Here's how BMC is progressing in its drive against banned plastic
The BMC's drive against banned plastic has slowed down in the last month. So, the action planned on caterers, gatherings etc in phase 2 has now been delayed. In the last three months since the drive started a civic team has only focused on shops and dealers.
The BMC revived the drive against banned plastic on July 1. Civic teams of markets, shops and establishment and license departments are frequently inspecting malls, supermarkets and shops.
In the second phase, the civic body decided to focus on gatherings where there are more chances of plastic being used. This drive was decided to take off from August 15. Instead, it is slowing down in the festive season said the civic sources.
"We had planned to start action on gatherings, caterers and even on hotels in the second phase. But our team also has to work on the process of loans to hawkers given under the PM SVAnidhi scheme which has to be completed on priority. So presently we are only taking action on violators in shops", said a civic official.
Will Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde reduce stamp duty on property?
Developers have made a demand to the Maharashtra government to provide either a complete or partial waiver in stamp duty payment to boost sales of real estate in the state.
This specific demand was made on Sunday to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde at National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) organised property exhibition in Mumbai.
Those batting for concession were Shinde camp's MLA-cum-builder Pratap Sarnaik, Raunak Group's Chairman and NAREDCO's Vice President (West) Rajan Bandekar among others.
Providing the rationale for the demand, they referred to the rising home loan interest rate. The latest of which was done last week by the Reserve Bank of India when half a percentage was hiked. Since May, the RBI has increased the interest rate by 190 basis points or 1.90% in four monetary policy announcements.
'Mumbai was saved during communal riots because of him': Shinde-camp pens emotional letter to late Balasaheb Thackeray
Amid the ongoing war of words and release of posters and teasers ahead of Dussehra rallies by the Thackeray faction and Shinde camp, Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde-led camp on Sunday, released an emotional letter addressed to Shiv Sena supremo late Bal Thackeray claiming that it was because of him Mumbai was saved during communal riots that took place after the demolition of Babri mosque.
"However, after riots in Amravati over the so-called incident in Tripura, Shiv Sena (which was leading the MVA government) remained silent. It was your wish that Aurangabad should be renamed Sambhajinagar. But despite the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government, your wish was not fulfilled. Shiv Sena was silent even after the minister’s connection with underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim was proved," reads the letter which was uploaded by the Shinde camp spokesman and former Thane mayor on Facebook.
Errant rickshaw drivers harass short-distance commuters in Thane
Passengers outside Thane station are being increasingly harassed by the high-handedness of rickshaw drivers. Commuters are forced to wait around 30 minutes in queue as they do not get a ride in rickshaws, the drivers of which refuse short rides in favour of long distance fares. Most of these rikshaw drivers wait in front of the station to pick up long distance passengers.
Errant drivers park illegaly on the road and block the north side gate of Thane (west) railway station making it difficult for the flow of traffic. The parked vehicles barely leave space for passengers to walk across, they complain.
"As these rickshaws occupy the space outside the station, passengers are forced to walk for some distance to board a rickshaw that will take them to their destination. Also, the drivers act like hooligans and have their own rate-cards," said a commuter Santosh Sahu (34) adding that a group of rikshaw drivers can be always seen standing idly infront of the station gate.
Shelter and Livelihood Welfare Association protest against retrospective rent hike
The Shelter and Livelihood Welfare Association on Sunday took out a silent protest from the Air India building at Nariman Point till the Mahatma Gandhi statue against the Mumbai Port Trust's (MbPT) decision to revise rent with retrospective effect from 2012. Around 200 people dressed in black participated in the protest. The Association is a registered group of tens of thousands of tenants residing or having livelihood on the plots-located outside the limits of the port area-leased out by the MbPT.
Association secretary Dr Govind Chainani said, “Recently, we have all received notices for arrears of lease rent for the period October 1, 2012 to July 31, 2022 amounting to around Rs18 crore which is around 1,450 times more what we pay.” The tenants pay Rs 15,000 monthly rent but now the society has been asked to pay the pending amount on a priority basis or face eviction, he added.
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Mumbai beautification project: BMC to illuminate public spaces including Gateway of India
The BMC has laid special emphasis on lighting bridges, skywalks, gardens and beaches in its Mumbai Beautification project. Last month, civic administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal had declared a 16 points agenda for the city's beautification.
Chahal directed his officers to entirely complete the project having an estimated cost of Rs1,700 crore by March, 2023 while 50% works should be finished before December this year.
Some of the prominent places to be lit up include the Bandra and Mahim forts, Sewriandthe iconic Gateway of India. The project will be carried out in phases and the BMC has already disbursed Rs 800 crore for the program's first leg. During the first phase, illumination worth Rs25 crore and Rs15 crore will be done at beaches and gardens, respectively
Traffic congestion near Cadbury junction in Thane; commuters please make your travel plans accordingly.
