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August-2019 News & Updates from the City of Ulhasnagar/Sindhunagar, Maharashtra, India. Ulhasnagar City News indexed across timeline for easy retrieval.

2019-08-31Building collapse residents sits on indefinite strike in Ulhasnagar demanding for higher FSI - Times of India
Building collapse residents sits on indefinite strike in Ulhasnagar demanding for higher FSI Updated: Aug 31, 2019, 11:26 IST : ULHASNAGAR: The residents affected in Mahak building collapse incident on Saturday sat on indefinite hunger strike with other buildings residents affected in past over several demands to get back their homes in Ulhasnagar. Residents on strike raise their demand of increasing FSI (Floor Space Index) for Ulhasnagar city so that they can redevelop their building or else demanded state government should allowe them to redevelop their building using same FSI in which it was constructed earlier. Recently, Mahak A building had collapsed affecting three adjoining buildings too. These three buildings were also sealed by UMC. The sealing has left over 500 residents homeless. On Saturday, during indefinite strike, residents from Mahak A, Mahak B Nilkanth and many other building residents sat on a peaceful indefinite strike over their demands. Sanjay Lulla, one of the protesters said, We want that government should increase FSI or else they should allow us to redevelop our building using same area in which it was earlier constructed. Buildings are not redeveloped in absence of proper FSI. Residents said that protest will continue till state government do not approve FSI for the city. Shashikant Dayma an activist who participated in protest said, The government authority should take some concrete steps for the people affected. In the last 10 years, a total of 38 buildings have either crashed or sealed because of their dangerous condition. Over 5,000 people have become homeless in the process. Residents earlier over the same issue tried to meet CM Devendra Fadnavis and also held several protests. Local leader Lal Panjabi said, Of the affected buildings, only Goodman Cottage has been redeveloped. The city has permission for only 1 FSI, while to redevelop these buildings, at least 4 FSI is required. This is possible only if the state approves new development control rules for the city.
2019-08-31Choked Kalyan bridges lead to chaos on roads - Hindustan Times
Choked Kalyan bridges lead to chaos on roads Updated: Sep 01, 2019 01:37 IST : Saturday evening turned out to be a nightmare for commuters in Kalyan, with all four major bridges in the city witnessing heavy traffic jams that lasted for nearly three hours. Many took to social media, calling it the worst traffic jam the city has seen, as travelling on Waldhuni, Shahad, Patripool and Durgadi bridges turned into a nightmare. There were requests asking drivers not to take the bridges. The Patripool bridge helps one connect between Kalyan-Dombivli and Navi Mumbai; the Durgadi bridge between Kalyan, Bhiwandi and Thane; and the Shahad bridge connects Kalyan to Murbad, Titwala, Malshej and Ahmednagar. According to traffic police, a dumper truck broke down on the Waldhuni Bridge — which connects Ulhasnagar and Kalyan — at 3pm, owing to an empty fuel tank and added to commuters’ woes. “The driver told us that there was no fuel in the vehicle, as the civic body did not pay the contractor on time. We had to wait for one-and-a-half hours for the truck to get refuelled. This is negligent on the civic body’s part. Many such dumpers and civic buses break down on the bridges during peak hours,” said Sukhdev Patil, senior traffic police inspector, Kalyan (West). “The dumper broke down all of a sudden and the vehicles on the bridge stopped in a queue. It took 45 minutes for me to cross the bridge; it takes five minutes when there’s no traffic,” said Sandeep Mane, 39, a motorist. The 21-km-long Kalyan-Shilphata road was completely jammed till late evening. “If one bridge gets jammed, the others are also affected by it. Since it is Saturday evening, many people are out shopping for Ganeshotsav,”said Patil. “I was taking my Ganesh idol from Shivaji Chowk to Tehsildar Office on the station road, and it took two almost two hours for me to reach my destination,” said Anand Patil, 40, a resident of Kalyan station road. “The problems multiplied with hawkers and vehicles parked haphazardly on the market road.” At Bail Bazaar, APMC market and Netivli Chowk, vehicles lined up in a long gridlock all the way to Patripool bridge. Similar scenes were witnessed from Prem Auto Chowk to Shahad bridge. Traffic police said 25 officers were deployed to manage the chaos.
2019-08-30Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal appeals people to maintain peace in view of final NRC publication - India Today
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal appeals people to maintain peace in view of final NRC publication UPDATED: August 30, 2019 23:09 IST : A day before the publication of the final list of the government's National Register of Citizens (NRC), Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal urged upon the people of Assam to maintain peace and tranquillity in the state. "The NRC, which has been updated by the State NRC Coordinator and his team under the monitoring of the Supreme Court of India and supervision of the Registrar General of India, is an outcome of the untiring efforts of the thousands of people," Sarbananda Sonowal said in a statement. "Those people whose names have been excluded from proposed NRC, would get an opportunity to file their appeal and be heard in the Foreigners' Tribunal (FT) as per the direction of the Union Home Ministry," Sarbananda Sonowal said. Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Assam government will take care of the cause of the excluded people and due care will be taken so that nobody is subjected to any "unnecessary harassment". "The fact that extension of filing an appeal from 60 days to 120 days to the Foreigners' Tribunal, will help all the excluded persons to enjoy a level playing field. The Government of Assam will take care of the cause of the excluded people and due care will be taken so that nobody is subjected to any unnecessary harassment," Sarbananda Sonowal said. Sarbananda Sonowal asserted a person cannot be treated as "foreigner" as long as the appellant's plea remains sub-judice with the Foreigner's Tribunal. NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens, which was prepared for the only time in 1951. It is being updated for Assam as of now to weed out illegal immigrants. Last month, the Supreme Court had extended the deadline for the final publication of NRC from July 31 to August 31. It had rejected a plea to extend the NRC deadline for sample verification. Ahead of the move, central paramilitary forces have been directed to maintain law and order in Assam.
2019-08-30'Honest' Ulhas civic official demoted - Times of India
'Honest' Ulhas civic official demoted Updated: Aug 30, 2019, 14:02 IST : ULHASNAGAR: Staff at Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation were surprised after municipal commissioner Sudhakar Deshmukh suddenly demoted Yuvraj Bhadane from deputy municipal commissioner to public relations officer, without giving reasons. Bhadane was recently appreciated for work in the tax department, as he ensured a collection of Rs 3.5 crore as local body tax (LBT) in four months, while in the earlier 40 months, only Rs 1.7 crore was collected. Bhadane, also known as a Demolition Man, for his action against illegal constructions, had twice conducted reverse ACB traps for bribe givers.
2019-08-30Exclusive: Chota Shakeel's brother-in-law likely to contest Maharashtra elections - India Today
Exclusive: Chota Shakeel's brother-in-law likely to contest Maharashtra elections August 30, 2019 23:07 IST : The upcoming Maharashtra state elections will see Salim Qureshi, one of the closest relatives of fugitive underworld don Chota Shakeel, contesting elections. Salim Qureshi also known as Salim Fruit, who was in the past booked under the stringent MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) for extortion cases, plans to contest from Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar Vidhan Sabha constituency in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai. The seat is presently held by Samajwadi Party's Abu Asim Azmi since last two terms. Speaking to India Today, Qureshi said "I plan to contest elections, there are several other interested candidates too". When asked if he has sought a ticket from Asaduddin Owaisi's party AIMIM, he said, "Yes, a lot of other people are also trying and the tickets are yet to be decided, pray something good happens from there. "Posters of Qureshi appeared in areas of Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, Mankhurd during Eid Al Adha and local residents alleged that Qureshi was planning to contest from the assembly seat.
2019-08-30After building collapse, homeless residents protest against civic body - Hindustan Times
After building collapse, homeless residents protest against civic body Updated: Aug 31, 2019 01:23 IST : Around 50 residents, who have been left homeless following a building collapse in Ulhasnagar, gathered at Mahak apartments — which recently witnessed such a disaster — on Friday to launch an indefinite hunger strike against the civic body. The protesters said the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) failed to meet their demands or clarify their status regarding rehabilitation and temporary shelters. “We have been homeless for the past three weeks and the civic body has done nothing. Officials have not even asked if we have a roof over our head,” said Paras Doulatramani, 32, who lived in the B wing of Mahak apartments with his elderly mother until they were vacated. “Some of us are facing health issues and yet, fighting for our basic needs,” he said. On August 13, A wing of Mahak apartments at Camp 3 collapsed, leaving 31 families homeless. Following the incident, residents of B wing and the other three complexes were vacated by the civic body. Earlier, the residents protested outside the UMC’s headquarters, demanding rehabilitation. “This time it’s not only residents from Mahak apartments but also those who lost their homes earlier,” said Sanjay Lulla, 32, who used to live in B wing of Mahak apartments. Residents said they often revisit the site to check if they can retrieve any of their belongings. On Friday, many children who lived in the complex looked for their books or toys in the rubble and debris. “People are collecting as many belongings as possible, including utensils, hoping to start afresh,” said Sashikant Dayma, a social activist. Meanwhile, dumper trucks continued clearing debris from the site at Camp 3. Residents who lived in the nearby buildings, which were declared unsafe after the collapse, said they returned to their flats at night because they did not have an accommodation. “Most of us are living with our relatives. People are still coming to their flats and sleeping here. In the morning, they leave. They are left with no option,” said Lulla. Lending support to the protest were former residents of Nilkanth apartments, from Camp 1, which was razed six years ago after it tilted. “Twenty-two families who left that building have still not been helped by the civic body or the government. We are all living in Kalyan on rent,” said Kaanchan Hinduja, 47, who lives with three other members of her family. A UMC official, on condition of anonymity, said, “The matter of rehabilitating the residents can only be addressed under the cluster development scheme, for which the civic body chief has approached the state government to sanction the pending development control rules.”
2019-08-29Maharashtra Assembly polls: Manoj Tiwari to campaign in Mumbai, walks down memory lane - Mumbai Mirror
Maharashtra Assembly polls: Manoj Tiwari to campaign in Mumbai, walks down memory lane Updated: Aug 29, 2019, 19:44 IST : superstar and Bharatiya Janata Party Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari is all set to return to Mumbai, what he insists continues to be ‘second home’, for marathon rallies in the run-up to the Maharashtra assembly polls slated for October. Tiwari, who has spent years in tinsel town making his mark on national television with Big Boss 4 in 2010 and grabbing singing contracts in Bollywood after conquering the Bhojpuri film industry, will woo the ‘Hindi speaking’ voter in the poll-bound state. Following the overwhelming response in the Palghar parliamentary bypolls in May this year, in which Tiwari was one of the star campaigners, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked Tiwari to spare time for at least 50 rallies. The two leaders met in Mumbai last month and have tentative finalised 15 to 17 days of public meetings, rallies and a few roadshows for Tiwari. These rallies are expected to be begin from mid-September and go on till the elections that are likely to be held mid-October, sources told Mirror. For Tiwari, the offer to be a star campaigner in a city where he has several fond memories almost makes him nostalgic. "Of course, now Delhi is my second home…but Mumbai continues to hold a special place in my heart even now. Let’s say that is my second home too. My house is in Shiv Shakti Apartments in Andheri West and my family lives there. There are the fondest memories in that city and I am excited to go back to interact with the ‘Hindi-bhashi’ population that comprises almost 35 per cent of the total population now," Tiwari told Mirror. "Mumbai, Thane, Vashi, Vasai-Virar, Ulhasnagar, Navi Mumbai, Dahisar all have a sizeable Hindi speaking population and will be on my map when I start travelling in the state." As the BJP Delhi unit chief, Tiwari has his hands full with the Delhi assembly polls scheduled for January-February next year but he points out that the BJP is determined to give its best shot in Maharashtra as well and is pooling in all its resources. "It is very important for us to come back to power in Maharashtra and we are not taking these polls lightly. All of us will come together for it," he added. Recalling the Palghar bypolls, Tiwari said, "The response we got then was overwhelming. What used to begin as a normal rally sometimes ended in a massive impromptu roadshow. There was also an interesting story about our party office in Palghar. Every time the local unit tried to open a party office, the neighborhood goons would come and shut it down. After several attempts, I intervened and got the office opened."
2019-08-28Ulhasnagar civic body to outsource razing of unsafe buildings - Hindustan Times
Ulhasnagar civic body to outsource razing of unsafe buildings Updated: Aug 29, 2019 00:54 IST : Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) has decided to outsource the job of demolishing unsafe buildings in its vicinity to a private contractor. The civic body has plans to take strict action against unsafe and illegal buildings after Ganesh Chaturthi, for which the tender process has been initiated. “The idea is to take strict action against unsafe buildings. We will have a dedicated team to demolish such structures. The team will also look for illegal buildings,” said a UMC official, requesting anonymity. The decision comes two weeks after five-storey Mahak apartments at Camp 3 collapsed, leaving around 500 residents homeless. UMC officials said they will wait for responses to their tender notice till September 5, after which they finalise a contractor. “The contractor will have the required manpower and machinery for razing the structures, so that work can be done without delay. Presently, the civic officials take up the job and most of the times it gets delayed due to work in other wards,” said the official. In Ulhasnagar, there are 21 extremely dangerous buildings and 214 dangerous buildings. In the past three weeks, the civic body has razed nine such structures in different localities.
2019-08-28Disciplined traffic can unclog Kalyan-Shilphata, say experts - Hindustan Times
Disciplined traffic can unclog Kalyan-Shilphata, say experts Updated: Aug 29, 2019 00:59 IST : Traffic on the congested Kalyan-Shilphata stretch will worsen during the festival season. With commuters complaining about their ordeal every day, experts and activists said there is a need for short-term measures to deal with the increasing congestion. It will take years for the big projects to be completed. They said the immediate steps would be to manage traffic by installing signals, make roads pothole-free and penalise traffic violators to control the congestion on the 21-km-long stretch. The road connects to Bhiwandi, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Dombivli. “Even after Patripool bridge was shut and dismantled, there was no provision to divert heavy vehicles. Instead of using Kalyan-Shilphata stretch, heavy vehicles should use Mumbra bypass. The traffic police should have planned this before shutting the bridge,” said Sreeniwas Ghanekar, founder of Alert Citizen Forum, Kalyan. Ghanekar has been following up with the authorities on the Kalyan-Shilphata road widening project. “When the Versova bridge in Mumbai developed cracks in 2013, vehicles were diverted with proper planning. When the vital Patripool bridge was dismantled, there are no changes in traffic movement although there is massive congestion every day. This shows the lack of will power of the elected representatives to get things done from the authorities,” said Ghanekar. The population of the area is increasing rapidly, so are the vehicles. For most commuters, there is no alternative route but Kalyan-Shilphata road. Daily commuters want an immediate solution to the nightmare they face. “No measures have been taken to decongest the stretch,” said Rahul Saxena, 39, who drives from Dombivli to Mahape for work daily. “There are many things the traffic department can do and one of them is to penalise offenders. Motorists take the wrong side and end up causing more congestion. Police should take strict action against those violating traffic norms,” he added. A travel time of 30-45 minutes from Kalyan to Shilphata now takes more than two hours due to congestion. Apart from bringing in traffic discipline, the situation can be brought into control by making sure the roads are in good condition. “Potholes should be repaired regularly. There are two toll plazas on the route and still the road is filled with potholes. The authorities should ensure potholes are repaired on time as this will help in a smooth movement of traffic,” said Ghanekar. The stretch has potholes at Daudi naka, Sonarpada, Katai naka to Badlapur road, Premiere colony, Palava junction, Desai naka and Shilphata. Pratap Pawar, 53, a retired town planner of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), said the closure of Patripool bridge should have been planned. “The authorities should have anticipated the congestion and chalked out a plan. They just shut the bridge and dismantled it without thinking about the consequences,” said Pawar. “The new Patripool bridge was built in 2000. They should have built a wider bridge considering the increasing traffic,” he added. After the old Patripool bridge was shut, all vehicles ply on the new Patripool bridge which is narrow. He said, “The new Patripool bridge cannot handle two-way traffic flow. It should have been built as a four-lane bridge, which would have handled the increased number of vehicles. ” Regular commuters started an online campaign and the signed petitions will be sent to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Commuters can search for ‘Traffic at Kalyan Shilphata road . Need a bridge’ and sign. A total of 9,350 people have signed it. Another petition, ‘Terrible traffic handling at Shilphata Kalyan road and Palava’, has 3,824 signatures. “Heavy vehicles cause congestion during peak hours as they are lined up for hours on the stretch. If they are given specific timings to enter city, it will ease traffic to some extent,” said Vishwanath Biwalkar, of Eagle Brigade foundation, which works with traffic police to ease congestion in Dombivli. He said, “It is important that commuters follow traffic rules. Hefty fines should be imposed on violators and parking lots built at different spots on the stretch.” After completion of the six-lane road-widening project, commuters will get relief. “The bridges built in the past few years should have had six lanes. Durgadi bridge also falls on this stretch and the authorities are building a six-lane bridge. A bridge which was built in 2002 has two lanes. They should have built a six-lane bridge earlier. This is the third bridge they are building,” said Pawar.
2019-08-28Kalyan Patripool to be ready two months before the deadline - Hindustan Times
Kalyan Patripool to be ready two months before the deadline Updated: Aug 29, 2019 06:38 IST : The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) recently put up a banner on the Kalyan-Shilphata stretch, giving details about the new Patripool rail overbridge (ROB) that is being constructed. The corporation has set the deadline to February 2020, from the earlier April 2020. “The banner has been put up to explain to commuters how the project will be carried out and how the bridge will look. We expect to complete work on the new bridge in another six months. It will be opened to traffic movement by February,” said an MSRDC officer. The move comes in the backdrop of several commuters demanding that the MSRDC reveal the status of the project. “There have been several complaints that the authority is not providing any details about the project’s status. The board will help us know exactly what is happening. The authority will hopefully stick to the deadline this time,” said a commuter, Suraj Naik, 36. Work on the bridge was earlier delayed owing to clearances from the Central railway (CR) and slowed down during monsoons. The 104-year-old Patripool bridge, which connects Kalyan to Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur, Thane, Bhiwandi and Navi Mumbai, was dismantled by the CR in November last year. Since then, vehicles have been plying on the parallel bridge, leading to massive congestion on the bridge and the adjoining access roads. Commuters have protested the closure of the old bridge without making arrangements for an alternate route. “Just crossing the [parallel] bridge takes an hour sometimes. Even if I leave early, I end up reaching late to office,” said Sanjish Patil, 38, who travels to Navi Mumbai every day. Earlier this month, a 59-year-old man died after his motorcycle was hit by a truck on the bridge.
2019-08-28Extra classes for those who joined FYJC in last round - Hindustan Times
Extra classes for those who joined FYJC in last round Updated: Aug 28, 2019 23:50 IST : As first year junior college (FYJC) admissions concluded on Wednesday, colleges said they would now conduct extra classes for students who have joined after the first-come-first-served (FCFS) round. Several students who received late admissions and those who changed their colleges will start attending classes soon. Most colleges in and around the city began their academic year on August 1. While the education department is yet to release data of the final FCFS round admissions, a state education department official, on condition of anonymity, said nearly 1 lakh seats under the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) are still vacant. Principals said these students will now be asked to attend special lectures in order to ensure they do not miss out on the syllabus taught so far. Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College, Churchgate, said, “We held a meeting with our staff this week and came up with a schedule for special classes. An orientation will also be conducted for them [the new students] so they can be acquainted with the college.” With most colleges conducting for their first unit tests in the second week of September, the new students have just over two weeks to complete the syllabus. Chandibai Himatlal Manshukhani (CHM) College in Ulhasnagar already begun extra classes for students on Wednesday. “We have started classes and practicals for the students. Since the syllabus for the first unit test is limited, we are hoping to complete it soon,” said Satram Verhani, vice principal, CHM college, which began its new academic year on August 1. This year, FYJC admissions were delayed several times owing to various reasons like heavy rain and the introduction of new quotas. The third and final FCFS round in which students, irrespective of their scores could apply against vacant seats took place on Tuesday. Students who claimed seats under the round had to confirm their admissions by Wednesday evening.
2019-08-27UMC outsources razing of buildings - Times of India
UMC outsources razing of buildings Updated: Aug 28, 2019, 9:15 IST : Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) has decided to appoint private contractor to demolish dilapidated buildings in Ulhasnagar city. UMC has already called tenders for the purpose. There are a total of 21 very dangerous and 214 dangerous buildings in Ulhasnagar.
2019-08-25Students make Ulhasnagar school proud - Hindustan Times
Students make Ulhasnagar school proud Updated: Aug 26, 2019 00:47 IST : Students of RGS English High School, Ulhasnagar, bagged various prizes in different district-level competitions that were recently held in Arya Gurukul, Kalyan(East). A total of 455 students from 24 schools had participated in this competition. Students participated in various competitions under the guidance of principal Juliet Coutinho. The students were applauded and appreciated by the panel of judges for their creativity. The winners were Kartik Murdio (senior kindergarten); Svara Mule (Class 2); Mukta Vaidya (Class 2); Bhakti Sonar (Class 2); Swamini Yadav (Class 2); Bhanushali Urmi (Class 3); and Dindore Ovee (Class 3).
2019-08-25Two arrested for murder of 30-year-old near Mumbai - Hindustan Times
Two arrested for murder of 30-year-old near Mumbai Updated: Aug 26, 2019 00:43 IST : The Vitthalwadi police arrested two men for allegedly murdering their 30-year-old friend in Ulhasnagar on Saturday over an argument. The accused, Ashish Karira, 24; and Sagar Thakur, 25; attacked the victim, Dinesh Sadhuram Sharma, with a stick and a metal sheet on head. Sharma, a resident of Premnagar Tekdi in camp no 5 used to run a jeans factory in the area. On Saturday, around 11pm, Karira asked him to meet in Ulhasnagar camp. Sharma arrived at the spot around 11.30pm, where Karira and Thakur were waiting for him along with their two other friends. Karira and Thakur entered into an argument with Sharma over an issue, following which Karira picked up a metal sheet and hit Sharma on head. Thakur also began assaulting the victim on his head using a stick. Sharma had deep injuries on his head. The four then fled the spot. “A local informed us that Sharma was lying in a pool of blood. We reached the spot and took him to the Central Hospital. However he was declared dead on arrival. Sharma’s relative then lodged a complaint with us, after which we began searching for Karira and Thakur,”said senior police inspector Ramesh Bhame. ‘Through our sources, we learnt that the duo was hiding in a Bhiwandi lodge, following which we arrested them from the spot. We are probing the reason behind the argument. We suspect that it was pertaining to some past issue,”added Bhame. A case has been registered against the duo under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police is now on the lookout for the other two unidentified accused.
2019-08-24Ulhasnagar building collapses leave dust and doubts - Hindustan Times
Ulhasnagar building collapses leave dust and doubts Updated: Aug 25, 2019 01:40 IST : A spate of building collapses over the past 10 years has left thousands homeless in Ulhasnagar, with many of them facing an uncertain future over their rehabilitation. Fifty-nine-year-old Rajkumari Valecha, who resided in a building that collapsed at Ulhasnagar Camp 3 on August 13, said her health had taken a toll since she moved to her relatives’ place in the city. “Mentally, I have not been at peace. At this age it is difficult to handle all these situations,” said Valecha, who lived with three other family members in 205, A-wing, of Mahak Apartments. On Wednesday, Valecha and 200 others protested outside the headquarters of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), demanding rehabilitation for all the residents who were forced to evacuate Mahak Apartments after it first tilted and then came crashing down. Although the civic body promised compensation of ₹3.6 lakh for each family affected by the collapse, it has not resolved to provide them with alternative accommodation. A similar scenario played out on Tuesday night when a slab of a three-storeyed building at Ulhasnagar Camp 1 collapsed and rendered six families homeless after the civic body sealed the dangerous building. According to UMC, the city has witnessed 35 building collapses over the past 10 years, in which 25 people were killed and over 5,000 have been left homeless. Most of these buildings, built between 1990 and 2000, were declared illegal and unsafe by the civic body. But some of the affected residents claimed otherwise. Vishwajit Satpute, 31, whose three-year-old nephew died in a slab collapse at Ambika Sagar Apartment in Camp 3 on July 28, said the UMC gave no such warning. “A month before the slab collapsed, a third-party audit of the building was carried out. No illegal notification was given then. But after the collapse, the civic body has been blaming us for buying homes in an illegal building. But we have been paying our [property] taxes and have all the registration papers,” said Satpute. Satpute’s family, along with 25 others, were asked to leave their homes after the slab collapse. “There has been no word from them about whether we’ll get our homes back,” he said. Social activists claimed there is another factor behind the recurring collapses — poor-quality sand used in construction. “One of the major reasons for the collapse of buildings, which are hardly 15 or 20 years old, is the use of Ulwa sand for constructing them. This sand does not mix well with the cement and hence it loosens after a certain period. Even the civic body is aware of this, but they do not stop it,” said Sashikant Dayma, a social activist from Ulhasnagar. “In Ulhasnagar, 95% of the buildings are illegal. The civic body has taken the least effort to regularise them.” Officials from the UMC, however, claimed many of the buildings that had collapsed recently violated regulations. “In the case of Mahak Apartments, the building’s floor space index (FSI) was over 4 and there is no scope of redeveloping it as it was illegal,” said Santosh Deherkar, deputy commissioner, UMC. “The only way out is cluster development, for which the civic body chief has approached the state to sanction the pending development control rules under the cluster scheme.” This year, the UMC listed 214 building as dangerous and 14 as extremely dangerous. So far, it has razed or sealed 10 of them. In February this year, three people, including a two-year-old, died and four injured when the floor of a private clinic, Sai Ashirwad, in Ulhasnagar collapsed, bringing down the ground floor slab. The municipal corporation had served the 25-year-old building a notice for structural audit but it had not been carried out. Regularising buildings a challenge In 2003, a state government study found around 6,000 structures in Ulhasnagar to be illegal; 855 of them were ordered to be demolished. Three years later, the first of the listed buildings, Shanti Palace at Gol Maidan, was razed and as the civic body continued its demolition drive, many residents protested and forced it to halt work. In January 2007, the state government passed an ordinance to regularise these 855 structures, most of which were in the Sindhi-majority eastern suburb. As part of the regularisation, a committee surveys the structure for its stability and fire-preparedness before listing out the regularities. The housing society then pays a fixed fee for this service and then, after carrying out the changes, the building will be declared regular. But so far, only 164 of the 855 structures have been regularised and the last certification happened in August 2009, just before the Assembly poll. According to UMC, the rest of the buildings cannot be regularised under the ordinance because they do not fulfil certain criteria such as height limit, absence of parking space, extra margins or setbacks and excess FSI. “Regularising those buildings is a lengthy process and the civic body has been doing its best,” said Deherkar. “Some of the applications are rejected and some are pending. There are several factors which cause a delay.” While more than 500 structures in this list have an FSI of over 4, around 140 structures are standing on public land reserved for roads, nullahs or playgrounds. ‘Only memories remain’ A family of four had been living in A wing of Mahak apartment for the past 25 years. The elderly father, his two daughters and their 85-year-old grandmother have no option but to live with different relatives. Mamta Duseja, 25, said, “We have good memories in this building. Everything has turned into sorrow. We are all scattered now, living wherever there is space at relatives’ houses. My grandmother was alone at home when the building collapsed. However, she was evacuated.” “My dad is living with my aunt. I am living with my in-laws and grandmother and my sister have been staying with relatives in Ulhasnagar. We cannot afford a rented place now as we have lost everything we had,” she added.
