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Mumbai Metro set to become ‘germ-free’

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By NewsGram staff writer

Mumbai: Reliance Infrastructure’s Mumbai Metro, already noted for its spotless clean environs, is now all set to become ‘germ free’ with a new hygiene initiative, an official said here on Saturday.

A series of trials were conducted by an international independent agency to test the bacterial loads, identifying the right set of disinfectants and spraying them to successfully bring down the bacterial loads on washroom basins, floors and door handles to negligible levels.

“The highly effective sanitation and hygiene programme made a soft loanch at Ghatkopar, Andheri and Sakinaka Metro stations. As a part of its Swachh Metro Abhiyaan, the new initiative was formally unveiled to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the Swachh Bharat campaign,” the official said.

This has taken to a whole new level of sanitation and hygiene operations in Mumbai Metro that are comparable with the best practices adopted by most of the top-flight healthcare institutions for their public areas and OPDs, as well as five-star hospitality establishments around the world.

A commuter – Metro Hero Sameer Bhatt – was honoured for stopping a co-passenger from spitting on the Airport Road Station platform and later handing him over to the concerned authorities.

BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta felicitated Bhat, the Mumbai Metro staff, officials and others for maintaining cleanliness in the presence of Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd CEO AK Mishra.

Its much-appreciated cleanliness model involved rigorous manual and mechanical cleaning of the trains, station premises, internal roof, station equipment and depot buildings.

While light cleaning work is done every night, heavy cleaning work is carried out every 45 days besides pest control every 90 days on the network which carried over 12 crore commuters since its launch last year.

 

(IANS)

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Trees worth Rs 742 Crore to be Cut for Building Metro-3 Car Shed in Mumbai

MMRC is building a Metro-3 car shed.

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3310 trees to be cut for making metro car shed.
3310 trees to be cut for making metro car shed.Wikimedia
  • MMRC is going to build a Metro car shed
  • It is estimated that 3310 trees will have to be cut to build the car depot
  • The estimated costs of the 3310 trees is Rs.742 crore

Mumbai, June 30, 2017: A Metro car shed is to be built at Aarey in the financial capital of the nation and it is estimated that 3310 tress will have to be cut to achieve the objective.

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has signed contract with the Delhi-based construction company Sam (India) Builtwell Pvt. Ltd. to build a car depot which will be designed for 35 rakes of eight-car trains across 25 hectares.

The total cost of construction is expected to be Rs. 328 crores but the number will take a huge hike when the total cost of 3310 trees that will be cut to complete the project is added to it.

Earlier the forest minister had tweeted that the ‘socio-economic’ value of a tree is Rs23.72 lakh a year. Taking that as the base, the tree conservationists in Mumbai have estimated the cost of these 3310 trees to be a huge Rs. 742 crore, almost double of the construction cost.

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“If we go by the average that a healthy tree can provide oxygen for 30 years, the loss would escalate to Rs22,000 crore. The estimated cost of Metro-3 is Rs23,136 crore. So there is no benefit,” said Stalin D from Vanashakti.

He added, “Additionally, the MMRC has not submitted the details regarding permissions for work at the 3-hectare casting yard land or any other permissions from the state pollution board, civic body, land-use, among others.”

Sudhir Mungantiwar, a BJP leader, tweeted on thursday, “Humans fail to recognise the value of trees. Trees absorb, block noise and reduce glare from the sun. A well placed tree can reduce noise by 40%. We have asked MMRC to plant 100 times more trees than the trees they have cut.”

Vanashakti, an environmental NGO has accused that the MMRC has gone ahead with the work at Aarey without waiting for a final order from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) where the matter is still being heard.

Last year, Vanashakti had filed a petition along with Aarey Conservation Group to consider Aarey landscape as a forest and maintain it as no-development zone whose hearing will be held on July 24.

According to the activists, Aarey is a real-estate gold mine. Zoru Bathena, Khar resident and activist said, ”it is clearly a real estate project for the authorities. They are getting Rs13,000 crore as 50-year interest loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The amount will ultimately have to be paid by citizens.”

