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BMC denies info to RTI applicant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An RTI applicant was denied information about the occupation certificate and ground floor plan of a ward office by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stating that it will be a threat to security.While denying such information, it cited an order from former chief information commissioner which was itself corrected after much hue and cry as it blocked giving away details of buildings under RTI.Girish Mittal, Borivli resident, had filed an RTI application with the R/Central (Borivli) ward office, seeking details of reason along with file notings on why only one entry gate was open to the public for entry, reason for not allowing public to park in the ward’s premises, the DC rules on the two subject, the occupation certificate and the ground floor lay out.While replying to the information, the public information officer cited an order of former chief information commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad’s order which stated that due to security reasons the building plan not be provided. Often alleged to be the most corrupt department, Gaikwad’s order attracted sharp criticism and a clarification as activists said that terrorists did not need to file an RTI application to access building details.Gaikwad then issued a clarification which categorically stated that parking, cross section of building, occupancy certificate, and other relevant details be provided under RTI except internal details of the building.”It is a classic case of officers being well aware of all the negative orders that block transparency and little that promote it. There was a clarification on this order,” said Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner.”There is no question that such information cannot be provided. What they cannot provide is internal detailing. That is what was decided in the technical advisory committee of the BMC which decides what to give under RTI,” said Bhaskar Prabhu.

Despite being considered one of the safest cities, 1600 molestation cases registered in Mumbai till September 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier this month a 25-year-old Russian National was molested on a busy Borivli street. A closer analysis of the crime statistics procured from Mumbai Police revealed that on an average at least 150 women are molested every month in Mumbai, which is considered to be one of the safest cities for women. According to the statistics, from January till September this year, 1609 cases under section 354 of Indian Penal Code for outraging modesty of a woman were registered by the Mumbai Police as compared to 1639 cases registered during the same period.While number of molestation cases registered are high in numbers, the detection rate of these cases are on the lower side. As per the statistics, of the registered 1609 cases this year, only 1227 could be detected. Which means thd detection rate was only 76 %. On the other hand, number of cases registered under section 509 of the Indian Penal Code for Intended insult to Modesty of Women are showing increasing trend in city. From January till September, 333 cases were registered by Mumbai Police under section 509 of IPC, as Compared to 319 cases registered last year during same period. Of the 333 cases, only 191 cases could be detected by the police having detection rate of just 57%.”Women safety is one of priorities of the Mumbai Police. We ensure enough police presence is there in the city and that they are safe from hooligan elements,” said a senior Mumbai Police officer, requesting anonymity. Earlier Mumbai Police had taken several initiatives to ensure women are safe in the city. These initiatives include a help desk for women at all railway terminals, dedicated women help desk in police stations and women beat patrolling in the city.

Cleaner held for molesting woman in express train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old railway cleaner was arrested by the Borivli Government Railway Police (GRP) for allegedly molesting a 31-year-old woman inside a Mumbai-bound Kutch Express near Viramgam railway station.According to GRP, the woman had visited Gandhidham in Gujarat for personal work when on Saturday at around 9.30 pm she boarded the general compartment of the train. When it neared Viramgam station, the accused — Bhanupratap Singh, a resident of Kanpur and a contractual cleaner with the railways — touched the woman inappropriately thrice.”The woman later alerted other commuters and they soon holed him up. The train reached Borivli at 1.20 am on Sunday and we arrested the accused after registering a formal complaint,” said a Borivli GRP officer.Abhang Rao, Senior Inspector, Borivli GRP, said, “We registered a case under sections 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code and later transferred the case to Viramgam railway police and handed the accused to the Gujarat railway police.”

Now, BMC plans to teach mgmt basics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the rise in urbanisation across the country and need to manage water, open space and waste management being felt acutely, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to start a course on ‘City Management’ next year onwards. The course will focus on managing a city with limited resources to cater to maximum people.The BMC claims that the course will be the first of its kind in the country to be run by a civic body.”From hospitals to lakes, the BMC is known to manage resources in a better way than other civic bodies in the country. We want other civic bodies or similar organisations to learn how to manage their resources to cater to the maximum number of people,” said a senior civic official attached to the programme.The six-month programme will be run by experts from the industry and officials from the BMC. “We will bring in experts from the industry and also use our own officials with experience in management,” added the official.Despite several issues having cropped up while drafting the development plan (DP) 2034 — a blueprint for development in the city till 2034 — the civic body got it cleared from the corporation.”It is an achievement to prepare a DP of a city like Mumbai which has limited space and to accommodate a huge population and meet the expectations of each and every stakeholder,” said the official. The ‘Development Plan’ will also part of the curriculum. At present, Mumbai’s DP 2034 is with the state government for final approval.”At present, we are finalising important aspects,” added the official.The course will be open for everyone from a resident to a civic body or similar organization. “With a rise in urbanisation across the country, even a resident should know the intricacies of how to run a city like Mumbai,” said the official. The course will also discuss good works being done across the globe.THE COURSE WILL INCLUDEIt will be conducted in the BMC’s training centres in Borivli and Powai.
It will cover urban issues like water and waste management, managing sewerage system, running hospitals, dealing with encroachment on footpaths and maintaining traffic systems. The six-month programme will be run by experts from the industry and officials from the BMC

Borivli man falls to death from 12th floor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an unfortunate incident, a 48-year-old supervisor, working with a construction firm, lost his life on Saturday after he reportedly fell from the 12th floor of an under-construction building in Borivli. The Borivli police registered a case and have booked the contractor and builder for negligence.According to police, Mansingh Bisht was watering the pillars of the under-construction Acharya Ashram building at Kulkarni road in Borivli (west) when he suddenly lost balance and fell. Bisht’s body was later found in the lift duct.”The victim’s wife in the complaint has alleged that the contractor and builder were negligent and failed to provide any safety gear which led to his death,” said a Borivli police officer.”We have registered a case under section 304 (A) (causing death due to negligence) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code and we will soon record the statements of the accused. Further investigation is underway,” said the officer.

