High Court urges civic body to ‘clean up’ act
For what seems like the nth time this year itself, the High Court has rapped the (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) BMC. This time, the High Court commented on the poor sanitation in the city and remarked the city was full of garbage.
“There is so much garbage, so many plastic bottles everywhere,” said Justice Ranjana Desai. With Justice R V More,she asked the BMC what would be the soon-to-be appointed clean-up marshals’ role. “Will they clean up the wards or just levy fines?”
The court was earlier informed by the lawyer while hearing a public interest litigant (PIL) that the marshals, who will (soon) be deployed on the streets, will only levy fines. The clean-up Mumbai campaign had earlier generated Rs seven crore through fines, the authorities reported.
The High Court was also told the 24 wards would each get 25 marshals. Of the total 600 marshals, 390 have received police clearance, the court was informed. The judges also questioned about the time that would be required to appoint all the marshals and how long it will take for them to actually start work, There are, in all, six agencies through which the marshals are being recruited.
The PIL was filed by an NGO All India Human Rights Association, which challenged the discontinuance of the ‘clean-up marshal’ scheme.
BKC to get convention hall
Reliance Industries is in advanced talks with Wadhwa Group to jointly develop the 17-acre Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) plot reserved for a convention-cum-commercial centre, according to reports.
The Wadhwa Group has offered to buy equity in the project for close to Rs 1,200 crores from RIL. With a Floor Space Index (FSI) of four at BKC, the joint venture partners are expected to build a large convention center on that plot, measuring over 50 lakh sq ft of developable area. The remaining plot is expected to be developed into a commercial complex by both the parties, which includes the RIL’s headquarters and a hotel.
Reportedly, RIL was in no hurry to start construction as the petition by the Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications & Infrastructure Ltd is yet pending in court. RCIL has challenged the MMRDA’s decision to grant additional space to RIL after the tender (for the plot) was granted.