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2019-07-31Rain washes away tiles, railings of Ulhasnagar bridge - Hindustan Times
Rain washes away tiles, railings of Ulhasnagar bridge Updated: Aug 01, 2019 04:46 IST : While the condition of bridges at railway stations in Mumbai has been under scrutiny with the city’s civic body announcing it would carry out a re-audit of bridges in the island city, commuters at Ulhasnagar railway station continue to use a bridge with broken tiles and without railings. On July 27, following heavy rain which led to Waldhuni river overflowing, the railings and tiles on a connecting bridge at Ulhasnagar railway station were washed away. While the bridge regularly gets submerged under river water when there is continuous heavy downpour, this is the first time that portions were washed away. This bridge is the only way to reach Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani (CHM) College from the station and is used by both students and other commuters. Estimated to be nearly 40 years old, the bridge is maintained by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), which has put up banners asking commuters to not use the bridge. UMC’s public relations officer Yuvraj Badhane said, “We could not take up repair work of the bridge because it has been raining continuously. We have alerted people to not take the bridge. They are still using it. Soon we will take up the repair work and fix the railing and tiles.” Commuters told HT that the alternative route is a skywalk that is a distance away and therefore inconvenient. “The skywalk takes more time. Also the skywalk is not safe as it has drunkards and beggars occupying it,”said Sushil Lalwani,37, who uses the bridge daily. “We are now walking through broken tiles and have to be very careful as there is no railing,” said Sushama Mahtre, 23, a student of CHM College.
2019-07-31Mumbai Weather Forecast: IMD Predicts Heavy Rainfall Till Weekend - LatestLY
Mumbai Weather Forecast: IMD Predicts Heavy Rainfall Till Weekend Jul 31, 2019 09:40 AM IST : Mumbai, July 30: Heavy rains continued to lash Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai on Tuesday and according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, the city will have to brace for 'active monsoon condition' till the weekend. It means Mumbaikars can expect a heavy spell of rainfall till this weekend. Mumbai Records Highest July Rainfall in Five Years at 1,268.4 mm, IMD Predicts More Rains. According to a Times of India report, in the last 12 hours ending 8:30 pm, IMD's Santacruz observatory recorded- 61.2mm rainfall. The heavy spell was recorded in parts of Thane, Kalyan and Ambernath. Mumbai has been lashed by torrential rains since last Friday, leading to waterlogging and flooding in parts of the city. The heavy downpour caused massive traffic congestion and flooding at several places including Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur among others. Mumbai has recorded the highest July rains in the last five years, the city received 1,268.4 mm received this month till now, which is just short of the 1,468.5 mm rainfall it got in the July 2014 deluge. The strong south-west monsoon rains since July 25 has increased water stock in Maharashtra’s dams by 8 per cent, but it is still 20 per cent less when compared to the same period last year. According to reports, the water stock in dams went up from 26.87 per cent on July 25 to 35.2 per cent as on Monday, a rise of 8.33 per cent, data showed.
2019-07-31Bhiwandi lashed by heavy rain, water level of Thane’s Bhatsa dam rises - Hindustan Times
Bhiwandi lashed by heavy rain, water level of Thane’s Bhatsa dam rises Updated: Jul 31, 2019 13:17 IST : Bhiwandi in Thane district received the highest amount of rainfall of Tuesday at 130mm, with Ulhasnagar recording 105mm, followed by Kalyan at 92.20mm. In comparison, the regional disaster management cell (RDMC) reported 45.18mm rain in Thane city. The city of Navi Mumbai received an average 62mm rainfall between 8.30am and 6.30pm on Tuesday. According to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation's (NMMC) disaster management cell, Nerul received the highest amount of rainfall (67mm), followed by Airoli (62.6mm), Belapur (62mm) and Vashi (56.4mm). Showers in the past five days in Thane, Kalyan, Badlapur, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath have led to a dangerous rise in water levels of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers. Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has alerted those living near these water bodies to move to safer places. The heavy downpour led to at least 12 reported tree-fall incidents on Tuesday in Thane. Trees and branches fell in Thane-Belapur road, Shreerang society, Panchpakhadi, Pokhran road, Kharegaon-Kalwa, Wagle Estate and Teen Hath naka. No one was injured, said an official from the RDMC, Thane.There was also an increase in the water level of Thane's Bhatsa dam. Five gates of the dam were opened on Tuesday evening and a total of 444 cubic metres per second (cumecs) of water has been discharged. The villages near the dam have been alerted, said an official from the disaster management cell. The catchment area of Morbe dam in Navi Mumbai received 134mm rainfall between Monday and Tuesday. The water level of the dam came up to 84.78 metres, a few metres short of its overflow level at 88m.On Tuesday, a total of six tree-fall incidents were reported across the city. However, no one suffered.
2019-07-31A Guide to Mumbai’s Iconic Irani Cafes - Outlook India
In a city that’s rapidly on the move, these nostalgic cafes put you at ease the minute you set foot in any one of them Mumbai has been a melting pot of cultures since time immemorial. The aroma of filter coffee in Matunga’s Cafe Madras to the piping hot sindhi kadhi in Ulhasnagar, the financial capital has got it all. The city has managed to withstand calamities and terror attacks and emerged victorious every time. The only constant throughout the ups and downs are the Parsi cafes that boast a legacy of more than 100 years. Here’s a guide to Mumbai’s timeless Irani cafes that offer authentic Parsi fare. Kyani & Co., Marine Lines The oldest and the most well known among the Parsi cafes is Kyani & Co, which has been serving the bustling Mumbai crowd for more than a century. Established in 1904 by Khodram Marezaban, Kyani & Co is currently run by Farokh Shokri, son of Aflatoon Shokri whose portrait still adorns the wall of their humble abode. Having served some of the biggest names in arts and cinema, this bakery has a rustic look and takes pride in its minimalism and affordability. Must Try - Irani Chai, Kheema Pav, Cheese Omelette, Cream Puffs. Cost for two - Rs 400 Started by Roshan Kohinoor during the pre independence era, Britannia today is run and managed by the third generation of the Kohinoor family. This quaint little place is responsible for putting the famous Berry Pulav on the world map.Credit for the recipe goes to Bachan Kohinoor wife of Boman Kohinoor, who inherited the business from his father. Though a little expensive than its counterparts, Britannia’s patrons count on it for rasberry soda and salli boti. Britannia has garnered widespread acclaim by both local and international media. Must Try - Berry Pulao, Caramel Custard, Rasberry Soda Cost for two - Rs 1000 B Merwan & Co., Grant Road Britannia and Co., Fort Another cafe that boasts of century old lineage is B Merwan & Co. Named after Boman Merwan, it is located just outside the Grant Road Station. Serving customers their trademark bun maska, chai and fragrant mawa cakes, this bakery is difficult to miss. This little joint has retained its old world charm and sends you on a trip down memory lane. The billing counter is usually loaded with jars of confectionaries and cakes that you don’t want to miss out on! So, try to get there before 9AM! Must Try - Mawa Cake, Elaichi Chai, Akuri Cost for Two - Rs 100 Sassanian Boulangarie, Marine Lines Sassanian Boulangarie is everything that a dictionary definition of an Iranian Cafe would entail - bun maska, chai and a jovial bespectacled man at the counter. Started in 1913 by Rustom Yazdabadi, it was taken over by Khodabad M Kola in 1947. Sassanian was started by selling simple, basic stuff like tea, cakes and biscuits and eventually expanded into a departmental store. However, in 1960 they stopped selling grocery items and developed into a full – fledged cafe. Must Try - Dhansak, Salli Chicken, Lagan nu Custard Cost for Two - Rs 600 Yazdani, Fort If you don’t mind sharing a table with a stranger, then Yazdani just might be the perfect hangout spot for you. With the smell of freshly baked goodness overpowering your senses, Yazdani bakery is exactly what my idea of paradise is. For the first three decades, Yazdani served dhansak, dal rice, keema pav and biryani but in 1980’s they shifted their focus on being a full time bakery. One of those rare places that still sell ginger biscuits, a visit to Yazdani is an experience that should be cherished for as long as possible. Must Try - Brun Maska Pav, Egg Puff, Apple Pie Cost for Two - Rs 200 Jimmy Boy, Fort Ask any Parsi and they’ll undoubtedly say that there’s nothing that can top authentic home cooked Parsi meal. A place that slightly comes close to the real deal is Jimmy Boy. It has earned a reputation for itself over the years by serving a true parsi feast. The lagan nu bhonu or the wedding thali which is a seven course meal truly showcases the best of Parsi cuisine. From patra ni macchi to mutton and chicken dhansak to the jardaloo salli boti, this cafe also has an a la carte menu as well. Must Try - Chicken Farcha, Patra Ni Machhi Cost for Two - Rs 800
2019-07-31Hacker challenges Mumbai Police to catch him; gets caught in 3 months - Deccan Chronicle
Hacker challenges Mumbai Police to catch him; gets caught in 3 months Updated Jul 31, 2019, 1:11 pm IST : A 24 year-old resident of Ulhasnagar was arrested for allegedly hacking into a Facebook account of a 38 year-old doctor. The Man, named David Nadar worked as an Ambulance driver for a private hospital. The victim had informed the police in February that her Facebook account had been hacked after a call from her relative asking why she had been sending vulgar messages and obscene images on March 10. The victim realised that both her Facebook and email accounts had been hacked. The hacker even warned her to not try and regain access to her accounts after she tried to do so. When the victim approached the police, the hacker, who perhaps wasn’t aware of the concept of IP addresses, challenged the cops to find him. The Bhandup Police eventually tracked down his IP address and extracted his mobile number through it. They got hold of the man within three months of the complaint. Nadar revealed that he had bought a phone from Chor Bazaar, when he found Facebook login information that had not been deleted from the device, along with a birth date, which happened to be the password. Interestingly, the victim had exchanged the same device, an iPhone 4S, while buying another phone at a well-known store in a mall. She had formatted the phone, and had even asked the shopkeepers to reset the device.
2019-07-312 killed in Kalwa, panic again in Badlapur - Times of India
2 killed in Kalwa, panic again in Badlapur2 killed in Kalwa, panic again in Badlapur Updated: Jul 31, 2019, 7:38 IST : Thane witnessed heavy rain on Tuesday (File Photo)A 10-year-old boy and his father were buried alive as the wall of their hill-side tenement in Kalwa collapsed on them following a landslide caused by heavy rain late on Monday. Thane witnessed heavy rain on Tuesday and registered nearly 33 rescue calls, including 12 related to tree falls. Heavy rain in the Badlapur and Kalyan area from Tuesday morning again saw the Ulhas river in spate, submerging the Rayta bridge on the Kalyan-Murbad road and stopping traffic. The diversion means a 20km detour for residents of Murbad and beyond to reach Kalyan. Water also entered some of the houses in Kamba village, where over 2,000 villagers had been evacuated on Saturday. The authorities appealed to citizens living near the Ulhas not to believe rumours that the Baravi dam near Badlapur is overflowing and the water is bring released into the Ulhas. The dam supplies Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Thane. Meanwhile, the Nashik district administration has asked the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to send a team over fears of a flood-like situation in some parts of the district owing to incessant rainfall. A 40-member NDRF team is likely to arrive by Wednesday evening and will be stationed in the district until normalcy returns. The state is likely to receive good rain, associated with an active monsoon, during the next five-seven days. The IMD expects the rainfall deficiency in Vidarbha will reduce and the sub-division will be in the normal rainfall category. An IMD official said Marathwada and Vidarbha were currently deficient by 30% and 27%. IMD's extended range forecast indicates that till August 8, Maharashtra is likely to get normal to above normal rains. We expect the deficiency in Vidarbha to fill up fast by then, he said. However, the total rain amount in the sub-division may still be on the lower side of normal, he said. A rainfall departure of -19% to +19% in a sub-division is considered normal.
2019-07-31After heavy rain, panic as Ulhas overflows again - Times of India
After heavy rain, panic as Ulhas overflows again Updated: Jul 31, 2019, 5:42 IST : BADLAPUR: Heavy rain in Badlapur and Kalyan from Tuesday morning again saw the Ulhas in spate and triggered panic among people living in low-lying areas or houses near the river. As the rain continued, the swift-flowing river submerged the Rayta bridge on the Kalyan-Murbad road, stopping traffic. Due to the Rayta bridge being submerged in to Ulhas river, vehicles have been diverted via the Ambivli route, said Deepak Adke, tehsildar of Kalyan. The diversion means a 20km detour for residents of Murbad and beyond to reach Kalyan. On Sunday, a part of the approach to the bridge had been washed away, but was restored quickly. Water also entered some of the houses in Kamba village, where over 2,000 villagers had been evacuated on Saturday. Nearby, about a hundred people stuck in riverside resorts and a petrol pump had also been rescued then by IAF choppers and NDRF and other rescue personnel with boats after the Ulhas began overflowing. After we saw water entering our houses, we shifted our belongings to houses in higher parts as we cannot take a risk, said Shyam Ubale, a villager. Similarly, many of the 30 families staying at the Matru Krupa chawl near Bhavani Nagar in Kalyan, who were affected by the flooding on Friday, shifted to an adjoining under-construction building. The Ulhas began overflowing at Badlapur too, but the water did not enter the housing societies close to the river. But residents, still recovering from the severe flooding last Friday-Saturday when entire cars went under water, kept a close watch on the water level. After the heavy rain, we kept watch on the river and the nullah passing close to our building so that we could shift the ground floor residents who have already suffered a lot. However, in a relief, the rain stopped on Tuesday evening, said Mahendra Javale, who lives at Hendrepada close to the Ulhas. The authorities appealed to citizens living near the Ulhas not to believe rumours that Baravi dam near Badlapur is overflowing and the water is bring released into the Ulhas. The dam supplies Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Thane. The messages about Baravi dam overflowing is not correct and we have requested police to take action against those spreading false rumours, said Prashant Chavan, executive engineer of MIDC.
2019-07-31Monsoon 2019: Kolkata Sees Driest July in 10 Years With Less Rains, While Mumbai Records Wettest Month in - LatestLY
Monsoon 2019: Kolkata Sees Driest July in 10 Years With Less Rains, While Mumbai Records Wettest Month in 112 Years Jul 31, 2019 04:16 PM IST : Kolkata, July 31: While Mumbai recorded the highest July rainfall, Kolkata has seen the driest month in the last decade. The city has recorded a rain deficit of 56 percent till Tuesday, with 159.7mm rain in July, which is far below the count of 361 mm. According to a Times of India report, delayed onset of monsoon and lack of low-pressure systems have triggered the dry spell. Mumbai Weather Forecast: IMD Predicts Heavy Rainfall Till Weekend. It is only a few days that the city has started receiving intermittent spell of rains, and it is not sufficient to overcome the rainfall deficit. In the month of June, Kolkata had seen a deficit of 58 per cent rain. Maharashtra has been lashed by torrential rains since last Friday, leading to water-logging and flood-like situation in several areas, including Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur among others. Mumbai has recorded the highest July rains in the last 112 years. July rainfall for Mumbai has been highest since 1908 while for Thane and Pune, it is since 1901. Mumbai's July total rainfall till 28th was 1,492mm, which was only 8mm short of the highest ever—1,500mm, recorded on July 1907. The weather department has further predicted that Mumbai will continue to experience heavy rains till this weekend.
2019-07-30Ulhas river comes close to danger mark, Thane on alert - The Indian Express
Ulhas river comes close to danger mark, Thane on alert Published: July 31, 2019 1:01:07 am : The Bhatsa dam opened five of its gates by a height of 1.25 metres. Amid a downpour in Thane, the Ulhas river, which had earlier caused flooding in the district on Saturday, was on the verge of overflowing and came close to the danger mark late on Tuesday evening. With the additional opening of the Bhatsa dam, Shahapur, Kalyan and Ambernath talukas were put on alert as water started flowing into residential areas late Monday night. Thane Collector Rajesh Narvekar said the entire district machinery was put on high alert on Tuesday after the IMD recorded 67 mm average rainfall in the district. “The Ulhas river is flowing near the danger mark. All of our tehsildars and other ground officials have been asked to be stationed in their areas to deal with the situation,” he said. The Bhatsa dam opened five of its gates by a height of 1.25 metres, district officials said. “The villages on the bank of rivers have been alerted. While the Ulhas is just a couple of metres below the danger sign, 444 cubic metres per second is being released by Bhatsa. If the rain continues, water might enter villages and cities,” said an official from the collector’s office. Water had already started entering areas in Ambivali and Bhiwandi. “These regions had seen waterlogging over the weekend but it wasn’t severe. Now it’s flooding low-lying houses, most of which have been evacuated,” said an official from Kalyan taluka. Regions in Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Kalyan which had earlier been flooded were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.  “Most people are either living with family or in our shelters. Some who had gone back on Sunday or Monday had been asked to return as water can come into the houses,” said the official. Narvekar said, “One bridge has been closed as of now and other roads that might have to be closed have alternatives. As of now, no rescue is needed. However, our teams are ready and we have alerted police and health professionals.”
2019-07-30Mumbai Rains: Intermittent rains with heavy to very heavy showers predicted in city, says IMD - Mid-day
Mumbai Rains: Intermittent rains with heavy to very heavy showers predicted in city, says IMD Updated: Jul 30, 2019, 10:59 IS : According to the India Meteorological Department, intermittent rains with heavy to very heavy showers are likely to occur at isolated places in city and suburbs. According to Twitterati, Ulhasnagar has been receiving severe rainfall since the past 30 minutes. Mumbai recorded the highest rainfall in July in the past five years. Consecutive heavy-rain showers for over five days amounted to nearly 1268.5 mm of rain. According to IMD, the maximum temperature in the city is expected to be 30 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is expected to be 27 degrees Celsius. The total rainfall for this season is recorded at 1875.9 mm at Santacruz station and 1452.4 mm at Colaba station since June 1. Mumbai has been experiencing rainfall of varied intensity since the past five days. There have been some intense spells of rains. The city saw heavy to very heavy rainfall in the past five days. The city also witnessed severe waterlogging in these days. Heavy rains wreaked havoc in Kalyan and Badlapur on July 26-27 and also caused flooding. Yesterday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the Maharashtra government will provide compensation to the people of Kalyan and Badlapur who had lost their houses in the rains.
2019-07-30Did overflowing dam add to water on tracks in Badlapur, Kalyan deluge - Hindustan Times
Did overflowing dam add to water on tracks in Badlapur, Kalyan deluge Updated: Jul 30, 2019 07:05 IST : Officials from Central Railway (CR) are investigating whether the overflowing of a dam at Ulhasnagar as well as the Ulhas river led to the sudden increase in water levels on railway tracks on Saturday, stranding thousands of passengers on the Mahalaxmi Express. To prevent such incidents from happening again, CR is planning to increase the height of the track and overhead wires near Vangani station, where the Mahalaxmi Express was brought to a halt on Saturday (it was submerged in nearly eight inches of water).The railways initially blamed a sudden spell of intense rainfall for the train getting stuck between Badlapur and Vangani stations early on Saturday morning. Activists questioned why the authorities had let the train depart Ambernath station if it knew the tracks were flooded. A barrage dam is near the railway tracks where the train got stranded. We are looking into how the water levels increased to this level. The overflowing of the Ulhas river and the dam are being inspected, said a senior CR official who did not wish to be named.CR has deployed patrolmen on its railway tracks located near dams, who will alert it if there is a sudden increase in water levels. The railways, in turn, will stop the movement of local and outstation trains if necessary. Raising the height of tracks and overhead wires is possible here because there are no bridges nearby, said the CR official. We are looking into other measures that can prevent waterlogging on the tracks. On Saturday, 1,052 passengers on board the Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express were stuck in the train for more than 12 hours as it got stuck in waterlogged tracks. After a five-hour rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force, Thane Disaster Response Force, the Navy, railways and civic body, all passengers were safely rescued.
2019-07-30Catch me if you can, hacker tells Mumbai cops, who do it in 3 months - Mid-day
Catch me if you can, hacker tells Mumbai cops, who do it in 3 months Updated: Jul 30, 2019, 07:34 IST : A 24-year-old Ulhasnagar resident was arrested by the Bhandup police on Monday for allegedly hacking into a doctor's facebook and email accounts and sending vulgar and obscene images to her relatives. The accused, identified as David Nadar, works as an ambulance driver with a private hospital and had challenged the cops to find him. According to the police, the 38-year-old victim told the cops that in February, she had exchanged her iPhone 4s for another one at a well-known store in a mall. She had formatted the iPhone and instructed the shopkeepers to reset the phone before selling it. On March 10, her relative called asking why she was sending him vulgar messages on facebook. She then found that both her facebook and email accounts had been hacked. When she tried to regain access to her accounts, Nadar warned her not to. She approached the police, but Nadar challenged them to catch him. The cops got down to tracing his IP address and through that, his phone number and finally arrested him. He told cops when he had bought the phone from Chor Bazaar, he found a facebook and email ID that had not been deleted from it. He also found a birthdate, which was the password to both accounts.
2019-07-30Mumbai: 2 Dead After Wall Collapses in Kalwa Due to Landslide, Several Evacuated - LatestLY
Mumbai: 2 Dead After Wall Collapses in Kalwa Due to Landslide, Several Evacuated Jul 30, 2019 09:01 AM IST : Mumbai, July 30: At least two people have been killed and several injured in a wall collapse incident in Kalwa area of Mumbai on Tuesday. According to a tweet by ANI, the wall collapsed due to a landslide following incessant rains in the city since Friday. Reports inform that as many as 19 people have been evacuated by the authorities, so far. Mumbai has been lashed by torrential rains since Friday, leading to waterlogging and flooding in parts of the city. The heavy downpour caused massive traffic congestion at several places including Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur among others. Mumbai: IAF Mi-17 Chopper Rescues 9 People Stranded Atop Building in Kalyan; Watch Video. The city will have to brace for intense spells of rains in the coming days, the India Meteorological Department has predicted. The weather agency said, 'heavy to very heavy' rainfall are expected over few places in Mumbai. Reports inform that the city and its suburbs, Thane, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Pune have received rainfall in excess of the normal average between June 1 and July 27. The strong south-west monsoon rains since July 25 has increased water stock in Maharashtra’s dams by 8 per cent, but it is still 20 per cent less when compared to the same period last year. According to reports, the water stock in dams went up from 26.87 per cent on July 25 to 35.2 per cent as on Monday, a rise of 8.33 per cent, data showed.
2019-07-30Fake alerts, old photographs keep Badlapur residents on edge - The Indian Express
Fake alerts, old photographs keep Badlapur residents on edge hPublished: July 31, 2019 1:05:48 am : Although much of the water has drained out from flooded areas in Badlapur, there are still areas that are waterlogged, raising concerns of a disease outbreak. Deepak Joshi 35-year-old Dipali Thakur remembers when the Ulhas river overflowed a few days ago, and water entered her house at Ayodhya Nagari apartments, around 3 km from the river. Now, as rains continue in Thane district, fake alerts and old pictures are spreading misinformation, leading to anxiety and fear for families such as Thakur’s. “We got messages saying they (the authorities) are going to open the gates of all the dams. If that happens, the floods will be massive,” Thakur said. Her husband, a locopilot for the Indian Railways, Sudipto Thakur said of the earlier flood, “The water gushed in almost at once during dawn. We barely had time to pick up our two children aged 10 and 7 and make a run for it.”Like the Thakur children, Sanya (12) and Sambhav (7) Kamble have not gone to school since Monday. “Their school bags were kept on the ground near the kitchen. They got washed away. They have lost their school uniforms as well,” said their mother Payal Kamble (38), a salon owner. “When I called the school to inform them on Monday, they said they had gotten several calls from other parents. That means they will not miss anything important,” she added. Residents of Badlapur, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar have been turning to their WhatsApp groups for help and advice. In between messages asking for extra portable chargers and offers of homemade food for anyone whose kitchen is flooded, are messages about dam gates being opened. “There was talk of some dam opening its gates. We don’t know which one they are talking about or if it will lead to more flooding here. But we should be prepared,” Anjali Kulkarni, a resident of Badlapur, said. The urgency stems from the fact that during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, while ground-floor houses were flooded by up to 8 feet of water, they had no help, said residents.
2019-07-29All taken off stuck Mahalaxmi Express, Mumbai region flooded - India Today
All taken off stuck Mahalaxmi Express, Mumbai region flooded UPDATED: July 29, 2019 08:44 IST : Over 1,000 passengers, including nine pregnant women, on the Mahalaxmi Express which was stranded for nearly 18 hours in heavy floodwaters around 90 km from Mumbai, were rescued in a massive, multi-agency operation by Saturday afternoon, officials said. Central Railway Chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said 1,050 passengers were safely evacuated without injuries from the train, which was stuck near Vangani, while the State Disaster Authority pegged the figure at 1,200, in what became the biggest joint operation in the state by the Indian Air Force, Army, Navy, the NDRF, state police, the Railway Police, local agencies, NGOs and volunteers since the July 26, 2005 floods. Four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from different cities like Mumbai, Thane and Pune rushed to the train and evacuating the train passengers using eight inflatable rubber boats. Besides, seven Indian Navy teams of divers with specialised equipment, a Seaking and MI-17 helicopters of the IAF, and two columns of Indian Army from Mumbai already in Thane and two more en route, were also deployed for the massive operations. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai called up Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and offered all help from the Centre. The rescue operation picked up pace post-noon when rain subsided a little, enabling quicker movement of personnel and the evacuated passengers carrying their luggage and minor children to safer spots. Many weary passengers attempted to walk, but when they, especially the senior citizens, lost strength, police and other rescuers promptly hoisted them on their shoulders and took them to safety. A few local villagers, many of whom were also stranded in the flood waters, also ventured out to help the train passengers early in the day before the official rescue teams from Mumbai, Thane and Pune reached the venue. The passengers were brought off the train into boats and taken to a small village around 1.5 km away where the villagers welcomed them with water, hot tea and biscuits and even carried their luggage and the kids. From there the passengers boarded buses, tempos and smaller vehicles to go to Badlapur, seven km away. A fleet of ambulances with three dozen doctors including gynaecologists were deployed there to tackle any emergency. Nine-month pregnant, Reshma T. Kamble, who went into labour, was shifted to the Shushrut Hospital in Badlapur where she is now under observation. The Central Railway then ferried the rescued passengers by a local train to Kalyan where a 19-coach special train was kept ready to take them to Kolhapur, famed for its Goddess Mahalaxmi Temple. A railway official also said that the authorities were also ready to take those passengers who so wanted back home to various destinations in Mumbai. A group of senior citizens, who were proceeding on a pilgrimage to Kolhapur, decided to cancel their plans and return to Mumbai. "We are very thankful to all the rescue agencies and the villagers who took great pains to help and rescue us. Now, we are very tired by this ordeal and will complete our pilgrimage later," one of them told media persons. Fadnavis had instructed Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta to personally monitor the evacuation operations and coordinate with various agencies engaged in the rescue works. The Chief Minister also said that the district administration had made arrangement for meals, tea and freshwater at the Sahyadri Mangal Karyalaya and other locations in villages on the route between the stranded train and Badlapur. Meanwhile, the CR also said that it would also decide later how to shift the train and clear the tracks for restoring the train traffic on that route, as water considerably receded by evening and the adjacent railway track was visible for the first time. In Thane, around 550 people stranded in the towns of Kalyan, Dombivali, Badlapur and Titwal were also saved from the floodwaters by the rescue teams till this evening. Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde took a boat and went on an inspection tour of the affected areas in Vangani and its surroundings. Rain continued to lash the coastal districts and many towns were practically underwater since early on Saturday as flooding local rivers and other water bodies overflowed into residential areas. The busy Mumbai-Goa Highway was blocked this afternoon after a landslide near Khed. There are no immediate reports of any casualties. Mumbai Airport operations suffered from the cancellation of 11 flights and nine diversions early on Saturday, but the situation returned to normal by 9 a.m., official sources said. While Mumbai's lifeline, the suburban trains functioned with delays of 15-20 minutes on Western Railway and CR, the latter had to cancel services between Karjat-Kalyan (in Thane) owing to floods and waterlogging on the tracks since Friday. Though the country's commercial capital continued to get intermittent showers, the worst-hit were Thane and Ratnagiri with towns of Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Badlapur, Tiwala, Vangani, Khed, Mangaon, Mandangad, Chiplun and surroundings practically submerged. Heavy rain lashed Palghar, Pune and Nashik on Saturday, with the IMD forecasting similar weather for the next couple of days in the entire coastal regions including Mumbai.
2019-07-29Environment activists want River Regulation Zone to protect floodplains - Times of India
Environment activists want River Regulation Zone to protect floodplains Updated: Jul 29, 2019, 19:47 IST : NAVI MUMBAI: Alarmed by the unchecked construction in floodplains and wetlands, environment activists called for restoring the River Regulation Zone (RRZ) on the lines of CRZ. “The massive construction boom in floodplains on the outskirts of Mumbai in places like Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan on one side; and Panvel, Uran on the other, has disturbed the flow of various rivers during heavy downpours and the results have been disastrous,” said environment groups The Nature Connect and Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishtan (SEAP) in their latest letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. “The government might have had a reason to scrap the RRZ, but the move is proving to be dangerous as uncontrolled construction has left no place for flood water to settle down,” said Nandakumar Pawar of SEAP. The mushrooming concrete jungles all across MMR are playing with the nature, he said and pointed out that the results of the recent incessant rains present a sad state of affairs. “We are not in favour of too many legal hurdles in real estate development, but it has to happen in a planned manner and not lead to mere concrete jungles being created by unscrupulous developers,” said activist B N Kumar, director of The Nature Connect. There ought to be no development zones near the rivers across the state to allow the excess water flow during heavy downpour and floods, he said and pointed out, “Else, the projects are doomed to face floods.” Environmentalist and member of the high court appointed Mangroves Protection Committee, D Stalin said, "We had earlier filed a petition in the Bombay high court with regards to stopping construction activities in such River Regulation Zones. With so many concrete structures coming up in places like Badlapur, it has led to flooding as the river water has fewer openings. This kind of haphazard development has to be stemmed now, for which we will further appeal for an urgent hearing in the high court. The water which is not allowed to seep into obviously finds its own course and submerge other areas, as it happened in Badlapur where over 1,000 passengers on board the Mahalaxmi Express were stranded for 17 hours. Also, there are no proper sewerage treatment plants (STP) functioning in Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath and Badlapur as a result of which the sewer water is entering the rivers directly, polluting them. “The authorities seem to be interested only collecting money by way of stamp duty, registration and property taxes without caring for proper planned urban development and environmental care,” Pawar said. Much as wetlands on the coast, floodplains in river area act as a flood control mechanism. Despite the CRZ amendments, the MCZMA has been doing a fairly good task in protecting the coasts from land sharks. We need a similar authority to avoid floods in residential colonies and industrial zones,” the letter to CMO stated. The greens have also cautioned the government against developing affordable housing in salt pan areas in MMR and said this could lead to the recurrence of Badlapur kind of scenario at Bhandup and other places. “We are not at all against construction of houses for the middle and lower middle classes in MMR, but the authorities must look for much better areas than floodplains and saltpans,” Kumar said. The wetlands are also falling prey to human greed as massive illegal construction has been done in coastal areas like Uran, they said. The revenue authorities must be equipped with adequate powers and machinery to check the menace as the unwary consumers who would buy these properties could land in trouble due to floods, he added. Taking cue from the west and even China, the government must develop residential areas along with mass rapid construction in areas away from the city, rather than concentrating on real estate in close vicinity of the metropolis and suburbs which are already bursting at their seams. Worldwide, the trend appears to be to fair with the rivers and save water through floodplains while in India, greed is overtaking environmental care, the mail to CM said. The activists also called for checking the development so-called riverside residential complexes as these could spell doom in not too distant future.
