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Central Railway brings relief to passengers, plans 24 new services on two lines

Currently, the CR operates 590 services on the Harbour line, 232 on the Trans Harbour line and 838 services on the Main line daily. Sources said that they are yet to decide the timetable for the same and that whether they would be immediately pushing the Bombardier rakes into the system. The officials said that they will hold a meeting soon wherein they will decide which rakes can be replaced and where additional services can be added.”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByShashank Rao <!–end of artlbotbor–>Monday 1 January 2018 1:15 ISTMust readMumbai fire: BMC carries out demolition drive against illegal structures in Kamala Mills areaKamala Mills fire: Escape to Nowhere<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>After facing a series of problems, the over 12 lakh commuters on the Harbour and Trans Harbour lines can finally expect some good news as the Central Railway (CR) plans to add 24 new services on the two lines which could also include Bombardier rakes that are being inducted into the CR system for the first time.This comes as a big respite to the commuters using the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)-Panvel (10 lakh daily) and Thane-Vashi (2 lakh daily) corridors. Sources said that with the four new Bombardier rakes coming in, not only will the commuters get newer rakes but also more services.Confirming the same, SK Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway said, “We will be introducing 24 new services on the Harbour line by the end of this month.”Currently, the CR operates 590 services on the Harbour line, 232 on the Trans Harbour line and 838 services on the Main line daily. Sources said that they are yet to decide the timetable for the same and that whether they would be immediately pushing the Bombardier rakes into the system. The officials said that they will hold a meeting soon wherein they will decide which rakes can be replaced and where additional services can be added.

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210 train services to be hit this X’mas weekend

Thirty years after the rail authorities proposed to connect Mumbai with Raigad through Seawoods-Uran Railway line; the Central Railway (CR) will kick off its first huge mega block this month. Ten lakh commuters on the Harbour line and 2 lakh commuters using the Trans-Harbour line will be affected by this super mega block as the authorities are expected to cancel around 210 train services between December 22-25. On December 14, the block carried out for carrying out this project-related work was delayed which disrupted services on Harbour line.During the next four days, the CR authorities will carry out work on the most crucial element of this 28-km suburban rail line during non-peak hours due to which 64 services will get cancelled.These cancellations will be mainly between Nerul-Panvel section on which on a regular day, 256 services ply on this route. “We will carry out work near Belapur station which is very crucial for this project,” said SK Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway.On December 24, 12 services will be cancelled. During this period, Nerul station will remain affected which will also hit services on the Trans Harbour section towards Thane. Trains will, however, be available between Vashi and Thane during this period.Sources said that they are working on laying tracks on a new tunnel towards Kile station. The most important block would be from the night of December 24. Services will begin at 2 am and end at 3 pm on the day of Christmas when 124 services on Harbour line and 40 services on Trans Harbour section will be cancelled.CANCELLATIONSThese cancellations will be mainly between Nerul-Panvel section; 256 services ply on this route on a daily basis Trains will, however, be available between Vashi and Thane On December 25, 124 services on Harbour line and 40 services on Trans Harbour section will be cancelled.

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Wrong announcement irks Central Railway commuters

A wrong announcement made at Wadala station caused chaos on the Harbour line of Central Railway (CR) on Tuesday morning. Angry commuters pulled the chain to stop the train and started walking towards the motorman’s cabin to question this confusion. This comes a day after the Federation of Suburban Passenger Association submitted a letter to the CR asking them to run trains without any delay, else commuters would be forced to come on tracks, in protest.At around 10.30 am, a local train headed towards Navi Mumbai arrived at Wadala station on platform 1. Sources said that chaos erupted as an announcement at the platform indicated that that train was headed to Bandra. It was a Belapur-bound train that started from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). Commuters inside the coaches alighted and those going to Bandra boarded the train. “There was an announcement made before the train left Wadala station stating that the train was going to Belapur and not Bandra. But, it seems that commuters did not listen to the second announcement,” said a CR official. Irked by the chaos, commuters pulled the chain and the train stopped between Wadala and GTB Nagar. “The administration has failed to run the train services properly and there have been constant delays every day,” said Nandkumar Deshmukh, president, Federation of Suburban Passenger Association. Train services on the Harbour line were disrupted for 15-20 minutes.

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In Dec, Harbour line to extend till Goregaon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In good news for commuters on the Harbour line, starting December, services will extend till Goregaon. The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has acquired the much-needed rail tracks and ballasts earlier this month to be placed on the pending stretches between Andheri and Goregaon stations.In the last one week, officials and workers of the MRVC were seen at different stretches between Andheri and Ram Mandir stations where tracks were missing even though the alignment was made ready.Senior officials said that the process of dropping off the materials was to happen earlier but was delayed because of the Elphinstone Road stampede. The metals were then transferred for safety-related works rather than installation of new rail lines.”There was a shortfall of tracks for some time but we managed to convince the Railway Board to sanction it for this route as tracks were needed only for a small stretch,” said an MRVC official.Moreover, the MRVC acquired sand and ballasts, for the Rs 103 crore project, from Sabarmati river earlier last week. The two rail lines, whose height is slightly above the slow lines running next to it, are ready for trains to ply on them.This line will now allow trains from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), which currently terminates at Andheri, to go till Goregaon.For this project, new platforms for Jogeshwari have been created and are almost half a kilometre away from the existing station.

