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Nagpur Metro commuters to have prepaid ‘MAHA Card’, mobile app

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Facilitated by State Bank of India (SBI), Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (Maha Metro) on Saturday introduced an easy way of payment through prepaid MAHA Card. Apart from the card, it also launched a mobile application.

As per a report in Zeebiz, With this facility, the travellers will have tap-and-go payments at Nagpur Metro stations. The Metro commuters can avail MAHA Card by applying at the counter in metro stations, and for that they just need to fill-in basic information in the application form followed by authenticating one-time PIN received on their mobile number. Once the application process is over, they need to pay a minimal amount of Rs 150 as one-time card issuance fee along with minimum top-up card fee of Rs 100, which can be in multiples of Rs 100 with maximum of Rs 2,000, for seamless travelling in the metro, according to the statement.

With the MAHA Card, commuters can also execute off-line transactions across Nagpur Metro stations with the facility of stored value balance. Commuters before their journey have to tap their card at the entry gate to the platform. Once their journey is complete, they again need to tap their card at the exit gate of the destination station.

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 MAHA Card is a contactless dual interface (EMV chip based) prepaid card with stored value functionality for providing a safe, secure and seamless way of payment. This is a simple way to pay fares across Nagpur Metro. Compartmentalisation of amount for different utilities, such as transit, amongst others is a unique feature of this MAHA Card, which can be used for purchase of tickets or loading of passes for metro, using the stored value of the card.

 Benefits:

MAHA Card offers many exciting features and a host of benefits for all commuters payment needs within Nagpur:

  1. Cashless travels in Nagpur Metro
  2. Purchase of tickets and store passes for your Metro travel needs
  3. Chip-protection to ensure better security for your card
  4. Easy to use Tap-and-Go functionality
  • To get Maha Card, citizens just have to follow the below mentioned simple steps:
  1. Visit your nearest Nagpur Metro station and request for the MAHA Card at the counter.
  2. Fill your details in the simple Application Form and submit it to the operator.
  3. After entering the details by the operator, One Time Pin (OTP) will be generated and sent to your mobile number provided in the application.
  4. Share the OTP for validation, pay the card issuance fee and top-up amount to load balance on the card for usage.

MAHA Card has a unique feature of Stored Value balance, which can be used across Nagpur Metro. Transactions in off-line mode are executed from the Stored Value balance in the card. Step-by-step procedure to be followed for using MAHA Card for Metro rides is as under:

  1. Visit your nearest Nagpur Metro Station. Tap the card at the entry gate and as the gate opens, proceed to the platform for boarding the metro.
  2. After completing the journey, tap the card again at the exit Gate of destination station.
  3. The fare amount for the journey undertaken will be debited from the stored value balance on the card.
  4. Also, passes can be loaded on the specified service area onto the card, as per the business rule of the Metro authorities and can be used for metro rides as above. While travelling by using a pass, the fare amount for the journey will not be deducted as long as the pass is valid, as the value of pass shall be recovered upfront.

For getting the card issued, commuters are mandatorily required to visit their nearest Nagpur metro station with one of the following OVDs (Officially Valid Documents):

  1. Passport Numbe
  2. Voter ID Number
  3. Driving License Number
  4. NREGA Job-card Number
  5. Letter issued by the National Population Register, containing details of Name, Address, or any other document as notified by the Central Government in consultation with the Regulator

Customer can voluntary submit their Aadhaar Card number for getting the card issued.

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Dharavi redevelopment to have dedicated areas for manufacturing: Devendra Fadnavis

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Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi redevelopment will have dedicated areas for manufacturing…

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

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The Mah Deputy CM says that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

As Dharavi redevelopment has been announced, doubts were raised on whether this locally evolved entrepreneurial hub will retain its spirit.  In a chat on Sansad TV with Sanjeev Sanyal, Member, PM’s Economic Advisory Council and a writer, on an Economic Sutra episode telecast on Nov 6, the Deputy Chief Minister had made it very clear how he foresees the future of Dharavi and Mumbai.

Saying that his government worked on clearing all the bottlenecks, he adds, “We understood that unless we have a place to rehabilitate people, which is nearby Dharavi, this project will not take off. We found out that there is around 42 acres of land which belongs to the Railways. We approached the Central Government and told them that we’ll free up your land. We’ll buy your land and we’ll give you a share in the profit and we entered into a definitive agreement and now they have handed it over to us.”

“The Dharavi Redevelopment project will be the most unique project ever done. In fact, this redevelopment was visualized by none other than Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 but nothing happened – until 2014 when Modiji came and we started governing Maharashtra. The redevelopment will be no less beautiful than BKC. Dharavi is just not a slum but it’s also a great manufacturing cluster, so what we did was that while planning this scheme we have created areas for this entire manufacturing industry along with planning for the rehabilitation of the people. Right now, this entire manufacturing sector is informal, but after this and over time they will come into the formal sector.”

