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Sidharth and Varun were seen heading to Karan’s house on Wednesday night.the committee is also focusing on pedestrian issues, he said Meanwhilethe BMC has also planned to study the traffic density of roads before taking up road concretisation and asphalting projects While it plans to spend about Rs 7000 crore on road construction projects in the next five yearsthe BMC will now study traffic intensity and the potential and significance associated with each roadeven if it is a minor roadbefore undertaking its construction Of the total road length of 181239 km in the cityover 500 km has been concretised The city has almost 1100 km of minor roads and over 712 km of major roads [email protected] For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsDehradun:Long-time Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Trivendra Singh Rawat will take oath as the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on Saturday afternoon Trivendra Singh Rawat Image courtesy: Twitter Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah are likely to attend the grand ceremony at the Parade Grounds Rawat will be sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of the hill state Party sources told IANS that six ministers were also likely to be sworn in with Rawat A former associate of Modi Rawat was Agriculture Minister in the previous BJP government in Uttarakhand which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000 Elected from Doiwala where he defeated Congress’s Hira Singh Bisht with a margin of over 24000 votes Rawat is widely regarded in the party for his organisational skills He is also known as a ‘Pracharak’ (campaigner) in the RSS In the assembly elections the BJP stunned the Congress by winning 57 of the 70 seats in Uttarakhand Rawat will be the fifth BJP Chief Minister in the state The party formed its first government in the state in 2000 with Nityanand Swami as the first Chief Minister Written by Agencies | London | Published: June 22 2009 9:43 am Related News Mercy Jamesthe four-year-old girl from Malawi took the first step into her new life with ‘Queen of Pop’ Madonnawhen she was converted into Kaballaha faith followed by the singer Just hours after the toddler was flown into London from her birthplace in Africashe was initiated into the cult with a session at the Kaballah centre in Londonreported Sun online The session was also attended by Madonna’s three other childrenLourdesRocco and David whom she had adopted from Malawi in 2006 as well as ex-husband Guy Ritchie The family spent an hour at the meeting in London before Mercywearing a pair of new shiny white sandalsreturned to Madonnas 15 million pound home in Mayfair Guy took Rocco and David to his Wiltshire home for the weekendallowing Madonna time to bond with her new daughter The 50-year-old star who won custody of the child two weeks ago after a long drawn court battlehad been expected to fly to Africa and personally collect the tot She won her lengthy battle to adopt Mercy two weeks ago when a Malawian court ruled “every child has a right to love” Approval of the adoption angered many campaigners who claim Madonna was only allowed to have Mercy because of the huge sums she has pumped into the poor African state For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsJammu: The National Conference (NC) on Wednesday greeted the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of Diwali saying the festival should be celebrated with harmony enthusiasm and brotherhood File image of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah AFP NC president Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah in separate messages on the Diwali eve prayed for the peace and tranquillity in the state In his message Farooq Abdullah wished prosperity to the state and happiness to its people and highlighted the spirit of celebrating festivals in an atmosphere of amity and brotherhood Omar Abdullah stressed on the need for strengthening harmony and brotherhood in the glorious traditions of the state’s pluralistic ethos "May this Diwali bring peace prosperity and happiness in the life of people of state" he said NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana said Diwali was one of the most captivating festivals and it celebrated the victory of light over darkness and good over evil Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | Published: May 5 2017 1:57 am (Above) Repairs to the busy MG Road have been delayed Related News THE unexpected closure of quarrying work in Thane district is now every road contractor’s response regarding the dozens of incomplete road works in the suburbs but senior officials of the roads department agree that delays have been continuing and condoned for several months now with the result that contractors are scurrying to try and finish works at least by the end of May if not by the BMC-imposed pre-monsoon deadline of May 15 In Kurla West the road along Kohinoor Hospital and Lalubhai Compound was excavated early this year with little progress The section of road just outside Kohinoor Hospital was dug up months ago and differences of opinion between agencies regarding the width of the storm water drain — after the road was excavated — led to a prolonged