Stationary Torture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Mumbai’s local trains are often called the city’s ‘lifeline’, the 164-year-old rail system is struggling to keep pace with the 76 lakh commuters who now use the system daily. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Elphinstone Road station, several teams fanned across the city to audit railway stations.Shashank Rao takes a closer look at five of the city’s major stations to find out whether improvements, if any, have been made to the stations’ infrastructure only to find that not much has been done to plug the gaps to ensure the safety of commutersBandraBandra may be called the ‘Queen of the Suburbs’ and its station’s building may boast a ‘heritage’ tag but the condition of the rail premises in and around Bandra station are in dire straits. The Western and Harbour lines culminate at this station which caters to the commercial hub of Bandra-Kurla Complex on the east, and posh neighbourhoods and old villages on the west.While the platforms of the 19th century Victorian-styled station are wide enough to contain the high footfalls the station witnesses, the foot-overbridges (FOBs) that connect the west to the east are in poor condition.Over the past few weeks, the Railway authorities have rid the FOBs of hawkers. The station boasts the city’s first skywalk which is sadly occupied by hawkers.The FOB on the station’s south-end is incomplete, and connects only to the west. The other end leads to Harbour line platforms. Senior Western Railway (WR) officials claim they have begun the work of extending this FOB, and connecting it to the skywalk. “This work is expected to be complete by the end of this financial year,” said an official. The FOB on the station’s north-end is rarely used by commuters owing to the inconvenience it causes for hiring auto rickshaws.Plenty of food stalls dot this station, many of them near FOBs, blocking the free movement of commuters. Slums on both sides of the station lead to frequent instances of trespassing and people using the tracks for sitting and drying clothes. Besides, the slum dwellers often throw garbage on railway premises including the tracks which is one of the primary reasons for waterlogging of rail tracks every monsoon.The multi-disciplinary audit team, that was formed for both Western and Central Railway after the stampede at Elphinstone Road station, has proposed bar fencing as a way to prevent encroachers from using the fifth rail line on the east side of Bandra. The audit report submitted to the Railway ministry also states the need to demolish abandoned buildings on the station’s east side, provisions for proper lighting, cement-concrete boundary walls, and shutting down of unauthorized entry and exit points to the station.Daily Footfalls2016-171.41 LJogeshwariOwing to the ever-increasing crowd at Andheri station, Jogeshwari station too has grown in prominence over the past few years. Attention was drawn to the station’s poor infrastructure only after commuters went up in arms and resorted to ‘Rail Roko’ in the first week of October. The station is used by commuters to access area such as Oshiwara, Goregaon and Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road.The station’s infrastructure is poor considering its dual-discharge island platform for the slow line which caters to platforms 1 and 2. Trains to Borivli and Churchgate arrive here but fast trains to Churchgate also halt here during peak hours. In all, nearly 480 services halt at Jogeshwari everyday.”We do not have sufficient space to walk or wait for the trains on this island platform. The situation has worsened especially after the platform on the west side was broken down,” said Mansoor Darvesh, secretary, Passenger and Traffic Relief Association and a Jogeshwari resident.The platform has been demolished to accommodate two more tracks that are meant for the proposed Andheri-Goregaon Harbour line. WR officials agree that the cutting down of the 3-meter wide platform on the west side has left little space for commuters, especially during peak hours. New platforms have been built further north of Jogeshwari station where the Harbour line trains are slated to make their halt. This has a subway built for people to enter or exit the station premises and has been completely covered by an oval shaped roof.A new FOB and an elevated ticket booking office has been built but commuters claim that the office is too high and there is a need for escalators. As a result, commuters tend to trespass rather than climb the long flight of stairs. Besides, the platforms do not have roof-cover at the ends which the WR authorities are now working to install.Daily Footfalls2016-171.06 LWadalaApart from local trains connecting the Harbour line, this station has a truck terminal and a junction which connects freight and goods trains from the city’s Port Trust to rest of the country. It is also the station where local trains connect both Andheri on the WR and Panvel on CR. Apart from the four rail tracks for the suburban system, there are at least eight rail tracks meant for goods trains carrying coal, cement and other freight.The daily footfalls at Wadala station have increased owing to the several offices that have come up around the area. Not to forget the college-going crowd of nearby degree and engineering colleges. To cater to this increasing crowd, CR officials say they have increased the number of services on the Harbour line with additional halts at Wadala. From October 2, the CR added 14 suburban services on the CSMT-Panvel Harbour line and another 14 on the Thane-Vashi Trans-harbour line.This station too witnesses several cases of trespassing due to the several illegal slums and encroachments around the rail premises. For instance, there are several encroachments causing problems at the Raoli junction near the station. “The CR needs to ensure that encroachments are demolished and people are rehabilitated so that garbage from rail premises can be removed,” said Gaurang Damani, a Wadala resident.CR officials said that the FOBs on the Kurla-end of the station witness heavy congestion. During peak hours, the station witnesses instances of overcrowding due to inadequate entry and exit points. The audit report has advised replacement of the existing FOB with a wider one, and extending it to the Monorail station.There is a possibility of creating four more entry and exit points, apart from removing railway offices to provide wider exits. The shops outside the station too need to be relocated and the Railways are in talks with the BMC for the same.Daily Footfalls2016-1770,767MasjidThis is one of the stations that connects older and busy markets such as Crawford Market, Manish Market, Masjid Bunder, Mangaldas Market and the Mumbadevi Temple. Additionally, it connects both the Main and Harbour lines.While the CR demolished and built a new road-overbridge at Masjid around seven years ago, the condition of this station continues to remain dismal.Platforms 3 and 4 slope towards the tracks, making them dangerous for commuters boarding and alighting from moving trains.”The iron borders of the staircase jut out which could hurt commuters hurrying to catch a train,” said a railway official. The multi-disciplinary team in its report noted that the staircases are slippery.This station too suffers from heavy encroachment with hawkers having residential dwellings outside and next to the station. These lead to congestion during peak hours. As there is a huge market area nearby, many vendors and sellers carrying bulk luggage use the FOBs which further leads to congestion.The CR authorities are working on providing space for extension on the FOB’s east side till the deck, in order to ensure speedy clearance on the CSMT-end of the booking office. Sources said that on the Kalyan-end of the FOB, on the west hand side, there is a shop blocking smooth movement of commuters and so the BMC has been asked to relocate this shop.Meanwhile, the middle FOB witnesses the maximum number of commuters as it is closest to the markets. The CR authorities are working on arrangements for walking using a skywalk on the vacant space connecting east and west. The officials said that the BMC has agreed to provide landings for the same.Daily Footfalls2016-1755,800KurlaThis station is among the most crowded in the suburban railway network. It provides access to Bandra-Kurla Complex on the west and Nehru Nagar, Andheri-Kurla Road on the east. It connects Main and Harbour lines of CR, making it an important station.The station has three FOBs which are densely crowded. Over 245 people who trespass have died on the tracks at Kurla until November this year. This is a particular problem near the northern end of the station from where Harbour line trains ply. Besides, the width of these FOBs are a mere 2.44 meters, needing immediate replacement with wider FOBs, and modification to connect it with the skywalk. Several women commuters at this station complain of being wrongly touched. After nearly a decade, a new subway has been inaugurated and thrown open to the public by the BMC.”This subway is needed to have arms connecting the platforms instead of only going from east to west,” said Subhash Gupta, president, Mumbai Rail Yatri Sangh.There are several shops — illegal and legal — that need to be removed and relocated in order to provide better access to commuters. At present, it is a struggle to exit the station premises but after the Elphinstone Road tragedy several hawkers have been cleared. Auto rickshaws parked haphazardly outside the station make smooth transit a problem. The audit report mentioned the need to disallow vehicular traffic from coming close to the station premises on the west side.There is also a proposal of having an elevated three-line Harbour station above the eastern part of the sprawling Kurla station. The Rs 96-crore project entails the creation of a rail flyover, starting from north of Chunabhatti to the south of Tilak nagar stations right above the current platforms 7 and 8. The elevated Harbour line will have two lines that will move towards CSMT and Panvel while the third line will terminate at Kurla. The rail line below will then be used by freight trains coming from Mumbai Port Trust via Wadala.Daily Footfalls2016-171.58 LWe have taken several steps to ensure that there is no congestion on rail premises. We are also coordinating with the BMC to demarcate no hawking zones.—Ravinder Bhakar, Chief PRO, Western RailwayWe have started taking initiatives to reduce congestion at railway premises. Work to improve infrastructure of platforms and FOBs has also begun.—Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway

