|2006-06-25||After Ulhasnagar, other Municipals seek ordinance|
After Ulhasnagar and KDMC, are Thane, Ambernath, Mira-Bhayander and Bhiwandi in line? Regularisation or demolitions, residents, corporations seek answers
Six months after 10,000 buildings of Ulhasnagar were regularised through a special state government ordinance, 78,000 unauthorised structures of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) are hoping for some similar, special treatment. For now, the Urban Development Department (UDD) is due to file an affidavit responding to KDMCâ€™s PIL in the High Court, which will decide the fate of the over 4 lakh residents.
However, the problem of illegal urban sprawls isnâ€™t limited to KDMC and Ulhasnagar. All satellite towns that mushroomed in the late 70â€™s as an extension to Mumbai face the rot. These towns, dubbed â€˜â€˜Teesri Mumbaiâ€™â€™, include Thane, Ambernath, Bhiwandi and Mira- Bhayander. Over the years, all of them got developed fulfilling the needs and aspirations of a huge population that couldnâ€™t afford to make Mumbai city their home.
|2006-06-20||25,000 illegal buildings in Kalyan-Dombivli Shinde|
There were around 25,000 illegal buildings in Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) in neighbouring Thane district, according to KDMC Municipal Commissioner, R D Shinde.
KDMC has compiled a list of illegal buildings and encroachments in the Corporation limits following a High Court order on June 15 in view of a PIL filed by a Dombivli resident Kaustubh Gokhale in 2004 against illegal structures.
Around 1.25 lakh people live in these buildings, Shinde said.
"The Court has asked us to give a category-wise list of illegal structures that came up on government land and land reserved for public amenities till May 2006," he said.
The list would be ready by July 6, when the next hearing in the matter is due, Shinde said.
The State Government has already informed the Court that it did not intend to regularise illegal structures in KDMC as it did in case of Ulhasnagar Muncipal Corporation, also in Thane district, last year.
Sindhis and Ulhasnagar go hand in hand and similar can be said about the culture of both. Basically, Sindhis, who migrated after the partition, are located in several pockets of India such as Gandhinagar, Pimpri, Chembur, Thane (Kopri) and most significantly, Ulhasnagar, which accommodates over 4 lakh of them.
Sindhiyat means pride and honour of Sindhis, which matters to most of the new age folk of this community. For the last 15 years, artists, actors and other personalities have added to the Sindhiyat in some way or the other.
|2006-06-18||The 9 Spots to see|
Stones of gone days
Ulhasnagarâ€™s Dhobi Ghats are memoirs of the pre-modernisation era
With the advent of modernisation, certain businesses got phased out. Similar is the story of the dhobi community residing in Ulhasnagar.
As you travel to Ulhasnagar in a local train, the sight of Dhobi Ghat (washer menâ€™s stones) welcomes you into the city. One can see long lines of starched white clothes enjoying sun-soaked day in the breeze.
The Jeans Market in Ulhasnagar is not only a famous selling hub for jeans, but also a major jeans manufacturing center. Everyday, this market trades over two lakh jeans to various parts of the world. Right from stitching, dyeing, rinsing, packaging and distribution, the Jeans Market has everything.
Primarily located at Gaikwadpada in Ulhasnagar-5, the Jeans Market employs more than 1000 labourers, mainly migrants from Bangladesh and several northeastern states. â€œThe quality of jeans is very indigenous, hence production costs are low. We try to cater to dealers whoâ€™re looking towards the middle and lower middle class group of consumers,â€ says Sunil Tiwari, an owner of a small jeans production unit.
|2006-06-17||Court orders case against fashion week|
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate M H Belosey on Thursday ordered the Marine Drive police station to register a obscenity case in connection with the wardrobe malfunction that happened during the Lakme Fashion week in April this year. The order was passed on a private complaint lodged by a Ulhasnagar resident, Prakash Rajdev.
The court has ordered that a case be registered against model Carol Gracias, managing director of Hindustan Lever Anil Chopra and IMDâ€™s managing director Ravi Krishnan among others. The police have been directed to submit its report by August 17.
|2006-06-17||Ulhasnagar wonâ€™t be repeated in Kalyan-Dombivliâ|
The fate of nearly 78,000 illegal structures under the jurisdiction of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) is in limbo. However, sources in in the Urban Development Department said extending the Ulhasnagar example to KDMC was not possible.
"For every municipal area there are development control rules and the concerned civic body can take a decision. Ulhasnagar was a different case and it can not be made applicable to KDMC," the sources said.
