Prajakta Kunal Rane

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

Articles by Prajakta Kunal Rane

BEST takes loan from BMC to give 5,500 Diwali bonus to its employees

This would mean that the amount and its interest would be recovered from BEST’s 30 lakh bus commuters and 10 lakh power consumers.

The employee unions of BEST had threatened to protest if the ex-gratia payment was not announced or given before Diwali.(HT file photo)
The employee unions of BEST had threatened to protest if the ex-gratia payment was not announced or given before Diwali.(HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2016 01:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Changing times for Mumbai train services: Railways look north for relief

The Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) are set to make your journey hassle-free by rejigging train timings and starting more services

Besides overcrowding, the recurrent mega blocks on CR network, like this one at Diva station, has exacerbated commuters’ woes.(Praful Gangurde)
Besides overcrowding, the recurrent mega blocks on CR network, like this one at Diva station, has exacerbated commuters’ woes.(Praful Gangurde)
Published on Oct 24, 2016 12:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Central Railway starts platform construction work at Parel

In its bid to unclog Parel station, the Central Railway (CR) has finally started construction of another platform, which is likely to be completed by December 2018.

Updated on Oct 23, 2016 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Goods trains out of way, Central Railway suburban trains get punctual

For the 40 lakh CR commuters, the punctuality of suburban services was a huge concern, as it felto 83% in 2015-16 from 87.1% in 2014-15

For the 40 lakh CR commuters, the punctuality of suburban services was a huge concern, as it fell to 83% in 2015-16 from 87.1% in 2014-15.(HT)
For the 40 lakh CR commuters, the punctuality of suburban services was a huge concern, as it fell to 83% in 2015-16 from 87.1% in 2014-15.(HT)
Updated on Oct 21, 2016 12:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Derailment near Chinchpokli hits Central Railway services

Confirming the failure, a CR spokesperson said the derailment had caused minimum effect to the services as it was not rush hour.

The derailment affected the fast trains coming towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)(Pratham Gokhale/Hindustan Times)
The derailment affected the fast trains coming towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)(Pratham Gokhale/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 19, 2016 12:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

In Mumbai: Multiplexes, shops and eateries booked for overcharging people

The Legal Metrology Organisation (LMO) has booked several retailers for overcharging consumers for milk, cold drink and bottled water during several drives during several drives

The outlets have been mainly booked for dual charging of bottled mineral water.(Ht File Photo)
The outlets have been mainly booked for dual charging of bottled mineral water.(Ht File Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2016 12:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Buy trains with combination of AC, non-AC coaches: Experts to rlys

Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) should procure new suburban trains under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-III), suggested the activists

Apart from expansion and strengthening of railway networks in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the MUTP has proposed the procurement of 47 new 12-car trains at the cost of Rs 2,899 crore.(HT File Photo)
Apart from expansion and strengthening of railway networks in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the MUTP has proposed the procurement of 47 new 12-car trains at the cost of Rs 2,899 crore.(HT File Photo)
Published on Oct 16, 2016 10:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

In Mumbai: Power bills for BEST island city residents to reduce from Dec

The electricity bills of 10.5 lakh power consumers of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) in the island city will reduce from December, as they won’t have to pay the transport division loss recovery (TDLR) charges

Updated on Oct 14, 2016 01:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Use of helmets requires behavioural change: Mumbai transport commissioner

Hindustan Times interviewed transport commissioner Praveen Gedam about the rise in road accidents involving two-wheelers and the need to enforce the rule.

Published on Oct 12, 2016 12:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

CR to build 28 footbridges in two years to curb trespassing

Suburban commuters on central railway (CR) can expect a faster and hassle-free walk as the railways plans to build 28 footbridges and replace eight old ones by spending more than Rs8 crore in the next two years.

Updated on Oct 06, 2016 11:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Ahead of BMC polls, ticket app, more infra for city’s commuters

Fadnavis made the announcement at the suburban station beautification programme, Hamara Station Hamari Shaan, organized by Mumbai First and Making A Difference (MAD) Foundation at Bandra station on Sunday

(From left) BJP MP Poonam Mahajan, Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu, Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and actor Anil Kapoor during the launch of beautification of 36 suburban railway staitions at Bandra on Sunday.(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
(From left) BJP MP Poonam Mahajan, Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu, Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and actor Anil Kapoor during the launch of beautification of 36 suburban railway staitions at Bandra on Sunday.(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 03, 2016 01:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

City to get first AC train by end of this year

The trial runs for the train will begin next month

For 35lakh CR suburban commuters, this could mean a comfortable and slightly faster commute.(HT File Photo)
For 35lakh CR suburban commuters, this could mean a comfortable and slightly faster commute.(HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 29, 2016 11:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Wholesalers at APMC markets across Maharshtra booked for flouting norms

