Viral Video: Spread over 390 kilometres, Mumbai local trains which are considered the lifeline of the financial capital operate 2,342 services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily. However, getting a seat on Mumbai local train is no less than a struggle. Recently, a massive fight broke out between a few women over a seat inside the ladies’ compartment of a Thane-Panvel local train.Also Read - Viral Video: People Play Music on Ola Electric Scooter After Power Cut Interrupts Dandiya Event in Gujarat | WatchThe video of the incident has been doing rounds on social media. In the video, women can be seen pulling each other’s hair inside the train. A woman constable tried to pacify the passengers, however, her efforts went in vain and she got hurt.Fight between two female passengers over a seat in #Local #TRAIN .The woman police constable who went to the rescue got hurt.Both women filed a case against each other at Vashi Railway Police Station.@Central_Railway #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/nFOKv7bOWv— Siraj Noorani (@sirajnoorani) October 6, 2022“Few women started hitting each other following a dispute over the seat, and a female staff was injured,” news agency ANI quoted S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station as saying.Vashi, Navi Mumbai | Few women started hitting each other following dispute over seat, a female staff was injured: S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station, on scuffle b/w 3 women in a local train running from Thane to Panvel, today(Pic 1:Screengrab;viral video) pic.twitter.com/A6bPR3phhA— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2022If reports are to be believed, an argument broke out between three women passengers over the seat. Soon after, the argument escalated which turned into an ugly fight.Narrating the incident, a police official informed that an elderly woman and her granddaughter, who had boarded the local train from Thane, and another woman who boarded the train at Koparkhairane were waiting for a seat to get vacant. When the seat got vacant, the elderly woman asked her granddaughter to take the seat. Simultaneously, the other woman also tried to grab the seat, following which the argument broke out.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Saturday said that the 5G technology would usher in a major transformation in core sectors such as education, agriculture, banking, and health.He was speaking at a municipal corporation-run school in Panvel in the Raigad district that was picked as a virtual classroom for the nationwide launch of the 5G network.Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday inaugurated the 5G services in select cities at an event in Delhi.As part of the launch, Savitribai Phule School in Panvel was connected with 5G, and Class VIII students of the school participated in the event along with CM Shinde.Shedding his CM’s protocol, Shinde went inside a classroom and became a student himself as he sat on a bench along with the students and engaged in a freewheeling interaction with them.While witnessing the technology revolution, Shinde said, “Today, even I have become a student like you. I feel immense joy to be part of the school. Along with you all, it is a great feeling to witness the technological revolution,” CM Shinde said.The Chief Minister said, “Due to the 5G technology the internet speed will increase. Its maximum benefit will be in the field of education. Students can avail the technology for quality education.”While asking the students to strive for excellence, Shinde said, “Make use of the high-speed internet for studies. Study well. Don’t use this for playing games or downloading movies only.”He also thanked PM Modi on the occasion.“The digitalisation will help in bridging the barrier. It brings the best quality education to the doorstep of each and every student. Technology has helped students access vast and diverse fields. It makes education more complete with smart classrooms,” Shinde said on the occasion.
NAVI MUMBAI: A 21-year-old man working as delivery boy for a food delivery app was detained by Panvel taluka police for allegedly molesting a 19-year-old college girl while delivering the parcel at her apartment around 8.30 pm on Tuesday. An FIR was registered on Wednesday under IPC section 354.
The relatives of both the dead people reached the hospital amid confusion. (Representational)Mumbai: The relatives of two people with similar names and age ended up taking the wrong body for cremation in Maharashtra's Raigad district before differences in the moustaches of the dead cleared the confusion.While Ramakant Patil (62), a resident of Pezari village in Alibag tehsil, died of blood pressure and diabetes at MGM Hospital, Ram Patil (66) of Dahivali village in Panvel tehsil succumbed to kidney and liver issues at the same facility."Relatives of Ramakant Patil, just before the cremation, realised that the body's moustache was different. The hospital was contacted but the staffers there refused to admit any goof-up," a relative said today.The relatives of Ram Patil too realised something was amiss and both groups reached MGM Hospital, whose administration made arrangements to swap the bodies.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMeanwhile, the hospital management defended itself in a statement and said the relatives had seen the bodies before accepting it.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
It took eight years for the Maharashtra Congress to put the car it had handed over to its Panvel unit for party work back on the road. While the party has managed to bring back the car, its new owner – another Congress office bearer – is now spending his own money to get the vehicle refurbished.During the last days of the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government, the then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, in August 2014, had distributed 22 Scorpio cars to district presidents of the party. The aim was to use the cars to expand the party base in the district presidents’ respective areas.“While taking the review, we could not locate the car given to Panvel city unit. Upon inquiry, it was found that the car was not in the use of party related works. We received reports that it was on a private stone quarry. We decided to call it back,” said a senior official from the Maharashtra unit of the Congress.Former Panvel Congress president R C Gharat, who had received the car, told The Indian Express that he had his own fleet of cars and did not need the one given by the party for travel purposes. “I use my own cars for my work and party related work. I have my business and don’t require cars from my party for business purpose,” said Gharat. Gharat said that he had called the party state headquarter asking the office bearers to take back the car.After the state unit office received the car, it was handed over to Abhijit Patil, the new president of the Panvel Congress, last week.“Except for the engine, the car was damaged so much that I will now have to spend around Rs 1.75 lakh to make it run smoothly,” Patil said.“It is an old car, but it has been given to me by my party. I own different cars but I will ensure that it will be used for its intended purpose as much as possible,” Patil added.
MUMBAI: While there will be no megablock on Western Railway suburban line on Sunday, passengers could face rail block on Central Railway Main line (Matunga to Mulund) and Harbour line (Panvel to Vashi) from 11.05am to 4.05pm.
