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MNS tears down stalls at Thane, Vasai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Activists of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) attacked and chased away hawkers from outside suburban Railway stations on Saturday after the Railway administration did not heed their party chief’s “ultimatum” to evict them. MNS leaders warned that in case authorities were not stirred into action, this protest would continue with the party visiting other stations on Sunday to check whether the hawkers have been evicted. If not, MNS has threatened to take the necessary “action” against them.After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road Railway station on September 29, which killed 23 people, Thackeray organised a morcha to the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate from the Metro Cinema and gave the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, foot-over-bridges and railway premises. This would make stations safer and easier to access for commuters.Thackeray, whose party is at an ebb after successive electoral defeats and desertions from the rank-and-file, had threatened that in case this deadline, which ended on Friday, was not adhered to by the authorities, his party workers would do the needful.On Saturday, slogan-shouting MNS workers threatened hawkers outside Thane, Kalyan, Vasai Road and Nalasopara Railway stations, manhandled some vendors and broke stalls.”We had given them a memorandum 15 days ago,” said former MNS legislator from Mahim, Nitin Sardesai.”Since they did not listen to this, we had no option. If the (Railway) administration had performed their duty well, we would not have been forced to act.” Avinash Jadhav, the MNS city unit chief in Thane, who evicted hawkers at Thane West, said these protests had made vendors disappear from many railway stations on the Mumbai suburban network.”A case of rioting and vandalism has been registered against the accused in three different police stations in Thane city and we have identified the accused, who would be arrested soon,” said Sukhada Narkar, Thane police spokesperson. Sources said the arrests are likely to take place till late on Saturday night.In 2008, Raj had begun his anti-migrant, anti-outsider campaign by targeting hawkers from northern states and his party workers had also assaulted students from other states visiting Mumbai for a Railway recruitment examination. Raj alleged that the influx of outsiders deprived local Maharashtrian youth of employment opportunities and that the Railway recruitment process was biased in favour of candidates from north India.However, MNS leaders said they were demanding action against hawkers regardless of whether they were Maharashtrians or non-Maharashtrians.Meanwhile, Union minister of state for social justice and Republican Party of India (RPI-A) leader Ramdas Athavale criticised the MNS violence and warned of retaliation by his cadre in case “poor hawkers were attacked.”

Metro-1 grapples with technical faults

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) claims to have been consistently maintaining punctuality of 98-99 per cent on the Versova -Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor. But, in the meanwhile, it has been grapling with several other issues like increasing technical failures in the Chinese rolling stock (coaches). In the first six months of this year alone, these technical failures have almost doubled when compared to the corresponding period in 2016.While a total of 24 failures in rolling stock were reported in 2016, the figure touched 22 in just the first six months of this year.According to data from the monthly reports prepared by the Independent Engineer (IE) of Metro-1, a joint venture between Sener and ACPL, there were around 13 failures in the Chinese Rolling Stock in the first six months of 2016 between January and June. In the second half of 2016, the number of failures in Chinese rolling stock went down to around 11 failures.However, the number of failures doubled in the first six months of 2017, between January and June, to around 22 failures.The failures were many — sudden incidents of automatic doors of the Metro failing to open or close, non-operational headlights, the emergency mode setting off on its own, leaking battery cells etc.In one such incident, both headlights of a Metro car were found to be not working. In one of its monthly reports, the IE recorded that one trip was delayed as the pilot on February 19, 2017 reported that both headlights were not working.”Even after resetting, the fault persisted. Hence, walkway lights were switched on and train was moved with restricted speed in available visibility condition,” the Monthly Report for February 2017 reads.The highest number of Rolling Stock failures between the period of January 2016 and June 2017 was in the month of June 2017. Around six technical failures were witnessed in Rolling Stock of Metro-1. Doors failing to open and train brakes not releasing, trains not getting traction above 5-kmph were few of the reasons for the highest number of failures.A total of 10 trips were delayed, and two trips were cancelled in June 2017 owing to approximately six failures related to Rolling Stock. The lowest number of Rolling Stock failures was one in February 2016, March 2016, July 2016, August 2016 and October 2016.The Rolling Stocks for Metro-1 were procured from M/s CSR, Nanjing China. The configuration of each Rolling Stock is of four coach rakes, extendable up to six coaches in future, and the fleet size is 16. The air-conditioned Rolling Stock of Metro-1 is designed with a speed limit of 80-kmph and the operating speed to 50-kmph.Punctuality maintained at 98-99 per cent despite problemsDespite the technical glitches or failures in its rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications the operations of Metro-1 have not been affected. The Metro-1 has maintained a punctuality average of 98-99 per cent in terms of running actual services when compared with planned services.Between January 2016 and March 2016 around 31,019 services were planned to be operated, and MMOPL ran one surplus service in the same period, that is 31,020 services.Further between April 2016 and June 2016, MMOPL ran 31,311 services against the planned 31,320 services which means a deficit of running nine less services.Between July 2016 and September 2016, MMOPL ran a total of 31,548 services whereas the same number of services were planned to be run between the above mentioned period. Between October 2016 and December 2016, MMOPL ran a total of 31,558 services .
Signalling failures double but escalator troubles dip this yrNot only failures of the rolling stock, the Metro-1 corridor has also been hit by technical failures that are crucial for the operation of the Metro corridor. These include signalling failures, telecommunication failures, faults in the escalators and lifts on the Metro station, along with failures of the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates.According to the data accessed exclusively by DNA, there were around 45 failures relating to the signalling of Metro-1 between the period of January 2016 and June 2016. These failures doubled in the second half, with 103 signalling failures between the period of July 2016 and December 2016.In the first half of 2017, there were around 93 signalling failures reported between the period of January 2017 and June 2017. This takes the total number of signalling failures between January 2016 and June 2017 to around 241.The highest number of signalling failures were reported in the months of October 2016 and June 2017, with the total failures being around 35 and 28 respectively. The lowest number of signalling failures reported were around three in May 2016.Further, there were around 675 telecommunication failures reported between January 2016 and June 2017. Between the same period, around 74 failures were reported in the radio of Metro pilot that is part of telecommunication failures. The radio is used by the Metro pilot for contacting and coordinating between the Metro stations and Metro control room.The highest number of 10 failures in the radio system were reported in September 2016, and the lowest of two failures in March-April and May 2017. Around 448 failures were reported in the CCTV cameras that are installed at Metro stations and depot.Topping the list of failures are the automatic fare collection (AFC) gates, which is where the commutes swipe their tokens or smart cards for accessing the way towards the Metro.Birds snapping overhead wire a major issueThe services of Metro-have been affected several times due to birds snapping the overhead wires that supply power to the rolling stock.According to the data given by IE for Metro-1, 86 failures due to bird snapping were reported between January 2016 and October 2016. The highest number of 23 failures were reported in April 2016.In one such case, on February 23, 2017, 38 Metro services were cancelled and two were delayed after a breakdown of overhead wire was reported near Azad Nagar Metro station. “The overhead wire breakdown was due to the bird fault between the return conductor and anti-creep wire, which resulted in parting of both conductors,” reads the monthly report prepared by IE in March 2017.”Anti-bird devices/ methods maybe developed and implemented on experimental basis,” reads one of the suggestions given to MMOPL by the IE.’Our process ensures that faults don’t become failures’While the IE’s monthly reports term them technical ‘failures’, MMOPL maintains that these are ‘faults’, all of which are recorded irrespective of magnitude, so that they can be rectified immediately.When contacted, A Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), spokesperson said, “The number of faults depends on the traffic, and MMOPL is taking corrective action for the same. If the number of faults has gone up over last year, it is solely on account of the heavier footfall and the increased number of trips the Metro is undertaking. These faults have not turned into service-affecting failures except in the odd case just because of our stringent processes that ensure that faults don’t graduate to failure. Even if one were to take the number of faults reported over the systems usage, it is clear that their occurrences range from 2-5 faults per million operations.”The spokesperson, added, “A case in point is AFC failure. A total of 1,249 AFC failures/faults were reported between January ’16 and June ’17, as per the report. The total number of passengers who travelled during this period is 13.22 crore. Each passenger uses the AFC twice (one Entry & one Exit). On that basis, the fault rate comes to 4.7 per million operations, which is in fact a performance any metro system would like to boast of.The spokesperson further added, “We accord uncompromising priority to commuter safety and performance standards. Our robust and pro-active reporting regime is geared towards identifying each minor fault and undertaking immediate remedial action so that these do not graduate to service-disrupting failures. This is how MMOPL manages to maintain its performance of 99.9 per cent punctuality and 100 per cent availability on continuous basis.MMOPL has achieved 100 per cent punctuality continuously for all days of a particular month several times in last 39 months of its operation.”

AAP takes Metro fare hike protest to next level

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ongoing political drama over the Metro fare hike continued with the Aam Aadmi Party leaders staging a protest outside the Union Urban Development Ministry at Nirman Bhawan, on Friday. The Delhi Police detained party workers as well as senior leaders including Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam during the protest.The gheraoing of the ministry came close on the heels of the Metro Fare Satyagraha launched by the AAP on Wednesday. Party members and volunteers protested against the revised fares rolled out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) on Tuesday, across different metro stations on Wednesday and Thursday as part of the ‘satyagraha’. The fares were increased despite vehement opposition by the Delhi city government, which also led to a tug of war between the city government and the Centre. This is for the second time in a year that the fares have been increased. The DMRC had increased fares in May earlier.Meanwhile, the ruling party of Delhi decided to take their protest outside the houses of seven MPs from the capital, all of whom are from the Bharatiya Janata Party. The AAP members have termed this the “second phase” of the Metro Fare Satyagraha.According to an AAP leader, they will launch the protest outside the house of Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday. In the following days, they plan to take their agitation to residences of other MPs including Maheish Girri, Udit Raj, Ramesh Bidhuri, Parvesh Verma, Meenakshi Lekhi, and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.The Delhi Metro Commuters Association, a volunteer organisation also protested outside the Metro Bhawan on Barakhamba road here on Friday.

Behaviour of Delhi Chief Secretary makes it clear that he is taking orders from the BJP: AAP over hike in Metro rates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP government on Friday accused Delhi Chief Secretary M M Kutty of refusing to comply with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s order to examine issues related to the recent metro fare hike and alleged that he was doing so at the BJP’s behest.In a statement, the Kejriwal government said that Kutty’s “denial” was the first of its kind in the democratic history of the country and warned that it could exercise “options” to deal with “dereliction and sabotage”.”This makes it clear that the Chief Secretary has the backing of the BJP-led Centre and is sabotaging the Delhi government’s efforts to send relief to the people of Delhi by getting the fare hike inquired,” the government statement alleged.Earlier in the day, Kutty was summoned by Kejriwal after he allegedly refused to comply with his order to examine issues related to the metro fare hike.The government statement claimed that the behaviour of Kutty makes it obvious that he was taking “orders from the BJP” and is acting against the elected government of Delhi which is “unconstitutional and undemocratic”.The statement said that the elected government will look into the “options” to deal with such “dereliction and sabotage” of the bureaucrats towards the “pro-people move of the government”.According to the AAP government, it is now of the view that such bureaucrats must have “sabotaged” the elected government’s stand on the metro fare hike in the board meeting which decided on the hike.The metro fare hike was a financial blow to the people of Delhi and has also brought down the ridership of Delhi Metro, it said.In the past, the AAP government and bureaucrats have been at loggerheads on a range of issues.In May 2015, Kejriwal had accused the then acting Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin of “favouring” power companies and claimed that she wanted to “trick the government into signing documents which would give Rs 11,000 crore to these firms”.In this month too, the government had issued an order to lock the office of a senior IAS officer after he had issued directives notifying the appointment of the then power secretary Gamlin as the acting chief secretary.In December 2015, Delhi government bureaucrats had gone on mass leave to protest against the suspension of two Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) cadre officers.

