Kolhapur News

Fresh push for MIDC at Vikaswadi, 70ha of state govt land to be transferred initially
Times of India | 1 day ago | |
Times of India
1 day ago | |

Kolhapur: The state government is once again considering a new industrial zone at Vikaswadi in Kagal tehsil of Kolhapur district.The demand for a new MIDC unit at Vikaswadi, which is near Karnataka, has been pending for the past 15 years. The last serious efforts were made in 2011. However, the plan then met with resistance from the farmers — mostly shepherds or and rearing farmers, a — who blocked land acquisition. Uday Samant, the industries minister, said, “To start with, we will get 70 hectare of land that is currently in possession of the state government transferred to the MIDC. For the rest of the land, we will hold a discussion with the local farmers, address their misunderstandings and then proceed to acquire the additional land we might need. Also, the proposal to reserve 20 hectare for small scale industries, to start plug-and-play units as demanded by the industrial associations has also been approved.”To set up the MIDC unit, at least 100 hectare of land is required. The initial plan was to acquire over 264 hectare. The cost of services get cheaper if the land is more and the investment increases in this case, according to the MIDC officials. Over 194 hectare is grazing land to which there is opposition from the farmers. Samant said that the existing MIDCs have no plots left for new industries to come up and, therefore, the government is planning to go ahead with renewing the plan to set up an MIDC unit at Vikaswadi.Samant added that a MIDC unit in the border area will also help Marathi speaking youths from the state of Karnataka to get jobs. “Soon we are going to hold a job fair for Marathi youths residing around the border. It will be organised at a college near Nipani and will help them get jobs in Maharashtra,” he said.

Fresh push for MIDC at Vikaswadi, 70ha of state govt land to be transferred initially
Hydrology experts to study Almatti effect on floods in Kolhapur & Sangli
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

KOLHAPUR: The Maharashtra government has sought the help of experts from the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), located in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, to carry out the simulation and hydrodynamic study of the backwater effect of Karnataka’s Almatti dam on the floods in Kolhapur and Sangli districts.The primary telephonic discussion between the state government authorities and the institute has already taken place , and a formal letter has been sent to Sudhir Kumar, the director of the institute, asking him to convey the fees the institute will charge for the study.The Karnataka government is planning to raise the height of the Almatti dam, which the activists in Maharashtra are opposing. If the study shows, scientifically, that the backwater effect indeed causes the swelling of the rivers, the Maharashtra government can pitch the same in the Supreme Court to stop Karnataka from advancing with the plan to raise the dam height.The letter written by Atul Kapole, the executive director of Krishna River Valley Development Corporation, Pune, states that the study of the backwater effect of the Almatti dam on the floods in Kolhapur and Sangli was carried out previously, but ambiguity still persists on whether it has any major impact on the floods. “The government wants to undertake the studies again. This time, more scientifically. The effect of the barrages, bridges, weirs and other structures built across the main rivers shall also be taken into account while carrying out the study,” reads the letter.Activists from the region believe that the dam, which stores water at a 519-meter height, obstructs the flow of the Krishna river. The river then breaches banks and causes floods. The activists cited instances of 2005, 2019 and 2021 floods, during which the rivers swelled more than in the earlier case.After an uproar from the activists, Nandkumar Vadnere, the head of the panel formed by the Maharashtra government after the 2019 floods to study the causes and suggest measures, wrote a letter to the government demanding more studies as the structures along the river, especially those in Karnataka’s jurisdiction, could not be studied for the hydrodynamic effect.Jyoti Devkar, the executive engineer of Sangli irrigation circle, has been appointed the nodal officer to coordinate with the experts of NIH. Speaking to TOI, Devkar said, “We usually exchange data with the Almatti dam authorities. For this study, we will do it again. We will send a letter to them and if required, we will request the senior state authorities to communicate with Karnataka authorities for doing the needful for this study.”

Hydrology experts to study Almatti effect on floods in Kolhapur & Sangli
Martyrs’ Day: MES to hold rally today
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Belagavi: The Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) has planned a rally in the city on Tuesday to observe Martyr’s Day or Hutatma Diwas to honour those who lost their lives to the Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute.The rally would begin from Hutatma Chowk and return there after proceeding through Ramdev Galli, Samyukta Maharashtra Chowk, Khade Bazar, Ganapti Galli, Maruti Galliu, Ansurkar Galli, Ramling Khind Galli and Kirloskar Road.Every year, Hutatma Diwas is observed in Belagavi city, Khanapur town and Kangali (KH) village. However, this year, the MES has asked all its rural and city units to observe Hutatma Diwas without fail. The organisation has obtained permission from the police for the rally, which will begin at 9.30 am.Plan for dharna in MumbaiMES leaders have also planned a Chalo Mumbai march on January 27. Hundreds of activists would hold a dharna at the Azad Maidan on the day, the first day of the budget session of the Maharashtra government.According to MES working president and former MLA Manohar Kinekar: “We had given the ‘Chalo Kolhapur’ call a month ago to create awareness about the border dispute among the people of Maharashtra. We had held a dharna in Kolhapur. At the time we demanded for the Maharashtra bandh call for a day. As the Maharashtra government did not consider our request seriously, this time we have called a Chalo Mumbai march. Hundreds of MES activists will take part in the dharna at Azad Maidan in Mumbai,” he said.

