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Congress party office attacked by MNS

On Friday morning, the Congress party office, situated near Azad Maidan, was vandalised by eight unidentified men, suspected to be Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists. While no one was injured in the attack — it took place when the housekeeping staff was cleaning — Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam has vowed a befitting reply to MNS in their ‘own style’.The attackers smashed the glass cabins inside the office and left within minutes after launching the attack. The police has now beefed up the security around the office.Over the last few weeks, there had been increasing tension between the two political parties over the hawkers’ issue where the MNS had been vocal against ‘outsiders’, while the Congress had backed their right to livelihood. Days ago, an MNS officebearer was beaten up in Vikhroli.Following the incident, MNS chief Raj Thackeray had told his party that he didn’t like his followers getting beaten up.Meanwhile, escalating the feud, Nirupam, who is campaigning in Gujarat for the local assembly polls, claimed that the attack couldn’t have taken place without the blessings of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home ministry. “Azad Maidan police station is barely 25 metres away from our office. Yet, the MNS goons had the audacity to come and vandalise. There is round-the-clock vigil in this area; what were the police officers doing?” he said.He also termed the MNS ‘goons’ as impotent, who attacked the Congress party office in a cowardly manner. “If the CM fails to take proper action in this, our party will give a befitting reply to MNS in the coming days,” Nirupam warned.After the attack, former Mumbai Congress president Kripashankar Singh, ex-Union minister Milind Deora and Congress MLA Amin Patel visited the party office. Leader of Opposition in the state assembly and Congress MLA Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil also condemned the attack said the MNS had done this for publicity. “They have lost their political relevance and want to stay in limelight using these cheap tactics,” he said.
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IIT-Vikhroli Metro stretch work to worsen traffic snarls

Expect more traffic snarls if you are driving via Powai lake, as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has initiated the bidding process for construction of the Metro corridor between IIT, Bombay and Vikhroli on behalf of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).The DMRC said on Wednesday that it floated a bid worth Rs 339.27 crore for the project on Tuesday, partially between IIT, Bombay and Vikhroli, and the rest of the project will be tendered separately. The development has come after a month of the Maharashtra cabinet approving the particular Metro line.”Work on the IIT, Bombay-Vikhroli line can start by April 2018 and the remaining corridor between Lokhandwala and IIT will be tendered separately as the Metro-6 designs will have to be planned considering the design of one of the flyover being constructed by the BMC. We are currently studying to accommodate both the designs,” said a DMRC official.The 14.47-km route will link Lokhandwala at Andheri in western suburbs with Vikhroli in the eastern suburbs along with major arterial roads like the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), Western Express Highway (WEH), Powai Lake road, and the Eastern Express Highway (EEH).The Metro-6 project will connect commercial areas like SEEPZ, Powai through an elevated line. It will be also linked with the 18.6-km Metro 2-A route which is from Dahisar (East) to DN Nagar, Andheri.PROJECT DETAILSTotal project cost: 6,672 crore Total 13 Metro stations namely: Lokhandwala (Swami Samarth Nagar)), Adarsh Nagar, Momin Nagar, JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Maha Kali Caves, SEEPZ Village, Saki Vihar Road, Ram Baug, Powai Lake, IIT Bombay, Kanjurmarg (W), Vikhroli-EEH. Number of coaches: 6 Daily ridership: The expected daily ridership is anticipated to be 6.5 lakh in 2021 and 7.69 lakh in 2031.
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Want men who can batter, not get battered: Raj Thackeray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after some of its members were attacked by hawkers in Vikhroli, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray told party’s office-bearers that he did not want his workers to get beaten up. “I want workers who will beat up others,” Thackeray told his men at a meeting on Monday.Raj exhorting his men to violence is likely to escalate the tension between MNS and the Congress party that has taken up hawkers’ cause.Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam warned Raj to stop ‘goondagardi’ or else his men will frequently get beaten up.”The Vikhroli incident is humiliating. I don’t want a repeat. If we can’t protect ourselves, how will we pick up people’s cause?” Raj is said to have asked his men during a closed-door meeting. His son Amit is said to have visited the injured party men at a hospital.Nirupam claimed Congress followers intervened only after MNS activists started vandalising shops. Cross complaints were registered with the Vikhroli police who arrested two Congress workers on Monday. They have been charged with attempt to murder. Four MNS workers were arrested on charges of rioting.According to the police, around 8:30 pm on Sunday, Vikhroli’s MNS ward chief Upendra Shewale, Vinod Shinde, Vishwajit Dholam and a few other party workers went to Kannamwar Nagar area in Vikhroli to distribute pamphlets.A few shopkeepers surrounded them and soon, a scuffle broke out between them.One of the shopkeepers hit Dholam with a paver block. Shinde, Dholam and Shewale were grievously injured, with one of them suffering a skull fracture. A few shopkeepers were also injured and were rushed to Sion Hospital. The five MNS workers were admitted to Fortis Hospital.”We have arrested Congress workers Abdul Ansari, the prime accused, and Rizwan Malik for attempt to murder and four MNS workers — J N Dandekar, Kisan Gavkar, Ashok Jadhav and Santosh Gawli — for rioting,” said Sanjay More, senior police inspector of Vikhroli police station.

