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From Versova beach cleanup to loan waiver deadline extension: Top 5 stories from Mumbai

Here are the top five stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss

mumbai Updated: Sep 15, 2017 17:01 IST
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The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), which was formed to provide mass housing, is facing flak for coming out with 204 apartments costing over Rs1 crore, for the first time. The Versova Residents’ Volunteers (VRV), led by city-based lawyer and now beach cleanup crusader Afroz Shah, will be completing week 100 this Saturday, International Coastal Cleanup Day, and expect to remove one lakh kg of trash between 3pm and 5pm. After realising that many eligible farmers are yet to make online applications for the farm loan waiver, the Maharashtra government has extended the deadline by seven days. While a BJP MLA’s car crashed into a traffic police chowky in Mulund in the early hours of Friday, a 60-year-old man was killed after an rickshaw rammed into him on the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd road at Deonar.

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. Not-so-affordable: Maharashtra housing authority faces flak for selling 204 flats for over 1crore in Mumbai

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), which was formed to provide mass housing, is facing flak for coming out with 204 apartments costing over Rs1 crore, for the first time. Activists have slammed the MHADA, saying that the price of its apartments in both Lower Parel and Powai were according to the prevailing market rates, and hardly provided any relief to the homebuyers. These houses are meant for homebuyers classified under the Higher Income Group (HIG), whose monthly family income is more than Rs75,001.

2. Mumbaiites gear up for 100th week of Versova beach cleanup, 7.2 million kg trash removed so far

What started off as an inspirational cleanup drive initiated by two Mumbaiites in October 2015 has now transcended into a worldwide movement involving 12,000 citizens working for a common environmental cause, clearing trash from Versova Beach in Mumbai. The Versova Residents’ Volunteers (VRV), led by city-based lawyer and now beach cleanup crusader Afroz Shah, will be completing week 100 this Saturday, International Coastal Cleanup Day, and expect to remove one lakh kg of trash between 3pm and 5pm.

3. Maharashtra government extends deadline for loan waiver application by 7 days

After realising that many eligible farmers are yet to make online applications for the farm loan waiver, the Maharashtra government has extended the deadline by seven days. The applications will now be accepted till September 22. The state has received applications of about 51 lakh farmers, against the estimated 89 lakh farmers to be benefited by the loan waiver announced in June. The state government has received 95.59 lakh online applications through its service centers in last seven weeks.

4. BJP MLA’s driver, cop injured after car crashes into traffic chowky in Mumbai

A BJP MLA’s car crashed into a traffic police chowky in Mulund in the early hours of Friday. While the MLA was not present in the car, police said that only the driver and a traffic policeman was injured in the crash. The incident took place when the BJP MLA Sardar Tara Singh’s driver was driving the car along the Eastern Express Highway around 1 am. The accused driver of the vehicle was heading into the city from Nahur.

5. 60-year-old dies in Mumbai after autorickshaw rams into him

A 60-year-old man was killed after an rickshaw rammed into him on the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd road at Deonar. Even as the police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) they said it is still not clear how the accident took place. According to the Deonar police, the incident took place at 10.40am on September 13 when the deceased, Kadu More, who worked as a security guard, was crossing the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd road.