Vishwas Waghmode

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Work on Shivaji memorial stopped: Maharashtra govt will present its case, try to get SC order revoked

On January 11, the SC, hearing a special leave petition, had orally asked the state not to proceed with the construction of the memorial and also issued a notice seeking the state’s response.

After SC notice, PWD asks contractor to stop work on Shivaji memorial

Sources said the contractor has now been asked not to proceed with any construction activity.

Shivaji memorial: GAD, PWD caught in a tussle over ‘advance’ to contractor

Sources said the PWD has proposed to pay Rs 70 crore as mobilisation advance to the contractor following the Cabinet decision. The PWD’s proposal was sent to the GAD by the finance department, said an official.

‘BJP is silent on Hindutva, this is why it has faced defeats in Hindi heartland’

Shiv Sena leader and South Mumbai Member of Parliament Arvind Sawant speaks to The Indian Express about his demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the Rafale deal, about Hindutva and Shiv Sena-BJP relations ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Mumbai: After hard-fought victory, he now wants Maratha quota implemented

The son of a fireman of the Mumbai Fire Brigade, Soham narrates his experience of not getting admission into a particular college for engineering this year.

Shivaji Memorial: PWD starts process to obtain NOC from fire brigade

The issue was raised at the meeting of the CSMM project implementation, monitoring and coordination committee that is headed by legislator Vinayak Mete on September 5.

Proposed site of Shivaji statue in Mumbai: Only Mete, few PWD officials take part in bhoomipujan

Mete, along with 15 to 20 others, left from Ferry Wharf at 3.40 pm in a boat. Apart from Mete and PWD officials, a group of priests was also present.

Mumbai: PWD plans ‘low-key bhoomipujan’ at Shivaji memorial site today

“Apart from Mete, senior bureaucrats and PWD officials will be present at the event. It will be a low-key affair this time. We have taken all possible precautions for safety,” said an official.

Mumbai: Two months after boat mishap near Shivaji Memorial site, PWD plans ‘bhoomipujan’ once again

Following the boat mishap, Opposition parties had criticised the ‘bhoomipujan’, questioning the need for organising the programme.

Attack on lawyer opposing Maratha quota: Arrested Jalna man jobless graduate, took part in several Maratha rallies

Vaijanath Mukane (32), a native of drought-hit Jalna in Marathwada, was arrested by the Azad Maidan police late Monday night for allegedly attacking advocate Gunaratan Sadavarte outside the Bombay High Court.

Maharashtra: Cabinet okays Shivaji memorial’s Rs 3,700-crore estimated cost

Officials in the General Administration Department (GAD) said a formal order of the administrative approval would be issued soon. The budgetary provision of the total project cost would be made over the next five years, added the official.

To keep up with UP’s Lord Ram statue, height of Shivaji memorial may go up further

Vinayak Mete, Chairman of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Project Implementation, Monitoring and Co-ordination Committee, said on Wednesday that a decision in this regard will be taken after the UP government’s decision is verified.

Maharashtra allows citizens to inspect government records under RTI

Officials from the General Administration Department (GAD) said the move was aimed at bringing transparency in the functioning of the government and to reduce RTI applications and appeals.

‘Site unsuitable for Shivaji memorial’, NGO writes to CM, seeks cancellation of project

The missive comes three weeks after a person drowned and 24 others had a close shave after a speedboat carrying visitors to the site of the proposed Shivaji memorial in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai’s Marine Drive, hit a rocky surface underwater and began to flood.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial: Project originally proposed at Goregaon Film City in 1996 by Shiv Sena-BJP govt

According to the government records, the then Chief Minister, Manohar Joshi, had made an announcement of constructing a grand memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Mumbai during a programme on June 14, 1996.

Speedboat capsize: Vessel took hazardous short-cut, norms flouted

The probe has further revealed that the boat, which had a capacity to ferry 13 to 15 people, including the crew, was carrying at least 10 extra passengers. Also, it was not carrying adequate number of lifejackets.

Mumbai: Experts question location of Shivaji statue near submerged wreckages

Soli Engineer, a marine expert and former executive director of Great Offshore Limited, also said there are rocks in the vicinity of the site, and the boat operators often don’t know about these rocks that are under water during high tide.

Shivaji memorial: Congress seeks Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis resignation

Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said the Opposition parties had alleged several times that there are irregularities in the plans for the construction of the statue. But the government ignored those.

Shivaji Memorial Project: Opposition demands judicial probe, fresh tenders

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, Dhananjay Munde, said the officials involved should be removed from their posts. “If the contractor L&T is found involved in the irregularities and corruption, then it should be blacklisted,” he added.

Shivaji statue function: Public Works Department to probe how 4th boat joined trip

“As there were a lot of people, the fourth private speedboat was used. We are now enquiring to find out who requisitioned it and how it was allowed to take passengers to the spot,” said a state government official.