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Stall relocation at Dadar rly stn leaves commuters without water

On Wednesday, commuters could not find bottled water anywhere on platforms 9, 10 and 11, leading to a commotion with stall owners

On May 9, CR authorities issued a notice asking stalls on platforms 9, 10 and 11 to shut shop and relocate by May 20. “Relocate seven stalls from existing locations to new locations as per the sketch by May 20. If any licensee fails to comply, operation of their stall will be suspended,” read the notice pasted on inoperative stalls (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 23, 2024 07:46 AM IST

Teen Porsche driver barred from driving until 25 yrs

In the early hours of Sunday, the car driven by the teen at 160 kmph fatally knocked down two motorbike-borne software engineers at Kalyani Nagar in Pune. According to Pune police, the driver was under the influence of alcohol

Pune: The Porsche car found without number plate, in Pune, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The car was allegedly driven by a 17-year-old boy who knocked down two motorbike riders on Sunday, causing their death in Kalyani Nagar of Pune city, as the police claim. (PTI Photo)(PTI05_21_2024_000177B) (PTI)
Updated on May 23, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Ghatkopar tragedy: FIR needed for vehicles with third party insurance

Getting back damaged vehicles and claiming insurance on them has become a problem for those affected by the billboard collapse in Ghatkopar

Site of the hoarding crash at Ghatkopar (Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2024 08:51 AM IST

Games, breakfast, gift coupons seek to boost voter turnout

“We are hoping to see a 15-20% increase in voter turnout from our locality this time compared to the previous election,” said Rahul Tangri, chairman of Neptune CHS

Games, breakfast, gift coupons seek to boost voter turnout
Updated on May 20, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Heritage locomotive back on Matheran toy train route

CR officials said the idea of rebuilding the locomotive was to make the mountain railway travel experience more exciting

Heritage locomotive back on Matheran toy train route
Updated on May 18, 2024 09:04 AM IST

King of fruits travels ticketless in Mumbai trains, railways launches mango hunt

The modus operandi of the train parcel fee-dodgers was to hand the boxes over to the onboard housekeeping staff working on a contractual basis

King of fruits travels ticketless in trains
Updated on May 16, 2024 09:07 AM IST

Cranes for Metro 4 work help in rescue operations in Ghatkopar

According to MMRDA sources, there was supposed to be a late-night block for Metro-4, where they were launching metro rail girders between Wadala and Amar Mahal junction, which needed the two cranes parked at their respective sites

TDuring the rescue operation, the two 500-tonne cranes from the MMRDA were able to lift the collapsed hoarding by 5-feet in Ghatkopar. (Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2024 08:08 AM IST

Strong winds trigger snags, power outages

Strong winds in Mumbai caused a technical snag at MSETCL's substation in Kalwa, leading to power cuts for BEST consumers. Issues resolved within 15-20 minutes.

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Updated on May 14, 2024 08:06 AM IST

Housing societies are new political battlegrounds

Candidates target Mumbai housing societies for campaigning due to their demographic diversity and voter concentration, with BJP leading the pack.

Union minister Piyush Goyal, fielded by BJP from the Mumbai North constituency, arrived at Neptune CHS, in Kandivali East, along with his family on April 21. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 12, 2024 07:22 AM IST

No more summer whine: IRCTC introduces new machinery at Rail Neer plant in Ambernath for uninterrupted supply

IRCTC's largest Rail Neer bottling plant in Ambernath is undergoing a massive overhaul to improve production and supply of packaged water for railway passengers.

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Updated on May 12, 2024 07:08 AM IST

How the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is getting future-ready

MMRDA and NITI Aayog are jointly working towards raising Mumbai’s gross domestic product from $140 billion to $300 billion by 2030

Mumbai, India. Jan 31,2024 - Marine Drive to Worli, 10.58 Km stretch of Mumbai Coastal Road open by around February month.This road will enable vehicles to travel at speeds of up to 80 km/h, although the design allows for speeds of 100 km/h. It is considered to be the most expensive project of the BMC yet. It will connect the Marine Drive area in south Mumbai to Kandivali, a western suburb, via the existing Bandra Worli Sea Link. Jan 31,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 09:04 AM IST

Footfall in Mumbai AC locals soars with spiralling temperatures

On May 6, Western Railway (WR) recorded 2.48 lakh commuters, the highest ever daily footfall inside AC locals, with a sale of 32,016 tickets

Mumbai, India - Dec. 17, 2020: First Air Condition local train of the Central Railway Main line arrives at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus(CSMT). AC local services will be operated from CSMT-Kalyan section in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, December 17, 2020. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 09:10 AM IST

Fake screen showing inflated Uber fare latest scam to hit Mumbai commuters

The modus operandi involves Uber drivers using altered images or ‘fake screens’ that look similar to the Uber app interface to show passengers inflated fares

A picture taken on April 11, 2019 shows the global ride-hailing giant, Uber application on a smart phone in Cologne. (Photo by Oliver Berg / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (AFP)
Updated on May 07, 2024 09:22 AM IST

Survey fleshes out citizens manifesto of Lokhandwala societies

Residents of Lokhandwala Township (LoTo) in Kandivali (E) have prepared a citizen manifesto based on an online survey that they will be presenting to candidates

Chandigarh residents can fill out Form 6 to enrol in the electoral roll through the Voter Helpline App or voter portal “”, or simply hand over the form at their respective polling booths. (Getty image)
Updated on May 06, 2024 09:05 AM IST

RPF forms teams to crack down on crime, control overcrowding at stations

RPF teams on Central Railway crack down on crimes and overcrowding, patrolling stations and trains between CSMT-Kalyan/Panvel routes.

