Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan

Pranab covers Navi Mumbai for the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan

MSRDC’s 6km road between Juinagar and Kharghar kept on hold

MSRDC’s plans of developing a 6km road between Juinagar and Kharghar below the Kharghar Hills to reduce the travel time between these two places have been put on hold due to lack of funds
MSRDC’s 6km road between Juinagar and Kharghar under Kharghar Hills kept on hold for lack of funds. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
MSRDC’s 6km road between Juinagar and Kharghar under Kharghar Hills kept on hold for lack of funds. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 07:31 PM IST
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Central Railway cancels AC train services on trans-harbour line

Due to the poor response received from commuters, the Central Railway cancels the air-conditioned train services on the trans-harbour line
Central Railway cancels AC train services on trans-harbour line due to poor response from commuters. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Central Railway cancels AC train services on trans-harbour line due to poor response from commuters. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 07:56 PM IST
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Clean, hygienic street food hubs to come up outside Vashi railway station

: Soon, commuters and residents can enjoy clean, hygienic street food outside the Vashi railway station as the CIDCO has undertaken to revamp the area; FSSAI has decided to set up clean street food hubs at different places, the popular eatery outside Vashi railway station being one of them
The popular eatery outside Vashi railway station will be revamped soon as per the FSSAI standards so that commuters and residents can enjoy hygienic, clean street food. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
The popular eatery outside Vashi railway station will be revamped soon as per the FSSAI standards so that commuters and residents can enjoy hygienic, clean street food. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 07:25 PM IST
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Residents claim MSRDC delaying installation of suicide barriers on Vashi Bridge

Local residents and activists from Vashi have claimed that the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation – MSRDC – is delaying the installation of suicide barriers on the two bridges on Vashi Creek Bridge
Residents claim MSRDC delaying installation of suicide barriers on Vashi Bridge. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Residents claim MSRDC delaying installation of suicide barriers on Vashi Bridge. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 08:14 PM IST
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Rs8 only to cover 50km on electric cycle – Navi resident’s success story

Umesh Shripat Alone, a 58-year-old resident of Khanda Colony in Navi Mumbai, has managed to successfully transform his regular bicycle into an electric cycle; with this, he has managed to cut down his travel time to office in CBD Belapur from 40 minutes to 24 minutes and needs only two units of electricity to charge his two-wheeler
Umesh Shripat Alone, a 58-year-old resident of Khanda Colony in Navi Mumbai, with his electric cycle. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Umesh Shripat Alone, a 58-year-old resident of Khanda Colony in Navi Mumbai, with his electric cycle. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 08:11 PM IST
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Navi Mumbai civic body to revamp Sagar Vihar in Vashi as proper tourist spot

In an effort to make Sagar Vihar along the Vashi creek a proper tourist spot, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has undertaken a major revamp of the area; NMMC has allocated a budget of 1.50Cr to revamp the area so that it can pull crowd like earlier
Sagar Vihar in Vashi will be given a new, improved look by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and made into a proper tourist spot. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Sagar Vihar in Vashi will be given a new, improved look by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and made into a proper tourist spot. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 06:43 PM IST
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Thief arrested by Vashi GRP for robbing railway commuters

Thief who used to rob railway commuters of their wallets and mobile phones was arrested by the Vashi GRP on Thursday; he has been remanded in police custody for 2 days
A 27-year-old thief was arrested by Vashi GRP for robbing railway commuters of their wallets, mobile phones. (HT FILE)
A 27-year-old thief was arrested by Vashi GRP for robbing railway commuters of their wallets, mobile phones. (HT FILE)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 07:18 PM IST
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Commuters urge Central Railway to run more trains on Nerul, Belapur, Kharkopar line

Residents of Ulwe and its peripheries are inconvenienced as the Central Railway has not been running sufficient trains on the Nerul, Belapur, Kharkopar line; Commuters demand more trains on this line
Commuters urge Central Railway to run more trains on Nerul, Belapur, Kharkopar line. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Commuters urge Central Railway to run more trains on Nerul, Belapur, Kharkopar line. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 07:17 PM IST
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2.55L motorists penalised for violating norms on Expressway

