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Mumbai fire: BMC’s demolition drive against illegal structures in Kamala Mills area

A day after 14 people including 11 women died in a midnight blaze in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) carried out demolition drive against illegal structures in the area on Saturday. BMC officials have made a list of restaurants which appear to have flouted the rules and appropriate action will be taken against these restaurants. Now, after the Kamala Mills fire, BMC officers have sprung into action. But earlier, despite BMC administration being aware that the restaurants were running illegally in Kamla Mills compound, it delayed action in the name of following standard operating procedure. While F South ward of BMC delayed action against Mojo’s Bistro and 1 Above, it took action against four such pub and bars in its jurisdiction on Friday soon after the huge fire reported on the midnight of Friday.In view of December 31 gathering in various restaurants, all concerned departments have been directed by Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to form teams which should include fire staff to inspect all restaurants. The teams must ensure that the restaurants are fire compliant. All the fire escape routes, staircases, and open spaces should be encroachment-free. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has already ordered an inquiry into the incident. The police on Saturday issued a lookout notice against all the accused in the case. Also, as a preventive measure, airports across the country have been put on high-alert and five teams of the Mumbai Police have been formed to search for the accused.Related Photos
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In Pics: The day after Kamala Mills blaze, families mournChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday took a stock of the situation and ordered a BMC commissioner to conduct an inquiry. Five BMC officials were suspended and the Mumbai Police booked the owner of the pub for negligence, besides other charges.

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Don’t attend Modern school event, CM Devendra Fadnavis urged

The parents submitted the letter to the CM on December 26. It has also been sent to the school’s alumnus, Cabinet Minister Chandrakant Patil. The school said the parents have a vested interest. ”
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From foes to friends: BJP’s Eknath Khadse and NCP’s Ajit Pawar likely to share stage on December 28

Veteran BJP leader Eknath Khadse, NCP leader Ajit Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Suresh Jain are likely to share the stage on the eve of NCP MLA’s Satish Patils’s 60th birthday celebrations in Jalgaon, which will fall on December 28.As the leader of opposition, Khadse was a staunch critic of Ajit Pawar, but this birthday celebration is likely throw some new political equations in Maharashtra. It will be interesting to see what transpires among these heavy weight leaders.Sources told DNA that Khadse, who was a potential chief ministerial candidate, has been questioned by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over his work in the state. Speaking to DNA, Khadse admitted that his loyalists are pressurizing him to leave the BJP even though he has spent over 40 years in the party. “I am getting offers from the Congress as well as NCP,” Khadse said, but added that he had not yet made up his mind.The NCP has decided to tie up with the Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and Pawar has started mobilizing support. “We received overwhelming response. Vidharba people also understood that the BJP has cheated them. They only made the tall promises when it come to materialising, they faltered. Our people who left NCP in 2014, now want to come back,” Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson said.Sources said that Khadse and Pawar have scheduled a separate and confidential meeting on sidelines of the birthday celebrations to discuss the current Maharashtra’s political situations.

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BJP MLA wants probe into Mumbadevi temple’s finances

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Colaba Raj Purohit has called upon the State Charity Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into Mumbadevi temple’s income and expenditure of last five years, the use of funds and violations, if any, of the Indian Trusts Act.Purohit, who had made an oral representation to the Charity Commissioner, will make a written submission soon demanding an inquiry into the functioning of the temple’s administration. The Mumbadevi temple, which was built in 1675, is an important landmark in south Mumbai as it is dedicated to Mumbadevi. “I will soon send a detailed communication to the Charity Commissioner demanding an investigation into the functioning of the temple’s administration in general. I will also seek papers with regards to the minutes of the temple trust and a probe into the use of funds and the services provided to devotees,” Purohit told DNA, adding that the Charity Commissioner should initiate action against the temple if the probe reveals irregularities.This comes after Purohit said that he had received complaints of the absence of facilities for devotees at the temple.When contacted, Mumbadevi temple manager Hemant Jadhav declined to comment citing that he has yet to receive communication from the government.Purohit’s demand comes just two days after the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the government will bring in a new legislation for the appointment of a trustee by the government at Mumbadevi temple along the lines of Pandharpur and Siddhivinayak temples. Fadnavis also assured that the government would bring in the system at Mumbadevi temple so that devotees are provided with all necessary facilities.

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Maha govt should remove anomalies in loan waiver list: Sena MLA after name appears in list of beneficiaries

A Shiv Sena MLA announced that he is a loan waiver beneficiary in what is a shock to the state government.Sena MLA Prakash Abitkar made the announcement during zero hour of the state assembly when Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that an online loan waiver system would ensure no wrong person could avail loan.Abitkar’s revealed that his name appeared in the list of beneficiaries and that the government should remove anomalies in the list of beneficiaries. He also pointed out that two teachers from his constituency were also listed in the people who would get a loan waiver.In September, Fadnavis announced the Rs 34,000-crore loan waiver scheme, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana and said that 89 lakh farmers would benefit.So far, 1,00,85,326 farmers have registered themselves with the government for loan waiver. Of these, 55,40,732 have filled the required form and uploaded it on the government’s website.

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State govt considers ban on plastic use by shopkeepers

The neighbourhood grocer may not be able to sell your monthly supply of staples in plastic bags. Apart from a blanket ban on plastic bags, the state government’s proposed curbs will also include the use of plastic in bags used by shopkeepers for packaging groceries like rice and dal, flex boards, clings for covering fruits and vegetables, buntings and flags.Packaged and mineral water manufacturers may also be asked to establish recycling and processing plants for used plastic bottles under their extended producers’ responsibility.”Apart from plastic bags, spoons, disposable plastic and thermocol plates and cups, we also plan to include plastic for secondary packaging (plastic packaging that is not done at the manufacturers end or for use in logistics and export), plastic clings, flex boards, buntings and flags and non-woven polyester bags in the ban’s ambit. However, we may have to cover this in phases,” said an official from the state environment department.Environment minister Ramdas Kadam has spoken about banning plastic bags from Gudi Padwa (March 2018) considering its environmental impact, while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has promised a complete ban on plastic in six months with alternatives being put in place.The state also plans to ban water packaged in PET bottles for sale in starred residential hotels and for serving in government and semi-government offices, educational institutions and their functions.In the later phase, plastic bottles in restaurants, private offices and mass functions may be banned. This will reduce the use of plastic bottles which are discarded, unlike glass bottles which are recycled.CHOKING ON PLASTICMaharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) officials estimate that around 3-5 per cent of municipal waste generated consists of plastic. While the MPCB will oversee plastic manufacturers, municipal bodies will regulate shops with the ban on dispensing plastic bags being built into license conditions.

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Fishes costlier after Ockhi leaves

Following Cyclone Ockhi, the fishing community has incurred severe losses as they couldn’t venture into the sea, and fishermen also fear that catch in the sea could reduce.Fishing unions claim that the overall losses incurred by 10 lakh people directly involved in fishing across Maharashtra is pegged at around Rs 1,000 crore. Akhil Maharashtra Machimar Kriti Samiti President Damodar Tandel said that they will soon meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and seek a relief package.”During the cyclone, the fishing community could not venture into the sea and even lost boats and nets. Those who still dared to venture into the sea for an eight- to ten-day fishing trip came back empty handed. For the next one month, the catch will dwindle as the fishes would move to deeper sea,” said Tandel, adding that unfortunately the ministry supposed to take care of fishermen in Maharashtra was least bothered about their plight. Tandel added that Mumbaikars will have to brace for a price hike in the days to come.Bernard D’mello of Pali Macchimar Society from Uttan said that fishermen are not treated on par with farmers. “In Uttan, we are estimating a loss of Rs 60 to 80 lakh as several families involved in the drying of Bombay duck fish lost all the stock as well as the scaffolding on which fishes are dried.” Dileep Mathak, from the Vasai Fishermen society, added that the fishing villages in Uttan and Arnala have borne the maximum brunt.A marine expert working with the government body explained, “The cyclone churns the sea and the shallow area, as well as the substrate, is completely disturbed and become muddy, so fishes who come towards the coast to breed or lay eggs move deeper due to which the catch dwindles,” said the expert.Maharashtra has 23,000 fishing boats out of which 13,000 boats are mechanised, and the annual catch of around 3.5 lakh metric tonnes is worth Rs 4,000 crore of which Rs 2,000 crore is from exports.
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Ockhi may cause rains in Maharashtra

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a very severe cyclonic warning for Maharashtra as Cyclone Ockhi, which is moving across some parts of south India, is expected to land in the state in the next 72 hours.After causing much damage in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the cyclone is likely to weaken gradually. It is on a north-western cause, drifting towards the coastlines of Gujarat and Maharashtra at the speed of 17 kmph. The stateis expected to receive light to moderate rainfall during the next three days.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that 28 boats along with 321 fishermen have been brought safely to Ratnagiri on Sunday.
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Maharashtra CM’s remarks that migrants contributed to Mumbai’s development does not go down well with Shiv Sena

After the MNS, it is the turn of the Shiv Sena to attack Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his comment that migrants from other states contributed to Mumbai’s development.”There is a competition that takes places intermittently, that of insulting Mumbai and the Maharashtrians and it is sad that Maharashtra’s chief minister has plunged into it. Fadnavis’s statement cannot be justified. He has not spoken in favour of the toiling classes who crafted Mumbai and protected it, but in favour of those who exploit them. It is because Mumbai was rich and prosperous that people from other states came here and became successful,” said an editorial on Saturday in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna.The newspaper has Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as the editor and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut as the executive editor.Also readMNS slams Fadnavis for lauding contribution by North Indians in Mumbai It charged that many what had come to Mumbai seeking a fortune had tried to kill this proverbial hen that laid the golden egg and claimed that it was because of the Shiv Sena that the city survived.”One question is always asked, whom does Mumbai belong to? First and foremost, Mumbai belongs to Maharashtra,” the Shiv Sena said, adding that North Indian leaders like Ram Manohar Tripathi and I.D Singh had merged into the local culture and expected others to do likewise.The editorial alleged that the BJP wanted to play politics on the strength of non-Maharashtrian votes and added that at present, the construct of politics meant that the development of Mumbai signified the rule of the builders and the rich and the use of this money for the “politics of the parties of the Shetjis.”
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Best homage to martyrs is to never let a 26/11 happen again: Devendra Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said the greatest homage to those who sacrificed their lives during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai would be to learn lessons from what happened on that day and not letting it occur again.He was speaking at ’26/11: Stories of Strength- A unique memorial’ held at the iconic Gateway of India here.”I think, there won’t be any greater homage to our martyrs than learning lessons from what had happened and not letting it happen again,” Fadnavis said.”I think, if all of us come together and become the eyes and ears of the forces, we will surely beat them. We will prevent any such tragedy in future,” the chief minister said.Today is the ninth anniversary of the gory attack, carried out by 10 terrorists from Pakistan over three days, that left 166 people dead, including 18 police officers and two NSG commandos.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan not serious about bringing perpetrators to justiceOn the preparations and enhancement of security measures, Fadnavis said, “I feel Mumbai has changed now. We have third eye-CCTV network, ‘Sagar Kavach’, joint-exercise with Navy, elite ‘Force One’ on the lines of NSG and bullet resistant jackets among others. We have technical intelligence, with state and Centre working together.””I think, we still require a resolve from the people. They should be the eyes and ears of our (security) forces, our police,” Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio, said. “The forces we are fighting have no principles and no state of laws. They are enemies of humanity. They want to create an atmosphere of fear.”They are bombing all parts of the globe, ramming vehicles in public places, they are firing in theatres, all they want to tell humanity is that we can win, we can terrorise you,” he said.Anant Goenka, Executive Director, the Indian Express Group, said, “The attack on parliament and 26/11 are the two events that have shaped the way modern India thinks of terrorism and violence.”
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: P Chidambaram didn’t allow us to question Central officers, says ex-Union Home Secretary”As a group that has been documenting a changing India for over 80 years, we recognised that we have rarely ever heard from those directly affected the survivors of 26/11.”From our interviews, we have been touched, inspired and awe struck at the courage, the positivity, the maturity and realised that there are many inspiring stories that needed to be told, and it’s our role as a responsible news media group, to give voice to these remarkable individuals,” Goenka said.