In the name of Charlie! Every dog in Vikhroli to have a feast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the interveniong night of November 30 and December 1, 160 stray dogs in VIkhroli area are going to have a feast. They will be served rice, dal and chicken by a family that actually serves them food everyday without fail. However, what’s special this time is December 1, marks the birth anniversary of Charlie, one of the pet dog the Singh family lost on November 8. Another pet dog in the family, Blackie, also celebrates his birthday on December 1.Actually, the Singhs, who reside in Vikhroli East, have two special days every year when they go serve the dogs in their vicinity with special food. However, this year, they have decided to even the common public. Daniel Singh, took to the online platforms and announced the feeding of the strays. “We do this every year. This year, we have invited people too to come along with us and this will spread awareness about what we do. There are many who help us as we require 400 kilograms of rice a month, more than 1 kilograms of chicken and other products and it’s a big task for us to get it on a daily basis. But we somehow manage, there are people who do support,” she said.On November 30, they will be in the day feeding some 60 strays and in the night around 100-110. “There are some dogs who don’t ventur out in day time, while some come out only in night so on Charlie’s Birthday, whom we lost on November 8, we will be feeding all the starts with special food, a pulao or biryani like wholesome meal.”Most of the meal is sponsored by the salary of Singh’s brother. Those who want to be there on November 30 can personally visit and feed or even contribute to them.Normally the Singh’s on every Thanksgiving and Christmas feed the dogs with special food, and this year also they are continuing the tradition just that the day has changed. Their home is filled with stray dogs whom they have adopted and all of them stay with the family.

MU allows Elphinstone stampede victim to write exam from home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a special arrangement of sorts, the University of Mumbai allowed a 19-year-old BCom student to write his exam from his home on Friday morning. Akash Parab, a victim of the Elphinstone stampede tragedy, was allowed to write his first paper from his Vikhroli home.On September 29, Akash and his brother Rohit had gone to the flower market in Parel to pick up flowers which could be sold at the family-owned shop in Bhandup. The duo was then caught in the stampede and while Akash suffered a few injuries, his brother, Rohit, lost his life. Keeping behind the huge tragedy, Akash appeared for his first paper — Financial Accounting — less than two months after the incident.A student of Bhandup’s Ramanand DAV College, Akash was given one additional hour to write his paper by the university. “The university has allowed Akash to appear for all his papers from his residence. A team of officials from the university and a nearby college visited his house on Friday with the question paper and answer sheet. He was given additional time and was provided all the necessary support,” said Leeladhar Bansod, spokesperson, University of Mumbai.Elated that he could give his exam, Akash said that he is now looking forward to writing all his papers well. “A huge tragedy struck us as we lost my brother and I had injuries all over. I thought that I would have to miss my exam as the doctor has not allowed me to walk,” said Akash while speaking to DNA.

