Mumbai news live updates: City to receive light rains till end of week; auto, taxi fares to rise from Oct 1 – The Indian Express

Mumbai Maharashtra news highlights: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday predicted light drizzles in Mumbai till the end of this week and said there is no sign of monsoon retreat from most parts of the city. The city in the past two weeks received light rain and the showers receded this week.
In other news, NCP president Sharad Pawar’s one state tour is enough for opposition to return to power in Maharashtra, said daughter, and NCP ( MP) Supriya Sule. “In his long 55 years political career Sharad Pawar saw power for 27 years and equal 27 years in the role of opposition. But I always believe and tell Maharashtra has given him abundance love and respect,” she said. “In 2019, nobody believed Maha Vikas Aghadi would come to power. Every day we woke up with news that some NCP leader has defected to BJP. Many predicted the end of opposition,” Sule said.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra DGP Rajnish Seth on Wednesday directed police personnel across the state to seal the offices of Popular Front of India (PFI) and freeze their bank accounts. The PFI was banned by the Union government earlier in the day following days of raids and arrests of people linked to the outfit.
India’s highest cable-stayed road bridge is being constructed in Maharashtra as a part of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway Missing Link project. This 132 metres-high bridge is being constructed by Afcons. The Missing Link Project will bypass the Khandala Ghat section and will reduce the distance of the expressway by over six kilometres, reducing travel time by more than 25 minutes. Read more
Starting October 1, Mumbaikars will have to shell out more for their auto, taxi and cool cab rides with the Maharashtra government Tuesday sanctioning a Rs 3, Rs 2 and Rs 7 increase on the base fare of taxis, rickshaws and cool cabs, respectively. Read more
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday predicted light drizzles in Mumbai till the end of this week and said there is no sign of monsoon retreat from most parts of the city. The city in the past two weeks received light rain and the showers receded this week. Read more
Rashmi Thackeray, wife of former Maharashtra Chief Ministe and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, offered prayers at a Navratri pandal in Thane’s Tembhe Naka. The area is current CM Eknath Shinde’s stronghold.
The city-based Finger Print Bureau has won the first prize for the smart use of fingerprint science in its investigation into the Sakinaka rape and murder case, an official said.
It won the prize at the 23rd All India Fingerprint Director Conference organised by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on September 20 and 21. (PTI)
In order to ensure that sniffer dogs at airports are not able to detect cocaine, ‘black cocaine’ is being used by drug peddlers coming to India from South American countries which neutralises the smell of cocaine so that it can pass through checkpoints easily.
Black cocaine, a rare drug, is a mixture of regular cocaine and other chemicals of administrated quantity to dodge sniffer dogs. Read more
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) deadline for commercial establishments and shops in Mumbai for putting up signboards in Marathi outside their establishments ends Friday, September 30.
Civic officials said that they are waiting for a Supreme Court hearing that is also listed for Friday before going ahead with any further decision related to this order. Read more
Fourteen years after a blast in Maharashtra’s Malegaon town claimed six lives and injured more than 100 people, the trial in the case is still going on before a special NIA court here and more than witnesses are yet to be examined while 26 have turned hostile.
Seven persons, including BJP MP Prgaya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, are facing trial in the case, which is being probed by the National Investigation Agency, and have been charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Read more
Former Maharashtra chief minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said on Wednesday that a Shiv Sena delegation, including state Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, visited his Mumbai office ahead of the 2017 local body elections in the state and proposed to form an alliance.
The BJP-Sena government was in power in the state between 2014 and 2019. Back then, Shinde was a minister in the Maharashtra government, led by BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, and Chavan was state Congress president. Read more
In a fresh government resolution (GR) issued in connection to the Dharavi redevelopment project, the state government on Wednesday proposed rental housing scheme for the ineligible slum dwellers. “Under this scheme, the ineligible slum dwellers of Dharavi will be given houses at the Wadala salt pan land,” said a Mantralaya official. Read more
The erstwhile working class neighbourhoods of central Mumbai – stretching from Dadar to Worli, as well as Lower Parel and Parel – are deemed as an impregnable fortress of the Shiv Sena since the 1960s.
While the Shiv Sena asserted its dominance over these neighbourhoods after a terse political battle with leftist trade unions in the late 60s and 70s, the party led by Uddhav Thackeray is now bracing itself for another round of slugfest with the Shinde faction and the BJP. Read more
The Mumbai BJP on Thursday started a statue cleaning drive in the city.
The party will clean 100 statues shortlisted across Mumbai. The cleanliness drive is part of “fortnight service” campaign to commemorate the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The campaign started from Dadar, where party members cleaned the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar statues.
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) will roll out of their E-Bikes services for first and last mile connectivity across the city. 1,000 E-Bikes will be deployed this October at 180 bus stops, commercial, and residential areas. Passengers alighting from buses can use E-Bikes to travel to their destination and back. E-Bikes can be picked up and dropped off at any E-Bike station.
A policeman living in Dahisar has recieved widespread appreciation online after he saved his neighbours when his building’s meter box caught fire. Here is Mumbai Police’s story about him:
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A video showing a group of women performing an impromptu Garba inside a Mumbai local train has surfaced online and netizens cannot stop gushing over it. The clip, shared by Twitter page Mumbai Railway Users, shows the group of women dancing and clapping inside the local train. They are heard singing while performing the Garba free-spiritedly.
#Garba #Navrathri
MUMBAI LOCALS CREATE MOMENTS
Now in yesterday’s 10.02 am #AClocal from Kalyan.
FUN HAS NO LIMIT. pic.twitter.com/Hruzxwbeqr