‘Organic’ platter, talks on healthy lifestyle to enrich lives of CP locals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is a new platter awaiting the residents of Cuffe Parade. The festival, called Organic Farmers Market, which kicks off here from Saturday, will see a host of organic fruits and vegetables on sale.The festival will be held from 10 am to 3 pm, close to Makers Arcade, where farmers from Nasik will sell organic products at affordable prices. The fest is organised by local BJP Corporator Harshita Narvekar with an objective to spread healthy lifestyle.The market will be a weekly event and will be held until December 17. The show will have stalls giving lessons on pottery making, tattoo booths, balloon sculpting and music. Narvekar said, “Even if the parents are busy buying the vegetables, the children can come and enjoy. Our objective is to promote healthy eating habits. We have also arranged talks by nutritionists”.Some of the major key attractions of the festival would be shopping stalls selling clothes made with organic elements for children, especially. Stalls selling organic cosmetics, clay cookware and organic cafe will also be put up. Devendra B, a resident of Churchgate, said, “It a very positive step that such festivals are being arranged, where ideas for enriching our lifestyle will be talked about. I am also interested in listening to the nutritionists and take guidance from them.”

Shiv Sena promises to retrieve ‘K’taka-occupied Maharashtra’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena, in yet another attempt to win over the Marathi manoos from the border districts of Maharashtra, Belgaum and other adjoining areas of Karnataka, on Friday announced that if voted to power, the party-led government will retrieve ”Karnataka Occupied Maharashtra” in the state.However, party president Uddhav Thackeray, who is currently on a three-day visit to Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara where BJP has made sufficient inroads, did not spell out a roadmap for the same. Instead, he merely reiterated Shiv Sena’s unstinted support for the Marathi-speaking people from the disputed Maharashtra Karnataka border area.Thackeray’s move to rake up the issue comes at a time when the BJP has already launched state-wide rallies against the Congress government ahead of the election to the Karnataka Assembly slated in the first half of 2018. Shiv Sena minister Diwakar Raote led a group of Sena workers to Belgaum in May to protest after Karnataka urban development minister R Roshan Baig made a statement that elected representatives who shout ‘Jai Maharashtra’ slogans would stand to lose their elected posts in Karnataka. However, Raote was stopped at the border.Shiv Sena recently took a pot shot at the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis saying if he is a “proud Marathi” he should reach out to the Marathi populace.State Congress spokesman Ratnakar Mahajan told DNA, “Shiv Sena always likes to involve itself in bravado. Since party chief late Bal Thackeray’s time, the Sena has been shouting about this issue but has never come out with a workable solution to the problem.”

CM offers suggestions to speed up slum rehabilitation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to speed up the slum rehabilitation scheme, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked officials to make necessary amendments to existing provisions so that slum dwellers get 300 sq ft houses instead of 269 sq ft.On Thursday, Fadnavis held a review meeting with the officials of Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). Minister of State for Housing Development Ravindra Waikar, Additional Chief Secretary for Housing Sanjay Kumar and officials from the CM’s office were also present.Fadnavis directed them to make the law easy so that rehabilitation could be sped up, and ensure that slum rehabilitation does not become a long-pending project.Often slum dwellers can’t claim a house due to inadequate proof of being the slum’s resident. In such cases, Fadnavis suggested the possibility of including them under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana if the concerned person does not own a house elsewhere in the country. Fadnavis also suggested providing a separate police force for removing the hurdles in slum rehabilitation.Often the developer does not complete the project for a long time and in such cases Fadnavis told the officials to look for another developer if 90 per cent of the residents agree to it.

CM Fadnavis, Sharad Pawar to meet tonight to discuss fate of co-generation plants in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on late Thursday evening will meet the former Union Minister Sharad Pawar and representatives from the sugar industry to discuss the fate of bagasse based co-generation projects and the electricity sold to the state-run Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MahaVitaran). The cooperative and private sugar mills have already set up a collective generation capacity of 2,000 MW and most of which is being purchased by MahaVitaran through a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).However, MahaVitaran, which is currently passing through a deep financial crisis largely due to mounting arrears from the agriculture consumers which are Rs 19,000 crore, has indicated that it would be difficult to continue power purchase from these plants and also from those in the pipeline citing high power purchase cost which ranges between Rs 6.10 and Rs 6.50 per unit. MahaVitaran has argued that the power is currently available in the open market and on exchanges at Rs 2.50 per unit to Rs 3.75 per unit and continuation of power procurement by bagasse-based cogeneration plants won’t be cost effective.A spokesperson for the state power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said the minister had already chaired a meeting on Tuesday with the representatives of the sugar industry and also officials of the energy department, MahaVitaran, and Maharashtra Energy Development Agency. ‘’The government in its renewable energy policy has estimated bagasse-based cogeneration capacity at 2,000 MW which includes both the power used by the sugar mills for their consumption and also sold to the MahaVitaran. However, sugar mills have taken objection to it saying that the power consumed from these plants cannot be calculated to estimate total installed capacity. Besides, sugar mills want that another 300 MW of capacity which is being set up some 16 sugar mills needs to be tied up by MahaVitaran. Therefore, a committee was set up to look into these issues and it was later decided that the final decision in this regard will be taken at the level of Chief Minister.’’ He informed that today’s meeting convened by CM will take into account the present situation.On its part, senior leader from the cooperative sugar industry, who will be present at today’s meeting, said the sugar mills have set up these plants under the government’s policy to promote renewable energy in the state and therefore they don’t want the government not to tweak its own policy especially when large investment is being done. The sugar mills have been provided a slew of incentives for installation of these plants.”The per megawatt cost is estimated at Rs 3.50 to 4 crore for bagasse-based cogeneration plant in which high capacity boilers are installed for efficient operations. These plants are generation capacity ranging between 3 MW and 18 MW. Sugar mills are of the view that the MahaVitaran needs to continue the power procurement from such plants and the government can lend help to MahaVitaran,’’ he said.

Mumbai: Despite open-defecation free tag, women from Chembur forced to go outside due to poor state of toilets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women from M ward of BMC along with Right To Pee activists had conducted a survey of over 100 toilets in different areas of the ward in order to check the toilet facilities provided by the civic authority to the residents. According to the women, majority of the toilets lack basic facilities due to which the residents have to do open defecation at night or early morning.”Once the door of the community toilet fell on my head. While we go inside the toilet, we have to hold the door in one hand since it is not attach to the toilet,” said Usha Deshmukh, a resident of Chembur while speaking about the issues faced by the residents. Deshmukh, added, “The floorings are in poor condition too. We have been raising the voice with the local corporator as well but they say they don’t have enough funds.”Like Deshmukh few other women also shared their experience. Shabanam Shaikh, said, “We also suffer from eve-teasing a lot. Due to lack of toilets, children sit on the nullah.”Anjum Shaikh, resident of Baiganwadi, added, “We don’t have a single toilet facility in our area. Everyday the residents have to walk over 10 minutes for the nearest toilet while does not have light and water facilities and is near a dumping ground.”On October 2, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had congratulated the city and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as the city was certified open-defecation free (ODF) by the Quality Council of India (QCI), a government regulator.The women along with Right To Pee activists will be meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in two days regarding the issue on the occasion of World Toilet Day. The survey was conducted after the government started ‘Mi Labharti (beneficiary)’ ads regarding open defecation free India.The women have also made a song on the issues making an appeal to the government.

‘Hooch’ kills three more in dry Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely three weeks after four persons died in hooch tragedy in Rohtas district, three more deaths were reported due to suspected consumption of spurious liquor in dry Bihar’s Vaishali district on Thursday.The incident took place at Basauli village in Vaishali on Wednesday night. The locals said the deceased — Arun Patel, Lal Babu Paswan and Devendra Paswan — all in their 40s, had consumed spurious liquor along with some other men at a local villager’s place on Monday evening.”They complained of nausea, vomiting etc and were taken to a local hospital where the three died. Two of them died on Tuesday and were immediately cremated by their family members while Arun’s body has been sent for postmortem,” said a local police officer.Vaishali superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar said, “It will only be clear after the postmortem reports are received whether they died due to hooch or some other illness. We were told by the family members that they were also suffering from other ailments. An investigation has been launched into it.”Sources said the police are also on the lookout for those who have taken ill after allegedly consuming liquor, though no headway has been made on that front. “One person has been detained for interrogation,” the source added.The locals, however, alleged that the police want to cover up the hooch deaths. “The local chowkidar used to sell liquor and the cops never took any action against him,” said a resident of Basauli village.This is the third hooch tragedy in Bihar, where total alcohol prohibition was enforced on April 5, 2016. Earlier, on October 28, four persons died and two others took ill after consuming spurious liquor in Danwar village of Rohtas while over 15 persons died due to illicit liquor in Gopalganj’s Khajurbani district in August last year.THIRD TRAGEDYThis is the third hooch tragedy in Bihar, where total prohibition was enforced on April 5, 2016.
On October 28, four died and two took ill after taking spurious liquor in Rohtas.
15 persons had died taking illicit liquor in Kha-jurbani in August 2016.

