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Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Sushma Swaraj

Save Indian farmers by creating a portable online trading platform

                                            VOTE FOR THIS PROJECT Imagine working hard for 4-5 months, battling against forces like nature, pests and wild animals to generate a precious produce that brings with it hopes of wealth, expectations and dreams...only to see that produce being sold for extremely low prices and being not wanted by any buyer and then realize that the crop they had planted 5 months ago was a wrong choice. Agriculture sector in India remains largely disorganized and inefficient due to lack of modern technologies and old-fashioned method of auction trading. Farmers are unaware about the market dynamics and make uninformed decisions when itcomes to sowing crops. This leads to imbalance in supply-demand of agriculture commodities. The proposed system uses data mining techniques to provide farmers with daily market rate predictions and right crop sowing suggestions at the right time. The system suggests crops which shall be in demand at their maturity and also provides a smart trading platform for selling the commodities to institutional buyers. The method involves farmers and constitutional buyers to make profiles on this platform through their cell phones and uploading their real time crop data and nature of trade respectively. The system then compares this data with the national consumption values obtained from interpolated historical data, to provide accurate crop suggestions with respect to future demand. This method further involves day wise market rate prediction of agriculture commodities, using K-NN algorithm. The predictions are based on the amounts of commodities bought into the market each day. These are tracked from the trades taking place through the system’s time advanced online trading platform. Thus this system aims to decrease the gap between supply and demand and stabilize market rates. Designed for India's culture The system uses smartphones and 2G internet as the only infrastructure Easily deploy-able and easy to maintain Executable in a low budget High scope of scaling Huge Impact by decreasing wastage & stabilizing market rates

Mihir Inamdar
480,986 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Chandrakant Patil, The Panvel Municipal commissioner, The Chief Justice High Court Bombay

