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From tree collapse to GST impact on illegal parking: Top five stories from Mumbai

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

mumbai Updated: Jul 27, 2017 17:06 IST
HT Correspondent

After the building collapse in Ghatkopar on Tuesday, the police have assigned an officer to ensure the safety of jewellery, cash, books, utensils and other belongings found in the rubble of Siddhi Sai building. A week after former DD anchor’s death after a tree fell on her, two junior KG students were injured after a coconut tree fell on their class at Joymax School in Ghatkopar. The Maharashtra government told the Bombay high court that although it had not flouted any norms in remitting actor Sanjay Dutt’s sentence in the 1993 blasts case, yet, if the court disagreed, it could order for Dutt to be “sent back to jail”. Parked your vehicle at a spot not meant for it? Be prepared to pay more, thanks to the goods and services tax. Also, the man who made the huge Ganesh idols for Mumbai’s Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal (Ganesh Galli), Chinchpoklicha Chintamani, Chandanwadi, Tulsiwadi and Khetwadi mandals, Vijay Khatu, 63,died of heart attack on Wednesday, a month before Ganesh Chaturthi (August 25).

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. Mumbai building collapse: Police to protect jewellery, utensils found at Ghatkopar site

The Mumbai police have assigned an officer to ensure the safety of jewellery, cash, books, utensils and other belongings found in the rubble of Siddhi Sai building, which collapsed on Tuesday. “We have made a list of the belongings found from the rubble and those that are still to be found,” said a senior police officer. “Nine families lived in the building which collapsed. We will return their belongings.”

2. Send Sanjay Dutt to jail if you think we broke rules: Maharashtra govt to HC

The Maharashtra government told the Bombay high court on Thursday that although it had not flouted any norms in remitting actor Sanjay Dutt’s sentence in the 1993 blasts case, yet, if the court disagreed, and detected a mistake, it could order for Dutt to be “sent back to jail“. A bench of justices RM Savant and Sadhana Jadhav, however, said that the court had “no such intention,” and that it only wished to affirm that the “due process of law was followed,” in permitting Dutt to walk out of jail eight months before the completion of his five-year sentence.

3. GST impact: Pay more for illegal parking in Mumbai

Parked your vehicle at a spot not meant for it? Be prepared to pay more, thanks to the goods and services tax. The 18% GST has pushed the amount for four-wheelers to Rs672, from the earlier Rs660. Two-wheeler owners will have to shell out Rs436, from the earlier Rs430. According to sources, more than 30,000 four-wheeler owners and 45,000 two-wheeler owners are fined every month for illegal parking.

4. A week after ex-DD anchor’s death, another coconut tree falls in Mumbai, 2 KG students hurt

Two junior KG students were injured after a coconut tree fell on their class at Joymax School, Ghatkopar (East) in Mumbai. The tree was recently pruned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Last week, a 57-year-old yoga teacher succumbed to her injuries after a tree fell on her in Chembur, while another tree fall in Parel injured two people — a 75- year-old and a 65 -year-old - injured on Sunday.

5. Man who gave Mumbai its huge Ganesh idols passes away a month before Ganpati

Vijay Khatu, 63, the man who made the huge Ganesh idols for Mumbai’s Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal (Ganesh Galli), Chinchpoklicha Chintamani, Chandanwadi, Tulsiwadi and Khetwadi mandals, died of heart attack on Wednesday, a month before Ganesh Chaturthi (August 25). Making idols from the age of 12 with his father, well-known idol-maker Ramkrishna, Khatu did a course in sculpting from Sir JJ School of Arts.