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Maiden trials of the first phase of  Metro Lines 2A & 7 flagged off in Mumbai on Monday

MMRDA conducted the first trial run along the 20-km long metro route from Dhanukarwadi (Line 2A) to Goregaon East (Line 7) today

As per the projected timeline, MMRDA commenced the maiden trials along a 20 km stretch of the overhead metro corridors, 2A and 7, on Monday. The Maharashtra CM flagged off the demo tests today, unrolling a festive spirit to honour the benchmark achievement. Reportedly, the Deputy CM, Mumbai Mayor along with other eminent cabinet ministers and MMRDA officials were present during the trial inauguration at the Akurli Metro Station.

This stretch will be launched as the second arm of the suburban metro corridor in the MMR, after 7 long years of Mumbai's solitary metro line, Metro 1. Authorities aim to commission commercial services along this sweep in two phases, starting September 2021.

Mumbai Metro 2.0 begins test runs!

The Maharashtra CM kicked off trial runs along the first 20 km phase on Monday, at the overhead metro 2A Yellow Corridor and 7 Red Line, from Dhanukarwadi to Goregaon East. Over the next few days, the Mumbai Metropolitan Development Authority will conduct trials of the sub-systems and other equipment, under dynamic speed and condition, along the two lines. For these, 6-car rakes will be commissioned in two phases, starting September 2021 and finally by January 2022.

The Yellow Line, 2A, is a completely elevated stretch of 18.6 km between Dahisar and DN Nagar. It is scheduled to have 17 stations, which will be collectively built at a cost of around ₹6,400 crores. On the other hand, Red Line 7, will expand from Dahisar East to Andheri, along a 16.5 km long fully overhead corridor with 13 stations. The estimated budget of this stands at ₹6,200 crores.

Reportedly, the initial phase of the 'Mumbai Metro 2.0' will cover 9 stations each for both the lines, covering a distance of 10.5 km (Line 2A) and 9.2 km (Line 7). Both routes will effectively cut down the current 75 to 90 minute travel time to barely 25 minutes. Daily ridership has been forecasted at over 600,000 in a decade, besides helping to dissolve the Mumbai traffic sneers.

The new 'Made in India' sleek rakes were also inaugurated here, which generated a frenzy among commuters in the northwestern suburbs and the residents. Several people climbed atop their terraces and balconies, to film and photograph the new metros during the speed trials and the videos are currently trending as viral content on social media.

Commendable work by the MMRDA Authorities

Lauding the MMRDA for the achievements, the CM highlighted the rapid completion of work here, despite two strong waves of the COVID-19, the consequent restrictions and other challenges. Work did not stop here and even the setbacks of the lockdown were harnessed to maximise work productivity. The authorities also took this opportunity to inform that the remaining 15.1 km corridor will be made operational in the second phase.

The CM also performed the foundation-laying ceremony of the Controlled Access Subway-Elevated Road Project on Western Express Highway. This highway will give direct acess to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport terminals 1 and 2, along with other flyovers and bridges.

Sea Tourism is all set to sail in Mumbai with a host of new projects in the pipeline

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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Mumbai's iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus gets an all-new  'Restaurant on Wheels'

The fine-diner has been set up using a discarded rail coach.

Mounted on the rails leading to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai, an all-new 'Restaurant on Wheels' is here to win hearts and bellies of passengers and locals alike. Launched by the Central Railway, the exquisite fine-diner is a revamped discarded rail coach that promises to offer a unique experience to its patrons. As per railway officials, the Restaurant on Wheels aims to become a popular landmark eatery in South Mumbai, with its one-of-a-kind 'rail themed' setting and ambiance.

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Vintage Machine's 'Inferno Episode 1' is going live in Lucknow this Friday!

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

A buzzing Friday night is on the cards for you all partyholics in town as Inferno Episode 1 is going live at the Vintage Machine in Lucknow on October 22. Backed by the Rude Box Entertainment, this lit event is bringing you the coolest DJ line up and trust us, it's all you need to let down your hair and welcome the weekend! Get ready to groove and have fun, for a chance like this might not knock on your door any time soon again!

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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

The newly launched electric buses in the city will ply on a new route, connecting Lucknow to the rural areas around, starting October 25. This will be the first time that such a service will be deployed in these areas, wherein commuters will be able to travel to and from the city, in the comfort of new state-of-the-art e-buses. The trials for the same are currently underway.

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