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Maharashtra ups revenue target of registration and stamps department

Hard-pressed to meet its rising expenses due to the implementation of schemes like farm loan waivers and infrastructure projects, the cash-strapped state government is hiking the revenue collection target for the department of registration and stamps by 10 per cent, to about Rs 23,500 crore from Rs 21,000 crore.Stamp duty and registration charges on property transactions are the second-highest revenue source for the state government after state goods and services tax (SGST).”As on mid-December 2017, the collections through stamp duty and registration fees stand at Rs 16,668 crore, which is almost 80 per cent of the Rs 21,000 crore target. The highest percentage of revenue has come from conveyance deeds (54.8 per cent), followed by mortgages (12.3 per cent), leave and license agreements (10.3 per cent), power of attorney (4.7 per cent) and gift deeds (4.1 per cent). A total of 14,59,552 documents have been registered up to December 11,” the official said.The Mumbai region has also achieved over 70 per cent (Rs 6,487 crore) of its Rs 9,250 crore target.”Though we hope to achieve the revised target, real estate transactions have slumped in markets like Mumbai. However, since the new ready reckoner (RR) rates will come into force from April 1, 2018, we feel property registrations may surge in March on expectations of a rate hike,” the official noted.Officials said SRA and redevelopment projects in Mumbai were held up in areas like the Kurla taluka after the court’s ban on new constructions in Mumbai due to the failure in solving the problem of the city’s dumping grounds. This led to lower revenues being hit due to lower registrations of conveyance deeds of development projects.HELPS THE POCKETStamp duty and registration charges on property transactions are second-highest revenue source for the state government after state goods and services tax. Mumbai region has also achieved over 70 per cent (Rs 6,487 crore) of its Rs 9,250 crore target.

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After 7 yrs, MHADA back with lottery of 108 shops

After a lottery of nearly 820 homes, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) Mumbai Board is all set to introduce an e-auction of 108 commercial premises, for which the process was initiated on Friday when MHADA published a tender seeking a bank through which it can complete the whole process.Of the total 108 commercial establishments, 36 are in Pratiksha Nagar in Sion, four in Mazgaon, 14 in Vinoba Bhave Nagar in Kurla, five in Swadeshi Mill in Kurla, seven in Mankhurd, five in Powai, 11 in Mulund, one in Jogeshwari, four in Shastri Nagar in Goregaon, one in Siddharth Nagar in Goregaon and the remaining 20 in Charkop in Kandivili.The process of finalising the bank is expected to be complete by the first week of January. On Friday, MHADA’s Mumbai Board issued a tender inviting the expression of interest from nationalised, scheduled and commercial banks for a total solution provider for an e-auction of the shops.A senior official from MHADA’s Mumbai Board said, “We are looking for a bank that will be holding the e-auction of the shops spread over Mumbai that belong to MHADA. After the bank is finalised we will carry out the e-auction.”The offset price for the 36 shops in Pratiksha Nagar is Rs 11.45 crore while for the one shop in Jogeshwari, it is Rs 41.09 lakh. The total offset price of the 108 shops is Rs 49.93 crore. While the last such MHADA lottery for commercial premises was held in 2010, this is the first time that the Authority will be holding an e-auction of commercial premises. Until now, the MHADA had always held a manual auction.Apart from this, the MHADA also recently started the construction of buildings in Wadala, where it will be constructing nearly 280 homes in the affordable segment. The Authority is trying to get these homes constructed at the earliest because the MHADA wants the homes to be a part of the forthcoming lottery. In the previous lottery, which was held in November this year, the Authority received a lot of flak because it had only eight homes in the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) segment.WHAT’S ON ANVILProcess of finalising the bank is expected to be complete by the first week of January. MHADA’s Mumbai Board, on Friday, had issued a tender inviting the expression of interest from nationalised, scheduled and commercial banks for a total solution provider for an e-auction of the shops. Offset price for the 36 shops in Pratiksha Nagar is Rs 11.45 crore, while for the one shop in Jogeshwari is Rs 41.09 lakh.

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Mumbai scribe killed after two auto rickshaws collide head-on in Kurla

A Mumbai-based journalist was killed after a head on collision between two auto rickshaws in the suburb of Kurla on Thursday morning, news agency ANI reported.The journalist has been identified as Prashant Tripathi. According to a Hindustan Times report, Tripathi, a television journalist, was returning to his house in Kalwa near Thane when the accident took place near Kurla’s Baba Hospital.Police say a Tripathi was travelling with a relative when the accident took placeThe rickshaw driver immediately fled the spot, but passers-by managed to record his registration number and handed it over to the police. The driver has been identified as Yasin Shaikh, a resident of Nalla Sopara. He was arrested later in the day

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BMC, Central Railway seek IIT aid to check track-flooding

After they failed to finalise an amicable solution to widen drains at six chronic waterlogging locations on the Central Railway, the BMC and the CR have now sought the help of the Indian Institute of Technology to address technical difficulties.BMC’s stormwater drain department and the CR were wary of the method to be used for widening the drains at Currey road, Chinchpokli, Mulund and three locations between Sion and Kurla. These areas see severe waterlogging every monsoon which affects CR services.While the CR wants the civic body to widen the drains only through micro-tunneling, two metres below the tracks so that rail traffic is not affected, BMC says the method is technically unfeasible.”We have decided to take help of IIT to help us to find an amicable solution. We have already written to IIT’s civil engineering department and will hold a joint meeting soon”, said SWD department’s Chief Engineer V Khandkar.

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Mumbai: Central and Western Railway make haste to finish work on foot overbridges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sadly it took 23 people’s lives at the Elphinstone Road stampede for the railways to change their method of functionality. Both Central and Western Railways are busy competing on who has completed formalities on tender process and shall finish work on foot overbridges faster. The CR will build a new FOB at Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) while WR will construct one at Bhayandar.The Central Railway is claiming to have created a record in finalising tender in 24 hours for a new FOB at Kurla LTT and that work commenced on November 16. “Finalising of contract for a new FOB has been done in a record 24 hours and work has commenced without delay. The tender for the construction of this FOB opened on November 14 and was finalised on the same day,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway. The officials said that the acceptance letter was issued and physically handed over to the contractor immediately. This new FOB will be constructed at the CSMT end of the station near the new station building of Kurla LTT. It will be 6 meters wide and will have a double span of 18 meters each which will connect all 5 platforms. The new FOB will have ramps on all platforms at one end and stairs 2.50 meters wide on the other end. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 2.97 crore and is likely to be completed within 6 months.Similarly, the WR has finalised and awarded a contract within 7 days for the construction of a new FOB at Bhayandar station. This FOB – that is on the north side of the station – will be 10 meters wide, in lieu of old one that is 2.5 meters wide. Ravinder Bhakar, Chief PRO, Western Railway said: “A tender for this FOB was opened on November 7, at a cost of Rs 5.46 crores and was finalized by within a week. The contract was awarded on November 14”.The old foot overbridge at the north end has been closed for commuters from November 15. It will be dismantled and construction of new FOB will replace it within 6 months. It shall connect all platforms with a circulating area.

