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Gynaecologist found dead in her Andheri house

“She used to stay with her husband but he was in Chennai for the past few days,” said Paramjit Singh Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX).”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 28 December 2017 1:46 ISTMust readOn Day 2, Mumbai commuters warm up to AC localMumbai Metro authorities don’t see the need to increase coaches despite commuter rise<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>A city-based gynaecologist’s decomposing body was found in her Andheri West apartment on Tuesday night. The police said Dr Poonam Satpute was suffering from diabetes and have registered an accidental death report since they do not suspect any foul play. They reached her house after being alerted by her neighbours about a foul smell coming from her flat.The body was sent for postmortem to Dr RN Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle, which has reserved the autopsy report. “There were no injury marks on her body. Since the cause of death is not yet confirmed, we have reserved the final report. Samples have been sent for chemical analysis,” a doctor from the postmortem team said. “She used to stay with her husband but he was in Chennai for the past few days,” said Paramjit Singh Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX).

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Joyride ends up killing two-year-old

A two-year-old Versova boy died on Monday after he fell from the bike on which he was taken for a joyride by the household help. The mishap took place on the flyover opposite Celebration club near Lokhandwala in Andheri on Saturday, when the help, Gopal Khandare, took two-year-old Jayan Khatri for a ride after his parents left for some work at night. The toddler plummeted headlong onto the road and succumbed to his injuries two days later.According to the Oshiwara police, Khandare, 24, works for Versova-based Abdul Khatri, 36, who trades in garments.”The boy was asking to go on a bike ride. When they were riding down the flyover at speed, Jayan fell down,” said a police officer.He added that Khandare had been working for the Khatris for four years and is like a family member to them. The parents were therefore reluctant to file a first information report.Senior inspector Subhash Khanvilkar of Oshiwara police station said, “We have registered a case under sections 304A (causing death due to negligence) and 279 (rash driving) of the Indian Penal Code. The accused was granted bail. We have recorded statements of the parents and witnesses.”

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Five days in police custody for farsan factory owner

On Tuesday, Saki Naka police produced 38-year-old Ramesh Bhanushali at Andheri Metropolitan court, which remanded him into police custody for five days for investigation. During their primary probe, police found that Bhanushali had allegedly employed a minor boy in the factory. The boy was one of the 12 victims of the major fire which engulfed the farsan factory on Monday morning.According to police, Bhanushali owned the factory unit situated at Kairani Road in Saki Naka, and had allegedly illegally purchased commercial cylinders. Additionally, cylinders meant for household use were also being used for commercial purposes, which led to the leakage of gas which transformed a minor fire into a major one. The police also found that the factory unit had been converted, illegally, into a resting zone for workers. “The accused did not acquire the requisite licenses for running the factory,” said a senior officer from Saki Naka police station. “The court granted us custody on the grounds that we have to collect documents pertaining to the factory to identify two other victims. We also have to take statements of the two eyewitnesses.”Bhanushali has been arrested under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 285 (Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and 337 (Causing hurt, endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the BMC Act.ND Reddy, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 10, said, “We are probing to see whether any other person too is involved in the incident and arrests will be made if the role of any other person crops up during investigations.”

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No life insurance for leopard rescuers

The leopard rescue team from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) has been effectively managing increasing human-animal conflict situations including rescuing leopards that enter human-dominated habitat. However, the team faces one of the biggest challenges —absence of insurance despite several assurances by the Forest department.Case in point is the recent incident when a leopard had to be rescued in the Sher-e-Punjab area in Andheri east. The Thane rescue team was the first to reach the site. The leopard was tranquilised by the leopard rescue team from SGNP, which was on its way back from Chalisgaon where it had helped capture a leopard suspected of killing seven people.Both the leopard rescue teams have eight to ten members. Most of these members work on a contract basis called forest labourers (van majoor). While the forest officers are covered under the Government Insurance Scheme (GIS) the contract labourers who earn less than Rs 10,000 a month as wages have no insurance nor any benefits in case of an injury or death during rescue operations.”We do not let our work suffer and rush for any leopard rescue. We ensure that neither any human nor the leopard is harmed during a conflict situation. It feels sad that even the forest department doesn’t think about the work we do and the risk we take. Despite several assurances we are still awaiting the insurance scheme promised to us, which could help us or our families in case of an eventuality,” said a member from the rescue team who is on a contract basis.According to Pawan Sharma, honorary wildlife warden of Thane, a dialogue with a few insurance companies and agents was initiated five months back, and they were ready to provide insurance cover.

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Man held for stealing car, ferrying arms

The Mumbai Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested a man who was instrumental in stealing a vehicle from Mumbai, which was used to ferry cache of arms of a gang. The said gang had looted an arms godown in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and had ferried the arms in the said vehicle which was intercepted by the Nashik police.The arrested has been identified as Sanjay Salukhe, 22, a resident of Chembur. According to the police, a woman had complained to the police that her son’s Bolero jeep which was parked opposite Lashkariya Building in Andheri West on December 5 was stolen. The case was being probed by Amboli police station after there was a delay in registering the case.Inquiry revealed that on December 15, Chandwad Police in Nashik had intercepted a Bolero and nabbed three persons who were ferrying a cache of arms in the saidvehicle.”During the probe of the car theft case Salunkhe’s name cropped up and he was later nabbed from Suman Nagar in Chembur. It was revealed that after the vehicle was stolen, a cavity was made on its roof to conceal weapons. The car was then driven to Banda in UP from where weapons were stolen from a godown,” said a police officer.

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Metro work damages water pipeline in Gorai

Water supply was affected for three to four hours in Gorai area after the ongoing work on Metro-2A corridor damaged a pipeline on Tuesday afternoon. The rail project will provide a new transport link between Dahisar West and D N Nagar in Andheri.According to officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, supply was immediately stopped after they were alerted about the rupture. “There was no wastage of water due to damage in pipeline. It was repaired and water supply was restored by evening,” said S A Waghmare, assistant engineer (water supply) of R Central ward.A spokesperson from MMRDA, the Metro project implementing authority, said officials of contractor J Kumar and the BMC wasted no time visiting the damage spot. “The pipeline was repaired by 6.15 pm,” said the spokesperson.

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Mumbai shop fire: Owner gets five-day police custody

A Mumbai court on Tuesday remanded the owner of a snack shop, where 12 people were charred to death in a massive fire on Monday, to five-day police custody.Ramesh Bhanushali, the owner of the shop in Sakinaka-Kurla area, was arrested late last night.He was produced before a magistrate in suburban Andheri, who remanded him to police custody till December 24, a senior official attached to Sakinaka police station said.Bhanushali was booked under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.The blaze erupted in the ‘Bhanu farsan (snack) shop’ in Makaria Compound on the Khairani Road around 4.25am yesterday following which the structure collapsed.

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Cab drivers to approach Maha CM over parking space

Black and yellow taxi drivers in Mumbai are facing a tough time as parking spaces are vanishing in the city. So, taxi unions have decided that they will approach Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with a blank cheque, asking him to fill in the desired amount to remove encroachments from parking stands designated for them.More than 27 lakh vehicles run on Mumbai roads and citizens find it difficult to find a space to park their vehicles. Many a times, they park their cars at the taxi stands. Over time, taxi unions have become desperate to revive stands that have either gone missing or have been encroached upon by private parking. The union claims that their taxi stands – which normally has a blue pole with a metal board showing a black taxi and number – have gone missing.”We will give a blank cheque to the Chief Minister’s office this week. The RTOs and traffic police authorities failed to clear them and the stands have disappeared,” said AL Quadros, leader, Mumbai Taximen’s Union.The union’s idea is that the authorities are not doing much on grounds that they do not have enough funds. The police said that they we following directives issued to them.”The taxi unions have been demanding additional taxi stands. We will follow the directions of the RTO and Transport department,” said Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).The taxi drivers say that other than private cars, there are also areas where illegal food stalls have taken over the cab stands. There are almost 1,400 taxi stands across Mumbai, of which 800 stands have vanished, they claim.The unions have also demanded for double parking, especially near commercial hubs and office districts during peak hours as their designated spaces have vanished.”We will have to check if the taxi union has given such a proposal ,” said S Pedamkar, RTO (Tardeo).Quadros said that over months, authorities have been making false promises as far as reviving taxi stands is concerned. At present, there are 55,000 black and yellow taxis officially registered at RTOs of Tardeo, Wadala and Andheri. However, of these around 48,000 ply everyday, while others are shut for some reason or other.

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MMRDA writes to state govt over fare hike of Metro-1

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has written to the state government to ask the Central government to form a new fare fixation committee (FFC) to decide on the proposal of increasing fares for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor.Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), had proposed to increase fare for Metro-1. The FFC formed earlier too had also suggested an increase in the fare. However, a week ago, the Bombay high court had quashed the recommendation of the FFC along with the proposal of MMOPL. The court had also directed the formation a new FFC to decide on the fare structure for Metro-1.Currently, the fare slab is Rs 10,20,30,40 for the 11.4-km-long route, the MMOPL had proposed the fare slab of Rs 10,20,25,35 and 45. The fare fixation committee (FFC) had recommended the fare to be between Rs 10 and 110.”We have written to the state government, who will ask the Centre to form a new FFC in order to decide the fare structure of Metro-1. The high court has asked to form a new FFC in one month, and decide on the fare structure in the next three months,” UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA.The MMOPL has been citing losses and has appealed for an increase in fare rates. However, the MMRDA had challenged the MMOPL’s proposal to increase fare citing that the concession agreement signed between MMRDA and MMOPL says that Metro-1 fare should be between Rs 9-13.

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Pre-school anxious after leopard entry

The Junior Crafting Playschool where leopard entered on Sunday remains close for two days that is Monday and Tuesday. According to the pre-school and day care centre, the school is kept close to sanitize the area for the safety of the small children. On the other hand the suggestions came from the parents to cover the rooftop of the playschool, but the playschool officials refused to do it explaining that BMC wont allow them to do that.On Sunday a leopard entered the playschool named Junior Crafting a junior and senior kindergarten as well as a day care centre area in Andheri located in Sher-E-Punjab society, Andheri east. Thankfully there were no children because of the day being Sunday. It was easy for the forest department to catch the animal because of CCTV cameras being around the school and inside as well.Ruchi Sabharwal, one of the owner of Junior Crafting Playschool, said, “The school is kept close for two days because the forest officials requested us to sanitize it as the animal moved around and inside the school. The school is sanitized in the morning as well as we will do pesticide and keep the school closed.

