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Mumbai charting a new course

Mumbai charting a new course
02 Jan 2017
  • Mumbai police have adopted e-challans to do their bit towards cashless economy.
  • Here's good news for everyone: drunken driving has dropped by a massive 20 percent.
  • Although some things stay the same as BMC is yet to repair potholes and is still figuring out how.
  • To read more on this and how students can be 'bribed' to use CNG, tap in!

  • Ride CNG-bikes; get better grades
  • College students who ride CNG-powered vehicles, will be awarded extra marks.
  • Depending on usage, marks will be credited to vocational courses according to Education Minister Vinod Tawde.
  • He added that government would ensure all students in major cities in Maharashtra adopt this mode of transport.
  • Activists are unhappy as this encouraged students to ride two-wheelers when they're biggest contributors to road accidents and traffic-congestion.

  • Mumbai filmmaker among Istanbul nightclub victims
  • Abis Rizvi, a well-known movie producer from Mumbai was one of the 39 victims who lost their lives when a gunman opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 49-year old Rizvi, an educationist and elder son of former Rajya Sabha MP, Dr Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, is survived by his wife, children and parents.
  • He had been vacationing in Turkey with a few friends.

  • Drunk driving reigned in
    New year celebrations
  • In wake of PM Modi's push towards cashless-economy, Mumbai traffic police rolled out the e-challan system on December 31 by the use of 500 hand-held devices.
  • A total of 3,356 motorists and drivers were challaned for various traffic infractions: out of these 565 were fined for drunken driving.
  • Compared to December 31, 2015 drunken driving cases have dipped by a significant 20% this year.

  • Traffic still plying on under-repair Versova bridge
  • Despite Collector's orders for closure of Old Versova Bridge, traffic continues to ply on the dilapidated bridge.
  • Social activist, Jimmy Gonsalves, sent a letter of complaint for inaction by civic authorities and has threatened legal action.
  • Authorities however expressed helplessness: reportedly, once heavy-motor vehicles enter the area via Thane they can't be turned back due to narrow roads and lack of police at entry/exits.

  • Mumbai's pothole menace
  • The country's richest civic agency has yet to repair potholes in a durable manner.
  • Despite a technical committee approving two new mixes from an Israeli and Australian company, to repair potholes, BMC has refused to implement it citing cost.
  • BMC is insistent on repairing potholes with its modified in-house mix.
  • This is likely to derail the pothole repair process by atleast a few months.

  • Local theaters forgotten in digital age
  • Shivaji Mandir, one of Mumbai's oldest Marathi theaters in Dadar shut long before midnight on New Year's Eve.
  • Earlier, there would be orchestras and special night shows to mark the new year.
  • Theater managers admit they can no longer compete with television content and the easy access it offers.
  • Theatres were very popular with the textile workers: once the mills shut, the audience dwindled.

  • Brand new year but stale air
  • Yesterday, Mumbai recorded the worst levels of air pollution since the Deonar fire in January 2016.
  • Air Quality Index recorded the air to be under 'very poor' category: health advisory from weather forecasters advised everyone to avoid activity outside, wear masks and drink sufficient water.
  • Lack of wind, low temperatures and bursting fire-crackers for new year celebrations intensified the city's pollution levels.

  • Thriving racket by Mumbai prison officials
  • A sting-operation has revealed a money-minting racket run by prison officials who extort money from relatives of those imprisoned.
  • The racket thrives across Kalyan, Arthur Road, Thane and Taloja jails.
  • The sting was conducted by a science student, Amit Mishra, who was surprised by jail officials asking for bribes before allowing him to meet his relatives.
  • Video-clips are now with the Anti-corruption bureau.

  • This post first appeared on NewsBytes: Latest News, Breaking News India, Today News, Current News, please read the originial post: here

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