Neha Kulkarni


Mumbai International Airport Limited data: July to Sept sees 35-40% delayed flights
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Inclement weather, followed by traffic congestion cited as reasons

BMC, Railways plan to meet regularly for better coordination
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Based on an analysis of the August 29 floods in the city, officials at the Storm Water Drains (SWD) Department had sent a list of 29 proposals to the Railways pertaining to culverts that needed to be either widened or cleaned.

Doctor on board Tejas Express recalls journey: ‘It was the biggest test of my 34-yr experience’
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The doctor recalled that when they began attending to the ill passengers, other passengers were already in a state of confusion and panic

Faral forever — stalls to web orders
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Faralwala, based out of Ambernath, was started by Manoj’s grandfather Tryambak More. Faralwala debuted on the internet with a website and a mobile application three years ago

Tejas Express: Inquiry report suggests quality of omelette, soup served be tested
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

But the inquiry committee hasn’t completely ruled out any problem in the quality of the omelette and soup and suggested they be tested

40 passengers take ill on Tejas Express: ‘smell’ caused ‘uneasiness’, triggered ‘vomiting’ spree: Railways
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Railway authorities claimed the quality of food served on the train was satisfactory and that two children who vomited inside the air-conditioned coach triggered “uneasiness” among the others.

Dip in revenue and drop in readership hit Diwali ‘anks’
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

A dip in the economy and a declining trend in sales of anks over the past few years are dissuading many from bringing out the special editions, publishers say.

Mumbai: Part of Charni Road Station overbridge collapses, one injured
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

“We had warned about the condition of the bridge time and again to the authorities. We had even staged a street play on Monday to raise concern it,” Amit Bhadricha, a commuter, said.

How to decongest Parel, Elphinstone Road stations? Officials, experts toss ideas
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

After repeated attempts to solicit response on construction of bridges, the railways informed him that an FOB had been sanctioned at the Kalyan end of Parel railway station and tendering was at the final stage.

RPF observes confusion and overlap in job roles with GRP
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

A committee has been formed under Commissioner of Police (Railways) Niket Kaushik to examine the roles and responsibilities of the GRP and RPF and suggest proper codification of duties.

Elphinstone Road station tragedy: Panic, confusion, rain led to stampede, says Railways
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

The tender floated for the bridge was incidentally uploaded the same day the stampede claimed 23 lives and left 34 passengers injured.

Maximum cap for app based cabs should be 1.5-2 times original fare: Report
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The Khatua Committee was formed in October last year after the state government decided to put a maximum and minimum cap on fare charged by cab aggregators. The committee was finalising the fare slabs for taxis, rickshaws and app-based cabs.

Elphinstone stampede: Multi-disciplinary units propose 40 new FOBs, 70 additional escalators
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

There are also recommendations for increasing safety equipment at stations that include walkie talkies, megaphones, more CCTV cameras, and installation of dividers inside the foot overbridges.

With 2.64 billion passengers a year, Mumbai locals a trainwreck
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

75 lakh passengers travel on Mumbai locals everyday, 2.64 billion a year, in conditions an expert calls "cattle class". As unimaginative planning just adds stations and lengthens platforms to meet demand, and major projects miss deadlines, the September 29 stampede that killed 23 people was a disaster waiting to happen.

Elphinstone stampede: 2013 survey had shown sorry state of foot overbridges
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

The highest section load was observed on the Dadar-Elphinstone Road (1,43,690 passengers) section for Up direction, while the highest section load for Down direction was observed on the Dadar-Matunga section (1,60,633 passengers).

Elphinstone stampede: Lack of CCTV footage hampers probe
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Investigating team finds it difficult to ascertain the exact cause; likely to submit report next week.

Post Elphinstone stampede, commuters raise demands for better facilities in survey of stations
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

8 teams will analyse peak-hour entry and exit point rush, suggest solutions, submit report by Oct 9

ITS may help streamline crowds in Mumbai: Railways
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

However, experts believe that while the ITS may regulate crowds to some extent, much more needs to be done to discipline crowds.

