First 'Made in India' metro-rake arrives in Mumbai, will ply on Metro Corridors 2-A and 7

Moving closer to the Atmanirbhar Bhaarat dream; country's first indigenously-built metro rake, unveiled in Mumbai.

To be deployed at Mumbai's Corridor 2-A and 7, the first-ever, Made in India metro rake reached Mumbai on Thursday. The Manufacturing entity of BEML has designed the carriage capacity of this stainless-steel rake to ferry 2,280 passengers in the six-car metro train-set. The rake will kickstart services by May 2021, in all likeliness.

Mumbai Metro to run on the indigenous carrier

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has decided to flag off new metro services along Corridor 2-A and Corridor 7 using these driver-less, indigenously developed carriages. The Bengaluru manufacturing unit has been thus roped-in to deliver 576 such carriages, which are powered by 25 kV AC traction and are equipped by CCTV cameras. These new carriages are modelled to ferry passenger bicycles also, read reports.

Touted to be the biggest place order, India has made a statement of self-reliance by opting for domestic providers, especially amid intense competition among international companies. As per officials, this has also proven to be a rather economical choice for the country. A statement from the Officer of Urban Minister further highlighted that these India-made carriages are an economical resort, costing only ₹8 crores for each coach as opposed to foreign manufacturing's ₹10 crores.

According to the project pipeline, the BEML will be engaged in the delivery of this order until January 2024. Metro Corridor 2-A will map from Dahisar to DN Nagar, while Corridor 7 will map through Dahisar to Andher via the Western Express Highway. These metro lines are the second instalments of the rapid transport system in Mumbai, which received the Ghatkopar-Versova corridor in 2014.

Flipkart Marketplace to facilitate contactless grocery shopping in Jaipur

Flipkart Marketplace allows you to buy your supplies from anywhere at any time.

On Tuesday, e-commerce platform Flipkart announced that it will expand its grocery services to about 50 cities via the establishment of a 'Marketplace'. With this, the Pink City is all set to get its own retail unit that will ease the task of grocery shopping here. Additionally, the marketplace will also be available in Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Mysore, among others. Reportedly, Flipkart aims to extend its reach to over 70 cities in the next six months.

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Auto-rickshaw & taxi rides get costlier in Mumbai

Commuters in Mumbai will now have to pay a minimum fare of ₹21 & ₹25 for all CNG-run auto-rickshaws and taxis, respectively.

The base fare of all CNG-run public commute vehicles, taxis and autorickshaws has witnessed a hike of ₹3 in Mumbai. The decision was finalised in a meeting of the MMRTA last week, chaired by the State Transport Secretary. Effective from Monday, March 1, the minimum rate of travel has been hiked after 6 years in Mumbai and was long overdue, commented the State Transport Minister. Previously, a hike in the base fare was implemented on June 1, 2015.

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Lucknow, the party's just getting started! FREE drinks for all on Munick's 3rd anniversary on March 3

Munick is all set to make a statement with the most vibrant celebration ever and you've gotta be here to be a part of it.

Lucknowites, get ready to party at the town's biggest celebration at Munick Bistro and Bar this Wednesday! It's Munick's 3rd birthday and the frolic here is calling out to all you party heads to have a night of 'high spirits'. Up for grabs is a deal that looks too good to be true, but hey! It is actually happening. Our favourite Bavarian bistro will be serving FREE drinks to all on March 3 and with DJ Neit's catchy music, you sure are to sway all through the night.

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Mumbai's Central Railway Authority has raised the cost of platform tickets to ₹50, in a bid to avoid overcrowding in the premises. The change will be applicable only at the key stations of the suburban train network, that witness heavy footfalls daily. As per reports, the heightened prices have been in effect since February 24 in view of the unprecedented spike in cases, soon after the resumption of local train services for all. The prices shall remain in force until June 15, this year.

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Linking 31k Gram Panchayats to optical fibre, UP expands internet cover in remote regions

The project comes with an objective to equip 58,194 gram panchayats in 75 districts with optical fibre by December 31, 2022.

Renovating the internet facilities at the grassroots, the Uttar Pradesh government has successfully provided high-speed connectivity to 31,149 gram panchayats across the state, under the National Broadband Mission. Linking them with optical fibre, the authorities have ensured a seamless flow of internet services in far-flung regions of the state. Additionally, it is proposed that 14,100 more panchayats shall be connected to internet broadband in the next 2 months.

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