NAVI MUMBAI: Eleven persons, including a nine-month-old baby, were injured after receiving electric shocks at the idol immersion site at Koliwada, Panvel, during the final day of Ganeshotsav on Friday evening. Panvel city municipal corporation (PCMC) had made arrangements for immersions. An overhead wire connecting the lighting setup with the generator reportedly snapped, causing panic among devotees as they received shocks due to this accident. Seven victims have been admitted to the sub-district hospital Panvel, while four, including two serious persons, were taken to Lifeline Hospital in Panvel. The immersions were relocated to another spot nearby after this. Police were deployed at the site to deescalate any law and order situation. Hundreds of people were coming in processions to immerse idols here. "The wire fell on an Ulwe resident Manas Kumbhar (17), who suffered major injuries. Others tried to save him but also got shocks," said assistant inspector A A Devale, Panvel city. Those admitted to SDH-Panvel are Taniska Panvelkar (9-months-old), Nihal Chonkar (5), Sarvesh Panvelkar (15), Dilip Panvelkar (65), Deepali Panvelkar (24), Ulwe resident Vedant Kumbhar (18) and Karanjade resident Darshana Shivshivkar (36). Patients taken to Lifeline were Harshad Panvelkar (32), Rupali Panvelkar (35), Ritesh Panvelkar (38) and Ulwe resident Manas Kumbhar (17). "The incident was reported around 8pm when an overhead wire hanging between bamboo poles snapped. People gathered there panicked and came in contact with the live wire receiving shocks. It was also raining," said deputy municipal commissioner Vitthal Dake. "The wire may have snapped due to sparking or some technical reason," said Amar Patil, ward officer. -Umesh K Parida
MUMBAI: The final day of Ganesh immersions Friday saw the death of at least 20 people, 14 of them due to drowning, in incidents across Maharashtra. Closer home, a Thane woman was killed and 4 others injured after a tree collapsed on a pandal, while around 11 persons, including a 9-month-old baby, were injured after receiving electric shocks due to an overhead wire snap at the Panvel immersion site. However, festivities this year have nearly returned to pre-Covid years, with more than 1.93 lakh idols immersed during the 10-day festival. Noise levels followed a similar pattern, with the highest of 120.2dB (decibels) recorded at Opera House.
Ganesh Visarjan 2022 Latest Update: Neary 19 people died, 14 of them due to drowning, in different incidents during the immersion of Ganesh idols in various parts of Maharashtra. Giving details, police said in Wardha district three persons drowned at Sawangi, while another one drowned at Devli. Two persons drowned in a pond in Yavatmal district when they went for immersion of idols, he said.Also Read - Mumbai Ganesh Visarjan 2022: Devotees In Large Nos Turn Up For Immersion of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh IdolNotably, the 10-day Ganesh festival, which had started on August 31, ended on Friday. According to officials, two persons died of drowning in separate incidents at Supa and Belvandi in Ahmednagar district and two others died in Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra. Also Read - Anant Chaturdashi 2022: Wishes, Quotes, Messages, Greetings, Images, WhatsApp Status To Share With Your Friends And FamilyOne each died in Pune’s rural part, Dhule, Satara and Solapur city, he said and added that four persons died in a road accident at Sakkardara area of Nagpur city during Ganesh immersion. Also Read - Ganpati Visarjan 2022: Date, Auspicious Time and Rituals to Follow For Ganpati Bappa's VidaiIn Thane, a 55-year-old woman was killed and four others injured after a tree collapsed on a Ganesh pandal in Kolbad area amid rains. The incident occurred on Friday night, a civic official said.“A huge tree fell on the pandal while the aarti of the Lord Ganesh was going on as part of the immersion of the idol. The woman, Rajashri Walavalkar, was seriously injured in the mishap. All of them were rushed to a hospital, where she was declared brought dead,” the official said.Meanwhile, at least 11 persons, including a nine-year-old girl, were injured after suffering an electric shock at Panvel in Raigad district during a procession. The incident took place on Friday evening at Wadghar Koliwada after a cable of an electric generator snapped, an official said.While some of them were rushed to a private hospital, others were taken to a state-run hospital in Panvel, he said adding all are responding well to the treatment.Some law and order related incidents were also reported in parts of the state during the immersion of idols.A scuffle broke out between the supporters of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at Tophkhana in Ahmednagar district, an official said.(With inputs from PTI)
MUMBAI: Much of the mangrove cover under protection-190 of the total 320 sq km-is now being brought under physical possession by the forest department by getting government agencies to hand over the land. The process has gained momentum since 2019 after former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya weighed in on the side of the forest department. A record 11,500 hectares of mangrove land were declared 'reserved forests' under the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. Aditya took personal interest, held meetings with stakeholders, setting deadlines, smoothening processes for handing over of mangrove land. The processes involve invoking section 4 of the Indian Forest Act by the forest department to declare its intention to convert the land into a Reserved Forest. It then appoints a Forest Settlement Officer to settle rights and claims. This takes about nine months before the land is finally declared as Reserved Forest under section 20. "So far we have invoked section 4 in case of 19,000 hectares. All of it is in the physical possession of the forest department. Of this, section 20 has been invoked in case of 11,500 hectares. For the balance area, rights have been established in some cases and need to be released, and in case of others, inquiry is still underway. It should all be completed by next year," said Mangrove Conservation Cell chief Virendra Tiwari. There are three parcels of 881 hectares in the Vasai-Virar belt where section 4 is yet to be invoked. The proposal is with the government and queries have been raised which the Cell is responding to, said Tiwari. In recent days, CIDCO has handed over 628 hectares in the Uran-Panvel belt. Here land title is in the process of being transferred from CIDCO. In the third instance, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority has committed to transfer 814 hectares but formal handing over has been stalled for want of a minister. Tiwari said the process of declaring reserved forests in Sindhudurg district is almost complete while it is done in Ratnagiri. In Raigad, parts of Uran and Panvel still remain to be identified. The retirement of the Konkan Divisional Commissioner and there being no replacement has slowed down the process. Increasing awareness among citizens has helped the trend as well. Residents of New Link Road went right up to the Supreme Court to save 400 acres of mangroves in the Dahisar-Mira Road-Bhayander belt. However, there are agencies that are yet to cooperate in improving conservation. Dumping still continues on mangroves on land owned by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, one of the city's big land owners. Despite repeated requests, the agency is yet to hand over the lands. In Mumbai, while Aditya Thackeray had announced 176 hectares at Dharavi will be handed over, it is yet to be done. Most of this land is with the city collector. In Bandra Kurla Complex the department is scrutinising 199 hectares under the MMRDA. While it was declared protected back in 1992, constructions have come up including a metro car shed. "The department is verifying presence of mangroves on these lands. If construction already exists, then we shall not take it over," said Tiwari.
