Unauthorized constructions and land grabs are not new to the city and suburbs, but in Vasai-Virar, the illegality has turned so brazen that builders have taken to social media to openly advertise projects built on encroached government and reserved plots.
Rajkumar Nishad, 25, is a classic unwelcome houseguest with a criminal twist. He breaks into vacant bungalows in the Vasai-Virar region, loots them at leisure while staying for weeks and months in them using the facilities and food stored inside.
The 13 lakh residents of the fast-developing Vasai-Virar belt, whose road links with Mumbai were snapped on Monday and rail links on Tuesday, stayed cut off from the rest of the city for most of Wednesday as well despite respite from rain.
The stretch between Vasai and Virar was plunged into darkness on Tuesday as power supply was cut off in the wake of waterlogging. Dependent entirely on the suburban railway network since road connectivity had already been snapped since Monday, the 13 lakh residents in this belt found themselves cut off from Mumbai as heavy rain […]
The old Vasai rail over bridge connecting east and west has been shut down from mid-night. The bridge has been found to be dangerous for use. The move comes following the collapse of the Andheri railway bridge on Tuesday that killed one. Two others injured are being treated in the hospital.