If you don't follow Anna, roads to unfollow this Sunday

While Anna fasts in New Delhi on 11 December, India Against Corruption will hold a vehicle rally from Shivaji Park to Azad Maidan, and other Mumbai news.

Anant Rangaswami December 09, 2011 10:23:12 IST
If you don't follow Anna, roads to unfollow this Sunday

Show your support for Anna Hazare this Sunday, if you are his supporter. "The Mumbai chapter of India Against Corruption (IAC) has organised a vehicle rally from Dadar's Shivaji Park to Azad Maidan on December 11 to support social activist Anna Hazare’s daylong fast in Delhi. While Hazare will observe a one-day fast at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, his supporters in the city will also observe the token fast. The vehicle rally will begin at 10.30am. It will start at Dadar and will snake through through BDD Chawl, Worli, Worli Naka, Haji Ali, Tardeo, Nana Chowk, JSS Road, Opera House, Metro before culminating at Azad Maidan. A registration desk has also been set up by the IAC at all railway stations to reach out to supporters," says Hindustan Times. For those who do not support him, you know the roads to avoid.

If you dont follow Anna roads to unfollow this Sunday

Anna Hazare supporters at a rally against corruption in Mumbai on 25 August. Reuters

A better commute and a safer commute. "A four-line dedicated suburban train corridor between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Kurla, with no criss-crossing or mix-up of outstation, goods or mail express trains, might soon become a reality.The railways plan to lay two additional lines between the 54-km CST and Kalyan stretch to cater exclusively to outstation and freight national traffic," says DNA.

Even better news, but this will take time. "The Maharashtra government on Thursday gave the initial go-ahead to eight major railway projects which have been planned to expand the suburban railway network. The expansion plan is spread over the next two decades and will cost approximately Rs 52,000 crore. The top two projects among these eight are a fast corridor between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Panvel, and a new suburban corridor on the Virar-Vasai Road-Diva-Panvel. Both are priority projects for the state as well as the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the authority that undertakes rail infrastructure projects," says Hindustan Times.

Can't Mumbai authorities do anything right? "On Thursday evening, when Navi Mumbai resident Simpreet Daruwalla took the Suman Nagar flyover on the Eastern Express Highway it wasn't exactly like the drive that the authorities had promised. Firstly, the flyover's inauguration was announced by a traffic constable standing on the expressway directing her to take the newly-opened bridge. There were no signboards to alert motorists to the directions towards Navi Mumbai and Thane, ahead of the flyover. Similarly, a two-lane entry on the link restricted the vehicular movement, leading to a backlog of traffic up to Sion," says Times of India.

When BMC wants to demonstrate alacrity and quick decision-making, it clears proposals at the rate of Rs. 1.1 crore per second! "The ruling Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) controlled civic standing committee on Thursday cleared 87 proposals worth more than Rs600 crore in nine minutes at a meeting — without any discussion. Though the minor roads reconstruction and resurfacing proposal of Rs363 crore was discussed, it was put off till next week. With just a few days left for the code of conduct for the civic poll to come into effect, the Sena-BJP combine is in a hurry to clear project proposals. Members of the opposition, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, don’t seem to be interested in discussing the matter either," says Hindustan Times.

How many phones did Jigna Vora have? "The Mumbai Crime Branch has recovered one more mobile phone from Jigna Vora, one of the 11 accused in the murder of MiD DAY editor (Investigations) J Dey. This is the seventh cellphone that belonged to Vora. "The phone was traced by its IMEI number and now we have recovered seven mobiles and sent all of them to the forensic laboratory to retrieve the deleted data," said an official from the Crime Branch,” reports MiD-DAY.

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