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'Green' signal for Mumbai Coastal Road
The union environment ministry has given the 'green' signal for the proposed coastal road for Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Monday.
 
Fadnavis made the announcement after a meeting with union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi Monday morning.
 
"It's a dream come true...Best gift to Mumbai by Modi government," Fadnavis tweeted on what could be most ambitious infrastructure project for the country's commercial capital, expected to be completed in around three years.
 
The 35.60-km-long coastal road, estimated to cost around Rs.8,500 crore is part of the Rs.60,000 infrastructure projects planned for Mumbai and surroundings over the next few years.
 
The coastal road will start from Nariman Point near the Manora MLAs Hostel, will go underground at the NCPA to Napean Sea Road and go on along the west coast of the city up to Kandivali, a north-western suburb.
 
From there it is proposed to be extended to Virar town in Thane, and along the way would entail reclamation of land at several points, where commercial constructions would not be permitted.
 
The latest development came two days after the Maharashtra government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Netherlands government which will provide technical support for the project and the upcoming Mumbai Metro 3, combining them at various points for better connectivity.
 
Fadnavis said that the coastal road will decongest traffic in the city and would crease 91 hectares of green spaces, taking Mumbai infrastructure to the next level.
 
Taking a swipe at the former Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government, he said that the previous government was talking about the coastal road since five years.
 
"I had promised that (I) will get it approved in five months...Happy it took even lesser time," the chief minister added, thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
As per the time frame, the draft notification for the project will be issued by June 15, followed up with the final notification by August 15.
 
Earlier, the project had faced opposition from several Congress and NCP leaders, besides fishermen and environmentalists, who fear their fishing areas and the rich mangroves cover would be affected.

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shanti Patel

2 years ago

It will definitely a signed of QUICK ACTION of present Maharashtra government. Hope execution will also be in the same manner and completed within announced time limit. It will help to all and particularly people going to gujarat.

Shanti K. Patel
Hon.Secretary-Bombay Shareholders Association

New CVC, CIC appointed
Former Central Board of Direct Taxation chief K.V. Chowdary has been appointed the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), it was announced here on Monday.
 
T.M. Bhasin, chairman and managing director of the public sector Indian Bank, has been appointed vigilance commissioner, an official release said.
 
Seniormost Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma was named the new Chief Information Commissioner, said informed sources
 
The post of CVC had been lying vacant since Pradeep Kumar retired on September 28 last year, while the post of vigilance commissioner was also unfilled since incumbent J.M. Garg completed his tenure on September 7 last year.
 
Chowdary, a 1979 batch Indian Revenue Service officer, has also headed many high-profile income tax probes, including that of the 2G spectrum allocation case and the HSBC Geneva taxpayers' list.
 
The appointments have been made for a term of four years from the date(s) on which the officials enter upon their office(s) or till they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier, the release added.
 
The government was under attack from the opposition for delaying the appointments and various RTI activists had also questioned the delay.

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Tax: New Three-page Income-tax Return Forms
The finance ministry has issued new three-page income-tax return (ITR) forms, dropping the controversial provision of mandatory disclosure of foreign trips and dormant bank accounts; it also extended the last date of filing tax returns to 31st August.
 
The ministry has also released a note with the new ITR forms for assessment year 2015-16 (FY 2014-15). Taxpayers have been anxiously awaiting these forms. As the forms have seen some changes and are a little delayed, the ministry has proposed that the due date for filing tax returns be extended to 31 August 2015.
 
The note has a proposal to release a new form—ITR-2A—for taxpayers who own more than one house property and do not have any capital gains. Owners of one house property have to file ITR 1. Taxpayers who own more than one house property are required to file ITR 2.
 

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