|2006-09-24||Power Drama in UMC|
Authorities had to deploy over 100 police personnel and three companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Ulhasnagar on September 20, fearing a power struggle between political heavy weights inside the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) house might provoke untoward incidents in the city.
The power crisis erupted in the UMC when NCP rebels who are against Kalani leadership in the party aligned with opposition party corporators and tried to pass resolutions that would have hampered the interests of the ruling NCP front, which is led by mayor Jyoti Kalani, wife of MLA Papu Kalani.
The opposition camp wanted to discuss seven points, which were not included in the agenda. They included the points without permission from the mayor using a special clause in the municipal rulebook. One of the points was pertaining to the canceling of UMC plots leased to Kalani’s trust.
On Wednesday, of the 76 councilors, only 71 were present in the house. It seemed, with support from the rebel NCP corporators, the opposition would be able to pass the resolutions. Sensing the danger, the mayor ended the house abruptly. After completing topics in her agenda, she asked the councilors to stand up for the customary national anthem recitation and left the house immediately along with the commissioner and her supporting corporators.
|2006-09-24||Student killed in rickshaw accident|
One school student died and two suffered serious injuries when a rickshaw in which the students were traveling collided with an overloaded tempo near Kali Mata Mandir in Ulhasnagar. The fatal accident took place in the afternoon on Friday, September 15. The rickshaw was carrying students home from their school at Punjabi colony.
According to eyewitnesses, the overloaded tempo was going towards Ambernath from Kalyan, on the Kalyan - Badlapur Road. When the tempo reached near the Kali Mata Mandir crossing, it tried to overtake one rickshaw. In the episode of overtaking, the tempo driver lost control and he bashed the tempo into the auto rickshaw in which the children were traveling.
The deceased is identified as Hameed Manpreet Singh (13). The injured are identified as Joseph Senile (11) and Manpreet Manjeet Singh (15). The injured were rushed to a private hospital at Punjabi Colony.
|2006-09-23||Girls now can study free of charge at RKT|
From now onwards, the higher secondary section of the R K Talreja College in Ulhasnagar will not charge fees from its female students. The college will also refund the fees it collected from the girl students in the current academic year.
The college management was forced to take these decisions after students led by Student Action Front (SAF) activists staged an agitation in the college premises on September 16. The students demanded the implementation of a government policy which exempted girl students from paying fees.
According to the reservation policy dated February 6, 1987, female students are exempted from paying any type of academic fees from first to 12th standard in the aided educational institutions. However, RKT College has been charging fees to the tune of Rs 1,000 per academic year from female students.
The issue was brought to the notice of Mumbai University senate member Prof Prashant Ingle, who also happens to be the president of SAF. According to him, for the past two months, he wrote several complaint letters to the college principal R T Dharma and the management. “We asked the college management to stop collecting fees from female students. However, there was no response and we decided to take this agitation,” explains Ingle.
|2006-09-23||UMC permits violation of HC order|
The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) is notorious for not implementing orders of the High Court or the government appointed public commissions. People who approach legal authorities for provision of basic amenities in the town are often dismayed by the lack of response from the UMC.
One such instance is that of a three-year old order by a public commission. When this order was not implemented by the UMC, the concerned citizens were forced to approach the HC for respite. Since year 2000, Pujyashri Krishna Panchayat, an association of residents representing over 1,000 flat owners from 28 buildings near Gol Maidan in Camp 2, has been striving for proper utilization of a vacant plot in their area.
According to citizens, the vacant plot has been encroached upon by hundreds of hawkers, leading to traffic congestion and unsanitary conditions. Instances of eve teasing were also reported from the area. Residents also allege that some hawkers sell spurious liquor in polythene packets from these stalls.
|2006-09-23||Unending fight for a road|
This is the story of a vigilant citizen, whose persistence for 15 years has not yet paid off from the Ulhasnagr Municipal Corporation (UMC). However, he is still not tired.
Raju Gurap is a resident of Barrack 1397, in Camp 4 of Ulhasnagar. Since 1992, he has been doing correspondences with the UMC to get a road, which has been provisioned in the development plan.