On-duty cop dies of heart attack in Vikhroli

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 32-year-old assistant police inspector, attached to Vikhroli police station, died of heart attack at Vikhroli on Friday afternoon. The inspector, Sagar Khare, a resident of Airoli, was on duty when the fatal incident took place.Sagar, who hailed from Satara, had joined the police force in 2011. He was survived by his wife and daughterAccording to the police, Khare had gone to court on Friday morning and returned to the police station around 2:30 pm. He was taking a nap around 3 pm, after he had his lunch. However, when his colleagues called him for tea around 4.30 pm, they found him lying on the floor.Khare was immediately rushed to the Fortis hospital, where he was declared brought dead. “His body has been sent for postmortem to Rajawadi Hospital. We have informed his family and the body will be handed over to them. Khare hailed from Satara district his other relatives are on the way to Mumbai,” said Sanjay More, senior inspector of Vikhroli Police Station.Sudden demiseSagar, who hailed from Satara, had joined the police force in 2011. He was survived by his wife and daughter

Two Maha Labour Board officials die

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shraddha Warpe had dressed for the last day of Navratri celebrations and was with her colleague from the Maharashtra Labour Board. Both worked for the same government agency and had got down from the train at Parel on Friday morning.Warpe, 22, a resident of Kalyan and her friend Meena Varunkar, a resident of Vikhroli had left their residence dressed in attire for the Navratri celebrations.Warpe was a resident of Ramnagar in Kalyan East and resided with her parents. The colleagues of both the victims rushed in large numbers and demanded action against the railway authorities for being negligent and irresponsible to handle the situation.A senior representative of the Maharashtra Labour Board, said, “Both young women were innocent and they have lost their lives due to the negligence.” The family members from Kalyan and Vikhroli arrived at the hospital and said, “We are in shock, many family members have not been informed about the death and have just informed them that they are injured in the incident.”

BMC seeks suggestions for cycle track

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to make the proposed cycle track along Tansa pipeline a world-standard tourist destination, the BMC has sought suggestions from residents.While the civic body has planned to make a part of the cycle track ready by Diwali, BMC wants Mumbaikars to take an interest in the project during its planning stage itself.Sanjay Mukherjee, Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects), BMC said that suggestions can be sent to [email protected], and added, “The project will bring down pollution and ease pressure on existing roads.”Mukherjee held a meeting with civic officials on Monday to discuss the project. It was decided that a small segment of around 1.15 km from Mulund Boundary to Silver Bell Housing Society, and NITIE Gate (Powai) to Vijay Nagar bridge near Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road would be turned into a track for the public.”People will be able to hire and leave cycles at entry and exit points within the track,” said a senior official attached to the project.The project will be developed in three stages and the track will be ready by November 30, 2019.3-WAY PLANThe cycle track will connect to roads, railway stations and the Metro

Gang-rape and murder of 22-year-old daughter of cop: Police collecting evidence after accused surrenders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police are in the process of getting mobile phone tower locations of two people, allegedly involved in the gang-rape and murder of the 22-year-old daughter of a policeman from Nagpur. This is basically to bolster their case by confirming the presence of the suspects at the locations where they had met the victim and allegedly killed and dumped her body. The police are also collecting technical, human and forensic evidence to bolster the case.The police have taken custody of Nagpur resident Nikhlesh Patil, 24, and his Ambernath-based friend Akshay Valode, 25, in the case.According to the police, the victim, an engineering graduate, had gone to Pune to a relative’s place last weekend and had informed Patil about her presence in Pune. On September 3, Patil and his friend Nilesh Khobragade drove to Pune in the latter’s car and met the victim on September 4.
ALSO READ 3 held for rape, murder of cop’s daughterThe victim asked them to drop her at Vikhroli where she lived and worked. Instead, they went to Valode’s Ambernath residence where he and Patil gang-raped her and later strangulated the victim to death, police said.According to police, the woman was visiting a relative in Pune during the weekend and she informed Patil about the same. “Patil and Khobragade drove to Pune in the latter’s car and met her on September 4.”She asked them to drop her at Vikhroli. However, they drove to Valode’s Ambernath residence where he and Patil raped and strangulated her to death,” said a police officer.He added that the accused then stuffed her body in a suitcase and drove towards Karnataka.”They dumped her body near a highway at Pashti in Belgaum. It seems they panicked later. On Tuesday, while returning, they surrendered at City Police Station in Ratnagiri and narrated the entire incident following which the police recovered the body. Their motive is still unclear,” added the officer.Initially Ratnagiri police claimed that Khobragade too was involved in the crime, however, later Thane police clarified that he has not been arrested in the case and that his role is being examined.