2019-07-29Activists push for river regulation zones in Maharashtra - The Asian Age
Activists push for river regulation zones in Maharashtra Jul 30, 2019, 1:31 am IST : Mumbai: Following repeated instances of flooding in Mumbai and its adjoining areas, environmentalists have stressed the need to bring back the river rejuvenation policy in Maharashtra. The state had scrapped the river rejuvenation policy in 2015, which elaborated on buffer zone around rivers and discharge of effluents. Environmentalists have demanded a river regulation zone (RRZ) policy to check construction on floodplains and wetlands. “The construction boom on floodplains on the outskirts of Mumbai has disturbed the flow of various rivers during heavy rainfall, resulting in disasters,” said environment groups The Nature Connect and Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishtan (SEAP) in their letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Menu e-Paper | Age on Sunday Auto Refresh Search Horoscope The Asian Age Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019 | Last Update : 01:46 PM IST Home India World Metros Business Opinion Sports Technology Entertainment Photos Life Newsmakers More Books Science Horoscope Age on Sunday Delhi Age Mumbai Age Decaf Discourse 360 Degree Editors' Picks Just In Metros, Mumbai Activists push for river regulation zones in Maharashtra THE ASIAN AGE. | SONALI TELANG Published : Jul 30, 2019, 1:31 am IST Updated : Jul 30, 2019, 1:32 am IST The demand comes days after over 1,000 passengers on board the Mahalaxmi Express were stranded for 17 hours due to flooding. Maharashra CM Devendra Fadnavis Maharashra CM Devendra Fadnavis Mumbai: Following repeated instances of flooding in Mumbai and its adjoining areas, environmentalists have stressed the need to bring back the river rejuvenation policy in Maharashtra. The state had scrapped the river rejuvenation policy in 2015, which elaborated on buffer zone around rivers and discharge of effluents. Environmentalists have demanded a river regulation zone (RRZ) policy to check construction on floodplains and wetlands. “The construction boom on floodplains on the outskirts of Mumbai has disturbed the flow of various rivers during heavy rainfall, resulting in disasters,” said environment groups The Nature Connect and Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishtan (SEAP) in their letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. The demand comes days after over 1,000 passengers on board the Mahalaxmi Express were stranded for 17 hours due to flooding. “The government’s move to scrap the policy is proving to be dangerous as uncontrolled construction has left no place for flood water to settle down,” said Nandakumar Pawar of SEAP. With salt pans now open for housing projects, activists predict a bleak future. “The water, which is not allowed to seep, then submerges other areas. There are no proper sewerage treatment plants functioning in Ulhasnagar, Ambar-nath and Badlapur. So, sewer water is entering the rivers directly,” said BN Kumar of Nature Connect.
2019-07-29Badlapur: Auto workshops flooded with damaged vehicles - Times of India
Badlapur: Auto workshops flooded with damaged vehicles Updated: Jul 29, 2019, 8:19 IST : KALYAN: On Sunday, as floodwater receded in Badlapur, residents thronged automobile dealerships and workshops to get their cars and two-wheelers repaired. Several workshops were forced to turn away customers as they have shortage of space to accommodate so many vehicles as well as mechanics to evaluate the damage caused by floodwater and slush. Sensing a business opportunity, many mechanics from adjoining areas, like Ambernath and Ulhasnagar, visited housing societies in Badlapur with their tools and repaired vehicles on the roa. They charged Rs 20,000-Rs 25,000 for repiaring cars and Rs 1,000-Rs 2,000 for bikes. Arjun Gude, a teacher from the Mohan Valley area, said he paid Rs 27,000 to get his car and bike repaired as his motor insurance had expired. "We got over 100 vehicles in one day. We last got so many customers after the 2005 deluge, said B K Thakare, owner of B K Auto Garage in Badlapur's Rameshwadi area. Most vehicles have developed engine problem as floodwater has entered the fuel tank. We are assessing the damage to vehicles and then fixing them accordingly. Poeple who started their vehicle or operated it through high floodwaters are unlikely to get claim for engine damage as it violates insurance terms and conditions, said an expert. Ramakant Bharadwaj, who runs Ram'S Auto Parts, has reduced his charges for people have already suffered a lot due to the flood.
2019-07-29In Thane, officials take stock of damage: 398 houses, missing livestock - The Indian Express
In Thane, officials take stock of damage: 398 houses, missing livestock Published: July 30, 2019 1:53:49 am : Thane: Vehicles ply on a waterlogged street after heavy monsoon rain, in Thane. Thane district authorities on Monday started taking stock of the damage left in the wake of the heavy rainfall last week. According to officials, as many as 398 houses were severely damaged by the flooding caused by the incessant rains. As district officials conducted panchnamas of various talukas including Murbad tehsil, which received maximum rainfall on Friday, it was found that 3,500 chickens, one cow and a buffalo were washed away by the rainwater, among other things. The Thane Collector said on Sunday that once the water recedes in villages and cities affected by the heavy rains and an overflowing Ulhas river, tehsildars along with local officials would conduct panchnamas to assess the damage. While the Collector was himself busy with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ visit to Murbad city to inaugurate a statue, tehsildars were asked to start assessing the damage in their areas. “We have finished the panchnamas in our area. Around 398 houses have suffered severe damage in the tehsil. There are no human casualties. However, a man lost his entire poultry farm and another lost his cattle as he couldn’t take them with him. Each affected household will be given a compensation of around Rs 5,000,” said Murbad tehsildar Amol Kadam. In Kalyan, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar talukas, officials are still carrying out panchnamas. “All our officials are on the ground. As of now, the damage seems to run into a few crores but the final figure will emerge after all the panchnamas have been done,” said Jairaj Deshmukh, Ambernath tehsildar. An overflowing Ulhas river on Saturday caused a flood-like situation across Thane district amid the incessant rains.
2019-07-29Exhibition held on ‘History with Science’ - Hindustan Times
Exhibition held on ‘History with Science’ Updated: Jul 29, 2019 12:04 IST : In an effort to draw a connection between History and Science, Euro School, Airoli, organised an exhibition called ‘History with Science’. “The rationale behind the exhibition is that the children of today are born in privileged times. They do not know the hard work of people through centuries but are enjoying the fruits of their struggles,” a school official said. “The Chinese, Romans, Greeks, Sumerians and Indians throughout ages have made unimaginable contributions in Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Art, which we still use today. This exhibition is an attempt to pay tribute to all of them and learn that grit and determination makes history,” the official said. Class 10 student bags athletics glory Karan Virendra Sharma, a Class 10 student, made SPP New Era High School, Ulhasnagar, proud by winning in the 55th Annual Athletic Championship conducted by Thane District Athletic Association. Sharma also received two prestigious medals with certificates of merit. In the first race, a 3000m run, he stood first and completed the race in a time of 10.10.4s. In the second round, a 1500m run, he secured second place with a time of 4.40.7s dated. “I thoroughly appreciate Karan for taking such a great effort and making the school proud. We wish him best of luck for the future,” a school official said. Students, teachers celebrate Guru Purnima Guru Purnima was celebrated at Girija Mhatre school recently. Each year, a different class is given the responsibility to celebrate Guru Purnima throughout the academic year. This year, it was the turn of Class 4. The programme started with the ceremonial lighting of a lamp. Girls from Class 4 gave a dance performance, which was followed by a speech by one of the students. The treasurer of the school gave a presentation on how to become better students and impress the teacher. The principal of the school narrated a short story of Dronacharya and his disciples and ended her speech with general instructions to the students. Investiture ceremony held for students The investiture ceremony in GS Shetty International School was recently held in the school auditorium amidst joy, enthusiasm and cheer. The ceremony entrusts leadership responsibilities on young boys and girls who will serve the school. As part of the ceremony, student leaders took a vow that they will put in their efforts with rare zeal, zest and confidence. The ceremony was presided over by the principal. Students undertook a parade as part of the event. “The march past, in particular, was vibrant and impressed the audience. It was impressive to see the children sworn in, as the heads of the team,” said a school official. After the swearing-in ceremony, the principal addressed the gathering, urging the students to work together and with a positive team spirit.
2019-07-29Thane: Man accused of killing wife tried to commit suicide in lock-up - Times of India
Thane: Man accused of killing wife tried to commit suicide in lock-up Updated: Jul 29, 2019, 16:32 IST : THANE: A man accused of murdering his wife attempted suicide inside the police lock-up on Sunday night, Thane police said. Rajendra Krishna Patil (43) tried to kill himself by hitting his head with a wall tile at around 8.30pm in the lock-up of Hill Line police station in Ulhasnagar township in the district, an official said. He is accused of killing his wife Vaishali (32) on July 19 with a sickle. He locked the house with his two-month old daughter inside and fled. He was arrested later, the official said. A case has been registered against him under section 309 (attempt to suicide), said police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar.
2019-07-29Maharashtra CM assures compensation for flood-affected people in Badlapur and Kalyan - Times of India
Maharashtra CM assures compensation for flood-affected people in Badlapur and Kalyan Updated: Jul 29, 2019, 17:40 IST : KALYAN: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Monday that compensation would be given to the flood-affected people who suffered losses. Fadnavis who was in Murbad taluka of Maharashtra's Thane district for the inauguration of a new police station and statue of Chattrapti Shivaji Maharaj said, Those who were affected by the floods will be given compensation so that they can overcome whatever loss they have suffered. In some parts of Badlapur, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar, there was a flood-like situation near Ulhas and Valdhuni rivers, which overflowed due to heavy rain. Due to floods, Mahalaxmi Express train was also stuck on Friday late night after which the National Disaster Response Force and Navy teams rescued over 1,000 passengers stranded in train.
2019-07-29Mumbai Rains: Kalyan and Badlapur crawl to normalcy after flooding - Mid-day
Mumbai Rains: Kalyan and Badlapur crawl to normalcy after flooding Updated: Jul 29, 2019, 07:39 IST : Having lived through two days of fear, flooding and isolation, residents of Thane's Badlapur, Ambernath and Kalyan areas welcomed some clear skies with much relief on Sunday. Stuck at homes due to heavy waterlogging, citizens had a harrowing time, with water reaching the first floors of buildings in some areas. Some areas also didn't get drinking water for two days and there was a shortage of groceries. Around 50,000 people — 25,000 from Ambernath and 15,000 from Kalyan — were affected. Respective civic bodies have been distributing food packets in the areas. On Friday and Saturday, the Kalyan-Ulhasnagar-Badlapur belt received heavy rainfall between 280 to 330 mm. It led to overflowing of the Ulhas river and electricity connection being cut off in the surrounding villages for 48 hours. Many residents in the area lost their valuables in the flooding. Akshat Marathe from Badlapur said, "I bought a brand new car three months ago and had to see it vanish in the flood. The only good part is that my family is safe." Sweta Adimulam from Kalyan said her home had no electricity for hours. "Friends and relatives were calling but without electricity, we were unable to charge our phones. We were left with no mode of communication by Saturday," she said.
2019-07-29Mumbai marooned as heavy rains lash city - The Indian Express
Mumbai marooned as heavy rains lash city Updated: July 29, 2019 7:28:21 am : Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rainfall since Friday which has caused waterlogging in several parts of the city and suburbs. Thane received 160 mm rainfall, Kalyan recorded 231 mm, Murbad and Karjat recorded 332 and 300 mm respectively. In Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Bhiwandi and Shahpur, rainfall received was 296 mm, 280 mm, 185 mm and 195 mm respectively. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert in the city, which signifies that authorities should be alert and ready to prepare for a severe situation. Over the last 24 hours, Mumbai’s adjoining areas have recorded very heavy rainfall. At least 700 passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, which runs between Mumbai and Kolhapur, have been stranded between Badlapur and Wangani railway stations since this morning. As relief work is underway, "Up till now, 220 passengers of Mahalaxmi express have been rescued," informs Sr. PRO Central Railway. "Two columns of Army along with 130 trained staff, food packages, water and rescue material have been deployed to the spot where Mahalaxmi Express has been held up since morning due to waterlogging on tracks. Two more columns are also being deployed and Airforce is conducting an aerial survey in the area," Maharashtra Mantralaya Control Room tweeted. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed a chopper, while the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) has sent eight boats to conduct rescue operations. "Our request to passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, please don't get down from train. Train is the safe place. Staff, RPF and City Police is in train to look after your well being. Please wait for advice from NDRF and other disaster management authorities," Central Railway tweeted. At least seventeen inbound flights were cancelled and 8-9 had to do 'go-around' before they were diverted at Mumbai Airport, the airport authorities said last evening. IMD issues red alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar, Raigad for Sunday. IMD forecast extremely heavy rains at isolated places for Sunday. NDRF officials said they were coordinating with the authorities of the Indian Air Force for making a chopper available for rescue operations in Mumbai. The rescue agency has also been called for search and rescue operation in the wake of two separate drowning incidents of one person each at Maval in Pune and in Sindhudurg district.
2019-07-28Mumbai Rains: Hotel patrons in hot spot, rescued - Free Press Journal
Mumbai Rains: Hotel patrons in hot spot, rescued : Kalyan: The heavy downpour on Saturday left hundreds of people stranded at a hotel on the Kamba-Murbad Road in Kalyan. Rescue teams from the NDRF and the fire brigade rescued people from the Red Chilly hotel and moved them to safety. Nine others were rescued by the military and Air Force. There was extensive flooding in many areas of Kalyan on Saturday morning. Several nullahs and gutters had overflowed, resulting in water entering many houses. Places like Yogidham Retibunder, Kailash Nagar, Khadegolavali, Aadvli Thokali, Varap and Maharal villages, itnessed floods. Not even the Kolsewadi police station near Vithalwadi Station was spared the onslaught of gutter water. Police found themselves in two feet of water. Kalyan Municipal Commissioner Govind Bodake, civic personnel and fire brigade officers rushed to help residents in distress. In Ulhasnagar Due to the rising levels of the Ulhas River, Ambarnath and surrounding areas were flooded. In low-lying areas of Ulhasnagar, like Shanti Nagar, Minatai Nagar, Samrat Ashok Nagar, Sanjay Gandhi Nagar and Renuka Society, there was waterlogging. Local political parties and social activists came forward to help, providing them with food and tea. Near Ulhasnagar station, at Shivaji Nagar and Ayodhya Nagar, water entered shops and damaged goods. MLA Jyoti Kalani along with workers, arranged food and shelter for the flood-affected. Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner Sudhakar Deshmukh, accompanied by fire officers, rushed to flooded spots in the morning to assist the distressed. In Dombivli, there was a flood-like situation in homes and roads in Kumarpada, Rajupada, Devikapada and Gopinath Chowk.
2019-07-28Life out of gear as rain lashes Mumbai - Daily Pioneer
Life out of gear as rain lashes Mumbai Sunday, 28 July 2019 : Heavy rain that lashed the Island city and suburbs since Friday night affected the normal life in the metropolis on Saturday, inundating low-lying areas and railway tracks at several places and disrupting road, railway and air traffic. Owing to heavy rain all through Friday night, water-logging was reported from various parts of the city in the morning. With railway tracks under thick sheets of water at some places, trains on the suburban networks of the Western and Central Railways ran 15 to 20 minutes behind the schedule. Traffic snarls were reported from several parts of the city on Friday night. Eleven flights were cancelled on Saturday mornign at the Mumbai airport due to poor visibility. “Though delayed there were continuous operations at the airport. Few flights were diverted,” a Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) official said. Waterlogging was also reported outside the domestic airport departure gate leading to hardships to passengers who had managed to reach the airport after having been stuck in traffic jams on the Western Express highway. "With non-stop rain, we did observe water-logging at the landside area. The situation was immediately addressed by MIAL’s on-duty staff. Within a few minutes, the issue was addressed and subsequently, the water level was brought down with de-watering pumps," the MIAL official said. Alluding to a complaint from the passengers about water dripping from the ceiling, the MIAL official said it was basically due to dislocation of rainwater pipeline joint due to heavy in flow of rain water in one of the pipe causing leakage. "It was addressed within no time and the required actions were taken to clear the water without disturbing the passengers," the official added. Meanwhile, the Kalyan-Ulhasnagar-Badlapur belt of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region received heavy rainfall - between 280 to 330 mm rainfall on Friday and Saturday. Following a landslide near Khed, the busy Mumbai-Goa Highway was blocked on Saturday afternoon. Heavy rainfall was reported from Thane and Ratnagiri with towns of Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Badlapur, Tiwala, Vangani, Khed, Mangaon, Mandangad, Chiplun and surroundings practically submerged. Meanwhile, Indian Meteorological Department has forecast intermittent rains/showers with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places in the Island city and suburbs for the next 24 hours. In a related development, the Central Railway cancelled four long-distance trains and diverted five other trains. The cancelled trains were: CSMT Mumbai — Bidar Express, Bidar — CSMT Mumbai Express and CSMT Mumbai — Pandharpur fast passenger.
2019-07-28Over 1 000 train passengers rescued due to flooding in India - Nation News
Over 1 000 train passengers rescued due to flooding in India Added 28 July 2019 : Indian authorities have rescued 1 050 people from a train after it became trapped by flooding near Mumbai. Helicopters, boats and diving teams were deployed by the Indian authorities after the Mahalaxmi Express was stranded on Friday night close to the town of Vangani. Passengers told news agency IANS they were ordered to stay onboard but had had no food or water for 15 hours. Weeks of monsoon flooding in south Asia has killed over 600 people. Images released by the NDRF show passengers being rescued in rubber boats. Train operator Central Railway said all passengers – including nine pregnant women – had been recovered and taken to safety. A temporary camp has been set up nearby with food and medical supplies. A spokesperson for the train operator also said alternative travel arrangements had been arranged for passengers affected. Most areas in the nearby towns of Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Vangani have been submerged as heavy rains battered the region this week, swelling local rivers. Other transport has also been hit by flooding in Mumbai, with 11 flights cancelled and several others diverted by from the city's airport.
2019-07-28Monsoon mayhem: Death toll in Rajasthan mounts to 22, more rainfall awaits Maharashtra tomorrow - The Indian Express
Monsoon mayhem: Death toll in Rajasthan mounts to 22, more rainfall awaits Maharashtra tomorrow Published: July 28, 2019 10:29:48 pm : The weatherman has predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places of Rajasthan till Monday. (PTI) The death toll in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan touched 22 Sunday after nine more causalities were reported from various parts of the state. Continuous rain since Saturday night created a flood-like situation in Kota, which recorded a maximum of 151.8mm of rain till morning. As many as 250 people living in low-lying areas of the city were shifted to safe zones by SDRF teams. Many colonies are inundated. The trapped residents have been shifted to safer places, Kota District Collector Muktanand Agrawal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Heavy rains occurred in isolated parts of the state, including Bundi, till this morning since Saturday, the meteorological department said. The weatherman has predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places of Rajasthan till Monday
2019-07-28Mumbai Rains, Weather Today Live Updates: Ulhas river bridge caves in; IMD issues red alert in state - The Indian Express
Mumbai Rains, Weather Today Live Updates: Ulhas river bridge caves in; IMD issues red alert in state Updated: July 28, 2019 9:11:39 pm : Mumbai Rains Live News Updates: A part of a bridge on the Ulhas river linking Murbad to Kalyan in Maharashtra's Thane district got washed away in the early hours of Sunday due to heavy rains. Stretches of the road were damaged as well, affecting traffic on the highway linking Mumbai to Ahmedabad in neighbouring Gujarat. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar, Raigad for Sunday.
2019-07-28Badlapur braces to tackle garbage, diseases - Hindustan Times
Badlapur braces to tackle garbage, diseases Updated: Jul 29, 2019 05:23 IST : After a day of rain havoc, Badlapur returned to normalcy on Sunday, with the water receding in most areas, thanks to mild rainfall. While 50,000 people were hit with the heavy rain over the past two days, there was no casualty. On Saturday, 1,052 passengers of Mahalaxmi Express were stranded on waterlogged tracks near Vangani, 70km from Mumbai. Four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, four columns from the Navy, two military columns, civic officials and local residents worked together to bring the passengers to safety. The rain had submerged ground floors of many residential societies, leaving most residents stuck for more than 32 hours. “From Saturday evening, we have been providing food packets to those stranded. Many received help from neighbours or friends, so we focussed on those who really needed the help. We also made provisions for drinking water. We are now focussing on reviving the city, as the floods have left garbage all over the place. From Monday, we will hold medical camps at various spots to curb spread of diseases,” said Prakash Borse, chief officer of Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Council. On Friday and Saturday, the Kalyan-Ulhasnagar-Badlapur belt received heavy rainfall, between 280mm and 330mm. The heavy rain led to overflowing of Ulhas river, which then led to waterlogging. Power supply, which was cut for 48 hours, was restored late in the evening. “The trouble was owing to increasing water levels, high tide and rain. Residents who were rescued have been sent back to their homes safely,” said Borse. “We were getting calls from friends and relatives to ensure we are safe. With no power supply, we were unable to charge our phones,” said Satish Doiphode, 31, resident of Ramesh wadi. Submerged in water for hours, most two-wheelers needed repair. Many bikes had to be given to garages or repair shops, “When I went to the local repair shop, I was surprised with the number of vehicles parked there,” he said. “All we could see around was water. It felt as if we were in the middle of a river. We were worried for senior citizens and children, as in case of medical emergency, there was no way to reach out to anyone,” said Akhilesh Bhusavle, 55, resident of Shani Nagar, Badlapur. Meanwhile, the tehsildar started a survey of families that were affected after the downpour. All those who have been affected by the flooding will be provided with a certificate stating the same.
2019-07-28Over 1 000 train passengers rescued due to flooding in India - Nation News
Over 1 000 train passengers rescued due to flooding in India Added 28 July 2019 : Indian authorities have rescued 1 050 people from a train after it became trapped by flooding near Mumbai. Helicopters, boats and diving teams were deployed by the Indian authorities after the Mahalaxmi Express was stranded on Friday night close to the town of Vangani. Passengers told news agency IANS they were ordered to stay onboard but had had no food or water for 15 hours. Weeks of monsoon flooding in south Asia has killed over 600 people. Images released by the NDRF show passengers being rescued in rubber boats. Train operator Central Railway said all passengers – including nine pregnant women – had been recovered and taken to safety. A temporary camp has been set up nearby with food and medical supplies. A spokesperson for the train operator also said alternative travel arrangements had been arranged for passengers affected. Most areas in the nearby towns of Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Vangani have been submerged as heavy rains battered the region this week, swelling local rivers. Other transport has also been hit by flooding in Mumbai, with 11 flights cancelled and several others diverted by from the city's airport.
2019-07-28All 1,050 Passengers Of The Marooned Mahalaxmi Express Rescued In A Heroic Operation By Agencies - Swarajya
All 1,050 Passengers Of The Marooned Mahalaxmi Express Rescued In A Heroic Operation By Agencies Jul 28 2019, 10:51 am, : Thanks to a well-coordinated operation mounted by multiple agencies, nearly 1,050 passengers on board Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express were rescued on Saturday in 17 hours after the train was stranded near Vangani in Thane district due to flooding on tracks following heavy rains. The Kalyan-Ulhasnagar-Badlapur belt of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region received extremely heavy downpour — between 280 to 330 mm — over Friday and Saturday. This led to flooding of the Ulhas river which trapped the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express between and Vangani stations on the Central Railway at 10 pm The train had left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday night, but could not travel beyond Vangani, where it reached in the wee hours Saturday. Due to incessant rains, water nearly reached the train’s footboard, triggering panic among passengers. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy, Air Force, Army, Railways and state administration was quickly mobilized and rescue operation was mounted. Two columns of the Army, fire brigade units, eight teams of Navy and three helicopters were involved in the operations that lasted close to 17 hours. 37 doctors were also part of the rescue teams. Central Railway (CR) officials said all the passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued by 3 pm. Among the stranded passenger rescued were senior citizens, infants, children and few physically-challenged passengers. Passengers were helped onto inflatable boats and then taken to higher ground from where they reached a relief centre by road. Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised the rescue teams and said the Centre was closely monitoring the situation. "A special train with 19 coaches will leave from Kalyan to Kolhapur with the affected passengers of the Mahalaxmi Express," a Railway official said. Officials involved in the rescue operation said the nine pregnant women and a one-month-old baby girl were also safe. Maharashta Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also praised the multi-agency operations.
2019-07-28Questions over why Mahalaxmi Express was allowed to leave inundated Badlapur station - Times of India
Questions over why Mahalaxmi Express was allowed to leave inundated Badlapur station Updated: Jul 28, 2019, 8:18 IST : MUMBAI: Officials from the state's Konkan Division have raised questions why Mahalaxmi Express was allowed to move beyond Badlapur on Friday night when the station was waterlogged following heavy rain. The train was stuck in flooded tracks near Chamtoli village between Badlapur and Vangani stations around 10.15pm. A senior official who was monitoring the rescue operation told TOI, "Through our top officials we have asked the Central Railway to probe how the train was allowed to go beyond Badlapur. As per our information, whenever Badlapur station is waterlogged, all trains are stopped at the station itself. However, CR's divisional railway manager SK Jain said, There was no lapse as one EMU local had just passed the spot five minutes before the Mahalaxmi Express got stuck because of sudden rise in the water level. Meanwhile, many passengers who were stranded on the train said they had their first sip of tea or snacks in nearly 15 hours after they reached the main road where the district administration had arranged for stay and food at a banquet hall. After the water level reduced in the afternoon, the rescue teams tied a third rope to help passengers walk to a nearby road. Though CR claimed it provided biscuits and water to passengers, many of them complained they did not get anything on train and spend the night without food and water there was no pantry car. Vaibhav Phahake, a rescued passenger, told TOI: "My family told me on phone that CR said it sent biscuits and water but we did not get anything on train. However, another passenger, Parsha More, said: One team that came inside the train provided us some snacks but we did not get water. We had to stay without water for more than 15 hours. Jagatsingh Girase, special development officer of Ulhasnagar division, said: After the rescue, we arranged for buses to take people to Kalyan. CR arranged a special train from Badlapur to CSMT for those wanting to go to Mumbai. A special train with 19 coaches left Kalyan for Kolhapur with Mahalaxmi Express passengers. A CR official said, Not all passengers travelled by this train. The empty Mahalaxmi Express was cleared from the tracks around 11.30pm on Saturday.
2019-07-284-year-old boy dies, parents injured as part of slab collapses - Devdiscourse
4-year-old boy dies, parents injured as part of slab collapses Updated: 28-07-2019 21:10 IST : A four-year-old boy died and his parents were injured after a part of a slab of a residential building collapsed on them in Ulhasnagar town in the district on Sunday, fire brigade sources said. The incident took place in the morning, they said. "It is a five-storey building. A portion of the fifth floor slab fell on the boy and his parents living in a flat on the fourth floor," said Bhaskar Nirpagar, chief fire officer of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC). The boy, Niraj Satpute, died on the spot, while his parents suffered injuries in the incident, he added. "On being alerted, firemen and personnel of the disaster control cell rushed to the scene. The entire building was evacuated," the official said, adding that the injured were admitted to a local hospital. The building is old and dilapidated one, Nirpagar said, adding that the civic body will assess the situation and accordingly decide the future course of action.
2019-07-28Explained: What caused weekend flooding outside Mumbai; what can be done? - The Indian Express
Explained: What caused weekend flooding outside Mumbai; what can be done? Updated: July 29, 2019 5:47:02 am : The eastern part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) was inundated over the weekend after the townships of Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Murbad and Ambernath all received around 300 mm rain in the 24 hours ending 8 am on July 27. Almost exactly a year earlier, the twin satellite towns of Vasai-Virar had been all but cut off from Mumbai for two days as floods snapped rail and road links. The MMR, which sprawls over more than 10 times the geographical area of Mumbai, is dotted by semi-rural areas and municipalities that sometimes serve as dormitory townships for India’s financial capital. What makes this coastal urban agglomeration prone to flooding of the kind seen in Thane district over Friday and Saturday? Reckless construction Many of Mumbai’s satellite towns are located along the Kalu, Ulhas, Waldhuni, and Bhatsa rivers that shimmy down the MMR, passing through thickly populated areas including Ulhasnagar, Titwala, Badlapur, Vithalwadi, and Ambernath. All these areas have seen a massive spurt in construction activity over the past two to three decades — and almost all these rivers have the problems that come with unplanned urbanisation: encroachments, illegal sand dredging, dumping of effluents, and construction activity on their floodplains. A March 2015 study prepared for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) reported that forest cover in the MMR had fallen from about a third of the total area in 1987 to 21% in 2015. Wastelands, floodplains, mangrove areas, all have seen construction activity. Saturday’s overhead images from Naval choppers showed the Mahalaxmi Express marooned in what seems to be the floodplains of the Ulhas river. Railway officials say the line was originally a good distance away from the river’s buffer areas, but unplanned construction along both banks has rendered the tracks vulnerable to submergence when the river is in spate, with the city’s drains emptying into the railway areas simultaneously. Worst-affected rivers The Mithi in spate caused much of the havoc on July 26, 2005, when a cloudburst dumped 944 mm of rain on Mumbai within a span of 24 hours; the overflowing Ulhas is likely to be blamed for parts of Ulhasnagar going under on Friday evening and Saturday. Picnickers at a resort on its banks had to be rescued. The river passes through Badlapur and Vangani, where the dramatic rescue of train passengers took place. The winding Ulhas flows 120-plus km from its source in the Sahyadris to the Arabian Sea via Vasai creek, passing the picturesque Karat and Neral regions, and receiving waters from as far as the Palasdhari dam, the Poshir river, Chikoli dam, Barvi dam, before merging with the confluence of the Bhatsa and Kalu rivers. Multiple areas along its banks — Shahad, Ambivali, Dombivali, Kongaon, Mothagaon, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and Badlapur — were affected on Friday and Saturday. The Kalu river’s overflowing waters caused some parts of Titwala to be flooded, while the much less urbanised Vasind-Asangaon area were inundated by overflow from the Bhatsa river.
2019-07-28Mumbai: Suspended for 48 hrs, Kalyan-Karjat train services back on track - The Indian Express
Mumbai: Suspended for 48 hrs, Kalyan-Karjat train services back on track Published: July 29, 2019 4:29:56 am : Mumbai: As rainwater slowly recedes, evacuated residents start returning, take stock of loss Local train services on Kalyan-Karjat stretch were suspended from Friday night. (Source: File) SUSPENDED FOR 48 hours, the train services on Kalyan-Karjat stretch resumed late on Sunday. According to Anil Kumar Gupta, general manager of Western and Central Railway, trials were started between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Karjat stations, following which the services were resumed. In a trial, the run train departed from CSMT at 6.57 pm on Sunday and crossed the Badlapur station at 8.32 pm and Wangani station at 8.44 pm, Gupta added. As many as 300 railway and contract workers were put to work on the restoration of the Kalyan-Karjat stretch to make it functional. In fact, the weekly mega block for the maintenance of railway tracks on Sunday was cancelled so that the entire staff could focus on this particular stretch. Thane district had witnessed heavy rain since the evening of July 26, which damaged the railway tracks on a 3-km stretch between Ulhasnagar and Ambernath. Local train services between Kalyan-Karjat were suspended from Friday night at 9.26 pm. Also, about a 1.5-km patch between Badlapur-Karjat section, where the Mahalaxmi Express was stuck for more than 14 hours over Friday and Saturday, is also badly damaged. “In the last 48 hours, since late Friday evening, unprecedented heavy rainfall beyond Kalyan towards Karjat has caused flash floods due to the overflow of the Ulhas river causing severe damage to railway assets between Badlapur and Karjat section,” said Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer, CR.
