Megha Pol

Megha Pol

I am a special correspondent with Hindustan Times and also the chief of bureau for Thane. I have worked in Thane for over a decade, covering social, civic, infrastructural, political and cultural issues.

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The Thane coastal road will be a bypass road or alternative to the existing Ghodbunder Road, so the current congestion on the road will be eased. (HT PHOTO)
The Thane coastal road will be a bypass road or alternative to the existing Ghodbunder Road, so the current congestion on the road will be eased. (HT PHOTO)

TMC finalises DPR for Thane coastal road

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 12:28 AM IST
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has now finalised the detailed project report (DPR) of the 13-kilometre coastal road from Kharegaon to Gaimukh
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80% work on third Kalwa Creek bridge completed: Thane civic body

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 12:41 AM IST
The girder over the creek will be launched in one month while the entire work will be completed by June this year.
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Thane Municipal Corporation chief, Dr. Vipin Sharma, informed that the budget was only allocated for important projects this fiscal year. (Praful Gangurde/HT photo)
Thane Municipal Corporation chief, Dr. Vipin Sharma, informed that the budget was only allocated for important projects this fiscal year. (Praful Gangurde/HT photo)

Thane civic body budget: Ambitious projects kept on hold for now, says TMC chief

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 12:35 AM IST
The revenue loss to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on the backdrop of the pandemic has affected many developmental projects in the city
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TMC chief Dr. Vipin Sharma (left) and standing committee chairman Sanjay Bhoir before presenting the 2021-22 budget in Thane on Friday. (Praful Gangurde/HT)
TMC chief Dr. Vipin Sharma (left) and standing committee chairman Sanjay Bhoir before presenting the 2021-22 budget in Thane on Friday. (Praful Gangurde/HT)

Thane civic body budget 1.3K-cr less than last year

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 12:24 AM IST
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) tabled a budget estimate of 2,755 for the year 2021-22, a whopping 1,313Cr less than the revised estimate of 4,068Cr for 2020-21
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NCP and Congress corporators protest during the TMC budget presentation in Thane on Friday. (Praful Gangurde/HT)
NCP and Congress corporators protest during the TMC budget presentation in Thane on Friday. (Praful Gangurde/HT)

Thane corporators demand status of earlier budget, create ruckus

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 12:20 AM IST
For the first time, the Thane Municipal Corporation’s budget presentation for the year 2021-22 was amidst complete chaos as the NCP and Congress corporators in the standing committee created a ruckus
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Thane: Corporation tables budget, no new projects, tax increase this year

UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2021 01:57 PM IST
NCP, Congress corporators created a ruckus during budget presentation, demanding that the corporation should first report the status of implementation of the earlier budget before playing to the gallery
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Health workers get vaccinated at Thane as part of the state wide vaccination drive for Covid 19 at Thane. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Health workers get vaccinated at Thane as part of the state wide vaccination drive for Covid 19 at Thane. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)

Thane civic body to complete vaccination of health, frontline workers by February 15

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 12:28 AM IST
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) plans to complete the vaccination of over 35,390 health workers and frontline workers till February 15
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The Thane Municipal Transport budget being presented on Friday. (Praful Gangurde/HT photo)
The Thane Municipal Transport budget being presented on Friday. (Praful Gangurde/HT photo)

Thane Municipal Transport to get 350 new buses this year

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 12:52 AM IST
Apart from the promise of new buses, which will take the total number of buses in Thane city to 700, the budget has nothing new to offer this year
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Nidhi Kukreja, mother of Khar murder victim Janhvi, addresses the media after meeting Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh, on Tuesday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Nidhi Kukreja, mother of Khar murder victim Janhvi, addresses the media after meeting Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh, on Tuesday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Khar victim’s kin meet Mumbai Police chief, demand justice

UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:45 AM IST
19-year-old Janhvi Kukreja was found dead in a Khar building on January 1 following a New Year’s Eve party. The police have arrested two people for murder and assault
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The incident took place in Malad on Monday.(Pic for representation)
The incident took place in Malad on Monday.(Pic for representation)

Mumbai man who killed his friend before ending life had criminal past: Cops

UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:39 AM IST
The victim’s 53-year-old father told the police that his daughter had an affair with the man. However, when he found out that the was a criminal, he got his 22-year-old daughter engaged to another man.
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The plant was opposed by the opposition who claimed that there were several other ways to increase water resources. The total cost of the plant was ₹150 crore.(Praful Gangurde/HT photo)
The plant was opposed by the opposition who claimed that there were several other ways to increase water resources. The total cost of the plant was ₹150 crore.(Praful Gangurde/HT photo)

Thane civic body shelves idea of desalination plant

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 12:34 AM IST
The plant was scrapped by the general body last week that claimed that it was too expensive for the city and that other ways of water conservation need to be explored
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As per the agreement with the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), TMC has to acquire a land of 3,849 square meters near Shil, for which a compensation of Rs6.92 crore is offered to the locals.(HT FILE)
As per the agreement with the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), TMC has to acquire a land of 3,849 square meters near Shil, for which a compensation of Rs6.92 crore is offered to the locals.(HT FILE)

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train land acquisition proposal put in abeyance by Thane civic body

UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 12:49 AM IST
As per procedure, the proposal cannot be tabled again for approval for the next three months now.
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The Kolshet plot was given to the Metro4 (in pic) contractor by the TMC temporarily free of cost.(HT PHOTO)
The Kolshet plot was given to the Metro4 (in pic) contractor by the TMC temporarily free of cost.(HT PHOTO)
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The MMRDA has completed more than 55 per cent of the piling works, 30 per cent of pier work and 20 per cent of girder casting.(Pic for representation)
The MMRDA has completed more than 55 per cent of the piling works, 30 per cent of pier work and 20 per cent of girder casting.(Pic for representation)

Mumbai Metro-4: Controversial land proposal tabled again by Thane civic body

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 12:52 AM IST
The proposal was earlier stayed as several corporators had opposed it claiming that the corporation was losing crores of Rupees in revenue by allotting land free of cost to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority
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Sidhheshwar lake area in Thane is among the six clusters that will be included in the second lot of Cluster Development Scheme.(Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Sidhheshwar lake area in Thane is among the six clusters that will be included in the second lot of Cluster Development Scheme.(Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)

Six approved, Thane civic body now plans 6 more clusters

By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 12:26 AM IST
The proposals for the second phase of the six clusters that include Azadnagar, Thane Station area, Charai, Mahagiri, Siddheshwar and Gokul Nagar will be tabled in the general body to be held on November 20
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Shinde also gave directives to change the alignment of the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro 5, as the earlier alignment was opposed by most residents.(HTFile)
Shinde also gave directives to change the alignment of the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro 5, as the earlier alignment was opposed by most residents.(HTFile)

Fast track pending infrastructure projects in Thane, Maharashtra cabinet minister tells MMRDA

By Megha Pol, Thane
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 11:17 PM IST
Most of the projects in Thane and other Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) suffered a setback during the Covid-19 lockdown
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Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan show improvement in Swachh ranking

By Megha Pol, G Mohiuddin Jeddy and Sajana Nambiar, Thane/navi Mumbai/kalyan
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2020 11:50 PM IST
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