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Mumbai Mayor hits the streets, orders people to wear masks

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As the state apparently hurtles towards a second lockdown, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday took to the streets and with folded hands, appealed to the people to follow all Covid-19 protocols in public interest.

Reiterating her warnings since Tuesday, Pednekar said that nearly 60 percent of the people are violating Covid-19 protocols like not wearing face-masks, maintaining physical distancing and cleanliness.

“I appeal to you all Do not force the government to impose another lockdown. Please maintain all protocols very strictly Its in your hands to avoid another lockdown,” the Mayor appealed.

Pednekar, accompanied by a couple of officials and security personnel, caught a suburban train from Byculla to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and approached commuters who were not wearing face-masks to comply forthwith.

She repeated this on the foot overbridges where many people could be seen sauntering without face-masks and not adhering to physical distancing norms.

Outside Byculla and CSMT, she went to a paan shop, local street-vendors and shopkeepers urging them to wear masks and insist that customers follow suit.

“The Corona danger has not subsided yet We must all remain extremely vigilant, any let-up could lead to another lockdown in the city and state,” Pednekar warned.

In a related development, Buldhana district authorities clamped full restrictions till Feb. 28 in view of the increasing Covid-19 cases in the district.

The health and police officials in Pune, Nashik, Solapur swooped down on people roaming around without face-masks or in crowds and imposed fines on them.

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gift announced from Shinde Government to health workers, teachers, and BEST employees: Diwali Bonus

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Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday announced a festival bonus for the health workers of Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) employees, and teachers ahead of Diwali.
CM Shinde announced, “Rs. 22,500 will be given to employees of Mumbai Municipal Corporation, teachers, employees of BEST and one Month salary to health workers as Diwali bonus”.

The decision will benefit 93 thousand employees of Mumbai Municipal Corporation and 29 thousand employees of BEST, along with teachers, and health workers.

The chief minister praised the employees of Mumbai Municipal Corporation for having done an excellent job in the difficult situation during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. He wished the employees ‘Happy Diwali’ but asked everyone to work for Mumbaikars wholeheartedly.

Lok Sabha member Rahul Shewale, Commissioner and Administrator of Mumbai Municipal Corporation Iqbal Singh Chahal, Additional Commissioner Ashwini Bhide, and other officials of various municipality departments were also present.

CM Shinde said, “the employees of the Municipal Corporation have done a good job in the difficult situation of Covid-19. Doctors and all staff have played a vital role in keeping the Covid position in Mumbai under control. Development work must be spent. But those who do well should be encouraged. A balance has to be maintained between the development work and the welfare schemes of our employees. The employees and the citizens are ours”.

Announcing the Diwali bonus, Shinde urged the people to celebrate the festival of lights with joy. “Obstacles related to development works and employees related to Mumbai Municipal Corporation will be resolved on a priority basis. Everyone should now work wholeheartedly for Mumbaikars.”

He added that engineers should take care to ensure that the works of roads and infrastructure are of high quality as per the wishes of the citizens.

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Mumbai’s Life Line to get first solar panel Air Condition at tomorrow: 1 October 2022

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Mumbai will get its first local train equipped with solar panels to power lights and fans on Saturday, said Western Railway officials. The air-conditioned local, built on the lines of semi-high-speed Train 18, is a specially designed high-powered train. The train has good acceleration with underslung motors. In an underslung motor set-up, the traction equipment onboard the train is shifted below the train, near the wheels. This has created more passenger area.

“The new AC local train has flexi solar panels that are light in weight and capable of generating 3.6 kilowatt of electricity. These panels will power the fans and lights of the coach, thus reducing the needs from overhead power supply. This is being experimented in one coach of the train. Depending on the feedback, the innovation will be extended to other coaches,” a railway spokesperson said.

While officials are confident that the train would operate even during waterlogging despite the underslung motors, experts are sceptical of the assurance. Experts fear the underslung motor will get submerged in waterlogged tracks, affecting the train’s movement.

A retired railway official said, “One feature that remains to be seen is the underslung motors. The problem of stranded trains during monsoon is an age-old problem. Severe waterlogging and flooding of tracks lead to major issues. In the floods on July 26, 2005, a number of local trains were out of action for quite some days. It will be really interesting to see how the train runs with underslung motors.” “Flooding of tracks is a big issue in Mumbai. So, will this train be able to negotiate the floodwaters?” asked rail enthusiast Rahul Nagwekar.
“The new train has incorporated several features as suggested by the commuters in their feedback from the first train, including wider gangways for more people to walk and solar panels. An important feature is an underslung motor, but the best part is that the train will be able to run at slow speed even during waterlogging,” said an official from the manufacturer—Integral Coach Factory. Railway officials said the train has been tested extensively for over three years on different terrains and various zones, including Central Railway, Western Railway and Northern Railway. It has cleared all trials, they added.

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Thackeray’s BMC Union cancels meeting with Shinde: Maharashtra

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The Municipal Kamgar Karmachari Union, led by the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena, skipped a meeting with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday to discuss the bonus for BMC employees, mirroring the bitter split in the party.
It was to finalise Diwali bonus for civic staffers; last year, the then chief minister Uddhav agreed to a bonus of Rs 20,000 for the three following years, Eknath Shinde announced Rs 22,500 for 2022

CM Shinde announced a Diwali bonus of Rs 22,500 for over a lakh corporation staffers. Last year, the then CM Uddhav Thackeray announced Rs 20,000 bonus for BMC employees for the next three years.

Union president Baba Kadam said, “We had a meeting with civic chief I S Chahal. He agreed to give Rs 20,000 bonus. Other unions of BMC workers that are part of the action committee of unions met Shinde. But we did not participate in that meeting. There is no reason.”Mumbai Mahapalika Karyalayin Karmachari Mahasangh president Prakash Devdas was a part of the discussion at Sahyadri Guest house in the evening. Chahal and Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Bhide also attended the meeting.

“CM Shinde announced Rs 22,500 bonus for more than 1 lakh BMC employees. Also, 4,000 community health workers will get a bonus of Rs 9,000 bonus,” said Devdas. The move will cost the civic body about Rs 230 crore, said a BMC Official.

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