At least 10 incidents of violence by Shiv Sena workers against rebel MLAs have been reported across Maharashtra till 8 pm on Saturday. This comes amid the Mumbai Police extending its June 4 order of banning unlawful assembly of five or more persons in the city till July 10.While incidents of violence took place in Pune, Navi Mumbai, Parbhani, Osmanabad, Satara, Thane, Nagpur city, Nanded, Palghar and Kolhapur, a senior state police officer said that except for the cases of violence in Pune and Thane, the rest were “minor” incidents. The local police have lodged FIRs in connection to all the 10 incidents.In Pune, Sena workers attacked the office of rebel Tanaji Sawant at Katraj on Saturday. Sawant runs the Bhairavnath Sugar Work Limited Company, which has a registered office at Katraj in Pune. Vishal Dhanawde, a Sena corporator from Pune, and other party workers ransacked the Katraj office around 11 am.At Thane’s Ulhasnagar, at least five Shiv Sena supporters were detained on Saturday for allegedly pelting stones at the office of Shrikant Shinde, the Lok Sabha MP from Kalyan and the son of rebel leader Eknath Shinde.The incident took place at Shrikant’s Gol Maidan office. A video that has gone viral on the social media showed some persons throwing stones at the office, damaging a board and raising pro-Uddhav Thackeray slogans.Besides, posters of Eknath Shinde were blackened in Navi Mumbai, Nagpur and Nashik. A demonstration was also held against all rebel MLAs at Hadapsar in Pune.At Navi Mumbai and Parbhani, effigies of Eknath Shinde and other MLAs like Bharat Gogawale, Mahendra Dalvi, Mahendra Thorve and Gulabrao Patil, were burnt. At Osmanabad, while the Sena again targeted Tanaji Sawant, party workers threw chappals on Sawant’s poster in Satara.In Nagpur, Sena workers blackened and tore posters of Eknath Shinde outside his office. While at Nanded, the workers tried to burn the effigy of MLA Balaji Kalyankar, at four places of Boisar in Palghar, Sainiks threw ink on the posters of Shinde.On Friday afternoon, the Nehru Nagar police had taken local Sena leader Dilip More and 19 workers from Kurla in Mumbai into custody for damaging a board outside the office of rebel MLA Mangesh Kudalkar.The Mumbai Police, meanwhile, has stepped up security at the residences and offices of ministers, MPs, MLAs andcorporators.
Guwahati: The drama outside Radisson Blu Hotel here on Friday was as intense as the one unfolding inside on the third day since Eknath Shinde and his men started checking in to challenge Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership.The day was marked by bouquets for Shinde and his men from ally Ramdas Bandu Athawale’s Republican Party of India and brickbats for BJP and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma from Congress and AAP.But the one who hogged the limelight was a lone figure from Maharashtra, who identified himself as Sanjay Bhosle, deputy chief of Shiv Sena’s Satara district unit. He was carrying a placard urging Shinde to return to ‘Matoshree’.“I came here to tell him just one thing that you remember the last words of Balashaeb Thackeray to stand with Uddhav and Aditya and return. Like Shinde, I am also a diehard party worker. I want to tell Shinde that Shiv Sena has given him a lot and he should return to Matoshree,” Bhosale told the media.Bhosle was whisked away in a police vehicle to the nearest police station where he is stated to have been detained.
NAVI MUMBAI: Activists and tree lovers have complained to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) that insensitive and rather insensible tree trimming across the city has damaged nests and in some cases also killed birds. An online complaint showing a dead bird lying underneath cut branches in Nerul sector 19A was also sent to the municipal commissioner, Abhijit Bangar, demanding strong action against the tree official concerned. Activist Sanchu Menon told TOI: "I was passing by the commercial mall complex in Nerul sector 19A, where I was shocked to see this dead crow lying under freshly cut tree branches. This is very insensitive on part of the municipal tree trimmers who are not even noticing bird nests while blindly cutting the branches. I have therefore asked for the suspension of the tree officer in this Nerul case." Activist Anarjit Chauhan commented: "Earlier, the Bombay high court had passed an order that tree cuttings or trimming should be done in the presence of a horticulturalist or a tree officials, so that the tree branches are scientifically cut, without disturbing or damaging the bird nests on it. However, in the NMMC areas it is noticed that the tree cuttings are done without any tree official at the spot. That is why in Nerul, many bird nests are damaged." Chauhan further added: "In Nerul sector 21, a tree on the footpath is so badly cut that a bird's nest is totally exposed to rain. The poor mother bird could be seen flapping its wings in order to protect the eggs from the falling rain. Hence, the senior NMMC officers must take strong action on the errant tree officer.'' The deputy municipal commissioner (gardens) Jaydeep Pawar told TOI: ``We are looking into the complaints received on the tree trimmings which have affected the local birds and their nests. The rules clearly state that tree branches cannot be cut if there is a bird's nest on it. So, we will take appropriate action against official responsible for it."
