NAGPUR: Celebrity chef Vishnu Manohar aims to revive the little-known but rich culinary culture of the transgender community through a unique cooking competition for them spread across six cities of Maharashtra starting from June 6 in Pune and concluding in the city on June 15. Manohar, who has also played a transgender character in a film, wants food connoisseurs to explore the hidden skills of the community in dishing out delicacies “which once occupied a place of pride in the vibrant gastronomy culture of the sub-continent”. “The kings preferred to make transgender members in-charge of their kitchen and queen’s security. Transgender people were known for their unique cooking style and skill,” said Manohar. Manohar’s ‘Vishnuji Ki Rasoi’ will be the venue for the grand finale in Nagpur in which two finalists would compete for the title. Citing the epic Mahabharata, Manohar said Arjuna created a special place for the community while living in disguise as Brihannala, a transgender, in the kingdom of Virata for a year teaching arts to its princess. The concept for the cooking competition for transgender community struck Mahohar while he was travelling in Pune. “A transgender person who came up to my car window for alms started appreciating my contributions to the culinary art. The transgender person also said she ardently followed my recipes,” he said. “The incident reminded me of the special place of transgender people in history as royal chefs and also of my experience of working with the community members from Gondia in the catering business. I approached gurus (heads) of different akhadas to send their members for the cooking competition. The response has been overwhelming,” said the top chef who is also well known for his several cookery shows on TV and other events. Manohar said there would be two primary rounds in Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad and Jalgaon where the participants would be asked to bring cooked food from home for us to judge. “All the expenses of to-and-fro journey and accommodation for the finalists for the grand finale will be sponsored,” he said. “Expert cooks will train the finalists in food carving before the finale, which they can use in their presentations to the judges,” said Manohar adding that special children will assist the finalists, which would be one of the unique features of the finale. The master chef said celebrity transgender persons like Kadambari from Pune and Gauri Sawant from Mumbai have been invited for the finale.
Aurangabad: Escalators at Aurangabad railway station have allegedly been operating as per the whims and fancies of the local railway authorities, causing huge inconvenience to the passengers.With vacation season on, passengers, including elderly passengers and pregnant women, are finding themselves at the receiving end due to irregular functioning of the escalators. Narrating her experience, Kamal Ratnaparkhe, a senior citizen, said she had to climb the foot-overbridge to board her train — Nanded-Amritsar Sachkhand Express. “I recently underwent a major knee surgery and doctors have advised me against climbing stairs. I had to take help from my husband and son to somehow climb the stairs as the escalator was not working,” she said. Several passengers said contact numbers mentioned on escalators in case of non-functioning of the facility were unresponsive. “The escalators at Aurangabad railway station have become a show piece. It is ironical that such sorry state of affairs are prevalent at the tourism capital of Maharashtra that witnesses footfall of tourists from different parts of the country and globe,” Naresh Sonkamble, a professional, said. When contacted, Aurangabad railway station manager L K Jakhade said absence of manpower leads to non-supervision on functioning of escalators. “Many times some errant passengers press buttons on the control panels of the escalators making it non-functional,” he said, adding that officials would be asked to ensure smooth functioning of the escalators at the time of arrival and departure of different trains. Railway activist Raj Somani said, “Escalators operate smoothly at many other major stations in the region, except Aurangabad. The local authorities must shed their insensitive approach, failing to which an agitation would be launched.”
