Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation announced that Mumbai has 38 days of water reserves remaining in the lakes supplying the city. June indicates the end of a sultry and hot summer and the beginning of the monsoon season in Mumbai, however this year’s rains have gotten off to a rough start, with Mumbai receiving only 177 millimeters of rain so far, which is meager compared to the 570 millimeters the city should have received.Also Read - Ranji Trophy Final: Yash Dubey, Shubham Sharma Power MP On Verge of First-innings LeadHowever, the implications of a patchy monsoon system is that Mumbai’s catchment areas, which consist of seven lakes which supply the city with water throughout the year, have also not received ample rains for this time of the year. The BMC stated that the city has just 38 days of water reserves remaining, and now all eyes are on an Upper Air Cyclonic Circulation forming in the Arabian sea, which is forecasted to give extremely heavy rains along the Maharashtra coast over the next few days. Also Read - Spine-Chilling Video: Teenager Falls Off Local Train, Escapes Death by Inches | WATCHA good monsoon system will deposit 2422 millimeters of rain between the months of June and September. This amount of rain is enough to satisfy the 15 lakh million liters of water that Mumbai requires yearly to avoid water cuts. However, the problem in recent years has not been a lack of rains in Mumbai, but rather in the catchment areas. Also Read - Rebel Shiv Sena Leader Eknath Shinde Likely To Return To Mumbai From Guwahati, To Meet Deputy SpeakerDue to climate change, the rains during the monsoon have deposited large amounts of water in very short amounts of time, and the storms that impact Mumbai are often slow moving and fizzle out before they reach key catchment areas in places like Bhatsa. Despite the fact that a normal monsoon season is predicted for Mumbai, it doesn’t translate into a good haul of rainfall for the catchment areas, leaving Mumbai and its surrounding suburbs at risk of running dry during the summer months.Since the Monsoon onset was declared on June 11th, Mumbai has been receiving patchy rain with cloudy skies, keeping the humidity uncomfortably high with relatively dry days.Written By: Shaurya Sharma
Maharashtra COVID-19: On Friday, the state recorded 4,205 new COVID-19 cases.Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday discussed the COVID-19 situation with senior government officials and explored the possibility of making face masks mandatory again in Mumbai suburban trains in view of the rising cases.An official statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said Mr Thackeray reviewed the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the state, which has been recording a steady rise in new infections, especially in Mumbai and some other big cities.The chief minister, at a virtual meeting with senior bureaucrats, also discussed the possibility of making face masks mandatory for suburban train commuters, the statement said.The mask mandate option was discussed as a measure to curb growing cases of the novel coronavirus infection in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), it said.Maharashtra withdrew its mandatory mask rule in early April and made it optional in view of a sharp drop in daily cases."Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the state, chiefly in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Raigad and Palghar districts. People should follow COVID-19-appropriate behaviour on their own," the CM was quoted as saying in the statement.Maharashtra recorded 4,205 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a day after breaching the 5,000-mark. Of the new cases, Mumbai alone reported 1,898 infections.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe number of active cases has gone past 25,000, indicating a widening gap between new patients and those recovering from the infection.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Pune will host the second edition of the Apla Pune Marathon on the ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse’ on June 26, 2022.Champ Endurance, a sports event firm promoting high endurance sports, will conduct the Apla Pune Marathon Season 2.Global Humane Organization (GHO) and Nashabandi Mandal Maharashtra State have joined hands with Champ Endurance as philanthropic partners in a bid to make Maharashtra free from drug addiction, said sources.The marathon distance ranges from 3 km (fun run) wherein the kids and families can participate, to 42.195 km (full marathon) wherein professional runners, and fitness enthusiasts can take part. The event would be flagged off from Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi.Ravindra Wani, a triathlete and Champ Endurance official, told media persons Wednesday, “Consuming illicit drugs can take away years of hard work and practice that one puts into becoming a champion and turn them into addicts. There are no shortcuts to this. Testing our endurance takes years of practice and dedication to be healthy and fit. People train all year long, running long distances. They start small by setting shorter limits and keep pushing them as they achieve every milestone. This is the level of practice it takes.”
MUMBAI: "Never trust an employee and disclose confidential details about your travel plans or household chores in front of them," lawyer Vedika Chaubey (41) told TOI after the Dindoshi police arrested her domestic help-cum-office boy from Indore within 24 hours for allegedly stealing gold and diamond-studded ornaments worth Rs 35 lakh from her Malad bungalow on June 16. Akshaykumar Jatav (21) employed at Chaubey's office stole the valuables after scaling the bungalow wall to enter inside through the terrace and stole the valuables after breaking the 100-kg locker within two hours using an iron rod. Police said Jatav committed the offence a few days after he was removed from work. Jatav, according to Chaubey, was nabbed by the police before she could complete watching the CCTV footage at her bungalow from June 10 to 16 (after she returned home) that had captured him. The house break-in theft was executed between June 14 and 15 when the Chaubey couple had gone to their native hometown for their son's Mundan Ceremony (Tonsore). "After stealing the valuables, Jatav took the train from Borivali to his hometown at Indore. Two teams--senior inspector Jeevan Kharat, inspector Dhananjay Kavade, assistant inspector Chandrakant Gharge, sub-inspector Ajit Desai, and team--suspected the role of Jatav after learning he had left for his hometown the same day the theft occurred. The team reached Indore and tracked him from the neighbouring village and recovered the entire stolen booty," said DCP (Zone XII) Somnath Gharge. Chaubey said Jatav had been employed at her office for the last four years and trusted him. "He was also called to our bungalow for small works. He knew that we will not be in town from June 10 which he took advantage of. He scaled the bungalow wall to reach the terrace from where he managed to enter the bedroom balcony and after breaking the door he entered inside. He claimed that he broke the locker within two hours which I doubt. One thing I have learnt is that we should reveal anything in front of the domestic help. He was sacked from job a few days ago after doubting his activity was not right," she said.