Thousands of protesters were marching to the CIDCO headquarters in Belapur, Navi Mumbai, on Friday (June 24) to press their demand to name the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport after local hero D B Patil.The Navi Mumbai International Airport, said to be one of the largest greenfield airport projects in the world, is being built in Panvel. The airport, which is aimed at easing congestion at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, is proposed to be named after Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray.The protestsLarge protests have been continuing sporadically for almost a year now in Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Thane, and Palghar districts against a proposal to name the Navi Mumbai airport after Thackeray.In December 2020, Maharashtra Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde — the leader of the ongoing rebellion against Shiv Sena boss and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray — had written to the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) asking it to propose that the airport be named after Bal Thackeray. CIDCO followed through on Shinde’s letter.According to local people however, political leaders had, from the very beginning, agreed that the airport would be named after D B Patil — and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was aware of this. And yet, the government had, suddenly and without consulting local people, decided to name the airport after Thackeray, they say.The Navi Mumbai Airport All Party Action Committee, a group formed by the protesters, has threatened to stall work on the greenfield airport, if their demand is not met.D B PatilDinkar Balu Patil, also known as D B Patil, was born in Jasai, a village in the Uran taluka of Raigad district. He was associated with the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP).Born into a farmer’s family, Patil did his LLB in 1951 and, a year later, won an election to the Kolaba district local board. He then represented Panvel in the Maharashtra Assembly for five terms between 1957 and 1980.He was also the MP from Kolaba in 1977 and 1984, as well as a member of the Legislative Council in 1992. He was Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly from 1972 to 1977, and then again in 1982-83.He was arrested during the Emergency in 1975.In high regardPatil led several protests for farmers and land owners in Panvel district when CIDCO acquired land in the area in the 1970s and 1980s. During a massive protest in 1984, four farmers were killed, which eventually forced the state government to bring in the 12.5 per cent developed land scheme for local farmers, which is now applicable across the state.Patil fought for the villagers of the Uran area when their land was acquired for Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), and led the protest even while he was in an ambulance at the age of 86. Patil died in 2012 at the age of 87.“Whenever there was an issue that troubled farmers, workers, or landowners, Patil would lead the protest for their welfare and fight for them. It is because of him that thousands of land owners and farmers got justice and their rights. The welfare of the people was uppermost on his mind,” Dashrath Patil, president of the Navi Mumbai Airport All Party Action Committee, had told The Indian Express in August last year.“He sacrificed his life fighting for the rights of land owners, workers, farmers, and other communities in the region. It is important that the airport project should be dedicated to the leader who has worked on the land where the airport is being built now,” he said.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxApart from farmers and landowners, Patil also fought for the rights of OBCs.Prashant Thakur, the BJP MLA from Panvel, told The Indian Express: “So far no major project in Navi Mumbai or Raigad district has been dedicated to the late D B Patil who fought all his life for the welfare of the farmers of the region where the airport is being built.“Balasaheb Thackeray’s name has already been given to the Sammrudhi Highway and hence it would be appropriate that the airport is named after Patil. The government should not ignore the demands of the locals.”
KALYAN: Eknath Shinde, the man at the centre of the ongoing political fiasco in Maharashtra, spared time and spoke to an ailing Shiv Sainik in hospital and urged the doctors to ensure best treatment for him. Shinde called the doctors at AIMS hospital in Dombivli, where Shiv Sena worker Shreeram Mirashi is undergoing treatment, and enquired about his health. Video: #EknathShinde calls from Guwahati, urges doctors to ensure best treatment for ailing Shiv Sainik in Thane… https://t.co/vU5Jz6dGGS— TOI Navi Mumbai (@TOINaviMumbai) 1656057842000Shinde also spoke to Dr Milind Shirodkar in the hospital and requested him to ensure best treatment for Mirashi. Shinde has been camping at hotel Radisson Blu in Guwahati alongwith over 40 Shiv Sena MLAs. Shinde is popular among Shiv Sainiks for being accessible and caring. Even during the Covid pandemic, Shinde was seen visiting hospitals in PPE kits to visit party workers admitted there.
Mumbai: The state recorded the highest single-day tally (5,218) in the current surge of Covid cases, with Mumbai accounting for nearly half of the cases (2,479) on Thursday.Mumbai recorded another death, adding up to 23 fatalities in June so far against the combined toll of 11 deaths in March, April and May. Navi Mumbai also recorded its first Covid death after 4 months when a 30-year-old congenital heart patient died due to Covid-related complications on Thursday.However, health officials are not worried about Thursday's spike that they attributed to the inclusion of some backdated cases. "The ICMR portal was not functional for over 24 hours and the BMC data team was unable to update the tally. Thursday's Covid update includes some old cases as a result," said state surveillance officer Dr Pradip Awate.The Thursday spike followed a dip in cases in both state and city for the last few days. On Wednesday, Maharashtra's caseload was 60% lower at 3,260 cases while Mumbai's tally was 50% lower at 1,648 cases. Daily hospitalisation increased to 109 after hovering between 85 and 95 for a few days.A civic official said the daily rise and dips don't hold significance, only weekly trends and deaths should be considered while deciding upon the severity of any Covid surge. "If at the end of the week, we have a lower tally than last week's caseload, it can be said that the present surge is plateauing," he added.On the positive side, the daily test positive rate dropped from 20% on Wednesday to 12% on Thursday.The lone death in the state on Thursday occurred in Mumbai when a 42-year-old kidney failure patient passed away due to Covid-related complications. Since June 14, the city has recorded a death every day.Meanwhile, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) area reported its first Covid-related death on Thursday after almost four months of zero casualties. The last Covid death was reported on February 26.NMMC's overall toll since the pandemic began is now 2,050. NMMC medical officer Dr Pramod Patil said the 30-year-old victim had congenital heart problems. Like Mumbai, NMMC too witnessed the highest single-day cases (389) on Thursday.The total number of active cases increased to 1,934 which was just 18 early last month. Over 4,000 new cases have been reported in the last fortnight and most of them are asymptomatic or having mild symptoms. But a large number among the affected patients are in home isolation.