Safe and Pothole Free Road

Every year more than 10000 people are loosing their life in Road Accident. This Number is more than number of people are died due to terrorist attack. Potholes and Negligence in safety measures are highly responsible for this. So, Bad condition and pothole has become the biggest enemy of people in this Country. But, neither government not any agency who are responsible for road are serious about this. people are facing this problem from long time but till now no concrete step taken by Government. No accountability has been set for any one for Bad condition of roads and deaths happen due to Potholes.  Most of the Roads in Mumbai are in bad condition and has sequence of potholes. But the department like PWD, MSRDC, BMC, MMRDA, CIDCO and all the Municipal Corporations have completely failed to give safe and secure road to the people. These authorities start the maintenance just before monsoon, which is nothing but the way to fool the people. Few years back Mumbai was known for good rain, but now Mumbai is known for the potholes and road accidents in monsoon. Maximum roads in Mumbai come in the worst condition after initial rain only. Potholes on the Road is showing the actual efficiency of Departments and Corporation.  Maximum Highway has become a horror highway with sequence of Potholes, No Street Light, No safety signboards, No fencing and signboards at the Median. One of them is Sion Panvel Highway which is main Road to connect two major city of india, Mumbai and bangalore is in pathetic condition this year. Huge potholes are at the maximum places like Kharghar, Juinagar and vashi just before Toll. Due to these potholes large traffic jam are taking place, life of people have become stressful as people are loosing lot of Time, Money and peace.  As per my RTI more than 130 people have lost their life and more than 300 accidents have taken place in two years just in stretch of 18 kms. And this highest in all the highways in such short distance of 18 kms. The reason is same  - BAD CONDITION OF ROADS.  PWD has constructed this Road 4 years back but still lot of work is pending. More than 2 million people are suffering because of this lazy approach. Many accidents are taking place daily. But no concrete action has been taken this year to maintain the road and its lying in worst condition. I dunno what type of maintenance PWD is doing on this road. Although They are collecting tolls from commercial vehicles at Kopara. The same story is with MSRDC which is collecting tolls are all entry point of Mumbai through their contractor MEP. the Bridges which is under MEP maintenance scope are without street light and full of Potholes.  Then why we are forced to pay the Toll if the authorities and government are not maintaining the Road properly?. This year in initial monsoon only we saw that maximum roads are water logged whether it’s highway or inside the city. Maximum roads are full of Potholes and maximum low line areas are water logged after small Rain only. Non of Corporation has any intention to work for the welfare. All are busy in blame game. They have not done the drainage cleaning properly and this has resulted in water logging at all the places. In 2017, One lady Shilpa Puri Lost her life in Kharghar as she skid from her scooty and cane coming from backside went above her. It was clear from the cctv that she skidded due to Potholes but CIDCO, who is the responsible authority has no regret and no pressure of that because Police never file case on Government agencies. This is really a unfortunate face of our system. We can see huge number of Potholes in maximum Roads of kharghar this year too, No lesson learnt from last year case.   Potholes maintenance have become the regular business of contractors and I think officers are enjoying the potholes maintenance too. But because of this greed people are loosing their life and suffering everyday. Just before monsoon authorities start their work which is not of any use. Its the game of corruption where contractor and authorities both loot so much money in fake maintenance. Other Roads Kalyan Bhiwandi Road, Thane Ghodbunder, Eastern Express Highway and many internal  turned into extremely bad mode because of Potholes, many accidents are taking place every year, many families lost their members in Road accident, But no lesson learned. Roads are still in Bad condition. We are not able to understand the intention of Government on This. Why you are playing with the life of people.   We are not paying taxes to enjoy your ministers and officers, we are paying for safety, Roads and development of country. So, I will request to take appropriate action before common public take action against administration.  Navi Mumbai is suffering from Huge traffic jam and only responsible agency is PWD. Who has completely failed to maintain the Road. As well as poor work of Mep at Belapur bridge has led the road blockage from belapur to Kharghar, although they are collecting huge amount of rupees in toll. I have filled PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION in BOMBAY HIGH COURT on 17th July 2018 for the bad Condition of Roads, expecting fair judgement from Judiciary in Public Interest. But till then we need that government must act and provide us with our FUNDAMENTAL RIGHt, That is GOOD ROAD. and we all are paying all the taxes including DADAGIRI TAX (i. e. Toll Tax) to government for this only.  WE WANT SAFE AND POTHOLE ROAD all across INDIA. As a responsible Citizen we have some request which you must accept for Public Welfare.  1.  Toll collection must be stopped on Immediate basis as they have failed to maintain the Roads. Instead they must be fined and paid to Vehicle owner whose vehicle has been damaged due to potholes. 2. Action on the officers and contractors who did poor construction of Road. As well as blacklist the contractors who have done the construction of the Roads which are in poor condition.  3. Government must pay the compensation to the families whose family member lost their life in Road accident as well as to people who injured in accident due to bad condition of Road.  4.Citizen Participation to Monitor and Advise for Road Construction and Maintenance. 5. There must be Board on all the Roads with proper contact number and email id of the authorities responsible for maintenance of road. Hopefully, This petition who has signed by so many people will be taken on Priority by the Government and Judiciary.  Petition By - Deepak Singh facebook :- Twitter :-    

Deepak singh
418,007 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Devendra Fadnavis

Direct State Police to Arrest Men Who Sexually Exploit Children #AntiChildPredatorSquad

  Children are being preyed upon by men who sometimes pay as little as Rs.100 to have sex with a minor. Rati (name changed), was only 14-years-old when she was given hormone injections so that she looks older. She was sometimes forced to have sex with 30 men in a day. These men came from different walks of life, from rickshaw pullers to office managers. When the police raided the brothels, they arrested her and the brothel managers. But these horrible men, the customers, were left off with just a warning.   Next day they were back in the brothels seeking young girls again.   The Maharashtra government has made Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) which are proactively looking at rescue and rehabilitation of girls like Rati. But hardly any men who are paying for sex with children have been arrested. In some cases, they are even made witnesses against the brothel owners. These men are happily living their lives without any fear of prosecution and they continue to exploit children as young as 10-years-old. That’s why I have started this petition asking the Maharashtra CM to direct the state police, specially the AHTUs to make it their mandate to arrest these child predators. Most of these men are living in residential colonies, amongst us, with their families and go completely unnoticed. And these are the men, the customers, who sustain the organised crime of pushing children into prostitution. From red light areas to online portals and even private guest houses and apartments, the places where this exploitation takes place keep changing but what has remains constant is the demand. As long as there is demands from the customers, this horrific illegal trade will continue. I want these men to be arrested so that the society knows their true face and we can safeguard our children against these predators. My state Maharashtra has been leading the efforts against Human Trafficking and I want to applaud all the good work done by our government. The Maharashtra Anti Human Trafficking Unit police shut 78 brothels in 2011 where children were forced into the flesh trade. That number gives an idea about how big this problem is. But just arresting the brothel owners and traffickers is not going to solve this problem. This is an organised crime. We have to curb the demand by arresting these customers under the strictest of laws, like MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) so that they can’t get bail and it acts as a deterrent for child predators. Join me in this fight and let’s go after these child sex offenders in full force.

