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Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation pushes to name Metro stns after Shivaji, Patel, Pratap

While the construction of a Metro corridor connecting Mumbai to Mira Road-Bhayandar has not yet started, corporators from Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) have already passed a resolution to name several Metro stations after social leaders like Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Mahavir Swami, and Maharana Pratap among others.The proposal was put forward by BJP and Shiv Sena corporators, and was tabled in the house last week in the form of a resolution which was subsequently passed. Naresh Gite, Municipal Commissioner, MBMC and Dimple Mehta, BJP corporator and Mayor, MBMC confirmed that the proposal was tabled in the house and passed.Mehta told DNA, “We will now forward the proposal to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) who is executing the project. The proposal was made after considering local sentiments and discussions with the residents of Mira Road and Bhayandar. There is nothing else to read into it.”A MMRDA official said, “We proposed names of nine Metro stations according to the locality but the MBMC corporators had a few demands. Hence we asked for their suggestions.”UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, told DNA, “When we get suggestions, we forward them to the state government (urban development department) which takes the final decision.”Earlier this year, Shiv Sena Minister Ravindra Waikar had demanded that the proposed Metro station at Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) be named Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Centre.The Mira Road-Bhayandar Metro corridor, also known as Metro-10, is an extension of two Metro corridors planned on Link Road and Western Express Highway, connecting Dahisar and Andheri.Rohidas Patil, BJP corporator, MBMC, said, “It is a purely local demand taking into consideration the sentiments of the local citizens.”WHAT’S IN A NAME?Route: Dahisar Check Naka to Mira Road-BhayandarLength: 9 kmEstimated cost: Rs 3,600 croreStation name by MMRDA: Jankar FactoryProposed by MBMC: Chatrapati Shivaji MaharajStation name by MMRDA: Sai Baba NagarProposed by MBMC: Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelStation name by MMRDA: Deepak HospitalProposed by MBMC: Nanasaheb DharmadhikariStation name by MMRDA: Palika Krida SankulProposed by MBMC: Maharana PratapStation name by MMRDA: Shubhash Chandra Bose GardenProposed by MBMC: Sadanad MaharajStation name by MMRDA: Bhayandar (West)Proposed by MBMC: Mahavir SwamiStation name by MMRDA: Amar PalaceProposed by MBMC: Mira VillageStation name by MMRDA: Pandurang WadiProposed by MBMC: Penkarpada

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It’s raining offers at CREDAI-MCHI property expo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was an offer galore at the ongoing CREDAI-MCHI property exhibition at Bandra Kurla Complex. Developers appeared far more realistic in their sales pitches offering price discounts as high as 10 to 15 per cent.One developer was even offering 1BHK free on the purchase of a flat in one of his projects while others were offering a car or free stamp duty and registration. The four-day long exhibition began on Thursday and will conclude on Sunday.Shailesh Sanghiv of Sanghiv developers, who has projects in Dahisar and other parts of the town, had a fortune wheel placed at his stall offering car and 1BHK flat free along with the purchase of a 2 BHK flat or a 1 BHK flat.”The free flat is in Asangaon, and if the buyer doesn’t want the free house the price will be adjusted in his purchase in Mumbai. We want to sell flats and hence the offer,” said Sanghvi.Tejas Vyas, Chairman of CREDAI-MCHI’s exhibition committee said, “We had asked developers to give discounts and offers as they deem fit. Even big brands in the world sell their products at 50 per cent of total price during sale period. The property exhibition takes place only once a year so developers are offering heavy discounts and offers.”However, homebuyers claim that the prices are still very high and out of reach for many. “There are offers but developers have hiked the rate first then put a discount on it, which doesn’t make the offer exciting. I was expecting discounts but not much is being offered in real terms,” said Syed Noorudin, a homebuyer.

