Maharashtra has invited fresh bidders for carrying out the Dharavi redevelopment project in the state. The Housing Authority has invited experienced and qualified bidders from India and abroad for integrated redevelopment of Dharavi through the International Competitive Bidding. The government has notified about 240 hectares as the Dharavi slum redevelopment area having nearly half a million human habitation.Accordingly, the project will be awarded to the qualified bidder, quoting the highest amount over and above the minimum stipulated Rs 1,600 crore investment that the lead partner of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Company is ready to bring in the SPV Company as per the terms and conditions set by the authority. Apart from the equity of Rs 400 crore, any investment required for the project shall be brought by the lead partner in the form of Compulsorily Convertible Securities such as Compulsorily Convertible Debentures and/or Compulsorily Convertible Preference Shares, the state government has mandated.Interestingly, to attract bidders, the state has said that Dharavi is situated close to the Bandra Kurla Complex, which is known to be the financial hub of Mumbai. Similarly, it is the centre point of Mumbai and well connected with all kinds of public transport modes. The railway stations at Sion, Mahim, Chunabhatti, GTB Nagar and King’s Circle are adjacent to Dharavi.Furthermore, it stressed how the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd is developing the Dharavi Metro station (Mumbai Metro Line-3), which has connectivity to South Mumbai, BKC and the International Airport.Additionally, the connectivity of the area will get further strengthened by plans of the MMRDA to develop one more road linkage to Bandra Work Sea Link near Dharavi. The Mumbai Trans-Harbour link under construction connecting central Mumbai with the International Airport is very close to Dharavi.Besides improved connectivity and new infrastructure projects that are coming up, the state is also offering various types of concessions for the speedy completion of this project and integrated development of the area.The selected lead partner has to form an SPV with 80 per cent equity (Rs 400 crore) and the Maharashtra government will hold 20 per cent equity (Rs 100 crore). SPV will be responsible to construct free housing for the eligible slum dwellers and occupants, including amenities and infrastructure. Whereas in lieu of it, it will be entitled to construct a free sale area to sell in the market.The proposed completion period of the construction of rehab, renewal, amenities and infrastructure is of seven years from the date of Commencement Certificate (CC) for the first phase of the project, the state government has cleared.
MUMBAI: The state government on Tuesday told the Bombay HC that the collector (Mumbai suburbs) has withdrawn an October 1, 2020 order allotting 102 acres to MMRDA at Kanjurmarg for an integrated car shed for Mumbai Metro. Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni were informed by advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni that "the collector has withdrawn an earlier order." He submitted the August 30 order of collector Nidhi Chaudhari, which stated that the decision was taken on August 29 at a "war room" meeting where discussions were held on MMRDA's written request urging withdrawal of the order. Kanjurmarg plot: HC disposes plea of Central govtThe HC disposed of the Centre's petition against the erstwhile MVA government's proposal to build a Metro car shed in Kanjurmarg after the state said that the collector has withdrawn a 2020 order allotting the land to MMRDA. The BJP-Sena government led by Devendra Fadnavis had taken the decision to construct the car shed for Mumbai Metro 3 at Aarey Colony amid protests from greens. But after the MVA came to power, it decided to scrap the decision and move the car shed to Kanjurmarg to build an integrated shed for Metro lines 3, 4, 4A and 6. The collector then issued the Oct 1, 2020 order. The Centre had then rushed to HC, contending the Kanjurmarg land was salt pan land belonging to the salt department. One Mahesh Garodia also moved HC, claiming ownership over the land. On December 16, 2020, HC granted interim stay on construction. With Eknath Shinde and Fadnavis forming government in the state on June 30 this year, they decided to reverse the MVA decision. Advocate Shyam Mehta, for Garodia, argued land be returned to his client. "Now that collector has withdrawn order, MMRDA must move out," he said. ASG Anil Singh said the possession issue is pending in city civil court in a suit filed by Garodia and Centre is a party to it. Disposing of Centre's petition, the judges noted, "In view of withdrawal of the October 1, 2020 order... nothing survives for decision. If any action was taken by MMRDA pursuant to the order, MMRDA shall forthwith remove the same." MMRDA's advocate Saket Mone said after HC's stay, no work was carried out. The judges directed Garodia's petition will go before an appropriate bench.
Mumbai: Marking a breakthrough, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis flagged off the trial runs on the city’s first fully subterranean Mumbai Metro 3 line. The work on the 33.50 kms long Metro 3 corridor started in 2016 and the first phase is likely to be completed by end-2023. Shinde, Fadnavis and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) officials waved the green flag for the trial run at Sariputnagar in Aarey Colony temporary car-shed inside a 3 kms tunnel till the Marol Naka Station.Also Read - Mumbai's Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro Line 3 to be Held TodaySpeaking on the occasion, Shinde said that nothing will stop the progress of Mumbai and Maharashtra after the new government took office on June 30, 2022. Fadnavis said that the opposition to the Metro car-shed in Aarey Colony was more political than environment-related and indirectly flayed the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress government for delaying the much-needed project. Also Read - Mumbai: Residents Protest Against Building of Aarey Metro Car Shed in Forest; Aaditya Thackeray Joins inMETRO-3 LINETRIALS VIDEO Also Read - On Camera: Leopard Strays Into Residential Building In Mumbai's Aarey Colony; Netizens Concerned Over Maha Govt's Move To Resume Metro-Car Shed ProjectGET SET GO! LIVE! The first trial train of Mumbai’s first underground Metro rail, Aqua Line 3 @MumbaiMetro3 runs after its flag off. The @AlstomIndia rake will run a 3-km stretch till Marol Naka as a first phase of trials. @mid_day pic.twitter.com/bQHBgYlMBA— Rajendra B. Aklekar (@rajtoday) August 30, 2022After coming to power two months ago, the Shinde-Fadnavis government spiked the MVA’s move and restored the car-shed location from Kanjurmarg back to Aarey Forest, attracting howls of protests from the Sena-NCP-Congress and environmentalists.The delays have led to a cost escalation from the original estimates of Rs 23,000-crore to now around Rs 37,000-crore, and the complete project is now slated for completion only by mid-2025.