Martyrs’ Day: MES to hold rally today
Bird injuries prove manja sales continuing in Kolhapur
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

KOLHAPUR: The ban on nylon manja notwithstanding, the dangerous strings continue to be commonly used for kite flying in and around Kolhapur. At least four instances of birds being injured by nylon manjas have been reported since January 7. The Supreme Court imposed a ban on the sale of nylon manja across the country. On Sunday, the day of Makar Sankranti, an injured Bahamani kite was rescued from the Timber market area. Last Friday, a pigeon was rescued from near Rankala. The bird was tangled in nylon manja.Dhananjay Namjoshi, an animal rescuer, said, "Nylon manja continues to be sold secretly in the market. Every other day, birds are getting injured after getting tangled in these threads. This proves that nylon manja is still being sold ." Birds are losing their lives due to the manja entanglements in trees and electric wires. On January 7, a rare species of owl got stuck in manja and was injured in Nakshatra Park area in Kadamwadi. Bird lovers Sanjay Nair and Venkappa Ambre rescued the owl from the nest with the help of local citizens and gave it a lease of life. Two days ago, a bird was admitted to the Panjarpol animal shelter for treatment. Dr Rajkumar Bagal, at Panjarpol, said "Every week, there are two to three cases of birds getting injured or being killed after getting stuck in the nylon manja thread".The sale of nylon manja is clandestine, with only the trusted, regular customers getting their hands on the spool. The customers are sent to undisclosed locations and told to pick up the nylon manja, which is not seen anywhere in the market.Over the past few weeks, the police across the state ramped up action against those selling nylon manja. A senior citizen in Nashik and others in the state have suffered serious injuries due to the stray nylon manja strings

Bird injuries prove manja sales continuing in Kolhapur
12 reels of nylon manja seized from two traders in Kolhapur
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

KOLHAPUR: During a surprise raid by two Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) teams, twelve reels of nylon manja were seized from two sellers in Paan lane and Papachi Tikti area. The licensing department of the KMC has proposed to suspend the license of these two shops. KMC license inspector Balasaheb Jadhav said, "Two traders from Paan lane and Papachi Tikti area were found selling banned manja on Friday evening. Action has been taken against these two traders jointly by KMC's health department and licensing department. 12 reels of nylon manja have been seized and a proposal has been sent to suspend the licence of these shopkeepers."Meanwhile, Sanjay Shinde, the incharge collector for Kolhapur, has given instructions that strict action should be taken against the shopkeepers found selling nylon manja. To ensure that nylon manja is not sold clandestinely in the city, special teams have been formed to inspect the shops. If nylon manja is found at shops, strict action will be taken against the concerned shopkeepers. There are restrictions on the purchase, sale, use and transportation of such manja strings. School, college students and citizens should be aware of this," added Shinde.Incharge district collector Rahul Rekhawar said, "Many birds, animals and humans are severely injured due to the nylon strings used for flying kites. To avoid further harm, the citizens should not buy or use nylon manja."

12 reels of nylon manja seized from two traders in Kolhapur
  • Two arrested for selling nylon manja in Nashik
  • Times of India

    NASHIK: The Bhadrakali police have arrested two persons for selling nylon manja covertly at around 12.15 pm near a hotel at Ganjmal bus stand.According to Bhadrakali police officials, the action was based on a tip-off about a person selling banned manja, which was hidden inside the glove box of a two-wheeler. The police received information that since the sale of nylon manja has been banned, people engaged in the business are taking different routes to reach the consumers. The accused are responding only when they are confident about the sale of manja to avoid getting trapped by the police. Hence, the police sent a person to contact him and buy a nylon manja spool from him. “The seller took out the spool from the glove box and sold it to the customer. After it was confirmed, we took 24-year-old Suraj Upam into custody. During interrogation, it was revealed that Upam would sell the banned strings and move about to avoid being tracked and arrested by the police,” said a police official. The police seized manja worth Rs 7,400 from him and a vehicle he was using for the business, totalling Rs 25,000. In another case, one more person was arrested by the Bhadrakali police. He had hidden spools in a gunny bag near a shop. The police found him selling the manja to prospective clients and recovered goods worth Rs 1,200 from him. So far, 33 persons have been booked for selling nylon manja in the city.

