QMumbai: Raj Thackeray Finds an Ally in Ajit Pawar & More

Raj Thackeray finds an ally in NCP leader Ajit Pawar; 63 BMC officials indicted in e-tendering scam & other stories

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray. (File Photo: IANS)

1. MNS Chief Raj Thackeray Finds An Ally In NCP Leader Ajit Pawar

Ajit Pawar. (Photo: IANS)
Ajit Pawar. (Photo: IANS)

At a time when senior leaders of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are divided on the inclusion of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in the Opposition grand alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, Thackeray appeared to have found an ally in NCP’s legislative party leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.

Speaking to mediapersons in Mumbai on Tuesday, Pawar said: “All secular parties should come together to defeat the BJP and the Shiv Sena. Every political party has its own support base. MNS candidates had secured over a lakh votes (in certain constituencies) even in the last state poll. Personally, I feel that we should involve MNS in the alliance.”

Source: The Indian Express

2. BMC Inquiry Indicts 63 Civic Officials In Rs 100-Cr E-Tendering Scam

The BMC office.
The BMC office.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Oat YoungMan)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) departmental inquiry report has indicted 63 civic officials, including one Assistant Municipal Commissioner, in the Rs 100-crore e-tendering scam of 2014. The three-member inquiry panel has submitted its report to the municipal commissioner with recommendations of quantum of punishment that he recently approved.

According to the report, the punishments recommended for officials indicted in the report include, one-time penalty, stoppage of increments of indicted officials ranging from one to five years and recovery from pension in case of retired employees. The officials include, one Assistant Municipal Commissioner, 37 Sub Engineers, 16 Executive Engineers, eight Junior Engineers and one Assistant Engineer for allowing their official ID to be used for benefiting certain contractors to bag several ward-level minor works, including road repair and storm water drain repair, using the e-tendering system. The alleged scam caused losses of about Rs 100 crore to the BMC and more than 150 contractors were blacklisted.

Source: The Indian Express

3. Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project: Decide On Razing 19-ha Mangroves Within A Month, HC Tells MCZMA

In its proposal to MCZMA, NHSRCL stated that 1,50,752 mangrove trees spread over 18.92ha would be affected by the corridor. 
In its proposal to MCZMA, NHSRCL stated that 1,50,752 mangrove trees spread over 18.92ha would be affected by the corridor. 
(Photo: iStockphoto)

The Bombay high court (HC) on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) to decide within a month on the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited’s (NHSRCL) proposal to clear 19-hectare (ha) mangrove cover in Thane and Palghar for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train.

In its proposal to MCZMA, NHSRCL stated that 1,50,752 mangrove trees spread over 18.92ha would be affected by the corridor. On December 22, 2018, the coastal authority asked them to first obtain the high court’s nod to consider a proposal seeking removal of mangroves.

Source: Hindustan Times

4. Fire breaks out in two slums in city

Two fires broke out in slums located at Navghar in Mulund (East) and on P D’Mello Road in Masjid Bander (East) on Monday.

The first fire broke out in a house in Bhimabai Chawl in Navghar’s gully no. 1 at 1 p.m. after two gas cylinders exploded. The fire brigade sent four fire engines to the spot to contain the blaze. The fire was categorised as Level II (minor). Two women, Shevantabai Ratan (70) and Rajlaxmi Kumar (34), from the slum were admitted to Veer Savarkar Hospital.

Source: The Hindu

5. No Major Flight Delays At Mumbai Airport On Third Day Of 6-Hour Shutdown

There were no major flight delays on the third day of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA)’s six-hour shutdown.

Out of the total planned 230 flight cancellations in the day, 33 were between Mumbai and Delhi, the country’s busiest air route. Normally, 100 flights operate daily between the two cities. Jet Airways said it was forced to cancel 45 departing flights including five international flights from Mumbai. IndiGo has cancelled 30 of its 103 daily flights during the days of shutdown.

Maintenance work on the runways at CSMIA will require the shutdown of the airport between 11am and 5pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays till March 31.

Source: Hindustan Times

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