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Old July 30th, 2017, 04:04 AM   #1461
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More than 300 structures on encroached land face BMC heat


After alleged illegal alterations by Shiv Sena man Sunil Shitap brought down the Siddhi Sai building in Ghatkopar, the BMC has cracked the whip on 300-odd unauthorized constructions which are standing on encroached public space.
On Saturday , the BMC instructed its 24 ward officers to take immediate action against illegal structures, especially commercial ones.

“There are several structures which are on encroached public spaces. A list of such structures has been drawn up, especially in cases where notices have been served and court orders have ruled in favour of BMC,“ said a civic official, requesting anonymity .

Civic officials have been told to apply for police protection in advance so that demoli tion can begin from Monday .

A ward official, however, said that the crackdown has nothing to do with Tuesday's Ghatkopar building collapse. “These are routine demolition drives that the BMC carries out as there is a backlog. Despite occupants being served with notices, they do not vacate the space. Action is pending in many cases,“ said the officer.

Activists called this a knee-jerk reaction, which happens every time there is a tragedy in the city. King's Circle activist Nikhil Desai said, “Following the fire at Hotel City Kinara in Kurla in 2015, which killed eight persons, the BMC cracked down on several restaurants flouting safety norms. Later, it told the hotels to themselves put up boards stating that their premises are fire safe. This action against commercial structures is similar.“

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Old August 2nd, 2017, 04:30 AM   #1463
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1905: Horse drawn tram cars were closed down in Bombay on this day 01/08,112 yrs ago. This service was started on May 9, 1874



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Old August 2nd, 2017, 04:43 AM   #1464
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AC buses set to return in city


The BEST plans to re-in troduce AC buses in city from August 15, with the new hybrid buses being procured at “zero cost“ from MMRDA.BEST had, in April, stopped operations of more than 260 AC buses due to annual losses of nearly Rs 100 crore.

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Old August 2nd, 2017, 04:52 AM   #1465
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Old August 5th, 2017, 03:44 AM   #1466
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Airport darshan: Sky train for Navi Mumbai International Airport
TNN | Aug 4, 2017, 10.38 PM IST

NAVI MUMBAI: The City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Limited (CIDCO), the nodal authority for the Rs 16,000-crore green field Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA), has made a new and unique provision of a sky train connectivity.

This sky train will not only transport in- and outbound passengers, but will also be a fun ride for a dekko/window to normal/usual commuters as the special train will connect two ends outside the airport. The train, which will run through the airport, will give the exclusive feel of being within the the airport premise. Mumbaikars can travel down to the city as they can only see the Santa Cruz airport from outside.

A CIDCO officer said, "Ticket and security checks in the airport will ensure that normal commuters stay inside the train.''

CIDCO MD Bhushan Gagrani, who conceived the elevated sky train link told, TOI, "Cidco will do the project, but the design has not been finalised yet.'' Gagrani, the new MD, reviewed the airport project, and incorporated the concept of a short link. The existing CST-Panvel will have a diversion at Seawood Darave towards Uran and airport passengers will get off at the Targhar railway station to board the sky train.

The 8 km sky train will connect Targhar railway station on the upcoming new rail corridor via airport premises to the existing Khandeshwar suburban station on the harbour route (CST-Panvel). The train run will ensure a continuous corridor from the Uran end to Panvel. Even normal commuters on the Uran link or the CST-Panvel corridor can disembark at Targhar or Khandeshwar and travel by the sky train for local commute as Panvel and Uran.

Yet to be designed, the sky train would most probably run like a normal metro. A senior CIDCO officer told TOI, "Just as in Hong Kong, we too will have the sky train. It's basically a short run and as the journey is just before being airborne, there's a fancy name.''

CIDCO said there would be two connectivities for Mumbaikars at the Targhar railway station for airport bound passengers -- the sky train station and the elevated CST-Panvel corridor that will have a spur to the NMIA. The around Rs 15,000-crore elevated corridor though was yet to be cleared by the Centre.