MUMBAI: The much-awaited trial runs of the prototype rake for Metro 3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) are scheduled to commence on a 3km stretch from today. The trial run will commence in the presence of chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at 11am from Sariput Nagar in Aarey. The prototype rake had arrived in two batches of four coaches. The initial design-proving trial runs of the prototype train of about 2,000km will be conducted in a 3km tunnel from the temporary facility to Marol Naka station. Speed, oscillation and emergency brake distance trials will be conducted, along with testing of some other systems. The dispatch of the second train from Sri City will be decided later, based on the outcome of the trial runs with the first prototype train. Even though the prototype rake was ready, its delivery was held up because of uncertainty over the issue of depot as the previous government wanted to shift it to Kanjurmarg. The approvals for dispatch of first prototype rake and trials came as soon as the Eknath Shinde government came to power after Uddhav Thackeray resigned from the chief minister's post. Thackeray was opposed to the depot coming up at Aarey but the new government's first decision was lift the stay on the depot work at Aarey. The manufacturing of 31 train sets of eight coaches for the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) underground corridor has commenced at the Alstom factory in Sri City. The MMRCL is going to begin the operations for Phase I with nine rakes, for which facilities will be made ready by April. In July, the depot will be able to handle operations for the entire corridor even though some other works may continue. For Phase I almost all the facilities will be ready except the Operational Control Centre (OCC) at the Aarey depot site. This will not be a hurdle as there is a provision for Back-up Control Centre (BCC) at the BKC station. The MMRCL expressed confidence that nearly all works for the Phase I corridor will be completed by June.
Mumbai: The first trial run of the Mumbai Metro line 3 connecting Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ line, will be conducted on Tuesday at Sariput Nagar in Aarey, an official said on Monday. The Metro line 3, which will be a 33.5 km underground route, will connect south Mumbai with the western suburbs.Also Read - Mumbai's First Underground Metro-3 Line Trials Successfully Commence. 5 PointsThe trial run will mark an important development in the realisation of the Metro track shrouded in controversy. The event will be attended by Maharashtra Chief minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis. Also Read - Mumbai: Residents Protest Against Building of Aarey Metro Car Shed in Forest; Aaditya Thackeray Joins inThe construction of Metro car shed at Aarey, a forested land adjoining the Sanjay Gandhi National Park was one of the first decisions reversed by the Shinde-Fadnavis government. Also Read - Technical Glitch Hits Services on Newly-inaugurated Metro Line in MumbaiLast month, former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had fervently appealed to the new government “not to stab Mumbai in its heart” by going ahead with the construction of the car shed at Aarey.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would take a stern view if the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation's undertaking on not cutting any tree in the Aarey forest area is violated and asked MMRCL and the Maharashtra government not to go ahead with any development work till August 30, the day on which it will hear the case. Refuting allegations that trees in Aarey forest are being cut at a "furious pace" to set up a metro car shed, MMRCL on August 5 told the SC that not a single tree has been cut after October 2019 and only pruning of trees was being done. The allegations regarding felling of trees were baseless, MMRCL said. We take it that no tree was cut: SCReminding Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation's undertaking on not cutting any tree in the Aarey forest area, the Supreme Court has granted the Maharashtra government a last opportunity to file additional documents in the case. A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit said, "We take it that not a single tree was cut." It said that MMRCL was strictly bound by its undertaking and posted the case for hearing on August 30. The top court had restrained the authorities from cutting any more trees in Aarey colony after the solicitor general had submitted on behalf of the state of Maharashtra that no further trees will be cut. The felling of trees in the colony has been opposed by green activists and residents. The Bombay HC in October 2019 refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash the BMC's decision to allow the cutting of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro car shed.
Mumbai: Two major projects of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) are about to be completed and trial runs will begin soon. Line 2A (From Dahisar to DN Nagar) from Link Road and Line 7 (From Dahisar East to Andheri East) from the Western Express Highway are both nearly finished with construction, as per a report by Times Now. The trial runs for the two lines are expected to start by October of this year, said MMRDA.Also Read - MMRCL Recruitment 2022: Registration For 27 Posts Begins at mmrcl.com; Here's How to ApplyThe MMRDA hopes to start the last phase of commercial operations by the end of the month of December. The two lines aim to facilitate interconnectivity among the existing Western Express Highway, Metro Line 1 (Ghatkopar to Versova) and the Metro Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli) and smooth and efficient interchange with the suburban rail system and MRT system at Andheri, JVLR and Dahisar. The Dahisar-Andheri line seeks to provide connectivity between the Central Mumbai and the Northern suburban Mumbai, provide rail based access to the Mumbai International Airport (CSMIA), SEEPZ, National Park and other commercial and geographical landmarks. Also Read - CM Uddhav Thackeray Flags Off Trial Run For Mumbai Metro 2A & 7 Corridors. All You Need to KnowThe two metro lines can accommodate about 3 lakh people from 30 stations on the corridor. Additionally, the MMRDA is building a foot overbridge at Goregoan station on Metro Line 7 so that it may link to the train stations in the western suburbs in order to provide continuous connection. The MMRDA will shortly announce a tender for the same. Also Read - Alstom wins EUR 315 million contract to supply cars for Mumbai's metro line 3On October 11, 2015, both routes’ foundation stones were laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The aforementioned line was slated to debut in the following year. After that, it was supposed to start in October 2020. It was postponed until October 2022, due to the pandemic and workers who went home during the lockdown.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday flagged off Azadi Express, a new train which will be added to the fleet on Metro 2A and 7 route, on the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The Azadi Express is a special initiative by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Maha Mumbai Metro Operation Corporation Limited (MMMOCL). “With its 18 trips, the Azadi Express will take the total number of trips to 172. This will reduce the time interval between trips from 12 to about 10 minutes,” said S V R Srinivas, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.The train was decorated with images of the Tricolour, Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, historical forts of Maharashtra, and other monuments. “Har Ghar Tiranga campaign has created a wave of patriotism across the country. Every citizen is participating in the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. On this occasion, I salute the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of India. I admire the work of S V R Srinivas and the MMRDA team for this initiative,” he said. Bhushan Gagrani, Upper Chief Secretary, said, “Passengers should preserve the sanctity of Azadi Express…”
