CNG, PNG prices cut; check the revised prices here
The city gas utility Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) on Tuesday announced a steep reduction in the retail price of the natural gas (CNG) by Rs 6 per kg and domestic piped natural gas (PNG) by Rs 4 per standard cubic metre (SCM), effective from midnight of August 16.
Accordingly, the revised MRP, inclusive of all taxes of CNG, will be Rs 80/kg and PNG price will be Rs 48.50/SCM in and around Mumbai.
Following the price hike on August 2, rickhaw and taxi unions demanded a hike in the fare.
Welcoming the decision, Thampy Kurian, leader of one of the prominent rickshaw union of the city said, "It's good for rickshaw drivers as well as for Mumbaikars, but we still need fare hike of Rs 3 in the minimum fare."
Currently minimum fare of the rikshaw is Rs 21.
Similarly Mumbai Taximen's Union leader A L Quadros also happy with this decision but said, future course of action will be decided after meeting with other members of the union.
City and suburbs to witness moderate rain; IMD says heavy rainfall likely at isolated places
Mumbaikars, don't forget to carry your umbrellas, raincoats and other monsoon gear as IMD has forecasted that city and suburbs in next 24 hours will see a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Heavy rainfall very likely at isolated places, IMD said.
City is likely to receive moderate rainfall over the next 48 hours, added IMD.
Read full report here
Moreover, heavy rains in the catchment areas of the lakes in the Thane district have increased substantial water levels in the lakes.
The seven lakes which supply water to the city have now collective stock of 13,81,050 million litres of water against the total capacity of 14.47 lakh million litres.
This stock will be sufficient for Mumbai for the next 359 days. With this, the city is now short of only 66,000 million litres of water stock to get an uninterrupted water supply throughout the year.
Check further details here
Dear commuters, all trains on Central Railway lines are operating routinely. Check the latest update here
Maharashtra govt announces 3% rise in DA for 17 lakh employees
In a big move ahead of the festive season, the Shinde-Fadnavis government on Tuesday announced a 3% rise in the dearness allowance (DA) payable to nearly 17 lakh government employees in Maharashtra.
‘’The decision to increase dearness allowance for state government employees by 3 percent on the lines of central government was taken in the cabinet meeting held today,’’ said Chief Minister Eknath Shinde who was accompanied by deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
‘’This increase will be paid in cash from August 2022. Due to today’s cabinet decision, the dearness allowance of state government employees will be increased from 31 to 34 per cent,’’ said Shinde.
Climate change may hit state's renewable energy potential
Climate change is set to impact India’s solar and wind energy potential over the next five decades, according to a recent research by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).
As per the results of the research, the state government and the renewable energy industry should take cognisance of this fact and begin to adapt to the changing climate with better technology to maintain the efficiency of renewable energy in Maharashtra and other states.
Maharashtra currently ranks among the top states in terms of installed renewable energy capacity (10.78 gigawatt (GW)) with wind power capacity of 5.01 GW and solar power capacity of 2.75 GW contributing the most. As of June 30, 2022, renewable energy contributes 24.36 per cent to Maharashtra’s power mix.
One of the researchers, Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay, said, “Our industry must adapt to the changing climate, and our technologies must keep pace. Such predictions should not be taken as facts, but as possibilities. The efficiency of renewable energy may be impacted by climate change in Maharashtra and the neighbouring areas. The study emphasises the importance of being prepared for scenarios of this kind and addressing it.”
Trains on Central Railway's UP lines running late by 10 minutes
Signal failures were reported at CSMT from 7.00am in different timings on UP fast, UP slow and UP Harbor lines resulting in delay upto 15 minutes. Was rectified 7.30am.
Commuters, please note northbound traffic has been slowed by a tanker stall at the Kemes Corner flyover.
East bound traffic congested over Airoli Bridge [from Eastern Express Highway].
Thane logs 118 new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 1,660
With the addition of 118 new coronavirus positive cases, the overall infection tally in Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 7,37,198, a health official said on Wednesday.
These cases were recorded on Tuesday, and the district currently has 1,660 active cases, he said.
Since nobody succumbed to the infection on Tuesday, the death toll remained unchanged at 11,938, while the recovery count has reached 7,24,227, he added.
Several areas submerged after a flood-like situation is created as heavy rainfall continues, backwaters of Wainganga River enter city
Opposition leaders raised slogans against Shinde-Fadnavis government at Vidhan Bhavan's entrance ahead of the monsoon session
DCM Devendra Fadnavis presented supplementary demands for 2022-23 in state assembly today. He tabled supplementary demands for Rs 25826.71 crore
Due to the Motorbike rally organized between 12.30 pm to 4 pm, vehicular movement will be slow between International Airport - WEH -Milan Subway - Vakola Bridge -Kherwadi Bridge - Kalanagar Bridge- Bandra Stn - Hotel Avsari Jn - Shivaji Park - Chaityabhoomi.
Due to the 4 Wheeler rally organized between 12.30 pm to 4 pm, vehicular movement will be slow. Chaityabhoomi - Siddhivainayak Jn - Leningrad chowk - Babasaheb Worlikar Chowk - Worli Naka - Haji Ali - Pedar Road - RTI Jn - Marine Drive - AirIndia Jn - BJP office.
Celebs missing, no big cash prize; Dahi Handi celebration with less pomp this year
Unlike a few years ago when a number of big Dahi Handis dotted the city with politicians from different parties competing, this year the number of Dahi Handis celebrations with pomp and celeb showing up will be less. While a number of them who are doing the festival said they would share details later or did not wish to talk to stating that they will announce it a day or two earlier.
Among those who said that they will not be having any Dahi Handi were Jitendra Awhad from the NCP, and Sachin Ahir, now with the Shiv Sena whose organisation had discontinued the celebration after court order.
Ex-BJP functionary Mohit Kamboj's tweet hints at imminent arrest of 'big' NCP leader
A social media post by former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing functionary Mohit Kamboj implying that one more "big" Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader would go to jail soon sparked a row on Wednesday.
Mumbai: Vehicular movement is slow at Santacruz, Juhu Tara Road
A Delhi court fixes 31st August for cognizance/consideration on ED's supplementary chargesheet filed against actor Jacqueline Fernandez in a money laundering case related to conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar
Mumbai: Traffic snarls near Vidhan Sabha and Mantralaya
Aspirants can seek date change if schedule of MPSC and other exams overlaps: Maha govt
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde directs the Director General of Police to conduct a CID inquiry into the death of Shiv Sangram leader & former state minister Vinayak Mete. Mete met with an accident on the Mumbai Pune Expressway on August 14.
Maha: Cop dies of electrocution while washing vehicle
A Nagpur rural police sub-inspector died of electrocution while washing an official vehicle using electric pump at the police headquarters here on Wednesday, an official said.
Maha govt's appeal for mass singing of national anthem evokes enthusiastic response
The national anthem reverberated in various schools, government and private offices in Mumbai and other cities, and even in some hospitals as people responded to the Maharashtra government's call for its mass singing on Wednesday.