PUNE: New cooperative housing societies that do not get their conveyance deed in four months after registration can opt for deemed conveyance. The district deputy registrar can help initiate the process since the authorities already have the required documents of these residential complexes, commissioner for cooperation and registrar of cooperative societies Anil Kawade said on Monday. The move is aimed at helping new housing societies obtain the conveyance deed without further delay, said Kawade, who has issued a directive in this regard. A conveyance deed is the final and legal document that a builder has to give to a housing society while transferring the ownership of the land on which the building stands. “At the time of registration of a cooperative housing society, papers will be submitted in two sets — one for registration of the society and another for deemed conveyance — in the required number of copies depending upon the number of respondents. Four months after the society is formed, its members can apply for deemed conveyance if the developer denies conveyance,” Kawade said. The deemed conveyance will be issued after following due process, he said. 16k societies get land in their name during special driveOf the 1.15 lakh cooperative housing societies across Maharashtra, only 39,644 housing have land conveyed in their name, including 16,102 beneficiaries who were issued the legal document through a special drive for deemed conveyance in the last few months, cooperation department officials said on Monday. The officials, however, said there was still a long way to go as 75,528 societies in the state were yet to acquire the normal or deemed conveyance for want of required documents. As many as 767 applications are in process, another official said, adding that 497 applications for deemed conveyance were received during the 2021-22 financial year. The number stood at 317 during the 2020-21 financial year. “Coordination between the cooperation, revenue and registration departments will definitely help speed up the process,” said Maharashtra State Cooperative Federation vice-chairman Suhas Patwardhan. He has been helping the department train housing society members to carry out deemed conveyance drive in various areas with the department. Issues in procuring Index-II documents of unsold flats, registering the document for deemed conveyance, paying stamp duty and even entries in the property cards are big deterrents, he said. Residents from several housing societies said several localised issues between developers, landowners and even residents were keeping them deprived of the document. “The state government needs to focus on addressing these issues, including Index-II of unsold flats, registe- ring the document for deemed conveyance, paying stamp duty,” said the resident of a housing society seeking deemed conveyance in the city. The residents said it was difficult for members to run to different departments and fill multiple forms for deemed conveyance. “A singlewindow system would be of great help,” the resident of a housing society said. A cooperation department official said the advantage of carrying out conveyance deed helps the housing societies to avail of increased FSI during the time of redevelopment. “If there is no conveyance, increased FSI may get tampered with or altered,” the official said.
The woman was found lying motionless on the floor of the washroom. (Representational)Mumbai: In a suspected case of suicide, the body of a 20-year-old woman with a cloth tied around her neck was found inside the washroom of Swaraj Express train at Dahanu Road railway station in Maharashtra's Palghar district on Sunday afternoon, a police official said.The woman was travelling in the train, which had departed from Bandra train terminus and heading to Jammu Tawi. After the journey began the woman went to the washroom. The official said that passengers later pointed out to the authorities that she did not return to her seat for a long time, following which the door of the washroom was broken open and her body was found inside."Passengers of the S4 coach said the woman went to the washroom and did not return to her seat for a long time. They knocked on the door without any response from inside. Later, the ticket checker and passengers tried to open the door of the washroom, but were unable to do so as it was locked from inside," the official said.After that, the train was given a special halt at the Dahanu Road railway station around 1.10 pm, following which the train staff opened the latch of the toilet door and found the woman lying motionless on the floor with a cloth tied around her neck, he said, adding that it is a suspected case of suicide.On the basis of an Aadhaar card found on her, officials identified her as Aarti Kumari, a resident of Bihar. Her body was sent to the Cottage Hospital in Dahanu.The official also said that her post-mortem report is awaited which will specify the exact reason behind her death, adding that further investigation is underway.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)HelplinesVandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or firstname.lastname@example.orgTISS iCall022-25521111 (Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm)(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist.)
In a shocking incident, the body of a 20-year-old girl from Bihar was found dead in the washroom of a train in Palghar near Mumbai on Sunday. The body was found in the Swaraj Express Train, which runs from Bandra Terminus to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (SVDK) in Jammu and Kashmir.The Western Railway has confirmed the incident. The co-passengers informed the Travelling Ticket Examiner that a girl has gone to the washroom but had not come out for a long time.“The TTE along with passengers tried to open the door of the washroom which was locked from inside. Then train staff opened the latch of the door and found the girl lying on the floor with a cloth wound around her neck. She was not moving or responding,” WR officials said. Her Aadhar card was found which stated her name as Aarti Kumari, aged 20 and a resident of Bihar. The train was given a special halt at Dahanu Road and the body was deboarded. The body was sent to the Cottage Hospital in Dahanu in the Palghar district. The Western Railway and Maharashtra police are trying to ascertain whether the girl was travelling alone or was accompanying others. The police is investigating the case from various angles and have neither ruled out murder nor suicide.
