QMumbai: Railways Probe Into Mahalaxmi Express Stranding & More

Railways launches probe into Mahalaxmi express stranding ; BJP-Sena to discuss seat sharing soon & other stories

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All the passengers on board the Mahalaxmi Express, which was halted by floodwaters near Maharashtra’s Badlapur, have been rescued.
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1. Mahalaxmi Express Stranded: Railways Launches Probe

Because of Ulhas river, the Mahalaxmi express got stuck at Chamtoli.
Because of Ulhas river, the Mahalaxmi express got stuck at Chamtoli.
(Photo Courtesy: The Quint)

A day after Mahalaxmi Express, carrying 1,052 passengers, got stuck in floodwaters near Vangani station, the Central Railway (CR) has launched an inquiry into the matter.

As two trains, which had passed minutes before Mahalaxmi Express crossed the area, had not reported any major waterlogging, the CR had attributed the incident to the unprecedented and sudden rise in the water level and the probe is expected to be conducted in that direction. The investigation will also clarify why the train was allowed to go beyond Badlapur station, where it had already encountered waterlogging.

Source: Hindustan Times

2. Rains Wash Away Part Of Bridge, Breaches Railway Dam

The incessant rains in Thane district over the past two days has washed away part of a bridge over the overflowing Ulhas river in Kalyan region and breached a small dam belonging to the railways in Ambernath. While the damaged bridge has cut off 35 villages from Kalyan, the district administration assured that water from the railway dam was not going to enter Ambernath city.

The bridge near Raite village on the Kalyan-Murbad road over the Ulhas river was submerged till Sunday morning. “When the water started receding, motorists alerted the authorities that a part of the bridge had been washed away,” an official said.

Source: The Indian Express

3. BJP, Sena To Discuss Seat-Sharing Soon

CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. 
CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. 
(Photo: PTI)

With around two months to go for the Maharashtra assembly polls, the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are set to commence the seat-sharing discussions next week.

The preliminary level talks are expected to be held by senior Sena leader Subhash Desai and BJP state president Chandrakant Patil. With both parties eyeing a larger share, it is likely to create a friction between the two allies, who have shared an uneasy relationship in the past five years.

Source: Hindustan Times

4. Eknath Gaikwad Takes Charge As Working President Of Mumbai Congress

Eknath Gaikwad (C). (Photo: IANS)
Eknath Gaikwad (C). (Photo: IANS)

Weeks after Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Milind Deora tendered his resignation from his post, former Lok Sabha MP and senior Congress leader Eknath Gaikwad took charge as the working president of the MRCC on Sunday. He was felicitated by Deora.

The senior leadership of Congress in Delhi appointed Gaikwad as the working president of the Mumbai party wing on Saturday

Source: The Indian Express

5. IMD Lowers Warning, But Issues Orange Alert For Mumbai, Thane And Palghar

People wade through a water logged road after heavy rains in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)
People wade through a water logged road after heavy rains in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)

The MET department continued with an orange alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar for Monday. After heavy rains lashed Thane, Ambernath, Shahapur, Kalyan and Murbad since Friday night, the rainfall eased on Sunday. Thane, in a 24-hour period from 8.30 am on Saturday 8.30 am on Sunday, recorded 80 mm rainfall, while Ambernath recorded 90 mm, Shahapur witnessed 100 mm, Murbad recorded 120 mm and Kalyan recorded 90 mm rainfall in the same duration.

Source: The Indian Express

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