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Mumbai News Highlights: Mumbai airport to undertake runway maintenance work on May 10, several flights to be affected

Mumbai Today News, Maharashtra, Mumbai Latest News, Mumbai airport, Mumbai flight schedules, Heat wave Updates, Maharashtra Coronavirus Cases Today Updates, Maharashtra Day Wishes, 2 May: The data also shows that an amount of Rs 303.79 crore lost to thieves and robbers in the last four years could not be recovered by the police.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: May 2, 2022 10:34:39 pm
Mumbai news Live Update, News Mumbai Weather Live, Mumbai today news, Maharashtra Covid-19 Cases TodayChhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) will undertake runway maintenance work from 11 am to 5 pm on May 10. (File)

Mumbai News Live: Schedules of several flights will be affected as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) will undertake runway maintenance work from 11 am to 5 pm on May 10.

In other news, as per a reply received to six RTIs filed by The Indian Express, Valuables and cash collectively worth Rs 69.13 crore were stolen or robbed by criminals in crimes like thefts, chain-snatching, house break-ins, robberies, dacoity and motor-vehicle thefts in 2021. Mumbai police‘s average recovery rate in last four years is 35 per cent. The figure came up to 43 per cent last year. The data also shows that an amount of Rs 303.79 crore lost to thieves and robbers in the last four years could not be recovered by the police.

BMC has set up a committee to decide on the capacity of the second waste-to-energy plant that is set to come up at the Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai. The the corporation planning to decentralise waste management and segregation in each ward, the quantity of waste generated daily may change gradually, following which the committee will assess the requirement of the second waste-to-energy plant.

A special court presided by special judge R K Rokade reserved its order on the bail applications of Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana on Saturday. They were arrested on charges of sedition and afer they made a statement about chanting Hanuman Chalisa at CM Uddhav Thackeray’s residence, Matoshree. Special judge will mostly pass an order on Monday.

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Mumbai News Highlights: Flight schedules affected due to maintenance work at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport; As per a reply received to six RTIs filed by The Indian Express valuables worth Rs 69.13 crore were stolen in 2021; BMC has set up a committee to decide on the capacity of the second waste-to-energy plant. Follow for more live updates.

20:38 (IST)02 May 2022
Mumbai gets its first free garden library

Mumbai got its first free ‘Library in Garden’ at the Cooperage Bandstand in Colaba Monday. Notably, the civic body had planned to start free libraries in 24 gardens with the help of corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds. Additional municipal commissioner (Eastern Suburb) Ashiwni Bhide, who is also the in-charge of the gardens department, inaugurated the library in the Cooperage Bandstand Garden. “The library will have books on subjects like sports and health. The idea is to encourage reading habits among citizens,” said superintendent of gardens (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) Jeetendra Pardeshi.  --ENS

18:55 (IST)02 May 2022
‘Don’t want social tension during Eid’: Raj Thackeray cancels ‘Maha Aarti’ scheduled for May 3

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday appealed to his party workers to not perform ‘Maha Aarti’ that was scheduled for Tuesday (May 3).

Taking to official Twitter handle on Monday, Raj Thackeray asked his supporters to not go ahead with the event on May 3 so that no social tension is created during the Eid festival.

This comes a day after Thackeray reiterated the May 4 deadline for removal of loudspeakers atop the mosques in Maharashtra. Read full story here

16:51 (IST)02 May 2022
Maharashtra: Youth ‘beaten up’ by police for keeping shop open after midnight

A shopkeeper at Aurangabad in Maharashtra was allegedly beaten up by police for keeping his shop open till late night last week.

In a CCTV video of the incident, which has gone viral on social media, it can be seen a couple of policemen in civil clothes dragging a youth in a narrow passage of a building. The youth is first beaten with a police baton and later a police officer rains blows and punches on his face.

The video shows the date of the incident as April 25. Read more

16:09 (IST)02 May 2022
Bombay HC seeks compliance report from Maha govt, civic bodies on action against illegal hoardings

The Bombay High Court Monday directed the Maharashtra government and all civic bodies in the state, including municipal corporations and councils, to give a report on steps taken to remove illegal banners, hoardings, posters, arches, advertisements. The court asked the authorities to file an affidavit informing it as to how they identify which hoarding is illegal and how much revenue is generated from legal hoardings. It allowed the petitioners to issue notice to political parties which were made respondents in the case.

The court will examine the state and civic bodies' response during the next hearing on June 30.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice V G Bisht was hearing pleas, including the contempt plea initiated by the high court on its own, claiming non-compliance of its orders to pull down illegal hoardings and that political parties are flouting the said order everyday and defacing public places. Read more

15:35 (IST)02 May 2022
NCP leader Nawab Malik admitted to JJ Hospital

NCP leader Nawab Malik on Monday was admitted to JJ Hospital. Malik, arrested by the ED in February, had been lodged at Arthur Road jail. 


Malik's lawyer Kushal Mor informed the court that Malik had been unwell for the past three days with fever, shivering. 

