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|2018-07-31||Vivek Phansalkar appointed as new Thane Police Commissioner - Free Press Journal|
Vivek Phansalkar appointed as new Thane Police Commissioner Jul 31, 2018 06:45 am Mumbai: Vivek Phansalkar, a 1989-batch officer, has been appointed the new Thane Police Commissioner while Parambir Singh, former Thane Police Commissioner, has been transferred to Mumbai as the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order). Phansalkar was the Additional Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau since May 2016; he has also held the post of chief of Anti-Terrorism Squad (Maharashtra) and Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) in Mumbai. Hailing from Nagpur, he is close to the Chief Minister and was first posted as Additional Superintendent of Police in Akola district. He also did a stint with the International Police Task Force, United Nations Mission to Bosnia, where he was awarded two UN medals. Hemant Nagrale, the former Police Commissioner of Navi Mumbai, has been transferred to the Mumbai Police Headquarters as Additional Director General of Police (Equipment and Provisions). Sanjay Kumar, a 1989-batch officer, is the new Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner. Kumar was earlier the Additional Director General of Police (Crime and Investigation Department) at Pune. He was leading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the murder of rationalist leader Govind Pansare. On Saturday, 84 Indian Police Service officers were transferred. Manjunath Singe, Superintendent of Police, Palghar, has been appointed as Mumbai Police spokesperson. IPS officer Abhishek Trimukhe, who was earlier Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane crime branch, has been transferred to Mumbai as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1). Manoj Kumar Sharma who was earlier posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 1, has been promoted as Additional Commissioner of Police (Western region). K Venkatesham will be the new Police Commissioner of Pune while Rashmi Shukla, former Pune Police Commissioner, has been appointed as ADG of Highway police. Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, ADG (Prisons), will now head the Nagpur police. IPS officer RK Padmanabhan will be the Police Commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad. Rajnish Sheth, a 1988 batch IPS officer, has been appointed as the new ADG of Criminal Investigation Department. Amitabh Gupta has been appointed as the new Principal Secretary (Special) at the Home Department. Despite repeated calls and text messages, Parambir Singh remained unavailable for comment.
|2018-07-31||Thane police nabs thieves with the clue of an auto-rickshaw driver's 'red shoe' - Free Press Journal|
Thane police nabs thieves with the clue of an auto-rickshaw driver’s ‘red shoe’ Jul 31, 2018 09:03 am Bhayandar: The red-coloured shoes worn by an an auto-rickshaw driver proved to be the undoing of two miscreants who were nabbed by the Local Crime Branch unit of the Thane (rural) police for robbing a 70-year-old woman by posing as courier boys in Kashimira on July 23. Pushpa Shukla, 70, was alone in her sixth floor apartment in Gaurav Valley when two men rang the doorbell posing as courier boys. When the unsuspecting woman opened the door, the duo barged into the house and decamped with cash and valuables worth nearly Rs.3.35 lakh. Sensing the gravity of the crime, Addl. SP- Prashant Kadam deputed the LCB team led by SPI Vyenkat Andhale and API Pramod Badhakh to nab the criminals. During investigation, it emerged the duo had hired an autorickshaw to flee the crime scene. Since the images captured by the CCTV were hazy, the auto’s number plate was not visible. However, the driver was seen wearing red shoes. Armed with this single clue, police tracked the auto driver, who though innocent, revealed he had dropped the duo at Mira Road railway station. “This was an important breakthrough which helped us ascertain where the duo had alighted – Dahisar. Our informer network was activated, which led to the arrest of the duo – Avinash Shukla, 26, and Dipesh Atke, 19. Stolen booty worth Rs. 2.67 lakh was also recovered,” said Kadam, while sounding a word of caution to the public against opening doors to strangers. Investigations were underway to ascertain the duo’s involvement in other cases and an inside hand in this particular crime. A case under sections 392 and 452 of the IPC has been registered against the duo who have been remanded to police custody till August 1.
|2018-07-31||Vivek Phansalkar appointed as Thane police commissioner - Hindustan Times|
Vivek Phansalkar appointed as Thane police commissioner A 1989 batch officer, Phansalkar has worked in Thane previously in 2008. Updated: Jul 31, 2018 16:38 IST IPS officer Vivek Phansalkar took charge as Thane police commissioner on Tuesday, succeeding Parambir Singh, who has been posted to Mumbai as additional director general of police (law and order). Prior to this appointment, Phansalkar had been additional director general of Mumbai’s Anti-Corruption Bureau since 2016. A 1989-batch officer, Phansalkar has worked in Thane previously, in 2008, when he crucially helped end riots between two communities that had been going on for a week. “Being Thane’s police commissioner is a big responsibility, as there are many challenges and problems that need to be studied and resolved. I will give it my best and continue to do good work,” Phansalkar said on Tuesday while speaking to media. Elaborating on some of the city’s major issues, he said: “Thane suffers from severe traffic problem. We will study and try to find solutions. We will try to meet people’s expectations and attempt to build a strong bond between the police and the public.” Phansalkar also said he would work closely with the Thane Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). The new police chief appreciated the work the Thane police have been doing. “They did a good job calmly controlling agitators during the recent Maratha protests,” he said. Thane Municipal Corporation commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal welcomed Phansalkar. “Singh was like my older brother and was very supportive. Phansalkar is a good officer, and the bond that is there between the police and the civic body will last a lifetime. We will continue to do good work with the new commissioner too,” Jaiswal said.
|2018-07-31||4 deaths in 12 hours on Thane-Diva rail route | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
4 deaths in 12 hours on Thane-Diva rail route Jul 31, 2018, 07:56 IST Photo used for representational purpose only THANE: Four people, including a woman, died and a youth suffered grievous injuries in separate incidents on the Thane-Diva railway corridor in a span of a little over 12 hours on Monday. The 9-km stretch on the Central Railway route is fast gaining notoriety as a ‘death track’ with a rise in fatalities due to commuters falling off crowded coaches or being hit by railway poles. The railway administration and local politicians said that the rise in track deaths on the stretch was a result of overcrowding in trains but expressed helplessness to curb the commuter population boom. Monday’s incidents started around 1am, when a train crushed an unidentified man walking on the tracks between Thane and Kalwa stations. Later, around 7am, Ajit Puranik (60), a bank employee, died after falling on the tracks while boarding a train pulling into Thane station. “He was trying to board a CSMT-bound train that had come from Kalwa car-shed. He lost his balance and fell on the tracks from the gap between two coaches,” said a CR official. The train went over him. The rake was halted for 20 minutes as railway staffers tried to extricate him. He was taken to hospital, where he was declared ‘brought dead’. An hour later, a fast train ran over an unidentified man crossing the tracks near Parsik tunnel, between Thane and Diva. “The incident affected fast services for a few minutes during morning rush hour,” said a CR official. Then, around 9.30am, Mumbra resident Kabir S T (23), standing on the footboard of a crowded coach, lost his grip and fell on the tracks between Mumbra and Kalwa. “He suffered injuries on the head and limbs. His relatives shifted him to a local hospital,” said a railway police official. In the last incident, around 1.30pm, an unidentified woman was crushed under a train near Nilaje. As no ambulances were available at Diva or Nilje, the body was taken to Kopar in a freight train and then to Diva in a local train. “There are no dedicated porters or ambulances at Diva,” said a station official. Some of the incidents were yet to be registered by the police at the time of going to press. Activist Sameer Zaveri said in 2017, Diva saw 149 rail mishaps (91 fatal) and Thane 292 (137 fatal). “It is the lackadaisical approach of railways....They must give top priority to increasing carrying capacity of trains and constructing boundary walls along the tracks to prevent trespassing,” he said. Activist Siddhesh Desai said the railways must fast-track work on the fifth and sixth lines and build a station at Parsik, instead of new Thane.
|2018-07-31||Thane man booked for duping around 40 people with false promise of jobs - The Asian Age|
Thane man booked for duping around 40 people with false promise of jobs Published Jul 31, 2018, 11:22 am, IST Updated Jul 31, 2018, 11:22 am IST The man had duped people to the tune of Rs 60 lakh by promising to get them jobs at government medical colleges in Maharashtra. A Thane city resident, who is one of the victims, approached the police on Sunday evening and said in January 2010 he had met the accused (age not known), who claimed to be working on a senior position in a government medical college in Kolhapur. (Representational image) Thane: A man has been booked for allegedly duping around 40 people to the tune of Rs 60 lakh by promising to get them jobs at government medical colleges in Maharashtra, police said on Monday. A Thane city resident, who is one of the victims, approached the police on Sunday evening and said in January 2010 he had met the accused (age not known), who claimed to be working on a senior position in a government medical college in Kolhapur. The complainant, who runs a security agency, expressed desire to expand his business and Bhosle offered to help, claiming that he was an influential person and had contacts with prominent personalities, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. Lured by the offer, the complainant and some of his relatives and friends allegedly paid Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh each to the accused to get work opportunities at medical colleges in Kolhapur, Pune, Nagpur and other places, she said. The complainant alleged that the accused duped nearly 40 people this way to the tune of Rs 60 lakh, Narkar said. The accused also created a fake website and posted a list of selected persons, from whom he had taken money, and gave them bogus appointment letters. However, when the victims did not get jobs, they realised that they were cheated, she said, adding that the accused also refused to refund their money. The complainant further alleged that the accused had earlier also cheated people by claiming to be a doctor and forging signatures of a senior politician, Narkar said. The Vartak Nagar police in Thane lodged an FIR against the accused on Sunday under IPC sections pertaining to cheating, forgery and criminal breach of trust, and also provisions of the Information Technology Act, she said. The police are investigating the matter, Narkar said, adding that no arrest has been made so far.
|2018-07-31||Thane: Man booked for duping 40 people on false promise of job at government medical colleges - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Man booked for duping 40 people on false promise of job at government medical colleges Jul 31, 2018 11:17 am Thane: A man has been booked for allegedly duping around 40 people to the tune of Rs 60 lakh by promising to get them jobs at government medical colleges in Maharashtra, police said today. A Thane city resident, who is one of the victims, approached the police last evening and said in January 2010 he had met the accused (age not known), who claimed to be working on a senior position in a government medical college in Kolhapur. The complainant, who runs a security agency, expressed desire to expand his business and Bhosle offered to help, claiming that he was an influential person and had contacts with prominent personalities, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. Lured by the offer, the complainant and some of his relatives and friends allegedly paid Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh each to the accused to get work opportunities at medical colleges in Kolhapur, Pune, Nagpur and other places, she said. The complainant alleged that the accused duped nearly 40 people this way to the tune of Rs 60 lakh, Narkar said. The accused also created a fake website and posted a list of selected persons, from whom he had taken money, and gave them bogus appointment letters. However, when the victims did not get jobs, they realised that they were cheated, she said, adding that the accused also refused to refund their money. The complainant further alleged that the accused had earlier also cheated people by claiming to be a doctor and forging signatures of a senior politician, Narkar said. The Vartak Nagar police in Thane lodged an FIR against the accused yesterday under IPC sections pertaining to cheating, forgery and criminal breach of trust, and also provisions of the Information Technology Act, she said. The police are investigating the matter, Narkar said, adding that no arrest has been made so far.
|2018-07-31||'Tenure in Thane was most satisfying post of my career' - Times of India|
'Tenure in Thane was most satisfying post of my career' Jul 31, 2018, 22:52 IST Thane: Police commissioner Param Bir Singh on his last day on Monday said that his 42-months tenure in Thane was the “most satisfying post of his career spanning nearly three decades”. Speaking to TOI, Singh said that the Thane police has raised the bar higher not just in dealing with crime and criminals, but also in achieving milestones in social policing. “I always wanted to create a culture of excellence and to bridge the gap between the citizens and cops. With projects like Kartavya for the elderly and our relentless crackdown on gang wars and while collar crime like the fake call centre scam and ephedrine racket, we have tackled crime firmly,” the 1988-batch IPS officer said. He also helped crack the recent Call Detail Record scam which involved several Bollywood celebrities. Singh, who will take charge as additional director general (law and order) at the state police headquarters, had a busy day attending to 50 visitors and also allocating zones to the newly-transferred DCPs. He will handover his charge to Vivek Phansalkar from the 1989 batch of IPS on Tuesday. “I have always felt that these cases have broken the backbone of the racketeers and the next police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar will carry forward the trend set by us,” Singh said.
|2018-07-31||Recurring potholes on city roads add to commuters' delay woes - Times of India|
Recurring potholes on city roads add to commuters Jul 31, 2018, 22:51 IST Thane: Regular commuters travelling between Mumbai and Thane complain of having to spend more time crossing city limits thanks to the presence of massive potholes most of which seem to have resurfaced on several stretches in the city despite the civic body’s claims of having repaired nearly 15,000sqm of damaged roads since the past few weeks. Regular commuters, especially from localities along the Ghodbunder Road alleged that they have been facing a delay of nearly 30 minutes reaching the city exit points during peak hours. Those staying in the old city areas are also not spared either and lament of frequent damages to the roads slowing down their commute. Rohit Gupta, who travels from the city to Mumbai said the stretch near Vartak Nagar, which takes a minute to cross, takes nearly nine to 10 minutes due to the crater. “The roads are in a very bad shape and often cause traffic snarls. It seems the authorities are waiting for a mishap to occur before acting,” said Gupta. Another passenger from Ghodbunder said it takes him more time to cross the city limits. “My travel time has increased by nearly 30 minutes now compared to before. The traffic often slows down at stretches to the station as there are several potholes that have developed enroute,” said the harried commuter, who travels to the station from Ghodbunder Road. Meanwhile, officials claim they have repaired nearly 15,000sqm of potholes in the city, but activists have rubbished the claims saying the regular repairs seem to benefit only the contractors. “If the authorities claim they are repairing the roads, then it seems it may be benefiting only them or their contractors. We travel daily and encounter potholes at many places and often on the roads where the spots were repaired recently. There has to be some accountability in the system and the authorities must click pictures of the spots they recently repaired,” said activist Sanjeev Datta. Civic officials said that there was complete transparency in the process of road repairs and that they had been instructed by the civic chief to file police complaints against contractors, whose works have worn off during their liability period. “We are continuously monitoring the situation on roads and are repairing roads whenever we come across potholes. We will also take stern action against contractors if their work is proved to be of substandard quality,” said Anil Patil, city engineer. If the authorities claim they are repairing the roads, then it seems it may be benefiting only them or their contractors. The common man travels daily and encounters potholes at many places and often on the roads where the potholes were repaired recently. There has to be some accountability in the system and the civic authorities must click pictures of the repaired spots to ensure that the contractors are doing the job.
|2018-07-31||Phansalkar is new Thane police chief - The Hindu - The Hindu|
Phansalkar is new Thane police chief MUMBAI, AUGUST 01, 2018 00:55 IST, UPDATED: AUGUST 01, 2018 00:55 IST Indian Police Service officer Vivek Phansalkar on Tuesday took charge as Commissioner of Police, Thane, taking over from Param Bir Singh. A 1989 batch officer from Nagpur, Mr. Phansalkar was earlier posted as ADG, Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau. He had previously served as Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) with the Thane police in 2008. “This is a big responsibility and comes with its own challenges. I will do my best and continue the good work done by my predecessors,” Mr. Phansalkar said in a press interaction. Mr. Singh was transferred as Additional Director General (Law and Order) in an order issued on Monday. Mr. Phansalkar's first posting was as Additional Superintendent of Police, Akola. He also served as Superintendent of Police in Wardha and Parbhani before getting his first posting in a city commissionerate as Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nashik. Mr. Phansalkar has also served as Director of Vigilance for the Cotton Corporation of India. In Mumbai, Mr. Phansalkar served as Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration) before being transferred as the chief of the Maharashta Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). Remembering Roy Mr. Phansalkar took over the charge of ATS chief from the late ADG Himanshu Roy, and spoke in Mr. Roy's memory on the behalf of the Maharashta Police Force following his demise in May. Mr. Phansalkar recalled Mr. Roy's meticulous nature, and how the process of handing over charge, which usually lasts for an hour, was stretched to around four hours for him as Mr. Roy patiently explained the ins and outs of the job. The Thane police, over the last couple of years, has handled several important cases, including a Rs. 2000 crore drug haul in which actress Mamta Kulkarni was named as an accused, a telecalling racket where the accused were cheating US citizens by posing as officials of the Internal Revenue Service, and the arrest of Iqbal Kaskar, brother of wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, for extortion.
|2018-07-31||Two who robbed Thane wine shop owner of ?3.5 lakh arrested - Hindustan Times|
Two who robbed Thane wine shop owner of ?3.5 lakh arrested While interrogating the accused the police found the names of three more people who were also involved in crime Updated: Aug 01, 2018 00:32 IST Five months after a wine shop owner was robbed of ?3.5 lakh, the Thane crime branch arrested two history-sheeters on Sunday. While interrogating the accused Shailesh Roy, 25, and Ketan Pawar, 22, the police found the names of three more people who were also involved in crime. Among them, two are already imprisoned in Thane jail for murder and one is absconding. Police have found his name and location and a team has been dispatched to nab him. The robbery took place on February 25 when the wine shop owner was returning to his home in Dombivli. “The accused are rickshaw drivers and they planned this robbery to splurge the money,” said a police officer from Thane police. “On February 25, the wine shop owner was heading home after collecting the whole day collection, which was ?3.5 lakh. He took the same rickshaw like every day. On the way, another rickshaw approached the rickshaw in which the wine shop owner was travelling and stopped in front of it. The accused snatched the money and fled,” said the officer. On Sunday, the police got a tip-off about two people who were involved in robbery of ?3.5 lakh approaching Dombivli. “We laid a trap and arrested the two. During the investigation, the accused revealed that two of their friends who were also involved in crime were imprisoned in Thane jail while one is on the run,” said the officer. A team has been formed and dispatch to nab the fifth accused who is suspected to be hiding in Uttar Pradesh.
|2018-07-31||High court verdict on minority quota leaves FYJC students in limbo - Times of India|
High court verdict on minority quota leaves FYJC students in limbo Jul 31, 2018, 22:51 IST Thane: With the recent high court directive asking colleges to surrender minority quota seats for the First Year Junior College (FYJC) centralized admission process, colleges have been flooded with calls from several panic-stricken students who are still awaiting a seat. As per the revised timetable, the fourth and final merit list is expected to be released on August 7. The next hearing will be on August 8. Unless there is any delay in the admission process the vacant minority seats will be left out of the online system. This cloud of uncertainty regarding the admission procedure has left the minority college aspirants in a dilemma who are now calling up the college authorities and the education department to clarify their queries. “My son has still not secured a seat despite scoring a good percentage. We are trying to get a seat in minority colleges. Now, as per the recent order, all the minority reservation seats will be left out of the system. So if my child till then gets a seat elsewhere I don’t know if he should take it or wait until the admission process is over for a chance in the minority college of his choice. This is a tough decision to make,” said a parent. Unfortunately, even academicians are not able to guide parents in this matter. An academician from a city-based junior college said, “Ever since the decision has been announced, we have been getting calls every day from students and parents, asking about what is happening and if their children will be able to bag a seat. I have tried to calm them down by saying that if a better opportunity comes through the child should not give it up. As of now, even we don’t have a clear picture of what is to come.”
|2018-07-31||Fake call centre busted in Thane, four arrested | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Fake call centre busted in Thane, four arrested According to police, the complainant, a housewife from Shil-Daighar was cheated by the accused of Rs 4 lakh when she approached the police. Published: August 1, 2018 2:50:02 am Thane police busted a fake call centre in the city and arrested four people who had allegedly duped several people. The accused were cheating people by promising them interest-free loans, police said. According to police, the complainant, a housewife from Shil-Daighar was cheated by the accused of Rs 4 lakh when she approached the police. “The complainant had been contacted over the phone and promised an interest-free loan of Rs 6 lakh. However, she was asked to pay facilitator fees multiple times. The money was deposited in various bank accounts, by the complainant,” an officer said. However, when she asked for the loan to be sanctioned, the accused switched off their phones and went missing, police said. “She had by then already paid Rs 4 lakh to the accused. She realised that she had been duped and reported the crime to us,” a police officer from Shil-Daighar said. “Since there had only been a telephonic conversation between the accused and the complainant, we started investigating technically. Based on the call details, we raided the call centre running in Naupada,” a senior officer from Thane police said. The accused have been identified as Deepak Singh (30), Maruti Shelar (28), Dipak Giri (21) and Imtiaz Qureshi (27), police said. “They had sophisticated software to change their voices and numbers even. From them we have obtained a list of people they had already cheated,” an officer privy to the case said. “We are interrogating how they started and if more people are involved in the case. They are in police custody, now,” said the officer. He added, “We are also investigating if they are part of a bigger gang, as they had a lot of data, which they were using to make calls.”
|2018-07-30||3 commuters killed in train accidents in Thane - Hindustan Times|
3 commuters killed in train accidents in Thane While two were railway track accidents, the third took place on the platform at Thane station, the police said. Updated: Jul 30, 2018 23:48 IST The police are trying to identify the two track death victims.
|2018-07-30||Thane Nicely - Record Delta|
|2018-07-30||Maharashtra: 11 IPS officers transferred; Thane, Pune get new police chiefs - Free Press Journal|
Maharashtra: 11 IPS officers transferred; Thane, Pune get new police chiefs Jul 30, 2018 06:39 pm Mumbai: The Maharashtra government today transferred 11 senior IPS officers, including police chiefs of Thane, Pune, Navi Mumbai and Nagpur, three days after effecting a major reshuffle in the police establishment.Vivek Phansalkar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, has been appointed the new police commissioner of Thane. He will replace Param Bir Singh, who has been shifted to state police headquarters as Additional Director General (Law and Order), said an official, quoting the orders issued by the home department.Hemant Nagrale, who was police commissioner of the Maratha quota stir-affected Navi Mumbai, has been transferred to the state police headquarters as ADG (Equipment and Provisions). Sanjay Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, will be the new police chief of Navi Mumbai. He was earlier ADG, Crime and Investigation Department (CID) in Pune.He was heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 2015 killing of rationalist and Communit leader Govind Pansare. K Venkatesham will be the new Police commissioner of pune in place of Rashmi Shukla, who has been appointed ADG of Highway Police. Bhushankumar Upadhyay, who was ADG (Prisons), will now head the Nagpur Police, succeeding Venkatesham.Another IPS officer, R K Padmanabhan, will head the newly created Pimpari Chinchwad Police Commissionarate. Rajnish Sheth, a 1988-batch IPS officer, has been appointed the new ADG of Anti-Corruption Bureau. Sanjivkumar Singhal has been appointed the new ADG of CID, while Amitabh Gupta has been named Principal Secretary (Special) in the home department. On Saturday last, the government had transferred or promoted as many as 84 IPS officers.
|2018-07-30||Kickboxing Champion, Thane Teen Rides High On Her Bike To Ladakh - India Times|
Kickboxing Champion, Thane Teen Rides High On Her Bike To Ladakh Updated: July 30, 2018 Apart from being a district level kickboxing champion, Kanaka Shetty a resident of Manpada, Maharashtra is challenging societal norms as she completed a 6,010 kilometres excursion to Khardung La Pass in 16 days. Her journey might soon find its recognition in the Guinness World Record, reported The Hindustan Times. Shetty has always believed in equality of both the genders and goes by the slogan, “why should boys have all the fun?” Only, a year old bike rider, she was introduced to biking by two of her friends, Pratik Marsurkar and Darshan Raghunath. Her mother, Rekha who is an eye surgeon tells HT that discrimination between girls and boys always bothered a determined Kanaka. Her spirit therefore, led her to develop an interest in biking. Shetty’s journey however, was not a cakewalk. It included high mountains and low river rocks. She took a route starting from Thane to Udaipur-Hisar-Chandigarh-Katra- Banihal- Drass -Leh- Khardung La- Pangong Lake- Jispa-Manali-Amritsar- Bhatinda- Udaipur-Thane to cover a journey of a lifetime.
|2018-07-30||Thane: Plastic ban affects ragpickers as they struggle to make ends meet - Mid-Day|
Thane: Plastic Ban Affects Ragpickers As They Struggle To Make Ends Meet Jul 30, 2018, 07:50 IST Thane's ragpickers, in this work for the past many decades, struggle to make ends meet, as plastic ban robs them of their bestsellers Here's one more community unhappy with the plastic ban — in this case, though, the situation has gone from stable to dire straits. The 105-odd families of ragpickers from Thane, after nearly half a century of this work, are now struggling to put food on the table and desperately searching for another source of income, because small plastic bags, now banned, were what kept the household running. From earning a minimum of Rs 500 a day, they are now scraping together Rs 150 in two-three days, and their adolescent children studying at an NGO-run school have stopping going to help their families. Scraping by Generations of the families have been staying in Hariom Nagar and sifting through the area's huge dumping ground, where garbage from Thane, Mulund and other eastern suburbs is collected. Kisan Jadhav, 40, has been into this work for the last 30 years. But after struggling for the last one month, he is now actively searching for other work. "I have a family of five to feed. Both my wife and I have been doing this work and earning R400-500 a day; that's the kind of margin polythene bags bring. I alone used to collect 5 to 6 kg of polythene a day and get R20-25 a kg. Plastic bottles would get me the rest of the day's earnings, but those aren't much. "But now, the ban has changed everything... I cannot manage my home like this; hence, I decided to start doing something else. I worked as a sweeper, but that got me only R50 a day. So, now, I am searching for something else." NGOspeak NGO Roti Ghar run by Chinu Kwatra, who had started a school for the ragpickers' children, has been witnessing the older students leaving one by one, over the last one month. "We give food to these children daily, because most are malnourished, and have also started a school for them. But I noticed that over the past few weeks those studying in Stds VI and VII have started bunking classes often, and a few have stopped coming altogether. They all have joined their families in hunting for other work to run their houses." 'Serious trouble' Manda Rajkudia, mother of two 'I have pulled my children out of school... The plastic ban has severely dented our daily earnings. I used to earn R 500 a day; now, I get Rs 150 in three days. We need some other work, something that brings us money; and we are ready to do anything for our children's education. I have started asking around if anyone needs a maid, but so far, haven't found anything' Ganga Devle, whose family has been in this for 60 years 'We are seriously in trouble. We only have plastic bottles to go on and those don't fetch much. Thousands of ragpickers come to this dumping ground, including those from Mumbai. That narrows down our collection further. This business has given us money for weddings and birthdays in our families, but now, we don't know if we will even be able to survive. We have started living on one meal a day' 105 Number of families affected by the plastic ban Rs 500 Daily amount a ragpicker used to earn earlier Rs 50 Daily amount a ragpicker earns now after the ban came into effect 5kg Average amount of plastic a ragpicker would pick on a daily basis
|2018-07-30||Robbery case solved, two held in Thane - United News of India|
Robbery case solved, two held in Thane Thane, Jul 30 (UNI) With the arrest of two persons, the district rural police on Monday claimed to have cracked the robbery case at Mira Road of the district. Talking to media, the acting DSP Prashant Kadam said that a booty of around Rs 3.35 lakh, including gold ornaments and a cash of Rs 13,000 were recovered from them. On July 23, around 1400 hrs, the accused entered the house stating they were courier boys and tied up the senior citizen Pushpa Shukla (70) who was alone at home and robbed her belongings including ornaments and cash and a watch totaling Rs. 3.
|2018-07-30||A man dies while crossing railway tracks in Thane - Mumbai Live|
A man dies while crossing railway tracks in Thane The incident affected CR services and local trains were running 15-20 minutes late Thane 2018-07-30 T 03:54:39.797Z Despite the safety instructions, commuters travelling in local trains, put their lives at risk by crossing railway tracks, sitting on the top of the train or board a running train. Such stunts have killed many commuters yet, people continue doing the same. One such incident took place in Thane where a man lost his life when he was hit by a train while crossing railway tracks. It was due to unfortunate case of tresspasser run over (TPRO) on Thane UP local line at around 7 am for which the train was detained till 7.15 and then gradually the bunching was also cleared. We repeatedly request commuters not to risk life. Please use foot over bridges (FOBs). Central Railway (@Central_Railway) July 30, 2018 The incident took place around 7:00 am on Monday morning in Thane, where a man while crossing the railway track on platform no. 4 was hit by a train and died on the spot. Railway police reached the spot and took the body in custody. The personal details of the person are not known yet. Due to this incident, local trains on Central Line were affected and were running 15-20 minutes late.
|2018-07-30||'Drunk' driver rams into 2 cars, meter box in Thane - The Hindu|
‘Drunk’ driver rams into 2 cars, meter box in Thane MUMBAI, JULY 31, 2018 00:34 IST, UPDATED: JULY 31, 2018 00:34 IST Two stationary vehicles were damaged in Thane after a car crashed into them at high speed in the early hours of Monday. The police have identified the driver, who is suspected to have been driving under the influence of alcohol and fled the scene after the accident. Efforts are under way to trace him. According to eyewitnesses, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga crashed into two parked vehicles and destroyed an electric meter box outside Chhaya Society near Makhmali Talao, before coming to a halt around 5.20 a.m. The impact of the crash destroyed the windscreen, steering rod and entire front of one of the parked cars, a Volkwagen Polo. Hemant Thorat (34), the owner of the car, said, “I was called to Makhmali Talao around 5.45 a.m. When I reached, I saw my car was completely ruined and was lying 25 feet away from where I had parked it.” Mr. Thorat went to the Naupada police station along with Praveen Jadhav (31), another resident of Chhaya Society whose Hyundai Accent was damaged in the incident. Dr. Pradeep Purohit, who runs the Vedant Ayurvedic Clinic near Makhmali Talao, said, “The electric meter box was damaged in the incident and now the entire building has no electricity supply. We have had to shut the clinic since we can’t carry out any tests.” Chandrakant Kathade, a retired assistant police inspector, witnessed the accident from his house. “I heard a loud noise around 5.20 a.m. The accused’s car was right outside my window. I saw the driver passed out in the vehicle. The people nearby woke him up and tried to take him to hospital, but he ran away saying he had to go home. I called the Naupada police station immediately,” he said. The Naupada police have registered an offence against the driver, who was identified as Hardik Sawant (20) based on documents found inside his car. He has been booked for endangering life and damaging public property due to rash and negligent driving, under the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act. “We have contacted Mr. Sawant’s father, who has assured us that he will bring the accused to the police station. Our efforts to nab him are under way as well,” police sub-inspector Kiran Baghdane said.
|2018-07-30||Thane native intercepted with USD 50000 - The New Indian Express|
Thane native intercepted with USD 50,000 The currencies were concealed in the specially made pouches in his trolley by padding it with clothes. Published: 31st July 2018 02:06 AM, KOCHI:In the third foreign currency seizure incident in the last one-and-a-half months, a Thane native was intercepted by the Air Intelligence Unit of the Customs with USD 50,000 at the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL). The accused person was intercepted on July 27 while boarding a flight to Dubai from the Nedumbassery airport with currency worth Rs 36 lakh.Customs Commissioner Sumit Kumar said the arrested person is part of a currency smuggling racket. He reached here from Mumbai a day before his arrest. Though the currency could not be detected at the airport’s baggage scanner, he was intercepted during passenger profiling procedure. “The currencies were concealed in the specially made pouches in his trolley by padding it with clothes. While examining the passport, we found the accused was a frequent traveller. On the basis of interrogation and subsequent search, the currency notes were recovered,” Sumit Kumar said. The investigation by Customs officers revealed the accused had travelled to Dubai for more than 30 times. He had took a flight from the Nedumbassery in January. On other occasions, he travelled from Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Mumbai airports. “He was the part of a racket that smuggled currencies in return for gold from the Gulf countries. We have identified the other persons in the racket,” an officer said.
|2018-07-28||80-90% potholes fixed: Thane, Kalyan civic bodies - Daily News & Analysis|
80-90% potholes fixed: Thane, Kalyan civic bodies Updated: Jul 28, 2018, 06:55 AM IST The dip in rainfall has helped the civic bodies of Thane and Kalyan to quicken the pace of pothole repairs in their jurisdiction. As such, both claim to have completed over 80 per cent of potholes and road repairs till now. Five pothole-related deaths in Kalyan this season have angered the local residents over the bad condition of roads. As such, Public Works Department Minister Eknath Shinde, who is also Thane's guardian minister, had instructed the civic bodies and other authorities to undertake road repairs on a war footing. But incessant rainfall till last week had made it difficult for the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation to carry out the road repairs. Regardless, they continued the roadwork and, till Friday, have reportedly repaired most of the potholes in the city. "We have finished over 80 per cent of road/pothole repairs in Kalyan. The rest will be completed soon," said a senior KDMC official . The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) also claimed to have completed around 90 per cent of repairs. "The TMC staff had identified potholes at 1,426 spots, of which 80 to 90 per cent have been repaired," said Anil Patil, city engineer, TMC. They have used ready-mix concrete, paver blocks and four to five other techniques to fill the potholes and repair the roads.
|2018-07-28||Mumbai: Cancer patient dies at Thane station, relative alleges wife's ... - Free Press Journal|
Mumbai: Cancer patient dies at Thane station, relative alleges wife’s cries unheard by railway authorities Jul 28, 2018 10:56 am A 35-year-old man, a cancer patient, died at Thane railway station on Friday while he was on his way to Tata Memorial Hospital. The man’s wife, who was crying beside her husband, failed to get the attention of the railway authorities. And, it allegedly took half an hour for Railway authorities to attend to the man. According to Mumbai Mirror, the deceased has been identified as Deepak Gupta (35), and was with his wife Reshma at the time of the incident. The incident took place when they both were traveling to Parel from Kalyan when he collapsed in the train. Kanhaiya Gupta, a relative of the deceased told the leading daily, “He started feeling uneasy and collapsed as the train neared Thane. Passengers in the train then helped carry him out of the train and placed him on a platform bench.” The relative of Deepak Gupta also claimed that the Railway Authorities failed to notice Reshma who was sitting next to Deepak’s body for half an hour. The officials only rushed to spot when passengers informed them about Deepak’s body, after which the doctors from Thane railway station’s emergency room reached the spot and declared him dead. Deepak’s cousin told the leading, “A woman was crying next to her husband’s dead body for close to half an hour and the authorities didn’t suspect anything wrong. This shows how callously the railway administration takes its duty.” Deepak Gupta is survived by his wife, 11-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter. Sunil Udasi, Central Railway’s PRO, told leading daily, “Ongoing through the CCTV footage, we found the person was brought down by passengers at around 8:15 am. Station officials were informed about the incident by passengers and they reached the spot at around 8:30 am on a stretcher and rushed him to the emergency room. There was no delay.”
|2018-07-28||2 more held from Raigad in drug case - Times of India|
2 more held from Raigad in drug case Jul 28, 2018, 22:34 IST Thane: The Thane crime branch has arrested two more accused in the 1/2kg pseudoephedrine seizure case from Raigad. The police said the accused have been identified as Ravikant Kank and Pravin Mhaske, who were nabbed on the basis of information given by accused Pravin Pawar, who was earlier arrested by the crime branch. “After his arrest, Pawar revealed that he had got the contraband from Mhaske, who works for a pharmaceutical company based in the industrial area of Raigad,” said Nitin Thakre, senior police inspector. Mhaske allegedly got the contraband that was stolen from the pharma company and gave it to Kank, who gave it to Pawar to be sold in the market at a high cost. However, before anything could be done, they were arrested. The police suspect that this could be a clear case of pilferage and there may be other elements involved in the racket. Earlier this week, based on a tip-off, the sleuths kept a vigil in the Cidco bus stand area late in the night and when Pawar was seen proceeding towards Kalwa, the police team sent a decoy and intercepted him. The police team found 500 grams of drugs worth over Rs 20 lakh in the grey market, said a police officer.
|2018-07-28||Malaria cases drop by 42% in dist this yr - Times of India|
Malaria cases drop by 42% in dist this yr Jul 28, 2018, 22:33 IST Thane: The Thane district malaria department has recorded a drop in the number of patients suffering from the mosquito-borne disease. A drop of almost 42 per cent has been registered till June this year as compared to last year. According to the statistics compiled by the department, while there were 834 positive malaria cases from January to June 2017, the number went down by 483 patients in 2018 during the same period. Officials said that their proactiveness of early detection and spreading awareness about the disease played a huge role in reducing the number of malaria cases. “The number of patients suffering from the disease has gone down and one of the reasons for it is that we have made sure to do an early diagnosis and ensured prompt treatment. As soon as any symptoms of the disease are seen the person is tested to see if he or she is malaria positive. Also, our Asha workers go door-to-door on fortnight basis to keep a tab on every citizen’s health. When we come across anybody suffering from malaria, we also check the health of other members of the family,” said Dr Pradeep Kakade, district malaria officer. The officials added that they spread awareness about the precautionary measures through various platforms, some of which are through Asha workers explaining the same to citizens, conducting rallies by school children, etc. Authorities even ensure that there are no mosquito breeding spots so that the disease does not spread. They destroy the breeding spots by various methods, which also includes putting guppy fish that eat the mosquito larvae. Statistics also show that as compared to the rural pockets there were more patients in the corporation area. While there were 21 patients in the rural pockets of Kalyan, Ambernath, Bhwandi, Murbad and Shahapur, there were around 429 patients in the urban belt. City-based doctors said that one of the reasons for this could be that there are many construction sites in the city as compared to the rural pockets, which makes it easier for the mosquitoes to breed and eventually spread the disease. one of the reasons for it is that we have made sure to do an early diagnosis and ensured prompt treatment. As soon as any symptoms of the disease are seen the person is tested to see if he or she is malaria positive. our Asha workers go door-to-door on fortnight basis to keep a tab on every citizen’s health.
|2018-07-28||Scanty rainfall leads to rise in RSPM by 12% - Times of India|
Scanty rainfall leads to rise in RSPM by 12% Jul 28, 2018, 13:27 IST THANE: The scanty rainfall over the past few days in the lake city has not only increased the humidity levels, but also the overall air quality as the RSPM levels have risen by over 12% in just six days. While the RSPM in the air has been hovering around 60g/m3 during the heavy rains earlier this month, it rose to about 87g/m3 last week. Over the past few days, the RSPM level has shoot up to around 98.6g/m3, which is almost around the permissible limit. “Usually, around this time there is more rainfall and at times even flooding. Due to this, the temperature and air pollution levels is at an all-time low. However, over the past few days the rainfall has been scanty,” said Kshama Kulkarni, a Vartak Nagar resident. Meanwhile, officials from the weather department said that with no proper rain weather systems brewing here, the heat will continue to increase and air quality will further deteriorate. “Over the past week, the weather systems responsible for bringing in the monsoon showers have not been seen over the coastal regions of Mumbai, Thane and Dahanu. The clearer skies have increased the exposure of these areas to the sun; thus increasing the temperature and humidity here,” said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymetweather. “The rising temperature results in the RSPM also rising; thus heightening the air pollution in the area. As the weather will remain humid and partly clear for another week, the heat and pollution is bound to increase further,” he said.
|2018-07-28||A record ride: Thane teen takes the high road to Ladakh in 16 days - Hindustan Times|
A record ride: Thane teen takes the high road to Ladakh in 16 days Shetty, a district-level kickboxing champion who believes “why should boys have all the fun?”, started learning to ride the bike only a year ago with help from her friends Pratik Marsurkar and Darshan Raghunath. Updated: Jul 29, 2018 01:37 IST Seven states, 6,010 kilometres and 16 days. Sounds crazy? Well, 19-year-old Kanaka Shetty, a resident of Manpada rode the impossible on her first journey, which may soon find mention in the Guinness World Records. Shetty, a district-level kickboxing champion who believes “why should boys have all the fun?”, started learning to ride the bike only a year ago with help from her friends Pratik Marsurkar and Darshan Raghunath. Shetty’s mother, Rekha, an eye surgeon says discrimination between boys and girls always irked her, leading her to take up an interest in riding bikes. Within just a year, Shetty’s parents got her a bike and before she knew it, she had set out on her journey on July 1. Shetty took the Thane-Udaipur-Hisar-Chandigarh-Katra- Banihal- Drass -Leh- Khardung La- Pangong Lake- Jispa-Manali-Amritsar- Bhatinda- Udaipur-Thane route to what she calls “the journey of a lifetime”. Once a stranger to the difficult terrains, high altitude, changing temperatures, and glaciers, Shetty got used to the twisted road in no time. “It was difficult to ride after sunset, but this journey taught me how to face every kind of climate. By the tenth day, I had got used to all the water crossings,” she says. Marsurkar and Raghunath, her comrades in the journey, taught her to handle situations and look out for the safety of fellow drivers. Recollecting how soldiers at the Kargil Memorial encouraged her to ride on against all odds, she says, “These are places we go to for adventure, but the soldiers stationed there survive such difficult situations. I salute their spirit.” When asked about the challenging destination, Ladakh, the young biker says she prepared a lot for the journey, including going on 400-km rides. “The feeling of being on top of the world at Khardung La pass, one of the highest points in the world, gave me such an adrenaline rush,” says Shetty, adding that her next stop is south India. Her father, Rakesh, a mechanical engineer, says he hopes she is a motivation for others like her. “She has never let us down and we are now planning to get her name incorporated in the Guinness World Records.”
|2018-07-28||Now Bullet train to take a big bite of Thane forest - Mumbai Mirror|
Now Bullet train to take a big bite of Thane forest Jul 29, 2018, 02:33 IST The Bullet train is the fourth project for which verdant forest land in Thane and Palghar districts is being sacrificed. The National High Speed Rail Corporation – the executing agency for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train – has sought 55 hectares of forest land in Thane, continuing the relentless onslaught on Mumbai’s green cover. The land sought to lay the railway line is in Mandvi section of the Thane forest division, a known habitat of panthers, and the wild cats are already under threat from growing human encroachment into the neighbouring Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Thane Divisional Forest Officer Jitendra Ramgaokar confirmed that the High Speed Rail Corporation has sought the land and said a survey for the same will start soon. He, however, refused to say how many trees would have to be felled to lay the railway line through the forest. The Bullet train is the fourth project for which verdant forest land in Thane and Palghar districts is being sacrificed. Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communications Highway – Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s pet project – has already claimed 220 hectares of forest land in this region. The highway will pass through eco-sensitive Tansa sanctuary. The forest department has already dereserved 10.55 hectares of land in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park for the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and has sanctioned a plan to cut 12,000 trees for the same. The biggest chunk of has been set aside for a dam to feed the ever growing Vasai-Virar township. A land parcel of over 440 – all of it forest land – has been carved out of the Palghar district for this project. Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said there isn’t much his department can do to prevent this wanton destruction of forest. “Not much is in our hands. The sanctioning is done by the Union government. We will process the proposal and send it,” he said. Sources in the forest department said that though the train lines will be laid on a viaduct, it will still lead to cutting of thousands of trees and the construction work will disturb the wildlife. DStalin, who heads the NGO Vanshakti, said that once again no effort has been made to avoid use of forest land. “Invariably forest land is sacrificed for infrastructure projects. If the National High Speed Rail Corporation were willing to spend a little more money, the use of forest land could have been avoided,” he said. National High Speed Rail Corporation’s chairman and managing director Achal Khare and joint general manager Sanjay Sehgal did not respond to calls from Mumbai Mirror. Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train – has sought 55 hectares of forest land in Thane.
|2018-07-28||TMC drew 203MLD excess water over 3 years: Report - Times of India|
TMC drew 203MLD excess water over 3 years: Report Jul 28, 2018, 23:05 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) received 203 million litres of excess water supply over the last three years which experts say could possibly be equal to the daily consumption of a city like Kalyan-Dombivli or Vasai-Virar with a population between 12-13 lakh. A report prepared by the civic water supply department recently to understand the demand and supply scenario in the city shows 480 million litres per day (MLD) water was supplied to the city in 2015 when the demand was 390MLD resulting in excess of 70MLD. In the subsequent year, an extra supply of around 74MLD was registered when the demand shown is 406MLD and supply increased to 480MLD. Interestingly, this is the same phase when the city had faced a water crisis situation due to insufficient rains. The volume of excess water dropped to 59MLD last year as the supply volume remained the same, but demand increased to 421MLD, said the report reading. The demand-supply ratio, said civic officials, was worked out based on the population rise in the city and as per the mandate of the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization to provide nearly 150 litres per capita in an urban settlement. Experts have further calculated this volume and deduced the stock to be able to cater to the needs of nearly 12-13 lakh residents. The water supply reports are likely to be presented to the state government that will analyze the water consumption patterns of various urban areas of the state, said an official. However, despite this high supply volume received by the civic body, several parts of the city continue to witness water shortage while others get abundant water supply throughout the day. Activists and residents have called for an immediate audit of the network to plug leakages and ensure supply reaches everyone in the city. “There is a serious lapse in the water supply distribution network of the civic body and the administration is simply not ready to take up any corrective action. There is no account of where this huge volume of water is being sent to or consumed but it seems the honest tax payers are unnecessarily bearing the brunt. Despite paying taxes regularly, we do not get adequate water supply,” complained a resident. Meanwhile, the difference in the income and expenditure of the water supply department has also been inflating over the last three years, reveal records. As per the documents accessed by TOI, the losses incurred by the department vis-a-vis the income-expenditure pattern was Rs 20 crore in 2015, which gradually rose to Rs 30 crore in 2017. “We receive nearly 485MLD, but are not in a position to calculate which area has got how much water supply over the day. We have initiated the process to install consumption meters for domestic connections so that we can gauge the quantum of usage and losses,” said a senior official from the water supply department.
