PBA: Blackwater squeaks past Columbian to halt 4-game skid

first_imgAllein Maliksi fired 29 points while Mac Belo mounted his best scoring performance in a long while with 22 markers.“At least we know how to finish the game already,” Blackwater coach Bong Ramos told reporters in the post-game presser. “We finished it strong.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They really wanted to win today,” he added. “They continue to try to improve. We all know that there’s talent within the team. But we’re still a bit rough on the edges.”“We just have to continue train, try to get a W,” Ramos shared. “The morale is high within the team not because they’re on top—but because they’re seeing who the system pays dividends.” Blackwater held off Columbian, 106-100, to arrest a four-game skid in Friday night’s PBA Philippine Cup action at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World Cup downhill in Sochi called off for poor snow surface Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Dyip, led by their star rookie CJ Perez and skipper Rashawn McCarthy, had a chance to cut a 100-104 deficit with 13 seconds left to play, but took a while to inbound the basketball.Perez had 22 in the outing to go with eight rebounds while McCarthy had 18 points coming off the heels of a career-best performance and a remark that the tussle against Blackwater is a “winnable game.”“That’s our motivation to my players, too,” Ramos said, apropos of McCarthy’s comment. “We can match up—any position. I asked them to just continue to have faith, to trust the system.Blackwater, which improved to 2-6 in the All-Filipino tournament, is looking to employ a relaxed approach to its final three games.“We’re not thinking about it,” Ramos said of their chances in making the quarterfinals. “We’re just going to take it one game at a time.”ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Ramos and his wards face TNT next at Ynares Center in Antipolo on Mar. 9.Columbian, which dropped to 3-5, looks at a tall task in a bid to return to the win column. It is set to tangle with league-leading Rain or Shine on Mar. 6 at the Big Dome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

SGBV, FGM Liberian Budget Pricks EU, UN Women’s Attention

first_imgMadam Nizigama: “CSOs should analyze the national budget to be reflective of gender needs.”Liberia, with funding from European Union (EU), has embarked on a campaign for the government through the annual national budgets, to prioritize the tackling of gender-responsive problems, including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), harmful traditional practices and domestic violence.The campaign formally began with the first training of 40 civil society actors from the 17 electoral districts in Montserrado County.On Friday, November 22, at the end of a four-day Gender Responsive Planning, Budgeting and Monitoring Training with 40 civil society organizations (CSOs) in Monrovia, UN Women Country Representative, Madam Marie Goreth Nizigama, said gender-responsive budgeting is a part of a global program which aims to strengthen rights initiatives and ending sexual-based violence and harmful traditional practices.“….we want to end all sorts of sexual-based violence and harmful traditional practices in Liberia, because there are many reports of sexual-based violence and harmful traditional practices (including the FGM),” Madam Goreth said.Madam Goreth Nigizama said: “For this program we want to end all sort sexual based violence and harmful traditional practices in Liberia.”She expressed optimism that gender-responsive budget will help to strengthen the fight against ‘gender and societal ills.’Nizigama said UN Women’s partnership with the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) is a hallmark in ensuring that the capacities of social actors are developed for proper policy planning, to ensure that the CSOs work with the government to consider [inclusive] gender issues in the formulation of the national budget.She underscored the importance of CSOs which, she said, is vital to ensure that the national budget is more gender-responsive.Madam Nizigama said CSOs should also be able to analyze the national budget in making sure that it is reflective of gender needs.“This is the first of many training opportunities we have organized; this training is helpful to address the hindrances of gender, most specifically how the national budget can address some of the hindrances,” she added.The campaign to prioritize the tackling of gender-responsive problems, such as SGBV in Liberia, formally began with the first training of 40 civil society actors from the 17 electoral districts in Montserrado County.It all started on Tuesday, November 19, when IREDD, in collaboration with UN Women, trained 40 civil society actors in the understanding of the national budget, specifically in the gender-responsive arena.IREDD Country Director, Harold Aidoo, said the project brought together CSOs from the 17 electoral districts of Montserrado County to build their capacities, with emphasis on the national budget reflective of gender needs.Aidoo said that strengthening the capacity of CSOs and women’s rights institutions on gender response planning and budgeting will help address many of the difficulties faced in order to meet the needs of women and their male counterparts.He stressed the need to think outside the box, to be more practical in crafting a national budget that will be gender-responsive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC Councillor found guilty of felonious wounding

