Park­ing prob­lem will be solved, Mundhe tells Nerul res­i­dents City stu­dents se­lected for taek­wondo event

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Two mon­keys were elec­tro­cuted near Hanu­man Tekdi area of Wa­gale Es­tate on Satur­day.

A troop of mon­keys en­tered the res­i­den­tial area in search of food.

Forester Ar­jun Ni­chite said, “On Satur­day morn­ing, around 12 mon­keys en­tered Hanu­man Na­gar in search of food. Around 8.30am, one mon­key climbed the elec­tric pole and got elec­tro­cuted. An­other mon­key climbed the pole to save him but he too was elec­tro­cuted. This en­raged the other mon­keys who en­cir­cled the pole re­frain­ing anyone from go­ing there.”

The for­est and fire bri­gade of­fi­cials had a tir­ing time re­mov­ing the dead mon­keys from the elec­tric pole as they were sur­rounded by other mon­keys who were en­raged af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Hanu­man Tekadi ad­joins San­jay Gandhi Na­tional park and mon­keys reg­u­larly visit this hilly area.

The for­est of­fi­cials called the fire bri­gade and ar­ranged food for the mon­keys. “We dis­tracted the other mon­keys with food and re­moved the two mon­keys from the pole. We stopped elec­tric­ity sup­ply im­me­di­ately so other mon­keys would not meet the same fate. Af­ter the two mon­keys were brought down, we en­sured that the rest re­turned to the for­est,” he said.

The an­i­mal ac­tivist said the mon­keys re­peat­edly en­ter the area as the res­i­dents feed them.

Kaustubh Darves, pres­i­dent of the Thane Nat­u­ral His­tory So­ci­ety, said: “It is against the rules to feed wild an­i­mals. The for­est depart­ment con­ducts many aware­ness ac­tiv­i­ties to pre­vent leop­ards from en­ter­ing the res­i­den­tial area. How­ever, no ef­fort is made to save these mon­keys or other wild an­i­mals.”

He added that it is im­por­tant the for­est depart­ment car­ried out a aware­ness cam­paign among res­i­dents ap­peal­ing them not to feed the mon­keys or any other wild an­i­mal.

It was the usual Satur­day morn­ing meet­ing with the res­i­dents for mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe. This time it was at Sec­tor 50, Nerul on Satur­day.

As res­i­dents gath­ered at Jewel of Navi Mum­bai Palm Beach at 6.30am with their list of com­plaints and sug­ges­tions, Mundhe made it a point to ad­dress all is­sues.

He, as usual, was ac­com­pa­nied by heads of var­i­ous de­part­ments of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

Tukaram told them which is­sues could be re­solved and which would re­quire fea­si­bil­ity study. At times he frankly in­formed the res­i­dents that their de­mands could not be met and cited rea­sons for it.

“The is­sues in the area are not as se­ri­ous as other nodes. There is an is­sue of open space en­croach­ment near Balaji Tem­ple gar­den. There are also is­sues of hap­haz­ard park­ing in the area,” he said.

He added, “The short-term is­sues will be re­solved in a week or two. Park­ing policy will be im­ple­mented soon.”

The mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner as­sured sportsper­sons that a tra­di­tional wrestling ground will be a reality this year.

“Pro­vi­sion for it has been made in the bud­get and it will come up on a plot iden­ti­fied in San­pada,” he said. TMC chief Tukaram Mundhe talks to res­i­dents at Nerul on Satur­day. An artist is busy at work at a work­shop at Panch­pakhadi, Thane, for the state’s biggest fes­ti­val. An artist paints an idol of Gan­pati at his work­shop at CBD Be­la­pur.

Stu­dents from Raigad and Navi Mum­bai have been se­lected for the 10th In­ter­na­tional Taek­wondo com­pe­ti­tion and train­ing to be held at Taek­won­dowon muju (South Korea).

The stu­dents, who have been se­lected, are Tan­may Mha­tre (DAV School, Pan­vel), Jai Patil (New Hori­zon Pub­lic School, Khanda Colony), Aman Sahu (New Hori­zon Pub­lic School, Khanda Colony), Bhavesh Bha­gat (Kedriya Vidyalaya), Pu­nit Patil (Carmel school, Kalam­boli), Omkar Bha­gat (Carmel School, Kalam­boli),Di­nesh Mha­tre (St Joseph, Kalam­boli), Varad Shinde (San­ji­vani In­ter­na­tional School, Kharghar), Atharva Sane (Gold­grest High School, Vashi), Sara Kadu (Gold­grest High School, Vashi), Karan Lohkare (Sud­ha­gad High School, Kalam­boli), Tushar Si­nalkar (SMDL Se­nior Col­lege), Kabir Bhakta (Pil­lai Global Col­lege, Khanda Colony), Ayushi Bhakta (Pil­lai Col­lege Pan­vel), Aditi Saliyan (Kar­nala Sports Acad­emy), Pra­jakta Ankolekar (Kar­nala Sports Acad­emy).

A spe­cial gen­eral body meet­ing of Taek­wondo As­so­ci­a­tion Ma­ha­rash­tra (TAM) was held at Dr GD Pol Foun­da­tion, Kharghar.

Vi­nayak Gaik­wad was fe­lic­i­tated for get­ting elected as a vice-chairman of In­dian Taek­wando As­so­ci­a­tion at the event.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

PRA­FUL GANGURDE BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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