Nagpur: Nagpur witnessed demonstrations staged by Workers of the Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) agianst the central government’s newly formed Agnipath scheme for the short term recruitment of people into armed forces.Also Read - Agnipath Protests: No Police Clearance For Those Involved In Stir, Says Air Chief MarshalClaiming that the scheme would destroy the future of youth, Youth Congress workers led by their president Kunal Raut protested at Zero Mile in Nagpur. Also Read - Agnipath Protests: KCR Announces Rs 25 Ex-Gratia For Kin Of Youth Killed In Secunderabad Railway StationProtestors raised slogans against the Modi government and blocked traffic at RBI square, following which they were detained by the police and taken way. Also Read - Agnipath Protests LIVE: Bihar Stops Train Services, Railway Station Vandalised In Ludhiana As Stir EscalatesUnveiling the Agnipath scheme, the government had said youths between the ages of 17-and-a-half and 21 years would be inducted for a four-year tenure and 25 per cent of the recruits will be retained for regular service. The upper age limit was raised to 23 years after violent protests against the new model for enrolment of soldiers into the Army, Navy and Air Force erupted in parts of the country.
CHANDRAPUR: Congress leaders MP Balu Dhanorkar and former MP Naresh Puglia staged separate agitations to flay the alleged harassment of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son MP Rahul Gandhi by the enforcement directorate (ED) on Friday. Puglia staged a day-long sit-in at the statue of late PM Indira Gandhi under the banner of Vidarbha Kisan Majdoor Congress. He said the central government is intentionally harassing members of the Gandhi family due to political rivalry. He alleged that the attack on Congress leaders and party workers at the Congress headquarters in Delhi too is part of the same conspiracy. He added that such oppressive action against the top political leaders of the party will have strong consequences across the country. Meanwhile, Dhanorkar staged a sit-in agitation at Girnar Square with Congress leaders and party workers. Dhanorkar flayed the central government for its oppressive action. He claimed that strong protests are under way across the country and demanded the immediate withdrawal of such baseless investigations against Sonia and Rahul.
Mumbai/New Delhi: A Mumbai police team has been on the lookout for suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in Delhi, however, she is said to be untraceable, reports NDTV quoting sources on Friday. A Mumbai Police team that is in Delhi to question Sharma couldn’t find her, she has become untraceable, they said.Also Read - Agnipath Protests: Bihar Suspends Internet, Mobile Services In 12 Districts Including Samastipur, Begusarai Till June 19The team, from Pydhonie police station here, is in the national capital for the past five days as it needs to physically hand over summons to Sharma to appear before police and to look into other aspects of the probe, an official said. The Mumbai Police have enough evidence to arrest the former BJP spokesperson, Maharashtra Home Ministry sources have said, according to the NDTV report. Also Read - Rajinder Nagar Bypoll: BJP All Set For Tough Fight With AAP to Win MLA SeatAn FIR was registered against Sharma at Pydhonie police station on May 28 in connection with the objectionable comments against Prophet Mohammad she made during a television news channel debate. She has been summoned to appear before Pydhonie police on June 25 at 11am for recording of statement, the official added. Also Read - 'Agnipath' Scheme: List of Several Trains Cancelled, Diverted Due to Students' Agitation On Patna-Kolkata Route(With PTI inputs)
Congress leaders, including senior ministers of the Maharashtra government, were detained on Thursday as they demonstrated at Raj Bhavan against the Enforcement Directorate’s questioning of party MP Rahul Gandhi.Police took action after the Congress leaders tried to remove barricades outside the Raj Bhavan gate during a protest march which started near the Hanging Garden in south Mumbai.Congress state president Nana Patole, PWD minister Ashok Chavan, Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Energy Minister Nitin Raut, Fisheries Minister Aslam Sheikh, Women and Child Welfare Minister Yashomati Thakur, School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, Medical Educati-on Minister Amit Deshmukh, Minister of State for Agriculture Vishwajit Kadam and Mumbai Congress chief Bhai Jagtap were among those detained. They were taken to Azad Maidan police station and released after some time, a police officer said.Speaking to reporters earlier in the day, Patole said the party was protesting against the “dictatorial attitude of the Narendra Modi government” and attempts to “suppress the Opposition’s voice” will not succeed.“Rahul Gandhi has become the voice of the country as he has been taking up people’s issues and questioning the Modi government. Congress workers are taking an aggressive stand following this vindictive action against our leader,” Patole added.Thorat said Congress workers have stood up against the central government’s “repression.” “Through this protest march, we are trying to convey our dissatisfaction to the Modi government. It is reprehensible to harass a family which sacrificed everything for the country,” he said.“We expect that the Governor will convey our sentiments to the Union government,” he added.With PTI inputs
Maharashtra's Beed police have registered a case against suspended BJP functionary Nupur Sharma in connection with her alleged derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammad, an official said on Thursday. Sharma is already facing similar cases in Mumbai, Thane and some other places in Maharashtra. An advocate, Sayyed Azim, had complained to the Beed police, alleging that Sharma's remarks made during a TV debate hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims, the official said.Nupur Sharma's remark on Prophet: Is there a fine line between FoE and hate speech?BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma crossed a line in a televised debate causing much embarrassment for the Indian govt worldwide. What things should you keep in mind when speaking about such sensitive issues? What does our law say about this? Watch this video to avoid being on the law's wrong side while expressing your opinion.Based on the complaint, the Beed city police on Wednesday registered a case against Sharma under Indian Penal Code Sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 505(2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes), the official said. The BJP had on June 5 suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled Delhi BJP media head Naveen Kumar Jindal after their alleged derogatory remarks against the Prophet led to an outrage.
The Bhiwandi police in Maharashtra have summoned suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma to record a statement on Monday in connection with her alleged objectionable remarks against Prophet Mohammad, an official said on Sunday.Besides, expelled BJP functionary Naveen Kumar Jindal has also been asked by the Bhiwandi police in Thane district to record his statement on June 15 over his alleged controversial tweets against Prophet Mohammad, senior police inspector Chetan Kakade told reporters.The Bhiwandi police had registered a case against Sharma following a complaint lodged by a representative of the Raza Academy on May 30, he said.They had also registered a case against Jindal, the official said.Earlier, the Mumbra police in Thane asked Sharma to appear before them on June 22 to record her statement over her remarks.The Mumbai Police have also summoned her to record a statement on June 25 in connection with her remarks about the Prophet during a TV debate triggered a huge controversy.The police had asked for a video of the debate from the news channel concerned.The BJP had on June 5 suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled Delhi BJP media head Jindal after their alleged derogatory remarks against the Prophet led to an outrage in India and Gulf countries.