2019-08-24More than 1,000 flout traffic norms in Thane - Hindustan Times
More than 1,000 flout traffic norms in Thane Updated: Aug 25, 2019 01:19 IST Thane Traffic police registered more than 1,000 cases of traffic violations in Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Mumbra on Saturday. Anticipating heavy traffic, the department had increased patrolling across the region. “We registered 529 cases for driving without helmets, 419 for triple-seat riding on two-wheelers, 69 for rash driving, 57 of unnecessary honking, and eight for talking on the phone while driving,” said an officer from the traffic department. While the highest number of triple-seat riding (113) and honking cases (43) were reported in Wagle, Kopri and Naupada saw the highest cases of driving without helmet (143) and rash-driving (33) respectively. MNS workers raise an ‘EVM handi’ Despite lacklustre Dahi Handi celebrations this year, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers invited fresh trouble for themselves after they tried to break an electronic voting machine (EVM) ‘handi’ near Char Rasta in Dombivli on Saturday. The police detained party workers when they were trying to raise an EVM on a rope and break it. Senior police inspector Suresh Aher said MNS workers first broke a regular Dahi Handi, and then tried placing an EVM in place of it. “They can protest in some other peaceful manner rather than raising these issues during a religious festival. Placing the voter machine as the handi could have led to dispute with other political parties. We wanted to ensure that peace prevails in the city. Thus we had warned them against doing it,” said Aher. The party workers, however, continued to chant anti-government slogans. “As the police didn’t allow us to raise the handi by placing the EVM machine, we protested by hanging banners against the use of EVM machines in upcoming Assembly elections and promoting the use of ballot box,” said Kadam. Govindas pay respects to Sufi saint Every year on Dahi Handi, the members of the Shree Sainath Govinda Pathak in Bandra (West) form a human pyramid outside the Mahim dargah to pay their respects to the revered Sufi saint Pir Makhdoom Shah Mahimi. The pathak has been doing so for the past 10 years. “The dargah is a symbol of humanity and equality for all the residents staying around it. Every year, the Dahi Handi and Ganpati festivities in the area begin from here. The volunteers of the dargah also actively participate in these events and help the police to man traffic,” said Sohail Khandwani, managing trustee of the dargah. Pro-Govinda League enters its third year For the third year in a row, Thane MLA Pratap Sarnaik’s Sanskruti Yuva Prathishthaan organised its Pro-Govinda League as an attempt to promote human pyramid formation as a traditional sport. As part of the event, teams form an eight-tiered human pyramid simultaneously. The team that finishes in the least amount of time wins ₹5 lakh and a trophy. This year, 12 teams were selected after holding trial rounds. “Around 220 mandals participated in the event. This year’s winning team created a nine-tiered human pyramid, a feat they managed to achieve after nine years,” said Sarnaik. Two events see huge turnout in Thane With most of the celebrations called off this year, Thane saw only two Dahi Handi events – Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan handi in Vartak Nagar and MNS’s event in Naupada. As a result, these two events saw a massive crowd and a long wait for their turn. Navin Shelar, a govinda from Hindmata Govinda Pathak, said, “We waited for more than an hour and had to make many requests for our turn to come.” Govinda groups from Kalyan to Malad had converged in Thane, adding to the commotion. Meanwhile, an argument broke out between one of the pathaks and organisers owing to the delay. The organisers had a difficult time managing the crowd as. ”The crowd started increasing after noon and was difficult to manage. There were more than three groups making tiers at one time on the ground. We started making a list on first-come-first-serve basis and announced the names accordingly. Everyone was given a fair chance,” said an organiser. 300-year-old tradition lives on at Navi Mumbai’s Panvel NAVI MUMBAI Every year, scores of people gather in front of a Vitthal idol at Bapatwada in Panvel to participate in a 300-year-old tradition. According to a popular belief, anyone who breaks a dahi handi hung from a height of six-seven feet at the site gets their wishes fulfilled. Chief organiser Rajendra Bapat said, “The tradition dates back to 1720.” Meanwhile, a peculiar 150-year-old tradition in Panvel includes govindas beating themselves up with a jute rope. “It is believed that lord Krishna enters their bodies. To bring them back to their normal selves, the govindas beat themselves and each other up,” said Anil Kurgule, the event organiser.
2019-08-2340-year-old man run over by oil tanker in Ulhasnagar - Times of India
40-year-old man run over by oil tanker in Ulhasnagar Updated: Aug 23, 2019, 23:09 IST : ULHASNAGAR: A 40-year-old man died after a speeding oil tanker ran over him while crossing the road at Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra's Thane district on Friday afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Sunil Pawar, a resident of Bhim Colony. According to police, Pawar was crossing the road near Ashok-Anil talkies when suddenly a speeding oil tanker ran over him. In the accident, Pawar died on spot. Following the incident, the local Central police detained the truck driver.
2019-08-23Raj Thackeray grilled by ED for over 8 hours, denies wrongdoing - Mumbai Mirror
Raj Thackeray grilled by ED for over 8 hours, denies wrongdoing Updated: Aug 23, 2019, 08:45 IST : The MNS chief appeared before ED regarding Rs 860-crore loans disbursed to his former company Kohinoor CTNL. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned MNS chief Raj Thackeray for more than eight hours and recorded his statement as part of its money laundering investigation into alleged irregularities with IL&FS’s loans and equity investment worth Rs 860 crore in a firm, Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Co Private Limited. Kohinoor CTNL, which is developing Kohinoor Square tower in Dadar West, allegedly defaulted on an IL&FS loan worth Rs 135 crore. The company was founded in 2003 by former CM Manohar Joshi’s son Unmesh Joshi, Raj Thackeray and builder Rajan Shirodkar to purchase Kohinoor Mill-3 for Rs 421 crore. IL&FS allegedly invested around Rs 225 crore in the company in the initial stages. In 2008, however, IL&FS allegedly surrendered its shares for only Rs 90 crore, suffering a loss of Rs 135 crore. That same year, Thackeray ended his association with the company. On Thursday, Thackeray was asked for details about Kohinoor CTNL’s transactions with IL&FS from 2005-08, as well as about his decision to exit the firm in 2008. According to sources, Thackeray denied any wrongdoing or a role in suspicious transactions linked with the firm. The sources said the agency asked Thackeray if he had received Rs 20 crore by selling his shares when exiting the firm.
2019-08-22Four drunk minors with knives let off after ‘burglary’ bid - Times of India
Four drunk minors with knives let off after ‘burglary’ bid Updated: Aug 22, 2019, 9:53 IST : NAVI MUMBAI: Kopar Khairane police detained four intoxicated minors, allegedly armed with knives and iron rods, for attempting a burglary at a bungalow by sneaking into an adjacent, unoccupied one in Sector 18 around 3am on Wednesday. Police released them as nobody lodged a complaint and claimed they were scrap-sellers. Kshitij Watkar, owner of the adjacent bungalow, woke up on hearing the sound of hammering. Suspecting that thieves were attempting to break the common wall, he informed police, while neighbours blocked the unoccupied bungalow’s gate. A resident said, “When four policemen entered the unoccupied bungalow at 3.15am, the boys climbed onto the terrace and jumped onto the adjacent one. Police chased them, from one terrace to the other, but at the fourth, the boys were afraid of jumping from the 30-feet three-storey bungalow.” Another resident said, “CCTV footage of Watkar’s bungalow showed two juveniles entering the unoccupied bungalow and taking away a loaded gunny bag. It seems they gathered stolen goods. After learning that police let off the four, we went in the evening to register an FIR for attempted burglary.” Police claimed the owner of the unoccupied bungalow, in the US now, had to lodge a complaint first. Senior inspector Suryakant Jagdale said, “Residents told us to summon the unoccupied bungalow’s caretaker from Ulhasnagar but he was not ready to complain. They were unable to state what was stolen by the four, who are actually into selling scrap.”
2019-08-21After ceiling collapse, Ulhasnagar building sealed; residents homeless - Hindustan Times
After ceiling collapse, Ulhasnagar building sealed; residents homeless Updated: Aug 22, 2019 01:03 IST : A day after a huge portion of a slab of an apartment in Ulhasnagar collapsed, six families have been rendered homeless. On Tuesday, the third floor ceiling of Sachdev apartments came crashing down around 9.30pm. No one was injured. The residents have taken shelter at their relatives’ place after the incident. The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) fire team reached the spot and evacuated the six families from the building. UMC chief fire official Bhaskar Murpagar said, “We rushed to the spot on hearing about the slab collapse. The families of the nearby flats were evacuated safely.” According to the civic body, the building was built between 1990 and 1995. The building was not listed in the dangerous buildings’ list. UMC sealed Sachdev apartments. “The building was old, but it was not listed in the unsafe building list. We will check the cause of the slab collapse and take necessary action on Thursday. We have asked the residents to conduct a structural audit and send the report to us. We will then decide whether the building can be repaired or has to be razed,” said Yuvraj Badhane, public relations officer, UMC. The incident took place a week after a five-storey Mahak apartments on Link road in Ulhasnagar 3 collapsed, leaving 31 families of the building and more than 500 nearby residents homeless. The UMC had sealed three building in the surrounding vicinity after Mahak apartment collapsed. Sonu Sahajaramani, 48, who lived in Sachdev apartments, said, “I was at work when the incident took place, but my family members were at home. My brother heard a loud noise when the slab of our neighbouring room came crashing down. A woman and her daughter were inside the house when the incident took place, but they were in the kitchen so they weren’t injured.” “We will have to search for a house on rent for my family. We are living at a friend’s house for now,” said Sahajaramani. The residents said they had carried out repair works of the building several times. They had even planned to do a structural audit after the monsoon.
2019-08-20Ganga Jamuna theatres to be demolished soon - Mumbai Mirror
Ganga Jamuna theatres to be demolished soon Updated: Aug 20, 2019, 08:51 IST : The twin cinemas that ran to full houses once, have been shut since 2006 and now with the BMC declaring the building dilapidated, they are expected to be razed within a month On Monday afternoon, the only people on the premises of Ganga Jamuna, the once-bustling twin theatres in Tardeo, are two watchmen. They are clueless about the future of the property they are guarding so zealously. Ganga downed shutters in 2000, followed by Jamuna six years later. Now, they are in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) list of dilapidated buildings and the owner, Gul Achhra, admits he is expecting the building to be demolished in a month’s time. The twin theatres; BMC notices; defunct booking window A businessman from Ulhasnagar, Achhra bought the property in 1988 and the first film screened at Ganga was the Govinda and Neelam Kothari-starrer Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam, a remake of the Tollywood film, Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnayya featuring Chiranjeevi. “When I bought the theatres from the original owners, they were both shut. I renovated them, installed air-conditioning, bought new fans, got pushback seats which were a new concept back then and changed the colour scheme,” Achhra informs. In its heydays, Ganga Jamuna had screened films like Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaalia and Ganga Ki Saugandh with houseful shows, while Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye had celebrated a 75-week run there. With TV and digital platforms not on the scene then, the theatre was a popular haunt. “But once single screens made way for multiplexes with the government offering tax relief, our business was badly affected,” sighs Achhra, admitting that he too had tried to convert the two theatres into a four-screen multiplex. “But it was a long-drawn process and didn’t pan out.” Simultaneously, the land on which Ganga Jamuna stood was sold by the landlord to another builder, while Achhra was also attempting to buy the land from them. “After some back and forth, the builders approached me in December 2006, offering 50 per cent ownership and a plan to turn the basement and first floor into a shopping mall, the second floor would have two screens and the remaining floors would have offices of multinational companies. The plan was passed two years later, but after that zilch,” rues the 65-year-old theatre owner. “In 2017, they told me to look for another collaborator but since I am neither a developer nor a property trader, I’m stuck. I’ve been talking to a few developers. eanwhile, we have got the orders from the BMC to demolish the theatre.” The self-confessed cinephile, Achchra signs off despondently, “The current situation is not a happy one and I’m really hurt.”
2019-08-20Thane: Building slab collapses in Ulhasnagar; no injuries - Times of India
Thane: Building slab collapses in Ulhasnagar; no injuries Updated: Aug 20, 2019, 23:29 IST : ULHASNAGAR: A ground plus three storied building's huge slab collapsed on Tuesday night in Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra's Thane district. Luckily, no one was inside flat when the slab fell from the third to the ground floor, otherwise it could have proved fatal. Following the incident, fire and civic teams reached the spot and rescued over 50 people from the building. The incident took place on Tuesday night at 10pm in the Sachdev Apartment building situated in camp number 1 in Ulhasnagar. An official from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation said that building was in the list of 214 dangerous buildings in the town. Ganesh Shimpi, assistant municipal commissioner of the UMC, said, A huge portion around 10 feet of slab fell from third floor to second floor. Shimpi said, After our team received information, we reached the spot and rescued residents from building. The official said that building is old and there are twelve flats in it. Dr Yuvraj Bhadane, public relation officer of UMC, said, The building will be sealed after evacuation. Meanwhile, the resindents have been shifted to their relatives houses and some have taken shelter at Thayra Singh Darbar in Ulhasnagar. This is a case of second building collapse in Ulhasnagar within a week. Last week on August 13, Mahak A apartment had collapsed down a day after when all residents left building finding after they found it sinking. Alongwith Mahak three adjoining buildings were also sealed by the UMC.
2019-08-20[VIDEO] Visakha Express train's engine leaves passengers behind, travels 10 kilometre without coaches - Times Now
[VIDEO] Visakha Express train's engine leaves passengers behind, travels 10 kilometre without coaches Updated Aug 20, 2019 : Andhra Pradesh: The engine of Visakha Express that plies between Bhubaneshwar to Secunderabad got detached from its coaches between Narsipatnam and Tuni railway stations, yesterday. The engine travelled at least 10 km. Investigation underway. pic.twitter.com/tdpBG88iRH After the authorities were alerted, a team of technicians connected the engine with the bogies. The train resumed its journey after a short delay, news agency ANI reported. The incident also delayed some other trains on the same route. No passenger was hurt in the incident. Shocked passengers shot videos of the engine running on railway tracks without its coaches. Watch the video here: Engine went ahead, leaving 25 bogies of Visakha express train while on the move near Narsipatnam in Visakhapatnam district this evening. Passengers were panicked. Engine was brought back and attached to the bogies. pic.twitter.com/GPFVn8nQum The incident is being investigated by railway authorities. In a similar incident reported in April, coaches of a Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express were separated from each other. The train was passing through the Kathajodi rail bridge near Cuttack station when the incident occurred. As soon as the train's driver got to know about the separation of coaches, he stopped the train. Two new coaches were attached as a safety measure.
2019-08-19Four injured in house collapse in Delhi - Mid-day
Four injured in house collapse in Delhi Published: Aug 19, 2019, 09:41 IST : New Delhi: Four people were reported injured after the roof of a house collapsed on them on Monday in Delhi's Jharoda part- two while they were asleep, said a Delhi Fire Service official. According to news agency PTI, the four victims who sustained injuries in the house collapse incident are identified as Rajan Kumar (20), Vipin (25), Kundan (18) and Vikas (18) and the four have been admitted to a hospital. According to a senior fire official, they received a call at 6.45am about the collapse, after which four fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The house was old, had a ground floor with four rooms and the roof of the room where the victims were sleeping collapsed, the official informed. One of the victims sustained head injuries, while another had his left leg fractured. The other two men had minor injuries and were discharged after first-aid, the official added. In another incident of structural collapse, a five-storey building collapsed in Ulhasnagar township in Thane district of Maharashtra just a day after it developed cracks and started 'sinking'. According to the reports from PTI, no casualties were reported and nobody was injured in the collapse that occurred. The incident took place around 10 am since the occupants of all the 31 flats in the sinking Mahak Apartment were evacuated to safety a day prior, stated chief of disaster cell, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, Balasaheb Netke. Nearly 100 people were living in the building which collapsed in Ulhasnagar. The residents stated that they noticed small cracks in the walls and when the building started tilting, the doors of the flats automatically got locked. Ulhasnagar municipal commissioner Sudhakar Deshmukh stated, “We immediately took action and evacuated the residents before the mishap. The building was in poor condition and due to heavy downpour the state of the building worsened further."
2019-08-18Train guard injured after being hit with stones - Mumbai Mirror
Train guard injured after being hit with stones Updated: Aug 18, 2019, 06:00 IST : The guard, Rakesh K Tokse, being given first aid at KalyanHe had asked passenger not to perform stunts. An on-duty train guard of Central Railway was injured after an unidentified passenger hit him with a stone at Vithalwadi station of the Mumbai suburban railway network. The incident happened on August 15 when he was deployed in the Badlapur- CSMT fast local. The guard, Rakesh K Tokse, 47, had advised the passenger against performing stunts in the running train as that was hindering him from doing his duty. The passenger, however, reacted angrily and pelted stones at the guard. Tokse, who began to bleed profusely, was given first aid at the Kalyan railway station before being rushed to Kalyan Railway Hospital. He was discharged from the hospital the same night after being given the necessary treatment. The doctor treating him said that Tokse was lucky that the stone missed his eye. When contacted, Tokse said, “The passenger boarded the train at Badlapur. He soon started performing all kinds of stunts. The train was not crowded as it was evening time and the train was headed to CSMT. He was standing on the footboard and hanging from the door. I asked him to refrain from doing stunts as he was obstructing my view, and warned him that it could prove fatal for him, but he did not heed my advice.” The guard said that at the next station, Ulhasnagar, he again warned him, but the passenger got infuriated. “He deboarded at the Vithalwadi station from the wrong side, and as soon as the train started moving, he suddenly picked up stones and attacked me. One stone hit my forehead while another missed the target,” Tokse said. Anil Kumar Jain, senior public relations officer of Central Railway, condemned the incident. “We regularly request the passengers not to risk their lives by performing stunts in the running train.” KK Ashraf, senior divisional security commissioner, Mumbai Division, Central Railway, said, “A case has been registered against an unknown person, and the inquiry is being conducted. We have studied the CCTV footage, and hope to identify and arrest the accused soon.”
2019-08-18Mumbai: Two-year-old dies in a freak pothole accident in Thane - Mid-day
Mumbai: Two-year-old dies in a freak pothole accident in Thane Updated: Aug 18, 2019, 07:05 IST : Mumbai's potholes have become the jaws of death again. In Shanti Nagar, Ulhasnagar, a two-year-old boy died after his uncle's bike toppled. In a strange series of events, when a truck went over a deep-seated pothole, the jerk caused its tyre to burst, which broke the ring of the tyre and hit the bike behind. The bike was carrying three people, one of whom was a toddler, who passed away soon after arriving at the hospital. On Friday evening, the truck was transporting some heavy material in Shanti Nagar when it neared the pothole. The busted ring hit the bike so hard that the rider couldn't control his bike and fell down. The three riders were Arjun Pal (30), Sabulla Chaudhari (16), and Habibulla Chaudhari (2). They were immediately taken to the nearby Maxlife Hospital. A spokesperson from the hospital said, "Habibulla had a serious injury on his head. When we took him for an MRI, he did not respond and died within 10 minutes of arriving at the hospital. We're not certain, but some part of the truck struck Sabulla in the eye, because of which he cannot see from his right eye. He needs to be operated upon immediately. The ring of the truck tyre hit Arjun so hard that his right leg was fractured in two places: his thigh and shin. He has also injured his right ear." Nilesh Pawar, a 23-year-old, whose shop BM Marketing is close to the accident site, said, "There was a loud noise when the tyre bust. When I looked out from my window, a small boy was lying on the street along with two others. The ring must have hit the bike with great force. There are so many potholes on this road. I don't understand why authorities don't taken any action." Inamullah Chaudhari, the father of the two, said, "I work for a garbage cleaning company. My sons were everything to me. They went on a bike in front of me to fill petrol in it. I told them I am coming from behind. By the time I reached them, the accident had already taken place. I lost my son. Isn't it a big loss? I do not even have money for the operation of my other son who cannot see, nor do I have money for my employee, Arjun, who has been working for me for more than eight years. Can anyone tell me whose fault is this?" What UMC Commissioner Says : Sudhakar Deshmukh, UMC commissioner, said, "We could not process the tender of repair work of the roads due to some problem. We will start the process once the monsoon is over. Till then, we are planning to fill up potholes." Officers from MSRDC and MMRDA said that they are building new roads and, therefore, could not repair the old ones. MLA and guardian minister of Thane, Eknath Shinde said, "I have already given orders to fill all potholes with whatever material is possible. If any officers are found neglecting the orders, then they will face serious action. I will get the details about the accidents and see how we can help the family."
2019-08-178,000 MT of trash collected from beaches - The Asian Age
8,000 MT of trash collected from beaches Aug 18, 2019, 4:17 am IST : Mumbai: Despite numerous efforts by the civic body, the garbage problem at city beaches seems to be worsening with every passing day. After continuous heavy showers, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) collected as much as 6,173 metric tonnes (MT) of waste from seven city beaches in the month of July. Whereas from August 1 to 12, around 2,373 metric tonnes of garbage has been collected. Mumbai has seven seashores — Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu Beach, Versova Beach, Dadar-Mahim Beach, Gorai Beach, Madh-Marve Beach and Chimbai-Wari-ngpada. During the monsoon, a huge amount of garbage is seen on these beaches due to high tide and improper cleaning of nullahs. “There has been no decrease in the quantity of garbage thrown up by the sea. This shows that the money spent on cleaning of rivers has been wasted. The BMC has failed to desilt nullahs properly this year too. Despite the ban on plastic and thermocol, the garbage washed up on the beaches contains 90 percent of plastic, polymer materials and thermocals only,” said Gopal Jhaveri, a river activist. Of the garbage collected from July 1 to 30, maximum was from Juhu Beach (2,348 MT) followed by Dadar-Mahim Beach (1,432 MT) and Versova Beach (1,379 MT). Similarly, from August 1 to 12, out of the seven beaches, Juhu Beach recorded maximum amount of trash (1,001 MT), followed by Dadar-Mahim Beach, Chimbai-Waringpada and Versova Beach with 493 MT, 363 MT and 336 MT respectively. According to the reports, the BMC collected maximum amount of trash on August 7, 8, 9 and 10 when Mumbai received the highest rainfall of this season. “The garbage thrown by the sea is not only from Mumbai’s creek but also Ulhasnagar and Thane. Not just the BMC, even nearby municipal bodies are equally responsible for improper desilting and not curbing usage of polymer items,” said Mr Jhaveri.
