The Kamala Mills tragedy in Mumbai has suddenly led to fire safety inspections in restaurants and eateries in many cities, but there are reports aplenty to show that fire preparedness anywhere in these cities is abysmal.
With poor access and connectivity and glaring infrastructural gaps, the Mangalore Railway Junction station is crying out for attention, but apart from usual election season promises, there has been little action on the front.
In a year of frequent face-offs between hospitals and citizens, the urgent need for regulation of the private medical sector has become obvious, but attempts in West Bengal and Karnataka have not had heartening results.
Even though the National Urban Livelihoods Mission prescribes permanent, 24X7 shelters for the urban homeless, most of our cities can accommodate less than six percent of such population in the official shelter homes.
With a plethora of private, government and individual initiatives, cycle-sharing in India is catching up fast and could offer a greener, non-motorised alternative for short commute. Will Ola’s new service give it a push?