Campa Cola case: SC issue notices to Maharashtra govt, BMC

Residents of Campa Cola society, in their plea had said that there is a provision by which even  unauthorised constructions are regularised after paying penalties and other charges


The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Maharashtra government and BrihanMumbai Municipal Corp (BMC) in the Campa cola case. Residents of the unauthorised flats at Campa Cola society, had filed a plea seeking yet another chance to negotiate with the BMC for saving their flats.


A Bench headed by Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya issued notice to the state government and the municipal body, which are returnable in two weeks.


In their plea, the residents had claimed said that there is a provision by which even the unauthorised constructions are regularised after paying penalties and other charges.



Meenal Mamdani

3 years ago

I think we will see regularization of these flats eventually as the residents are not ordinary folk but very wealthy, well connected people.
Unfortunately, this will send a message to the builders and the corrupt babus to continue this blatant flouting of the rules.

Malin landslide: Death toll climbs to 109, another 50 still feared trapped

Its six days since the landslide and the GSI has issued an advice to  rescue teams and district officials to evacuate remaining houses near the Malin site due to chances of further sliding


With the recovery of three more bodies from under the massive landslide debris at Malin village near Pune, the death toll in the calamity has climbed to 109. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) operation to locate possible survivors entered the sixth day on Monday amid intermittent showers.


The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has issued an advice to the rescue team and district officials to evacuate remaining houses near the landslide site.


“If it continues to rain for another 3-4 days, there is a possibility of further sliding in the adjacent portions of the landslide that has already taken place,” a statement issued by the GSI said.


The 109 dead included 44 men, 49 women and 16 children, district administration officials said.


Carcasses of 22 animals too have been extricated from the huge mound of mud and stones that buried about 44 houses after the tragedy struck on July 30, they said.


Intermittent showers continued to lash the region, hampering movement of heavy machinery deployed by NDRF on the marshy land, developed at the site due to rain and mud.


About 50 more persons are still believed to be trapped under the rubble but there is dim hope of finding any survivors. Eight injured persons had earlier been pulled out to safety, officials said.


Unable to come to terms with the reality, some close relatives of the victims continued to stand and wait endlessly under trees, straining their eyes in anticipation of a miracle that would bring back alive their loved ones.


A team of GSI led by its Director General Harbans Singh had yesterday attributed the catastrophe to “natural causes” after visiting and inspecting the site, negating the theory that levelling of soil on hill tops in some areas of the region for paddy cultivation could have been a contributory factor in the disaster.


India strongly condemns 'derogatory' article on Sri Lanka govt site

Following strong protests from AIADMK members, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha the government would also summon the Sri Lankan High Commissioner


India on Monday strongly condemned the "derogatory" article against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa appeared on the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website, as the controversy rocked Parliament with an agitated AIADMK demanding a resolution to denounce it.


"The issue raised by (AIADMK leader) V Maitreyan is indeed very serious. India strongly condemns it. We will definitely summon the High Commissioner of that country and tell him about it," External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said in Rajya Sabha after AIADMK members trooped into the Well demanding a statement from the government.


Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed two adjournments each as AIADMK members disrupted the proceedings and stormed the Well seeking a statement from the government and raising slogans denouncing the Sri Lankan President.


In the Lower House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, "While matters concerning diplomatic relations are dealt with delicately, this is totally unacceptable and condemnable. There is no hesitation in condemning it."


He also said he would convey the "strong feelings" of the members to Swaraj.


But the AIADMK members were not satisfied with the reply and stormed the Well raising slogans like 'Rajapakse down, down' and 'we want justice'.


Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, Maitreyan said the article appearing in the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website was "derogatory" to Jayalalithaa.


He asked whether the government would summon the Sri Lankan High Commissioner as this was "an insult" to not only the Tamil Nadu government but also the Union Government.


AIADMK leader in Lok Sabha M Thambidurai demanded that the House adopt a "strong and unanimous resolution condemning Sri Lanka" so that such incident do not recur.


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