2019-08-17Another bridge at Patripool will ease traffic congestion: MSRDC to railways - Hindustan Times
Another bridge at Patripool will ease traffic congestion: MSRDC to railways Updated: Aug 18, 2019 00:57 IST : The increasing traffic and chaos on Patripool bridge in Kalyan have prompted the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC) to propose a third bridge. It has written to Central Railway for permission to build an additional bridge at Patripool. The British-era bridge was dismantled last year after it was tagged dangerous. Vehicles are using the second bridge, which was constructed in 2000, to reduce the load on the old one. Keeping in mind the increasing traffic, MSRDC is planning to build an 11-m-wide and 111-m-long bridge between the two existing bridges. The proposal has been sent to Central Railway for approval. “The estimated cost of the bridge is ₹40 crore. The bridge is always crowded and faces traffic problems. Keeping in mind the increasing population in these areas, we have proposed another bridge to the Central Railway. This will make it a six-lane bridge, easier for smooth traffic flow,” said Ram Jaiswar, executive engineer, MSRDC. An official from the Central Railway confirmed the development. “We have received the proposal but cannot comment on it yet,” said the official, on condition of anonymity. A two-lane bridge will be built in place of the old dismantled bridge. The bridge adjacent to this is used now. Constructed 19 years ago, it was built for single-lane traffic but after the old bridge was dismantled traffic has been allowed both ways. According to the new proposal submitted by MSRDC on July 21, another bridge between the two bridges will ease traffic congestion. This will not hamper the work of the under-construction bridge, said the MSRDC in the proposal. Around 1 lakh vehicles from Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi use Patripool bridge daily. As per the traffic police, vehicles on the bridge will increase in the next 10 to 20 years. Since the old bridge was dismantled, commuters have been facing traffic snarls every day. “The bridge and the approach road is so congested that it takes an hour to cross the whole stretch, which is very narrow. There is a bottleneck at the Dombivli-end. We are waiting for the new bridge to make our commute smoother,” said Sayali Anchan, resident of Kalyan’s Kachore gaon. Vehicle count in the regional transport office (RTO), Kalyan, has increased from 5 lakh in 2013 to around 9 lakh in 2018. “All types of vehicles use the bridge after the old bridge was dismantled. Vehicles from Kalyan, Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai ply on the route. The stretch has become very congested. It is difficult for one person to control traffic during peak hours,” said traffic warden Harshad Patil, 32, who was on duty at Patripool bridge. The slow pace of bridge construction has irked commuters. “They had said the bridge would be built by April 2020. With the slow pace of work, I don’t think they will be able to meet the deadline,” said Rohan Mhatre, resident of MIDC Colony, Dombivli.
2019-08-17500 evacuees send post cards to Devendra Fadnavis, seek new FSI rules - Times of India
500 evacuees send post cards to Devendra Fadnavis, seek new FSI rules Updated: Aug 17, 2019, 10:09 IST : ULHASNAGAR: Days after four buildings in Ulhasnagar were evacuated, their residents, nearly 500 people who are now homeless, sent post cards to CM Devendra Fadnavis on Friday, asking him to sanction the long-pending Development Control Rules. The rules allow additional FSI for redevelopment of buildings. A local, Jagdish Bhojwani, said, We sent over 100 cards. If our demand is not fulfilled, we will send them to the PM. On Friday, a day after a commercial building in Ulhasnagar was sealed, the municipal corporation there allowed shopkeepers to use it and gave them a 15-day notice to get a structural audit. The civic body's decision has brought relief to shopkeepers. Also, a civic team started clearing debris from Mahak apartment's A wing which collapsed on Tuesday and started giving away belongings of affected people.
2019-08-16Ulhasnagar residents send postcards to CM Fadnavis over more FSI - Hindustan Times
Ulhasnagar residents send postcards to CM Fadnavis over more FSI Updated: Aug 17, 2019 00:37 IST : The residents of Ulhasnagar, who have been rendered homeless after their buildings collapsed, have started sending postcards to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, demanding an increase in the city’s floor space index (FSI). More FSI will make redevelopment of old buildings easy. On Friday, the residents sent 250 postcards to the CM. They are planning to send 1 lakh postcards to him. “If rain continues, there can be more building collapses. There is a need for urgent attention on the issue. We are trying different ways to reach out to the state government. A higher FSI will at least give hope towards redevelopment,” said Ritu Wadhwani, 45, a local resident. For the past two years, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) is functioning without a town planning officer. This has led to more illegal buildings mushrooming in the city. “Since the onset of monsoon, there have been many slab collapses in the city following which many buildings have been vacated. It has left many homeless. Because of lack of FSI in the city, redevelopment is not possible,” said Sanjay Lulla, 30, resident of Ulhasnagar. “Three years ago, we vacated almost 20% of the dangerous buildings in the city. It is difficult to evacuate people due to the lack of transit camps. There is hardly any vacant space to make provision for more transit camps,” said Yuvraj Bhadane, public relations officer, UMC. In the past 10 years, more than 30 buildings are waiting for the redevelopment nod. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the residents staying adjacent to the recently collapsed Mahak building protested outside the Mantralaya. They wanted to meet Fadnavis to highlight the problems they have been facing. But, the police did not allow them to do so, citing security reasons.
2019-08-16QMumbai: Ganpati Idolmakers Face Losses; BMC To Rebuild 10 Bridges - The Quint
Mumbai: Ganpati Idolmakers Face Losses; BMC To Rebuild 10 Bridges 1. Ganpati Idolmakers Reel Under Heavy Losses After Flooding As pandals get ready to welcome the elephant-headed deity in and around Mumbai, villagers of Johe and Tambadshet villages in Pen taluka feel they have already been through the visarjan (immersion of idols) even before the Ganpati festival arrives. The villages, home to some of the most popular Ganesh idolmakers, are reeling under heavy losses as business took a hit from heavy rain and flooding. While orders for Ganesh idols have had to be cancelled and entire families are working overtime to ensure that the idols are ready by Ganesh Chaturthi on 2 September, the artists rue the rains that swept away even their raw materials and almost a year’s earnings. 2. BMC to Rebuild 10 Dilapidated Bridges : Citing risk and danger to people, the BMC will go ahead with its plan to demolish and rebuild 10 dilapidated bridges in the city. Last month, structural architect Shirish Patel had written a letter to the civic body stating that its plan to raze and rebuild the bridges was “fundamentally misconceived”. He had suggested scrapping the plan calling it “unnecessarily costly and troublesome for MCGM, both now and for decades to come”. 3. 20-Year Plan for MMR May Open Floodgates to Disasters : In July, the metropolitan areas of Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, and Ulhasnagar were inundated after incessant heavy rainfall. As experts majorly blame unchecked construction and inept flood-mitigation measures for the massive flooding, the state government’s 20-year plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is a major cause of worry as it looks at further urbanisation, even in green zones. All of MMR, which is seven times the area of Mumbai, has already seen reckless construction in the past two to three decades. The draft Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Plan (2016-36) has opened up 2,918 sq km for development, an analysis by the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI), a city-based group of planners, shows. 4. Trains on Mumbai-Pune Route to Resume Today : In a relief for daily commuters between Mumbai and Pune, Central Railway (CR) said that it will resume five train services between the cities from Friday. Two trains — Sinhagad Express and Deccan Queen — will run from Mumbai, while three others — Sinhagad Express, Intercity Express and Indrayani Express — will run from Pune. However, services will be stalled again on 17 and 18 August, before resuming on 19 August. This is owing to a problem regarding availability of coaches, said Railway officials. Services on the line had been shut down since 3 August, owing to landslides at multiple locations on the Bhor Ghat stretch. 5. Less Leptospirosis Cases in Mumbai This Year : Despite heavy rain in Mumbai this year, the civic body has been able to keep leptospirosis infection under check this year. Only 77 leptospirosis cases have been detected since July with 15 recorded this month, according to the public health department. Last year, 147 cases were recorded in July and August. Starting July, the civic body has conducted three rounds of intensive screening in slums surveying 23.2 lakh houses from 3 July to 5, 30 July to 1 August and 5 August to 7. At least 1.9 lakh people have been administered preventive medicine (doxycycline). A large number of them were children and pregnant women, who are at highest risk of getting infected.
2019-08-16Ulhasnagar: 500 homeless people send postcards to CM Devendra Fadnavis - Times of India
Ulhasnagar: 500 homeless people send postcards to CM Devendra Fadnavis Updated: Aug 16, 2019, 22:58 IST : ULHASNAGAR: Over 500 people from four buildings in Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra's Thane district on Friday evening sent postcards to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis urging him to sanction long pending DC (Development Control) rules allowing additional Floor Space Index (FSI) so that they can redevelop their buildings back. Jagdish Bhojwani, one of affected persons, said, We have sent over 100 postcard with our demands to CM Fadnavis and if it is not fulfilled, we will send it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Tuesday, Mahak, a building, had collapse affecting three adjoining buildings. These three buildings have been sealed by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation.
2019-08-16Mahak building crash: From ‘villain’ to hero in less than 24 hours - Times of India
Mahak building crash: From ‘villain’ to hero in less than 24 hours Updated: Aug 16, 2019, 9:36 IST : ULHASNAGAR: In the Mahak building crash incident that occurred in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday, it was a 50-year-old resident’s alertness and prompt action that saved the lives of the 117 people residing in the building. Talking to TOI, Jagdish Bhojwani, said, “Around 7.45am on Monday, I noticed that the doors of many flats were jammed, and the building had cracks. I immediately informed the fire brigade and civic officials. They broke down the doors and rescued all the residents.” As civic officials declared the building dangerous, it was sealed. This caused the residents to hurl abuses at him and curse him for making them leave their homes. Some even manhandled him. However, after the building collapsed on Tuesday, the residents’ gratitude knew no bounds. “We were worried about losing our homes, and thought it could be repaired. We were wrong and it was a mistake to target Bhojwani, as he saved our lives,” said R G Bhatia, one of the residents.
2019-08-15Another bldg in Ulhasnagar evacuated after slab collapse - Hindustan Times
Another bldg in Ulhasnagar evacuated after slab collapse Updated: Aug 16, 2019 00:03 IST : A ground-plus-four storey commercial building in Ulhasnagar camp 3 area was vacated as a safety measure on Thursday, after a part of a slab collapsed. A fire brigade official said the structure is illegal. No one was hurt in the slab collapse. This is the second such incident to take place in Ulhasnagar camp 3 area in this week. Fifteen families of a nearby building were trapped on Tuesday morning after the five-storey A wing of Mahak Apartments came crumbling down, a day after the building tilted and developed cracks. No injuries were reported as the building had been evacuated on Monday. The slab collapse at Keswani complex, at Furniture Bazaar, in Ulhasnagar camp 3, occurred in the morning on Thursday. No one was injured in the incident. “Fire brigade officials from the disaster management team of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) evacuated the building as a safety measure and to prevent any untoward incidents,” said Dr Yuvaraj Bhadane, public relations officer, UMC. According to a fire brigade official who was present at the spot, the building, which 22 years old, is illegal. “The building has a ground floor and four storeys, with 16 shops. We have evacuated it following the slab collapse incident,” said a senior official from the disaster management cell of UMC. The building has been sealed by the civic body until a structural audit is carried out. “The structural audit will be carried within two days. Depending on the audit report, we will decide whether it is safe to use it repairs or if it needs to be demolished. Till then, the building will be sealed,” said Bhadane.
2019-08-15Ulhasnagar residents staying near collapsed bldg protest outside Mantralaya - Hindustan Times
Ulhasnagar residents staying near collapsed bldg protest outside Mantralaya Updated: Aug 16, 2019 00:04 IST : Some residents of Ulhasnagar, staying adjacent to Mahak Apartments, a part of which collapsed on Tuesday, protested outside the Mantralaya on Thursday, demanding the state resolve the issue of redevelopment of buildings in the city. They demanded that the state increase the floor space index (FSI) given to builders undertaking revamp. The residents wanted to meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis before the flag-hoisting ceremony, but the police did not allow them to go ahead for security reasons. “Owing to the absence of proper FSI, redevelopment of buildings is not possible in Ulhasnagar. In the past 10 years, many have become homeless in the city. We were here in the hope that the government will pay heed to our demands and increase FSI so that our buildings can be redeveloped,” said Nikki Lulla, a resident of Ulhasnagar and one of the protestors. After A wing of Mahak Apartments collapsed on Tuesday, three adjoining buildings were sealed by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), leaving around 500 people homeless. In the past 10 years, the redevelopment of more than 30 buildings has been stuck, waiting for a nod from the UMC. “We wanted to appeal to higher authorities as we are neglected. The UMC is also not providing those evacuated with any options to stay. FSI will help us redevelop and this, in turn, will give us our homes back,” said Ritu Wadhwani, another protestor. The UMC has issued notices to multiple buildings that are in a dangerous situation, but have not taken any further action. Since the past two to three years, the position of the town planning officer has been lying vacant. Without an in-charge town planning officer, illegal development in Ulhasnagar increased.
2019-08-1520-year plan for MMR may open floodgates to disasters - Hindustan Times
20-year plan for MMR may open floodgates to disasters Updated: Aug 16, 2019 03:51 IST : In July, the metropolitan areas of Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, and Ulhasnagar were inundated after incessant heavy rainfall. Exactly a year ago, the twin satellite towns of Vasai-Virar had been flooded, leading to no road or rail connectivity for days. As experts majorly blame unchecked construction and inept flood-mitigation measures for the massive flooding, the state government’s 20-year plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is a major cause of worry as it looks at further urbanisation, even in green zones. All of MMR, which is seven times the area of Mumbai, has already seen reckless construction in the past two to three decades. The draft Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Plan (2016-36) has opened up 2,918 sq km for development, an analysis by the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI), a city-based group of planners, shows. According to the plan, the metropolitan region’s total area is 4,311.75 sq km. If it opens up 2,918 sq km for development, nearly 70% of MMR could effectively be built upon. The UDRI has arrived at this figure looking at the built-up area that the plan allows and permissible land uses in different zones. The regional plan permits more activities like residential, recreational, quarrying and building roads in the green zone than in the urbanisable zone. It allows 28 of the 31 permitted uses in green zone 1 and 25 of the 31 permitted uses in green zone 2. In the urbanisable zone, 25 of the 31 activities are permitted. The regional plan itself states that the scale of development is alarming as “less than 20% of the built-up area had development permissions.” Adding to this are the poor flood-mitigation measures in this region. According to urban experts, although Mumbai has a stormwater drain system to flush out rainwater, these areas largely depend on natural sources to soak water in. The consequence was visible last month, when a Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express was stranded in flooded tracks near Ulhas river and passengers had to be rescued using boats and a helicopter. Pankaj Joshi, executive director, UDRI said, “Although section 14A of the Mumbai Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP) mandates a flood-mitigation plan to be made, the regional plan has not specified any measures. Flooding in this region is not a one-time phenomenon anymore. It is a perennial problem that needs solutions.” The regional plan, which was released in 2016, is currently pending with the Maharashtra government for a final approval. According to a right-to-information (RTI) query of May 2019, only a part of the plan (the Matheran eco-sensitive zone) has been sanctioned by the government. The plan is published once every 20 years to shape the urban-planning future of a region, which in the case of the MMR, encompasses a population of 22.8 million people, including the 12.4 million people living in Mumbai, 7 municipal corporations, 9 municipal councils, 35 census towns and 994 villages. While the corporations and councils have their individual development plan (DP), the regional plan becomes the overarching plan and its directives must filter through to the individual DPs. Joshi also alleged that the regional plan is not in sync with the individual DPs of the municipal corporations. However, RA Rajeev, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA said, “Green zone does not mean that there cannot be any development in the area. These zones also permit industrial development. The chief minister has now set up a new committee to look into the causes of the flood and define the flood lines which is an important step.” The UDRI has made several recommendations, which include clearly defining the land-use zone and restructure the land uses to prevent urban sprawl and protect natural areas, prepare a framework for de-congestion and also look at strategies for education, healthcare, water management and sanitation.
2019-08-15Ulhasnagar rents up 50% as 500 become homeless - Times of India
Ulhasnagar rents up 50% as 500 become homeless Updated: Aug 15, 2019, 9:15 IST : ULHASNAGAR: While 500 people from 100 families have become homeless in Ulhasnagar because of the collapse of Mahak Apartments and the evacuation of three adjoining buildings, landlords seem to be bent on cashing in on their misery. Just in a day, rents in the township have gone up 30-50% as the homeless families desperately search for shelter. As of now, in the absence of transit camps, most are living with relatives or at places of worship. Ulhasnagar's mayor, Pancham Kalani, has appealed to people not to hike rents and to help the affected people. The collapse of Mahak Building has once again raised the issue of dangerous buildings in Ulhasnagar, where in the last 10 years, a total of 38 buildings have either crashed or been sealed because of their dangerous condition. Over 5,000 people have been rendered homeless in the process. Local leader Lal Panjabi said, "Of the affected buildings, only Goodman Cottage has been redeveloped. The city has permission for only 1 FSI, while to redevelop these buildings, at least 4 FSI is required. This is possible only if the state approves new development control rules for the city.
2019-08-15Mumbai: 7.7k students left out in FYJC final round - Mid-day
Mumbai: 7.7k students left out in FYJC final round Updated: Aug 15, 2019, 07:58 IST : A total of 7,711 candidates seeking admission to First Year Junior College (FYJC) were not allotted any seats even in the final and special round of Std XI admissions. The Deputy Director of Education (DyDE) released the merit list on Wednesday, with cut-off percentage reduced to as low as 39.20 per cent for science stream. A total of 56,375 candidates had applied for the special round of admissions opened to a total of 1,26,566 seats in junior colleges across city. As many as 48,664 students managed to secure seats, with 28,568 of them getting allotted their first preference. The remaining students, who failed to secure any seats in the final round, will have to individually approach the colleges that have vacant seats. "All these students have to confirm their admissions by August 16," said an official working with the centralised admissions system for Std XI from the DyDE office. "The students, who have been allotted seats in the second to tenth college preference, can wait for the first come, first served round for admission. This round is also open for those who were not allotted seats in the final round. They can approach colleges individually based on the vacancy list published on the official website of admissions," the official added. Manasi Shah, mother of a class XI aspirant who scored 74 per cent, said, "My daughter has not been allotted a seat. Now, we will have to make the rounds of all colleges having vacant seats for her admission. How is this possible that she did not get a single seat in all the four rounds? It is also shocking that there are so many candidates who have not received a seat in the special round." Activist Vaishali Bafna of System for Correction of Movement said, "It is very important that students and parents are given proper training to fill out forms, especially the college preferences. Many a times, students opt for colleges without considering their past cut-offs." Several colleges massively reduced their cut-off percentage for Science stream, but kept the cut-offs for Arts and Commerce on the higher side. Among popular colleges, Jai Hind and K C College dropped their cut-off to 39.20 per cent and 48 per cent, respectively. For Commerce, K C College had the lowest cut-off of 81.40 per cent, while C H M College at Ulhasnagar had the lowest cut-off at 37.20 per cent for Arts stream. 39.20% Lowest cut-off for Science 81.40% Lowest cut-off for Commerce 37.20% Lowest cut-off for Arts
2019-08-14BMC approves proposal to build underground parking lots to end congestion in Mumbai - Mumbai Live
BMC approves proposal to build underground parking lots to end congestion in Mumbai In an attempt to free up congested roads across the city and create more parking space, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved a policy under which underground parking lots can be constructed on proposed or existing open spaces across the city. Earlier, the civic body had made a provision in Development Control and Promotion Regulation (DCPR) 2034, for allowing underground parking below recreation grounds and playgrounds. However, BMC did not have any comprehensive policy on how to go ahead with the plan.
2019-08-14BMC's MCGM 24x7 application will assist you in finding public parking lots near you - Mumbai Live
BMC's MCGM 24x7 application will assist you in finding public parking lots near you In order to assist the people to find public parking lots (PPLs) with ease, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started a facility on the MCGM 24x7 application. With this, people can find the nearest public parking lot at a finger's reach as the mobile application will guide the people and provide them with directions. Along with this, the application will also provide information on its timings, parking fees and types of vehicles that can be parked. The PPLs that can be located include the BMC-owned ones along with the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) depots.
2019-08-14DNA EXCLUSIVE: Maharashtra govt calls for ban on construction in red and blue floodline areas - DNA India
DNA EXCLUSIVE: Maharashtra govt calls for ban on construction in red and blue floodline areas Updated: Aug 14, 2019, 06:20 AM IST : To promote planned development in the jurisdiction of municipal corporations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) the state government has brought out draft comprehensive and integrated development control regulations (DCRs). These DCRs envisage ban on construction in the area between the blue flood line and red floodline. The DCRs propose to make the areas between the river bank and blue flood line (flood line towards the river bank) a prohibited zone for any construction projects except parking, open vegetable market, garden, open space, cremation and burial ground, public toilet. Redevelopment projects in these areas may be permitted at a height of 0.45 m above the red floodline level. Areas between the blue floodline and red flood line will be a restrictive zone for construction purposes. Any construction within this area may be permitted at a height of 0.45 m above the red floodline level. If the area between the river bank and blue floodline forms the part of the entire plot in the development zone, then FSI of such part of the land may be allowed to be utilised on the remaining land. The DCRs also call for sufficient space for the construction of small tenements for economically weaker sections with carpet area specified by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). The floor space index (FSI) under a new scheme of low-cost housing by MHADA on vacant land will be 2.50 on the gross plot area.
2019-08-14After Ulhasnagar crash, 75 homes vacated - Hindustan Times
After Ulhasnagar crash, 75 homes vacated Updated: Aug 15, 2019 03:41 IST : A day after Mahak Apartment in Ulhasnagar collapsed, 75 families living in the vicinity vacated their homes on Wednesday, amid panic created by rumours of another building crash. On Tuesday, A wing of Mahak Apartment collapsed on the entrance of B wing. There were no casualties as the structure was vacated on Monday, when the building tilted. Of the 21 families from B wing, 15 were stuck inside, but were safely rescued. After the incident, the civic body asked 25 families of six-storey Mangalam Apartment; 25 from five-storey Dharam Palace and 25 from five-storey Ratan Palace in the vicinity to move out for their safety. These buildings were not part of the dangerous list comprising 250 buildings, prepared by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) this year before the monsoon. However, after the collapse, these buildings were declared unsafe. “There was news of collapse of Ratan Palace building. The residents starting rushing out, only to realise it was a rumour,” said a resident of Ratan Palace. At least 60 residents of Mahak Apartment were seen waiting downstairs to recover their belongings. The civic body did not begin clearing of debris on Wednesday. “We can’t clear the debris as it might affect nearby buildings. We need to do it carefully,” said an officer of UMC. Residents are irked with the civic body’s approach. “The authorities did not even ask if we have an alternative place. They just asked us to leave,” said Sanjay Lulla, 32, who lived in the B wing. “When we ask civic officials about their action plan, they start cross-questioning us. They ask if our building is legal.” “The civic body has not even initiated any audit yet. We don’t know if we can come back. I managed to take some necessary clothes and other things, however, many other things are still inside,” said Mayur Khatri, 30, who lived in Mangalam Apartment, with his family of eight. “The civic body is not supposed to do a structural audit of a residential building. Last year, we had asked all residential buildings that are more than 20 years old get the audit done. The residents ignored this. We have decided to conduct the audit, but it will take time,”said Ganesh Shimpi, assistant civic commissioner, UMC.
2019-08-13Maharashtra: Mayoral polls in 10 corporations postponed - The Indian Express
Maharashtra: Mayoral polls in 10 corporations postponed Published: August 14, 2019 12:55:53 am : Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar will get three more months as mayor following the state Cabinet’s decision on Tuesday to postpone the mayoral polls in 10 municipal corporations, including Mumbai, in view of the state Assembly polls. Officials from the urban development department said that the elections for the post of mayor and deputy mayor in 10 municipal corporations —Mumbai, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Pune, Pimpri, Solapur, Nashik, Akola, Amaravati and Nagpur —were due next month. “The Assembly polls are likely to take place in October. So, to avoid any issues due to the poll schedule, the elections for mayor and deputy mayor in these corporations have been postponed for three months,” an official said. Last week, the state government, citing the Assembly polls, postponed student polls in universities. Besides, it also postponed the polls for the post of president and deputy president in zilla parishads and chairman of panchayat samiti for four months.
2019-08-13Mumbai: Panic as Ulhasnagar building sinks, over 100 forced out of homes - Times of India
Mumbai: Panic as Ulhasnagar building sinks, over 100 forced out of homes Updated: Aug 13, 2019, 9:35 IST : ULHASNAGAR: Nearly 100 people living in 31 flats in a building in Ulhasnagar were evacuated after the building started to sink on Monday morning. Residents said that they noticed small cracks in the walls of the building and the doors of their got locked around 9am. As doors got locked, it triggered a panic situation among residents the ground-plus-five storey Mahak Apartment who alerted the municipal corporation. A team from the fire brigade and municipal officials reached the spot. The building was not in the list of dangerous buildings which has been compiled by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, said assistant municipal commissioner Ganesh Shimpi. The team of officials broke open doors of flats so that residents could move out, said r deputy municipal commissioner Yuvraj Bhadane. The residents were allowed to collect their belongings with help from a team of fire brigade officials, said Bhadane. The building was later sealed. Bhadane said they will first get a structural audit of the building done to determine whether or not it is safe for habitation. The building residents are now camping at relatives homes while a few have sought refuge at a gurudwara in the locality. Mahak Apartment located on Link Road 3 was built in 1995. Inferior quality of sand were used to construct the building, said a civic official who did not wish to be named. Ten other buildings constructed around that time have collapsed, killing many, said the offical.