CIDCO is also looking at two connectivities at Khandeshwar end. One will be the sky train and the other is the line 1V of its Rs 11,000 crore metro, which has a provision for connecting the suburban station to the NMIA. "There is a provision in the DPR, and we are studying it, but in all likelihood, we will continue with the RITES plan as the government plans to run Kalyan-Dombivili metro via Taloja on the city metro track for direct airport connectivity.''

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The stretch of 8 km will be split in two parts --

Targhar to NMIA: 3.5 km


NMIA to Khandeshawar: 4.5 km

Two to three AC coaches
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Ro*ros to carry cars across sea by 2019

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WEST COAST ₹90*crore project to make travelling from Marve*Manori, Borivli*Gorai, Bhayander*Vasai, Virar*Palghar much faster


A Ro-Ro (roll-on roll-off ) water transport service at four spots — Marve to Manori, Borivli to Gorai, Bhayander to Vasai and Virar to Palghar — that will let you ferry your cars over the sea is expected to cut down travel time from up to two hours to less than 10 minutes (see box).
A Rs90-crore Ro-Ro plan, proposed by the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB), got a green nod last week from the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA).
“After the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) gave us the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearances for the project in July, we studied the impact it would have on the environment. We have found the four projects will reduce travel time and pollution,” said a senior official from SEIAA.
“While work on three of the four routes can start, minor aspects on the Borivli-Gorai route are yet to be studied,” the official said.
The Ro-Ros will expand Mumbai’s water transport system substantially, said experts. This is the first such project proposed for the west coast. It can transport 50 passengers and 10 cars on either side, officials said.
So far, citizens could only ferry two-wheelers between Versova and Madh and Manori and Marwe.
“This project will be a new chapter in the water transport story of Maharashtra,” said Atul Patne, the chief executive officer of the MMB. Patne said the ferry service will not only help citizens save money, but also bring down congestion on roads and cut pollution.
“There are three main aspects of the project — reduction in traffic congestion, drop in pollution and reduction in time taken to travel these distances. From distances that were two hours apart, now the time taken will be a maximum of 10-12 minutes,” Patne said.
The Marve-Manori project is expected to be ready by mid2018, while the other will be completed by early 2019, Patne said. According to the MMB, at least two crore people in Maharashtra use Ro-Ros but only a handful of routes provide the facility to ferry two-wheelers.
The SEIAA has also approved a proposal to revamp all eight jetties. MMB officials said the work has begun.
“We will be issuing tenders this week for the project and will hire contractors to ferry medium-sized boats that can carry the estimated capacity of cars and people,” said an MMB official, in-charge of the project.
“While the cost for each fourwheeler is still being worked out, we estimate the fare for twowheelers and SUVs to be between Rs250 – Rs400.”
Last year, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told the state assembly that Ro-Ro services would link south Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Alibaug and services would start by end of 2018.
MMB officials said work for the Rs150-crore Ro-Ro services between Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka) and Mandwa in Raigad district along Mumbai’s east coast, is 50% done.

“While the work is being jointly carried out with the Mumbai Port Trust, the jetty at Mandwa has been revamped and the project should be completed by May 2018,” the MMB official said.

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₹197 cr to make Mumbai global cruise destination