Over 50 bulk waste generators go green

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BMC’s push for mandatory waste segregation and composting at source by bulk generators of waste has started to make an impact in the city’s K-East ward. There has been a reduction of around five tonnes of waste collected from bulk generators in the ward each day.Around 50 bulk waste generators including housing societies as well as premium hotels in K-East ward (Andheri, Vile Parle) have turned into green societies as the BMC has certified them as zero- garbage society.These establishments have made it possible by taking a number of measures by managing waste at their premises.In the last 45 days, the civic body’s efforts of making waste segregation mandatory and composting of wet within society premises have borne results.”Around 49 bulk generators have already started waste processing at their premises while a couple of bulk generators have already bought machines for processing waste,” said Devendra Jain, assistant commissioner of K-East ward of BMC.As per the BMC, housing society, as well as commercial units where waste generation is above 100 kg per day or the premise, is spread over 20,000 sq meter, have to manage waste at their source.Initially, the civic body had given an October 2 deadline. However, after resistance and apprehension from housing societies to meet the deadline, the BMC had given a three months extension with a condition that bulk generators seeking time, must have to submit a plan on how they will start waste processing in advance.ON TRACKOne of the biggest wards, around 543 tonnes of garbage is generated every day in K-East
Hotels like Leela, Lalit, and JW Marriott have begun treating waste at source
A composting pit has been developed at Veer Savarkar garden in Vile Parle

Traffic dept to train staff on behaviour with women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the shocking video went viral wherein a traffic cop was seen towing a car in which a woman was breastfeeding her seven-month-old child, the Mumbai Traffic Police (MTP) department on Sunday has decided to devise a course for its staff where lessons will be imparted on how to deal with women and minors and taking right decisions at crucial moments.”Following the Malad incident, instructions have been given to all the traffic senior police officers to brief their staff on how to behave with citizens and how to deal with women and minors. We hope such incidents will not repeat,” said a traffic police officer, requesting anonymity.Replying to a question asked by DNA, on how the department is preparing to deal with Malad incident like situations in future and what measures are being taken to ensure the traffic policeman on the road do not behave in a callous manner with the citizens, especially women, Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Amitesh Kumar, said, “We will see what more has to be done. We will device a strategy or a course for traffic policemen in which they would be imparted training on sharpening their decision-making skills while handling tough situation.”Another police officer said experts might be roped in to impart training to traffic cops. It would be a regular training session. Mumbai Traffic Police has 3500 strong force. On Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while speaking to the media, termed the Malad incident as unfortunate and ordered the police department to sensitise traffic cops so as to prevent such incidents.”Absolutely insensitive & dangerous to tow the vehicle with lady and the child inside. The cop is suspended,” CM had said.

Mandatory Aadhaar display; pass for specific floors are some plans to bolster Mantralaya security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a farmer held the Maharashtra government on ransom by attempting suicide in Mantralaya, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is believed to have instructed officials to expedite the pending proposal of beefing up Mantralaya security.After implementing the proposal, individuals will not be able to enter any floor unless they have a valid pass for the same.An officer told on the condition of anonymity told DNA that Fadnavis was in Nagpur, but was constantly in touch with officials to monitor the situation after Anand Salve, a farmer from Satara, threatened to jump off the roof of the government building. Fadnavis has also reviewed the proposal, which is being prepared jointly by the state home department and the public works department. What are the proposed suggestions?- Aadhaar card mandatory to enter Mantralaya- The compound wall will now be raised to eight feet. A wire compound wall will also be installed. – Visitor entry management system with a proper and thorough check up would be deployed.- All the vehicles would be checked by stopping at the entry gates and a separate visitor’s room would be constructed near Garden Gate leading the way towards All India Radio.- Every visitor after checking for Aadhar Card would be provided with a specific visitor’s pass which would display floor on which the visitor is supposed to go.- The security guards in ordinary attire would keep vigil on visitor movement

Extortion cases show diminishing trend in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A good news for businessmen and builder community in Mumbai is that extortion cases in Mumbai are showing a diminishing trend. From January till October this year, 155 cases of extortion were registered in Mumbai as compared to 208 cases registered last year during the same period.While some officers say that the diminishing trend is due to sustained action from Mumbai and Thane Police against gangsters and criminals, some say that a lot of times victims in extortion cases do not approach the police due to fear and give up to the demands of the criminals.According to the statistics, while 155 extortion cases were registered in Mumbai from January till October this year, 208 cases were registered in 2016.The detection rate in extortion cases is over 75%. While 127 cases have been detected this year with a detection rate of 82%, 168 cases were detected last year with 78% detection rate, statistics revealed.“The reason detection cases are good in extortion cases is because, in almost all the cases, the culprit is known to the victim. In cases of underworld related extortion calls, the caller himself discloses his identity to the victim. We take sustained action on criminals and gangs involved in extortion cases. However, it would improper to say that the less number of extortion cases is due to police action. A lot times victims do not approach the police due to fear,” said a police officer.On Wednesday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad had received a threatening phone call from gangster Suresh Pujari.Thane Police officials had stated that Awhad had received a threatening call from Suresh Pujari who demanded an extortion of Rs 25 crore. “Pujari warned Awhad with dire consequences if his demand was not met,” said a police officer.Following this, Awhad had approached the police and a probe was launched in the matter.NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had also written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stating “If the elected representatives are not safe and secured, how government can give the guarantee of the common people’s security. If something untoward happens, then the CM would be responsible for this.”

Evicting hawkers can turn life-threatening for civic staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While hawkers in Mumbai claim they are being made scapegoats after the stampede at Elphinstone Road station, and that they are being unnecessarily targeted, civic staff involved in eviction drives say they work against stiff resistance as hawkers, backed by vested interests, threaten them constantly.The ugly side of Mumbai’s hawker problem can be gauged by these incidents: An Assistant Municipal Commissioner was forced to keep a revolver on him after he was threatened by hawkers at Sandhurst Road; seven civic officials were beaten up by hawkers in Andheri, and some cases of hawkers threatening to harm themselves to rile up crowds against civic staff.Following a Bombay High Court order, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has driven out over 20,000 hawkers from across the city over the past one month. However, removing hawkers has never been an easy task for civic officials.In August this year, hawkers in Andheri allegedly attacked Devendra Jain, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of K-East ward, during an eviction drive. Apart from Jain, six other civic officials from BMC’s Removal of Encroachments (RE) department also received injuries.A junior engineer and a security officer were hospitalised after the assault. The hawkers not only rained blows on the civic staff, they did not even spare policemen present at the spot.”Driving out illegal hawkers is a double-edged sword for civic officials. We have to face the ire of senior officials as well as residents if we do not remove hawkers; and if we do, hawkers resist us and sometimes they even get violent,” said Jain.Jain said that there is an organised syndicate backing hawkers, which offers them protection in return for money. The modus operandi of the syndicate is to reach the site where civic officials are taking action against hawkers, and then instigate people against the officers, said the official. “Goons who are on the payrolls of these vested interests join the hawkers in assaulting civic officials,” Jain said.While driving out hawkers, Jain recalls instances when hawkers threatened to stab themselves or self immolate to create panic and fear among officials. “They adopt various ways to instill fear among civic officials, and they do it when police officials are not present during the drive,” said Jain.”On one occasion, hawkers came with a morcha to the ward office around 12am, and left for home only at 10pm,” he added.Udaykumar Shiroorkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of B ward, is known for his tough action against illegal hawkers. “There was a huge problem of illegal hawkers outside Sandhrust Road station, and it was necessary to send out a stern message by driving them out from the area. However, because of this action against hawkers and other illegal encroachments, I began receiving threats from some miscreants,” Shiroorkar said.”The police then suggested that I keep a licensed revolver. Because of the threats, there were concerns about the safety of my daughter as well. She had to lose an academic year as she could not continue her education because of the threats,” added Shiroorkar.

MNS chief meets Fadnavis over illegal hawking issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid his party’s confrontation with the Congress over illegal hawking in the city, MNS chief Raj Thackeray met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday.The meeting comes after the Congress and MNS workers clashed over a morcha organised by the former at Dadar in support of hawkers on Wednesday.After the one-and-half-hour-long meeting, MNS leaders said Raj, who was accompanied by son Amit and party functionaries Bala Nandgaonkar, Shirish Sawant and Abhijit Panse, had not discussed the hawking issue. However, an MNS leader said the two had met one-on-one after the meeting.Nandgaonkar said they had raised the issue of redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings which had been constructed on the collector’s land in Kalyan and Dombivli, and the need for Maharashtra to have its own “start-up” policy which will create a favourable investment climate for young entrepreneurs.An MNS leader pointed to how the Bombay High Court had said hawking would be permitted only in 221 designated hawking zones but not near schools, hospitals, religious places, railway stations and on foot overbridges (FOBs).”For us, the issue of illegal hawking has ended. We have taken the agitation to a logical end. Lakhs of railway commuters will get relief,” he added.Activists of the MNS, which is known for its anti-migrant stance, had attacked and chased away hawkers from outside suburban railway stations after the Railway administration did not heed their party chief’s “ultimatum” to evict these encroachers.After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road Railway station on September 29 which killed 23 people, Raj, who had organised a morcha on the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate from the Metro Cinema had given the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, foot over bridges and premises. This would make stations safer and easier to access for commuters.TAKING A STANDMNS activists had attacked and chased away hawkers from outside railway stations after the Railways did not heed their party chief’s “ultimatum” to evict these encroachers. After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road railway station, The MNS had given the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, FOBs and rail premises.

Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial cost goes up to Rs 622 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The construction cost of the 350-foot long Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial has increased for the fourth time in the past two years from Rs 435 crore to Rs 622 crore. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Saturday said that the construction cost has partially increased due to special steel being used for the construction of the memorial.The MMRDA on Thursday re-floated bids for its construction after receiving a poor response in the bids floated earlier in April 2017, in which the current cost is Rs 622 crore.In consecutive years, the construction cost of the project has seen a steady increase. While the initial cost of the project was estimated to be Rs 435 crore, in 2016, it was estimated to be around Rs 500 crore.Further, in April 2017, the bids were floated at an estimated cost of Rs 550 crore, and the same was revised to Rs 591 crore in the last week of June.UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA that the cost escalation is due to special steel requirement. “It must be because of the special steel requirement. Last time, the amount was enhanced at the time of a pre-bid meeting,” Madan said.With the memorial being close to the Arabian Sea, the chances of corrosion are high. MMRDA had also sought the opinion of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-B) regarding the use of stainless/anti-corrosion steel.This will also mean that the MMRDA will miss the deadline set by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who had recently during a review meeting, said that the work order for construction of the memorial would be given by November 15, 2017.OVER THE YEARS2015 Rs435 crore2016 Rs 500 croreApril 2017 Rs 550 croreJune 2017 Rs 591 croreNov 2017 Rs 622 crore

Rajput groups want ban on Padmavati, warn of stir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Objecting to the depiction of history in the upcoming movie ‘Padmavati’, members of Rajput community groups have demanded that the Maharashtra government ban it. They have warned of protests across the state if their demand is not met.On Wednesday, community groups met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Tourism and EGS Minister Jaykumar Rawal to press their demands. The groups included office bearers of organisations like the Karni Sena, Maharana Pratap Battalion and Maharashtra Rajput Kshatriya Sangh.The community has a presence in pockets across Maharashtra, especially in the Khandesh (North Maharashtra) region, Marathwada and Vidarbha.Dilipsingh Hazari of the Maharashtra Rajput Kshatriya Sangh said they want filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali to “amend” the movie to prevent “distortion of history,” failing which the state government should ban it. The movie is based on the legend of Rani Padmavati, the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh of Mewar, whose kingdom was invaded by Alauddin Khilji for capturing Padmini, who committed jauhar.

