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Man Robs 12 Crores From Bank, Gets New Look, Caught In Pune Months Later
Ndtv | 1 day ago | |
Ndtv
1 day ago | |

The man was arrestedin a joint operation by Thane and Navi Mumbai police. (Representational)Mumbai: Police have arrested the main accused involved in the Rs 12 crore cash theft from ICICI Bank in Thane's Manpada area from Pune after more than two-and-a-half months, an official said on Wednesday.The police have also recovered around Rs 9 crore from the prime accused, identified as Altaf Shaikh, 43, he said.With Shaikh's arrest on Monday, the police have so far arrested five accused in the case, including his sister Neelofer. The theft had taken place on July 12."Shaikh, a resident of Mumbra, had been working with ICICI Bank as a custodian. As the custodian, he was the caretaker of the bank's locker keys. He spent a year planning the heist, studying the loopholes in the system, and gathering tools to pull it off," the official of Manpada police station said.During the probe, police found that Shaikh planned the entire heist by enlarging the AC duct to pass the cash to the garbage chute and tampering with the CCTV footage, he added."After deactivating the alarm system and sabotaging the CCTV, Shaikh had opened the bank vault and transferred the cash to the duct and below to the chute. The incident came to light after the bank realised that the security money was missing, as were the DVR of CCTVs, which prompted its personnel to call the inspection team," the official said.After the incident, Shaikh fled. He would change his looks and use burqa to hide his identity. Shaikh's sister Neelofer, who was aware of his movement, hid some cash in her home. She has been booked as co-accused in the case and arrested, police said.Shaikh was finally arrested from Pune on Monday. The police managed to recover around Rs nine crore, out of Rs 12.20 crore stolen from the bank, and the remaining amount would be recovered soon, he said.Shaikh was arrested in a joint operation by Thane and Navi Mumbai police. Earlier, the police had arrested Neelofer and three others - Abrar Qureshi (33), Ahmed Khan (33) and Anuj Giri (30).PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMore persons are likely to be arrested in the case and further investigation is underway, the official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Man Robs 12 Crores From Bank, Gets New Look, Caught In Pune Months Later
Mumbaikars to celebrate Dussehra at puja pandals, Ramlila
Times of India | 2 days ago | |
Times of India
2 days ago | |

MUMBAI: The grand festival of Sharadiya Navratra will close with a flourish at Dussehra on Wednesday. Devi idols will be led for immersion while the 10-day-long serialised Ramlila will end with Ravan Dahan and the coronation of Lord Ram. Raman Jindal's Ramlila in Malad West has been drawing 4,000 spectators each day. "People were doubly excited to resume watching live Ramlila after Covid. Plus, we made arrangements like building a wooden platform on the muddy ground to place chairs, installed a covered dome and fans, and distributed water," he said. South Indian temples and households proudly displayed their new stock of golu dolls purchased after two years. Durga Puja pandals across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Mira Bhayander will close festivities with the vibrant Sindoor Utsav at Vijayadashami. Veteran actor Deb Mukerji whose North Bombay Puja in Juhu is celebrating its 75th anniversary, said that the darpan visarjan ceremony conducted on Vijayadashami day is the "real immersion". "It is here that the divinity that had been breathed into the Devi idol at installation, slowly leaves the idol. After that, the colourful procession to the seafront followed by visarjan is a spectacle to enjoy," he said. The Bangali Sangha in Ambernath has been organising Durgotsab since the pre-Independence era. Chairman Surojeet Roy said, "Our 79-year-old association was started by migrant employees of Ordnance Estate under a banyan tree back in 1942. We receive nearly 35,000 visitors from across Thane. Moortikars from Kolkata arrive in June to start carving the idol." Spokesperson Prachi Adak says special attractions are authentic Bengali food, ethnic stalls, dhaki drummers, cultural shows and bhog distribution. Vasaikars are flocking to the Bassein Bengal Club Durga Puja. Managing committee member Tapabroto Das said, "Ours is the quintessential puja which offers the experience of dhakis, dhunuchi dance and daily bhog. Our club was started by a few Bengalis 39 years ago with 34 families. Now we have 150 families." Foodies enjoyed the Ananda Mela on Panchami. "We have a big stage to perform dance dramas and music shows presented by members and their children. Nearly 4,500 devotees arrive for bhog," said president Shankar Poddar. In Navi Mumbai on Tuesday, the Koparkhairane Bengali Association worshipped its eight-year-old Kumari, Mohona Panja, and conducted Navami 'hom'. Former president Subrata Mitra said, "Apart from conch blowing, dhunuchi and bhog, everyone enjoyed a 'Wrong Tuli' competition where children judged adults." The Navi Mumbai Bengali Association, Vashi, is celebrating its 43rd Sharodotsav in Cidco Exhibition Centre with the theme 'Nurturing Humanity, Celebrating Life'. Senior member Ashim Dey said, "Our 16-ft-tall Durga is richly adorned with moulded foam carvings, a traditional art form of Bengal. We have 50 food stalls and 40 handicraft and miscellaneous stalls. Singer Shaan performed last night."

