The chickens have come home to roost for the Shiv Sena. After running a campaign of diatribe and verbal duels with their so-called bete noire BJP, Shiv Sena on Monday cocooned itself in pre-poll alliance with the latter.
The latest in a range of salvos that party chief Uddhav Thackeray was, when at a public rally in Pandharpur, he narrated a farmer’s anecdote. The farmer told him that a lime tree which is used to make pesticides once fell prey to insects. This was in line with the opposition saying, ‘Chowkidaar chor hain'( security men have turned into thieves), added Uddhav.
When Uddhav travelled to Ayodhya he called Modi a ‘ Kumbhakaran’ the mythical demon in Ramayana who just ate and slept on the government’s inaction in the last four years to construct the Ram Temple.
The next creative insult was heaped when Uddhav called Modi a ‘ Tantrik’ or a ‘sorcerer’.
After releasing a book on malnutrition in Mumbai, Thackeray gave the example of a tantrik (godman) who only makes certain promises to the people for their welfare.
“People call on the bhumka (godman) to find a solution on malnutrition. One bhumka has promised to give something in 2022. I also want to free people from the clutches of the tantrik,” Thackeray had said amidst applause from Sena workers.
“One tantrik (godman) has promised to give something in 2022. I also want to free people from the clutches of the tantrik, Uddhav Thackeray took a direct jibe at PM Modi who has promised to double the farmers’ income by 2022.
A day before holding an important meeting with the members of Parliament of his party, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
However, Shiv Sena chief known for his colorful and idiomatic speeches knows his real politic well. Clearly, political interests of the day demand both allies left their bad blood back to defeat a resurgent Congress- NCP alliance.
27 slum dwellers die after the BMC wall collapses in Malad, Mumbai
Now, Mumbai Fire brigade to get remote operated robot
The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) will soon be able to get live video footage and exact location of fire inside of a building as the procurement of radio controlled remote operated robot is under process. The unmanned radio frequency operated robot will arrive from China in a month time.
According to a senior official from the MFB, a final visit to China has been made and requisite process has been completed. “The process of buying the robot has been completed and it will arrive soon,” said the official. The robot will look alike a small tanker.
The unmanned radio controlled remote operated robot can reach nearest location of fire and apart from dousing, it can also provide exact location and status of fire that will make job of firemen easy to confine it without wasting time. According to senior official from the MFB, firemen find it difficult moving inside basement of building at a fire site, and they even have to struggle with the smoke.
“In such place, the robot will be helpful that will douse. The robot will also update them on the status of fire with live video of the location even if there is smoke,” said the official.
The robot is fitted with thermic camera of 640*512 that can capture videos and photos during day and night as well. “The company will also train our firemen which will take about one to two days,” said the official. Out of four countries that had given demonstration, namely United States, Germany, China and Israel of which China’s firm was shortlisted.
After procurement of the robot, the BMC will become the first civic body in the country to have such equipment.
Among major feature, the robot can also release 3800 litres water in one minute. “The two engines with 4000 watt capacity can move at 3.5 km inside a fire site and while dousing fire, it will continue to send photographs and video outside that can be seen in a tablet. The video and photo output can be received even around 300 metre away from fire site.
This 500 kg robot can enter in narrow lanes where fire engines find difficult and it is likely to be brought in after monsoon.
Mumbai: Rs 100 cr fine yet to be collected from motorists
Traffic police which had received flak for its inability to recover pending fines for traffic violations for the last two years have seen great improvement in collection of fines this year. As per the department’s claims, this year the recovery rate has increased to 125 per cent per day as compared to last year. Still, the pending fine amount is around Rs 100 crore.
Speaking to DNA, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar said, “The e-challan system was fully operational in 2017 and 2018. Before that, we used to collect fines manually. Since the CCTVs are linked with the e-challan system, we saw an increase in the number of cases registered. However, there has been pendency of recovery of fines from the offenders due to the implementation of the e-challan system.”
He added, the manual fine collecting system used to result in police-public conflict and raised allegations of corruption among traffic police. It also led to less manpower in regulating traffic with policemen being put on fine collecting duty. The e-challan system was introduced to overcome all these issues.
“Last year we used to collect Rs 8 lakh fines per day, which has now increased to Rs 18 lakh per day. Till February this year, Rs 141 crore fine was unpaid, the number has now come down to Rs 100 crore. Due to awareness created by traffic police, citizens are now paying fine amount online,” said Kumar.
Glittery advertisements to obstruct your sea view at Juhu, Bandra soon
Soon your view of the sea from Bandra Reclamation, Juhu and Versova beach maybe be obstructed with glittery advertisements mid-sea. With an aim to raise funds for water transportation projects, the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) has introduced the concept of floating advertisement wherein companies will be given rights to promote brands mid-sea on barges.
This is the first of its kind advertisement technique in India.