CM Devendra Fadnavis to end monthly Janta Darbar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will no longer hold the monthly Janta Darbar, a sort of an open house, where he would listen to the grievances of people from all across the state. The term literally means ‘People’s court’.Fadnavis decided to put an end the practice as he noticed that at least six out of 10 complainants he met at these darbars would come to him often.Janta Darbar was started by late chief minister A R Antulay, who styled it on the concept birthed by 17th century Maratha king Shivaji where common folk could request his intervention. Antulay’s successor, Sharad Pawar found the darbar too royal for his style of functioning, and diluted it a bit. Shiv Sena’s Manohar Joshi revived the concept as Sena derives its name from the Chhtrapati. His successor, Narayan Rane, believed the concept meant that the administration wasn’t working.Congress chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde barely held it.Now Fadnavis has decided to do away with it altogether.”I have decided to scrap it as it has become meaningless,” he said. “I am getting most complaints resolved online. I will continue to meet people once they are vetted by the system and are found to have grievances that genuinely need my intervention.”Fadnavis clarified that though Janta Darbar has ended, it doesn’t mean he will abandon all contact with the common folk. “Lokshahi Din hearings will continue as usual,” he said. “We have also created the Aaple Sarkar portal where people can and do register their grievances. So far, over one crore people have used the service and are satisfied with it. The portal was also given an award for being a great digital initiative by the government of India.”

Why should we wait for another crisis: Railway Ministry defends relying on Army to build Elphinstone FOB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In times of crises, India always relies on its armed forces, the Railways said today, amid criticism over the government’s decision to take the help of the Army to build a new foot-over bridge at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station where 23 people were killed in a stampede last month.Earlier today in Mumbai, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Army would help build the FOB which will be completed by January 31 next year.”We have always relied on the Army during a crisis,” a Railway official said.The Army had strong operational expertise in the construction of roads and bridges and in developing infrastructure and had been used during many civilian crises in the past, ministry officials pointed out.”Why should we wait for another disaster to happen before seeking help? If the Army can help rebuild the structure then why not get them to build it,” said an official.Pointing out that the Army had been called in to join operations when the Mumbai-Goa highway bridge collapsed in August 2016, in rescue and rehabilitation work in Jammu and Kashmir during an earthquake in 2005 and floods in 2014 and the construction of a bridge during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010, the officials said building the FOB in time was a matter of public interest.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has criticised the decision to rope in the Indian Army for the FOB, terming it “deplorable” and “an admission of failure” of the government and the Indian Railways.National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted, “The Army was to be a measure of the last resort to be called upon in an extreme emergency. Now it seems like it s the 1st number on the speed dial.”A railway official also listed instances where the Army had been called in not just to repair and rebuild, but to manage fires as in 2008 when it helped control a blaze in a 13-storeyed building in Kolkata.The ministry officials also said that not just in India, but globally too armed forces played key roles in the betterment of citizen services.They said the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) maintains deepwater ports, operates 75 hydroelectric facilities and also operates 2,500 recreation areas at 463 projects.”Our officials, engineers who will see the Army at work will also learn from the best. They will learn how to complete such tasks on a war footing. This will eventually lead to swifter completion of projects in the Railways as well,” an official said.

Those who brought BJP to power have been kept away from it: Ex Minister Eknath Khadse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra completes its three years today, former minister Eknath Khadse said that those who had worked to bring the BJP to power have been kept away from it.Khadse was speaking at a book release event in Dhule yesterday, in the presence of BJP vice president Shyam Jaju.Jaju released the Marathi book on the Emergency.”The situation in the BJP is that those who spent their life working for the party and brought it to power are out of power and people like Narayan Rane are inside it,” he said.Rane was the chief minister in 1999 when he was in the Shiv Sena.He would be soon inducted in the Maharashtra cabinet, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said yesterday.Khadse, who hails from north Maharashtra, had quit the Fadnavis cabinet in June last year after allegations of impropriety in a Pune land deal.Soon after his resignation, the state government initiated a judicial inquiry against him.

Is this Indian Army’s job? Angry reactions on Twitter after plan to construct new FoB at Elphinstone Road

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The decision to take the Army’s help in the construction of a new foot overbridge at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station has not gone down as well as Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Defence Minister Sitharaman and Railway Minister Goyal​ would have hoped. Social media was abuzz on Tuesday morning questioning why defence resources were being used for civilian works.Visiting the site of the deadly stampede last month that killed 23 people and injured many others, CM Fadnavis said, “We are taking the Army’s help in building a new FOB at the Elphinstone Road station and at two other suburban train stations (Currey Road in Central railway and Ambivali Road Bridge in Thane). I have been informed that the work on these bridges will be completed by January 31.”Sitharaman said, “This is probably the first time we have asked the Army to come in to build what could otherwise be called a civil work, but Elphinstone tragedy was so big.” “A call was taken to cooperate seeing the urgency of the matter as the Army has its role at the borders. The Army has come and seen, inspected and assessed where the bridge is going to be built, they will be there at every stage of the work,” she said.Meanwhile, plenty of criticism could be seen being voiced on Twitter regarding the issue.

Army’s job is to train for war, don’t divert defence resources: Amarinder Singh hits out at Nirmala Sitharaman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday hit out at Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying, Army’s job is to train for war and not to be used for civilian works.The Congress leader lashed out at Defence Minister after she visited Elphinstone Road station along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal where it was announced that Army will help build foot overbridge at three stations including Elphinstone.”The @adgpi job is to train for war, not to be used for civilian works @nsitharaman ji. Don’t divert defence resources to civilian jobs,” Amarinder Singh said.”You’re doing what General Kaul did with the 4th Div before 1962 war with China. It will set a very bad precedent. Please avoid,” he said in another tweet.Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also criticised the move.”The army was to be a measure of last resort to be called upon in extreme emergency. Now it seems like it’s the 1st number on the speed dial,” he said.Nirmala Sitharaman said that a call was taken to cooperate seeing the urgency of the matter as Army has its role at the borders.”Probably first time Army has been asked to come in to build what could otherwise be called civil work. But Elphinstone tragedy was so big, a call was taken to cooperate seeing the urgency of the matter,” she said.”I have been informed that the work on these bridges will be completed by January 31,” Fadnavis said.23 people were killed in a stampede on the Elphinstone Road station foot overbridge (FOB) last month.

After Elphinstone stampede, 3 Railways foot-over-bridges to be built by Army by Jan 31

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over a month after Elphinstone stampede, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that three railways foot-over-bridges will be constructed by 31st January with Army’s help.On September 29, 23 people were killed in the rush hour stampede on a narrow overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations during heavy rain.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the stampede site along with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.Speaking to media, Fadnavis said, “After Elphinstone Stampede, we had asked for help from armed forces to which Defence Minister agreed and three bridges will be constructed by 31 January.””Bridges to be built in with cooperation with Army at Elphinstone Road, Currey Road and Ambivali by 31st Jan 2018,” said Piyush Goyal.
ALSO READ Elphinstone Stampede | A disaster waiting to happen, yet govt springs into action only after 22 crushed to deathNirmala Sitharaman said that the Army visited the areas and assessed where the bridge is going to be built and they will be there at every stage of the work.”A call was taken to cooperate seeing the urgency of the matter as Army has its role at the borders. Probably first time Army has been asked to come in to build what could otherwise be called civil work. But Elphinstone tragedy was so big, a call was taken to cooperate seeing the urgency of the matter,” she said.
ALSO READ Elphinstone Stampede: Western Railway inquiry report blames heavy rain, rumoursAn inquiry report has blamed the heavy rain for the tragedy. The panel, headed by the Western Railway chief security officer, submitted its report to WR General Manager Anil Kumar today after recording statements of 30 commuters who were injured.The report said people with heavy luggage lost their balance because of which the stampede may have occurred.

Shiv Sena says BJP our ‘principal’ enemy, praises Congress VP Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid strain in ties with alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena has called it a ‘principal enemy’ and praised Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.On the eve of the Devendra Fadnavis government’s third anniversary, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, it is part of the Maharashtra government ‘just for the sake of it’.The MP also said that they were in the government for the sake of it. “The BJP owns the government. Instead of hitting out at the Congress and NCP, the BJP targets the Sena. They (the BJP) are thus our principal enemy,” Raut told reporters in Nashik.Praising Rahul Gandhi, Rahu said there has been a substantial change in Congress leader. “A leader is one who is accepted by people. There is a substantial change in Rahul Gandhi since 2014. People like to listen to him now.”The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has begun preparations for the Lok Sabha and assembly polls of 2019 and it is ready to fight elections.Meanwhile, in a clear bid to hurt the BJP where it could hurt the most, the Shiv Sena has decided to contest from at least 25 seats in the Gujarat Assembly elections due in December. In the remaining constituencies, the party will support Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel, the face of the Patel quota agitation.Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said the cabinet reshuffle will take place before the winter session of the state legislature, and Rane, who quit the Congress recently to form his own outfit, will be inducted into the cabinet.(With PTI inputs)

Friend or foe – the Opposition is within

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra stands out for a single reason — there has been an Opposition party within it for the past three years. At every turn, this party — the Shiv Sena — criticizes the government. Now, the BJP’s only hope is to ensure that it decimates the Sena in the next elections due in 2019.It could be BJP’s Fadnavis’ strength that he is able to run a government with an in-house critic who loses no opportunity to blast his policies, and of late, even praise Rahul Gandhi as an emerging leader. It is also his weakness that he cannot do without the Sena providing the numbers for a majority.This is perhaps the biggest oddity of Indian politics where coalition-forming governments were held as a best means of moderating policies to suit all sides. Here, Fadnavis has been reduced to facing the daily barbs from Uddhav Thackeray, whose ministers sit in the Fadnavis cabinet but claim, by implication, a disassociation with the programmes.The BJP’s dependence on the Sena has come to such a pass that on the eve of completing his three years in office, Fadnavis had said, in effect, that whether the Sena should be in his government or not was not his but the Sena’s call. It implies a certain lack of confidence in asking the partner to quit and call for fresh polls. Probably he does not want to be another Theresa May.It is understandable that there is no other party willing to extend support though the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had unilaterally declared outside support to the BJP in the Maharashtra Assembly but later, again unilaterally, for no reason, withdrew it. Fadnavis has no option but to survive with a quarrelsome partner which has been on election mode for 2019 from the moment the 2014 elections were over.Risks exist when living on such a razor’s edge, for despite the work done by Fadnavis – such as there is – because the Sena is getting ample scope to tarnish the senior partner. Getting Narayan Rane into the government is seemingly an attempt at needling the Shiv Sena than merely providing him a refuge in his travel from Sena to Congress to a new avatar. He could be equally problematic.Uddhav Thackeray’s policy is of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds to secure dividends but the relationship between the two parties is not even of a detente. It is not like the Cold War between the two super powers of the past — USA and USSR — but a regular public skirmish. But to the Sena, this approach to power does not seem unconscionable at all. In fact, it revels in reviling the BJP.It is fortunate for Fadnavis that the Sena’s approach is seen by the public as opportunistic. It ought to be realised that Uddhav Thackeray’s calculation is of better seat yields in 2019 by keeping its identity sharp and clear, for he would need to battle BJP and not any other party for power in Maharashtra. He does not see much gain in being an Opposition till the next polls.(Mahesh Vijapurkar is a senior journalist.)