Identify land for Christian cemetery by Friday: Bombay High Court to state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There may be people who believe they are best, but before the court, everyone is equal,” the Bombay High Court observed on Monday while asking the state government to identify a plot of land between Dahisar and Khar by Friday, which can be allotted for a Christian cemetery.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak said, “The administration should show the public that they believe in secularism, unity in diversity, and we all are united in faith.” The court gave the direction while hearing a public interest litigation filed by United Christian Community Centre, claiming that the government had, after revoking the previous allotment of 12,500 square meters of land in Goregaon for a Christian cemetery, allotted a smaller plot ad-measuring 2,500 square meters. However, it failed to hand over the possession.The bench said the government has to come out with a solution. “When it deems to be a secular state, we cannot forget that all communities should be treated equally. The community’s requirement for a cemetery can be seen from the records of its population,” the court said.The central hall courtroom was packed with members of the Christian community, including the Bishop. Advocate Yeshwant Shenoy for the petitioners argued that the community looks at the court as a temple of justice and, thus, members have come on their own from different parts of the city and neighbouring districts to witness the proceedings.The bench said, “The state should show respect to the departed souls and I don’t think any authority will have any problem on that.” The court also suggested that a representative of the Bishop coordinate with the officials of the Urban Development Department and the Diary Development department to oversee the identification of plot of land for a cemetery.”If the government does not do it, then we know how to get it done. Don’t compel us to be not polite, don’t invite such things,” the bench warned. On the last occasion, the court had rapped the government by saying, “Don’t be a dictator, we live in a democratic society, we live in a secular state. You (government) cannot distinguish on basis of religion.”Shenoy had argued that other communities, such as the Hindus and the Muslims, have been allotted land for a cemetery, but not the Christians. Further, he argued that from Dahisar to Khar, there is no place available for Christian cemetery. The government has discriminated against the Christian community by not allotting even a single burial ground since 2000, thereby depriving the community its rights of proper a burial.As per the plea, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had, in 2014, identified a plot of land for the cemetery but it was not handed over. In 2016, a reservation was notified but in 2017, the department of animal husbandry refused to hand over the plot.The plea prays for directions to the government to allot land in Goregaon, which was originally conceived and notified. It also prays for the corporation and government to identify a plot of land for a burial ground in every ward or legislative constituency for the Christian community.

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.”

Congress leader’s ‘nephew’ held for threatening woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old woman has registered a complaint at Dahisar police station against a 29-year-old man who claimed to be ‘nephew’ of Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam for allegedly abusing and threatening her.According to the police, accused Gaurav Anand Shrivastava had allegedly threatened the victim and would harass her by calling her repeatedly. The police said Shrivastava had threatened to throw acid on her face. “We have registered a case against Shrivastava. But as the place of offense falls under Versova Police station, we have transferred the case there,” said police officer. When contacted Nirupam he said, “He is unaware of it.”

Crackdown on MNS workers, 20 held and released

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Versova police on Monday arrested eleven Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers after they protested outside the residence of Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam in Versova.According to police,the workers protested outside the house of Nirupam and raised slogans against him. The workers had set up vegetables and fruits’ stalls outside the his house, following which the Versova police had immediately reached the spot and detained eight MNS workers. In another incident, Dadar police on Monday also arrested four MNS workers who were earlier involved in the evicting hawkers forcefully. Later, all the workers were released on bail.Meanwhile Vashi police, too, arrested five MNS workers who on Sunday allegedly vandalised hawkers’ stalls outside the local railway station and assaulted few hawkers. In another incident, thirteen MNS workers, who were earlier arrested by Borivali and Dahisar polices, were exterened from city limits by the Borivali Court on Monday for the next three days. All the accused have been asked to be reach Solapur and Buldhana. The court had asked them to be present at the local police stations.

A week on, no report on Metro construction site accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than a week after the accident at Metro construction site of Andheri East- Dahisar East Metro-7 corridor, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has not yet been able to prepare any report on the accident wherein bunch of iron rods had come down tilting towards the ground at Western Express Highway (WEH) near Aarey Colony.According to MMRDA, it had issued a show-cause notice to both the contractor and general consultant for the Metro project asking for a reply to a report on the accident. However, the general consultant has not submitted the report yet.A senior MMRDA official, not wishing to be named, said, “We have not got the report by our general consultant yet and we are told the general consultant has received the reply of J Kumar Infrastructure, contractor for the project. We expect the general consultant to prepare and submit the report to MMRDA within next two days.”MMRDA had last week claimed, that the accident took place due to a crane touching the iron rods while work was in progress on a pier. No police complaint or case has been registered against the contractor by MMRDA in the accident that occurred a week ago.Meanwhile, 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 the culprit.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 the commuter traffic of 4.79 lakh people daily.

