Crocodile scare: For­est of­fi­cials visit nul­lah

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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.”


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