QMumbai: Four Drown on Mumbai Beach; Decongesting Parel Station


Commuters walk on a narrow bridge at the Parel station.  
Commuters walk on a narrow bridge at the Parel station.  (Photo: The Quint)

QMumbai: Four Drown on Mumbai Beach; Decongesting Parel Station

1. Four Youth on Picnic Drown in Mumbai Beach, One Body Recovered

Representational image of Girgaum Chowpatty beach in Mumbai. 
Representational image of Girgaum Chowpatty beach in Mumbai. 
(Photo: Reuters) 

Four youth of a group drowned after they entered the choppy waters off Kelwe beach in Palghar on Sunday.

Local fishermen have recovered the body of Deepak Parshuram Chalwadi, 20. In the absence of disaster management personnel, fishermen have taken upon themselves to winch out the bodies of Dipesh Pednekar, 17, Shritej Chipte, 15, and Tushar Chipte, 16.

While Deepak worked in a diamond polishing unit in Andheri, Dipesh cleared his Class 12 exams last year. Shritej and Tushar were studying in Class 10.

Source: Hindustan Times

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2. Decongesting Mumbai’s Parel Station: New Platform Commissioned

The Central Railway (CR) commissioned a new platform at Parel railway station on Sunday. The new platform is expected to segregate the crowd from the existing platform. The platform comes nine months after 23 people died in a stampede on a foot overbridge that connects Parel and Elphinstone Road stations . As Parel station currently has only one platform, an additional platform at the station will help in decongesting the crowd.

Local train services towards Kalyan and Karjat will be operated from the platform. The railways had operated a block of eight hours on Sunday to complete the last leg of the project. “The new platform is one step closer to the development of Parel terminus. The platform will certainly help in crowd decongestion and benefit commuters to a great extent,” Sunil Udasi, chief spokesperson of the Central Railway, said.

Source: The Indian Express

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3. Invisible Warriors Who Battle Mumbai Monsoon

The forces on the frontlines of Mumbai’s monsoon crisis-management have a set of images that define their functions. The fire brigade invariably rescues youngsters stranded out in the sea at Bandra Fort, employees of the BMC clear out fallen trees, guard open manholes and disinfect mosquito breeding spots, hospitals witness queues of patients with water-borne diseases, the police are seen standing in waist-high water diverting traffic and the National Disaster Response Force frantically remove rubble from collapsed buildings, working to save lives.

Amateur radio operators also perform a vital function by relaying information from all corners of the city on days with forecasts of rough weather.
Amateur radio operators also perform a vital function by relaying information from all corners of the city on days with forecasts of rough weather.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Radha Mohan)

All the while, there is no such picture to define the importance of a band of ‘invisible’ volunteers who pull the strings from the sidelines and ensure that lines of communications between the agencies never break down. For close to half a decade, Ham or amateur radio operators have worked side by side with the BMC during monsoons. While they are kept on standby by the civic body in case a disaster or torrential rain knocks down electricity and phone services, the amateur radio operators also perform a vital function by relaying information from all corners of the city on days with forecasts of rough weather.

Source: The Indian Express

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4. ‘We Need Just Three Days to Clear All Abandoned Cars’

Convinced with Operation Khataara, not only has the BMC cleared all the 50 abandoned cars identified by the Soch Sayani group in Kandivali East’s Thakur Village, it has also intensified its removal drive in Bandra, Khar, Santacruz, Andheri, Jogeshwari and Ghatkopar. Yesterday, Mumbai Mirror published an interview with Deputy Municipal Commissioner Nidhi Choudhari, who said “it’s not just BMC’s job to seize dead cars”. She said that the traffic police department, under Motor Vehicle Act, is more empowered to remove abandoned vehicles.

Representational image of Mayapuri car junkyard. 
Representational image of Mayapuri car junkyard. 
(Photo: Natisha Mallick/The Quint

Today, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar agrees that the traffic department has greater powers and many more towing vans than the BMC, but it’s the civic body which has access to junkyards. The problem cannot be solved unless space is created in these yards by way of auctioning. With more space available and cooperation from the BMC, Kumar says that the traffic police will need just three days to remove all the abandoned vehicles from the city.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

5. A Biopic on Old Pal George Fernandes Is Next Sena Production

File image of George Fernandes. 
File image of George Fernandes. 
(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

While addressing a rally in Mumbai in 1972, as the state faced its worst drought of the century, socialist leader George Fernandes took a newspaper clipping out of his kurta’s pocket and read it out. The news was about a state cabinet minister celebrating the birthday of his dog. In an instant the mood at the rally changed and the air rent with anti-government slogans.

