BMC plans to rebuild the entire Gokhale bridge with an estimate cost of ₹103 crores!

The city which served as the trade centre of the world during the British era is riddled with old time buildings that are worn out and at the end of their rope. One such structure is the ancient Gokhale bridge which has collapsed more than just once and has been rebuilt time and again.

The bridge has also been the cause of several deaths and injuries over the years, which is why the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is finally looking to rebuild the entire bridge with a cost of over ₹103 crores!

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Gokhale Bridge collapse 2018

The BMC is looking to rebuild the entire Gokhale bridge which has been unstable from a long time and has fallen over at several occasions, the most recent being 2018 and 2019. Both times huge chunks of the bridge collapse resulted in serious injuries and even deaths. The bridge has caused 6 deaths and over 23 serious injuries till date which should be motivation enough to start the rebuilding process.

The Gokhale bridge has previously been rectified and built over several times, hence, the BMC feels that now is the time to finally begin with the rebuilding. According to a report by TOI, the civic authority will have to loosen its purse strings and shell out a massive amount of ₹103 crores.

According to the same report, officials say that they do not wish to demolish the entire bridge in one go, but are looking more towards rebuilding chunks and segments of it. The bridge is a crucial east-west corridor connecting S V Road and N S Phadke Marg.

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The rebuilding of Gokhale bridge is a much anticipated event, especially seeing the kind of traffic the bridge handles. Though, the work has not yet begun and it would take over a year to systematically demolish and construct the bridge, once rebuilt, the bridge is expected to resolve all commuter complaints.

When it comes to travelling between Mumbai to Pune, there are quite a few ways for a convenient commute. The fun loving ones would take a drive while those in a hurry would opt for a bus or a train. And with some new electric buses, you have another way to do so. Travel from Mumbai to Pune in the all new electric buss and do some good for the environment.

The first electric bus service between Mumbai and Pune was inaugurated on 14th February 2020 and it is expected to be quite a hit owning to its eco-friendly nature.

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Electric bus in Bengaluru

If you're an environmentalist, then this is something that should lift up your spirits. The first intercity electronic bus service between the two major hubs has been inaugurated and it is a great way to commute between the cities. Promising not just eco-friendly commutes, but also comfortable ones, the bus service will really come as a boon to all Mumbaikars, especially frequent travellers.

The new electric buses provide high end features on board. With Wi-Fi, charging points and entertainment screens, the buses offer more than what you may think. They can fit 43 passengers and can cover a range of almost 300 kilometers in a single charge.

As of now, the operator, Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions has a fleet of 1,300 operational buses. In the near future, they aim to expand this figure and provide even better inter-city travel solutions. At any rate, the fact that they have opted for an electronic bus is certainly a step in the right direction.

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The authorities behind this project are working hard to make these electric vehicles a mainstream thing. Soon enough, you can also expect e-highways, which are also part of the plan. The electric bus from Mumbai to Pune is certainly a step in the right direction.

Alibaug lies just about a 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, making it a popular getaway destination among the residents. Alibaug and Mumbai also serve as homes to thousands of people who are originally from one town but have to move/commute to the other for business or studies. Hence, thousands of residents commute between Alibaug and Mumbai, every day, more so on holidays and festive occasions.

To make commuting more comfortable for the residents of Alibaug and Mumbai, a new RoPax service is set to launch in March; this new ferry vessel will carry passengers as well as vehicles from the shores of Mumbai to Mandwa.

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Since Alibaug is a five-hour drive from Mumbai, most people prefer to take the ferry service which takes around an hour to ferry people from the coats of Mumbai and take them to Alibaug. Yet, these ferry boats are often closed off during the monsoon season which makes commuting a nightmare for the people between the two cities.

However, starting March, commuting between Alibaug and Mumbai will be made quite easy. A new RoPax or Cruiseferry ship is set to set sail in the waters of Mumbai and end the commuting nightmare for its residents. This Ro-Ro ship cum passenger ferry ship will provide an express connection between Mumbai and Mandwa, hence those travelling to Mandwa and other regions of Alibaug will finally heave a sigh of relief.

The Mumbai to Mandwa (M to M) ferry service will launch in March from Ferry Wharf Mumbai to Mandwa jetty in Raigad district. The vessel which is capable of carrying 500 passengers and up to 150 vehicles per trip, is set to make travelling less time-consuming and more reliable for the everyday commuter.

The ferry service is being launched with an aim to utilise Mumbai's waterways for the better and fulfil the lack of transportation that often rises on the said route.

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The RoPax ferry will provide not only for a faster transportation but will also ensure that commuters in the region get a better and overall more reliable means of transportation. So if you've been tired of the daily commute between the said areas, fret not, travelling will be more convenient and much faster from March.

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) committee has been going through major changes lately. The corporation which has been doing the exact same thing for a long time has decided to embrace the new and finally upgrade its primitive technology. From the introduction of new modern electric busses to the cancellation of the iconic double decker ones, the changes are coming in left and right and we'll say it is about time.

One such change is the upgrade of the ticketing system. BEST has decided to turn towards the e-ticketing and payment services to making ticketing much hassle free for commuters as well as the corporation.

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Mumbaikars will now be able to pay for their tickets through a plethora of e-wallets. The commuters who have had to look for spare change in their pockets will finally be able to just tap their screens and make the payment for their rides. So instead of the slip that was generated via an electronic machine, BEST will now provide e-tickets that the commuters will receive on their phones.

With this new service BEST aims to make ticketing a much hassle free experience for its commuters as well as the corporation itself.

Commuters in Mumbai can now pay for their BEST bus tickets via the e-wallets of PayTm, PayPoint and PhonePe. This will not only save time but would also ensure that the conductors can heave a sigh of relief. The daily ridership of best busses had spiked last year when a revision of the ticketing system was done by the corporation.

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Passengers will now be able to book their tickets after logging on to the aforementioned sites. After the payment process is completed, each passenger will receive a unique 6 digit code which they can submit to download their tickets or show to receive a hard copy of the same.

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BEST is expected to roll out the new ticketing service by March. Which means, travelling in Mumbai is set to become cashless for many who choose the busses as their transport everyday.

Mumbai Metro has proved to be a life-saver for the people of the big city, who have taken to the new method of transportation. The ridership of the metro has increased significantly, which has given way to the construction of newer routes and metro networks around the city. The newest of these routes, Metro (3) is expected to be operational by the next year and once it does, you may find that travelling via the metro has its own advantages.

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To combat the increasing air pollution that has gripped the entire nation, Mumbai will soon have a network of air quality monitoring stations which will warn the city in case of an increase in the atmospheric pollution. These network of air quality sensors & monitoring stations will help in dealing with the rampant air quality issue in the financial capital of the country.

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Anyone who has spent even a few minutes in Mumbai knows that the condition of roads here is pathetic. The city which (almost) floods every year during the monsoon, finds it hard to maintain the integrity of its roads. This can be easily attributed to the water-logging and drain overflows. Mumbai roads are riddled with potholes even during sunny days, making the entire situation pretty dreadful for the commuters.

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