Adorned with lights and colours, with devotees chanting ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ as idols were made on the ramp from the workshops, the city began gearing up to welcome the festive season.
However, it is the visarjan or the immersion of Ganesha idols, which will begin on September 20 and continue till September 28, that has found mention in many petitions and PILs heard by the Bombay High Court. The following were the opinions of the court in different cases:
At the same time, the BMC has planned to increase the number of artificial ponds and tanks in the city from 154 last year to 210 this year. It has also advised devotees and administrators of Ganesh orders to be careful while using the 13 old railway bridges, which are in a bad condition. While one arm of the Delisle bridge is open, the penalty is left for digging holes to place Ganpati pandals.
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Here are some other important updates from Mumbai and Maharashtra in the last week (September 11-17):
The Maratha protests ended with the government’s assurance
🔴 The week started with Manoj Jarange Patil’s hunger strike, demanding reservation for Marathas in education and jobs, entering its second week. Still ignoring the government’s assurance, Patil stopped his drinking water and refused medical help, saying that the Marathas needed “preservative saline”.
🔴 While Deputy Prime Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the government will ensure that no injustice is done to the OBC community while building consensus on Maratha reservation, Prime Minister Eknath Shinde said after the meeting that his government is concerned about the decision taken regarding reservation. withstands the test of law and not repeal.
🔴 The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court while hearing a PIL related to the protest said that it is the duty of the government to maintain law and order and peace and order in the society at any cost. Leaders from the Maratha community, meanwhile, were receiving abusive calls and angered for not doing enough to ensure the reservation.
🔴 By the 17th day of his strike, Patil agreed to end his fast and give the government one month to decide on the issue of Maratha reservation. He broke his fast with a glass of juice provided by the CM. Read Shubhangi Khapre’s report on the ‘non player’ who tied the Maharashtra govt to the Maratha quota
The suppression of city restaurants
A month after a customer at a city hotel spotted a dead mouse in a chicken bowl, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed serious violations at 68 hotels it inspected in the first 12 days of September. Among the restaurants against which action was taken was the popular Bademiya in Colaba, whose three outlets were ordered closed for not having valid food safety licences.
When the FDA found cockroaches, rats and maggots in Bademiya, Krishna Fastfood in Charkop and Paradise Home Kitchen in Bandra were fined for violating hygiene safety norms.
On the political side
➡️ Uddhav Sena was quick to lash out at the use of ‘Bharat’ on Prime Minister Modi’s poster at the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit, with its chief saying, “BJP is angry and it is being heard since we called our union INDIA. Now they are changing the name of the country to Bharat .
➡️ Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the Maharashtra BJP has stressed the need for better coordination with its alliance partners, the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the NCP group led by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
➡️ Disqualification applications submitted by the National Party led by Sharad Pawar along with the Speaker of Parliament Rahul Narwekar have confirmed that he has the support of only 11 MPs while 41 have supported Deputy Prime Minister Ajit Pawar. Senior Pawar, meanwhile, urged the Election Commission of India not to listen to the petition of the rebel group Ajit Pawar, demanding the name and symbol of the party. Bringing new controversy to the table was the suspension of the X (formerly Twitter) account of Ajit Pawar’s group.
➡️ Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar started hearing the disqualification petition filed against the legislators of the two rival factions of Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Sena president (UBT) Uddhav Thackeray.
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- BEST’s iconic last non-AC double decker bus bids farewell; AC double decker fleet size to increase to 900 in next 9 months
- Taraporewala’s new ‘world-class’ aquarium to replace 72-year-old traditional structure
- Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal moves Bombay HC against ‘illegal arrest’ in ED case; he slept in Arthur Road jail after the court took him under judicial custody
- Man held for killing girlfriend in Naigaon, dumping body in Gujarat; check out ‘another box murder’
- Sanatan Dharma column reaches Maharashtra with FIR against Udhayanidhi Stalin in Mira Road
- Private jet glides into Mumbai airport; pilots, passengers injured
- ‘It will change the region’: CM Shinde announces Rs 45,000 crore for Marathwada in special cabinet meeting
- Bullet train work: 2 BKC roads will be closed for the next 10 months
- The 5 naka fee will increase from Oct 1
- Thane elevator collapse kills seven, CARD contractors; the elevator has been malfunctioning since three months, one worker joined the project 4 days before the incident
- Fire incidents killed 102 in 5 years in Mumbai: fire brigade
- ‘Backward thinking’ that women must do all the housework should change: Bombay HC rejects divorce petition
Picture of the week
News to watch next week:
- Rains are likely to lash Mumbai next week, as the IMD predicts the formation of a low pressure system that may bring moderate to heavy rains during the festive season.
- Government officials will conduct a spot inspection on the Gokhale Bridge to check the progress. The encroachment around the bridge that was hampering the construction was removed last week and the BMC has started connecting the pillars.
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