Shaina NC
332,728 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi

Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth

Caesarean deliveries have become a business. The hospitals and doctors are making money off unsuspecting women and pushing them towards surgical deliveries. Even though serious complications were not detected, I was cut open to deliver my baby. I wanted to have a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section as it was presented to be more ’scientific, modern and risk-free’. I was misled, manipulated, confused and my choice was overriden. For many of us, the right to informed-refusal or consent during childbirth is hardly an option either due to lack of awareness or the high-handed attitude of doctors. It was a long, painful, depressing recovery for me and when I looked into this issue, what I found was alarming. India’s C-section rate is growing exponentially. The fact that private hospitals have a much higher rate of C-sections than public hospitals has a direct correlation to the fact that surgical deliveries cost so much more than normal ones in these facilities. Recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully. That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, started this petition asking the Women and Child Development ministry to issue an advisory to the Medical Council of India to Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients. Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate. Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children World Health Organisation (WHO) norms prescribe that C-section deliveries should be ideally 10-15 per cent of the total number of deliveries in the country. However, in urban Telengana, 74.8% of the private sector deliveries are by C-section and it is as high as 41% in Kerala and it is 58% in Tamil Nadu, according to a report by the ICMR School of Public Health. It is important that even women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. The fact is that only 10% of births should be via C-section, however, in Indian private hospitals that rate is close to 50%. This is a serious health risk and the government has to take action NOW! Sign my petition and ask the Women and Child Development ministry to end this harmful practice by hospitals. Image Courtesy:

Subarna Ghosh
370,346 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Narendra Modi, national green tribunal, Supreme Court of India, Justice Dipak Misra, JICA India, JICA Tokyo

Mumbai’s climate and ecology in danger. NO, It is not due to Diwali.

Mumbai, the city of dreams in India , while blessed with wealth is very poor in one aspect, Open spaces. The only relief this densely packed city has are, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Aarey Forest. These lush green oases in a sea of grey, not only tackle pollution and floods but also help bring down temperatures. But unfortunately Mumbai stands to lose this forest due to various upcoming projects. The first of these, which will open up this green lung to commercialization, is a car shed for the upcoming Mumbai Metro 3, which is being funded by the Japanese company, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with 57% of the project cost , which is about  2,036 Million $.  A car shed is nothing but a parking lot and service area for metro trains. JICA Dear reader, in this day and age when the world is struggling with the devastating consequences of climate change, destroying a critical green lung for a parking lot is irresponsible. 3500 trees are set to be cut and we want the government to rethink the location of the car shed.There are many viable options, mentioned in their own studies, which have no environmental destruction involved.Experts from NEERI and IIT (Reputed organizations in India) have suggested 7 other alternate sites as  options.They have clearly warned of the consequences Mumbai will face in terms of flooding and loss of open space & wildlife, if the depot is built in Aarey forest.Government records show that Aarey is an integral part of Sanjay gandhi National Park and thus protected under forest laws. It has over 5 Lakh trees, it is home to 9 resident leopards and has a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Even today, original adivasis (indigenous inhabitants of this area) live in 27 tribal hamlets in Aarey. It offers a unique experience for urban dwellers to experience nature at it's best. “In the name of development, only tribals suffer” said one of the leaders. The Save Aarey campaign has been requesting the government to relocate the carshed to an alternative location. Relocation will not affect the metro 3 alignment in any way. Common citizens from all walks of life, professionals, students, school children, celebrities have  supported this issue. Inspite of all this the state government is insistent on building the depot in Aarey. And to support this, they have given wrong information to JICA. The Mumbai Metro rail corporation Ltd.(MMRCL) has told JICA that the project site is located in city area and no wildlife is envisaged, while in reality, Aarey is a forest area , housing 76 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies , 16 species of mammals, 38 species of reptiles and 9 leopards, besides 0.4 million trees. By signing this petition, you are asking JICA to review the funding given to the project. According to JICA's environmental and social considerations, it should comment on the issue and By shifting the depot out of Aarey, Mumbai will not only get a metro but also retain its green, open space. And we are sure in consideration of its policies, JICA will also help in putting an end to further loss of land in Aarey to various other big and small projects. Help #SaveAareyForest.

