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2 killed in building collapse

OUR CORRESPONDENT Nagpur

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Two labourers were killed and at least eight injured when a six- storied industrial building collapsed in Chikhli industrial area in Nagpur. The under- constructio

n building housed a cold storage plant, which collapsed late on Monday, trapping the labourers working there. The injured people have been admitted to a nearby hospital. The disruption in power supply in the area post collapse has troubled rescuers who are trying to disentangle persons feared to be trapped under the debris. The owner of the building, Pramod Khandelwal, is being questioned in the matter. The plant machinery which was extensively damaged resulted in leakage of ammonium and carbon dioxide gases, which inconvenienced residents in the vicinity and hampered rescue operations.

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Atleast six labourers are feared trapped under the debris of the buidling official sources said. Rescue and relief operations are still on at the collapse site. Besides Fire Brigade personnel, police and members of voluntary organisations and Disaster Managment team have been pressed into service.

MNCs ready to improve Thanes intra- city transport

OUR CORRESPONDENT Thane

Top multinational firms, including Veolia, Bombardier and Scomi, have teamed up with Indian infrastructure giants such as Patel Engineering and the Tata group to bid for the Thane corporations contract to create a hassle- free intracity transport system, probably the one of its kind in the nation. Speaking to newspersons, Thane Municipal Commissioner R A Rajeev said: ” The plan is to improve the mobility of the people, cut down on waiting time for transport and not add more vehicles. It will be an integrated wherein the agency selected for the work will have to plan, build and operate the transport system which will run about 15 km and cover the entire city,” municipal commissioner R A Rajeev said.

The global tenders floated by the TMC for this project, invited quick response from four firms – Patel Engineering, Scomi Rail Bhd, Reliance Infrastructure and Tata Realty and Infrastructure – who expressed interest in investing Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,00 crore for developing a mass transit system in Thane.

Plans have been put on paper for a public- privatepatnership ( PPP) approach, whereby the TMC expects to take advantage of the private partnersalt39 technical know- how and financial resources to address any future challenges in public transportation systems. The TMC, an A category municipal body will provide the viability gap funding to support the project.

Kidnapped Nallasopara toddler rescued from Assam, maid held

SURESH GOLANI Bhayandar

A toddler kidnapped from his house in Nallasopara on 25 January was rescued from a village in Assam, by a Detection Branch ( DB) police team of the Thane ( rural) police on Monday. The 24- year- old maidservant identified as Asma Begum who kidnapped the child has also been arrested. 18- month- old Prem Rane was kidnapped allegedly Asma who took employment at the house as a domestic help and baby sitter barely two months before the kidnapping, on the pretext of taking him for a walk on Wednesday last week 25 Jan), police said. A resident of Vasant Nagri in Nallasopara, Prems father Umesh Rane works as a BPO employee in Mumbai. The accused maid servant stole Rs 5,000 from the house and under the pretext of taking the child out for a stroll sneaked out of the residential complex never to return. Giving details about the sequence of events Sr PI Mukund Mahajan said, ” As Asma was engaged by the family without any police verification, the investigating team had virtually no leads in the case, moreover the accused did not have a mobile phone and there was no ransom calls making things more difficult.” A DB police team led by API Valmiki Patil swung into action and collected information about the absconding accused from other domestic helps in the area which revealed that accused was a native of Guwahati in Assam.

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