The work of the car shed coming up at Aarey for Metro Line 3 (Colaba, Bandra-SEEPZ) is set to be completed by April 2023. Following which, the first phase (Bandra-SEEPZ) of Mumbai’s first underground Metro 3 corridor will be commissioned, officials said on Thursday.The 33.5-km underground Metro 3, which will connect south Mumbai and its suburbs, is to be constructed in two phases. Accordingly, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) is planning to complete the Phase 1 of the corridor between SEEPZ and BKC by December 2023. The second phase between BKC and Colaba is likely to be completed by June 2024.Originally, the work on the line was expected to be completed in 2021. However, delay in work led to the deadline being missed and the project cost escalating from Rs 23,136 crore to Rs 33,405 crore.MMRCL Managing Director Ashwini Bhide said, “The corporation plans to complete the depot work for Phase I operations by April 2023. It has also set a deadline to complete all safety works for railway commissioners’ inspection by June 2023, so that commercial operations can begin on time in December 2023.”She added, “The project cost has increased due to the time taken to plan the project and the commencement of work…”
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has written to the Maharashtra urban development department seeking land allotment at Kanjurmarg for the Metro 6 car depot between Swami Samarth Nagar and Vikhroli.“Now that the Shinde-led government has taken a decision to have Metro 3 car shed at Aarey instead of Kanjurmarg, for Metro 6 the land is sought by MMRDA at Kanjurmarg as per the original plan instead of integrated car depot,” said a source about the letter sent to the urban development department last week.The move comes a month after the Eknath Shinde-led government overturned the decision of the previous Uddhav Thackeray Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) dispensation to relocate the Metro Line-3 car shed from Aarey Colony to Kanjurmarg.The plan to have the metro depot for Mumbai Metro line 6 on 15 hectare of land at Kanjurmarg was proposed during the BJP-Shiv Sena government under Devendra Fadnavis.However, during the MVA government, the Mumbai Metro 3 car shed was proposed to be shifted to Kanjurmarg amid opposition by environmentalists and an integrated car shed of three metros corridors was planned at Kanjurmarg. For all the three metro corridors, Metro lines 6, 3 and 4, 102 acre of land was required at Kanjurmarg.The land parcels, however, got stuck in litigations with several private parties as well as the salt pan department claiming the land and approaching court.The 14.4 km of Mumbai Metro line 6 to connect Eastern and Western Express highways through Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) is being constructed at a cost of Rs 6,700 crore and it will facilitate commuters to reduce the travel time on the route by 35-45 minutes.
MUMBAI: Maha Mumbai Metro Operations Corporation Limited has warned of penal action - jail term or fine or both - against anyone found obstructing working of Metro. The warning was issued after Dahisar Metro station CCTV footage revealed that a man attempted to open platform screen door which halted train operations for three minutes on August 8.
MUMBAI: Mumbai Metro One will extend services of Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Corridor till midnight, besides adding 30 trips from today. Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd spokesperson said the last service from Versova to Ghatkopar will be at 11:19 pm and the last train from Ghatkopar will be at 11:44 pm.
Metro rail work has badly hit the approximately 400m stretch between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Hutatma Chowk, connecting one of the busiest railway stations in the country to important establishments including the Bombay High Court, Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai University and the commercial areas of Nariman Point and Cuffe Parade. The work that started six years ago has turned the two-way street into a one-way street, making life miserable for motorists, public transport vehicles, pedestrians and businesses alike.Location: DN Road.Dug-up for: Hutatma Chowk metro stationProject details: Mumbai Metro Line-3 also known as the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ line, which is a 33.5km underground metro corridor running along Colaba-Bandra-Seepz. The corridor has 27 key stations, out of which 26 will be underground.Implementing agency: the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, a joint venture of the central government and the Maharashtra government.Importance: Mumbai Metro Line-3 would be running along the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ corridor connecting Mumbai’s key financial hubs. Once implemented, MML-3 would reduce traffic by about 35 per cent or by 4.5 lakh vehicles, leading to decongestion of roads and the travel time will be reduced to 50 minutes from 100 minutes on the route.Initial estimate: Rs 23,000 croreRevised cost: Rs 33,000 crore+Work started: 2016Initial deadline for the stretch: July 2022Expected to be complete: after 2024Reasons cited for the delay: slow pace of work by contractors and Covid-19 pandemicHow barricading hit businessesFor the otherwise-bustling businesses on both sides of the DN Road causeway, the delayed infrastructure project has led to a drastic change. Most shops in the area find themselves hidden by heavy machinery, invisible to customers and inaccessible from the main road.“Footfall has had a drastic drop as the shop is not accessible from the main road anymore. We are an old shop, functional for over a century. Most of our customers are the elderly. They find it difficult to come to the shop as there is no pavement to walk on. We have had customers come in on wheelchairs but the access road has become very small,” said the owner of Baliwalla & Homi Pvt Ltd, an eyecare and optician shop.A street food vendor near Siddharth College said that earlier he had employed six people to work under him. “The stall was on the way for many rushing to CSMT. They would grab a quick snack. There would be such a rush that I had six people working with me. Now I manage the stall alone,” he said, wishing not to be named.Local residents speakWhile the area does not have a significant residential population, many shops and establishments have had to shut up shop. Some banks, insurance companies and shops in the locality have shifted from DN Road.“We used to earn over ₹2,000 per day, now it has come down to ₹300. Barely anyone walks through these causeways as the road narrows into such a small space enough for just one person to squeeze through. The area becomes a hotbed for drug addicts at night as it is not well-lit and the remaining shops too shut early,” said Abdul Aziz, who has a shop selling mobile phone covers and leather goods.Motorists speakTraffic towards CSMT from Hutatma Chowk is one-way for motorists, but pedestrians too cannot walk the way without crossing multiple hurdles and re-routing through bylanes. “The road has become two-way towards Hutatma Chowk but as it narrows down on certain stretches, there is traffic especially during morning peak hours,” said a lawyer practising in the Mumbai City Civil and Sessions Court.“I have stopped walking on this road to go to CSMT after work. Earlier, this was a quick walk from my office in Fort. But it is very inconvenient to keep walking into bylanes and then back to the main road to reach the station. It also feels unsafe after dark,” said Sonal Bora, an HR manager.