Narayan Rane joins NDA, cabinet expansion soon: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced that former Congress leader, Narayan Rane has joined National Democratic Alliance (NDA).He also said that the party will also expand the cabinet soon. “We’ll have a cabinet expansion soon. Narayan Rane has joined NDA, we will think about him what should be done,” Fadnavis said.On October 1, Rane had announced that he will form a new party, which will be called ‘Maharashtra Swabhimaan Paksh’. Rane’s decision of forming a new party came after he quit the Congress last week and met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah in New Delhi amid speculation that he will join the saffron party.A former chief minister during the Shiv Sena-BJP government, Rane defected to Congress in 2005 after criticising Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s son and political heir Uddhav.He was a minister in successive Congress governments till 2014 when the party lost power to the BJP. Rane lost the last Assembly elections in 2014 and a by-poll in Mumbai’s Bandra.He quit the party after state leadership dissolved the Sindhudurg unit dominated by his supporters.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis asks people to celebrate pollution-free Diwali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has exhorted people to ensure no damage is caused to the environment while celebrating Diwali and the festivities do not lead to air and noise pollution.The Supreme Court had on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR until October 31 in an effort to check pollution during Diwali.”All Indian festivals have a bond with nature. People should take precautions that there is no damage caused to the environment so as to be able to live in a healthy and pollution-free environment,” Fadnavis had yesterday said in the Mantralaya. He said this while administering a pledge to a group of school children to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali.While celebrating festivals, it should be ensured that air and noise pollution are not caused, the chief minister said. Maharashtra’s Environment Minister and Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam yesterday told reporters that he would request the chief minister to ban the sale of fire crackers in the state, on the lines of the Supreme Court’s verdict for Delhi- NCR.”The Supreme Court gave its decision that there should not be fire crackers’ shops in residential areas. Keeping people’s health in mind, and there should be no pollution, and for this, everybody should take care,” Kadam said. “I will request the chief minister and see if something similar could be done here as firecrackers cause pollution, human beings and animals get affected and even shops at times catch fire,” the minister had said. The Supreme Court had on Monday directed that its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi- National Capital Region (NCR) would continue till October 31 – Diwali falls on October 19 — in a bid to check pollution during the festival of lights.

Uddhav takes credit for clearing hawkers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a protest march against the Railways by MNS on October 5, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday claimed that it was because of Shiv Sena that encroaching hawkers were being removed from foot-overbridges at railways stations across the city. He also claimed credit for the increase in honorarium of anganwadi workers.Addressing a press conference at Shiv Sena Bhavan, Thackeray said that whether it was the issue of anganwadi workers or hawkers — Shiv Sena ministers had raised their voices during cabinet meetings. He said that when they met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, they had raised both these issues along with the issue of security guards who had resorted to strike. He also thanked the state government for yielding to Sena’s demands, adding that Shiv Sena has never put pressure on the government for personal demands but it has always worked for people’s issues. Thackeray said that the chief minister had assured to sort out the issue of security guards and Sena believes that he would fulfil his promise.When reporters pointed out that the chief minister will be attending a program to mark NCP state unit president Sunil Tatkare’s 30 years in public life, Thackeray replied, “It is for the Chief Minister to say in this function that his own allegations against Tatkare were wrong.” While in Opposition, Fadnavis had levelled allegations against Tatkare about scams in irrigation projects.When asked about his reaction on Narayan Rane’s decision to join NDA, Thackeray did not wish to comment.

BMC warns societies, firms of legal action over garbage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihannmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is taking rapid and strict steps to implement compulsory waste segregation and composting for bulk generators- residential societies and commercial establishments.Apart from issuing revised notices, the Assistant Municipal Commissioners (ward officers) were also directed by the civic chief, Ajoy Mehta, on Saturday to register complaints with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) if bulk generators failed to comply with the rules.Additionally, ward officers will also serve a final notice for waste segregation under the Municipal Solid Waste rules 2016 and if not implemented, the ward can fine an individual with Rs 100 per day and a bulk generator with Rs 500 per day. The fine will be levied for not delivering segregated waste through the bins provided specifically for dry and wet waste.Meanwhile, all 24 ward officers will personally visit bulk generators- societies and commercial establishments– to ascertain why they were unable to meet the October 2 deadline. The ward officers will inspect the premises, discuss the difficulties the societies are facing to implement waste segregation and also introduce various methodology they can imply for composting. The ward officers have to complete the visits in the next 15 days and submit their report to BMC chief Ajoy Mehta. A list of defaulters will also be submitted by ward officers and initiate procedure of law against them.”Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Devendra Jain said, “Although some societies have come forward and have implemented composting, there are many who have not responded. We will visit the societies and guide them for various composting methods that they can implement and also know the problems they are facing. We will give them one last chance to implement the rule otherwise notices will be served under various sections which include prosecution and fines.”ON NOTICEAcross all 24 civic wards in Mumbai, 5,304 notices were issued to bulk generators for waste segregation and composting. However, around 4 per cent of bulk generators only have started implementing till now. The steps are been taken to decrease the garbage load on the city’s three dumping grounds.

Anganwadi workers call off month-long strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After intervention by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, around two lakh Anganwadi workers in the state on Friday decided to call off their indefinite month-long strike.The state government agreed to raise their monthly wages as per their service seniority. Anganwadi workers and their helpers (Madatnis) were on an indefinite strike since September 11. They were pressing their long pending demands of increasing allowance and inclusion in government job so that they can avail pension as well.Anganwadi workers cater to the nutritional needs of children under the age of six and adolescent girls who are malnourished or anaemic in rural areas. The breakthrough came at a meeting chaired by Fadnavis, which was attended by state Woman and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde and the representatives of the anganwadi workers.Munde said that the allowance has been increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,500 and Fadnavis has also assured the delegation to provide allowance on the basis of seniority. Munde informed that the government would bear additional Rs 311 crore for providing the hike and would also bear additional Rs 40 crores for providing allowance on the basis of seniority.”Those with an experience of 10-20 years will get Rs 6,695, those in experience bracket of 20-30 years will get Rs 6,760 and those having more than 30 years of experience will receive Rs 6,825 per month,” a government communication said.(With agency inputs)

Maha govt unsure of disbursing farm loan waiver by Diwali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s been a 100 days since Chief Devendra Fadnavis announced one of the largest farm loan waivers by any state ever, but it is increasingly unclear whether this Diwali will bring farmers much cheer as the government seems unsure whether it will be able to disburse the promised Rs 34,000 crore by then.On Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Pandurang Phundkar had declared that farmers across the state would receive funds to pay off their loans by Diwali, which is on October 19.According to Minister for Co-operation, Marketing, and Textiles Subhash Deshmukh, the state government is yet to receive complete information about farmers, failing which it is impossible to transfer money to their accounts.The government is planning to transfer money in to farmers’ accounts in selected tehsils in seven districts where 90 per cent information about loan waiver applicants has been sent by banks. “Even then we will be not in position to begin the disbursement immediately as the verification may take some time,” an official admitted.The state government has so far received 77.29 lakh loan waiver applications, which will cover 57 lakh families, since only one person per household is eligible for the benefit.Deshmukh said that it was true that a few banks are lagging in compliance with the data and the Chief minister has himself spoken to highest officials of these banks including the State Bank of India, which has submitted only 24 per cent data.Farmers have availed loans from across 65 banks, which include 30 district central cooperative banks (DCCBs). About 35 private and commercial banks, which have more than 50 lakh account holders with outstanding dues, have provided only 40 per cent of the data required for disbursement.

Maharashtra: Will not break alliance with BJP keeping interests of people in mind: Shiv Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It appears that while Maharashtra party Shiv Sena will be critical of its ally – the BJP’s decisions and shout protests over factors such as fuel hike, it won’t break the alliance in order to ‘protect the interests of the people’.The frayed relationship between saffron allies — the BJP and Shiv Sena — had come under fresh strain after Sena MP Sanjay Raut had recently said his party will soon decide on whether to continue in the two-party coalition government in Maharashtra.However, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ today said “the party would not end the coalition when assembly elections are two years away and will continue to remain in power to protect the interests of people”.
ALSO READ Elphinstone stampede: Maha Govt announces Rs 5 lakh to kin of victims; Piyush Goyal orders high-level enquiryShiv Sena has 12 ministers in the Devendra Fadnavis-led government, including five of the Cabinet rank. Maharashtra has a 39-member council of ministers. The party has one minister in the NDA ministry at the centre.The editorial also hit out at the railways and the central government, alleging that their apathy led to Friday’s stampede at the Elphinstone station that killed 23 people.The Sena also took a swipe at the ambitious bullet train project from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, saying, “what is the use of the bullet train when you cannot provide basic infrastructure to local commuters?”The swipe comes soon after Maharashtra Navnariman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray, who is the first cousin of Sena President Uddhav, said that until the present infrastructure of local railways is made better, not a single brick will be allowed to be placed for bullet train in Mumbai.With PTI Inputs

Sachin Tendulkar rolls up his sleeves to clean up Mumbai streets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday morning cleaned the streets of suburban Bandra to spread the message of cleanliness.Extending support to the central government’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign, Tendulkar urged people to keep the city and its surroundings clean in order to make it not just beautiful, but also a healthy place.”The garbage is dumped here and there while there are dustbins. I would request everyone not to litter and please do not deface the city,” Sachin told mediapersons.”We each have to do our bit to keep #IndiaClean. So, pick a group of friends, a street, and together let’s #CleanUp India. #SwachhataHiSeva,” Tendulkar tweeted after taking part in the campaign.On September 15, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had picked up the broom and swept a lane in the busy Crawford market in south Mumbai while launching the 15-day sanitation campaign Swachhta Hi Seva (cleanliness is service) fortnight.

Vinod Tawde ignored red flag against tainted officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Charudutt Shinde was the subject of a police complaint for fraud even before he was appointed the officer on special duty (OSD) to state education minister Vinod Tawde. And even though a BJP lawmaker had raised a red flag against him before Tawde as well as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shinde’s appointment as OSD was confirmed, DNA has learnt.As revealed in a series of reports in this paper, Shinde is already facing allegations from within the education department that he sought a cut to allot contracts to favoured entities.But before the cash-for-work taint, Shinde was accused of handing out bogus medical certificates passing off physically fit people as disabled, so they could exploit government benefits, Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Anil Gote has claimed.A police complaint was lodged against Shinde after the racket was exposed in 2015, when he was district surgeon at Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College in Dhule, Gote said. “I had written to both Minister Tawde and Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis about this issue. But they chose to ignore my letter,” Gote said.Documents accessed by DNA confirm the complaint was lodged in Dhule.”Shinde was part of a ring that declared fit workers as partially disabled or colourblind, which then allowed them to escape heavy-duty work and apply for various allowances,” Gote said. Some 8,000 such fake certificates were issued for cash between 2011-2015 in Dhule, he said.The scam came to light during a routine health check-up when those certified as disabled or partially blind by Dr Shinde and his team were found to be free of these impairments. There exists a confidential report on this matter, Gote claimed.Nawab Malik, Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson, said it was a serious issue if Tawde disregarded such a damning complaint, that too from his own party’s legislator.”It really says a lot. Dr Shinde is a habitual offender and Tawde still went ahead and made him the OSD,” said Malik.Both Tawde and Shinde were unavailable for comment.