After ED raids on NCP leader Hasan Mushrif, party points to RSS statement on Muslims
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

As the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at offices and premises of NCP leader and former minister Hasan Mushriff Wednesday, the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party said the searches were part of the government’s strategy to target the leaders of Opposition parties, especially those who speak against it.According to sources, the raids on Mushrif are being conducted in connection with the alleged Rs 100 crore scam in the Appasaheb Nalawade sugar factory.“We have seen in the country 90-95 per cent of the ED raids are conducted on leaders from Opposition parties. This trend is also there in Maharashtra where Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself said that they have an ‘ED Sarkar’ at the helm. ‘ED Sarkar’ means “Eknath and Devendra Sarkar,” said NCP MP Supriya Sule.Sule said though she has not spoken to Hasan Mushrif yet, but he will cooperate with the ED officials. “The guests are at his home… I am sure he will extend full cooperation to them,” she said.Alleging misuse of power, Sule said instead of targeting Opposition leaders, the government should focus its attention on tackling issues like unemployment and inflation. “The people of the state will benefit and sing the praise of the government,” she said.Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said the raid on Mushriff highlights the way the government is misusing the investigating agencies to target the opposition leaders. “Earlier, Anil Deshmukh, Nawab Malik and myself were targetted by the government. And, now they are conducting raids on the NCP leader. All this reflects the misuse of power and attempts to muzzle the voices of the opposition leaders,” he said.After ED raids on NCP leader Hasan Mushrif, party points to RSS statement on MuslimsFollowing raids by the Enforcement Directorate on its leader Hasan Mushrif, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said Wednesday that Muslim leaders were being targeted despite RSS’s statement that members of the community have nothing to fear.The central agency carried out raids at several premises linked to Mushrif. These came reportedly as part of ED’s investigation into the alleged irregularities in the purchase of a cooperative sugar mill in the state’s Kolhapur district.On his part, Mushrif alleged in a video the raids were being conducted with a political motive.“RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat recently said in an interview Muslims have nothing to fear in India and barely within 24 hours of his statement the home of a prominent Muslim leader and former minister of the NCP is raided by ED in Pune and Kolhapur,” said NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase.Tapase said the BJP has been constantly using central agencies against the leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in a bid to weaken the alliance and woo its leaders into its fold. “Is it not ironical that some leaders of the BJP make press statements about future ED raids and voila it happens just like that,” the NCP spokesperson said.“What happened to all the allegations against MLAs and MPs who are now backing the Shinde-Fadnavis government? The BJP had alleged corruption by these leaders. Has the ED or IT closed its investigation and given them acquittal as nobody in the BJP seems to talk about it anymore or is it a matter of quid pro quo questioned,” he asked.

After ED raids on NCP leader Hasan Mushrif, party points to RSS statement on Muslims
Move to shift 388 Western Ghats villages from eco list irks greens
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

KOLHAPUR: The state government's proposal to the Union government seeking removal of 388 villages from the eco-sensitive zone list of Western Ghats in Maharashtra for bauxite mining and other industrial development has not gone down well with green experts and activists.According to the proposal, of the 388 villages, 323 are from Konkan region, 39 from Kolhapur, 20 from Pune, 15 from Nashik, 14 from Thane, 11 from Satara, two from Sangli and one each from Palghar and Dhule districts.Move to shift 388 Western Ghats villages from eco list irks greensSeveral environment activists across western Maharashtra have united with an appeal to oppose this move. Several online campaigns, petitions and awareness drives through social media are being done to appeal to citizens to oppose this move of the state government. They argued that an expert committee appointed by the Central government in the year 2013 had declared the list of environment sensitive villages from the Western Ghats area.Senior botanist Dr Madhukar Bachulkar said, "These villages are near the Unesco World Heritage sites in the region and were included in the list of eco-sensitive zone from Western Maharashtra by a team of experts formed by the Union government in 2013. How appropriate is it to skip these villages now? Should we consider the areas and villages decided by the government officials, people's representatives as eco-sensitive zones or those by the specially-appointed expert committee?"Bachulkar added that mining has been proposed at 17 of the 39 villages in Kolhapur. The state government has written to the Centre for easing of the norms to explore bauxite mining in these villages. "The mining is proposed in villages located on mountain plateaus, which are in the rich forest areas of Kolhapur district," he said.He added that experts, scholars, environmentalists and common people should oppose this unscientific proposal of the state government and write to the state and Union governments in this regard.The United Nations have declared Koyana Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandoli National Park and Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary as World Natural Heritage Sites owing to their rich biodiversity, thereby recognising the Western Ghats of India on the World map. The Western Ghats are also known as water bowls as many dams have been constructed along the length of the Sahyadri Mountains capturing the monsoon rains.Honorary wildlife warden for Satara Rohan Bhate claimed, "The department has estimated that Kolhapur district alone has 113 million tonne bauxite reserve hidden under the lateritic plateaus. Almost eight bauxite mining proposals are in the pipeline, awaiting diversion of the forest land. All the proposed mining sites are located on the mountain tops and the roads reaching these areas pass through dense forests of Kolhapur district."Activists argued that the open cast bauxite mining will damage the floral unique biodiversity of the plateaus known as 'sada' and will destroy the floral, herpetological life of the plateaus.Umakant Chavan, environment researcher, said, "The blasting for mining and movement of trucks will cause noise pollution and will impact wildlife movement from Radhanagari WLS to Chandoli NP to a very large extent. Air pollution along with water pollution are the added threats as the villages located at the foothills drink water coming from these mountain tops. Any development activity like bauxite mining near these world heritage sites will threaten their status and move them to red category sites."