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.

DN Nagar-BKC Metro work to kick off by Feb ’18

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid protests by residents of Andheri, Vile Parle, Khar and Juhu demanding construction of DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B be underground instead of elevated, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Monday said civil construction of first phase between DN Nagar and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) will start by February 2018.Few residents had also approached the Bombay High Court, citing that Metro-2B should be made underground instead of elevated.However, the MMRDA on Monday opened the financial bids for the construction of Metro-2B wherein Simplex Infrastructure was found to be the lowest bidder. Simplex had quoted Rs 1,080 crore against an estimation of Rs 998 crore by MMRDA.This includes construction of 11 elevated stations from ESIC Nagar, Prem Nagar, Indira Nagar, Old Airport, Khira Nagar, Saraswat Nagar, National College, Bandra (W), MMRDA Office, Income Tax Office and BKC.”We have given nod to Simplex Infrastructures Limited, the lowest bidder at rupees one thousand eighty crores,” MMRDA said in a statement issued on Monday.”This is another important step towards developing metro network in the city which is the need of the hour. The contract will be awarded to the contractor after the Executive Committee accords its approval”, said UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.However, the residents who have challenged MMRDA, cited that an elevated Metro corridor over the major arterial SV Road will lead to traffic congestion and it would also close all doors for the future expansion of Metro.Expected daily ridership on the Metro-2B is over 8 lakh commuters. The 23.5-km-long Metro corridor is a part of the Metro 2 (Dahisar-Charkop—Bandra-Mandale), which was earlier planned underground, but later turned into an elevated corridor.The line was also divided into two parts: Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2A and DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B, which is being constructed in two phases between DN Nagar- BKC and BKC-Mandale.Meanwhile, tenders of remaining stations from MTNL Metro, SG Barve Marg, Kurla Terminal, Kurla-E, EEH, Chembur, Diamond Garden, Shivaji Chowk, BSNL Metro, Mankhurd, Mandala (Depot) will be floated separately.CITIZENS’ GRUDGESResidents, who have challenged MMRDA, said an elevated Metro corridor over the major arterial SV Road will lead to traffic congestion and close all doors for future expansion of Metro.

Open-cut method for culverts to affect CR services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Railways and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation attempt to solve problems created due to water logging on railway tracks in the monsoon, especially between Sion and Kurla, the BMC has now found a solution to the problem. However, this may affect central railway commuters largely as they may have to brace for cancellations and blocks.Apart from Sion and Kurla, storm water drains or culverts at Currey Road, Chichpokli and Mulund will have to be widened by the open-cut method. “It is the only method we could finalise to widen railway culverts as the usual engineering methods cannot materialise on these stretches. Commuters may be affected due to this work,” a senior civic official told DNA.Around two years ago, the BMC sent 29 proposals to Railways for widening and maintenance of culverts, for which the corporation has already paid money to the Railways. “However, railway officials found technical difficulties for drains augmentation and the proposals were languishing,” said Chief Engineer VH Khandkar of BMC storm water drains department.”But after joint meetings and visits, it was finalised that for six culverts, of which three fall in Sion-Kurla, and others in Currey Road, Chinchpokli and Mulund, the open-cut method will be used. It needs open excavation and is time-consuming, but drains need to be augmented irrespective of methods,” Khandkar added.Meanwhile, Divisional Railway manager of Central Railway SK Jain said, “We have finalised 15 locations on priority basis where we plan to complete the work before next monsoon. For these six culverts, we are figuring out ways to minimise disruptions in railway services. Our engineers are already in talks with civic engineers for the same.”DELAY AHEADApart from Sion and Kurla, storm water drains or culverts at Currey Road, Chichpokli and Mulund will have to be widened by the open-cut method. Commuters are likely to be affected.

City roads to get four electric buses soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BEST has inducted four electric buses in its fleet that would soon start plying on city roads. This has taken the total number of zero-emission eco-friendly buses to 29 which includes 25 hybrid buses that are meant for Bandra-Kurla Complex. However, the big challenge is in getting clearances from RTOs, which is delaying the process.The BEST has received the first batch of these buses that run on lithium-ion batteries at a cost of Rs 1.65 crore each. The total budget for these buses is Rs 10 crore.”We are trying to get these electric buses on road as soon as possible. These buses will now go to the RTOs for necessary inspections and clearances,” said Surendra Bagde, General Manager, BEST Undertaking.These buses are parked at the Backbay depot and will be soon taken to Tardeo RTO for testing.

MMRC to integrate Metro 3 with bullet train terminal at BKC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor plans to interconnect (integrate) the underground Metro corridor with the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train terminal at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).The alignment of the underground Metro corridor passes through BKC where the terminal for the proposed bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is to come.According to MMRC officials, the BKC Metro station and bullet train terminal will be connected through an underground subway, which will have a moving walkway or travelator installed.”Installing a moving walkway depends on the distance between the BKC Metro station and bullet train terminal. If the distance turns out to be more than 300-500 metres, a walkway will have to be installed,” an MMRC official said.The official added, “At this stage, the exact location of bullet train terminal inside BKC has not been decided so we haven’t made any formal proposal. But we want to integrate both and will approach the National High-Speed Rail executing the bullet train project about the same.”This integration would be mean commuters from South Mumbai can come to BKC and can use the subway walkway to head towards the bullet train terminal.Similarly, plans to connect both the terminals to Mumbai Airport are under consideration too. “We have similar plans to connect both terminals to the airport,” he said.However, the construction of bullet train terminal inside BKC has been opposed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the state government citing that land in BKC is costly and the Railways should consider acquiring land at Kurla or Bandra where the Railways own ample amount of land.The MMRDA had also cited that the area where the bullet train terminal has been proposed is also wanted for the construction of an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC). However, after deliberation by the Centre, the state government has said that bullet train terminal and IFSC both may coexist at BKC.CONNECTIVITYThe construction of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro 3 corridor started in October 2016 and it is a crucial connectivity point between north and south Mumbai. It expected to be completed by 2021.