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Big cat at play: Leopard at Andheri pre-school

A leopard found its way into Sher-e-Punjab, a major residential colony in Andheri (East), around 7am on Sunday, and entered Junior Crafting Nursery, a preschool. A team from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) arrived at the spot at at 6pm and finally rescued the animal.The one-and-a-half year old female leopard was first spotted by a boy near a gurudwara wall, two buildings away from the preschool. Najju Khan, the security guard of the gurudwara, saw the leopard jump off the wall and enter another building complex. “This is first such incident in this area,” he said.Vikas Gupta, a vendor, said, “The residents locked themselves inside. Morning walkers saw the leopard on the premises. It was scary because nothing of this sort has happened in this colony before. Luckily, no one was harmed.”Officers from MIDC police station reached the spot and managed the situation with activists, but there was little that Thane forest officials could do, because such cases are handled by the SGNP rescue team. “The SGNP team had been in Chalisgaon, and were on their way back. So we had to wait for them. In the meantime, we ensured that nets were put around the preschool to foil any escape attempt by the leopard. Its movements were being monitored through the CCTV camera inside the school,” said Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), Thane forest department. He added that the SGNP team reached the site at 6pm, made a small hole through a window and Dr Shailesh Pethe led the operation and rescued the animal around 6.30pm. It has been shifted to SGNP for medical tests.Ramgaonkar said that they were taken by surprise to find a leopard in this area, but it was clear that it had come from Aarey colony to prey on dogs and lost its way. Wildlife experts said that Aarey was just about two kilometres away, and leopards have run amok and come into human habitats in search of prey.”We managed the traffic for more than eight hours and turned the colony into a silent zone. This ensured that there was no panic and the rescue was safe,” said Dilip Utekar, police inspector of MIDC police station.In December 2012, a leopard had entered one of the buildings in the ONGC colony at Poonam Nagar Andheri (East). That animal was also rescued by the forest department.

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Metro One losses not to go away soon

While the Bombay High Court on Monday denied allowing any fare hike for Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor, it also means that the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) will continue to operate it incurring huge losses.According to data, MMOPL has not been able to meet even half of the expenses required to operate Metro through the income generated from ticketing and non-ticketing revenue.The expenditure for operating stood at around Rs 1,500 crore between the period of June 2014 and June 2017; at the same time, the income from its ticketing and non-ticketing revenue stood at around Rs 640 crore in the same period.This also means that the more than 120 per cent of the operational cost is being borne by the operator from his pocket.To mitigate its losses, the MMOPL in 2015 had proposed to increase fare but it was challenged by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) that has 26 per cent of stakes in Metro-1.Currently, the fare slab is Rs 10,20,30,40 for the 11.4-km-long route, the MMOPL had in 2015 proposed the fare slabs of Rs 10,20,25,35 and 45. Meanwhile, the fare fixation committee (FFC) had recommended the fare to be between Rs 10 and 110.However, after the MMRDA challenged it in high court, the MMOPL has been asked to have status quo on the current fare structure.The ridership of Metro-1 has been around 3-3.40 lakh passengers on an average during weekdays. The Metro-1 corridor is the eighth densest Metro corridor in the world with 12 Metro stations.TUNNELING BEGINSThe MMRC has announced that it has started tunnelling work between CSMT Metro, Kalbadevi, Girgaon and Grant Road stations. The tunnelling started from Azad Maidan on Monday. The MMRC said that the tunnel boring machine will be used to construct 4.5 km-long route.
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Speak up Mumbai | Aesthetics over safety: Smart choice by BMC?

To secure the iconic Marine Drive promenade from a possible Barcelona-style terror attack, in which a van ploughed into pedestrians on a busy boulevard, the Mumbai Police had proposed installing barriers between the road and promenade to ensure that cars and heavy vehicles do not veer onto the promenade.However the plan has been shelved after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) rejected the proposal to install bollards or raise the promenade’s height stating that this would damage the tourist spot’s aesthetics and obstruct its openness.Following the rejection, top police officers made a presentation to state chief secretary Sumit Mullick to point out the security gaps. The police spent three weeks conducting safety drills by simulating attacks, and a video demonstrated the consequences of a Barcelona-style van attack.DNA spoke to a cross section of Mumbaikars to find out whether security concerns should take precedence over issues of aesthetics and heritage.EXPERT SPEAKSecurity is more important in today’s era considering the Barcelona-style terror attacks that terrorists are committing across the world. Installing barriers at the Marine Drive promenade is the need of the hour as it is one of the most sensitive and crowded areas in the city. The Mumbai Police has taken the right step at the right time. Their measures would help prevent and secure the stretch from such attacks. Barriers would not be any damage.—Prem Kishan Jain, security expertMumbai is surrounded by the sea. You cannot fence Mumbai from all three sides. How can it be assured that after creating barriers there will be no attack? I think such a move would damage the heritage of Marine Drive. The police should find other measures for security such as increasing surveillance at the promenade. Installing bollards will create visual barriers at Marine Drive.—Abha Narain Lambah, conservation architectVOICESSecurity reasons should always take precedence. Other heritage sites of the world should be taken as examples to learn how beauty can be preserved while keeping security aspects in mind.—Sangeeta Srivastava, AndheriBarriers should be installed in such a way that they do not damage the heritage. Both aspects are equally important and cannot be ignored. We can come up with midway solution for the issue.—Gulshan Giri, AndheriIt is important to protect the city’s heritage structures but not at the cost of safety of its residents. BMC should ensure that tourists and local residents feel safe while visiting tourists spots such as Marine Drive. The police should go ahead and install structures in the restricted areas for the safety of locals and tourists. Safety and security of locals and tourists should not be compromised in the name of aesthetics and heritage structures.—Bhuvee Daswani, BandraImproving the police force’s intelligence is the basic need. If bollards are installed on the Marine Drive promenade then where will the pedestrians go?. You cannot block public space because it could be a security hazard. Placing physical obstructions won’t work every time as terrorists could find a loophole some way or the other. The government needs focus on improving the police force’s training.—Kamlakar Shenoy, MazgaonSecurity has to be given priority in this day and age. Human life is precious — it cannot be and should not be compromised at any cost. Of course aesthetics and heritage should be preserved too but they can only be appreciated if we exist. Recent attacks across the world indicate that attacks hereafter would be of higher impact than before and this is something we ought to prioritise as a security concern.—Pradeep Havnur, BandraInstalling barricades will not address security concerns. Authorities need to ensure security but also need to keep aesthetics in mind. Barricades that are used on footpaths are ugly. What they probably need is a four or six-inch elevation at the promenade’s periphery which will not block free movement of pedestrians and will also serve as a hindrance to vehicles. This might also regulate people crossing only from where they are supposed to.—Kaizad Todywalla, Marine DriveSecurity should be given priority. There is nothing wrong in protecting heritage but it should not be at the cost of human life. When there is a possibility of major issues, even then either the police or civic administration is being stopped from taking remedial measures. In the past we have seen rules being twisted to benefit certain corporate sections but when it comes to the safety of common people, rules are being given priority.—Prakash Kosy, WorliSecurity should always be given priority over issues such as aesthetics and heritage. Installing barricades between the promenade and road will not disturb the aesthetics of Marine Drive. It will just be an addition to the existing structure. Both the Mumbai Police and MHCC should arrive at a middle ground solution so that both concerns of security and heritage can be accommodated.—Abhishek Thakker, Mulund
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Metro ferried record 1 crore commuters this November

The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) operating the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor on Thursday announced that it carried more than 1 crore commuters in November, the highest till now in a calendar month.The MMOPL operated 10,606 train trips in November 2017 with 99.9 per cent punctuality performance. In November 2015, the ridership was 70,67,775 whereas the in November 2016 the ridership had increased by 84, 92,650,” MMOPL said in a statement on Thursday.The MMOPL, added, “Train availability has been increased in comparison to last year too. In November 2016 the total trip in a typical weekday was 370 which have been increased to 378 trips. The trips were increased after strategic realignment of trains in both platforms of Ghatkopar Metro station.”The MMOPL spokesperson attributed the achievement due to near flawless service, best-in-class commuter experience and a slew of passenger-friendly marketing initiatives helping them with a ridership of 1,02,57,057 commuters in a calendar month.
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FB friend bodyshames city woman, cops register case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 32-year-old woman from Dadar was allegedly bodyshamed by one of her Facebook friends while chatting. The woman approached Shivaji Park police and registered a case of molestation against the man. The woman was chatting with a man who was recently added to her Facebook friends’ list.According to Shivaji Park police, the woman who works with a renowned private firm in Andheri, approached the police to file a complaint against a man with whom she was chatting for the past few months on Facebook messenger.The woman stated that the accused allegedly called her a “fat lady” which allegedly outraged her modesty.”The woman was friends with one foreigner on Facebook and started chatting with the person. When the man called her a fat lady, she approached us to file the complaint,” said a police officer.Gangadhar Sonawane, Senior Police Inspector, Shivaji Park police station, confirmed the incident and said, “We have registered a case under section 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code.”

Author loses Rs 15L and cheques, her accounts head in police net

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Versova police arrested a 30-year-old employee of author and motivational speaker Priya Kumar for allegedly siphoning funds worth more than Rs 15 lakh. The accused transferred the funds from the author’s account to his personal account by depositing signed blank cheques.According to the police, the accused Mahaveer Bagri, 30, was the accounts department head of Priya Kumar Training Systems (PKTS) in Andheri for the past eight years. Bagri allegedly transferred funds from Kumar’s HSBC and ICICI bank accounts over the period of one year. Kumar found out about the alleged fraud on November 14 after the bank contacted her to ascertain if the funds which were to be transferred were signed by her.When contacted by DNA, Kumar, said, “When we confronted him, he confessed that he had transferred the funds because he needed them. On learning that the transferred amount is to the tune of almost Rs 15 lakh, we reported the matter to the police.”A senior police officer from Versova police station, said, “The accused not only siphoned the money but also changed Kumar’s contact details so that the transactions conducted by him do not reach her via bank notifications. We have arrested the accused under section 408 of the Indian Penal Code and the accused has been remanded to police custody up to Tuesday. We have collected the bank statements of the accused and have seen transactions worth Rs 40 lakh in past 14 months. We are investigating further.”Kumar is the bestselling author of four books — I Am another YOU, License to Live, The Perfect World and Thinking Aloud. She is also a celebrity columnist and motivational speaker.

