Thane (D)

  • Survival in a chemical dustbin

    Survival in a chemical dustbin

    Residents sleep with doors and windows shut tight. Dangerous gases are released at night in Dombivli

  • Zooplankton community of Bhayandar and Thane salt pans around Bombay

    <p>The zooplankton community of the salt pans of Bhayandar and Thane was studied based on the contribution of microzooplankton and meso-macrozooplankton. <a href=""

  • Dreams from six world's apart

    The agonised voice of the Warli and Kokna tribes of Thane Maharashtra reach out to say, through Pradip Prabhu...

  • Adulterated Holi colours: Toll rises to 84 in Ambernath

    Mumbai: About 84 children from Ambernath in Thane district were hospitalised after they took ill reportedly due to the use of adulterated colours on Holi. The children were treated for nausea, headache and breathlessness on Wednesday and are stated to be stable now.

  • Natural gas unit planned to fight industrial power crisis

    NAVI MUMBAI: In a bid to mitigate the power crisis faced by the industries, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) is setting up a natural gas infrastructure at the industrial estates, including Thane, Dombivli, Navi Mumbai, Taloja, Poisar, Palghar, etc.

  • Windmill to the rescue

    Windmill to the rescue

    Builder taps wind energy to complete project on time The first phase of the Golden Park housing project in Kalyan in Thane district ended about two years ago. By then the builder was fed up with the irregular power supply that had escalated the cost and delayed the project. Now, it is the residents who face the ordeal of seven to eight hours of erratic power cuts daily. The

  • Maharashtra owes power companies over Rs600cr

    Mumbai: Even as the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) continues to reel under financial strain with non-payment of dues up to Rs8,000 crore, the state government seems to have added to its woes. The government is yet to shell out over Rs600 crore for the 1,500 MW power it had directed MSEDCL to purchase to avoid shortage during parliamentary elections.

  • Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli will soon be solar cities

    The Centre has sanctioned funds to 16 second-tier cities to aid their transition to

  • BMC trucks dump waste into Thane's mangroves

    Dumper trucks with BMC logo on them bound for the Mulund dumping ground dumped solid waste in the mangroves itself Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's dumpers carrying solid waste from Mumbai are allegedly dumping it in the mangrove forests at Kolshet in Thane. The dumpers, according to Shiv Sena corporator Pandurang Patil, bearing BMC labels dump solid waste into the mangrove cover at the edge of Thane creek. Patil discovered this when he was passing through the area on Wednesday on some official work. Patil sent a letter of complaint to civic commissioner Nandkumar Jantre demanding that the BMC dumpers bringing in solid waste into the city from Ghodbunder Road en route to Mulund dumping ground near Anand Nagar check naka be kept under a watch. Those dumpers that are found disposing off their waste on the mangrove cover on the way, according to the letter, should be impounded and fined for the act. Venkatesh Bhat, the Deputy Municipal Commissioner (DMC) TMC Headquarters informed that it was the primary duty of the district collectorate to check the slaughter of mangroves. He added that civic commissioner Nandkumar Jantre held meetings with the collector and officials of the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) few days back and highlighted the problem. Bhat assured that the civic officials would keep an eye on such dumpers and fine those who are found illegally dumping solid waste into the area. He also informed that several civic dumpers were confiscated in Thane in the past and the TMC would not hesitate to seize BMC dumpers carrying out the illegal act of dumping garbage into the wetlands in future. The TMC, however, came under pressure from the standing committee as well. Rajan Kine, chairman of the civic Standing Committe has taken a serious note of the incident and directed the corporation to ban the passage of BMC dumpers from the city of Thane altogether earlier, these dumpers refused to pay entry taxes for using the TMC roads.

  • After banks, now companies offer to make Thane forest greener

    Following the initiative by two banks to increase forest cover in Titwala, two companies have now offered to contribute in a similar manner in Kausa near Mumbra and in Kalwa. Mahindra Life Space Developer Limited of the Mahindra Group and Sandoz Pvt Lt have approached the Forest department in Thane requesting it to lease out a 250-hectare plot in Kausa and a 5-hectare plot in Kalwa respectively in order to turn the patches green. Forest land can be leased out for a period of time for such purposes. According to a Forest official, the two banks have leased out 25 acres each on the banks of Kalu River in Titwala and work is in progress. Deputy Conservator of Forest (Thane) Bhaskarao Walimbe said that the proposal is pending with the Forest department and the agreement should be signed between the two parties in a couple of months' time so that the work can start in the monsoon. However, the task for the companies on both the plots will be daunting because of rocky terrain and encroachment. "In case of Kausa, the plot which is to be handed over to Mahindra Life Space Developer Limited, was an encroached plot,' said Walimbe. The Forest department with help from the police and TMC officials had cleared off the encroachment a few days ago

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