Nashik: A 12-year-old boy, who had left his home in Nanded district of Maharashtra and reached Nashik in an express train, was reunited with his family, police said on Friday.PTI
MUMBAI: The rationalised daily journey ticket fares for the ‘first class’ local and air-conditioned trains, which were reduced by almost 50%, come into effect from Thursday. Railway board has taken this step to draw more commuters to AC trains, which is gradually gaining ridership. However, there will be no changes in season ticket fares which are already subsidised. A senior CR official said, “We have given instructions to display timetable of AC trains at booking counters of all stations so people are aware of the schedule before deciding to book AC train tickets.” The fares for CSMT-Thane and Churchgate-Borivli will be Rs 95 for AC as against the earlier Rs 180 and Rs 85 for first class instead of Rs 150 now. Minimum fare by AC for 5km distance will be Rs 35 instead of Rs and for first class it will be Rs 25 as against Rs 50. CR runs 44 AC services in all, including 25 on the fast corridor and 19 on slow. On Harbour line, 8 services each run on CSMT-Panvel and CSMT-Goregaon routes.The average ridership of CR was 17,000 on Main line and 2,400 on harbour line. WR operates a total of 20 services daily and has ridership of 15,000 daily.
PALGHAR: A woman committed suicide along with her seven-year-old daughter by jumping in front of a moving train in Maharashtra's Palghar district, the railway police said on Wednesday. The incident took place at Safala railway station of the Western Railway around 8 pm on Tuesday, when Turpti Arekar (30) jumped in front of an express train along with her daughter Jigisha, an official said. The Saurashtra Express was heading towards Mumbai and was between Safala and Kelve Road stations at the time of the accident, he said. The railway police rushed to the scene and sent the bodies for post-mortem, he said. A two-wheeler, an Aadhaar card and a mobile phone without a SIM card were found at the site, the official said. The deceased were residents of Akarpatti of Pofran in Palghar, he said, adding that a case of accidental death has been registered in this regard and further probe is underway.
Mumbai: The railway ministry on Sunday rolled out rationalised fare rates for single journey tickets of air-conditoned (AC) local trains and for First Class travel in non-AC local trains. While AC travel between CSMT-Thane and Churchgate-Borivli will cost Rs 95 as against Rs 180 earlier, First Class travel in non-AC trains for the routes will now cost Rs 85 instead of Rs 150.Although the ministry had announced a 50% reduction in fares for AC trains, TOI had, in its Saturday edition, hinted that fares for First Class travel could be slashed too. The new fare structure will come into effect from May 5. The minimum fare for travel by AC train for a 5-km distance will now be Rs 35 instead of Rs 65; for First Class travel in non-AC local, it will be Rs 25 as against Rs 50.There will, however, be no change in fare for season tickets of AC or First Class suburban travel.Chairman and chief executive officer of Railway board V K Tripathi, who reviewed Central and Western Railways fares on Saturday, ruled out any immediate possibility of restoration of concessional fares for senior citizens or cuts in season ticket fares of air-conditioned locals citing Sri Lanka as an example, where populist moves have led to serious economic crisis.“People in Mumbai can easily afford to pay this much... We can take the case of Sri Lanka, where freebies have caused economic crisis,” said Tripathi, adding that two more AC locals will arrive in Mumbai by June 2022.Railway ministry had withdrawn concessional fare to all categories of passengers while running special trains during Covid. Before March 2020, 50% discount was given to women senior citizen passengers and 40% to men senior citizens for travel by railways in all classes. In view of the pandemic and covid protocol, concession to all categories of passengers (except 4 categories of Divyangjan and 11 categories of patients and students) had been withdrawn. Asked about state government dues to Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), Tripathi said, “We are in talks with the state government and the issue will be resolved soon.”On the progress of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, he said, “Things are moving ahead as 60% of land acquisition has been completed in Maharashtra and 99% in Gujarat.”
