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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008 Celebrations in Mira Road

Amidst the fear of the terror attacks that stalled mumbai on the 26/11 still fresh in the minds, the christian in Mumbai celebrated Christmas with the same zeal and enthusiasm.

In Mira Road too, people from all cast and religion, mostly kids got together making the crib in their areas to mark the celebration. Christmas stars too were to be seems at many places. People went about singing Christmas carols and spreading the Christmas atmosphere of peace and joy. Christians decorated their houses. Shops too were decorted to attract customers.

Christians attended masses at St. Joseph's Church on Christmas eve, the church was decorated with lights and stars illuminating the church campus.

The church PYC (Parish Youth Council) took the initiate of preparing the Parish Christmas Tree, wherein each parishioner would decorate the tree by bringing some of their decorations, also the Church Christmas Star almost 25-30 feet tall was prepared by them. The Crib was prepared by the Parish Choir. The theme of the entire celebration was centered around PEACE, The Homily too was focused on PEACE among people and in the city. When the clock struck 12, people wishing each other a Merry Christmas of the birth of the little babe of Bethlehem.

Security was provided by the Mira- Bhayander Police who were patrolling the area during the entire celebration in the church. Almost 18,000 -20,000 people both catholics and non-catholics attended the celebrations in the church.

Prostitution racket busted at Mira Road

A prostituion racket was busted at Mira Road on Wednesday when three were arrested and seven girls rescued.

Officials said both housewives and college girls were engaged in "entertaining customers'' at the two-bedroom flat at New Golden Nest building in Mira Road. Acting on a tip-off, the police sent an officer as a decoy to `L' wing flat of Phase 14 of the housing society.
During a raid, Jaishree Srivastava (32) and Yashodaben Patel (45), who ran the business, were arrested. The police said the women had a list of the names and contact details of housewives and college girls, willing to make a quick buck.
While the college girls offered their services during the day, the customers making it during night hours were entertained by professional call girls.
According to the police, customers were picked up through word of mouth. Every client, who came to the flat, would be asked to recommend the place to their friends. The customers' calls would be received by Srivastava and Patel, who would then get in touch with the girls and housewives. The rates for college girls were higher than that of housewives.

Seven girls, who had come for "work'' were rescued. The police also arrested a customer, Chirag Shah (28) from Bhayander, who frequented the place.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Youths Riding triples killed in accident near Kashimira

BHAYANDER: Three youths, riding a two-wheeler without helmets, were crushed by a speeding truck at Kashimira in the wee hours of Sunday, 14th December 2008.

Durgesh Taigaokar, celebrating his 23rd birthday on Saturday, decided to go out with friends Robert C (24) and Viral Barot (20). Late in the evening, Taigaokar met Robert who had a motorbike. They picked up Barot and headed towards Dahisar for dinner. Robert was riding the bike, while Taigaokar and Barot were sitting pillion.

The three were returning to their homes in Bhayander around 4 am on Sunday, when a speeding truck hit them from behind at Mira Gaon, near Kashimira. The three were flung from the two-wheeler and crushed by the truck. The driver of the vehicle fled from the spot.

Kashimira police said while the truck driver had lost control of his vehicle, the two-wheeler was also speeding as the road was deserted at that time. Police said whether the youths were drunk or not was not known. Taigaokar was to leave for work on a ship in a few days.

Riding triples, a common sight in Mira Road and Bhayander, has been the reason behind a number of accidents on the stretch. Unlike the Mumbai traffic police, the Thane traffic police do not conduct surprise checks on these roads.

Despite govt orders passengers are at the mercy of auto drivers

Every day, when Mahendra Singh tries to take an auto from the Mira Road area to travel up to Borivli, he is turned down. The state government's notification of seamless travel within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is over nine months old. But not a single auto driver in the Mira-Bhayander region has obtained the requisite permission to ply outside the area.

Though the state government insists that seamless travel is in place, passengers are at the mercy of auto drivers who refuse to go beyond the Dahisar check naka. Police officials at Bhayander, Mira Road and Kashimira are busy playing mediator between passengers and auto drivers who are turning up at police stations to lodge complaints.