2019-08-13Ulhasnagar bldg collapses a day after locals evicted - The Asian Age
Ulhasnagar bldg collapses a day after locals evicted Aug 14, 2019, 2:20 am IST : Mumbai: Ulhasnagar’s Mehak Apartment, a five-storey building, collapsed around 10am Tuesday, a day after its residents were evicted. The architect had told the residents that everything would be fine if pillar support was provided to the building. Nearly 100 people living in 31 flats in the building were evicted after it started sinking Monday morning. The residents said that they noticed small cracks in the walls, and when the building started tilting, the doors of the flats automatically got locked. The residents informed the fire brigade about the incident as the door of flat number 102 wasn’t opening from inside. The civic body and fire brigade officials rushed to the spot to rescue the family that was locked in. Upon checking why the door wasn’t opening, the officials found that the pillar of the building had crumbled. The architect confirmed that the middle pillar had crumbled. No sooner, officers of the Ulhasnagar municipality evacuated the B wing to avoid any untoward incident. Ulhasnagar municipal commissioner Sudhakar Deshmukh said, “By evacuating people, municipal officers have saved 150 lives.” R.G. Bhatiya, a resident of the building, said, “The municipal officers told us to take our ornaments, cl-othes and children’s study material. Other than this, we have nothing with us.” On Tuesday, a renowned architect visited the building and advised residents that nothing would happen to the structure if pillar support was provided. Barely minutes after the architect’s visit, the building collapsed.
2019-08-13Ulhasnagar building tilts, residents evacuated - Free Press Journal
Ulhasnagar building tilts, residents evacuated Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 7:28 AM IST : Ulhasnagar: As many as 31 flats of a ground plus five storied building in Ulhasnagar, Mahek, had to be evacuated by the fire department on Monday after the building tilted. While the cause and extent of the damage are yet to be ascertained, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) is going to order a structural audit to determine the fate of the building. The incident occurred at 9am on Monday, when residents noticed small cracks in the building coloum and doors got locked and couldn't be opened, causing residents to panic. They immediately alerted neighbours and informed municipal officials and police, who rushed to the spot and began evacuating the residents as a precautionary measure. The UMC ensured that the residents were given alternative accommodation at a corporation facility at the Thayara Singh Darbar for the time being. Dr Yuvraj Bhadane, deputy municipal commissioner and public relations officer, UMC, said, "On reaching the spot, we broke open the doors of flats and rescued all residents, with the fire team helping them to take their belongings." Civic officials said Mahek building was 25 years old and not dilapidated. However, there was a possibility of damage to its foundation, officials said. The structure was well-maintained, said locals. Residents panicked after floor tiles, columns and beams of some of the lowerfloor flats began to develop cracks. “We heard cries from our neighbours, asking us to evacuate the building saying it was falling. Fearing the worst, we managed to gather whatever belongings we could and ran out of our homes after locking them. We were horrified to see the structure leaning on one side,” said a resident.
2019-08-13Mumbai mayor gets 3-month extension - The Asian Age
Mumbai mayor gets 3-month extension Aug 14, 2019, 2:22 am IST : Mumbai: Vishwanath Mahadeshwar will continue to be Mumbai’s mayor for at least more three months after the state Cabinet on Tuesday postponed elections for the positions of mayor and deputy mayor across 13 municipal corporations. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the Assembly election, likely to be held in October this year. Moreover, the model code of conduct is likely to be come into effect once the election process is announced. It is to be noted that the mayor and deputy mayor in Mumbai are appointed for a tenure of two and half years. Therefore, Mumbai was supposed to get a new mayor next month. The Cabinet’s decision will not only impact the BMC but also 13 other municipal corporations, including the ones in Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Pimpri-Chichwad, Solapur, Amaravati, Akola, and Ulhasnagar. Most of the municipal corporations are either held by the Bharatiya Janata Party or the Shiv Sena. A corporator from Santacruz, Mr Mahadeshwar was appointed the Mayor after the civic elections in February 2017.  Sena corporator from Worli-Koliwada Hemangi Worlikar was appointed deputy mayor. Meanwhile, there are speculations that the BJP may ask for the deputy mayor’s post after Mr Mahadeshwar and Ms Worlikar demit office. Between 2012 and 2017, Shiv Sena and the BJP shared power, with the latter holding the position of the deputy mayor.
2019-08-13Ulhasnagar : Five-storey building collapses a day after evacuation - Mumbai Mirror
Ulhasnagar : Five-storey building collapses a day after evacuationYou are in an offline modeUlhasnagar : Five-storey building collapses a day after evacuationMirror Online | Updated: Aug 13, 2019, 12:04 ISTPrint this articleReduce font sizeIncrease font sizeShareBuilding in Ulhasnagar collapses: Photo: Prashant NarvekarA major tragedy was averted on Tuesday as a five-storey building which developed cracks was evacuated just 24 hours before the structure collapsed. The Mahak apartment located at Ulhasnagar's link road collapsed around 10 am on Tuesday. The structure had developed several cracks on Monday, despite it not being in the list of dangerous structures. Fortunately, the authorities had evacuated around 31 families after the structure was also found slightly tilted a day ago. The residents had informed the fire brigade department about the incident as the door of flat no 102 was not opening from inside. The civic body and fire brigade officials rushed to the spot to rescue the family. Building collapses in Ulhasnaga. Photo: Prashant Narvekar When the officials checked why the door was not opening and they found that the pillar of the building had crumbled, local corporators Naresh Thakur and Narayan Panjabi informed the architect who confirmed that the middle pillar had crumbled. Following the incident, assistant commissioner Ganesh Shimpi was informed about the incident who then asked the residents to evacuate the building with key belongings. The fire brigade department removed all families safely and sealed the building. Last month, a slab of the building had collapsed in which a 2.5-years-old girl lost her life. RELATED NEWSDongri building collapse: Case of negligence filedJul 24, 2019Fake alert: 'Video of Dongri building collapse' was actually filmed i...Jul 17, 2019Dongri Building Collapse: Death toll rises to 13; rescue operations c...Jul 17, 2019 Rent the new and premium products‎ with RentickleRentickle1 Crore Term Plan @ ₹ 490/MonthPolicybazaarIf health is wealth, stand a chance to win Rs. 5 lakh cash!GOQii India Health QuizPre-Book Galaxy Note10|10+ & get Galaxy Watch Active @9,999!Pai InternationalJoin Bangalore's 1st affordable luxury holiday clubRosetta by FernsTaxi driver drives non-stop for 36 hours to save sonImpact Guru 3&4BHK ready to move in homes, oc received, starts ₹2.14cr*.The Promont by TATA HousingBook a home & get LED, refrigerator, gold coin and more!VBHCDecorate your kitchen with long-lasting elegance. Buy Now.Ellementry.comReliance Digital’s 'Digital India Sale' is on till Aug 15th!Reliance DigitalI have lost a child, I can’t bear to lose another, help me!KETTOFind the largest & most lovable collections of bangles.Neelkanth Jewellers
2019-08-13QMumbai: Building in Thane Tilts; Shiv Sena Slams Opposition - The Quint
2019-08-13Thane: Five – storey building collapses in Maharashtra’s Thane #Gallery - SocialNews.XYZ
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No casualties were reported as the building which tilted dangerously was vacated by the authorities yesterday. (Photo: IANS) Mumbai: “Mahak”, a five-storey old building, that collapsed at Ulhasnagar of Maharashtra’s Thane on Aug 13, 2019. No casualties were reported as the building which tilted dangerously was vacated by the authorities yesterday. (Photo: IANS) Mumbai: “Mahak”, a five-storey old building, that collapsed at Ulhasnagar of Maharashtra’s Thane on Aug 13, 2019. No casualties were reported as the building which tilted dangerously was vacated by the authorities yesterday. (Photo: IANS) Facebook Comments About Gopi AdusumilliGopi Adusumilli is a Programmer. He is the editor of SocialNews.XYZ and President of AGK Fire Inc. He enjoys designing websites, developing mobile applications and publishing news articles on current events from various authenticated news sources. When it comes to writing he likes to write about current world politics and Indian Movies. 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2019-08-13Reasons Why People Are Buying Houses In Thane Rather Than Mumbai - Mumbai Live
Reasons Why People Are Buying Houses In Thane Rather Than MumbaiReasons Why People Are Buying Houses In Thane Rather Than MumbaiPeople from Mumbai are shifting to Thane, Palghar and Panvel with massive population shifting to Thane specificallyBy Mumbai Live Team Mumbai SHAREMumbai has witnessed a huge demographic shift in the last 10 years. According to the 2011 census, over 9 lakh people from Mumbai have shifted to nearby areas like Panvel, Thane, Bhiwandi, Navi Mumbai, Palghar and Raigad with over 8 lakh have shifted to Thane alone. Also Read: Is Mumbai Actually Pothole-Free? BMC Claims 84 Per Cent Potholes Have Been FilledMajority of the population was from South Mumbai and belonged to the mid-income group and they have taken up homes in the above areas as these places are experiencing rapid growth and industrialisation. The upcoming airport at Panvel has made it a hub for more business and housing projects. There are several factories that have opened up in Boisar and Kalyan's MIDC. In Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar and Badlapur are also witnessing a paradigm shift. People from Mumbai have shifted here due to availability of more open spaces and job opportunities. Also Read: Mumbai-Pune Train Services Not Expected To Be Back Before August 16RELATED TOPICSmumbaiVashiThaneRaigadPanvelPalgharNavi MumbaiMira BhayandarMigration From MumbaipanvelbhivandiRelated NewsWhy lack of Student Politics in Mumbai is a pressing issueTwitter Gets Floored With Memes As A Cow Enters A Classroom at IIT-BombayWhen Waste Cans Turn Into Canvases and Creates A Vertical GardenA Hammer, Shovel, Scooter and a Sack of Asphalt Is All It Takes For Mumbai's 'Pothole Warriors' To Solve The Pothole ProblemDalit Panther Co-founder, Writer Raja Dhale passes away at 78No tiffins for Mumbaikars this Friday and Saturday as dabbawalas go to Pandharpur ABOUT US THE GUIDEBOOK TERMS & CONDITIONS PRIVACY POLICY FEEDBACK CONTACT US© 2018 Mumbai Live. All Rights Reserved.A Zenlive Media Private Limited Venture×Share NowShareTweet
2019-08-13August 13: Delhi and beyond, in pictures - National Herald
August 13: Delhi and beyond, in  picturesThe day’s developments, events and news makersAgencies Published: 13 Aug 2019, 7:07 PMEngagement: 0PTI PhotoCongress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with the people affected by floods and landslides, at Kalpetta in Wayanad, Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019. PTI Photo The Tricolour is hoisted during the full dress rehearsals for the 73rd Independence Day function at the historic Red Fort, in New Delhi. PTI Photo School students perform during the full dress rehearsal for Independence Day parade, at Mini Stadium in Jammu, Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019. PTI Photo Marching contingent of police force during the full dress rehearsal for the 73rd Independence Day parade, at Ridge in Shimla. PTI PhotoIndependence Day parade at Fort St. George in Chennai.PTI Photo NCC cadets perform a street drama as a part of social awareness campaign against HIV/AIDS in Kolkata. PTI Photo The Koyneshwar temple on which a tree fell during rains, at the bank of swollen Koyna river, in Karad, Maharashtra,Photo: IANS The crest gates of the Nagarjuna Sagar Project (NSP) were lifted with a deluge of water reaching the reservoir from Srisailam; in Telangana’s Nalgonda . PTI PhotoA fire-fighter sprays water as smoke billows out of a building after a fire broke out in a cloth godown in Gandhi Nagar market area of East Delhi. Photo by Prampd  PushkarnaDecorating  with lights for 73rd Independence Day in capital of India  at conaught Place in New Delhi Photo by Pramod Pushkarna Delhi Police armed  bullet proof vehicle  moving around in New Delhi .Photo: IANS“Mahak”, a five-storey old building, that collapsed at Ulhasnagar of Maharashtra’s Thane. No casualties were reported as the building which tilted dangerously was vacated by the authorities yesterday. PTI PhotoWoman police personnel participate in the full dress rehearsal for the Independence Day parade, at Gandhi Maidan in Patna. AP/PTI People explore Battleship Texas in Houston. The ship that served both World War I and World War II will be closing for visitors Aug. 25. The Battleship Texas Foundation will be taking over the operations and repairs of the 106-year-old ship. AP/PTIA Buddha statue at Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta and its hinterland are packed with tourist attractions, including Buddhist and Hindu temples of World Heritage.PTI Photo Fans click pictures with Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan at the launch of the TV game show . PTI Photo A view of LPG cylinders kept outside a closed shop during restrictions in Lal Bazar area of Srinagar.For all the latest India News, Follow India Section.Priyanka GandhifirefloodsIndependence day 2019 rehearsal1st world war shipgas cylinderamitabh bachan Most PopularUnnao rape case: Lawyer of victim’s mother alleges death threat from SengarPriyanka Gandhi visits Sonbhadra village, speaks with bereaved familiesBugs found in backend systems of top 5,000 free Android appsReports of protests, violence in Kashmir not fabricated, ‘admits’ govtIndians still stuck in sexist prejudices; prefer long, straight hair on women, says survey Follow UsSubscribeHomeNewsDemocracyInvestigationCafeYoung IndiaBlogEYE ON RSSWorld Cup 2019Election 2019VideosPhotosAbout UsAdvertisePrivacy PolicyCareerCopyrightsSubscription Terms & ConditionsSection RSS FeedsContact UsCopyright © 2019 National Herald. All rights reserved.Powered by Quintype
2019-08-1231 families evacuated after building in Thane tilts - Hindustan Times
31 families evacuated after building in Thane tilts The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) said the 25-year-old building was not on the list of dangerous buildings. mumbai Updated: Aug 13, 2019 05:16 IST Sajana Nambiar Hindustan Times, Ulhasnagar Mahak Apartments on Link Road, Ulhasnagar camp 3 developed cracks on Monday. (Rishikesh Choudhary/HT )           Thirty-one families living in a five-storey building in Ulhasnagar were evacuated, after a portion of the building tilted and developed cracks on Monday. The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) said the 25-year-old building was not on the list of dangerous buildings.Residents of Mahak apartments on Link Road in Ulhasnagar camp 3 called the fire brigade after they found that all doors were jammed. UMC chief fire officer Bharkar Mirpagar said, “Residents complained that cracks have developed on the first, second and third floor of the building. People also complained about doors being jammed. We managed to open the doors and rescue the families.”The civic body said they have given accommodation to some residents. “It is not safe to let the residents live in it [the building]. We will do a structural audit of the building and then decide whether to repair or demolish it. It was not a dangerous building,” said Yuvraj Badhane, public relations officer, UMC.He said, “Most residents have shifted to their relatives’ place. We gave a temporary place to those who do not have alternative accommodation.”Sanjay Lulla, 32, resident of Mahak Apartments, said, “Some people were trapped inside their flats as the doors jammed. The civic body rescued them but did not give them accommodation. All 31 families are homeless.”First Published: Aug 13, 2019 05:16 IST tags Ulhasnagar Fire Brigade families evacuated more from mumbai top news trending topicsRIL AGM 2019 highlightsVikram SarabhaiEid-Al-AdhaReliance AGM 2019India vs West Indies 2nd ODI Highlights don't miss News India News Latest News World News Business News Opinion Analysis Columns Editorials Authors City News Delhi News Noida News Gurugram News Mumbai News Pune News Bengaluru News Ranchi News Patna News Lucknow News Kolkata News Jaipur News Chandigarh News Dehradun News Indore News Patna News Ranchi News Education News High School News Higher Studies Exam Results Board Exams 2019 Career News HT School Lifestyle Fashion and Trends Health News Sex and Relationships HT Brunch Entertainment News Bollywood News Hollywood News Movie Reviews Regional Movies World Cinema News TV News Music News Sports News Cricket News Football News Live Scorecard Tennis News Other Sports News ICC Cricket Rankings Cricket Schedule Useful Links Photos Videos E-Paper Interactives Punjab Brand Post Top Trends Top News Follow us on: partnersites livemint livehindustan shine desimartini ht punjabi studymate englishmate htsyndication bridge school ht brand studio healthshots Copyright © HT Media Limited All rights reserved. About us Contact us Privacy policy Terms of Use Disclaimer Print Ad rates Jobs
2019-08-11Two killed, 42 injured in tanker-bus collision in Raigad - The Hindu
Two killed, 42 injured in tanker-bus collision in Raigad UPDATED: AUGUST 12, 2019 05:22 IST : Two died and 42 persons were injured after a Pen-bound Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus collided with a gas tanker on Sunday morning in Raigad district. The accident occurred around 8.45 a.m. at Gagode Phata on Pen-Khopoli road. Officials said the driver of the tanker, which was carrying liquid ammonia, lost control of the vehicle and it collided with the bus. Raghunath Balaram Mhatre (67), a resident of Bori, died on the spot while Dinesh Khedekar (26), a resident of Nanegaon, succumbed on the way to hospital. While the bus was on its way to Pen from Khopoli, the tanker was going towards Pune from Pen. “The injured were taken to Pen hospital and from there, a few were shifted to Alibag Civil Hospital. Some were discharged and one was shifted to JJ Hospital due to the seriousness of injuries,” senior police inspector Indrajit Katkar from Pen police station said. Traffic on Pen-Khopoli road was affected for close to five hours after the accident. “We called for two fire tenders and experts from the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers, who checked the tanker. After making sure that it was safe, we called for cranes to move the tanker from the road,” Mr. Katkar said. The vehicles that were behind the bus and tanker were stuck in congestion. “We allowed four-wheelers and two-wheelers to go ahead, but the heavy vehicles had to wait till the road was cleared. Meanwhile, our officers also diverted other vehicles via Pali and Mumbai bypass road,” Mr. Katkar said. The injured included 18 men and 24 women from Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Khadkebadi, Gagode, Pen and Neral. The youngest among them were a six-year-old boy and a three-year-old boy, who are out of danger. Around 15 of the injured are still admitted to hospitals while the rest were discharged by evening after treatment. The Pen police have registered a case against the tanker driver, who fled the spot after the accident.
2019-08-11Over 9 lakh leave Mumbai in 10 years, 8 lakh for Thane alone - Times of India
Over 9 lakh leave Mumbai in 10 years, 8 lakh for Thane alone Updated: Aug 12, 2019, 9:36 IST : MUMBAI: Migration from the island city—for long a magnet for migrants and an aspirational destination for the middle classes—has intensified. Over 9 lakh fewer people reside in the island city, reveals a study of the census that shows patterns of migration within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. On the other hand, Thane’s population went up by 29.3 lakh between the 2001 and 2011 census years. Of this population, about 8 lakh are people who moved out of south Mumbai to settle here. The last census affirmed that Thane is the focal point of MMR’s population influx. For example, migration from the suburbs to Thane went up ten times, from 30,128 to 3.9 lakh between 2001 and 2011. Counter intuitively, about 1.1 lakh people migrated from the island city to Raigad. “Nearly half of households reported that the easy availability of homes and better places to stay in comparison to an overcrowded Mumbai city was their reason for moving to Thane. For most, buying a house was out of reach in Mumbai,” said D P Singh, the professor at the Centre for Research Methodology who put together the data. For example, Siddharth Patil moved out of Worli’s BDD chawls to Kharghar with his family. “My father had a job in a mill. With that gone, we saw no reason to stay in the centre of the city. In fact, who says that the island city is the epicentre now?” Again, for Shanti T, who lived in Matunga in a ‘pagdi’ flat, owing a house of her own was a dream. “I saw an advertisement of a flat that was available in Navi Mumbai. We bought that as an investment initially, but with the improvement in the transport network, decided to move there, our own home, in 2014,” she said. The central story is the same, says economist Abhay Pethe. “Affordable housing. By selling off a place or an asset that one may have in Mumbai, it only makes sense to take that money and move to a bigger place in Thane. Also, Mumbai was earlier one CBD (central business district). Now there are multiple CBDs. With the hope of connectivity, moving out makes perfect sense as the inconvenience is not so much, but the money involved is large,” explained Pethe. For many, the trend was clear since 2001 as people who wanted to buy homes did so in Vashi, Sanpada and Mira-Bhayandar. Thane’s population explosion, in fact, prompted the administration to slice the district into two. Hence was born the sea-facing semi-urban township of Palghar, the state’s 36th district. The massive population explosion in the last decade in Thane district tilted the balance of development in favour of the urban talukas of Thane, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi. Demographers and urban planners see parts of Raigad as new promising land. “Panvel, areas like Taloja, are now seeing massive development. The next census will have some interesting points on migration to these locales. The new airport will also tilt people’s preferences towards Panvel,” said Singh.
2019-08-10Mumbai Crime: Ex-bank employee dupes senior citizen of Rs 15.86 crores - Mid-day
Mumbai Crime: Ex-bank employee dupes senior citizen of Rs 15.86 crores Updated: Aug 10, 2019, 10:13 IST : A former employee of a leading private bank was arrested on Friday by Bandra police for allegedly duping retired civil engineer of Rs 15.86 crore, promising him Rs 30 crore in return for his investment. The accused identified as Samir Ajit Bose is a resident of Ulhasnagar. He had purchased a flat and a car with the money and has also started a credit society. According to police, the accused worked with an organised crime gang in which around two dozen people are involved. They used to pose as officials of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and State Bank of India (SBI), to dupe their customers. He had promised the 83-year-old complainant Rs 30 crores insurance in return for investments. The 83-year-old complainant is a Bandra resident and his son is settled in the US for the past 20 years. He has invested 4.35 crore in different insurance policies between 2010 and 2016 and he was expecting good returns. According to the complainant’s statement given to Bandra Police, an unknown women called him posing as IRDA officer in October 2014 and asked for his policy details, saying that he can claim that before their maturity period ends. By then the complainant was suffering from some illness that affected his eyes and he wanted all the money back from the different policies he has invested in, before his death. "The women had all the accurate details and as the complainant trusted her, the women fraudster told him that he will get Rs 30 crore in return for the investment but asked him to pay some charges to get the amount. The complainant agreed to the clause and paid all the charges which were in lakhs, " said an officer. After making the payment, the complainant again received a call from another person who posed as an IRDA official and asked for some more clearance charges. "A month later, he received another call from another person saying that the first person is dead and asked him to pay some more charges, and he paid some more amount," the officer added. The 83-year-old kept making the payments till he ended up paying Rs 15.86 crores assuming that he will get Rs 30 crores in return for his investment. After his son visited him last month, he realized that he was cheated and he approached Bandra police to register an FIR on July 23. The case was registered under section 419, 420, 120 (b) and relevant sections of the IT act. During the investigation, Bose was arrested from Ulhasnagar." He seems to be the mastermind of the fraud. As he was a bank employee, he has all the details of different investments. Also, there are many people involved in his gang and we suspect that they duped others too," another officer investigating the case, said. The investigation has revealed further that the accused and his associates have used a total of 75 bank accounts and over 400 transactions to disperse the money.
2019-08-10Senior citizen duped of Rs 15.86 crore - Mumbai Mirror
Senior citizen duped of Rs 15.86 crore Updated: Aug 10, 2019, 10:16 IST : The Bandra police on Friday arrested a 39-year-old cyber fraudster who allegedly duped an 83-year-old retired civil engineer of Rs 15.86 crore under the pretext of releasing his insurance policy money. The fraudster, identified as Sameer Bose, had promised the victim Rs 30 crore as insurance policy money. The accused was picked up by the Bandra police from Ulhasnagar. According to the police, the victim, a resident of Bandra, had taken insurance policies of Rs 4.5 crore from 2010 to 2014 as he was scared of being afflicted with a deadly disease. In 2014, Bose, posing as an insurance executive approached the victim and told him that he would get Rs 30 crore for his policy. The fraudster then told him that to get the money he would have to follow some procedure and would have to pay some nominal fees. The fraudster also claimed that he was calling from the IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India). Thinking it was a genuine procedure, the victim followed the steps as he was directed to and in the process ended up paying Bose around Rs 3 crore. Later when the victim told his family members about it, he realised that he had been duped and lodged the complaint with Bandra police station. Till July 2019, the accused got the victim to pay another Rs 12.86 crore under various pretexts. Bose has been booked under relevant sections of IPC and I-T Act.