Two days after Elphinstone Road tragedy, Karjat-bound local derails at CST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai’s surburban railway network had another major glitch on Sunday afternoon after a local train derailed between Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Masjid station.The incident took place at 1.45 pm when two wheels of the first coach of a Karjat-bound local slipped from the main track.The derailment resulted in several services getting cancelled.The habour line services were also halted, thanks to the weekly mega-block that takes place every Sunday.A DNA reporter said that she had been standing in Vidyavihar station – the station after Kurla – for the past 30 minutes and the announcement of cancellations had been made.The incident comes two days after a stampede on Elphinstone Road Foot Over Bridge resulted in the deaths of 23 people. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had on Saturday announced that there would be no compromise when it came to passenger safety and announced several projects, including constructing bridges at several stations on the Western and Central lines over the next one year.

Mumbai rains: Pregnant journalist braves 12-hour train journey

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When 33-year-old Urmila Dethe boarded a Mumbai-bound suburban train at Dombivli in the adjoining Thane district last morning, little did she know that her journey, which normally takes just over an hour, will stretch for almost 12 hours.What made the matters more complicated was that the journalist, who works with a leading Marathi newspaper, is seven months pregnant.”I was in the compartment reserved for the handicapped which had around 20 people, including eight visually-challenged people who had spent the night in a train during the July 26, 2005 deluge,” said Dethe, who boarded the train at around 11.30 AM.She was headed to the Bombay High Court, her ‘beat’ for the newspaper. However, the journey came to a halt at 20 km before her destination, and ended with a dramatic rescue in waist deep waters in the dead of night.”My train got stuck between Kurla and Sion. Through the afternoon, I called and tweeted for help. At one point, I grew concerned for the fellow passengers in the handicapped compartment and chose to stay on,” she told PTI.Fire brigade and police officials tried to find her but did not make any headway.Dethe managed to contact her husband on phone but even he could not reach her due to the chaotic traffic caused by heavy rains. Her husband works in the suburban Bandra Kurla complex.The local Samaritans patrolling the waters, as the tracks had turned into, kept the marooned passengers well fed through their ordeal.Things took a dramatic turn after nightfall, and the number of such helpers also reduced. In between, a local teenager was rescued by an able-bodied passenger from neck-deep waters, after he slipped into a culvert along the tracks.Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar came to know about Dethe’s plight and called her on phone.”His (Shelar) call was very reassuring,” she said.To add to her woes, the mobile network also went down at the same time, proving to be a big stumbling block for rescuers, who were struggling to locate her.Finally, at about 11.55 PM, Dethe heaved a sigh of relief when she saw one end of a Mumbai Fire Brigade ladder recline against the train body and a hand come up, directing her to climb down.”They actually picked me up like a small kid without letting me touch the water. I cannot thank them enough,” an emotional Dethe said.

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.

Kin raise money, give new home to Sai Siddhi family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the wait for temporary accommodations to be provided by the government stretching, relatives of a family from Siddhi Sai, the Ghatkopar building that collapsed on July 25, have helped them with funds to buy a new home. The family, who lived on the fourth floor of the fallen building, will soon move into a house in the Garden Lane in the same neighbourhood thanks to a loan of Rs 1.15 crore from their extended family.The fund has been given as an interest-free loan. Once Sai Siddhi is reconstructed, the Shah family can sell the flat and repay the loan.A relative of the family, Haresh Shah said, “Relatives got together, collected the money and gave it to them so they could buy a house. They have been told they can return it later, once they get their house back in a new building to be constructed in place of the collapsed one.”Residents of Sai Siddhi have been offered alternate accommodation at two places, Kurla and Bhandup.Binita Ramchandani, whose parents lost their house in the collapse, said, “Residents went to inspect accommodation options in both Kurla and Bhandup. Many aspects need to be looked into before finalising the site including school and tuition classes of the children, and businesses of the people.”The collapse of the ground plus four-storey building last month claimed 17 lives, and injured several others. There have been allegations that Sunil Shitap carried out alterations on the ground floor of the building, which led to the collapse. Shitap was arrested by the police along with several other accomplices by the police.

Man arrested for stealing tomatoes worth Rs 57,000

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has been arrested for stealing tomatoes worth over Rs 57,000 from a vegetable market in suburban Dahisar last month. Radheshyam Gupta (54) allegedly stole 900 kg of the vegetable from a shop on the night of July 18, transporting away the loot in a tempo, police said. Police examined CCTV footage of the area, questioned several vegetables suppliers and zeroed in on Gupta, who was arrested from his house in Kurla yesterday evening. While Gupta is a habitual offender, some other people too could be involved in the theft, said a police officer. Gupta was booked under section 379 (theft) of IPC, and a court today remanded him in police custody till August 18. Prices of tomato had soared last month, touching Rs 100 per kg in some parts of the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Janmashtami 2017: Two dahi handi-related deaths reported out of Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A second case of death has been reported from Maharashtra on the eve of Janmashtami, as a 34-year old was electrocuted in a Dahi handi program in Mumbai’s Airoli today.Nagesh Sainath Parle, a resident of Kurla was immediately taken to hospital in Mulund where he was declared dead, confirmed Senior PI Airoli Police station Pradip Tiddar.Earlier in the day, a man died while forming a human pyramid during Dahi Handi celebrations on the eve of Janamashtami in Dhansar Kashipada of Palghar district.The incident happened around 6.30 p.m., when Rohan Gopinath Kini fell off during human pyramid formation after suffering a seizure, following which he was rushed immediately taken to Philia hospital but was declared brought dead by the medical officer.Police has registered a case of accidental death in Palghar police station.The deceased’s body was sent for the post mortem and the actual reason of death will be clear only after the report.Reportedly, in last five years, around 1,171 govindas got injured and approximately five lost their lives while attempting to break the dahi handis.On August, the Maharashtra Government filed a caveat in the Supreme Court in connection with the Dahi Handi matter.While on August 1, the apex court sent back the ‘Dahi Handi’ case to Bombay High Court for fresh consideration in view of written submissions filed by the State.The apex court conducted the hearing on the affidavit filed by the Maharashtra Government.The affidavit states that the Maharashtra Police has issued guidelines for the said event, according to which, the organisers are directed to make arrangements for mattresses for all the Dahi Handi events across the state.The court had earlier banned youth below the age of 18 to participate in Dahi Handi rituals and restricted the height of the human pyramid to 20 feet.