2019-07-283-year-old killed as portion of ceiling collapses in Mumbai - The Hindu
Three-year-old killed as ceiling caves in at Ulhasnagar UPDATED: JULY 29, 2019 03:48 IST : A three-year-old child lost his life while his 60-year-old grandmother was injured after a portion of the ceiling of their flat collapsed on them on Sunday. The police said the incident, which occurred on the fifth floor of the five-storey Ambika Sagar building near Powai Naka in Ulhasnagar, was reported at 6.30 a.m. “The ceiling of two rooms of a 2-BHK flat came off in the 25-year-old private residential building. Niraj Satpute lost his life, while his grandmother has been admitted to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar,” senior inspector S.C. Suradkar of Central police station said. In a separate incident, a portion of the ceiling of Nilgiri Hotel near Sandhurst Road collapsed around 4 a.m. on Sunday. “Fire control got the information around 5 a.m. and reached the spot immediately. Noor Mohammad Aliksar (17) was injured in the incident. He was one of the labourers involved in the demolition work of the building,” officials said. Mr. Aliksar has been admitted to the State-run JJ Hospital, where his condition is said to stable. Officials from the disaster control room of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said the hotel had recently been evacuated since the building was in a dilapidated condition. Staff members of the hotel said the four-storey private building, located on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road, had been evacuated following the building collapse in Dongri on July 16. The unauthorised building in the congested Dongri had collapsed taking down several families along with it. Thirteen people died in the tragedy, while rescue workers managed to pull out around 40 people trapped under the rubble.
2019-07-28Maharashtra: Ulhas river bridge collapses, IMD issues red-alert in state - NewsBytes
Maharashtra: Ulhas river bridge collapses, IMD issues red-alert in state 28 Jul 2019 : In the early hours of Sunday, a part of a bridge on the Ulhas river linking Murbad to Kalyan in Maharashtra's Thane district got washed away amid heavy rainfall in the region. According to reports, the Ulhas river has been overflowing for the past two days and was flowing over the bridge, near Rayta village, in the past 24 hours. Here are more details. Murbad side of Rayta bridge washed away The incident came to light when Ulhas water receded Sunday morning and commuters noticed that parts of the Rayta bridge had washed off on Murbad side, The Times of India reported. The bridge was closed after local Titwala police were alerted. "Repair work will be completed in a day. Till then commuters can use Titwala via Ambivli route," said Kalyan division tehsildar Dipak Yedke. 370 houses submerged in region due to heavy downpour 370 houses submerged in region due to heavy downpour Reportedly, the heavy downpour in the last two days has led to flooding in Badlapur, Titwala and Kalyan areas. Murbad Tehsildar Amol Kadam told PTI that around 370 houses have been submerged due to the rising water levels. Rescue teams are working overnight shifts to relocate local residents to higher ground, Kadam added. The Rayta bridge incident has also crippled Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway traffic.
2019-07-27Cities want more water from Barvi dam to tide over crisis - Hindustan Times
Cities want more water from Barvi dam to tide over crisis Updated: Jul 28, 2019 01:07 IST With the increase in the capacity of Barvi dam, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) along with other municipal corporations and councils in the district wants more water supply for the cities. The water from Barvi dam is supplied to Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Mira- Bhayander, Bhiwandi and Navi Mumbai. In a meeting on Friday, it was decided that water will be distributed proportional to the population of each of the cities. The water capacity of Barvi was 178mcm till 2016. The irrigation department increased the dam’s height in 2016 and increased the capacity to 234mcm. It also has plans to increase the capacity to 340 mcm, when the rehabilitation issue of the people near the dam is resolved. Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner of TMC, said, “The population of the district has increased and so has its water requirement. The state has increased the capacity of Baravi dam. It was decided that the increased water stock should be given to all municipal corporations and councils depending on their population.” The city experienced an average water cut of 18 per cent which increased up to 21 per cent if there were breakdowns or leakages. There was no water supply for about 30 to 36 hours a week. The situation was same in Kalyan-Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai Virar and Panvel. Last year, the irrigation department had agreed to increase water supply if the corporation provided jobs to those displaced in the project. Malvi added, “A policy on how the distribution will be done was also discussed in the meeting. It was collectively decided that the corporations or councils will provide jobs to the displaced proportional to the amount of additional supply they get from the dam. It was also decided that the councils and corporation will share 10 per cent construction cost of Shai and Kalu dams which is also proposed in the district to increase water capacity.” Ashok Rankhamb, commissioner of Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation, said, “We get 155 mld of water supply from Barvi dam. We had demanded 50 mld after its capacity increases. It was decided that water be distributed equally among urban areas of the district. We will get 25mld water.” Contaminated water Following several complaints of contaminated water supply to various areas of Wagale Estate, Thane Municipal Corporation’s water department has said the water supply line will be completely changed and the area will get treated water by next week. For more than 30 years, areas of Wagale Estate and Hajuri were supplied raw water from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s water supply scheme. Thane recives 485 mld of water supply out of which 455 mld is treated water. However, the city also receives 30 mld of raw water which is supplied to several areas of Wagale Estate. An official from water supply department said, “We have got permission to shift water connection from raw water to treated water in Kisannagar 1 and 2 areas. We are shifting the pipelines to.
2019-07-27Maharashtra country’s wettest state, more rain forecast - Times of India
Maharashtra country’s wettest state, more rain forecast Updated: Jul 28, 2019, 6:39 IST : PUNE: Maharashtra was the wettest state in the country on Saturday because of the sheer number of locations receiving triple-digit and extremely heavy rain in the 24 hours till Saturday morning. On Sunday too, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls are very likely at isolated places over Konkan and Goa, and Gujarat region. Heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra and east Rajasthan are also likely on Sunday. So, these locations have been put on “red” and “orange” alerts by IMD for Sunday and Monday. As many as 42 locations monitored by India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded triple-digit rainfall on Saturday, causing waterlogging and flooding in parts of Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra. Tourist spot Matheran in Maharashtra was the wettest spot in the country till Saturday morning with a whopping 450mm rainfall. Pune was also in the list of IMD’s rainiest locations on Saturday morning. In the city, Shivajinagar, Lohegaon and Pashan recorded the highest rainfall this season in the past 24 hours at 78mm, 61.8mm and 94mm, respectively. Till Saturday morning, the 24-hour rainfall in Shivajinagar broke a five-year record. The second highest 24-hour rainfall this season for Shivajinagar was recorded on June 28, 2019, at 73.1mm, and for Lohegaon on June 25, 2019, at 63.9mm. Though the last part of June was very wet for the state, the current monsoon spell is the strongest so far with record rain for the season in the past two days. Rainfall intensity will further increase in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar as well as the ghat areas of Pune, Satara, Nashik and Kolhapur on Sunday, as per the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Mumbai. Even though there were heavy rain in the state, Marathwada and Vidarbha still remained deficient by 32% and 36%, respectively. Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD, Pune, told TOI that other stations of east Rajasthan, Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch, which too were on a red alert for rain for Saturday, received much less rain than locations in Maharashtra. More than 204.5mm rainfall in a 24-hour period is considered as extremely heavy rain, as per IMD. Going by it, as many as 19 locations in Maharashtra, including Matheran, Pen, Murbad, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Karjat, Khalapur, Roha, Panvel (Agri), Chiplun, Santacruz, Lonavla, Mahabaleshwar, Igatpuri and Mulshi received extremely heavy rains in the 24 hours till Saturday morning. Matheran’s extreme heavy rain was followed by Mahabaleshwar (240mm), Mumbai (Santacruz-220mm), Bassi (Jaipur-210mm), Alibaug (140mm), Harnai (120mm), Mumbai (Colaba-90mm), Diamond Harbour, and Puri, Pune and Jaipur at 80mm each. “The highest rain values are currently in Maharashtra. Friday and Saturday’s rain are a typical textbook case of how monsoon revives. Currently, both the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal branches of monsoon are active with the Bay of Bengal low pressure system likely to move westwards. The system is expected to enter Chhattisgarh and adjacent Vidarbha by Sunday, increasing the chances of rainfall over the state on July 28, 29 (forenoon). Hence, the current rainfall activity in Maharashtra is likely to reach its zenith on Sunday,” said Kashyapi. Kashyapi said as the monsoon system moves, it will bring good rain over the regions under its influence, including major parts of Maharashtra. “Some of the weather conditions contributing to the state’s rains are moderately packed isobars (off Konkan and Goa coasts), indicating a steep horizontal pressure gradient and, thus, strong southwesterly winds/westerly winds. These winds are coming from the Arabian Sea and entering the land area of Konkan and Goa, creating huge moisture incursion. Due to orography, these winds are converging over the windward side of the Sahyadri range and the ghats of Madhya Maharashtra, causing very heavy to extremely heavy rain,” said Kashyapi. IMD on Saturday said heavy to very heavy rainfall had occurred at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Konkan and Goa. Heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls at isolated places have been observed over east Rajasthan and Madhya Maharashtra.
2019-07-27Rains wreak havoc in Maharashtra, parts of north India; situation grim in Assam, Bihar - Economic Times
Rains wreak havoc in Maharashtra, parts of north India; situation grim in Assam, Bihar Jul 27, 2019, 11.37 PM IST : NEW DELHI: Heavy rains caused flash floods in Maharashtra's Thane district, where hundreds of marooned people were rescued from a train and other places, while the situation remained grim in Assam and Bihar with the deluge claiming 214 lives this monsoon season. Rains also lashed Rajasthan where 13 people have died in related incidents since the last two days. One girl was killed in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh in roof collapse after a heavy downpour. An elderly woman was killed in Jammu and Kashmir, which was lashed by intermittent rains. The Amarnath yatra was also disrupted by the rains as only 3,124 pilgrims visited the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. The national capital received 5.25 mm rainfall, according to the Safdarjung Observatory, and the maximum and minimum temperatures settled at 32.5 and 25.4 degrees Celsius. The Met department has forecast cloudy skies for Sunday with light to moderate rain and thundershowers in the city. In Maharashtra, all 1,050 passengers on board Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express were rescued on Saturday in a multi-agency operation nearly 17 hours after the train was stranded near Vangani in Thane district due to flooding on tracks following heavy rains. Central Railway (CR) officials said all the passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued by 3 pm. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy, Air Force, Army, Railways and state administration were pressed in to rescue the passengers. Naval teams reached the site with specialist divers. Two Mi-17 helicopters of the Indian Air Force were also pressed into service to assist them in the rescue operation, the statement said, adding two columns of Army along with 130 trained staff, food packages, water and rescue material were also deployed. The Indian Air Force also airlifted over 120 people stuck in different parts of the district, an official said. While at least 70 people were stranded on the terrace of a petrol pump in Badlapur town, around 65 km from Mumbai, another 45 people were stuck at a private resort in Shahad, a state disaster control room official said. While Thane city recorded 160 mm rainfall till 8 am on Saturday, Murbad tehsil recorded 332 mm, while Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each, the district collector's office said. The Mumbai-Goa national highway has been shut for traffic since Saturday morning due to flood in the Jagbudi river in coastal Ratnagiri district. The downpour led to cancellation of 11 flights and diversion of nine incoming aircraft to nearby airports on Saturday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar, Raigad for Sunday. The toll in Assam floods touched 81 on Saturday with the death of one more person in Barpeta district, as water re-entered Sonitpur district bordering Arunachal Pradesh, an official report said. The situation in the other 17 flood-affected districts remained unchanged, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. A total of 1,716 villages in 56 revenue circles of the state are inundated. The number of people affected by the floods in Bihar exceeded 85 lakh even as no fresh casualty has been reported since Friday evening, state disaster management department said. Sitamarhi and Madhubani remain the worst affected districts with 37 and 30 deaths respectively and together accounting for more than 30 lakh of people hit by the calamity, the release said. According to a release issued by the department, 85.60 lakh people, spread across villages falling under 1,253 Panchayats of 111 blocks in 13 districts, are affected by floods which have so far claimed 127 lives. Intermittent rains lashed many parts of Jammu and Kashmir for the third consecutive day, disrupting traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. An 82-year-old woman was killed and her son seriously injured when a rain-triggered landslide hit their mud house in Doda district, police said. Over two dozen sheep were also killed in the incident.. The weatherman has issued an alert, predicting adverse weather to continue for the next 24 hours. Officials said intermittent rains during the day left the tracks slippery, forcing suspension of the Amarnath yatra from Baltal route for the second day on Saturday, while a limited number of pilgrims were allowed along Pahalgam route to avoid any untoward incident. The neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh was also lashed by heavy rains, with Paonta Sahib recording the highest 125 mm rainfall since Friday evening. Tourist spots of Shimla, Dharamshala and Manali received rainfall of 99.88 mm, 94 mm and 42.3 mm, respectively. Jaipur and Kota in Rajasthan received 38.8 mm and 31.4 mm rains till this evening, according to Met department.
2019-07-27Maharashtra rains: IAF chopper airlifts over 120 people stranded in Thane - Times of India
Maharashtra rains: IAF chopper airlifts over 120 people stranded in Thane Updated: Jul 27, 2019, 19:54 IST : MUMBAI: The Indian Air Force on Saturday airlifted over 120 people stuck in different parts of Thane district in Maharashtra due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains, an official said. While at least 70 people were stranded on the terrace of a petrol pump in Badlapur town, around 65 km from Mumbai, another 45 people were stuck at a private resort in Shahad, 46 kilometres away, the state disaster control room official said here. Heavy showers since Friday night have caused the Ulhas river in the district to overflow, with water gushing onto roads in Badlapur and inundating many areas. "A rescue operation was launched with the help of the Indian Air Force after we received a call at 11 am requesting airlift from the terrace of the petrol pump. An IAF helicopter was dispatched to the spot and also to the resort in Shahad. All of them have been rescued," the official said. Personnel of National Disaster Response Force, local police, fire brigade, and disaster management force were deployed for the rescue operations, he said. In another operation carried out by a helicopter-borne team of the IAF, nine persons were rescued from a rooftop in Kalyan in the district, an official said. The building is close to the Ulhas river which has breached its banks, said the official. While Thane city recorded 160 millimetres of rainfall till 8 am on Saturday, Murbad tehsil recorded 332 mm, while Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each, the district collector's office said.
2019-07-27[VIDEO] NDRF boats, IAF choppers rescue all 700 passengers from marooned Mahalaxmi Express near Badlapur - Times Now
[VIDEO] NDRF boats, IAF choppers rescue all 700 passengers from marooned Mahalaxmi Express near Badlapur Updated Jul 27, 2019 : Mumbai: Life in Maharashtra has come to a standstill after heavy rains lashed the coastal state two days ago and continued to pour in several parts of Mumbai and neighbouring areas. From traffic snarls to crippled public transport systems, the state is under nature's siege. According to CPRO, Central Railway, 700 passengers were on-board the Mahalaxmi Express from Kolhapur to Mumbai that is stranded near Ulhasnagar and Wangni near Badlapur after the tracks got submerged due to incessant rainfall over the past 48 hours. All passengers (including 9 pregnant women and children) have been rescued, according to media reports. The National Disaster Relief Force had dispatched eight boats with NDRF personnel to help rescue the passengers. The local police, Central Railway staff and the Railway Protection Force are also at the spot. Three more boats have been mobilised to rescue the civilians on the train. We request all passengers of Mahalaxmi Express to not deboard the train. The train is in a safe place. The staff, RPF and local police are in the train to look after your well-being. Please wait for further advice from the NDRF and other disaster management authorities, news agency PTI quoted Sunil Udasi, chief spokesperson of the Central Railway, as saying.
2019-07-27India floods: Over 1,000 train passengers rescued near Mumbai - BBC News
India floods: Over 1,000 train passengers rescued near Mumbai 27 July 2019 : Helicopters, boats and diving teams were deployed by the Indian authorities after the Mahalaxmi Express was stranded on Friday night close to the town of Vangani. Passengers told news agency IANS they were ordered to stay onboard but had had no food or water for 15 hours. Weeks of monsoon flooding in south Asia has killed over 600 people. Images released by the NDRF show passengers being rescued in rubber boats. Train operator Central Railway said all passengers - including nine pregnant women - had been recovered and taken to safety. A temporary camp has been set up nearby with food and medical supplies. A spokesperson for the train operator also said alternative travel arrangements had been arranged for passengers affected. Is India's weather becoming more extreme? Most areas in the nearby towns of Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Vangani have been submerged as heavy rains battered the region this week, swelling local rivers. Other transport has also been hit by flooding in Mumbai, with 11 flights cancelled and several others diverted by from the city's airport.
2019-07-27Mumbai Rains: All 1,050 passengers of stranded Mahalaxmi Express rescued - Economic Times
Mumbai Rains: All 1,050 passengers of stranded Mahalaxmi Express rescued Updated: Jul 27, 2019, 04.39 PM IST : Mumbai rains: Over 2000 passengers stranded on board Mahalaxmi Express, NDRF teams on spot All 1,050 passengers on board Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express were rescued on Saturday in a multi-agency operation nearly 17 hours after the train was stranded near Vangani in Thane district due to flooding on tracks following heavy rains. Central Railway (CR) officials said all the passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued by 3 pm. Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised the rescue teams and said the Centre was closely monitoring the situation. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy, Air Force, Army, Railways and state administration rescued all the passengers, he tweeted. Heavy rains in Mumbai and adjoining areas caused flooding in several parts of the city affecting air and rail traffic on Saturday, with the Mahalaxmi Express getting stuck on waterlogged tracks in Thane district with 1,000 passengers, prompting the authorities to launch a multi-agency rescue operation. In an unprecedented measure, the Maharashtra government requested defence officials to arrange airlift of the stranded passengers of the 17412 Mahalaxmi Express. NDRF spokesperson Sachidanand Gawde said, "Of the total 1,000 passengers, we have so far rescued over 500. They are being taken to a safe place about 1.5 kms from the site. Food, water and medical facilities have been arranged for the stranded passengers." The Chief Minister's Officer said that among the 500 rescued passengers are nine pregnant women. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai spoke to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured him all support in rescue operation. Abhay Yawalkar, the director of the Disaster Management unit of the Maharashtra government, wrote to the air command of NDRF, Air Force and Navy to do the necessary operation "including airlift of passengers". In the 24 hours ending 8 am on Saturday, the Mumbai city received 97.3 mm rainfall, while its eastern and western suburbs were lashed by 163 mm and 132 mm rainfall during the period, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. "Following the incessant rains over the last 24 hours in Mumbai & adjoining areas, Eight Flood rescue teams from #IndianNavy incl three Diving teams have been mobilised with rescue material, Inflatable boats and life jackets," the navy tweeted. A Seaking Helicopter has also been launched with divers equipped with auto inflatable craft for deployment in the area as advance assessment party, it said. The incessant rains also led to cancellation of 11 flights and diversion of nine from the Mumbai airport. Overnight downpours caused havoc in adjoining Thane district also, where the Mahalaxmi Express got stuck near Badlapur due to flooded tracks. The train left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday night, but could not travel beyond Chamtoli where it is stranded since the early hours of Saturday, an official said. "Due to a raging Ulhas river, the Mahalaxmi Express train got stuck at Chamtoli within the limits of Badlapur due to flooded tracks. The passengers were safe, but the only concern is rise in water level on the tracks," Resident Deputy Collector (Thane) Shivaji Patil said. There is no report of any casualty due to the rains in the district, he said. Maharashtra government spokesperson Brajesh Singh said eight NDRF boats have been deployed. Houses in several villages, including Varap, Kamba, Mharal on the Kalyan Murbad Road near Kalyan are submerged and the district administration has rushed one NDRF team for rescue operation, an official said. "The rescue work was underway and at least 100 people have been shifted to safer places from low-lying areas," he added. While Thane city recorded 160 mm rainfall till 8 am Saturday, Murbad recorded 332 mm, while Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each , an official release from the district collectorate said. Meanwhile, in Mumbai, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Colaba weather station recorded 90 mm rainfall, while the Santacruz observatory registered 219 mm rainfall in the 24 hours till 8 am on Saturday. In a tweet, Deputy Director General of the IMD (Mumbai), K S Hosalikar, said that heavy rains will continue in Mumbai suburbs. According to civic officials, incessant rains since Friday night resulted in waterlogging in several parts of Mumbai and affected traffic in suburbs such as Juhu Tara Road, Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road, several stretches of SV Road and on the parts of Western Express Highway. School Education Minister Ashish Shelar tweeted, "Reviewed heavy rainfall situation at all parts of state, considering local rainfall situation concerned Headmaster/principal can take decision for declaring holiday at their level for Saturday." The downpours affected air services also leading to cancellation of 11 flights and diversion of nine incoming aircraft to nearby airports on Saturday, an official said. The operations at the city airport, however, are now normal, the official said. The cancelled flights include seven departures and four arrivals. "As many as 11 flights of various airlines are cancelled for today. These include seven departures and four arrivals. In addition to this, nine flights which were scheduled to arrive in Mumbai have been diverted to other nearby airports due to rains and other issues," the official said. The Central Railway said that its suburban services between Kalyan and CSMT and also on the Harbour line are not affected much. CR chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said that heavy rainfall and overflowing Ulhas river resulted in waterlogging at Ambernath, due to which a few trains have been short- terminated or cancelled. "11028 Chennai-Mumbai Mail arriving CSMT and 11020 Bhubaneshwar-Mumbai Konark Express have been diverted while 22149 Ernakulam-Pune has been short terminated at Panvel," he said in a statement. The BMC has warned people about possible thunderstorms accompanied by lightning during the day.
2019-07-27Explained: Why townships in Thane district witnessed flooding today - The Indian Express
Explained: Why townships in Thane district witnessed flooding today If a Mithi river in spate caused much of the havoc on July 26, 2005, when a cloudburst led to 944 mm of rain in Mumbai within a span of 24 hours, likewise, the overflowing Ulhas river is responsible for parts of Ulhasnagar being severely inundated on Friday evening and Saturday.
2019-07-27All Passengers On Board Stranded Mahalaxmi Express Rescued: Highlights - NDTV News
All Passengers On Board Stranded Mahalaxmi Express Rescued: Highlights Updated: July 27, 2019 17:03 IST : Mumbai: Two military helicopters and six boats of the National Disaster Response Force were sent in to rescue as many as 900 people stranded on board a passenger train about 60 km out of Mumbai on Saturday after heavy rain paralysed the city and its surrounding areas. Hundreds of passengers on the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express, stuck on the train near Vangani in Thane district since Friday night, appealed for help with videos shot on cellphones on social media. Air and rail traffic was disrupted in Mumbai after heavy rain continued overnight. Eleven flights were cancelled this morning at the Mumbai airport due to fluctuating visibility. Several flights were diverted too. On streets, residents waded through waist-deep water in many areas. The weather office has issued an "orange alert" for Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in Maharashtra and has also predicted heavy rainfall in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai in the next 24 hours. The "orange alert" signifies that authorities should get ready for necessary action.
2019-07-27Mumbai rain: IMD says rainfall to continue; trains cancelled, flights cancelled - Livemint
Mumbai rain: IMD says rainfall to continue; trains cancelled, flights cancelled Updated: 27 Jul 2019, 10:31 PM IST : 11 flights have been cancelled today due to heavy downpour in MumbaiIntermittent rain with heavy to very heavy downpour will continue in Mumbai, says IMD
2019-07-27Choppers, Boats Rescue Hundreds From Train Stuck Near Mumbai After Rain - NDTV News
Choppers, Boats Rescue Hundreds From Train Stuck Near Mumbai After Rain Updated: July 27, 2019 17:17 IST : MUMBAI: Mahalaxmi Express was stranded in Thane district since Friday night. The stuck train was surrounded with five to six feet water on all sides. All passengers, including 9 pregnant women, have been evacuated Two military helicopters and six boats of the National Disaster Response Force were sent in to rescue as many as 900 people stranded on board a passenger train about 60 km out of Mumbai on Saturday after heavy rain paralysed the city and its surrounding areas. Hundreds of passengers on the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express, stuck on the train near Vangani in Thane district since Friday night, appealed for help with videos shot on cellphones on social media. Passengers told news agency IANS that they had no drinking water or food in the last 15 hours and no way to get leave as the train was cut off with five to six feet water on all sides. The railways warned the passengers against stepping out of the stranded train, because of the dangerous water levels outside, and requested them to wait for help. By Saturday afternoon, all passengers, including nine pregnant women, were evacuated, a railway official told NDTV. Maharashtra minister Eknath Gaikwad said two helicopters will help the rescue operation along with six teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF on the ground from Mumbai, Thane and Pune with inflatable rubber boats. Most of the areas in the towns of Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Vangani were submerged since early Saturday as heavy rain battered the region, flooding local rivers and other water bodies. Air and rail traffic was disrupted in Mumbai after heavy rain continued overnight. Eleven flights were cancelled this morning at the Mumbai airport due to fluctuating visibility. Several flights were diverted too. On streets, residents waded through waist-deep water in many areas. The hub of India's financial and entertainment industry, Mumbai struggles to cope with monsoon rains every year, as widespread construction and garbage-clogged drains and waterways make it increasingly vulnerable to chaos.
2019-07-27Massive Rescue Op Launched to Save Flood-Stranded Rail Passengers in Vangani - The Weather Channel
Massive Rescue Op Launched to Save Flood-Stranded Rail Passengers in Vangani The Indian Air Force (IAF), Navy, Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) launched a massive aerial and surface operation to rescue hundreds of passengers stranded on the Mahalaxmi Express on the flooded railway tracks at Vangani here on Saturday, officials said. Following an SOS from the Maharashtra government to the Defence authorities, at least two helicopters, including a Seaking and a MI17, with relief material and personnel were despatched from Mumbai to the site. Simultaneously, teams of the NDRF reached the train from Badlapur, around 7 kms away in inflatable rubber boats and started extracting the passengers from the train, which left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday around 8 p.m. The teams, which included divers with special equipment and medical aid, managed to rescue 500 passengers, including women, children and toddlers, though work was hampered by continuing rain. Officials said it may take several hours to complete the rescue operation depending on the rain and flood waters. The IAF/NDRF teams also brought to safety a group of around seven passengers, who got down from the train to start walking towards Badlapur station but found themselves stuck in the swirling flood waters, running between 3-6 feet, for over two hours until some local villagers threw ropes at them. Torrential rain since the past three days in Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and in some areas over 100 mm, have led to chaos on the roads, partially hitting rail operations and affecting around two dozen flights at the Mumbai Airport in the past 24 hours. On Saturday, Guardian Minister for Thane Eknath Gaikwad said two helicopters were despatched for the rescue operation, along with eight NDRF teams on the ground from Mumbai, Thane and Pune which were rushed there with inflatable rubber boats and other equipment. The government response came after hundreds of panicking, starving and thirsting passengers on the Mumbai-Kolhapur train started sending out videos appealing for help on the social media videos as the water levels continued to rise around the train. They said they had no drinking water or food since nearly 15 hours and no escape route as the train was practically cut off with five-six feet water on all sides. The towns of Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Vangani were practically underwater since early today as heavy rain lashed the region, flooding local rivers and other water bodies. The Central Railway (CR) warned the Mahalaxmi Express passengers against stepping out of the trains in view of the dangerous water levels outside and requested them to wait for help which was on the way. The CR added that a relief train has been stationed at Badlapur to ferry the passengers, along with food, water and medical supplies, besides making arrangements to take the passengers onward to Kolhapur. While the city's lifeline, the suburban trains in Mumbai functioned with delays of 15-20 minutes on Western Railway and CR, the latter had to cancel services between Karjat-Kalyan (in Thane) owing to floods and waterlogging on the tracks since Friday. Though the country's commercial capital continued to get intermittent showers and rain, the worst-hit were Thane and Ratnagiri with towns of Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Badlapur, Tiwala, Vangani, Khed, Chiplun and surroundings practically submerged. In Mumbai, Minister of Education Ashish Shelar authorised school and college principals to declare a holiday to ensure students are not inconvenienced if heavy rain continued.
2019-07-27All passengers rescued from stranded Mahalaxmi Express - Times Now
All passengers rescued from stranded Mahalaxmi Express 27 JULY 2019 : All passengers have been rescued from Mahalaxmi Express. The train running from Kolhapur to Mumbai that is stranded near Ulhasnagar and Wangni near Badlapur after the tracks got submerged due to incessant rainfall over the past 48 hours.
2019-07-27Mumbai rains: Heavy rainfall warning for city, suburbs - India Today
Mumbai rains: Heavy rainfall warning for city, suburbs July 28, 2019 00:04 IST : Heavy rains in Mumbai made a comeback on Friday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) yesterday issued a statement saying that Maharashtra is likely to experience heavy to light rains over the weekend. Due to favourable weather conditions, the monsoon is likely to hit the Maharashtrian region. Heavy rains lashed out in Mumbai on Friday. The city struggled with severe traffic jams and water-logging, while the people scrambled to reach their homes. Even as the incessant downpour continued on Saturday, the local train services were stopped, while nine flights were diverted at the city airport. The IMD had forecasted fairly widespread rain in the region.
2019-07-27Mumbai Rains Start to Take Toll; More Rains to Follow - The Weather Channel
Mumbai Rains Start to Take Toll; More Rains to Follow The vigorous monsoon rainfall over Mumbai and the surrounding region continued on Saturday as strong westerly winds continued to bring dense clouds over the region. The rains were widespread with Santacruz monitoring station recording a 24-hour rainfall accumulation of 219.2 mm till Saturday morning. On Friday, a maximum rainfall of 440 mm was recorded in Matheran, around 20 km from Mumbai. Heavy rains affect Konkan region Even though Mumbai received substantial rainfall, the maximum impact was in Thane and Ratnagiri districts. Many towns, including Ulhasnagar, Badlapur, Titwala, Khed, Mangaon, and Chiplun witnessed flooding. The torrential rainfall stranded thousands across Konkan region and claimed one life on Saturday. A thirty-year-old labourer reportedly died due to an electric shock in Kalwa in Thane district. Thane received 115 mm rainfall on Saturday within nine hours from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Nearly 200 people were reportedly struck at different places across Thane district. More than 1000 people were rescued on Saturday from Mahalaxmi Express, which was stranded for nearly 18 hours in floodwaters. Rescue operations were carried out by Indian Air Force, Army, Navy, the NDRF, state police, the Railway Police, local agencies, NGOs and volunteers. More rains forecast Forecasts suggest that the monsoon will remain active over the Konkan region throughout next week. Heavy to very heavy rains are forecast till Tuesday while light to moderate rains are likely to continue thereafter. The 24-hour rainfall until Sunday evening is expected to be around 50 mm while the 48-hour rainfall till Monday evening may reach up to 100 mm. The Weather Channel met team says that the possibility of locally heavy rains have reduced and is expected to remain low. However, the chances of flooding remain high due to persistent long-duration rain. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts widespread rain for the next five days till July 31. The department issued Red warnings to north Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra for Sunday. The reason for heavy showers and thunderstorms over the Konkan region is the humid westerly winds from the Arabian sea. The winds are expected to persist for the next five days.
