QMumbai: Dadar Station Gets Medical Centre; Ola-Uber To Strike

1. Lilavati to Run Free Med Centre at Dadar Station

Dadar station will have a 24-hour free medical emergency centre.

Dadar, one of city’s busiest stations, will soon have a 24-hour free medical emergency centre run by Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre. Equipped with beds, trained nurses and doctors, it will replace the current centre which has been shut since August for lack of doctors and quality medical service. According to the MoU signed with Central Railway (CR), Lilavati Hospital will run the centre for the next five years. CR has floated tenders for such centres at 24 locations and the one at Dadar will be the first one to become functional and run by a private hospital.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. Ola-Uber Drivers in Mumbai Threaten to Strike Again From November 17

Ola and Uber cabs may go back on strike from 17 November.

Mumbaiites may be hassled yet again from 17 November as drivers of app-based cabs, Ola and Uber, may resume their strike to have their demands met. Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh, a union of Ola-Uber drivers, on Wednesday said they would go on an indefinite strike for the second time from Saturday since their demands have not been fulfilled by the companies or the state government. They are also planning a protest rally of the drivers to Mantralaya on November 19.

“We had withdrawn the strike after being assured that our demands would be met. However, we now plan to go on strike again, from Saturday. We will also be undertaking a protest rally of Ola-Uber drivers,” said Mahesh Jadhav, an official of the union. According to officials from the app-based taxis, a meeting with the union is being planned for Thursday.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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3. 71 Air India Properties to Go Under the Hammer

Air India has put some of its properties up for auction on account of debt.

In an attempt to monetise its assets, debt-ridden Air Indiahas put up 71of its properties for auction. Spread over 16 locations, these include 30 in Mumbai, a holiday home in Lonavala and various commercial and residential properties in Nashik and Pune. The Mumbai properties alone are expected to raise Rs 249 crore through a sale scheduled on 4 December.

According to the e-auction notice issued through the state-run MSTC e-commerce website, the Mumbai properties on the block include 14 executive flats and plots at Pali Hill in Bandra West, nine 2BHK flats in Aquarius Taurus building in Malad, two 3BHK flats in Mahim, one in Venus Apartments at Cuffe Parade, two 2BHK flats and storerooms in Khar, among others.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. 3 Years, 20 Million Kg Trash Later, Versova Beach Clean-Up Crusader Looks for New Mission

Afroz Shah cleaned massive amounts of plastic from Mumbai’s Versova beach.

Afroz Shah, 34, the man behind “the world’s largest beach clean-up” is now looking for other locations in the city that need to be cleaned as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) contracted the work of cleaning Versova beach to a private agency.

From being one of the dirtiest beaches in the city, the 2.5-km long stretch was transformed over three years ago with removal of 20 million kg trash. While BMC has awarded a Rs 22-crore tender to a private company to clean the beach for six years, residents will continue to volunteer.

“Versova is now clean and a fresh tender is already in place. I feel my work here is complete and it is time I moved on,” said Shah.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. Maha to Modernise Sassoon Docks on Norway Pattern

Mumbai’s Sassoon Docks is set to receive an upgrade.

The Maharashtra government has come up with a draft plan to modernise the Sassoon Docks in Mumbai on a Norway pattern with an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore, state Fisheries Development Minister Mahadev Jankar said on Wednesday.

The Sassoon Docks is one of the oldest fishing harbours in the country, which was built on reclaimed land in 1875 by the banking and mercantile company David Sassoon & Co. It is said to be the first commercial wet dock in western coast of the country.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. Woman Turned Away by Hospital in Middle of Anxiety Attack Commits Suicide

Hours before she committed suicide, 60-year-old Rochi Lawrence Elenjikal had rushed to Apollo Hospital in Belapur in a full blown anxiety attack. But the hospital staff allegedly turned her away in her hour of need, without medicines or a chance to meet a doctor.

Last week, after more than four months, the Navi Mumbai police finally sent a report on the matter to the medical council. They are yet to lodge the family's case. Rochi's daughter, Shilpi Elenjikal, 27, has alleged that the police are dilly-dallying on the matter, and did not even bother to conduct the panchnama properly on the day of her mother's death.

(Source: Mid-day)

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7. BMC Finalises 9,000 Hawking Pitches in Two Zones in City

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has finalised 9,000-odd pitches in two zones for hawkers as it plans to implement the hawkers' policy by early next year. However, the scrutiny and qualification of the hawkers is yet to be started. Handing over registration certificates will be a tough task ahead for the civic body.

The civic body has finalised 80 hawking roads/streets in Zone V, which includes Kurla, Chembur, Mankhurd, Govandi, and 63 streets in Zone VII that includes Kandivli, Borivli and Dahisar. While the BMC had set an ambitious target of finalising hawkers by December end, this seems to be an impossible task as the pitches of about five other zones in the city are yet to be finalised.

(Source: Mid-day)

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