Discrimination faced by Mumbaikars...

If the housing societies in Mumbai (Bombay) are only meant for families (married couples), then the government of Maharashtra should make marriage compulsory in the state/city.
Or else the government should tell its citizens where will Unmarried, Divorcees, Bachelors, Spinsters live in the city of skyscrapers or is Bombay only for those who have families.
This is one of the greatest mental blocks of Mumbaikars, who otherwise want to bask in the FALSE HALO of Cosmopolitanism.
This disease (of not giving apartments to Bachelors, Muslims, etc on rent) is specially prevalent in housing societies where the Gujaratis, Marathis and North Indians (to some extent) abound; while the rest of the population is more or less okay with the concept.
The government of Maharashtra should take this matter seriously and devise laws to eradicate this malice ASAP, so that BOMBAY (and its suburbs) becomes free of discrimination based on Marital Status, Religion, etc. Or else the Honourable Supreme Court of India should step in, and give directions to the state or central governments -- so that the fundamental rights of its citizens enshrined in the constitution of India is not violated.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Road-widening projects can start without forest clearance, rules Supreme Court
That is why I recommended most of the good infrastructure companies today, in this blog. Among them was IVRCL Infrastructure Ltd (CMP: Rs.25.35) 
New Delhi: In a major relief for the road sector, the Supreme Court today ruled in favour of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) delinking environment clearance from forest clearance. The judgement allows companies award contracts to start their road-widening work with just the environment clearance, without needing to wait for forest clearance.

However, the apex court ruled that forest clearances will be necessary for stretches that fall under forested areas.

Also, the delinking of clearances is valid only for road-widening projects. Most of the work being done in the road sector includes upgrading or widening of road projects from two to four or four to six lanes.

About 24 projects, which have been cleared by the expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), will now get the final clearance. After the EAC nod, the proposals will go to the Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, who will finally clear or reject the environment clearance to these projects.

The case pertains to the Supreme Court's July 6, 2011 judgement, when it had permitted French cement-maker Lafarge to resume limestone mining in Meghalaya to feed its $255-million cement plant in Bangladesh. The apex court had also stated that both - forest clearance and environment clearance - are needed to start any construction or mining activity.

Based on this judgement, the environment ministry notified that any environment clearance without forest clearance is invalid. However, NHAI moved the Supreme Court to challenge the notification. Later, when it withdrew its petition, MoEF filed a petition seeking review of the link between the two clearances.

Earlier this year, GMR had terminated its contract with NHAI for the Rs.7,500 crore-Ahmedabad-Kishangarh-Udaipur highway project citing delays in environmental and forest clearances.

Courtesy: NDTV Profit