NAVI MUMBAI: A tree lover, Madhu Shankar, has complained to the Koparkhairane ward office about a shocking tree fall just outside the gate of Reliance Foundation School in Sector 14 in Navi Mumbai. "This huge green tree outside the school gate was at least 20 years old. It was found fallen yesterday and then immediately cut into pieced with a machine. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation officials said they will inquire into it,'' said Shankar. The Koparkhairane ward officer Prashant Gawde said that the preliminary report states that the tree fell down during rains on Monday; however, further inquiry will be done on this issue. RTI activist Anarjit Chauhan said: "How the tree was uprooted during the rains can be studied from a nearby CCTV footage. Sometimes, heavy concretization around the base of the tree can also make it unbalanced."
The DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai will host the summit clash of the U-17 Women’s World Cup on October 30 while the semi-finals will be played in Goa, FIFA and Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced on Wednesday.Bhubaneswar is set to host India’s three group stage matches beginning on October 11.The official draw will take place on June 24th. The 24 group stage games will conclude on October 18 and the matches will be shared among all three host states – Odisha, Goa and Maharashtra.The quarter-final round of games will be held on October 21 and 22 following which the semi-finals will be held on October 26.The Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar will see hosts India compete in all three group stage games on October 11, 14 and 17.Meanwhile, the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai and the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda will equally share the four quarterfinal games.LOC Project Directors, Ankush Arora and Nandini Arora, in a joint statement said, “We are extremely grateful to FIFA, our host states and all other stakeholders for their continued support in the aligned vision of uplifting women’s football.“The launch of the schedule is a significant moment on the road to the historic tournament. The preparations for hosting India’s second FIFA competition are progressing as per timelines and we remain confident of delivering a highly successful tournament, one which will provide a platform for future stars of women’s football to shine.” A total of 32 games contested by 16 teams will decide the winner of the seventh edition of the biennial youth tournament over 10 match-days, with each venue hosting double headers on each matchday. Top Sports News NowICC ODI Rankings: Imam-ul-Haq jumps past Virat Kohli, Babar Azam remains number oneJoe Root reclaims the number one spot in ICC Test RankingsT20I Rankings: Ishan Kishan enters top-10, jumps 68 spots at seventhClick here for more Promoting women in leadership, the LOC has equipped the Indian footballing ecosystem with 162 female coaches in the grassroots through its legacy initiative, the Coach Education Scholarship Programme. Further editions of both, the coaching programme and the football carnival, are planned in the lead up to the 11th October kick off.
NAVI MUMBAI: The much-awaited dog park was finally inaugurated in Vashi, inside the Veer Savarkar Municipal Garden, Sector 8. Former Vashi corporator Divya Gaikwad had initially proposed the concept of a specialized dog park before NMMC in 2017; but due to certain administrative delays, the park could only be opened for people and their pets now. Maharashtra MLC, Shashikant Shinde, was the chief guest for the inauguration of the dog park. "The park is built in an area of 900 sq metres, at the cost of Rs 26 lakh. Various animal friendly equipment such as doggie ladder, tunnel, slope etc have been installed in the dog park. Many pet owners have started visiting this park, since it is rather difficult to walk your pet by the roadside during heavy traffic hours," said Gaikwad. Animal poop bins have also been installed here for the purpose of cleanliness. Civic officials informed that more such animal friendly parks may be built in other city nodes like Nerul, Belapur, Airoli. A few pet corners are operational in certain areas, such as near Palm Beach road. However, this is a fully dedicated dog park for the benefit of pet owners.
Navi Mumbai: One person died and at least seven others sustained severe injuries after a part of building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai on Saturday afternoon. As per reports, the ceiling slab of a sixth-floor flat at Nerul housing society in Navi Mumbai collapsed and it impacted the apartments on the lower floors. The incident occurred at Jimmy Park society in Sector 17, Nerul, where several other residents are feared to trapped in the debris. Rescue operation is underway, while the fire brigade rescue team has rushed the injured persons to DY Patil hospital in Nerul.Also Read - Umbrella Waterfalls: The Dreamy Fall in Bhandardara is Ideal For Refreshing Vacay in MaharashtraIt is learnt that the ceiling slab of the sixth floor flat collapsed while some drilling work of the flooring was in progress, according to a report by Times of India. It said that the impact was such that the ceiling slabs of the lower floors collapsed one after the other to the ground floor. Also Read - Out For A Walk With Sister, 5-Year-Old Boy Mauled To Death By Stray Dogs In MaharashtraMaharashtra | A part of building collapses in Navi Mumbai; rescue operation underway pic.twitter.com/zC0S05B8Oz— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2022 Also Read - Maharashtra Schools To Resume After Summer Vacations From June 15 Amid Rising COVID Cases“The said society was served with notice under section 264 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act on May 18, wherein it was advised to get the structural audit done. As the residents are claiming that the ceiling slab collapse was due to the drilling work going on in the sixth-floor apartment, it will be probed. Also, even the building structure might be faulty due to which even by drilling work, multiple ceiling slabs have collapsed,” TOI quoted Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner Abhijit Bangar as saying.Watch: Ceiling Of 6th Floor Collapsed Affecting 5th,4th, 3rd Floor Of the building.In #NaviMumbai's Nerul, near Jimmy park area, a house ceiling #collapsed affecting 5th,4th, 3rd floor of the #building. 7 people have been rescued while 1 person had died.#Mumbai #Maharashtra #News pic.twitter.com/gHRi1wDyNS— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) June 11, 2022The incident is similar to the one that occurred in Gurugram in February, where the living room floor of an apartment on the sixth floor of a housing society collapsed, setting off a cascading effect in which all the living rooms till the second floor of the building caved in, with the debris heaping on the first floor, leaving two persons dead.