Mumbaikars move Bombay High Court, stand divided on issue of Metro-3 work at night

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The tussle between Mumbaikars for and against the construction of the Metro-3 line between Colaba and SEEPZ has reached the Bombay High Court. A group of citizens from Colaba, Mahim and Andheri have come out in support of the metro line, and want it to be expedited for the betterment of the city.Michael Pereira, a resident of Colaba, informed the court that he would want to intervene in the petition filed by Cuffe Parade resident Robin Jaisinghani seeking a stay on the metro work during night time. Pereira told the court that Jaisinghani’s petition need not be construed as the opinion of the majority of Mumbaikars.Pereira has been allowed to file a application, raising his objections on Friday.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice NM Jamdar has asked the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) to file an affidavit on the kinds of work which cause the maximum noise. A time schedule of works which need to be carried out during daytime, and its completionhas also been called for.The bench also indicated to the petitioner, “There has to be some compromise.”The directions were given during the hearing of the petition filed by Jaisinghani who has sought stay of work during night-time as it violates noise pollution norms.NOISE MATTERSThe MMRCL has filed an affidavit stating that the noise pollution rules do not apply to them as rules framed under the Environment Protection Act are general in nature, while Metro Act is a special statute which should prevail over a general enactment.

Can’t stop construction, people should ‘compromise and sacrifice’ for ‘essential’ Metro: Bombay HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today said it cannot put a permanent stop to the Metro III project as it is essential for decongestion of roads and hence people should “compromise and sacrifice” and put up with the problems created due to the construction work.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice NM Jamdar was hearing a bunch of petitions claiming that the construction activity for the project was resulting in noise pollution in the areas concerned. Last month, the court had refused to allow the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) the use of heavy machinery or transportation vehicles at night for the Metro III line work. The MMRCL had sought the court’s permission to bring heavy vehicles to construction sites in South Mumbai “during the night hours to transport construction material and debris”.Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbakoni today sought that the court reconsider the issue and said, “The nature of machinery, equipment and material that needs to be brought in are heavy and large. Traffic needs to be stopped for these to be transported. It would not be proper if traffic is stopped during day time and hence it needs to be done at night.” The court then said it was aware of the authority’s anxiety and concern to complete the project and directed the MMRCL to file an affidavit giving details of what work needs to be carried out during night time and the time schedule for the same. “We are aware of your concern and anxiety. But at the same time we cannot overlook everything. You (MMRCL) cannot carry on work each night for a whole year. There are school and college children who have to prepare for exams,” Chief Justice Chellur said.”We understand that there has to be compromise and sacrifice by people too. We cannot permanently stop the project. There needs to be a balance. We cannot stop development. This project will decongest roads and will benefit everyone. Extreme sensitivity and arbitrariness is also not correct,” she said. The bench has now posted the petitions for hearing tomorrow by when the MMRCL will have to submit its affidavit.The 33-kilometre Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro line III project is part of the Metro system which will connect the Cuffe Parade business district in south Mumbai to SEEPZ in the city’s north-central suburb. In August this year, acting on the above petitions, the court had restrained MMRCL from carrying out any construction or ancillary work on the Metro III line between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

MMRDA may bring in integrated smart card for toll, rlys, buses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Motorists in the city may soon be able to pay toll with a smart card that can also be used to purchase tickets for suburban trains, buses, Metro and Monorail.After a recent visit to London to study their integrated ticketing system, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials are now contemplating introducing a common smart card.Sanjay Khandare, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said, “During our visit to London, we were shown two options – one where toll payment would be included in the system and one without the option of being able to pay toll.”He added, “The toll option would be limited within the city initially and may be extended later. For now, we are studying different models, considering the complexity of Mumbai where there are different agencies handling different modes of transport.”Officials from Railways, MMRDA and the BEST had visited London last month to study the ‘Oyster Card’ system, a form of electronic ticketing system used for travelling in the London Tube, railway, trams, boats along with the UK’s national rail services.At a review meeting last week, CM Devendra Fadnavis had asked MMRDA to introduce a single ticketing system by end of the year.

AAP calls Metro fare hike conspiracy to help Ola, Uber; passes resolution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Assembly on Monday stepped up its protest against the Metro fare hike by passing a resolution against the plan, set to be implemented from Tuesday. Continuing its attack on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) since it announced the revised fare, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia called the hike a ploy to help radio cab services.Speaking in the Assembly, Sisodia said a “conspiracy” was being hatched, so that people give up using the Metro and hail cabs. “This is being done so that Ola and Uber benefit from this. Efforts are being made to turn Metro into a premium transport, which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will not allow to happen,” he said, without naming anybody.Noisy scenes were also witnessed in the Assembly when two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs — Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Om Prakash Sharma — demanded an apology from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for making derogatory remarks against women during the guest teachers’ debate on October 4. Both Sirsa and Sharma were then marshalled out of the House on orders of Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, after they refused to stick to the fare hike debate. Two other BJP MLAs, Vijender Gupta and Jagdish Pradhan, also staged a walkout to express solidarity with their party legislators.The AAP government has been in direct confrontation with the DMRC for more than a week now, since the fare was hiked for the second time in less than six months. On Wednesday, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot urged the Urban Development minister to intervene in the matter and direct the DMRC to hold the revised fares.Incidentally, the AAP and the Union government have also locked horns with Urban Development Minister Hardip Singh Puri. Puri had said that the rail corporation needed money to survive and run efficiently, suggesting in a letter sent to CM Kejriwal that the increase in fare can be withheld, if the Delhi government decides to pay Rs 3,000 crore per annum to Metro for the next five years.On Monday, Puri wrote another letter to Kejriwal, urging him to not politicise the issue. He also rejected Kejriwal’s offer to take over the DMRC, suggesting that the city government may explore taking up the operations of its proposed Phase IV as a “test case”.”While I appreciate your confidence, enthusiasm, and keenness to take on more responsibility, I am constrained to point out that this again is not in line with the existing policy. The policy, in respect of 50:50 joint venture Metro projects as is the case of DMRC, does not envisage operations either by the state or Central governments. It is precisely for this reason that Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) have been created,” he wrote to Kejriwal.NSUI stops train in tracksProtesting against the impending Metro fare hike, a group of NSUI students stopped a Metro train in its tracks on the Yellow Line on Monday, briefly disrupting the services on Line 2. The incident took place around noon at the Vishwavidyalaya station, one of the busiest corridors that connects north Delhi to Gurugram.

Allow me to go abroad, won’t close foreign accounts: Karti Chidambaram to SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karti Chidambaram, facing allegations of holding multiple accounts and assets abroad, has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that he will not close his foreign bank account. Karti on Monday sought the apex court’s permission to travel abroad between October 19 and November 13 to admit his daughter at the Cambridge University. The son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram informed the Supreme Court that he has just one bank account in the Metro Bank in the UK which was opened in June 2016. He further claimed that the bank account has not got any funds from anyone except him, his wife and daughter. The submission comes a few days after the CBI said that Karti had gone abroad to close his foreign accounts.The matter would be heard tomorrow has the Centre’s counsel sought time to take the instructions. The case lodged by CBI in Delhi is related to alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of almost Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Karti’s father was the Union Finance Minister.The CBI had claimed that the FDI proposal of the media house, cleared by Chidambaram, was “fallacious”.The FIR was registered on May 15 before the special CBI judge and the registration of the case was followed by searches at the residences and offices of Karti and his friends on May 16.

Godhra train carnage verdict, Delhi Metro fare tussle, Gripen deal and Indian Army: DNA morning must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat High Court to pronounce verdict in 2002 Godhra train carnage case todayThe Gujarat High Court will pronounce its judgment on the 2002 Godhra train carnage today. In the horrific incident, 59 passengers were charred to death at the Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002. The trial of the sensitive case was conducted in-camera at the Sabarmati Jail by the special designated court. dnai.in/f6txAfter outrage over martyrs’ remains in make-shift boxes, Indian Army calls it an ‘aberration’On Sunday, a tweet posted by Retd Lieutenant General HS Panag sparked outrage which showed the mortal remains of defence personnel who were killed in a chopper crash. The photographs showed their bodies being carried in make-shift cardboard boxes, tied up with ropes. It was even more ironic that the incident occurred on Air Force Day. dnai.in/f6rvAmit Shah’s son Jay Shah to file Rs 100-crore lawsuit against ‘false’ reportRejecting allegations levelled by a news website against BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah, Union minister Piyush Goyal said, “Jay Shah will file a criminal defamation suit of Rs 100 crore against the author, editor and owner of the news website.” Goyal was addressing a press conference after Opposition parties trained guns on the government latching on to the news report. Goyal also presented a statement from Jay Shah. dnai.in/f6syAAP govt’s efforts to prevent Metro fare hike go in vain; DMRC all set to roll out revised fareNo amount of muscle flexing by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government against the Metro fare hike has borne any fruit as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to roll out the revised fare from October 10. With the Centre, too, putting its weight behind the DMRC, it is unlikely that commuters will get any respite from a more expensive Metro ride. Hoping that the corporation will cave in, the Delhi government had even threatened to remove DMRC Chief Dr Mangu Singh from the post, if the new fares were implemented. dnai.in/f6szDone deal for Swedish firm Saab? IAF planes flying Gripen formation sparks speculationThere were a few red faces in the Indian Air Force today as the Surya Kiran aerobatics team which performed several heart-stopping mid-air manoeuvres during the Air Force Day celebrations at the Hindon Air Base also, among other air formations, flew what was called the “Gripen formation”. The Swedish aerospace firm Saab, which manufactures the Gripen fighter planes, is in the running to bag a major contract to provide 100 single-engine fighters to the Indian Air Force and is locked in a direct contest with US defence firm Lockheed Martin, which is currently offering its latest F16 figher jet to IAF. dnai.in/f6qNLord Shiva’s blessings have given strength to digest poison to serve country: PM Modi in VadnagarPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid his first visit to his hometown Vadnagar as PM and delivered a strong message to his critics, saying Lord Shiva’s blessings have given him the strength to digest poison and serve the motherland. “Bholenath’s blessings have given me the strength to digest all the poison that’s come my way since 2001. I have had the strength to serve the motherland, no matter who spews venom,” he said. dnai.in/f6st

AAP ready to pay Rs 1,500 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to the suggestion of Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to give Rs 3,000 crore per annum to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to prevent the proposed fare hike, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has agreed to give Rs 1,500 crore. The decision was announced in a series of tweets by AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma.Sharma said on Sunday that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had responded to “every point” in the letter written by Puri, in which he had given the Rs 3,000 crore suggestion. Emphasising that the Delhi government was willing to take over the Metro and provide an efficient transport system, if the Centre agreed, Sharma also offered a matching grant of Rs 1,500 crore.The AAP government had last week sought the Centre’s intervention in preventing the new fares from seeing the light of the day. It had written a letter to Puri, urging him to exercise the power vested in him as urban development minister and direct the DMRC to hold back the new tariffs.Refusing to back the AAP government, Puri had written a letter to Kejriwal, asking if his government was willing to provide a grant of Rs 3,000 crore, following which it could constitute a new fare fixation committee and the fare hike could be rolled back. He even gave a detailed break up of the total amount required by DMRC to keep the Metro chugging as efficiently.Puri stated that the total grants-in-aid required in the next five years starting from 2017-18 till 2021-22 would be Rs 3,040 crore, 3,616 crore, 3,318 crore, 3,150 crore and 2,980 crore, respectively, that would go towards clearing off its loan, depreciation for replacements, and operational expenses, etc.LETTER STATESPuri stated that the total grants-in-aid required in the next five years starting from 2017-18 till 2021-22 would be Rs 3,040 crore, 3,616 crore, 3,318 crore, 3,150 crore and 2,980 crore, respectively

Ready to pay funds to run Delhi Metro if Centre gives 50 per cent, says Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid a face-off with the Centre over a proposed metro fare hike, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday offered to take over the DMRC to make it more efficient and said his government was ready to provide half the funds needed to meet the gap in its finances for three months.In a letter to Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Kejriwal said the Centre bore the entire loss of Kolkata Metro and there should be no difficulty if it provided half the funds in the case of Delhi.Puri had on Friday told the Delhi government it would need to pay Rs 3,000 crore annually for five years if it wanted to stop the metro fare hike.Kejriwal said Puri’s contention that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was bound to follow the Fare Fixation Committee’s recommendations seemed “untenable”.Citing Section 86 of the DMRC Act, he said it was the Centre which had set up the fourth FFC after a lapse of seven years. Therefore, the Union minister’s contention that the central government was “powerless” in respect of fare fixation was “flawed”.The FFC-recommended fare hike, a second in seven months, will come into effect on October 10.He said the city government was confident it would be able to fund the DMRC by improving its efficiency rather than effecting steep fare hikes.”As for your suggestion regarding a grant to the DMRC for meeting the gap in their finances, my government is willing to bear half the grant if only a matching grant is provided by the central government.”As you know, the central government and the Delhi government are 50-50 owners of the DMRC and its equity etc.have been shared in this proportion all along,” Kejriwal said in the letter.”Let an assessment be made of the financial gap likely to be created on account of the postponement of the second fare hike and we will be able to bear half of it,” he said.Sources in the Delhi government said the CM offered to provide on a short-term basis half the funds the DMRC needed to meet the gap in its finances so that another FFC could be set up to recommend fresh fares.Besides cooperative federalism, the point remains that the Centre and Delhi government are equal partners in the DMRC, Kejriwal said.”From the recent developments, it is becoming evident that the relationship is not one of equal partners since what the Delhi government proposes is often summarily disposed by the Cental government.”If the Central government agrees, Delhi government would be willing to take over the DMRC,” he said.Fares will go up by a maximum of Rs 10 after the latest hike comes into effect.The existing fare structure is: up to 2 kms — Rs 10, 2-5 kms — Rs 15, 5-12 kms — Rs 20, 12-21 kms — Rs 30, 21-32 kms — Rs 40 and for journeys beyond 32 kms — Rs 50.From October 10, for a distance of up to two kilometres, the fare will remain Rs 10, but for a distance between two and five kilometres, it will go up from Rs 15 to Rs 20.For the subsequent slabs, it will go up by Rs 10 each, which means the maximum fare will be Rs 60.Delhi Metro managing director Mangu Singh also met the chief minister at his residence today. It was immediately not known as to what transpired at the meeting.