NAVI MUMBAI: The state government has directed the Raigad collector to take urgent action over the alleged illegal sale of 79 acres of Khan Bahadur Hormasji Maneckji Bhiwandiwala (KBHMB) trust land in Padeghar village, Panvel. A local activist had demanded that the government take over possession of the trust land, which was sold illegally without obtaining the charity commissioner's prior permission for sale and overruling the Supreme Court order on the question of the sole legal heir of the trust. Dosu Aardeshir Bhiwandiwala, who claimed to be the lone trustee, had in 2000 sold two land parcels in Padeghar village. A total 39-acre land was sold to Paresh Thakur at Rs 49 lakh and 40 acres to Ramseth Thakur's Samajik Vikas Mandal (RTSVM) trust at Rs 51 lakh. Panvel MLA Prashant Thakur is the president of this trust. On November 14, 2008, the SC order had struck down Bhiwandiwala's claim as the sole legal heir of KBHMB trust, but by then he had sold many land parcels to influential people. The RTSVM trust had on May 26, 2011, sold the 40-acre plot to a private company at Rs 36.4 crore. Thakur divided his plot and sold over two acres to the same company on July 25, 2013, at Rs 1.15 crore and retained over 36 acres. "Trust land transactions were done without the charity commissioner's prior permission. The SC had struck down the claim of the sole legal heir of KBHMB trust. Hence, the state should cancel all the trust land transactions and take their possession," said Rajeev Mishra, RTI activist. Mishra's recent letter to the revenue minister and principal secretary- revenue was forwarded to the Konkan divisional commissioner, Raigad collector, sub-divisional officer (SDO)-Panvel and tehsildar for action. Raigad collectorate tehsildar (general) Vishal Daundkar had on June 20, 2022, asked the SDO to take action on an urgent basis. Konkan divisional commissionerate had written to Raigad collector to take appropriate action on July 13, 2022. "The Panvel tehsildar's report has not been received, but I will remind him," said Rahul Mundake, SDO-Panvel. Mishra claimed: "The officials do not reply even its marked urgent."
MUMBAI: The Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change has granted clearance to lay a railway line on forest land for the doubling of the Karjat-Panvel corridor, which is being executed by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC). The line, projected to be ready by 2025, is expected to spur growth in Raigad district, under which fall the fast-developing areas of the Panvel neighbourhood and where the new international airport is being planned. The total length of the corridor is 29.6 km. At present there is a single line between Panvel and Karjat, which is primarily used for running goods trains and some long-distance trains. "We have received approval to lay a double line on 9.13 hectares of forest land. Of this, nearly four hectares is government land while balance is private forest land," an MRVC official said. The forest land falls in Karjat, Khalapur and Panvel talukas. Nearly 1,800 trees will be affected but the MRVC will do compensatory tree plantation in the ratio of 1:5. The MRVC has completed nearly 15% work on the project. While the MRVC required 136 hectares of land to execute the project, nearly 70 hectares of it is railway land and work has already begun on it. So far, the MRVC is in possession of 101 hectares of land, which is nearly 75% of the total land required for nearly 14km of this corridor. The MRVC still requires nearly 11 hectares of land, for which the acquisition process is underway. "At present, commuters travelling from CSMT can travel to Karjat via Main line, for which 2.15 hours is the travel time. However, this the Harbour line corridor will result in time saving of nearly 25-30 minutes from CSMT," an MRVC official said. The Panvel-Karjat corridor will have three tunnels, two flyovers, 44 small- and medium-sized bridges, 15 road under-bridges and seven road over-bridges. The MRVC is executing the corridor under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (III). The total expenditure on the corridor is estimated to be Rs 2,783 crore. The project was approved in December 2016 but its execution faced hurdles due to lack of funds. The lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic was also a major roadblock in its execution.
