|2018-08-19||NGO finds blood in drain at hospital, files police complaint - The Indian Express|
NGO finds blood in drain at hospital, files police complaint
The MPCB has already served the hospital a violation notice. “We are going to take action against the hospital after we have a board meeting,” a senior official said.
Published: August 20, 2018 2:18:21 am
An NGO has filed a police complaint after untreated blood was found flowing in an open drain at the Central hospital in Ulhasnagar. While hospital authorities claimed it was normal practice, the NGO has demanded that the police file an FIR against the hospital for contaminating the premises.
According to the complaint, members of Ulhasnagar Citizens Forum found untreated blood flowing in an open drain at the hospital during several visits. “We had accompanied pollution control board officials when they raided the premises. After two raids, we went again to check the waste disposal situation,” said complainant Satyajit Burman.
On August 10, Burman accompanied by police and MPCB officials visited the spot.
“There was blood in all the open drains and even in a manhole left uncovered on the premises. The entire place was stinking,” said Burman.
The MPCB has already served the hospital a violation notice. “We are going to take action against the hospital after we have a board meeting,” a senior official said. Dr Sudhakar Shinde, civil surgeon at the hospital, said, “We don’t have a sewage treatment plant… so from the suction machines at the operation theatre, blood is dumped into the drain. We sprinkle disinfectant and take general precautions.” On the complaint, Shinde said, “There were a couple of cesarean operations scheduled that day, which made us empty the suction machines. However, I have ensured the drains and manhole are duly covered now.”
Shinde claimed they have written to the government for a sewage treatment plant.
|2018-08-19||उल्हासनगर महापालिकेला हवा स्वत:चा पाणीस्रोत - Lokmat|
उल्हासनगर महापालिकेला हवा स्वत:चा पाणीस्रोत
महापालिकेकडे स्वत:चे पाणीेस्रोत नसल्याने पाणीटंचाईची समस्या उभी ठाकली.
Updated: August 20, 2018 03:33 AM
उल्हासनगराला स्वत:चा पाणीस्रोत नाही. एमआयडीसीकडून या शहराला पाणीपुरवठा केला जातो. त्यामुळे पाण्याचे दर अन्य शहरांच्या तुलनेत अधिक आहेत. शहराला स्वत:च्या पाणीस्रोतांची आस लागली आहे.
महापालिकेकडे स्वत:चे पाणीेस्रोत नसल्याने पाणीटंचाईची समस्या उभी ठाकली. एमआयडीसीचे उल्हास नदीवर असलेले पाणीपुरवठ्याचे पंपिंग स्टेशन हस्तांतरित करण्याची मागणी पालिकेने राज्य शासनाकडे केली असून शासनाने हिरवा कंदील दिल्यास, शहराची पाणीसमस्या सुटून कोट्यवधीची बचत होणार आहे. तसेच शहरवासीयांना मुबलक पाणीपुरवठा करण्यात पालिका यशस्वी होणार आहे.
उल्हासनगर पालिकेकडे स्वत:चे पाणीस्रोत नसल्याने, पाण्यासाठी एमआयडीसीवर अवलंबून राहावे लागते. एमआयडीसीच्या लहरीपणाचा परिणाम शहराच्या पाणीपुरवठ्यावर होऊन अनियमित व कमी दाबाने पाणीपुरवठा होतो. त्यामुळे शहरात कायम पाणीटंचाईची समस्या निर्माण झाली. शहरवासीयांना मुबलक व नियमित पाणीपुरवठा होण्यासाठी महापालिकेने केंद्र व राज्य शासनाच्या मदतीने ३०० कोटींची पाणीपुरवठा योजना राबवली. मात्र, योजना अपयशी ठरली असून मुबलक पाण्याऐवजी दिवसाआड पुरवठा करण्याची वेळ महापालिकेवर आली. या योजनेत मोठा भ्रष्टाचार झाल्यानेच समस्या निर्माण झाल्याची टीका सर्वस्तरांतून होत आहे.
