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QMumbai: SRA Faces Heat; Akshay Sponsors Bio Toilets At Juhu Beach

SRA faces heat for including Mahim National Park in Dharavi redevelopment plan.

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1. SRA Faces Heat for Including MNP in Dharavi Redvpt Plan

The additional principal chief conservator of forests has written a strongly worded letter objecting to a Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) notification by the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), to include the Mahim (Maharashtra) Nature Park in the SRADRP.

The famous Dharavi slum of Mumbai.&nbsp;
The famous Dharavi slum of Mumbai. 
(Photo: Facebook/Dharavi slum for sale)

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests N Vasudevan officially sent the letter on March 27 to the CEO of DRP. Vasudevan’s letter stated: “Your kind attention is invited to the recent notification of the Dharavi Redevelopment Project which was issued by your office. For reasons best known to you, the Maharashtra Nature Park also figures in his notification. In this regard I wish to point out that Maharashtra Nature Park and its adjoining area have been declared as Protected Forest vide Government Notification dated 16thMarch 1991. A copy of this notification is enclosed for your kind reference. No non-forestry activity is permitted on this land without prior approval of central government.

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2. Akshay Kumar Follows up on Wife Twinkle Khanna's Tweet With Bio Toilets at Juhu Beach

Eight months after actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna got trolled for tweeting how people defecating in the open ruined her morning walks, a row of bio-toilets funded by her husband, superstar Akshay Kumar, were opened for public use on Juhu beach. Twinkle’s tweet -- “Good morning and I guess here is the first scene of Toilet Ek Prem Katha part 2 #WhenYourWalkGoesDownTheToilet” – in August last year was liked and retweeted several hundreds of times. But it was also criticized for insensitivity towards slum-dwellers who have no choice but to use the beach as a toilet in the absence of public loos.

While Twinkle, who boasts of 31.2 lakh followers on Twitter, had subsequently tweeted that a public toilet was located just minutes away from the spot where she photographed a man defecating, the BMC on Monday said even the toilets sponsored by her husband will only partly solve the problem and that three or four more such toilets will have to be installed to make Juhu and Versova beaches open defecation free.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

3. Turtles’ Return Gets Versova Beach New Guardian

The Olive Ridleys have turned out to be Versova’s lucky charms. Days after around 80 turtles hatched on the beach, after a 20-year hiatus, the BMC on Monday picked a new full-time contractor, M/s Spectron Engineers, to keep it clean.

Round-the-clock clean-up is expected to begin in a month. The current contractor, who has come under fire repeatedly for shoddy work, will be given the boot soon.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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4. 11-Year-Old Missing Boy’s Body Found in Mankhurd

The rat-nibbled body of an 11-year-old boy, who was missing since Sunday, was found yesterday in a decrepit and abandoned house in Mankhurd’s Mandala area.

Jeetmohan Sharma, a Class VI student, had left home to watch a Hanuman Jayanti procession on Sunday evening but did not return. His family searched for him till midnight after which they lodged a kidnapping case with the Mankhurd police.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

5. Bombay HC Cancels Bail of Andheri School Trustee Accused of Sexually Assaulting 3-Year-Old

The Bombay high court on Monday cancelled bail granted to the founder trustee of an international school in Andheri, who has been booked for “aggravated sexual assault” of a three-year-old kindergarten student.

The trustee, a French national, will have to surrender immediately before a special POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) court, as Justice Revati Mohite-Dere rejected his lawyer’s plea for some time to surrender. “Once I come to the conclusion that the order granting bail is perverse, there is no question of granting time to surrender to Respondent No. 1 [the trustee],” Mohite-Dere said, dismissing the request.

Source: Hindustan Times

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6. Former SP Corporator Commits Suicide

A former corporator of Samajwadi Party (SP) from Shivaji Nagar area allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan in her house in Sanjay Nagar, Baiganwadi. The police said they have not found any suicide note so far, and don’t know what drove the 45-year-old Noorjahan Rafique Shaikh to hang herself. They are, however, investigating reports of a marital dispute between Noorjahan and her husband, Rafique, police said.

She was elected from ward number 137 in the BMC twice, and now her daughter, Ayesha, is Samajwadi Party’s corporator from the same area.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

7. 65-Year-Old Comes to Mumbai for a Day to Attend Wedding, Dies After Car Crashes Into Her Auto

The accused, Rakesh Ranjan, 32, a small-time actor, has been arrested.
The accused, Rakesh Ranjan, 32, a small-time actor, has been arrested.
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A 65-year-old woman from Sawantwadi, Konkan, who had come to Mumbai just for a day to attend her nephew’s wedding and to distribute her son’s wedding card, was killed after the auto-rickshaw she was travelling in was knocked down by a speeding car in Goregaon (west) on Sunday.

The accused, Rakesh Ranjan, 32, a small-time actor, has been arrested.

Source: Hindustan Times

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8. Raymond Set to Lose Powai Lake Cottage

A BMC committee has directed the civic body to take back a plot it had leased out to textile and apparel maker Raymond Limited in 1957. The 16,000 sq ft plot, which abuts Powai Lake, is occupied by a bungalow built by the company. Raymond, BMC officials told Mirror, pays an annual rent of Rs 1,572 for the plot.

Shiv Sena corporator Anant Nar, who heads the civic improvements committee which recommended the move, said that the plot was public property and that it should be returned to the civic body.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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