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From Tejas Express to BMC’s octroi revenue: Top five stories from Mumbai

Mumbai city news: Here are the top 5 stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss.

mumbai Updated: May 23, 2017 17:33 IST
HT Correspondent

While the newly-launched high speed train Tejas Express could soon take you to Ahmedabad, the city’s Metro-3 project is all set to get better connectivity, but at a cost — 1,154 mangrove trees to be precise. Days before the scrapping of octroi, the BMC revealed it made ₹936 crore in two months from the same. On the other hand, The organisers of Justin Bieber’s concert might have to pay up hefty sum of ₹2.77 crore, after the entertainment department of the Thane district collectorate sent them a show-cause notice for not providing complete information on sponsors and partners, and allowing more people than permitted to attend the show. Also, NCP leader Ajit Pawar clarified that he had no connection with the Borivli college named after him that was derecognised on Monday for cheating students.

Here are our top five picks for today:

1. Not just Mumbai to Goa, Tejas Express may take you to Ahmedabad too

After a comfortable trip to Goa, you could soon board the high-speed Tejas Express to travel from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. While flagging off the first Tejas Express train between Mumbai and Karmali station in Goa on Monday, railway minister Suresh Prabhu announced the introduction of the new service between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

2. Canadian popstar Justin Bieber’s Mumbai concert organisers to pay ₹2.77 crore fine?

Canadian popstar Justin Bieber’s concert in Mumbai is back in the news. Reason: the entertainment department of the Thane district collectorate has sent a show-cause notice to its organisers for not providing complete information on sponsors and partners, and allowing more people than permitted to attend the show.

3. Have no links with Mumbai college shut for cheating, says NCP leader Ajit Pawar

A controversial Borivli college, which was derecognised on Monday for cheating 630 students, was misleading students by using the name of former deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar, without his permission. Pawar on Tuesday told Hindustan Times that he is not connected in any way to his namesake, Namdar Ajit Pawar College, Borivli, and has demanded stern action against it for fraud.

4. BMC earns ₹936 crore in two months from octroi days before scrapping it, getting GST

While the Maharashtra government has passed the goods and services tax (GST) bill, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) earned Rs936 crores from octroi levied on goods in the last two months. This figure is 24.8% higher than what the civic body had earned in 2016, between April 1 and May 19.

5. Mumbai to get Metro-3, better connectivity, but lose 1,154 mangrove trees. Is it a good deal?

The Union environment ministry on Monday gave a green nod to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) for construction on two land parcels at Bandra-Kurla Complex and Dharavi for Metro-3 project (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) on Monday. Approximately 1,000 mangrove trees will be felled for the project.