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Five stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss

mumbai Updated: Oct 28, 2016 18:13 IST

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Maharashtra CM: Single ticketing system for Mumbai in six months

The Devendra Fadnavis-led state government has set a target of introducing the much-discussed and delayed concept of a single ticket for all modes of transport in Mumbai within six months.Speaking at an interaction with the HT newsroom on Thursday, the chief minister said, “A chief secretary-led committee is working on it, but I am sure we will have a single ticket system in the next six months. Initially it will have some problems, let’s say, it will be for a limited area, but ultimately as the city’s Metro network expands, every three months to six months the single-ticketing system will also expand.” Read

No firecrackers banned in Maharashtra, noise levels below safe limits: MPCB

The state pollution control board has approved the use of all 26 types of firecrackers that were tested for noise levels on October 18 in Mumbai. However, the result for a chemical analysis test of the firecrackers is yet to be issued b the board. Officials from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) told HT on Thursday that individual noise levels from serial (1000 series) as well as single crackers, was calculated by their scientific officers and the decibel (dB) levels were found to be below the permissible limit of 125 dB. Read

Maharashtra CM keen on developing Kalyan airstrip under regional air connectivity scheme

A defunct airstrip in Kalyan, an eastern suburb about 60 km from South Mumbai could become the city’s third airport, albeit for short flights — mostly within Maharashtra. On Wednesday, the unused facility from the World War II surfaced at a discussion between state aviation minister Jayant Sinha and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. “We want to develop the Kalyan airstrip under the regional air connectivity scheme,” Fadnavis told HT, adding that the state will talk with the defence ministry which owns the land. Read

RPF nab scrap thieves at Mumbai Central, seize material worth lakhs

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) busted a gang of thieves while they were fleeing with railway scrap from Mumbai Central, and arrested 12 persons including railway employees and the alleged receiver of the material. The gang had made a duplicate set of keys of the Carriage and Foreman Office (CFO) and entered inside with a truck during change of shifts of the personnel. RPF headed by Gorakhnath Mal arrested Ram Kalap Saroj, 47, a railway employee, Shankar Ghadge, 27, cleaning staff supervisor, Mohammad Khan, a scrap dealer and Lalji Yadav, 37, scrap receiver and a driver by profession. Read

In Thane: Truck driver runs over woman while talking over cellphone

A 27-year-old truck driver from Nallasopara was arrested on Wednesday after he knocked down a woman while driving. The driver was allegedly talking over his cellphone when the incident occurred on Wednesday at 10 pm on Shilphata-Panvel- Mumbra Road. The deceased, who is yet to be identified, appears to be in her mid 30s. The truck driver was later identified as Jagan Narayan Rampat Yadav(27). He was nabbed by the passers-by and handed over to the police. Yadav was arrested and produced in court, which remanded him in police custody. Investigation revealed that Yadav was on his way to Thane and knocked down the woman while she was crossing the road, as he was busy talking over the phone. Read