Nirali Vaidya
216,130 supporters
Petitioning Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda

End Female Genital Mutilation in India

At the age of seven, I was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mumbai, in a most unhygienic and clandestine manner. The shock and trauma of that day are still with me. Like me, there are thousands of my Dawoodi Bohra sisters who have been subjected to genital cutting as children and even today thousands of Bohra girls are being subjected to this practice, since it has been ordained by the clergy of our community. A few months ago, women like me got together under the forum - ‘Speak out on FGM’ - to begin a conversation on this extremely secretive ritual which has caused physical and psychological damage to each of us in some way or the other. We the undersigned women, who have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as ‘Khatna’ belong to the Dawoodi Bohra community which has its major adherents in India. The practice of FGM is done surreptiously and in a clandestine manner to all the girl children in our community, without any consent whatsoever. The alleged reason for this tradition is to curb the sexual drive of women and control them. The Dawoodi Bohras are amongst the most educated in India, yet we are also the only Muslim community in India to practice FGM. The practice has nothing to do with religion and is more of a cultural practice. Most of us are too scared to speak out publicly. We fear ostracization, social boycott and exclusion of our families from the rest of the community by our religious clergy if we object to the continuation of this practice.    FGM has no health benefits, in fact it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls' and women's bodies. FGM is often done without anaesthesia, without medical supervision and sometimes the procedure goes horribly wrong. It often leads to pain, shock, tetanus, genital sores, excessive bleeding, etc. It also has long-lasting psychological impact on the victims, ranging from sexual disorders, fear of sexual intimacy, nightmares and post traumatic stress disorder. In December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a unanimous resolution on the elimination of FGM. Across the world FGM is being outlawed in many countries. Nigeria and Gambia recently made FGM illegal after women came together, campaigned and raised their voice. FGM is banned in over 20 countries in Africa itself. The World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies FGM as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. According to WHO, FGM reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. In Australia, three Dawoodi Bohras were held guilty of FGM recently by the Supreme Court of New Wales, Australia. The case was closely watched by the Dawoodi Bohra community in India. We urge the Government to pass a law banning this practice in India, such that anyone found involved in aiding, abetting and perpetrating this practice should be punished. Pressure of this law and fear of punishment will be the best way to put a stop to this cruel practice. I along with my Dawoodi Bohra sisters want to raise our voice against FGM in India and put an end to this. You can support us by signing this petition. Sign our petition and ask the government of India to act against Female Genital Mutilation! Masooma Ranalvi, Aarefa Johari, Insia Dariwala, Shabnum Poonawala, Nafisa Pardawala, Farida Ali, Tasneema Ranalvi, Hanan Adarkar, Shaheeda Kirtane, Tanvee Vasudevan, Ummul Ranalvi, Zainub Poonawala, Sana Vaidya, Zehra Patwa, Farzana Doctor, Fiza Jha, Zarine Hashim On Behalf of SPEAK OUT ON FGM

Speak out on FGM
201,063 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Deepak Sawant

Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth

Caesarean deliveries have become a business. Private hospitals in India conduct C-section deliveries even when they are not required so that they can make money. I was cut open to deliver my baby even though there was no medical reason. I wanted a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section because doctors misled and manipulated me. I had a long and painful recovery. In fact, recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. I wanted to make sure that no other woman is misled like I was. When I looked into the issue, what I found was alarming. WHO guidelines say that C-section deliveries should only be 10-15% of total deliveries. I was shocked to learn that in my own state of Maharashtra, 33.1% of all deliveries are C-section births. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully. That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, are asking the Maharashtra CM to issue an advisory to all Maharashtra Hospitals: Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients. Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate. Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children Smt Maneka Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development has already strongly supported this campaign at the National level. She called C-section deliveries a commercial racket and has called for their regulation. The Union Health Ministry is also drafting rules that will direct all private hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme to disclose their C-section rates. However most hospitals are regulated by their respective state government, and that is why I am appealing to the Maharashtra CM to take action in his state. He will also set a strong example that can be followed by other states. It is important that women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. This is a serious health risk and the Maharashtra government has to take action NOW!