Those were the days of acute shortages and a well-oiled black market. Getting a kilo of wheat or sugar or a litre of kerosene from a ration shop used to be a Herculean task for ordinary folk. Fernandes knew what was hurting the people and he had mastered the art of turning such pain into explosive anger. This and many such events from Fernandes’s long and eventful political life – spanning his days as Mumbai’s most influential union leader who could bring the city to a grinding halt whenever he so wished to becoming one of the most important cogs in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government – will be brought alive on screen in a biopic to be produced by Shiv Sena leader and the executive editor of the party’s mouthpiece Saamna Sanjay Raut. The biopic is likely to hit the screens in 2021.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

6. The Air India Building at Marine Drive Is Keeping the Broke National Carrier Afloat

At a time when Air India is struggling to pay salaries and has floated a tender for a Rs 1,000-crore short-term loan, the national carrier’s iconic 23-storey building on Marine Drive is doing its bit to keep the airline operational (see graphic).

The airline offi- cials said the Air India tower – India’s first structure with an escalator – is earning an annual rent of Rs 100 crore, most of which is spent on the staff’s salaries.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

7. No Murder, No Suicide… Just Waiting for Death

The senior citizens who wanted to end their lives while they were still hale and hearty have now decided to leave their deaths to fate and the almighty. Retired school principal Irawati Lavate (78) and Narayan Lavate (87), a former supervisor with the Maharashtra State Transport Corporation, had written to President Ram Nath Kovind on December 21 last year, seeking permission to end their lives with medical assistance as they no longer wished to live.

Mirror had reported on February 19, that the couple then entered into a bizarre death pact, as their plea to the President had fallen on deaf ears. Irawati had asked her husband to strangulate her, a crime for which he would likely be sentenced to death.

However, when Mirror met them on Saturday, they seemed to have changed their minds. They have now left it to fate and “god almighty.”

Source: Mumbai Mirror

8. Another Activist Says No to Emergency Pension

Marathi writer and activist Vinay Hardikar on Sunday joined the list of Maharashtrians saying no to the special pension announced by the state government for those jailed during the Emergency between 1975 and 1977.

Mumbai Mirror had on June 15 reported that a group of prominent personalities rejected the offer of pension on the ground that they do not want any reward for doing their duty as citizens. The activists, including Dr Suresh Khairnar of Rashtra Seva Dal, socialist leader Pannalal Surana, Surekha Dalvi and Daniel Majhgaonkar, and singer Amrendra Dhaneshwar, also argued that the scheme would put tremendous strain on the state exchequer, and suggested that the money should be used for better purposes.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

9. Bombay High Court To Decide Bombay Parsi Punchayet Election Venue

With just a little over a fortnight before the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) election takes place, mid-day has exclusively learnt from sources that the Bombay High Court will, in a chambers session this Wednesday, decide whether one of the five proposed election voting venues can be changed.

The BPP election is set for July 1. According to sources, the case was taken to the High Court last week after four out of the five contesting candidates, as well as two out of seven BPP trustees, moved the court stating that they did not want the Khareghat Colony venue to be changed to The Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Parsee Charitable School & Junior College (BJPC) at Charni Road. "We are going to propose that the location be changed to BJPC School; Khareghat Colony is on a slope and water comes pouring down on it when it is raining," said a BPP Trustee, who is in favour of getting the location changed.

Source: Mid-day

10. Plastic Ban in Mumbai: BMC Collects 1.42 Lakh Kg of Banned Plastic

While the BMC has been aggressively collecting the banned plastic items, it has not been able to put a mechanism to recycle the collected material.
While the BMC has been aggressively collecting the banned plastic items, it has not been able to put a mechanism to recycle the collected material.
(Photo: The Quint)

With the plastic ban coming into effect from June 24, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected 1.42 lakh kg of banned plastic from across the city. While the BMC has been aggressively collecting the banned plastic items, it has not been able to put a mechanism to recycle the collected material.

Prior to the plastic ban, BMC had 36 segregation centres to collect plastic waste. The civic body had set up 24 additional plastic collection bins after the implementation of the plastic ban. However, the civic body has not been able to recycle the collected plastic as there are no plastic recyclers in the city.

Source: Hindustan Times

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