The Indian Railways’ Southern Railway zone began the maiden service of privately-run ‘Bharat Gaurav Trains’ from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu to Shirdi in Maharashtra.“The Bharat Gaurav Train from Coimbatore North to Sainagar Shirdi will commence at 18:00 hours on 14th June 2022 (Tuesday) and reach Sainagar Shirdi at 07:25 hours on 16th June 2022 (Thursday) with stoppages at Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Yelahanka, Dharmavaram, Mantralayam Road and Wadi,” ministry of railways said in a statement on Tuesday.Around 1100 passengers boarded the maiden round trip service from Coimbatore to Shirdi on Tuesday, the ministry said.The private service is offered by the Registered Service provider for an itinerary consisting of five days and it involves a full round trip from Coimbatore to Shirdi and back.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨South Star Rail is the registered service provider that operates the train and the Coimbatore-based company is registered company and it is part of the conglomerate group, Future Gaming & Hotel Services Pvt. Limited.The service provider has paid Rs 1 crore as security deposit to Southern Railway for the rake with a composition of 20 coaches.“Besides, the company has paid Rs.27.79 lakh for annual right to Use charges and Quarterly fixed haulage charges of Rs.76.77 lakh. In addition, Variable haulage charges of Rs. 38.22 lakhs also has been collected towards the current round trip. All these charges are excluding GST,” the ministry said.Additionally, Southern Railways would earn a total fixed revenue of Rs. 3.34 crore per annum, i.e., an annual Right to use charges of Rs. 27.79 lakhs (exl GST) and Rs. 3.07 crore towards Fixed haulage charges p.a. In addition variable haulage charge of Rs. 38.22 lakhs (excl GST) for the give day trip from Coimbatore to Sainagar, Shirdi and back. Similar variable charges will be collected for every trip depending upon the itinerary, it added.The trains under the scheme have one first AC coach, three 2 Tier AC coaches and eight 3-tier coaches along with five sleeper class coaches.“The registered service provider has refurbished the interiors of the coaches and all the coaches will be manned with round the clock cleaning staff and whole team of service professionals to offer passengers a wholesome experience. Public address system has been provided in all coaches for regular communication, playing of devotional songs and mantras. In addition to option of offering the option of exclusive transportation services, the registered service provider also offers a package fare which includes transportation from Coimbatore to Shirdi and back, VIP darshan, bus arrangement, air-conditioned accommodation, facilitation by tour guide, etc,” the ministry added.There will also be a doctor on board to attend any emergency along with rrivate securities engaged along with the Railway Police Force.Indian Railways had launched the operation of theme-based Bharat Gaurav train in the month of November 2021 in a bid to connect historical places.
Indian Railways has launched the first train under its ‘Bharat Gaurav’ scheme. The maiden journey started Tuesday when it was flagged off from Coimbatore North railway station in Tamil Nadu for a journey to Sainagar Shirdi in Maharashtra.Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special priceMinister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw shared a video of the train departing from Coimbatore, bedecked with flowers, writing: Opportunities for entrepreneurs to explore theme-based tourism: First ‘Bharat Gaurav’ departs from Coimbatore to Shirdi.”Opportunities for entrepreneurs to explore theme-based tourism:First ‘Bharat Gaurav’ departs from Coimbatore to Shirdi. pic.twitter.com/YeRwRoPV8T— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) June 14, 2022What is the Bharat Gaurav scheme?According to bharatgauravtrains.indianrailways.gov.in, the Bharat Gaurav trains are service provider-managed, theme-based tourist circuit trains that will “showcase India’s rich cultural heritage and magnificent historical, natural scenic places to the people of India and the world”.There will be a comprehensive package with facilities of rail transportation, accommodation, meals, local sightseeing, etc. In addition to that, these trains originate from a particular station and run in a route having multiple tourist destinations and terminate at the same originating station. It is up to the service provider to ensure tourists cover all the destinations of the particular circuit during their tour and board/deboard only at their designated boarding/deboarding stations.The Ministry of Railways also tweeted, stating that these trains promote India’s rich cultural heritage, and that the Southern Railway becomes the “first zone to get its first registered service provider under the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Scheme”, and “commence operations of the maiden service from Coimbatore North to Sainagar Shirdi”.Promoting India’s rich cultural heritage!Southern Railway becomes the first zone to get its first Registered service provider under the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Scheme & commence operations of the maiden service from Coimbatore North to Sainagar Shirdi, today. pic.twitter.com/7cPSj9iP8i— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) June 14, 2022According to a press release by the Indian Railways, this particular train — which will be operated by private operator South Star Rail — will depart from Coimbatore North every Tuesday at 6 pm and reach Shirdi at 7.25 am on Thursdays. For its return journey, it will leave Shirdi at 7.25 am every Friday and reach Coimbatore North at 12 pm on Saturdays.On its onward journey, the train will stop at Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Yelahanka, Dharmavaram, Mantralayam Road and Wadi. Interestingly, since the stoppage at Mantralayam Road is five-hour long, tourists will be able to visit the Mantralayam Temple, which is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.For its return journey, the train will stop only at Wadi, Wadi, Dharmavaram, Yelahanka, Salem, Erode and Tiruppur.Another tourist circuit train under the Bharat Gaurav scheme will take passengers across pilgrimage sites dedicated to Lord Ram across the country in a Ramayana circuit identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme. The train will stop at the Ram Janaki temple in Janakpur, Nepal as well.📣 For more lifestyle news, follow us on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook and don’t miss out on the latest updates!
