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