Govt has no power to sack Metro chief, say officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has refused to back down on the fare hike issue with the state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot remarking to the media that his government would sack Delhi Metro chief Mangu Singh if the hike was not put on hold. However, off the record, senior officers and former bureaucrats maintain the city government can “neither appoint nor remove the Metro chief.”“It is not in the power of the city government to appoint or remove the Metro chief. In the present case, Singh was a nominee of the Delhi government and his appointment was approved by the former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. In order to remove him from the post, only the LG, after seeking concurrence from the Centre, can move a proposal regarding this,” said a senior government official.The hike is proposed to come into effect from October 10. The government official also pointed out that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was an autonomous body and added that the city government does not have the power to put the Metro fare hike on hold or decide on the fares, except for recommending the same to the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC). “The fares are decided by the FFC which has judges from the High Court on its panel as well.The Delhi government can give its observations/recommendations, but these are not binding on the Metro or the Centre in any way. They have made it a prestige issue without confirming their powers” said a former bureaucrat. Meanwhile, the Centre sent a letter on Friday telling the city government that the Metro Act does not allow the fare hike to be held.Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in the letter to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal that constituting a fresh FFC could be considered if the city government agrees on providing Rs 3,000 crore every year in order to make up for the operational loss that the Metro suffers.“Your suggestion that this ministry direct that the fare increase is kept on hold overlooks the fact the central government does not have any such authority. Tampering with the recommendations of FFC (Fare Fixation Committee) is legally untenable,” the letter stated.

Delhi Metro fare hike can’t be put on hold: Centre tells Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Saturday told Arvind Kejriwal government that the Delhi Metro fare hike can’t be put on hold as it would be against the Metro Act.“Your (Delhi government) suggestion that this ministry direct that the fare increase be kept on hold overlooks the fact the Central government does not have any such authority. Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable,” Union Minister Hardip Singh Puri was quoted as saying by the Times of India.The Union Minister also sent a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that has ruled out any rollback on the fare hike.Puri, who has taken a firm stand on the issue, had said that the last fare hike was implemented in 2009. He had said that the Delhi Metro needs money else it would turn into DTC, referring to the poor condition of buses run by the Delhi Transport Corporation.Reacting on Puri’s statement, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said that the DTC may be suffering losses, but it was at least serving the people. “The DMRC should go for property development, food courts and advertisements to generate revenue and not just passenger fares,” he said.

Suspected pickpocket enters Metro tunnel, creates chaos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man got onto the Metro tracks at Rajiv Chowk station and walked into the tunnel on Friday evening, creating chaos and panic among onlookers and security agencies. He was later caught by the CISF and was handed over to the police.The incident took place around 8.30 pm when the man, who remained unidentified till late evening, got down from the platform number and started walking into the tunnel. Other passengers and security guards alerted the CISF.Witnesses said that some commuters suspected him to be a pickpocket and had caught hold of him when he jumped on the tracks to escape.”A quick response team immediately swung into action and the man was apprehended. Metro train traffic had to be held for some time. The man was brought to the control room where he was questioned. He did not have money to pay the fine and was therefore handed over to the police for further probe,” said a senior CISF officer.

After Raj Thackeray’s tirade against PM, MNS booked for not taking police permission for rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An offence was registered against organisers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) rally in the city today for not taking a prior permission of the police.The MNS held the rally from Metro Cinema to the Churchgate railway station in south Mumbai to protest the deaths of 23 people in a stampede on a foot over bridge linking Parel and Elphinstone Road railway stations on September 29.Party president Raj Thackeray addressed the gathering of thousands outside the railway station.”As no official permission was taken for organising the rally, a case was registered at the Azad Maidan police station under section 37(1) (E) and section 135 of the Maharashtra Police Act,” a senior official said tonight.When asked if police have named Thackeray, the official replied in negative.Police have not given the exact number of organisers booked by them.MNS activists who participated in the rally had raised slogans against the railway administration and obstructed vehicular movement too, he said.”This was an act of disobedience of Commissioner of Police’s orders against unauthorised gathering,” the official added.

Govt wants Centre to stop Metro fare hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Assembly on Wednesday sought Centre’s intervention to prevent hike in metro fare, and moved a resolution in this regard. The DMRC will roll out the revised fare from October 10. The state cabinet will hold a discussion on the resolution on October 9 during which the legislators are likely to corner the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on the issue.While reading out the resolution in the House, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the proposed hike was against the wishes of the Delhi government and in “gross violation” of recommendations of the Fare Fixation Committee. The transport minister also termed the fare increase as “anti-people.””The common man is already reeling under a severe financial burden due to the poor implementation of GST, demonetisation, unprecedented price rise, hike in fuel prices and general economic mismanagement by the Centre,” the resolution read. It appealed to the Centre to take into consideration the pro-people concerns of the Delhi government.The AAP government urged the Urban Development Ministry to “quickly and actively” intervene so that the proposed fare hike is not implemented.In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government said the hike which is second in less than six months, violates Section 37 of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002.Govt StatementIn a statement issued on Tuesday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government said the hike which is second in less than six months, violates Section 37 of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002.

DMRC celebrates week-long ‘Daan Utsav, 2017’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an objective to encourage people to donate goods, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is celebrating week-long ‘Daan Utsav, 2017’ till October 8. Earlier known as the Joy of Giving Week, it is about philanthropy, to motivate people to donate, either material goods or do some social service.As part of the week, a collection drive of stationery items and books is being organised at select stations across the metro network. These stations where people can donate are Vishwavidyalaya, Rohini West, Dwarka Sector 21, Noida City Centre, Sarita Vihar, Vaishali, Kashmere Gate, Central Secretariat, HUDA City Centre, and Rajiv Chowk.Commuters will be encouraged to donate books and stationery at designated kiosks at these stations, which will be manned by volunteers. Collection drives will also be organised at DMRC’s residential colonies situated in different parts of the city.Meanwhile, a joy ride along with a puppet show, and a visit to the Metro Museum at Patel Chowk was also organised for children on Wednesday as part of the celebration. About 70 children visited the metro system and toured the museum.

Metro sees a 3-time decrease in littering since 2014

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi residents have become more sensitised towards keeping the Metro clean over the years, according to data. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has registered a three-time decrease in the number of offenders for littering the train and Metro stations since 2014.According to the data available with the DMRC, it has fined nearly 980 people for spitting and dirtying the surroundings till now this year. The figure was around 2,700 in 2014, which came down to 1,935 in 2015. The offenders decreased further in 2016, with the DMRC issuing 1,885 challans.The reduction in such fines is a pat on the back of residents, considering the huge rush of commuters on the Metro daily. The train that connects the length and breadth of the National Capital Region, including border areas of the Capital, receives a footfall of 27 lakh passengers every year, and an annual number that touches around 100 crore.Anyone found spitting in the train or otherwise dirtying the stations, is fined Rs 200 by the DMRC. Apart from posters and graffiti on stations and stickers inside the train, as well as tickers warning passengers from dirtying the train, the DMRC also uses public announcement system to create awareness regarding cleanliness among passengers. The train and stations are also monitored by CCTVs, contributing to the DMRC’s efforts to keep the surroundings clean.Expressing happiness at the falling number of offenders for littering, a DMRC official said people were becoming increasingly aware of the significance of cleanliness. “We give the entire credit to commuters for helping us in our constant endeavour to provide world class facilities to them when they travel in the Metro. The reduced figures are heartening considering lakhs of passengers that use the Delhi Metro daily,” the official said.Recently, the DMRC had observed the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by planting 600 trees in Delhi on Sunday. It also brought in a self-help group, comprising several cleanliness volunteers and NGOs, who enthusiastically dedicated themselves to ‘shramdaan’ (effort donation) towards cleanliness initiatives.

Metro fare hike violates law: AAP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for putting on hold the proposed hike in the Metro fares till the accounts of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are audited, the state government on Monday said the hike will be a clear violation of the law laid by the corporation itself.According to a statement released by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, it will be the second hike in a year, which violates Section 37 of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002.”Section 37 of the Act, 2002, states that the recommendations made by the Fare Fixation Committee shall be a binding on the Metro railway administration. Therefore, the DMRC needs to answer how the committee’s recommendation that ‘there shall be a gap of one year between two fare hikes’, has been violated by the Metro. On what basis is the second hike being defended by its officials?” the government asked.”It is clear that after the first fare hike in May this year, Metro fares cannot be hiked for the second time within five months, according to the law,” it added.The government further said that it had never interfered in the functioning of the DMRC and rather provided all kind of support for its operations. “But the government cannot remain a mute spectator at a time when the interests of commuters are being overlooked,” the statement read.Earlier on Sunday, a war of words was triggered between the Delhi government and the Centre after Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the Metro will soon turn into Delhi Transport Corporation buses, if there was no hike in the fare.The development came after the DMRC had on Saturday said that the hike in Metro fare is necessary to provide world-class service to passengers. Afterwards, Kejriwal had written to the Centre, seeking its intervention in the matter.MATTER TO LIGHTThe development came after the DMRC had on Saturday said that the hike in Metro fare is necessary to provide world-class service to passengers. Afterwards, Kejriwal had written to the Centre, seeking its intervention in the matter

Mahatma Gandhi, Kanpur clashes, India checkpoints and Delhi Metro: DNA morning must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kanpur communal violence: DSP suspended, DM orders probeThe District Magistarte of Kanpur has ordered a probe into the communal violence that broke in the area during a Tazia procession to mark Muhraam on Sunday. Kanpur DSP has been suspended. Situation is under control, suggest latest reports. UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s trip to the city was cancelled in veiw of the communal violence. He was supposed to take part in a clean India marathon. Varios reports said that around 30 people were injured in the clashes. dnai.in/f5XjIndia remembers ‘Father of Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi, PM Modi pays tribute at RajghatIndia remembers Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary on Monday. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to ‘Bapu’ at Rajghat in the national capital in morning. PM Modi took to Twitter and said, “I bow to beloved Bapu.” dnai.in/f5XkKejriwal vs Centre? Without fair hike, Delhi Metro will turn into DTC buses, says Union MinisterIf the Delhi Metro’s fares are not hiked, the trains will soon turn into Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses whose condition is known to people, Union Minister of State for Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said on Sunday. The remarks came a day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the Centre, saying that the hike, to come into effect from October 10, is unacceptable, and be put on hold for another three-four months, till the proposal is examined by the Centre and the Delhi government. If the hike comes into effect, the fares will go up by a maximum of Rs 10. dnai.in/f5X9Rohingya crisis: India to open 2 checkposts along Myanmar, Bangladesh bordersThe central government has approved two immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, in view of the ongoing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which has triggered an influx of Rohingya Muslims and illegal Bangladeshi immigrants into India. The move will also facilitate legal entries and exits. India shares a 1,643-km border with Myanmar which touches Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. The country also shares 4,096 km of border with Bangladesh, touching Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and West Bengal.Why you doubted an army man’s nationality, Assam top cop asks local policeAssam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay has asked a senior official to explain why Mohd Azmal Hoque has been asked to prove his nationality, who retired as a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) after serving the Army for 30 years. The Army’s Eastern Command has also pledged support to its retired officer. dnai.in/f5Xd

