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Union Ministry of Environment and Forests nod for Metro II car shed on mangrove land

TNN | Nov 8, 2013, 03.44 AM IST

MUMBAI: One of the major hurdles in the path of the Metro II project has been cleared with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) agreeing to allow the car shed on mangrove land in Malad.
On Thursday, chief secretary J K Banthia, accompanied by several senior bureaucrats, met V Rajagopalan, secretary, MoEF, to discuss various infrastructure projects stuck on account of environment clearance.

Earlier, the MoEF had insisted on constructing the car shed for the Metro second line (which is to run from Charkop to Mankhurd) on stilts because of the presence of mangroves on the plot earmarked for the shed.

The state bureaucrats pointed out that there were less than 2% mangroves on the proposed plot. The government, it said, would carry out afforestation and build the Effluent Treatment Plant on non-mangrove land.

“The MoEF has agreed to construction of the car shed,” said Banthia. This would save the government Rs 500 crore, said R A Rajeev, principal secretary, environment, who was present at the meeting.

On the coastal road project, the bureaucrats asked the ministry to grant in-principle approval so that preparation of the Detailed Project Report could be undertaken. “While the MoEF is amenable to the project, they want to discuss the issue of reclamation further. We pointed out that reclamation is only for construction of the coastal road,” said Banthia.
Among those who accompanied the chief secretary were municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte, Metropolitan commissioner U P S Madan, urban development secretary Manu Kumar Srivastava, SRA CEO Nirmal Kumar Deshmukh and CIDCO chief Sanjay Bhatia.

Banthia said he has invited MoEF officials to the state before the month-end to further discuss and clear issues.
comment:- by supporting the coastal road land sharks will get more land by reclamation from the sea
Also controversial,illegal  buildings on defence land ,in south Mumbai , may get a new lease?

Many illegal buildings built touching sea and waiting for government approval will also be happy when reclamation from sea will save them


Maharashtra govt to seek Central nod on shifting Doppler radar

TNN | Nov 7, 2013, 06.23 AM IST

MUMBAI: The state urban development department (UDD) will write to the Centre to allow shifting of the Doppler radar outside the city.

“Once the permission comes through, the UDD will decide on an alternative site for the radar,” said a senior official. Currently it has been set atop an 18-storey building in Navy Nagar, Colaba.

The decision to move the radar outside the city follows a representation from the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry which said it restricted the height of buildings around the radar. Currently 70 projects have been affected as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has refused to grant clearance.

The radar was installed post-2005 floods to predict weather conditions. It can transmit radio-waves 300 km away and thus forecast the weather. Buildings above 70 metres cause an obstruction to the transmission and receipt of radio-waves hampering weather forecast.

The IMD has warned that dismantling the radar would make it dysfunctional. Officials said the government would decide on the purchase of new equipment and who would foot the bill. The builders’ association has offered to pay for the equipment as well as maintenance, said sources. 
2005 flood in mumbai


 comment:-In Maharashtra, the Housing Industry is more important than doppler radar to prevent floods?



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Bandra-Versova Sea Link on fast forward mode

State road agency confident of floating tenders by August;3 construction options on the anvil

Alka Shukla

Your ride from the city to the suburbs could soon be a breeze by the sea.The state government has put on fast track extension of the suburban-end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
The agency executing the project,Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC),has expressed confidence about floating tenders for the Bandra-Versova part of the sea link by August.
The approximate stretch of the Bandra-Versova leg will be 10.1 km.This will be the final phase of the ambitious Western freeway.
While construction work of the Worli-Haji Ali Sea Link is set to begin in three months,work on the proposal of the Haji Ali-Nariman Point link is in its final stage.
We should be able to float tenders in about six or seven months, confirmed Vice-Chairman of MSRDC Bipin Srimali.Various surveys,including traffic data analysis,are under way
A German-based firm,Parsons Brinckerhoff Consulting,is carrying out a detailed feasibility survey,which is expected to conclude around June.The companys report will help work out modalities of various construction model plans of the Bandra-Versova end of the link.


