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L&T to develop commercial space with Hyderabad Metro
L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited (LTMRHL) plans to develop six million square feet of real estate at a cost of about Rs.2,300 crore under the first phase as part of Metro rail project, which is expected to be commissioned in July 2017.
 
Of this 1.1 million square feet of retail and office space is under construction and will be ready next year, announced LTMRHL chief executive and managing director V.B. Gadgil.
 
Gadgil said 40 percent of the commercial space under development has already been booked.
 
The construction major, which is building 71.16 km elevated Metro rail in public-private partnership, has already achieved financial closure for the first phase of Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which is scheduled to be completed with the commissioning of the Metro.
 
L&T also plans to take up development of 12.5 million sq.ft. of space over next 10 years. This may require more than Rs.5,000 crore. "We will raise this money from our internal accruals or borrowings," Gadgil told reporters.
 
This will take the overall investment by the L&T in the integrated project to over Rs.20,000 crore.
 
In 2011, LTMRHL achieved financial closure for Rs.16,375 crore - Rs.14,132 crore for Metro rail system and Rs.2,243 crore for first phase of Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
 
The TOD is being taken up at multiple locations, including the land parcels given by the state government, Metro stations and depots.
 
Unveiling 'Hyderabad Next', the brand of TOD, Gadgil said it would offer office space, retail, hospitality, healthcare and mixed use.
 
By providing ample parking, work, shopping, leisure, entertainment and healthcare, the construction major promises to improve the quality and standard of living in Hyderabad.
 
"Hyderabad Metro rail will uniquely cater to the needs of commuters as well as the non-commuters of its adjoining/adjacent neighbourhoods due to its design as a foot over bridge, coupled with unique total retail space of about 0.45 million sq.ft. on all 64 stations," he said.
 
Dominos, Politos, Medplus and Amul are among the brands which have already booked the space. State Bank of India (SBI) will have one ATM at each station while Bank of Baroda and Corporation Bank will have their ATMs at 20 stations each.
 
When fully commissioned, the developer expects 45-50 percent revenue from fare collection, 40 percent from TOD and 10 percent from advertisements.

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Journalist’s Murder in a Secular State is No Big News
‘Low-level’ journalists who do not conform to majority views are just collateral damage
 
Indian mainstream media, which made an outrageous song and dance for trivial instances like when an abusive journalist was merely shoved around, has preferred to give short shrift to a ‘small-time’, vernacular journalist’s alleged fiery murder by policemen on the orders of a state minister, whose misdeeds he exposed.
 
The journalist, Jagendra Singh, 42, from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, had exposed a lot of things against the minister, including land-grabbing, illegal mining, etc. 
 
At first, the minister’s associates assaulted him on 28 April 2015, but no one was arrested. On 15th May, a first information report (FIR) was booked against Jagendra Singh under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).  
 
The police went to “arrest” him on 1st June, but claimed that he went to the terrace of his house and set himself afire.
 
He succumbed to burn injuries at King George Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow on 8th June.
 
No one in the ‘national’ media thought it fit to report the news at first, but hell was raised by furious family members who refused to perform his last rites unless an FIR was filed against the minister, the cops and his associates. The police had no option and a case was finally registered.
 
Rammurti Singh Verma, who is the Backward Class Welfare Minister of State (MoS) in the Akhilesh Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government, and his aides had been threatening him with dire consequences since long for exposing his misdeeds, the slain journalist’s family alleged.
 
What was worse, an anganwadi worker had accused this minister of gang-raping her along with his aides. Only a couple of local Hindi newspapers carried this story. Jagendra Singh had also reported this.
 
The alleged gang-rape occurred in a Public Works’ Department (PWD) ‘guest house’, the favourite haunt of politicians, on 15th April. The local police had refused to register a case, but the victim went to court, which ordered an inquiry. The victim also alleged that the minister and his henchmen threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the incident to anybody. (http://www.nyoooz.com/lucknow/115362/state-minister-rammurti-faces-gangrape-allegation)
 
In both these cases, the officer in charge of the local police station, Sriprakash Rai, has been named as an accused. Mr Rai had threated the rape victim against filing an FIR and in the journalist’s case had poured petrol and set him on fire, it is alleged.
 
The journalist had repeated his allegations against minister Verma and police officer Rai while being treated in a serious condition in the hospital.
 