State transport secretary Ramanath Jha was unaware of the non-implementation of the seamless travel project. "The notification was out long ago and autos have to get their stamp of approval from the RTOs. Those failing to ply within the MMR region can be penalised,'' said Jha.

The notification for autos and taxis to ply across six municipal corporations and 13 civic councils was out in March this year. The Thane RTO, however, has till date not received a single request from an auto owner, asking for permission to ply outside his jurisdiction. The state, unfortunately, has left it to the vehicle owners to decide whether or not they want to ply outside their jurisdiction.

The primary reason for the auto drivers' refusal to ply outside their jurisdiction, is the Mumbai fare structure. Autos in the city ply at a minimum fare of Rs 9. In Thane, autos charge a minimum of Rs 10, and it goes up by Rs 1.50 per km as the distance increases. In Mira-Bhayander, autos charge a lump sum of Rs 35-Rs 50 for a distance that would otherwise not cost more than Rs 15-Rs 20. In Vasai-Virar and Kalyan-Dombivli, share autos fetch the driver between Rs 5 and Rs 10 per passenger. They carry at least five to seven passengers in each trip.
Auto drivers in Mira Road and Bhayander have so far resisted even the meter system as they make more money by carrying passengers on a share basis. "What is the use of introducing a scheme which does not take off? I quarrel with auto drivers almost every day. They just refuse to ply to Kandivli,'' said Bhayander resident Avinash Salil. "I end up taking another auto at the Dahisar check naka.''

Courtesy : Times OF India

Saturday, December 13, 2008

BEST Bus Routes from Mira Road/ Bhayander

700 Ltd : Vasantrao Naik Chk - Mira Rd Stn (E)
701 Ltd : Kandivali station - Mira Road East via Borivli

702 Ltd : Borivli Station(E) -Ghodbunder village, Dahisar Station, kashimira

703 Ltd : Samta nagar - Mira Road Station via Borivli Station (E)

707 Ltd : Santacruz Depot - Bhayander Station(E) via Adarsh nager, Poiser depot, Bhagwati hospital

708 Ltd : Dindoshi Bus Station -Bhayander Station(E)

709 Ltd : Ghatkopar Bus Station -Bhayander Station(E)
710 X : A.P.M.C. Vashi - Mira Road Stn (E)
L2 : Mira Road Rly Stn(E) - World Trade Centre

1SF :World Trade Centre -Mira Road Rly Stn
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Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Transport (MBMT) bus Time Table

The Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) had started the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Transport (MBMT), which commenced operations in 2006 as a local bus services connecting interconnecting various places in the Mira-Bhayandar area.

MBMT bus services are available from Mira Road Station (East), Bhayandar Railway Station (East), Bhayandar Railway Station (West) and Dahisar Check Naka parts of the city.

MBMT Bus Routes :
1 Bhayander Railway Station W - Chowk

2 Bhayander Railway Station W - Uttan Naka
3 Bhayander Railway Station W - Manori
4 Bhayander Railway Station W - Essel World
5 Bhayander Railway Station W - 60 Foot Road via M Mall
6 Uttan Naka - Manori
7 Bhayander Railway Station W - Ghodbunder Village via Kashimira
8 Uttan Naka - Gorai Khadi
11 Bhayander Railway Station E - Dahisar Check Naka (Penkarpada) via Inderlok via Sk Stone
12 Bhayander Railway Station E - Dahisar Check Naka (Penkarpada) via Mira Road Station E
14 Bhayander Railway Station E - Dahisar Check Naka (Penkarpada) via Kashimira via Highway
15 Mira Road Railway Station E - Gaurav Regency Via Beverly Park
21 Mira Road Railway Station E - Vagad Nagar/Ramdev Park
22 Mira Road Railway Station E - Silver Park/Shanti Vidyanagari
23 Bhayander Railway Station E - Mira Road Railway Station E via Inderlok
24 Mira Road Railway Station E - Mashacha Pada/Western Park
25 Mira Road Railway Station E - Mira Road Village Kashimira
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Bus Fares of Mira Bhayander Municipal Transport (MBMT) buses hiked

Travelling long distances in the Mira Road and Bhayandar area has just got costlier. The Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has hiked the bus fare by between 50 paisa and a rupee.

The decision to hike the fares of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Transport (MBMT) buses by 50 paisa for distances ranging between 3.8 km and 5 km was taken at the general body meeting of the corporation.