AAP forces DMRC to put Metro fare hike on hold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposed fare hike by the Delhi Metro has been put on hold for the time being after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday directed Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to find a way out to prevent the hike within a week. The hike was proposed to come into effect from October 10.Calling the proposed hike ‘anti-people’, Kejriwal directed Gahlot to find an alternative.In a meeting with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief Mangu Singh, Gahlot directed the DMRC to put the fare hike on hold till the “rationale behind the hike is explained and all relevant documents are shown to the Delhi government.”“The hike in fares was likely to affect a large number of commuters in Delhi. The Delhi Metro is directed to put on hold any further hike till the Delhi government completes its inquiry and ascertain the rationale behind it,” said Gahlot in an order.However when asked, the DMRC said that they have not received any correspondence from the Delhi government in this regard so far.The minister raised the issue of why the Fare Fixation Committee (which recommended the hike) which is appointed by the Central government, did not take the same stance as the Delhi government.This was the second time in the year that the fares were proposed to be hiked with metro fare for rides almost doubling.The fares were increased following the recommendations of the fourth Fare Fixation Committee appointed by the Central government.However, according to DMRC officials, not wishing to be named, for every Rs 1 recovered from operation, the surplus available to DMRC is Rs 0.26 during the year 206-17, out of which the Metro spent Rs 0.27 towards paying the debt (JICA loan). Thus, no funds are left to meet the cost of replacement of assets.“The net loss before tax for the 2016-17 fiscal comes to Rs 378.29 crore,” he said. FARES DOUBLEDA passenger who now pays Rs 36 for a said ride will now have have to shell Rs 60, if the hike is implemented. Similarly, the Rs 18 ride was proposed to be hiked to Rs 30. Last time the fares were revised in May with the minimum fare hiked from Rs 8 to Rs 10, while the maximum fare was hiked from Rs 30 to Rs 50.

Will Delhi Metro revert its ‘anti-people’ fare hike decision after Arvind Kejriwal’s intervention

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government on Thursday have directed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to put on hold any impending fare hike till the completion of enquiry on the matter.In a letter addressed to the DMRC, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Thursday said, “Delhi Metro is directed to put on hold any further hike till Delhi government completes its enquiry and forms an opinion on this subject.””The proposed fare hike by Delhi Metro is likely to adversely affect the interests of a large number of commuters in Delhi,” Gahlot said. “Delhi Government is completely against any hike in Metro fares,” he added.The transport minister also said the it is not clear whether the Delhi government’s stand was considered by the fare fixation committee of Delhi Metro.Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came down heavily against fare hike in Delhi Metro. Terming the fare hike as “anti-people”, Kejriwal in a letter to Gahlot directed the transport minister to look into the matter immediately and stop the proposed fare hike.“The Metro fare hike is anti-people. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has been directed to find a solution to prevent a hike in metro fares within a week.”The revised metro fares are likely to be increased by Rs 10 next month. Under the revised fares, commuters will have to pay Rs 10 for 0-2 kms, Rs 20 for 2-5 kms, Rs 30 for 5-12 kms, Rs 40 for 12-21 kms, Rs 50 for 21-32 kms and Rs 60 for more than 32 kms. The fare hike is likely to be implemented from October 3 as October 1 is Sunday and October 2 is Gandhi Jayanti, This is the second time the fares are set to increase this year. Earlier this year in May, DMRC had revised its fares with effect from May 10.

Polluted water irks residents of Churchgate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After noise pollution, the residents of Churchgate and Cuffe Parade are irked with the supply of contaminated water to their houses. Residents of Moti Mahal building at J Tata Road in Churchgate were shocked to know that the water which is supplied to their building is unfit for human consumption. They claim that since work on the underground Metro-3 project has begun, they are getting contaminated water. DNA had reported on September 19 that BMC’s A ward, which comprises Churchgate and Cuffe Parade, has consistently been receiving poor quality water.Ashwin Nagpal, a resident of Moti Mahal, last week collected a sample of water supplied to his home, boiled it and sent to a private lab in Churchgate for testing. The lab released its report on Monday stating that the water sample contains bacteria not fit for human consumption. Nagpal said, “MMRC damaged the water pipe line in front of our building, They repaired it in a month and BMC restored our supply. But still many of the residents started falling ill.”An MMRC spokesperson said, “We are examining the cause. Temporarily, alternative supply has been ensured and attempts are on to get the issue resolved with the help of the BMC.” When Nagpal contacted the civic administration, the civic officials told him to re-test the water samples through procedure adopted by the BMC.

70% helpline queries are not security-related: CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Attending calls on its helpline number has become a task for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that manages the security of the Delhi Metro. As many as 70 per cent of the calls received by the Force are related to recruitment in CISF, train timings, about the airport metro line, or other issues, and do not pertain to security.The problem has become so manifest that the Force is also planning to launch a new direct helpline soon.According to data, out of a total of 6,228 calls received this year so far on the helpline number, more than 4,200 were not security-related issues.Senior officers say the menace has just become bigger over time but the Force is coping with it and all the callers have been directed to the concerned authorities to ensure adequate help.”From recruitment queries to train timings and from airport line connectivity to queries about banned and prohibited items, our men handle all kinds of calls in a day. Majority of them are related to metro timings and routes,” said a senior CISF officer.”DMRC also has an enquiry helpline number for this but when we receive such calls, we try to answer their queries. If it is out of our ambit, we transfer these calls to the departments concerned for disposal. However, such calls are irrelevant for a security force and waste of time,” he added.Calling for helpTotal calls received6,228*3,153 related to general information and miscellaneous calls543 related to train timings and route409 calls to inquire about permitted and prohibited items63 regarding recruitment in CISF58 for timings on special days*Till August 2017

Do not allow matchboxes on Metro, says govt

DMRC is issued a strict compliance notice under Section 4, Rule 3, Sub-rule 1(C) under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s health department on Thursday issued a compliance notice to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for allowing matchboxes and lighters inside the Metro despite inflammable substances being prohibited on the metro premises.“DMRC is issued a strict compliance notice under Section 4, Rule 3, Sub-rule 1(C) under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 to immediately stop allowing matchbox & lighter to be carried by commuters within the metro trains/premises or legal action will be initiated against commuters and DMRC,” the notice said.

Mumbai rains: Despite security strike on Tuesday, Metro records all-time high of 4.13 lakh commuters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro 1 corridor that connects Versova to Ghatkopar via Andheri, on Tuesday had 4 lakh commuters ferrying the route on Tuesday. The reason for the rise in travellers was the heavy rains that started at 2pm. A Metro One spokesperson said, “We recorded 4.13 lakh commuters on Tuesday. The trains were punctual, which was a big plus.”Apart from the commuters, it as a tough day for the Metro officials as the state security staff had called a day-long strike.According to the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), operating the Metro, Metro-1’s record ridership announced last month stood at 3.8 lakh commuters on July 17, 2017 followed by 3.71 lakh on June 28, 2017, and on September 21, 2016, it had carried 3.68 lakh commuters.The expenditure to operate Metro-1 stood at about Rs 1,500 crore between June 2014 and June 2017. Meanwhile, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region recorded heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours with the state government deciding to keepschools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region to remain closed today in view of heavy rains.Also 56 flights were diverted to different airports till this morning as the main runway continued to be out of use.

Metro-3: Ban on work from 10 pm to 6 am extended by two weeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High court on Tuesday extended the ban on any work being carried out between 10 pm to 6 am on the Metro-3 line between Colaba and SEEPZ by two weeks.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice NM Jamdar also refused permission to Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) for allowing it to use heavy vehicles for transportation of construction material during the night. It said, “We cannot pass a blanket order granting you permission. If we do, others will also come to court seeking the same relief.”MMRCL, through its advocate Kiran Bhagalia, had sought permission for use of transport vehicles in the night claiming that its work was being affected as the traffic police had banned entry of heavy vehicles in the city until midnight.The permission was sought while hearing a petition filed by a south Mumbai resident Robin Jaisinghani, who has sought the stay of work during night time as it violates noise pollution norms.In response to the petition, MMRCL has filed an affidavit saying that noise pollution rules do not apply to them as rules framed under the Environment Protection Act are general in nature, while the Metro Act is a special statute and will prevail over a general enactment.The bench, after hearing the opposition raised by Jaisinghani to the MMRCL request said, “Early in the morning the people employed by you (MMRCL) begin screaming, shouting to each other, playing loud music on their phones. Why don’t you ask your contractors to employ someone to supervise the labourers and control their noise?” The court has adjourned the hearing by two weeks.

Mumbai: Metro operator seek help from Mumbai Police after security staff goes on strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Carrying more than 3 lakh commuters daily, the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) operating Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor has sought help from the Mumbai Police as security staff of the Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) went on strike Tuesday. The security staff from MSF have gone on strike demanding they be made permanent government employees from the current contract employees. The MSF is not staff recruited by MMOPL but by the state government and is also deployed by the state government for the security of Mumbai Metro.The MMOPL, however, said that due to the security staff of MSF going on strike it has sought assistance from the Mumbai Police including the state government and has also deployed its private security guards to secure the entry and exit points of the 12 Metro stations and depot at Andheri. MMOPL has maintained that no services of the Metro-1 were affected due to the MSF security staff going on strike. A MMOPL spokesperson said, “Today some MSF staff has not reported for duty without any notice. Keeping in mind the convenience and security of commuters, Mumbai Metro One promptly deployed the alternative arrangements. We have also apprised the issue to state govt., MMRDA and Mumbai Police for assistance.”The 11.40-km Metro is jointly owned by Reliance Infrastructure-led MMOPL and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).MMOPL, MMRDA, and Veolia Transport SA of France jointly own 69%, 26% and 5% stakes respectively.

Metro work leads to changes in Azad Maidan’s Ramleela

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials from the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), executing the Metro-3 project, have assured the iconic Ramleela Mandal at Azad Maidan that noise from the metro work will not bother them during the 10-day long festivities. This, the mandal says, is important because it means that the noise from the metro work will not drown out the performance.Shree Maharashtra Ramleela Mandal has been organising the Ramleela at Azad Maidan for almost four decades now. However this year the mandal has been moved almost 200 meters away from their original spot and the land in the new spot is marshy. “Due to the ongoing metro work, we had to change the place within the maidan. The land in the new spot is a bit marshy and rains are unpredictable thus increasing our problem,” said Suresh Mishra, General Secretary of the mandal. He added, “We spoke to officials at the Metro site about the noise which would have been a huge problem for us but now they have assured us that the work is either underground or not much so the noise from it won’t affect the sound of the actors during their performance,” added Mishra.The mandal organisers also alleged that this year they had to seek permission for using an approach gate for the event from the Metro unlike previous years. “We earlier used to have a gate that gave direct entry to our event but this time we had to request the Metro officials for the same. They agreed but every day there is a new issue that comes up,” said Mishra. However, MMRDA officials said, “No permissions were required from us for Ramleela at Azad Maidan”

Delhi Metro on the verge of automation, removes token counters from stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a latest development, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has removed the token selling counters from 70 of the 164 operational Metro stations in the citySoon, ticket counters will be removed from more metro stations and will only have Token Vending Machines (TVMs) to dispense tickets, officials said, according to a Hindustan Times report.Officials said the main agenda is to promote the use of machines installed at Metro Stations and to reduce human interferance.The move have also comes after passengers complained of being cheated by the ticket counter operators by not returning exact change often. Delhi Metro has 216 token vending machines and are in the process of adding 215 more. According to sources, each ticket vending machine costs around Rs 15 lakh.The stations where token counters have already been removed are Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Jor Bagh, Akshardham and Mayur Vihar I.The staff, mostly hired by contractors, are being removed in phases as TVMs installations are in order.

