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Mumbai News Highlights: BMC to spend Rs 104 crore on operation, maintenance of Covid-19 jumbo centers

Mumbai, Maharashtra Bandh Highlights: Bus services across Mumbai were shut following incidents of stone pelting at some places in the wake of the bandh called by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 13, 2021 8:32:37 am
In anticipation of third wave of Covid-19, the civic body has made arrangements of 5,908 beds including 738 ICU beds and 200 for pediatric patients in five jumbo centers. (File)

Maharashtra Bandh Highlights and Updates: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will spend Rs 104.89 crore on operation and maintenance of newly set up Covid-19 jumbo centers. In anticipation of third wave of Covid-19, the civic body has made arrangements of 5,908 beds including 738 ICU beds and 200 for pediatric patients in five jumbo centers.

While work of three new jumbo Covid-19 centers at Malad, Kanjurmarg and Somaiya Ground in Sion has been completed recently, the BMC has created 100 ICU beds in BKC jumbo center and 730 beds in Dahisar.

Meanwhile, calling the Maharashtra bandh “100 per cent successful,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut stated that “people have wholeheartedly participated in the bandh.” Responding to a few incidents of violence, the MP said, “Such minor incidents take place during protests all over the world.”

Bus services across Mumbai were shut following incidents of stone pelting at some places in the wake of the bandh called by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Eight BEST buses and one leased bus were vandalized between midnight yesterday and this morning in Dharavi, Mankhurd, Shivaji Nagar, Charkop, Oshiwara, Deonar and Inorbit Mall.

The BJP opposed the ruling alliance’s call for a bandh. The Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis demanded the high court to take cognizance of the bandh, stating, “earlier Supreme Court and Bombay High Court had banned such bandhs and fined Shiv Sena.”

Meanwhile, the Santacruz police on Sunday night busted a Navratri Garba party going on in a hall in Santacruz (west) with a crowd of around 100 people who were allegedly not wearing masks and not maintaining the social distancing norms.

 

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01:11 (IST)13 Oct 2021
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The State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) in Maharashtra on Tuesday rejected the proposal to rectify the two per cent amount of the project cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed railway/bullet train, sought by the project proponent.

In March 2019, the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) cleared construction work in and around wildlife zones of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. As per the clearance, the project proponent had to deposit two per cent of Rs 4,143.46 crore (calculated as per area falling under the eco-sensitive zones), i.e. Rs 83.02 crore, to the SGNP. The money will be used for habitat development in wildlife zones.

At the time of approval, the eco-sensitive zone of the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary was not notified. Read More

01:10 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Mumbai: ACB arrests forest officer for taking Rs 5.30 lakh bribe from junior

The Mumbai Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Monday held an assistant conservator of forests (ACF) attached with Thane range for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 5.30 lakh from a junior officer.

The ACB said that it also found a large amount of cash and several alcohol bottles from the arrested officer Baliram Kolekar’s drawer.

The complainant in the case was a junior officer of the forest department from whom Kolekar had demanded money. An official said that the complainant was to get a grant and Kolekar demanded 5 per cent of the amount for him to complete the necessary formalities as the senior. Read More

01:08 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Maharashtra: Gas leakage at chemical factory, 28 hospitalised

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According to civic officials, the incident took place around 11 am, when sulphuric gas leaked from R K Chemical plant in Ambernath west. The official said that 34 people, including staffers of the company and people in the surrounding area, were affected and complained of having trouble breathing.

The fire brigade and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board officials rushed to the spot after being informed of the leakage. Read More

01:00 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Shiv Sena unlikely to invite Ramdas Kadam for Dussehra rally

Days after purported audio clips of Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam went viral, the party is unlikely to invite the former minister for the Dussehra rally that will be held at Shanmukhanand Hall at Sion in Mumbai on October 15.

