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Rainy evenings, pothole on runway to molestation at railway station: Top stories from Mumbai

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

mumbai Updated: Oct 09, 2017 17:01 IST
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Since Friday, Mumbai has been seeing cloudy skies with high humidity, and thunder, lightning and rain in the evenings. These conditions are expected to continue.(NILOFER KHAN/HT)

The rain trouble seems to be far from over for Mumbai. The showers since Friday evening created a pothole on the main runway of the Mumbai airport. The repairs, which started on Monday afternoon, are likely to delay the flights in the evening. That’s not all, the city is likely to get showers in the evenings through the week, which means you are likely to get stuck on your way back home.

Meanwhile, a woman complained of molestation at Mumbai railway station.

Here’s also some good news: the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is looking at the possibility of including toll payments in the smart card. Also, the fire at Butcher Island has been doused

The stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Expect rainy evenings in Mumbai this week, says weather department

The weather bureau has predicted moderate to heavy thundershowers, mostly during evening hours, in Mumbai throughout this week. Since Friday, Mumbai has been seeing cloudy skies with high humidity, and thunder, lightning and rain in the evenings. These conditions are expected to continue.

2. Pothole on Mumbai airport runway: Repairs on, expect flight delays in evening

Brace for flight delays at the Mumbai airport on Monday evening, as the authorities plan to repair a pothole on the main runway. The pothole surfaced between taxiways N1 and N3 on Sunday morning. While the airport operator, Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), has not revealed the cause of the damage to the runway, sources said it could be a result of the rain since Friday evening.

3. Mumbai man touches woman inappropriately at railway station, arrested

The government railway police (GRP) arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly molesting a 33-year-old woman thrice at Andheri railway station on Saturday. According to the first information report (FIR) filed by the complainant, the incident took place when she was going to Dahisar from Andheri. Around 9pm, when the woman was getting down the stairs of the bridge to reach platform no. 6, the man touched from behind, she claimed.

The smoke from the Butcher Island near Elephanta Caves on Sunday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

4. Mumbai’s Butcher Island fire brought under control after three days

After battling the huge blaze at Butcher Island, off Mumbai’s east coast, for close to three days, the city’s firefighters managed to bring it under control on Monday morning. Cooling operations have now begun. Dubbing it the most “daredevil” operation of his career in a Facebook post, Prabhat Rahangdale, chief fire official of the Mumbai fire brigade, said: “The fire brigade and the Mumbai Port Trust’s fire-fighting teams used an aggressive fire-fighting mechanism. After a day-and-night operation for three days, the fire has been contained to only tank number 13,” Rahangdale said.

5. Soon, motorists in Mumbai will be able to pay toll too with transport smart card

The MMRDA has been working on developing a single card that commuters can use to purchase tickets for the Metro, monorail, suburban trains, BEST buses, as well as pay other fares related to public transport. “We are thinking of adding toll payments to the common card. We have five entry points in the city and one toll road. We will approach the connected agencies once we finalise the model for the integrated ticket,” said a senior bureaucrat who did not wish to be named.

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 17:01 IST