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BMC has a New Year gift for Bhendi Bazaar

The year 2016 could probably herald a sea change in the fortunes of Bhendi Bazaar if everything goes as planned. Its much talked about Rs4,000-crore cluster redevelopment project has finally received the commencement certificate (CC) and works on the project are likely to commence soon.”We have received the CC for our sub-cluster development from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). We will rehabilitate the tenants in this sub-cluster, providing them a minimum of 350 sq.ft carpet area and 300 sq.ft of commercial space under redevelopment plan. As many as 4,500 units will be constructed as part of the project,” said Abbas Master, CEO of Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT).It’s the SBUT that has undertaken the 16.5-acre cluster redevelopment (33.9) plan, located in the heart of South Mumbai. It has already engaged the New York-based architect and designer firm, Perkins Eastman to work on the project.The sub-cluster area is around four acres, and around 700 tenants and 300 commercial establishments will have to be rehabilitated. “We will complete this sub-cluster works in three to 3.5 years, while the entire project will take 10 years. It is one of the biggest cluster redevelopment in the entire country. The Centre and Maharashtra are supporting this model project and are keen on replicating it in other parts of India,” Abbas Master said.He said the unique features about the project are its self-sustainable and eco-friendly aspects. “Each cluster will have its own sewerage treatment and power plant. There will be rainwater harvesting facility and solar panels to generate electricity. While there is no green cover at present, the redeveloped area will have 700 trees of various categories. Besides, it will have a 3.5-km-long shopping street. It will be of multiple levels where people will enjoy the shopping experience,” Abbas Master said.”The proposed roads will be 15 to 16 metres in width, and huge area will be earmarked for parking and recreation, with emphasis on greenery,” said Master adding, “Our primary agenda is to rehabilitate the people hit by the project.”Master said that the project will not only change the face of South Mumbai but also improve people’s living condition. “It will transform Bhendi Bazaar into a diverse sustainable community with a healthy neighbourhood, creating a vibrant urban area,” he said.Since the inception of the cluster development programme in 2009, a total of 46 projects were planned. But, as of now, only a couple of them are expected to become a reality, and Bhendi Bazaar could be the first.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Tamil Nadu: Construction work on APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial to begin today

A ‘Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award’ was also instituted by the state government commemorating his birth anniversary and ISRO scientist P Valarmathi was its first recipient.

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Gopal Subramaniam agrees to head DDCA probe panel; asks AAP govt to televise inquiry proceedings

Earlier, the Delhi assembly at a special session passed a resolution to set up a commission of inquiry to probe the alleged irregularities in the working of the DDCA. Kejriwal also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Jaitley for his involvement in the matters of the city’s cricketing association. Jaitley, who headed the DDCA for years, however, has rejected the allegations levelled against him.

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No clue about Prof G N Saibaba’s health: Family

In June last year, the Mumbai police had arrested him for his alleged links with Maoists, after questioning him more than four times at his residence. A division bench headed by Bombay high Court Chief Justice had granted interim bail.

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Forest panel stalls clearance for three coal mines owned by PSUs

The ministry’s expert panel said that even this project involves chopping down a sizeable; 14,698 trees that will show significant impact on flora and fauna of the area. The panel has thus asked for re submission of the proposal with additional details such density of forest and details of compensatory afforestation.

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Maneka Gandhi reveals plan to modernise anganwadis

Gandhi also said that she has written to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to include more than one bogey for women in metro trains. “The trains are very crowded, and with the women’s bogey being the first in a train, it is a bit difficult for them,” she said. She said that she has written to ask for three bogies in longer trains and two in smaller ones. “Another scheme I really want to see take off is free bus passes for women over 60,” she said.

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Officials told dna that they were trying to ascertain possible motives of the killer or killers. However the family of the deceased claimed that Ishwar was possessing evidence, in the form of a video clip, against some “corrupt” persons.