2019-07-27Maharashtra Rains: All 700 rescued From Stranded Train - The Weather Channel
Maharashtra Rains: All 700 Rescued From Stranded Train Around 600 passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued till 2 p.m. from the Mahalaxmi Express which remains stranded in heavy flood waters near Vangani, around 90 km from Mumbai, officials said here on Saturday. Other passengers who are still on board are being evacuated by rescue teams in what is now the biggest joint operation in the state by the Indian Air Force, Army, Navy, NDRF, Maharashtra Police, local agencies and volunteers since the great floods of July 26, 2005. The rescue operation picked up after rain subsided a little post-noon, enabling quicker movement of personnel and the evacuated passengers. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis instructed Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta to personally monitor the evacuation operations and coordinate with various agencies engaged in the rescue works. So far, four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have reached the train and evacuating the train passengers using eight inflatable rubber boats. Besides, seven Indian Navy teams of divers with specialised equipment, two helicopters of the IAF, including a Seaking and MI17, two columns of Indian Army from Mumbai have already gone to Thane and two more are en route, for the massive operations. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai called up Fadnavis and offered all help from the Centre for the train passengers. Additionally, a fleet of ambulances with three dozen doctors including gynecologists, paramedics are deployed at Badlapur to tackle any emergency, 14 buses and three tempos also kept ready to move the passengers to onward safer locations. The district administration has made arrangement for meals, tea and fresh water at the Sahyadri Mangal Karyalaya and other locations in villages on the route between the stranded train and Badlapur. Many weary passengers who were saved tried to walk, but when they lost strength, especially the senior citizens, police and others promptly hoisted them on their shoulders and took them to safer locations. A few local villagers, many of whom were also stranded in the flood waters, nevertheless ventured out to help the train passengers early today before the official rescue teams from Mumbai, Thane and Pune reached the venue. A Central Railway (CR) official said that after all the passengers are rescued and taken safely to Badlapur, the authorities will decide on where to send them from there, and also how to shift the train and clear the tracks for train traffic on that route. The official added that a relief train has been stationed at Badlapur to ferry the passengers, along with food, water and medical supplies, besides making arrangements to take the passengers onward to Kolhapur. As rain continued to lash the coastal districts, many towns were practically underwater since early on Saturday as flooding local rivers and other water bodies overflowed into residential areas. While the city's lifeline, the suburban trains in Mumbai functioned with delays of 15-20 minutes on Western Railway and CR, the latter had to cancel services between Karjat-Kalyan (in Thane) owing to floods and waterlogging on the tracks since Friday. Though the country's commercial capital continued to get intermittent showers and rain, the worst-hit were Thane and Ratnagiri with towns of Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Badlapur, Tiwala, Vangani, Khed, Mangaon, Mandangad, Chiplun and surroundings practically submerged. In Mumbai, Minister of Education Ashish Shelar authorized school and college principals to declare a holiday to ensure students are not inconvenienced if heavy rain continued.
2019-07-27Rescue operations called off, as all the passengers have been rescued from Mahalaxmi Express - Times Now
Rescue operations called off, as all the passengers have been rescued from Mahalaxmi Express 27 JULY 2019 : All passengers of the Mahalaxmi Express, the train running from Kolhapur to Mumbai that was stranded near Ulhasnagar and Wangni near Badlapur after the tracks got submerged due to incessant rainfall over the past 48 hours.
2019-07-27Maharashtra rains: IAF chopper airlifts over 120 people stranded in Thane - DNA India
Maharashtra rains: IAF chopper airlifts over 120 people stranded in Thane Updated: Jul 27, 2019, 10:58 PM IST : The Indian Air Force on Saturday airlifted over 120 people stuck in different parts of Thane district in Maharashtra due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains, an official said. While at least 70 people were stranded on the terrace of a petrol pump in Badlapur town, around 65 km from Mumbai, another 45 people were stuck at a private resort in Shahad, 46 kilometres away, the state disaster control room official said in Mumbai. Heavy showers since Friday night have caused the Ulhas river in the district to overflow, with water gushing onto roads in Badlapur and inundating many areas. "A rescue operation was launched with the help of the Indian Air Force after we received a call at 11 am requesting airlift from the terrace of the petrol pump. An IAF helicopter was dispatched to the spot and also to the resort in Shahad. All of them have been rescued," the official said. Personnel of National Disaster Response Force, local police, fire brigade, and disaster management force were deployed for the rescue operations, he said. In another operation carried out by a helicopter-borne team of the IAF, nine persons were rescued from a rooftop in Kalyan in the district, an official said. The building is close to the Ulhas river which has breached its banks, said the official. While Thane city recorded 160 millimetres of rainfall till 8 am on Saturday, Murbad tehsil recorded 332 mm, while Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each, the district collector's office said.
2019-07-27Amit Shah Praises Rescue Teams For Safely Taking Out Passengers From Stranded Mahalaxmi Express - ABP Live
Amit Shah Praises Rescue Teams For Safely Taking Out Passengers From Stranded Mahalaxmi Express Updated: 27 Jul 2019 07:13 PM : NE DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday praised the efforts of the NDRF, the three services and other agencies in rescuing passengers of a train stranded in Maharashtra's Thane for 17 hours due to flooding of tracks after heavy rains. The passengers of the Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express were trapped at Badlapur, 72 km from Mumbai. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy, Air Force, Army, Railways and state administration rescued all the passengers, he tweeted. The home minister also said the central government is closely monitoring the entire operation. "Kudos to the rescue teams for their exemplary effort," he said. Central Railway (CR) officials said all the passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued by 3 pm. The train had left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday night, but could not travel beyond Vangani, where it reached in the wee hours Saturday. Talking to PTI, chief spokesperson of the CR Sunil Udasi said all 1,050 passengers were taken to a safe spot. "A special train with 19 coaches will leave from Kalyan to Kolhapur with the affected passengers of the Mahalaxmi Express," Udasi said. Officials involved in the rescue operation said the nine pregnant women and a one-month-old baby girl were also safe. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai spoke to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured him that all central assistance will be provided to the state, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in tweet earlier. As rain continued to lash the coastal districts of Maharashtra, many towns were practically underwater since early on Saturday as flooding local rivers and other water bodies overflowed into residential areas. While the city's lifeline, the suburban trains in Mumbai functioned with delays of 15-20 minutes on Western Railway and CR, the latter had to cancel services between Karjat-Kalyan (in Thane) owing to floods and waterlogging on the tracks since Friday. Though the country's commercial capital continued to get intermittent showers and rain, the worst-hit were Thane and Ratnagiri with towns of Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Badlapur, Tiwala, Vangani, Khed, Mangaon, Mandangad, Chiplun and surroundings practically submerged. In Mumbai, Minister of Education Ashish Shelar authorized school and college principals to declare a holiday to ensure students are not inconvenienced if heavy rain continued.
2019-07-27Thane: Streets flooded in many areas due to heavy rainfall - ANI News
Thane: Streets flooded in many areas due to heavy rainfall Updated: Jul 27, 2019 18:33 IST : Thane (Maharashtra) [India], July 27 (ANI): Waterlogged streets disrupted normal life as many areas were flooded due heavy rainfall in Thane district on Saturday. Many people were seen passing through waterlogged streets of Bhiwandi while plenty of vehicles were left defunct in the chest-deep water in Ulhasnagar. The current flood situation is caused by heavy rainfall in various parts of Maharashtra. The situation may further worsen with Indian Meteorological Department predicting heavy rainfall in isolated places for Thane district in the weekend. The heavy rainfall has already caused the closure of the Bhushi dam at Lonavala. Earlier during the day, rains lashed Mumbai, leading to traffic snarls and water-logging at several major junctions.
2019-07-27IAF Chopper Airlifts over 120 People Stranded in Thane after Heavy Rain Lashes Mumbai - News18
IAF Chopper Airlifts over 120 People Stranded in Thane after Heavy Rain Lashes Mumbai Updated:July 27, 2019, 8:02 PM IST : Mumbai: The Indian Air Force on Saturday airlifted over 120 people stuck in different parts of Thane district in Maharashtra due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains, an official said. While at least 70 people were stranded on the terrace of a petrol pump in Badlapur town, around 65 km from Mumbai, another 45 people were stuck at a private resort in Shahad, 46 kilometres away, the state disaster control room official said here. Heavy showers since Friday night have caused the Ulhas river in the district to overflow, with water gushing onto roads in Badlapur and inundating many areas. "A rescue operation was launched with the help of the Indian Air Force after we received a call at 11 am requesting airlift from the terrace of the petrol pump. An IAF helicopter was dispatched to the spot and also to the resort in Shahad. All of them have been rescued," the official said. Personnel of National Disaster Response Force, local police, fire brigade, and disaster management force were deployed for the rescue operations, he said. In another operation carried out by a helicopter-borne team of the IAF, nine persons were rescued from a rooftop in Kalyan in the district, an official said. The building is close to the Ulhas river which has breached its banks, said the official. While Thane city recorded 160 millimetres of rainfall till 8 am on Saturday, Murbad tehsil recorded 332 mm, while Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each, the district collector's office said.
2019-07-27Mumbai Rains: All 1050 passengers rescued from Mahalaxmi Express, says Railways - India TV News
Mumbai Rains: All 1050 passengers rescued from Mahalaxmi Express, says Railways Updated on: July 27, 2019 21:25 IST : Mahalaxmi Express was held up between Badlapur and Vangani near Mumbai due to incessant rains on Saturday morning with around 1050 passengers onboard, DRM Central Railways said. Railway Protection Force and City police have reached the site where the train is held up. Navy chopper and NDRF have been deployed rescue boats are deployed for the rescue operation. Authorities called in the National Disaster Response Force and also sought help from the navy to rescue the 700 stranded passengers of the train, which left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday night but could not travel beyond Chamtoli where it is stranded since the early hours of Saturday, an official said. "Due to a raging Ulhas river, the Mahalaxmi Express train got stuck at Chamtoli within the limits of Badlapur due to flooded tracks. The passengers were safe, but the only concern was a rise in water level on the tracks," Resident Deputy Collector (Thane) Shivaji Patil said. Highlights: 07:30 pm: IAF chopper airlifts people stranded in Thane. 07:00 pm: People on the petrol pump roof and in the resort near Kalayan have also been rescued now, says Maharashtra's Directorate General of Information and Public Relations. 06:15 pm: Rescued passengers from Mahalaxmi Express leave for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) via a special train. 04:30 pm: People wade through chest-deep water in Ulhasnagar of Thane district. 04:00 pm: Streets flooded in Bhiwandi due to heavy rainfall in the region. 03:30 pm: Home Minister Amit Shah praises the teams of NDRF, Navy, IAF, Railways and state administration for safely rescuing all the 700 passengers stranded on Mahalaxmi Express near Mumbai. 03:20 pm: A special train with 19 coaches will leave from Kalyan to Kolhapur with the passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, says Central Railway Chief Public Relations Officer 03:00 pm: All passengers rescued from stalled Mahalaxmi Express, says Central Railway Chief Public Relations Officer 01:37 pm: Passengers being brought to Badlapur. 550 people have been rescued so far 12:58 pm: 220 passengers rescued from stalled Mahalaxmi Express 12:53 pm: A nine-month pregnant woman went into labour in the stranded Mahalaxmi Express train which has been stuck in flood waters at Vangani for around 18 hours. Some unconfirmed reports said that there are at least another nine women on board in different stages of pregnancy who are in distress and awaiting help. 12:46 pm: 7 Navy teams, 2 helicopters of Indian Air Force, 2 Military columns have been deployed along with local administration. Two more military columns are on the way, says Maharashtra Chief Minister Office 12:34 pm: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis instructs the Chief Secretary to personally monitor rescue operations at Wangi where people are stranded in Mahalaxmi Express 12:17 pm: So far, 117 people (female and children) have been rescued. 11:47 am: A team of National Disaster Relief Force rescues passengers of Mahalaxmi Express 11:32 am: 8 flood rescue teams from Navy including 3 diving teams mobilised with rescue material, inflatable boats & life jackets. A Seaking Helicopter also sent with divers for deployment in the area as advance assessment party 11:09 am: Government of Maharashtra has requested Air Force, NDRF, Navy and Military to perform necessary rescue operations of the stranded passengers of Mahalaxmi Express including Airlift of passengers. 10:46 am: Mahalaxmi Express rescue operation: According to CPRO, Central Railway, total 700 passengers are on-board the train. NDRF team and Navy chopper are conducting rescue operation. 10:38 am: A team of National Disaster Response Force arrives at the location where Mahalaxmi Express is held up between Badlapur and Wangani 10:19 am: 8 NDRF boats with personnel only few hundred metres away from the site. Will shortly reach the train – Central Railway 10:16 am: Three boats for rescue have reached the spot where Mahalaxmi Express is held up between Badlapur and Wangani, Brijesh Singh, Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR), Maharashtra 9:56 am: Two people injured as metal shade from high rise building falls amid heavy rainfall in Thane 9:16 am: Central Railway to Mahalaxmi Express passenger: Our request to passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, please don't get down from train. Train is the safe place. Staff, RPF and City Police is in train to look after your well being. Please wait for advice from NDRF and other disaster management authorities 9:11 am: Railway Protection Force and City police have reached the site where Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express is held up. Biscuits and water being distributed to the stranded passengers. NDRF team to reach the spot soon. 9:04 am: Water-logging at Road No. 6 in Sion, following heavy rainfall overnight 8:53 am: A high tide, with waves 3.33 meters-high, hit Mumbai at 7.49 am on Saturday. Today’s High Tide time – 0806 hrs- 3.36 metres, Low Tide 1341 hrs – 2.36 metres, Next High Tide – 1904 hrs – 3.31metres. 8:46 am: Severe waterlogging in Chembur area following continuous rainfall in the city. IMD predicts intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy falls at few places in city and suburbs 8:25 am: Train services on Kalyan-Karjat/Khopoli shunted due to heavy rainfall leading to overflowing of Ulhas river between Ambarnath-Badlapur-Vangani. 8:17 am: Several trains cancelled or short-terminated due to waterlogging at Ambernath, tweeted Central Railways 8:04 am: 11 flights have been cancelled, 9 have been diverted at Mumbai Airport. 7:50 am: 150-180 mm rainfall received in suburbs in the last 24 hours; Heavy rainfall expected today, says IMD, Mumbai. 7:42 am: Mahalaxmi Express held up between Badlapur and Wangani with around 700 passengers; National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team moved for the spot 7:01 am: Heavy rainfall predicted in the city for the next 24 hours "Heavy rainfall over Konkan region, including Mumbai, is predicted for the next 24 hours,” tweeted K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general of IMD 6:45 am: Water-logging at Gandhi Market area, Sion after rainfall in the region 6:35 am: Cars in Badlapur submerged and the water is reaching the first floor, resident shares video
2019-07-27Four rescued from flooded Maharashtra health centre after 13-hour ordeal - The New Indian Express
Four rescued from flooded Maharashtra health centre after 13-hour ordeal Updated: 27th July 2019 10:14 PM : THANE: Four persons were rescued at 1 pm on Saturday after they got stranded around midnight in a flooded primary health centre in Murbad in Thane district, an official said. A rescue team of the local Zila Parishad and firemen managed to bring the four, including a woman, out of the PHC using ropes, he said. "They remained in the flooded PHC from midnight till around 1 pm on Saturday. Heavy rains have caused flooding in Kishor area of Murbad where the PHC is situated. The wall of the health centre collapsed, leading to water gushing inside," Thane ZP official Manish Denge said. "They spent the night standing on tables and chairs at the PHC. They managed to find a ladder inside and climbed on to the terrace. As part of a flood alert, the team was placed at the PHC. Unfortunately, the four themselves got stranded," Denge said. The region has been witnessing heavy rainfall since Friday evening. While Thane city recorded 160 millimetres of rainfall till 8 am on Saturday, Murbad tehsil recorded 332 mm, and Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth got over 200 mm of rainfall each, the district collector's office said.
2019-07-27All 700 passengers rescued from stranded Mumbai train - The Daily Star
All 700 passengers rescued from stranded Mumbai train LAST MODIFIED: 05:42 PM, July 27, 2019 : The passengers on the Mahalaxmi Express on Mumbai-Kolhapur route, who were stuck on the train near Vangani in Thane district since early today, were rescued jointly by two Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, reports our New Delhi correspondent. Hundreds of panicky, starving and thirsty passengers had appealed for help on social media with videos shot on their mobile phones after the train was cut off with five to six feet water on all sides. The passengers said they had no drinking water or food for nearly 15 hours and no escape route. Guardian Minister for Thane, Eknath Gaikwad, said two helicopters helped the rescue operation by six NDRF teams who reached the site with inflatable rubber boats. The Central Railway (CR) earlier warned the passengers against stepping out of the stranded train because of the dangerous water levels outside. The CR added that a relief train has been stationed at Badlapur to ferry the passengers, along with food, water and medical supplies, besides making arrangements to take the passengers onward to Kolhapur. Most of the areas in Mumbai city and the nearby towns of Badlapur, Ulhasnagar and Vangani were submerged as heavy rains continued to lash the region for the third consecutive day, swelling up local rivers and other water bodies. Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Minister of Education Ashish Shelar has directed schools and colleges to declare a holiday to ensure students are not inconvenienced if heavy rain continued, reports The Statesman. Severe waterlogging has been reported from several areas after the Waldhuni river overflowed owing to heavy downpour. On streets, residents waded through waist-deep water in many areas in India’s financial hub. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy falls at few places in the city and suburbs. Air and rail communications were badly hit in Mumbai as railway tracks were submerged under the water on the Central line of Mumbai Suburban Railway network. On Friday, at least 11 flights to and from the Mumbai airport were cancelled, however, flight operations are normal as of Saturday morning, reports The Statesman. The torrential rains had come to a brief stop earlier this month leaving at least 40 dead, including 28 deaths being reported from Mumbai alone. Mumbai has so far recorded the highest July rainfall in 10 years and the second-highest in 44 years.
2019-07-27Over 700 Passengers of stranded Mahalaxmi Exp rescued - Deccan Herald
Over 700 Passengers of stranded Mahalaxmi Exp rescued Monday 29 Jul 2019 : Nearly 700  people were rescued from the stranded Mahalaxmi Express in Vangani in Thane district in a daring multi-agency operation on Saturday. The Kalyan-Ulhasnagar-Badlapur belt of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region received heavy rainfall - between 280 to 330 mm rainfall on Friday and Saturday. The heavy rainfall resulted in flooding of the Ulhas river - thus trapping the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express and its passengers between Badlapur and Vangani station on the Central Railway. Vangani is located nearly 70 kms from downtown Mumbai. The water reached almost the footboard level resulting in a panic in passengers who took to social media to express their ordeal. Teams of National Disaster Response Force,  two columns of  Army,  special teams and fire brigade units from Thane Municipal Corporation and Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation,  eight teams of  Navy,  three helicopters - two Seeking of Navy and one Mi-17 of Air Force were involved in the operations that lasted for 17 hours. "Happy to inform that all the passengers have been evacuated successfully," Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis after the operations ended. The rescued include nine pregnant women - one of whom went into labour, several senior citizens, infants and kids and some physically-challenged passengers.  Happy to inform that all the passengers stranded in #MahalaxmiExpress have been evacuated safely. Congratulations Thank you to @NDRFHQ , Army, @indiannavy , Airforce, Police, Indian Railways, Local administration and entire team for this coordinated & great efforts! pic.twitter.com/31oN5c9aFa — Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) July 27, 2019 As many as 37 doctors including gynaecologists were part of the rescue teams. The lady who went into labour had been admitted to a local hospital. The train had come to a halt around 10 pm. Teams of the Thane police, reached the train, nearly seven to eight km away from the Badlapur station, by 9 am.    "We are stranded,  we were helpless, a snake also sneaked in our compartment, we were scared," said Asha Barode, one of the passenger. "We had run out if drinking water," said Dilip More another passenger. A lady passenger, Pradnya, posted a video with her kid and how she was stranded. A passenger also requested police to send life-jackets. Once the police team reached the place, an officer made an announcement on the megaphone that the help was reaching and advised them not to venture out.  By 10 am, NDRF teams reached near the train and the orange outfits of the men gave a sigh of relief to the stranded passengers. "In some time helicopters started hovering around, it was a  sign that help was on way...it came as a relief," said digital journalist Vivek Bhavsar, who hails from Badlapur.  Another Badlapur resident, MP Joshi, who is a communication consultant, said that after several years,  he has seen this kind of inundation. "My local train stopped at Kalyan. By road, I reached home in Badlapur," he said adding that a merely half-an-hour journey took him four hours.  Rescuing over 700 passengers was not an easy task. Passengers were helped into the inflatable boats and then taken near a hillock. Buses, trucks and tempos were organised and they were taken to Sahyadri Mangal Karyalaya. The arrangement was made for their onward journey.
2019-07-27Over 1,000 rescued from stranded train after 17 hrs - Hindustan Times
Over 1,000 rescued from stranded train after 17 hrs Updated: Jul 28, 2019 01:40 IST : In a multi-agency operation on Saturday, over 1,000 passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued from the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express that was stranded for close to 17 hours due to flooding caused by incessant rains. Teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Air Force, Army, Navy, State Disaster Authority, state police, Railway Police, fire departments of nearby municipalities along with locals helped rescue the passengers marooned at Vangani — 80 km from Mumbai — where the Ulhas river rose and jammed the Central Railway (CR) line. “All the passengers were rescued safely from Mahalaxmi Express. They are being provided with food and medical aid. There were nine pregnant women in the train who were safely rescued. One of them is admitted to a nearby hospital for check-ups,” said Rajesh Narvekar, collector of Thane district. Nine-month pregnant Reshma Kamble, a passenger who went into labour, is now under observation at Shushrut Hospital in Badlapur. “It was dark outside when the train was stuck. We tried flashing mobile light and check, and saw water everywhere. This is how we figured out it was flood on track. We had no idea about the water level. We tried calling up the toll free numbers but there was no response,” said Appasaheb Patil, 40, who had visited Mumbai for medical treatment. Mahalaxmi Express left Mumbai around 8.15 pm on Friday. Passengers said the train first halted before Ambernath station and again at Badlapur station. Around 12.30am, the train started for Karjat station, but got stranded in the floodwater of the Ulhas river, near Vangani. The NDRF teams began evacuating passengers using inflatable rubber boats, even as Navy divers with specialised equipment, a Seaking and MI-17 helicopters of the IAF, and four columns of the Army were pressed into action. Passengers who had jumped from the train before the teams arrived were rescued by local villagers. A fleet of ambulances with 37 doctors, including gynecologists, was kept ready to treat passengers. The passengers were first ferried to Badlapur, 7 km away, in buses and tempos. The CR organised a special train at Kalyan to ferry passengers to Kolhapur. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis instructed chief secretary Ajoy Mehta to monitor the evacuation operations and coordinate with various agencies engaged in the rescue work.The CM said the district administration had made arrangement for meals and fresh water at Sahyadri Mangal Karyalaya and other locations in villages between the stranded train and Badlapur. While Thane city recorded 160 mm rainfall till 8 am on Saturday, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each, the district collector’s office said. Other services hit Other suburban and outstation trains were stuck between Kalyan-Karjat section, as the tracks at Badlapur and Ambernath stations were flooded due to heavy rain from 7pm on Friday. Local trains too were affected, stranding hundreds of passengers. The CR suspended train operations on the Kalyan-Karjat-Khopoli lines, and diverted trains through Karjat, Panvel and Diva stations. Heavy rain in Raigad and Ratnagiri districts also hit the train operation on Mumbai-Goa route of Konkan Railway. Eleven flights were cancelled in Mumbai airport, and nine diverted to nearby airports on Saturday. The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar, Raigad for Sunday.
2019-07-27At this rate of migration, Congress, NCP will need to have a daily roll call - Yahoo News
At this rate of migration, Congress, NCP will need to have a daily roll call 27 July 2019 : Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress may soon have to mark attendance for a quick head count, going by the rate at which its leaders are jumping ship. Party workers are wondering if there will be any leader left until the assembly elections. After the failure of efforts to prevent bigwigs from deserting, worried NCP workers have been invoking the divine, conducting havans to stop the steady exodus. Even more worrisome is that the Congress-NCP combine, which ruled the state for 15 years (1999-2014), is helplessly watching from the side lines, as its leaders bid adieu. With just two months remaining before the model code of conduct kicks in, legislators from the Congress and the NCP are in a scramble join the BJP and the Shiv Sena, to enhance their political longevity. NCP's Pankaj Bhujbal, son of Chhagan Bhujbal and a member of the legislative assembly (MLA) from Nashik district, MLA Ganesh Naik from Navi Mumbai (along with his sons), Sangram Jagtap from Ahmednagar district, Jyoti Kalani from Ulhasnagar, Avadhoot Tatkare from Shrivardhan, who is the nephew of NCP's Lok Sabha MP Sunil Tatkare, Shivendra Raje Bhosale from Satara, Vaibhav Pichad from Akole (Ahmednagar) and the president of the party’s women's wing, Chitra Wagh, are flocking to either the BJP or the Sena. The Congress too is staring at a mass desertion scenario. Its MLAs Jaykumar Gore from Satara district, Kalidas Kolambkar from Wadala, Aslam Khan from Malad West, Siddharam Mhetre from Akkalkot in Solapur district and Bharat Bhalke from Pandharpur are shortly expected to join either of the saffron parties. The rumblings are taking other forms. Senior leader and former minister Harshvardhan Patil is also eyeing the BJP or considering contesting independently. NCP leader Ajit Pawar has threatened that he will not leave the Indapur seat for the Congress. Patil has represented Indapur many times but in the 2014 assembly elections, he lost to NCP candidate Dattatray Bharne. Since NCP has a sitting MLA at Indapur, it is not ready to give this seat to the Congress. If the NCP denies him the Indapur seat, he is likely to join the BJP or contest independently. Three days ago, Patil had met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ostensibly to invite him for a book release event.
2019-07-27Rains wreak havoc in Maharashtra, north India; situation grim in Assam, Bihar - National Herald
Rains wreak havoc in Maharashtra, north India; situation grim in Assam, Bihar Published: 27 Jul 2019, 9:32 PM : Heavy rains caused flash floods in Maharashtra's Thane district, where hundreds of marooned people were rescued from a train and other places, while the situation remained grim in Assam and Bihar with the deluge claiming 214 lives this monsoon season.Rains also lashed Rajasthan where 13 people have died in related incidents since the last two days. One girl was killed in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh in roof collapse after a heavy downpour. An elderly woman was killed in Jammu and Kashmir, which was lashed by intermittent rains. The Amarnath yatra was also disrupted by the rains as only 3,124 pilgrims visited the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. The national capital received 5.25 mm rainfall, according to the Safdarjung Observatory, and the maximum and minimum temperatures settled at 32.5 and 25.4 degrees Celsius.The Met department has forecast cloudy skies for Sunday with light to moderate rain and thundershowers in the city. In Maharashtra, all 1,050 passengers on board Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express were rescued on Saturday in a multi-agency operation nearly 17 hours after the train was stranded near Vangani in Thane district due to flooding on tracks following heavy rains. Central Railway (CR) officials said all the passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued by 3 pm.Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy, Air Force, Army, Railways and state administration were pressed in to rescue the passengers. Naval teams reached the site with specialist divers. Two Mi-17 helicopters of the Indian Air Force were also pressed into service to assist them in the rescue operation, the statement said, adding two columns of Army along with 130 trained staff, food packages, water and rescue material were also deployed. The Indian Air Force also airlifted over 120 people stuck in different parts of the district, an official said.While at least 70 people were stranded on the terrace of a petrol pump in Badlapur town, around 65 km from Mumbai, another 45 people were stuck at a private resort in Shahad, a state disaster control room official said. While Thane city recorded 160 mm rainfall till 8 am on Saturday, Murbad tehsil recorded 332 mm, while Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each, the district collector's office said. The Mumbai-Goa national highway has been shut for traffic since Saturday morning due to flood in the Jagbudi river in coastal Ratnagiri district. The downpour led to cancellation of 11 flights and diversion of nine incoming aircraft to nearby airports on Saturday.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar, Raigad for Sunday. The toll in Assam floods touched 81 on Saturday with the death of one more person in Barpeta district, as water re-entered Sonitpur district bordering Arunachal Pradesh, an official report said. The situation in the other 17 flood-affected districts remained unchanged, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. A total of 1,716 villages in 56 revenue circles of the state are inundated. The number of people affected by the floods in Bihar exceeded 85 lakh even as no fresh casualty has been reported since Friday evening, state disaster management department said. Sitamarhi and Madhubani remain the worst affected districts with 37 and 30 deaths respectively and together accounting for more than 30 lakh of people hit by the calamity, the release said. According to a release issued by the department, 85.60 lakh people, spread across villages falling under 1,253 Panchayats of 111 blocks in 13 districts, are affected by floods which have so far claimed 127 lives. Intermittent rains lashed many parts of Jammu and Kashmir for the third consecutive day, disrupting traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. An 82-year-old woman was killed and her son seriously injured when a rain-triggered landslide hit their mud house in Doda district, police said. Over two dozen sheep were also killed in the incident. The weatherman has issued an alert, predicting adverse weather to continue for the next 24 hours. Officials said intermittent rains during the day left the tracks slippery, forcing suspension of the Amarnath yatra from Baltal route for the second day on Saturday, while a limited number of pilgrims were allowed along Pahalgam route to avoid any untoward incident. The neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh was also lashed by heavy rains, with Paonta Sahib recording the highest 125 mm rainfall since Friday evening.Tourist spots of Shimla, Dharamshala and Manali received rainfall of 99.88 mm, 94 mm and 42.3 mm, respectively. Jaipur and Kota in Rajasthan received 38.8 mm and 31.4 mm rains till this evening, according to Met department.
2019-07-27NDRF, military rescue 1,050 from train after 17-hour ordeal - Times of India
NDRF, military rescue 1,050 from train after 17-hour ordeal Updated: Jul 28, 2019, 7:53 IST : BADLAPUR: What was supposed to be an 11-hour journey turned into a 17-hour ordeal for 1,050 people aboard Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express that left Mumbai around 8.30pm on Friday after the train got stuck in flooded tracks near Chamtoli village between Badlapur and Vangani stations. After heavy rains, Ulhas river was overflowing around 200 metre from the spot where the train was stuck. Passengers were stranded in a place, which was around 70 km from Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. In one of the biggest joint rescue operations launched since July 26, 2005 floods in the state, around 1,200 personnel of the IAF, Army, Navy, NDRF, state police, Railway Police, local agencies, NGOs and volunteers were involved in the mission to take all 1,050 passengers to safety. At night, we could not see the water level and went to sleep. But when we woke up in the morning, we were shocked to see water all around, said Abhishek Borgikar, a bank staffer. With Badlapur recording 447mm rainfall in 24 hours ending 8am on Saturday, rescue operations could begin only after 9.30am though passengers sought the help of Central Railway through its helpline and on Twitter all night. Sources said the rescue operation was difficult as the train was stranded at a desolate place between the Ulhas river and the Badlapur-Karjat Road, which was under water. Local residents who were aware of the terrain helped the rescue teams reach the train and take passengers to safety on the Badlapur-Karjat Road, around 4km away, through a hilly stretch. The rescued people included nine pregnant women, one of whom went in labour and had to be shifted to hospital. Around 300 personnel from NDRF, Navy, Coast Guard and fire brigade were deployed and they rescued last of the passenger by 3.15pm - a little over five hours after the operations started. Initially, the rescue personnel started operations at two places near Kasgaon using ropes and five boats. Senior citizens and children were rescued using boats while ropes were used to help youngsters above 5 feet height to cross the flooded area. Many of the passengers had their first sip of tea or bit of snacks in nearly 15 hours after they reached the main road where the district administration had arranged for stay and food at a banquet hall. After the water level reduced in the afternoon, the rescue teams tried a third route to help passengers walk to a nearby road. Though the Central Railway claimed it provided biscuits and water to passengers, many complained they did not get anything on train and had to spend the night without food and water as the train did not have a pantry. Vaibhav Phahake a rescued passenger, told TOI, My family told me over phone that the Central Railway said it had sent us biscuits and water but we did not get anything on train. Another passenger, Taruna Bhandari, too said the same. We had to share our food and water among us and we got nothing from the railways. The local villagers provided us with snacks and tea." However another passenger, Parsha More said, One team that came inside the train provided us some snacks but we did not get water. We had to stay without water for over 15 hours. Jagatsingh Girase, special development officer of Ulhasnagar division, said, After rescuing people, we arranged buses for them to go to Kalyan. An official said the CR arranged a special train from Badlapur to CSMT at 6.30pm for those who wanted to return to Mumbai.