India’s first private train, aimed at promoting domestic tourism, under the Bharat Gaurav scheme has been flagged off from Coimbatore. The train will make stops at Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Yelahanka, Dharmavaram, Mantralayam Road, and Wadi before ending its journey in the holy town of Shirdi in Maharashtra.B Guganesan, the Chief Public Relations Officer of Southern Railway, told ANI, “Railway has leased this train to a service provider for a period of 2 years. The service provider has refurbished the coach seats. At least three trips will be done per month. It has a total of 20 coaches including 1st, 2nd & 3rd class AC coaches and sleeper coaches.”On Tuesday, as the first batch of passengers boarded the train, they were welcomed with a presentation of India’s traditional dances at the railway station.The photographs and videos of the train’s inaugural run are going viral on social media.Promoting India’s rich cultural heritage!Southern Railway becomes the first zone to get its first Registered service provider under the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Scheme & commence operations of the maiden service from Coimbatore North to Sainagar Shirdi, today. pic.twitter.com/7cPSj9iP8i— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) June 14, 2022First ever Bharat Gaurav Train has been flagged off on Coimbatore North to Sainagar Shirdi route today at 6:00 PM! The train will cover several historical destinations on the route while giving the passengers an insight into the cultural heritage of the country. pic.twitter.com/IR55aYzyN0— Ministry of Tourism (@tourismgoi) June 14, 2022Final touches – Coimbatore – Shirdi by a private operator under the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ scheme of Indian Railways will be leaving from Coimbatore by 6.00 pm. pic.twitter.com/v0JDXPZjIf— Kishore Chandran🇮🇳 (@Kishore36451190) June 14, 2022While tweeting a video of the newly refurbished train, the Ministry of Tourism wrote, “First ever Bharat Gaurav Train has been flagged off on Coimbatore North to Sainagar Shirdi route today at 6:00 PM! The train will cover several historical destinations on the route while giving the passengers an insight into the cultural heritage of the country.”While several people expressed their excitement over the newly-launched train, many people criticised the government’s move to collaborate with a private company for this endeavour.Looks like for old couches and engine… They painted up and hooked to the track.. Privatisation for this type of legendary networks will always effects on middle class category.— Satya Swaroop (@Swaroop_Battula) June 15, 2022Selling to private is “Gaurav” ha ha… pic.twitter.com/0J5iqP7rH8— EK (@kathirela79) June 15, 2022‘Bharat Gaurav’ seems like the ‘Sundara Travels’ of Railways.On a serious note, if Railways is giving the track, station infra, and the train – and possibly booking.. what is the private operator bringing to demand the mark up? https://t.co/9nWI1MFvMe— Sanjeev 🎙️✍️ #MaskUp 😷 (@worldofsanjeev) June 14, 2022@RailMinIndia The Bharat Gaurav train from Coimbatore to Shirdi has been leased to a private company for commercial purposes only and not for service purposes. It is an act of encouraging the private sector and destroying the public sector. I strongly condemn this.@PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/NXH0iU43Tg— K.V.Haadhithaa (@aihectu) June 14, 2022
NAGPUR: Some low-intensity hand bombs, which were sent in a parcel through speed post from Nashik, went off with a bang, triggering panic at the General Post Office (GPO) premises at Civil Lines on Tuesday. The parcel, booked by a senior inspector, was supposed to be delivered at a political leader’s residence at Dewli in Wardha. The cops said the parcel had the name of one Dilip Thakur, police inspector at Bhadrakali police station, as the sender. The parcel was addressed to Rajesh Bakane, state secretary of BJP. As per preliminary information, Thakur had sent the hand bombs to Bakane, who wanted them to tackle monkey menace at his residence. Sources said Thakur had earlier served in Nagpur rural too, including at Kelvad police station. Sources at the GPO said the parcel had 12 boxes of hand bombs in it. The parcel had reached Nagpur by train before reaching GPO. “Two parcels had come from Nashik. The one which was being sorted for Wardha had exploded,” said a post office source. “There was a blast like noise followed by smoke emanating from the parcel, which also got burnt to some extent,” he said. “We were rushing to pour water but waited for the cops to come,” a post office official said. The post office personnel alerted Sitabuldi police station. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), special branch and other units rushed to GPO after being alerted about the blast. Senior inspector of Sitabuldi police station Atul Sabnis said the incident would be mentioned in the station house diar, but an offence would be registered only after the postal department lodges a complaint. “We have already contacted the sender and receiver for their explanations. The matter is now under investigation,” said Sabnis.
ETAPALLI: Caught between a rock and a hard place, Etapalli residents’ hope to see their backward tehsil transform into a progressive one with the starting of iron ore mining at Surjagarh have dashed. The locals are still not clear whether the mining project would augur well for their future or its benefit would remain confined to some privileged groups. The recent four murders of civilians in the tehsil, including one on a day when guardian minister Eknath Shinde visited the project, have rekindled anxiety among the masses. Talking in favour of the project may attract the wrath of the Maoists while opining against it openly can bring them under scrutiny of the police, who may dub them as rebel supporters, fear the residents. Many also feel the miffed Maoists, who could not stall the project from being made operational due to heavy security pressure, are now targeting the tribals to make their presence felt. The initial euphoria after getting a newly constructed road between Alapalli and Etapalli was shortlived and the tarry road surface is now rendered red with the dust of the iron ore. Also, the announcement to build a multispecialty hospital in the vicinity has remained only on paper. The company, which has engaged nearly 2,000 villagers at the mining site, had constructed an oxygen plant at Etapalli at a cost of Rs2 crore. However, with the Covid almost gone, it has become a redundant structure now. On the contrary, fleets of trucks moving through Etapalli town blowing dust in the air have become a relentless sight for the locals. “Most local politicians have procured fleets of load carrier vehicles in the name of their kin and given it to the mining company for ferrying the ore,” said a resident on the condition of anonymity. “The influential ones ensured the company gave them benefits through some or the other contracts like transport, labour or other services,” he said. “The tribals and villagers got work as labourers. Around 2,000 villagers get a salary of around Rs15,000 per month but their life may be at risk from the Maoists, who still continue to oppose the project,” said the local source. While district collector Sanjay Meena said development would come undoubtedly in a significant manner but over a period, activist Ramdas Jarate said politicians are pushing around for the project as “agents” for their own vested interests. Meena said the priority now is to start the plant at Sonseri, which would not only generate revenue but also generate substantial employment. “The revenue can be re-invested for further expansions,” he said. Jarate said their opposition to the mine would continue. “We are now contemplating a litigation against the mining,” he said. “The company should declare how many have been employed on a temporary basis and how many are permanent,” he said. According to a company representative, the management has approached an ITI institute to open a branch at Etapalli to train local youngsters in mining work so as to open an employment opportunity for them. “The company has even spent some of its budget, but the ITI plan did not work,” said the insider source.
