Times of India | 2 months ago | 28-11-2022 | 04:48 am
MUMBAI: Till recently, women mourners at Bada Qabrastan at Marine Lines longed for a basic facility. In absence of a separate prayer room and a proper ghusul khana - a room to give bath and ablutions to bodies - women relatives would not visit the cemetery while the maiyat (body) was prepared for burial. The space-crunched residences in Mumbai too didn't help as bathing and shrouding the bodies couldn't be done at home. Now, in its 193-year-old history, the 7.5-acre Bada Qabrastan - managed by Juma Masjid of Bombay Trust - has created a separate ghusul khana for female deceased and a prayer room for women mourners in the southern periphery, near the mosque. "Earlier, ghusul khanas for both male asnd female bodies were in the middle of qabrastan. Since women are not encouraged to visit qabrastan, the female relatives wouldn't come to have a last look of and pray for the deceased. Now, that a separate ghusul khana at the corner, near the main gate has been created, women visitors can spend some time in seclusion and pray," said Shoeb Khatib, president, Juma Masjid of Bombay Trust. He added that since the path to the ghusul khana - the prayer room is on its mezzanine floor - is little away from the graves, women's access becomes easy. Many see the move as empowering women, giving them what's their due. "Why should we deny women the rights that our religion gives them? I feel blessed that the qabrastan management allowed me to do my bit for this good cause," said businessman Sabir Nirban, who funded the construction of the ghusul khana and prayer room. "We must change our patriarchal attitude and allow women access to sacred places," he added. Bada Qabrastan had led from the front in taking bodies of Covid-19 patients during the pandemic. Khatib, along with Nirban and Irfan Shaikh, were BMC-appointed coordinators and part of the task force of Raza Academy to facilitate the burial of Muslim victims of Covid-19. "We created a special zone for the burial of victims of Covid and suspected Covid at our qabrastan. We buried around 3,500 bodies in 42 qabrastans across the city, including 1,400 at Bada Qabrastan alone. When other qabrastans refused to bury a body, we accepted it," said Khatib. Bada Qabrastan will soon add another much-needed feature - a state-of-the-art mortuary - on its premises. "Whenever someone died and his or her relatives were abroad, it became difficult to keep the body for a couple of days if mortuaries didn't have space. Now bodies can be kept at a soon-to-be installed mortuary at the qabrastan," said businessman Hamid Nathani, who has funded the mortuary. "This is a need as many youngsters are settling abroad and cannot rush home due to logistical issues when their loved ones die."
MUMBAI: The state's public health sector appears to be facing a peculiar issue of surplus. Nearly a year since the BMC dismantled its nine jumbo Covid hospitals and made its vast inventory of pandemic equipment available to state-run medical colleges and district hospitals, only half of the items have been taken. Many public facilities have either cited their own surplus inventory or logistical challenges as reasons for not taking the items from Mumbai. At the last count, the civic body was sitting on a stockpile of 418 types of supplies totalling over 73,000 items. The leftover items (see graphic) have been collected at two central depots within SevenHills Hospital and KJ Somaiya Grounds in Sion. Surprisingly, even lifesaving medical equipment such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and multipara monitors are languishing for months at the storage facilities, raising concerns about their continued usability. There are almost 200 ventilators, including more than 110 received under PM Cares fund, more than 800 portable oxygen cylinders, over 600 oxygen concentrators, waiting to find takers.The BMC began dismantling its jumbo Covid hospitals in February 2022. In the first phase, four jumbo centres at Kanjurmarg, Dahisar, Richardson and Cruddas in Mulund, and Nesco in Goregaon were closed. In July, the five remaining jumbos at BKC, Malad, Richardson and Cruddas in Byculla, and NSCI in Worli were shut. Soon after, the corporation appointed Dr Rajesh Dere, former dean of BKC jumbo, as chief coordinator to oversee distribution. The first opportunity to take items from the surplus inventory was given to civic-run hospitals such as KEM, Sion, Nair, Cooper, Kasturba and Nair Dental. However, since then, the distribution slowed.Dr Sanjeev Kumar, additional municipal commissioner, said they have written to the state government and received responses from a few centres which have been given equipment in the last three months. But there's a lot more than awaits distribution, he said. Since November, the BMC has given almost 5,000 items to district hospitals. Another official said they expected a lot of demand from district hospitals, but that didn't happen.Sanjay Khandare, principal secretary (health) told TOI the public health department carried out their own internal evaluation and found that they had enough surplus. "For some, it didn't make logistical sense to carry mattresses and similar items all the way from Mumbai," he said. MMRDA, which built the BKC jumbo hospital, had also written to the state government urging them to utilize all the equipment they bought. A senior civic official said that the state should have formed a joint team to assess which districts required what equipment. The official added that these items have significant value, estimated in the multiple crores.
