QMumbai: Tilak Nagar High Rise Fire Could Have Been Avoided & More

Mumbai High-Rise Fire Could Have Been Avoided Had Developer, BMC Taken Safety Measures

Residents of the Tilak Nagar high rise demand punishment for builder. 

No action was taken despite several complaints to the developer and the civic body about the lack of safety measures, including a non-functional firefighting system, said residents of the 15-storey Sargam Society in Tilak Nagar where a fire killed five people and injured two others on Thursday.

The residents from Friday have been demanding punishment for the builder of the society, which allegedly does not have a fire no-objection certificate (NOC) too.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Waiving Off Loans Is Political Posturing, Says Smriti Irani

HRD Minister Smriti Irani (Photo: Source)

Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani on Friday took a dig at the recent farm loan waivers announced by the Congress government in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Terming it as political posturing, Irani said, “Sajjan ne shapath li mukhya mantri ki. Do ghanton mein order nikala, sabhi ka karjha maaf. (The gentleman took the CM’s oath and, within two hours, an order was released that everyone’s loan has been waived). If you want to waive loans, you need to know how much is the debt and from which sources was money borrowed. They did not find out this and within two hours waived all loans…,” she said.

She was addressing students on the second day of IIT-Bombay’s Mood Indigo festival.

Source: The Indian Express

Private Aircraft: House Panel Report Seeks Better Labour Provisions After Ghatkopar Plane Crash

Mumbai: The site where a small chartered plane crashed in the thickly populated suburb of Ghatkopar in north-east Mumbai on June 28, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Regulatory mechanism for private non-scheduled aircraft must be improved, states a Parliamentary committee report on labour, submitted by Member of Parliament Kirit Somaiya in the Parliament on Friday. This comes in the light of five deaths in the Ghatkopar plane crash on June 26 this year.

The report states that the plane carried two ground engineers on the test flight, violating norms, and provided no insurance cover following their death. “The agencies informed the committee that the particular aircraft was grounded due to an accident in February 2008 and its certificate of airworthiness was cancelled. Also, it was repaired in a non-scientific manner, and was taken for test flight without getting completion certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA),” read the report.

Source: The Indian Express

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Bhim Army Chief Claims ‘Arrest’ By Mumbai Police

Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad, on Friday alleged high-handed behaviour by the Mumbai Police. He also claimed that he was arrested.

Mr. Azad, who came to Mumbai to hold a rally in Worli, was denied permission for the same by the Mumbai Police. He has since been staying in a hotel in Malad.

On Friday evening, Mr Azad posted a video on Twitter saying he was not being allowed to leave his hotel. The short video clip shows Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone XII) Vinay Kumar Rathod and Mr. Azad outside the hotel. Mr. Rathod is heard asking him to go back inside.

Source: The Hindu

Fishing Areas Off Mumbai Have Highest Plastic Waste Concentration

A fisherman catching fish in the Arabian Sea, Mumbai. Image used for representational purposes.

Fishing areas off the coast of Mumbai have the highest concentration of plastic waste in the country, according to a study by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

The study, which covered five major fishing grounds along the country’s coast, found that sites off Mumbai had 131.85 kg of plastic per square kilometre, followed by Tuticorin at 93.34 kg/sq km, Ratnagiri at 73.16 kg/sq km, Visakhapatnam at 4.95 kg/sq km, and Kochi with 1.55 kg plastic per sq km.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Mumbai: Soon, You Will Pay Rs 60 To Rs 300 For Garbage Collection!

Representative Image. 

You might have to pay for garbage collection soon, as municipal corporations will charge a monthly amount for the same from individuals (houses), commercial establishments, educational institutes etc.

The Maharashtra state government's Urban Development Department issued a Government Resolution (GR) on December 19, saying municipal corporations have to submit objections to it within 15 days. The notification has acted on the directions of the ministry of environment, forest and climate change, which on April 8, 2016, issued the Solid Waste Management rules, 2016.

Source: Midday

Mumbai Temperature To Stay Cold Till Sunday: IMD

Mumbaikars can enjoy the unusual nip in the air till Sunday, thanks to the cold wave sweeping northern India. According to IMD Mumbai, Mumbaikars experienced its coldest December day in three years on Thursday at 12.40 Celsius. This was 50C lower than normal.

Nashik recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 60C. According to experts, the main reason for the decrease in temperature is the northerly winds, but the Mumbaikars can expect a rise in temperature from Sunday owing to the easterly winds.

Source: Midday

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