BMC’s babus, netas on Guj poll duty from next month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) day-to-day functioning is likely to take a hit next month as two additional municipal commissioners (AMCs) as well as corporators from political parties will be on poll duty in Gujarat for the assembly elections. While civic officials have been chosen by the government for poll duty, political parties are sending their corporators to campaign for their respective parties.The two AMCs, both IAS officers, will be on poll duty from the first week of December.Requesting anonymity, a senior civic official said that the AMCs’ absence will stall important works in departments like solid waste management, IT, roads where a quick decision is required, and added that it would put additional pressure on deputy municipal commissioners.Congress and BJP are sending their corporators to areas bordering Maharashtra. Ravi Raja, a Congress corporator and leader of opposition in BMC, said, “All our 30 corporators will be on poll duty in Gujarat from next week.”BJP is sending around 15 corporators, mostly Gujaratis, to different constituencies. While BJP group leader Manoj Kotak will be in Porbandar in Gujarat, another BJP corporator Sandeep Patel is going to Surat.Shiv Sena, banking on Marathi voters in Gujarat, is sending its corporators too. Rajul Patel, a Shiv Sena corporator from Andheri is going to Rajkot. A total of 16 Shiv Sena corporators are concentrating on Surat, Valsad, Navsari, Vapi, and Baroda.

Metro track laying to begin in Jan 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a step ahead, the laying down of tracks for two Metro corridors in the western suburbs — Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2A and Dahisar East-Andheri (E) Metro-7 — will start from January 2018.The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), executing the two Metro projects, has said that wherever the civil structure is ready tracks will be laid.The MMRDA has also started procuring tracks for the two corridors, and the civil works for both will be completed by December 2018 with the aim to make both the corridors operational by 2019.Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We have the necessary civil structure at several sections ready for laying tracks. The procurement process has also been initiated and we will start laying of tracks from January 2018,” adding that by this time next year they will have almost completed the track laying process. “The only issue is procuring coaches which is handled at the Central government level due to certain issues,” he said.DNA had reported on November 7, 2017, that MMRDA had claimed that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding Metro projects had reservations regarding the procurement policy of Metro coaches wherein 75 per cent of the coaches would have to be manufactured in India. MMRDA has written to the Centre seeking assistance on the same.SMART TRAINSMMRDA has plans to procure 63 driverless trains of six coaches each for the Metro corridors. Of these, 15 will be manufactured outside India.
Around 35 to 40 per cent of the civil works for Metro-2A and Metro-7 have been completed and the major of the civil works will be completed by May 2018, keeping in mind rainfall from June.

Mallika Sherawat’s brother acquitted in misfiring case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Andheri metropolitan magistrate court acquitted Vikram Lamba, brother of actress Mallika Sherawat in a misfiring case that was registered against him in 2011. The court held that there was no recovery of cartridges from the house of the accused. Also, the prosecution could not prove the guilt of accusedLamba was booked after residents near Seven Bungalow area at Andheri (West) called up the police control room saying they heard a firing sound.After the complaint, the sleuths investigated and allegedly had found bullet marks on the wall of the fisheries department. A 20-year-old man sustained minor injuries when glass pieces fell on him due to the impact of the firing.Virendra Saxena, a TV actor, who claimed to have heard the firing sound, was also called to the police station to record his statement.

Differently abled in lurch after removal of Andheri Stn ramp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A steep ramp built on the foot overbridge (FOB) at Andheri railway station to facilitate the movement of differently abled and senior citizens has finally been demolished by the Western Railway (WR).This ramp was not only termed ‘dangerous’ but also saw able-bodied commuters slip and fall. However, what continues to irk several commuters is that the ramp has now been replaced with stairs and no alternate arrangements for the differently abled.In a story published on November 10, DNA had reported the problems differently abled and senior citizens were facing while using the ramp. Located on the busiest Borivli end of the FOB that connects to the skywalk, the ramp was so steep that pushing a wheelchair on it was not an easy task.Speaking with DNA, Western Railway Chief Public Relation Officer Ravindra Bhakar said that the ramp was demolished after receiving complaints.”Due to the presence of a beam, the slope of the ramp could not be extended. Efforts were made to study various designs but it was not possible to build a ramp and a decision was taken to replace it with stairs,” he said, adding that grab rails have been provided to ease the movement of the differently abled.”It was very obvious looking at the ramp that it was built just to show that Railways provide ramps. However, it was not properly planned. This should be a lesson for the Railways in the future to incorporate proper designing or seek help from qualified architects. It was a good decision to remove the ramp as it was risky for differently abled commuters like me,” said Andheri (W)resident Rahul Deshmukh, adding that while it might seem like a small issue, it highlighted the mindset of various authorities when it came to providing facilities for the differently abled.”For instance, WR has provided an elevator only on the west side. More planning and sensitivity is needed when it comes to the differently abled,” he said.

Over 50 bulk waste generators go green

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BMC’s push for mandatory waste segregation and composting at source by bulk generators of waste has started to make an impact in the city’s K-East ward. There has been a reduction of around five tonnes of waste collected from bulk generators in the ward each day.Around 50 bulk waste generators including housing societies as well as premium hotels in K-East ward (Andheri, Vile Parle) have turned into green societies as the BMC has certified them as zero- garbage society.These establishments have made it possible by taking a number of measures by managing waste at their premises.In the last 45 days, the civic body’s efforts of making waste segregation mandatory and composting of wet within society premises have borne results.”Around 49 bulk generators have already started waste processing at their premises while a couple of bulk generators have already bought machines for processing waste,” said Devendra Jain, assistant commissioner of K-East ward of BMC.As per the BMC, housing society, as well as commercial units where waste generation is above 100 kg per day or the premise, is spread over 20,000 sq meter, have to manage waste at their source.Initially, the civic body had given an October 2 deadline. However, after resistance and apprehension from housing societies to meet the deadline, the BMC had given a three months extension with a condition that bulk generators seeking time, must have to submit a plan on how they will start waste processing in advance.ON TRACKOne of the biggest wards, around 543 tonnes of garbage is generated every day in K-East
Hotels like Leela, Lalit, and JW Marriott have begun treating waste at source
A composting pit has been developed at Veer Savarkar garden in Vile Parle

Water pipeline bursts in Marol, supply to resume today evening

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 9-inch main water pipeline burst on Monday, at 8.19 pm, in Bohri Colony, Marol, in Andheri East. The burst led to heavy loss of potable water, as BMC’s evening water supply between 6 and 9 pm was on.The supply was cut at 8.35 pm, and a repair is expected to be completed by Tuesday. “However, as most of the water was already supplied through the pipeline, there are less chances of any buildings having water issues in the area.The area is expected to have regular evening water supply on Tuesday and buildings will not get affected”, an official from BMC disaster management said.

State edu dept to soon issue guidelines for safety of students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a recent spate of incidents across the country has left parents worried about the safety of their children at school, the Maharashtra state education department is yet to come out with a set of guidelines on the safety of children in school. The matter of children’s safety at school escalated after a Class 2 student was found murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was quick to issue a guideline after this incident.Nandkumar, the principal secretary of the state school education department, said, “Many organisations and NGO’s are sending their suggestions, advice, and concepts to the state school education department on the safety of children. We soon plan to hold a meeting with experts to come out with guidelines for state board schools across the state. The date has not yet been decided but it will happen for sure.”Recently, in Mumbai, a trustee of an Andheri international school was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl inside the school premises.Arundhati Chavan, President of the United Forum Parent Teachers Association, said, “Like CBSE, the state education department should also introduce guidelines for our schools and also monitor schools closely as many parents are concerned about their child’s safety.”Jayant Jain, President of Forum for Fairness in Education, said, “The schools should make arrangements for the safety of students without any notice. Many instances have occurred in the past with children. Despite sending kids to international or reputed schools parents are worried.”HORRIFIC INCIDENTSThe matter of children’s safety at school escalated after a Class 2 student was found murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram. Recently, a trustee of an Andheri international school was held for sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl inside school premises.

MMRDA slaps 5 lakh fine on firm for mishap on Metro-VII site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Monday said that it has issued a notice to J Kumar Infraprojects levying a fine of Rs 5 lakh following an accident on Metro construction site of Andheri East-Dahisar East Metro-7 corridor a week ago. MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar confirmed that a notice has been issued to the firm. “We have issued notice to J Kumar Infraprojects levying a fine of Rs 5 lakh for an accident at a Metro-VII construction site,” said Kawathkar.A week ago, a bunch of iron rods had come down tilting towards the ground near Aarey Colony on the Western Express Highway (WEH). However, this accident did not cause any injuries, but MMRDA had issued a show-cause notice to J Kumar Infraprojects and the general consultant M/s Aica Consortium.UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA: “We will definitely take action against contractor J Kumar Infraprojects and have decided to levy a fine for the accident.”MMRDA had claimed that the accident took place due to a crane hitting the iron rods while work was in progress on a pier. According to an MMRDA official, “Following the accident, the driver who was behind the crane will be given lighter activities to do at the Metro construction site.”

Driving licence tests to be held at bus depots

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Transport Department is looking at bus depots to train motorists applying for driving licenses. This comes after the Khatua Committee asked the transport department to ensure proper training of people applying for driving licences.The transport department on behalf of Borivali Regional Transport Office (RTO) has sought temporary land from the BEST at Dahisar. This will be mainly used as a test track for motorists coming in to procure learners and permanent driving licenses. At this point of time, the two RTOs of Wadala and Borivali don’t have designated test track; tests are conducted on busy roads where regular vehicles ply.The remaining two RTOs at Tardeo and Andheri have badly damaged test tracks. Sources in Borivali RTO — that caters to vehicles falling between Goregaon and Dahisar — said that they have asked the BEST Undertaking to let them use almost over 3,000 sq ms of plot lying unused inside Kandarpada depot.The total land space of this depot is 6,050 sq m, which can accommodate 70 buses easily. “The transport department asked us to give land for a period of four months,” said Surendra Bagde, General Manager, BEST Undertaking.BEST will get Rs 1 lakh per month as rent from the RTO for using this space. Sources said that initially they had asked for this plot for two hours but then they decided to take it for a period of 4months in totality. The RTOs are looking at acquiring a 250-metre stretch of land to set up driving test tracks.Presently, driving schools are also taking their students to RTOs where they are asked to drive in front of RTO officers. “It becomes risky as there are pedestrians and other regular vehicles plying on the same road where we conduct the tests,” said an RTO official.The Wadala RTO, too, is in bad shape. It doesn’t have a dedicated testing track and learners end up driving near Wadala truck terminal. The Andheri RTO has not maintained the driving track well, which is nothing but a bumpy stone-filled ground.The BC Khatua Committee, in its recently submitted report to the Maharashtra government, asked the transport department to setup driving institutes and also provide refresher courses to people from time to time. The committee has pointed out that the quality of driving needs improvement for which steps have to be taken.

