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Gokhale Bridge: Some trains to be affected due to launch of girder on weekend

The Western Railway on Friday said that some Mumbai local trains and long distance trains will remain affected due to the launching of first open web girder of Gokhale Bridge in Andheri. The first open web girder of Gokhale Bridge will be launched on the intervening night of December 2nd and 3rd, this weekend, the Western Railway said. According to the Western Railway, in connection with the launching of 1st Open Web Girder (OWG) of Gokhale Road Over Bridge (ROB) between Vile Parle and Andheri stations, a major block will be taken on all lines from 00.45 hrs to 04.45 hrs on the intervening night of 2nd/3rd December 2023. According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, during the block period from 00.45 hrs to 04.45 hrs, some of the suburban services will remain cancelled. The list of which will be available at stations of the suburban section. The last suburban services and long-distance trains to be affected on 2nd December, 2023 are as under :-   Details of last suburban services are as under: 1. Last DOWN slow service from Churchgate-Virar Mumbai local train will depart from Churchgate at 23.58 hrs to reach Virar at 01.40 hrs. 2. Last DOWN slow service from Churchgate-Borivali will depart from Churchgate at 23.52 hrs to reach Borivali at 00.58 hrs. 3. Last DOWN slow service from Churchgate-Bandra will depart from Churchgate at 01.00 hrs to reach Bandra at 01.30 hrs.  4. Last UP Slow service from Virar-Churchgate will depart from Virar at 23.49 hrs to reach Churchgate at 01.26 hrs. 5. Last UP Slow service from Borivali-Churchgate will depart from Borivali at 00.10 hrs to reach Churchgate at 01.15 hrs. 6. Last UP Slow service from Virar-Goregaon will depart from Virar at 00.05 hrs to reach Goregaon at 00.50 hrs.  Details of long-distance trains to be affected:  1. Train No. 19038 Barauni – Bandra Terminus Avadh Express will be short-terminated at Borivali.  2. Train No. 09184 Banaras - Mumbai Central Weekly Special will be regulated by 60 mins between Surat - Virar section. 3. Train No. 09052 Bhusaval – Mumbai Central Tri-Weekly Special will be regulated by 30 mins between Surat - Virar section. 4. Train No. 22946 Okha – Mumbai Central Saurashtra Mail will be regulated by 40 mins at Goregaon. 5. Train No. 22904 Bhuj – Bandra Terminus Superfast AC Express 2023 will be regulated by 15 mins between Virar - Andheri. 

01 December,2023 06:46 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai Metro Line 3: Traffic to be affected around BKC, police issues diversions

Mumbai Police on Friday issued a traffic advisory for motorists for the ongoing construction of Mumbai Metro Line 3 underground station work in BKC. In a traffic advisory, Mumbai Police said the work of Metro Line 3, Package C 5 under BKC Traffic Division Jurisdiction is underway to make an underground station of Vidyanagari Underground Metro, on the way to Swargdar Smashan Bhoomi, New Link Road and Shardadevi Marg wherein both roads converge at Sant Tukaram Building, Hanuman Bhau Sridhar Bhosle Chowk, whereas a temporary unpaved road was constructed on both the former roads to connect the above mentioned Metro underground station. For that, it is necessary to stop the traffic of both Sharda Devi Marg and New Link Road, which are used to reach the BKC area from the Western Highway.  The police said, from 02/12/2023 time 00:01 to 03/12/2023 time 23.59 hours, the traffic system will be released from the said route as per requirement to regulate the traffic in the said area and to avoid inconvenience to the general public, the following changes are being made in the traffic management. It said, in order to facilitate smooth and fast flow of traffic on the said roadand also in order to prevent obstruction, and inconvenience to the public the traffic notification was being issued. The notification was issued by Dr. Raju Bhujbal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (H.Q. & Central), Traffic, Mumbai. It said,  the following order was being issued. Road Closure 1) All vehicles going from BKC area, Valmiki Nagar via New Link Road to Western Highway will be blocked from Valmiki Nagar, Mithi River Nala Bridge. 2) From Western Expressway to BKC Premises, Bharat Nagar, Valmiki Nagar via Shardadevi Road entry of all vehicles will be restricted from Teachers Colony Bus Stop/UPL Tower. Alternate Route 1) Valmiki Nagar Mithi River Nala Bridge Kanakia Paris Right Turn Ekvira Macchi Market Left Turn Cardinal Gracious School, Kherwadi Service Road Take Left Right Turn to Desired Destination. 2) Teachers Colony Bus Stop/UPL Tower- Cardinal Geshes School to take Left Turn to- Ekvira Machhi Market Right Turn Kanakia Paris will take a left turn proceed to the desired destination. "The above order will be in force from date 02/12/2023 till date 03/12/2023," the police said.

