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2019-03-22Maharashtra: How veggies land on your table - DNA India
Maharashtra: How veggies land on your table Updated: Mar 23, 2019, 04:02 AM IST Mumbai is known as the city that never sleeps and to keep it going, thousands of people work in the early morning hours. These people are the vegetable sellers, traders, and dealers at Kalyan's APMC, who work from 2 am to 7.15 am daily to send trucks of vegetables and fruits to other cities every day. Every day, at around 2 am, over 225 trucks of vegetables and fruits arrive at APMC at Bailbazaar in Kalyan west. "These vegetables come from parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh," Ravindra Ghodvinde, ex-president of Kalyan APMC, said. According to sources, onions and tomatoes come from parts of Maharashtra while potatoes, peas, and cauliflowers come from Gujarat and Punjab. Traders said that capsicums come from Otur, Nashik, and Pune while green leafy vegetables like spinach and methi come from Narayangaon and Pune. The vegetables are then unloaded by hundreds of loaders, who are paid Rs 2 to Rs 5 per crate or gunny bag. The dealers and traders then, immediately sell off these goods to local buyers and dispatch some of them to parts of Mumbai, Thane, Vasai-Virar. Tomatoes and capsicums are a bit expensive as they are priced at Rs 40 and Rs 55 per kg respectively. "Prices have been high over the past one week," said Bashirchand Bhagwan (81), who is a seller at the Kalyan APMC. "We pick up tomatoes that cost us Rs 750 per crate. Then, we sell each crate at a profit of Rs 50 to Rs 60," he added.
2019-03-22Shocking! Nearly 100 students made to sit on ground in blazing heat over fee dues - Mumbai Mirror
Shocking! Nearly 100 students made to sit on ground in blazing heat over fee dues Updated: Mar 22, 2019, 19:09 IST Mumbai: In a shocking incident, nearly 100 students of various standards of a Ulhasnagar-based school were made to sit on the ground in the blazing heat for two days as their parents failed to pay a fee. The incident took place at Gurunanak Vidyalaya in Ulhasnagar's camp no-4. The parents have expressed their anger and raised concerns over making the kids sit on ground instead of classrooms for two days just because their parents had not paid the fee for one month. They have also alleged that it is affecting students syllabus and their oral exam has also not been conducted. A parent said that such treatment is also affecting their psychological behavior. "The school takes a fee of three months including for karate and dance classes; however, no such activities are conducted for students," said parents. They also claimed that there's a WhatsApp group of parents and school, and they should have had a word with the parents first. "Several students studying in the school are poor, and they are receiving humiliating treatment in front of other students," said a parent, Sarita Naik. The parents have contacted the education department. The Municipal officials said that they will be questioning the school authority. School authorities did not respond to requests for comment.
2019-03-20Thane: Hotelier attacked over money dispute - Times of India
Thane: Hotelier attacked over money dispute Mar 20, 2019, 08:02 IST KALYAN: A hotelier was allegedly attacked with a knife over a financial dispute by two persons, including the vice-president of Team Omie Kalani (TOK) party in Ulhasnagar. Central police have registered a case against two persons, including Roshan Makhija, who is vice-president of TOK party. Makhija claimed he had been falsely implicated by Pawan Gupta, as at the time of the attack mentioned by the complainant in the FIR, he was partying with family members at a hotel. The victim's family blamed police for working under political pressure to save Makhija. They said police, instead of registering a case under section 307 (attempt to murder), booked the accused only under section 326 (grevious injuries) of IPC. Police said Gupta operates a hotel near Gol Maidan, and few months earlier, he had taken a loan from Makhija and paid back part of it. Later, the duo had a dispute over the pending amount. Gupta alleged in his complaint that he was attacked by Makhija and another person with a knife. Gupta, admitted to Bhosale hospital for treatment, had to take 60 stitches on his body.
2019-03-20Mumbai: Two waylay staffer taking Rs 16 lakh to bank, rob him - Times of India
Mumbai: Two waylay staffer taking Rs 16 lakh to bank, rob him Mar 20, 2019, 08:12 IST KALYAN: A staffer of a private firm was robbed of Rs 16 lakh by two unidentified men when he was heading to the bank on Monday to deposit the money. The police said the two men waylaid the victim, Shashikant Chavan (21), by accusing him of molesting their sister, snatched the cash-filled bag and fled. Kalyan resident Chavan is employed with Kanti Merchantile Company in Ulhasnagar. On Monday afternoon, he was carrying the firm's daily cash collection to the bank at Rambaug when the men accosted him. Accusing him of molesting their sister, they told him to their Ambivli home to resolve the matter. But they took him to an isolated spot, snatched his bag and fled. Sub-inspector Bhushan Dayma of Mahatma Phule police station said that they have registered a robbery case but are also verifying Chavan's claim that he was robbed.
2019-03-20Karnataka: Under-Construction Building Collapse in Dharwad, 3 Dead, 37 Rescued - LatestLY
Karnataka: Under-Construction Building Collapse in Dharwad, 3 Dead, 37 Rescued Mar 20, 2019 08:48 AM IST Dharwad, March 20: At least 37 people have been rescued from the site where an under-construction building collapsed at Dharwad's Kumareshwar Nagar on Tuesday evening. The rescue operation is still underway as more people are feared trapped. Earlier, Dharwad Deputy Commissioner Deepa Cholan had said that three people lost their lives while 28 people were admitted at Civil Hospital here for treatment. Meanwhile, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said rescue efforts will be conducted on war footing and urged locals not to panic. NDRF and SDRF teams are engaged in the rescue operation. Further details are awaited.
2019-03-20Thane: Saloon owner arrested for purchasing human skull for tantric rituals to help business prosper - Times Now
Thane: Saloon owner arrested for purchasing human skull for tantric rituals to help business prosper Updated Mar 20, 2019 | 12:46 IST | Thane: Despite efforts at educating people about the superstitions and so-called 'black-magic' malpractices, some people seem to learn the hard way. An owner of a hair-cutting saloon in Thane district's Ulhasnagar suburb was arrested along with two others on Friday by the Kalwa police for carrying out black-magic worship rituals inside his home using a human skull. Marathi daily Lokmat reports that those arrested were remanded to police custody of two days, as confirmed to the publication by Senior PI Shekhar Bagde. The saloon owner named Raju Sharma (45) had started a saloon a few months ago. He was seeking some divine intervention to make his business run briskly. That is when he met a tantric (occult-practitioner) named Kailas Hatkar who procured human skulls with the help of one Pandurang Gawari who fetched them from cremation grounds. Kalwa police, on a tipoff, carried out a raid at the house of the saloon owner who had been chanting mantras 108 times daily before the human skull he had purchased, since the last three months. Including Sharma, the police have now arrested all the three said to have been involved in the crime. Sharma lived in the Mafatlal slums in Kalwa and had started his saloon in nearby Ulhasnagar. He had first met Hatkar while working for another saloon in Ulhasnagar earlier. He paid Rs 6000 to Hatkar to carry out the occult rituals. After arresting the tantric, the police are investigating whether he had sold any more human skulls to others, as he was found to have been in possession of another human scale during the raid.
2019-03-19Activists raise red flag over pollution of Ulhas river - DNA India
Activists raise red flag over pollution of Ulhas river Updated: Mar 19, 2019, 06:55 AM IST Environmentalists, who have been waging a long battle for restoration of Ulhas river, have alleged that due to contamination in the drinking water zone of the Ulhas river, citizens of Ulhasnagar and nearby cities have been getting drinking water contaminated with sewage. NGO Vanashakti, on Wednesday, wrote a letter to several authorities including the environment department, as well as the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) stating that Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and Ambarnath Municipal Council had failed to implement their own assurances given to the Supreme Court of taking steps to prevent the discharge of untreated sewage into the river. In 2017, the Supreme Court had made the chief secretary of Maharashtra give the undertaking to disburse Rs 100 crore for restoration of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers, while hearing the Ulhas river pollution matter. Stalin D, Director, Vanashakti, who carried out site visits early this week said that both the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and Ambarnath Municipal Council continue to neglect the river. "At Ambarnath, where the water is diverted to the sewage treatment plant (STP) we found that the chamber was broken and instead of the water flowing to the STP, it was directly entering into the river," he said. The Situation at Khemani Nullah, Ulhasnagar, too is not very different with the facility to divert sewage into the sump were inadequate causing seepage into the river. "We were also astonished to find that the system of pumping was not automatic but manually operated, which is not reliable as even few hours of non-functioning in peak hours can cause overflow directly into the river," informed Stalin pointing out that they also found that the river was covered with water hyacinths for over a kilometre, which is the best indicator that untreated sewage from upstream was also being released into the river. "We expect proof of credible action taken on the points raised by us including massive constructions, townships coming up on the flood plains of the river, failing which we will move to the courts," added Stalin who after seeing the rampant pollution of Ulhas River due to release of partially and untreated industrial effluents along with domestic sewage filed a petition in the NGT in 2013. A senior MPCB official said that they will direct their staff to carry out site visits and necessitate action. DRINK AT OWN RISK As per sources, at Ambarnath, where the water is diverted to the STP, the chamber remains broken and instead of the water flowing to the STP, it enters the river directly.
2019-03-19Pvt firm cashier robbed of Rs 16 lakhs by tricksters at Thane - United News of India
Pvt firm cashier robbed of Rs 16 lakhs by tricksters at Thane Thane, Mar 19 (UNI) A cashier of a distributor company from Ulhasnagar who was on his way to the banks to deposit company's cash was way laid by two unidentified people and looted to the tune of over Rs 16 lakhs, the police said. The city police on Monday night registered a case under various sections of the IPC against the duo with the MFC Police station under Kaylan division and no arrest has been made so far in connection with the crime, the police said. According to the complaint by the victim, Sashikant Chavan who works as a cashier with the distributor company it was shortly before he set out in the company scooter to Kalyan on Monday noon to deposit the cash of around Rs. 16.64 lakhs in two different banks, two people apprehended him and made certain allegations on him and got into his scooter and drove him away to some isolated location near Ambivili station. En route both of them beat him up. Once they reached the spot, they forced him to hang the cash bag to the handle of the scooter and fled the scene with the cash and also the scooter. The victim who was dumped on the street managed to get an auto and reached his work place after which he lodged the present complaint the police said. The two unidentified persons also made allegations that the victim had some time back indulged in eve teasing and they wanted to question him for that, police informed.