MUMBAI: The state government's freeze on its share of funds towards the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) has started to have an adverse impact as the tendering process has been put on hold for various projects being executed by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation, MRVC officials said. The tendering process for a communications-based train control system, procurement of 191 AC rakes and an improvement plan for 19 stations is on hold, they said. MRVC, formed to expand the city's suburban network capacity, is a 50:50 joint venture between the Maharashtra government and the ministry of railways. The cost of the projects is to be borne equally by both. Funds for the projects executed by MRVC are released by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco). The state government has not released its share of funds since 2020 and owes MRVC close to Rs 1,000 crore, said officials. The shortfall was bridged by the railway ministry, which is now not keen on releasing funds in excess of its committed share, they added. MRVC has put on hold payment worth Rs 550 crore to various vendors and contractors, said officials. An official said, "MRVC has now decided to pause the process of appointment of contractors for redevelopment of 19 railway stations. The work is necessary to provide better access and amenities to commuters." Also, several other tenders which were to be floated are now on hold. The official said, "MRVC was going to try out the communication-based train control system that will improve the headway between two trains in the same path, allowing authorities to run more trains. The tenders were to be floated but this too is delayed." Another crucial tender which is getting delayed is the procurement of 191 air-conditioned rakes. The railway ministry had approved fully AC trains after deliberating for months on partial AC trains. The official said, "We will have to go for global bids. Specifications for the kind of rakes needed for Mumbai have been finalised. The tender was about to be floated but due to uncertainty around funds, the tendering process on this project cannot move forward." MRVC is also carrying out augmentation of railway lines in the Virar-Dahanu belt. The official said, "The contracts for civil works have been allotted but now was the time to float tenders for over head electric (OHE) lines and laying of tracks. This too is now stuck." Another official said, "MRVC officials will not take the risk of awarding the contract when the flow of funds has stopped. The tenders take 3 months to finalise." MRVC officials have had multiple meetings with state officials who they said have assured the release of funds.
MUMBAI: Union minister Raosaheb Danve on Friday announced that the fare for air-conditioned local trains in Mumbai will be reduced by 50 per cent. The minister of state for railways made the announcement at the inauguration of the restored heritage building of Byculla railway station in the presence of Maharashtra leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis. The existing minimum fare of Rs 65 for a distance of 5 km will be reduced to Rs 30, Danve said. The minister cited that it was a long-pending demand of the public to reduce the fares of air-conditioned local trains in Mumbai and they had received suggestions to reduce the existing fare by at least 20-30 per cent. Danve, however, did not specify from when the revision in fares will come into force. Around 80 air-condition local train services are operated on both the Central and Western Railway on a daily basis.