Speaking about it, an MMB official said, “Advertisement boards will be fixed on barges which will ply in sea face along Bandra-Worli Sea-Link (BWSL), Juhu and Versova beach. We have got a proposal from one agency, and now we want more players to come forward and give their proposal for the same.”
The revenue generated from the same will be used by MMB for several water transport projects like purchasing and developing jetty and vessels for Roll on Roll off (RORO) vessels that allow one to carry vehicles for plying between locations like Borivali-Gorai, Mumbai-Alibaug etc. It will also be used to procure hovercraft that will ply passengers between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
“The minimum advertising revenue guaranteed by any company should be at least Rs 112 per square feet for illuminated advertising space and around Rs 65 for non-illuminating advertising space,” added the official.
Lauding the idea to monetise the sea, Prahlad Kakkar, an advertising veteran said, “This might lure many brands who will opt for it. However, the aesthetics of the sea will change. Many brands might not come forward to avoid negative publicity.
Stay hydrated, avoid venturing outside during afternoon: Doctors
Due to an increase in the temperature, the city-based doctors have urged the citizens to avoid going out during the afternoon. Since cases related to dehydration and heatstroke increases during summer, citizens should take precautionary measures to keep themselves healthy, say doctors.
Dr Rahul Ghule, general practitioner, said, “It has been only a few days that there has been a rise in the temperature. We haven’t received any cases so far. During summer, the majority of the patients complain of dehydration. The citizens should drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration caused due to extreme heat and heat stroke. Besides this, sunstroke also known as heat stroke is another common health issue. Thus, citizens should stay indoors during the days.”
Echoing Dr Ghule’s line of thoughts, Dr Harshad Limaye, Internal Medicine from Vile Parle-based Nanavati Hospital, said, “One should be careful while stepping out of the home and his/her exposure to the sun. Drinking a lot of water on a regular basis can help one beat the heat.”
Speaking about the precautionary measures to be taken by the citizens, Dr Aman Shirolkar, a general practitioner, said, “Citizens should wear light weight and light colour clothing to protect themselves from the heat. They should apply sunscreen before going out.”
The high humidity can also cause skin infection, excessive itching and pigmentation. “Wearing cotton clothes helps to absorb the sweat. Gloves and scarfs should be used to cover the hands and face,” added Dr Amar.
Mumbai: BMC cracks whip on property tax defaulters
As part of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) drive to recover pending property tax from defaulters, the civic body has taken action against 27 tax defaulters and has attached five establishments across the city for auction.
In 2018-19, the income from property tax was estimated at Rs 5,206.15 crore. As per the Assessment and Collection department of BMC, around Rs 3,681 crore is pending from 3,23,861 defaulters. The maximum number of defaulters and amount is from Goregaon area with Rs 423 crore, followed by Bandra with Rs 260 crore.
In March alone, the BMC initiated action against 27 tax defaulters and proposed for the auction of five properties. BMC owes Rs 14.62 lakh from them. Of the five properties, two are commercial while three are open plots.
In addition, the BMC has also attached and filed FIRs against 13 defaulters from whom the BMC owes Rs 30.5 crore. The civic body has also disconnected water and electricity supply of nine properties. It has prepared a list of 3.23 lakh property tax defaulters, action against whom will be initiated in the first phase.
Speaking about it, a senior BMC official said, “We will start initiating strict action against major defaulters. In addition, a LIDAR survey of all properties revealed that there are over 33,000 deviations or alterations which is also expected to increase our revenue. We are expecting a Rs 500 crore revenue jump through the survey.”
Cyber crime thrives, detection rate fails to keep pace: RTI
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been advocating the Digital India campaign, statistics reveal that the police department is facing a tough time in solving cases pertaining to cybercrime. An RTI query has revealed that out of 627 cybercrime cases registered with the city Cyber-Crime Police Station (CCPS) in the last six years, only 169 cases had been solved.
The statistics came to light following a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by activist Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh seeking information on cybercrimes from Mumbai Police, from January 2013 till December 2018. Shaikh had sought details of the cybercrime cases registered and detected in these years by Cyber-Crime Police. The cases include debit card frauds, job rackets, misuse of social media and hacking.
The statistics revealed that most numbers of cyber-crime cases (300) were registered in 2015, followed by 163 cases in 2016.
“Everyone is going digital now for transactions and making payments. Citizens should be made aware of the precautions that should be taken to avoid being duped in this digital payments ecosystem,” said Shaikh.
When contacted, deputy commissioner of police, Cyber-Crime, Vishal Thakur refused to comment without analysing the statistics.
“The figure, 627 complaints registered, in itself is very poor. On average, the police receives 5000 complaints per month. Thus, the conversion rate of complaints to FIR is very poor and its detection is even poorer. There could be several reasons for the poor detection rate. Often in cyber-crime cases, the IP address location is found to be abroad, or the intermediaries such as Google or Facebook deny sharing data when the IP address is of US citizens. The process to procure the IP address requires six months to one year’s work and hence there is a delay. Another major reason is that the trained staff in cyber-police station gets transferred to other duties after completion of tenure. Hence there is a dearth of trained staff at CCPS,” said Advocate Prashant Mali, cyber-law expert.