Subarna Ghosh
370,346 supporters
Petitioning Procam International, Ajoy Mehta, IAS, Tata Consultancy Services, Devendra Fadnavis, Neha Kandalgaonkar, Deepak Pilankar

Green the Mumbai Marathon

Mumbai Marathon is a special race. The great weather, the flat course, the sea breeze and most of all the wonderful crowd support from cheerful Mumbaikers from all walks of life during the race is rare to find in any other Indian city. The city which never stops, halts completely for a few hours so that runners can have the roads to themselves. I have run this race many times and every time I come back with some great memories from the run. Race organization by Procam is professional and they scale up to the bigger participation every year, but if there is one thing that I have not seen any improvement in, and it can surely improve by leaps and bounds, it is that of waste management and waste reduction during the race and at the holding area. Be it the single use plastic 250 ml bottles, tetrapaks distributed at aid stations, cold food packaged with thin plastic at finish line, that hardly anyone can stomach post run, there is a huge scope for improvement in how the event can grow up to be a green event in the true sense. While the messaging on littering is a great first step to ask runners to take responsibilty for #SwachhBharat, a lot more onus is on the event organizers themselves to raise the bar. Following are the top 5 areas that TMM event organizers must aspire to address: 1. Cut down number of single use disposable water bottles used during the run: Plastic water bottles can only be downcycled and never recyled into another bottle, which means that every plastic bottle you use is made from non-renewable resource - petroleum. In addition to water bottles, organizers can have dedicated refill stations with water dispensers and reusable cups so that runners who prefer carrying their own bottles can fill water. This also reduces wastage of precious drinking water as most runners throw away the bottle away after a sip. Organizers must refrain from using paper cups as they have a plastic coating thus greatly reducing its recyclability. 2. Zero waste holding area for pre/post race. Why do we need 250ml bottles at the finish line? After finish, the runner needs to drink much more water than a few sips. The holding/finish area must contain only water dispensers with reusable cups. 3. Remove Premixed electrolyte tetrapaks with straws and plastic - Replace them with the powder equivalent and have the volunteers mix it in jugs and pour into cups. Straws and plastic covers have virtually NIL recyclable value. Tetrapaks also are non-recyclable and can be upcycled only through the parent company's CSR initiative. 4. Stop serving packaged cold food post run - We runners deserve better. Period. Please serve hot food on steel or biodegradable arecanut/leaf plates. This also reduces wastage of food and unnecessary wrapping which is again non-recyclable. 5. Compulsory waste audit - Please do a detailed waste audit post event and make the data public. Procam does not have to look further than its sister event TCS 10k that is organized in Bengaluru in May every year. Apart from the single use water bottles, there are also refill stations and reusable cups especially catering to the Dream run equivalent - Majja run, that usually has large number of runners who are not focused on a fast finish. The post race meal last year was freshly made, hot and served on bio-degradable arecanut plates. Another large city marathon to look up to is Bengaluru Marathon organized by NEB sports that has embraced green initiatives right from its first edition, from zero waste race hydration to post run hot food on steel cutlery. Even the event booklet given in the goodie bag carried a page on awareness on reducing the waste footprint. Three days past the event, waste from Azad maidan is still being sorted. Putting more hands sorting through garbage is neither profitable nor dignified to the waste workers. Generating less waste is any day better than generating garbage. If this event truly wants to embrace Swachh Bharat, Procam must look at more concrete steps than just 'not littering' and shifting the onus onto the runners. The Mumbai Municipal corporation must evaluate and monitor the amount of waste generated by this mega event and insist on detailed waste audit. As the title sponsor, TCS must insist on a greener roadmap for the event. Please sign the petition for leaving Mumbai a clean and green place. Measure your Personal Best performances not only with the hard work that you put in, but also by the waste you leave behind. Love Mumbai. Hate Waste. #SwachhBharat #SwachhMumbai #RunGreen Pictures of trash from 2018 and earlier editions: Pic Courtesy: 2018 Venue pictures/video - Thanks to the anonymous Mumbaiker for contributing the pictures. SCMM 2013, SCMM 2014 Editions - Midday TMM 2018 -