2019-07-27Rains wreak havoc in Thane, all passengers of Mahalakshmi Express rescued - United News of India
Rains wreak havoc in Thane, all passengers of Mahalakshmi Express rescued Thane, Jul 27 (UNI) : Heavy rainfall and flooding of rivers have been playing havoc in the district, since last night, while all 700 passengers of Mahalakshmi Express train, which was stranded at Chamtoli here on Saturday morning, have been rescued by NDRF. According to RDC Shivaji Patil, due to the flooding of Ulhas river, the Mahalakshmi Express train, which departed from Mumbai last night for Kolhapur, was held up at Chamtoli, within the limits of Badlapur. The villages of Varap, Kamba and Mharal on Kalyan Murbad road in the limits of Kalyan had submerged under water and the district administration had rushed a team of NDRF, for rescue operations, said Mr Patil.
2019-07-27[VIDEO] Auto-rickshaw takes railway rules for a ride at Shahad station in Mumbai - Times Now
[VIDEO] Auto-rickshaw takes railway rules for a ride at Shahad station in Mumbai Buzz Updated Jul 27, 2019 : An auto-rickshaw was spotted giving a ride to passengers at a railway platform in Mumbai. The incident was reported from Shahad station of Central Railways. Watch the video of the auto riding on the platform: The incident is a serious case of negligence of railway authorities that an auto-rickshaw can be seen plying on the railway platform.
2019-07-27LIVE news updates: My endeavour was that the victims’ voices must be heard says Priyanka Gandhi - National Herald
My endeavour was that the victims' voices must be heard says Priyanka Gandhi Updated: 27 Jul 2019, 8:06 PM : Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tweets My endeavour was that the victims' voices must be heard on the Sonbhadra carnage. Congress leaders went to Umbha and handed over the cheques to the victims' families After Sonbhadra carnage, my endeavour was that the victims' voices must be heard. They should be given to feel that they are not alone, that there are people who are with them. I met them and try consoling them. I had also announced monetary help for the victims and their families. Today, Congress leaders went to Umbha and handed over the cheques to the victims' families.
2019-07-27Monsoon rains paralyse daily lives of people in Maharashtra - indiablooms
Monsoon rains paralyse daily lives of people in Maharashtra Sat, Jul 27 2019 : Most of the areas of Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Vangani were submerged as heavy rain battered the region, flooding local rivers and other water bodies Two military helicopters and six boats of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were sent in to rescue the effected passengers. Railways cautioned the passengers against stepping out of the stranded train, as water levels outside rose above danger mark, and requested them to wait for help. Earlier, the passengers of Mahalaxmi Express appealed for help with videos shot on cellphones and social media to the Railways as well as to the state government. Maharashtra minister Eknath Gaikwad said that two helicopters will help the rescue operation along with six teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF on the ground from Mumbai, Thane and Pune which are rushing there with inflatable rubber boats shortly. Air and rail traffic were disrupted in Mumbai due to heavy rains. Eleven flights were cancelled this morning at the Mumbai airport with several flights being diverted. On streets, residents waded through waist-deep water in many areas. The hub of India's financial and entertainment industry, Mumbai, struggles to cope with monsoon rains every year, as widespread construction and garbage-clogged drains and waterways make it increasingly vulnerable to chaos.
2019-07-27Mumbai Rains: Mahalaxmi Express Stranded; IAF, Navy, Army and NDRF teams deployed to rescue passengers - Zee Business
Mumbai Rains: Mahalaxmi Express Stranded; IAF, Navy, Army and NDRF teams deployed to rescue passengers Updated: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 : Mumbai Rains: Incessant rains over the last 24 hours have hit Mumbai hard, affecting normal life including road and rail services. A massive aerial and surface operation has been launched by Indian Air Force (IAF), Navy, Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to rescue an estimated 1,500 passengers stranded in the Mahalaxmi Express on the flooded railway tracks at Vangani on Saturday, said an IANS report citing officials. Following an SOS from the Maharashtra government to the Defence authorities, at least two helicopters, including a Seaking and a MI17, with relief material and personnel were despatched from Mumbai to the site. Simultaneously, teams of the NDRF reached the train from Badlapur, around 7 kms away in inflatable rubber boats and started extracting the passengers from the train, which left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday around 8 p.m. The teams, which included divers with special equipment and medical aid, managed to rescue around 120 passengers, including women, children and toddlers, by noon though work was hampered due to continuing heavy rain. Officials said it may take several hours to complete the rescue operation depending on the rain and the flood waters. According to Maharashtra Chief Minister Office, 7 Navy teams, 2 helicopters of Indian Air Force, 2 Military columns have been deployed along with local administration to help people, adding that two more military columns are on the way. The situation is under control, it added. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has reportedly instructed the Chief Secretary to personally monitor rescue operations at Wangani where people are stranded in Mahalaxmi Express. The IAF/NDRF teams also brought to safety a group of around seven passengers, who got down from the train to start walking towards Badlapur station but found themselves stuck in the swirling flood waters, running between 3-6 feet, for over two hours until some local villagers threw ropes at them. Torrential rain since the past three days in Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and in some areas over 100 mm, have led to chaos on the roads, partially hitting rail operations and affecting around two dozen flights at the Mumbai Airport in the past 24 hours. The government response came after hundreds of panicking, starving and thirsting passengers on the Mumbai-Kolhapur train started sending out videos appealing for help on the social media videos as the water levels continued to rise around the train. They said they had no drinking water or food since nearly 15 hours and no escape route as the train was practically cut off with five-six feet water on all sides. Meanwhile, the Central Railway (CR) has warned the Mahalaxmi Express passengers against stepping out of the trains in view of the dangerous water levels outside and requested them to wait for help which was on the way. It added that a relief train has been stationed at Badlapur to ferry the passengers, along with food, water and medical supplies, besides making arrangements to take the passengers onward to Kolhapur. Notably, the suburban trains in Mumbai functioned with delays of 15-20 minutes on Western Railway and CR, as the latter had to cancel services between Karjat-Kalyan (in Thane) owing to floods and waterlogging on the tracks since Friday. The worst-hit areas were Thane and Ratnagiri with towns of Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Badlapur, Tiwala, Vangani, Khed, Chiplun and surroundings practically submerged.
2019-07-27Mumbai rains updates: IAF chopper airlifts over 120 people stranded in Thane - The Hindu
Mumbai rains updates: IAF chopper airlifts over 120 people stranded in Thane UPDATED: JULY 27, 2019 22:20 IST : The Indian Air Force has airlifted over 120 people stuck in different parts of Thane district in Maharashtra due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains, an official said. While at least 70 people were stranded on the terrace of a petrol pump in Badlapur town, around 65 km from Mumbai, another 45 people were stuck at a private resort in Shahad, 46 km away, the State disaster control room official said in Mumbai. Heavy showers since July 26 night have caused the Ulhas river in the district to overflow, with water gushing onto roads in Badlapur and inundating many areas. “A rescue operation was launched with the help of the Indian Air Force after we received a call at 11 am requesting airlift from the terrace of the petrol pump. An IAF helicopter was dispatched to the spot and also to the resort in Shahad. All of them have been rescued,” the official said. Personnel of National Disaster Response Force, local police, fire brigade, and disaster management force were deployed for the rescue operations, he said. In another operation carried out by a helicopter-borne team of the IAF, nine persons were rescued from a rooftop in Kalyan in the district, an official said. The building is close to the Ulhas river which has breached its banks, said the official. While Thane city recorded 160 mm of rainfall till 8 am on July 27, Murbad tehsil recorded 332 mm, while Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each, the district collector’s office said.
2019-07-27[VIDEO] Man risks life to save 6 tourists after Lonavala dam overflows - Times Now
[VIDEO] Man risks life to save 6 tourists after Lonavala dam overflows Updated Jul 27, 2019 : Mumbai: In a daring rescue, a local resident risked his life to save six tourists after they were trapped in the heavy water flow from Lonavala's famous Bushi Dam in Pune district. The dam overflow created a flood-like situation in the area. In the video, the tourists can be heard screaming calling for help. It is not known how the tourists reached near the dam as it was closed for entry recently due to strong currents. Bhushi is a popular destination among tourists during monsoon. The dam had been overflowing since Saturday. According to police officials, several parts of the dam became slippery due to heavy rains in the area. A report suggested that a contingent of police officials were deployed near the dam site so as to restrict the entry of tourists on Sunday in Lonavala. Police have formed different teams to monitor the movements of the people near the dam site. Meanwhile, in nearby Mumbai, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rainfall over the weekend increasing the woes of the Mumbaikars. The maximum city has received around 150-180 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, with Airoli and Navi Mumbai witnessing over 100 mm of rain. Areas like Ratnagiri, Dahanu, and Alibaug have been put on high alert after rains. 11 fights have been cancelled and 17 others have been diverted since Friday. Around 700 passengers have been stuck on board the Kolhapur-Mumbai Mahalaxmi Express near Ulhasnagar. A team of National Disaster Response Force has reached the spot to rescue the passengers. An Indian Air force (IAF) chopper has also been rushed for any added rescue support. The IMD has said that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at a few places in the districts of Raigad.
2019-07-27MH-IAF-RESCUE-ROOFTOP - THE WEEK
MH-IAF-RESCUE-ROOFTOP July 27, 2019 19:25 IST : IAF chopper comes to rescue of people stranded on rooftop    Mumbai, July 27 (PTI) A helicopter-borne team of the Indian Air Force rescued on Saturday nine persons stranded ona rooftop in neighbouring Thane district which is being lashed by heavy rains. A defence spokesperson said that nine persons were stranded on the terrace of a building close to the Ulhas river near Kalyan. A chopper was sent to rescue them, he said. While Thane city recorded 160 mm rainfall till 8 am Saturday, Murbad tehsil recorded 332 mm, while Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each, the district collector's office said.
2019-07-27At this rate of migration, Congress, NCP will need to have a daily roll call - Free Press Journal
At this rate of migration, Congress, NCP will need to have a daily roll call By FPJ Bureau After the failure of efforts to prevent bigwigs from deserting, worried NCP workers have been invoking the divine, conducting havans to stop the steady exodus. Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress may soon have to mark attendance for a quick head count, going by the rate at which its leaders are jumping ship. Party workers are wondering if there will be any leader left until the assembly elections. After the failure of efforts to prevent bigwigs from deserting, worried NCP workers have been invoking the divine, conducting havans to stop the steady exodus. Even more worrisome is that the Congress-NCP combine, which ruled the state for 15 years (1999-2014), is helplessly watching from the side lines, as its leaders bid adieu. With just two months remaining before the model code of conduct kicks in, legislators from the Congress and the NCP are in a scramble join the BJP and the Shiv Sena, to enhance their political longevity.NCP's Pankaj Bhujbal, son of Chhagan Bhujbal and a member of the legislative assembly (MLA) from Nashik district, MLA Ganesh Naik from Navi Mumbai (along with his sons), Sangram Jagtap from Ahmednagar district, Jyoti Kalani from Ulhasnagar, Avadhoot Tatkare from Shrivardhan, who is the nephew of NCP's Lok Sabha MP Sunil Tatkare, Shivendra Raje Bhosale from Satara, Vaibhav Pichad from Akole (Ahmednagar) and the president of the party’s women's wing, Chitra Wagh, are flocking to either the BJP or the Sena. The Congress too is staring at a mass desertion scenario. Its MLAs Jaykumar Gore from Satara district, Kalidas Kolambkar from Wadala, Aslam Khan from Malad West, Siddharam Mhetre from Akkalkot in Solapur district and Bharat Bhalke from Pandharpur are shortly expected to join either of the saffron parties.The rumblings are taking other forms. Senior leader and former minister Harshvardhan Patil is also eyeing the BJP or considering contesting independently. NCP leader Ajit Pawar has threatened that he will not leave the Indapur seat for the Congress. Patil has represented Indapur many times but in the 2014 assembly elections, he lost to NCP candidate Dattatray Bharne. Since NCP has a sitting MLA at Indapur, it is not ready to give this seat to the Congress. If the NCP denies him the Indapur seat, he is likely to join the BJP or contest independently. Three days ago, Patil had met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ostensibly to invite him for a book release event.By Pramod Chunchuwar (For all the latest News, Mumbai, Entertainment, Cricket, Business and Featured News updates, visit Free Press Journal.
2019-07-27Mumbai: Thane bears the brunt - The Indian Express
Mumbai: Thane bears the brunt Published: July 28, 2019 2:22:29 am : THE THANE district took a heavy hit, as rain wreaked havoc since Friday night. While the Ulhas river started to overflow early morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded an average of 150 mm of rainfall between 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Saturday. As Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi and other areas of the district were inundated over the course of the day, at least three operations were simultaneously run by the NDRF and the district administration to rescue around 1,000 people. The Thane administration called in five NDRF teams early Saturday. “Our three major points of rescue were the Mahalaxmi Express, a resort in Shahad and a petrol pump near Dombivli. All were successful,” said Thane Collector Rajesh Narvekar. The overflowing of Ulhas river led to several villages going under water. “There was six feet of water in our village and the disaster management team helped us to get out. We don’t know what happened to our belongings,” said Rakesh Bhoye, a resident of Mothagaon ahead of Dombivli. Ulhas river after heavy showers in Thane on Saturday. (Source: PTI) Areas in Kalyan, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Badlapur and Titwala suffered serious waterlogging with rainwater entering houses in the urban areas too. Siddhivinayak Nagar in Titwala was cut off from the main city by 2.30 am on Saturday. “My father has a leg injury. With water entering our houses, we started leaving as soon as dawn broke. The disaster management teams reached late Saturday and helped us get to a school nearby,” said Sushil Yadav (18). Murbad, which received 332 mm of rainfall till 8.30 am on Saturday, was one of the worst hit in the district. At its Kishor primary health centre (PHC), four medical and paramedical staffers were stranded the entire Friday night. Helper Balu Wagh, auxiliary nurse midwife Kavita Nimse and Class IV employees Sunita Satav and Kathod Satav had first decided to stay indoors when the rain intensified in Murbad. They sat on top of the tables in the PHC for hours. But by midnight, when the water level continued to rise, they first took shelter on a staircase of the one-storey structure and then spent the entire night on the terrace. By Saturday morning, Murbad had recorded over 300 mm of rainfall.
2019-07-27Mumbai rains photos: 'Orange alert' issued in city; rescue ops on for 500 stranded on Mahalaxmi Express - The Indian Express
Mumbai rains photos: The NDRF deployed 8 boats to the rescue spot at Wangani where the train has been held up due to waterlogged railway tracks. Updated: July 29, 2019 7:28:21 am : At least 700 passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, which runs between Mumbai and Kolhapur, have been stranded between Badlapur and Wangani railway stations since this morning. As relief work is underway, "Up till now, 220 passengers of Mahalaxmi express have been rescued," informs Sr. PRO Central Railway. "Two columns of Army along with 130 trained staff, food packages, water and rescue material have been deployed to the spot where Mahalaxmi Express has been held up since morning due to waterlogging on tracks. Two more columns are also being deployed and Airforce is conducting an aerial survey in the area," Maharashtra Mantralaya Control Room tweeted. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed a chopper, while the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) has sent eight boats to conduct rescue operations. "Our request to passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, please don't get down from train. Train is the safe place. Staff, RPF and City Police is in train to look after your well being. Please wait for advice from NDRF and other disaster management authorities," Central Railway tweeted. At least seventeen inbound flights were cancelled and 8-9 had to do 'go-around' before they were diverted at Mumbai Airport, the airport authorities said last evening. IMD issues red alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar, Raigad for Sunday. IMD forecast extremely heavy rains at isolated places for Sunday.
2019-07-26Several Flights Diverted after Heavy Rains Lash Mumbai; Orange Alert Sounded in 3 Maharashtra Districts - News18
Several Flights Diverted after Heavy Rains Lash Mumbai; Orange Alert Sounded in 3 Maharashtra Districts Updated:July 26, 2019, 11:52 PM IST : Mumbai: Private weather forecaster Skymet on Friday said intense rains will continue to lash Mumbai and its neighbouring areas for the next few hours, warning of water logging in several parts. Although the city was lashed by rains, the impact was nowhere close to the fury of July 26, 2005, when it received 944 mm rainfall in a single day. The heavy downpour exactly 14 years later caused water-logging and traffic snarls in several parts of Mumbai and also led to flight delays. Heavier rainfall was reported from the suburbs and neighbouring areas towards late on Friday. Airport authorities said that 17 incoming flights were diverted from the Mumbai airport due to fluctuating visibility. On an average, there were delays of more than an hour in airport operations. The Mumbai Police said that intermittent heavy showers are expected through the night. "We request commuters to not venture in water logged areas and also request you all to maintain distance from the sea," they said. The city is expecting intermittent heavy showers all through the night. We request commuters to not venture in water logged areas and also request you all to maintain distance from the sea. Please tweet to us or call on 100 in any emergency/need of help. Take care #MonsoonSafety— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) July 26, 2019 Water logging was reported from several areas, including Matunga, Ghodbunder Road, Patalipada, Santa Cruz, Vasai, Ulhasnagar, Badlapur, Ambarnath and Kalyan -- users on Twitter shared images of water swirling on the roads and railway tracks from a number of places in and around the financial capital. The Western Express Highway was also affected. A weather update from the IMD at 10 pm on Friday said intense spells of rain, accompanied with thunder and gusty winds, were likely to continue in the districts of Thane for the next four hours. The Central Railways said it suspended services from Kalyan to Karjat/Khopoli as a precautionary measure since very heavy rainfall in Kurla-Thane belt and beyond Kalyan had led to water rushing on to the tracks. Suburban Update: pic.twitter.com/ninQjkpzxf— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) July 26, 2019 Earlier on Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert for Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in the state and also predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai in the next 24 hours. An orange alert signifies that authorities should get ready for necessary action. "We have issued an orange alert for Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts. An orange alert is merely a warning for authorities to get prepared, while a red alert directs them to take action as the situation might turn severe," an IMD official said. "Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad districts, while extremely heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places in Palghar district." Keeping in mind the IMD forecast, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation also issued warnings. According to IMD forecast heavy rainfall with severe thunderstorm, accompanied with lightening, expected all through the night. We request citizens to avoid venturing around the sea and avoid parking vehicles under a tree. Call 1916 for in any emergency #MumbaiRainsLiveUpdates— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) July 26, 2019 Meanwhile, IMD Deputy Director General KS Hosalikar said in a tweet said that the city had witnessed rainfall over the last 24 hours, starting from 6.30am on Friday. A few stations in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai reported heavy rainfall, he said, warning of more rain. Meanwhile, the Colaba observatory recorded 19.1 mm rain in the 24 hours ending 8.30am on Friday, while the Santacruz weather station recorded 44 mm rainfall during that period. The last two days of rainfall in Mumbai caused water logging in several parts of the city, including Sion, Matunga, Mahim, Andheri, Malad and Dahisar, which led to traffic snarls at several major junctions.
2019-07-26‘July 26 will remain a happy memory’: Thirty Pakistani immigrants get Indian citizenship - The Indian Express
‘July 26 will remain a happy memory’: Thirty Pakistani immigrants get Indian citizens Published: July 27, 2019 3:13:48 am : 30 Ulhasnagar residents received citizenship certificates years after they left Pakistan, on Friday. FOR 32-YEAR-OLD Sapna Bangeja, July 26 will always stay a happy memory. “Finally, my children can say their parents are Indians. I have the paperwork to support it now,” she said. On Friday, Bangeja was among the 30 residents of Ulhasnagar, all immigrants from the Sindh province of Pakistan, who were granted Indian citizenship by the Thane collector. “The central government delegated the power to district magistrates and collectors in 2016. The process has remained the same, to give citizenship, we check their character, their verification report is filed after they give proof of earlier citizenship. After the due process, we give out the certificates. The process is on as there are still pending applications,” said Thane collector Rajesh Narvekar. For the Bangeja family, the move from Pakistan to India in 1999 was an act of uprooting the entire family. “Eight of us had moved to Ulhasnagar as we had heard that many Sindhis live here. But procuring a shelter or even a job was an uphill battle,” said 37-year-old Darpan Bangeja. He added, “No one would give us houses on rent either as we were ‘Pakistanis’ for everyone. We had left everything in so much pain and distress, it was just compounded in the years when we had just moved.”
2019-07-26Thane: Ration inspector held for taking bribe in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Thane: Ration inspector held for taking bribe in Ulhasnagar Updated: Jul 26, 2019, 22:37 IST : ULHASNAGAR: The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has arrested a 46-year-old ration inspector for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 for issuing a ration card on Friday. The officials made confirmation about extortion demand and acting on same, they laid a trap and arrested Thorat red-handed while accepting bribe money in to his office.
2019-07-26Maharashtra government lifts 'forest' tag for Ambernath housing societies land - Times of India
Maharashtra government lifts 'forest' tag for Ambernath housing societies land Updated: Jul 26, 2019, 10:40 IST : AMBERNATH: In a major relief to over 25,000 residents of 250 housing societies in Ambernath, the state land revenue department has ruled that the land their buildings stand on is no longer a part of forest land. The residents had been fighting the forest land reservation since a 2005 order. In 2005, the government had declared around 300 acres as forest land, making it impossible for them to sell the flats, take home loans or redevelop their housing societies. Shiv Sena MLA Balaji Kinikar said, After the reservation, residents had moved the high court, which in September last year had directed the government to take a decision on its own. Kinikar said that after the HC order, the issue was raised with Public Works Department (PWD) minister Eknath Shinde. Shinde directed the Thane collector to take a decision. After several meetings, the state land revenue department decided to cancel the forest land reservation on Thursday, and after a survey of the housing colonies, decided to transfer the land records in the name of residents. This is the first time in the state that the revenue department has taken such a decision, and many such cases are pending, Kinikar added.
2019-07-26Mumbai rains live update: Met predicts intense rains in next 4 hours - Times of India
Mumbai rains live update: Met predicts intense rains in next 4 hours Jul 26, 2019, 23:23:12 IST : Mumbai and its neighbouring areas continued to receive heavy rain spells throughout Friday. IMD has forecast heavy rains with severe thunderstorm through the Friday night. People have been advised not to venture around the sea. Stay tuned to TOI for live updates:23:23 (IST), Jul 26 Train operations suspended between Kalyan and Karjat23:13 (IST), Jul 26Heavy waterlogging at Badlapur railway station22:57 (IST), Jul 26The IMD has forecast intense spells of rains accompanied with thundering and gusty winds with speed reaching 70 kmph likely to continue in the districts of Mumbai in the next four hours.22:20 (IST), Jul 2617 flights diverted at Mumbai airport as rains lash citySeventeen flights were diverted to nearby airports and four flights had to do `go-around' before they could land, a spokesperson of the Mumbai airport said on Friday evening.22:10 (IST), Jul 26Heavy rains in Mumbai revive memories of July 26, 2005 furyMumbai was lashed by rains on Friday but the impact was nowhere close to the monsoon fury of July 26, 2005, when the city received 944 mm rainfall in a single day. The heavy downpour exactly 14 years later caused waterlogging and traffic snarls in several parts of Mumbai and also led to flight delays.21:28 (IST), Jul 26A 7-storey Mhada building at CP Tank Road in South Mumbai vacated after a portion of the wall on second floor collapsed.21:21 (IST), Jul 26Over 3-km-long traffic jam from Sanpada to Nerul Uran on Sion-Panvel highway due to waterlogging.21:12 (IST), Jul 26Mumbai police tweets:The city is expecting intermittent heavy showers all through the night. We request commuters to not venture in water logged areas and also request you all to maintain distance from the sea. Please tweet to us or call on 100 in any emergency/need of help. Take care21:04 (IST), Jul 26Heavy rain started in Kalyan-Dombivli and Ulhasnagar area21:03 (IST), Jul 26Waterlogging at APMC road in Navi MumbaiWaterlogging in Navi Mumbai #MumbaiRains #Monsoon https://t.co/VCzoQ0Rjpb— TOI Navi Mumbai (@TOINaviMumbai) 156415518600020:42 (IST), Jul 2652.3 mm rain recorded in the last 12 hours (8.30am -8.30pm) by IMD Colaba.20:35 (IST), Jul 26 QuoteFlights are delayed by 30 minutes on average, due to heavy rains since last 2 hours.PRO, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (MIAL) 20:34 (IST), Jul 26IMD forecast heavy rains with severe thunderstorm, accompanied with lightning, expected all through the night. People have been advised not to venture around the sea and avoid parking vehicles under a tree.20:34 (IST), Jul 26Mumbai and its neighbouring areas continued to receive heavy rain spells throughout Friday.20:34 (IST), Jul 26Modak Sagar became the third catchment area lake supplying water to Mumbai to overflow on Friday evening. Just a day ago Tansa lake had also started overflowing. The total water stock also increased by 6.28% in a single day from July 25-26.20:34 (IST), Jul 26Mumbai and its neighbouring areas continued to receive heavy rain spells throughout Friday.
2019-07-2545-year-old hotelier hangs self in Ulhasnagar - Yahoo News
45-year-old hotelier hangs self in Ulhasnagar 25 July 2019 : Thane: A 45-year-old hotelier committed suicide by hanging himself in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Jagdish Vasanth Shetty. He was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hotel room. The incident took place at Manisha Lodging and Boarding Hotel at Ulhasnagar Camp 3. The Central police rushed to the spot when the hotel staff informed them. His body was sent to the Central hospital for postmortem. A source said, “He took the extreme step, as he had a debt to repay and he might have suffered a loss in his hotel business too.” Police said Shetty hanged himself from ceiling with cloths. Further investigation is on.
2019-07-2545-year-old hotelier hangs self in Ulhasnagar - Free Press Journal
45-year-old hotelier hangs self in Ulhasnagar Thane: A 45-year-old hotelier committed suicide by hanging himself in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Jagdish Vasanth Shetty. He was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hotel room. The incident took place at Manisha Lodging and Boarding Hotel at Ulhasnagar Camp 3. The Central police rushed to the spot when the hotel staff informed them. His body was sent to the Central hospital for postmortem. A source said, “He took the extreme step, as he had a debt to repay and he might have suffered a loss in his hotel business too.” Police said Shetty hanged himself from ceiling with cloths. Further investigation is on.(For all the latest News, Mumbai, Entertainment, Cricket, Business and Featured News updates, visit Free Press Journal.
2019-07-25Delhi police suspend two constables for assaulting auto-rickshaw driver - Mid-day
Delhi police suspend two constables for assaulting auto-rickshaw driver Published: Jul 25, 2019, 08:12 IST : On Wednesday, the Delhi Police dismissed Constable Pushpinder Shekhawat and Constable Satya Prakash, for allegedly assaulting an auto-rickshaw driver and his minor son in Delhi's Mukherjee Nagar last month. The two constables were under suspension since June 16 and have been dismissed by DCP Police 1st Battalion, Rakesh Kumar. On July 2, the police had filed an affidavit in the Delhi High Court on the incident saying that its personnel should have shown greater patience and professionalism instead of dragging the auto-rickshaw driver and his son. Viral videos showing a group of policemen thrashing the driver had taken netizens by storm. The incident reportedly took place after a collision between a police vehicle and the auto-rickshaw. In a similar incidence, a police head constable was arrested in Thane district of Maharashtra for allegedly taking Rs 80,000 as bribe from a theft case accused, the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB). The accused, Ramdas Misal (46), posted at the Ulhasnagar crime unit, demanded Rs 1.35 lakh from the theft case accused, saying if the money was paid, he would not be arrested, the ACB said in a release. The aggrieved man lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of ACB which laid a trap and caught the policeman while he was taking Rs 80,000 as the first installment of the bribe in his car in Ulhasnagar town here on Tuesday evening, it said. The policeman was subsequently arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the release added.
2019-07-24FYJC admissions: 60% Thane colleges fill up after two rounds - Hindustan Times
FYJC admissions: 60% Thane colleges fill up after two rounds Updated: Jul 25, 2019 00:37 IST : First-year junior college (FYJC) classes will start soon in Thane district as most institutes have filled up their seats after just two rounds of sorting their merit lists. Out of 415 colleges within Thane district, more than 245 (nearly 60%) have filled up almost all of their seats. Most colleges managed to fill up 80% of their seats after the first merit list was out while some managed to do it by the time the second one was drawn up. Compared to the previous academic year, there has been a 20% increase in the number of students who have opted for college admissions within Thane district. This year, 88,881 applications were received for a total 79, 351 FYJC seats. Edward Mascarenhas, the vice-principal of St John the Baptist Junior College, said FYJC classes had started in his institute on Wednesday. “We have hardly 20 seats left after we drew up the second merit list for open categories. Within a day or two, the minority quota seats will fill up,” said Mascarenhas. “Usually most of the admissions happen after the second cut-off list is declared; this year, almost 70% of admissions were completed in the first round.” Chandrashekhar Marathe, principal, Dnyansadhna College of Arts, Science and Commerce, said, “This year there are 718 students who have taken admissions after the first cut-off list within our institute; all these years, there used to be only around 500 students who would take admissions before the second list is declared.” Chandibai Himatlal Mansukhani (CHM) College, a minority college, in Ulhasnagar has managed to fill 90% of its seats, including the ones reserved for Sindhis. Its principal Satram Verhani said this was the first time the college had less than 20 seats left for unaided students. Colleges in Ambernath, Badlapur and Ulhasnagar have also witnessed an increase in admission rates. During the last academic year, only 60% FYJC seats had filled up after the first cut-off lists were announced at colleges within Thane district. Experts attributed this to more awareness among students this year, especially in areas beyond city limits. “There were special lectures conducted for aspirants in Ambernath, Badlapur and Mira Road regarding the online admission procedure,” said Dinesh Joshi, an academician from Satish Pradhan Dnyansadhana College, who is also a member of the Centralised Admission Process Committee. “Many students are opting for colleges that have graduation courses alongside. The in-house quota at these colleges will be helpful for them in the future,” said Joshi. Naresh Chandra, the director of Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, who is also a former pro vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai (MU), said, “The low pass percentage must have induced panic among students; till last year, parents and students would wait for all cut-off lists and then choose their institute. However, most parents must have been worried that their children may not get another opportunity due to the low pass percentage. This has resulted in the rise in the number of admissions this year within Thane district.” Although commerce has remained the popular choice for most FYJC students, this year many colleges saw an increase in demand for the science stream. At St John’s Junior College, Mascarenhas said 51 out of the 59 science seats had been filled up after one round of admissions. “Only 49 out of 91 commerce seats had filled up. This is a complete turnaround from the past few years,” he said. Kenneth Lobo, one of the students at the institute said he was initially not sure of getting admission for the science stream in any of Thane’s top colleges. “But the since the cut-offs for science in some institutes were lower than that of commerce, I got a seat in my preferred college,” said Lobo.