Dawood told me to drop case against Khadse, says Anjali Damania

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anti-corruption activist Anjali Damania registered a complaint with the police on Saturday, claiming that she has been receiving threat calls from Pakistan, and this may brew trouble for former revenue minister and veteran BJP leader Eknath Khadse. Damania has been locked in a legal battle with Khadse for long and believes that the number which she’s getting the calls from belongs to notorious gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Damania claimed that the caller told her to withdraw her case against Khadse.Khadse, who is currently in New Delhi to attend BJP’s two-day meet, told DNA, “The Central Investigation Agency should immediately inquire and find out the truth.” Undeterred by fresh allegations against him, Khadse said probe by a central agency is required as ‘the don’ has been named in the complaint.“We have registered a case against an unknown person and have taken the call recording in our custody. We are checking call data records and have informed other agencies for technical assistance,” said Kailaschandra B Avahad, senior police inspector, Vakola Police Station.Today’s development comes at a time when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is expected to expand his cabinet and the followers of Khadse, who had resigned last year over corruption charges, are pressing for his rehabilitation.This is not the first time that Khadse has been targeted for his alleged links with the underworld.

Senior leader Narayan Rane quits Congress, accuses party of humiliating him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, senior Congress Narayan Rane quit the part, accusing them of not keeping promises made to him. He said that he will now go on a state-wide tour of Maharashtra which will start from Nagpur. He stated that he will announce his next move after Navratri.He claimed that he was constantly humiliated by the party. He submitted his resignation as MLC to the speaker at 2:25PM. He also attacked Ahmed Patel and Ashok Chavan, claiming he was promised the CM’s post.Rane was CM of Maharashtra for eight months between 1 Feb and 17 October 1999, when he was part of Shiv Sena and succeeded Manohar Joshi.Rane, who has pockets of influence in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, was expelled by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray after he voiced displeasure over Uddhav Thackeray gaining prominence in the party.Rane, a tough talking Maratha leader, who was handpicked by Bal Thackeray as chief minister when he decided to remove the genial Manohar Joshi ahead of the 2005 Assembly elections, claimed he had received an offer from the Sena to return to its fold. He, however, did not say if he was offered any post.”It’s not about any post. I said I don’t want to rejoin the Sena. If the Sena doesn’t want me, why would the offer have been made,” Rane told a Marathi news channel.However, Rane’s open revolt against Bal Thackeray and Uddhav still rankles with most leaders and members of the Sena, whose threat to pull out of the coalition government is being seen as an attempt to thwart the Maratha leader’s entry into the BJP.The speculation about his joining BJP got triggered with reports that he had met BJP president Amit Shah in Ahmedabad a few months ago. During the recent Ganesh festival, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had visited Rane’s residence, fuelling it further.Rane said Sena often enacted the “drama” of threatening to quit the government while enjoying the privileges of power.More details awaited

State asks IIT-B to conduct a third- party audit for Shivaji statue project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what will make plans for the world’s tallest statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the Arabian Sea closer to fruition, the state government has asked the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Bombay) to conduct a third-party audit of the lowest bid for the project.A senior public works department (PWD) official said the IIT-B would “proof check” the lowest bid submitted for the project. “This is part of the procedure. The report is expected to be submitted this month after which the bid may be placed before the high-power committee headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for approval,” he added.The official admitted that while they expected work to be launched by October, they would try and commission it by the year-end.Three infrastructure majors had bid for construction of the memorial and statue of the warrior-king. Though the state expected the first phase to cost Rs 2,300 crore, Afcons and L&T had quoted Rs 4,779 crore and Rs 3,826 crore respectively.Reliance Infrastructure lost in the technical evaluation. Officials admitted to a huge discrepancy between their estimates and the actual bids received.

Maharashtra: Here’s BJP’s ‘plan B’ if Shiv Sena quits coalition government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would complete his five-year tenure, even if Shiv Sena decides to quit the government in Maharashtra. According to a media report, BJP has a plan B in place which aims at surviving on the support of smaller organisations and independent members to reach the magic figure of 145, required to retain power. On Monday, Shiv Sena dropped enough hints that it plans to quit the coalition government in Maharashtra. But BJP appears ready to face the challenge, says a report in The Indian Express. A senior BJP functionary, requesting not to be named, told The Indian Express, “If Shiv Sena walks out of the government, we have plan B in place. There is absolutely no threat to the Fadnavis government.”According to report, BJP has decided not to depend on any one political party to cobble up the numbers. BJP has 123 MLAs in the 288 seats Maharashtra Assembly. The party has claimed that it has garnered the support of 22 MLAs which makes their strength reach 145, mentions the report. The frayed relationship between saffron allies–the BJP and Shiv Sena–on Monday came under fresh strain with the latter saying it will soon decide on whether to continue in the two-party coalition government in Maharashtra.After a meeting of senior party functionaries, MPs and legislators called by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, its Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut castigated the BJP-led governments in Maharashtra and at the Centre, and said the party was “very close” to taking a decision on its continuance in government.”We are very close to taking a decision (on whether to continue in the government)… wait and watch. There is tremendous resentment among the people in Maharashtra and across the country.”There are various issues people are facing due to the inefficiency of the government. The Shiv Sena does not want to be a part of all this,” Raut told journalists.While he castigated both the Devendra Fadnavis dispensation in Maharashtra and the Modi government at the Centre, he only spoke about giving an ultimatum to the former before taking a call on whether or not to continue being part of it.”Uddhavji will give an ultimatum to the chief minister and then take a decision (on continuing in the government),” Raut said.Shiv Sena has 12 ministers in the Fadnavis government, including five of the Cabinet rank. Maharashtra has a 39- member council of ministers. The BJP’s oldest saffron ally has just one minister in the Modi Cabinet and has often voiced its unhappiness over it.(With PTI inputs)

Maharashtra farm loan waiver: Number of beneficiaries may be less than 89 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The actual number of farmers who are expected to benefit from the Maharashtra government’s loan waiver is likely to be less than the earlier estimate of 89 lakh, said officials of the state cooperation department.Announcing the Rs 34,000-crore loan waiver scheme, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana, in June, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said 89 lakh farmers would benefit from it.Last week, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said at least 10 lakh bank accounts of farmers were fake and they will not get any benefit of the loan waiver.His statement invited criticism from opposition leaders as well as farmer organisations.However, the officials maintained Patil may not be widely off the mark.When contacted, the department officials maintained that despite several reminders, the cooperative and public sector banks have failed to provide a detailed list of farmers having outstanding loan.This has raised suspicion about the exact number of agriculturists having outstanding loans, they said.Currently, farmers are in the process of filing applications for getting benefit under the scheme. The state government has extended the deadline from September 14 to 22 for receiving online applications from eligible cultivators.State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) possesses details of all the banks and farmers having outstanding loans.A senior officer from SLBC said, “Earlier, the practice was to handover an account number and write the outstanding loan amount next to it.”In view of the 2007-8 loan waiver controversy, when undeserving loans were also settled, the current state government sought names of farmers as per the banks’ record.Banks had to make necessary changes to come up with a list of all the required details of farmers.”The department officials said despite several requests the banks have also not given the list of beneficiaries of 2007-8 loan waiver scheme.”It has been said that some 70 lakh farmers from Maharashtra benefited from the 2007-8 loan scheme, but not a single name is available with any bank in the state. This is a serious issue and can’t be allowed to happen again.”Hence, we have undertaken the tedious task of finding the actual number of beneficiaries, which we think, would be less than 89 lakh,” the officials said.As per the scheme’s guidelines, only one members outstanding loan in a family will be considered for waiver.Despite this, every member in a family having some unpaid agricultural loan is filling the form and uploading it on the government portal. This practice would increase the documentation processing and verification time, they said.As only one person in a family is going to be eligible for loan write-off, the actual number of beneficiaries will come down from earlier estimate, the officials added.As on last Sunday, 1,00,85,326 farmers have registered themselves with the government for loan waiver. Of these, 55,40,732 have filled the required form and uploaded it on the government’s website.

152 athletes to get Rs 50,000 stipend: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly-appointed union sports minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, on Friday, announced a benchmark decision to give stipend of Rs. 50,000 per month to 152 selected athletes.This comes after the Olympic Task Force gave recommendations that the stipend be paid to the elite athletes who are preparing for Tokyo Olympics, Asian Games, or Commonwealth Games.It is to be noted that the government has selected these players under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme. This stipend will be payable with effect from September 1, 2017. It is given with a motive to support the players meet their pocket expenses while they prepare for the big games to come.“We are happy to announce that the ministry of sports has considered an out of pocket allowance for 152 athletes, these are our top athletes. All the training expenses will be taken care of and all their training programs will be taken care of,” Rathore said while speaking to a news agency.“This is just purely an out of pocket allowance so that whatever minor expenditures happen, they (athletes) have this money readily available to them. And they can focus on their training,” he added.The central government is also preparing a training and competition exposure plan with the selected athletes.“This is a very good step. I believe this will bring out good results. If top players are being given financial support, more medals are expected to come in.”-Devendra Jhajharia, Indian Paralympic javelin thrower

PM Modi offered Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule a cabinet berth: Sena MP Sanjay Raut

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had offered NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule a berth in his cabinet.In a signed article in the Sena mouthpiece `Saamana’ on Sunday, Raut, who edits the newspaper, recalled that during a meeting with Pawar, he had asked about media reports that Pawar would be joining the Modi cabinet.”Pawar told me there is no truth to media reports. He described such reports as a height of stupidity,” Raut wrote.”Rumours are being spread about my party. Modi had once told me he wanted Supriya in his cabinet. Supriya, who was present at that meeting, told Modi that she would be the last person to join the BJP,” Raut claimed Pawar as saying.The Sena MP also said that Pawar told him that NCP’s stand is very clear, yet rumours are spread to create confusion.”Sharad Pawar says this. But there are senior NCP leaders who are in touch with (Maharashtra) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The Shiv Sena has no reason to be worried even if the NCP seeks to be part of the Fadnavis cabinet and the chief minister is holding secret meetings with NCP leaders,” said Raut.When PTI tried to contact Pawar for his reaction, a close aide of the NCP chief said he was in Baramati, his hometown, and would respond to the Saamana article at an ‘appropriate’ time.

Centre to develop Asia’s largest slum Dharavi after failing to get private developers?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Central Government’s National Building Construction Company (NBCC), wants to redevelop Dharavi. Last week, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that the state government will initiate the redevelopment of Asia’s largest slum after failing to get private developers.Now the Centre’s NBCC has jumped in and Devendra Fadanvis confirmed to DNA that the proposal is being actively considered.Dharavi Redevelopment gained prominence last week when the CM brought it up in his public outreach program, ‘Mi Mukhyamantri Boltoy’. “Immediately after coming to power, we floated a global tender but in spite of doing it thrice, developers haven’t come forward,” he had said. “It appears that developers see more difficulty than profit in this project hence we have decided to form a policy to redevelop Dharavi. The project will be done under the state’s SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) and on the lines of BDD Chawl.”There, instead of developers, we roped in MHADA. The initial investment will be raised by the government.”When asked whether NBCC had shown any interest in the project, Fadnavis replied, “Under active consideration.”Like MHADA’s role in BDD chawl redevelopment, NBCC’s role in Dharavi could be that of a contractor where it will construct homes for slum dwellers as well as create housing to be sold in market. However, nothing has been made official yet.According to the NBCC website, it will be redeveloping properties for the government. They will also provide houses at reasonable rates. When contacted, the NBCC office in Delhi didn’t respond.Dharavi is divided into five sectors of which sector V is being redeveloped by MHADA and the government had floated tenders for the remaining four sectors.

