QMumbai: BEST Panel Approves Fare Cut & More

1. BEST Panel Approves Fare Cut

A Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) committee has approved the fare reduction proposal to revive the ailing public transport company. The proposal will now be sent to the standing committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for approval and will be implemented only after it gets approval from the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Transport Authority (MMRTA).

On Tuesday, members of the BEST committee unanimously approved the proposal to reduce the minimum fare from Rs 8 for 2 km to Rs 5 for 5 km, but not before some committee members demanded to know how this would affect the transport undertaking. Ravi Raja, committee member and opposition leader in the BMC, said that reduction of fares would cost BEST Rs 35 lakh per day.

Source: The Indian Express

2. Reclamation Has Happened Before: BMC Defends Coastal Road Project

The BMC office.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), continuing with its arguments in the Bombay high court (HC) on the coastal road project on Tuesday, pointed out that reclamation is not new for the city. BMC’s counsel, Darius Khambatta, said reclamations have taken place in the past and did not result in severe damage to environment, as claimed by the petitioners.

The petitioners in the case, raising objections over the reclamation for the project, had said the step would cause irreversible damage to the city. However, Khambatta submitted that as reclamation had not caused severe damage to the city in the past, reclamation for the coastal road would also be carried out with minimum damage, and hence it should be allowed.

Source: Hindustan Times

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3. Shiv Sainiks Beat Up BMC Engineer At Bandra

Shiv Sainiks on Tuesday manhandled and abused a civic chief engineer, allegedly in the presence of Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar over waterlogging at a particular spot in Bandra (East). However, the Mayor has denied that such an incident took place in front of him or that he has any knowledge of it.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is augmenting a nullah that runs near ONGC building near Western Express Highway in Bandra (East). About half the work is complete while the rest is pending partially because of utilities at the spot. This was leading to waterlogging in areas nearby and on Monday, there was waterlogging once again due to rain. The nullah is very close to Matoshree, the residence of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

Source: The Hindu

4. Journalist Moves Court Against Salman Khan Over ‘Assault’ In April

Actor Salman Khan.

A city journalist on Tuesday moved the Andheri metropolitan court against Bollywood actor Salman Khan, alleging the actor and his bodyguards had assaulted him in April. The complainant has also alleged that the police had not acted on the journalist’s complaint against Khan.

Khan and his representatives refused to comment.

Source: Hindustan Times

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5. Vegetable Vendor Kills Man Over Soiled Rs 10 Note

A 35-year-old contractor from Andheri was allegedly stabbed to death after a heated argument between him and a vegetable vendor over a Rs 10 note.

The deceased has been identified as Mohammed Haneef Siddiqui, a resident of Saki Naka, who is survived by his wife and three children.

The police said the incident took place on Monday when Siddiqui was buying vegetables from Sonilal Sukhdev Mahanto outside the Dadar railway station around 10.30 pm. As Mahanto allegedly refused to accept the soiled note, the two started arguing, following which, Mahanto stabbed him to death.

Source: The Indian Express

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