The State Highway Traffic penalised 2,55,920 motorists for different violations on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in Raigad district (between Kalamboli and Khalapur) in 2021; they collected 21.03Cr fine from the violators in the entire year
The State Highway Traffic penalised 2,55,920 motorists for different violations on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in Raigad district. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
The State Highway Traffic penalised 2,55,920 motorists for different violations on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in Raigad district. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 07:12 PM IST
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Navi Mumbai NGO appeals for New Year celebrations free of alcohol

In an effort to create awareness about the evil effects of drunk-driving and to urge the residents to opt for New Year celebrations free of alcohol, Anvay Pratishthan, a Navi Mumbai-based NGO, conducted a unique programme at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi
Volunteers of Navi Mumbai-based NGO, Anvay Pratishthan, urging residents to opt for New Year celebrations free of alcohol in Vashi. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Volunteers of Navi Mumbai-based NGO, Anvay Pratishthan, urging residents to opt for New Year celebrations free of alcohol in Vashi. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 09:58 PM IST
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MMRDA to develop roundabouts on Airoli-Katai Naka freeway in Navi Mumbai to ease traffic congestion

For the convenience of the residents of Airoli, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is developing two roundabouts on the Airoli-Katai Naka freeway in Navi Mumbai; through these roundabouts, the residents will be able to board the freeway and alight from it easily, making commuting in traffic easy
MMRDA to develop roundabouts on Airoli-Katai Naka freeway in Navi Mumbai to ease traffic congestion. The freeway would have two arms or elevated roads in Navi Mumbai. While the first arm will start near the Mulund-Airoli creek bridge (Airoli end), the other will start from Thane-Belapur Road. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
MMRDA to develop roundabouts on Airoli-Katai Naka freeway in Navi Mumbai to ease traffic congestion. The freeway would have two arms or elevated roads in Navi Mumbai. While the first arm will start near the Mulund-Airoli creek bridge (Airoli end), the other will start from Thane-Belapur Road. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 08:00 PM IST
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Central Railway developing infrastructure, parking space for empty rakes in Juinagar

Considering the inevitable rise in train traffic in Navi Mumbai with the completion of Nerul-Uran corridor, the Central Railway is developing a new infrastructure near Juinagar railway station; this includes additional space for parking empty rakes and a new rail bridge
Work in progress near Juinagar railway station as Central Railway is developing infrastructure including parking space for empty rakes. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Work in progress near Juinagar railway station as Central Railway is developing infrastructure including parking space for empty rakes. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 07:55 PM IST
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Panvel City Municipal Corporation to develop bungalow for mayor in Kharghar

Panvel City Municipal Corporation has now decided to develop an official bungalow for its mayor in Kharghar at Rs17Cr; CIDCO has allotted them a plot measuring 1,800sqm at Sector 21 near Central Park
An illustration of the proposed mayor’s bungalow to be developed in Kharghar. Panvel City Municipal Corporation has now decided to develop an official bungalow for its mayor in Kharghar at Rs17Cr. (HT PHOTO)
An illustration of the proposed mayor’s bungalow to be developed in Kharghar. Panvel City Municipal Corporation has now decided to develop an official bungalow for its mayor in Kharghar at Rs17Cr. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 06:27 PM IST
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Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation starts renovating clock tower near APMC market in Vashi

In an effort to give the clock tower near the APMC market in Vashi an attractive look, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has started renovating it; the work is expected to be completed in 15 days
Navi Mumbai civic body’s renovation work going on at the clock tower near APMC market in Vashi. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Navi Mumbai civic body’s renovation work going on at the clock tower near APMC market in Vashi. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 24, 2021 06:18 PM IST
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Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation plans to develop 2 new arms of flyover to ease traffic congestion

