Now, GPS, GIP for tree census

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started using GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIP (Geographic Information System) for tree mapping at Oval Ground at Churchgate. Additional commissioner S V R Srinivasan was present to mark the event.  The BMC has spent Rs 2.7 crore on it. In the last census in 2007, there were 19 lakh trees and this time the figure is expected to rise to 21 lakh. BMC Additional Commissioner S V R Srinivasan said, “Using the system, we will come to know the exact location of trees. It will also tell us about the age and condition of the tree. This will help in reducing the cases of illegal tree cutting.” All the other trees, including those on private land, will be included in the census. The census was done manually and the records too were kept manually. But now, the trees will be mapped using GPS. The botanist will measure the width, height, age and condition of the tree and it will be recorded digitally and later uploaded on the GPS.

The work has been given to SAAR IT service company. The census is expected to take a year.

Security beefed up for MNS stir

MUMBAI: The State government is taking all precautions to deal with the call, given by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray, for rasta-roko across the State on Wednesday. Already, under Section 149 of IPC, the police have sent notices to 100 MNS workers, warning them against ‘unlawful assembly.’  Meanwhile, the government has beefed up security across the city and State; additional forces will be deployed and naka bandis too have been increased. As a political strategy, the government till now had not charged the MNS workers any toll to avoid a repeat of the vandalism that was witnessed in January.

Raj and Bhujbal in slanging match

MUMBAI: With Lok Sabha and Assembly elections round the corner, the political foes in the State are at their slanging best. On Sunday, at the Pune rally, Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray, who has an old rivalry with PWD Minister, Chhagan Bhujbal, mocked at the Minister’s new style statement, the muffler. “This muffler can be used for killing people too,” Thackeray had said.  Bhujbal, not in the habit of taking personal taunts lightly, hit out at Thackeray on Monday, reminding him of Ramesh Kini’s death. Bhujbal said, “I am scared that these people will kill me in the same way they bumped off Ramesh Kini.”

Virar train overshoots platform at Andheri

MUMBAI: Violating several norms, a Virar-bound fast local overshot on platform no. 4 at Andheri station during evening peak hours at 8:28 pm on Monday. Sources from Western Railway said three coaches of the Virar-bound train passed the platform and halted beyond the stoppage point. However, whether any attempts were made to reverse the train was not clear at the time of going to the paper going to press. According to norms, the motorman of the train identified as Sanjay Yadav was taken off the train and an inquiry has being carried out. Officials from WR said, “He will be tested for alcohol and questioned about the incident. If found guilty it may also lead to removal from service.” In a similar incident on May 2005, a Virar-Bandra local had overshot the platform.

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