MUMBAI: For the past few days, Qamar Alam Khan has been digging out posters from all over his 10x15 sq feet home at Bandra's Dargah Gully. "Meri Muskaan bhi mil jayegi," he says confidently, referring to his daughter who has been missing since 2010, and for whom he had got the posters printed. For five to six years after Muskaan's disappearance, Khan travelled across the country, taking off to a new location every time someone called up and reported that a young girl had been spotted alone. "Phir sab ruk gaya," he says, as leads began to dry up. Now, news reports about Andheri teen Pooja Gaud being found nine years after her abduction have given Khan hope again. Around 950 children were kidnapped from Mumbai (an abduction case is registered by the police when a child under 18 goes missing), in the first six months of this year. Investigators managed to track down 80% of them. Muskaan was six when she accompanied her parents to a relative's place in Nala Sopara for Eid on September 11, 2010. Khan says he remembers the day like it was yesterday. "The elders had returned from namaaz and the kids went downstairs to play on their own. While the rest of her cousins returned home later, Muskaan did not," he says. The family checked every inch of the neighbourhood before making announcements in the local mosque and at sarvajanik Ganpati pandals. "I couldn't go back home without her so I lived out of Nala Sopara for the next two years," said Khan, a welder by profession. He got posters and cards printed with Muskaan's picture, offering a reward to whoever found her, and gave out advertisements in newspapers and television. "I've travelled to Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata looking for her. Aaj bhi uski bahut yaad aati hai," he said, eyes welling up. Colaba-resident Vinod Gupta has been on a similar quest, as Khan, looking for his missing autistic son, Tarun. Gupta who has travelled "27 states and covered 63,000 kms" since Tarun's disappearance in 2019, says he has exhausted all his savings and is deep in debt, but won't stop looking. "I'm convinced I will find him," says the father of three who has narrowly escaped death in a Naxalite area of Chhattisgarh where he dodged a CRPF nakabandi to enter a village and talk to people. Gupta and two of his friends have worked out a system. They travel by road, visit new locations on the way and show Tarun's pictures to as many people as they can. "We visit dhabas, hospitals, railway stations, children's shelters, small shops and always make it a point to speak to street dwellers as they are in the know if someone is new to the streets," Gupta said. Tarun was playing in Colaba on October 1, 2019, when an election rally passed by. He joined them and at CST, got into a Panvel train. He stayed at Panvel station for two days where an RPF staffer forced him to board a Sawantwadi-bound train instead of reporting him to a child welfare NGO. Tarun was last captured in a CCTV grab at Sawantwadi railway station on October 3, 2019, before he boarded the Janshatabdi Express for Mumbai. "Losing Tarun has impacted us as a family. My wife has started to suffer from high diabetes. We have stopped celebrating festivals and going for outings," said Gupta. He doesn't remember the last time he and his family shared a laugh. "Nothing comes close to the pain of losing a child. You keep punishing yourself but the guilt stays," says Hemlata Verma from Gazdar Bandh in Santacruz whose six-year-old son, Krish, went missing in 2012. Suffering from a toothache, Krish had insisted on waiting for his father to return home from work so they could go to the chemist together and buy an ice-cream along with medicines. "I should have agreed to get him the ice-cream and gone to the store with him. I cannot stop cursing myself," Verma says. Krish went to the neighbourhood temple to wait for his father and was never seen again. Verma's visits to the temple became less frequent as time passed. "I'm not convinced he got lost. He knew his way around Santacruz very well. He was a bright boy and used to rank among the top three students in his class," she said. "Children could be kidnapped and used by organised gangs for begging and trafficking or there are instances of runaway children. Police follow the SOP, but consistency is an issue. Police are stretched with limited resources and manpower so following up every case till the end could become a problem," said former DGP D Sivanandhan. From 2015 till date, the Mumbai Police claim to have traced nearly 4,500 missing kids as part of a special project 'Operation Smile'. After Gaud was found, the police have relaunched the project. The Vermas have begun visiting their neighbourhood temple again.
Mumbai Local Train Update: Mumbai local train services will be hit on Sunday as Indian Railways’ Central Railway and Western Railway zone will carry out mega block on its suburban sections for engineering maintenance works. “These maintenance mega blocks are essential for infrastructure upkeep and safety. Passengers are requested to bear with the Railway Administration for the inconvenience caused,” Central Railway said in a statement.Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest Update: 10 More AC Local Trains To Run From Today | Full List Here Harbour line passengers have been permitted to travel via Main line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm during block period on August 21. However, special local trains will run on Panvel-Kurla section approximately at 20 minutes frequency during the block period, the Central Railway said.Diversion of Mail / Express TrainsBrief: Mumbai local train services to be affected on Sunday as Indian Railways’ Central Railway and Western Railway zone will operate mega block on its suburban sections for maintenance and operational works.
Mumbai Mega Block Update: Mumbai local train services will be affected on Sunday as the Central Railway announced mega block in the main line and harbour line for August 21. The Central Railway said special local trains will run on Panvel-Kurla section approximately at 20 minutes frequency during the block period. Harbour line passengers have been permitted to travel via Main line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm during block period on Sunday.Also Read - Mumbai Local: 8 New AC Trains Introduced During Busiest Hrs. Check RoutesDn fast line local leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus at 05.20 am on 21.8.2022 will be diverted on Dn slow line between Byculla and Matunga halting as per its scheduled halts and will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule on August 21 (Sunday).Up fast line services leaving Thane at 10.58 pm and 11.15 pm on 20.8.2022 will be diverted on Up slow line between Matunga and Byculla, halting as per their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule.Diversion of Mail / Express Trains12051 CSMT-Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express will be diverted on Dn slow line between Byculla and Matunga stations, will be given a double halt at Dadar, Platform No. 1 and will be arrive 10 to 15 minutes late at Roha.11058 Amritsar-CSMT Express, 11020 Bhubaneshwar-CSMT Konark Express and 12810 Howrah-CSMT Mail via Nagpur will be diverted on Up slow line between Matunga and Byculla stations, will be given a double halt at Dadar Platform no 3 and arrive destination 10 to 15 minutes late.Dn Harbour line services to Vashi /Belapur/Panvel leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai/ Wadala Road from 11.16 am to 4.47 pm and Dn Harbour line services to Bandra/Goregaon leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai from 10.48 am to 4.43 pm will remain suspended.Up Harbour line services for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 9.53 am to 3.20 pm and Up Harbour line services for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai leaving Goregaon/ Bandra from 10.45 am to 5.13 pm will remain suspended.Special locals will run on Panvel-Kurla (Platform no.8) section approximately at 20 minutes frequency during the block period. Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel via Main line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm during block period.
