The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation is going to construct tunnels and additional lanes between Khalapur and Kusgaon of Mumbai-Pune Expressway, which will reduce traffic snarls as well as travel time to 30 minutes.
It is going to help motorists avoid the most critical ghat section, where heavy vehicles slow down traffic.
The project, estimated at Rs. 4,798 crore, will start by November.
Western Railways to run AC trains between Borivali and Churchgate
Western Railways (WR) is going to run six air conditioned (AC) local train services on the routes of Bandra, Virar, Churchgate and Borivli from the first week of September everyday.
Officials said two of the AC serviced trains will run in the peak hours in morning, afternoon and evening each.
The railway ministry is still working on deciding the fares for these services.
SC orders removal of encroachments around Haji Ali in Mumbai
The Supreme Court ordered Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to remove encroachments on 908 sq m around the Haji Ali dargah including the approach road within two weeks time. It warned of dire consequences if the order isn't implemented.
The CJI emphasized on how important Haji Ali dargah is for people from many faiths across the country and also asked BMC for a beautification plan.
IMD predicts no downpour until Wednesday in Mumbai
After a week of heavy downpour, the IMD has forecasted irregular rain or showers until Wednesday.
A scientist from IMD Mumbai, Ajay Kumar said, "The low pressure system over Saurashtra, which was giving the city significant showers, has weakened. Therefore, no heavy rains can be expected in Mumbai region in the coming days."
Maharashtra cabinet hikes vehicle registration tax by 2%
To make up for the loss of Rs. 700crore as revenue towards octroi and local body tax on vehicles post GST, Maharashtra cabinet hiked registration tax on private two and four wheeler vehicles by 2%.
In order to discourage vehicle registration outside Maharashtra, cabinet capped the tax at Rs. 20lakh.
Tax slabs on petrol and diesel vehicles will now be 11-13% and 13-15% respectively.
Maharashtra: Devotees celebrate 'Ashadhi Ekadashi' with fervour
Lakhs of devotees thronged Pandharpur in Solapur district of Mahrashtra, on the occasion of 'Ashadhi Ekadashi', which marks the culmination of pilgrimage undertaken by devotees from across Maharashtra to reach the temple.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis performed a grand prayer along with his wife Amruta at Lord Vitthal temple in Pandharpur.
Fadnavis after performing the ritual said, "Feeling blessed and positive."