File FIRs against errant contractors: Shiv Sena
Shiv Sena, which controls the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has urged the municipal commissioner to initiate strict action against errant contractors for failing to maintain quality of roads, including filing of criminal cases.
Mumbai's civic body is facing a lot of criticism because of pothole-filled roads during the current rainy season. Sena corporator and Standing Committee Chairman, Rahul Shewale, has written a letter to commissioner Subodh Kumar in this regard.
"Mumbaikars are facing a lot of problems due to potholes. It is the duty of the contractors to ensure that the city is pothole-free.
Since they have failed to maintain the quality of roads, strict action must be taken," the letter says. Shewale has claimed that BMC has repaired 1,200 stretches of roads this year. He has proposed that errant contractors be made to forfeit their deposits and an FIR be filed against them. "Earlier, the BMC only penalised and blacklisted errant contractors, but it was of no use.
So to ensure they learn a lesson, an FIR must be filed against them," Shewale has said. BMC makes a budgetary provision of Rs 40 crore for filling up potholes. This year, it has spent Rs 26 crore so far. Civic officials said that due to the continuous rain, the condition of roads had worsened this year and the repair work cannot be done when it is raining. "But we are hopeful of filling up the potholes during the dry spell," an official said.
Streets wore a deserted look and shops remained closed amid eerie calm in Udaipur on Wednesday, the first morning after a man was beheaded for supporting former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who was suspended from the party earlier this month for her controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
In a tragic incident, four persons including two labourers, one crane operator and a car driver, died due to a crane accident Navi Mumbai on Tuesday evening. They working at an under construction site of City and Industrial Development Corporation's Taloja phase 2 project in Navi Mumbai The accident occurred after the tower crane used to transport construction materials atop Taloja collapsed from the 14th floor and landed on them.
The NIA has arrested two accused in Jammu & Kashmir in the cross-LoC trade and terror funding case. Earlier, the NIA had conducted multiple raids across the Valley in the terror-funding case. NIA spokesman in a statement said that on Monday the NIA arrested two accused Tanveer Ahmad Wani of Achagoza, Rajpora, Pulwama and Peer Arshad Iqbal, alias Ashu of Khwaja Bagh, Baramulla.
With a day left for the start of the Amarnath Yatra, high-level security is in place across Jammu and Kashmir, especially in Kashmir valley, where foolproof security arrangements have been made for the peaceful conduct of the yatra, which is taking place after two years. Three-tier security will be in place for the entire yatra route, including the mountains in the south and central Kashmir.
Ahead of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday claimed to have solved recent blasts in Kotranka and Budhal areas of the Rajouri district with the arrest of two Lashkar operatives. The police have launched searches for Talib Shah. “A huge cache of explosive material, including five improvised explosive devices (IEDs), was recovered at the disclosure of the LeT operatives”, additional director general of police (ADGP), Mukesh Singh said.