One rupee clinic at Byculla station by end of month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Byculla railway station will soon be getting the cost-effective one rupee clinic, the initiative’s authority has planned to open the clinic at the station by the end of November.Within five months of being set up, the one rupee clinics at Central and Harbour line railway stations have witnessed footfall of over 25,000 visitors, and over 200 accidental cases have been attended to so far. Two childbirths were also conducted at Dadar and Ghatkopar stations. The clinic was first opened at Ghatkopar railway station on May 10. According to the authority, the initiative has benefited daily commuters during emergency situations on several occasions.Speaking about the clinic at Byculla, Dr Rahul Ghule, founder of the one rupee clinic, said, “Like other one rupee clinics, this too will be open 24×7 to provide emergency medical services. Our objective is to give affordable health services. There have been several emergency cases which the one rupee clinics have successfully tackled in the past.”While the service is not yet available at stations between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Parel on the Central line, clinics have been set up at Dadar, Ghatkopar, Kurla and Thane. “The clinic at Byculla will also aid passengers from railway stations like Sandhurst Road where instances of accidental cases are frequent due to crossing of tracks. Due to space issues, we haven’t received permission to open a clinic at CSMT yet. As soon as we got space at Byculla station, we started to build the infrastructure,” added Dr Ghule.SPEEDY FIRST AIDThe first one rupee clinic was opened at Ghatkopar station on May 10.
The initiative aims to provide speedy medical treatment to the general public and during cases of emergency at crowded railway stations. Within five months, the clinics at various stations have witnessed footfall of over 25,000.

