Mumbai underground: Building Relations

As the realty market continues to face a slump, leading to inordinate delays in ongoing projects, perhaps the fear of police can ensure that work is completed on time. Visitors to the Mumbai Police headquarters at Crawford Market are amazed at the speed at which an administrative building in coming up on its premises. Builders are leaving no stone unturned to see that this building — a stilt plus six-storey structure scheduled to be come up in 18 months at an estimated cost of Rs 36 crore — is completed on time. As one senior police officer puts it, "It is after all a building for the police, and any builder would ensure that there are no delays. It is not wise to rub the police the wrong way, especially if you are a builder in Mumbai."

Disorganised Syndicate?

AT a recent aviation conference in the city, Captain GR Gopinath, whose Air Deccan had pioneered low-cost aviation, accused other airlines of running a cartel to fix fares. Representatives of other airlines disagreed with him and denied the existence of any such cartel. Trying to lighten the mood, Aditya Ghosh, president of Indigo, made a statement that drew laughter from the audience. He said, "If this was a cartel, then it is clearly very inefficient because we airlines are still not making any profit."

Birthdays To Remember

When Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan invited Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte for an interaction with the city's suburban housing societies, little did he know that he not only be robbing the civic chief of a well earned holiday, but he would also be depriving him of celebrating his birthday.

In return, the Congress party gifted Kunte an extra shawl and bouquet for his valuable time. Similarly, Congress MLA Aslam Shaikh, who celebrates his birthday on Monday, was given a shawl and bouquet. Amid the fanfare, the Congress party only stopped short of cutting a cake and asking a singer to entertain the crowd during the one-hour delay before the programme finally began.

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