Navi Mumbai: One person died and at least seven others sustained severe injuries after a part of building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai on Saturday afternoon. As per reports, the ceiling slab of a sixth-floor flat at Nerul housing society in Navi Mumbai collapsed and it impacted the apartments on the lower floors. The incident occurred at Jimmy Park society in Sector 17, Nerul, where several other residents are feared to trapped in the debris. Rescue operation is underway, while the fire brigade rescue team has rushed the injured persons to DY Patil hospital in Nerul.Also Read - Video: Two Men Stop On Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai To Save Injured Bird, Run Over By Speeding TaxiIt is learnt that the ceiling slab of the sixth floor flat collapsed while some drilling work of the flooring was in progress, according to a report by Times of India. It said that the impact was such that the ceiling slabs of the lower floors collapsed one after the other to the ground floor. Also Read - Prophet Remarks Row: Centre Asks Police Heads to Stay Alert As States Witness Violent Protests | Key PointsMaharashtra | A part of building collapses in Navi Mumbai; rescue operation underway pic.twitter.com/zC0S05B8Oz— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2022 Also Read - Maharashtra Govt Launches Online System To Ensure Transparency In Transfer of Zilla Parishad School Teachers“The said society was served with notice under section 264 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act on May 18, wherein it was advised to get the structural audit done. As the residents are claiming that the ceiling slab collapse was due to the drilling work going on in the sixth-floor apartment, it will be probed. Also, even the building structure might be faulty due to which even by drilling work, multiple ceiling slabs have collapsed,” TOI quoted Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner Abhijit Bangar as saying.Watch: Ceiling Of 6th Floor Collapsed Affecting 5th,4th, 3rd Floor Of the building.In #NaviMumbai's Nerul, near Jimmy park area, a house ceiling #collapsed affecting 5th,4th, 3rd floor of the #building. 7 people have been rescued while 1 person had died.#Mumbai #Maharashtra #News pic.twitter.com/gHRi1wDyNS— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) June 11, 2022The incident is similar to the one that occurred in Gurugram in February, where the living room floor of an apartment on the sixth floor of a housing society collapsed, setting off a cascading effect in which all the living rooms till the second floor of the building caved in, with the debris heaping on the first floor, leaving two persons dead.This is a developing story. Further Details Awaited
One person was killed and 16 sustained injuries after a G+2 structure collapsed at Shastri Nagar area of Bandra West in Mumbai Wednesday night. The injured have been admitted to the hospital.“One person has unfortunately passed away in the G+2 house collapse at Shastri Nagar – declared to be DOA. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family. 16 people were admitted with minor injuries. Awaiting reports on others injured. Rescue operations are still ongoing,” the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tweeted.#MyBMCUpdatesOne person has unfortunately passed away in the G+2 house collapse at Shastri Nagar – declared to be DOA. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family. 16 people admitted with minor injuries.Awaiting reports on others injuredRescue operations still ongoing. https://t.co/pkg35ar7IO— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) June 8, 2022“The building collapsed around 12.15 am today. One person has died and 16 are hospitalised and are now safe. All of them are labourers from Bihar. A rescue operation is underway. Fire brigade and officers are present at the spot,” ANI quoted Manjunath Singe, DCP Mumbai Police, as saying.Maharashtra | The building collapsed around 12.15 am today. One person has died and 16 are hospitalised and are now safe. All of them are labourers from Bihar. Rescue operation is underway. Fire brigade and officers are present at the spot: Manjunath Singe, DCP Mumbai Police pic.twitter.com/UBOyiPQIsI— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2022More details awaited.
Mumbai: One person died and 16 others sustained injuries after a three-storey residential building collapsed in Mumbai’s Bandra West shortly after midnight. The G+2 structure building is located at Shashtri Nagar area, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The injured have been shifted to the hospital.Also Read - Three-Storey Building Collapses in Mumbai, 17 Rescued so Far“The building collapsed around 12.15 am today. One person has died and 16 are hospitalised and are now safe. All of them are labourers from Bihar. Rescue operation is underway. Fire brigade and officers are present at the spot,” said Manjunath Singe, DCP Mumbai Police. Also Read - Mumbai Building Collapse: Case Registered Against Three But no Arrests Yet“One person has unfortunately passed away in the G+2 house collapse at Shastri Nagar – declared to be DOA. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family. 16 people were admitted with minor injuries. Awaiting reports on others injured Rescue operations still ongoing,” tweeted BMC. Also Read - Mumbai Building Collapse LIVE: Bodies of Two Minors Recovered From Debris#MyBMCUpdatesOne person has unfortunately passed away in the G+2 house collapse at Shastri Nagar – declared to be DOA. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family. 16 people admitted with minor injuries.Awaiting reports on others injured Rescue operations still ongoing. https://t.co/pkg35ar7IO— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) June 8, 2022The injured are being treated at the nearby Bhabha hospital, an official said. “A total of 19 people were admitted out of which one was brought dead, 17 injured have been discharged and one is still admitted,” said Dr Purva, AMO, Bandra Bhabha Hospital.According to the BMC, at least three to four people were initially suspected to be trapped in the debris while the rescue operations were underway.“A G+2 structure has collapsed at Shastri Nagar, Bandra West. Few people have been shifted to the hospital. 3-4 suspected to be trapped in the debris. Rescue operations are underway. The exact numbers awaited from the hospital,” said an initial tweet by the BMC.A few persons are believed to be under the rubble, the official said, adding rescue operations are underway.This is a developing story, more details are awaited.