The 50 MBMT buses belong to private contractors and have been running in this region since 2006. Prior to this, the area had to depend on Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation buses, which were discontinued once the MBMT buses hit the road.

The hike in the bus fares will largely affect those travelling on longer routes to places like Utan, Manori, Gorai and Kashimira as the fares have been hiked by Re 1 for every additional kilometre.

The MBMT buses are an important mode of transport for those residing in the interiors of Bhayandar. "Autorickshaw drivers charge around Rs 150 to transport a passenger from Bhayandar to Gorai. It takes only Rs 10 to reach the same destination by bus,'' Gorai resident Lourdes D'Souza said.

Commuters say that the buses offer good services. The seating arrangements are also better than those in ST buses. "But was there a need to hike the fares? The buses have been around for three years and they always run to packed capacity,'' an Utan resident said

Friday, December 12, 2008

Carlsberg launches Web-TV channel about football and fan life.

Recently Carlsberg Brewery launched a football web-TV-channel

They launched 5 channels showing all aspects about football from the classic football matches to life as a fan.

Be sure not to miss the video clips about football funnies and rituals from the Football Magic channel or the bizarre story about fans in the stand and how fan culture sometimes go beyond reason.
As an extra feature you can upload your own favourite football and fan moments.

Its an amazing site with loads of features present in it. So log on to and experience the diference.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Rly commuters from Vasai to sit on dharna today

MUMBAI: Fed up with overcrowded trains, suburban commuters will sit on a four-hour-long peaceful dharna at Vasai and Mira Road railway stations from 6 pm on Wednesday, which coincides with the International Human Rights Day.

Pravas Adhikar Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Shailendra Kamble said the protest was being held to pressurise the Western Railway administration into increasing the frequency of suburban trains in the Virar sector.

"The new rakes, which have been received by the WR, are still being tested. We want the WR to speed up the process,'' said Kamble adding that the PAAS will also start a signature campaign. "We will submit all the signatures to the WR administration by the end of this month,'' he said.

PAAS started its agitation against inadequate train services in 2005 by organising a rail satyagraha which saw trains being stopped for an hour at four stations- Nallasopara, Vasai Road, Mira Road and Naigaon stations on December 10. " The large scale protests resulted in police firing and lathi charge. Twenty eight people were put behind bars for 15 days,'' said Kamble.

In the following year, the group organised a peaceful march from Vasai Road to Mira Road stations. More than 1,000 people had participated in the event.

The year 2007 saw another large scale protest where lakhs of commuters on the Borivli- Virar sector boycotted trains from 6 am to 6 pm. "Not a single passenger boarded the trains. This andolan was aimed at getting the attention of the WR authorities, `' said Kamble, adding that a few days later new services as well as new rakes were pressed into service. Also, between last and this year, a total of four trains were started. "Recently, 23 new services were started, but that was along the whole line and not just the Virar sector.'' Pointing out that there were only three new services each during morning and evening and eleven new services throughout the entire day, Kamble

said, "This is grossly inadequate. We continue our protest on Wednesday.''

Monday, December 8, 2008

NGO(Non Government Organisation) in Mira Road

Following are a list of NGOs in Mira Road. Kindly inform for inclusion and deletion of the list.

Bhaktivedanta Hospital
Sector-1 Shristi Complex
Mira Road (E)
Thane 401107
Tel: (022) 28459888
Fax: (022) 28101885
About: The hospital is run by the Sri Chaitanya Welfare Trust under the chairmanship of Mr. Rajeev Srivastava, and a cohesive group of Trustees, philanthropic and committed donors and supporters who provide the required strategy and guidance for growth.

Ankur Children's Home
Kanakia’s Road
Beverly Park
Mira Road-East
Thane Dist 401107
Tel.: (022) 28108208
Fax: (022) 28126686
About : This Children's Home is run by the Ankur Sister's and is ment specially for young orpahn girls.

