Tran­shar­bour link gets fund­ing agency fil­lip Se­nior cit­i­zen from Mum­bra held in il­le­gal kid­ney dona­tion case

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Faisal Ma­lik faisal.ma­lik@hin­dus­tan­times.com Farhan Shaikh farhan.shaikh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Work on the Mumbai Trans Har­bour Link that will make get­ting to Navi Mumbai faster may fi­nally kick off, with fund­ing agency Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co-op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA) agree­ing to grant a loan for the project. Likely to be launched by PM Naren­dra Modi this month, the project has been pend­ing as the Ja­panese firm was not ready to give di­rect loans to the state or Mumbai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMRDA). The firm agreed to fund the project af­ter the Cen­tre said it will be the loan guar­an­tor.

“The Cen­tre has decided to be the guar­an­tor, af­ter which JICA gave its fi­nal ap­proval two days ago,” UPS Madan, MMRDA com­mis­sioner, told HT.

A 60-year-old Mum­bra res­i­dent is the 15th per­son to be ar­rested in the il­le­gal kid­ney dona­tion case that un­rav­elled in July this year.

The po­lice said their probe found Saeed Khan worked with agents and mid­dle­men to forge doc­u­ments such as mar­riage cer­tifi­cates and health-re­lated pa­pers to en­sure the il­le­gal do­na­tions went through. “Khan’s role came up dur­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tions. He was ar­rested on Fri­day,” said Bhai Ma­hadesh­war, a se­nior in­spec­tor at Powai po­lice sta­tion. The racket came to light af­ter the po­lice, act­ing on a tip-off by ac­tivist Ma­hesh Tanna, stopped an il­le­gal trans­plant for Gu­jarati busi­ness­man Bri­jk­ishore Jaiswal,48, who had sub­mit­ted forged doc­u­ments claim­ing the donor was his wife.

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