2019-03-19Pvt firm cashier robbed of Rs 16 lakhs by tricksters at Thane - United News of India
Pvt firm cashier robbed of Rs 16 lakhs by tricksters at Thane Thane, Mar 19 (UNI) A cashier of a distributor company from Ulhasnagar who was on his way to the banks to deposit company's cash was way laid by two unidentified people and looted to the tune of over Rs 16 lakhs, the police said. The city police on Monday night registered a case under various sections of the IPC against the duo with the MFC Police station under Kaylan division and no arrest has been made so far in connection with the crime, the police said. According to the complaint by the victim, Sashikant Chavan who works as a cashier with the distributor company it was shortly before he set out in the company scooter to Kalyan on Monday noon to deposit the cash of around Rs. 16.64 lakhs in two different banks, two people apprehended him and made certain allegations on.
2019-03-18Three held under black magic act - Times of India
Three held under black magic act Mar 18, 2019, 08:26 IST THANE: Three persons have been arrested for allegedly practising witchcraft and black magic as well as keeping a human skull inside a shanty at a Kalwa slum. Those arrested have been identified as Raju Sharma, Kailas Hatkar, reportedly a tantrik (black magician) and Pandurang Gawari, from Ulhasnagar. The police said that Sharma procured a human skull from Hatkar and kept it at his place for the last three months in order to practise witchcraft and black magic which is prohibited under law. Hatkar had procured the skull from Gawari who works in a cemetery in Ulhasnagar. Another skull was recovered from Hatkar. "Sharma owns a salon after his catering business failed. However, very few frequented his shop making it another loss-making venture," said a police official. In a bid to improve his fortunes, Sharma paid Rs 6,000 for the skull and procured it from Hatkar to practice black magic, the police said. Acting on a tip-off, the cops raided the premises of the accused on Thursday and found the skull and other items used for the practice of black magic.
2019-03-17Lok Sabha: Printers to paint the town with political banners this poll season - Times of India
Lok Sabha: Printers to paint the town with political banners this poll season Mar 17, 2019, 07:36 IST Though social media has not affected it, printing business is down by 25% due to competition and GST The sweaty season that could potentially turn Amit Dange's Kalyan shop into a "cold war" zone is upon him. Already, the calls have started coming in and soon, the men will arrive in herds, as they usually do. Some of them will try to teach his experienced art designers how to work Photoshop and some others will ask them to manifest colours that don't exist. Invariably, almost all of these men would want their work done within a day if not yesterday because: "Seth ne bola hai". Saying no to these visitors who carry the inevitable symptoms of election season in their self-important phones, gold bracelets and negotiating tones, isn't an option for Dange whose seven-year-old printing shop, Morya Arts, owes its reputation to churning out political banners in record time. "They are the people in power," he says. "We are just common men." For many common men in the business of designing, printing and mounting political banners, pre-election period is a time fraught with various unsavoury prospects: catering to last-minute bulk orders, welcoming political rivals into the shop at once and bidding farewell to expectations of a full payment. For instance, having almost started work on a bulk order of banners for a political party that had apparently sent a guy with the advance payment who was nowhere to be found, a cautious Suresh Verma of Shivam Arts in Thane, has stopped approaching political parties for orders now. "I do corporates," says Verma. Dange, on his part, has sent many soft copies of fully-formed banners on whatsApp to party heads for approval only to see them rejected then and later popping up slyly on the party's social media site. This is why, a board outside his shop now reads: "WhatsApp, Email and Facebook service will be charged extra." The commerce of printing political banners is a delicate art. Something that Thane's Chandar Pandey, the philosophical fine artist who runs the printing firm Shiva Graphics, seems to have mastered over 18 years. Sitting in his blue shop this evening, as he chisels off white radium chunks from a Chhattrapati Shivaji sticker which would soon decorate an important vehicle, 58-year-old Pandey brags in chaste Hindi: "Not a single politician has duped me of a single rupee so far." Besides the precondition of a "one-time-only online payment", what helps the GST-paying Pandey achieve this feat are two things: "Rate and service." At Rs 5 per sq ft, this artist's banners "the cheapest in the country" where the standard rate is Rs 8 per sq ft which means clients save almost Rs 300 on each regular banner. And with a 5000-odd-member-strong team of orphaned kids, physically challenged men, underprivileged widows and housewives, producing volume overnight is not a tall order for Pandey who even dispatched banners for BSP chief Mayawati's campaign during last UP elections. Curiously, social media has not hampered the business of printing outdoor advertising. This is not only because parties rely heavily on outdoor advertising but also because "candidates spend lavishly on all kinds of media during the Lok Sabha elections as they have a bigger campaigning budget," says Suresh Verma.. However, what seems to have caused a mild downfall of upto 25 per cent in revenue for these printers are increased competition and GST. "Parties tend to hire designers on a temporary basis around election time," says Manav Budhwani, a third-generation owner of Ulhasnagar's Jetha Enterprises, a 55-year-old election merchandise store that sells everything from trophies to campaign pins and is largely untouched by market vagaries. Creatively, though, producing banners is exhausting work. "People are not always clear on what they want," says Pandey, who has not only learnt to turn ambiguous briefs of party workers into coherent images but also to draft politically, factually and grammatically correct scripts to rural parties who may want to extend their condolences in the aftermath of tragedies such as the recent terror attack in Pulwama. Vishal Bhor of Aakar Creations in Mulundobserves that a certain professionalism has crept in to outdoor advertising. "It's not just about faces and symbols being visible anymore. Parties want to showcase their work now," says Thakkar,.
2019-03-17Thane: Three held under black magic act | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Thane: Three held under black magic act 18th March, 2019 THANE: Three persons have been arrested for allegedly practising witchcraft and black magic as well as keeping a human skull inside a shanty at a Kalwa slum. Those arrested have been identified as Raju Sharma, Kailas Hatkar, reportedly a tantrik (black magician) and Pandurang Gawari, from Ulhasnagar. The police said that Sharma procured a human skull from Hatkar and kept it at his place for the last three months in order to practise witchcraft and black magic which is prohibited under law. However, very few frequented his shop making it another loss-making venture," said a police official.
2019-03-16Untreated sewage continues to deface Ulhas river - Mid-Day
Untreated sewage continues to deface Ulhas river Updated: Mar 16, 2019, 08:26 IST When the case related to the rising pollution level of the Ulhas River had come up in the Supreme Court, the commissioners of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) and Ambarnath Municipal Council (AMC) had said that all steps were being taken to prevent the discharge of untreated sewage into the water body. However, the reality on ground appears to be quite different. A couple of pictures clicked by an environmentalist and a complaint filed by him reveals that the civic bodies are doing nothing to prevent the river's degradation, as untreated sewage continues to flow into its waters near Ambarnath. Taking a serious note of this problem, Environmentalist Stalin D, who has been fighting to protect the river, has sent the complaint along with some geo-tagged photos to the commissioners of UMC and AMC, environment secretary, secretary of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, regional officer of Kalyan MPCB and secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forest. Speaking to mid-day, Stalin from NGO Vanashakti, said, "The UMC and AMC continue to pollute and degrade the Ulhas River despite the fact that the respective commissioners had submitted before the SC that all steps were being taken to prevent discharge of untreated sewage into the water body. However, the situation on ground is quite different." He further said, "At Ambarnath, the chamber through which dirty water flows to the sewage treatment plant is broken. Hence, it directly flows into the river." The green activist has also observed that at the Khemani Nullah area in Ulhasnagar, there are no proper facilities to divert the sewage flow towards the sump. The complaint, a copy of which is in possession of mid-day, states, "As the sewage is manually pumped into the treatment plant, it's not a very reliable process. If it doesn't function properly during peak hours, then the sewage can overflow into the river. Further, more than a kilometer of the river is covered with water hyacinths, which clearly indicates that sewage from the upstream is also being released into the water." The complaint also points out that massive constructions are happening on the flood plains of the river. It further states, "This is in complete contradiction of the stand taken by the state government in the High Court, wherein it had submitted that the flood plains are being protected. New constructions are on the rise on the river flood plains and we call upon you to address these issues on priority. We are sure that you are aware of the consequences of such acts. We expect proof of credible action taken on the points raised by us at the earliest, failing which we will move courts for justice and accountability".
2019-03-16Mumbai bridge collapse: Memories of colleagues who died keep nurse awake at night - Hindustan Times
Mumbai bridge collapse: Memories of colleagues who died keep nurse awake at night Updated: Mar 17, 2019 00:16 IST Vijay Bhagwat, head nurse at Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) Hospital, who fractured his right shoulder in the pedestrian bridge collapse at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), is not able to sleep. “I keep getting flashes of what happened that night. I saw there were dead bodies around me when I regained consciousness.” Three of the deceased in the incident were Bhagwat’s colleagues — Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40 and Bhakti Shinde , 40 — who he had worked with for nearly a decade. “Tambe and I had joined the hospital in 2005,” he said. Bhagwat, 38, was on his way for night shift duty at the hospital along with Prabhu, Tambe and Shinde when they were caught in the collapse. Bhagwat underwent a seven-hour long surgery on Friday where 12 plates were fitted into his body to repair the fracture. His wife, Tejaswini who is also a nurse in Ulhasnagar, is taking care of him at GT Hospital. “This was his daily route. I learnt about the incident when he called me,” she said. The couple lives in Kalyan with their 10-year-old daughter. Like Bhagwat, three other people who were injured during the bridge collapse have been admitted to Sir JJ Hospital. “They were operated for leg and spine fractures, but all are stable now,” said a doctor at the hospital. At St George Hospital, nine patients were admitted on Saturday. However, none of them are in a critical condition, said Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, medical superintendent of the hospital. Dombivli resident Jinal Fofalia, 31, a stock broker, sustained severe head injuries and took discharge against medical advice on Friday. Doctors said he has been admitted to a hospital in Dombivli. Mohammed Athar, 28, who had fractured both legs in the collapse, was operated upon on Friday. “It will take at least one and half months for the patients to get back to their routine. Most will need physiotherapy,” Dr Gaikwad added. Meanwhile three other injured people, including two policemen, were shifted to Bombay Hospital. One of them is in the intensive care unit (ICU). A family of three injured in bridge are getting treated for fractures at Jaslok Hospital. On Friday, doctors at Jaslok Hospital operated upon Advik Navle, a three-year old boy who fractured his toes in the fall from the bridge. Advik’s father, Raju, 33, sustained multiple fractures to his left foot and spine. Doctors said he may take at least one and half years to recover. “The bone in his foot had completely shattered into pieces. It is possible he may develop arthritis in the future,” said Dr Ameet Pispati, director, department of orthopaedic surgery at Jaslok Hospital.