2019-07-24Ulhasnagar: Debt-ridden hotelier commits suicide - Times of India
Ulhasnagar: Debt-ridden hotelier commits suicide Updated: Jul 24, 2019, 15:30 IST : ULHASNAGAR: A 45-year-old hotelier allegedly committed suicide in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday. The man, identified as Jagdish Vasanth Shetty, was found hanging from a ceiling fan inside his hetel room. Police have learnt that Shetty was depressed over financial losses he had suffered in his business. He had also taken some loan.
2019-07-23Fire breaks out at chemical godown in Bhiwandi - The Hindu
Fire breaks out at chemical godown in Bhiwandi UPDATED: JULY 24, 2019 02:13 IST : A massive fire broke out at a chemical godown in Bhiwandi in the early hours of Tuesday. While no casualties were reported, there was extensive damage to property. Officials said the fire broke out around 1.50 a.m. at Prerna compound in Valgaon area. The Bhiwandi fire brigade rushed to the spot, and was later joined by the fire brigades in Dombivli, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Thane with five more engines, as the fire increased manifold. The blaze was doused after six hours of firefighting operations. “Smoke was billowing out of the godown when we reached the spot. We had been trying to douse the fire since midnight and began cooling operations in the morning. Since the fire broke out in the dead of night, there have been no casualties,” a fire brigade official said. The fire destroyed at least three godowns, and residents complained of foul smell in the area due to the burning of chemicals. Officials said the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
2019-07-23Minors tonsured, stripped: Three men get 2-year jail, two to be set free - The Indian Express
Minors tonsured, stripped: Three men get 2-year jail, two to be set free Published: July 24, 2019 2:40:05 am : The local residents took videos of the incident and within hours, one of the videos was widely shared. The mothers of the boys, both domestic helps, were alerted about the incident by a neighbour. More than two years after two minor boys in Ulhasnagar were tonsured, stripped and paraded with footwear around their necks, a special court Tuesday sentenced three men to two-year imprisonment. The men were convicted under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Juvenile Justice Act and for voluntarily causing hurt. They were also directed to pay Rs 15,000 each to the two victims. They were, however, acquitted of charges under the Information Technology Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, which was invoked against them for a video they circulated after the children were stripped. A grocery shopowner had claimed that on May 21, 2017, the two boys, aged nine and eight, had stolen a fried snack (chakli) from his shop. The Hill Line police claimed the owner, Mehmood Pathan (71), along with his sons Salim (24) and Irfan (28), had slapped the boys repeatedly, stripped them naked, got a barber to tonsure their heads and made them wear footwear around their necks. They were also paraded in their locality.
2019-07-23Today's news in pictures: Fire at chemical godown in Thane, Kim Jong-un inspects newly built submarine, and more - The Hindu
Today's news in pictures: Fire at chemical godown in Thane, Kim Jong-un inspects newly built submarine, and more UPDATED: JULY 23, 2019 12:32 IST : From Thane fire accident to North Korea's nuclear submarine, here are some of the top news images of the day 10.40 a.m.: Major fire gutted a chemical godown at Gayatri compound in Prerna complex at Val village, Bhiwandi taluk, Thane. Fire tenders from Bhiwandi, Kalyan-Dombivali, and Ulhasnagar have rushed to the site. No casualities have been reported so far. 9.00 a.m.: The lights went out across much of Venezuela reviving fears of the blackouts that plunged the country into chaos a few months ago as the government once again accused opponents of sabotaging the nation’s hydroelectric power system. The power in Caracas, the capital, went out after 4 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Monday and immediately backed up traffic as stop lights and the subway stopped working during rush hour. 8.00 a.m.: In this image provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, left, seen inspecting a newly built submarine to be deployed soon, at an unknown location in North Korea. The North Korea leader also ordered officials to further bolster the country’s military capability, State media reported, the North is increasing its pressure on the United States ahead of the possible resumption of nuclear diplomacy. Last week, North Korea said it may lift its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests to protest expected military drills between the United States and South Korea that North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal.
2019-07-23From 'Spider Man' To Motorman, 10 Times People Gone A Bit Too Far To Make News This Year So Far - Indiatimes.com
From 'Spider Man' To Motorman, 10 Times People Gone A Bit Too Far To Make News This Year So Far We are in 2019 but some people are already centuries ahead with their weird acts. Every now and then, bizarre incidents come to the fore reading which we spill into laughter. Recently, a man, apparently inspired by comic character and superhero Spiderman, tried to climb a four-storey building to meet his girlfriend but ended up being thrashed. He was assaulted violently after locals spotted him and mistook him for a thief. 1. Motorman stops train between stations to take a leak on the tracks: Trains have toilets and whenever there's a need to use it, one should be using it. However, this motorman stopped a Mumbai local train in order to pee on the tracks. He stopped the train between the railway stations Ulhasnagar and Vitthalwadi to relieve himself and was captured on video while doing that. 2. Woman mistakenly hits accelerator instead of brake, plunges car straight into the river: Whenever we learn driving, one tends to keep up with the basics. The ABC of it, accelerator, brake and clutch. Miss either on of them and you things will go haywire. This is exactly what transpired when a woman from New Jersey accidently stepped on the gas instead of the brakes and plunged into a water body. Luckily, no major injuries were reported and the woman was safe. 3. Man climbs on airplane wing and tries to break into the cabin: This incident comes straight out of a high-octane Hollywood/Bollywood action flick. A Nigerian man somehow climbed on to an aircraft's wing right before it was about to take off and tried to enter the cabin. The incident took place on July 19, 2019 with an Azman plane, at the domestic section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. 4. Tiger escapes from Assam flood and finds safe place in a house, caught sleeping on the bed: Flood situation in Assam is real bad but it is slowly and steadily improving. The heavy downpour brought the state into a standstill with both humans and animals getting affected by the nature's fury. The situation was so bad that 90 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park was submerged in water. To escape the flood situation, a tiger had strayed into a house and was filmed sleeping on a bed. The Wildlife Trust India said that the tiger was spotted near the highway, 200 m from the park, at 8:30 am on Friday as it escaped from Kaziranga. "Probably disturbed, he jumped across the wall of a scrap garage & took refuge in the dark room," an excerpt from the tweet read. 5. Three drunk men kidnap traffic policeman then take him on a 'joyride' in Mumbai: People are not in their senses when they are drunk. Drinking within their limits remains the least in their priority list. When things go out of hand, drunk people begin doing things they shouldn't be doing. In one such incident, three drunk men, reportedly from Thane, 'kidnapped' an on-duty traffic policeman. They stopped their vehicle in the middle of a road in the busy Chheda Nagar locality of Chembur in eastern Mumbai, 'kidnapped' the traffic policeman there and then took him for a 'joyride.' 6. Man uses drone to unleash fireworks on annoying neighbours playing loud music: Not all neighbours are friendly. Some annoy us way too much and most of the times we are helpless. But this man took his frustration out on his noisy neighbours a way too far. A video doing rounds on Twitter showed a drone hovering several feet above the ground and shooting in one direction. On closer inspection, one realises that the drone was shooting fireworks at a group of people that was apparently creating a lot of noise in the neighbourhood. 7. Woman climbs on to conveyor belt, thinking it will take her directly to the aircraft: A confused flyer climbed onto the luggage conveyor belt at Istanbul Airport, thinking it would take her directly to the aircraft. According to reports, the woman was a first-time flyer and she mistakenly reached the conveyor belt area instead of heading to the terminal. The woman climbed the elevated area next to the check-in counter that is used to measure the weight of the bags and moments later, she slipped on it and fell flat on the belt as other passengers looked at her in amazement. 8. Drunk man finds injured bird and books it an Uber to a wildlife rehab centre: This incident restores our faith in humanity. A man named Tim Crowley along with his friends noticed a bird fall from the sky and he immediately rushed to the bird.They texted the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah and got a quick reply which asked them to bring in the little bird. They were all drunk so they decided to book an Uber for the bird. The bird was eventually saved because of the timely action taken by Tim and his friends. 9. UP grandpa teaches kids 'A for alcohol, B for beedi,' makes them smoke and drink: Grandfathers are supposed to be role model but this UP grandpa is not the one kids will look up to. In a video doing rounds on social media, a grandfather was seen encouraging two of his grand kids to drink and smoke. The grandfather can also be seen teaching a new set of alphabets to his grandchildren in which 'A' stands for alcohol and 'B' for beedi. 10. Snake bites 70-year-old in Gujarat who bites it back to take revenge, both die: A farmer from a village named Mahisagar in Gujarat, was working on his farm when he bit back a snake that attacked him. The man was so enraged by the attacked that he wanted to kill the snake. The 70-year-old man named Parvat Gala Baria picked up the snake and literally devoured it in anger. However, the man couldn't survive as he did not receive timely treatment and succumbed to his injuries.
2019-07-23Fire destroys two godowns in Bhiwandi, Mumbai - Hindustan Times
Fire destroys two godowns in Bhiwandi, Mumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2019 03:58 IST : A major fire broke out in Bhiwandi around 2.30am on Tuesday, gutting two ground-plus-one storey chemical and rubber godowns. No casualties were reported. Prima facie, short-circuit was suspected to be the cause. The fire that broke out in Gayatri compound in Prerna complex near Anjur Phata in Val village was brought under control by 9.30am. The cooling operations went on till late in the evening. Apart from the Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNCMC), five fire tenders from Thane, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), too, were pressed into service. In the evening, two more foam tenders were sent to the spot from Mumbai. Foam tenders prevent liquid spills from igniting. According to fire officials, the blaze spread to at least 1 lakh sqft area. “Initially, the rubber godown caught fire, which spread to the nearby chemical godown,” said D Salvi, chief fire officer, BNCMC. “The road leading to the units was in bad condition. Rain in the evening, too, affected the firefighting work.” There are four fire stations of BNCMC, which cater to approximately 13 to 14 lakh people. The fire department has four fire tenders out of which one is under repair. “Tuesday’s fire was reported from a gram panchayat village, just like 90% of the cases. These villages don’t have a dedicated fire department. As we are the nearest fire brigade, we take the call,” said Salvi. BNCMC commissioner Ashok Rankhambh said,” There is a need for another fire station for rural areas. We have sent a revised proposal for a fire station to the MMRDA.”
2019-07-22Mumbai FYJC Second Merit List 2019 Released, Get direct link here, download at mumbai.11thadmission.net - Jagran Josh
Mumbai FYJC Second Merit List 2019 Released, Get direct link here, download at mumbai.11thadmission.net JUL 22, 2019 15:52 IST : Mumbai FYJC 2nd Merit List 2019 Today: The second merit list for the Mumbai FYJC Admissions 2019 has been released. The students who have applied for admission to FYJC / First Year Junior College Classes after completion of their Class 10 Board Exams can now check their selection status today after 6 PM. Junior Colleges based in Mumbai have released the 2nd Merit List 2019 for Admissions today. As per the analysis of academic experts, the cut-offs for Mumbai FYJC Admissions 2019 are expected to remain high even after the announcement of 2nd Merit List 2019. Candidates can also click on the direct link below to check thier results: Admissions So Far For 2019, approximately 1.85 lakh students have applied for admissions to FYJC classes through the CAP / Centralized Admission Process. In the first merit list which was announced earlier in the month, a total of 1.34 lakh students were offered admission to different colleges based in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). However, so far, only 61,645 students confirmed their admissions after the first round. Introduction of New Quotas As per the expert analysis, the introduction of new quota systems, i.e. 12% reservation for Maratha Quota and 10% reservation for EWS candidates, the non-minority colleges are expected to record higher cut-offs, on the same lines as registered after the announcement of first merit list 2019. According to the Junior College Principals, introduction of Maratha and EWS quota has further reduced the number of seats available in open category to the students. Therefore, the Open Category Cut-offs are expected to remain higher and invite fierce competition for allotment of seats. Cut-offs Expected to Rise Commenting upon the development, Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal, VG Vaze College, Mulund said that ““We are not expecting a major dip in the cut-offs, from the first list. With very few seats left across streams, only a few more students might make the cut in the second list”. Similarly, Satram Verhani, principal, CHM college, Ulhasnagar also stated that they have already filled around 70 to 80% of the seats on offer. The remaining seats will also see higher cut-offs this year due to introduction of new quota systems. Many experts have also hinted that in all likelihood the cut-offs for unaided colleges will dip by 2-3%, because there are a few seats left there.
2019-07-22Mumbai FYJC second merit list 2019 to be released at 6pm today - Hindustan Times
Mumbai FYJC second merit list 2019 to be released at 6pm today Updated: Jul 22, 2019 08:45 IST : Mumbai FYJC 2nd merit list will be released today. Candidates can check their merit list after 6 pm today. According to principals of colleges, the cut-off marks at most prominent junior colleges in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) are likely to remain high even in the second merit list. Of the 1.85 lakh students who had applied for admissions under the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) this year, 1.34 lakh students have been allotted colleges in the first merit list. Of these, only 61,645 students confirmed their admissions in the first round. With the inclusion of new quotas for Marathas (12%) and economically weaker sections (10%), non-minority colleges recorded almost the same or higher cut-offs from 2018. Principals said that fewer first year junior college (FYJC) seats in the open category will make the competition fierce. “We are not expecting a major dip in the cut-offs, from the first list. With very few seats left across streams, only a few more students might make the cut in the second list,” said Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal, VG Vaze College, Mulund. Satram Verhani, principal, CHM college, Ulhasnagar, said that 70-80% seats in the college have been filled. “At the most, the cut-offs for unaided colleges will dip by 2-3%, because there are a few seats left there.” The college has also filled a majority seats under its 50% Sindhi minority quota. “Barring a few cancellations against quota seats, most other seats are full. With the department allowing students to transfer admissions from unaided to aided section of the same college only in the third round, many who want to make that switch are also not able to do so,” he said. Of the 1.85 lakh students who had applied for admissions under the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) this year, 1.34 lakh students have been allotted colleges in the first merit list. Of these, only 61,645 students confirmed their admissions in the first round. With the inclusion of new quotas for Marathas (12%) and economically weaker sections (10%), non-minority colleges recorded almost the same or higher cut-offs from 2018.
2019-07-21FYJC second list out today, cut-offs may remain high - Hindustan Times
FYJC second list out today, cut-offs may remain high Updated: Jul 22, 2019 00:26 IST : The cut-off marks at most prominent junior colleges in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) are likely to remain high even in the second merit list which will be declared at 6pm on Monday, according to principals. Principals said that fewer first year junior college (FYJC) seats in the open category will make the competition fierce. “We are not expecting a major dip in the cut-offs, from the first list. With very few seats left across streams, only a few more students might make the cut in the second list,” said Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal, VG Vaze College, Mulund. Satram Verhani, principal, CHM college, Ulhasnagar, said that 70-80% seats in the college have been filled. “At the most, the cut-offs for unaided colleges will dip by 2-3%, because there are a few seats left there.” The college has also filled a majority seats under its 50% Sindhi minority quota. “Barring a few cancellations against quota seats, most other seats are full. With the department allowing students to transfer admissions from unaided to aided section of the same college only in the third round, many who want to make that switch are also not able to do so,” he said. Of the 1.85 lakh students who had applied for admissions under the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) this year, 1.34 lakh students have been allotted colleges in the first merit list. Of these, only 61,645 students confirmed their admissions in the first round. With the inclusion of new quotas for Marathas (12%) and economically weaker sections (10%), non-minority colleges recorded almost the same or higher cut-offs from 2018.
2019-07-21[Video] Youth commits suicide by jumping before moving train in Thane - Times Now
[Video] Youth commits suicide by jumping before moving train in Thane Updated Jul 21, 2019 : Thane: In a tragic incident, a 24-year-old man committed suicide by jumping before a moving train at Thane railway station. The youth died instantly after he was hit by the train. The entire incident was captured on Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) installed at the station. The victim has been identified as Akash Holakar, a resident of Ulhasnagar. Meanwhile, Government Railway Police (GRP), Thane, has filed a case of accidental death. Later, the boy's body was sent for post-mortem. According to a report, the victim was returning home after visiting a mental health facility in the area. Incidentally, Holkar was accompanied by his father at the time of the incident. In the CCTV footage, the victim could be seen lunging before the Kalyan-bound local train as it approached the station's platform Number 2. The incident occurred around 11.15 am on July 18.
2019-07-21Man stabs wife to death in Thane's Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Man stabs wife to death in Thane's Ulhasnagar Updated: Jul 21, 2019, 20:11 IST : THANE: The Hill Line police have arrested a man for stabbing his wife to death in Thane's Ulhasnagar on Friday evening. The victim is the daughter of a Shiv Sena corporator from Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), Vimal Bhoir, police said. The victim Vaishali Patil was staying with her husband Rajendra Patil at Manere village in Haji Malang area of Thane district. Accused Rajendra got married to Vaishali 10 years ago and the couple has two children. On Friday evening an argument broke out between them over some domestic issue following which the accused lost his temper and killed his wife by stabbing her with koyta (sharp weapon), a police official said. The police sources said after killing wife, Rajendra himself informed to local Hill Line police. The body was sent for autopsy at Central hospital. Rajendra Mayne, senior police inspector of Hill Line police station said, The primary probe has revealed that duo had some personal dispute for many years and over the same issue accused killed his wife. The police on Saturday produced accused before Ulhasnagar court which remanded him to police custody for seven days.
2019-07-21[Video] Youth commits suicide by jumping before moving train in Thane - Times Now
[Video] Youth commits suicide by jumping before moving train in Thane Updated Jul 21, 2019 : Thane: In a tragic incident, a 24-year-old man committed suicide by jumping before a moving train at Thane railway station. The youth died instantly after he was hit by the train. The entire incident was captured on Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) installed at the station. The victim has been identified as Akash Holakar, a resident of Ulhasnagar. Meanwhile, Government Railway Police (GRP), Thane, has filed a case of accidental death. Later, the boy's body was sent for post-mortem. According to a report, the victim was returning home after visiting a mental health facility in the area. Incidentally, Holkar was accompanied by his father at the time of the incident. In the CCTV footage, the victim could be seen lunging before the Kalyan-bound local train as it approached the station's platform Number 2. The incident occurred around 11.15 am on July 18. Senior Inspector Smita Dhakane said, "The victim and his father Chandrakant were on their way back home after visiting a mental health facility, which had treated Akash since 2017." In another incident, a 63-year-old man attempted to commit suicide by jumping before the train in Thane. Fortunately, the man was saved by the police.
2019-07-206 members of family booked for harassing woman over dowry - Yahoo News
6 members of family booked for harassing woman over dowry July 2019 : Thane: Six members of a family, including four women, have been booked on charges of harassing a housewife for Rs 25 lakh dowry in Maharashtra, police said. The 27-year-old housewife's husband, Hari Kishore Wirvani, an Ulhasnagar resident, is among those booked in the case, they said. In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that her in-laws and other members of the family made a dowry demand of Rs 25 lakh from her parents.She got married on April 13, 2017 and harassment for dowry started a few months later, the police said, quoting the complaint.
2019-07-20Man Allegedly Hacks Wife To Death In Thane, Arrested - NDTV News
Man Allegedly Hacks Wife To Death In Thane, Arrested Updated: July 20, 2019 14:46 IST : THANE: A man allegedly hacked his wife to death over some domestic issue in Ulhasnagar town in Thane, police said. The accused, Rajendra Patil (43), was arrested today for the incident that took place on Friday, police said. "The couple, who lived in Hajimalang Wadi in Ulhasnagar, have two minor daughters. On Friday evening, an argument broke out between them over some domestic issue," a police official said. "The accused lost his temper and attacked his 32-year-old wife, Vaishali, with a sickle. She died on the spot," he said. According to police, the victim is the daughter of a Shiv Sena corporator from Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).
2019-07-20No efforts to revive Ulhas river for three years, NGO tells Supreme Court - Times of India
No efforts to revive Ulhas river for three years, NGO tells Supreme Court Updated: Jul 20, 2019, 10:44 IST : MUMBAI: Since 2015, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation has not moved on the revival and rejuvenation of the Ulhas River. This was the submission made by NGO Vanashakti in the Supreme Court, based on the reports of the inspection committee that the state environment secretary submitted to the apex court. Untreated sewage continues to be discharged in the drinking water section of the river, states the report. Tenders for a sewage treatment plant and sewer network have been invited for the eighth time as no bids were received. Vanashakti said the court, in April, had taken cognisance of it, but till date there is no explanation for the failed tenders. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation commissioner Sudhakar Deshmukh refuted the NGO’s claims. “The Khemani nullah, which used to discharge sewage into the river, has been diverted. Civil work on the sewage treatment plant is nearly complete and it should be commissioned by December. We shall be submitting our affidavit shortly,” he said. In 2015, the Pune bench of the National Green Tribunal, in a plea filed by the NGO, had ordered the municipal corporations of Kalyan-Dombivli, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and the Kolgaon-Badlapur municipal council as well as the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation to deposit Rs 100 crore in an Escrow account and use the money for revival and restoration of Ulhas and Valdhuni rivers. The order was challenged in the Bombay HC which stayed it, but the Supreme Court lifted the stay and ordered the authorities to draw up plans and execute them. The environment secretary was directed to submit progress reports to the court. The report states Kolgaon-Badlapur municipal council has connected 70% of the households to a sewage network, but has no deadline to connect the remaining 30%. The report states while the Ambernath civic body delayed work, it set up two sewage treatment plants that treat some sewage before discharging it into a nullah. The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation has advanced the date for completion of the Common Effluent Treatment Plant at Badlapur to 2022, the report states. Also no information is available on the proposed 7.5-km pipeline to dispose treated sewage into Ulhas River. The Supreme Court has kept the matter for final disposal on July 31.
2019-07-20Mumbai: Motorman stops the train to urinate on tracks, video goes viral - News Track English
Mumbai: Motorman stops the train to urinate on tracks, video goes viral Jul 20 2019 04:45 PM : Mumbai: The condition of trains in India is not hidden from anyone. Sometimes, the situation in the country is very bad because of the lateness and the filth. Even after a continuous struggle, the administrative authorities and the government have failed to rectify the situation together. Amidst the state of the Indian Railways, a video has gone viral on social media, which is enough to expose administrative conditions. In fact, in this video, a motorman is seen stopping the train and doing the urinate. The video is being described as a Mumbai local train. The video of the motorman stopping the train and making it go viral on social media has been mocked. Social media consumers say that this is the reason why trains are in a state of emergency and trains arrive late to the destination. The shared video is said to be between Ulhasnagar and Vithalwadi station. On Wednesday, the motorman of the train stopped the train and appeared to be urinating on the track next to it. Someone caught the incident on camera. However, no statement has been made by the Railway Administration so far.
2019-07-20Hairy situation: Train delayed in London after passenger's hair get stuck in door - Times Now
Hairy situation: Train delayed in London after passenger's hair get stuck in door Updated Jul 20, 2019 : A London train was delayed by several minutes on Wednesday morning after a passenger's hair got stuck in the train's doors at Harrow & Wealdstone station. A train staffer made an announcement explaining that the train was not moving as a commuter's hair was caught in the door.
2019-07-20Mumbai: 12-hour-surgery gives hope to 4-year-old after lift horror severs wrist - Mid-day
Mumbai: 12-hour-surgery gives hope to 4-year-old after lift horror severs wrist Updated: Jul 20, 2019, 07:33 IST : On June 15, Naira Purswani, 4, was playing near her home in Ulhasnagar when a recorded voice from the elevator, asking for the door to be shut, caught her attention. As she tried to shut it, her right hand got stuck in the door and was ripped off at the wrist as the lift ascended, ending up on the fourth floor. But, a team of specialists at Lilavati hospital successfully reattached her hand in a 12-hour surgery in the middle of the night. Naira was playing outside her second-floor home in Ulhasnagar when the incident occurred. She went to the lift door to shut it after hearing the announcement and as soon as her hand reached the inner door, the lift began to move as it was called to the fourth floor. By then, Naira's hand had gotten stuck in the gap between the doors, and the moving elevator pulled it off her arm, leaving her in a pool of blood. "We were not at home on the day of the incident, so when my mother-in-law called, we thought it might be a minor injury, until we saw her condition. Her right wrist was missing and she was reeling in pain while her clothes were completely drenched in blood," said Kanishka Purswani, her mother. Where's The Hand? In the ensuing chaos to get medical treatment for Naira, her parents forgot about the missing wrist, until a neighbour enquired about it and suggested they carry the severed part to the hospital. "We were in so much trauma that we had forgotten about the missing wrist. We began looking for it after our neighbour asked us to carry it to the hospital. Another neighbour found it attached in the gap between the grill on the fourth floor," added Kanishka. They packed it in a plastic bag and rushed Naira to a private hospital in Thane. Sadly, since it was late at night by the time they arrived at the hospital, there were no specialists present to attend to Naira. However, the hospital informed Lilavati hospital about her condition and asked them to call their specialists without wasting any time. "Thankfully, the hospital also kept the hand in a box with ice, which helped with its preservation until they reached us," said Dr V Ravishankar, chief operating officer, Lilavati hospital. Specialists Begin Surgery The Purswanis reached Lilavati hospital around 11.30 pm and by midnight, Naira was wheeled into the operation theatre for the surgery, where a group of specialist orthopaedic and plastic surgeons awaited her. Dr Samir Madhukar Kumta, consultant plastic and reconstruction micro surgeon at the hospital, who headed the team, told mid-day, "She had an unfavourable amputation, where all vital structures like nerves, blood vessels and muscles were avulsed distant to the site of the wrist separation from the rest of her forearm. Since it was the dominant hand of a small child, we decided to go all out to save the limb, although the chances of survival looked bleak because of the severe damage to the avulsed structures." The situation ceased to remain as bleak at the end of a gruelling 12-hour surgery, when the team managed to save her hand. Naira is the youngest patient to undergo a hand replant the hospital. The surgery was extremely complicated as it required fixing the bone, joining tendons that move the thumb and fingers, joining major nerves that carry sensations from the hand and transmit signals from the brain to the various muscles in the hand, as well as joining major arteries and veins to restore blood supply to the hand. "Joining these structures in a child is very challenging and requires the use of an operating microscope and a team of surgeons experienced in microsurgery," informed Dr Leena Jain, consultant plastic and reconstruction micro surgeon at the hospital, adding, "After this superhuman effort, the hand was successfully replanted. Since a circular band of skin around the wrist was badly damaged and needed to be removed, she needed a cover of skin and soft tissue for this area. That surgery was deferred for a later date, after we were sure that the hand had survived," Dr Sudhir Warrier, a consultant orthopaedic and hand surgeon helped attach the bone to the severed hand. "This was also a very challenging and delicate super microsurgical procedure, which required the joining of blood vessels smaller than 1 mm in diameter, using sutures finer than hair and special instruments," added Dr Jain. Microsurgery is a sub-specialty of plastic surgery which utilises an advanced microscope and specialised precision tools to magnify and link small blood vessels. Under the microscope at Lilavati, the experts linked the tiny arteries, nerves, tendons and veins of Naira to her the hand. Cold And Blue The reattached hand was doing well for the first seven days, but on the eighth day, it turned cold and blue. The nursing team immediately informed doctors and the child was taken for surgery again. During the operation, the veins on the back of her hand were found to be blocked. They had been severely damaged at the time of the injury and a clot had formed inside them, blocking the flow of blood. The veins were repaired once again by using additional veins from her leg. Subsequently, Naira went through another major microsurgical procedure, where muscle from her thigh was taken and transferred to the wrist to cover the area of skin and soft tissue loss. "When her wrist was brought to the hospital, it was pale, but after the operation, it became viable [turned pink] which helped us understand that the surgery was successful," said Dr Jain. While Naira recovers, the hospital, under its in-house Save the Girl Child scheme is trying to provide a concession. The discounted medical bill is over R10 lakh, of which the Purswanis have paid R5 lakh. Ashok Purswani, Naira's father, who works at a jewellery shop where he makes bangles, said, "We never imagined that the doctors would be able to attach the wrist. But now, she would be able to write again with her right hand. However, we know she would need a few more surgeries before that happens."
2019-07-20Man hacks wife to death, arrested in Mumbai - Yahoo News
Man hacks wife to death, arrested in Mumbai July 2019 : Thane: A man allegedly hacked his wife to death over some domestic issue in Ulhasnagar town in the district, police said Saturday. The accused, Rajendra Patil (43), was arrested on Saturday for the incident that took place on Friday, police said. "The couple, who lived in Hajimalang Wadi in Ulhasnagar, have two minor daughters. On Friday evening, an argument broke out between them over some domestic issue," a police official said. "The accused lost his temper and attacked his 32- year-old wife, Vaishali, with a sickle. She died on the spot," he said. According to police, the victim is the daughter of a Shiv Sena corporator from Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).
2019-07-196 members of family booked for harassing woman over dowry - Free Press Journal
6 members of family booked for harassing woman over dowry Updated on : 20 July 2019, 07:50 AM IST : Thane: Six members of a family, including four women, have been booked on charges of harassing a housewife for Rs 25 lakh dowry in Maharashtra, police said. The 27-year-old housewife's husband, Hari Kishore Wirvani, an Ulhasnagar resident, is among those booked in the case, they said. In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that her in-laws and other members of the family made a dowry demand of Rs 25 lakh from her parents. She got married on April 13, 2017 and harassment for dowry started a few months later, the police said, quoting the complaint.
2019-07-19This motorman stopped a Mumbai local train to pee on tracks and now video is VIRAL - News Nation
This motorman stopped a Mumbai local train to pee on tracks and now video is VIRAL Updated : 19 July 2019, 10:30 AM : The video of a local train motorman stopping it to urinate on the tracks has gone viral on social media, prompting demand to install toilets in cabins of motormen and guards. The incident occurred on Wednesday between Ulhasnagar and Vithalwadi railway stations, while the train was on its way to Mumbai, sources said. An eyewitness who made the viral video, said he saw the train halting and the motorman alighting to urinate bang in front of the train.
2019-07-196 members of family of Thane booked in dowry case - United News of India
6 members of family of Thane booked in dowry case Thane, Jul 19 (UNI) : Six members of a family from Ulhasnagar of the district including four women have been booked on the alleged charges of harassing a housewife to bring Rs 25 lakhs as dowry, the police said on Friday. In a complaint filed by the victim aged 27, it is said that she got married to this man who is also one of the accused on April 13,2017. The victim's family spent around Rs eight lakhs on engagement and marriage. After an year, they started harassing her for a male child.
2019-07-19Absence of Toilet Forces Motorman to Halt Train, Get Down and Take a Leak on the Tracks - News18
Absence of Toilet Forces Motorman to Halt Train, Get Down and Take a Leak on the Tracks Updated:July 19, 2019, 5:32 PM IST : A video grab What do you do when there's no latrine and an emergency to answer to nature's call? In a recent episode, a motorman of Mumbai's Central Railways was seen in a video, urinating on the tracks after halting the train when the signal turned red. The video that went viral on social media shows that the man climbs back onto the train after taking a leak. According to reports, the train was running between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar in the Mumbai Metropolitan area and the incident was filmed by a journalist, Sonu Shinde, from a nearby flyover. The motorman who was on duty on the Ambernath 36 train told MidDay that long duty-hours and the pressure to be on time interspersed with a delay, left him with very little time to take washroom breaks. Hence, when the signal went red, he decided to get down the train. Several people on Twitter questioned the absence of washrooms in the locomotives or engine spaces.
