Mumbaikars to face 2 more days of heavy rains; even Dabbawalas suspend work

Hoping for a respite from the rains in Mumbai? There may not be any for at least some time. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at a few places, and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places, in the districts of Greater Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, and Palghar from July 10 to July 13, news agency ANI reported on Tuesday.

At least for two more days, including Tuesday, Mumbaikars will have to brave “heavy rains”, according to the IMD.

On Tuesday, IMD’s local weather report and forecast for Mumbai was: Generally cloudy sky with heavy rain on July 10, generally cloudy sky with heavy rain on July 11, generally cloudy sky with moderate rain on July 12, and generally cloudy sky with moderate rain on July 13 READ MORE

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Another bridge collapse exposes poor maintenance of Mumbai infrastructure

On Tuesday, a portion of an overbridge collapsed over the railway tracks in Mumbai’s western suburb Andheri, halting operations on the western section of the city’s rail line. Such incidents are slowly turning into a norm rather than a rarity for the fast-paced city.

In 2017, during a heavy downpour, the city witnessed one of its worst stampedes at the Elphinstone railway bridge, reportedly claiming more than 23 lives. Railway authorities, post an enquiry, concluded the stampede was a result of confusion caused amongst commuters due to heavy rains and a huge crowd using the bridge at that point of time.

Tuesday’s bridge collapse once again puts the spotlight on the city’s urban infrastructure and a dire need for its development. A major part of this responsibility lies with the city’s civic body, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), commonly known as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). For 2018-19, BMC’s total budget is at Rs 272.58 billion, the richest civic body in the country.

According to BMC’s budget document, out of its total budget for 2018-19, it plans to spend Rs 17.70 billion as capital expenditure on traffic operations, roads and bridges this financial year. To be sure, the body also revised the expenditure for road development for READ MORE

Mumbai civic body on alert after heavy rain forecast, precautions taken

Mumbai’s civic agency is on alert after heavy rains forecast for the city and says all precautionary measures have been taken.

Heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places in the districts of Greater Mumbai, Thane and Raigad in the next 24 hours, a weather official said on Tuesday.

A road overbridge, built in 1971, collapsed near the eastern side of the Andheri railway station and a part of it fell on rail tracks during Tuesday morning showers, injuring five people and affecting rail and road traffic.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it was the Railways’ responsibility to regularly check and maintain the overbridge.

“The area where a portion of the bridge collapsed comes under the Railways. Therefore, it was Railways’ duty to conduct a safety audit and carry out maintenance of the bridge,” a senior BMC engineer said.

The Western Railway has succeeded in restoring services on the Harbour corridor to minimise the inconvenience caused to passengers. The Central Railway too READ MORE

No ban on sale of non-vegetarian food at campus cafe, says IIT Bombay

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) on Monday said there is no restriction on the sale of non-vegetarian food items at the popular eatery, Civil Caf, on the campus.
The Institute, which has received flak from students opposed to the ‘ban’ on non-vegetarian food at the cafe, in a statement, said, “There is no restriction on the sale of non-vegetarian food items in the cafeteria.”

“The letter issued to the caterer was in the context of stale food and no cooking allowed in the academic area and the preemptive action was in the interest of health and safety of the users,” it said.
“The Institute does not favour any one preference over another or discriminate on such grounds,” it said.
The statement comes less than a month after one of the Institute’s hostels asked students to use separate tables and plates for non-vegetarian and vegetarian food items at the hostel mess, after receiving complaints from some vegetarian students.
The Civil Caf is popular among students as it has an adjoining terrace. Students have alleged that it is an attempt by the management to impose the food culture of a small section of people on the read more

Former Shiv Sena corporator Ashok Sawant stabbed to death in Mumbai

Former Shiv Sena corporator, Ashok Sawant, has been stabbed to death outside his house in Maharashtra’s Kandivali.
Sawant (62) was accosted by two men late on Sunday night who then attacked him with sharp weapons.

 

The incident took place when he was returning home after meeting a friend.
He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

 

Sawant was a two-time corporator of Shiv Sena from Samta Nagar.
Investigation in the case is on.

West Bengal man arrested for stalking Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara

A 27-year-old man from East Midnapore district in West Bengal was on Sunday arrested for allegedly harassing cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter, Sara, over the phone, police said.

Deb Kumar Maiti, a resident of Debkundu village near Geonkhali under Mahisadal Police Station, had gone to Mumbai sometime back to visit his elder brother when he somehow got hold of her number, they said.

He then called Sara several times and expressed his desire to marry her, they added.

A case was filed in this regard by the Tendulkar family in Mumbai, but the entire matter was kept secret by the Cyber Cell of the Mumbai Police.
A team of the Mumbai Police early today arrested Maiti near Andulia and read more

Mumbai bandh: City suffers as trains crawl, buses stoned, flights cancelled

Mumbaikars struggled to reach their destination as suburban rail services and road transport bore the brunt of protests by Dalit groups during the day-long ‘bandh‘ against the Bhima Koregaon caste clashes on Tuesday.

Local train commuters struggled to reach offices while motorists remained stuck on roads due to the demonstrations in various parts of the city and the extended suburbs. Flight operations at Mumbai airport were badly hit today due to the Maharashtra-wide protest called by various Dalit groups, with 33 flights, 32 of them from Jet Airways, getting cancelled.
Besides, as many as 377 flights, both flying into and out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), which is the world’s busiest single-runway airport, were delayed.

Services of suburban trains, known as the lifeline of Mumbai, remained disrupted for hours on Central Railway’s Main and Harbour Lines, and briefly on read more