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Heavy rain, flight delays, waterlogged streets: Top five stories from Mumbai

Here are the top five stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss

mumbai Updated: Sep 20, 2017 18:25 IST
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A man wades through the waterlogged Mulund subway(HT Photo)

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While flight operations at Mumbai airport continued to be affected today, with the main runway remaining closed and adverse weather slowing operations on the secondary runway, the city of Navi Mumbai has received 275.7mm rains in the past twenty four hours. Two of every five children in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum have uncorrected refractive errors, which put them at risk of visual impairment and blindness, according to a pilot study conducted by a Wadala-based eye hospital. Continuing its attack on its ally at the Centre, the Shiv Sena slammed the Narendra Modi government over the rising fuel prices and inflation. The state in its Government Regulation (GR) issued on Tuesday eased rules scrapping the mandatory condition of having the Occupation Certificate (OC) or the Building Completion Certificate (BCC)needed for deemed conveyance.

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. 56 flights to Mumbai diverted, main runway to stay shut till 2pm

Flight operations at Mumbai airport continue to be affected, with the main runway remaining closed and adverse weather slowing operations on the secondary runway. The airport said 56 flights were diverted to locations such as Goa, Bengaluru and Hyderabad on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Airlines informed passengers about cancellations of morning flights in advance and this reduced crowds at the terminals. After the wind pattern improved after midnight, the first flight departed using secondary runway at 12:30am.

2. A fifth of children in Mumbai’s Dharavi have eye defects that could cause blindness

Two of every five children in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum have uncorrected refractive errors, which put them at risk of visual impairment and blindness, according to a pilot study conducted by a Wadala-based eye hospital. Refractive errors are the second leading cause of blindness across the globe, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), but can be easily diagnosed and corrected by wearing glasses.

3. Shiv Sena continues to corner BJP over inflation and rising fuel prices

Continuing its attack on its ally at the Centre, the Shiv Sena slammed the Narendra Modi government over the rising fuel prices and inflation. In a scathing editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the party said that PM Modi is out to ‘buy’ bullet train to fulfil his dream, but the common man is unable to buy even two litres of petrol for his two-wheeler. The Sena also attacked the Modi government over its promises of ‘acche din’ (better days).

4. Maharashtra makes it easier to obtain deemed conveyance, 10k societies in Mumbai to benefit

Approximately 10,000 cooperative housing societies across Mumbai can heave a sigh of relief, as they can now get the deemed conveyance—which is the ownership right of the plot on which their houses are built. The state in its Government Regulation (GR) issued on Tuesday eased rules scrapping the mandatory condition of having the Occupation Certificate (OC) or the Building Completion Certificate (BCC)needed for deemed conveyance. Now, these housing societies just need documentary evidence like formation of society or payment of property tax by the society.

5. Navi Mumbai receives 275-mm rain in 24 hours, highest this monsoon

The city of Navi Mumbai has received 275.7mm rains in the past twenty four hours. This is the highest rainfall the city has received in a day this monsoon. According to the sources from the city disaster management cell, between 8.30 am on Tuesday and 8.30 am on Wednesday, Belapur received the highest rainfall (318.3mm). It was followed by Nerul (302.3mm), Vashi (251.8mm) and Airoli (230.40mm).

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 18:25 IST