Passport office in Thane merged with RPO in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major administrative decision, passport office in Thane has been merged with the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Mumbai. The Thane Passport office will now relocate from their current premises at Vardaan Sankul in Wagle Industrial Estate, to Videsh Bhavan in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai with effect from August 21. Besides, the Branch Secretariat at Worli office and office of Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai at Khira Nagar in Santacruz (West) too have been shifted to BKC. According to a statement issued by RPO Mumbai, the regional office of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Branch Secretariat at Manish Commercial Centre on AB Road, Worli, Mumbai as well as office of Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai at Khira Nagar in Santacruz have been relocated to Videsh Bhavan in Bandra Kurla Complex, G-block, Bandra (East) in Mumbai. The telephone numbers for this newly located office are 022- 26520016 /26520017/26520071 and e-mail is [email protected] According to the statement, the public enquiry for RPO, Mumbai will be entertained from 10 am to 12.30 pm on any working day except Wednesday at the new office from today. The Passport Seva Kendras at Lower Parel, Andheri, Malad, Thane, Thane-II and Nashik will continue their functioning from existing premises, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

How railways managed the day during the Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With roads to South Mumbai partly blocked by supporters of the Maratha Kranti Morcha, the suburban local trains came to the rescue. Thousands of protesters, who participated in the morcha took the local trains, both on Central and Western Railways.In the morning hours, trains towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) were running full with supporters. Holding saffron flags and wearing caps, people boarded general and first class compartments; with or without valid tickets. The protesters were more on the CR than the WR line, as they came from various parts of Maharashtra.It was seen that they were trying to enter the first class women compartment as well, but were either stopped by railway police staff (RPF) or local commuters. “With many coming from various part of the state, it is possible that they might not know about the compartments reserved for women. We stationed kept ticket checkers at major stations,” said a CR official.There were more than 150 plus Tcs, who were placed across railway stations with many at CSMT, Byculla, Dadar, Kurla and Thane, where protesters boarded were in huge numbers. However, TCs did not catch ticket-less commuters merely due to the huge crowd.Meanwhile, over 400 RPF positioned since last night (August 8) at various railway stations in Mumbai.Their offs were cancelled and working hours were extended to 12 hours. CR authorities admitted that the morning hours were difficult as many protesters arrived at CST by rail. People also alighted at Byculla station to join the march starting from Rani Baug to Azad Maidan.By 2pm, the CR planned to operate four extra rakes that ran 24 services. “We operated eight services on CSMT-Panvel Harbour line and 16 services on CSMT-Kalyan route,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway.Officers from different departments, too, were posted at various stations, to monitor the trains.By 4pm, there was sudden surge in the number of protesters arriving at CST station. They were dancing, waving flags and shouting slogans. It was around the same time that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced sops to Maratha community. By this time the protesters started returning and taking the local trains.But then technical failure hit the local trains on CR at Kurla. There was point failure that hit train services between 5.10pm to 5.37pm. This affected the punctuality of local trains on the main line, which until then was running smoothly. As people threw food, pouches, and other garbage on rail tracks, platforms and station premises and littered the CST station, the CR deployed 23 extra sweepers to clean up.As evening progressed people arrived to board the long distance trains back to various parts of the state. There were seven long distance trains starting from CSMT, one each from Dadar and Kurla LTT, on which one or two additional general sleeper coaches were added. Apart from this, authorities also decided to add two special unreserved trains starting from CSMT to Solapur and Kolhapur.Meanwhile on road, taxis and BEST buses were diverted all till the evening. These did not ply between Dadar TT and CST. People who wanted to come to town, had to use the other way via Haji Ali, Peddar Road and till Churchgate.

BEST bus strike called off after 16 hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sixteen hours after the BEST buses went off the city roads as employees of the transport body went on a strike, the stir was withdrawn this afternoon following Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s intervention. The BEST workers’ union had decided to go ahead with the bus strike from midnight to press for their demands, including timely payment of salaries. However, the stir was called off around 4 pm, after Thackeray, whose party is at the helm of affairs in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), assured that the budgets of the civic body and the BEST would be merged. Talking to reporters at his residence ‘Matoshree’ here after his meeting with the BEST union representatives, Thackeray said, “One of the main problems the BEST workers were facing was their salaries, which they did not get on time. I assure them that their dues would be paid to them by the 10th of every month.” He added that in order to solve other problems being faced by the BEST employees was that the budgets of the BMC and the transport body will have to be merged. “We will try to do it at the earliest. However, for that to happen, we have to approach the state government, move certain amendments in the law. Once it is done, automatically, all the problems faced by the workers will be addressed,” he said. Meanwhile, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray tweeted that the strike was called off after the unions met the party president for talks. “Uddhav Thackeray ji has assured the unions that all the BEST staffers will get their salaries on time, which was the main concern. Uddhav Thackeray ji also discussed and assured the restructuring of the BEST, along with the merger of BMC & BEST budgets soon,” he said in a tweet. “Measures to restructure the BEST with regard to the BMC are a Manifesto for @ShivSena and we will fulfil it,” he said in another tweet. A union representative, who was also present for the press briefing along with the Sena president, said that BEST decided to call off the strike after the Sena chief agreed to take responsibility of the public sector undertaking. “Strike was our last resort after all the other options failed. We are happy that the demands of workers who work tirelessly all year will be finally met,” the union representative said. BJP legislator Narendra Mehta took a dig at the Sena and said the party failed to meet the demands of BEST workers. “It is the Sena that is responsible for the BEST strike and Mumbaikars had to face problems commuting on the day of ‘Raksha Bandhan'” the BJP MLA told reporters. He added that while the BJP was fighting for real development, for the Sena, it was all about “its own development”. Nearly 36,000 BEST employees went on strike since midnight, putting lakhs of commuters to inconvenience, especially as ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is being celebrated today. The BEST operates around 3,700 buses on 483 routes, ferrying over 30 lakh passengers every day. Its transport wing is facing daily losses of over Rs 2 crore. The BEST employees and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have been at loggerheads for the past few days over several issues, including irregular payment of salaries. In a bid to provide some relief to the commuters, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) ran additional 75 buses on major routes, while the Central Railway (CR) opened additional booking windows. The Western Railway (WR) also ran four more services between Churchgate and Virar. An MSRTC spokesperson said, “We operated 73 buses from Kurla to BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex), Thane to Mantralaya, Mantralaya to Panvel and Dadar to CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), etc. But it is obvious that 73 buses can not do the job of 3700 buses.” Many autorickshaw drivers refused to ferry short-distance passengers, and aggrieved commuters took to social media to vent out their anger. “Not a single Ricksawala ready to ply to Veera Desai from Andheri West Railway Station #beststrike @MumbaiPolice #incredibleindia,” tweeted Siddhesh Sardesai. Vatsal Surotia reacted, “It is possibly THE worst day to travel by road in #Mumbai today. Rakshabandhan traffic plus BEST strike plus rains.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Central Railway scans unauthorised access points at railway stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could be a major security hazard, the Central Railway authorities, who inspected 11 railway stations on the suburban system, have found several unauthorised entry and exit points at the rail premises.The stations under its purview are Dadar, Kurla LTT, Kurla, Thane, Kalyan, Vashi, Wadala, Panvel, Dombivali, Ghatkopar and Karjat. Sources said that during the inspection, they found 90 odd authorised entry and exit points and 27 unauthorised points that are used by people — holding valid tickets and ticketless travellers.”We found that these unauthorised points aren’t manned 24/7. It is difficult to do so and is mainly created by people who have broken down the wall or any such path not authorised by the railways,” said a CR official.Officials said that Kurla LTT station is among the worst when it comes to security as all sides around the station premises are open. There are no boundary walls and it is easily susceptible to miscreants and anti-social elements.Ghatkopar station, which connects the suburban rail with the Metro, has no authorised entry/exit points.It has 18 unauthorised points that are used by nearly 1.5 lakh commuters every day at the station. In a meeting between the RPF and GRP to address this issue, agencies took stock of the current situation and discussed the possibility of adding manpower at these stations to monitor the unauthorised entry/exit points.Apart from this, the rail police authorities also checked the presence of door frame metal detectors (DFMD)and found that 52 DFMDs are present at six stations while there are none at Vashi, Wadala, Ghatkopar, Dombivli and Karjat….& ANALYSISSecurity at railway stations is a major concern for not only rail authorities but also commuters using the system everyday. The presence of these unauthorised entry points into railway premises shows the shoddy infrastructure. The railways need to spend more to strengthen existing security.