Mumbaikars to celebrate Dussehra at puja pandals, Ramlila
Navi Mumbai: Day after building crash, man pulled out dead from beneath debris
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: A day after a part of a building fell at Koparkhairane, the body of a man was pulled out of the debris on Sunday. morning. The deceased, Priyavart Dutt (31), lived in the house on rent. Other residents had voluntarily moved out of their homes earlier that day after finding the building "rickety". They have been housed in a municipal school building. A portion of the three-storey Sai Prasad building in Bonkode village collapsed late Saturday. Somnath Kekan, Town Planning Officer, NMMC, said: "The building was illegally constructed without permission. It had no commencement certificate by NMMC." The old building was constructed by the land owner, Narayan Mhatre, and developer Ganpat Chavan, when the gram panchayat (village council) had jurisdiction. "Permission to construct was to be taken from the panchayat... After the area was included under NMMC, it was mandatory to take an NOCfrom NMMC," said Ambarish Patnigere, deputy municipal commissioner. Dutt had returned home around 7.30 pm and could have slept in the flat before a wing of the building fell. In all, 34 families lived in the two wings. The building was constructed more than two decades ago. Prashant Gawade, NMMC's Koparkhairane ward officer said that the land owner and developer of Sai Prasad building have passed away. "Hence, no FIR has been registered in the collapse incident," said Gawade.

Navi Mumbai: Day after building crash, man pulled out dead from beneath debris
Mumbai ranks 31st in Swachh Survekshan 2022
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |

MUMBAI: Mumbai's rank rose to 31 from 37 last year in the in the Swachh Survekshan 2022 -- a nationwide sanitation survey of cities. In MMR, Thane rose to 13th rank from 14th last year while Navi Mumbai also rose to third from fourth last year. The cities were ranked among 45 cities with a population of more than 10 lakh. Swachh Survekshan 2022, under Swachh Bharat Mission, is conducted by the ministry of housing and urban affairs every year. lndore was ranked the cleanest city for sixth time in a row while Surat the second cleanest city for third time since the year 2020. Among the other cities in the Maharashtra which have featured in the list apart from Navi Mumbai, Thane and Mumbai are Kalyan Dombivli which ranked at 24th, Pune has ranked 9th, Aurangabad 30th, Nagpur 27th, Kalyan-Dombivli 25th, Pimpri Chinchwad at 19th. Mira Bhayandar has ranked seventh in category of under 10 lakh population. Karhad in Maharashtra ranked the third cleanest city among those with less than 1 lakh population and Panchgani fifth. Meanwhile, among states Maharashtra ranked third with more than 100 urban local bodies. Additional municipal commissioner Sanjeev Kumar from BMC said that they are happy to see the city’s ranking having improved. “It was all team effort that our city’s ranking has improved. We have plans to further improve our ranking in the next year too by focusing on decentralised waste management,” said Kumar. However King Circle citizen activist Nikhil Desai said that a municipal corporation having the biggest financial budget has not been able to feature among the top ten as well is very unfortunate. “A city like Indore is featuring on number one position year after year. We should try to learn from them as to what are they doing right to retain the top position,” said Desai. Over Navi Mumbai's ranking, former NMMC civic chief Ahijit Bangar, who was just transferred to neighbouring Thane city on Friday, said, “I am happy that Navi Mumbai improved its all-India ranking from 4th last year to 3rd now. It’s a huge leap and credit goes to the citizens of Navi Mumbai who extended wholehearted support to see the city in the select band of cleanest cities in the country. We had expected to ace the award list but slipped to the 3rd rank by a whisker. However, it’s a great achievement.” Besides national 3rd rank, in the open defecation free (ODF) category, NMMC received the Water Double Plus award and 5-star status. “The competition was very tough this time and despite that we bagged the 3rd cleanest city award. We left no stone unturned to get into the top spot. However, Navi Mumbai is the only city that can give a tough challenge to other top ranking cities,” said Bangar. A Navi Mumbai resident Yashshree Aghav said, “We should have received the first rank since Navi Mumbai deserved it.”