NAVI MUMBAI: A fire broke out at an office on the 6th floor in the B-wing of BSEL Tech Park commercial building in sector 30A near the railway station in Vashi in Maharashtra's Thane district on Thursday The fire took place around 1.45pm. Vashi fire station staffers said that they received the emergency fire call at 1.50 pm after which fire tenders were rushed to the spot and reached within five minutes. The fire breakout is reportedly due to a blast in the air conditioning unit at the said office. No casualties have been reported and the fire-fighting operation is in progress using Bronto skylift, after evacuating all offices in the building's B-wing.
NAVI MUMBAI: A 30-year-old woman who allegedly drowned her six children in a well in Raigad on Monday has been sent to judicial custody till June 17. The police have said the accused, Runa Sahani (30), drowned her five daughters and a son in the well in Kharvali village. She was produced in a court of a judicial magistrate first class on Saturday and was remanded in the custody of Alibaug jail, said the police. Runa and her husband, Chikhru (32), a daily-wage labourer, hail from Gorakhpur, UP. They had been staying on rent in various villages of Mahad taluka. Runa has lodged a police complaint, accusing Chikhru of torturing her for dowry. Her complaint states that he physically assaulted her and threw her and the children out of their rented home in Sheltoli village.While Runa was arrested on Tuesday, her husband was nabbed a day later.
NAVI MUMBAI: The proposed chopping of 3,000 trees by MIDC in TTC Industrial area, Navi Mumbai, requires the permission of Maharashtra State Tree Authority, the government has confirmed. The state environment principal secretary, Manisha Patankar Mhaiskar has confirmed to the green activist group NatConnect Foundation on Wednesday that as per law, cutting of trees above five years old and numbers over 200 need the Authority’s nod. "After getting the confirmation from the environment secretary, we have immediately appealed to her to stop the MIDC proposal to chop nearly 3000 trees in Navi Mumbai for various road works. At places where tar roads are working fine inside MIDC areas, why unnecessarily widen or concretize the roads, leading to massive loss of green trees cover?'' said the NatConnect director, B N Kumar. In another development, quickly responding to environmentalists’ complaint against MIDC tree cutting move, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked Principal Industry Secretary Baldev Singh to also probe into this serious issue. “We received an email response from the CM specifically marking the complaint to Baldev Singh,” said Kumar. NatConnect in reply expressed the hope that the government will take appropriate action. MIDC issued a public notice in a Thane based newspaper inviting objections for removing as many as 2,829 trees. ``It is also wrong on part of MIDC to publicize the issue in Thane newspaper whereas it impacts people of Navi Mumbai, living miles away. NatConnect said the record of survival of replanted or transplanted trees is highly suspicious and all the trees will be ruined. The trees come in the way of road concretisation at Blocks A, EL and R on Amrit Hotel Road, TTC Industrial Area, Navi Mumbai,'' said Kumar. He added that It is shocking that the planners think that trees come in the way of concretization when we need an increased number of trees in view of the climate changes. The MCAP (Mumbai Climate Action Plan) admits that temperatures in Central Mumbai are higher than the rest of Mumbai because of concretization that reflects heat. Tree cutting of this magnitude requires the approval of the Maharashtra Scientific Tree Authority set up exactly a year ago. Proposals to cut above 200 trees which are over five years old are supposed to be referred to this body, NatConnect pointed out. Moreover, MIDC has already started chopping the trees even before the deadline for objections that expires on June 2, he said. Some alert local people have complained to NatConnect following which Kumar dashed out a communique to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray to intervene and stop “this murder of trees”. The greens have also tweeted to Aaditya Thackeray as well as minister Jitendra Awhad who recently took up cudgels to save 400 trees on Palm Beach Road, where a flyover is proposed..
NAVI MUMBAI: Animal rights activists and feeders are very disturbed and concerned for the 300 dogs inside the Navi Mumbai airport site, because they have been stopped from entering the area to feed the community animals since Wednesday. Activists said that if this blockage continues then the dogs will starve or worse become ill. "I have been daily going to the airport site to feed the dogs which have been left behind there, while the villagers were rehabilitated elsewhere for the airport project. Since Wednesday, I have been categorically stopped by the guards of Adani group from coming inside the area because they have got orders from higher-ups. I also spoke to the Adani executive Minal Naik to allow me to continue feeding the dogs, but the blockage has continued for the second day," said activist and feeder Pooja Teli. Senion inspector of Mumbai police, Sudhir Kudalkar, who is the founder of the Pal Animal Welfare Group, told TOI: "Even I spoke to the Adani executive (Naik) on Thursday so that the feeder is allowed to give food to the dogs. Recently, the Supreme Court had also ruled in favour of animal feeders as they have full right to feed the animals. This matter should hopefully be resolved soon, otherwise animal activists will have to take legal recourse for the sake of the airport dogs." City-based activist Anand Siva commented: "This is a very urgent issue since it involves the lives of 300 airport dogs. The government could rehabilitate all the humans from the project affected areas, but forgot to help out the local village dogs. That is why individuals like Pooja Teli have been going to the site to supply food and water to them. Adani group must show compassion for the animals." TOI tried to contact the Adani group executive, Minal Naik, for official response, and even texted her. However, there was no reply till the time of going to press. Meanwhile, Teli added: "The Adani executive had told senior PI Kudalkar over phone that there are only 45 dogs at the airport, and not 300. However, I know the exact situation on ground zero, and hence I stand with my statistic. The company has also not paid me my pending dues for daily feeding of the dogs. I will have to seek police help if this stand-off continues for one more day."
