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The Maharashtra Urban Development Minister has revealed its plan to open two Mumbai metro corridors for public use by May 2021. Metro line 2-A, from Dahisar to DN Nagar and Corridor 7, from Dahisar E-Andheri E, may get operational by end of May this year, stated the Development Minister. As per reports, these two lines will use the first-ever Made in India carriages which are being manufactured in Bangalore. The first six metro cars will be delivered to Mumbai in the next six months, informed the Urban Development Ministry.

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In a move to boost the future of Haj Pilgrims in Mumbai, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) announced its approval for establishing a new Haj House. The latest structure is supposed to come up at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, for which around 6,000 square metres of land will be allotted. Navi Mumbai will soon have an international airport and the new structure will benefit these Haj pilgrims.

CIDCO's decision based on a request from the Minority Affairs Ministry

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As per reports, CIDCO, the infrastructure agency of the Maharashtra government stated in an official release that its current decision is based on a request from the Union Minority Affairs Ministry. CIDCO had received a letter from the Additional Secretary of the Ministry that asked the organization to allot around 5 acres of land for a Haj House and the seasonal office of Haj Committee. It further requested to allot the land in close proximity to the Navi Mumbai International Airport, if possible.

Reportedly, CIDCO has given its approval for a plot stretching over 6,000 square metres of land in sector 38 of Kharghar. As per the agency's statement, lease amount would cost over ₹ 14.2 crores in addition to the applicable miscellaneous charges and taxes.

Old Haj House located close to the CST Terminus

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Currently, Mumbai has a Haj House located close to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station for easy accessibility to the travellers. The complex is a 19-storey structure which provides shelter and other amenities to Muslims bound for the Haj pilgrimage. The pilgrims in the house are benefitted from the training and orientation programs held by a group of volunteers from the Sahyog Cultural Society. Additionally, the Haj Committee Bombay has been looking the trouble-free travel of the Haj-pilgrims since 1927.

After the Chief Minister launched the state-wide inoculation drive on 16th January, Mumbai has administered vaccines to the healthcare workers on three schedules in the last few days. Through the drives conducted on Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, a total of 5,251 health workers have been immunised so far in Mumbai. The city is now preparing for the fourth day of covid vaccination, which is to be held on Friday.

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Mumbai's local travel system is all set for an upgrade, with new driverless metro trains. Mumbai's Charkop Metro Carshed will receive these self-regulating trains on January 27.

The Urban Development Minister of Maharashtra announced that the city is all set to get its first set of natively developed driverless metro trains from Bharat Earth Movers Ltd., Bengaluru. He also added that the self-mechanized train would function along the two new metro routes from May this year, after all initial tests are conducted.

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Mumbai hardly managed to vaccinate 1,597 people out of the listed 3,200 beneficiaries registered for vaccination on Tuesday, Day-2 of the coronavirus vaccination drive. Recording a similar attendance as Day-1, on Saturday, the malfunctioning of the CO-WIN mobile application, isolated cases of hesitation and refusal among people were pinned for almost half of the intended participation. These low numbers were observed to be a state phenomenon; Maharashtra's tally also plummeted from 64% on Saturday, to 52% on Sunday, vaccinating about 14,883 healthcare workers of the total 28,500.

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After the Disaster Management Cell of the BMC gave out a helpline number for reporting bird carcasses last week, it has been flooded with complaint calls given the ascending number of bird deaths in the city. As per reports, BMC has received nearly 1800 complaint calls since the first case of bird flu was reported in the city.

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The BEST has decided to induct 4 new AC buses to its fleet, replacing non-AC buses running on popular routes within the city. This is the first occurrence where the civic body has decided to initiate air-conditioned decks on routes of non-AC buses. As per reports, the upgrade has been extended to Mumbaikars in response to commuter suggestions and demands.

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In a fresh set of guidelines issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Sunday, people will no longer be fined for not wearing masks inside private vehicles. In a directive issued by the BMC, all clean-up marshals were asked to exempt people in personal vehicles from the no-mask fine, priced at ₹200. However, this relaxation has not been extended to people travelling in public transport including taxis, rickshaws, buses and trains. Fines will also be imposed on people without face masks in other public places, stated the BMC.

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City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) has kicked off preparations to install an-all equipped, urban town near the Navi Mumbai airport. This project aims to develop a total of 400 lakh square meters of land into residential and commercial units, with schools, entertainment, hotels and hospitals.

Spread across 300 hectares over the southern scape of the upcoming airport, this aerocity will be complete with established financial services, such as banks and models of urban commute including well-designed roads, metro systems. As per the programme blueprints, an automated waste management system will also be set-up here.

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The world's most elaborate vaccination programme was launched in India on January 16 by flagging off the COVID-19 inoculation drive across the nation. Launched under the care of Prime Minister, this immunisation process was authorised by prior registration on the Co-WIN mobile application which exhibited technical glitches on the first day of phase 1 drive. As a result, only 1926 out of the 4000 beneficiaries across 9 centres were administered the vaccination in Mumbai. The Co-WIN mobile application was supposed to send automated messages to the healthcare workers, listing the date and time of their immunisation, however, due to glitch in the app, beneficiaries couldn't be alerted about their designated slots on Saturday.

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As per new orders by BMC, schools in Mumbai Municipal region cannot resume physical classes due to the fears of the second wave of coronavirus. The order issued on Friday extended stay on the resumption of schools until further notice. Earlier as well, BMC had issued a sweep-shutdown of educational institutes till January 15, 2021, unlike schools in other parts of the state which resumed for senior classes on November 23 last year.

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