Arvind Sawant, Shiv Sena MP and party’s chief spokesperson, said the Dussehra rally is being held at Shanmukhanand Hall with 50 per cent capacity. “Limited people will be given entry. Around 1300 people will be allowed to enter the hall. Uddhav ji (Thackeray) will address Shiv Sainiks and the entire state… I am not sure if Ramdas Kadam is invited or not,” Sawant told mediapersons.

In the last few weeks, a series of audio clips of conversations that Kadam purportedly had with one of his associates showed him expressing happiness over the action initiated by various authorities over the alleged illegal constructions of minister Anil Parab in Ratnagiri and Mumbai. Kadam is also purportedly heard speaking about how he was planning to meet BJP leaders including Pravin Darekar and Kirit Somaiya, who have been relentlessly attacking the Sena. Read More

00:59 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Mumbai: Non-bailable warrant against NCP leader Eknath Khadse’s wife

A special court on Tuesday issued a non-bailable warrant against Mandakini Khadse, wife of NCP leader Eknath Khadse, who was booked in connection with a land grab case. The court also rejected her anticipatory bail application stating that it was not maintainable before it.

The court had directed Khadse and his wife to remain present before it after the Enforcement Directorate filed a prosecution complaint (chargesheet) against them last month in an alleged money-laundering case.

The court said that despite giving an undertaking that Mandakini would appear before it, she is ‘wilfully avoiding’ appearance before the court. It held that the medical ground given for her exemption from appearance on Tuesday was not satisfactory, and issued a warrant against her. Read More

12:05 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Exact revenge for soldiers killed in J-K encounter: Shiv Sena

A day after five army personnel were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday said revenge must be exacted five times the fatality of soldiers in the face-off with terrorists. An editorial in the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' claimed that after the nullification of special provisions of Article 370, which took away the special rights given to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan sympathisers have been emboldened.

Militants are trying to create an environment where people from different faiths cannot enter the Valley, it said. There has been a spurt in terrorist attacks in recent weeks in which several civilians, including a prominent Kashmiri Pandit businessman and a school teacher, were killed. 

10:09 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Maha recovery rate at 97.34%

On Monday, Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.34 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent.

10:07 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Maha records lowest daily count in nearly 17 months

Maharashtra reported 1,736 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the lowest daily count in nearly 17 months, and 36 fresh fatalities, taking the infection tally to 65,79,608 and the toll to 1,39,578. Maharashtra witnessed a drop of more than 550 cases, but recorded an uptick in fatalities as compared to Sunday, when it had reported 2,294 new COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths.

09:05 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Governance of terror under BJP rule in the country, says Raju Shetti

The BJP has unleashed a governance of terror in the country, and under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the party is not only trying to silence its critics but crushing them to death, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) president Raju Shetti said on Monday.

The SSS participated in the Maharashtra bandh called by the Maha Vikas Aghadi. Shetti said, “We supported and participated in today’s bandh. We are always in the forefront in the fight for rights of farmers.”

The Lakhimpur Kheri incident is shocking, he said. “Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish runs a jeep over the farmers and crushes them to death. What can be more brutal? What we witness is the governance of terror under BJP rule in the country.”

09:02 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Navratri Garba party with over 100 people busted in Santacruz

The Santacruz police on Sunday night busted a Navratri Garba party going on in a hall in Santacruz (west) with a crowd of around 100 people who were allegedly not wearing masks and not maintaining the social distancing norms.

“The garba party was going on in a hall next to SNDT college. A police patrolling van spotted several cars parked outside the SNDT college and went inside the hall to see a huge crowd,” said Dyaneshwar Ganore, senior inspector of Santacruz police station.

16:52 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Bandh in Maharashtra: Shops remain closed in Pune

Shops remained closed in various parts of Pune as the Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP alliance called a bandh in Maharashtra to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

16:31 (IST)11 Oct 2021
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis demands HC to take cognizance of Maharashtra bandh

The Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis demanded the high court to take cognizance of the bandh, stating, "earlier Supreme Court and Bombay High Court had banned such bandhs and fined Shiv Sena."