About 117 APMC markets have been inspected across the Maharashtra, during which more than 284 cases were registered against wholesalers

Cases have been registered against wholesalers for either not using standard weighing measurements, not stamping the weighing machines and for non-declaration of packaged goods for aspects such as maximum retail price (MRP), manufacturing date and manufacturer details(Pic for representation/ REUTERS)
Cases have been registered against wholesalers for either not using standard weighing measurements, not stamping the weighing machines and for non-declaration of packaged goods for aspects such as maximum retail price (MRP), manufacturing date and manufacturer details(Pic for representation/ REUTERS)
Published on Sep 28, 2016 11:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Vasai-Panvel track nod this month

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Published on Sep 22, 2016 09:29 AM IST

Vasai-Panvel track nod by September end

The 74km Vasai-Panvel suburban corridor worth Rs5, 600crore will have 10 suburban stations and will connect Navi Mumbai directly to the Vasai-Virar-Dahanu section. The project is expected to be complete by 2021.

This is fourth suburban rail project — after the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III — to receive the go-ahead from EBR within a month.(Pic for Representation)
This is fourth suburban rail project — after the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III — to receive the go-ahead from EBR within a month.(Pic for Representation)
Updated on Sep 22, 2016 01:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Parel terminus work to start from Sept-end

Parel terminus construction work, that will allow the Central Railway to terminate and start services from Parel station, is likely to start from the end of September.

Hindustan Times has been consistently reporting about the overcrowded Parel station that almost results in stampedes at the CST-end staircase during peak hours(HT File Photo)
Hindustan Times has been consistently reporting about the overcrowded Parel station that almost results in stampedes at the CST-end staircase during peak hours(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2016 01:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Your journey from CST to Panvel may get 27 minutes shorter by 2022

If all goes as planned, your daily commute from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Panvel will reduce from 77 to 50 minutes by 2022 in an AC local train for Rs 68.

The proposed CST-Panvel elevated air-conditioned rail corridor project connecting Navi Mumbai with the island city will be presented to the planning commission for clearance this week.(HT file photo)
The proposed CST-Panvel elevated air-conditioned rail corridor project connecting Navi Mumbai with the island city will be presented to the planning commission for clearance this week.(HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 19, 2016 11:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

4-day week for office-goers to cut train congestion?

For office goers in the city this could mean relief from exhausting travel hours, as their 5-day travel to office will reduce by a day, depending on the work structure and organisation.

Currently, both Central and Western Railways’ (WR) suburban trains carry over 70 lakh daily commuters, majority of them are office goers, students and businessmen.(File Photo)
Currently, both Central and Western Railways’ (WR) suburban trains carry over 70 lakh daily commuters, majority of them are office goers, students and businessmen.(File Photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2016 11:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

BEST to start mobile ticketing system

The system is likely to be similar to the system of mobile ticketing started by the Central and Western Railway, in which commuters are sent a Quick Response (QR) code after booking their ticket

The passenger will have to show this QR code to the conductor after boarding the bus.(HT File Photo)
The passenger will have to show this QR code to the conductor after boarding the bus.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2016 04:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Centre gives nod for more railway lines

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Published on Sep 15, 2016 08:41 AM IST

MUTP III gets Centre’s approval, cabinet nod awaited

After a gap of eight years finally the city has been sanctioned new suburban railway lines which will not only improve but also expand the suburban rail network in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

The Rs 10,085 crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project now awaits clearance by cabinet committee of economic affairs (CCEA) that is likely in October.(HT File Photo)
The Rs 10,085 crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project now awaits clearance by cabinet committee of economic affairs (CCEA) that is likely in October.(HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2016 10:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Boost to rail infrastructure in Mumbai: MUTP-3 may get Centre nod today

After the clearance from the board, the proposal will be sent to the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) for final sanction, after which the tenders for different construction works will be floated

Updated on Sep 14, 2016 01:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Here’s how Mumbai’s local trains can be made better

Change the schedule and timing of the services to match the changing travel pattern, say experts. So all trains need not start and end at CST or Churchgate. Emerging commercial hubs should be developed as new terminuses.

The answer, experts say, is quite simple and evident. Since 2001, areas such as Thane, Vasai-Virar, Navi Mumbai and Mira Road-Bhayander, which were earlier perceived as far-flung, witnessed tremendous growth.(Hindustan Times)
The answer, experts say, is quite simple and evident. Since 2001, areas such as Thane, Vasai-Virar, Navi Mumbai and Mira Road-Bhayander, which were earlier perceived as far-flung, witnessed tremendous growth.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 13, 2016 12:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai
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