Andheri cylinder blast injures 3

The exact reason that triggered the fire is being probed, however, cylinder blast is suspected as residents heard a loud sound <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons working in a hotel received burn injuries after a suspected cylinder blast was reported at Kamlesh Apartment near Taloni Naka in Andheri East around 7.06 pm on Wednesday.According to officials from Disaster Management Cell of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the fire brigade team swung into action and doused the fire later. The exact reason that triggered the fire is being probed, however, cylinder blast is suspected as residents heard a loud sound.The injured persons could only be have been identified as Purushottam, 30, Sami 27 and Badlal, 36.

Sachin Tendulkar had written to Suburban Dist Collector about rail safety in August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar, who has received criticism in the past for poor attendance in the Upper House and has been accused of being a passive parliamentarian, had on August 28 written to the Mumbai Suburban District Collector putting forth suggestions on a wide range of issues. He had urged the Collector to consider them while drafting the Mumbai Suburban District Plan 2025 — a blueprint for development of the district till 2025.In a five-page letter, Tendulkar put forth suggestions on issues such as hawker zones, safety and security of Railways, public transport, public parking, solid waste management, water supply, water transport and open spaces for children, among others.In the letter written to Deependra Singh Kushwaha, Tendulkar had said, “A dedicated Hawker Zone/ Food Zone will help clear pedestrian area in and around railway stations and on skywalks.””Pedestrians should be directed to take pavements or skywalks where constructed and not walk between traffic in at station roads,” He added.Tendulkar added, “Vacant spaces can be utilised in every suburb for creation of weekly markets with clear markings on space and temporary/ permanent hawker zones.” He also stressed on having connectivity via water transport services to cut down road congestion and help boost tourism in the city.In the letter, written a month before the Elphinstone Road stampede in which 23 people died, Tendulkar also wrote about providing safety and security for railway commuters. “There are platforms where there is a wide gap between the train and the platform, and at some places, the edges of the platform have worn out creating dangerous situations for alighting commuters. It is time that not only this city, but the country as a whole, makes safety and security its utmost priority.”He had drawn on Hong Kong, New York and Singapore as examples for dedicated water transport systems. “I have read recent reports of linking various ferry points such as Gorai/Andheri. It will provide and alternative for people away from trains and roads – for example, Gorai can also operate to South Mumbai with vehicles on board the ferry, cutting short a three-hour drive.”Creating green spaces was also on the agenda. “Restoration of green spaces where families can sit and cook together will help create community settings in the city. We must also encourage the construction of green buildings which are self-sufficient in terms of generation of electricity and depend minimally on the grid for supply.”Other issues on which Tendulkar focused were rainwater harvesting, cleaning of rivers and water tributaries and security of road infrastructure and traffic management.

Encroachments return along Tansa pipeline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) continued its demolition drive in Garib Nagar in Bandra East on Tuesday, the civic body has not even started construction of a mandatory wall along the Tansa pipeline in Marol in Andheri East where it had demolished around 1,500 illegal shanties about five months ago. Now, encroachments have started cropping up again.The K-East ward of BMC that consists of Andheri (East), including Marol, had carried out the drive in Great Indira Nagar in Marol in May-end, following Bombay High Court’s 2009 order which directed removal of illegal encroachments falling within 10 metres on both side of Tansa pipeline. The order was given to prevent water theft and leaks. BMC had removed encroachment at around 400 to 500 long stretch of the pipeline.As per the court order, the civic body has to construct a wall on both sides of the pipeline after removing the shanties. However, even after 5 months, the civic body has not done so.Now, encroachments have again started coming up. Residents in the area have complained that after demolition, the area along the pipeline is frequently used as a garbage dumping ground. “Apart from garbage being dumped, nullah water is also accumulating, raising the risk of transmitting diseases,” said Amar Murya, resident of Great Indira Nagar, Marol.Another resident said that if the civic body leaves the area after demolition in the same condition, chances of encroachment are high.A senior official from the water hydraulic department of BMC said they have floated the tender to construct the wall. “The demolition was carried out just before the monsoon and during monsoon we cannot carry out any civic work,” said the official, adding that they will soon complete the tender process.The 39-km long Tansa water pipeline is in two parts — first from Mulund to Dharavi, and the second from Ghatkopar to Sion. The pipeline crossed 10 administrative wards of BMC and fall in Mulund, Bhandup, Sahar, Wakola, Hussein Hill, Khar East, Mahim, Dharavi, Ghatkopar, Kurla East, and Anda Depot.As per data available with BMC’s water hydraulic department, of the total 16,409 unauthorised structures, ward offices have demolished around 8,000.

Solar panels to cost Metro 1.5 cr less

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After completing the installation of solar panels on all 12 Metro stations along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor, the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), operator of Metro has said that this initiative will save them Rs 1.5 crore every year. The Metro-1 corridor is already running in huge losses, and installation of solar panels will save carbon emissions of approximately 2,700 tonnes every year.The total quantity of solar panels installed along with the supporting and cable work is 6,987. The electricity generated from the solar panels will be utilised for operations of various Metro station equipment like lighting, lifts, escalators, pumps etc. The solar plants were set up on the renewable energy service company model wherein power purchase agreement has been signed.According to the MMOPL, currently, the Metro’s auxiliary power requirement for non-traction use is 6.9 megawatts, 30 per cent or 2.30 megawatts of which will be met with the installations of these solar panels.“The team made sure that in spite of hindrances like sloppy roofs, and the exceptional height of stations,” an MMOPL spokesperson said.

With 50% vacancy, RTOs face personnel shortage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Figure this. There are 1,000 new applications for driving license and around the same number of new vehicles registered at the four Regional Transport Office of Tardeo, Andheri, Wadala and Borivli each day.There are thousands of auto and taxis which come to get their fitness done. But the burden is on only 50 per cent of the government employees working at these RTOs due to a 50 per cent vacancy across grades at all the RTOs.With an unprecedented growth in the vehicle population in the last 10-15 years, the number of vehicles has increased from 10.30 lakh vehicles in 2000-01 to 16 lakh vehicles in 2007-08. Until March 2017, the number of vehicles had gone up twice and now stands at over 30 lakh vehicles in the city. Across the state, these numbers are huge.This has resulted in a substantial increase in the workload of the motor vehicle department. This has been raised by the BC Khatua Committee which studied various aspects of public transport. They highlighted the disparity in sanctioned strength and vacancies that need to be filled, which, when collated across the four RTOs, shows a 50 per cent vacancy.”In the course of time, the Transport department has helped generate a substantial share of the state’s revenue. Many states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which have a lesser vehicle population, reportedly have a higher number of offices and officers than that of Maharashtra,” states the Khatua report.According to figures, the total vacancies across various groups and departments is 3,637 posts. Of this, most requirements are at the assistant inspector level in charge of checking vehicles, testing drivers, inspecting vehicles involved in accidents, going on field to catch motorists breaching laws and giving licences at the RTOs. At least 77 per cent of the total sanctioned strength of 1,302 posts are empty.The unions have been complaining the lack of manpower has seen little detection of illegal operations of taxi and autos plying in the city. The report has mentioned that even commuters complain against the non-use of meters, overcharging and misconduct of drivers; which barely gets addressed as there are not enough men to do the job at the RTOs.The Transport department officials agree that basic infrastructure like software, computers and other hardwar provided at RTOs is inadequate. The Khatua Committee has now recommended the government to fill up these vacancies within a year.

‘Yeh wali ladki mujhe chahiye,’ said accused before molesting two women in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another sexual harassment case, three men were arrested by Mumbai police for molesting two women in the Juhu-Versova Link Road on Saturday night.’Women on sale’One of the accused shouted, “Yeh wali ladki mujhe chahiye (I want this girl)” while trying to stop the autorickshaw and grope the two women, according to a Hindustan Times report.One of the women and her brother were out for diwali dinner on Saturday night in Juhu and were returning home at 2am when the three accused approached them and started making vulgar comments. The brother tried to shake them off and the women continued in the autorickshaw ride in the JVLR road. However, the accused continued to chase them in bike and yelled at the autorickshaw driver and stopped the ride.They groped one of the women and continued to slap her. As the brother tried to stop them, they attacked him and molested the other women. One passerby tried to stop the accused, however, he was thrashed by them.Soon, someone else alerted the police and they rushed to the spot.ChargesThe three accused – Adil Khan (21), Yogesh Shevale (24) and Rahul Revale (25) – were charged with sexual harassment. They are the residents of a slum area in Andheri (West) on the JVLR.The brother has registered an FIR against the three under sections 354 (sexual harassment), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (act done by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.The statement of the two molested victims will be taken in few days.The Versova police has taken the blood samples of the accused to check if they were under alcohol influence when the incident took place. And also the police are checking if they had any pervious criminal records.

Metro-7 pillar core tilts at Goregaon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Iron rods used in the construction work on the Andheri (East)-Dahisar (East) Metro-7 corridor, tilted towards the ground near Aarey Colony on the Western Express Highway on Saturday afternoon. However, this caused no injuries, though the service road at WEH was blocked. MMRDA has said it will issue a show-cause notice to the contractor, J Kumar Infrastructure, for the incident.Metro-7 is 16.475 km long elevated corridor with 13 Metro stations from Andheri (E) to Dahisar (E). It will be made operational in 2019 and the corridor is expected to see commuter traffic of 4.79 lakh people daily.MMRDA claims the incident took place due to a crane touching the iron rods while work was in progress on a pier. Pravin Darade, Addtional Metropolitan Commissioner, said, “We will issue a show-cause notice to J Kumar Infastructure. This has occurred due to air pressure of the crane, and it is the contractor’s responsibility to take safety precautions on site.”A spokesperson, J Kumar Infrastructure, said, “One of the Metro pillar reinforcement of Line 7 tilted while fixing the shuttering. Fortunately there is no damage to men and machinery in any form. We shall take best possible efforts to avoid such instances in the future.”Dilip Kawathkar, spokesperson for the MMRDA, said, “After completion of the pier reinforcement (iron rods) for Metro-7, stagging was removed to provide shuttering. Accordingly, one three-meter shutter was fixed and at 4 pm, while fixing the second shutter by hydra crane, the hydra’s boom touched the reinforcement bars. The leakage of air pressure from the hydra resulted in the bending of the reinforcement.”Kawathkar added, “The reinforcement bent and twisted towards service road. Fortunately, there were no casualties. The incident took place at Aarey Junction on WEH.”This is the second time such an incident has taken place on the construction site of Metro-7. In June 2017, a pier reinforcement – colloquially, a bunch of iron rods – came down crashing at WEH in Jogeshwari. At the time, MMRDA had held heavy rains and wind as culprit.No police complaint or case has been registered against the contractor by MMRDA. “No one has approached us yet for registering a complaint,” said Jyotsna Vilas Rasam, senior police inspector of Vanrai police station.In June, iron rods inside the barricaded area of construction site had collapsed. In September 2012, a similar incident occurred during Metro I work, where an under-construction structure collapsed, killing one worker.