"Today, he had to be taken to the hospital from Arthur Road jail on a stretcher," his lawyer Mor told court. The court was informed during a hearing on his interim bail plea sought on medical grounds. The ED on Monday filed its reply on his plea as per directions of the court.

Malik's lawyer then sought permission from court to shift him to a private hospital  for further treatment.

14:12 (IST)02 May 2022
Mumbai: In pedestrian-friendly push, BMC to boost last-mile connectivity

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now push for improved last-mile connectivity to provide pedestrian-friendly roads in the city in accordance with global standards. The corporation is likely to develop at least one road in each of the BMC’s 24 administrative wards as part of the initiative.

State Environment Minister and guardian minister of Mumbai suburban district Aaditya Thackeray said that following global road safety practices, the BMC is planning to create pedestrian-friendly roads that will allow citizens to walk from the nearest transit stations to their homes.

Thackeray was speaking on Thursday at the concluding event of the training organised by Global Designing Cities Initiatives and Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiatives for Global Road Safety for over 340 road engineers last week. Read more

14:10 (IST)02 May 2022
Bombay HC seeks report from Maharashtra govt, all civic bodies on steps taken against illegal hoardings

The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Maharashtra government and all civic bodies and district councils to submit a report on steps taken against illegal hoardings and banners in the state.
          
In 2016, the high court had directed the state government and all municipal corporations to ensure no illegal hoardings are put up in public places and asked the authorities to submit compliance reports.
         
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice V G Bisht on Monday noted that the last report was submitted in 2018.
        
"Four years have passed. We want an updated report from the state government and commissioners of all municipal corporations and chief officers of all district councils on steps taken against illegal hoardings and banners," the court said, while posting the matter for further hearing on June 30. (PTI)

13:33 (IST)02 May 2022
Bombay HC seeks Maharashtra govt's response on plea for voice & video call facilities for prison inmates

The Bombay High Court on Monday sought the Maharashtra government's response to a public interest litigation seeking resumption of voice and video call facilities for prison inmates to communicate with their family members and legal counsels.
        
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice V G Bisht said this was an important issue as not everybody can go to prison to visit an inmate.
        
"This is an important matter. Not everybody can go to prison...Why can't the video and voice call facilities be allowed?" Chief Justice Datta asked.
      
The court directed Additional Public Prosecutor A R Patil to take instructions from the government and posted the matter for further hearing on May 4. (PTI)

13:18 (IST)02 May 2022
Mumbai airport to undertake runway maintenance work on May 10, several flights to be affected

Schedules of several flights will be affected as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) will undertake runway maintenance work from 11 am to 5 pm on May 10.

According to the spokesperson of the CSMIA, monsoon contingency plan, both runways -- runways 14/32 and 09/27 will remain non-operational on May 10, 2022 for pre-monsoon maintenance and repair work. "The closure will be from 11 am to 5 pm and a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) has been issued in this regard. All operations will resume as usual from May 10, 2022 post 5 pm Passengers are requested to check with their respective airlines on their scheduled flights for May 10. The runway closure is a yearly practice and a contingency plan on the same will help maintain operational continuity and ensure passengers' safety. CSMIA regrets any inconvenience caused to its esteemed passengers," said the spokesperson.

11:17 (IST)02 May 2022
ED lawyer says 'court will oppose' Nawab Malik's medical bail application

Enforcement Directorate lawyer Sunil Gonzalves has told the Special PMLA Court that ED will oppose the medical bail application of NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik. A formal reply to the application will be filed by today afternoon.

09:50 (IST)02 May 2022
Thane logs 19 new Covid-19 cases, no death

With the addition of 19 new cases of coronavirus, the infection tally in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 7,09,071, an official said on Monday.
          
These new cases were reported on Sunday, he said. The death toll in the district remained unchanged at 11,893 and the Covid-19 mortality rate stood at 1.67 per cent, he added.
        
In neighbouring Palghar district, the Covid-19 case count has gone up to 1,63,612, while the death toll stands at 3,407, another official said. (PTI)

22:19 (IST)01 May 2022
I was present when Babri mosque was razed, nobody from Shiv Sena was there: Fadnavis

Launching a full-blown attack on the Shiv Sena on the issue of Hindutva, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said he was present when the Babri mosque was brought down, and claimed that no leader from the Sena was there when it happened.

Addressing BJP's rally here, Fadnavis also claimed that he was in Badaun jail for 18 days while doing 'kar seva' for the Ram temple construction purpose.

The former Maharashtra chief minister's attack on the Shiv Sena comes in the wake of the Uddhav Thackeray-led party asking where the BJP leaders were when parts of the mosque were razed in the early 1990s in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.

"They asked the other day where were we hiding when the Babri mosque was brought down…they got scared like hell when they were asked to remove loudspeakers from mosques and are now claiming that they brought down the Babri mosque," Fadnavis said. (PTI)

21:14 (IST)01 May 2022
Remove loudspeakers from temples too, but they should be removed from Masjids: Raj Thackeray

There was an azan going on (in a neighbouring mosque) between Raj Thackeray's speech to which he asked police to stop the azan on the loudspeaker immediately otherwise there will be severe repercussions and reactions to it from all over Maharashtra.