Mumbai ranks 31st in Swachh Survekshan 2022
  • Nagpur slips to 27th in Swachh Survekshan ranking
  • Times of India

    NAGPUR: As the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has failed to improve its performance, Nagpur slipped to 27th rank, out of the 47 cities (above 10 lakh population category) in Swachh Survekshan-2022. The city, however, ranked 8th in the state. This year, Swachh Bharat Survekshan was of 7,500 marks and NMC has scored 4,171 marks. Nagpur city secured zero out of 1,250 marks in garbage free city category. It scored very badly under service level progress too and secured 1,826 marks. Under citizens’ voice category, it scored 1,745. For the last three consecutive years, the NMC has been scoring absolutely zero marks in the garbage free city rankings category, which affected the overall ranking. In 2020 and 2021 too the city had scored similar marks in GFC category. Under open defecation free category, it scored 600 marks. It however received a set back on its claim of treating sewerage water and its reuse. It scored zero out of 300, as it is releasing treated water in polluted river.

Indore adjudged cleanest city for 6th time in a row, Surat retains 2nd position
The Indian Express | 5 days ago | |
The Indian Express
5 days ago | |

Indore was adjudged India’s cleanest city for the sixth time in a row, while Surat and Navi Mumbai followed it on the next two spots in the Central government’s annual cleanliness survey, the results of which were announced Saturday.In the category of best performing states in ‘Swachh Survekshan Awards 2022’, Madhya Pradesh has secured the first position, followed by Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.Indore and Surat retained their top positions in the big cities category this year, while Vijaywada lost its third spot to Navi Mumbai.Among the states having fewer than 100 urban local bodies, Tripura has bagged the top rank, according to the survey results.President Droupadi Murmu on Saturday gave away the awards to the winners at an event here also attended by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others.In the category of cities having population fewer than one lakh, Maharashtra’s Panchgani was ranked number one, followed by Chhattisgarh’s Patan (NP) and Maharashtra’s Karhad.Haridwar was adjudged the cleanest Ganga town in the category of more than 1 lakh population, followed by Varanasi and Rishikesh. PTI BUN Bijnor was ranked the first among Ganga towns with fewer than one lakh population. followed by Kannauj and Garhmukhteshwar respectively.In to the survey, Maharashtra’s Deolali was adjudged the country’s cleanest Cantonment Board.The 7th edition of Swachh Survekshan was conducted to study the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and rank the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) based on various cleanliness and sanitation parameters.The Survekshan has evolved from being an assessment of 73 cities in 2016 to covering 4,354 cities this year.

