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Documentary On Vasai Tourism

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The Vasai-Virar Mahanagar Palika has created a documentary on Tourism in Vasai. This 40 minute documentary is written by Sanjay Parab and voiced by Makrand Anaspure and Sheetal Kale. It was commissioned on the 27th of December 2013 with an initial budget of Rs. 9,50,000.

The documentary explores the various places in Vasai such as Vasai Fort, Arnala Fort, the beaches in Vasai, Jivdani Temple, St. Gonsalo Garcia Church, Vajreshwari Mandir, Tungareshwar, Kaman Fort, Vagholi Shani Mandir, Nirmal Shankaracharya Mandir, Giriz Hira Dongri Dutta Mandir, Sopara Buddha Stupas and other places were captured in the video.

Malcolm Dias – First Vasaikar in the NDA

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Malcolm Dias, 18, worked hard for months preparing for his goal – to join defence services. On Saturday, he became the first person from Bhuigaon village in Vasai to crack the National Defence Academy entrance exams, ranking 220 on the merit list.

“After my class X board exams, I knew I wanted to join the defence. And so, I did not choose engineering or medicine as my career. My aim was to serve the country and my family members supported me throughout. They worked hard to provide me with good education,” said Malcolm.

“My first preference is to join the Air Force and Navy would be my second option,” he added.

Malcolm’s father Elias, a lab assistant in a Kandivli school, is a proud man. “I am happy that Malcolm has worked hard to join the National Defence Academy in Pune. We are proud that he has become the first person from Vasai to crack the NDA exams,” said Elias.

Around 3 lakh candidates appeared for the exams, out of which, 469 candidates were selected.

RIP Suruchi Baug :-(

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Amar Mhatre writes about the ignorance that’s killing Vasai’s Suruchi Baug. Its time we ask a few questions on the rapidly dwindling Vasai ecosystem.

Royston Harold Dias plays into the IPL

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Royston Harold Dias from our very own Manickpur has been selected to play with the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. He is a very talented left-arm fast-medium who has played for Mumbai Under-19 team.

Tree Census by VVMC

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The Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) has undertaken a seven month long project of conducting a Tree Census of all trees in the Vasai-Virar region. Terracon Ecotech Pvt Ltd has been appointed to carry out the survey of trees. The agency will record the species, height age and health of the trees. There are over five lakh trees in the region and those on both private and government land will be counted. The agency will look for the local and botanical names of the trees. An amount of Rs 55 lakhs has been earmarked by the municipality for the tree census.

The decision to survey and identify different types of trees was first mooted in May 2011. It was given the civic general body sanction in February 2012. On January 3, this year the standing committee finally approved the agency for carrying out the survey. The survey is likely to be completed in the first week of July. The agency will also map details of mangroves and identify the green zones in the region. Areas which need more trees will also be identified and new trees will be planted by the municipality. This will be the first tree census to be undertaken by the municipality since its formation in July 2009.

From Vasai to Hollywood

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Ayush Tandon, 12, stars as the child version of protagonist ‘Pi’ Patel in director Ang Lee’s new film even as another Indian boy plays his teenaged avatar.

Ayush-Tandon

The Vasai boy has wrapped up his part for the 3D Hollywood movie, ‘Life of Pi’. He shot in places like Taiwan and Pondicherry.

Lee, a Golden Globe and Oscar winning Taiwanese American film director, got international acclaim with movies like ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’.

‘Lee was looking for the right child artist for the role. He had visited many schools and auditioned. My audition was approved by the US (team). I was called for a look test in Taiwan and they selected me there,’ said Ayush, a student of Vasai’s St. Augustine’s School.

He got special leave from his school to shoot for the movie, based on Yann Martel’s Booker-winning novel of the same name.
‘My school gave me permission and leave to go and shoot for the film as it is such a big project. I did ‘7 Khoon Maaf’ during vacations,’ said Ayush who would go to Class 8 this year.

Ayush is not permitted to speak about the film, but giving an inkling about his character, he said: ‘It’s an Indian character who lives in Pondicherry.

Ayush has an impressive body of work – Ayush is the winner of Zee TV’s dance reality show ‘Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka’ and he has also done Sony’s ‘Comedy Ka Daily Soap’.

He played the young Arun in ‘7 Khoon Maaf’.