delay subsequently “After the road was dug we realised the drain was a little wider than we expected So we sought remarks from the storm water drains department for verification That led to work being stopped for a while” admitted a senior official with the roads department “Besides the Kohinoor Hospital also located along this road are two schools including an international school a hotel three phases of Kohinoor Housing Society the HDIL airport slum rehabilitation complex and one more housing society The road leads to one of the flyovers of the Rs 500-crore Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and to Vidyavihar station leading to incredible traffic snarls on the narrow road excavated along one side and with parked vehicles along both sides” said one irate resident of Kohinoor Housing Society In Dadar the NC Kelkar Road from the iconic Shiv Sena Bhavan to Plaza Cinema had been proposed as a ‘project’ road involving work on the footpath drains and then exhaustive road repairs However after seeing the slow pace of work on this road the contract was converted to mere resurfacing Senior officials conceded that the roads department proposes large contracts without considering various aspects “There was no need of drain work on this road — there was no waterlogging reported here even during the 2005 deluge Proposing unnecessary works delays the project but contractors enjoy the larger project costs Eventually we decided to only do resurfacing so that work would be completed before the monsoon” said the official Sandeep Deshpande a former Maharashtra Navnirman Sena corporator who had raised the issue of the poor quality of Kelkar Road last year said this last-minute change of plans was inevitable “If work is given to a contractor involved in the roads scam and the BMC decides not to pay him then why will the contractor complete works on time” Deshpande asked In Ghatkopar (West) repairs to the busy MG Road barely progressed long after work orders were issued Eventually having observed the delay zonal deputy municipal commissioner Narendra Barde issued a memo to a roads department engineer ordering that the work be fast tracked a rare instance of a DMC issuing a memo to an engineer from a central agency of the BMC “The road works were going slow So I issued a memo asking to fast track the work so that it can be completed before the monsoon” said Barde “The road works in many areas in Ghatkopar were progressing slowly A review was undertaken by Barde around two months back Also penalties have been levied on contractors for delaying the work” said an official from the roads department A senior civic official said there seems to be a pattern in contractors delaying road works “For a project road a contractor will normally carry out work on the footpath then take up the drain work and delay this for some time Then the contractor will begin the actual road works If there are any encroachments the contractor is supposed to inform the local ward office well in advance But contractors will give short notice to the ward office which then can’t do anything” said the official For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sandeep Ashar | Mumbai | Updated: May 8 2017 9:18 am Related News A high-level inquiry committee appointed to probe accusations of embezzlement of funds to the tune of crores meant for tribal welfare has unearthed a nexus between politicians officials and contractors The money was meant to provide tribal households with access to proper kitchen complete with cooking gas connection The Indian Express has a copy of the report submitted by the committee in this regard In 2007 the then Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra purchased 124 lakh gas burners and rubber tubes as part of the scheme for tribal households A Mumbai-based contractor Meera Decor was allotted the contract for the supply of these units financed through tribal welfare funds from state and Central budgets Each unit came at a cost of Rs 1405 totalling Rs 1742 crore But while the objective was to promote a cleaner cooking ecosystem in Maharashtra’s tribal households the inquiry committee found that about 53900 out of the 124 lakh gas units or 44 per cent of the total supply never reached the intended beneficiaries Instead the committee has found evidence to show at least 27602 units were illegally disposed of with tribal department officials working in connivance with the contractor and gas agencies The remaining 26298 units lay undistributed in the government’s godowns and were eventually discarded since they were rendered unfit for use Rapping the then government for the irregularity the committee headed by Justice (Retd) M G Gaikwad has said the government of the time had already paid the contractor the full contract amount despite these lapses “This resulted in loss to the public exchequer” the committee has said Then tribal development minister Dr Vijay Kumar Gavit has since quit the Nationalist Congress Party to join the ruling BJP He is the party’s legislator from Nandurbar In a further observation to show “how poorly schemes for tribal welfare are designed and formulated” the Gaikwad committee has said “The scheme was taken up without identifying beneficiaries” It has said tribal department officials