Prajakta Kunal Rane

Prajakta is a Senior Reporter with Hindustan Times, Mumbai. She covers transport and legal metrology.

Articles by Prajakta Kunal Rane

Matheran toy train likely to resume partially from June 1

Source said Aman Lodge to Matheran section of the train is likely to restart from June 1, as the Central Railway (CR) is looking forward to completing the crucial track and anti-crash barrier work by the end of May.

The train services were discontinued in April 2016 following two derailments which had raised safety concerns for passengers .
The train services were discontinued in April 2016 following two derailments which had raised safety concerns for passengers .
Updated on Mar 23, 2017 01:38 PM IST

Mumbai: Western Railways to build walls along Virar-Borivli line to curb railway track deaths

The 52-km Borivli-Virar stretch will have walls constructed on both sides.

The HC had also directed the railways to expedite the construction of boundary walls along railway tracks.(HT File)
The HC had also directed the railways to expedite the construction of boundary walls along railway tracks.(HT File)
Published on Mar 20, 2017 12:28 AM IST

Raise platforms at long-distance railway stations: Panel

Commuter activists are pointing to accidents at the Mumbai Central terminus, from where long-distance trains like the Rajdhani and August Kranti start.

Following a series of rail accidents owing to the gap between platforms and trains, the railways started increasing the height from 840mm to 920mm, but that is only on the suburban line.(HT FILE)
Following a series of rail accidents owing to the gap between platforms and trains, the railways started increasing the height from 840mm to 920mm, but that is only on the suburban line.(HT FILE)
Published on Mar 11, 2017 12:31 AM IST

In Mumbai: Delay on harbour line likely to continue today

Harbour line services on the Central Railway (CR) were hit after four goods wagons loaded with split red lentil (masoor dal) derailed soon after crossing GTB station at 4.09am on Monday.

Around 10 lakh suburban commuters use the harbour line daily, which provides connectivity to Navi Mumbai.(HT FILE)
Around 10 lakh suburban commuters use the harbour line daily, which provides connectivity to Navi Mumbai.(HT FILE)
Updated on Mar 01, 2017 09:19 AM IST

In Mumbai : Ola, Uber cab strike postponed to March 21

Commuters in the city breathed a temporary sigh of relief on Tuesday after drivers attached with app-based taxi services like Ola and Uber deferred the strike by a month.

After holding a meeting at Govandi, the cab drivers decided to postpone their strike to March 21. Earlier, the decided to go on strike from March 1.(HT)
After holding a meeting at Govandi, the cab drivers decided to postpone their strike to March 21. Earlier, the decided to go on strike from March 1.(HT)
Updated on Mar 01, 2017 08:12 PM IST

BMC polls: Sena reigns over Marathi heartland of Parel, Lalbaug and Dadar

The two remaining ones were claimed by the Congress and the BJP

According to political experts, this asserts the Sena’s importance.(Kunal Patil/ Hindustan Times)
According to political experts, this asserts the Sena’s importance.(Kunal Patil/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 24, 2017 12:52 AM IST

BMC polls: Focus on Marathi votes pays off in Mumbai’s Parel-Lalbaug belt

In the Parel-Lalbaug-Dadar belt, there was brisk voting since morning. This belt saw two former mayors contesting the elections.

Despite confusion of missing names and shift in polling centres, Marathi-speaking voters seemed to be making it a point to participate.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)
Despite confusion of missing names and shift in polling centres, Marathi-speaking voters seemed to be making it a point to participate.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 22, 2017 10:32 AM IST

First-class tickets on Mumbai’s suburban rail could get cheaper

A proposal was presented by the MRVC chairman and managing director Prabhat Sahai in the recently concluded Rail Vikas Shivir and is awaiting the railway ministry’s nod...

The minimum first-class ticket fare, which now ranges between Rs50 and Rs70, has been proposed to be slashed to Rs25.(HT Photo)
The minimum first-class ticket fare, which now ranges between Rs50 and Rs70, has been proposed to be slashed to Rs25.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 17, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Driver’s death in Thane: Staff of Maharashtra transport body call off strike

Staff of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation in Mumbai, Panvel and Uran called off their strike on Saturday.