15 dead, search ops on for 7 missing persons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 15 persons including six children lost their lives, and additional seven are feared to have died due to drowning and rain-related mishaps since Tuesday in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. Fifteen others, including a traffic constable, were injured. While 10 deaths were reported from Mumbai, four were reported from Thane and one from Navi Mumbai.”Five persons died and seven others drowned due to flooding and heavy raining since Tuesday. The search operation to trace those who drowned are on,” said Mumbai Police Spokesperson, DCP Rashmi Karandikar.Renowned gastroenterologist of the Bombay Hospital, Dr Deepak Amrapurkar went missing near Elphinstone Road station on Tuesday evening. Amrapurkar is believed to have fallen in an open manhole. Fire brigade officials were trying to trace him.In another case, 30-year-old lawyer Priyam Majithia was found unconscious in his car at Gandhi Market in Sion on Wednesday. He was rushed to Sion Hospital where he was declared dead.One Dilip Jha, 32, died after drowning in the Powai lake. In Dahisar East, a wooden bridge on the nullah that collapsed due to heavy water flow, taking with it two persons: Pratik Ghatal and Gauresh Ghatge. While Ghatge was rescued by the locals, Ghatal is still missing.Omprakash Nirmal, 6, has been missing after drowning in the nullah at the Hanuman Nagar in Kandivali. Rohit Kumar Chinnu Shaha, 17, drowned during Ganpati immersion at the Madh Jetty and could not be traced.In Ghatkopar, one Rameshwar Tiwari, 45, died while his wife Manju, 35, and son Krish, 9, were left injured after wall of a Reliance substation collapsed on their houseIn Vikhroli, Kalyani Jangam, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl died in a house collapse Her father and mother sustained injuries and were rushed to Rajawadi Hospital.In another incident of house collapse due to landslide in Parksite, two persons identified as Nikhil Rajendrakumar, 2, and Kirakumari Maurya, 35, diedFour persons of a family were injured after an iron frame of a scaffolding fell from a 20-storied building at Girgaum in South Mumbai on Tuesday morning.Several people were also injured by falling trees and wall collapse, police said.One Bhiku Bamanicha, 40, was severely injured after a tree fell off on him at the Irla Road in Vile Parle (W) on Tuesday afternoon.At Kala Chowkie, a police constable got injured after he slipped accidentally.MORE CASUALTIESIn Ghatkopar, Rameshwar Tiwari, 45, died while his wife Manju, 35, and son Krish, 9, were injured after a Reliance sub-station wall collapsed on their house
In Vikhroli, two-and-a-half year old Kalyani Jangam, girl died in a house collapse

Mumbai rains: Death toll rises to 14, mild showers on Friday bring respite

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>* People die in house collapse, falling into manholes* Lighter-than-feared rains Wednesday help relief efforts* Heavier rains possible later around Mumbai – official More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the worst flooding to strike South Asia in years. Several villages in the east Indian state of Bihar are still inundated, with people living in makeshift shelters for days amid widespread heavy damage to farmland.Tuesday’s deluge in Mumbai – nearly a month’s average rainfall in a single day – had halted train services and led to flight cancellations.More heavy rains had been forecast for Wednesday, forcing the government to order schools and colleges shut, but in many areas the downpours were lighter.”The city and suburbs received a few showers in the last few hours but rainfall wasn’t heavy like yesterday,” said K.S. Hosalikar, a senior India Metrological Department official.”However in the next few hours Mumbai and adjourning areas are likely to get fairly widespread rainfall, which will be heavy in few pockets.”Officials said train and air services were operating normally late on Wednesday in the city, which is home to India’s two biggest stock exchanges and several major companies.Police said a 45-year-old woman and a 1-1/2-year-old child, members of the same family, died after their home in the northeastern suburb of Vikhroli crumbled on Tuesday, while a 2-year-old girl died in a wall collapse.In the neighbouring city of Thane, three people died after being swept away by floods, police added. Some died by falling into open manholes in flooded streets in various suburbs.Mumbai Police spokeswoman Rashmi Karandikar said seven other people were missing in Mumbai.In neighbouring suburbs six people were missing, said a police official, who declined to be named.The deluge revived memories of 2005 floods that killed more than 500 people, the majority of them in shantytown slums where more than half of the city’s 20 million people live.Unabated construction on floodplains and coastal areas, as well as stormwater drains and waterways clogged by plastic garbage have made the city increasingly vulnerable to storms.On Tuesday several firms made arrangements to provide food and rest areas for employees stuck in offices, while officials of temples and religious bodies offered help to those stranded on streets.”Together, we can overcome any ordeal,” the Mumbai Police tweeted. “Thank you all for showing what humanity is in the face of adversity!”

