QMumbai: Local Train Network Expands; SoBo Gets Cultural Festival
BMC to Put an End to Manual Cleaning of Drains Post Drowning Cases and other stories.
1. Mumbai’s Local Trains Enter New Territory With Nerul-Belapur-Kharkopar Railway Corridor
With the inauguration of the Nerul-Belapur-Kharkopar corridor on Sunday, the 465-km Mumbai suburban railway network entered a new region in Raigad district. The 12-km Central Railway (CR) corridor will link Nerul and Belapur in Navi Mumbai with Kharkopar in Ulwe, a rapidly developing node in the satellite city and located near the proposed Navi Mumbai international airport. This line is the first phase of the 27-km Belapur-Uran (a coastal town in Raigad district) corridor, which minister of railways Piyush Goyal said would be ready in a year.
This is the first suburban corridor in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in 13 years and comes after the trans-harbour line, connecting Thane with Navi Mumbai, was thrown open in 2005.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
2. Two Boats Collide off Vasai Coast; One Fisherman Goes Missing
Two boats collided off the Vasai coast in Palghar district on Sunday morning. A 42-year-old fisherman, identified as Baban Pal, went missing after the collision that took place 15 nautical miles off the Vasai coast around 1.15 am.
One of the fishing vessels is identified as Morning Star and the other is an unidentified vessel. Pal is said to have gone missing after falling from the boat when the collision took place in the Arabian Sea in the early hours of Sunday. Local fishermen are searching for Pal and the Indian Coast Guard, police and district disaster management cell have been informed of the incident and are making efforts to locate the missing fisherman too.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
3. Sobo's Ballard Estate to Get Latest Cultural Shot in the Arm
When the Indian Heritage Society (IHS) started the Arts in the Park – Kala Utsav back in 2013, the idea was to use open spaces to bring communities together in a bid to revive cultural heritage, traditional folk and the classical arts. Now, in its fifth year, the festival scheduled for December, is set to expand to south Mumbai's business district of Ballard Estate.
The event, which is still in the planning stage, will be held with the support of the Mumbai Port Trust (MBPT), the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Bombay Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said chairperson Anita Garware, who is the brain behind the now-defunct Banganga Festival, and Mumbai Sanskriti, the classical music fest held annually on the steps of Asiatic Society.
4. BMC Decides to Put an End to Manual Cleaning of Drains Post Drowning Cases
Following drowning cases of labourers, while cleaning sewer lines, the BMC has decided to put an end to manual cleaning of sewers and storm water drain lines. The contractors will be warned to strictly adhere to cleaning sewer or SWD lines only mechanically and not by entering the manholes.
"We are in the midst of fixing the responsibility on the contractors if any labourer is found entering manholes for cleaning sewer or SWD lines. We are going to keep a strict vigil and have also informed the ward offices to ensure that there is no manual cleaning and only mechanical cleaning," said a senior civic official on the condition of anonymity.
5. Retired Army Captain Held for Duping Aspirants
A retired Army captain was arrested in Mumbai on Saturday for allegedly duping several people on the pretext of giving them jobs at the Navy. The accused, Captain (retd) Imendri Trinetra (49), had taken voluntary retirement from the Army in 2001. He now runs Saraswati Defence Academy in Vishakapatnam, said police. He is alleged to have taken Rs 6 lakh each from six men who study in his academy and promised them jobs at the office of the Principal Controllers of Defence Accounts (Navy), Colaba. A Crime Branch official said Trinetra got the men medically examined at a Vishakapatnam hospital and after informing them that they had cleared the tests, he handed them over placement letters.
(Source: Indian Express)
6.10-Year-Old Mumbra Boy Chases Kidnapper to Save Brother
A 10-year-old boy chased an alleged kidnapper for over eight minutes and saved his two and-a-half-year-old brother from being taken away. The two brothers and their cousin were playing outside their house at Zarina Apartments in Mumbra, Thane, on Friday afternoon, when a burqa-clad woman approached the younger boy, picked him up and walked away.
According to the siblings’ family, the 10-year-old boy followed the unidentified woman who he had noticed taking fast steps. As she was at a distance, the boy followed her for over seven minutes and then started chasing her, which was captured by a private CCTV camera.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
7. South Mumbai School Gets Solar Power Plant for 150th Anniversary
To mark the 150th-year celebrations of St Xavier’s High School in Fort, its administration decided to install a solar power plant on October 31 this year. A 35-kilowatt power (kWp) solar power plant consisting of 100 panels will generate 54,000 units annually or an average of 148 units per day for the school (a two bedroom-hall-kitchen flat in Mumbai uses 10-12 units of electricity a day). Each solar panel will generate 350 watts of power.
According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), a 35 kWp system mitigates carbon dioxide emissions by 1,076 tonnes over 10 years, which is equivalent to planting 1,722 full-grown teak trees.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
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