‘He touched my hands, tried to come closer’: Woman accuses Uber driver of molestation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another incident, a woman was allegedly molested by a Uber driver in Mumbai while she was on her way to home from Cumballa Hill.The incident took place on Wednesday night near the Bandra-Worli Sea Link while she was returning from her cousin’s home, reported Mid-Day.According to a complainant, a resident of Andheri, the driver initiated a conversation with her and started asking her personal questions after she got into the cab.The woman has claimed that the driver went on to ask her where was she from and if her family was based in Mumbai. He then started talking about himself and his work. But since her phone was conked off and she couldn’t appear to stay busy, she just heard him out and responded.She also claimed that the driver had asked her to sit in the front seat of the car and asked her to watch a random video on his phone.”Two minutes after crossing the sea link toll-naka, he stopped the car and got down. He came behind to show me another video. I asked him to go back to his seat and drive, but he didn’t listen and touched my hands, trying to come closer. I somehow managed to open the door and get out,” the woman claimed.The woman then got off the car and rushed back to the toll-naka where the attendant helped her get another cab, which took her home.A complaint has been registered at Bandra police station and police are investigating the matter.

Iqbal Kaskar arrest, Rain halts Mumbai traffic, Jhulan Goswami biopic: DNA evening must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>What was Dawood’s brother doing moments before his arrest?As the arrest of Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, younger brother of Dawood his national headlines, the very moment he was arrested may inspire another set of movies and books.According to the Thane Police, When Iqbal Kaskar was picked up from his home in south Mumbai late on Monday, he was watching the ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ show and eating biryani.Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, while addressing media, revealed this interesting piece of information on Tuesday. dnai.in/f56hMumbai comes to a grinding halt after afternoon rainHeavy rains hit Mumbai on Tuesday as thunderstorms were witnessed across Thane, North Mumbai and South Mumbai. Showers began around 2 PM. The Harbour Line of the Mumbai locals was disrupted after a tree fall between Andheri and Vile Parle stations, however trains till CST are operational till Bandra. People started rushing to railway stations to avoid the post-office rush. Areas including Dadar, Worli, Lalbaug, Bandra, Andheri Jogeshwari, Thane and Dombivali among other areas. dnai.in/f56sMumbai mom gives ‘supari’ for son after alleged sexual assaultMumbai police has arrested a 42-year-old woman for allegedly getting her son killed over alleged sexual assault. Rajni Ramdas Dwivedi, a 42-year-old lady was interrogated by the cops, on why she didn’t file a missing complaint for her son. Later, she confessed of committing the crime. She said she agreed to have her son killed by giving a supari of Rs 50,000 to a tempo owner. dnai.in/f56vChakdaha Express: After Dhoni, Tendulkar now a biopic on Jhulan GoswamiThe life of Jhulan Goswami, world’s leading wicket taker in women’s ODI cricket, will now be portrayed on celluloid. After the success of cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar’s biopics, the tentively titled film ‘Chakdaha Express’ will trace the journey of Jhulan from her hometown in Nadia district to Lord’s where India narrowly lost out on the women’s World Cup final to England. dnai.in/f568Shah Rukh Khan has only THIS duty towards his childrenDharamendra launched Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol, Rakesh Roshan introduced his good looking son Hrithik Roshan in movies and now everyone expects that Shah Rukh Khan will be launching his children Suhana and Aryan on a grand scale. But that’s not on top of SRK’s mind. He wants to retain their childhood as long as possible. On the occasion of his father’s death anniversary on Tuesday, an emotional SRK took to twitter to share his idea of raising children which he learnt from his father. He wrote, “19Sept. Like my dad(RIP),my only duty 2 my kids is 2 delay the onset of their adulthood as much as possible.Retain purity of their childhood.” dnai.in/f56d

MMRDA mulls metro link to Virar, Vasai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anticipating urban sprawl in satellite cities nearing Mumbai, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is now planning to have a Metro corridor connecting Vasai and Virar to Mumbai. With this corridor, commuters would be able to seamlessly travel between Virar and Churchgate.Commuters would be benefitted with direct connectivity between Virar and Churchgate by taking interchanging Metro at Dahisar and Airport. At Dahisar, commuters can take the Dahisar east- Andheri east Metro-7 corridor and travel up to Airport and from there, commuters can take the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor.UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA, “We will have to ultimately connect Vasai and Virar with Metro connectivity and not have Metro only up to Bhayander. We would be preparing the detailed project report (DPR) for connecting Vasai and Virar with Metro.”“The Metro corridor connecting Vasai and Virar would not be taken up for execution immediately but would be taken up gradually. This because the priority of MMRDA is to complete the Metro works for which the work has already started or is at bidding stage,” said a MMRDA official.

Despite BMC crackdown, hawkers throng Andheri, Juhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hawkers keep thronging to Andheri, Juhu, Versova and DN Nagar despite repeated actions taken by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in K West Ward, the civic body officials said.Hawkers keep swarming to the ward despite the civic body taking stern action against 6694 sellers and collecting a fine of Rs 8.19 lakh till August. BMC officials, however, said the total fine it could have collected from the illegal hawkers could mount to Rs 4.09 crore.The ward has only 528 licensed shops that operate along the footpath.According to an official of the encroachment and removable department of K West ward, hawkers come back again despite the seizure of their belongings. “Many of them don’t even come to collect their belongings. Instead, they prefer to buy new belongings instead of paying any penalty or redemption charges,” said the official.The officials have also seized around 302 cooking gas cylinders from the hawkers and will be returned to respective oil companies.A senior civic official said continuous monitoring of hawkers is impossible with the skeletal number of staff. “The 23-km ward has 153 roads, and only one officer, along with 8 workers, looks after encroachment issues,” said the official. There are several agencies who are involved in removing encroachments, he added.Civic actionBMC’s K-west ward has only 528 licensed shops. Hawkers keep swarming to the ward despite the civic body taking stern action against 6694 sellers and collecting a fine of Rs 8.19 lakh till August.

DRI arrest gold smuggling racket kingpin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Directorate of Revenue intelligence(DRI), Indore unit recently arrested a Mumbai-based man who allegedly ran a gold smuggling racket from Mumbai. The accused, identified as Sameer Harun Merchant(49), resident of Andheri would send carriers abroad to smuggle gold on monetary consideration.According to DRI officials, the racket came to light in May when they arrested a carrier, Mubarik Hussain Raks, who arrived in Mumbai from Abu Dhabi in a jet airways flight with 3.99 kg of smuggled gold biscuits worth Rs 1.2 crore.The smuggled gold was brought by Raks from Abu Dhabi after concealing it in seat on the flight. He had taken a domestic flight from Indore to escape customs. Following the tip off, Raks was intercepted by Indore DRI officials at Mumbai International Airport, where, upon searching his baggage, he was found possessing the gold.During interrogation, it was revealed that Raks had smuggled the gold consignment on the instructions of Merchant for monetary consideration and he was told to deliver the gold to a receiver in Mumbai. The DRI officials then identified receiver, Merchant using Call Detail Records and Merchant was then traced to Mumbai. After collecting sufficient evidence, a team of Indore DRI was dispatched to Mumbai, who arrested Merchant from his Andheri flat.”Merchant is a habitual offender and was earlier arrested by the agency in an NDPS case while smuggling a huge consignment of drugs worth crores by flight. After being lodged in a jail for almost nine years, he was released in 2014. Since then, he is suspected to have been carrying out a gold smuggling racket from Mumbai. It’s just the tip of the iceberg and we suspect that in the past two-three years, Merchant may have smuggled huge amounts of gold.We suspect involvement of flight attendants. Our probe is on,” said a DRI officer from Indore unit.

From bakery boy to Mumbai ka bhai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court sentenced extradited gangster Abu Salem to life imprisonment for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Salem’s journey from a small town in Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai, and then on to becoming a dreaded gangster, is no less than a Bollywood script.Salem, who is also known by the aliases Aqil Ahmed Azmi, Captain and Abu Samaan, is a native of Mir Sarai in Azamgarh of Uttar Pradesh.In 1985 Salem came to Mumbai to earn a living and began working as a bread delivery boy between the suburbs of Bandra and Andheri and later started working at a garment shop in Andheri, Mumbai.”Salem later entered into real estate brokering business and began operating from Arasa Market in Andheri (W). His first brush with the crime was in 1988 when an FIR was registered against him at Andheri police station after he assaulted a colleague over a monetary issue,” recounted a crime branch officer from Mumbai Police.A police source said that in 1989, Salem came in touch with one Aziz Bilkia, who was associated D-gang. “After Dawood’s sister Haseena Parkar’s husband was killed by Arun Gawli gang, Salem had also attended the funeral where he got in touch with Riyaz Siddiqui, who introduced Salem to Anees,” said a police officer.After having inducted in the gang, Salem had also gone to Dubai and worked as Anees’s telephone operator. “Salem had a keen interest in Bollywood and he used too give his name while issuing threat to any Bollywood personality. Salem was over smart and branded himself as a don among his victims,” said the officer.

Eco-friendly immersion is the mantra this Ganeshotsav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Devotees across the city are busy making arrangements to create artificial ponds for the final immersion day. For the last three years, Borivali-based Abhinav society has been making an artificial pond in which over 50 idols are immersed by society members and nearby residents.Hemant Gavankar, secretary of the society, said, “People should be educated to use the artificial pond during immersion rather than polluting the water bodies. The BMC should take up the initiative to create this awareness among devotees. After the 11-day festival, we use the water in the drip irrigation system to water the trees and plants inside our society. The artifical pond contains approximately 2,000 litres of water.”In Andheri, the residents of Nahar Amrit Shakti society not only organised eco-friendly Ganpati idol-making workshop, but has also arranged an artificial pond for devotees to immerse the eco-friendly Ganpatis.Manju Yagnik, vice chairperson of Nahar group, said, “This is the first time that we are creating an artificial pond to immerse the idols.

