BMC Polls: Mumbai Sees A Turnout Of 52.17% In Today's Polls
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CM Devendra FadnavisMNS Chief Raj Thackeray and other notable B-Town actors casted their votes in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) 

More than 50% of the Mumbaikers had come to cast their votes on Tuesday in what was termed as the most powerful civic polls in the country, the BMC polls, that has the budget of Rs. 30,000 crores.

Eminent leaders from all the parties, tinsel town, cricketers made their presence and set an example to others by exercising their voting rights in BMC polls. Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis,  John Abraham, Prem Chopra, Rekha, Raj Thackeray, Sachin Tendulkar were some of them.

The biggest challenge that the parties have to face is nudging people to vote. Every year, the voting percentage doesn’t go beyond the 50s.

However, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant called it a ‘massive’ turnout, which means, he continued, that majority of the voters are with Shiv Sena and against the demonetization move of PM Modi. It is the first polls after the split of Shiv Sena and BJP. This time, whether or not Shiv Sena without BJP wins the polls is what to look out for. The result will be out on 23rd Feb.

The real and tough fight is between these two parties. Congress, Maharashtrian Navnirman Sena(MNC) and National Congress Party(NCP) are also contending in the BMC polls.

Despite being the most powerful civic body in the country, Mumbai still grapples with the basic problem of water distribution. The decline in the rainfall since 2015 has led to a shortage of 450 MLD of water. It has reduced from normal supply of 4200 MLD to 3750 MLD after several water cuts. Mira Road-Bhayander faces the brunt of the problem, which manages with only 96 MLD of water after 36 hours of water cuts per week.

To tackle this issue, methods like lake-tapping, recycling at water treatment plants are being employed. The lake tapping method will enable 255 MLD of water to further the facilitating of the distribution primarily in catchment areas.

A novice provision to kids has been added to the list of Development Control Regulation(DCR). It makes it mandatory to reserve 40% of the ground available to the educational institutions for playground areas, as the congested city offers little space for such playgrounds.