Bombay High Court stays Garib Nagar demolition drive after resident files petition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which was carrying out demolitions in the Garib Nagar slums in Bandra East, to discontinue the demolition drive after a plea filed by a resident.This order comes in light of a major fire that erupted recently during a court-ordered demolition drive by the BMC to clear shanties falling in the buffer zone of the Tansa pipeline.A division bench of Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Riyaz Chagla gave the direction while hearing a plea filed by a resident Nilofer Qureshi, who sought permission for the reconstruction of her shanty, claiming it was built prior to 1995. The plea also claimed that the corporation had carried out the demolition action without notice.However, senior advocate Anil Sakhare and advocate Joel Carlos opposed the plea on grounds that the demolition is in pursuance of the High Court order passed a few years back, ordering the removal of slums along the pipelines in phases. Accordingly, the slum tenements totalling around 325 were removed in phase II and phase III.The court accepted the statement, and refusing to grant interim relief for the redevelopment of demolished shanties, posted the matter for further hearing next week.Last week, train services were affected on the Harbour line between Bandra and Andheri stations as slum dwellers spilled onto the tracks after a massive fire broke out in Garib Nagar slums in Bandra East.The incident, which took place during a demolition drive ordered by the HC, saw slum dwellers getting their furniture, TV sets, refrigerators, onto the railway tracks.THE PLEAThe petitioner, Nilofer Qureshi, a resident of Garib Nagar has sought permission for reconstruction of her shanty, claiming it was built in 1995.

Masjid Stn to get new FOB to ease crowds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking into consideration the high footfall and to ease crowds, Masjid railway station may get an additional foot over bridge (FOB).A joint inspection was carried out by railway officials and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials earlier this month at all railway stations after the Elphinstone Road station mishap which killed 23 people.“Masjid railway station already has a FOB connecting to the station but the building of an additional one parallel to FOB which provides an exit to Abhay Chand Gandhi Marg is under consideration. It will help divert the crowd going to the markets,” Uday Shiroorkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of B ward, said.“Although during a joint inspection, it was found that constructing an additional FOB is not feasible, engineers recommended building a ramp (skywalk) which can connect to the new FOB. We have agreed to give all required clearances as it will ease crowd at Masjid station,” Shiroorkar added.The Masjid railway station, which serves as a Central and Harbour station, sees high footfall across the Mumbai Metropolitan region as well as markets located in Masjid Bunder area.However, Shiroorkar said evicting hawkers from outside Masjid station becomes difficult especially in the evening.“While hawkers (fruit sellers) have already been allotted shops in a market near the station, they still put their stalls on the road outside station premises for better sales. We have stepped up vigil in the evening and have issued a warning.”ADDITIONAL FOBAt present Masjid railway station has three exits on the FOB — Abhay Chand Gandhi Marg, Bhandhari Marg and Yusuf Meher Ali Road. The proposed FOB is parallel to Abhay Chand Gandhi Marg.

LIVE UPDATES: Massive fire breaks out in Mumbai’s Bandra east during demolition drive; Harbour line stretch closed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A fire broke out on Thursday afternoon in Behrampada area of Bandra East in Mumbai.Preliminary reports said that smoke was billowing from the slums in the area. A fire official told DNA that the fire broke out during a demolition drive that was carried out by the BMC. “It was part of clearing encroachments along the Tansa pipeline following a Bombay High Court order,” he said.Sixteen fire engines and several water tankers were sent to the spot. The fire was declared a Level IV disaster, the second most serious category in disaster management.The Western Railway announced that despite the fire, all services, including Harbour Line have not been suspended. However, an NDTV report suggested that trains have been stopped on the Andheri-Wadala stretch of the Harbour Line, one the city’s three main local lines, because the fire is close to the tracks.No casualties have been reported so far, a fire brigade official said.

Civic body orders removal of hawkers outside rly stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To tighten the ongoing drive to evict hawkers outside railway stations, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has doubled the fine against the illegal hawkers. For the last four days, the roads immediately outside many railway stations in Mumbai have become spacious as BMC has removed all illegal hawkers. However, considering that the hawkers pay fines and put up their stalls the next day, BMC has not only increased their mobile vans but doubled the fines to discourage the hawkers.Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta gave his nod for the proposal a couple days ago but the decision was communicated to railway officials in a joint meeting of BMC and railway officials on Monday on the course of action on removal of all hawkers up to a 150-metre area outside railway stations under BMC jurisdiction.An officer from BMC licence department said, “The fine has been doubled to discourage hawkers to put up their stalls again. For instance, if previously the removal charges was Rs 240, now it’s Rs 480; and if penalty was Rs 1000, it will now be R s2000. The fine increases according to the type of stalls like eatables, garments and others.”In the joint meeting, the BMC chief also announced that all the Assistant Municipal Commissioners (known as ward officers) of all 24 civic wards will be nodal officers in removal of hawkers outside railway stations. The railway stations from Churchgate to Dahisar on Western Railway, CST to Mulund on Central Railway and CST to Mankhurd on Harbour line fall under BMC jurisdiction.Ajoy Mehta confirmed the decisions announced on Monday and said, “It will be applied for roads outside railway stations only in BMC areas.”