first_img…could face up to 4 years in jail…sentencing postponed to June 13Embattled Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor Abel Seetaram was on Wednesday found guilty of felonious wounding by Magistrate Rhondel Weaver at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court.The case stemmed from a drunken brawl on January 21, 2018 when Seetaram, 36, of Lot 121 B Woodley Park Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB), injured his cousin Netram Rabindranauth.The prosecution had contended that Seetaram feloniously wounded Rabindranauth, 54, a vendor of Lot 64 A Woodley Park Village.When the charge was initially filed, Seetaram was released on $100,000 bail.The AFC Councillor was arrested after he was said to have used a piece of wood to injure Rabindranauth during an altercation after a drinking spree.Back in January, the victim of the attack had told Guyana Times that he had intervened in an argument and scramble between Seetaram’s son and his son inGuilty: Abel Seetaramorder to make peace and part them.Rabindranauth recalled that it was at this point that Seetaram arrived on the scene and dealt him several blows with the piece of wood. Both men took their sons to the Police Station and made reports after which the young men were held for questioning and subsequently released.Rabindranauth also reported that he had to be taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital after he sustained a broken jaw, fractured nose, and suffered internal bleeding which also saw him being transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital.At the scene of the confrontation, Seetaram, who was reportedly intoxicated, was heard shouting and telling persons who had gathered that no one could do him anything, since he knows “Khemraj” and is a “big boy in the Government”.Rabindranauth’s son had spoken out on social media against the attack on his father, who he said made his living selling chips.Following the guilty verdict on Wednesday, the Court is now expected to hand down Seetaram’s sentence on June 13.Defence counsel Horatio Edmonson in a plea of mitigation asked the Court to exercise mercy and leniency, since the offence carried a maximum sentence of four years’ imprisonment.A decision was then made to have a probation/welfare report submitted before sentencing took place.When contacted on Wednesday, Seetaram refused to comment on the decision byVictim: Netram RabindranauthMagistrate Weaver, adding that he has no comment to offer to this media house.“Just come and see what happens on June 13…just come,” he said.Seetaram is no stranger to controversy. He was the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, but was fired from that post after crashing a Government SUV.Seetaram was found guilty of three charges in relation to that accident on May 8, 2016. He was charged with driving in a dangerous manner. He was also charged with being an unlicensed driver and with breach of insurance.Seetaram was driving the SUV on the Bath Public Road at a fast pace when he lost control and crashed into a fence, knocking out some of the uprights and damaging several structures at the Bath Market. He also crashed into another fence nearby, causing considerable damage. (Michael Younge)last_img read more

Granger misrepresents Guyana’s dire reality – Opposition Leader

first_img…says crime continues to rise, unemployment rate soarsOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called out caretaker President David Granger for purporting achievements in many sectors under his Administration when reality paints a different picture.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe Head of State would have been called on several interviews in recent time, where he shared his position on trending matters. According to the Opposition Leader, the issue of unemployment, a high crime rate among other issues continue to pervade Guyana, even as the President claims differently.“The reality doesn’t factor much in the things he says. It is something which I’m sure people across Guyana, by now, would have recognised…You know the reality of Guyana – high taxes, people lost jobs, there is an era of hopelessness, crime [and] other things are rampant. None of what he thinks is happening is really happening on the ground”.President David GrangerThe President would have further emphasised that he must be re-elected at the 2020 elections to carry out their “decade of development”.Jagdeo, however, commented on these promises by asserting that there are no plans to execute this declaration. A similar position was shared on the coalition administration’s Green State Development Strategy.“No policy to achieve that. No plan to achieve that. Not an iota of a strategy to achieve this decade of development…Secondly, he states in that context that ‘We have a green state strategy’. Now the Green State Strategy, we all know it’s an absolute waste of time. It’s just a declaration of intent grouped together. No plan there”.The former Head of State added, “This just shows you how aloof again, how distant he is from the reality of what is really happening in the country and in his own Government. He speaks about plans that are non-existent and he believes that the people of this country must re-elect him simply because he has made certain declarations”.Jagdeo also disagreed with the President’s opinion of the incumbent Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo.“He says the PM is the principal assistant to the President. In fact, the PM Office is under the Presidency. There is no separate ministry for the PM… This is his view of the Prime Minister of Guyana. We have a totally different view. We believe that the Prime Minister has to work, first of all, can’t be in a sinecure position just to survive at the beckoned call of the President”.In fact, the Opposition Leader compared the role of former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds under the PPP/C Administration, who was tasked with key developmental sectors.“He has a separate ministry, separate staff. He had a portfolio. He discharged the responsibility as Prime Minister, as well as a Minister with a substantive portfolio. It used to be mining, then energy, telecommunications,” he shared.Broken promisesMeanwhile, the Opposition Leader pointed his attention to the President’s claims that all aspects of the Cummingsburg Accord were fulfilled and abided, by outlining sections in their agenda which never happened. One key detail was the role of the Prime Minister in chairing Cabinet and aiding in ministerial appointments.“He says they have fulfilled the Cummingsburg Accord, that they have maintained it and abided by it. It says that the Prime Minister shall be responsible for domestic affairs and chairing the Cabinet. That has not happened. Yet, they have abided by it and the Prime Minister is just his assistant. The Prime Minister would have been responsible for recommending ministerial appointments and providing organisational structure of Ministries…That has not happened”.Meanwhile, key elements which were to be fulfilled, including the liberalisation of the communications sector, were never achieved. According to Jagdeo, the President should be questioned about these failures from the Government.“They broke all the promises. They broke every single one of these promises but either way, the people of this country are getting shafted. That’s it. What bothers me, though, is that he’s not pressed on issues”.Most recently, sugar workers came after the coalition administration for failing to raise their salaries, which was a promise made in 2015 during the elections campaign. President of the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, stated that the APNU/AFC coalition, since it took office five years ago, has done more harm than good to the thousands of persons employed in the sugar belt and that many persons continue to suffer as a result of the Administration’s actions or lack thereof.last_img read more

