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Demolition of Ganesh Tekdi flyover in Nagpur will incur 25 crore loss, says AAP

Workers of the Aam Admi Party (AAP), North Nagpur said that the demolition of Ganesh Tekdi flyover in Nagpur would lead to a loss of Rs 25 crore.
The flyover in front of Nagpur Railway Station, which connects Manas Square to Jaistambh Square, will be demolished soon. (Photo by: Abhishek Thakare)

Workers of the Aam Admi Party (AAP), North Nagpur said that the demolition of Ganesh Tekdi flyover in Nagpur would lead to a loss of Rs 25 crore. The Ganesh Tekadi flyover has caught the attention of Nagpurians ever since the news of demolition broke out. AAP workers of Nagpur recently staged a protest against the demolition under the guidance of Satvinder Singh, President of North Wing of AAP. Singh was of the opinion that the demolition would led to waste of public money.

Terming the design of the flyover as inappropriate, he accused Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari of ignoring the faulty design of the flyover despite attending the inauguration of the same. Singh said Ajni Railway over bridge needs to be reconstructed over the demolition of Tekadi flyover.

When Nation Next spoke to MLA from North Nagpur Dr Milind Mane about AAP’s claim of incurring losses, he said, “I’m completely against this protest. Money has to be spent! It’s for the betterment of the people. What is more important? The money or the lives of the people? Moreover, the flyover was built for the convenience of the people but it became inconvenient. So the flyover has to be demolished.”

Speaking about Ajni Railway over bridge, Mane said, “We have already sent a proposal for the reconstruction of Ajni Bridge.

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Sudhakar Deshmukh, MLA from West Nagpur told Nation Next, We had taken the opinion of maximum Nagpurians before the demolition. Most of them said that the flyover was inconvenient and unprofessionally constructed.”

The flyover in front of Nagpur Railway Station, which connects Manas Square to Jaistambh Square, will be demolished soon. Nagpur Municipal Corporation had earlier cleared the demolition of the seven-year-old flyover, which was completed in 2011 at the cost of Rs 16.23 crore.

The demolition of the flyover is part of the plan, wherein NMC will transfer its land between Cotton Market and Khowa Market to Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro). Apart from the demolition of the flyover, the plan also includes handing over the buildings of Mahatma Phule Market, Mahatma Phule School, Naka No 13 and Octroi Post to Maha Metro.

As per a report in The Times of India, the 175 shops beneath the flyover will be shifted along with MP and MSRTC bus stands located between railway station and Manas Square as part of a plan to solve the problem of traffic congestion around the railway station, Tekdi Ganesh Temple and Kingsway. The decision to rehabilitate shops beneath the flyover will also be taken. NMC had recovered the cost of the flyover from the 175 shop owners in 2006.

The demolition of the flyover was first suggested by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari following which former Nagpur Mayor Pravin Datke tabled a proposal in the NMC general body in June 2017 for a proper study of the flyover. Officials from the corporation then inspected the flow of traffic along with officials from Territorial Army 118 Battalion, Nagpur Traffic Police, Central Railway (CR) and South Eastern Central Railway (SECR). Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT, Nagpur) was then roped in and the experts at the institute to conduct a study and develop a plan to regulate traffic.

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Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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Sharman Joshi

Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman. 

But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.

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Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana with Shah Rukh Khan and right in front of SRK’s house Mannat

Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.

The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture. 

Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.

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Just because you don’t like Mr Modi doesn’t mean India is under threat: Harish Salve | Interview

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Harish Salve

Senior advocate at Supreme Court, former Solicitor General of India and King’s Counsel Harish Salve, in an exclusive interaction with Nation Next, speaks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi, recent gruesome murder of Shraddha Walker involving her boyfriend Aftab Poonawala, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) and much more!

Corrigendum: In one of the questions during Mr Harish Salve’s interview, interviewer mistakenly quoted former Chief Justice of India Justice Sharad Bobde, saying, “Constitution is under threat.” Justice Bobde never made this remark. We sincerely apologise to Justice Bobde and the audience for committing this mistake. Inconvenience caused is regretted!

Watch the full interview here: 

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