The state government for its part is yet to formulate its stance vis-Ã -vis illegal structures in the satellite townships of Kalyan and Dombivli. "The state government is yet to take a decision in this respect," said Ramanand Tiwari, secretary in the Urban Development Department.
|2006-06-17||Ready for Ulhasnagar-II?|
Are Kalyan and Dombivli about to go the Ulhasnagar way? A Public Interest Litigation filed by Dombivli resident Kaustubh Gokhale in 2004 has suddenly brought the two suburbs into the limelight.
â€œAs per the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporationâ€™s (KDMC) own survey, there are over 78,000 illegal buildings here,â€ said Gokhale. â€œI want to know what the corporation will be doing to address this.â€
Yesterday, the high court directed KDMC chief R D Shinde to submit a report on the issue in three weeks. â€œAfter that, the court will decide if the illegal buildings will be demolished or regularised,â€ Shinde told MiD DAY yesterday.
|2006-06-10||Pappu Kalani again threatens to Kill|
A cable operator from Ulhasnagar has claimed he is being threatened with murder and harassed by local Independent MLA Pappu Kalani for refusing to air the latterâ€™s â€œpropaganda news channelâ€ that is not even registered.
Rajkumar Savani said the MLAâ€™s men are forcibly interrupting his networkâ€™s transmission and that the cops at Vitthalwadi and Ambernath police stations are refusing to pay any heed to his complaint in this regard.
Savani, who owns Ulhasnagar Satellite Arms (USA) Cable Net, claims he has written to these police stations and to the DCP, but to no avail. The cops simply refused to register a complaint, he said.
â€œI was threatened by Pappu Kalani and his men on June 6 in a meeting held at Janki Plaza for not showing his Janadesh Cable Programme. When I refused to fall in line, Pappu warned me that he would destroy my cable network and even kill me if required. Since then, more then 200 of my cable connections have been cut off.â€
|2006-06-09||Meritorious hsc Students|
Six students from five colleges of the suburbs were able to find place in the HSC merit list. Sangeeta Sharma reports
Students from five colleges of the suburbs were able to find places in the merit list of the higher secondary results announced on June 5. While two students were able to make it to the rank list from Birla College, one student each from RKT College, Ulhasnagar; CHM College, Ulhasnagar; K V Pendharkar College, Dombivli; and South Indian Academy, Dombivli found place in the merit list.
Srinivas S Iyer, a student of Birla College obtained 94.17 per cent marks and ranked ninth in the general merit list of the vocational courses. A Dombivlite and son of a sales manager, Iyer believes it was a very wise decision on his part to take admission in Birla College. â€œIt saved my and energy. And I was able to focus on my studies,â€ he says.
|2006-06-09||15 more days-It got damaged in the 26/7 deluge|
In the July 26 floods last year, the bridge near the Ulhasnagar railway station which connects the station to main areas in the west suffered severe damage. Ever since, at several occasions, the authorities promised to repair the bridge. However, till today the bridge remains the same.
In the issue dated February 16, the DK+ had taken up the matter. At that time sources in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) told that the corporation was unable to build the bridge because the structural engineer had gone on leave. The authorities had promised that the bridge will be built soon. Months have passed and the bridge is still the same.
When contacted, a spokesman with the GR Enterprises, which has the contract to construct the bridge says, â€œWe will need one more month to finish the work. We are unsure whether we will be able to do it soon.
|2006-06-09||Child labourer loses 4 fingers in accident|
A 16-year old boy who lost his four fingers in a factory accident has filed a police complaint against the company owner. According to Sunil Bharadwajâ€™s complaint, he was employed with Sai Plastics, situated at camp no.1 in Ulhasnagar. His complaint says that he lost four fingers of his right arm when he was attending to a plastic moulding machine during one night-shift.
Sunil was the soul breadwinner for the family and his four brothers and four sisters were dependent on him. Now, thanks to this accident, he has become a burden for the family. The police registered a case of child-labour and arrested Saajan Seth, owner of the small scale industry. Later, Seth was released on bail.
|2006-06-04||Minor Floods Irk Residents|
The first monsoon showers caused flood-like situation in some parts of Ulhasnagar. There was knee-deep water in these areas. Residents have threatened to immerse the officials in the rain water if such floods repeat in the coming days
Sudesh Malvankar, Ulhasnagar
The first showers of the monsoon caused floods at the Mahadeo Nagar in Ulhasnagar. According to residents of the area, there was knee deep water inside their chawl homes in the wee hours on May 31. Residents are now questioning the effectiveness of the pre-monsoon measures taken by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC).
Says Shriram Gaikwad, a resident of the area, â€œWe were asleep and around 1.30 am, we sensed a foul stench. The nallah had started overflowing and there was knee deep flood water on the corridors.â€