2019-07-19Thane: 6 members of family booked for harassing woman for dowry - Times of India
Thane: 6 members of family booked for harassing woman for dowry Updated: Jul 19, 2019, 15:53 IST : THANE: Six members of a family, including four women, have been booked on charges of harassing a housewife for Rs 25 lakh dowry in Thane district, police said on Friday. The 27-year-old woman's husband, Hari Kishore Wirvani, a resident of Ulhasnagar, is among those booked in the case, they said. In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that her in-laws and other members of the family made a dowry demand of Rs 25 lakh from her parents. She got married on April 13, 2017 and harassment for dowry started a few months later, the police said, quoting the complaint. When she refused to meet their demand, she was abused, cursed and driven out of her in-laws home, the police said. Her family members were also upset when she gave birth to a girl child, they said. Based on the complaint, the police booked the housewife's husband and five other members of the family, including four women, under IPC sections related to dowry, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt, among others, they added. No arrest has been made yet, the police added.
2019-07-19Thane: Congress protests over 'pathetic roads' in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Thane: Congress protests over 'pathetic roads' in Ulhasnagar Updated: Jul 19, 2019, 20:27 IST : ULHASNAGAR: The Congress party on Friday held a protest outside the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) headquarters in Maharashtra's Thane district to protest the pathetic condition of roads and met deputy civic chief Santosh Dehrekar, who promised it that the roads would be repaired soon. The Congress said that during the last five years, UMC spent over Rs 56 crore in the city for 61 kilometers tar roads, but the condition of the roads is still pathetic. We have demanded that inquiry should be initiated by the UMC against responsible contractors and officials, like BMC who in past had taken action against contractors and officials for making poor quality roads, said Rohit Salve, general secretary of Ulhasnagar Congress. Salve said, We have also demanded to fill potholes immediately as they are causing road accidents. Jaya Sadhwani, another Congress leader, said, Potholes on the city roads cause massive traffic jams and pose a threat to the lives of people who travel on two-wheelers.
2019-07-1924-year-old jumps before local train in Thane, dies - Mumbai Mirror
24-year-old jumps before local train in Thane, dies 19 Jul 2019, 1:35PM IST : A 24-year-old Ulhasnagar resident died on Thursday after he allegedly attempted suicide by jumping in front of a moving train at Thane railway station. In the CCTV footage, the deceased, Akash Holkar can be seen waiting on platform No. 2 at Thane station with his father Chandrakant Holkar at around 11.30 am. As a Kalyan-bound local approached, Akash jumped on the tracks.
2019-07-196 members of family of Thane booked in dowry case - United News of India
6 members of family of Thane booked in dowry case Thane, Jul 19 (UNI) : Six members of a family from Ulhasnagar of the district including four women have been booked on the alleged charges of harassing a housewife to bring Rs 25 lakhs as dowry, the police said on Friday. In a complaint filed by the victim aged 27, it is said that she got married to this man who is also one of the accused on April 13,2017. The victim's family spent around Rs eight lakhs on engagement and marriage. After an year, they started harassing her for a male child.
2019-07-19Mumbai Local motorman stopping his train to relieve himself triggers soul-searching, introspection - Republic World
Mumbai Local Motorman Stopping His Train To Relieve Himself Triggers Soul-searching, Introspection Published: July 19, 2019 16:42 IST : In an incident that has provoked a lot of different reactions including some degree of soul-searching and introspection about the state of our public amenities, a Mumbai local motorman stopped his train mid-way to relieve himself on the tracks. The video went viral, and the Twitterverse has blamed various authorities for lack of sanitation for motormen. The incident came to light after a video was circulated on Twitter which shows the motorman calmly urinating in front of the train he is supposed to operate. Apparently, the motorman halted the train between the Central suburbs of Ulhasnagar and Vithalwadi. The motorman did not seem to be bothered even by the approaching train from the other track. Meanwhile, curious commuters started to lean over the door and tried figuring out the reason for the delay. However, due to the way he had positioned himself, in front of the lead rake, the commuters could not see him in the blind spot. People have pointed out a number of noteworthy or not-so-worthy things about the video and the incident, including the train having been stopped without there even having been a red signal. However, some Netizens blamed the poor management for failing to install a lavatory for the motormen who have to operate these trains on a daily basis. Here's what Netizens said in support of the motorman: Netizens strongly demanded that lavatories should be installed for the motormen which has been pending since a while now.
2019-07-196 members of family booked for harassing woman for dowry - Devdiscourse
6 members of family booked for harassing woman for dowry Updated: 19-07-2019 13:18 IST : Six members of a family, including four women, have been booked on charges of harassing a housewife for Rs 25 lakh dowry here in Maharashtra, police said Friday. The 27-year-old housewife's husband, Hari Kishore Wirvani, a resident of Ulhasnagar near here, is among those booked in the case, they said. In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that her in-laws and other members of the family made a dowry demand of Rs 25 lakh from her parents. She got married on April 13, 2017, and harassment for dowry started a few months later, the police said, quoting the complaint. When she refused to meet their demand, she was abused, cursed and driven out of her in-laws' home, the police said. Her family members were also upset when she gave birth to a girl child, they said. Based on the complaint, the police booked the housewife's husband and five other members of the family, including four women, under IPC sections related to dowry, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt, among others, they added. No arrest has been made yet, the police added.
2019-07-19Watch: Central Railway motorman stops train to get out and relieve himself on the tracks - Scroll.in
Watch: Central Railway motorman stops train to get out and relieve himself on the tracks July 18, 2019 : In a video that has surfaced on social media, a motorman of the Central Railway can be seen urinating in front of a halted train. His job done, the climbs back onto the train and it starts to move forward. Presumably that was what he had stopped the train for. The video was posted by Mumbai Mirror. According to Mid-Day, the train was running between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar, in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Motormen also told Mid-Day that “long duty hours and toilets at railway stations located far from the motorman’s cabin means they are forced to carry plastic bags or bottles to relieve themselves inside the train”. Regarding the motorman in the video, Mid-Day reported that his shift had run six hours, and that the train had been delayed in arriving at Amernath station. “This gave him very little time to start the train for its return journey and meant he was unable to use the washroom,” the paper reported. “That’s when he decided to take a quick loo break when the light turned red in the middle of the journey.”
2019-07-19Maharashtra: 6 members of family of Thane booked in dowry case - indiablooms
Maharashtra: 6 members of family of Thane booked in dowry case 19 Jul 2019, 05:22 pm : Thane, Jul 19 (UNI) Six members of a family from Ulhasnagar of the district including four women have been booked on the alleged charges of harassing a housewife to bring Rs 25 lakhs as dowry, the police said on Friday. In a complaint filed by the victim aged 27, it is said that she got married to this man who is also one of the accused on April 13,2017. The victim's family spent around Rs eight lakhs on engagement and marriage. After an year, they started harassing her for a male child. Later, they made a demand of Rs 25 lakhs from the victim's parents, which was not possible for her. family following which she was driven away from her husband's home and sent to her parent's house, she said in a complaint. Those who were booked under various sections of the IPC are Hari Kishore Wirvani, Kishore Wirvani, Duru Kishore Wirvani, Roma Wirvani, Ritu Wasvani, and Tanna Punjabi, police added.
2019-07-19Thane: Congress protests over 'pathetic roads' in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
Thane: Congress protests over 'pathetic roads' in Ulhasnagar Updated: Jul 19, 2019, 20:27 IST : ULHASNAGAR: The Congress party on Friday held a protest outside the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) headquarters in Maharashtra's Thane district to protest the pathetic condition of roads and met deputy civic chief Santosh Dehrekar, who promised it that the roads would be repaired soon. The Congress said that during the last five years, UMC spent over Rs 56 crore in the city for 61 kilometers tar roads, but the condition of the roads is still pathetic. We have demanded that inquiry should be initiated by the UMC against responsible contractors and officials, like BMC who in past had taken action against contractors and officials for making poor quality roads, said Rohit Salve, general secretary of Ulhasnagar Congress. Salve said, We have also demanded to fill potholes immediately as they are causing road accidents. Jaya Sadhwani, another Congress leader, said, Potholes on the city roads cause massive traffic jams and pose a threat to the lives of people who travel on two-wheelers.
2019-07-18MCOCA accused flees from Thane police custody - Times of India
MCOCA accused flees from Thane police custody Updated: Jul 18, 2019, 10:08 IST : THANE: A 29-year-old man who was under trial for charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) escaped police custody after his court hearing on Tuesday afternoon. Naresh Chabbria, a resident of the Sainath Colony in Ulhasnagar, had been in custody for the past few months. MCOCA had been invoked as Chabbria had several robbery cases registered against him in the past, said a police officer. As per his hearing date, Chabbria was brought to the special MCOCA court on foot from the Thane Central Jail around 4.30pm. He was brought in by a police escort. On their way back after the hearing, as they neared a temple located outside the jail premises, Chabbria jerked out of the policeman’s grasp. He got onto a bike that had slowed down near them and fled, said the police. Now considered absconding, the Thane Nagar police registered a case against Chabbria and the police have launched a manhunt to catch him. Several squads have been formed and dispatched to locations such as Thane, Navi Mumbai, rural Thane, among other locations.
2019-07-18Kalyan: Doctor among two commuters hurt as overhead train wire falls on them - Times of India
Kalyan: Doctor among two commuters hurt as overhead train wire falls on them Updated: Jul 18, 2019, 5:55 IST : KALYAN: Two women, including a doctor, travelling on the footboard of a train, were injured after the portion of an overhead wire fell on them between Vithalwadi and Kalyan stations, and services were affected for over threeand-a-half hours on CSMTbound Main line on Wednesday morning. Services resumed between Khopoli-Dombivli after repairs. Dr Ruchika Sabgane (23) and Nisha Kulkarni (22) are being treated at a railway hospital here. Ruchika, a resident of Ulhasnagar, who was going to Bhandup, suffered head injuries. Nisha, a resident of Ambernath who works at a Kalyan bank, was injured on the left hand. Sub-inspector (Kalyan GRP) Pranita Dhore said, “Both commuters suffered injuries after a hard object hit them and are being treated at hospital.” The incident during morning peak hours resulted in crowds at Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath and Badlapur stations. CR claimed that continuous announcements were made besides regular updates on social media, press, electronic media and FM channels. Shuttle services were operated between Ambernath and Karjat, while special trains also were run from Kalyan to CSMT to clear the rush, CR officials said. In coordination with KDMT, buses were operated between Kalyan and Badlapur. Officials said four Express trains were given halts at Dombivli, Thane and Dadar for suburban passengers. CR spokesperson Sunil Udasi said, “Suburban services between Kalyan-Kasara, Kalyan-CSMT, Harbour line, Transharbour line and fourth corridor Belapur/Nerul-Kharkopar ran as usual. Services were restored at 11.45am.”
2019-07-18Motorman stops train to urinate on tracks, video goes viral - Devdiscourse
Motorman stops train to urinate on tracks, video goes viral Updated: 18-07-2019 19:34 IST : The video of a local train motorman stopping it to urinate on the tracks has gone viral on social media, prompting demand to install toilets in cabins of motormen and guards. The incident occurred on Wednesday between Ulhasnagar and Vithalwadi railway stations, while the train was on its way to Mumbai, sources said. An eyewitness who made the viral video, said he saw the train halting and the motorman alighting to urinate bang in front of the train. A Twitter user Prasad PV tweeted: "Its not his fault! The Indian Railways are at fault for not providing toilets onboard the locomotive/engine. Dont understand why Swatch Bharat cant be implemented by a government organisation in such an important place and be human." Another Twitter user Amit Rajendra Varade tweeted: "IR should install Toilets in cabins of Motorman & Guard. There is no option left than to urinate when bladder gets full. It's absolutely natural. Motorman has to drive Local Trains & Locomotives with full concentration carrying thousands of lives." VT VT.
2019-07-18Mumbai Police chief shifts DCPs en masse - Mumbai Mirror
Mumbai Police chief shifts DCPs en masse Updated: Jul 18, 2019, 06:00 IST : DCP Nishandar given charge of Zone I; he had kept vigil outside hotel where rebel MLAs stayed. Close on the heels of the transfer of 91 IPS and state police officers by the state government, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve on Wednesday moved 14 officers of the Deputy Commissioner seniority to crucial posts. According to police sources, the shuffle has been conducted keeping in mind the upcoming assembly elections. Deputy Commissioner of Police Sangramsingh Nishandar who is said to have maintained law and order outside Renaissance Hotel where Karnataka rebel MLAs stayed in hiding from the Congress has been given the crucial charge of Zone 1 in south Mumbai. Nishandar is a state police official, though the charge of Zone I – considered crucial due to the administrative headquarters of the state government at Mantralaya and the perennial protest-site Azad Maidan – is usually given only to an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. Sources in the police department said that Nishandar bagged the post as he had very sensitively managed the issue of rebel Karnataka MLAs by not allowing any senior officials inside the hotel. The charge of Zone II, which comprises crucial areas like Gamdevi and Malhar Hill, has been given to DCP Rajeev Jain who was earlier working with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW). The charge for Zone III and Zone IV will be retained by Abhinash Kumar and Dr Saurabh Tripathi. Charge of Zone V, which has areas like Dadar and Shivaji Park (where Shiv Sena has its headquarters), has been handed to woman IPS officer Niyati Thakkar. Zone VI and VII will again retained by DCP Shashi Kumar Meena and Akhilesh Kumar Singh. “We have appointed Manjunath Shinde as DCP for Zone VIII; he was earlier the spokesperson of Mumbai Police,” said a senior official, adding that Paramjit Singh Dahiya will continue as DCP Zone IX of Bandra area. DCP Ankit Goyal who is said to have done a commendable job in Bhiwandi and Ulhasnagar has been appointed as DCP Zone X that has Saki Naka and Powai areas in its jurisdiction. Mohan Dahikar has been appointed as DCP Zone XI and DS Swami has taken over as DCP Zone XII. Meanwhile, Shahaji Umap has become the DCP of Mumbai Crime Branch. Umap was earlier posted as DCP Traffic and Zone VI, Chembur area. IPS officer Ranjan Sharma, who joined from Nagpur, is now the DCP of Traffic department. “In place of Manjunath Shinde, IPS officer Pranay Ashok has been appointed as spokesperson of Mumbai Police; he will also handle the operations part of the police,” said an official. It is to be seen if the Commissioner of Police Barve himself, who is set to retire on August 31, gets an extension, considering the upcoming festival season and the elections.
2019-07-18Motorman stops local train on tracks to urinate - Times of India
Motorman stops local train on tracks to urinate Updated: Jul 18, 2019, 9:23 IST : ULHASNAGAR: A motorman allegedly stopped a local train between Ulhasnagar and Vithalwadi stations to urinate on the tracks on Wednesday afternoon. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. In November 2018, the motorman of Gandhidham Express allegedly stopped the train to urinate on the tracks. The eyewitness in the Ulhasnagar incident, Sonu Shinde, told TOI he found it unbelievable at first. Shinde who works in a local news channel was on his way to work when he saw the train halt. When he saw the motorman alight, he started recording the incident. The video shows that while the motorman is urinating on the tracks, another train from the opposite direction passes. After the video went viral, there was criticism directed at motormen for stopping trains saying it could be risky; others, however, said they should not be targeted as they perform an essential service. Railway activist Lata Argade said, “Motormen in Mumbai work for three to four hours continuously. If there is an urgency to attend nature’s call, he should not be targeted.” CR PRO Anil Jain said they were examining the video’s authenticity.
2019-07-18Two held for possessing ganja in Pune - Times of India
Two held for possessing ganja in Pune Jul 18, 2019, 21:00 IST : PUNE: The Pune customs department has arrested two men and seized 165kgs of ganja packed in plastic bags near Dombarwadi toll naka at Alephata on Wednesday. The Khed special court has sent Ankush Pandule, 25, a resident of Ashti in Beed district and Nitin Ambekar, 23, of Ulhasnagar in Thane district in customs custody remand till July 23. The narcotics cell officials intercepted the SUV on suspicion of transporting ganja following a tip-off. Joint customs commissioner Vaishali Patange said on Thursday, A search conducted in the SUV led to the recovery of ganja. Pandule and Ambekar have confessed to the crime of procurement and transportation of ganja for sale at Badlapur in Thane district. She said, "The ganja worth Rs 31 lakhs and the SUV worth Rs 22 lakhs has been seized for contravention of the provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The narcotics cell is conducting investigations regarding supplier and receiver of the ganja based on the inputs given by the two men.
2019-07-18Two held for possessing ganja in Pune - Times of India
Two held for possessing ganja in Pune Updated: Jul 18, 2019, 21:00 IST : PUNE: The Pune customs department has arrested two men and seized 165 kgs of ganja packed in plastic bags near Dombarwadi toll naka at Alephata on Wednesday. The Khed special court has sent Ankush Pandule, 25, a resident of Ashti in Beed district and Nitin Ambekar, 23, of Ulhasnagar in Thane district in customs custody remand till July 23. The narcotics cell officials intercepted the SUV on suspicion of transporting ganja following a tip-off. Joint customs commissioner Vaishali Patange said on Thursday, A search conducted in the SUV led to the recovery of ganja. Pandule and Ambekar have confessed to the crime of procurement and transportation of ganja for sale at Badlapur in Thane district. She said, The ganja worth Rs 31 lakhs and the SUV worth Rs 22 lakhs has been seized for contravention of the provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The narcotics cell is conducting investigations regarding supplier and receiver of the ganja based on the inputs given by the two men.
2019-07-18Central Railway Motorman Halts Local Train Between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar to Pee on Tracks, Video Goes - LatestLY
Central Railway Motorman Halts Local Train Between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar to Pee on Tracks, Video Goes Viral Jul 18, 2019 09:33 AM IST : Mumbai, July 18: Train delay in Central Railway (CR) is not unusual, but the reason for this case is legendary. A video has been going viral on the social media which shows a motorman standing in front of a train between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar and taking a pee break on the tracks. Meanwhile, the date of the incident is not yet confirmed but the railway officials said that they will look into the matter. The video, shot by a person standing on a flyover nearby, shows motorman standing in front of a local train that is halted between two stations and urinating. The clip also show him climbing back to the motorman's cabin and running the train moments later.
2019-07-18WATCH | Motorman stops local train midway to urinate - National Herald
WATCH | Motorman stops local train midway to urinate Updated: 18 Jul 2019, 2:31 PM : Mumbai : Motorman halts local train between two railway stops to urinate on tracks, video goes viral pic.twitter.com/D4vgBd8LJM— Manoj Pandey (@PManoj222) July 18, 2019 The train was on its way to Mumbai when the video was taken. Sonu Shinde, a local of the area, has since posted the viral video.Central Railway Officials are yet to provide a comment and are investigating the authenticity of the video and the incident.
2019-07-18Duo held for possession of 165kg ganja worth Rs 31L - Times of India
Duo held for possession of 165kg ganja worth Rs 31L Updated: Jul 19, 2019, 4:06 IST : Pune: Two men travelling in a sports utility vehicle (SUV) were arrested with 165 kg ganja worth Rs 31 lakh near Dombarwadi toll plaza at Alephata on Wednesday. The customs department, Pune has identified the suspects as Ankush Pandule (25), a farmer from Ashti in Beed district, and electrician Nitin Ambekar (23) of Ulhasnagar in Thane district. A Khed special court has remanded the duo in customs custody till July 23. The department’s narcotics cell officials intercepted the SUV on suspicion of transporting ganja following a tip-off. “A search conducted in the SUV led to the recovery of the ganja. During questioning, Pandule and Ambekar confessed to the crime of procurement and transportation of ganja for sale at Badlapur in Thane district,” joint commissioner (customs) Vaishali Patange said on Thursday. The ganja worth Rs31 lakh and the SUV worth Rs22 lakh have been seized for contravention of the provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. “The narcotics cell is conducting investigations regarding supplier and receiver of the ganja based on the inputs given by the two men,” Patange added. “The mandate of the customs preventive service is to nab economic offenders involved in the evasion of customs duty and criminals engaged in the activity of trafficking of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS). Persons interested in providing genuine information on evasion of customs duty/trafficking of drugs can contact on telephone numbers 020-26051804/26051848,” Patange added.
2019-07-17Mumbai loo-cal: Central Railway motorman halts local train between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar to pee on track, video goes viral - Free Press Journal
Mumbai loo-cal: Central Railway motorman halts local train between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar to pee on track, video goes viral Updated on : 18 July 2019, 11:34 AM IST : Train delay in Central Railway is not unusual, but the reason behind the delay of this train is pretty unusual. A shocking video is doing rounds on social media, which shows a motorman jumping off the train that he had halted, standing in front of the train between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar and taking a leak on the tracks. According to Mid-Day, the date of the incident is not yet confirmed but the railway officials said that they will look into the matter. The video was shot by a person standing on a flyover nearby. The video shows that the motorman standing in front of a local train that is halted between two stations and urinating. The video also shows that he climbs back into the motorman's cabin and the train starts moments later. CR's senior public relations officer A K Jain told the leading daily, "The video has been taken of a Central Railway train, but we are still to verify whether this has been taken on Wednesday or a few days ago." Railway officials also told the leading daily that before any motorman boards the train, that is scheduled to travel a long distance, they get three hours to complete all activities and chores, so generally, such a situation never arises.
2019-07-17Ulhasnagar: Railway motorman stops train to attend nature's call - Times of India
Ulhasnagar: Railway motorman stops train to attend nature's call Updated: Jul 17, 2019, 22:04 IST : ULHASNAGAR: In a shocking video, a motorman of a local train stopped the train between Ulhasnagar and Vithalwadi railway station to urinate on the tracks on Wednesday afternoon. The local train was on its way to Mumbai when the incident occurred. The video of incident now has gone viral on social media. The eyewitness, Sonu Shinde, said he found it unbelievable at first. Shinde who works in to local news channel was on his way towards work when he saw the train come to a halt. When he saw the motorman climb down, he started taking the video in which entire incident has bee captured. When contacted, a senior Central Railway Officials said, “We have received video but we are still examine its authenticity”.
2019-07-17Overhead cable falls on CR local near Kalyan, injures 2 commuters - Hindustan Times
Overhead cable falls on CR local near Kalyan, injures 2 commuters Updated: Jul 18, 2019 00:15 IST : Two women travelling on the footboard of a local train were injured when an overhead wire fell on the train between Vitthalwadi and Kalyan stations on Wednesday morning. Ruchika Sabhagani, 23, and Nisha Kulkarni, 25, were on their way to work and were taken to Railway Hospital in Kalyan, where their injuries were treated. Both have been discharged. The incident disrupted train services, both long distance and local, for more than three hours. Commuters were forced to walk on railway tracks to reach the nearest station. Around 8.30am, an overhead wire fell on a ladies compartment of a Badlapur-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) local train between Vithalwadi and Kalyan stations on Central Railway (CR). Sabhagani and Kulkarni were standing on the train’s footboard and were injured when the wire snapped and fell on them while the train was moving. The train was stopped after the incident. Sabhagani is a physiotherapist and was travelling to Thane for work. Kulkarni works in a bank and had been on her way to her office in Dombivli. Sabhagani sustained injuries on her forehead while Kulkarni’s hand was injured in the incident. “Ruchika boarded the local from Ulhasnagar. After the wire hit her, she was unconscious for some time. She doesn’t remember what happened. With help from commuters and the railway police, she was brought to the Railway Hospital in Kalyan,” said Sabhagani’s sister, Priyanka. A relative of Kulkarni’s said she was presently stable.
2019-07-16Thane: Car catches fire at Ulhasnagar petrol pump - Times of India
Thane: Car catches fire at Ulhasnagar petrol pump Updated: Jul 16, 2019, 21:31 IST : ULHASNAGAR (THANE): A car caught fire at a 17 section-based petrol pump in Ulhasnagar under Thane district of Maharashtra on Tuesday afternoon. Looking at the smoke, the car driver and the staff of the petrol pump pushed the vehicle and took it outside the station. Police said the incident took place due to short circuit in the battery. Later, the petrol pump employees used the fire extinguisher while locals used water to douse the fire.
2019-07-16Mumbai Crime: Man sells car on OLX, gets duped for Rs 4.2 lakh - Mid-day
Mumbai Crime: Man sells car on OLX, gets duped for Rs 4.2 lakh Published: Jul 16, 2019, 15:47 IST: The Bangur Nagar police have caught an accused person who allegedly duped people across the city by getting away with their vehicles selling it on a product selling website and giving them cheques that would eventually bounce. A freelancer casting director Saurabh Singh had put up his I20 Magna car for sale on an online marketplace. The accused then contacted him to purchase the car and also handed him a cheque of Rs 4.2 lakh. But after Saurabh went to deposit it in the bank, the cheque bounced. Post that, he repeatedly asked to be paid, but the accused neither paid up nor did he give Saurabh the car back. The victim then sought help from the police, who after 3 months, caught the accused and recovered the lost car. During an enquiry, it was revealed that besides the victim, many others were cheated in a similar manner, by the accused, said a police official from Bangur Nagar police station. The accused has been identified as Ayaz Sayyed, 32. The Bangur Nagar police caught the accused from Powai and he was produced before the court where he was remanded in police custody. During an interrogation, Sayyed confessed to committing the crime and also revealed his involvement in many similar cases of cheating in Ulhasnagar, Oshiwara, MIDC and Goregaon areas. Victim says I am a freelance casting director, residing in Bangur Nagar area situated in Goregaon west. I wanted to sell my I20 Magna car and uploaded images on an online marketplace. Sayyed then approached me and finalized a deal. He purchased the car for an amount of Rs 4.2 lakh via cheque. I asked him to pay me via RTGS but he said that the company he works for (AA Motors) has a policy of purchasing vehicles via cheque payments only. Trusting him, I handed him over the car and took the cheque. A couple of days later, while trying to deposit it, I realized the cheque bounced. After I contacted him, he apologised and promised to pay me soon, however, that did not happen. Fed up, I then went to the police station to file a complaint. A few days ago, I received information from the police station that they had arrested the accused and also recovered my car. The accused has similar cases against him and after the police arrested him, he confessed to another five-six cases that took place in recent months, said a police official from Bangur Nagar police station. He has been booked and arrested under various sections of IPC and was produced before court again and remanded two days police custody the official added.
2019-07-1613 Shocking Images Show India's Major Rivers Are Dying Of Pollution And It's All Our Fault - India Times
13 Shocking Images Show India's Major Rivers Are Dying Of Pollution And It's All Our Fault Updated: Jul 16, 2019, 18:38 IST : One of our most precious gifts from nature, rivers are the major source of food and fresh water. The rivers are indeed our source of life. The uniqueness of rivers is that they provide homes to fishes and other animals. Conservation of rivers is needed because the cycle of ecosystem is dependent on it. Unfortunately, the pollution in rivers is causing a drastic shift in the ecosystem. All of this happening because of increased pressure on the water bodies and the rapid increase in the human population. Urban centres are one of the biggest contributors to pollution in the rivers and most of the major rivers in India are suffering at our hands. Here are some images that show how we have destroyed our most precious gifts from nature. 1. Ganga, Prayagraj The river Ganga occupies a unique position in Hindu culture and is considered the holiest river in India. The river flows through 29 Indian cities with huge populations which means there is a proportional increase in human, Industrial waste and religious events. Yamuna, Delhi River Yamuna is one of the most polluted rivers of the India and the second largest tributary river of the Ganga. The holy river is getting polluted especially around New Delhi with garbage and industrial sewage 3. Sabarmati, Ahmedabad Sabarmati River is one of the major west flowing river of Gujarat and third most polluted river in the country. It originates from Arravali hill ranges in Rajasthan and flows towards the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat. 4. Brahmaputra, Assam The Brahmaputra is facing the crisis of pollution in Assam. The 2,900 km long river, the lifeline of the region is in an extremely hazardous condition now. Suddenly, the water of the Brahmaputra River in Assam has turned muddy and has changed its colour. 5. Cooum, Chennai Cooum river flows through the major corporation zones of Chennai and the river is highly polluted in this urban area. Polluted part of the Cooum river is fed by pesticides of corporation zones and heavy metals from the industry in Kilpauk and Triplicane. 6. Gomti, Lucknow Gomti river is one of the tributary of the Ganga river and one of the many transcendental rivers in India. The river collects large amounts of human and industrial pollutants from city of Lucknow, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur and Jaunpur. 7. Mithi, Mumbai Mithi river flows through the island of the city of Mumbai and get the water discharges of the Powai and Vihar lakes. The river has been polluted by dumping of industrial waste, raw sewage, organic waste and municipal waste. 8. Mula-Mutha, Pune Mula-Mutha rivers are formed by the confluence of Mula and Mutha rivers in the city of Pune. Pollution are released into the river at Pune and has resulted high levels of pollution in the Bhima river. 9. Musi, Hyderabad Musi river divides the historic old city and the new city of Hyderabad in Telangana state. The river originates in Anantagiri Hills and joins the Krishna river at Vadapally, Musi river is highly polluted in Hyderabad and among most polluted rivers in country. 10. Jhelum, Kashmir A carcass of a sheep floats in the polluted channel of Choont Kol through which Kashmir's Dal Lake discharges into the river at Jhelum. The Jhelum is greatly utilised for its water and food such as fish. Since Jhelum passes through many rural and urban settlements, the river gets polluted with sewage from settlements. 11. Hindon, Ghaziabad Hindon has become a dumping ground for municipal and industrial waste. The biggest casualties are the villagers, for whom the only source of water has turned into a repository of infections and diseases. 12. Ulhas, Mumbai The Ulhas river is a west flowing river in Western India in the state of Maharashtra. Ulhas rivers are highly polluted and their water is unfit for human consumption. Water from both the rivers is supplied to 30 lakh residents in Ulhasnagar, Thane, Kalyan, Badlapur and Dombivli. 13. Vrishabhavathi, Bangalore Vrishabhavathi river of Bangalore is a minor river and one of the tributary of the Arkavathy. The river flows through the south of the Bengaluru city and highly polluted due to domestic and agricultural sources and pollution from industrial waste.
2019-07-15Two merchants arrested with counterfeit currency in Thane - United News of India
Two merchants arrested with counterfeit currency in Thane Thane, Jul 15 (UNI) : Two cloth merchants from Ulhasnagar town of the district have been arrested by the police for allegedly possessing counterfeit currency notes worth Rs 6,000. Acting on a tip off, a team of Crime Branch Unit-V laid a trap near a hotel in Veer Savarkar Nagar on Sunday and apprehended the duo on spotting them. During the search, the police found the counterfeit notes worth Rs 6,000 of denominations of Rs 100 to Rs 500 and seized the currency notes from them, police said on Monday.
2019-07-15HC tells Ulhasnagar SDO to pay 25,000 to petitioner for not fixing error on caste certificate - The Indian Express
HC tells Ulhasnagar SDO to pay 25,000 to petitioner for not fixing error on caste certificate Published: July 16, 2019 1:50:13 am : The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Ulhasnagar to pay Rs 25,000, after the officer refused to issue a fresh caste certificate with the correct spelling of the petitioner’s tribe. The petitioner, Ajay Raising, a minor, had moved the court through his father Bhojraj, seeking directions to the SDO to issue a caste certificate with the correct spelling of his tribe, Tokre. Hearing the plea, a division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Sandeep Shinde said this was a clear clerical error and government officials should have corrected it when someone had pointed it out. The court also observed that people had to approach the court for a clerical error. Directing the SDO to pay Rs 25,000 to the petitioner, the bench also told the officer to issue a fresh caste certificate to the petitioner within four weeks.