राज्यात कोणत्याही शहराला एमआयडीसीद्वारे पाणीपुरवठा होत नाही. औद्योगिक क्षेत्राला पाणीपुरवठा करण्याचे काम एमआयडीसीचे असून पाण्याचा दर इतरांपेक्षा दामदुप्पट असतो. मात्र या सर्व प्रक्रियेला उल्हासनगर अपवाद आहे. शहराला एमआयडीसीकडून पाणीपुरवठा होतो. पालिका एमआयडीसीला पाणीबिलापोटी तब्बल ३२ कोटींपेक्षा जास्त निधी देते. महापालिकेचे क्षेत्र जेमतेम १३ किमी असून ९ लाखांपेक्षा जास्त लोकसंख्या आहे. शहराला दरदिवशी १४० एमएलडी पुरवठा होतो. पूर्वेला शहाड गावठाण तर पश्चिमला पाले-जांभूळ जलसाठ्यातून हे पाणी मिळते.
मुख्य जलवाहिन्यांवर पाणीमीटर न बसवल्याने शहराला किती एमएलडी पाणीपुरवठा होतो, हे निश्चित सांगता येत नाही. एमआयडीसी सोडत असलेल्या दाबावर पाणीबिल पाठवले जाते. मात्र, शहराला पुरवठा झालेल्या पाण्यापेक्षा जास्त रकमेचे बिल पाठवल्याचे महापालिका सांगते. तर बिल बरोबर असल्याचे एमआयडीसीचे नेहमीचे म्हणणे आहे. या प्रकाराने महापालिकेवरील थकबाकी वाढत चालली असून एमआयडीसी जाणीवपूर्वक अनियमित व कमी दाबाने पाणीपुरवठा करत असल्याचा आरोप महापालिकेसह सत्ताधारी व विरोधी पक्ष करत आहेत. मात्र ठोस निर्णय घेत नसल्याने, पालिका अद्यापही पाण्यासाठी परावलंबी आहे. वालधुनी व उल्हास नदी जात असून उल्हास नदीत पावसाळ्याव्यतिरिक्त आंध्र व बारवी धरणातून पाणी सोडल्याने नदी बारामाही वाहते.
उल्हास नदीवर सेंच्युरी रेयॉन कंपनीजवळ एमआयडीसीने पम्पिंग स्टेशन बांधले. तेथील नदीपात्रातून थेट पाणी उचलून शहाड येथील साठवण टाकीत शुद्ध केले जाते. त्यानंतर उल्हासनगरसह इतर शहराला पाणीपुरवठा केला जातो. नदीला १२ महिन्यांपैकी सहा महिने पावसाचे वाहते पाणी असते. नदीचे वाहणारे पाणी खाडीत जाण्याऐवजी ते अडवून, पंपिंग स्टेशनद्वारे साठवण टाकीत आणल्यास, उल्हासनगरला स्वत:चे पाणीस्रोत तयार होणार आहे. मात्र अद्यापही महापालिकेने त्यादिशेने पावले उचलली नाही. शिवसेना शहरप्रमुख राजेंद्र चौधरी यांनी सेंच्युरी कंपनीशेजारील व उल्हास नदीवरील एमआयडीच्या पम्पिंग स्टेशनसह इतर यंत्रणा महापालिकेला हस्तांतर करा, अशी मागणी राज्य शासनाकडे केल्याने, पालिकेला स्वत:चा पाण्याचा स्रोत मिळाल्याचा आनंद सत्ताधाऱ्यांसह विरोधी पक्षाला झाला आहे.
उल्हास नदीचे पाणी मोफत
उल्हास नदीला पावसाळ्यात पूर येऊन पाणी खाडीद्वारे समुद्राला मिळते. पावसाळ्यात नदीतील सहा महिने महापालिकेला मोफत वापरता येणार आहे. इतर सहा महिने बारवी व आंध्र धरणातून वेळोवेळी पाणी नदीपात्रात सोडले जाते. तसेच राज्य शासनाच्या मध्यस्थीने नदीपात्रात गरजेनुसार पाणी धरणातून सोडल्यास, शहराची तहान भागणार आहे.
३२ कोटी बचत
उल्हास नदीतील पाणी उचलून शहरवासीयांना पुरवठा केल्यास, एमआयडीसीला देण्यात येणाºया बिलापोटी वर्षाला ३२ कोटी रुपयांची बचत होणार आहे.