2019-03-1516 year old boy slashed for objecting to water balloons at Ulhasnagar - Mid-Day
16-year-old boy slashed for objecting to water balloons at Ulhasnagar Updated: Mar 15, 2019, 11:53 IST A 16-year-old boy from Ulhasnagar was slashed on the stomach by a 12-year-old boy after the former objected to the water balloons being thrown at him some minutes earlier. Some passers-by took the boy to hospital and informed the police. The 12-year-old boy and his friends were making a nuisance of themselves at Hanuman Nagar in Ulhasnagar on Thursday. They had been catching people unawares since the morning and people had become fed up of the nuisance. Hit By Balloons The 16-year-old boy Nishu Pandey was headed for some classes when he got hit by balloons. Furious, he went looking for the boys. He found one of them and while he was arguing with him, the younger boy whipped out a knife and slashed him on the stomach. Nishu's father Ajay Pandey said, "What kind of Holi is this? My son is only 16 and his injury is so serious that we have had to shift him to KEM hospital. He has been given stitches and his condition is still serious. The doctors are saying that his injury is serious. I am so upset and I do not know what I should do next. This is not acceptable for any child." Copspeak Ulhasnagar police station officer PSI N Khare, said, "We were informed about the incident by passers-by and we immediately took the injured to the hospital and registered a case against the minor accused. We produced him in a juvenile court. We have taken strict action against all the miscreants who were throwing balloons."
2019-03-14Water balloon rage: 12-year-old boy stabs teen - Times of India
Water balloon rage: 12-year-old boy stabs teen Mar 14, 2019, 06:31 IST ULHASNAGAR: Ahead of Holi, a 12-year-old boy stabbed a 16-year-old boy with a knife after the victim scolded the accused for hurling a water balloon at him and another child. The teen has been admitted to KEM Hospital with multiple injuries. Following the incident, the Ulhasnagar police arrested the minor accused and sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home. The incident occurred on Tuesday at Hanuman Nagar area in Ulhasnagar 1. Police said when the victim scolded the accused and warned him not to hurl water balloons, the accused rushed into his house and came toward the victim with a knife. He stabbed him on his abdomen and chest and fled the spot. Passersby who had witnessed the incident rushed the victim to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar from where he was shifted to KEM Hospital as his injuries were serious. Talking to TOI, the victim’s older brother said, “My brother only asked the accused not to hurl balloons and said if he continued to do so, he would report him to the police.” The victim is from a poor family and works at his uncle’s shop. Police said the accused is a Class 8 student and his father is an autorickshaw driver.
2019-03-14Maharashtra: Teen stabbed by 12-year-old in case of water balloon rage - Times Now
Maharashtra: Teen stabbed by 12-year-old in case of water balloon rage Updated Mar 14, 2019 Maharashtra: A week ahead of Holi, in a case reported from Maharashtra’s town Ulhasnagar, a 12-year-old boy allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old boy with a knife. The incident took place on Tuesday at Hanuman Nagar area when the victim scolded and warned the accused for not hurling water balloon at him. According to the reports in the Times of India, the victim belongs to a poor family and works at his uncle's shop wherein the accused is a Class 8 student and his father is an autorickshaw driver. Reportedly, the Ulhasnagar police officials arrested the minor accused and sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home. Police officials said the TOI that the incident happened when the victim scolded and warned the accused for not hurling water balloon at him. He further mentioned that the accused then rushed to the house of the victim and came towards him with the knife. In a fit to rage, he then stabbed the victim on his abdomen and chest, leaving him on the spot with multiple injuries. The minor accused then fled from the spot. Meanwhile, the people who had eye-witnessed the incident rushed the victim and admitted him to Central Hospital from where he was shifted to KEM Hospital with multiple injuries. The victim's older brother told TOI that the teen had only asked the accused not to hurl balloons and if he continued to do so, he would then report to the police. Following the incident, the Ulhasnagar police officials arrested the minor accused and sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home where further actions would be taken against him.
2019-03-1412-year-old tabbed teen in case of hitting by water balloon - News Track English
12-year-old tabbed teen in case of hitting by water balloon Mar 14 2019 02:01 PM Maharashtra: A a 12-year-old boy allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old boy with a knife on the fight on hiiting water baloon. The incident took place on Tuesday at Hanuman Nagar area when the victim scolded and warned the accused for not hurling water balloon at him. As per the report of Times of India, the Ulhasnagar police officials arrested the minor accused and sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home. Police officials said that the incident happened when the victim scolded and warned the accused for not hurling water balloon at him. He further mentioned that the accused then rushed to the house of the victim and came towards him with the knife. In a fit to rage, he then stabbed the victim on his abdomen and chest, leaving him on the spot with multiple injuries. As per report, the victim belongs to a poor family and works at his uncle's shop wherein the accused is a Class 8 student and his father is an autorickshaw driver. ReportedlyMeanwhile, the people who had eye-witnessed the incident rushed the victim and admitted him to Central Hospital from where he was shifted to KEM Hospital with many injuries. The victim's older brother told TOI that the teen had only asked the accused not to hurl balloons and if he continued to do so, he would then report to the police. The police officials arrested the minor accused and sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home.
2019-03-144- YO leg gets trapped in collapsible grill elevator door - The Siasat Daily
4- YO leg gets trapped in collapsible grill elevator door Published: Mar 14, 2019, 11:11 am IST Mumbai: In an unfortunate incident, a four-year-old minor’s leg got trapped in a damaged elevator resulting in deep injuries to his leg. Devansh had to undergo four surgeries including a skin grafting procedure, to save his foot after his leg got stuck in a damaged collapsible grille door of an Ulhasnagar housing society’s elevator in Mumbai, TOI reports.It will further take three more months for him to walk again but his family worries for his other health issues as he also has G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency, due to which he cannot be administered certain medicines, and has to be monitored. “I cannot put behind the horrific memory of the mishap. While my son was screaming in pain, I had to yank his foot out from the grille,” said his mother Disha. The housing society and the lift contractors both are responsible for the incident and should pay the damages done to the boy. The Bombay Lifts Act in the state has made it mandatory for the PWD to inspect lifts twice every year but it still goes unchecked leading to such accidents. Disha was taking Devansh and his twin, Dipika, for classes at Ratan Garden society in Ulhasnagar on February 16. The children and their mother entered the elevator to head to the third floor around 11.30 am. Devansh was not keen on going and was throwing a tantrum.“The lower portion of the grille door was broken. When the lift cabin was moving between the first and second floors, Devansh’s leg got caught in the lower portion. The lift continued to move upwards, dragging his leg,” Disha added.The kid was then immediately rushed to a local hospital, but was referred to Bhatia Hospital at Grant Road. “Devansh was brought in an emergency. He had lost a lot of blood and had severely injured his right lower leg and foot with an exposed ankle joint. There was an associated fracture of the leg bone with cut tendons. There was also a severe crush injury to the skin and soft tissues of his right ankle and foot. On the same day, we carried out an emergency procedure to remove dead tissues. We repaired the cut tendons, reduced the fracture and reconstructed the ankle joint, covering it with a local muscle flap. VAC (vacuum assisted closure) dressing was applied on the wound. The system includes a foam dressing that is connected to a pump which provides suction to drain fluids from the wound, reduces bacterial load and helps control infection,” said Dr Shailesh Ranade, a plastic surgeon with the hospital. Devansh underwent skin graft on March 7 and was discharged after four days of observation. His leg will remain in plaster for six weeks. The Jeswanis may approach the consumer forum against the lift’s maintenance agency. The Bombay Lifts Act is more than 71 years old and is mandated to be followed. RTI activist Mohammad Afzal, who had filed a PIL on elevator safety a decade ago, said, “Public Works Department (PWD) had given a written assurance to the high court that the Act would be amended. A draft was prepared but I was later informed that the files had got destroyed in a Mantralaya fire in 2012. The amendment is the need of the hour.”
2019-03-1383 test positive, 1 dead of H1N1 in Thane district from January-March | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
83 test positive, 1 dead of H1N1 in Thane district from January-March 14th March, 2019 Around 22,338 patients were screened in the district. “While there have been no H1N1 patients in Thane rural, Ulhasnagar and Mira-Bhayander, the highest number of H1N1 positive cases were recorded in Thane city . THANE: In the last three months, one person died and 83 were detected H1N1 positive in Thane district As per the records of the Deputy Director of Health Services (DDHS), out 119 suspected H1N1 patients, 83 were detected positive from January to March 11. Hence, there were no positive cases or any suspected patients in the first three months of 2018. So, they could have got infected,” said Dr. Gauri Rathod from DDHS. “At times patients do not consult a doctor and take self - medication. The authorities said that once they learnt that people were infected with the flu, they immediately started screening sessions in various health centres.