NAVI MUMBAI: Motorists plying along Sion-Panvel highway were inconvenienced due to traffic congestion after a multi-axle vehicle's tyre got deflated on Vashi creek bridge. While, motorists blamed toll collection at Vashi as vehicles moved at a snail pace while plying towards Vashi on Saturday evening. Senior inspector of Vashi traffic Bapurao Deshmukh said, "Whenever any vehicle breaks down on the bridge, there is traffic congestion. It is time-consuming towing vehicles to reach the bridge. Also, the lane occupied by the vehicle compels diversion of other vehicles to other lanes. Moreover, the work of extension of Vashi toll lanes from 10 booths to 16 has been creating obstacles." He said, "Traffic movement due to vehicle breakdowns is being resolved by deployment of constables for diverting vehicles to prevent arguments and road rage between motorists. As replacement of the HMV's tyre by the driver and his cleaner took around 30 minutes, traffic movement was gradually restored. But traffic movement continues to be at a snail's pace due to toll collection at Vashi, especially during weekend holidays." B N Kumar, civic activist and environmentalist, said, "Traffic jams at Vashi toll plaza have become regular, causing not only irritation but fuel loss. The FASTag seems to be only for namesake as vehicles are checked physically. Under the banner of Alert Citizens Team (ACT) platform, we launched a social media campaign #ScrapVashiTollNaka. We have been getting tremendous support."
NAVI MUMBAI: Two died and one was injured after the car in which they were returning from a trip to Goa crashed into a truck ahead of it on Mumbai-Pune Expressway near New Panvel around 1am on August 15. The injured man has been identified as Jayant Dange (46), a stockbroker from Dindoshi, Goregaon (East); he was driving. Dange was booked by Khandeshwar police under IPC and Motor Vehicle Act sections for rash and negligent driving causing death, as he gave a statement that he dozed off while driving. His car rammed into the truck and crashed into a boundary wall, said investigating officer API Shankar Honmane. The deceased were Dange's friends Shailendra Shukla (34) from Dindoshi and Shashi Kumar Prasad (45) from Andheri. While Shukla worked for a private firm, Prasad was employed in an insurance company.
NAVI MUMBAI: The Panvel city municipal corporation has asked its former corporators to return their identity cards, letterheads and stickers used on vehicles among other things. The Raigad Collectorate has alerted the PCMC about the misuse of such items after the expiry of their tenure on July 9. The civic chief in his letter dated August 10 addressed to all the former corporators mentions the use of PCMC name and logo on letterheads, nameplates, stickers used on vehicles, corporators identity cards, special executive officer stamps issued by the district collectorate even after their term has come to an end. “The PCMC was alerted about the misuse of these items,” said a Raigad Collectorate official source. “The commissioner has asked former corporators to return all the items in their possession,” said Varsha Kulkarni, PRO, PCMC
NAVI MUMBAI: The long weekend starting Saturday has resulted in citizens travelling for quick getaways which led to a severe traffic snarls on the arterial Sion-Panvel highway and Mumbai-Pune expressway on Saturday morning. Toll collection at the Vashi toll plaza further slowed down the traffic movement, claimed motorists. The serpentine traffic snarl extended for a distance of around three kms from Vashi toll plaza till Sanpada and also from Mankhurd to Vashi toll plaza. Navi Mumbai police tweeted about the traffic at Belapur, Kharghar and Kamothe on the Mumbai-Pune highway, due to road repair work going on near Purusharth petrol pump. Motorists travelling along Pune and Goa highway were asked to take the alternate route along Uran phata-Killa junction-Gavhan phata-Palaspe road. Bapurao Deshmukh, senior inspector of Vashi traffic unit said, "The vehicular movement on both carriageways of the Sion-Panvel highway has slowed down due to the on-going extension work of Vashi toll plaza from 10 lanes to 16 lanes. Though, toll collection at Vashi toll plaza has also been causing traffic snarl, we have been intermittently allowing the motorists to cross the toll plaza without paying toll charges, due to which there have been arguments between the police and the toll plaza staff." He added, "Due to the three-day holiday until August 15, there is an increase in the number of vehicles plying on the Sion-Panvel highway. We have deployed sufficient traffic cops to streamline the traffic movement, due to which the vehicles are not stranded but moving slowly. The traffic movement towards Mumbai was restored to normalcy at around 3pm. While, a goods vehicle brokedown near Vashi flyover on the Pune lane at Mankhurd-end which further disrupted traffic movement towards Pune, and vehicles were moving at snail's pace till 5pm."
MUMBAI: In an appeal against a lower court's refusal to issue an injunction against his Panvel farmhouse neighbour from releasing allegedly defamatory videos against him, actor Salman Khan told the Bombay high court that the comments are not only defamatory but also communal and provoked viewers against him. The city civil court had rejected the actor's March plea to stop Ketan Kakkad from posting the videos allegedly about Khan's activities at his farmhouse. When senior advocate Ravi Kadam began arguing for Khan, Kakkad's advocate sought time to bring context to the transcripts as translations could be more defamatory than the actual text. But Kadam said the same translations were submitted before the lower court. Kadam read a transcript where Kakkad spoke of Khan trying to usurp a religious place and compared him to Mughal rulers. Kakkad also allegedly made comments that Khan was a member of an underworld gang and was into trafficking at his farmhouse. "The allegations are explicit," said Kadam. Kadam said the lower court had erred in not granting an injunction on the grounds that the comments were innuendos and not directed at Khan. "These are only about him and me. They are not talking about other Khans in the film industry. They mention me by name," said Khan's plea, adding the videos are titled after him. "The public has identified the video as being targeted against me... In their eyes I'm lowered."
