Crocodile scare: Forest officials visit nullah
To ensure that the sanitation workers of NMMC get payment as per ‘common work common wages’, mayor Sudhakar Sonawane held a meeting of top officials of the civic body.
He has instructed that the administration take a decision on it at the earliest by month-end.
Sonawane said, “The NMMC is the only civic body in the state to have passed a resolution on ‘common work common wages’ scheme. However, the workers are not getting wages on that basis.”
Sonawane had called a special meeting on the issue on February 24 and gave instructions to implement the scheme. He has asked the administration to look into issues in the contracts and appoint a consultant to resolve the matter at the earliest.
Expressing anger at the administration not yet taking a decision on the issue, Sonawane said, “It is high time the workers are given justice. Take immediate action.”
Sonawane said, “Tired of waiting for the implementation of the scheme, several workers’ organisations have organised rallies. I have repeatedly spoken to them and assured that decision will be taken at the earliest.”
He said, “There is a decision by the state government to give minimum wages to the sanitation workers. Hence, I have asked that the administration take final decision on it by the month-end.”
You will have to wait till 2017 to travel by train on NerulBelapur-Seawood-Uran route.
The Rs1,803-crore project started in 2012.
Around Rs400 crore of work on the Nerul-Belapur-Seawood-Uran railway project has so far been completed. However, since 3-km of the 22-km railway route falls under forest department land and there is also land acquisition that is yet to be completed.
According to a Central Railway official, “The forest land under the project is under the jurisdiction of Raigad collectorate and we will require their permission. We are following up on it.”
The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) and railway officials are targeting December 2017 for the completion of the first phase of the project.
He said, “So far, Rs400 crore worth of project work has been completed for the first phase. The project envisages nine railway stations. There will be five railway stations in the first phase and four in the next.”
The official said, “While a new Seawoods railway station is being constructed, a new railway line
The presence of a crocodile in a nullah behind Juinagar railway station, reported by Hindustan Times last week, has been confirmed.
A team of forest officials visited the nullah, where large crowds have gathered to see the crocodile, on Wednesday. The team of forest officials, led by Manoj Pardesi, Sanjay Pawar and VS Kadam, surveyed the spot. They spoke to eyewitnesses. The team also found proof of the reptile’s presence, sources said.
The team promised to inform the forest department about the development and take necessary action to ensure that the safety of the residents is not jeopardised.
“It is possible that owing to heavy rains and high tides, the volatility in the sea could have led to the reptile venturing into the nullah area,” said Pardesi.
“We have proof that there is a crocodile near the nullah. We Cidco initiated the Nerul railway route in June 2012. The project has missed several deadlines.
is also being added to it.”
In 1996-97, the Central Railway and Cidco announced the Rs1,803crore project with the railway share being one third and Cidco bearing two-third of the cost. People flock to the nullah where the crocodile was seen many times by the locals. (right) The photo of the crocodile taken by a resident.
will inform our seniors about it. As it is a dangerous reptile, the Navi Mumbai Municipal
Senior public relations officer of Cidco, Mohan Ninawe said, “Uran has gained significance due to the industries coming up in the taluka, JNPT expansion and the proposed Nhava Sheva
Corporation (NMMC) should at least put up a signboard at the nullah, warning people of
He added, “Taking this into consideration, Cidco initiated the Nerul railway route in June 2012. We are confident of overcoming all the reptile,” he added.
The presence of the adult crocodile close to residential the hurdles in the project and the first phase should be completed in December 2017. The completion of entire railway project is expected in December 2019.” colonies has sent shivers down the spine of local residents and shopkeepers, with them demanding the channel to be covered at the earliest, sources said.
Residents of Sanpada, especially from sectors 11, 23 and 24, which are close to the nullah, have written to the mayor, municipal commissioner and the police.
The crocodile was first seen on July 29. Gaurav Shah, who has his office near the nullah, saw the reptile while parking his car.
“Someone from my office asked me to check what was in the bushes. When I went closer to the channel, near Ellora Fiesta building, I was shocked to see the huge crocodile of around 6-7 feet moving there,” he said.
He said, “A couple of days later, the crocodile was once again seen between Ellora Fiesta and Millennium Towers, but on the opposite side of the channel. There were some more sightings later by some people.”