Mumbai: In an important decision, the new government in Maharashtra on Thursday announced lifting of the stay on the construction of Mumbai Metro-3 car shed at the controversial site in the Aarey Colony, a green belt in the western suburbs.The move came a day after Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, at a meeting with Consul General of Japan in Mumbai Fukahori Yasukata, assured him of fast-tracking Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded projects, which include the Mumbai Metro's Line 3.Addressing a press conference, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Fadnavis announced lifting of the stay on the construction of Metro-3 car shed in the Aarey Colony in suburban Goregaon, reversing a decision taken by the previous Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and one which will surely invite criticism from environmental groups and some political parties.Just before the 2019 Assembly elections, the proposed car shed in the wooded area had widened the gap between the then-ruling allies Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena. The Shiv Sena had bitterly opposed the Aarey car shed project and demanded relocation of the depot at a site in the eastern suburb of Kanjurmarg, whose ownership was later claimed by a private party as well as the salt commissioner of India.Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, on becoming chief minister in November 2019, had ordered a stay on the car shed construction in the Aarey Colony, and the ligitation over the Kanjurmag site stalled the entire project for the next two-and-a-half years.After Mr Shinde and Mr Fadnavis took oath on June 30, the latter made it clear the new government wants the Metro-3 car shed back in the Aarey Colony site and now relevant orders have been given to the state Urban Development Department.Mr Fadnavis said, "The Supreme Court has already given permission for the construction of Metro-3 car shed at the Aarey site. Despite this, if some environmentalists still want to oppose the construction of the car shed, then their intentions would come under suspicion." The chief minister highlighted benefits of the 33.5km-long Line 3 of Mumbai Metro, which will connect Colaba in south Mumbai to SEEPZ (Andheri) in the suburbs.Mr Shinde said, "One must understand that once the Metro-3 line becomes operational, it would carry 17 passengers on a daily basis. The entire project is funded by the JICA and any further delay in its completion could have affected the other big-ticket projects as well."Asked about then-chief minister Uddhav Thackeray's decision to put a stay on the controversial project, Mr Fadnavis said, "It was sheer ego and nothing else.""Thackeray, after becoming the chief minister, appointed a committee headed by then-additional chief secretary (finance) Manoj Saunik. The committee had recommended that the Metro-3 car shed be constructed at the Aarey site instead the land parcel available at Kanjurmarg. Thackeray set aside the recommendation and stayed any further construction at the Aarey site," he said.Mr Fadnavis said the Aarey Colony site was finalised when the Congress-NCP combine was in power in the state.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"One should not forget that the Aarey site was finalized by then-chief minister Prithviraj Chavan when the Congress and the NCP were in power. Post-2014, the BJP-Sena government only availed international loan for it and started implementing the project," Mr Fadnavis said.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
In an indication that the trial run of Mumbai Metro line-3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) — the first underground Metro of the city — will begin soon, the first two cars of a prototype train are all set to be dispatched from Alstom trains manufacturing plant based in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The move is in line with the new Maharashtra government’s decision to overturn the previous Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA regime’s decision to relocate the Metro 3 car shed from Aarey Colony to Kanjurmarg. Sources have confirmed that the Urban Development department has initiated proceedings to remove the stay on construction of Metro-3 car shed in Aarey.The cars of the Metro prototype trains, which were ready for nearly a year, were not brought to the city due to unavailability of the Metro car shed. They are now set to reach Mumbai within the next 8-12 days.According to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd(MMRCL), which is the implementing authority of 33.5-km Mumbai Metro Line-3 project, the two cars that are part of a prototype Metro train, having total of 8 Metro cars, were loaded in the trailers on Sunday from Alstom’s manufacturing facility and will be dispatched to Mumbai any moment.An official said, “It will take around 8-12 days for the trailers to reach Mumbai and then they will be assembled at the temporary facility centre (temporary Metro car shed) at Aarey. Once assembled, the trial run of the Metro can be started between Marol and Maroshi as planned…. All the eight cars of the prototype trains are likely to reach Mumbai around August 15 after which the testing of the Metro can be started.”He further said that the train will be tested on various parameters, including speed, oscillation and emergency break distance during the 10,000-km test runs. “These tests will be conducted in the tunnels commencing from the temporary facility area and the trial could go on for over three-six months,” the official said.Earlier, the MMRCL had announced that the first 8-car train, in the form of individual coaches, will arrive in Mumbai by the end of 2021 and it will take about two weeks to assemble the first train after which the trials will start. However, since work on the temporary facility, which started in October 2021, was delayed and there was no carshed to park the train, it was not brought to the city even after the two trains were ready.As per the initial plan, the first phase of MML-3 between Bandra and Seepz was planned to be completed by December 2021 and the second phase from Bandra-Kurla Complex to Colaba by June 2022. However, due to delays in the project, the MMRCL is now planning to complete the first phase by January 2024 and the second in one-and-a-half years, provided the issue surrounding construction of the Metro car shed is resolved. The second phase of the project from Colaba to BKC is expected to be completed by mid-2025.The Metro 3 car shed was initially proposed at Aarey Colony during the Devendra Fadnavis led BJP-Shiv Sena government. Facing opposition from environment activists, the plan of building the car shed at Aarey was scrapped by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after the formation of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in November 2019 and the project was shifted to Kanjurmarg.On June 30, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis decided in the first cabinet meeting to overturn the MVA government’s decision of shifting the car shed from Aarey. Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis directed officials of the Urban Development Department to bring a proposal for building the car shed at Aarey.The move to shift the car shed out of Aarey had been a major bone of contention between the Shiv Sena and the BJP, its former ally.