BMC reverses decision, to give Vikhroli plot for court building

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After being rapped by the Bombay High Court for changing the reservation of a plot of land allotted to construct a multi-storey building, which would house the Vikhroli Magistrate court, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has reversed its decision in the recently approved draft development plan.The corporation through their Counsel Ram Apte and Advocate Sagar Patil, recently submitted a decision of the civic body to reverse the reservation of the land from multipurpose hall to court building.The decision was tendered while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Joshi Jatashankar, who had raised the issue.Earlier, the court expressed displeasure over the decision of the civic body to change the reservation of a plot, and had directed the Maharashtra government to resolve the problem at the earliest.The plot was reserved for a working woman’s hostel but the reservation was deleted and in its place a 12-storey court building was planned. But the BMC, in its revised draft development plan republished on March 27, had shown that the plot is reserved a for multipurpose community centre.However, the court had told the government that if the decision of changing the reservation on the plot was not reversed, then it would have to give an alternate plot of the same size in Vikhroli.The state government had in October 2012, granted permission for the construction of the court building, and Rs 8 crore was the estimated cost of the construction. The construction cost was revised in September 2015, and the revised cost was Rs 25 crore.

Mumbai: 83-year-old lawyer booked for allegedly groping typist in Vikhroli court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vikhroli Police have booked an 83-year-old lawyer for allegedly groping a 54-year-old woman stenographer in Vikhroli Court on Friday afternoon.The accused has been identified as Shivshankar Joshi who had filed an intervention in the Ghatkopar building collapse case.According to the complaint filed in Vikhroli police station, Joshi had raised objection over the seating of the woman in courtroom and started arguing.“He told me to get up and when I refused, he grabbed my arm and started abusing me. When I tried removing his hands, he groped me,” she said in her statement.The woman immediately approached Vikhroli police station and filed a complaint. “We have registered a case for molestation and insulting a woman. Our probe is on,” said Sachin Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 6

Fadnavis launches phone app to promote mangrove conservation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asia’s first mobile phone application dedicated to the mangrove ecosystem was launched on Wednesday by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.Conceived and developed by Godrej & Boyce, the app — simply called Mangrove — hopes to aid in raising awareness about the diversity and importance of mangroves among students, researchers, government agencies, NGOs and interested individuals.A spokesperson for Godrej said the can help identify upto 24 species of mangroves based on the shape of the leaves, flowers and other factors. “Mangroves are not mere ‘mosquito infested swamps’ but soldiers protecting our shore lines. The app also has a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will be beneficial for teachers and parents to explain about mangroves to children,” he said.Interestingly, an ongoing carbon sequestration study in the private forest area of Vikhroli mangroves falling under Godrej revealed that till date six lakh tonnes of carbon has been captured by these mangroves, and every year an additional 50,000 tonnes is added.”The mangrove stretch along the Eastern suburbs have been taking care of the air pollution caused by regular fires at the two dumping grounds. During 2016 Deonar fire, they played a major role in sucking the carbon, thus protecting people,” said an expert involved in the study.FindingsAccording to findings of an ongoing private study, till date, Vikhroli mangroves have captured six lakh tonnes of carbon emissions

