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Mumbai News: BMC likely to announce 10-15% water cut as stock dwindles

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It’s almost here, the water cut that Mumbai has been anticipating with dread. The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation is likely to announce a 10-15 per cent water cut next week. Stock in the seven lakes that supply potable water to Mumbai has dropped to 12.76 per cent, with levels dropping by 0.43 million litres each day. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also predicted the late arrival of the monsoon.  Officials of the hydraulic department will meet in the first week of June to decide about the water cut in Mumbai.

The BMC has also approached the state government and requested the release of reserve water stock, to tide over the situation till the arrival of the monsoon. Unfortunately, it seems the state government has not been taking the issue seriously. Sources said that engineers of the hydraulic department have been regularly doing the rounds of Mantralaya since May but clearly, water is yet to flow under this bridge.

The state government has water reserves in the Bhatsa and Upper Vaitarna lakes, for emergencies.

BMC approaches the state government

However, the BMC cannot dip into this stock without the permission of the state government. The BMC has already approached the state government and asked to at least allow the use of 150 million cubic metres (MCM) of water from both lakes.

According to sources, a letter was written to the water supply department in Mantralaya and later, sent to the Konkan division but no decision has yet been taken. Engineers of the civic hydraulic department continue to be occupied with this process.

Poor infrastructure with evaporation to blame for losses

The seven lakes – Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna, Tulsi, Modak Sagar, Tansa, Bhatsa and Vihar – supply water to Mumbai. These lakes have a total capacity of 14,47,363 million litres of water storage, which can be used throughout the year. 

Mumbai has a requirement of 4,400 ML of water per day but in reality, the BMC only supplies 3,850 ML to Mumbai. Water leakage and water evaporation are some reasons for the decreasing water levels in the lakes. 

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Woman Dies After Accidentally Falling Off Third Floor Of Complex In Maharashtra’s Dombivli

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Dombivali: In a shocking incident that has come to light from Maharashtra, a woman died after accidentally falling off from third floor of a complex in Dombivali on July 16, Tuesday. The incident took place in a complex called Globe State in Vikas Naka area on Dombivli East Kalyan Sheel Road. The deceased identified as Naginadevi Manjiram worked there as a cleaner.

The moment of fall was captured on a CCTV camera installed in the building. The chilling video of the unfortunate incident has gone viral on social media sites including X (formerly known as Twitter). The video has been shared by @vani_mehrotra on X.

Naginadevi who lived with her family at Tata Naka, Piswali was on duty at Globe State. Local media reports said that she along with her group of colleagues were standing near the protective wall of the lobby of the complex and were enjoying their break time. In the video it could be seen that the Naginadevi appears to be pushed by a man identified as Bunty who also ended up falling from the third floor along with her. While Bunty was saved, Naginadevi couldn’t be saved.

Naginadevi loses balance

Reports said that the colleagues including Naginadevi were joking among themselves when Bunty held her hand. In the video it could be seen that Bunty hugged Naginadevi. The pressure was so much that Naginadevi lost her balance and fell down, along with Bunty who was eventually prevented from falling by the by-standers. Unfortunately, Naginadevi fell from the third floor and died on the spot. In the video, bunty was seen rushing down the stairs soon after Naginadevi fell down.

Manpada police station has registered a case and investigation is underway. as the video capturing the moment of fall has given rise to a question whether it was indeed joking or a serious murder attempt in the garb of joking. Police are examining the CCTV videos and concerned people and eyewitnesses’ statements have been recorded. It is yet not confirmed if it was an accident or there was any possible foul play.

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Mumbai’s Bhayander-Churchgate Local Train Commuters Up In Arms Over Persistent Delay In Services

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Mumbai's Bhayander-Churchgate Local Train Commuters Up In Arms Over Persistent Delay In Services

Mumbai: Commuters relying on the 7:43 am Bhayander-Churchgate local train have expressed frustration over consistent delays, prompting concerns about punctuality and service reliability. Despite assurances from railway authorities on social media platform, the issue remains unresolved.

A Frequent Commuter Highlights The Ongoing Delays On Social Media Platform X

Ranga Mithun, a frequent passenger, took to social media platforms ( X) on 16th July to highlight the ongoing delays, citing disruptions to daily schedules and inconvenience caused to commuters. 

“You guyz don’t take customer complaint seriously. I am continuously tweeting about this for Bhayandar Local 7.43 never running on time always gets delay around 15-20 minutes. Kindly give the solution urgently” Ranga Mithun posted on ‘X’ on 16th July.