In view of the increasing traffic congestion, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation is planning to develop two new arms of a flyover that connects Koparkhairane with the MIDC area above the Thane-Belapur Road;with these new arms in place, motorists will be able to board the flyover directly from the Thane-Belapur Road and alight from it
To ease traffic congestion, Navi Mumbai civic body plans to develop two new arms of a flyover that connects Koparkhairane with the MIDC area above the Thane-Belapur Road. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
To ease traffic congestion, Navi Mumbai civic body plans to develop two new arms of a flyover that connects Koparkhairane with the MIDC area above the Thane-Belapur Road. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 06:34 PM IST
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Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation to revamp football ground in Nerul

To provide football players participating in Women’s Asian Cup in Jan-Feb 2022 and the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October 2022 with a well-equipped ground for practice, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has undertaken a major revamp of Yashwantrao Chavan ground in Nerul
Yashwantrao Chavan football ground in Nerul, which will be revamped by the Navi Mumbai civic body. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Yashwantrao Chavan football ground in Nerul, which will be revamped by the Navi Mumbai civic body. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 06:33 PM IST
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Watchman claims to have spotted 2 leopards outside farmhouse in Panvel

Forest department increases patrolling after a watchman claimed to have spotted two leopards outside a farmhouse in Panvel; residents told to be careful and not to step out at night
A watchman of a farmhouse near Wakadi village in Panvel has claimed to have sighted two leopards roaming outside it on Sunday night. The forest department has increased patrolling around the area. (For representational purposes only) (HT FILE PHOTO)
A watchman of a farmhouse near Wakadi village in Panvel has claimed to have sighted two leopards roaming outside it on Sunday night. The forest department has increased patrolling around the area. (For representational purposes only) (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 04:19 PM IST
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Forest officials wary after suspected leopard sighting in Panvel

Patrolling has been stepped up in and around Wakadi village in Panvel near Navi Mumbai after a watchman claimed to have spotted two leopards in the area last Sunday
A representational image. (Archives)
A representational image. (Archives)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 03:14 PM IST
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3 arrested in Panvel for smuggling sand boa from Pune

Three persons were arrested by the Navi Mumbai crime branch (unit 3) in the early hours of Friday for allegedly smuggling a sand boa from Pune and selling in Panvel; the reptile has been handed over to forest department
Three persons were arrested by the Navi Mumbai crime branch (unit 3) in the early hours of Friday for allegedly smuggling a sand boa from Pune and selling in Panvel. (HT FILE)
Three persons were arrested by the Navi Mumbai crime branch (unit 3) in the early hours of Friday for allegedly smuggling a sand boa from Pune and selling in Panvel. (HT FILE)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 05:18 PM IST
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One killed, one hurt in accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

A 49-year-old driver died after his pick-up van rammed into the railings of Mumbai-Pune Expressway and then toppled on the road in the early hours of Saturday, officials said
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 04:57 PM IST
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Construction debris illegally dumped near mangroves in Ulwe, claim residents

Local residents and activists in Ulwe have claimed that some people were dumping construction debris illegally near the Ulwe mangroves and destroying several trees over the past five to six months
Construction debris illegally dumped near mangroves in Ulwe, claim residents and activists. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Construction debris illegally dumped near mangroves in Ulwe, claim residents and activists. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 06:46 PM IST
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Tourists throng Pirwadi Beach in Uran, the only beach in Navi Mumbai, as winter sets in

With the arrival of winter, a large number of tourists from across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane have started visiting Pirwadi Beach in Uran, the only beach in the satellite city; located at around 50km from Vashi and just 3km away from Uran city, Pirwadi Beach is known for its scenic beauty and peaceful surroundings
Tourists enjoy the Pirwadi Beach and its surroundings in Uran, the only beach in Navi Mumbai. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Tourists enjoy the Pirwadi Beach and its surroundings in Uran, the only beach in Navi Mumbai. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 08:14 PM IST
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Countdown timers at traffic signals in Navi Mumbai restored back from Marathi to English