Blind People's Welfare Association
101 Alfateh Apartment,
Behind Corporation Bank,
Naya Nagar,
Mira Road (East),
Dist. Thane,
(Registered under societies registration act XXI, 1860)
E-mail :
Tel : (+91) 9322182674
Tel :(+91) 9930504935
Tel :(+91) 9224459208
About : Blind People’s Welfare Association was founded on 8th August 2007. Its office is situated at above address which is just 2 to 3 minutes walking distance from Mira Road Railway station.
Giving free Computer Education and running Music Classes, providing free Tuition on part time basis to help visually impaired students in their School studies, rendering legal advice and guidance to all for their bright and independent future, conducting special and regular trainings to improve mobility in visually impaired people, arranging Eye test Camps and treatments by distributing spectacles along with minor surgical operations are some of their objectives.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

St. Joseph Feast 2008

The parish of St. Joseph Church, Mira Road celebrated the feast of St. Joseph, its patron saint on the 7th of December, 2008 the second Sunday of Advent. The feast is celebrated in the month of December to coincide with the inauguration of the church (5th of December, 1999) and the feast is celebrated towards the nearest Sunday.

Prior to the feast celebration there was a nine day novena where preachers from various churches were present, reflections on the virtues of St. Joseph were preached during the Holy Eucharistic Celebrations. The day of the feast was marked by the liturgical band followed by 4 masses. The solemn feast mass at 11.00 am was celebrated by Fr. Michael Morris, the superior of the Carmelite priest, Mira Road, preacher being the newly ordained Deacon Elvito Fernandes.

The Mira Road Parish Choir led the congregation in singing and praising God through their selection of Hymns and partaking in the Eucharistic celebration.
Thousands of people attended the ceberation and too part in the Eucharistic celebration. Fr. Rudolf, the parish priest thanked everyone for their help and support to make the celebration a successful one. After the mass Snacks and cold drinks were distributed to those who attended the celebration.

Wishing you all a Happy Feast of St. Joseph.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Credit card fraud: Accused duped more persons

Interrogations of the three arrested persons who misused filmmaker Amol Palekar’s credit hard have revealed that they had duped several other persons in a similar manner.

Palekar had lodged a complaint with the Deccan police station on February 19 this year.

“Interrogations have revealed that among others, the suspects misused a Rajkot resident’s credit card duping him of Rs 70,000,” Economic Offences Wing (EOW) DCP Rajendra Dahale said on Wednesday.

Police had recently arrested Iqbal Sheikh (33), a resident of Vasai (West) and Raus Edmen Pareira (25) and Najnin Raus Pareira (25), both residents of Mira Road in Thane.

Palekar owned a Bank of India credit card. The suspects acquired the details of Palekar’s card through Internet and misused it by purchasing air tickets for Goa-Mumbai and Mumbai-Bengaluru flights from November 11 to 13 in 2007, duping him to the tune of Rs 60,285.

“Raus was working with a travel agency based in Malad in Mumbai. He acquired the credit card details and the Card Verification Value number after the transaction slips thrown in the dustbins by the customers and conducted frauds through internet,” he said.

Raus is a zoology graduate from one of the noted colleges in Mumbai. His wife Najnin and one Iqbal were accomplices in the crime. The trio was involved in such frauds since September 2007. Police have seized Rs 53, 700, two laptops, four mobile handsets and data card from them.

The crime branch cyber cell team which cracked the case and arrested the accomplices from Vasai (west) in Thane after probing it for the past nine months will be honoured. “We will give adequate rewards to the team,” Dahale stated.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

City police launch search operations in Mira-Bhayander

The Mira-Bhayander police have begun heavy combing operations following rumours of five terrorists still on the run and the possibility of
them taking the sea route to flee the city. Deputy S P Maithali Jha said, "As Mira-Bhayander is surrounded by sea and there are reports of terrorists on the move, we have tightened security along the coastline and have begun search operations.''

Mira Road and Bhayander are close to the sea and there have been incidents in the past of the area being a "favourite" hideout of modules from Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed . The police had even seized blueprints of attacks being planned at the Bombay Stock Exchange and the Gateway of India from this belt. The anti-terrorism squad had unearthed a few sleeper modules and arrested operatives from this area some years ago.

Said Jha,"We have deployed police personnel on bandobast from Dahisar checknaka up to Vasai. We have put up nakabandi at the bridge that connects the road to the sea. All the railway and road routes up to Vasai have heavy police bandobast.''

