Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Home News Reports Shiv Sena clears proposal to give Rs 9.5 crore waiver to Taj Mahal Palace...

Shiv Sena clears proposal to give Rs 9.5 crore waiver to Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Sena’s own allies see red: Read Details

The proposal to waive off almost the entire Rs 10 crore amount that Taj is to pay the government was passed with a 'social and security aspect'.

The alliance government in Maharashtra has seen increased strife across its ranks in recent times as tensions between Congress and Shiv Sena seem to be at its peak. Recently, another controversy came to light after Shiv Sena led standing committee of the BMC decided to clear the proposal for an almost Rs 10 crore waiver to Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. While Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP are allies at the state government level, at the BMC level, they are opposing parties.

The Shiv Sena led committee of BMC cleared a proposal by BMC to waive off almost Rs 10 crore that the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is supposed to pay the government for barricading a large part of the road and the footpath in front of the hotel for security purposes. The Congress leaders and several other leaders from opposition parties like NCP, BJP and even SP have been up in arms about the decision by Shiv Sena.

The allegation that is now being levelled is that the proposal to benefit Taj was passed without letting other opposition members speak. The charge has come primarily from Congress. Congress leaders are now alleging that the decision by Shiv Sena led BMC came even as then Maharashtra Lok Ayukta M L Tahaliyani had recommended that BMC come up with a policy on this. The main contention is that the BMC is charging other commercial establishments despite similar purposes, and hence the hotel should not be given any waiver.

Ravi Raja Opposition leader in BMC from the Congress party said the Shiv Sena was now a ‘party only for VIPs who frequent five-star hotels’. He also said he would file a PIL with Bombay high court. “We are exploring legal options and will move HC as no one is listening to us in BMC, and arbitrary decisions are being taken,” he said.

Bhalchandra Shirsat, the BJP corporator and standing committee member of the BMC, said, “The BMC or state government does not give any waiver to common man, but it is being given to big companies. The corporation did not pay salary to disabled employees citing cash crunch, and here it is giving a waiver of over Rs. 9.50 crore for no reason.”

The Rs 10 crore waiver that Shiv Sena has decided to grant to Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

After the horrific 26/11 terrorist attack, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, that was one of the epicentres of the ghastly attack, started barricading a part of the road and the footpath in front of its hotel for security purposes.

Taj barricades and occupies around 800 square metres of public road and over 1,100 square metres of footpath. For this, Taj has to pay more than Rs 10 crore to the government.

The proposal by BMC stated that around Rs. 8.8 crore will be waived for the occupation of footpath and for Rs. 1.3 crore, which it has to pay for road occupancy, it will get a 50% discount. So, Rs 9.5 crore has been waived and Taj has only paid around Rs 66 lakh.

It is now being reported that Shiv Sena leader Yashwant Jadav, who heads the committee that has taken this decision, had written to civic chief Iqbal Chahal to draft a policy for Taj considering the security threat, and the held it extended to BMC employees during Covid.

The proposal to waive off almost the entire Rs 10 crore amount that Taj is to pay the government was passed with a ‘social and security aspect’ according to Yadav.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

 

Related Articles

Trending now

Long before Punjab ‘farmers’ threatened Republic Day parade, Muslim bodies gave a call to boycott Republic Day function in 1987

In December 1986, newly formed "All India Babri Masjid Conference (AIBMC)" had given a call to all Muslims to boycott the Republic Day celebrations in 1987.

Protesting ‘farmer’ spends Rs 35 lakh to modify his tractor for Republic Day rally

The modified tractor is fitted with huge wheels. It is said to withstand heavy rain and water cannon charge.

Watch: Punjab farmers break police barricades and enter Delhi, begin their tractor rally ahead of time

Protesting 'farmers' from Punjab on Tuesday broke the police barricades at Tikri and Singhu borders ahead of the tractor rally.

India bans TikTok, WeChat and 57 other Chinese apps permanently

Unsatisfied by the response given by these companies to notices issued in June last year, Govt of India permanently bans 59 Chinese apps

Congress MP and head of AICC’s legal department appeared in MP HC to demand bail for Munawar Faruqui who insulted Hindu Gods: Details

Munawar Faruqui was represented at the Madhya Pradesh High Court by senior advocate Vivek Tankha. He is a Congress MP.

Prosenjit Chatterjee breaks his silence on the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose portrait controversy: Read what Bumba Da has to say

Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee has broken his silence on the nonsensical controversy over the Netaji Bose portrait.

Recently Popular

Professor who translated Rahul Gandhi’s “don’t need army if farmers are strong” speech in Erode faints after the speech: Reports

Muhammed Imran, who translated Rahul Gandhi's speech at Erode, collapsed after interpreting the speech from English to Tamil

Is it actor Prosenjit Chatterjee in the portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose inaugurated by President Kovind? A fact check

It was claimed that it was actor Prosenjit Chatterjee in the portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose inaugurated by President Kovind.

Ashoka University Assistant Professor mocks Lord Ram while trying to troll President of India over false accusations

Neelanjan Sircar works as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Ashoka University and also a also at the Centre for Policy Research.

Donating for construction of Ram Mandir? Beware of these fraud UPI IDs

Beware of fraudsters. UPI IDs which are similar to the real UPI ID for Ram Mandir donation have propped up.

‘What is wrong with your mindset? Such people must not be spared,’ MP HC makes scathing remarks against Munawar Faruqui: Details

The Indore Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has reserved its order on the bail application filed by Munawar Faruqui.
- Advertisement -

 

Long before Punjab ‘farmers’ threatened Republic Day parade, Muslim bodies gave a call to boycott Republic Day function in 1987

In December 1986, newly formed "All India Babri Masjid Conference (AIBMC)" had given a call to all Muslims to boycott the Republic Day celebrations in 1987.

Ayodhya: Construction work of Dhannipur mosque to be formally inaugurated with hoisting of the Tricolour on Republic Day

The event will kickstart with the hoisting of the Indian flag. Following this, the members of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) will also plant tree saplings to commemorate the day.

Protesting ‘farmer’ spends Rs 35 lakh to modify his tractor for Republic Day rally

The modified tractor is fitted with huge wheels. It is said to withstand heavy rain and water cannon charge.

Watch: Punjab farmers break police barricades and enter Delhi, begin their tractor rally ahead of time

Protesting 'farmers' from Punjab on Tuesday broke the police barricades at Tikri and Singhu borders ahead of the tractor rally.

India bans TikTok, WeChat and 57 other Chinese apps permanently

Unsatisfied by the response given by these companies to notices issued in June last year, Govt of India permanently bans 59 Chinese apps

Congress MP and head of AICC’s legal department appeared in MP HC to demand bail for Munawar Faruqui who insulted Hindu Gods: Details

Munawar Faruqui was represented at the Madhya Pradesh High Court by senior advocate Vivek Tankha. He is a Congress MP.

Arnab Goswami and his wife to make full financial disclosure, urge owners and editors of other media networks to do the same: Details

Arnab Goswami has announced he and his wife will make public all their financial details since they moved to Mumbai in 2004.

Almost 70 representatives from G7 nations pen letter to their leaders, urge them to take ‘allied action’ against China: Details

The G7 countries include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

‘Lot of similarities between current thinking of USA and our policies’: Pakistani Foreign Minister mourns loss of ‘shining secular India’

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged President Joe Biden to 'review' USA's ties with India.

After Republic Day, farmer protesters plan to disrupt the Budget session: Details

The farmer protesters would conduct a tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day and march to Parliament during Budget Session.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
22,900SubscribersSubscribe