Dug up for Mumbai Metro Line-3 station work, the Dharavi T-junction is much narrower now. The ongoing work and barricades erected for the same have made the stretch unsafe for pedestrians and shopkeepers have been complaining that reduced visibility has had a detrimental effect on their businesses.Location: The Dharavi T-junction connects the western and central parts of Mumbai. Motorists can travel from Bandra (East) to reach the T-junction using the Sion-Bandra link road and pass Dharavi on either side of the junction to reach Sion in central Mumbai. Due to the ongoing Metro work, the single lane has been reduced on both sides of the Mahim-Sion link road for vehicular traffic and due to lack of proper pavement, many pedestrians end up walking on the road.Project details: Mumbai Metro line-3 (MML-3), also known as Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Line, is a 33.5-km long underground Metro corridor that has 27 key stations out of which 26 will be underground.Dug up for: Metro line-3 station workImplementing agency: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL), a joint venture of the government of India and the government of Maharashtra.Importance of project: MML-3 would be running along the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ corridor connecting Mumbai’s key financial hubs. Once implemented, it would reduce traffic by about 35% or by 4.5 lakh vehicles, leading to decongestion of roads and the travel time will be reduced to 50 minutes from 100 minutes on the route.Total initial cost of the project: Rs 23,000 croreRevised cost: Rs 33,000 crore+Work began: 2016Initial deadline: June 2022Revised deadline: After 2024Reasons cited for delay: Slow pace of work contractors; MMRCL claims Covid-19 affected the work.How local businesses feel the pinch due to barricading: Aungsangsui Alagumani, who runs a cake shop on the ground floor of a building in Nehru Society near the T-junction says, “Six months ago, I started a cake shop here and I mostly receive online orders. But the barricading in front of our building means that I do not get any new customers. Hence, I will shut the shop and find a new location where my shop is visible to people from the road. I also live in this society and due to the dust coming from the construction site in the past I had developed a sinus infection.”Avnish Jaiswal, who runs a general store near Alagumani’s cake shop, said, “My customers are mostly people from the society, but due to the barricading outside our society, my shop’s visibility is affected and I am unable to get any new customers.”Local residents speak: Arumugam Thevar, secretary of Nehru Society near the T-junction, which has two buildings with 180 rooms, said “Due to the Metro work, the area has become unfriendly for pedestrians. There is a narrow pedestrian way made as a stop-gap arrangement, but it should have been made right from the T-junction. Also, as it is narrow, people tend to walk on the road, which may lead to an accident. It becomes difficult when mothers have to drop their children to school.”Hariharan Thevar, a local resident of Thevar Nagar near the T-junction, who runs a general store, said, “At present, they have laid iron rods outside our society due to which two-wheelers sometimes slip, and the riders get injured. Two years back, we faced a lot of issues like noise pollution due to the drilling noise. Also, back then there was a lot of air pollution as the dust used to come inside our society.”Motorists speak: Majid Ali, a taxi driver stationed at a taxi stand next to the junction, said: “I have been driving here for the last 13 years. Due to the Metro work, the three lanes on each side of the Mahim-Sion link road has been reduced to two lanes. This affects traffic during peak hours and even if there is a minor traffic issue, a bottleneck gets created.”A pedestrian, who did not wish to be named, said, “Due to the rains, the road has become muddy. The potholes make it worse. The pavement is almost encroached by shops and illegally parked vehicles. The pavement is also uneven and filled with potholes. This forces people to walk on the road which is narrower due to Metro work.”A traffic police official said, “A traffic jam takes place when some Metro related equipments are taken to the spot. This takes 10 odd minutes due to which traffic flow gets affected. Otherwise we ensure traffic flows smoothly.”
Amit Thackeray also requested the state government to reconsider its decision. (FILE)Mumbai (Maharashtra): A day after the newly formed Maharashtra government directed the Advocate General that the metro car shed be built in Mumbai's Aarey colony itself, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray's son Amit Thackeray slammed the Shinde-Fadnavis camp for the decision and said that he was shocked by the decision."The new decision by the new government is shocking for me and innumerable environment activists and lovers. The youth of the state had earlier struggled hard against the move. Some were even put in jail," said Mr Thackeray in a social media post.He also highlighted that development is the need of the hour but not at the cost of the environment."We definitely need development but not at the cost of the environment. If our environment is completely destroyed then there will be no one left for politics or to be ruled upon. The politicians should take a note of this," he added.He also requested the state government to reconsider its decision.In September 2019, then Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that the government is bound to cut trees in Mumbai's Aarey forest area as "development is important".Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation announced its plan to cut down over 2,700 trees from the Aarey colony in order to build a car shed for the Metro. The colony, spread over 13,000 hectares, is home to over 27 Adivasi villages and inhabits various animal species.The Bombay High Court in September 2019, verbally directed the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) and the state government not to cut any trees in the Aarey forest area for the construction of a metro car shed, to which they agreed.Later in October 2019, the Bombay High Court had dismissed all petitions against the proposed cutting down of over 2,500 trees in Aarey Colony of Mumbai to make way for a Metro car shed.However, the Maharashtra government had stayed the order for the Aarey metro car shed project following massive public agitation in the city.In 2020, the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that the state government had withdrawn cases registered against people who were protesting against the proposed metro car shed in Aarey. He had said the proposed car shed has been shifted from Aarey to Kanjur Marg.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.)