Officials talk to the MSRTC staff who were agitating against the death of driver, at the Mumbai Central depot, on Saturday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Officials talk to the MSRTC staff who were agitating against the death of driver, at the Mumbai Central depot, on Saturday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Published on Feb 12, 2017 01:04 AM IST

BMC polls: Arun Gawli’s party Akhil Bharatiya Sena faces turf challenge

The ABS, which had two corporators in the past two terms, played a crucial role last time when it propped up the Shiv Sena-BJP combine who were short of a majority in the 227- member corporation

Corporator Geeta Gawli, daughter of Arun Gawli, in her office at Dagdi Chawl in Byculla on Thursday.(Kunal Patil/HT)
Corporator Geeta Gawli, daughter of Arun Gawli, in her office at Dagdi Chawl in Byculla on Thursday.(Kunal Patil/HT)
Updated on Feb 10, 2017 10:36 AM IST

Soon, a mobile game that teaches railway commuters not to trespass

A recent report stated that 19,868 (59%) of the 33,445 deaths on suburban section occurred owing to line crossing or trespassing on the tracks

People will be able to download the game on their phones by June.(HT File Photo)
People will be able to download the game on their phones by June.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 10, 2017 10:29 AM IST

In Mumbai: BEST to replace safety valves in 250 buses by Feb-end

After a Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus was gutted by fire last month, the BEST administration decided to replace the rupture disk, a key component , in 250 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses by the end of the month

The BEST bus that caught fire in Andheri.(HT)
The BEST bus that caught fire in Andheri.(HT)
Published on Feb 07, 2017 12:42 AM IST

Rail network may reach Raigad district by 2036

The 20-year draft plan by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) planning authority has proposed new suburban rail networks from Rasayani to Chowk

For 75 lakh suburban commuters, this could mean better connectivity to the industrial belt surrounding Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).(HT FILE)
For 75 lakh suburban commuters, this could mean better connectivity to the industrial belt surrounding Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).(HT FILE)
Published on Jan 22, 2017 11:34 PM IST

Maharashtra information commissioner wants RTI Act to be amended

While speaking at the RTI book launch function in Mumbai, Gaikwad said that information commissions in the state and nation should be given powers, like other tribunals like the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal and Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), where action can be taken for contempt.

Every month, hundreds of RTI applications are made at each of the eight information commissions across the state.(HT FILE)
Every month, hundreds of RTI applications are made at each of the eight information commissions across the state.(HT FILE)
Published on Jan 21, 2017 12:15 AM IST

In Mumbai: Western Railway charts punctuality drop to 88% in December

Suburban commuters on the Western Railway (WR) have all the reasons to grumble about delayed train services, as the punctuality of suburban trains has dropped by 7%, when compared with past two years.

Increased technical failures and delay in infrastructure work is affecting WR services.(HT)
Increased technical failures and delay in infrastructure work is affecting WR services.(HT)
Published on Jan 18, 2017 11:12 AM IST

Paying hefty service tax? Join the MGP campaign

Consumers who are forced to pay hefty service charges at restaurants despite the Centre’s directive against it, can now participate in an online campaign initiated by Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP), the consumer body that is collecting food bills from across the state.

Consumers can now send pictures of their restaurant bills through WhatsApp on 9987555665 before January 23.(HT File)
Consumers can now send pictures of their restaurant bills through WhatsApp on 9987555665 before January 23.(HT File)
Updated on Jan 17, 2017 01:43 PM IST

In Mumbai: BEST officials investigate cause for the fire

Almost 24 hours have passed after a Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus caught fire, but the administration is yet to find out what led to the gas leakage that caused the mishap.

The incident could have jeopardised passenger safety. In fact, it has raised concerns over the safety of about 30lakh passengers who travel by the buses daily.(HT File)
The incident could have jeopardised passenger safety. In fact, it has raised concerns over the safety of about 30lakh passengers who travel by the buses daily.(HT File)
Updated on Jan 16, 2017 11:52 AM IST

In Mumbai: 18 cases lodged against retailers for dual pricing

The state’s legal metrology organisation (LMO) registered 18 cases against retail outlets at international airports, city malls and multiplexes on Wednesday, as part of a drive against dual pricing of packaged commodities.

This is rampant in the city, especially at malls, multiplexes and the airport, where packaged commodities like chips, bottled water, cold drinks and othre commodities of the same brand and quantity are sold at higher prices.(HT File Photo)
This is rampant in the city, especially at malls, multiplexes and the airport, where packaged commodities like chips, bottled water, cold drinks and othre commodities of the same brand and quantity are sold at higher prices.(HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 05, 2017 09:59 AM IST

Ride CNG bike to college in Maharashtra, get more marks

The marks will be credited at the time of admission to vocational courses, depending on their usage of green gases, the minister announced on Sunday, while launching CNG-fuelled two wheelers at BKC. Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) in association with Eco Fuel (Indian Partners of Lovato, Italy) launched the two-wheelers

BJP’s youth wing president Poonam Mahajan rides a CNG bike.
BJP’s youth wing president Poonam Mahajan rides a CNG bike.
Updated on Jan 02, 2017 09:42 AM IST

Mumbai: Consumer body starts campaign against new real estate law

The MGP is circulating letters about their objections and suggestions on WhatsApp and emails, asking citizens to send it to the state on its email address.

MGP has opposed RERA act rules formed by the state government claiming they are not only pro-developers but to be in clear violation of the consumer rights.(HT File Photo)
MGP has opposed RERA act rules formed by the state government claiming they are not only pro-developers but to be in clear violation of the consumer rights.(HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 02, 2017 12:35 AM IST

CR books 17K commuters for travelling in coach for the disabled in Mumbai

This shows a 7% increase compared to the commuters booked last year.

