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10:24 PM May 31, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

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Mumbai: Trial run of Metro Line 2A & 7 flagged off - Check out list of stations, completion cost, and other details here

'Did not say that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted': Uddhav Thackeray expresses concern over heavy traffic in Mumbai

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday expressed concern over the heavy vehicular traffic in Mumbai and warned that the lockdown-like curbs will be made stricter if such a situation continues.

"I myself cross-checked my speechmade last night. I did not say that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted," Thackeray said.

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Mumbai will have to be put under stricter curbs if such a situation continues, the CM said while speaking in suburban Bandra at the inauguration of the trial run of two Metro lines and bhoomipujan of the elevated road and vehicular underpass to connect the airport.

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When completed, these projects will put Mumbai on a faster pace amid the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, Thackeray said.

The Maharashtra government has extended the lockdown- like curbs in the state till June 15 and said relaxations will be granted depending on the COVID-19 positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds.

Thackeray on Mondayinaugurated the trial run of Metro line between Dahanukarwadi and Aarey stations.

The corridor will be open for commercial run by October, an official release said.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, who were present at the event along with other ministers, recalled the contribution of former CM late Vilasrao Deshmukh, saying he laid the foundation of infrastructure upgradation in Mumbai.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) began testing on the yellow line 2A and red line 7 from Monday wherein oscillation trials of a prototype 6-car train will be run at various speeds, the release said.

The commissioning of both the lines is planned in two phases, the first phase of 20 km from Charkop depot/ Dahanukarwadi to Aarey by September 2021, and the remaining line by January 2022.

The sub-systems and equipment will be tested under dynamic conditions, the release said, adding that integration with signalling, telecom and platform screen doors will be tested along with other different safety tests.

The Mumbai Metro lines 2A and 7 were sanctioned by the government on October 6, 2015 and the bhoomipujan was performed byPrime Minister Narendra Modi on October 11, 2015.

The project will help ease the traffic congestion on one of the busiest routes passing through the Western Express Highway from Andheri to Dahisar.

Thackeray also electronically inaugurated one arm of the Rajnoli flyover and Durgadi flyover on the Bhiwandi-Kalyan road.

This will help strengthen road connectivity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

The far-flung upcoming areas in the MMR are the growth centres and the project is part of MMRDA's efforts to augment shortcomings in the connectivity, the release said.

Thackeray also performed bhoomipujan oftheelevated road and vehicular underpass to connect Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2) of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

These two projects are meant to improve traffic conditions at the entry/exit points from the Western Express Highway towards the Mumbai airport.

Maha's youngest sarpanch keeps his village COVID-19 free; says micro-management is key

Implementation of a five-point programme and inculcating a sense of responsibility among people was the mainstay of various measures undertaken by Ruturaj Deshmukh, the youngest sarpanch in Maharashtra, and his task force to rid their village in Solapur district of coronavirus.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in his virtual address to the people on Sunday had lauded Deshmukh's contribution and appealed to all sarpanchs in the state to draw inspiration in the battle against the pandemic while announcing "My Village Corona Free" initiative.

The Ghatnevillage of which Deshmukh ((21) is the sarpanch has a population of 1,500. The village had not reported any COVID-19 cases from March 2020 to April 2021.

"But in the first week of April, we had two COVID-19 cases but both the patients died. This triggered panic and many people started leaving their homes to live in their farms," he recalled on Monday.

At this stage, Deshmukh said he decided to involve all stakeholders and create awareness about fighting coronavirus.

"My mantra was to be positive in outlook with confidence that we can keep our village free of coronavirus," Deshmukh told PTI over the phone.

Talking about the efforts, the sarpanch said he and his team framed a five-point programme involving tracing, testing, treatment, vaccination and adherence to COVID-

appropriate behaviour.

"Moreover, ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers were roped in who visited every house in the village to check the blood oxygen level and body temperature of its occupants," he said.

The villagers whose blood oxygen level is found to be below 92 are shifted to either isolation centres or to COVID Care Centres in Mohol taluka, which is 4 km away from the village, he said.

Simultaneously, "corona safety kits" comprising a face mask, hand sanitiser, disinfectant,and vitamin tablets, were supplied to the people.

A steam machine was kept at the gram

panchayat office which can be used by anybody in need, he added.

Deshmukh said residents who have to travel outside the village for work are randomly tested while outsiders coming to the village are quarantined for three days and made to undergo a Rapid antigen test.

To inculcate discipline in people, police personnel were deployed in the village to ensure that the pandemic norms are followed and those found without a face mask were fined.

"Since April, 15 coronavirus positive cases were detected in our village out of which two died. The village has now become coronavirus-free but the campaign continues with the help of ASHA workers," he added.

Deshmukh also underlined the challenges in the form of lack of awareness among people and general hesitancy about COVID-19 testing in rural areas. "There is no mindset for testing in villages," he said.

He flagged the shortage of vaccines as the biggest hurdle in rural areas.

When asked about the CM praising him, Deshmukh said, "The chief minister may have mentioned me in his address but local political opposition remains. There is no difference at the political opposition at the state level or village level".

In his view, micro-management will help eradicate coronavirus in villages.

When asked about his future course of action, Deshmukh said preparations are on to tackle the projected third wave of the pandemic.

"Ghatne gram panchayat is planning to set up a 20-bed isolation centre and a paediatrics task force with two doctors in the village. I also want to make Ghatne the first fully vaccinated village in Solapur district with the state government's help," he said.

Deshmukh said the proposed isolation centre will be also accessible for patients from other villages.

COVID-19: Maha's Raigad left with 6,857 active cases

Raigad district in Maharashtra has a COVID-19 caseload of 1,28,552, including 3,040 deaths, while the discharge of 1,18,655 people had left it with 6,857 patients under treatment at present, officials said on Monday.

Panvel, enjoying proximity to Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai due to a suburban train network run by Central Railway, leads with 1,426 active cases, followed by 974 in Alibag, and Poladpur at the bottom with 44 cases, they said.

The district has seen 7,07,989 coronavirus tests so far, of which 4,08,847 were done prior to March 31 this year, and the rest between April 1 and May 29.

The mortality rate in Raigad district is 2.36 per cent, the officials said.

Navi Mumbai: NMMC organises COVID-19 vaccination drive on June 1 for students traveling abroad - Check details here

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to hold a "Special Vaccination Session" on June 1, 2021, at Mansaheb Minatai Thackeray Hospital at Sector 15 in Nerul from 9 am to 5 am to ensure that students who have been admitted to foreign universities for higher education do not lose their educational opportunities due to lack of immunization.

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