Chinese firm pulls out from sea link bidding
However, CHECL didn’t move ahead with the JV.
“The CHECL JV with Soma Enterprise had qualified in the request for qualification process but in the stage of request for proposal, they did not submit their bids,” said Shankar Dhote, a chief engineer at the state road body.
Other bidders included L&T in JV with Samsung, Hyundai with ITD Cementation. Sources said Reliance Infrastructure and its global partner have emerged as the lowest bidder at Rs 6,993 crore, though it is 30 per cent higher than the quoted price.
A source, said, “MSRDC had not denied company from any country including from China to not bid for the project but it is the Chinese company that backed out later probably fearing denial of security clearance. These companies are associated in civil construction projects in Balochistan province of Pakistan or have links in CPEC.” The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the state government to list out the steps it has taken to provide certain amenities to senior citizens.
A division bench of Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice MS Karnik said, “You (state) have not complied with any of the provisions under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act; this is seen from your own affidavit.” The court directed senior state officials to take cognizance of the issue and device proper measures.
The bench made these observations while hearing a petition filed by NGO Mission Justice. The petition sought proper publicity of the Act and its effective implementation. The government, in an affidavit filed earlier, had said that several schemes extending assistance to senior citizens have been implemented. Efforts are being taken as per the rules framed under the Act.
However, Advocate Siddharth Murarka informed the court that government-aided old age homes can accommodate only around 2,000 senior citizens. He provided details about seven districts where old age homes have much more inmates than the rules permit.
The PIL seeks directions to be given to the state and the Centre on implementing different aspects of the Act, which allows aged persons to seek maintenance from their children, among others. The Thane Rural Police arrested 25-year-old Siddharth Narvade on Monday for killing a 28-year-old man and raping the latter’s girlfriend in Thane on March 5, 2018. Investigation revealed that a similar act of crime was committed on July 26, 2017, at Shivajinagar in Thane, which led to Narvade’s arrest.
On the evening of March 5, Narvade held the couple at gunpoint and demanded the man to handover his bike and girlfriend. “Its a hilly area with a small temple, frequent ed by couples for privacy. Narvade used to sit atop and keep a watch on couples and attack them at an opportune moment,” said senior police inspector, Venkat Andhale, Thane rural-crime.
When the victim did not pay heed to Narvade’s threat, the latter fired an empty round followed by a second round at him. Narvade then took the bike keys and dragged his girlfriend into the bushes and raped her. The villagers, upon hearing the girl’s cries, alerted the Titwala Police, who, based on the description provided by the girl, made a sketch of the accused.
“Based on the sketch, we laid a trap and arrested Narvade from a guest house, which he had rented for Rs 100 a day,” said the police official.