01 December,2023 05:35 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Court grants bail to Datta Dalvi held for 'objectionable' remark against Maha CM

A court in Mumbai on Friday granted bail to Shiv Sena (UBT) leader and former city mayor Datta Dalvi, two days after he was arrested for allegedly making objectionable remarks against Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, reported news agency PTI. His bail plea was allowed by Metropolitan Magistrate (Mulund court) M R Washimkar after it heard arguments from both defence and prosecution, reported PTI. In the bail application, filed through advocate Sundeep Singh, Dalvi claimed that he was "innocent and falsely implicated" in the case, reported PTI. He has not played any role in the alleged offence, the plea said, reported PTI. The accused has been in custody since the day of his arrest and police's investigation is almost over. Hence, no purpose will be served by keeping him in custody, it added, reported PTI. Dalvi was arrested by the city police on Wednesday for the alleged objectionable remark against CM Shinde, reported PTI. During their probe, the police found that a meeting was organised on Sunday by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT) in suburban Bhandup, where Dalvi allegedly made some objectionable remarks against CM Shinde, reported PTI. On that basis, a first information report (FIR) was registered against Dalvi under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 153 (a) (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc), 153 (b) (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 294 (obscene acts and songs) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), reported PTI. The rival factions of the Shiv Sena led by Thackery and Shinde are at daggers drawn since the party split in June 2022. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday slammed the Eknath-Shinde-led NDA government in Maharashtra after police arrested former Mayor of Mumbai Datta Dalvi for allegedly using "objectionable" language against the Maharashtra Chief Minister, reported news agency ANI. Asked whether the arrest of Datta Dalvi was a reaction to Uddhav Thackeray's reported "Nalayak" remark against the Chief Minister, Raut said, "If he (Uddhav Thackeray) called him (Eknath Shinde) "nalayak," what wrong did he say?" "Is there censorship in this country? Is there a dictatorship or an emergency?...It is not an unparliamentary word..." "Calling him (Eknath Shinde) ''Hinduhrdayamrat" is an insult to Veer Savarkar and Balasaheb Thackeray. For this insult, an FIR should be registered against him (Shinde)...Datta Dalvi objected to the remark..." he added. He also mentioned that State Agriculture Minister Abdul Sattar "abused" NCP MP Supriya Sule, Narayan Rane and "his Nepali son." "No action was taken against them but against our leader," Raut added. Raut further alleged, "No matter how many atrocities you commit against us, you all will go to jail in 2024." (With inputs from PTI and ANI)

01 December,2023 03:52 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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SEBI required to act in public interest: Bombay HC raps regulatory body

The Securities and Exchange Board of India is required to act in the public interest, the Bombay High Court said on Friday castigating the regulatory body for not complying with an order passed by the court in October. A division bench of Justices G S Kulkarni and Jitendra Jain said such an approach by the SEBI would cause a dent in the confidence reposed in the public body by investors. The HC had in October directed the SEBI to provide certain probe documents to the minority shareholders of a company. The company and the SEBI challenged this order in the Supreme Court, which dismissed the appeals in November. The petitioners are minority shareholders of Bharat Nidhi Limited and had made various complaints to SEBI accusing the company of violation of securities laws. The SEBI had then initiated investigations into the same, issued a show cause notice to the company and later passed a settlement order, which has now been revoked. The petitioners' case is that neither the investigation report nor any relevant documents were supplied to them. The petitioners alleged that the investigation being done by the SEBI was a farce.The SEBI on Friday told HC that since the settlement order has been revoked, nothing survives in the present petitions. The bench, however, said there has been "persistent" non-compliance of the order passed by the court and said this was "too far to be imagined and totally unacceptable". "SEBI is a public body, it is required to act in public interest, it needs to comply with the orders passed by this Court," HC said. The court said it was constrained to make such remarks as it was quite "astonished" by the stand taken by the SEBI in the present case. "Such approach of the SEBI, in our opinion, would cause a dent to the confidence the investors would repose in the SEBI, which needs to function solely to further the object and purpose, for which it is created by the Parliament," the bench said. The court added that to its mind, SEBI has resorted to all possible efforts to not comply with its order and "this does not appear to be meaningless". "However, it is quite intriguing to note the approach of the SEBI, as clearly seen from the events which had transpired, and from the obstinate stand taken by the SEBI in not furnishing the documents to the petitioners," HC said. The bench said now that the settlement order has been revoked, the SEBI would adjudicate the show cause notice issued to the company expeditiously. The bench said the petitioners need to be provided with the documents and directed the SEBI to forthwith comply with its order.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