One rupee clinic’s timely intervention saves heart-attack patient at Kurla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after a ‘one rupee clinic’ helped a woman deliver her baby at the Ghatkopar railway station, doctors of a one rupee clinic at Kurla railway station have saved another patient suffering from heart attack.Sameer Mukri, 41, was travelling in a train late on Saturday night when he suffered from chest pain and was brought to the clinic immediately. “Co-passengers rushed him to the one rupee clinic on the platform where an ECG revealed his case was that of a typical myocardial infarction (heart attack),” said Dr Rahul Ghule, who started the one rupee clinic a few months ago.Mukri was then given the necessary treatment to stabilise him. “He was then shifted to the state-run JJ Hospital,” said Dr Ghule, who along with his brother Dr Amol Ghule started the clinic. So far there are seven clinics on platforms in the central and harbour line. “We are starting one more clinic in Mankhurd this month while another one in Panvel station will be operational shortly as well,” Ghule added.Hundreds of people lose their lives in railway accidents in the city every year. In cases of cardiac arrests, like that of Mukri, it is important to get patients treated during the ‘golden hour’ or else the attack could be fatal.While doctors at the one rupee clinic provide consultation for a token amount of one rupee, the diagnostic tests like blood tests are carried out at a subsidised amount.

Five Metro stations to get ‘one rupee clinic’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The cost effective one rupee clinic initiative will soon be set up at Mumbai Metro stations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor. The authority has planned to open the clinic at five metro stations by mid-August. These metro stations are Andheri, Marol Naka, Ghatkopar, Saki Naka and DN Nagar.Till date, the one rupee clinic initiative at Central and Harbour line railway stations saw a footfall of 12,555 visitors within two months. The clinic was first opened at Ghatkopar railway station on May 10. The authority thinks that the initiative will benefit daily metro commuters during emergency situations.Speaking about the clinics which will now be opened at Mumbai Metro stations, Dr Rahul Ghule, said, “Our objective is to give affordable health services. Due to our success in running cost effective medical services at various railway stations, the metro authority has approached us to start the initiative at five metro stations. In the past, there have been emergency cases at the metro stations due to which medical services are needed. Ghatkopar and Andheri metro stations have more number of footfalls.”The objective of the initiative is to give medical treatment to the general public and address emergency cases with promptness at crowded stations.Within two months of the clinic on the central line, Ghatkopar station has received the highest number of footfalls followed by Dadar and Kurla. So far, 3,897 patients visited the clinic at Ghatkopar, 3,200 patients visited the Kurla clinic, 3,375 patients visited the Dadar clinic, 1,200 patients at Wadala Road and 980 patients at Mulund.SPEEDY SERVICEThe one rupee clinics at Central and Harbour line railway stations saw 12,555 visitors within two months.
The objective of these clinics is to provide speedy medical treatment at crowded railway stations.

MMRDA to cash in on Monorail’s Wadala depot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to generate additional revenue from the city’s Monorail project, which is currently incurring losses, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has now chalked out a plan to monetise the Monorail depot in Wadala for commercial purposes.The MMRDA plans to lease out the 15 acre plot and expand it horizontally on the unused area inside the Monorail depot. With a mere ridership of 18,000 commuters on a daily basis, the MMRDA has been incurring losses for the first phase of Monorail between Chembur and Wadala.Sanjay Khandare, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We are expecting to earn some revenue from our Monorail depot land and we are appointing a consultant who will evaluate the total value of the land and help us to figure out the land requirement.”The depot land is currently under Scomi Engineering, the operator for the Monorail, along with L&T which is the civil construction contractor for both the Monorail phases. The second phase is between Wadala and Jacob Circle, Mahalaxmi, and is expected to be commissioned by year-end.The MMRDA’s plan to commercialise the depot land is said to be another attempt to increase its revenue and raise funds after its recent attempt to auction its land parcel in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).