Mumbai: Hours after he took over as Maharashtra Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde has moved to reverse the Uddhav Thackeray government's stand on the controversial Metro car shed project in Mumbai, sources have said.Mr Shinde, it is learnt, has directed Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni to submit in court that the Metro car shed will be built at Aarey Colony as planned in 2019 under the Devendra Fadnavis government.The issue, which had sparked massive protests in Mumbai by environmental activists, dates back to 2019 when the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation sought the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) permission to fell trees at Aarey Colony, an urban forest many refer to as Mumbai's green lung.Protests began soon after the BMC gave a go ahead to the project. As activists stepped up their agitation, then Chief Minister Fadnavis said the area identified for the Metro car shed does is not categorised as biodiversity or forest land. He also reasoned that the Metro will reduce carbon footprint. "Why we save trees because we want to reduce the carbon footprint. So, we need to understand one thing that how much carbon footprint is going to be reduced due to the underground Metro," he said.Following the Assembly polls later that year, the Shiv Sena parted ways with long-time ally BJP and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government under Uddhav Thackeray was formed.The new government, heeding to the protests by activists, decided to shift the Metro car shed to Kanjurmarg. Thereafter, the BJP-led government at the centre went to Bombay High Court in 2020, saying the land belonged to its Salt department. The High Court then issued a stay. Since then, the project has been in a limbo.The Shiv Sena has been opposing the plan to build the shed at Aarey even when they were the BJP's alliance partners. Responding to the BJP's criticism over shifting the project, Chief Minister Thackeray last year said infrastructure works undertaken in haste can lead to waste and not true development.Soon after Mr Shinde's move, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya tweeted that it will bring the Mumbai Metro work back on track. PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Shinde Fadnavis Govt decision to bring back MetroCar Shed at Aarey will put Mumbai Metro work back on Track," he tweeted.Addressing the media later in the day, former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray urged the new government to not reverse the Metro car shed plan.
It’s been almost six years that a stretch between Mahim bus stop and Sitladevi temple on the Lady Jamshedji Road has been dug up for tunnelling work of the Mumbai Metro Line 3 and construction of Sitladevi Metro station. The barricades put up for carrying out the work have blocked more than half of the road which is causing major traffic congestion on the stretch, peak hours or not. A single bus entering the area forces vehicles to crawl and takes several minutes to cover the distance of just a few 100 metres. Not only commuters, local shopkeepers and residents too are having nightmares due to the never-ending work and traffic snarls on the stretch.Location: Lady Jamshedji Road, MahimDug-Up For: The construction of the Sitladevi Metro station in Mahim and tunnelling work of the Mumbai Metro Line 3 between Mahim and Sitladevi temple.Importance of project: Mumbai Metro Line 3, also known as Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Line, is a 33.5 km long underground Metro corridor running along Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ. MML-3 will connect Mumbai’s key financial hubs. Once implemented, MML-3 will reduce traffic by about 35% or by 4.5 lakh vehicles, leading to decongestion of roads and reduction of travel time to 50 minutes from 100 minutes on the route.Implementing agency: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL), a joint venture of the governments of India and MaharashtraTotal cost of the project: While the initial cost was Rs 23,000 crore, it has now been revised to Rs 33,000 crore+Work started: 2016Initial deadline of completion of the stretch: 2021Revised deadline: First phase after mid-2024Reasons cited for delays: Due to pending civil, electric and station work on the stretch and the issue of Metro 3 car shed plot issue at Aarey and Kanjurmarg over which the state and central government are at loggerheads, along with the stalled work during Covid-19 lockdownImportance of the road: The Lady Jamshedji Road is a major road in central Mumbai that connects central Mumbai with the western suburbs and lakhs of motorists use the stretch to go back and forth from western suburbs of the city to areas in south and central Mumbai, especially Dadar. The barricading in the middle of the road has occupied over half of the road, creating a major bottleneck and space crunch. The ongoing work has left only one lane on each side of the road from where only one bus can pass at once and there is no parking space left. Problems caused by the project: Usman Shah, 39, a taxi driver who frequently drives in Mahim, said, “I have been seeing the work going on here for the past several days and whenever I have to pass from here during the day time, the speed slows down. It’s like we have to get stuck here. Even if one vehicle is stopped due to any reason on the stretch then the whole traffic on the road is halted. The authorities should wind up the work soon.”M Memon, 63, who runs an optical shop on the stretch for several decades, said, “It’s been over five years that the work is going on and it is a menace. Our business is suffering. There is no space outside our shop. The footpaths have also been narrowed down and the customers find it difficult to come to our shop. We have complained to many agencies, BMC, police and local public representatives. However, everyone tells us that it’s a government project. We understand that it is a government project but how long will it continue? Isn’t there any deadline for it?”Yasir Bohira, 26, a shopkeeper who sells household plastic items, said the work was creating a lot of issues for the shopkeepers of the area as well as for the customers. “Since the work started, we have lost customers who do window shopping and now we have to depend on our old and regular customers. However, they also face issues to reach the shop as there is no vehicle parking space on the road. Even we have to park our vehicles somewhere else and walk to the shop. Senior citizens cannot walk like that so they have stopped coming. Our business has been affected.”Rahil Shaikh, 38, who stays in the area says, “It’s difficult to get a taxi or cab and there is hardly any footpath for pedestrians. Apart from that, the noise and air pollution has increased in the area. The work is on at night as well and the machinery keeps moving, creating noise.”
MUMBAI: Mumbai Metro, which completed 8 years of operations on June 8, has completed cumulative ridership of 721 million since its inaugural run. Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd’s spokesperson said, “We have delivered 8.8 lakh trips with more than 99% punctuality.” In these 8 years of operations 16 trains of Mumbai Metro One have delivered nearly 1 crore km of journey, which comes to around 6.25 lakh kms by each train. MMOPL spokesperson said, “We have had several major achievements, including launch of India’s first Mobile QR ticket system, rooftop solar panels either capacity of 3 MWp at all 12 metro stations and metro, paper-based QRs tickets and WhatsApp based ticketing system.”