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Chaos erupts near Saptashrungi shrine in Nashik; lack of bus services irks devotees
The devotees sat on the road in protest and reportedly vandalised buses; the bu serivces were affected as three to four buses broke down and people were stranded. The shrine also saw many devotees thronging there, nearly a lakh devotees visited the Shrine on Sunday.
Possibility of light rain in city, suburbs: IMD
Although, Mumbai saw a sunny morning, the India Meterological Department has forecasted a possibility of light rain and thundershower in the city and suburbs over the next 48 hours.
The temperature will hover around 25 degrees Celcius to 33 degrees Celcius.
Traffic jam at Dadar West (outside the flyover), Kamala mills, northbound traffic near JJ Signal. Commuters please plan your travel accordingly.
State hospitals continue to ail from health info system closure
It’s been more than a month since the Health Management Information System (HMIS) has been shut down causing serious trouble for the patients and hospital staff to get previous medical records.
The private firm-hired to digitally record patients' datastopped providing services in July after alleged nonpayment of dues of Rs 100 crore. The HMIS abrupt closure has affected the daily working of 16 state-run medical colleges and hospitals.
As a result, they are forced to keep manual records of patient's data, including storage of diagnostic reports.
Slow traffic movements at Vakola Signal at Western Express Highway in the Santacruz area; Heavy traffic congestion outside Dadar Railway station West, near flyover due to pedestrians, vendors and backlog traffic.
Toy train to resume from Neral after a 3-year gap
The iconic toy train services will start along the full stretch between Neral and Matheran by end of this month. Currently, the toy train service is only operated between Aman Lodge and Matheran.
The service between Neral and Aman Lodge covering a distance of around 19 km was suspended in 2019 after heavy rains caused damage at 20 locations, leading to the tracks getting washed away.
The toy train is one of the major attractions among tourists, especially children, visiting the hill station located in Raigad district, around 100 km from Mumbai city.
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Man who threatened CM Shinde arrested, says Deputy CM Fadnavis
Police arrested a man in connection with the threat to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's life, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said here on Monday.
Speaking to reporters, Fadnavis said the state Home department headed by him has taken cognizance of all the threats against the chief minister.
Mumbai Central metro station under construction; see photos
50 Passengers miss train after Western Railway time table blunder at Palghar
50 passengers missed their train due to the recent timetable change by Western Railway. The passengers arrived at Palghar railway station at around 4.30 pm on October 1, to on board Dadar-Bikaner Rankapur Express but they missed the train, as it was rescheduled to its old time which is 1.54 pm.
The irate passengers claimed that they had lost the train due to miss communication from the railway station.
Passengers, irate after missing the train, reached the station master office to speak about refunds as many of them booked tatkal tickets at the last minute.
Uddhav Thackeray-led party is real Shiv Sena: NCP
The Uddhav Thackeray group is the "real" Shiv Sena though the decision is pending with the Election Commission and two rallies are being organised on Dussehra day by rival factions, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said on Monday.
The Sharad Pawar-led party is of the view that the real Shiv Sena carries the ideas of the party founder the late Bal Thackeray, which is Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena, said party spokesperson Mahesh Tapase.
"Two Dussehra rallies will be held this year. One is of tradition, loyalty, self-respect and ideas of Balasaheb (Thackeray) which means the one led by Uddhav Thackeray. Even though the decision on which is the real Shiv Sena is pending with the Election Commission, the real Shiv Sena is the one that has the ideas of Balasaheb (Thackeray) which means it is the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena," he said in a video statement.
Never heard about it: Pawar on Ashok Chavan's claim that Shiv Sena 'proposed' alliance govt in 2014
Never heard about it: Pawar on Ashok Chavan's claim that Shiv Sena 'proposed' alliance govt in 2014
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday virtually dismissed Congress leader Ashok Chavan's claim that Shiv Sena wanted to form a government in alliance with Congress in 2014 after snapping ties with BJP and was told to consult Pawar.
Speaking to reporters in Pune, Pawar also said 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' is organised by Congress and there is no reason for other parties to take part in the foot march led by Rahul Gandhi
Principles more important than venue, says Maha CM ahead of Dussehra rally, takes dig at Uddhav
Principles are important irrespective of the venue, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said on Monday ahead of the Dussehra rally by his faction as he took a dig at his rival and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
He asserted that his faction's event on October 5, to be held at the MMRDA ground in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), a business district in suburban Mumbai, will be a success as lakhs of people are expected to attend the rally.