2019-08-10[VIDEO] Mumbai pothole menace: On-duty traffic cop dies after truck runs over him - Times Now
[VIDEO] Mumbai pothole menace: On-duty traffic cop dies after truck runs over him Updated Aug 10, 2019 : Mumbai: Pothole menace in Mumbai claimed another life after a traffic policeman died while he was on duty. The traffic cop was riding his bike when he was run over by a truck. The truck driver was allegedly trying to avoid a pothole near Ambernath police station and he accidentally hit the two-wheeler of the traffic policeman. The truck driver has been arrested by the police and an investigation is underway. The police have also detained the vehicle. The incident that took place at around 8.50 pm on Tuesday has once again exposed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and its lethargic approach towards the pothole-riddled roads in Mumbai. Assistant Police Commissioner said that the traffic constable was rushed to a hospital after the incident but was declared brought dead. He said that a case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). While talking to Mirror Now, a local said that the authorities are only interested in "filling their pockets" and no heed is being paid to the loss of innocent lives. He further accused the authorities of not using quality material in the construction of the roads. Another local recalled that a similar incident had taken place last year in Ulhasnagar but no concrete action has been taken by the police to curb such instances. He further added that the condition of roads in Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Kalyan is pathetic. He accused the ministers of corruption and indifference. He said, "Nobody thinks about the public." An auto-rickshaw driver said that even after repeated complaints, no action has been taken by the authorities to improve the condition of the roads. He said that he has to avoid potholes every day while driving as nothing is being done to end their woes. Another local said that potholes often cause traffic in the area. She added that in the rains, these potholes often become a nuisance for commuters. BMC's policy to make Mumbai roads safer for commuters riddled with potholes In July this year, the Brihanmumnai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that it had received around 19,000 pothole-related complaints. The BMC launched a mobile application to track these complaints. According to the civic body's data, it had received information about 1,070 potholes in Mumbai, out of which, 964 complaints had been tackled. The BMC had also allocated Rs 330 crore to repair the potholes in the city. The civic body was also criticised for inaction after it was revealed that the number of potholes in Mumbai saw a rise of 150 per cent from 2009 to 2014.
2019-08-10Now service stations flooded with car woes - Mumbai Mirror
Now service stations flooded with car woes Updated: Aug 10, 2019, 06:00 IST : Cars submerged under water outside a Badlapur housing society. Auto workshops in far eastern suburbs towing scores of damaged cars every day; holding service camps in housing societies to help customers. After the recent floods ravaged far eastern suburbs like Dombivali, Kalyan, Badlapur, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath, auto service stations in the area are witnessing a surfeit of damaged four-wheelers and two-wheelers. The region received more than 300 mm of rainfall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with release of water from Barvi dam further adding to the water levels. The flooding plunged a large number of four-wheelers and two-wheelers in housing societies under water. The local dealers of auto companies like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Mahindra & Mahindra have been carrying out surveys in housing societies helping customers save their vehicles, and towing companies have been working non-stop to transport these vehicles to nearest service stations. “We have been working in three shifts, and towing around 35 to 40 vehicles every day. The insurance company pays for picking up the vehicle and dropping it at the authorised service centre. I must have towed around 100 vehicles in three days,” said Sohail Khan of KP Enterprises, a towing contractor who was picking up a Hyundai Santro. Auto companies and dealers have been holding services camps and surveying the housing society for damaged vehicles. “We have surveyed about 18 submerged cars today (Friday) and most have suffered C level damage. C-level damage is when the water is above the dashboard, and all electronics in the car are damaged and need to be replaced,” said Arun Pujari of Fort Point, one of the leading Maruti servicing companies, who was carrying out a survey in a flood-affected housing society. Damaged cars being towed from housing societies in Dombivali (Photos by Raju Shelar) At Tru Value, one of the three Maruti servicing centres in the Kalyan-Dombivali region, workshop manager Sambhaji Bhadage said, “We so far have about 98 cars from flooded Kalyan-Dombivli- Badlapur area and 60 per cent of these appear to be damaged. It could take us more than two months to service all of them.” Ganesh Oak, manager at Ritu Hyundai service centre on Kalyan-Bhiwandi Road, said “We have got 70 to 80 cars affected by the flooding from all the affected areas. We have been surveying and contacting customers, warning them not to start the vehicle. If you start a submerged vehicle engine, the water seepage spreads further through suction leading to what we call a Hydrolock.” Manager of another major service centre on the Kalyan-Shil Road said, “We have received over 190 cars from the region over last few days, and it will take us more than two months to service them. We are waiting for the insurance surveyors to come and assess the damage and give us a clear go ahead to carry out repairs. There must many people who may have engaged a local garage to carry out maintenance instead of coming to an authorized service centre.” Ignatius Vaz, senior service manager of Sudarshan Motors, a Tata Motors service station, “We have received 15 vehicles with water seepage and 17 vehicles with more serious damage. During the Ambassador car era, vehicles had more mechanical parts than the electronic parts. Now the technology has changed so much that cars have electronic control systems that control the entire car. If the water level is above the dashboard or car is fully submerged, then these parts get damaged.”
2019-08-10Mumbai's top cop Sanjay Barve heaps praise on fellow citizens, says they’re law abiding - DNA India
Mumbai's top cop Sanjay Barve heaps praise on fellow citizens, says they’re law abiding Updated: Aug 10, 2019, 05:30 AM IST : Sanjay Barve, a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from the 1987 batch, took charge as Mumbai’s police commissioner in March this year. Barve was part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that investigated Abdul Karim Telgi’s multi-crore fake stamp paper scam. He was awarded the President’s Police Medal in 2006. Taking centre stage this week, Barve stressed on curbing cyber crime, maintaining law and order and range of crimes plaguing the city. The population of Mumbai is around 1.4 crore and the police staff comprises 50,000 officers. The police strength is always overwhelmed by the challenges of reaching out to a huge population. How do you address this challenge? You are pitting 55,000 of my men against this large populace and saying that the ratio of of population vis-a-vis police is insufficient. I don’t think we are against or pitted against these 1.4 crore people, instead we are with 1.4 crore people. These people 99.9% of people are law abiding. People of Maharashtra by tendency, by habit, by ethnic behaviour are largely law abiding and the city being the economic hub is entirely driven by those who are working or have migrated here to find work. People are occupied with their work, their livelihood and bettering their lives and hence the question of confrontation by and large doesn’t come up. These 55,000 people are required to regulate. It is just like maintaining traffic. Traffic has to flow and no one wants to stop. The duty of the traffic police is to regulate errant behaviour. Out of 36 lakh vehicles there are about 200 cases in a day, so the percentage is miniscule. With technology being infused in the working of police and the governance, this ratio can be brought under control. Can you please throw some light on the same and share the measures adopted within the force related to intelligence, command and control, coastal security, modernisation of police, Anti- Terrorist Squad etc? How do you see the change in system before and after 26/11? I was a part of the team that handled the 26/11. And pre 26/11 the scenario was very different, the senior police officers were neither prepared nor equipped to handle fully trained, armed terrorists using high trajectory weapons. Civil police were neither trained nor equipped to deal with enemies; enemies of the state, enemies of the nation who are armed, fully equipped and who came from across the border with an intent with disrupt it with heavy machinery and heavy equipment. Second difference was about advanced intelligence. Now there is a huge amount of co-ordination between agencies, central and state, we all meet together, exchange our inputs and do whatever is necessary in the interest of the safety and security of the people of this city. Creation of Force 1 is the third major difference. A force that is in the terms of capacity, in the terms of training and equipment, it is the best in the world. So the city can respond on it’s own. Every police station also has got an anti-terror unit. Some people collect intelligence, some pass it on and some act on it. This didn’t exist before. There is a qualitative difference in terms of response and perception of the people too. After Kasab was hanged people of Mumbai didn’t allow him to buried here. So it was not like people were against us. In that whole attack people were with Mumbai police. People of Mumbai and other fellow Indians were almost on a standstill for a day or two, but things were back to normal within 48 hours. City police and NSG were handling it at four isolated places. But the city had started moving and the wheels of economy and progress had not halted. We all speak of this resilience but it is much more than resilience. It is a response. Mumbai police Twitter handle has about 4.2 million followers. On daily basis, the complaints are heard and addressed. In order to reach out to bigger public, the police have expanded their reach on other platforms as well? How is Twitter being helpful for the cops in the current situation? There are some auto-generated answers. We have set templates to answer questions that are frequently asked, like in case of traffic, electricity or neighbours fighting over doors, or children fighting. We try to give the number of officers who can be contacted in case of traffic issues. We pass the complaints to traffic department, and ask them how many messages were acted upon. We question the officer in-charge about the vehicle wrongly parked at a certain location for seven days, and why is it still there? Generally within a day’s time it is lifted. We try find out the owner, because an abandoned vehicle is a risk, we don’t know what it contains, what is the purpose. The handle has helped, and it acts as a bridge. Also, if people have grievances against us, or are angry, we are ready to take it. Urban planners and government machinery have been talking about running vehicles with odd-even number plates or imposing congestion tax. This is mainly to reduce traffic on road. What is your take on it? The odd-even number plates was tried in Mumbai in the past. However, what we found that people started buying two vehicles, with odd and even number plates. The remedy became dangerous than the disease. So this is not a solution. Congestion tax is levied in many cities across the world like Singapore, London etc. But Singapore has shown the way ahead. There, unless you have a parking space you cannot buy a vehicle. Moreover, registration number of the vehicle is auctioned which gives a boost to the revenue while the number of car buyers go down. The auction makes car an expensive proposition. So public transport becomes easier and cheaper proposition to ply. Both the suggestions are tried and tested formulae in the world. But then in an aspiring country, where people want to grow, there is a natural aspiration in people to buy a vehicle. They cannot be told that city cannot accommodate anymore vehicles and so they cannot buy one. These conflicting interest needs to be balanced in a public discourse or governance. Now that metro rail lines will be opened up in next 2-3 years, it would solve traffic issues. Metro rail de-clutters the city. For this to be implemented properly, there needs to be proper car park, so that anyone coming to a metro station, can park the vehicle outside the station. It has to be worked out with a foresight. Many people are reluctant to approach the police in case of emergencies. The common refrain is ‘why get involved with the police?’ How do you plan to tackle and bridge this trust deficit? Interpersonal skills are developed over a period of time. A young sub inspector who is a station house officer, in an age group of 22-35, I don’t expect him to be adept at interpersonal skills. Inhouse training will also help us in doing this. Also people hesitate before coming to a police station, they first try and solve the matter amongst themselves, this again is ethnic, there is a fear, people have apprehensions like, what will happen, will there be a record maintained, will I get a visa for travelling abroad. There is no record for complainants. After you took charge, there were allegations of corruption against some officers. At your level, how are you tackling corruption within the department. When someone posted at an authoritative level, the temptations are higher. Putting a person’s liberty in jeopardy is the authority law has given you. There will be people trying to tempt you, but most of my men do not fall into that trap. I have headed the anti-corruption department also. We have seen people trying to make a quick buck by bypassing the law or offering favours that are not necessarily legal. Either do what is not required to be done or not do what is required to be done. In both the cases corrupt practice creep in. Our policy is of zero tolerance to corruption. And if people report corruption, it is very seriously looked into. People who indulge into it or show proclivity towards corrupt practices are also earmarked and posted in such places where they will not have public interface. Once the authority is gone, the opportunity is gone. With better service conditions, better education, these issues will certainly get resolved over a period of time. It does not happen instantaneously. What is the status of installation of CCTV cameras in the city? Is the police planning to double the numbers of the cameras? When I was a joint commissioner of traffic police in 2009 we started with 100 cameras in the city. They were installed on the major junctions to lookout for those violating traffic. Now the city has more than 5,500 cameras, and will be adding another 5000 cameras in the coming six months. There is a gradual reduction of crime in the city. Street crimes has also come down. The traffic situation in monsoon gets worse. How are you planning to deal with this? We are in a typical island situation, where it is practically impossible to load more space. Ten years back the number of vehicles were 1.8 million, and today the number has increased up to 3.5 million. The number of vehicles are doubled and roads are limited. It is not possible to create new stretches or roads in MMR or Mumbai city. Due to the influx of vehicles, the average speed have gone down too. There are many who park haphazardly in public places. This leads to traffic congestion. If people park in proper manner, the speed limit can be improved. With regard to the monsoon, potholes are a problem. The speed of the vehicle goes down and there are instances of breakdowns. Early morning, our Twitter handle gives out information on traffic situation in different areas, the areas that are affected by flood, waterlogged areas etc. However, once the season is over, roads are repaired and things come to a normal. Mumbai has a lot of discipline as far as driving is concerned. Can you please tell us about the schemes being implemented or proposed to provide housing to policemen? Most of the houses are very old and some of them are in dilapidated conditions. These were built during colonial time. The large number of our police force stay in far off suburbs like Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Dombivali, Thane, Titwala etc. Its more than two-three hours of daily commute. Besides, they are on duty going from one place to the other. There are no fixed work hours. So providing them houses within the city limit will make it convenient for them. There should not be more than 30 minute travel time from residence to workplace. So the policemen can perform better at work and can give quality time to their families and own recreations. Keeping these things in mind, we had proposed redevelopment of our colonial residential buildings. We want to provide them 500 sq ft carpet, 2BHK houses so that the family of that particular police man lives comfortably. There are many plots which were allotted by government to Mumbai Police, which lie currently encroached. Would you develop these plots for police amenities? We are trying to remove the encroachment and reclaim our land. We have enough land and space to meet the demand of Mumbai police.After taking over the charge, I got the list of the plots owned by Mumbai police. In some cases, the documents were incompletely filled or the ownership details were not registered. These things have been taken care of. In some cases the leases have to be renewed, that process is also completed. What are the measures taken to fill crucial positions in the commissionerate and other departments of the police force? The rate of attrition in police force is above 3.5%. So in the organisation of 55,000, about 1,700 are either not on duty due to retirement or other reasons. This year the recruitment was slightly delayed because of the elections. We will give out advertisements so people get to know, and adequate time will be given for people to respond. It may take time, but these vacancies will certainly be filled up. Most common issues locals face is the cyber crime. Does the police force have adequate and technical staff to nab the cyber fraudsters? Other than cyber police station at BKC, there is no other police station where people can seek help from? Internet crime or financial offences by use of the internet in various modes offline or online are increasing. Many are unaware and do not know how to use the internet effectively and safely. This being previewed, a lot of education is required to be decimated amongst people for safe use of internet. Presently we have one cyber crime station, but we have cyber trained officers in all police stations. People should have functional, effective, technical knowledge, that will yield better results. What measures are being adopted by Mumbai police to stop crime against women and children? Is there a rise in cyber crimes against women in the city? Rather than policing every corner of the city, what is of paramount importance is educating the mass. It is not only about children going to school but also about the workplace. A lot of these incidents are reported against those at authority level. Crime against women or children is more of an attitude issue and not the issue of criminality. Attitude towards women, attitude towards the opposite gender needs to be changed. Equality is easier said than done, it needs to translate into reality. Ethos has to be changed, and this can be done by the corporate heads of every organisation. Schools and colleges are already doing it. Children coming up from coeducational schools have a better understanding of talking to each other and do not make much of the differences between a male and a female coworking with him. For example, some constables coming from the rural part of the state are not exposed to working with women. In certain schools, girls and boys sit in different rows/sides in rural areas. Many of them do not even talk to each other as it is considered a taboo. Proper understanding with education can change people’s perception and attitude. Social media has exposed people to various platforms. One can approach anyone out there. For example, in case of a friendship request, many misunderstand the acceptance of friendship as an acceptance of a person, and that creates a problem. How are the mobile theft cases taken by the police? How much effort goes into tracking down the phone? Many times a complainant is unaware about the missing phone. If the complainant has IMEI number, then it gets easier for us to trace the phone. So locating lost or stolen mobile phones is no more difficult in presence of technology. There are 94 police stations in the city and we receive more than a 100 mobile phone missing complaints daily. It means per police station one case minimum.
2019-08-10Mumbai gets 83.6% of season’s average rainfall in two months - Hindustan Times
Mumbai gets 83.6% of season’s average rainfall in two months Updated: Jul 28, 2019 01:54 IST : Mumbai’s suburban weather observatory recorded 219.2mm of rain between 8.30am on Friday and 8.30am on Saturday, making it the second-highest 24-hour rainfall this season. The downpour led to waterlogging, flight and railway disruptions, and traffic jams across the city. With around two months to go before the monsoon ends, Mumbai recorded 83.6% of its seasonal average rainfall (2,232mm) from June 1 to 8.30pm on Saturday. South Mumbai and the suburbs recorded ‘moderate’ rain at 36.4mm and 18.3mm, respectively, from 8.30am to 8.30pm on Saturday. Areas in northern suburbs of Mumbai recorded 60mm rain through the day on Saturday. Thane recorded 115mm heavy rain during the same time. Areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) recorded exceptionally heavy rain – the highest for the season in over a decade, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Badlapur recorded the highest rainfall along the Konkan coast at 447mm, with extremely heavy rain at Murbad (332mm), Karjat (300mm), Ulhasnagar (296mm), Ambernath (280mm), Thane (236mm), and Kalyan (231mm) in 24 hours. The weather bureau has issued a red alert for Sunday, predicting isolated extremely heavy rain spells in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad. “Monsoon current over North Konkan is vigorous, allowing short bursts of intense rain in Mumbai and sustained rainfall activity over surrounding areas,” said Bishwambhar Singh, director, regional meteorological centre, IMD Mumbai. “These weather systems are allowing more moisture incursions over the coast and strong westerly winds leading to heavy to very heavy rain, with isolated extremely heavy spells expected on Sunday.” However, private weather forecasting agencies and independent meteorologists had a contrary view. “While heavy to very heavy rain is likely between Saturday night and Sunday morning, the intensity is likely to be lesser than what was witnessed over the past 24 hours, as rain-bearing factors are weakening. However, with the low pressure strengthening over the east coast, rain intensity is likely to increase again from Monday,” said Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change), Skymet. Sridhar Balasubramanian, associate professor, department of mechanical engineering and associate faculty, IDP Climate Studies, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, said, “Mumbai and surrounding areas can expect heavy to very heavy rains with a maximum of 150mm up to Sunday afternoon, but not more.” Of the 219.2mm in Mumbai suburbs in 24 hours, 196mm was recorded in just 15 hours between 5.30pm Friday to 8.30am Saturday. The suburbs had experienced an exceptionally heavy rain spell on July 2 and 3, when 375mm was recorded in 24 hours, the highest since July 2005. South Mumbai recorded 90mm rain over the past 24 hours, falling under the heavy rain category. According to the weather department, 15.6mm to 64.4mm of rain is considered ‘moderate’, 64.5mm to 115.5mm ‘heavy’, 115.6mm to 204.4mm ‘very heavy’ and more than 204.5mm ‘extremely heavy’. As rain intensity drastically increased in the Mumbai suburbs and further northwards between Friday and Saturday, experts explained why south Mumbai received comparatively fewer showers. “Westerly winds, moving from sea to land drawing moisture, were moving at high speed over the island city giving less rain while slowly settling from Mumbai suburbs on up to areas like Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, and Thane,” said Balasubramanian.
2019-08-09Ambernath's shame: 5-km highway to hell killed 185 in 10 years - Mid-day
Ambernath's shame: 5-km highway to hell killed 185 in 10 years Updated: Aug 09, 2019, 07:30 IST : In the past decade, about 185 people have died on the pothole-strewn five km stretch in Ambernath, where traffic constable Sanjeev Patil lost his life on Tuesday. Traffic police statistics accessed by mid-day reveal that the road has been the most accident-prone, injuring over 427 on the stretch. Traffic cops have been sending letters to the Ambernath Municipal Corporation for the last few years, telling them to fill potholes urgently, but the civic body has allegedly not taken any action. The data also mentions that people suffered serious injuries in 590 of the reported accidents. In 2009, 18 deaths were reported. In 2010, the toll stood at 16, in 2011 it was at 17, while 19 deaths were reported in 2012, 15 in 2013, 19 in 2014, 19 in 2015, 14 in 2016, 16 in 2017, 15 in 2018 and until June this year, 17 deaths were caused by road accidents on the stretch. Will Lead To An Accident Traffic police officials said the road has caused a total of 185 deaths and injured 427 in 599 reported cases of road accidents. Amongst these 99 per cent of accidents have occurred due to bad road conditions, skidding bikes and people being crushed by vehicles. mid-day has a copy of the 2018 and 2019 letters sent by the traffic police to AMC, asking them to repair potholes on the stretch. In the letters, Prashant Satere and Sunil Jadhav, former and current police inspectors of the traffic police respectively, have stated, "Outside Ambernath east and west railway station and on the Kalyan-Badlapur road, several potholes have been spotted at seven major points of the road. This condition of the roads will lead to an accident. School buses, parents who carry their children, women drivers and so many others are facing several issues while riding on this road. They slow down to avoid the pothole or damage to their vehicle and it leads to traffic congestion. Therefore, please inspect the road and kindly repair it." In response to the letters, AMC seems to be passing the buck to other authorities. AMC Says Speaking to mid-day, AMC's chief officer, Devidas Pawar said, "We repaired roads that come under the corporation in May. Even now, we regularly inspect roads and administer immediate remedy. But the roads that come under PWD and MMRDA are the most affected. After traffic police alerted me about the same, I wrote a letter to MMRDA and PWD to repair the roads, but nothing has been done." Ulhasnagar Resident Loses His Life Bharat Khare, a resident of Ulhasnagar, who was severely injured in an accident on the same stretch three months ago, breathed his last on Thursday. He had lost control of his motorbike after it hit a pothole, leaving him with serious head injuries. Over 1,000 Potholes On Thursday, activist Satyejeet Burman tried to count the potholes on the Kalyan- Badlapur road, from the Forest Naka area to Gandhi Chowk and found more than 1,000 on the 5-km stretch. He said, "Civic authorities are responsible for each and every death of innocent citizens. The departments concerned failed to provide pothole-free roads. They misuse their power [while being] hand-in-glove with unqualified contractors and corporators."
2019-08-09Youth films video, calls mother before committing suicide in Rajasthan's Sikar - Times Now
Youth films video, calls mother before committing suicide in Rajasthan's Sikar Updated Aug 09, 2019 : Sikar: A youth in Rajasthan's Sikar filmed a video of him and called his mother before committing suicide. Identified as Jawahar Singh, the youth used to work in Gujarat and had returned to his village on Thursday. Singh was a resident of Sanwloda Ladkhani village of Rajasthan. Before taking the drastic step, Singh called his mother and told her that he was ending his life. He said to his mother that he was outside their village near a pond and was committing suicide there. Panicking after the call, Singh's mother and his family members rushed to the pond to save his life. By the time they reached there, the youth had already slit his throat. The video made by Singh has been recovered. Singh has named a girl in the video and has accused her of swindling Rs 7 lakh from him. Singh was allegedly in a relationship with the girl. Singh's family members have registered an FIR against the girl. Unable to repay cricket betting money, youth commits suicide in Telangana On August 4, a 21-year-old youth committed suicide in Hyderabad as he was unable to pay the repay the money he had borrowed for betting on a cricket match. The police also recovered a suicide note in which the youth had mentioned the reason for his suicide.
2019-08-08Traffic cop run over while avoiding pothole - Mumbai Mirror
Traffic cop run over while avoiding pothole Updated: Aug 8, 2019, 06:15 IST : The killer pothole and (inset) Constable Sanjay PatilAtraffic constable attached with the Ambernath traffic division of Thane police died while avoiding a pothole in Ambernath area in Thane. The 56-year-old constable was headed towards the Mahatma Gandhi Chowk in Ambernath for clearing traffic on the Kalyan-Badlapur Road when he was run over by a truck on Tuesday night. The Ambernath police registered a case against the truck driver and arrested him for rash and negligent driving under Section 279 of IPC. According to the police, Constable Sanjay Masaram Patil, who was attached with the Ambernath Traffic Division was headed towards Mahatma Gandhi Chowk after traffic was jam in the area on the Kalyan Badlapur road. According to the police, the incident happened around 8.45 pm. “The truck crushed his legs, leaving his seriously injured. He was rushed to the nearby Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar,” said Sunil Jadhav, senior police inspector of Ambernath traffic division. Patil later succumbed to his injuries. The police informed his family which lives in Ambernath. He is survived by his wife and two children “His last rites were performed in in Jalgaon,” said Jadhav. “Several potholes have come up on the road we have already before monsoon only returned to Public Works Department (PWD) who maintains the road to fill them. We do small work on our own, but we can’t fill all of them as we don’t own the road,” said Devidas Pawar, Chief Officer, Ambernath Municipal Corporation. Satyajit Burman, founder member of Ambernath Citizens Forum said, “I went to the police station to register an FIR against those guilty for the death of the constable. Several potholes have come up on the Kalyan-Badlapur road near Ambernath we have been following up with them, but nothing works. They should be booked,” said Burman. President of Ambernath Municipal Corporation (AMC) Manisha Walekar said, “We have had meetings with Public Works Department (PWD) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) they have claimed they want to extend the road and we should clear demolition. We are also ready for that, but they are just shifting blame game from PWD to MMRDA and similarly.” The PWD had recently handed over the Kalyan-Badlapur Road to MMRDA. When contacted, MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar said, “Filling up of the potholes is being done regularly, but due to continuous heavy rains, potholes crop up again and again. At this stage, filling the potholes with bituminous macadam is not possible. It will be done after the rains stop.”