Mumbai: The daily commuters of Mumbai local train are likely to face a difficult time on Sunday as Indian Railways’ Central Railway and Western Railway zone will be operating a mega block and jumbo block on its suburban sections in Mumbai for carrying out various engineering and maintenance works today. The Mega Block will be there on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Vidyavihar Up and Dn slow lines from 10.55 am to 03.55 pm.Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest News: Govt's Decision to Allow Only Fully Vaccinated People in Local Trains Challenged in Bombay HCRoutes to be affected due to jumbo block by the Western Railway: Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown: Demand to Resume Local Train Services For General Public Grows | 5 Latest Updates Every Mumbaikar Must KnowThe jumbo block by Western Railways will be for three and half hours and will be taken on UP and DOWN fast lines between Vasai Road and Bhayandar stations from 00:30 hrs to 04:00 hrs on Sunday, 12 June, 2022. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: BEST Buses Diverted, Several Local Trains Suspended As Downpour Lash City | Full ListAs per a release issued by the Western Railway, during the block period, some of the UP and Down suburban trains will remain cancelled. Detailed information to this effect is available with concerned Station Master’s office.
Mumbai: A 35-year-old man was apprehended for allegedly trying to forcefully kiss a 19-year-old female at a suburban railway station in Mumbai, according to police officials on Friday. The incident took place at Western Railway’s Khar station around 12:50 pm when the girl was waiting for a train to travel to Bandra on Thursday.Also Read - IMD Declares Arrival Of Monsoon In Mumbai, Predicts Rain With Thunderstorm In City TodayThe accused, identified as Alok Kanojia, was caught on platform no 4 by the police patrolling on the station. As per officials, he came from behind, touched the girl inappropriately and then tried to kiss her after holding her neck. After hearing the girl scream, fellow commuters caught him and informed the police. Also Read - Man Rapes 75-Year-Old Woman In Gujarat's Botad On Pretext Of Helping To Get Widow Pension, ArrestedA case has been registered against Kanojia under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any woman intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty). Also Read - Maharashtra Govt Launches Online System To Ensure Transparency In Transfer of Zilla Parishad School TeachersHailing from Jabalpur, the accused had run from his home two days ago, and lived on the pavement. His family confirmed that he has a habit of running away and they have been on a look out for him since then.This is the second such case in the week where a woman was molested on the Western Railway network. Earlier, on Monday, a 20-year-old woman was assaulted by a 35-year-old rag picker from Goregaon who boarded the ladies’ coach, molested the student and snatched her bag and mobile. He was arrested at Churchgate station.
MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Thursday had held that compensation received by a woman whose plot in Thane was acquired by National High-Speed Rail Corporation for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project through private negotiations and sale deed is exempted from income tax. “The corporation already deducted the TDS— in 2019 —which it ought not to have deducted," said the HC bench of Justices S V Gangapurwala and MG Sewlikar. The HC directed the rail corporation to issue a correction and declare that it has wrongly deducted the tax and Income Tax department shall then process the correction statement for refund of the tax amount. Thane resident Seema Patil had assailed the corporation’s action in deducting income tax at source from the compensation paid for the land acquisition in Bhiwandi, Thane. Her counsel said in a such compulsory acquisition for public project the amount received was not taxable as the 2013 Right to Fair compensation Act carved an exemption. But the rail corporation said it was taxable as it was a private transaction and thus not a compulsory acquisition under the act. The HC judgment said, “ It appears that the public notice was issued for acquisition of land through direct purchase and private negotiations by the office of the sub divisional officer, Bhiwandi Division, Bhiwandi for implementing the project —Mumbai-Ahmedabad Hi-Speed Rail Project.” The notice said the compensation will be fxed by giving 25% enhanced amount of the total compensation under the Act. “Undisputedly, the land was acquired for a public project. Policy decision has been taken by the State Government under its Government Resolution dated 12th May 2015 for acquiring the property by private negotiations and purchases for implementation of public project. Methodology is also provided. The computation of compensation has to be under the provisions of the Act, 2013 to expedite the acquisition for the implementation of the project. If the parties would not agree with the negotiations and direct purchase, then the compulsory acquisition under the provisions of the Act, 2013 has to be resorted to,” said the HC. The Act also recognizes the acquisition through an agreement said the HC. Section 96 of the Act, 2013 unequivocally provides that no income tax or duty shall be levied on any award or agreement made under the Act except under Section 46,which applies only to the “specified persons”—any person other than the Government or Government Company, Association of persons or Trust or Society as registered under the Societies Registration Act, wholly or partially aided by the appropriate Government or controlled by the Appropriate Government. The HC noted that the rail corporation is not a specifed person hence no income tax can be levied in the present matter.
MUMBAI: Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw inspected Unesco inscribed CSMT station, where he also interacted with the passengers and staff, on Thursday afternoon. Vaishnaw inspected the CSMT building portico, grand staircase, central dome and the Star Chamber where he explained the conservation and renovation of CSMT heritage building. He interacted with the passengers at the booking window (star chamber), suburban concourse, suburban platform and with commuters in train. He interacted with the lady passenger and enquired about the security of women traveler to which she replied in affirmative and said that she is very satisfied with the security and cleanliness. He also visited the suburban lobby where the train crew asked him to reduce distance between Auxiliary Warning System (AWS) and Signal to reduce cases of train crossing the red signal. AWS brings the train to halt automatically if it jumps the red signal. Vaishnaw assured them that he will get their suggestions examined.
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.”
MUMBAI: Central Railway (CR) has ferried 78,577 in this financial year compared to 5739 passengers in the same period in previous financial year in the toy train which operates between Aman lodge and Matheran. CR spokesperson said, “This has resulted in fetching a revenue of Rs 54.59 lakh during the period from April –May 2022. This includes passenger revenue of Rs.53.8 lakh and parcel revenue of Rs 74,117.” Comparatively, in the same period last year, CR earned a revenue of Rs 2.94 lakh which includes Rs 2.70 lakhs from passengers and Rs 2447 from parcel during the period April -May 2021.