Watch the full interaction here: https://youtu.be/FNeTrm0v0dw

Also, with Mumbai undergoing so many infrastructural changes, questions have been raised about retaining the quintessential character of “aamchi Mumbai,” which apart from being the financial capital of India is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant cities.

Speaking on the land issues, Fadnavis says, “The usable space in Mumbai is very little. It has length, but has limitations on the breadth so taking into consideration all these problems we wanted to design a very robust system for Mumbai for commuters and for vehicles. That’s why the all the new Coastal Road, which will decongest the western side of Mumbai. It will be a ring road type structure along the coast and this Western Expressway carries 60 percent of the Mumbai traffic right, so all that traffic will be mostly accommodated here.”

Commuting in Mumbai is a killer and every day Mumbaikars spend a lot of time on travel. Saying that he wants to reduce travel within Mumbai from anywhere to anywhere to an hour, Fadnavis explains, “Our Metro three is a very unique 40 kilometers of underground Network, which will be the lifeline of Mumbai. It is estimated to carry around 1.7 million passengers per day! All this work will be finished in two or three years and I want that from any place to any place in Mumbai one should reach within less than one hour – that is the planning. We are also trying to integrate the transportation system. Right now, our Suburban Railway is the lifeline of Mumbai. This Suburban Railway carries around 9 million passengers. The new Metro Network which we are creating will be carrying around 7 million or 8 million passengers, almost doubling the current number.”

Adding to this, the Deputy CM says that the 22 kilometers of Sea Bridge that will connect us to the hinterland, “so we have Mumbai, we have new Mumbai and that will be the third Mumbai that will be a land mass which will be bigger than Mumbai with new Mumbai airport. I think the future growth of Mumbai is on that side!”

Also read: Pritish Nandy’s ‘spirit of Dharavi’ tweet sparks off poverty porn debate

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Pritish Nandy’s ‘spirit of Dharavi’ tweet sparks off poverty porn debate

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Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm…

Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm.

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Is squalor for cameras, money more important than dignified living for the residents…  

Former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy’s Dharavi comments kicked off a storm when he said on Twitter that Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, ‘is not actually a slum but a tribute to the great entrepreneurial spirit of the weakest and smallest person fighting for his or her livelihood in Mumbai. It is also a model in collective coexistence in one of the toughest cities in the world, where nothing else matters. Not caste. Not faith. Not where you come from. But trust and togetherness.’

While this may be true, what is equally true is the squalor and subhuman conditions that reign supreme in this slum. Netizens felt that Nandy, by romanticizing poverty in this manner, was only feeding poverty porn and tourism. Nandy clarified that he was seeking to keep the spirit of Dharavi alive by “researching the architectural grammar, the cultural history that builds integrated and interdependent societies like Dharavi that have survived and flourished over decades and make that the base for the new redevelopment plans. Not just look at the future but also build in the past.”

The Maharashtra Government had on November 29, opened the financial bids for Dharavi redevelopment project.  While 3 companies Adani Realty, DLF and Naman Group had submitted bids, the Adani Group clinched the project with a INR 5,069-crore bid. The timeline for the entire redevelopment of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, might take close to 17 years, the rehabilitation of slum dwellers should be complete in seven years. 

Also read: Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health

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Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health

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The Bombay High Court said ex-minister Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues.

Anil Deshmukh

The Bombay High Court said, as per prima facie, 74-year-old former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the CBI, said that when Deshmukh’s bail plea was moved on medical grounds, then a fresh medical report needed to be called for. 

Singh said, “There is a compilation that has been given now. There are medical papers attached. We need to go through it. Even though this is not a bail application on merit of the case, it is still being circulated under medical issues. He is getting medical treatment as required. Moreover, medical issues are not static. We need a check on what his condition is right now.”

Deshmukh’s advocate Vikram Chaudhari said the senior NCP leader was being treated but has been suffering from several ailments that require constant treatment and care. Chaudhary said, ”He needs to be released. He is a chronic patient.”

Justice MS Karnik said that the court would hear the bail plea on merits. He said, “I am satisfied that we can proceed with the hearing on merits and give it priority. This is my prima facie opinion that priority should be given. One of the medical ailments (that Deshmukh is suffering from) is degenerative.” Deshmukh’s bail plea would now be heard on December 6.

The bench asked Singh whether he was ready to argue on the merits of the case immediately, to which Singh said he would require a week while Chaudhari said that he was ready to argue. However, Justice Karnik said, “We need to give them a fair opportunity.”

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