Air quality drops as monsoon retreat inches closer
As the monsoon retreat for this year gets closer, Mumbai's air quality has been witnessing a dip from the ‘good’ category to ‘satisfactory’. The Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded on Thursday for PM 10 was 68 and PM 2.5 was 44, while just 10 days earlier, on September 18, the AQI of PM 2.5 in Mumbai was 10 (lowest-ever recorded for the third time this year).
PM or particulate matter is a unit used to measure the size of the pollutants; the smaller the PM, the higher the toxicity levels. Also, lower the AQI value, cleaner the air, while a higher AQI indicates a greater level of air pollution and health concerns.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the tentative monsoon retreat date given for Mumbai this year is October 8, however, there is a possibility of a slight delay in the retreat.
Malad: Appa Pada to Anand Nagar bus route No.A 624 will be suspended at Appa Pada bus stop from 7.30 pm due to Navratri.
Western Railway adds local services, floats new timetable
The Western Railway (WR) has decided to introduce a new suburban timetable from October 1, with 12 non-AC services and 31 AC services introduced, and 50 services extended. The WR authorities have also decided to cancel four existing services.
This would take the total number of services plying on Mumbai's suburban section from 1375 to 1383, which includes 112 Harbour Line services. “Keeping in mind passenger demands, many important changes have been made for WR's Mumbai suburban trains to ensure better passenger convenience and comfort,” said an official.
Of the 12 new non-AC services introduced, seven services will be in the 'up' direction (towards Churchgate) and five will be in the 'down' direction (towards Dahanu), while four existing services will be canceled.
Model's body found hanging in Mumbai hotel
The body of a 30-year-old model was found hanging from a fan in a hotel room in Mumbai's Andheri area on Thursday. According to police, the model checked in the hotel around 8 pm on Wednesday and also ordered dinner.
On Thursday, she did not open the door after repeated calling by the housekeeping staff. Following this, the manager of the hotel informed the police.
On reaching the hotel, when the police opened the room with the master key, the model was found dead and the police recovered a suicide note from the spot in which she said that no one is responsible for her death.
Versova Police registered a case under ADR and sent the body for post-mortem. The investigation is underway. Further details are awaited.
Mumbai weather update: City to receive light showers till weekend
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday predicted light showers in Mumbai till the end of this week and said there was no sign of monsoon retreat from most parts of the metropolitan city.
The city in the past two weeks received light drizzles, and the showers receded this week.
The IMD forecast for the next 48 hours has said, “Generally cloudy sky with possibility of light to moderate rain and thundershowers in the island city and suburbs.”
CM Shinde announces Diwali bonus for healthcare workers, BEST employees, teachers
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde on Thursday announced a Diwali bonus for health workers including Mumbai Municipal Corporation, BEST employees and teachers.
Chief Minister announced, "Rs. 22,500 will be given to employees of Mumbai Municipal Corporation, employees of Municipal Corporation Teachers BEST and one Month salary to health workers as Diwali bonus".
Due to this decision, 93 thousand employees of Mumbai Municipal Corporation and 29 thousand employees of BEST, along with teachers, and health workers will get a Diwali bonus.
Due to Devotee Pedestrians at Mahalaxmi Temple traffic movement is slow at Peddar road.
Traffic on Western Express Highway, commuters please make plans accordingly.
Mumbaikars, now book Central Railway suburban train tickets on Yatri app
Mumbai: Passengers using Central Railway (CR) train services can now book their local tickets through the Yatri app as well, as it has been updated with the provision of a UTS link which is directly linked to the UTS app.
This facility is available for local train commuters of the Main Line, the Harbour Line, Trans-harbour Line and the Belapur / Nerul Kharkopar Line.
Traffic congestion in Sakinaka, Powai, JVLR, GMLR, Asalpha and other regions; commuters please make travel plans accordingly.
Shiv Sainiks from Beed are walking around 400km to Mumbai for Shiv Sena president UddhavThackeray's Dussehra rally.
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A man in his thirties was severely beaten up by a mob on the suspicion of being a child-lifter at Diva in Thane district on Thursday, September 29.
No need of loud music and DJ for dandiya, celebrate Navratri in traditional way: Bombay HC
The Bombay High Court has noted that because the religious festival of Navratri is about worshipping the Goddess "Shakti," which requires concentration and attention, it cannot be done in a noisy environment. As a result, there is no need to use modern sound systems like DJs, loudspeakers, etc. for performing Garba and Dandiya.
In response to a petition asking for an order banning the use of sound equipment for the ongoing Navratri festival on a playground designated as a "silent zone" under the Noise Pollution Rules, 2000, the court made this observation.
Gas supply cut in Marol Maroshi Road, Makwana Road, Military Road, Bhavani Nagar Road, Marol East, Andheri East due to damage to MGL pipeline. Services to be restored by 8 pm today: Mahanagar Gas Ltd.
Southbound vehicular movement is slow at Haji Ali Junction
Mumbai: Staffer of Zakir Naik's IRF accused of getting youth to join ISIS acquitted by NIA court
An employee of Zakir Naik-led Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) arrested in 2016 for allegedly indoctrinating youngsters to join terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was acquitted on Friday by a special court in Mumbai.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had charged Arshi Qureshi under Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act for involvement in activities to support the ISIS and spread hatred in India.
BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal told Bombay HighC Court today that they have asked Maharashtra govt to make the civic body "single planning authority" for roads. HC had asked Chahal to come up with roadmap for fixing 20 "most bad" roads in the city.
Abhijit Bangar takes charge as the new commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation
Abhijit Bangar (in left) | Vibhav Birwatkar
Abhijit Bangar (in left) | Vibhav Birwatkar
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde visits Navratri Pandal with family at Tembhi Naka in Thane
Mumbai would be transformed in 90 days under Swachha Maharashtra campaign: CM Shinde
Mumbai would undergo a transformation in 90 days under the new urban renewal plan unveiled by the state government, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said here on Friday.
He was speaking after the launch of the Swachha Maharashtra Abhiyan (Urban) 2.0 here.
Cleanliness in cities should become a mass movement, Shinde said, adding that sanitation workers are the brand ambassadors of the new campaign.
Thane: 13-year-old boy dies after falling into duct near water pipeline
A 13-year-old boy died in Bhiwandi in Thane district on Friday afternoon after falling into a duct near a water pipeline, a civic official said.
Jahid Mansuri was flying a kite when he accidentally fell into the water-filled duct, the fire brigade official said.
The body has been fished out and sent for post mortem, he added.
Vande Bharat express from Gandhinagar arrives at Mumbai Central
More than 370 passengers travelled on board the new upgraded Vande Bharat 2.0 train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai during its inaugural journey on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the semi-high speed train from Gandhinagar Capital railway station around 10.30 am.