Five absconders hold the key to money trail
Five promoters of bogus call centres at Mira Road, who are absconding, hold the key to establishing the money trail in the multi-million-dollar scam that the Thane police are investigating.
On Wednesday, the police filed a case against more than 750 employees of nine call centers for allegedly blackmailing US citizens by impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials.
A top official in the Thane police crime branch said the promoters were known to the staff only by their aliases (the police have a full name for only one of them) and only occasionally visited their offices at Delta building, off the Western Express Highway. “They have been identified as Ali, Jimmy, Akhil Singh, Tapesh and Saggy. Their names came up during the preliminary interrogation of the arrested accused, most of whom are employees of their call centres,” said the officer.
The city’s development authority is set to take a page out of London’s transport system to make travel between Mumbai and its surrounding areas much smoother.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has appointed Transport For London (TFL) to prepare a detailed plan for an integrated ticketing system (ITS) in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). TFL is a wing of the Greater London Authority. It is credited with the launch of the Oyster card, which works across the underground, overground rail networks, public buses and river transport in London.
The MMRDA has decided to execute its own ITS plans, simply called smart card, after the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) put its national smart card plan, under the National Urban Transport Policy, on hold.
The smart card will help commuters skip long queues at ticket counters and travel anywhere in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Palghar, without using cash.
TFL is supposed to submit its report to the MMRDA in three months’ time. “Once the report is submitted,wewillinvitetendersfor execution of the system. According to our estimation, the smart card system will be operational in 18 months’ time,” Khandare said. MMRDA additional commissioner Sanjay Khandare said TFL will study all aspects of the transport pattern in the region to come up with a workable and feasible plan.