Mumbai underground: On a different page

The rift between ruling partners Congress and NCP is threatening to stall the development of Mumbai. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is pushing for a Rs 20,681-crore elevated rail corridor between Virar and Oval Maidan, but senior NCP leader and Mumbai guardian minister Jayant Patil is opposed to construction at the ground, which he claims is one of last remaining open spaces in the city.

The minister says this is his personal opinion. However, this is not the first time he has opposed an infrastructure project in Mumbai. Patil was also vocal is his opposition to Peddar Road Flyover and had publicly demanded its scrapping. Ironically, the NCP leader stays on Peddar Road.

Meeting point

Speculation was rife Saturday evening municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte met police chief Satyapal Singh to discuss future course of action on the temporary structure erected at Shivaji Park for cremation of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.

However, it later turned out he was attending wedding reception of daughter of Singh at National Sports Club of India in Worli. The death of Thackeray had forced Singh to cancel the reception at SRPF Grounds in Goregaon on November 18.

No celebration

Sharad Pawar and Gopinath Munde have decided to deny followers a chance to wish them 'happy birthday' this year. Both the NCP chief and senior BJP leader will not celebrate their birthdays on 12-12-12, despite it being a unique date. The leaders might share birthdays but their reasons for not celebrating the occasion are different. While NCP sent out mails to workers and the media that Pawar will not be available on the day in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi, Munde's office said BJP was still mourning the demise of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. Party workers are obviously disappointed.

Chief concern

Sena leader Yashodhar Phanse has issued notices to all party corporators who skipped the monthly BMC education committee meeting last week. Absenteeism is common at such meetings, but Phanse was particularly peeved on this occasion as top on agenda of the education committee meeting was paying homage to Sena chief Bal Thackeray.

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