2019-03-134-year-old boy’s leg crushed in lift door - Times of India
4-year-old boy's leg crushed in lift door in Mumbai Updated: Mar 14, 2019, 05:57 IST MUMBAI: A four-year-old boy, whose leg was crushed after it got trapped in a damaged, collapsible grille door of an Ulhasnagar housing society’s elevator last month, underwent four surgeries, including a skin grafting procedure, to save his foot. It it will take three months for him to walk again. What added to Devansh Jeswani’s family’s worries is that he suffers from a G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency, due to which he cannot be administered certain medicines, and has to be monitored. “I cannot put behind the horrific memory of the mishap. While my son was screaming in pain, I had to yank his foot out from the grille,” said Devansh’s mother, Disha, who was with him at the time. Most elevator companies have phased out collapsible grille doors due to safety concerns. In the present case, the housing society's lift should not have been operational till its door was fixed. The housing society is equally responsible for it. The housing society management and the lift maintenance contractors cannot shirk their responsibility. At the same time, the Bombay Lifts Act makes it mandatory for the PWD to inspect lifts twice every year but this does not happen. Disha was taking Devansh and his twin, Dipika, for classes at Ratan Garden society in Ulhasnagar on February 16. The children and their mother entered the elevator to head to the third floor around 11.30 am. Devansh was not keen on going and was throwing a tantrum. “The lower portion of the grille door was broken. When the lift cabin was moving between the first and second floors, Devansh’s leg got caught in the lower portion. The lift continued to move upwards, dragging his leg,” Disha added. Devansh was rushed to a local hospital, but on examining the injury, doctors referred him to Bhatia Hospital at Grant Road. “Devansh was brought in an emergency. He had lost a lot of blood and had severely injured his right lower leg and foot with an exposed ankle joint. There was an associated fracture of the leg bone with cut tendons. There was also a severe crush injury to the skin and soft tissues of his right ankle and foot. On the same day, we carried out an emergency procedure to remove dead tissues. We repaired the cut tendons, reduced the fracture and reconstructed the ankle joint, covering it with a local muscle flap. VAC (vacuum assisted closure) dressing was applied on the wound. The system includes a foam dressing that is connected to a pump which provides suction to drain fluids from the wound, reduces bacterial load and helps control infection,” said Dr Shailesh Ranade, a plastic surgeon with the hospital. Doctors performed a skin graft on Devansh’s ankle wound on March 7. After observing the graft for four days, the child was discharged on Monday. His leg will remain in plaster for six weeks. The Jeswanis may approach the consumer forum against the lift’s maintenance agency. The Bombay Lifts Act is more than 71 years old. RTI activist Mohammad Afzal, who had filed a PIL on elevator safety a decade ago, said, “Public Works Department (PWD) had given a written assurance to the high court that the Act would be amended. A draft was prepared but I was later informed that the files had got destroyed in a Mantralaya fire in 2012. The amendment is the need of the hour.” The Act makes it mandatory for PWD, with around 350 inspectors, to inspect lifts twice every year, but inspections have reduced to once a year in Mumbai, Afzal said.
2019-03-12CCI Snooker: Joshi, Sissodia Score Contrasting Victories - LatestLY
CCI Snooker: Joshi, Sissodia Score Contrasting Victories Mar 12, 2019 07:44 PM IST Mumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) BPCL's Devendra Joshi and Madhya Pradesh's Bharat Sissodia Tuesday scored contrasting wins in their respective third round matches of the CCI All India Open Snooker Championship here. The Mumbai-based cueist Joshi, representing Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), rattled up two half century breaks to outshine his city rival Mayank Bhavsar and win in three straight frames. Joshi, after taking the first frame, was in full flow and constructed breaks of 59 in the second and 55 in the third to complete the clean sweep and advance to the round of 64. Earlier, Sissodia showed a remarkable fighting spirit as he recovered to turn the tables on Arun Kumar of Thane and notch win after five well-contested frames. Sissodia lost the first two frames by close margins, but bounced back in style by compiling a run of 64 to pocket the third one which was the turning point. He comfortably won the fourth and fifth frames to snatch a deserving victory and make it to the fourth round. Results First round: Malkeet Singh (Railways) beat Sarang Shroff (Mumbai) 3-1 (2-82(55), 62-55, 67-33,78(60)-10). Second round: Rafath Habib (Railways) beat Sunil Jain (Mumbai) 3-0 (70-56, 64-23, 60-28), Mohd Hussain Khan (Railways) beat Kiran Chheda 3-0 (64(33)-18. 62(45)-9, 74(47)-9); Abhinav Dhiman beat Chintamani Jadhav (Pune) 3-0 (61-16, 56-53, 62-48); Rishabh Thakkar (Mumbai) beat Shiva Sharma (AP) 3-0 (63-37, 63-30, 75-20); Anuj Uppal (Delhi) beat Tanmay Jatkar 3-0 (50-37, 72-9, 85-1); Vimal Mariwala (Mumbai) beat Raj Khandwala (Mumbai) 3-2 (43-74, 26-54, 64-30, 65-8, 60-25). Third round: Abhishek Ahuja (Delhi) beat Manoj Nandwani (Ulhasnagar) 3-0 (53-45, 69-30, 62-49); Bharat Sissodia (MP) beat Arun Kumar (Thane) 3-2 (40-47, 35-39, 79(64)-10, 67-19, 66-34); Devendra Joshi (Mumbai) beat Mayank Bhavsar (Mumbai) 3-0 (66-29, 79(59)-0, 88(55)-0).
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2019-03-12All India Open Snooker Championship: Devendra Joshi, Bharat Sissodia score contrasting wins - Free Press Journal
All India Open Snooker Championship: Devendra Joshi, Bharat Sissodia score contrasting wins March 13, 2019 5:27 am Mumbai: Devendra Joshi of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Bharat Sissodia of Madhya Pradesh scored contrasting wins in their respective third round matches of the CCI All India Open Snooker Championship, at the CCI’s Sir Wilson Jones billiards room, here on Tuesday. The Mumbai-based cueist Joshi was in awesome form rattled up two half century breaks to outshine his city rival Mayank Bhavsar winning in three straight frames. Joshi after taking the first was in full flow and constructed breaks of 59 in the second and 55 in the third to complete the clean sweep to advance to the round of 64. Earlier, Sissodia showed remarkable fight qualities as he recovered to turn the tables on Arun Kumar of Thane winning in five well-contested frames. The Madhya Pradesh cueist Sissodia by close margin lost the first two frames, but he bounced back in style by compiling a run of 64 to pocket the third which was the turning point. He comfortably won the fourth and fifth to snatch a deserving victory and make it to the fourth round. Vimal Mariwala also dished out a strong fighting display as he came from behind to overcome Raj Khandwala 3-2 in an all-Mumbai second round clash. Mariwala trailed 0-2 but gradually came good to win the last three frames to complete a 43-74, 26-54, 64-30, 65-8 and 60-25 win. Results Rd-1: Malkeet Singh (Railways) bt Sarang Shroff (Mumbai) 3-1 (2-82 (55), 62-55, 67-33, 78 (60)-10); Rd-2: Rafath Habib (Railways) bt Sunil Jain (Mumbai) 3-0 (70-56, 64-23, 60-28); Mohd Hussain Khan (Railways) bt Kiran Chheda 3-0 (64 (33)-18. 62 (45)-9, 74 (47)-9); Abhinav Dhiman bt Chintamani Jadhav (Pune) 3-0 (61-16, 56-53, 62-48); Rishabh Thakkar (Mumbai) bt Shiva Sharma (AP) 3-0 (63-37, 63-30, 75-20); Anuj Uppal (Delhi) bt Tanmay Jatkar 3-0 (50-37, 72-9, 85-1); Vimal Mariwala (Mumbai) bt Raj Khandwala (Mumbai) 3-2 (43-74, 26-54, 64-30, 65-8, 60-25); Rd-3: Abhishek Ahuja (Delhi) bt Manoj Nandwani (Ulhasnagar) 3-0 (53-45, 69-30, 62-49); Bharat Sissodia (MP) beat Arun Kumar (Thane) 3-2 (40-47, 35-39, 79 (64)-10, 67-19, 66-34); Devendra Joshi (Mumbai) bt Mayank Bhavsar (Mumbai) 3-0 (66-29, 79 (59)-0, 88 (55)-0)
2019-03-12CCI snooker: Joshi, Sissodia score contrasting victories - Business Standard
CCI snooker: Joshi, Sissodia score contrasting victories March 12, 2019 19:46 IST BPCL's Devendra Joshi and Madhya Pradesh's Bharat Sissodia Tuesday scored contrasting wins in their respective third round matches of the CCI All India Open Snooker Championship here. The Mumbai-based cueist Joshi, representing Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), rattled up two half century breaks to outshine his city rival Mayank Bhavsar and win in three straight frames. Joshi, after taking the first frame, was in full flow and constructed breaks of 59 in the second and 55 in the third to complete the clean sweep and advance to the round of 64. Earlier, Sissodia showed a remarkable fighting spirit as he recovered to turn the tables on Arun Kumar of Thane and notch win after five well-contested frames. Sissodia lost the first two frames by close margins, but bounced back in style by compiling a run of 64 to pocket the third one which was the turning point. He comfortably won the fourth and fifth frames to snatch a deserving victory and make it to the fourth round. Results First round: Malkeet Singh (Railways) beat Sarang Shroff (Mumbai) 3-1 (2-82(55), 62-55, 67-33,78(60)-10). Second round: Rafath Habib (Railways) beat Sunil Jain (Mumbai) 3-0 (70-56, 64-23, 60-28), Mohd Hussain Khan (Railways) beat Kiran Chheda 3-0 (64(33)-18. 62(45)-9, 74(47)-9); Abhinav Dhiman beat Chintamani Jadhav (Pune) 3-0 (61-16, 56-53, 62-48); Rishabh Thakkar (Mumbai) beat Shiva Sharma (AP) 3-0 (63-37, 63-30, 75-20); Anuj Uppal (Delhi) beat Tanmay Jatkar 3-0 (50-37, 72-9, 85-1); Vimal Mariwala (Mumbai) beat Raj Khandwala (Mumbai) 3-2 (43-74, 26-54, 64-30, 65-8, 60-25). Third round: Abhishek Ahuja (Delhi) beat Manoj Nandwani (Ulhasnagar) 3-0 (53-45, 69-30, 62-49); Bharat Sissodia (MP) beat Arun Kumar (Thane) 3-2 (40-47, 35-39, 79(64)-10, 67-19, 66-34); Devendra Joshi (Mumbai) beat Mayank Bhavsar (Mumbai) 3-0 (66-29, 79(59)-0, 88(55)-0).