The Bhandup police in Mumbai had booked Varaiya in a rape case on January 10. (Representational)Mumbai: Days after he was booked in a rape case, a chartered accountant from Mumbai hanged himself at his friend's resort in Maharashtra's Nashik district, a police official said here on Tuesday.CA Chirag Varaiya (45) left behind a suicide note saying nobody should be held responsible for his death. He is survived by his wife and two children, said the official.The caretaker of the resort at Igatpuri alerted the police after he found Varaiya dead on Monday night, said the official.The Bhandup police in Mumbai had booked Varaiya in a rape case on January 10 following which he cooperated with them in the probe. He also assured the investigating officer that he would visit the police station whenever required, said the official.A police official from Igatpuri said, "It is a suicide case. We have not found any foul play. On the basis of primary information, we have registered an accidental death report."PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)HelplinesVandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or email@example.comTISS iCall022-25521111 (Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm)(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist.)Featured Video Of The DayNick, Who Doesn't Have Arms And Legs, Shows The World How To Live
PALGHAR: Four persons were killed on Tuesday when their car collided with a bus on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Maharashtra's Palghar district, police said. Two persons travelling in the luxury bus received injuries in the accident which took place at around 3.30 am near Mahalakshmi bridge on the highway, an official from Kasa police station said.The four occupants of the car were travelling from Gujarat to Mumbai, located about 100 km from Palghar, when it jumped a lane and collided with a luxury bus coming from the opposite direction, another official said in the evening. All four persons, including a woman, died on the spot, he said. The bodies were sent to a government hospital for postmortem, the official said, adding two injured persons were hospitalised. The deceased were residents of Bardoli in Surat. Earlier in the day, police said the car had rammed into the bus from behind.(With PTI inputs)
MUMBAI: Tardeo Regional Transport Office (RTO) has collected a fine of 2.40 lakh in five months since a special squad and helpline number was set up to help passengers lodge complaint against errant taxi drivers.The special squad can be contacted on 9076201010 (7am to 7pm). Beyond 7 pm you can whatsapp or text message the complaint and also email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Regional Transport Officer (Tardeo) Bharat Kasalkar said, “The total fine collected between September 2022 and January 2023 was ? 2.40 lakh.”A total of 975 complaint had been received, of which 915 were of fare refusal, 35 of overcharging and 9 of rude behaviour.Out of the 975 cases, 170 cases were solved on the spot. Apart from these notices were served in 589 cases. Tardeo RTO is the first to start such an initiative in Maharashtra with an objective to ensure citizens have hassle-free journeys by cabs. It has entrusted three officials dedicated to this squad along with a special vehicle which can be summoned to any part of the island city. The squad have made visits to railway stations -- Mumbai Central, Dadar, Matunga, Churchgate and CSMT -- and interacted with taxi drivers and union leaders at the stands in initial stages to counsel them to refrain from rude behaviour, refusals or charging excess fare from passengers.The squad has been trained, a control room has been set up, and two additional staffers have been provided for back-end support in sending show-cause notices to drivers. Every call is attended by an officer of rank of assistant inspector or inspector.
NAVI MUMBAI: Five people of a family from Andheri had a miraculous escape after their car plunged 200ft into a gorge at Mangaon, about 140km from Mumbai, on Saturday afternoon. All five escaped with minor injuries.The car owner Ninad Raul, who was at the wheel, lost control at a bend at Vihule village. The vehicle first hit a tree, flipped and landed on a plain surface off the highway, said the police. Raul's wife, son and parents were the others in the car. The family was returning from a trip to Shrivardhan.A villager, who happened to see the car veering off the highway and then descending into the gorge, alerted the police, said inspector Rajendra Patil of Mangaon police station.All the five occupants were trapped in the vehicle before they were rescued. A team of locals who are familiar with the terrain around the accident spot was brought in to help in the rescue operation. All five car occupants were brought out within half an hour after the rescue operation began. They walked up through a pathway that leads to the highway. The car was pulled out on Sunday. The police said they will record statements of all the five before deciding on whether or not a complaint should be filed.