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BJP PARTY WORKERS JOIN NCP As the state assembly elections are approaching, the series of leaders and party workers changing their parties have begun. Recently, former Municipal Council President in Ahmednagar city and BJP leader Abhay Agarkar along with other party workers, joined NCP in presence of NCP State President RR Patil at the NCP office. Party chief spokesperson Madan Bafna gave us more insight. BMC GIVES CONTRACT AT COST HIGHER THAN ALLOWED The civic body has thrown all rules to the winds. And by doing that, it has passed on the excess cost to the city’s exchequer. MCGM Standing Committee sanctioned a proposal, the cost of which soared by 50 per cent over its original estimate. It may be noted that BMC Commissioner Jairaj Phatak had issued a circular on June 6, 2009, specifying that cost variations should not stretch beyond 15 per cent of estimates – either way. He had announced this at a Standing Committee meeting after the circular was issued. The controversial project pertains to repair of bridges and subways in the eastern suburbs. Its original cost had been pegged at Rs 3.50 crore for the financial years 2008-09 and 2009-10. BUS DRIVER AND CONDUCTOR TO BE DISTRIBUTED MASKS With the increase in the number of cases of swineflu in the city, BEST bus drivers and conductors would be provided with masks from BEST. The Chairman of BEST committee Dilip Patel stated that since the drivers and conductors come in contact with hundreds of people every day, the disease might spread easily. He also stated that anti virus medicine should be sprayed in school and constant guidelines on swineflu should be displayed on TV screens installed inside the buses. PATEL DEMANDS FOR ACTION AGAINST WATER THEFT MCGM Standing committee member Rajula Patel has demanded action against the water thefts taking place in the city. With the increasing water shortage, she has demanded that action should be taken and incidents of water theft should be brought down. She said that instead of appointing water contractors, MCGM should appoint fourth-class workers so that they can keep a check on water leakage from the pipelines.

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