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Saki Naka blast toll rises to 7

The toll in the blast at an aluminium moulding unit that resulted in a wall collapse in Saki Naka last week rose to seven Monday,with two employees of the unit succumbing at Rajawadi Hospital.

Written by Express News Service |
April 2, 2013 3:40:05 am

The toll in the blast at an aluminium moulding unit that resulted in a wall collapse in Saki Naka last week rose to seven Monday,with two employees of the unit succumbing at Rajawadi Hospital.

Bheemchand Bind (28) and Amit Harijan (33),who were present in the unit when a compressor exploded,had sustained 85-90% burns. While Bind died at 7 am Sunday,Harijan lost his battle for life at 5 am Monday.

BMC and fire brigade that probed the blast were expected to submit reports Tuesday,police said. Based on the reports,they will decide whether to file a case of negligence.

A compressor stored in the unit in K K Compound on Kherani Road in Saki Naka,Andheri (East),exploded Friday early morning and its wall collapsed on an adjoining house where a family of six was sleeping. Five of the family,including two children,were killed in the mishap and three others injured.

“We need primary reports of BMC and fire brigade to file charges. The reports are expected tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Mohan Dahikar,DCP (zone 10).

PIL alleges corruption in public parking lots allotment

Activist Pravin Wategaonkar has filed a PIL in Bombay High Court (HC) seeking to stop alleged corruption in the allotment of public parking lots in the city by the state urban development department (UDD).

He has alleged “a person close to the Chief Minister has been meeting and negotiating with builders” seeking the lots.

Wategaonkar has urged HC to direct the state to conduct a forensic audit of accounts of developers whose public parking proposals were sanctioned between Novermber 2010 and January 30,2013.

In the PIL filed last week,he has said “the ruling party has been charging Rs 2,500 per square foot to clear these proposals – which needs to be investigated”.

The activist said on January 30,he filed an RTI application seeking information on proposals awaiting government nod for public parking lots under Development Control Regulations,1991.

On March 5,he received a reply from UDD that “details before June 21,2012,are not available as they were destroyed in the Mantralaya fire and that no public parking proposals were sanctioned after June 21,2012”.

The reply,however,Wategaonkar pointed out,was silent on the number of pending proposals.

“I say the allegations of the demand to pay Rs 2,500 per square foot,in respect of proposals cleared means the final buyer of these properties is going to bear that burden since the developer will,in all likelihood,pass the burden of these bribes paid to buyers,” he said.

Wategaonkar cited newspaper reports to contend,“The fact that UDD refused to share details of public parking proposals pending approval before CM brings out malafide intent of the department.”

The court adjourned the case till May 2 as government pleader D A Nalavade sought time to seek instructions from the state government.

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