QMumbai: Building Collapse in Dongri; Coastal Road Project Stopped

1.12 Killed After Building Collapses in Mumbai’s Dongri

The death toll in a building collapse in south Mumbai’s congested Dongri locality has risen to 12, the NDRF said on Wednesday, even as rescue and search operation from the rubble was still on.

In a statement, Mumbai fire brigade chief PS Rahangdale said two kids -- one aged between six-eight and the other aged about four -- were rescued from under the debris by the fire fighters.

“Both kids were sent to Sir JJ hospital in 108 Ambulance, but they were declared dead,” Rahangdale said, adding one fireman was also injured in the line of duty.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Bombay HC Stops BMC’s Coastal Road Project

The Bombay HC decision to quash the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearances granted to the coastal road project comes as a huge setback for the BMC.

The Bombay high court’s (HC) decision to quash the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearances granted to the coastal road project comes as a huge setback for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

While the civic body will approach the Apex Court, officials said that the project could be delayed by approximately six months and incur financial losses because of the delay.

On Monday, a division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and justice NM Jamdar held that work on the coastal road project has been carried out without the requisite permissions.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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3. ‘Highest in 3 Years’: BEST Sells 25 Lakh Single Journey Tickets

Its highest in three years, BEST sold 25 lakh single journey tickets in one day.

Its highest in three years, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) sold 25 lakh single journey tickets in one day on Monday. Within a week since the reduced minimum fare of Rs 5 was introduced, the ridership has increased by 50 per cent, excluding those who hold passes.

On July 9, the BEST had implemented the new fares. According to the new fare of BEST buses, the minimum fare for a distance of 5 km was reduced to Rs 5 from Rs 8. According to data provided by the BEST, on July 12, ticket sales reached 24.99 lakh without counting pass holders.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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4. Prostitution Racket Busted, ‘Kingpin’ Held

The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a prostitution racket, operating in the city masked as a call centre.

The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a prostitution racket, operating in the city masked as a call centre.

In order to ensure that their premises were not raided, the racketeers employed five women to operate a call centre through which clients got contact numbers of women who were pushed into the flesh trade, police said.

Police arrested Rajneesh Kumar Singh, the alleged kingpin of the racket. DCP (crime) Akbar Pathan said earlier, the accused would mention their address in ads on massage parlours, following which their premises would be raided.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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5. Chandrakant Patil Appointed Maharashtra BJP Chief

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday appointed state revenue minister Chandrakant Patil as Maharashtra’s party president.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday appointed state revenue minister Chandrakant Patil as Maharashtra’s party president; and five-term city legislator from Malabar Hill constituency and well-known developer Mangal Prabhat Lodha as the party’s Mumbai chief.

Patil replaces former state president and Union minister Raosaheb Danve, while Lodha replaces former city chief and state minister Ashish Shelar, both of who have served two terms.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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