Indore adjudged cleanest city for 6th time in a row, Surat retains 2nd position
  • Indore declared cleanest city for 6th consecutive time, NDMC slips to 9th position
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Indore emerged as the cleanest city of India for the 6th time in a row while Surat has scored a hat-trick as the second cleanest city since 2020. Navi Mumbai is the third cleanest city while NDMC, which houses the county's most powerful people, has slipped to 9th position in 2022 from being the fifth cleanest city last year and 8th in 2020. President Droupadi Muru released the ranking of urban local bodies (ULBs) on cleanliness parameters for 2022 on Saturday. Read AlsoNoida: Swachh test to focus on plastic waste and doorstep collectionThe Noida Authority has started preparations for Swachh Survekshan 2023 after receiving guidelines from the ministry of housing and urban affairs. This year, cities will be judged on 9,500 marks against last year’s 7,500.The NCR city of Noida has been ranked at 11th in the latest report compared to its 9th position in the 2021 survey report. The ranking of ULBs has been done under two categories -- more than one lakh and less than one lakh. Among ULBs that have less than one lakh population, four of the top five cleanest cities are from Maharashtra, which is almost similar to the trend of 2022. Panchgani in Maharashtra is the cleanest among these cities, followed by Patan in Chhattisgarh and Karhad in Maharashtra. Read Also8 years of Swachh Bharat: Availability of functioning public toilers still an issue but civic sense has improved, says surveyWith the Swachh Bharat Mission completing its eighth year on October 2, a survey by LocalCircles has revealed that availability of functioning public toilets still remains an issue but that the scheme has done a lot to improve the civic sense of citizens and responsiveness of civic authorities whenThe 2022 survey covered 4,354 ULBs, including 62 Cantonment Boards and 91 Ganga Towns in the country. The first edition of Swachh Survekshan in 2016 covered only 73 ULBs. Barring 126 ULBs from West Bengal all other local bodies participated in the survey. Among the 62 Cantonment Boards, Deolali in Maharashtra emerged as the cleanest followed by Ahmedabad and Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. Delhi Cantonment Board finished 5th in the list. “The main aim of Swachh Survekshan is to examine the cities for their levels of cleanliness and active implementation of Swachhata mission initiatives in a timely and innovative manner,” the housing and urban affairs ministry said. In this survey, cities were assessed under various parameters in three phases throughout the year. The assessment had three components -- Service Level Progress, Citizen Voice and Certifications. Under the citizen voice on field verifications were also done to validate the claims made by the ULBs. The ministry said samples were collected from 100% wards in the cities that were covered in this survey. Read AlsoHow to manage waste? Noida Authority to hire a private firmThe Noida Authority will hire a consultant for Swachh Survekshan 2023 to help implement viable sanitation and waste management projects. The consultant will also help Noida improve open defecation-free and garbage-free ratings. Noida has issued a request for proposal (RFP) document in this regard.For the first time, the “citizen report card” was introduced for the survey, which was aimed to disseminate the information regarding the status of cleanliness in the city to the citizens. This covered different aspects such as segregated door to door waste collection, cleanliness of roads and public toilets, city beautification, cleanliness of market areas, residential areas, drains and water bodies, daily sweeping in residential areas, non-availability of open garbage dumps and citizen grievance redressal mechanism.

Maharashtra Is India's Third Cleanest State. First Two Are...
Ndtv | 5 days ago | |
Ndtv
5 days ago | |

Chhattisgarh secured the 2nd position, Maharashtra took the 3rd spot.New Delhi: Indore was adjudged India's cleanest city for the sixth time in a row, while Surat and Navi Mumbai followed it on the next two spots in the Central government's annual cleanliness survey, the results of which were announced Saturday.In the category of best performing states in 'Swachh Survekshan Awards 2022', Madhya Pradesh has secured the first position, followed by Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.Indore and Surat retained their top positions in the big cities category this year, while Vijaywada lost its third spot to Navi Mumbai.Among the states having fewer than 100 urban local bodies, Tripura has bagged the top rank, according to the survey results.President Droupadi Murmu on Saturday gave away the awards to the winners at an event here also attended by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others.In the category of cities having population fewer than one lakh, Maharashtra's Panchgani was ranked number one, followed by Chhattisgarh's Patan (NP) and Maharashtra's Karhad.Haridwar was adjudged the cleanest Ganga town in the category of more than 1 lakh population, followed by Varanasi and Rishikesh. PTI BUN Bijnor was ranked the first among Ganga towns with fewer than one lakh population. followed by Kannauj and Garhmukhteshwar respectively.In to the survey, Maharashtra's Deolali was adjudged the country's cleanest Cantonment Board.The 7th edition of Swachh Survekshan was conducted to study the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and rank the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) based on various cleanliness and sanitation parameters.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Survekshan has evolved from being an assessment of 73 cities in 2016 to covering 4,354 cities this year.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Maharashtra Is India's Third Cleanest State. First Two Are...
Shinde govt transfers 43 IAS officers
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