He says, “Sheet number 30 of the Ulhasnagar Development Plan provides for a 40-feet wide road between barrack numbers 1395 and 1397. People have been encroaching upon the land meant for this road since 1992. Ever since, I have been writing continually to the UMC to remove the encroachments and make the road as per the plan. However, there was no response from the corporation and in the meanwhile the entire plot was encroached upon.”
|2006-09-23||I wish DK+ came 7 days a week.|
Dombivli Kalyan Plus Reader’s meet was held on Friday, September 15 at Heritage Residency hotel in Kalyan. The meeting was arranged to get reader feedback on the supplement with a view to make the paper more reader-friendly. Around 60 readers participated in this interactive event and gave suggestions as to the new content that they would like to see in the paper. Team DK Plus would like to thank all its readers for their support for its nine years of existence and promises to incorporate as many reader suggestions as possible over the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, for those who couldn’t be there, here are a few suggestions that we got.
“DK+ is the only newspaper section that deals with the problems of suburbs and gives us nice stories of people around us. I wish DK+ came 7 days a week.”
Dr Amit Mishra, resident of Ulhasnagar
|2006-09-22||Decision taken to regularise illegal constructions|
Going back on the assurance given to the Bombay High Court earlier, the Maharashtra Government on Thursday told the court that it has "under special circumstances taken a decision to regularise unauthorised constructions and encroachments like in the city of Ulhasnagar."
The revelation came during the hearing of a PIL filed by Kaustubh Gokhle and others complaining of large-scale unauthorised constructions within the jurisdiction of neighbouring Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC).
When the PIL first came up for hearing, the court had categorically asked the government pleader if it was planning to bring in a law to regularise illegal constructions wholesale -- as it had done in the case of Ulhasnagar last year. The pleader's replied in the negative.
Therefore, today's statement in government's affidavit, filed by principal secretary of urban development department Ramanand Tiwari, prompted the Division Bench of Justice R M Lodha and S A Bobde to say that "this is a classic case of turn-around."
The only saving grace in the government's affidavit today was an assurance that in case of illegal constructions in Kalyan-Dombivali (there are 67,930 illegal properties in KDMC according to the authorities), regularisation will be done within frame-work of decision taken on recommendations of Kakodkar Committee.
Kakodkar Committee, set up to recommend measures for tackling the issue of unauthorised constructions, had filed its report in 1988, and government has accepted some of its recommendations.
|2006-09-20||Pupils' Favourite Principal Dr Eugene D`Souza|
A visiting lecturer for post-graduate course (MA) in R K T College, Ulhasnagar, Eugene was also associated with the Department of History in the Mumbai University for MA and M Phil courses.
|2006-09-17||CID registers case against Kalani|
The State Crime Investigation Department (CID) has registered a case of molestation, rioting and trespassing against Ulhasnagar MLA Pappu Kalani and 10 others.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, the case was registered late Thursday evening at Hillline police station.
On October 17, 2004, Kalani had allegedly gatecrashed a dandiya function organised by Jaya Sadhwani, the then deputy mayor of the city—she had been organising it since last 15 years—at the Netaji High School ground in Ulhasnagar at around 8.45 pm. ‘‘I told Kalani he was not invited for the garba and asked him to leave, but he did not pay any heed. Instead, he started manhandling me and the police had to take them away from the place. so I decided to register a case against him,’’ said Sadhwani.
After the incident, Sadhwani tried registering a complaint with the Hillline police station, but the police failed to register any FIR. Instead, they registered a non-cognisable complaint. Even after a complaint to the then DCP, an FIR was not registered.
‘‘In fact, we had video recording of Kalani gatecrashing and then manhandling me, and a CD of the same was provided to the police. even then they failed to act on it,’’ she added.
Sadhwani then met the Chief Minister who initiated an enquiry and asked the State CID to probe into the matter. Two years after the incident, the CID finally lodged a complaint against Kalani and ten others.
Kalani has, however, clarified that Sadhwani had invited him for the dandiya raas and as an MLA of Ulhasnagar, he used to visit Navratri functions. He would be challenging the validity of the FIR in the High Court.
|2006-09-17||Blanket order on local TV channels|
The sub-divisional officer of Ulhasnagar and Ambernath talukas has issued blanket orders on local TV channels following a central government directive
Sudesh Malvankar, Ulhasnagar
Entertainment will not be the same in the suburbs from now onwards. After getting a circular from the central government, the sub-divisional officer of the Ulhasnagar and Ambernath talukas has ordered the cable operators from the suburbs not to show the programs of local television channels.
According to the sub-divisional officer Ravindra Katakdhond, he has told the cable operators to block the local channels in Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur. His action is based on a government order dated May 11, 2006.
"The order is issued by the joint secretary of the information and broadcasting ministry. We received the order on September 12. According to the order, cable operators can only show programs of channels that are registered with the central government. These local channels are not registered with the central government and hence their programs cannot be shown on the cable TV," he explains.