Clear land disputes in projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Railways has informed the state government and its agencies that until the land acquisition process for projects is not complete, they cannot start a project. “The Railway minister made it clear that unless the land acquisition process is not completed, we would not commence our projects,” said a senior railway official.One such example is the 6th line between Borivli and Mumbai Central, meant for long distance trains on Western Railway (WR), that is stuck since 2008 when the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)-2 commenced. The WR is struggling to shift the rail-overbridge between Khar-Bandra by 40 meters on the east towards Bandra Terminus. The locals are objecting as the spot has a cemetery and are refusing other solutions provided.”We have agreed to all their demands and are in touch with the government agencies to resolve the issue but nothing has worked out in our favour which has led to an escalation in cost,” said a senior WR official. The cost of the 6th line has escalated from Rs 430 crore in 2008 to Rs 918 crore now.Opposition from residents of the area is also the reason the WR has been unable to use the 5th line despite its completion, which they could use to add more local train services.For the 6th line, the WR needs land parcels covering a total area of 2130 sq meters at Vile Parle, Malad, Goregaon and Borivli. They also need 435-meter long land space in pockets too. “We have started work near Santacruz, Goregaon and Vile Parle since March but unless we do not get land parcels, it will be difficult to proceed,” said a WR official.STILL IN HOSPITALAs per information from KEM Hospital, 19 injured victims are yet at the hospital. Akash Parab, 18, who fractured his leg was operated on Monday. Dr Avinash Supe, the dean of KEM Hospital, said, “On Monday, five of the injured in the orthopaedic ward were ready for discharge but they haven’t yet as the paperwork is going on and they will be discharged soon.” Few more patients will be undergoing surgery soon. COMPENSATIONThe WR has paid an ex gratia amount of Rs 1.34 crore to the victims of the Elphinstone Road stampede. They have paid Rs 1.15 crore via cheque to the kin of the dead, Rs 15 lakh to those with simple injuries, and Rs 4 lakh to those with grievous injuries. WR officials said that they are yet to pay Rs 4.85 lakh to the kin of one of the deceased as they are waiting for confirmation of his identity from the police.

SGNP gears up to welcome tiger cubs after 9 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, are counting days to the tigress Bijli’s delivery and welcoming tiger cubs in the park after nine years.A senior official at SGNP said, “Bijli’s health is being monitored round the clock through cameras fitted in her cage, which is covered from all sides to resemble a den. As she was not eating well recently, we have been giving her multi vitamins and other supplements.”Tigers have a gestation period of about three and half months. As per officials, Bijli has completed around 96 days already.The first three months after birth of the cubs are crucial. “Big cats are known to suddenly abandon or even kill their cubs. Sometimes, due to weak immunity, litters don’t survive.” As they prepare to welcome the cubs, they have set protocols in place, that includes allowing no visitors, including VIPs, to see the newborn cubs to avoid any kind of infection.Bijli along with another tigress Mastani was brought from Pench to SGNP in July last year. Both these were raised in a barricaded enclosure created at Pench with an intention to introduce them into the wild. However, after several attempts failed, a decision was taken to send these eight-year-old cats to SGNP as the park needed to increase their captive tiger population at the park, but and address the major concern of in-breeding among the present lot that could lead to a weaker race.Bijli mated with tiger Yash earlier this year. Now, as they await for their cubs, officials are also hopeful that the other couple Mastani and Anand, too, would give SGNP reasons to cheer soon.

Lokayukta seeks report on BMC’s thalassemia centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a complaint filed by a Mumbai based RTI activist, the Lokayukta has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to submit a report on its pending state-of-the-art Thalasemia Centre project in Borivli.RTI activist Chetan Kothari had written a complaint letter to the Lokayukta body earlier this year about the delay in the project. According to the RTI reply received by the activist, the plan was sanctioned in July 2015 with the budget of Rs 4.78 crore. The centre, which is expected to cater to 1,500 patients per year is yet to hire staff and purchase medical equipment required for its functioning.Following the complaint. the government body has written a letter to the BMC’s Municipal Commissioner seeking the report related to the project and its current status. The follow-up in the case is still pending.

Booked under POSCO, man tries to kill self in police lock-up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old man, booked under POSCO Act, allegedly attempted to kill himself inside the lock-up at Borivli police station last night, an official said today. Shahrukh Pathan is currently undergoing treatment at hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger, he said. Pathan, a resident of suburban Malad (west), was yesterday remanded in police custody by a court after he was arrested by Malwani police under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. According to the official, Pathan tried to hang himself last night by tying his shirt to a knob in the cell. However, a constable spotted him in nick of time. Pathan was taken out of the lock-up and rushed to hospital, he said. Police have recorded statements of two other inmates, who were sharing lock-up with Pathan, the official said, adding further investigation is underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RSS chief presented with Chandragupta-Chanakya painting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was presented with a painting depicting the Mauryan emperor Chandragupta and his mentor Chanakya here today. The painter, Vasudev Kamat, who was felicitated by Bhagwat at an event in suburban Borivli tonight, presented his work to the RSS chief. Kamat said the painting shows Chanakya speaking to Chandragupta about `Akhand Bharat’. The felicitation was organised by members of the Janseva Kendra organisation, comprising 61-year old Kamat’s fans. Addressing the gathering after the felicitation, Bhagwat spoke of the role of RSS workers and their commitment to society.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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