QMumbai: Aaditya Thackeray Slams CM; Ola Calls off Strike

1. Aaditya Thackeray Slams CM for Plan to Hand Over Mahim Nature Park for Dharavi Redevelopment

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Wednesday criticised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ government for its plan to hand over the 37-acre Mahim Nature Park to the Slum Rehabilitation Authority under the proposed Dharavi redevelopment plan.

Thackeray, who visited the park on Wednesday morning, said this is the only government that considers the “destruction of environment as development,” and wondered if the CM was even aware of the plan.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Ola Cabbies Call off Strike After Meeting

Ola calls off strike. 

Bringing major relief to harried Mumbaikars, protesting Ola cab drivers on Wednesday decided to call off their strike after a meeting between the company’s executives and the transport wing of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which is spearheading the strike.

Ola cabs will be back on the roads on Thursday. The strike by Uber drivers, however, will continue.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. Rizwan Siddiqui Freed From ‘Illegal Custody’

Lawyer Rizwan was Siddiqui had been arrested in Thane. 

Celebrity lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui, who was arrested by the Thane Crime Branch for his alleged involvement in the infamous Call Detail Records case, was released on Wednesday following a Bombay High Court order.

Adivision bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and PD Naik, while hearing a petition filed by Siddiqui’s wife Tasneem, came down heavily on the Thane police for not following due procedure before his arrest.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. Ola-Uber strike: Union activists in Mumbai break eggs inside cabs to dissuade commuters, drivers

Mumbaiites hoping to flag Ola and Uber cabs on Wednesday evening are likely to find very few vehicles on the roads, as union activists are allegedly breaking eggs inside them to dissuade drivers and commuters.

Since noon, after a few such incidents were reported, most drivers have stayed off the streets. “Instead of damaging the vehicles, union workers are breaking eggs inside. They are doing this as the police have been taking action against them for the past two days,” said a driver, who did not wish to be named.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. SRA Officials Will Go to Jail If They Don’t Scrap MNP Proposal, Says Forest Minister

Mumbai moved a step closer to saving the 41-acre Mahim Nature Park (MNP) from falling into builders’ hands with Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Wednesday saying that the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) and MMRDA officials will go to jail if they did not withdraw a notification seeking MNP’s inclusion into Dharavi’s redevelopment plan.

As twitter storm over SRA’s plan to grab one of Mumbai’s last surviving green spaces grew in strength and Mungantiwar’s department was tagged in several of these posts, the minister clarified that the park was declared a protected forest in March 1991. “Anybody who intends to misuse the protected forest land will have to go to jail. I want to assure every Mumbaikar that Mahim Nature Park will not be touched. Our department will take a strong stand in this case,” Mungantiwar said.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. Garbage Goes Into Tainted Hands Again

Representational image of a garbage truck in Mumbai. 

Less than a week after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered a probe into the BMC’s garbage transport scam, the civic body’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) department picked a tainted contractor Ms MK Enterprises (JV) for a Rs 120-crore contract. The Shiv Sena-led civic standing committee cleared the proposal on Wednesday amid opposition from the Congress.

In August last year, the BMC filed complaints against Ms MK Enterprises in Vikhroli and Kurla police stations. The contractor had mixed construction debris with garbage on eight occasions, according to the BMC’s complaint. During a surprise inspection, the BMC had found 3-6 bags of debris in dumper trucks that ferry garbage.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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7. NCP Worker Arrested for Harassing Actress at Gym

The Amboli police on Wednesday arrested a local NCP worker for allegedly molesting a 37-year-old actress at a gym in Andheri West. While the actor recorded the complaint against the accused, Vishwanath Shetty, on February 13, he had gone into hiding and surfaced only yesterday. During investigation, cops also found that the Shetty was accused of a similar offence by another woman earlier.

“Shetty, who is a local party worker, allegedly had spread rumours about the actress at first. On February 13, she approached the actor and tried to strike up a conversation. When she turned him away, he allegedly let out a stream of expletives and touched her inappropriately,” said a police officer from Amboli police station.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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8. Actor Kunal Kemmu Fined for Riding Bike Without Helmet, After Mumbaiite Tweets Photo

Actor Kunal  Kemmu has been fined by Mumbai police. 

Bollywood actor Kunal Kemmu was fined by the traffic police on Wednesday, after a Mumbai resident tweeted a photo of the actor on his bike without a helmet. He is the second actor in the city to have been served an e-challan based on a tweet recently.

In November 2017, actor Varun Dhawan was fined after a photo of his breaking a traffic rule — he leaned halfway out of his car’s window at a traffic signal to oblige a fan with a selfie — was tweeted.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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