QMumbai: City to Get 41 Gardens; BMC to Set up Toilets Near Tracks

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Mumbai railways to get a makeover. 

1. Breathe Easy: City to Get 41 Gardens, Playgrounds

The city is poised to get some breathing space in the form of 41 new open spaces, which already existed in the previous Development Plan (DP) and have been carried forward to the new one with the objective of turning them into gardens and playgrounds.

According to officials in the BMC, which had drawn flak in the past for its poor open space ratio per person and also for its shoddy implementation of the 1991 DP, the civic body has set aside Rs 30 crore for developing the 41 plots — 25 as gardens or recreational grounds and 16 as playgrounds, including stadiums.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

2. Open Defecation Free Programme: BMC Could Set Up Mobile Toilets Along Tracks

The Indian Railways could soon allow the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to set up mobile or pre-fab toilets on its land. The move is part of the Centre’s open defecation free (ODF) programme, and the Ministry of Railways recently issued a circular allowing civic bodies across the country to set up toilet at opportune locations along tracks.

The BMC came into the picture, after a meeting was called by state chief secretary Sumit Mullick yesterday. According to sources, Mullick was not convinced about Mumbai’s ODF tag, and wanted the drive to be sustained. Railway officials told Mirror that they were studying the possibility of accommodating toilets on their land. “We are identifying sites for the toilets,” said Ashwani Lohani, chairman of Railway Board.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

3. Manjula Inquired About Her Transfer Just Before ‘Murder’

Inmate Manjula Shetye was murdered in Byculla Jail, Mumbai on 23 June 2017. 
Inmate Manjula Shetye was murdered in Byculla Jail, Mumbai on 23 June 2017. 
(Photos: ANI / Twitter; altered by The Quint)

The Crime Branch unit 3 on Tuesday submitted a 990-page charge sheet in the magistrate’s court against six jail officials pertaining to Byculla jail inmate Manjula Shetye’s death on June 23 this year. The officials have been charged with murder, destruction of evidence and conspiracy.

An officer also told Mirror that the Section 201( destruction of evidence) was earlier not a part of the FIR but was added while submitting the charge sheet as the police have not been able to find the stick with which Shetye was allegedly assaulted. The charge sheet, however, failed to pin point which one of the accused caused the disappearance of the stick.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

4. 8 Held For Selling Babies, Running Surrogacy Racket

Eight people, including six women, have been arrested by the Thane police for running a child trafficking and surrogacy racket. The mastermind of the racket, Rakhi Babre, 38, had formed a network of agents who would rope in poor women in slum areas to become surrogate mothers for a price. The group has also sold 18 unwanted babies in the past two years, all less than six months of age, for Rs 5 lakh each.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. Teenager Found Murdered At Home With Throat Slit

The parents of a 17-year-old boy returned home from Bhilai on Tuesday morning only to find their son lying in a pool of blood, with his throat slit, at their house in Bandra’s Jnaneshwar Nagar.

The boy, Ajay Jaiswal (17), stayed with his parents and elder brother in Bandra’s Jnaneshwar Nagar. The boy’s parents had left for Bhilai on September 18 to celebrate their daughter’s birthday and returned to Mumbai on Tuesday morning. There were signs of struggle at the crime scene. The murder took place between 3:00 am and 6:00 am on Tuesday.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

6. Couple ‘Forges’ Dead People’s Signatures For BMC NOC

A shop owner couple in a Vile Parle society (West) has allegedly forged the signatures of society members, including two who are deceased, to obtain permission from the BMC to carry out alterations without the society’s knowledge.

A police complaint has been filed by members of Royal Chambers Premises Co-operative Society in Vile Parle (West) against Sunita Israni and her husband Umesh for allegedly forging the signatures of society members on no-objection certificates (NOCs) to obtain requisite permissions from BMC’s K (West) Ward for alterations and additions to their shop on the society’s ground floor.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

7. Colleges Want SOP For Students' Safety

GLC College in Mumbai. 
GLC College in Mumbai. 
(Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

While schools are already being grilled over their safety measures for children, colleges and universities have also been asked to fall in line and take targeted steps to ensure students' safety and submit a report to the state government within a month. But since no specific measures have been established, colleges are asking for a standard operating procedure (SOP) to bring uniformity, so that implementing stricter measures would not be an issue at individual college levels.

Letter says
Ravindra Waikar, minister of state for higher education, has written a letter to the secretary of the higher education department in this regard. "Not only is the number of students increasing in colleges and universities, there are several problems that students are dealing with including sexual and other harassment and security threats…This calls for a dire need to implement certain safety measures to ensure students' security," states Waikar in the letter.

(Source: Mid-day)

8. 'Shortcut' From Kabul To London Ends In Mumbai Jail

Fed up with the political instability in their country, a woman from Afghanistan tried to take her 20-year-old niece and 13-year-old son to London via India illegally, in the hope of a better life. The family, however, couldn't get far and after getting into trouble with officials at Mumbai airport, ended up in a jail in the city. The court sentenced them for violating immigration passport laws.

While the boy was immediately sent back to Afghanistan after fining the family R10,000, the two women will return only on completion of their sentence.

(Source: Mid-day)

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