QMumbai: MHCC Saves Parks; Residents Refuse To Vacate Tilted Bldg

In the Juhu Building Blaze, bodies were found charred beyond recognition and more stories.

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Five gardens in Wadala. 

1. Roots Over Roads: MHCC Saves Parks

The city’s heritage experts have denied permission to the BMC to widen roads in Dadar Parsi Colony over concerns the work would affect the tree cover and shrink open spaces, including the famous Five Gardens, in the leafy locality.

The area is a heritage precinct and no construction can take place there without the consent of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC).

The civic body had sought its approval after the state government issued a circular stating that all roads should be at least 9 metres wide. Several roads in Mumbai, including those running through Dadar Parsi Colony, didn’t meet the requirement.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

2. Building Tilts In Ghatkopar, Residents Refuse To Vacate It

The Sai Siddhi collapse seems to have not left any impression on residents living in the crumbling Dhamji Sadan building in Ghatkopar East. Despite the ground-plus-three storey building tilting to the left around 7.30 pm on Wednesday, they refused to vacate it, and even protested the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) action of disconnecting their water and electricity supply.

Not leaving
The BMC control room had received a call from locals saying that a balcony on the left side of the building on the first floor had caved in. However, tenants claimed that the building has been in this shape since the last three years.

(Source: Mid-day)

3. Police Constable Dies Week After Hitting Potholes On ‘Dark’ Road

A 42-year-old constable died of injuries in the early hours of Thursday, after he met with an accident on the Sion-Panvel tollways road last week.

Santosh Shinde (42) was a police naik attached to the crime investigation team of Vile Parle police station. According to sources, he was on his way to Nerul for some personal work on August 31 around midnight when the incident occurred. “Right outside Vashi gaaon, near a traffic signal, he couldn’t spot the potholes on the road as there were no streetlights,” said one of the officers investigating the case from Vashi police station.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

4. Juhu Building Blaze: Bodies Charred Beyond Recognition

The identification process of the six labourers who died in the Juhu building blaze on Wednesday night is proving to be a tall task, as the bodies have been charred beyond recognition.

Twelve more people were seriously injured in the incident that took place at the under-construction 13-storey building called Prarthana Apartments near Kishor Kumar Baug around 10 pm. The building is being redeveloped by Kabra Builders. Police have filed an FIR against the builder. Some of the injured told Mirror that they jumped from higher floors of the building to escape the flames and sustained injuries in the fall.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. Chinese Inmate Suffers Heart Attack, Dies

One of the Chinese nationals arrested in a diamond heist died in Thane jail amid suspicious conditions. However, jail authorities claimed he died due to a heart attack.

A video recorded post-mortem was conducted on his body at JJ Hospital in Dongri and the body was handed over to the family and the Chinese Consulate officials for last rites.

The Vanrai police in Aarey Colony had arrested Chiyang Chang Qwing and Dang Jiyabo who had stolen diamonds worth Rs 34 lakh on August 1, and had later booked them in another theft case involving diamonds worth Rs 3 lakh.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

6. Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal Fines Top Cop Rs 5000 For ‘Targeting’ Junior Officer

One of the senior-most officers of Mumbai police has been pulled up by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) for pursuing a case against a senior inspector despite the tribunal clearing the junior officer twice.

Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deven Bharti has been asked to pay a cost of Rs 5000 to Senior Inspector Dhananjay Bagayatkar for questioning a MAT order without going in appeal against it.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

7. Rare Dengue Complication Takes Banker’s Life, Hospital Panel To Look Into His Death

The sudden death of a young investment banker, who was suffering from dengue, has led the hospital he was admitted in to constitute a special committee to investigate his demise. Sanjeev Jha (pictured), a senior director at Merrill Lynch, was admitted to Lilavati Hospital on August 29. He had high fever, and his blood tests confirmed that he was suffering from dengue.

By Tuesday, the IIM Kolkata grad, 33, was dead, and doctors say that the reason for his sudden death was hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). HLH is a life-threatening disease of the immune system that is associated with dengue. Dr Vasant Nagvekar, an infectious diseases specialist at Lilavati, told Mirror that the team of doctors attending to him had put him on symptomatic treatment as soon as he tested positive for dengue. His fever, though, showed no signs of subsiding. “When his fever didn’t subside after about five days, which is usually the case with dengue, and he tested positive for HLH on the weekend, we immediately put him on the appropriate treatment. But by Monday morning, his platelet count had dropped to 18,000 from 54,000, and he was shifted to the ICU.” According to Dr Nagvekar, by Monday morning Jha’s condition had worsened. He suffered multiple organ failure, and died early on Tuesday morning.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

8. Month On, Siddhi Sai Residents Get New Homes

More than a month after the Siddhi Sai building came crashing down in Ghatkopar West on July 25, eleven families have finally been given temporary accommodation in the Manav SRA scheme at Bhandup.

Ghatkopar West MLA Ram Kadam said, “We were trying to get them accommodation in Ghatkopar, but there were no vacant flats. Flats were available in Bhandup so these residents will move here. CM Devendra Fadnavis has sanctioned the flats on a temporary basis as a special case. Each flat is about 269 sqft.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

9. 5,820 Sqm Park In Jogeshwari Turns Dump Yard Thanks To Bmc

Living in Amrut Nagar in Jogeshwari is no walk in the park. The closest thing to a park there is a 5,820-sqm garden plot that has turned into a fetid dumping ground instead. Even as the filth spreads diseases, all that BMC officials have done is send the residents running from one ward office to another, citing jurisdiction.

The plot was reserved for a garden as long as 26 years ago, but the BMC never got around to developing it as a park. In fact, the entire Amrut Nagar neighbourhood - sized at 34,623 square metres - has not a single recreational open space. Locals who had once hoped to see a green garden from their windows are now forced to squeeze their eyes and nose shut to keep out the sight and stench of garbage and urine.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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