Move to shift 388 Western Ghats villages from eco list irks greens
Sangli-born philanthropist, who promoted change makers, passes away
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

Kolhapur: Sunil Deshmukh, a former Wall Street commodity trader, who started the Maharashtra Foundation while residing in the US — to recognise the change makers from Maharashtra — passed away at the age of 74 in Miami on Wednesday. For anyone visiting the US from Maharashtra, Deshmukh’s house, located along the Miami beach in Florida, was available for stay for free as long needed, recalls Arun Naik fof rom Kolhapur.Deshmukh, born in Sangli, went to the US in 1970. He scaled the ladder to reach the peak of his career in his mid-40s, only to finally resign and start recognising the change makers from Maharashtra in 1992. Deshmukh was a poet, thinker and, most importantly, a vocal activist supporting many progressive causes. He started recognising the change makers from the state and awarded them a hefty amount after leaving his job. He also promoted the awards through the Maharashtra Foundation, the forum of Maharashtrian people living in the US. He donated Rs 2 crore to fund the prize amount back then when he could have easily purchased a house at Malabar Hill in Mumbai, one of the costliest places, as he had said in one of the public interaction programmes. Naik said, “His home in the US was always full of Marathi people, who had gone there for some temporary work or help. I met him a few times when he visited Sangli. He studied at the City High School. Whenever he used to visit for 10-15 days, he would have a lot of discussions with people and gather minute details of the things happening in the literature and social work.”These were the two sectors from which the change makers were felicitated. Every year, he used to find the people quietly contributing to Maharashtra’s progressive culture. For instance, this year, the award was given to Pramod Zinjade, an activist leading the movement to end the inhuman widow practices followed in rural Maharashtra. “Deshmukh was a staunch supporter of Narendra Dabholkar’s movement to free Maharashtra from superstitions. The Maharashtra Foundation had declared Dabholkar an activist of the decade and gave him prize money of Rs 10 lakh, which Dabholkar later donated to his movement. Deshmukh provided financial help to make the newsletter started by Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmoolan Samiti available in 12,500 schools across Maharashtra,” said Rahul Thorat, an Islampur-based activist of the Dabholkar movement.

Sangli-born philanthropist, who promoted change makers, passes away
  • Philanthropist, who promoted change makers, passes away
  • Times of India

    KOLHAPUR: Sunil Deshmukh, a former Wall Street commodity trader, who started the Maharashtra Foundation while residing in the US - to recognise the change makers from Maharashtra - passed away at the age of 74 in Miami on Wednesday. For anyone visiting the US from Maharashtra, Deshmukh's house, located along the Miami beach in Florida, was available for stay for free as long needed, recalls Arun Naik fof rom Kolhapur.Deshmukh, born in Sangli, went to the US in 1970. He scaled the ladder to reach the peak of his career in his mid-40s, only to finally resign and start recognising the change makers from Maharashtra in 1992. Deshmukh was a poet, thinker and, most importantly, a vocal activist supporting many progressive causes. He started recognising the change makers from the state and awarded them a hefty amount after leaving his job. He also promoted the awards through the Maharashtra Foundation, the forum of Maharashtrian people living in the US. He donated Rs 2 crore to fund the prize amount back then when he could have easily purchased a house at Malabar Hill in Mumbai, one of the costliest places, as he had said in one of the public interaction programmes. Naik said, "His home in the US was always full of Marathi people, who had gone there for some temporary work or help. I met him a few times when he visited Sangli. He studied at the City High School."

