Mumbai News Highlights: Maharashtra cabinet nod to Rs 1,498.61 crore for Upper Godavari project – The Indian Express

Mumbai News Today Highlights: The state cabinet Monday approved Rs 1,498.61 crore for the Upper Godavari project. The revised administrative approval for the project was necessitated following cost escalation and incomplete work. The cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Minister Eknath Shinde gave the approval after scrutinising the proposal presented by the water resources department.
Over 48,000 taxi drivers and two lakh autorickshaw drivers in Mumbai will go on an indefinite strike from September 15, Thursday, seeking a hike in fares, the drivers’ union said.
Days after industrialist Cyrus Mistry and a family friend were killed in a car accident on NH-48 in Palghar district, National Highway Authority of India’s project director for the highway Suraj Singh on Sunday ruled out any design fault in the highway. He said the accident occurred because the car was speeding.
 
The body of a furniture factory owner who had gone missing in Nashik was found in a canal in Malegaon taluka. The body had several injury marks and based on the post-mortem report, the local police registered a case of kidnapping and murder.
According to the complaint given by his family members, Shirish Sonawane (56) was in his factory on Friday evening and then left in a car with three persons, who told read more…
The state animal husbandry commissioner, Sachindra Pratap Singh, said preventive vaccination drive against Lumpy Skin Disease will be completed in 48 hours in affected villages in the state. Know more here


The seven lakes that supply drinking water to Mumbai are 98.4 per cent full as on Monday morning with 14,24,250 million litres (ML) of water, sufficient to last the city until the 2023 monsoon, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Know more…
Ashutosh Arvind Kumbhakoni will continue to remain as the advocate general (AG) of Maharashtra as the state cabinet Monday kept in abeyance till December 31 his resignation, which he had tendered to the Governor when the MVA government came down from power in June. Read more…
The 67-year-old rebel Shiv Sena leader Sada Sarvankar, who was booked by the Dadar police for allegedly firing from his licensed firearm during a clash between workers of the Uddhav Thackeray-headed Sena and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Sena early on Sunday, is a three-term MLA from Mumbai’s Mahim constituency, which is considered to be the Uddhav Sena’s stronghold.
Sarvankar had been a three-term Sena corporator in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from 1992 to 2004. Hailing from Mumbai’s Dadar, which is considered to be a key Sena bastion, he has been a known influential leader from this belt. Know more

Describing the fall in cut-off marks in the JEE Advanced results this year as “statistically insignificant”, IIT Bombay director, Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri told The Indian Express that the dip in performance “will not impact admissions.” IIT Bombay is the organising institute for JEE Advanced this year. Know more here
A sessions court in Mumbai has observed that it was “natural for the female member” of the household to “work at home and outside”, especially in “lower strata of society”, as it acquitted a 30-year-old man and his mother of charges of domestic violence and abetting his wife’s suicide. Read more…
The Cabinet approved Rs 1498.61 crore revised administrative approval for Upper Godavari project in district Nashik. The project will help irrigate 74,000 hectares of agriculturural land in Nashik and Aurangabad districts. It will also address drinking water problems in tribal belt of Nashik district.
Maharashtra government is to celebrate September 17 (PM Narendra Modi’s birthday) to October 2 ( Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary) as ‘Seva fortnight.’
During this period all pending issues of people with regard to different government departments will be resolved on mission mode basis.The Maharashtra cabinet took this decision today.
The seven lakes that supply drinking water to Mumbai are 98.4 per cent full as of Monday morning and have 14,24,250 million litre (ml) of water against a capacity of 14,47,363 ml, which is sufficient to last until the monsoon next year, according to the BMC.
The seven lakes that supply drinking water to Mumbai are Upper Vaitarna, Modak Sagar, Tansa, Middle Vaitarna, Bhatsa, Vehar, and Tulsi, located either in Mumbai at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and neighbouring districts of Thane and Palghar. Read more
A school bus carrying students caught fire in Kharghar area of neighbouring Navi Mumbai township on Monday, officials said. There was no report of any injury, they said.
The incident took place around 11.30 am in Sector No. 15 of Kharghar, a fire official said. Four students of a school, a staffer and driver were present in the vehicle when it caught fire, he said. (PTI)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said there was no reason for him to be unhappy with the party and it was his decision to not speak at the party conference in Delhi Sunday. 
“It was the national conference. Our state president Jayant Patil presented the state’s position in the conference. There were other leaders who were to speak. But everybody wanted to hear our national president Sharad Pawar ji and since it was getting very late, it was decided that he would speak. I had gone to the washroom and it was presented in the media as if I am unhappy,” said Ajit Pawar while addressing a press conference in Mumbai Monday. Read more...