had “accepted a scheme formulated by the contractor without considering its feasibility” The then Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra had following directives of the Bombay High Court appointed the Gaikwad committee on April 15 2014 to probe allegations of corruption in tribal welfare schemes during Gavit’s tenure A public litigation has been filed in the court alleging that the nexus of politicians officials and contractors had siphoned off Rs 6000 crore of tribal funds between 2004 and 2009 by propping up various “dubious” schemes Since the petitioners had raised allegations of corruption against Gavit too the committee also probed the former minister’s conduct in this regard The Indian Express had reported Saturday that the panel passed strictures against Gavit too in contracts for supply of oil pumps and diesel engines to tribal farms and the supply of gas units to tribal households Maintaining that he was yet to read the panel’s report Gavit when contacted told The Indian Express: “You can’t blame a minister for discrepancies in implementation” He also denied malafide over questions the committee has raised on a contentious order he had issued regarding a contract for the supply of oil pumps in 2007-08 but said he would be in a “position to comment in detail on the report after going through it” But with the BJP MLA being indicted by the committee the Congress went after the Devendra Fadnavis government Questioning the government over delaying action in the matter Congress leader Sachin Sawant has demanded that all those found guilty be immediately prosecuted The committee meanwhile has put out evidence showing that tribal department officials deputed in all ten regional offices across Maharashtra had connived with the contractor and the gas agencies for diversion of funds It has sought prosecution of all those found responsible while demanding recovery of the money paid in excess to the contractor The committee found a similar scam unfold in the supply of oil pumps which were meant to help irrigate farm lands of marginal tribal farmers “Out of the 35077 oil pumps purchased for supply to such farms between 2004 and 2009 a total of 7758 were found disposed of illegally whereas 1986 others were not distributed at all” the committee report has said Maharashtra’s most backward tribal belt Nandurbar saw the highest diversion of oil pumps at 4330 followed by Nashik (967) and Dharni (757) Like in the case of gas units the contractor appointed for transporting and installation of the oil pumps to tribal farms Nandurbar-based Akashdeep Vidyut Sahakari Sanstha showed that he had already distributed 33091 oil pumps to the intended beneficiaries and payments were made to him Contending that regional managers and electricians with the state’s Tribal Development Corporation which was entrusted with the responsibility of supervising the implementation of the scheme had submitted bogus receipts of installation of oil pumps in tribal farms for disbursal of payments the inquiry committee has accused it of siphoning off Rs 15 crore in this manner Prosecution has been demanded against these officials too The committee’s report shows that a Nandurbar-based regional manager had contended during cross examination that the contractor would constantly pressure them to issue such receipts claiming that he was close to Gavit The committee has however said it found no further evidence to substantiating this claim It has also brought on record the fact that another regional manager when questioned about alterations made to one of the installation receipts said the receipts had initially been issued in the name of “Gavit’s agency” which was later altered to mention “Akashdeep” The report has no further details in this regard Gavit meanwhile has denied these allegations Incidentally while the oil pump supply contractor was required to deposit 5 per cent of the contract amount as security deposit the panel has said the department admitted that the deposit was “waived off as per the directions of then minister Gavit” The committee has also indicted the then managing director (MD) of the Tribal Development Corporation for illegalities in allocation of the contracts for 2004-05 and 2005-06 to Akashdeep Similar allegations have been raised against the MD for contract allocation of the purchase of these engines from two manufacturing agencies Laxmi Oil Engines and Rocket Oil Engines (both based in Kolhapur) during these two years Gavit as president of the executive committee of the corporation had authorised the MD to procure these in the absence of the mandatory approval from the board of directors at the corporation the panel has said The committee has also blamed Gavit for causing loss to public exchequer by directing officials to purchase these pumps at higher rates in 2007-08 on a rate contract when the board of directors had resolved to buy at a lower price “We opted for a rate contract since the tendering process would have taken time The due process was followed” Gavit defended For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related Newscom For all the latest Mumbai News," he said. among others.s goons had a point in protesting the use of the word ? 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