|2018-07-28||Thane, Pune, Navi Mumbai CPs, 123 other senior cops shifted - Times of India|
Thane, Pune, Navi Mumbai CPs, 123 other senior cops shifted Jul 29, 2018, 05:05 IST MUMBAI: In his biggest reshuffle of top-rung IPS officers, CM Devendra Fadnavis has transferred 126 officers, including the police commissioners of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. High-profile Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh will be replaced by anticorruption bureau’s acting DG Vivek Phansalkar, and Navi Mumbai police chief Hemant Nagrale will be replaced by state CID head Sanjay Kumar. Singh has been transferred as additional DG (law and order). No posting has been mentioned for Nagrale. Nagpur police commissioner K Venkatesham has been appointed as Pune top cop. Rashmi Shukla, the police chief of Pune, will now be additional DG (highways). Additional DG (prisons) Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay will be new Nagpur police commissioner. Principal secretary (home) Rajneesh Seth will replace Phansalkar in the ACB. While six officers were transferred on Saturday, 120 others, including six IGs and 19 additional CPs were res- huffled on Friday night. Among the promotions effected on Friday night, Solapur SP Viresh Prabhu was appointed as additional CP (Traffic), Mumbai. There has been no additional CP (traffic) for some time. Mumbai Zone-1 DCP Manoj Sharma was promoted and appointed as additional CP (Western Region) while Pune (Rural) SP Suvez Haq was promoted and posted to the ATS, Mumbai. Additional commissioner of police (special branch) Ravindra Shiswe will be the new additional CP of the Central Region in place of S Jaikumar and Sandeep Karnik will be additional CP of the crime branch. Jaikumar has been shifted to the arms division in Mumbai, while additional CP (ACB) K G Patil has been transferred to Thane as additional CP (administration). Pune SRPF head Sureshkumar Mekala has been shifted to Navi Mumbai as joint commissioner, Aurangabad range IG Milind Bharambe will be new IG (law and Order) in DG office and Pune joint CP Ravindra Kadam has been shifted to Nagpur in the same rank. Harish Baijal, who was sidelined for a prolonged period, will be new SP of Gondia. Currently, he is with the State Human Rights Commission. Thane ACB (SP) Sangramsinh Nishankar has been shifted to Mumbai as DCP and he has been replaced by Thane SP Mahesh Pa- til. Governor’s ADC Gaurav Singh will be new SP of Palghar. Wardha SP Nirmala Devi, Palghar SP Manjunath Singhe, Assistant Inspector General Deepali Masirkar, Amravati SP Abhinash Kumar, Chandrapur SP Niyati Thaker, Pune DCP Ganesh Shinde and ATS DCP Nikesh Khatmode are among the DCP, who have been posted in Mumbai.
|2018-07-27||Thane waterfront project began without obtaining all permissions: Petitioner - Hindustan Times|
Thane waterfront project began without obtaining all permissions: Petitioner The Bombay high court has asked the corporation to stop reclaiming and dumping debris in mangrove areas on creek fronts at Saket, Kopri, Mumbra and Gaimukh. Updated: Jul 28, 2018 00:52 IST The waterfront development project of the Thane Municipal Corporation has hit a major roadblock. The Bombay high court has asked the corporation to stop reclaiming and dumping debris in mangrove areas on creek fronts at Saket, Kopri, Mumbra and Gaimukh in Thane. The bench of Justice Abhay Oak and Riyaz Chagla was hearing a petition filed by Thane-based environmentalist Rohit Joshi and Vanshakti. The petitioners have claimed that the project does not have Maritime Board permission and is violating coastal regulatory zone norms. The petitioners had said the recent flooding near Gaimukh along Ghodbunder Road was due to reclamation of the waterfronts. They had claimed that the project would lead to flooding in the entire city. The petition has also raised the issue of mangrove destruction, land grabbing and displacing the livelihood of locals. Mani Prakash, lawyer of the petitioner, said, “The petition was first admitted for hearing on July 25. The court sought instructions from the municipal corporation if they are dumping or reclaiming the mangrove land along the creek under the waterfront development project. The TMC first denied it. However, we showed them photographs. In the hearing held on July 26, the corporation admitted they had reclaimed the creek for the project. The court has passed a stay on the work of reclaiming and dumping of debris along the four waterfronts.” The TMC will submit an affidavit in the court in the next three weeks on the project. Joshi said, “The corporation started work on the waterfronts a few months ago, after which huge amount of debris were dumped along the creek. This will fill the wetlands, leveling it with the road leading to massive flooding in the city. Ghodbunder Road was flooded for over four hours during the recent heavy rains blocking traffic. This happened because of the reclamation work at Gaimukh.” The destruction of mangroves will also destroy the marine life and other plants in the area. “The project is destroying all mangroves along the creek. This will lead to a disaster in future, when the city will face flooding owing to the development of wetlands,” he said. Joshi claimed that the waterfront project under Smart City Project might have approval from the central government, but it does not have permission from the Maritime Board or the local tehsildar. “Moreover, there are many locals whose livelihood depends on the wetlands. Most people residing in these areas, who will be displaced in the project,” he added. Around 310 houses are displaced from Retibunder, three houses from Kopri and 179 houses from Nagla bunder for the development of these waterfronts. The gaonthans and koliwadas have opposed the waterfront development project. “We are ready to support and assist the government to conserve creeks and mangroves. We will give in writing that not a single inch of land here will be encroached. However, we do not want such projects to come up along the creek, as it will lead to flooding in koliwadas and gaonthans,” said Girish Salgaonkar, president of Thane Gaonthan Koliwada Conservation Committee. Maritime Board said taking their permission for the project is mandatory. Sandeep Thakur, assistant port inspector of Maritime Board, said, “It is true that the corporation has not taken permission from us for the waterfront development project on creeks in the city. They have only taken permission from the central government.” The TMC said they have not yet received the copy of the court order and cannot comment on the issue. An official requesting anonymity said, “We have not yet received the order copy and do not know about the stay. However, we have written letters to Maritime Board and sought permission for development in the CRZ zone. The approvals are in process. The Ministry of Environment and Forests has given us a go-ahead. Moreover, we have said that we would replant more mangroves than what we will cut for the project.” He added that the creek fronts are encroached and reclaimed by land sharks. “The TMC will save the green zone through the project and the concern of flooding is baseless,” he added. BEAUTIFYING WORK GONE WRONG The Thane Municipal Corporation proposed the waterfront development project in 2010, which finally took shape in 2017. A waterfront of 10.58km and an area of 7,22,000sqm will be developed under the project. Parsik-Retibunder, Gaimukh, Kolshet, Kavesar-Waghbil, Kalwa-Sashtrinagar, Saket-Balkum, Nagla bunder and Kopri waterfronts will be beautified under the project. Seven waterfronts will be developed through Smart City Limited while Gaimukh will be executed by the Maharashtra Maritime Board but funded by the corporation. The budget for the entire waterfront project is 260.3 crore.
|2018-07-27||Maratha bandh: 36 arrested for violence, damaging property in Thane - Times of India|
Maratha bandh: 36 arrested for violence, damaging property in Thane Jul 27, 2018, 13:40 IST Police dispersing crowd during protest in Thane.THANE: As many as 36 people have been arrested in nine cases registered by the Thane police for rioting in the bandh called by Maratha organisation demanding reservation on Wednesday. The number may rise later, the police said. The total damage due to bandh is said to be approximately Rs 10 lakhs and the exact losses are yet to be calculated. The police said that most of the arrested persons are the antisocial elements and had nothing to do with the agitation, their sole intention was to disrupt peace in the city. Speaking to TOI, Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said they have identified the accused on the basis of various evidences and some more arrests are likely. "We have formed several teams to nab the accused who provoked the protesters for damaging the public property. We have also found iron rods from a spot in Thane and are investigating it,” said another senior officer. The officer informed that that one arrested accused has been identified as Sharad Kanse, who is the husband of Shiv sena corporator. The police said that they have ample of evidences as the agitation was in the heart of the city which is covered by the cctv. The police said that the crowd which was squatting on the road resorted to rasta roko at the busy Nitin Junction. Singh said that the leaders of the agitation were coopearting with the police and had even decided to withdraw the agitation. But some elements penetrated into the mob to create trouble and attacked the police with stones. Singh said that the police tried to pacify the mob and also the leaders informed them that the bandh had been called off but a section of the mob did not listen to them instead went on the rampage. The police chief said those creating mischief were from the nearby shanties or those who had nothing to do with the agitation. "We used force to control the mob and also burst tear gas shells," the officer added. The commissioner added that normalcy had since returned in the city following this incident and the police were maintaining tight vigil across the commissionerate. The police requested the citizens not forward anything unverified on social that can create unrest in the society.
|2018-07-27||Infinity Wars Prime May Have Just Teased Marvel's Next Big Villain - CBR|
Infinity Wars Prime May Have Just Teased Marvel’s Next Big Villain Share Tweet TOP CBR Search CBR Exclusives Comics News Previews Reviews Movies News Reviews TV News Reviews Lists Videos Community Follow us Newsletter Write For Us Terms Privacy Contact Us Copyright © 2018 CBR.com Leave A Comment 115 Shares ShareOn Facebook Tweet Pin It Email Comment Infinity Wars Prime May Have Just Teased Marvel’s Next Big Villain 22 hours ago by Brandon Staley in CBR Exclusives Comment 115 Shares ShareOn Facebook Tweet Pin It Email Comment WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato’s Infinity Wars Prime #1, on sale now. While many Marvel readers are likely still reeling from that major, surprise death in Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato’s Infinity Wars Prime #1, Thanos’ death is just one of the surprises contained in the issue. Thanos has been a mainstay of Marvel’s cosmic events since his introduction in 1973, and, as such, he has cut a wide, bloody swath through much the universe. Few cultures in Marvel Comics can say they have remained free of the Mad Titan’s influence, and the villain’s legacy will live on — perhaps literally. With the death of Thanos being such a major, pivotal moment in the issue, it’s easy to forget about Loki’s latest quest, which could very well change everything we know about Marvel Comics. In Infinity Wars Prime #1, Loki plots a course to the God Quarry, a crackling nexus guarded by the Coven, a trio of elder witches who feed on the souls of death gods. His mission is simple enough: He feels like someone is playing a grand, cosmic trick on him and he wants to find out what’s going on. He really doesn’t know what he’s in for, though, because there’s a very good chance he will somehow play a part in a wholly different story — releasing Marvel Comics’ next big bads. That new adversary may very well be a totally transformed Thane, the son of the Mad Titan. Page 2: Take A Trip To The Inverted World Of The God Quarry Continue Reading13Next »
|2018-07-27||After children complain of stomach and skin ailments, Thane pool shuts for repairs - Hindustan Times|
After children complain of stomach and skin ailments, Thane pool shuts for repairs Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner of TMC, said, “We have received several complaints and have decided to close the pool for a few days to carry out repair work.” MUMBAI Updated: Jul 28, 2018 00:53 IST The Yashwant Rama Salvi swimming pool at Kalwa, operated by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), has again got complaints. After a flood of complaints, the TMC has decided to shut the pool for repairs. Parents of children, who use the pool, claimed that the water is contaminated. They said there is a leakage in the pool and the filtration plant damaged. “Children have been complaining of stomach and skin ailments,” said a local corporator. The parents alleged that the pool water has been contaminated for the last 15 days and the agency which maintains the pool had written to the civic authority to repair the pool. But, no action has been taken. Sakshi Parab, 36, a resident of Janaki Nagar, said, “My son, a student of class 1, goes to the pool for practice. For the last two weeks, he has been complaining that the water is murky and this has been causing itching. He had boils on his skin so we did not send him for swimming for a few days. After he resumed swimming lessons, the boils were back.” Parab said they had informed the operators their complaints were not addressed. Asha Mane, 32, resident of Shashtri Nagar, said, “My eight-year-old son used to complain of stomach ache after returning from swimming classes. He also has fever for the past four days. We came to know that there is leakage in the pool due to which the level of the water dips. The filtration plant does not function.” Opposition leader and Kalwa NCP corporator Milind Patil did a check on the pool after complaints from the parents. “The water is dirty and the filter is not working. The level of the water too was lower than usual. I will take the issue forward with the civic authority,” he said. Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner of TMC, said, “We have received several complaints and have decided to close the pool for a few days to carry out repair work. There is a technical fault in the filtration unit.”
|2018-07-27||45-year-old hurt in tree fall incident at Panchpakhadi - Times of India|
45-year-old hurt in tree fall incident at Panchpakhadi Jul 27, 2018, 22:17 IST Thane: A 45-year-old man escaped with minor injuries on his leg after a tree fell on him near Dhanekar Colony in Panchpakhadi early on Thursday morning. Rescue officials said that Avinash Jogale, a resident of Datta Chaya building, was walking towards his home at Gurukul society when suddenly the tree fell a few meters ahead of him. An alert resident informed the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) and the local fire brigade at Nitin company junction, who reached the spot within minutes. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer at the RDMC, said, “We arrived at the spot with an ambulance and a rescue vehicle as we had heard that a resident has been injured. After rescuing Jogale, we rushed him to a private hospital. The area was cleared within minutes.” An auto and bike were also damaged.
|2018-07-27||Thane illegal religious structures will soon be demolished - Free Press Journal|
Thane illegal religious structures will soon be demolished Jul 27, 2018 08:12 am Thane: Around 89 illegal religious structures in Thane city will soon be demolished. Thane’s civic chief, Sanjeev Jaiswal, has given the directions to the officials to complete the drive within 15 days. Likewise, the officials if fail to do so, will have to face strict action. The illegal shrines occupying the footpaths, service roads and any civic property will be razed in the next 15 days. The civic commissioner has asked assistant municipal commissioners of each ward to demolish these shrines or face action. There are around 89 illegal shrines across the city including temples, durgah, churches and other places of worship. The survey of all the shrines in the city has revealed that the city had 714 illegal shrines. Out of these, 587 shrines can now be legally regularised by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Apart from this there are remaining 127 shrines which are illegal, however out of this there are 12 shrines, whose fate will be determined by an higher level committee. This leaves the remaining 115 shrines which needs to be demolished. “TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal has given directives to demolish all the remaining illegal shrines in the city. The ward officers in each of the respective wards will be responsible for demolishing these shrines. In case they aren’t demolished within 15 days, action will be taken against those officials. Demolishing these shrines will clear lot of space on the roads, footpaths or service road, occupied by these place of worship,” informed Sandeep Malavi, Public Relation Officer, TMC. Apart from the illegal shrines, the civic Commissioner has also given directives to remove illegal hoardings, banners and flags defacing the city in the next three days. “We have demolished 38 shrines so far, while 89 shrines are yet to be demolished. We plan to demolish them in 15 days as per the directives of the civic commissioner. We are formulating a plan of action and the razing will start once we get required police force,” Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissioner, anti-encroachment, said. The Court order In May 2011, a GR was issued by the state government to demolish shrines after 2009. The Bombay High Court had slammed the municipal corporation for not implementing the GR. Following the court’s directives the corporation prepared a list of 714 shrines and divided them into A, B and C categories in 2015. Category A includes the old and famous shrines which do not interfere with the developmental plan of the city and can be regularised with the approval of various local authorities. Category B comprises those constructed between 1960 and 2009 which interfere with the development plan of the city and the special committee will have take decision on this shrine whether to demolish or regularise it. Category C includes those which can be rehabilitated.
|2018-07-27||Six get 5 years imprisonment for abetting suicide of Thane girl - The New Indian Express|
Six get 5 years imprisonment for abetting suicide of Thane girl Special Judge (SC/ST court) G P Shirsat, in an order passed two days back, also imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 on each convict from Kopar Khairane of Navi Mumbai. Published: 27th July 2018 01:09 PM, Last Updated: 27th July 2018 01:09 PM THANE: A special court in Thane has sentenced six men to five years imprisonment for abetting the suicide of a girl in 2009. Special Judge (SC/ST court) G P Shirsat, in an order passed two days back, also imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 on each convict from Kopar Khairane of Navi Mumbai. The court, however, acquitted two women, giving them benefit of doubt. Those awarded punishment are: Sandip Shrikant Dhonde (33), Suresh Baban Sanas (49), Rajendra Baban Bhor (51), Vilas Baban Sanas (46), Ratnakar Rambhau Aaute (47) and Kumar Vasant Gole (31). They were held guilty under the Indian Penal Code Sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and a section of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The prosecutor told the court that the victim's mother, in her complaint lodged with the police, said that on May 4, 2009, when she was on her way to the family-owned clothes shop, she spotted some boys throwing stones and mud in the water tank of her house in Kopar Khairane. She reprimanded the boys and went to the shop. After she returned home at night, one of the women in the locality picked up a quarrel with her. The accused men also joined in and attacked the woman, her family members, including her children and husband. They also used "bad words" against the woman over her community, the prosecution said. Due to the constant harassment and humiliation by the accused, one of the daughters of the woman consumed poison and ended her life, following which the accused were booked and arrested. As per the prosecution, prior to the May 2009 incident, the woman had also twice complained to the police about some boys in the locality eve-teasing her daughter. The prosecution told the court that the victim used to constantly ask her parents to change their house and settle somewhere else due to the constant harassment by the people in the locality. In his order, the judge noted, "From the evidence and circumstances on record it is clear that the six accused assaulted the complainant and others. They intentionally humiliated the woman by abusing her on caste and abetted the suicide of her daughter, besides causing injuries to others." "The accused persons had been causing physical and mental torture to the complainant and her family members since long and the woman had filed several complaints to various authorities, but they had not taken cognisance in time," the court noted.
|2018-07-27||Lunar eclipse today, but rains may play spoilsport - Times of India|
Lunar eclipse today, but rains may play spoilsport Jul 27, 2018, 22:16 IST Thane: Even though star gazing enthusiasts are excited about the much-awaited cosmic event on Friday, experts feel that the cloudy skies may play spoilsport. It will be the longest total lunar eclipse in the past 18 years. Unlike in the past, astronomical groups have not organised any special activities on this occasion due to the forecast of heavy rainfall in Thane and Mumbai. Mihir Gilbile, a city-based star-gazing expert working with an adventure group, said, “As per wehather reports, there will be heavy rainfall during the time of the total lunar eclipse. So the chances of capturing a clear image is just 2% to 3%. Because of this, even major star gazing groups haven’t organized any event.” The eclipse is expected to last for 1 hour and 43 minutes and will be at its peak at around 2.43am.
|2018-07-27||Maratha agitation: How a cop saved two young girls from mob - Times of India|
Maratha agitation: How a cop saved two young girls from mob Jul 27, 2018, 15:46 IST THANE: It was a great escape for two young women who were struck in the midst of a violent mob at the Nitin junction, during the Maratha agitation which saw sporadic incidents of violence on Wednesday. The presence of mind of a police officer saved them. It so happened that the two girls were travelling in a cab and were proceeding on the highway where an irate mob of hundreds was protesting on Wednesday. A section of the mob of about 50 stopped the vehicle at Nitin junction which was the epicentre of the protest. The crowd was not allowing the car to proceed upon which one of them got down and pleaded with the members of the mob. The mass psychology was at its top and the mob would not budge and there was heated argument and wordy duel between the girl and the members of the mob, said an eyewitness. "The mob was shouting slogans around the girls who were literally on the verge of crying. Had there been a delay of a few minutes, they could have got into more trouble," Kawle informed TOI. Another mob of around 50 was rushing towards the irate mob when the argument was in progress but the worst was avoided. Speaking to TOI, the officer said that he considered it first to rescue the girl from the clutches of the mob, as the mob was irate and the situation was tensed up during noon.
|2018-07-26||The Hindu conducts parenting workshop in Thane - The Hindu|
The Hindu conducts parenting workshop in Thane MUMBAI: , JULY 26, 2018 21:27 IST UPDATED: JULY 26, 2018 21:27 IST Experts say parents should be more mature in the transition phase of their child and know when they should step up and when to step down The 5th in the series of informative workshops conducted by The Hindu In School on ‘Handing Adolescent Issues’ was organised at the Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School in Thane on July 21. Noted psychologist, art and dance exponent and poet, Dr. Tushar Guha, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Guha brought out the complexities involved in raising adolescents. He emphasised on the fact that parents often overlook the finer details in the transitional phase and start behaving differently. “They also expect too much from the adolescent child. Parents should realise that this is a phase of transition and give time to the adolescent. It was also important to communicate frequently and appropriately with the adolescent,” he said. R.Vimala, CEO, Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission gave examples of Krishna and Arjuna to say that at no point of time did Krishna direct Arjuna to do something. “He would always show the various paths and ask him to choose the correct one. Parents should also be the guiding force bringing out the path of righteousness to the notice of their children and make them choose the right path,” she said. Dr. Guha also dwelt on the difference between acquiring degrees, knowledge and education. “A truly educated person will be mature and use education for their growth and development. It was also necessary to imbibe a sense of belonging amongst children. This was possible only when they discussed and looked up to their own family with a sense of pride,” he explained. Dr. Guha mentioned that somewhere along the lines we had forgotten to dream. “It was important to dream only then we could probably grow in life. Reading out fairy tales was also extremely relevant to kindle our creativity. Parenting was not a one-time solution, but an evolution of ideas,” he concluded. Ms. Vimala opined that parents should also be more mature in this phase of transition of their child and know where they should step up and where step down to discipline their child. “Love and discipline need to be used appropriately. They should also never belittle their child as that would damage their self-esteem. Each child was different from the other and needed to be treated accordingly,” she said. The IAS officer further noted that social norms were also changing, e.g. having a boyfriend or girlfriend had become more acceptable now. “Despite that the pressures of obtaining good marks and rank in school or college was a matter of concern. It was important to communicate with the child, speak to him or her to avoid conflicts,” she said. Saumitra Prasad , CMO of Camlin Kokuyo Ltd emphasised on the beauty of colours. “It is important to devote at least half an hour every week to drawing and painting because it was the best way to refresh oneself,” he said. The Principal and Director of Education, Singhania School, Revathi Srinivasan spoke about the various workshop series on varied subjects being organised by the school. “About less than 10% of family with adolescents experience conflicts while only 15-30% of most adolescent experience storm and stress. However handling these would not be difficult if parents and adolescents kept their communication channels open,” Ms. Srinivasan said. The Hindu in School series of informative workshops conducted in association with Kokuyo Camlin and Nrityanjali. N. Vaidyanathan, regional manager and National Head-School Vertical of The Hindu Group proposed a vote of thanks.
|2018-07-26||Thane court denies bail to Bangladeshi national staying in India illegally, says Aadhaar card not proof of citizenship - Firstpost|
Thane court denies bail to Bangladeshi national staying in India illegally, says Aadhaar card not proof of citizenship Jul 26, 2018 15:54:12 IST Thane: A Thane court has rejected the bail plea of a 42-year-old Bangladeshi national arrested for illegally staying in India and observed that an Aadhaar card cannot be considered proof of citizenship. District Judge RS Patil Bhosale rejected the bail application of Mohammad Nasir Hafiz Saddar, who was booked under IPC sections pertaining to cheating and forgery, and provisions of the Passport (Entry into India) Act and the Foreigners Act along with 11 other Bangladeshi nationals. The judge said last week that it has been rightly submitted by the prosecution that an Aadhaar card cannot be considered proof of citizenship. "It has been observed by the Calcutta High Court that the Aadhaar card by itself shall not confer any right of or be proof of citizenship or domicile in respect of the holder thereto," he said. In view of these facts, if the accused is released on bail, there is a possibility of his absconding as he prima facie appears to be a foreigner, the court said. Considering the facts and punishment prescribed for the alleged offence, it will not be just and proper to release the accused on bail, the judge said in his order on 21 July. According to the prosecution, Saddar had been residing in Thane's Mira Road area since March 2016 without valid documents or a passport. He was arrested along with 11 others in December 2016 for allegedly staying in India illegally. During the investigation, he produced a fabricated PAN card, an Aadhaar card, a ration card, an election card and a school transfer certificate, the prosecution said. The judge said the school transfer certificate submitted by the accused was fake as the educational institution concerned in West Bengal denied issuing it. The accused opened a bank account on the basis of his passport, birth certificate, Aadhaar card, PAN card and the school transfer certificate, he noted.
|2018-07-26||School van driver arrested for drunk driving in Thane - United News of India|
School van driver arrested for drunk driving in Thane Thane, Jul 26 (UNI) A school van driver was arrested by the city police on Thursday for allegedly driving the van in inebriated state, here.The students raised an alarm when they saw the driver of the school van who was heavily drunk, dozing and repeatedly falling on the wheel this evening at around 1630 hrs near the service road at Louis Wadi, police said. On hearing the cries of around 15 school students of different age groups and with a view to save the children, Traffic Police constable Santosh Bagul stopped the van and pulled out the driver Suresh Shiravale (45). The police man promptly arranged for substitute driver and deployed a policeman in the van to reach the students to their destinations. Meanwhile, the heavily drunk driver was taken to Wagle Sub-division of the Thane city traffic and arrested under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act, sources added.
|2018-07-26||Upset activist tries to commit suicide, saved - Times of India|
Upset activist tries to commit suicide, saved Jul 26, 2018, 22:01 IST Thane: Quick thinking by an alert civic and police staff from Thane prevented an upset activist from the Matang community from meeting a watery grave late on Tuesday. Thane police officials said the man Mangesh Suryavanshi (38) had got into arguments with fellow members after a scheduled protest by their community on Wednesday was called off at the last minute. It is believed, the decision upset him and he decided to commit suicide by jumping off the Kasheli bridge towards Bhiwandi. Santosh Kadam, chief of the Thane regional disaster management cell said that they received a distress call about a man jumped off the Kasheli Bridge. Meanwhile, senior police officials who also rushed to the spot tried to cajole him out of the water while civic rescuers entered the creek and saved him from drowning. Suryavanshi received minor injuries and was admitted to the Thane civil hospital. Doctors treating him have said that his condition is now stable, said police officials.
|2018-07-26||Man injured in Thane after tree falls on him as he walks home - Hindustan Times|
Man injured in Thane after tree falls on him as he walks home Second tree collapse in Thane city’s Panchpakhadi locality in the past 10 days. Updated: Jul 26, 2018 15:42 IST A 45-year-old man suffered minor injuries after a tree fell in Thane city’s Panchpakhadi locality, making it the second tree collapse in the locality in 10 days. The incident took place near Gurukul society around 1am Thursday, when the victim, Avinash Jogale, a resident of Panchpakhadi, was walking home. The tree also damaged an auto and a bike. “The fire brigade and Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) team reached the spot. The victim suffered minor injuries on the leg and was taken to nearby hospital immediately. They also cleared the tree from the road,” said Santosh Kadam, in charge of Thane RDMC. On July 16, Prashant Dhabale, 26, an engineer, suffered minor injuries after a tree fell on him while he was passing through Panchpakhadi on his bike. Last year, Thane resident Kishore Pawar, 38, died after a huge tree fell and hit him on the neck.
|2018-07-26||Thane police fire in air, lathi-charge protesters - Times of India|
Thane police fire in air, lathi-charge protesters Jul 26, 2018, 06:06 IST THANE: Five policemen, two bus passengers and a BEST conductor were injured in separate cases of violence during the Maratha Kranti Morcha protest in Thane. A total of six cases have been registered against protesters in Thane for rioting and arson among other charges. At least 18 agitators were arrested. The injured cops were identified as assistant police inspector (API) Ashok Bhandare, sub-inspector Santosh Tagde, Naupada APIs Nilesh More and Vijay Lamture, and police naik Dattaram Jatak. “Bus conductor Vilas Vise suffered injuries on the ear and passengers Vishal Deshmukh and Pundlik Patil minor head injuries in a stone-pelting incident,” said Dr Sangita Makode, additional civil surgeon. Morcha supporters stopped autos and buses from plying and forced shops to down shutters. At 9am, a mob burnt tyres on Majiwda flyover. An hour later, another group spilled on to the tracks at Thane station, affecting services for a few minutes. Ten TMT buses and a few private vehicles were also targeted. The protesters blocked traffic at major junctions, like Cadbury and Nitin junction on Eastern Express Highway, for nearly three hours. The protests turned violent following noon at Nitin Junction, where over 250 agitators tried to damage public property and pelted stones. The police resorted to lathi-charge and fired eight tear gas shells to disperse the mob. Several schools and offices were open, but the attendance was low.
|2018-07-25||Mumbai Bandh Live Updates: Protesters block traffic in Thane, bus services from Airoli to Vashi stopped - Free Press Journal|
Maharashtra Bandh Live Updates: Maratha Kranti Morcha calls off Mumbai bandh Jul 25, 2018 02:39 pm The Maratha Kranti Morcha calls off Mumbai bandh. The ‘peaceful’ bandh in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane called by Maratha Kranti Morcha turned violent as the day went by. Protesters blocked the Mumbai-Pune Highway while stones were pelted and a bus was set ablaze in Mankhurd. According to earlier reports, traffic was blocked by protesters in Thane. Tires were burnt and a bus was vandalised in the area. Workers of Maratha Kranti Morcha also block Eastern Expressway in Chembur during their agitation. Protests were also witnessed in Dadar, and shops are likely to remain closed in the area. Meanwhile, schools closed early, and some cancelled their afternoon classes. Protesters blocked trains in Thane, Jogeshwari as well as Ghansoli, thus affecting all local railway lines. Members of Maratha Kranti Morcha also forcibly shut shops in Thane’s Gokhale Road while some workers of the organisation were seen requesting shopkeepers in Bandra to shut their shops. Private cabs and autos were being stopped from going ahead in Kandivali. According to ANI, protesters pelted stones on two Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses near Navi Mumbai’s Ghansoli this morning. BEST bus services from Airoli to Vashi were completely stopped today in the light of Maharashtra bandh. Meanwhile, Jagannath Sonavne, a protester who attempted suicide by consuming poison yesterday in Aurangabad’s Deogaon Rangari, died in a hospital today. He was a protester in the agitation for reservation for Maratha community in government jobs and education.
|2018-07-25||One killed, 8 injured in building collapse in Thane - The Tribune|
One killed, 8 injured in building collapse in Thane Posted at: Jul 25, 2018, 10:12 AM; last updated: Jul 25, 2018, 10:12 AM (IST) Thane, July 25 A 25-year-old woman was killed and eight others, including two children, were injured when a portion of a building collapsed on an adjoining chawl in Bhiwandi town near here, an official said on Wednesday. The three-storey building, located in Khoni area, had developed cracks and one of its walls collapsed on Tuesday afternoon following which its 22 occupants were evacuated, Thane’s regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. Around 8.30 pm on Tuesday, a portion of the seven-year-old building crashed on a chawl (old-style tenements) located next to it, trapping its residents. A woman, Khairunnisa Shaikh, residing in the chawl died in the mishap while eight others sustained injuries, Kadam said. The civic, fire brigade and local police officials rushed to the spot and carried out the rescue operation. The work to clear the debris continued during the night and was still under way, Kadam said. The injured people, including two children aged two and nine, had been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Bhiwandi, an official said.
|2018-07-25||Businessman is Thane's fifth tree fall victim, wife and auto driver injured - Times of India|
Businessman is Thane's fifth tree fall victim, wife and auto driver injured Updated: Jul 25, 2018, 06:59 IST The crushed auto after a peepal tree branch fell on it in Mulund THANE: A Dombivli businessman travelling in an auto was killed when a bulky branch of an almost century-old peepal tree crashed on the vehicle in Mulund on Tuesday afternoon. His wife and the auto driver escaped with injuries. It was the fifth fatality caused by a tree fall in the city this year. Ravindra Shah, 31, and wife Urvi, 27, had come to an eye specialist in Mulund for Urvi’s treatment, said a relative. They were returning home and had hailed the auto of Chandrabhan Gupta, 40, who stayed nearby in New Rahul Nagar. Around 2.15pm, when the auto was nearing the Maharashtra Bank branch on Guru Gobind Singh Marg in Mulund colony, the huge branch fell on it from a height, mangling it. Passersby rushed to their aid and dragged them out, but Ravindra had suffered very serious head and spine injuries and was dead by the time he was rushed to doctor. Urvi and Gupta received minor head and limb injuries and are stable. She was brought home after treatment in Gograswadi, Dombivli (East), late on Tuesday. Cable around branch may have weakened it: BMC Ravindra Shah and his wife lived with his mother, brother and sister-in-law in Dombivli. Locals blamed the BMC for the Mulund tree tragedy, saying it had turned a deaf ear to its complaints about weak trees. Local resident Dhaneshchandra Alag had written to the municipal corporation on July 10, alerting them to the possibility of a mishap and had requested the authorities to inspect the tree. Kishore Gandhi, assistant municipal commissioner of T ward, said they inspected the tree immediately after the incident but found it to be in good condition. They found a cable wrapped tightly at the point where the branch had snapped. “It must have been placed over a decade ago, and the branch kept growing. Owing to the cable in between, it might have become weak. This was not noticed when the pre-monsoon checks had taken place,” he said, adding that the particular tree had been trimmed before the rains. The branch that fell on Ravindra was a vertical one, and usually during trimming, only dangerous horizontal branches are trimmed. BJP MLA Sardar Tara Singh, who visited the spot, said: “The BMC is fully responsible for this mishap. A life is lost but they must immediately look into trimming of trees that are in dangerous condition,” he said. Some residents said that another branch of the same tree had collapsed last year and that several others along the road could collapse during rains. They said that rapid urbanization in the area had shrunk the soil cover around several massive trees and many had become unstable over the years. Local residents pointed out that there are three schools in the vicinity of the tree and the stretch is usually teeming with students. They shuddered at the prospect of a much greater tragedy if the incident had happened 30 minutes earlier. Alag, who had complained to the BMC, saw the incident from the balcony of his house next to the tree and was among the first to rush to the rescue. “I had finished lunch and come out, when I heard the creaking sound of the branch as it snapped from the trunk. There was barely any traffic on the stretch, but I saw the auto coming and even before I could react, the massive branch had collapsed on the auto. I called out for help and ran to help the victims,” he said.
|2018-07-25||Thane: Building collapses in Bhiwandi - All India Radio|
|2018-07-25||Maharashtra bandh: Protests in Thane turn violent, cops use tear gas to disperse mob - Hindustan Times|
Maharashtra bandh: Protests in Thane turn violent, cops use tear gas to disperse mob Protesters stop autos, block roads in Thane and Kalyan, hold rail roko at Thane station; one agitator critically injured after getting hit on the head by a stone. Updated: Jul 25, 2018 16:49 IST Maratha protests in Thane were centred in around the railway station on Wednesday. However, the agitation, which started off without much violence, took an ugly turn in the afternoon, with protestors hurling stones at cops and the police resorting to lathicharge and lobbing tear gas to disperse the mob. One protester and one policeman were injured in the clashes. “One of the protesters was hit on the head by a stone and got fits. He has been shifted to Thane civil hospital and he is in a critical condition. We are yet to establish his identity. Following the stone-pelting, we fired four tear gas near Nitin Company to bring the situation under control,” said an officer from the Thane police commissionerate, requesting anonymity. Incidents of stone pelting and tyre burning were also reported from several other parts of the city. In the morning, hundreds of protesters staged a rail roko on platform number 2 and 5, disrupting suburban train services for a while. Suresh Nair, station director, Thane, said: “A few people staged a protest on platforms number 2 and 5 at Thane station. We detained them immediately and resumed services.” The mob also forcefully stopped TMT buses near the station premises, as well as downed the shutters of shops at Jambli Naka market and Charai. In Kalyan, hundreds of protesters gathered at Shivaji Chowk, leading to major traffic congestion. “There was no violence, but traffic is badly affected in Kalyan. The protest is at the busy Shivaji Chowk has caused major congestion in the entire city,” said Prashant Nikam, 32, from Kalyan. Both in Thane and Kalyan agitators stopped autos before they could reach the stations. At Thane station, there were no autos at the auto stand, leading to long queues. Archana Mulick, 38, said she waited for over an hour for an auto at Gaondevi market in Thane. “After finally getting an auto, protesters assaulted the auto driver and forcefully stopped the vehicle so I had to walk all the way home,” she said. Later, agitators blocked roads at Teen Hath Naka on the Eastern Express Highway and at Nitin Company junction, disrupting traffic. Protesters were seen heading to malls in Thane city to close them down. “We have alerted all policemen at check points to be alert. As of now, there have been complaints of people pelting stones on buses, shops being vandalised and autos being stopped forcefully. We are also keeping a tab on those spreading rumours,” said the officer.
|2018-07-25||Maharashtra Bandh: Protesters block trains in Thane - Economic Times|
Maharashtra Bandh: Protesters block trains in Thane JUL 25, 2018, 01.42 PM IST Maratha protestors blocked route of local trains at Thane railway station here on Wednesday as the bandh called by Maratha Kranti Morcha over their demand for reservation for their community in Maharashtra began this morning. Earlier on June 24, the protestors pelted stones and torched several vehicles in Aurangabad and adjoining districts of Maharashtra.
|2018-07-25||Maratha Kranti Morcha protests highlights: Clashes between ... - Moneycontrol.com|
Maratha Kranti Morcha protests highlights: Clashes between protesters and police still on; tear gas used in Thane Jul 25, 2018 10:34 PM IST Maratha Quota Stir Mumbai Update — 6 pm. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the government is ready to talk to the Maratha community. He added that the government has taken several decisions regarding the issue. Central Railway services on Thane-Vashi route have resumed. Congress leader Ashok Chavan reacted to CM's statement. "Till when are you going to deceive people in the name of discussions?" Chavan said. An agitator was injured during lathicharge in Thane, hours after the bandh in Mumbai was called off.
|2018-07-25||Maratha Kranti Morcha protests LIVE: Protesters stop train, vandalise bus in Thane - Moneycontrol.com|
Maratha Kranti Morcha protests highlights: Clashes between protesters and police still on; tear gas used in Thane Jul 25, 06:00 PM (IST) Maratha Quota Stir Mumbai Update — 6 pm. — Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the government is ready to talk to the Maratha community. He added that the government has taken several decisions regarding the issue. Central Railway services on Thane-Vashi route have resumed. Congress leader Ashok Chavan reacted to CM's statement. "Till when are you going to deceive people in the name of discussions?" Chavan said. An agitator was injured during lathicharge in Thane, hours after the bandh in Mumbai was called off. Jul 25, 10:34 PM (IST) That's all for today, readers. Thanks for staying on with our coverage of the day's action. Your enthusiasm encourages us to better our coverage every day. Do come back tomorrow for more news, views and insights.
|2018-07-24||More to drink: Thane Municipal Corporation plans to clean creeks and nullahs - Daily News & Analysis|
More to drink: Thane Municipal Corporation plans to clean creeks and nullahs Updated: Jul 24, 2018, 06:10 AM IST The Thane Municipal Corporation is thinking of purifying all water bodies — including lakes, nullahs and Thane creeks — under its jurisdiction. City activists say its a tactic to divert public attention from the desalination project of Thane creek. And also a waste of public money and time. On July 20, officials of American bio-remediation company Oil Spill Eater international corporation (OSEIC) made a presentation to the TMC (Thane municipal corporation). It was about purifying lakes, nullahs and creeks of Thane. “OSEIC handles water purification project of the central government for Ganga river as well as of Rajghat for Varanasi,” says Sandip Malvi, public relations officer, TMC. There are 35 lakes in Thane city and a 32 km long Thane creek. “They use the latest in bio-remediation technology and our commissioner has decided to purify the lakes and creek in Thane with this technology,” he says. After one more presentation by OSEIC, commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal will take the decision to start this project on pilot basis in one of the lakes. He elaborates that with this technology the water in lakes will be purified. “But it cannot be made potable. It will improve oxygen level and transparency.” When we told him that the TMC has machines to purify water, he said,”yes we are using it, but OSEIC has better and different technology.”