Pillion rider dies after biker rams into auto on highway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 16-year-old biker met with an accident leading to the death of the pillion rider on the Western Express Highway. The Kasturba Marg police have registered a case of causing death due to negligence against an unidentified biker. The police will also initiate action against the minor biker who had gone for a ride with his friend.According to police, the teen and his friend (also a minor) were residents of Railway colony in Dahisar. They went for a ride on the highway and stopped an autorickshaw near Devipada junction at Borivli. At the same time, a biker, who was riding rashly, rammed into the autorickshaw, which in turn, knocked the pillion rider from the bike that had stopped near the rickshaw. The pillion rider fell on the ground and died on the spot due to head injuries. The minor biker too sustained injuries on his leg.Satish Raorane, Senior Police Inspector, Kasturba Marg police station, said, “We have registered a case against unknown persons under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and are checking the CCTVs of the location.”

MMRDA blames MSRDC for not issuing NOC for construction of Thane Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has put the blame on Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for delaying the issuing of no objection certificate (NOC) for construction of Wadala-Thane Metro-4 corridor, despite applying for the same more than a year ago.MSRDC is headed by Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde, and MMRDA needs NOC from MSRDC as the Metro-4 corridor will go close by the flyovers that are maintained by the MSRDC on Eastern Express Highway (EEH).Senior MMRDA officials have claimed that they will bring the delay on part of MSRDC to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the war room meeting held to review infrastructure projects. However, MSRDC officials have claimed that MMRDA is not sharing the complete picture.”We were sent the alignment of Metro-4 after which we have replied back with our observations on the alignment way back in March 2017. We had observed that at several stretches the alignment was too near to our flyovers and we had expected them to reply us back on the safety concerns raised,” said a MSRDC official.MSRDC claims that it has asked the Information Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) to study the structural strength of flyovers on the Western and Eastern Express Highway. “We have faced several issues with MMRDA when it comes to ongoing construction of Dahisar East – Andheri East Metro-7 corridor. MMRDA has changed their alignment at several stretches resulting in they coming very near to the foundation of our flyovers, and this rakes up safety issues,” added the MSRDC official.MSRDC added that the officials from Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) are also in touch with us as their underground Metro corridor between Colaba-Seepz comes on WEH. “We have also asked the IIT-B to study that whether the vibrations caused due to underground Metro work would affect the structural strength of the existing flyovers,” the MSRDC official added.

Board cancels Dahisar school registration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai division of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher secondary education (MSBSHSE) has cancelled the registration of Dahisar based school Isra Vidyalaya a few months after 516 answer sheets of Class X board exams went missing from the school.The board has recently cancelled the registration of the school after it found several inadequacies during inspection including lack of security, irregular appointments of teachers etc. “We have cancelled the school’s registration after finding several inadequacies.As a team from the board went to visit the school, it was found that several norms with respect to teacher appointments were flouted,” said SY Chandekar, Chairperson of the Mumbai divisional board.A total of 516 answer papers of Hindi medium history, science and Sanskrit examinations were stolen from the principal’s cabin at Dahisar’s Isra Vidyalaya on April 3. While the answer sheets of 330 students were found by the Dahisar police on April 15, remaining students were given ‘average marks’ by the board as the police failed to recover the remaining papers. The police had also arrested two persons and detained two minors for stealing answer sheets from the school after which the accused had confessed that they had done the crime to earn some quick money.

Now, pay more toll on Mum-Delhi h’way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are planning a trip to Gujarat, or further to Delhi, you will have to pay more toll for commuting using the National Highway (NH)-8 between Mumbai and Delhi.From September 1, toll charges between Dahisar and Surat, on the four toll plazas namely Charoti, Khaniwade, Bhagwada and Boriach, will be levied according to the revised slab. The toll has been increased by Rs 5 and Rs 10 for several categories of vehicles at select toll plazas.Shashi Bhushan, project director, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), told DNA, “The toll will be revised between Dahisar and Surat starting from September 1. The toll revision is part of the yearly increase and the same is revised every year. The concession period of the current contractor is up to February 2021.”In the case of Charoti toll plaza at Palghar district, the toll for light commercial vehicles will be Rs 105, from the earlier Rs 100. For trucks and buses, the toll will be Rs 210, from the earlier Rs 200. The toll for light motor vehicles remains the same at Rs 60.At Khaniwade toll plaza near Vasai, the revised toll for light commercial vehicles will be Rs 115, from the earlier Rs 110. For trucks and buses, the toll will be Rs 230 from the earlier Rs 220. The toll for light motor vehicles remains the same at Rs 65.At Boriach toll plaza near Navsari in Gujarat, the revised toll for light motor vehicles will be Rs 60, from the earlier Rs 55. For light commercial vehicles, it will be Rs 100, from the earlier Rs 95. For trucks and buses, the toll will be Rs 200 from the earlier Rs 195.At Bhagwada toll plaza near Vapi in Gujarat, the revised toll for light commercial vehicles will be Rs 115, from the earlier Rs 110. For trucks and buses, the toll will be Rs 230, from the earlier Rs 220. The toll for light motor vehicles remains the same at Rs 60.TOLL UPDATEThe tolls have been revised at four plazas on the stretch — Charoti, Khaniwade, Bhagwada and Boriach.
It has been increased by Rs 5 and Rs 10 for several categories of vehicles. The toll increase is part of an annual revision.

