Times of India | 1 month ago | 15-08-2022 | 01:10 pm
CHENNAI: Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will manufacture metro rail coaches for Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation, said ICF general manager A K Agarwal on Monday. It is for the first time that ICF manufacturing coaches for a state-run metro corporation. “ICF will be manufacturing metro coaches for the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation and garib rath air-conditioned III tier coaches that facilitates rail passengers to travel in air-conditioning comfort at lesser fares," Agarwal said after hoisting the National Flag on the occasion of the Independence Day. ICF would manufacture 75 Vande Bharat trains, freight trains and a steam-themed electric train based on the Vande Bharat design this year, Agarwal said. He said the factory was planning to manufacture 3,500 coaches in around 50 variants. "These will include, Vande Bharat rakes, Vistadome dining car which will be running in Gujarat by September, Gatishakti freight train on the Vande Bharat platform and a steam engine-themed heritage train with electric propulsion on the Vande Bharat platform," he said.
Viral Video: Spread over 390 kilometres, Mumbai local trains which are considered the lifeline of the financial capital operate 2,342 services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily. However, getting a seat on Mumbai local train is no less than a struggle. Recently, a massive fight broke out between a few women over a seat inside the ladies’ compartment of a Thane-Panvel local train.Also Read - Viral Video: People Play Music on Ola Electric Scooter After Power Cut Interrupts Dandiya Event in Gujarat | WatchThe video of the incident has been doing rounds on social media. In the video, women can be seen pulling each other’s hair inside the train. A woman constable tried to pacify the passengers, however, her efforts went in vain and she got hurt.Fight between two female passengers over a seat in #Local #TRAIN .The woman police constable who went to the rescue got hurt.Both women filed a case against each other at Vashi Railway Police Station.@Central_Railway #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/nFOKv7bOWv— Siraj Noorani (@sirajnoorani) October 6, 2022“Few women started hitting each other following a dispute over the seat, and a female staff was injured,” news agency ANI quoted S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station as saying.Vashi, Navi Mumbai | Few women started hitting each other following dispute over seat, a female staff was injured: S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station, on scuffle b/w 3 women in a local train running from Thane to Panvel, today(Pic 1:Screengrab;viral video) pic.twitter.com/A6bPR3phhA— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2022If reports are to be believed, an argument broke out between three women passengers over the seat. Soon after, the argument escalated which turned into an ugly fight.Narrating the incident, a police official informed that an elderly woman and her granddaughter, who had boarded the local train from Thane, and another woman who boarded the train at Koparkhairane were waiting for a seat to get vacant. When the seat got vacant, the elderly woman asked her granddaughter to take the seat. Simultaneously, the other woman also tried to grab the seat, following which the argument broke out.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with a project to build a cable-stayed flyover in a bid to improve the road connectivity between Versova, Malad and Marve regions in the western suburbs of Maharashtra’s Mumbai city.A look at the project: The cable-stayed flyover will connect Versova jetty with Madh island.Location: The bridge will originate from near the Versova jetty and end near the wharf adjoining the Madh island jetty, passing over the Versova Creek.Specifications: The bridge will be 1.5 kilometers long and 27.50 meters wide.Objective: The primary objective of this project is to improve road connectivity between Versova, Malad and Marve region in the western suburbs, which currently has patches of mangroves, mudflats and creeks between the locations. This bridge is expected to bring down the travel time between Versova and Madh island to 10 minutes. It currently takes at least one hour through SV Road and Link Road. The travel time during peak hours can go as high as two hours.Significance:– This project will improve the road connectivity till the extreme end of the western suburbs. Since there is no direct road network right now, the people are mostly dependent on a ferry service that runs between Versova and Madh.– The bridge will lead to uninterrupted transport system for 365 days. Since the ferry services often become non-operational during monsoon, the people are compelled to take the longer route of travel though bus, taxi or local train via Malad, which increases the travel time by several fold.– The bridge will also play a key role in uplifting the economy of the Madh and Marve area, which mainly houses the fishing community that travels to the fish markets in Andheri and Dadar areas and are mainly dependent on ferries. This bridge will open more travelling options for them, thus creating better connectivity.– With the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) coming up and also with the Versova-Bandra Sea Link (VBSL) project being on pipeline, this flyover will create a smooth corridor for the north-south bound traffic that will be travelling from the extreme end of western suburbs to the island city or vice-versa.Present status:– The BMC had finalised a consultant for this project back in 2020 and recently an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and a survey on the mangroves have been completed.– The BMC had submitted the reports and a proposal for the final alignment of this bridge to the Maharashtra Coastal Zonal Management Authority (MCZMA) for final clearance of this project and is awaiting the clearance.– The civic officials are hopeful that the clearance certificate would come in next two months following which a tender will be floated.Cost: Approximately Rs 400 croreConstruction time: 12 months (excluding the monsoon) after the day of issuing work order.Authority speak: “The project has been in the pipeline for more than a decade and has been deferred for multiple reasons. The flyover will pass through a mangrove zone and coastal area, therefore we have already submitted our proposal to the MCZMA for clearance. They had provided some inputs in the previous application that we had made and have submitted a fresh proposal on the same. After the project gets cleared, tenders will be floated and contractor will be appointed for the project,” said an official from civic bridges department.Citizen speak: “The proposed Versova-Madh bridge is supposed to be a pivotal linkage between Versova and Madh island and with the coastal road nearing its deadline, this bridge is need of the hour. Since, not only it will declutter the traffic movement but also will save time, fuel and money for thousands of Mumbaikars every day,” said Dhaval Shah, a local resident and co-founder of the Lokhandwala Oshiwara Citizen’s Association (LOCA).