A sessions court in Mumbai has observed that it was “natural for the female member” of the household to “work at home and outside”, especially in “lower strata of society”, as it acquitted a 30-year-old man and his mother of charges of domestic violence and abetting his wife’s suicide.
Priyanka Shelar, who worked as a domestic worker in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai, died by suicide at her employer’s home in 2015 just over a month after her marriage to Prashant Shelar. The court said it was not clear why Priyanka had taken the extreme step. Read more
In a first, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with the help of a start-up has introduced ‘Bluetooth enabled’ stethoscopes in two civic-run major hospitals—Sion and BYL Nair Hospitals. Read more on it
Over 48,000 taxi drivers and two lakh autorickshaw drivers in Mumbai will go on an indefinite strike from September 15, Thursday, seeking a hike in fares, the drivers’ union said.
The union has sought the hike following a 25 per cent increase in CNG prices which has resulted in huge losses to taxi and auto drivers, it said. The minimum taxi fare was last revised in March 2021 to Rs 25.
The BMC has asked ferry operators to not navigate around the Gateway of India for seven days after the Ganesh festival’s conclusion, and notified that the jetty there will remain closed.
After Ganesh immersion on September 9 and 10, BMC took up cleaning of the jetty area and waters at Gateway of India, including idols, wooden planks, and flowers/garlands/cloth material from the sea.
A senior civic official from the A ward said, “From Monday, we will begin cleaning the waters and the promenade. We have informed the ferry runners to steer clear for seven days. It will take fewer days to clean up and clear the waters, but for safety of passengers and the ferry, we have intimated a shut-down for seven days. Once it is cleared, ferries will be intimated to start services.” 
Mumbai will witness overcast skies throughout the day Monday and is likely to receive moderate rainfall toward the evening with the possibility of thunderstorms, according to information from the BMC’s disaster management department.
On Sunday evening, Mumbai witnessed light to moderate rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning, and gusty winds at the speed of 30 to 40 km, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), which has also predicted heavy rainfall for Mumbai throughout the week, until September 15. Read more
A pregnant tribal woman was carried in a makeshift stretcher due to lack of proper road in a village in Maharashtra’s Palghar district and she delivered a baby midway in a dense and dark forest, officials said on Monday.
The 21-year-old woman, from Eina village in Jawhar taluka, went into labour on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday, a medical officer said. Read more
Days after industrialist Cyrus Mistry and a family friend were killed in a car accident on NH-48 in Palghar district, National Highway Authority of India’s project director for the highway Suraj Singh on Sunday ruled out any design fault in the highway.
He said the accident occurred because the car was speeding. While some authorities have said that one of the reasons for the accident is the three-lane highway bifurcating into two bridges of two lanes each, he denied that the highway had a design fault. Read more
After being released on bail by the Dadar police, five Shiv Sainiks of the Uddhav Thackeray camp, including Mahesh Sawant, met the president and Aaditya Thackeray. A Sena functionary said the Thackerays applauded them for showing courage when MLA Sada Saravankar (of the Shinde camp) was allegedly trying to intimidate them with a firearm.
Meanwhile, Mahim MLA Sada Sarvankar, a member of the Eknath Shinde faction of Shiv Sena, told the Indian Express that he did not fire the weapon and has Y category security cover accorded to him.
In other news, four tribal students from remote villages of Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region have moved a step closer to realising their dream of becoming doctors and serving their community by clearing the medical entrance examination NEET 2022. With minimum resources at their disposal, students belonging to families of farm labourers and marginal farmers have cleared the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2022, results of which were declared on September 8.

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