Times of India | 5 days ago | 23-11-2022 | 10:32 am
NASHIK: Two confirmed cases of measles have been reported in Dhule city in the past 10 days, an official from the health department of the Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC) informed on Tuesday. Dhule is the second urban area, after Malegaon town, in the North Maharashtra where new cases of measles have recently been reported. “However, unlike Malegaon, there is no outbreak of the disease in Dhule town,” a DMC official said. “The two confirmed cases have been reported in toddlers. Both are undergoing treatment at their homes and their condition is stable. The children had not taken the first dose of measles vaccine,” the official added. Meanwhile, Malegaon town has been affected by the outbreak of measles with 44 confirmed cases reported in the last 45 days. Most of these children were unvaccinated and have been cured. Also, blood samples of 53 children, who have measles-like symptoms, have been collected by the authorities and sent to the laboratories for confirmatory tests. While 27 samples are from Dhule city, 22 are from Malegaon town and the remaining four are from Nashik city. Deputy director of the state health department (Nashik region) Dr Kapil Aher said barring Malegaon there has not been an outbreak of the disease in any other part of the North Maharashtra. “The health officials have stepped up surveillance. Mop-up round of vaccination to cover children who might have missed their first or second doses of measles rubella vaccine is also being carried out,” he said. As a precautionary measure, the Nashik Municipal Corporation has set up two isolation wards at its Bytco and Zakir Hussain hospitals to provide treatment to measles patients. “We have made isolation wards with a capacity of 125 beds at Bytco , while Zakir Hussain hospital has 22 beds,” an NMC official said.
THANE: The MMRDA has given its approval to ease congestion at one of the 'world's most chaotic' traffic junctions at Teen Haath Naka by constructing a fresh pair of U-shaped flyovers in addition to the existing bridge that runs above the intersection, officials informed, adding that the project will also ensure the arterial junction could get rid of signals presently required for crossing the intersection. The proposal for the flyovers - with three lanes each and collectively costing approximately Rs 289 crore - was presented before the MMRDA committee last month and finally got administrative approval. Teen Haath Naka is a vital junction on the Mumbai (LBS route)-Thane-Pune-Nashik route where nearly seven roads, including three arterial lanes, converges. A 2014 study commissioned by the Thane corporation had pegged the junction as one of the world's most chaotic ones. Even though the MSRDC had built a flyover over the junction two decades back, it doesn't cater to the rising movement of traffic underneath and between the seven lanes that connect Mumbai-Thane via LBS road with the Eastern Express Highway. According to the plans, a 700m-long, U-shaped flyover will take off from the Nashik lane of the EEH after the Teen Haath Naka junction ends and will run parallel to the existing bridge and then take a turn to the right and land few metres ahead of the junction on the Mumbai-bound carriageway. All vehicles coming from Mumbai and entering Thane city or proceeding towards LBS road or old Pune highway will take this arm without waiting at the signal for crossing over. Similarly, traffic from Nashik, Pune and Thane city headed towards Mumbai using LBS road will ascend the second U-shaped flyover after crossing the junction on the Mumbai-bound lane of the highway. The flyover measuring 900m in length will run parallel to the highway and take a U-turn and land in the opposite direction ahead of the Teen Haath Naka. Officials say once the project is completed, the waiting time at signal for Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, and Pune-bound vehicles will be reduced substantially. The plan entails removing the signals that increase waiting time and often stretches beyond 15-20 minutes. The inclusion of the two U-shaped flyovers at the spot will prove beneficial in smooth management of traffic, especially once the metro station comes up on the stretch. The project may affect a small stretch of green cover between the service road and the highway.
