QMumbai: HC Directs Govt on Mahul Locals; 38 Stranded in Monorail

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Bombay High Court directed the state government to offer alternative accommodation to slum dwellers rehabilitated in Mahul. 

1. Bombay HC Orders Govt to Provide Alternate Accommodation For Mahul Residents

Stating that “Mahul continues to be a dangerously polluted region”, the Bombay High Court on Monday directed the state government to offer alternative accommodation to slum dwellers rehabilitated in Mahul and directed that those who were living in tenements at Mahul be paid Rs 15,000 as rent per month along with security deposit of Rs 45,000, until an alternative arrangement is made.

A bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Bharati Dangre said, “…we direct that no family required to be rehabilitated as a consequence of slum clearance would be shifted to the PAP (project affected persons) colonies in Mahul or Ambapada and those who have been rehabilitated at the said two colonies under the slum rehabilitation schemes would be offered accommodation elsewhere and till alternative accommodation is made available they would be paid Rs 15,000 per month as transit rent with security deposit of Rs 45,000…”

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Power Snag Halts Mumbai Monorail in Its Tracks; 38 Stranded

A power snag halted a Wadala-bound monorail between the Mysore Colony and Bharat Petroleum stations in Chembur on Monday morning. Fire brigade officials said 38 commuters were rescued near Koyna Colony after being stranded there. No injuries were reported.

According to officials, the monorail came to a stop at 10.15am after losing traction power supply owing to a broken power rail insulator.

As a result, services on Phase 1 between Chembur and Wadala were shut for more than 11 hours, before eventually resuming at 9.33pm. Earlier in the day, Mumbai Monorail had expressed regret for the snag.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. 9-Year-Old Leopard in Enclosure Since 2010 Dies in SGNP

File photo of a leopard. 
File photo of a leopard. 
(Photo: Reuters)

A nine-year-old male leopard, Bhim, died of cardiac failure at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) early on Monday.

A post-mortem conducted by pathologists from the Mumbai Veterinary College said prima facie the cause of death was acute cardiac failure at 7.30am, and tissue samples were sent for further examination.

SGNP director and chief conservator of forest Anwar Ahmed said, “We can only say that Bhim died of a heart attack. Reasons for it, as of now, are only conjectures. According to our CCTV, Bhim was healthy over the weekend. Obesity could have caused the sudden heart attack, but nothing can be said for sure.”

(Source: Hindustan Times)

4. BMC to Soon Study Impact of Six Proposed Bridges on Environment

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon conduct a study on the environmental damage that is likely to be caused by the construction of six proposed bridges in the western suburbs. The study will help ascertain the possible extent of damage to the environment and suggest mitigation measures for the same.

The six bridges include the Madh Island-Versova Bridge; Marve Beach-Manori Island Bridge; Evershine Nagar in Goregaon to Malvani, followed by three more bridges in Malad near the creek. These bridges will either pass via a river or creek for which, mangroves will have to be cut.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

5. Mumbai Adds 2.87 Lakh Vehicles to its Roads in 1 Year

Even as Mumbai’s road space continues to shrink, the city added 2.87 lakh vehicles, including two-wheelers, cars, auto-rickshaws, taxis among others, to its roads in the past year, according to the Environment Status Report (ESR) 2018-19 compiled by the civic body.

The total number of vehicles in Mumbai as of March 2019 is 36.4 lakh and the city witnessed a growth of 7.9 per cent in number of vehicles in the last one year.

Out of the 2.87 lakh vehicles added, the highest number is that of two-wheelers at 1.8 lakh followed by cars, SUVs and station wagons showing an increase of 68,209 as compared to 2018.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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