Times of India | 6 days ago | 24-11-2022 | 09:04 am
MUMBAI : In a first ever massive vigilance operation, the MSEDCL deployed 1,600 employees on vigilance duties in a single day, on Tuesday, and unearthed 403 theft cases in Vashi, Kalyan and Vasai areas across Mumbai metropolitan region . The total amount for theft was still being assessed, officials said. As many as 236 special squads were formed and fanned out at various locations and they checked 13,798 electricity meters in a single day, an official said. This included meters for residential, commercial and industry use. “The teams also registered cases of unauthorised use of electricity - using residential connections for commercial use -- against 162 consumers during the same raids,” the official said. A senior MSEDCL staffer, who was part of the surprise checks, said: “Police FIRs are being registered against those caught for power pilferage. We came across maximum meters being rigged at site while another modus operandi was to use an external gadget/device to manipulate meter reading or take connections directly from the mains.” Similar raids are being conducted in other districts of the state, sources familiar with the developments said. Under the Kalyan Division 1- the MSEDCL’s team comprising 588 staff inspected a total of 7,261 power connections in the villages areas of Bhal, Vasar, Dwarli, Newali, Dhawalpada, Palegaon and Gharpe. Out of the inspected power connections, the team detected 151 cases of electricity thefts. Also, 237 volt meters were found broken and suspicious. In addition to this, 74 customers’ faulty electric meters were replaced. Earlier this month in the same villages, the MSEDCL had crackdown against 13 bungalow owners who had found 3.2 lakh units of power to the tune of Rs 78 lakh stolen. In Navi Mumbai, 98 squads checked around 1,000 meters and came across 53 theft cases while in Vasai-Virar areas, there were 199 theft cases, the officials said. The MSEDCL has this year recorded the highest number of power thefts.
KALYAN: Two women seriously were injured after a leaking LPG gas cylinder caused an explosion in Kalyan on Tuesday evening. The accident took place on the first floor of a seven-story building near the RTO office. #Maharashtra: Two women have been seriously injured in an incident of explosion and fire due to gas leakage from a… https://t.co/zA2kW6aNFs— TOI Mumbai (@TOIMumbai) 1669739106000The injured identified as Sukhvindar Kaur and Kalwant Kaur were in the house when the explosion occurred. After received the information, the fire brigade vehicles of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation were immediately rushed to the spot and brought the fire unnder control before it could spread to nearby buildings. A fire brigade official said both the woman had suffered serious burn injuries and they were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
KALYAN: A 55-year-old woman passenger was seriously injured in the left eye in an incident of throwing stones at the Rajya Rani Express running between Shahad and Ambivli railway stations, near Kalyan on Monday morning. The victim, Rakmabai Patil, a resident of Diva area in Thane, was returning home, along with her family, from Nanded after participateing in a religious event when the incident happened. A single person was involved in the incident, officials said. A GRP official said that Patil was first treated at Rukminibai Hospital in Kalyan, but as her injuries were serious, she was then referred to the private Isha Netralay Hospital on Murbad Road in Kalyan. A doctor who treated Patil said she had suffered damage to cornea. The Ambivli-Shahad route is considered sensitive as in the past incidents of stone throwing and gangs using sticks for attacking passengers with the intention of robbery were reported on it. The GRP and the RPF have divided the eight sensitive points between themselves to ensure enhanced patrolling in the area Monday's incident took plae in area hanled by RPF. Lata Argade, general secretary of Suburban Railway Passenger Federation, said the railway administration should install CCTVs in such sensitive spots.
KALYAN: An unidentified youth on Saturday tried to steal money from an ATM kiosk of Canara Bank in Ambernath taluka of Thane District. An official from Hill Line police station said the accused attempted to break open the cash-dispensing machine but failed to do so after which he left the kiosk.The accused (aged 25 to 30 years) posing as a customer, stepped inside the ATM kiosk situated near Khoni village on Taloja MIDC road early in the morning, and attempted to steal the money by trying to break the machine. However, when he failed to do so he left the spot, said the police. Cops found that he managed to partly damage the machine safe door. The incident was captured in CCTV with shows him hiding his face with a cap.
KALYAN: A 70-year-old man from Kerala who disembarked from a long-distance train at Kalyan and got separated from his family was reunited , thanks to the alacrity shown by the railway police. The elderly man was part of a group of more than 100 pilgrims who had been on a fortnight's pilgrimage to Kashi, Ayodhya and other shrines in the north. On their way back home to Kerala the man, Krishnan Namboothiri, alighted at Kalyan around 2am on Saturday although the group was supposed to travel up to the destination point at the Kurla terminus before boarding a connecting train to Kerala. His relatives later said they were not aware that he had got off the train. It was only after the train had reached Kurla terminus that Namboothiri's wife and other family members realised that he was missing. A few of the relatives went back to Kalyan and sought help from the station master. Namboothiri's elderly wife and most of the others in the group were told to proceed on their journey to Kerala. A check of footage from CCTV cameras at Kalyan station showed Namboothiri getting off the outstation train. The relatives were told to contact the railway police at Kalyan. Namboothiri's photos were circulated on on various WhatsApp groups of the railway police, said senior inspector Mukesh Dhage. Within a few hours, the railway police at Mulund station got back to say that a person meeting the description of the missing senior citizen had been spotted outside a temple near Mulund railway station on Saturday evening. Namboothiri was reunited with his relatives who took him along and the elderly man is slated to leave for Kerala with the relatives on Monday. Namboothiri, who has never been to Mumbai, has said that he is not aware how he had reached Mulund from Kalyan station, where he got down from the express train. Santosh M, a relative of Namboothiri who lives in Kalyan, said, "He has told us he does not know why he got down from the train at Kalyan and is not even sure how he travelled up to Mulund... But we are thankful to the Kalyan railway police officer Mukesh Dhage who swung into action and helped trace him. We were quite worried for him."
KALYAN: A group of 19 cyclists has started their ride from Kalyan to raise money to fund scholarships for underprivileged students studying in Zilla Parishad schools in rural areas of Murbad taluka in Thane district. On Saturday morning, cyclists started their ride from Durgadi bridge in Kalyan. The cyclists will pedal through difficult terrain from Kalyan to Delhi at their own expense. Dr Rehnuma Ehteshamuddin, a rider from Bikeport cycle group said, "The scholarship fund accumulated through bicycle riding will be distributed to 501 meritorious students from rural and tribal areas of Thane district". Rehnuma said, "So far we have collected Rs 7 lakh before the journey starts, and during the journey, we are expected to collect more money for the study of students". The cycle journey will continue for a week. Cyclists have decided to cover a distance of 200km every day. Most cyclists are aged over 40. On December 2, the cyclists plan to reach India Gate in Delhi.