Union Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Danve-Patil announced a 50 per cent reduction in the commuter ticket rates for suburban air-conditioned trains services here on Friday.He made the announcement during a function at the Central Railway's Byculla Station.The move to slash the ticket rates is expected to make air-conditioned local train travel more popular among commuters in Mumbai, ahead of the upcoming BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation elections.During a recent survey, the railways said that 98 per cent of the commuters found the AC train tickets rates too steep and 95 per cent wanted more AC trains to be run on the suburban sections.BJP's Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis welcomed the decision and said it would benefit Mumbai's 85 lakh daily commuters -- who use local trains to commute long distances between Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad.Watch latest videos by DH here:
NEW DELHI: Indian Railways has invited bids for procuring 200 generation next Vande Bharat trains, which will have sleeper coaches and can be used for long distance overnight journeys. The national transporter has estimated the cost of these fully-AC trains at around Rs 26,000 crore and plans to induct them in its bid to provide semi-high speed train connectivity. The government in the last Budget had announced the introduction of 400 Vande Bharat trains with advanced features and amenities for passenger comfort. The version-3 of these will have AC-1, AC-2 and AC-3 classes. These trains will be designed for a maximum speed of 160 kmph and testing speed of 180 kmph. These shall be designed for a life of 35 years. This will bring a paradigm shift considering that these trains have potential for use on capital connectivity routes, on the lines of Rajdhani trains. Even before the next lot of Vande Bharat trains hit the tracks, there has been huge demand from different states to deploy these trains as these have a swanky look and can touch high speed within minutes. The current version of the indigenously developed trainset has only chair cars. Presently, the railways is operating only two such trains and more are being manufactured. The national transporter has awarded contracts for manufacturing of 102 trains and is hopeful of their launch in the next few months in a phased manner. Introducing good quality trains and augmenting the capacity of tracks to run them at an average higher speed are the government’s main focus areas to reduce travel time on high demand routes. “The Vande Bharat trains with advanced features can meet the requirement of people and this will be more affordable as compared to bullet trains which require huge investment. There is a focus to run more semi-high speed trains on our network,” said a railway ministry official. Apart from the production facilities at Kapurthala, Chennai and Rae Bareli, the recently built facility at Latur in Maharashtra will also be utilised for manufacturing these trains. The successful bidders for these trains with 3,200 coaches would be allowed to choose between aluminium and steel carriages.
AURANGABAD: Some miscreants hurled stones at Secunderabad-Mumbai Devagiri Express train after it was held up due to signal failure near a railway station in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district in the wee hours of Friday, police said. After the train came under attack, a woman passenger tried to close a window of her bogie, but in the process, her gold chain was snatched by someone standing outside, they said. The incident occurred near Potul station located between Aurangabad and Daulatabad stations, the police said, adding that they later found that the wire of the railway signal was cut, due to which the train could not get green signal and was held up. "The Secunderabad-Mumbai Devagiri Express (17058) was detained for about 35 minutes after it failed to get green signal from 12 am to 12.30 am. Soon, stones were pelted at the train from outside. A gold chain of a woman passenger from S-4 coach was snatched by an unidentified person from outside, when she tried to close the window due to stone-pelting," said Mokshada Patil, Superintendent of Police of the Government Railway Police (GRP). This woman was travelling to Dadar after boarding the train at Nizamabad in neighbouring Telangana state, she said. An offence was registered at Manmad railway police station in Nashik district and the case was transferred to Aurangabad Railway police, the official added. "At Manmad railway station, the GRP asked the passengers to report whether they have suffered any damage or losses during the incident. Accordingly, one woman complained about her gold chain being snatched," Patil said. During the probe conducted so far, it was found that the wire of the railway signal was cut, she said. Police have launched a search in the nearby villages, including Vaghalgao, Khadak Narala, Shinde Shirasgaon, to nab the accused involved in the incident however, nobody has been caught so far.
