Mumbaiites to move HC against 50,000kg trash that washes ashore daily at Juhu beach
More than 50,000kg of trash, mostly plastic, washes ashore at Juhu beach every day.
Residents of the area, fed up with the municipal corporation’s apathy, have decided to move the Bombay high court.
Theirs is a complaint backed by extensive research: The Juhu Citizens Welfare Group has identified seven points as the source of trash landing on the beach, and said this shows a superficial clean-up of the beach won’t solve the problem. Untreated domestic and industrial waste is discharged into the sea near the beach, raising pollution levels in the water to much above the safe limit.
“This means, any clean up should be at the source, not the meagre cosmetic cleaning at the beach that is just a photo opportunity,” said Hansel D’Souza, activist and president, Juhu Citizens Welfare Group. “We want action on the ground. That is the real task of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The issue has been ignored time and again, we have no option but to approach the court.”
The monsoon's arrival in Delhi has been delayed, with rains not predicted to begin for another few days after it was initially predicted that it will keep arrive by its usual onset date of June 27. Showers are expected from Wednesday, and conditions are favourable for monsoon clouds to sweep in over northwest India, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday. The southwest monsoon usually arrives at the capital on June 27.
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday laid foundation stones of projects worth ₹112 crore in Bilaspur district on Monday. Addressing a meeting at Ghawandal Chowk, the CM announced that a government degree college will be opened at Swarghat in Naina Devi assembly segment. The CM said the government will take over Shakti Senior Secondary School, Naina Devi and open a Primary Education Block office in Naina Devi.
With the monsoon likely to hit Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued a four-day yellow alert for heavy rainfall coupled with thunderstorms in 10 districts of the state, barring Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti. Shimla meteorological centre director Surender Paul said, “Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds blowing at a speed of 30- 40km/hr are expected in the hill state between June 28 and July 1.”
From history sheeters to an engineer, cricket organiser, transporter, railway clerk, and income tax officer around 171 people from different walks of life have been arrested in the Himachal Pradesh constable recruitment case so far, officials said on Monday. Director general of police Sanjay Kundu said the 171 persons arrested include 116 candidates, fathers of nine candidates, and 46 agents, of which 21 were from the hill state, while 25 were from other states.
In a major health-infrastructure boost for Mohali, the AAP-led Punjab government in its maiden budget on Monday announced another super-specialty medical institute for the district. Finance minister Harpal Singh Cheema, while presenting the Punjab budget, also said the Punjab government aimed to make Mohali a hub of industry and information technology. As announced, the Punjab government will set up the state-of-the-art “Punjab Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences” at Mohali.