Bullet train: After PMO’s letter, CM calls for meeting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister’s office (PMO) has expressed displeasure over Maharashtra government’s indecisiveness in allotting space for the terminal of the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train.The PMO, by pointing out the importance of the ambitious bullet train project, has mentioned in its letter to the Chief Minister’s office that it is not a good situation that the project is not moving forward.After receiving the letter 3-4 days ago, a meeting has been called regarding the bullet train, on Monday. It is likely the state government would expedite the decision of finalising land for the terminal of the proposed bullet train in this meeting.The Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train is the Prime Minister’s pet project. He is keen on inviting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to lay the foundation of the project in Ahmedabad in September. It is important for the state of Gujarat as it would be heading into Assembly elections in December, and it would not be possible to make any announcement once code of conduct is imposed in the state.Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has told officials of High Speed Railway Corporation that they should opt for alternative land in one corner of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), or look for alternative land at Lokmanya Tilak Terminal or at Dharavi. MMRDA has recently taken a decision to earmark 50.31 hectares of land at BKC for the proposed International Financial Services Center (IFSC).An official from the CM’s office told DNA that the entire plan for IFSC, multi-metro station and bullet train is ready and all objections from the airport authority and other agencies would be allayed in due course of time. Sources in Mantralay and Chief Minister’s office told DNA that Fadnavis is keen on availing sanctions for a high speed train between Mumbai and Nagpur, while allotting space for the bullet train terminal, as the bullet train would benefit Gujarat more than Maharashtra.CM Devendra Fadnavis refused to provide land below the IFSC and options of lands at Dharavi and Lokmanya Tilak Terminal were proposed during the meeting on August 24. Fadnavis, along with Ministers Chandrakant Patil, Vinod Tawde and Diwakar Raote were present at the meeting. The CM is heading the Cabinet sub-committee, which was appointed to study the bullet train proposal. He, along with these ministers, would be discussing the project with High Speed Railway Corporation officials during their second joint meeting to be held on Monday.

BMC awaits formal bid to rebuild Sai Siddhi building

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forty days after the four-storey Sai Siddhi building at Ghatkopar crashed — killing 12 and injuring 16 persons — its reconstruction is caught in a whirlpool of confusion.So far, leading construction company Man Infraconstruction is the sole developer to have come forward with an offer to carry out reconstruction of the building, free of cost, through its trust or CSR funding. However, the company has yet to submit its formal proposal to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Reconstruction entails an investment of Rs 3 crore, and the developer will have to shell out at least Rs 1.50 crore to BMC towards various taxes, despite being a charity.Man Infraconstruction has orally appealed to BMC to waive those taxes to make reconstruction viable as it isn’t keen on opting for fungible floor space index (FSI) or transfer of development right (TDR) for the construction of additional flats to sell at market rate.Realising that BMC has no powers to waive taxes for the reconstruction being done as charity, Man Infraconstruction, on August 13, sought the intervention of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. However, the government is yet to take a call.Further, of the 15 flats, four are owned by Sunil Shitap, currently in jail for allegedly carrying out unauthorised alterations on the ground floor of the Sai Siddhi building, which led to its collapse on July 26. Shitap’s consent is yet to be received while the other 11 residents have given their nod for the proposed reconstruction offer by Man Infraconstruction.Man Infraconstruction managing director and BJP corporator Prag Shah told DNA, “Our company has offered to reconstruct the building free of cost and hand over flats to the occupiers. So far, we have consent from 11 unit holders. We do not want to go in for fungible FSI or TDR as the objective is not to make money out of it. We want BMC to write off the taxes and have sought the CM’s help in this regard.” He said the company has already started preparation of the plan for construction of 10,000 sq ft of built up area and will seek necessary approvals from BMC.BMC Commissioner Ajoy Menta said, ” BMC is yet to receive a formal proposal from Man Infraconstruction. We will scrutinise it after its receipt.”BJP legislator from Ghatkopar West Ram Kadam said that 11 unit owners will soon be shifted to the transit camp in Bhandup area. “As far as the reconstruction is concerned, it is still in the discussion stage,” he noted.

Mumbai rains: Edu Minister announces that schools and colleges will remain closed tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Schools and colleges in Mumbai will remain closed tomorrow in view of the MeT department forecasting heavy rains in the metropolis. The city received torrential rains the entire day today and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy showers tomorrow as well. After taking stock of the situation, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde instructed the colleges and schools to remain shut tomorrow.”With today’s heavy downpour and predictions for heavier rainfall; schools, college authorities instructed to remained closed tomorrow,” Tawde tweeted late this evening.
ALSO READ Mumbai Rains: President Kovind says thoughts with families, especially childrenAccording to a senior official, it is a precautionary measure taken by the state government and once the IMD issued its forecast, the government declared half day working for its employees today. PTI ND RSY
ALSO READ Mumbai rains: Torrential rainfall cripples maximum city, PM assures Devendra Fadnavis of all helpMumbai Rains: Story so farTorrential rain accompanied by strong winds pummelled Mumbai today, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees, swamping homes, and bringing the megapolis and satellite towns to their knees.
ALSO READ Mumbai Rains: Essential helpline numbers, safe places to stay and other top developments People’s woes were compounded by the high tide that prevented natural drainage of water into the sea.Meteorological department sources said Mumbai recorded copious rain of 65 mm in just three hours.Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads in Lower Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Khar West, Ghatkopar, Sion and Hindmata areas that were under knee to waist deep water for several hours, many having broken down.Suburban rail services, the lifeline of the metropolis, were thrown out of gear.Train services on all three suburban railway lines– Central, Western and Harbour lines–have been paralysed.Having waited for hours on end with water showing no signs of receding, fidgety passengers were seen jumping off stationary trains and walking along the tracks to their destinations.Commuters were seen standing under knee deep water on the steps of buses in low lying areas like Parel. Traffic crawled at snail’s pace on important roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg.Prime Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rains and promised all possible support from the Centre.”Spoke to Maharashtra CM @Dev_Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rain in Mumbai & surrounding areas,” Modi tweeted.”Centre assures all possible support to the government of Maharashtra in mitigating the situation due to heavy rains in parts of the state,” he added.The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall, Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, told PTI.Naval helicopters have been kept on standby to meet any eventuality and flood rescue teams and divers are also ready for deployment, a Navy spokesperson said.”Seaking 42 C ready for day/night Search and Rescue. Medical teams and Divers ready for immediate deployment,” the spokesperson tweeted.Five flood rescue teams and two diving teams are also ready to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai, the spokesperson said.Schools and colleges have been ordered shut following forecast of heavy rainfall, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said.According to the civic body’s disaster management cell, at least 20 incidents of trees fall and one of wall collapse were reported from across the city but there were no casualties.”Heavy waterlogging expected in coming hours due to heavy showers coupled with high tide. Pls chk ur route before venturing out,” the Mumbai police said in a tweet, advising people to remain indoors.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the State Disaster Management Control (SDMC) room and took stock of the situation.”I have asked employees at Mantralaya, the state secretariat to leave for their homes. Employees in other offices have also been allowed to head to their homes. We have advised (private) offices to allow their employees to leave for their homes early today,” Fadnavis said.He said the situation was being monitored closely and necessary advisories would be issued from time to time.Aircraft have stopped landing at the city airport after 4 pm but were taking off, officials said.Flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport saw delay and disruptions since morning.Till evening, the airport saw six flight cancellations, 10 go-arounds and 10 diversions, airport sources said.While the main runway of the the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Aiport (CSIA) is operational, the nearby aerodrome at Juhu has been shut as it is very close to the Arabian Sea, sources said.The airport officials said on an average all the flights were delayed by over 45 minutes.”Heavy rain and strong winds have drastically reduced visibility leading to diversions and go arounds even though the main runway is open,” a Mumbai airport source told PTI.”Areas such as Mumbai, south Gujarat, Konkan, Goa and west Vidarbha will get extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. It is a serious situation. We have issued necessary warnings to the departments concerned, including airports,” A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune, told PTI.”The status of the weather system, which has brought heavy showers over the Mumbai region, has been upgraded from ‘well marked low pressure’ to ‘depression’. It means it is set to bring more rains. Hence, we have predicted an extremely heavy rainfall,” he said.In the morning, commuters bound for offices were stranded at several suburban stations.In absence of train services, major suburban stations were overcrowded. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus was chock-a-block with commuters anxiously waiting for trains to head home.Charan Singh, Director, India Meteorological Department, said a ‘Red’ warning has been issued for the next 24 hours for the city and adjoining areas, indicating there could be very heavy rainfall. He said the city and surrounding areas would continue to receive heavy rainfall over the next 2-3 days.

Mumbai rains: Torrential rainfall cripples maximum city, PM assures Devendra Fadnavis of all help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Torrential rain accompanied by strong winds pummelled Mumbai on Tuesday, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees, swamping homes, and bringing the megapolis and satellite towns to their knees.People’s woes were compounded by the high tide that prevented natural drainage of water into the sea. Meteorological department sources said Mumbai recorded copious rain of 298 mm (11.7 inches) of rainfall in 9 hours today. Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads in Lower Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Khar West, Ghatkopar, Sion and Hindmata areas that were under knee to waist deep water for several hours, many having broken down.Suburban rail services, the lifeline of the metropolis, were thrown out of gear. Train services on all three suburban railway lines– Central, Western and Harbour lines–have been paralysed.Having waited for hours on end with water showing no signs of receding, fidgety passengers were seen jumping off stationary trains and walking along the tracks to their destinations. Commuters were seen standing under knee deep water on the steps of buses in low lying areas like Parel. Traffic crawled at snail’s pace on important roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg. Prime Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rains and promised all possible support from the Centre.”Spoke to Maharashtra CM @Dev_Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rain in Mumbai & surrounding areas,” Modi tweeted. Centre assures all possible support to the government of Maharashtra in mitigating the situation due to heavy rains in parts of the state,” he added. The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall, Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, told PTI.Naval helicopters have been kept on standby to meet any eventuality and flood rescue teams and divers are also ready for deployment, a Navy spokesperson said. “Seaking 42 C ready for day/night Search and Rescue.Medical teams and Divers ready for immediate deployment,” the spokesperson tweeted. Five flood rescue teams and two diving teams are also ready to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai, the spokesperson said. Schools and colleges have been ordered shut following forecast of heavy rainfall, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said.According to the civic body’s disaster management cell, at least 20 incidents of trees fall and one of wall collapse were reported from across the city but there were no casualties.”Heavy waterlogging expected in coming hours due to heavy showers coupled with high tide. Pls chk ur route before venturing out,” the Mumbai police said in a tweet, advising people to remain indoors. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the State Disaster Management Control (SDMC) room and took stock of the situation. “I have asked employees at Mantralaya, the state secretariat to leave for their homes. Employees in other offices have also been allowed to head to their homes. We have advised (private) offices to allow their employees to leave for their homes early today,” Fadnavis said.He said the situation was being monitored closely and necessary advisories would be issued from time to time. Aircraft have stopped landing at the city airport after 4 pm but were taking off, officials said. Flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport saw delay and disruptions since morning. Till evening, the airport saw six flight cancellations, 10 go-arounds and 10 diversions, airport sources said. While the main runway of the the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Aiport (CSIA) is operational, the nearby aerodrome at Juhu has been shut as it is very close to the Arabian Sea, sources said.The airport officials said on an average all the flights were delayed by over 45 minutes. “Heavy rain and strong winds have drastically reduced visibility leading to diversions and go arounds even though the main runway is open,” a Mumbai airport source told PTI. “Areas such as Mumbai, south Gujarat, Konkan, Goa and west Vidarbha will get extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. It is a serious situation. We have issued necessary warnings to the departments concerned, including airports,” A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune, told PTI.”The status of the weather system, which has brought heavy showers over the Mumbai region, has been upgraded from ‘well marked low pressure’ to ‘depression’. It means it is set to bring more rains. Hence, we have predicted an extremely heavy rainfall,” he said. In the morning, commuters bound for offices were stranded at several suburban stations.In absence of train services, major suburban stations were overcrowded. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus was chock-a-block with commuters anxiously waiting for trains to head home. Charan Singh, Director, India Meteorological Department, said a ‘Red’ warning has been issued for the next 24 hours for the city and adjoining areas, indicating there could be very heavy rainfall. He said the city and surrounding areas would continue to receive heavy rainfall over the next 2-3 days.