Three construction plan options for the Bandra-Versova Sea Link have been submitted by MSRDC to the state Cabinets sub-committee on infrastructure.This committees nod is a must for clearance of all big-ticket infrastructure projects.
These three could include a combination of a sea link,tunnel and a coastal road.
The first option,Plan A,is to have a sea link from Bandra to Juhu via Khar Danda.It will be followed by a cut-and-cover tunnel which will end near Versova.This plan envisages a 1-km coastal road in the final lap.
Cut-and-cover refers to a method of construction of shallow tunnels.
It may be mentioned that onethird of the proposed Haji Ali-Nariman Point link will be built in a similar manner.
Plan B proposes a sea link across from Bandra to Versova.
Plan C,the final option,is to construct a coastal road on stilts from Bandra to Versova.


The estimated cost of the Bandra-Versova link is between Rs 2,300 crore and Rs 3,000 crore,depending on which of the three plans is chosen. The project will be in partnership with a private company.It will be developed on a Build-Operate-Transfer basis.However,it is not clear whether the government will contribute a share by way of Viability Gap Funding. A proposal detailing the broad aspects of the project has been submitted to the Union environment ministry for its approval.A reply is expected by March. However,irrespective of which of the three plans is finalised,a patch of mangroves near Khar Danda,which is classified as mangrove land,could prove to be a stumbling block,where the environment ministrys approval is concerned.

The approximate stretch of the Bandra-Versova leg will be 10.1 km.This will be the final phase of the ambitious Western freeway





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Adarsh case adjourned: Bombay High Court asks for ownership details of plot

All India | Reported by Rashmi Rajput, Edited by Janaki Fernandes | Updated: July 18, 2012 13:23 IST

Adarsh Housing Society scam – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Some of the current allottees of the flats in the Adarsh co-operative society building ionvoking of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) into the case.

Adarsh housing scam – The Indian Express

Deshmukh, Shinde being probed in Adarsh case: CBI. Tuesday , 5 June ’12. The CBI is thoroughly investigating allegations against Vilasrao Deshmukh and 

Another Adarsh-like controversy haunts Mumbai | › All India

Jan 16, 2011 – Harsiddhi Heights, in Mumbai’s prime Worli area is now under the spotlight for an now another controversy on similar lines is here to haunt them. Among those who own flats in the building is, Ajay Nair, the son-in-law of In the Adarsh case, the babus who got flats had directly handled clearances.

Maharashtra wary about public-private partnership model for elevated rail project

Maharashtra wary about public-

, TNN | Nov 8, 2013, 01.22 AM IST

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government is keen to implement the 60-km Churchgate-Virar elevated rail corridor with the cash contract model instead of public-private partnership (PPP) to ensure faster execution. The PPP model allows the concessionaire to raise money by undertaking commercial exploitation of land parcels on the basis of enhanced floor space index.

A railway board official said, “The state government, particularly chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, is wary about the PPP model as the allocation of project-specific FSI may get them embroiled in a controversy if windfall gains accrue to the concessionaire.”

A model on the lines of the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is being propagated to implement the project.

The official said under cash contract, the state and central governments should provide seed capital while the balance can be raised through loans from agencies. The loan can be repaid by levying a surcharge, as with the Mumbai Urban Transport Project.

A source said, “The state government is contemplating a development cess or impact fee on properties in the 2-3 km radius of Metro III. A similar revenue model can be worked for the rail corridor.”

The state government’s experience with Metro I (Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar), impl-emented with the PPP model, was unsatisfactory. Metro II (Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd) has been on hold due to the absence of right of way and failure to provide land to build a car-shed to the concessionaire.

A Western Railway official said, “The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has implemented the monorail project on cash contract successfully. It has invited bids for Metro III under cash contract as it can be implemented without controversy.”

Under the PPP model, the railways hoped to raise Rs 7,000 cr from commercial development of land parcels for the Rs 25,000-cr project. The rail official said the agency hoped to raise Rs 5,000 cr through the Centre’s viability gap funding scheme. Apart from commercial rights, fares, advertising rights and rentals will be used to raise the rest of the revenue.

A board official said, “The concessionaire may not run the service to optimal capacity or suspend it, as in New Delhi. It can be operated by the railways with cash contract.” An MRVC official said they were ready to execute the project.

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