The suburban train services on the fast corridor in Mumbai, which were affected after the Puducherry Express derailed near Matunga station in the city, will be fully restored by Saturday noon, a Central Railway spokesperson said.Three coaches of the Dadar-Puducherry Express (Train no 11005) derailed near Matunga station on Friday night after the engine of the CSMT-Gadag Express, going in the same direction, dashed it sideways. Following the incident, several long distance express trains were cancelled or short-terminated, and the local train traffic was also affected due to it.Talking to reporters, Shivaji Sutar, chief spokesperson of Central Railway, said that the up fast line (CSMT-bound) was already restored by 8.30 am on Saturday, while the traffic on the slow line, which was suspended for a brief period due to safety reason, was restored some time after the accident. The zonal railway through its Twitter handle also said that it first restored the traffic on the up fast line (towards Dadar) on Saturday at 8.30 am and Latur-Mumbai Express was the first train to use the restored up fast line.Sutar said that two of the three coaches of the derailed Puducherry Express have been re-railed and removed from the tracks and efforts are on to re-rail the third one. After the incident, the traffic on the up and down slow line, which was suspended for some time for safety reasons, had been restored last night. Though the trains on the main line are running, the trains on the slow corridor are affected.Suburban train commuters faced inconvenience as the train movement on the main line of the Central Railway got disrupted due to it. "Please tell the people that slow up track is dead totally, My local is at stuck between Ghatkopar and Vidyavihar since last 1 hour," passenger Rohit Harip tweeted.Mumbai's suburban train network is one of the busiest in the world. About 3,000 local trains, including over 1,700 on the Central Railway, are operated on a daily basis, in addition to the outstation trains and goods trains. Before the pandemic, daily over 75 lakh commuters used to travel on the suburban trains.Watch latest videos by DH here:
Ranchi: The education department would hold meetings with the teachers, school management committees, and parents to frame policies for upgrading learning methods, said Jharkhand Project Education Council (JPEC) director Kiran Pasi.Addressing the concluding event of the two-day national-level conclave, titled ‘Approaches for Safe School Return and Learning Recovery of Children Post Covid-19’, on Wednesday, the director said experts from Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Assam, Punjab, Telangana, and Maharashtra expressed their views on the subject through the physical and digital modes.“We would engage in continuous dialogues with teachers and parents to formulate plans to address the loss of learning among children during the pandemic,” Pasi said.She added that due to the diversity of the residents, a single plan would not address the issues and so, the government would design schemes based on scenarios and cases.Admitting that the learning level among students was low in the state even before Covid-19 due to different reasons, including paucity of teachers, the director said the problem has become acute. The state government is mulling over introduction of special coaching classes for children by aganwadi workers to bridge the learning gap. The annual academic session has been extended by three months this year to improve learning, she added.Earlier in the day, an official of Pratham said fairs are organised to train children in the basic skills of language, mathematics, and classification of various objects .Another speaker said, “Learning recovery is easy when students enjoy learning. Activity-based teaching speeds up the process.
Surat/Navsari: Japan’s high speed Shinkansen trains will be modified for Indian conditions like temperature, dust and weight before they are sent to India for the country’s ambitious ‘bullet train project’. Satish Agnihotri, managing director, National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) said the project is slated to complete a 48 km section between Surat-Billimora in 2027, with the first trials to be held a year earlier.He, however, said the project is stuck in Maharashtra due to land acquisition issues. “We will get the E5 Shinkasen series trains currently operating in Japan. However, we are conducting studies to upgrade them to Indian conditions in terms of dust and temperature,” Agnihotri said.The E5 series are Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train types built by Hitachi and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.They are capable of running at a speed of 320 kmph and are 3.35 m wide, the widest among such trains are available in countries like France and Germany.Sources said another aspect that the Japanese are working on is to ensure that the trains are able to carry the “Indian weight” as the Japanese are lighter.They indicated that Japan will initially send six trains which are modified according to Indian specifications, and also bring in coaches in knockdown condition to be assembled here in the country. Officials said actual orders will be placed after the modifications are completed.Talking about the project, Japanese ambassador to India, Satoshi Suzuki noted, “I am very satisfied, actually impressed by the progress made using the latest technology. We are not exporting a second class train. We will share exactly the same one (E5 series), rather an improved one because the series has been in operation for several years. So, by the time India has its own bullet train, we will make sure that they get the latest technology.“This series of train is running in the northern part of Japan and is equipped with various safety measures. It has anti-seismic technology. This is the best one we could share,” he said. In Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, 100 per cent of civil contracts for construction of the entire route, that is, 352 kms have been awarded to Indian contractors. In Gujarat, track work for 237 km has already been awarded and the balance 115 km will be awarded soon. PTI
