1. Mumbai-Pune Train Commute to Be Cut by 30 Minutes
There is good news for fans and passengers of the Deccan Queen Express — the famous train that connects the two largest cities of Maharashtra, Mumbai and Pune: its new Linke Hofmann-Busch (LHB) rake will use a ‘push and pull’ technique to cut travel time between the two cities by 30-35 minutes. Currently Deccan Queen departs from Pune at 7:15 am and arrives at CSMT at 10:25 am. It then leaves CSMT at 5:10 pm and reaches Pune at 8:25 pm.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
2. IIT-B Girls Complain of Food Poisoning
Around 25 girls from hostel 10 of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) fell ill after having dinner on Saturday night. They were all given prompt medical treatment at the in-house hospital and discharged later.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken samples of the food and inspected the mess where the incident took place, but the clear cause of food poisoning is yet to be ascertained. Students said the number of affected girls was less as it was a Saturday, when many prefer to eat outside. Hostel 10 has 1,100 girls staying there.
3. Flyovers to Unclog Bandra: Bombay High Court Nod to Raze 14 Mangrove Trees
The Bombay high court (HC) on Tuesday allowed the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to remove 14 mangrove trees along the western express highway in Bandra, paving the way for the construction of two separate arms that will connect the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) to the proposed Kalanagar Flyover.
The Kalanagar junction at Bandra sees more than 12,000 vehicles every hour and the proposed structure would enable motorists from Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and Sion to access the BWSL directly.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
4. Mumbai Blast: Victims Who Did Not Receive Relief May Benefit Under State Scheme
Twenty-six years after the serial blasts ripped parts of Mumbai, victims who did not receive compensation may still be compensated under the state’s victim compensation scheme. Following an order passed by the special court over a year ago on September 7, 2017, the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has recently started identifying victims who did not receive compensation.
(Source: The Indian Express)
5. Dispute Over Cost of Adjoining Land Stalls Zoo Overhaul
Dispute over the value of a 1.75-acre plot of land is stalling the expansion of Byculla zoo. While the BMC had calculated the price of the land parcel at Rs 400 crore, the Collector has valued it at nearly double the amount - Rs 750 crore. The BMC has already acquired 10 acres from various other parties for the expansion project. The 1.75-acre plot in question lies on the eastern end of the zoo and houses a defunct ice factory owned by one Raoji. Once acquired, the land will house the exotic animals section.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
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