The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is constructing Metro 2A connecting DN Nagar to Dahisar, termed it an "unfortunate accident" caused by a technical failure. It has set up a three-member committee to probe the accident.
The move comes as the government has included more categories of workers in essential services, and opened up the trains for women commuters, leading to crowding in the limited number of local services.
As per the tender, the project report prepared by the consultant will include a survey of overhead, overground, and underground utilities. It will also have to survey power sources for setting up a substation for the project.
The incident took place around 1.30 am on Thursday. “The fire left the control wiring and electrical cabinet damaged. However, the passenger area of the coach did not suffer any damage,” a WR spokesperson said. “Nobody was injured in the incident.
The decision comes four days after the Maharashtra government, on October 16, issued a circular stating that women would be allowed to travel in local trains from Saturday — between 11 am and 3 pm and again from 7 pm till the end of services.
The Monorail that was completely shut down on March 22 amid the pandemic-induced lockdown in the country will initially run 100 trips in a day. A call on running additional services will be determined by commuter response.
This is not the first time that the state government and railways have squared off over train services during the pandemic. Both had differed over starting special trains to facilitate movement of people to districts in Konkan for Ganesh Chaturthi in August.
The move follows two instances of overcrowding in local trains, where commuters could be seen jostling for space. In one video that went viral on social media, passengers at Borivali station were seen pushing each other, violating social distancing norms, to get inside the train compartment.
The agency has decided to prepare a fresh detailed project report (DPR) for the 14.47-km-long Swami Samarth Nagar, Andheri to Vikhroli elevated line (corridor 6) being built by it to facilitate the integration.
According to sources, the 41-hectare dried salt pan land at Kanjurmarg, where the car shed will now come up, was a much-favoured option for its construction when plans for the 33.5-km long underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro 3 corridor were first drawn up in 2013.
The action comes after residents of Jai Shiv Sai SRA Cooperative Housing Society (CHS) in Bandra East met the CEO last week alleging that their project — sanctioned in 2000 — is one of the 1,315 such projects pending for 10 years or more.
According to the FIR, More was transferred from the post on August 17. Mahesh Aher, who replaced him on the post, claimed a few files and a new computer, worth Rs 52,000, were missing from the office when he took charge, police said.
The decision to serve the notices was taken during a meeting held at MHADA on Friday over ways of expediting the redevelopment of 16,000 cessed buildings in south Mumbai, many of which are in a dilapidated condition.
In November 2018, then BJP-Shiv Sena government had declared redevelopment of Dharavi as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) project. While global tenders were invited last February for the SPV, with Dubai-based infrastructure firm.