MUMBAI: The state and the Centre are in yet another dispute, this time over the bullet train project. The matter of contention is: How much area in Mumbai and Thane along the proposed route should be notified as eco-sensitive zones (ESZs)?. The lower end of the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor starts at BKC, goes to Thane, and from there to Virar. Along this stretch, it passes through Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and the contiguous Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, where the ESZs lie. While the Centre has notified only 4 sq km in the SGNP-Tungareshwar overlap of the corridor as ESZ, the state's contention is that the area should be 10 sq km. Directly related to how much area is notified as ESZ is the state's rights to levy mitigation costs, primarily from builders: For a notification of 4 sq km, the costs will amount to only about Rs 9 crore, whereas for 10 sq km, the amounts add up over nine times to Rs 83 crore. Wildlife mitigation measures will be affected if the Centre allows payment for projects asper the final ESZ notification rather that the deemed eco-sensitive zone, which was in force when the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor project (as the bullet train plan is formally known) was approved. State officials said it is important that the Centre considers ESZ as 10 sq km as during that time several building construction projects were sanctioned in the ESZ and the amount due is approximately Rs 440 crore. "Earlier, the project proponents would give a promissory note and the National Board for Wildlife would issue an NOC for development works. However, the proponents did not pay up and now claim that their projects are not in the ESZ as per the final notification. We Have now asked the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) not to issue an NOC till the money is paid for all future projects," said an official. For Projects where money is due, the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change's (MoEFCC) ruling (particularly in case of the bullet train project) will decide whether the money will be paid by builders or not, said officials. The Maharashtra government has asked the Centre to consider the deemed ESZ of 10 sq km around SGNP and Tungareshwar wildlife sanctuary while disbursing the cost for mitigation measures as the decision would impact costs payable for other projects approved during the same period. Initially, the state had sought 2% of the entire bullet train project cost, but later revised it for the stretch that passes through these protected areas and the ESZ.
Gurgaon: Traffic police said on Monday they will implement a central government initiative to keep a database of accidents that will help them assess the reasons for crashes and work on necessary interventions in Gurgaon.The Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD), introduced by the ministry of road transport and highways in 2020, involves the use of a digital application. Every investigating officer for an accident will have to log-in and upload details of the crash. This can include images from the accident site, records of the vehicles, and statements of survivors and witnesses.The idea is to understand the reasons for the accidents and rectify any manual or road engineering defects, officials said.“We will be able to assess and form a pattern for reasons behind accidents in a particular area. We can resolve a problem if there is an issue with road engineering,” said Ravinder Singh Tomar, Gurgaon deputy commissioner of police (traffic).Officials said a decision a meeting was held on Saturday to discuss the initiative proposed by IIT-Madras.“Professor Venkatesh Balasubramanian of IIT-Madras made a presentation to us. We got all stakeholders together, from the police to NHAI, and decided to adopt it,” Gurgaon police commissioner Kala Ramchandran said.Traffic police will train its personnel to use the digital application. “The training will be given to the 2-3 police personnel, including investigation officers, in every police station. The app will have a centralised database that can be accessed by different officials,” she said.The project, funded by the World Bank, was to be piloted in six states — Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh — in February 2021. On Monday, DCP Tomar said police have been analysing black spots and reasons for accidents in the district. “With this application, we aim to bring structural change if needed. The key part of this database is the statements by the people about what is confusing and difficult for them when they drive on a particular road,” he said.