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|2018-07-24||Animal husbandry dept proposes to build birth control centres for dogs - Times of India|
Animal husbandry dept proposes to build birth control centres for dogs Jul 24, 2018, 22:39 IST Thane: The Thane district animal husbandry department has sent out a proposal to build two Animal Birth Control (ABC) centres (for dogs) in the district as there are none so far. In the last fiscal year there have been around 7,878 dog bites in Thane district, which means, on an average, 21 people get bitten daily, so there is a dire need to do sterilisation, stated the authorities. There are no ABC centres anywhere in the rural pocket of the Thane district and the officials claimed that there is a need of such a centre where more than 82 lakh citizens reside. “There are no such animal birth control centres (for dogs) in the district and the sterilisation process is done by the seven municipal corporations which are there, but nothing happens on the district level. Also there have been around 7,878 dog bites in the last year which is from April 2017 to March 2018. So if these centres come up we would be able to sterilise the dogs, so that there is control on their population. In the proposal which we have sent to the state animal husbandry department we have mentioned that the centre will be in Bhiwandi and Shahapur which are two central places. Also, there will be 50 kennels in the two centres,” said Dr Prashant Kamble, animal husbandry officer of Thane district. The authorities stated that once the dogs are sterilised then the strays will be kept for three to five days in the centre and later will be sent to the respective places from where they are picked up by the dog catchers. The centre will also have a veterinarian, an assistant, two nurses and two security personnel. Also, the number of vans and dog catchers will be decided once the proposal is sanctioned.
|2018-07-24||Maratha outfits call for bandh in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai tomorrow - Hindustan Times|
Shops shut as bandh called by Maratha outfits begins in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai Essential services have been exempted from the bandh, Maratha Kranti Morcha has said. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 25, 2018 07:57 IST A shutdown called by Maratha outfits demanding reservation began in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, and several other areas of Maharashtra on Wednesday. Shops were closed in Navi Mumbai and auto-rickshaws were off the roads, a day after large-scale violence marred a statewide protest by Maratha outfits demanding quota in jobs and education. Schools and colleges, however, were exempt from the shutdown. The decision to call a bandh (shutdown) was taken at a meeting of Maratha organisations at Shivaji Mandir in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon. The Maratha Kranti Morcha, an umbrella body of various community groups, announced the bandh. The Marathas have been agitating for reservation for the community in government jobs and education for a while now. The organisation has appealed to community members to observe the bandh peacefully. Essential services have been exempted from the bandh, it added. The shutdown is expected to be observed in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar, Raigad and Satara. NCP MLA Narendra Patil, who has been part of protest marches in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, said on Tuesday the bandh will be observed in all three cities on Wednesday. “We had a meeting of various organisations in Navi Mumbai in Tuesday and decided to observe the bandh in the three districts tomorrow,” he said. “The decision to call for Maharashtra bandh was taken very late on Monday in Aurangabad, and gave us very little time to prepare. By observing the bandh, we are extending our support to protests being staged at various places.”? Following death of youth activist Kakasaheb Shinde, who drowned after jumping in the Godavari river in Aurangabad during protests for reservation on Monday, Maratha outfits called for a state-wide bandh on Tuesday. While it was a success in Marathwada (central Maharashtra), it was not observed in many parts of the state, including the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), so a bandh has been called again on Wednesday. At the meeting, representatives of the various Maratha outfits passed a resolution condemning chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for the government’s delay on the issue of reservation. The last bandh that Mumbai experienced was the one called by Dalit groups in January this year, which saw several incidents of violence and brought Mumbai to a grinding halt.
|2018-07-24||Drugs worth Rs 20 lakh seized in Thane - United News of India|
Drugs worth Rs 20 lakh seized in Thane Thane, July 24 (UNI) The city police has arrested one person from Raigadh and seized from him, Pseudoephedrine, valued at Rs 20 lakh, police said on Tuesday. Police PRO Sukhada Narkar said in a statement that on a tip-off, police intercepted accused Pravin Pawar (25) of Mahad in Raigadh district on Monday, at around 2330 hrs, while he was proceeding towards Kalwa and seized 500 gm drugs from him. Sr PI Nitin Thackre of Crime Unit I said that an offence under Sections 8(‘C),9(A0,25(A) of the NDPS Act of 1985 has been registered against the accused with the Thane Nagar police station. Further investigation was under, he added.UNI XR RJ 2015.
|2018-07-24||Women beat murder accused in Thane - United News of India|
Women beat murder accused in Thane Thane, July 24 (UNI) Two murder accused who were taken to the Kalyan district court were on Tuesday manhandled by women folk from the locality.The video showing the women beating up the duo and the police protecting them has gone viral in the social media. Meanwhile With the arrest of two persons the city police on July 17, claimed to have solved the case of unnatural sex on a seven year old boy and drowning him to death in a tank in Dombivili in May last. Sr. PI Gajanan Kabdule of the Manpada police station said that on May 24, the victim Atharwa Varang father lodged a complaint with the Manpada police station that his son aged 07 who was playing outside the house was missing.
|2018-07-24||Plastic collection: TMC attends to 250 requests - Times of India|
Plastic collection: TMC attends to 250 requests Jul 24, 2018, 22:38 IST Thane: As many as 250 requests for plastic collection were attended to in the past one month alone by the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) WhatsApp helpline launched specifically for door-to-door collection of plastic waste. Officials said since the inauguration of the initiative on June 21, about four tonnes of plastic and 1,000 kilogram of thermocol were collected from households and commercial units from every nook and corner of the city. It is believed that the civic body is still on its toes attending around nine calls on a daily basis. A civic official said, “We launched the initiative two days before the ban was imposed last month. When we started getting calls from residents we also began using the concept as a means to provide awareness about the hazards of plastic and its ill-effects on the environment. Till date we have received around 250 WhatsApp messages i.e. 220 from residential societies and 30 from commercial complexes. We have only one van currently and that too becomes fully loaded by the end of the day.” Even residents are happy with the door step facility and the quick and timely response of the administration. Pranjali Kelkar, a resident of Waghbil said, “I had sent a message on WhatsApp last month to the helpline after which they immediately replied asking me what type of waste I wished to give away. Then they asked me for my address and other details. When the mobile van into my building two days later they also apologized for the delay. I appreciated their honesty and encouraged more occupants in my building to dispose off their waste.” Given the increasing positive response, officials have now imposed a minimum plastic collection limit of 10 kilogram and have even asked larger societies to come together so as to ease the collection process. Thaneites can send a message on Whatsapp on 8291735893. I had sent a message on Whatsapp last month on the helpline after which immediately they replied asking me what type of waste I wished to give away. Then they asked me for my address and other details. When the mobile van into my building two days later they also apologized for the delay.
|2018-07-24||Portion of three-storey building collapses in Thane's Bhiwandi; three people rescued, five feared trapped - Firstpost|
Portion of three-storey building collapses in Thane's Bhiwandi; three people rescued, five feared trapped Jul 24, 2018 23:59:22 IST A portion of a three-storey building collapsed in Thane's Bhiwandi on Tuesday night, according to several media reports. ANI reported that the rescue operation has started and the authorities have managed to pull out three people from the debris, while five more are feared trapped. The building, located in the Rasulbagh area of Bhiwandi, was reportedly a seven-year-old structure. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team and fire brigade are also helping in the rescue operations. The incident comes on the same day when part of the ceiling of a popular shopping mall in Vashi also collapsed. The metal reinforcement and some plaster chunks fell on to the third and ground floors of the Raghuleela mall in Navi Mumbai. However, injuries or casualties were avoided since the mall was not very crowded as it was a weekday and the incident took place around 12.15 pm. The local police said part of the structure could have weakened due to rainfall, however, the exact cause of the incident has not yet been revealed. In November 2017, a similar incident killed four people and injured several others in Bhiwandi when an unauthorised four-storey Tahir Biznor building, situated in Navi Basti area, collapsed. Updated Date: Jul 24, 2018 23:59 PM
|2018-07-24||Luxury hotel chain launches new property in Thane, India - Travel News | eTurboNews|
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|2018-07-24||Unchecked growth in Bhiwandi and Thane raises questions of flood risk - Times of India|
Unchecked growth in Bhiwandi and Thane raises questions of flood risk Jul 25, 2018, 02:47 IST People wade through a waterlogged road during heavy rains, in Thane MUMBAI: Thousands of warehouses have sprung up in Bhiwandi in the past few years to serve e-commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart. Much of the land on which these structures stand was completely submerged in the deluge of July 26, 2005. Since that fateful day, authorities in the region have made an effort to reduce waterlogging and improve disaster management. But the macro measures of risk mapping and flood zoning remain incomplete—a glaring gap that puts the Mumbai region at risk. The hazard is evident in flood risk maps provided by RMSI, a global natural hazard consultancy, which flag the vulnerability of Bhiwandi, Thane, Mumbra, and Kalwa to extreme floods. These towns not only lie on the floodplains of the Ulhas River and Thane Creek but host much of the region’s recent urban growth. In Thane, for instance, officials say Rs 100-crore-worth of projects have been cleared for the Ghodbunder Road area in the past five years. “A lot of risk is getting accumulated in these areas,” says Pushpendra Johari, head of Risk & Insurance at RMSI. None of these areas is zoned for flood risk in the region’s city development plans, whether Mumbai, Thane, or Bhiwandi, say officials. This lacuna exists despite an almost 30-year-old state regulation mandating the mapping of river flood lines and corresponding regulations (see box). The only significant buffer from the river today is provided by coastal regulation zone (CRZ) rules, which restrict development near the high tide line. This rule too is set to be relaxed. The lack of flood land-use zoning persists despite recommendations by the Chitale Committee Report on the 2005 floods. “Flood zone regulations for land use patterns are a must along river channels,” it said. Ideally, flood risk maps should also be made available to the public, says TI Eldho, head of civil engineering at IIT Bombay. “When the public buys a flat, they should be able to check where it falls in the flood zone,” he said, adding. “But obviously that puts builders at a disadvantage.” As in Mumbai, the Thane municipality uses flood risk maps to make decisions on storm water drains and roads—but not to determine land use planning. Officials said that only CRZ norms currently determine building permissions near the river. The problem: CRZ buffers do not guarantee flood protection. “CRZ is concerned with coastal ecology not flood risk,” notes V K Phatak, former chief planner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. It was for this reason that a hazard line concept was introduced into CRZ rules in 2011—in order to deal with vulnerability to natural disasters. But the line has yet to be finalized and published. And the most recent CRZ amendments dilute hazard criteria, says Debi Goenka of the Conservation Action Trust. “Demarcating a hazard line would obviously have implications for planners and builders,” he said. Regionally, there has been some effort to tweak building laws for flood risk. Mumbai’s new development rules say building plinth must be above high flood level. Bhiwandi’s new rules, formulated by the MMRDA, mandate set distances from nullahs and plinth heights in flood-prone areas. Meanwhile, existing development finds ways to cope with routine flooding. At greatest risk are the shanties coming up in Mumbra-Diva. According to an official affidavit filed in the Bombay high court, 11 hectares of mangroves in the area have been lost to illegal construction. Thane’s gated complexes are insured and built with precautions. Still, Hiranandani Estate residents said they experienced waterlogging in 2016, while Lodha Paradise was affected by heavy rain last year. The complexes cleaned up nullahs and leveled the ground to mitigate the problem. As builders raise ground levels, though, flood waters can invade other areas. “We are seeing more water in our neighbourhood after nearby complexes raised levels,” said Rohit Joshi, a Thane resident. Villages close by get flooded too, he added. And Ghodbunder Road, stuck between the hills and a river, last month turned into a waterway. Back in Bhiwandi, most big warehouses are built on raised ground with robust drainage and tall steel racks to keep goods safe. But transport can be an issue when roads are flooded. And waterlogging is an annual irritant for smaller godowns and factories. Private insurers see Bhiwandi as a problem area, best avoided. What happens if there’s another 26/7? “We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” said a godown manager, who asked not to be named.
|2018-07-23||VITS Luxury Hotels Launches 'VITS Sharanam Thane' - BW Businessworld|
|2018-07-23||?BKC, Thane, Antop Hill at risk of extreme flooding, says study ... - Times of India|
?BKC, Thane, Antop Hill at risk of extreme flooding, says study Updated: Jul 24, 2018, 05:57 IST MUMBAI: Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Thane, Bhiwandi and Antop Hill are among the areas most at risk from extreme floods, according to RMSI, a leading risk management consultancy that works with major insurers and government agencies. The assessment shows, expectedly, that the areas around the rivers and creeks are at high risk from extreme flooding. Kalina, Sahar Road, BKC and Dharavi all lie along the Mithi river and were inundated during the 2005 Mumbai deluge when 944mm of rain descended on the city in just one day. TimesViewThirteen years after the 26/7 deluge, authorities have taken some good measures: opened pumping stations, started a full-fledged disaster management cell, and improved drain networks in traditionally vulnerable areas. But much remains to be done. For one, the city needs a comprehensive and continually updated flood risk assessment to keep up with new flooding areas. As importantly, authorities need to start marking flood risk zones on their development plans and regulating construction within those areas. The government needs to wake up to the fact that climate change is increasing the risk of extreme rainfall events and large-scale measures need to be taken if Mumbai is not to keep drowning. But the risk model also identifies Thane, Bhiwandi, Mumbra and Kalwa, along the Ulhas River and Thane Creek, as high flood-risk areas. Among Indian cities most at risk are Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bhubaneshwar and Allahabad. Why are inland areas such as BKC, Thane, Bhiwandi and Antop Hill at such high risk from from extreme floods? Pushpendra Johari, head of risk and insurance at RMSI, notes that low-lying areas in the island city are more influenced by high tide events. “Water in these areas drain out into the sea quickly,” he said. “But in areas farther inland, the water won’t go anywhere for a long time.” Moreover, he notes, a lot of new construction and business is coming up in Thane and Bhiwandi. So exposure of people and assets to natural hazards in those areas has risen. “Risk is a combination of hazard and exposure,” he noted. Vasai-Virar is not quite as high risk in this assessment. The recent floods there were due to short-term conditions such as clogged drains combined with high rainfall, said RMSI. The RMSI assessment deals with extreme flood hazard—under conditions of heavy rainfall—and not local or chronic water-logging. This longer-term flood risk is based on a model that uses historical rainfall and water-flow data with information on topography, land use, and infrastructure. The government has not yet undertaken a comprehensive flood risk assessment for the region. But such a study is needed, said V K Phatak, former chief planner at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. “In fact, it should be an ongoing exercise given changing the rainfall patterns,” he said. Globally, Mumbai ranks eighth among cities exposed to storm risks, according to a 2014 report by global reinsurer Swiss Re. And climate change is thought to be increasing those risks. There was a three-fold increase in extreme rainfall events between 1950-2015 across central India, including Mumbai, according to a study by scientists from IIT Bombay and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology. Another study by RMSI found that the probability of an extreme rainfall event like 26/7 could double by the 2080s in a climate change scenario. Still, RMSI attributes much of the rise in urban floods over the last 15 years to human factors such as inadequate drains and unplanned urbanization, including destruction of wetlands and waterbodies. Indeed, recent IIT Bombay studies on the Mithi and Oshiwara river basins have shown significant increases in flood hazard due to construction on their flood plains. “We have not taken flood risk assessment seriously enough,” said Rakesh Kumar, head of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). “All our actions are based on current data. We put a pump in Hindmata because it gets flooded. But we need macro measures as well that are integrated into the planning process.” TIMES VIEW: Thirteen years after the 26/7 deluge, authorities have taken some good measures: opened pumping stations, started a full-fledged disaster management cell, and improved drain networks in traditionally vulnerable areas. But much remains to be done. For one, the city needs a comprehensive and continually updated flood risk assessment to keep up with new flooding areas. As importantly, authorities need to start marking flood risk zones on their development plans and regulating construction within those areas. The government needs to wake up to the fact that climate change is increasing the risk of extreme rainfall events and large-scale measures need to be taken if Mumbai is not to keep drowning.
|2018-07-23||Woman pushes niece aside, gets fatally hit by train - Times of India|
Woman pushes niece aside, gets fatally hit by train Jul 24, 2018, 05:53 IST THANE: A newly married woman who was returning home from a market in Mumbra died while crossing tracks near Parsik tunnel after she was hit by a train on Sunday. She managed to save her six-year-old niece who was with her. Within 24 hours, another 45-year-old man was killed at the same spot on the Diva-Mumbra fast corridor while crossing tracks. Sunday’s incident took place around 8pm when Naziya Solanki decided to cross the tracks to save time instead of using a foot over-bridge near Parsik Tunnel. The tracks which Solanki and her niece were trying to cross is used by fast trains and the frequency of services on the stretch is less than four minutes. The duo got caught between two tracks as trains were arriving on both at a high speed. While Naziya managed to push her niece to safety, she was unable to move away and got hit by one of the oncoming trains. According to the Thane railway police, Naziya and her niece had already reached the midsection of the tracks near Anand Koliwada when they noticed the two trains. Passersby shouted at them, asking them to duck but by the time they could react, the trains were dangerously close and so Naziya pushed her niece in a shallow drain running along the tracks. However, before she too could move away, the other train hit her, killing her on the spot, locals said. The railway police managed to reach the spot only some time later as the mishap spot is far from the station. A case of accidental death was registered. Naziya stayed at her Mumbra Colony residence with her businessman husband Nadeem and in-laws. Relatives said it was a routine Sunday affair for the kid to accompany her aunt for shopping to the local market which is on the other side of the tracks. There is a foot over-bridge at the spot but residents rarely use it and prefer to take a short cut by getting onto the tracks through a cavity in the fence wall. “I lost my daughter but I am glad she could save her niece,” said Solanki’s father.
|2018-07-22||Thane Police to seek details of call centre scam in US - Economic Times|
Thane Police to seek details of call centre scam in US Jul 22, 2018, 06.45 PM IST THANE: The conviction of 21 Indian-origin persons by a US court in a multimillion-dollar India-based call centre scam is expected to help investigators of a similar racket in the city build a watertight case against the accused, Thane Police officials said today. Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said, "They (American investigators) have quoted from our case (in the US court). We will seek details (from the FBI). DCP Crime (Abishek Trimukhi) will coordinate." He said, "We will see what kind of evidence was presented (in the US court) and if we can use it in our case." A team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had visited Thane in 2016 and met police officials after the scam came to light. ACP (Crime) Mukund Hatote, who is leading the prosecution case in a court here, said, "The Thane Police should obtain the entire (US) judgement and evidence presented there to make its own case strong and ensure conviction of the accused." In October 2016, the Thane Police had busted a multi-crore fake call centre scam wherein US-based taxpayers were allegedly conned by Indian telecallers. The racket, which operated in the city since 2013 through half-a-dozen call centres in Thane, targeted at least 15,000 US-based tax payers. One Sagar Thakkar alias 'Shaggy' was identified as the alleged mastermind of the racket, according to the police. The police had then put the scam amount at USD 300 million and arrested nearly 300 people spread over several months in connection with the scam. Thakkar (24) was arrested in Mumbai in May 2017. Subsequently, Thane Police teams raided five call centres in Ahmedabad which were part of the racket. "Shaggy was also named as an accused in the US case (he was however not among the convicts)," the police commissioner said. The prison sentences for the 21 people convicted in the US this week ranged from four to 20 years. According to US officials, the racket defrauded thousands of US residents of hundreds of millions of dollars. According to various admissions made in connection with the guilty pleas, between 2012 and 2016, the defendants and their conspirators perpetrated a complex fraud and money laundering scheme. As part of the scam, individuals from call centres located in Ahmedabad impersonated officials from the Internal Revenue Service or US Citizenship and Immigration Services in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout America. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call centre operators targeted people in the US who were threatened with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay the alleged money owed to the government. Victims, who agreed to pay the scammers, were instructed how to make a payment, including by purchasing stored value cards or wiring money. A similar modus operandi was used in the Thane call centre racket, officials said.
|2018-07-22||Thane Police arrests 60-year-old woman, son for setting daughter-in-law on fire, investigation underway - Firstpost|
Thane Police arrests 60-year-old woman, son for setting daughter-in-law on fire, investigation underway Jul 22, 2018 19:52:19 IST Thane: The mother-in-law and husband of a 24-year-old woman have been arrested for allegedly burning her to death, the police said on Sunday. The victim, Vaishali Vayle, got married to Sangam Vayle (30), a resident of the Ambernath town, in May 2016 and since then he and his family started harassing her, branding her as "bad omen". On 20 July, the accused allegedly poured kerosene over the woman and set her ablaze following which she died, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. Based a complaint lodged by the victim's family members, the police registered an offence and arrested Vayle and his 60-year-old mother Lilabai on 20 July, she said. The accused have been booked under various IPC sections, including murder, cruelty and punishment for dowry death, by the Hill Line police at Ulhasnagar, Narkar said. An investigation is on in the case, the police added.
|2018-07-22||Bird watching is a new weekend getaway for Thaneites - Times of India|
Bird watching is a new weekend getaway for Thaneites Jul 23, 2018, 00:13 IST THANE: As many trekking and picnic spots in the district have been out of reach during the monsoon for safety reasons, many nature enthusiasts seem to have turned their focus to bird watching. Following the death of a picnicker in Vasai due to the force of the waterfall at Chinchoti earlier this month, district collector Mahendra Kalyankar has urged citizens to refrain from hanging out at 31 dangerous locations in the district. Due to this, many families and youth groups who plan short day trips have now begun frequenting areas like Bhandup pumping station, Thane creek and have been even travelling to Mumbai with binoculars to catch a glimpse of the vibrant monsoon bird watching activities. “Every year during the rains, I take my children to Vikramgad waterfall for a short picnic. While we do take the necessary precautions, the Vasai incident made us rethink about our decision. Unlike earlier where we used to plan just one picnic during the monsoon season, this time we have been planning something every weekend in different pockets of the city. We find out spot where we can get a glimpse of various birds,” said Aunil Ghosh (42), a Waghbil resident. While many families and friends have been planning their own bird watching trips, many others have been approaching city-based NGOs and tagging along with their trails. “The monsoon and winter seasons are the times when one can see migratory birds as well as local birds. During this time they will be able to see birds like Malabar Whistling Thrush, cuckoos and other such beautiful winged creatures in the midst of their breeding activities. Many bird enthusiasts have been approaching us to be a part of such trails,” said Avinash Bhagat, a city-based avifauna expert and co-found of an environmental group Jungle Hike.
|2018-07-22||Cheating case registered against BJP corporator - Times of India|
Cheating case registered against BJP corporator Jul 23, 2018, 00:05 IST THANE: The Naupada police, on orders of the magistrates court, registered a cheating and forgery case against BJP corporator Narayan Pawar late on Saturday. Pawar who had contested for the 2017 polls to the Thane municipal corporation had declared himself as a graduate. This was contested by a local who approached the magistrates court, stating that Pawar had committed a fraud as he had not even cleared SSC. The complainant said that Pawar had falsely represented himself during the elections to gain votes of the citizens. “We have been asked by the magistrates court to register an FIR against the corporator. The complainant alleged that Pawar is SSC fail but still claimed to be a B.com in his affidavit filled during the civic elections. We will carry out investigation to check the validity of this claim,” said C.Jadhav, senior inspector from Naupada police station.
|2018-07-22||Thane colleges see dip in cut-off in 2nd round of first year junior colleges list - Times of India|
Thane colleges see dip in cut-off in 2nd round of first year junior colleges list TNN | Jul 23, 2018, 00:07 IST THANE: Most junior colleges in the city have marginally reduced the cut-off percentage for admissions to the first year junior colleges (FYJC). A drop of around 0.3 to five per cent was seen across all streams when the second merit list was out on Thursday. However, M H high school witnessed a massive drop of 12% in the Arts stream and a drop of 10% in Science stream. Parmeshwar Gatkal, founder and principal of Shubham Raje Junior College, said, “The cut-off for the second merit list in Science fell by only 0.65%. But, the commerce cut-off dipped by 3%. This is because there is more demand for specialized subjects like banking, insurance and finance, while there is not much demand for Commerce subjects. So, the cut off has slightly dropped.” While most coveted colleges in the city have witnessed a fall in percent, Satish Pradhan Dnyansadhana College surprisingly saw a massive rise in cut-off rate. “Our Arts cut off increased by 20%, whereas in Commerce it rose by 8% and in Science by 1.5%. In our college, almost 60% of the seats got filled in the first merit list itself. Now for the second list, the number of applicants are more and the seats available are less, pushing the cut-off rate up,” said Dinesh Joshi, a professor from the college. Students were given time till Saturday to make their payments and secure their seats. The third merit list is likely to be out on July 26. The cut-off for the second merit list in Science fell by only 0.65%. But, the commerce cut-off dipped by 3%. This is because there is more demand for specialized subjects like banking, insurance and finance, while there is not much demand for Commerce subjects. So, the cut off has slightly dropped.
|2018-07-22||Devotees to celebrate Ashadi Ekadashi on a traditional note - Times of India|
Devotees to celebrate Ashadi Ekadashi on a traditional note Jul 23, 2018, 00:11 IST THANE: In the midst of devotional music, the sweet frangrance of fresh flowers and chanting praises, residents from the lake city will throng Vitthal temples on Monday, on the occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi. A procession will be carried out to the holy town of Pandharpur where devotees walk up to the temple singing hymns. Devotees will observe a fast and perform a puja at their home on Ashadi Ekadashi, which is also referred to as Maha Ekadashi. According to legends, Lord Krishna—who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu—came to meet his disciple Pundalik in Maharashtra. Since Pundalik was busy catering to his parents, he gave Lord Krishna a brick to stand on and asked him to wait. Touched by his dedication towards his family, Lord Krishna asked Pundalik to workship Vitthal or Vitthobha. Asha Gupte, a resident of Pokhran Road 2, said, “It was this day that Lord Vitthal came into being. The place where Lord Krishna and Pundalik met is Pandharpur where the Vitthal temple now stands. During this time, many deities stands on one leg to worship the lord. The community pays tribute to the lord and asks for forgiveness and blessings. The procession is the main highlight of the celebration, which takes place on the 11th day lunar day of the Hindu month of Ashad.” Meanwhile, those who cannot visit Pandharpur take part in the celebrations at home. “We have a puja at home during which throughout the day Lord Vishnu’s chanting takes place. This is called Vishnu Sahasranamavali. Basil leaves, fresh fruits and homemade sweets are offered to the deity. In the morning, we visit a Vittal temple. Cultural programs are also organised at different places. We even keep night vigils on the eve of Ashadi Ekadashi,” said Sujay Deshpande, a Naupada resident.
|2018-07-22||Thane: FIR against private firm over shoddy road works - The Indian Express|
Thane: FIR against private firm over shoddy road works FIR was lodged by a municipal officer Friday, against the director of Eagle Infra India Ltd, Uddhavdas Rupchandani. Police have booked the director and partners of Indian Register of Shipping, Mumbai. Published: July 23, 2018 2:11:56 am The Thane police have lodged an FIR against a private firm that had carried out repair and maintenance of roads in Bhiwandi. The firm and its auditing company have been booked for allegedly cheating the Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation of Rs 3.17 crore, police said. According to police, the FIR was lodged by a municipal officer Friday, against the director of Eagle Infra India Ltd, Uddhavdas Rupchandani. Police have booked the director and partners of Indian Register of Shipping, Mumbai. Eagle Infra India was given the tender to repair and refurbish the road between Anjurfata to Bag-e-Firdaus Masjid in 2016. They finished their work in May 2016. After that, the finished work was to be analysed by the Indian Register of Shipping, said police. But the roads were not upto the mark and since then have fallen into a state of disrepair, officials said. Since the work was not upto the standards and the materials used were not good, the companies have cheated the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation of Rs 3.17 crore, said DCP Manoj Patil.
|2018-07-21||Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train: Thane civic body promises support ... - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train: Thane civic body promises support to build station at Diva The civic commissioner assured that the corporation will help in the development of the Mhatardi area. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 22, 2018 23:52 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has assured their full support to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway project. The civic commissioner, in a meeting with the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) and Japan International Corporation Agency, assured that the corporation will help in the development of the Mhatardi area, where one of the stations of the train is proposed. On Friday, a delegation of the Japanese company, along with the NHSRCL officials met civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal in Thane. The bullet train will pass through nine villages in Thane district. Meanwhile, the agencies have proposed to build a station at Mhatardi in Diva. Sandeep Malvi, public relation officer of TMC, said, “The train will have four halt stations in Maharashtra including Mumbai, Thane, Virar and Bhoisar. Mhatardi comes under the jurisdiction of TMC. We promised both agencies to extend our full support in developing this area. We will do whatever modifications and de-reservations are required for the planned development of Mhatardi station and the area.” Jaiswal has asked the town planning officers to study the area and present a report on the reservations and possible development. Malvi said, “Jaiswal also discussed if the proposed pod car project in Thane can be integrated in this area so people commuting in the train can have ample connectivity to Thane. He also discussed various Japanese technologies, which can be used for these pod cars.” Over 200 farmers in Diva are slated to lose their land for the Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Railway project, as per the information by the district collector. Diva was the first place where farmers registered their protest. The joint measurement survey of seven villages in Thane district is in process. Rohidas Munde, president of Sath village Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, a farmers’ body, said, “Till date, there has been no discussion on the compensation farmers will receive for losing their land. We are not happy with the compensation they offered and our protest will go on.” The district had promised compensation 2.5 times the ready reckoner rate. The farmers, however, have demanded compensation four times that of ready reckoner rates, jobs for one member of every family that will lose their land and pension.
|2018-07-21||Increased FSI may boost redevelopment of old Thane buildings, feel experts - Times of India|
Increased FSI may boost redevelopment of old Thane buildings, feel experts Updated: Jul 21, 2018, 22:49 IST Thane: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis's announcement to grant 2 floor space index (FSI) for redevelopment of buildings in old Thane has brought cheer for thousands of residents here who claim it will help incentivize the initiative and not burden the residents. The existing 0.5 FSI wasn’t financially viable for redevelopment, said experts. Experts said the announcement by Fadnavis to grant 2 FSI to structures in old Thane will largely incentivize the developments. Presently, developers have to purchase TDR and premium FSI for the redevelopment. The cap of 0.5 FSI made the redevelopment less feasible for the developers keeping majority players out. The increased FSI would bring in more players and could also impact the realty rates here. “This is a welcome decision for residents of old tenements. The incentive will give a push for redevelopment of such structures in the old part of the lake city. We hope professional players could enter the market and ease the worries for residents staying in such cessed structures,” said architect Sandeep Prabhu from Thane. More than 4,700 buildings in the city are in a dangerous condition, according to a survey undertaken by the municipal corporation this year. The number of buildings in extremely dangerous categories also increased to 95 buildings, despite the TMC evacuating more than 59 out of the 69 buildings in this category last monsoon. Naupada ward, which is part of old Thane has 61 extremely dangerous buildings which is the highest in the city while Mumbra, Wagale Estate and Diva also have more unsafe structures. BJP MLA Sanjay Kelkar who had been crusading for the issue of such structures as a majority of them were located in his assembly constituency welcomed the announcement. “Several structures that are beyond 30 years or have become dilapidated and dangerous have been evacuated by and the residents have been sent to transit accommodation across the city. The decision to allow higher FSI for redevelopment of such structures is welcome and will help a lot,” he said. This is a welcome decision for residents of old tenements. The incentive will give a push for redevelopment of such structures in the old part of the city. We hope professional players could enter the market and ease the worries for residents here.
|2018-07-21||Just 12, Thane girl undergoes bypass surgery as cholesterol levels rise - Times of India|
Just 12, Thane girl undergoes bypass surgery as cholesterol levels rise Jul 22, 2018, 00:01 IST Mumbai: Angina or heart-related chest pain is not new for Deepa Gupta (12), a class VII student from Thane. Her arteries are so clogged with cholesterol that she underwent an angioplasty three years back and last week underwent a bypass surgery that patients much older than her do. The daughter of a panipuri vendor, has a rare disease, hypercholesterolemia, that affects one in five lakh people and results in high levels of cholesterol circulating in the blood vessels. “One of my elder daughters dropped dead a few years back, possibly due to the same disease,” said her father, Deepak. But on Friday, as Deepa got discharged from Jupiter Hospital in Thane, where she underwent bypass surgery on July 16, Deepak seemed happy. The team of paediatric and adult heart surgeons, Jayesh Dhareshwar and Asutosh Singh, who operated on Deepa, believe her new heart connections should hold good for a decade or two. “She needed bypasses at two arteries that were blockaged,” said Dr Dhareshwar. Dr Singh said her aorta too had narrowed quite a bit but had been fixed. “She was breathless after taking a few steps,” he said, adding that she could be among the youngest in the city to undergo a bypass surgery. When school reopened in June, Deepa attended classes only for a day as she could barely manage the 30-minute trek from home to school and back. Her parents recognised the angina symptoms from the last time she needed a cardiac stent to help her cholesterol-narrowed blood vessel. They took her to a health camp organised by Thane Municipal Corporation. TMC officials called a cardiologist for adults, Dr Vijay Surase, for help. “When our paediatric cardiologist, Dr L Srinivas, conducted scans, we realised she had an extensive heart disease due to cholesterol,” said Dr Surase. The paediatric and adults teams operated on her over three hours. “The hospital has not charged for the procedure or stay,” said Dr Srinivas. Dr Surase said there also are plans to help with Deepa’s future treatment and studies. She has to take statins for her condition as well. Dr Ajay Mahajan from BMC-run Sion Hospital’s medical school said hypercholesterolemia is a rare disease but can be managed. “Patients with hypercholesterolemia get cholesterol deposits under their skin and it’s easy to recognise such patients on a clinical exam,” he said. His team conducted angioplasty on a UP nine-year-old boy with hypercholesterolemia five years back. “He is doing well with medicines,” he added.
|2018-07-21||Lack of clarity over cluster plan draws ire in House - Times of India|
Lack of clarity over cluster plan draws ire in House Jul 21, 2018, 22:32 IST THANE: The proceedings of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) house was disrupted for few minutes on Friday afternoon after elected representatives raised questions over the apparent stonewalling by the administration about the cluster redevelopment plan. Corporators from all parties including the Mayor expressed their displeasure over the manner in which the project was being handled forcing the administration to assure that the details would soon be made available within a weeks’ time. The issue was raised by BJP corporator Krishna Patil who questioned the mayor why the administration is reluctant to give copies of the impact assessment report to him despite asking for it in May. After the administration claimed they didn’t have the information, an infuriated Patil staged a protest alleging ‘highhandedness’ of the administration and sat before the well in the House. “A majority part of my ward comprises of slums and I have been flooded with queries about the cluster. I have no information about the execution and have been following up with the town planning department to at least give me a copy of the impact assessment report. It has been nearly two months they haven’t bothered to respond,” he complained. Patil was soon joined by fellow corporators who expressed their opinions on how the administration was not ready to share details of the cluster redevelopment plans. “We have no idea how the project is going to be executed and what is the latest update of the project. The administration is mum over the issue,” said a senior NCP corporator. Mayor Meenakshi Shinde also joined in saying the administration needed to be more proactive over sharing information with corporators. Following the uproar, the administration was eventually forced to assure corrective action and promised to share copies of the impact assessment report with the corporators. “The report was submitted to the state government that passed it to the Bombay High Court. We will share copies of the impact assessment report with the corporators within one week,” said a senior official from the TMC town planning department.
|2018-07-21||4 injured as part of ceiling plaster falls - Times of India|
4 injured as part of ceiling plaster falls Jul 21, 2018, 22:32 IST THANE: Four persons, including a senior citizen, sustained injuries after a portion of the ceiling plaster in their house collapsed on them on Friday at Naupada. The family that lives on the third floor flat at Nav Darshan building were sleeping when a huge chunk of plaster suddenly came crashing down upon them, injuring all of them. An alert resident intimated the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) team that rushed to the spot with a fire brigade team and a rescue vehicle. The quartet was brought to a private hospital in the vicinity and provided with adequate medical aid. The injured senior citizen got two stitches on the head, while the 50-year-old owner of the house was given five stitches on the head. The other two members of the family received two and seven stitches respectively. Santosh Kadam, chief, RDMC, said, “There are 12 rooms on the first, second and third floor of the 35-year-old building. There are five commercial shops below the building. After we catered to the injured, we cleared the debris and alerted the executive engineer to investigate the incident.”
|2018-07-21||Bullet train: Japanese delegation meets Thane civic chief | Zee ... - Zee Business|
Bullet train: Japanese delegation meets Thane civic chief A Japanese delegation held today discussion with Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on various aspects of the bullet train project Updated: Sat, Jul 21, 2018 A Japanese delegation held today discussion with Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on various aspects of the bullet train project. The discussion mainly centred around facilities to be provided at Thane station of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project, an official release of the Thane Municipal Corporation said. The commissioner assured the delegation that the TMC civic corporation would render all possible assistance to the bullet train project. The delegation was led by Shantaro Kawahara and comprised officials from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the main funding agency of the project. R P Singh, Project Director of the National High Speed Rail Nigam, was also present. The 500km route will have a dozen stations. Four of them - Mumbai, Thane, Virar and Boisar - fall in Maharashtra. The Thane station will be located at Mhatardi village.
|2018-07-21||Civil hospital to soon get super speciality tag - Times of India|
Civil hospital to soon get super speciality tag Jul 21, 2018, 22:31 IST THANE: The state-run civil hospital has been accorded the status of a super-speciality hospital and will soon be equipped with advance facilities and special wards. The Thane civil hospital will be the third such super-speciality hospital in the state as there are currently two such hospitals, one in Amravati and the other in Nasik. “We have been waiting for almost two years to get the approvals for the proposal of turning the hospital into a super-speciality one. Just two days back, the state health department gave a nod for the same. We had applied for it in 2016 and were following the same since then. The hospital will soon have various facilities and departments like oncology, neuro-surgery, cardiology and more,” said Dr. Ratna Raokhande, deputy director of health services (DDHS). The civil hospital caters to around 82 lakh citizens from Thane district. Patients also come all the way from the rural and tribal belt of Murbad, Shahpur, Bhiwandi and various other parts of the district. “We currently have around 434 beds in various wards for patients. Once the hospital turns into a super-speciality one, there will be 140 more beds for super-speciality facilities. So in all there will be around 574 beds, which means we will able to cater to more people. Also, apart from providing the usual facilities, there will be experts who will treat patients having problems related to the brain, heart and kidney,” said Dr. Kailash Pawar, civil surgeon.
|2018-07-21||Changes in cluster plan: Thane to remove gaonthans from the list - Hindustan Times|
Changes in cluster plan: Thane?to remove gaonthans from the list Civic body to revise 44 urban renewal plans; fisherfolk wants separate plan for their settlements MUMBAI Updated: Jul 22, 2018 00:58 IST The chief minister’s decision to exclude gaonthans and koliwadas from the cluster development scheme of the Thane Municipal Corporation has come as a major relief for lakhs of residents. A month ago, those living in gaonthans had staged several protests outside the TMC headquarters, demanding to be excluded from the cluster scheme. They said the scheme would wipe out the identity of the old settlements. With the CM’s directive, the municipal corporation will now have to revise the 44 Urban Renewal Plans and leave out the gaonthans and koliwadas. Pramod Nimbalkar, executive engineer of town planning department of TMC, said that of the total 1,509 hectares to be developed under the cluster scheme, gaonthans and koliwadas comprised only 5 per cent of the cluster development scheme. “We will have to revise the 44 urban renewal plan. However, it won’t be a major impact on the scheme,” he said. The state issued the notification of the cluster development scheme for Thane on July 5 last year. Following the notification, the corporation had prepared 44 urban renewal plans and invited suggestions and objections from residents. This led to protests from those living in the old settlements in the city. They claimed that they will lose their farms and homes in the cluster scheme while the identity of the last few remaining gaonthans will be lost. Most politicians joined the protest, while the issue was also raised during the monsoon session of the Assembly on Friday. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis asked the TMC to remove the gaonthans from the cluster scheme. Nimbalkar said, “We got more than 17,500 objections on the urban renewal plan, demanding to remove gaonthans and koliwadas from the scheme. We were planning to remove them. The CM has given similar directives, but we have not received them in writing so far.” “He has also asked to draft a separate development plan for the settlements. We will go through the exact directives of the state once we get it on paper,” said Nimbalkar. There are 38 gaonthans in the city which have a population of 1.5 lakh people. The residents had said that the scheme had separate norms for slums, illegal and legal homes, but no separate norms for gaonthans. Sagar Patil, 32, resident of Waghbil said, “We heard that the CM has announced to exclude gaonthans and koliwadas from the cluster scheme. Until we get it in writing from the authorities, we will not believe it.” “Moreover, we also want the authorities to set up boundaries for gaonthans. There should be different Developmental Control rules for gaonthans. Our fight will continue till these demands are met,” said Patil. Some of the gaonthans and koliwadas in Thane include Mogharpada, Waghbil, Kolshet, Kasarvadavli, Ovala, Koliwada, Balkum, Vitawa, Chendani Koliwada, Kharegaon and Dokali.
|2018-07-21||Thane Metro construction work begins - NETIVE.in|
Thane Metro construction work begins July 21, 2018 Primary stages of Thane- Wadala Metro 4 project have begun. Thane is witnessing the first-ever metro rail project in the city with Thane Metro 4 corridor between Wadala- Kasarvadavali. The primary stages of soil testing by the contractors have begun, barricades have been put up to conduct soil-testing. The contractors have begun barricading small patches for soil testing from this week. While we began soil testing in Mumbai much earlier, we received permission for testing from Thane Police just a week ago, so, the work in Thane was delayed, said a senior official from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). “We have so far only given permission for soil testing. We have asked the contractors to provide the barricades, traffic wardens, signages and other equipment to ensure the smooth flow of the traffic. This will not cause much traffic jams as it will consume little space on the road. It will be troublesome when the actual construction work of the Metro 4 begins.” said Amit Kale, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic), Thane. The barricades will be put up on the service roads of the Eastern Express Highway for the soil testing where the pillars are to be formed and will be moved to another spot once the work is completed. Also Read: Thane Incredible 4 Years The metro 4 corridor project was approved by the cabinet on 27 September 2016. The fully elevated metro project will cover stretches of around 32.32 km consisting of 32 stations. The expenditure cost estimated for the Metro 4 project is around 14,549 crores. The companies appointed for the project are TATA Project Limited and China Harbour Engineering Co and a joint venture of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd and ASTALDI. The metro car depot will be developed in Ovala, Thane and another one in Vikhroli. Later on, The Thane Metro 4 project will be connected with an extended corridor till GPO, South Mumbai and by Metro 5 which will connect Thane, Bhiwandi, and Kalyan. The Metro 4 project is expected to be completed by 2022.
|2018-07-21||Thane call centre scam: Shaggy Thakkar's key aide gets over 15 years in US jail - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane call centre scam: Shaggy Thakkar’s key aide gets over 15 years in US jail Updated: Jul 22, 2018, 13:14 IST 20 others given terms of 4-20 years for orchestrating call centre scam that defrauded millions of Americans. A key associate of Sagar alias Shaggy Thakkar, the mastermind behind the multimillion-dollar Thane call centre scam, has been sentenced to 188 months in prison in the US on charges of wire fraud conspiracy. Twenty others who defrauded thousands of American citizens by threatening them with arrest, deportation, imprisonment and fines for unpaid dues to the government as part of the massive scam were sentenced this week from four to 20 years in jail. Three other members of the conspiracy were sentenced earlier this year. According to the US Department of Justice, Thakkar’s aide, Hardik Patel, 31, of Illinois, was a co-owner and manager of an India-based call centre involved in the conspiracy. In addition to managing the day-today operations of the call centre, Patel processed payments and did bookkeeping for various call centres involved in the fraud. After moving to the US in 2015, Patel continued to promote the conspiracy by recruiting runners to liquidate fraud proceeds. He was held accountable for laundering $3.5-9.5 million. “The stiff sentences imposed represent the culmination of the first-ever large-scale, multijurisdiction prosecution targeting the India call centre scam industry,” said US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Several of the convicted will be deported to India after completion of their sentence. According to various admissions made in guilty pleas, between 2012 and 2016, the defendants and their conspirators perpetrated a complex fraud and money laundering scheme in which individuals from call centres in Ahmedabad frequently impersonated officials from the Internal Revenue Service or US Citizenship and Immigration Services in a ruse designed to defraud victims throughout America. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call centre operators targeted US victims who were threatened with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay the alleged money owed to the government. Once the payment was done, the call centres turned to a network of runners based in the US to liquidate and launder the extorted funds as quickly as possible, said the Department of Justice. The indictment also charged 32 India-based conspirators and five India-based call centres with general conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy. These defendants have not yet been arraigned. Thakkar was arrested by the Mumbai police in April last year.
|2018-07-20||Thane: Traffic constable dragged on car's bonnet; driver arrested - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Traffic constable dragged on car's bonnet; driver arrested 20th July, 2018 Thane: An on-duty traffic policeman was dragged for around 500 metres on the bonnet of a car by its driver, who had entered a wrong lane, police said today. The incident took place at around 9 last night in the busy Teen Hath Naka area. The car driver, Jimit Mehta, a resident of Mulund, has been arrested and booked under IPC sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), they said. The 30-year-old was arrested after the victim, Appa Tamkhane, lodged a police complaint. According to the complaint, the motorist was driving in a wrong lane when the policeman signalled him to stop. Instead of stopping, Mehta accelerated his car. When the policeman leaped forward to stop the car, Mehta dragged him on the vehicle’s bonnet for around 500 metres. The car stopped only when passersby put up barricades on the road, the police said. IPC sections 332 Teen Hath Naka Traffic constable Traffic constable dragged.
|2018-07-20||Bullet train: Japanese delegation meets Thane civic chief - Business Standard|
Bullet train: Japanese delegation meets Thane civic chief Last Updated at July 20, 2018 20:35 IST A Japanese delegation held today discussion with Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on various aspects of the bullet train project. The discussion mainly centred around facilities to be provided at Thane station of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project, an official release of the Thane Municipal Corporation said. The commissioner assured the delegation that the TMC civic corporation would render all possible assistance to the bullet train project. The delegation was led by Shantaro Kawahara and comprised officials from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the main funding agency of the project. R P Singh, Project Director of the National High Speed Rail Nigam, was also present. The 500km route will have a dozen stations. Four of them - Mumbai, Thane, Virar and Boisar, fall in Maharashtra. The Thane station will be located at Mhatardi village.
|2018-07-20||Thane: 4 of family injured after a part of ceiling falls on them - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 4 of family injured after a part of ceiling falls on them Thane: At least four members of a family, including two women, were injured when a part of the ceiling of their flat collapsed on them while they were asleep early today, officials said. Their flat is located on the third floor of Navdarshan building opposite Naupada police station. The incident took place around 2.45 am, they said. Santosh Kadam, chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of Thane Municipal Corporation said all the injured were admitted to a hospital following the incident. The building was 35 years old and is in a precarious condition, he said. The injured were identified as Narmada Shelar (75), Mukesh Shelar (50), Milind Shelar (40) and Madhuri Shelar (37). All of them suffered injuries on their heads, the officials said. naupada police station Navdarshan building thane municipal corporation.
|2018-07-20||Thane police charges dead man with murder of his son - United News of India|
Thane police charges dead man with murder of his son Thane, July 20 (UNI) A dead man from the city has been booked by the city police on Thursday for murder of his seven year old son the police said today. The Kasarwadavali police have registered a case of murder under section 302 of the IPC against the deceased Shoumik Vijay Kumar Gosh, 39. According to the police it was on May 30, the accused was found hanging by the celing of his house and his son was found lying dead in the house. His sons name was Ekash @ Triyum Gosh. Then the police had registered a case of accidental death and sent the body of both for postmortem and medical reports.
|2018-07-20||50-yr-old dialysis patient jumps to death in Thane - United News of India|
50-yr-old dialysis patient jumps to death in Thane Thane, Jul 20 (UNI) A 50-year-old man suffering from kidney ailment and undergoing dialysis allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of a hospital building in MIDC area of Dombivli town in the district on Friday. The Manpada police station has registered a case of accidental deathin this regard, police said and informed that further probe was underway. According to police, patient Gokul Thorat jumped from the fourth floor in the morning and the police received the message shortly before 0900 hours. According to sources in the hospital, the patient was undergoing regular dialysis at the hospital and his dialysis was done yesterday noon and he was kept in the ward for the night. This morning, after usual sponging, Thorat was not seen in his bed.
