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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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Deputy Lokayukta orders probe into seven bungalows in Yeoor

Thane: The Maharashtra State Deputy Lokayukta has ordered a probe into seven plush bungalows in Yeoor at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park following a complaint by Thane-based activists, who alleged that these bungalows are illegally constructed in the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ)

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Published on Nov 24, 2022 12:28 AM IST

Caught urinating, Thane civic commissioner imposes fine on two

Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) commissioner Abhijit Bangar, while taking a round in the city, caught two persons in the act of urinating

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Published on Nov 11, 2022 12:48 AM IST

Awhad stops late-night screening of movie at Thane multiplex

Soon after the NCP workers left, MNS’s Thane-Palghar district president Avinash Jadhav went to the multiplex and requested it to restart the show

Awhad stops late-night screening of movie at Thane multiplex
Published on Nov 08, 2022 12:42 AM IST
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TMC demands 57 crore from MMRDA for EEH repair

Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has requested the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to allot funds of ₹57

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Published on Nov 08, 2022 12:39 AM IST

‘In 2024, BJP to become single-largest party in Maharashtra’

In the upcoming assembly polls, the BJP president said the Shinde-Fadnavis government will together win over 200 seats.

While the decision to contest the Loksabha and Vidhan Sabha elections together as an alliance is final, the decision on civic polls is not yet taken. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 05, 2022 07:44 PM IST

Thane city set to spend 100 crore on makeover

Thane From busy Eastern Express Highway, railway station, flyovers, seven entry and exit points and prominent spots Thane braces for a complete makeover with paintings and colourful illuminations

Thane city set to spend <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>100 crore on makeover
Published on Nov 04, 2022 12:42 AM IST

Demolition of Thane Civil Hospital: The many stories nestled inside the 86-year-old British-era structure

Around 300 employees, including those retired or transferred, were present for the event. Most of them clicked photos with the old Victorian-style buildings, the old cornerstones below them and their respective offices and wards which will soon be demolished.

The ancient building will be demolished and a new hospital will be constructed in its place. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 30, 2022 12:18 AM IST

Noise and air pollution exploded this Diwali in Thane

Thane: With the new government watering down the restrictions on festivals, Thane residents experienced the most polluted Diwali since 2019, with both sound and air pollution levels substantially higher than in the last four years

Gurgaon, India - Oct. 24, 2014: After Diwali celebration, the streets of Gurgaon continued to be filled up with the residue of crackers burnt on Diwali, in Gurgaon, India, on Friday, October 24, 2014. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 28, 2022 12:54 AM IST

DJs take over Diwali Pahat in Thane

In their quest to attract the youth, in a break from tradition (where morning ragas are sung), the two factions encouraged music played by DJs and film songs – music blared at every junction along the Ram Maruti Road, Masunda Lake and Chintamani Chowk areas.

After a pandemic-induced break of two years, crowds were back on the streets on Monday morning to participate in the celebrations, in choicest fineries. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2022 12:52 AM IST

Good samaritans chase & nab chain snatchers

The three who chased the thieves were setting up a Diwali stall when they heard the woman scream. They handed the accused, Ashok Gangurde and Manish Vishwakarma over to the Naupada Police Station and informed them that the two have several cases registered against them in Mumbai.

Three samaritans – (L-R) Atish More, Satyanarayan Thite and Nitin Keni – chased the two chain snatchers near Kachrali lake in Panchpakhadi and nabbed them as they tried to evade in a bike. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 18, 2022 12:09 AM IST

Mumbai: BJP decides to withdraw candidate from Andheri East assembly bypoll

The decision came after the MNS, NCP and an MLA from chief minister Eknath Shinde’s faction sought unopposed election of Rutuja Latke from Amndheri East seat to show reverence to her husband and the deceased MLA, Ramesh Latke

Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis (HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2022 03:35 PM IST

Unstable man rescued by Thane residents reunited with family two months later

Thane A 24-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh travelled to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and finally ended up on the heap of garbage in Thane

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Published on Oct 16, 2022 12:09 AM IST

