NCP: Coastal Roads Will Alter Mumbai Coastline
THE CM maintains that there will be no violation of environmental norms Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who has been pushing for the Rs 8,000-crore coastal road project between Colaba and Kandivali, has been receiving warnings from senior ministers of NCP, saying the project is likely to alter the picturesque seashore, which is the main tourist attraction of Mumbai. Though Chavan maintains that there will be no violation of environmental rules, Ministry of Tourism claims that the project, covering 35.6 km, will adversely affect the prominent ‘chowpatties’. Minister for tourism and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal said, “The coastal road will completely alter the face of Mumbai seashore. No matter what care we take, one cannot deny that Mumbai’s seashore will not be the same.” Minister for Public Works (Public Undertakeings) Jaidutt Kshirsagar had urged the government to undertake extension of the Bandra-Worli sea link up to Nariman Point instead of focussing of coastal road. However, Chavan believes that the coastal road is more economic and will address the problem of traffic better. The civic committee working on the project believes the project will also take into account landscape while laying out the road along the city coast. While the Centre has given its approval to the project, details regarding environmental issues have to be worked out. NGOs opposing the project are mobilsing the support of residents, citing threat to mangroves.
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BMC to acquire blastproof bins
BMC is planning to install around 10,000 explosion-proof garbage bins at over 2,500 locations in the city.
Officials said the bins were heavy metal and could endure explosions of any kind. These will be placed in areas frequented by politicians and other VIPs, such as Nariman Point, Zaveri Bazaar, Bhuleshwar, Lower Parel, Girgaum, Dadar and Bandra, said a senior civic official.
An overview of the Mumbai Coastline. Picture reference: Picture taken by S.S Rajeshwar.
Thackeray poster smeared, RPI storms police station
Workers of the Republican Party of India (RPI) stormed Kandivali police station after a desecrated poster of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray was found near Kandivali Railway Station Saturday evening at around 4 PM. Thackrey poster being smeared by a local.
The workers noticed a damaged poster and demanded police action against unknown miscreants. “About 10 RPI workers came to the station and submitted a complaint without creating a ruckus. A black substance had been
smeared on the poster. We haven’t yet registered a case,” said Harishchandra Pimple, senior inspector, Kandivali police station.He added that he may register a case under section 153 of IPC against unknown individuals.
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Condition of deceased hawker’s daughter worsens; Dhoble finds support in residents The condition of Radha Jayaswal, the daughter of Santacruz hawker Madan Jayaswal who died last week during a crackdown on hawkers, is critical, her family said on Sunday. Radha has been admitted at KEM hospital. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vasant Dhoble had carried out the crackdown against hawkers in Santacruz (East) on Friday. “She has been in shock since her father died. On Saturday, her condition worsened and we had to take her to V N Desai Hospital in ACP Vasant Dhoble .
the afternoon. She was referred to KEM hospital. The doctor said she has symptoms of dengue. Her brother Shriram is by her side,” said her cousin Shivaji.
Madan’s autopsy revealed that he had died of a brain hemorrhage. The death will now be probed by the state criminal investigation department (CID). Following Jayaswal’s death, Dhoble, who was ACP of Vakola division, was transferred to the main control room at the Mumbai Police headquarters in Crawford Market. Jayaswal’s younger son...
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