Metro III: HC allows MMRCL to cut mangroves to set up station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today permitted the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) to cut mangroves to set up the suburban Bandra Kurla Complex station as part of the Metro Line III. A division bench of justices V M Kanade and M S Sonak allowed an application filed by the MMRCL seeking permission to cut 108 mangroves in suburban Bandra Kurla Complex. The permission was required as the high court had earlier, while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Bombay Environmental Action Group, mandated taking its nod for anything regarding mangroves. The court today accepted an undertaking submitted by the MMRCL assuring that it had taken all the necessary permissions from the authorities concerned and that it would plant mature trees in the area after the project work got over and would look after the trees for a period of three years thereafter. “Ensure that you (MMRCL) have all the necessary permissions. Also make sure that the trees are planted properly… the method has to be proper or else the trees would die and there would no point of this undertaking,” Justice Kanade said. The court also noted that the MMRCL should have considered all these aspects of tree cutting and how to avoid it at the planning stage itself. “At the planning stage itself you (MMRCL) should have been careful and seen to it that no mangroves need to be cut,” Justice Kanade said. To this, MMRCL advocate Kiran Bagalia said the authority had zeroed in on the land at Bandra Kurla Complex as alternative land in Kurla was under litigation. Over 5,000 trees are proposed to be cut in various areas of south Mumbai to pave way for the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro line III project. The 33-km line III project is a part of the Metro system, which will connect the Cuffe Parade business district in south Mumbai to SEEPZ in the city’s north-central suburb.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New toilet system with urinals, separate washrooms for men,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rail passengers can look forward to an entirely new kind of toilet system — urinals, western style toilets with hot water and washing closet seat facility and separate washrooms for men and women equipped with triple mirrors for make-up. The E5 Shinkansen series bullet trains to be pressed into service on the upcoming Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed corridor will also have baby changing rooms comprising baby toilet seats, tables for diaper disposal and a low sink for children for washing hands. Railways is gearing up to acquire 25 E5 Shinkasen series bullet trains from Japan at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore for the Modi government’s first bullet train project. The 731-seater E5 series Shinkansen bullet train, a new generation Japanese high speed train, will also have multi- purpose room to be used for breast feeding and also for sick passengers. Besides, there will be two extra-spacious toilets for wheelchair-bound passengers in the 10-coach high speed train. Facilities of separate rest rooms and toilets for men and women while introducing wall mounted type urinals for men in the high speed train are in the offing for the first time in Indian Railways, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the Rs 1 lakh crore bullet train project. However, urinals and toilets will be installed in alternate coaches in the train. For example, toilets will be installed in coach number 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 while urinals will be available in coach number 2, 4, 6 and 8. Washrooms for men and women will also be placed in similar way. There will be luggage space for business class passengers in the train. Besides business, there will be also Standard class passengers. While the train will have 698 seats for Standard class, 55 seats will be earmarked for Business class. The bullet train with seating facility will take about 2 hours 7 minutes to travel 508-km distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Most of the corridor will be elevated, except for a 21 km underground tunnel between Thane and Virar, of which 7 km will be under sea. The undersea tunnel was chosen to avoid damaging the thick vegetation present in the area. The corridor will begin at the underground station in the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and then traverse 21 km underground before emerging above ground at Thane. JICA has agreed to fund 81 per cent of the total project cost through a 50-year loan at an interest rate of 0.1 per cent and a moratorium on repayments up to 15 years. Indian Railways will invest Rs 9,800 crore in the high- speed rail project and the remaining cost will be borne by the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mithi River beautification despite cleaning pending

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the slow progress of the cleaning and widening of Mithi River, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now start beautifying the banks of the river. The proposal costing of Rs 3 crore, which includes developing a garden and pathways, was cleared in the Civic Standing Committee meeting on Friday.The beautification work includes growing a garden to beautify the landscape, pave a block road, build storm water drains, illuminate the area, installation of seats and dustbins, etc. The work will begin from Kurla’s Kranti Nagar. The civic body has set a deadline of six months to complete it.Leaders of the Opposition and corporators from Congress and Samajwadi Party had opposed the proposal. The Opposition leaders said that the cleaning, deepening, and widening of the river should be completed before any other work on it begins. If the river is not clean, what is the point of beautifying its banks, they questioned.The proposal, however, was passed by Shiv Sena’s Ramesh Korgaonkar, the Standing Committee Chairman. BJP group leader Manoj Kotak was also present at the meeting when the proposal was cleared.Mithi is one of the city’s longest river. The BMC and MMRDA took up the cleaning, deepening, and widening of it after the July 2005 deluge. The river had filled with silt, garbage, and sewage. Unfortunately, slum encroachments along the river have slowed down the progress of the work.What’s on the listThe beautification work includes growing a garden to beautify the landscape, pave a block road, build storm water drains, illuminate the area, installation of seats and dustbins, etc. The work will begin from Kurla’s Kranti Nagar.

Watch: Girl miraculously survives after being run over by train in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old teenager girl miraculously survived even after being hit by a goods train in Mumbai while crossing the tracks.The incident took place on May 13 at Kurla station was captured on CCTV camera.The girl has been identified as Pratiksha Natekar, a resident of Bhandup in Mumbai.She has suffered minor injuries on her lips, eyes and her head and was taken to Rajawadi Hospital from where she was discharged after treatment. Speaking to NTDV, Natekar said that she had plugged in earphones and didn’t hear the train. When she saw the train hurtling towards her, it was too late. Admitting her mistake, Natekar now appeals to people not to plug in earphones while waiting for a train and use the foot overbridge to cross tracks.

Over 6k patients visited ‘one rupee clinic’ at five centres within a month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five city-based railway stations that started cost effective ‘one rupee clinic’ saw a footfall of 6,900 visitors within a month. The clinic was first opened at Ghatkopar railway station on May 10, followed by four other railway stations — Dadar, Kurla, Mulund and Wadala Road in the second week of May.According to Dr Rahul Ghule, two more clinics will open on July 1 at two railway stations — Thane and Vashi. The aim of the ‘one rupee clinic’ initiative is to give medical treatment to the general public and accident victims at the crowded railway stations.Speaking about the cases visited so far in the five centres, Dr Rahul Ghule said, “30 per cent of the patients have diabetes issue. Our motto is affordable health. For this, we have started cost effective medical service and medical test at all the centres. We will be having a trial service related to ultrasound therapy to control sugar level in the body. The therapy is still not practically implemented in India.”Within a month, the footfall at five centers are: so far 3,800 patients visited Ghatkopar, 1,800 patients visited Kurla clinic, 700 patients visited Dadar clinic, and 600 patients at Wadala Road.Dr Ghule added, “Till date, there were six severely injured cases at Kurla station. Out of those one person died. In Dadar, three severely injured cases were attended.”Within six months, every station will have emergency medical rooms (EMR). The ‘one rupee clinic’ initiative will soon be expanded on Western line.“We will take at least five months to set up clinics at other 19 railway stations on the central and harbour line. We have written letters to the Western Railways for the permission to expand the initiative on the western lines too,” added Ghule.