01 December,2023 02:57 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Babasaheb Ambedkar death anniversary: Mumbai Police issues traffic advisory

Mumbai Police on Friday issued a traffic advisory for the citizens ahead of the 67th Death Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. In a traffic notification, Mumbai police said, the 67th death anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar i.e. Mahaparinirvan Din will be observed on 6th December 2023 at Chaitya Bhoomi, Shivaji Park in Dadar area of Mumbai. The police said, a large number of followers of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar will be visiting Chaitya Bhoomi in Dadar from 4ht December 2023 to 7th December 2023 due to this congregation on such a large scale at and around Shivaji Park, the movement of vehicular traffic will be affected on adjoining roads in the vicinity of Chaitya Bhoomi. Hence the following traffic arrangement is being made. In order to ensure smooth flow of traffic, following traffic restrictions shall be imposed from 06.00 hrs. dated 05/12/2023 till 24.00 hrs dated 07/12/2023. One Way/Closure of Roads Veer Savarkar Road shall be closed from Shri Siddhivinayak Temple Junction to Hinduja Hospital for vehicular traffic. However, local residents canproceed by taking left turn from Yes Bank Junction and shall proceed through Pandurang Naik Road towards Rajabade Chowk. North Bound of S.K. Bole Road shall be one way from Shri Siddhivinayak Temple Junction to Portuguese Church junction.that means there shall be no entry to vehicular traffic from south bound of S.K. Bole road i.e, from Portuguese church to Shri Siddhivinayk Temple Junction. Rande Road shall be closed for all types of vehicular traffic. Dnyneshwar Mandir Road shall be closed for all types of vehicular traffic. Jambhekar Maharaj Road shall be closed for all types of vehicular traffic. Keluskar Road South and Keluskar Road North shall be closed for all types of vehicular traffic. M.B. Raut Road shall be closed for all types of vehicular traffic. T. H. Katariya Road shall becloscd for all types of vehicular traffic from L. J.Road Shobha Hotel Junction to Aasavari Junction. Entry to all typcs of heavy vehicles shall be restricted on following roads. S.V. S.Road - from Mahim Junction to Hardikar Junction L.J.Road- Mahim Junction to Gadkari Junction Gokhale Road- Gadkari Junction to Dhanmil Naka Senapatai Bapat Road- Mahim Railway Station to Vadacha Naka Tilak Bridge From Dadar T. T. Circle to Vcer Kotwal Udyan to all N.C. Kelkar roadshall be closed for vehicular traffic. Following adjoining roads to Chaitya Bhoomi in the vicinity of Shivaji Park have been declared as 'No Parking Zone' from 06.00 hrs. dated 05/12/2023 till 24.00 hrs. dated 07/12/2023 Swatantra Veer Savarkar Road Jambhekar Maharaj Road Dnyneshwar Mandir Road Ranade Road Keluskar Road South and North M.B. Raut Road Pandurang Naik Road N.C. Kelkar Road Dr. Vasantrao J Raath Road from SVSroad up to Amego Hotel. S.H. Palarkar Road from S.S. Road to Millerniyam Bldg. D.S. Babrekar Road from Suryavanshi Hall junction to Vision Creast Bldg. Kirti College lane from Kirti college Signal to Miramar Society. Kashinath Dhuru Road Kashinath Dhuru Junction to Aagar Bazar circle LJ. Road from Shobha Hotel to Gadkari Junction Katariya Road from GangaviharJunction to Shobha Hotel and Aasavari Junction Hindu Colony Road No. 1 to 5 along Rajgruha Premises 18 Khareghat Road No. 05 to patkar Guruji Chowk Lakhamshi Nappu Road Shubham Hotel to Ruia College up to Dadkar Ground Lady Jahangir RoadRuia Junction to five Garden to St. Joseph School. RA. Kidwai Road from Arora Junction to Lijat Papad Junction. Nathalal Parekh Road from St. Joseph Schoolto Khalsa College. Swami Gyan Jivandas Road from SwamiNarayan Temple to Pritam Hotel.