2019-03-11When will Lok Sabha elections 2019 be held in Mumbai? Full voting schedule, list of key areas - Free Press Journal
When will Lok Sabha elections 2019 be held in Mumbai? Full voting schedule, list of key areas March 11, 2019 10:19 am Dates of Lok Sabha polls 2019 have been announced and the city of Mumbai will go to polls on April 29. Mumbai has a total of six Lok Sabha constituencies. Thane district, which is located near Mumbai, has 3 constituencies. Maharashtra will vote in four phases next month, and Mumbai will vote in the fourth phase along with Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi and Kalyan among others. Below is the full details about Mumbai and Thane’s constituencies and their voting schedule. Mumbai-North Constituency – Mumbai Elections date: April 29, 2019 Key Areas: Borivali, Dahisar, Magathane, Kandivali East, Charkop and Malad West. Mumbai North-East Constituency – Mumbai Elections date: April 29, 2019 Key Areas: Mulund, Vikhroli, Bhandup West, Ghatkopar West, Ghatkopar East and Mankhurd. Mumbai North-West Constituency – Mumbai Elections date: April 29, 2019 Key Areas: Jogeshwari East, Dindoshi, Goregaon, Versova, Andheri West and Andheri East Mumbai North-Central Constituency – Mumbai Elections date: April 29, 2019 Key Areas: Vile Parle, Chandivali, Kurla, Kalina, Bandra East and Bandra West Mumbai South Central Constituency – Mumbai Elections date: April 29, 2019 Key Areas: Anushakti Nagar, Chembur, Dharavi, Sion Koliwada, Wadala and Mahim. Mumbai South Constituency – Mumbai Elections date: April 29, 2019 Key Areas: Worli, Sewri, Byculla, Malabar Hill, Mumbadevi and Colaba. Thane Constituency – Thane Elections date: April 29, 2019 Key Areas: Mira Bhayandar, Kopri-Pachpakhadi, Ovala-Majiwada, Thane, Airoli, Belapur and Bhiwandi. Bhiwandi Constituency – Thane Elections date: April 29, 2019 Key Areas: Bhiwandi Rural, Shahapur, Bhiwandi West, Bhiwandi East, Kalyan West, and Murbad. Kalyan Constituency – Thane Elections date: April 29, 2019 Key Areas: Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan East, Dombivli, Kalyan Rural and Mumbra-Kalwa.
2019-03-10Lok Sabha election 2019: Report card | how these MPs fared - The Hindu
Lok Sabha election 2019: Report card | how these MPs fared UPDATED: MARCH 11, 2019 01:47 IST With the Lok Sabha election round the corner, The Hindu looks at the performance of five MPs from constituencies around Mumbai, and how the Opposition and civil society rate them Member of Parliament: Shrikant Shinde Constituency: Kalyan Political party: Shiv Sena Lok Sabha election 2019: Report card | how these MPs fared Votes won in 2014: 4,40,892 Winning margin: 2,50,749 Second rank candidate/ party: Anand Paranjape / NCP Utilisation of MPLAD funds: Spent all of the ₹25 crore. Mr. Shinde said he avoided spending on road works or footpaths as MPLAD funds are not meant for this. A shooting range in Ambernath, gardens, open gyms, a cricket pitch at Dombivali, a jogging track in Thakurli, are some of the key works done by him. Attendance: 83% Questions asked in Parliament: 900 Parliamentary Committees they worked on: Committee on Health and Family Welfare Private Members’ Bills introduced: 7 Self-assessment: “I was true to my word on improving railway services. I expedited work on the 5th and 6th line between Thane and Diva; received Central approval for Kalyan-Thane-Mumbai waterway, Thakurli Terminus, and Kalyan Yard remodelling work; and State approval for Dombivali Metro. I initiated work on a multi-specialty hospital in place of ESIC hospital, Ulhasnagar,” Mr. Shinde said. Future plans, if re-elected: “I will continue my ongoing work. Work on all the projects that are under way will be over and new developmental projects will be taken up,” said Mr. Shinde. Opposition rating: NCP leader Anand Paranjape said, despite enjoying power from municipal corporation to Parliament, no infrastructure project was completed. “Nothing has been done about Kalva-Airoli elevated corridor, Thane-Diva 6th line in MUTP-II, Dombivali to Mankoli creek bridge, 3rd line between Kalyan-Kasara and Kalyan-Karjat, Kalyan rail terminal and setting up a ₹6,500 growth centre in 27 villages of KDMC. Mr. Shinde has failed to make any impact.” Civil society view: Pradip Bhanage, an activist from Dombivali and local journalist said, “Mr. Shinde knows his core voters and has kept them happy by focusing his works around them. He is easily accessible to ordinary citizens. Railways is a lifeline to this region. There is no significant improvement in railways infrastructure. Shiv Sena enjoys power from corporation to Parliament, but civic issues in Kalyan are far from being solved.” Member of Parliament: Rajendra Gavit (Winner in 2014– Chintaman Vanga / BJP. Rajendra Gavit won Palghar by-election on May 31, 2018) Constituency: Palghar Political party: BJP Lok Sabha election 2019: Report card | how these MPs fared Votes won in 2014: 2,72,782 Winning margin: 29,572 Second rank candidate/ party: Shrinivas Vanga / Shiv Sena Utilisation of MPLAD funds: Spent ₹5 crore for one year. Mr. Gavit said he spent his all of his funds on repairing a few roads, passenger amenities at stations, a muslim graveyard and a ₹50 lakh fund for child welfare and development in project-affected areas. Attendance: 68% Questions asked in Parliament: 8 Parliamentary Committees they worked on: None Private Members’ Bills introduced: 0 Self-assessment: “Despite a short tenure, I have managed to get some key projects off the ground — most notably, a ₹360-crore creek bridge which will reduce the distance between Palghar and Virar. We have provided more foot-overbridges and escalators than the previous government. Palghar is also the leading district in Maharashtra in implementation of the Forest Rights Act,” Mr. Gavit said. Future plans, if re-elected: “We will continue doing the same work. There are talks that Shiv Sena will get this constituency, but it hasn’t materialised yet,” Mr. Gavit said. Opposition rating: President of Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and sitting MLA Hitendra Thakur said, “One needs to only look at the number of tribal children who have died due to malnutrition in an area whose guardian minister is also the State Cabinet minister for Tribal Development.” Mr. Thakur said that the series of large infrastructure projects in the area has been met with stiff opposition and will play a huge role in the upcoming elections. Civil society view: Local activist Ramakant Patil said that Mr. Gavit and his predecessor have not made an impact on policy issues. “Administratively they’ve been okay. But issues such as implementation of MNREGA, MUDRA and the Forest Rights Act haven’t been tackled at the Union-level. The major election issue this time will be the Bullet Train and Mumbai-Vadodara Highway projects that will affect farmers, adivasis and fishing communities. Member of Parliament: Kapil Patil Constituency: Bhiwandi Political party: BJP Lok Sabha election 2019: Report card | how these MPs fared Votes won in 2014: 4,11,070 Winning margin: 1,09,450 Second rank candidate/ party: Vishwanath Patil/Congress Utilisation of MPLAD funds: Spent all of the ₹25 crore. Mr. Patil said he utilised 100% fund on concretisation of roads, paver blocks, construction of footpaths, amenity blocks, high mast lights, toilets, a water supply programme, borewells and community halls. Attendance: 91% Questions asked in Parliament: 462 Parliamentary Committees they worked on: Standing Committee on Urban Development, Consultative Committee on Railway Ministry Private Members’ Bills introduced: 0 Self-assessment: Mr. Patil said, “We have gotten works worth ₹23,000 crore approved for this constituency. The cabinet has cleared railway proposals worth ₹3,000 crore. I have utilized my entire fund as well.” Future plans, if re-elected: “I will demand an AIIMS hospital for Thane, as per the Centre’s new policy, so people don’t have to go to Mumbai hospitals. Bhiwandi requires a direct train from Mumbai. Once work on the Virar corridor is done, we will get direct connectivity. We have also demanded a jetty. For the textile industry, I will urge the Centre to come up with conducive policies,” Mr. Patil said. Opposition rating: Vishwanath Patil, who contested against Kapil Patil in 2014, said, “The MP has not done anything to support two major protests in the area in the last five years. He has always sided with the elite. During protests against Samruddhi Mahamarg, where was he when the armed forces entered the villages? We formed a committee to save these lands. He does bhoomipujan of projects that never take off. He has no connect with the grassroots.” Civil society view: Zahid Mukhtar Shaikh, a social worker and Bhiwandi-resident said, “The MP did nothing on two fronts — after GST was imposed, the powerloom sector suffered heavy losses. We were promised refunds, we file returns regularly but the process is too long. Almost 60% of textile mills have moved out of Bhiwandi due to high electricity bills. The MP did not do anything to seek respite from the energy ministry.” Member of Parliament: Rajan Vichare Constituency: Thane Political party: Shiv Sena Lok Sabha election 2019: Report card | how these MPs fared Votes won in 2014: 5,95,364 Winning margin: 2,81,299 Second rank candidate/ party: Sanjiv Naik/ NCP Utilisation of MPLAD funds: Of the ₹25 crore, 79.31% was spent on infrastructure and allied projects, 9.20% on health, 6.90% on education and 4.6% in the field of sports. Attendance: 78% Questions asked in Parliament: 504 Parliamentary Committees they worked on: Industry Private Members’ Bills introduced: 0 Self-assessment: Mr. Vichare said, “A lot of work has been done for citizens’ convenience. We built the SATIS flyover outside Thane station. Work has begun on the Digha station on the Kalwa–Airoli elevated corridor, so Karjat-Kasara residents