Mumbai: Former assistant municipal commissioner of a ward under Lokayukta scanner
The Lokayukta in an order has asked the municipal commissioner to take “appropriate action” against a former assistant municipal commissioner of C-ward. The order was given after he failed to act despite receiving repeated complaints from the shop owner opposite Crawford Market.
Rajesh Premani owner a shop opposite Crawford Market had filed a complaint against Jivak Ghegadmal, former assistant municipal commissioner of C-ward for not addressing his grievance regarding a fire hazard caused due to cylinder storage by popular joint Badshah.
The order was given by ML Tahiliyani from Lokayukta on February 19, 2019. When asked Premani, he said that he had received the orders only three days ago. The order, which has to be complied in 90 days states that not taking action only projects his undesirable interest or corruption.
“Despite being demolished twice for its massive gas leakage from his illegally owned gas bank in 2012, the shop was reinstated. It was temporarily shut by serving MRTP notices in 2012 after the fire brigade report pointed out safety risks. After the insistence of Lokayukta, the illegal 32-cylinder LPG gas bank was demolished again, but it was immediately reinstated. Badshah doesn’t even have the latest fire NOC as required after Kamala Mills fire. Yet they are allowed with impunity to flout all rules and regulations,” said Premani whose shop adjoins Badshah’s.
“Administration is not taken action and hence people are forced to move court and case lingers for long years. Does the administration care for fire safety. If you think Mumbai is safe after Kamala Disaster, and fire wouldn’t happen again think again! Be assured, dire would happen again,” said Premani, who has now rented out his place. “We will be seeking further legal remedies if action is not taken,” said advocate Prerak Choudhary, who helped Premani in legal advice.
When contacted, Ghegadmal said, “Assistant engineer of building and factory is the authorised person to take action. In case of enquiry, I will check with the seniors on action be taken. Every fortnightly there is meeting with deputy municipal commissioner (RE) and he should be taking action as he is responsible for labour and police protection.” Ashfaq from Badshah said that someone will get back but no one did. Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has not responded to message from DNA.
Mumbai Rajdhani to soon run five days a week from CSMT
Mumbai’s first Rajdhani from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) could run for five days a week. This would, however, depend on the trial that starts today for next few days. It would also get a lot faster and travel time would reduce too. Adding of two locomotives at each end has been a success till now.
From Saturday, the Central Railway reduced the run time of the Rajdhani Express, between CSMT and Hazrat Nizamuddin station. The original run time of the train was over 19 hours, which will now be a little less than 18 hours. The train will now depart CSMT at 4.10 pm instead of 2.50 pm; and shall reach its destination at 10.05 am the next day. “This is just a trial that will go on for a few days now,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway.
According to CR officials, the train has been saving a lot of time since the push-pull method was adopted in February. The method helps the train navigate the ghat sections, without stopping. The push-pull method involves attaching an engine at the front and at the back of the train, instead of attaching two engines at the front.
Moreover they will be running for five days a week. The Rajdhani will leave from CSMT every Wednesday and Saturday at 2.50 pm and arrive at Hazrat Nizamuddin at 10.20 am the next morning. It will depart Hazrat Nizamuddin every Thursday and Sunday at 4.15 pm and arrive at CSMT at 11.55 am. After 27-years, Mumbai got a new Rajdhani train in January, which until now has seen a decent demand from passengers.
Mumbai: Faster, waterproof locals with Train 18 technology soon
The Indian Railways have created the first prototype of EMU (local train) rake having electrics, transformers, and motors in the underslung. It has already reached Central Railway (CR) and its trials shall be carried out soon. These trains are similar to ‘Train 18’ as far as its electrics and mechanical systems are concerned.
Having motors and transformers in the underslung would mean the creation of additional capacity by 10-15 percent. Currently, a 12-car local train carries 6000-6500 commuters as against its actual capacity of 2250 commuters. When the bulky transformers and electrics go in the space between wheels and coaches, it will increase its carrying capacity by at least 600-900 people, depending on the time of day. Currently, 78 lakh people travel on both CR and WR every day, with an average annual growth of 1-2 per cent.
At present, every third coach of a 12-car train has transformers and other equipment, which connects to the pantograph on the roof. “The first non-AC EMU train having transformers in the underslung has already reached Mumbai. Its trials will be carried out once the Commissioner of Railway Safety gives clearance,” said a senior Railway official on condition of anonymity.
The trials will be carried out on the Kalyan-Karjat/Kasara section. Another railway official said that despite the machines and electric systems being underneath, they will not be affected during heavy rains, especially when tracks are flooded. “These machines are waterproof. These advanced electric systems can chug through 400 mm of water depth, but at a slow speed,” he added.
Also, it will help increase the speed of train up to 130kmph.
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