Price comparison at Mumbai veggie markets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With farmer bodies across Maharashtra starting their indefinite strike from Thursday, DNA tracks vegetable markets across the city to see the impact on vegetable prices in neighbourhoods. While vegetable vendors said that there was no impact on prices on Thursday, they said the impact, if any, would be felt on prices from Friday onwards depending on supply. Farmers have been demanding a loan waiver, implementation of MS Swaminathan Committee recommendations, and better remuneration for their produce and milk among others. They started the indefinite strike after talks with the government failed.Cuffe Parade Market Potato 25Onion 20Tomato 30Bhindi 20 (250 gms)Brinjal 60 (both)Cauliflower 60Cabbage 50There has been no change in prices of vegetables since yesterday. If at all there will be an impact, we will get to know only on Friday morning because Thursday’s supply has already come. —Harilal, a vegetable vendor, Cuffe ParadeColaba Market Potato 18Onion 18Tomato 25Bhindi 50-60 Brinjal 40 (both)Cauliflower 50-60Cabbage 40As of now there is no problem with respect to farm produce. We will get to know the impact from 10 am onward on Friday.—Pankaj Singh, vegetable vendor, Colaba MarketWorli market Tomato 30/kgOnion 16/kgPotato 16/kgThere have been talks about a strike in the vegetable markets around Mumbai but there is no impact on the prices as of today. We will have to check with the wholesale market and see if there is any impact tomorrow.”—Musa Sayyed, vegetable vendor, Siddarth Nagar in WorliBrinjal 40/kgTomato 30/kgOnion 16/kgPotato 16/kgLadyfinger 40/kgCauliflower 30/kg There has been a strike today but the vendors are currently using the stock that was available for purchase since yesterday (Wednesday). There will be an impact on the prices of the vegetables Friday. As of Thursday, there has been no impact on the sales. The regular customers have been buying as they do it every day.—Abdul Salim Abdul Wahab, vegetable vendor, Worli Naka Mulund Brinjal 60/kgTomato 40/kgOnion 20/kgPotato 20/kgLadyfinger 60/kgCauliflower 40/kgThe price of some vegetables have increased by 2-3% today due to the strike. The strike will affect the market a lot and the prices will rise more tomorrow”—Anil Pai, a vegetable vendor near Mulund Railway StationKurla Brinjal 40/KgTomato 20/KgOnion 15/kgPotato 15/KgLadyfinger 40/KgCauliflower 35/KgToday the market is not that affected by the strike as we already bought more stocks but tomorrow the market will be affected a lot because of the strike.—Nizamuddin Khan, vendor near Kurla railway stationDadar Brinjal 40/kgTomato 20/KgOnion 20/kgPotato 20/kgLadyfinger 40/kgThe prices of the vegetables is the same as yesterday. However, some vegetable prices have increased by Rs 5-10 and there will be more increase in the price on Friday because of the strike”— A vegetable vendor near Dadar station

Commuters face slippery path on Andheri-Kurla road

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It will be a nightmare for residents who commute on Andheri-Kurla road near Andheri railway station as work on storm water drain is underway. Considering its current status, it does not seem like the work is likely to be completed before the monsoons arrive.The civic body has been carrying out repair work of the of the storm water drainage between Andheri station and Eastern Urban Road below the Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line. The work started in May 2015 and it has to be completed by May 31, 2017. However, a section below Metro line near Andheri station is still incomplete. The stretch witnesses traffic congestion and due to ongoing construction work, only one half is open to traffic.In addition, the stretch from Andheri Station to Asalpha — of the entire 3.5 km Andheri-Kurla road has been a thorough mess and traffic jams along the entire stretch are common.This can be attributed to uneven roads and potholes. Waterlogging has already been reported in the past and this year the potholes will add to the woes of the commuters.Nicholas Almeida of the Watchdog Foundation claims that entire stretch of 5 km Andheri-Kurla road beginning from Andheri (East) railway station to Sakinaka in K-East Ward is full of potholes. “Even in the absence of the rains, potholes pose a problem for motorists,” he said.Earlier, the road was under MMRDA, and the BMC often found ways to make excuses for the mess on the road. However, in 2015, the road was handed over to BMC. But residents claim that there has been not any change in the condition of the road.Devedra Jain, Assistant Municipal Commissioner said that they have been carrying out resurfacing work and will complete filling up all the potholes before the arrival of the monsoon so that there is no issue of waterlogging.

Delayed work on LBS Road wreak havoc for commuters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A major arterial road in the eastern suburbs, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Road (LBS road), witnesses heavy traffic congestion round the clock due to the connectivity it offers. However, motorists continue to suffer due to the width of the road, which is narrow.Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) deadline of May 31 nears, quite a few patches on the road are still under repairs, especially the stretch from Ghatkopar to Kurla. A civic officer has informed that the road will be motorable before monsoon; however, the pending work may resume only after the monsoon.The LBS road connects Thane to Sion, intersects at Ghatkopar-Andheri Link Road and Jogeshwari-Vikroli Link Road. It also connects to harbour suburbs and further towards Vashi where it intersects at Ghatkopar-Mankhurd link road.Approximately 3 lakh vehicles use this road on a daily basis and yet such a crucial road continues to be in a pathetic shape.The stretch from R city Mall, Ghatkopar to Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla has many areas in the centre of the four-lane road which are under repair. The barricades occupy almost two lanes in addition to the illegally parked trucks.Meanwhile, the stretch opposite Pheonix Marketcity has two lanes in the centre of the road dug up which leads to a traffic snarl even during the day.Assistant Municipal Commissioner (L ward), Ajitkumar Ambi said, “The work is carried out by the hydraulic engineering department. I regularly meet the officials and have asked them to complete the work before the monsoon. The officers have informed that the road will be motorable in the next 3 to 4 days.””According to the commissioner’s direction, the roads should be made motorable before the spell of rains begin. The pending work may restart after the monsoon season is over. I will ensure that the roads are made motorable by May 31,” Ambi added.TRAVEL WOESThe stretch from R city Mall, Ghatkopar to Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla has many areas in the centre of the four-lane road which are under repair. The barricades occupy almost two lanes in addition to the illegally parked trucks.