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:
Ten coaches of a Bihar-bound express train derailed in Nashik district of Maharashtra, affecting the movement of upcountry trains on Sunday.The coaches of 11061 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Jaynagar Express derailed between Lahavit and Devlali in Nashik at 1510 hrs, Central Railway (CR) officials stated.An Accident Relief Train and Medical Van have rushed to the spot, their statement read.While a dead body was found along the tracks, CR officials, however, asserted that it is not linked to the accident. "No death is reported in the derailed train 11061. One body being shown in some news channels may be an outsider's body lying near track. The body must have been there before the derailment took place,” CR spokesperson Shivaji M Sutar tweeted. As per information recvd,No death is reported in derailed train 11061.One body being shown in some news channels may be outsiders body lying near track. The body must have been there before the derailment took place.— Shivaji M Sutar (@ShivajiIRTS) April 3, 2022Some coaches with passengers are being moved towards Nashik. Buses have also been arranged for the convenience of passengers.The cause of the derailment is not yet known, however, a probe has been ordered to ascertain the reasons. Passengers travelling on the train reported that it was speeding when the incident took place. Several mail/express trains have been cancelled, short-terminated or diverted. Check out latest DH videos here
Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday slammed the Centre for creating roadblocks for projects related to Mumbai while also questioning the utility of the bullet train between India's financial capital and Ahmedabad.“The first bullet train (of India) should have started between Mumbai and Nagpur….not between Ahmedabad and Mumbai,” Thackeray said speaking about one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship infrastructure projects.“Tell me how a bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is going to help you?….the Centre is keen on bullet train project…but land meant for an international finance centre in a prime location of Bandra-Kurla Complex has been taken for the bullet train project,” Thackeray addressed people during the inauguration of two Mumbai metro lines in the western suburbs.Also Read | Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray urges people to wear masks“If you have love for Mumbai why don’t you give the Kanjur Marg (salt pan) land for metro rail project, you can take the metro to Badlapur-Ambernath….for Dharavi redevelopment project the railway land is not being transferred…we have been asking for a land for pumping station but it is being denied to us,” said Thackeray.The Shiv Sena president, who also laid the foundation of the GST Bhavan said: “Maharashtra generates the highest amount of GST in the country, but our dues are not cleared on time. We are not begging, but we are firmly demanding our share of taxes and it is being constantly denied,'' he said. “There are some people who feel I am taking away their credit for Metro. I am ready to give the credit but if you love Mumbai why are the state’s projects are facing roadblocks,” Thackeray quipped, hitting out at BJP leaders of Maharashtra, though he did not name anyone.Check out latest DH videos here
THANE: A man fell into the Mumbra Creek in the Thane district while travelling on a local train on Friday, police said. Satish Tayade and his ailing mother, both residents of Diva, were travelling in the 12:09pm train towards CSMT when the incident took place, an official said. "He was taking his mother to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. Satish lost his balance when the train was on the creek bridge and fell down. A fire brigade team along with police mounted a rescue operation soon after but it has been called off for now due to high tide," Avinash Sawant, chief of Thane civic body's Regional Disaster Management Cell, said.
AKOLA: Two teenage girls allegedly committed suicide by jumping off a train in Maharashtra's Akola district, police said on Friday. The incident took place at around 9:30pm on Wednesday at Manarkhed railway post under Ural police station limits, an official said. "Baby Rajput and Pooja Giri, both 19 and residents of Janjgir Champa district in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, jumped off the Mumbai-Kolkata train. They were studying in an ITI in that state and were wearing its uniform at the time of death," he said. "The two girls, who are cousins, had left their homes in Chapa area in Chhattisgarh four days ago and a missing complaint had been filed there. An accidental death case has been registered and further probe is underway," Inspector Anant Wadatkar of Ural police station said.
AGRA: A 30-year-old man, Sagar Singh, a resident of Maharashtra, died after he jumped before a moving train at Mathura’s Kosikala railway station. The incident took place on platform Nos 2 at 3 am on Monday. According to police, Sagar suddenly started running and jumped before the goods train. The incident was recorded in Cctv cameras installed at the platform. Sagar was a resident of Maharashtra's Talegaon. His body has been sent for post mortem and his family members have been informed.
The Dombivili Railway Police rushed the girl to a hospital, where doctors declared her brought deadThane: A 16-year-old girl from Bihar fell off a speeding express train near Dombivili in Thane district and died on the spot, the Railway Police said on Thursday.The victim, travelling with her parents by Pawan Express, complained of uneasiness, nausea and went near the door of her bogie, where she lost balance and fell from the train on Wednesday, they said.She belonged to Muzaffarnagar district of Bihar, the police added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe girl's parents pulled the chain and when the train halted at Dombivili railway station, they went to the accident spot where they found her lying in a pool of blood on the tracks.The Dombivili Railway Police rushed the girl to a hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead, the police said.