Times of India | 2 months ago | 01-12-2022 | 04:56 am
MUMBAI: The BEST on Wednesday submitted its budget for 2023-24 to the civic corporation, projecting a reduction in losses by Rs 250 crore in the transport division and a profit of Rs 120 crore in the electricity supply division but no hike in bus fares till March 2024. The budget showed an overall deficit of Rs 2,000 crore, the estimated gap between revenue and expenses. The BEST has proposed to start "water taxis" along the eastern waterfront and is in talks with the Mumbai Port Trust and the Maharashtra Maritime board. "We are looking at the viability of this newly proposed project, which is mentioned in our budget and will explore the possibility of running our own BEST water taxis across the coastline in the next financial year," said BEST general manager Lokesh Chandra who submitted the budget copy to the civic commissioner, I S Chahal, on Wednesday afternoon. He said the budget had also proposed e-cabs in Mumbai, for which the undertaking has begun the process of floating tenders to invite agencies which can provide environment-friendly e-cabs with drivers. These vehicles will bear the BEST logo and accept bookings from bus passengers using the Chalo app. The fleet will also be doubled to 7,000 buses by March 2024, which will include 900 electric double deckers with two staircases and premium buses with luxury facilities. The budget proposes 330 charging stations by 2023-24, which will also be available to the public to charge electric vehicles. "We are working on e-mobility as a solution for Mumbai's public transport and are encouraging e-scooters - with tie ups with private companies - so that there is last mile connect for passengers who can alight from buses and take e-two wheelers up to their final destination," an official said. The budget also speaks of all buses going digital by March 2024. Every bus will have a device fitted at the entry/exit for tap in and tap out facility wherein the commuter can use the mobile or smart card to travel on buses. A parallel paper ticket system may exist with conductors issuing them, but passengers will be encouraged to go fully digital in two years, an official said. The budget also proposes to increase ladies specials from 133 to 500 buses, and 50 buses which are open deck with the lower deck air-conditioned. In the electricity supply division, BEST proposes to install smart meters in every home by April 2024 and has earmarked Rs 1,200 crore towards capital expenditure for automation, smart grids and billing services. A significant amount will also be spent to strengthen the distribution infrastructure in the island city, which has 10.5 lakh power consumers.
MUMBAI: The state's public health sector appears to be facing a peculiar issue of surplus. Nearly a year since the BMC dismantled its nine jumbo Covid hospitals and made its vast inventory of pandemic equipment available to state-run medical colleges and district hospitals, only half of the items have been taken. Many public facilities have either cited their own surplus inventory or logistical challenges as reasons for not taking the items from Mumbai. At the last count, the civic body was sitting on a stockpile of 418 types of supplies totalling over 73,000 items. The leftover items (see graphic) have been collected at two central depots within SevenHills Hospital and KJ Somaiya Grounds in Sion. Surprisingly, even lifesaving medical equipment such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and multipara monitors are languishing for months at the storage facilities, raising concerns about their continued usability. There are almost 200 ventilators, including more than 110 received under PM Cares fund, more than 800 portable oxygen cylinders, over 600 oxygen concentrators, waiting to find takers.The BMC began dismantling its jumbo Covid hospitals in February 2022. In the first phase, four jumbo centres at Kanjurmarg, Dahisar, Richardson and Cruddas in Mulund, and Nesco in Goregaon were closed. In July, the five remaining jumbos at BKC, Malad, Richardson and Cruddas in Byculla, and NSCI in Worli were shut. Soon after, the corporation appointed Dr Rajesh Dere, former dean of BKC jumbo, as chief coordinator to oversee distribution. The first opportunity to take items from the surplus inventory was given to civic-run hospitals such as KEM, Sion, Nair, Cooper, Kasturba and Nair Dental. However, since then, the distribution slowed.Dr Sanjeev Kumar, additional municipal commissioner, said they have written to the state government and received responses from a few centres which have been given equipment in the last three months. But there's a lot more than awaits distribution, he said. Since November, the BMC has given almost 5,000 items to district hospitals. Another official said they expected a lot of demand from district hospitals, but that didn't happen.Sanjay Khandare, principal secretary (health) told TOI the public health department carried out their own internal evaluation and found that they had enough surplus. "For some, it didn't make logistical sense to carry mattresses and similar items all the way from Mumbai," he said. MMRDA, which built the BKC jumbo hospital, had also written to the state government urging them to utilize all the equipment they bought. A senior civic official said that the state should have formed a joint team to assess which districts required what equipment. The official added that these items have significant value, estimated in the multiple crores.