Again, shamelessly, in the MSM, there were only cursory, inside page stories, no prime time mention—forget high-decibel and outrageous debates—on national channels with the usual MSM suspects. Was it “tyranny of distance”? Or was it something else?
 
This writer looked at quite a few online newspapers. All were cursory police press-release reporting, no mention about the gang-rape at all, except for passing mention in the Hindustan Times (Delhi), which again buried this story on Page 11 as a single column news item.
 
I also took a look at 1:26pm on 10 June 2015, and there was no mention on the front page of NDTV's website, for example. I checked India Today’s website: Zilch (Remember the hell raised by Mr Sardesai and his associates?). Firstpost: Zilch. 
 
Oh! I forgot, many in the MSM don't consider some anti-corruption crusaders or social media activists as ‘journalists’ outside their definitions. He ran an ‘online’ Hindi paper and so did not belong to their elite ‘fraternity’.
 
The alleged shoving around of Rajdeep Sardesai in New York was made a big issue by the MSM. They tried to gloss over the fact that it was this elite journalist who provoked the people and abused them.
 
But ‘low-level’ journalists who do not conform to the majority views are just collateral damage.
 
No wonder that the MSM today is the subject of hate, having replaced politicians as Number 1 crooks.
 
PS: Google check showed that more detailed reports about the journalist’s murder have been published abroad!

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COMMENTS

Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

For years, have read headlines like,"lensman pushed", "journo insulted". Journalists think that they are God's own and can do anything they want. So long as the partying is good. I know. I used to conduct press conferences. And kept men on stand-by to take totally snozzled pressmen home.

So, why should anyone care if some poor guy, trying his best to expose crooks and murderers, gets his ticket cut?

Or are they simply too scared?

Things are getting bad, very bad.

I had written last year that the tough-guy tactics was just the beginning. Worse was to follow. I was ridiculed. Will that gentleman please stand up and be counted?

Bapoo M. Malcolm

Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

For years, have read headlines like,"lensman pushed", "journo insulted". Journalists think that they are God's own and can do anything they want. So long as the partying is good. I know. I used to conduct press conferences. And kept men on stand-by to take totally snozzled pressmen home.

So, why should anyone care if some poor guy, trying his best to expose crooks and murderers, gets his ticket cut?

Or are they simply too scared?

Things are getting bad, very bad.

I had written last year that the tough-guy tactics was just the beginning. Worse was to follow. I was ridiculed. Will that gentleman please stand up and be counted?

Bapoo M. Malcolm

KAVIRAJ B PATIL

1 year ago

I am shocked too at the silence in MSM media. Perhaps, for them, the non english speaking journalists in small towns are invisible. When a sting of national importance is done by one channel, the other channels totally ignore it. Perhaps for them, the only news is what they "manufacture". In recent months, two channels were going hammer and tongs about VIP culture. If they are sincere, why are ignoring this grave issue. Why is the journalist, who daily says that the nation wants to know silent. Is the killing of a journalist nothing to these big city journalists. Perhaps the heat is too much for them to stir from their air conditioned studios.

Naresh

1 year ago

I salute Sucheta and her team for raising this matter in Moneylife. I have tweeted to Narendra Modi to pay respects to Jagendra Singh who died like a hero in the line of duty. He is a true journalist who exemplifies Journalism and is like those BBC journalists of yesteryear.

SuchindranathAiyerS

1 year ago

This is not just UP. Lawlessness is the leit motif of the Indian (Banana or Mango?) Republic. The abuse of power to silence or punish opposition and get away with the excesses of lust, greed and sadism extends to the Committee Members of so called "elite" clubs and High Court Judges in places like Karnataka. Have you heard of the Ramzan rapes by politically connected Moslem Rape Gangs in Bangalore that was covered up by Moslem Police Officers, The Tipu Sultan Government and the media? Have you heard of what happened to Congressman P.J.Kurien (Dy Speaker of the Rajya Sabha) in the Suryanelli rape case? How about the Jayalalithaa DA case? Do a roll call and the results will be spectacular. The only crime in the product of 65 years of Nehru-Ambedkar Reservations-Corruption Neta-Babu-Cop-Milard-Crony Kleptocrat Raj is not being a criminal. India was transported, miraculously, in 1949 by Nehru and Ambedkar into medieval Britain festooned with Prince Johns, Sherriffs of Nottingham and Fronts de Beouf. Such is the cake of offal that is covered up by the icing of struthonian main stream journalese on hire just as much as any Judge, Cop, Babu or Neta.

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