MUMBAI: Several physically challenged citizens and the elderly have suffered for the past two months at some of the state bus depots due to non-availability of special concession smartcards to travel by MSRTC buses. MSRTC senior management officials told TOI that the issue was being sorted out. "The contract given to the previous agency for smartcards had expired and it took some time to award a new contract. The cards will be issued in the next few days," the official said. Said Bharat Jadhav, a commuter from Panvel, "It was a major inconvenience to both categories of passengers as they had to travel without concessions in buses. One had to pay cash upfront to the conductor and not get the minimum 50% concession in travel." He added that those who were physically challenged got 75% concession in bus tickets. He demanded that the cards should be issued at the earliest
NAVI MUMBAI: The Panvel taluka police arrested three men in the murder case of an unidentified man, whose partially decomposed body was found dumped in the bushes in Maldungi village along Vangani-Badlapur road on July 28. The accused had disfigured the victim's face by burning using petrol, after smashing his face with a stone and strangulating him. The murder motive was the key accused unwillingness to return Rs 40,000 to the victim, who was demanding refund for not finding a bride for him. Also, the key accused has planned to lay hands on Rs 6 lakhs, that the victim had paid for house booking, by cancelling the house booking by manipulating his mentally-ill mother, after killing the victim, said the police. The CCTV camera footage on the streets in Panvel taluka and the PayTM payment made by the victim for buying liquor at a wine shop in Panvel helped in identifying the murder victim, informed Ravindra Daundkar, senior inspector of Panvel taluka. Inspector Daundkar said, "The murder victim was identified as Pravin Shelar (42) residing in Usarli village, Panvel taluka. We had formed five police teams to detect the case. The key accused Naresh Betkar, who hails from Ratnagiri, was arrested from Usarli village in Panvel. API Sanjay Galave and team arrested Betkar's two aides Dilip Shukla (34) and Aman Singh (25) from UP with the help of UP Special Task Force." He said, "We obtained CCTV camera footage of the roads leading to the crime spot and found one footage of four men riding on a scooter along Tokewadi road. The shirt worn by one of them was matching the partly burnt shirt worn by the murder victim. After further inquiring in the locality, we reached a wine shop where the person wearing the same shirt had purchased liquor and made payment using PayTm. We obtained the person's name as Pravin Shelar and reached his house in Usarli village, where his aged mother and brother resided. But, both were mentally unstable and could not tell the whereabouts of Shelar. We inquired in the locality and got information that on July 25, Shelar was last seen with his friend Naresh Betkar and two others with whom he had gone on his scooter. Using technical expertise, we traced Betkar to Usarli village and arrested him. He revealed the names of his two aides Shukla and Singh and both were arrested from UP. Inspector Daundkar further informed, "Betkar has confessed that he had assured Shelar to find a bride for him for which he had taken Rs 40,000 from Shelar. As Betkar dilly dallied, Shelar was demanding refund. Also, Betkar knew that Shelar's mother and brother were mentally-ill and hence they would not search for Shelar if he eliminated him. Also, Shelar had booked a house for Rs 6 lakhs in his brother's name. Betkar planned to pocket that Rs 6 lakhs by cancelling the house booking after taking the thump impression of his mentally-ill mother, on the documents. Subsequently, Betkar planned and executed Shelar's murder. Betkar stayed at Shelar's house for two days for liquor party. On July 25, Betkar called his two aides Shukla and Singh to Shelar's house. After liquor party, around 7 pm, they took Shelar along on his scooter to an isolated spot in Maldungi village, where they strangulated Shelar with a cloth and smashed his face with a stone to prevent his identification. The next day early morning at 5 am, they returned to the spot on Shelar's scooter and pouring petrol, they burnt his face and escaped."
Within a month after the Navi Mumbai police seized 72.5 kg of heroin, worth Rs 362.59 crore, from a container lying in the container freight station of Navkar Logistics at Ajivali village in Panvel, allegedly for over six months, the Director General of Maharashtra police on Friday issued an order directing the case to be transferred to the Anti-Terrorism Squad.A senior IPS officer confirmed the development saying that following the orders, the case papers were also handed over to the ATS by the Navi Mumbai.The officer further added, “We had arrested two persons in the case. One was someone on whose name the consignment had reached Nhava Sheva port while the second arrested person is an agent. So the custody of these two persons were also handed over.”The Navi Mumbai police had acted on the input they had received from the Punjab Police following which the drugs were seized from the container on July 14. The seizure had come less than 72 hours after Punjab Police in tandem with Gujarat Police recovered 75 kg of heroin from a container at Mundra Port.A case under Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act was registered against the exporter, shipper and other unknown persons who facilitated the export and import of the contraband.
NAVI MUMBAI: Khandeshwar police have registered a theft case against an unidentified accused for stealing cash worth Rs 10 lakh from a parked car by breaking the windowpane; near Neel hospital in New Panvel. Complainant Dilip Patil (45), who resides in Pale Khurd village in Panvel taluka, works as a plant operator in a chemical company in Taloja MIDC. Recently, after Patil withdrew Rs 10 lakh from an SBI branch at Taloja MIDC, upon returning to his WagonR he found its tyre deflated. Patil replaced it and drove to an IDBI branch in New Panvel to withdraw Rs 10 lakh more. He parked his car near Neel hospital and left Rs 10 lakh in a cloth bag under the driver seat. However, after withdrawing the cash, he returned to his car, only to find the windowpane of the rear right door broken and the cash bag stolen. Investigating officer, PSI Sharad Barkhade said, "Though there is no CCTV camera surveillance at the location, we have vital leads on the suspect, who will be nabbed soon."
