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The first phase of the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway to open for public in May 2021

The eight-lane, 701 km long expressway to cover 10 districts and reduce the travel time by road to 8 hours from the current 18 hours.

As per a new announcement, the first phase of the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway, stretching from Nagpur to Shirdi is all set to open for public from May 1, 2021, while the entire project is expected to be complete in one year's time. The expressway will counter the heavy flow of traffic on the Mumbai-Nagpur route and reduce the travel time by 8-10 hours.

Soon you can reach from Mumbai to Nagpur in 8 hours

The eight-lane 701 km long expressway will cover 10 districts, 26 talukas and 392 villages and is expected to reduce the time travel by 8 hours, from the current 18 hours. It is slated to pass through Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Washim, Buldhana, Aurangabad, Jalna, Ahmed Nagar, Nashik and Thane. The estimated cost of construction of the expressway is around ₹ 55,000 crore. The project is on route for a steady completion, as the work on the project has been on full-swing since the lockdown period.

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The construction of the expressway will help in countering the heavy flow of traffic on the route and boost industrial development in 10 districts, 26 talukas and 392 villages passing through the expressway. Expected to be the longest expressway in India, the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi expressway will also bring the relatively lesser known districts like Washim, Jalna and Buldhana into the limelight, bringing in new trade opportunities.

Surgery & casualty wards to soon become functional at South Goa District Hospital

Outpatient departments (OPDs) are already operational at the new South Goa District Hospital.

The multi-storied South Goa District Hospital (SGDH) is being upgraded with new facilities to lessen the load off older hospitals and health institutes. As per reports, the new hospital is likely to house the surgery and casualty departments soon in a bid to clear space at the Hospicio Hospital. Earlier also, all outpatient departments (OPDs) were relocated to the spacious new SGDH for the same reason.

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Mumbai local trains to operate at 100% capacity from today!

The suburban train services were suspended on March 22, 2020 on account of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

After running restricted operations for over a year, Mumbai's local train services are all set to resume with 100% seating capacity from today. This is being done in order to account for the increased flow of commuters on the trains. Till now, the Central and Western Railways had been operating with 1,702 and 1,304 services respectively, which account for 95.75% of their total capacity. Today onwards, this number will go up to 1,774 in the CR division and 1,367 in WR, thus making complete use of the total capacity on the two lines.

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Atal Indore City Transport bags national award for Excellence in Urban Transport

Indore CNG bus fleet is a 'green' step towards environmental protection.

After winning several titles in the cleanliness category, Indore has now managed to create another record for itself. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has recognised the Atal Indore City Transport run by the Indore Municipal Corporation with an Award for Excellence in Urban Transport. Reportedly, this honour marks Indore as the 'City with Most Innovation Financing Mechanism' for managing its public transport services.

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​Two Paralympics Gold medalists from Jaipur get nominated for Khel Ratna Award

This is the first time in the 30-year-old history of Khel Ratna that 2 players from the city are being conferred the award.

Two Paralympics players from Jaipur have been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Award, the highest rank for sports in the country. Notably, this is the first in the 30 year-old-history of Khel Ratna that 2 sportsperson from the same city will be conferred with the award. The two nominated players are Avani Lekhara and Krishan Nagar, who bagged gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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The Lucknow centre of Sports Authority of India has set up a new weightlifting hall in the city, in order to give a boost to the sport. Spread over 15,000 square meters, this circular building has ample space to allow 100 players to practice at a single time. Pegged to be the largest in India, this hall is equipped with 26 platforms and machines worth 1.5 crores. These platforms can also be increased in number, as per need.

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Railways launch special trains from Mumbai to UP & Bihar to manage the festive rush

Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

Keeping in mind the upsurge of festive passenger load, Indian Railways has announced the launch of several special trains from Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Reportedly, the festive fleet will map through Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat too, easing travel for the locals here as well. Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

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