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, whose 22-year-old Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has been rechristened as Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), announced to hold a Dalit Conclave soon in Hyderabad “with Dalit brothers from all over the country”, a statement from his office said.The Chief Minister announced the passing of a unanimous resolution for the party’s name change at their general body meeting Wednesday. Apart from Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy and his 20 MLAs, Tamil Nadu MP and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) chief Thirumavalavan were present on the occasion. Rao, also known as KCR, said former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav were to attend Wednesday’s meeting but were dissuaded given their situations.One of the key points during KCR’s address was his pet scheme ‘Dalit Bandhu’, which offers one-time financial aid of Rs 10 lakh to the Dalit families without any collateral.The VCK chief met KCR again Thursday at the latter’s official residence Pragathi Bhavan and commended him on the pro-Dalit schemes that he believed would be implemented nationwide.“The MP appreciated the Telangana government for introducing numerous schemes for Dalit empowerment and no state is implementing such a huge number of programmes in the country,” the statement said.During Wednesday’s address, KCR had said that it was “just an internal meeting” to change the name of the party.“They (Akhilesh and Tejaswi) will be invited to the launching function of the party. Leaders of many parties across the country are coming forward to move with us,” he said. KCR said that discussions were held with the economists and experts from various fields, adding their advice was taken while forming the BRS.“As the CM of Telangana, I will travel all over the country. No one should have any doubts about this. Radiant India needs to be made. India will grow better than America If the resources in the country are used at optimum level. We still have a good time. We will expand across the country,” he said. KCR said Maharashtra will be the first state to start the activities of the BRS. “The national party’s affiliated farmer association will be started from Maharashtra first,” he said.Hinting at the direction the BRS is set to take, KCR said: “We will move ahead through Dalit movement, peasant movement and tribal movement by taking these issues as the main agenda. We will remove many socio-political disorders in the country.”
Mumbai: Services on the main line of Central Railway of Mumbai local train were disrupted due to a technical snag in overhead wires on Thursday afternoon, an official said. The technical glitch arose at Sandhurst Road station in south Mumbai around 1 pm, due to which CSMT-bound slow trains were held up, he said.Also Read - THIS Company Is Planning 12,000 'Quiet Layoffs' or 15% Of Its Global Workforce: ReportTaking to Twitter, Central Railway wrote, “Due to OHE problem at Sandhurst Road on Up slow line services are held up. Up slow locals are diverted on Up fast line and running behind schedule. Staff working on restoration. ” Also Read - LIVE | Lucknow Weather Updates, Ind vs SA 1st ODI: Covers Being PEELED Off NowDue to OHE problem at Sandhurst Road on Up slow line services are held up. Up slow locals are diverted on Up fast line and running behind schedule. Staff working on restoration.Inconvenience caused is regretted— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) October 6, 2022The services on the line have been diverted to the fast line and restoration work is in full swing, the CR official added. As trains came to a halt, commuters got down at many places and were seen walking on the tracks towards the next station. Also Read - LIVE | IND vs SA 1st ODI Score, Lucknow: Rain Stops, Covers Still onCentral Railway ferries nearly 40 lakh suburban commuters every day by operating 1,810 services.
Shiv Sena Mumbai Dussehra Rallies: Amid the ongoing festivities, all eyes are glued to Mumbai as the city is set to witness two Dussehra rallies for the first time since the Shiv Sena’s inception 56 years ago. The rallies are being billed as a show of strength by both Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray camps. Predicting huge turnouts at the rallies, the Mumbai Police have tightened security at the Shivaji Park and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). While the Shinde camp is holding its rally at the MMRDA ground in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), the group headed by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is organising its Dussehra event at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai. Reports claimed that more than 5,000 buses, a number of small tourist vehicles and cars, and a special train have been roped in to ferry supporters of the two rival Shiv Sena factions for their respective Dussehra rallies.Also Read - Mumbai Traffic Advisory: Special Arrangements Made Due To Dussehra Rallies At Shivaji Park, MMRDA Ground | Check Routes To AvoidMaharashtra | Buses carrying supporters of Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde faction) arrive at the MMRDA ground in Mumbai for the #Dussehra rally pic.twitter.com/JzSqsmxNsY— ANI (@ANI) October 5, 2022The following parking arrangements have been made for the vehicles of citizens attending the Dussehra Mela organized on 5th October at MMRDA Ground, BKC, Bandra (E).#MTPUpdates #MumbaiTrafficUpdates pic.twitter.com/H8ioifSneH— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022There shall be no parking on following roads:-In view of Dussehra Mela to be held at Shivaji Park, Dadar on October 5, 2022, to avoid traffic congestion on the nearby roads, following temporary provisions have been made to the traffic management from 9 AM to 12 PM. pic.twitter.com/7g67ICRIIO— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022Siddhivinayak Junction S.K.Bole Road-Agar Bazar- Portuguese Church and Gokhale Rood.No Entry from Raja Badhe chowk Junction up to Keluskar Marg (North) Junction DadarLJ Road- Gokhale Road- Steel Man Junction then proceed through Gokhale Road.