1. Mahul Residents Seek Prompt Action on HC OrderHundreds of residents of Mahul on Wednesday approached the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and state secretariat to submit applications demanding immediate relocation from the area, which they called a “living hell”.Referring to the promptness of the state government that had started hacking trees hours after a Bombay High Court verdict dismissed all petitions against the felling of around 2,700 trees in Aarey Colony for a Metro car shed, Mahul residents said that despite a lapse of almost two weeks, there has been no progress on the high court’s order on Mahul.On 23 September, the Bombay High Court had ordered the state government and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to shift residents out of Mahul or pay their rent if there is no accommodation available with the government.(Source: The Indian Express)Dumped in a Toxic Hell & Forgotten: Mahul Residents Fight Back2. No Policy to Compensate Tree-Fall Victims, Says TMCForty-year-old Sriram Yadav’s nightmare started two months ago on a rainy day in July. Yadav, an autorickshaw driver, was waiting for passengers at Wagale Estate, when a tree came crashing down.For the past two months, Yadav is bed-ridden and has spent more than Rs2 lakh for treatment. Despite making the rounds of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) office, he has not got any compensation.Yadav said, “I was waiting for passengers in my autorickshaw on road number16, when the tree crashed on my auto. The tree fell on my back and leg and I was admitted to a private hospital. I am still being treated for my back and leg. I am the sole earning member of my family and have two children.”(Source: Hindustan Times)2,141 Trees Cut in Aarey, Construction to be Carried Out: MMRC3. Six, Including Four Minors, Injured in Fire in Wadala BuildingSix people, including four minors, were severely injured after a two-storey building in Wadala caught fire on Wednesday afternoon. The fire was allegedly caused by a spark in a high-tension wire over the building, fire officials said.According to BMC fire officials, the fire was reported at around 2 pm in the Ashtavinayak building in Ganesh Nagar in Wadala East. “We sent a team…which managed to control the fire in the building that had started on the first floor. It was caused by a spark in a high-tension wire over the building,” a senior officer said. “The building is illegal and in the buffer zone of Tata Power’s high tension wire.”(Source: The Indian Express)Engine of Nagpur-Mumbai Nandigram Express Catches Fire4. Noise Level High in Thane on Immersion DayMore than 2,000 idols and 8,737 kalash (puja items) were immersed in the 15 lakes and immersion ghats in Thane on Dussehra, which marks the end of Navratri and Durga Puja. However, the immersion processions were noisy, with sound decibels as high as 100 decibels.A TMC official said, “A total of 10,754 idols and ghat (kalash) were immersed. These include 2009 idols (1,728 household ones and 281 public idols) and 8,737 ghats were immersed. Naupada and Wagale Estate witnessed the most immersion processions while it was lowest at Panchpakhadi.”Activist Mahesh Bedekar, said, “The decibel levels were high throughout the evening on Tuesday. The most affected was Ram Maruti area opposite Masunda lake. At 9pm, the noise level at Ram Maruti Road was 100 decibels, followed by 95 decibels at Shivai Nagar and Vartak Nagar.”(Source: Hindustan Times)Ten Drown During Durga Idol Immersion in Rajasthan’s Dholpur5. Arun Kakade, Pillar Behind Mumbai’s Experimental Theatre Movement, Dies at 88Known to everyone in Mumbai’s theatre scene as the man who encouraged and promoted young, new talent, Arun Kakade died in his Santa Cruz residence on Wednesday. He was 88.Born in Solapur, Kakade’s association with theatre brought him to Mumbai in 1956 via Pune. While he started out as an actor, it’s not a role he stayed with. Nor was he a producer or director. Yet, he served the stage for over six decades, as the man behind the scenes of some of the most renowned and successful works of theatre in the country.(Source: The Indian Express)Crazy Mohan Dies, and With Him an Era of Comedy and Theatre We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.