The Eknath Shinde government on Thursday transferred 43 IAS officers.Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Dr Pradeep Vyas, who handled the public health department during the Covid-19 pandemic, was transferred to tribal welfare department. He was replaced by Sanjay Khandare, managing director of Mahagenco.Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) chief P Anbalagan was made the chief of Mahagenco, which generates electricity in the state.Thane Municipal Commissioner Vipin Sharma was made the MIDC chief.IAS officer Tukaram Mundhe, who was given the side posting of secretary to the State Human Rights Commission, was made the state health commissioner. Labour commissioner Ashvini Joshi will head the medical education department and medical education secretary Saurabh Vijay will be in charge of tourism department.Valsa Nair, who headed the civil aviation department, is now the principal secretary (Housing). Milind Mhaiskar has been transferred in her place.Manisha Mhaiskar was in charge of environment and protocol departments.Now, while Pravin Darade has been made the environment secretary, Manisha Mhaiskar will be the chief protocol officer.Vivek Bhimanwar, who worked earlier in the Devendra Fadnavis secretariat, is now the transport commissioner.Deepak Kapoor was appointed as additional chief secretary (Irrigation).The post of industries secretary was vacant since the retirement of Baldev Singh in June. Development commissioner Harshdeep Kamble was holding its additional charge. On Thursday, the government officially made him the principal secretary (Industries).Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner (NMMC) Abhijeet Bangar was posted as the commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation. Thane collector Rajesh Narvekar will be joining NMMC as commissioner. State Pollution Control Board secretary Ashok Shingare is the new Thane collector.Maharahstra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) managing director Jayshree Bhoj was transferred as director general (information and public relations).The government appointed IRS officer Shraddha Joshi as MTDC chief.Anup Yadav, in charge of the tribal welfare department is now the head of minority welfare. Nashik Zilla Parishad chief executive officer (CEO) Leena Bansod was made the additional commissioner of tribal welfare department in Pune. Aurangabad CEO Nilesh Gatne is the new Pune Slum Redevelopment Authority chief.

Shinde govt transfers 43 IAS officers
Navi Mumbai: DCP orders inquiry into ‘manipulated’ diesel bill of police car
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: The Navi Mumbai deputy commissioner of police (headquarters) has appointed an assistant commissioner of police (administration) to conduct an inquiry into the possibility of a manipulated bill of diesel filled in a police vehicle, that was recently submitted for reimbursement. The DCP (HQ) has also ordered an assistant sub-inspector to scrutinize similar bills from the past six months which have been submitted by other police vehicle drivers and submit a report to the ACP at Kalamboli HQ and Police Training Centre, for further enquiry. DCP (HQ) Abhijeet Shivthare said, “Recently, the assistant sub-inspector who clears the diesel bill vouchers submitted by the drivers to claim reimbursement noticed a discrepancy in the diesel bill of a fuel station in Kharghar, as the police vehicle number did not match with the vehicle number on the diesel bill, it was suspected that the bill was manipulated. The discrepancy was brought to my notice and I have ordered an enquiry into the matter to find out if it was a deliberate misdemeanour by the concerned driver of the police vehicle in connivance with the staff at the Kharghar fuel station that had issued the diesel bill, or if it was a human error while issuing the bill.” DCP Shivthare said, “In order to ensure that the previous diesel bills reimbursed were not manipulated, I have asked the ASI to scrutinizing the diesel bills submitted for reimbursement in the past six months. Those found guilty of manipulating the bills to make easy money and indulging in cheating,will have to face disciplinary action.”

Navi Mumbai: DCP orders inquiry into ‘manipulated’ diesel bill of police car
Instability of last few years discouraged investors, says Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

PUNE: Deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, in a speech to industrialists of the region at a Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture (MCCIA) event, indirectly criticised the former Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for "discouraging" investment in the state, while commenting on the move of the upcoming Vedanta-Foxconn project to Gujarat. "The project was never in Maharashtra, but it should have come to Maharashtra. There were two-and-a-half years of instability in the state, caused by incidents like the state home minister being in jail, a former police commissioner absconding, and more, all of which did not make investors want to come here. Our government is focusing on attracting investment now - our state has the culture of industry and ecosystem for industries to grow," Fadnavis said. Fadnavis also spoke about infrastructural needs of the city, such as the ring road and the airport, adding that the operationalisation of Navi Mumbai airport will bring some relief to residents of Pune. He also promised to crack down on 'fake' mathadi workers' unions, as well as improve on connectivity issues in MIDCs, adding that the Union government is working on widening roads in those areas.