Lamichhane pumped and ready for CPL 2018

first_imgThe duo of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis will have some reinforcements in their bowling side in the form of Nepal’s magic man with the ball, as the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots campaign to once again reach the finals of the Hero Caribbean Premiere League and maybe win it all this time around.Seventeen-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane, who will be 18 by the time he travels to the Caribbean, has already had an eventful cricket career at such a young age with much more in store.Lamichhane has represented his native land, Nepal, a record 25 times and also copped a spot in the Delhi Daredevils’ line-up three times in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premiere League. Additionally, the teenager was selected to play for the World XI in their charity match against the Windies at Lord’s Stadium a few weeksSandeep Lamichhaneago. Now, he will don the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots colours in the 2018 Hero CPL.During this year’s CPL draft back in February, thousands of Nepalese fans tuned in to witness their local hero being selected for the T20 tournament.“I was in Zimbabwe then, I was playing World Cup qualifiers and I got lots of messages from well-wishers. By the time I got selected for the CPL everyone was so happy and they were cherishing all these moments,” Lamichhane told CPLT20.com.The young man even admitted that he has viewed CPL before and is actually a fan of the “biggest party in sport”.“I used to follow CPL from the beginning and I’ve been selected for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. It’s a big achievement for me, and again a good challenge for me ahead. I hope I’ll make it count, to play with big names; Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis it will be a good booster for me,” he said.After being asked what he hopes to gain out of the experience, Lamichhane said, “I just want to grow my cricket every time so that I can help Nepal cricket to go on a good high range of cricket. The journey has been good so far and I would like to keep it on the same form so that I can help Nepal cricket.”He also went on to note that he is optimistic for the future of his home team, “We are now ODI status and we’ve secured ODI status for four years. We are looking forward to make an impact on the international arena so that we can be in the Test playing nation very soon.”The teenager will bring his expertise on leg spin bowling to the St Kitts franchise, with his best figures being 3-7 in a match up against Hong Kong back in March of this year.last_img read more