Women RPF and GRP officers at a local station. (HT archive)
Updated on May 06, 2024 08:57 AM IST

36-hour rail block on June 1-2 to upgrade CSMT tracks, platforms, and yard

Central Railway wants to remodel the 137-year-old Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus’ yard and extend platforms catering to long-distance trains

Mumbai, India - August 10, 2018: Local Train at CSMT Station in Mumbai. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2024 09:49 AM IST

Delays continue on Harbour Line, CR finds defective ‘tongue rail’

Trains were running late by an average 30-45 minutes throughout the day due to a speed restriction of 10 kmph

Mumbai, India – May 01, 2024: A Mumbai local train derailed at Harbour Line railway which was coming towards CSMT Railway station on platform no 2, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, May 01, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 09:40 AM IST

Train derails again near CSMT during trial run

The incident occurred when Central Railway authorities were conducting a trial run to test the efficacy of improvements made on the tracks

Mumbai, India – May 01, 2024: A Mumbai local train derailed at Harbour Line railway which was coming towards CSMT Railway station on platform no 2, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, May 01, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 09:37 AM IST

BEST issues notice to Olectra Greentech for e-bus delivery delay

BEST had placed an order for 2,100 buses from Olectra, which the company was to deliver within 18-24 months, but the public body has received less than 10%

Mumbai, India - September 9, 2019: New AC electric bus and new BEST mobile app was launch at Colaba Best Depot in Mumbai, India, on Monday, September 9, 2019. (Photo by Kunal Patil/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 01, 2024 09:13 AM IST

Mumbai Metro nothing less than those in US: Goyal woos commuters

The union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader also took a dig at the Congress party and its Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance, which has still not declared a candidate for the Mumbai North constituency

Mumbai, India - April 27, 2024: BJP Shiv Sena RPI RSP and Grand Alliance candidate Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal intract with local public at Borivali station and travel towards malad in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, April 27, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 07:10 AM IST

Mumbai caterers complain about Rail Neer supply

Mumbai railway caterers complain of IRCTC's failure to supply Rail Neer water bottles, urging end to monopoly

Monday saw the cancellation of several trains, including 12241 Chandigarh-Amritsar, 12411 Chandigarh-Amritsar Junction Intercity Express, 14629 Chandigarh-Firozpur Cantt. Sutlez Express, and 12412 Amritsar Junction-Chandigarh Intercity Express, according to Indian Railways officials. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 09:17 AM IST

Mumbai power companies scurry to meet rising demand in city

Power distribution companies in Mumbai are procuring additional electricity through short-term agreements to meet rising summer demand

Officials at power distribution company, PVVNL, Noida, said that the discom is working on the repair work in different parts of the city and the issues raised will also be addressed (REUTERS/representational image)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 09:16 AM IST

Summer rush burns holes in Mumbai train passengers’ pockets

Indian Railways running 9,111 summer special trains, but passengers facing high demand and inflated prices for seats on long-distance routes.

Commuters complained that trains were delayed by 10 to 15 minutes during the rush hour, which led to huge crowding both inside trains and at stations.(HT File Photo / For representational purpose only)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 08:50 AM IST

Significant Metro-3 trials to begin in Mumbai next week

Each of the coaches of the eight-car train will be loaded with stone-filled gunny bags to determine the functioning of the trains with the weight of passengers

According to sources, the loaded trials are expected to begin this week and will go on for a while. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 08:56 AM IST

Route of underground Metro 11 from CSMT to Wadala could be tweaked

The route of Mumbai’s second underground metro corridor, from CSMT to Wadala, could be tweaked to cover heavily congested areas in south Mumbai

Crawford Market - Traffic HT Photo by Santosh Harhare 10-04-06
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 09:12 AM IST

Central Railway to install speed-sensing devices in Western Ghats

In a bid to make train travel safer during the monsoon, Central Railway (CR) plans to install speed-sensing devices in the Mumbai-Pune/Nashik rail corridors

CR to install speed-sensing devices in ghats
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 09:25 AM IST

Heatwave pushes Mumbai's peak power demand beyond 4,000 MW

Mumbai's peak electricity demand surged to over 4,000 MW as temperatures crossed 38 degrees Celsius, leading to increased power consumption amid a heatwave.

Power supply utility MSEDCL hikes electricity tariff from April 2024. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:21 AM IST

Western Railway scrambles to accommodate migrant labour exodus from Udhna, Surat

Word had spread that WR was operating special trains to northern India from these stations, which attracted workers from industrial belts

WR scrambles to accommodate migrant labour exodus from Udhna, Surat
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 09:53 AM IST

Hancock Bridge’s solitary crusader

Kamlakar Shenoy's 10-year battle with BMC to rebuild Hancock Bridge in Mumbai has faced challenges due to lack of support, but recent court directives offer hope.

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Updated on Apr 14, 2024 07:48 AM IST

Trespassing deaths on CR down by 40% due to modified Mumbai station platforms

Central Railways officials said trespassing-related incidents and deaths dropped from 276 in the January-March 2023 period to 195 in the same span this year

Trespassing deaths on CR down by 40% due to modified platforms
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 08:56 AM IST
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