Attendance at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools fell after an encouraging turnout on the first day of reopening on Monday, according to figures provided by civic society. While on the first day of the reopening on Oct. 4, around 30,250 students – less than half of the total enrollment – in 755 schools run by BMC were taking classes, the number fell to 23,162 the next day. As of Wednesday, thanks to Pitru Paksha, only Urdu and English schools were operational in the city and only 7,332 students attended classes in person.
Mumbai Metropolitan Development Authority (MMRDA) is ready to purchase 10 additional rakes for its monorail project, which is expected to improve train frequency as well as ridership, which is the lowest in the public transport system from Mumbai. The first rake of the train should arrive within a year. All rakes will be made in India.
MMRDA awarded the tender to Medha Servo Drives Private Limited to purchase 10 new monorail rakes as per the decision made at a meeting last month, an official said. The estimated cost of the tender is Rs 590 crores. The new trains are purchased by Medha with the aim of efficiently operating the monorail and improving its connectivity.
In a setback for the BJP, its tally fell from 31 to 22 seats in Zilla Parishad’s polls held in six rural districts, although it still won the most seats among the four main parties. In Panchayat Samiti polls, Congress became the largest party with 36 seats, followed by BJP which won 33 seats.
Calling the results a victory for the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), Congress said the BJP had suffered a heavy blow due to its double standards on the Maratha and OBC reservation issues.