Covid vaccination halts in many Maharashtra districts for want of stock, dose expiry
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

PUNE: The New Year has begun with a complete halt to Covid vaccination at government sites in many Maharashtra districts, including Kolhapur, due to non-availability of Covishield stock and a major chunk of Covaxin doses expiring on December 31 last year.The poor vaccine reserves also explains why December's total vaccination uptake recorded only a marginal rise despite a sharp spike in demand after the Centre stepped up surveillance measures on December 22 in the wake of rising Covid cases globally.The state administered 1.33 lakh doses in December 2022, a slight increase of only 23,000 doses from the previous month (November) when 1.10 lakh people had opted for the vaccine, mainly precautionary doses."Maharashtra reported a sharp rise in vaccination numbers for a short period post-December 22 last year after the Centre reinforced surveillance measures across the country in view of rising cases in some countries like China and Japan. But it started declining from January 1 owing to the severe crunch of Covishield doses and expiry of a substantial chunk of Covaxin doses on December 31 in some districts," said a senior state health official.Around 37,000 doses of Covaxin available with the Kolhapur district administration expired on December 31. "Besides, there has been no stock of Covishield at government sites for the last many days. We have raised a demand for 20,000 doses of Covishield," said assistant district health officer Dr Sanjay Ranvir.Amid a shortage of Covishield doses, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had been carrying out Covid immunization with available doses of Covaxin, but the stock at its disposal also lapsed expiry date on December 31. AMC's health official Dr Paras Mandlecha said, "Around 1,500 doses of Covaxin with us expired on December 31. We have raised the demand for Covishield doses."State immunization officer Dr Sachin Desai said, "Not all the stock of Covaxin available with the state has expired. There are enough viable doses still available with the state. The expired doses will be replaced with a fresh stock. We are soon going to get a fresh stock of Covishield."

Covid vaccination halts in many Maharashtra districts for want of stock, dose expiry
Maharashtra to share Almatti report with K’taka: Kesarkar
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

Kolhapur: The state government has prepared a report regarding increasing the height of Almatti dam on the Krishna river, said Kolhapur district guardian minister Dipak Kesarkar.The report will be shared with Karnataka government, requesting the neighbouring to restrain from increasing the height of the dam.Activists from the district have been putting partial blame for the floods (since 2005) in Kolhapur and Sangli districts on Almatti dam built by Karnataka to harness water of Krishna river for irrigation purposes. The region had witnessed unprecedented floods in 2005, the first since the dam was built. Later, floods were witnessed in 2010, 2015, 2019 and 2021. Lakhs of hectares of crop was destroyed due to the floods. Moreover, thousands of people were left homeless.Kesarkar, speaking over Karnataka’s plan to increase the height of the dam, said, “The state government has prepared the report over Almatti’s effect on floods. We will share it with Karnataka and request them not to raise the height of the dam. We have witnessed better coordination between the two states in the last couple of years, owing to which large scale floods in the region have been averted. Karnataka has released water from the dam whenever the rivers from our side were reaching alarming levels.”The Karnataka government is going to increase the height of Almatti dam from 519 meters to 524 meters. Recently, MLA from Kagal Hasan Mushrif had raised the issue in Maharashtra’s assembly. Responding to the same, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Maharashtra government will request the Karnataka government not raise the height and if it tries to do so, Maharashtra government will move a petition in the Supreme Court to restrain Karnataka.

Maharashtra to share Almatti report with K’taka: Kesarkar
  • Maharashtra to share Almatti report with Karanataka: Dipak Kesarkar
  • Times of India

    KOLHAPUR: The state government has prepared a report regarding increasing the height of Almatti dam on the Krishna river, said Kolhapur district guardian minister Dipak Kesarkar.The report will be shared with Karnataka government, requesting the neighbouring to restrain from increasing the height of the dam.Activists from the district have been putting partial blame for the floods (since 2005) in Kolhapur and Sangli districts on Almatti dam built by Karnataka to harness water of Krishna river for irrigation purposes. The region had witnessed unprecedented floods in 2005, the first since the dam was built. Later, floods were witnessed in 2010, 2015, 2019 and 2021. Lakhs of hectares of crop was destroyed due to the floods. Moreover, thousands of people were left homeless.Kesarkar, speaking over Karnataka's plan to increase the height of the dam, said, "The state government has prepared the report over Almatti's effect on floods. We will share it with Karnataka and request them not to raise the height of the dam. We have witnessed better coordination between the two states in the last couple of years, owing to which large scale floods in the region have been averted. Karnataka has released water from the dam whenever the rivers from our side were reaching alarming levels."The Karnataka government is going to increase the height of Almatti dam from 519 meters to 524 meters. Recently, MLA from Kagal Hasan Mushrif had raised the issue in Maharashtra's assembly. Responding to the same, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Maharashtra government will request the Karnataka government not raise the height and if it tries to do so, Maharashtra government will move a petition in the Supreme Court to restrain Karnataka.