He has quite a few commercials to his credit – Maltova, BSNL Phone, Pogo Chips, Philips, Reliance mobile, Apsara colour pencil, Sunfeast pasta, Indian Oil, Maggi noodles, Metlife Insurance, Honda Scooty, Cadbury Gems, Aircell Phone, Big Bazaar, Boomer Chewing Gum, Glucovita, Horlicks Milk, Tetra Pack, Dabar Chawanprayash and Co-fresh snacks.

Plan to split Thane district gets official nod

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The long-pending move to split Thane into two districts has been given a seal of approval by the Konkan divisional commissioner, who has recommended setting up of a new district headquarters at Palghar. Commissioner Vijay Nahata is understood to have submitted his report to state authorities after protracted meetings and listening to diverse opinions voiced by officials and local political functionaries.

There is a proposal for Palghar to be the headquarters of a new district to be carved out from the tribal talukas of Jawahar, Mokahda, Talasari, Vikramgad, Wada, Palghar and Vasai. The Thane district jurisdiction will then be restricted to Thane, Navi Mumbai, Bhiwandi, Kalyan-Dombivli and Shahapur.

Thane district currently comprises seven municipal corporations and two municipal councils with an overall population exceeding 1.20 crore. Its proximity to Mumbai, the state capital, and massive infrastructure development in the townships of Navi Mumbai, Thane, Mira Road etc. has resulted in population explosion in the district.

“Thane has a unique mix of population and the income disparity is also huge. While cities like Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mira Road have an urban population, Thane district also has a 13% tribal population,” an official from the district collectorate said. The creation of the proposed Palghar district will help in effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of welfare programmes meant for the tribal population.

VVTC Gets Rolling

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The Vasai-Virar Transport Corporation, the transport wing of the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation started its own bus service in Vasai on Wednesday, 03rd October coinciding with the birthday of Hitendra Thakur.

The bus routes are as follows:

  • 101 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Sativali
  • 102 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Pelhar Fata
  • 103 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Evershine City
  • 104 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Vasant Nagri (Bhavani Park Chowk)
  • 105 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Killabunder
  • 106 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Sai Mandir, Navyug Nagar, Deewanman Nageshwar Mandir, Ambadi Road, 60ft Road
  • 107 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to 100ft Road, Sun City, DJ Nagar Garden, Samata Nagar Ganesh Mandir, Maitri Park, Ambadi Road
  • 108 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Om Nagar, Dhuri Complex, Gokul Aangan, Krishna Township, Saptarshi Garden, Panchwati Naka
  • Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Chulne Village via Manickpur Naka
  • Virar Railway Station (East) to Phoolpada
  • Virar Railway Station (East) to Jivdani
  • 201 – Chandansar to Vasai Court/Tasildar Office via Narangi Fata, VVMC Head Office, Virar Railway Station (East), Manvel Pada, Nagindas Pada, Tulinj, Achole Police Chowki, Achole Road, Vasant Nagri, Evershine City, Panchwati Naka, Ambadi Road, Manickpur Naka, Bhabola Naka, Papdy, Tamtalao, MSRTC Vasai Depot, G. G. College, Princess Park

Some pictures of the buses.

Vasai-Virar Trasnport Corporation RoutesVasai-Virar Trasnport Corporation

Vasai-Virar to have own bus service

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The burgeoning population of the Vasai-Virar municipal region living in far flung areas will no longer be burdened by the sharp hike in auto-rickshaw fares. For, the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) is set to launch its first bus fleet in October.

The swanky new buses, 50 of which will first run on the Navghar-Manickpur Road route, will in due time expand to cover the entire Vasai-Virar region using its full capacity of 380 buses. Apart from bringing relief to the thousands staying at places far from the railway station and in villages, the bus service will give special concessions to students and senior citizens.

“The buses take their color from students, who are represented by the yellow while the green represents the greenery of the Vasai region, the area they will ply in,” said Bharat Gupta, Sabhapati Prabhag Samiti, Ward-D, VVMC. To be run and maintained by the Mumbai-based Bhagirath Corporation Pvt Ltd, which will dispense salaries of the conductors and drivers employed in their buses. Also, the firm will pay VVMC an annual revenue per bus.

Stating that “the demand for a bus service had gained momentum due to the sharp rise in commuters in the region, VVMC Mayor Rajeev Patil said, the bus service will be provided to people at cheap rates. “While initially, contractors will run the service, in the future we will undertake all its operations,” he added.