Check Google Maps for info on Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Now that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has joined hands with Google Maps, commuters who use the Delhi Metro will hereon be able to get information about the Metro’s routes, fares and connectivity on Google Maps. The development is in tandem with DMRC’s objective to offer a more commuter-friendly public transport system.Following in the footsteps of Mumbai Metro, the DMRC will also provide transit details of the rail system on mobile devices via Google Maps. This service intends to help commuters check available Metro schedules, make route changes on-the-go and plan their trips accordingly.”Users can zoom around and find relevant information about various Metro routes, platform and fare details. The commuters will also get to view step-by-step directions for the entire route,” said Anuj Dyal, executive director, corporate communication, DMRC.The DMRC is also planning to integrate details related to the facilities available at Metro stations such as parking and rest rooms in the next phase of the collaboration.”We are combining integrated services like local information and driving directions with features like Transit given by Google Maps. People will be able to access complete information on Delhi Metro routes, line details, platform details and fares, once the new facility is rolled out,” Dyal added.

DUSU poll candidates get show cause notice for defacing public property

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a show cause notice to Delhi University students contesting the students’ union elections, seeking their reply on a plea that has sought directions to municipal bodies to slap heavy fines on political parties and candidates for defacing public property by putting up poll-related posters.A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar directed the students to be present on the next date of hearing with replies as to why action should not be taken against them.The directions came after an application was moved by petitioner, Advocate Prashant Manchanda, which highlighted Sections 78 and 82 of the Metro Railway (Operation and maintenance) Act, 2002. According to the Act, the offence of defacement was cognizable, non-bailable, and a guilty person could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.Manchanda further alleged that poll candidates disrupted classes. He submitted photographs of advertisements that have been spray painted on walls. He sought directions to the municipal bodies to slap heavy fines and directions to authorities to “refurbish and prevent further defacement of properties by the DUSU political outfits and aspiring candidates”.”We would like to hear the students. It is about their future as the maximum imprisonment is 10 years,” the Bench said.Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North), who was present in the court, said 33 FIRs have been registered against unidentified people in this regard. Appearing for the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, its counsel said they have removed the posters and have directed the concerned officials to look into the matter.The court also sought the reply of Commissioners of the three MCDs and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). The Bench further issued a notice to the Election Commissioner and DU Vice-Chancellor to take appropriate action, and fixed September 20 as the next date of hearing.

Drunk men shoot woman after she stops them from urinating outside her home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 30-year-old woman was shot in her abdomen after she tried stopping two men, allegedly inebriated, from urinating outside her home in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddha Nagar.The incident took place at Samaspur village of Greater Noida on Thursday.As per a Hindustan Times report, the victim’s brother-in-law filed a complaint stating that the woman objected to the two men – identified as Sanjay and Om Veer – urinating outside her home. The duo left and returned four hours later in a car and opened fire outside the woman’s house, shooting her in the abdomen.The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital whether her condition is said to be out of danger.Meanwhile, the police have registered a FIR against the two accused in the matter. No arrests have been made.The incident brings to light the May incident in the national capital where a man was beaten to death after he objected to some people urinating in the open. On the day of the incident at around 6.15pm, the e-rickshaw driver was waiting to pick commuters at the GTB Metro station, less than 3 km from the Delhi University (DU) campus. According to locals and other rickshaw pullers, 2-3 youths came to the area and started urinating near a gate number 4 of the station.The youths then left, only to return an hour later, around 8pm, with 15-20 men on bikes and e-rickshaws. “Investigation revealed that the accused spotted Ravinder and started thrashing him. They dragged him, kicked him, and smashed his face, resulting in critical injuries

Xavier’s questions impact of Metro work

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The geology department of the iconic St Xavier’s College in CST will approach the Metro authorities that are carrying out civil works for Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor opposite to the college, wanting to know whether the structural stability of the college would be affected due to the tunnelling work of Metro-3. The St Xavier’s College’s structure is a 150-year-old heritage building.Agnelo Menezes, Principal, St Xavier’s College, told DNA, “We are aware that the Metro work is ongoing but the MMRC authorities have not approached us till now. But I will ask my geology department to approach MMRC officials and ask them whether the civil works for the Metro-3 will compromise the structure of St Xavier’s College or not.”Considering that the tunnelling work is likely to result in vibrations, the MMRC is carrying out a pre-construction building survey of the structures parallel to the alignment of the Metro-3 corridor.A senior MMRC official, said, “We have carried out a survey and our contractors are in touch with the structure owners who are in the radius of 25 metres from the construction site which is our buffer zone. However, Xavier’s College is on the other side of the road which is around 100 metres or close to 100 metres away from the construction site.”The MMRC had also carried out a study in which, 1,435 buildings were identified throughout the alignment to be affected due to the construction of underground Metro.Building SurveyAs there are several heritage buildings in the South Mumbai stretch between Colaba and Girgaum Chowpatty, the MMRC had also carried out a study in which, 1,435 buildings were identified throughout the alignment to be affected due to the construction of underground Metro.

‘Noise rules don’t apply to Metro construction’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noise pollution rules cannot be enforced at Metro rail construction sites in Mumbai, which come under the Metro Act, a special enactment that can override the general laws under which such rules are framed, a senior official with the MMRCL said in an affidavit on Thursday.Ashok Bhasme, Deputy General Manager (Civil), Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), made the claim while opposing a petition filed by South Mumbai resident, Robin Jaisinghani, which seeks stoppage of Metro Line 3 construction as it violates noise rules. The Bombay High Court has in interim relief restrained MMRCL from carrying out any construction or ancillary work between 10 pm and 6 am.The affidavit says “In case of Metro Railway there is a separate enactment focusing on Metro railway construction. By necessary implication the noise pollution rules do not apply to metro construction,” the affidavit says.

Lucknow Metro technical snag: Police lathi charge SP workers after Akhilesh Yadav blames centre for delaying NOC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The technical snag in the Lucknow metro on Wednesday morning that left hundreds of passengers stranded in an non-ventilated coach without food, water and a functioning air conditioner has turned out to be a political war of words between the Samajwadi Party and the Centre-led BJP. While former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and current CM Yogi Adityanath engaged in a war of words on Twitter over the inauguration, Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav vented his ire against the Centre following the glitch. And while the Centre has not responded, it’ll be a matter of time before this ends up as another war of words between the two political rivals in Uttar Pradesh.On Tuesday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off the Lucknow Metro, but it’s the second time that the metro has been inaugurated. Akhilesh, as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, had flagged off the metro in December 2016 and the coaches had travelled half a kilometre as part of a test run.
ALSO READ UP: Adityanath, Rajnath jointly flag off Lucknow Metro, services open to public from Aug 6Following the technical snag, Akhilesh tweeted, “Despite inordinate delay in issuing NOC, Metro came to a halt on the first day itself.”
ALSO READ Yogi Adityanath, Akhilesh Yadav engage in Twitter war over Lucknow MetroAkhilesh’s tweet resulted in his supporters holding a dharna at Trasport Nagar Metro Station, forcing the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) to shut down the station. The police then lathi charged the SP workers.Earlier on Wednesday, hundreds were stranded inside the Metro for about two hours without water and Air-conditioner, which also failed once it halted. Later, the LMRC engineers rescued stranded passengers by breaking open the emergency gate of the last bogie.The LMRC Managing Director, a close aide of Metro Man E.Sreedharan, has ordered an inquiry inquiry into the technical snag which jammed the entire system, including the server.All passengers, including elders and school children, had to walk down for more than 400 metres on the narrow and difficult Metro track to somehow reach the station. Passengers shared their terrible experience on the Lucknow Metro’s commercial launch. Gaurav Tripathi had to catch a flight for Delhi. He boarded the train at 6.10 am but the train came to a halt at 6.38 am between Mawaiyya and Durgapuri Metro Stations.“All system like emergency calling system, ACs etc had failed once it came to a sudden stop. For almost two hours we sweat under intense humidity in compact bogies which had no window for emergency ventilation. By the time we were rescued, I had missed my Delhi flight,” Tripathi told media persons.In return of this two-hour-long ordeal, passengers got ‘sorry’ as the only reply instead of offering them water, breakfast and vehicles to their destinations. “I will file a case against LMRC if they did not pay up my Lucknow-Delhi and back airfare,” warned Tripathi.Tripti, another passenger, had got up early to board metro for going to her school not knowing what was awaiting her. “I sustained bruises on my knees when fell on the narrow track we were forced to walk on to reach the station,” complained she after missing her school.The Lucknow Metro PRO Amit Srivastava said it was due to a technical problem which had been fixed. The technical snag led to problem in the LMRC server too invalidating Go Smart Cards of many passengers.“It was due to problem in the server. The problem has been rectified and passengers would be issued new Go Smart Cards by replacing the invalid ones,” said Kumar Keshav, the Managing Director, LMRC.The MD who was suppose to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce successful operation of Lucknow Metro’s commercial run had to show a hasty retreat following major goof-up on the opening day itself.About Rs 2680 crore have been spent on the first phase of Lucknow Metro covering eight stations between Transport Nagar and Charbagh.It was flagged off with much fanfare on Tuesday by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He also had a joy-ride on the Metro along with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Ram Naik, Modi Cabinet minister of state Hardeep Singh Puri and other dignitaries.

UP: Adityanath, Rajnath jointly flag off Lucknow Metro, services open to public from Aug 6

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday jointly flagged off 8.5 km stretch of the first phase of metro train in Lucknow.Addressing the gathering at the inaugural ceremony of the Lucknow Metro, Adityanath said, “The wait for travelling in the Lucknow Metro is over. The services will be opened for the public use from tomorrow. The metro service will help reduce air pollution in the state capital in the long run, will contribute to savings in terms of money and time for the passengers.”Adityanath further averred it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi government at the Centre which contributed the bulk of the funds to the project.”The UP Government is working on the lines of Prime Minister Modi to fulfil his every dream for the betterment and development of country. I am thankful to the whole team who made the Lucknow Metro project a reality. I am grateful to Governor Ram Naik, who inspires me to work tirelessly,” he said.Adityanath also apprised that the Government is planning to bring the metro in at least seven other cities in Uttar Pradesh.”We are planning to bring the metro in Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Jhansi and Meerut also,” the UP Chief Minister mentioned.Rs. 6,00,080 crore have been spent in the Lucknow Metro Project.”We have spent overall Rs. 6,00,080 crore in the construction of the Lucknow Metro. The amount of Rs. 13,000 crore was given by the Indian Government, Rs. 278 crore was spent by the UP Government and Rs. 3,502 was spent by the European Investment bank,” informed Adityanath.Expressing his happiness over the inauguration of the first Lucknow Metro, Rajnath Singh asserted that the dream of smart city has started with the metro and the dream of the Smart City will be fulfilled soon.”Today is a historic day not only for Lucknow, but for the entire Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow ?Metro Ka Shehar? will bring new opportunities for the city,” he said.”Whenever we think of infrastructure we look towards future. Infrastructure should cater to the need of the next 10-15 years,” he added.Singh has dedicated the Metro project to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and thanked Prime Minister Modi for the same.Metro Man E. Sreedharan, MP Kaushal Kishore, Cabinet Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Hardeep Singh Puri, Swati Singh, Basic Education Minister Anupama Jaiswal and Suresh Rana marked their presence at the inaugural ceremony.

Full-fledged electric fleet to hit roads by December: Nitin Gadkari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that the government is serious in promoting electric vehicles, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said an electric fleet comprising buses, taxis and autorickshaws will be on roads by the end of this year.”By the end of this year, we will have electric buses, taxis, autorickshaws… We are very serious about it and the automobile industry is also very serious about it,” Gadkari, who holds the portfolio of road transport and highways, said at an event to mark the rollout of a fleet at Gurgaon here.To provide last-mile connectivity to metro travellers in Gurgaon, Gadkari flagged off the fleet of first batch of 1,000 e-autorickshaws from the Huda City Centre metro station.The minister, who was also given the charge of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation in the latest Cabinet rejig, took Delhi Metro to travel to Huda City Centre, the venue of the event, and used the same mode way back.Terming himself as a “bulldozer”, the minister said his ministry and the government are constantly working towards electrification of vehicles. “I am a bulldozer I want to stop this petrol, diesel… I am very much committed to transport based on electricity. My mission, my dream is public transport on electricity,” he said. The government, he stressed, is striving to cut down huge import bill on crude and encouraging alternatives like bio- diesel, bio-methanol, ethanol, electricity and CNG.”The policy of our department is to encourage bio-fuel.Ethanol, bio-diesel, bio-CNG, methanol are the future of the country. Our approach is to become import substitute, cost- effective pollution free. Pollution is a big concern,” he said.He pointed out that the fleet will not just provide cost effective and pollution free substitute in transport system of Gurgaon, but will also generate employment opportunities for the marginalised youth.The electric fleet is being operated by Treasure Vase Ventures Private Ltd, in partnership with Delhi Metro, under the SmartE brand name.The e-autorickshaws have been manufactured in India and are fitted with GPS and tracking system.SmartE has formed strategic partnerships with the Haryana government and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to launch 1,000 such vehicles in Gurgaon and Faridabad in 2017.The e-autorickshaws, SmartE, are expected to provide “meaningful” self-employment to over 1,00,000 marginalised youth in the next 4-5 years.