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BMC delay gets you free parking in South Mumbai

The civic body’s failure to renew contracts of operators in time has come as a boon to the motorists

For once, delay by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials has benefited citizens. You can now enjoy free parking at some of South Mumbai’s busiest pay-and-park sites, courtesy the BMC. With the BMC failing to renew contracts of pay-and-park operators, contracts of over half-a-dozen such prime parking lots have expired. The BMC has decided that till the contracts are renewed, motorists won’t be charged any money at these parking lots. This means that contractors can’t charge motorists for parking their vehicles in those parking lots till the BMC allots new contracts. According to civic officials, the BMC’s A ward comprises of busy commercial areas like Colaba, Crawford Market, Fort, CST and Cuffe Parade, where several parking lot contracts have expired.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> There are 47 pay-and-park sites in South Mumbai. “Of these, contracts of seven have expired already. 11 others will expire by the end of the year or early next year. There was a delay since we were trying to re-calibrate the contract terms. We wanted to see how many vehicles are parked since the number has increased from the time of the last contract,” said a senior civic official. The BMC, which has 92 parking lots in the city, had planned to start a web-based parking system that will offer pay-and-park facility with computerised receipts. However, the plan failed to take off. These 92 parking lots are spread across 1.18-lakh sq.mtrs. “It is true that the contracts have expired at some locations. We are inviting tenders soon. Fresh contracts will be allotted in the next fortnight. At locations where no agency has been appointed, contractors can’t charge any money,” said Chandrashekar Chore, assistant municipal commissioner, A Ward. The police too have asked residents to not pay any parking charges till new contracts are allotted. According to BMC officials, contract for the busiest pay-and-park sites like ones near Crawford Market, Colaba, outside the JJ School of Art, Eros cinema, LIC building in Churchgate, Flora Fountain and Horniman Circle have expired. “The BMC must install boards outside parking lots where contracts have expired. Contractors are still charging money and they should be booked. The BMC’s plan to have web-based parking has failed and they are letting contractors dupe citizens by over-charging them and giving hand-written receipts,” said Makrand Narwekar, citizen corporator from Colaba. “Till the time new contractors are appointed, no parking charges can be levied,” SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner told dna. Enjoy free parking at Crawford Market, Colaba, JJ School of Art, Eros Cinema, outside LIC building in Churchgate, Flora Fountain and Horniman Circle.

Dawood’s Mumbai assets auctioned, ex-scribe, Hindu outfit win bids

Other four properties owned by the don outside Maharashtra were also auctioned.

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An eatery once owned by dreaded underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in South Mumbai besides his green sedan and tenancy rights to a property in suburban Matunga went under the hammer today, with a former journalist emerging as the top bidder at Rs 4.28 crore for the food joint notwithstanding a threat from the don’s aide Chhota Shakeel. Other four properties owned by the don outside Maharashtra were also auctioned. However, details of these assets and their bidders are not known. Journalist-turned-activist S Balakrishnan, who runs NGO ‘Desh Sewa Samiti’, plans to start a computer education centre for poor children on the premises of the property.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Balakrishnan pipped Durhani Trust of Bohra community in an aggressive bidding that lasted for over one hour at Hotel Diplomat in South Mumbai. Interestingly, Hindu Mahasabha won the bid at Rs 3.32 lakh to purchase Dawood’s Hyundai Accent, which was priced at measly Rs 15,700. This green sedan has been parked at a government society in Ghatkopar for the past four years and is in bad shape with burst tyres and shattered windshield. Besides Balakrishnan, a Delhi-based lawyer Ajay Shrivastava and president of Hindu Mahasabha Swami Chakrapani were among the bidders for the assets on block. The government had appointed a private firm to hold the auction under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Properties) Act, 1976. However, the winner of the tenancy rights for Dawood’s room, situated in Mahavir Building in Matunga, is not known. The base price for the 32.77 sq metre room was fixed at Rs 50.44 lakh. Delhi Zaika, earlier hotel Rounak Afroz, is located at a short distance from Dawood’s house in Dambarwala building in Pakmodia Street where his younger brother Iqbal Kaskar resides. “Our only competitor was Durhani Trust which works for redevelopment work in Bhendi Bazar. The bidding went on for one-and-half hours and finally our bid for Rs 4.28 crore was accepted in open auction,” Balakrishnan told reporters. The reserve price of the property was Rs 1.18 crore. “My NGO wants this property (eatery on Pakmodia) to help underprivileged women and children of Bhendi Bazar to learn computers. This will help the people in society and give a strong message to gangsters like Dawood that Indians are not afraid of him and he can no longer unleash terror in the country,” he said. When asked about funding for the property, which he has to manage within a month, Balakrishnan said he would arrange money from the common people of the country.

