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2015-11-30Thane cops now react quicker, thanks to FIR - Mumbai Mirror
Thane cops now react quicker, thanks to FIR Mumbai Mirror | Nov 30, 2015, 10.06 AM IST On the night of November 5, Harshit Sharma, 26, a student, was walking near the Mira Road railway station area when he saw a middle-aged man fall from the skywalk. As the unconscious victim lay bleeding on the ground, a small crowd gathered. Nobody helped the man, but got busy clicking his pictures instead. Shocked, Sharma immediately pulled out his mobile phone and pressed the 'Help' button on a new mobile application he had just downloaded. The time was 11.46 pm. Within two minutes, a police patrol vehicle arrived at the spot and rushed the injured man to the hospital, where he was eventually saved and treated. At 11.50 pm, Sharma got a call from the police control room to confirm if he had received help. "I had never expected such a quick response from the cops. When you dial 100, you have to give details of the incident and explain your location due to which crucial moments are sometimes wasted. This time, however, the man's life was saved due to prompt response by the police," said Sharma. Sharma was one of the first users of FIR, or First Immediate Response, an android app launched by the Thane (Rural) police earlier this month for the Mira-Bhayander sub-division in which users can send an SOS message to the local police. The distress message instantly relays the user's exact location to the police control room so that police vehicles can quickly reach the spot. According to Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pradhan, the USP of the app is that it is very simple to use. "The app only has one feature a single, large red button which says 'help'. This is because in emergency situations, a user will not have the time to do anything other than going for the simplest way of reaching the police. We have been able to prevent a significant number of crimes with the help of FIR, as it is easy-to-use, and has already been downloaded by nearly one lakh citizens," he said. In another instance, Ashfaq Shaikh, a Solapur resident, nabbed a thief who stole cash and valuables from his vehicle in a market in Solapur on November 25. As Shaikh was confused about what to do next, he used FIR to call the police and within minutes, the thief was taken into custody by the cops who reached there. At a recently set-up control room in Kanakia police station in Mira Road, staff members were busy monitoring panic messages from throughout the country on a Friday morning. As a user in Malad pressed the 'Help' button, a pin-point beeped on the Google Map on the large screen put up on the wall along with the user's name and two mobile numbers (details given by the user at the time of installation). A head constable called up the number to confirm whether it's an emergency or a test call. "Sorry, my child accidentally pressed the button," the caller responded and the official removed the pinpoint from the map before moving on to other calls. "People are still downloading and testing the app as it was launched less than a month ago, and since there's nothing but a button which appears on opening it, users tend to press it once. Most of the calls received by us are these test calls but we do get several genuine cases as well. A lot of girls are using the app to prevent eve-teasing while victims of domestic violence have also started using the app to approach the police," deputy superintendent of police of Mira-Bhayander division Suhas Bawache told Mirror. He said that the calls while they attend to the calls received from the township, distress messages received from other parts of the state or country are forwarded to the concerned police station as the control room has a directory of all police stations in the country. A large number of calls are made from outside the state, he said, adding that in one instance, a school teacher in J&K pressed the panic button when goons locked his school and attacked them. "We conveyed his message to the local police after which they took over and saved the day," he said. Bawache said that the app has also ensured quick response in case of accidents. "In Jalgaon, the police nabbed the drunk driver of a bus who was involved in an accident, while in Bhiwandi, a young woman being beaten by her mother-in-law used the app to fight back," he said. Harsh Sharma, a cyber-security expert who developed the app, said that they initially planned to install a "geo-fencing" feature in the app so that the police are not overburdened by calls from outside its jurisdiction. "However, we're now planning to expand our base as people from all over the country have started downloading the app after seeing a promotional video which went viral," he said. The video shows a girl cornered by goons who uses the app to get rescued by the police.
Thane cops now react quicker, thanks to FIR - Mumbai Mirror

2015-11-30Thane: CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurates Bhiwandi flyover made with double the ... - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurates Bhiwandi flyover made with double the estimated cost Monday, 30 November 2015 - 7:20am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Ateeq Shaikh 9Shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Reddit Whatsapp Comments These two bridges in Bhiwandi are aimed at reducing traffic congestion, travel time and pollution. While New Delhi got a 1.6km flyover by saving Rs100 crore, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis recently inaugurated Mumbai Metropolitan Region's (MMR) 795metre Vanjarpatti flyover in Bhiwandi after spending double the estimated cost for it. The Vanjarpatti flyover has been developed in the metropolitan region at a cost of Rs62 crore whereas its estimated cost was Rs31.6 crore when the construction began way back in 2011. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had been planning this structure since April 2011. Thereafter, on August 9 that year, bids were floated for its construction and implementation of the same at a cost of Rs31.6 crore on the Thane-Bhiwandi-Wada Road or Old Agra Road. "The Vanjarpatti flyover will take motorists from Thane to Wada in only a few minutes. This flyover also provides additional arms — one running from Shivaji Chowk towards Nashik Highway (380 meters) and the other running from Vanjarpatti towards Shivaji Chowk (320 meters)," said Dilip Kawathkar, the spokesperson of MMRDA. Apart from inaugurating the flyover, the chief minister performed bhoomipujan for the 3km-long bridge on Bhiwandi-Kalyan Road, which will be erected between Rajiv Gandhi Chowk to Saibaba Mandir. The proposed flyover from Rajiv Gandhi Chowk to Saibaba Mandir is estimated to cost Rs150 crore. These two bridges in Bhiwandi are aimed at reducing traffic congestion, travel time and pollution. The MMRDA has started upgrading the infrastructure in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) for better connectivity as well as for residential and commercial avenues. Earlier this month, Delhiites got a new six-lane flyover near Azadpur at a price of around Rs150 crore, which is almost Rs100 crore less than the estimated Rs247 crore.   9Shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Reddit Whatsapp Comments Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)Devendra FadnavisBhiwandiThane
Thane: CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurates Bhiwandi flyover made with double the ... - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-30Thane builder’s suicide case: Cops say Rs 1 cr was transferred to NCP ... - Mid-Day
Thane builder's suicide case: Cops say Rs 1 cr was transferred to NCP leader Jitendra Awhad's account By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 30-Nov-2015 Another Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader seems to be in trouble after Chhagan Bhujbal and Ajit Pawar. The Thane police have told the Bombay High Court in the Suraj Parmar case that around Rs 1 crore was transferred from an accused corporator's account to Thane NCP leader Jitendra Awhad's account. The Bombay High Court was hearing the interim relief application of the four accused corporators, Najib Mulla, Vikrant Chavan, Hanumant Jagdale and Sudhakar Chavan yesterday. They had been named by builder Parmar, in his suicide note. NCP leader Jitendra Awhad Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare, who appeared for the Thane police told the court, that around R1 crore was transferred from accused NCP corporator Najib Mulla's account to Awhad's account, which needs to be investigated. When asked about this, Awhad told mid-day, I and Najib Mulla are business partners. We have formed a company and I had given a loan of R75 lakh to them (him and other partners) in 2011 and they returned it with interest now. Thakare also told the court that Vikrant Chavan had declared his property at the time of elections, to be that of a few lakhs and today his properties run into a few crores. He told the court that this needs to be investigated, as Parmar had written in his suicide note that he was tired of paying money to the corporators, who used to find some issue in his projects. Our counsel has made a representation, confirmed V V Laxminarayana, Joint Commissioner of Police, Thane. The police told the court that properties of corporators had increased and the source needs to be investigated. The cops asked the court to cancel the corporators interim relief and grant permission to arrest them.
Thane builder’s suicide case: Cops say Rs 1 cr was transferred to NCP ... - Mid-Day
2015-11-30Thane man gets 10 years RI for raping minor girl - Business Standard
Thane man gets 10 years RI for raping minor girl Press Trust of India Thane November 30, 2015 Last Updated at 20:23 IST A local court today sentenced a 29 -year-old man to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years for raping a three-year-old girl in March 2013. Additional Sessions Judge U M Nandeshwar also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict, Mohani Chhotu Gunnarayan Singh Chouhan alias Dhirendra, a resident of Kopri area here. Chouhan, a street vendor, was convicted under relevant sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). According to Additional Public Prosecutor Ruma Navle, the crime took place on March 27, 2013, which happened to be the day of Holi festival. The convict was acquainted with the family of the victim, whose father was also a street vendor, and often frequented their house, she said. On that day, Chouhan lured the girl out of her house on pretext of buying her a chocolate. He took the victim to a tunnel below a railway bridge in Kopri and sexually assaulted her, Navle said. Acting on a complaint lodged by the family, Sub-Inspector A S Sapkal investigated the case and arrested Chouhan.
Thane man gets 10 years RI for raping minor girl - Business Standard
2015-11-30Port at Thane Creek in 3 months - Hindu Business Line
Port at Thane Creek in 3 months Press Trust of India Mumbai, November 30 The country's financial capital is all set to get its second port, with the Yogayatan group on Monday announcing plans of investing 250 crore for a mid-size terminal within the municipal limits. We will be investing 200-250 crore to construct a mid-sized all-weather port in the Thane creek near Mankhurd. The port will be operational in the next three months, Group Chairman Rajendra Singh told PTI. Construction work, The foundation stone-laying ceremony for the project will be held on Friday and is likely to be attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Singh said the group had applied for a concession to the Maharashtra Maritime Board in 2001 and has now received all the necessary permissions to start the construction work. The decision of the Mumbai Port Trust to focus only on clean cargo is the initial business opportunity for the new port, Singh said, adding that biggest focus will be on landing coal for Tata Power which now comes from MbPT. The port's draft will vary between 5.5 metres during low tide and 8.5 metres during high tide, and it will have an initial capacity to handle 8 million tonne of bulk cargo including coal, steel and cement, he said. With this draft, we can accommodate the barges which will carry the cargo to land from mother ships anchored in the sea, Singh said. The group has bought 10 acres of land for the port, he said, adding that it is well-connected to the Mumbai-Pune highway and also has rail connectivity as it is very close to the Mankhurd station on Harbour line. Internal fundingThe group, whose assets run into thousands of crores, will be funding the construction fully through internal accruals and will not be taking any bank loan for the same, Singh said, adding that it doesn't have any debt though its interests are spread across a variety of capital-intensive sectors like infrastructure, petrochemicals, realty etc. The Yogayatan group has drawn up a five-phased plan of expansion.
Port at Thane Creek in 3 months - Hindu Business Line
2015-11-30Thane executive turns sleuth to track down conman who duped him - Mumbai Mirror
Thane executive turns sleuth to track down conman who duped him By Dharmendra Tiwari, Mumbai Mirror | Dec 1, 2015, 12.00 AM IST CCTV footage from a coffee shop visited by the duo shows Deep Patel, the alleged conman. Conman cheated him of Rs 20,000 on pretext of offering a 50-Cr business deal. An executive with an industrial firm turned sleuth to track down a conman who duped him on the pretext of offering a big business opportunity. Forty-two-year-old Vinay Thakare, employed with a company dealing in injection moulding machines, received a call from a person called Deep Patel from Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, enquiring about a big business purchase worth crores. In his complaint to Sahar police station, Thakare alleged that Patel had asked him to meet him outside the international airport to discuss business as he had to travel further for business. Thakare said that he was very impressed by Patel, his insight in the field of injection moulding machines, his demeanour and his belief in the Make in India campaign. Patel also showed inclination to place an order worth Rs 50 crore to buy 51 machines from Thakare's company, the latter claimed. During his conversation outside the airport, Patel had told Thakare that he had lost his wallet in transit and was running out of cash. "Going by his face and the way he carried himself his politeness and fluency in English. I trusted his big business claims," Thakare said. The duo went to a nearby coffee shop where Thakare gave Rs 9,000 to Patel. After eating there, Patel had also asked for travel arrangements being made in a private car for him to go to Silvasa where he had to strike a deal with government officials. Thakare alleged that he politely refused Patel's request for a private car but instead offered to drop him off at Borivali station from where he could have taken a train to his destination. Thakare claimed that he gave Rs 20,000 to Patel while dropping him off at the station for the rest of his commute. Patel had handed Thakare his business card and assured him of returning the money after reaching his destination, along with the promise of giving him the contract. However, Patel's cellphone was switched off and e-mails sent to him bounced back. On realising that he had been duped, Thakare then went to Sahar police station. Thakare also managed to extract CCTV footage from the coffee house showing Patel talking to him. He also found that Patel had duped a few other people like him using the same modus operandi. He then filed a complaint with the police and submitted the CCTV footage and his statement. A police source from Sahar police station said, "We have been receiving similar complaints on a regular basis but nothing substantiate was coming up. But the CCTV footage can now help us to look for the culprit."
Thane executive turns sleuth to track down conman who duped him - Mumbai Mirror
2015-11-30Thane builder's suicide: 'Corporator sent Rs 1.5 cr to NCP leader's account' - The Indian Express
Thane builder's suicide: Corporator sent Rs 1.5 cr to NCP leader's account Written by Express News Service Mumbai Published:Dec 1, 2015, 2:23 Arguing against the anticipatory bail plea of politicians accused in Thane builder Suraj Parmar's suicide case, the prosecution said Monday that corporator Najib Mulla transferred Rs 1.5 crore to the account of NCP MLA and former minister Jitendra Awhad. Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare was contesting arguments of the defence counsel of all four corporators in an open court when he spoke about the politicians alleged monetary transactions. Investigators, according to him, are probing the monetary angle that could prove vital for the case. Parmar had shot himself on October 7, leaving behind a 13-page suicide note blaming red-tape and harassment by corporators, politicians and civic officials. He had named some people in his note but scribbled them out in what appeared to be an afterthought. Forensic analysis of his note revealed names of Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (Independent). Stating that custodial interrogation of all four was absolutely necessary, Thakare informed Justice A S Gadkari that preliminary inquiry had shown transactions running into crores. The prosecutor said Mulla had Rs 29 crore in his account, of which Rs 1.5 crore was transferred to Awhad. NCP leader Jitendra Ahwad could not be reached for his comments. Vikrant had declared an income of around Rs 25 lakh, but investigation revealed that he deposited Rs 81 lakh in his account, said Thakare. His wife's account shows deposit of crores, said the prosecutor. He said three of the four corporators were involved in construction business. The court was also informed that Parmar's son had received threat calls. We are on the right track of the investigation. We are pin-pointing the person with whom all four were connected, said Thakare. The defence of the corporators had argued earlier that the note left by Parmar could not be relied upon to prove the charge. The defence had argued that it was obvious from what Parmar had written that he took the extreme step due to depression.
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2015-11-29Manholes left open, Thane corporation turns a blind eye - Daily News & Analysis
Manholes left open, Thane corporation turns a blind eye Sunday, 29 November 2015 - 9:05am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Imran Fazal The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has turned a blind eye to the increasing number of manholes which are not only taking a bad shape, but also risking lives of pedestrians and motorists. Two days back, a 23-year-old biker Shravan Choudhari from Pune, hit an elevated manhole and succumbed to severe injuries. Manholes at several places like Wagle Estate No16 road, Hansnagar, Siddhivinayak Ram Mandir, Kopri, Gaondevi, Kalwa and Mumbra, can be seen wide open, while several footpaths are not lit properly. Residents of these areas often complained to the local corporators about the issue and requested them to fix the manholes at the earliest, but they were directed to civic officials who are yet to look into it. We complained to the civic body, but they asked us to meet another official in this regard. We have been running from pillar to post to get this problem solved, said Sujay Pandit, a resident of Wagle Estate. Our grievances are not solved despite civic officials visiting the spot. Also, the lids of manholes are of low quality, said Kumar Ajay, a resident of Hansnagar. We will look into the complaint and also try to solve the issue. Also, the concerned department will be informed about this problem, said Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer, TMC.
Manholes left open, Thane corporation turns a blind eye - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-2936 trees to be cut down for parking plaza at Thane station - Daily News & Analysis
36 trees to be cut down for parking plaza at Thane station Sunday, 29 November 2015 - 7:00am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Imran Fazal Four months after the work of parking plaza next to Thane station commenced, it has hit a roadblock. After the Central Railways (CR) wrote to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) seeking permission to cut 36 trees for the project, a tussle has began between the two authorities. The civic body wants the CR to plant 180 trees on the same place as per the norms, but the railway authority is left in the lurch as there is no space. In fact, four days ago, a building near platform No1 was demolished to make way for the parking plaza and now the CR has written to seek permission of TMC to axe 36 trees in the compound. The multi-level plaza is expected to make space for 2,000 bikes and is estimated to be completed by 2016. The CR has requested us to allow them to cut 36 trees and a meeting will be held to discuss the norms as 180 trees will have to be planted. At the same time, proceeding with this project is equally important and a team is looking after the development of the plaza, said a senior TMC official. The civic body wants to plant trees at the same location, but we are chalking out a plan to relocate the trees, which will be uprooted and it will not affect the trees if replanted, said a senior CR official. Rajan Vichare, member of parliament, said, We visited the parking plaza plot and a demolition was undertaken. The meeting will be held on December 6 and 7 at the civic headquarters with the CR officials to decide on further plan of action, keeping in mind the environmental laws.
2015-11-29Youth injured at Thane railway station - Times of India
Youth injured at Thane railway station Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Nov 29, 2015, 02.28 PM IST THANE: A 19-year-old youth sustained minor injuries on his head after he fell on a Thane railway station platform on Saturday. Prathamesh Dhepe, a Diva resident, suffered 3-4 stitches on his head after he fainted while alighting from the local train and hit his head on the platform. He was rushed to the to the Thane civil hospital.
2015-11-29Man locks thieves inside his Thane house - Times of India
Man locks thieves inside his Thane house Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Nov 29, 2015, 02.33 PM IST THANE: Two theives, who broke in an apartment in Charai, were locked inside by the owner when he came back in the nick of time. A teacher Prasad Nikte 43, of Prabhuram society had gone out for some work at around 12.30 pm. When he came back, he saw the door was opened with a hard object. When he peeped inside, he saw two unknown persons searcing and throwing things. Nikte latched the door from outside and called Naupada police. A team of police arrived and caught the duo were caught. The accused Jaspal Koragga,25, and Abdul Chaudhary,26, were arested and a case was registered at Naupada police station.
2015-11-28Trucks carrying goods worth Rs 1.06 crore go missing in Thane - Mid-Day
Trucks carrying goods worth Rs 1.06 crore go missing in Thane By PTI |Posted 28-Nov-2015 The Thane police have launched a hunt for two trucks carrying a consignment worth Rs 1.06 crore. Inspector L V Rathod of Narpoli police station under Bhiwandi division said that a consignment of medicines, garments and some other things, belonging to Vtrans Godowns, was loaded into two trucks bearing the registration numbers MH/43/Y/3483 and MH/43/Y/3484 at Bhiwandi in the district. The truck left for Chennai and Bangalore on November 21 but hadn't reached the destinations until yesterday. The drivers were identified as Balvindersingh Pratapsingh and Jagtyarsingh Harvendsingh, both from Nashik. The police have registered a case of cheating.
2015-11-27Thane: Kalyan man dupes tailor of Rs12 lakhs on pretext of flat in posh society - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Kalyan man dupes tailor of Rs12 lakhs on pretext of flat in posh society Friday, 27 November 2015 - 6:15am IST | Place: Kalyan | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki Thirty-year-old woman, a ladies tailor based in Kalyan has been conned to the tune of Rs 12 lakh on the pretext of a buying a flat in a posh society. The accused is yet not arrested. The victim, Girija Gaurav Ghag, met the accused few months back. As the woman wanted to buy a flat, the accused assured her that he can get her a flat in a posh society, which is under-construction as of now, for lesser rate. According to the cops, when the victim asked for her money back, the accused gave her a cheque of Rs 12 lakh, which bounced. So, the victim lodged a complaint with the Khadakpada police station. A case has been registered with the Khadakpada police station under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code. The accused have been identified as Santosh Sukhdev Bhavsar, who is in his 30s He is also a resident of Kalyan. A police official from the Khadakpada police station said, We have not yet arrested the accused. The victim had paid the amount in two installments, through cheque. Further probe is on.
2015-11-27Mumbai, Thane and Pune hog 52% of drinking water - Times of India
Mumbai, Thane and Pune hog 52% of drinking water Priyanka Kakodkar,TNN Nov 28, 2015, 04.53 AM IST MUMBAI: Three of Maharashtra's 36 districts Mumbai, Pune and Thane corner more than half the drinking water from the state's dams, notified rivers and select lakes. By contrast, Beed district, which is at the epicentre of the drought in Marathwada, receives a trickle at just 0.7%, while Gadchiroli, which is on the Naxal map, gets nothing at all. Seventeen of the state's districts get a share of less than 1% each of the drinking water from the state's dams. And, two-thirds of the state's districts get less than 2% each from Maharashtra's annual drinking water allocation of 5,627 million cubic metres. TOI has sourced these details from the state's water resources department. Information on water allocation is rarely available for public scrutiny. The disparity is a reflection of how populated the Mumbai -Pune-Thane region is, say officials. This belt, which includes the larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region, has 3.9 crore people, accounting for 34.6% of the state's population. Also, the three districts are heavily urbanized, which means water entitlement per person is much higher than districts with a large rural populace. According to government norms, villages are entitled to 40-70 litres per person per day. In cities, the share is 135-150 litres. Besides, districts with greater rainfall and more access to wells and groundwater are given much less drinking water from dams and rivers. "Districts in Konkan and Eastern Vidarbha, including Gadchiroli, get much higher rainfall than the rest of the state. So, the dam water allocation is much lower," says a senior official from the water resources department. The urban-rural divide in water allocation has put drought-affected Marathwada at a disadvantage. The eight districts of Marathwada account for 15.7% of the state's population. Yet, since it has a large rural population, Marathwada's districts receive merely 8.8% of drinking water from the state's dams, notified rivers and select lakes. This, even though the region is drought-prone and it reported the highest rainfall deficit in the country this year. Officials point out that water in the state's dams cannot be diverted to distant regions. "Water from dams near Mumbai cannot be sent to Marathwada. It can only be used within a certain geographical belt," says a senior official from the water resources department. Experts say regions that are upstream are bound to enjoy more dam water than those that are downstream. "Also, the richer municipalities are willing to pay more for dam water and are likely to get a greater share," says Vijay Paranjpye from Gomukh Trust. While urban Maharashtra is more privileged, disparities within cities are equally stark. Slums in Mumbai get only a fraction of the water that goes to highrises with access to tapwater. "There is a rich-poor divide in water allocations in cities. Slum without access to tap water might be getting just 70 litres per capita per day. More privileged locations in Pune can access up to 265 litres of water per person per day, which twice as high as the government norm," says Paranpye.
2015-11-26With law tweaked, residential towers in Thane all set to rise over 27 storeys - Times of India
With law tweaked, residential towers in Thane all set to rise over 27 storeys Manoj Badgeri,TNN Nov 26, 2015, 09.26 AM IST THANE: The path has been cleared for residential towers here to rise more than 27 storeys with the municipal corporation approving removal of a clause capping the height of such highrises to 92 metres. The development control rules for Thane are silent on height restrictions for skyscrapers. But appendix O of the rules imposed a restriction or cap of 92m only to residential towers. When this discrepancy was pointed out by a panel of experts, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal recommended its removal. The proposal was presented before the Thane Municipal Corporation general body last week and it approved it under section 37-1 of the Mumbai Regional Town Planning Act. Officials said the administration will now seek suggestions and modifications, if any, to the proposal and present it again before the general body. Finally, it will be sent to the state's urban development department for final sanction. Presently, the height of several projects in Majiwada, Manpada and even Kolshet has reached 92m and developers say there is a huge market for projects that can go higher. Builders are positive as they will be able to make optimum use of TDR in projects in certain areas like Manpada and certain stretches of Ghodbunder road. Structures in Thane can go much higher since there is no restriction on the maximum number of storeys in the DCR. "The approval will help increase the number of residential units in Thane. Pro jects in sectors like Pokhran, Manpada, Majiwada are likely to benefit from this move as per our initial feasibility estimates," said Jitendra Mehta, secretary of MCHI, Thane unit. Architects said the move will generate more housing options and, at the same time, increase revenue for the corporation."Development is anytime welcome and having more highrises will ensure there are ample residential units in the city ," said architect Suvarna Ghosh. But activists questioned whether the infrastructure could take the additional load in the coming years. " Already, infrastructure like roads is proving inadequate. The city is yet to get a proper sewage disposal system, there are inadequate parking spaces for vehicles and traffic congestion is growing by the day . Water supply is a huge problem now and it could be chaotic if the city sees a surge in population. The civic corporation should first develop the infrastructure and then look at approving more highrises in the city ," said activist Nitin Deshpande.
2015-11-26Youth molests girl, attempts suicide in Thane - Mid-Day
Youth molests girl, attempts suicide in Thane By PTI |Posted 26-Nov-2015 Thane: A 19-year-old youth allegedly molested a 21-year-old girl at Kashimira in the district and then tried to commit suicide, police said on Thursday. The accused, identified as Shivam Singh, allegedly molested the girl, who was known to her, at an apartment in Kashimira area of Thane's Bhayander township in the wee hours on Wednesady, police inspector Anil N Kadam said. Later, when she raised an alarm, the youth allegedly slit his neck with a blade and also consumed phenol, he said. The youth was later admitted to a hospital where he was undergoing treatment, he said. He has been booked under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the IPC, Kadam said adding that further investigation was on.