Legal tangles delay completion of Metro-3

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Legal tangles and hurdles owing to the stay order by the Bombay Hight Court has slowed the completion of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor work. Consequently, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has said that there will be a delay in making the corridor operational.Recently, the MMRC said that the first phase which was initially planned for the metro to run between Aarey Colony and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) has now been shortened to operate only from Aarey Colony to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).According to MMRC officials, the distance of the phase has been reduced due to the tree-cutting restraints along the construction site, which was imposed by the HC earlier this year.The deadline to make the underground corridor operational has been moved from 2020 to 2021. MMRC officials say that the first phase will open in March 2021, and the second phase between the CSIA and Colaba will be operational from December 2021.Ashwini Bhide, managing director, MMRC, had last month said that, “Our earlier dates were 2020 but we lost about six months time due to the tree-cutting petition and the stay order.”In its August 2017 newsletter, the MMRC claimed that the recent HC stay order of not permitting metro work during the night has further slowed down the process.Bhide in the MMRC newsletter was quoted, saying, “The month began with yet another new challenge, in the form of High Court restrictions between 10:00 pm to 06:00 am on construction and ancillary activities by civil contractors in response to a writ petition. Though the restriction at present is for a period of two weeks, this order has obviously put constraints on the working times and slowed down the pace of construction work.”

CISF gets state-of-the-art shooting range

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three months after DNA had exclusively quoted the Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) stating that commandos at sensitive installations like Delhi’s IGI airport and Delhi Metro will undergo firing practice and tactical training every 15 days, the force on Friday said that a compact shooting range has been readied for the purpose and will soon be available.Senior officers said that the shooting range, is a portable set up developed in a container for live indoor firing practice with small arms and is equipped with a smart target system which locates the misses and hits of the bullet accurately.The range that would cost CISF around 80 lakh, contains a tubular booth, fire retarding material, acoustic and ricochet preventing material, compressed rubber and armoured steel butt with smart target system. CISF is planning to procure two such shooting ranges, officials said.”The shooting range will be used for enhancing the capability of special VIP security group and those deployed in Delhi Metro and IGI Airport. Commandos will use weapons like AK-47, pistols, INSAS, MP-5 and Carbine machine guns to enhance their accuracy on targets,” a senior CISF officer said. In May this year, DNA reported that following repeated terror attacks around the world, sensitive installations like airports and nuclear plants in the country also came increasingly under terror radar.In order to polish skills of the commandos deployed at such critical and hypersensitive locations, the force had planned that such personnel would now undergo a tactical and thorough training and rigorous shooting practises at an interval of every 15 days, Director General CISF, OP Singh had then told DNA. As of now this is a bi-yearly or yearly feature.In order to further step up vigilance, the forces are also procuring body cameras and portable explosive detectors. “While these cameras would help maintain a tighter vigil, the water resistant and self-monitoring explosive detector would help in not letting pass even minute explosive items. This would help CISF carry out smart vigilant airports, Delhi Metro and other sensitive areas,” the officer said.The CISF, at present, is in charge of the security at 59 airports in the country. While 18 of them are sensitive, 18 are hyper-sensitive, which includes the ones in New Delhi and other metro cities.HI-TECH GADGETSTubular booth: Fitted with a smart target system
Cost: Around Rs 80 lakh
Body cameras: One touch recording, low light and HD recording features
Cost: Rs 65,000
Portable explosive detector: Detects drugs and explosives
Cost: Rs 15.75 lakh

Mumbai Rains: BMC promise of ‘no waterlogging’ falls flat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For Mumbaikars, Tuesday gave a feeling of déjà vu. The heaviest downpour of this monsoon brought back memories of the deluge in 2005. Although it was not as bad, Mumbai did come to a standstill leaving its citizens at their wits’ end.In most of the places, commuters were stranded as the local train services stopped due to water logging on tracks and road commute became a nightmare with both public and private transport finding it difficult to play on the roads.With this situation, the promise made by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and former Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh that Mumbai would not face any water logging this monsoon falls flat. The severe water logging has proved that the desilting work of the storm water drains (nullahs) was not carried out well by the civic body.The areas that received rainfall above 300 mm in 24 hours were Parel, Dadar, Prabhadevi, Sion, King’s Circle, Elphistone Road, Worli, Matunga, Saki Naka, Kurla, Bandra, Khar, Santa Cruz, Andheri, Borivli, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, and Milan Subway.Among other areas, Peddar Road and Worli also saw water logging. The Western Express Highway and Linking Road in the western suburbs where construction work for Mumbai Metro is underway, were flooded since morning. The Eastern Express Highway and LBS Road in the eastern suburbs also experienced water logging at several locations. As a result of the heavy rains, traffic snarls were seen on most of the arterial roads in the city.Out of the 310 de-watering pumps that BMC uses during rains to prevent water logging, 62 could not be operated as they were submerged under rain water. “Around 2pm, water had come up to the diesel engine of the de-watering pumps, for which we had to stop the pumps. However, by 5 pm, almost 20 per cent of the pumps were completely under water. It was raining so heavily that the pumps could not be used to prevent water logging. In areas like Sion, Wadala, Elphistone Road, Hindmata, Gandhi Market, Milan Subway and from Khar to Santa Cruz the de-watering pumps were shut,” a civic official told DNA.At least 16 incidences of short circuit were reported, and according to police data, 210 tree-falling cases were recorded across 24 civic wards. Besides, by evening areas like Dadar, Parel, Sion, and parts of Chembur and Mulund faced power cut.However, Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said, “It rained more than 300 mm in 24 hours and the storm water drains also has their capacity. The heavy rainfall was accompanied with high tide and in this condition water logging cannot be avoided. Wherever it rains more, there will be more water logging. We have done the desilting work to its best.”On the water logging due to Metro construction work, the Mayor said: “At this juncture, it won’t be correct to comment on Metro work.”

Mumbai Rains: Mumbai-Pune Expressway partially closed amid heavy rainfall

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Torrential rain accompanied by strong winds pummelled Mumbai on Tuesday, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees, swamping homes, and bringing the megapolis and satellite towns to their knees.Because of the deluge, the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway was partially closed by state government as a preventive measure. A state highway police official said that Mumbai-bound lane was partially shut. However, vehicles are being allowed to travel to Pune. The road has most probably been closed to avoid accidents in this terrible weather.
ALSO READ Mumbai rains: Over 200 mm rainfall recorded in 6 areas; police advises citizens to abandon car if water reaches tyre levelHowever, as usual the rain brought the Mumbai spirit to the forefront as people from all walks of life came together to help each other. Many Mumbaikars threw their homes open to total strangers, telling them that if they could bunk with them till the disaster passed.Meanwhile, the Mumbai Metro added more services to deal with the rush as commuters tried alternative measures to get home. Naval helicopters were also kept on standby to meet any eventuality.
ALSO READ Mumbai Rains: Mumbai Metro comes to city’s rescue, adds additional services to cater to passengersThe situation was compounded by the high tide that prevented natural drainage of water into the sea. Meteorological department sources said Mumbai recorded copious rain of 65 mm in just three hours.Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads in Lower Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Khar West, Ghatkopar, Sion and Hindmata areas that were under knee to waist deep water for several hours, many having broken down.
ALSO READ WATCH | Lara Dutta puts Mahesh Bhupathi’s Grand Slam towels to ‘good use’ in Mumbai RainsTrains were running late or stopped on all three suburban railway lines–Central, North and Harbour lines–as tracks were submerged at several places.Having waited for hours on end with water showing no signs of receding, fidgety passengers were seen jumping off stationary trains and walking along the tracks to their destinations.Commuters were seen standing under knee deep water on the steps of buses in low lying areas like Parel. Traffic crawled at snail’s pace on important roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg.”The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall,” Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, told PTI.According to the civic body’s disaster management cell, at least 20 incidents of trees fall and one of wall collapse were reported from across the city but there were no casualties.”Heavy waterlogging expected in coming hours due to heavy showers coupled with high tide. Pls chk ur route before venturing out,” the Mumbai police said in a tweet, advising people to remain indoors.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the State Disaster Management Control (SDMC) room and took stock of the situation.”I have asked employees at Mantralaya, the state secretariat to leave for their homes. Employees in other offices have also been allowed to head to their homes. We have advised (private) offices to allow their employees to leave for their homes early today,” Fadnavis said.He said the situation was being monitored closely and necessary advisories would be issued from time to time.Aircraft have stopped landing at the city airport after 4 pm but were taking off, officials said.Flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport saw delay and disruptions since morning.Due to strong winds and downpour since morning, six to seven flights had to do go arounds while landing, while four to some were diverted to nearby airports, mainly Ahmedabad.A Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport spokesperson said there was an average delay of 35 minutes.”Heavy rain and strong winds have drastically reduced visibility leading to diversions and go arounds even though the main runway is open,” a Mumbai airport source told PTI.Suburban rail services, the lifeline of the metropolis, were thrown out of gear.The Central Railway-run harbour line, which connects CSMT to Panvel, remained suspended since 11:30 am, railways officials said.”Due to waterlogging on tracks & point failure at Bandra following very heavy rains, 3 lines except UP Fast line are affected. Efforts are on to start traffic on 3 lines (except UP fast line) at Bandra as soon as possible by attending the points,” the Western Railway tweeted.”Areas such as Mumbai, south Gujarat, Konkan, Goa and west Vidarbha will get extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. It is a serious situation. We have issued necessary warnings to the departments concerned, including airports,” A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune, told PTI.”The status of the weather system, which has brought heavy showers over the Mumbai region, has been upgraded from ‘well marked low pressure’ to ‘depression’. It means it is set to bring more rains. Hence, we have predicted an extremely heavy rainfall,” he said.In the morning, commuters bound for offices were stranded at several suburban stations.In absence of train services, major suburban stations were overcrowded. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus was chock-a-block with commuters anxiously waiting for trains to head home.Charan Singh, Director, India Meteorological Department, said a ‘Red’ warning has been issued for the next 24 hours for the city and adjoining areas, indicating there could be very heavy rainfall. He said the city and surrounding areas would continue to receive heavy rainfall over the next 2-3 days.