01 December,2023 02:41 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: Ram Karan Yadav takes charge as GM of Central Railway

Senior Indian Railway official Ram Karan Yadav has been appointed as the general manager of the Central Railway (CR), reported the PTI. Ram Karan Yadav, a 1986 batch Indian Railways Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer, took charge of the office on Friday, the Central Railway stated in a release. Before joining the Central Railway, Yadav was the director general of the Indian Railways Institute of Civil Engineering (IRICEN) Pune.The senior officer has replaced Naresh Lalwani, who retired from the post on Thursday. Ram Karan Yadav graduated in civil engineering with honours from IIT Roorkee in 1985 and joined the Railways in March 1988. He also earned an M.Tech (Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering) from IIT Delhi in 1987. Ram Karan Yadav has served in various posts in the Western, North Eastern, Central and Eastern divisions of the Railways apart from working with IRICEN Pune, Rail Indian Technical and Economic Service (RITES) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. Shri Ram Karan Yadav takes over as General Manager, Central Railway from today 01/12/2023.He is an officer of the Indian Railways Service of Engineers (IRSE) of 1986 batch.Before taking over as General Manager, Central Railway, he was working as Director General, Indian… pic.twitter.com/WOT6Mu3frL — Central Railway (@Central_Railway) December 1, 2023 Meanwhile, Naresh Lalwani, the General Manager of Central Railway retired on November 30, 2023, marking the culmination of an exemplary 38-year career in Indian Railways, an official said. Having assumed office on January 25, 2023, Lalwani, the Indian Railway Engineering Service officer has been instrumental in steering Central Railway to remarkable achievements. During his tenure Central Railway achieved Rs.10103.72 crore from passenger and freight earnings during the period April to October 2023, showcasing 16.67 per cent increase compared to the Rs. 8659.77 crores during same period in 2022.  Central Railway has sustained its leadership position in ticket checking among all Zonal Railways, with 27.32 Lakh cases of ticketless, Irregular Travel, unbooked luggage passengers and realised fine of Rs. 176.17 Crores for the financial year 2023-24 from April to October 2023.  The Central Railway loaded record 49.03 million tons during the period April to October 2023, showcasing an 11.50 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2022. Central Railway completed construction of 147.77 km new lines/ doubling project in this financial year. Total Central Railway section running with 130 kmph is now- 1206.73 km such as Igatpuri- Nashik- Bhusawal – Akola – Wardha- Badnera – Nagpur, Wardha – Ballarashah and Pune - Daund route. (with PTI inputs)

01 December,2023 01:46 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
President Droupadi Murmu presented President’s Colour to AFMC Pune/ X

Prez Murmu presents President's Colour to AFMC; celebrates female officers

On Friday, President Droupadi Murmu, also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, presented the prestigious President's Colour to the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune. The AFMC in Pune is celebrating its platinum jubilee year, a significant milestone in its history, stated a report in PTI.    The President's Colour, also known as 'Rashtrapati ka Nishaan,' is the highest honour bestowed upon any military unit, symbolising exceptional recognition. According to the report, President Murmu presented the President's Colour to the AFMC during the consecration ceremony, which was officiated by Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Sikh priests affiliated with the armed forces.  The distinguished event was attended by eminent dignitaries and officials from both the central and Maharashtra governments, as well as members of the armed forces. President Murmu praised the AFMC's pivotal role in the armed forces medical services, emphasising its commendable contributions during the challenging times of the COVID pandemic. "The discipline, indomitable courage and skill of our army has always protected our national interests. It has also played a big role in creating a peaceful internal environment for the development of the country. Armed Forces Medical Services are making an important contribution in keeping our brave soldiers in the best health and always ready for battle" the President was quoted as saying in ANI report.  "There is a huge responsibility on all the students of Armed Forces Medical College. All of you have to protect the health of the heroes who protect the country. You have proved through your efforts and examples that no matter how difficult the circumstances are, no matter how big the obstacles, nothing is impossible if the will power is strong" the President said in her address. Furthermore, she emphasised the outstanding contributions of female officers in the armed forces medical services, encouraging women to be inspired by their extraordinary dedication and service. "Many women who have graduated from the Armed Forces Medical College have made significant contributions to the field of army medicine and have held high positions in various branches of the military. I have learned that AFMC alumnus Punita Arora became the first woman Lieutenant General in the country's army. Padma Bandopadhyay, the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force, is also a former cadet of this institute." "Emphasize research in the field of medicine and use the latest technology. Today we are seeing that Artificial Intelligence, Precision medicine, 3D printing, telemedicine and other technologies are being used in the field of medicine. All of you together have to ensure that the medical treatment of all the personnel of our three services is of the highest standard" the President said. According to ANI report, President Murmu is in Maharashtra for four days. On Thursday, she reviewed the Passing Out Parade of the 145th course of the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla in Pune, and on Wednesday, she inaugurated the centenary year celebrations of Kaivalyadhama in Lonavala. Tomorrow, the President will also attend the 111th convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University in Nagpur.