Welcome to Kensethville

first_imgFONTANA – Since Fontana can’t actually lay claim to having California Speedway within its city limits, perhaps San Bernardino County should charter a new city. Just name it Kensethtown. NASCAR team owner Jack Roush and driver Matt Kenseth made for a winning combination yet again Sunday at the 2-mile oval, going to Victory Lane in the Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500 for the second straight year. What looked to be one of the closest finishes yet during a Cup race at the Speedway fizzled when Kevin Harvick, running second, was forced to pit with a flat tire just before a restart with four laps to go. With Kenseth’s biggest challenger out of contention, the Ford driver beat the Chevrolets of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Mark Martin to earn his sixth career victory at Fontana, to go along with a win in Saturday’s Busch Series Stater Bros.300. It was the 13th win for a Roush Fenway Racing driver at the track. “That is awesome, you guys!” Kenseth yelled on the team radio as his Carhartt-sponsored car streaked across the finish line. “Thanks to everyone – especially Robbie, if you’re listening.” Crew chief Robbie Reiser was forced to watch the race from home thanks to a four-race suspension from a Daytona 500 infraction. Kenseth’s crew, led by interim crew chief Chip Bolin, got the driver out front on a pit stop under caution with 20 laps to go. That caution – for a mysterious bit of debris that was never shown – halted 102 straight laps of green-flag racing and erased Johnson’s two-second lead. center_img “If anyone has seen the debris, I’d like to know where it was,” Johnson said. “I didn’t see any. There was five trucks looking, and I still don’t think they ever saw it.” Kenseth got the lead out of the pits, followed by Harvick, Burton, Gordon and Johnson, who lost four spots. It seemingly set up a 20-lap shootout between Saturday night’s Busch Series winner and last week’s Daytona 500 champion, and Harvick was apparently on his way to making a run at the lead as the laps wound down. But David Reutimann’s hard crash with seven laps to go caused a 15-minute red flag and another restart – this time with four laps remaining. But just as the drivers rolled through Turn 4 and prepared to dash to the finish, Harvick turned down pit road to repair the unluckiest of flat tires. It was a stunning turn of events for a driver who was trying to become the first since Jeff Gordon in 1997 to win the first two races of the season. “We were going to beat him,” Harvick said matter-of-factly after getting out of his car. “But shoulda, woulda, coulda, he won the race. We ran him down by a couple of seconds.” Harvick finished 17th, and Kenseth beat Gordon by 0.679 seconds to win his 15th career Cup race. “It’s crazy how things like that happen,” Gordon said of Harvick’s misfortune. “The guy wins the Daytona 500, everything goes right last week and then something like that happens.” Prior to the eventful last 20 laps, the estimated 70,000 fans had an opportunity to wander around, shop for merchandise or shiver in the cold while the field ran long enough without a caution to make two green-flag stops. That was a much different story than the first half of the race, which had seven cautions – including four in the first 55 laps. Some of those were caused by blown engines, including two Dale Earnhardt Inc. drivers, Martin Truex Jr. (Lap 15) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Lap 121). Earnhardt provided the funniest moment of the day, climbing out of his car and taking a bow after avoiding the wall during a spinout. After his fifth-place finish Sunday and runner-up effort at Daytona, Martin is atop the points standings for the first time since 2002, ahead of Burton, Gordon, Harvick and rookie David Ragan, who replaced Martin in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 car. Roush and Martin parted ways after last season, but it’s done nothing to slow down either of their careers so far. There have been 39 NASCAR events at California Speedway, and Roush drivers have won exactly one-third of them. Roush has also won seven of the last eight spring races at the track, counting Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series. But this story might be about Johnson, the defending Nextel Cup champion, if the mysterious debris hadn’t been spotted on the track late in the race. NASCAR races seem to frequently end with similar cautions, which set up close shootouts to end the races. It’s almost as if the drivers have to start planning for such debris to appear on the track. “It did seem like there was one coming, to be honest,” Johnson said. “I hate it and wish it didn’t take place, but I think we all saw it coming.” Said Gordon, “It does seem like it does happen. I really don’t know what happened, but I’m sure they have an explanation for it. You’ll have to go to the (NASCAR) truck next door and ask them that question.” Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers rounded out the top 10. Vickers earned Toyota’s first top-10 in the Cup Series. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSome of the carol singers at the Deele College concert.The Deele College Christmas Carol Service has become one of the highlights of the school year.And last night’s was no exception as students from the school’s TY classes and school choir, stunned the large crowd with an exceptional display of talent.Under the direction of Ms Caitriona Bonner and with music from Austin Quinn, the students performed a variety of festive solo and group pieces in the beautifully serene specially decorated General Purpose area in the school. With dimmed lights and lit candles adding to the atmosphere, the seasonal festival also included poetry and spoken word from students and there were festive recitations too from Deputy Principal Danny McFadden, Principal Joe Boyle and Transition Year Co-Ordinator Mary Gibbons.Afterwards the Transition Year students got to show off their creative handiwork at the annual craft sale, where as usual, there was a huge array of Christmas treats, decorations and cards on sale.Celebrations have been ongoing at Deele College since the start of the school year as part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations and huge get-together and more celebrations are being planned for the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day 2015.     FESTIVE FEELING HITS RAPHOE WITH SPECTACULAR CAROL SERVICE – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carol servicedeele collegedonegalRaphoelast_img read more