won’t have to come to Thane to go to Navi Mumbai soon. A new passport office is being inaugurated in Navi Mumbai. The proposal for a new jetty at Uttan has been passed.” Future plans, if re-elected: “My priority will be constructing a new railway station — tentatively named New Thane — between Thane and Mulund, for which we are trying to acquire the Thane Municipal Hospital land. It will ease load on Thane station, which witnesses a footfall of eight lakh every day. We will also start water transport from Bhayander to Thane to cut travel time to half-an-hour,” Mr. Vichare said. Opposition rating: Mr. Vichare’s predecessor, NCP leader Sanjeev Naik said the projects that Mr. Vichare talked about were proposed during his term, and no new effort has been observed. “We had proposed two stations on the Kalwa–Airoli route: Digha and Khairane-Bonkode. Mr. Vichare ignored Khairane-Bonkode and moved Digha 500 meters closer to Kalwa. They talk about acquiring the Mental Hospital land for the New Thane station, but I fail to see the delay, especially since the guardian minister is also the Health Minister.” Civil society view: Thane-based activist Rohit Joshi said, “Going by the promises in his manifesto, Mr. Vichare has failed in resolving local transport and basic infrastructure issues. Work on the Kopri road overbridge and Versova Bridge is going on at a very slow pace, causing heavy traffic jams. The SATIS project has been a disaster and yet, a second bridge had been planned in Thane (east). The New Thane station looks like a distant dream.” Member of Parliament: Anant Geete Constituency: Raigad Political party: Shiv Sena Lok Sabha election 2019: Report card | how these MPs fared Votes won in 2014: 3,96,178 Winning margin: 2,110 Second rank candidate/ party: Sunil Tatkare / NCP Utilisation of MPLAD funds: Spent ₹18 crore of the ₹22.50 crore received. As per the GoI website, Mr. Geete spent 92.49% on infrastructure and building roads and community centres. Around 5.11% was spent on health infrastructure such as ambulances and 2.40% on education in constructing schools and balwadis. Attendance: Not applicable* Questions asked in Parliament: Not applicable* Parliamentary Committees they worked on: Not applicable* Private Members’ Bills introduced: Not applicable Self-assessment: Mr. Geete declined to comment Future plans, if re-elected: Mr. Geete declined to comment Opposition rating: NCP leader Sunil Tatkare said, “Mr. Geete has been a six-time MP and minister for 10 years. What did he do for industries and employment? Did the tourism industry flourish in scenic and coastal Raigad? Honesty, willpower and sensitivity is needed to ensure development. The present MP does not have any of these qualities. As a minister in the State, I ensured funds of crores of rupees was brought in the district. This six-time MP could never do that.” Civil society view: Social activist Ulka Mahajan, who has led a number of struggles in the region said she is completely disappointed with Mr. Geete’s performance. “He may be easily accessible to party workers, but not to us. We never found him sensitive to our issues. The constituency has not seen a single developmental project in his tenure, which did not destroy farmers’ livelihood. On social issues too, the MP has been invisible.” * Mr. Geete served as Union Cabinet Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises
2019-03-08Mumbai local network set for big expansion! Indian Railways gets Modi Cabinet nod for new lines, better trains - The Financial Express
Mumbai local network set for big expansion! Indian Railways gets Modi Cabinet nod for new lines, better trains Published: March 8, 2019 4:06 PM Mumbai local transport set to improve and expand like never before! Big news for Mumbaikars! Travelling across the city of Mumbai will get more comfortable and easy with Indian Railways all set to expand the suburban network. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has recently approved the phase III-A of the Mumbai Urban Transport project. According to a press release issued by the Cabinet, the total cost of the Mumbai Urban Transport project will be around Rs 30,849 crore, with total completion cost of Rs 33,690 crore. The work on phase III-A of the Mumbai Urban Transport project is likely to be completed over the next five years. Here are 10 things to know about the upcoming phase III-A of the Mumbai Urban Transport project: 1) In order to improve comfort level and safety of commuters, air-conditioned coaches will be introduced along with automatic door operation. 2) Seamless travel for long distance suburban passengers will be provided by extending and creating corridors along with decongestion of entry and exit at the stations. 3) With the introduction of Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system, safety, capacity as well as efficiency of the suburban network will be increased. 4) The CBTC will be introduced on all suburban sections of Mumbai viz. CSMT-Panvel on Harbour and Trans Harbour line, CSMT-Kalyan (on both slow and fast lines) and Churchgate-Virar (on both slow and fast lines). 5) Currently, the Harbour Line links CSMT to Goregaon. Under phase III-A, the line will be extended to Borivali, providing direct connectivity to CSMT for people travelling from Borivali. 6) The suburban and non-suburban services on the Western Line will be segregated and will provide a slow and fast suburban corridor between Borivali and Virar, improving its connectivity along with increased frequency of services. 7) Construction of the fourth line up to Asangaon will provide proper suburban connectivity to Kalyan-Kasara section, which is home to millions of Mumbaikars. 8) The satellite towns and cities of Ambarnath, Badlapur, Ulhasnagar need proper suburban connection to travel between Kalyan and Mumbai. The new corridor from Kalyan to Badlapur will provide much-needed suburban rail connectivity. 9) After the modification of Kalyan Yard, there will be complete segregation of suburban and long-distance traffic, decongesting the platform crowd and facilitating smooth movements. 10) Additionally, separate and independent platforms will be provided to rail passengers for dealing with long-distance trains, avoiding their clashing with suburban commuters.
2019-03-08Refugees for years, 45 get citizenship in one day - Times of India
Refugees for years, 45 get citizenship in one day PUNE: Sindhi businessman Sunny Suresh Dogia was a 45-day-old baby when his parents brought him to India from Pakistan. On Thursday, at the age of 29 years and 2 months, he was granted Indian citizenship, ending a long denial period of basic voting rights and the acquisition of a passport. Dogia was among 45 refugees from Pakistan to get Indian citizenship from Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram within a day of hearing and without going through any cumbersome process. Ram said all of them would get voting rights within a week. All 45 — 44 Sindhis and one from Andhra Pradesh — had relocated to India from Pakistan and had started living in Pune district. Ram granted them citizenship following the December 26, 2016, order of the Union ministry of home affairs which empowered the district collectors of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Thane to give such status to refugees from Pakistan living in their jurisdiction after due checks. “We dealt with citizenship applications earlier, but only the central government had the power to grant citizenship to refugees from Pakistan. Now, with the power delegated to collectors, we are in a position to grant citizenship to them as per the rules,” Ram said. The collector said his office had received nearly 160 applications seeking Indian citizenship about two months ago. The intelligence bureau approved 75 cases. After hearings on Wednesday, Ram cleared the files of the 45 people. “We conducted due checks and instead of prolonging the scrutiny, we cleared the files the day the hearings were conducted. Now, we will use this as the base and issue voting status to the 45 new citizens within a week,” Ram told TOI. Dogia was elated after getting his citizenship on Thursday. Till Wednesday, he just had a conditional PAN card and driving licence as his identity. “I now feel accepted. I shall be able to get a passport and exercise my voting rights,” he said on Thursday. Dogia’s neighbours, visually-impaired Sindhu Nebhwani (36) and brother Jaikash Nebhwani, waited for almost 27 years to get recognized as Indian citizens. They had made several rounds of the Foreigners’ Registration Office (FRO) earlier. “We have lived here since our childhood. We associate ourselves with this country although we were born there (Pakistan). Finally, we belong where we should,” said Sindhu. Balasaheb Runwal of ‘Mere Apne’ has been following up the cases of the people granted citizenship on Thursday with the collector’s office. He said, “It (the citizenship) was long due and now they can claim other benefits from the government.” Rajni becomes Indian again Rajni Premnath (61) from Ulhasnagar on Thursday became an Indian citizen again. After getting married to B Premnath from Karachi in Pakistan, she had changed her citizenship and became a Pakistani national in 1973. Premnath was a small-time consultant in the automobile sector in Karachi. After staying in Pakistan for 31 years, Rajni decided to come back to India in 2004 for the education of her three daughters. “From 2004, my struggle was on to get my citizenship back,” said the homemaker. On Thursday, both Rajni and Premnath got the Indian citizenship. They would now move the citizenship applications of their three daughters, one of whom is married. “My mother, who is no more, would have been elated today (Thursday) because she was not very happy when I had changed my citizenship,” said Rajni in Marathi, her eyes welling up.