शासनाकडे प्रस्ताव पाठवणार
महासभेने एमआयडीसीचे पंपिंग स्टेशन पालिकेकडे हस्तांतरण करण्याचा प्रस्ताव मंजूर केल्यास, महापालिका शासनाकडे याबाबत पाठपुरावा करणार आहे. उल्हास नदी शहराच्या हद्दीतून वाहत असून एमआयडीसीचे पंपिंग स्टेशनही पालिकेच्या हद्दीत आहे. शहराच्या हद्दीतून वाहणाºया नदीचा उपयोग महापालिका का करीत नाही, असा प्रश्न शहरात विचारला जात आहे. पालिका अधिकारी असा प्रस्ताव पाठवण्याच्या तयारीला लागले आहेत.
|2018-08-11||Ulhasnagar: 77-year-old priest held for molesting woman in temple - The Indian Express|
Thane: 77-year-old priest held for molesting woman in temple
The police said that the incident took place at around 6 pm on Friday, when the victim, along with her husband, visited the temple. The accused was handed over to police by the local residents.
Updated: August 12, 2018 9:11:09 am
Police arrested a 77-year-old priest for allegedly molesting a 28-year-old woman in a temple in Ulhasnagar.
The police said that the incident took place at around 6 pm on Friday, when the victim, along with her husband, visited the temple. The accused was handed over to police by the local residents, police said.
A senior police official said, “As the 28-year-old had been getting negative thoughts over the week, she decided to visit the temple. When the couple approached the priest with her problem, he suggested a ritual and asked them to go and sit inside a room in the temple.”
While conducting the ritual, the accused asked the victim’s husband to get fruits from a nearby shop. After he stepped out of the room, the priest allegedly groped her.
“The victim raised an alarm for help and her husband rushed in and confronted the accused. The accused was then beaten by the locals, following which we were informed,” said the police official.
The accused has been booked under relevant sections for outraging the modesty of a woman while he was produced in court and has been remanded in police custody.
|2018-08-09||Maharashtra: Man found killed in Ulhasnagar - Free Press Journal|
Maharashtra: Man found killed in Ulhasnagar
Aug 09, 2018 09:11 pm
Thane: A 54-year-old businessman was found killed by unidentified persons at Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra’s Thane district, police today said. Prakash Kashani, the victim, was found dead in his flat with his head smashed by a piece of wood this morning. Kashani lived with his family elsewhere in the town, but last night he was sleeping in his another flat, his wife told police. Police registered a case of murder under section 302, said inspector V C Dolas. Further probe is on.
|2018-08-09||Garment trader bludgeoned to death inside his Ulhasnagar house - Hindustan Times|
Garment trader bludgeoned to death inside his Ulhasnagar house
The victim’s body was found by one of the family members who had gone call him for breakfast
Updated: Aug 10, 2018 00:06 IST
A garment trader from Ulhasnagar was killed at his residence in Ulhasnagar Camp 2 on Thursday. Prakash Kachela, 55, died on the spot after the killer smashed his head several times. The incident took place in the early hours of Thursday.
Kachela’s body was found by one of the family members who had gone call him for breakfast. The police were informed and the body was sent central hospital for post-mortem.
An officer from Central police station said, “We have registered a case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. We are trying to check with the family whether he had past disputes or had recently argued with someone. Initially, it was difficult to identify the body because the head was smashed completely.”
Another officer said Kachela owns two houses in the same vicinity and had gone to his second house to sleep.
“He had kept the door open, which gave easy access to the killer. When one of his family members went to call him for breakfast, he found Kachela’s body lying in the pool of blood,” officer added.
|2018-08-09||Businessman found dead in Ulhasnagar flat - Mumbai Mirror|
Businessman found dead in Ulhasnagar flat
Updated: Aug 10, 2018, 04:37 IST
Prakash Kachani was hit with a heavy object on head.
A 55-year-old businessman was found dead in a flat in Ulhasnagar on Thursday morning with the police suspecting that he might have been killed in his sleep with a heavy object.
Prakash Kachani, who owned a fabrics showroom in Ulhasnagar, lived with his family in a flat in Section 17. The flat in which he was found dead also belonged to him and is located in Hari Om Apartments, Chopra court. His family members said that he was not a regular visitor to the flat and went there once in two weeks or so.
Police suspect that the murder might have taken place in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, as Kachani returned to his home after finishing work on Wednesday night. Around 10 pm, he left the house for “some work”. When he didn’t return till late in the night, his two sons began searching for him and contacted his friends, business associates and relatives, but got no clue.
On Thursday morning, the sons visited the flat in Hari Om Apartments and found the door ajar. “On entering, they found Kachani lying motionless on the bed with blood stains on the pillow and the mattress. He was only wearing his shorts, which suggests that he might have been killed in sleep,” said a police officer, adding that they are probing multiple angles, including robbery and business rivalry.
