CHAVAN DEMANDS RS 500 CRORE TO UPGRADE FORCE While pointing out that the Union home ministry is yet to release the full allocation sanctioned to Maharashtra for the modernisation of police force, chief minister Ashok Chavan demanded Rs 500 crore assistance from the Centre to upgrade the state’s security apparatus. According to him, the state had received Rs 97.5 crore less than the sanctioned amount. The Centre had released Rs 376.44 crore against the sanctioned allocation of Rs 473.95 crore, the chief minister said. Mr Chavan also told the meet that Maharashtra had taken several measures to deal with terrorism in the wake of the 26/11 terror attack. LOW-COST FLATS READY, HOUSING BOARD IS NOT About 1,700 low-cost flats are ready and 1,800 more are near completion, but Mumbaiites may have to wait till the year-end to apply for them. Earlier the state housing board was to invite the applications for its 3,500 flats in August, but now it will do so in December for two reasons. Firstly, the election code of conduct is expected to come into force within a fortnight. Secondly, MHADA is not yet prepared to invite applications. Mhada officials blame the delay on the new online system, which will be used to invite applications. HOARDINGS NEAR BEACHES UNDER COURT SCANNER Huge towering hoardings erected near beaches or on the seaward side of a road in Mumbai marring the ocean view has come under the scanner of the Mumbai high court. “It will have to be seen, at the final stage of the case, whether a hoarding is permissible near beaches, parking lots or on any land adjacent to seacoast on seawardside of the road,” said the judges overruling objections by the hoarding owners. The court further said it would also have to take note of the new hoarding guidelines framed by the BMC in 2008. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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