Borivli locals raise stink over dung dumping

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a unique protest against cattle sheds dumping cattle dung in Dahisar River, citizens of a Borivli housing society along with members of the River March raised quite a stink at the BMC office on Wednesday by starting a Gobar Andolan. They presented the BMC R/Central ward officer Atul Rao with a box full of cattle dung.Citizens met Rao to protest against the tabelas that have been violating solid waste management rules and dumping dung directly into the river along with carcasses of the animals. The BMC had even installed grills twice to prevent them from dumping waste into the river but the grills were stolen.“We are facing a health scare. Residents of our building are forced to keep their windows shut throughout as the stench is unbearable,” said Pankaj Trivedi a resident of Shrikrishna Nagar Complex, Borivli, located adjacent to the river. Local BJP leader Vikram Chogle who has been supporting the River March movement launched by residents said that the citizens have started the Gobar Andolan to draw the attention of BMC officials to their problem.“We wanted BMC officials to understand that if they do not like dung in their offices, citizens too do not like seeing it being dumped in their rivers. BMC needs to begin taking up strict action against tabela owners who are violating the rules set,” he said.Gopal Jhaveri, Founder of River March, which is fighting for the revival of Dahisar river said that Rao assured them that the ward office will take action and send notices to all the tabelas.

MMRDA pulls up Metro 7 contractors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing displeasure over the pace of work, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has issued notices to three civil construction contractors — J Kumar Infra, Simplex Infra and NCC who are working on the Dahisar (E) — Andheri (E) Metro 7 corridor, alleging slow progress and poor progress of work on the Metro project.In the notices issued to all three contractors, the MMRDA, through its general consultant, has expressed displeasure citing inadequate deployment of resources such as machinery and manpower at the construction site. Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA confirmed that the three contractors were issued notices.The notice, accessed by DNA, dated August 11 states, “The slow progress of work shows that you are yet to mobilise adequate resources to adhere to the obligations of the contract.Meanwhile, a spokesperson for J Kumar Infra, said, “The delay is mainly because of end number of utilities on the alignment and with it, the ongoing monsoon due to which progress is affected. By mid-September, we would like to assure that things will improve.”However, despite repeated attempts and an email query, the remaining two companies did not respond. The MMRDA has divided the civil construction of the 18.9-km long Metro 7 into three phases and had appointed three contractors in May 2016 giving them 30 months of construction period.