Senior inspector of Central police station Vijay Dolas said, “A murder case has been registered. At present, the motive is not clear. We are looking at all possible angles.”
|2018-08-08||Noisiest city in state has no silence zones - Hindustan Times|
Noisiest city in state has no silence zones
Ulhasnagar was named the most noisy city in the whole of Maharashtra
Updated: Aug 09, 2018 00:31 IST
At 2am, music blares loudly from Gol Maidan. There are crackers bursting too. Honking from the roads add to the cacophony.
This is a common noise pollution in Ulhasnagar, a town 58km away from Mumbai.
Continuous vehicular movement and late night weddings and functions are the major causes of noise pollution, say experts.
Little wonder then that Ulhasnagar was found to be the noisiest place in the state in a survey conducted by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).
And the authorities are not bothered.
The complaints by residents and activists, demanding noise regulation for the past 10 years, have fallen on deaf ears.
“The roads in Ulhasnagar are narrow and vehicles many. Motorists get stuck in traffic and start honking,” said Sarita Harchandhani, an expert from Ulhasnagar, founder of Hirali Foundation, which has been fighting against noise pollution in the city since 2011.
The study finding has highlighted the failure of the civic authority in curbing noise pollution despite of several warnings given by the Bombay high court in the past five years.
This is evident as the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation does not have a separate environment department.
“This is shocking as there are no officials meant to look after any kind of pollution. There are no silence zones or no-honking zones,” added Harchandhani.
The UMC commissioner Ganesh Patil claims that there more than 50 silence zones in the city. “There are silent zones across the city. We have put up boards. The only problem is there is a lack of awareness among the public. The city’s population is increasing but its area remains the same,” said Patil.
Hirali Foundation filed a petition against noise pollution in the Bombay high court in 2011. In 2016, the high court had passed an order to make sure noise pollution is controlled and loudspeakers are not allowed after 10pm.
“Despite the order, the civic body did not take any steps to stop noise pollution. The event organisers get permissions from the civic body to hold functions anytime — at 4am and even at 11pm,” said Harchandhani.
She added, “One of the major reasons why the city is not complying with the sound norms is the negligence from the authorities.”
The Foundation measured noise level from 2011 to 2015 in the city. The study recorded around 72-80 dB in the morning and around 89-95 dB at night.
Sometimes, the noise level touches 101 dB because of loudspeakers and bursting of crackers.
In 2016-17, NEERI was appointed by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to map noise levels.
As per NEERI, the noise level at night on weekends in Ulhasnagar was recorded at 86.7 dB. During daytime on weekdays, Ulhasnagar was found to be the noisiest, with maximum noise at 91.4 dB. The permitted noise level in a residential area during day is 55dB and at night is 45dB.
Ulhasnagar is densely populated with 7 lakh. The Foundation alleged commercial units and shops are open till late. Ulhasnagar is a centre for the production of rayon silk, dyes, ready-made garments, electrical appliances and confectionaries.
There is a continuous traffic flow across the city which leads to continuous honking.
Marriages and other ceremonies are held at night and the celebrations, usually with DJ, continue till 3am.
Gol Maidan is a popular place to host big and small events. The other places which have recorded the high noise levels are Birla Gate, Nehru Chowk and Netaji Chowk.
As per the study, honking is the major cause of noise pollution in the city.
“Every house has two to three vehicles. The roads have become congested. Youngsters honk continuously while riding on bikes. I think there is a need to train people on how to ride without honking,” said Geeta Lalwani, 35, a resident of Nehru Chowk, Ulhasnagar.
Ulhasnagar deputy commissioner of police Ankit Goyal said that they have plans to appoint a consultant to study noise-related issues.
“We have been registering cases against those using loudspeakers late at night. However, we cannot do much to curb honking. The civic body should impose silent and non-honking zones,” said Goyal, adding that they would conduct awareness programmes for residents.
Shashikant Dayma, founder of NGO Waldhuni Biradri, said, “The city’s population might have reached to 10 lakhs although the civic body says it is 7 lakhs. The city has not expanded beyond its 13 sq km. The streets are narrow. Shops, commercial complexes and industries have mushroomed across the city.”
The vehicle count in Ulhasnagar has seen an increase of around 12 per cent in 2017-2018. The city now has 82,942 vehicles.
Around 54 % of the total area of Ulhasnagar is residential area and 21% is occupied by the urban poor living in slums. Nine per cent of the area is used for commercial use.