NAVI MUMBAI: The Cidco on Tuesday transferred 908 hectares of mangrove land to forest department. Of this, about 279 hectares of mangrove land was in the possession of Cidco and the remaining 629 hectares was private forest under Cidco’s jurisdiction for which Cidco has given no objection certificate to forest department. Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray had last month at a meeting of officials given instructions to Cidco regarding transfer of mangrove land to the forest department as per the Bombay high court’s directives. The transfer formality was done in the presence of Cidco managing director Sanjay Mukherjee and additional principal chief conservator of Forest Virendra Tiwari. “Cidco has always cooperated in environmental protection, conservation initiatives and sustainable development. As part of this, under the guidance the of the urban development minister, Eknath Shinde, and following the high court’s orders, the mangrove land has been handed over to the forest department,” said Cidco Mukherjee. Earlier, 1,458 hectares of mangrove land in Thane taluka under Cidco possession was transferred to forest department.
NAVI MUMBAI: A doctor from Pune and another person from Akola drowned at 12.30 pm on Tuesday when a boat with 20 persons onboard capsized in the sea off Tarkarli beach, Malvan, in Sindhudurg district. An adult survivor is currently in serious condition and admitted to a private hospital, while three children are also being treated. The affected tourists are from Pune, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kolhapur areas. Locals claimed that those on the ill-fated boat were not wearing the life jackets. "The boat carrying 20 people had gone for scuba diving off Tarkarli beach. During the return trip, the boat engine encountered a technical problem and became inoperative. Hence, the boat could not be controlled and soon capsized. The lifeguards have rescued all those on the boat, but unfortunately, two drowned to death,” said Rajnikant Patil, port inspector, Maharashtra Maritime Board. The deceased have been identified are Dr Swapnil Pise (41), a Pune resident; and Aakash Deshmukh (30), a resident of Akola district. The incident took place a day ahead of the annual boating ban. “The details of the victims are being taken at the hospital,” said an assistant police inspector, inspector. “All tourists have been found and hence nobody is missing. Seven are being treated in a hospital while 11 others have been discharged after primary treatment,” said Prashant Satpute, district information officer, Sindhudurg.
NAVI MUMBAI: State cabinet minister Jitendra Awhad has reacted to a news article published in TOI about 400 trees slated to be cut for the upcoming Vashi-Kopri flyover project, and tweeted on Saturday that he strongly objects to the tree slaughter, as it is bad for the environment. Awhad will be visiting the flyover site at Vashi, near Arenja Corner, at 2 pm on Sunday to see how this green cover loss can be averted. Former Vashi corporators Vikram Shinde and Divya Gaikwad, who had also raised objections to the tree-cuttings, will accompany Awhad at the site. Awhad said in his tweet on Saturday, “The imbalance is now a curse. We want development, but don't slaughter trees.” He tagged state environment minister Aaditya Thackeray and the Navi Mumbai police in his tweet. Awhad also said the notice inviting objections to the flyover work was issued in a newspaper “which is not even read by 500 people”. “We have issued a letter to NMMC that this flyover project worth Rs 362 crore is not really required. There are better ways to smoothen the traffic movement here," said Divya Gaikwad.
Navi Mumbai: NMMC has declared 514 buildings as dangerous, under section 264 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, after a recent ward-wise survey was carried out by the civic body. Before monsoon every year, the civic body prepares a list of unsafe structures. The owners or occupants of the dangerous buildings have been informed to stop using the structures. As many as 61 buildings across city nodes fall under the C-1 category (high risk and uninhabitable-redevelopment is the only option) which need to be vacated and demolished immediately.Besides, 120 structures have been listed in the C-2A category-(repairing can be done after vacating). There are 282 buildings that have been included under the C-2B category-(repairing while occupying) and 51 structures fall under the C-3 category- (normal repairing). The list of all 514 dangerous buildings has been made available at nmmc.gov.in under the ward section. Last year, the NMMC had announced 475 buildings as dangerous including 65 most dangerous.Moreover, NMMC has directed that the buildings be audited structurally by the owners. The civic body will soon disconnect water and light connection of the C-1 category buildings. It will also impose Rs 25,000 penalty for not carrying out the structural audit and submitting the report in time. NMMC sources said that the onus of carrying out the structural audit lies with owners or occupants. The audit report has to be submitted with the town planning department.
MUMBAI: Two persons with several theft cases against their names were held and gold was recovered from their possession, a police official said on Monday. Anant Bhiku Kamble (52) and Dnyaneshwar Bange (37), who are named in 26 cases, were held from Panvel in Navi Mumbai, the Dahisar police station official said. "'Last month, they entered the flat of one Vilas Mahamunkar (65) in Borivali after breaking the main door's lock and looted gold and silver. The complainant was away to meet kin in Goregaon. We scanned 80 CCTV clips from Mumbai and Thane to zero in on the duo," Zone XII deputy commissioner of police Somnath Gharge said. They have been booked under IPC section 380 (theft in dwelling house) and further probe is under way, the DCP said.
THANE: A court on Sunday remanded Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale in police custody till May 18, a day after her arrest for allegedly sharing an objectionable post about NCP chief Sharad Pawar on her social media account. Chitale (34), who lives in Navi Mumbai, was produced before the holiday court under heavy security following alerts of NCP activists staging protests against her. Police managed to dodge the protesters and sneak her in and out of the court through a back door. Chitale represented herself in court though she was offered a lawyer, said a police officer present in the courtroom. She is learnt to have asked the court whether or not she has the right to express herself on a public platform. "The holiday court remanded her in police custody till May 18. We will analyse her social media posts and will also probe if she was instigated by anyone to upload the matter. We will also try to track the person in whose name the post was first uploaded," said Laxmikant Patil, deputy commissioner of police (crime), Thane. Police are also investigating her previous social media posts. "Chitale has a similar case registered against her at Rabale police station in 2020," said inspector Krishna Kokani, Thane crime branch unit-1. A police officer said during her questioning after arrest, Chitale didn't seem remorseful and maintained that she would not delete the controversial post. It has been lear-nt she insisted on being given a saffron colour saree after her clothes were apparently stained by ink following a protest in Navi Mumbai. Several NCP activists, who gathered outside the court premises, have threatened to file complaints against Chitale at police stations across the state. In fact, a Goregaon police team was present in court to seek her custody. City NCP president Anand Paranjape said, "Everyone has the right to express themselves, but making such derogatory remarks is not justified. Our activists are upset and angry... and will file complaints across the state and ensure Chitale gets to do 'Maharashtra darshan'." It has been learnt that NCP minister Jitendra Awhad approach-ed home minister Dilip Walse Patil late on Saturday to ensure stern action against those who post or share derogatory messages.
