QMumbai: Uddhav Thackeray Backs Raj Thackeray Over ED Probe

1. ‘Nothing Will Come out of ED Probe,’ Uddhav Thackeray Backs MNS Chief

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray received support from unexpected quarters — his cousin and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray — a day before he faces the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the IL&FS money-laundering case.

“I do not think anything will come out from the ED inquiry. We will wait for a day or two and see,” Uddhav told reporters at his residence in Bandra. The Sena chief’s support came as a surprise to many within political circles, given the two campaigned bitterly against each other during the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. Coastal Road Project: BMC Files Report, Says Only 6.25% of Work Complete

The Bombay HC decision to quash the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearances granted to the coastal road project comes as a huge setback for the BMC.

Nearly one year after the work on the ambitious coastal road project was started, only 6.25 per cent of it has been completed till date even as Rs 593 crore has been spent so far on the project and other related works, a progress report tabled by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration Wednesday said.

The report was tabled in the Standing Committee after corporators had demanded to know the status of the project after the Bombay High Court had put a stay on it in July.

(Source: Indian Express)

3. BMC Panel Axes Plan to Cut 2,238 Aarey Trees for Metro

Aarey’s Tribals Set to Battle for Rights Over Land.

The civic body’s tree authority on Wednesday refused to clear a proposal to cut 2,238 trees and replant 464 trees in Aarey Milk Colony to make way for the upcoming Metro-3 car depot, seeking more details from the civic administration. The panel also demanded a case be registered against Metro authorities, after it noticed construction on the 33-hectare plot, without its permission.

On August 10, three expert members of the authority had visited the proposed site and last week, they submitted their observations to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In its report, the experts said the site in Aarey is home to trees that should be retained as “heritage trees”.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

4. Housing Societies to Get 15% Tax Rebate If It Follows Waste Segregation Rules

The BMC on Wednesday passed a proposal to offer at least 15 per cent property tax rebate to housing societies, which will follow segregation rules, conduct wet waste composting, reuse dry waste and recycle grey water.

The BMC Standing Committee passed the proposal, according to which, five per cent rebate will be given to a housing society if it segregates its waste and processes wet waste in its premises. Another five per cent rebate will be given to the society if it makes sure that dry waste collected is reused. The society will get another five per cent rebate if it sets up a mechanism to reuse its waste water (grey water policy) and rainwater for non-potable purposes, like toilet flushing.

(Source: Indian Express)

5. Court Cancels NBW Issued Against Rape Victim for Non-Appearance

A sessions court on Wednesday cancelled a non-bailable warrant issued against a rape victim earlier this month for non-appearance during the trial.

The victim, who was sexually assaulted in the Saki Naka police chowki by a policeman in 2015, appeared before the court Wednesday. She told the court that since she was unwell, she was not present in the court during previous hearings. The court cancelled the warrant on condition that she remains present before it during the next hearing scheduled next week.

(Source: Indian Express)

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