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Mumbai: Activists to paint potholes in Navratri hues to protest against bad condition of roads



Unlike previous years, the BMC this Ganeshotsav failed to rid the roads of potholes for the last visarjan procession, which means people will have to endure the menace until the end of the monsoon. To make things worse, heavy rain over the past few days has added new craters to the city’s roads. Tired of official apathy, activists have come up with a unique protest. “We have decided to paint the potholes in Navratri hues—nine colours for nine days,” said an activist.
This year, the condition of roads is even more pathetic, with huge craters lining multiple stretches. Activists said they are tired of not getting a resolution despite repeated complaints to the BMC and posts on social media.

“Hence we have decided to protest the poor condition of roads through the celebration of the upcoming Navratri festival, by painting the potholes in Navratri hues—nine colours for nine days,” said Godfrey Pimenta, an activist.
On September 26, which is the first day of Navratri, the potholes will be painted white, followed by red the next day and so on, Pimenta said. The other colours of Navratri are royal blue, yellow, green, grey, orange, peacock green and pink.

He urged Mumbaikars to take part in the unique celebration, so that the authorities hear their protest against the deadly roads loud and clear. “Potholes and bad roads cause so many problems. People miss flights, trains, get late to schools, potholes lead to traffic jams, accidents, damage to vehicles,” said Mushtaque Ansari, an activist.

Usually, the BMC fills up potholes before the final day of Ganpati visarjan, and as the rain recedes, the authorities address the issue. However, this year, due to intermittent showers, the civic body claimed to have faced difficulty in filling up the potholes.

H ward officials recently sent people to fix potholes in Bandra West, on the complaint of Ansari. “They filled up the potholes while it was raining. Even they knew it won’t last,” said the activist.

“We asked the ward office to fix the potholes, but it needs at least two to three days of sunlight to dry the patches so it can hold the mix,” said a civic official. The BMC chief has ordered the resurfacing of the bad patches once the monsoon ends.


Navi Mumbai News: Panvel City Traffic Police penalise 1513 motorists for violating traffic rules




Navi Mumbai: The Panvel City Traffic Police launched a crackdown against motorists on Thursday for not following traffic rules. In a special drive, a total of 1513 motorists were penalised under the Panvel traffic unit jurisdiction. The drive was carried out under the guidance of Tirupati Kakade, Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic) by Senior Police Inspector Sanjay Nale of Panvel City Traffic Branch.

Motorsists penalised over multipole offences

Motorists were fined for not wearing seatbelts, using black glasses in the car, entering a no-entry zone and riding motorbikes without helmets.

The Panvel City traffic unit informed that a similar drive will be carried out in days to come and more motorists will be fined for violating the traffic rules.

“Wearing a helmet for people riding two-wheelers is mandatory. From time to time, public awareness is created,” said an official from the Panvel Traffic unit. He added that the majority of two-wheelers riders wear helmets.

Traffic official stresses on benefits of wearing helmet

However, the drive is concentrated on those who are intentionally not wearing helmets. “Wearing a helmet saves the motorbike rider. It often saves lives in accidents because the head is protected and does not get hit,” said the official.

In addition, using black glass, driving without a seatbelt, triple seats in two-wheelers, and driving in no-entry were fined during the drive. Sanjay Nale, senior police inspector from the Panvel City Traffic branch said that apart from the penalty, they also created awareness among motorists to prevent accidents.

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Mumbai weather: IMD predicts partly cloudy sky with possibility of light rain in the city; AQI good at 45




After witnessing mostly sunny sky with a light rain shower on Friday morning, Mumbai is expected to witness similar weather conditions over the weekend. The IMD predicted partly cloudy sky with possibility of light rain in the city until Sunday. The weather agency hinted at Mumbai and its suburbs receiving drizzle particularly in the morning hours of Saturday and Sunday.

On May 27, Mumbai woke up to a pleasant temperature in the city as a major relief from scorching heat and sweat. With humidity at 69%, the overall temperature was recorded to be 31°C.

Furthermore, throwing light on the weather conditions in few other parts of Maharashtra, IMD stated in its report, “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in South Konkan-Goa, South & North Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada.

Mumbai AQI today

For the third day in a row, the city breathed better air with AQI being under the ‘good’ category. On Saturday, Mumbai marked a reading of 45 as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

For context, an AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 to 100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101 to 200 is ‘moderate’, 201 to 300 ‘poor’, 301 to 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 to 500 ‘severe’.

AQI of different areas in Mumbai

BKC: 29 Good

Sion: 55 Satisfactory

Malad: 74 Satisfactory

Colaba: 113 Moderate

Kurla: 162 Moderate

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Mumbai News: Over 2,000 legislators from 18 states to meet next month in city for NLC Bharat event




Mumbai: More than 2,000 members of the legislature from 18 states across India will convene at the National Legislators’ Conference Bharat (NLC Bharat) next month in Mumbai, Dr Neelam Gorhe, Deputy Chairperson of the Maharashtra Legislative Council has said.

NLC Bharat, organised by the MIT School of Government in Pune, is scheduled to take place from June 15 to 17, 2023, at the Jio Convention Centre in BKC, Mumbai. The conference is being held in collaboration with the legislatures from all states while Maharashtra legislature too is supporting the conference, Dr Gorhe said.

Conference will be centered on the core concept of nation building

Rahul Karad, convenor of NLC Bharat and founder of MIT-SOG, said that the conference will be centered on the core concept of nation building, national integration and sustainable development and that there will be 40 parallel sessions and round-table conferences held as part of the event. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Dr Meera Kumar, Shivraj Patil and the current Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla are the patrons for the conference.

In-depth discussions on various social issues

The conference will feature in-depth discussions on various important topics, including stress management in public life, the tools and implications of sustainable development, welfare schemes focusing on uplifting the underprivileged, the adoption of technology for economic welfare, and the significance of appreciative legislation.

Subjects related to developing one’s constituency will be discussed

Other noteworthy subjects that will be explored during the event include achieving work-life balance as a key to success, the art and skill of developing one’s constituency, building a positive image through effective tools and techniques, meeting legislative performance expectations, and fostering collaboration between bureaucrats and MLAs for social welfare, he added.

Speaker of Maharashtra legislative Assembly Rahul Narwekar and former Chairperson of Maharashtra Legislative Council Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar appealed members of Maharashtra legislature to attend the conference.

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