A court here in Maharashtra on Sunday remanded Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale in police custody till May 18 following her arrest over allegedly sharing an objectionable post on social media about NCP chief Sharad Pawar, an official said. Chitale (29), a film and TV actress, was arrested by the Thane police on Saturday over a post she allegedly shared on her Facebook page.She was on Sunday produced before a holiday court which remanded her in the police custody till May 18, a senior police official said.Also Read | Marathi actor arrested for post against Sharad PawarChitale and 23-year-old pharmacy student Nikhil Bhamre were arrested on Saturday for allegedly sharing objectionable social media posts about Pawar. While Chitale was arrested by the Thane police, Bhamre was arrested in Nashik for allegedly making an objectionable comment on Twitter against Pawar, whose party shares power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra.The post shared by Chitale, which was in verse form, was purportedly written by someone else. It contained phrases like "hell is waiting" and "you hate Brahmins", allegedly referring to the NCP president.Chitale was booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 500 (defamation), 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory), 505 (2) (making, publishing or circulating any statement, rumour or report promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes) and 153 A (spreading disharmony among people).
What do Khengarji III, Lester, McCann, Salim, Humayun and Navi Mumbai have in common?They are all flamingos that have been tagged by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) between January-April, 2022.Khengarji III is named after His Highness Maharajadhiraj Mirza Rao Shri Khengarji III Sahib Bahadur, Rao of Kutch who first discovered greater flamingo breeding in India. While Lester is named after the British naturalist and ornithologist CD Lester, who has extensively researched in Kutch in the 19th and 20th century.McCann has been named after eminent naturalist Charles McCann, who visited the flamingo breeding site in Rann of Kutch in 1939 and published a detailed account.Meanwhile, Salim is named after legendary ornithologist Dr Salim Ali, who confirmed the lesser flamingo breeding and wrote a detailed account. Humayun is named after one of the finest naturalists and ornithologists Humayun Abdulali.Navi Mumbai is named after the satellite township of Navi Mumbai which has been branded as Flamingo City for hosting one of the largest conglomerations of these majestic birds in Asia.BNHS scientists captured flamingos at high-tide roosting sites and tagged them using solar-powered GPS-GSM radio tags.At present, all the flamingos are moving within Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary (TCFS) and adjoining wetlands. The TCFS is home to approximately 2.5 lakh migratory birds. Each year around 1.3 lakh flamingos also flock into the TCFS from September to May.There are six species of flamingos known, of which two species, the lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) and the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), are found in India.“The BNHS has ringed more than seven lakh birds in the last seven decades and deployed 175 Satellite transmitters on various bird species to study their migrations. During the last four years, BNHS scientists have deployed rings on more than 18,000 birds in and around TCFS. The information generated through this study is critical to understanding the migration of birds and their status in the Central Asian Flyways,” BNHS Director Dr. Bivash Pandav said.The BNHS team, including Rahul Khot, Deputy Director, the Head of the study, Dr P. Sathiyaselvam, Deputy Director, Wetlands Programme and Mrugank Prabhu, Scientist- C, Natural History Collection Department, deployed the satellite tags while Dr Sameer Bajaru, Assistant Curator, looked after the telemetry study designand technical details.
Seventeen plastic scrap godowns located in a warehouse complex at Shil Phata in Thane city of Maharashtra were gutted in a major fire early on Saturday, an official said.There was no report of any injury in the blaze that erupted around 4 am, chief of the Thane civic body's Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), Avinash Sawant, said. "The fire completely destroyed 17 godowns in the complex.A total of four fire engines - two each from the municipal corporations of Navi Mumbai and Thane - were rushed to the spot and the blaze fire was doused by around 9 am," he said, adding that the cause of the fire is being ascertained. Cooling operation is currently underway, Sawant said.
NAVI MUMBAI: State transport department has given a green signal to the Matheran hill station municipal council’s (MHSMC’s) proposal to commence its own minibus service. The divisional controller of MSRTC has also issued an NOC to commence the minibus service between Neral and Matheran. “Budgetary provision of Rs 40 lakh has been made to purchase two mini buses,” said Surekha Bhanage, chief officer MHSMC. “The outgoing MHSMC general body had last year passed a resolution to commence the minibus service. During the ST strike, I had requested the chief officer to make a budget provision. She had sought NOC from MSRTC,” said Shivaji Shinde, an excouncilor.