Response Of Divisional Railway Manager Of Western Railway’s Mumbai Central Division

In response, the Divisional Railway Manager acknowledged the delays, attributing them to technical failures and operational challenges such as signal and point issues. The manager assured passengers that efforts were underway to mitigate delays and improve punctuality.

“Dear Passenger, Thank you for reaching out to us. We sincerely apologize for the delay of your trainThe train got delayed due to some technical failure & other failures i.e. (signal, point, ACP and run over, etc) However, all efforts are being made to run the train without further delay. The punctuality of this train will be closely monitored. Inconvenience or account of train delay is deeply regretted. we are committed to improving our service. We appreciate your understanding and patience during these circumstances. your complaint has been forwarded to a higher authority” replying to Ranga Mithun Divisional Railway Manager of WRs Mumbai Central division  posted on  ‘X’.

Despite these assurances, data from reliable sources such as M Indicator indicate that delays persisted as of July 17th, raising questions about the effectiveness of proposed solutions and the reliability of train schedules.

With approximately 30 lakh passengers utilizing the Western Railways’ Mumbai Central division suburban trains daily, the impact of delays on daily commuters remains substantial.

The Divisional Railway Manager reaffirmed the commitment to monitor the punctuality of the 7:43 am Bhayander Churchgate local closely and pledged to escalate the issue within the railway administration for swift resolution. Passengers, however, continue to express dissatisfaction over the recurrent delays, calling for concrete measures to ensure dependable and timely services.

Western Railways operates 1394 suburban trains daily, serving as a vital lifeline for Mumbai’s bustling commuter population. The persistent delays on the Bhayander Churchgate route highlight ongoing challenges in maintaining optimal service standards amidst technical and operational hurdles.

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Massive Blow For Ajit Pawar! 4 Top NCP Leaders Including Pimpri-Chinchwad Unit Chief Quit Party Ahead Of Maharashtra Assembly Polls

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Massive Blow For Ajit Pawar! 4 Top NCP Leaders Including Pimpri-Chinchwad Unit Chief Quit Party Ahead Of Maharashtra Assembly Polls

Mumbai: Four top leaders from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra’s Pimpri Chinchwad have reportedly resigned, dealing a massive blow to the faction led by Ajit Pawar following their poor performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections. These leaders are expected to join the faction led by Sharad Pawar later this week.

Among those who have resigned is Ajit Gavhane, the chief of NCP’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit. Joining him are Pimpri Chinchwad Students’ Wing chief Yash Sane and former corporators Rahul Bhosale and Pankaj Bhalekar.

The resignations come amid speculation that some leaders from the Ajit Pawar camp are considering a return to Sharad Pawar’s fold. Gavhane had openly expressed his desire to contest the Assembly election from the Bhosari constituency. However, since Ajit Pawar’s group is currently allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena, it is unlikely that the Bhosari seat will be allotted to the NCP, as it is currently held by BJP’s Mahesh Landge.

Gavhane Had Confirmed He Would Join NCP (SP)

Gavhane had earlier mentioned he would join Sharad Pawar’s faction if he did not receive a ticket from Ajit Pawar. However, he denied having met Sharad Pawar or explicitly expressing his intention to contest from the Bhosari Assembly constituency. “I did not meet Sharad Pawar. I would not like to comment on anything at the moment. However, I am very clear on contesting the election,” he stated.

When asked if he would contest as an Independent or join Sharad Pawar’s faction if denied a ticket by Ajit Pawar, Gavhane firmly responded, “There is no question about contesting as an Independent. If I don’t get a ticket, I will align with Sharad Pawar’s party.”

Sharad Pawar, in a statement last month, clarified that those aiming to weaken his party would not be accepted, but leaders who would not hurt the party’s image would be welcomed. “Those who wanted to weaken the party would not be taken in. But those leaders who would help strengthen the organization and not hurt the image of the party would be taken in,” he stated.

About NCP Split & Lok Sabha Poll Performance

The Pawar family experienced a political split in 2023 when Ajit Pawar rebelled against his uncle and NCP founder, Sharad Pawar. Sharad Pawar remained in the Opposition camp, while Ajit Pawar joined the Mahayuti government led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and was appointed as his deputy.

Ajit Pawar’s faction contested the Lok Sabha elections as part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) but managed to secure only one seat in Raigad, while Sharad Pawar’s faction won eight seats. This poor electoral performance has likely contributed to the current unrest within Ajit Pawar’s camp, prompting several leaders to consider realigning with Sharad Pawar’s faction.

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