|2018-07-20||Transporters' strike sees mixed response in Mumbai, Thane - Hindustan Times|
Transporters’ strike sees mixed response in Mumbai, Thane School and company buses seen plying, but trucks were off the roads on Friday morning. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 20, 2018 12:03 IST The nationwide transporters’ strike, which kicked off on Friday, saw a mixed response in the morning, with private buses ferrying children to school and doing the usual office run in many parts of Mumbai and Thane. On Thursday, the School Bus Owners Association (SBOA)?had announced that it would support the national strike, called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), one of the apex transporters’ body, for a day. The AIMTC wants the government to slash diesel prices and is protesting the hike in third-party insurance premium, toll collection policy, and national permits for passenger vehicles. Most transporters from Maharashtra, including the Maharashtra Rajya Truck Tempo Tankers Buses Vahatuk Mahasangh, one of the most powerful transport bodies in the state, have backed the strike. School buses, company buses, inter-city private buses and trucks are expected to stay off the roads in Mumbai in support of the indefinite strike. Buses on popular inter-city routes such as Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Goa have stopped operations. “As a safety measure, we announced that school buses would stay off the roads. But every operator does not necessarily join the strike,” said Denise Sequeira, president, SBOA, Thane. Anil Garg, president, SBOA, Mumbai, said: “Schools that have their own buses are plying them. Some of those that are under us are not running.” “We had regular school and buses were plying as usual,” said Rohan Bhat, chairperson of the Children’s Academy group of schools. The Ryan and Vibgyor group of schools also operated their buses as usual. Some schools, such as Gundecha International School in Borivli, Jamnabai Narsee in Vile Parle and Bai Avabai Petit in Bandra, asked parents to pick up and drop students. In some areas of south Mumbai, school buses did not ply. “I dropped my two children on bike to their school in Parel,” said Sachin Nalawade, a Lalbaug resident. Thane, however, did not experience a problem. “Our school bus operator did not join the strike and all students got to school at the usual time. We did not keep the school closed as attendance was regular,” said Simmi Juneja, principal, DAV school, Thane. Parents said they were alerted that school buses would ply. “We got a message from the PTA that the school was open, so we got to the bus stop at the usual time. Other schools’ buses were also running,” said Vinny Augustine, parent of a 10-year-old student in Universal High School. “There was not even a hint of the strike. Buses and students were here at the usual time,” said Edward Mascarenhas, vice-principal, St John the Baptist high School, Thane. The supply of essential commodities, such as fruits, vegetables, fuel, oil, medicines and several other items, is exempted from the strike. Transporters said trucks carrying essential commodities are reaching the Vashi-based wholesale market without any problems. “The strike has received a good response in Mumbai and other parts of the state. We have not stopped the transportation of essential commodities. The movement of trucks and other goods vehicles, however, has completely stopped, including to and from JNPT and other docks,” said Raman Khosla, a leader of Vahatuk Mahasangh.
|2018-07-20||Traffic constable dragged on car's bonnet in Thane; driver arrested - Mumbai Mirror|
Traffic constable dragged on car's bonnet in Thane; driver arrested Jul 20, 2018, 19:47 IST An on-duty traffic policeman was dragged for around 500 metres on the bonnet of a car by its driver, who had entered a wrong lane, police said on Friday. The incident took place at around 9 pm on Thursday in the busy Teen Hath Naka area in Thane. The car driver, Jimit Mehta, a resident of Mulund, has been arrested and booked under IPC sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), they said. The 30-year-old was arrested after the victim, Appa Tamkhane, lodged a police complaint. According to the complaint, the motorist was driving in a wrong lane when the policeman signalled him to stop. Instead of stopping, Mehta accelerated his car. When the policeman leaped forward to stop the car, Mehta dragged him on the vehicle's bonnet for around 500 metres. The car stopped only when passersby put up barricades on the road, the police said.
|2018-07-20||Mumbai: Absconding gangster arrested from Thane - Times of India|
Mumbai: Absconding gangster arrested from Thane TMumbai: Absconding gangster arrested from ThaneAn alleged member of the Arun Gawli gang, absconding since 1995, was on Friday nabbed by the Mumbai Crime Branch from Kalyan in neighbouring Thane district. Jul 20, 2018, 22:08 IST MUMBAI: An alleged member of the Arun Gawli gang, absconding since 1995, was on Friday nabbed by the Mumbai Crime Branch from Kalyan in neighbouring Thane district. Suresh Upadhyay (45), a native of Uttar Pradesh, had three murder cases registered against him, two in suburban Bhandup and one at Ulhasnagar in Thane district. Upadhyay, who allegedly worked for gangster Arun Gawli, also faced an attempt to murder case, registered at the Bhandup police station in 1995, and was on bail, said a police release here. In 1995 he stopped appearing for court hearings and was absconding ever since. He was in hiding in Kalyan town where he was working in a factory all these years, a police official said. He was nabbed following a tip-off, the official added.
|2018-07-20||Bullet train project: Japanese delegation meets Thane civic chief ... - Financial Express|
Bullet train project: Japanese delegation meets Thane civic chief; discusses facilities for station A Japanese delegation held today discussion with Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on various aspects of the bullet train project. Published: July 20, 2018 10:51 PM A Japanese delegation held today discussion with Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on various aspects of the bullet train project. The discussion mainly centred around facilities to be provided at Thane station of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project, an official release of the Thane Municipal Corporation said. The commissioner assured the delegation that the TMC civic corporation would render all possible assistance to the bullet train project. The delegation was led by Shantaro Kawahara and comprised officials from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the main funding agency of the project. R P Singh, Project Director of the National High Speed Rail Nigam, was also present. The 500km route will have a dozen stations. Four of them – Mumbai, Thane, Virar and Boisar – fall in Maharashtra. The Thane station will be located at Mhatardi village.
|2018-07-19||FOBs on 3 busy roads in lake city on the cards - Times of India|
FOBs on 3 busy roads in lake city on the cards Jul 19, 2018, 23:08 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) wants to construct foot overbridges (FOBs) on three busy highways of the city to provide safe and easy access for pedestrians from the dense traffic movement. According to plans, the TMC plans to construct the FOBs, one at Atmaram Patil chowk near the upcoming Parsik chowpatty on the old Mumbai-Pune highway, another at Bhiwandi bypass road near Lodha Complex and the third on the busy Thane-Belapur Road at Vitawa. The collective cost of these bridges will be Rs 35 crore and will be executed using the civic funds. Each of these bridges will have adequate two-metre-wide space for walking and will be connected to either side of the roads or highways with ramps and staircase. A provision for installing elevators will be made, which could be added at a later stage, said officials. A proposal to the effect has been readied and will be presented before the general body on Friday for approval. The Parsik FOB will also have an elevated promenade for visitors to enjoy the sunset once the creek beautification project is completed. The projects have been prepared after long standing demands from residents from these areas, said officials. “Residents have been facing immense inconvenience while crossing the roads and often have to risk their lives as the stretches witness heavy traffic throughout the day. The selected spots have seen many residential complexes coming up while the one at Parsik is likely to see more footfalls after the creekfront project is completed,” said an official. Meanwhile, activists and town planners have questioned the need for such FOBs when the existing ones in the city are seeing reduced footfalls. There are seven such pedestrian bridges in the city, which barely attract footfalls except for the ones opposite malls. Residents have been complaining of the winding ramps that take too long to cross the stretches and suggested use of escalators or lifts, which could be beneficial for the physically challenged and the elderly. Town planning expert Sulakshana Mahajan said the first right of passage on any road is for the pedestrian and planning should always be done ensuring minimal inconvenience to him. “It is surprising to note that the administration wants pedestrians to climb up and down the bridges. They should instead make provisions for subways at such stretches,” suggested transport activist Siddhesh Desai from Kalwa. Municipal officials said, the existing FOBs at Thane were well patronised and admitted that they were mulling the use of escalators at future projects, including that the Satis 2 project in Kopri. “We will consider the escalators for future bridge projects, which may attract more residents to it,” said an official from TMC.
|2018-07-19||Thane civic chief gets down and dirty, helps team to fill potholes - Free Press Journal|
Thane civic chief gets down and dirty, helps team to fill potholes 19th July, 2018 Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been jolted into action after five fatalities due to potholes have occurred in Kalyan. On Tuesday, civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal hit the roads with his team to fill potholes on the city’s roads. He has also announced that every Tuesday, officials will be on the road, conducting a janata darbar of sorts to address residents’ civic woes this monsoon. As the civic authority got down to repair the roads, various organisations arranged the agitations in various styles across the city. Accompanied by a team of 300 engineers, 1,000 workers, 60 dumpers, and 30 JCB machines, Jaiswal alit on the road to inspect potholes and also filled 750 square metres of potholes. “The road conditions are not that bad. It has rained heavily for the last ten days and therefore, there are some potholes. Potholes have formed wherever paver blocks have been removed. Wherever cable work is on, potholes are created. We have filled several potholes today and the work will continue,” assured Jaiswal. The inspection round began from Patlipada and potholes on Waghbil, Khopat, Station Road, Meenaatai Thakre Chowk, Saket and Kalwa roads were filled with the new technique. 750 square metres of potholes were filled with readymix concrete, 400 square metres of potholes with paver blocks while 500 square metres of potholes were filled using gravel. Branches fallen from trees were removed during the inspection and sent to the workshop to make bricks from the wood. Protesters plant saplings in potholes In Mumbra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporators devised a novel way to agitate against the TMC. Party activists and corporators planted saplings in potholes that have been causing traffic jams and accidents in Mumbra. Oars were placed in one of the potholes filled with water. “The corporation spends crores of rupees in repairing and making the roads. Where does the money go? What are the authorities are waiting for? Mumbra is always left out and one can see the bad condition of the roads. Kismat Colony, Kausa, Station Road, they are not yet repaired. There is a traffic jam every day and potholes can be fatal, as we have seen from the deaths on Kalyan and Dombivli roads. School buses, motorists use these roads and with this deplorable state of the roads, a major accident could occur,” said Shanu Pathan, NCP youth wing leader.
|2018-07-19||Thane Metro construction work begins - The Indian Express|
Thane Metro construction work begins The work will be carried out in two packages between Mulund Naka and Kasarvadavali. Published: July 20, 2018 4:06:13 am Thane is witnessing its first-ever Metro construction work with the beginning of Metro 4 corridor. The contractors have begun to put up barricades to conduct soil testing. “The contractors have begun barricading small patches for soil testing from this week. While we began soil testing in Mumbai much earlier, we received permission for testing from Thane Police just last week. So, the work there has started late,” said a senior official from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Develop-ment Authority (MMRDA). The work will be carried out in two packages between Mulund Naka and Kasarvadavali and will be carried out by a consortium of TATA Project Limited and China Harbour Engineering Co and another consortium of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd and ASTALDI. The barricades will be put up on the service road of the Eastern Express Highway. For soil testing, they will installed only at those areas where the pier will be constructed and will be moved to another spot after the work is completed. “We have so far only given permission for soil testing. We have asked the contractors to provide the barricades, traffic wardens, signages and other equipment to ensure smooth flow of traffic. This will not cause much traffic jams as it will take up very little space on the road. It will cause trouble when the actual construction begins,” said Amit Kale, deputy commissioner (Traffic), Thane. Meanwhile, barricades for the corridor, connecting Thane with Wadala, has already been put in Ghatkopar for soil testing. The corridor will later be extended till GPO in South Mumbai. Apart from Metro 4, Thane will also be connected by Metro 5 connecting Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan.
|2018-07-18||Thane: Rural police arrest 17 people for allegedly holding captive three cops - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Rural police arrest 17 people for allegedly holding captive three cops Jul 18, 2018 09:15 am Mumbai: The Thane rural police arrested 14 persons for allegedly holding captive three policemen for hours and beating them up. The accused persons also include two women. The incident took place early morning on Tuesday in a residential colony at Mira Road. Police sources said that the Thane police control room received a call complaining that a party was playing loud music in the wee hours of Tuesday in the residential locality. Acting on this complaint, three policemen rushed to the house and tried to stop the party. The accused, in an inebriated state, argued with the cops, held them captive for hours and then thrashed them. Taking a chance, one of the victims called up a senior officer on his mobile and narrated the incident, after which an additional force was rushed to the scene and the accused were arrested. The accused have been booked under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) 342 (wrongful confinement), 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) on Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused have been given.
|2018-07-18||Thane wall collapse: 3-year-old boy and 2 others injured - Free Press Journal|
Thane wall collapse: 3-year-old boy and 2 others injured Jul 18, 2018 09:54 am Thane: A 3-year-old boy and two others were injured in Hajuri, Thane, when the wall of a house collapsed on them on Tuesday. They are currently in hospital. The balcony of the house was being repaired when the wall collapse occurred. The wall of a ground-plus-one structure in Kherola Chawl, behind Jama Masjid, collapsed in the afternoon, civic officials said. Houseowner Shadab Siddique said the wall was not in a bad condition, but had fallen owing to some ongoing repair work. “Work was going on in the balcony of the upper floor of my house. Something went wrong and the wall suddenly collapsed. Customers in the shop next to my house got injured,” Siddique informed. Three people, including a toddler, were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital. Shabitul Khan, 50, who has suffered major injuries, was admitted to Vighnaharta Hospital. Raju Kureshi, 45, was shifted to Criticare Hospital and Mohammad Faja, 3, was shifted to a private hospital nearby. Santosh Kadam, in-charge of Thane’s Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), said the chawl, where the incident occurred, is illegal. “The entire area is full of illegal slums, so there can be similar incidents in the future. The RDMC has cleared the debris,” he said.
|2018-07-18||Hurdle cleared, Mumbai's new railway station between Thane and Mulund back on track - Hindustan Times|
Hurdle cleared, Mumbai’s new railway station between Thane and Mulund back on track Central Railway is now looking to build a station with a three-storey building, four escalators, an elevated deck and medical amenities. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 18, 2018 14:21 IST The suburban network is all set to get station between Thane and Mulund, offering much-needed respite to commuters on the stretch. After state’s nod for transfer of a 14-acre plot for the station, the central railway (CR) is now looking to build a station with a three-storey building, four escalators and an elevated deck with easy access to buses and autorickshaws. Along with an array of amenities, the station, which will be built at a cost of Rs119 crore, will be connected to the nearest Metro station. With the daily passenger footfall of Thane and Mulund railway stations (8.34 lakh) more than the footfall at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) (3 lakh), the authorities came up with the plan for a new station. CR receives 2.67 lakh tickets bookings from Thane and 1.05 lakh tickets booking from Mulund daily. According to the plan, the station will have three 350-m-long platforms, with a width of 10m, 12m and 7m each. Three foot overbridges (10-m wide) will connect all platforms that will have closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and medical amenities. The booking office will come up to the east of the station. A route relay interlocking (RRI) building, which relays signals to local trains, will also be constructed near the railway station. The process for the structure is expected to start by the end of the year. “The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will also dismantle and reconstruct the old Kopri bridge that goes to the east of the Thane railway station. The civic body will also resettle and rehabilitate people living near the area and shift two overhead pipeline bridges,” said a senior central railway official. The project, which has been approved under the Centre’s Smart City initiative, has been in talks since 2004. However, land was a hurdle as a major chunk of the portion required for the station belonged to a mental hospital owned by the state government. On July 5, the state Cabinet decided to transfer the land for the station, putting it back on track. Commuters expect the new station to bring down the congestion at Thane station. “Thane railway station is overcrowded and it takes 15 minutes to get out of the station. The new railway station will help reduce the burden,” said Lata Argade, vice-president, Railway Pravasi Mahasangh. “With the new station coming up, the real estate in Thane city will also see a rise of up to 15% in the prices,” said Vishal Wadhwani, asset advisor and real estate consultant in Thane region. The area will also witness commercial development. “The real estate prices in Wagle Estate haven’t changed over the past four years. The new station, which will be just 10 minutes away from the estate, which will lead to a substantial rise in prices,” said Wadhwani.
|2018-07-18||Only 13% of '18 total Q1 target earned by TMC - Times of India|
Only 13 of Only 13% of '18 total Q1 target earned by TMC Jul 18, 2018, 22:11 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has managed to collect only 13 per cent or Rs 250 crore of the total Rs 1,881 crore target at the end of the first quarter (Q1) of the fiscal. The figures are Rs 100 crore less than what was collected at the end of Q1 last fiscal. Experts have cited inability of the markets to have resurrected itself from the implementation of the RERA and GST, which reportedly has punctured earnings from the otherwise high grossing departments like the public works and town planning that affected the overall incomes. With less revenue deposited in the civic coffers post this phase, experts have now questioned the fate of several big ticket projects if the TMC fails to achieve its target. As per statistics, high performing departments like the town planning saw barely Rs 35 crore deposited in the civic treasury as against Rs 97 crore last year, while the public works department saw just Rs 7 crore at the end of Q1, which is not even 5 per cent of its annual target. Recovery from water dues also shows a dismal performance while in comparison, the property tax has seen a good collection, which has increased 24 per cent compared to last fiscal. Experts attribute the correction phase in the real estate industry that is one of the major revenue contributors for these comparatively less earnings in the civic kitty this year. The revenue from the town planning department segment mainly comprises development charges, premium earned for loading additional floor space index (FSI), balconies, staircases, etc. The payment for all these elements are usually made by the developer to the civic body in the initial stages of every new project, said industry players. The recovery for the water tax remains a hurdle for the civic body in achieving its revenue target as just Rs 3 crore of the Rs 155 crore has been achieved by the department while the fire department was also lagging by a decent margin in revenue earning this part of the fiscal. “The business in Q1 has been slow due to several reasons, including the time taken by the industry to revamp their business models post the GST and RERA implementation,” said Ajay Asher, president of MCHI, Thane chapter. An official from the corporation said they are positive of improving the earnings by the end of the next quarter. “Tax collections have improved this time and we are hopeful the earnings will be good in the coming days as not just recovery will be improved but also new businesses will be attracted thanks to the revamped city infrastructure,” said a senior civic official.
|2018-07-18||Water cut in parts of Thane city after pipe bursts in Khopat - Hindustan Times|
Water cut in parts of Thane city after pipe bursts in Khopat The outlet pipe of Siddheshwar water tank burst, flooding Patilwadi; pipe repaired, but tank will take time to refill. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 18, 2018 15:01 IST Several areas in Thane city will experience water cuts at least till late Wednesday afternoon, after a pipe burst near Siddheshwar water tank in Khopat on Tuesday night. The outlet pipe of the tank burst, flooding the entire Patilwadi area. Though the pipe was repaired by late Tuesday night, the tank will take time to refill. The incident took place around 10 pm on Tuesday, and initially caused panic among locals as the water flooded the roads. Ravindra Khadtale, deputy city engineer of Thane civic body’s water department, said: “A 600mm water outlet pipe of the tank burst and flooded the area. The pipe was more than 20 years old. Water supply to Uthalsar ward will be affected in the morning. We will try to regularise the supply by afternoon.” “The pipe was repaired overnight, but it will take some time for the water tank to refill. There could be irregular water supply in the nearby areas,” said Santosh Kadam, chief of Thane’s Regional Disaster Management Cell.
|2018-07-18||Thane goes WiFi, civic body installs 415 transmitters - Times of India|
Thane goes WiFi, civic body installs 415 transmitters Jul 18, 2018, 23:09 IST Thane: The civic body has installed 415 transmitters across the city, providing free wireless internet services to Thaneites. Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal launched the free public WiFi service as part of the smart city initiative.This will ensure better connectivity as it will be enabled with an 800kbps network to facilitate downloads in public places without going to a coffee shop or mall. “The free WiFi facility has been made operational from Wednesday, after a nine months trial period. Users will have to key in their details, including the IMEI number of their phone, along with their name and phone numbers while accessing the public WiFi. We will maintain a track of the users to ensure the services aren’t misused,” said a senior official from the TMC. He added that the number of wireless transmitters will be increased going by the public demand. The network for each of the device is around 550m and the service will be active only till the borders of the city. As per plans, users will get to use the free WiFi facility for 10 years, following a one-time registration charge of Rs 100. An upgrade of high speed for the internet facility will be possible after payment of adequate charges. Officials said anyone with a smartphone can avail of the facility after completing the mandatory registration process that can be downloaded after logging into the system. The officials said that they are expecting good response from the upgraded facility and hope that the three lakh users from the earlier system will be able to migrate. The contractor will be sharing the revenue with the administration and will either pay Rs 61 lakh annually or around 14% of the subscription cost that will be paid by the users for upgradation of the services. In addition, the contractor will also provide 20mbps internet speed at the corporation premises as well. The free WiFi facility has been made operational from Wednesday, after a nine months trial period. Users will have to key in their details, including the IMEI number of their phone, along with their name and phone numbers while accessing the public wi-fi. We will maintain a track of the users to ensure the services aren’t misused.
|2018-07-18||TMC in damage control mode, over 1650sqm potholes fixed - Times of India|
TMC in damage control mode, over 1,650sqm potholes fixed Jul 18, 2018, 22:07 IST Thane: Motorists can breathe a sigh of relief as the civic body has filled around 1,650 sqm, out of nearly 8,000 sqm of potholes across the city on Tuesday. The others, too, will be resurfaced as a 1,300 team of civic engineers and labourers, led by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, began checking the status of potholes since Tuesday morning. Nearly 8,224sqm of road surfaces were damaged during the torrential rains since the last few days, leaving motorists inconvenienced. The commissioner, along with various department heads, was on the street to inspect the progress of the repair work at several pockmarked areas, following complaints of potholes. The drive was prompted after the administration faced flak for recurrent potholes from activists and elected representatives, forcing the commissioner to step out and take stock of the situation himself. Jaiswal personally inspected all repair works from Ghodbunder Road to Kalwa over the span of three hours. A late evening review by the corporation revealed that around 750sqm of potholes were repaired using ready-mix concrete, while another 400sqm was filled using paver blocks and around 500sqm were temporarily filled with stones to avert mishaps. The TMC claimed that it has adopted a new repair mechanisms which will be able to sustain even during the rains. Meanwhile, the commissioner has decided to carry out a weekly review by visiting all parts of the city to ascertain work didn’t come to a halt due to delay in implementation of civic works. Other aspects like overall cleanliness of city roads, trimmed branches of the roadsides trees, nullah cleaning and fumigation were also reviewed by the commissioner. “Not just potholes, the commissioner will be inspecting the city every Tuesday for other issues like regular fumigation, tree trimming and more during the monsoon,” said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner at the TMC. Even as the municipal administration was busy resurfacing potholes, several others cropped up in other parts of the city. The NCP held a protest in Mumbra by planting saplings in the potholes, while the MNS staged a slow-cycling contest in Kopri to protest against the inability of the administration to repair damaged roads.
|2018-07-18||Thane Police issues notice to MSRDC over Bhiwandi pothole death - The Hindu|
Thane Police issues notice to MSRDC over Bhiwandi pothole death MUMBAI, JULY 19, 2018 00:26 IST, UPDATED: JULY 19, 2018 00:26 IST The Thane police on Wednesday issued a notice to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in connection with a pothole-related death last week, asking them to repair the road to prevent repeat accidents. Bhiwandi accident On July 10, a truck lost control while passing over a 1.5 feet deep pothole in the Kongaon area in Bhiwandi, and careened into an autorickshaw, causing the death of its passenger — 45-year-old Hasim Sheikh. The incident sparked the fury of the local residents, who took to the roads to protest, and were dispersed by the police only after hours of pacifying and assurances. “The accident had led to a law and order situation in the area, and in order to avoid similar incidents in the future, we have issued a notice to the MSRDC under Section 149 of the Criminal Procedure Code, asking them to get the road repaired,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Manoj Patil, Zone II, Thane police said. Mr. Patil said that the road was made by a contractor hired by the MSRDC, and the notice instructs the civic body to ensure that the contractor repairs and maintains the road. The notice further warns of criminal action in case another pothole-related accident occurs, officers said. ‘Not culpable homicide’ Mr. Patil denied reports of the notice warning the MSRDC of an FIR of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and said that the notice was only issued as a precautionary meaure in order to ensure no more lives were lost.“Nobody specific has been named in the notice. The intent is just to get the road repaired as it is a 1.5 feet deep pit,” Mr. Patil said. The issue of potholes has been in the limelight, having caused six deaths in Thane and Navi Mumbai since January. Five of the six fatal accidents occured in the Kalyan-Bhiwandi belt, while the sixth occured in Turbhe in Navi Mumbai. On Tuesday, eight Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party workers were arrested for allegedly digging up the pavement outside Mantralaya as a protest against the issue. They were charged with unlawful assembly and damage to public property under the IPC.
|2018-07-18||Thane: 35-year-old booked for cheating businessman; police on lookout - The Indian Express|
Thane: 35-year-old booked for cheating businessman; police on lookout Sripad Kale, senior inspector of Mulund police station, said that the accused approached the complainant, Amit Vora (36), last year. He told the complainant that he was an agent and required laptops and other electronic devices for a retail shop. Updated: July 19, 2018 3:45:17 am A 35-year-old man was booked for allegedly cheating a Thane-based businessman of Rs 47 lakh. Posing as a well-connected agent, the accused, Deepak Karani, had cheated others in past. He went missing after collecting money from people. Police are on the lookout for him. Sripad Kale, senior inspector of Mulund police station, said that the accused approached the complainant, Amit Vora (36), last year. He told the complainant that he was an agent and required laptops and other electronic devices for a retail shop. “Between October 25 last year to December 20 last year, the complainant provided him goods like laptop worth Rs 47 lakh. When the complainant asked him to pay for the goods, he kept delaying under various pretexts,” Kale said. When Vora kept approaching him for money, the accused switched off his phone and went missing. Vora then approached the Mulund police where an FIR was registered. Police found that the accused had cheated several people in the past using a similar modus operandi. In one case, he cheated a Chembur-based businessman for Rs one crore by promising to start a shop with him. An FIR was registered against him after he went missing. Kale said, “We have found that there are several FIRs against him. We are trying to track him down.”
|2018-07-18||Thane locals remind Sena-BJP of its pre-poll promise to do away with toll - Hindustan Times|
Thane locals remind Sena-BJP of its pre-poll promise to do away with toll Since the monsoon started, commuters have been complaining of bad roads and traffic congestion every day MUMBAI Updated: Jul 19, 2018 00:53 IST As the number of potholes continues to grow with each passing day, residents asked the state to justify collection from motorists entering Thane city. Residents said despite paying taxes, they are forced to put up with bad roads. They also urged the state to stick to its pre-poll promise of toll waiver. Since the monsoon started, commuters have been complaining of bad roads and traffic congestion every day. Several residents complained that owing to bad roads and traffic, their routine journey now takes twice the time. Those travelling outside or entering the city pay toll Anandnagar and Modela nakas. Motorists complained that the before and after the toll plaza is riddled with potholes. Radhika Kamath, 49, a chartered accountant residing along Pokharan Road, said, “The BJP had promised to scrap toll collection if it comes to power in the state. However, the promise is yet to be unfulfilled. The roads in the city, near the toll plazas are in pathetic condition. But we are still forced to pay toll for maintaining them. We spend around two-and-half-hours commuting one way every day. The five hours wasted on commuting could be more productive. Despite taking money, toll operators do not implement ETC tags in all the lanes, only two lanes are reserved for the vehicles with tag.” She added the person who has the tag ends up in the longest queue. The traffic which starts from Korum Mall stretches all the way till Anandnagar check naka. HR professional Ajit Singh, 43, another resident of Pokharan Road, said, “The problem is on the 100 metre stretch before and after the toll naka. It takes over 30 minutes to cover a one minute stretch. Travelling to Mumbai and back saps the entire energy. Lakhs of motorists pass through the toll plazas every day, paying ?70 for two-way commute. Despite making so much money, why are the roads so bad?” Singh said whenever toll operators are short-staffed they shut down several lanes creating traffic congestion. Vasant Vihar resident, Nilesh Dixit, an entrepreneur, said, “How can the government justify collection of toll when they cannot even maintain roads for which we are paying toll? You’ll reaches faster to Thane from CSMT if you travel by train, as compared to time it takes to travel between Thane and Mulund by road.” Expert committee to take call: PWD minister In 2016, PWD minister Eknath Shinde had announced that vehicles at toll plazas will be allowed to pass through without paying toll if the vehicles cross the yellow line. However, toll operators are yet to abide by it. Last week, the issue of traffic congestion at toll nakas at yellow line was taken up for discussion during the monsoon session of the assembly. Shinde told the house, “A committee of experts from IIT-Bombay and other institutes was set up in the month of April to study the traffic congestion at toll nakas and the yellow line diktat. The committee will submit its report in six months. Based on the report and the clauses in the toll agreements, our legal experts will give their opinion following action will be taken.”
|2018-07-17||11-Year-Old Schoolboy's Body, With Throat Slit, Found In House In Thane - NDTV|
11-Year-Old Schoolboy's Body, With Throat Slit, Found In House In Thane The body was found at 10 pm on Monday in a house in Thane's Ulhasnagar, not far from where the boy lived, police said Updated: July 17, 2018 17:47 IST THANE: The body of an 11-year-old boy whose throat had been slit was found in a house in Maharashtra's Thane, the police said today. The boy was a student of a school at Ulhasnagar in Thane district. The body was found at 10 pm on Monday in a house not far from where he lived, the police said. "The boy was with his parents till late evening yesterday. We suspect he was abducted and then killed with a kitchen knife. His throat was slit," a police officer said. Ulhasnagar senior police officer Ankit Goyal told said a murder case has been filed against unknown people. Some people have been detained in connection with the murder and they are being questioned, Mr Goyal said, adding police team have been formed to search for the accused.
|2018-07-17||Policemen Held Captive, Thrashed By Drunk People At Party In Thane - NDTV|
Policemen Held Captive, Thrashed By Drunk People At Party In Thane Police reached a residential area from where they received a compliant about loud music being played . People playing the music thrashed them. Updated: July 17, 2018 17:56 IST THANE: Fourteen people, including two women were arrested today for allegedly holding three policemen captive for hours and thrashing them in Thane district, police said. "Thane police control room received a complaint that loud music was being played at a party in a residential area. After this, a team of three policemen rushed to the house," police said. When they reached the house, the people inside started arguing with the policemen and pulled them inside. They held the policemen captive for hours and also thrashed them. The accused, including the two women, were drunk. One of the policeman called up a senior officer and narrated the incident, after which additional force was rushed to the scene and arrests were made A complaint against the accused have registered under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 342 (wrongful confinement), 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), of the Indian Penal Code. There is also a complaint against them under the Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949 and the Maharashtra Police Act.
|2018-07-17||3 injured in Thane after wall collapses in shop - Hindustan Times|
3 injured in Thane after wall collapses in shop Wall fell during repairs on the floor above; officials said shop is located in an illegal slum in Thane city. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 17, 2018 16:13 IST Three people, including a three-year-old boy, were injured after a wall collapsed on them in Thane’s Hajuri locality on Tuesday. The victims have been admitted to hospital nearby. They include Shaktil Khan, 50, who has suffered major injuries; Raju Suresh, 45; and Mohammad Faja, 3, who received minor injuries. The wall of a ground-plus-one structure in Kherola chawl, behind the Jama Masjid, collapsed in the afternoon, officials said. The owner of the house, Shadab Siddhique, 42, said the wall was not in a bad condition, but had fallen owing to some repair work that was going on. “Work was going on in the gallery of the upper floor of my house. The workers did something wrong and the wall collapsed suddenly. The customers standing in the shop next to my house got injured,” Siddique said. Santosh Kadam, in charge of Thane’s Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), said the chawl where the incident took place is illegal. “The entire area is full of illegal slums, so there can be similar incidents in the future. The RDMC has cleared the debris,” he said.
|2018-07-17||Thane district may meet tree plantation deadline before July 31 - Times of India|
Thane district may meet tree plantation deadline before July 31 Jul 17, 2018, 22:40 IST Thane: With close to 75% of its tree plantation target complete within just two weeks of the month-long state wide afforestation drive, the Thane district which is now greener by over 24 lakh trees may complete its part much before the 31st July deadline, officials said. As part of this three-year-old annual afforestation campaign, which aims to increase the state’s green cover by 13 crore trees this year, Thane district was given a target of 33,52,370 plantations to be carried out in one month from July 1 to 31. However, merely two weeks into the initiative, over 44 thousand forest officials, government officials, NGOs and citizens managed to plant over 24.5lakh seedling and saplings across 4,723 locations across the district. “Each plantation is mapped to ensure no double counting. While most of the plantations were pre-registered online, the others were updated to the database through the forest department’s easily accessible My Plants mobile application. Citizens who were unable to digitally update their plantation information through our website or mobile app have been sending it to us with the necessary details through our offline mode as well,” said deputy chief conservator of forests (Thane) Jitendra Ramgaokar. While officials believe that the success rate of the drive could result in the completion of the district’s target much before the end of the month, activists assert that the main challenge is maintaining a high survival rate among these plants. “The large plantation drives by various government and citizen organizations are almost complete. Now, a lot of the smaller plantations are yet to take place. The drive may, therefore, get slower than it has been over the past two weeks. However, we should be able to reach our afforestation target before July end,” said Ramgaokar. Speaking about the responsibility of every citizen, NGO and official participating in the drive, environmentalist V Walawalkar, who is associated with city-based NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal, said, “After planting the saplings, citizens, NGOs and officials need to de-weed the area around it and arrange the soil in a way that the rain water does not gather around it. Three months later the soil needs to be put back around the plant and the grass needs to be kept away the dry grass or fire lines need to be cut and the plant needs to be watered regularly.” “Planting the sapling is only 5% of the work required to turn it into a tree. The remaining 95% is all about maintenance. Of the 7,000 saplings our NGO planted last year, we have seen an outstanding 90% survival rate because of the methods used. This year, we have a target of 10, 000 sapling plantation,” he said.
|2018-07-17||Biker hurt as tree comes crashing down in Thane - The Hindu|
Biker hurt as tree comes crashing down in Thane MUMBAI, JULY 17, 2018 00:00 IST, UPDATED: JULY 17, 2018 04:21 IST A 26-year-old motorcyclist was injured when an almond tree came crashing down in Thane’s Panchpakhadi area on Monday. Prashant Dhabale suffered a back injury in the incident that took place at 2.15 p.m. Mr. Dhabale was rushed to Kaushalya Hospital by Rajesh More, a passerby. Mr. Dhabale, a resident of Saket and employee at Thane Municipal Transport, was heading to an ATM with a friend when the tree collapsed. His friend escaped unhurt. Mr. More said, “The trees in this area were reportedly pruned recently in the wake of heavy rains. Better trimming of trees is required.” The Disaster Management Department cleared the tree and it was hauled away by the Thane Tree Authority and the Garden Department. Santosh Kadam, an official at the Disaster Management Department, said, “The trees are being trimmed, but we are facing protests from residents. Due to strong winds and heavy rains this monsoon, trees are falling across the city.” Last year, advocate Kishore Pawar (38) died in the same ward after a tree fell on him. Following the incident, officials had ordered all trees in the area to be inspected.
|2018-07-17||Youth escapes with injuries after tree falls on him - Times of India|
Youth escapes with injuries after tree falls on him Jul 17, 2018, 22:41 IST Thane: A 26-year-old miraculously escaped with minor injuries after an age-old tree fell on him near Panchpakhadi on Monday. The total number of tree fall cases recorded on Monday were 11. Two cars, a tempo and a two-wheeler were damaged. Prashant Dabale (26), a Majiwada resident, sustained minor injuries on his back after a tree fell on him at 3pm. He was rushed to a private hospital and undergoing treatment. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer at Regional Disaster Management Cell, said, “We reached the spot within minutes with a team of fire brigade officials after a passerby informed us about the incident. The youth is said to be stable.”A similar incident was reported in Panchpakadi last year on July 22 as well, which had claimed the life 38-year-old advocate Kishore Pawar.A tree fall was reported near Hiranandani Meadows, which brough vehicle movement to a hault. However, no damage to life and property was reported. In another incident, at Lokmanya Nagar, a two-wheeler was crushed after a tree fell on it.
|2018-07-17||In Thane's Kalyan, Signboards Put Up To Warn Motorists Of Potholes - NDTV|
In Thane's Kalyan, Signboards Put Up To Warn Motorists Of Potholes The boards, put up by the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), inform motorists of the damage caused to roads due to heavy rain. Updated: July 17, 2018 20:51 IST THANE: The Kalyan civic body has put up boards at key junctions asking motorists to be careful while driving, a move that comes after five deaths due to potholes on roads. The boards, put up by the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), inform motorists of the damage caused to roads due to heavy rains and ask them to drive carefully. Heavy rains over the past few weeks have damaged roads in Kalyan KDMC Public Relations Officer Prasad Thakur, in an official release today, said the work of filling up of potholes has been taken up on a war footing. Of the 529 potholes identified by the civic body, 383 had been filled up till July 16, he said. In a related development, Thane civic Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal held a meeting of senior corporation officials and instructed them to fill up potholes in the city on a priority basis. His counterpart in the KDMC Govind Bodke also held an emergency meeting with officials and asked engineers and ward officers to concentrate on the pothole filling work. Mr Bodke also cancelled the leave of engineers and ward officers. Eknath Shinde asked civic officials in Thane and Kalyan Dombivli to fill up potholes on a priority basis to avert more accidents.
|2018-07-17||Thane Crime: 14 arrested for holding 3 constables captive and beating them up in Mira Road - Free Press Journal|
Thane Crime: 14 arrested for holding 3 constables captive and beating them up in Mira Road Jul 17, 2018 06:20 pm Thane: Fourteen persons, including two women, were arrested today for allegedly holding three policemen captive for hours and thrashing them, Thane district rural police said. The incident took place in a residential colony in Mira Road in the district in the wee hours today, police said. “Thane police control room got a complaint that a party was going on in the residential locality, where loud music was being played. After this, a team of three policemen rushed to the house,” police said. When they reached the house, the accused started arguing with the policemen and pulled them inside. They held the policemen captive for hours and also thrashed them. The accused, including the two women, were drunk at that time, they said. One of the victims called up a senior officer on his mobile and narrated the incident, after which additional force was rushed to the scene and the accused were arrested. The accused have been identified as Ujjwal Trivedi (26), Chirag Trivedi (31), Shriyansh Shah (21), Krishna Agarwal (21), Tanmay Rane (25), Riki Koti (29), Dipesh Gohil (26), Vrushabh Barvaliya (29), Nikhil Maskaria (35), Rajiv Minijos (26), Rahul Parulekar (26), Ajay Singh (26), Shipra Singh (28) and Rekha Pimpalkar (36), police said. The accused have been booked under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 342 (wrongful confinement), 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation). They have also been booked under section 85 of the Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949 and the Maharashtra Police Act. Further investigation into the case is on.
|2018-07-16||Thane: Due to heavy rainfall, Modak Sagar dam opened after reaching 'overflow' mark - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Due to heavy rainfall, Modak Sagar dam opened after reaching ‘overflow’ mark Jul 16, 2018 09:35 am Thane: Maharashtra’s Thane district has received 11,446.54mm of rainfall this monsoon which is 66 per cent of the rainfall it received during the entire monsoon season last year, a senior district official said on Sunday. Thane has received 11,446.54mm rainfall this season so far as against 8,613.50mm in the same period last year, district information officer Aniruddha Ashtaputre said on Friday. The district had received 17,150.10mm of rainfall in the entire monsoon season last year, the official said. Thane had already received over 66 per cent of the entire rainfall it got during last year’s monsoon, he said. He said that water levels of dams in the district were rising and some of their gates would need to be opened soon. The gate of Modak Sagar Dam was opened at around 3pm on Sunday and its storage level was reaching the overflow mark, Ashtaputre said. The storage level of Bhatsa Dam stood at 125.65 million cubic metres (mcum), or 58.77 per cent of its storage capacity, and its gates would be opened when the water capacity reached 134 mcum or 78 per cent of the storage capacity, he informed. “The gates will be opened when it reaches 78 per cent. Villages in the vicinity will be informed in advance and tehsildars will receive official communication before the water is released,” he said.
|2018-07-16||'Cluster project may increase flooding in Thane during rains' - Times of India|
Cluster project may increase flooding in Thane during rains' Jul 16, 2018, 22:43 IST Thane: Activists and residents from Thane have expressed concern over the fate of the lake city during heavy rains once the cluster redevelopment is implemented considering that the city came to a standstill during just 103mm rains last week. As many as 41 spots were water-logged, inlcuding Ghodbunder Road that saw traffic jam due to heavy rains last week. Residents have now questioned the fate of the city post the implementation of the cluster redevelopment project when the population would be near double of what it is presently drawing the recent instances when the town got inundated even though the city has a population of barely 22 lakhs. Activists fear that rampant concretization post the cluster project could possibly lead to further problem during heavy rains in the city. Experts also pointed out that the volume of sewage water discharged into the creeks during a normal day would also increase once the project is implemented. The city presently discharges nearly 350mld sewage water and the numbers could easily increase by double at the least, which they added could pose a worry as the infrastructure could prove inadequate considering the lack of space for retaining this huge bulk of water unlike Navi Mumbai that has retaining ponds. “The city is situated between the hill slopes and the seafront and we have limited area for development. With just 23 lakh population, we are facing problems during water discharge. One can imagine what could be the situation when the waste water coupled with heavy rains would have to be discharged into the creek at the same time. There is no clarity on this aspect by the Thane civic body, which casts doubts on the efficacy of the project,” said Mayuresh Bhadsavale, urban planning practioner from Thane. Town planning expert Sulakshana Mahajan said, the cluster redevelopment project could end up adding more concrete space to the city that may end retention of water in the city limits and increase chances of waterlogging. The situation during heavy rains that is occasionally witnessed in some parts of the city could escalate the problem, said other experts. Meanwhile, civic officials dismissed the possibilities and said all aspects are being considered. The draft urban renewal plans that was released recently explained the location of open spaces which showed an increase in volume meaning there could be increased chances of percolation in the ground. Also, the management of storm water disposal as per the geographic condition of each area could be tackled as per individual cases at a later stage after approval of the specific cluster, said a civic official.
|2018-07-16||Thane district records 40 dengue cases in 7 months this year - Times of India|
Thane district records 40 dengue cases in 7 months this year Jul 16, 2018, 22:42 IST Thane: Thane district has recorded 40 positive dengue cases from January to July 12 this year and the number is higher in the rural pockets as compared to city areas. Officials said that the habits of rural citizens like storing water in pots and vessels, as also allowing water to accumulate around their homes or in the neighbourbood could be the reason for the prevalence of dengue in villages as these can be breeding spots for mosquitoes. Statistics compiled by the deputy director health services (DDHS), said, it was seen that in the last seven months 14 dengue fever cases were witnessed in the seven corporation areas, i.e. Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan-Dombivli, Mira-Bhayander, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar and Vasai-Virar while 26 were recorded in the rest of the rural pockets of the district taking the total number to 40. “The population of the rural belt is more as compared to city areas and if the patients are compared to the population, then it is not a huge number and it is not an epidemic-like situation. Also, out of these 26 cases, most of them have occurred before the onset of monsoon as due to the continuous rain now, the eggs which are laid on the water gets washed away. This usually happens because people store water in huge drums and vessels and keep it open, which allows mosquitoes to lay eggs. Also, a small water bottle cap is also enough space for these insects to lay eggs,” said Dr Ratna Raokhande, DDHS. Officials said that they are going door-to-door to make sure that people do not store water for more than seven days a week and have a dry day. They are even continuously fumigating and spraying in various spots across the rural belt. The Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) records show that around eight people have been detected with dengue from January to July 12. Officials said that the situation was under control and they were making sure that no cases were detected further. “In the last seven months as many as 165 dengue suspected patients were recorded, but it was seen that only eight patients were tested positive for dengue. Also, out of these eight, five patients were recorded in January and three in July. We collect these records from hospitals who inform us about the dengue patients being admitted,” said Dr Ram Kendre, medical health officer at TMC. In order to make sure that the number does not increase, the civic health department has so far spread awareness against the mosquito-borne disease through various mediums. Information regarding preventive measures has been spread through 71,600 Marathi and Hindi news publications. “Notices have been sent to 136 shops about making sure tyres are not filled with water and 49 builders for taking precautions and ensuring water is not stagnated. Even 655 nylon nets have been placed in public toilets. Also, city-based 111 hospitals have been intimated to give information if they come across patients suffering from mosquito-borne diseases,” added Dr Kendre.