Green corridor helped NDRF reach Bhendi Bazaar collapse site sooner

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the first time, the state government deployed a green corridor for the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to reach the building collapse site at Bhendi Bazaar, which helped the team skip peak-hour traffic.Normally, green corridors, which refer to traffic-free lanes for a faster commute, are used for medical emergencies and transportation of organs for transplant.The state government will now incorporate it as a standard operating procedure for emergency vehicles responding to a disaster call to improve response time.Medha Gadgil, Additional Chief Secretary (Relief and Rehabilitation), said the state disaster control room was intimated about the building collapse at 8.55 am, after which the NDRF unit was activated. The NDRF personnel started for the site at 9.05 am from Andheri Sports Complex, where they are based.”When chief secretary Sumit Mullick and I reached the Mantralaya control room at 9.30 am, we realised that the NDRF team was stuck in peak-hour traffic. We spoke to Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar to activate the green corridor to reduce the response time and save lives,” Gadgil said. “We will document and instruct all departments to create a green corridor for emergencies,” he said.Sachindananda Gawade, Deputy Commandant, NDRF, said they had taken almost 35 minutes to reach Vakola from Andheri due to heavy traffic. “But, the green corridor was activated after Vakola. The traffic police deployed a two-wheeler rider to pilot our vehicles, clear traffic jams and keep signals open to create a dedicated lane,” he said. The NDRF reached the accident site in around an hour. “Since this was peak hour, we could have otherwise taken more time to reach the spot,” Gawade said.The NDRF eventually deployed three teams, each consisting of 45 officers and two sniffer dogs to the site.

‘Lighthouse in the dark’: French family thanks Gurudwara for providing shelter during Mumbai rains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was a feeling of same old, as the rain gods – with a little help from the perennial ineptitude of authorities – held the city of Mumbai hostage once again. Facing apathy, as the rains brought the entire island city to standstill, strangers opened their homes to the stranded across the city.People on social media crowd-sourced lists to tell people where they could seek shelter, religious organisations like Gurudwaras also threw their gates open for the drenched.Among them was the Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara in Dadar which offered langar but also provided shelter to 750 people in various prayer halls. Among those who took shelter were the Boleslawski family from Paris, France who found themselves marooned after their train to Aurangabad was cancelled.Unable to find a hotel, the family of five stayed in Gurudawra, and left a heart-rending note for their hosts stating that their ‘worst experience’ had become their best.Their note read: “Dear friends, we were lost in the rain and your gurudwara appeared like lighthouse in the dark. Not only you provided us with a shelter but you welcomed us with extreme kindness. One of our worst experience in India turned to one of the best and we learned a lot from you.”Meanwhile VP of Gurudwara committee said that they were brought by two local boys and the Gurudwara provided them bedding and food.With the unabated fury of the rains — along with an imminent ‘high tide’ — signalling that weather conditions were turning from bad to worse, good samaritans came out on the streets and the virtual world, to help and comfort their stranded brethren — from offering food and shelter to helping them find the quickest mode of available transport for the journey back home.This was a much-needed gesture in the backdrop of the crumbling infrastructure of the megapolis which gave in on every front, be it roads, or the suburban train network that ferries over 65 lakh people daily.The desire to reach out to those in need was reflected in many acts across the city, where people were seen helping total strangers face the rain fury, displaying a sense of kinship and empathy that went far beyond the simple connotations of the storied “Mumbai spirit”.The hashtag “#rainhosts” started trending on micro- blogging site Twitter and there were scores of others using other platforms like Facebook with similar offers.South Mumbai resident Mehul Ved began putting together a spreadsheet of those offering help at 1:45 pm and had over 2,000 entries by 8:25 pm, along with addresses and other details.The effort was visible on the streets as well, probably with as much force, just to ensure that none of the over 1.5 crore people effort hungry.Religious institutions too were relentless in their effort to reach out to the stranded, with gurudwaras, churches and the Ganpati mandals reaching out to those in need.The GSB Mandal at Matunga was among the first to make deft use of the popular chatting app WhatsApp to offer help.It was in fact on WhatsApp that a veritable flood of messages of offers to help started circulating.A list of help centres being circulated included civic administration-owned facilities, like Kalidas hall in Mulund, and a Sports Complex in Andheri.The city police, with an active presence on Twitter, turned their ‘100’ emergency number into a facility where citizens could reach out for help and also reached out to those who used the micro-blogging site.Today’s happenings brought back harrowing memories of the deluge in July 2005 when many parts of Mumbai remained water-logged for days after incessant rains. Over 1,000 people were killed in that rain fury.The indomitable Mumbaikars had also ensured help to affected commuters after the July 7, 2006 terror bombings on the suburban train network. With inputs from PTI

Mumbai Rains: Mumbai Metro comes to city’s rescue, adds additional services to cater to passengers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While several modes of transport like the suburban local train, bus, auto and taxi came to a standstill owing to heavy rains and water-logged streets, Mumbai Metro ran additional services to between Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor.According to Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), that operates Metro-1, as several offices were shut early, crowd gathered at Metro stations during non-peak hours.MMOPL said that it had run additional Metro services to cater the footfall due to heavy rains.Earlier in the day, MMOPL tweeted, “With Mumbai’s trademark rains giving us their best, so are we at #MumbaiMetro! Still running on schedule just like our beloved city!”MMOPL runs Metro at a frequency of 4 minutes during peak hours and eight minutes during non-peak hours.One of the main reasons behind Metro seeing more crowd is because Metro was the only transport connecting western Mumbai to the Central in the absense of services on Western Railway and Central Railway being suspended. Many commuters also took Twitter thanking MMOPL for running on time Metro services during heavy rains.Suburban services were disrupted with trains on all the three lines – western, central and harbour – running late.Water-logging on tracks was reported in Andheri and Bandra, civic officials said.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the situation was well under control and advised the citizens to step out of their homes only if necessary.”The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall,” Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, told PTI.”Step out of homes only if it is too important because water-logging has been reported from several parts of the city,” he said.Naik, however, added things were well under control and senior civic officials were keeping a close watch on the situation.”Due to water logging on tracks & point failure at Bandra following very heavy rains, 3 lines except UP Fast line are affected. Efforts are on to start traffic on 3 lines (except UP fast line) at Bandra as soon as possible by attending the points,” the Western Railway tweeted.According to an official from the BMC’s Disaster Management Cell, “There have been reports of water-logging in Dadar, Andheri, Worli, Kurla and Sakinaka, among other areas.We have received 20 cases of tree falling and one of a wall collapse.””Despite heavy downpour, no untoward incident has been reported so far,” said the official.Commuters were stranded at some places.”Stuck in a local train between two stations #MumbaiRains no announcements if the train will go ahead. utter #chaos,” Vidya Kumar, a passenger stranded at Bandra station for over an hour, tweeted by tagging @RailMinIndia @drmbct.Actor-turned-entrepreneur Gul Panag tweeted, “Brace yourself Mumbai. Heavy rain coming. Plan ahead. Stay safe.”With inputs from PTI

Garbage, red ants hinder re-railing efforts at Mahim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Garbage piled on tracks posed a major challenge during the re-railing efforts, after four coaches of a train derailed at Mahim last Friday. Officials from the Western Railway said that besides heavy rains, the presence of red ants around the garbage made the re-railment a tough task and led to delay in resuming services. On August 25, five coaches of an Andheri-bound local derailed on the Harbour line.”Our staff had to struggle due to the water logging on the rail lines and red ants on the sides of the tracks that had come due to garbage and faeces,” a WR official said. It took six hours to rerail the coaches and another three hours to start Harbour line services between Wadala to Andheri.Ironically, on one hand, Indian Railway has been talking about cleanliness and its on-going ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ campaign, while on the other, heaps of garbage on tracks aggravated the derailment issue. WR officials agreed that despite all the efforts, tracks along Mahim station are filled with garbage and muck. It is one of the reasons that contributed to technical failures. Prima facie, however, officials said that the crossover has a problem as the curvature of tracks is around 8 degrees, while it should be 9.5 degrees for a gap of 5 metres between two rail lines. Meanwhile, on August 28 the Commissioner of Railway Safety (Western Circle), Sushil Chandra held a public hearing over the Mahim derailment. “Only after investigating all aspects, can the reason behind the derailment be determined,” he said.

Cops bust factory in Dahanu, seize meow meow worth Rs 18 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amboli police busted a Mephedrone manufacturing factory by arresting three persons, who were mass producing the drug from a house in Dahanu, on Friday night. The police have seized machines and chemicals worth Rs 41 lakh as well as 900 grams of mephedrone or meow meow worth Rs 18 lakh.The accused have been identified as Sanyal Bane, Anwar Choudhary and Sultan Abdul Rauf. According to the police, the raid was conducted after 27-year-old, Nadeem Shaikh, was arrested on August 21 from Andheri with 1 kg of meow meow worth Rs 20 lakh. While interrogating him it was revealed that the accused would get his consignment from a Dahanu factory and was used to supply it to Mumbai and other neighbouring states. The police then laid the trap and the factory was raided on Friday.”We have found chemicals, reactors and some other equipment required for the production of MD. It was a house where the three accused would manufacture MD and supply it to Mumbai and the neighbouring states,” said Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector of Amboli police Station.”One of them is a science graduate and is well versed with the knowledge of chemicals. Our probe is on to ascertain if they had any more accomplices,” Gaikwad added.

Wait for homes in Mumbai suburbs to be longer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Knight Frank India, in its report released today, said that more than 50% of projects from Mumbai’s suburbs covered in the study extended their completion timeline by over a year after registering with the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRera), while about 30% projects raised deadline by more than two years.The report took a close look at residential units registered with the MahaRera until August 16, 2017, including the Andheri and Borivli talukas which stretch from Bandra and extend up to Dahisar. In the central suburbs, the study covered the Kurla taluka spanning Tilak Nagar to Mulund.For nearly one-fourth (24%) of the 1,07,875 registered units, the completion deadline was pushed by 12 to 18 months. The report further found that 19% under construction homes were delayed by 24 to 48 months and 10% of these properties would not get completed before four years. Just about one-third of the units listed with the MahaRera are set to be completed on time, and timelines for almost six out of ten under construction units (57%) were revised by more than a year.Knight Frank India chief economist Samantak Das said the MahaRera database is an eye opener for customers in the residential market. “Our analysis of the database shows that significant number of residential units lie unsold in projects that should have been completed as per the initial commitment of delivery,” he said. “Another crucial trend that comes to light is that there was lack of seriousness in the completion time commitments made to the buyers before RERA came to effect.”The study also found that at least 48% of the registered units stood unsold, a third of which should have been complete as per their initial proposed date.