The Bhandup police in Mumbai had booked Varaiya in a rape case on January 10. (Representational)Mumbai: Days after he was booked in a rape case, a chartered accountant from Mumbai hanged himself at his friend's resort in Maharashtra's Nashik district, a police official said here on Tuesday.CA Chirag Varaiya (45) left behind a suicide note saying nobody should be held responsible for his death. He is survived by his wife and two children, said the official.The caretaker of the resort at Igatpuri alerted the police after he found Varaiya dead on Monday night, said the official.The Bhandup police in Mumbai had booked Varaiya in a rape case on January 10 following which he cooperated with them in the probe. He also assured the investigating officer that he would visit the police station whenever required, said the official.A police official from Igatpuri said, "It is a suicide case. We have not found any foul play. On the basis of primary information, we have registered an accidental death report."PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)HelplinesVandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or firstname.lastname@example.orgTISS iCall022-25521111 (Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm)(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist.)Featured Video Of The DayNick, Who Doesn't Have Arms And Legs, Shows The World How To Live
PALGHAR: Four persons were killed on Tuesday when their car collided with a bus on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Maharashtra's Palghar district, police said. Two persons travelling in the luxury bus received injuries in the accident which took place at around 3.30 am near Mahalakshmi bridge on the highway, an official from Kasa police station said.The four occupants of the car were travelling from Gujarat to Mumbai, located about 100 km from Palghar, when it jumped a lane and collided with a luxury bus coming from the opposite direction, another official said in the evening. All four persons, including a woman, died on the spot, he said. The bodies were sent to a government hospital for postmortem, the official said, adding two injured persons were hospitalised. The deceased were residents of Bardoli in Surat. Earlier in the day, police said the car had rammed into the bus from behind.(With PTI inputs)
MUMBAI: Tardeo Regional Transport Office (RTO) has collected a fine of 2.40 lakh in five months since a special squad and helpline number was set up to help passengers lodge complaint against errant taxi drivers.The special squad can be contacted on 9076201010 (7am to 7pm). Beyond 7 pm you can whatsapp or text message the complaint and also email on email@example.com. Regional Transport Officer (Tardeo) Bharat Kasalkar said, “The total fine collected between September 2022 and January 2023 was ? 2.40 lakh.”A total of 975 complaint had been received, of which 915 were of fare refusal, 35 of overcharging and 9 of rude behaviour.Out of the 975 cases, 170 cases were solved on the spot. Apart from these notices were served in 589 cases. Tardeo RTO is the first to start such an initiative in Maharashtra with an objective to ensure citizens have hassle-free journeys by cabs. It has entrusted three officials dedicated to this squad along with a special vehicle which can be summoned to any part of the island city. The squad have made visits to railway stations -- Mumbai Central, Dadar, Matunga, Churchgate and CSMT -- and interacted with taxi drivers and union leaders at the stands in initial stages to counsel them to refrain from rude behaviour, refusals or charging excess fare from passengers.The squad has been trained, a control room has been set up, and two additional staffers have been provided for back-end support in sending show-cause notices to drivers. Every call is attended by an officer of rank of assistant inspector or inspector.
NAVI MUMBAI: Five people of a family from Andheri had a miraculous escape after their car plunged 200ft into a gorge at Mangaon, about 140km from Mumbai, on Saturday afternoon. All five escaped with minor injuries.The car owner Ninad Raul, who was at the wheel, lost control at a bend at Vihule village. The vehicle first hit a tree, flipped and landed on a plain surface off the highway, said the police. Raul's wife, son and parents were the others in the car. The family was returning from a trip to Shrivardhan.A villager, who happened to see the car veering off the highway and then descending into the gorge, alerted the police, said inspector Rajendra Patil of Mangaon police station.All the five occupants were trapped in the vehicle before they were rescued. A team of locals who are familiar with the terrain around the accident spot was brought in to help in the rescue operation. All five car occupants were brought out within half an hour after the rescue operation began. They walked up through a pathway that leads to the highway. The car was pulled out on Sunday. The police said they will record statements of all the five before deciding on whether or not a complaint should be filed.