Mumbai: Alert Mumbaikars! Indian Railways’ Central Railway and Western Railway will conduct Mumbai Mega block and Jumbo block on Sunday (July 31) for the maintenance works of rail racks and other related works under both the Railway zones.Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Status: Suburban Services Affected on Central, Harbour and Western Lines. Deets InsideTaking to Twitter, Western Railway said that there will be five hours of jumbo block to carry out maintenance work of tracks, overhead and signaling equipment. “WR to undertake Jumbo Block of five hours between Borivali & Goregaon stns on Sunday, 31st July, 2022 inorder to carry out maintenance work of tracks, overhead and signalling equipment,” it said in a tweet. The block will be taken on UP and DOWN Slow lines between Borivli and Goregaon stations from 10.35 hrs to 15.35 hrs.Central Railway, Mumbai Division will operate Mega Block on its Transharbour and Harbour Line sections for carrying out various engineering and maintenance works on 31.7.2022.CSMT Mumbai – Chunabhatti / Bandra Dn Harbour Line (11.40 am to 4.40 pm) and Chunabhatti / Bandra – CSMT Mumbai Up Harbour Line (11.10 am to 4.10 pm)Dn Harbour line services to Vashi /Belapur/Panvel leaving CSMT Mumbai/ Vadala Road from 11.16 am to 4.47 pm and Dn Harbour line services to Bandra/Goregaon leaving CSMT Mumbai from 10.48 am to 4.43 pm will remain suspended.Up Harbour line services for CSMT Mumbai leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 9.53 am to 3.20 pm and Up Harbour line services for CSMT Mumbai leaving Goregaon/ Bandra from 10.45 am to 5.13 pm will remain suspended.However, Special services will run between Panvel and Kurla (Platform No.8) at 20 minutes frequency during the block period.Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel via Main Line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm during block period.Thane – Vashi/ Nerul Stations (11.10 am – 4.10 pm) and Vashi/Nerul/Panvel – Thane Stations (10.35 am – 4.07 pm )Up and Dn Trans-Harbour lines between Thane and Vashi/ Nerul Stations from 11.10 am to 4.10 pmDn Trans-Harbour line services towards Vashi/Nerul/Panvel leaving Thane from 10.35 am to 4.07 pm and Up Trans-Harbour line services towards Thane leaving Vashi/Nerul/Panvel from 10.25 am to 4.09 pm will remain cancelled.To carry out maintenance work of tracks, overhead and signaling equipment, a Jumbo Block of five hours will be taken on UP and DOWN Slow lines between Borivali and Goregaon stations from 10.35 hrs to 15.35 hrs on Sunday, 31st July, 2022.During the block period, all UP and DOWN slow line trains will be operated on Fast lines between Goregaon and Borivali stations.Some suburban trains will remain cancelled during the block. Detailed information to this effect is available with Station Masters.During the block period, no trains will be dealt from platform 01,02,03 & 04 at Borivali Station.Meanwhile, Western Railway announced that few trains will be cancelled over Western Railway on Saturdays & Sundays upto 31st August 2022, due to operational reasons. These maintenance Mega blocks / Jumbo blocks are essential for infrastructure upkeep and safety. Passengers are requested to bear with the Railway Administration for the inconvenience caused.
Mumbai Local Train Latest Update: The Mumbai local train on Friday derailed when it moved in reverse direction at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai. The derailment for some time affected the suburban services on the Harbour Line. However, no one was injured in the incident which took place on platform no. 1 of the CSMT around 9.40 AM, Central Railway’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar told news agency PTI.Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Services on Harbour Line Disrupted for 2nd Day Due to Rail FractureThe local train services later resumed from the platform after about two-and-a-half hours, according to the Central Railway (CR). The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking said it operated 10 extra bus services for commuters. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Derails at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, None Injured; Harbour Line Services AffectedThe daily commuters on Mumbai local trains must note that the Harbour Line connects south Mumbai to Navi Mumbai and Panvel in adjoining Raigad district. The local trains are considered as the lifeline of Mumbai. Nearly 40 lakh commuters travel daily on the CR routes, including 10 lakh on the Harbour Line. Also Read - Gujarat Rain Update: Western Railways Cancels 8 Trains Due To Heavy Rainfall. Check DetailsGiving details, Central Railway’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said the Panvel-bound train was given a green signal, but it moved in the opposite direction. “The CSMT-Panvel (PL-61) local was ready to leave platform number one, but it went in the reverse direction and touched the dead-end of the same platform,” he said.The move of the train in reverse direction resulted in the derailment of one trolley of fourth coach from the rear-end, he said. The Harbour Line services usually operate from platform nos. 1 and 2 at the CSMT.After the derailment incident, the local trains were operated only from platform no. 2, affecting suburban services on the corridor. Some of the suburban services were likely to remain cancelled due to unavailability of the platform. Also, some trains will be short-terminated at Wadala station and operated from there, Sutar said after the incident.(With inputs from PTI)
Mumbai: Local train services on Mumbai’s Harbour Line were disrupted on Wednesday due to a rail fracture near Govandi station, a Central railway official said. According to the official, the suburban rail services on the down (Panvel-bound) line were halted for about 40 minutes due to a rail crack near Govandi station.Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Derails at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, None Injured; Harbour Line Services AffectedThe Harbour Line provides rail connectivity from south Mumbai to Navi Mumbai and Panvel in adjoining Raigad district. This is the second consecutive day when services on the Harbour Line was disrupted. Earlier on Tuesday, too services were affected after a local train derailed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai.On Wednesday, a rail fracture was detected at 7.50 am and the traffic on the line was restored at 8.30 am, Central Railway’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said.The local train services, considered as the lifeline of Mumbai, were disrupted on the Harbour Line during the morning rush hours. According to some commuters, crowds in the local trains and on stations swelled as trains were running late by over 30 minutes.Nearly 40 lakh commuters travel daily on the Central Railway routes, including 10 lakh on the Harbour Line.