MMRC is refusing any loss of trees or their value. They also made it clear that they are not bound by NGT to start the construction of the depot. “There is no stay on Metro depot construction activity from NGT,” said an MMRC spokesperson.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Award-winning Swachh Bharat short Films to be screened at 47th edition of IFFI in Goa

47thInternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be showcasing a special package of short films which were awarded at the Swachh Bharat Film Festival

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Panaji, October 21, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Swachh Bharat campaign will now feature in the upcoming 47th edition of the IFFI in Goa, with 20 award-winning short films on the nationwide cleanliness campaign scheduled to be screened during the festival, authorities said on Friday.

The Directorate of Films Festivals (DFF) said the short films were selected from 4,346 entries, selected by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, during a nationwide campaign organised earlier this year.

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“Apart from regular curated packages, the 47thInternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be showcasing a special package of short films which were awarded at the Swachh Bharat Film Festival, organised and curated by National Film Development Corporation on behalf of the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,” said the DFF statement. The DFF functions under the aegis of the Ministry of I&B.

“‘Murga’ will be the opening film under this special section of short films. The film promotes the idea of ‘Clean India’ and has ‘Murga’ as the metaphor depicting the victims that citizens have made of themselves and of the children by not keeping the surroundings clean,” the statement added.
Other short films slated to be a part of this special section include ‘Nanha Doot’ by Sudhanshu Sharma, ‘Chembuku Moodindi’ (The Dying Vessel) by KVK Kumar, ‘Sarkarmi Rati Wadho’ by Akshay Danavale, ‘Manini’ by Praveen Vyas, ‘Shelfee’ by Dr Suyash Shinde, ‘Tuka mhane’ (Says Tuka) by Ashish Sudhir More, ‘Bakari Shauchalay’ by Devendra Shukla, ‘Sneeringly lesson’ by Satish Kumar Verma, ‘Mawlynnog – The cleanest village in Asia’ by Upakul Das.

The 47th International Film Festival of India will be held from November 20 to November 28 in Goa. (IANS)

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Four injured as Mumbai local train derails 

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Mumbai: At least four commuters, including a woman, were injured and Mumbai’s lifeline- the suburban trains services- were severely hit when eight coaches of a train derailed on the fast track between Vile Parle and Andheri on Tuesday, the officials said.

photo credit: www.ndtv.com
photo credit: www.ndtv.com

The injured commuters were rushed to the BMC’s Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle for treatment.

According to officials, the Churchgate-bound train from Virar on the Western Railway (WR) derailed around 11 AM, blocking the two (in Up and Down directions) fast tracks and disrupting the morning peak-hour office-bound commuter rush.

The train left Virar at around 9.56 a.m. and was jam-packed by the time it reached Andheri when the mishap occurred.

A WR official said a team of officials and engineers immediately rushed to the site to restore the disrupted train services.

The derailment hit not only the suburban train schedules but also the long-distance trains from Mumbai towards Gujarat, New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials concerned said several long-distance trains scheduled to depart from Bandra LTT, Dadar and Mumbai Central railway stations were being rescheduled. The list included Rajdhani Express, August Kranti Rajdhani Express and Karnavati Express among others.

Similarly, several inbound trains from destinations across the country were being terminated at Borivali, Vasai or Virar stations.

The WR suburban section saw cancellation of a number of local train services which resulted in massive crowds of commuters at all stations beween Virar and Churchgate in both the directions.

The effects of the derailment spilled over to the Central Railway, Harbour Line and the two highways which crisscrossed the city and other roads as people made a beeline for alternate modes of transport to reach their destinations.

This is the second derailment on the suburban sector in barely 18 hours. Late on Monday evening, three coaches of a train from Bandra derailed while entering the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, badly affecting the peak-hour commuters on the Central Railway route.

Angry commuters have demanded the resignation of WR general manager and other officials for such regular incidents of derailment and failing to ensure safety and security of commuters.

(IANS)