The order would affect the local channels that show movies, music and local news in the suburbs. In each of the suburbs, there are three such local channels. These channels are popular as they are interactive and even the viewers can order for their favorite music. Also these channels have 24-hour programs.
Now television viewers from the three cities will have to be satisfied with the programs on the satellite channels. The local channels are mainly run by cable operators themselves and have been earning huge revenue by way of advertisements. However, they pay little income tax to the government.
|2006-09-10||Youth who sent threat mails to the President is ps|
Kumar Arjun Hotchandani, the 28-year old Ulhasnagar youth who was recently arrested by the Delhi police for sending a series of threat mails to the President is suffering form psychic problems according to sources with the Ulhasnagar police station.
In a series of emails between August 16 and 26, the man wrote to the President that he was equipped with a suicidal squad and would destroy his life. Officials from the Chanakya Police station in Delhi, with help from the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police and officials from the Ulhasnagar police cracked the case by arresting Hotchandani on August 31.
The media strived hard to excavate why the youth had indulged in such activities.
However, the family members of the man locked themselves from the media. Later some close friends of the youth said that he was suffering from a deadly disease and had also developed psychic behavior.
On September 2, on the seventh day Ganesh visarjan, the National School at Camp 4 in Ulhasnagar came up with this exhilarating idea of showering flowers on the Ganesh idol from a remote-control operated helicopter. The event became all the new captivating experience for Ulahsnagar residents who came to watch it, daring the intermittent rains.
Around noon, the Ganpati idol was brought to the ground. Present at the occasion was the chopper’s pilot, Gurudutta Thuri, who operated this 7.5-feet long, USA made helicopter with the help of a remote. In the past, he has performed similar flower showers at Lalbaugcha Raja in Parel and at the Thane Municipal Corporation ground.
“For the past two years, I have been taking training for this via internet. I have also been practicing in the past few weeks,” says Thuri. A resident of Navi Mumbai, Thuri owns the Indian RC Wing Airshow Company. The event was organised at the instance of Prof Shivaji Katale, principal and owner of the National School. Thuri was once a student of Katale.
“In the past two years, Thuri demonstrated his skills in Mumbai. Previously, he was my student. So, this year I decided to call him here to perform the flower shower,” he adds.
|2006-09-09||Criminals have a lesson from the police|
On August 31, the Vitthal Wadi police in Ulhasnagar arrested Shailesh Rammurti Tiwari, a 29-year old, under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act. After the arrest, Tiwari, a resident of Katemanivali in Kalyan was sent to the Yerwada Jail in Pune to serve the one-year sentence.
The incident sounds very usual and one would suspect Tiwari had been carrying out some serious crimes. However, when he was arrested, Tiwari was the working president of the youth wing of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Ulhasnagar. Eyebrows are bound to be raised, considering the fact that Tiwari held an influential post in the political outfit of the state home minister.
According to cops, Tiwari had 15 serious crimes registered against him, including murder, attempt to murder, extortion, possession of arms, etc. The Kolsewadi police station in Kalyan alone has registered 10 cases against him. The remaining five cases are with the Ulhasnagar and Vitthal Wadi police stations. What is surprising is fact that none of earlier heinous crimes had led to his arrest.
|2006-09-04||Car showroom burgled in Thane|
Three unidentified men broke into a car showroom at Wagle Estate in Thane on early Monday morning and decamped with cash and valuables worth Rs4 lakh, and the police say evidence suggests that it was an inside job.
According to a source with Wagle Estate police, three unknown men sca-led a compound wall and entered the premises of Fortune Motors, a Tata Motors showroom on Road No 22 at Wagle Estate around 5am. They threatened two securitymen, Anil Lalchand Lalwani, a resident of Ulhasnagar and Harisevak Santosh Gupta, a resident of Wagle Estate, with bodily harm. The accused snatched the showroom’s keys and locked the guards in the toilet.
he C.H.M College in Ulhasnagar had conducted an event, ‘Media Epoch’ on Wednesday, August 30. It comprised of two seminars, among which, one was a seminar on ‘Media and Right To Information Act (R. T. I.)’. The key spoke person was the First Commissioner of R.T.I., Maharashtra, and Dr.Suresh Joshi in the presence of Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner and information officer, Sadashiv Kamble. This event was mainly organized for the Bachelor’s of Mass Media (B.M.M.) students, but it was also attended by many management students.
Talking about the topic Dr. Suresh Joshi discussed key issues and key points that would help in the effective functioning of the act. He said, “It is the responsibility of the media to scrutinize whether the act is functioning in the right manner.”
