Mumbai to see lull in monsoon activity, though no signs of retreat
Mumbaikars, don't forget to keep your umbrellas handy! Although the Indian Meterological Department has declared the possibility of decrease in intensity of rainfall over the coming week, they have said that monsoon has not yet retreated.
The Konkan belt including Mumbai has been given a green alert (no rainfall warning) Monday onwards.
“The weather over the coming week will start becoming drier and the rain intensity will reduce. The moderate showers which the city is experiencing currently will mostly continue for the next 48 hours but it will witness a gradual decrease,” said IMD official Sushma Nair.
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BMC starts process on construction of JVPD and WEH bridge
The BMC has started the process of construction of two important bridges that were announced in the 2022 - 23 civic budget. While the work on Juhu Vile Parle Development (JVPD) bridge is expected to start within a month, the other bridge proposed to decongest Western Express Highway (WEH) will take some time.
Since the bridge will go over the Mithi Creek to connect Senapati Bapat Marg, it will need clearance from the Forest cell, said the senior civic official.
The project has been planned since 2019. The BMC was also ready to pay Rs. 11 crores to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the right of way through their land in Andheri. But the process was delayed due to covid pandemic. Now the civic body has floated an Rs.350 crore tender for the same.
Read details about the projects in our article here
Maharashtra government cracks down on persons who claimed extra COVID ex-gratia
The state government is cracking down on people who received COVID-19 ex-gratia compensation more than once but are now refusing to return the excess money.
The government has issued notices to 2,508 people for misleading authorities, instructing them to either return the money or face action. So far 26 people have returned a cumulative Rs13 lakh, an official said.
The government has now told the rest that first information reports will be filed against them for cheating.
Commuters demand to make AC local services affordable
The Central Railway (CR) authorities are happy with the response to the air-conditioned (AC) suburban train services. However, passengers say they expect the services to be more frequent, punctual and a lot more affordable.
“CR needs to focus on providing frequent punctual and affordable and AC services exclusively between Kalyan/ Dombivli / Thane and Kurla / Parel / CSMT. The railway administration also needs to introduce more suburban services by adopting new technologies,” said Sriram Iyer, 37 of Bhandup, who is a frequent user of CR's AC local services.
Lalitha, who is a resident of Kalwa, further added that while the prices of card tickets have been reduced, season tickets cost the same and are out of reach of the common man.
Asked about the protest of non-AC commuters against the AC locals on CR, Lalitha said, “While replacing a few non-ACserviceswithACservices, they choose the wrong train. The 8.20 am service fromThanewasbeingusedby hundreds of commuters for many years and catered to the crowd from Kalwa.
Mumbai's MHB Police have registered a case against a 17-year-old youth under the Arms Act for cutting his birthday cake with a sword.
Mumbai Police arrested a man who had made a false bomb threat call for Zaveri Bazaar.
Heavy traffic on Western Express Highway. Commuters looking to travel, please find alternatives
Bombay HC to pass order on Elgar Parishad case accused Hany Babu's bail plea today
The Bombay High Court will give its order on bail plea by Hany Babu, an accused in the Elgar Parishad case. A division bench of Justices N M Jamdar and N R Borkar has been hearing the bail plea since August.
Babu, Associate professor at Delhi University, was named as co-conspirator in propogating Maoist acitivities and ideology, on the instructions of leaders of the banned CPI (Maoist) organisation, by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Hany Babu was arrested in July 2020 in the case and is currently lodged at the Taloja prison in neighbouring Navi Mumbai. He approached the HC in June this year, challenging an order of the special NIA court here which rejected his bail plea earlier this year.
Mumbai Metro Yellow Line 2A on Andheri Link Road turning to Oshiwara station
Fishermen, Sena leader Vijay Nahata demand immediate relief for those affected by MTHL Project
Fishermen affected by the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) Project along with Sena leader Chairman of Environmental Impact Assessment Authority Vijay Nahata demanding immediate compensation to the affected from ten villages.
They met Fisheries and Port Development Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and submitted a letter.
Nahata met the minister on behalf of Maryai Fishermen's Cooperative Society (Marya). He submitted a charter of demands after hearing fishermen.
The Regional Deputy Commissioner for payment of compensation to fishermen at the earliest.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's judicial custody extended by 14 days in Patra Chawl redevelopment scam case
A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on Monday extended the Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's judicial custody by 14 days till October 3 in connection with the Goregaon’s Patra Chawl land scam case.
Navi Mumbai police book five Bangladeshi for illegal immigration, seize fake Aadhar cards
The Panvel Taluka police recovered fake Aadhar cards from five Bangladeshi immigrants who were arrested earlier this month from Kon village in the region. They got the Aadhar cards from an agent, said police.
The five immigrants were arrested on September 8 for illegally entering and residing in the country. Of five, four are women and worker as servers.
The police seized the fake identity cards from them during investigation and are currently looking for the agent who made them.
Electrician dangling from high tension wire falls into river near Mumbai; body found after 2 days
On Sunday evening, the body of a 36-year-old electrician who was swept away in the strong water current of Kamba Creek near Bhiwandi on Friday during nonstop rain was discovered a few metres away in the same creek.
Unedur Rehman Ansari, the dead, and his coworker, a member of a private energy company, travelled to the location in the pouring rain to address an electrical problem in Kamba village.
A video of the man falling into a creek while trying to hold himself up on some high-tension electric wires went viral on social media. Eventually he falls into the river. The disaster management team alerted residents who watched his video to seek help, but they arrived too late to save his partner.