After displaying the countdown numbers in Marathi for almost a week, the traffic signals at the APMC Market have started showing them in English again; Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation officials say the numbers appeared in Marathi due to some software issues and that it was not an intentional move
A traffic signal showing countdown timer in Marathi at Navi Mumbai’s APMC Market last week. The numbers are now restored back in English. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
A traffic signal showing countdown timer in Marathi at Navi Mumbai’s APMC Market last week. The numbers are now restored back in English. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 04:24 PM IST
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At least 45 cars damaged in fire at BMW service centre

At least 45 cars including several BMWs were charred when a BMW service centre-cum-godown in Turbhe MIDC, Navi Mumbai, was gutted in a fire
More than 45 cars for servicing were burnt after a BMW workshop caught fire in the night at MIDC Turbhe, in Navi Mumbai. (HT PHOTO)
More than 45 cars for servicing were burnt after a BMW workshop caught fire in the night at MIDC Turbhe, in Navi Mumbai. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:33 PM IST
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More than 40 BMW cars charred in service centre fire

As many as 40 cars, majority of which were BMW make, were charred in the fire which broke out in the workshop of this luxury car company in Navi Mumbai’s Turbhe
Some non BMW high-end cars owned by the employees of the company were also gutted in the fire, a fire dept official said. (AFP Photo/File/Representative use)
Some non BMW high-end cars owned by the employees of the company were also gutted in the fire, a fire dept official said. (AFP Photo/File/Representative use)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 02:44 PM IST
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Elephanta Island to be fully vaccinated against Covid on Dec 7

The Gharapuri gram panchayat will administer vaccines (both doses) to 100% population of the Elephanta Island on December 7; officials say that the last 150 residents will get the second jab on that day and the entire population will be fully vaccinated against Covid after that
The last vaccination drive on Elephanta Island will be conducted on Dec 7, after which the residents will be fully vaccinated against Covid. (PRANAB JYOTI BHUYAN/HT FILE PHOTO)
The last vaccination drive on Elephanta Island will be conducted on Dec 7, after which the residents will be fully vaccinated against Covid. (PRANAB JYOTI BHUYAN/HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 07:27 PM IST
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Navi Mumbai civic body installs traffic signals with Marathi countdown timer

This is the first time that motorists in Navi Mumbai have come across such traffic signals that display the countdown numbers in a regional language and not in English.
The Mumbai traffic department said that the civic body neither informed them nor took their opinion before installing the new signals in Navi Mumbai. (HT PHOTO.)
The Mumbai traffic department said that the civic body neither informed them nor took their opinion before installing the new signals in Navi Mumbai. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 05:17 PM IST
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Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation installs traffic signals with Marathi countdown timers

Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation installs traffic signals with Marathi countdown timers at APMC mark on a trial basis; while some have welcomed the move, a few others have criticised it
A traffic signal countdown timer in Marathi in Navi Mumbai. (HT PHOTO)
A traffic signal countdown timer in Marathi in Navi Mumbai. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 04:46 PM IST
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Women claim to feel unsafe while travelling in suburban trains in Navi Mumbai

A large number of women commuters from Navi Mumbai who travel on harbour and trans-harbour lines during the odd hours say that they feel unsafe inside the trains as well as on the platforms because of insufficient security, anti-social elements outside the stations or lack of safety walls at some stations
Women commuters feel unsafe while waiting for trains during odd hours at Navi Mumbai railway stations. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Women commuters feel unsafe while waiting for trains during odd hours at Navi Mumbai railway stations. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 06:39 PM IST
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To reduce traffic congestion, 2 new bridges to come up on Vashi creek by Oct ’23

People travelling via the Sion-Panvel Highway would not have traffic congestion near the Vashi creek as the MSRDC has started developing two new bridges on the creek
To get rid of traffic congestion at Vashi toll plaza, MSRDC has started to develop two new bridges on the Vashi creek. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
To get rid of traffic congestion at Vashi toll plaza, MSRDC has started to develop two new bridges on the Vashi creek. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 06:10 PM IST
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