Youth molests girl, attempts suicide in Thane - Mid-Day
2015-11-26Thane court rejects advance bail pleas of alleged hoarders - Business Standard
2015-11-26Thane builder suicide: Note alone can't be relied upon to prove charge against ... - The Indian Express
Thane builder suicide: Note alone can't be relied upon to prove charge against corporators, says defence By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: November 27, 2015 4:40 am Parmar had shot himself on Oct 7, leaving behind a 13-page suicide note blaming red tape and harassment by corporators. The defence of the corporators accused of abetting the suicide of Thane builder Suraj Parmar argued that the note left by him cannot be relied upon to prove the charge. All four have filed anticipatory bail applications in the Bombay High Court. Senior counsel Shirish Gupte, appearing for two of the four corporators in question Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (independent) before Justice A S Gadkari, argued, If I have a direct allegation against a person but later remove the names then the police cannot charge me for abetment. On the contrary, he argued, the note reeked of Parmar's grievances against the state government's policies as a result of the huge losses incurred by him. He had resultantly filed about 13 petitions in the court, stressed Gupte. Corporators, the senior counsel argued, are people's elected representatives and work in the interest of public at large. Therefore, it was argued, even the during the Thane Municipal Corporation's general body meetings, the corporators including his client Jagdale, raised objections to building violations by Parmar. Gupte also urged Justice Gadkari to read Parmar's note in entirety and not its last four lines as relied upon by the police. Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare contested Gupte's arguments saying the police had more evidence than only the note. We are only at the stage of investigation and not trial, said Thakar. It is about my liberty. How can you be so callous? Gupte retorted. He later argued, Even if it contains names, it does not become evidence under law. Interpretation is not permitted. We must read the documents as it is.
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2015-11-25TMC survey invites your suggestions for Smart Thane - Daily News & Analysis
TMC survey invites your suggestions for Smart Thane Wednesday, 25 November 2015 - 7:35am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh To ensure that Thanekars become an integral part in making Thane a smart city, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has started a survey. In this initiative, residents can submit their opinions and suggestions at various booths put-up across the city. The three-day survey started on Monday and the TMC has set-up 50 booths at various points like stations, bus stands, chowks, ward offices, malls and other public places for residents to participate. People have to go to the booth, fill a form to share their opinion and suggestions, that is necessary to make Thane a smart city, said Sandeep Malvi, public relation officer, TMC. Earlier, the TMC had even organised a discussion with residents and the survey is a step ahead in the direction to make sure maximum number of Thanekars share their views. In the meeting, civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal had spoken about developing Thane by providing Wi-Fi, constructing a solar park, setting up an e-waste collection centre and other such infrastructural improvements. At the meeting with residents, he had also mentioned of a Thane which has better roads, with space for pedestrians and cyclists. Stressing on better utilisation of current natural resources, Jaiswal spoke about developing inland waterways, which will provide connectivity to Thane, Kalyan and Mira-Bhayander. The earlier discussion had a limited audience due to the auditorium capacity, but we want to reach out to more people. Hence, we have started this survey, said Malvi, adding, Maybe people have more ideas and they are free to come and share it with us through this survey. The TMC had also organised an essay writing competition based on the topic, Thane the city of my dreams, which saw 73,000 people participating.
2015-11-25Thane cops position outside wedding halls to nab snatchers - Daily News & Analysis
Thane cops position outside wedding halls to nab snatchers Wednesday, 25 November 2015 - 7:40am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki Its wedding season and also that time of the year when chain snatchers are active and keep an eye near wedding halls. So, Thane police chief has asked his men to keep a strict vigil in such areas where marriages and other functions take place and chain snatchers can be easily arrested. According to the police, chain snatchers target women in isolated areas or walking alone. They come from behind and quickly snatch their gold chain or mangalsutra. To ensure such incidents do not take place this year, police have tightened nakabandi and have deployed more officials to patrol the streets. During wedding time, many people park their cars near the wedding hall and when they are walking towards their car, snatchers attack them. Some even break the glass of the car and flee with music system and other valuables, said an officer. A senior official from Thane commissionerate said, Mostly during the wedding season, there are chances of rise in burglary or house thefts, but chain snatching is common as its easy to target women and earn a quick buck. However, with string nakabandi at prime locations and patrolling during the day and night, we will nab the culprits. Deputy commissioner of police (crime) Parag Manere said, Police stations will be informed about the marriages taking place in their area and also about other functions in the city. Accordingly, officials will be alerted in that area and more patrolling will be increased. At the same time, nakabandis will be conducted near the marriage venue, so that even if chain snatching takes place, we will be able to catch the accused, he added.
2015-11-25Milestone Capital invests 40 crore in Rajesh Lifespaces' Thane housing project - ETRealty.com
Milestone Capital invests Rs 40 crore in Rajesh Lifespaces Thane housing project The fund has invested in the developer's 1.3-million sq ft residential project on Thane's Ghodbunder RoadKailash Babar ET Bureau 25 November 2015, 8:29 AM IST MUMBAI: Real estate private equity firm Milestone Capital Advisors' mid-segment residential real estate fund Milestone Opportunities Fund 10 (MOF10), has invested Rs 40 crore in a project of Mumbai-based builder Rajesh Lifespaces. The fund has invested in the developer's 1.3-million sq ft residential project on Thane's Ghodbunder Road. The investment is against identified residential units for which commencement certificate has been received, Milestone said in a statement. This is the maiden investment from Milestone Opportunities Fund 10's recently raised capital, making it Milestone's 57th real estate investment since its inception. "We are delighted to partner with the Rajesh Lifespaces Group in its vision of providing high quality residential development. We aim to work jointly with them to ensure profitable returns to our investors and hope to partner with them on their other upcoming projects as well," said Rubi Arya, Executive Vice Chairman, Milestone Capital Advisors. The fund is also in the process of closing a few more deals with reputed developers in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore in residential real estate across metro cities, through this new fund Milestone Opportunities Fund 10, she added. Rajesh Lifespaces 'Raj Tattva' is a project located on Thane's fastest developing node consisting of around 500 residential apartments with 3-5 bedroom configuration and a retail, commercial section. Rajesh Lifespaces has executed projects spread over 8 million sq ft in residential, commercial, retail resorts across over 100 projects till date.
2015-11-25Medal galore for Thane girl on international stage - Times of India
Medal galore for Thane girl on international stage B B Nayak,TNN Nov 25, 2015, 10.52 AM IST THANE: Thane's Pari Thakkar, a seven-year-old martial artist, was the youngest competitor at the international Karate championship recently held in Malaysia. She made the city proud by bagging a gold and bronze medal in her debut international appearance. She rocked the stage with a yellow metal in Kata (solo demonstration of blocks, punches and kicks) and went on to win a bronze in Kumite (sparring). "She was the first to open the medal tally for Indian team and the youngest girl to represent the country. I feel proud that she clicked in her maiden attempt at an international competition," said her father Chetan, a resident of Jambhli Naka. Thakkar took a plunge into the competition ring in the 7-8 age group. She was selected on the basis of her consistent performances in the domestic circle. Thakkar took up self defense lessons last year and made rapid progress to win a number of medals in the domestic circuit that apparently catapulted her to embark on international venture at such young age. This class II student of St John The Baptist High School had impressed the selectors through her remarkable feats over the last one year that was enough to allow her ticket for international presence. And she lived up to the expectations. Thakkar is being trained under the watchful eye of her coach Farz Shaikh at his centre called Indo-Ryu Karate-Do Federation. In fact, Shaikh identified her talent and interest in this combat art and promoted her to take part in a number of competitions in the recent past. Her vigorous training has paid of rich dividend with medals and appreciation from all quarters. She is good in art, parting, drawing and dance as well.
2015-11-25With law tweaked, residential towers in Thane all set to rise over 27 storeys - Times of India
With law tweaked, residential towers in Thane all set to rise over 27 storeys Manoj Badgeri,TNN Nov 26, 2015, 12.59 AM IST Thane: The path has been cleared for residential towers here to rise more than 27 storeys with the municipal corporation approving removal of a clause capping the height of such highrises to 92 metres. The development control rules for Thane are silent on height restrictions for skyscrapers. But appendix O of the rules imposed a restriction or cap of 92m only to residential towers. When this discrepancy was pointed out by a panel of experts, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal recommended its removal. The proposal was presented before the Thane Municipal Corporation general body last week and it approved it under section 37-1 of the Mumbai Regional Town Planning Act. Officials said the administration will now seek suggestions and modifications, if any, to the proposal and present it again before the general body. Finally, it will be sent to the state's urban development department for final sanction. Presently, the height of several projects in Majiwada, Manpada and even Kolshet has reached 92m and developers say there is a huge market for projects that can go higher. Builders are positive as they will be able to make optimum use of TDR in projects in certain areas like Manpada and certain stretches of Ghodbunder road. Structures in Thane can go much higher since there is no restriction on the maximum number of storeys in the DCR. "The approval will help increase the number of residential units in Thane. Projects in sectors like Pokhran, Manpada, Majiwada are likely to benefit from this move as per our initial feasibility estimates," said Jitendra Mehta, secretary of MCHI, Thane unit. Architects said the move will generate more housing options and, at the same time, increase revenue for the corporation. "Development is anytime welcome and having more highrises will ensure there are ample residential units in the city," said architect Suvarna Ghosh. But activists questioned whether the infrastructure could take the additional load in the coming years. "Already, infrastructure like roads is proving inadequate. The city is yet to get a proper sewage disposal system, there are inadequate parking spaces for vehicles and traffic congestion is growing by the day. Water supply is a huge problem now and it could be chaotic if the city sees a surge in population. The civic corporation should first develop the infrastructure and then look at approving more highrises in the city," said activist Nitin Deshpande.
2015-11-25Thane areas face 30% water cut - Free Press Journal
Thane areas face 30% water cut By FPJ Bureau Nov 26, 2015 01:57 am Mumbai :The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and a few pockets in Thane will bear the brunt of low rainfall in the city as the irrigation department has enforced 30% water cut in the regular supply from Thursday onwards. The executive engineer of the state irrigation department informed that the Thane MIDC will have no water supply from Wednesday midnight (November 25) to Friday midnight (November 27). Meanwhile, Mumbra, Kalva, Diva, Kolshet and Balkum Pada No.1, (except Reti Bandra, Mumbra Koliwada, Shailesh Nagar, Sanjay Nagar and Bombay colony) will have no water supply. In other pockets, water supply will be with low pressure, the official said.
Thane areas face 30% water cut - Free Press Journal
2015-11-25Thane residents to face traffic woes till construction of 3 new flyovers - I am in dna of India
Thane residents to face traffic woes till construction of 3 new flyovers Wednesday, 25 November 2015 - 5:20pm IST | Rupali Shinde LBS road is one of the places where a flyover will be built Thane residents will be affected by huge traffic jams as the construction work for new flyovers at LBS road, Minatai Thackeray chowk and Harinivas circle will begin soon. Work on a bridge in Kalwa and Kopri flyover will also be started by Thane Municipal Corporation in some days. To construct new bridge in Kalwa, Thane Municipal Corporation will be spending 183 crore rupees, said Thane Municipal corporation's deputy commissioner, Sunil Chavhan. Meanwhile, Thane Traffic DCP Rashmi Karandikar has urged Thane residents to cooperate by using alternate ways to travel during the work period. "We will try our best not to make any changes in the route while work is in progress on Kalwa bridge but I also urge the commuters to take alternate ways for traveling purpose that will help in the progress of project, she said.Apart from Kalwa bridge, MMRDA will build three flyovers at LBS road, Minatai Thackeray chowk and Harinivas circle. Along with this, PWD will begin working on pending road widening of Kopri rail over-bridge which usually gets congested due to vehicles coming from the Eastern Express highway.
Thane residents to face traffic woes till construction of 3 new flyovers - I am in dna of India
2015-11-25'Bank official' dupes Thane man of Rs 34K - Times of India
Bank official dupes Thane man of Rs 34K TNN Nov 26, 2015, 01.20 PM IST THANE: A Thane resident Mukesh Dange (25), who parted with confidential details of his debit card to a caller who claimed to be from the bank, was duped of Rs 34,000. The call was made from cellphone number 9570250086 on Saturday evening. A police officer said Dange gave the caller the 16-digit number of the debit card and other details. A few minutes later, he received a text message, saying Rs 34,590 had been transferred from his account to another, the officer said. An offence has been registered at Rabodi police station.
2015-11-24Thane: Runaway criminal nabbed - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-24Thane woman robbed of her gold chain - Times of India
Thane woman robbed of her gold chain Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Nov 24, 2015, 09.11 AM IST THANE: A 51 year-old woman was robbed of her gold chain by bike-borne thieves in Kalwa area. The victim who is a resident of Nature glory phase-1 apartment in Parsik nagar set out for a walk at around 8.30 am. As she started to walk from the complex and was going outside her building she spotted two bike -borne robbers were waiting outside the gate, without realising that they could be thieves. She turned towards left towards road; the duo came from the back side, snatched the chain and fled away. The gold chain was worth Rs70000. An offence has been registered at Kalwa police station under section 392 of Indian Penal Code and the police said that so far none is arrested in the case.
2015-11-24Thane mother-daughter acquitted of murder charges - Times of India
Thane mother-daughter acquitted of murder charges Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Nov 24, 2015, 09.02 AM IST THANE: A mother-daughter duo who were tried on the alleged charges of murder of their servant and destruction of evidence was acquitted by a Thane court which gave them the benefit of doubt. Prosecutor Dilip Bahiram in his submission told the court that the mother Shalini, 41 (name changed) lived with her daughter Shobha 18 (name changed) were living in the township of Mira-Bhayender. Shalini owned an eatery named Apeksha Bhojanalya in the township and the servant Mangesh aka Mangaram Devasi also stayed with them, and that the girl was in love with the deceased. It was also stated that the mother wanted her daughter to get married with the victim and was in favour of the marriage. Meanwhile, things started changing as the victim's wedding was fixed by his parents in his native place, and was to be held in December of 2010. He was to leave his job and proceed to his native place. The victim wanted full and final settlement of his wages as he was earning nearly Rs 8000. On the fateful day of May 11 of 2010 at about 1.30 am, the mother-daughter duo was said to have strangulated the victim to death. "The mother got shocked on hearing the proposed marriage of Devasi with someone else and the duo murdered him," the prosecutor submitted. Advocate, Suresh Dwivedi, the defence counsel argued several rulings of the various courts and submitted that the mother and her daughter were not at all involved in the crime. The counsel stated that they (the accused) made all possible attempts to save the life of the victim which failed as they found him in mysterious condition at their home. Why should one kill a person whom she wants to get married to her daughter, he questioned. Dr, Sanjay Gahivale along with Dr. A.H. Meshram who conducted the autopsy of Devasi, deposed in his cross examination that till date, he had conducted close to 300 post-mortems. He further stated that there is a difference between strangulation and hanging. In case of hanging, ligature marks would be oblique in nature at the side of the knot and noncontinuous. They are placed high up between the chin and larynx. In case of strangulation, the marks are continuous on neck. In this case, ligature marks were not found continuously around the neck. He told the court that he had not mentioned the word strangulation in the opinion, in the postmortem report. If cause of death as asphyxia due to strangulation, he would have given his opinion in postmortem report itself. Thane additional sessions Judge AS Bhaisare in his judgement noted that, "From entire evidence, it seems that accused themselves while noticing the deceased was hanging to the fan, cut down the saree and they had taken down and they tried to save the life of the deceased by shifting him from one hospital to another."
2015-11-24Dark night rules Thane for 3 hrs after Sun rain - Times of India
Dark night rules Thane for 3 hrs after Sun rain B B Nayak Nov 24, 2015, 11.01 AM IST THANE: Residents of Balkum, Ghodbunder, Kolshet, Vrindavan and parts of old city were an inconvenienced lot due to a three-hour blackout on Sunday night. While unexpected rains lashed the city, the feeder system broke down around 7:53pm, leaving half the city in darkness till 11pm. Residents alleged that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) could not be reached despite repeated calls. The cause of the power failure is believed to be a snapped conductor following unseasonal showers. Many areas had erratic power supply throughout the night. The authorities were clueless about the problem while detecting the faulty line. Vishal Lade, a Ghodbunder Road resident, said, "The power cut was completely unwarranted and in the absence of a back-up supply at home we had a tough time preparing dinner. As thewhole area was plunged into darkness we could not step out as well. To add to our woes there were frequent power cuts past midnight too." An eight-hour power shutdown was enforced further in areas under the Kolshet sub-station of Wagle Estate division from 10am to 6pm on Monday to fix the technical glitch. Consumers blamed the authorities for their lax attitude in curbing such negligence. "Power went off around 8pm. Making desperate calls to the local MSEDCL office bore no fruit. Children and elders suffered a lot," said Krishan Singh, a Balkum resident. An MSEDCL official said "The supply conductor snapped, causing breakdown in feeders at Colour Chem, Tarangan, Vrindavan and Sandoz at 7.53pm on Sunday. It was due to rain and heavy wind. However, by 10.30pm we could manage to restore power supply in phases. A major repair work was taken up in Kolshet sub-division on Monday.
2015-11-24Thane civic body wants residents to help shape smart city - ETRealty.com
Thane civic body wants residents to help shape smart city The drive, scheduled between November 23 and 25 is aimed to garner maximum response from citizens Manoj Badgeri TNN 24 November 2015, 12:30 PM IST THANE: As part of its overhaul initiative, TMC now wants residents to help shape the lake city into a 'smart' one. TMC has now set up booths across the city where residents can communicate with the administration about the changes they want in their city and also suggest how to achieve it.The drive, scheduled between November 23 and 25 is aimed to garner maximum response from citizens. Accordingly, booths have been set up at railway stations, bus depots and other public spaces. The drive follows an interactive session conducted recently in the city. Following feedback from the residents, Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal immediately swung into action and arranged meetings with senior officials on Friday to review infra development in Thane.Over the recently conducted three-hour long interaction with residents, Jaiswal, laid bare his plans and goals for making Thane into a smart city. He appealed to the nearly 400-plus residents to come forth with their initiatives to improve the living standards in the city. Jaiswal informed residents about the slew of projects being planned for execution in the city including the waterfront, lake rejuvenation, water and sewage treatment plants including plans for better connectivity and accessibility within the city.The civic officials also presented their vision about being how to free the city of open defecation by March 2017 to total solid waste management by October 2018 and also have a Wifi zone created in the city. The issue of improved transport was also discussed. Several residents from all walks of life including architects, planners, doctors and professionals participated in the discussions informing the administration of their present woes and also suggesting solutions to be implemented."We have set up booths in various parts of the city to ensure maximum number of residents participate. This is for the first time ever, that the TMC administration, has made an attempt to involve residents in helping them plan infrastructure for their city. We have given our inputs to the administration and will wait and watch how they respond," said a civic official.Thane has secured its place in the coveted list for urban infra transformation through the Smart City project of the Centre. The initiative is to provide basic civic infrastructure to help improve living conditions of residents in the urban areas. The use of technology to improve the lifestyle of residents and also develop a cluster of townships around bustling cities will also be achieved through the programme. Thane is likely to get Rs 200 crores every year for transforming the cityscape.
Thane civic body wants residents to help shape smart city - ETRealty.com
2015-11-24Medal galore for Thane girl on international stage - Times of India
Medal galore for Thane girl on international stage B B Nayak,TNN Nov 24, 2015, 10.25 PM IST Thane: Thane's Pari Thakkar, a seven-year-old martial artist, was the youngest competitor at the international Karate championship recently held in Malaysia. She made the city proud by bagging a gold and bronze medal in her debut international appearance. She rocked the stage with a yellow metal in Kata (solo demonstration of blocks, punches and kicks) and went on to win a bronze in Kumite (sparring). "I feel proud that she clicked in her maiden attempt at an international competition," said her father Chetan, a resident of Jambhli Naka. This class II student of St John The Baptist High School had impressed the selectors through her remarkable feats over the last one year. And she lived up to the expectations. The international karate championship was recently held at Kajan, Malaysia on November 21-22 and was organised by World Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Organisation.
2015-11-24Three teachers arrested in Thane for raping 9-year-old school girl - Zee News
Three teachers arrested in Thane for raping 9-year-old school girl Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 12:12 Thane: In a shocking incident, a nine-year-old school girl from Bhayander here was allegedly raped by three of her teachers repeatedly since 2014. PSI S B Kadam Tuesday said that the accused trio Sanjay Patil (47), Nilesh Bhoir (47), and Jitendra Jadhav (23) -- was arrested yesterday after the parents of the victim filed a police complaint. According to the girl, the teachers took turns to sexually abuse her several times in empty classrooms. Also, the minor was threatened as well as beaten to keep her mouth shut about the incident. The criminal assault continued till last month after which the girl, fed up of the constant torture, opened up to her parents. The trio have been charged under sections 376, 323, 504, and 506 rw 34 of the IPC and also sections 3 and 4 of the POCSO Act 2012, police added. IANS
2015-11-24Woman in capris denied entry to Thane Municipal Corporation headquarters - Times of India
Woman in capris denied entry to Thane Municipal Corporation headquarters Shrutika Sukhi Nov 25, 2015, 01.01 AM IST THANE: A 26-year-old woman dressed in T-shirt and capris was refused entry into the Thane Municipal Corporation headquarters on Tuesday as the female security guard found her attire "sinfully immodest" for sarkari offices. Around 12.45pm, Seema Saldanha, a travel consultant from Airoli, reached the TMC Panchpakhadi head office to collect a duplicate birth certificate for a relative. "I was stopped at the gate and told that I can't enter as my attire was revealing. The guard argued that that my capri pants, which were way below the knees, showed too much skin. I was there to collect a document...not for a job interview," she said. " It is only when I raised my voice that she let me in after wasting 30 minutes arguing with me." Security officer Shukram Jadhav told TOI, "There is no dress code for visitors. One can wear anything they want; the guards are not supposed to stop them."
2015-11-24New Shivneri route to Thane, Borivali - Pune Mirror
New Shivneri route to Thane, Borivali By Dheeraj Bengrut, Pune Mirror | Nov 25, 2015, 02.30 AM IST Six new Shivneri bus routes will ply via Pimpri-Chinchwad to operate buses from Pune stn to help commuters from Yerwada, Kalyani Nagar, who hitherto boarded buses from Swargate The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) is launching daily Shivneri bus services from Pune railway station to Thane and Borivali, benefitting thousands of passengers who hitherto had to travel to Swargate to board these buses. The buses will also travel via Pimpri-Chinchwad, unlike earlier, when they would go via Aundh, Kothrud and Chandni Chowk only. The move to start the new services is expected to benefit residents of Kalyani Nagar, Yerwada, Khadki, Bhosari, Chinchwad, Nigadi, Akurdi, Sangavi, Dehu Road, etc. "Currently, Shivneri buses to Thane and Borivali start from Swargate only. The new schedule will include six such buses from Pune station as well. They will also go via Pimpri- Chinchwad, unlike earlier. Tickets will be priced at Rs 500 per head. The buses will depart at 6 am, 8 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm on both directions," said MSRTC Pune divisional controller Shailesh Chavan. As there were no buses from Pune station heading towards Thane or Borivali, private operators would take advantage of the situation and usurp MSRTC's customers. Yogesh Adhav, who frequently travels to Borivali for office work, is one of them. "The private buses are always full. I have to visit Borivali very often, but there are no other options. The MSRTC should have taken this decision much earlier. Now that they have started the service, I hope there is a good enough demand for it, so that the MSRTC considers operating more frequent services, especially during the evenings, as most working class people board the buses then," he said. Kalyani Nagar resident Ruchi Pant added, "Last month, I wanted to go to Thane to visit my relatives, but I had to travel all the way from Kalyani Nagar to Swargate to board the bus. Moreover, the bus was delayed by over an hour. It's really good that they have started a bus from Pune station. I also hope they look into the punctuality of the services." Residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad have also welcomed the move. "There are many people in Pimpri-Chinchwad who want to go to Thane or Borivali for work. Several people have houses there and work in PCMC areas and they also like to go home on weekends. To go to Swargate from Chinchwad in the evenings is an arduous task, so services that start from Pune station would be very helpful," said Mrunal Kadam, a resident of Chinchwad. Amar Nimbalkar, another frequent passenger to Thane, added, "I have real estate businesses in both Pune and Thane and visit my two sites many times. Especially during the festive season, the private bus operators hike their prices tremendously, some even charging Rs 1,000 per seat. If the MSRTC can offer us services at half the price, it would be very convenient for us.
2015-11-23Leopard walks into trap in Thane - Mid-Day
Leopard walks into trap in Thane By Ranjeet Jadhav |Posted 41 minutes ago In the wee hours of Sunday, the Thane Forest Department (FD) trapped a leopard in a cage at Pethyachapada hamlet in Thane district. Locals had complained of frequent encounters with the big cat. Trapped and released in Jan, leopard gets trapped again The sub-adult leopard is currently at SGNP's leopard rescue centre, where he has been kept under observation. Chief Conservator of Forest KP Singh said, After the human-leopard conflict incidents, we had set up a trap cage near the tribal hamlet and in the wee hours of Sunday, a leopard walked into the cage. Leopard walks into trap in Aarey Colony He added, The trapped animal is a sub-adult male and has been kept under observation. Angry villagersSoon after the trapping, angry villagers refused to let the authorities take him away. They did not want the leopard to survive. However, the leopard rescue team from Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Thane FD, along with Mayur Kamath, honorary wildlife warden of Mumbai and a member of the state wildlife welfare board, managed to take him to SGNP's leopard rescue centre. WhatsApp trapping Prior to the trapping, they had created a WhatsApp group, and added villagers to it as well. The villagers were asked to notify the officials on leopard spottings in the area. Through the group and camera trapping, the team tracked the areas that the leopards would frequent and accordingly set up the cage to trap the leopard.