Speak up Mumbai: Should BEST hike fares?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BEST Undertaking, which has been providing bus services for over a century now, is reeling under crippling financial strain.With several blunders in the past such as selling its bus depots in prime areas to private players, and acquisition of substandard buses, the BEST undertaking has not been able to monetise its assets efficiently to pull itself out of its slump.Now, the BEST is looking to increase fares by Rs 2 on routes which are more than 4 kilometres, or those for longer journeys. The base fare still remains at Rs 8.The Undertaking is also planning to cut down its fleet size by another 450 buses. This would ideally mean the frequency of buses would further go down while commuters will have to pay more.At a time when punctuality of BEST buses are poor with an average speed of 12-14 kmph and already decreasing frequency, DNA speaks to Mumbaikars from across the city for their views on whether they are ready to shell out a higher amount for their bus rides, and to gauge their opinions on whether the hike in fares mooted is justified by the quality of services offered by BEST.”If the BEST is providing good services then the hike in fares shouldn’t matter. But they should try and improve connectivity and air conditioning in AC buses which should be maintained. I don’t mind paying money extra for a better travel experience—Asim Momin, Mazgaon”At the current frequency and facilities offered by the BEST, it would be unfair to increase its fare. However, it should consider increasing its fare to make the BEST buses profitable only after upgrading services. Lately, there has been a noticeable decline in its services. On many routes, the frequency has been halved causing delays and thereby losing customers to other services.—Animesh Vora, Dahisar”Yes I don’t mind paying more if the BEST services improve. There would be multiple benefits such as solving the problem of heavy traffic jam on roads, issue of parking and extra money for pay-and-park among others. It should be higher but reasonable for the common man. Along with improved services and infrastructure, staff members, drivers and conductors need to be trained in communication skills while dealing with commuters.—Ashraf Ahmed Shaikh, Mahim”Since the operation cost of bus services has risen substantially with the rise in fuel prices, we have no problem shelling out more money. However, the BEST administration must ensure that it will provide better services. There should not be delays or frequent breakdown of buses. It also needs to improve frequency of buses.—Sandeep Pandey, Andheri”The BEST is already suffering losses and now wants to put the onus on commuters by increasing fares. The BEST should first run their existing fleet of buses and take commuters into confidence before increasing fares. The decisions of BEST should be executed properly. Moreover, buses are not in good condition and increasing the fare will only pinch the pockets of the common man while their services will still be shoddy.—Sujeeth Puthran, KharI will not pay extra unless the BEST service improves. Any time I don’t have change, the conductor is very rude. I don’t see the point of paying more if the quality of service is so bad. I will pay more if they assure me the same quality of service the Metro provides.—Anitha Shetty, AiroliEXPERT SPEAKAs of now the committee has not received a proposal for fare hike from the administration. We will see depending on that.—Anil Kokil, Chairman, BEST CommitteeIf the BEST hikes fares for long distance routes then it is fine. But their main competition is with shared autos and taxis that ply till railway stations, which many people use every day. So, they cannot afford to hike fares here. They should also stress on the need for dedicated lanes for their buses which would improve the punctuality of buses.—AV Shenoy, member of Mumbai Vikas Samiti and transport expert

DMRC commissions new construction waste recycling unit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has commissioned a new facility at Rohini for recycling of construction and demolition waste generated by its construction works. Inaugurated yesterday by DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh, the plant can also be used by other agencies for recycling their construction related waste. The DMRC said in a statement that construction waste generated by it are generally dumped at pre-designated sites identified and approved by the government. “To utilise this waste, this new facility has been constructed. This is one of the many initiatives taken by the DMRC for environment conservation,” the statement said. The waste transported from DMRC locations will be recycled into products like aggregates, manufactured sand, concrete bricks, tiles, paver blocks, kerbstones etc. The use of recycled aggregate reduces the consumption of fresh stones and sand, thus conserving natural resources and helping reduce sand mining, it stated. “The wet technology adopted at the plant will help in minimising process residues as well as dust and noise pollution. The C&D waste will be processed to recover and recycle about 95 per cent of incoming C&D waste,” the DMRC said. It also stated the project will also help save scarce urban land in addition to processing waste. “Similarly, other agencies involved in construction will also be able to get their waste recycled here.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Metro 3 work: Party offices shift out of Nariman Point

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major relief to MMRC for the construction of Vidhan Bhavan Metro station at Nariman Point, all three major political parties — Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena – have shifted their offices to different locations after the MMRC offered to pay rent for their offices. The MMRC has been having a tough time shifting party offices temporarily as leaders from all the parties were reluctant citing that the Nariman Point offices are closer to the Mantralaya, and saves their time commuting between the two locations.An MMRC official, said, “All offices have shifted. NCP also recently shifted their office to Ballard Estate. We have also started with civil construction after the party offices shifted. The Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) are yet to shift out of their office space. We are currently holding dialogue with MAT officials, and they too will soon shift.”Since 2015, the MMRC has been in touch with political parties who had refused to vacate the premises. Subsequently, the MMRC had, in December 2016, had also served notices to the Congress NCP and Shiv Sena from Nariman Point for the construction of the metro station for the proposed Colaba-Seepz Metro 3 underground corridor.Apart from the three parties, the offices of Samajwadi Partyy, Republican Party of India, and Shetkari Kamgar Party were also to be shifted.

Activists cry foul over reduced number of compensatory trees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Environmental activists have decided to protest against the amendment to the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees that has now fixed the number of compensatory trees to be planted as twice the number of trees being cut for projects.Activists claim that till recently including the case of Metro III, three trees were to be planted for every tree cut. However, on the other hand, BMC officials said that the number of compensatory trees has always been twice the number of trees cut. In 2013, a court order was passed which recommended to plant three trees. This practice was followed by authorities until the new amendment was passed in January 2017 fixing the number at two.Activist Zoru Bhathena from Khar, who has also filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on the issue said that it was only recently that he got to know about the amendment. What was further shocking was that even environmentalists and activists were unaware about the amendment being passed in January.However, a senior BMC official from the Garden department said that the activists were unnecessarily creating a fuss as the number of compensatory trees to be planted was always twice but since there was constant confusion an amendment was passed in January.”The idea of having three trees planted was that it should act as a deterrent and the agency seeking tree falling would try and save trees. We will raise this issue in court,” Bhathena said. Environmentalist Stalin D said that now with citizens enquiring about every single tree being planted in compensation for trees being chopped there was pressure on BMC and all this was being done to reduce the hassle for agencies seeking tree cutting.”While everyone is talking about the number being reduced no one is talking about the requirement being set for planting two trees per 100 sq meters of open space and five trees per 100 sq meters of Recreation Garden,” he said adding that also given the space constraints in Mumbai planting three times the trees being cut was not feasible for long term.

Man dies after racing with friends

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bike race with two of his friends proved fatal for a 24-year-old man, who lost control of his vehicle and hit the wall of a nearby college at Mandi House Metro Station here, police said today. The incident took place last night when Himanshu Bansal, Gazi and Lakshya were returning from Connaught Place after a party. The trio were racing their bikes, they said. When Himanshu reached near Mandi House Metro Station, his motorcycle was about to hit an elderly man crossing the road, police said. In order to avert the accident, he applied brakes but lost control of the vehicle and was thrown off. He hit the wall of Lady Irwin College, they said. The man, a resident of Vivek Vihar, was declared brought dead by doctors, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Despite increase in ridership, Metro-1 incurring loss

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BEST buses are not the only loss-making public transport system in the city, data obtained by DNA under Right To Information (RTI) Act, reveal that despite a steady increase in ridership, Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor is facing a huge revenue deficit and is running in losses with the operator spending more than double the amount compared to the income.Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL)’s expenditure to operate Metro-1 stood at about Rs 1,500 crore between June 2014 and June 2017. However, the latter could merely earn about Rs 640 crore in the form of ticketing and non-ticketing revenue in that period.In a RTI reply dated August 10, 2017, MMOPL revealed its gross income via ticketing revenue between June 2014 and June 2017 stands at Rs 5,79,71,45,418 crore followed by Rs 66,42,30,629 crore through non-ticketing revenue between the same period.The reply further revealed that the gross expenditure for the operation of Metro-1 in that period stood at Rs 15,72,70,47,735 crore, which means it is spending more than double the amount compared to its income through ticketing and otherwise.Non-ticketing revenue of Metro-1 is via real estate at the station as in renting of space to a third party for commercial operations or allowing a third party to conduct film or advertisement shooting inside Metro stations.One of the reasons anticipated behind the loss could be its daily ridership, according to the detailed project report (DPR) available on Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) website, it was anticipated that Metro-1 would carry 4.28 lakh commuters per day by 2011 followed by 6.65 lakh by 2021 and 8.83 lakh by 2031.But Metro-1’s record ridership announced last month stood at 3.8 lakh commuters on July 17, 2017 followed by 3.71 lakh on June 28, 2017, and on September 21, 2016, it had carried 3.68 lakh commuters.The Metro-1 corridor is the eight densest Metro corridor in the world with 12 Metro stations. It is the first Metro corridor constructed on public private partnership (PPP) model in India in which MMOPL has 69 per cent stakes followed by 26 per cent stakes of MMRDA and 5 per cent of Veolia.FARE FIXATIONSince the inception of Metro-1, MMOPL and MMRDA are tangled in court case over increase of fares to avoid losses for the mass transit system.
Fare fixation committee set up by the state government had also recommended a fare of Rs 10-110, up from the current Rs 10-40.

Stop Metro 3 work from 10 pm to 6 am, says Bombay High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay high court (HC) on Friday restrained the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) from carrying out any construction or ancillary work for Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) between 10 pm and 6 am.A division Bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice NM Jamdar, said, “The MMRCL will not carry out any construction or ancillary work till the next date of hearing.” The directions were given while hearing a petition filed by Colaba resident Robin Jaisinghani, who complained about violation of noise pollution rules that prohibit construction work between 10 pm and 6 am. The lawyer also sought compensation of Rs 10,000 for him, his wife and children for the suffering and hardships caused to them by the construction work noise.The HC also asked advocate Kiran Bhagalia, appearing on behalf of MMRCL, whether the authority received permission from the Coastal Zone Authority for carrying out the construction work at night. Bhagalia said the application was made but permission has not been received yet.The Bench then said, “If you have not been permitted, then you cannot do the work. The application made does not amount to permission granted.” Moreover, the MMRCL is violating conditions subject to which the MCZMA had purportedly granted its recommendation for allowing the construction of the Metro 3 line in CRZ areas.One of the conditions mentions that the authority will ensure that noise levels are within prescribed limits and no construction should be undertaken during night hours. Noise mufflers and noise silencers on machines should be installed.Further, it is argued that the prescribed maximum noise levels of 55 decibels during the day and 45 decibels at night time in a residential zone are permissible. However, MMRCL is continuously disregarding the law, and law enforcement agencies are not taking any action on the complaints made by Jaisinghani. Bhagalia argued that noise levels, even without the machinery near the petitioner’s residence is between 65 and 70 decibels.The petitionA petition was filed by Colaba resident Robin Jaisinghani, who complained about violation of noise pollution rules that prohibit construction work between 10 pm and 6 am. The lawyer also sought compensation of Rs 10,000

Manipuri woman injured in robbery attempt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Manipuri woman sustained injuries after she was dragged for about 20 metres by two bike-borne men in a suspected robbery attempt in south Delhi’s Hauz Khas, police said today. According to a complaint filed by the victim, she had taken an auto-rickshaw to Connaught Place from Hauz Khas Metro Station on Tuesday. A few metres away from the metro station, two bike-borne men tried to snatch her bag. She resisted and fell off the three-wheeler and was dragged for 20 metres. The accused managed to snatch her bag and fled the spot, police said. The victim, who is in her 20s, was rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre with injuries on her hands and legs, they said. The woman filed a police complaint after being discharged from the hospital, police said. Police are scanning CCTV footage to track down the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SPEAK UP: Deadly potholes are turning into breeding spots for mosquitoes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rainy season might have brought the much needed respite from heat, unfortunately it also brings along a lot of diseases. The capital city is no different to this fact, as it has seen a rise in vector borne diseases. One of the major reasons for it is water getting collected in the potholes.Many internal roads with potholes are neglected, which are the cause of mosquito breeding.The Public Works Department (PWD) received over 1,352 road-related complaints, which include potholes, pits etc, and an additional 827 waterlogging complaints till July 26. Despite several measures and complaints from people, the issue is still ignored.If one walks past the Karol Bagh Metro station, there are pits on the roadside filled with water and a layer of mosquitoes on top of it and similar is the case near Noida Sector 16 Metro station where pits have layers of mosquitoes and breeding larvae on top of it.Every monsoon the city faces similar problems but despite this not much is done. The drains get flooded and the water overflows. While departments blame each other, the common man continues to suffer due to the various issues under the civic bodies.There roads in my area has many potholes, more than the mosquito breeding I am worried about accidents. The civic body turns a blind eye every year. We do hear some lives are lost while avoiding potholes but the authorities fail to better the roads.— Agraj Magotra, Patel NagarAs the rains arrive the condition of Delhi roads worsen. When the politicians come to claim votes they give all big talks that they will resolve the pending issues, but when the real issues actual break out we just hear them writing letters to higher-ups and not doing anything beyond it.—Nidhi Sharma, Ramesh NagarTime and again we have government telling us that paying tax helps in the development of the city but in reality I feel that taxpayers money goes down in the drain with authorities using sub standard material to lay the road or even while repairing it. Once repaired the condition of the roads do no improve, in fact further accumulates and it turns in to breeding ground for mosquitoes. Roads in Seelampur are so poor that nobody is sure about reaching home safely.—Keshav, BharampuriAs monsoon arrives so does the struggle to reach work place rises. Either we have to brace to our work with pothole-ridden road or heavy traffic jams due to waterlogging. I wonder why does even the civic body claims that they have cleared drains before monsoons or the quality of the road is checked. Apart from the water accumulating in ths pits, we have seen garbage also adds to the spread of the disease.—Madhu Kataria, BharampuriMy major worry is the bad conditions of the road. One can still take measures to stop mosquito breeding, but, what will one do if the roads are in poor condition. The damage caused to vehicle is also huge which burns a hole in my pocket—Aadyasha Dash, Patel NagarThe civic body has one more reason to improve the condition of the roads. Apart from it leading to accidents, deaths, now we hear from health experts that it is leading to dengue and malaria. —Isha Awasti, Shalimar BaghEXPERT SPEAKWith the increase in the amount of rainfall, we have seen a sudden rise in the number of dengue cases. Every day we are getting at least two cases of dengue making it over 15 cases per week. It is strongly suggested to keep the surroundings dry and free from mosquito breeding zones, we do not need another epidemic. Waterlogging in the surrounding areas is adding to the woes, people’s health is getting affected. Doctor SP Byotra, Head of Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.We try our best to ensure that there is no waterlogging on the road. We do keep a check on the water that accumulated on the road, we have a control room that keeps a check on potsholes, and repair it at the earliest. We are making sure that there is no mosquito breeding grounds in these areas,”Yogendra Singh Mann, Spokesperson, North Civic Body.