2019-08-08Cop on duty avoiding pothole run over by truck in Ambernath - Mid-day
Cop on duty avoiding pothole run over by truck in Ambernath Updated: Aug 08, 2019, 08:23 IST : An on-duty traffic constable from Ambernath died after he swerved his bike to avoid a pothole and crashed into a truck on the Kalyan-Dombivli road on Tuesday night. Sanjeev Patil, 49, was injured and was being rushed to hospital, when he died on the way owing to severe bleeding. Residents have, for long, been complaining about the stretch of the road which has been particularly bad here. mid-day, too, had written about the state of roads in the area. The shocked family is yet to come to terms with the sudden death and has left for Jalgaon. Residents and activists are now demanding strong action against the guilty and have said they will file an FIR in the case. Cop Was On Duty The traffic policeman, identified as Sanjeev Patil, 49, was a resident of Ambernath East. He is survived by his wife and two sons aged 22 and 18. According to the Ambernath police station officer, Patil was on duty and had received a call about a traffic jam at Gandhi chowk. He took his bike from the DMC corner where he had been standing and moved towards Gandhi Chowk. When he reached the Ambernath police station area, he saw several huge potholes along the road. He tried to avoid going into one that looked deep and swerved but was hit by a truck. He fell because of the impact and the back tyre of the truck went over his right thigh. He was bleeding severely and was immediately taken to the central hospital where he was declared dead owing to the massive bleeding. 'Gem Of A Person' Traffic PSI Ramesh Mukadam, a friend of Patil, said, "He was very hardworking and a gem of a person. He came to Ambernath traffic division in 2017 and was always active in everything. I heard on the wireless that he had met with an accident." Another traffic policeman said, "We stand here every day, and see that nobody can drive or ride their vehicle easily on this 5 km stretch of road. There are countless potholes on this stretch. If they had been fixed, Patil would have been alive today."
2019-08-08Mumbai: No power for 13 days - Free Press Journal
Mumbai: No power for 13 days Updated on : Thursday, August 8, 2019, 6:20 AM IST : Kalyan: Residents of Morya Nagar in Kamba village in Kalyan have been living without power and water supply for the last 13 days. Local and government authorities are yet to take note of this situation. Incessant rain over the last few days has caused a deluge in many low-lying areas in Kalyan such as Varap, Maharal and Kamba, where water has entered hundreds of homes. Many villages have also lost connectivity with each other and the administration. There are reporte- dly at least 1, 200 houses, illegally built by local builders and which were sold for Rs 5 lakh each. A local resident, Sushila Kothari 45, said, "When I bought a room for Rs 5 lakh, the builder claimed there is no flooding in the area and that it has regular electricity and water supply." Another local, Seeta Yedav said, "Nearly 600 people live here but do not get any government benefit. The Radha Soami Satsang Santha has been providing us with food and tea. My Aadhaar, Pan cards and property documents were washed away in the deluge. Nearly 15 feet water entered our house. So all of us were moved to a nearby private school." Ashmita Mahraja, who runs a ladies' garment shop said, "My family and I were moved to a nearby private hospital when thieves broke into my shop and decamped with sewing machines and garments." There were two major floods in Thane district: One on July 26 in Badlapur, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Ambarnath and another incident last Sunday, in which low-lying areas in the district were affected.
2019-08-08Mumbai: Court orders top bookie's property to be attached - Mid-day
Mumbai: Court orders top bookie's property to be attached Updated: Aug 08, 2019, 07:49 IST : The Sessions court has taken coercive steps to attach the properties of international cricket bookie Anil Jaisinghani, who is wanted in 16 cases in Thane and Mumbai. Jaisinghani has been absconding for the past two years in a forgery case registered against him at Azad Maidan police station. "He has been evading arrest for a long time. In order to secure his presence, the coercive step to attach his properties is required," the court order stated. "The properties to be attached are: (1) Flat no 101, Mohan Lifestyle, jiasinghani House, Gol Maidan, Ulhasnagar, in Thane district and (2) The property in the name of the accused and his wife situated at village Nimgaon Korhale, Tehsil Rahata in Ahmednagar and the hotel built on the aforesaid plot named Hotel Shiv Sai," the order read. It has been highlighted in the court order that Jaisinghani is well known for implicating his opponents using his 'network'. "Being an international cricket bookie, Jaisinghani has a strong international and pan India network which he uses to falsely implicate his rivals," the court order highlighted. "The collector of Ahmednagar district is directed to proceed to attach 66.66 per cent shares of the accused in the property ie the piece of land and hotel Shiv Sai," the order read. Senior inspector of Azad Maidan police station Vasant Vakhare said, "We have received the court order and also sent the same to district collector of Ahmednagar to follow." The complainant Deepak Keswani said, "Jaisinghani is an absconding criminal. There are several cases registered against him at various districts and states. His network is very strong. He can falsely implicate anyone in a case related to bootlegging, narcotics, arms act, etc. Besides attaching his properties, the arrest of Jaisinghani is imperative."
2019-08-08After weeks of rain, no power or water in Kalyan, Uran villages - Times of India
After weeks of rain, no power or water in Kalyan, Uran villages Updated: Aug 8, 2019, 8:05 IST : KALYAN/NAVI MUMBAI: Even as residents of Kalyan-Dombivli, Badlapur and Navi Mumbai continue to deal with the aftermath of the floods, there were three rain-related deaths in Kalyan in the last eight days and villages in Uran and Kalyan talukas have been living without electricity and water. On July 30, the bloated body of Rakesh Solanki (33) of Kamba village was found in a nullah near Rayta bridge. A week later, on Tuesday, the body of Vilas Tembe (50), a farmer from Bapsai village, was found in a pond in Kamba village. His family had filed a missing person's complaint with Titwala police when he went missing on Sunday. On Wednesday, Ulhasnagar resident Pintu Tiwari's body was found near Ulhas river. The Khadakpada police suspect Tiwari had drowned in the Gautam Nagar nullah on Friday. With power and water supply cut off after the floods on July 26, around 2,000 people living near Ulhas river in Kamba village's Morya Nagari area have taken shelter in a school. And in Uran taluka, five tribal villages-Kondechiwadi, Bunglechiwadi, Sagachiwadi, Kherkatiwadi and Bhuechiwadi-had been living without power for the past five days due to damage to electric poles during the heavy downpour last weekend. After several complaints, MSEDCL finally sent its team to carry out the restoration work on Wednesday, but a landslide on the Panvel-Ransai Road the previous night blocked the approach route. Once the road is clear, we will fix the problem and resume power supply, said an MSEDCL official.
2019-08-07Thane floods: 11,000 residents evacuated - Hindustan Times
Thane floods: 11,000 residents evacuated Updated: Aug 05, 2019 23:48 IST : In one of the worst floods in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) since the 2005 deluge, around 11,138 people were evacuated from their homes across Thane district since Sunday. The water had still not receded in most areas on Monday, with people stranded in transit camps at Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Diva and Mumbra for more than 24 hours. The flooding was a result of heavy rain and the Ulhas river and Barvi dam overflowing on Sunday morning. However, the water levels at the dam and of the Ulhas river decreased on Monday after the incessant rainfall since Friday finally reduced in intensity. The dam’s water, which was released at 20,000 cusec on Sunday, was reduced to 4,500 cusec till 8pm on Monday. “The Navy was stationed at Khadavli as a precautionary measure, but nothing major happened and they left after assuring that the situation was under control,” said Shivaji Patil, deputy collector, Thane district. Electricity in several areas of the district was revived only by Monday evening. With the Betavde substation still flooded, affecting 13 transformers, Ganesh Nagar, Dativli, Agasan and Mhathardi remained without electricity till the time of going to press, for more than 24 hours.
2019-08-07Mumbai cop tries to avoid pothole, gets crushed by truck - Hindustan Times
Maharashtra cop tries to avoid pothole, gets crushed by truck Updated: Aug 08, 2019 09:06 IST : A 49-year-old traffic policeman in Maharashtra’s Ambernath, after swerving to avoid a pothole, was crushed by a truck that hit his bike, causing him to fall under the wheels of the vehicle, late on Tuesday. Sanjeev Patil, who was a resident of Kansai in Ambernath (East), is survived by his wife and two sons. “He was trying to avoid the pothole just outside the Ambernath police station on the Kalyan-Badlapur road, when the truck hit his bike from behind. He fell down and the truck ran over him,” said Yogesh Chalwadi, a social worker, who was at the spot when the accident happened around 9.15pm. Patil was rushed to the nearby Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar, where he was declared dead on arrival. The truck driver, Sardar Sinha, 30, who fled the spot, was later arrested. “We have arrested the driver,” said TK Sawant, sub-inspector, Ambernath police station. A case was registered against Sinha under sections 279, 337, 338, 304(A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 184, 134 (A) (B) of the Motor Vehicle Act. On Wednesday, Patil’s family took his body to their ancestral town, Jalgaon.
2019-08-07Over 60,000 given medicines to avoid leptospirosis - Times of India
Over 60,000 given medicines to avoid leptospirosis Updated: Aug 7, 2019, 7:54 IST : KALYAN: To avoid water-borne diseases and an epidemic, the health department in Thane district has in 12 days distributed 14.6 lakh doxycycline tablets to 60,863 flood-hit people, by organising medical camps and going door-to-door. Health officials said, to avoid leptospirosis and other water-related diseases, they had given medicines like doxycycline and antibiotic injections. But at many flood-hit areas, residents complained about not getting medicines. Officials said camps were still on, and they would try to reach other areas too. Thane district witnessed two major floods, including one on July 26, in Badlapur, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath, while in the second one last Sunday, low-lying areas in the district were affected. Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation distributed 30,000 affected people medicines in Kalyan, Dombivli and Titwala. Prakash Borase, chief executive officer of Badlapur-Kulgaon municipal council, said, We distributed nearly 2400 doxycycline capsules. We cannot give it to all as it is contraindicated for pregnant women and children below 14.
2019-08-07Mumbai: Here's the man who took the video of flying commuter - Mid-Day
Mumbai: Here's the man who took the video of flying commuter Updated: Aug 07, 2019, 14:41 IST : So mid-day has managed to track down the person who took the viral video of the flying commuter. The video gives a real picture and frustration of crowding levels in the saturated suburban railway network of Mumbai. Speaking with mid-day, Praveen Choudhary, a resident of Ulhasnagar who works as a financial analyst and commutes regularly by Mumbai local, said, "Due to heavy rains in Mumbai this weekend, trains were running very late on Monday and the frequency of trains on the Kalyan-Karjat, Kalyan-Kasara section was also very low," he recalled. "After waiting for one hour at Kalyan Railway Station, finally a train was announced on platform number 1 (9.43 am train to CSMT) as a semi-fast local train. The train arrived at 9.55 am and there was an immense crowd on the train and everyone was jostling to get in, though it was physically not possible. The crowd was massive and so I started recording it when suddenly this incident happened. The man trying to hold onto the train was in the air and I was shocked that what are they doing. They pushed him upwards and pulled him back to the platform," he narrated. "Luckily, no one was harmed in this incident. I will only say that commuters should travel safely in the crowded Mumbai local train because life is more important than reaching office on time. We are working for living not to die," he added.
2019-08-07Traffic cop near Mumbai killed after truck knocks him down on potholed road - Hindustan Times
Traffic cop near Mumbai killed after truck knocks him down on potholed road Updated: Aug 07, 2019 17:01 IST : A traffic policeman in Ambernath on the outskirts of Mumbai died Tuesday night when a truck rammed his two-wheeler and crushed one of his legs after he allegedly swerved to avoid a pothole on the road. The accident happened around 9:15 pm when Sanjeev Patil (49) who was on duty, headed for a locality on his motorcycle to clear a traffic jam after receiving a telephone call. Outside the Ambernath police station on the Kalyan-Badlapur road, the truck hit his motorcycle from behind when he tried to avoid running into a pothole, locals said. As he fell on the road, the rear wheels of the truck ran over his left leg causing severe injuries. He was rushed to the nearby Central hospital in Ulhasnagar where he was declared dead. Locals blamed the potholed road as the cause of the accident. “He was trying to avoid a pothole and lost balance and slowed his motorcycle and suddenly the truck from behind hit him. He fell down and the truck ran over his leg. He was bleeding severely,” said Yogesh Chalwadi, a social worker from Ambernath. On Wednesday, his family took his body to their native place Jalgaon for final rites. Police arrested the truck driver later in the night and registered a case. “We have arrested the truck driver and are interrogating him. The road outside the police station has potholes. Due to the heavy downpour most of the roads in the city has developed potholes. There is no evidence on whether he lost balance due to a pothole as of now. We are investigating it,” said T. K Sawant, police sub inspector. Mumbai and its suburbs have long battled potholes which claim a few lives every monsoon. Most victims have been two-wheeler riders.
2019-08-06Badlapur-Kalyan Railway Traffic Jam, Water Collected On Trains - Best Daily Times
Badlapur-Kalyan Railway Traffic Jam, Water Collected On Trains Mumbai is raining heavily in the eastern and western suburbs. Water has begun to accumulate in the deep areas. There is torrential rains in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali. The rains also hit Mumbai Local Railways. Central Railway traffic is delayed by half an hour. As a result, the clerks on the job face many difficulties as usual. Meanwhile, Badlapur-Kalyan railway traffic has been stalled. Rail service has been stalled due to accumulated water on the roads. The torrential rains have brought water to the well-to-do areas of Kalyan. Kalyan APMC Market, Shivaji Maharaj Chowk, Joshi Bagh, Mohammed Ali Chowk, Zarimari and others have irrigated the area. In some places, the loss of merchants has been affected by the water entering the shops. Since last night, the welfare and the area have been rained down by rain. Due to the torrential rains in the surrounding area, Kalyan has started to conserve water at Kalyan station. The torrential rains are also coming to Thane. Due to heavy rains, water has started to accumulate in different areas of Thane. Holidays have been declared for all schools in Thane. Security systems have called for citizens to leave their homes only if there are important tasks. Rainfall has started in Badlapur, Ambarnath and Ulhasnagar area since last night. During the period of heavy rains, there has been no incident of water conservation in the dry areas. However, as clouds have thickened over the area, darkness has spread everywhere. Overnight rains are spread over various parts of Mumbai. Water is collected in the areas of Bandra, Santacruz, Andheri, Goregaon, Malad, Borivali. The Andheri and Malad subways are under water. Due to this, traffic has been closed. Overnight, torrential rains have saved some strong water. Some buildings in Dahisar East are filled with water.
2019-08-06What lies in store for Palghar and Thane: Fear of more flooding with all 6 dams full to the brim - The Indian Express
What lies in store for Palghar and Thane: Fear of more flooding with all 6 dams full to the brim Updated: August 7, 2019 4:17:17 am : On Sunday, 10,500 people were rescued and evacuated from Thane and Palghar after heavy rain coupled with rivers in spate lashed the residential areas. With incessant rain in the last few days filling up dams to the brim in Thane and Palghar districts, residents of these areas are now living in constant fear of flooding for the remaining months of the monsoon. All the six dams, namely Barvi, Bhatsa and Tansa dams in Thane and Modak Sagar, Dhamni and Surya dams in Palghar have filled to the brim over the past week. Haphazard planning and illegal construction are the major reasons why the water has failed to recede from these areas as these structures are a hindrance to the natural flow of water. All the six dams, namely Barvi, Bhatsa and Tansa dams in Thane and Modak Sagar, Dhamni and Surya dams in Palghar have filled to the brim over the past week. Express Not only this, the release of water from the six dams has further accentuated the flooding. On Sunday, 10,500 people were rescued and evacuated from Thane and Palghar after extreme rain coupled with rivers in spate lashed against the residential areas. While some of the evacuation operations took place in 196 villages, most in Thane were located in urban areas. The district administration is now living in fear of the two months left for the monsoon to subside as the region will face more flooding even if it receives moderate rainfall. “The dams were full after the rains over the weekend. Their levels subsided after we released the water. Now, even if it rains in moderation, we will be forced to release water from the dams as they are already brimming. This is bound to cause more flooding in the region,” said an official from the Palghar district administration. Officials said more than 190 villages in these two districts were at risk from flooding. District officials are bracing themselves for “extremely heavy” rainfall in Palghar and “heavy to very heavy” rainfall in Thane, on Thursday, predicted by the Met department.
2019-08-0511000 residents were evacuated from flooded areas in Thane - Hindustan Times
11,000 residents were evacuated from flooded areas in Thane Updated: Aug 06, 2019 00:03 IST : In one of the worst floods in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) since the 2005 deluge, around 11,138 people were evacuated from their homes across Thane district since Sunday. The water had still not receded in most areas on Monday, with people stranded in transit camps at Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Diva and Mumbra for more than 24 hours. The flooding was a result of heavy rain and the Ulhas river and discharge of water from Barvi dam on Sunday morning. However, the water levels at the dam and of the Ulhas river decreased on Monday after the incessant rainfall since Friday finally reduced in intensity. The dam’s water, which was released at 20,000cusec on Sunday, was reduced to 4,500cusec till 8pm on Monday. “The Navy was stationed at Khadavli as a precautionary measure, but nothing major happened and they left after assuring that the situation was under control,” said Shivaji Patil, deputy collector, Thane district. Electricity in several areas of the district was revived only by Monday evening. With the Betavde substation still flooded, affecting 13 transformers, Ganesh Nagar, Dativli, Agasan and Mhathardi remained without electricity till the time of going to press, for more than 24 hours.
2019-08-05Thane district struggles to stay afloat - Hindustan Times
Thane district struggles to stay afloat Updated: Aug 06, 2019 08:39 IST : While the rain took a breather in Thane on Monday, several parts of the district of Kalyan, Thakurli, Shahad, Ulhasnagar, Kolsewadi, Diva and Mumbra areas remained waterlogged, affecting thousands. The authorities said there was no loss of life. KALYAN SITUATION Residents, who were shifted to schools, under-construction buildings and nearby high-rises on Sunday, could not return on Monday. Leena Rathod, 28, a resident of Srinagar Chawl near Kalyan, said, “We packed a bag of valuables and essentials and left our homes. We were shifted to a school and are still not able to go home as the water has not receded. We hope the situation gets better tomorrow.” Patripool bridge in Kalyan was opened for traffic. A major portion of Rayata Bridge on the Kalyan-Ahmednagar Highway caved in again on Monday morning, blocking access to several villages in Murbad. Lalita Shenoy, 44, a resident of Vikas Plaza in Thakurli, said, “Our society was built just a year ago. We were happy that we have a view of a 90ft road, local trains and a small river in the distance. However, we had no idea the area would be waterlogged once the dam was left open.” The floodwater brought along a lot of garbage which is still strewn across the road. “We removed five huge drums filled with garbage from within our society,” said Anuj Shastri, resident of Srushti Plaza on Thakurli Kalyan road. The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) distributed food and water to those stuck in the floods. Madhvi Pophale, public relations officer, KDMC, said, “We are providing shelter and distributing food packets to places that are waterlogged. Many schools have opened their premises for flood-affected people in KDMC jurisdiction. We have organised 10 medical camps in the city on Monday, where people were given medicines to prevent leptospirosis.” DIVA, MUMBRA, KALWA FLOODED The water from the creek and Barvi dam left several areas of Diva, Mumbra and Kalwa waterlogged even on Monday. More than 1,200 people from Diva were rescued by boats on Monday. Parsik Nagar area of Kalwa, too, continued to remain flooded. Hundreds of vehicles were damaged. The Thane Municipal Corporation has decided to distribute free essential groceries to the flood-affected. The corporation has also assured to undertake clean-up of flood-affected areas on war footing and hold medical camps. Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner of TMC, said, “We will give 5kg of wheat, 3kg of rice, 1 kg sugar, 2kg potatoes, 1 litre oil and one blanket to every family that was displaced in the floods. A special cell is formulated to provide this help to those affected in the floods. Twenty-six medical camps will also be conducted in areas of Diva and Mumbra.” The 58 residents airlifted from Ju village are still staying put at VPS school, Balkum, Thane. BADLAPUR HIT BY FLOODS AGAIN For the second consecutive day, residents of Rameshwadi in Badlapur continued to stay at home. “It has been a week now that we have not gone to work. There is no mode of transport,” said Satish Adlikar, resident of Ramesh wadi. Suvarna Mahadik, 30, resident of Hendrepada who runs a beauty parlour, said, “As the floodwater entered my salon last week, I lost all my expensive equipment. I vacated and cleaned the premises, but it flooded on Sunday. My source of income has been hit.” TRAIN SERVICES DELAYED With disruption of train services, officegoers from Thane, Diva, Dombivli and Kalyan stations had a tough time commuting on Monday morning. The services were operating till Ambernath in the morning, and were extended to Badlapur later in the day. Nidhi Gothankar, 26, who had come from Lalbaug to stay with her relatives in Diva, said, “I was stuck at my relative’s place with my six-year-old son. On hearing that the train services have resumed, I decided to return. However the trains were crowded and I fainted at the station.” A central railway official informed, “The local services between Kalyan to Kasara and Kalyan to Badlapur were operational. Local services ahead of Badlapur towards Karjat are still suspended.”
2019-08-0558 airlifted from Thane district, 600 villagers rescued in Raigad - Times of India
58 airlifted from Thane district, 600 villagers rescued in Raigad Updated: Aug 5, 2019, 6:02 IST : MUMBAI/ NAVI MUMBAI: As heavy rain lashed most parts of the state, an Indian Air Force helicopter (Mi 17) airlifted 58 people from Ju-Nandkhuri village near Khadavli in Thane district after the water level in the nearby Bhatsa lake rose and flooded the area, while in Raigad, the district administration, with help of Indian Coast Guard, NDRF, and a local adventure group, rescued at least 600 villagers on Sunday. In another rescue operation, 162 people were evacuated by the Indian Army from Vasind and Diva in Thane district. However, nearly 60 people were stranded inside a resort in Palghar district and another 15 people in Buranda village till the time of going to press. An IAF helicopter tried to locate the villagers, but could not and had to return to base. “Once water recedes, we can attempt to rescue them by boats or else another sortie will be conducted on Monday morning by the IAF,” said Abhay Yawalkar, director of the state disaster management unit. The IAF rescue operation at Ju-Nandkhuri village lasted almost two hours and the 58 villagers were relocated to the Thane air force station base. “The IAF chopper rescued 42 adults and 16 children from Ju Nandkhuri village... The helicopter has been launched by IAF from Santacruz on request by the government,” an Indian defence spokesperson told TOI. Meanwhile, army and navy teams joined NDRF and other teams to carry out rescue operations at Kalyan, Badlapur, Ulhasnagar and other flood-affected areas. In Raigad, people were rescued from Vashi, Kane and Anture villages in Pen taluka, Sone Chi Wadi in Mangaon and from Roha and Nagothane talukas. Raigad district disaster management officer Sagar Pathak said, “Coast Guard evacuated 200 people from Vashi village, an NDRF team evacuated 120 villagers from Kane, and Wilder West Adventure and other teams rescued 65 people from Nature village...Pen taluka villages were hit as six gates of Hetawane dam were opened.”