Leopard walks into trap in Thane - Mid-Day
2015-11-23Water cuts in Thane to pinch consumers - Times of India
cuts in Thane to pinch consumers Manoj Badgeri,TNN Nov 23, 2015, 11.07 PM IST THANE: Residents are facing inconvenience after the TMC has resumed 24 hours water cuts starting every Wednesday morning following rationalization orders of supply from the state irrigation department. The cuts have been imposed after a recent study of water levels in the reservoirs revealed that there was inadequate stock left for 24-hour supply till the arrival of the next monsoons. Following the cuts, areas including Pachpakhadi, Naupada, Wagle Estate, Shrinagar, Kolshet, Balkum, Kalwa, Vitawa, Kharegaon, Mumbra-Kausa, etc will be affected. The officials have further cautioned of supply with low pressure in these areas for the next two days following the water cuts. Residents have had to bear water cuts as the TMC had finalized 30 % water cuts to be implemented from November 1 across the city last month. "Its is difficult to manage the show at home as the water flow takes nearly two more days to regularise after the cuts are imposed. The TMC must come up with an alternativeand spare us from the water cuts," said Sulekha Inamdar, a housewife from Kalwa. A review of water stock available in the reservoirs in the district by the irrigation department revealed that there was inadequate volume to last till the next monsoon. Nearly 1.30 lakh domestic consumers and 4700 commercial units in Thane require 470 million litres of water daily in Thane. Officials said water cuts were necessitated to ensure the supply was sustained till the first week of June when the rains are expected usually. "The rains were deficient this year and the water scarcity is looming large on the city, we have finalized a 30% cut for the city after discussions with the irrigation department. A supply chart is being worked upon following which the same will be implemented from November 1," said a senior official from the water supply department. Barvi and Bhatsa dams that are major sources of water for Thane have inadequate volume to last till the next monsoons. At the end of season, Barvi has just 89.19 per cent water while the Bhatsa dam is barely filled with 81.37% of its capacity. Several agencies including the STEM, BMC, MIDC supply 470 mld water to Thane city.
2015-11-23Volatile policies irk builders in Thane - Times of India
Volatile policies irk builders in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Nov 23, 2015, 10.06 PM IST THANE: Frequent fluctuations in housing and town planning related policies coupled with complete stonewalling of stakeholders while drafting vital guidelines related to the industry is one of the key factors leading to growing unease among the developers community here. Industry players have been repeatedly trying to seek clarity on policies and transparency in approvals that could go a long way in realigning the functioning of this industry. Nearly a month and a half later after builder Suraj Parmar allegedly shot himself, blaming the flawed system of policy making and its implementation, industry players here say the situation has barely improved. "One of the main reasons plaguing the industry is that key stake holders are always kept out during policy making or amendments. There is absolutely no efforts taken in helping us understand the changes being implemented by the state in terms of town planning and development which often leads to delay in projects," said architect Sandeep Prabhu. Illustrating a point, is the recent inclusion of the wildlife NOC required for projects that have over 20,000 square feet of construction. Residential projects of this magnitude required clearance from the environment ministry since 2007 but very recently, an additional inclusion of wildlife sanction has also to be secured, informed a realty player. Experts say these rampant amendments often disturb the calculations of the builders who end up losing out hugely on money. Prabhu says how the previous Congress government had abruptly replaced the rental housing scheme to affordable housing scheme where the FSI was reduced within few years of the announcement. "Several builders had invested in land after the Ashok Chavan-led government announced the rental scheme with 4 FSI after making appropriate calculations. However, the government led by his successor Prithviraj Chavan in two years reduced the quantum to 3 FSI that led to the calculations going wrong and builders losing out money," he said. Experts and developers agree there is a multitude of permissions, nearly 25, that require a lot of time to secure as each needs various time to get implemented. "It is not that the developers are averse to following the norms but is often the opacity in the officialdom that drives many to desperation to wriggle out by greasing the machinery thus setting a wrong precedent. What was earlier given as a token of appreciation has now become a custom," says a developer. Thane civic officials said they were working on making the process easier for the industry.
2015-11-23Thane civic body wants residents to help shape smart city - Times of India
civic body wants residents to help shape smart city Manoj Badgeri,TNN Nov 23, 2015, 09.37 PM IST THANE: As part of its overhaul initiative, TMC now wants residents to help shape the lake city into a 'smart' one. TMC has now set up booths across the city where residents can communicate with the administration about the changes they want in their city and also suggest how to achieve it. The drive, scheduled between November 23 and 25 is aimed to garner maximum response from citizens. Accordingly, booths have been set up at railway stations, bus depots and other public spaces. The drive follows an interactive session conducted recently in the city. Following feedback from the residents, Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal immediately swung into action and arranged meetings with senior officials on Friday to review infra development in Thane. Over the recently conducted three-hour long interaction with residents, Jaiswal, laid bare his plans and goals for making Thane into a smart city. He appealed to the nearly 400-plus residents to come forth with their initiatives to improve the living standards in the city. Jaiswal informed residents about the slew of projects being planned for execution in the city including the waterfront, lake rejuvenation, water and sewage treatment plants including plans for better connectivity and accessibility within the city. The civic officials also presented their vision about being how to free the city of open defecation by March 2017 to total solid waste management by October 2018 and also have a Wifi zone created in the city. The issue of improved transport was also discussed. Several residents from all walks of life including architects, planners, doctors and professionals participated in the discussions informing the administration of their present woes and also suggesting solutions to be implemented. "We have set up booths in various parts of the city to ensure maximum number of residents participate. This is for the first time ever, that the TMC administration, has made an attempt to involve residents in helping them plan infrastructure for their city. We have given our inputs to the administration and will wait and watch how they respond," said a civic official. Thane has secured its place in the coveted list for urban infra transformation through the Smart City project of the Centre. The initiative is to provide basic civic infrastructure to help improve living conditions of residents in the urban areas. The use of technology to improve the lifestyle of residents and also develop a cluster of townships around bustling cities will also be achieved through the programme. Thane is likely to get Rs 200 crores every year for transforming the cityscape.
Thane civic body wants residents to help shape smart city - Times of India
2015-11-22Heavy rains lash Mumbai and Thane - Times of India
Heavy rains lash Mumbai and Thane Richa Pinto,TNN Nov 22, 2015, 09.21 PM IST MUMBAI: Heavy rains lashed several parts of Mumbai and Thane on Sunday evening once again. The IMD has also forecast that in the next 24 hours light rain or thunder shower would occur. Rainfall was witnessed in parts of Borivali, Dombivli and Thane city areas. Mumbai and it's adjoining areas like Thane and Navi Mumbai has been witnessing rain showers or drizzles from Saturday afternoon onwards. Weathermen said that this was on account of a low pressure area formed in the Arabian sea extending upto North Konkan. The rainfall recorded in the 24 hours by the IMD Colaba observatory was 1.5 mm and in Santa Cruz it was 1.6 mm. Maximum temperatures meanwhile recorded in Colaba and Santa Cruz was 33.2 degrees Celsius and 33.7 degrees Celsius respectively.
Heavy rains lash Mumbai and Thane - Times of India
2015-11-22Larger racket unravels after stolen Hadapsar bus traced to Thane - Pune Mirror
Larger racket unravels after stolen Hadapsar bus traced to Thane Pune Mirror | Nov 23, 2015, 02.30 AM IST Several vehicles were found in the Kongaon compound to where the bus was traced by company officials using GPS RELATED The theft and subsequent recovery of a bus from Hadapsar, which was found at Kongaon in Thane, has set in motion the unravelling of a much larger racket, after several more vehicles were found at the compound where the stolen bus was traced to. Santosh Mulluk, a driver with MP Enterprises, had lodged a complaint about the bus theft with Hadapsar police, after it came to light around 4 am on Sunday. The driver had informed senior company officials, who informed the Pune police control room. Company officials said they had installed an advanced vehicle tracking system in the bus, which showed that it was taken from its parking lot in Kalepadal, Hadapsar, at 2.27 am. "Its current location showed that it had reached Kharegaon in Thane. So, we informed the Thane police control room and our team at the Mumbai office also began tracking it. When our team reached the spot before the cops, they found the large compound locked. After much persuasion, it was opened. To our surprise, there were several vehicles there, including buses, SUVs, etc.," said Vinayak Ghorpade, MP Enterprises director. Meanwhile, an FIR for an offence under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Hadapsar police station. "We found our bus because we had the GPS vehicle tracking system. Many others did not," added Ghorpade. Police inspector (crime) Jaywant Dhamal of Kongaon police station, under Thane police commissionerate, said, "Though no arrests have been made, a thorough investigation is on." It was learnt later on Sunday night that some persons have been detained in connection with the theft.
2015-11-21Suraj Parmar case — Thane cops grill civic officials for over 5 hrs - Times of India
Suraj Parmar case' Thane cops grill civic officials for over 5 hrs Nishikant Karlikar,TNN | Nov 21, 2015, 01.28 PM IST THANE: The Thane Police investigating the suicide of Thane-based realtor Suraj Parmar questioned the entire fleet of the Town Planning Department on Thursday .The Assistant Director of Town Planning (ADTP) and the city engineer, too, were questioned about the ongoing and pending projects of Cosmos Group, the reality firm headed by builder Suraj Parmar. Ten civic officials were questioned for over five hours in turns and to ensure that the facts were not tweaked.The police had also summoned four corporators, accused in the case for abetment of suicide -Hanumant Jagdale and Najib Mulla (both NCP), Vikrant Chavan and Sudhakar Chavan (Congress and former MNS respectively), who were also present during the questioning. Joint commissioner of Police, Thane, VV Laxminarayana along with investigating officer Dilip Gore questioned the officials at the assistant commissioner of police Kapurbawdi office. Sources informed TOI that apart from the civic officials, the architects of Cosmos Group -Suvarna Ghosh, Pravin Jadhav and Abhishek Parmar, elder son of Parmar, were called at the police station and asked to sit face-to-face during the interrogation. The architects were called to obtain the technical information of the projects. The civic officials were questioned on the clearances of the project, objections raised by the corporators as well as the civic officials role in issuing notices to the builder.Simultaneously, their statements of all the civic officials were recorded in the five-hour long questioning session. This is for the first time that after ex-municipal commissioner of TMC Nandkumar Jantre was questioned such a large number of civic officials were questioned in the case. Following a High Court order extra bandobast was deployed at the civic headquarters to refrain the four accused corporators from participating in the General Body meeting which was held on Friday, November 20. The interrogation has triggered a sense of insecurity among the civic officials and it is likely that if any civic official is found guilty in the case could face charges.
2015-11-21Over 100 Constructions Razed in Thane to Make Way for Road - The New Indian Express
Over 100 Constructions Razed in Thane to Make Way for Road By Abraham Richard Published: 21st November 2015 10:41 PM Last Updated: 21st November 2015 10:41 PM THANE: Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) today carried out a massive demolition drive and razed more than 100 structures, most of them illegal, here.The drive, which began in the morning, was undertaken to make way for a service road on the busy Ghodbunder Road which links the city with the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway.According to a TMC release, more than 100 structures were demolished under heavy police protection.Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal along with senior officials of TMC supervised the drive which was initially opposed by some of the occupants.Offences were registered against nine persons, who tried to create hindrance in the drive, the release said.Talking to the media at the demolition site, Jaiswal said the drive will be carried out till work on the service road is completed.The civic chief said rehabilitation would be undertaken for those eligible for it. PTI
2015-11-21November rain, drizzle in parts of Navi Mumbai, Thane surprises locals - Times of India
November rain, drizzle in parts of Navi Mumbai, Thane surprises locals Vijay Singh,TNN | Nov 21, 2015, 05.21 PM IST MUMBAI: Surprise rains and drizzles in several parts of Navi Mumbai and Thane caught many off guard, as they sprinted for cover on Saturday afternoon. It first started raining in parts of Panvel and New Panvel around 2.30 pm, followed by drizzle in Kharghar, Belapur, Nerul and also Vashi. "Since morning, the skies seemed to be overcast and cloudy, making for a rather sticky day; until it started raining by late afternoon,'' said a Nerul resident A Chuhan. Weather bureau officials have indicated that it may rain again accompanied by thunder in the next 24 hours.
2015-11-20Thane: Naupada women fight over children quarrel, one injured - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Naupada women fight over children quarrel, one injured Friday, 20 November 2015 - 6:50am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki Two mothers fought over their kid's quarrel, which got worse and one got minor injuries and had been admitted in a private hospital. However, the victim was kept under observation for a day and was later discharged. The incident took place around 9.30pm at Chandanwadi of Naupada in Thane on November 13. As per the complaint, the two children were playing together, when the 10-year-old boy allegedly pushed the 9-year-old girl and she got some scratches on her hands when she fell on the ground. So, the mother of the girl, Jyoti Samudre and her elder daughter Padma Samudre and Padma's grandmother went to the boy's house. As the argument led to a fight, the boy's mother Shewanti More, 52, got minor injuries. Also, when More's daughters Suchit Dalvi and Swati Bhillare (who are married) tried to stop the fight, they were also beaten up. As the boy&'s mother had got minor injuries, she was taken to a private hospital and was admitted for a day and has been now discharged. A source from the police station said, The two families always had some or the other issues.They have earlier too have lodged a complaint against each other. They have register a molestation case against each other earlier. Investigation officer A Pardeshi from Naupada police station said, "We have arrested three women grand mother, mother and daughter, and but after a brief investigation, they have been released on bail with a warning to them that they do not repeat this. The victim has been discharged after being admitted for a day, as she had only received minor injuries. The victim in her complaint has also alleged that while the accused was beating them, they have taken the gold chain from both her daughters forcibly. A case has been register against Samudre's family with Naupada police station under sections 452, 323, 504, 427 of 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigating is on.
2015-11-20Architects take lessons on recycling from Thane's no-garbage man - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-20Thane man gets Rs 20000 compensation for train coach cancellation - Mid-Day
Thane man gets Rs 20,000 compensation for train coach cancellation By PTI |Posted 20-Nov-2015 Thane: A consumer court has asked Central Railway authorities to pay Rs 20,000 to a senior citizen who suffered hardship as he was neither informed in advance about cancellation of his coach in train, nor provided proper alternative travel arrangements. The Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum gave the order on a complaint of Pooransingh Mehra of Vadavali in Thane's Ambernath township. He stated that on February 8, 2011, he had booked a ticket to travel on May 2 from Kalyan to Bareilly in train 14313 Mumbai LTT-Bareilly Express. He was issued a confirmed reserved berth no. 60 in AC sleeper coach B-2. However, on the day of journey when he reached Kalyan station, there was an announcement that coach B-1 had been cancelled and B-2 was 14th from the engine. Accordingly, the complainant walked the entire distance and boarded the B-2 coach and occupied berth 60. At Manmad station, the ticket checker asked him to vacate the seat as it was reserved for someone else and informed him that he was allotted a berth in II class sleeper coach which was attached as substitute for B-2. Mehra also said in his complaint that on the day of his journey, there was an announcement at Kalyan station that coach B-1 had been cancelled and B-2 was 14th from engine. But the ticket checker would not listen to him at all and forced him to leave his berth. As a result of the change of berth from AC to non-AC, he had to face hardships in his travel upto Bareilly. Mehra said he did not accept the berth in II class sleeper coach and instead travelled the entire distance sitting on the footboard of coach B-2. He said that he was ill for next five days and had to spend Rs 8,710 on his medical treatment. He also stated that he was diabetic and a heart patient. He sought a refund of Rs 843 travel fare, and also claimed medical expenses of Rs 8,710 and legal expenses. He said that he had sent a notice to the railways for the same, but did not get any response and hence, approached the consumer forum.
Thane man gets Rs 20000 compensation for train coach cancellation - Mid-Day
2015-11-20Thane feels the chill as temp drops to 21C - Times of India
Thane feels the chill as temp drops to 21C Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Nov 20, 2015, 11.26 PM IST Thane: Residents got some respite from the sweltering heat all these days as the temperatures dropped to 21.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday night. This was informed by the officials from the Indian Meterological Department. Even though the night temperatures dropped, during the temperatures hovered between 34 to 36 degrees Celsius. With the onset of winter, many stalls have set up shop at Thane market selling sweaters and other wollens. Morning walkers woke up to a cool and pleasant climate on Friday. "I go out jogging every morning. All these days it has been very humid. But today the weather has been very pleasant and the feeling is just amazing," said Roshan Rai (24), a resident of Waghbil. Some residents claimed that the temperatures along Ghodbunder Road is a few notches below the main city.
2015-11-20Police bust sex racket in Thane - Mid-Day
Police bust sex racket in Thane, two pimps arrested By Agencies |Posted 20-Nov-2015 Two teenaged girls were rescued from Bhiwandi, after police busted a prostitution racket. The raid was carried out on Wednesday night at Kalher lodge on the Thane-Bhiwandi road after which lodge manager Pappu Yadav (19) and pimp Jyoti Madyul (34) were placed under arrest, PI Sakheel Shaikh said. Couple nabbed for trying to force girl into flesh trade The rescued girls are 16 and 18 years old, and one of them is a Bangladeshi national. Both of them are lodged with the women welfare department, Shaikh said. The police also recovered Rs 76,652 cash during the raid. Three from family held for running prostitution racket after victim escapes. A case under sections 370 (buying or disposing of any person), 370A (exploitation of a trafficked person), 372 (selling minor) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 4,8 and 16 of The Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) and sections 3,4,5, and 7 of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) has been registered with the Narpoli police station, Bhiwandi division.
Police bust sex racket in Thane - Mid-Day
2015-11-19Gyandeep Kalamanch of Thane to host acting workshop in December - Daily News & Analysis
Gyandeep Kalamanch of Thane to host acting workshop in December - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-19Jilted lover jumps to death at Thane mall - Daily News & Analysis
Jilted lover jumps to death at Thane mall Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 7:10am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki A 24-year-old man jumped to his death from the fifth floor of a Thane mall, in the jurisdiction of Kapurbawdi police station, reportedly after a girl rejected his marriage proposal. The girl was an employee at the mall. The deceased, identified as Vaibhav Vishnu Ajgekar, used to work in a private firm. He was earlier booked for rape and had come out of the jail just a week ago. Ajgekar went to the mall to meet the girl around afternoon, where he told her that he loved her and wanted to marry her but she turned him down. He then started pleading with her and even warned her that he will commit suicide, but she didn't budge. The very next moment, he jumped off from the fifth floor near the lift space. He was taken to the Cure hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries during an operation. After necessary procedure, his body was hand over to the family. Senior police inspector S D Jadhav said, Ajgekar was a resident of Balkum area in Thane and was continuously harassing the girl. We have registered an accidental death report (ADR) and are investigating further. We have recorded statements of eyewitnesses as well.
Jilted lover jumps to death at Thane mall - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-19Residents raise stink over e-toilets in Thane, Navi Mumbai - Daily News & Analysis
Residents raise stink over e-toilets in Thane, Navi Mumbai - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-19Ravi Pujari allegedly threatens accused in Thane builder suicide case - Daily News & Analysis
Ravi Pujari allegedly threatens accused in Thane builder suicide case Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 11:40pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI A Congress corporator who is one of the accused in the builder Suraj Parmar suicide case has alleged that he received a threat from the fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari. Congress corporator Vikrant Chavan, who alongwith three others is facing a case of abetment following Parmar's suicide here on October 7, received a threatening call on Wednesday. Parmar, in his suicide note, had said that certain corporators and officials at the Thane Municipal Corporation were harassing him for bribes and stalling his projects. According to Chavan, whose pre-arrest bail application is pending before the Bombay High Court and who has got interim protection from arrest, somebody identifying himself as Ravi Pujari called his office in Vartak Nagar in Thane. The caller, according to the complaint filed by Janardan Chikne, a local Congress worker who took the call, said he was Pujari speaking from London, he had invested money in Parmar's projects, and if he didn't recover it, he will bump off Chavan. The caller also said that Chavan should call him back. Inspector B M Daima is carrying out further investigation.
Ravi Pujari allegedly threatens accused in Thane builder suicide case - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-19Piramal Realty launches Vivaan in Thane for Dubai NRIs - Economic Times
Piramal Realty launches Vivaan in Thane for Dubai NRIs By PTI | 19 Nov, 2015, 02.43PM IST MUMBAI: Piramal Realty, the real estate arm of Piramal Group, today launched a premium residential project Vivaan in Balkum, Thane, for NRIs in Dubai. "After its successful launch in India, Piramal Realty, launched a premium residential tower Vivaan exclusively for NRIs in Dubai," the company said in a statement. The project is a part of its residential complex Piramal Vaikunth at Balkum in Thane. Piramal Vaikunth is spread over 32 acres with 14 towers and Vivaan is the central tower of the complex. Vivaan will house 60 2-BHK apartments that range from a carpet area of 949 sq ft to 1,027 sq ft and the bookings for the same will start tomorrow with 30 select residences available at a special offer price. "We aspire to be the most high-quality and the customer- centric real estate company in India. This is our first formal launch in Dubai and we are excited at the prospect," Piramal Group Executive Director Anand Piramal said. He further said the company hopes to see a healthy response for Vivaan as Mumbai is the first choice for NRIs in Dubai and buyers have higher appreciation for high-quality real estate.
Piramal Realty launches Vivaan in Thane for Dubai NRIs - Economic Times
2015-11-19Woman Killed in Wall Collapse in Thane - The New Indian Express
Woman Killed in Wall Collapse in Thane By PTI Published: 19th November 2015 01:18 PM Last Updated: 19th November 2015 01:18 PM THANE: A 20-year-old woman from Kalyan was today killed here when a portion of the compound wall of an under-construction building came crashing down, police said. The victim identified as Veena Ganika, a resident of Triveni Nagar, was on her way to work at about 7.30 AM when a part of the 50 ft high compound wall collapsed burying her on the spot at the road side, they said. The 14-storeyed building is coming up near the old RTO office here where the mishap took place. According to locals, firemen and rescue team reached the spot only after two hours of the incident. The body of the woman has been sent to the hospital for postmortem, Datta Pandre Senior PI of MFC police station said. Police is likely to register a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the builder in question, he said adding further probe is on. City Mayor Rajendra Devlekar, who took a serious view of the mishap, directed the civic administration to carry out an investigation into the collapse and initiate action against those responsible.
2015-11-18Morning walkers beware, chain snatchers on prowl in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Morning walkers beware, chain snatchers on prowl in Thane Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 7:20am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Imran Fazal With temperature levels dipping and the winter season setting in the morning walkers have to be aware of chain snatchers and muggers as they have been advised to avoid wearing chains and mangalsutras as many Thane residents have become the target early morning on desolated locations of Ghodbunder road and other parts of Thane. There has been an increase in morning walkers and joggers in the region from Upvan lake, Kopri 12 bungalows, Ghodbunder road and Balkum in Thane as the winter season have set in as early risers hit the tracks often wearing chains and ornaments especially women and senior citizens. We have been advising people to avoid wearing chains during morning walks so as to not become the victims of chain snatchers and due to cool temperature we walk and jog at the lake when its bit dark, said Dharam Pal, resident of Pokhran road. We have seen a walker being chain snatched near Upvan as bikers quickly vanish in dark but now many of us have avoided wearing the ornaments, said Sunita Mengale, resident of Vartak Nagar, Thane. Gajanan Kabdule, PRO, Thane Police Department, said, We advise people to do not wear chains and ornaments and walk on secluded roads especially women and if there is an emergency call the police helpline number. Despite several awareness programs the residents are trapped by fake police men and handover ornaments and are cheated while our cops patrol the region to protect women and senior citizens walking early mornings, said Kabdule.
2015-11-18Enviro-Vigil to host three-day Environment film festival in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Enviro-Vigil to host three-day Environment film festival in Thane Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 7:35am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh With global warming leading to climatic changes, the future of our environment now depends upon environmental conservation. And to instill this knowledge among the current generation of students, an environment film festival has been organised by Enviro Vigil in Thane in December. In the past few years we have witnessed many environmental changes. Monsoons are late and short, it is post diwali and winter has not arrived yet. All this is happening due to environmental pollution and subsequent global warming. To make the student community aware of these problems a three day film festival on environment will be held in Thane from December 7 to December 9. What is interesting about this festival is that all the movies shown will highlight local problems of Thane. For instance, Thane creek is full with plastics. So we will show a movie about it and have a discussion with students on how to keep the creek clean, says Bhagyashree Grampurohit, Enviro Vigil. There will be 10 to 15 movies shown to school students of Class 7, 8 and 9 and junior college students. The movies will be of the duration of two to 10 minutes each. Besides waste management, the movies willbe about biodiverstity, water conservation, plastic pollution, etc., After every movie there will be a parallel discussion with the children, says she. And there will also be talks about the activities of Enviro Vigil like their Ankur park at Kalwa, green shoppe at Dadoji Kondev Stadium, Thane. The movies will be screened at Gadkari Rangayatan in two batches from 9am to 11am and 12 noon to 2pm for three days. Each batch will have two to three movie screenings and the entry is free.
2015-11-18Thane civic body announces 30% water cut - Daily News & Analysis
Thane civic body announces 30% water cut Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 7:35am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has announced 30% water cut in the city applicable from this week. This means there will be no water for a day in certain parts of the city and in other areas the cut will be for two days every week. The decision on water cut was postponed by the corporation due to Diwali. The cut will be effective beginning this week and the water cut will be from Wednesday 9am to Thursday 9pm. This cut will cover areas like Ghodbunder Road, Mahagiri, Saket, Lokmanya Nagar, Rutu Park, Pachpakhadi, Naupada, Uthalsar, Wagle Estate, Patlipada, Waghbil, Dongripada, Ovala, Retibunder, Mumbra Koliwada and certain parts of Kalwa. Moreover, as Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) also provides water to Thane, there will be no water every Thursday and Friday. These two days water cut will be in Mumbra, Kalwa, Diva, Balkumpada Number 1 and Kolshet. Owing to these water cuts, the water pressure will be low the following days, said Sandip Malvi, public relation officer, TMC. However, Thane mayor Sanjay More said that water cuts for twice a day in certain parts of Thane is too much. People will find it difficult to cope with water cuts for straight two days, says More. Hence, to lessen peoples woes, he has taken up the issue with Thane's guardian minister Eknath Shinde. I have written to Thane's guardian minister that instead of straight two days of water cut, they can have the cuts on alternate days in a week, said More, adding: Moreover, I also wrote that alternate source of water like borewells and wells can be cleaned and made available for secondary use.
