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Saturday, April 04, 2020

Iram Siddique


Railways sets up three PPE production units to battle shortage
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

The decision comes after various zonal railways began preparing PPEs based on locally available material in various shapes and forms.

Coronavirus outbreak: 17 zonal railways to begin converting coaches into isolation wards
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

The directive was issued after prototypes were prepared by five zonal railways, following a video conference on March 25. The Indian Railways has been allocated around Rs 100 crore by the Centre from its COVID-19 fund for the work.

COVID-19 lockdown: Pantry staff of two trains stranded without money, food near Goa
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

"I lied to my family for some days, but my wife realised something was wrong. For the past two days, I have been convincing her I will return alive," 28-year-old Bhupendra Singh says.

Coronavirus impact: Acute labour shortage hits freight operations with 40% drop
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Unlike other essential items, such as milk and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), foodgrains are labour intensive as they are loaded and unloaded manually. Many workers involved in this operation are migrants and daily wage earners.

Goa locates 6 shelter homes for homeless
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

The state had began rounding up the destitute and homeless from across Goa soon after three men, with history of foreign travel, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Those picked up from Madgaon, around 90, were placed at a shelter home

Coronavirus: Father dead, man gets exemption to travel Mumbai to Kolkata
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

He has been issued a special pass by Maharashtra transport commissioner Shekar Channe to drive back home in his private vehicle, following appeals made on social media platforms.

IRCTC to provide meals to homeless stuck due to lockdown
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

According to Brijesh Arya, convenor of Collective for Homeless, while the census of 2011 puts the number of homeless people in Mumbai to 57,416 and nearly one lakh in Maharashtra, the actual numbers are much higher, with Mumbai having approximately two lakh.

Western Railway runs special services to ferry personnel to workplace
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The special train with six sleeper coaches of long-distance trains was operated using a diesel locomotive engine that catered to not only the railway employees but also cancer patients and those under other essential services.

Mumbai lockdown: ‘Unprecedented but necessary’
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

When the Railways announced the closing down of suburban services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday, it was a decision that was taken reluctantly and put off until the last minute, after a series of other steps taken to minimise the movement of people.

Covid-19: Exodus from Mumbai, Pune as migrant workers pack trains headed East
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

The slowdown has hit these workers the hardest. Faced with the prospect of not being able to earn any money until the end of the month, most decided it was better to return to their homes.

Amid appeals for social distancing, Friday prayers continue at mosques in Maharashtra
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

While mosques, including the famous Haji Ali Dargah and Mahim Dargah and those belonging to the Shia community, disallowed gatherings, Friday Namaaz was prayed in congregation as per tradition.

Coronavirus pandemic: In Mumbai’s lifeline on tracks, fears of a sitting duck
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Coronavirus in Mumbai: Every day, the city's suburban train network, known as the locals, transports 7.8 million passengers, taking them to their workplaces and back.

BEST, railways see drop in passenger count amid coronavirus outbreak
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

According to BEST officials, the drop in passengers is due to people staying home, with offices and educational institutes being shut due to COVID-19

Coronavirus scare: CR, WR cancel several trains on intercity routes till March end
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

Trains cancelled by CR include Deccan Express and Pragati Express on the Mumbai-Pune routes, as well as Nizamuddin-CSMT Rajdhani, plying between Mumbai and Delhi.

Mumbai: Taxi drivers head to hometowns as business outside airport takes a hit
Mon, Mar 16, 2020

The departure area at the international airport now wears a deserted look with rows of Kaali-Peelis and cool cabs parked at their designated spots with no passengers around to hail them.

Maharashtra: Village cuts events, pools in aid money to give itself ‘school like big city’
Sun, Mar 15, 2020

The school is currently till Class 8, and students in higher classes must walk an hour to Garaj, the nearest town, causing many to drop out. Those seeking any professional course have to go further, to Aurangabad district headquarters.

Mumbai: Upper cap on surge pricing by cab aggregators not to be more than three times base rate of Kaali-Peelis, says govt
Wed, Mar 11, 2020

The state government issued the formula for surge pricing for app-based cab aggregators after issuing a Government Resolution (GR) on Monday and accepting a majority of 61 recommendations of the Khatua committee report.

Sanjeev kumar Lohia: ‘110 railway stations are being redeveloped and modernised, will be similar to airports’
Mon, Mar 09, 2020

Redevelopment of stations does not mean improving its façade and lighting, rather it entails complete transformation with well-planned entry and exit points, improved road accessibility and segregated passenger movement.

To collect Rs 4 crore in coins a month, banker seeks Rs 40 lakh from BEST
Wed, Mar 04, 2020

This means BEST will have to shell out about Rs 40 lakh a month to the bank for collecting and transporting coins valued at Rs 4 crore every month from its 27 depots.

Q&A: ‘BEST losses Rs 2,000 crore… have to be brought down to Rs 500 crore’
Mon, Mar 02, 2020

We have to opt for bus services without conductors for BEST. Buses in London operate without conductors. The other option is to shut down BEST altogether.