This food walk in Mumbai takes you down the lanes of Matunga for a taste of southern delights

If you're someone who enjoys food and everything related to it, this food walk is just the thing you need.

Mumbai is a haven for foodies, the city is literally brimming with cuisines, things to eat and places to go be at. If you're an epicure in the big city, you're probably having the time of your life. Yet, everything mouth-watering and delicious isn't hidden away in posh lounges, some of Mumbai's best food can be found in small joints, street stalls and old cafes that seem to blend with the cityscape of Mumbai.

If you're someone who enjoys food and everything related to it, this food walk is just the thing you need. Arranged in the quiet lanes of Matunga, this food walk explores the food trail that leads to the establishment of the first Udipi restaurant of Mumbai.

What's happening?

Matunga is unlike the other flashy neighbourhoods in Mumbai. This quiet residential area is known for its small quaint shops, the authentic South Indian fare and the smell of freshly brewed coffee. For an epicure the narrow streets of the area hold a charm that just cannot be found elsewhere in the city, especially for anyone who's a fan of South Indian grub.

This food walk organised by India Heritage Walks, traces the steps back to the establishment of this cozy little part of the Mumbai city which is filled with stunning culinary charm. Formerly known as the 'Mylapore of Mumbai', Matunga still retains many of olden South Indian restaurants making it a perfect place for people who relish good food!

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The walk is a great way to explore the history and bathe in the glory of the cultural melting pot that is Mumbai. Head to Matunga and find out more about the regional food, the authentic flavours and the adaptations that happened along the way.

To find out more about the walk and register, click here.

Date: February 23rd

Mumbai to get 150 more suburban train services from Monday

The selected 10 per cent staff will require QR ID codes from the government which along with a valid identity card to commute after buying tickets/passes, said an official.

Mumbai will get additional 150 suburban trains on the Western Railway (WR) which will ease the commuting travails for office goers and those in essential services permitted by the Maharashtra government, officials said in Mumbai on Sunday.

With this, the number of WR suburban services will shoot up from 350 to 500 daily, while the Central Railway is already running 355 services. This works out to 855 services daily - or barely one-third of the regular 2,300-plus suburban services that was the norm before the lockdown in March-end.

With the increase in services, the government permitted 10 per cent of key employees of private and cooperative banks to commute by local trains, in addition to essential staff of public sector banks, various government departments, aircraft maintenance staffers and lawyers who have been allowed so far.

The selected 10 per cent staff will require QR ID codes from the government which along with a valid identity card to commute after buying tickets/passes, said an official.

To avoid overcrowding and maintain physical distance, the WR and CR will open additional ticket booking counters at major stations on the suburban section which spans across Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad.

Presently, many office-goers, especially those from Thane, Palghar and Raigad who commute to their workplaces in Mumbai are forced to travel at least 6 hours daily owing to huge traffic snarls on main roads and the two highways serving the country's commercial capital.

Moreover, despite the restricted categories allowed to commute by local trains, there is overcrowding during the morning-evening peak hours making a sham of the physical distancing norms.

- With inputs from IANS

The State of Maharashtra has recorded recoveries that supersede the tally of fresh coronavirus cases. On Saturday, the state reported 20,519 new cases, 23,501 recoveries along with 425 fatalities. The statistics of Mumbai also improved with 5000+ recoveries.

What's the update?

Maharashtra has exhibited a positive recovery rate for 3 days in a row, growing from 70.90 per cent to 71.47 per cent. Besides this, the state mortality rate stands at 2.72 per cent as per the data analysis on Friday. The state has accumulated 425 new fatalities to the total tally of 32,216 COVID deaths. According to the reports, Maharashtra witnessed a death roughly every 3.2 minutes as a spike of 902 new cases was added every hour to the state tally Friday..

With this highest swell in single-day recoveries, the active case tally of the state plunged to negative, projecting the possibility of a quick revival against the virus. However, a disparity which was identified between the state and the capital in terms of statistics and numbers till Friday got dissolved on Saturday when Mumbai recorded 5105 recoveries. The deteriorating health graph of Mumbai notched more recoveries on Saturday unlike the rest of the week, along with the second-highest fatality count of 50, after Pune which recorded 55 deaths.

Other state districts have also recorded high death counts, namely Nagpur with 36 deaths, Satara with 26 and Thane at 37. Sangli reported 26 deaths.

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Besides Mumbai/Pune Circle, the state of Maharashtra has been successful in controlling and/or reducing the effects of coronavirus transmission and spread. For the Capital & Pune to attain a speedy recovery, the people and the state have to join forces and combat the growth and repercussions of the virus together.

Section 144 imposed in Mumbai till 30th September, due to rising Coronavirus cases

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Due to the surging COVID-19 cases, Mumbai police relaid Section 144 in the city till the 30th of September. The prohibitory orders which have been imposed, restricts movement and the gathering of 4 or more people. This imposition has already been in place since the time the lockdown came into force and it does not come with any changes pertaining to the guidelines of Unlock 4.0. There are no new restrictions which have been added to this order.

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