QMumbai: Chunabhatti Stn Is Crumbling; Uran Witnesses ‘Black Rain’

13 railway audit teams submit reports, want several new FOBs and elevators.

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Chunabhatti station needs repairs urgently. 

1. ROB Near Chunabhatti Stn Sheds Plaster Onto Tracks

The crumbling state of railway property once again came into focus yesterday when plaster from a Road Over Bridge (ROB) near Chunabhatti station fell on the tracks. Luckily, no train was passing below it when the incident occurred. Every day, around 500 trains pass below the said ROB.

A senior officer of Central Railway said that while plaster came off in certain places, the bridge was safe.

Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer of Central Railway, said work on maintaining the bridge would start in a couple of days. “Routine maintenance contract for the said ROB has already been awarded and work for the same is scheduled to start in a day or two,” said Udasi.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)


2. Blaze On Butcher Island: Uran Witnesses ‘Black Rain’, Low Fish Count

Uran Fire. 
Uran Fire. 
(Photo courtesy: Twitter/BombayInformer)

The massive fire at the oil terminal on Butcher Island has triggered panic in the nearby port hub of Uran, a part of Navi Mumbai, with the residents claiming that they witnessed “black rain” on Sunday.

The villagers also alleged that the pollution called by the blaze, which, the officials claimed, is under control now even though thick columns of smoke continue to billow out from the oil tank, has affected the marine life in the region.

The claims came on a day the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas started an investigation in the blaze fire that has gutted one tank of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) at the Mumbai Port Trust owned oil terminal at Butcher Island.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

3. 500 Flat Buyers In A Lurch: Diamond Trader Held Over Stalled High-Rises

A diamond trader accused of cheating 500 flat buyers was arrested by the Thane police late on Monday night. Bhupat Lukhi’s Mercedes was intercepted at Bandra Kurla Complex amid reports he was planning to fly to Belgium on Tuesday.

Lukhi, 50, is one of the three partners at Kashimira Ceramic Products LLP, which had been promoting a high-rise project in Mira Road’s Kashmira locality. Tanvi Eminence, which promised 500 apartments, was started in 2010, but the construction stopped in 2013 because of a financial row between the partners.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)


4. 77-Yr-Old Suffers Nasty Fall At Worli Seaface

A senior citizen on a morning stroll suffered a nasty tumble at Worli Seaface on Monday, prompting claims from upset residents that the BMC had ignored their repeated remonstrations about an uneven surface.

Pramilla Seth, 77, lost a tooth, sustained a deep cut that required 15 stitches and was left with a swollen face. An X-ray revealed a crack on the nose, though doctors have not confirmed it as a fracture yet. Full recovery is likely to take over a month.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. 13 Rly Audit Teams Submit Reports, Want Several New Fobs, Elevators

After the tragic stampede at Elphinstone Road station on September 29, a multidisciplinary audit team has suggested that the city’s entire suburban railway network be augmented with the construction of around 50 new foot overbridges, over a dozen new elevators, and an undisclosed number of subways — including the expansion of CSTM subway — and escalators.

After the Elphinstone Road tragedy, at the direction of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, both the Central and Western Railways formed 13 multidisciplinary teams to conduct safety audits of over 100 railways stations on Mumbai’s suburban train network.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)


6. Stay With The Stink

Housing complexes in and around Marine Drive, which disregarded the BMC deadline on waste segregation, are now dealing with unsightly heaps of garbage in their own compounds that grow taller with each passing day. The civic body’s hand has been forced, since the societies have failed to both comply with its October 2 deadline that mandated composting their wet waste and ignored its request to submit a detailed plan on how they planned to go about it. To its credit, earlier this month, the civic body even allowed the societies more time – about three months -- to set up composting facilities.

While some proactive societies complied with the new rules, the residents of the ones that didn’t are now either quoting technicalities, or have begun to come around to the fact that there is no way around the new rule.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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