In a bid to curb such illegal entry in the coaches reserved for the disabled, Central Railway will install CCTV cameras.(HT File)
In a bid to curb such illegal entry in the coaches reserved for the disabled, Central Railway will install CCTV cameras.(HT File)
Published on Dec 28, 2016 11:38 PM IST

Activists demand debate on plan to revise railway fares

While some passenger activists supported fare rationalisation to make the system sustainable, others demanded a public debate on the proposed restructuring as any tweaking in tariff will affect 75 lakh commuters.

For 75 lakh suburban commuters, this could mean cheaper first-class tickets and a 100% rise in the minimum second-class fare from the existing Rs5 to the proposed Rs10(HT FILE PHOTO)
For 75 lakh suburban commuters, this could mean cheaper first-class tickets and a 100% rise in the minimum second-class fare from the existing Rs5 to the proposed Rs10(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 28, 2016 12:38 AM IST

Being overcharged at malls or airport? Just send bill to 9920858158

The consumer association has started a three-day campaign to book maximum dual pricing and overcharging cases between December 26 and December 28...

The complaints will be referred to the state controller of legal metrology organization (LMO) under the food, civil supplies and consumer protection department.(HT Photo)
The complaints will be referred to the state controller of legal metrology organization (LMO) under the food, civil supplies and consumer protection department.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 27, 2016 12:09 PM IST

First-class tickets on Mumbai’s suburban rail could get cheaper

A proposal was presented by the MRVC chairman and managing director Prabhat Sahai in the recently concluded Rail Vikas Shivir and is awaiting the railway ministry’s nod...

The minimum first-class ticket fare, which now ranges between Rs50 and Rs70, has been proposed to be slashed to Rs25.(HT Photo)
The minimum first-class ticket fare, which now ranges between Rs50 and Rs70, has been proposed to be slashed to Rs25.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 26, 2016 10:19 AM IST

BJP, Shiv Sena workers spar at opening of Ram Mandir station

The incident has also illustrated the growing bitterness between the ruling alliance

BJP and Shiv Sena supporters tussle during the inauguration of the Ram Mandir station on Thursday.(Pratham Gokhale/HT)
BJP and Shiv Sena supporters tussle during the inauguration of the Ram Mandir station on Thursday.(Pratham Gokhale/HT)
Published on Dec 23, 2016 11:22 AM IST

Mumbai railway projects to be launched this week but work to start after a year

For 75 lakh suburban commuters, this means digital foundation laying of the suburban corridors, which they will be able to access only five years after the actual work starts.

On Saturday, PM Modi will digitally lay foundation for Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) 3 projects.(HT Pic for Representation)
On Saturday, PM Modi will digitally lay foundation for Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) 3 projects.(HT Pic for Representation)
Updated on Dec 22, 2016 11:15 AM IST

Fliers can now complain about overcharging and dual pricing

Fliers can now complain about overcharging and dual pricing of any packaged products sold at airports to the state legal metrology organisation (LMO).

The LMO has issued a letter to the Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd. (MIAL), asking it to curb overcharging and dual pricing on the airport premises.(HT)
The LMO has issued a letter to the Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd. (MIAL), asking it to curb overcharging and dual pricing on the airport premises.(HT)
Updated on Dec 21, 2016 01:30 PM IST

Mumbai airports asked to stop vendors from overcharging flyers

The legal metrology organisation (LMO), that comes under the state’s food, civil supplies and consumer protection department, has issued a letter to the Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd. (MIAL), asking it to curb overcharging and dual pricing on packaged commodities on the airport premises.

Fliers at the airport have often complained about dual charging or overcharging at the domestic and international terminals.(HT File Photo)
Fliers at the airport have often complained about dual charging or overcharging at the domestic and international terminals.(HT File Photo)
Published on Dec 20, 2016 11:35 PM IST

Launch of Mumbai’s first air-conditioned local delayed by 6 months

Mumbai will have to wait at least six more months for its first air-conditioned local train, originally scheduled to begin operating on the Central Railway (CR) corridor by the end of the year

A month before the train was to be introduced, CR authorities said that the height of old road-bridges over tracks prevented them from operating it on the corridor and asked WR to take over.(Hindustan Times)
A month before the train was to be introduced, CR authorities said that the height of old road-bridges over tracks prevented them from operating it on the corridor and asked WR to take over.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 17, 2016 12:09 AM IST

Central railway starts booking commuters for littering station

The passengers can be fined Rs100-Rs500 for spoiling the aesthetics of the railway premise

More than 42lakh suburban commuters use the CR daily.(File)
More than 42lakh suburban commuters use the CR daily.(File)
Updated on Dec 14, 2016 12:48 AM IST
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