Peak hour train services on Central Railway's main line were disrupted on Friday morning due to a "rail roko" protest by Shiv Sena workers at Mulund against the fuel price hike by the UPA government. Over 50 Sena activists led by a local corporator went on the tracks at the station's Nahur-end at about 9.30 am and blocked movement on all the four tracks. Train movement was completely halted and the GRP men dispersed the mob within a short while. However, the traffic movement was restored by 10 am, the railway police said.

The health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has drawn up an ambitious plan to combat emergencies during the monsoon. Setting up a control room in Kasturba Hospital at Chinchpokli for uniform diagnosis, investigation and treatment of ailments. The civic body has also called for extra provision of drugs, said Shubhada Gudekar, chairperson of the Public Health Committee.

FPJ investigations revealed that a major part of the saplings and trees have found its way to the farm house owned by a former municipal commissioner The Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) lived to its reputation of being one of the most corrupt civic bodies in the state after yet another major scam stumbled out of its closets. This one being from its Tree Authority (TA).

The much-publicised housing project for the poor under the Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) projects is coming up in Thane city. The twin projects involve the construction of several ground plus seven to eight storey buildings to house around 850 families in the city as well as from Kausa for the urban poor citizens of Thane. The said project is coming up at an open plot of land belonging to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) at Tulsidham and will provide homes to around 500 poor citizens.

The Rotary Club of Mumbai inaugurated Enviro-Park in the premises of St.George Hospital at the hands of Mumbai Sheriff Indu Sahani yesterday on 5th June, the world environment day. President of Rotary Club, Mr Rumi Jehangir, Dolly Thakur, Mrs Kalpana Munshi, Chairman, Rotary Club, were also presenton the occasion.

The steep hike in fuel prices will cause a dent of Rs 20 crore in the coffers of the BEST per year. However, the undertaking does not intend to tax BEST commuters any further with higher fares. "There would be no increase in the BEST bus fares,' said Uttam khobragade, General Manager, BEST undertaking. Meanwhile, the city's autorickshaw and taxi unions are adopting a wait and watch policy. At present, both unions have not expressed any plans to demand higher fares.

IN a major boost to the Mumbai Metro rail project, the Central Government has sanctioned Rs 4,500 as a viability gap funding for the project that is estimated to cost Rs 22,000 crore. Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy made an announcement to the effect on Wednesday. "Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had requested for funds from the Centre. The Centre is sanctioning Rs 4,500 crore as viability gap funding for the Mumbai Metro Rail Project (MMRP)," Reddy, who was in the city to attend Sant Gadgebaba Rural Cleanliness Campaign Award functions, said.

By V.Gangadhar Like the Indian dailies, the British media is full of price rise stories. Bread, grains, provisions, butter and cheese, meat, consumer name them, the prices had gone up by nearly 25 per cent and are threatening to rise more. The average British housewife was battling to slash her domestic budget and blamed the government for all the troubles. But unlike Chidambaram, the Chancellor of the Exchequer hardly made any statements on steps to curb inflation. In the true British manner, he was following the

WHILE the THANE municipal corporation is yet to complete the pre-monsoon repair and cleaning work, the news from an agricultural college that Thane may get over 100 per cent rainfall this year, would increase the woes of Thanekars. According to sources, a Pune-based agricultural college has carried out a study with regard to the forthcoming monsoons and has claimed that Thane will receive 102 per cent of rainfall this monsoon. According to the met department, normal rainfall is between five per cent and 100 per cent.

Centre asks State to return 141 hectare of land used for dumping ground The much-hyped state government delegation led by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh which made a presentation to the empowered group of ministers (EGOM) led by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to allot the 2,177 hectares of the salt pan land owned by the Centre for rehabilitating project-affected persons by various infrastructure projects failed to reach any consensus, according to official sources in the Mantralaya.