16:07 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Few shops, small eateries reopen partially

While markets, shopping centres and shops on arterial road remained shut, few shops like plywood, mobile repair and clothing, as well as small eateries, partially opened by 3 pm on Monday.

Big retail shopping centres like Natraj Market in Malad West,Topiwala market in Goregaon (W), Dadar cloth market remained shut on Monday. 

15:52 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Sena says protest '100 per cent successful'

Leaders of three ruling parties - Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP - staged protests against the Lakhmipur Kheri incident, and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed the bandh was "100 per cent" successful. 

Meanwhile, NCP leader Jayant Patil stated that essential services were not involved in the bandh, adding that the shutdown has been peaceful so far. "The government has no connection with the bandh. The three parties have called the bandh. We have called for the bandh and even the people of the state are upset with the BJP government. So they are backing us," he said.

In Mumbai, buses of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST- the transport undertaking of the city civic body) and many of the traditional 'black-yellow cabs' remained off roads, which led to huge crowds on suburban railway stations to commute by local trains, which were running as per schedule.

Officials of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) said their buses from Mumbai to other places were plying as per schedule and no untoward incident was reported anywhere.

Police personnel, including women, were on patrolling duty in every area of the city and no untoward incident was reported till now, a police official said. (PTI)

15:45 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Three held after ‘Covid norm violations’ at Navratri party in Santacruz, get bail later

Police on Sunday night busted a Navratri Garba party in Santacruz (West) in which around 100 people without masks had reportedly gathered for revelry and social distancing norms were not being followed.

“The Garba party was going on in a hall next to SNDT College. A police patrol van spotted several cars parked outside the SNDT College and went inside the hall,” said Dyaneshwar Ganore, senior inspector of Santacruz police station.

The crowd was dispersed by the police and an FIR was registered against the hall owner and organisers under sections 188, 269 and 34 of the IPC and other sections of the Disaster Management Act. Read more.

15:17 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Aryan Khan being targeted just for his surname: J&K PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday alleged that Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan's son Aryan Khan was being targeted by the central agencies just due to his surname, claiming that Muslims are targeted to please the core vote bank of the BJP.

"Instead of making an example out of a Union Minister's son accused of killing four farmers, central agencies are after a 23-year-old simply because his surname happens to be Khan. Travesty of justice that Muslims are targeted to satiate the sadistic wishes of BJP's core vote bank," Mehbooba tweeted. (PTI)

15:06 (IST)11 Oct 2021
CBI raids at premises of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh

The CBI on Monday conducted searches at the premises of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh at multiple locations in connection with the leak of confidential documents related to the preliminary enquiry against him on allegations of corruption, officials said Monday.

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials reached the residence of Deshmukh in Nagpur and Mumbai this morning with necessary warrants, they said. Read more.

14:46 (IST)11 Oct 2021
People are supporting the bandh: NCP leader Jayant Patil

Maharashtra NCP President and minister Jayant Patil stated that people have supported MVA's call for a state-wide bandh.

"No action has been taken against the Union minister and his son who were involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. BJP is anti-farmer and wants to crush them," Patil was quoted as saying by ANI.

14:38 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Congress organises bike rally in Chandrapur district

Maharashtra Congress workers led by MP Balubhau Dhanorkar carried out a bike rally in the Chandrapur district to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

14:32 (IST)11 Oct 2021
In Pics | Maharashtra bandh: Shops shut, bus services hit

Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress workers organised a state-wide bandh to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Several shops and other establishments across Mumbai and the state were shut in solidarity.

Shiv Sena and NCP workers take out a rally in Thane. (PTI)
Navi Mumbai's APMC vegetable market wears a deserted look during Maharashtra Bandh. (PTI)

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Shops shut near Metro Cinema. (Express Photo)

Shops across Mumbai were shut on Monday amid MVA's call for a state-wide bandh in solidarity with the farmers in Uttar Pradesh.

Shops near Byculla vegetable market, Crawford market, at South Mumbai's Fort area, among others remained shut. Sena workers used vehicles with loudspeakers to appeal to the public to support the bandh.

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