Asia’s only automobile-free hill station of Matheran near Mumbai would now boast of vehicles.The Supreme Court has allowed the Maharashtra government to implement its proposal to introduce a few eco-friendly e-rickshaw in Matheran Eco-sensitive Zone, on an experimental basis, to check its feasibility and replace the hand-pulled rickshaws.Located 108 km away from downtown Mumbai and 120 km from Raigad district, the hill station is part of the larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). A retired school teacher, Sunil Shinde, who is resident of Matheran, had moved the Supreme Court seeking that e-rickshaws be allowed to ply in Matheran.Raigad District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar and Matheran Municipal Council’s Chief Officer Surekha Bhanage will now proceed ahead in this regard.Matheran, which means "forest on the forehead" is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest of Government of India -- and is Asia's only automobile-free hill station. One can do a lot of things in Matheran -- walk, trek, engage in mountaineering and rock climbing, valley crossing, night trails, bird watching and so on.Matheran has 94 hand-pulled rickshaws, 450-odd horses and around 500 ponies. More than 10 lakh people visit Matheran annually.Matheran, nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, was discovered in May 1850 by Hugh Poyntz Malet, the then district collector of Thane. Lord Elphinstone, the then Governor of Bombay laid the foundation for its development as a future hill station. The Britishers developed Matheran as a popular resort to beat the summer heat in the region. The Matheran Hill Railway -- a popular toy train -- was built in 1907 by Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy.
A satellite airport for Mumbai in the neighbouring Palghar district is being planned which would cater to the emerging air traffic needs in India’s financial capital.The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the second busiest airport in the country after the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, can handle over 900 flights per day.The Palghar district is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).Giving a significant push to the proposed airport, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked officials to speed up the project.The Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and the Palghar district administration have been asked to work on the project.It may be mentioned that work is underway in full swing at the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) which is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2023.At the meeting in which state Transport Minister Anil Parab and top officials, including Chief Secretary Manu Kumar Srivastava and MADC Managing Director Deepak Kapoor, were present, Thackeray discussed the project and asked it to be taken ahead.“In future, there will be a lot of traffic on the Mumbai and the Navi Mumbai airports and another airport is needed. And hence, planning has to start from now and Palghar is the most suitable site,” officials said.As of now, there are restrictions on airports coming up within 150 nautical miles of an existing one, but in the past exceptions were made for the Navi Mumbai and Jewar Airport near Delhi.The Palghar district spread across 4,69,699 hectares of the total geographical area has a total of 1,007 villages and 467 gram panchayats. The Vasai-Virar urban conglomeration is part of the Palghar district, which is part of the far Western line suburbs of Mumbai.On the east side of the district, there is Thane and Nashik, on the west, there is the Arabian sea, on the south side, Mumbai, Thane and on the north side Valsad (Gujarat), Dadara and Nagar Haveli. Palghar has a coastline of 112 km. Palghar is adorned with the natural beauty of Arabian Sea beaches on the west and Sahyadri Hills on the east which are tourist attractions. The district has several industrial areas.
To reinforce the status of Navi Mumbai as a ‘Flamingo City’, environment-focussed groups have joined hands to hold the first-ever Flamingo Festival in Mumbai’s satellite city.The Flamingo Festival will coincide with the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) on May 14.WBMD is a twice-a-year awareness-raising global campaign held on the second weekends of May and October highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has an outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them, the WMBD website said.Also Read | Number of flamingos at Thane Creek swells to 1.4 lakhThe Navi Mumbai Flamingo Festival assumes added significance as the civic body has given the 'Flamingo City' tag to the city that attracts the country’s largest number of pink birds for an urban area.A bird watching event will be held at DPS Lake and an exhibition on Flamingos at DPS (Delhi Public School) auditorium are part of the event for which entry is free. The show, listed as part of the WMBD global events, starts at 12.30 am and ends at 6 pm, B N Kumar, Director, NatConnect Foundation, who is one of the organisers, said.“While we enjoy the pleasant sight of the various species of birds from across the world flying in, it is equally important for us to understand their regular destinations,” Kumar said. “It is just not for the love birds, but to check the fragile ecological balance that we need to focus on wetlands, mudflats and mangroves,” he pointed out.Jyoti Nadkarni of Kharghar Wetlands and Hills forum said a photo exhibition, educational displays on mangroves and wetlands, flamingo dance and a craft event will be part of the fun-filled Navi Mumbai Flamingo Festival.Apart from Delhi Public School, the 139-year-old nature research body BNHS, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), the State Mangrove Foundation and Godrej Mangrove Foundation have extended their support for the event.BNHS has already identified several wetlands to be conserved as part of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary (TCFS)satellite wetland management plan to allow birds to take refuge in these places during the high tides.Sunil Agrawal of Save Navi Mumbai Environment forum said the Flamingo Festival will also focus on the dwindling CRZ and constant threats to wetlands.
What would come as a huge relief to MLA Ganesh Naik, the Bombay High Court, on Wednesday, granted him anticipatory bail in a case filed against him alleging rape, cheating and criminal intimidation.The 71-year-old is a veteran politician from the satellite township of Navi Mumbai and the Raigad district, who has been a member of Shiv Sena, National Congress Party, and is now with the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is currently a serving MLA from Airoli; he has also been a cabinet minister—handling various portfolios including Environment, Excise and Labour—under the Shiv Sena-BJP government and then the Democratic Front government.Naik had filed for a pre-arrest bail after a 47-year-old woman had accused him of threatening her and her son. The woman had been in a live-in relationship with Naik from 1993 to 2017, but four years ago he disowned her and their son.The issue is mostly about the child’s paternity.“…prima facie essential ingredients of the offence of rape are not made out,” Justice Anuja Prabhudessai said while considering that the relationship between the accused and victim was consensual.“It is stated that no case is made out for custodial interrogation. The application for bail cannot be rejected solely on the ground that the applicant is an MLA,” the judge ruled, and directed Naik to surrender his licensed revolver within.In case he is arrested, Naik could be released with a Rs 25,000 bail bond.