Maheshwari’s fight with the UMC began when he was arrested by the Anti Corruption Bureau 9 years ago. He argued that he was trapped by some fellow workers to settle score. As the UMC refused to accept his revelations, he approached the Mumbai High Court, which acquitted him of the charges in January 2006.
Despite the HC order, the UMC was taking little interest to reinstate him on job. Meanwhile, in March 2006, the general body of the UMC decided to Maheshwari back on work. Despite, this decision, justice continued to be elusive for this man. And DK+ published the article depicting his fight for justice.
|2006-09-02||UMC negligence claims innocent life|
A 13-year old girl died after a public toilet wall collapsed. Public toilets in the suburb is in bad shape despite the UMC spending over Rs one croe in five years.
The negligence of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) has claimed an innocent life. Ujwala Londhe, a 13-year old girl, died after the wall of a public toilet at Gandhi Nagar in ward number 6 of Ulhasnagar collapsed on her. The accident happened around 11 pm on August 24. According to local residents, the toilet was in dilapidated condition for several months and people used it with trepidation.
Unfortunately for Ujwala, the wall collapsed on her and she died on the spot.
In the issued dated July 15, DK+ had highlighted the poor state of public toilets in Ulhasnagar. We highlighted the plight of Buddha Colony residents, as the UMC failed to repair the pubic toilet in their area despite repeated complaints. Several residents from this colony have been suffering injuries due to mishaps while using the toilets.
Even after the unfortunate death of the innocent girl, the UMC seems to be lethargic about finding a solution. All that has been done is that Mayor and the standing committee chairperson Jyoti Kalani has declared Rs one lakh as compensation to the family of the deceased.
|2006-09-02||Ulhasnagar railway station in bad shape|
Ulhasnagar is one of the oldest railway stations on the central line. Established in May 1956, the old structure could not handle the ever-increasing population. As a result, a new administrative building was erected in 1995. However, one look at the new building now and we know that it is in a very bad shape.
The water seepage through the walls and ceilings is so bad that one can see people standing in ticket queues holding umbrellas.
The plaster from the ceiling regularly peels off and falls on the people standing the queue. The central pillar of the building is also in bad shape. For the last three years, it has been in a state where it could collapse anytime.
However, instead of strengthening it, the
railway engineers have packaged it crudely with iron bands.
|2006-09-02||Sikhs from the suburbs protest Jaipur boy’s hair|
On Aug 28, Sikh community members from the suburbs staged a mocha at the tehesildar office in Ulhasnagar to protest the forcible cutting of hair, of a Sikh schoolboy in Jaipur. The protests started in Jaipur spread to other parts of the country like wild fire.
Around 500 community members participated in the morcha held at the tehesildar’s office. The protestors barged into the office of the tehesildar, Anjali Bhosale to denounce the act and conveyed their anger to the centre through a letter addressed to the prime minister of India.
The agitators were chiefly from Ulhasnagar, Kalyan and Ambernath. Local politicians Darshan Singh Khemani and Pappu Kalani also took part in the agitation. They shouted slogans such as ‘dudh mango kheer denge’, ‘kesh kato to cheer denge’.
|2006-09-02||Society needs institutions where children can earn|
Experts feel the new law on child labour will only make situation worse. They feel the government should give funds to social organizations so that they can create a system whereby children can earn while learning
Salim Dolare, Kalyan
I am a widow with four children aged 5 to 12 years. If the government helps me financially to run my household and educating my children, which mother would like to see her child work for 8 to 10 hours to support the family. Fund meant for children like mine are diverted to officers coffers. They enjoy all the funds and our poor children suffer,” fumes Laxmi Chavan from Netavli, Kalyan east. Her son works with a jeans manufacturing unit in Ulhasnagar. “I have sent oldest son for work so that I can send his siblings to school,” she adds.
|2006-09-01||Ulhasnagar man held for sending hate e-mails|
A Delhi Police Crime Branch team on Thursday took custody of a Ulhasnagar resident, who had allegedly sent over 35 hate mails to President A P J Abdul Kalam in August.
The Ulhasnagar police had arrested the man, identified as Kumar Arjandas Hotchandani (30), from his residence on August 26 after the Delhi Police traced the origin of the e-mails to two cyber cafes in the Mumbai suburb.
Hotchandani, unemployed and a first-year BCom dropout, told the police that he had sent complaints to the state government and the President about a property dispute with family members. But he was miffed that no senior government official had granted him an audience to help sort out his problems.