Rassa mandals in Kolhapur city bring people of different walks of life together on New Year’s eve
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

KOLHAPUR: Many people in Kolhapur city celebrated the New Year's eve by organising rassa mandals on Saturday.Kolhapur's rassa mandals, or curry clubs, are informal gatherings of people from different backgrounds, ages and social positions. They all come together to savour tambda-pandhara rassas (red and white curries) along with tender mutton, paneer or any other vegetarian dish. People eat together and spend time on the last day of the year.People organise these rassa mandals on open grounds, gardens, terraces, flats and even at workplacesIn the past few years due to the Covid outbreak, these mandals were organised in smaller numbers, but that changed on December 31, 2022. Ramesh Gawali, who works as a peon in a private office, sat alongside his boss to savour the iconic curries of Kolhapur. "I tried to serve the curries and chapatis to the bosses from my office. However, they asked me to sit with them and eat. We have been organising rassa mandals for the lpast few years. Scrumptious food and the fact that everyone is treated equally draw me to these mandals," he said.It is common for the rassa mandals to get the food prepared at khanavals (home mess), which are known to make good quality food. "Everyone gets rotis/breads from home. The bread is shared. Everyone gets good food and the entire meal costs less than restaurant thalis," said Sharvari Patil, a resident of Shivaji Peth.The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) keeps the gardens and open spaces open till midnight on December 31 so that the citizens can spend their time together feeling the warmth and spices of the curries on the chilly winter night.

Rassa mandals in Kolhapur city bring people of different walks of life together on New Year’s eve
Solapur fireworks factory blaze kills 3 women; three critical
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

KOLHAPUR: Three women died and three others were critically injured in a fire that broke out at a fireworks manufacturing unit at Pangti village of Barshi tehsil in Solapur district on Sunday afternoon. Seven others too are recuperating from their injuries. According to local authorities, the factory has more than 40 workers - most of them women. The fire broke out while the explosive material, used in the manufacture of fireworks, were being handled, said an official.The injured workers were immediately taken to Barshi's public hospital. Virendra Patil, the health officer, said three women were dead on arrival. They had died of burn injuries. The three others are still critical, he added. District collector Milind Shambharkar said fire tenders were sent to the spot. He said the work to identify the deceased and injured was still going on.According to eyewitnesses, the entire factory was up in flames. The blaze was so massive that dry grass over two kilometres from the periphery of the factory too was singed. A heavy earthmover too was gutted in the fire.

Solapur fireworks factory blaze kills 3 women; three critical
  • 3 dead in Solapur fireworks factory fire
  • The Indian Express

    Three persons died and three persons got seriously injured in a major fire and several resultant blasts at a firecracker manufacturing unit in Barshi taluka of Solapur district Sunday.The Solapur rural police said the incident took place around 2.30 pm at the firecracker manufacturing unit which was running from makeshift sheds next to an agricultural field in Shirola village of the district.Shirish Sardeshpande, superintendent of police for Solapur rural, said: “Three persons are reported dead, and three more were critically injured in the fire. Rescue and relief operations are currently on. Teams from the local police, fire brigade, and other emergency response entities reached the spot after the incident.”Officials said that while the fire had been brought under control, the search for casualties was still on. Multiple subsequent blasts of firecracker powder were posing difficulties for the responders, they added.Solapur Collector Milind Shambharkar said those injured in the fireworks factory blast have been hospitalised and the fire has been brought under control.“We got information about the fire at 3.15 pm and dispatched fire tenders from nearby fire stations including those from Osmanabad and Pandharpur. Those injured have been sent to Rural Hospital, Pangri. The fire has been brought under control,” Shambharkar said.According to a Barshi local, 12-15 labourers usually work in the factory unit where the blast was reported.

  • 3 Killed In Fire After Blast At Cracker Factory In Maharashtra's Solapur
  • Ndtv

    After being alerted, the fire brigade and police personnel rushed to the spot. (Representational)Solapur: At least three persons were killed and as many others injured in a major fire that broke out after a blast at a firecracker factory in Maharashtra's Solapur district on Sunday, police said.The blaze erupted at the unit located at Shirala in Barshi taluka around 3 pm, an official said."There was a blast inside the firecracker manufacturing unit, which led to the fire," he said."After being alerted, the fire brigade and police personnel rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comBarshi is located around 400 km from Mumbai. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

ADG to head Maharashtra panel to ensure Karnataka border peace
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

KOLHAPUR: The state government has set up a panel of four IPS officers to ensure peace and law and order is maintained in the regions along Maharashtra-Karnataka border.A couple of weeks ago, a meeting was held between union home minister Amit Shah, chief ministers and home ministers of both Maharashtra and Karnataka. It was organised in the wake of the agitations in the border towns and villages over the claims and counter claims from each side over the regions on linguistic basis. Shah had declared that a panel of IPS officers will be set from each side for coordination and ensuring peace along the inter-state border areas.After passing resolution in the legislative assembly to claim major towns and cities and over 800 villages from border areas, Maharashtra government has set up the panel headed by additional director general of police (law and order). The notification about setting up the panel was issued by the home department Tuesday night.In the panel, the special inspector general of police for Kolhapur range, superintendents of police of Kolhapur and Sangli districts are the members. Both Kolhapur and Sangli share border with Karnataka. Shailesh Balkawade, Kolhapur superintendent of police, told TOI, "We are yet to get the details about the role of the panel. It is largely established upon the Union home minister's advice to ensure peace in the border areas and the issue does not flare up from both sides."He added, "Similar panel has to be formed by Karnataka. Our role is to coordinate with each other and keep channels open for any crisis management, which usually we do on regular basis as well to ensure peace and stability is maintained."