Ram Nath Kovind pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at birth place, inaugurates projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, visited Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace Kirti Mandir in Porbandar on his 148th birth anniversary on Monday. Kovind took part in prayers held at Kirti Mandir and paid homage to Mahatma. He also felicitated the Gujarat government for the achievement of Open Defecation Free(ODF) status of rural Gujarat.Kovind said that it was a priviledge for him to visit Kirti Mandir on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.Kovind said, “By achieving ODF status for rural parts, Gujarat has paid real homage to Gandhiji today. Cleanliness is not the sole responsibility of sanitation staff or government, it is a social responsibility. Gandhiji imparted the lesson to inculcate good habits of sanitation by cleaning toilets himself 100 years ago. It will be real tribute to him on his 150th anniversary two years later.”The president remembers Sardar Patel as sculptor for united India whose birth anniversary falls on October 31. Later to this event, he reached Mangrol town where he inaugurated water supply augmentation projects for 45 villages and laid foundation stones for a fishing harbour.The President also inaugurated various projects such as the jetty and other facilities at Jafarabad Fishing Harbour; upgradation of Veraval and Porbandar Fishing Harbour and Navibandar, Miyani and Salaya Fish Landing Centres. He hoped for a boost in the economic development of the region and improve the quality of life of the people.The president said, “Gandhiji aimed at the overall development of society and believed in the dignity of labour. The people of Saurashtra are known for their hard work, whether in agriculture, trade or other professions. They have improved their lives by dint of their hard work and diligence while facing natural calamities and other challenges of nature.”The President acknowledged Gujarat’s contribution in agriculture, industry, education, arts, literature and public life. “Around 48% of the cargo entering or exiting the ports of the country is from the ports of Gujarat. The state is the largest contributor in the marine fisheries business in India and its share is around 20% of the total trade. I give complements to CM Vijay Rupani for building on the past legacy and working diligently in order to make the projects possible.”

Mumbai realty grapples with 50% unsold inventory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai homebuyers remain chary of new purchases, irrespective of which end of the budget spectrum they are at. Unsold inventory in the so-called city of dreams for 1-, 2-, and 3-BHK homes remains at 49, 50, and 51 per cent, respectively, a new report from real estate consultancy JLL India shows.Worse, the report, which looks at projects registered with the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), projects that unsold inventory in various parts of the city will rise in 2018 compared to 2017.According to the report, Thane Municipal Corporation and adjacent areas are performing better than Mumbai, with the least number of unsold units at 15 per cent for projects scheduled to be ready by end of 2017. The bad news is that the number is likely to be more than double to 38 per cent for projects that will be completed by 2018.The data, as of July 31, 2017, shows unsold inventory in Andheri at 36 per cent in 2018, compared to 28 per cent in 2017. Chembur is likely to see unsold inventory at 30 per cent in 2018, compared with 69 per cent in 2017. Borivli, however, will see a demand surge, with 2018 unsold inventory projected at 29 per cent compared to 58 per cent in 2017, a 50 per cent fall.According to data from MahaRERA, the maximum number of units, 59,516, registered are in Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane district. This is followed by the Western suburbs, where 28,000 units are registered. Central suburbs follow with 16,852 units, South Mumbai at 11,424 units, and the Harbour region with 7,502 units.THE REPORTThe total carpet area of projects registered under MahaRERA as per recent data available, was 84.62 mn. sq.ft., of which the total sold area was 43.5 mn. sq.ft. or 51 per cent. Many builders have moved forward the timeline for completion of projects, in many cases by two years.

State, Rlys fail to agree on MUTP-2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Railways and state government continue to be at loggerheads over the implementation of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) phase 2.On September 4, the Urban Development department had sent a letter to the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) asking them to give detailed explanation on the increase in cost of MUTP-2, status of the projects under it and status of the land next to Bandra railway station. The government has stated that they shall make the payments for MUTP-2 once they get the reply.As per understanding, the World Bank will pay 50 per cent of the cost and the remaining 50 per cent will be equally shared by the Railways and state. The cost of MUTP-2 has risen from Rs 5,400 crore to nearly Rs 8,000 crore now. Sources said that they have already sent a reply to the state government.The railways downplayed the matter by saying that there was no issue with the funding from the state, and that as of now they have received around Rs 2,000 crore.Meanwhile, the MRVC is struggling to get bidders for its prime plot at Bandra (E), worth over Rs 4,500 crore and the railways want to commercially exploit it.The projects under MUTP-2 are yet to be fully completed as they are yet to construct 5-6 lines between Kurla-CSMT, Thane-Diva, Borivli-Mumbai Central 6th line and extension of Harbour line till Goregaon station. The MRVC sends the bills to the state government for reimbursements depending on the projects that are completed.