Even the Opposition can’t call us corrupt: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Narendra Modi-led BJP government completed three years in power, not even the Opposition has been able to accuse it of corruption, said BJP National President Amit Shah. He was speaking in Mumbai on Sunday to launch Hamare Narendrabhai — a Hindi translation of a Gujarati book on PM Narendra Modi.Shah lauded the Prime Minister for taking politics beyond considerations of caste, family-dominance, appeasement, and vote-banks and “mainstreaming the politics of performance in the country”.He lambasted the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government for “scams worth Rs 12 lakh crore.” Shah said no one from Modi’s family or extended family has ever misused his position. “There are few leaders who live by such staunch standards of probity in their personal lives,” he added.”In the Manmohan Singh government, every minister considered himself as the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister was never considered as one… Narendra Modi restored the pride of the Prime Minister’s position,” said Shah, adding that the government was decisive, transparent, speedy, and confident.”The democratic system was running on the basis of personalities and families. In Gujarat, Narendra Modi gave the word ‘party’ its previous importance,” said Shah, adding that the party’s platform was given to those with capabilities.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in over three years, the Modi government has created a situation wherein it is globally accepted that trade ties and diplomacy with India are inevitable.

Ganesh Chaturthi: Day 1 of Visarjan makes loud noise

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anti-noise pollution activists measuring noise levels across Mumbai on the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi immersions on Saturday found the decibel levels to be even higher than that recorded on the 10th day immersion in 2016.Activist and convenor of Awaaz Foundation Sumaira Abdulali, who recorded noise levels across Mumbai on Saturday between 10 pm and 12 am found the highest noise levels of 116.8 dB where near Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar (reading taken at 10.49 pm), where drums and metal cylinders/plates were being played post 10 pm. “All the readings were taken in the extended time period of 10 pm to midnight in residential areas that has educational institutions, hospitals, religious places and courts,” she said.Abdulali shared that there has been an increase in noise levels this year where the one and half day of Ganpati, (which is comparatively silent than the other days) was found to be noisier than all the days of last year’s Ganpati festival. “It can be seen as a direct result of the State Government’s reluctance to curb noise pollution. Suggesting that there are no silence zones today would send a message as if all hospitals, educational institutes and courts vanished over night,” she said.She said that it was extremely important for all citizens and institutes adversely affected by the increased noise levels from any source to complain directly to the Chief Minister and make their displeasure known.Even the twitterati was busy complaining about the high noise levels across Mumbai. National Award winning film-maker Apurva Asrani tweeted: “11pm, Kokilaben hospital in Andheri, Mumbai. Critical patients unable to sleep due to loud music from processions downstairs.” In another tweet, he reached out to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, saying, “My father is in the hospital ICU and unable to rest due to noise from processions. Hospitals must be notified as silence zones.”Noisiest areasMatunga 10.42 pm – 103dBOpposite Sena Bhavan, Dadar 10.49 pm – 116.8dBNehru Centre 11.07 pm – 101.4dBTardeo 11.16 pm – 103.4dBBabulnath 11.28 pm – 109.9dBGirgaum 11.37 pm – 101dB

Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis goes the eco-friendly way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis led by example and brought home an eco-friendly idol for the festivities at his official residence Varsha. The chief minister told reporters that his family had been bringing home a Ganesh idol for the past 11 years at his native place Mool in Chandrapur. He added that his uncle was organising the festivities back home.The chief minister also appealed to the Lord’s devotees to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a New India.

Cong accuses Maha Govt of Rs 18K-cr land scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and top notch developers from Mumbai are involved into a Rs 18,000 crore land scam in the proposed metro car shed development at Aarey colony at Goregaon, alleged Sanjay Nirupam, president of Mumbai congress on Tuesday.Nirupam claimed that as per the normal standard, any metro depot development requires maximum 18 hectares of land. “Maharashtra government has proposed to acquire 30 hectares of land at Aarey colony. So out of 30 hectares, maximum 18 acres land will be used for metro car shed while the rest will be handed over to builders. And, with the floor space index (FSI), it will be almost Rs 18,000 crore worth of land scam. Builders will be gain from this scam. It also shows that the Maharashtra government is hands-in-glove with the builders to usher Aarey land,” Nirupam said.Nirupam exposed the government claims of getting all necessary permissions for the proposed metro car shed. “The Bombay High Court has also not given permission to develop this depot. We are not against metro development, but, at the same time, city’s green cover also has to be protected. We need to maintain the ecological balance. There are other locations within city limits for this metro car shed, then why does the government not utilise those? Why are they eyeing Aarey colony?” Nirupam said.He also said that the government is misguiding people by giving the false information through newspaper advertisements. “It is saying that the land is legally viable and it will not disturb the ecology. However, we have obtained the various government reports and papers under right to information act which show that govt is clearly encroaching on Aarey land. It also violating the various set of rules and guidelines. We will not allow them to make it happen. We also appeal people to join us in this fight against to save the Aarey colony,” Nirupam said.The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), however, refuted all allegations. The clarification issued by the CMO said that it has no plant to use the proposed metro car shed land for commercial purpose.”We are going to use the entire 30 hectares for the metro car shed. Out of total 30 hectares, 21 will be used for metro car shed, 4 for approach line and station, while remaining 5 will be kept as the green patch. Former CM Prithviraj Chavan had approved this Aarey colony area for the metro car shed on March 31, 2014. This land any how will not be used for the commercial purpose so the using 4 FSI charges are baseless. Mumbai metro phase 3 is 33.5 km, therefore it will required at least 30 hectares of land to accommodate various metro activities,” the clarification note stated.

Raote seeks financial aid for ‘drought-hit’ farmers in Maha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote today said in view of the deficient rains in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, he has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, seeking financial assistance for the farmers. “Farmers in Marathwada and Vidarbha are suffering due to insufficient rains. I have written a letter to the chief minister on behalf of Shiv Sena, in which I have sought financial assistance for these farmers,” he said. He said he would raise the farmers’ issue in the state cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Raote was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with Shiv Sena office-bearers in the city. The state transport minister also alleged that the benefits of the loan waiver scheme announced by the state government were yet to reach the farmers. “The drought-like conditions in Marathwada and Vidarbha have increased the woes of the farmers. Therefore, I have sent a letter to the chief minister so that the government comes forward to help the cultivators,” he said. On a query related to the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation polls, in which BJP today won 61 of 95 seats, trouncing bickering ally Shiv Sena and the opposition Congress and NCP, Raote said his party will “fight back”. “The Marathas had lost the battle of Panipat, but after that they won the country. Victories and defeats are part of the process and Shiv Sena will fight back,” he said. He also said that the Sena has decided to fight and win the future elections on its own.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

22 lakh homes by 2019: Realty players bat for cut in red tape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Realty players have made a strong case for simplification of procedure for the availability of land and a drastic cut in delays to grant various approvals to achieve CM Devendra Fadnavis’ ambitious target of construction of 22 lakh houses by 2019. Some players estimate construction of 2,000 houses per day. They also emphasise the need for the government undertaking such as Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority (MHADA) and private developers to work together.Anuj Puri, Chairman of ANAROCK Property Consultants, hopes the CM’s announcement doesn’t remain a political gimmick. He told DNA, “Availability of land and approval delays remain the biggest roadblock. Another cornerstone for the success of this ambitious plan is effective Public Private Partnership. Developers as well as MHADA need to embrace the use of technology to bring down the construction cost as well as time.”Manju Yagnik, Vice-Chairperson of Nahar Group, says the government will have to simplify the land acquisition process. ”Having limited land parcels in the city, there is a dire need for vertical expansion which will happen with floor space index (FSI) ratios being doubled. Simplification of the building approval process will also cut down on delays in construction and project launches. Right policies, financial funding and participation from private developers will definitely give the push,” she notes.Niranjan Hiranandani, President of National Real Estate Development Council (West) says, “The government needs to ensure availability of land at a price-point which would make the projects viable; ensure time-bound clearance as also provide taxation reliefs – all stakeholders work “in sync” being the catch-phrase — the cumulative effect of all these would be ensuring construction of such houses.”

Row over reports that cops told to sell tickets for concert of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A controversy erupted today over reports that police personnel in Aurangabad have been asked to sell tickets for an event co-organised by them tomorrow in which Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta is likely to sing a few songs. According to reports, Amruta will be the Goodwill Ambassador for ‘Police Rajani’, an entertainment programme organised by the Aurangabad Police. The cost of each ticket is Rs 51,000 and seats are limited at 400. Reacting to the reports, the Congress today asked the Aurangabad police commissioner to clarify on the issue. “The Aurangabad commissioner of police must clarify whether the police were asked to forcefully sell the tickets to people, the cost of which (each ticket) was Rs 51,000. “The CP should clarify on whose orders the police were asked to sell the tickets. He should also clarify whether the tickets have been sold to any anti-social elements? If this has happened, who will be responsible?” Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) secretary Sachin Sawant said in a release tonight. The Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM), led by former minister Kamalkishor Kadam with the support of the Aurangabad City Police, has organised the ‘Independence Day Live Charity Musical Concert’ tomorrow evening. Meanwhile, a senior official from the Aurangabad Police said the officials from 15 police stations have been asked to sell tickets of the live concert. The police commissioner could not be reached for comment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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