2019-03-08Mumbai s heart beats for kid with ailing liver collects Rs 16 5 lakh overnight - Mid-Day
Mumbai's heart beats for kid with ailing liver; collects Rs 16.5 lakh overnight Updated: Mar 08, 2019, 08:40 IST Four-year-old Mayank Patil, who underwent a liver transplant at Jupiter Hospital, Thane, was discharged on Thursday, after over a thousand donors from across India and overseas helped his family by contributing through crowd-funding platforms. Nearly R16.5 lakh was raised overnight through social media, after mid-day's story on Wednesday, 'Hellish health turn for Nashik family'. The management of Jupiter Hospital had also extended support to the family. They waived off half the billing amount and stood by their quotation given to Mayank's father at the time of the transplant, Rs 15 lakh. The hospital was paid around Rs 18.45 lakh (Rs 16.50 collected from milaap, Rs 1.45 lakh from trusts and charitable institutions, and Rs 1 lakh from the Chief Minister's Fund). "Unfortunately, in Mayank's case, his stay and treatment in the hospital prolonged due to certain complications. In all cases of post-operative complications in pediatric transplant patients, Jupiter Hospital, as a policy, waives off the amount incurred in the bill beyond the pre-fixed package cost. In an effort to relieve the family from any stress related to money, our team also raised a substantial amount through various foundations and trusts that the hospital was following up with," said the hospital spokesperson. "We are grateful to the Good Samaritans who have generously donated and helped us in getting back the smile on the little child's face. The additional funds that have been collected through these funds, will be used for the medicines and follow-ups once Mayank goes home," added the hospital spokesperson. Donations overnight mid-day readers from Mumbai and overseas had contacted Harish Patil, Mayank's father, who directed them to the milaap portal (a crowd-funding platform), which had started an online campaign. The portal collected almost Rs 16.50 lakh overnight, donated by 1,142 Good Samaritans from India and overseas for Mayank. Anoj Viswanathan, president and co-founder milaap said, "The kindness of strangers was the miracle that saved Mayank's life. The entire amount of nearly R16.50 lakh was raised overnight through social media. It is extremely heartening how the world stepped forward to help the Patils." Asked if people still can donate for Mayank, the portal spokesperson replied in the negative, stating, "Since we have already collected more than the required funds, the page will be paused for any further donations." Another crowd-funding portal, Ketto, collected R15,175 contributed by eight donors, which will be given to the parents soon. "This is one of the most amazing examples of how the community nowadays steps up to help families with financial problems," said Varun Sheth, CEO Ketto. Some Good Samaritans even visited Jupiter Hospital to give financial support to Harish. Rishi Gangoli, senior manager at ESPN, and his colleagues, contributed Rs 30,000, a cheque for which was handed to Harish. Doctor overwhelmed, too Dr Gaurav Chaubal, Chief Liver Transplant Surgeon at Jupiter Hospital said, "We have asked Mayank's parents to get him to hospital for a regular follow-up at least for next one month and have advised them to give him only home cooked food. I am also overwhelmed to see such an amazing number of people come forward overnight to help the cause." 'Every paisa for Mayank' Both Harish, 35, and Jyoti, 29, Mayank's parents, are overwhelmed with the financial support that they received. "We had only heard that Mumbaikars have a heart that cares. We are grateful to every donor who opened his/her heart for my Mayank. We will always be indebted to them," said an emotional Harish. Harish also thanked this newspaper for highlighting Mayank's case. When it was suggested that he could get Jyoti's reconstructive surgery performed through these funds, Harish responded firmly saying, "This money has come from people who have read about my son's health condition. I will ensure that every paisa is only used for his treatment. I will work hard and raise funds for my wife's surgery." He has rented a place in Ulhasnagar at Rs 3,500 a month, to take Mayank to the hospital for regular check ups. 1,142 No. of donors who came forward to help Mayank Rs 18.45 lakh Entire amount donated by Good Samaritans, trusts, charitable institutions and the CM's fund
2019-03-0718 lakh kids in Maharashtra not protected against measles and rubella - Times of India
18 lakh kids in Maharashtra not protected against measles and rubella Mar 7, 2019, 08:12 IST Around 18 lakh children in the age bracket of nine months to 15 years have not been vaccinated against measles and rubella in the state, a hurdle in the path of the government resolve to eliminate and control the viral diseases in the country by 2020. Despite a massive immunisation drive, the vaccination coverage in the 14 municipal corporations of the state remains below 90%, as against the desired coverage of 95%. Experts said that if the situation prevailed, all efforts put in so far were likely to go down the drain. “We have told the laggard municipal corporations to improve the performance and finish the vaccination of targeted population,” state immunisation officer Dilip Patil said. “It is imperative to achieve 95% coverage to eliminate measles and rubella.” On the poor vaccination coverage in some areas, Patil said there was manpower shortage in some parts while in others some communities were resisting vaccination over certain misconceptions. An official said a video on vaccinated children facing impotency had gone viral. “We are now convincing them that it is not true and vaccine is safe and beneficial for children,” the official said. The state government extended the deadline to March 10 for areas that had fallen behind and it may be extended further if required. At 58%, Bhiwandi had the lowest vaccination coverage in the state, followed by Akola at 70%, Solapur at 71%, Amaravati at 72%, Aurangabad at 77%, Ahmednagar at 77%, Thane at 82%, Ulhasnagar at 84%, Malegaon at 85%, Mumbai at 85%, Nashik at 86%, Parbhani at 86%, Jalgaon at 88% and Nanded at 89%. The Pune Municipal Corporation is part of the triad where the vaccination coverage is 100%; the other places with full coverage are Sangli and Dhule. The nationwide vaccination effort reached the state on November 27. The targeted population to be covered under the drive included students from anganwadis to Class X, or the age group of nine months to 15 years. Measles is a highly infectious disease that kills many infants and young children. Rubella infection in pregnant woman disables a child for life with congenital rubella syndrome that may result in deafness, blindness and heart defects. “The state government should instruct all departments to ensure 95% coverage. An inter-departmental coordination can help in bridging the gap. Besides, public education is key to dispel myths since the vaccination is not compulsory,” health activist Sanjay Dabhade said.
2019-03-06Enjoy a thali for Rs 10 in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Enjoy a thali for Rs 10 in Ulhasnagar Mar 6, 2019, 08:59 IST ULHASNAGAR: Ulhasnagar residents can now enjoy a thali comprising three chapatis, one vegetable, rice, dal, onion and pickle for only Rs 10. An initiative of Team Omie Kalani (TOK), TOK Rasoi aims to provide food at an affordable rate. TOK has decided to set up 15 TOK Rasoi stalls; the first one was inaugurated on Tuesday in Shahad Phatak area by state minister Ravindra Chavan and mayor Pancham Kalani. The food will be prepared by women groups. Omie Kalani, who runs TOK party, said: “Through this scheme, not only the common man, but also women self-help groups will benefit. We will give profit of Rs 2 per food packet to the women groups that will run the stalls.” Shivaji Ragade, member of TOK party and the brain behind initiative, said, they will set up the stalls offering affordable meals at arterial roads and junctions for the convenience of working class people.
2019-03-06Get a full lunch at just Rs 10 in Ulhasnagar - Mumbai Mirror
Get a full lunch at just Rs 10 in Ulhasnagar Updated: Mar 6, 2019, 17:45 IST To make good food available for the poor and the local labourers at an inexpensive rate, soon several stalls will be set up in Ulhasnagar township. The initiative is being undertaken by Omi Kalani's party TOK (Team Omi Kalani). The first of the 15 stalls was set-up at Shahad Fata on Tuesday. The stall was inaugurated in the presence of Mayor Pancham Kalani and Minister of State Ravindra Chavan. For Rs 10, buyers can get three chapatis or roti, one vegetable curry, dal, rice, an onion and pickle. The TOK plans to open such stalls around bus stands and the franchisee will also be given to women's self-help groups. "These stalls will not only benefit workers and the poor, but also women's self-help groups. They will get Rs 2 for every plate that will be sold," said TOK worker Shivaji Ragde.
2019-03-05Tap the chatter - Mumbai Mirror
Tap the chatter Updated: Mar 5, 2019, 07:53 IST Should more Monorail routes be introduced in the city? Ravindra S Dhande Freelancer web designer Yes, especially one from Airoli to Goregaon, which would reduce load on other routes from central to western Mumbai. Lenster Rodrigues Quality assurance manager Phase I was a total loss. Only if Phase II is successful like the Metro should the government introduce more Monorail routes. Narayan S Balaji Retired senior citizen The city needs more east-west connectivity which are already being served / proposed by extensive road network. Rajalakshmi Hebsur Professor No. there is enough digging, debris, traffic jams and displacement of citizens. Instead, BEST should be revived and its earlier routes restored.
2019-03-04Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced 180 new Escalator projects at suburban network stations. - GNS News
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced 180 new Escalator projects at suburban network stations March 4, 2019 (G.N.S) Dt. 04 Mumbai Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced a slew of projects, including 180 new escalators at stations across the suburban network, a new suburban station at Chikhloli between Ambernath and Badlapur, and a new railway corridor between Kalyan and Murbad. The 28 km corridor will connect Murbad via Ulhasnagar and Vitthalwadi and will have four stations. The Rs. 726 crore project is expected to be completed by 2023.
2019-03-04QMumbai: Producer Prernaa’s Con Paid for Home; Monorail Completed - The Quint
Mumbai: Producer Prernaa’s Con Paid for Home; Monorail Completed 1. Police Say Prernaa's 'Con Job' Paid for Home, Designer Shoes Film producer Prerna Arora, who has been arrested for allegedly cheating film financier Vashu Bhagnani and his production house Pooja Entertainment and Films Ltd of Rs 31.6 crore, allegedly defrauded a director whom she owed Rs 1.5 crore by trying to pass off a previous payment made to actor Amitabh Bachchan as his settlement. Arora allegedly also transferred some of the funds to her employees’ bank accounts. 2. Phase 2 Inaugurated, Entire 19.48-Km Monorail Now Ready for Commuters Nearly a decade after then Chief Minister Ashok Chavan laid its foundation stone, the 19.48-km-long Mumbai Monorail, connecting Chembur to Jacob Circle, was finally inaugurated on Sunday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday inaugurated the second phase of the Monorail, which covers a distance of 11.24 km from Wadala to Sant Gadge Chowk near Jacob Circle. The 8.24-km-long first phase, from Wadala to Chembur, was, inaugurated in February 2014 but received poor response due to its alignment and lack of connectivity with other public transport systems. It also witnessed a spate of accidents, including a fire, which led to services being shut for 10 months. So far, the first phase has been making losses.
2019-03-04Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announces over 180 new escalators, railway corridors in Maharashtra - Mumbai Live
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announces over 180 new escalators, railway corridors in Maharashtra Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Railways and Coal on Sunday announced a slew of projects, including 180 new escalators at stations across the suburban network and a new suburban station at Chikhloli between Ambernath and Badlapur, with a new railway corridor between Kalyan and Murbad. The 28-km corridor will connect Murbad via Ulhasnagar and Vitthalwadi and will have four stations. The project will cost Rs 726 crore and is expected to be completed by 2023. Mr. Goyal said the station at Chikhloli will reduce the distance between Ambernath and Badlapur stations, and give a boost to affordable housing in the region. He inaugurated the new suburban terminus at Parel, from where 32 locals will originate and terminate from Monday and also laid the foundation for an 84-km corridor between Solapur and Osmanabad, which will be built at a cost of Rs905 crore. Parel Terminus To Start Operating From First Week Of March. The Union Minister also announced a new rail line to Alibaug and said they are in talks with the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers to construct stations on the Pen-Thal line, which is at present being used by freight trains. In another key development, the Railway Land Development Authority and the Dharavi Development Authority signed a memorandum of understanding to lease around 45 acres of railway land for the Dharavi redevelopment project. Mr. Goyal said that the Maharashtra government and the Railways have taken a very important decision for the development of Dharavi and the Railways and the residents of Dharavi will benefit from the project. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the project would not have been possible without the railway land as rehabilitation of 50,000 people was a mammoth task, which would have taken years to accomplish.