Thane civic body announces 30% water cut - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-18​Chhath Puja a grand affair in metropolitan Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Chhath Puja a grand affair in metropolitan Thane Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 6:55am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Imran Fazal With growing population of North Indians in Thane, Chhath Puja this year was a grand affair in the city as women, senior citizens and kids prayed to the Sun god and Chhathi Maiya. In spite of Thane turning into a metropolitan city, the festival was celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm by Hindus, which mainly comprised North Indians. Chhath Puja has greater significance with Hindu people as they celebrate chhath and offer gratitude to the sun for blessing life on earth and granting wishes. Chhath Puja is observed for four days and includes certain rituals like holy bathing, fasting, offering prayers, among other rituals. According to the Hindu calendar, chhath is celebrated on the sixth day in the month of Kartik. On the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja, we prepare prasad and offer it to the sun. On the first day, we cook dishes, including kheer, theku, puris and also offer fruits. The food should ideally be cooked without salt, onion and garlic and the person observing the fast has to consume the meal once in a day that, too, which is cooked using bronze or mango wood utensils, said Suman Pushkar, a resident of Vartak Nagar. Raksha Singh, a resident of Upvan said they fast for 36 hours without drinking water, which is a difficult task. We offer prayers to the sun for giving us light and life and for granting our wishes, Singh said. Praising the city for accommodating the community members, Rakesh Mishra said, Our community members are happy that we are accommodated by the natives of the region as we live peacefully with them and celebrate all the festivals with love and brotherhood. Ravindra Angre, organiser of the Upvan Chhath Puja event, said, Looking at the sentiments of the residents, we organise events and Thane has become a metropolitan city with people from all walks of life living here in peace and celebrating the major as well as their festivals with enthusiasm, said Angre.
​Chhath Puja a grand affair in metropolitan Thane - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-18Thane builder Suraj Parmar's son Abhishek gets threat call - Mumbai Mirror
Thane builder Suraj Parmar's son Abhishek gets threat call By Sanjeev Shivadekar ,Dharmendra Tiwari Mumbai Mirror | Nov 18, 2015, 08.58 AM IST Abhishek Parmar, son of Thane builder Suraj Parmar who committed suicide citing excessive pressure from corporation officials seeking bribes, has alleged that he received a call early on Tuesday warning him not to assist officers investigating his father's death. The call to Abhishek was made from a cell phone between 2 am and 3 am. The man on the other end of the line did not identify himself. VV Laxminarayana, joint commissioner of police (crime), Thane confirmed that such a call had been made. "We are investigating the threat," he told Mumbai Mirror. A police complaint has been registered at Naupada station. "Abhishek says the caller claimed the names mentioned in the suicide case have no connection to his father's death and that the Parmars should be ready to face the consequences if the case is pursued," said senior police inspector M Survase of Naupada police station. Asked whether the complainant had been provided security cover, Survase said, "The case has been lodged. Only after investigations will seniors officials take a decision on security." Abhishek was not available to comment. His cousin Uday Parmar said he was unaware of such threats being issued to the family. Suraj, 45, chairman of the construction group Cosmos and president of the industry body MCHI-CREDAI (Thane), ended his life inside a showcase flat at one of his on-going projects in Kasarvadavli, Thane. Suraj shot himself in the head with his personal firearm. The developer, in a 15-page suicide note, blamed bureaucracy and "harassment" from politicians as primary reasons for killing himself. Earlier this month the Bombay High court granted pre-arrest bail to four corporators of the Thane Municipal Corporation who were allegedly named by the developer in his note. These were: Congress politicians Vikrant Chavan, NCP's Hanumant Jagdale and Najeeb Mulla and former Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator Sudhakar Chavan.
Thane builder Suraj Parmar
2015-11-18Thane cops launch scheme to woo gang of Iranian thieves - Mumbai Mirror
Thane cops launch scheme to woo gang of Iranian thieves By Divyesh Singh, Sadaf Modak Mumbai Mirror | Nov 18, 2015, 09.47 AM IST Rather than pummel them into submission with the Indian Penal Code, the Thane police commissionerate is appealing to the hearts and minds of a tribe of Iranians settled in Ambivali, infamous for thievery and petty infractions. The force has created a support network comprising corporate houses, NGOs and community groups to train young men and women from the tribe, thereby weaning them from crime. A grouping of about 150 families with homes at Indira Nagar make up the community. According to police officials most members of the tribe, as the band describes itself - primarily young men aged 14-17, steal bikes. "These are then sold to other community members who use them in other criminal activities, primarily chain-snatching," said a police officer from Ambivali, who wished to remain unnamed. He added that women in the community handle legal matters as well as serve as an early warning network. Officers claim the group's activities fetch them between Rs 1 crore to Rs 3 crore a month. (According to Thane crime branch records, the amount of gold stolen by the community ranges from Rs 30 crore to Rs 50 crore annually across the MMR region.) In multiple crackdowns for the past six months, police officers have tried various means including imposing the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act to deter them, but without much success. Last month, the police force decided to pivot, holding meetings with the tribe to talk about rehabilitation and job opportunities. Three such gatherings have taken place, each headed by DCP Sanjay Jadhav. "We found that there were some educated youth in the community who want to pursue a career in various industries but lacked guidance. Four of them have desired to join the police force and for that we are providing them guidance and proper training," said Parambir Singh, Commissioner of Police, Thane. "We sought the help of corporate houses, NGOs, the Rotary Club of Kalyan and other organisations and have started providing training to youngsters of the community.Those who are uneducated will learn soft skills and will be helped with placements." On Tuesday, 38 youngsters were met with and their concerns discussed. "The names of those who require financial assistance or help in enrolling for higher education have been taken down," DCP Jadhav said. The community members look at this intervention by the police as the first step towards assimilation. "There are members in the community who have been involved in criminal activities but the stigma is attached to everyone. We want to cooperate with the police and ensure that the bad name given is removed," said Kashmiri Azam, a woman from the community. According to elders of the tribe, they constitute a section of third generation settlers who migrated to India before Independence. The Ambivali Iranians have lived in the neighbourhood for over 40 years. Ali Abbas Jaffer Hussain and Hyder Ali Irani, two class XII students, are among the first few who have entered the programme. "I have seen policemen arresting people from our tribe. I want to be a policeman and put an end to this path of crime chosen by several in my community. I have started working hard and will join the force very soon," said Hussain.
2015-11-18People participation important in energy conservation: Thane professor - Mid-Day
People participation important in energy conservation: Thane professor By PTI |Posted 18-Nov-2015 Thane: City-based professor Dr Sanjay Mangala Gopal has underlined the need of participation of citizens in energy conservation processes. Gopal, who is also a members of International Solar Cities Initiatives (ISCI) and is credited for conducting free energy audit in housing societies of Thane through his NGO Akshay Urja Abhiyan, was speaking at the Solar World Congress, 2015, held at Daegu city of South Korea, last week. On topic 'City of Thane, India: Energy Audit Initiative of Housing Complexes', Gopal said since the launch of the free audit programme in May this year in Thane, the drive has garnered a remarkable response and generated immense public interest. "Public participation is essential. Public partnership in the field comprise government administration as one part, while another participation comes from sectors like educational institutes, NGOs, citizen groups," he said. Gopal on the occasion also highlighted the various efforts undertaken by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for increasing use of renewable energy sources in the city. He said free energy audit at housing societies can be one of the ways to increase common citizens' participation in the energy conservation process. "Till now under the campaign (Akshay Urja Abhiyan), more than 150 building equivalents have been audited and by using energy efficient devices and renewable energy options, energy savings potential ranges from 1,200 units to 15 million units, as per the size of the society," he said.
2015-11-18How about a cycling trail from Thane to Borivali National Park? - I am in dna of India
How about a cycling trail from Thane to Borivali National Park? Trending News Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 12:55pm IST | Aparna Shukla Travel 361 is organising a cycling trail from Thane's Teen haath naka to Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali. In a treat to cycling enthusiasts, Travel 361 is organising a cycling trail starting from Thane, Teen haath naka to Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali."It will be a beautiful experience as the trail that we have chosen is very good for cycling enthusiasts. It is a very good package for less price," said Prasad Joshi, business head for Travel 361.The event will begin at 6.30 am in the morning with an exercise session. "Generally a lot of people who have no prior cycling experience will come to try their hand at it for the first time. We don't want them to injure themselves as their body is not fit. So an exercise session is a must," added Prasad.Fee: 1200 and includes the rent for the cycle, breakfast, health juice, safety vehicle and a ride in an AC bus back to Thane. Date: November 22Time: 6:00 am to 11:30 am Contact person: Prasad Joshi at 95-94-569068
How about a cycling trail from Thane to Borivali National Park? - I am in dna of India
2015-11-187-year-old from Thane in int'l Karate event - Times of India
7-year-old from Thane in intl Karate event Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Nov 19, 2015, 01.43 AM IST Thane: Seven-year-old Pari Thakkar has been selected for the International Karate Championship which will be held at Kajan, Malaysia, from November 21 to 23. Pari has been learning Karate for the past one year and has won many medals in Kumite and Kata martial arts. She had won the gold medal in all-India Kubota championship in August. Pari's father, Chetan Thakkar, said, "We feel every girl should learn martial arts for her self-defence which will eventually help her and others. Also, these activities help an individual to focus better. As parents we want our daughter to do her best and will always support and motivate her in her career choices.
2015-11-17Thane Corporation's garbage collection a fail, residents fume - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-17Thane builder's suicide: Cops record ex-civic chief's statement - Mid-Day
Thane builder's suicide: Cops record ex-civic chief's statement By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 4 hours Ex-municipal commissioner (Thane) Nandkumar Jantre had cleared a few of Parmar's projects during his tenure Officials from Thane Police's Special Squad yesterday recorded the statement of former IAS officer and ex-municipal commissioner (Thane) Nandkumar Jantre in connection with the Suraj Parmar suicide case. Joint Commissioner of Police (Thane) V V Laxminarayana confirmed the development. Jantre's statement was recorded after the police learnt that his brother Suresh, Parmar and three others were partners in Concorde developers. The probe also revealed that the firm had then received Floor Space Index (FSI) of 2.5 for Cosmos Horizon, against the ongoing trend of FSI 1 in Thane. Jantre, the then civic chief, had passed the proposal following MHADA's announcement of giving additional FSI to the builders who build 30% houses for the poor in the project. But MHADA reconsidered its decision and revoked the additional FSI allotted to the builders. Facing financial losses, builders across Thane moved the Bombay High Court and secured relief. The relief was short-lived, as Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) approached the Supreme Court, which stayed the HC's decision of allowing the builders to use FSI of 2.5. Later, corporator Vikrant Chavan, whose name Parmar had mentioned in his multi-paged suicide note, obtained documents of the violations by the Concorde group and appealed to the TMC to stop the project. Chavan is accused of extorting money from Parmar. Cop speak As Jantre knows the details of Parmar's project, his statement was recorded. He had granted permissions to Parmar's projects. We are gathering evidence against the four corporators who found violations in Parmar's project and used it to extort money. Their names have been mentioned in the suicide note, said one of the investigating officers. TMC sources claimed there is a possibility that the police might question two former municipal commissioners too.
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2015-11-17In Condemnation of Thane Rosenbaum's Discriminatory Article - The Times of Israel (blog)
In Condemnation of Thane Rosenbaum's Discriminatory Article Zachary Kolodny November 17, 2015, 10:26 am Thane Rosenbaum proudly proclaimed that, Europe now finally has its very own 9/11 in ablog posthe wrote on the Times of Israel. Now, to be honest, Rosenbaum never explicitly implied happiness at what happened in Paris. This he surely would never do. But there was a disturbing implicit undertone to the whole article. In fact, it appeared that Rosenbaum's euphoria came from a sense that Europeans would finally come around and support the oppression of the Palestinian people out of a common concern shared with the Israelis over terrorism. Some might feel this is an exaggeration, but his articles title (We are all Israelis now) is proof enough. Furthermore, the article attempts to equate two sets of events which are not related. While stabbing attacks against Israelis and the attacks against people in Paris are both tragedies, they are still two very different types of events. The attacks in Paris were not in the context of any sort of present occupation (although they were in the context of American destabilization of the Middle East with the Iraq war). In contrast, the tragic stabbings of Israelis are happening within the context of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians. This is, of course, not to justify the stabbings but rather to explain their origins. The people who are stabbing Israelis have lost hope for their future. The attackers against the Parisians were never under occupation (in their lifetimes) by the French. Furthermore the attack against the Parisians was far more bloody. It is absurd to link these two events together whether it be to accuse Israel of being responsible for the attack due to a failure to resolve the conflict or whether it be to justify the occupation due to the attack. These two tragedies are inherently different, something which Rosenbaum in his performance of incompetence fails to understand. However what is most disturbing about this article is its outright xenophobia and Islamophobia. Hiding behind an intellectual persona, Rosenbaum engages in vile hatred. Rosenbaum complains that ,Muslims tacitly accept the cult of death that has engulfed the Islamic world. For one, this is false due to the fact that many Muslim individuals have objected to terrorism and to the Islamic State especially. We have seen the condemnations by CAIR and Muslim organizations. We have seen the valiant efforts by many Muslim individuals to stand up against extremism in their communities and to distance themselves from dangerous nationalists inside of their communities (like I as a Jew hope to be doing in writing this article with relation to Mr. Rosenbaum). It is true that there are problems with radicalization among a minority ofMuslims, but all communities have extremists. It is unfortunate that Mr. Rosenbaum will not acknowledge these efforts. However (and quite sadly), Rosenbaum's discriminatory rhetoric regresses from that very sorry point. Rosenbaum was not content to slam Muslims in general so he condemned European Muslims in the particular as well saying (and I believe this to be the most vile component of this vile article), The Muslims of Europe have shown little interest in being good neighbors or grateful citizens. Some are hoping for regime change, a continental sweeping away of democracies to be replaced by one vast theocracy, the rule of law forsaken in favor of Sharia and its corrosive effect on human freedom and dignity. If this sounds like classic anti-Semitic rhetoric to a person then their ears are sadly not deceiving them. Rosenbaum is accusing the Muslims of Europe of not being good citizens and of wanting to push their own agenda for the good of themselves over what is good for all of Europe. In short, he is accusing them of dual loyalty, just as the anti-Semites accused the Jews of having dual loyalty. He is spreading absurd rhetoric about how the Muslims of Europe want to institute Sharia law, while failing to recognize the fact that a large portion of the Muslims of Europe were fleeing this type of extremism in the first place. In this situation, Rosenbaum is in agreement with far-right wing Republicans in this country. This article is a dangerous incitement to violence. Although never directly mentioning attacking Muslims and probably not wanting that result himself, Rosenbaum nonetheless has done his part in spreading dangerous and discriminatory rhetoric against Muslims. This is the same rhetoric that leads to people attacking Muslims and committing hate crimes against them. Thane Rosenbaum might appear to be an intellectual and he appears to be well adept at acting like one. But at the end of the day, Rosenbaum is spreading rhetoric similar to that of Ben Carson and Donald Trump but this time in an intellectual tone which easily deceives. But the truth is that Rosenbaum is a dangerous breed of intellectuals. The type who use their mental capabilities for evil. Rosenbaum should not be celebrated inside or outside of the Jewish community as an accomplished individual. Rather we the Jewish community should reject his ideas and isolate him from ourselves. Society as a whole should do the same.
2015-11-17Thane bldr's son warned against pursuing case - Times of India
Breaking News:Thane bldr's son warned against pursuing case TNN| Nov 17, 2015, 11.22 PM IST THANE: Abhishekh Parmar, the elder son of builder Suraj Parmar, who recently committed suicide, on Tuesday registered a complaint against an unidentified person for allegedly threatening him over phone against pursuing the abetment to suicide case in court. Abhishekh, who is in his early 20s, has complained to Naupada police about receiving a threat call on Monday evening when he was at home. Police sources said the call was made from a cellphone believed to be registered with a domestic mobile service provider. It is learnt that the still-to-be-identified caller spoke in Hindi and said, "Case se dur raho (stay away from the case)." Close family sources confirmed the incident but declined to elaborate. Abhishek walked in to the Naupada police station on Tuesday evening and filed a non-cognizable offence in the presence of ACP Dilip Gore, who is investigating the involvement of four corporators who have been accused in Suraj Parmar's abetment to suicide case. The police said the Parmar family has already given security and, if required, additional cover could be provided.
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2015-11-16Thane: Rescued peacocks sent to Pune's Katraj Zoo - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Rescued peacocks sent to Pune
2015-11-16Thane societies in HC over recreation space 'misuse' - Mumbai Mirror
Thane societies in HC over recreation space misuse Mumbai Mirror | Nov 16, 2015, 09.46 AM IST By Alka Dhupkar A society in Thane's Luis Wadi is alleging that another society located nearby has encroached upon its recreation ground by laying paver blocks and using it as a parking lot. In a writ petition filed in the Bombay HC, Solanki Plaza residents have alleged that their building's stilt parking is being used for commercial purpose by Solanki Dham and recreation space is being used for parking. Constructed in 2002, Solanki Paza is home to 24 families while Solanki Dham, built in 1997 under the Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) 'Town Planning Scheme One' has 54 residents. Both societies stand on Final Plot No 119, and it was provided by the builder that residents of both are allowed to use common amenities like the recreation space and parking lots. Residents of the former have also written to the Chief Minister and Thane municipal commissioner after complaints made to TMC town planning authorities failed to resolve the issue. Solanki Dham's residents, however, have rejected the allegations and are blaming the builder, Solanki Developers, for not developing the recreation space. In the petition, Solanki Plaza resident Prasad Walavalkar has alleged that "Solanki Dham has illegally and without any authority, without obtaining any permission from the concerned authority, laid paver blocks and refilled the surface of recreation ground with hard substance, and started using the same for parking vehicles. The petition also alleges that Solanki Dham has constructed a drainage line between the recreation space's eastern side without permissions from the concerned authorities, which has affected the space's original layout and caused damage. It also claims that the several trees on the boundaries of the space common to both societies have been cut down illegally. Santosh Tambat, secretary, Solanki Dham, said, "I deny all allegations. I have evidence how Walavalkar was involved in cutting the trees." Solanki Developers had initially constructed nine garages and stilt parking, which did not figure in the sanctioned plan. However, the garages were constructed without obtaining civic permission, Walavlkar claimed. Following a visit by town planning officials, the executive engineer ordered the restoration of the parking and recreation space on September 23, 2011. On July 31, 2012, the TMC modified this order and directed the builder to obtain permissions for the garages within three months. Walavlkar claims the developer has not done so till date. Tambat said, "We have laid paver blocks for safety, but not on the recreation space. We have permissions from TMC for the drainage line." Nirmal Solanki, who owns Solanki Developersm, told Mumbai Mirror, "The case in the Bombay HC is not against me. I have permission for 14 garages in Solanki Dham, of which nine have been constructed. The Occupation Certificate for this is pending with TMC. I have all sanctioned permissions. I have already surrendered the recreation space, which is to be used by both societies. I have nothing to do with their fight."
2015-11-15Thane: Four different accidents in one day leave one dead, three injured - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Four different accidents in one day leave one dead, three injured Sunday, 15 November 2015 - 8:10am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition On Friday, four accidents were reported within the limits of Thane commissionerate, in which one died and three were injured. The incidents took place at Narpoli, Ambernath, Kapurbawdi and Kasarwadavli. Cases have been filed with the respective police stations and further investigation is on. In the first case at Bhiwandi, the accident happened around 2.30pm near Mankoli naka, where 22-year-old Jagdish Nabhik, who works in a hotel, was walking on the road, along with his friend, when a speeding vehicle hit Nabhik. After the accident, the car fled from the spot. Victim Nabhik has received head injuries and the police are searching for the accused. The second incident took place in Vimco naka at Ambernath around 11pm, when a 35-year-old labourer died after a crane fell on him while he was unloading iron pipelines. The deceased, identified as Dajiram Shivaji Waghmode and a resident of Ambernath, died on the spot. The accused, who was navigating the crane, was identified as Sudhakar Vasant Panghere (30) and has been arrested. In the third incident, which took place at Kapurbawdi, a seven-year-old girl was hit by an autorickshaw, leaving her with a fractured right leg and scratches on the body. Victim Kiran Bhuralal had gone to fetch water on the other side of the road and was hit while crossing the road. The accused is yet to be arrested, but a case has been registered with the Kapurbawdi police station under relevant sections of rash driving and Motor Vehicle Act. In the fourth accident that happened at Anand Nagar on Ghodbunder Road, 22-year-old Gaurav Rajendra Chari, who was aboard a rickshaw and was heading towards Thane, was hit by a private bus. The incident occured around 8pm and though the driver escaped unhurt, the victim has received injuries near his eyes, on both the hands and back. A case has been registered with he Kasarwadavli police station.
2015-11-15Congress Workers Burn Nathuram Godse's Effigy in Thane - NDTV
Congress Workers Burn Nathuram Godse's Effigy in Thane All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 15, 2015 20:20 IST Congress workers in Thane today burnt effigy of Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse on his death anniversary which is being observed by the Hindu outfit Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha as 'Balidan Diwas'. Party workers led by Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) secretary Manoj Shinde protested against Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) and those supporting Godse by burning his effigy at Gandhi Park. They also carried black placards condemning the move of the city-based outfit to build a temple for Godse.The outfit had last year announced to build a temple in memory of Godse. Prior to the protest, Mr Shinde criticised the BJP-Shiv Sena government in the state for failing to arrest inflation during the ongoing festive season. Godse was hanged to death on November 15, 1949 and to commemorate the day, members of ABHM today launched a website in his memory today in Meerut.
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2015-11-15MNS Chief Raj Thackeray Escapes Unhurt in Road Mishap in Thane - NDTV
MNS Chief Raj Thackeray Escapes Unhurt in Road Mishap in Thane All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 15, 2015 22:17 IST Thane: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray today escaped unhurt when his SUV was reportedly hit from behind by one of the cars in his motorcade near a toll plaza in Thane. Nobody was injured in the mishap. The incident occurred in afternoon when Mr Thackeray's motorcade was nearing Kharegaon toll Naka as one of the cars rammed into his Land Cruiser from behind, a local MNS leader said. When contacted, police said they had not registered any case in this regard. Immediately after the incident, the MNS activists arranged for another car for Mr Thackeray who then proceeded to Nashik, the leader added.
MNS Chief Raj Thackeray Escapes Unhurt in Road Mishap in Thane - NDTV
2015-11-15We are all Israelis now - The Times of Israel (blog)
We are all Israelis now Thane Rosenbaum November 15, 2015, 2:42 pm Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist and Distinguished Fellow at NYU School of Law where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture Society. He is the author, most recently, of "How Sweet It Is!" [Less] Welcome to Israel, western world. Now get ready to implement some serious post-9/11 strategies for your national survival. For anyone keeping score, this was inevitable. After all, a caliphate has but one purpose: to spread. Murderous rhetoric was casually dismissed as idle trash talk. When world leaders speak openly of wiping other countries from the map, or when a bloodthirsty wannabe state boasts that its flag will be flown outside the White House, its time to dispense with all that jazz-jive about JV teams. Earth to Europe, start facing the new reality of your continent: Hundreds of people were murdered and maimed in France simply because they aren't Muslims, because they believe in personal freedom and religious tolerance, because they want to live in a world where homosexuals possess human rights, where journalists can report on the world with their heads securely attached to their necks and where women who may wish to divorce their husbands, learn to read, or drive a car, won't lose a limb or be stoned to death. Those are the crimes ISIS believed its European victims had committed. Its the lunacy they live by. Its also the reason why, judging from its relative silence, so many Muslims tacitly accept the cult of death that has engulfed the Islamic world. Far too many believe that apostates and those who mock Muhammad deserve to die. And yet not nearly enough westerners have come to realize that a caliphate blanketing the world is the end of civilization as we know it. If reform doesn't come to Islam soon, this religion of peace is going to be known for one thing only: blowing innocent people to pieces. These killings in France took place just days after the 77th-anniversary of Kristallnacht. The events of this past November 12th, however, may one day come to be remembered as the Night of the Broken Continent. Europeans are now getting more than just a glimpse of what it means to be an Israeli in the Middle East. The Muslims of Europe have shown little interest in being good neighbors or grateful citizens. Some are hoping for regime change, a continental sweeping away of democracies to be replaced by one vast theocracy, the rule of law forsaken in favor of Sharia and its corrosive effect on human freedom and dignity. Hundreds of millions of Muslims believe in an Islam that is fundamentally incompatible with liberal ideals and values. The sooner the western world internalizes this truth speaking of it openly and honestly the sooner it can save its democratic societies and protect its terrorized citizens. France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe, will painfully have to undertake the most drastic changes. The nation that has long extolled its libert may have to explore democracy, Israeli-style, with a security fence barricading no-go zones, or adopt the intrusive CCTV cameras of Britain, or even employ the concessions on civil liberties warrantless surveillances and Patriot Act protections that were made in America. One storyline back in January after the kosher market tragedy was the number of French Jews who were likely to abandon Europe and decamp to Israel not only because France was becoming unsafe for Jews, but because Israeli society was the most experienced in the world in dealing with the scourge of Islamic extremism. Israel was the canary in the coal mine of radical Islam, a nation fighting to retain its democratic ideals while also taking occasional liberties with its liberty. Now the French, no less prideful of its culture and its contribution to European society, will be wrestling with these very same set of contradictions. France will have to undertake its own soul searching. If it chooses not to, it won't be simply the Jews of France looking to make aliyah to Israel. All of Europe may decide that the Negev looks better than the dimming streets in the City of Lights.