RTI activist shows Rs 40 lakh bribe given to him by builder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sandeep Yeole, an RTI activist, has alleged that he was paid a bribe by Omkar Realtors to not pursue an alleged scam in an Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme project in Vikhroli. The activist presented a bundle of fresh notes in front of the media claiming the amount to be Rs 40 lakh. But the builder has claimed that the money given is accounted for advance rental for 88 slum dwellers and that it’s not bribe.Yeole claims that he has been gathering information regarding the SRA project at the Parksite area of Vikhroli for a long time and alleged that there’s a scam in it involving the developer. “The builder, in order keep me tight-lipped, bribed me, and I have in front of you the cash given to me. I was given a bribe of Rs 1 crore, of which we have spent Rs 60 lakh in order to expose the scam and have all the proof for the same. Today I have got Rs 40 lakh to show the public how builders manage everything.”Meanwhile, Omkar Realtors have come out with a clarification claiming that the amount isn’t a bribe. An email sent by the realtors read: “Omkar Realtors would like to emphatically state that an amount of Rs 40 lakh was paid to Sandeep Yeole, a local activist, in regards to the redevelopment project at Parksite, Vikhroli, as advance rental disbursal amount for 88 slum tenants. In SRA projects, a small fraction of slum tenants are paid out their rental advance in cash whereby they don’t have bank accounts.The said amount, which is completely accounted for, was paid as advance rents for 88 slum tenants who planned to shift immediately during the monsoon. Yeole had been opposing and misleading some of the constituents on the false prospect of the project being redeveloped under Self Redevelopment. The defamatory attempt by Yeole to present twisted facts to the media is purely a matter of pressure tactic for ulterior motives and his failure to influence the overall slum community from going in for Self Redevelopment.”

Mumbai: Real estate company denies allegation of paying Rs 1 crore bribe to RTI activist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sandeep Yeole, an RTI activist from Vikhroli, in suburban Mumbai has alleged that he was paid a bribe by a real estate company called Omkar Realtors so that he doesn’t pursue the alleged scam in Slum Rehabilitation Authority​ (SRA) scheme in Vikhroli. The activist brought a bundle of fresh notes and presented it in front of the media on Wesdnesday claiming it was Rs 40 lakh in cash. However, the builder denied the allegations and said that the money was given as advance rent for 88 slum dwellers.The activist claims that he has been pursuing the matter for quite a long time and has gathered all information regarding the SRA scheme. The activist has alleged that there’s a scam in the Parksite SRA project being carried out by the developer. He said, “The builder, in order to prevent me from pursuing the scam bribed me, and I have got the cash he gave me. I was given a bribe of Rs 1 crore, of which we have spent Rs 60 lakh in order to expose the scam and have proof for the same. Today I had got Rs 40 lakh to show to the public how builders manage everything.”Meanwhile, Omkar Realtors however denied paying any money as bribe. They said in an email: “​Omkar Realtors would like to emphatically state that an amount of Rs 40 lakhs was paid to Mr Sandeep Yeole, a local activist, in regard to the redevelopment project at Parksite, Vikhroli as advance rental disbursal amount for 88 slum tenants. In SRA projects, a small fraction of slum tenants are paid out their rental advances in cash whereby (sic) they don’t have bank accounts.”The email went on to say: “The said amount, which is completely accounted for, was paid as advance rents for 88 slum tenants who planned to shift immediately during the monsoon. Mr Yeole had been opposing and misleading some of the constituents on the false prospect of the project being redeveloped under Self Redevelopment. The defamatory attempt by Mr Yeole to present completely twisted facts to the media is purely a matter of pressure tactic (sic) for ulterior motives and his failure to influence the overall slum community from going in for Self Redevelopment.”