Most bridges in MP, Andhra, UP of socio-economic importance: govt data

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bridges on national highways connecting Chennai-Jharpokharia, Mumbai-Agra, Lucknow-Barauni, Pindwara-Allahabad and Shivpuri-Lucknow have been identified as socioeconomically important, a government data revealed. There are an estimated 1.5 lakh bridges on India’s national highways.As per the data, the bridges identified on basis of factors such as connectivity, daily socio-economic activities of the areas connect, population and average traffic movement on them, are located in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) under the ministry of road transport and highways – which maintains an inventory of all bridges in the country – accords a socio-economic bridge rating number to the bridge identified, aside rating its structural condition for timely repair and rehabilitation.For instance, bridges on the national highways of Andhra Pradesh connecting areas such as Nellore, Kavali, Gudur, Sullurpet, as well as those connecting Ongole, Chirala, Markapur have been accorded a high rating in a scale of 0 to 9, in terms of connectivity, social impact and economic growth, implying their importance to the areas they are located.Similarly, the bridges on national highways of UP, passing by Lucknow, Mirzapur, Allahabad, Kanpur Dehat and Jalaun have been rated as the socio-economically important, not just on the parameters of connectivity, social impact or economic growth they contribute to, but also on the fact that an alternate route to connect the same areas would be far off.While bridges on national highways proximate to Chambal and Morena areas of MP have been rated high in terms of socio-economic importance, bridges on national highways near Dehradun in Uttarakhand have been given a similar rating.Speaking about this aspect of bridges, a senior government official said the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia is a perfect example of how a bridge can contribute immensely to the socio-economic development of the country.”The Sydney Harbour Bridge (connecting Sydney’s central business district to the North Shore) is a prime example of how a bridge contributed to the socio-economic development of the areas it connected over the years. Better connectivity enables better economic growth of the areas connected,” the official said.Similarly, during the inauguration of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge –the longest bridge of the country connecting Dhola in Arunachal Pradesh to Sadiya in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken about how it will pave the way for economic growth in the North East and bring about an economic revolution to the region.Launched last year by union roads minister Nitin Gadkari, the IBMS also has the wherewithal to identify cut off areas such as river islands like Majuli in Assam, and present the data to the government so that their connectivity through bridges can be planned, which would foster socio-economic growth in such areas.However, an official said the IBMS has not been given such a mandate by the government. The IBMS has completed inventory over 1.6 lakh bridges in the country, of which around 6,500 bridges have been identified as structurally distressed and 147 dilapidated, needing immediate attention.NEW STATUSBridges identified on basis of factors such as connectivity, daily socio-economic activities in the region.

Soon, commuters on the Harbour line to get new trains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ask anyone who takes trains on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)-Panvel line, and chances are they will complain about the rickety rakes. However, DNA has come to know that in July, then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had approved production of Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) or new trains for the much-neglected Harbour and Trans Harbour lines. This will be a boon for the 13 lakh-odd daily commuters taking these trains daily.These coaches will also serve Western and Central Railways.Sources said that till March 2018, the Railway Board had approved manufacture of 129 coaches for Harbour and Trans Harbour lines. These are the coaches that were to be procured under MUTP-2 (Mumbai Urban Transport Project-2). The overall augmentation would be 9-car to 12-car rakes. Officials from Central Railways said that these coaches were supposed to come more than a year back, but it has been delayed for long.”We were to procure additional coaches for the Harbour line, which has been stuck for long. This project has now got the approval and delivery will begin soon, now that it is part of a production plan,” said a CR official.Also, 324 additional EMU coaches will be manufactured, which will be distributed in Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata for their suburban railway systems. All will be manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai.Sources said that this is not just for this financial year but also for the next two.Senior railway officials said that a detailed production plan for these rakes has been made where various types of coaches will be manufactured. In 2018-19, they will manufacture 156 coaches that will be operated on the Harbour and Thane-Vashi Trans-harbour line. Sources said that these coaches will also be operated in corridors connecting as far as Uran, for which work is underway.They will also manufacture 552 EMU coaches during this period and in 2019-20, the railway production units will manufacture 360 EMU coaches that will be distributed in the four metropolitan cities.

