Slums in Mumbai: CM giving false information?

Janhit Manch from Mumbai says



Hindustan Times, Mumbai under the caption ‘No more slums in Mumbai, says chief minister’ quoted Shri Ashok Chavan, CM: “The regularisation deadline has been increased from 1995 to 2000. I am not in favour of any further increase”.

This is a big lie.

I, as the then President of Janhit Manch has filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court being Writ Petition No. 637 of 2003 against the practice of Transferable Development Rights granted to an owner by Mumbai Municipal Corporation in lieu of surrender of land reserved for public amenity free of cost to the corporation.

The High Court didn’t accept our said prayer of banning TDR but banned any further extension of deadline set up by the government for regularisation of slums beyond 1-1-1995.

Against the said High Court judgement we filed an SLP (Special Leave Petition) being SLP No. 1419 of 2007 in the Supreme Court and the Maharashtra Government also filed an SLP No. 3474 of 2007, both of which are pending for final hearing. Our Slp is against TDR and the Govt. SLP against the ban of extension of slum regularisation limit beyond 1-1-1995.

The ban on extending regularisation of slums beyond 1-1-1995 continues even as on today. Technically the false and misleading statement by CM that the slum regularisation limit is extended upto the year 2000, amounts to contempt of court which we will take up at the next hearing on 30eth August 2010 in the Supreme Court.

(Bhagvanji Raiyani.)


MCD Property Tax Collection Camp: Safdarjung Enclv

MCD Property Tax collection Camp & DJB’s Camp for disputed Inflated Water Bills on Saturday, the 01 May 2010 between 10- 00 AM To 2-00 PM at Shri Ram Mandir, B-5 Block, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi.‏

Dear Residents / Friends,

With the initiative of Health Minister Prof Kiran Walia, Efforts Group is organising   MCD Property Tax  collection Camp & DJB’s Camp  for disputed  Inflated Water Bills   on  Saturday, the 01 May 2010 between 10- 00 AM To 2-00 PM at  Shri Ram Mandir, B-5 Block, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi.

You are requested to avail the benefit of the camps. Blank Property Tax Forms will also be available at the  Shri Ram Mandir.

Kindly pass on the information to your friends & neighbours.

With Kind Regards

S L Watwani

Media Co-ordinator, Efforts Group

Stabilisers: Remove and Save Money

Mr HR Vaish is an active member of Citizens Alliance. He has wide experience in the manufacture and installation of electronic and electrical equipment.

He is considered an expert in his field.

Hue and cry for sustainable living is being made time and again, but the fundamentals required to be addressed are lost sight of.  The main issues where focus is required is electricity, water and environment.

As part of its agenda, the Citizens Alliance for Responsive Governance will attempt to address these issues in the weekly column, through articles written by their members.

Remove your stabilizers – Save Your Money

Electricity is a burning issue at this time of the year.  Do you know that voltage stabilizers consume 20% of the power which flows through them and you pay the bill for it?

The Indian Electricity Act, 2003 requires the power supply distribution company to give you quality power.  If the voltage in your area is between 200 to 250 volts you do not need a voltage stabilizer.  The voltage stabilizer is also of no use if there is fluctuation.

A study conducted over 20 years ago brought out that if all the voltage stabilizers installed in the country were to be removed, we would have saved energy equivalent to what is generated by Bhakra Nangal dam.  It is your right to demand quality power.

The savings in consumption will not only reduce your electricity bill, but also help in reducing the energy deficit and consequently the need for load shedding.

I encourage you to look into this aspect and remove your voltage stabilizers at the earliest.

HR Vaish

Mr. H.R. Vaish is an Electrical Engineer from India’s premier institute, IIT Delhi. 

He is the Managing Director of Instapower Ltd. and possesses over 30 years’ of technical 

and marketing experience. 

He was amongst the first few technocrats to start up a computer industry in India in 1976, 

immediately after completing B.Tech. and incorporated International Data Processing Company Limited which in 1980 set up Northern India’s most powerful computer centre with financing from IFCI, ICICI and the Risk Capital Foundation.

He has filed many patents (over 10) in the energy efficiency area and several are in the pipeline. The Companies promoted by him are commercializing the patents. He has varied experiences of over 30 years as an entrepreneur and his inventive capabilities are a strength area from which Instapower is benefiting in several ways.

He was a Fellow of the Computer Society of India and is presently 
a Fellow of the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers. 
At present he is the Secretary of IIT Delhi Alumni Association, 
which has a strength of 33,000 alumni spread across the globe,
 Hony. Treasurer of Indian Society of Lighting Engineers,
 Vice President of the Udyog Vihar Chamber of Commerce Gurgaon 
and a member of Citizens Alliance for Responsive Governance.