2019-07-15Amid saffron wave, 4 Maharashtra NCP MLAs may drift towards ruling parties - Hindustan Times
Amid saffron wave, 4 Maharashtra NCP MLAs may drift towards ruling parties Updated: Jul 16, 2019 01:06 IST : Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) legislator Sangram Jagtap, who took on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of senior former Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, in the high-profile contest in Ahmednagar constituency in the Lok Sabha polls, is said to be on his way out to join the Shiv Sena. Jagtap is not the only one likely to quit the NCP. Speculation is rife in the NCP that three sitting legislators – Avdhut Tatkare (Shrivardhan), Bhausaheb Chikatgaonkar (Vaijapur) and Jyoti Kalani (Ulhasnagar) – are likely to quit party ahead of the state Assembly elections. At least two senior leaders from the NCP confirmed to HT the likelihood of these four legislators quitting the party. HT spoke to all four legislators independently. While three refuted the rumours of crossover, Tatkare admitted he was likely to join the Sena. “Jagtap and Tatkare are likely to join the Sena whereas the other two, Chikatgaonkar and Kalani, may join the BJP,” said a senior NCP leader and former minister, who did not want to be named. In the last two months, two MLAs — Jaydutt Kshirsagar and Pandurang Barora - have already quit the party and joined the Shiv Sena. Tatkare said, “You can say that something is on, but things are yet to be finalized. In the seat-sharing agreement between the ruling allies (BJP and Sena), Shrivardhan is with the Shiv Sena.” Avdhut is the son of NCP MP Sunil Tatkare’s elder brother Anil. Differences between the brothers (Sunil and Anil) came to the fore when Sandeep Tatkare, another son of Anil Tatkare, contested municipal council polls against NCP candidate Santosh Potfode in Roha of Raigad district. Anil Tatkare, too, had campaigned for his son. Sandeep lost the elections despite getting the Shiv Sena’s support and the family dispute deepened even further, after Sunil Tatkare, in 2018, chose his son, Aniket, for the MLC seat got vacated after Anil Tatkare completed his term. Avdhut is considering fielding his wife Revati if Aditi contests. “Now Sunil Tatkare is planning to field his daughter, Aditi, from Shrivardhan and Avdhut, his nephew, may not get the election ticket this time,” said another NCP leader. Aditi is currently the Raigad ZP president. “Jagtap is in talks with the Sena as he wants to ensure his victory in the upcoming polls. In the Lok Sabha, even in his own Assembly constituency of Ahmednagar city, he could get only 50% of votes against Sujay Vikhe Patil (Ahmednagar MP). In the seat-sharing deal between the allies, Ahmednagar city seat is with the Sena. Also, the former Sena MLA Anil Rathod (Ahmednagar city) is crossed the age limit of 68 and may not be considered for contesting the Assembly polls,” said the other senior NCP leader. In 2014, Jagtap defeated Rathod in the Assembly polls. Jagtap denied such a move and called this just speculation. “I am still with the NCP ,” said Jagtap. “Kalani’s son Omi and daughter-in-law Pancham are already in the BJP. Pancham is BJP’s corporator and was also elected the mayor of the Ulhasnagar civic body,” said the NCP leader. Kalani has refuted the claims. “Although my son and daughter-in-law are in the BJP, I am still with the NCP. I am also active in the organization,” she said. “Chikatgaonkar is planning to join the BJP and is in talks with senior leaders. He helped former Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire in Lok Sabha against Congress candidate Subhash Zambad,” said the former NCP minister. But Chikatgaonkar refuted the allegations: “I am not the one who leaves a party in its bad phase.” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “All these MLAs are still with the NCP.”
2019-07-13Conman runs out of luck, arrested - The Hindu
Conman runs out of luck, arrested UPDATED: JULY 13, 2019 23:15 IST : Issued cheques of accounts with low balance to acquire cars The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has arrested a 28-year-old man who allegedly contacted people looking to sell their cars online, acquired their vehicles by issuing cheques of accounts with insufficient balance and went incognito. The accused allegedly changed SIM cards after every con job and shifted his residence every few months to evade arrest. Cheques bounce According to the Crime Branch officials, the accused has been identified as Mohammed Ayyaz Sayyed. An officer said Mr. Sayyed was arrested on Friday after Sunil Mane, assistant police inspector with the Property Cell, received a tip-off. A Crime Branch officer said, “Mr. Sayyed had recently handed a cheque to acquire a four-wheeler from an Andheri resident who had advertised it on the website OLX. When the cheque bounced, the victim tried contacting Mr. Sayyed, but could not reach him. He then filed a complaint with the MIDC police. We learnt that Mr. Sayyed had last contacted the complainant from a location in Powai. We soon started working with informants in the area.” On Friday morning, the police learnt that Mr. Sayyed had left the city and would be returning that evening. A team from the Property Cell laid a trap and picked him up while he was returning home after attending a religious event in Bengaluru. The officer said, “Mr. Sayyed’s interrogation resulted in the detection of four other cases. They were registered with the Goregaon, Oshiwara, Bangur Nagar and Ulhasnagar police stations this year. According to inquiries so far, he started the racket in March 2018 and was arrested in May last year. He had committed six offences in various areas in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. After being released on bail in December, he went back to his life of crime.” Changed houses often Over the last two years, Mr. Sayyed has frequently shifted residences. He has stayed in areas such as Dongri, Vikhroli, Kharghar in Navi Mumbai and Mumbra in Thane. He would always take care to pick victims on OLX who stayed far away from his current location. The police are now interrogating Mr. Sayyed to find out how many such offences he has committed. The officer said, “We have recovered the four-wheeler that he had fraudulently obtained from the Andheri resident. We have informed all police stations concerned about his arrest so that they can seek his custody. Efforts are under way to recover the rest of the vehicles he has sold so far.”
2019-07-13National Lok Adalats resolve 214 cases in Mumbai - Mumbai Mirror
National Lok Adalats resolve 214 cases in Mumbai Updated: Jul 13, 2019, 23:30 IST : The National Lok Adalats conducted at both the Sessions Court complexes in the city resulted in the disposal of 214 cases. The legally- backed process saw the settlement of claims worth close to Rs 8 crore for both pre-litigation as well as pending cases from state run banks, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) at the South Mumbai as well as Dindoshi court complexes. Lok Adalats have the backing of the Legal Services Authority Act and help resolve disputes and cut down on the heavy backlog of cases in the courts. Out of the 214 cases that were disposed, 95 were in the pre-litigation stage. Of the remaining 119 cases that were pending trial, 101 were from the City Civil and Sessions Court at South Mumbai while 18 were from Dindoshi Sessions Court. In addition to saving the time of both the complainant and respondent, the process of settling claims reduces the workload of the judiciary, which has a heavy backlog of cases – close to 3.50 crore – at the national level as per the latest official data. SBI Cards, handling the bank’s card default cases had over 800 cases awaiting pre-litigation, some of which were settled before the Lok Adalat on Saturday. The division, however, managed to settle only 20 of those cases. There was one Lok Adalat panel dedicated to cases related to SBI Cards at the courts at Kalyan, Thane and Ulhasnagar. Apart from SBI Cards, cases related to other state run banks like Canara Bank and Central Bank were also heard by the Lok Adalat panels across the city. A court staffer stated that over a hundred bank recovery cases were listed for adjudication today just at the South Mumbai based Sessions Court. The process involves a judge, a lawyer and a social worker who serve as panelists for a day while parties to cases settle their disputes amicably. Once both parties reach an agreement, the decision is considered final and cannot be appealed in a higher court of law. Exhaustive statistics about the recently-concluded Lok Adalats at the state and national level will be released in the coming days. The next session of the National Lok Adalat is scheduled for September 14.
2019-07-12Mumbai: Man arrested for duping car owners on OLX - Free Press Journal
Mumbai: Man arrested for duping car owners on OLX Updated on : 13 July 2019, 11:50 AM IST : Mumbai: The Property Cell of the Mumbai Crime Cranch on Thursday arrested a 28-year-old man for duping OLX customers. Police recovered two cars from the accused, Mohammad Ayaz Sayyad, a Borivali resident. As per the Crime Branch, Sayyad used to target OLX, an online marketplace, customers. Sayyad used to pose as prospec­tive buyer and contacted the car owners, who pposted adds on OLX to sell their car. He would fix a meet with owners in hotels and agree to buy their car, so would ask to come with a car and papers. When the owners would meet him, Sayyad used to check the papers and buy the vehicle by giving 20% in cash and the rest via cheque. To make the owners believe him, he produced documents like PAN and Aadhaar. Sayyad ensured the owners gave him the RTO NOC, so he could sell the car. After the deal, Sayyad took the car and sold it to someone else, which he bought earlier by giving 20% of the fixed amount. When the original owner tried to encash the cheque, it got bounced. When the owner tried to locate him via the documents he realised, documents were forged. Police received complaints from Mumbai and Thane of many OLX customers who were duped in similar fashion. On Thursday, Property Cell receives information of Sayyad coming to Powai after which he was arrested. Police said Sayyad was arrested previously in six cases of cheating car owners in similar way and was released on bail recently. After coming out of jail, Sayyad duped 5 people from Goregaon, Oshiwara, MIDC and Bangur Nagar and Ulhasnagar.
2019-07-11Two boys go missing from state-run children’s home in Ulhasnagar - Mumbai Mirror
Two boys go missing from state-run children’s home in Ulhasnagar Updated: Jul 11, 2019, 07:16 IST : Four had escaped on July 6, two of whom were traced 2 days later at Nashik station. The disappearance of four boys from a state-run children’s home in Ulhasnagar last week has put the spotlight back on how the government has failed underprivileged kids. Four of the 28 children in the home—aged between 13 and 14—ran away on July 6, prompting the authorities to launch a massive search. Two of them were traced on Monday, nearly 100 km away, at Nashik railway station. The other two are still missing. Most of the children at the home have been rescued from begging syndicates. Mirror had on August 23, 2010, disclosed the horrors inflicted upon 19 mentally-challenged children at a shelter in Kavdas, Thane, followed by another exposé on March 5, 2011, of the abuse of 19 other children at a shelter in Panvel. The reports prompted the Bombay High Court in 2017 to ask the court-appointed State Coordination Committee for Child Protection to suggest holistic changes to the state’s policy on children’s homes. It also directed the government to open more shelters, provide trained caregivers and ensure that children undergo medical tests twice a year. Little of that has materialised—rehabilitation shelters are still poorly supervised. The four boys’ escape from the Ulhasnagar home went unnoticed for six hours, despite the posting of a security guard at the gate. Nor was there any CCTV camera on the premises, leaving the authorities with no clue on how they managed to get out. “Caretaker Sandeep Salunkhe was on night duty, from 10 pm on July 6 till 7 am next day. By 10 pm, all children went to sleep after dinner. Around 4 am, when Salunkhe went for a routine inspection, he found that four of the children were missing,” said Prateeksha Thakre, superintendent of the home. She said a search was immediately launched at nearby children’s homes and temples as well at Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Kalyan railway stations. With no inkling of the children’s whereabouts, the shelter’s authorities approached the police, the railway police and the NGO Childline. The Hill Line police in Ulhasnagar registered a case under Section 363 of the IPC (kidnapping). Thakre said two of the boys boarded a train at Ulhasnagar station and got down at Nashik. “They were loitering on the platform. After the necessary paperwork, we brought them back,” said Thakre. A police officer said they are pulling out all the stops to track down the other two children. “Their details and photographs have been circulated at all police stations and railway stations in the state. We are also investigating if someone helped them flee from the home.”
2019-07-10Kids sow saplings to mark environment day - Hindustan Times
Kids sow saplings to mark environment day Updated: Jul 10, 2019 10:33 IST : Seva Sadan High School, Ulhasnagar, celebrated World Environment Day recently by planting saplings in the school premises. To increase our students curiosity and to help them bring closure to nature, we planted trees in our school premises. We also made posters on the theme Saving Environment, said of the school teachers. We are sure these small steps will help in making the world a safer and reliable place to live in, the teacher said.
2019-07-09FYJC admissions: 1.17 lakh aspirants apply for commerce - Hindustan Times
FYJC admissions: 1.17 lakh aspirants apply for commerce Updated: Jul 09, 2019 14:22 IST : More than 63% students entering first-year junior college (FYJC) in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) have opted for the commerce stream, according to data from the general merit list released on July 6. Of the total 1.85 lakh students whose names appeared in the list, 1.17 lakh students opted for commerce for this year. In MMR, there are currently more than 1.74 lakh FYJC commerce seats. “Commerce has always remained a popular choice for students as there are a lot of career opportunities for students after they finish their course,” said Satram Verhani, vice principal, CHM college Ulhasnagar. “Every year, admissions for the stream are full and all our seats, including those reserved under the minority quota, get filled. Even with the additional seats this year, we are expecting a huge demand.” The second-most popular choice was science, with more than 49,000 (27%) aspirants applying for the stream. In MMR, there more than 1.02 lakh FYJC science seats. The science stream also has the largest share of top scorers applying for an FYJC seat this year. Over 60% of the applicants scoring 90% and above have opted for science. Over 17,000 aspirants have opted for arts while 1,354 have selected HSC vocational. More than 800 applicants who have scored 90% and above have applied for arts. “Most high scorers applying for arts are usually from non-state board schools. Many students want to take up psychology and literature for their graduation, and hence prefer making the switch to the state board. This keeps the cut-offs for arts high; even as there are a lot of seats, there is a tough competition in prominent colleges,” said the principal of a south Mumbai college, who did not wish to be named.
2019-07-09New cabinet members take charge at Mumbai school - Hindustan Times
New cabinet members take charge at Mumbai school Updated: Jul 10, 2019 00:45 IST : St Arnold’s High School and Jr college, Andheri (East), formed the school cabinet recently based on the theme ‘Unlock the future’. The ceremony was held with the highest degree of earnestness and passion, said a teacher. “It is important to inculcate leadership qualities in students and give them a feel of functioning of the administrative body,” one of the teachers said. The function was presided over by the school principal, Rev Fr Jossie Fernandes. He motivated the student council to keep moving forward despite all obstacles in life. He also advised them to be role models and extended a supporting hand for the smooth functioning of the school. Ulhasnagar school Kids sow saplings to mark environment day Seva Sadan High School, Ulhasnagar, celebrated World Environment Day recently by planting saplings in the school premises. “To increase our students’ curiosity and to help them bring closure to nature, we planted trees in our school premises.We also made posters on the theme ‘Saving Environment’,” said of the school teachers. “We are sure these small steps will help in making the world a safer and reliable place to live in,” the teacher said.
2019-07-08Fact Check: Jalna video of motorcycle falling inside a big pothole goes viral as being from Mumbai - India Today
Fact Check: Jalna video of motorcycle falling inside a big pothole goes viral as being from Mumbai UPDATED: July 8, 2019 22:04 IST : Even as heavy monsoon rain lashes Mumbai, inundating low-lying areas of the city, a shocking video on social media is sending shivers of dread down citizens’ spines. The viral video shows a motorcycle being pulled out of a water-filled pothole’ in Mumbai. While some social media users claimed the video was recorded in Chembur, others said it was from Ulhasnagar in neighbouring Thane district. But all of them blamed the local authorities for not doing their job properly. India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found out that the video is not from Mumbai but from Jalna district of Maharashtra, which is about 400 km away from state’s capital. The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 2.
2019-07-08Indian Man stabs and kills Woman after Friendship Spat - DESIblitz
Indian Man stabs and kills Woman after Friendship Spat July 8, 2019 : An Indian man identified as Karan Manohar Dakhani, aged 23, was arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman to death. It is believed that Dakhani murdered 26-year-old housewife Sanam Sachin Karotiya following a bitter spat between the two. They had been friends prior to the row and had kept in regular contact with each other. The incident happened in broad daylight at APMC market in Kalyan, Maharashtra. According to officers from Bazarpeth Police Station, they got word of the stabbing and arrested Dakhani within an hour of the stabbing incident. They received a phone call from a witness who explained that a woman had been stabbed a number of times by a man. The victim was taken to the nearby Bai Rukhminibai hospital in Kalyan, but she was declared dead. DCP Vivek Pansare, who operates in the city of Kalyan, said: “The incident took place at around 4:30 pm.” “She was stabbed several times in her stomach and chest by the accused with the help of a knife.” Police began investigating the murder. With the help of witness statements and CCTV footage which captured the incident, they identified and arrested Dakhani. They discovered that the Indian man was a resident of Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra and was unemployed. Officers also found out that he has a criminal history. According to officers, Dakhani and Sanam had been good friends, however, an argument between the two led to the victim cutting ties with the suspect.
2019-07-07Thane clerk in ACB net - United News of India
Thane clerk in ACB net Thane, Jul 7 (UNI) : A clerk with the Ulhasnagar tehsil in the district has been arrested for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from a physically-challenged girl to restart her grants, police said. An offence under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988 has been registered against the clerk Deepali Pawar, 45, working in the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana cell of the Ulhasnagar tehsil office, police added. The grant being given to the dumb and deaf child was stopped by the government for some reasons and for restarting it, the clerk demanded Rs 4,000.
2019-07-07Thane: Woman stabbed to death by bike-borne assailants, incident captured on CCTV - Times Now
Thane: Woman stabbed to death by bike-borne assailants, incident captured on CCTV Updated Jul 07, 2019 : Thane: In yet another case of crime against women, a 24-year-old woman from Ulhasnagar was stabbed to death by bike-borne assailants at APMC market in Kalyan. Police have arrested one person in connection with the murder. The woman was murdered when she was waiting for someone at the market. The bike-borne assailants stabbed the woman multiple times. The victim was immediately rushed to Fortis hospital where she was declared brought dead. According to a report, the whole incident was captured in a CCTV camera installed in the APMC market premises. The police managed to reach Dhake after checking into the victim's phone. The footage shows the woman standing near a 'scooty' as two men on a bike approach her. The assailants stab her multiple times and fled the spot. The police arrested the accused within an hour of the murder. The police are now hunting for another accused who was the main rider of the bike. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Anil Powar (Kalyan Region), prima-facie the murder appears to be a case of the love affair, but an investigation is underway in the case. According to police, the accused Babu Dhakne said he was in love with the victim, but he decided to kill her after she refused to divorce her husband and marry him. Dhakne also hails from Ulhasnagar. Additional Commissioner of Police Dattatrey Karale, said they have formed a crack team to nab the other accused.
2019-07-07Delhi man stabs mother for not giving money to buy liquor - Mid-day
Delhi man stabs mother for not giving money to buy liquor Published: Jul 07, 2019, 15:06 IST : New Delhi: In a shocking incident, a man in an inebriated state allegedly stabbed his mother to death in Model Town last night, police said on Sunday. The accused, who surrendered before the police, alleged that he killed his mother in a rage after she refused to give him money to purchase liquor. "A man came to us in the morning and alleged that he killed his mother after she denied him a certain amount to purchase liquor. We have taken him into custody for interrogation," police stated. The mother has been identified as Asha Devi and the accused as Deepak, respectively. The deceased used to work as a maid at various houses. An FIR has been registered and an investigation is underway. In another incident, a housewife was stabbed to death by her friend in Kalyan's APMC market in broad daylight. Kalyan Bazarpeth police arrested the accused within an hour. As per the police, they received a call about a woman being stabbed by a person several times. The woman was identified as Sanam Sachin Karotiya, who is a resident of Unit number 3, Ulhasnagar. The woman was declared dead at the Rukmini Bai hospital. DCP Vivek Pansare of Kalyan Division told Mumbai Mirror, “The incident took place around 1630 hours. She was stabbed several times on her stomach and chest by the accused with the help of a knife."
2019-07-07Thane clerk in ACB net - United News of India
Thane clerk in ACB net Thane, Jul 7 (UNI) : A clerk with the Ulhasnagar tehsil in the district has been arrested for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from a physically-challenged girl to restart her grants, police said. An offence under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988 has been registered against the clerk Deepali Pawar, 45, working in the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana cell of the Ulhasnagar tehsil office, police added. The grant being given to the dumb and deaf child was stopped by the government for some reasons and for restarting it, the clerk demanded Rs 4,000.
2019-07-07Clerk caught taking bribe to start grant of hearing, speech impaired girl; held - Hindustan Times
Clerk caught taking bribe to start grant of hearing, speech impaired girl; held Updated: Jul 07, 2019 12:57 IST : A woman clerk at a revenue office in Thane in Maharashtra has been arrested for allegedly taking bribe to re-start financial grant to a physically challenged minor girl, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said. The financial benefits accorded to the girl, who was deaf and mute, were stopped earlier due to some reasons. Her neighbour, in a bid to help her, approached Deepali Pawar (45), who worked as a clerk at the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana cell in Ulhasnagar tehsil office here, the ACB said in a release issued on Sunday. Pawar allegedly demanded Rs 4,000 from the girl's neighbour to facilitate re-start of the grant, it said. The girl's neighbour then approached the ACB, which laid a trap and caught the clerk while she was accepting Rs 2,000 as first installment of the bribe from the complainant at her office on Saturday, the release said. The accused was subsequently arrested and booked under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, it added.
2019-07-07Top scorers from CBSE, ICSE apply for FYJC seats in Maharashtra - Hindustan Times
Top scorers from CBSE, ICSE apply for FYJC seats in Maharashtra Updated: Jul 07, 2019 23:40 IST : With non-state board students accounting for 80% of applications in the 95% and above slot for first-year junior college (FYJC) admissions this year, state board students might have a tough time getting a seat in some of the most sought-after colleges in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The first merit list for FYJC will be declared on July 12 at 6pm.On Friday, the state education department released the general merit list for FYJC admissions in which students got to know their merit ranks and could check their scores on the admission portal before the final merit lists. According to the data shared by the department, 1,487 students who have scored 95% and above are in the race for FYJC admissions this year. Of these, only 301 students (20%) are from the state board, while the others are from CBSE, ICSE and IGCSE boards. Even as over 91% students qualifying for admissions are from the state board, very few of them have made it to the top berths, data has revealed. Of the 6,607 students who have scored between 90% and 95%, only 3,453 (52%) are from the state board. Every year, we see that a lot of students from the other boards make it to the first merit list. However this year, with the state board students scoring low owing to the new paper pattern, only a few might be able to make the cut, said a principal of a south Mumbai college. After a dip in the pass percentage for SSC this year, the education department allowed 98 prominent junior colleges in the MMR to increase their seats by 5-8%. Even after the additional seats, competition will remain fierce as there are many top scorers in other boards. As far as minority colleges are concerned, 50% of the additional seats will be for minority, which will be surrendered only at the end of three rounds, said Satram Verhani, vice-principal, CHM college, Ulhasnagar.
2019-07-07Thane: Clerk held for taking bribe to start grant of physically challenged girl - India Today
Thane: Clerk held for taking bribe to start grant of physically challenged girl UPDATED: July 7, 2019 14:43 IST : A woman clerk at a revenue office in Thane in Maharashtra has been arrested for allegedly taking bribe to re-start financial grant to a physically challenged minor girl, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said. The financial benefits accorded to the girl, who was deaf and mute, were stopped earlier due to some reasons. Her neighbour, in a bid to help her, approached Deepali Pawar (45), who worked as a clerk at the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana cell in Ulhasnagar tehsil office in Thane, the ACB said in a release issued on Sunday. Pawar allegedly demanded Rs 4,000 from the girl's neighbour to facilitate re-start of the grant, it said. The girl's neighbour then approached the ACB, which laid a trap and caught the clerk while she was accepting Rs 2,000 as first installment of the bribe from the complainant at her office on Saturday, the release said. The accused was subsequently arrested and booked under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, it added.
2019-07-06Two bikers stab woman to death at Kalyan market - Times of India
Two bikers stab woman to death at Kalyan market Updated: Jul 6, 2019, 8:48 IST : KALYAN: In a shocking incident, a 24-year-old married woman from Ulhasnagar was stabbed to death by two bike-borne youths in the Kalyan APMC market on Thursday. The Thane police arrested the main suspect, Babu Dhakni (24), within an hour of the murder. They are looking for his accomplice who was riding the bike. Anil Powar, assistant commissioner of police (Kalyan region) said: facie, it seems there was a love angle behind the murder, but we are probing the matter. The police said Dhakne, who is also from Ulhasnagar, claimed he loved the woman and got upset when she rejected his proposal to get a divorce and marry him, so decided to kill her. CCTV cameras captured the woman standing next to her scooty at the APMC market at 4.30pm. Within minutes, Dhakni's bike halts next to her. He and his friend stab her multiple times and then flee on their bike. Passersby alerted the Bazarpeth police who rushed the woman to Fortis Hospital, but she died during treatment. Dattatrey Karale, additional commissioner of police (Thane), formed six teams to nab the accused. The police checked the victim's phone and managed to trace Dhakni within an hour.
2019-07-06Mumbai crime: Man stabs woman on chest in Kalyan, arrested - Mid-day
Mumbai crime: Man stabs woman on chest in Kalyan, arrested Published: Jul 06, 2019, 14:43 IST : A housewife, 26, was stabbed to death by her friend in Kalyan's APMC market in broad daylight. Kalyan Bazarpeth police arrested the accused within an hour. As per the police, they received a call about a woman being stabbed by a person several times. The woman was identified as Sanam Sachin Karotiya, 26 who is a resident of Unit number 3, Ulhasnagar. The woman was declared dead at the Rukmini Bai hospital. DCP Vivek Pansare of Kalyan Division told Mumbai Mirror, “The incident took place around 1630 hours. She was stabbed several times on her stomach and chest by the accused with the help of a knife." The police arrested the accused, Karan Manohar Dakhani, 23, a resident of Ulhasnagar with the help of technical details. As per Dakhani police, the accused is jobless and has a criminal history. Dakhani and Karotiya were friends and Karotiya recently stopped talking to him. The police suspect that this is the reason by Dakhani brought Karotiya to the market which is isolated in the evening and allegedly stabbed her several times and fled away. Further investigation is underway.
2019-07-06Paramour kills married woman in Kalyan - Free Press Journal
Paramour kills married woman in Kalyan Updated on : 6 July 2019, 12:31 PM IST : Thane: In a tragic incident, a 24-year-oldmarried woman was stabbed to death by her lover in Kalyan, police said on Friday. According to the police, two persons came on a bike and one stabbed the woman to death in APMC market, Kalyan at 4.30pm. One accused, Babu Thakani (24), was arrested. A hunt is on to nab the second accused, who was on bike, a senior police official said. “The deceased woman, Radhika Chavan (name changed), resided at Ulhasnagar. She was in Kalyan to meet her friend,” he said. Somehow, the accused got to know of her visit to Kalyan. He stabbed the woman 5-6 times, and fled the spot. The victim was rushed to a private hospital, where she succumbed during the treatment, police said. Police said the accused, Babu Thakani, and the deceased woman lived at Ulhasnagar. During the initial investigation, police learnt she had an extramarital affair with the accused, who wanted to marry her, but she ignored, resulting in her death.
2019-07-05Mumbai: Man arrested for stabbing woman - The Indian Express
Mumbai: Man arrested for stabbing woman Updated: July 6, 2019 4:08:09 am : A man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 25-year-old woman in a crowded market place in broad daylight in Kalyan on Friday. Sanam Kathoria, a resident of Ulhasnagar, was stabbed repeatedly on his back and stomach by two assailants, said police. She was rushed to a nearby government hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The man arrested has been identified as Babu Dhakni. The incident took place around 4.30 pm at the Kanda Batata market, where Kathoria had gone to meet her friends. The two assailants had come on a motorcycle, which has been seized.
2019-07-05Man stabs friend to death in Kalyan, arrested - Mumbai Mirror
Man stabs friend to death in Kalyan, arrested Updated: Jul 5, 2019, 22:02 IST P; A twenty-six-year-old housewife was stabbed to death by her friend in Kalyan’s APMC market in broad daylight, said Kalyan’s Bazarpeth police. The police said they detected the case and arrested the accused in just an hour. According to the Bazarpeth police in Kalyan they received a call about a woman Sanam Sachin Karotiya, 26 a resident of Unit number 3 in Ulhasnagar been stabbed by a person several times. The woman was rushed to the nearby Bai Rukhmini Bai hospital where she was declared dead. “The incident took place around 1630 hours. She was stabbed several times on her stomach and chest by the accused with the help of a knife,” said DCP Vivek Pansare of Kalyan Division. Immediately the police swung in action and with the help of technical details arrested Karan Manohar Dakhani, 23, a resident of Ulhasnagar. Dakhani police said he is jobless and also has criminal history. According to the police, Dakhani and Karotiya were friends and recently Karotiya had stopped talking to Dakhani. The police suspect that because of which Dakhani brought Karotiya to the APMC market which is isolated in the evening time and then allegedly stabbed her several times to kill her and fled away. Further investigation is underway.
2019-07-04In the midst of rain chaos, 29-year old Woman Delivers Baby at Dombivli Station - Mumbai Live
In the midst of rain chaos, 29-year old Woman Delivers Baby at Dombivli Station A resident of Titwala, Jasmine was accompanied by her brother-in-law Suleiman Shaikh to reach Cama Hospital near CSMT. As soon as they boarded the train, Jasmine went into labour at Dombivali station and the commuters along with Government Railway Police (GRP) officers helped her in her delivery on Platform number 3 at 7:21 am. They were also accompanied by two nurses who were commuting. Dombivli's 1 Rupee clinic doctors reached the spot after the infant was delivered and helped them cut the umbilical cord.
2019-07-03Stranded and left to manage, Mumbaikars have a tough day - DNA India
Stranded and left to manage, Mumbaikars have a tough day Updated: Jul 3, 2019, 06:20 AM IST : Tuesday was a tough day for many citizens, who were either stranded or had to manage themselves, as the rains had halted their movement. Zahir Langha, a resident of Akola, who was in the city with his family, wanted to head back home when the railways messaged saying the train was cancelled. "My train was from Kurla but it got cancelled. We then booked a train from Kalyan. It has been over half an hour and there is no sign of any train that will take us to Kalyan," said Langha, waiting for a train at CSMT with family and luggage. With the rains throwing the railway schedule for a toss, many citizens had trouble reaching their destinations. Jayesh Vora, a Dombivali resident, was one such. Forced to venture out on account of work, he had to use multiple modes of transport to reach Ghatkopar. "I have my shop at Ghatkopar, and I got a call in the morning saying there was flooding in the area. The regular 35 minutes journey by train took me nearly two hours. I took a train to Thane; from there I struggled further via road. I would have not stepped out, had it not been this urgent," he informed. For some, who wanted to work from home, it was not easy. Ulhasnagar resident Upasana Singh, who works in South Mumbai, was unable to work as her job is data dependent and requires her to be in the office. "However, it feels good to stay home with family. Otherwise on days like these, if I venture out, everyone is worried until I return," she said.

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Nitin Lulla      [ 2012-02-01 ]
Jaise mumbai bahar se khubsoorat hai or Andar se utna hi ganda or worst hai, waise hi ulhasnagar b lookiwise acha hota ja raha hai but uski tarah andar se ganda or khatrnak b ho raha hai..
ajusudhir      [ 2012-01-24 ]
I LOVE ULHASNAGER
rajesh varma      [ 2011-12-30 ]
kindly control the street dog... in ulhasnagar 1
Lalu      [ 2011-12-25 ]
Please clear the illegal Parkig of 2 lines of Trucks Parked on both sides of road at Vithalwaadi Rly. station raod, near kajal Petrol Pump, Ulhasnagar-3.
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