QMumbai: BMC Clears Projects Worth Rs 1,300 Crore & More

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1. Before Model Code of Conduct Kicks in, BMC Clears Projects Worth Rs 1,300 Crore in Two Meetings

On a spree to clear proposals of various infrastructure projects before the model code of conduct kicks in ahead of the Lok Sabha election, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the last two standing committee meetings, held within a span of a week, passed proposals worth over Rs 1,300 crore. The BMC is now set to hold its third standing committee meet on Friday.

On Tuesday, the Shiv Sena-led committee cleared as many as 60 proposals, worth more than Rs 620 crore, in about an hour and reportedly without much discussions. The projects, which got the civic body’s nod, include work to clean nullahs and sewerage lines, repair roads and water pipeline leakages, and detection of leakages and curbing water contamination.

Source: The Indian Express

2. Ahead of Polls, the SOPs: More Pay for College Teachers, Aid for Sugar Barons in Maharashtra

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis bats to inaugurate the 'CM Chashak' mega sports and cultural event, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, late Monday, Dec 3, 2018.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis bats to inaugurate the 'CM Chashak' mega sports and cultural event, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, late Monday, Dec 3, 2018.

With the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections likely to kick in soon, the BJP government in Maharashtra on Tuesday announced a bouquet of sops for the voters in the state.

The state Cabinet approved 22 decisions, which included some populist measures. Among these was a proposal to extend Seventh Pay Commission benefits to the academic staff of government and aided educational institutions, granting Rs 2,584 crore in 2018-19 alone for the purpose.

Source: The Indian Express

3. MMRDA Floats Tenders for Metro Bhavan in Aarey

A representative image of the Mumbai metro.
A representative image of the Mumbai metro.
(Photo courtesy: Facebook)

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority(MMRDA) has floated tenders for the construction of the Metro Rail Bhavan — an operation and control centre for the Mumbai Metro — in Aarey. The 32-storey structure will house a control centre and a training academy for employees of all the 12 Metro lines — for which MMRDA is the nodal agency — as well as for housing staff.

The deadline for submitting the tender documents is March 15. The contract, sources said, will be awarded three days later, an indication that construction could begin soon. As per the tender, the bhavan has to be completed in 36 months after issuance of work order.

Source: The Indian Express

4. MNS Still a No in Congress-NCP Alliance

While the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) continue to deliberate on seat-sharing formula in the State, the inclusion of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in the fold is faced with contradictory views.

According to NCP leaders and a section in the Congress, joining hands with the MNS would result in the Opposition alliance winning at least three of the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai.

Source: The Hindu

5. Shakti Mills: Section on Death Penalty for Rape Legally Right, HC Told

Rape. (File Photo: IANS)
Rape. (File Photo: IANS)

The Indian Penal Code (IPC) section that prescribes the death penalty for repeat rape offenders was rightly introduced to impose a deterrent against such crimes, the amicus curiae in the Shakti Mills gang rape case told the Bombay High Court on Monday.

However, the application of this Section 376 (E) in the present case could be questionable, the amicus told a Bench of Justices B.P. Dharamadhikari and Revati Mohite-Dere which was hearing a challenge to the constitutional validity of the provision through writ petitions filed by the three death row convicts in the case.

Source: The Hindu

6. BMC to Come out With Policy for Covering Nullahs

The civic standing committee on Tuesday opposed a proposal to cover five city nullahs for want of a policy. The administration will now have to come up with a policy before the proposal is put up before the committee again.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had covered two city nullahs using polycarbonate sheets on a trial basis to prevent people from throwing trash inside. The trash tends to get stuck in the gates of pumping stations, preventing water from being pumped inside. The BMC had also undertaken several measures such as stationing clean-up marshals near major nullahs and putting up signs prohibiting people from throwing trash.

Source: The Hindu

7. 45,000 Non-Teaching College Staff Go on Indefinite Strike

Around 45,000 non-teaching staff members of private colleges in the State have gone on an indefinite strike from Tuesday demanding cancellation of a government resolution (GR) that blocks their salary benefits. Lower clerks and peons who were not promoted for 12 years would automatically get the benefits of a higher post. But two new GRs passed in December 2018 and February 2019 ended the old scheme.

Sudarshan Agre, vice president of Maharashtra Rajya Mahavidyalayin Sikshaketar Karamchari Sangh said that the employees’ income will be affected enormously due to the new GR. General Secretary of the Sangh, Madhav Rao said the strike will continue till government authorities initiate further talks.

Source: The Hindu

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