ADG to head Maharashtra panel to ensure Karnataka border peace
Govt: Allocated Rs 200 crore for RTE admissions; schools say not enough
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

A total budgetary allocation of Rs 200 crore has been made to reimburse schools for admissions under the Right To Education (RTE) Act and Rs 84 crore has already been disbursed, state School Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar said in the ongoing Assembly session on Wednesday. The statement has irked private unaided schools across Maharashtra, which complained that the required amount was much higher and the government was deliberately hiding the data.Under RTE admissions, a total of 25 per cent seats are reserved in private schools for children from socio-economically backward classes and the government pays their fee as reimbursements to schools. Kesarkar shared the information after questions were raised about the financial crisis faced by several private unaided schools, which are waiting for reimbursements from the government for RTE admissions.However, according to various associations of private unaided schools across Maharashtra, the information was “incorrect” as the government’s budgetary allocation, they claimed, has never matched the required amount to be disbursed each year.S C Kedia, honorary secretary of the Unaided Schools’ Forum, said, “There is definitely over Rs 1,000 crore pending with the government. The government is misleading the public by hiding the information. The budgetary allocations are shared but not the exact requirement.”Kedia said the budgetary allocation only states how much of the available funds will be allocated for RTE reimbursement.  “When compared with the sheer number of admissions under RTE each year, the number is really high, which the government does not accept. The government should share information about how many students are given admissions under RTE to provide a clear picture of the pending amount,” said Rajendra Singh, state secretary of the Independent English Schools Association (IESA), adding that over 3.5 lakh students were studying in schools under RTE in the year 2018-19, which has increased every year with new admissions.Mahesh Pol, founder president of the English Medium Schools Association in Kolhapur, shared that information gathered under RTI shows more than Rs 16 crore as pending amount of RTE reimbursement only for Kolhapur. “They are saying that Rs 84 crore has been disbursed. But when the requirement is so huge, what comes to a school is minimal. And the pending amount keeps increasing with every passing year.”Rajendra Chorge, from IESA Kolhapur, said many schools are writing to the government about being financially incapable to continue with RTE admissions.

Govt: Allocated Rs 200 crore for RTE admissions; schools say not enough
Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation’s border bus depots put on alert
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Kolhapur: The authorities of Kolhapur division of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) have asked managers of the depots located in the towns bordering Karnataka to be on alert.On Tuesday, the Maharashtra state legislature unanimously passed a resolution condemning Karnataka chief minister Basavraj Bommai’s “provocative statements” and set its claim over Belagavi, Bidar, Karwar, Nipani and 865 villages. The unanimously passed resolution has been condemned by Karnataka ministers and opposition party leaders, who are in Belagavi to attend the neighbouring state’s assembly session. Anticipating tensions along the border areas, MSRTC’s Kolhapur division has alerted the depot managers of Kagal, Chandgad, Ajara depots.Shivraj Jadhav, divisional manager of MSRTC, said, “The public transport buses are easy targets. After the Karnataka assembly passed a resolution, we had put the depots on alert, however, no angry reactions came from the Maharashtra side. Now, since the Maharashtra assembly has passed a resolution, angry reactions from the other side cannot be ruled out.”Jadhav said, “The bus conductors are kept in the loop. The depot authorities are in frequent touch with the police from the other side as well. The message is communicated to the bus drivers or conductors whether to continue with the trip or not.”Treasurer of Belagavi’s Madhyavarti Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti Prakash Margale, who has keenly watched the developments in the Maharashtra legislative assembly, said for the first time, a detailed resolution has been adopted. “We are hearing for the first time about schemes for us by the Maharashtra government. The detailed mention of the legal process and the lawyers hired to fight Maharashtra’s case in the SC has assured us on Maharashtra’s stand. All parties have tried to give some kind of justice to us by passing the resolution,” he said.

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation’s border bus depots put on alert
Union territory demand a thing of past: Activists
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