Laser beams from city events striking planes worry airport authorities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the last 18 months, at least ten cases of laser beams being flashed at airplanes have been reported in the city. Pilots are facing serious problems while landing and taking off at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport due to laser beams flashed at the airplanes blinding the pilot and distracting them, which could lead to a major mishap. In 2017, four such incidents have been reported by the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) to the Airport Police Station.According to the police, most instances occur in Kurla, Saki Naka and Andheri — areas close to the international airport.Major events in the city using high beam lights are a major nuisance to the pilots. Despite several restrictions by the Mumbai police on the use of high beam lights at marriage functions and Bollywood events, the use of such lights continue to be a distraction.In 2016, a pilot from Air France on a Paris-Mumbai flight had a bad experience while landing at Mumbai and a case was lodged at Saki Naka police station. The laser beam was flashed from the Jari Mari area and a combing operation was carried out by police. However, the culprit could not be traced.”When we are informed by the ATC, our officers gather information about the place and the local police station is informed about the incident,” said a police officer.Alka Mandave, Senior Inspector, Airport Police station said, “We have informed event organisers in neighbouring police jurisdictions not to use high beam sky lights which would lead to penalty and seizure of equipment.”

Andheri parents hold rally to demand better security in schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To raise the issue of children’s safety in school premises, Andheri residents on Sunday held a protest march at the Lokhandwala Backroad. Over 250 parents from Lokhandwala, Oshiwara and neighbouring areas joined the rally.Following a case where a peon at a school in Malad East was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl in the school’s toilet, Andheri residents started an online petition on change.org. The petition had received more than 1,500 signatures so far.Parents said there was a need to forward and raise a voice against the increasing instances of questionable security of children in schools.Founder of Lokhandwala Oshiwara Citizens Association (LOCA) Dhaval Shah, who started the online petition, said, “We have around 12 schools in the neighbourhood. We will be meeting the school authorities one by one to discuss safety issues. Since the last few years, we have been hearing about many cases of security lapses in schools. Other schools should learn from such incidents and come up with better security.”Another LOCA member, Surjeet Singh Dadiala said, “We need the schools to have a set of norms regarding the security. Schools should be held accountable rather than the authority covering up the issue. The government should come up with rules and regulations that need to be audited regularly. A memorandum will be submitted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding new regulations for schools in terms of security measures.”On August 9, the Dindoshi police arrested a peon at an ICSE school in Malad East for allegedly sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl in the school’s toilet on four consecutive days since August 1. The incident sparked major protests by parents in Malad.ON THE AGENDAThe residents started the online petition on August 13. Over 1,500 citizens have signed the online petition. They are calling for more signatures
The residents plan to meet Education Minister Vinod Tawade or CM Devendra Fadnavis and raise their concerns

On-site thefts puts Metro contractors on the edge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Civil contractors working on the three Metro projects are having a tough time in securing heavy equipment and machinery from thieves who tend to steal them from construction sites.DNA spoke with several representatives from the firms carrying out Metro civil works for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), who said that incidents of theft are taking place every other night at Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2A corridor and Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro-7 corridor construction sites.”There are times when steel, iron or rubber is lifted. These thefts take place in the night when culprits can take advantage of the dark,” said a top representative from a firm carrying out Metro construction work.”We have not approached the police or filed a case because a lot of time goes in all the procedures. We are ensuring our security personnel is more alert,” the representative added.Another representative DNA spoke to, said, “Sometimes, it’s the people on the inside, who are involved in lifting costly materials. Also, we are working on public roads and it’s not possible to not allow people to pass along the construction site. We have, however, requested the police patrolling teams to be extra vigilant at night.”A senior MMRDA official said, “When such huge projects are ongoing, contractors are well aware that thefts tend to happen but they don’t file cases because that increases their paperwork.”Meanwhile, Pravin Darade, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA said, “Twenty-five per cent of civil works on both Metro-2A and Metro-7 is complete.”

20-yr-old allegedly hangs himself in police custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 20-year-old man, arrested in a case of cheating, allegedly committed suicide at a police station in suburban Andheri today. Vijay Salve, the deceased, and three others had been arrested two days ago. A court remanded them in police custody for six days yesterday, a senior official said. Salve was taken to detection room at the police station for questioning at around 12 noon today. He went to the washroom on the pretext of answering nature’s call and hanged himself using his t-shirt, said Deputy Commissioner of Police N D Reddy. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival, another official said, adding that the body was sent for autopsy. The Crime Branch is investigating the matter, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WR to run 40 additional services from new 5th line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The travel of lakhs of commuters on the Western Railway (WR) is set to get easier as the proposal to use the fifth line between Andheri and Borivli has been accepted. The fifth line, which is currently used to run long-distance trains, is ready and will have local trains plying on it within a month. This will ensure that more suburban trains are available for commuters.”The Commissioner of Railway Safety has given clearance to run local EMU (electric multiple unit) trains on this (fifth) line. We are hoping to start operations in less than 45 days,” said AK Gupta, General Manager, WR.The EMU trains will run only during peak hours between 8.30 am and 11.30 am, and 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. With stagnation in the existing network, additional services cannot be added. The fifth line is set to help decongest the line and add more services on their network.In the last one year, the number of daily commuters between Andheri and Borivli has increased from 11.29 lakh to 11.69 lakh. Only seven of the 37 stations on WR contribute to nearly 35 per cent of total daily commuters carried by them.”The fifth line will now allow us to operate nearly 40 additional services. Moreover, the Harbour line on Andheri-Goregaon belt too will be ready soon,” said a WR official.Each train carries nearly 4,200 people per 12-car rake during peak hours. In an hour at least 15 services will ply in each direction with an average headway of four minutes creating more room for commuters and increasing carrying capacity to 63,000 an hour.Over the past few days now, WR officials have been carrying out modifications to their system including to overhead cables, its poles, and other peripheries.

MMRDA sets off underground Metro security debate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Going by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) logic, Metro Rail Corporation’s (MMRC) Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor is prone to terrorist attacks compared the elevated metro line.It listed the security threat as one of the reasons in a communication to a Vile Parle-based educational trust that wrote to the agency requesting an underground corridor for the DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B. The trust’s land is likely to be required for the construction of the elevated Metro-2B line.K Vijaya Lakshmi, Chief, Transport and Communication Division, MMRDA, in a communication to the trust, said, “Making underground alignment is not feasible due to following reasons given by M/S DMRC” that include the security factor and issues such as need for less land acquisition, lesser construction time and cost.Lakshmi has stated that it is not technically and financially feasible to go for an underground alignment. An annexure attached to the communication contains a chapter on the selection of the type of alignment from the detailed project report prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). It states that underground metro stations are more prone to terrorist attacks than and elevated alignments. The chapter also highlights that underground alignment is more risky to passengers during disruptions compared to an elevated line.Lakshmi told DNA, “I have attached the DMRC’s opinion given to MMRDA. I will have to check what was exactly written by me in the particular communication.”Dilip Kawathkar, spokesperson, MMRDA, said, “One of the important reasons why we are going with an elevated line is the cost factor.” A query sent to MMRC, which is the sole agency executing underground Metro corridor in the city, did not receive a response.Meanwhile…Recently, a group of residents between Bandra and Andheri started an online campaign for an underground Metro-2B.

Motorman suspended for forgetting to halt slow train at Jogeshwari stn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters on board a Churchgate-bound local, on Sunday, were rattled as the semi-fast train sped past a designated halt at Jogeshwari station.”It was a semi-fast train from Borivli that was to halt at all stations till Andheri. But, the motorman forgot to halt,” said a WR official.The incident took place at around 8.05 am, and left commuters, who were to alight at Jogeshwari, fuming. This briefly affected train services, as the railways were running the Sunday timetable, when 30 percent lesser services are operated.”We have suspended the motorman with immediate effect,” said Ravindra Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer, Western Railway.

Police carry out campaign in city against gang of laptop thieves

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai police is carrying out an awareness drive alerting Mumbaikars to be careful about a gang of thieves targeting car drivers, who steal valuables from cars. Police stations across the city are putting up advisory boards on the streets including at Nariman Point, Andheri and Dadar, advising people to keep their valuables in the trunk of their cars. The modes operandi of the thieves is to target unsuspecting car drivers and steal bags containing laptops from the backseat of the car.Such incidents have also been reported from parking zones where thieves have broken the car window and have stolen valuables.

Three held for assaulting civic officials on duty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MIDC police have arrested three persons for allegedly assaulting civic officials on Wednesday evening when the officials were carrying out anti-encroachment drive near Khau Gali in Andheri West. MIDC Police said that the civic officials were on a regular anti-encroachment drive.However, around 4.30 pm, when the civic officials started removing hawkers and illegal food stalls near the railway station, the hawkers started agitating against the drive. Later, some of them allegedly assaulted the civic officials.

Driver-less trains may now be a reality for three Metro corridors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) assisting the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) in executing Metro projects in the city has initiated the process to procure 63 driver-less trains of six coaches each for namely three Metro corridors in the city. This includes the Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2B corridor, DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B corridor and Dahisar East- Andheri East Metro-7 corridor.A similar technology of having driver-less Metro is also being worked by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor.The concept revolves around having a supervisor present in the Metro at all times. The supervisor will be in contact with the control room and inform about any emergency or suspicious activity along the corridor to the control room.As per the draft bid document prepared by DMRC and released by MMRDA for suggestions from manufacturers of Metro coaches, “Coaches must be of modern design, lightweight, and made of stainless steel/aluminium. The trains should be capable of running without an operator or ‘driver-less’ on the unattended train operation (UTO) mode.”The overall cost of the procurement of 63 trains that is 378 coaches or 21 coaches each for one particular Metro line is estimated to be around Rs 3,900 crore. The DMRC will manufacture only 15 trains of the total 63 trains in order to support the Central government’s ‘Make In India’ campaign.According to MMRDA officials, because it does not have any previous experience of solely procuring rolling stocks (coaches) for Metro, it has asked the DMRC to procure it for the three Metro corridors initially. The MMRDA will later procure for the remaining Metro corridors.Meanwhile, the MMRDA’s claim to commission two Metro corridors namely Metro-2A and Metro-7 by 2019 is likely to be missed as the DMRC has specified of giving 4 years and 2 months to the bidders bidding for manufacturing the coaches for the three above mentioned Metro corridors. This means the coaches will be ready only by 2020.AT A PRICEThe overall cost of the procurement of 63 trains that is 378 coaches or 21 coaches each for one particular Metro line is estimated to be around Rs 3,900 crore

Demand in Rajya Sabha against online games like ‘Blue Whale’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajya Sabha members on Thursday demanded action against online games like ‘Blue Whale’, alleging that it was linked to suicide of a young boy in Maharashtra last week.Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the House, Amar Shankar Sable (BJP) said Manpreet, who allegedly committed sucide by jumping from a building, was playing ‘Blue Whale’ game for 50 days. He said about 130 suicides linked to the game have taken place in America, Russia, England and Italy.Sable said participants in the game are given instructions like ‘watch horror movies’, ‘travel without ticket in train’, and later they are asked to commit suicide.”Manpreet has become the first victim (of the game),” he said and demanded measures to ensure young people are not affected due to the ‘Blue Whale’ game. He said the matter was also raised in the Maharashtra assembly.His party colleague Vikas Mahatme said there are other games also which are very interactive and addictive. In agreement with the BJP members, Sanjay Seth of SP said there should be provisions to remove such games from website.Manpreet, a class IX student, jumped off the fifth floor of the building in suburban Andheri last month.In his Zero Hour mention, Dilip Kumar Tirkey (BJD) said farmers in Odisha were facing problems in registration for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna due to technical problems in the portal.AIADMK member Vijila Sathyananth said livelihood of beedi workers was being threatened due to 28 percent GST on beedi.

