Mumbai underground

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar was not particularly amused when Mumbai Guardian Minister Jayant Patil took Pawar and CM Prithviraj Chavan to show them a spot,4 km off the city’s coast,which is the proposed site for a 309-ft tall statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 1, 2013 1:52:41 am

TESTING WATERS

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar was not particularly amused when Mumbai Guardian Minister Jayant Patil took Pawar and CM Prithviraj Chavan to show them a spot,4 km off the city’s coast,which is the proposed site for a 309-ft tall statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji. After sailing for around 20 minutes,when they lost sight of land and could see only water all around,Patil pointed to the spot where the statue would come up. Pawar,known for his blunt demeanour,said,“There is nothing to see here… You got us all over here to show this? Patil didn’t know where to look and Chavan couldn’t hide a smile.

SHRED & DONE

With enough lessons learnt from adjudicating cyber cases,the Information Technology secretary’s back office now sees regular shredding of identity documents. With the department getting duplicate copies of documents of all Mantralaya employees for the purpose of new biometric Mantralaya pass,it is now an institutionalised exercise to destroy all duplicate documents submitted for the passes. IT secretary Rajesh Aggarwal says his staff is always shredding them lest someone misuses them once they reach scrap vendors.

FEAR OF THE DARK

After dark,visitors to Wadala TT police station are greeted with a closed door. However,this is not the cops’ latest outrageous attempt at evading work. A constable has been deployed to sit at a help desk outside to explain. “Mosquitoes,sir!” he says. “We have to keep the mosquitoes out. You want to enter,I’m here to let you in,” he tells people. Mosquito nets are more important than security outposts at the police station,located near a creek.”

BOWLED BY BASEBALL

A doctor at a city hospital was recently assaulted while on a morning walk at Marine Drive. What foxed the investigating officers,though,was not the who or the why of it. An officer was baffled by a different point. “The doctor says he was assaulted with a baseball bat. They don’t even play baseball in India!” the cop was heard wondering. He was told baseball equipment was available for sale all over India.

RESCUE BEGINS AT HOME

An IPS officer who is often talked about for his youthful looks and refined behaviour recently went through an episode that he would rather not talk about. The officer had gone to the washroom in his office and got locked inside after the bolt got stuck. To make matters worse,he had left his cellphone on his desk. After banging on the door and trying to force it open,both in vain,inspiration finally struck. The officer pressed his face closed to the window and shouted. This attracted the attention of constables posted on security duty in the compound,who spent some minutes trying to determine the source of the voice before finally realising that their ‘saheb’ was calling for help from above. The officer was finally ‘rescued’ and the sniggering constables returned to their posts.

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