Shilpi Sahu
114,059 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Mohan Machiwal, Praveen Pardeshi

Save the Coast - Develop Responsibly, Mumbai

SAVE THE COAST - DEVELOP RESPONSIBLY The MCGM (BMC) has approved a plan to spend around Rs 12,700 crores on a 9.8 km coastal road, from Princess Street Flyover to the Worli Sea-Link.  At over Rs 1200 crores per km, it will be the most expensive road ever built in India! The cost has more than doubled from the original estimates, perhaps due to the plan to reclaim 170 acres of land along the coast. At a time when Government of Maharashtra is urgently seeking Rs 8000 crores from the Centre for drought relief in the State, and when the BMC cannot spare a few hundred crores required to upgrade the BEST Bus fleet, there is no excuse for the waste of public funds on the pretext of improving traffic woes. The Coastal Road in its current state creates more problems than it solves and the citizens of Mumbai have come together to question this colossal waste of public funds and ask for a complete cessation of work on the Mumbai Coastal Road Project till we are made aware of the true facts for the following reasons: 1. BMC has admitted that the final alignment for the tunnel and the road are not yet available to share with the public. No work should be carried out before a public hearing is held. This is a statutory requirement under the MRTP Act. 2. The Environmental Impact Assessment Report of this revised alignment, including climate change issues, rising sea levels, disaster management, storm water management, sewage management and measures of mitigation need to be shared with all stakeholders including the public. The MCGM has also agreed in public interactions that the current construction is generating pollution levels in excess of what is permissible in the N.O.Cs received by the corporation. 3. The city of Mumbai floods every year leading to loss of life and property. The proposed reclamation will be a dam that will block storm drainage and will close natural edge drainage, creating even more dangerous flooding in the city. The Mithi River disaster is a case in point. 4. A fundamental flaw is the lack of a Traffic Disbursal System to connect to the proposed Coastal Road. Without the proper disbursal roads, there will be traffic jams getting on and off the coastal road creating huge congestion in the already high traffic areas on the congested stretches of Bhulabhai Desai Road, NepeanSea Road, Haji Ali junction. Residents will be struck in traffic for hours after spending Rs 12700 crores. 5. It is feared that proposed “green” spaces on the 170 acres of reclaimed land will be commercially developed or sold to private developers. This fear has worsened with the current amendment to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), which empowers the local body (in our case, the BMC) to give all permissions. In a city where real estate is one of the most expensive in the world, and where the MCGM itself earns thousands of crores annually by way of Development Premiums and Fungible FSI, the financial pressure to succumb to the builder lobby will be extremely high. 6. There is no system in place to prevent unauthorized encroachment on the proposed reclaimed land, since these vast reclaimed lands cannot be barricaded. With the nine existing illegal dwellings in the area, the danger that the encroachment will increase is a very real one. The proposed open spaces will be converted into massive unauthorized illegal enchroachments. 7. The Koli fishing community depends on crustaceans and shellfish that breed in the rocky inter tidal areas. The proposed reclamation will deprive them of their livelihood. 8. As the Government of Maharashtra does not have funds for this project, the MCGM is dipping into their reserve funds for the initial expenditure of Rs.1500 crores. There is no indication of how this project will be funded thereafter. Should the project commence and funds dry up, the partially completed project would constitute an environmental risk of disastrous proportions to the coastline. In view of the above, the Mumbai Coastal Road project is counter to the public interest and the citizens demand that work on the Coastal Road Project be stopped until we are given the opportunity to understand all aspects of the project including its intent, environmental issues, vehicular traffic, pedestrian movement, public transport, etc.   CITIZENS! THE COASTAL ROAD RECLAMATION PROJECT MUST BE INVESTIGATED · The project has started without the final plans and the legally required public hearing. · It poses a huge environmental risk for all futures generations. · Flooding and disasters due to reclamation and closure of natural edge drainage. · No thought has been given to traffic management, which is critical. · It is a massive real-estate development project in disguise. · Loss of livelihoods for Koli community. · Fiscal waste and creation of debt trap. It diverts massive funds, which, instead, should be better spent on improving the city’s bus and rail transport. · Feared that proposed green belt will be converted into illegal encroachment belt.   SAVE THE COAST - DEVELOP RESPONSIBLY COMMITTEE contact details:  Signed: Cyrus Guzder Bittu Sehgal Susiieben Shah Rahul Kadri Ritu Desai Jai Sisodia Zia Sud Dinyar Madon Cushru Shroff Dilip Gondalia Mamta Mangaldas Radhika Sabavala Nayantara Sabavala Sooni Taraporewala Neerja Shah Nasreen Fazalbhoy              