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

MMRC asked to integrate metro with suburban Rly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even though Rs 40000 crore is being spent on the three Metro rails — Colaba-Bandra-Sepz (Metro 3), Andheri (E)-Dahisar (E) (Metro 7) and Dahisar-DN Nagar (Metro 2A) — there is no plan to connect with the Mumbai suburban rail that ferries 74 lakh people everyday. However on August 2, at a meet between the railways and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), the latter were asked to plan their stations accordingly.The Western Railway (WR) authorities have identified stations like Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri and Borivali where the connectivity between the two modes of transport is needed. Sources in WR said that these are the stations where it is required for the integration either through subways or foot over bridges (FOBs).”We have asked the MMRC to work on their stations in a way that it can connect with our railway stations,” said Mukul Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), WR.At these stations, work on Metro rail is underway which is barely meters away from the station premises. The railway authorities claim that as work on Metro is still underway, they can surely realign the path and integrate the two rail systems. For instance at Mumbai Central, work on Colaba-Bandra-Seepz is underway which are inside ral premises.At Andheri and Bandra, work is underway on the main arterial roads that leads to the railway stations. Here there is a scope for connecting to the nearest skywalk that is used by people daily. “There is a need for the two modes of transport to get connected, otherwise there is no point if people have to come on road for interchange,” said AV Shenoy, Transport expert.At present the connectivity at Andheri and Ghatkopar stations is satisfactory. In fact few months ago the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation built a new FOB joining the rail and metro stations that is barely 50 meters in length. Previously the distance between the two were around 500 meters or so and it was connected by a skywalk. At Ghatkopar, the two merge providing ease to commuters.”We will look into this suggestion made by the railways to connect the Metro stations with railway stations,” said Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, MMRCL.In fact the railway officials claim that they are also planning revamp of few stations under the Station Redevelopment scheme. Under the scheme, 400 stations belonging to A1 and A category are going to be redeveloped through PPP. The first phase of the scheme have been launched with 23 stations which include five stations from Mumbai suburban, namely Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), Thane, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus and Borivali.

Congress-run ‘State Bank of Tomato’ now active in Lucknow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the crazy price hike for tomatoes in the country at the moment, which has resulted in several thefts, the Congress in Lucknow has come up with a novel idea to help locals and farmers protect their precious vegetable: A tomato bank!Amid the protest launched against Central Government over the recent hike in tomato prices, the Congress has opened one-of-its-own-kind ‘State Bank of Tomato’. The bank lets its customers enjoy all the basic banking facilities, the only difference being, everything is related to tomatoes. Customers of the bank can get Fixed Deposit (FD) on tomatoes, lockers as well as facility of loans on the same.A long queue of customers was seen outside the bank here, while people saying that due to the fear of tomatoes getting stolen from their houses, they have brought their tomatoes to deposit in the bank.A 103-year-old man was also a part of the queue, who said that he had never thought he would have come to a bank to deposit tomatoes.”I have deposited 500 grams of tomatoes and will get back one kilogram back after six months,” he said.The Congress members, managing the bank, said they are getting great response and if it continues, they will have to more branches of the bank.Not just this, with tomato prices skyrocketing, it has become important in the whole sale vegetable market of Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city, to guard the pricey vegetable.It has been reported that in the wake of soaring tomato prices, cases of theft in the vegetable market of Indore have cropped up and has created tension amongst the sellers.The sellers now to safe guard the expensive vegetable, have deployed security guards to safeguard tomatoes.However, it is not only Indore, as similar incidents of tomatoes being stolen have been reported from other parts of the nation as well.Approximately 300 kilograms of tomatoes were stolen from the vegetable market in Mumbai’s Dahisar earlier this week on July 20. The tomatoes were worth Rs 70,000.Reportedly, the police have registered a case in the regard and are investigating the matter.Since past few weeks, the prices of tomatoes have tremendously increased owing to crop damage in producing states.The government has asserted that it is keeping a close watch on price movements.Tomatoes, in various parts of the nation, are still being sold at Rs 100-120 per kilogram.However, improved production is supposed to bring down tomato prices from mid-August and September.

Don’t dump untreated waste into rivers: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to prepare a detailed plan to ensure that no untreated sewage is allowed to enter into Mumbai’s rivers. In a meeting on Saturday with citizens group River March, which is campaigning for river revival, he asked the BMC to notify these water bodies and their tributaries (called nullahs) as rivers.Calling it a shot in the arm for their movement, founder of River March, Gopal Jhaveri said that the meeting helped them raise relevant issues with Fadnavis.Jhaveri said, in the meeting, the CM asked the BMC to speed up river re-examination efforts. “We have been raising the issue of pollution entering Dahisar river from Dhobi Ghat and sewer lines of residential areas and slums along the river. The CM asked Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to work out feasibility reports for a treatment plant at Dhobi Ghat and sewage treatment plants at other locations along Dahisar river,” he said.On June 21, CM’s wife Amruta Fadnavis also visited the Dahisar and Poisar rivers and voiced the need to reclaim them.The meeting was organised by BJP leader Vikram Chogle and attended by various high-ranking BMC officials.Tejas Shah, a volunteer with River March, who raised the issue of concretisation of the river beds and embankments at Dahisar and Poisar rivers, said the Municipal Commissioner’s turn around at the meet surprised him. “No BMC official was willing to listen to us when we were protesting. But in the meeting with the CM, the Municipal Commissioner showed concern over concretisation,” he told DNA.A senior BMC official informed that officials had visited Dahisar river, and were considering measures to stop waste water from entering the river from various sources….& ANALYSISThe CM has directed the BMC to find an alternative for environment-friendly options instead of concretisation to maintain healthy water tables The head of the State echoing sentiments to save the rivers that the BMC that has been neglecting for a long time could finally help save the rivers