2015-11-14Thane: On Children's Day, 300 orphan kids to perform yoga, dance - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: On Children's Day, 300 orphan kids to perform yoga, dance Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 5:35am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Imran Fazal Around 300 orphan kids from Thane on Children's Day would perform yoga early morning and would later dance on Bollywood numbers followed by a special dinner, apart from their daily routine of studies, sports and gossip sessions. The Maa Niketan Orphanage at Pokhran road of Thane has 300 kids, either abandoned by parents or have only old grandparents to look after them. It is run by Society for Helpers of Needy, where 11 sisters nurture kids with care and love. The kids visit schools and colleges have set their routine for the day. Also, the kids on Children's Day will engage in various special activities. On Children's day, we would arrange yoga sessions for our kids and this would start early in the morning, after which special lunch and dinner would be provided to them, followed by DJ night as kids would dance on Bollywood numbers and have fun, said Sister Suman Pavartikaran, member of Maa Niketan. We ensure that our kids feel special on the day, as many of them have been abandoned while few have old guardians to look after them. So, we take care of them and its our responsibility to give them love, said Sister Indumati, director of Maa Niketan. Pooja Thakkar, 20, was brought to the orphanage by her aunt, when she was seven years old and was not told about her parents death. We wait for special events and festivals, so that we enjoy and this year, we would do yoga as its good for health. We enjoy dancing on Bollywood songs. Also, we get special food on Children's Day, said Pooja Thakkar, an orphan. Kadambari Salunkhe, 17, a resident of Thane was brought by her ailing grandparents. We normally have a set of routine for the day. We study and get less time to enjoy, but on Children's Day, we engage in a lot of cultural activities, along with food and music. Also, we would do yoga, said Salunkhe.
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2015-11-14Thane: Crime against children on the rise - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Crime against children on the rise Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 5:42am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki As the city marks yet another Children's Day today, there is a dire need to protect the children as the data available on the Thane police website reveals a shocking data of how crimes against the minors have been on a gradual rise. According to the data, crimes like rape, molestation and kids running away from their homes has seen a steep rise, especially in areas like Bhiwandi, Mumbra, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar. The Thane commissionerate officials have stated that they are trying their best to curb the crimes against children. The officials said to stop crimes like rape and molestation, there needs to be more awareness in the society, the cases of runaway kids are the outcomes of domestic violence. In all the three cases, the cops have stated that in most cases, the family members and relatives are the accused. Children should be taught about good and bad touch so that they can be alert. Many parents must keep a friendly relation with their children, so that they open up about any incidents that they have been victims of, said an official. Children between the age group of 8 to 17 years are the ones who run away from home and the main reason is the household problems, especially financial. The cops said they have found in their investigation of past cases that children get frustrated and misunderstanding between their family and them as well as the pressure from school or parents forces them to flee. Another reasons could also be addiction and depression. Whereas in the case of rape and molestation, children who go through the trauma are pressurised and many times, the accused threaten to kill them. So, many children fall prey to the threats and do not share their ordeal with their family. A Thane-based psychiatrist Dr Shailesh Umate said, In tender age, children are not aware of what is good and what is bad, so we should train them. We should also tell them to scream or shout if they face any such incident. These preventive measures will help in reducing the crimes. Generally, the accused is from the from family and so, even if a child opens up, his or her complaint is rejected. Parents should take children's complaint seriously and should act on it. Madan Bhallal, senior police inspector of the child protection unit (Thane) said, While some run to see new place, while others do not want to study and are tired of their domestic problems. The runaway kids are mainly found at the railway stations and after spending some days on the platforms, they change go to other places or board an outstation train. We keep getting updates from the children home and we also stay in touch with the missing kids family so that we can help them reunite as soon as possible. Molestation 2013 Cases registered 463 Cases detected 425 2014 Cases registered 559 Cases detected 507 Till August 2015 Cases registered 400 Cases detected 311 Rape 2013 Cases registered 182 Cases detected 172 2014 Cases registered 215 Cases detected 204 Till August 2015 Cases registered 178 Cases detected 168 Runaway children 2013 Missing 1,209 Found 858 2014 Missing 1,088 Found 764 Till August 2015 Missing 30 Found 19
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2015-11-14State govt puts up Rs 5cr to revive two Thane lakes - Mumbai Mirror
State govt puts up Rs 5cr to revive two Thane lakes By Yogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror | Nov 14, 2015, 12.34 AM IST Masunda lake in Thane will be revived at a cost of Rs 50 lakhIn a bid to revive two major lakes in Thane and restore its erstwhile tag as the 'City of Lakes', the state environment ministry has sanctioned nearly Rs 5 crore. According to a recent government resolution, Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned to resuscitate Masunda Lake, while Rs 4.26 crore has been set aside for the Kavesar Lake. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has also been told to check pollution of the lakes including the dumping of refuse especially by restaurants in the vicinity. The plan includes getting rid of weeds and other vegetation choking the lakes, de-silting it and beautifying the periphery. A green belt is also planned. For rejuvenating Kavesar Lake, located on Waghbil Road and spread across 2.46 hectares, the GR states that TMC will have to undertake bio-remediation, water quality sampling, set up a monitoring room, toilets and install dustbins. A vermin-composting pit will be set up and a Visarjan Ghat will also be developed. Given the tendency of civic work to be delayed, the TMC has been told to send pictures of the work's progress every two months, and work must be recorded on video. The TMC commissioner has been told to supervise the work and maintain the lake for 10 years. Motor boats have been banned on Kavesar, while pedal boats are allowed. Also, fish smaller than 10 inches in length must not be caught, the government has ordered. Masunda lake was last beautified in 2010 at a cost of Rs 4 crore. Pollution has been a major problem for lakes in Thane and builders have been dumping waste. At some places, lakes are also encroached upon.
2015-11-14Thane cadaver donor gives new lease of life to 5 people - Free Press Journal
Thane cadaver donor gives new lease of life to 5 people By FPJ Bureau Nov 15, 2015 01:21 am We didn't have to convince the relatives at all as they willingly came forward to contribute for the noble cause. Mumbai : A senior citizen from Thane became the 39th cadaver donor in Mumbai on Friday after his kidneys, liver and corneas were donated to five people. The hospital said that the relatives willingly came forward for the noble cause. The donor was admitted to Jupiter Hospital in Thane on Tuesday after suffering from head injuries during a road-accident. The 69-year-old man was on his way to the hospital for a routine blood check-up when a scooter dashed into him which led to serious injuries on his head. Following this, he was rushed to Jupiter Hospital. However, owing to serious injuries on his head, he breathed his last in the hospital after three days. Dr Anirudha Kulkarni, transplant coordinator at Jupiter Hospital, said: We didn't have to convince the relatives at all as they willingly came forward to contribute for the noble cause. Following this, we explained to them about the procedures involved and the time needed for the transplantation. The family was proactive about organ donation and therefore, there was no need of any convincing. The donor was a retired person and is survived by two daughters and son-in-law who gave the consent for the donation, he added. One of the kidneys has been donated to a Jupiter Hospital patient who is a resident of central Mumbai and was on the waiting list for four years. The liver was donated to another patient from the hospital who is a resident of western suburbs and was on the waiting list for a year and a half. Meanwhile, the other kidney has been donated to a Jaslok Hospital patient.
Thane cadaver donor gives new lease of life to 5 people - Free Press Journal
2015-11-13Water crisis: Thane industrialists fear lay-offs if situation doesn't improve - Daily News & Analysis
Water crisis: Thane industrialists fear lay-offs if situation doesn
2015-11-12Thane housing societies join hands for cleanliness drive - Daily News & Analysis
Thane housing societies join hands for cleanliness drive Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 7:50am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Imran Fazal With remains of burnt firecrackers piling on the road post Diwali, residents of as many as six housing societies on Gladys Alvares Road in Thane have taken up the task to keep their surroundings clean. More than 500 residents from these societies will gather with brooms and garbage-collection bins as they sweep the streets to clean the locality. Lok Upvan co-operative housing society association at Tulsi dham Road has vowed to clean the locality during the weekend as revelers burst firecrackers leading to unclean roads and society premises. We have noticed that during weekend, the residents of neighbouring housing societies burst more crackers. So, we decided to clean the roads and the premises during that time, said Ravindra Chaubal, secretary of the committee. It is our responsibility to clean the surroundings as we ourselves make it dirty. Also, it is always good to live in a clean locality, added Chaubal. Despite being in the festival mood, around 500 members would come together to do their bit and clean the locality as it is not only the responsibility of the civic body, which is already reeling under pressure due to lack of manpower, said Prasad Patil, resident of Lok Upvan. Kids and women, too, would join the drive as we want to inculcate the habit to live in a clean and green surrounding, and it is good for environment and us both, said Naresh Kapoor, a resident.
2015-11-11Thane youngsters throng Diwali Pahat - Daily News & Analysis
Thane youngsters throng Diwali Pahat Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 7:05am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh MP Rajan Vichare organised an event at Talao Pali, which was inaugurated by Thane's guardian minister Eknath Shinde. Actors of the Marathi movie Mumbai Pune-2, Swapnil Joshi, Mukta Barve and Sharad Ponkshe, were present to cheer the crowd, along with singer Abhijeet Chavan, who enthralled the audience with his energetic performance. Similarly, Bhavesh Chaudhary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha organised the Diwali Pahat at Ram Maruti Road, where the youngsters grooved to the songs performed by Marathi singer Amey Gawand. November 10 was also Naraka Chaturdashi as per the Hindu calendar and Diwali Pahat programmes saw thousands throng the two venues dressed in traditional outfits. Though Diwali is celebrated by lighting diyas in the evening, Diwali Pahaat is also a popular way of celebrating the festival in the morning in Thane and other parts of central suburbs. Diwali Pahat is popular in Thane and it is the time when we meet our friends and celebrate Diwali together. I wait to celebrate pahat every year, said Sudhakar Patil (20), an attendee. Amey is my favorite singer and it was fun to watch him perform live. Due to hectic work schedule, I don't get time to meet my friends. So, we ensure to meet during Diwali Pahat, said Swati Limaye, 26. For those who missed the two events, there is one more event organised on November 12, titled Abyangrang Lavanyasang at Gadkari Rangayatan at 6am, where singers Chaitanya Kulkarni and Mugdha Karhade will be performing.
2015-11-11Thane streets lit-up to celebrate Diwali - Daily News & Analysis
Thane streets lit-up to celebrate Diwali Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 7:15am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh This Diwali, Thanekars and motorists receives a unique gift from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), all the important entry points in the city and the highway has been well lit-up to celebrate the festival. While citizens are busy buying diyas and lamps to light-up their homes on Diwali, the TMC has already done the needful from their end. All the important chowks, roads, buildings and the highway has been lit-up to celebrate Diwali, says Sandip Malvi, public relation officer, (PRO) TMC. Thus, special lightings have been put up at Anand Dighe Praveshdwar, Vitawa entry point, Ghodbunder Road, Masunda lake, TMC headquarter at Pachpakhadi and TMC ward offices. We have ensured that the streetlights on the highway are also working, says Sanjeev Jaiswal, TMC commissioner, who was personally supervising this task.
2015-11-11Rs 5 lakh burglary at elderly couple's flat in Thane - Times of India
Rs 5 lakh burglary at elderly couple's flat in Thane Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Nov 11, 2015, 09.40 AM IST THANE: Valuables worth Rs 5 lakh were burgled from a flat in a housing complex at Panchpakhadi late on Sunday when the occupants of the house, an elderly couple, were away attending a discourse at a temple. Police inspector Majit Bagga said the burglars targeted the house knowing that the couple was not around.They broke open the lock and entered the house between 9pm and 10.30pm. The burglars broke open the cupboard in the 2BHK flat and stole a mangalsutra, necklace, earrings, and rings, along with cash amounting to Rs 18,000, said the police. Bagga said, "The society has not installed CCTV and the building watchman, too, had gone to have dinner when the burglary took place. The stolen jewellery was bought just a day before the theft."
2015-11-11Thane police launches app for women - The Asian Age
Thane police launches app for women Nov 11, 2015 | Age Correspondent | mumbai Thane rural police has launched a mobile app which will help women victims to sent direct SOS message to the police. The app, launched on November 5, is called FIR and is available on Google play store and soon will be launched on Apple play store also. The 4.33 MB app has been much appreciated in the review column in the Google play store. Till Tuesday evening there had been as many as 10,000 downloads. The aim of the app is to provide immediate help to females and senior citizens. When some one opens the app, they can see a red icon on screen. When the tap the icon the message reaches the police control room of Mira Bhayander. Police officers will respond by calling the number and if no one picks the phone the immediately inform their beat marshals to reach the location. This is possible as the message gives the police information about the victim's location through the GPS system. Using this app, one can save their own number and a alternate number to contact in emergency where police will call. The app was designed by Empire Etech Solutions Pvt Ltd's Harsh Sharma. The team worked on the app for months before it was inaugurated by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday. Commenting on the app, SP of Thane Rural Rajesh Pradhan said, The free app called FIR (First Immediate Response) has been activated for police stations in the Mira-Bhayander region. This is an alternate response for women and senior citizens. We are ensuring that 100 per cent assistance will be provided to the person who taps the help button. According to the sources from Mira-Bhayander police control room, they have received as much as 300 alerts through help until now. A few of them were pranksters who later apologised to police when they immediately called them back.
2015-11-11Vehicular flow at 300 busy spots mapped to ease traffic in Thane - Times of India
Vehicular flow at 300 busy spots mapped to ease traffic in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Nov 11, 2015, 09.35 AM IST THANE: Following repeated complaints of snarls at major city junctions, a survey was commissioned by the civic authorities to a Delhi-based agency to ease the traffic woes. The agency surveyed nearly 300 traffic intersections using CCTV cameras and made a presentation with ways to ease traffic woes at the Teen Hath Naka junction before civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal. The survey recorded the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic during certain hours at individual junctions. Accordingly, solutions were formulated using these inputs and computer simulations. The mechanism devised will be implemented only after seeking the general body approval. Emphasis has been laid on ensuring surface based solutions including lane diversions, pedestrian signals instead of grade separators like subways and FoBs making it cost effective, informed a civic official. The experts are working on minimizing the signal duration and ensuring traffic on service roads do not have to wait at junctions. Jaiswal said they are working on easing travel time of residents. "There are some junctions that witness heavy vehicular flow and need a slew of solutions. We are exploring options and best ones will be implemented," he said.
2015-11-11Meet the sisters who man a Thane auto stand at night - Times of India
Meet the sisters who man a Thane auto stand at night Sharmila Ganesan Ram,TNN Nov 11, 2015, 11.17 PM IST The sequins on her turquoise kurta are making Mahananda Jagtap feel increasingly conspicuous. She folds the sparkly border to disappear into the tungsten glow of road number 33. Her elder sister, Sushma Shirsat, on the other hand, is already wearing her invisibility cloak a maroon nightie as she scans the shady lane that is fast lining up with haphazardly-parked auto rickshaws. Very soon, when it all falls silent, the duo will sit on the two plastic chairs outside with a polythene full of chilli powder, a wooden stick, a torch and three alert strays Dolly, Bandya and Jimmy for company. The arsenal helps the sisters endure the nights here that usually throw up dignified drunks but also deviant stunt bikers who sometimes make cheap conversation. Manning this auto rickshaw parking stand near Thane's Veer Savarkar Nagar is "like pouring oil into your eyes," says Jagtap. But for these two grieving sisters, it is the only available form of revenge. Had their protective younger brother Raju been alive, he would have driven them inside the home much earlier in the evening. "He was lying right here in this room," says Raju's mother, her cataract eyes welling up at the memory of her son who was found burnt alive a year ago. "Don't," Shirsat scolds her mother out of concern. Since the incident in July last year, fighting for justice became the trio's mission statement. But justice costs money. So Jagtap, a Class IX dropout, quit her menial job as a medical supply worker while her widowed sister gave up her post as a mall security guard to do what she calls "another version of security". Together, they decided to run Raju's parking stand that, at Rs 10 per auto a day, brings in roughly Rs 30,000 a month now. Almost half of this kitty vanishes during bi-monthly court visits. But "this is our way of telling the enemies that we aren't broken," says 35-year-old Jagtap. Of course, they were broken. The loss had toppled their lives and overturned their body clocks. Work begins around 9pm and goes on till 6am, during which time they can't afford to nod off. A typical night involves jotting down the payment for close to 90 rickshaws, having a fair idea of where each rickshaw is parked and looking out for thieves and even vandals. "Some scratch the covers with a blade," says Jagtap. Besides, in case of rented rickshaws, the driver who parks and the driver that fetches the rickshaw in the morning may be different. Confusion leads these drivers to rudely wake them up. "'My rickshaw is missing' they shout without even looking," says Jagtap. In the past one year, this has only happened twice. If something goes missing on their time, the sisters have to cough up Rs 1,500. "A battery and a stepni," says Shirsat, though she didn't know the name of the latter then. Initially, they would shiver. Once a biker came up to Jagtap and asked for directions at 2am. Another time, a tussle between neighbours looked so close to culminating in a riot that the sisters almost took an inventory of kitchen items they would use for self-defence. Shirsat still shudders at the sight of corpses being carried to the cemetery nearby. At such times, "I huddle close to my sister in the rickshaw," says 45-year-old Shirsat. Then, there are the literal shivers. To get through the excruciating winter last year, they had to invest Rs 2,000-worth in a bonfire and shroud themselves in layers. Rains can be exacting too for the women who patrol the street with a stick. "We have to sit inside the rickshaw and use an umbrella," says Jagtap. In fact, last year, a couple of blackouts even forced the female vigilantes to make friends with an MSEB employee. "We have even put up a bulb here," says Jagtap, pointing to the palm tree outside her house. Sometimes drivers, who call them 'didi' or 'tai', return the favour by offering free rides to the nearby market. "But I always pay up," says Jagtap. "Why eat into a labourer's income?" Of course, not all drivers are trusting. Just the other morning, for instance, a rickshaw driver stormed into their ground floor house and held them responsible for the leaky pipe. "When we examined it, it was clear that it was the rickshaw driver's own fault," says Jagtap. Twice, when rickshaws went missing, they had to show up at the police station where even lady cops would taunt them. "Why are rickshaws plying far away parked in your stand?" they would ask. "My mouth runs dry," says Jagtap in Hindi, her excellent command over the language stems partly from her job profile. Though the good life seems far away, Jagtap says her job has hardened them. Jagtap has learnt how to pull and park rickshaws and Shirsat, who knows every rickshaw driver in the neighbourhood by his number plate, can extract credit with just her tone. "If you give respect, you get respect," says Shirsat, who has seen neighbours laugh at her job profile. "But that only makes us stronger," adds Shirsat, who is now contemplating hiring a private advocate in place of the court-appointed lawyer. Now, every time Jagtap feels jittery, her brother's face appears before her--a phenomenon she finds strangely calming. "Someday, we want to open a trust for kids in our brother's name," says Jagtap, who also hands out water to thirsty passers-by and rickshaw drivers at night. Acutely aware of the male gaze, they enlist the help of their mother's presence, though cataract, diabetes and high blood pressure have now confined her to the house. A CCTV would be useful but they hear it costs a lot. "We would need a new TV for that," says Jagtap, looking at the defunct grey TV set in her home that the family would never throw out. "It was bought by my brother."
Meet the sisters who man a Thane auto stand at night - Times of India
2015-11-11No lessons learnt from Thane cyclone, Cuddalore district continues to suffer - Times of India
No lessons learnt from Thane cyclone, Cuddalore district continues to suffer Bosco Dominique,TNN Nov 12, 2015, 01.59 AM IST Heavy downpour and strong winds on Monday triggered by a depression off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts reminded the residents of Cuddalore district of the havoc wrought by cyclone Thane in 2011. Thane ripped apart Cuddalore and Villupuram districts and Union territory of Puducherry, killing more than 40 people and destroying property worth several crores of rupees. On Monday, the residents heaved a sigh of relief when the deep depression that threatened to form into a cyclone weakened and moved toward south of Cuddalore town. The damage this time was less but that's only a temporary consolation since the monsoon isn't over yet. The district, the tail-end of Cauvery delta region, which drains six major rivers Thenpennaiyar, Gedilam, Vellar, Kollidam, Manimutharu and Paravanar into the sea, has been periodically marooned by frequent flooding. Kurunjipadi, Chidambaram and Kattumannarkoil taluks located in low-lying regions continue to be the worst-affected areas every monsoon. The residents, particularly the farmers, who face losses after frequent floods destroy their crops, blamed the government for the delay in finding a permanent solution to the recurring problem. The government earlier proposed a series of projects at an estimated cost of 301 crore. The projects included diverting surplus water from Veeranam tank to Kollidam. Moreover the government has also decided to deepen Veeranam Lake at an estimated cost of 44 crore. "The government has not taken up any of the projects for execution it proposed more than four years ago. Instead of spending crores and crores of rupees as compensation to the people affected by flash floods the government must execute the planned projects to prevent flooding," charged Veeranam Pasana Vivasayeegal Sangam president K V Elankeeran. Water users' forums and farm associations have been urging the government to declare the district as disaster-prone so as to avail special concessions and financial assistance from global and national funding agencies. They pointed out that the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh identifies and declares disaster-prone regions and successfully sought funds from various agencies. The forums and farm bodies have also been urging the government to desilt the lakes and water bodies to enhance their water-holding capacity. They pointed out that flooding cannot be prevented in the district unless the full capacity of the water bodies here can be realised during monsoon season. "Excess water from various water bodies drains into the sea and we have been asking the government to construct check dams at Kollidam to store precious water for irrigation purposes," said a farmer.
No lessons learnt from Thane cyclone, Cuddalore district continues to suffer - Times of India
2015-11-11Meet the sisters who manage an auto stand in Thane - Times of India
Meet the sisters who manage an auto stand in Thane Sharmila Ganesan Ram,TNN Nov 12, 2015, 04.00 AM IST The sequins on her turquoise kurta are making Mahananda Jagtap feel increasingly conspicuous. She folds the sparkly border to disappear into the tungsten glow of road number 33. Her elder sister, Sushma Shirsat, on the other hand, is already wearing her invisibility cloak a maroon nightie as she scans the shady lane that is fast lining up with haphazardly-parked auto rickshaws. Very soon, when it all falls silent, the duo will sit on the two plastic chairs outside with a polythene full of chilli powder, a wooden stick, a torch and three alert strays Dolly, Bandya and Jimmy for company. The arsenal helps the sisters endure the nights here that usually throw up dignified drunks but also deviant stunt bikers who sometimes make cheap conversation. Manning this auto rickshaw parking stand near Thane's Veer Savarkar Nagar is "like pouring oil into your eyes," says Jagtap. But for these two grieving sisters, it is the only available form of revenge. Had their protective younger brother Raju been alive, he would have driven them inside the home much earlier in the evening. "He was lying right here in this room," says Raju's mother, her cataract eyes welling up at the memory of her son who was found burnt alive a year ago. "Don't," Shirsat scolds her mother out of concern. Since the incident in July last year, fighting for justice became the trio's mission statement. But justice costs money. So Jagtap, a Class IX dropout, quit her menial job as a medical supply worker while her widowed sister gave up her post as a mall security guard to do what she calls "another version of security". Together, they decided to run Raju's parking stand that, at Rs 10 per auto a day, brings in roughly Rs 30,000 a month now. Almost half of this kitty vanishes during bi-monthly court visits. But "this is our way of telling the enemies that we aren't broken," says 35-year-old Jagtap. Of course, they were broken. The loss had toppled their lives and overturned their body clocks. Work begins around 9pm and goes on till 6am, during which time they can't afford to nod off. A typical night involves jotting down the payment for close to 90 rickshaws, having a fair idea of where each rickshaw is parked and looking out for thieves and even vandals. "Some scratch the covers with a blade," says Jagtap. Besides, in case of rented rickshaws, the driver who parks and the driver that fetches the rickshaw in the morning may be different. Confusion leads these drivers to rudely wake them up. "'My rickshaw is missing' they shout without even looking," says Jagtap. In the last one year, this has only happened twice. If something goes missing on their time, the sisters have to cough up Rs 1,500. "A battery and a stepni," says Shirsat, though she didn't know the name of the latter then. Initially, they would shiver. Once a biker came up to Jagtap and asked for directions at 2am. Another time, a tussle between neighbours looked so close to culminating in a riot that the sisters almost took an inventory of kitchen items they would use for self-defence. Shirsat still shudders at the sight of corpses being carried to the cemetery nearby. At such times, "I huddle close to my sister in the rickshaw," says 45-year-old Shirsat. Then, there are the literal shivers. To get through the excruciating winter last year, they had to invest Rs 2,000-worth in a bonfire and shroud themselves in layers. Rains can be exacting too for the women who patrol the street with a stick. "We have to sit inside the rickshaw and use an umbrella," says Jagtap. In fact, last year, a couple of blackouts even forced the female vigilantes to make friends with an MSEB employee. "We have even put up a bulb here," says Jagtap, pointing to the palm tree outside her house. Sometimes drivers, who call them 'didi' or 'tai', return the favour by offering free rides to the nearby market. "But I always pay up," says Jagtap. "Why eat into a labourer's income?" Of course, not all drivers are trusting. Just the other morning, for instance, a rickshaw driver stormed into their ground floor house and held them responsible for the leaky pipe. "When we examined it, it was clear that it was the rickshaw driver's own fault," says Jagtap. Twice, when rickshaws went missing, they had to show up at the police station where even lady cops would taunt them. "Why are rickshaws plying far away parked in your stand?" they would ask. "My mouth runs dry," says Jagtap in Hindi, her excellent command over the language stems partly from her job profile. Though the good life seems far away, Jagtap says her job has hardened them. Jagtap has learnt how to pull and park rickshaws and Shirsat, who knows every rickshaw driver in the neighbourhood by his number plate, can extract credit with just her tone. "If you give respect, you get respect," says Shirsat, who has seen neighbours laugh at her job profile. "But that only makes us stronger," adds Shirsat, who is now contemplating hiring a private advocate in place of the court-appointed lawyer. Now, every time Jagtap feels jittery, her brother's face appears before her--a phenomenon she finds strangely calming. "Someday, we want to open a trust for kids in our brother's name," says Jagtap, who also hands out water to thirsty passers-by and rickshaw drivers at night. Acutely aware of the male gaze, they enlist the help of their mother's presence, though cataract, diabetes and high blood pressure have now confined her to the house. A CCTV would be useful but they hear it costs a lot. "We would need a new TV for that," says Jagtap, looking at the defunct grey TV set in her home that the family would never throw out. "It was bought by my brother."