Bids for awarding work contract for redevelopment of Mumbai’s historic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) station will be opened in a few days, a Central Railway (CR) official has said.
On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved the redevelopment proposal, at an estimated cost of Rs 10,000 crore, for three major stations including CSMT. Read more
The Eknath Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena released a teaser video of their proposed Dusshera rally at Bandra Kurla Complex with the claim that the event was of the “Shiv Sena”. A 20-second video tweeted by Shinde, with the voice of late Bal Thackeray in the background, said the saffron flag of Shivaji, Shiv Sena and Hindutva should continue to flutter.
#दसरा_मेळावा_२०२२ pic.twitter.com/mCQZs6rufq

Mumbai on Thursday reported 100 new coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 11,50,133. The death toll remained unchanged at 19,731.
The city has recorded Covid-19 cases in three digits for the second day in a row.
#CoronavirusUpdates
29th September, 6:00pm#NaToCorona pic.twitter.com/Yb8DaCChCS

Western Railway’s revised timetable for Mumbai’s suburban network will come into force from October 1, the highlight being the introduction of 12 conventional and 31 air-conditioned services as well as extension of 50 services, an official said on Thursday.
Terming it a “festival bonanza for commuters”, a WR release said the number of services on the network will increase from 1,375 to 1,383, including 112 services on Harbour Line, whose operation is helmed by Central Railway but a segment runs from Mahim to Goregaon. (PTI)
More than six lakh farmers in the state who lost crops due to heavy rains but were not eligible for aid under the existing criteria will get financial assistance of Rs 755 crore, the Maharashtra government said.
सततच्या पावसाने बाधित पण 65 मि मी. च्या निकषात न बसणाऱ्या राज्यातील आणखी 6 लाख शेतकऱ्यांना ₹755 कोटींची मदत या बैठकीत मंजूर करण्यात आली. निकषात बसणाऱ्या 30 लाख शेतकऱ्यांना ₹3600 कोटी यापूर्वीच वितरित करण्यात आले आहेत.

All three stations will have a spacious roof plaza along with spaces for retail outlets, cafeterias, and recreational facilities, among others.
The Union Cabinet approved the proposal of the Indian Railways to redevelop three major railway stations, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai, at an estimated cost of Rs 10,000 crore. The cabinet informed in a press release that all three stations will have a spacious roof plaza along with spaces for retail outlets, cafeterias, and recreational facilities, among others.
Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will impose fines on organising committees of Navratri events this year if they are found damaging roads, including pothole formation, while setting up pandals and barricades in Mumbai.
In other news, a special court was informed that NCP leader Nawab Malik’s health has deteriorated and his kidney has been affected. This was mentioned in a reply filed on behalf of Malik before the court on an application filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking that a medical board be constituted to verify his health status, as he has been admitted to a private hospital since May.

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