A 20-year-old woman was stalked, beaten, molested and robbed by a ragpicker in the ladies compartment of a Mumbai local train while it was moving between Marine Lines and Churchgate railway station in Maharashtra Monday.The molester identified as Pappu Gupta alias Yadav, 35, was handed over to the police by commuters.According to the police, the ragpicker manhandled the woman when she refused to give him her purse and mobile as the train was approaching its final destination at Churchgate. He pulled her hair and bit her on the nose and upper lip.The incident took place around 5.30 pm when the victim boarded the second class ladies compartment of a slow local train from Prabhadevi (earlier known as Elphinstone station) station to go to Churchgate railway station, police said.She was unaware that Gupta was sitting in the same compartment. The ragpicker had boarded the train at Goregaon station and got into the ladies compartment at Santacruz and managed to travel for around 30 minutes all the way till Marine Lines without being caught by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) or Government Railway Police (GRP).As the train reached Charni road with one more station left for Churchgate, there were only two women, including the victim, in the compartment. The other woman was travelling with her children, said a Churchgate GRP officer.Taking advantage of the situation, Gupta went and sat close to the victim after the train passed Charni road. As the woman felt uncomfortable, she got up and stood near the door. Gupta tried to strike a conversation with her and waited for the train to pass Marine Lines. Soon after the train passed the second last station, Gupta suddenly went up to the victim and started to snatch her purse and phone, police said.When she blocked his attempts, the ragpicker pulled her hair and bit her on the nose and upper lip. The woman then banged his head on the iron rod at the door. Seeing them fight, the other woman in the compartment pulled the chain to stop the train.Gupta managed to overpower her, snatched her purse and mobile and jumped on the railway tracks. Hearing the woman’s cry for help, other commuters jumped on the tracks and nabbed Gupta and handed him over to police.“Gupta is a homeless man who stays on the road in Goregaon. He is a ragpicker, and people known to him said he is a short-tempered man who gets angry if someone comments on his attire,” said the officer.“Gupta has been booked for molestation, assault and robbery. We got his custody from a magistrate court on Tuesday and will be produced before a court again on Wednesday,” said Vijay Tayade, senior inspector of Churchgate GRP.The police said they are checking if Gupta has criminal antecedents.
As 14-year-old Unnati Hooda completed her comeback 9-21, 23-21, 21-12 win against former world junior number one and current world junior number four Tasnim Mir of Gujarat to win the girls’ singles badminton title in the Fourth Khelo India Youth Games at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, the teenager rushed to her father Upakar Hooda and younger brother Jaivardhan Hooda apart from coach Parvesh Kumar. Unnati, who had become India’s youngest player to win a BWF Super 100 title, was trailing 9-21, 10-18 once in the final match against Mir before she completed the win.“Even though I was trailing 10-18 in the second game with Tasnim needing only three more points to win the title, I was thinking only to fight hard. To win the title after such a final against a player like Tasnim feels special. My father always sits in the coaches’ corner as he travels with me and he too was telling me not to give up. It’s my first Khelo India gold and to win in my home state has made the moment a special one,” shared Unnati while speakingwith The Indian Express.Eldest daughter of educationist parents Upakar and Kavita Hooda from Chamaria village near Rohtak, Unnati was enrolled at the badminton academy under coach Parvesh Kumar at Sir Chotu Ram Stadium in Rohtak at the age of seven years.In 2018, the youngster won the bronze medal in the U-13 category in the U-13 Junior National Badminton Championship at Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh before she won U-13 title in two All India Ranking Tournaments in 2019. Unnati Hooda with her family after winning gold in girl Badminton during Khelo India Youth Games at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula. (Express Photo by Jaipal yadav)Apart from winning medals in the U-13 and U-15 doubles category in national ranking tournaments, Hooda would also win the U-15 national title in 2019. “Most members of our family are educationists. Hence, we wanted Unnati to try something new. As her interest grew and she played in more tournaments, I quit my job in 2017 to travel with her for her tournaments. To cheer her whether she wins or loses has been our biggest reward,” said Upakar Hooda.While the youngster reached the final of India International Challenge in Bengaluru last year, she won the title in BWF Odisha Open, a Super 100 event, with a win over Smit Toshniwal in the final to become the youngest Indian woman to win a BWF Super 100 event. “When Unnati came to train under me, she was less than three feet in height. But she displayed good reach in reaching to the shuttles and her main strength was her focus level. We had to work on her service, smash, net dribbles and toss and drop shots over the years and she is always eager to learn and train more. On a normal training day, we make her practice about 1,600 drop shots. The Odisha Open title win will only motivate her more,” said Parvesh Kumar.The youngster was part of the Indian badminton team in Uber Cup in Thailand last month and also saw the Indian men’s team winning the historic team title in the Thomas Cup. “Being part of the Indian Uber Cup team was a special meeting for me. To see players like double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu inspired me a lot. The way HS Prannoy sir won the fifth match in most of the ties inspired me to never give up. To meet PM Narendra Modi last month too was a memorable moment for me. I will be playing in Bonn International in Germany next week and my next target is to win an International title,” said Unnati, who is ranked 243 in BWF world senior women’s rankings.
MUMBAI: Over 20,000 HSC students from government schools, who have maths as a subject, will soon get a chance to train and work in IT companies and earn a stipend and salary. The state on Monday launched the Maharashtra Young Leaders’ Aspiration Development Programme under which it will collaborate with industry giants to impart professional skills to students. As a first step, it has tied up with HCL Technologies for an early career programme for over 20,000 students of batches of 2021 and 2022. Students who score over 60% will get to train in the company and the deserving ones will also get hired at annual salaries of up to Rs 2.20 lakh. The state has also launched Swajivi Maharashtra, a tie-up with EnPower, for an entrepreneurship and life skills learning model to kickstart a startup ecosystem in government schools for Classes 6-9.
Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the government is confident of running the country’s first bullet train project by 2026. “The trial run (of the Mumbai–Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor) would be between Surat and Billimora in Navsari district in August 2026,” Vaishnaw said in Surat.The Union minister was on a visit to Surat and Navsari to review the progress of the bullet train project. “I have seen the construction work in progress at Surat and Navsari. I am satisfied with it. The fares of the bullet train will be lesser than airlines. One will get better facilities than airlines. We have not yet decided on the fares. We will work on it once the project gets completed,” he said while interacting with mediapersons.The bullet train will run at an average speed of 300 kilometre per hour (kmph) while its design speed is 320 kmph. “For that more time has been consumed for designing. Every month, 12 kms work is done,” he said. The total length of the project is 508.17 kilometres. There will be 12 stations out of which eight will be in Gujarat and four in Maharashtra. There will be three depots, two in Gujarat (Surat and Sabarmati) and one in Maharashtra (Thane).🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨Vaishnaw said that the bullet train project has generated around 1 lakh employment. “Of the 508-km project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the work is in progress between Vapi and Ahmedabad. Of the 350-km section areas, the work is in progress on 160 kms. The pillars had been erected in a 60-km area. Latest technology is being used in six casting yards. Earlier, the girders were directly imported from China, but now we have started manufacturing girders locally in Surat and Chennai,” the minister said.At the same time, he said the process of land acquisition was happening at a slower pace in Maharashtra. “The local people want bullet trains there, but the Maharashtra government does not wish to go ahead with this project. We will not have any problems, our work will continue. We are hopeful that the people of Maharashtra will accept this project in the coming days. A few days ago, I spoke to a big political leader of Maharashtra and he told me that he wanted such a project in the state,” Vaishnaw said.Meanwhile, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) said over 90 per cent of the total land required for the bullet train project has been acquired. More than 98.8 per cent of the land has been acquired in Gujarat, while 100 per cent is acquired in Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Union Territory) and 71.5 per cent in Maharashtra. Until last month, around 139.6 kilometre of piling work, 72.4-kilometre of foundation work and 61.6 kms of Pier work were completed.Vaishnaw also stated that the Railways will undertake the redevelopment project of the Surat Railway Station, which was initially planned to be done under public-private partnership. “Earlier, we lacked the experience for redeveloping railway stations. We got experience after redeveloping two railway stations—one in Gandhinagar and second in Bhopal. We have issued tenders for the redevelopment of 30 railway stations across the country to make them first-class railway stations,” he said.The total cost for redeveloping the Surat Railway Station is Rs 980 crore. “The tender will be issued in the first or second week of July. The work will be initiated from Diwali month (October). We have done improvement in the structural design part… A two-floor roof plaza will be made and the same concept as railway stations in Beijing and Tokyo will be applied on the two floors. It will be connected with BRTS and Metro Rail. The roads of the nearby areas will be elevated,” he said.
ASHWINI VAISHNAW, Union Railway Minister, inspected the ongoing work on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project in Surat on Monday and said that the cost of the project is expected to escalate in Maharashtra due to the delay in the land acquisition and commencement of the work.The estimated cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is Rs 1.08 lakh crore of which 81 per cent is funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).Vaishnaw also announced that initially, the bullet train service will commence on the 51-km stretch in Gujarat between Surat and Bilimora by 2026 even if the work in Maharashtra is not complete.While the Central government has put the onus on the state government behind the delay in starting work, the project seems to have also been delayed by over four years in Gujarat.The initial deadline for completion of work on the 508-km project was 2022 end. However, the deadline kept extending and now the first phase of the project, a 51-km stretch between Surat and Bilimora in Gujarat is likely to be operational only in 2026 and the remaining part of the project in Gujarat is expected by 2028.The work in Maharashtra, however, depends upon the acquisition of the land. So far, the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) a nodal agency of the Indian Railways, which is executing the project has managed to acquire 71 per cent of the total land requirement for the project. The agency has managed to buy land parcels from private owners but has been unable to acquire land owned by the state government or the forest department. This constitutes the remaining part of the land requirement for the project.Since the work contract cannot be awarded until 90 per cent of the land acquisition is complete, there is a delay in handing over the land in BKC and other parts of Mumbai to start work. Due to the unavailability of the land of BKC, the NHSRCL had recently cancelled the tender for the construction of terminal at BKC after several extensions.“The work in Maharashtra will start once the land is handed over to us, but more than that it’s the intent of the state government for the project. Now, it’s also a time that the people of Maharashtra should speak and think about it the people of the state want the bullet train project and we are now hoping that the state government will also be convinced soon. We are open to discussing with the state on any issue they wish to discuss and sort it out,” Vaishnaw said.When asked if the cost of the project on the Gujarat section will also be escalated as there has been a delay, the railway minister said the costing will be reviewed soon to ascertain the escalation.The project has been opposed by the Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who during his earlier rally in Bandra Kurla Complex had clearly said that the people of Maharashtra do not need the project as the Ahamadabad-Mumbai route is not useful for Maharashtra. He had demanded a bullet service train between Mumbai and Nagpur stretch.Giving details about the project, Vaishnav said that till now, piers have been constructed in more than a 61-km stretch also, and work is being carried out simultaneously on a 160/170-km stretch. Every month, more than 10-12 km of piers are being constructed, including bridges on rivers, he added.
Madurai: Losing her way and wandering after visiting her son in Odisha, a 70-year-old woman who was being taken care of by a social worker in Karnataka ended up staying in the ‘no attenders’ ward of Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) for the past six months. Thanks to the efforts of an activist and social media, Lakshmi is soon to be reunited with either her caretaker or son.“Lakshmi says she hails from Andhra Pradesh and used to work in Maharashtra. Her husband and parents passed away and she had no siblings. She later wandered in tattered clothes to Indi at Bijapur district in Karnataka. A social worker, Jahida Hundekar, took her in and was taking care of her for the past five years before she ended up in Madurai,” said Mayur Hassija, a city-based activist who came forward to help the woman who could converse only in Hindi and Marathi. Laskhmi reached Madurai around six months ago. “She told me that one day she travelled to Odisha to meet her son and when she was returning to Karnataka, she boarded the wrong train and finally ended up in Madurai. She was robbed of all her valuables and pushed down on the railway tracks. However, she escaped and was admitted to GRH with a knee injury leaving her unable to walk,” said Hassija. One of the doctors contacted the activist to help the lost woman reconnect with her family or friends after she spent six months in the hospital. Lakshmi told her about a ‘Maami’ who took care of her at Bijapur. “After a little digging and getting help from some friends, I was able to reach out to Jahida Hundekar, who is fondly called ‘Maami’. Jahida Hundekar is a social activist and has been featured on Kaun Banega Crorepati show,” said Hassija. The activist is now trying to make arrangements to get her on a train back to either Karnataka to her caretaker or to her son in Odisha.