Meet the sisters who manage an auto stand in Thane - Times of India
2015-11-10Thane court grants bail to corporator in excess liquour possession case - Times of India
Thane court grants bail to corporator in excess liquour possession case Swati Deshpande,TNN Nov 10, 2015, 02.05 PM IST A Thane court granted bail to TMC corporator and former MNS leader Sudhakar Chavan on Tuesday after his arrest on Monday evening. Thane police had found 62 bottles of foreign liquor from his Yeour house. The police arrested him under the non-bailable charge of possessing hard liquor bottles in excess of the legally permitted dozen. Chavan is one of the four corporators named in the Suraj Parmar suicide case. All four are being investigated for charges of abetment to suicide and criminal misconduct under Prevention of Corruption Act. A police team led by ACP Dilip Gore had gone to Chavan's house in Yeour hills as part of the investigations into Parmar's suicide. While searching they came across 62 bottles of foreign liquor worth Rs 52,200. They were of various brands. When questioned, Chavan was reportedly unable to give a "satisfactory answer'' following which a case was registered at the Vartak Nagar police station under section 65 (E) of the Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949. The section bars possession of extra liquor beyond what the law permits and makes it a non-bailable offence punishable with between three years and five years in jail. Harshad Bhadbhade, advocate for Chavan argued for regular bail for him on Tuesday before the magistrate where the police produced him for remand. The Act bars possession of more than 12 hard liquor bottles of 750 ml each. Possession of any extra bottles is an offence. "The police team was at his house to investigate abetment to suicide and have registered a case against him and arrested Chavan under the Prohibition Act," said Gajanan Kabdule, public relation officer of the Thane police. Chavan's name featured in the Parmar case recently where the developer had allegedly scribbled his name as those seeking bribe from him. He, along with three other corporators had secured anticipatory bail from the High Court till November 23. They were asked to be present before the examining officer daily and cooperate with the investigations. Five-time corporator Chavan entered politics in the early 90's and has had an envious ride from an auto rickshaw driver to a politician. He was arrested under the TADA in the 90's but that didn't end his political career. He joined the Raj Thackeray-led MNS party in 2009 but is an an independent corporator now since April when he ceased to be a party member.
Thane court grants bail to corporator in excess liquour possession case - Times of India
2015-11-10Cracker sale in Thane drops by 50% - Daily News & Analysis
Cracker sale in Thane drops by 50% Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 6:45am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh According to the vendors in Thane, though Diwali preparations are in full swing, people seem to be in no mood for the accompanying noise and pollution. So much so that the sale of crackers has gone down in the district by as much as 50 per cent, all thanks to increasing awareness among the public. This Diwali seems to be all about colours, lights and sweets. Nobody in my family, including children and grandchildren, burst crackers these days. We do not even opt for sparklers or less noisy crackers, as they cause pollution, said Mukesh Sawla, a resident of Thane. The dipping sales of crackers are an evidence of growing awareness. These days children come to our stalls and ask for only colourful crackers due to the awareness drives organised at their schools, inspiring them to observe eco-friendly Diwali, said Sameer Phate, a cracker vendor who has been in the business for the last 18 years. The sales have dropped by almost 40-50 per cent, he said. Another vendor Yashwant Rane, who has been in the business for the last 25 years, agreed with Phate. Rane, who is otherwise employed, takes three days off his work every year during diwali to put up his cracker stall. Even Maratha Fireworks at Kopri, a member of the Thane Fireworks Distributors Association, said there was a dip in the sales by over 40 per cent. There is growing awareness among people about pollution. Also many people did not receive their bonus. This has affected the sales, said an employee. Hopefully, sales will pick up on the day of Diwali, he said.
Cracker sale in Thane drops by 50% - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-10Corporator named in Thane builder's suicide note held for liquor possession - Mid-Day
Corporator named in Thane builder's suicide note held for liquor possession By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 10-Nov-2015 The Thane police yesterday arrested one of the corporators named in the suicide note of deceased Thane builder Suraj Parmar, after a search of his house revealed he had been storing 62 bottles of liquor. The arrested MNS corporator, Sudhakar Chavan, was among the four named by Parmar, who had allegedly paid them off in the past. The other three are NCP corporators Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale and Congress corporator Vikrant Chavan. All four of them were granted interim relief by the Bombay High Court until December 2. However, the police was carrying out searches to gather evidence for the case when they stumbled upon the booze at Sudhakar's Yeoor farmhouse. When we were carrying out house searches to gather evidence against the accused, we searched his farmhouse in Yeoor and found 62 bottles of foreign liquor that included Chivas Regal and Black Label, said Gajanan Kadbule, spokesperson of Thane Police, adding that Sudhakar did not have a liquor permit. ACP BR Gore, who is investigating the matter, had carried out the raid. Sudhakar was booked under Section 65(E) of the Bombay Prohibition Act and will be produced in court today.
Corporator named in Thane builder
2015-11-09Thane learns to party with boom in lounges and pubs - Times of India
Thane learns to party with boom in lounges and pubs Sharmila Ganesan RamSharmila Ganesan Ram,TNN Nov 9, 2015, 07.52 PM IST Few months ago, when Pratik Kasare started scanning Thane's nooks for 28 scrap tyres, a mechanic at Ghodbunder road asked if he was planning to burn corpses. Even the cycle mechanics Kasare approached for a set of 23 roller chains, suspected him of plotting something gory like a street fight. But the cherubic 26-year-old - whose only illicit act till then had been slicing a fully functional Maruti Esteem into two - reassured them that he was merely collecting decor items for his "startup". "I promised them free dinner once it was ready," says Kasare, seated in his automobile-theme lounge, Last Ride, where painted tyres support glass tabletops, fuel pipes double up as alcohol straws and a silencer sneezes fog intermittently. "They haven't turned up yet," he laughs. Set up in August, the lounge is opposite Viviana mall is one of about eight restrobars that have quietly ushered nightlife into the lake city in the last couple of years. Two lounge bars - one of which has a giant stained glass sculpture of the Statue of Liberty above the bar - mark the north end of the busy Gladys Alvares road now. A few other are along the lucrative Eastern Express Highway while still others camp near or inside Thane's buzzing malls. One restobar, in fact, is hidden inside a dead mall here, shrouded in black. This means that Thane now stays up long enough to discover that LIIT is not an educational institution and that requests for mainstream chartbusters in the middle of heavy electronica, are probably best avoided. This change in the otherwise quiet nocturnal landscape comes courtesy of the boom in the local residential and commercial projects coupled with cheaper real estate. It was "changing infrastructure and attractive rents" that attracted Sachin Jawale, the CEO of Rude Lounge, to set up a branch in Thane two years ago. Though it took a year for Rude, that has five other branches in Mumbai, to reach a reasonable sales figure in Thane, people have warmed to the offerings of Bhatti ka murg, Africano chicken, chicken textile and good music. Jawale says he now sees clients coming from as far as Ghatkopar. "People now prefer casual dining to fine dining," he reasons. Besides, with MNCs such as TCS in the neighbourhood, Thane also bears the promise of a ready, entertainment-hungry market. "We were getting bored with the regular visits to restaurants in malls," says Nikhil Taldel, a civil engineer who has been working in Thane for the past three years. "Now there are more options for partying," says Taldel, who now visits White Castle, a lounge that opens in Ovala once a week, and has even hosted an office party there. "There is no dearth of young crowds," says Vijay Raj Singh, food and beverages manager at Vibes, a lounge tucked away inside a three-star hotel. One of the first lounges to come up in Thane - five years ago, it seems unfazed by the fresh competition. "It helps to have a USP," says Singh, whose lounge is the only place that serves Beera, a Scottish-ale style beer. Besides, an assortment of kebabs and a free Wi-Fi musical service that allows patrons to play songs from their cellphones, frequently pulls foreigners staying in Powai to the lounge, reveals Singh, who has discovered several Arabic songs this way. Of course, the restobars couched in malls have to deal with restrictions on time and sound but Joseph Gomes, manager of Slice of Lime, a cozy, slightly-hidden restobar in Viviana mall, finds that the footfalls make up for it. "There are over 250 big brands in the mall and so, people who come are ready to spend on the ambience," says Gomes, who counts among his regular clients a Thane-based Russian who drops in every day for a draught beer. However, according to Kasare, price is the biggest draw. "That is what ensures repeat clients in Thane," says Kasare of Last Ride, which offers a pint of Kingfisher for Rs 145 and a 12-inch pizza for Rs 250. His clients include, apart from corporate crowds and couples, families looking for a plate of classic American fish and chips. While the "food traffic" is good, cocktails need to be introduced to the nascent local market, says Kasare who achieves this by offering complimentary drinks such as lemongrass martinis and LIITs in seven flavours, one of which is called Patrik's - an anagram of his name, Pratik. For locals, of course, a burgeoning nightlife close to home is a boon. It has been two years since Suraj Chauhan, a 27-year-old banker from Thane, last stepped out of Thane for a pint. "I can now save on travel and stag entry charges," says the bachelor. Of course, there is a small trade-off. Chauhan who last visited Parel's blueFROG when USA dance legend DJ Venom played there, now spends almost every weekend at Last Ride, where trance nights are interrupted by sudden requests for regional chartbusters. However, Kasare makes sure to deflect these with his favourite disclaimer: "This is not a baraat."
Thane learns to party with boom in lounges and pubs - Times of India
2015-11-09Thane-Borivli commuters hit as 9 TMT Volvos go off rd - Times of India
Thane-Borivli commuters hit as 9 TMT Volvos go off rd Manoj Badgeri,TNN Nov 9, 2015, 11.03 PM IST Thane: Commuters travelling along Thane-Borivli route are in for major hardships as the nine newly-inducted Volvo buses have developed snags and have been taken off the road. The total number of buses plying along this route is 22. The TMT had recently procured nearly 30 buses under JNNURM and added them to its fleet. However, within a few months, nine buses have either developed minor snags or suffered damages. The TMT has failed to carry out maintenance work of these buses and so they have been lying at Mulla Baug and Neelkanth heights depots since the last few weeks. The nine buses ply along Thane-Andheri and Thane-Borivli route. The snags has left commuters with no option but o either travel by crowded buses or by alternate means of transport. "Often during peak hours there are no TMT buses to Borivli. We often had to travel by crowded BEST buses," said Meenakshi Sharma, a regular commuter. Meanwhile, taking these buses off road has also affected the earnings of the undertaking. The TMT is losing nearly Rs 20,000 per bus daily. "We are suffering huge losses as these are major routes and we earn considerably profitable. We are trying our best to manage the crowd with limited buses. But at times due to traffic there are no buses available," said a TMT official. However, sources said that the staff at the TMT workshop is not trained to handle repairs of these hi-tech buses. So, it is causing a delay in repairing the buses. The buses have come with a maintenance clause but the management is yet to communicate with the authorities and get them repaired, said an official. When contacted, Sudhir Raut, manager of TMT, agreed that the buses were off the road and said that maintenance work is on and the buses will hit the streets soon. "We have asked the Volvo company to help us with the repairs. We hope to start operations of these buses at the earliest," said Raut. The TMT had recently procured nearly 30 buses under JNNURM and added them to its fleet. However, within a few months, nine buses have either developed minor snags or suffered damages. The TMT has failed to carry out maintenance work of these buses and so they have been lying at Mulla Baug and Neelkanth heights depots.
2015-11-08Diwali is to feast on leftover food, says Thane's scrap dealer - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-08Thane: Patient dies in accident, Nashik ambulance driver booked - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Patient dies in accident, Nashik ambulance driver booked Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 7:30am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki The Narpoli police have booked an ambulance driver from Nashik after he met with an accident, which led to the death of the patient whom he was driving from Nashik to KEM hospital. According to the cops, patient Sanjay Shankar Sonawane (48) was suffering from jaundice and was in critical condition. He was being shifted from a private hospital in Nashik to KEM when on October 10, the ambulance driver lost control over the wheels and hit a trailer around 12.45pm. The accident took place in Diva village, which falls under the Narpoli police jurisdiction. After the accident, the patient was taken back to Nashik and he succumbed to his injuries during the treatment on November 6. A case has been registered against driver Ghansham Jadhav with the Narpoli police station under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 304a (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicle Act 184. Jadhav, who is in his 30s has not been arrested yet. A police official said, We have alerted the Nashik police and we will soon arrest the driver.
2015-11-08Month after Parmar suicide, another Thane builder sends SOS to CM Devendra ... - The Indian Express
Month after Parmar suicide, another Thane builder sends SOS to CM Devendra Fadnavis Written by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | Published:November 9, 2015 12:43 am A MONTH after 46-year-old builder Suraj Parmar shot himself leaving behind a suicide note in which he alleged harassment by politicians and municipal officials, another Thane builder has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking help against those allegedly stalling his ongoing building project in the satellite town. In his 18-page letter to the CM, the builder has named Congress corporator Narayan Pawar. The Indian Express accessed a copy of this letter that was also marked to Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh. Though Parmar too had named politicians in his suicide note, he had later scribbled out these as an afterthought. Four politicians named in Thane builder suicide note get pre arrest bail Thane builder suicide: Suraj Parmar was under pressure even after he set irregularities right, show records Thane builder's suicide: Cops name 4 corporators after they move court for anticipatory bail Thane builder suicide: Suicide-note analysed, 4 corporators under scanner Thane cracks down on politician-official nexus extorting from builders Before suicide note, Mumbai builder Suraj Parmar sent CM Devendra Fadnavis a letter The Indian Express had reported earlier that Thane, a real estate hot spot, was experiencing the presence of an alleged cartel of elected municipal corporators and officials known among builders and officials as the Golden Gang. The gang allegedly uses official forums, including the Standing Committee and general body meetings of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), to stall real estate projects raising allegations regarding irregularities and then demand payoffs. R G Pataskar, partner, Shree Yogeshwar Developers, has alleged in his letter that Pawar had used various dubious means and was allegedly exerting immense pressure on the Thane town planning authorities to delay issuance of the occupation certificate to a highrise building project undertaken out by them on a 1.75 lakh square feet land near Ghodbunder. Pataskar has also claimed that Pawar's associates had been pressurising him to pay bribes, a charge vehemently denied by Pawar when contacted for comments. He said, I have no personal interest in the builder's project. But I had raised the issue after receiving a complaint that one of the owners of the plots had been deceived by the builders. It is baseless to allege that I or my associates have demanded payoffs from him. Pataskar pointed out that none of the contentions being raised by Pawar had been accepted by courts. We have been forced to fight as many as 36 cases in various courts due to frivolous litigations, Pataskar said. The contention finds mention in his letter to Fadnavis. Besides various court orders, the 74-year-old builder who is also a practising architect, has attached official documents to his correspondence, including a court affidavit by a senior Thane town planning officer where he has admitted that the construction work had been according to sanctioned plans. Pawar confirmed that he did not represent the municipal ward where the project was being undertaken, but asked: As an elected representative, don't I reserve the right to raise issues in public interest? While Fadnavis was unavailable for comments, Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said, I am yet to go through the contents of the letter. These would be verified and appropriate action taken under law. Sanjay Ghadigaonkar, Congress group leader in the TMC, meanwhile, said he was unaware of any such complaint. We (the party) would first look into the merits of the complaint. Based on this, the party would further look into the matter. he said. Pataskar has demanded a probe into the matter. Ideally, the projects should have been completed in two-and-a-half years. But despite abiding by all norms and building according to approved plans, the project has been stalled for eight years, throwing viability numbers off gear, said Pataskar's son Amol, also a partner in the firm. I feel cornered from all sides. I am under tremendous mental strain, Pataskar has said in his letter. He has cited the extreme step Parmar had taken to justify his demand. Pawar, meanwhile, argued that the Parmar episode was being used to muzzle genuine complaints from corporators.
2015-11-08Thane: Children make the most of Diwali vacation at Balmahotsav - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Children make the most of Diwali vacation at Balmahotsav Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 7:15am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh Diwali vacations have begun for school children and to ensure that they make the most of their holiday, a children's festival Balmahotsav has been organised at Ghodbunder Road from Saturday and it will go on till November 17. The festival, which is organised by Vinod Memorial Welfare Society (VMWS), has many events like workshops, competitions, sport tournaments, among others for kids and the entry is free. We are in the third year of the festival. Initially, it was started for Thane kids, but we have seen kids from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai participate too, said Mukesh Thomare, founder-chairman of the society. On the first day on Saturday, the festival witnessed a participation of over 120 children in solo and group dance competition at a dance studio in Swastik Regalia complex on Wagh bill road. In the solo category, there were 100 participants, of which 20 were selected and in group dance, 10 of 20 groups have been selected, he said. Similarly, there was a teamwork and time management workshop organised for children in the age group of 10 to 16 years and this workshop too saw a participation of 100 kids. The workshop was conducted by Praful Gajare and Gowri Yoganand from Esplndido Soft Skills and Image Consultants. The two-day workshop was held at Vijaynagari club house and today, the finalists will be selected, who will participate in the finals to be held on November 16 at Hermes Ground, Hiranandani Estate. In the sports category too, on November 14 there will be a football tournament, ring football tournament, box cricket tournament and badminton tournament. There will also be essay writing, skating, chess and painting competition, along with treasure hunt and other activities. The festival will conclude on November 17 with prize distribution ceremony. VMWS is an NGO working towards the development of educational and sports facilities for children in Thane rural.
2015-11-08Thane cops arrest two history-sheeters, recover gold jewellery worth Rs 27 lakh - Daily News & Analysis
Thane cops arrest two history-sheeters, recover gold jewellery worth Rs 27 lakh Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 7:15am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki Acting on a tip-off, the Thane crime branch unit 1 has arrested two history-sheeters involved in chain snatching, especially of the senior women within the Thane commissionerate. During interrogation, the duo has confessed to committing the theft at 37 places and during search operation, the cops have recovered vehicles and 1kg of gold jewellery worth Rs27 lakh. The cops are now investigating of their other link-ups. The two have been identified as Shahidali Sarfaraz Asna Ashri (26) and Faisal Ali Yusuf Ali Shaikh (20) and both are residents of Mumbra. According to the cops, on November 6, the Thane crime branch unit 1 received a tip-off about the accused and senior police officer Nitin Thackeray alerted his team and laid a plan to arrest them. The accused were arrested from Reti Bunder in Mumbra. A police official said, The accused duo are friends and they have committed the snatching at Naupada, Kalwa, Mumbra, Kopri, Kasarwadavli, Wagle Estate, Mahatma Phule (Kalyan) and Kapurbawdi. The accused have mainly targeted the city area and their main spot was the highway road as it is easy to escape from there. He added that they have revealed the names of two other friends, who are also involved in snatching. They have sold some gold in Bhopal. We are investigating and the recovery is on. Also, we are searching for the other two accused, he said.
Thane cops arrest two history-sheeters, recover gold jewellery worth Rs 27 lakh - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-08Thane resident to give key note address at solar world congress - Daily News & Analysis
Thane resident to give key note address at solar world congress Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 6:50am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha During the times when most nations are battling with the changing climatic conditions, the International Solar Energy Society will be organising a world congress in South Korea and Thane's Dr Sanjay Mangala Gopal has been invited for the congress. The conference starts today and will go on till 12 November in Dongdaegu. Dr Gopal is an associate professor and head of non-conventional energy sources laboratory (mechanical engineering department) at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) and his areas of research are renewable energy, rural development, sustainable development and using renewable energy in cities. At the conference, representatives from 110 countries will participate and speak about climatic changes, steps taken to minimise the effect and what measures will be taken to promote the renewable source of energy. he will be talking about free energy audits conducted across the housing societies in Thane at the conference. Dr Gopal, along with his NGO Akshaya Urja, has played an important role in implementing energy audits across societies in Thane. Hence, bringing down their effective monthly and yearly costing and power consumption as well. Till now, energy audit for about 100 housing societies have been undertaken by the NGO. Dr Gopal has been invited by Green School Korea University and School for Environmental Studies, Korean National University and thus, he will address the students of these two renowned universities about implementing the renewable sources of energy. He will also guide the social workers from Korean Citizen Movement for Environmental Justice (CMEJ). Talking about visit and implementation of energy audits across Thane societies, Dr Gopal said, It is a great achievement and the respective societies across the city gave a positive response. People have now believed that making small changes in the existing set-up can bring big difference. Though it took time to convince them, but it is good to see how easily societies agreed for the energy audits and implement the suggested changes.
2015-11-08Thane: Kolshet road to open for motorists by Diwali? - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Kolshet road to open for motorists by Diwali? Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 6:45am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh If all goes well then Thane motorists might have a perfect Diwali gift. Thane mayor Sanjay More has asked the traffic department to open Kolshet road at the earliest. Though the Kapurbawdi flyover was thrown open for the public, Kolshet road continued to remain closed causing inconvenience to the motorists who had to take alternative route to reach Kapurbawdi junction. I have directed the traffic department to open the road by Diwali, said More. He has also asked the department to install signals on the road for the safety of motorists and pedestrians. As installing of signals will take time, I have asked them to deploy a traffic constable on that spot to manage traffic, More added.
2015-11-08Diwali 2015: Special kids from Thane prepare 4000 lanterns in a month - Daily News & Analysis
Diwali 2015: Special kids from Thane prepare 4,000 lanterns in a month Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 7:05am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Imran Fazal Many customers purchase beautiful lanterns on the street of Ram Maruti road in Thane, where around 10 special kids impaired with hearing and speech, are co-ordinating with each other to prepare beautiful lanterns. Their 50-year-old employer, an entrepreneur, attends his customers and guide the special employees simultaneously. Kailash Desale, a Thane resident, is happy to see his employees working with dedication and hard work. The kids prepare around 100 to 150 lanterns per day. Since past one month, around 10 special youth and kids have prepared 4,000 lanterns. Desale calls this team as fantastic 10 and their work is referred as Dus ka Dum. I realised that employers often turn these youth and kids down for the job, so, I decided to employ these special children, who have been rejected by others. This way, they could earn money and can celebrate Diwali with enthusiasm, said Kailash Desale, entrepreneur. They are given money over each lantern they prepare. This job requires team work and co-ordination. While some work on the designs and patterns, others prepare it and give finishing touches to these lanterns, he added. Nilesh Dhobale, 27, a HSC passout, who is a Thane resident, said, I am learning arts and creativity, as these activities do not require hearing or speaking capabilities. We are glad that we have a job and also that the lanterns we prepare will light many houses during Diwali. There are less people in the city who provide employment opportunities. Also, working here is fun as we all come together to creat a beautiful lantern, said Priyanka Bubera, 23, a special person.
2015-11-08Month after Thane builder suicide, another sends SOS to CM Devendra Fadnavis - The Indian Express
2015-11-08Thane: Rescued star tortoises have nowhere to go - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Rescued star tortoises have nowhere to go Monday, 9 November 2015 - 5:25am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna | From the print edition Virat A Singh With a number of star tortoises being rescued in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and other, the lack of space available with NGOs and the forest department to keep them has become a major cause of worry. In fact, the Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) has put forth a proposal to the forest department to set up a rescue and transit facility at Karnala bird sanctuary, where the tortoises can be sheltered for a while before being released into their natural habitat. Star tortoises are a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and are very popular in the illegal pet market. People consider them lucky and as a harbinger of good fortune. Debashish Majumdar, vice-president, TSPCA, said that, in the last two months, they must have got at least 200 star tortoises, varying from 10 cm to a few feet long. While a majority were seized from shops, others were pets that were either abandoned or given up by owners. Where do they go? We have run out of space to keep them. Even the forest department does not have adequate room, Majumdar said. Star tortoises require a lot of care and upkeep and it was during a meeting with the conservator of forests, Karnala, that TSPCA mooted a rescue and transit facility. There are a few empty enclosures that were built, which can now be converted into a facility for star tortoises. Even some turtles can be kept there by providing similar facilities in their natural habitat like sun-basking areas, since most of them die due to lack of sun basking. Once they learn to survive, they can be released into their natural habitat, said Majumdar. He said that the TSPCA was ready to raise funds for the facility. Several activists who have been rescuing star tortoises, flapshell turtles and others, claim that, at times, they feel sad that the lives of these animals become worse after rescue since the forest department keeps them in small boxes, plastic trays and on concrete floors. Most of them don't survive. What is the purpose of rescuing them if they continue to suffer? Hence, having a good facility is extremely important. In fact, recently, after 112 star tortoises were rescued by the forest department from illegal pet shops, they had no space to keep them. So, we took them to the Byculla zoo. What if we get 200 more in the coming months? Where would we take them? said Pawan Sharma, president of RAWW, an NGO working on urban wildlife. Divisional forest officer (anti-poaching) Pravin Patil agreed that there was an urgent need for such a facility. We have discussed the proposal with TSPCA and we will surely work together to ensure that such a facility is set up soon, said Patil.
Thane: Rescued star tortoises have nowhere to go - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-07Thane's chivda queen goes international, Indians abroad to munch on her faral - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-07Male rangoli artists gain popularity in Thane and Navi Mumbai - Daily News & Analysis
Male rangoli artists gain popularity in Thane and Navi Mumbai Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 7:00am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Imran Fazal The Indian cultural mindset that rangoli making is a women obsession, when during Diwali often housewives take the initiative to decorate the verandah with beautiful carpet rangoli designs. But since past two years the number of male rangoli artists have grown threefold in Thane and Navi Mumbai as the craze for portrait and huge rangoli designs have gained popularity. Rangoli making has turned into a good money making business for the male counterparts, while on the other hand women look at it as hobby. For several men in Thane and Navi Mumbai rangoli making and participating in competitions have become a source of earning during festivals. The number of male artists have grown since past two years, while many young hands are trying to learn the art simultaneously. For Ved Katti, rangoli is a passion which he started 20 years back. He initiated an institute called Rangvalli Parivar in Thane which now has 150 active members and is associated with around 26,000 artists across state. We have seen a steady rise in male artists as the portrait and huge rangoli design requires immense patience. It requires at least 8-10 hours to decorate the rangolis depending on the design, said Ved Katti. Women show more interest in basic designs or carpet designs which takes less effort and are less time consuming. Earlier, 15 years back, we never used to get a single call from the client, but now calls have increased. Clients have to be satisfied with the designs and art, so mostly men indulge in such activities now, said Katti. During Diwali I normally earn around Rs10,000 to Rs15,000 which is mostly because of team work and the money is equally distributed among the artists, said Ashwin Dhuri, rangoli artist from Navi Mumbai. For Karan Saini, the art which was just a hobby turned him into a full time rangoli artist and a teacher, I teach at art institutes and attend competitions. I get clients across Maharashtra, be it shopping malls or government functions and this art has become popular since past decade, said Saini.