Soon, Metro’s Blue Line to have only 8-coach trains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will soon run only eight-coach trains on the Blue Line, keeping in view the heavy daily traffic on the corridor. The Blue Line runs between Dwarka and Noida City Centre, and is the busiest track of the Metro.Further, the Corporation plans to make old tracks robust by adding to the fleet of trains as well as coaches, once the Phase III work, which is on in full swing, is completed. At present, the total number of coaches available is 1,468, which would reach to nearly 2,158 after the completion of the Phase III.The DMRC also plans to increase the number of eight-coach trains on the Yellow Line, another busy route, which goes from Samaypur Badli to the Huda City Centre. As many as 56 six-coach and eight-coach trains ply on the Blue Line at present and there’s every possibility that once the Magenta Line starts operating, the load of passengers will shoot up as well. So, the DMRC will bring in more trains on the Blue Line, taking the total number up to 65.Similarly, the Yellow Line will soon have 52 trains instead of the present 32. The Red Line, from Rithala to Dilshad Garden, will also have only six-coach trains instead of the present four-coach ones.Currently, more than 220 trains, including four-coach, six-coach, and eight-coach rakes, ply on all Metro lines. According to sources, the Corporation is hoping to add more than 100 trains, bringing the number to nearly 338.Metro, the lifeline of Delhi-NCR, has a network of 212 km, and after the Magenta Line becomes operational, another 162 km will be added to it.BUSY ROUTESThe Blue Line runs between Dwarka and Noida City Centre, and is the busiest track of the Metro.
The Yellow Line is another busy route which goes from Samaypur Badli to the Huda City Centre.
Currently, as many as 56 six-coach and eight-coach trains ply on the Blue Line. The total number of trains will soon be increased to 65.

DMRC’s heritage walk gives you a chance to relive old Delhi’s history

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhiites can look forward to learning about historical gems of the city as Delhi Metro will be organising special walks across old Delhi under its new initiative— Heritage Walk. Every weekend from August 5, people signing up for the walk will be taken around the walled city, and made aware of centuries’ old heritage and culture of the area. The walk will start from Chandni Chowk Metro station every weekend at 10.30 am.According to a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official, “The walks will start from Metro stations in the vicinity to portray the unique amalgamation of old world charm of these areas with the modern Metro system of the city.”The duration of the walk will be over an hour and it will cover Sair-o-Shajahanabad, the main street of Chandni Chowk, which is the living fabric of Old Delhi with each alley offering a unique flavour. The participants will also get to explore lanes like Dariba Kalan and Kinari Bazaar. For foodies, they can relish the delicacies at the oldest Jabeli Wala while treading through the lanes of Old Delhi. Other locations that will be covered in the heritage walk include Naughara, Nai Sarak, Town Hall, and Khari Baoli.

Suburban residents start online petition for underground Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of Mumbai’s suburbs have started an online petition asking for the Metro project in the suburbs to be constructed underground. The petition that has already gathered over 1,100 signatures will be given to the chief minister. Titled ‘Metro must go underground in Mumbai suburbs too’, it lists over 50 problems and mentions solutions, too, that are provided by the Juhu Vile Parle Development (JVPD) scheme.According to the online petition, the prominent problems are cutting of trees on a large scale, narrow roads, higher density population, nuisance in areas of Juhu where there are a string of hospitals and educational institutions which will create noise pollution, congestion and disturb patients as well as students.”I see the congestion created by the Metro work in the suburbs. It would have been a different thing if there was no other alternative but there is. Just as Metro construction is totally underground in south Mumbai, it could be underground in the suburbs, too. The objective of Metro is to mitigate congestion problems and not create them,” said Alpana Killawala, one of the signatories to the petition.The petitions also suggests construction of only 4.5 km underground between DN Nagar and Santacruz Bus depot and connect it to the ongoing underground Metro 3 which is merely 750 meters away from the domestic terminal on the western express highway.

JNU student alleges beating by CISF personnel at Metro station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A JNU student has alleged he was beaten up at the Rajiv Chowk metro station here by a few personnel of the CISF and told he would be “sent to Pakistan”, a charge rejected by the paramilitary force. In a Facebook post, Aman Sinha, 22, who is pursuing a Master’s degree, said the incident happened yesterday evening and alleged the involvement of CISF personnel posted at the security check point of the station. Sinha, who was sporting a beard, claimed that the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) personnel got enraged when he “defied” their instructions to take off his earphones, which is a laid down protocol that passengers are expected to follow. It was followed by a heated argument, he said. “Then another CISF person came and said you are spoiling the name of the nation, ‘Pakistan bhejenge tum mussalay ko aaj.'(You Muslim we will banish you to Pakistan today). They dragged me to the security office through the very long passage where there was no CCTV and no public. “They started abusing my mother and sister, thrashing and beating me very badly, saying that ‘public k samne humara nam kharab kar diya’. I tried to record it which they later made me delete it threw away my phone,” he alleged. When contacted, the CISF said the student was only asked to write an apology letter for his behaviour with the security personnel, and was neither “manhandled” nor “thrashed.” “He started yelling and arguing with constables Shoeb and PC Bisht who were on duty after he was asked to remove the ear phones, which is a normal security drill in the Delhi Metro. He was unwilling and used abusive language after which he was taken to the metro control room,” a senior CISF officer said. He added that Sinha was taken to the control room of the station where he tendered an apology in writing. As per CCTV records, the officer said, the entire episode lasted about 30 minutes and the student was then allowed to go.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Smoke in electric sub-stn disrupts power to Metro stations,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters of Metro Railway here had a harrowing time after services were suspended from Chandni Chowk to Tollygunge stations, due to disruption in power supply. At around 8:46 PM, smoke was seen coming out of a electric sub-station near Rabindra Sadan metro station, following which power supply to metro stations from Chandni Chowk to Tollygunge was switched off. “At around 9 PM we decided to stop Metro services from Chandni Chowk to Tollygunge. Up and Down services from Dum Dum to Central stations and Tollygunge to Kavi Subhas stations were kept normal,” an official of the Metro railway said. The engineers of Metro railway are at work to restore normal services, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

45-year-old falls into open drain, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old man fell to his death inside an open stormwater drain in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar area on Sunday evening. The victim, businessman Anil Kumar Gupta, had gone to a nearby park for an evening walk. His family claimed the hospital authorities’ timely action could have saved his life.The unfortunate incident took place around 4.30 pm. After a stroll, Gupta had just stepped out of the district park, a few 100 metres from his house, when he slipped and fell into the drain. A local juice vendor and a fruit-seller, with the help of some passersby, pulled him out.”I was passing through the area. I saw that he was fine after being pulled out,” passerby Pradeep Kaushik said. Gupta was then rushed to the Malik Nursing Home, where doctors denied him treatment. They even refused to put him on a stretcher. He was then rushed to the Metro hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.Residents claimed the drain, coming under the Public Works Department (PWD), has been open at many points for years, and that they had complained about it several times but all in vain.”What hurts us is the fact that a civic issue, for which residents have been complaining for years, claimed his life. Then the doctors at the Malik Nursing Home turned him away. It should not happen to anyone else,” Aditya Khemka, son-in-law of the deceased, said.Meanwhile, east Delhi MP Maheish Girri reached the spot and blamed the PWD for the incident. “The PWD is responsible for the death. An inquiry must be initiated into the matter and action should be taken against the department, including PWD Minister Satyendra Jain,” he said.Gupta was well known in his society for his helpful nature. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Bengaluru: Anti-Hindi row continues to grow as pro-Kannada activists blacken Hindi words

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The anti-Hindi agitation seems to be growing with each passing day, as the members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) blackened words written in Hindi on the signboard outside Yeswanthpur metro station.Last night, the members took up the task of blackening the Hindi words written on almost all metro stations, including Jaynagar, Peenya, Deepanjali Nagar, Mysore Road, and Yashwanthpura metro stations.Not just Hindi, even English faced the heat of pro-Kannada activists in Karnataka earlier.On July 6, the KRV defaced English and Hindi signage of a restaurant in a mall near Bengaluru’s Eco tech park.After the anti-Hindi Twitter campaign, #NammaMetroHindiBeda (‘Our Metro, We don’t want Hindi’), Hindi words on the signboards of two Metro stations – Chickpete and Majestic -were covered with paper and taped on July 3.These metro boards were in Kannada, English and Hindi.Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has reportedly supported the anti-Hindi brigade and has asked the officials to find out what policy was followed in non-Hindi states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, and etcetera.Following the Chief Minister’s directive, the Kannada Development Authority on July 4 had issued issued notice to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) and sought an explanation why it was using three-language policy.Earlier this year, the Centre notified a recommendation of the Parliamentary panel after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his nod to the suggestion.The Parliamentary panel had recommended the use of Hindi by parliamentarians and ministers. The recommendation had been sent to the President in June, 2011.Parties like Karnataka’s Janata Dal (Secular) and Tamil Nadu’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) have criticised the Centre for ‘imposing’ Hindi language in their states.DMK acting president M.K. Stalin threatened to begin an anti-Hindi agitation after milestones marked in Hindi were seen on Tamil Nadu highways.In Bengaluru, protests have been taking place over Hindi being used as a language in the Metro train sign boards.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation issues VIP challans to establishment after mosquitoes found breeding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 40 VIP challans have been issued to various establishments, including MTNL office, Delhi Metro project site, PWD office and Humayun’s Tomb – a World Heritage monument, in Delhi this month, after mosquitoes were found breeding there, according to civic bodies.The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) today organised a programme in its Najafgarh Zone to bring awareness on prevention of vector-borne diseases.”In the month of July, 25 VIP challans have been served against defaulters. Some of them are MTNL Office at Raj Nagar, St Gregorias School in Dwarka, L&T CC-27 Metro Project Munirka, Bharti College, Janakpuri, Rajdhani & Shiva Ji College, Raja Garden, Sarvodaya School, Janakpuri, Humayun’s Tomb, Nizamuddin and Central School of Sadik Nagar,” the SDMC said in a statement.The civic body said major construction sites have been identified and are under scanner to control mosquito-breeding.In areas falling under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), at least 16 VIP challans have been issued where aedes agypti mosquitoes were found breeding.Some of the establishments where breeding was reported include — PWD office and DUSIB office at Inder Lok, NDPL Power Grid, DAV Public School Badli, Nursing Hostel at the Hindu Rao Hospital (run by NDMC), a BSES office, the NDMC said.At least 26 fresh cases of malaria were reported last week, taking the total number of people affected by this vector-borne disease this year to 210, according to a municipal report released today.The total number of dengue and chikungunya cases recorded this year till July 15 are 150 and 183 respectively, it said.Aedes mosquito breeds in clear water and mostly in artificial water collections and containers like desert coolers, overhead tanks, drums, tyres, junkyard, earthen bird-feeders, fountains, waterfalls, swimming pool and construction sites.

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