Save Our Coast 2019
107,576 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Ms. Maneka Gandhi, Mr. Jagat Prakash Nadda, Ms. Pankaja Gopinath Munde, Dr. Deepak Sawant, Ms. Vidya Thakur, Ms. Vinita Vaid Singal, Supriya Sule

Stop feeding formula milk to newborns without the parent's consent #MyBabyMyDecision

During the nine months of my pregnancy, all I was waiting for the day that I could hold my baby in my arms. There is no better feeling in the world for a mother than the first time you feed your baby. All I wished for was to have a healthy baby whom I could hold in my arms and feed. But my wish was not respected by the hospital where I delivered my baby. When my baby was born, he was kept in the NICU for observing his sugar levels. During the time he spent in the NICU, he was fed formula milk. I was not informed of this and my consent was not taken by the hospital. If I knew that my baby was being given formula milk, I would have never allowed for that to happen. There was a milk bank in the hospital and my baby could have been fed human milk during the early stages of his life. I later realized that what happened to me is a very rampant practice across the country. Especially when a mother is recovering after a C-section, or when a baby is in the NICU, many hospitals just go ahead and feed the baby formula milk, without informing the mother. Our government has spent crores of rupees in advertising about the importance of breastfeeding. Many of you may have heard radio and TV ads about the thick yellow milk that a lactating mother produces is crucial for the baby’s long term health. But the hospitals, especially the private ones, make tonnes of money because they get discounted formula milk dabbas from the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them. The moment the baby is born, they open a new dabba and start feeding the baby. That dabba is then given to the new mothers to take home with them and the cost is added to the bill. And all of this is done without the consent of the unsuspecting mother who is tired after delivering the baby.I know quite a few mothers who’ve had a tough time switching from formula to breast milk. That’s why I want the government to tell all the hospitals to get prior consent of the mother before feeding a newborn formula milk. The hospitals ask for the patient’s consent for every small thing. They make you sign so many documents before and after the delivery. And yet the doctors chose to give my baby formula over human milk. Without my consent! Why? Luckily, my baby was in the NICU only for a day. Had he been there for a longer time, I cannot even imagine how hard it would have been for me to wean him off formula. Join me and sign this petition to make it mandatory for doctors to educate new parents about the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk and ask for their consent if at all, formula needs to be given to their baby. Breast is not just the best, but also the biological norm! #MyBabyMyDecision  

Jincy Varghese
97,028 supporters
Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth

Dear family, Today, I have launched my verified Decision Maker profile on Now on, I will be officially engaging and responding to petitions from you. I am told that my verified Decision Maker profile on will put me in a league of very big people. It is not just about entering a league, it is about making the right decision. It is a big responsibility to respond to the needs of the people. From the Government's side we have always been proactive and responsive because we believe as a Government we need to not just be responsible but also responsive. For any petition that comes on that is related to the Government of Maharashtra we will always be on the side of the people. We will be proactive and take decisions as early as possible. The first petition I received from Subarna Ghosh is on increasing transparency on Caesarean deliveries in Maharashtra. We will set up a joint committee to create Standard Operating Procedures. The committee will consider what is required to be done - whether it is an SOP or change in law at the earliest. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Government of Maharashtra. -Please follow us on twitter -Please also follow us on our Facebook at Thank you, Devendra Fadnavis Chief Minister of Maharashtra

2 years ago