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MMRDA speeds up work on Mumbai Metro's red-7 & yellow 2-A lines

Work is on in full swing, to complete the project in the next 3-4 months!

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has put the Metro project on a fast track for the completion of lines 2A and 7 within the next three-four months. As informed by the MMRDA on Tuesday, the number of teams working on the yellow and red metro corridors have also been increased, for faster execution of work. While officials refrained from quoting an exact deadline, the metro routes are likely to be operational by January'22.

Mumbai Metro project likely to wrap in a couple of months

The MMRDA Commissioner SVR Srinivas recently inspected the ongoing work at the metro corridors 2A and 7 and according to the officials' brief, expects the project to wrap up in the next couple of months. "I hope that these lines will be operational for the public in the next three to four months and two more lines will be in service within the next half a year," he added.

The Commissioner also informed that Metro work has been delayed by about 2 years due to reasons other than the pandemic lockdowns. As per project the timeline, work on Metro Red Line 7 from Andheri to Dahisar (E) and Yello Line 2A from Dahisar (W) to DN Nagar first started in 2016, aiming at 2019 inauguration. The COVID impact was recorded only after March 2020, much later the initial deadline.

"There were several issues like availability of space for entry and exit points of the stations, encroachments of the worksites and some other reasons. We had to face some litigations also and rehabilitations of residents from encroachment sites was also very tedious and time-consuming," he added.

The 'catch-up' plan

However, a 'catch up' plan has been devised by the MMRDA now to expedite the completion of the project. "We have increased the number of our teams who are working in '24 by 7, 365 days' pattern now, the Commissioner stated. The work pattern has also been altered from the sequential to the parallel method, to implement work simultaneously in various phased of the ongoing project.

The official also ensured the availability of metro coaches in time. "We have already received four trains and another will be delivered to us in a day or two. Seven more coaches will come to us in few days. So, we will have 12 trains in a month's time," he said.

Once operational, the two lines are collectively expected to shoulder about 12% of the traffic commuting via the Western Railways (WR) in Mumbai. Additionally, around 25% of motorists travelling on the Western Express Highway will also be diverted to the metro convenience.

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Mumbai to get the world's longest sea ropeway & an int'l cruise terminal, among other amenities soon!

In a bid to foster multimodal connectivity across the city, the Mumbai Port Trust has tabled a bunch of projects to ensure bolstered infrastructure growth here. Proposed under the banner of the Gati Shakti Scheme, these plans aim to link two key features of the agenda, i.e cargo and sea tourism and build new amenities for the same. Reportedly, the installation of an Internation Cruise Terminal, a waterfront, a ro-pax terminal and the world's longest sea ropeway, among other provisions, are included within its scope.
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The fine-diner has been set up using a discarded rail coach.

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Backed by the Rude Box Entertainment, this lit event is bringing you the coolest DJ line up

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Mumbai's Sion Flyover to remain shut on weekends till January 9, 2022 due to repair work

Check out the alternate routes chalked out by the Mumbai Traffic Police here.

The Mumbai Traffic Police on Friday announced that the Sion flyover will remain closed every weekend, for the next three months, due to the repair work undertaken by the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC). The vehicle shutdown here will be clocked from 10 PM on Saturday to 6 AM on Monday, till January 9, 2022. Several route diversions have been put in place by the city traffic police department to allow an unhindered automobile movement during the closure, added reports. Check all alternate track here:

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Amusement parks in Maharashtra to open for visitors from Oct 22nd

Here's a detailed report of all services that have been unlocked in the state so far

After allowing cinema halls and theatres to restart services, the govt has now permitted dry amusement parks in Maharashtra to reopen, Friday onwards. The administration on Monday decided to reopen all dry amusement parks in the state from October 22 after a detailed discussion with the state COVID Task Force and Children's Task Force. Additionally, shops and restaurants have also been granted longer working hours now. Read on to know more about the orders.

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As per new orders by Kanpur Municipal Corporation, citizens will now have to inform the authorities before bringing home a pet. Those failing to do so will have to pay a hefty fine of ₹1200, irrespective of breed and size. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to bring pet clinics under the purview of the license.

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Newly launched e-buses to connect Lucknow to nearby rural areas from October 25

The fares for the e-buses will range from ₹5 for 3 km to ₹37 for more than 25 km

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