat, MMRDA and local community at Gautam Nagar. Gautam Nagar is a Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) Colony. The R&R colony has about 64,000 families living in G+7 buildings developed by MMRDA. MESN is working in Gautam Nagar area on Clean Campaign and Public Space Development which is currently in an extremely bad situation.

Ms.Trupti Amritwar Vaitla, CEO of MESN recently participated in a workshop on ‘Gender Equality on Bringing Women and Girls into the City Space

Nov 15-22, 2015

Ms.Trupti Amritwar Vaitla, CEO of MESN recently participated in a workshop on ‘Gender Equality on Bringing Women and Girls into the City Space’. The workshop was organized by UN Habitat in cooperation with MASHAV: Israel's Agency for International Development.

Activists split over traffic curb plan that govt opposed to decongest Mumbai

Dec 5, 2015

Over a decade-and-a-half since the traffic restraint scheme (TRS) was first mooted to ease Mumbai's traffic woes, the Maharashtra government has consistently held that the system is "not practical" for the city. Activists too are divided on the scheme. The issue has come under renewed focus after the Delhi government announced on Friday that private vehicles bearing odd and even registration numbers will be allowed to ply only on alternate days starting January.

We must lose car-centric focus: Ashok Datar

Oct 17, 2015

The nation’s financial capital, cosmopolitan Mumbai, is trying to imitate worldclass cities in terms of providing infrastructure as well as transport facilities. But the city lacks one basic thing — a holistic plan to achieve this. We have costly projects which are studied in isolation, and which end up helping the handful that travel only by car. Many major cities in the world have a transport study or plan. We are attempting it now with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ‘Mobility Plan’, which will help the authorities prioritise infrastructure projects.

1st dedicated BEST bus lane opens at BKC next week

Aug 1, 2015- The Times of India

MUMBAI: BEST plans to inaugurate its first dedicated bus lane at the Bandra-Kurla Complex during its "BEST buzz" celebrations from August 4 and 7. This will be followed up with six more dedicated corridors at Haji Ali-Worli, Ghatkopar-Mankhurd, Jogeshwari-Borivali, Sion-Suman Nagar, Oshivara-Malvani and JVLR. The undertaking will also begin colour-coding areas near bus stops with yellow paint in a bid to prevent unauthorised parking outside 6,000 bus stops. "Our BEST buzz week will be all about creating awareness on seamless mobility of buses. To ensure this, we need to tackle two major problems—unauthorised parkings near bus stops and congestion due to absence of dedicated lanes," said BEST general manager Jagdish Patil.

Installation of Way Finding Maps...

Aug 1, 2015- The Times of India

MESN with support from BCPRF, Reliance metro and MMRDA. has installed Way Finding Maps at Ghatkoper, Andheri, Sakinaka and Varsova metro stations.

‘Coastal road will ruin it all’ - Ashok Datar

Jun 26, 2015- Mumbai Mirror

Will cut off direct access to the sea at Nepean Sea Road, Breach Candy, Mahalaxmi, Worli and Bandra, warn experts. By reclaiming the sea for the coastal road, tide patterns will change, mangroves will be destroyed, and drying grounds for fishermen will be taken over. The natural coastline of Mumbai's coast, which has remained intact until now, will disappear. Direct access to the sea at places such as Nepean Sea Road, Breach Candy, Mahalaxmi, Worli, and Bandra will also be a thing of the past. The size of the Mahalaxmi Bay will be reduced. In fact, Mumbaikars' relationship with the sea will change forever.