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Mumbai Press News IMPACT: BMC Scraps Jhula Maidan Underground Parking In Mumbai




In 2018, BMC has planned two underground car parking projects worth Rs. 55 crores, which was about to built at below Jhula Maidan in Byculla and Raosaheb Patwardhan Park in Bandra West. At the latest, BMC has scrapped its own project after seeing the opposing by several residents and Local MLA Waris Pathan of AIMIM.

It is being reported that if the project will be made then it would only increase the traffic in the area, which is already a crowded one. It was in 2018 when Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta had proposed this project. Since then, the local residents were against the project as it could lead to destroying one of the oldest parks in Mumbai, which is also a heritage site. Even, Mumbai Press was supporting the local residents as it is the only open area in the crowded Byculla, where kids plan and it has a long history to it.

According to Building Construction department official, Many residents were against the project since the announcement of the it from day 1. It would also lead to the traffic and burden in the congested area.

When Mumbai Press asked about the same to AIMIM local MLA Waris Pathan, he said, “I am the one who had come forward in order to stop the project on Jhula Maidan. As residents were not happy with the project in any way. As the project is scrapped now, so its a win for the local residents who didn’t want a car parking below the maidan.”

Mumbai Press spoke to Samajwadi Party’s Rais Shaikh, who said, “Whatever public wants, it has to happen. Public was against the project, so it has now been scrapped. BMC should take suggestion and objection on it.”

Earlier, BMC proposed  the underground car parking of 4,000 sqm to accommodate 464 cars and two-whellers. Apart from scrapping this project, another underground parking project at Bandra is on hold.

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Tejashwi will buy 10 lakh firearms to promote crime in Bihar: Devendra Fadnavis




Taking a dig at RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s promise of 10 lakh jobs, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reacted sharply on Monday and said that Tejashwi will purchase 10 lakh tamanche (firearms) and will distribute them among his supporters and unemployed youths to promote kidnappings, looting and robberies in Bihar.

Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said that there are over 10 lakh jobs vacant in various government departments. These posts will be filled at the first cabinet meeting if his party comes to power in Bihar.

“When I heard the 10 lakh job promise of Tejashwi Yadav I discussed it with my colleagues. I was informed that he will purchase 10 lakh tamanche and he will distribute them among unemployed youths and RJD members,” Fadnavis said during the BJP’s ‘Youth Town Hall’ event in Patna.

“He wants to push Bihar into the era of his father and mother of 15 years ago when they developed Jungle Raj. At that time, crime cases were at their highest. This is his real strategy,” Fadnavis said.

“The people of Bihar know that era and they also know the current law and order situation in Bihar. Now, women can freely go out at night. The people of Bihar will not give them a chance to flourish here and form the government,” Fadnavis said.

“In the last 15 years under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, the state has improved immensely. They (Lalu Prasad) had opened Charwaha Vidyalaya (shepherd school) and the combination of Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi is responsible for opening IIM and IIT. We have AIIMS in Patna and another opening in Darbhanga,” Fadnavis said.

Newly elected BJP youth wing (national) president Tejasvi Surya said that Tejashwi Yadav is talking about jobs but he doesn’t know how to earn money through work.

“He represents dynastic politics. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Hence, he does not know how to do labour. On the other hand our PM Narendra Modi belongs to the ground. He was a swayamsevak in the early stages and reached the highest level. Similarly, our home minister Amit Shah was a block level worker and is now occupying the office of home minister. They know the pain of the common people. It also reflects the democratic structure of the BJP,” Surya said.

“Tejashwi Yadav doesn’t have the moral right to talk about jobs. He is politically unemployed and wants to come to power. As far as vacant posts are concerned, they will be filled as soon as the next government under the leadership of Nitish Kumar is formed,” Surya said.

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Maharashtra was first to implement farm laws in August




In a huge embarrassment to the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi, it has now emerged that the Maharashtra government had implemented the contentious farm Ordinances way back in August – even before the bills on it were passed by Parliament last week and protests erupted all over the country.

In a notification on Aug. 10, issued by Director of Marketing, Satish Soni, all the Agriculture Produce & Livestock Market Committees (APMCs) and District Agriculture Cooperatives were ordered to “strictly implement” the three Ordinances on the proposed laws, in the state.

