Chi­nese firm pulls out from sea link bid­ding

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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.

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