President Kovind inaugurates airport, commercial operations take off from Shirdi
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

The airport will for the time being operate two flights — one to Mumbai in the morning and the other to Hyderabad in the evening — by the Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India.

Elphinstone road station stampede: Circumstances caused by rain and crowds caused stampede, says WR chief
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has assured that the new FOB will be ready within a year.

Elphinstone Road Station stampede: I warned of the need for an alternative bridge, says PAC member
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

In an interview with Indian Express PAC member, Dr Ashok Tripathi says he had told the then Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu, about the urgent need for an alternative bridge.

Elphinstone Road Station stampede: Foot overbridges mandatory at all stations, says Piyush Goyal
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

“We are turning a 150-year-old convention on its head. Hereafter, FOBs will be deemed mandatory, not a passenger amenity. To eliminate bureaucracy and delays, I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety,” said Piyush Goyal.

Elphinstone Road station tragedy: Tender for new bridge came same day as stampede
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

The toll from the incident during the morning rush hour on Friday on the overbridge connecting the Elphinstone Road and Parel stations in central Mumbai rose to 23 on Saturday.

Elphinstone road station stampede: Hours later, kin of victims rush to collect lost items
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

The booking office near the north-bound staircase of the bridge had turned into a “lost and found” centre for the families of the victims. Few GRP officials guarded the belongings of the victims, which included bags, plastic bottles and mobile phones.

Stampede at Elphinstone Road Station: Accident was waiting to happen, say commuters
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Elphinstone stampede: "The incident is a reflection of the sorry state of the railways. Regular commuters, including me, have tweeted to the ministry long ago about how such a stampede is waiting to happen,” said Abhishek Shenoy, a commuter.

Mumbai horror: At least 22 dead, 39 injured in rush hour stampede at Elphinstone foot overbridge
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Elphinstone stampede: Commuters who witnessed the incident said the staircase of the FOB saw a sudden rush of commuters, leaving no space for movement and bringing pedestrian movement to a standstill.

Performing for 40 years: A Solapur family that specialises in Gondhal
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

“Gondhal is integral to Navaratri. The instruments and words used are specific to the goddess. Devotees who follow ancient practices still arrange for a Gondhal at the pandal on the eighth day as a ritual,” Laxman, who is the fifth generation Gondhali in his family, said.

New trains set to increase motormen’s workload
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

“On any given day, at least 60-70 motormen and guards do not report to work due to various reasons — medical needs, refresher courses, holidays and other reasons. We employ spare staff by re-adjusting their working hours,” a senior official said.

August Kranti or Rajdhani Express to get CCTV cameras by January
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

“All coaches of either August Kranti or Rajdhani Express will be fitted with a camera within three months. They will be advanced in nature and will be better for monitoring and surveillance. This could assure better security to passengers in the train,” said A K Gupta, General Manager, WR.

Flight cancellations: MIAL may not claim insurance for losses
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Experts say SpiceJet incident can’t be termed ‘accident’

Airfares from Mumbai soar by 50 per cent
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

According to travel booking portals, ticket costs from Mumbai to Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata have seen a 50 per cent increase. On September 20, 181 flights were cancelled while several were delayed or re-scheduled.

Runway trouble: Over 160 flights cancelled
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

In all, 161 cancellations including 77 arrivals and 84 departures were recorded from midnight till 8 pm. There was only one diversion and six go-arounds, said officials

After nearly 24 hours, SpiceJet aircraft that overshot runway towed away
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The Spice Jet aircraft, SG 703 Varanasi-Mumbai, was carrying 183 passengers, who were deplaned safely

Central Railway, Western Railway keep train services on track 
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

70 per cent cabs, rickshaws stay off roads; traffic smooth despite heavy rain, say police 

‘Will bring down commute time so people choose trains over flights’
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Goyal was speaking at the annual convention of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai, where he was sharing his views on the ways in which India could meet its energy needs.

Raining woes for Mumbai commuters: Railway, road, air traffic hit
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

In light of the weather prediction for Wednesday, schools and colleges will remain shut “for the safety of students”, Education Minister announced Tuesday evening. The loss will be compensated by cutting Diwali holidays short by a day.