MUMBAI: The city accounts for nearly half of the suspected measles patients across Maharashtra, according to data released by the state government on Sunday. There are 62 outbreaks in Maharashtra affecting over 6,800 children; of these, 29 outbreaks are in Mumbai that has close to 4,000 children with suspected measles infection. The large number of outbreaks in Mumbai could affect the speed with which the extra vaccination drive could be completed, said state officials. Mumbai is likely to start the extra vaccination drive for nearly 1.4 lakh children from Monday, but other districts may follow suit two or three days later. "However, because they have fewer outbreaks, the drive in the rest of the state could get over quicker than in Mumbai," said the official. There has been a resurgence in cases of measles, a highly contagious viral infection, due to a break in the vaccination drive during the pandemic-induced lockdown. In Mumbai, around 20,000 children reportedly missed getting their timely measles shots, leading to outbreaks since January. The central health ministry then recommended an extra dose of the measles vaccine for children in the six-month-to-five-year age group living in hotspots. "Within a fortnight, we expect to finish vaccinating eligible children in 62 outbreak areas across the state," said a state official. However, he added that given the contagious nature of measles, it is likely that outbreaks in fresh areas are likely. "Hence, this extra vaccination drive is likely to be a continuous process that could continue till the winter is over," said the official, adding that measles outbreaks are more likely in winter.
The police have registered a case against the accused under the POSCO act. (Representational)Nashik: A 14-year-old girl was raped by the operator of the shelter home at Gyandeep Gurukul Aadharshram located at Mhasrul Shivra, informed the Nashik police on Sunday.The police also recorded statements of other girls living in Aadharashram."The police also recorded statements of other girls living in Aadharashram and found that even they were raped by the accused," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Kiran Kumar Chavan.According to this statement, the police have started the process of registering more cases against the suspect, Harshal.Deputy Commissioner of Police Kiran Kumar Chavan said that the accused Harshal alias Sonu was interrogated by senior police officers till late night on Saturday at Mahsarul police station.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe police have registered a case against the accused under the POSCO act and Child Atrocities act.Further investigation is underway, and details are awaited.Featured Video Of The DayWith Bhangra, AAP Campaigns Gain Momentum In Gujarat
Nashik: Commissioner of police Jayant Naiknavare has issued orders to detain a 20-year-old criminal under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act for indulging in criminal activities, including property and body offences and put him behind bars at the central jail. Police officials said that the criminal’s presence had become a menace to society. The criminal has been identified as Uddhav Ashok Rajgire, a resident of Chunchale, Mhada housing scheme. Rajgire will be arrested and sent to the Nashik Road central jail for one year. Rajgire was in the habit of threatening people with sharp weapons, assaulting and looting them of their possessions, etc in the Pathardi Phata, Khutwadnagar, Kamathwade areas as well as in Ambad, Chunchale, Datta Nagar, Kargil Chowk, etc. In view of his criminal activities, the police had externed him from the city for a year in 2021. However, Rajgire had violated the externment order and sneaked into the city without police permission. Against the backdrop of all such activities and the criminal cases registered against him in the Ambad and Indiranagar areas, the commissioner of police Jayant Naiknavare issued an order to detain Rajgire under the MPDA Act and send him to the central jail.The CP’s action against the criminal under the MPDA Act has been appreciated by citizens, said police in a release.
PUNE: The single-digit night temperatures in parts of the state this November could bring down yield of some sensitive vegetables, mostly gourds, by about 50% in Maharashtra, the Vegetable Growers' Association of India has warned. Shriram Gadhave, president of the association, told TOI, "While colder weather can positively affect the yield of tomatoes, cabbage and cauliflower, other vegetables like sponge, bitter, bottle and snake gourds do not fare well in very cold conditions. The extremely low minimum temperatures could, therefore, affect the yield of some gourds at farms in Maharashtra by 50% in the coming days." Nashik farmer Sanjay Pawar said sensitive crops were adversely affected when night temperatures fall to 8°C to 9°C. "Cold can affect their yield and increase incidence of diseases like powdery mildew on plants," he said. While night temperatures have risen in other parts of the state, places like Jalgaon, Nashik, Nagpur, Amravati and Osmanabad were still recording below normal temperatures by 2°C-6°C till November 23. Till November 21, several locations in Maharashtra were recording below normal temperatures by up to 6°C, with single-digit night temperatures in some places. Dnyaneshwar Hinge, a vegetable grower near Nashik, said: "Hanging vegetables like gourds get affected in extreme cold, affecting their yield by up to 40%."