|2018-07-16||60 students in Thane escape unhurt after branch falls on shed - Hindustan Times|
60 students in Thane escape unhurt after branch falls on shed School authorities blame the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for not trimming the tree. mumbai Updated: Jul 17, 2018 00:04 IST Around 60 students of a school at Pokhran Road in Thane escaped without injuries after the branch of a tree fell, breaking an asbestos shed outside a classroom, on?Monday morning. Incessant rain and gusty winds are said to have caused the branch collapse. The incident took place at Little Flower High School (LFHS), which is a single-storey structure. The school has 4,500 students, around 8am. School authorities said they had complained to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) last month as trees in the vicinity were not trimmed. “The garden department staff had come to trim branches on Monday afternoon. However, they did not have the required equipment and safety guards. They tried to climb the tree but could not because the branches were slippery. Despite repeated complaints, no action was taken. TMC needs to prioritise students’ safety and their workers’ health,” said Kasber Augustine, committee member, LFHS. Omprakash Divate, deputy municipal commissioner, TMC, said, they act promptly after getting complaints over tree trimming. “We shall verify the complaint and inspect the location.” “Had the branch fallen a few inches inside, it would have been fatal. If we do not see any precautions, we will protest against the authorities,”said a student’s parent.
|2018-07-16||Biker hurt as tree comes crashing down in Thane - The Hindu|
Biker hurt as tree comes crashing down in Thane Updated: July 17, 2018 00:22 IST A 26-year-old motorcyclist was injured when an almond tree came crashing down in Thane’s Panchpakhadi area on Monday. Prashant Dhabale suffered a back injury in the incident that took place at 2.15 p.m. Mr. Dhabale was rushed to Kaushalya Hospital by Rajesh More, a passerby. Mr. Dhabale, a resident of Saket, was heading to an ATM with a friend when the tree collapsed. His friend escaped unhurt. Mr. More said, “The trees in this area were reportedly pruned recently in the wake of heavy rains. Better trimming of trees is required. The Disaster Management Department cleared the tree and it was hauled away by the Thane Tree Authority and the Garden Department. Santosh Kadam, an official at the Disaster Management Department, said, “The trees are being trimmed, but we are facing protests from residents. Due to strong winds and heavy rains this monsoon, trees are falling across the city.” Last year, advocate Kishore Pawar (38) died in the same ward after a tree fell on him. Following the incident, officials had ordered all trees in the area to be inspected.
|2018-07-16||Rain hits hard: 947 potholes cropped up on Thane roads in last few days - Times of India|
Rain hits hard: 947 potholes cropped up on Thane roads in last few days Updated: Jul 16, 2018, 23:58 IST THANE: Nearly 8,224sqm of city roads which is roughly equal to the space required for parking 115 trucks or 700 sedans has been damaged in the lake city over last few days of heavy rainfall. While the municipal administration has been claiming of having conducted immediate repairs on roads, activists have rubbished these claims questioning the quality of roads and the subsequent repairs being undertaken by the corporation. Activists have further alleged corruption in the process claiming that repeated queries on the quantum and materials used for repairs have gone unanswered by the TMC. A recent analysis of the potholes surfaced in the city revealed that nearly 947 number of complaints were reported in various parts of the city. The collective volume of these pockmarks is believed to be around 8224.12sqm. The city has around 385kms of roads. Of these, Diva ward has the highest volume of potholes in the city with around 80% or 6,395sqm of the total volume of potholes reported by the public works department of the TMC. Mumbra ward has the next highest volume of damaged roads in Thane with 675sqm of holes while Majiwada that sees a huge traffic of heavy vehicles passing has nearly 375sqm of potholes on roads. In comparison, the Kalwa ward has reported the least number of potholes in the city with barely 39sqm area damaged in the last few days. Activists have meanwhile lashed out at the survey and also the work carried out by the administration following flak from activists and motorists. “How is it that the city could see so much of damages to the roads that have been constructed after spending a bulk of the tax payers money. There should be an audit of the works undertaken every year and clicking pictures of the stretches repaired should also be undertaken to avoid recurrence,” said activist Adesh Bhagat from Diva. Citizen activist Sanjeev Datta from Kharkar Ali alleges the TMC has been stonewalling information on quality and materials used for frequent repairs. “I had filed an RTI asking the amount spent on road repairs but there was no reply. They have asked me to file RTI to individual ward committees and projects separately. How come they do not know the amount and why residents file so many queries? If I keep filing RTI for individual projects, it will take another ten years. It seems they are hiding something,” he claims. Meanwhile, commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has ordered his teams to take up repair work on a war footing and said he will personally oversee the works. “I have asked officials to take up repairs of roads marred with potholes without waiting to ascertain if it is maintained by any other agency like MSRDc, PWD, etc. If possible, we will repair the roads using conventional methods or else we will try paver blocks temporarily,” he said. Civic officials said they have been taking up repair works at several parts of the city and said they are also attempting a new polymer mix that should help reduce the problems of the potholes resurfacing. A majority part has already been repaired, claimed officials.
|2018-07-16||Rifle seized by Thane police belongs to 1993 Mumbai blasts arms cache, say sources - India Today|
Rifle seized by Thane police belongs to 1993 Mumbai blasts arms cache, say sources Rifle seized by Thane police belongs to 1993 Mumbai blasts arms cache, say sources Divyesh Singh July 17, 2018 UPDATED: July 17, 2018 00:28 IST Thane police seized AK-56 rifle two weeks agoThe rifle belongs to cache of weapons associated with 1993 Mumbai blastsSources have confirmed this to India Today TV Underworld don Dawood IbrahimHIGHLIGHTSThane police seized AK-56 rifle two weeks agoThe rifle belongs to cache of weapons associated with 1993 Mumbai blastsSources have confirmed this to India Today TV In a surprising development, it has come to light that the AK-56 rifle recovered by the Thane Police's anti extortion cell two weeks ago belongs to the cache of arms smuggled at the time of 1993 Mumbai blasts. The arms were smuggled into the country by Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Menon and members of their gang. A source privy to the investigation has confirmed this to India Today TV. The rifle had the same marking as those found on the weapons seized in the early nineties. The rifle seized by thane police was found wrapped in a newspaper from year 1997. It has come to light that this rifle was handed over to accused Naeem Khan by a close aide of gangster Chhota Shakeel. Naeem reportedly received a call from Anwar, Shakeel's younger brother who is based in Pakistan, who then asked him to keep the arms and ammunition cache at his residence. Naeem was later arrested in a MCOCA case by Mumbai Police and the weapons cache remained at his residence. His wife Yasmeen was then arrested and Thane police sought Naeem's custody. He then revealed about Anwar's call to him from Pakistan. Police are carrying out further interrogation to know whether the weapon was used all these years.The rifle has chinese inscriptions on it. Similar inscriptions were seen on the weapons previously seized by the police.It has been found out that the weapon was made in the year 1966 when China was an ally of USSR. The rifle is of the same make as that of those found in the cache. RDX and other weapons used to carry out 1993 Mumbai blasts were smuggled into the country from Pakistan via different landing points in Gujarat and coast of Maharashtra. A primary report from ballistics division of Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory confirmed the similarity between the rifle and weapons in the cash.
|2018-07-16||Political activist held for threatening NCP MLA from Thane - The New Indian Express|
Political activist held for threatening NCP MLA from Thane The accused allegedly posted an objectionable message yesterday on his Facebook page against Jitendra Awhad, MLA from the Kalwa-Mumbra constituency in Thane district, and threatened to harm him. Last Updated: 16th July 2018 11:37 AM THANE: A 30-year-old activist of a political party has been arrested for allegedly issuing threats to an NCP MLA on a social networking site, the police said today. The accused, Mirza Rehan Azmi, allegedly posted an objectionable message yesterday on his Facebook page against Jitendra Awhad, the MLA from the Kalwa-Mumbra constituency in Thane district, and threatened to harm him, police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. An office-bearer of the NCP women's wing filed a complaint with the Mumbra police against two persons in this connection, she said. Based on the complaint, the police last night arrested Azmi, who is an activist of a political party, and launched a search for the other person named in the complaint, she said. The accused has been booked under IPC sections pertaining to defamation and criminal intimidation and relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act, Narkar said.
|2018-07-15||Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Minor Student In Thane - NDTV|
Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Minor Student In Thane A case has been registered against the teacher under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Updated: July 15, 2018 17:22 IST THANE: A teacher has been arrested for molesting a 12-year-old girl student in his office on the premises of a private school in Ulhasnagar in Thane district, police said. The girl had come to the school to collect a certificate, a police official said quoting the complaint. The teacher, identified as Vijay Dhangar, allegedly called the girl to his office and touched her inappropriately. The girl raised an alarm following which people present at the school caught the teacher and handed him over to police. A case has been registered under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
|2018-07-15||Modak Sagar in Thane overflows following heavy rains - Times of India|
Modak Sagar in Thane overflows following heavy rains Jul 15, 2018, 16:38 IST MUMBAI: Maharashtra's Modak Sagar, one of the biggest lakes supplying water to Mumbai, started overflowing at 3.05 pm on Sunday following incessant rains. Modak Sagar is the second lake to overflow after Tulsi, which started overflowing on July 9. It's located in Thane district on the Vaitarna river. Modak Sagar supplies 440 million litres of water to Mumbai. Mumbai's daily water requirement is over 3,750 million litres which is brought from the seven catchment area lakes. As on July 15, the seven lakes were 56% full. Mumbai needs 14.47 lakh MLD water in all the lakes to go without water cuts for the coming year. Last year, Modak Sagar had started overflowing on the very same day - July 15 - at 6.32am while in 2016 it had started to overflow on August 1 at 10.28 am.
|2018-07-15||This year, Thane, Palghar district already record double rainfall - Times of India|
This year, Thane, Palghar district already record double rainfall Jul 15, 2018, 22:13 IST THANE: The Konkan region, including Thane and Palghar district, recorded nearly double the amount of rainfall, bringing about a cheer in the agricultural and irrigation department. Experts, however, claimed that abundant rainfall in urban areas spells havoc for residents as it means water-logging and mishaps are bound to take place due to the inadequate measures taken by the authorities to tap the problem. Thane district, including the lake city, Navi Mumbai and Kalyan-Dombivli, among others have collectively witnessed an average of 1,464.9mm rainfall, which is nearly 161% of its average rainfall of 908.7mm. While neighbouring Palghar district has collectively witnessed 167% rainfall, tehsils of Vasai, Dahanu, Talasari have independently recorded over double the rainfall than what is expected by mid-July, reveals a district-wise rainfall report of Maharashtra. The report does not include Mumbai island and suburbs. Officials from the state agricultural department said that the volume is satisfactory for the local paddy crop that is cultivated at this time of the season in parts of the state, inlcuding Thane but said any increase in the intensity could spell trouble. “The rains have concentrated mainly in urban areas, while the rural parts of Thane district like Bhiwandi, Shahpur, Murbad and parts of Ulhasnagar have been receiving adequate rainfall which is helping crops,” said Mahendra Sawant, superintending officer at Thane district agriculture department. Meanwhile, the heavy rainfall has also spelt good news for reservoirs as most of the 175 major, minor and medium-size dams have been filled by 60% by mid-July. “The heavy rainfall in catchment areas mean faster filling of reservoirs. Good rainfall in its surrounding areas located at the base of reservoirs from where water supply agencies lift water for domestic and industrial use also gets full, which means less requirement of releasing stock that can be stored for the oncoming seasons,” said an official from the irrigation department. Across the state, Amaravati and Nagpur regions have registered fairly good rainfall till July 14, while Pune and Aurangabad has barely reached its average volume. Nashik region that includes Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon district among others has reported a shortfall in the average rain quantity ideally to be showered by mid-July. However, it is Solapur in Pune region that has witnessed the weakest rains among the districts this monsoon even as reservoirs in this region have 45% water stock which is more than what was stored last year. However, activists say that the abundant water from urban areas like Thane city, Kalyan and Vasai that recently witnessed flooding could otherwise have been tapped and percolated in the ground which is now reduced due to rampant concretization.
|2018-07-15||Thane has already received 66% of last year's rainfall - Times of India|
Thane has already received 66 of last year's rainfall Jul 15, 2018, 19:22 IST Thane city waterlogged after heavy rainfall THANE: Maharashtra's Thane district has received 11,446.54mm of rainfall this monsoon which is 66 per cent of the rainfall it received during the entire monsoon season last year, a senior district official said on Sunday. Thane has received 11,446.54mm rainfall this season so far as against 8,613.50mm in the same period last year, district information officer Aniruddha Ashtaputre said on Sunday. The district had received 17,150.10mm of rainfall in the entire monsoon season last year, the official said. Thane had already received over 66 per cent of the entire rainfall it got during last year's monsoon, he said. He said that water levels of dams in the district were rising and some of their gates would need to be opened soon. The gate of Modak Sagar Dam was opened at around 3pm today and its storage level was reaching the overflow mark, Ashtaputre said. The storage level of Bhatsa Dam stood at 125.65 million cubic metres (mcum), or 58.77 per cent of its storage capacity, and its gates would be opened when the water capacity reached 134 mcum or 78 per cent of the storage capacity, he informed. "The gates will be opened when it reaches 78 per cent. Villages in the vicinity will be informed in advance and tehsildars will receive official communication before the water is released," he said. Giving information about other dams in the district, he said that level of water in Barvi Dam stood at 64.72 metres and its overflow mark was 68.60m. It currently has 164.99 mcum of water which was 70.79 per cent of the dam's storage capacity. The Pise Dam also received heavy rainfall, he said.
|2018-07-15||Woman delivers twins in moving train in Thane - Odisha Television Ltd.|
Woman Delivers Twins In Moving Train In Thane Jul 15, 2018 - 11:34:32 Thane: A young Mumbai woman delivered a healthy twins aboard the Mumbai-Visgakhapatnam Express on Sunday, an official said here. The incident took place as the train arrived at the Kalyan station at 7.52 a.m. The woman, Salma Tabassum Shaikh, 30, then suddenly went into labour. The railway police at the station were immediately notified of the incident, Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi told IANS. A short while later, Shaikh delivered the twins safely amidst cheers and claps by the passengers, railway and police staffers. Present at that time were the Kalyan Station Manager, Central Railway medical team and the railway police. The train was halted at Kalyan for half an hour. After the successful delivery, the woman deboarded the train and was taken in to the Rukminibai Hospital for post-delivery care, Udasi said. The condition of both the mother and her twins were fine. The family hails from a colony near Gousiya Masjid in Ghatkopar.
|2018-07-15||'Now, take action against people keeping exotic species as pets' - Times of India|
Now, take action against people keeping exotic species as pets Jul 15, 2018, 22:15 IST Thane: While the forest department is cracking down on pet shops across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and acting against offenders illegally selling native turtles and tortoises, wildlife activists from city believe that it is high time the exotic species were given the same attention. While keeping exotic wildlife species like the red ear slider, alligator snappers and many such reptiles, or even birds and mammals is allowed in the country, these activists have observed that citizens often end up abandoning these pets for various reasons. Rohit Mohite, a core committee member of city-based wildlife NGO Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA), which has been working with the forest department in the recent raids, said, “While the pet shop raids last week were mainly about illegally kept native turtle and tortoise species, we came across an exotic red ear slider turtle with its shell actually curled upwards. This situation is quite common with these exotic species as they outgrow their tanks very quickly, and start curling their shell to continue fitting in.” “In such cases where the pet is either growing too big or undergoing any deformity or illness, which happens quite often as it is not their natural environment, the pet owners abandon them in the wild. Some have even tried to put tortoises, which do not swim, into ponds,” added Mohite. The activists pointed out that once abandoned in the wild, these exotic species then pose an additional threat to the survival of native turtles and tortoises. “Whether it is because of their size or the noise they make or even the lack of exotic animal centric veterinarians, many citizens end up releasing their exotic reptiles in natural ponds. The Khidkali Lake is infamous for such abandonment cases,” said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of wildlife NGO Plant & Animals Welfare Society (PAWS). “As these exotic turtles and tortoises grow faster and bigger than the native Indian species, they are more aggressive to the native species, when abandoned in the same area, and end up dominating the rest and claiming the available food. This impacts the health of the native species,” he added. While most of these activists urge citizens to hand over their unwanted pets to the NGOs in their area or try to refrain from buying them hastily in the first place, others believe that it is high time new rules were drafted to end this brewing crisis. “Instead of buying exotic pets that are not easy to manage, citizens should try and adopt stray dogs and cats that actually need homes. However, if anyone does need to give up their existing pets, they should approach NGOs instead. Releasing these exotic reptiles, mammals and birds affects them, the other native ones in the area and thus the environment as a whole,” said Bhanage. “Although we are willing to accept and take care of any unwanted exotic pet till they can be sent back to their own natural habitat, we feel that it is crucial that the government comes up with laws forbidding keeping these exotic animals as pets. While we have a law against cruelty of animals, the forest department cannot keep checking homes to see the condition in which these pets are kept,” added Mohite.
|2018-07-15||One-way from Malhar to Teen Hath Naka reduces congestion - Times of India|
One-way from Malhar to Teen Hath Naka reduces congestion Jul 15, 2018, 22:15 IST Thane: It has been easier and less time consuming for commuters crossing the Teen Hath Naka-Gokhale road stretch after the road from Malhar Junction to Teen hath Naka has been converted into a one-way route, since the last two days. The traffic department had alerted citizens that the Teen Hath Naka-Gokhale road will be made a one-way from July 13 in order to ease traffic congestion. The commuters so far have been happy with the decision as in the past two days they were able to travel from the stretch with less congestion. “I take an auto from Waghle Estate to head towards station and used to get stuck at the stretch for a longer time as many vehicles heading towards the junction used to take the opposite lane and cause unnecessary traffic. But thanks to the diversion, the journey has been smooth, as I'm taking the Hari Niwas route,” said Sayalee Rane, resident of Dombivli. The traffic department had decided to make it a one-way stretch after receiving numerous complaints from the commuters. The officials stated that as of now the implementation of this will be for only 30 days and later if the results are positive then it will be implemented on permanent basis. “Along with various buses, motorcycles and cars over 1,000 rickshaws ply on the route during peak hours, as they are heading towards the toll plaza, Waghle Estate, Ghodbunder and the whole stretch used to get jammed. So far the congestion has been less and if this positive result continues for the next 30 days, then the road will permanently be made as one-way,” said Anil Mangale, inspector from the traffic department. The authorities will continue keeping a tab on the traffic flow in this route and the areas where the diversions are done to see the impact of the change. Even a team was deployed at Teen Hath Naka and near Hari Niwas junction on Friday and Saturday in order to guide commuters who were unaware about the diversions. The vehicles which used to earlier head towards Naupada from Teen Hath Naka will now have to take the Hari Niwas circle route to go towards their destinations. The commuters can even take the EEH and take a left from a lane near Gurudwara to go towards Naupada. Even five years back the same thing was implemented but due to objection from locals it went back to be a two-way. So far the congestion has been less and if this continues for the next 30 days, then the road will permanently be made as one-way.
|2018-07-15||Bangladeshi woman gets 3 years' rigorous imprisonment - Times of India|
Bangladeshi woman gets 3 years rigorous imprisonment Updated: Jul 16, 2018, 00:01 IST THANE: A 24-year-old woman from Dhaka, found guilty of running a sex racket at Mumbra, has been convicted and sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the district court. In her order, assistant sessions judge S A Sinha sentenced Muskan Masud Gazi and imposed a fine of Rs 12,000. Prosecutor Shilpa Talhar told the court that the anti-human trafficking cell sleuths of received a tip off that the accused was running a sex racket and supplying girls for a price. The entire business was run with the help of calls made by customers. Accordingly, senior inspector Ravindra Daundkar laid a trap on November 18, 2017 with the help of decoy. The accused called the ‘customer’ to Kopri when she was trapped and arrested by the police and prosecuted.The case was decided in five months.
|2018-07-15||Thane Woman Dies After Flat's Ceiling Collapses; Father, Son Injured - NDTV|
Thane Woman Dies After Flat's Ceiling Collapses; Father, Son Injured The victims lived on the second floor of the Murli Complex building near Bhatia Chowk, said an official of the Disaster Management Cell of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. Updated: July 16, 2018 02:03 IST THANE: A woman died and two other members of her family were seriously injured when the ceiling of their flat collapsed in Ulhasnagar town in Maharashtra's Thane district this evening, municipal authorities said. The victims lived on the second floor of the Murli Complex building near Bhatia Chowk, said an official of the Disaster Management Cell of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. As a part of the flat's ceiling-slab crashed, Leena, 47, died on the spot, while her son and her 60-year-old father sustained serious injuries, he said. The building has about a dozen flats which were vacated after the mishap as a precaution, the official said.
|2018-07-15||Accused in 2006 Bhiwandi riots arrested by Thane police - Business Standard|
Accused in 2006 Bhiwandi riots arrested by Thane police Last Updated at July 15, 2018 23:20 IST An accused in a 2006 rioting case in Bhiwandi township in Maharashtra's Thane district, in which two policemen were lynched by a mob, has been arrested, police said today. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II, Manoj Patil told PTI that Mohammad Yusuf, an accused in the rioting case, was arrested yesterday from Bhiwandi. On July 5, 2006, riots broke out in Bhiwandi after local residents opposed the construction of a police station on a 2,000 square metre plot near Quarter Gate Masjid. Two policemen, identified as Ramesh Jagtap and Balasaheb Gangurde, were lynched by a rioting mob. Two persons were killed in police firing. Over 30 State Transport buses were also torched during the riots.
|2018-07-14||4 booked for rape,abortion of young woman in Thane - United News of India|
4 booked for rape,abortion of young woman in Thane Thane, July 14 (UNI) Four persons including a couple from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi have been booked by the city police on the alleged charges of repeated rape on a 22 year old woman and forcibly aborting her several times, the police said. Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar told this correspondent that the main accused Satish Nikalwar has been today arrested by the Shanti Nagar police under Bhiwandi division and all the accused booked under sections 376N, 384,328,420.323,504 and 506 rw 34 of the IPC the police said. According to the complaint by the victim it was between August 2015 and June 2018 she was subject to rape and abortion besides extortion of money from her giving threats. The complainant said that it was from August 2015, Nikalwar promised to marry her and raped her several times at lodges in the vicinity and also aborted her at least three times.
|2018-07-14||Since June, TMC's inbox filled with mosquito-related plaints - Times of India|
Since June, TMC's inbox filled with mosquito-related plaints Jul 14, 2018, 22:17 IST THANE: Since June, the civic health department has been receiving several mails from Thaneites to carry out a proper check of their homes and neighbourhood to ensure that there are no mosquito breeding spots. So far, the department has received 30 complaints. Officials from the health department said that most residents are using the online platform to alert the TMC about vulnerable areas or if there have been any incidents of suspected dengue. “People have been making use of the online platform and are interacting with the officials through e-mails instead of coming to the office. The online platform has become an easier communication tool between citizens and us. Since June, we have received around 30 complaints through e-mails. Many residents have asked us to carry out fumigation in their areas after residents have been suspected with dengue,” said Dr. Ram Kendre, medical health officer at the TMC. Meanwhile, residents have said that their complaints have been heard and they have received quick response from the department. The officials, along with carrying out frequent checks, even guided citizens about taking measures to make sure that there are no mosquito breeding spots in their homes or vicinity. “Almost two weeks ago, our society had e-mailed the TMC’s health department, informing them that there were dengue patients and carry out a check for breeding spots. The response came immediately the next day and they visited the society and the homes of the patients and other society members. They checked for breeding spots and the following day they carried out fumigation. We were surprised to see a government body providing such quick response,” said Naved Ansari, resident of Hiranandani Estate. Residents have claimed that even without intimating the authorities, the officials themselves visit various localities and carryy out fogging, at times even on bi-weekly basis.
|2018-07-14||AK-56 seizure: Thane Police gets custody of alleged aide of Dawood Ibrahim - Financial Express|
AK-56 seizure: Thane Police gets custody of alleged aide of Dawood Ibrahim Naeem Khan, who has been in jail since April 2016 for allegedly planning to kill a former gangster, was produced before the court by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Thane Police. Published: July 14, 2018 11:51 PM A Thane court today remanded an alleged aide of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim in police custody till July 17 in connection with the seizure of an AK-56 assault rifle from his Mumbai home earlier this month. Naeem Khan, who has been in jail since April 2016 for allegedly planning to kill a former gangster, was produced before the court by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Thane Police. The court remanded Khan in police custody till July 17. The AEC had seized the AK-56, apart from a pistol and ammunition, from his home in Mumbai’s Bangur Nagar area on July 6 following a tip-off. Khan’s wife, Yamsin, was arrested that day under sections of the Arms Act. The information about the rifle being stored in Khan’s house came after Thane’s AEC nabbed two alleged drug peddlers, Jahid Zali Shoukat Kashmiri (47) and Sanjay Shroff (47) on July 5, according to the police. Police officials, at the time, had said that they wanted to probe if the seized rifle was part of the arms consignment that landed in Mumbai prior to the 1993 serial blasts.
|2018-07-14||Drive at your own risk on Thane roads - Hindustan Times|
Drive at your own risk on Thane roads The survey found that the city had 947 potholes as of July 12, which covers an area of more than 8224.11sqm across the city. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 15, 2018 00:45 IST While five people have lost their lives in pothole-related accidents in Kalyan, the roads in Thane are no better, revealed a pothole survey by the Thane Municipal Corporation. The survey found that the city had 947 potholes as of July 12, which covers an area of more than 8224.11sqm across the city. The number of potholes is the most in Ghodbunder, Diva and Vartak Nagar. Anil Patil, TMC’s city engineer, said, “The potholes are on the old roads. None of the new roads have developed craters. As per our survey, there are 947 potholes and we have already filled 654 potholes.” The survey revealed that the Majiwada-Manpada area which includes the Ghodbunder Road has the maximum potholes at 190, followed by 165 in Vartak Nagar and 135 in Diva. Diva has huge craters which are spread over an area of 6395 sqm, the largest in the city. Patil added, “We are filling the potholes using different methods. We use bricks and sand mixture, bitumen or concrete depending on the road. Once we get a dry spell, we will focus on roads which have completely worn off. They will be coated with a layer of rich concrete to prevent damage.” The TMC had spent over Rs2.5 crore on road repairs before monsoon and will spend Rs2 crore on repairing potholes. Residents are scared of travelling on roads. Shashikant Venupure, 36, resident of Wagale Estate, said, “Road no. 22 and 34 at Wagale Estate are in a pathetic condition. Potholes have also developed on the Thane side road of Modela Check Post at Wagale Estate. This creates lot of traffic congestion at the toll plaza during the peak hours. Many heavy vehicles also use the toll plaza adding to the congestion.” Yogesh Patil, 28, resident of Kalwa, said, that the bad road show that the repair works were done in a shoddy manner. “The TMC has no system in place to start road repairs before monsoon or set up a mechanism to fill potholes as and when they appear,” he said.
|2018-07-14||Kalyan's potholes land bike-borne disaster management official in ICU - Times of India|
Kalyan's potholes land bike-borne disaster management official in ICU Jul 15, 2018, 03:58 IST Kalyan’s potholes have claimed five lives in the last one month. KALYAN: In the sixth major accident due to potholes in a month, a 40-year-old Kalyan disaster management team official sustained serious injuries after his bike skidded due to potholes in Nandivali area of Kalyan in the early hours of Saturday. Kalyan’s potholes have claimed five lives in the last one month. Police said Vilas Dalal was returning home after work around 1 am when he lost balance as his bike hit one of the potholes. The KDMC official sustained serious head injuries. Dalal, a father of two, was rushed to Metro hospital in Kalyan, where he is undergoing treatment in the ICU. Hospital sources said he is out of danger. Following the spate of accidents due to potholes, PWD minister Eknath Shinde, who is also Thane guardian minister, visited several areas along with KDMC chief Govind Bodke and MSRDC officials to inspect potholes-filling work. He slammed the KDMC and MSRDC for the poor condition of roads. He asked them to fix the potholes without looking at jurisdictions.
|2018-07-14||HT and Thane schools team up for green mission - Hindustan Times|
HT and Thane schools team up for green mission The event was organised by Singhania School in association with the HT ‘Go Green Mumbai’ initiative and Heartfulness Institute. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 15, 2018 01:00 IST On Saturday morning, Thane received heavy showers. But that did not deter the spirits of 100-odd students from Smt Sulochana Devi Singhania School, who were on a green mission. Along with students of Gram Vikas Mandal’s Pandit School, students of Singhania School planted trees in their school campus. Pandit School is a Yeoor-based school for tribal children. The event was organised by Singhania School in association with Hindustan Times ‘Go Green Mumbai’ initiative and Heartfulness Institute. The students of both schools planted trees in the school campus. The Singhania school has been organising various activities with the Pandit school for last two years. Revathi Srinivasan, principal of Singhania School, said, “We started helping tribal students in Yeoor two years ago. I felt my students should learn to reach out to the less fortunate. Thus, we started inviting children from Yeoor to our school during weekends. Earlier, we would give them stationaries and books, but later began planning educational activities.” Students of Singhania School have taught the tribal students to use computers, communicate in English and various outdoor activities. Nutan Joshi, principal of Pandit School, said, “Our school is 40-years-old. We have over 90 students. Singhania School has given our students a good opportunity, which will help in educational and social development.” Srinivasan said, “We realised that students from both schools, despite their social differences, bond very well. We undertook four projects in Yeoor, focusing on primary health, education, solar energy and drinking water. The plantation drive was part of the exchange programme between school students. Singhania School had also initiated a special drive to celebrate their Golden Jubilee this year. The principal had asked each student to plant one sapling on their birthday in the school. Thus by the end of the year, the school will have 6,500 saplings. For the students of both the schools, the entire experience has been very fulfulling.
|2018-07-14||Shakeel aide held for possessing arms names co-accused - Times of India|
Shakeel aide held for possessing arms names co-accused Jul 15, 2018, 00:29 IST THANE: The aide of fugitive gangster Chhota Shakeel, Naeem Khan, who was arrested for possessing an AK-56 rifle told the police that one person had given him the arms in 2014 in a Mumbai suburb. He also named another accused, Rafiq Ali Shafiq Sayyed alias Shahid, who, he said, knows a ‘lot’ about the arms, the police said. The police said that they will soon take Shahid into custody. They also said that the accused has been hiding a lot of important information that is important for the investigation. "We consulted former ballistic expert who worked with forensic lab Kalina and also who had examined and then seized the firearms post 1993 blasts. He told us that the embossing of this AK-56 rifle is almost the same as those rifles that were seized in the 1993 blast and some numbers inscribed on it are also the same. Also, some Chinese words like auto and semi-automatic is seen on the right side near breech end,”said a police officer.
|2018-07-14||DNA RAIN CHECK: Thane locals mostly stay above water, want pest control done - Daily News & Analysis|
DNA RAIN CHECK: Thane locals mostly stay above water, want pest control done Updated: Jul 14, 2018, 06:15 AM IST Three days of non-stop rains affected everybody in Thane and beyond. But its impact was varied. The lanes of Bhaskar Colony in Chikhalwadi, Naupada, saw a column of water four feet tall, but the Indiranagar slums were free from flooding this time. The residents now await the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials to tend to their health, affected by various ailments. On July 9, incessant rains hit residents of Bhaskar Colony. "Some 200 houses had knee-deep water inside them," said JP Yadav, a resident. "This year they fitted a suction pump which kept our homes from being submerged." Ratnesh Mishra, another resident, said even partial flooding could have been avoided if the TMC had cleaned a nearby nullah properly. Indiranagar residents are happy they were not flooded. "Thanks to DNA, the nullah which flows from our slum was cleaned twice. For the first time in years, there was no flooding," said Meghraj Pandey, a local resident. The area at Manpada flyover in Ghodbunder Road did not get jammed with traffic. Residents do have a couple of worries — potholes, and waterborne diseases. "There are huge potholes on Indiranagar-Sathenagar stretch at Wagle Estate. On Wednesday night an auto rickshaw almost slipped," said Pandey. "The road was built two to three months back and rains washed it away. If they are not repaired urgently, it might lead to accidents," he said. The residents also said it is time the TMC started taking measures to check infection. "Nobody has come from the TMC to fog our area where there is a drain, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes," said Yadav. Sandip Malvi, TMC's public relations officer, said, "We have started fogging in all areas to deal with mosquitoes. Since rains have abated, we will start filling potholes."
|2018-07-14||AK-56 seizure: Thane Police gets custody of alleged aide of Dawood Ibrahim - The New Indian Express|
AK-56 seizure: Thane Police gets custody of alleged aide of Dawood Ibrahim Naeem Khan, who has been in jail since April 2016 for allegedly planning to kill a former gangster, was produced before the court by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Thane Police. Published: 14th July 2018 11:54 PM, Last Updated: 14th July 2018 11:54 PM THANE: A Thane court today remanded an alleged aide of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim in police custody till July 17 in connection with the seizure of an AK-56 assault rifle from his Mumbai home earlier this month. Naeem Khan, who has been in jail since April 2016 for allegedly planning to kill a former gangster, was produced before the court by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Thane Police. The court remanded Khan in police custody till July 17. The AEC had seized the AK-56, apart from a pistol and ammunition, from his home in Mumbai's Bangur Nagar area on July 6 following a tip-off. Khan's wife, Yamsin, was arrested that day under sections of the Arms Act. The information about the rifle being stored in Khan's house came after Thane's AEC nabbed two alleged drug peddlers, Jahid Zali Shoukat Kashmiri (47) and Sanjay Shroff (47) on July 5, according to the police. Police officials, at the time, had said that they wanted to probe if the seized rifle was part of the arms consignment that landed in Mumbai prior to the 1993 serial blasts.
|2018-07-14||'Easy money lured me', confesses core member in call centre scam - Times of India|
'Easy money lured me', confesses core member in call centre scam Jul 14, 2018, 22:18 IST THANE: The 26-year-old management graduate who was part of the core team in the call centre scamming racket has confessed to the police that this annual income from the crime exceeded Rs 60 lakhs and the lure of easy money made him continue. Tapesh Gupta, 26 an MBA in marketing, is a school buddy of the kingpin Sagar Thakkar from Nalasopara. However, despite a degree and repeated attempts at competitive exams he failed to get a job and the remuneration he desired. Gupta said after his graduation he took jobs in Gujarat in the BPO sector and was aware of the functioning of the call centre business. It was in 2016 that Thakkar established contact with him and persuaded him to join the con call business. “Initially, they set up a call center at Mira road which had a sitting capacity of 20. Within months the business flourished and the fraudsters expanded their operation leasing out all the seven floors in the Mira Road building with 200 people,” a police official said. Gupta had appeared for the exams for recruiting staff to the Intelligence Bureau and wanted to be an officer in agency. The accused, who looked at the fake call centre is one of the managers and partner of the fake call centers. Gupta told the police that he Thakkar and one other accused Avinash Master were school friends. “Shaggy gave him the capital to set up Mira Road BPO as Gupta refused to work in Ahmedabad,” he said. “Shaggy was the flashy types who would speak with an accent drive swank cars and had a team of bouncers surrounding him. Gupta was the logistics man who would set up the whole business and involved in the nitty gritty,” said the officer. “Gupta told us that he would distribute most of his profits among the employees as perks as he did not want to lose employees to the other rivals,” a police officer told TOI. The police said the information given by Gupta shall be corroborated with the evidences and statements of other accused.
|2018-07-14||Lake city residents all set to celebrate nine-day rath yatra - Times of India|
Lake city residents all set to celebrate nine-day rath yatra Jul 14, 2018, 22:18 IST THANE: Hundreds of devotees from the Odisha community are all set to step out onto the lake city by lanes to participate in the Rath Yatra celebrations similar to that of Puri in Odisha. The procession which is marked by hymns and chanting of Lord Jagannath is likely to begin at 2.30 pm from the sun temple at Manorama Nagar. After conducting a series of rituals at the temple, worshippers revel in the spirit of the festival by traveling to various parts of the city namely R Mall area, Manpada junction, Happy valley area, Khevra circle, Gandhi Nagar, Vasant Vihar and Upvan lake. The chariot is adorned with the idol of Lord Jagannath and Lord Baldev and their sister Subhadra as devotees believe it commemorates the long journey of the Gods to the temple of Gundicha in Odisha. PK Pattanaik, President of Shree Jagannath Cultural Education Trust said, “This is the 10th year that the Yatra will be held in the city. People from the Odisha community and followers of Lord Jagannath come down to take part in the celebrations as they are unable to go to the one organized at Puri. On each day of the nine-day festival Prasad is prepared by the locals and offered to the deity.” “This is a very auspicious occasion for us. If one gets a glimpse of the deity in the procession or is lucky to pull the chariot by hand then they are considered blessed by the Gods,” said Deepak Mohanthy, a resident of Ghodbundar road. There are several cultural programs and activities planned during the nine days.
|2018-07-14||Three booked for duping youths in Thane - United News of India|
Three booked for duping youths in Thane Thane, Jul 14 (UNI) Three people have been booked for duping youths of lakhs of rupees by luring them with false promises of government jobs, police said. The police said that the two victims-residents of Bhiwandi taluka-came into contact with the accused through their acquaintance and were promised government jobs. Between August 2016 till date, the two made payments of Rs 8.50 lakh for getting jobs, the two said in a complaint. The alleged accused showed them an appointment letter purported to have been issued by the Sales Tax department of the state government officer to make them believe that they would get a job.
|2018-07-13||Earthquake: Mild tremors felt in several areas in Maharashtra's Thane district; people rush out of their homes in panic - Financial Express|
Earthquake: Mild tremors felt in several areas in Maharashtra’s Thane district; people rush out of their homes in panic Temors were felt in some parts of Thane district at around 9:30pm today with people rushing out of their homes in panic, local officials said. Updated: July 14, 2018 12:27 AM Temors were felt in some parts of Thane district at around 9:30pm today with people rushing out of their homes in panic, local officials said. The tremors were felt in Dombivali, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi areas in the district, an official said. Asmita Nikam of the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation’s district disaster management cell said that details about the tremors, and any damage it might have caused, were being verified.
|2018-07-13||Thane forest dept rescues more than 60 turtles - The Indian Express|
Thane forest dept rescues more than 60 turtles The department has rescued over 60 turtles from different parts of the city including 17 star turtles from Bhandup, 24 star turtles from Thane, 10 star turtles from Nahur and 14 turtles from Malad that included six exotic turtles. Published: July 14, 2018 3:15:47 am The Thane Forest Department has rescued over 60 turtles last week. Based on specific intelligence from Traffic India, Delhi, the department conducted search operations last week and made a couple of arrests. “We received intelligence from Delhi of a trading group on WhatsApp from Pune and based on that we arrested a woman,” said Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), Thane. From July 6, the department has conducted at least four operations at Bhandup, Thane, Nahur and Malad to apprehend people involved in the trade of protected animals. “These are basically pet shop owners and they know it is illegal. We presented one of the accused in court on Friday and the court granted us his custody for four days. His interrogation would help us unearth the gang and catch others involved in the trade,” Ramgaonkar added. The officials have so far arrested six pet shop owners and sources add that more arrests were likely. The department has rescued over 60 turtles from different parts of the city including 17 star turtles from Bhandup, 24 star turtles from Thane, 10 star turtles from Nahur and 14 turtles from Malad that included six exotic turtles. “We have taken permission from the court to find out the original habitat of these turtles and return them there. Some of them are not from our area and are from regions like Karnataka. After investigation we will return them to their rightful place,” he added.
|2018-07-13||Thane civic chief's wife,daughter treated for dengue - Deccan Herald|
Thane civic chief's wife,daughter treated for dengue JUL 13 2018, 17:13PM IST UPDATED: JUL 13 2018, 17:38PM IST Thane civic chief's wife and daughter are admitted to a private hospital, where they are being treated reportedly for a case of suspected dengue. This coupled with several other suspected dengue cases has triggered fear of an outbreak of vector-born diseases in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Thane city's Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal's wife Siddhi (45) and daughter Sneha (17) were admitted to the Jupiter Hospital in Thane. Both of them stay in Bandra, Mumbai, and it is suspected that they might have contracted the disease from there.
|2018-07-13||Schools in Thane hold discussion, workshop on monsoon safety - Times of India|
Schools in Thane hold discussion, workshop on monsoon safety Jul 13, 2018, 23:57 IST THANE: City schools have been hosting discussions and workshops on preventive measures to be taken during monsoon in an attempt to ensure the safety of students. While the faculty across most schools have been holding classroom discussions on the need to stick to home-cooked food or keeping away from puddles and water-logged areas to avoid catching various ailments, some others have even limited the school outdoor activities as a precautionary measure. Revathi Srinivasan, principal of Sulochanadevi Singhania School, said, “We had a two-part presentation on the topic of monsoon safety for our students and their guardians. While the first part focussed on reassuring these parents that their children would safely wait back in school in case of heavy rainfall until they are picked up by someone or a teacher dropped them home, the second part was about dietary safety.” “We discussed the spread of water-borne ailments during monsoon through food cooked or kept in unhygienic conditions and urged the students to stick to home-cooked meals through the season. After these discussions, we have hardly seen any students opt for canteen food,” she added. “We have also limited our outdoor activities as a preventive measure. We have assured students that no tests will be taken on days of heavy rainfall, so they are not compelled to wade through flooded streets to come to school,” added Ranjini Krishnaswami, director of Billabong School and Dosti Foundation School. A few schools have roped in technology to keep parents updated on whether the school will be open or shut during the rain. “The declaration of whether there is a school holiday or not comes late in the day. We gauge the severity of the rain every day at around 6am to 7am, much before the school starts, and intimate the parents about whether we have a holiday or not via a mobile application we have set up for our faculty and parents,” said Lipika Chandra, principal of Lokpuram Public School.
|2018-07-13||Thane monsoon getaways restricted for picnics; new rules implemented - Free Press Journal|
Thane monsoon getaways restricted for picnics; new rules implemented Jul 13, 2018 09:08 am Thane: One person died and over 100 people were stranded at Chinchoti waterfall, Vasai, near Mumbai last week, amid heavy rain and a multi-agency rescue operation had to be launched to rescue them. To avoid a repeat of such incidents, Thane district collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar issued a notification under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, on Wednesday, with guidelines for picnickers visiting Thane’s numerous tourist attractions this season. The regulations will be in place until July 31. The waterfalls at Yeoor, Thane’s lakes, Kalwa Mumbra Retibunder, waterfalls on the Mumbra bypass, Gaimukh Retibunder, Uttan beach in Thane taluka, Khadavli and Titwala river, Subhedarwada, Kalyan’s Kamba Pavshepada, Ganesh Ghat beach, Siddhagadh, Sonala, Padale Dam in Kalyan taluka, the waterfalls at Malshej, Palu, Khopvali, Naneghat, Dhasai Dam, Mahuli Fort in Murbad taluka are popular monsoon haunts. But these places can be risky and therefore, there are restrictions this year. “We have restricted entry to one kilometre from the picnic spot, so that tourists do not endanger or lose their lives,” said Dr Kalyankar. Those found in violation of these rules will be booked by the local police under Section 144 of the criminal penal code. “The prohibition may be extended later under extreme weather conditions,” Dr Kalyankar said. While many have welcomed these restrictions, some are upset as they have made plans to party at their favourite monsoon getaways. “We already had plans for this weekend as every year we go for a picnic in the rains. With the restrictions in place, we cannot enter the waterfalls,” said Chetan Gurav, employee of a private company in Thane.
|2018-07-13||Two held for selling turtles get forest custody - Times of India|
Two held for selling turtles get forest custody Jul 13, 2018, 23:55 IST THANE: The two fish aquarium shop owners, who were arrested for selling protected turtle species recently, were sent to forest custody by a magistrate court on Friday. The accused, Salim Khan (23) and Shah Alam Shaikh (38), were caught red-handed during a joint raid was conducted by officials of the forest department and volunteers from an NGO, Wildlife Welfare Association. The raids were part of the on-going crack down against the illegal sale of the protected species. “We had received a tip-off that the accused were selling the protected turtles. We sent one of our team members as a customer to KGN pet shop and Tayba pet shop, both of which had various species of the turtles that are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act,” said Girija Desai, assistant conservator of forests (Thane forest division).
|2018-07-13||Thane civic body chief Sanjeev Jaiswal's wife and daughter diagnosed to be suffering from dengue, admitted in hospital - Free Press Journal|
Thane civic body chief Sanjeev Jaiswal’s wife and daughter diagnosed to be suffering from dengue, admitted in hospital Jul 13, 2018 06:46 am Mumbai: The wife and daughter of Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal have been admitted at Jupiter Hospital, Thane, after they diagnosed to be suffering from with dengue. The mother-daughter duo reside in a posh Bandra locality. Jaiswal himself had to be hospitalised recently, after he complained of dizziness and weakness, on return from a vacation abroad. On July 9, Sidhi Sanjeev Jaiswal, 45, and Sneha Jaiswal, 17, were admitted at Jupiter Hospital, where a blood test confirmed dengue. According to a hospital doctor, “All family members are stable and have been kept under observation.” Jaiswal said that his wife and daughter are recovering and asserted, “No dengue case has been reported in Thane.” BMC is going to inspect the area in Bandra where the Jaiswals have been residing for over a month. “Until now, we had not treated the building where the Jaiswals resided; but, as a precautionary measure, we will be inspecting now all the areas in Bandra east to check for mosquito-breeding spots,” said Rajan Naringrekar, BMC’s insecticide inspector.