Mumbai: A Mumbai local train has derailed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) on Tuesday morning, affecting suburban services on the Harbour Line, an official said. The incident took place on platform no. 1 of the CSMT around 9.40 am when the train moved in reverse direction.Also Read - People Seen Drying Clothes in Mumbai Local Train Amid Heavy Rains, Internet is Amused | WatchNo one was injured, Central Railway’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Update: Mega Block to Affect Local Train Services on Central and Harbour Lines; Check Routes to AvoidAccording to railway officials, one trolley of the coach of a Panvel-bound train derailed when it moved in the reverse direction and touched the dead-end of the platform. One of the 12 coaches of the train climbed on the edge of the platform, they said. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Services: Central Railway Mega Block On July 3. Check Routes, Timings, Moreमुंबई के #CSMT स्टेशन पर हार्वर लाईन टप..लोकल ट्रेन का एक डिब्बा पटरी से उतरा..किसी के घायल होने की खबर नही.पटरी से उतरे डिब्बे को हटाने का काम जारी है.@Central_Railway @ShivajiIRTS @anilkumarjain31 @mumbairailusers pic.twitter.com/DtZFHbAQ7s— Vivek Gupta (@imvivekgupta) July 26, 2022“No one was injured in the incident,” Sutar said, adding that train services will remain affected for the next few hours on the Harbour Line, which connects south Mumbai to Navi Mumbai and Panvel in adjoining Raigad district.Later, services from the platform resumed after about two-and-a-half hours, according to the Central Railway (CR). The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking said it operated 10 extra bus services for commuters.The local trains are considered as the lifeline of Mumbai. Nearly 40 lakh commuters travel daily on the CR routes, including 10 lakh on the Harbour Line.Sutar said the Panvel-bound train was given a green signal, but it moved in the opposite direction. “The CSMT-Panvel (PL-61) local was ready to leave platform number one, but it went in the reverse direction and touched the dead-end of the same platform,” he said.This resulted in the derailment of one trolley of fourth coach from the rear-end, he said.The Harbour Line services usually operate from platform nos. 1 and 2 at the CSMT. Following the derailment, the local trains were operated only from platform no. 2, affecting suburban services on the corridor. Some of the suburban services were likely to remain cancelled due to unavailability of the platform. Also, some trains will be short-terminated at Wadala station and operated from there, Sutar said after the incident.The official later said the re-railment work was completed and the CSMT platform no. 1 was also made available for traffic from 12.11 pm. However, the suburban services on the Harbour line are still affected and running late, some commuters said.The BEST undertaking said it operated 10 extra bus services from Wadala station of the Harbour line to CSMT from 10.15 am to 11.15 am.Sutar said suburban services on the CR’s Main Line were running as per schedule. The Main Line connects CSMT in south Mumbai to neighbouring Thane city, Kalyan, Kasara and Khopoli.
MUMBAI: Winning accolades comes naturally for Ravindra Kumar Saini. The boxer who has won medals at national-level railway tournaments found a tired child stumbling along the railway tracks in a desolate stretch on the Panvel-Roha route. Employed with Central Railway as a locomotive pilot, Saini not only offered food and shelter to the lost 12-year-old, but also managed to contact his family within a day. It turned out he was an orphan from UP and had travelled to Panvel with his aunt, but had got separated. Saini's message on a messaging platform was widely circulated, and someone from the boy's village connected Saini to his grandparents. On July 11, Saini was at Somatne getting goods offloaded from a train when he first noticed the youngster asking a pointsman for directions. "It was getting dark and I was concerned about the child's safety," said Saini. "I couldn't leave from work so I let the boy sit in my locomotive and eat from my tiffin. He was exhausted and took a nap soon after." Loco pilot kept boy safe, ensured he's back with kinWhen CR locomotive pilot RS Saini's duty ended past midnight on July 11, the lost boy he had rescued from by the tracks was sleeping. He woke the boy so that they could leave. After some food and sleep, he seemed better and Saini started asking him about his family. The boy said he did not have parents and lived with his maternal grandparents at Budheda. He did not know their address or phone number. "He also mentioned his school's name, but Google searches were not proving to be helpful," said Saini. The loco pilot decided to take the boy home so he could shower. It was early morning when they reached Saini's Sion residence. The boy had been walking helplessly along railway tracks for nearly a day before Saini found him and looked after him. "The boy had said he had an Aadhaar card back home. So I thought of taking him to an Aadhaar enrolment centre and seek help," Saini said. In the meanwhile, Saini typed out a WhatsApp message about finding the boy and sent it with his background details on a WhatsApp group for loco pilots. Within a few hours, the message went viral and Saini started to get calls, with offers from people to take the boy home to UP. "I knew I couldn't hand him over to just about anyone. Finally, a resident of the boy's village reached out and we spoke to his grandparents over a video call," said Saini. The boy's grandparents were asked to come to Mumbai, but they were too poor to even buy a railway ticket. After much back and forth, the boy's uncle offered to come to Mumbai on July 13. Saini said he informed the Sion RPF chowky so they could verify the uncle's identity. At Dadar station, after a child welfare group spoke extensively with the boy, he was finally handed over to his uncle. Activists said while Saini's intention was good, an SOP issued by the railway ministry requires a lost child to be produced before a Child Welfare Committee within 24 hours of being found by RPF, GRP or railway employees.