Sheena Bora case: CBI quizzes Rahul, grills Peter Mukerjea

Rahul is considered an “important link” in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case by the agency which also continued the grilling of his father Peter Mukerjea

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CBI on Sunday questioned Rahul Mukerjea, who has handed over several documents allegedly used by Sheena Bora to “blackmail” her mother Indrani Mukerjea.Rahul is considered an “important link” in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case by the agency which also continued the grilling of his father Peter Mukerjea, an accused in the case who was arrested on November 19. Rahul has handed over the documents belonging to Sheena, which, according to a source, she used for “blackmailing” Indrani, who is accused of murdering her.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to investigators, Sheena, who was engaged to Rahul, was blackmailing Indrani that if she did not give her a 3 BHK flat in the city, she would expose her by telling people that she was Indrani’s daughter and not sister, as the latter had claimed. Rahul visited the CBI office, situated opposite to Secretariat in South Mumbai, this morning and handed over breakfast to Peter, a former media baron, who has been arrested on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.Rahul stayed at the office for about an hour and returned again in afternoon, according to CBI officials. “Yes, I am being questioned and there isn’t any confrontation between me and my father. I don’t want to compromise on the investigation and I will make a statement at right time,” Rahul told media persons before entering the CBI office at around 1:50 PM. He left the office at around 5:30 PM without talking to waiting media.Rahul is Peter’s son from first wife and stepson of the prime accused in the case Indrani Mukerjea. An official said that CBI questioned Rahul on various claims made by Peter in his defence. As per CBI, Peter was in know of Sheena’s murder and had been in continuous touch with Indrani over phone from UK before, during and after the crime.CBI had yesterday grilled Peter for around 11 hours and his interrogation started again in morning, the sources said without elaborating. According to them, the CBI, which will seek further remand of Peter as his custody is expiring tomorrow, has also summoned those persons who used to handle his accounts with relevant documents comprising his income tax details. Rahul, who was trying to trace Sheena after her sudden disappearance on April 24, 2012, started recording telephonic conversation he had with Peter and Indrani over Sheena’s whereabouts as he found their replies evasive and inconsistent.He had given these audio clips to the police before the probe was transferred to CBI. As per the chargesheet filed by CBI in court, Indrani was against Rahul’s relationship with Sheena as she feared that Sheena will become inheritor of entire property of her and Peter, which is suspected to be the prime motive behind the murder. Apart from Peter and Indrani, other accused in the case are the latter’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Rai who have been remanded to judicial custody till December 3.

Sheena Bora murder case: Don’t think my father knew about the murder, says Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul

Peter, husband of key accused Indrani Mukerjea, was on Thursday arrested by CBI, which thereafter filed its chargesheet in the case in a magistrate court here. Peter is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy.

Rahul Mukerjea, ex-lover of Sheena Bora, arrives for questioning by the CBI in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case in Mumbai on Friday.

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Rahul Mukerjea, son of former media baron Peter Mukerjea, on Saturday said that charges against his father in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case were “outrageous”.”Charges against him (Peter) are absolutely outrageous,” said Rahul as he emerged from the CBI office in South Mumbai this morning, where he spent last night after requesting the sleuths to let him do so.Peter, husband of key accused Indrani Mukerjea, was on Thursday arrested by CBI, which thereafter filed its chargesheet in the case in a magistrate court here. Peter is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy. He has also been accused of destroying evidence and lying to protect his wife Indrani.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking Peter’s remand, CBI had told the court yesterday that he was allegedly involved in the conspiracy with his wife and had played an active and important role in the commission of the offence and also misled his son Rahul to hide the fact that Sheena was murdered. Rahul, who was in a relationship with Sheena, had said yesterday that Peter’s arrest had come as a “shock” for him.”I don’t believe he knew (anything about the murder)…otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” he had told reporters outside the court.The probe agency had also told the court that Peter was in continous conversation with Indrani prior to, during and after the gruesome murder. Suggesting a financial angle to the alleged murder of the 24-year-old in April 2012, the chargesheet said that fear of Sheena inheriting the entire property of her and her husband in the event of the victim’s marriage to Peter’s son Rahul was the prime motive for Indrani to do away with her daughter.Indrani, who was said to have a soft corner for Vidhie, her daughter by former husband Sanjeev Khanna, feared that the entire property might go to Sheena and Rahul if they were married, the chargesheet said.In this context, the chargesheet added, “she planned a conspiracy with Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai to kill Sheena Bora”. CBI had submitted before court that Rahul and Sheena were about to get married and, “after that, she (Sheena) could have got a share of property”. The investigative agency added that they were “looking into this (angle)”.The probe agency told the court that Rahul had recorded his conversation with Peter in which his father told him that he has spoken to Sheena and she was in the US. The magistrate court had yesterday remanded Peter to CBI custody till Monday (November 23) while transferring the case against Indrani, Khanna and Rai to the sessions court for trial, where jail officials were directed to produce the three on December 3.