Following Mumbai teen’s sucicide, Maharashtra CM says will work with centre to act against Blue Whale game

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government will coordinate with the Centre to take action against an online game allegedly linked to the suicide of a 14-year-old boy last week, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Assembly today.The issue was raised in the House by senior NCP legislator and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar who said the incident was an “alarm bell for us”.In his reply, Fadnavis, who also holds Home portfolio, said, “It is an online game and can be controlled. We will set up an inquiry into the tragic suicide incident of a student due to ‘Blue Whale’ game. The state government will further coordinate with the Centre to take action and remedies”.In the incident occurred on Saturday, the teenager, a class IX student, jumped off the fifth floor of the building in suburban Andheri. Police are probing if the incident is linked to ‘Blue Whale’ suicide challenge as his friends were discussing the online game.Demanding action against the online game, Pawar said,” After claiming more than 100 lives across various countries, the game has reached India and Manpreet has become its first victim. The game is controlled by a master to carry out various tasks. This master further pushes the gamer to commit suicide to win the game. The police should probe who was Manpreet’s master and take action against him”.Police had said the online game, which originated in Russia, starts by asking participants via social media to draw a blue whale on a piece of paper.The participants are then asked to carve the whale onto their body. The participants and given other tasks, like watching horror movies alone, they explained.

Teen jumps to death; police probe ‘Blue Whale’ challenge angle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 14-year-old boy has allegedly ended his life by jumping off a building here and police were probing if the incident is linked to ‘Blue Whale’ suicide challenge as his friends were discussing the online game. The Class 9 student jumped off the fifth floor of the building in Sher-e-Punjab area of suburban Andheri at around 5 pm on Saturday, the police said today. A person, who was standing near the building at the time of the incident, alerted the police. The police were yet to find the reason behind the extreme step and trying to ascertain if it was anyway related to the online game. “The teenager’s friends were chatting on social media groups about his death being linked to the Blue Whale online suicide challenge game. But, we are yet to examine his mobile phone and social media groups where he was active,” a senior police official said. ‘Blue Whale’, the online game which originated in Russia, starts by asking participants via social media to draw a blue whale on a piece of paper, the police said. The participants are then asked to carve the whale onto their body. The participants and given other tasks, like watching horror movies alone, they explained. According to media reports, the tasks also include harming oneself and waking up at unusual hours. “Police were probing if the death is related to Blue Whale suicide challenge,” Milind Khetle, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Meghwadi Division), told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai Speak Up: As the city falls apart, corporators get a pay hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been under fire for its inability to tackle the issue of pothole-ridden roads across the city; and its failure to ensure that dangerous tree fall incidents in the monsoon do not continue to pose a threat the pedestrians and motorists.The nexus between corrupt local politicians and civic officials, that has allowed illegal constructions and structural alterations in buildings to go unchecked, has also been under the scanner after the collapse of a four-storey building in Sai Siddhi Cooperative Housing Society in Ghatkopar which claimed 17 lives, and left the bereaved survivors homeless.A fortnight ago, the state government approved a hike in the monthly honorarium of corporators in municipal corporations across the state. BMC corporators received a 150 per cent hike in their monthly honorarium, which has now increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000.DNA spoke to a cross section of Mumbaikars to find out whether a hike in salary is justified, whether it will ensure better and more qualified persons took up the mantle of representing them in the local body, or if the hike was wholly undeserved given the current state of affairs in the city.VOICESCorporators are not debarred from carrying on with their businesses or professions. They really don’t need salaries or hikes. They amass huge assets anyway. But if they still desire a hike it must be linked to performance, and non-performance should be punished. For instance, Rs 100 per pothole in their ward should be deducted per month from their salaries. Also, any misuse of corporator funds resulting in loss to the public exchequer must be recoverable from their salaries.—Raju Moray, Bandra resident”I am against any hike given in salary to our corporators because I feel it is not justified. We common people are not getting anything, and they just keep raising their salary. Why should their salary increase in any case. Whatever work they have to do for the area, they get a package for that. Where are they any way putting anything from their pocket. They do not even meet or call as many people for their telephone bills to be high. We lay persons have to call more people and many number of times for anything to get done. In this era, I do not think there is someone who is a full-time politician. They have two to three sources of income and just being a corporator. They should do a survey and see how many corporators are full-time corporators and have no other income. As corporators they keep taking money from people anyway.”—Mary D’Souza, resident of VakolaIt is good for the corporators if their salary has been increased. They should get increase in their salary so that they can work more hard for their ward. But they should not overlook their duties. It is the duty of the local corporator to be aware of any constructions in his constituency. So, yes they should look into such cases. The Ghatkopar building collapse incident must be a learning point for all the corporators in the city.—Surabhi Rathod, Andheri residentI think there should not be any problem if corporators are getting a hike in their salary, but as their salary has been increased, they should also put more effort into solving the problems of citizens and should not show their face only before the election. It’s their responsibility to look after their particular constituency.—Sonu Singh, resident of DahisarIt is surprising that the monthly allowance has been increased by 150 per cent, and there has been no opposition. We know that the state government will also justify the decision by citing inflation as the main reason. However, the government should have fixed the responsibility for ensuring civic works are executed in the city in time and that common persons’ issues are raised at the right platform.—Rahul Tomar, AndheriThere is no issue in giving a corporator a hike in salary, but then they should also do the work properly. They should see to it that the pothole menace is tackled, and that garbage collection is done on time, nullahs are cleaned and local problems related to BMC are solved. They should be available in times of need.—Rashmi Worlikar, Resident of Worli.EXPERT SPEAKThe salaries should be increased in proportion, just as it is in the case of pay commission. Corporators should be made accountable for the work entrusted to them. If any illegal construction takes place in their ward, in that case, the BMC as well as the local corporator should be held responsible for the wrong doings. The increase in salary should act as a positive gesture so that they actually work in the direction of eliminating civic issues, which if ignored become lethal.—Advocate Abha Singh”The salary hike of corporators is not related to their effectiveness as public representatives. They have to be good leaders, available whenever the public approaches them for any redressal, should be present for corporation meetings, and should keep their promises regarding redressal of civic issues regardless of what they get paid by the corporation. The salary hike does not matter; what matters is their performance as public representatives”—D M Sukthankar, retired Chief Secretary of Government of Maharashtra and former BMC Commissioner

SPEAK UP: Women’s safety on Mumbai local in peril

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following a series of flashing and molestation incidents on the Central and Western Railway premises, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has increased vigilance on railway platforms and on board the trains.Most of the recent incidents that made news took place in broad daylight, and this has raised questions on the safety of women in the city, and the implementation of the Women Safety Drive initiated by the GRP. Issues such as non-functioning helpline numbers or delayed response from railway officials has also been raised by commuters.Concerns have also been raised by the State Women’s Commission, who in their latest report to the State government revealed that government agencies spring into action to nab offenders only after public outrage. Several such cases go unnoticed when not reported, the report said. The commission raised these concerns following a rise in cases of molestation and rape in the state at large.As the recent cases sparked renewed concerns on women’s safety in Mumbai, DNA spoke to citizens, and asked women if still felt safe travelling on railway trains in Mumbai.RAILWAY CASE FILESJuly 10: Woman travelling in the ladies compartment from Borivli to Dadar was flashed at and threatened of rape by a youth travelling in the adjacent handicap compartment
July 12: A man flashed at a 22-year-old woman working at a child rights NGO at the CST premises
July 15: Teen molests woman on a platform at Churchgate railway station CITIZENS SPEAKThough local trains are a faster option, they can be quite unsafe. If the ladies compartment is relatively empty, drug addicts and perverts tend to board the compartment and harass women. Steps need to be taken by the railway ministry to ensure women’s safety by fixing emergency alarms and securing railway station entrances from non bonafide passengers. Handing security over to a private agency may be a better option.— Aparna Vhatkar, commutes on Mumbai local daily from Andheri to ChurchgateIt is shameful that women are becoming victims of such perverts, and that too, on public transport in a city like Mumbai. Authorities need to take stringent action against such perverts and also take necessary precautions for the safety of women.— Kailash Babubhai Patel, Borivli residentThere is a need to increase security on local trains to prevent flashing incidents. Rise in such incidents shows that railways is going soft on the issue. Co-passengers also need to stay vigilant of anti-social elements.— Akalakh Khan, Andheri residentI feel quite safe travelling at night as there’s a policeman deployed in the ladies compartment. But during the day there have been instances of young men from the slums passing lewd comments at women standing near the door. Slum dwellers living along railway lines need to be sensitised.— Darshana Pinto, College Student, Chembur residentI often travel by train post 9 pm and have seen an improvement in safety since the installation of CCTV cameras and posting of a police personnel in the ladies compartment. But it is important to ensure that cameras are installed in all trains and that they remain in working condition. Officials also need to ensure that instant help is available when commuters call the helpline— Saniya Gabhare, Architect, Borivli residentPolice presence needs to be felt during less crowded hours. Many a times, we do not see railway police at stations, and lighting at some spots can be poor. The security needs to be upgraded and manning of platforms must be done. Also, action taken against perverts who flash or molest women should be publicised so that it can deter others.— Vera Alvares, Bandra residentEXPERT SPEAKIncidents of molestation and flashing have increased. Security agencies must ensure that women travelling on local and outstation trains feel safe. Rise in such incidents questions the capability of the police force. It’s a woman’s right to feel secure when she step out of her residence. The onus is on the police in Maharashtra, and they must be prompt when responding to such untoward incidents. Mumbai local is the city’s lifeline, and such incidents create panic and insecurity among women, which is shameful.— Dr Vijaya Rahatkar, Chairperson, Maharashtra State Women’s CommissionOverall, cases of molestation on Railway premises have come down. Such incidents are unacceptable and addressing the issue is a priority. We have cracked 99 per cent of such cases, arresting and chargesheeting offenders involved in flashing and molesting women on railway premises. Posting of night guards in the ladies compartment has brought down incidents of molestation at night. The GRP helpline number is also accessible to commuters seeking help.— Niket Kaushik, Commissioner of Government Railway Police

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