Heavy rains to continue in Gangetic West Bengal till Wed: Met

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Met department today said heavy rains will continue to lash all districts of Gangetic West Bengal till Wednesday morning. “A well-marked low pressure is prevailing over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Jharkhand, apart from a monsoon trough from North-East Bay of Bengal to Rajasthan,” regional Met director G K Das said. “As an effect of these two systems, heavy rainfall will continue in all districts of Gangetic West Bengal,” Das said. “There will not be much change in the weather, however, the intensity of rain may decrease from tomorrow afternoon,” he said. The weather is likely to get better from Wednesday morning, the regional Met director said. The metropolis recorded 73.9 mm rainfall in 24 hours till 8.30 AM today, resulting in inundation of low-lying areas in some parts of the city. With incessant rains lashing the city through the night, school-going children as also office-goers were inconvenienced. Buses and taxis were fewer in number on the roads of the metropolis, while at some places traffic snarls occurred owing to inundation of thoroughfares. Bankura (110 mm) recorded the highest rainfall in the state during the same period, while Burdwan (43.9 mm), Diamond Harbour (42.2 mm) and Asansol (20.1 mm) also recorded significant precipitation, the Met department said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Met deptt predicts heavy rains in parts of West Bengal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The southern and western districts of West Bengal are likely to receive isolated heavy rainfall in the next five days owing to an active monsoon trough, the Met department said here today. “Monsoon trough is passing through the southern and western districts of West Bengal and as a result of that, isolated places in this region are likely to receive heavy rains in the next five days,” regional Met director G K Das said. “A circulation is also likely to occur in Gangetic West Bengal from Monday, which will also lead to increased rainfall in the area,” he said. The Met department has forecast isolated heavy rains in the districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar in north Bengal till tomorrow, following which rainfall activity in these places will decrease. Birbhum received the highest precipitation in the state in 24 hours till 8.30 AM this morning, recording 83.8 mm of rains. Other places which recorded significant amount of rainfall during the same period are Bankura (40.2 mm), Asansol (15.9 mm), Baharampur (17 mm) and Diamond Harbour (10.4 mm), the Met department said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five Metro stations to get ‘one rupee clinic’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The cost effective one rupee clinic initiative will soon be set up at Mumbai Metro stations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor. The authority has planned to open the clinic at five metro stations by mid-August. These metro stations are Andheri, Marol Naka, Ghatkopar, Saki Naka and DN Nagar.Till date, the one rupee clinic initiative at Central and Harbour line railway stations saw a footfall of 12,555 visitors within two months. The clinic was first opened at Ghatkopar railway station on May 10. The authority thinks that the initiative will benefit daily metro commuters during emergency situations.Speaking about the clinics which will now be opened at Mumbai Metro stations, Dr Rahul Ghule, said, “Our objective is to give affordable health services. Due to our success in running cost effective medical services at various railway stations, the metro authority has approached us to start the initiative at five metro stations. In the past, there have been emergency cases at the metro stations due to which medical services are needed. Ghatkopar and Andheri metro stations have more number of footfalls.”The objective of the initiative is to give medical treatment to the general public and address emergency cases with promptness at crowded stations.Within two months of the clinic on the central line, Ghatkopar station has received the highest number of footfalls followed by Dadar and Kurla. So far, 3,897 patients visited the clinic at Ghatkopar, 3,200 patients visited the Kurla clinic, 3,375 patients visited the Dadar clinic, 1,200 patients at Wadala Road and 980 patients at Mulund.SPEEDY SERVICEThe one rupee clinics at Central and Harbour line railway stations saw 12,555 visitors within two months.
The objective of these clinics is to provide speedy medical treatment at crowded railway stations.

Heavy rains lash Mumbai; disrupt rail, road traffic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy overnight rains lashed Mumbai and adjoining areas causing water logging in several low-lying areas here, resulting in slow movement of peak hour rail and vehicular traffic this morning. Many spots across the metropolis including Hindmata area in suburban Dadar, Sion, Matunga, and some parts in Andheri were waterlogged due to the incessant showers leading to traffic snarls and chaos on the roads. Suburban railway services were also delayed in the morning and trains were running up to 20 minutes behind schedule, stranding daily office commuters especially on the Harbour and Central line. According to civic officials, continuous rain spells uprooted trees at 22 places across the city but no human casualty was reported. Officials however warned of a 4.81 metre high tide this afternoon (at 2.39 PM) coupled with heavy showers, which may cause flash floods in low-lying areas in the city. According to BMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner (General Administration) Sudhir Naik, the disaster management team is keeping a tab on the situation. “Civic body’s preparatory forces are in place to tackle any eventualities. There has been no significant water-logging and our machinery is keeping a close eye on the developments,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heavy rains lash Mumbai; vehicular traffic, suburban railway services affected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy overnight rains lashed Mumbai and adjoining areas causing water logging in several low-lying areas, resulting in slow movement of peak hour rail and vehicular traffic in the morning of June 27.The incessant showers leading to traffic snarls and chaos on the roads led many spots across the metropolis including Hindmata area in suburban Dadar, Sion, Matunga, and some parts in Andheri waterlogged.Suburban railway services were also delayed in the morning and trains were running up to 20 minutes behind schedule, stranding daily office commuters especially on the Harbour and Central line.According to civic officials, continuous rain spells uprooted trees at 22 places across the city but no human casualty was reported.Officials however warned of a 4.81 metre high tide at 2.39 p.m., coupled with heavy showers, which may cause flash floods in low-lying areas in the city.According to BMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner, General Administration, Sudhir Naik, the disaster management team is keeping a tab on the situation.”Civic body’s preparatory forces are in place to tackle any eventualities. There has been no significant water-logging and our machinery is keeping a close eye on the developments,” he told PTI.Also, to ease road traffic, BEST authorities have diverted buses on certain routes, Naik added.According to IMD, Mumbai and Konkan regions of Maharashtra experienced heavy showers in the past 24 hours as South West monsoon intensified in the state.However, Central Maharashtra is still awaiting rains.The weather department has forecast heavy rains over the next 24 hours in Konkan and Mumbai regions.The Colaba observatory today, June 27, recorded 66.8 mm rainfall while the one at Santacruz recorded 39 mm rains, till 8.30 a.m., said an IMD official.