MUMBAI:A cruise terminal with hotels, shopping areas and separate lounges for arrivals and departures — that is how the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) plans to make the city an international cruise destination.
The idea comes in the wake of the Union ministry of shipping’s plan to promote cruise tourism in India.
MbPT plans to revamp its cruise terminal infrastructure to accommodate the major inflow of passengers expected in the next few years. According to a cruise tourism road map, prepared by Bermelo & Ajamil and Ernst & Young, close to 4 million passengers are expected to visit India in the next few years, of which 3 million are expected to take cruises from the Mumbai Port.
To modernise and expand the city’s international cruise terminal, the MbPT has given contracts worth Rs197 crore to Mumbai International Cruise Terminal (MICT). The new terminal is expected to have the same facilities fliers get at airports, said an official.
Sanjay Bhatia, MbPT chairman, said a 40,000 sqm terminal will come up in place of the current one, which is 3,000 sqm. “We want to project to the world that we are ready. If a decision is taken today, the cruises will arrive after two or three years.
The contract has been awarded and a new terminal will be ready in two years,” Bhatia told HT.
In 2016-17, 55 cruise ships halted at the Mumbai Port, each with 60,000 passengers.
Terming the cruise policy ‘India’s economic growth engine’, the government aims to increase cruise liner traffic ten-fold to 700 vessels a year. Five ports — Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Kochi — will be developed as cruise hubs.
“We will soon introduce access-controlled radio frequency identification, e-landing cards, e-visas. It will be just like an airport terminal,” added Bhatia. The shipping ministry also plans to reduce port charges for cruise ships, he said.
Currently, vessels are charged fees according to their gross registered tonnage.
“There is a plan to collect the fees according to the number of passengers instead,” Bhatia said.

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Italy’s Costa Cruises launches first domestic Indian luxury cruise

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Mumbai, Aug 1 (IANS) Italian luxury cruise liner Costa Cruises in collaboration with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation and Mumbai Port Trust announced the launch of India’s first domestic luxury cruise on the Mumbai-Kochi sector starting from November, officials said here on Tuesday.

The launch comes a year after Carnival Asia – which operates Costa Cruises – brought the first luxury cruise to India by launching a Mumbai-Maldives cruise on its Costa NeoClassica ship.

Speaking at the launch, Maharashtra Tourism Minister Jaykumar Raval said that Indians are increasingly embracing luxury and leisure lifestyles and the domestic cruise tourism industry is estimated to grow to 1.50 million by 2031.

The Mumbai-Kochi cruise will take four nights, the Cochin-Maldives cruise will be three nights, besides the existing option of Mumbai-Maldives via Kochi for seven nights.

The Costa NeoClassic has a total of 654 cabins including sea-view and suites with private balconies, a casino, theatre, discotheque, ballroom grand bar, gym with treatment rooms, sauna, jacuzzi and steam, an outdoor jogging track and two swimming pools, besides a huge duty free shopping arcade, said Carnival Asia President Buhdy Bok.

Enhancing the cruising experience for Indians will be a library, Italian regional gastronomical experiences with vegetarian, non-vegetarian cuisine and even a Jain menu, besides the original famous Neapolitan Pizzas at Pizzeria ‘Pummid’Oro’

Top government officials including MTDC MD Vijay Waghmare, MbPT Chairman Sanjay Bhatia, Costa Cruises representative and MD of Lotus Destinations Nalini Gupta, and Valsa Nair-Singh, Principal Secretary, GAD, Maharashtra government were present.

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Work on BEST bus timing software to start next wk

You will soon be able to get the expected time of arrival (ETA) of any bus across 6,000 stops in Mumbai.
This was announced by BEST general manager Surendrakumar Bagde who said that the process of developing the software for ETA will begin from next week. “We are serious about giving commuters the best facilities--one of them being ETA. If you know what time the next bus is arriving, you can plan your travel accordingly. It also prevents commuters from switching to other modes of transport,“ Bagde added.

Recently several commuters were seen taking taxis at bus stops after waiting for a bus for more than 15 minutes. “We are unsure when the next bus will arrive and therefore switch to taxis or autos available near the stop. If we know the ETA and are certain that a bus is arriving, we will not take alternative transport,“ said Atul Godbole, a commuter.

“The new software will also help us in vehicle tracking--in which we can track movement of all 3,800 buses on a screen.“ It will also help the BEST divert buses to busy routes where there are more passengers. The transport undertaking is also looking at depot modernisation with new technology.
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Some one just get rid of BEST. What a pathetic institution. At least privatize it!
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why are people not using AC buses ? is the fare too high ?
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