|2018-07-13||Potholes in Maharashtra's Thane claim another life as 28-year-old man dies - India Today|
Potholes in Maharashtra's Thane claim another life as 28-year-old man dies UPDATED: July 13, 2018 16:04 IST A man lost his life Friday morning in Kalyan after he was trying to manoeuvre his scooter around a pothole near Nandkar village on Kalyan Padgha road. Kalpesh Jadhav, 28, lost balance after spotting a pothole while riding his scooter near the Gandhari Bridge. He immediately came under a speeding container and died on the spot. This is the fifth such incident in one month in the Thane area near Mumbai. Earlier, four-year-old Aarav Athrale, Manisha Bhoir, Hasim Sheikh and a labourer named Anna died after meeting with an accident on the potholed roads. Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) chief Govind Bodke called for a meeting of various agencies including the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), Public Works Department (PWD) and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) on Thursday in Thane. Bodke is said to have ordered all the agencies to fill up all the potholes in the area within seven days.
|2018-07-12||Thane: Man Trips On Pothole, Run Over By Truck Near Mumbai, 2nd ... - NDTV|
Man Trips On Pothole, Run Over By Truck Near Mumbai, 2nd Death In A Week Last week, a woman was crushed under a bus after she fell from a motorcycle in Thane's Kalyan. Updated: July 12, 2018 13:32 IST MUMBAI: A man was killed after he stumbled and fell because of a pothole and was run over truck in Thane near Mumbai in the fourth such incident this monsoon that has brought into sharp focus the poor state of infrastructure in and around Mumbai, worsened by rain each year. The man, believed to be in his forties, was identified as Anna, a labourer who worked at a stable and was on his way to the market when he fell on his face after his foot went into the pothole in Thane's Kalyan yesterday. While the police have registered a case against the driver, motorists say, what is appalling is that authorities who are responsible for maintaining roads are never held accountable even for accidents like these where the victims come under the rear wheels off the vehicle which the driver cannot even see. On Friday, another person, Manisha Bhoir was killed after she fell off a motorbike hit an uneven patch of road. The incident was caught on a CCTV camera. Ms Bhoir, who worked at a school in Kalyan, was going home with a family member on Friday afternoon when the accident took place. In the video, Ms Bhoir can be seen riding pillion as she holds up an umbrella in the pouring rain. As the two-wheeler skidded over a pothole on the flooded road in Kalyan's Shivaji Chowk, Ms Bhoir and her co-rider were thrown off the bike to their right. The rear wheels of a speeding bus ran over Ms Bhoir. As her relative and passers-by rushed to pull her out, the bus inched forward, further crushing the woman. She died on the spot. A similar incident had taken place at the same spot a few days ago according to locals. Local residents say temporary repairs on stretches of road that have developed potholes in the area are not effective as they have been washed away in the heavy showers in the area over the past few days.
|2018-07-12||FYJC first merit list out, Thane colleges claim 60% seats taken - Times of India|
FYJC first merit list out, Thane colleges claim 60 seats taken Jul 13, 2018, 00:05 IST THANE: As round one of the first year junior college (FYJC) admission wrapped up on Wednesday evening, academicians from renowned junior colleges in the lake city claimed that around 60% seats have already been filled. As compared to last year’s first merit list, experts said that this time lesser seats would be up for grabs for the remaining consecutive three lists as many students have completed the procedure and secured admission in the college of their choice. Out of 360 intake, 224 seats in commerce stream have been allotted in the first merit list at K G Joshi Bedekar College of Arts and Commerce. Whereas, 62.5%, which is around 200 seats out of 320 have been claimed in M H High School in the science stream. Dinesh Joshi from the Centralized Admission Process Committee said, “This year, as far as city colleges are concerned, around 60% of the seats have already been claimed. It seems like students do not want to wait for the other lists and don’t want to take risk for the fear of getting into a less-renowned institute. Since the online admission procedure has provisions of displaying last year’s third merit list, students and parents are now making careful choices and opting for those colleges that are well within their reach.” While some are in a dilemma whether to change their preference list before the upcoming merit lists, others are going ahead with the allotted college and have completed all the formalities on time. “My first preference was Dnyan Ganga Education Trust at Ghobundar Road as I wanted a college near my house. In the first list itself I was allotted this college. A few of my friends though are not entirely happy with the college that they were allotted with and may change their preference list,” said Sampriti Bhattarchraya who scored 94.6% in the CBSE board exams. As compared to last year’s first merit list, experts said that this time lesser seats would be up for grabs for the remaining consecutive three lists as many students have completed the procedure and secured admission in the college of their choice.
|2018-07-12||Thane civic chief's wife, daughter contract dengue in Mumbai - Hindustan Times|
Thane civic chief’s wife, daughter get dengue in Mumbai The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) chief however said there were no cases of dengue in Thane. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 13, 2018 14:52 IST Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal’s wife and 16-year-old daughter have tested positive for dengue and are admitted in Jupiter Hospital. Confirming that his wife,?Siddhi, and daughter, Sneha, were diagnosed with dengue last week, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) chief said there were no cases of dengue in Thane. “My wife and daughter reside in Mumbai, while I reside in Thane. They contracted dengue in Mumbai. Both of them are better now.” Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of TMC said, “Sneha and Siddhi were admitted to Jupiter Hospital on July 9 after they were diagnosed with dengue. However, there is not a single case of dengue in Thane, and both of them were residing in Bandra, in Mumbai, when they contracted the disease.”
|2018-07-12||Leopard skin worth Rs 10 lakh seized in Thane, 2 held - Times of India|
Leopard skin worth Rs 10 lakh seized in Thane, 2 held Jul 12, 2018, 20:33 IST Two persons were arrested by the crime branch in Thane for smuggling leopard skin worth Rs 10 lakh. The accused were trying to sell the leopard skin in the black market for some time and the police team laid a trap for them near Talaopali after a tip off. One of the accused was jobless and was mostly found near red light area, while the other accused was a juvenile. Leopard skin is in huge demand in international market and smugglers get huge price for the same from buyers.
|2018-07-11||Bridge crack halts traffic in Thane, pothole kills one - Daily News & Analysis|
Bridge crack halts traffic in Thane, pothole kills one Updated: Jul 11, 2018, 06:05 AM IST Torrential downpours for the past three days and a gaping crack on the Saket bridge in Thane blocked vehicular movement on the key overpass, bringing traffic in Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Thane to a halt. Nearly 20,000 vehicles, including heavy ones, use the bridge every day. Traffic was further affected after a pothole caused a truck carrying cattle feed topple on Kongaon road. One person died and two suffered grievous injuries after the truck fell on an auto. Vehicle movement was restored in the evening after the crack on Saket bridge was fixed, said an official from Thane collector's office. Meanwhile, life slowed down in Thane after several areas were waterlogged. A wall collapse was reported in the city, said civic officials. Rains hit the city in bursts which meant that water didn't rise to alarming levels in low-lying areas. The residents of Bhaskar Colony in Chikhalwadi – a perennial victim of monsoon – were a bit relieved. "Due to the suction pump fitted by the TMC in our society, there was waterlogging but not up to dangerous levels as last year," said local resident Khushboo Mishra.
|2018-07-11||Thane Rosenbaum - CBS News|
|2018-07-11||TMC floats tenders for much-delayed ROB at Diva - Times of India|
TMC floats tenders for much-delayed ROB at Diva Jul 11, 2018, 22:35 IST Thane: The final decks for shutting the level crossing at Diva by constructing a road over bridge (ROB) has been cleared after the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) floated the tenders for the much-delayed project on Tuesday. The TMC said it will be constructing the near 550m stretch at either ends of the bridge connecting the 90m portion over the tracks, which will be built by the railways. The construction of the TMC portion of the bridge will require 15 months from the date of issuing the work orders. The tenders for the work costing around Rs 30 crore will be closed on August 7, said a senior official. The development comes close on the lines of a mishap last fortnight after a biker duo got killed while crossing the level crossing that already has witnessed several mishaps in the last few months. Following the mishap, the railways and TMC that were to construct the bridge over their respective jurisdictions had promised to fast track the project. “We have floated the tenders for constructing the bridge portion, including the landing at either ends in our area on Tuesday. The last day of submitting the proposal is August 7. We are simultaneously working on rehabilitating the residents coming in the path of the bridge at either ends. The residents will be relocated mostly after the monsoon,” said TMC city engineer, Anil Patil. The 650m-long bridge project will be executed in two phases. CR floated tenders for construction of ROB setting a two-year deadline in the last week of June The development came after a duo, riding a scooter, were mowed down by a speeding train at Diva level crossing The last day for submitting the proposal for TMC’s tender calls is August 7 The 650m-long bridge project will be executed in two phases
|2018-07-11||Thane: Constable arrested for extortion, kidnapping businessman's son - The Indian Express|
Thane: Constable arrested for extortion, kidnapping businessman’s son The victim, allegedly paid them Rs 2 lakh and was arranging for the money, when he contacted the Kashimira police who rescued him, sources said. Published: July 12, 2018 4:04:20 am A Thane city police constable was arrested along with another man by the Thane rural police for allegedly kidnapping and extorting money from the son of a Nandurbar businessman. While the case was registered by Kashimira police, it was transferred to Vartak Nagar police station in Thane. On Wednesday morning, police arrested constable Dipak Vairagad and Sohail Rajput from Majiwada, sources said. “On Tuesday night, the victim had been called by his friend to her house in Majiwada. She forced him to have sexual intercourse and then called the two men who started demanding Rs 10 lakh from him. They threatened that they had recorded him and would release the footage if money was not paid. They kept him locked in a room in Majiwada and demanded that he get the money,” said an officer investigating the case. The victim, allegedly paid them Rs 2 lakh and was arranging for the money, when he contacted the Kashimira police who rescued him, sources said. “Kashimira police handed over the accused to us. We are still looking for the woman involved in the case,” the officer added. While Vairagad is a constable attached to the Vartak Nagar police station, Rajput is a resident of Rabodi, police said. “We are investigating the role of the constable. They have been booked under relevant sections of wrongful confinement, extortion and other charges. The accused have been remanded in police custody, and we are interrogating them,” a senior officer said.
|2018-07-11||4 pawn Rs 13.5 lakh 'impure' gold to finance company - Times of India|
4 pawn Rs 13.5 lakh 'impure' gold to finance company Four men, including a jeweller from Ratnagiri, have been arrested for allegedly cheating at least four branches of a financial services firm a two credit cooperative societies of Rs 13.5 lakh by putting 'impure' gold jewellery in pawn. Jul 12, 2018, 04:10 IST THANE: Four men, including a jeweller from Ratnagiri, have been arrested for allegedly cheating at least four branches of a financial services firm a two credit cooperative societies of Rs 13.5 lakh by putting 'impure' gold jewellery in pawn. "They would pawn silver jewellery covered with a thick coat of gold and claim it was pure gold," said D S Swamy, Thane deputy commissioner of police (zone I). The Thane police seized several 'impure' jewellery items from Rasbihari Imanna's (34) shop and recovered jewellery to be pawned and Rs 1.5 lakh from his three accomplices-Sushant Salvi (35), Liyakat Shaikh (43), and Aniket Kadam (34). The police busted the racket while probing a cheating case against Salvi who had been accused of pawning a 81gm 'gold' chain to a complainant for Rs 1.7 lakh. After his arrest, Salvi spilled the beans on his accomplices. Swamy said the accused had cheated Muthoot Finance branches in Kalwa, Naupada, Dadar and Mazgaon and two credit cooperative societies in Ratnagiri.
|2018-07-11||2 caught with leopard skin - Times of India|
2 caught with leopard skin The city crime branch has arrested two persons for smuggling a leopard skin valued at nearly Rs 10 lakh in the black market. Jul 12, 2018, 04:12 IST THANE: The city crime branch has arrested two persons for smuggling a leopard skin valued at nearly Rs 10 lakh in the black market. The police said accused Deepak Thapa (20), a resident of Kamathipura, and a juvenile were caught with the consignment. Thapa is jobless and is mostly to be found near the red light area, said the police. The police said that acting on a tip-off to assistant inspector Sandeep Bagul, the crime branch swung into action. A team of police personnel sent a decoy posing as a customer and laid a trap near Talaopali, where a decoy customer was to meet them to seal the deal. The duo arrived at the spot on a bike with the leopard skin and were apprehended.
|2018-07-11||Cop, aide lure youth into honeytrap - Times of India|
Cop, aide lure youth into honeytrap A constable attached to Vartak Nagar police station and his aide were arrested on Tuesday for kidnapping and extorting a youngster from Nandurbar after luring him into a honeytrap. Jul 12, 2018, 04:08 IST THANE: A constable attached to Vartak Nagar police station and his aide were arrested on Tuesday for kidnapping and extorting a youngster from Nandurbar after luring him into a honeytrap. The arrested include constable Deepak Vairagad and his aide Sohail, while the girl, identified as Ayesha Khan, and another accused are absconding, said DCP Zone-5, Sunil Lokhande. According to the complaint, the 22-year-old victim from Akkalkuwa in Nandurbar district was acquainted with Sohail, a resident of Rabodi. The victim asked Sohail to help him get a girlfriend. "A couple of days back, the victim received a message from a girl, who identified herself as Ayesha," said an officer. On the girl's insistence, the victim came to the city on Monday and they went to a private bungalow in Yeoor where they got physically intimate. However, three persons, including the constable, landed up there. Vairagad allegedly demanded Rs10 lakh, threatening to slap him with rape charges if he did not pay up. The constable kept him overnight at a lodge in Bhiwandi and assaulted him. The youth finally reached out to his father, who alerted the Kashimira police. The accused were arrested while accepting the money.
|2018-07-11||Chota Shakeel aide stocked, delivered firearms to hitmen - Times of India|
Chota Shakeel aide stocked, delivered firearms to hitmen The police said that Yasmin, Khan's wife, confessed that her husband had in the past supplied a 'consignment' to unidentified persons in Andheri. Jul 12, 2018, 04:16 IST THANE: Investigators probing the seizure of AK-56 assault rifle have learnt that Chhota Shakeel aide Naeem Khan and his wife were allegedly involved in the safe-keeping of firearms for the gang and would deliver them for their operations. The police said that Yasmin, Khan's wife, confessed that her husband had in the past supplied a 'consignment' to unidentified persons in Andheri. While Khan posed as a driver, his wife would sit behind as a commuter in the SUV and delivered the weapons to gangsters in 2014, said Pradeep Sharma, senior police officer. "She has even told us that Khan used to talk to Chota Shakeel's brother Anwar and at times she heard him talking to Shakeel as well. However, the information is subject to verification," added Sharma. The sleuths are likely to get the custody of Khan on Thursday as they are almost through with the procedure. The official said that they will rope in ballistic experts to know the condition of the AK-56 rifle as well as to ascertain whether any rounds were fired or not. "Though the rifle seems to be in working condition, it will be tested by the experts," said a police officer. It is believed that Shakeel had ordered a hit on his former aide Iqbal Attarwala as he had challenged D-gang's diminishing presence in Mumbai.
|2018-07-11||Ceiling plaster falls in Naupada flat, none hurt - Times of India|
Ceiling plaster falls in Naupada flat, none hurt A small portion of a ceiling plaster collapsed inside a residential apartment near Shahu market in Naupada on Wednesday afternoon, triggering panic among the occupants. Jul 12, 2018, 04:15 IST THANE: A small portion of a ceiling plaster collapsed inside a residential apartment near Shahu market in Naupada on Wednesday afternoon, triggering panic among the occupants. The civic authorities cleared the debris and a team of engineers inspected the structural stability of the grond-plus two storied sructure. A civic official said, "According to the pre-monsoon survey, this building falls in the C2B category. It means the building requires repair, but residents need not be evacuated. We informed the executive engineer who will investigate the matter further. There are around 50 building falling in the C2B category from the Naupada-Kopri ward."
|2018-07-10||Thane, Kalyan commuters struggle with traffic jams after accident, cracks on bridge - Hindustan Times|
Thane, Kalyan commuters struggle with traffic jams after accident, cracks on bridge One commuter killed in accident; road travel between Kalyan and Thane and to Navi Mumbai severely disrupted on Tuesday. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 10, 2018 15:56 IST Heavy rainfall continued into Tuesday morning in Thane and Kalyan, leading to one death in a road accident, water-logging in several localities, tree falls, and a wall collapse. The accident and cracks on Saket bridge, along the Bhiwandi bypass on Mumbai-Nashik Highway, have led to massive traffic jams and severely disrupted road commute between Kalyan and Thane. The accident took place at Kongaon, Bhiwandi, where an overloaded truck overturned on an auto-rickshaw after hitting a pothole, injuring the four people in the auto badly. One of the commuters passed away later in hospital. Cracks were spotted on Saket bridge, along Bhiwandi bypass on Mumbai-Nashik Highway. The two-lane bridge is used to go towards Mumbai and Thane from Kalyan, and now one lane has been closed. “The engineers are checking it. The traffic police have been informed, and they are managing the traffic,” said Santosh Kadam, chief of disaster management cell of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Traffic movement on both Kalyan-Bhiwandi bypass road and Kalyan-Shil road, which helps commuters from Kalyan and Dombivli connect to Navi Mumbai, is badly affected. Amit Kale, deputy commissioner of traffic police, Thane, said: “Traffic movement on both these stretches is very slow due to the potholes.” “I left home at 8am to reach my office in Navi Mumbai. My bus has been stuck on Kalyan-Shil road for almost two hours now. I reach office by 10 am usually, but today I have not yet crossed half way,” said Sasikant Patil, 48, a commuter. At Rabodi, 30 feet of a compound wall of Kokani Kabristan collapsed, burying five bikes and one auto-rickshaw in the morning. No one was injured in the incident. Officials of the Regional Disaster Management Cell in Thane have managed to clear the debris. A Thane RDMC official, who did not wish to be named, said 10 to 12 incidents of tree falls have been reported, and 38 complaints of water-logging have been registered. Meanwhile, both the Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane Zilla Parishad’s education department declared a holiday for all schools in their jurisdictions on Tuesday as a precautionary measure. Thane district includes rural areas as well. Train commuters in the city are struggling as services between Kalyan and Thane are running at least 20 to 30 minutes late. In the last 24 hours, that is, from 8.30am Monday to 8.30am Tuesday, Thane has received 186.02mm rainfall.
|2018-07-10||43 complaints of waterlogging rain on Thane civic body - Mid-Day|
43 Complaints Of Waterlogging Rain On Thane Civic Body Jul 10, 2018, 07:53 IST TMC also received six complaints of wall-collapse; no casualty was reported in any of the incidents Monday's heavy rainfall has exposed all the false claims made by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Not only did choked nullahs overflow and dirty water enter some residences in the area, the disaster management control room received 43 calls related to water logging. Not only this, several major routes faced traffic congestions as well. According to sources, the Bhiwandi civic body in coordination with TMC shifted 26 families residing in the hilly areas to safer places. Santosh Kadam, chief of Thane's Regional Disaster Management Cell, said, "We have received only one complaint related to a tree fall but the 43 calls were about water logging. The areas where water logging took place include Panchpakhadi, Naupada, Gaodevi market, Vandana Cinema, Jambli Naka, Ghodbunder road, Gaimukh, Waghbil, Vrundavan Society, Kharegaon-Kalwa and Kausa market in Mumbra. These places faced traffic congestions as well." Sources further said that TMC also received six complaints of wall collapse but no casualty was reported in any of the incidents.
|2018-07-10||'Thane's wetland destruction causes flooding during rain' - Times of India|
Thane's wetland destruction causes flooding during rain' With most part of the city turning vulnerable to flooding as was evident in the rains over the past few days, environmentalists working with the conservation of wetlands and mangroves believe that this is because of tampering with the natural course of environment. Jul 11, 2018, 04:19 IST THANE: With most part of the city turning vulnerable to flooding as was evident in the rains over the past few days, environmentalists working with the conservation of wetlands and mangroves believe that this is because of tampering with the natural course of environment. Stalin Dayanand, Mumbai-based conservationist, who has been championing the cause of wetland conservation, said, “A decade ago, the heavy rainfall in the coastal areas of Mumbai, Thane and Palghar did not cause any flooding or even slight waterlogging as the excess water was flushed into the wetlands along the creek and coast. Over the past five years, Thane has lost over 60 per cent of its wetlands, including mangroves, marshes and salt pans, to development projects, including building constructions, slum encroachments and projects like the creekside waterfront.” He added that for the creekside waterfront project, the civic body has sacrificed numerous wetland plots in Gaimukh, Ghodbunder Road, Mumbra, Kharegaon and such regions by dumping almost 16 feet of debris on it. Activists believe that the training of streams to meet requirements of housing projects and decreasing open spaces could add to the issue of depleting wetlands. “While wetland reclamation is a crucial factor in this monsoon crisis, the fact that the natural course of streams and nullahs have been trained away from Ghodbunder Road’s development zone has made things worse. Some of the smaller streams have even been choked, which results in the streams guiding the rain water into the city and not the creek,” said Rohit Joshi, an environmentalist. “We have also seen some housing complexes adjust their drainage lines and raise their level, which has resulting in villages like Waghibil turn into lowlying areas causing flooding,” he added.
|2018-07-10||It was a manic Tuesday as continuous heavy rain brings Thane to a standstill - Times of India|
It was a manic Tuesday as continuous heavy rain brings Thane to a standstill The city almost came to a standstill after heavy rains lashed the place for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday. However, traffic movement remained mostly unaffected as many preferred to stay indoors and not venture out. Water-logging was reported in some areas. Jul 11, 2018, 04:16 IST Motorists make a splash as most of the roads were waterlogged; Kids enjoy the rain after schools declared an off THANE: The city almost came to a standstill after heavy rains lashed the place for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday. However, traffic movement remained mostly unaffected as many preferred to stay indoors and not venture out. Water-logging was reported in some areas. A landslide, wall collapse and 10 tree fall cases were also reported. The lake city received almost 100mm of rainfall on Tuesday as against 186mm and 182mm on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Most roads, which otherwise witness heavy traffic, remained deserted as office- goers and students preferred to stay indoors. Santosh Kadam, head of the disaster management cell, said that their control room was bombarded with calls, mostly regarding water-logging, tree fall and fire cases. As many as six fires were reported and two branch falls. A 30-ft compound wall at Rabodi cemetery also collapsed during the heavy downpour, damaging five bikes and an auto that were parked there. Aminor landslide was also reported at Gholainagar slums in Kalwa. Few shanties collapsed and water seeped into several homes. But no one was injured. Office-goers choose to take the day off as public transport was also affected. “On Monday, I was stuck in South Mumbai due to the rains. So, on Tuesday, I decided not to venture out of the house,” said Asmit Kandhare, a financial executive with an MNC at Nariman Point. Trains, too, were running 15-20 minutes late due to waterlogging, but no major disruption was reported. While Ghodbunder area was the most affected on Monday, there was no water-logging on Tuesday. Commuters claimed that the traffic situation was not as bad as Monday. “On Monday I was stuck for hours together as there was a lot of traffic on Gaimukh. I thought that the situation would be the same or worse on Tuesday. But luckily there was no water-logging and vehicles could move smoothly. There was no traffic congestion and I reached at my workplace in Goregaon on time.” said Chinmany Ambardekar, a resident of Thane. Those who were unable to hail an auto, opted to travel by fleet cabs. But they were overcharged due to surge prices. Patients coming from far off places to get treatment at civic- run Kalwa hospital were given an option to stay back so that they do not get stranded. Schools also declared a holiday as the rains did not show any signs of subsiding.
|2018-07-10||1 more held in fake call centre scam - Times of India|
1 more held in fake call centre scam An accused in the fake call centre scam who has been on the run since the raid has finally been arrested on Tuesday. Jul 11, 2018, 04:12 IST THANE: An accused in the fake call centre scam who has been on the run since the raid has finally been arrested on Tuesday. The accused, Tapesh Gupta, was produced before the Thane magistrate court and has been remanded to cop custody till July 13. The sleuths from the crime branch said that Gupta was a close aide of main accused Sagar Thakar. He helped him in setting up the fake call centres in Mumbai and Gujarat. He had also helped in providing necessary logistical support. The multi-million dollor scam was busted by the city police on October 5, 2016, following a raid on a fake call centre in Mira Road. Gupta knew of the entire operation and was a major beneficiary of the con money.
|2018-07-10||'We miss lunch, dinner often, but people's safety brings us happiness' - Times of India|
We miss lunch, dinner often, but people's safety brings us happiness' While rain-related woes have been bringing the city to a standstill since the past few days, the civic Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) is working round-the-clock in its control room to ensure that timely relief is provided for the emergencies that occur during this period. Jul 11, 2018, 04:21 IST THANE: While rain-related woes have been bringing the city to a standstill since the past few days, the civic Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) is working round-the-clock in its control room to ensure that timely relief is provided for the emergencies that occur during this period. The RDMC control room is manned by two men who have been attending to 11 phones, keeping track of the weather, pacifying frantic callers and arranging for adequate aid. Prakash Sathe (name changed on request), a control room operator, manages the control room from 11pm to 7am along with his colleague at the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) headquarters at Panchpakhadi. The control room operates in three shifts, which is taken care of by two persons in each shift. Operating from the 250sq ft room, the nerve centre for all emergency situations in the city, Sathe and his colleague pick up calls, organise records of the complaints registered and alert authorities like the police, fire brigade and other officials. “When a call comes through, we keep a notepad handy and immediately note down the time. Irrespective of whether the complaint is big or small, we make it a point to take down the complete name and address of the complainant. This is done to lessen the burden of the duty officer who goes for spot visit. We then alert other departments. In case of a fire call the fire brigade team from the ward area is alerted,” said an official from RDMC. “Our phone is the first point of contact for the people and it is our responsibility to provide aid and relief. Most times were miss out on our lunch and dinner timings but there is a greater sense of happiness once the safety of the people is achieved,” added the official.
|2018-07-10||Heavy rains cause major train disruptions in Mumbai, schools shut in Thane - India Today|
Heavy rains cause major train disruptions in Mumbai, schools shut in Thane UPDATED: July 10, 2018 12:25 IST As heavy rains have disrupted routine life in Mumbai, Shatabdi Express has been cancelled today. The premier train that plys between Mumbai and Ahmedabad was terminated at Nallasopara due to the flooding of tracks after heavy rains in Mumbai. The Western Railway said today that services between Bhayander and Virar have been suspended due to heavy rains and waterlogging on railways tracks at Nallasopara. However, trains between Bhayander and Churchgate are running on all lines. Schools in Thane and Palghar district will remain closed due to the erratic weather conditions. Principals of schools in Mumbai have been instructed to take a call on school closure gauging the waterlogging in adjacent areas. Meanwhile, Maharashtra government minister Vinod Tawde said that there was no situation of waterlogging in Mumbai. "Concerned authorities are keeping track of the situation. There's nothing to worry as disaster management is ready to face any situation," he said. Heavy rains brought Mumbai and its neighbouring areas to a standstill today, flooding streets and badly affecting life. The city has been experiencing heavy rains since Saturday. Due to waterlogging and disrupted rail services, Mumbai's dabbawalas have suspended their services for the day. Waterlogging was reported from several low-lying areas, resulting in traffic congestion. Local train services were suspended between Western Railway's Vasai Road and Virar stations due to high water levels while flights at the Mumbai airport were delayed by around 30 minutes. Several schools across Mumbai have declared a holiday as a result of incessant rains. HERE ARE TODAY'S UPDATES -Services between Bhayander and Virar have been suspended due to waterlogging on railways tracks at Nallasopara. -12009 Mumbai Central-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express was terminated at Nallasopara and stands cancelled today. -Waterlogging is reported in several low lying areas which resulted in traffic snarls. -Rail traffic has been stopped on fast lines at Nallasopara as the water level is very high on railway tracks and adjoining areas. -Train services between Vasai and Virar will remain suspended until further information. -The Western Railway has suspended AC local train services due to heavy rainfall and the waterlogging. -Mumbai dabbawalas have suspended their services for today. - Due to heavy rains and waterlogging at Nalasopara all out station trains bound for Mumbai are running behind schedule. -Several schools in Khar, Bandra and across Mumbai will remain shut. -Many government and semi-government establishments curtailed their office hours to allow their employees to leave for home early. -72 flights have been delayed by 30 minutes at Mumbai airport -A downpour of 169 mm, 123 mm and 167 mm has been recorded in the city, eastern suburb and western suburb respectively from 8.30 pm on Monday evening till 8.30 am on Tuesday morning during the current monsoon season. 3 DAYS OF HEAVY RAINS Many roads in the metropolis are flooded and people are seen wading through knee-deep water. A 43-year-old woman riding a motorcycle as a pillion was crushed by a bus after the vehicle hit a waterlogged pothole in adjoining Thane district of Maharashtra. The shocking incident was captured on CCTV cameras. Due to waterlogging, around 300 people were stuck in their homes in Vasai town of the adjoining Palghar district. However, they refused to be evacuated even as the water level rose, a district information officer said. The residents preferred to stay in their homes instead of relocating to some temporary shelter in response to the district administration's appeal for evacuation, he said. Some of them accepted food packets given by the administration, he said. "We have kept an ambulance near their homes as a precautionary measure," the officer said. The downpour of 170 mm (recorded in Colaba observatory for Mumbai city) from 8.30 am on Sunday morning till 8.30 am on Monday was the highest in a 24-hour period during the current monsoon season, the Meteorological Department's Deputy Director General, K S Hosalikar, said. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the metropolis has received 54 per cent of its average monsoon season rainfall just in the last 20 days. The rainfall slowed down the pace of the financial capital, which is heavily dependent on local train services. Though the intensity of showers eased as the day progressed, it took longer time for the city traffic to revert to its pace. As many as 87 local services on the Central Railway (CR) and the Western Railway (WR) were cancelled on Monday due to heavy rains, said officials. Schools and colleges were shut in Mumbai, while the Mumbai University said examinations will be rescheduled for students who could not appear for them on the due date. There was heavy waterlogging in Mumbai's central areas of Kurla, Sion and Dadar. Mira Road (in adjoining Thane district), Nalasopara and Vasai (in Palghar district) were largely affected due to the heavy showers. Many government and semi-government establishments curtailed their office hours to allow their employees to leave for home early.
|2018-07-09||Heavy rains cripple Thane, schools shut, office-goers stranded for hours - Times of India|
Heavy rains cripple Thane, schools shut, office-goers stranded for hours Jul 9, 2018, 22:33 IST Thane: The near 104.36 mm rainfall that showered in the lake city since Monday morning completely disrupted the normal routine of residents for major part of the day washing away all claims of being rain ready by the corporation. The disaster management cell of the Thane Corporation informed that as many as 41 spots were inundated throughout the day along with six instances of tree related mishaps and eight cases of nullah and compound wall collapses in various parts of the city among others. A four-storey structure was evacuated late in the day after one of the pillars on the lower floors developed defects. Luckily, no casualties or injuries were reported throughout the day. The inconvenience for residents started early Friday after normal traffic flow of vehicles was disturbed and people were either stranded or had to take a long detour to reach their respective destinations due to inundation. Several areas including Vandana, Vitawa, Sahyog Mandir, Vrindawan saw water logging while the inundation on Ghodbunder Road near Gaimukh around 10 am forcing closure of vehicles from travelling between Thane and Ahmedabad highway for few hours, informed inspector Anil Mangle from the Thane traffic police. Laxmi Wani, a resident of Waghbil who was heading towards Goregaon said, “There was water logging from Gaimukh towards Chena creek, the water was almost covering three forth of the car tyre and at places even almost half of it. We were stuck for almost two hours on the stretch. We eventually had to take a detour just before the creek. Many motorists caused further congestion by taking the opposite lane, due to which traffic on both lanes got affected.” While some residents decided to stay home and enjoy the rains, few dared to travel despite the winding traffic snarls. Government offices also saw less attendance on Monday. Aumkar Phadnis, a resident of Shivai Nagar said, “I left my house around 8.30 am on my motorbike to go to my office at Saki Naka. It took me nearly 45 minutes from Teen Hath Naka till the Mulund toll naka due to traffic. The entire stretch is filled with potholes which all the more slowed down the vehicles. I reached an hour late.” The auto drivers took full advantage of the situation and were seen quoting random fares and not plying by the meters. A resident of Majiwada, Prajakta Chitnis who was travelling from Viviana mall to Lodha complex said many drivers refused to ply and the one who agreed charged her Rs 100 for the distance of less than two kilometers. Meanwhile, railway commuters also faced inconvenience as the tracks at Kalwa and Thane were submerged in the early part of the day affecting the operations of the Central Railway that was running 15-45 minutes late till evening. The Transharbour line also saw a disruption at Turbhe around 2pm which added to the miseries of the commuters. The incessant rains in the first part of the day compelled many school managements to declare a holiday for the second session. We alerted the parents of our students in the morning saying that the school would be shut due to heavy rains and water logging in and around the campus, said Asha Narayan, Principal of Lodha World School. The Shreerang Vidyalaya, located in a low-lying area, had to hold back their students in the school campus for some time as their parents were stuck in various parts of the city. Activists meanwhile blamed the administration for failing to keep the city afloat despite making tall assurances. “We are talking of making the city smart but basics like ensuring the city remains working even during rainfall cannot be assured by the administration,” said an irate resident from Lokmanya nagar. Autorickshaw drivers took full advantage of the situation, many drivers refused to ply and after a long wait, when one fellow agreed to take me, he charged Rs 100 for the distance of less than two kilometers, from Viviana Mall to Lodha Complex There was water logging from Gaimukh towards Chena creek, the water was almost covering three forth of the car tyre. We were stuck for two more than hours. Many motorists caused further congestion by taking the opposite lane.
|2018-07-09||From fun to frown, rains spell 'trouble' for Thaneites - Times of India|
From fun to frown, rains spell From fun to frown, rains spell trouble for Thaneites Jul 9, 2018, 22:34 IST Thane: From a picturesque and pleasant season which citizens once looked forward to, the liveliness and vibrancy of the monsoons seems to have faded across the city over the past few years. During this season a few years ago, many residents would have been seen sipping hot chai, eating bhajiyas and enjoying the rains. However, nowadays it has turned into a struggle for citizens. Whenever they step out in the rains, they have to be extra cautious about an open manhole or potholes or a tree fall. Even with the slightest rain, many areas get flooded and residents have to wade through knee-deep or waist-high water just to reach their homes safely. While some low-lying areas like Vandana talkies, Shreerang and Vrindavan have been witnessing ankle deep water. Many housing societies, schools and even low-lying roads here get flooded. Residents along Ghodbundar Road, including Waghbil, Brahmand and Gladys Alvares Road have been facing problems since last year. Even though some commuters overcome their fear and wade through the water using sticks, there is always a risk of getting infected with some or the other disease. During heavy rains, one cannot depend on public transport. Many are turned down by autos and taxi drivers or are charged heavily for a ride. Fleet cab services also make the most of the situation and start surcharge. “A decade ago, rains in Thane were something we all used to look forward to. We would go to Upvan lake and enjoy the rains. Now, to get to the lake we will have to wade through waist-deep water in our society itself. Also, there is fear of falling into an open manhole and a tree falling on ones head. Getting an auto is also a task. If one even manages to get one, then reaching the place is a problem as one will be stuck in traffic. So, we prefer staying home and we go out only if it is urgent,” said Jayshree Korde (57), a resident of Vrindavan society. 29-year-old Khopat resident Elena Gomes also shared the same views. She said, “I love monsoon and make sure that I leave all my gadgets at home and get drenched at least once a month. However, over the years, I have read about so many people losing their lives by falling into manholes and drowning or falling in a nullah. After all this, I stopped going out in the rains. Even if I do so, I am extra cautious. I avoid eating street food like bhajiyas as it can lead to gastro problems.” Meanwhile, there are some societies that have learnt from the past instances and have worked towards improving the situation in their area this year. “Last year, our complex was water-logged in the monsoon. Residents faced a lot of problems and suffered from various illnesses. Transportation was also a problem. This year, with the help of our builder, we not only constructed an extra drainage line to regulate the flow of water and avoid water-logging in our complex, but also provided residents with 108 private buses,” said Madhu Menon, president of Hiranandani Estate Residents’ Welfare Association. A decade ago, rains in Thane were something we all used to look forward to. We would go to Upvan lake and enjoy the rainsover the lake and the hill behind. Now, to get to the lake we will have to wade through waist-deep water in our society itself. So, we prefer staying home and we go out only if it is urgent.
|2018-07-09||THANE: A woman is helped by other commuters after she fell on the tracks at Thane Railway Station during heavy rains ... - The Shillong Times|
THANE: A Woman Is Helped By Other Commuters After She Fell On The Tracks At Thane Railway Station During Heavy Rains, In Thane On Monday July 9, 2018.
|2018-07-09||Land issues ahead for new Thane railway station - DNA India - Daily News & Analysis|
Land issues ahead for new Thane railway station Updated: Jul 9, 2018, 06:50 AM IST With the state health ministry giving a nod, new Thane railway station has inched a step closer to become a reality. The station which is to be built on a parcel of land of Thane Mental Hospital has got the ministry's approval this week. However, city activists say it is not possible to build a railway station on the hospital land as the land comes under Charitable Endowments Act, 1890. On July 5, state Health Minister Deepak Sawant gave the approval to build new Thane railway station on a parcel of 20 acres of land which belongs to Thane mental hospital. The female ward which is on that parcel will be built elsewhere under the TDR given by TMC. Activist Rajiv Datta who has been following up this issue for a long time says that a new station on the hospital land is not at all possible. "The land belongs to the state revenue department and the health department is just the custodian of the hospital and not the owner," says Datta. "So the health department giving a green signal does not matter," he says. The hospital is a 122-year-old institution built on 86 acres of land given by the British to Sheth Narottamdas Madhavdas in 1895. The latter spent Rs 3.50 lakhs to construct the hospital. "And in the past also the Konkan division commissioner, as well as the Bombay High Court, has reiterated that the land cannot be used for any other purpose than what it is meant for," says Datta. He also says that the hospital is a heritage monument but the TMC (Thane municipal corporation) has not yet given it a heritage status yet. "And one cannot make changes to a heritage structure," he reiterates. And the hospital caters to the patients from Goa to Gujarat border and entire Konkan division. Moreover, under the Railways Act the distance should be 5km or more between two railway stations. "The distance between Thane and Mulund is 3.5km. So either of the two Thane stations have to be closed to build a new one," he says. LAND TROUBLE The station is to be built on a land of Thane Mental Hospital which comes under Charitable Endowments Act, 1890 HC has reiterated that the land cannot be used for any other purpose than what it is meant for
|2018-07-09||Man drowns in 30-ft makeshift well at Yeoor - Times of India|
Man drowns in 30-ft makeshift well at Yeoor Jul 9, 2018, 22:35 IST Thane: A 43-year-old Yeoor resident reportedly drowned after he slipped into a make-shift well in the rice field on Sunday evening. Residents said that the victim, Chandrakant Gurav, had gone to the rice fields at Wanichapada area of the Yeoor forest range around 6.30pm and slipped into the 20-30 feet deep well. “The well is a deep ditch with no bricks or stones around it. Gurav, who is survived by his wife and two daughters, had gone into the rice plantation with a group of other residents, like he often did, when he slipped and fell in. He did not know how to swim,” said Apoorva Agwan, a social activist from the area. Officials said that while residents tried to rescue Gurav, it was too late and they ended up calling the regional disaster management cell (RDMC) four hours later. “If we had been informed earlier the probability of saving him would have been higher. The locals called the fire brigade and RDMC at around 10.30pm when the incident took place at around 6.30pm. By the time we reached the spot, which was deep inside the forest, it was almost 11:30pm. We fished out the body by 2am on Monday morning and handed it over to the police,” said Santosh Kadam, chief, RDMC. “The body was sent for post mortem to the civil hospital, and then taken to Kalwa hospital. We are looking into whether the deceased was intoxicated which could have led to the fall, said a cop.
|2018-07-09||Mumbai Rains LIVE: Precautionary holiday declared for schools, colleges - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai Rain highlights: More rains forecast in city tomorrow Rains continue to lash Mumbai and its adjourning areas. Here are the highlights: Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and neighbouring areas on Monday causing waterlogging and traffic jams at several places. Many trains were stopped and several were running late as rain waters inundated the tracks. Vehicular traffic on the roads was also redirected as many roads were closed due to flooding. An IMD forecast said there will be continuous rain in Mumbai and suburbs for rest of Monday and Tuesday. Highlights: 5 PM IST Western line train services running normally Western Railway suburban services are running normal with minor delay due to low visibility in some areas. There is no water logging or disruption in the section. 4:25 PM IST Low visibility at airport, but no warning for flights yet: Official Visibility at Mumbai airport was “not very good” but flights were operating according to schedule, a MeT official said, adding no warning has been issued for the aviation sector so far. 4:15 PM IST Mumbai University to reschedule exams The Mumbai University said examinations will be rescheduled for students who could not appear for it today. 3:58 PM IST Central Railway cancels, reschedules long-distances trains 22106 Pune-Mumbai Indrayani Express scheduled for 6.35pm on 9.7.2018 and 22105 Mumbai-Pune Indrayani Express scheduled for 5.40 am on 10.7.2018 have been cancelled due to heavy rains. 12141 LTT-Patliputra Express scheduled for 11.35pm on 9.7.2018 has been rescheduled for 1am on 10.7.2018 (delayed by 1 hour 25 minutes). 11093 CSMT-Varanasi Mahanagari Express scheduled for 12:10am on 10.7.2018 is rescheduled for 4am on 10.7.2018 (delayed by 3 hours 50 minutes). 15066 Panvel-Goprakhpur Express scheduled for 5.50pm on 9.7.2018 rescheduled for 9pm on 9.7.2018 (delayed by 3 hrs 10 minutes). 3:45 PM IST BEST bus services restored in Lower Parel, Kurla BEST bus services have been restored on NM Joshi Marg between Gawade chowk, Lower Parel station via Senapati Bapat Marg. Bus services on Bale Bazar, Kale Road in Kurla West via Sakinaka LBS road have also resumed. 3:30?PM IST South Mumbai and suburbs record ‘heavy’ rain South Mumbai recorded 78.6 mm rain and suburbs recorded 68.1 mm between 8.30 am and 2.30 pm on Monday, categorised as ‘heavy’ rain. 2:50 PM IST Local train services running on all lines with up to 30 minutes delay Local train services running with delays. Trans-harbour line services on CR’s Thane-Vashi section are running about 5-10 minutes late while the Western railway services are about 20-30 minutes late due to flooding in the tracks at Nallasopara . 2:25?PM IST Train service hit near Dadar station due to technical glitch in CR Central Railway’s train service badly hit due to technical snag near Dadar station. Kalyan-bound slow train stranded on tracks. 2:10?PM IST Mumbai Disaster Management Unit tweets about bus diversions 1:55 PM IST Watch video: Precautionary holiday declared for schools, colleges in Mumbai 1:45 PM IST Waterlogging at Andheri subway
|2018-07-09||As lake city gets concretised, highway turns into a river | Thane ... - Times of India|
As lake city gets concretised, highway turns into a river A river of rainwater instead of an eight-lane highway snaking itself through verdant hills on one side and a creek on the other greeted motorists on Ghodbunder Road on Monday morning, after a night of incessant showers pounding the lake city. Updated: Jul 10, 2018, 03:30 IST Open plots which would soak up the rain water are fast vanishing in Thane THANE: A river of rainwater instead of an eight-lane highway snaking itself through verdant hills on one side and a creek on the other greeted motorists on Ghodbunder Road on Monday morning, after a night of incessant showers pounding the lake city. As the downpour continued, flash floods swamped several upscale and swanky residential enclaves adjoining the Sanjay Gandhi National Park after concrete compounds, asphalt roads and paver-blocked foothpaths failed to soak up the rain water. The run-off from the Yeoor hills and the absence of storm water drains only worsened the situation obstructing traffic movement and adding to the chaos. Even gated complexes like Hirandani Estate and Lodha were not spared. Population of Thane city grew by close to 30% in the span of seven years, from 18 lakh in 2011 to over 24 lakh in 2017. The huge population explosion and the lack of basic infrastructure are the reasons for the flash floods, said experts. "These areas had never seen any flooding till date. The open plots, gardens, which once acted as holding ponds and would soak up the rain water are fast vanishing. Unplanned growth, inadequate infrastructure and open plots giving way to concrete sprawls have only aggravated the situation here. The civic administration should have given it a thought before sanctions for construction of buildings were given,'' said Sandeep Prabhu, executive committee member (Maharashtra chapter) at the Indian Institute of Architects. "The property tax collection was Rs 83 crore in 2007-08, which rose to 134 crore in 2011-12 and this fiscal the expected collection is Rs 550 crore. This indicates the growing preferences of homebuyers for Thane and more so the Ghodbunder belt. However, if the administration fails to address the basic needs it will not be long before these areas turn into highly vulnerable flood spots. It should serve as an example of how nature can wreak havoc if you don't respect it,'' an expert said.