Male rangoli artists gain popularity in Thane and Navi Mumbai - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-07Thane to get seamless WiFi in six months - Times of India
Thane to get seamless WiFi in six months TNN Nov 7, 2015, 11.19 PM IST THANE: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has revealed his plans to provide seamless WiFi connectivity in Thane within six months. His announcement on Friday came a day after CM Devendra Fadnavis announced free WiFi connectivity for Thane residents. As per the plans, the entire Thane civic area would be covered under the WiFi zone through 200 access points that will cater to users within 250-m radius. Residents will be able to access the internet at the speed of 512kbps after registering with the service provider. Users can seamlessly access the WiFi facility while travelling within the civic limits using their unique user ID and password. The CM while inaugurating a hi-tech CCTV system for Thane on Thursday had emphasized on the need for such smart moves. Jaiswal is believed to have apprised Fadnavis of his plans and also got a go-ahead. Users will be charged a nominal one-time fee of Rs 100. The TMC and the service provider will note details of users to ensure the sytem is not misused and track people.
2015-11-07Thane Municipal commissioner takes stern action against erring civic officials - Times of India
Thane Municipal commissioner takes stern action against erring civic officials Manoj Badgeri, TNN | Nov 7, 2015, 10.39PM IST THANE: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has stopped the increment of 11 civic clerks after he found that they were not performing to the desired standards. The decision was taken at a late evening review meeting of property and tax collection on Saturday and is believed to be a stern warning for non-performing officials. "The officials were found to be non conversant with the amended tax rates and failed to present satisfactory answers when questioned by the commissioner about certain key issues related to the property and water tax collections. Following this, the commissioner has decided to stop their increment for one year," said deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi. Following a recent review of the half yearly performance of tax collections, commissioner had asked all his departments especially the water and property tax heads to step up drives and ensure they meet the targets. Though, the corporation managed to shore up nearly Rs 200 crores more this year than what it had earned in the first two quarters last fiscal, commissioner Jaiswal has made it clear about ensuring a cent per cent tax collections this year. Senior officials including tax inspectors and their deputies have also been warned of action if they fail to perform and officials from the water department have also been asked to step up drives to keep a tab on the water distribution network in the city. The bold action taken on the eve of the festive season is also likely to send a strong message to other civic officials in the administration about non-tolerance towards poor performance.
2015-11-06Thane set to become a Wi-Fi city, says Devendra Fadnavis - Daily News & Analysis
Thane set to become a Wi-Fi city, says Devendra Fadnavis Friday, 6 November 2015 - 7:00am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday inaugurated the digital control room and website of Thane Traffic police. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister spoke about how electronic surveillance has become important in the wake of limited manpower and stated that Thane is set to become a Wi-Fi city in the next few years. The chief minister said that the Maharashtra police has two lakh officials and in such a situation electronic surveillance plays a very mportant role. With the increase in population and limited manpower, it is all the more important to curtail the increasing crime rate. The usage of electronic surveillance can help reduce the crime rate and like Pune, even Thane can become a safe city with such surveillance, he said. Fadnavis said that in the past few years the detection rate of the Maharashta police have increased to 42% from 9% earlier. Hopefully, in the next five years, Maharashtra will rank number one in the country in terms of crime detection rate, he said. He applauded the efforts of the police to go digital and said that in the past six months all the police stations in the state and their 1.5 crore records have gone online. By establishing the digital control room, Thane has taken an important step in the direction of becoming a smart city, he said. He congratulated Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal for the decision to instal 1,500 CCTVs in the city and the efforts to make it a Wi-Fi city. The CCTVs that will be installed soon at various focal points in Thane, will be manned by the Thane police. The CCTVs, the police say, will help them bring down the crime rate in the city.
Thane set to become a Wi-Fi city, says Devendra Fadnavis - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-06Thane: 'Civic body not a service provider' rules consumer fourm and rejects claim - Times of India
Thane: 'Civic body not a service provider' rules consumer fourm and rejects claim Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Nov 6, 2015, 06.06 PM IST THANE: The Thane district consumer redressal forum recently turned down a Bhiwandi citizen's plea of deficiency in service against the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation after the former demanded reimbursement towards medical treatment after travelling on bad roads. The forum said that the civic body was not a service provider in the real sense of the term. Forum chairperson Manohar Mankar and members Madhuri Vishwarupe and ND Kadam said that the civic body was not providing any service by constructing the roads or repairing them. "It is their duty as per the law. There is no consumer-service provider relation. The complainant does not pay any compensation to the civic body for the work it carried out. Payment of tax does not mean payment of compensation," observed the forum. The complaint was filed by Manoj Kanji Hariya, a resident of Mahavir Society in Bhiwandi. Hariya demanded reimbursement of Rs 30,000 from the local self-governing body towards the medical expense to treat his 76-year-old mother's chronic back problem. Hariya had argued that the poor road infrastructure in the township was the reason for his mother's back problem which required hospitalization and treatment. The poor maintenance of roads by the municipal corporation had caused agony and pain for the elderly women, he claimed. While the forum partially agreed with the complainant's argument that it was the responsibility of the corporation to construct good public roads and ensure its timely repair and maintenance as stated in Section 63 of the Corporations Act, it observed that this function does not qualify as a service. The plea for Rs 30,000 compensation from the municipal corporation was rejected by the forum and the complaint dismissed as it was outside the purview of the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.
2015-11-06Thane rural police launches SOS mobile app - Times of India
Thane rural police launches SOS mobile app Sandhya Nair,TNN Nov 6, 2015, 08.38 PM IST THANE: The Thane rural police has launched a mobile phone application that will help victims send SOS messages to cops. The free app called 'FIR' (First Immediate Response) has been activated for police stations in the Mira-Bhayander region. The app works on both Android and iOS phones. How does it work? You download and install the app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id+com.aakarsoft.followme) You register your details, including your identity, contact number (including alternate number) and email. In case of distress, the victim (who has registered with the app) presses the 'FIR' button on his/her cellphone. The name, phone number and location of the victim will flash on the monitor installed in the control room at the Mira Road police station The officer monitoring the app will contact the concerned police station - Bhayander (west), Navghar, Utan, Mira Road, Naya Nagar or Kashimira - who would then reach the spot. On the press of a 'help' button the user's geo location (using GPS of mobile device) will be sent to the police control room," said Ajaz Khatib, director, Empire Etech Solutions Pvt Ltd that has designed the app. After the button is pressed, the user gets a message that his SOS has reached the control room and help is on its way, said Harsh Sharma, who designed the app along with Khatib and Iqbal Mahadik. The team worked on the app for months before it was inaugurated by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday.
2015-11-05After beef, Thane Jains seek ban on firecrackers - Daily News & Analysis
After beef, Thane Jains seek ban on firecrackers Thursday, 5 November 2015 - 7:00am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Imran Fazal In a move that may not go down well with the majority community, the 50,000-strong Jain community in Thane has appealed to its members to shun firecrackers this Diwali. The move assumes significance as it comes a couple of weeks after the controversy over the ban on beef during the Jain fasting period of Paryushan. In fact, the community elders are pressing for a blanket ban on crackers altogether. The members of the Rajasthani Jain Sangh, one of the oldest associations in the city that runs many Jain temples, has urged the youths and children to celebrate the festival which starts from November 9 without causing harm to the environment and birds and animals. The Sangh is appealing to the visitors to the 150-year-old Jain temple in Tembhi Naka to say no to crackers. If the youths pay heed to their appeal, the Sangh plans to give away gifts and awards in the form of certificate to them. The members will be spreading a word among their neighbours, friends as well as colleagues with an aim to reach out to maximum people. We want children to learn from an early age itself about their responsibilities towards Mother Nature. It is important that they are aware of the ways to not disturb the lives of birds and animals in their surroundings, said Uttamchand Solanki, president of the Sangh. So we have planned to give gift to kids who avoid bursting firecrackers. The aim is to encourage them to celebrate Diwali without causing pollution and not harming animals and birds, added Solanki. Gunwant Salecha, another community member, said, Diwali can be celebrated without disturbing the environment. Its known as the festival of lights, and we want kids from the community to celebrate it without troubling birds and animals. Also, we can suffer from breathing problems because of pollution or end up with burn injuries due to firecrackers. So, we want to completely avoid this way of celebration, Salecha added. Members of other communities are not taking too kindly to the initiative of the Jains. All these years, they never voiced their demands politically or for imposition on everyone. But now, the Jains are becoming increasingly vocal about their demands, even if for seemingly right causes. This is interference and is bound to provoke others, said Naupada resident Dilip Hajwane.
After beef, Thane Jains seek ban on firecrackers - Daily News & Analysis
2015-11-05Thane: Missing youth found murdered, decapitated body exhumed - Mid-Day
Thane: Missing youth found murdered, decapitated body exhumed By PTI |Posted 3 hours Thane: A 20-year-old youth, who had been missing from Digha in the district since May, was allegedly murdered over a dispute and his decapitated body was buried on a hillock, police said today.According to police, the torso of the victim, Shabbir Shaikh, was exhumed from the hillock in Hilton Pada locality at Digha in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday. Police had started investigations into the matter, after the mother of another youth Suhail Qureshi, who had gone missing at the same time, filed a missing person's report with the police for her son, DCP Crime Parag Manere told a news conference. During the probe, police nabbed two youths from Digha identified as Dipak alias Sam Walmiki and Mohammad Choudhari alias Babu."During the interrogation, the duo revealed that Walmiki was in love with Shabbir's sister. They had a tiff over the issue as Shabbir opposed Walmiki's move. As a result of this, the arrested duo, along with their friends, beheaded Shabbir and buried his torso in the hillock and threw the head in the nearby lake," police said.The police exhumed the torso yesterday, while the head is yet to be traced. The whereabouts of Suhail were not yet known, police said. A case has been registered in this regard and further investigation was on, police added.
Thane: Missing youth found murdered, decapitated body exhumed - Mid-Day
2015-11-05Corporators vs city builders dominates Thane civic body meeting - ETRealty.com
Corporators vs city builders dominates Thane civic body meeting Making an emotional pitch at being allegedly victimized by the administration, the corporators taking part in a TMC general body meeting said after builder Suraj Parmar's suicide any issue raised by them against the illegalities are being treated with suspicion Manoj Badgeri TNN 05 November 2015, 8:05 AM IST THANE: Cutting across party lines, corporators on Wednesday voiced their ire at being "unnecessary harassed" and "targeted" by the police for voicing violations by builders. They even offered to withdraw their arguments and complaints of illegalities committed by builders. Making an emotional pitch at being allegedly victimized by the administration, the corporators taking part in a TMC general body meeting said after builder Suraj Parmar's suicide any issue raised by them against the illegalities are being treated with suspicion. The opposition later boycotted the meeting following which the meeting was wrapped up within an hour. Nearly 25 crucial issues were approved by majority vote. The issue was raised during the zero hour discussion by Kalwa NCP corporator Milind Patil who complained to the general body that he has been receiving threats, saying he would be implicated in a suicide abetment case. Patil said the person had reportedly put up illegal banners in his ward and when he tried to alert the civic body he started getting threats. "The contractor had taken permission for one area and put up hoardings in another. After I asked the administration about its status, he started calling me and sending messages saying he will end his life and threatened to implicate me," Patil told the body. Fellow corporators further cited the Parmar case and expressed concern over the manner how elected representatives were being harassed for raising issues related to violations. NCP Amit Saraiya from Vartak Nagar said he was taking back all the questions raised by him against violations by developers in the city. Party colleagues Shanu Pathan and Mukund Keni from Kalwa also said they were doing the same. Training guns on the administration, Congress leader Sanjay Ghadigaonkar accused the administration of selectively targeting corporators who were raising issues related to irregularities in the city. "It seems certain officials from the administration are misusing powers and selectively targeting corporators who repeatedly raise issues. This has to stop," he said. BJP corporator Milind Patankar said he was surprised how information of complaints or queries about certain projects were being passed on to builders. Sena corporator Sudhir Bhagat questioned the House what was wrong in exercising rights as elected representatives and questioning illegalities in the city. Party colleague Vilas Samant asked for protection for corporators. Repeated requests to the Mayor for a ruling met with no response following which the opposition staged a walkout. However, as the required quorum was maintained, the meeting continued and 25 issues were passed with majority vote, municipal secretary Manish Joshi said.
Corporators vs city builders dominates Thane civic body meeting - ETRealty.com
2015-11-05Thane builder suicide: HC grants early hearing on anticipatory bail plea of 4 ... - The Indian Express
Thane builder suicide: HC grants early hearing on anticipatory bail plea of 4 corporators By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 6, 2015 1:01 am Parmar had shot himself on Oct 7, leaving behind a 13-page suicide note blaming red tape and harassmentby corporators. The Bombay High Court Thursday granted an early hearing in the matter pertaining to the anticipatory bail petitions of four corporators from the Thane Municipal Corporation who were allegedly named by builder Suraj Parmar in his suicide note. The High Court had on November 3 granted interim protection from arrest to Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (ex- MNS corporator) and posted the hearing of their pre-arrest bail pleas to December 2. But the matter has now been posted for November 23, following the prosecution's request for an earlier hearing. The corporators had filed anticipatory bail applications against the FIR lodged under provisions of the IPC, Criminal Procedure Code and Prevention of Corruption Act. Public prosecutor Raja Thakare mentioned the matter before a vacation bench headed by Justice Ravi Deshpande and sought hearing at the earliest saying it was a sensitive case and the four corporators were facing some serious allegations. All four of them will now also have to submit their respective replies to the notice issued to them by the vacation bench by November 23. Four politicians named in Thane builder's suicide note get pre arrest bail Thane builder suicide: Kin of ex-Thane civic chief was Parmar's partner Thane builder suicide: Suraj Parmar was under pressure even after he set irregularities right, show records Thane builder suicide: Court rejects anticipatory bail plea of four corporators Thane builder's suicide: Cops name 4 corporators after they move court for anticipatory bail Thane builder suicide: Suicide-note analysed, 4 corporators under scanner The lawyer appearing for the corporators, Harshad Bhadbhade, also said that Hanumant Jagdale was the leader of the house and needed to attend the general body meeting of TMC on November 20, and requested that the matter be kept thereafter. Parmar had shot himself at his under-construction building on October 7, leaving behind a 13-page suicide note blaming red tape and harassment by corporators, politicians and civic officials. Parmar also allegedly named some of the people who were harassing him, but had later crossed out the names, while scribbling that he feared that his family would be harassed. The letter was subsequently sent to a forensic science laboratory to find out the crossed out names.
Thane builder suicide: HC grants early hearing on anticipatory bail plea of 4 ... - The Indian Express
2015-11-05Illegal bldgs: 3 corporators from Thane disqualified - Times of India
Illegal bldgs: 3 corporators from Thane disqualified TNN - Manoj Badgeri Nov 5, 2015, 12.19 PM IST THANE: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Tuesday disqualified three corporators, one of them from the ruling Shiv Sena, after a long quasi-judicial probe concluded their active involvement in building and protecting illegal structures and also assaulting an on-duty civic official. The three corporators include Shailesh Patil (MNS), Ram Egade (Shiv Sena) and Manohar Salvi (NCP) from Diva, Khopat and Kalwa respectively. An inquiry by the IAS officer had found that Pail had constructed a multi-storeyed structure on his land without any permission, while Egade was indicted for buying an illegal property in his ward in his wife's name. The decision to disqualify Salvi was taken after the probe confirmed that he was actively involved in preventing the process of evacuation of residents from an illegal building and had also assaulted assistant municipal commissioner Ghansyam Thorat. The civic administration's proposal to disqualify the three corporators was raised in the general body a few times, but no action was taken. Finally, a hearing was held in the municipal commissioner's office on Monday and the decision to sack the corporators was announced on Tuesday. This is believed to be the first such action in the recent history of the Thane Municipal Corporation.
2015-11-057-hr power cut in Thane, Kalwa today - Times of India
7-hr power cut in Thane, Kalwa today TNN Nov 5, 2015, 11.55 PM IST Thane: There will be a power cut from 10am to 5pm in Thane and Kalwa on Friday as officials of MSEDCL will be working on a 22KV line. The areas to be affected include Ganpati pada, Phule Nagar, Ishwar Nagar, Anand Nagar, Waghoba Nagar, Bhola Nagar and Samrat Ashok Nagar.
2015-11-04Thane police to establish command center to monitor CCTV footage - Times of India
Thane police to establish command center to monitor CCTV footage Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Nov 4, 2015, 09.15 PM IST THANE: Circa 2016. Shalini Bhoir is busy discussing vacation plans on her phone, while walking towards her home in Vasant Vihar when two bike-borne teens suddenly show up and snatch away her diamond pendant. The police identifies the two accused in less than 24 hours and a crack team is on its way to pick them up from a drinking joint. This could soon be a reality if the police start relying on CCTV footage received at a command centre in the police headquarters. This is used in identifying the accused, their bike numbers and in tracking them down. The Thane police are in the process of setting up the command centre to get the feeds and/or visuals from the CCTV cameras installed at different points - on the lines of how Pune police investigates. Presently, different locations in the city are under CCTV surveillance. The cameras have been installed from funds of corporators and monitored at the local level. However, by setting up the command centre, the feed and/or visuals will be connected to the headquarters so that the cops can keep a vigil on any movement on the roads. This will act as a deterrent to anti-social elements, said police joint commissioner V V Laxmi Narayana. The IPS officer recently visited Pune to study the setup of the command centre and its working, so that they could plan accordingly on the first floor hall of the Thane police headquarters. The police first plans to install several huge screens at the command centre which will receive the CCTV feed from across the city. "In the first phase, 18 cameras installed at Kalwa naka shall be connected to the command centre," the senior police officer said. Control room sleuths shall view live streaming of the videos on computers and the wall-size screen. They will inform local police stations if they notice any crime or traffic issues, added the officer. This team will also handle the public address and wireless systems. Later, feeds of CCTVs installed at housing complexes will be connected to the command centre to deter thefts and other crimes. Sena leader Rajan Vichare has committed to fund the project from his MP fund of Rs 50 lakh. This is possibly the first project to be carried out by the Thane police via etendering.
2015-11-04Thane athlete to bag state's highest sports achiever award - Times of India
Thane athlete to bag state's highest sports achiever award B B Nayak,TNN Nov 4, 2015, 10.52 AM IST THANE: City's most prolific athlete and international medalist Shraddha Ghule (25) has once again made her lake city proud, as she has been picked to receive the highest sports achiever award from state government tagged Shiv Chhatrapati award for her excellence in track and field events in her professional career spanning for over a decade now. She was considered for the coveted title for her performance in 2012-13 as the department of sports and youth services endorsed her name for the award. "This award was well awai ted after spending years in vigorous training that resulted into winning a bunch of medals at district, state, national and even international stages. It means a lot to me that put me in the select band of awardees being honoured by the state government. This has motivated me a lot," said Ghule.
2015-11-04Consumer court fines contractor for unfinished repairs | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Consumer court fines contractor for unfinished repairs NYOOOZ Thane Wed,04 Nov 2015 THANE: The Thane district consumer redressal forum recently directed a Kalyan-based civil works contractor to compensate for the unfinished work and harrassment caused to a doctor from Kalyan. The forum president, Manohar Mankar and members Madhuri Vishwarupe and N D Kadam ruled that the contractor - Radheshyam Verma, should pay Rs 5,000 as compensation and another Rs 1,000 as fine towards legal expenses to Dr Ramesh Badgujkar for failing to execute the task of repairs for which Verma was paid an advance of Rs 14,000 in December 2014. Dr Badgujar, a Kalyan resident, had complained that Verma was given the task to repair his house and to carry out the work of plastering and painting before Diwali last year. However, the contractor, according to the doctor, failed in completing the task. In fact, he left the work mid-way despite accepting the advance. The doctor pursued the case with the contractor, who chose to be unresponsive. Dr Badgujar then moved the consumer forum seeking redressal of his complaint against Verma.The forum, based on the photographs of the unfinished work, held the contractor guilty of deficiency in his services and directed Verma to immediately pay Rs 6,000 as compensation and fine. The forum ruled that if Verma fails to make the payment, he will have to pay an interest of nine per cent till realization of the amount.
2015-11-04Amsterdam Republican Mike Villa Defeats Democratic Mayor Ann Thane - WAMC
Amsterdam Republican Mike Villa Defeats Democratic Mayor Ann Thane By Lucas Willard 56 minutes ago After eight years, the city of Amsterdam will have a new mayor. As WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Republican challenger Mike Villa ousted incumbent Democratic mayor Ann Thane on election night. With about two-thirds of the vote, Republican Mike Villa was elected to a four-year term. A retired policeman and welfare fraud investigator, the son of former Amsterdam mayor Mario Villa said he's pleased the voters agreed with his message. I think they spoke loud and clear last night that not only did they agree but that they agreed wholeheartedly. On the campaign trail, Villa often spoke out against blight in the Montgomery County city that is home to about 18,000 people. Once a manufacturing hub of the Mohawk Valley, the city is grappling with high poverty. According to the U.S. census bureau, approximately 23 percent of city residents lived below the poverty line between 2009 and 2013. Villa said it will take a united effort to tackle blight and revitalize neighborhoods. Its going to take a team effort of not only city officials but state and federal and partnering with our neighbors and doing what we can of our own DPW crew and that of Montgomery County, and just put together as many resources to address it as possible. But it has to be addressed. Campaign signs dominated sidewalks and curbs in Amsterdam over the past few months. Villa said he believes voters clicked with his ideas during a two-hour debate on October 22nd. Villa said his transition process begins right away. He said he spoke with the outgoing mayor after the numbers were in Tuesday night. She called me somewhere around 10:30 and we had a nice conversation and I look forward to a smooth transition. We both have the city's interests in heart, we just have different visions on how to accomplish it. So I think the transition will be a smooth one and we'll get done what needs to be done so that on January 1 we have all the tools in place to guide Amsterdam. Thane did return a message Wednesday, but addressed her supporters via Facebook after her defeat, asking city residents to please help this new mayor succeed. During her term, Thane focused much of her efforts in marketing the city for tourism and improving the waterfront. In an interview with WAMC in September, Thane said she believed Amsterdam was headed in the right direction. We're beginning to see the positive effects of our efforts. So we just want to make this all pedestrian friendly, and we're easily accessed off of the Thruway, off of the river, off of the train station. We're just a natural we're at the cusp of real change. So it's an exciting time for us," said Thane. Thane thanked those who supported her over the past eight years. She said I now get to follow a new path which is tremendously exciting for me and called her time as mayor the best job she's ever had.
Amsterdam Republican Mike Villa Defeats Democratic Mayor Ann Thane - WAMC
2015-11-03Eco-friendly Diwali celebration drive begins in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Eco-friendly Diwali celebration drive begins in Thane Tuesday, 3 November 2015 - 7:40am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha With environmentalists and NGOs spreading the message of eco-friendly Diwali celebration, children too have joined hands for a noiseless and pollution-free Diwali. Students group from Pokharan and Ghodbunder Road will form a human chain at the end of this week to spread awareness about green Diwali among citizens. Apart from forming human chain, kids from societies like Garden Enclave, Vedant, Prestige Garden and others have decided to put banners and posters at their society premises and convey the message: No to crackers and opt for eco-friendly Diwali. Avantika Patel, mother of 11-year-old Roshni: said: Kids stick to directions and messages given by their teachers. Students have been asked for an eco-friendly Diwali celebration. Hence, my daughter has asked us and other family members not to burst crackers and we will definitely listen to her. Sajal N Lal, a student of Vasant Vihar School, said: Our teacher told us that crackers are not safe for our environment and we should say no to it. Last year, I had burnt my hands while bursting crackers, so this year i am saying no to crackers and have also asked my friends to join me in this initiative. The kids have also planned a door-to-door initiative to explain people about the ill-effects of burning crackers and why it is necessary to say no to crackers. The biggest change that could be seen is that kids are being responsible and are taking environment-friendly initiatives. Their thinking has made a big difference and we are sure to achieve a positive result, adds Anubhav Kasar, a senior resident.
2015-11-03Tech snag at Thane - Times of India
Tech snag at Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Nov 3, 2015, 07.44 AM IST THANE: A tech snag in the overhead equipment was reported near Thane on the down slow line. Slow trains towards Kalyan were diverted on fast line leading to delay in schedules. The incident was reported around 10:45pm after the guard of a passing train alerted the Thane station officials of some part of the Kopri road over bridge interfering with the OHE equipment leading to its failure. All traffic between Vikroli and Thane was been diverted on down fast line between these stretch. Officials rushed to the spot to check the situation and said the diversion will be in force till a safety clearance is issued by the technical staff. Thousands of late night commuters travelling back home from work had to face inconvenience following the incident.