01 December,2023 01:42 PM IST | Pune | mid-day online correspondent
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Bombay HC bats for producing undertrial prisoners through video-conferencing

The Bombay High Court has said undertrial prisoners should be produced before courts via video-conferencing (VC) whenever permissible, as bringing them physically to courts for every hearing was a cumbersome procedure. A single bench of Bharati Dangre directed the Maharashtra government to make necessary funds available to ensure that every court is provided screens and other video-conferencing facilities. The court order dated November 10 was made available on Friday. The issue was raised in a bail plea filed by one Tribhuvansing Yadav, who had claimed that his application for bail in the lower court was adjourned on 23 occasions, as he was not produced before the court physically or through video-conferencing. The bench noted that as per a report submitted by the inspector of prisons and correctional services in September, 39 prisons in Maharashtra have 329 sanctioned video-conferencing units, of which 291 were functional. The court, in its order, stated that if the facility is made available to all courts in the state, it may not be necessary to produce the accused persons at various stages of the proceedings. This (producing prisoners physically) is a cumbersome procedure, which consumes time, money and resources, the high court said. Inmates should be produced via video-conferencing for reasons such as security concerns, non-availability of police personnel to accompany them to courts and so on, it said. The court noted that to make the facility more effective, screens would be needed in all courts. It is necessary that every person incarcerated and housed in a prison as an undertrial prisoner must on the allotted date be produced before the court either physically or through video-conferencing, the bench said, adding that the court should also ensure that a video-conferencing link is made available to the prison authorities in advance. It would be better if each court had a designated link so that the procedure is streamlined and the prison authorities are not searching for links at the 11th hour, it said. It is necessary that every court shall have a dedicated link. If dedicated links are allotted and time slots are scheduled, then production of the accused person before the court can be a simple procedure instead of taking the prisoner physically to court, it held. The bench directed the state government to provide funds for the same. The court also directed all courts to ensure that dates are allotted for each case and intimated to the concerned prison authorities through the police station in-charges so that every undertrial prisoner is produced before the court through video-conferencing or physically. The bench had earlier appointed advocate Satyavrat Joshi to assist the court on the issue and had directed him to visit the Arthur Road Jail and Taloja prison and submit a report. Joshi, in his report, stated that there are 16 units for video-conferencing at Arthur Road Jail, while in Taloja there are 19. However, in both prisons, inmates claim that they are not produced before courts via video-conferencing, and sometimes they are not taken physically. The report also claimed that there was poor network connectivity and a lack of technicians to help out with video-conferencing. The bench directed that the report be forwarded to the state home department for necessary steps to make the facility more effective. The court will hear the matter further on December 4. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

01 December,2023 01:30 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Mumbai police's sniffer dog 'Leo' locates missing 6-year-old child

A sniffer dog from Mumbai Police's Bomb Disposal and Detection Squad (BDDS) played a crucial role in locating a minor who had gone missing. According to a report in ANI, the minor, who is six-year-old, had gone missing from Ashok Nagar area of Andheri.  According to the report, the child had gone out to play with friends but did not return home. This distressed the family members and they set out to look for the child. Despite their exhaustive search efforts, the child remained untraceable, leading them to approach the nearby Powai police station for assistance, added the ANI report.  The Powai police, according to the report, registered a case and swung into action. They organised a dedicated team to look for the minor. However, lack of CCTV cameras in the locality, which is a slum area, became a hurdle in their path. The police were also seeking information from their informants, sought locals' cooperation.  To enhance the search operation, they also brought in a canine squad. Using scent from the child's t-shirt, Leo, a search dog was deployed beginning from the child's residence. Following the canine, the police reached the Ambedkar Garden and found the minor.  Meanwhile, in another incident from last month the Bhoiwada police successfully located a 15-year-old boy who was missing for eight days. The teen had disappeared after an altercation with his tutor. Mid-day had earlier reported that the missing boy failed to return home on September 26 from his tuition classes which worried his father (50). He began searching for his frantically and as the hours turned into days with no sign of his son, the man approached the police. The cops had initially registered a kidnapping case to track him down.  After examining the CCTV footage from location the boy was last seen at, they deduced that he headed towards Dadar railway station. After search operation lasting for almost a week, they eventually found him outside Swami Narayan temple in Dadar on October 4 and was reunited with his parents. The boy had reportedly overwrote his scores on report card and forged his mother's signatures. When the teacher learnt of it, she told his father and requested a meeting at school. the boy was scared and thus returned home, packed his bag, took some clothes and some money along. 