These are: The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Ordinance 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Assurance and Farm Service Ordinance 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2020, of June 5, 2020 – all now laws.

Despite the MVA allies Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress strongly opposing the new laws, the state government had gone ahead even before the Centre issued any rules, guidelines or framework on these Ordinances and six weeks before the bills were cleared by Parliament amid a ruckus.

When contacted, Soni confirmed issuing the notification, but declined to comment further in view of the political fracas on it currently, which willy nilly makes Maharashtra the first state in the country to implement the new laws.

Marketing Minister Balasaheb Shamra Patil of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) appeared evasive when asked for his reactions.

“The order was issued, but now the situation is different after Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s recent statement…” Patil told IANS without elaborating.

Surprisingly, over six weeks after the implementation in the state, Ajit Pawar appeared blissfully unaware of the developments when he indicated that the farm bills may not be implemented by the state.

The Deputy CM told mediapersons in Pune on Sep. 26 – while farmers all over the state and country protested – that the government would consult experts before taking any ‘final decision’.

The situation suddenly became mortifying for the Congress as party chief and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat planned to take out a protest march to Raj Bhavan this afternoon (Sep. 28).

A top official from the Marketing Department revealed that the decision to issue the notification came after instructions from the Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agrawal who asked the states to do so immediately.

“The matter was sent to the Law Department which examined and said we had no option but to implement it, after which it was cleared by the concerned minister (Patil),” said the IAS officer, requesting anonymity.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Advisor, Kishore Tiwari, Chairman of Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (MoS rank), was aghast and questioned at whose behest the bureaucracy issued the orders when many other states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan are opposing it.

“The concerned department head must be sacked for keeping the CM, DCM in the dark… It smells of a deep conspiracy against the state government and the MVA allies must immediately discuss measures to ensure farmers’ confidence is not shaken,” Tiwari told IANS.

Official sources say it is intriguing how the leaders of the three parties – Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – seem ignorant of the Aug. 10 notification though the official stand is to oppose the laws given the furore among peasants all over.

Leaders of these parties pointed out how the farm laws divided even the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) quitting the central alliance, and the angry mood of the peasantry has sent panic waves even among BJP-ruled states.

On Sunday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and NCP President Sharad Pawar had welcomed the Punjab-based SAD’s decision to quit the NDA and stand “firmly behind the farmers”, though the story in their own backyard Maharashtra was murky.

The latest development is expected to send shockwaves among the state’s farmers, ignite fresh friction within the MVA but spell glad tidings for the Opposition state BJP.

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BMC chief, Houston Mayor conferred IACC ‘Covid Warriors’ award




The Municipal Commissioner of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation I.S. Chahal and Mayor of Houston, Texas, Sylvester Turner were among the Covid crusaders from India and the US, who were honoured with the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce awards, by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, officials said here.

Chahal and Turner received the top ‘Covid Crusader Award-2020’ in the Bureaucrats category of the award, instituted by the IACC and the US Consulate.

The BMC chief was acknowledged for his “contribution in controlling the coronavirus infection” in India’s financial capital and working to ‘flatten the curve’ in congested lower class localities of the city, including Asia’s biggest slum Dharavi.

“I am fortunate to be awarded from India. I am grateful to the Almighty for providing me a historic and a huge opportunity to serve humanity. I shall continue to do so to the best of my ability,” Chahal said in his acceptance address.

Besides, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group Ratan Tata was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the occasion.

Some of the other awardees include Chef Vikas Khanna, Asif Dakri of Wallis Bank, Amol Biniwale of Perennials and Sutherland LLC, head of Godrej Group and Mahindra & Mahindra Group, for exceptional services to humanity during the Covid pandemic.

The awards were conferred by Koshyari at a glittering online ceremony attended by top dignitaries from both countries on Friday evening.

They included US Consul-General in Mumbai David J. Ranz, IACC President Rajyalakshmi Rao, IACC West Division President Naushad Panjwani, IACC Regional Director Rakhi Panda, and other officials like Anand Desai and Purvi Chothani.

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