2015-11-03Four politicians named in Thane builder's suicide note get pre arrest bail - The Indian Express
Four politicians named in Thane builders suicide note get pre arrest bail Written by Aamir Khan | Mumbai | Published:November 4, 2015 1:09 am Suraj Parmar The Bombay High Court Tuesday granted pre arrest bail to four corporators of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) who were allegedly named by builder Suraj Parmar in his suicide note. The applications of Congress Vikrant Chavan and NCP's Hanumant Jagdale and Najeeb Mulla and ex MNS corporator Sudhakar Chavan were allowed besides the vacation judge asking them furnish a bond of Rs 1 lakh each. Justice R K Deshpande also issued notices to all four corporators and asked them file their replies by December 2. They had their anticipatory bail applications against the FIR lodged under provisions of the IPC, Criminal Procedure Code and Prevention of Corruption Act. Senior counsel Shirish Gupte argued that Parmar in his diary had mentioned about a 150 crore tax liability. Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare contested defense arguments saying all four had been evading police and had switched off phones since the incident took place. Parmar had shot himself at his under-construction building on October 7, leaving behind a 13-page suicide note blaming red tape and harassment by corporators, politicians and civic officials. He also allegedly named some of the people who were harassing him, but had later crossed out the names, while scribbling that he feared that his family would be harassed. The letter was subsequently sent to a forensic science laboratory to find out the crossed out names. Joint Commissioner of Police V V Laxminarayan had earlier confirmed that the FSL had sent the forensic analysis report to the police. He, however, refused to comment on the names. Sources said that four corporators were named by Parmar in his suicide note, and their role was being investigated. The Indian Express had earlier reported how the Golden Gang a coterie of politicians and officials was allegedly involved in stalling projects to extort money from builders in Thane.
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2015-11-03Illegal constructions: Three Thane corporators disqualified after probe - The Indian Express
Illegal constructions: Three Thane corporators disqualified after probe NCP's Manohar Salvi, Shiv Sena's Ram Egade and MNS's Shailesh Patil were named in three different cases. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 4, 2015 1:05 am The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) issued orders disqualifying three corporators Tuesday, one from the Shiv Sena, another from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and a third from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), following inquiries against them for alleged illegal constructions. The TMC decided to disqualify NCP's Manohar Salvi, Shiv Sena's Ram Egade, and MNS's Shailesh Patil under Section 10(1) D of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act after a final hearing of the corporators with Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Monday. A TMC spokesperson said the three corporators were allegedly involved in three different cases of illegal construction in Thane district. We conducted an inquiry as per due process. The decision is final from our side. The disqualified corporators are free to appeal against it in the courts, he said. Patil is alleged to have carried out illegal construction on his own plot. Egade is alleged to have purchased an illegally constructed property in the name of his wife, while Salvi had allegedly obstructed the demolition of an illegal construction and bashed up a TMC official in the case. Unauthorised constructions have been a problem across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Real estate analysts estimate about 2 lakh homes of the approximate 2.8 lakh houses across Thane and the Kalwa-Mumbra-Diva townships are un authorised. Two years ago, at least 74 people died as a building, constructed illegally in Mumbra under TMC's jurisdiction, upper floors collapsed. Separately, the TMC also issued a circular on Tuesday to streamline the approval process for development permissions from the TMC, about a month after Thane builder Suraj Parmar allegedly committed suicide complaining about red-tape holding back clearances. A TMC official said, Earlier, middlemen and architects used to submit development proposals seeking incentives and relaxations. Now, we have put in place a proper system where the architect will have to submit a fact sheet of the proposal containing main features, approvability as per the Development Control regulations, relaxations sought with reasons and compliance of conditions. The pre-application proposals will be scrutinised at the level of the deputy engineer before submission. Similarly, the TMC has also laid down a clear map for the processing of proposals post application.
Illegal constructions: Three Thane corporators disqualified after probe - The Indian Express
2015-11-03Nerul housing society ordered to compensate row house owner by Thane consumer ... - ETRealty.com
Nerul housing society ordered to compensate row house owner by Thane consumer forum The Forum stated that the office bearers had caused deficiency in service and are liable to compensate Murzelo George Mendonca TNN 03 November 2015, 2:00 PM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The Additional Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum has ordered a Nerul housing society to register Danial Murzelo (40), owner of a row house in the society, as a member. The society has also been asked to compensate Murzelo by paying him Rs 15,000 for the mental agony he suffered and Rs 5,000 towards litigation charges. Murzelo had alleged that office bearers of Prarthana Co-operative Housing Society in sector 18A, Nerul were deliberately harassing him by not registering his name as a member. He also claimed that he was regularly paying maintenance charges but the office bearers were issuing the receipts in the name of original flat owner, C D Surve. This was in an attempt to deliberately try and prevent Murzelo from becoming a member and enjoying the benefits of the membership, he said. The Forum stated that the office bearers had caused deficiency in service and are liable to compensate Murzelo. Society secretary Shivaji Sonawane said, "The office bearers will challenge the order of the Additional Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum." He also alleged that Murzelo had neither obtained an occupation certificate from NMMC nor was he paying the outstanding construction charges to the society, thus defying the society's norms. "The amount was Rs 35,000 initially and it is now around Rs 2 lakh, including the interest accrued," said Sonawane. He added that there are 45 row houses in the society and it is only Murzelo who is defying society rules. "He has even constructed an additional floor illegally on his G+1 structure. Despite our complaints, NMMC has not taken any action. We also have initiated recovery procedures under Section 101 of Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act and a recovery order had been issued against Surve. In 2011, we had sent legal notice to Murzelo, requesting him to pay dues of Rs 1.64 lakh, which the complainant had not paid." Meanwhile, the Forum stated that the society is trying to illegally assert their authority by demanding the dues of the earlier defaulter from Murzelo, whereas the Registrar-appointed administrator of the society had issued an NOC for sale of the house, now owned by Murzelo, stating that there were no dues pending. They added that it was the society's duty to recover the dues from Surve and not from the complainant.
Nerul housing society ordered to compensate row house owner by Thane consumer ... - ETRealty.com
2015-11-033 die in suburban train mishaps in Thane - Business Standard
3 die in suburban train mishaps in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha) Last Updated at November 3, 2015 22:32 IST Three persons including an 18-year-old youth today died in separate accidents on suburban trains in Mumbra in the district, railway police said. An 18-year-old unidentified boy fell down from the local train and died this morning. His body has been sent for postmortem, an official with Central Railway Police Control Room said. In separate incidents between 9 and 10 AM, two persons who travelled on the roof of the train were electrocuted to death in Mumbra, he said. The deceased have been identified as Shabbiar Hussain and Altaf Aftab Alam sheikh, the officer said, adding all the incidents occurred on the UP track and investigations are underway.
2015-11-03Thane athlete to bag state's highest sports achiever award - Times of India
Thane athlete to bag state's highest sports achiever award B B Nayak | Nov 4, 2015, 01.24 AM IST THANE: City's most prolific athlete and international medalist Shraddha Ghule (25) has once again made her lake city proud, as she has been picked to receive the highest sports achiever award from state government tagged Shiv Chhatrapati award for her excellence in track and field events in her professional career spanning for over a decade now. She was considered for the coveted title for her performance in 2012-13 as the department of sports and youth services endorsed her name for the award. "This award was well awaited after spending years in vigorous training that resulted into winning a bunch of medals at district, state, national and even international stages. It means a lot to me that put me in the select band of awardees being honoured by the state government. This has motivated me a lot," said Ghule.
2015-11-02Thane builder suicide: Suraj Parmar was under pressure even after he set ... - The Indian Express
Thane builder suicide: Suraj Parmar was under pressure even after he set irregularities right, show records Written by Sandeep Ashar | Mumbai | Published:November 2, 2015 7:05 am Suraj Parmar Three weeks after Thane builder Suraj Parmar shot himself leaving behind a suicide note alleging harassment by politicians and officials, it has emerged that those suspected to be demanding payoffs from him allegedly continued pressurising him even after he had set right irregularities in his building projects. The Indian Express had reported earlier that Thane, Mumbai's largest satellite town, is home to an alleged cartel of elected municipal corporators and officials known among builders and officials as the Golden Gang that uses official forums including the Standing Committee and the General Body Meetings of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to stall real estate projects by raising allegations of irregularities and then demanding bribes. Thane Police are investigating records including minutes of the Standing Committee and General Body Meetings and official correspondence written by at least four corporators regarding Parmar's projects. The four, belonging to various political parties, have argued that they were well within their rights to raise issues of irregularities in building projects in TMC's official forums. The four corporators Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP), Vikrant Chavan (Congress) and Sudhakar Chavan (Independent) are under investigation after forensic tests concluded that Parmar's suicide note had named them, though the names were scribbled out. Official records accessed by The Indian Express show a coterie of corporators exerted pressure on the civic administration in Thane even after Parmar had complied with conditions for regularising deficiencies including payment of penalties. Investigators are now probing whether the correspondence by the corporators can be linked to demands for payoffs made to Parmar and his firms. Investigators are in particular checking correspondence by these corporators regarding two projects, Cosmos Horizon and Cosmos Pearl. Parmar had specially referred to these in a five-page letter to municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on May 30, 2015. The letter, accessed by The Indian Express, states, Some so called social workers are unnecessarily harassing me and have targetted me alleging and complaining against the development carried out in each and every one of my projects. These people are forcing municipal authorities to declare the legal development carried out by me as illegal forcing them to cancel the permissions issued or slap stop work notices on these. They have explored all means to defame my reputation. Due to pressure from the said persons, civic authorities are now afraid to grant any permission to our projects. On May 24, 2010, the then Thane civic chief Nandkumar Jantre first permitted an FSI of 2.5, meaning permissible construction of up to 2.5 times the plot area, for Cosmos Horizon, a luxury residential complex on Pokhran Road. While residential development on private plots in Thane are generally allowed an FSI of 1, the higher FSI was sanctioned under a special state government scheme in which builders would construct low-cost housing for the Maharashtra Housing And Area Development Authority (MHADA) on 30 per cent of the allotted built-up space. In the case of Cosmos Horizon, this ran into legal trouble after the state scrapped the scheme on May 11, 2011, prompting MHADA to revoke the letter of intent issued to Parmar's firm. Parmar challenged it in Bombay High Court, which ruled in his favour on October 19, 2011. But the TMC appealed against the order in Supreme Court, where the matter is currently pending. Records reveal that a commencement certificate (CC) was issued on August 21, 2010 for Cosmos Horizon, when RA Rajeev was municipal commissioner. The CC, however, restricted the FSI to 1, citing pendency of the case in SC. Congress corporator Vikrant Chavan, in a series of letters, including two written to the Assistant Director (Town Planning) and the Town Planning Officer on March 12, 2014 and February 3, 2014, levelled allegations of graft against civic officials for irregular grant of FSI” and seeking a stop work notice on construction activity. Chavan's lawyer YS Dudaskar also made a representation on February 23, 2014 to the Thane civic chief with the same allegations, and also to the state housing and environment department secretaries. Police confirmed that Sudhakar Chavan, too, had demanded action against Parmar on this count after seeking official documents in December 2012. Further, penalties were levied as per norms to legalise additional construction (beyond the stipulations in the CC) and flats sold by Parmar without occupation certificate in 2012 and 2014. Vikrant Chavan and other corporators continued to accuse officials of working in the developer's interest. There was uproar regarding the matter during general body meetings held between February and May, 2015 on the issue. Incidentally, Shiv Sena's Ashok Vaity had raised a calling attention motion to initiate a discussion on the matter. On February 6, 2014, the then Thane civic chief Aseem Gupta permitted relaxation of norms for issuance of part occupation certificate for three buildings in the complex pending the SC decision. A month later, Gupta also ruled that as a special case the builder would be permitted to commence work on an undivided part of the plot for expansion of an existing hospital. Town planning officials confirmed both concessions were granted after confirming that the total construction won't exceed the FSI 1 limit. Correspondences issued by Vikrant Chavan dated March 12, 2014 and February 23, 2014, however, argued that the construction permitted was beyond the stipulated limit. After an official site inspection revealed that the builder had constructed a podium for a portion where the CC was yet to be granted, the TMC collected fines as per legal provisions. Also, on October 6, 2015, the municipality, acting on the directives of Minister of State (Urban Development) Ranjit Patil, waived off road digging charges for a water connection to the complex. In his suicide note, the 46-year-old builder, who killed himself on October 7, said, I failed sir. Now I understand. I should have bribed the politicians for completion of the projects on time. I stood firm when politicians were harassing me for bribes. Investigators are now focussing on whether the official correspondence regarding irregularities in Parmar's projects and the continued pressure exerted by the corporators even after official penalties were imposed, could be linked to the bribe demands that Parmar refers to in his suicide note. Investigators are also scanning data on Parmar's laptop, office computers and mobile phones to ascertain the role of politicians and officials in the case. A senior police official said that the key piece of evidence in the case were minutes of the Standing Committee and general body meetings, along with official correspondences by the corporators. Thane police had earlier seized these records from the municipality. In the case of Cosmos Pearl on Ghodbunder Road, the TMC withheld a part occupation certificate and served a stop work notice after it was found that the builder was yet to surrender portions reserved for a school and tenements for land declared excess under the erstwhile Urban Land Ceiling Act. The notice was withdrawn on September 22, 2015, after the builder handed over the school plot and undertook in writing that the ULC tenements would be surrendered before full OC was issued. NCP's Najib Mulla, who first raised the issue on December 11, 2014, continued to demand stalling of construction work on this and 20 other counts. Meanwhile, Parmar's architect Suvarna Ghosh told The Indian Express that the construction work for both projects had been carried out as per sanctioned plans. He (Parmar) would discuss that he was being harassed immensely, she added.
Thane builder suicide: Suraj Parmar was under pressure even after he set ... - The Indian Express
2015-11-025 auto permits reserved for women drivers, qualification criterion eased ... - NYOOOZ
5% auto permits reserved for women drivers, qualification criterion eased THANE: The transport department has decided to reserve five per cent of the total auto rickshaw permits for women, commissioner Sonia Sethi announced on Saturday as part of its drive to increase the number of women in this otherwise male-dominated industry. During a meeting with the city police and the RTO, Sethi announced that the permits will be issued through a lottery system be held in the last week of November across the state. This will help in increasing the number of women drivers and help in executing the proposed women special auto scheme, the IAS officer said. The transport department has relaxed educational qualifications required to secure a permit. Other conditions have been retained, officials said. "Allocating 5% for females in auto permits will mean more women can take up the challenge of driving an auto. Women aspiring to drive autos and earn a living can avail this facility. More women in the industry was always a demand and will also help us ensure start the ladies-special auto services at the earliest," said Hemangini Patil, deputy transport officer, Thane. Meanwhile, the Thane RTO has intensified i... NYOOOZ Thane Mon,02 Nov 2015
2015-11-02Nerul housing society ordered to compensate row house owner by Thane consumer ... - Times of India
Nerul housing society ordered to compensate row house owner by Thane consumer forum George Mendonca,TNN Nov 3, 2015, 12.40 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The Additional Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum has ordered a Nerul housing society to register Danial Murzelo (40), owner of a row house in the society, as a member. The society has also been asked to compensate Murzelo by paying him Rs 15,000 for the mental agony he suffered and Rs 5,000 towards litigation charges. Murzelo had alleged that office bearers of Prarthana Co-operative Housing Society in sector 18A, Nerul were deliberately harassing him by not registering his name as a member. He also claimed that he was regularly paying maintenance charges but the office bearers were issuing the receipts in the name of original flat owner, C D Surve. This was in an attempt to deliberately try and prevent Murzelo from becoming a member and enjoying the benefits of the membership, he said. The Forum stated that the office bearers had caused deficiency in service and are liable to compensate Murzelo. Society secretary Shivaji Sonawane said, "The office bearers will challenge the order of the Additional Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum." He also alleged that Murzelo had neither obtained an occupation certificate from NMMC nor was he paying the outstanding construction charges to the society, thus defying the society's norms. "The amount was Rs 35,000 initially and it is now around Rs 2 lakh, including the interest accrued," said Sonawane. He added that there are 45 row houses in the society and it is only Murzelo who is defying society rules. "He has even constructed an additional floor illegally on his G+1 structure. Despite our complaints, NMMC has not taken any action. We also have initiated recovery procedures under Section 101 of Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act and a recovery order had been issued against Surve. In 2011, we had sent legal notice to Murzelo, requesting him to pay dues of Rs 1.64 lakh, which the complainant had not paid." Meanwhile, the Forum stated that the society is trying to illegally assert their authority by demanding the dues of the earlier defaulter from Murzelo, whereas the Registrar-appointed administrator of the society had issued an NOC for sale of the house, now owned by Murzelo, stating that there were no dues pending. They added that it was the society's duty to recover the dues from Surve and not from the complainant.
2015-11-02Visit an exhibition that promotes tribal art in Thane - I am in dna of India
Visit an exhibition that promotes tribal art in Thane Monday, 02 November 2015 - 6:47pm IST | Rupali Shinde The NGO Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram has hosted a 3-day exhibition where they have provided local tribal artistes the platform to display their goods. We host this exhibition once a year, where we raise funds to provide facilities to adivasi sect. These people get chance to exhibit their local art where they sell ayurvedic medicines, original honey from their village, handmade wooden items etc. Post our exhibition, they also get a chance to exhibit their art in various clubs of Thane," said Ramesh Vandre, secretary, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram. The exhibition is being held at Saraswati School Ground, till 2nd November.
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2015-11-02Deaf and mute make lanterns for sale in Thane shop - I am in dna of India
Deaf and mute make lanterns for sale in Thane shop Monday, 02 November 2015 - 7:12pm IST | Rupali Shinde Speech and hearing impaired youngsters make their living by designing festive lanterns. There is nothing more empowering than earning one's own living, especially for the handicapped who find it is even harder to be employed. But for this 25-year-old deaf and mute girl, life has changed for the better. "I am very happy and my family is very proud of me," said a beaming Deepika Paradkar who has been making lanterns for Heramb Arts in Thane since the past four months."I read about how deaf and mute kids don't get jobs easily. And if they do get one, its only temporary. This year, I thought of involving them in making lanterns. Even if they have hearing and speaking problems, they are also very artistic and sharp. A friend helped me employ a few children and soon the word spread. Now, I have 20 children, both boys and girls, making lanterns, said Kailash Desle, owner of this store.Another 25-year-old Jyoti Jadhav, who is also deaf and mute and studied till 12th standard, says that she feels motivated to earn by making lanterns. "They learn the craft very fast since it's not difficult to communicate as they read our lip movement," added 50-year-old Kailash. Post Diwali, Kailash has plans setting up a gifts store with items made by these children.Hemarb Arts store was established by Kailash 19 years back. It is well known for eco-friendly lanterns made of jute, bamboo sticks, cloth and are sold at reasonable rates. Many superstars, including Amitabh Bachchan, have been patrons of this store.To buy eco-friendly lanterns made by deaf and mute kids,
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2015-11-02Thane builder suicide: Kin of ex-Thane civic chief was Parmar's partner - The Indian Express
Thane builder suicide: Kin of ex-Thane civic chief was Parmar's partner Written by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | Published:November 3, 2015 1:29 am Suraj Parmar While the police are still investigating what led to the suicide of Thane builder Suraj Parmar, it has emerged that a former Thane municipal commissioner's brother was one of Parmar's business partners in one of his projects. The Indian Express has accessed official records that show that Suresh Jantre, brother of former Thane civic chief Nandkumar Jantre, is an official partner in Concorde Developers, a firm floated by Parmar. Concorde Developers is at present building Cosmos Horizon, a luxury residential complex in Pokhran Road, Thane. Incidentally, police are also going through various clearances and documents pertaining to this construction project. Parmar shot himself on October 7 leaving behind a suicide note alleging harassment by politicians and officials. The builder had earlier referred to Cosmos Horizon extensively in a five-page letter to municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on May 30, 2015, in which he accused some called social workers of harassing and targeting him and even complaining against his project in order to delay clearances. Suraj Parmar was under pressure even after he set irregularities right, show records Thane builder suicide: Suicide-note analysed, 4 corporators under scanner Thane builder suicide: Red tape, corruption got the better of Parmar Before suicide note, Mumbai builder Suraj Parmar sent CM Devendra Fadnavis a letter Thane builder suicide: Complaints were resolved days before he died Thane builder suicide: Parmar was slapped with Rs 50-cr I-T notice Amid ongoing investigations, allegations of a quid pro-quo were also raised in the project after it was found that Nandkumar Jantre had first permitted an FSI of 2.5, meaning permissible construction of up to 2.5 times the plot area, for the project on May 24, 2010, his last day as Thane civic chief. Records further show that he had also exercised his discretionary powers to relax norms on floor height and open space requirements. Concorde Developers, which has five partners in all, had purchased the 2.77 lakh-square feet plot on Pokhran Road, a prime location in Thane, in October 2009. Vikrant Chavan, a Congress corporator, who is under investigation for his role in abetting Parmar's suicide, had incidentally raised the allegations of a quid pro-quo. He did so in official correspondences issued to various authorities. In Thane, development of private plots is generally permitted FSI of 1. When contacted, Nandkumar Jantre said he was aware that his brother was a partner in Concorde while granting the approval but refuted the quid pro-quo allegations. Just because your relative or friend is a project partner cannot be grounds for withholding permission to a project that is valid under the rule of law. The retired bureaucrat justified the decision he had taken then. The permission was granted on the basis of a state government (Urban Development department) notification (dated February 27, 2009) that had modified development control norms in Thane to allow construction up to 2.5 FSI for housing schemes taken up by the Maharashtra Housing And Area Development Authority on its own or in joint ventures with private developers. In this case, MHADA had (on April 16, 2009) issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) for one such joint venture with Concode for development of the Pokhran plot, he said. Stating that he was unnecessarily being dragged into the controversy, Nandkumar Jantre further said, My brother was a partner in the firm even before MHADA floated the JV scheme. Further, all permissions and concessions I granted were well within the legal framework. If these had been erroneous, those who succeeded me to the post had powers to revoke these. But they have granted further permissions only validating the stand I had taken then, he said. The builders and the Thane municipality are currently locked in a legal dispute over the 2.5 FSI in the Supreme Court. The civic body has restricted permission for construction on the plot to 1 FSI for now. Within two months of Jantre issuing the initial permission to Concorde, the state government had in July 2010 decided to scrap the special scheme for privately owned plots. But Thane civic officials have maintained that it was only on May 11, 2011, that the Urban Development department issued orders stating that the provisions of the scheme were wrongly applied to private plots and directing it not to go ahead with the project. Then, on November 11, 2011, MHADA revoked the LOI to Concorde, which challenged it in the Bombay High Court. Although the high court ruled in the developer's favour the same year, the state directed the Thane Municipal Corporation to appeal against the order in the Supreme Court, where the matter is currently pending. The Indian Express has accessed an official document which shows that the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office had in June 2013 sought a status report on permission granted to the project after one Sandeep Dhamane had approached then CM Prithviraj Chavan with a written complaint levelling allegations of quid pro quo against Nandkumar Jantre and levelling graft charges against civic officials for granting higher FSI.
Thane builder suicide: Kin of ex-Thane civic chief was Parmar
2015-11-01Thane builder suicide: 4 Thane corporators' bail plea for anticipatory bail in ... - ETRealty.com
Thane builder suicide Nishikant Karlikar TNN 01 November 2015, 5:41 AM IST THANE: The hearing of a case involving four Thane corporators accused of abetting the suicide of builder Suraj Parmar is scheduled to come up in Bombay high court on Monday. On Thursday the accused Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale (both from NCP) had moved high court for anticipatory bail. However, Justice Revati Mohite-Dere had asked the applicants to first approach the sessions court and only after the lower court decides on their plea they could approach the high court. The sessions judge rejected their bail plea after which the defence counsels again moved the high court. The hearing is now scheduled for Monday. Sources informed that investigators had, during the initial phase, sought the addresses and contact numbers of all 130 corporators of Thane Municipal Corporation and this had triggered a sense of 'insecurity' among corporators here. Although the police have issued summons to Shiv Sena's Naresh Mhaske, chairperson of the standing committee of Thane Municipal Corporation, Mhaske has replied to the police that he shall be available for questioning only on Monday as he was busy with the municipal elections in Kalyan-Dombivli Joint commissioner of police V V Laxmi Narayana said that they have so far recorded statements of nearly 20 people, including a handful of corporators, in Parmar's suicide case. He, however, refused to elbaroate comment further.'Wanted' on banners: Motorists passing by Cadbury junction in Thane were stunned to see hoardings showing photos of the four corporators, terming them as 'Wanted'. The hoarding read that they had misused their position and should face action. The banner announced a cash prize to those who track them down. The banner, which was later pulled down, had been put up by a local MLA, said sources.
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2015-11-01Civic chief promises open defecation and garbage-free Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Civic chief promises open defecation and garbage-free Thane Sunday, 1 November 2015 - 6:55am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha As an extension to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal aims for a open defecation-free Thane by March 2017 and a solid-waste-free city by October 2018. With Jaiswal's ambitious plan, very soon one may witness a clean and green Thane. Jaiswal said, Centre has given funds to build toilets across the city. Through community, public and household toilets, we aim to achieve our goal. The toilets developed on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model by Habitat for Humanity would be classy and consist of urban restrooms with separate facilities for men and women. The modular toilets would be installed across many areas in Thane and public toilets would specifically be promoted in slum areas, where people to toilet ratio is dismal. Rajan Samuel, managing director, Habitat for Humanity said, The community toilets will ensure cleanliness, easy accessibility and convenience to the community in the vicinity. These toilets will be a paradigm shift from the regular shauchalayas we see around us. "The community toilets will be owned and managed by the Community Based Organization (CBO) and will operate on pay and use model. In terms of the users community members will have monthly pass while others will pay per use. The toilets will have a caretaker, who will maintain cleanliness and hygiene, added Samuel. Along with defecation free city, the civic commissioner has plans for zero garbage too. Near about 650 metric tonnes of solid waste is generated in the city, per day. Taking a step towards solid waste management, the civic chief has proposed decentralised waste management. He has also urged people to practice the same in their homes and society. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) aims to make garbage-free Thane by October 2018. To make sure that maximum housing societies promote zero garbage system in their premises, the civic chief has proposed waste processing rebate in property tax. The residents are happy about this idea and hope the facility to be completed on time rather being delayed. Earlier many projects had been put forward by the corporation and promised a rebate in property tax for maintaining greenery and implementing rain water harvesting project, but many of the housing societies who implemented it are yet waiting for the promised waiver.
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