DNA Micro Edit | Swine Flu: 2 deaths but no reason to panic yet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The swine flu death toll in Maharashtra stands at 198, while Mumbai has witnessed two deaths — one in April and another in May. While the first victim was a 16-month-old toddler from Worli, the second was a 72-year-old woman from Kurla — both from high-risk age groups. Pregnant woman, diabetics and those with a compromised immune systems are other high-risk categories vulnerable to the viral infection.Since January, around 34 cases have been reported in Mumbai, and most infected individuals have some travel history to areas like Pune and Nashik that have been badly hit by swine flu. So far, Mumbai health officials maintain that there is no need to panic as the number of cases are not large enough to be a public health problem. However, they also concede that there is little they can do to stop the spread of swine flu since the disease is spread by droplet infection and its symptoms are similar to the common cold.With five beds reserved in all civic hospitals for swine flu cases, and a stock of vaccinations, health officials say they are prepared to handle the existing cases. Mumbai though has requested the state officials for 1,000 more vaccine doses.Being a contagious viral infection, it becomes important that the ones who are infected stay away from crowded public places. It is as much a responsibility of the individuals as it is for public health officials to ensure Mumbai does not see an outbreak of swine flu.

Three gangsters of Suresh Pujari gang arrested from Kurla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three gangsters allegedly owing allegiance to the Suresh Pujari gang were arrested from Kurla last night by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Mumbai Police, an official said. Raj Chauhan (25), Ali Abbas Khan (27) and Sudhakar Khristopriya (52) were allegedly involved in cases of extortion and firing outside a wine shop in Ulhasnagar and at a hotel in Nalasopara in adjoining Thane district a fortnight ago, said the official. Acting on a specific information that the trio would be meeting at Kurla to exchange firearms and discuss further plans, the officials laid a trap and nabbed all of them, he said. During the search police found one 7.65 bore pistol, two magazines, eight live cartridges, cell phones and Rs 2.5 lakh from them, said the official. Police also seized two motorcycles used during firing at Ulhasnagar and Nalasopara, he said. A cashier of the hotel was injured in Nalasopara firing incident, which took place on May 7, he said. During interrogation it was revealed that the accused had come to Kurla to discuss the plan and to distribute the money, which they had received on behalf of Suresh Pujari, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three wagons of a goods train derail; Harbour services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suburban services between Kurla and CST in the Harbour corridor were stopped after three wagons of a goods train derailed today, inconveniencing daily office commuters in the morning rush hours, Central Railway officials said. Harbour line services were affected due to goods train derailment between Wadala and GTB Nagar stations at 4:15 AM, said Central Railway PRO A K Singh. A Mandoli-bound goods train had crossed Wadala station when three rear wagons of the trains derailed, said Singh adding the efforts of re-railing were on at war-footing. The remaining 37 wagons of the derailed train have been dispatched to the destination, he said. Our team of engineers along with the senior officers are at the spot and doing every bit to restore the services as soon as possible, Singh said. Meanwhile, another senior officer said Main line and Trans Harbour trains were running on schedule and Harbour passengers have been permitted to travel on these routes. Also, trains from Panvel (towards CST) are being terminated at Kurla. CR is running additional local trains between Vashi to Thane for enabling passengers to reach CST via Thane, as Kurla harbour line services have been affected, said the official. To ease peak hour travel, we have spoken to BEST undertaking too to run additional services between Kurla to CST, he added. However, office-goers and students faced a harrowing time with huge rush at Kurla station due to delay of local trains. Trains are running more than half an hour behind schedule, due to bunching en-route to Kurla, a commuter, Shikha Singh claimed. Another commuter Kripa complained, “I was waiting for a CST-bound train since 6.30 AM at Kharghar but there were none which led to chaos and confusion at the station. I could only see overcrowded trains towards Thane which were difficult to board.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Statue of Mother Mary vandalised in Mumbai; 2 booked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A statue of Mother Mary was allegedly desecrated by unknown persons in suburban Kurla in the wee hours today, following which two unidentified persons were booked, police said. The grotto of Mother Mary installed on a roadside in Kurla was desecrated at around 4 AM, they said. The incident had led to tension in the area and police later pacified the angry locals and brought the situation under control, a senior police official said. In the CCTV footage, two bikers, with face covered under helmets, were seen desecrating the statue, he said, adding a case was registered at the VB Nagar Police station against the two. Two unidentified persons were booked under section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship), 427 (mischief causing damage) of IPC, the official said. Reacting to the incident, social activist Nicholas Almeida said this kind of disturbance happens every now and then during election time. He demanded strict action against the culprits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Youth held for kidnapping a 7-year old child from Kurla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 20-year-old youth was arrested from Varanasi for allegedly kidnapping a child for a ransom of Rs 15 lakh from suburban Kurla here, a senior police official said today. The accused identified as Kishan Kumar Lacheram, who used to work in Mumbai earlier, hails from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, said police. Lacheram allegedly kidnapped the 7-year-old child on February 2 when he was playing near his residence at Nehru Nagar in Kurla under the pretext of giving him ice-cream, said senior police inspector Pramod Khoparde. The child’s parents lodged a complaint following which police launched a manhunt to trace the kid. The accused called the minor’s parents on February 3 and told them that he has kidnapped their child, the officer said. “We then put the entire machinery in action and found that the call was made from a place near Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh). A team led by an officer was sent there to track him down,” Khoparde said. The police was not sure if the child was with the accused as he didn’t reveal any other details and maintained that the minor was sleeping. The accused called again on February 4. He made the child talk to parents and demanded a ransom of Rs 15 lakh, the official said, Lacheram, made another call on Sunday morning and negotiated the ransom amount to Rs 5 lakh, but didn’t tell the place where money was to be handed over, said the official. The next day he told the parents to come to Varanasi with money on Tuesday (February 7), the official said. A police team was sent to Varanasi and the accused was caught near the railway station, he said. He has been for booked under section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) and 364 A (kidnapping for ransom).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maratha community members stage ‘chakka jam’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maratha community members today staged ‘chakka jam’, as a part of their ongoing protests across Maharashtra to press for their demands, including reservation. Vehicular movement on some roads connecting Mumbai to Pune, Nashik and Gujarat were affected because of the agitation, the protesters said. According to Mumbai police, there were reports of the agitation being held at Kurla, Bhoiwada, Trombay, Bhandup, Mankhurd areas in the metropolis in a peaceful manner. A meeting regarding the agitation was held in Mumbai two weeks back where the line of action was decided, the Maratha community leaders involved in the planning said. The community leaders have also decided to hold their ‘biggest’ rally in Mumbai on March 6, the first day of the state Budget session. The community, pre-dominant in Maharashtra politics, had earlier taken out silent marches in various districts of the state last year, following the rape and murder of a girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district. The victim girl was a Maratha, while the culprits were Dalit. The community members are demanding inclusion in OBC category, reservations for Marathas in educational institutes and government jobs, and strict punishment for accused in the Kopardi rape and murder case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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