Three including teacher held for cutting hair of 25 students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three staff members of a private school here including a teacher and a director have been arrested for forcibly chopping off the hair of 25 students in order to punish them for not abiding by the prescribed dress code, police said today. The incident took place at suburban Vikhroli yesterday after the morning prayers following which accused were arrested late last night on a complaint lodged by the parents of some students. These 25 boys (from Class V-VIII) were punished for not keeping a short hair cut as per the school orders, they said. The school had allegedly asked children a few days ago to maintain a cropped hairstyle but some of them failed to do so following which school Director Ganesh Bata (40), physical training teacher Milind Zanke (33) and office assistant Tushar Gore (32) decided to teach them a lesson, police said. During the mass hair cut session, two boys were injured by the scissors, allegedly used by the trio to hand out the punishment, they said. “We registered an offence against the three accused under sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 335 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt on provocation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, and section of 75 (cruelty to child meted out by the custodian) of the Juvenile Justice Act and arrests were made subsequently,” Sridhar Hanchate, Senior Police Inspector of Vikroli Police Station told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mhada sets lottery date for 800 houses in August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s good news in store for Mumbai’s home buyers. Milind Mhaiskar, the newly-appointed Mhada CEO and VP, has confirmed that there will be a lottery for 800 houses in August. The advertisements for the same are expected to be out by the first half of July.Mhada has been coming out with an annual lottery for Mumbai on May 31 every year but failed to do so this time. This lead to speculations that there might not be a lottery this year at all. However, Mhada has finally closed in on the details and will be making the list public soon.The houses will be located in Tunga-Powai, Charkop, Vikhroli, Kandivli, Goregaon, and Mulund. “We are working on it in detail. We are about to complete the formalities and will announce the lottery soon,” said Subhash Lakhe, Chief Officer, Mumbai board.Until recently, the Mhada wasn’t very sure about whether they will be able to carry out the lottery due to a scarcity of houses. However, they managed to get nearly 500 houses for the same. “We looked at other projects and somehow managed to get all those houses that are still under construction. We even got them registered with MahaRERA to meet all the criteria before commencing the lottery,” said a senior official.Meanwhile, Mhada is planning to reserve most of these 800 houses for the economically weaker sections, that is, people who earn below Rs 25,000 per month. When asked, Mhaiksar confirmed the development. According to sources, the prices of the houses are being finalised, after which they will start advertising them for people to apply for these….& ANALYSISAffordable homes are a scarcity in the city and most Mumbaikars depend on Mhada lotteries to avail them. After this year’s delay, the Mhada managed to finally arrange for the lottery where 800 houses will be up for sale. However, it still lags far behind in meeting the rising demand for affordable housing in the city due to the perpetual urban sprawling and increased purchasing power.

Runaway proprietor held from Mumbai for duping investors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>City police today arrested a man from Vikhroli in suburban Mumbai for allegedly duping scores of investors in Nashik and other cities across Maharashtra by promising them hefty returns on their deposits, a senior official said. According to the police, the fraud allegedly committed by Vinay Phadnis runs into Rs 300 crore and that 2000 out of nearly 8000 investors duped by him hailed from Nashik alone. “Phadnis had floated an investment cum infrastructure company in Nashik in 2013,” DCP (Crime) Dattatreya Karale stated in a release issued here today. “He attracted a large number of investors by promising them hefty rate of interest on their deposits. He locked his office in September 2016 and has been absconding since then,” it stated. Prima facie, Phadnis has cheated more than 8,000 investors from various cities in the state, the police said. Phadnis was booked under various sections of IPC and under the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (in financial establishments) Act, 1999 on the complaint lodged against him at Mumbai Naka police station here on September 30 last year by one Sudhir Hinge (65), who claimed that he was cheated of over Rs 10 crore, the police said. Complaints were also lodged by many investors at the police station against Phadnis. Phadnis was today produced in a court here, which remanded him in police custody for ten days, the release said. The case is now handed over to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) for further investigation, the DCP added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

But the families hit by the ban have their own woes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>to narrate. “It was like exploding a bomb on our head. We have lost our means to earn a living,” said coachman Ganpat Mokal. Several generations of Mokal’s family had been in the carriage business since the days of the British rule and they still have six horses, being used for wedding processions. The cash-strapped Mokal family, living in suburban Vikhroli, said they still look after the horses like their children, ensuring that they would not suffer for want of fodder or care. “Wedding processions are not an everyday affair. So we have to ply the horses to feed them. We cannot think of starving them to death. We need at least Rs 300 to 400 to feed the horses a day,” the 65-year-old coachman said. Mokal said they would prefer their business back and are ready to meet any conditions that the court or petitioners put forward for the proper upkeep of horses. Since the horse owners and their handlers have not brought their operations to a complete halt, several cases of seizure of carriages by law-enforcers have been reported over the months. Valliyat said since July 2016 nine ailing horses have been seized from the roads of Mumbai by police and Animal Welfare Board of India’s authorised inspectors. “They were malnourished and suffering from severe dehydration, painful arthritis, cracked hooves and multiple fresh wounds,” he said. “Many of these horses did not have shoes, which caused their soles to be worn down, predisposing them to painful foot conditions such as inflammation of the sensitive membrane inside the hoof,” Valliyat said. A 38-year-old horse owner said it was unbearable for him to see his horses starving because he could not feed them. Pointing at his horses near Nariman Point, he said, “Yes, I do ply my horses in Bhendi Bazar, Byculla and nearby areas…only to feed them. Do you know, there are at least seven dependents on each horse. The ban has put us in misery. They catch our horse and take it away. I have lost my two horses, nearly two lakh rupees.” Meeru Mittal of the NGO Animals and Birds Charitable Trust, the petitioner in the case, said the government and the BMC should act fast on the rehabilitation of the people hit by the ban. “The Bombay High Court ordered in our favour, because it found our plea right on several grounds. Now the buck stops with the BMC. Besides, the state government also has to do the needful for the rehabilitation of these poor people,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BMC Elections 2017: Wary of BJP, Sena eyes Congress support