ESB marks 70th anniversary of rural electrification

first_imgThis weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the ESB Rural Electrification Scheme which brought electricity to rural Ireland for the first time.‘The Quiet Revolution’ of widespread electricity usage, which transformed the lives of those living in rural Ireland, has been described by author Michael Shiel as “the greatest social and economic revolution in rural Ireland since the Land War”.Before and after rural electrification. Source: esbarchives.ieTo mark the historic event, ESB have uploaded all of the information and materials relating to the Rural Electrification Scheme on their website. You can view these fascinating stories, interactive maps, and information on those who campaigned for the scheme by clicking here. In the days of the newly formed Irish free state in the 1920s, insufficient funding was available to extend electricity to rural Ireland.Although the Shannon Scheme illuminated 240,000 towns and cities, 400,000 rural homes were left without power.J.A. Walsh anecdote. ESB Journal January 1959. Source: esbarchives.ieIn the late 1930s and early 1940s, plans began to be put in place for rural electrification. However, with the outbreak of World War Two, the work did not begin until the war ended in 1945.When was your area connected? Zoom in on the map below and simply click your area to see when it was connected, how many premises were connected, and even how many kilometers of cable were used! ESB has also released these advertisements from the 1960s which give us a glimpse of how electricity revolutionised life in the 1960s, particularly within the domestic sphere.  For more click here.ESB marks 70th anniversary of rural electrification was last modified: November 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cookingdomesticdonegalESBheathistoryinteractivelightrural electrification schemewaterlast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI have appealed for information about this morning’s horrific car crash in which an 18-year-old man lost his life.The community of Convoy and the wider Donegal community is in mourning following the death of Shane Brolly, a former pupil of St Columba’s Stranorlar.His twin sister Emma was injured in the incident. The crash happened between 3.30am and 3.45am on the Glenfin Road, Ballybofey, just 200 yards past the entrance to Jackson’s Hotel.Traffic Corps Inspector Michael Harrison appealed for witnesses to come forward.“This is a very tragic and very sad incident,” said Inspector Harrison.“We know that a number of minibuses were in the area at the time and whilst some witnesses have come forward we would appeal to others to do so,” he said. A female driver in her 40s was also injured in the crash.All five people were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where Mr Brolly was later pronounced dead.Of the other people involved in the collision, their injuries are described as non life threatening.The road was closed today for a Forensic collision examination and diversions were put in place.Witnesses to the collision or anyone who was on the Ballybofey to Glenfin Rd between 3.20am and 3.45am today  are asked to contact Ballybofey Garda Station on 074 9137740, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. GARDAI IN APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER DEATH OF DONEGAL TEENAGER IN ROAD CRASH was last modified: June 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GARDAI IN APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER DEATH OF DONEGAL TEENAGER IN ROAD CRASHlast_img read more

Mumbai-Pune e-way: motorists will have to pay toll till 2045

first_imgMotorists using the Mumbai-Pune Expressway will now have to pay the toll till 2045. The earlier deadline for toll collection was 2030. A senior official of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) said the toll period is being increased by 15 years to fund the ‘missing link’ project. According to the government’s toll policy, the toll is revised every three years at 6% per annum. By 2045, the one-way toll for cars between the two cities would be a little over ₹1,000. The project involves the construction of a 13.3-km-long road, which will start from the Khopoli underpass and end near Sinhgad Institute at Kusgaon on the expressway. The link will shorten the distance between the two cities by six kilometers and is expected to reduce the average travel time by 25 minutes. The eight-lane road will be almost a straight road and comprise two sections of viaducts (measuring 700 metres and 750 metres) and two tunnel sections ( measuring 1.4 km and 8.9 km).A senior MSRDC official said, “There will be two four-lane viaducts and two four-lane tunnels in each section. The the link will eliminate six steep turns and reduce the gradient of the route considerably. This will go a long way in easing the congestion along the entire expressway.” After the link is built, motorists can avoid the ghat section heading to Pune.Three-year deadlineThe bids for the project were opened last week with Afcons Infrastructure and Navyuga Engineering emerging as the lowest bidders for viaducts and tunnels respectively. The total expected project cost is ₹5,300 crore. The official said, “The MSRDC board will take the final call on awarding the tender. We expect work on the project to start after the monsoon. The contractors are expected to complete the work within three years of awarding the tender.”last_img read more