|2018-07-09||Thane: Man's body found inside well - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man’s body found inside well The incident took place at Wanicha Pada in Yeoor gaon, atop the Yeoor hill, sources said. Updated: July 10, 2018 3:32:52 am The body of a man was found in a village well at Yeoor Gaon on Sunday night. The Thane disaster management cell received a call regarding the man on Sunday evening, sources said. “The person, identified as Chandrakant Janu Gurav (43), was on his way home when he slipped and fell. Before he could be rescued, he got swept away into the well nearby,” an official from the disaster management rescue team said. “By the time we got him out and took him to a hospital, he had already died,” he added. The incident took place at Wanicha Pada in Yeoor gaon, atop the Yeoor hill, sources said. “We have lodged a case of accidental death. We are waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of death. But prima facie it seems like he drowned,” a police officer said. “Because the place is up the hill, the water generally flows down with a force. It seems he slipped and got swept away.” Gurav is survived by his wife and two children, the police said.
|2018-07-09||Thane: Man slips in waterfall, dies - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man slips in waterfall, dies “The group of picnickers had stepped into the water while it was raining heavily. Harpale slipped and fell. By the time local residents found him, he had stopped breathing,” an officer from MIDC police station said. Updated: July 10, 2018 1:39:22 am A man died after he allegedly fell in the water at Shivdhar Falls in Mahad on Sunday evening. He was there for a picnic with a group of friends from Pune, police said. The man has been identified as Uttam Harpale (50), a resident of Phursungi in Pune, the police said. “The group of picnickers had stepped into the water while it was raining heavily. Harpale slipped and fell. By the time local residents found him, he had stopped breathing,” an officer from MIDC police station said. Harpale was taken to the hospital, but was declared brought dead. “We have registered an accidental death report. We are requesting all tourists to not enter the water. The stones around the waterfall are slippery because of the rain and the water level is high now,” a senior officer from Raigad police said.
|2018-07-08||FDA seizes Ayurvedic 'medicines' worth Rs 5 lakh from Thane mall - Free Press Journal|
FDA seizes Ayurvedic ‘medicines’ worth Rs 5 lakh from Thane mall Jul 08, 2018 12:17 am Mumbai : The Food and Drug Administration, Thane, has seized nearly 40 Ayurvedic drugs that claimed to cure problems like diabetes, erectile dysfunction and low sperm count. FDA officials said they had seized stocks from Satv and Rich Food Products at Viviana Mall, Thane, after which they raided their godown in Yashodhan Nagar. An official said they had received a tip-off on July 4 about a store in Viviana Mall violating the Drugs and Magic Remedies (DMR) AcT. “On Wednesday, 40 drugs in violation of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954, were seized from an Ayurvedic store in Viviana Mall, Thane,” he said. He added, Ayurvedic medicines worth Rs 5,29,540 were seized from the store and godown of Satv and Rich Food Products, following which action will be taken against them. It was noticed that the seized goods were in juice form and promised to cure deadly diseases like diabetes, cancer, sexual problems and so on. ‘Musli Cura’ powder with Ashwagandha promised to help with impotency and vigour. Similarly, ‘Cura Wheatgrass Ras’ was being advertised as, “Cancer jaise khatarnak bimari ko dur karne mein sahayak, motapa dur kar slim banata hai.” The DMR Act, 1954, prohibits advertising any drugs and remedies which claim to have magical properties and makes it a cognizable offence. The joint commissioner (drugs) VT Paunikar, FDA, Thane, said it is not wrong if an authorised person is selling the medicines but it is wrong to make false claims and mislead customers with advertisements, as it can cause harm to the latter. “We seized all the products from the stores as they violated the rules under DMR Act. Stern action will be taken against them,” said Paunikar. A spokesperson from Viviana Mall said, “We immediately had the store closed after the matter came to our notice. We are providing full support and cooperation to the authorities investigating the matter”. Amit Shah to meet noted writer Babasaheb Purandare today.
|2018-07-08||Heavy rains add to Barvi, Bhatsa stock - Times of India|
Heavy rains add to Barvi, Bhatsa stock Jul 8, 2018, 23:05 IST Thane: Heavy rains in the catchment areas of the two major reservoirs of Thane over the last one week have helped to add nearly 1,44,000 million litres of water, which is equal to the daily water requirement of Thane city for nearly nine months. The city requires around 485 mld water and the supply is drawn by several agencies primarily from Bhatsa and Barvi dams. Meanwhile, irrigation officials said that heavy rains in the catchment areas will also activate the springs around the reservoirs which will provide enough water to supply water to the weirs that will temporarily stop dependence on the dams. As per the irrigation department, nearly 144 mcm volume of water was collectively added in the Bhatsa and Barvi dams, thanks to the heavy rainfall recorded over the weekend in its catchment areas. Simply put, around 1,44,000 ml water has been stored that could easily suffice the requirements of the industrial and residential usage of Thane city for nearly 296 days or around nine months. These reservoirs also supply water to other cities while Bhatsa water is also supplied to Mumbai. A study by the revenue department reveals that the highest amount of rains was recorded at Barvi reservoir’s catchment area (775mm), which helped increase the water levels from 70 mcm to 105 mcm in the last 10 days. Around 798 mm rains in the vast Bhatsa catchment area helped increase its stock by 109mcm from 293 mcm to a whopping 402 mcm, adding nearly three months of the lake city’s water supply. The volume of rains in the catchment area of the two major dams this year is less than the previous years but officials said it is not a cause for worry as the reservoirs are nearly half full. With heavy showers expected over the next one month and half, the dams will, in full possibility, get filled up, said an irrigation official. “Bhatsa dam is nearly 43% full, while Barvi is around 45% full. The reservoirs will be able to reach the overflow mark soon if the good rains continue in the catchment areas,” said an engineer from the irrigation department, Thane circle. Meanwhile, Andra dam in Pune that also contributes to the supply in Ulhas river basin has recorded around 30% stock. The dam has around 102mcm of its total capacity of 339mcm stock.
|2018-07-08||Arms cache in house for 20 years: Gangster's wife | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Arms cache in house for 20 years: Gangster's wife Khan was contracted by Shakeel to eliminate his former aide Iqbal Attarwala. However, he was arrested before executing the crime and is serving time in Thane Central Jail. Jul 9, 2018, 02:16 IST THANE: Yasmin Khan, arrested on Saturday, for having in her possession an AK-56, pistols and live cartridges, has reportedly confessed to sleuths that the cache of arms has been at their Goregaon home ever since she married Naeem Khan, a henchman of gangster Chota Shakeel, in 1999. Khan was contracted by Shakeel to eliminate his former aide Iqbal Attarwala. However, he was arrested before executing the crime and is serving time in Thane Central Jail. Khan's residence was raided after two arrested drug peddlers provided a tip off. The AK 56 rifle was recovered along with 96 live rounds, two pistols and 13 bullets were recovered.
|2018-07-08||Officials 'dumping' waste management on Thane societies - Mumbai Mirror|
Officials 'dumping' waste management on Thane societies Updated: Jul 9, 2018, 03:00 IST Members of around 50 housing societies in Thane came together on Sunday to protest a notice by the local civic administration that appears to shift the entire responsibility of waste management on citizens. The Thane Municipal Corporation's notice warns the societies that garbage collection trucks will stop making trips to their compounds from July 15 unless they start segregating dry and wet waste, and set up composting facilities. The one-page missive also says that the societies will have to "process" dry refuse, a vague remark that has riled up residents, who suspect TMC officials are trying to dump their task on them. "We will segregate trash. There's no question about it. But how can we process dry waste? That's the TMC's job," said TN Raghunatha, secretary of Federation of Eden Woods Co-operative Housing Society, a cluster of 18 apartment towers. "It seems from this notice that the corporation wants to transfer the responsibility of waste handling and management to societies." Seventy representatives from 50 societies discussed the issue at Hiranandani Meadows in Thane and passed a one-line resolution: the civic body should implement a waste management system using its own resources, and not the residents'. The upset citizens have also started a petition on change.org and it has attracted over 300 signatures in two days. They plan to seek a resolution by meeting TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and if that fails, they may move court. Despite repeated attempts, Mirror could not reach Jaiswal and Thane deputy municipal commissioner (solid waste management) Ashok Burpalle for a comment. "As citizens, we pay taxes and segregate dry and wet waste. We are ready to offer more cooperation in waste management, but the civic body cannot threaten us like this and give up its responsibility," said Deepak Mejari, president of Hiranandani Meadows Residents' Welfare Association, which helped organise Sunday's gathering along with Thane Citizens' Foundation. "The corporation has suddenly asked societies to process dry waste without offering any suggestions or solutions." Shiv Kumar V of Thane's Bramhand complex, which has over 20 apartment buildings, said societies didn't have the manpower and resources to process dry waste. "Handling solid waste is the TMC's responsibility under 74rd constitutional amendment, which was passed in 1992. The TMC has funds, manpower and machinery to operate processing plants, but it wants societies to spend Rs 7 lakh to Rs 8 lakh to set up new facilities. Is this fair?"
|2018-07-07||Operation Khataara: Vehicles left to rot at two Thane dumps - Mumbai Mirror|
Operation Khataara: Vehicles left to rot at two Thane dumps Updated: Jul 7, 2018, 10:31 IST Thane Municipal Corporation and police at loggerheads over the dump yards. Two police vehicle dump yards in Thane, where the cops allegedly leave cars involved in police cases as well as old vans and buses to rot, have been endangering residents in the area for at least two years. The bigger dump is located along the Saket road, close to police parade ground. Old police vehicles have been abandoned here. The second is a spot behind Rustomjee Complex where cars are dumped one atop the other. Thane police bosses claim they have no knowledge of this dump’s existence. “We had been given place by Thane Municipal Corporation to dump vehicles at one place at Saket. I don’t know about the second dump behind Rustomjee complex,” said Amit Kale, deputy commissioner (Traffic), Thane. When Mirror contacted Thane Municipal Corporation commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, he said he was out of town and would check the two spots when he returned. Another TMC officer said, “In the monsoon, water collects in these vehicles and mosquitoes breed in it.” “A lot of these vehicles were lying near Central Jail, and the police later dumped them near the Saket road. How to get rid of them is the question. I know snakes and other reptiles take shelter in these dumps,” said activist Dayanand Nene. BJP corporator Milind Patankar said: “The police and government dump vehicles here, but as per law, they have to auction them. But the process is lengthy, hence they avoid it.”
|2018-07-07||Mumbai rain: Heavy downpour across city suburbs, Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai; three people reportedly killed - Firstpost|
Mumbai rain: Heavy downpour across city suburbs, Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai; three people reportedly killed Heavy rain lashed the city of Mumbai, parts of Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai on Saturday, causing waterlogging in sevral parts and temporarily disrupting suburban rail services. According to some reports, three persons were killed in rain-related incidents. According to Hindustan Times, two unidentified bodies were recovered from the Khadavli river in the Kalyan-Dombivli region, and a 40-year-old woman was electrocuted in Mumbai's Ghatkopar. Two people were also reported injured. At least 40 people were stranded at Chinchoti waterfall in Vasai, out of which 35 people have been safely rescued, however, the other five are still missing. Rescue operations are still underway to rescue the remaining people. Visuals citizens shared on Twitter showed knee-deep waterlogging in parts of Kalyan and unusual traffic jams in Navi Mumbai and Thane. According to reports, there was heavy downpour in suburban Mumbai, including the areas of Malad, Borivali, Powai, Bhandup and parts of Thane and Kalyan. According to the India Meteorological Department, intermittent to very heavy rainfall is expected across parts of the city and its suburbs over the next five days. Weather scientist Ajay Kumar, India Meteorological Department told ANI that heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected to occur in Konkan, Goa and Mumbai in the next five days: In the last 24 hours, the Santa Cruz and Colaba observatories recorded 6.3 millimetres and 5.2 millimetres of rain, reported The Times of India. Suburban rail services affected Due to waterlogging on the tracks between Vithalwadi and Kalyan (near level crossing gate), train services were briefly halted between Badlapur and Kalyan around 10.40 am on Saturday morning, Central Railway tweeted. However, they resumed along the Kalyan-Badlapur section at 11.30 am, with a delay of 10 to 15 minutes. According to the latest updates, trains on the Western and Harbour lines are functioning on time, But Central Railway has cancelled and diverted several long-distance trains. Saturday's rain came three days after an overbridge leading to the Andheri station collapsed following heavy rain, disrupting train services and injuring five people.
|2018-07-07||New station near Thane may be ready in 2 years - Times of India|
New station near Thane may be ready in 2 years Jul 7, 2018, 22:35 IST Thane: If all goes as planned, the alternate railway station between Thane and Mulund could be made operative within two years, claim officials from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The announcement comes close on the heels of the in-principal approval secured from the state cabinet for transferring the land to the corporation. The corporation has already floated tenders for the development work to be done outside the station area and was awaiting transfer of 14 acres land from the state health department. The state cabinet, on Thursday, also said that a special committee will finalize the land transfer deal. The project is to be partly executed by the railways and the municipal corporation. “The state cabinet has given an in-principle approval to handover the land for the new railway station. The committee will be headed by chief secretary comprising health, urban development and finance secretaries will study the proposal and recommend about revival of existing mental hospital in return of the allotment of land belongs to health department,” said Deepak Sawant minister for public health while talking to TOI. The report is expected soon. Accordingly, the municipal administration here is believed to have also started the planning process on constructing allied infrastructure outside the railway station. The TMC is working on developing three wide access roads outside the station including reserving spaces for bus stations, vehicle parking and also the underground metro station that will come in close proximity to the station. The cost of developing the infrastructure is around Rs 130 cr and will be funded under the Smart city scheme, informed officials. “We have already floated tenders for the work that is to be done outside the railway station premises. We had proposed to give transfer of development right worth the market value of the around 14acre land that we need to the health department. We will require another two years after acquiring the land to develop and construct the facilities required for the railway station,” said a top official from the Thane civic body. As per plans, the station will come up between Thane and Mulund with two new lines branching out from the existing slow tracks much ahead of the Kopri road over bridge on the mental hospital land. Few trains to Thane will be terminated and operated from this new station that is expected to take off a considerable amount of passenger traffic from the existing Thane station that witnesses nearly six lakh passengers daily. Residents from Ghodnunder and even Wagle estate will be able to use this station instead of travelling to the old station.
|2018-07-07||Thane Police's anti-extortion cell arrests two with AK-56, cocaine; suspected to be part of bigger arms racket - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Police's anti-extortion cell arrests two with AK-56, cocaine; suspected to be part of bigger arms racket Updated: Jul 7, 2018, 05:14 PM IST The anti-extortion cell of Thane Police has arrested two persons and recovered 10 grams of cocaine worth nearly Rs 20000, along with weapons including an AK-56 assault rifle. The two were arrested from Rabodi area in the city. Besides the AK-56, three magazines, a pistol and 95 rounds of ammunition were recovered from them. The police suspects that the two might be a part of a bigger racket of arms suppliers. According to a Times of India report, the two arrested have been identified as Zahid Kashmiri, 47, and Sanjay Shroff, 47, both residents of Mumbai. A case has been registered at Rabodi police station. Both of them were produced before a local court and sent to police custody. Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire of the Thane Police's anti-extortion cell said they are interrogating the two and trying to determine as to who is their supplier.
|2018-07-07||Thane witnesses severe water logging following incessant rainfall - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane witnesses severe water logging following incessant rainfall Published Jul 7, 2018, 3:57 pm IST Thane (Maharashtra), Jul 07 (ANI): Streets of Thane were severely waterlogged following incessant rainfall in the city on Saturday. Streets of Thane were severely waterlogged following incessant rainfall in the city on Saturday. Cloudy sky with heavy rain is expected in the city this week, according to Indian Meteorological Department. Heavy rainfall lashed several parts of Maharashtra today including capital Mumbai.
|2018-07-07||Civic body floats tender for slum solid waste mgmt - Times of India|
Civic body floats tender for slum solid waste mgmt Jul 7, 2018, 22:09 IST Thane: The solid waste management (SWM) department of the civic body has started the process of floating tenders for manual door-to-door waste collection from over 1.90 lakh tenements across 127 slum settlements in the city. The proposal, which was discussed in 2018-19 civic budget aims to ensure 100 per cent solid waste collection from slums that are not easily accessible by the current civic waste collection vehicles. Accordingly, civic officials have already started inviting agencies. A single agency will be given the responsibility of gathering waste accumulated in 300 tenements. A civic official said, “It is seen that these residents throw kitchen waste and non-biodegradable waste in the small storm water drains as well as nullahs around their homes, resulting in blockage. We then came up with this concept wherein we have identified 127 slum settlements some of which are in Gandhinagar, Shanti Nagar, Vartak/Shivai Nagar and Railadevi. The contract will be awarded for the next two years after which it can be renewed depending on the performance of the agency. The groups will carry two bins and a van.” The civic body will also develop a mobile application through which the appointed agencies will have to provide all the information of slum dwellers and send regular updates on the application along with pictures. “The agencies are required to upload pictures of the waste collection drive via a global positioning system (GPS) camera. The pictures would need to be uploaded on a daily basis on the mobile application along with complete details of slum dwellers, their address, mobile numbers, etc. If such information and pictures are not provided every day, a fine of Rs 200 will be levied on the agency responsible. Strict action would be taken against the agencies if such behaviour is seen occurring frequently,” added the official. The tendering process is likely to finish by July 16 after which the collection of waste will begin at 7am at the earliest. Agencies must upload pictures of waste collection drive via a GPS camera daily on the mobile application along with complete details of slum dwellers, their address, mobile numbers, etc. If such information and pictures are not provided every day, a fine of Rs 200 will be levied on the agency responsible.
|2018-07-07||Man cheats finance company with impure gold, held - Times of India|
Man cheats finance company with impure gold, held Jul 7, 2018, 12:49 IST THANE: The Naupada police has booked a conman who pawned impure gold jewellery in Muthoot finance and took loan of Rs 1.50 lakh cash. The complaint has been lodged by Rohit Surve, the manager of Muthoot finance company of Naupada branch. In his complaint, the manager said that accused Sushant Salvi, a resident of Kalwa on May 22, visited the office of Muthoot gold loan and deposited two gold chains wighing 71 grams. "He told the staff that he is in dire need of money to treat his mother who is undergoing treatment at a hospital," said a police officer. Their staff checked it and did some relevant tests and tagged the gold chain and gave him Rs 1.50 lakh in cash. Later, on June 5, one of the company official did the audit of the gold and found that the chains are actually of silver and have only gold coating from outside, said a police officer. The police officer added that the accused used adulterated gold which is only 30%, but projected it to be pure gold and got the money. The police said that it was found that the accused has already been arrested in a similar case registered at Kalwa police station and he shall be transferred to Naupada police station on Saturday for further probe. The police have not ruled out the possibility of his involvement in similar cases elsewhere. A case has been registered at Naupada police station under section 420 of the Indian penal code.
|2018-07-07||Want your voice to be heard? Join music club in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Want your voice to be heard? Join music club in Thane Since the last six months, this initiative has been gaining popularity among Residents of Thane and especially music lovers. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 08, 2018 00:52 IST Thane Every Friday Nisha Panchal, 43, travels for two hours from Mira road to Thane to be a part of Sangeet Katta. An initiative by a well-known director, Kiran Nakti, Sangeet Katta provides a platform for amateur singers to gain confidence and bring finesse to their talent. Since the last six months, this initiative has been gaining popularity among Residents of Thane and especially music lovers. Thane has been home to Abhinay Katta-a platform for budding actors- for the last seven years. Abhinay katta has given the film and television industry many talents. Sangeet Katta was started with a similar aim in January this year at Jijamata Garden in Bhaskar Colony near Shivaji Nagar. It began with a few music lovers and now has a fixed audience every Friday along with 25 regular singers. There are children from the age of 10 till 50 and are open for those who love to play instruments. “There are many different talents with a theme every week. We sometimes get to see unexplored skill in some singers which is commendable. Last week we had somebody from the audience who whistled a few songs so beautifully and in perfect rhythm that we were all in awe of it. This is what draws me to the katta every week despite the long travel hours,” said Nisha Panchal, 43, singer and a regular audience at Sangeet Katta. “With commercialisation of art, it has become difficult to find a platform to express oneself . There were many with a passion for music that attended Abhinay katta regularly,” said Kiran Nakti, Founder, Sangeet Katta.
|2018-07-07||Thane receives 133mm rainfall on Saturday - Times of India|
Thane receives 133mm rainfall on Saturday Heavy rains lashed the city on Saturday and tree fall incidents and water logging was reported in several areas of the city. Jul 8, 2018, 03:25 IST THANE: Heavy rains lashed the city on Saturday and tree fall incidents and water logging was reported in several areas of the city. The city received 133mm rainfall in the last 34 hours, from Friday morning to Saturday evening. Water was seen gushing into peoples homes at Kadar palace, Kausa village and Charni pada near the hilly areas of Mumbra. A portion of a nullah wall collapsed in Bombay colony at Santosh ground in Mumbra. However, TMC officials said that no one was injured and the debris was cleared by the rescue personnel who reached the spot immediately and took charge of the situation. The Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) received 12 rain-related complaints in 24 hours, four of which were of tree fall cases. While low-lying areas like Dattawadi in Kalwa, Vandana talkies, Naupada, Ghantali, Shrirang and Vrundawan society and Uthalsar were inundated, residents said that the situation was brought to normal as water receded quickly, averting any major calamity. A four-wheeler, however, coming from the old city towards Khopat area was stuck in about ankle deep at Vandana talkies, causing considerable traffic in the afternoon. A traffic official said, “A high-end car was heading towards Khopat junction when suddenly it got stuck in the middle of the waterlogged road near Vandana theatre. Passersby then informed the traffic department. There was a bus behind the car which left hardly any space for the bigger four-wheeler to go. This resulted in traffic snarls.” Meanwhile, the Met department has predicted heavy rainfall on Sunday due to the strengthening of the westerly winds.
|2018-07-07||Thane: AK-56 rifle seized from Dawood gang member's house, wife arrested - The Indian Express|
Thane: AK-56 rifle seized from Dawood gang member’s house, wife arrested “A team was instantly dispatched and her house was raided on Saturday morning, following which Khan was taken into custody for illegally possessing the weapons,” said an officer. Investigators said Khan married Naeem in 1999 and stayed with their two children in Bangur Nagar. Published: July 8, 2018 3:58:20 am The Thane Crime Branch on Saturday arrested a woman for allegedly possessing an AK-56 assault rifle. The police said they had seized the weapon from Yasmeen Khan and also recovered three magazines, a 9 mm pistol and 108 live rounds from her residence in Goregaon. The police said Khan is the wife of Naeem Khan, allegedly a Dawood Ibrahim associate. Naeem is currently lodged in Thane jail after he was arrested in 2016 by the Mumbai Crime Branch for allegedly plotting to murder Iqbal Attarwala at the behest of Chhota Shakeel. Along with Naeem, three others were also arrested for plotting the murder of Attarwala, a former associate of the gangster, police said. On July 5, the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Thane Crime Branch were tipped off about the location of two drug peddlers Zahid Kashmiri and Sanjay Shroff. The police officials laid a trap at Rabodi area in Thane and nabbed the duo. “We recovered five grams of cocaine and Rs 1.57 lakh cash from the two accused,” said an officer. The investigators added that during the course of interrogation, the duo had revealed the role of Khan and claimed she had weapons at her home in Goregaon. “A team was instantly dispatched and her house was raided on Saturday morning, following which Khan was taken into custody for illegally possessing the weapons,” added an officer. Investigators said Khan married Naeem in 1999 and stayed with their two children in Bangur Nagar. “Khan in her confession said she had seen the weapon earlier, even before Naeem was arrested. But when she inquired with Naeem, he asked her to stay quiet due to which she had been ignoring the presence of the AK-56 in her home,” said an officer.
|2018-07-07||Thane pvt school's donation demands has parents fuming - The Asian Age|
Thane pvt school’s donation demands has parents fuming Published : Jul 8, 2018, 2:25 am IST Updated : Jul 8, 2018, 2:24 am IST The parents have now decided not to pay any deposit or make any donation to the school. Mumbai: Parents of a Thane-based private school on Saturday staged a protest outside the school ground as they allege that the institution has been asking for capitalisation (donation fees) and hiking its fees without the parents’ consent. “Earlier, the school distributed pamphlets which stated ‘No donation fees’ through our children but now they have started asking us for it,” said Nisha Kokre, a parent who was a part of protest. She further said, “When the school management was asked why it was asking us to pay Rs 4,500, we were told that it was for uniforms, bags and books. Also, every year it is continuously increasing the fees, stating that its needs money as it doesn’t receive donations.” According to the parents, the school provides two sets of uniforms, five books and a bag to students. “These uniforms are not found anywhere around so we don’t have any option either. However, come to think of it, how can these things cost Rs 4,500,” said another parent. “The rooms in the school are cramped and our students complain about poor amenities inside the building. Despite all these, it is increasing the fees and asking for donations,” the parent added. The parents have now decided not to pay any deposit or make any donation to the school. Though the school has not responded to any queries and concerns, the parents are determined to keep on protesting until they get a satisfactory answer.
|2018-07-07||Two arrested for possessing drugs worth Rs 20000 - Times of India|
Two arrested for possessing drugs worth Rs 20,000 Jul 7, 2018, 22:36 IST THANE: Two persons have been arrested for possessing drugs at Rabodi on Thursday. The sleuths from the anti-extortion cell also recovered 5 gms of cocaine worth Rs 20,000 from them. The accused have been identified as Zahid Kashmiri and Sanjay Shroff, both resident of Mumbai. The cops had received a tip-off that the accused were running a drug cartel and were going to go to Rabodi to sell the drugs. A team, led by inspectors Rajkumar Kothmire and Vikas Ghodke of the anti extortion cell, laid a trap and arrested the accused. While intercepting them, the cops found 5gm of cocaine on them, said police inspector from the anti-extortion cell Rajkumar Kothmire. The police suspect that they could be a part of a bigger gang and there could be more drugs in their possession. “We are in the process of interrogating the accused and are trying to determine who is the person who supplies the contraband to them as there are several links linked to him,” said Kothmire. A further probe will be carried out to find out more details in the case. Both have been produced before the magistrates court and have been remanded to police custody for further investigations. An offence has been registered at Rabodi police station under Section 8-C, 20 (illegally possessing psychotropic drug) and 22 (seizure of narcotic drug) of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. The cops had received a tip-off that the accused were running a drug cartel and were going to go to Rabodi to sell the drugs. A team, led by inspectors Rajkumar Kothmire and Vikas Ghodke of the anti extortion cell, laid a trap and arrested the accused.
|2018-07-06||Commuters in Thane hope for smoother travel as new station proposal gets a fillip - Hindustan Times|
Commuters in Thane hope for smoother travel as new station proposal gets a fillip Thane civic body will transfer 30 per cent of the estimated cost to the railways, which will start the tendering process MUMBAI Updated: Jul 07, 2018 00:38 IST The state’s approval to the Thane Municipal Corporation to use the Mental Hospital land to build the new Thane railway station is a major boost to the travel infrastructure in the city. The new station aims at decongesting the old one and will cater to more than 2 lakh commuters. On Thursday, the state government gave its approval for the Thane Mental Hospital land to be used for development of the New Thane Station. The 15-acre land will be handed over to the corporation in exchange of transfer of development rights (TDR) for the hospital. A four-member committee has been formed to finalise the conditions of the TDR. The TMC claimed that the station will resolve the overcrowding issue of the Thane railway station, the oldest in the country, has almost reached saturation point and avoid a tragedy like the Elphinstone Road stampede. “More than 24 lakh people reside in Thane, while the footfall at Thane station is anywhere between 6.5 and 8 lakhs every day. Residents of Kalwa, Pokharan Road No. 1, 2, Khopat, Wagale Estate and Ghodbunder can use the station. The new station will ease off 23 per cent load from Thane railway station,” said Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner. The demand for the station is more than 14 years old and commuter unions have been pushing for it. The construction of the New Thane station was stuck for over a year and half because of the pending approval from the state to allot the land. “A female ward building will be affected. We will provide all necessary facility to the mental hospital in exchange for the land. The railways will construct the core area of the station, for which they had given us a budget estimate of Rs120 crore,” said Chavan. The cost of the station is Rs289 crore and will be funded under the Smart City project, which was decided after a survey. “We surveyed more than 6 lakh people for their feedback on projects to be taken under smart city. More than 4 lakh people want development of station area. We decided to build the new station project from the smart city funds,” he added. The station was first proposed in 2004 but the plan was stuck for multiple reasons. The TMC finally agreed to fund the construction of the station in 2016 and got approvals for the design from the railways. “We will now transfer 30 per cent of the estimated cost to the railways, which will start the tendering process. We had also floated tenders for the circulating area of the station. However, it has not received any response. So, we will go for global tendering to attract more agencies,” added Chavan. Commuter unions say new station will ease crowd at Thane Nandkumar Deshmukh, president of Thane Railway Pravasi Sangh, said, “We have been demanding the Thane station for more than 10 years. We hope that the construction of the station is sped up.” The station is a futuristic planning to decongest Thane, said Millind Ballal, president of Thane district Pravasi Mahasangha. “Thane station cannot take more load. The new station is important, taking into consideration the increasing population of the city. The residents of Ghodbunder Road and Pokharan can use the station. The corporation should ensure that the station design does not fail like that of the Thane (W) SATIS project,” Ballal said.
|2018-07-06||Thane to get 50 charging stations for e-vehicles by October - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane to get 50 charging stations for e-vehicles by October Updated: Jul 6, 2018, 06:20 AM IST Thanekars who want to buy electric vehicles may be able to do so in a few months, with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) set to start 50 charging stations for e-vehicles in the city by October 2018. Thane RTO said this would go a long way in encouraging people to switch to e-vehicles. After the TMC took the eco-friendly decision to induct 100 electric buses in the Thane Municipal Transport's (TMT) fleet, the civic body is in the process of starting the charging stations in the city. "To check increasing pollution in the city, the TMC has taken the decision to start these charging stations in phases," said Sandip Malvi, TMC public relations officer and TMT manager. In the first phase, 50 charging stations would be MADE operational by October 2018. They will fuel not only TMT's electric buses but also the electric vehicles of residents. "Like petrol pumps, these stations will be functional at various places in Thane for two- and three-wheelers. This will encourage Thanekars to buy more eco-friendly vehicles and help curb the pollution," says Malvi. The stations will be funded and built by a global body called International Finance Corporation under TMC'S eco-city project. As per Thane regional transport office, there are only two electric vehicles in the city which are auto rickshaws. One is used by the TMC and the other by a private individual. "People do not buy electric vehicles because they do not know where to charge them. These charging stations will definitely offer a viable solution to environment-friendly Thanekars," says Nandkishore Naik, deputy RTO, Thane.
|2018-07-06||Fake cop also duped two jewellers: Thane police - Daily News & Analysis|
Fake cop also duped two jewellers: Thane police Updated: Jul 6, 2018, 06:45 AM IST A phony cop arrested by the Thane police at the end of last month after he duped a car dealer of Rs 5.64 lakh has also duped two Thane jewellers of over Rs 28 lakh, the police said. On June 21, Gajanan Palve, 28, a resident of Ghodbunder Road, Thane, was arrested by Naupada police for duping a secondhand car dealer from Naupada. The police said two jewellers have now complained against him after he bought gold jewellery from them and did not pay up. Palve, wearing a police uniform, approached Sanjay Patil, 43, a car dealer in March and April and bought two cars, i20 and Maruti Ertiga, from him worth Rs 5.64 lakh. The impostor told Patil he was an officer of the Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad and said he would provide the documents required to make the purchases later. Patil said he believed him since he was a police officer. But after Palve took the cars, he did respond to the dealer's many calls. Patil lodged a police complaint on June 20 and Palve was arrested the next day. "During the investigation, we found that he had duped a jeweller in Naupada and another in Thanenagar," said senior police inspector Chandrakant Jadhav, Naupada police. "In 2017, he bought gold jewellery worth Rs 14 lakh from the Naupada jeweller, claiming there was a wedding in the family and that he would pay them later. But he never did and dodged their calls," he said. Palve is in the custody of Naupada police till July 6.
|2018-07-06||Thane: Man dupes jeweller of Rs 15 lakh posing as ATS official, booked - Times of India|
Thane: Man dupes jeweller of Rs 15 lakh posing as ATS official, booked Jul 6, 2018, 14:15 IST THANE: A city-based jeweler has registered a fraud case against a man posing as an Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) official, who duped him to the tune of Rs 14.90 lakh. The police said that the victim, Kamlesh Srisrimal, owns a jewellery shop at the main Jambhli market in Thane. It was in September last year that the accused Gajanan Palwe, along with his wife visited the victim's shop wearing police uniform and identified himself as an assistant police inspector attached with ATS squad, Mumbai. Palwe showed interest in purchasing some gold jewellery and said that he would initially pay some amount and the remaining amount later. The victim said that the accused actually cleared all the dues and gained his confidence. In November last year, Palwe again visited Srisrimal's shop and expressed interest in purchasing jewellery. However, he told the owner that he would pay through cheques. "Palwe purchased set of gold chains, earrings, bangles and gave the victim four cheques," said a police officer. When the jeweller deposited the cheque in the bank, it bounced due to lack of cash. Srisrimal then called Palve several times, but he gave evasive answers and kept saying that he would pay the money as he was not running away anywhere. Palwe's wife once visited the shop and assured Srisrimal of paying the amount. This went on for several months, but lately the victim read the news of Palwe's arrest by the Naupada police and realised that he had been duped. Subsequently, a case was registered at Thane nagar police station.
|2018-07-06||From house wife to bar dancer: Gruesome murders in Thane - Mid-Day|
From house wife to bar dancer: Gruesome murders in Thane Jul 06, 2018, 10:40 IST A 26-year-old man killed a 24-year-old girl with whom he was allegedly having an illicit relationship. The couple lived in Jamila at Rajaram Complex located in Asher Gaon in Ulahsnagar and the victim, who worked as a bar girl, hailed from West Bengal. According to the police, the couple had an argument and the accused overpowered and choked the bar girl to death. After committing the murder, the accused met his friend and handed over the keys to his house. He told him that his girlfriend had left home and he was going to look for her. Later the same night, he called his friend and asked him to dispose of a bag he kept in the apartment, in which he had stuffed his lover's body. When his friend discovered the suitcases' contents he informed the police. Surendra Shirsat, Senior Police Inspector, Vitthalwadi police station said, The accused was in an illicit relationship with her and was not happy as she used to work in a bar. The deceased was unhappy as he didn't spend much time with the victim and regular fights occurred between the two. A couple including a nine-month pregnant woman were hacked to death by the woman's cousin who was upset with her for opting to go for an inter-faith marriage, claimed the police. The accused, identified as a resident of Paliya in Uttar Pradesh's Hardoe district, was arrested from his hometown. According to the police, the deceased and his wife were both from UP and had moved to Daighar in Thane after eloping to Mumbai, to get married. According to the Joint Commissioner of Police, Thane, "The accused was the deceased woman's cousin and her husband's friend. It was during the cousin's trips to meet the woman that the couple fell in love. When the couple eloped, the accused was blamed for helping them elope, so he decided to exact revenge. During interrogation, the accused accepted his crime and claimed that he had been planning the murder for a while as his reputation in his village was ruined.
|2018-07-05||Excreta flung at Thane jailer - Times of India|
Excreta flung at Thane jailer A senior jailer had excreta thrown at him after he refused to grant a 28-year-old, arrested for theft in his own home, an immediate audience. TNN | Jul 5, 2018, 07:24 IST MUMBAI: A senior jailer had excreta thrown at him after he refused to grant a 28-year-old, arrested for theft in his own home, an immediate audience. "He seems to be mentally disturbed," said an officer about Javed Shaikh, a Mira Road man against whom his mother had filed a complaint of stealing a chain worth Rs 20,000. Shaikh had wanted to talk to the jailer at the Thane Central Jail last week when there were other inmates already there. Asked to return later, he went near the toilets and accidentally stepped on excreta, which officials said he collected and threw at the jailer and two others. Shaikh was admitted to the jail hospital. An inquiry was set up. Ex-MLA Ramesh Kadam, lodged in the same jail, alleged Shaikh was beaten up.
|2018-07-05||Thane woman's heart and liver save two lives - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane woman's heart and liver save two lives Updated: Jul 5, 2018, 06:45 AM IST The family of a 40-year-old Thane woman who died following a road mishap donated her heart and liver on Wednesday. The donated organs saved two lives from different cities – a 55-year-old Surat-based school teacher and a 56-year-old Srinagar resident. The heart was transported from Thane's Jupiter Hospital to Mulund — over 8.7 kilometre — within 10 minutes. The liver was donated to a patient within Jupiter Hospital itself. The man from Surat who received the heart was admitted to Mumbai's Fortis Hospital. He was on the waiting list since June this year for a heart transplant after being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. The 40-year-old donor, a resident of Thane, had met with a road accident while returning from her village on June 26 and was rushed to hospital. She was pronounced brain-dead on Tuesday afternoon. The medical social workers at the hospital counselled the grieving family about organ donation, after which her son and daughter consented to donate their mother's heart and liver.
|2018-07-05||Thane to get 100 e-charge stations for bikes, cars - Times of India|
Thane to get 100 e-charge stations for bikes, cars Jul 5, 2018, 22:39 IST THANE: Gearing up for the new-age electric cars to roll out on the streets shortly, the Thane municipal administration has drawn up plans to set-up a good 100 public electric charging stations across the lake city. Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, who has initiated several zero-carbon emission initiatives for inter-city mobility, is believed to have identified key locations to start 50 e-charging station for the hybrid four-wheelers and motorcyles in the first phase. “From the era of fill it, shut it, forget it we will be moving towards open it, plug it and forget it with battery-operated vehicles gaining preference among the people. However, the main cause of concern would be the charging stations and the civic administration has decided to step in and start 100 e-charging stations which will not only outnumber the present petrol pumps but will be convenient for the citizens,’’ a senior TMC official told TOI. An international delegation called on Jaiswal in his office on Tuesday and he is understood to have informed them about his complete preparedness to meet the demands of the e-vehicles. A trial station will be set up by October with help from experts, the civic administration declared. The administration is working on identifying amenity plots where these stations are likely to be set up. The initiative will be completely funded by the administration with technical help from international experts. “In the first year, we will bear 75% cost of charging and in the next year, around 50% and kin the third year, we will pay 25% of the cost of the charging which will make the initiative lucrative for the users,” informed Sunil Pote, deputy city engineer and in-charge of electricity department at TMC. The stations may come near malls, railway stations, markets & bus stations Each station will have four to five charging points with connections secured from MSEDCL Motorists will be able to plug in their vehicles to the charging points Between 30 minutes to two hours depending on technology used for charging Initial 50 charging stations to be installed by October.
|2018-07-05||Portion of chawl roof at Kalwa falls - Times of India|
Portion of chawl roof at Kalwa falls Jul 5, 2018, 22:40 IST THANE: A 22-year-old man sustained hand injuries after a portion of the roof of his ground floor chawl caved in during the heavy rains on Tuesday night at Kalwa's Gholai Nagar. Rescue officials said Babulal Yadav was fast asleep when the collapse at Gokul Chawl occurred. A resident from the chawl heard screams of help from the neighbours and immediately alerted officials at the RDMC. The executive engineer was alerted to conduct a structural audit of the chawl.
|2018-07-05||Key CDR case accused gets conditional bail - Times of India|
Key CDR case accused gets conditional bail The magistrate court here has granted bail to the prime accused in the illegal procurement of Call Detail Record (CDR) case busted by crime branch in January this year. Jul 5, 2018, 12:59 IST THANE: The magistrate court here has granted bail to the prime accused in the illegal procurement of Call Detail Record (CDR) case busted by crime branch in January this year. The accused, Saurabh Sahu, was arrested last month, moved the bail plea in the magistrate court of Shahin Inamdar. Sahu was declared absconding by the investigators and subsequently he moved for the anticipatory bail which was rejected by the sessions court here. Sahu was held from Ghaziabad near New Delhi. The police had earlier claimed, in January, four Navi Mumbai-based private detectives, who were allegedly selling CDRs of persons requested by clients and following the intense probe, Sahu's name emerged as as one of the main source of CDRs to the co-accused. The CDRs are strictly confidential information which can be legally provided by cellular service operators strictly to a police officer of the rank of deputy commissioner of police or thr Superintendent of Police (SP) and above. Nitin Thakre, the senior police inspector and the investigation officer strongly opposed the bail and told that the court that accused is a repeated offender and earlier was arrested by Delhi Police in 2017 in a similar case, and was subsequently released on bail, also he is not cooperating with the probe and most of the coaccused named him as a prime source of the CDR. Thakre, in his say requested the court not to release him could pressurize thr other witnesses and tamper with the evidences. Sahu's advocates Subhas Hulyalkar and Zia Shaikh told the court that the complainant is a third party in the case whose CDR has not be sourced neither there is name of Sahu in FIR also, the othet accused are out on bail etc and hence he should be granted bail. The magistrate, after hearing both the sides granted bail to Sahu on certain conditions to abide by.
|2018-07-05||Thane murder: cousin held on suspicion of affair with victim - The Hindu|
Thane murder: cousin held on suspicion of affair with victim MUMBAI, JULY 06, 2018 00:59 IST, UPDATED: JULY 06, 2018 00:59 IST A day after a Mumbra resident killed his wife and committed suicide after recording a confession on his cell phone, Shil Daighar police have arrested his cousin for abetment to suicide. The deceased, Ajeet Pujari, had allegedly bludgeoned his wife, Priyanka, to death in their house on Wednesday afternoon. He then recorded a video of himself, in which he said that he had committed the murder because he suspected her of having an extra-marital affair with his cousin, Ganesh Rao. Ajeet then sent the video to Priyanka’s sister, after which he killed himself. Police officials said Priyanka’s father registered a complaint against Mr. Rao on Thursday after which he was arrested and charged with abetment to suicide under the Indian Penal Code. “Ajeet, in his confessional video, clearly mentions that he holds Ganesh responsible for his actions which, coupled with the complaint given by Priyanka’s father, was the basis of our FIR,” Senior Police Inspector Sushil Jawale, Shil Daighar police station, said. The police were alerted about the incident by Priyanka’s father late on Wednesday night. Priyanka’s sister, after receiving the video, alerted her father, who rushed to the Pujari residence and found Priyanka and Ajeet dead. He then called the police control room, after which the bodies were taken for post-mortem. Strained ties Ajeet, who worked for a private firm, married Priyanka in 2010. The police said that relations were strained between the couple, and Priyanka would often complain to her father about Ajeet assaulting her after coming home drunk. The police are now recording statements from other members of the family and neighbours of the couple regarding the marital discord between them.
|2018-07-05||Thane jail: PIO penalised for 'pressuring' prisoner to withdraw RTI plea - The Indian Express|
Thane jail: PIO penalised for ‘pressuring’ prisoner to withdraw RTI plea The Konkan bench of Maharashtra State Information Commission said it was not satisfied with the response given by the jail authorities and directed that a penalty be paid in monthly installments. Published: July 6, 2018 2:39:38 am The Konkan bench of Maharashtra State Information Commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the public information officer (PIO) of Thane central jail for “pressuring” a murder undertrial, Vijay Palande, to withdraw an application filed by him under the Right to Information Act. The order was passed by State Information Commissioner Thanksy Francis Thekkekaara on May 30 against R B Jhutale, PIO, Thane jail. Thane prison superintendent Nitin Waychal said he was not aware of the order. Palande, convicted by the Bombay High Court last year for the double murders of two men in 1998, is currently lodged in Taloja central jail in Navi Mumbai. He is facing trial for three other murders, one allegedly committed in an Andheri flat of Delhi resident Arunkumar Tikku, one of a film producer, Karankumar Kakkad, and another of an unidentified person. While he was lodged in Thane central jail in 2017, Palande had filed an application under RTI on April 20, seeking the “egress and ingress recording of CCTV footage of the Kala Pani yard/main gate’s inside area” between 2 pm and 5 pm of the same day. Palande had claimed in his appeal before the First Appellate Authority, the superintendent of the jail, that an undertrial was given “VVIP facility” by being provided emergency police escort from Thane jail to the Thane civil hospital. He claimed that the undertrial was then taken to JJ hospital by the police escort and was subsequently taken in a private vehicle for a birthday party celebration and returned to the jail only the next day. After Palande’s RTI did not get a response, he filed an appeal before the PIO on May 22, 2017. When he still did not get a response, he filed an appeal before the SIC on September 21, 2017. Palande had written on his application that “I am withdrawing the RTI in duress as told by senior jailors”. The commission said it was not satisfied with the response given by the jail authorities and directed that a penalty be paid in monthly installments.