"I request all don't worry about anything. Remove the loudspeakers from all the religious places. Remove from temples too but first, it should be removed from Masjid. Let's solve this long pending issue once and for all. If it's not stopped and something happens I will be not responsible for it."

20:59 (IST)01 May 2022
Loudspeaker is a social issue, not religious: Thackeray

Reiterating his stance on loduspeakers, Thackeray said, "I only gave an option to the azan with Hanuman Chalisa which will be played if the speaker atop the mosques are not removed."

"I do not intend to have riots in the state. Let everyone understand it. It's a social issue. Not religious. But if you attack us with religion, we will also counter with religion. Don't make us take the strong stand. We do not intend to disrupt peace." The MNS chief also gave a reminder to the government about his deadline, and said, "From 4th (May), we will not listen. Will play Hanuman Chalisa twice loudly."

20:56 (IST)01 May 2022
Thackeray blames Sharad Pawar for using caste for political purpose, votes

MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday during the rally in Aurangabad blamed NCP chief Sharad Pawar for spreading "venom in minds of people" over castes. Attacking Pawar, he said that the leader uses caste for political purpose and votes. 

For the NCP chief, Thackeray also cited a few references of Prabodhankar (Raj's grandfather) which has Hindutva thoughts saying these are for Pawar to understand the thoughts of Prabodhankar. (ENS)

20:15 (IST)01 May 2022
Raj Thackeray announces there will be more rallies in Marathwada and Vidarbha soon

Thackeray announces there will be more rallies in Marathwada and Vidarbha soon. There was no point trying to stop us from organising rallies here. With the ground being fully packed and there being no space for people at the venue. Thackeray calls Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar.

20:11 (IST)01 May 2022
Raj Thackeray reaches Aurangabad

MNS chief Raj Thackeray reaches the venue in Aurangabad and is about to start his speech

18:56 (IST)01 May 2022
169 new Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra; no death; active count now 995

Maharashtra on Sunday reported 169 new coronavirus positive cases, taking the state's infection tally to 78,77,901, the health department said.

The state did not report any death due to the disease during the day, which kept its fatality count unchanged at 1,47,843.

There are 995 active cases in the state at present, the department said.

On Saturday, the state had reported 155 new infections and one death.

According to the department, 172 patients reported recovery during the day and so far a total of 77,29,063 patients have recuperated from the infection in the state. (PTI)

18:03 (IST)01 May 2022
You deceived Balasaheb as he was gullible, but I am shrewd, won't ignore your games: Uddhav warns BJP

Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said since he had seen the BJP deceive his "gullible" father and Sena founder Bal Thackeray, he himself was acting shrewdly with that party and cannot ignore the "games" it played in the guise of Hindutva.

In a veiled attack on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president and his estranged cousin Raj Thackeray, the chief minister said he does not pay attention to "new players" of Hindutva. Without naming the MNS, he also said the party was making experiments to see if any cause was working for it or not.

Speaking during an interaction organised by Marathi daily 'Loksatta', Uddhav Thackeray accused the BJP of deceiving Bal Thackeray during the latter's lifetime when the two parties were still partners. (PTI)

16:35 (IST)01 May 2022
Two held while trying to cut open ATM to steal cash

Two people were arrested while they were allegedly cutting open an ATM machine to steal cash in Badlapur area of Maharashtra's Thane district, a police official said on Sunday.

At around 4am on Saturday, a police patrol team spotted two people behaving in a suspicious manner inside an ATM kiosk on Belavalli Road, the Badlapur West police station official said.

"The team found the two people, identified as Sandeep Shinde (20) and Vedant Chirmule (19), both residents of Bhandup in Mumbai, trying to cut open the cash safe of the ATM with a gas cutter. The two were arrested and further probe is underway," he said. (PTI)

Mumbai News Live: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday reiterated the May 3 deadline for removal of loudspeakers atop mosques and said all Hindus should play Hanuman Chalisa at double the volume of azan from May 4. Addressing a rally in Maharashtra's Aurangabad, Thackeray said, "I won't be responsible for what all happens after the May 3 deadline to remove the loudspeakers from the mosques."

He further said that the loudspeaker is not a religious but a social issue. "But if you attack us with religion, we will also counter with religion... If they (Muslims) don't understand nicely, we will show them the power of Maharashtra," he said.

The Maharashtra forest department is supposed to receive 881 hectare of mangrove area as reserve forest from the Vasai Municipal Corporation (VMC). Over the last two years, after regular meetings with the forest department and mangrove cell, more than 11,000 ha of land has been brought under the Indian Forest Act. The civic body wrote a proposal in this regard to the collector of the Palghar district, which was further forwarded to the state government via the Konkan divisional commissioner.

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