Musical chairs: As factions fight, authorities sit tight

Thane The two Shiv Sena factions in Thane are at loggerheads once again

Musical chairs: As factions fight, authorities sit tight
Published on Oct 14, 2022 11:54 PM IST

TMC reluctant to take over highway from MMRDA

Thane The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is still undecided about taking over ownership of the 4

Thane, India - October 11, 2022: Several stretches on the 4.8-kilometre Eastern Express Highway are found in pathethic condition, near Jupiter Hospital, Majiwada, in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 13, 2022 12:08 AM IST

Won’t immerse idol till CM visits pandal, said Thane group. Shinde sends his son

Tanaje Kolekar said the chief minister dialled him after hearing of their move to put the idol immersion on hold and sent his son Shrikant Shinde on his behalf this year

Thane’s Navdurga Charitable Trust finally immersed the idol of Goddess Durga after a phone call from chief minister Eknath Shinde and a visit by his son and MP Shrikant Shinde at the pandal. (HT Photo/Praful Gangurde)
Published on Oct 06, 2022 08:09 PM IST

Thane, Navi Mumbai civic bodies get new commissioners

Abhijit Bangar takes over as new commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation while Rajesh Narvekar is the new commissioner of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation

Thane Municipal Corporation’s new commissioner, Abhijit Bangar (left), is greeted by outgoing TMC chief Vipin Sharma in Thane on Friday. (PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 09:34 PM IST
ByMegha Pol & Raina Assainar, Thane/navi Mumbai

Rashmi Thackeray visits Tembhi Naka Navratri pandal, Dighe memorial

The visit is significant as Tembhi Naka Navratri festivities were launched by Dighe and is currently controlled by Shinde – the chief minister was part of the procession that brought the idol of the Goddess there. The chief minister has been regularly invoking Dighe in his rebellion against Thackeray

Thane, India - September 29, 2022: Rashmi Thackeray, wife of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, performs aarti of Goddess Durga in CM Eknath Shinde's bastion accompanied by Shiv Sena workers at Tembhi Naka Navratri pandal, in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:35 AM IST
ByMegha Pol and Dhaval Kulkarni

Bal Thackeray aide Champa Singh Thapa switches over to Shinde faction

After a mass exodus of party functionaries, the latest recruit from the old guard of Shiv Sena into the Shinde faction is late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s personal assistant and helper

Champa Singh Thapa, personal assistant of Shiv Sena supremo Late Balasaheb Thackeray joins Eknath Shinde-led faction in the presence of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde (Praful Gangurde)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 11:50 PM IST

Shinde and Thackeray factions fight over banner at public library in Thane

Several party workers, men and women, from the Thackeray-led faction barged into the library when party workers from the Shinde-led faction were inside; they tried to pull down the banner featuring CM’s photo and tried to stake claim over the place, leading to a scuffle between the two groups in Thane

Police control the situation after a scuffle broke out between the Shinde and Thackeray factions over a banner at a public library in Thane on Tuesday. (PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 10:06 PM IST
By, Thane

Ajit Pawar writes to CM Shinde for repair of Mumbai-Nashik Highway

Taking cognisance of the pathetic condition of the Mumbai-Nashik Highway, the leader of the opposition, Ajit Pawar, has drafted a letter to the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to repair the highway to avoid accidents and regular traffic snarls

PHOTO CAPTION: Leader of the opposition, Ajit Pawar, has written to CM Eknath Shinde for repair of Mumbai-Nashik Highway to avoid traffic snarls like the one in the photo. (PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 09:59 PM IST
By, Thane

Mumbai-Nashik highway reports heavy traffic jam; motorists urged to use trains

Traffic jams were reported across Thane city owing to heavy rains that led to major traffic congestion along the Ghodbunder Highway, Eastern Express highway and the Mumbai-Nashik Highway.