|2018-07-04||Thane cops to keep tabs on social media - Times of India|
Thane cops to keep tabs on social media Jul 4, 2018, 06:44 IST THANE: Two days after five people were lynched in Dhule following messages on social media about a gang of child lifters in the area, the city police are keeping tabs on the activities on the social media. In a bid to counter such rumours from spreading, the law enforcement agencies are keeping tabs on social media sites. The police have warned citizens against forwarding such messages and urged residents to inform the police if they come across anyone suspicious. A senior police official said that they have not found any kidnapping gangs operating under the Thane police commissionerate. "Anyone found forwarding such messages will get into trouble and legal action will be take against them for spreading wrong information,'' a senior police official said.
|2018-07-04||Demonetised currency seized in Thane, three held - Moneycontrol.com|
Demonetised currency seized in Thane, three held The Crime Branch personnel seized Rs 1.68 crore in old notes in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations from the accused, the Thane police said in an official release last night. Last Updated : Jul 04, 2018 12:40 PM IST The police has seized Rs 1.68 crore in demonetised currency notes from three people, who were later arrested. Acting on a tip-off, the police kept a watch at a garden near Parsik Reti Bunder in the district's Kalwa town on June 30 and spotted the three people who had apparently come there to dispose of the scrapped notes. The Crime Branch personnel seized Rs 1.68 crore in old notes in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations from the accused, the Thane police said in an official release last night. The three people were later arrested and a case was registered against them by the Kalwa police under relevant sections, the release said. The police was trying to find out from where did the accused get the junked notes, it added.
|2018-07-04||Thane woman cheated, raped by man she met on matrimonial site - Hindustan Times|
Thane woman cheated, raped by man she met on matrimonial site The Thane resident also lent him Rs 2.6 lakh across multiple instalments. MUMBAI Updated: Jul 04, 2018 15:15 IST A 35-year-old man has been booked for allegedly raping a Thane-based woman and cheating her of ?2.6 lakh. According to authorities, the victim met Pramod Kakde, 35, a resident of Kalyan, on a matrimonial site in 2016 and the couple got into a relationship. A police officer from Kasarwadavli police station said, “Kakde asked her for money for his household work. The woman gave him ?2.6 lakh across multiple instalments.” The woman also alleged that she was raped by Kakde. “The woman then told her parents and a complaint was lodged against him under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” added the officer.
|2018-07-04||Police invoke MCOCA against Pujari gang members - Times of India|
Police invoke MCOCA against Pujari gang members Jul 4, 2018, 12:14 IST THANE: The city police have invoked the stringent MCOCA against the four henchmen of the fugitive gangster Suresh Pujari, who were arrested for firing at a receptionist of KN park hotel on Bhiwandi road earlier this year. The four accused are identified as Harish Kotian, 30, Sanket Dalvi, 25, Prathmesh Kadam, 22 and Aniket Thakur, 25. The quartet were initially arrested by the Mumbai crime branch as the Thane police had failed to nab them after committing the crime under their jurisdiction, later the four were transferred and have been in jail since then. "Considering the nature of crime and their alliance with the fugitive gangster, the police decided to invoke MCOCA," said Pradeep Sharma, the senior inspector of the anti extortion cell. The police said that the gang members had meticulously planned the operation to create fear after on behest of Pujari, who had called up the owner of KN park hotel demanding Rs 25 lakh as ransom since the past two years. "He had last year filed a complaint with Hill Line police in Ulhasnagar, where he resides. The owner did not heed to the threat calls and hence on 10 January, the hencemen masked came to KN park hotel and shot on the thighs of receptionist Swara Shirsath 25, with illegal fire arm," said Rajkumar Kothmire, the police inspector of Anti Extortion Cell. Kothmire informed that following the sustained interrogation by Vikas Ghodke and other team members, the quartet confessed to have crime in three other cases. “They have confessed working for the Pujari gang and their involvement is confirmed in two extortion cases of Dombivali and one case of Kalyan,” Kothmire informed TOI. The police have not ruled out their involvement in the other cases as well which shall be ascertained in the further probe, hence they were produced in the special MCOCA court which remanded them to the custody till July 10. "There are certain things that needs to be probed hence, we have taken custody to investigate the same," said Kothmire.
|2018-07-04||Mumbai Local Train Between Thane-Airoli Stops Due to Huge Crack on Railway Track - India.com News|
Mumbai Local Train Services Between Thane-Airoli Stops Due to Huge Crack on Railway Track Published: July 4, 2018 4:36 PM IST Mumbai, July 4: Mumbai local train services between Thane and Airoli on trans Harbour line was stopped due to a huge crack at a railway track. The reports have it that both the up and down Mumbai local train services came to a halt for last 45 minutes. Earlier in the day, a huge crack had developed at a bridge at the Grant road station in Mumbai. Due to a huge crack, traffic was diverted to Nana chowk towards Kennedy bridge. The bridge road opened after some restoration work. Mumbai was crippled for the second time in less than a month after a section of a foot overbridge (FOB) crashed over the Western Railway tracks at Andheri following Tuesday’s heavy rains which left many areas of the city flooded, playing havoc with road and rail traffic. Around 7.30 a.m. – at the height of morning peak hours, Mumbai commuters were left shocked when a portion of the Gokhale Bridge, connecting the east-west over the Andheri station, suddenly caved in trapping at least five persons, and paralysing the suburban and long-distance train services on the Western Railways. Coming nine months after the Elphinstone Road FOB crash and stampede that left 23 commuters dead, Tuesday’s incident instilled fear among the commuters, especially since at least three jam-packed locals had passed seconds before the bridge crash.
|2018-07-04||Best Township of the Year – Mumbai goes to Hiranandani Estate Thane - Accommodation TAccimes|
Best Township Of The Year – Mumbai Goes To Hiranandani Estate Thane July 4, 2018 The second last category consists of “Best Township of the Year – Mumbai” which goes to project, ‘Hiranandani Estate Thane’ by Hiranandani Construction Pvt. Ltd. Dr. Hiranandani collected the award from Mr. Ajay Chaturvedi and Mr. Pankaj Bodkhe. About project: Hiranandani Estate today is home to more than 7000 families who have discovered the bliss of a calm, convenient and complete life amidst the serene backdrop of Yeoor hills and Ulhas River. The township has over 120 + fully occupied towers, with more being developed to accommodate the many families who seek to be part of this prestigious address. Hiranandani Estate provides various amenities like Club House, Landscaped Gardens, Pedestrian Friendly Tree Lined Avenues, The Walk High Street Retail and many more.
|2018-07-04||Heavy downpour washes away road repairs in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Heavy downpour washes away road repairs in Thane A status check revealed that craters have appeared on all major roads in Thane, leading to congestion and jams especially during peak hours MUMBAI Updated: Jul 05, 2018 00:43 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) may have begun the road repair works early this year, but it looks like there will be no respite from potholes for Thane residents. Most roads in the city have developed huge craters leading to traffic jams. The public works department of the TMC had promised good roads in at least three wards before monsoons, and over ?2.5 crore was spent to ensure pothole-free roads. However, the promise did not hold up much through the recent showers. Thane city has received 1,343.81mm of rainfall this year. The heavy rains of early this week, though, had led to potholes in several parts of the city. The corporation had repaired 37,216 metres of roads before monsoon this year. Most of the roads in the city too, were concretised and widened. While the pothole situation in Thane might be better than the neighbouring corporations, some of the roads are still in bad condition. A status check revealed that craters have appeared along the Waghbil Road, Manpada service road, Vasant Vihar Road, Saket Balkum Road, Gokhale Road, Charai, Teen Hath Naka, Korus Company junction and Wagale Estate, among others. These potholes have increased the peak hour traffic woes of residents who are already facing congestion due to the ongoing repair works on the Mumbra Bypass road. Harshada Vartak Sandhan, 35, a resident of Hiranandani Estate said, “I commute from Waghbil Road every day to drop my son to school. A fortnight ago they had repaired the road, however, it has immediately developed craters. Driving on the road is a nightmare, as the craters are huge and might cause an accident.” Saeed Mulani, 33, another resident of Wagale Estate said, “Most roads in Wagale Estate have potholes. The roads in this industrial belt of the city are already narrow and potholes have only added to our nightmare. It is mad chaos on most of the roads during peak hours, especially road No 33 which has huge craters near the Kamgar Hospital. It is difficult to gauge the depth of these potholes when they are filled with water.” Over the years, the corporation had experimented with various methods of filling potholes, from using the expensive jet patchers to different ready-mixes, however, none of them have proved effective. This year too, the TMC had planned to use Poly Ironite Ceramic Cementitious (PICC) coating, a water resistant concrete to fill the potholes. In most places, the potholes are filled using small stones and bricks. A TMC official requesting anonymity said, “We will conduct a survey of the potholes once we get a dry spell. The number of potholes will further increase when the rain stops, as when the sun shines, the asphalt will wear off leading to more craters in the city. “We are however fully equipped to deal with them. We have several plan of actions in place, we have appointed contractors in each of the wards who will immediately fill the potholes in a dry spell. We also have seven to eight different techniques for filling potholes. We will choose the filling mixture as per the requirement of each of the roads,” the official said. He added that the TMC has allotted a budget of ?2 crore to fill potholes during monsoon. “In case of roads which have completely failed like the Kamgar Hospital Road, we will close the entire road and repair it. One side of this road is concretised, so we will open that side for traffic and close the part of the road which has caved in, for repairs,” he said.
|2018-07-04||Man Kills Wife Over Suspicion In Thane, Commits Suicide - NDTV|
Man Kills Wife Over Suspicion In Thane, Commits Suicide In a video which Ajit purportedly shot before hanging himself, he said that he suspected his wife's character Updated: July 05, 2018 01:45 IST THANE: A 30-year-old man allegedly killed his wife and committed suicide before recording his last statement on mobile phone, police said today. The grisly incident took place at Padlein Daighar area of the district late last night. The dead couple was identified as Ajit Pujari and his wife Priyanka Rani (28). In a video which Ajit purportedly shot before hanging himself, he said that he suspected his wife's character. Before ending his life, he sent the video to the elder sister of his wife. She alerted her father at 4.40 AM. When Ms Priyanka's father rushed to the couple's house, he found the door was open and Ms Priyanka was lying in a pool of blood while Pujari was hanging from the ceiling of another room. Pujari seemed to have killed his wife by hitting her on head with a hammer, police said. According to police, Pujari, who worked in a private firm at Mahape, had recently quit his job, while Ms Priyanka worked at a beauty parlour. The couple had got married in 2010. Ms Priyanka often complained to her father that Pujari had got addicted to alcohol, and he beat her up frequently, suspecting her character, police said. Further probe is on.
|2018-07-04||Mumbai Trans-Harbour: Trains are not plying between Thane and Airoli due to huge crack on railway track - Free Press Journal|
Mumbai Trans-Harbour: Trains are not plying between Thane and Airoli due to huge crack on railway track Jul 04, 2018 07:41 pm Mumbai local train between Thane and Airoli on trans harbour line are halted due to crack on the railways track. The reports suggest that both Up and Down line of Mumbai local have been stopped since last 45 minutes. However, in the morning, an important road bridge with two pedestrian walkways on Grant Road station in south Mumbai was closed after potentially dangerous cracks were noticed. The Mumbai Traffic Police posted a tweet: “The bridge at Grant Road station has cracked, hence the traffic has been diverted to Nana Chowk towards Kennedy Bridge.” The bridge was cordoned off at both ends since morning and the urgent repairs were undertaken, even as traffic jams were witnessed at some locations due to its sudden closure. Major mishap happened yesterday when ROB collapsed in Andheri, which injured five people and all the trains between Andheri to Bandra were called off. Which led to chaos and people were stranded. However the service was resumes late in evening.
|2018-07-03||One killed, two injured in wall collapse in Thane - The Times of India|
One killed, two injured in wall collapse in Thane Jul 3, 2018, 10:47 IST 1 person killed, 2 injured after a 30-feet-wall fell on a house last night near Hanuman temple at Ghodbunder Road in Thane THANE: A 35-year-old man was killed and two other persons were seriously injured when the compound wall of a housing society collapsed amid heavy rains in the city, an official said on Tuesday.The 30-ft long compound wall of the society, located in Patlipada area on the city's Ghodbunder Road, collapsed on houses situated in the vicinity around midnight yesterday, Thane Municipal Corporation's Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said. 1 person killed, 2 injured after a 30-feet-wall fell on a house last night near Hanuman temple at Ghodbunder Road One person, identified as Prakash Sakharam Wavale, died on the spot, he said. A 29-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa, he said. Four houses located next to the compound wall suffered damages, Kadam said, adding that five houses near the mishap site were evacuated. As a precautionary measure, the remaining portion of the compound wall, which could pose a danger to people living in the vicinity, was demolished by the civic and fire brigade personnel, he said.
|2018-07-03||Mumbai rains Live: Incessant showers disrupt normal life; one dead in Thane wall collapse - Economic Times|
Mumbai rains Live: Heavy showers continue, BEST deploys 44 extra buses for stranded rail commuters Updated: Jul 03, 2018, 12.39 PM IST A 35-year-old man was killed and two others were injured in a wall collapse incident in Thane as heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai since Monday evening. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain in parts of Mumbai and Thane for next two days. "Intermittent rain/thundershowers likely to occur in city & suburbs. Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely at many places," said the weather department in its forecast for next 24 hours. In another incident, a part of East Western Railway foot over bridge (FOB) collapsed towards Andheri east station halting the rail services. Office-goers, for whom local trains are the lifeline for daily commuting, bore the maximum brunt of the incident as many of them could not reach their work places. However, BEST has operated 44 extra buses to cater to those stranded due to rail service disruption. Mumbai Police has issued an advisory warning people of traffic congestion. "Commuters might face traffic congestion on roads leading to the Airport. Plan your journey accordingly so that you are in time to catch your flight," tweeted the police. Water logging has been reported from across the city. Mumbai dabbawallas have also suspended their services in several areas citing train service disruption.
|2018-07-03||Man killed, two injured in wall collapse in Thane - The Tribune|
Man killed, two injured in wall collapse in Thane Posted at: Jul 3, 2018, 9:40 AM; last updated: Jul 3, 2018, 9:40 AM (IST) Thane, July 3 A 35-year-old man was killed and two other people were seriously injured when the compound wall of a housing society collapsed amid heavy rain in the city, an official said on Tuesday. The 30-ft-long compound wall of the society, located in Patlipada area on the city’s Ghodbunder Road, collapsed on houses situated in the vicinity around midnight on Monday, Thane Municipal Corporation’s Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said. One Prakash Sakharam Wavale died on the spot, he said. A 29-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa, he said. Four houses located next to the compound wall suffered damage, Kadam said, adding that five houses near the mishap site were evacuated. As a precautionary measure, the remaining portion of the compound wall, which could pose a danger to people living in the vicinity, was demolished by the civic and fire brigade personnel, he said.
|2018-07-03||One killed, two injured in wall collapse in Maharashtra's Thane - The New Indian Express|
One killed, two injured in wall collapse in Maharashtra's Thane A 35-year-old man was killed and two other persons were seriously injured when the compound wall of a housing society collapsed amid heavy rains in the city, an official said today. Published: 3rd July 2018 10:23 AM, Last Updated: 3rd July 2018 10:23 AM THANE: A 35-year-old man was killed and two other persons were seriously injured when the compound wall of a housing society collapsed amid heavy rains in the city, an official said today. The 30-ft long compound wall of the society, located in Patlipada area on the city's Ghodbunder Road, collapsed on houses situated in the vicinity around midnight yesterday, Thane Municipal Corporation's Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said. One person, identified as Prakash Sakharam Wavale, died on the spot, he said. A 29-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa, he said. Four houses located next to the compound wall suffered damages, Kadam said, adding that five houses near the mishap site were evacuated. As a precautionary measure, the remaining portion of the compound wall, which could pose a danger to people living in the vicinity, was demolished by the civic and fire brigade personnel, he said.
|2018-07-03||Plaint against four for throwing plants in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Plaint against four for throwing plants in Thane Updated: Jul 3, 2018, 06:55 AM IST The Naupada police have registered a non-cognisable complaint against four shop owners of Thane who threw away 39 plants from first-floor terrace of Gagangiri society, Pachpakhadi. One of the residents lodged a complaint with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) following which K Dhawade, senior horticulturist visited the site to investigate the complaint. “Our investigation has found the four shop owners responsible for harming 39 plants. Hence, the Naupada police should register an FIR against the quartet under the appropriate sections of the law,” wrote Dhawade in his letter to the Naupada police. When contacted, the Naupada police confirmed that they have lodged a non-cognisable (NC) complaint against them.
|2018-07-03||Mumbai: Forest department trains people from Thane society to deal with leopards - Mid-Day|
Mumbai: Forest Department Trains People From Thane Society To Deal With Leopards Jul 03, 2018, 14:00 IST After late-night visit from the animal, the forest department trained the residents in the dos and don'ts in such encounters Residents of a building at Thane-Ghodbunder Road had an usually exciting Sunday after a leopard was spotted enjoying a quiet walk in their park. In the wee hours of July 1, CCTV cameras installed at Sagar Residency captured footage of the big cat calmly prowling on the building's lawn. After residents informed them of the sighting, the forest department sent a patrolling team, along with volunteers from the NGO Trust for Rescue, Afforestation, Conservation & Knowledge (TRACK). Nitesh Pancholi, a member of the NGO which has been helping the forest department in a camera trapping study, said, "Leopard sightings are not surprising in this area, as it is close to Sanjay Gandhi National Park and adjacent to the forest patch. We found a lot of stray dogs here, which have attracted the leopard. Along with the forest department, we have already installed camera traps to study its movement." A team from the Thane Forest Department (Territorial) is also patrolling the area, and volunteers from TRACK have informed the locals about the dos and don'ts in case of another sighting. Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, deputy conservator of forest (DCF), said, "Leopard is a very shy animal and usually flees when it sees a human being. I would like to appeal to citizens that if they spot a leopard, they should not try to corner or provoke it, as that will lead to conflict. They should call our control room, so that we can send our team to the spot."
|2018-07-03||One dead, two injured in wall collapse at Thane - The Indian Express|
One dead, two injured in wall collapse at Thane Published: July 4, 2018 4:13:06 am A 35-year-old man died and two others were injured allegedly after a 30-feet society compound wall collapsed in Thane on Monday. According to sources, the wall came crashing down on one of the neighbouring houses around midnight. The deceased has been identified as Prakash Wavle. According to Kasarwadavli police, Wavale and his wife, Bharti (29), lived in a hutment near the compound wall. Along with them, six-year-old Sami Jadhav, was also sleeping. The compound wall collapsed partially into the house, sources said. “Wavale and his wife were buried under the rubble. By the time they could be rescued, Wavle died,” said a senior officer. According to the regional disaster management teams at the spot, the metal shed on the house also caused grievous injuries to the boy and Bharti. “The roof fell in and got mangled, causing cuts and bruises to the child. He is, however, out of danger,” an officer said. The residents of the five houses near the compound wall realised what had happened only when they heard muffled crying of the injured. “There was a loud thud, but I thought it was the thunder…,” said one of the residents, Ruby Gaikwad. “The wall was not weak. How it came crashing down, we have no idea,” said another resident, Sonu Jadhav. Police, who are looking for Sami’s parents, have lodged an accidental death report.
|2018-07-03||Intarcia Appoints Thane Wettig as Chief Marketing Officer and Metabolic Franchise Head - Markets Insider|
|2018-07-03||Mumbai Rains: Wall collapses in Thane, one dead - Mumbai Live|
Mumbai Rains: Wall collapses in Thane, one dead 2018-07-03T05:56:08.169Z Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rains since last night and that has caused waterlogging at various locations. Along with this, a wall has collapsed on a house in Thane's Ghodbunder area killing one and injuring two. Police officials, RDMC, one JCB, one rescue vehicle reached the spot after the incident. Meanwhile, the fire brigade vehicles evacuated five adjacent houses. Heavy Mumbai rains also affected railways where a part of a bridge collapsed on the railway tracks between Andheri and Vile Parle leaving 6 injured. Two people have been reported critical and are currently undergoing treatment at Cooper hospital.
|2018-07-02||Hark! A leopard is out for stroll in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Hark! A leopard is out for stroll in Thane Updated: Jul 2, 2018, 06:55 AM IST A leopard sighting in the park of a Ghodbunder road society in Thane has left residents worried about their safety. However, the forest department and wildlife experts have asked residents not to panic and have planned awareness sessions to help them avoid any conflict. It was on Sunday the residents of Sagar Residency at Anandnagar in Ghodbunder Road woke up to the news of a leopard visit in their area. "Our security guard sighted the big cat on the CCTV and informed us in the morning," said Kumar Randive, a resident of the society. It was at around 2.57 am that the leopard jumped over the wall and entered the small park inside the society. The animal walked around and left. "This is the first time that we have spotted a leopard in our society and its a cause of concern," shared Randive. The shocked residents have already asked their members to be careful at night and be home early. "We have informed our members not to go out late in the night," he added. Jitendra Ramgaokar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) Thane territorial said, "These leopard sightings are common but since it has been captured on CCTV the residents have got to know about it for the first time," said Ramgaokar adding that since the area around is close to its natural habitat, the animal might have strayed into society in search of prey. He also asked people not to follow or chase the animal. Pawan Sharma, Wildlife Warden, Thane said that mere sighting of leopard should not be a reason to panic. "Since most of the buildings are near the forest, there's a need for broader acceptance of wildlife in people. Along with the forest department we will take up awareness drives to teach people the basic dos and don'ts so that any kind of conflict can be avoided," he informed stating that residents should keep the area well lit, accompany children late night, clear unwanted shrubs and bushes, and also ensure the TMC keeps stray population under control.
|2018-07-02||Thane AEC reveals Iqbal Kaskar's buy-sell-extort mantra - Mid-Day|
Thane AEC Reveals Iqbal Kaskar's Buy-Sell-Extort Mantra Jul 02, 2018, 07:17 IST They have detailed his process in a chargesheet submitted on June 28. mid-day accessed the document While investigating several extortion cases against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar, the Thane Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) unearthed his modus operandi. They have detailed his process in a chargesheet submitted on June 28. mid-day accessed the document. Iqbal is currently in the Thane police's custody. The current chargesheet pertains to a deal made for a 38-acre piece of land in Gorai. Along with Iqbal, his brother Anees and others have also been named in the case, which was filed in October 2017. Revealing Iqbal's process to target builders, the chargesheet says he first selects the target [builder], then orders his men to cut a land deal with him, at an attractive lower price. Once the builder shows interest, Iqbal's man suddenly increases the price, after which Iqbal enters the fray to 'settle' the issue and extort the builder. Going in Gorai This is demonstrated in the Gorai case, where the D-Company allegedly extorted R2 crore from a Mumbai-based builder, and tried to extort another R1 crore. The case revolves around a 38-acre plot in Gorai. The victim builder bought this land from one Tony Lewis [one of Iqbal's aides] after giving R2 crore as a token amount in 2007. However, after a few months, Tony demanded double the price for it. Then in 2012, the builder approached the Bombay High Court to file a civil suit against Tony. To settle this issue, one of Tony's partners then arranged two meetings with the builder. During each of the meetings, alleged D-Company operators Vicky Mali and Romel were present. In the second one, Mali got a call from Iqbal, which he handed to the builder. Iqbal allegedly threatened the builder and told him that his brothers Dawood and Anees have bought the property, so he should leave this matter alone and come to his house for further discussion. Out of fear, the builder refrained from visiting Iqbal, and kept getting multiple threat calls. Then, in 2013, Tony sold the land Bhavar Kothari and Bharat Jain, allegedly Dawood's men. Post this, the builder was taken to Iqbal's Pakmodia Street residence, where the latter told him the land was resold because "Dawood bhai had asked Tony to do so." Bharat was also present at the meeting. He told the builder, "Why are you asking Iqbal bhai about this when I've spoken to Dawood and Anees bhai? Don't interfere in this matter else we'll eliminate you." It was then July 2016, and the builder received a call from a private number, from a man claiming to be Anees. He said, "You'd taken Tony's land, now leave him be. I have taken the R2 crore you'd given Tony. If you wish to stay alive, send another R1 crore to Iqbal's office within a week, otherwise D Gang men will kill you. Dawood bhai also wants you to take back your HC case." Tony, Bharat and Bhavar are also wanted in this case. Thane trap The chargesheet also mentions another extortion case against Iqbal and his aides, also registered in October 2017, wherein they extorted four flats and Rs 30 lakh from a builder in Thane. Iqbal had been arrested for the same. This victim builder had purchased a property from a joint family in Kavesar, Thane, and was about to start his project there. In May 2015, Kaskar's alleged aides Israr Zameel Ali Sayyed and Mumtaz Azaj Sheikh went to the site with a member of the family who were the previous owners. They said a portion of the property belongs to him and he'd not received the money for it. The builder said he has given the full payment for the property at the amount that was decided. The trio left, only to return 8 to 10 days later, and hand a call to the builder, with Iqbal on the other end. Iqbal told the builder, "I'm Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal. Israr and Mumtaz are our men. We've bought the land belonging to Bharti and Gurunath Bhonsle [former owners]. Say as I do to resolve the matter, else I will eliminate you." Iqbal called again after a few days and said, "If you want to settle this matter, give me four flats in the site and R30 lakh, otherwise two of my men will kill you." Fearing for his life, the builder agreed to pay the extortion amount and gave the flats too.
|2018-07-02||Professor Fiona? Famed baby hippo an educational force - Herald-Whig|
|2018-07-02||Parents of youth killed in mishap donate eyes, want him to see world - Times of India|
Parents of youth killed in mishap donate eyes, want him to see world TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 06:29 IST THANE: The parents of 21-year-old Nihar Gole, who lost his life in a car accident in Mulund on the Eastern Express Highway early on Saturday, donated his eyes. Nihar’s father Pramod, a retired Air India employee, and mother Neena, who works as a senior clerk at the Thane Municipal Corporation, said this way, their travel-loving son could continue seeing the world. The accident took place when Gole was returning to his Thane home after partying with a group of more than 20 friends. His cousin and closest friend Yash Choughule had received his US visa and the group had gone to a hotel in Andheri (E) on Friday to celebrate the occasion. Nihar and Yash died on the spot while three others from their group sustained severe injuries after their car lost control, jumped the divider and rammed into a tanker coming from the opposite side. “While two of the boys were dead on arrival, our emergency medical team rushed to stabilise the other three youths within the golden hour. Nihar’s parents arrived at the hospital soon after hearing about the accident, and even though they were still in shock, they voluntarily told us they wanted to donate his eyes. They told us he loved travelling,” said Dr Sandeep Gore, head of emergency medicine at Mulund’s Fortis hospital. Speaking about the tragedy, advocate Madhavi Naik, a family friend of the Goles, said, “Nihar was conceived after 11 years of Pramod and Neena’s marriage. He loved sports, travelling and putting up pictures on social media. We were sure he was going to be a very successful model.”
|2018-07-02||Use Thane's hi-tech bins to throw your trash and win gold coin! - Zee Business|
Use Thane's hi-tech bins to throw your trash and win gold coin! Updated: July 2, 2018 17:24 pm Use Thane's hi-tech bins to throw your trash and win gold coin! Under the guidance of Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, hi-tech bins has been installed in the city. Watch this video to know more.
|2018-07-02||Senior citizen beaten to death in Thane - United News of India|
Senior citizen beaten to death in Thane Thane, July 02 (UNI) A 75-year-old man was brutally killed by a group of persons as his son was allegedly fiddling an eight-year-old girl from the vicinity, police said on Monday. The alleged accused (brothers) were namely as Nisar Anwar Shaikh (24) and Vasim Anwar Shaikh (22). Police said Abdul Khalid fiddled the niece (8) of Vasim, following which the family members of Vasim went the victim's house and bashed up the inmates including the victim Yunus ali Sayyed. They freely used iron rods and sticks for beating up the inmates including the women. The victim who came to the rescue of the other family members was pushed by the assailants as a result of which he crashed down on the group along with the parapet wall on the third floor.
|2018-07-02||Morning Breaking: Use a tech-bin to throw water in Thane and win gold coin! - Zee News|
Morning Breaking: Use a tech-bin to throw water in Thane and win gold coin! Jul 02, 2018, 09:48 AM IST Thane city has started giving goodies to its citizens to control the litter menace. Under the guidance of Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, hi-tech bins has been installed in the city. These bins will give out prizes in return of garbage.
|2018-07-02||Professor Fiona? Famed baby hippo an educational force - Cincinnati.com|
Professor Fiona? Famed baby hippo an educational forceJust call her Professor Fiona.Post to FacebookProfessor Fiona? Famed baby hippo an educational force Just call her Professor Fiona. Check out this story on cincinnati.com: https://cin.ci/2tXWNGaCancelSendSent!A link has been sent to your friend's email address.Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQsSubscribe TodayLog InSubscribed, but don't have a login?Activate your digital access.Professor Fiona? Famed baby hippo an educational forceDan Sewell, Associated Press Published 7:26 a.m. ET July 2, 2018 CLOSE Fiona became the world's hippo when she was born six weeks premature at the Cincinnati Zoo. Today she's over 600 lbs., thriving and entertaining her many fans. Liz DufourIn this June 26, 2018, photo Fiona, a baby Nile Hippopotamus, sleeps in her enclosure beside a copy of "Saving Fiona," posed for a photograph at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Zoo's globally famous premature hippo does more than help sell T-shirts, bobbleheads and ice cream. She is becoming a teaching tool in classrooms and libraries and subject of a series of books with the latest by the zoo's director Thane Maynard. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(Photo: John Minchillo, AP)CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORECINCINNATI — Just call her Professor Fiona.The Cincinnati Zoo's famous premature baby hippo does more than delight social media fans and help sell a wide range of merchandise. She's also an educational and literary force; heroine of a half-dozen books so far and a popular subject for library and classroom activities.The latest book is "Saving Fiona" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) written by the zoo's director, Thane Maynard."She has taught us a lot," Maynard said. It's believed Fiona is the smallest hippo ever to survive. Born nearly two months early, she was 29 pounds (13 kilograms), a third the size of a typical full-term Nile hippo and unable to stand or nurse.In this Tuesday, June 26, 2018 photo, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Thane Maynard poses for a photograph beside the enclosure of Fiona, their baby Nile Hippopotamus, in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Zoo's globally famous premature hippo does more than help sell T-shirts, bobbleheads and ice cream. She is becoming a teaching tool in classrooms and libraries and subject of a series of books with the latest by Maynard. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Photo: John Minchillo, AP)A zoo staffer hand-milked her mother Bibi, and Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington helped develop a special formula. Nurses from Cincinnati Children's Hospital were enlisted to put in a hippo IV.More: Fiona the hippo: She's 'become a common ground for so many people'"We were a nervous wreck every day," Maynard said of Fiona's first six months after her birth in January 2017.His book is aimed at young readers, telling Fiona's against-the-odds story while loading in facts about hippos, such as that they can outrun humans and are herbivores that can be dangerous because of their size of up to 5,000 pounds.FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInA day in the life of Fiona the baby hippo FullscreenPost to FacebookPosted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Fiona the baby hippo takes a walk. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo mugging for the camera. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona climbs her pool ramp. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo chills by her pool. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo relaxes in her pool. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona chills out by her pool. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo soaking in her pool. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenWhen Fiona was introduced to her first pool... Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo spots the camera. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo soaking in her pool. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona walks down her pool ramp after taking a dip. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo hangs out by her pool. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo mugging for the camera. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo, ready for her closeup. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo takes a seat by her pool. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo plays in her pool. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFeeding time for Fiona the baby hippo. Courtesy the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenInterested in this topic? You may also want to view these photo galleries:Replay1 of 172 of 173 of 174 of 175 of 176 of 177 of 178 of 179 of 1710 of 1711 of 1712 of 1713 of 1714 of 1715 of 1716 of 1717 of 17AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide "Part of the zoo's mission is public education," Maynard said. "(The book) is reaching kids and families with a message of hope ... never giving up."The combined Fiona library of books by various authors and illustrators has sold tens of thousands so far.Educators say students are attracted to lessons themed around animals. Fiona has been on the cover of three Scholastic News Magazines that reached millions of students with stories accompanied by reading exercises or math formulas such as finding how many bathtubs the water in her zoo would fill.More: Meet Team Fiona: What it's like to take care of the zoo's baby hippo"Everybody just falls in love with her," said Stephanie Smith, editorial director for Scholastic News grades 3-6. "Kids will just gobble it up. It makes teaching easy."Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes regional director for the National Wildlife Federation, said conservationists see celebrity-type attention to Fiona that glosses over the serious challenges for hippos and other animals facing shrinking habitats and illegal hunting. "There is a deeper message to be conveyed," he said.FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInCincinnati Zoo's Fiona the hippo FullscreenPost to FacebookPosted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Fiona receiving treatment from zoo staff. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the baby hippo receives an IV. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenNurses from Cincinnati Childrens Hospital and zoo staff work with Fiona the baby hippo. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenZoo staff work with Fiona the baby hippo. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenCincinnati Children's Hospital nurses assist in the treatment of Fiona the baby hippo. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenCincinnati Children's Hospital nurses assist in the treatment of Fiona the baby hippo. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenCincinnati Children's Hospital nurses assist in the treatment of Fiona the baby hippo. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenCincinnati Children's Hospital nurses assist in the treatment of Fiona the baby hippo. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenA keeper gives Cincinnati Zoo hippo Fiona her bottle. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenCincinnati Zoo baby hippo Fiona chews on a cold cloth. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenThe Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's baby hippo Fiona, in all her glory. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenFiona the hippo. Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenFullscreenThe Cincinnati Zoo's premature baby hippo has a name: Fiona. ProvidedFullscreenInterested in this topic? You may also want to view these photo galleries:Replay1 of 132 of 133 of 134 of 135 of 136 of 137 of 138 of 139 of 1310 of 1311 of 1312 of 1313 of 13AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideHowever, Shriberg, who said growing up in Cincinnati as a frequent zoo visitor helped lead him into wildlife conservation, said the Fiona mania — which has seen her image marketed on items from playing cards to beer — is a positive development overall."We are certainly in favor of anything that is engaging people with wildlife, and Fiona has been a phenomenal success," he said. "You've got the American public and people around the world really caring about hippos and animals, through the lens of Fiona." ___ Follow Dan Sewell at http://www.twitter.com/dansewellCONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORERead or Share this story: https://cin.ci/2tXWNGaShare your feedback to help improve our site experience! From The USA TODAY NETWORK These sites are part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. 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|2018-07-01||Woman Doctor Assaulted By Family Of Pregnant Patient In Thane Hospital - NDTV|
Woman Doctor Assaulted By Family Of Pregnant Patient In Thane Hospital A police official said that the four accused assaulted the woman gynaecologist after she objected to one of them recording the ward premises on a mobile phone. Updated: July 01, 2018 20:26 IST THANE: A 38-year-old woman doctor was allegedly assaulted by four persons at the Government Civil Hospital in Thane yesterday night, police said. A police official said that the four accused assaulted the woman gynaecologist after she objected to one of them recording the ward premises on a mobile phone. The four persons were relatives of a pregnant woman who was admitted in the ward, police said. A Thane Nagar police station official identified the four as Vicky Kadam, 32, Sagar Patil, 25, Digambar Kasbe, 26 and Mangesh Kiratkar, 30. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered today and three of the four accused were arrested, he said. Digambar Kasbe, one of the four accused, is yet to be arrested and efforts were on to look for him, the official added.
|2018-07-01||Thane: Man killed by contract killers, five members of his family held - The New Indian Express|
Thane: Man killed by contract killers, five members of his family held Tired of his "physical torture", family members of a 24-year-old man from Vasai allegedly got him killed by hiring contract killers, police said today, adding that four accused have been arrested. Published: 1st July 2018 09:59 PM, Last Updated: 2nd July 2018 02:33 AM THANE: Tired of his "physical torture", family members of a 24-year-old man from Vasai allegedly got him killed by hiring contract killers, police said today, adding that four accused have been arrested. Palghar district rural police arrested the accused last Friday after the body of the victim Rohit Chowdhary was found floating in a quarry at Bhoidapada on June 27, a police official said today. The accused have been identified as Lalchand Chowdhary (45), Sunita Chowdhary (44), Anoop alias Ravi Chowdhary (25) and Shruti 19, the police said. They have been booked under sections 302 (Punishment for murder) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC, the official said, adding that police are looking for four persons who executed the murder. An official said that family members of Chaudhary were fed up with his behaviour as he used to abuse and torture them. He said the family members hired contract killers from Uttar Pradesh to kill Chaudhary.
|2018-07-01||Parents of 21-year-old killed in accident donate his eyes - Times of India|
Parents of 21-year-old killed in accident donate his eyes Jul 2, 2018, 04:48 IST THANE: The parents of 21-year-old Nihar Gole, who lost his life in a car accident on the Eastern Express Highway early on Saturday, have donated his eyes. They felt this way their travel-loving son could continue seeing the world. Gole's cousin and closest friend Yash Choughule had received his US visa. To celebrate the occasion, Gole, a resident of Thane's Shreerang Society, had gone with Yash and over 20 other friends to a hotel in Andheri East on Friday night. Unfortunately, both Gole and Choughule died on the spot, while three others from their group were severely injured after their car lost control and rammed into a tanker when they were returning home. Though still in shock, Gole's parents-retired Air India employee Pramod Gole and senior clerk at the Thane Municipal Corporation Neena Gole-donated the eyes of their only son. "While two of the boys were dead on arrival, our emergency medical team rushed to stabilise the other three within the golden hour. Nihar Gole's parents arrived soon after hearing about the accident, and even though they were still in shock, they voluntarily told us they wanted to donate his eyes. They told us he loved travelling and, in this way, he would be able to see the world even after his death," said Dr. Sandeep Gore, head of emergency medicine at Mulund's Fortis hospital. Speaking about the tragedy, advocate Madhavi Naik, a close friend of the deceased's mother Neena Gole, said, "Nihar, Pramod and Neena's only son, was conceived after 11 long years of trying. He was the apple of their eyes. He loved sports, travelling and putting up pictures on social media. We were sure he was going to be a very successful model." Naik said the tragedy was compounded for the family who also lost Yash Choughule, Nihar's cousin and best friend.
|2018-07-01||MCOCA invoked against two aides of Pujari gang - Times of India|
MCOCA invoked against two aides of Pujari gang Jul 1, 2018, 22:33 IST Thane: The anti-extortion cell has moved a voluminous chargesheet in the special MCOCA court against the two aides of Ravi Pujari gang who were arrested with an illegal fire arm for trying to extort a builder last year. The police said the two Pujari aides – Nitin Gopal Rai, a Malad resident and Dinesh Narayan Rai (51), a Ghatkopar resident – were arrested on the charges of making ransom calls to a builder from Ghodbunder Road and asking for Rs 10 crore. The police said, on October 6 last year, based on a tip that the duo working for Ravi Pujari had plans to come at the builder’s office, as the builder had not complied with their demands and they had plans to open fire at the builder’s office and hence the cops had kept a vigil. “It was around 6pm, the officials spotted two persons moving suspiciously near a garden at a housing complex and the police team apprehended and nabbed them,” said the officer. An interrogation of the duo revealed that they were working for Ravi Pujari and had come to open fire at the builder’s office at Patlipada. The search of their persons revealed that they were carrying two pistols and four live cartridges. Subsequently, the accused were arrested by a team led by a senior inspector Pradeep Sharma, inspector Rajkumar Kothmire, Vikas Ghodke among others. Sharma informed that they had instructions from Pujari to fire at the builder’s office. “We have annexed ample of evidences against the accused and there are the statements of victim and witnesses. Investigations have found the recordings of Pujari with the accused in their mobile phones which were retrieved,” said Vikas Ghodke, the police inspector. The stringent MCOCA was invoked against the duo after checking their criminal antecedent.
|2018-07-01||Residents worry over missing drainage lids in city, demand survey - Times of India|
Residents worry over missing drainage lids in city, demand survey Jul 1, 2018, 22:31 IST Thane: The missing or damaged lids over drainage lines and manholes in the city has become a cause of concern for residents who fear these unguarded gaping holes could invite human casualties during water logging and have called for immediate survey and action by the administration. Several stretches of the city including those where civic works have recently wound up or is still in progress have damaged drain or manhole covers which pose great risk to unsuspecting pedestrians who could possibly fall into them especially when the roads are waterlogged during heavy rainfall. While last year’s Mumbai incident where a VJTI professor was swept is still fresh in mind, a bus driver from Palghar last week swept highlighting the importance of the issue. Residents complained that several areas of the city including Saket, Gandhi Nagar, Naupada, Ghodbunder have manholes that have been either left open by civic contractor after completing their respective works ahead of the rains or the lids have been stolen by miscreants. Activists and residents claimed they have been pursuing the issue with the administration for long but to no impact and have questioned of the administration is waiting for a disaster to occur before acting. A resident of Naupada says that walking down the MG road was becoming dangerous as the covers of the drains were either missing or damaged by passing vehicles that drove on the footpath due to lack of space on the road. Sanjeev Datta, a resident of Kharkar aali says the lids of many covers go missing frequently and needs to be probed. “The lids of many drains in our area go missing frequently. The lids do pose a grave danger to pedestrians but it seems like an underlying source of corruption. The corporation must investigate the expenditure on these lids in the last several years,” he said. There are nearly 30,000 drain covers in the city and few of them randomly go missing frequently, allege residents. There is a manhole every 20m on footpaths on either sides of the roughly 300kms long road network in the city, inform officials. While some of the drain lids are made of fibre others are either of steel or iron. Officials claimed they are alert to the situation and replacing lids as and when they come across any complaints. The damage to few lids, they claimed was due to corrosion caused by high volume of toxic gas underneath and also blamed miscreants who often stole the iron lids from several parts of the city for selling in the scrap. “We are on our toes and are promptly replacing any damaged or missing lids that are brought to our notice. Recently, we have added an additional steel mesh layer under the existing 500 iron manhole lids especially in flooding-prone areas to ensure the gaps aren’t exposed when the lids slide open due to pressure during water logging,” said a senior official from the public works department of the Thane municipal corporation.
|2018-07-01||Mega tree plantation drive launched in Thane - United News of India|
Mega tree plantation drive launched in Thane Thane, Jul 1 (UNI) Noted Bollywood producer/director Subhash Ghai on Sunday said that he got inspiration and energy for his films when he wrote the scripts of them below the trees at Lonavala and Igatpuri. Speaking as a chief guest at the launch of the drive to plant 13 crore splings across the state at Mharal of Kalyan in the district this morning, he said that he was always attracted towards acting and music, and had little interest in his studies though he never failed in any exams. He said the reason being during the last one month he used to take time off and sit under a tree and study and pass the exams. He got extraordinary inspiration and energy from this, he informed. The same continued even after the studies and ideas for his famous films was off-shoot of his loneliness in the greenery, where he got inspiration and energy, the film-maker said and named his famous films which emerged from such ideas and locations.
|2018-07-01||Woman gynaecologist assaulted in Maharashtra government hospital; 3 persons arrested in Thane - Firstpost|
Woman gynaecologist assaulted in Maharashtra government hospital; 3 persons arrested in Thane Jul 01, 2018 20:14:32 IST Thane: A 38-year-old woman doctor was allegedly assaulted by four persons at the Government Civil Hospital in Thane on Sunday night, police said. A police official said that the four accused assaulted the woman gynaecologist after she objected to one of them recording the ward premises on a mobile phone. The four persons were relatives of a pregnant woman who was admitted in the ward, police said. A Thane Nagar police station official identified the four as Vicky Kadam (32), Sagar Patil (25), Digambar Kasbe (26) and Mangesh Kiratkar (30). A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered in the early hours of Sunday and three of the four accused were arrested, he said. Kasbe, one of the four accused, is yet to be caught and efforts were on to nab him, the official added.