21-yr-old dies in hit-&-run, kin allege medical negligence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a hit-and-run case, an unidentified vehicle driver rammed into a 21-year-old man’s motorbike at Jogeshwari, leading to his death. His family members allege that untimely medical help led to his death.On Saturday, Sahil Mishra, a Jogeshwari resident, was on his way back home after completing an interview in Andheri when the accident took place at the Balasaheb Thackeray Bridge. A white tempo rammed into his vehicle.”The driver of the vehicle did not stop after hitting the motorcyclist and fled after he saw him falling from the bike. The passers-by noticed the incident and tried to nab the tempo driver but he had sped off till then,”said an Oshiwara police officer. “The locals rushed him to a nearby trauma care hospital but he was declared dead before admission. The youth suffered multiple injuries due to the accident’s impact,” added the officer. “We have registered a case under section 304 (A) (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act against the unidentified tempo driver,” said the officer. “We are checking the CCTV footage near Dahisar Check Naka and nearby localities to identify the accused driver,” said the officer.Meanwhile, the family members of the deceased alleged that Mishra was not given timely treatment after the accident. “If Sahil would have been taken to the hospital on time, he could have survived. He lost a lot of blood till the time he was taken to the hospital,” said a relative.

Amruta Fadnavis bats for revival of city rivers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The River March citizens group, which aims to revive all four rivers of Mumbai, seems to have found an ally in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta Fadnavis. On Wednesday, she not only visited Dahisar and Poisar rivers but also voiced the need to reclaim the river to its original glory.Known to take keen interest in social issues, she visited several crucial stretches of the 12 km long Dahisar river, right from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) to where it culminates in the Gorai creek, and even discussed various issues that were plaguing the river.However River March, whose members had met her earlier this month and invited her for a visit, had to jostle with local politicians to properly explain the ground realities and their demands.While she keenly heard the problems of the Dahisar river, it was the mounds of garbage and filthy condition at Krantinagar, Kandivali that left her visibly shocked and upset. “We did not expect her to walk amidst so much garbage and filth but she did to see the condition and even spoke to the locals and questioned BMC officials as to why the garbage was not being removed,” said Gopal Jhaveri, co-founder of River March.

Fee hike: Dahisar school firm on expulsion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after Shiv Sena’s youth wing along with several parents protested at Dahisar’s Universal High School for expelling close to 80 students for not paying the hiked fees, the school is firm about taking back only students whose parents agree to pay the revised fees and adhere to the ‘norms’ set by the school.Parents had earlier opposed the close to 12 per cent hike by the school alleging that it ‘had not provided facilities as promised and had not taken the consent of the parents before deciding on the hike’.With a complaint registered with the state education department in March 2017, and the decision still pending, some parents had paid fees as per the old fee structure. The school issued expulsion notices, to students who did not pay the revised fees, citing non-payment of fees.”We have already sent letters to parents who have either not paid the fees or who have paid as per the old fee structure. We will give them a chance and will enrol those students whose parents pay the full fees,” said Jesus Lall, Chairman, Universal group of institutes.State Education Minister Vinod Tawde issued a statement on Wednesday stating that the government will withdraw the No Objection Certificate of the school if any student is expelled for such a reason. “A meeting of the fee regulation committee will be held on Thursday,” read the statement.