01 December,2023 01:13 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
A main water pipeline, 1800 mm in diameter, has sprung a leak/ BMC

Mumbai: Parts of western suburbs to grapple with low water pressure today

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that certain regions within the H East, H West and K West divisions in the city will experience low water pressure on Friday, December 1, morning. The issue arose from a primary water line near Seepz Gate no 3 after the main pipeline was damaged on Thursday, November 30.  According to the BMC, a leakage was identified in the main pipeline near Seepz gate no 3 and near the Indian Oil petrol pump and the civic agency has undertaken its repair work which will affect the water supply pressure in the aforementioned areas.   According to information received by BMC, one of the Vyasa's inlets began leaking into the main pipeline near Seepz, causing a disruption in the water supply system. The municipal corporation's repair work is being completed on an urgent basis in order to repair the leak and restore normal water flow. Santacruz East in H East (including Vakola and Prabhat Colony), Santacruz West in H West, Khar West, Bandra West, and Andheri West in K West (including Char Bangla, Juhu Koliwada, and SV Road) are all affected. Recognising the inconvenience caused by low water pressure, the BMC has asked citizens to help by using water sparingly until the repair work is completed. Residents were urged by the municipal administration to be mindful of this temporary setback and to support ongoing efforts to resolve the water supply issue. BMC also announced the same on X (formerly Twitter) and wrote, "A main water pipeline, 1800 mm in diameter, has sprung a leak near the Seepz Entrance in Andheri East during drilling for the Mumbai Metro project. Repair work is underway urgently. Anticipate low water pressure in parts of H East, H West, and K West Wards tomorrow morning, 1st December 2023, due to ongoing water line repairs. Affected areas include Santacruz East (Vakola, Prabhat Colony, etc.) in H East; Santacruz West, Khar West, Bandra West in H West; and Andheri West (Four Bungalow, Juhu Koliwada, SV Road, etc.) in K West. We kindly urge residents to use water judiciously and cooperate with the BMC administration during this time." 🚧 A main water pipeline, 1800 mm in diameter, has sprung a leak near the Seepz Entrance in Andheri East during drilling for the Mumbai Metro project. Repair work is underway urgently.🔧💧 Anticipate low water pressure in parts of H East, H West, and K West Wards tomorrow… pic.twitter.com/lvSn1x7cJN — माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) November 30, 2023

01 December,2023 10:22 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai's air quality dips to 'moderate' after minor relief

A thick blanket of haze hovered over Mumbai on Friday affecting the visibility while the air quality dipped to 'moderate' again after a minor relief. The city's Air Quality Index (AQI) on Friday morning was at 112 around 9 am, according to the data collated SAMEER App. Several areas across the city, too, reported 'moderate' air quality with a handful of exceptions that still reported 'satisfactory' air quality. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Powai, Vile Parle, Borivali, Worli, Colaba, Chakala, Bhandup, Mulund, Bandra Kurla Complex, Kherwadi and Byculla reported 'satisfactory' air quality. Both Mulund and BKC recorded an AQI of 96 while Kherwadi was at 95. Bhandup and Powai's AQI stood at 90. Vile Parle recorded an AQI of 93 and Chakala's AQI stood at 91. The air quality in Thane also dipped on Friday. The city recorded an AQI of 148 putting its air quality in 'moderate' category. Meanwhile, Navi Mumbai recorded an AQI of 160. While Nerul node's air quality was 'satisfactory', Taloja, Mahape and Vashi recorded 'moderate' air quality. However, Kalamboli recorded 'poor' air quality with an AQI of 215. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', 401 and 450 'severe' and above 450 'severe-plus'. Meanwhile, the state government is still mulling over lasting solutions to the persistent air pollution issue after this year's post-monsoon spike. Mumbai Weather On Friday, as per the forecast by the India Meteorological Department, the city will see a partly cloudy sky. The maximum & minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 31 degrees Celcius and 20 degrees Celcius respectively, the weather department added. The weather department stated that by 8.30 on Friday, the Colaba observatory had recorded a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celcius while the maximum temperature was 30.2. The Santacruz observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 19.7 and a maximum temperature hovered around 31.

01 December,2023 10:11 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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