QMumbai: Property Tax Waiver: Cong Says BJP Fooled People & More

1. Property Tax Waiver: Cong. Calls for ‘Civil Disobedience’

Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance of fooling people by promising them to waive property tax on homes up to 500 sq.ft., Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora on Wednesday appealed to residents of such houses not to pay property tax bills sent by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The Congress said the waiver applied only to the general tax component, which ranges from 10 to 30% of the total tax structure.

Source: The Hindu

2. Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress MLA From City, Kolambkar to Join BJP

The Congress on Wednesday suffered a setback as Kalidas Kolambkar, one of its legislators in the city, announced that he would soon join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and extended support to Shiv Sena candidate Rahul Shewale in Mumbai South Central constituency.

Kolambkar, a close aide of former chief minister Narayan Rane, said he would join after nod from chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. “In my Wadala constituency, the BJP government solved issues related to BDD chawl redevelopment and housing for police personnel. The Congress government was apathetic to the plight of people. So I decided to join the BJP,” he said.

Source: Hindustan Times

3. Bullet Train Project: 95% Construction Complete, 2 Builders Move Bombay HC Seeking Change in Alignment

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is under works.

Two builders have moved the Bombay High Court against the alignment of the Rs 1.08-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project as it will require portions of their land and thus affect an under-construction 13-storey residential tower project at Vasai. The petitioners informed the court that 95 per cent of construction is completed and around 50 flats have been sold. The petitioners, Kalash Devcon LLP and Chetna Land Developer, are independent partnership firms in the residential project and are seeking to change the alignment of the high-profile bullet train project.

Last week, senior counsel M M Vashi mentioned the petition before a division bench of Justice R M Borde and Justice N J Jamadar. It is likely to be heard next week.

Source: The Indian Express

4.15-Year-Old Gang-Raped in Mumbai Suburb

A 15-year-old was allegedly gang-raped by two unidentified men, after they tied her 16-year-old male friend to a mango tree behind a school in Mumbai’s Virar suburb on Monday night.

No arrest had been made till the time of going to press on Wednesday.The teenager, police said, had stepped out of her house around 8 pm to meet a cousin.

On the way, she met her friend, a Class 10 student, who offered to escort her to the relative’s house.While they were passing by a school in the area, two men accosted them and dragged both to an isolated spot, where they punched the boy and tied him to a tree.

Source: Hindustan Times

5.Mumbai Likely to Feel the Heat at 36 Degrees Celsius From Thursday

Brace yourself for the summer heat.

The city’s air quality was ‘satisfactory’ on Wednesday as high wind speed — fuelled by rainfall activity over Gujarat and interior Maharashtra — did not allow pollutant particles to settle close to the surface. However, the temperature is expected to rise from Thursday, with mercury levels likely to touch 36 degrees Celsius.

The air quality index (AQI) was 100 (satisfactory) on Wednesday, and is expected to be 102 (moderate) on Thursday.

Source: Hindustan Times

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