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fractured mandate in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls could lead to strange bedfellows. Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party with 82 corporators is sending feelers, its estranged ally Shiv Sena which is the single-largest party with 84 members, is considering other options, including Congress that has 31 members in new House.While the idea of Sena joining hands with Congress seems extremely implausible, both parties could help each other without coming together overtly. How? Congress could abstain during the voting thereby allowing Sena a working majority or putting up its own candidate. This will give the party the fig leaf that the so-called secular Congress didn’t join hands with Sena.BJP is well aware of Sena’s moves and its own observers believe this could be a ploy by Sena which is trying to bargain hard. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan’s statement that ‘we are monitoring the situation closely’ has raised the anxieties of BJP leaders further. BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta’s suggestion that a ‘secret ballot’ could be used for Mayoral elections has set the cat amongst pigeons as this will allow horse-trading of corporators given the extremely close contest.Sources in the Sena insist the party leadership is no mood to relent. “If we go with the BJP again, it will damage us significantly and will allow BJP to further its base in Mumbai,” said a top leader. Sena may have emerged the single-largest party in Mumbai, but it is the surge in the BJP numbers that are too close for comfort for the Sena and which has got it thinking.Three top Sena leaders confirmed Sena’s hobnobbing with Congress but refused to speak on record citing ‘sensitivity’ of the matter. Apart from the Congress, Sena is also working hard to get the support of small players such as Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and independents. Two independent corporators joined the Shiv Sena on Friday, raising its tally in the BMC to 86, still way below the half-way mark of 114. Snehal More (Vikhroli) and Tulsidas Shinde (Dindoshi) had contested the civic polls as rebels after leaving the Sena. More, former corporator from Vikhroli Parksite area, has also served as Vibhag Pramukh of Ghatkopar-Mankhurd area. Shinde was Shakha Pramukh from Dindoshi area in western suburbs. Two other independent corporators — Changez Multani from Jogeshwari, and Kiran Landge from ward number 160 Kurla — have also declared their support to Shiv Sena. For the Congress, it’s a big political decision to make, considering Sena’s hard Hindutva stance, which could cost them dear in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh polls, where the party is banking on Muslims to return to its fold. “Even an indirect gesture could cost us. We will wait till the UP polls are over and discuss this thoroughly at the highest level,” said a Congress leader.Meanwhile, BJP has also initiated talks on the issue within the party.Most BJP leaders are in support of joining hands with Sena as this will not only lead to the stability in the BMC but will also strengthen the Fadnavis Government, says a senior BJP leader. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has already suggested that both the parties must burry the animosity and join hands again. However, BJP Spokesperson Madhav Bhandari says, “It was Shiv Sena who broke the alliance. Now, they have to take a call whether they wish to come together again.”Of the other players, NCP has decided to wait and watch and while the Samajwadi Party wants to sit in the opposition. “Those responsible for Mumbai’s problems are fighting one another for power. SP will not help them in any form. We will sit in the opposition and represent Mumbaikars,” said Rais Shaikh, party leader and corporator.

Man tries to end life on tracks but escapes miraculously

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 65-year-old man allegedly attempted to end his life by lying in front of a local train at suburban Vikhroli station, but escaped unhurt as the train passed over him, an RPF official said today. Dinkar Sakpal, the man, jumped on the tracks and lay down as a train arrived on platform 1 at around 11 yesterday morning, an official of the Railway Police Force said. However five bogeys of the train, which was at a low speed, passed over him without he coming under the wheels, before it was stopped and he was pulled out. The incident was captured on CCTV at the station.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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