KOLHAPUR: The members of Madhyavarti Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MMES) on Monday said the Marathi-speaking residents of Belagavi want to merge with Maharashtra, and the idea to make the district and other contentious areas a Union Territory will not serve the purpose.Hundreds of activists of the forum that has been fighting for the merger of Belagavi with Maharashtra for the past several decades, came to Kolhapur and marched from Dasara Chowk to the district collectorate. They also protested outside the collector's office and submitted a petition to be passed on to the central and state governments. Political leaders cutting across party lines also joined the march. Speaking in the State Legislative Assembly, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray reiterated his earlier demand of making Belagavi, Karwar, Nipani and other regions a Union Territory till the Supreme Court reaches a conclusion on the border dispute.Prakash Margale, treasurer of MMES, said, "His (Thackeray's) intention to reiterate the demand may be to stop the atrocities and difficulties we are facing under the Karnataka government. This was our earlier demand and we had even moved the apex court, but later, we withdrew the petition and kept only one petition - merging of the areas with Maharashtra. So raking up this issue, which is a thing of the past, may affect our legal fight."The activists also claimed that when P Chidambaram was the home minister, he had told the MPs from Maharashtra that to form a Union Territory, the region needs to be geographically cohesive. "We are now sure that the Union Territory criteria cannot be met practically. Therefore, all we want is a merger with Maharashtra," Margale said.The activists also wanted the central government to ask Karnataka chief minister Basavraj Bommai to stop making provoking statements.

Union territory demand a thing of past: Activists
K’taka ignored Shah’s directive on status quo, allege activists
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Kolhapur: Pro-Marathi activists — associated with Belagavi’s Madhyavarti Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) — will observe a sit-in protest at Kolhapur collector’s office on Monday. The activists claimed Karnataka government has neglected Union home minister Amit Shah’s directives to maintain status quo on the border issue.In a meeting with the chief ministers of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Shah had asked them to ensure that status quo is maintained and none of the sides should cause provocation that may further affect the law and order situation.Despite directions from the top, Karnataka government continues to stifle the voice of Marathi-speaking residents in Belagavi, the activists alleged.Prakash Margale, treasurer of the forum, said, “We will resort to a sit-in protest to attract attention of both the state and central governments towards the atrocities being carried out by the Karnataka government. Despite the status quo order, we were detained and put behind bars to stop us from organising a convention of the Marathi residents. The state legislature session is currently going on in Belagavi where statements are being made to provoke us. Karnataka chief minister Basavraj Bommai has said that no such status quo was discussed in the meeting.”Margale said they had gone to submit a petition to the district administration of Belagavi asking the Karnataka government to ensure Shah’s directions are followed. “The authorities declined to accept our petition. We then mailed the copy of our petition to the district administration, Karnataka government and the offices of home minister and Prime Minister,” he said.“We will also request chief minister Eknath Shinde to call for a one-day bandh in Maharashtra against Karnataka’s violations of directions from Shah. This will help our young generation know Maharashtra is behind us. In 1973, Kolhapur city protested for one month and this fact is not known by many today,” he added.The outfit has also requested leaders from all the political parties to support and participate in the sit-in protest in Kolhapur on December 26.

K’taka ignored Shah’s directive on status quo, allege activists
‘Won’t act again in a historical biopic, ever’: Actor who played king Shivaji in controversial movie ‘Har Har Mahadev’
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Har Har Mahadev, touted as the first pan-Indian Marathi film on Shivaji, continues to stoke controversy although it has been nearly two months since its theatrical release — which was scuttled at many places due to protests — and has finally had its television premiere on December 18. On Sunday, protesters claiming to be ‘Shiv-Bhakts’ (devotees of Chhatrapati Shivaji), had met prominent actor Subodh Bhave, who played the Maratha king in the movie, in Kolhapur and demanded that the ‘objectionable scenes’ from the movie be removed in the television broadcast. The film without the ‘objectionable scenes’ was telecast the same night.During his meeting with the protesters at his hotel in Kolhapur, Bhave assuaged them by promising that the film has been re-edited for its television run.He also made a surprise announcement. “My love for (Shivaji) Maharaj will remain until I die. The things that I learnt while playing him in the movie will remain with me. But I will not do a historical biopic in my life, ever!” Bhave said with folded hands in the video that has gone viral on social media.In the video, he is seen having a calm conversation with a delegation of protesters which was led by actor Harshal Surve. Bhave said that presently he was shooting for a film on Sant Tukaram and that will be his last film on a historical personality.Directed by Abhijeet Deshpande, the film stars Sharad Kelkar who essays the role of Baji Prabhu Deshpande, a soldier of Chhatrapati Shivaji who laid down his life to protect his king.The film was released in Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada languages. Soon after the release, however, several organisations in Maharashtra including the vociferous Sambhaji Brigade took out protests objecting to the alleged ‘distortion of history’ in the film. Soon, other political parties, including the Nationalist Congress Party, the Indian Youth Congress, and Shiv Sena (UBT) joined the protests. In some places, the protesters disrupted the screenings. Shivaji’s descendant Sambhaji Raje was also active in the protests.After plans for the film’s television release on Zee Marathi were made public, protesters met Bhave, who is shooting for his next film, in Kolhapur and threatened to disrupt the shooting of the film if Har Har Mahadev director did not provide them with a written apology. Following this, Bhave told the team that he was a mere actor in the film and that he has decided to not work in historical biopics anymore.

‘Won’t act again in a historical biopic, ever’: Actor who played king Shivaji in controversial movie ‘Har Har Mahadev’