Pakistani family refused accommodation in Mumbai, leaves dejected

On Wednesday afternoon, they reached Mumbai Central Railway Station by Suryanagri Express from Jodhpur. Their ordeal began soon as they were refused accommodation by several lodges and hotels which they approached in South Mumbai.

A Pakistani family which arrived in Mumbai to visit the Haji Ali ‘dargah’ to pray for their mentally challenged son was refused accommodation by several hotels in the city following which they spent the night on a pavement.A sub-inspector of Railway Police Force (RPF) provided some succour to the family of around five members after they reached the Mumbai Central Railway Station on Wednesday but the family failed to find accommodation in any hotel or lodge, its senior inspector R K Arya said.On October 4, the Pakistani family had arrived in India on a 40-day visa.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday afternoon, they reached Mumbai Central Railway Station by Suryanagri Express from Jodhpur. Their ordeal began soon as they were refused accommodation by several lodges and hotels which they approached in South Mumbai.”The only reason for refusal by lodges and hotels was that they (hotels) didn’t want to complete the formality of filling ‘Form-C’, which is to be submitted to a government department if people from outside the country come to the city on visa and stay in their lodges and hotels,” said RPF sub-inspector Mahesh Chauhan, who helped the family in their time of distress.”They also said that the owners of the lodges and hotels told them that they were very small establishments and have no manpower to do the extra work of filling and submitting the Form-C,” he said.After checking and verifying the family’s documents, Chauhan took them to a cabin at Mumbai Central Police Station, located just outside the railway station, and told them to rest for sometime, besides offering them tea and snacks, Arya said.The family stayed near the police cabin till around 1-1.30 AM yesterday, Chauhan said.They spent rest of the time sitting on a pavement outside the railway station before heading back to Jodhpur.Due to their experience in the city, the family cut short its trip and left yesterday.The family members told Chauhan that they had arrived in the city to visit the Haji Ali dargah to pray for their 12-year-old son who was mentally challenged.They visited the dargah yesterday and later left for Jodhpur via Loksatti Express (from Bandra Terminus) by cancelling their earlier return tickets for October 18, the sub-inspector said.

Live | Mumbai trains and flights delayed, water enters homes, nullahs choked

While Mumbai is often known as the city that does not stop for anyone or anything the very first spell of rains have disrupted the city’s transport, telecom and Internet services leaving many either stranded or cooped up at home.

Tracks used by Mumbai local trains submerged under rain water as the city drowns under heavy downpour

While Mumbai is often known as the city that does not stop for anyone or anything but the very first spell of rains have disrupted the city’s transport, telecom and Internet services leaving many either stranded or cooped up at home.Heavy rains for the past week came as a relief for sun-dried Mumbai but is turning out to be a nightmare for those who are on the move as relentless down pours bring the other-wise fast city to a standstill. International Flights delayedAuthorities at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai have announced a delay for 8 international flights while 18 domestic flights have also announced revised schedules. Details awaited. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Snehal Ambekar Mumbai Mayor BMC cleaned all nullahs and drains well, waterlogging is due to heavy rainsFlood Water enters homesKnee high water impedes movementSeveral commuters using the central railway local service to reach work in South Mumbai were left mid-track as trains ran with several hours of delay. Failure of railways signals at several posts coupled with flooding tracks has caused an almost shut down of the local trains while more commuters await already over stuff trains at stations. A local train halts mid-way as water levels on the railway tracks continue to rise Low lying areas of Dadar, Sion and several central south Mumbai localities have reported almost knee-high water making movement of vehicles and trains difficult. People stand at elevated portions of the road outside Dadar station as water continues to clog the low lying areas – Pratik MukaneSchools inoperativeOwning to risks associated with heavy rain the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have instructed the schools in low lying areas to declare a no-school day.Owing to the weather bureau’s indication that the rains would continue to pour heavily for the next 24 hours and the resulting disruption of transport services, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta has ordered that all municipal and private schools remain shut.However this announcement comes just hours before school times leaving several parents and students clueless.Connectivity woesInternet and telecommunication services in Mumbai have been reported to fluctuate severely since this morning. With many opting to work-from-home this came as an unforeseen hiccup. The BMC has also requested people to not venture out until rain subsides. The situation is a grim reminder of the horrors of the flood of July 26, 2005 that left Mumbai helpless for days. Read : July 26, 2005: When Mumbai was washed away