Coast Guard rescues seven fishermen from sinking boat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Coast Guard today rescued seven fishermen from a sinking boat off the coast here. The rescue was performed by Coast Guard personnel from ICGS Rajdoot which was rushed to the aid of the fishermen, a Coast Guard release said. The fishermen had sailed out of Old Port Mangalore at about 9 am today and were heading towards Malpe Harbour. After covering a distance of about three km, while transiting off Tannir Bhavi shore, the 27 ft Gillnet boat started getting flooded due to heavy swell and high waves, the release said. The fishermen raised an alarm for their immediate rescue. After being informed by the New Mangalore Port Trust, Indian Coast Guard Headquarters at Panambur immediately despatched ICGS Rajdoot to rescue the vessel in distress. The coast guard vessel rescued all the fishermen from the distressed boat, the release said. This is the second major rescue operation taken up by the Indian Coast Guard local unit in the last few days. The Coast Guard was called in for the rescue of 27 sailors on board the dredging barge Ibis which had struck a rock and started sinking off the Ullal coast last Saturday. All were successfully rescued by ICGS Amartya in an overnight operation. “Time is very important factor in a rescue operation. Timely alarm by the fishermen for immediate rescue helped in their saving,” DIG S S Dasila, commander, Coast Guard, Karnataka, said after the completion of the rescue operation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BMC, Rlys continue blame game

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ajoy Mehta, Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Thursday that he is satisfied with the de-silting being carried out between CST and Mankhurd by the Central Railway (CR) along the Harbour Line. Reality, however, has a different story to tell — forget satisfactory, many places still reel under crisis as de-silting in those areas remain to start.Mehta along with DK Sharma, General Manager, CR, went on a joint inspection of the de-silting work between CST to Mankhurd. Surprisingly, even as the inspection was on, trains passed through piles of garbage lining the drains at several locations. CR officials told BMC that most of the garbage came from the slums lining the railway tracks, which come under BMC jurisdiction.The stretches between CST and Mankhurd fall in three different wards of BMC and the railway track in these areas are surrounded by slums. While the civic body has coughed up Rs 2.79 crore for de-silting of the nullahs along the rail tracks, railway officials claim that continuous dumping of waste by slum dwellers has made their work difficult.A senior CR official said that even as they were inspecting the drains around Govandi area, the team saw people from slums throwing garbage over the wall. “We have been asking BMC to improve the waste management across these slums. The Municipal Commissioner asked BMC officials to look into the issue and start fining people for throwing garbage,” said the official.During inspection, BMC was informed that the drains and culverts will be cleaned manually, and trees along the area will be trimmed too.Another railway official said that plastic comprised a major part of this garbage, which was choking the drains at several locations. “We had even fenced the area and sent Railway Protection Force (PRF) staff inside the slums to warn them against throwing garbage, but they claimed that they had no other option. While BMC officials keep claiming that they pay us for cleaning these drains, it is also their duty to manage the waste that is generated,” he said….& ANALYSISMajority of Mumbaikars travel to work and back home on suburban trains. Choked nullahs could lead to water logging on the tracks, which can throw local services out of gear. The civic body is already behind schedule on monsoon preparation as mandatory road surfacing works and de-silting are going on at slow pace. If railway services are also disrupted due to water logging, it will cause massive commute issues.

Trinamool Congress not afraid of CBI, ED: Abhishek

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee today said the Mamata Banerjee government was not afraid of the CBI and Enforcement Directorate. “The Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal is not afraid of the CBI and ED as the people of the state are with Mamata Banerjee,” Banerjee told a large public meeting of the Trinamool Congress Yuva Morcha here in South 24 Parganas district. The BJP led NDA government at the Centre was “misusing” the CBI and the ED against some TMC leaders and threatening them, he alleged. Abhishek, who is the nephew of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Centre is not paying for the MGNREGA, Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and mid-day meal schemes in West Bengal. The Mamata Banerjee government has done a commendable work in the field of food security, education and in the health sector, the Diamond Harbour, MP claimed. He told the party workers to help the common people and be with them at their time of need. He also told the party workers to inform the common people about opposition parties allegedly spreading misinformation about the Trinamool Congress government in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kolkata: CMRI Hospital vandalised in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A nearly 100 strong mob vandalised a private hospital on Wednesday and beat up a number of staff following the death of a patient. “The CMRI Hospital at Ekbalpore in the south-western part of the city was vandalised this morning and some staff beaten up by a mob,” a senior Kolkata Police official said.The mob resorted to the violence alleging negligence on the part of the hospital in the treatment of a girl patient admitted yesterday. The girl died at the hospital this morning following which a mob from the nearby Babubazar area entered the CMRI premises and broke glass panes, computers and other materials at the reception and billing office, the official said.The mob also resorted to a road blockade on Diamond Harbour Road at Ekbalpore crossing during morning rush hours leading to harassment of office-goers and other people. A large contingent of police led by senior officers persuaded the agitators to lift the blockade and brought the situation under control.Police forces were also deployed in the hospital premises to ensure there was no further vandalism. Relatives of patients admitted at the hospital and at the out-patients department fled the premises owing to the vandalism.

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