QMumbai: Khar Slum-Dwellers Protest; Eco Damage From Metro Shed
Here’s your morning news brief from the city of Mumbai.
1. Khar Danda Slums Razed, Protests Erupt
There was high drama at the BMC’s Bandra office when around 200 slum-dwellers from the Khar Danda village gathered to protest the demolition carried out by BMC on Sunday. The slum-dwellers alleged that the BMC was wrongfully demolishing their slums to use the plot as a playground for his school.
Five structures were demolished on Sunday without giving any prior notice to its residents, said the slumdwellers. Under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP), a prior notice is mandatory before any demolition.
About 310 structures house 1200 families in the area. And the slum-dwellers fear that the rest of their homes will be razed too. Rizvi builders are planning to construct a playground for Springfield High School, which lies abutting the plot.
Source: Mumbai Mirror
2. ‘MMRC Did Not Reveal The Full Eco Damage From Metro Shed’
With a proposed Metro car shed at Aarey Colony railroading concerns that it will shatter the green sanctuary’s ecological balance, environmentalists under the save Aarey banner have told the rail’s Japanese sponsor that it has deliberately not been apprised of the full extent of the construction’s impact by the project executor.
Empower Foundation, a non-profit which is part of the Save Aarey movement, has handed a report to the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) alleging that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRC) has presented a distorted picture of the underground rail’s impact on ecology in Aarey to get it off the ground.
3. BMC Official Who Dug Out Road Scam Transferred
Two additional municipal commissioners of BMC — Sanjay Deshmukh and Pallavi Darade — were among the 17 officials transferred by the government on Monday.
While Deshmukh, who unearthed the roads scam in Mumbai, will be replaced by Development Commissioner Vijay Singhal, Animal Husbandry secretary AL Jarhad has been appointed in the position of Darade, wife of CM’s secretary Pravin Darade.
Deshmukh will retire in a year and has been posted in the medical education department.
Darade, an IRS officer, is awaiting posting. She had been facing flak for her “poor performance”.
4. Farmers' Stir Continues On Day 4, Firm On Maharashtra Bandh
As the agitation of farmers in Maharashtra continued for the fourth day and the supply of vegetables and milk remained largely hit, farmers' outfits said they were firm on going ahead with the 'Maharashtra bandh' on Monday, excluding Mumbai.
The BJP's ruling partner the Shiv Sena also extended its support to the 'bandh' call. The prices of vegetables and fruits have been on an upward path in cities, including Mumbai, due to the drastic fall in supplies from key production centres like Nashik and Ahmednagar.
5. Shiv Sena Infighting During Civic Meetings Hurting Mumbai More
'Delay' and 'civic body' have become synonymous, be it lateness in projects, development, redevelopment or something else. Now, joining the list is delay in taking decisions during committee meetings. But the reason is infighting between senior leaders of the party running the country's richest municipal corporation.
The disquiet within
Lack of communication and coordination has been leading to arguments between senior Shiv Sena leaders, leaving party's corporators confused on whose orders to follow.
6. 53-year-old Woman Dies Of Lung Infection From Fungi In Pigeon Droppings
Last year, when 26-year-old Naitik Zota took his mother Jayshri (53) to a pulmonologist following a severe bout of breathlessness, the doctor confronted him with a bizarre question: Do you have pigeons in the vicinity of your home? When Zota told him about the presence of a kabutarkhana next door, the doctor advised him to place nets on the windows of his home, and move Jayshri to a room that wouldn't be frequented by the birds. The advice, unfortunately, came late.
A few weeks later, Jayshri died of a lung infection, which the doctor alleges was the result of harmful fungi present in pigeon droppings.
7. Two Sitting HC Judges To Handle Tree-Cutting Woes
The Bombay High Court on Monday said it has appointed two of its senior sitting judges to head a committee to look into grievances pertaining to cutting of trees for setting up the Metro-III line in the city.
A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar refused to hear an application filed by city resident Kunal Birwadkar alleging that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) was illegally felling even those trees for which they didn’t have permission or those that had been marked for transplantation at alternative spots.
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