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Shiv sena not allowed to take out rally from shivaji park this year : BMC



The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena had been insisting that his party, and not the one led by Eknath Shinde, should get permission to hold the rally at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park in line with the Sena’s 56-year-old tradition
Former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray was keen to hold its annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park which was expected to be a show of strength (HT File Photo/Satish Bate)
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC) has denied permission to both Uddhav Thackeray and chief minister Eknath Shinde-led factions, to conduct its annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Dadar west on October 5, citing the local police report that allowing either of the two rival factions could lead to law and order situation.“The police refused NOC (no objection certificate) as there could be a law and order problem and there could be a clash between two factions,” Ramakant Biradar, deputy municipal commissioner, Zone 2 said, citing the report received from the local police station.

“That’s why the civic body denied permissions… due to denial of NOC from the police,” he said.

Biradar said the Uddhav Thackeray faction has moved the Bombay high court challenging the BMC decision.

“In the morning, there were arguments in court and the Thackeray faction said that they will submit an amended affidavit. The hearing was adjourned for tomorrow,” said Biradar.

The BMC’s G North Ward office formally conveyed the BMC decision to the two sides.

In its letter to rebel Shiv Sena MLA Sada Sarvankar, BMC said that it has also received a request for permission from Anil Desai of the Uddhav Thackeray faction.Citing a police report dated September 21, BMC told Sarvankar that it will not be possible to give a nod to only one camp as it could disrupt the peaceful environment at Shivaji Park.

BMC officials said they were in a dilemma on the requests received from the two factions and had even sought an opinion from the legal department.

“But the police report resolved this issue. And now the court will decide the further course of action,” one BMC official.

To be sure, the ruling Eknath Shinde camp of the Shiv Sena already has secured approval to hold its event at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) grounds, apparently as a backup plan.

The Uddhav Thackeray faction was particularly keen to hold its annual Dussehra rally that has been the venue for the event in previous years to demonstrate that it was the “real” Sena. At an event to launch his party’s BMC poll campaign, Uddhav Thackeray underlined that the October 5th Dussehra rally would be held at Shivaji park at all costs. The Shiv Sena has had a strong emotional link with Shivaji Park. It was born at the Ranade Road residence of party founder Bal Thackeray located nearby on June 19, 1966 and held its first public meeting at the grounds on Dussehra day in October that year, marking the beginning of this convention.

Bal Thackeray’s father, the social reformer and activist ‘Prabodhankar’ Keshav Sitaram Thackeray was among those who launched the public celebrations of the festival of Navratri, which culminates with Dussehra. It was also at a Dussehra rally back in 2010 that Uddhav Thackeray’s elder son Aaditya was launched in politics as the head of the Yuva Sena.


Mumbai News: Massive Fire Engulfs Multi-Floor Building In SoBo’s Zaveri Bazar; Several Trapped Persons Rescued Safely (WATCH)




A Level III fire broke out in a multi-floor building located near the iconic Mumbadevi Temple in Zaveri Bazar, Kalbadevi, in the early hours of June 9. The incident was reported by the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) at 1.38 am. Prompt action was taken by the fire department, resulting in the safe evacuation of approximately 50-60 trapped individuals.

The fire has severely affected the ground, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth floors of the building. Over 12 fire tenders were involved in the firefighting operations.

Officials said that the fire was extinguished by 7.55 am. However, it is yet to be ascertained as to what caused the blaze.

Injuries Reported

One person sustained injuries said the officials. Parag Chakankar (40) had suffered minor burn in right hand and it was treated and discharged by medical team on site.

Details of the Incident

Upon arrival at the building located in Kalbadevi’s China Bazaar, the MFB declared the blaze a Level III fire around 3.25 am highlighting the severity of the situation. The fire was initially contained within the lower floors of the building but quickly spread to the upper six floors.

The intense heat and flames caused a part of the ceiling on the first and second floors, as well as a portion of the staircase, to collapse. No injuries have been reported thus far.

Rescue Efforts and Precautionary Measures

The Mumbai Fire Brigade swiftly initiated rescue operations, utilizing the adjacent building’s staircase to safely evacuate approximately 50-60 trapped individuals. Firefighters exhibited exemplary courage and professionalism while carrying out the rescue mission.

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Mumbai News: Cyclone Biparjoy Intensifies, City to Experience Heavy Rains Over Weekend




Mumbaikars are set to experience intense rain over the weekend. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in the Mumbai and Konkan regions on Saturday and Sunday, according to a five-day forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), which said on Wednesday that a low-pressure area over the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a depression by Friday evening. Isolated parts of Mumbai, Thane and Palghar will experience light to moderate rainfall from June 7, according to the IMD.

City in for heavy rain

“The deep depression intensified into the cyclonic storm Biparjoy over east-central Arabian Sea at 5.30 pm and is likely to move nearly northwards and intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours,” said an IMD official. The cyclone is also likely to lead to rough weather in the coastal areas of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala, IMD said and issued a five-day warning for the region from June 7. It warned fishermen in the region not to venture into the sea.

The wind speed in the Arabian Sea is likely to range from 80 kmph to 155 kmph over the next five days, according to the weather agency. Meteorologists, however, underlined that though the tentative track of the system is likely to be in the northward direction storms at times defy the predicted track and intensity.

Monsoon to progress slowly

Conditions have become favourable for the onset of the southwest monsoon in Kerala, because of Biparjoy, the first storm brewing in the Arabian Sea this year, according to experts. However, meteorologists predicted a “mild” onset over Kerala and “weak” progress beyond the southern peninsula. After the onset over Kerala, the monsoon is expected to remain “weak” until the storm degenerates around June 12, according to Mahesh Palawat, vice president (climate and meteorology) Skymet Weather.

“The powerful weather system in the Arabian Sea may spoil the advancement of the monsoon deep inland. Under their influence, the monsoon stream may reach coastal parts but will struggle to penetrate beyond the Western Ghats,” Skymet Weather had said on Tuesday.

Forecasting agencies said the storm has seen “rapid intensification”, escalating from just a cyclonic circulation to a severe cyclonic storm in just 48 hours, defying earlier predictions. Atmospheric conditions and cloud mass indicate that the system is likely to sustain the strength of a very severe cyclone till June 12, they said.

Climate change intensifying storms

Cyclonic storms in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea have been intensifying rapidly and retaining their intensity for a longer duration because of climate change, according to scientists.

“The oceans have become warmer already on account of climate change. A recent study shows that the Arabian Sea has warmed up by almost 1.2 degree Celsius since March. Thus, conditions are favourable for the rapid intensification of the system (Cyclone Biparjoy). So it has the potential to sustain the strength for a long period,” said Raghu Murtugudde, professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland and IIT Bombay.

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Navi Mumbai News: NMMC Seizes 450 Kg Of Banned Plastic, Collects ₹ 2.5 Lakh In Fines




In order to make Navi Mumbai plastic-free, apart from creating public awareness among the citizens that single-use plastic should not be used, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) is taking action if single-use plastic use is found. The municipal commissioner Rajesh Narvekar is keeping a close eye on stopping the use of single plastic which is an important factor in city cleanliness and it is being reviewed regularly in department head meetings.

Nearly 500kg of banned plastic seized

In the month of May 2023, a penalty amount of 2.50 lakh was recovered from 50 people and shopkeepers. The civic body also seized 450 kg of banned plastic from respective wards.

Keeping in mind the damage caused by plastic to the environment, the citizens should stop the use of single plastic completely and also show awareness about the environment by using cloth bags instead of plastic bags, Municipal Commissioner Shri. Rajesh Narvekar.

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