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

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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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Maharashtra Governor self-isolates as staff members test corona positive

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Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari went into self-isolation after more than a dozen staff members at the Raj Bhavan here tested positive for coronavirus, official sources said on Sunday.

The staff had undergone corona tests, following which their reports came positive.

However, they are likely to undergo another round of tests by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation Health Department soon.

Though the source of the infection is not clear, civic health teams are engaged in taking various preventive measures at the Raj Bhavan complex in south Mumbai.

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MVA government is a success, I am no remote control: Sharad Pawar

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Giving full marks to the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra as a “successful experiment”, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar here on Saturday said that he neither acted like a “headmaster” nor wielded a “remote control” of the three-party coalition regime.

“The styles of working of the late (Shiv Sena founder) Balasaheb Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray are quite different… But the latter is doing a good job as the Chief Minister,” Pawar said, applauding Uddhav’s 8-months at the state’s helm.

His observations came in marathon interview with the Shiv Sena official paper, Saamana, conducted by its executive editor Sanjay Raut.

“Definitely… I can say that the MVA is a successful experiment,” Pawar said about the government that comprises of Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress besides smaller groups.

Asked whether he was like a headmaster or wielded a remote control over the government, Pawar, who is the chief architect of the MVA, asserted: “No… none of these… I an not a headmaster, not a remote control… this is a democratic government and cannot be run by any remote control… the government is run by the CM and his council of ministers.”

Pawar spoke with Raut on a wide variety of issues including the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing lockdown.

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Shiv Sena seeks PM’s intervention to stop farmers’ suicides

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Kishore Tiwari.

With an average of 5 farmland suicides reported in Maharashtra daily, a senior Shiv Sena leader on Friday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s urgent personal intervention to crack the whip and direct public sector and commercial banks to immediately extend crop loans to the farmers.

In a representation to the PM, Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission (VNSSM) President Kishore Tiwari said that monsoon is on in full swing and distressed farmers are in dire need of crop loans to ensure their survival till next year.

“Shockingly, the Centre has not yet issued orders to the public sector banks via Reserve Bank of India or NABARD to sanction the loans of those farmers who figure in the state government’s list of loan waiver beneficiaries,” Tiwari told IANS.

“While Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has repeatedly appealed for bank finance to all farmers, all public, private and other commercial banks continue to ignore the request. Hence, today more farmers are committing suicide than the Covid-19 deaths in rural parts of the state,” Tiwari said.

The CM is also the Chairman of the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) which is empowered to address the farmland crises, but unfortunately, since March there have been 1,860 farmers suicides compared to 1,100 Covid-19 deaths in (rural) Maharashtra, he said.

Tiwari urged the PM and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to immediately instruct the RBI and NABARD to order all banks to take up the reconstruction of pending crop loans and start disbursing fresh loans, particularly for the dying farmers in the worst-hit Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.

“As per the Union Budget, the state’s share is Rs 1.20 lakh crore as agriculture-outlet target, but at the current rate and speed of disbursals, only 25 percent of this (target) will be achieved for 2020-2021,” said Tiwari.

Citing other issues, he said previously the district cooperative banks share in the total loan disbursements was upto 70 percent which has now been reduced to only 30 percent, while the responsibility of 70 percent has been given to the public sector banks by the Centre.

Of the estimated 80 percent of the total loan amount of Rs 40,000 crore that was due to be disbursed by July (2020) for the current monsoon, barely Rs 4,000 crore, or about 10 percent has been actually given, he said.

Under the state’s ambitious Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Shetkari Karj Mukti Yojana (MJPSKMY), there were plans to make around 30 lakh farmers totally debt-free this year, said Tiwari, who is also Advisor to the Chief Minister.

Though a list of 19 lakh farmer beneficiaries was announced in March, so far hardly around 9 lakh farmers have benefited. Later, attention was diverted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Under the MJPSKMY alone, Rs 19,000 crore was expected to be disbursed, but owing to the banks’ sheer non-cooperation, barely Rs 11,000 crore has actually reached 9 lakh farmers till date. Now the monsoon has begun all over,” he said.

Instead of giving fresh loans, now these banks are resorting to alleged illegalities like deducting the crop loan amount from the crop insurance compensation given to the farmers which could attract criminal action right down to the banks’ branch manager levels, Tiwari warned.

“We urge the Centre to order banks to comply with the state government’s request on top priority, failing which criminal action should be taken against the banks and their officers, with the RBI-NABARD mandated for further action. Any further delays and the farmers stand to lose the opportunity of a good monsoon expected this year,” Tiwari pointed out.

Since there are similar complaints from other states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, the VNSSM head said that the PM or FM should authorise the CM of the respective states to take to task all such errant banks and their officers.

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