Store owners dig in their heels as Mumbai’s iconic Chor Bazaar set to face redevelopment

Mumbai: The hustle bustle that has characterised Chor Bazaar flea market in south Mumbai for the last 150 years may soon come to an end as Bhendi Bazaar, the area in which it is located, is set to be redeveloped.

Chor Bazaar one of the oldest flea markets in the city – located off Mohammad Ali Road – and is set to vanish with a first-of-its-kind cluster redevelopment scheme set to relocate many of the 250 shops that constitute it.  Referred to ‘shor bazaar’ at one time, the market has so far stood out as a tourist attraction thanks to its inexpensive goods, kitsch and if you’re really lucky, even a genuine relic, which may have emerged from a junkyard, but the buyer can claim was stolen.

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However, the move isn’t going to be a smooth one. The Mutton Street Chor Bazaar shop owners’ association has refused to move into the proposed high rise building saying that it will kill the essence of the iconic market. The association has demanded they should be given shops on the same street with same area that they presently occupy.

“We are not opposing the project. Our only concern is that the trust should show us the blue-print to know where they are going to relocate us. We also want the shops on the same street with same area. We do not even want to change the directions of our shops. We are reluctant to shift ourselves in mall-like complex where there is no guarantee of business,” Mohammad Salim Khan, who owns a 40-year-old antique clock shop and is secretary of the association.

Explaining their opposition, he said,”While walking on street, people see the relics and other rare items and then buy them. Do you think that it will happen in a mall? The mall culture is totally different. If we sell these Chor Bazaar items, people will laugh at us.”

The move to redevelop the market has gathered speed after the city’s civic body granted a crucial approval for the Rs 4,000 Bhendi Bazaar cluster development project which is being undertaken by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT). The project, spread over 16.5 acres aims to redevelop 3,200 homes and 1,250 businesses in the 250 existing buildings.

Khan said that the shopkeepers opposed to the project were also upset about the fact trust undertaking the redevelopment hadn’t met them since 2010.

“It seems that they are ignoring the commercial shops. The trust has not shown us the original architectural design of the proposed development but are still seeking our consent. There is a trust deficit. Unless and until the blueprint is not been shown to us, we are not going to give us our approvals,” Khan said.

A spokesperson of the SBUT refused to comment on the issue.

Shaukat Mansoori, who owns a shop in the market and is treasurer of the shopkeepers’ association said there are around 140 members backing them presently.

“We want to beautify the area and want to resolve the parking issue as well, but do not want to move to any mall-like structure. It will kill the essence of the market,” Mansoori said.

He said that a meeting of all the affected shopkeepers is to be held on 1 June when they will deliberate over the various issues faced by them and expect to place it before local political and community leaders, who are also expected to attend.

It’s not just the store owners who are upset, even those who use the market aren’t very pleased about the new proposal. Ram Bedre, a marketing executive who lives in Colaba, had recently gone to the market buy the shoes and watch and said he got a good deal.

“If they are moving to a mall, there will be taxes and other charges that will increase the cost of the items. So, we will not able to buy the items at reasonable rates any more. I think the entire Chor Bazaar concept will be lost in the transition. Shifting to good locations is the good idea but it does not fit in with the Chor Bazaar concept,” Bedre, who visits the  market occasionally, said.

According to Pankaj Joshi, executive director of Urban Design Research Institute, Chor Bazaar essentially evolved from a flea market to an antique market over several decades.

“It evolved from selling used goods ranging from toothbrushes and umbrellas to antiques. It’s a substantial transformation. These are part of natural markets which are evolved in city over years. It can not be easily replicated in other places in city,” Joshi, who is also a heritage expert, said.

He said that the fear of the shopkeepers was justified as they might not get the same opportunities in any other location.

“It will affect their businesses. If they are not assured of the businesses, then they will naturally oppose it. The natural markets are part of informal process and pertains to the idea of livelihood,” he said.

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