Maharashtra is setting up two major facilities - a bulk drug park in Raigad and a medical equipment park - in Aurangabad. The two facilities would be linked to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).Addressing the 62nd Maharashtra Foundation Day festivities, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari spoke of the two mega projects. “The Maharashtra government has planned a bulk drug park in the Raigad district along the Delhi- Mumbai corridor. This will be set up in an area of 2,500 acres of land. Besides this, a medical equipment park had also been planned at the Auric Smart City in Bidkin near Aurangabad. This will be spread in 350 acres of land,” he said. In his address, Koshyari also spoke about the infrastructure projects in the state. The construction of the Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg is near completion and will soon be partially opened for transportation, he said on the ambitious mega-project that would connect Mumbai to Nagpur.“The coastal project in Mumbai, the ring road around Pune city, the capacity building of Mumbai-Pune Expressway, construction of new road on the Khopoli-Khandala Ghat, Versova- Bandra Sea Link, Thane Creek Bridge, Greenfield Konkan Express Highway, Revas to Reddy Marine Highway, the Versova-Virar sea route project, Virar to Alibaug multi-purpose transport corridor and construction works of many such developmental projects had gained momentum,” the Governor said. On the Mumbai Metro projects, he said: “More impetus has been given to the construction of metro projects in order to strengthen the public transportation system in Mumbai. The phases of Mumbai metro railway-2A and Mumbai metro railway Line-7 had been pressed into service and the work of 14 other Metro projects is going on with greater pace,” he said.Watch the latest DH Videos here:
Services on a metro line in Mumbai, which was inaugurated on Saturday, were affected on Monday morning due to a "technical error".Maha Mumbai Metro Operation Corporation Limited (MMMOCL) said that a metro train was withdrawn from service at Magathane (station) due to a snag. "Due to technical error, train at Magathane towards Aarey has been withdrawn from service. Commuters have been accommodated in the next train. Regret the inconvenience," the MMMOCL tweeted.Magathane and Aarey stations fall under the Metro 7 line which was inaugurated on Saturday along with the 2A line by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.Metro 7 line runs between Aarey and Dahisar stations and line 2A between Dhanukarwadi and Dahisar. Watch the latest DH Videos here:
MUMBAI: Mumbai's Colaba-SEEPZ Metro rail line-3 may take another two to two-and-a-half years to complete as several works, including some part of the tunnel boring work as well construction of stations, are still pending, a senior official of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has said. Once completed, this first underground metro line of the city will provide connectivity to the city airport from south Mumbai and western suburbs, and reduce the burden on the suburban locals. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, MMRDA's metropolitan commissioner SVR Srinivas said, "Mumbai metro line 3 will take at least another two to two-and-a-half years to complete as a lot of works remain other than the depot." "Another 1.5 km-long tunnel boring work on the 33.5 km line is pending, apart from construction of the stations and other works like signalling, telecommunications, overhead wires, and control center, among other things," he added. Notably, the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government had earlier decided to shift the Metro car shed from Aarey Colony to suburban Kanjurmarg, delaying the ambitious underground metro line project. The previous BJP-led dispensation had decided to construct the car shed for the Mumbai Metro line 3 at Aarey Colony in the western suburbs, despite opposition from environmentalists and activists to the vast tree-cutting for the project. However, the present Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government took a decision to shift the car shed from Aarey Colony to Kanjurmarg. The Centre and the state government were locked in a tussle over the ownership of the land earmarked by the state for constructing the car depot in Kanjurmarg area. Srinivas said that the MMRDA is conducting a study to extend the Chembur -Wadala -Jacob Circle monorail corridor by another 200-250 meters for connecting it with Mumbai metro line 3. "We will take decision about it within a month," he said.
Nearly eight years after the financial capital of Mumbai got its first Metro line, two new corridors are set to be partially operational soon. The two new elevated lines are Dhanukarwadi and Aarey on Metro Line 2A , between Dahisar to DN Nagar and Metro Line 7 Dahisar East to Andheri East. The first elevated corridor, Mumbai Metro Blue Line 1, was inaugurated on June 8, 2014. This line passes through Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar - covering a dozen stations spread in 11.4 kms, thus, connecting the Eastern and Western suburbs of Mumbai. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has received the final nod from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS)."#MMRDA caresses the spirit of Mumbai! The financial capital of India getting commuter friendly. #Mumbai Metro 20 km #Metro Lines 2A and 7 getting ready for us all! MMRDA welcomes Mumbaikars,” the MMRDA said in a tweet. The Metro Line 2A and Metro Line 7 would run parallel on the western suburbs of Mumbai and would reduce road congestion. The commissioning of the two lines would come as a big relief to Mumbaikars and would reduce congestion on road and suburban railway. It may be recalled, in May last year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in presence of deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat flagged off the trial runs of these two lines.
MUMBAI: After nine consecutive days of zero Covid-19 deaths, the city recorded a single fatality on Sunday. Cases in the state and city, though, continued to slide. Maharashtra reported 362 cases, its lowest in 686 days (since April 18, 2020), taking the overall count of cases to 78,68,813. Mumbai too reported cases below 50 for the first time since April 2020 when the pandemic had just begun. On Sunday, the city recorded 43 fresh cases, taking the cumulative count of cases to 10,55,997. Mumbai metro region reported only 81 positive cases with testing numbers dropping drastically. The sole death in the city was of a senior citizen who had co-morbidities. On Sunday, merely five people got hospitalised for Covid-19, civic officials said. The state saw three deaths, taking the total casualty count to 1,43,740. BMC chief IS Chahal said the city’s daily positivity rate is down to 0.2% — lowest since March 2020.
Pune: The Pune Metropolitan Region reported zero Covid-19 deaths on Sunday. A total of 163 new cases were recorded and progressive count of patients in the region is now 14,52,017. There were also 242 new recoveries. The total number of discharged patients is now 14,31,103. According to official data, the toll is at 19,682.The PMC areas on Sunday had 99 new cases, the PCMC recorded 22 and the rural administration registered 23 new patients. As for recoveries, they were the highest in PMC limits with as many as 129 patients discharged. The PCMC had 48 recovered patients and the rural administration recorded 50 discharges. According to the daily Covid-19 report from the district administration, active cases remain below 1,500 in the PMR. Out of an estimated 1,239 active cases, as many as 134 infected people were in isolation while 1,105 patients were in home quarantine.According to death reports, underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, breathing issues and heart problems had caused serious complications in patients.Overall, Maharashtra onSunday reported 362 cases, its lowest in 686 days (since April 18, 2020), taking the overall count of cases to 78,68,813. Cases are on the decline, but health experts have urged citizens to continue taking precautions.
MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Saturday reported 535 new coronavirus infections, taking the caseload to 78,68,451. With 10 persons succumbing to the viral infection, death toll reached 1,43,737, the state health department said. As many as 963 patients were discharged from hospital or recovered at home, taking the recovery tally to 77,16,674. With 76,375 samples being tested during the day, the total of Covid-19 tests carried out so far reached 7,82,14,557. As many as 454 cases of Omicron variant infection were reported from Nagpur. To date, 5,665 Omicron variant patients have been detected in the state, of which 4,733 have recovered. The recovery rate in the state is 98.07 per cent and case fatality rate is 1.82 percent. There are 4,038 active cases in Maharashtra now. Mumbai city reported 65 new cases and no deaths. The caseload of the financial capital of the country stands at 10,55,954 and death toll at 16,691. Among eight administrative divisions (each division comprising several districts), Mumbai division reported 110 coronavirus cases and seven deaths on Saturday. Nashik division reported 78 cases and two deaths, Pune division 238 cases, Kolhapur division 21 cases, Aurangabad division 19 cases, Latur division 21 cases, Akola division 28 cases and Nagpur division 20 cases and one death. Maharashtra's coronavirus figures are as follows: New cases 535, Total cases: 78,68,451, Deaths 10, Total Deaths 1,43,737, Total Recoveries 77,16,674, Active cases 4,038, Total tests 7,82,14,557, Tests today 76,375.
PUNE: Several districts have been recording zero Covid cases intermittently over the last many days and may soon become infection-free, at least for a while, state surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate told TOI on Thursday. Key districts that haven't had any new cases on some days are Dhule, Jalna, Latur, Hingoli, Gondia and Jalgaon. Dr Awate said the end of the third wave is likely to see a longer list of zero-caseload districts than the second wave's final weeks as active cases in Maharashtra are currently at the lowest since Covid started two years ago. The state is also reporting fewer than 500 new cases every day - a steeper drop than all previous waves. Dr Awate said, "Just like how no Covid death was reported in Maharashtra on Wednesday, for the first time since April 2020, it's possible some districts may record zero cases for some days as the state's daily positivity rate has been at 1% or less lately." He, however, added that it's unlikely these districts will see long infection-free spells as inter-district movement may lead to sporadic cases. Last year, districts such as Nandurbar, Bhandara and Wardha had seen zero active cases for several days. Districts that have touched single-digit caseloads have also reported drops in testing, but officials said that's only due to an overall reduction in disease burden. Jalna district health officer (DHO) Dr Vivek Khatgaonkar said, "Cases have been falling in both instances, when we had an average of 2,000 daily tests and when we had about 500 to 1,000 daily tests. When disease burden eases, there's an automatic drop in testing as fewer people fall sick and take a test. Despite hundreds of tests over the last few days, Jalna has four active cases currently." Dhule DHO Dr Santosh Navale said the region is still conducting 800 to 900 tests. He said, "The fall in cases is not due to less testing. Disease burden has significantly reduced because in the last eight days, we have started reporting daily cases in the range of just 0 to two."
MUMBAI: In an indication of the rapidly declining third wave, only six Covid patients needed hospitalisation in Mumbai on Friday. The city registered 78 cases and, for the eighth consecutive day, zero deaths. In the state, daily cases rose slightly to 525 even as deaths dropped to a single digit (9) on Friday as against 12 on Thursday. Dr Rahul Pandit, who is a member of the state government's task force on Covid-19, said there have been no new Covid admissions in his ICU on Friday. Only 628 (1.8%) of the 35,823 Covid beds in the city are occupied, according to the BMC update. "Things are good, but instead of relaxing we need to get back to the basics,” said Dr Pandit.
Mumbai recorded 100 new cases while the addition to the tally in Pune city was 69. (FILE)Mumbai: Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 544 COVID-19 cases, including 38 caused by the Omicron variant, taking the overall tally of infections to 78,66,924, while the death count emained unchanged at 1,43,706, a health department official said.He said 37 Omicron cases were reported from Pune and one from Aurangabad, which increased the count of infections due to the new variant to 4,771, of which 4,629 have already been discharged.The official said 9,382 samples were sent for genome sequencing, and results of 8,480 have arrived while that of 902 are awaited.A state health department bulletin said 1,007 people were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery count to 77,13,575, leaving the state with 5,643 active cases.It said Mumbai recorded 100 new cases while the addition to the tally in Pune city was 69.Of the eight administrative circles, Pune region recorded 194 cases, Nashik 99, Akola and Nagpur 28 each, Kolhapur 15, Latur eight and Aurangabad nine.It said 1,53,349 samples were examined in the last 24 hours, taking the overall number of cases in the state to 7,80,03,848.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe health bulletin said 45,422 people are in home isolation and 660 in institutional quarantine in the state a present.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The Metro rail services in the satellite township of Navi Mumbai is likely start running for the public soon.The City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) is executing the project.The rolling stock (coaches, electrical) of CIDCO’s Navi Mumbai Metro has been approved by the Railway Board of the Government of India on Friday.This is an important step towards starting passenger traffic.The Navi Mumbai Metro now awaits civil work inspection.“CIDCO has received the clearance of the Rolling Stock of Navi Mumbai Metro from the Railway Board. This is a very significant development towards Commissioning of Navi Mumbai Metro. Now, the clearance of the Civil part alone remains. Once the Civil Clearance of Navi Mumbai Metro is received, Phase 1, Line 1 would be ready for operations,’ said Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, CIDCO.In order to strengthen the public transport system in Navi Mumbai, CIDCO is developing four elevated routes under the Navi Mumbai Metro.The first phase of the Navi Mumbai Metro stretches from Belapur to Pendhar covering around 11 km, with 11 stations and a depot at Taloja.The MahaMetro was appointed by CIDCO to provide engineering assistance for the Belapur- Pendhar route.So far, the Metro has completed trails related to oscillation, electrical safety, emergency brakes, etc. successfully and obtained the certificates from the RSDO.The safety tests conducted by CMRS will be crucial as the certificate will allow the Navi MumbaiOn January 17th and 18th, the CMRS team conducted the safety trials on Line -1 and Taloja Depot in the presence of the Joint Managing Director of CIDCO as well as concerned officials from CIDCO and Maha Metro.Upon successful completion of the inspection of the civil work, a green signal will be given by CMRS and Railway Board to start direct passenger transport.