2019-03-04Maharashtra: Ambernath gears up to host 5 lakh devotees on Mahashivratri - Daily News & Analysis
Maharashtra: Ambernath gears up to host 5 lakh devotees on Mahashivratri Updated: Mar 4, 2019, 06:20 AM IST With Mahashivratri on Monday, residents of Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, and Badlapur gear up to host long queues of devotees of Shiva at the town's ancient Shiv Mandir. The temple, which is over 1,000 years old, sees a turnover of more than 5 lakh devotees on this day every year. Mahashivratri is a busy time for the locals of Ambernath — home to the famous Shiv Mandir said to be built in 1060 AD. This ancient temple attracts a crowd of lakhs of devotees, who start queuing up outside the temple a day earlier. The occasion also involves a fair for the tribals of the surrounding areas to come forth and sell their handicrafts. Ambernath becomes a hub of activity from the previous night and the queue of devotees is so long that special arrangements are made by the police to manage the traffic system. Along with the police, the volunteers of Nagrik Seva Sanstha also spend nearly 26 hours to cater to the crowd. "We put up food and water stalls and have the largest larder to feed the devotees who queue up from the previous evening," says Satyajit Burman, president of Nagrik Seva Sanstha (NSS). Since many devotees observe a fast on this day, the NSS has a special food stall to cater to them. "We serve sabudana khichdi, kheer and fruits to those who are fasting. Tea and water are also provided to all the devotees," Burman said. For this 26-hour-long marathon feast, the members of the NSS cook round the clock. NSS is a resident organisation which was formed in 1990. It has played a pivotal role in the restoration of the Ambernath Shiv Mandir. GET-TOGETHER The occasion also involves a fair for the tribals of the surrounding areas to come forth and sell their handicrafts. Nargik Seva Sanstha spends 26 hours to cater to the needs of the crowd.
2019-03-03Piyush Goyal inaugurates Mumbai’s mini-terminus at Parel - Hindustan Times
Piyush Goyal inaugurates Mumbai’s mini-terminus at Parel Updated: Mar 04, 2019 00:03 IST With an eye on the general elections, Union railway minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday announced a range of amenities for Mumbai’s train commuters – 180 new escalators; a station, Chikhloli, between Ambernath and Badlapur stations; 28-km line between Kalyan and Murbad in Thane district, trains to Alibaug, a popular weekend destination, stations on the Pen-Thal line, among others. Goyal, along with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries, inaugurated the Parel mini-terminus, built to decongest Dadar station, at a cost of ₹51 crore under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project. The railway minister also green-lighted the first of 32 trains and 15-coach trains that will ply from Parel terminus daily. “Mumbai is getting a new terminus after 20-30 years. Of the 2.25 crore passengers, one-third are on the suburban section. Despite that, it has faced injustice for the past 50-60 years,” said Goyal. At the function at CSMT, the Railway Land Development Authority and Dharavi Development Authority also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to hand over 45-acre railway land for Dharavi revamp. “Our railway staffers, who have been living in 70-year-old homes will get new homes and the entire area will see development. The Maharashtra government and railways have taken a very important decision,” he said. Fadnavis said that Dharavi redevelopment wouldn’t be possible without railway land, as rehabilitation of 50,000 people is a huge task. The process would have continued for 25-30 years. “If we give our land for the project, we will get a share in the profit. It will help complete the project in seven years,” said the CM. While laying the foundation stone for Chikhloli, Goyal said, “A new station has been approved on the Mumbai suburban network after years. It will reduce the distance between Ambernath and Badlapur and give people respite from walking on tracks. Affordable housing in the area, too, will get a boost.” The railway minister said infrastructure projects worth ₹20,000 crore are already on in Mumbai and project worth ₹55,000 crore have got nod. “Some of them are elevated to overcome the constraint of land acquisition,” Goyal said. The 180 new escalators are only for Mumbai suburban, he said, adding that the 170 lifts and around 260 new foot overbridges show the momentum of progress of the Modi government. Fadnavis said Goyal approved ₹750-crore Kalyan-Murbad railway line in the morning and also a dozen of long-distance trains. According to railway officers, the 28-km long line will have four stations and will connect Murbad via Ulhasnagar station. It will have seven tunnels. He also said that Modi government has “incredibly” improved Mumbai’s suburban network in the past five years. He said that within a year they plan to implement single-ticketing system for all modes of transport. “MUTP-3 and MUTP-3A will change the face of Mumbai and increase the carrying capacity of the suburban lines drastically,” he said, adding Fadnavis was one of the best chief ministers Maharashtra has seen.
2019-03-03Goyal announces more escalators, rail corridor - The Hindu
Goyal announces more escalators, rail corridor UPDATED: MARCH 04, 2019 00:32 IST Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal on Sunday announced a slew of projects, including 180 new escalators at stations across the suburban network, a new suburban station at Chikhloli between Ambernath and Badlapur, and a new railway corridor between Kalyan and Murbad. The 28-km corridor will connect Murbad via Ulhasnagar and Vitthalwadi and will have four stations. The ₹726-crore project is expected to be completed by 2023. Mr. Goyal said the station at Chikhloli will reduce the distance between Ambernath and Badlapur stations, and give a boost to affordable housing in the region. Mr. Goyal inaugurated the new suburban terminus at Parel, from where 32 locals will originate and terminate from Monday. He also laid the foundation for a 84-km corridor between Solapur and Osmanabad, which will be built at a cost of ₹905 crore. The Union Minister also announced a new rail line to Alibaug, and said they are in talks with the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers to construct stations on the Pen-Thal line, which is at present being used by freight trains. In another key development, the Railway Land Development Authority and the Dhravi Development Authority signed a memorandum of understanding to lease around 45 acres of railway land for the Dharavi redevelopment project. Mr. Goyal said, “The Maharashtra government and the Railways have taken a very important decision for the development of Dharavi. The Railways and the residents of Dharavi will benefit from the project.” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the project would not have been possible without the railway land as rehabilitation of 50,000 people was a mammoth task, which would have taken years to accomplish.
2019-03-03Soon a direct train from Mumbai to Alibaug; 180 escalators on Central and Western Railway - Times of India
Soon a direct train from Mumbai to Alibaug; 180 escalators on Central and Western Railway Updated: Mar 4, 2019, 02:46 IST MUMBAI: Union railway minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday hinted at a direct train being planned between Mumbai and Alibaug in the near future. “There is a goods line between Alibaug and Pen, and I plan to introduce a passenger train on this section. Efforts will be taken for new station development along this corridor,” said Goyal at an event held at CSMT to launch several rail projects, including Parel Terminus. “Once Alibaug is connected to Pen, we can have the direct connect to Mumbai as Pen has a regular passenger service towards Thane/Dadar.” Alibaug, a hotspot for beach lovers, is already connected to Mumbai by road and by sea. Other major projects announced by Goyal included a new station at Chikhloli located between Ambernath and Badlapur, and approval for Rs 726-crore Kalyan-Murbad line via Ulhasnagar spanning 28km and for 180 escalators on Central Railway and Western Railway. Rattling off statistics, he said that in 2013-14, the suburban section had just three lifts and now there were 78 lifts; also 16 were under construction and 174 more will come up soon. “Till 2013-14, in Maharashtra, just 650 km of railway tracks were electrified. In 2018, we had surpassed 4,000 km electrification and another 6,000 km is likely to be electrified by year end. It is a major achievement.” He added that there were just 16 escalators and 320 foot over-bridges (FOB) in Mumbai suburban prior to 2014, and the numbers have increased to 112 escalators and 129 FOBs last year. “While work on 38 escalators is in progress, I have sanctioned a record 180 escalators—115 for CR and 65 for WR today,” said Goyal. “Also,130 more FOBs are being built to give more emphasis on railway infrastructure and passenger convenience.” “The Parel Terminus was much needed and will be a relief to thousands of office-goers,” Goyal said, adding that one-third of Mumbaikars travel by suburban trains daily. “It’s a mad rush during evening peak hours. We can barely stand after getting into a crowded slow train from Parel to travel to Thane, Kalyan and beyond,” said Shefali Rane, an office-goer. The MoU for railway handing over 45 acres of land to the state for the Dharavi redevelopment project on a 99-year-lease was also signed at the event. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said: “With the railways handing over the land, it will transform the lives of thousands of Dharavi residents.” Fadnavis said that the list of projects launched and sanctioned on Sunday was so long that when he was jotting them down on paper before coming to the event, it ran into more than two pages. “In fact, the entire list of our demands for railway projects across Maharashtra has been cleared by the Centre... This is amazing as we have not a single project pending for approvals by the railway ministry.” Goyal said elevated corridor routes have been planned as per last budgets and there is a 360-degree holistic approach to introduce better Metro, Monorail and suburban rail connectivity in Mumbai in the coming months. “We have already completed Rs 20,000-crore worth projects and work is on for Rs 55,000-crore MUTP projects for which railway ministry has given its nod,” he added.
2019-03-03As poll code looms, government gifts Rs 4,000 crore rail projects to Mumbai, Maharashtra - Times of India
As poll code looms, government gifts Rs 4,000 crore rail projects to Mumbai, Maharashtra Updated: Mar 4, 2019, 09:43 IST MUMBAI: With the election code of conduct likely to kick in this week, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated a slew of major infrastructure rail projects worth over Rs 4,000 crore for Mumbai and the rest of the state on Sunday. The projects include launch of phase-2 of Mumbai Monorail from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk (Jacob Circle), which had missed several deadlines in the past, and the Parel Terminus which has come up exactly 25 years after the city got its last terminus at Dombivli. Terminating trains at Parel was a long-standing demand, and will decongest Dadar station while bringing relief to lakhs of office-goers. Union railway minister Piyush Goyal hinted at plans for a direct train between Alibaug and Mumbai in the near future. Other big announcements included a new railway station at Chikhloli between Ambernath and Badlapur; a 28-km, Rs 726 crore Kalyan-Murbad line via Ulhasnagar; and 180 escalators on CR and WR. Mumbai also got a new 15-car rake which will run six services between CSMT and Kalyan to reduce overcrowding.

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