Huge traffic jams were reported from Western Express Highway due to Heavy rain in Mumbai. (HT Photo by Vijay Bate)
Updated on Sep 16, 2022 07:52 PM IST

Nightmarish Wednesday for motorists on Ghodbunder Road in Thane

On Wednesday, from the crack of dawn, the entire stretch from Fountain Hotel in Mira Road up to Kapurbawdi in Thane was jammed on both sides; for the usual 40–45 minutes commute, motorists spent two to three hours on Ghodbunder Road

Vehicles stuck on Ghodbunder Road in Thane on Wednesday, throwing the regular routines of many motorists in disarray. (PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 15, 2022 06:45 PM IST
ByMegha Pol and Sajana Nambiar, Thane

55-year-old woman dies as old Peepal tree falls in heavy rain

Three more devotees suffered minor injuries in the tree fall incident. Locals claimed that they had given a letter to the Thane Municipal Corporation to trim the branches to reduce the load, however, the tree was not trimmed as per norms

Rajshree Walawalkar, 55, who died and four others injured after a Peepal tree collapsed on a Kolbad Mitra Mandal's Ganpati pandal on Friday night due to heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning, at Kolbad, in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Saturday. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 10, 2022 10:55 PM IST

55-year-old woman dies after tree falls on Ganesh pandal in Thane

Heavy rains lashed Thane for the second consecutive day on Friday evening, accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning

Four people were injured after the tree fell on the Ganesh pandal and he condition of a 30-year-old man is serious. (Praful Gangurde/HT photos)
Published on Sep 10, 2022 11:13 AM IST

RTI activist files plea against former Thane civic commissioner

A Right To Information (RTI) activist and lawyer Pravin Wategaonkar, has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Bombay high court (HC) early this week, against former Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal

As per the PIL, 50 plots were allotted for TMC’s Rent A Cycle initiative, a Public Bicycle Sharing System (PBSS) under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model wherein the agency also was given exclusive advertising rights on bicycle docking stations for 15 years (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 27, 2022 11:57 PM IST

Honest Thane auto driver returns wallet with cash, documents to owner

Honest Thane auto driver returns wallet with cash, documents to owner; a police constable posted at the Navi Mumbai police commissionerate lost hopes of getting his wallet back after he lost it early on Saturday morning; however, an honest auto rickshaw driver who found the wallet with ₹10,500 in cash, cards and important documents in his vehicle, returned it to the constable; the police department appreciated Salunke for his honesty

Honest Thane auto driver Sunil Salunke (left) with the police constable Santosh Prabhakar Rodekar, whose wallet was found in his auto and which he returned. (PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 20, 2022 09:19 PM IST
By, Thane

4 years and counting, Thane residents still waiting for resurfacing of Gaondevi Maidan

The parking facility was opposed by residents who claimed that they would lose their only open space in the area; however, the corporation has claimed that it would restore the Gaondevi Maidan within two years; now, four years later, Thane residents have again demanded the ground be brought back to its usual glory

The Gaondevi Maidan that was dug up by the Thane Municipal Corporation for construction of an underground parking facility. Four years on, the residents are still waiting for resurfacing of the ground. (PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 20, 2022 09:11 PM IST
By, Thane

Sena vs Sena battle gets a festive twist

The Thackeray-led government had, in 2021, imposed curbs on human pyramids during Gokulashtami in view of the high number of Covid-19 cases

The previous year, it had also restricted the height of Ganpati idols to 4 feet (ft) for public mandals and to 2 ft for household idols. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 17, 2022 12:40 AM IST
ByLinah Baliga, Charul Shah and Megha Pol

From Ganpati to dahi-handi, political battle for Mumbai gets a festive twist

With the festival season less than a fortnight away, hundreds of makeshift Ganesh workshops have bloomed in Mumbai where artisans are competing to create gigantic idols.

Workers make idols of Lord Ganesha for the upcoming Ganeshotsav festival at a workshop in Parel, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 17, 2022 02:41 PM IST
By, , Mumbai

Locals flag safety concerns on skywalk nearly two km from CM Shinde’s residence

Four days after a college student was allegedly molested on a skywalk at Manpada, local residents have raised safety concerns over another skywalk in the heart of the city which they claim is taken over by miscreants at night as there are no adequate lights and CCTV cameras

The skywalk near Viviana Mall in Thane Praful Gangurde/HT Photo
Published on Aug 16, 2022 12:38 AM IST
By, Thane
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