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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray blamed increasing Mumbai population for bridge collapse at CST




Shiv Sena party leader Uddhav Thackeray said in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana about the Mumbai foot over bridge collapse which happened on March 14. He said that, that the expansion of Mumbai and its ever-increasing population has been causing infrastructure failure.

On Thursday evening around 7:30 Pm Mumbai foot over bridge collapse near CST railway station. In the incident claiming 6 people died and more than 30 people are injured.

A day later to Mumbai’s foot over bridge collapse incident, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) suspended the supervisor of the structural audit, which was conducted six months ago, and a supervisor of the repair work.

In its preliminary report released on Friday, the BMC stated that the structural audit, six months ago, was conducted irresponsibly and negligently and the audit failed to point out the impending failure. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on Friday, suspended two officials, initiated a departmental inquiry and ordered a re-audit of all city bridges.

The party’s mouthpiece, however, raised questions on how bridges are not safe in Mumbai and people can be killed so easily. Blaming the increasing population in the city. The Shiv Sena party also said that there are several agencies and department both center and state working in Mumbai such as the BMC, MMRDA, MHADA and Mumbai Port Trust, due to which several works remain as they are and never get completed.  However, none of the departments take responsibility which also hampers the work.


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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Maharashtra to create ‘Health Map’ with Covid campaign: Uddhav Thackeray




Two days after the Centre took note of Maharashtra’s unique “My Family, My Responsibility” Covid-19 initiative, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced that the campaign will be taken ahead to create a state “Health Map” for a healthier and happier population.

The “My Family, My Responsibility” (MFMR) drive has been implemented all over the state with the participation of health workers, volunteers, Asha and Anganwadi staffers, student groups and social workers who go door-to-door to collect information on peoples’ health status.

The Centre had mentioned the initiative on Wednesday when it advised 10 states, which contribute 76 per cent of the country’s Covid cases, to implement a massive grassroots level Covid awareness campaign in which Maharashtra had taken a “head start”, as IANS had reported on September 23.

Elaborating about the initiative, Thackeray said: “Besides those who are Covid infected, cured, post-recovery status, people are also providing information about other ailments and their general health status, and getting taught about the preventive triad of ‘wearing masks, physical distancing and clean hands’. We want to make it a peoples movement.”

He was speaking after a survey of Konkan and Pune divisions on the Covid pandemic status, through video-conferencing, with ministers and top officials.

The coastal Konkan Division – with Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts – has a population of around 1.93 crore comprising 48.66 lakh families for which 6,721 health squads have been deployed for the MFMR campaign and are targeting 2.17 lakh families daily, with nearly 25 percent covered till date.

“During this campaign, 1,403 fever patients were detected, another 38,658 with Corona-like symptoms were found. The Konkan region needs 6,780 oxymeters, of which 6,420 are made available. There is a requirement for 6,666 thermal scanners of which 6,602 are provided,” said Thackeray.

Additionally, another 55,268 health teams are in the field across the state and have examined 70.75 lakh families till date or 2.83 crore people, from whom nearly 38,000 suspected Covid patients were detected.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar urged people to be kind and caring to Covid patients, and said the government might consider setting up ‘Post-Covid Centres’ for those who have recovered from the virus.

Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao said that the district has a large number of commercial establishments, factories and industries, and as a result of MFMR, people are now participating enthusiastically as “My Factory, My Responsibility”, “My Housing Society, My Responsibility”, “My Locality, My Responsibility”, etc.

Stating that the MFMR campaign is all-inclusive, Minister of State for Information and Public Relations Aditi Tatkare sought maximum publicity, through various media, to patients who have conquered Covid.

She said that innovative ideas have been implemented in the campaign, for instance, by depicting the Covid message through the world-renowned Warli paintings in Palghar, through ‘Dashavtara’ in Sindhudurg, the ‘Gudi festival’ in Ratnagiri, on buses, at prominent bus stops, arches and billboards, online essay competitions for children, etc.

Others present during the interaction included Guardian Ministers like Dadasaheb Bhuse (Palghar), Uday Samant (Sindhudurg), top district, police and health officials.

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Sushant Singh Rajput case will be politicised in Bihar: Shiv Sena




Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday said that the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and the resultant investigations into the drug cases would be “politicised during the Bihar elections” announced this afternoon.

“It was a long-planned drama… The Bihar government does not have any developmental or governance issues to speak about… They have started campaigning with posters of Sushant. So, it’s obvious why the Sushant case and drugs matters were blown out of proportion,” Raut told mediapersons.

He demanded to know that with the drugs case handled by the Narcotics Control Bureau, “what has happened to the CBI probe in the Sushant case” now that the former Bihar DPG Gupteshwar Pandey has quit the IPS to contest state polls.

Replying to a query on the questioning of various personalities from the film industry, he said the NCB’s role is to stop the cross-border smuggling of narcotics from various countries into India by air, sea or surface routes.

“But, here they are coming and interrogating individuals… It’s their prerogative to summon anyone… But the drug menace seems to be all-pervading,” he said.

“The Covid pandemic situation has thrown up an unprecedented situation all over the country… Is this the right time to conduct the Bihar elections? Is the pandemic over?” Raut wondered.

To a question on the proposed film city coming up in Uttar Pradesh, he said it’s a welcome development and the entertainment industry can create huge employment opportunities.

“After the abrogation of Article 370 by Home Minister Amit Shah, why didn’t the government think of setting up a film city even in the Kashmir Valley…it would have brought a lot of business to Jammu and Kashmir,” Raut pointed out.

However, he dismissed all contentions that a film city in UP would diminish the importance of Mumbai – the country’s film capital.

“Nobody is going to quit Maharashtra and go to UP…They will all remain here… Mumbai’s film industry has been set up with blood, sweat and tears and it can never lose its importance. Merely by shifting the film city or a few government departments cannot impact the significance of Mumbai,” Raut asserted.

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