2019-08-05Monsoon LIVE Updates | Heavy to very heavy rains likely in Goa over next 3 days - India Today
Monsoon LIVE Updates | Heavy to very heavy rains likely in Goa over next 3 days UPDATED: August 5, 2019 23:20 IST : Normal life in the city of Mumbai came to a standstill for the past two days as the city got battered by heavy rainfall during the weekend. Not just Mumbai but other states including Gujarat, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh are also witnessing heavy rains. NDRF teams have been deployed for rescue operations in several districts. The situation in Mumbai, however, is better on Monday as there has been restoration of some services and flooding at many areas have receded. Slight delay in flight operations has been reported but no cancellations have been reported. Meanwhile, there has been restoration of many train services as well. All suburban services on Central Railways are operational except Ambernath to Karjat. However, many Mumbai-bound trains have been cancelled as a precautionary measure. According to the weather department, heavy to very heavy showers accompanied by strong winds up to 45-60 km/hr also expected at isolated places while a warning was issued yesterday for heavy rainfall in Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar over the next 48 hours. Here are all the updates of Mumbai rains and conditions prevailing other states where an alert has been issued: 11.47pm: Maharashtra rains: Water level of rivers in Pune, Sangli rise School and colleges in Pune will remain closed on Tuesday as heavy rainfall was forcing the release of water from dams into rivers in the district, a senior official said. 11.15pm: Very heavy rains predicted for Nashik, Kolhapur, Satara: IMD The India Meteorological Department forecast light to moderate rains for Mumbai, and heavy rains in isolated places in adjoining Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts for Tuesday. 10.03pm: Four out of the five districts in western Maharashtra have received more than 100 per cent of average rainfall so far this monsoon, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaiskar said. He said only Solapur, with 78 per cent rainfall, lagged, while Pune topped with 120 per cent. 09:02pm: Karnataka: All schools and colleges to be closed in Koppa, Mudigere, Sringeri and NR Pura In view of the heavy rains in Koppa, Mudigere, Sringeri and Narasimharajapura (NR Pura), holiday has been declared for all educational institutions including schools and colleges in the taluks as a precautionary measure. 08.23pm: Met dept issues red alert in 3 districts in Kerala As heavy rains pounded several parts of Kerala, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a Red Alert in Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts on August 8. "These districts are likely to get extremely heavy rainfall of over 240 mm in 24 hours and may experience landslides," an IMD release said. 07.50 pm: Heavy to very heavy rains likely in Goa over next 3 days The India Meteorological Department on Monday predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Goa over the next three days and issued an 'orange' alert. Under the IMD's rain warning mechanism, red denotes 'take action', orange is for 'be prepared' and yellow is for 'be updated', while green means lack of any kind of directive. The coastal state has seen heavy rains since the past few days and several areas were water-logged on Sunday and Monday, officials said. 07.00 pm: Flood alert sounded to people on Bhavani river banks, heavy rainfall predicted A flood alert has been sounded to the people residing on the banks of river Bhavani in Mettupalayam, following the likely discharge of surplus water from the Pilloor reservoir, which has been getting good inflow. The catchment area of the Pilloor dam has been receiving heavy southwest monsoon rains and also an inflow of 10,000 cusecs of surplus water has been recorded in the dam, a press release from the district Collector K Rajamani said. 06.18 pm: Heavy to very heavy rain likely in Karnataka for next two days 05.56 pm: Regulate flood discharge from Maharashtra reservoir: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa in a letter to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis 05.45 pm: Surat: 13 people stranded in Lahura and Kosadi villages of Mangarol rescued by two IAF helicopters 05.20 pm: Due to water logging, on Western Railway , the following trains have been Cancelled /Partially Cancelled/Diverted as under: Cancellation of trains on August 5: 12215/12216 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Bandra Terminus- Delhi Sarai Rohilla Garibrath Express 12450 Chandigarh-Madgaon Goa Sampark Kranti Express 19024 Firozepur-Mumbai Central Janata Express 12926/22926 Amritsar/Kalka-Bandra Terminus Paschim Express 11058 Amritsar-Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus Dadar Express 19020 Dehradun-Bandra Terminus Dehradoon Express& 29020Meerut City-Mandsor Link 11094 Varanasi- Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus Mahanagari Express 12168 Manduadih-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express 12540 Lucknow-Yaswantpur Express 19038 Gorakhpur-Bandra Terminus Avadh Express 12217 Kochuvelli-Chandigarh Kerla Sampark Kranti Express Cancellation of trains on August 7: 22221 Mumbai Central-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express Diversion of trains journey commencing on August 5: 12264 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Pune Duronto Express train will be diverted to run via Agara Cantt.-Bhopal-Manmar-Pune. 22654 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Thiruvanthapuram Superfast Express train will be diverted to run via Bhopal-Nagpur-Ballarshah-Warangal-Vijaywada-Gudur-Katpadi-Salem-Tiruneveli-Nagarcoil-Thiruvanthapuram. 19019 Bandra Terminus-Dehradun Express train will be diverted run via Surat-Nandurbar-Jalgaon-Bhopal. 12617 Ernakulam-Hazrat Nizamuddin Mangla Laksh Deep Express train will be diverted to run via Thrisur - Shoranpur B Cabin Palghat -Salem-Jolarpettai-Melpakkam-Renugunta. 22413 Madgaon - Hazrat Nizamuddin Express train will be diverted to run via Surat- -Jalgaon-Bhopal-Bina Jhansi-Agra Cantt.-Mathura Jn. 12471 Bandra Terminus-Shrimata Vaishnodevi Katra Swaraj Express train will be diverted to run via Surat -Jalgaon-Bhopal-Bina Jhansi-Agra Cantt-Mathura Jn. 12215/12216 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Bandra Terminus- Delhi Sarai Rohilla Garibrath Express 12450 Chandigarh-Madgaon Goa Sampark Kranti Express 19024 Firozepur-Mumbai Central Janata Express 12926/22926 Amritsar/Kalka-Bandra Terminus Paschim Express 11058 Amritsar-Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus Dadar Express 19020 Dehradun-Bandra Terminus Dehradoon Express& 29020Meerut City-Mandsor Link 11094 Varanasi- Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus Mahanagari Express 12168 Manduadih-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express 12540 Lucknow-Yaswantpur Express 19038 Gorakhpur-Bandra Terminus Avadh Express 12217 Kochuvelli-Chandigarh Kerla Sampark Kranti Express CANCELLATION OF TRAINS ON 07.08.2019 22221 Mumbai Central-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express 04.20 pm: Waterlogging in streets and houses in Patil Estate area of Pune. 3.26 pm: 115 people have been rescued by the NDRF from flooded areas in Baner, Pune following heavy rainfall in the region. 11:17 am: Update from Gujarat | National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team rescue locals stuck in flood in Navsari. 10:38 am: Central and Harbour line update | Trains on Central and Harbour line routes are running late by almost 25-30 minutes. 10:30 am: Skymet weather department has predicted thundershowers in several parts of Maharashtra. Alibag, Badlapur, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Matheran, Thane and Ulhasnagar are expected to be affected. Meanwhile, light rains are expected in several areas of Mumbai including Andheri, Bandra, Goregaon, Kurla, Malad, Santacruz, Vile Parle, Ghatkoper and Mumbai suburban. According to Skymet weather, residents should expect moderate spells of rain and thundershower in Alibag, Badlapur, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Matheran, Thane, and Ulhasnagar, with light rain over Andheri, Bhandra, Goregaon, Kurla, Malad, Santacruz, Vile Parle, Ghatkoper, and Mumbai suburban during the next 2-3 hours. 10:26 am: Update from Andhra Pradesh | News agency ANI reported that floodwater levels in east and west Godavari districts are receding. According to reports, the floodwater level is falling in Chintur, Kunavaram, Polavaram and Dowlaiswaram areas. 10:19 am: Western Railway update 10:16 am: After two continuous days of battering rainfall, Mumbaikars are breathing a sigh of relief as it has stopped. While rains are expected today as well, IMD has predicted better weather in the city today. However, a flood-like situation also prevailed in some areas of Nashik and Pune districts after heavy rainfall on Sunday. 10:06 am: Mumbai rains update | Central Railway's all suburban services are operational except Ambernath to Karjat. Staff is working round the clock to restore this section too, as soon as possible.
2019-08-05Monsoon 2019/ Heavy rains pound Mumbai; Gujarat, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh also witness heavy rains; NRDF teams stationed for rescue - DBPOST
Monsoon 2019/ Heavy rains pound Mumbai; Gujarat, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh also witness heavy rains; NRDF teams stationed for rescue August 5, 2019 : Mumbai: Normal life in the city of Mumbai came to a halt for the past two days as the city got pounded by heavy rainfall during the weekend. Not just Mumbai but other states including Gujarat, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh are also seeing heavy rains. NDRF teams have been stationed for rescue operations in several districts. The situation in Mumbai, however, is better on Monday as there has been a restoration of some services and flooding at many areas have subsided. Slight delay in flight operations has been reported but no cancellations have been reported. Restoration of many train services in Mumbai Meanwhile, there has been a restoration of many train services as well. All suburban services on Central Railways are operational except Ambernath to Karjat. However, many Mumbai-bound trains have been cancelled as a precautionary measure. Heavy to very heavy showers expected at isolated places According to the weather department, heavy to very heavy showers accompanied by strong winds up to 45-60 km/hr also expected at isolated places while a warning was issued yesterday for heavy rainfall in Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar over the next 48 hours. Mumbai Rains Skymet Weather department has predicted thundershowers in several parts of Maharashtra. Alibag, Badlapur, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Matheran, Thane and Ulhasnagar are expected to be affected. Meanwhile, light rains are expected in several areas of Mumbai including Andheri, Bandra, Goregaon, Kurla, Malad, Santacruz, Vile Parle, Ghatkoper and Mumbai suburban. According to Skymet Weather, residents should expect moderate spells of rain and thundershower in Alibag, Badlapur, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Matheran, Thane, and Ulhasnagar, with light rain over Andheri, Bhandra, Goregaon, Kurla, Malad, Santacruz, Vile Parle, Ghatkoper, and Mumbai suburban during the next 2-3 hours. In Andhra Pradesh, floodwater levels in east and west Godavari districts are receding. According to reports, the floodwater level is falling in Chintur, Kunavaram, Polavaram and Dowlaiswaram areas.
2019-08-05Pashan wettest spot at 51mm rain - Times of India
Pashan wettest spot at 51mm rainPashan wettest spot at 51mm rain Updated: Aug 5, 2019, 6:24 IST : PUNE: As many as 30 locations in Maharashtra reported rainfall between 200mm and 400mm and above in the past 24 hours till Sunday morning, with rain intensity further increasing during the remainder of the day. Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD Pune told TOI that Konkan-Goa, Madhya Maharashtra and Gujarat region were the wettest regions in the country till Sunday morning. Rainfall above 204.5 mm is considered extremely heavy, with similar falls expected in parts of the state on Monday too. Shivajinagar in Pune recorded 45.9mm rain during this period, the highest 24-hour August rain in the location after 2017. Lohegaon here recorded 36mm rain during this period, while Pashan was the wettest spot at 51mm rain from Saturday morning to Sunday morning. On Sunday, from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Shivajinagar received 12.9mm rain and Lohegaon 9.6mm rain. IMD mainly monitors rainfall in three locations — Shivajinagar, Lohegaon and Pashan. Tourist spot Alibaug in Konkan received extremely heavy rain at 410 mm in the 24 hours till Sunday morning. Extremely heavy rains also lashed Thane, Kalyan, Karjat, Ulhasnagar, Trimbakeshwar, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala and Igatpuri during this period. Kashyapi said that rainfall situation may remain the same in Maharashtra on Monday, with marginal reduction in terms of area-wise spread of extreme rain.
2019-08-044 drown as rains pound Mumbai for 2nd straight week - India Tribune
4 drown as rains pound Mumbai for 2nd straight week August 4, 2019 : Mumbai, Aug 3 (IANS) Four college girls drowned in a raging waterfall in Navi Mumbai on Saturday as entire coastal Maharashtra experienced torrential rains and the region went on a high alert for the next 72 hours, officials said. Three teenaged students — Arti Nair, Neha Dama and Shweta Nand, students of Second Year B.Com. at SIES College of Arts, Commerce and Science in Nerul, Navi Mumbai — who bunked lectures for an impromptu picnic to the treacherous Pandavakada Waterfalls, drowned here on Saturday morning. The details of another victim, Neha Ashok Jain, who hailed from Chembur are not known. According to Senior Inspector Pradeep Tidar of Kharghar Police Station, the bodies of two girls, Arti Naik and Neha Dama have been recovered and a massive search is on to trace the other two victims. For the second consecutive weekend, heavy rain lashed Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Ratnagiri, hitting normal life and road traffic, though suburban trains and flights continued to function with some delays. A huge 78-metre long and 1,478 tonne cargo ship from Hazira, Gujarat, went adrift owing to heavy rains and was washed on the rocky shores of Vangaon village in Palghar early on Saturday. Vangaon police chief Rahul Patil and ship’s captain V.V. Nair said there are 13 crew members on board who are safe, have sufficient food and water on board and await help from the Surat-based owners, M/s. Eco Pronch Logistics Ltd. The ship’s propellers and the hull have reportedly suffered damage as it hit the rocks in the Arabian Sea at 4 a.m., paralyzing the vessel. In another incident, a fire due to suspected electrical short circuit broke out in Navrang Building in the congested Abdul Rehman Street in south Mumbai. Three women and a man who were trapped in the smoke were rescued safely. However, at least three firemen — A.B. Pawar, C.S. Gupta and Anil Mhatre — suffered injuries due to suffocation and were hospitalized. Mumbai, which has been experiencing virtually incessant rains since 10 days, witnessed a fresh spell of heavy downpour since midnight, with many low-lying areas in the city and suburbs, subways and arterial roads submerged under three-four feet of water, severely disrupting traffic. Water-logging was reported from many areas in Nala Sopara, Vasai, Virar, Vikramgad (Palghar district), Mira Road, Bhayander, Thane City, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Titwala, Ulhasnagar (Thane), Roha, Pali, Mangaon, Karjat, Pen, Panvel (Raigad), and Mandangad, Chiplun, Dapoli (Ratnagiri). In Mumbai, several areas in Borivali, Kandivali, Andheri, Santacruz, Khar, Bandra, Matunga, Parel, Dadar, Kings Circle, Sion, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, AKurla, Bhandup, Mulund and other parts were flooded resulting in huge traffic snarls. Subways in Dahisar, Kandivali, Malad, Andheri, Santacruz were flooded, stopping traffic movement in the east-west directions, and many vehicles and two-wheelers were stranded in the flood waters. Suburban trains on both the Western Railway and Central Railway were running at reduced speeds owing to water-logging on the tracks in the suburbs, leading to delays of 20-30 minutes. On Saturday afternoon, with combined effect of a 4.90 metre high tide in the Arabian Sea, continuing rains and water-logging, the railway tracks were flooded for around three hours on the Central Railway, with services suspended. However, most flights were operating at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport with delays of around 30 minutes, according to officials. In view of the continuing downpour, a majority of the schools and colleges in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, and Ratnagiri have declared a precautionary holiday to avoid inconveniencing students, said School Education Minister Ashish Shelar. In the past 24 hours, Mumbai city recorded 53.6 mm rain while Mumbai suburbs notched 133.1 mm rain and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain for the metropolis and coastal districts for the next 72 hours. Till 6 p.m. on Saturday, the IMD said Mumbai city recorded 38 mm rains and the suburbs notched 81 mm. The IMD added that Bhira and Roha in Raigad recorded the highest – 33 cms and 29 cms rainfall — with the hill station of Mahabaleshwar following closely as it was lashed by 28 cms of rain in the past 24 hours. The BMC Disaster Control had issued warnings to people not to venture near the beaches as a very high tide of 4.90 metres will occur at 1.44 p.m. and keep away from all seafronts for the next two days as extremely heavy rains are forecast. Temporary arrangements have been made in several schools and public institutions to shelter stranded commuters tonight in case they are unable to reach their homes. Elsewhere, many parts of Maharashtra also received a good amount of rainfall, including the parched regions of Marathwada. Most big and small rivers, dams, lakes, reservoirs, ponds and wells in many regions of Konkan, North Maharashtra, Western Maharashtra, Vidarbha were either overflowing or flooded, bringing cheers to the farmers. Besides coastal Konkan, heavy rains were witnessed today in Nashik, Nandurbar, Washim, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Ahmednagar and Satara, hitting routine life and disrupting traffic as roads and low-lying areas were flooded.
2019-08-04Rain makes its August presence felt in Mumbai - Hindustan Times
Rain makes its August presence felt in Mumbai Updated: Aug 05, 2019 01:02 IST : In just the first two months and four days this monsoon, Mumbai has already received its entire seasonal average rainfall. The southwest monsoon spans across four months for Mumbai from June to September, which means excess rainfall will continue for the remainder of the season. The Mumbai suburbs weather observatory recorded 204mm (very heavy) rain over 24 hours (8.30am on Saturday to 8.30am on Sunday) taking the tally for the season to 2,394.3mm (till 8.30pm on Sunday) against the seasonal average of 2,317.2mm. This is also the second highest 24-hour August rain since 2011. On August 30, 2017, Mumbai recorded 331.4mm, which is the highest for the decade, while 232.9 was recorded on August 29, 2011. The all-time August 24 hour rain was recorded on August 23, 1997 at 346.2mm. Last monsoon, Mumbai recorded 2,239.6mm rain over four months, which was 77.6mm less than the season’s average. In 2017, the city had recorded 3,029.9mm rain, the highest in six years. Over the past 48 hours, Mumbai received 337.9mm rain which took it past the annual average. Earlier this season, two spells of extremely heavy rain days – July 1 and 2 when 375.2mm was recorded in 24 hours and 219.2mm from July 26 to July 27 – were ‘extreme rainfall’ events that took the record past the season’s average. Persistent widespread intense rain continued from Saturday night through to Sunday morning, with isolated areas in Mumbai recording ‘extremely heavy’ showers. Between 8.30am on Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday, south Mumbai recorded 142mm. More rain was recorded in the suburbs during the same time, with some areas such as Malad recording over 400mm in 24 hours, followed by Mulund at 385mm, Powai 325mm, and Bhandup and Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road close to the 300mm mark. Neighbouring parts of Mumbai, falling within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), such as Thane recorded 372mm, Kalyan 307mm, Ambarnath 271mm, Ulhasnagar 240mm, all falling under the ‘extremely heavy rain category’. Records were broken across areas Alibaug 411mm, which recorded its all-time highest 24-hour rainfall, while Matheran recorded 440mm, Ratnagiri 154mm, and Bulsar 178mm. The weather bureau categorises rainfall above 204.5mm in a 24-hour period as “extremely heavy”, while 15.6mm to 64.4mm of rain is considered ‘moderate’, 64.5mm to 115.5mm ‘heavy’, and 115.6mm to 204.4mm ‘very heavy’. The weather bureau said intense rain activity was likely to continue for Thane and Palghar, while Mumbai could expect a drop in rain intensity. On Sunday, the Mumbai suburbs and south Mumbai recorded 20.1mm and 9.6mm from 8.30am to 8.30pm, highlighting a significant reduction in rainfall. “Rainfall over 24 hours varied across south Mumbai, with most areas receiving 100mm, while parts of the suburbs recorded over 250 mm. Strong westerly winds and heavy showers will continue on Sunday under the influence of weather systems being activated along the west coast due to a low pressure formation over northwest Bay of Bengal,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD). Private weather forecasting agency Skymet said non-continuous showers were expected through Sunday and rain intensity would reduce from Monday. “Rain-bearing weather systems are likely to die down by Sunday evening resulting in reduced rain activity from Monday onwards up till August 9 for Mumbai, as the monsoon conditions will shift to south Konkan and interior Maharashtra,” said Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change), Skymet. Independent meteorologists also pointed out that the weather systems that brought heavy rain showers in the MMR during the weekend had weakened. “As a result, the situation started normalising from the second half of Sunday itself. Overall rainfall amount and intensity in the MMR are expected to remain on the lower side during most of the week,” said Akshay Deoras, meteorologist and PhD researcher at the department of meteorology, University of Reading, UK. “Rainfall in the last 24 hours was primarily driven by thunderstorms and concentrated more towards the Thane region than over Mumbai.”
2019-08-04No letup in Mumbai rains; IAF, NDRF rescue villagers READ MORE - Gulf Times
No letup in Mumbai rains; IAF, NDRF rescue villagers August 05 2019 01:43 AM : At least five people were killed in Mumbai and Satara as rains continued to batter large parts of Maharashtra yesterday, hitting train services hit badly. Helicopters rescued 73 people in Thane and boats were deployed to rescue around 400 people stranded in Mumbai suburbs, officials said. In the state capital, a woman and her son were killed due to electrocution in Santacruz east and a man was washed away in Dharavi while two men from Pune drowned in a waterfall in Satara after their vehicle hit a barricade and fell into a flooded drain at Babhalnala early yesterday. Following incessant overnight rains, water seeped into many homes in Kranti Nagar, Indira Nagar, Jarimari, Shankarnagar and Bail-bazar areas of Kurla suburb and two teams of the National Disaster Relief Front (NDRF) deployed rubber boats to rescue around 400 residents stranded there. “They have been temporarily shifted to Bazarwad Municipal School and other schools. Congress activists have also made arrangements for food, water and medical help as required,” local legislator and Congress deputy leader in assembly Naseem Khan said. The Indian Air Force deployed an MI-17 helicopter to rescue 58 villagers, including 18 children, from Ju village in neighbouring Thane as they were stranded in rising flood waters. In another operation, 15 marooned villagers were saved by an MI-17 helicopter in Buranda village of Palghar yesterday evening. The operations were conducted after a request by the Maharashtra government, and all the stranded people were shifted to safer locations at the Air Force Station in Thane, and another location in Palghar, said an official. In Church Road-Dahanukarwadi areas of Kandivali, some locals made temporary rafts of wooden boards to ferry people to nearby areas for replenishing stocks of essentials. In some villages in Pen of Raigad district, around 60 people who were stuck in 6ft-deep water since 4am were rescued by NDRF teams in boats. Similarly 40 were saved from the marooned Mori village in Palghar. Most schools and college in Thane, Ratnagiri and Pune have declared a holiday today in view of continuing rains. The Western Railway (WR) services between Vasai and Virar were suspended for several hours as the tracks were flooded. The services resumed after 2.30pm. The Central Railway (CR) services were hit in some sectors like Kurla-Sion due to waterlogging on tracks, breaches in railway lines, and landslides, while its suburban Harbour Line was paralysed. Thousands of passengers were stranded at various stations in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar as train services were disrupted, while hundreds more were stuck in incoming trains that were halted at various locations en route. Similar chaos was witnessed on the Konkan Railway with trains getting delayed, inconveniencing thousands of passengers. Mumbai experienced 4.86m-high tides and the combined effect of the existing waterlogging and continuing rains led to homes in many parts of the suburbs experiencing fresh flooding. A portion of a bridge on Pinjal River in Palghar was washed away yesterday morning, bringing traffic to a complete halt on both sides. For the second consecutive day, waterlogging was reported in many areas of Nala Sopara, Vasai, Virar, Vikramgad (Palghar district), Mira Road, Bhayander, Thane City, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Titwala, Ulhasnagar (Thane), Roha, Pali, Mangaon, Karjat, Pen, Panvel (Raigad), and Mandangad, Chiplun, and Dapoli (Ratnagiri). In Mumbai several vulnerable spots in Dahisar, Borivali, Kandivali, Andheri, Santacruz, Khar, Bandra, Matunga, Parel, Dadar, Kings Circle, Sion, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Kurla, Bhandup, Mulund and other parts were flooded. However, there were no traffic snarls since it was a holiday. Subways in Kandivali, Malad, and Andheri were flooded, hampering traffic in the east-west directions. However, most flights were operating at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport with delays of around 30 minutes, officials said.
2019-08-04Mumbai rains live updates: Train services hit, 2 flights diverted to other cities - Times of India
Mumbai rains live updates: Train services hit, 2 flights diverted to other cities Aug 04, 2019, 23:14:42 IST : Maharashtra rains live updates: Schools, colleges in Mumbai, Pune, Thane shut on Monday. Heavy rains in Mumbai and adjoining regions crippled normal life for the second consecutive day on Sunday, throwing train services off the tracks, disrupting air traffic and causing power outages in neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts. Authorities have declared holiday for schools in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik and Raigad districts on Monday amid forecast of heavy rains.
2019-08-04Mumbai Rains: Government in Touch With NDRF, Army, Navy & Other Agencies as Mithi River Water Level Surges - LatestLY
Mumbai Rains: Government in Touch With NDRF, Army, Navy & Other Agencies as Mithi River Water Level Surges After Overnight Downpour Aug 04, 2019 12:48 PM IST : Mumbai, August 4: Mumbai's civic body, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), is keeping a watch on the situation in Mumbai as the Maximum city deals with heavy downpour. The office of CMO Maharashtra tweeted that the "State Government is in touch with NDRF, Army,Navy & other agencies too." Mumbai has witnessed heavy rainfall in the past two days and city's Mithi river is on the surge following the downpour.
2019-08-04Mah: Palghar teenager washed away in floods, alerts issued to evacuate villages nearby Barvi dam - United News of India
Mah: Palghar teenager washed away in floods, alerts issued to evacuate villages nearby Barvi dam Thane, Aug 4 (UNI) : A 16-year-old tenth class student was washed away in the floods, which have wreaked havoc in Thane and Palghar districts, following intense rain spells since Saturday. The student was identified as Sitaram Chowdhary, who hailed from the Kudacha Pada viilage of the Vikramgad town of the Palghar district, sources said on Sunday. Sitaram's body is yet to be recovered, the sources added.Thane District Collector Rajesh Narvekar has issued warning to the villagers, residing in the vicinity of the Barvi dam, to abandon their respective areas, and shift to safer locations as excess water from the dam is to be drained out. The villages facing the precarious situation fall into the talukas of Ambernath, Kalyan, Murbad and Ulhasnagar, apprised the Collector.