Tawde issues notice to Dahisar school over fee row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra school education minister Vinod Tawde today warned of action against a school in suburban Dahisar if it expelled a single student for non-payment of revised fees. “The management of Universal School is invited to a discussion regarding the fees. The state fee regulatory committee will also hear the argument of the school at around 12.30 on Thursday,” the minister said. If the school removed any student for non-payment of fees, the government will withdraw the No-Objection Certificate granted to it, the minister said. Some parents have alleged that they received notices threatening removal of their children from the school if a revised (increased) fee is not paid.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

About 80 Dahisar students face expulsion over fee hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 80 students of Dahisar’s Universal High School face expulsion from the school for non-payment of fees for the academic year 2017-18.Parents were recently sent letters stating, “The school through its previous communications has repeatedly awarded you more than a reasonable opportunity to pay the required fees and regularise your default. Unfortunately, you have chosen to not pay heed to the numerous requests that have been made by the school… Please note that the school leaving certificate shall be ready by May 29, 2017 and you may collect the same… The school will now be filling up the vacancies with immediate effect by granting admissions to other eligible and deserving students…”Parents had earlier opposed the close to 12 per cent hike by the school alleging that the institute ‘had not provided facilities as promised and had not consented the parents before deciding on the hike’. A complaint with this effect was registered with the state education department in March 2017, but the decision is still pending. As a result, some parents paid fees as per the old fee structure while others did not. The school has issued expulsion notices to these students citing non-payment of fees.

Mumbai: Repair of MGL gas pipeline puncture to begin today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The repair of the punctured gas pipeline of the Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) on the Western Express Highway (WEH) in Malad started on Friday evening and is expected to go on till Saturday evening, top MGL officials told DNA. The pipeline was punctured on Wednesday while a pile-driving machine was erecting a pillar for the Dahisar East–Andheri metro line.The technicians working on the line told DNA that the work got delayed because it had developed complications.”Our pipe is around 6 metres deep beneath the surface of WEH. The soil there is very loose and is collapsing, so we cannot weld the pipeline in this condition. So we had to arrange for very high quality shuttering material which will prevent a trench collapse,” said a top MGL official. Shuttering is a civil engineering process where metal or wood planks are used on the sides of a trench to ensure that the trench does not cave in while workers are in it.MGL officials said that the shuttering material has been provided by J Kumar, the same metro construction contractor firm whose labourers punctured the pipeline. “Now that the shuttering is complete, we can start work. After this is done, then workers can safely start welding the punctured part of the pipeline. It will take about 20 hours.” said the official.

At 23, Sena’s Harshad Karkar becomes youngest BMC corporator

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>23-year-old MBA student, Harshad Karkar, who aspired to step into the corporate world, has become the youngest corporator in the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) this time, winning Dahisar east ward on Shiv Sena ticket. Harshad’s entry into the politics was sudden, as his father, Prakash Karkar, a Shiv Sena corporator in the Mumbai civic body for the last ten years, decided not contest the BMC polls this time due to his ill health. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party then decided to field Harshad instead. Harshad secured 11,355 votes from ward no. 6, beating rival Neela Rathod from the BJP, with a margin of 1,708 votes. “My father has been a Sena corporator for the last 10 years. Due to his health issues, he was not keen on contesting election this time. However, he has earned good name among local people and has established good rapport with them. When the party proposed my name for the polls, local party workers supported the move and that is how I became the candidate,” Harshad told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bhayandar double-murder case: Deceased woman’s boyfriend held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today claimed to have cracked the double murder case of a call centre employee and her minor daughter in Bhayandar by arresting her 22-year-old colleague with whom she was in a relationship, police said. Dipika Sanghvi (29) and her daughter Hetal (8) were found murdered in their flat last week. According to police, the duo were murdered on January 25, but the matter came to light after neighbours complained of foul smell emanating from the flat. The accused, identified as Vinayak Apur, was arrested from Dahisar in Thane district, said Superintendent of Police (Rural) Mahesh Patil. He said Dipika, who was living separately from her husband, was in relationship with Apur, her colleague in the Dahisar-based call centre. On the motive behind the murder, Patil said Dipika used to threaten Apur that she would file a rape case against him if he doesn’t pay her money. “Her husband Kartik used to give her Rs 7,000 towards monthly expenses. He was aware about the affair between Dipika and her boyfriend,” the officer said. Narrating the sequence of event, Patil said Dipika and Apur had had a heated argument on January 25, following which he hit her with a heavy and blunt object on her head and strangulated her. “Hetal who was sleeping in next room woke up after hearing the commotion and witnessed the incident. However, Apur also strangled her and wrapped her body in bed before covering it with a bed sheet,” the SP said. To avoid suspicion, he didn’t leave the place immediately but stayed there for at least a day. “However, he was caught on CCTV while exiting the building. In meantime, he went to Goa and from there to Shirdi before returning to Dahisar,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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