Industries cover 7.78 % area of the city, educational institutions, religious places, government offices and hospitals cover 6.3 % of the city. The remaining are the open spaces in the city that includes grounds, green spaces and gardens.
Noisiest in the country
In 2017, Jeedimetla in Hyderabad was the noisiest and Mumbai’s Wadala was the second noisiest among 70 locations across seven major cities in the country, in a survey conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Wadala recorded 102 decibels (dB) at night, which is as loud as a home stereo system played at maximum volume, and 97 dB during the day as loud as a hair dryer.
Gol Maidan: The civic body’s open ground is let out for public meetings and other functions. It has food stalls and people visit this place till midnight.
Night: 10 pm to 2am (above 90 dB)
Morning: Between 80 dB and 85 dB
The noise level crosses 100 dB at night hours
Nehru Chowk: It is a commercial space of the city with shops operating till midnight.
Night: 10pm to 2am (above 90 dB)
Morning: Between 80 dB - 85 dB
Netaji Chowk: A narrow lane connects the chowk which has a continuous traffic flow. Vehicular honking is reported here as the roads are narrow and traffic jams are common. There are several shops located at both sides of this chowk.
Night: 10pm to 2am (above 90 dB)
Morning: Between 80 dB and 85 dB
|2018-08-08||Husband and father-in-law held for 20-year-old's death - The Hindu|
Husband and father-in-law held for 20-year-old’s death
UPDATED: AUGUST 08, 2018 04:16 IST
In-laws claim victim committed suicide, parents allege dowry harassment
The Hill Line police on Monday arrested the husband and father-in-law of a 20-year-old woman, who was found dead in Ulhasnagar last month.
The police said that the victim, Kamaljeet Kaur Labana, a native of Delhi, married Bobby Singh six months ago and moved to his house in Ulhasnagar. The police said Kamaljeet’s death came to light on July 23, when her brother visited the Ulhasnagar house and Ranjit Singh (58), the father-in-law, told him that his sister had committed suicide in her bedroom that day.
The brother suspected foul play and informed his parents and the Hill Line police about Kamaljeet’s death. Senior Police Inspector G.H. Palange said Kamaljeet’s parents filed a complaint against the in-laws last week and an Accidental Death Report was registered.
Mr. Palange said, “Kamaljeet’s parents said the in-laws demanded expensive clothing as dowry for the wedding. They suspect she was killed for refusing to accept their demands for more gifts and jewellery.”
The police said that Ranjit Singh was the only person present in the house when Kamaljeet died, and he violated the law by taking the body to the hospital without informing them. An officer said, “We are awaiting the post-mortem report to find out if there are signs of struggle on the body.”
Bobby Singh and Ranjit Singh have been charged with murder and dowry harassment under the Indian Penal Code. The police have also booked Bobby Singh’s mother, two brothers and their wives in the case.
|2018-08-01||Thane: Woman kidnapped, raped by rickshaw driver - Times of India - Times of India|
Thane: Woman kidnapped, raped by rickshaw driver
A 25-year-old married woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by an auto-rickshaw driver in a forest area in Ulhasnagar town in the district, police said today.
Aug 1, 2018, 14:35 IST
THANE: A 25-year-old married woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by an auto-rickshaw driver in a forest area in Ulhasnagar town in the district, police said on wednesday.
The incident took place in the wee hours on Friday, police said.
According to police, the woman, a resident of Raite village near Kalyan in Thane district, and the 30-year-old accused- Mukesh- a resident of Nevali near Kalyan, knew each other.
On Monday night, when the woman was on her way to a jewellery shop in Ulhasnagar, the accused came in his auto and offered to give her a treat and took her to a hotel, police said.
"After reaching the hotel, the victim refused to eat or drink anything and told him not to harass her. The man asked her if she would accompany him to Shirdi town. However, the woman refused to go with him," an officer of Ulhasnagar police station said.
Thereafter, the man told the woman that he would drop her home in his rickshaw. However, instead of driving her home on their way back, he took the vehicle to a forest area where he sexually assaulted her.
"After committing the crime, Mukesh drove her to Sapegaon in the district and forced her to get down. He threatened the victim of dire consequences if she revealed the matter to anyone," the police officer said.
The woman managed to reach home hours later and thereafter lodged a police complaint.
Senior inspector of Ulhasnagar police station, D D Palve said the accused has been booked under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
He is yet to be arrested, the officer said.