Instability of last few years discouraged investors, says Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
  • ‘Instability of last few yrs discouraged investors’
  • Times of India

    Pune: Deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, in a speech to industrialists of the region at a Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture (MCCIA) event, indirectly criticised the former Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for “discouraging” investment in the state, while commenting on the move of the upcoming Vedanta-Foxconn project to Gujarat. “The project was never in Maharashtra, but it should have come to Maharashtra. There were two-and-a-half years of instability in the state, caused by incidents like the state home minister being in jail, a former police commissioner absconding, and more, all of which did not make investors want to come here. Our government is focusing on attracting investment now — our state has the culture of industry and ecosystem for industries to grow,” Fadnavis said. Fadnavis also spoke about infrastructural needs of the city, such as the ring road and the airport, adding that the operationalisation of Navi Mumbai airport will bring some relief to residents of Pune. He also promised to crack down on ‘fake’ mathadi workers’ unions, as well as improve on connectivity issues in MIDCs, adding that the Union government is working on widening roads in those areas.

Maharashtra: Sion-Panvel highway to stay dark for few more months
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: Motorists negotiating the stretch between Vashi Toll Plaza and CBD junction along the busy Sion-Panvel highway will continue to bear the brunt of driving under darkness in the absence of streetlights, while risking their lives, for a few more months. As per the NMMC, the fixing of defunct streetlights will take some more time due to delay in finalising the tenders. Motorists are forced to encounter the nightmare from obsolete street lights and their safety is at stake. “It’s quite dangerous to drive on this busy highway in darkness. We have been complaining about the non-functional street lights on this stretch, which seems to be unsafe especially for bikers and bad roads at some locations have posed dangers alike,” said a local resident, Santosh Patil. Motorists have often complained of poor visibility. It may be recalled that the street lights turned defunct at the time when the stretch was maintained by PWD, and buckling under pressure from residents, NMMC took over its maintenance with hope to illuminate the road to avoid further inconvenience for motorists. PWD too made a payment of Rs8crore to NMMC to fix the street lights. However, it’s been almost a year now, and the civic body is yet to commence work on repairs. NMMC additional city engineer Shirish Aradwad said, “We have picked the suitable bidder to carry out the street light works. The order will be placed in the next few days. The contractor has agreed to complete the work in 60 days. We hope the entire patch will be illuminated by November.” NMMC had floated a tender in February but it was delayed due to technical issues. Street poles will be designed along the stretch to sport an aesthetic look, said an official.

Maharashtra: Sion-Panvel highway to stay dark for few more months
Maharashtra: Supreme Court clarifies ESZ curbs, relief for developers
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

MUMBAI: In a relief to developers and flat-buyers, the Supreme Court has upheld the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) notifications for the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in 2016 and for the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary in 2021. In August, the ESZ monitoring committee for SGNP had issued directives to the municipal commissioners of Mumbai, Thane and Mira-Bhayandar to stay all ongoing projects that did not have its approval though the corporation had issued NOC, and not to issue NOCs to new proposals. The move came after a Supreme Court order on June 3 that there should be no development within 1km of the ESZ around a national park, sanctuary or protected area. It later modified its directive, allowing ongoing projects to continue. National Real Estate Development Council (Maharashtra) filed an interim application before the Supreme Court for clarity as several housing projects in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira-Bhayandar were affected. Advocate Saket Mone who appeared for NAREDCO (Maharashtra) said: "We pointed out the ESZ notifications for SGNP and TCFS were already issued and the ESZ boundaries had been demarcated and notified. All development is now regulated in line with these notifications. We informed the court that construction activity is permissible in the ESZ," he said. The apex court accepted the plea and pointed out that in para 42 of its June 3 order it had already given the specific instance of SGNP and Guindy National Park in Chennai as exceptions. Para 42 states: "...It was argued before us that the 1km-wide "no-development zone" may not be feasible in all cases and specific instances were given for SGNP and Guindy National Park in Mumbai and Chennai metropolis, respectively, which have urban activities in very close proximity. These sanctuaries shall form special cases." Sandeep Runwal, Naredco (Maharashtra) president, said in a city like Mumbai where the SGNP is surrounded by urbanisation, it would have been impossible to implement the 1km no-development norm within the ESZ. "This order is a huge relief not just for developers but also flat buyers who have invested in these projects. At least 100 new projects are under construction at this stage in Thane, Mulund, Goregaon, Malad. Another 50-60 projects are underway in Navi Mumbai which would have been impacted."

Maharashtra: Supreme Court clarifies ESZ curbs, relief for developers