Self-recording rain gauges have been installed at nine stations on the Konkan Railway (KR) which will record the rainfall in the region and alert officials in case of increased rainfall.The 741-kilometre line connects the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka — a region of criss-crossing rivers, plunging valleys and mountains that soar into the clouds.These nine stations are Mangaon, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Vilwade, Kanakavali (in Maharashtra) Madgaon (in Goa) and Karwar, Bhatkal and Udupi (in Karnataka).Flood warning systems for bridges have been provided at three locations viz. Kali river (between Mangaon and Veer), Savitri river (between Veer and Sape Wamne), Vashishti river (between Chiplun and Kamathe) and will alert officials in case water flow reaches above danger Level. Anemometers have been installed at four locations viz. Panval viaduct (between Ratnagiri and Nivasar), Mandovi bridge (between Thivim and Karmali), Zuari bridge (Karmali and Verna) and Sharavathi bridge (between Honnavar and Manki) to monitor the wind velocity.Control rooms at Belapur, Ratnagiri and Madgaon, will work 24 x 7 during the monsoon period for ensuring the safe running of trains.The Monsoon Time Table will come into effect from June 10-October 31, 2022.“About 846 personnel will patrol the route during the monsoon. Identified vulnerable locations will be patrolled round the clock, stationary watchmen will be deployed for 24 hours and speed restrictions will be imposed at these locations. BRN mounted excavators have been kept ready at nominated points for quick movement in case of any emergency,” KR officials said.Instructions have also been issued to loco pilots to run the trains at a reduced speed of 40 kmph in case of heavy rainfall when visibility is limited.Self-propelled ARMVs (Accident Relief Medical Van), with provision of Operation Theater and emergency medical aid are kept ready at Ratnagiri and Verna. The ART (Accident Relief Train) is also kept ready at Verna.Emergency Communication (EMC) sockets have been provided at a distance of average one km along the Konkan Railway route that enables the patrolmen, watchmen, loco pilots, guard and other field maintenance staff to contact the Station Master and control office during any emergency situations. Satellite phone communication has been provided in ARMV (Accident Relief Medical Van) for emergency contact.
MUMBAI: Western Railway (WR) has modified the design of the subway on the Marine Lines of Churchgate station which now allows train to exit the station at 30 kmph instead of 20 kmph. A sunbeam on north end is built that provides access to all the platforms from Church gate’s east side. The boundary of the subways on platforms 1-2 was close to the edge of the platform and hence trains use to leave and enter at a bare minimum speed. This was done to avoid passengers standing on the footboard of the trains from getting hit with the walls of subway. WR’s chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said, “We have demolished the roof and walls of the subway on platform number 1 and 2 as it use to infringed in the Schedule of Dimension (SOD), thus forcing trains to exit at from platform at 20 km.” SOD indicates an obstruction free zone within which railway coach, wagon or engines move during travel. Thakur said, “The demolition of walls has opened more space on the platform. Instead of walls, we have provided railings a protection boundary. The opening of space has allowed us to relax the permanent speed restriction and trains can now leave the platforms at 30 kmph.” WR has also removed PSR on a stretch between Andheri and Goregaon on Harbour line. Thakur said, “The removal of speed restrictions helps in maintaining punctuality.” WR was able to remove PRS at several locations during the lockdown because of availability to slots due to curtailed numbers of services. At Marine lines there was a PSR of 20 kmph, which removes this help save WR 2 minutes per train. At Mahim on Harbour line, the PSR has been relaxed to 50 kmph as against 35 kmph earlier, thus allowing savings of 2 minutes per train. At Dadar, there is now faster arrival of trains on Platform No. 6 because speed limit at crossover, where trains interchange track, has been increased to 30 kmph from earlier 15 kmph. At Bhayander crossover too the speed limit has been set at 30 kmph from 15 kmph. At Santacruz, the crossover was spread across three lines which has been redesigned to limit it upto 2 lines, thus allowing speed to be limited at 30 kmph as against 15 kmph earlier.
A pod hotel is being developed at the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai, which is likely to be opened for public later this month, officials of the Central Railway (CR) said.This pod hotel, also known as a capsule hotel, will be the second such facility of the Indian Railways in the metropolis.Earlier, on November 17, 2021, a pod hotel was opened for passengers at the Mumbai Central railway station of the Western Railway (WR).The pod hotel is under development near the waiting room on the main line (outstation train terminus) of the CSMT and will have a capacity of 50 persons, the officials said on Wednesday.This hotel will have four family pods with a capacity of two people and will also have 30 single pods. Besides separate washrooms and shower rooms for men and women, the facility will have a luggage room for the passengers, they added.Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer of the CR said the contract for development and operation of the sleeping pods has been awarded to Namah Enterprises, which will give licence fees of Rs 10, 07,786 per annum to the railways. "Railways will earn a revenue of Rs 55.68 lakh," Sutar said, adding that through this contract, the licensee will develop pods for incoming and outgoing passengers at the CSMT on 131.61 square metres with all modern facilities to have a comfortable stay.The pod hotel is in the advanced stage of development and it is likely to be thrown open for passengers later this month, he said.The first pod hotel of the Indian Railways was introduced at the Mumbai Central railway station by Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Danve in November last year. It has 48 capsule-like rooms rooms, including classic pods, private pods, separate pods for women and for the differently abled passengers. CSMT is one of the busiest railway stations in the country, which is used by lakhs of passengers using suburban as well as outstation train services on a daily basis.
Deccan Queen was the first deluxe train introduced on the railway.Mumbai (Maharashtra): India's first deluxe train, the Deccan Queen Express which connects two major cities of Maharashtra, Pune and Mumbai, on Wednesday completed 92 years of service."This train is the only one of its kind on Indian Railways to have a restaurant car, will now run with LHB coaches from June 22," Central Railway's general manager Anil Kumar Lahoti told media persons.The introduction of the 'Deccan Queen' between the two premier cities of Maharashtra Pune and Mumbai on June 1, 1930, was a major landmark in the history of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the forerunner of the Central Railway.This was the first deluxe train introduced on the railway to serve two important cities of the region and was aptly named after Pune, which is also known as the ''Queen of Deccan'' (Dakkhan ki Rani).Initially, the train was introduced with two rakes of seven coaches each one of which was painted in silver with scarlet mouldings and the other with royal blue with gold lines. The underframes of the coaches of the original rakes were built in England while the coach bodies were built in the Matunga Workshop of the GIP Railway.The Deccan Queen, initially, had only first class and second class accommodation. The first class was abolished on January 1, 1949, and the second class was redesigned as the first class, which continued up to June 1955 when the third class was introduced on this train for the first time. This was later re-designated as a second class from April 1974 onwards.The coaches of the original rakes were replaced in 1966 by anti-telescopic steel bodied integral coaches built by Integral Coach Factory, Perambur. These coaches incorporated the improved design of bogies for better riding comfort and also improvements in the interior furnishings and fittings.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comFrom its inception, apart from providing high standards of comfort to the passengers, the train had witnessed various improvements such as the introduction, for the first time in India, of coaches with roller bearings, the replacement of end on generation coaches with self-generating coaches with 110 volts system and introduction of first and second class chair cars providing increased accommodation to passengers.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)