The police are also keeping tabs on history sheeters and former SIMI activists who are around the area. Said Jha, "After every terror attack, there have been leads or arrests in Mira Road. Strangely this time it has not happened, but we are keeping a strict vigil.'' In fact, every vehicle that crosses every nakabandi right from Dahisar checknaka is being thoroughly checked, he added. "Even the railway stations are being scanned and checked.''

About 100 policemen have been on bandobast duty in the Mira-Bhayander area from November 26. At a press conference, Mumbai's police chief Hasan Gafoor said that there were only 10 terrorists.

A senior police official said, "There was a fear of some trouble but thankfully it did not happen. In fact, people from all communities attended a condolence meeting we organised at the police station.'' Pakistanis in India with student visas may also come under the scanner.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Chai Masti Spreads Its wings to Mira Road

Courtesy :Dignity Foundation
18th October 2007, was a proud day for Dignity Foundation and Dignity Chai Masti, the day on which a new Chai Masti@Anubhav centre was born at Mira Road.

The Chai Masti club being a stage for the elderly to showcase their talent and interact socially, will benefit the seniors in Mira Road. The concept of Chai Masti was very well appreciated by Fr.Alfred, Director of Anubhav Spirituality Centre, to whom Dignity Foundation is very thankful for offering us space to start
the centre.

Chai Masti members from our Head Office did the Welcome Aerobics Dance, which really inspired the audience and their spirit, zeal and zest were the highlights of evening.

Each of the members of our Chai Masti club spoke about their favourite activity or the activity which they enjoyed most and wanted the same activity to be also be a part of the Chai Masti at Mira Road.
The Inaugural function was attended by 3 Municipal Corporators of Mira Bhayender. Dr.Sheilu Sreenivasan, President Dignity Founndation, inaugurated the new centre.
The Mira Road centre is located at the Anubhav Spirituality Centre, St.Joseph’s Church Annex, Sheetal agar, Mira Road(E).

Most of the activities of the HO Chai Masti will be replicated at Mira Road.

Membership Fee for Mira Road
Rs.300/- for 6 months
Rs.500/- for a year
TIMING - 4.00 PM TO 7.00 PM

St. Joseph's Church

The Saint Joseph Church, Krista Shanti Dham is situated at St. Joseph Nagar, Mira Road, Thane (India). At present it has more than 5000 families making it the largest parish of the Archdiocese of Mumbai. These families have been divided into various zones(approx. 21). Approximately the catholic population of the parish is more than 21,000. The parish is just 20 years old, but today it is one of the most dynamic & enthusiastic parishes of Mumbai, because, it has, as its parishioners, talented personalities migrating from various parishes of Mumbai, Goa & Mangalore.

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About : Mira Road

Mira Road is a suburb in Mumbai located just north to the city of Mumbai, India. It is part of the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation and Thane district but is also considered under Mumbai. Mira Road is a railway station on the Western railway line of the Mumbai suburban railway.

It is situated on the island of Salcette. A marshy creek divides Mira Road from Mumbai. Earlier, Mira Road was divided into two main parts, Shanti Nagar and Naya Nagar. In recent times, several new localities like Sanghavi Nagar, Hatkesh, Silver Park, Pleasant Park, Geeta Nagar, Golden Nest, Jangid, Beverly Park, Evershine Enclave, Shrishti Complex, Shanti Gardens and Poonam Sagar, Poonam Garden, Poonam Vihar Complex have come up.

Although it is officially not under the BMC, it enjoys all the facilities available in Mumbai like 24 hour power supply from Reliance Energy, telephone services from MTNL, piped gas from Mahanagar Gas, and bus services from BEST. State Transport and Thane Municipal Transport buses run between Mira Road and Thane.

The Thane Munciple Transport (TMT) is running its bus services from Mira Road to Thane also the Mira-Bhayandar Mahanagarpalika has started its own bus service under the title of Mira Bhayandar Municipal Transport (MBMT).
Mira Road today is one of the most growing areas in Mumbai. Thakur Mall, Cine Max Theater , Rassaz Theater , Relience Fresh, Foodland, Big Bazaar, Asmita supermarket, Spinach and various other shopping outlets and malls are present at this place.
Orchid Ozone Mall is expected to create a tremendous property boom in Mira Road.
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