Indian Phd Student Found Dead in California

Extract from "Daily Pilot"

Body IDed as UCI student

Police believe the international student who went missing before his birthday killed himself by self-asphyxiation.

By Brianna Bailey

A body discovered by two hikers on the UC Irvine campus last week has been identified as that of a missing 23-year-old graduate student from India, police announced Saturday.

Campus officials believe Mahesh Mahadevan, a mechanical engineering student, committed suicide, UC Irvine Spokeswoman Laura Rico said on Saturday.  Mahadevan was found with a plastic bag over his head, Rico said. Police believe he died of asphyxiation.

Hikers found the body in a remote area of the campus, about 75 yards from the campus observatory near California Avenue and Gabrielino Drive about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.  UC Irvine police had been searching for Mahadevan for days.

He was last seen leaving his home in campus housing around 5 a.m. April 10, the day before his 23rd birthday.

Mahadevan left his bank card at home, and his cell phone was shut off.  One of his friends called police to report him missing on his birthday, April 11.
Counseling is available to all students and staff at the university after the death, UC Irvine Chief of Police Paul Henisey announced in an e-mail to students on Saturday.

Ex-IIT grad found dead on California university campus

D Suresh Kumar | TNN

Chennai: A decomposed body, suspected to be that of Mahesh Mahadevan, a 23-year old graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Madras), who was pursuing a PhD in the University of California at Irvine, was found on the college campus in the US on Friday, a week after he went missing. The police had found the body with the head covered with a plastic bag and are investigating if he had committed suicide by asphyxiation.

While some friends of Mahadevan apparently confirmed to the US police that the body was his and posted condolence messages online, a few were unwilling to believe that he is no longer alive.
Mahadevan had graduated from the IIT Madras with a BTech in Mechanical Engineering in 2008. Shocked acquaintances said he had ended his life due to alleged depression.

Mahadevan had gone missing from his campus quarters on April 10.

“Going by his online activities just before his disappearance, there are strong reasons to believe Mahadevan committed suicide. A few days ago, he had removed his portrait photo from his blog and twitter account and posted a message on the photo slot saying ‘I was here’,” said one of his friends.

Strangely in his blog, in the ‘About Me’ column he had filled in the words “Aham Brahmasmi” (I am God), a dialogue uttered by actor Arya frequently in the recent film ‘Naan Kadavul’. In his last post, on April 10,

Mahadevan had written: “Miss would be a thoroughly insufficient (note the irony) verb to describe what I feel, oh heavensent blot of colour that made the canvas of my life what it is today!” He ended the post saying “We are now separated, but not forever.”

He had also described himself thus: “I’m a strange fellow of broad interests. I’m a set of paradoxes. I’m an introvert who blogs, a scientist into engineering, a madman who looks sane. I’m Jung type.”

Mahadevan, a native of Palakkad in Kerala, had joined the University of California in 2008 to pursue doctoral studies in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The Police had asked for help in searching for the missing student,

Published: April 15, 2010
Updated: April 16, 2010 11:52 a.m.

Police searching for missing UCI student



IRVINE – UC Irvine authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a 23-year-old student who has been missing since Saturday.

Police are searching for Mahesh Mahadevan, who was last seen leaving his Palo Verde apartment on the UCI campus at 5 a.m. on Saturday.

Authorities are searching for Mahesh Mahadevan, who has been missing from his UCI campus apartment since Saturday.

Authorities say Mahadevan’s personal effects, including his bank cards, were left in his apartment. No activity has been reported with his credit cards or his cell phone, which has been turned off.

Mahadevan is an international student with family in India, who is working toward a graduate degree in mechanical engineering, UCI Spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon said.

Mahadevan appears to have left without his only means of transportation, a bike and skateboard.

“As far as we know he was on foot when he left,” UC Irvine Police Det. Roland Chiu said. “He only took out some cash prior to disappearing, and then left the area.”

There were no signs of foul play, Chiu said. But those who knew Mahadevan are baffled by his disappearance.

“No one had noticed anything out of the ordinary,” Chiu said. “He was a very bright guy, and everything was going smoothly for him.”

Police say Mahadevan is 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 120 pounds with a thin build, black hair and black eyes.

disappearance of whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Chiu at 949-824-1161 or, or call 949-824-5223 after hours or on weekends. Contact the writer: 714-796-7939 or