2019-08-04Overflowing rivers and flooded homes: Thane district struggles to stay afloat - Hindustan Times
Overflowing rivers and flooded homes: Thane district struggles to stay afloat Updated: Aug 05, 2019 00:59 IST : The overflowing Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers brought the lives of Thane residents to a standstill over the weekend. The water had entered several homes, and had disrupted road connectivity and power supply. As the city is likely to receive heavy rainfall on Monday also, Rajesh Narvekar, the district collector, declared that the schools will remain closed on Monday as a precautionary measure. Residents of around 700 homes in the Khadegolavli area of Kalyan were evacuated to safety on Sunday. Shivaji Patil, deputy collector, Thane district, said, “The areas of Kalyan, Diva, Bhiwandi, Vashind, Bhatsai, Shahpur and Khadavli are flooded. We have stationed three Navy teams, two National Disaster Response Force teams and an army team along with boats in these areas to bring residents to safety.” In Kalyan’s Bhavani Nagar, residents said the water level in their homes had reached the roof. Prashant Bade, 33, a resident of Bhavani Nagar, said, “Around 500 houses in our area are flooded, with the water touching the roofs of the chawl. We have a one-storey home, of which the ground floor is completely flooded. We have shifted our belongings to the first floor with a hope that the water does not rise beyond this.” The Palava City, a plush township in Dombivli, too was waterlogged, since Sunday afternoon after Ulhas river’s water level rose to 19.50 metres, 2.5 metres above its maximum capacity. Nishant Kashyap, 33, a resident of Palava City, said, “There was waist-deep water in the buildings near the promenade of the Ulhas river. The building’s elevator was closed for operations after water entered the building. Most of the vehicles in the society were submerged under water.” On Saturday evening, the authorities had circulated alerts in the areas surrounding the Barvi dam, after it had reached its maximum capacity. On Sunday, around 4.30am, the gates of the dam were opened to release its water and until evening, 20,000 metre per cubic second of water was released from the Barvi dam, district authorities said. By then however, the dam had caused floods in eastern Badlapur. Shabri Ghatwal, 28, a Badlapur resident, said, “At my relative’s society in Badlapur East, there was knee-deep water.” Connectivity hit Patil said the connectivity to Murbad was cut off on Sunday also, as the Raita bridge continued to remain closed for traffic, owing to the overflowing Ulhas river over the bridge. The Pune Link Road, connecting Ulhasnagar to Kalyan, too, was waterlogged and thus closed for traffic. Anil Mangle, police inspector, Thane traffic department, said, “The Durgadi bridge in Kalyan is closed for vehicles. The traffic was diverted from Yewai-Bapgaon- Gandhari bridge to Kalyan. We have asked motorists to avoid using the Rajnouli-Kalyan Road due to water-logging.” Power outage in some areas The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) cut off the power supply for most of the sub-stations to prevent any electrocution incidents, owing to which, the supply was affected in Badlapur East, Badlapur village, Manda, Titwala, Varap, Maral, Kon, some areas in Kalyan and Khadavli. The supply will be resumed only after the water recedes, informed an MSEDCL spokesperson.
2019-08-0410,500 evacuated from Thane, Palghar; all talukas flooded - The Indian Express
10,500 evacuated from Thane, Palghar; all talukas flooded Published: August 5, 2019 2:42:43 am : Waterlogged tracks at Thane station. (Express photo by Deepak Joshi) THE THANE and Palghar administrations evacuated around 10,500 residents from flooded areas as incessant rain lashed the two districts. While Thane witnessed nearly 271 mm of rainfall, Palghar recorded 190.8 mm in 24 hours beginning 8.30 am on Saturday. Coupled with high tide and rivers in spate, the two districts saw flooding in every taluka. Teams of NDRF, Navy and Army had to be deployed as several rescue operations took place simultaneously in the two districts. Only one casualty was reported after a man went missing near a reservoir in Virar. “Thane city and Kalyan received over 300 mm of rainfall. This itself led to more water coming in than going out. The rain didn’t stop at the time of high tide as well. Moreover, water was also released from the dams,” said an official from Thane collector’s office. Of the people evacuated, more than 8,500 were from Thane taluka only, the collector’s office said. “The biggest evacuation was conducted in Jugaon. We have also evacuated 1,100 people from Kalyan with the help of two NDRF and three Navy teams. Two Army teams were deployed in Shahad and Shahapur,” said Collector Rajesh Narvekar. Several individuals and groups were also involved in rescue operations across Kalyan, Dombivali, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur and Titwala. In Titwala, two fishermen, Yogesh and Sunil Patil, rescued over 120 people. Several areas like Shahad, Ambivali and Jagtap, which usually remain dry, also faced waterlogging. The residents of Shahad made distress calls after water rose to the second floor in some low-lying areas. “We were staying at a shelter. As water started entering the shelter, we have now moved to a school even our phone charger has been washed away,” said Sonia Kalra, a resident who was rescued by an NGO. Houses that were affected a few days ago after Ulhas river overflowed, again flooded. “Some people in Siddhi Vinayak society had returned home. We evacuated them and asked them to not return until the water subsided,” said an official.
2019-08-04Ulhasnagar: Boy comes in contact with live wire, dies - Times of India
Ulhasnagar: Boy comes in contact with live wire, dies Updated: Aug 4, 2019, 8:00 IST : ULHASNAGAR: A 14-year-old boy was electrocuted in the Camp 3 area of Ulhasnagar on Saturday morning. Manish Chavan was walking when he came in contact with a live high-tension wire lying on the road. He died on the spot. After the incident, locals demanded action against Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) officials, as they held them responsible for the boy's death. The police have registered a case of accidental death and are investigating further.
2019-08-04Mumbai Rains Live Updates: Air force launches chopper to rescue 35 villagers in Thane - Hindustan Times
Mumbai Rains Highlights: Air force launches chopper to rescue 35 villagers in Thane Aug 04, 2019 23:28 IST : Incessant rains has thrown Mumbai out of gear as waterlogged roads and cancelled trains have brought normal life to a halt. Flood alert has been issued in Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Badlapur. These areas are still recovering from the impact of the rains from the past week. Santa Cruz has already recorded 173 mm of rainfall overnight. Colaba has recorded over 100 mm of rainfall until now, according to Skymet Weather. Indian Meteorological Department has also said that isolated extremely heavy rainfall will batter Madhya Maharashtra. Waterlogged roads at Sion, Ghodbunder Road, Dombivli has affected residents. Central Railways has cancelled 8 trains and terminated three trains due to waterlogging, boulders on railways tracks and incessant rains.
2019-08-03Ailing Thane civil hospital needs a shot in the arm - Hindustan Times
Ailing Thane civil hospital needs a shot in the arm Updated: Aug 04, 2019 01:20 IST : On July 10, 51-year-old Rajendra Vishwakarma and his 18-year-old son, Yogesh, were injured after a tree fell on them while they were riding on a motorbike from Thane to Ulhasnagar. While Vishwakarma escaped with a minor leg injury, Yogesh sustained an internal head injury. After an ambulance took nearly two hours to bring them to Thane civil hospital, doctors said they cannot treat Yogesh as they did not have a CT scan machine. “They referred his case to JJ Hospital in Mumbai. The lack of medical facilities at this hospital adds to the physical and mental agony of both patients and their relatives,” said Vishwakarma. There are many more patients, especially those who are injured in railway accidents, who are forced to go all the way to Mumbai because the civil hospital lacks specialist doctors and medical equipment. Every month, there are at least 10 to 12 accidents reported at Thane railway station and the injured are taken to the civil hospital at Tembhi Naka for treatment. “Out of these, at least five to six cases are referred to hospitals in Mumbai because there are no CT scan machines or X-ray machines here,” said a government railway police (GRP) officer, requesting anonymity. Another GRP officer said, “Ambulances sent by the hospital arrive at the spot only after an hour or two in most cases. And when they do, there are no stretchers available to lift patients to the vehicle.” Mohammad Ali Momin, an activist and member of the health department of the Maharashtra Pradesh Council Committee, said the civil hospital does not have specialist doctors to deal with orthopaedic patients or those with an ENT (ear-nose-throat) problem. “Operations are performed regularly only in the maternity ward; the other wards function irregularly and lack medical staff. More than 50 patients are on the waiting list to get operation dates every month,” said Momin. Thane’s civil hospital, built in 1936, sees an average of 650 patients daily but falls short on many of its facilities: only 278 beds out of the sanctioned 336 are available; 31 medical officers are on duty, two less than the sanctioned strength; and only six surgeons or specialist doctors are available as against the sanctioned strength of 19. A civil hospital official, requesting anonymity, said there are five to seven accident cases reported every day. “The serious cases are referred to hospitals in Mumbai as there are no senior surgeons here,” he said. “The travelling distance from cities like Thane and Kalyan delays the medical treatment within the golden hour, leading to more risk for patients’ lives. Therefore, government hospitals at suburban cities such as Thane and Kalyan need to upgrade their essential medical facilities and staff,” said Dr Ramesh Bharmal, dean of Nair Hospital, Mumbai. Dr Kailash Pawar, surgeon, Thane civil hospital, said the hospital will have equipment to conduct laparoscopy, digital X-rays and CT scans within a month. “We are in the process of appointing neuro and vascular surgeons at the hospital to attend to patients suffering major injuries or issues related to the kidney and liver,” said Dr Pawar.
2019-08-03Rain fury in Thane: 2 teens electrocuted, 1 drowns in drain - Hindustan Times
Rain fury in Thane: 2 teens electrocuted, 1 drowns in drain Updated: Aug 04, 2019 01:05 IST : Three people died in separate rain-related incidents in Thane on Saturday. While two teenagers were electrocuted to death, a 30-year-old man drowned in a drain in Diva. In the first incident, 14-year-old Manish Chauhan was electrocuted outside Gopal temple in camp 3, Ulhasnagar. An official from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) said, On Saturday morning, the boy had accompanied his relative, who sells flowers outside the temple. He climbed the roof of the temple. It was raining heavily and he came in contact with live wires. Chauhan died on the spot. We are yet to establish why he had climbed the roof, but have provided ₹20,000 as compensation to his family. We will take the necessary measures to avert another such incident. In a similar incident, Santosh Gole, 18, was electrocuted when he tried to unplug his refrigerator from the socket in Dharamveer Nagar in Thane. Gole was rushed to the Thane Civil Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. Santosh Kadam, chief officer of the Regional Disaster Management Cell, said, Gole resided in Dharamveer Nagar, which witnessed waterlogging. When the water began to enter the homes in the area, Gole wanted to shift his refrigerator to a drier place. When he tried to unplug it, he was electrocuted. In Diva, 30-year-old Sumit Punit drowned in a flooded nullah in Sabe Gaon. His body was retrieved after several hours. Between Friday 8am and Saturday 8am, Thane district received around 889mm of rainfall. The district authorities have issued a high alert and have appealed to the residents to remain indoors on Sunday.
2019-08-03Heavy Rain to Continue in Mumbai on Sunday; Stay Away from Seafronts, Warns BMC - The Weather Channel
Heavy Rain to Continue in Mumbai on Sunday; Stay Away from Seafronts, Warns BMC August 3, 2019 : Four college girls drowned in a raging waterfall in Navi Mumbai on Saturday, as the entire coastal Maharashtra region experienced torrential rains. The region is on a high alert for the next 72 hours, officials said. Three teenaged students -- Arti Nair, Neha Dama and Shweta Nand, Second Year B.Com. students at SIES College of Arts, Commerce and Science in Nerul, Navi Mumbai -- who bunked lectures for an impromptu picnic to the treacherous Pandavakada Waterfalls, drowned here on Saturday morning. The details of another victim, Neha Ashok Jain, who hailed from Chembur, are not known. According to Senior Inspector Pradeep Tidar of Kharghar Police Station, the bodies of Arti and Neha have been recovered, and a massive search is on to trace the other two victims. For the second consecutive weekend, heavy rain lashed Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Ratnagiri, hitting normal life and road traffic, though suburban trains and flights continued to function with some delays. A 78-metre long, 1478-tonne cargo ship from Hazira, Gujarat, went adrift owing to heavy rains and was washed on the rocky shores of Vangaon village in Palghar early Saturday. Vangaon police chief Rahul Patil and ship's captain V.V. Nair said there are 13 crew members on board who are safe, have sufficient food and water on board and await help from the Surat-based owners, M/s. Eco Pronch Logistics Ltd. The ship's propellers and the hull have reportedly suffered damage as it hit some rocks in the Arabian Sea at 4 a.m., paralysing the vessel. In another incident, a fire due to a suspected electrical short circuit broke out in Navrang Building in the congested Abdul Rehman Street in south Mumbai. Three women and a man who were trapped in the smoke were rescued safely. However, at least three firemen -- A.B. Pawar, C.S. Gupta and Anil Mhatre -- suffered injuries due to suffocation and were hospitalised. Mumbai, which has been experiencing virtually incessant rains since 10 days, witnessed a fresh spell of heavy downpour since midnight, with many low-lying areas in the city and suburbs, subways and arterial roads submerged under three-four feet of water, severely disrupting traffic. Water-logging was reported from many areas in Nala Sopara, Vasai, Virar, Vikramgad (Palghar district), Mira Road, Bhayander, Thane City, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Titwala, Ulhasnagar (Thane), Roha, Pali, Mangaon, Karjat, Pen, Panvel (Raigad), and Mandangad, Chiplun, Dapoli (Ratnagiri). In Mumbai, several areas in Borivali, Kandivali, Andheri, Santacruz, Khar, Bandra, Matunga, Parel, Dadar, Kings Circle, Sion, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, AKurla, Bhandup, Mulund and other parts were flooded resulting in huge traffic snarls. Subways in Dahisar, Kandivali, Malad, Andheri, Santacruz were flooded, stopping traffic movement in the east-west directions, and many vehicles and two-wheelers were stranded in the flood waters. Suburban trains on both the Western Railway and Central Railway were running at reduced speeds owing to water-logging on the tracks in the suburbs, leading to delays of 20-30 minutes. On Saturday afternoon, with the combined effect of a 4.90 metre high tide in the Arabian Sea, continuing rains and water-logging, the railway tracks were flooded for around three hours on the Central Railway, with services suspended. However, most flights were operating at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport with delays of around 30 minutes, according to officials. In view of the continuing downpour, a majority of the schools and colleges in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, and Ratnagiri declared a precautionary holiday, said Education Minister Ashish Shelar. In the past 24 hours, Mumbai city recorded 53.6 mm rain while Mumbai suburbs notched 133.1 mm rain and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain for the metropolis and coastal districts for the next 72 hours. Till 6 p.m. Saturday, the IMD said Mumbai city recorded 38 mm rains and the suburbs notched 81 mm. The IMD added that Bhira and Roha in Raigad recorded the highest - 330 mm and 290 mm rainfall -- with Mahabaleshwar lashed by 280 mm of rain in the past 24 hours. The BMC Disaster Control had issued warnings to people to keep away from all seafronts for the next two days as extremely heavy rains are forecast. Temporary arrangements have been made in several schools and public institutions to shelter stranded commuters tonight in case they are unable to reach their homes. Many other parts of Maharashtra also received a good rainfall, including the parched regions of Marathwada. Most big and small rivers, dams, lakes, reservoirs, ponds and wells in Konkan, North Maharashtra, Western Maharashtra and Vidarbha were either overflowing or flooded, bringing cheer to farmers. Besides coastal Konkan, heavy rains were witnessed in Nashik, Nandurbar, Washim, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Ahmednagar and Satara, hitting routine life and disrupting traffic as roads and low-lying areas were flooded.
2019-08-03Thane Rains: Roads Flooded, Railway Tracks Waterlogged, Schools Shut, More Rainfall Expected in Next Few - LatestLY
Thane Rains: Roads Flooded, Railway Tracks Waterlogged, Schools Shut, More Rainfall Expected in Next Few Hours Aug 03, 2019 10:26 AM IST : Thane, August 3: Heavy rains lashed Thane city causing waterlogging on roads in low-lying areas. Local train services on the central line were delayed as railway tracks in Thane were waterlogged following incessant rainfall in the city. In view of the torrential rainfall, a holiday has been declared in government schools in the city. Catch live updates on rains, traffic and local train status in Mumbai here. Social media was flooded with pictures and videos of flooded roads and waterlogged railway tracks in Thane. Two buses broke down in Anand Nagar and Ghodbandar areas. Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar also witnessed heavy downpour which left several areas waterlogged. According to KS Hosalikar, Deputy Director-General of Meteorology, India Met Department, Mumbai, heavy rains would continue in the next few hours. Mumbai Rains: Wall Collapses in Sakinaka’s Chandivali Area; One Dead. The Thane police issued helpline numbers for Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar. Meanwhile, heavy rains continued in Mumbai, Palghar and Navi Mumbai on Saturday. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), heavy rains will continue in Mumbai and surrounding areas throughout the day. Tweets on Thane Rains: ठाणे जिल्ह्यात मुसळधार पाऊस पडत असल्याने शाळांना सुट्टी जाहीर करण्यात आलेली आहे. पालकांनी कृपया आपल्या पाल्यांना शाळेतून सुखरूप घेऊन जावे. नागरिकांनी सुरक्षित स्थळी राहावे. कृपया आमच्याशी @ThaneCityPolice वर संपर्क साधावा.1/2 — Thane City Police (@ThaneCityPolice) August 3, 2019 Intense rainfall in Thane , Kalyan areas will be there for next 2,4 hrs. Please TC pic.twitter.com/9n0PdnLPnC — K S Hosalikar (@Hosalikar_KS) August 3, 2019 Thane station atm. @TMCaTweetAway @Central_Railway#MumbaiRains #MumbaiRainsLive pic.twitter.com/wD0bvIAmTy — Shloak Prabhu (@ShloakPrabhu9) August 3, 2019 According to the IMD, heavy rainfall is expected in the Konkan region, including Mumbai, and parts of central and western Maharashtra in the next two days.
2019-08-0314-year-old boy electrocuted in Thane - Times of India
14-year-old boy electrocuted in Thane Updated: Aug 3, 2019, 22:17 IST : THANE: A 14-year-old boy died of electrocution in Ulhasnagar on Saturday morning. The deceased has been identified as Manish Chavan. The incident took place on Saturday morning at Camp 3 area of Ulhasnagar when the youth had gone on the terrace of a temple during which he came in contact with a live high-tension wire passing above temple and died on spot. An official from the electricity department, on the condition of anonymity, said, The incident took place due to mistake of the child as he went on the terrace of temple and came in contact of the live wire passing above the building. When asked about matter, Vishwajeet Bhosale, public relations officer of the electricity department said, We are waiting for the electricity inspector's version to know the exact cause of the incident. Accusing the officials of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution, locals demanded action against the guilty officials. The local police have registered an accidental death report and launched a probe into the matter.
2019-08-02Ex-corporator arrested for rape of woman in Ulhasnagar - Hindustan Times
Ex-corporator arrested for rape of woman in Ulhasnagar Updated: Aug 03, 2019 00:15 IST : A 44-year-old former corporator from Ulhasnagar was arrested by the Shivaji Nagar police in Ambernath on Thursday for allegedly raping a 26-year-old woman. The police said that Pradhan Patil, the accused, raped the woman who had gone to him seeking help in securing a place to set up a beauty parlour. Patil was produced in court on Friday and sent to 10 days police custody. Patil, a resident of Gaikwadpada in Ambernath, is a three-term corporator. The police said he is in the construction business. The woman is a resident of Dombivli. According to the police, the woman had approached Patil last month. Patil took her to different places in Ambernath under the pretext of showing her places where she could set up a beauty parlour. On July 22 around 8pm, Patil took the woman to Kansai area of Ambernath under the pretext of showing her shops. Later the same night he parked the car at an isolated place and raped her. He also threatened to kill the woman if she disclosed the incident to anyone, said Manjeet Bagga, senior police inspector, Shivaji Nagar police station.The police have booked Patil under sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 506 (2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The woman knew Patil for more than a month. She approached us on Thursday and lodged a complaint. We registered a case and based on the complaint we arrested Patil from Gaikwadpada on Thursday night, added Bagga.
2019-08-02NCP's Jyoti Kalani may shift to Shiv Sena - Times of India
NCP's Jyoti Kalani may shift to Shiv Sena Updated: Aug 2, 2019, 10:29 IST : ULHASNAGAR: After Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's close aide Ganesh Naik's family joined BJP, his one-time close party MLA, Jyoti Kalani, wife of former four-time MLA Pappu Kalani, may join Shiv Sena. Earlier, there was a rumour that she may joined BJP. Their son, Omie, who runs TOK (Team Omie Kalani), is in an alliance with BJP in Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. Omie's wife, Pancham, is the mayor, on a BJP ticket. Due to the family's association with BJP in the civic body, there was speculation that Jyoti would join BJP. But former BJP MLA Kumar Ailani, who was the only sitting MLA of BJP in Maharashtra who was defeated in 2014, despite the Modi wave, is opposing Jyoti's entry to the party. An aide of the Kalanis said, Joining Sena is a better option for the party instead of BJP, as at the local level, BJP leaders are uncooperative. Going with Sena, they will get double benefit, as the family, along with MLA seat, may also rule together in the civic body.
2019-08-01Tiles, railings of bridge near Ulhasnagar railway station washed away by rains - Yahoo News
Tiles, railings of bridge near Ulhasnagar railway station washed away by rains 1 August 2019 : The conditions of railway bridges in Mumbai have been under scrutiny for a while now. The commuters at Ulhasnagar railway station are witnessing unusual encounters where they have to use a bridge without railings and broken tiles. According to Hindustan Times, after heavy rainfall on July 27, which led to Waldhuni River overflowing, the railings and tiles on a connecting bridge at Ulhasnagar railway station were washed away. The connecting bridge is the only way to reach Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani (CHM) College from the Ulhasnagar railway station, which is used both by college students as well as other commuters. The connecting bridge is maintained by Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) and is said to be 40 years old. Banners have also been put up asking commuters to not use the bridge. UMC’s public relations officer Yuvraj Badhane told the Hindustan Times, “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.” Sushama Mahtre, 23, a student of CHM College told the leading daily, “We are now walking through broken tiles and have to be very careful as there is no railing.”
2019-08-01Four minor boys flee shelter using bathroom window - Mumbai Mirror
Four minor boys flee shelter home in Mankhurd using bathroom window Updated: Aug 1, 2019, 07:29 IST : They broke through the iron mesh; one caught when he went to meet his mother at their home in Santacruz. Three weeks after four boys escaped from the children’s home in Ulhasnagar, security at state-run shelters is back in the spotlight with four other boys – between 9 and 12 years of age – fleeing from another home in Mankhurd. According to the police, the boys escaped from the state-run Mankhurd children’s home on July 27 after breaking through the iron mesh on the bathroom window. One of them, a nineyear-old, was traced to Santacruz on Tuesday when he went to meet his mother. The other three are still missing. The juvenile home houses 24 children, all from underprivileged backgrounds, most of whom were rescued by NGO Childline from begging syndicates or while doing child labour. The Trombay Police have registered an abduction case and launched a massive search operation. According to the FIR, two boys are from Karnataka, and two are locals. They were rescued and brought to the home a few months ago. What has baffled the police and the shelter authorities, however, is that the minors managed to escape despite 24*7 security as well as CCTV surveillance on the premises. At the home, security guards are deployed in three shifts. Every time the shift changes, the guards do a headcount. On July 27, the boys were found missing during the 11:50 pm counting. “When the headcount was taken at around 8 pm during dinner time, the boys were in the home but were missing when the count was taken at around 11:50 pm. We found that the iron net in the washroom window was broken,” said a staffer from the juvenile home on the condition of anonymity. After their identities were established and names verified, the juvenile home staffers and the security guards launched a search for them at the nearest bus stands, railway stations and other places. After hours of futilely searching for them, the superintendent of the home and the security guards then approached the Trombay police. “We are scrutinising the CCTV footage from the nearby area including railway stations and bus stands. The only lead we got was of the nine-year-old when he went to meet his mother at his home in the slums of Santacruz,” said a police officer. The boy has reportedly confessed of having escaped with the other three after breaking the window of the washroom. He went to meet his mother in Santacruz who does petty jobs, after loitering for three days on the street. “The child told us that the other three boarded a train to Shirdi. We are making all efforts to bring them back,” the officer added. This is not the first instance of children fleeing from the home. Between May and June, three others have escaped too.
2019-08-01Kid dies in slab collapse in Maharashtra - Hindustan Times
Kid dies in slab collapse in Maharashtra Updated: Jul 29, 2019 05:28 IST : A three-year-old boy died after a slab of Ambika Sagar Apartment in camp three of Ulhasnagar collapsed on Sunday. The building was not on the list of the civic body's dilapidated or dangerous buildings. The incident took place when Panchsheela Satpute and her grandson, Neeraj, were sleeping in their fourth-floor house. The fire brigade rescued the two from under the debris and took them to the nearest hospital. Neeraj was declared dead by the hospital authorities, while Panchsheela suffered severe injuries. As the building had severe leakage problems, it was not safe to stay there. We asked all residents move out of the building. We have sealed it for now, said Sudhakar Deshmukh, commissioner, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. The five-storey building has 25 houses and five shops. The residents have put an asbestos sheet on the rooftop owing to the leakage. The leakage has affected the pillars of the building.
2019-08-01Tiles, railings of bridge near Ulhasnagar railway station washed away by rains - Free Press Journal
Tiles, railings of bridge near Ulhasnagar railway station washed away by rains Updated on : Thursday, August 1, 2019, 12:42 PM IST : The conditions of railway bridges in Mumbai have been under scrutiny for a while now. The commuters at Ulhasnagar railway station are witnessing unusual encounters where they have to use a bridge without railings and broken tiles. According to Hindustan Times, after heavy rainfall on July 27, which led to Waldhuni River overflowing, the railings and tiles on a connecting bridge at Ulhasnagar railway station were washed away. The connecting bridge is the only way to reach Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani (CHM) College from the Ulhasnagar railway station, which is used both by college students as well as other commuters. The connecting bridge is maintained by Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) and is said to be 40 years old. Banners have also been put up asking commuters to not use the bridge. UMC’s public relations officer Yuvraj Badhane told the Hindustan Times, “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.” Sushama Mahtre, 23, a student of CHM College told the leading daily, “We are now walking through broken tiles and have to be very careful as there is no railing.”

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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
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kindly control the street dog... in ulhasnagar 1
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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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